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I Always Wanted to Say That
"I'm gonna say it!!! Number 8 on the list of Lines I Want To Shout At Least Once In My Life! FIRE MAIN CANNON!!"

Kind of the meta-Stock Phrase. A character says a cliche line (or famous quote from a movie) in some appropriate situation and sends up the lameness of it by noting he was wanting an opportunity to say it. Sometimes phrased as "I've been waiting years/all my life to say that." Naturally, simply saying the words together doesn't count. It has to be a situation where the person can say it and mean it, completely straight.

The Genre Savvy's way of Playing with a Trope.

A slight variation is when a character has always wanted to hear the phrase said to them. A common Lampshade Hanging, for example, of any cabbie who is told to Follow That Car.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Sentou Mecha Xabungle does this a lot, being a slapstick comedy sandwiched between two mecha anime buns...
  • Gravion does an variant on this. Klein Sandman suddenly caps off the titular Super Robot's combination sequency by introducing the title mecha in a badass way. When Sandman's assistant asks "What was that?", he responds "I always wanted to do that," followed by a Twinkle Smile. His maids even Squee over him.
  • In Episode 10, "Hot and Cold Kitties," of the English version of Samurai Pizza Cats, The Big Cheese announces that he has always wanted to say "Fire all phasers" before directing his monster to start attacking the city.
  • In the Mahou Sensei Negima! chapter 281, Haruna tells she has a list of phrases she wanted to shout at least once in her life. The one she had said was number 8: "Fire Main Cannon!!", as she prepared to shoot her Cool Ship's Wave Motion Gun.
  • Durarara!!: Shizuo Heiwajima, one of the strongest human beings in existence, found being attacked by Honor Before Reason Seiji hilarious when he and Celty encounter Celty's goal. Nevertheless, he took Seiji's You Shall Not Pass behavior with great aplomb. "I've always wanted to say this! Go on ahead and leave him to me!" Because Seiji amuses him, Shizuo only gently headbutts him to unconsciousness.
    • In episode 13, Kinnosuke Kuzuhara mentions that he always wanted to say this if he ever ended up hunting down a supernatural entity: "Don't screw with the cops, monster."
  • In one episode of Black Butler, Ciel comes into possession of a camera that reveals the photographed person's most precious (but dead) thing (be it person, animal, or other). Ciel orders Meirin, Bardroy, and Finny to secretly take Sebastien's picture. As the three were extremely worried that they would be fired, they all excitedly shout "Yes, my lord!", then say the trope name verbatim.
  • Bakuman。
    • When Saiko and Shujin are tailing Hattori, they invoke this in the following exchange:
      Shujin: I hope he takes a Taxi.
      Saiko: How come? It's easier to follow him on foot.
      Shujin: I want to get in a taxi and say "Follow That Car!"
      Saiko: ...Tell me you're not just doing this for fun.
      Shujin: I'm just saying that'll make it feel more realistic.
    • And it actually happens; Hattori does take a taxi, and when the pair jump on the next one, Shujin says exactly that. Even the driver plays on it:
      Shujin: Follow That Car!
      Driver: [chuckles] It's been 5 years since I last heard that.
  • Haruka in The Secret Of Haruka Nogizaka has a moment of this when she uses the fact she's cosplayed as Shana to do the "Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!" catchprase.
  • Yumeji in Yumekui Merry takes a slash from a sword while in a dream for Merry saying "As a guy...it was a situation I wanted to try doing once."
  • Dominion Tank Police. Da Chief does the "Go ahead, make my day!" line, and when his men congratulate him on being just like Dirty Harry, admits he always wanted to say that.
  • In the opening of the 6th episode of Persona 4: The Animation, Igor is not in the Velvet Room so Margaret says "Welcome to the Velvet Room" in his place and then invokes this trope.
  • The Enies Lobby arc of One Piece has an instance where Rob Lucci is implied to be a fan of The Lord of the Rings.
    Lucci: I can't let you pass. At least let me say that.
  • In Haiyore! Nyarko-san, Nyarko and Mahiro undergo a "Freaky Friday" Flip in one episode; in the preview for the next, Nyarko-in-Mahiro takes advantage of having a male voice to shout "I'll correct that kind of adult, you philestine! Sniping the target!" Two things worth noting: Mahiro didn't really have a "male voice" to begin with, and Nyarko would probably have said those quotes in her own body, too.

