Lisa: Don't have a cow, man!A character reuses another character's Catch Phrase, possibly as an Ironic or Meaningful Echo. Often has a tendency to be mangled. If the catch phrase is a Verbal Tic, this is Got Me Doing It. If the catch phrase is less "borrowed" than "stolen out of the other character's mouth", it's Hey, That's My Line!. See also One-Liner Echo and Phrase Catcher.
Bart: See? That's my expression.
Marge: Oh, you haven't said that in four years. Let Lisa have it.
Bart: See? That's my expression.
Marge: Oh, you haven't said that in four years. Let Lisa have it.
— The Simpsons, "Summer of 4'2"
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- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann combines this with Arc Words. "Just who the hell do you think I am?!" starts as Kamina's catchphrase, but after his death, other characters (primarily Simon) start using it, culminating with the entirety of Team Dai-Gurren shouting it at the same time when the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann first appears.
- In The Prince of Tennis, in the bowling episodes, Ryuzaki sensei and Oishi are in a team and Echizen and Momo are in another. Ryuzaki and Oishi turn out to be pretty pro at bowling therefore start kicking everyone's asses therefore this dialogue results:
Oishi: Let's not get careless (Tezuka).
Ryuzaki: Mada mada dane (Echizen).
Oishi: DON! (Momoshiro).
- In the 8th Haruhi Suzumiya light novel, Yuki Nagato answers one of Kyon's questions with "classified information". That's usually Mikuru Asahina's Catch Phrase.
- In StrikerS Sound Stage X of the Lyrical Nanoha franchise, Vivio's appearance had her sprinkling her dialogue using her mother's catch phrase, "Zenryouku Zenkai (Maximum Power!)".
- One of the few hilarious moments in the dark anime Hell Girl: early in Season 3, a couple of kids scare Yuzuki with a fake Hell Girl doll, and her friend clobbers them and yells "Ippen shindemiru?" note (Of course, nobody still living should actually know Ai's catchphrase...) Kikuri also likes to steal Ai's lines.
- On Please Teacher!, Mizuho's catchphrase ("It's top-priority!") is eventually used by other characters, becoming Arc Words of a sort.
- In El Cazador de la Bruja, Nadie uses Ellis's catchphrase "Yes, sir" when Ellis scolds her on telling a lie in episode 8.
- During Pokémon's Junior Cup arc, Dawn occasionally borrowed Iris's "What a kid!" moments and tossed them at Ash.
- In Sinnoh, Dawn's own catchphrase ("No need to worry!") was sometimes said to her as well.
- Once every couple of seasons Ash and co will say Team Rocket's intro speech to them, much to their annoyance.
- At one point in Fist of the North Star, Rei used Kenshiro's Catch Phrase "Omae wa mou shindeiru" ("You are already dead") to a mook Kenshiro just sentenced to death with Hokuto Shinken. In another occasion, Bat used the same Catch Phrase to fool one Mook into thinking he's gonna die, only for Bat to run off.
- Several characters use Terriermon's "Momentai" catchphrase in Digimon Tamers.
- In Digimon Xros Wars, Taiki's catchphrase eventually spreads to the rest of his friends. It's not used nearly as much in the dub version, Digimon Fusion, but often enough that the rest of the cast can finish it for him in the finale:
Taiki: I just...
Everyone else: "Can't turn my back on them!"
- In Digimon Xros Wars, Taiki's catchphrase eventually spreads to the rest of his friends. It's not used nearly as much in the dub version, Digimon Fusion, but often enough that the rest of the cast can finish it for him in the finale:
- In One Piece, when they arrive at Thriller Bark, a freaked-out Nami starts going-on how she has "Can't-Come-To-The-Island Disease", something Usopp frequently claims to have. When she meets Lola the Yandere zombie, she pretends to be a guy and borrows Bon Clay/Mister 2's catchphrase "It's not a joke" including the way he pronounces his phrase.
- In episode 21 of Soul Eater, a temporarily insane Maka comments that her blood is black like Crona's.
- Meta example: The writing staff of Haiyore! Nyarko-san apparently loved Kamen Rider Double so much that practically every member of the main cast delivers Shotaro and Philip's trademark "Now, count up your crimes!" at least once, so it effectively counts as one of these.
- In episode nine of Girls Bravo, Tomoka takes over Kirie's Once an Episode catchphrase of "go (x)... in hell!" (in this case, "Go do it... in hell!"
- In episode 24 of A Certain Scientific Railgun S, Mii cues Judgement to do things "Shirai Style."
- Almost all of the important characters in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL seem to end up using Yuma's "Kattobingu" catchphrase or making their own variant of it at some point. Yuma himself got it from his father, who taught it to him as a way to help him gain more self-confidence.
- In the OVA of Trinity Seven while being scolded by Lilith, Arata says, "This is difficult," to Arin, who's usually the one saying that. She does not find it difficult to agree with him.
- Usually characters use Yuya's catchphrase, "The Fun is just getting started" to show that they respect him in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V but when Yugo uses it, it means that they are currently synced up
- Black Butler has two examples:
- Sebastian's Mad Libs Catchphrase: "I am the butler of the Phantomhive family. It goes without saying that I can handle a [situation] such at this." During the Phantomhive manor murders arc, when (everyone thinks that) Sebastian is dead, Tanaka paraphrases it. "What was that turn of phrase of which he was so fond? It goes without saying that servants of the Phantomhive family can handle a crisis such as this."
- Snake often finishes his sentences by attributing them to one of his snakes (i.e. "Entry beyond this point is forbidden. -says Oscar." Once he becomes Ciel's footman, Sebastian tops off the earl's Crowning Moment of Heartwarming with "-says young master".
- In Astérix and the Olympic Games, Asterix' village decides to participate with the Olympic Games since they could technically be considered to be "Romans", as being part of the Roman Empire. They celebrate this by shouting "Hurray! We are Romans!". A Roman centurion who spies upon them is flabbergasted and then borrows Obelix's catchphrase: "These Romans are crazy!"
