Clash of the Catchphrases
An expression used by a character in numerous episodes of a show. Merely uttering this phrase in the office will key others in to the character you're referring to. For a line to be a catchphrase, it should be always the same, and not just catchy.
: To be a catchphrase, the phrase must be repeated multiple times — just because something is the most memorable line of a movie does not make it a catchphrase unless it is said more than once.
If the character has a Badass Creed
, that will probably double as a catch phrase.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!
is a false or oft-misquoted catchphrase. When the audience
adopts a character's line as a catchphrase, then we get Memetic Mutation
A Super Trope
Compare Arc Words
, Other Stock Phrases
, Word Power
Contrast with Author Catchphrase
, which is when a phrase is recycled across unrelated works by the same author/actor/creator.
Not to be confused with the gameshow Catchphrase
, which was just named for this trope.