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Sometimes a character comes from a country other than the one the show is set in, but contrary to the typical portrayal of foreigners, he speaks the language just fine. However, every so often, events get under his skin to such an extent that he can't think through how to say what he's trying to say in the language of the show, and instead simply launches off on a rant in his native language. Common enough in real life as well. Likely to involve Foreign Cuss Words in the middle (perhaps some that aren't even from Earth), but it's perfectly possible to have a completely clean rant as well. Angry kin trope to Eloquent in My Native Tongue, as well as "The Reason You Suck" Speech's foreign-language twin.

Sometimes referred to casually as "going Ricky Ricardo" after the character on I Love Lucy, who was famous for this trope and is likely the Trope Codifier.

See also Foreign Cuss Word and Angrish, where the person gets so angry, they stop being able to speak in full sentences. May overlap with Even the Subtitler Is Stumped if a translation is attempted at first but then they give up. Compare Hiding Behind the Language Barrier, when two characters deliberately speak in a language that a third character doesn't understand.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts has Minami who when shocked, loses the ability to speak Japanese and begins to spout gibberish in German. It takes a while before she calms down.
  • In Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet:
    • In the first episode, when Ledo kidnaps Amy for use as a hostage, she's screaming something in her language (which neither Ledo nor we the viewers can understand). When Ledo asks Chamber what it is she's shouting, Chamber responds "Those were exclamations regarding intercourse with one's mother, as well as sanctified excrement."
    • Ledo has to painstakingly learn the Earth peoples' language over the course of the show, but by episode 8 he is reasonably competent with it. Then, when he tries to explain the hostility between the Galactic Alliance and the Hideauze, he gets rather emotional and lapses back into his native tongue all of a sudden, leaving Chamber to do the translating.
  • My Hero Academia: One of the students of Class 1-B, Pony Tsunotori, is half Japanese and half American; unlike similar characters in other anime and manga, Japanese is explicitly not her first language. So not only does she speak Japanese with a noticeable accent and often substitute Japanese words for English ones, she is also noted to switch to speaking English whenever she is angry or upset.
  • In a fourth season episode of Ojamajo Doremi, Momoko is so shocked when she figures out Hana secretly transformed into Onpu so she could rest she verbally panics in English (which isn't her first language, but one she grew up with to the point she became more fluent in that than Japanese when she's introduced). Naturally, the others can't understand what she's trying to say, forcing her to follow Hana alone.
  • The Qwasar of Stigmata: Sasha, a Russian, absolutely fails at bowling in one episode (gutterballs across all ten frames for a grand total of zero points) and explodes into a rant of Russian Angrish (Angrussian?) offscreen.

    Comic Books 
  • Contest of Champions (2015): A frustrated Bullseye (an alternate version of Elektra) starts muttering about how everyone else is an idiot in Greek. Her companions include Ares (Greek god of war), White Fox (trained spy), and Guillotine (French diplomat's daughter), all three of whom reveal they speak Greek as well. The only person present who doesn't is Outlaw, who's utterly lost.
  • Tintin: The Sheikh in Land of Black Gold starts cussing in Arabic when he gets hit by a pack of flyers from the plane. Lampshaded by Snowy who warns Tintin not to listen to the Sheikh's language even if it's in Arabic.