- Fantastic Four: The Thing is known for "It's clobberin' time!" (Apostrophe required) but other characters use this phrase from time to time, nearly always stating "Borrowing a phrase of a good friend of mine...". Spider-Man is a prime offender. Reed Richards gave a brief rallying speech before leading an alliance of the Fantastic Four and most of their greatest allies and enemies against the shared threat of Onslaught, declaring, "In the words of my dearest friend, It's Clobberin' Time."
- Paperinik New Adventures: Paperinik occasionally borrows his ally Xadhoom's catchphrase "Let's dance!" It never happens when she is near, however.
- In her initial confrontation with Twilight Buffy the Vampire Slayer calls him an ass clown. Chris Jericho would be so proud. Or maybe she had been watching Office Space.
- Xavier often says "To me, my X-Men" when he is summoning the team. But, since mid-2000s, Cyclops, once he takes Xavier's place as headmaster and Big Good of the team, takes to using it now-and-again, usually before doing something awesome. Kitty Pryde has also used it once or twice too, since she can.
- 'New Mutants'' character Legion (Xavier's son) borrowed it, when the X-Men come to aid him against a monstrous version of his father.
- And shortly after the Uncanny Avengers discover Red Skull has Xavier's brain, he summons his team with "To me, my S-Men!"
- In Spider-Man and the X-Men, Spidey loves saying it, even though the Special Class point out they aren't exactly X-Men, and the actual X-Men think it shows he's not taking things seriously.
- Wolverine's titular character has special catchphrase "two words, bub," whenever he and somebody with Super Strength perform Fastball Special. Victor Mancha of Runaways borrows it when he and Molly perform that maneuver.
- One issue of Spider-Man starts with Spider-Man leading the Avengers against Doctor Octopus, all the while shouting "Avengers Assemble!" Justified in-book as the Avengers are following Spider-Man's lead, as Doc Ock is primarily his adversary:
Hawkeye: Why does he get to say it?
Wolverine: It's his bad guy. When it's one o' yours, you can say it.
- In Whip And Wing, a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fan Fic crossing an Indiana Jones expy with the real thing, Daring Do has this to say about Nazis by her third encounter when she's transported to Indiana's universe.
Daring Do: Nazis. I hate these guys.
- In a rewrite of the first episode of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (with Fred and Velma and without Scrappy), Fred reacts to Daphne turning into a werewolf.
Fred: To quote Shaggy, zoinks!
- Burst Limit: When she meets Ayane at the Mugen Tenshin village gates, Kasumi greets her with "Kept you waiting, huh?"
- Kingdom Hearts 3: Final Stand: In chapter 36, Kairi uses Lea's own Catch Phrase, "Got it memorized?", against him.
- In the NCIS fanfic Shards to a Whole, when McGee becomes head of Cybercrime, he at one point paraphrases Gibbs when he tells a subordinate who calls him "Mr. McGee", "It's 'McGee' or 'Boss'. I work for a living."
- In The Mysterious Case of Neelix's Lungs, T'Pai once steals the EMH's line, "Please state the nature of the medical emergency." The EMH has to pause and process that for a moment.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
Bandit Keith: You're not American! You're not even wearing a flag on your head!
- Joey says that summoning Copycat lets him copy Bandit Keith's Catch Phrase "...in America!" When Bandit Keith protests that it's his line, Joey claims he was "too busy being American" to be listening. This leads to quite possibly the best use of the line, ever:
Joey: You're right! I must have left it back home... in America!
- From episode 57:
- In Child of the Storm, at one point during the first book's Final Battle, Odin uses one of his son's more famous catch phrases during his duel with Chthon.
Films — Animation
- In Wreck-It Ralph, Fix-It Felix shouts Ralph's catch phrase "I'm gonna wreck it!" while trying to break out of a prison cell. Unfortunately, he finds the hard way that his magic hammer can only be used to fix things.
- During the iconic "falling with style" scene in Toy Story, Woody cries "To infinity, and beyond!"
- Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie has Scowler often saying "Eat my dust!" when rushing ahead of Patchi. After nabbing Juniper to be his mate, he gets ready to say it again only for Patchi to say wearily "I know, I know. Eat your dust."
Films — Live-Action
- In Star Trek: First Contact, Data tells the Borg Queen "Resistance... is futile." as a Pre-Mortem One-Liner.
- In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, when Spock asks McCoy for assistance in performing "surgery" on a photon torpedo, McCoy answers, "Fascinating."
- In (of all things) the 1936 film of Little Lord Fauntleroy, Mr. Hobbs, the previously bigoted anti-English-aristocratic grocer, ends a speech with "By Jove!", provoking uppah-uppah crust Englishwoman Lady Costanzia Lorridale erupts into his previous signature line, "Well, I'll be jiggered!"
- Back to the Future Part III: Marty and Doc Brown trade Catch Phrases once.
Marty: Great Scott!
Doc: I know, this is heavy.
- Blondie's Moment of Awesome in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is him doing this to Tuco. ("There Are Two Kinds of People in the World, my friend...")
- Hans Gruber in Die Hard, borrows John McClane's "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker" as Evil Gloating (and attempting One-Liner Echo).
- This happens in Duets when ex-convict Reggie Kane, who always responds to questions of what he went to prison for with "I made an error in judgement", has his Catch Phrase borrowed by ex-salesman Todd Woods after Todd's attempted robbery of a gas station ended with the attendant shot and killed by Reggie.
Reggie: What were you thinking?
Todd: I guess I made an error in judgement.
- The Avengers used it brilliantly, with Captain America's order:
Cap: Hulk. [points] Smash.
- From Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer:
Johnny Storm: To quote a friend of mine... It's clobberin' time.
- Crossed with a dual Actor Allusion in The Expendables 2:
- In Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet, "Always on alert!" is detective Nick Carter's Catch Phrase. When he receives a mysterious letter, it reveals two tickets. His sidekick, police commissioner Ledvina, is not too keen on going anywhere as it's fairly late and he's tired, and he asks where they are going this time. When he hears that their destination is a night club, he grabs his hat and sausages (he always eats), and very eagerly says: "Always on alert!"