    Comic Books 
  • In JLA: Virtue and Vice, seven of the Justice Leaguers have been taken over by the Seven Deadly Sins. In a move that surprised no one, envy got Kyle Rayner, due to his perpetual jealousy of Hal Jordan. At one point, Plastic Man yells to him "All right, Mr. Green-with-Envy, fire! (Been dyin' to say that.)"
  • In one episode of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic, Raphael gets to point a gun (actually a stun-ray) at an enemy's face and invites him to "Make my day!" (predictably thinking that he'd always wanted to say that).
  • While Peter Parker is sneaking around his neighbourhood in Ultimate Spider-Man, suspecting that the Green Goblin is nearby, he thinks to himself: "It's Quiet... Too Quiet... I just like saying quiet. Too quiet."
  • In the Amazing Spider-Man comic, after finishing Doctor Octopus' new suit, Mysterio exclaims "It's alive!", but not before mentioning that he's always wanted to say that.
  • While pulling a Big Damn Heroes moment in the new Blue Beetle series, Brenda's crime lord aunt leads with "Say hello to my little friend!" and remarks sotto voce that she's always wanted to say that.
  • Dominion Tank Police. Da Chief gets his own Dirty Harry moment.
  • In an issue of The Brave and the Bold, the Joker breaks out of the asylum (again), this time to help Batman solve the murder of the Penguin. Batman reluctantly accepts his help, and when they find that the Penguin had faked his death in order to cover a major crime, they capture him as the police arrive. The Joker says "Take him downtown and book him!" Then he turns to Batman and says "I always wanted to say that!"
  • From Astonishing X-Men: The team are trying to locate the Breakworld's interplanetary attack system, and they believe it's on a nearby moon. That's when The Beast notices something
    Beast: I always thought I'd have more fun if I ever got to say this, but that's no moon...
  • At the conclusion of the first story arc of Fables, Bigby gathers everyone for "the parlour scene" - the classic whodunnit ending where the detective gathers all the important characters together to tell them who did what, and how, and how they figured it out. He notes that he's always wanted to do it, only to have another character point out that they're not in a parlour. A shade impatiently, he overrides this objection and proceed to lay it all out anyway.
  • One of the early installments of Buffy season 8 features Warren saying "This isn't over, slayer." just before he's teleported out by a witch. Then, as he disappears, he remarks "I just do not get tired of saying that..."
  • In an issue of Justice League International our heroes are fighting the robotic Manhunters. Dr. Fate has run off to follow a hunch. Superman (somehow) has missed this:
    Superman: Did anyone see where Doctor Fate went?
    Hawkgirl: He went thataway! You know, I've been waiting years to say that!
  • In Martian Manhunter Annual #2, J'onn has solved the mystery of why Gorilla City has declared war on humans, and arrives in front of the apes and the League.
    J'onn: I expect you're wondering why I called you all here today.
    Thought Caption: Call me whimsical, but I've waited years for the appropriate time and place to say that.
  • #2 of the second The Shade miniseries:
    Von Hammer (Thought Caption): I'm Will von Hammer, Private detective and sex machine to all the chicks.
    Actually, I'm not, but I always wanted to say that.
  • In Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, Swerve claims that he had always wanted to say 'But that's a whole other story' and 'Impossible! Our laserfire is just making him stronger!'

    Comic Strips 
  • Hägar the Horrible once ordered his men to the life boats. When told they didn't have any, he explained he always wanted to say that.
  • Jon told Garfield "Stop whatever you're doing" and later admitted he "just always wanted to say that".
    • Likely the same thing happens in this strip, where Garfield had really, really wanted to make that joke, and Arlene had finally given him the right set-up line.

