->''"... REAP[ED] THE WHIRLWIND!"''
-->-- '''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: Worlds Collide, Part 2''', by Simon Furman; '''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: Infiltration #6''', by Simon Furman and '''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: Stormbringer #2''', by... well, take a guess.
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Basically this is when the author of a novel reuses the same line (or a variation) in his or her work. This isn't as much a RunningGag, a MeaningfulEcho or a ShoutOut as it is simply recycling the line. This [[TropesAreTools isn't necessarily a bad thing]], however.

Remember, it doesn't have to be a line of dialogue. It could also be a description of something, or always including an {{Expy}} of a character from an earlier work.

Contrast with CatchPhrase, where the same line or quote is used by characters in a single work.

Related: SignatureStyle, AuthorVocabularyCalendar, IfItWasFunnyTheFirstTime.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Cross Category]]
* Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone have a few of these.
** "Derp" was apparently a nonsense word invented on the set of ''{{Baseketball}}'' to exemplify stupid humor. It has been carried over to WesternAnimation/SouthPark in several forms, with no in-show explanation or link between them. Once there was a substitute school chef named "Mr. Derp" who did stupid physical gags; another time there was a Rob Schneider movie trailer (as part of a running gag of successively stupider movie trailers) whose narration consisted almost entirely of nonsensical permutations of the word "Derp".
** A more unusual example: Trey & Matt wrote the gag song "Montage" for an episode of WesternAnimation/SouthPark, but the same song was used in their completely unrelated movie ''TeamAmericaWorldPolice''.
** The DVDA (Trey & Matt's band) song "Now You're A Man", recorded for the movie ''{{Orgazmo}}'' was later used as the closing credits of a WesternAnimation/SouthPark episode.
* Multiple lines from show up in near identical form in the book ''Literature/{{Wigfield}}'' written by the show's creators (Creator/StephenColbert, Paul Dinello, and Creator/AmySedaris).
** In ''Strangers with Candy'', Stephen Colbert [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/55693/strangers-with-candy-feather-in-the-storm chastisingly tells Jerri that "you can't unfry things"]]. In his interview chapter in ''Wigfield'', Dillard notes that if there's one thing he's realized, it's that you can't unfry things.
** Both the episode "[[http://www.hulu.com/watch/56525/strangers-with-candy-hit-and-run?c=408:426 Hit and Run]]" and the second interview with the Grimmets in ''Wigfield'' include a debate over whether a feature of a hideously deformed face is an eye or a mouth, with one party arguing that it's a mouth because it's where the sound comes from and the other countering that whenever they tried to feed it there it would wink at them.
** Both the series finale and the first interview with Hoyt Gein include the phrase "Think about it- I haven't." Which was then CoveredUp when Colbert used it in his WHCA speech.
** "You touch [forbidden object] again and you're gonna pull back a bloody stump," which apparently one of Colbert's older sisters used to say to him when they were kids, appears in the SWC movie, an ''Series/Exit57'' sketch, and... something else.
** "The insane ramblings of a syphilitic brain"
** "I wasn't pushing you away, I was pulling me towards myself" appeared in an ''Exit 57'' sketch, an episode of Strangers with Candy, and then the movie.
* Both ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' and ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' feature a gag where Simon Pegg denies that Nick Frost is his boyfriend, followed immediately by Nick Frost getting something for him and Simon Pegg thanking him with "Thanks, babe". WordOfGod states this was by accident.
* Brad Meltzer has used the line "I'm not obsessed/addicted. I can stop any day I want, but today won't be that day. Neither will tomorrow..." in both the ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' miniseries and ''The Book Of Fate''.
* Creator/CharlieBrooker
** Across his writing and TV commentary, he describes people by making unflattering comparisons, and there are a number of adjectives he returns to time and again, including "haunted" (describing GordonBrown as a "haunted grandfather clock", a pair of ''TheXFactor'' contestants as "haunted porcelain dolls", etc.) and "dented" (describing [[BigBrother Jade Goody's]] mother as "[[EastEnders Dot Cotton]] reflected in the side of a dented kettle", [[SelfDeprecation himself]] as having a face "like a rucksack full of dented bells", etc.).
** In the introduction to his collection of Screen Burn columns, he mentions that he actually had to cut down the number of references to things being as unpleasant as "shitting out a pine cone", not realizing how many times he used the phrase.
** And [[PerfectlyCromulentWord Bibble]].
* Creator/JohnKricfalusi used to say "What are ya?" around the ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' offices, so the line was used in a few Games episodes.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* "In a corner of the soundless universe, there is a star that plays a beautiful melody. That is this Earth." Creator/NaokoTakeuchi uses variations of the line more than once in ''Anime/SailorMoon'', with [[MysteriousProtector Moonlight Knight]] saying it, and Rei saying it before singing her ImageSong "Eternal Melody".
* ''{{Nasuverse}}''
** The fandom would have you believe Kinoko Nasu's H-writing involves a lot of food metaphors, specifically seafood, specifically mollusks.
** Also, describing anything "on a completely different level".
** And "If A is X, then B is Y." as in "If A's strikes are like lightning, her enemy's attacks are like a thunderstorm."
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/ChrisClaremont. Many of his ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' plots are to a certain extent strings of mind control and transformation tropes linked to mutant wangst and peppered liberally with catchphrases--and there are lots, even excluding the characters' signature lines. See a representative list [[http://stason.org/TULARC/art/comics-xbooks/68-What-s-a-Claremontism.html here]]; others include:
** I can't--won't--betray that trust.
** My life. My risk.
** Your choice. Your funeral.
** More fool I.
** The last--and the ''best!''
** He/she/they (will) (always) find a way to win.
** [[BlessedWithSuck My gift]], [[CursedWithAwesome my curse]].
** Using "scrap" to describe all fights.
** Using "warrior born" to describe someone who is good at fighting.
** Using "clandestine" to describe anything.
** Reminding someone that saying you're sorry isn't good enough.
** As much _____ as _____. (E.g., "Her sword is as much friend as weapon.")
** No quarter asked. And none given.
** Bang! You dead.
* Stan Lee-style old-school MarvelComics
** 'My (eye beams/magic powers/heart condition) would kill (me/everyone else) without the aid of my (ruby-quartz visor/magic willpower/metal chest plate).
