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Narrator Catchphrase
(permanent link) added: 2011-05-25 13:10:34 sponsor: Aminatep (last reply: 2013-09-01 03:38:14)

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I am still on the fence whether or not it's tropable.

A fairly specific type of catchphrase, where the narrator uses a specific phrase at various points throughout the story. Always overlaps with Author Catchphrase if the narrator is an Author Avatar.


  • Ciaphas Cain's "If only had I known what was waiting here, I would probably [insert cowardly or suicidal action]" and many others.
    • Notably different from Author Catchphrases like "What is?", "frak", etc.
    • Amberly has a a share of Editor Catchphrases, too.
  • Lemony Snickett's "a word which here means"
  • Alcatraz Series - The series is full of them. For example, every book begins with "There I was..."
  • Powerpuff Girls:
    • "The city of Townsville!"
    • "Once again, the day is saved, thanks to... the Powerpuff Girls!"
In The Wheel of Time series, every book's first chapter begins "The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose [in some place]. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of time. But it was a beginning.", with the place the wind rose from being given to suit the events to be described in the book.
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