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Hey, That's My Line!
Natalie Teeger: (signing off on her first night as a lottery hostess) So, that's it for now. Keep playing lotto! (beat) You'll thank me later! (music ends; cue dead silence)
Adrian Monk: "You'll thank me later"? That's my line! I say that!
Lt. Randy Disher: It hurts, doesn't it?
Monk, "Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever"

Describe Hey, That's My Line! Here.

Hey, I was gonna say that!

Bob has a Catch Phrase and is in an situation where it's appropriate to use it, but Alice was faster and stole the catchphrase. Bonus points for Bob saying, "That's my line!"

In Anime, it can also be used to mean, "I'm the one who should be saying that to you." For example, if Alice barges into a place where she's not supposed to be, and unexpectedly finds Bob (who is supposed to be there) and says "What are you doing here!?" Bob might respond with Watashi no serifu da!, "That's my line." (Of course, pronouns, construction, formalness, etc. varies. Listen out for the "no serifu" every time, though.)

This is something of a stereotype in the acting profession, where leading men/ladies have been known to pinch clever lines of dialog from those of lesser billing.

If the other character isn't able to notice, then it's a Borrowed Catchphrase.

Not to be confused with Whose Line Is It Anyway?.


Examples

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    Advertising 
  • One of the commercials during the awfully misguided "Hare Jordan" era had Michael Jordan saying "That's all, folks" with Porky Pig indignantly retorting, "Hey, that's my line!"
  • A commercial for the Capital One credit card has Jimmy Fallon speaking with a baby who doesn't like 50% more cash back. He tries to tempt her to say that she'll take it by first offering her things like a princess dress and an Etch-a-Sketch. But when he asks if she wants 50% more cash back, she holds up the Etch-a-Sketch and displays a stylized "no." He says she's good and the commercial explains some things about the Capital One card. It then cuts back to the baby who asks "What's in your wallet?" and holds up the Etch-a-Sketch, which says that. Fallon comments "I usually say that."