** Or, [[LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe 'My (superpower you might have forgotten about) will protect me!']]
** '@&* ^!'. They could swear in comics if they wanted to, that's just for flavour.
** "Just what the doctor ordered!"
** Snowclone titles on the lines of "If This Be (whatever)...!" and "My (brother/father/landlady etc.), My Enemy!"
** One well known Lee-ism is variations on the theme of "I've never seen him this (angry/agitated/etc.)", as used by Iceman in ''X-Men'' #1: "I never saw the Professor like this before ... so grim, so intense!"
* Everything by Simon Furman. EVERYTHING. He uses certain phrases so much that they have become known as "[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Furmanism Furmanisms]]" amongst the {{Transformers}} fandom, and are something of a joke. (Even Furman knows about them and uses them consciously.) A few favorites, with the Furmanism in bold, include:
** "I've stood here and watched humans -- frail flesh creatures -- fight and die for their world. '''CAN I DO LESS?'''"
** "Yeah. '''Better to FIGHT AND DIE'''-- than live with the knowledge that I ran!"
** "This is no demon, no ghost! It is metal and circuitry! It can feel pain -- '''IT CAN BE HURT!'''"
** "Do you not understand? '''It's OVER -- FINISHED!'''". An April Fools' Day "preview" for ''TransformersShatteredGlass'' played with this one; normally it's rendered as '''"over -- finished!"''', but the aforementioned gag preview instead rendered it as '''"finished -- over!"'''. The MirrorUniverse is so mirrored, even the Furmanisms are backwards!
** "I wish I could share their elation, believe that is truly over. Before he died, Jhiaxus mentioned a name, a place. In my heart of hearts, I know... '''IT NEVER ENDS!'''"
** "I now believe a SECOND menace exists, one that hovers '''like some predatory bird''' at the edge of my consciousness."
** "Thunderwing. HNH. '''Never DID want to live forever'''."
** "'''No! Y-you were dead... I killed you!'''"
** "If all those Autobots, all those humans, couldn't save Earth... '''WHAT CHANCE DO WE HAVE'''?"
* Furman's predecessor in the MarvelComics [[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]] series, Bob Budiansky (the person primarily responsible for the Transformers universe and its characters, actually) had several tendencies of his own:
** He often named women characters "Charlene" and men "Jake." There are several of each.
** On several occasions, he's ended a sentence with the construction, "[action] in the [action]-ing." For example, Laserbeak will extract information from any Autobot prisoners - even if they die in the telling.
** There's also "You better than you ", such as "I hope you shoot straighter than you think, Weirdwolf!"
** Finally, Budiansky tended to use a combination of ExpoSpeak and BadAssBoast as a convenient way to name-drop characters and their weapons/powers: "Leave a few of those little critters for me, Octane -- so my ionic displacer rifle can atomize 'em!"
* Creator/JhonenVasquez has a number of these in his JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac comics. "Nugat", "Bees are scary", and the word "Doom", just to name a few.
* Creator/KenPenders' run on ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog can be recognized by all characters' peculiar overuse of "I've", such as "I've only one chance!" instead of "I've got only one chance!", which sounds kind of oddly refined for an unruly blue teenage hedgehog. A small quirk, but an identifying one.
* Creator/AlanMoore ''loves'' the word "incidentally." Once he starts using it, he can't stop!
* Creator/FrankMiller often has protagonists saying "No reason to play it quiet" or "I have to play this quiet." Sometimes, it is said by the same protagonist at different points in which being quiet is either a good idea or a bad one.
* Creator/BrianMichaelBendis is fond of the phrase "You ruined the world!" or similar variations when a hero calls out a very destructive BigBad.
* Creator/WarrenEllis has Emma Frost saying "If I must/have to X, I shall simply Y."
* Creator/JuddWinick has a few. The old carnival slang phrase "Hey, Rube!" shows up repeatedly in ''Exiles'', ''Outsiders'', and ''ComicBook/TheAdventuresOfBarryWeenBoyGenius'' as an emergency signal, and his characters are very fond of threatening people with head trauma that will "leave them in a lower reading group." Characters accusing each other of something being "on the nose" is another good one.
* Creator/GarthEnnis is very fond of characters responding to someone else making a good point with a simple "Point."
* Greg Pak's run on ''Hercules'' was punctuated with characters responding to jokes or stupid comments with a flat "Ha." or "*Tch*".
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Creator/{{Swing 123}}: "Help. Cry for help." It first shows up in "Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesIIIDoubleTrouble", and then goes on to be in other [[Fanfic/TheCalvinverse Calvinverse]] stories, like "Fanfic/RetroChill" and "Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries" (in the episodes "[[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS1E7TheBlackTurningFunnelPart1 The Black Turning Funnel Part 1]]" and "[[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS2E3MonkeySeeMonkeyMaim Monkey See, Monkey Maim]]").
* He doesn't use it as much as he once did, but there was a time Cyber Commander (writer of "FanFic/YuGiOhTheThousandYearDoor" and the "{{FanFic/Shadowchasers}}" series) could ''not'' get five paragraphs without someone shouting "What? No!" He was also addicted to having his heroes call his villains "cowards" in lieu of any other insult.
* Almost every fanfic written by Andrew Troy Keller (a k a Cannonball) has the main character realising that they're "experiencing pure, untamed erotica... and enjoying every minute of it".
* Stories by ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'' fanfic writer [[http://totaldramaislandfanfiction.wikia.com/wiki/User:Gideoncrawle Gideoncrawle]] are likely to have at least one narrative sentence begin with "So it was", usually in the form, "So it was that X".
* "How dare you..." from ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors''. It's used in many different contexts, from the Prayer Warriors complaining about the "satanic" things their enemies are doing, to the author [[DearNegativeReader using it on his critics]].
* Using "ejaculated" as a synonym for "to exclaim". While ''[[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ejaculated?s=t technically]]'' accurate, it's more often used by people purposely writing SoBadItsGood fanfics.
* The author of ''Fanfic/ChristianHumberReloaded'' often likes to write "and I did" after Vash narrates what he intends to do, and he did.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Each ''Film/StarWars'' film includes a character saying, "[[ThisIsGonnaSuck I've got a bad feeling about this]]." ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' also includes it.
* Creator/MelBrooks has a bunch of these. There are a few that might be rather generic except for the fact they are always delivered in the exact same tone.