    Fan Works 
  • Advice and Trust:
    • Asuka launched into a very loud and angry rant in her native German when Gendo got her and Shinji detained and jailed after fighting Bardiel:
      "Verfluchtes Arschloch! Kommandant Ikari ist eine Idiot! Ich werde mit meiner EVA auf seinem Haus herumtanzen! Zum Teufel mit euch allen! Lasst mich los, ihr verdammter abschaum! Lasst mich los oder ich reiß eure Arme ab! Wisst ihr nicht wer ich bin?! Ihr seid Idioten! Ihr seid ALLE Idioten! Und Kommandant Ikari! SIE SIND DER GRÖßTE IDIOT!"
    • Later she yelled loudly in German when Zeruel maimed her Unit 02:
      “Du Arschloch! Sie Ente verdammte Scheiße Esser! Ich bring dich um! No one hurts my Unit-02! Cut his heart out, Rei! Kill him!”
  • Children of an Elder God: When Asuka was fighting Amaliel, the Eldritch Abomination cut her robot's hand off, making Asuka feeling the pain of getting her hand ripped off. She launched into a very loud, very colourful rant as she tore the monster apart. She started off shouting "ICH WILL DIESEN KLEINEN SCHEISSKOPF TOTEN!!!" and it got angrier since that point.
  • Child of the Storm has a number of examples, owing to multi-lingual characters. Harry, when particularly annoyed, is occasionally known to go into one of these including curses in French, Russian, and 'something that sounded vaguely Scandinavian'.
  • Scar Tissue: In chapter 14 Touji, Hikari and Kensuke tell Asuka they will try not to interfere with her and Shinji's relationship if she swears she will not hurt him or hit him again. Asuka swears her oath in German, thinking if she is going to swear something, she should do it in her mother tongue.
  • Megami no Hanabira: Brother George's reaction to Matador appearing right in front of him is to run away as fast as he can, screaming in English the whole time. For reference, the story takes place in Japan, and most of the people there, including George himself, speak Japanese.
  • Adele Couteau on the Heroes-based Eclipse RPG is quite prone to using French tirades to bestow curse-ridden insults and threats of violence upon her enemies. Not even her fiancé is immune to recieving them on occasion...
  • Wrong Place Wrong Time from CSI: NY has Stella tirading in Greek in one chapter.
  • Done by Asuka in the Evangelion doujin RE-TAKE. Since she isn't what you'd call an open person, the only way she can stand admitting her feelings for Shinji is by speaking in her native German.
  • A Shadow of the Titans: Whenever Jade gets angry, she goes into a rant of Gratuitous Japanese cursing. Presumably, this is a result of her transformation into a Shadowkhan (who are Japanese in origin), since she herself is Chinese.
  • In the Walking Dead Game fanfic, "What A Difference," Christa is prone to do this in French.
  • Bait and Switch:
    • Reality Is Fluid has a bit where Eleya, a Bajoran, gets pissed off when the referee in the springball match she's watching misses a call.
      Eleya: HEY! That's a foul! Y'trel bo tava tu san yc'fel, Dakhur'etil va'yaputal!
    • Another one from Eleya, this time in the prequel "The Universe Doesn't Cheat" after the Kobayashi Maru, well, cheats.
      "Sher hahr kosst. Phekk’ta yepal y’kren al’borea tash kelot!"
    • In The Wrong Reflection, Eleya's Mirror Universe counterpart grew up on Cardassia Prime as the daughter of Bajoran refugees, and in chapter nine she drops a string of curses that Prime Eleya says contains both Bajoran and Cardassian swear words.
    • "Aen'rhien Vailiuri": Jaleh cusses out Morgan in Farsi; Morgan shoots back in Rihan. Also a Narrative Profanity Filtered part where the Kazon maje launches into a tirade at Morgan of which only about every third or fourth word gets translated by her universal translator.
  • In Harry Crow Harry, who was raised by goblins, bursts into a stream of goblin profanity when the Daily Prophet prints an interview he supposedly gave. His adoptive father chides him for this.
    Barchoke: English please son.
    Harry: Sorry father, but if I repeated that in English, Hermione would brain me with that practice sword.
  • The Elements of Friendship: In Book II, Twilight (who's an Omniglot, but usually falls back on German as a secondary language due to her heritage) gets frustrated with trying to figure out Discord's riddle leading to the stolen Elements of Harmony and goes off on a string of German profanity.
  • Thousand Shinji: Done by Asuka in German when she finds out that Nerv cheated her out of her combat pay.
    Once the storm of multi-lingual swearing subsided, Asuka turned to Rei and said, “First chance we get, we’re going shopping!”
  • Last Child of Krypton: In chapter 11, when Shinji is gravely wounded, Asuka whispers:
    "Oh Gott, nicht zu sterben. Bitte nicht sterben. Ich brauche dich. Bitte."
  • Doing It Right This Time: Mari Makinami giving Kaworu a very loud dressing-down over her cellphone for subjecting her to a rather undignified experience with cross-continental teleportation probably counts as one of these, despite the fact she is still technically speaking the language the story is written in, because she has a tendency to lapse into her native dialectnote  when angry or excited and even fluent English speakers struggle with broad Scouse.
  • The Mountain and the Wolf: The Wolf occasionally yells at his henchmen in an untranslated vaguely-Icelandic language.
  • In This Bites!, Cross asks Soundbite to bite him on the neck so he wouldn't say something incriminating when he learns that Kaku and Kalifa had joined Iceberg to meet with the Straw Hat Pirates and Franky. Of course, the agony of Soundbite's teeth crushing him causes him to shout a Cluster F-Bomb in French.

