Some characters don't take the saying "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" to heart. Other characters have a favorite Catch Phrase. What happens when you put the two together? A Sub-Trope of Catch Phrase. This is what happens when a character is fond of using a particular insult at a frequent basis. It can range from a demeaning nickname (like "Dumbass"), an expression (like "Kiss my ass"), or even a threat ("I'm going to kick your ass").
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Anime & Manga
- Dragon Ball:
- Freeza likes to call Saiyans "Monkeys."
- Vegeta is fond of using "Insect." For Krillin, he often calls him "Baldy."
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Dio Brando's is "Useless." It's also his Battle Cry. His son, Girono, adopts this catchphrase.
- Ranma ½: Akane often calls Ranma either a "pervert" or a "Jerk," and Ranma in return calls her a "Macho Chick."
- Fruits Basket: Kyo Sohma's is "Damn Rat" for Yuki and in return, Yuki calls him a "Stupid Cat."
- My Hero Academia: Katsuki Bakugou calls Izuku "Deku," which means "weakling," but Izuku later adopts it as his superhero name because it can also mean "never giving up." His other favorite insult for Izuku is "Damn Nerd," or "Fucking Nerd" depending on the translation. To everybody, Bakugou will often say "I'll kill you."
- Both Sasuke and Sakura tend to call Naruto an "Idiot." In the dub, Sasuke calls him a "Loser," and in both versions, he calls Sakura "Annoying."
- When Sai first appeared, he called Naruto "Dickless" or any variation of such, and he would call Sakura "Ugly."
- "Idiot" or "Baka" is this by default for any Tsundere character.
- YuYu Hakusho: Genkai always calls Yusuke "Dimwit," and in return he calls her "Grandma." Though, as time went on, the latter insult started to become an Affectionate Nickname for her.
- In Let the Right One In, Conny calls Oskar "Piggy." In the American remake, he calls him "Little Girl." It is later revealed that his Big Brother Bully, Jimmy, also calls him that.
- The View Askewniverse:
- Jay was fond of "Faggot" in Clerks, with "Cocksmoker" being a close second. Throughout the franchise, he's fond of "Motherfucker."
- Randal tends to call Jay and Silent Bob either "Junkies" or "Stoner Fucks."
- In Chasing Amy, a disgruntled fan calls Banky a "Tracer" because of his job as an inker in comic book art, much to his disdain. In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the director of the Bluntman and Chronic movie also calls him that.
- The Three Stooges: The trio often call each other "Chowder Head" and "Wiseguy."
- Holden Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye says "Phony" so often, it's amazing it's not the Trope Namer.
- Harry Potter:
- Michael Vey: Because of Michael's Tourette Syndrome, he is often called "Blinky" by Jack before he Took a Level in Kindness. Quentin also calls Michael "That Ticking Idiot."
- Gone: Drake, and to a lesser extent, Howard, call Little Petey "Petard" as a shot at his Autism. At one point, when Drake is torturing Astrid, Petey's sister, she forces her to call him that too. The Human Crew try to pass "Moof" off as a slur for the FAYZ mutants.
- "A Song of Ice and Fire:'' Tyrion Lannister would occasionally call people and things "As Useless as Nipples On a Breast Plate."
Live Action TV
- Red Forman from That '70s Show calls somebody a "Dumbass" nearly Once an Episode. His Mad Libs Catchphrase Insult is "My Foot Up Your Ass."
- The Big Bang Theory: Similarly, Leslie Winkle tends to call Sheldon a "Dumbass."
- Two and a Half Men: Charlie calls Alan a "Mooch." Both Alan and Charlie tend to call their mother, Evelyn, "The Devil." Berta always calls Alan "Zippy."
- The ''iCarly" gang always call their antagonists "Nubs." In one episode, they deal with a pompous talent contest runner-up who calls the kids a barrage of insults, but one that catches their interest is "Hob-Knocker." When they look it up, all they can say that it's disgusting and illegal.
- All in the Family: Archie regularly calls Mike a "Meathead."
- Kingdom Hearts: Everybody in Organization XIII outside of Roxas and Axel call Xion a "Puppet."
- Dangan Ronpa: Many of them are usually archived lines inserted in non-speaking dialogue boxes, but they sort of count.
- Dangan Ronpa: Mondo has "Piece of Shit" and "Son of a Bitch," Byakuya has "Stop Talking," "Idiot," and "Commoner," Sakura has "Bastard," and Toko ( as Genocide Jill) has "SOB."
- Super Dangan Ronpa 2: Fuyuhiko has "Dumbass," "Bastard," and "Don't Fuck With Me." Gundham Tanaka has "Mortals" or "Mere Mortals."
- New Dangan Ronpa V3: Maki more often than not asks Shuichi, and to a lesser extent, Kaito, "Do You Want To Die?" Tenko calls every guy she encounters a "Degenerate Male."
- Most of the members of the Grove Street Families in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas tend to call Carl a "Busta."
- Fate/stay night's Gilgamesh is fond of calling those he considers beneath him (which considering his supreme arrogance is just about everyone) "mongrels" or "lowlifes".
- The Angry Video Game Nerd believes that LJN stands for "Laughin' Jokin' Numbnuts." "Asshole" is one he uses very often too.
- Guru Larry has quite a few for Peter Molyneux, but one he uses the most is "Baldy."
- The Nostalgia Critic likes to use "Schmuck" a lot.
- The King of Hate usually calls players that beat him "Scrubs."
- ''Ed, Edd n Eddy:" Kevin likes calling the Eds "Dorks" so much, that in one episode, he lost a bet to see if he could go the whole day without saying it.
- The Simpsons: Bart Simpson is synonymous with the phrase "Eat My Shorts." Homer, more often than not, calls his neighbor, Ned Flanders, "Stupid Flanders."
- Nelson would often laugh at people's misfortunes with "Haw-haw." A lesser-known insult of his is "Dingus."
- Courage the Cowardly Dog:
- Bender has "Bite my shiny, metal ass." One he uses not as frequently is "Chump."
- Leela uses either "Pompous Dimwit" or "Buffoon" for Zap Brannigan.
- Beavis And Butthead have a dictionary of these, but the ones they use the most are "Dumbass," Fart-Knocker," "Asswipe," "Dillweed," and "Dillhole." In one episode, Butt-head calls Beavis a "Butt-Knocker," which seems to be a Berserk Button for Beavis.
- King of the Hill:
- Hank has "Jackass," usually for Dale or Bill. He also has "I'm Gonna Kick Yer Ass!"
- Kahn and Mihn often call their neighbors "Rednecks" or "Hillbillies."
- In one episode, Hank deals with a Bratty Half-Pint who calls him "Dusty bones full of green dust."
- The Fairly OddParents!: Vicky's is "Twerp."
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