** "It's good to be the king!"
** "Hello, boys!"
** "Why am I asking you?"
** "Come. We have much to do. And less time to do it in."
** He also loves his "Walk This Way" jokes, with them occurring roughly [[OnceAnEpisode once a movie]].
* Creator/WoodyAllen loves to have a [[TheVamp vamp]] in a third of his movies with the last name of Fox.
* Many of Creator/JohnLandis' films have a fictional movie titled "See You Next Wednesday" being shown in a movie theater and/or advertised on a poster. It's also a line from ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', but Landis claimed this was a coincidence.
* Paul WS Anderson seems to like the phrase "I don't think so."
* Ruben Fleischer has directed [[Film/{{Zombieland}} two]] [[ThirtyMinutesOrLess films]] with Jesse Eisenberg in them; in both Eisenberg's character makes a TakeThat at {{Facebook}}. [[Film/TheSocialNetwork Guess what other movie Eisenberg was in?]]
* Creator/RobertRodriguez has used the line "You got a point." in ''Film/PlanetTerror'' and ''Film/{{Machete}}''.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. When Lucius Fox begins asking questions about how Bruce Wayne is spending company money, Bruce replies: "I'm playing this one pretty close to the chest." Much later, when Commissioner Gordon reveals that he faked his death, Harvey Dent comments, as if picking up that previous conversation: "You ''do'' like to play things close to the chest."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Lemony Snicket in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': "A word/phrase which here means..."
* Creator/DanBrown
** Whenever he wants a male character to give a speech/lecture/lesson to a group of people, he will always address his audience as "My friends..." (Examples, Robert Langdon from ''TheDaVinciCode'', Senator Sexton from ''Literature/DeceptionPoint''.)
** Also Dan Brown's opening sentence, of the format "[Occupation] [Name] [Action]," such as, "Renowned curator Jacques Saunière staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum's Grand Gallery." The people who begin the books also die within a few pages due to some kind of foul play. To be fair, though, Geologist Charles Brophy showed up in the ''second'' sentence of ''Literature/DeceptionPoint'' rather than the first.
* Children's author Creator/EdwardEager
** He will frequently have a character make a statement, followed by evidence of that statement happening "just to prove it."
** He also seems to be fond of annoyingly childish adults, who will invariably want to play make-believe type games involving "a dear little fairy" with the various protagonist children.
** He also likes "s/he said ungrammatically."
* Creator/RudyardKipling often uses "O best beloved" to address the reader in his JustSoStories.
* Creator/TerryPratchett
** He often has a reference to something expensive being made of something rare and endangered (e.g., the fur coat Vimes refuses to be bribed with in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' and the chairman's desk in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'').
** Quite a few characters are named Ronald: Ronald Rust, Ronald Soak, a king Ronald, Ronald Saveloy, Foul Ole Ron...
** ** And, of course, he has his [[FootnoteFever footnotes]]. He generally uses a lot of [[TalksLikeASimile original comparisons]] - for characters, places, things, situations, everything. You'll recognize 'em when you see 'em. "The X was like ."
--> "Magrat had used a lot of powder to make her face pale and interesting. It combined with the lavishly applied mascara to give the guard the impression that he was looking at two flies that had crashed into a sugar bowl."
** One that crops up quite often, particularly in the earlier books, is thrown weapons - usually axes - being described as moving through the air "like a partridge". Alternately he uses BuffySpeak: "It was as overwhelmingly powerful as a very [[ShapedLikeItself overwhelmingly powerful thing]]."
** [[LampshadeHanging "That was a]] [[JustForPun pune]], or play on words..." (in various permutations).
** (X) is not the opposite of (not-X). It is its absence. The ''real'' opposite of X is (cool made up/magical thing).
** Most every book has somebody [[AccidentalMisnaming misunderstand, mispronounce]] or [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore comment on]] somebody's unusual fantasy name. About five times a book for Moist von Lipwig and Adora Belle Dearheart.
** Many variations on "but that was a metaphor, i.e., a lie."
** Some version of "Character X didn't think he'd ever forget it, especially around 3 am on windy nights".
** "The leopard can't change his shorts," and variations, has become a tic for Pratchett in his later books.
** Many of the earlier books started off with a description of the world turtle, Great A'Tuin.
** 'Phenomenon X was something that happened to other people' tends to pop up on occasion.
* RobertRankin
** "It must be a tradition, or on an old charter or something."
** The repeated use of "stout sticks".
** "Most people think A is the opposite of B. C is what happens when you take A and go out the other side."
** "The transperambulation of pseudo-cosmic antimatter."
** "It is a well-known fact to those who know it well:"
* [[{{Dune}} Frank Herbert]]: "Ah-h-h-h." [sic]
* John Mortimer has several different receptionists named Angela and inns called the Stag At Bay in his works.
* Steven Brust always has a young girl named [[http://mindstalk.net/brust/devfaq.html Devera]] appear in his works. She isn't a catchphrase so much as a RunningGag. She's a single character, not a reused name, and it's a bit of a game among readers to find her in each new book.
* Similarly, nearly every series by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey includes a character whose name is somehow based on the name John Greene. The character Jayge in the ''DragonridersOfPern'' series is one example. According to the official biography written by her son Todd, John Greene was a family friend who was murdered, and this is Anne's way of giving him extra lives to make up for the one he lost.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein
** Characters say "So?", with context making it clear it's meant in the sense of "Is that so?". It occurred in (among others) ''Literature/BetweenPlanets'', ''Literature/BeyondThisHorizon'', ''Literature/CitizenOfTheGalaxy'', ''Literature/DoubleStar'', ''Literature/FarmerInTheSky'', ''Literature/FarnhamsFreehold'', ''Literature/{{Friday}}'', ''Literature/GloryRoad'', etc.
** [[FoodPorn Lavish, mouth-watering descriptions of food that make you hungry just reading them.]] Two of the best are in ''Literature/FarmerInTheSky'' and ''Literature/{{Friday}}''.
** Characters also say "Suits."- as in "It suits me." This is in most books and short stories.
** He also often uses ironclad grammatical accuracy in places where it's not appropriate, such as having Pat Bartlett say "an U.F.O." (most English speakers would say "''a'' U.F.O."), or Tom Fries's urging his niece Podkayne to use his "handky".