    Films — Animation 
  • Stromboli from Pinocchio goes into a basically unintelligible rant in Italian while he's counting his money, after discovering that someone paid for his show with a fake coin.
    Subtitles: [Babbling in Italian]
  • Shrek:
    • Puss in Boots screams in Spanish in Shrek 2 when Donkey carelessly tosses him off the ride.
      Shrek: [after robbing two men of their clothes] Thank you, gentlemen! Someday, I will repay you. Unless, of course, I can't find you or if I forget. Hee-yah!
      [Shrek tugs Donkey; Puss in Boots falls off]
      Puss in Boots: ¡Eh, tú, pedazo de carne con patas! ¡¿Como te atreves a hacerme esto?! Translation 
    • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish:
      • After losing the map to Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Kitty Softpaws yells at them in Spanish "¡Los voy hacer a todos alfombras de baño!"Translation 
      • Near the end of the movie, Death realizes he can't bring himself to kill Puss in Boots after his Character Development, and briefly rants in Spanish "¡¿Por qué diablos fui a jugar con mi comida?!"Translation 
  • Abby from Turning Red is Korean, and will occasionally lapse into Korean when she's angry enough. She's first introduced yelling at some classmates in Korean for littering, and she does it again when she realizes that she got the date of the 4*Town concert wrong, and that they'll be performing in Toronto on the same night as Mei's red moon ritual.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Babylon (2022): Manny is a Mexican immigrant who is fluent in English and tends to start ranting in Spanish when under stress.
  • The Diamond Arm, a Soviet comedy staple, combines it with the Unreliable Narrator in the scene with arguing Turkish contrabandists. Their increasingly expressive outbursts (which are, incidentally, complete gibberish) are extremely politely and tersely "translated" in a typical Soviet newscaster interpreter diction, until the "interpreter" simply gives up and just describes the rest of a fight as a "untranslatable wordplay using local idiomatic expressions".
  • The speech (you know the one) in The Great Dictator takes this form, with an English-speaking interpreter translating providing running commentary.
  • In Great Handel a tenor is complaining about the tempo Handel is taking a song in rehearsal, and threatens that if he uses that tempo in performance he will jump from the stage onto the harpsichord and stomp it to matchsticks. Handel says: "May I put it in the playbill? I think more people will pay to watch you jump than ever paid to hear you sing." The tenor at that point goes into a rant in Italian that is better left untranslated.
  • Aleksander Krupa's character in Home Alone 3 blows up in a short tirade against the protagonist after he doesn't find his chip in a toy car, possibly in the actor's native Polish.
  • Inverted Trope: In Kill Bill, O-ren Ishii (played by Lucy Liu), a Japanese crime boss, rants at her Japanese followers in English (obviously so Liu, who doesn't speak Japanese, can act the scene better). She said she would rant in English to show how serious she was. (In the background, someone was translating back into Japanese, far more calmly.)
  • Logan. Wolverine spends half the movie thinking that Laura is The Voiceless, only to discover otherwise after giving a Grudging "Thank You" to her for taking him to a doctor.
    Laura: De nada.note 
    Wolverine: Yeah... (Double Take) You can talk? (she nods) You can talk. Fuck. Well why the fuck... What's all this bullshit for the last two thousand fucking miles?!
    Laura: (shouting) ¿Tú pretendes que hable contigo si siempre me insultas, si me gritas, si me intentas dejar atrás? Tú pretendes que abra la boca— note 
    Wolverine: All right shut up, shut up, SHUT THE FUCK UP!
  • Lampshaded in Lord of War:
    Yuri Orlov: Curious how you always revert to your native tongue in moments of extreme anger... [cut to Yuri and Vitaly having sex with two girls they picked up] and ecstacy.
  • Appears in Lorenzo's Oil about midway through, when Augusto has just about had it with Michaela's guilt-ridden obsessiveness.
  • In The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Ian Malcolm tries to contact the boat that brought him and his team to Isla Sorna so he can get his daughter Kelly to safety; unfortunately, he accidentally gets a woman who mistakes him for a guy named Enrique and unloads on him in Spanish.
    Kelly: Boy, is she mad at you.
    Malcolm: I feel sorry for that guy Enrique.
  • In The Love Parade (1929), Count Alfred (Maurice Chevalier) periodically lets off steam by ranting in French... after making sure that the person he's with doesn't speak the language.
  • The CIA agent in French spy satire OSS 117: Lost in Rio speaks French fluently but enjoys insulting Agent 117 in English.
  • In the version of The Parent Trap with Lindsay Lohan, the British twin starts ranting in French while she's pretending to be the American twin.
  • In Peter Pan (2003), Tiger Lily insults Captain Hook in her own language before spitting in his face. None of the pirates understand her but Smee gets the gist of it.
  • Alluded to in Police Academy 3 - when Commandant Lassard briefs the cadets on Commissioner Hurst's assessment:
    Lassard: He used a lot of mean words. Some of them were foreign. Italian... or Irish, I think.
  • Rio Lobo: Maria calls Ketcham a pig in Spanish after seeing the heroes holding him prisoner.
  • Monica Bellucci's character in Shoot 'Em Up goes on little tirades when talking to Smith, particularly after he saves her from the villain.
    DQ: [rapid Italian cursing]
    Smith: I don't have a clue what you're saying, but I know exactly what you're going on about, and no, I won't apologize.
  • The German villains of the first Taxi film speak French throughout most of it, but when their plans are foiled towards the end, their leader starts letting out a stream of expletives in German.
  • In Tiger Bay, this is pretty much the entirety of the (Polish-language) argument between Bronek and Anya that leads to Anya's death.
  • In To Catch a Thief, Danielle (Brigitte Auber) curses the protagonist in French at her father's funeral, accusing him of being the notorious jewel thief and having caused the death of her father. Since both accusations are wrong and she knows it, the rant is actually completely fake.
  • In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, while the Decepticons communicate in English as their default language even when not in the presence of humans, Barricade angrily denigrates a bunch of his soldiers in Cybertronian tongue after Soundwave was killed by Bumblebee and their many Autobot hostages escaped.
  • Venom (2018) has the Chinese store owner Mrs. Chen who rants in Mandarin when she gets furious.
  • In Westward the Women, Fifi hurls French curses at Buck that never would have made it past the Hays Office censors if she had said them in English
  • Hugh Simon (Kenneth Mars) goes into an impressive one in What's Up, Doc? in what is supposed to be some Balkan language after it is revealed that he plagiarized another musicologist's theory and is stripped of his prize.