    Fan Fic 
  • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality combines it with a Star Wars reference. The fact that most of the wizards don't get it just makes it funnier:
    '"All wings report in," said General Potter. They'd rehearsed this during their one training session on Saturday.

    '"Red Leader standing by," said Seamus Finnigan, who had no idea what it meant.

    '"Red Five standing by," said Dean Thomas, who'd waited his entire life to say it.
    • And another one:
    Harry took a deep breath, feeling the water gurgle harmlessly in his lungs.

    They'd fought in the forest, and he hadn't gotten a chance to say it.

    They'd fought in the corridors of Hogwarts, and he hadn't gotten a chance to say it.

    They'd fought in the air, broomsticks issued to every soldier, and it still hadn't made sense to say it.

    Harry had thought he wouldn't ever get to say those words, not while he was still young enough for them to be real...

    The Chaos Legionnaires were looking at Harry in puzzlement, as their general swam with his feet pointing up toward the distant light of the surface, and his head pointed down toward the murky depths.

    "Why are you upside down?" the young commander shouted at his army, and began to explain how to fight after you abandoned the privileged orientation of gravity.
  • This time as a Namikaze:
    Naruto: [walks into his apartment after a day of training] Hinata-chan?
    Hinata: Naruto-kun.
    Naruto: Hold on. [walks out and closes door before bursting through it] HONEY! I'm home! Hehehehe. Always wanted to say that.
  • During Nightmare Night and Nyx, Bruce Mane — who'd dressed as Bat Stallion for Luna's Nightmare Night party — does a Christian Bale-like interrogation on a couple of members of the well intentioned conspiracy trying to eliminate Nyx to find out what their plan is. Afterwards, he privately admits to Applejack in an aside that he's always wanted to do that.
  • In The Great Alicorn Hunt, one of the first things Twilight does after the Mane Six's coronation is walk into a bookstore and buys one of everything, saying that she's always wanted to do that.
  • In Make a Wish Harry went into a valley near Salzburg and sang "The hills are alive, and they're eating people" because he'd wanted to do it ever since he saw The Sound of Music during primary school.

    Film 
  • A very well-done cinematic variation comes from The Paper, when Henry wants to stop a paper from going out bearing an incorrect front-page article:
    Henry: We stop and replate. Go upstairs and write up what you've got. Tell Lou to send down "They Didn't Do It".
    Michael McDougal: Hey Henry, are you going to say it? You gotta say it.
    Henry: Use the same art they used for "Gotcha!"
    Michael McDougal: Come on, how often do you get the chance? You can't just do it and not say it, come on!
    Henry: I - Stop the presses!
  • After hijacking a steam locomotive in Back To The Future Part III, Doc Brown blows the engine's whistle, saying, "I've wanted to do that all my life!" There's a Shout-Out to this in Robert Zemeckis's The Polar Express where the boy protagonist does the same thing and says the same line.
    • Earlier in the movie, Doc and Marty are discussing how to catch up to that train on a short timeframe. Doc is more familiar with the local area than Marty (or at least, more familiar with travelling around it with 19th-century technology), so he points out that they will have to "cut 'em off at Coyote Pass!" This does not receive an explicit remark, but considering that Doc is explicitly stated to be a fan of the Old West several times in the series, maybe Zemeckis just figured it wasn't needed.
  • During a chase scene in The Man Who Knew Too Little, Wallace drives over a series of traffic cones just right to launch them into the air. (In his defense, he thought it was all an act.) Both he and the police pursuing him had "always wanted to do that."
  • Variation in The Great Muppet Caper: at the end of the newsroom scene at the beginning of the movie, Gonzo screams "STOP THE PRESSES!!!!" When asked what happened, he replies, "I don't know. I've always wanted to say that."
  • In the TV adaptation of the comic The Bogie Man, the detective hunting for Francis Clunie (who believes himself to be an amalgam of Humphrey Bogart characters) seizes the opportunity to say "Round up the usual suspects!", adding "I always wanted to say that."
  • In Ghostbusters, a slight variation.... Venkman— "hold on, I've always wanted to do this—" (yanks tablecloth, spilling cutlery and dishes on the floor) "AND THE FLOWERS, ARE STILL STANDING!"
  • In the Woody Allen movie Play It Again, Sam the main character gives a heartfelt speech to a woman in the airport. When the listener is impressed by his words, he admits "It's from Casablanca. I've waited my whole life to say it!"
  • Kick-Ass: "Say hello to my little friend!"
  • Jumanji: The poor Butt Monkey cop, Carl, has been thoroughly abused along with his car the entire movie. But the cherry on the top was toward the end, when he takes the children's aunt to their home, and they hear screams. When Carl can't get the door open, he grabs his gun, grins at Aunt Nora, and says "I've always wanted to do this," and tries to kick the door in. The key word here is "tries." Instead the monsoon on the other side of the door breaks through the door, and sends them down the street with a couple of alligators.
  • The Mask. When the police arrive to arrest Tyrell's gangsters:
    Charlie: Officers, arrest those men! I always wanted to say that.
  • Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie:"Land ahoy! I always wanted to say that."
  • Sphere
    Ted: We Come In Peace! (aside to Harry) I always wanted to say that.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, by Professor McGonagall of all people, after using the Piertotum Locomotor spell (animates the suits of armor to defend Hogwarts). Especially cute is the schoolgirl giggle she gives while delivering the line. One suspects she's wanted to use that spell for some time.
  • Repossessed "My name is Barbara Walters, and this is 20/20. I always wanted to say that!"
  • The Faculty When Principal Drake gets stabbed not once but twice by two different teachers, both teachers say "I've always wanted to do that" afterwards.
  • In Star Trek: Nemesis, Picard tells a rambling Data to shut up before noting "Fifteen years, I've been waiting to say that."