* "It came to pass" appears 1,297 times in ''Literature/TheBookOfMormon''.
* Brian Jacques' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series
** He really, really likes writing songs and poetry, which is probably why ''every single book'' turns on OnlySmartPeopleMayPass.
** And every book also includes at least one [[FoodPorn Heinlein-esque description of the sumptuous Redwall fare.]] With October Ale. Can't forget the October Ale.
* Also, in several of the books his characters tend to "salute ''smartly''", usually while holding something with their saluting paws.
* Most of MichaelCrichton's novels include a character named Levine. Sometimes it's a minor character, sometimes it's a major character. Other than the name, there's no indication that any of the Levines are related. Also Levy, Levitt, etc.
* "The leaden circles dissolved in the air," from Creator/VirginiaWoolf's ''Mrs. Dalloway.''
* Creator/DianeDuane's books
** They seem to contain many more "Ha!"s placed after an unlikely sentence than your typical book.
** The same with "Right" in response to an order or request. Lampshaded in one case, where a character does ''not'' say this after being forced to break his TechnicalPacifism, and someone else notices.
* Creator/DavidEddings
** Is a fan of the word "defenestration", including its potential for misunderstandings...
** Characters saying a variation on "...Did you notice? I thought I noticed you noticing."
** Anyone attempting to read the Elenium/Tamuli or Belgariad/Malloreon books one right after the other will notice quite rapidly just how many characters use "Be nice" as a playful admonishment, or "He's such a nice boy!" as a form of praise. They do it so much, one can only assume that they're universal idioms in Elene culture or something.
** Anyone reading the Belgariad/Malloreon and assorted prequels, sequels, and related books will notice that the phrase "what an amazing thing" is often reused.
** And he's terrified that someone will forget that Silk is a "rat-faced little Drasnian."
** Also: "Trust me" and assorted comments to that phrase, usually that it makes the other character nervous.
** Not to mention the fact that almost any conversation of any length seems to involve copious amounts of shrugging.
* Although this is partly the result of HavingAGayOldTime, Creator/JRRTolkien uses 'captain' in a manner much more general than one would expect (nowadays), essentially as a synonym for 'leader'.
* Terry Brooks' ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series
** He has a few key phrases that pop up on a frequent basis: "There was stunned silence," an older man's face described as "all planes and angles", etc.
** In his earlier books of the same franchise, he had a tendency to overuse "wordlessly" or some variation thereof.
* Creator/MercedesLackey
** Re-uses several proverbs across different series, attributing them to various in-universe sources. The most common one is probably "it is easier to apologize than to ask permission."
** She also uses the phrase "hit in the back of the head with a board" frequently. It seems that is the only way to describe shock in her world.
* Every ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book begins with the first person narrator saying something to the effect of: "My name is ''(blank). I can't tell you my last name, or what city I live in, or even what state. I can tell (about the Yeerks...)." This made the revelation of one character's last name very meaningful: with the villains aware of their identities and able to come down on them in force, there was now no reason to bothering hiding their last names, along with ages. (Jake's is [[spoiler: Berenson]], by the way.)
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''
** Robert Jordan was a big fan of "arms folded beneath her breasts" and "handsome woman". The former in particular is excessively mocked in the {{fandom}}.
** Then, of course, you've got the many, many times characters "sniff" or "snort" to express derision, indignation, or what have you. Women sniff; men snort (except Siuan, a handsome woman who snorts.)
** The phrase "Nynaeve yanked on her braid" and all variants thereof were exceptionally numerous. Smart money says that Nynaeve would become the first woman in Randland to go bald.
** Every single book begins with the phrase
---> "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."
* Creator/TerranceDicks, much-beloved ''Series/DoctorWho'' television, [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations novelisation]] and [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] writer
** He has many, commonly subject to AffectionateParody: "The mysterious traveller in time and space known only as the Doctor...", "A wheezing, groaning sound" (as a descriptor of the TARDIS sound effect), as well as stock descriptions of individual Doctors. (He ''did not'', however, come up with the equally famous and much-referenced chapter title "Escape To Danger", which first appears as Part 3 of the television story "The Web Planet" by Bill Strutton.)
** One of his stock Doctor descriptions is Fifth's "pleasant open face", which ''The Complete(ly Useless) Doctor Who Encyclopedia'' considers a disturbing disfigurement that thankfully wasn't present on screen.
** He also had stock descriptions for each recurring alien menace. The Ice Warriors, for instance, were "a once proud race."
** One novelization had 'hum of power' appear three times in two pages. That phrase, and 'bench packed with complex electronic equipment' appeared so often that he must have been taking them off the scripts.
* Creator/IanFleming
** Over the course of his ''Literature/JamesBond'' novels, it's amazing just how many things (especially physical features) are described as "cruel." Only in ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' is an attempt made to justify this strange choice of words in-dialogue.
** He is also another FoodPorn writer. Every single Bond book contains descriptions of high-life cooking that puts his pulpy descriptions of women to shame quality-wise.
* Read just about any ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' book that has J. Robert King as the author. Play a drinking game using the word 'sanguine' or any reference to something ancient. Watch your liver and/or bladder die quickly!
* Creator/StephenieMeyer uses the words 'chagrin' and 'dazzle' amazingly frequently in her ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' books. 'Chagrin' was also used quite a few times in her other book, ''Literature/TheHost''. Those words are used so frequently, in fact, that the fans who love to hate Meyer and ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' use the phrase 'chagrined my dazzle' to express sadness or disappointment. See also [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4568670/1/Chagrin this]].
* It seems like every book Desmond Bagley has written has a scene where someone is found dead with their head split open and their "brains leaking out".
* Creator/TomHolt regularly features the phrase "appeared like [[Franchise/StarTrek Romulans decloaking]]" in his FantasyKitchenSink novels.
* German Author Wolfgang Hohlbein is really fond of "a darkness that was more than just the absence of light"
* Creator/EoinColfer
** He likes this exchange:
-->'''Character A''': Tell me this thing that you are keeping secret from me!
-->'''Character B''': I'll tell you, but you won't like it.
-->'''Character A''': Tell me anyway!
-->'''Narrator''': B told A. A didn't like it.