  • Discworld:
    • In The Truth, Otto Chriek is heard to give one of these after knocking over some of his iconography equipment. Apparently, Uberwaldean is one of those languages that's good for swearing in.
    • In Snuff, Miss Beedle mentions that her mother used to swear in goblin, which is a good language to swear in, and can go on for some time.
    • In Making Money, Aimsbury the chef suffers from an involuntary version; he's allergic to the word "garlic" (just the word) and one of the symptoms is that he yells angrily in Quirmian.
  • In The Two Towers, one orc goes off into a long unpleasant rant in the Black Speech.
    • In the various omnibuses and appendices that translate the other Constructed Languages used in Tolkien's work, this rant is politely left as "untranslatable."
    • Though in other material, the part of the rant that is quoted is given at least two different, contradictory translations, none of which sound remotely as foul-mouthed as you'd expect. (But then again, if you put any English curse word in Spock Speak, it stops being one; and an Expo Speak Gag is only funny because you know the actual curse word.)
  • In Chess With A Dragon, an infuriated Madja rants for five minutes straight, in at least six different languages, before she starts repeating her obscenities. Later, Yake blows her record out of the water, ranting obscenities for fifteen minutes straight, without repeating himself, in at least twelve languages (including Pascal!).
  • There's one Animorphs books where Erek the Chee does this with an ancient Byzantine language known for having a lot of swear words.
  • In The Godfather, when Vito Corleone learns that his young son, Santino, was involved in a stupid armed robbery, he loses his temper for one of the few times in his life. He has his son brought to him, and then cusses him out in Sicilian Italian, described as a dialect more satisfying than any other for expressing rage.
  • Jeeves and Wooster: Getting on Supreme Chef with a Hair-Trigger Temper Anatole's bad side will get you a verbal shellacking in exquisite French.
  • In the Alex Rider book Ark Angel, Nikolai Drevin starts babbling in Russian after accidentally shooting his son.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein's The Star Beast, the Hroshiu Commander is translated as saying: "Contempt... lower animal... eat you with relish... follow back your ancestors and eat them as well... your despicable race must be taught manners... kidnappers... child stealers..."
  • The Star Wars Legends book Solo Command has Warlord Zsinj (who knows a lot of different alien languages) do this after Han calls him to gloat after a particularly spectacular New Republic victory and offers to "let [him] kiss [his] Wookie". Han even has one of the bridge crew record it so that he can play it back to Threepio later and get a translation. What makes it even funnier is Zsinj has successfully conned the New Republic into believing he's lost his ridiculously large and immensely powerful flagship, intending to give them a very rude shock when it turns up intact in a few months, and his reaction to Han's gloating was an act. Was.
  • Played with in one of the short stories that makes up The Ship Who Sang. Helva's brawn curses a hapless functionary off the ship by reciting a particularly vituperative string of syllables; when Helva asks what she was saying, she explains that she was reciting her grandmother's recipe for paprikash, which she then proceeds to cook and eat.
  • There's a doozy in French in the early chapters of Paul J. Gillette's roman a clef Carmela, about post-World War II European and American Opera. Carmela Londra is a Sicilian peasant who's already a brilliant singer in her early teens. She hoaxes her way into an exclusive Roman music school where a snotty clique mock her in French, knowing a working-class southerner doesn't understand it. Another student charges up to the Mean Girls spitting (literally, she spits on the floor in front of them) Votre gueule! ("Shut the fuck up!"). Continuing in perfect, polished French, she repeatedly calls them bullshit-spreading whores, calls the Alpha Bitch "the mother superior" and "the queen of bullshit", informs her that "if your singing note  is anything like your insults, you'll be the fucking phoenix of all the whores in the world!", and employs what turns out to be her favorite oath, "Sacre bite de Dieu!" — Holy God's dick!" None of this is ever translated, you have to know French to understand her. All the more shocking for coming out of this obviously well-bred, highly cultured girl.note  Her name's Ida Angioia, she's a Neapolitan mezzo-soprano with a genius IQ, and she becomes Mella's lifelong friend.