- In President Andrew Shepherd's final speech in The American President, he savages Republican presidential hopeful Bob Rumson for using Shepherd's relationship with lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade for smear tactics. Rumson had ended every previous appearance with, "My name is Bob Rumson, and I'm running for president." Shepherd responds:
"My name is Andrew Shepherd, and I am the President!"
- In Jurassic World, Simon Masrani uses the late John Hammond's Catch Phrase: "Spare no expense." This makes sense, as he is Hammond's hand-picked successor.
- In Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, after taking Benji hostage, Solomon Lane gives Ethan his ransom demand, starting with the phrase "Your mission, should you choose to accept it..."
- A Song of Ice and Fire:
- In the fifth book, A Dance With Dragons, when speaking to Jon Snow, the Evil Sorceress Melisandre appropriates the catchphrase of his deceased Action Girl girlfriend Ygritte (which is "You know nothing, Jon Snow.")
- In the first book Tyrion Lannister is captured by the Mountain Clans whom he quickly subverts to his side, using them as his own private army. He becomes quite fond of clan chief Shagga, on several occasions using his oft-mentioned threat to "Cut off your manhood and feed it to the goats".
- In The Dresden Files book Changes Dresden is in the middle of a fight and stops to complain that "someone was shouting 'fuego'[his trademark spell] and it wasn't me."
- A frequent gag in later books in the series is Marco yelling "Let's do it!" right before doing something suicidally dangerous, instead of Rachel. Rachel is not amused.
- In one book, they swap catchphrases:
Rachel: This is insane.
Marco: I know, right? Let's do it!
- Discworld has Nanny Ogg using Granny Weatherwax's "I can't be having with all this" line in Carpe Jugulum, after being forced to take on the role of the Crone due to Granny's 10-Minute Retirement.
- In Honor Harrington, probably half the cast has borrowed Honor's "Let's be about it" at some point, which she herself borrowed from her first captain. The most notable are Abigail Hearns, for whom Honor has been something of a mentor and personal hero, and Lady Dame Estelle Matsuko, who was deeply impressed by Honor when they worked together in On Basilisk Station and is still deeply impressed by her some twenty years later, when Matsuko is serving as Imperial Governor of the Talbott Quadrant and Honor is several light-centuries away.
- Warrior Cats:
- In the first book, Fireheart accidentally attacks his friend Graystripe. When Graystripe complains that he was taken by surprise, Fireheart replies, "Surprise is the warrior's greatest weapon." He then mentally notes this to be the catchphrase of Graystripe's mentor, Lionheart.
- In Yellowfang's Secret, Yellowfang borrowed this phrase from her mentor Deerleap: "Look, listen, scent!"
- The Swallows and Amazons book Winter Holiday sees Peggy stealing her sister Nancy's various pirate catchphrases in an effort to fill the void when the latter is out of action. Nancy is later surprised and delighted when Peggy uses one of the catchphrases in front of her without thinking.
- In the first-published Horatio Hornblower novel Beat To Quarters, Lady Barbara managed to needle Captain Hornblower by co-opting his catch-phrase, a "Hm-Hmm" throat-clearing sound which he used whenever he couldn't think of something appropriate to say, and turning it on him in conversation.
- In Through the Looking-Glass Alice borrows Humpty Dumpty's catchphrase "It is very provoking" while trying to cut and serve a plum cake.
- In The Babysitters Club, at varying intervals, the other girls have found themselves using Claudia's catchphrase "Oh my lord."
- In Horus Heresy, Numeon's companions gradually start to use his "Vulkan Lives" catchphrase/prayer, to the extent that at one point, you'd think it became Salamanders' new warcry.
- In The Balanced Sword, the small but deceptively dangerous Poplock several times announces his presence and joins in a fight with a cry of "Fear me!" In the climactic battle, when Poplock's patron god shows up to join in, he announces his presence the same way.
- Game of Thrones: "This is not the day I die," is Jojen Reed's catchphrase in the books. Unfortunately, Oberyn is not prophetic, so it is not nearly as accurate.
- In Happy Endings, Brad tries to make the term "chicksand" catch on. Max thinks its stupid until the end.
Max: You drowned, bro, in chicksand. I like it and I'm taking credit for it.
- This is a Characteristic Trope on Arrested Development:
- "I've made a huge mistake", GOB's catchphrase (and motto, practically), is also used by Marta (when she realises she likes Michael, not GOB), Michael (when he realises that "hermano" is Spanish for "brother" and the one Marta likes is him), George (when he regrets his affair with Kitty in Mexico), Steve Holt (when he realises he slept with Maeby, his cousin (he didn't actually sleep with her)), and Lucille (when she realises that her grand plan is about to fall apart in the finale).
- Michael's reaction of "Her?" to his son's bland girlfriend, Ann is shared with the rest of the family.
- After Gob fails his fire trick in front of the mentally retarded Rita, her response is an astonished "But wherever did [the lighter fluid] come from?"
- Maeby's standard deflection of "Marry me!" was borrowed by Michael (to use on a woman he suspected to be his long-lost sister), and GOB (when Ann agrees to give GOB some space in Season 4. Unluckily, she takes it literally).
- Oscar's "...dot com" following his cries of "I'm Oscar!" was later borrowed by the Saddam Hussein impersonator sent to trial in his place with "I'm No-Scar! ...dot com!".
- Steve Holt's catchphrase of "STEVE HOLT!" was apparently borrowed from his mother, "EVE HOLT!"
- "The very fact that you call it that tells me you're not ready" in response to the phrase "Pop-pop" was used approximately once a season.
- After Ben Linus is clubbed with an oar:
Frank Lapidus: I thought you said you trusted that guy!
Sun: I lied.
- In season 6, after Jack and Desmond bring back the light:
Desmond: But what about you, Jack?
Jack: I'll see you in another life, brother.
- Actually, it happens twice, brotha.
- Sawyer's old standby, "Son of a bitch!" has been borrowed by Jack, Hurley, and Bernard, among others.