    Anime & Manga 
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei:
    • Kafuka has been known to steal Itoshiki-sensei's catchphrase "I'm in despair!" Having his catchphrase stolen becomes a running gag in season two. You'd expect it to leave him in despair but he tends to take it pretty well.
    • A variation also occurs in the Hot Springs Episode, after the barrier between the men's and the women's halves falls down. Itoshiki-sensei shrieks and covers himself and one of the girls says, "That should be our reaction."
  • Negima!?: Three different character, including the narrator, stole Motsu the frog's catchphrase "in a good way."
  • Azumanga Daioh: Subversion, Tomo accuses Yomi of catchphrase stealing but it wasn't something Tomo would ever say.
  • Pokémon:
    • Ash once stole May's exploration team line that she sometimes did during Hoenn, and she scolded him for it (mysteriously absent in the dub).
    • Misty, Tracey, and Jesse have also stolen Ash's capture pose.
    • Ash and his friends have stolen Team Rocket's motto at least twice.
    • Wobbuffet popped out at Meowth's usual motto line, prompting Meowth to pound it while yelling that he was tired of it stealing his part.
    • In the Pokémon Special manga, Red gets the better of Blue and brags about having two gym badges in the process. Blue steals the badges shortly afterward. Later, Red infiltrates Team Rocket while they're pursuing Blue. She brags about "her" two gym badges, leaving Red unhappy that the badges weren't the only things stolen.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • In one chapter, Mars decides that she's going to do the In the Name of the Moon speech instead. She does tweak it, though... "Wearing high heels, I will punish you!" She has used "In the name of Mars, I will chastise you!" as well, and the other Senshi have their own version they use occasionally.
    • In another episode, Mars and Mercury say the In the Name of the Moon speech simultaneously ("...we will punish you!"). Needless to say, Moon responds "Hey, that's my line!"
  • Yuuichi in Kanon occasionally steals Ayu's "Uguu~" to mock her. It usually escalates into an all-out Verbal Tic war.
  • Bleach, at least in the scanslations, uses this so often that you read it more than the phrases they're supposedly copying.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX dub, Alexis once said "Get your game on" before a game with Aster, right before Jaden showed up.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds episode 29, when Jack and Carly start their duel against a possessed Ushio/Trudge, on their first move, Carly draws for Jack and declares that it's her turn, which results in Jack angrily shouting "It's MY turn!", and Carly apologising. This happens in the dub as well, but Jack doesn't shout, he just says "Actually, it's my turn." after Carly draws.
  • Fist of the North Star has three Catch Phrase thefts, without being retorted:
    • A mook, after getting finger-stabbed by Kenshiro, is "brainwashed" to tell him where the man they're looking for is being held prisoner. He promptly breaks down, fearing execution. But Rei assures him that he's not gonna get executed. When asked why, he steals Kenshiro's Catch Phrase "You're already dead," and you know the rest. Being The Stoic he is, Kenshiro obviously does not comment on it.
    • In the middle of battle, where there's no Kenshiro (only Rei, Mamiya and... Bart. Yeah, him), a Mook attacks Bart. For once the kid gets a bit "brave" and hits the mook on the face with a "WHAAA-CHAA!!" yell. And then he steals Kenshiro's Catch Phrase "You're already dead." The mook, thinking that his head is going to asplode, asks "How many seconds?". Bart replies "3 seconds!" and counts to 3... The mook gets scared shitless, but after the countdown... he realizes nothing happened and Bart has already run off.
    • A Mook who claims to know Hokuto Shinken attacks Kenshiro, does a really lame-looking move (he holds his thumbs against Kenshiro's temples), and declares "You're already dead!" Kenshiro asks how many seconds, the mook counts down from ten... and then his own head blows up due to a previous Offhand Backhand from Kenshiro. You do not screw with the man.
  • Sōsuke says this during the Curb-Stomp Battle at the end of Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid, when the A.I. of his Humongous Mecha announces how many enemies are remaining. This, and the fact that both Sōsuke and the A.I. announce the next enemy's defeat in unison, is used to indicate that Sōsuke is now working with his mecha instead of resenting it.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin, Kenshin plays this straight with Saitou. This is almost a kind of subversion, as instead of trying to be funny, this moment is terrifying; it's when Kenshin snaps.
    Saitou: The end? This wasn't my plan... but it doesn't matter. I'll kill you now.
    Kenshin: I think you've got it wrong. Those are MY words.
  • Used near the end of Fushigi Yuugi's 14th episode.
    Miaka: Hotohori! Nuriko! I'm so glad you're safe!
    Nuriko: Uh, I thought that was supposed to be our line.
  • InuYasha Two stock phrases on one page.
    Nobunaga: Who... who are you? You're a suspicious lot!
    Inu-Yasha: That's my line.
  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, not exactly a catchphrase, but something that England would probably say is said by America. They are both stranded on an island.
    America: However, I don't think that I'd be unhappier than I am. Given being together with you is the greatest misfortune there can be.
    England: I-I beg your pardon?! That's my line!
  • They Are My Noble Masters:
    • In a battle of Shout-Outs between Ren and Kojyuuro, Ren (voiced by Domon Kasshu's seiyuu) recites the Shining Finger quote: "This hand of mine glows with an awesome power! It's burning grip tells me to defeat you!". Then, Kojyuuro took over with saying "Take this! My love! My anger! And all of my sorrow!". And obviously, Ren retorted, "That's my line!" (should be also noted that afterwards, Kojyuuro, voiced by Guy Shishioh's seiyuu, continues with "HIKARI NI NAREEEE!!!!", not stolen.)
    • Kojyuuro also steals another one of Domon's lines: "Those who interfere with others' love... should be kicked by a horse straight to hell!" If you don't remember this line in G Gundam, Domon says it as he defeats Wong Yunfat for the last time, with Fu'unsaiki's help.
  • Lampshaded in Excel♥Saga when Nabeshin is fighting the army commando-turned-random-helicopter. Nabeshin steals what his enemy was going to say, and when it is pointed out, he yells "I'm the director, so I get all the best lines!".
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Joseph Joestar does this continuously to his enemies in order to confuse them and throw them off guard. "Your next line will be X" is pretty much his catchphrase, and is not amused when one of his opponents turns the tables on him in exactly the same fashion.
  • Ranma ˝:
    Ranma: Oh, and don't try to take advantage of me if you get scared, OK?
    Akane: Hey! That's my line!