  • Felix from You Look Different in Real Life calls his mother to tell her that he and the others have taken off by themselves to follow Keira to New York City. Justine hears her screaming at him in Spanish.
    Nate: My Spanish must be better than I thought it was, because I got some of that and wow, I'm sorry, man.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Selma Hayek's character on 30 Rock not only launches into Spanish tirades when frustrated, but, according to the subtitles, is incredibly annoyed specifically at being provoked into acting like Ricky Ricardo.
  • Det. Chano Amenguale ranted in Spanish a few times on Barney Miller.
  • A possible contender for Trope Codifier is The Brothers García where the family has a name for when their father starts ranting in Spanish: Ricky Ricardo.
  • In an episode of Chico and the Man, a government bureaucrat gives Ed Brown a verbal tirade in Spanish before leaving, Chico looking on with a shocked look on his face. When Ed asks Chico what the bureaucrat said, Chico replies "You're too young to know!"
  • CSI: NY: Stella Bonasera, who is Greek-American does this, though it's got a friendlier meaning when she gently speaks to Mac in Greek while he's brooding over a case in "The Closer."
    • She does it a couple of times during the antiquities smugglers arc.
    • Downplayed in "No Good Deed" as she starts jabbering when something falls out of the sky into her cup while she and Mac are having coffee on the street. Mac is amused at first...until she shows him it's a human eyeball.
    • After a perp attacks her in the subway stairwell in "The Cost of Living," Stella tells Mac he started cussing at her in Greek when she fought back.
  • When the alien characters on Farscape are sufficiently frustrated or angry their Translator Microbes can't quite keep up, leading to streams of ranting in their native languages. D'Argo is especially prone to this. Additionally, common swear words don't translate in the first place, so all swearing arguably falls under this trope. Ironically, Crichton's frequent raving in English also comes across as this to his shipmates.
    • Sometimes, just for the hell of it, he'll throw in a Klingon word or two, as fictional languages aren't translated by the Translator Microbes.
  • Some of the Chinese dialogue in Firefly probably counts, although it's not exactly a foreign language as far as the characters are concerned.
  • The Flying Nun has Carlos, who occasionally reverts to his native Spanish when particularly frustrated with Sister Bertrille's latest mess.
  • One of the soldiers in Generation Kill will occasionally start screaming in Portuguese on the radio net.
  • Santana, a Latina woman with well known anger management issues on Glee, launched into a Spanish one of these after Finn and Rachel's kiss lost them a nationals championship. It wasn't only a tirade, if her teammates weren't holding her back, she probably would have attacked.
  • An episode of Grey's Anatomy has Callie's Catholic father arriving with a minister in order to "pray away the gay." One scene of the episode involves a long rant by her in Spanish to Sloan, who eventually tells her that he doesn't understand a word. Surprisingly, this is the only time Callie switches to Spanish, even though the actress is Mexican.
  • Ranjit, their regular driver, goes off on a Farsi rant in How I Met Your Mother before storming off in a "Cavemen vs. Astronauts" Debate. Translated he says "Duck can swim, duck can walk, duck can fly, what do you want from an animal?"
    • Notably, the character is supposed to be from Bangladesh, but his actor, Marshall Manesh, was Persian. Rather than having him rant in a language he did not know, the showrunners opted to have rant in a language he was more familiar with as long as it sounded foreign.
  • Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy is probably the Trope Codifier.
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022):
    • "In Throes of Increasing Wonder...": When Paul de Pointe du Lac inadvertently sets off the staunch atheist Lestat de Lioncourt's Berserk Button by inquiring about the latter's Christian background, Lestat's diatribe eventually switches to French as an indicator of just how pissed off the Frenchman is, although Louis interrupts him before Lestat can finish his sentence.
      Lestat: J'espère que cela satisfera les oiseaux perchés dans le cage de votre es[prit]—! note 
    • "Like Angels Put in Hell by God": Lestat reverts to his native tongue when he blusters at Claudia for not wanting to finish their chess match.
  • Ravi from Jessie often rants in Hindi when he is freaking out. Lampshaded when Jessie got so used to Ravi's rants that she actually understands him.
    Jessie: I'm pretty much familiar with the phrase "Jessie, this is all your fault!" in Hindi.
  • Cue Card "boy" Tony Mendez will sometimes do this on The Late Show with David Letterman.
  • Longitude: Harrison and his clock are transferred to another ship in Lisbon harbour, and he's introduced to its captain when he bumps into a pretty woman storming out of the Captain's cabin while delivering this trope.
    Captain: Do you know anything bloody rude in Portuguese?
    Harrison: No sir, I'm afraid I don't.
    Captain: Pity.
  • The Turkish soldier in the M*A*S*H episode "A Full Rich Day" spews a fountain of untranslated rhetoric which the doctors assume (correctly) are demands to rejoin his unit, never mind his shoulder wound. He does know a couple of phrases in English, including "okay" (of course), and "damn good Joe".
  • Catalina from My Name Is Earl does this at least once with a tirade against Joy in Spanish; doubled as a Bilingual Bonus since what she is actually doing is commenting to her fans through the Fourth Wall.
  • In Nickelodeon's The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, her grandfather (who raises her and is played by Pat Friggin' Morita) is said to rant in Chinese when angry. And Pat Morita is Japanese.
  • Ziva David on NCIS has lapsed into an exasperated rant in Hebrew at least once, but because the actress is Latina, viewers fluent in Hebrew find the pronunciation somewhat odd.
  • Moze on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide is great volleyball player, but only when trash talking the other team. The ref kept penalizing her for unsportsmanlike conduct so she tries to switch to Swedish, but turns out the ref speaks Swedish too.
  • In The Office (US), during a roast Michael Scott arranges for himself, Oscar does this.
    Oscar(in a talking head): It wasn't hard. I just wrote down the things I usually yell during the drive home.
  • April does this once in a while in Spanish on Parks and Recreation.
  • Radek Zelenka of Stargate Atlantis frequently rants in Czech when frustrated; these are split 50/50 between context-relevant statements and tirades directed at the viewer or the actors present. The character of Zelenka was originally written as a Russian, but was changed to Czech in order to allow David Nykl to use his native tongue. It's important to note that these rants are usually unsubtitled.
    • Then there's the long graphic description of Atlantis rising out of the water when recording a message to his family on Earth. Ford, who doesn't understand a word, asks if he's revealing anything that requires security clearance. "Security clearance?"
    • In another instance, when he and Sheppard are searching for a crashed Jumper on the floor of the ocean, Zalenka does one of his characteristic rants, to which Sheppard responds "I think my Czech's getting better, because I know what you mean."
  • Star Trek: Enterprise's final episodes reveal the universal translator given to aliens visiting Earth to help them speak with humans lacks the various languages more vulgar and profane phrases from its databases, leaving them untranslated for the alien.
  • The West Wing: in what may be President Bartlet's Moment of Awesome, he rants in Latin in the National Cathedral, at God.