- After Ben Linus is clubbed with an oar:
- Pushing Daisies:
- Both Olive and the Narrator have said Emerson Cod's catchphrase of "Oh, hell no!"
- And at another point, an incidental character borrows the catch phrase of the Narrator:
Rob Wright: I know how it must sound, but the facts were these...
Rob Wright: These were the facts...
- When Kramer and Jerry trade apartments, Jerry started talking about "Bob Sacamano" as Kramer usually does.
- In another episode, Jerry dates a woman who is essentially a female version of himself. He starts getting creeped out when she uses his catchphrases "What's the deal with...?" and "That's a shame".
- Happy Days:
- Mrs. Cunningham would, very occasionally and when she really thought he was in the wrong, tell Fonzie to "sit on it." (Normally, the catchphrase was used by all the teen characters on the show, but not by the parents and NEVER to Fonzie.)
- There is a scene where someone brings an embarrassing document (an old yearbook photo, or something) to the dinner table. Marion put it on her seat, sits down, and continues eating. Husband Howard says "That's right, Marion. Sit on it."
- In House, Tritter uses House's Catchphrase "Everybody lies". Possibly done in order to emphasize that Tritter and House are Not So Different.
- The A-Team: Other characters occasionally use Hannibal's "I love it when a plan comes together."
- Star Trek:
McCoy: To coin a phrase... fascinating.
- Dr. McCoy's "I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder" has been used by other characters throughout the franchise, especially the Emergency Medical Hologram.
- In "Who Mourns For Adonais" from Star Trek: The Original Series, when Mr. Spock is not part of the landing party:
- Friends: Rachel (and a few others) have borrowed Joey's pickup line, "How you doin'?" upon occasion. In one episode, Monica says Rachel's "Nooooooooo" catchphrase, immediately followed by Rachel saying Monica's "I knowwwww!" catchphrase. Chandler's habit of enunciating incorrectly "Could that report BE any later?" is more commonly used by his friends to tease him than by Chandler himself. Also, Ross's sullen "Hi" was said by Chandler when he and Ross were miserable after being bullied.
- Stargate SG-1 seems to trade catch phrases more often than a group of elementary schoolers trade Pokémon cards. Notably, an alien boy who latches on to Jack complains "Oh, for crying out loud!" at least once, as does pretty much everyone else. Sam apparently picked up her early catchphrase "Holy Hannah" from her father. The final scene of Season 10 has the whole team (except Teal'c) ending a conversation with exclaiming Teal'c's catchphrase "Indeed". This makes this trope the second to last line in the series.
- When James May does his first track test on Top Gear, they send him out in the Pagani Zonda F Roadster, a supercar that is insane by even supercar standards. He borrows Clarkson's catchphrase for the occasion:
May: [voiceover] I think I know what to do at this point. [amidst engine noises] POWEEERRRRRRR!
- Ashes to Ashes: The catchphrase "You are surrounded by armed bastards!" belongs to Gene Hunt, but Jackie Queen, upon leveling in badass borrows it in 2.04.
- Kamen Rider:
- Done multiple times in Kamen Rider Decade:
"I was a passing-through Kamen Rider long before you came along! Remember that!"
- In the Final Chapter finale movie, Decade activates the Final Form Ride — All Riders, allowing the rest of the Riders to transform into their Final Form Rides (basically, a good guy version of One-Winged Angel). To do so, however, the Riders have to line up behind each other and activate the transformation of the one in front of them. They all say one of Decade's catchphrase throughout the whole sequence: "This will tickle a bit." Hilarity Ensues.
- In the TV series (specifically, the Hibiki arc), Diend performs the requisite "World of Cardboard" Speech, usually given by Decade. When Decade comments on the theft, Diend completes it by taking another of his catchphrases:
- In Kamen Rider Fourze, other characters would sometimes borrow Gentaro's "Uchuu kitaaa!" ("Space is heeere!", usually translated "It's space tiiime!") and occasionally replace "uchuu"/"space" with something else relevant to the situation. At the very least, they may be in the background shouting it with him when he transforms.
- One of Kamen Rider Gaim's movies had the main characters use powerups based on previous Riders. Each of the Riders used their predecessor's catchphrases... until the end:
- Done multiple times in Kamen Rider Decade:
- How I Met Your Mother: Mildly lampshaded:
Ted: Permission to say "Lawyered"?
Marshall: I'll allow it.
- In something of an inversion, Rio in Juken Sentai Gekiranger borrows Jan's Verbal Tic during his Heel–Face Turn, to which Jan only chuckles.
- In What I Like About You, Ben very hilariously uses Gary's "oh my damn".
- Doctor Who:
- Both Martha and Rose use the Tenth Doctor's "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry" at least once apiece.
- Played one hell of a lot more darkly in "Midnight". The alien stealing the Doctor's voice, and with it his habit of saying, "Molto bene!" is all that gives it away and saves him from a horrible death. When Donna quotes it back at him at the end, his "No...no, don't do that" is less "Running Gag" and more "PTSD symptom."
- When Capt. Jack returns in Series 3, he uses the Ninth Doctor's "Fantastic!" when talking to the Tenth Doctor, who grins fondly.
- The Sontaran's last words in "A Good Man Goes to War" are "I'm a nurse". Said to Rory.
- When River meets the Doctor early/late on, she introduces him to "Spoilers!". Later/earlier:
Melody/River: Who's River Song?
The Doctor: Spoilers.
- This exchange in "Asylum of the Daleks":
Doctor: Don't be scared, Amy.
Amy: Who's scared? Geronimo.
- When Amy kills Madam Kovarian she says "River didn't get it all from you, sweetie," borrowing River's Verbal Tic.
- When River finally figures out the strange man who's been accompanying her in "The Husbands of River Song" is an incarnation of the Doctor she's never seen before, he says "Hello, sweetie" to her.
- The Eleventh Doctor borrows Ten's "Allons-y" while struggling with the Cybermen taking over his head in "Nightmare in Silver".
- You know it's a grim episode on those very, very few occasions when the Doctor (Nine in "Dalek" and Twelve in "The Magician's Apprentice") borrows the Dalek Catch Phrase of "Exterminate!".
