-> '''Smithers:''' Sir, the actors are here to audition for the part of you.\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' ''Ex''cellent.\\
'''[[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Anthony Hopkins]]:''' Excellent... hisssss!\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' Next!\\
'''Creator/WilliamShatner:''' Exc! Ell! Ent!\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' Next!\\
'''Homer:''' Ex''act''ly! .... D'oh!\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' ''(getting aggravated)'' Next!\\
'''Bumblebee Man:''' Excel''len''te!\\
'''[[PoorMansSubstitute Señor Spielbergo]]:''' Es muy bueno.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E18AStarIsBurns A Star Is Burns]]" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5gvsAB9upc (link)]]

If there's one thing that [[CostumeCopycat imposters, imitators]], and other depictions of characters in media can ''never'' get right, it's the CatchPhrase. No amount of research ever seems to counteract this; nor does the relationship between the characters involved.

When other characters can't recognize an imposter in spite of the MangledCatchPhrase (or other details), see EasyImpersonation. Conversely, when the characters around know the imitated well and aren't holding the IdiotBall, this can be a convenient way to SpotTheImposter. When they get it right, see BorrowedCatchPhrase. Not to be confused with SelfBotchedCatchPhrase, which is when the normal speaker screws up his own phrase, for various reasons.



[[folder: Anime ]]
* In the first Ditto-centric episode of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, Ash and his friends dress up as Team Rocket. To Rocket's frustration, they can't correctly recite Team Rocket's motto.
-->It's "''unite'' all peoples within our nation", not "''ig''nite"!
* In the English Dub of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', the copycat duelist Dimitri does this to Jaden, along with a bit of a CostumeCopycat and presumably, a rip-off deck (though we never see it).
** In the Japanese dub, Kagurazaka mangles Judai's GratuitousEnglish catchphrase of "Gotcha!" (said whenever he wins a duel) as "Gotcho!", prompting Judai to angrily correct him (he also got the pose wrong, which Judai also corrects him on).

[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', Rimmer renders Ace's "Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast" catchphrase as "Stoke me a clipper, I'll be back for Christmas".
* In ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace,'' the Yellow Ranger and Astronema have switched places. Who is who is proven when the ''real'' Ashley is the one who knows the pre-morph pose (not the phrase, but it's the same principle.)
* ''Series/RedEyeWithGregGutfeld'' puts an interesting twist on this with the Fox News' motto "We Report, You Decide" for certain stories. For instance, a story about Matthew [=McConaughey=] during 2008 was teased with "What does Matthew [=McConaughey=] think about the Bejing Olympics? We report, he throws up all over his flip-flops."
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Joey is training a guy to play his identical twin (long story). For some reason he believes that should imply they should dress exactly the same and have the exact same mannerisms, so he makes the guy get into Monica's apartment to get a soda from the fridge, all the while Monica and Chandler look at him flabbergasted.
--> '''Carl:''' Hi, Mon! Heeeey, Chan! Just getting a soda.\\
'''Monica:''' Who the hell are you?\\
'''Carl:''' I'm Joey! ''(beat)'' How are you doooooooiiiing?\\
'''Joey:''' ''(entering the room)'' NO, NO, NO, NO, NO! ''How YOU doin'?'' How you doin'? DAMMIT, Carl, go wait in the hall!\\

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', several main characters attempt to pre-empt Barret's catch phrase, "There ain't no getting offa this train we're on." One character renders it "The train we're on don't make no stops!"
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', pseudo-Vaan attempts to invoke Vaan's use of the phrase "the leading man" (which he, in turn, picked up from Balthier sans mangling). However, Vaan and Balthier simply passively refer to the "leading man" in the third person, generally not stating who the leading man is or what he leads. Pseudo-Vaan...
--> '''"Vaan":''' Nay, [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain 'tis I, Vaan]]!... 'Twere this a play, I'd be leading man!\\
'''Luso:''' [[DeadpanSnarker If this is a play, the acting's terrible.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', Stan attempts to sell Guybrush dolls that can't quite get the "second most giant monkey head" line down.
--> '''Doll:''' That is the second-largest monkey head I have ever observed!