** Also, characters responding to technobabble with "I see," only for the narrator to inform us that this was a lie.
* Bill King in ''Games Workshop Literature/GotrekAndFelix'' novels
** He always starts fights by having Gotrek "Run his thumb along his axe until it drew blood." Considering the nature of his axe (one of the most powerful rune weapons in the world, originally thought (and made out to be) one of the two belonging to a Dwarf ''god!''), it's a wonder Gotrek has any thumb left. Of course, it's because he's just that BadAss.
** Felix "throwing his red Sudenland wool cloak over his shoulder" is practically a drinking game in itself, appearing as it does multiple times per book.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novels, as well as several other in-universe novels by the same authors
** They have a liking for describing vast rooms as "cyclopean" and doorways as "tenebrous." The first three books in the series start by recounting the same story ([[spoiler:how Horus killed the Emperor]]) but with very different inflections and context, although this is less an AuthorCatchphrase and more ArcWords.
** There is also a tendency to describe characters as having "patrician" features.
* Creator/StephenKing
** Ever since he started ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', he keeps putting references to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ka_(Dark_Tower) "ka"]] in a lot of his books.
** He has also become inordinately fond of the phrase "[''character name''] had an idea that [''theory about something'']." For example: "In his deepest heart [Tian] had an idea that madrigal would sow no more than the porin had before it."
** King seems particularly fond of the phrase, "My friends and neighbors," during first-person narratives. It's used when characters are addressing an imaginary audience within their own minds. Depending on the [[AuthorAvatar character narrating]] the audience may be the [[FourthWall readers themselves]]. A less subtle example would be its frequent use in non-fiction work while he speaks directly to reader.
** He also likes phrases like "This was the last time [''character name''] saw [''character's loved one''] alive...".
** King also seems to have a fondness for knees that "pop like gunshots" when a character crouches or stands from a crouch.
** He has characters digging their nails into their hands so hard they draw blood in quite a few books and stories.
** Not to mention "bottle-green eyes".
* [[JackReacher Lee Child]] never fails to mention that "Reacher said nothing".
* OlderThanFeudalism: Creator/{{Homer}}'s ''Iliad'' and ''Odyssey'' were originally orally passed down; with each recitation, the bard spoke these stories out loud and re-composed them along the story outlines using memorized stock phrases. As such, the written versions known today have many, many repeated phrases, including "Grey-Eyed Athena," "the Well-Greaved Aegeans" and "Rosy-fingered Dawn."
* ''Literature/TheAeneid''
** Despite being written instead of spoken, it keeps in Homer's tradition with "Pious Aeneas", "Savage Juno", and "mixed with a great heap" (the last one is alliteration in Latin).
** Also "roaring rocks", "two toothed sheep chosen according to custom", and "Sacred groves". The Aenied was purposely written in the style of earlier Greek epics.
* ''Literature/TheBible''. Isaiah refers to {{God}} as "The Holy One of Israel" numerous times. This phrase is rarely if ever used outside of Isaiah.
* Weiss & Hickman's Dragonlance stuff uses "the spidery language of magic" a bit too regularly.
* Creator/JKRowling
** She is unusual in that with each ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book, she seemed to pick a particular unusual word to use multiple times, though generally usage of the word is not restricted to just one of the books. For example, in ''Half Blood Prince'', she uses the word "surreptitiously" about seven or eight times. And just try and count how many times a character "[[HaveAGayOldTime ejaculates]]".
** Especially later in the series, there are multiple times per book that Harry gets a feeling or sensation "that had nothing to do with [the current situation]" to show that his mind is elsewhere entirely.
** There are some words that recur throughout the series, however, including "shrilly", "dully", "matter-of-factly", and "thunderstruck".
** She mentions socks so often throughout Harry Potter, many fans were convinced that they would somehow be a ChekhovsGun.
** Also, Snape's long black cloak sure does a lot of billowing.
** Several times she makes use of an unusual "he, [character], [action]" form of narrating, often during dramatic moments, such as [[spoiler: when Sirius is killed and shortly before the chapter ends]] the book says "[[spoiler: Sirius]] must be just behind the curtain, he, Harry, would pull him back out again..."
* Simon R Green
** He has a really, really bad habit of picking up a phrase and running with it through a series. If he uses "death's-head grin" or a variation thereof in the Deathstalker books ONE MORE TIME...
** Also, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" in the same work.
** also the phase "Watch Me" when someone says that can't do something.
** Try reading his Literature/{{Nightside}} novels. Apparently ''many'' things are "the easiest thing in the world" when John Taylor uses his Third Eye ability.
** During the several-page monologue in the first ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'', and a few other times in the same book, John Taylor picks up "I don't carry a gun. I've never felt the need."
* Laurell K. Hamilton
** She is very fond of the phrase 'red ruin' to describe lacerated bodies in the ''Literature/MerryGentry'' series, and less frequently in the ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' series.
** LKH has a ton of these, especially in her (far too frequent and recycled as the series continues) sex scenes. How many times has someone kissed someone else 'like [person 1] would eat [person 2] from the mouth down'?
* Creator/HPLovecraft
** He often uses similar phrases and words to describe his, erm, indescribable monsters, including "eldritch", "Cyclopean", "bachtrian", "gibbering", "non-Euclidean", and "torn from the underside of _____".
** He was phobic of anything to do with fish or the sea. This accounts for frequent descriptions such as "batrachian", "ichthyic", "pulpy", "tentacled", and "stench of a cloven sunfish".
* DaveBarry really likes to write "I am not making this up", "This really happened", or "I am not making up this _______" after something that is strange but true. He uses a lot of hyperbole, so this explains that, no, he is not exaggerating for comedic effect.
* Stephen R. Donaldson's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' novels
** He really likes to use unusual words like "fey", "anile" and "abnegation".
** The essay "[[http://news.ansible.co.uk/plotdev.html The Well Tempered Plot Device]]" suggests playing "Clench Racing" with the ''Thomas Covenant'' books by opening one at random and looking down the text until you find the word "clench". It won't take you long.
* Creator/NeilGaiman
** He has a habit of describing things (usually but not always characters) as "smelling of X, not unpleasantly", where X is some smell that's distinctive but not usually considered appealing, like sweat (as with Hunter in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''), which also has a description of the "under city" of Bangkok smelling "not unpleasantly of sex". Likewise, Mr. Nancy's tobacco-permeated NiceHat in ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' is also described in this manner.