- In True Jackson, VP every main character borrows True's "You said what now?!" catchphrase at least once.
- In an episode of Community when Jeff has to move into Abed's dorm. After awhile living there, Jeff borrows Abed's catchphrase "Cool, cool, cool".
- This happens to Abed again when Annie pretends to be him in the Dreamatorium.
- Played With in Hogan's Heroes, when at one point Newkirk says "Formidable" while LeBeau says "Ruddy marvelous". Next second, they're both looking at the other with funny looks on their faces.
- A TV Land commercial for Get Smart promoted the "Catchphrase Redistribution Service", showing a montage of scenes of other characters saying Max's catchphrases.
- In the One Foot in the Grave episode "The Futility of the Fly", the West End backer looking at a play based on the Meldrews complained about the string of Contrived Coincidences and unexplained incidents. His final verdict was "I don't believe it."
- Everyone on the Leverage has repeated Hardison's "Seriously?!" at some point.
- Nearly every catchphrase gets borrowed repeatedly, mostly because the writers loved seeing the actors make it their own (with Seriously?! being their favorite)
- In Fawlty Towers, "He's from Barcelona" is Basil's catch-all way of explaining Manuel's shortcomings. In the final episode, it's Sybil who says it.
- In The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, the head of Sunshine Desserts has two yes-men: hip groovy Tony who constantly says "Great!", and neurotic David who constantly says "Super!". After Sunshine crumbles, they react thus to being reunited at Grot:
David: [dismayed] Great.
Tony: [dismayed] Super.
- Late in the run of Classic Concentration, contestants would say "I'd like to solve the puzzle."
- Arrow plays this for drama in the first season finale, as Moira uses Oliver's Catch Phrase to describe herself when opening the press conference exposing Malcolm's plans:
"My name is Moira Dearden Queen, and God help me, I have failed this city."
- The Mexican sitcom El Chavo del ocho would sometimes have a musical number near the end of the episode. In "Oyelo, Escuchalo", at one point Quico says "Eso, eso, eso, eso", one of El Chavo's catchphrases.
- House of Anubis had many characters borrow Victor's famous pin-drop speech. Fabian did it once in the school play (where he was playing Victor, of course) and he did it again with Patricia and Alfie when they became sinners. The result was a Funny Moment:
Fabian: It is ten o'clock!
Patricia: You have five minutes...
Alfie: And then I want to hear you all drop.
- Red Dwarf:
- Rimmer adopts Ace Rimmer's catchphrase 'Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast' when he has to take over Ace's life. He says it when leaving the ship, and mangles it completely.
- Subverted when Lister fails to teach Kryten to call Rimmer his catchphrase of smeghead. He says 'smee hee' instead because of his built-in censorship. It's later played straight when he eventually breaks it.
- Lister has also used Rimmer's catchphrases to make fun of him, such as 'up the ziggurat, lickety-split'.
- In Mr. Young, Mrs. Byrne borrows Dang's "You called?" in "Mr. Alligator" when Derby says he's looking for a scaly, leathery, prehistoric beast.
- Castle: in "The Final Nail" when Beckett tells Castle that a suspect's alibi checks out, Castle replies with Beckett's usual phrase, "Shut the front door!"
- In The Adventures of Superman, Jimmy Olsen, after being appointed editor for a day, uses Perry White's Catch Phrase "Don't call me Chief!" on Perry.
- In an episode of Family Matters, when Laura accidentally causes Steve Urkel's car to break down, Steve glares at Laura as she says, "Did I do that?"
- In 'Allo 'Allo! one of the Running Gags involved Leclerc entering the cafe in a Paper-Thin Disguise, and then, as if it was a big reveal, raising his glasses and whisper "Psst! It is I — Leclerc." Then, when Mme. Edith had to disguise herself:
Edith: Psst! [raises her glasses] It is I — Leclerc.
Leclerc: Hey! What are you playing at? [raises his glasses] It is I - Leclerc.
- A common trope in wrestling for heel wrestlers to steal, emulate or parody their baby face opponent's catchphrase in order to get under their [or the fans'] skin. Vice versa (face towards heel) is even not that uncommon.
- Be wary of stealing The Rock's catchphrase in his presence, or he will let you know about it.
- CM Punk
- Adam Cole lost his composure at Supercard Of Honor X night one when his opponent did his signature pose and crowd responded.
"ACH, Bay Bay!"
- In The Furchester Hotel's Christmas Episode, Pheobe, who has the Catch Phrase "Fuzza-wubba! I've got a monster idea!", is depressed that Christmas isn't happening the way she wanted. It's Required Spin Off Crossover guest Big Bird who announces he has a solution with "Feather-wubba! I've got a Big Bird idea!"
- In Animal Crossing, the villagers will sometimes start using each other's Verbal Tics.
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds Faith will end up in a bank vault, as Buffy sets about rescuing her she will say "Bored now," Willow's evil Catch Phrase, however she doesn't try and kill Buffy this time.
- One mission in Saints Row: The Third might have the Boss say "I love it when a plan comes together". That mission is when he/she is at the controls of a tank, falling through the sky, after the plane it was on blows up.
- In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, Charlotte teases Jonathan a couple of times by turning his catchphrase, "No problem", back on him.
- In Metroid: Other M, this trope coincides with the only time Samus truly defies her self appointed commanding officer: "Any objections, Adam?"...granted, she thought he was dead so it was equal parts sarcasm and is put back in her place when he shows up alive.
- After being royally defeated by Ezio in Assassin's Creed II, Cesare Borgia of all people borrows his nemesis's secondary catchphrase (take back Roma) when trying to win himself support.
- Quite a few Super Mario Bros. characters have copied Mario's "Let's-a go" and "Mamma mia!", especially Luigi and Peach.
- In Summon Night: Swordcraft Story Varil explains his presence in one scene by that Sakuro told him about the situation and told him to not "underestimate the ability of a Craftlord to gather information", a play on Varil's regular claims about the Gold Guild's (headed by his father) ability to gather information when asked how he knows about events he wasn't involved in.
