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Basic Trope: A girl or woman (usually a teenage girl) who is more concerned with fashion than smarts.

  • Straight: Alice is a very fashion-conscious and spoiled Dumb Blonde, who, like, always, like, totally talks like this.
  • Exaggerated:
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  • Downplayed: Alice dresses fashionably and is not very interested in schoolwork but otherwise no dumber than any other student even if she like, uses like more than average.
  • Justified:
    • Alice was taught to be this way by her mother, the media, etc. who encourage this sort of behavior in young girls.
    • Alice is an Idiot Heroine.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice doesn't really care about fashion (indeed, may be something a Tomboy or Shorttank), and speaks articulately.
    • Bob is, like, totally a gnarly Surfer Dude.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice overuses like but is smart.
    • Alternatively, Alice appears to be pretty smart.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • Alice's mother is an aging porn star who behaves like this... As is Alice.
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    • Alice like, so acts like this like, all the time, including when it's so inappropriate to do so. Even when like, things are totally about to get serious.
    • Alice's slang is so gnarly that it includes words that are like, totally (intentionally) ridiculous.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice is smart and not afraid to show it, and while she does make an effort to look nice and presentable, she is not fashion-obsessed.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Oh, my God, I, like, totally-" "Alice, stop talking like a stupid bitch, will you?"
  • Invoked: Alice goes to a new school where these girls are the highest up the popularity daisy chain and get all the boys. Alice decides to act like this to fit in better...then it takes on a life of its own.
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  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice decides that she'll get further in the long run if she remains true to herself and doesn't hide her intelligence. And she does: her good grades get her further, and she finds a guy with a Geeky Turn-On who is far more appreciative of her than those Jerk Jock guys the popular girls are dating.
  • Discussed: "I hate how Alice, like, always, totally, talks like this!"
  • Conversed: "It's annoying when smart girls act stupid to get popular."
  • Deconstructed: Looks will only get you so far in life, and most everyone thinks that someone who, like, talks this way is totally a moron.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice develops her smarts as well as keeping up her looks (and may put those to use in a field that welcomes both smarts and fashion-savviness, such as fashion design). She becomes very respected and successful.
    • Alice realizes that she shouldn't care if people think she's dumb and shallow. She should just be herself and hang out with people who appreciate her.
  • Played For Drama: A young girl learns the hard way that this doesn't fly in real life and needs to develop her smarts and personality.

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