Created By: AxMachina on August 2, 2014

Echo Character

A character, usually a sidekick, repeats a clause or phrase another person said. And does it again and again.

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Looks like our hero has accidentally ran into a foe and his two henchmen. The foe says something, well, mean, or just starts trash-talking. The first henchman adds onto what his boss is saying. The second one...just starts repeating what has been said. OK, you think, well, perhaps the second henchmen may say something witty next time. Again, the villain talks, the first henchmen adds on and...what? Did the second henchmen just repeat what they said again? What's the point of that?

Well, that's an Echo Character. Mostly reserved for sidekicks, the Echo Character usually repeats what others around it, particularly it's partners in crime, say. Whether it be trash-talking, teasing, or just observing, the Echo Character will always blatantly say, "Yeah, [already said line.]"
Community Feedback Replies: 3
  • August 2, 2014
    Do you have any examples?
  • August 2, 2014
    I have two examples, both protagonistic and antagonistic. As such, I think the description should be rewritten to include them both.

    Western Animation
    • A protagonistic example of this is Clam the Rhino from Camp Lazlo. Lampshaded by Edward in the episode, "Burpless Bean".
      Raj (in a flashback): "No way, Jose! if you fire Lazlo, I will quit and protest!"
      Lazlo: "Wow. What did Clam say?"
      Edward: "He just repeated the last word Raj said."
      Clam (in a flashback): "Protest!"
      Lazlo: "Yeah, that sounds like something he would say."
    • Sour Susan from Horrid Henry usually repeats the last few words said by her best friend, Moody Margaret.
  • August 2, 2014
    Sounds like Parrot Exposition...