- In Dragon Age: Origins, recovering Sten's sword will give you the option of turning Sten's "Pashaara" around on him as a dialogue choice. His response is a simple "Exactly".
- In Dragon Age: Inquisition, "Well, shit" seems to be Varric's catch phrase, considering how often the man runs into all kinds of traumatic events (it's even the title of his last personal sidequest!). However, when the Inquisitor helps Vivienne to try healing her aging lover, but the medicine instead kills him, their "snarky/neutral" reaction line to this event is simply: "Well... shit." (Varric himself is not present at this time.) It's also the Inquisitor's potential reaction to learning that they are in the same stretch of the Fade as the Nightmare.
- In Tales of Symphonia, Raine uses Lloyd's "Give me your name and I'll give you mine". Lloyd then realizes how cheesy it sounds, and never uses it again.
- In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Raiden uses Jetstream Sam's catchphrase, "Let's dance!", against the final boss after retrieving Sam's now-unlocked sword to replace his broken one. In a DLC episode, Sam used the same quote against the same character.
- Happens twice to Shepard in Mass Effect 3: once done by Conrad Verner, who's lampshading Shepard's tendency to Talk to Everyone and repeat already asked questions, and once in the Citadel DLC by the Shepard clone, although Shepard didn't realize they sounded like that.
Shepard: How come nobody told me about this before!? I'm open to feedback here!
- In Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS, Shulk's reveal trailer has him taking one of his friend Reyn's catchphrases when preparing for battle; a quote he also uses as one of his taunts.
Shulk: Now it's Shulk time!
- Kingdom Hearts coded: Donald and Goofy borrow Sora's "My friends are my power!" when trying to get Data-Sora out of a funk.
- Command & Conquer: Renegade, in which the player controls a GDI Commando, obviously has the player character borrow the original Commando's "I've got a present for ya!". One of his squadmates likewise borrows it about halfway through the game, though in his case he means it literally (he airlifts you a tank to go blow up the bad guys with). Another one has an unused line where he uses the phrase, but then notes that it doesn't sound right when he says it.
- Pai Chan uses M. Bison's But for Me, It Was Tuesday quote from the Street Fighter movie in Project X Zone 2.
- In Megaman Sprite Game, Mega Man uses Quickman's "Are you in or are you skin" catchphrase before catching and berating himself for reminding himself of that prick.
- In Little Busters!, Kyousuke has a Catch Phrase of 'Mission start!' whenever he's declaring the beginning of some sort of over-the-top, ridiculous adventure he's organised for the other charactes. In Refrain, as Riki starts taking over Kyousuke's role to re-form the Little Busters and to grow into a more self-sufficient person he sets up a mission of his own and ends up saying the phrase himself.
- In Dangan Ronpa, Kirigiri borrows Naegi's "You've got that wrong!" during a trial.
- Super Dangan Ronpa 2: After he reveals his true nature during the first Trial, Komaeda, who is a Foil to Naegi (to the point that they share the same voice actor in Japanese and English), delivers Naegi's "You've got that wrong!" to trigger his Rebuttal Showdown against Hinata.
- Maya from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney sometimes playfully copies many of the other characters' catchphrases and speech quirks, Most notably Luke Atmey's "Zvarri!" and Detective Gumshoe's ", pal." This is often just to mess with Phoenix, and accompanied with a sly grin.
- Web Animation/TOME:
- Whyti frequently borrowing Nylocke's "Whoosh~!" catchphrase, to show the Ship Tease between them.
- Nylocke's other catchphrase, declaring himself to be "Nylocke, Dragon of (whatever it is that he's doing)" has also been borrowed. Once by Rockoon, and once by SaturnDiva.
- In "The Camping Webisode" of DSBT InsaniT, Cody uses a variation of Andy's "Tee-hee, ice puns." and Andy uses Martha's "Shut up and fight!" The second one is particularly amusing, since Martha usually says that in response to Andy's antics in a dire situation.
- The Order of the Stick: Belkar borrows Roy's usual catchphrase by yelling "NOT REALLY THE POINT!" after Bloodfeast the Extreme-inator gets turned into a lizard, and Haley starts questioning the name.
- Warning! Readers Advisory!: Derek the Bard often borrows Linkara's "because poor literacy is ~*KEWL*~" catchphrase during the books he's reviewing.
- Team Kimba of the Whateley Universe has Phase, whose Catch Phrase "of course!" just makes him more pompous and smug, so the rest of the team borrow the phrase primarily to tease him.
- Todd in the Shadows has borrowed from The Nostalgia Critic at least twice:
Todd: HELLO, I'M TODD IN THE SHADOWS! I LISTEN TO IT 'CAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO!
- When Midnight Screenings discussed Gravity, they borrowed "SYMBOLISM!" from Bad Movie Beatdown.
- In the Vaguely Recalling JoJo series, Polnareff's Oh Crap! reaction face is borrowed by Steely Dan and Telence D'Arby when they realize that things aren't going their way.
- In Two Best Friends Play Persona 4, Matt points out when Pat borrows one of his catchphrases.
Matt: You're saying "See you fuckers" a lot.
Pat: It's a really versatile phrase!
- The Nostalgia Critic: This tends to happen whenever the Critic ends the episode in a terrible rage. Whenever it does, the final line is always spoken by another character as "He's the Nostalgia Critic, he remembers it so you don't have to!"
- EDBW: Killscreen V has Sans and Monokuma borrow one another's catchphrases in the run-up to their match.
Monokuma: If you start this fight...you're gonna have a bad time.Sans: i like a bad time. you, on the other hand...You need to be punished.