    Literature 
  • The opening narration to Animorphs #2 chapter 16 reads as follows:
    It Was a Dark and Stormy Night.
    Sorry, I've always wanted to write that. But it really was a dark and stormy night.
    • And in book 16, Jake tells everyone (who are all in elephant or rhino morph) to charge. Marco remarks that "I bet he always wanted to say that."
    • Marco and "Let's do it," Rachel's catchphrase. He just wanted to say it first.
  • Harry Dresden: movie, comic, book, and magic nerd, gets this gem in Proven Guilty, Book 8 of The Dresden Files while investigating some phobophages:
    Lieutenant Murphy: You think that was someone trying to look like a movie monster?
    Harry Dresden: Someone...or something.
    Murphy: How long have you been waiting to use that one?
    Harry: Years. The opportunity doesn't come up as often as you'd think.
  • The following exchange from Soul Music:
    "'That's a harp he's playing, Nobby,' said one of them, after watching Imp for a while.
    'Lyre.'
    'No, it's the honest truth, I'm—' The fat guard frowned and looked down.
    'You've just been waiting all your life to say that, ain't you Nobby,' he said. 'I bet you was born hoping that one day someone'd say 'That's a harp' so you could say 'lyre,' on account of it being a pune or play on words.'
  • From A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore:
    "You are shot?"
    "In the leg. It's Only a Flesh Wound." Charlie had waited his entire life to say those words and he felt very macho at that moment.
  • Deconstructed in the novel Silence of the Lambs. After discovering a bizarre set up involving a head in a jar and wooden phalluses, Starling says, 'We're not in Kansas anymore.' She immediately feels like a phony.
  • Into the Looking Glass:
    • Master Chief Miller took advantage of an opportunity to use a phrase he had waited "most of his adult life" to say, when kept from entering Disney World to investigate a possible gate by local security. The phrase? "We're in no mood for Mickey Mouse."note 
    • In the next book in the series, the captain of humanity's first starship is beside himself with delight when he gets to say things like "Engage warp drive" and "Ahead Warp 1."
  • Garrett, P.I.:
    • In Dread Brass Shadows, Crask remarks that it's the first time he's seen Garrett without some wiseass remark. Garrett speculates that Crask has been waiting for ages to say that.
    • Garrett himself invokes it when he gets to say "Egad", at the sight of Morley's foppish new look in Petty Pewter Gods.
    • And when he tells off Medford Shale, his great-uncle, in Faded Steel Heat, he recalls having always wanted to do that when he was a kid and had to suffer the old fart's grousing in silence.
  • In Life, the Universe and Everything, Trillian can hardly contain her glee when saying "Take Me to Your Leader" to the Krikkiters.
  • In Dearly Devoted Dexter, Dexter is excited when he gets the chance to say "Ten-four" on the police radio.
  • Tanya Huff's Smoke and Shadows series includes a main character who works on a genre TV show; he and all of his friends are extremely trope-savvy, and the tropes, usually lampshaded, occur on a roughly one-per-page basis. In the third book, Smoke and Ashes, a character calls another to tell him "There are six kinds of Hell breaking loose and heading your way!" When challenged, he cheerfully admits he's always wanted to say that.
  • In The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart, Bernie Rhodenbarr has been falling in love with an Anatrurian patriot named Ilona who is now returning to her homeland with her other Love Interest in order to liberate it. Bernie encourages them to go and gives them the proceeds of his latest theft. While describing this to his friend Carolyn afterward, he enthusiastically points out that he got to give the Hill of Beans speech from Casablanca in real life.