** He's also fond of having characters describe their ages by having them say they are "[[MathematiciansAnswer As old as [their] tongue, but a little older than [their] teeth"]]. [[Literature/AmericanGods Mr. Wednesday]], [[Literature/{{Neverwhere}} Hunter]], and [[TheThreeFacesOfEve the Kindly Ones]] from ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' all answer with this when asked how old they are.
* AlternateHistory author Creator/HarryTurtledove uses a few.
** His favourite seems to be the narration, "It never even crossed their mind..." when he describes a character doing something suspect. A less common one is a character saying, "You're not wrong," or a variation thereof.
** Very common, however, is a character involved in an argument/debate telling another "Tell me I'm wrong," and the other being unable to say so. Especially in recent books, this happens virtually every time two characters have a mild disagreement or are just having a bull session about some issue of the day.
** Also ludicrously fond of variations of the phrase "The shiver up his back had little to do with the cold air".
** It's also possible for capital letters to be heard and many locks and doors have a final sound to them.
* Going by the evidence presented in ''Reckless Sleep'', one could be forgiven for thinking the only adjective RogerLevy knows is "fat". Fat guns, fat tears, everything.
* Creator/DavidGemmell had a few stock phrases that he often fell back on, one of the most prominent in his later works being a tendency to describe a new character as being round-shouldered.
* Creator/ChristopherMoore has a few phrases which crop up often in his books. "Heinous fuckery (or alternately, "Henious fuckery most foul")" is used often, along with extremely... explicit descriptions of women's bodies.
* Louisa May Alcott loves the phrase "like a true man/woman" and the words manly, womanly, and mien.
* Creator/LarryNiven's tendency to spell "yeah" as "yah".
* Creator/DavidWeber novels
** When combat inevitably results, something will do something "with contemptuous ease".
** Encountering the phrase "palm up" in a David Weber novel is a miracle of very nearly biblical proportions. Palms are nearly always "uppermost" instead.
** Some variant of the phrase "Such as it was, and what there was of it" shows up in nearly every novel.
-->''...the entire [[Literature/{{Safehold}} Siddarmark Navy]] — such as it was, and what there was of it — wasn't quite able to believe that anyone else would take it seriously...''
** "...never-to-be-sufficiently-damned..."
** When someone messes up badly, they've "screwed the pooch" or "screwed up by the numbers".
** Anything really difficult (for instance, [[Literature/{{Safehold}} sailing a fleet of galleons through a narrow channel at night in the middle of a storm to sneak up on an enemy force]]) will quite often be described as a "copperplated bitch".
** "Black as the inside of a boot" is most common in the ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series, though it does show up in other works.
** The phrase "Let's be about it", while originally Literature/HonorHarrington's CatchPhrase, has been used in several other works. The same thing might be happening to [[Literature/{{Safehold}} Merlin's]] "One tries".
** Weber seems to love the word "palatial," especially to describe shipboard cabins in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series.
* Creator/JimButcher is so fond of this, you'll all but grimace. Other favorites in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' include "predatory grin," "it hurt" (as in, "a hundred nails pierced my skin. It hurt."), and calling a supernatural woman "too terrifying to be beautiful" before describing exactly how beautiful she is.
* Creator/AAMilne's in ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'' is saying that someone said something carelessly. What that is supposed to imply about how the line was said, no one really knows.
* Creator/JohnGreen
** He tends to describe things in situations in the form of semi-nonsensical lists in his novels. It's easier to show an example than to explain:
--> I became a smoker because ''1.'' I was on an Adirondack swing by myself, and ''2.'' I had cigarettes, and ''3.'' I figured that if everyone else could smoke a cigarette without coughing, I could damn well, too. In short, I didn't have a very good reason. So yeah, lets just say that ''4.'' it was the bugs.
** He also makes sure to use the word 'deadpan' once in every book.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Characters repeat a number of cliches within the world of the novels, some popping or gaining greater frequency in later books.
** In later books, characters say "little and less," and "much and more" a lot. They pop up in the narration, and are used by various characters. You can expect to see one or the other about once every three chapters.
** Another phrase that is used by many characters is "dark wings, dark words."
** Also, "Words are wind," is used in the fifth book with a startling frequency.
** Characters are often said to be "green as summer grass."
** Characters often describe any long distance as "a thousand leagues" or "thousands of leagues," even though 1,000 leagues is 3,000 miles, which would usually be an absurdly long distance in context. Characters seem to be exaggerating for effect. Also, given the technology level of the world, cartography isn't exactly a popularly known science.
** After book three Tyrion chapters frequently use the phrase "wherever whores go." Jon Snow is also a PhraseCatcher for "you know nothing Jon Snow."
** Martin also has the tendency to use the word "ululating" with great frequency. If someone is chanting or making a wordless cry, expect it to be described this way.
* Creator/GordonKorman likes to use the name "Gavin Gunhold" in his novels.
** In ''A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag'', it was the name of a major character in the plot. [[spoiler:He just happens to be dead. Our two leads chose him as their term paper author before learning this fact. Fortunately, one of them has a bored grandpa...]]
** In ''Literature/NoMoreDeadDogs'', the in-story book ''Old Shep, My Pal'' won the "[[DeathByNewberryMedal Gunhold Award]]".
* Melinda Metz, author of the ''Literature/RoswellHigh'' series and the ''Literature/{{Fingerprints}}'' series, uses the sentence "[Character] wasn't going to wait for an ingraved invitation" multiple times in both works to demonstrate someone leaping to do something at the first chance they got.
* Creator/NealStephenson isn't interested in "Japan". It's always "Nippon", which is peopled by "Nipponese". This is fine in the parts of ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' that were set in WWII, when that was apparently the common moniker, but makes less sense in the 1990s part of ''Cryptonomicon'' or in ''Literature/SnowCrash'' or in ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'', which is set in the late 17th/early 18th century. Perhaps this is what he does instead of putting in [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld airships]]. This is generally more of a thing that the narrator does; characters frequently refer to Japan.
* Creator/PGWodehouse had scads of these; mark, for example, the number of times he compares the eyes of characters to those of (different varieties of) fish, or likens a character's expression of disgust to that of someone fishing a caterpillar out of a salad.
* DavidDrake's characters often refer to "wogs". However, it is only in settings where [[ValuesDissonance it is clear the characters actually are somewhat bigoted]]. In the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'', for example, he snuck it in in the last book.