    Ranma: Is this what I get for bein' nice?!
    Akane: That's my line!

    Ryōga: Huh?! What're you doing here?
    Ranma: That's my line!
  • Fairy Tail:
    • In the anime, Happy the talking cat loves to tease his human companions (especially Lucy) about any hint of romance. Then, in the "Oración Seis" arc, he meets a female cat of his species, and it's Love at First Sight. Lucy doesn't miss the opportunity to tease him back, to which Happy responds, "How dare you steal my lines!"
    • When someone like Gajeel uses Natsu's lines like, "Now that I've eaten, I'm all revved up!", Natsu gets upset.
  • Saiyuki: At the end of the first manga series, Big Eater Goku starts to say "I'm hungry"; all three of his companions say it in unison before he can finish.
    Goku: Hey! Don't go stealing all my lines!
  • Haiyore! Nyarko-san uses this as part of an Actor Allusion in one episode. Nyarko, working as a waitress, dismisses Cuuko's attempts to get a job there by saying "Who'd want to be served by a small-breasted loser like you?!"; Cuuko responds "They're not small", and Nyarko immediately wonders why it feels like someone just stole her line.

    Comic Books 
  • At the end of Tintin and the Picaros, Haddock begins a sentence with "To be precise", prompting the hero to exclaim about how they have forgotten about Thomson and Thompson (who at this point are about to be executed by firing squad).

    Comic Strips 
  • This trope appears once in a Cul de Sac strip, when Petey is being stubborn with his mom about something:
    "Petey, in a moment I'm going to start chewing my arm off."
    "Hey, that's my line!"