    Live Action TV 
  • in the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, one episode features Robin Williams as one of the four players, and after the first game, Drew admits, "I've always wanted to say this, a thousand points for Robin!"
  • In The A-Team, on a mission, Face radios in to inform the rest of the team that "It's Quiet... Too Quiet", then notes he always wanted to say that.
  • Spaced features a variation on this trope in the episode "Help". At one point, when Tim and Daisy are being pursued by hooligans, they leap into a minicab, and Daisy yells "Step on it!"
    Tim: I can't believe you said "Step on it!"
    Daisy: Why?
    Tim: I wanted to say it.
  • Angel: At the end of season 2, the gang finds themselves in an alternate dimension determined to rescue Cordelia who was swept through earlier. It's a demon dimension where humans are slaves. The gang is captured and sent before the monarch for sentencing only to discover Cordelia's been made the monarch due to a prophecy about her visions. The servants expect her to demand the death punishment as required and her friends want her to free them. Her response? "Off with their heads!" followed quickly by "Just kidding!" and a sheepish acknowledgement that she always wanted to say that.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The episode "Tooth and Claw" has a variation in which Rose tries to get Queen Victoria to say "We are not amused." Her delight when Queen Victoria does indeed say it is short-lived because she also exiles her and the Doctor and sets up the Torchwood Institute to fight him if he returns.
    • "Voyage of the Damned" features the following dialogue from the Doctor:
      Doctor: Take me to your leader! [grins] I always wanted to say that.
      • The Doctor has a short memory; he uses this exact line twice in three seasons. (Though he hadn't said it before as the Tenth Doctor. "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" confirms it's a line he can never resist.)
    • Also in "Voyage of the Damned", the Doctor finally gets to say: "Allons-y, Alonso!" after wanting to say it since "Doomsday". And there's the way his face lights up when he finds out Alonso's name.
    • And this one from the Master:
      Master: We meet at last, Doctor. Oh, I love saying that!
    • And then there's the fifth season opener when the Eleventh Doctor says "Who da man?!" Admittedly, he didn't say outright that he always wanted to say that line, but you can tell from his body language that he's just been waiting for the right moment for it. He immediately promises to never say it again.
    • This exchange from "The Power of Three":
      Rory: There are soldiers all over my house and I'm in my pants!
      Amy: My whole life I've dreamed of saying that, and I miss it by being someone else.
  • Frasier: In the episode, "Mixed Doubles," Frasier asks Martin if Daphne is at home.
    Martin: Gee, I don't know. Daphne! DAPHNEEE! DAPHNEEE!
    Frasier: [frustrated, leaving the room] For Heaven's sake, I could yell!
    Martin: [to Niles] I've been waiting 30 years to do that.
  • Monk:
    • From "Mr. Monk and the Candidate":
      Sharona: Are we gonna let it go?
      Monk: Hell no.
      Sharona: What are we gonna do now?
      Monk: We're gonna follow the money. Ooh, I've always wanted to say that!
    • In another episode, Monk is away and unable to do The Summation.
      Natalie: I've always wanted to say this: here's what happened.
    • Another Monk variation from "Mr. Monk and the Very Very Old Man" (given how rarely Captain Stottlemeyer manages to beat Monk to the solution):
      Stottlemeyer: Monk, I'm going to say something I've wanted to say for a long time.
      Monk: What is it?
      Stottlemeyer: I just solved the case.
    • In "Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever," we imply that Natalie is saying this in subtext when she signs off her lottery appearances with Monk's normal line, "You'll thank me later."
  • In the Charmed episode "Siren Song", Paige says "Abracadabra" and the front doors are magically repaired:
    Piper: You did all that with 'abracadabra'?
    Paige: Nah. I used a spell. I just always wanted to say that.