* Both of Dave Stone's ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novels include the phrase "Kill you! Kill you now and make you dead!" He's also fond of apparently finishing a sentence and then adding modifiers to it after the full stop. For some reason. At some point.
* From Joe Abercrombie's ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' series:
** Multiple characters across the books refer to male genitalia as "the fruits", especially in the context of them [[GroinAttack being injured]]. The euphemism seems to be favored by people of multiple cultures, and is even used by characters who are otherwise prone to more direct profanity.
** There's a repeated phrase (usually when Shivers, the Bloody Nine, or Black Dow are threatening to kill/about to kill someone) about being close enough to kiss their victim/being as close as a lover/or something to that effect to get at the [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence almost sexual thrill they get from murder]].
** On several occasions, after being exposed to a very frightening situation that threatened their life, a character will reference being cold and wet on the back of their legs- a roundabout way of saying [[BringMyBrownPants they pissed themselves from fear]].
* James Sallis has, especially in his "Drive" series, a tendency to describe both the music and the food of any given situation. Things like describing the music in a scene as "slippery and eel-like. Sinatra, maybe" and going into detail about the "steaks smothered in a slurry of peppers, beans and onion. Pimento-studded rice, hand-shaped tortillas."
* In John Vornholt's ''Star Trek'' novels, there are frequent occurrences of "so-and-so plied his/her console."
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Creator/AaronSorkin
** All of his shows (including ''Series/SportsNight'', ''Series/TheWestWing'', and ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'') have ended their first season with an episode named "What Kind of Day Has It Been." That sentence is also said aloud by Leo in the season 4 finale of ''Series/TheWestWing''.
** Also he has a trademark on characters starting a revelatory speech with the words "You know, not for nothing, but..."
** He also has a thing for ending conversations with "Okay" or some variation of "I don't care". Or "Oh my god, were you talking to me that whole time?" or "I wouldn't know, I wasn't really listening."
** There are also a couple cases where he takes lines from ''Series/SportsNight'' and reuses them verbatim in ''Series/TheWestWing''.
** And in ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' as well, such as the Government Camp/TV Camp speech.
** Aaron Sorkin likes to use the phrase "board-certified in thoracic surgery" to indicate a character's medical competence. It shows up in ''Malice'', ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', and ''Series/TheWestWing''.
** Partial summaries are available [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwnUeIIqABo here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S78RzZr3IwI here.]]
* Chuck Lorre tends to use "Nope, nothing not a damn thing" in both ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' and ''Series/BigBangTheory''.
* The first several seasons of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' almost invariably ended with one character asking another at the end of the show, "How you holding up?"
* There's a few of these in the latter ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series.
** The most common are: the number 47 (originated by TNG writer Joe Menosky, later adopted wholeheartedly by other writers) and the name "Bozeman" (usually as a place or ship, and in reality the hometown of writer and producer Brannon Braga).
** There's a tradition of one of the main characters calmly saying 'Now would be a good time,' when they're waiting for a last-second transport away from a life-threatening situation.
* Russel T. Davies
** It seems in his work, most notably ''Series/DoctorWho'', he is apparently very fond of the word "burn" to mean "be destroyed." The Time Lords burned. Skaro burned. Gallifrey burned. The Earth burns. Donna will burn. You'd think the whole galaxy was made of matchsticks.
** He also has a very noticeable penchant for giving grandiose, incredibly abstract names to things that are only mentioned in the [[CrypticBackgroundReference very, very briefest of throwaway lines]]. The Skaro Degradations, the Nightmare Child, the Could-Have-Been King, the Army of Meanwhiles and Never-Weres, the Medusa Cascade, the Silver Cloak... The list goes on.
** When Professor Yana tells Martha that he and his pocket watch were found "on the shores of the Silver Devastation". Awesome!
* If DavidMitchell is around, you'll probably hear the word "massive" used with peculiar emphasis... not necessarily by him.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' and its spinoffs, Creator/JMichaelStraczynski loves naming characters "Elizabeth" or "David". The former includes Elizabeth Lochley, Elizabeth Sheridan, and Elizabeth Trent, while the latter includes David Corwin, Jeffery David Sinclair, David Mckintyre, two David Sheridans, and David Martell.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow''. It has a number of {{Running Gag}}s, but the writers have always gone well out of their way to insert certain phrases into stories whenever they can.
** Describing something as a 'cluster fuck.'
** A strict adherence to the belief that [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-september-30-1999/media-responsibility News Activism Means Better Living for All]], or [[FunWithAcronyms NAMBLA]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/WesleyWillis uses the phrase "Rock Over London / Rock On Chicago" towards the end of EVERY song and follows it by reciting a company jingle.
* Music/MarilynManson has a love for the number 15, due to being born on January 5th. As such, the number appears again and again in art, lyrics, titles, and is even tattooed behind one of his ears. For a few years, his name was even stylized as "Mar1lyn Man5on", which reappeared on the cover of a single over a decade later.
* Four completely different songs by Sting (Music/ThePolice's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" and "Oh My God" from ''Synchronicity''; and Sting's solo songs "Seven Days" and "If You Love Someone, Set Them Free") feature the following lyric:
--> Do I have to tell the story of a thousand rainy days since we first met,
--> It's a big enough umbrella, but it's always me that ends up getting wet.
* There's [[http://holdsteady.wikia.com/ a whole wiki]] devoted to keeping track of all the cross-references and recurring images in Music/TheHoldSteady's lyrics. Various characters get "high as hell" and/or "born again," tend to be in search of a "saviour," and praise drugs with a "five-second delivery;" all kinds of things are described as "hot [and] soft;" the title of their first album, ''Almost Killed Me'', appears in half a dozen songs, and even the name of the band comes up on a few occasions ("It's hard to hold it steady when half your friends are dead already.") Lampshaded in "The Cattle and The Creeping Things": "Hard drugs are for bartenders -- I think I might have mentioned that before."
* The band Music/{{Savatage}} has used a pair of recurring verses, "I never wanted to know, never wanted to see-" and "I am the way, I am the light-" in between three songs off three albums, "When the Crowds are Gone" (''Gutter Ballet''), "Believe" (''[[Music/StreetsARockOpera Streets]]''), and "Alone You Breathe" (''Handful of Rain''). Of them, "Believe" makes use of both.