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • In Igor, the title character decides to pass his own evil invention as his dead master's in order to win the Mad Scientist competition. Since it is strictly forbidden for Igors to invent (they can only fetch things and pull switches), this idea is deemed suicidal by his friends/creations. Scamper, an immortal, suicidal talking rabbit, slaps Igor and tells him that he can't be suicidal because "that's my thing."
  • By the forth Shrek, movie when Shrek burps his kids after feeding them, Fiona chimes "Better out than in." With Shrek commenting that he was supposed to say that.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • Animorphs:
    • It sometimes happens that another character (usually Marco) shouts the words "Let's do it!" instead of Rachel. Hey, That's My Line! was usually the reaction, or Hey, That's Her Line!
    • Occasionally, no one would say it, prompting someone (usually Marco) to go "Rachel? We're waiting." or something to that effect.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In series/Do Not Adjust Your Set episode 11 (the sleeve is wrong) David Jason's unnamed character sits down in a restaurant at the table of Eric Idle's character. He starts to rehearse rather angry lines from a play, as he explains, he's an actor. Eric asks him to keep it quiet but even when whispered the lines keep disturbing him:
    David Jason (now whispering angrily): "You worm! You miserable wretch! You don't care about anyone else do you, hey? Answer me!"
    Eric Idle: Would you pass...
    David Jason: "No no! A thousand times no! I've done enough for the likes of you."
    Eric Idle: Would you pass...
    David Jason: "This may surprise you, but I've had enough."
    Eric Idle: Look! I've had enough of your prattling on! I came here for a quiet evening and all I get is an idiot like you! I'm going, leaving, driven out and it's all your fault. Goodnight!
    David Jason (normal and surprised): I say, that's MY line.
  • In The Office (US) episode "The Injury", when Dwight is taken to the hospital for a concussion:
    Doctor: Does the skin look red and swollen?
    Dwight: That's what she said.
    Michael: That's my joke, damnit Dwight.
  • In The Thick of It: Whilst lacking a specific catchphrase, the spin doctor Malcolm Tucker is known for his frequent use of extremely coarse language when criticizing his colleagues, to the point when MP Nicola Murray uses a similarly colorful phrase on him, he responds appropriately:
    Nicola: You're about as on the ball today as a dead seal.
    Malcolm: Hey, that's one of my fucking lines!
  • In the Sledge Hammer! episode where he's got Humphrey Bogart as a Spirit Advisor: Sledge says "Here's looking at you, kid!", and Bogey answers... guess what.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Only tenuously connected to this trope, but funny all the same: In the musical episode, the duet between Xander and Anya has one part where the two switch off verses (funnier since at this point the verses are essentially insulting each other); however, Anya jumps in at Xander's cue (still rhyming perfectly) with "His eyes are beady!" causing him to sing, "This is my verse, hello?!" The DVD extra has a karaoke cut suitably named that line.
    • In the episode "Who Are You?":
      Anya: We were going to light a bunch of candles and have sex near them.
      Faith-in-Buffy's-body: Well, we certainly don't want to cut into that seven minutes.
      Anya: Hey!
      Xander: (to Anya) I believe that's my "hey". (to Faith) Hey!
  • Kamen Rider:
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: In the Hollywood episode, Cody gets so nervous when he forgets his line, that the next time he says his line AND Zack's, which he notes.
  • In Top Gear, the presenters fight over who gets to use the phrase "Back to the studio".
  • Psych's season 5 episode "Extradition II" has Shawn saying Gus's classic "you know that's right!" It's actually difficult to tell whether Gus is more angry because Shawn stole his primary "cool black guy" catchphrase or because he emphatically disagreed with the sentiment.
  • The episode of Monk where Natalie briefly becomes a lottery hostess uses this trope as a Running Gag.
    • The first time, Randy has just told Captain Stottlemeyer a great one-liner ("It looks like her number came up") about the victim. Moments later:
      Medical Examiner: I still don't get it. Who would want to kill the lotto girl?
      Officer Kelton: I guess her number came up! (the coroner starts laughing, while Randy throws his notebook at the officer) Hey! What are you doing?
      Lt. Randall Disher: What are you doing? That was my line, man!
    • The second instance is when Natalie signs off after her first appearance:
      Natalie Teeger: So, that's it for now! Keep playing lotto. (beat) You'll thank me later! (the music stops)
      Adrian Monk: "You'll thank me later?" That's my line! I say that!
      Lt. Randall Disher: Hurts, doesn't it?
  • The third series of Father Ted has a scene taking place after Ted has a few drinks in him. When Father Jack enters the room and tries to walk to his chair, Ted shouts, with Jack's usual inflection, "FECK OFF!" Father Jack is uncharacteristically taken aback and runs away.
  • Done twice in a Celebrity Deathmatch between Judge Judy and referee Mills Lane. Judy steals Mills' "Let's get it on!" and "I'll allow it" catchphrases.
  • CSI NY
    Jo: Boom!
    Danny: Are you using my word? (as he's following her to see something related to a case)
  • In an episode of Supernatural, Sam and Dean are trying to protect a girl who turns out to be a fallen angel from demons. The night before, Dean is talking to her, and she gives him the "we may die tomorrow" speech. Dean is shocked, not because of the idea but because it's usually what he says in these situations.

    Pro Wrestling 

    Puppet Shows 

    Theater 
  • In Pokémon Live!, Jessie and James are confused when Ash demands to be taken to Giovanni, claiming those are their lines.

    Video Games 
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy V, this happens if Gilgamesh comes to assist you in the fight against Necrophobe.
      Necrophobe: Enough of this. Die!
      Gilgamesh: (snort) I believe that's MY line!!!
    • Inverted in Final Fantasy X, when Auron tells Yuna that whatever she decides to do at Macalania Temple, the guardians will back her up:
      Auron: Sorry.
      Tidus: Huh?
      Auron: That was your line.
  • Done once in Sonic Heroes.
    Shadow: Well then, It'll be a date to die for!
    Sonic: Hey, that's my line!
  • Tales of Symphonia:
    • A line that is, in itself, a reference to The Lord of the Rings, which makes sense: Lloyd was raised by a Dwarf. Note that it is never used after that point:
      Raine: Give me your name and I'll give you mine.
      Genis: Hey, you copied Lloyd.
      Lloyd: Now that I've heard someone else say it, it sounds kinda arrogant.
    • Another case (Later in the game, and during a sidequest):
      Hell Knight: Congratulations on making it this far. I shall give you death as a reward.
      Lloyd: Hey! That's my line.
  • In one of the battle result dialogues in Digimon World Data Squad, Yoshino says this when her partner Digimon Lalamon uses her catch phrase, "This is the worst!"
  • In Solatorobo, Red steals a train conductor's "All aboard!" and gets scolded for it.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • Done in a Homestar Runner Halloween cartoon:
    Homestar: So, what kind of concoctions might one stir with your wares?
    Bubs: Well, a little eye of newt, some toe of frog. Baby, you got a witches' brew goin'.
    Homestar: Hey, that's my line!
  • Arby 'n' the Chief: Chief has this exchange with an intoxicated Arbiter for stealing his use of LOL.
    Arbiter: LOL, remember Chief?
    Chief: HAY. thats mai thing arbitur. u cant use mai thing. remember. remember its mien. lol remember arbitur?
    Arbiter: LOL, I remember Chief.
    Chief: LOL. ur so silly.
    Arbitur: I know, LOL.
    Chief: LOL

    Web Comics 
  • In The Order of the Stick, Tsukiko once steals the Monster in the Darkness's "Gate? What gate?" and gets called on it.
  • One page of Castlevania RPG has a Belmont and his vampirized sister switch the "you don't belong in this world" / "have at you" lines, and Alec whining about it.
  • In Homestuck, Jane blames Jake for stealing the phrase "shucks buster". Of course, Jake believes the line belongs to both, but it turns out it belonged to Jane and she let Jake use it, but retracted the permission because Jake has been a pain in the ass lately.
  • Case 3 of Kristoph Gavin: Ace Attorney includes the following exchange:
    Kristoph: Well, anyway, would you mind if I had a look around?
    Simon: Well... you can, but I doubt you'll find anything.
    Kristoph: Ah, good. Thanks for your cooperation.
    Simon: Hey, that's my line!

    Web Original 
  • In the lonelygirl15 self parody episode "Proving Science Wrong... with Lonelybeast and Danielgirl15", Daniel uses Bree's "Proving science wrong!" Catch Phrase before launching into an extremely inaccurate description of the Coriolis effect, which he terms "the Cornwallis effect". In the background, Bree bangs her head against the magazine she's reading.
  • Crackitus Potts is the de facto leader of The League of S.T.E.A.M. and usually introduces the episodes he appears in. When someone else will occasionally start the introduction, he'll usually run to the camera to interrupt them and take over the intro.
  • In Gaia Online's "Demonbusters" event, the Sentinel uses a very familiar Evil Laugh on live television, pissing off Johnny Gambino (though he was too lazy to actually do anything except complain).