  • Hood on Eleventh Hour, with "Sorry, duty calls!"
  • Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, after finally getting an excuse to do The Khan when Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan made the headlines.
  • The Closer, Season 1, Episode 10.
    DA Yates: "I've waited my whole career to say this: "The Butler Did It."
  • Young Blades:
    • Used humorously in the first episode by d'Artagnan (the son of the Dumas character), who stops Jacqueline in the middle of the "all for one, one for all" catchphrase:
    Jacqueline: But I've been waiting my whole life to say that!
    d'Artagnan: And I've spent my whole life hearing it.
  • Used every time someone does a "true Daily Double" on Jeopardy!.
  • In the MST3K episode Attack of the The Eye Creatures, Servo asks everyone on the ship about how to make out. Joel tells Servo, "You know something, Mister, you ask too many questions," kisses Servo and then declares "Y'know, I've always wanted to do that!" His excessive mugging to the camera indicates that he was using the phrase ironically.
  • In the "Three Days of Snow" episode of How I Met Your Mother, as Barney and Ted are closing up the bar, Barney says "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here!" (quoting the song "Closing Time"), then turns to Ted and explains, "I've always wanted to say that. In a bar, I mean."
  • Top Gear: "Back to the studio." Played with when Clarkson anticipates the line, May says it before he can, and Clarkson in turn cuts off Hammond as he is about to say it.
  • Moonlighting did this when Dave Addison held a Summation Gathering. "I suppose you're wondering why I gathered you all here. I always wanted to say that."
  • From the Stargate SG-1 episode "Beachhead":
    Cameron: If you do not disengage the Stargate within 30 of our "Earth minutes", we will shut down the gate for you.
    ...
    Daniel: Earth minutes.
    Cameron: Yeah, I've always wanted to say that.
    Vala: Well, now you have.
  • Chuck:
    Orion: This disc will self destruct in 5 seconds...always wanted to say that.
  • Mama's Family: In one episode, Mama manages to apprehend an infamous burglar by knocking him out with a cardboard sign. Right after she does so:
    Mama: Alright, scum, spread 'em!
    Iola: Thelma, he can't hear you. He's out cold.
    Mama: I know. I just always wanted to say that.
  • In one episode of The Drew Carey Show Drew's neighbor is on a horse talking to Drew and at one point offends him, whereupon Carey says, "Now get out of here, you—ooh, I have wanted to say this my whole life—and the horse you rode in on!"
  • Veronica Mars:
    • Subverted in the episode "An Echolls Family Christmas":
      Veronica: I have to say, I was a bit miffed. I was this close to being able to say "The Butler Did It"! But no, it was the butler's son.
    • Played straight in the season 2 episode "Happy go Lucky":
      Veronica: Do you know how long I've wanted to go to Stanford?
      Wallace: Since middle school?
      Veronica: Elementary, my dear Wallace. (beat) Do you know how long I've waited to say that?
  • The Mentalist:
    • In one episode, Patrick Jane tells a group of journalists to "Stop the press" and then asks if that's the right phrase or not.
    • Another episode sees him excitedly jumping up and down crowing, 'The butler did it! I've always wanted to say that!"
  • In the Quantum Leap episode "Piano Man," after Sam Beckett leaps into a nightclub pianist, Al greets him with a hammed-up "Play it again, Sam. ... I always wanted to say that."
  • NCIS
    • "Deception"
      Abby: Permission to speak freely, SIR!
      Gibbs: You always do, Abby.
      Abby: I know. I just always wanted to say that.
    • "Enemies Domestic"
      McGee: Thanks. G100 grade ball bearings, 12 penny nails, plastic casing, copper wire, electrical tape.
      Abby: And, with a little bit of ingenuity. You too, can build one of these. A claymore mine, MacGyver.
      McGee: MacGyver?
      Abby: Been keeping that one in my back pocket for awhile.