* Rolf Kasparek of Music/RunningWild is fond using the "Wild and free!" line on his songs.
* Japanese artist Music/{{Gackt}} tends to use the phrase "Dakishimete" at least once in his songs. [[{{Fanon}} Has evolved into a]] RunningGag amongst his fans.
* Music/RonnieJamesDio has numerous songs with some combination of "I am/you are/life is" like "a wheel/a rainbow/a never ending journey" ("Self Portrait", "Wishing Well", "Rainbow in the Dark", among others). He also employed an "evil woman" trope about once per album (i.e., "Starstruck", "Lady Evil", "Don't Talk to Strangers"). Fittingly, he sang in Rainbow with Ritchie Blackmore, who frequently reused the riffs from "Speed King", "Smoke on the Water", "Woman From Tokyo", and "Burn" as new songs, with only slight variations.
* Pioneering Speed Metal band Riot wrote two separate songs named "Run For Your Life" at different points in their career.
* "Hold on" is definitely this for Gary Barlow since Music/TakeThat reformed. He can't go an album without including it in their lyrics.
* The reason that the [=NINwiki=] has a list of [[http://www.ninwiki.com/Recurring_lyrics recurring lyrics]] in Trent Reznor of Music/NineInchNails works. Two examples are "a million miles away", and "nothing can stop me now".
* "Kurikaesareru shougyou mujou, yomigaeru seiteki shoudou" (impermanence repeats itself, sexual pulse arises again) is a phrase heavily featured on each of Japanese experimental rock band Zazen Boys' (led by former Number Girl frontman Mukai Shutoku) albums.
* Music/CountingCrows are very, very fond of circus-related imagery.
* Music/KeithUrban has several. Among them are references to the sun shining, driving in a car and/or listening to the radio, and variations the phrase "yes, you did".
* Music/{{Oasis}} (or their main songwriter, guitarist Noel Gallagher, loves to use the word "Shine". This is made more prevalent when you consider that their singer Liam Gallagher has an... unusual pronunciation of shine, making it sound more like sheeeiiiiiiiiiyne. You'd think that it was done on purpose, for the songwriters own amusement.
* Any Music/{{Nightwish}} song title has the potential to become one of these. The number of century children, dead boys, and ocean souls is staggering, and it seems like there will soon be just as many meadows of heaven.
* Many Charles Wesley hymns have phrases or key words that show up repeatedly, such as "atone". He also tended to reuse a lot of slant rhymes, such as claim/lamb and prove/love.
* Music/TheBeatles had "you" and "true" as a StockRhyme of choice in their early days:
** "Love, love me ''do.'' / You know I love ''you''. / I'll always be ''true."''
** "All my loving, I will send to ''you''. / All my loving, darling I'll be ''true."''
** "If I fell in love with ''you,'' / Would you promise to be ''true?"''
** "You'll never leave me and you know it's ''true'' / 'Cause you like me too much and I like ''you''."
** "For red is the color that will make me ''blue'', / In spite of ''you'', it's ''true''."
** "Words of love you whisper soft and ''true'' / Darling I love ''you''."
** "A friend says a love is never ''true'' / And you know that this don't apply to ''you''."
** "Because you're sweet and lovely girl I love ''you'', / Because you're sweet and lovely girl it's ''true.''"
** "I've got everything that you want / Like a heart that is oh so ''true'' / Just call on me and I'll send it along / With love from me to ''you''."
** "Oh, I need your love, babe / Guess you know it's ''true'' / Hope you need my love, babe, / Just like I need ''you''."
* Music/MyChemicalRomance says "carry on" on multiple albums.
* Classical music performers have good reason to associate the term "nobilmente" with Music/EdwardElgar.
* Music/BobDylan uses the phrase "keep on keepin' on" a lot.
* Music/{{Pitbull}} randomly exclaims "dale" (pronounced "dah-lay") in every one of his songs, often multiple times.
* Soviet/Russian rock musician Boris Grebenschikov uses the words "beyond the glass" or "on the other side of the glass" a lot.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' is full of these--mostly expressions of dismay, since Charles M. Schulz didn't swear in RealLife. Good grief.
** While a lot of the phrases used in Snoopy's mind are genuine catchphrases (most notably: "It was a dark and stormy night", which Schulz made his own), the way most of his fantasies begin with a simple "here's" ("Here's Joe Cool hanging out at the dorm", "Here's the World War I flying ace", "Here's the world-famous lawyer") is more of a verbal tic.
** One of Schulz's idiosyncrasies is that he puts nicknames (other than those that are variants of a given name) into inverted commas - thus it is not "Peppermint Patty" but "'Peppermint' Patty". This even applies to Snoopy's biplane: "Here's the World War I flying ace in his Sopwith 'Camel' zooming through the air..."
* For a time in the 1980's, characters in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' were very fond of responding to situations with the word "natch" (short for "naturally"). The word was used as a punchline on at least two occasions.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** The phrase "lay down a withering hail of fire" has been used past saturation point in related material.
** "Trapped behind their own defenses" has recently joined this trope having appearing in no less than six various books by Matt Ward.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Whenever anyone in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' cedes an argument, they'll almost inevitably acknowledge that the other person has a point by simply saying the word, "Point." (See above under TimothyZahn.)
* ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' often acknowledges that some of the Arthurian legends are ... [[OlderThanTheyThink somewhat derivitive of older stories]] by having someone say "Can't beat the classics."
* Creator/AndrewHussie
** ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures''' creator tends to use a lot of tropes. All of the tropes. All of them. He also rather likes to use the words 'Ascend' and 'Descend', and variations there of ("Rise Up", etc.)
** Along with ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''[='=]s penchant for repeating [[IronicEcho damn]] [[CallBack near]] [[ContinuityNod everything]], this leads to a great deal of reappearing lines, not to mention poses and panels.
* Many of the page titles in ''Webcomic/{{Bard}}'' begin with the phrase "How to:...", [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming followed by the theme of the comic]].
* In ''Webcomic/SpaceKid'' the team's headquarters is always introduced as "the vigilant space station known as '''Space Kid Island'''". '''Space Kid''' himself frequently summons the others to action by saying "Let's rocket, team!"
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', most of the monstrous characters emit a distinctive "Skree" noise at least once despite having completely different origins and forms.
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