  • In the '70s musical adaptation of Two Gentlemen of Verona, Proteus and Julia do this when they are reunited.
  • In Gilbert and Sullivan's Utopia Ltd. Tarara explodes into Utopia's native language despite orders for the king that people are to speak English. Since it shocks the ladies of the court, it's censoring out what he actually said.
  • Lampshade Hanging in Idiot's Delight:
    Pittaluga: Pezzo mascalzone farabutto prepotente canaglia...
    Don: And it will do you no good to call me names in your native tongue.

    Video Games 
  • There is a scene in World in Conflict, where French Commander Sabatier lets out an angry tirade in French after the American protagonists fail to recognize the cultural importance of a local church. He is cut short, however, by Colonel Sawyer, who reveals that he is fluent in French and well-versed in local history in his personal Moment of Awesome.
  • In Mercenaries 2, Matthias Nilsson will sometimes curse in Swedish after losing one of Fiona's challenges. It is subtitled as [Curses in Swedish]
  • Salvador from Borderlands 2 will occasionally start yelling invectives and profanities in Spanish when gunzerking. The subtitles are in Spanish, though.
  • Assassin's Creed II has a variation in that Caterina Sforza's speech taunting her children's kidnappers was in Italian the entire time in real life, but in this simulation being viewed by the descendant of someone who was present at the event the Animus seemingly gives up trying to translate it into English at some point. Not that it matters, since her tone gets the point across beautifully.
  • Non-English example in Civilization VI: Catherine de Medici speaks French for most of her dialogue, but responds to a declaration of war by angrily ranting in her native Italian. Inverted with Gandhi, who'll rant at you in English when angered.
  • Modern Warfare 2 has the normally very stoic Nikolai unleash a massive tirade in Russian after his plane is nearly shot down.
  • In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the only time you'll ever see Nemona complaining loudly is when Arven teases her for being a princess calling her parents "mother and father."
    Nemona: Callate! Callate! Callate! (Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)