    Western Animation 
  • Futurama:
    • When Zoidberg's contemporary iHawk uses a joke Zoidberg had told before (and was much better received), Zoidberg freaked out and threatened to kill him, because "That's my joke!"
    • That whole Futurama episode is a parody of a M*A*S*H episode in which BJ started taking credit for a joke Hawkeye's father told him. It seemed to bug Hawkeye more that BJ hadn't laughed when he first heard the joke than it did that he stole it.
  • In The Simpsons, Lisa uses several of Bart's Catch Phrases (like "Don't have a cow, man") line to impress her new friends, which upsets Bart. However, Marge points out that he hasn't said those phrases in years, and tells him to "let Lisa have it".
    • In the episode Lemon of Troy, Milhouse overhears a kid from Shelbyville exclaiming "RADICAL!", he replies "And that kid said 'RADICAL', I say 'RADICAL', that's my thing that I say! I FEEL LIKE I'M GONNA EXPLODE!"
  • Seen in Dudley Do-Right, after Dudley has been tricked into letting Snidley tie his finger to the railroad tracks for the second time in about two minutes:
    Dudley: Curses, foiled again.
    Snidely: Hey, that's my line!
  • ReBoot. Both Dot and Enzo have been known to use Bob's "This is bad. Very bad" line, or his "I don't believe in the no-win scenario" line. Bob does use the "That's my line" response on one occasion. Seeing how Bob stole "I don't believe in the no-win scenario" from Captain Kirk, he's got no right to complain.
  • Two examples from the same episode of The Spectacular Spider-Man:
    Chameleon: (posing as Spider-Man) My insect early warning system is tingling!
    Black Cat: My kitty-sense is purring...
Spidey himself rarely, if ever, gets to finish the line, which is internal dialogue in most incarnations. How has either of them heard it?
  • Where's Wally (Waldo if you live across the pond) has Odlaw turn up too late to follow the protagonist and says the narrator's catchphrase "Where's Wally?", as a result the narrator invokes this trope.
  • From the South Park episode "The Red Badge of Gayness":
    Stan: Oh my god, They Killed Kenny!
    Stan's Grandpa: You bastards!
    Kyle: Hey!
  • Slappy Squirrel in Animaniacs always says "Now, that's comedy!" at the end of her every cartoon. In one episode, however, her nephew steals her catchphrase, at which she says, "You're adorable... but that's my line."
  • Isabella from Phineas and Ferb is highly protective of her "Whatcha doin'?" catchphrase, to the point where she can sense if someone says it from halfway across the town.
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law:
    • During an episode, the Deadly Duplicator thinks about how he's going to "Eliminate" Birdman. X appears beside him, and tells him to get his own thing.
    • Reversed during the Grand Finale, as X excitedly yells, "This is good, this is good!" DD tells him, "Hey, that's my line."
  • One episode of Captain Planet and the Planeteers has the heroes team up with their future counterparts. Captain Planet complains when the future captain says, "The power is yours!"
  • At the end of an episode of The Powerpuff Girls, the narrator protests that a TV reporter is using his usual closing lines, "So once again, the day is saved, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls," and shows him how it's done.
  • In Kim Possible: So The Drama, when Kim and Ron are held hostage in Drakken's lair (after Kim discovered that her new beau Eric was The Mole):
    Ron: So what's the plan?
    Kim: Ron, I—I've got nothing.
    Ron: That's my line, and what's worse that's quitter talk!
  • Shelly once used Jabberjaw's catchphrase. Jabberjaw threatened to sue her for that.
  • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo has an episode where, at the end, Shaggy uses Scooby's catchphrase. Scooby complains.
  • The ending of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Over a Barrel" has Twilight quoting Pinkie Pie's song from earlier in her letter to Princess Celestia. Cue Pinkie holding open the Iris Out to protest "Hey, that's what I said!" Her annoyance was due less to Twilight quoting the song and more to how poorly the Aesop was received when Pinkie said it.
  • This happens to Lucky in two separate episodes of the 2010 Pound Puppies series. Lucky's "Go dogs, go" catchphrase is used first by a cat (who replaces "dogs" with "cats") in "Catcalls" and three times in "Snow Problem", two of them by a puppy who aspires to be a sled dog who uses it to lead Lucky and the team in the sled race.
  • Danger Mouse says this in an episode after Penfold says "Good grief!"
  • In the Teen Titans Go! episode "Gorilla", after Beast Boy usurps the leadership of the Teen Titans and steals Robin's catchphrase ("Titans Go!"), Robin weakly protest this.


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