-> '''Smithers:''' Sir, the actors are here to audition for the part of you.\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' ''Ex''cellent.\\
'''[[SilenceOfTheLambs Anthony Hopkins]]:''' Excellent... hisssss!\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' Next!\\
'''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries William Shatner]]:''' Exc! Ell! Ent!\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' Next!\\
'''Homer:''' Ex''act''ly! .... D'oh!\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' ''(getting aggravated)'' Next!\\
'''Bumblebee Man:''' Excel''lien''te!\\
'''[[PoorMansSubstitute Senor Spielbergo]]:''' Es muy bueno.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E18AStarIsBurns A Star Is Burns]]"

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.

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[[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 Dmitri does this to Jaden, along with a bit of a CostumeCopycat and presumably, a rip-off deck (though we never see it).

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', Cut-me-own-Throat Dibbler manages to mangle ''his own'' catch phrase after Vimes travels 33 years into the past and inadvertently teaches it to him.

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[[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 the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Almost People", the Doctor takes this UpToEleven by managing to mangle ''two of his own catch phrases at once''. ItMakesSenseInContext.
-->''I reversed the [[TrademarkFavoriteFood jelly baby]] of the neutron flow!''
* 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.)
* ''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."

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''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 ''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:''' [[LampshadeHanging If this is a play, the acting's terrible.]]
* In ''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!

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[[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 Strong Bad Email, 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?
** 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 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!?

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* This one was probably deliberate, but the Monkeyspank virus of ''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!"

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[[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!" This was deliberate, as [[AVillainNamedZrg Zurg]] was {{invok|edTrope}}ing the FutureImperfect trope.
* You think he'd know better, but Brain of ''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".
** 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 ''{{The Spectacular Spider-Man}}'', 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.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheAtomAntShow Atom Ant]] mangles his own catch phrase "Up and at 'em, Atom Ant" in an episode where he's tempted with a picnic. Instead he says "Up and eat 'em, Picnic Ant!"
* Dick Dastardly mangles ''his'' "Drat! Drat and double drat!" in the [[DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Dastardly & Muttley]] episode "There's No Fool Like A Re-Fuel" after he gets flattened by a barrel of oil. He says "Flat! Flat! And triple flat!"
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