  • In one episode of Herman's Head, as Herman discusses a Zany Scheme with Louise, she dramatically pipes that it was Crazy Enough to Work. Responding to his his puzzlement she explains that there are two lines she had always been dying to try, and that was one of them. The other? - "Captain - it is I, Ensign Pulver, and I just threw your stinkin' palm tree overboard! That one's gonna be a little harder to work into conversation." Later in the episode Louise's voice is heard triumphantly intoning that phrase over the din of a busy party and the audience is left wondering what gave her the necessary opening.
  • The Girl From Tomorrow had a taxi driver who had always wanted to be told to "Follow That Car".
  • Red Dwarf had a funny inversion of this in Rimmerworld:
    Lister: This might sound like a bit of a corny line, but... can't even bring myself to say it.
    Rimmer guard: Say what?
    Lister: Take us to your leader.
    Kryten: Oh, sir, how could you?
  • An example from Community episode "Introduction to Statistics", Troy states he has some questions he has wanted to ask Batman.
  • On Home Improvement, Al says this after he gets the chance to say "I told you never to call me here!"
  • Laverne and Shirley had short messages as it cut to commercial breaks. One of them was Shirley saying, "No no no! Don't touch that dial! ...I always wanted to say that."
  • 30 Rock:
    Jack: There's a war going on out there and you're going to have to pick a side. I've always wanted to say that, and I can't believe I wasted it on you [Liz].
  • In Power Rangers Zeo: While the team are riding on horses, Rocky says "We'll head 'em off at the pass," invoking this trope immediately afterward.
  • Sensei Kanoi of Power Rangers Ninja Storm during the episode where he gets trapped in Shane's (the red ranger) body. Answering the communicator, he says, "Go for Sensei", then says the aforementioned line.
  • Syd of Power Rangers S.P.D., invokes this after saying "You do the crime, you pay the time."
  • Chip of Power Rangers Mystic Force commented in the episode "Long Ago" that he'd always wanted to say things were "quiet... too quiet."
    • In the next episode, "Inner Strength", he invokes this after shouting "All aboard!" at a magically conjured train station.
  • A comedy skit featured a woman begging her two suitors to not fight over her, then breaking the fourth wall as she turned to the camera and declared that she'd always wanted to say that.
  • A variation on General Hospital. As a couple begins making out in his office, the man turns and sweeps everything off his desk. His confused girlfriend points out, "We have a perfectly good couch right here." The man replies, "I know. I've just always wanted to do that."
  • The Wire - Rawls outlines the Baltimore police department's latest stat-fixing initiative.
    We are dealing in certainties. You will reduce the UCR felonies by 5% or more, or...I've always wanted to say this: "Let no man come back alive."
  • In an episode of Andy Richter Controls The Universe, one of Andy's co-workers kept using the sort of cliched phrases that show up on this page, and remarking afterwards that he'd always wanted to say that. Situations that warranted such phrases kept coming up, and Andy grew tired of his co-worker saying them, so he asked him if he might stop. "But I only have two left." He managed to cross off the last two and was rewarded with a great sense of fulfillment.
  • Quoth Richard Castle: "I've worked... a lot of murder cases, waiting patiently for the day I could unequivocally exclaim: the BUTLER did it!"
  • Exaggerated in this sketch from That Mitchell and Webb Look, where a brain surgeon at a dinner party remarks that everything is "hardly brain surgery". Then exaggerated further when a rocket scientist shows up.
  • The Avengers had a slight variation: near the end of the episode "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station", after Steed and Mrs. Peel have defeated the villains while on a train, Steed wonders what they should do next, and the character who's helped them suggests they stop the train, adding he's been waiting to do so all his life. Subverted, however, in that he doesn't get to do it.
  • From Lois and Clark:
    Mayson Drake: Stop the presses! (beat) I've always wanted to say that in a newsroom.
    Lois Lane: Nobody really says that, it's just something they do on TV.