[[folder: Web Animation ]]
* When WebAnimation/HomestarRunner realizes he just broke up with Marzipan over a complete misunderstanding on his part alone over her answering machine, he rushes to Marzipan's house and replaces the tape with a tape of Homestar himself badly imitating several characters. He tries, and [[SpringtimeForHitler fails]], to say "job" incorrectly like Coach Z does ''several times''.
** Also in the 50th WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail, when Strong Bad gets a phone call, distracting him from his goal of answering 50 emails in a row, and Homestar attempts to answer the emails like Strong Bad:
---> '''Homestar:''' "Dear Strong Bad, [[RunningGag how do you type with gloves on your hands?]]" Oh, even ''I'' know what to do with this one. BALEETED! Wha--? Oh. Umm... DELTEATED! No? Uhh... Del Taco?
** [[SpeechImpediment Coach]] [[UnexplainedAccent Z]]'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXdv_BJBvew attempt at "Deleted"]] in "replacement" goes about as well as might be expected: "DELORTED!" Even the computer's buzzer ends up distorted and mangled by the result.
** Also the Bonus Email "Comic Book Movie".
---> '''Strong Bad:''' "Let's hear your best 'Stiny, get me a danish!'"\\
'''Crack Stuntman:''' "Shiny, throw me that donut!"
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Caboose tries to copy Tucker's catchphrase ([[BowChickaWowWow Bow Chicka Bow Wow]]), but fails miserably.
-->'''Caboose:''' Hey chicka bum bum.\\
'''Tucker:''' Caboose, what did I tell you about that!?
** Later on, Carolina tries the same thing, with equally terrible results.
-->'''Carolina:''' Bow-chika-bow... what? That's the joke, right?\\
'''Tucker:''' Did she just say my thing? ...I feel violated.
** Junior, the alien Tucker gave birth to, proves perversion is InTheBlood with his own rendition; "Bow chicka honk-honk!"

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* This one was probably deliberate, but the Monkeyspank virus of ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' came up with his own vision of retooling the comic to avoid copyright violations, ending with the catch phrase "Honeyed Kwanzaa, it's idiotically new!", twisting Alex's usual "Sweet Christmas, that's stupid fresh!"

* In ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'', WebVideo/AngryJoe cosplays as [[Film/ThePrincessBride Inigo Montoya]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vXXj15jvrI but just never gets]] the four-sentence CatchPhrase right.
--> "Allo. My name, is not Joe. It is, Inigo Montoya. You ''killed'' my brother." "Father." "Father. PrepareToDie."\\
"Allo. MyNameIsInigoMontoya. You killed my mother." "Father." "''Somebody!'' PrepareToDie."\\
"Allo. MyNameIsInigoMontoya. You killed my lawyer." "Father." "''Whoever!'' PrepareToDie!"\\
"Hello. MyNameIsInigoMontoya. You killed my hamster." "Father." "That's not even a person!" *door slam*\\
"Allo. My name is Amigo Toyota!" "[[FacePalm ...]]" "Whatever, YouKilledMyFather, PrepareToDie!"
* The outro of ''WebVideo/StephenVlog'' is supposed to be [[SigningOffCatchphrase "Let's meet back tomorrow, shall we?"]], but whenever Stephen lets someone else do it, they invariably miss a few words. "Let's meet back ''here'' tomorrow, shall we" is particularly common. There's also a RunningGag where he lets LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}} end it off, but he's never even close.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', Buzz ends up in what he believes to be the future, complete with a statue of himself that says "To infinity and even further!" and kept up throughout the episode with varying statements like "To infinity and back again!" This was deliberate, as it was a FakedRipVanWinkle where Zurg was {{invok|edTrope}}ing FutureImperfect so Buzz would give away classified security information.
* You think he'd know better, but Brain of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' tries to trick the Earth, recently brought to life and angry with Brain (long story), by pretending to be Pinky. He spouts several of Pinky's {{Verbal Tic}}s... but accidentally slips in a word Pinky does not say ("Boink!"), which is what reveals him as an impostor.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E18AStarIsBurns A Star is Burns]]", Burns holds auditions for an actor to play him in an upcoming movie. As you can read in the quote at the top of the page, no one can correctly render his trademark "Excellent", but Homer gets it worst of all.
--> '''Mr. Burns:''' Oh, it's hopeless. I'll have to play myself.
** In another episode, Mr. Burns hires Michael Caine to impersonate Homer. Homer's usual "D'oh!" is instead said as "B'oh!" After Burns berates his actor, he tries again and this time comes up with "Dah-oh". [[EasyImpersonation Bart still falls for it.]]
** And when Rainier Wolfcastle attempts to play Radioactive Man, he turns the latter's "Up and atom!" into "[[ExactlyWhatIMeantToSay Up and at them!]]"
** In "Goo Goo Gai Pan", a spy impersonating Bart gets his catchphrases wrong, saying "Don't have a cattle, dude!" and "Feast on my shorts stupid father man!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Chameleon says, when imitating the hero, "[[SpiderSense My insect early warning sense is vibrating!]]"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' episode "Howl Of The Fright Hound," Scooby is accused of attacks made by a robot Great Dane and is locked up in an animal asylum. Shaggy is left miserable, and Velma tries to cheer him up with a "Relma Delma Doo!" that everyone thought was incredibly lame.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' episode "Five is Enough", Shifu goes TotallyRadical and, among other crimes, mangles one of Po's catchphrases: