Like ParrotExposition, but the expositor can't even finish the word. Even if it is easy to remember. Also used when someone says a big word, like [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology Palaeo-whatisit]]. Sometimes used out of spite, and sometimes used out of disbelief. Often used in {{Advertising}}. SisterTrope to {{Gesundheit}}, where the speaker finds the word so unpronounceable he thinks it must have been a sneeze. A common silly subtrope involves the expositer successfully repeating each ''part'' of a word, but still somehow unable to say the whole thing together:
--> "He went to Liechtenstein."\\


* Snuggimals!
** Snuggi-''what?''
*** Snuggimals!
* Benda-''what?'' Benda-''who?''
** Bendaroos!
* A certain E*Trade commercial that [[Creator/LindsayLohan a certain actress]] claims is [[ violating her rights]].
-->'''Lindsay:''' Milk-a-''whaaat''?!
* Used in a commercial for Maximum Testosterol, apparently by picking which syllable to 'miss' out of a hat. A character asks incredulously, when first told the name, "Maximum ''what''stosterol?"

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''{{Comic/Runaways}}'', when Cloak and Dagger make their first appearance, Cloak sucks Alex, Chase, Nico, and Karolina into his cape before Molly rips it off of him. After Gertrude convinces them that they aren't murderers or kidnappers (as their parents, the real criminals, spread around), the following exchange occurs:
--> '''Dagger:''' Oh my God, then your friends are innocent too?
--> '''Cloak:''' And they're t-trapped in the Darkforce Dimension!
--> '''Gertrude:''' The what now?

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* When Dan receives his [[CoolPet Shikigami]] in ''[[Fanfic/ThawingPermafrost Thawing Permafrost]]'', he can't get the name right. Upon first hearing it, his reaction is "Shiki-whatnow?".
* From ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> '''Mom:''' Calvin, we're going out to the grocery store real quick, and we need you to watch Tug.\\
'''Calvin:''' You need me to what?!
* From ''FanFic/ACompleteTurnabout'':
-->'''Edgeworth''': You... You got the limited edition Mayoi and Chinami cards from the 'Moonlight Showdown' series!\\
'''Phoenix''': I got what of whom from what?
* From ''[[FanFic/SonicGenerationsFriendshipIsTimeless Sonic Generations: Friendship is Timeless]]'':
-->'''Sonic''': Who's Discord? That snake-looking thing up there?\\
'''Twilight''': That's right, Sonic. Discord is a draconequus.\\
'''Sonic''': A what?
* From ''WebAnimation/DoubleRainboom'':
-->'''Twilight''': In theory, this potion is supposed to be a talent enhancer.\\
'''Rainbow Dash''': A talent what?
* From ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'':
** In ''Part 2'':
-->'''Apple Bloom''': My name is Apple Bloom, and I'm a ''Cutie Mark Crusader!''\\
'''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorney The Judge]]''': A... cutie mark... what?
** In ''Part 4'':
-->'''Twilight''': [''To Phoenix''] [[AsYouKnow As you know]], your [[LieDetector Magatama's]] power [[PowerCopying somehow got transfered into me]].\\
'''Rainbow''': Magma... what-a?

[[folder:Film - Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', when told by 1 to "subjugate [9 and 5]", [[DumbMuscle 8]] responds with "subje - what?"
* ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'':
-->'''Kate:''' Idaho?
-->'''Humphrey:''' Ida-who?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' also counting as GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''King Julien:''' Welcome to Madagascar!
-->'''Gloria:''' Mada-who-ha?
-->'''King Julien:''' No, not who-ha. As-car.
** Counts as a BrickJoke thanks to the first exchange between Marty and the penguins:
-->'''Private:''' We're going to Antarctica!\\
'''Marty:''' Aunt-who-tica?
* ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'':
-->'''Mouse Doctor:''' Bring me the [[ChainsawGood Epidermal Tissue Disruptor!]]\\
'''[[Creator/JohnCandy Wilbur]]:''' THE EPIDERMAL ''[[BigWhat WHAT?!]]''
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', this exchange regarding Simba and Nala's arranged marriage comes up:
-->'''Zazu:''' Your parents will be ''thrilled...'' what with your being ''betrothed'' and all.\\
'''Simba:''' Be-what?
* ''WesternAnimation/OpenSeason'': The paranoid Shaw comes across the couple Bob and Bobbie camping out and tells them he sees the future of animals planning a rebellion to overthrow the human race and become the dominating species on Earth. The couple's response his insane claim?
-->'''Bobbie''': Oh, we know exactly what you mean.\\
'''Shaw''': You do?\\
'''Bobbie''': We're scientists. Well, of sorts. And we're trying to secure photographic documentation of a real live ''Homo Sasquatchus''.\\
'''Shaw''': Homo-say-what-us?\\
'''Bobbie''': We're looking for Bigfoot.\\
'''Shaw''': Huh? Bigfoot? (''[[Main/{{Facepalm}} face palms]]'') I didn't realize I was talking to a couple of whack-jobs! (''picks up a roasted marshmallow on a stick by the campfire and points it at their dog Mr. Weenie'') Don't trust him. Pets are double agents. The moment you turn your back, he'll shiv ya! (''eats the roasted marshmallow, then tosses the stick to the ground as he leaves'')\\
'''Bobbie''': Oh, no, he can't! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint We had him fixed.]]\\
(''Mr. Weenie whimpers'')
** Becomes a BrickJoke in the mid-credit {{stinger}} where [[spoiler:Shaw, tarred and feathered in leaves, gets strapped to the roof of Bob and Bobbie's van, both of whom mistake him for Bigfoot]].

[[folder: Film - Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AceVenturaWhenNatureCalls'':
-->'''Princess:''' That was the dart of the Wachutu shaman!
-->'''Ace:''' The what-nee what-en?
* From ''Film/BrokenArrow1996'':
--> '''Giles:''' Broken ''what''?\\
'''Baird:''' Broken Arrow. It's a class five strategic theater emergency.
* This bit in ''Film/TheCourtJester''
-->'''Fergus, the ostler''': "Im Fergus, the ostler!"
-->'''Hawkins''': Wh-Whogus the whatsler?"
* In the live-action ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' movie: "Holiday Whobeewhatee?"
* This bit in ''Film/MaryPoppins'':
-->'''Jane:''' Mary Poppins taught us the most wonderful word!
-->'''Michael:''' Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
-->'''Mr. Banks:''' What on earth are you talking about, supercal-- super-- or whatever the infernal thing is?
-->'''Jane:''' It's something to say when you don't know what to say.
-->'''Mr. Banks:''' Yes, well, I always know what to say.
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'':
-->'''Arthur:''' How do you do, good lady? I am Arthur, King of the Britons.\\
'''Dennis' Mother:''' King of the ''who''?
* In ''Film/TheRocketeer'', when Cliff reveals his secret identity to his girlfriend Jenny:
-->'''Cliff:''' Jenny, prepare yourself for a shock. I'm [[TitleDrop the Rocketeer]].
-->'''Jenny:''' (''confused'') The Rocket-who?
* Film/{{Spaceballs}}:
-->'''Radar technician''': I'm having trouble with the radar, sir.
-->'''Dark Helmet''': What's wrong with it?
-->'''Radar technician''': I lost the bleeps, I lost the sweeps, and I lost the creeps.
-->'''Dark Helmet''': The what?
-->'''Colonel Sandurz''': The what?
-->'''Dark Helmet''': And the what?

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
-->'''Anya:''' Buffy's got some kind of job there helping junior deviants, Spike's insane in the basement, Xander's there doing construction on the new gym--
-->'''Willow:''' Wait, Spike's ''what'' in the ''what''-ment?
-->'''Anya:''' Insane, base.
** When Buffy's friends confront her about her having sex with Spike ([[spoiler:the one they saw was actually a robot]]), she responds, "The who whatting how with ''huh''?"
** Buffy does this a lot. From "Lie To Me":
--->'''Ford''': [walks up behind Buffy, who has just slain a vamp] What's going on?\\
'''Buffy''': Um, uh... there was a-a cat. A cat here. And um, uh, then there was a-another cat. And they fought. The cats. And... then they left.\\
'''Ford''': Oh. I thought you were just slaying a vampire.\\
'''Buffy''': What? What-ing a what?
** It's not for nothing that this show is the TropeNamer for BuffySpeak.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** This is infixation.
*** Infixa-what?
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', "Shindig":
-->"Any of these gentlemen can lend you use of a sword."
-->"Use of a sw''what''?"
* From the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] Episode "Prince of Space."
-->'''Observer''': Don't touch that, that's a wormhole!\\
'''Pearl''': A worm-what?\\
'''Observer''': A wormhole.\\
'''Pearl''': A what-hole?\\
'''Observer''': A worm''hole''. ''Worm''hole!
* In ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'', the eponymous hero would listen to some complex world, make the entire routine and then ad an astonished expression. As added fun, instead of repeating the whole word, the person just repeat the last sylables that Chapulín missed.
--> '''Person''': It was it's exoesqueleton
--> '''Chapulín''': It's exoesquele-what?
--> '''Person''': -ton.
--> '''Chapulín''': [[UnusualEuphemism Chanfle]].
* On ''Series/WorldsDumbest'', this is the reaction to a video of a woman who teaches you [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext how to give your possum a proper pedicure]].
--> '''Danny Bonaduce:''' Give your ''what'' a proper ''what''?

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In episode one of ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'', Strong Bad's attempt to find one of the pages for the Snake Boxer 5 manual takes him through a chain of people that leads to Bubs.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' ''Please'' tell me you've got my Snake Boxer 5 manual...
-->'''Bubs:''' Snake what now?
-->'''Strong Bad:''' [[{{Angrish}} Auuuugh! Aaaagh!]]
-->'''Bubs:''' Oh, Snake Boxer 5! Here ya go.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'':
-->'''King Bee:''' I didn't even get to tell you about the big-breasted babe...
-->'''Conker:''' The-- the big what?
* ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive Dimensions'':
-->'''Ayane:''' How could karate stand against the Hajin-mon sect of Mugen Tenshin?
-->'''Hitomi:''' Hajin-in the what now?
* From the opening cutscene of ''VideoGame/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures'':
--> '''Sir C:''' Oh no! That's the Fridigitator!\\
'''Pac:''' Fridigiwhatsit?
* In Chapter 2 of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', when Raiden infiltrates a Desperado facility, Doktor tells him to find a terminal where he can access the lab's main server.
--> '''Doktor:''' But first, you need to take a DOOMP.
--> '''Raiden:''' I... wait, what?
--> '''Doktor:''' A DOOMP? A digital-optical output mounted proxy. ...

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', an old man explains to his granddaughter how he used to run with the jaegermonsters:
-->'''Old Man Death:''' ... Then one day while sacking a castle, I was ravished by a wild princess.\\
'''Zeuxippe:''' You the who ''what'' now?

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged, anytime Goku calls out that he's using the Kaio-Ken technique, it's [[PhraseCatcher invariably followed]] by the receiving party uttering "Kaio-''what''?" before he wallops them.
** And in one case, it's done by Bardock, Goku's dad, seeing Goku using the technique via his ability to see the future.
** And brought full circle, appearing in WebAnimation/DeathBattle with Goku vs. {{Superman}}. With Goku voiced by [=MasakoX=] of course.
--->'''Goku:''' Kaio-Ken!
--->'''Superman:''' Kaio-wha-- '''*POW!*'''
* In the ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' version of Bonds Beyond Time, Yami has this response when Yusei Synchro Summons a monster. Of course, Yami's doing it on purpose because he's a {{Jerkass}}.
-->'''Yusei:''' I Synchro Summon Junk Gardna, in Defense Mode.
-->'''Yami:''' Synchro what?
-->'''Yusei:''' Synchro Summon.
-->'''Yami:''' What Summon?
-->'''Yusei:''' Synchro Summon.
-->'''Yami:''' What what?
-->'''Yusei:''' Synchro. Summon.
-->'''Yami:''' Oh. What's that?
-->'''Yusei:''' It's where you play a monst-
-->'''Yami:''' Wait. I seem to have stopped caring.
** The "Synchro what?" line was also used in the actual English dub of the movie. And later, in a [[ scripted duel]] during the 2014 World Championships of the [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh card game]], he said "Xyz what?" in response to an Xyz Summon.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** In the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "part-time job", Bubs mocks Strong Bad for [[ItWillNeverCatchOn "wastin' time on that e-mail show of yours"]].
--->'''Strong Bad:''' I'm gonna be big one day! I'm gonna be a famous email checker!\\
'''Bubs:''' [[AndImTheQueenOfSheba And I'm gonna be two times two]]. Now put on your uniform and get to work!\\
'''Strong Bad:''' You're gonna be ''what?''
** "Hremail 7" is a faux-flashback episode which features Homestar trying to introduce Strong Bad to the concept of e-mails and the Internet:
--->'''Strong Bad:''' A what-mail on the Inter-what?
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'', Episode 18:
-->'''Mackenzie''': Alo-''what''?
-->'''Doctor''': Alopecia.
-->'''Mackenzie''': What the fuck is that?

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** "Team Homer":
--->'''Burns:''' Listen here...I want to join your team.\\
'''Homer:''' You want to join my what?\\
'''Smithers:''' You want to what his team?
** And from "Who Shot Mr Burns, Part 2"
--->'''Jasper:''' You shot who in the what now?
** From "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo", on the Japanese game show:
--->'''Wink:''' Now, our game shows are a little different from yours. Yours reward knowledge. We punish ignorance.\\
'''Homer:''' Ignor-what? (''fire shoots out of Homer's microphone'')
** From "Moe'N'a Lisa":
--->'''Lisa''': You could turn this into an epic poem! Like Creator/TSEliot's ''Literature/TheWasteLand''!\\
'''Moe''': T.S. what-iot's the who-now?
* Spoofed on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', in the episode "I, Roommate":
-->'''Fry:''' [[PottyEmergency Where's your bathroom?]]\\
'''Bender:''' Bath-what? \\
'''Fry:''' Bathroom!\\
'''Bender:''' What-room?\\
'''Fry:''' Bathroom!\\
'''Bender:''' What-what?\\
'''Fry:''' [[PottyFailure Eh, never mind.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Fairly OddParents}}'':
-->'''Gigglepies''': Yugo-po-what-i-whats?
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
-->'''Jack:''' It's the Ecto-Exodus Alarm!\\
'''Danny, Sam and Jazz:''' The Ecto-whaty-what?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'':
-->'''Stu:''' Presenting the Bonkomatic Baby Bumper!\\
'''Didi:''' The Bonka-whosit Baby-what?
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In "Bridle Gossip", when Twilight Sparkle tries to assuage her friends' fear of [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold Zecora]]
--->'''Twilight Sparkle''': She's a zebra.\\
'''Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, & Spike:''' A ''what?''
** In "Stare Master", Fluttershy tries to warn the Cutie Mark Crusaders that they're in danger:
--->'''Fluttershy''': There's no time! There's a cockatrice on the loose!\\
'''Apple Bloom''': A cocka-what-now?
** In "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", Pinkie Pie's reaction to the Flim-Flam brothers introducing themselves as "traveling sales-ponies nonpareil" is "Nonpa-what?"
** In "Games Ponies Play", when it dawns on the Mane Six that they have mistaken a random tourist for the Equestria Games inspector, Twilight decides to ask:
--->'''Twilight Sparkle''': You...''are'' Ms. Harshwhinny, the Equestria Games inspector, aren't you?\\
'''Tourist''': Inspector what-now?
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'', a plot twist (both Sheep and General Specific lose the mayoral election to [[spoiler: a talking ham sandwich]]) leads to [[OverlyLongGag a long chain of characters]] going "Hubba-''whah''?"
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
-->'''Student ''(at a Catholic school)'':''' We're learning about transubstantiation.\\
'''Peggy ''(a Protestant)'':''' What?\\
'''Student:''' Transubstantiation.\\
'''Peggy:''' Trans what now?
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'':
-->'''Mayor/Tour Guide:''' It's a Megawatt.\\
'''Ben:''' Mega-''what?''\\
'''Mayor/Tour Guide:''' Exactly.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
-->'''[[SplitPersonality Dock/Xu/Bushi]]:''' ''[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePaintedLady The Painted Lady]]''\\
'''Katara:''' The painted who-now?\\
'''Dock/Xu/Bushi:''' The Painted Lady.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Brian unsuccessfully tries to correct Stewie's proununciation of "whip" (Stewie also aspirates the "h").
* In a episode of The Future is Wild animated series:
--> '''C.G.:''' Apparently, the impact of the Avian creature must of deactivated the mocular re-organizer.\\
'''Ethan:''' The Whatta-who-nizer?\\
'''C.G.:''' I don't know! Expands the moculars or something. You call ask my father after he yells at me for breaking it.