- Many Looney Tunes and Tex Avery cartoons have familiar catchphrases that were actually intended as references to once well known, but as Time Marches On more obscure film actors, radio shows, songs, and commercials that were very popular in the United States during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Examples are:
- "Turn off that light!" (reference to air raid wardens during World War II)
- "Was this/that trip really necessary?" (reference to a slogan used to encourage people not to take unnecessary trips to free up gas and rubber for the war effort and to free up space on trains to ferry troops to their duty locations. )
- "It's a possibility!" (reference to Artie Auerbach's catchphrase as Mr. Kitzle during Al Pearce's radio shows)
- "Nobody home, I hope, I hope, I hope" - Al Pearce
- "That ain't the way I heard it!" (reference to The Old Timer character from the radio series Fibber McGee and Molly)
- "'T ain't funny, McGee!" (reference to the character Molly, addressing McGee in Fibber McGee and Molly)
- "I love that man!" - (reference to the character Beulah (Marlin Hurt) on Fibber McGee and Molly.)
- "Operator, give me number 32O.. ooh, is that you, Myrt? How's every little thing, Myrt? What say, Myrt?" - (reference to the character Fibber, whenever the operator connecting his calls turned out to be his friend Myrt, Fibber McGee and Molly. )
- "Well now, I wouldn't say THAT!" - (reference to the character Peavey (Richard Le Grand) in the radioshow The Great Gildersleeve)
- "Don't you believe it!" (reference to a 1947 similarly titled radio show in which popular legends, myths or old wives' tales were debunked with this quote.)
- "Aha! Something new has been added!" and "So round, so firm, so fully-packed. So free and easy on the draw." (reference to Lucky Strike cigarettes)
- "B.OOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" (reference to a commercial for Lifebuoy soap against B.O. (body odor))
- "Ain't I a stinker?" (Lou Costello from Abbott and Costello)
- "I'm only three and a half years old!" - From a character named Martha (Billy Gray) on the Abbot & Costello radio show.
- "Ah, yes! (Insert statement here), isn't it?", "Yehudi?", "Don't work, do they?" and "Greetings, Gate! Lets osculate!" (Jerry Colonna, sidekick on Bob Hope 's radio show.)
- "I dood it!", "He don't know me very well, do he?" and "You bwoke my widdle arm!" (reference to Red Skelton's radio comedy character Junior, aka "Mean Widdle Kid")
- "Of course you realize this means war!" (Groucho Marx)
- "Ain't I a devil?" - Ralph Edwards in "Truth or Consequences".
- "Which way did he go, George? Which way did he go?" and "I'm going to hug him and pet him and hug him and pet him..." (reference to John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men)
- Several dimwitted characters were based on Mortimer Snerd, who was created in 1938.
- "Henry! Heeeeeeeeeeen-RY!" "Coming, Mother!" (reference to The Aldritch Family, a radio sitcom)
- The NBC Chime (the notes themselves remain as a signature for the television network)
- "Monkeys is the cwaziest peoples." - A catch phrase from Lew Lehr. In parody the word "monkeys" was often replaced by other animals or people.
- "Ah say! I'm from the South, son!", "That's a joke, son!", "Pay attention now, boy!" - Kenny Delmar as Senator Claghorn in "The Fred Allen Show". The Looney Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn was entirely based on this radio personality.
- "See?" - A verbal tic actor Edward G. Robinson used. When characters in Looney Tunes use it, it's usually in a police or gangster context.
- "I'll moida da bum." - A reference to boxer Tony Galento.
- "I have a problem, Mr. Anthony!" - Reference to John J. Anthony, who presented the daily radio advice program "The Goodwill Hour".
- "Train leaving on Track 5 for Anaheim, Azusa and Cuuuu-ca-mon-gaaa!" - Mel Blanc usually said this, as it was a reference to a character he played on "The Jack Benny Show".
- "Come with me to the casbah" - Reference to Charles Boyer as Pépé le Moko in the 1937 film Algiers. Interesting detail: the line was prominent in the trailer, but not in the movie itself.
- In a couple of Looney Tunes shorts Daffy Duck uses Sylvester's catchphrase "Sufferin' Succotash!".
- On a episode of the game show Press Your Luck, one of the questions was which character used that catchphrase. The show had Daffy as the correct answer, which was incorrect. All three contestants were invited to come back on the show because of this, and in the next episode Mel Blanc called in as Sylvester and complained that Daffy was always stealing from him.
- At the end of '"Rabbit Transit'', when Cecil Turtle's trick on Bugs causes Bugs to get arrested for speeding, Cecil is the one who says "Ain't I a stinker?".
- As the show went on, other Beast Wars characters started picking up Megatron's "yesssssss" when referring to him. Ditto for Primal's "That's just prime."
- This occurs at the end of Turtles Forever, as the 1988 and 2003 turtles say goodbye to each other by trading catchphrases. Another example occurs in the TMNT 2003 episode "Turtle X-Tinction", where Serling uses the phrase "It's Serling time" — borrowed from the turtles' own "It's ninja time!" — before embarking on his mad dash to save Cody.
- Penny from Inspector Gadget uses her uncle's "Wowsers" once or twice, thought it's usually not Played for Laughs when she does it.
- In Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Ickis says in a few episodes "I hate my life", which is the catchphrase of Ed Bighead from Rocko's Modern Life. Interestingly, both Ickis and Bighead are voiced by Charlie Adler.
- Phineas and Ferb:
- The episode "Hail, Doofania!" does a role reversal for the title characters and Dr. Doofenschmirtz, so Phineas delivers Doof's "...the ENTIRE TRI-STATE AREA!" and "Bless you, Perry the Platypus!", while Doofenschmirtz does Phineas's "I know what we're going to do today!", "Aren't you a little old to be..." "No. No I'm not". His daughter also takes on Candace's role, including her outfit and catchphrase "Mom! Mom! You gotta see this!"
- Vanessa adapts her father's catchphrase in another episode when she says "Thank you, Perry the Platypus!"
- Isabella's catchphrase "Whatcha doooin'?" is borrowed by a few other characters, but she's very protective of it. She elbows Buford in the ribs when he starts to say it in one episode, she acts visibly irritated when Suzy and Candace use it to Phineas in "Suddenly Suzy", and she can sense it being used across town in "Phineas and Ferb's Christmas Vacation". (However, she doesn't mind when Phineas says it to her.)