    Visual Novels 
  • In Sickness, a Thai couple start arguing in their native tongue in front of Suoh and Markus at one point.

    Web Animation 
  • Angry Joe made a machinima of Mass Effect 2 where his character at one point starts screaming in Spanish, the entire thing is subbed as "Latino Rage".
  • Dr. Havoc's Diary: Professor Von Duct, early on in Episode 2, rants in German due to being incredibly frustrated by how nobody pays attention to him and his inventions.

  • In City Under the Hill often M.T. will slip into Polish cussing, this usually occurs when paperwork overflows, Seamus is hurt, or Slim exists.
  • In Fate/type Redline, when the Church official reveals to Tsukumo that the Avalon they gave her is a replica, she sits for a moment stunned before exploding into a foul-mouthed heavily censored tirade in Japanese. The official's assistant tries to pass it off as slang that should be ignored.
  • In General Protection Fault, after Ki's father gets hit by a car during the "Surreptitious Machinations" arc and is near death for a while, Ki's mother calls her and speaks to her in an emotional mix of Chinese, Japanese and English.

    Web Video 
  • Economy Watch: Jimmy Garcia and Ronaldo Garcia give a long rant about Franco in Spanish, without subtitles.
  • French Baguette Intelligence: Fuck Cares frequently goes on rants in French, despite the conversations predominantly taking place in English.
  • Hellsing Ultimate Abridged: Pip Bernadotte has a few choice words for Zorin Blitz after she starts torturing Seras:
    Pip: VA TE FAIRE FOUTRE! (pistol-whips Zorin) It's French for FUCK OFF! (empties revolver into her)
  • Finnish cursing, from a Let's Play of Kaizo Mario World.
  • raocow has done this on occasion when very frustrated. Once he got so frustrated that he did the remainder of the day's video in French, which a fan helpfully translated.
  • In her Hot Pepper Gaming review of HuniePop, Reina Scully lapses into Japanese at one point. She's not cursing: the pain of the pepper overwhelmed her so badly that she temporarily lost the ability to speak English.
  • Whenever PewDiePie gets scared or frustrated while playing a game, expect a Swedish expletive somewhere.

    Western Animation 
  • Subverted in the South Park episode "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime", Kyle speaks in Pig Latin to an imprisoned Cartman over the nail file in the cake.
    Kyle: There's a ailnay ilefay inside of it.
    Cartman: A what?
    Kyle: An ailnay ilefay.
    Cartman: What's that?
    Kyle: Listen, aggotfay! An ailnay ilefay so you can eakbray out of isonpray!
    Stan: Yeah, you stupid umbassday!
    Cartman: I'd love to eat a cake, you guys, but they don't let us take anything back to the cells from here.
    Kyle: They on'tday?! [takes the cake down] Why the ellhay otnay?! It ooktay ourfay ourshay to akebay this Od-damnedgay akecay, and ownay we're otallytay ewedscray!
  • One episode of The Simpsons had two Russian cosmonauts screaming in Russian; their lines were subtitled simply as "Russian profanities" and "More Russian profanities".
  • In King of the Hill episode "Father of the Bribe", after Bobby offends Kahn and Hank defends the boy, Kahn walks off swearing in Laotian. Subverted in that Hank understands it ("Yeah yeah, I know, I'm a broiled ox penis"), probably because he's heard it so much.
  • The 1930 Mickey Mouse short The Cactus Kid has a scene of Minnie yelling at Mickey in Spanish.
  • In The Three Caballeros, Jose Carioca launches into a Brazilian Portuguese version of this when the Aracuan Bird steals his cigar.
  • In Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, the eponymous J-rockers tend to do this when they get upset.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long
    • In the episode "Feeding Frenzy" Jake's dad insults Grandpa's mother in Norwegian thinking he won't understand him. Unfortunately, Grandpa also knows Norwegian.
      • In the Norwegian dub of the same episode, this was changed to him (for obvious reason) speaking Dutch instead.
    • Jake's grandpa occasionally has moments when he'll start yelling in Chinese when Jake has screwed up big time.
  • Amy Wong from Futurama will sometimes start cursing in Cantonese when she gets angry. And since her voice actress, Lauren Tom actually speaks it it's authentic too.
  • Sour Cream from Steven Universe angrily rants to his father Marty in the Intelligible Unintelligible gibberish his stepfather Yellowtail and younger brother Onion speak in the episode "Drop Beat Dad."
  • Crossed with Pardon My Klingon in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies", when Seabreeze, frustrated at Fluttershy giving in to the other, dangerously feckless Breezies, gives a long tirade in Breezish.
    Applejack: Uh, what did he say?
    Fluttershy: [blushing] I'd... rather not say.
  • The Looney Tunes Show: In the episode "DMV" after terrible driver Daffy Duck nearly runs over Speedy Gonzales, Speedy starts yelling at Daffy in Spanish.

    Real Life 
  • Hideki Kamiya of PlatinumGames fame. His Twitter account is partly a Q&A account, but he will not hesitate to badmouth users who ask him annoying or repeated questions. If you come off as a massive nuisance to him, especially if you're talking to him in English, he'll cuss you out in Japanese before blocking you; expect the words kuso,tl  baka, and gaijintl  to pop up. Many Twitter users have learned the hard way.
  • Occasionally invoked towards suspected infiltrators or spies. Startle or attack them suddenly and see what language their outburst comes in.
  • Apparently, the pain-relieving effect of profanities (confirmed by MythBusters) is lessened when you swear in a foreign language. Seems like the Jim Butcher is right about that foreign-language-as-isolator-from-reality concept.

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