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Basic Trope: A girl or young woman (usually a teenage girl) who is more concerned with fashion than smarts who has an exaggerated form of a California accent.

  • Straight: Alice is a very fashion-conscious and spoiled teenager, who, like, always, like, totally talks like this.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice is like, a walking stereotype of like, a Brainless Beauty and The Ditz obsessed with popularity on social media, And like totally perfect dresses, perfect hair and perfect makeup. It goes beyond merely being a bit ditzy and she nearly like, dies when she tries to take an totally interesting selfie with her favorite short and sleeveless hot pink like, dress?
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    • Every girl in the series is like this. They're all obsessed with social media, celebrities, shopping, shoes and clothes and they only talk in those, like, sing-song speech patterns, and they like end sentences like they're all like, questions?
  • 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.
  • Inverted: Bob is, like, totally a gnarly Surfer Dude.
  • Subverted: Ditzy Alice is interested only in fashion and she overuses like. Her interest in fashion is presented as shallow at first but it gets revealed she knows a lot about fashion history and she works really hard on her dream to work in the business, ideally as a fashion designer. It turns out she exaggerates her accent on purpose to fit among her friends. When she gives a presentation about the history of a polka dot pattern, she speaks clearly and sounds very professionally.
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  • Double Subverted: Alice is in interested only in fashion and she overuses like. Her interest in fashion is presented as shallow at first but it gets revealed she knows a lot about its history and she works really hard on her dream to work in the business, ideally as a fashion designer. But the minute she sets her eyes on Bob, she becomes a total airhead. Since then she aspires only to be his trophy wife.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice's mother is an aging porn star who behaves like this and Alice copies her every move. So young Alice is also a ditzy porn star who thinks it's the best career opportunity for a Californian beauty.
    • 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.
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  • Zig Zagged: Alice is in interested in fashion and she overuses like. Viewers think she's a shallow ditz but she'a actually a competent fashion designer who runs her own company. When she speaks with her customers, she speaks very professionally in a normal Californian accent. The minute she like, sets her eyes on Bob, she becomes, like a total airhead? Since then she aspires only to be like, Bob's totally gorgeous fashionable trophy wife. It gets eventually revealed she only pretends to be stupid to avoid intimidating Bob with her brains. She's miserable she had to give up her career. But then she like sees totally adorable shoes and posts a selfie of herself on Instagram so everything is like, totally fine again?
  • Averted: Alice is from the Valley in California, but she's smart and not afraid to show it. While she does make an effort to look nice and presentable, she is not fashion-obsessed. She speaks with a Californian accent, but not with the exaggerated stereotypical version of it.
  • Enforced: "We need a new teenage chick on the show. She must be gorgeous and stupid to appeal to boys and girls among the viewers. What's better that a girl with that atrocious but hilarious accent? And she'll be obsessed with social media, selfies, shoes, clothes, celebrities and all that girly stuff."
  • Lampshaded: "Oh, my God, I, like, totally-" — "Alice, stop talking like a stupid Valley girl, will you? Are you, like from California or what?"
  • 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.
  • Defied: Alice goes to a new school in California where all girls talk like this and dress like this. She 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, she's accepted to an Ivy League school and she finds a guy who is far more appreciative of her than those popular jocks who 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 still continues to, like, use "like" all the time but as a way to explain complicated concepts to others in layman's terms so that what she talks about becomes accessible to many people. She becomes very respected and successful as a result.
    • Alice realizes that she shouldn't care if people think she's dumb and shallow. She should just, like, be herself and hang out with people who appreciate her.

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