- The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan episode "The Eye of the Idol" has Scooter and later Anne borrowing Stanley's "Wham bam, we're in a jam!". Two episodes later, Henry uses it to make fun of Stanley when he fails at doing a magic trick with the stocks, and Flip says it in the following episode.
- Charlie himself used it on one episode, which is lampshaded.
- In Rocko's Modern Life, while laying in bed during a nervous breakdown in "She's the Toad", Ed Bighead says "Garbage day is a very dangerous day".
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Prince Zuko normally had a monopoly on honor related phrases (to the point where in the play version of the show, just about every line play!Zuko used had the word honor in there somewhere). This changes in the third season when both Aang and Sokka say that they need to restore their honor. Meta-lampshaded when Aang says, "I need my honor back," and it directly cuts to Zuko.
- The Legend of Korra has Zhu Li using Varrick's phrase "Do the thing" against him when he gets arrested.
- The Simpsons:
- Throughout the show, when things go south, members of the Simpson family tend to borrow their patriarch's "D'oh!" Rare occasions have other characters, such as Krusty and Mr. Burns, use it.
- In the episode "Lisa the Simpson", Lisa worries that her genetics will lead to her becoming as dumb as Homer. When she learns that it's only male Simpsons who carry the dumb gene, and subsequently solves the puzzle she's been stuck on all episode, she lets out a Homeresque "Woo-hoo!" before catching herself.
- Homer Simpson's "D'oh" in itself was borrowed from somebody else, namely actor James Finlayson from the Laurel and Hardy series, who used to say it in a very long outstretched way, more like "D'oooooooooooooooooooh". It was shortened because things have to go a lot quicker in animation.
- In "Natural Born Kissers", Moe borrowed Helen's "Won't someone think of the children?" line.
- Multiple cross-show examples appear in the Family Guy crossover, including Homer responding to Peter's "Woohoo!" with a kick to the face and a "Road House!"
- South Park:
- A couple of times Stan and Kenny have said Cartman's "Screw you guys, I'm going home!"
- On a few occasions someone else like Cartman or Grandpa Marsh have said Stan and Kyle's "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!"
- In "Going Native", Cartman borrows Butters' "Fellas! FELLAS!"
- In the Dastardly & Muttley episode "Who's Who?," Dastardly gets amnesia, leaving Klunk to run the Vulture Squadron. After yet another operation fails, Klunk says Dastardly's line of "Drat and double drat!"
- Danger Mouse lampshades this in an episode of his show:
Penfold: Good grief!D.M.: Penfold! That's my line!
- In "The Strange Case Of The Ghost Bus," DM invokes James Bond's "Shaken...not stirred."
- Greenback says "Penfold, shush!" in "The Ultra Secret Secret." DM says he'll ignore his line being stolen.
- Normally, when Johnny Test does a parody, Johnny's the one to catch on with a "Now where have I seen this before?", but in the The Cat in the Hat parody, when Bling-2 shows up, Dukey delivers the line.
- Yogi Bear makes a swipe using his signature rhyming in Yogi's Treasure Hunt, with apologies to Mr. B. Bunny:
Yogi: At the risk of stealing a line most appealing: "What's up, Doc?"
- In the King of the Hill episode "Lucky See, Monkey Do", when Bobby sees how ridiculous lives the kids of Lucky's sister live, he says "Those boys ain't right."
- From the Spider-Man: The Animated Series episode "Return of the Spider-Slayers":
Spider-Man: I hate to borrow someone else's line, but... it's clobberin' time!
- Jabberjaw considered it plagiarism when someone other than him complained about lack of respect, which is ironic since it was a borrowed catchphrase to begin with
- On Young Justice, M'Gann's "Hello, Megan!" line is revealed to be from an old, forgotten sitcom that she watched growing up. Wally, in turn, borrows it twice: as playful ribbing in "Image" and legitimately in "Failsafe." (The latter turns out to be Fridge Brilliance when you find out that the Team are unknowingly mind-linked and that M'Gann's Psychic Powers are accidentally brainwashing them all).
- In the Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes episode "Hard Knocks", Ben borrows Hulk's: "Thing smash!" In "Bait And Switch", Reed comments, "I always wanted to say this — it's clobbering time!"
- On The Flintstones Fred and Barney once yelled their wives' "Charge it!".
- Once in Futurama when Leela was explaining what Bender was doing, leaving Fry to be the one to utter "Oh lord!"
- Another episode had a moment where Bender exploded; after he put himself back together, he walked in with a triumphant "Good news, everyone!" The Professor was thrown for a loop.
- During the fourth movie, Fry tells Bender he can bite his shiny metal hat.
- In the episode "A Friend In Need" in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit once borrowed Christopher Robin's "Silly old bear." And yes, he used it with the same amount of endearance.
- Regular Show Benson once used a particularly long "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!"
- Kim Possible asserts that Yoko won't be a problem after all the other villains that had been smacked down. Funny given she isn't a wrestling fan.]] (Though Ron is, so she probably cribbed it from him.)
Ron: This is my way of telling you.
- In "Oh No! Yono!", Ron shows his parents baby Hana's karate skills, and he borrows the phrase they use whenever they drop a life-changing bombshell on him.
- In a few episodes of "Jackie Chan Adventures" Tohru said Uncle's "Aieeya!" when something went wrong for him.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated:
Fred: Y'know, Dad, Bucky would've gotten away with it, if it weren't for us meddling kids! Maybe a "Thank you" would be, uh...
- In "The Wild Brood, when the Gang unmasks that episode's Monster of the Week and finds that it's someone they don't recognize, the episode's supporting characters (who do recognize the guy under the mask) end up delivering the Gang's trademark synchronized announcement of the villain's identity.
- Also in "Dead Justice", after the Gang helps Sheriff Stone collar the Monster of the Week:
- During an episode of Beavis and Butt-Head, Butt-head goes "Boi-oi-oi-oi-oing" in a matter similar to Beavis.
- Borrowed (and altered) catchphrase as a show title: Will The Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down?
- In Star Wars Rebels, Zeb's favorite curse word is "Karabast." Season 2 shows that Ezra had picked up on using it.