    Music 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • In the Dec 6, 2010 edition of WWE Raw, circumstances had led to CM Punk subbing for Michael Cole in reading the e-mail from the Raw General Manager, a role that Punk played up for all its worth.
    CM Punk: I've always really wanted to do this. I HAVE RECEIVED AN EMAIL!
    • The funniest part is that when Punk did it, everyone cheered for him, opposed to booing like they do with Michael Cole.

    Video Games 
  • Battlefield: Bad Company: Haggard says this, as an explanation for responding to "Drop your weapons or we will take them by force." with "Oh yeah? Says You and What Army?!" - though at the American army which they just defected from. Therefore, the situation isn't that fitting, and Haggard apparently just really wanted to say that.
  • In Max Payne, Vladimir says the titular trope after saying he has "An Offer You Can't Refuse".
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All, a dapper villain kidnaps Maya: not his usual forte, but the particular situation required it. After making his demands, he concludes with "Oh, yes, that's right. Now that I am playing the role of the kidnapper, I can't pass up this chance to say, 'And don't even think about callin' the cops!'"
    • Also in the first Phoenix Wright game, the bellboy calls Phoenix 'Detective' adding that he knew Phoenix isn't a detective, but he always wanted to say that. Additionally in game 1, Phoenix and Maya are saved from certain death at the hands of the mafia by the timely entrance of mostly-inept Detective Gumshoe. He greets their gratitude with the phrase "Just doin' my job." and notes that he always wanted to say it.
  • Persona 4: Done as a Shout-Out; rookie policeman Adachi says this after he gets to use the line "We'll hear your excuses back at the station," which also happens to one of the battle victory catch phrases of police officer Katsuya in Persona 2.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Melee, if you use Falco's special taunt in the Star Fox-themed stages (also applies to the rehashed Corneria stage in Brawl), this may come up:
    Fox: All ships report in!
    Slippy: This is Slippy! I'm alright, I'm alright!
    Peppy: Peppy here! I'm a little shaken... but I'm okay. (Beat) Sorry. I've always wanted to say that.
  • Ben 10 Alien Force pulls this with one of Big Chill's phrases.
    Big Chill: Freeze! Hahah...I always wanted to say that...
  • In Paper Mario 64, Toad Housesnote  have a slogan: "Refresh your Body and Soul!" The Toad you can find hiding in a wardrobe in a guest room of Peach's Castle aways wanted to say it; you give him an opportunity when you come along. (However, you have to already have found him. Recommendation: Come back after fighting Bowser the first time.)
  • Driver: San Francisco, one sidequest involves chasing some criminals who robbed a church. As soon as the mission starts:
    Tanner: I've waited years to say this...
    Cop: Say what?
    Tanner: We're on a mission from God!
  • Massmouth 2: Trooper's ghost quotes Lord of the Rings: "I come back to you now at the turn of the tide." When Massmouth asks if he is really back from the dead to help him, Trooper answers that no, he just always wanted to say that quote.

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    Web Original 
  • SFDebris's review of the TNG episode "Code of Honor", in which Tasha Yar greatly figures. Now, it's time for....YAR'S REVENGE!
    "I have waited a quarter of a century for that joke to come naturally, and it was so worth it."
  • The Spoony Experiment has a Running Gag referencing a Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode which urged the viewers to reference Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome whenever the word "thunderdome" is used in their life. If something in a movie reminds Spoony of Mad Max, he'll ask "Can't we just get beyond Thunderdome?" and celebrate the reference. During a recent spate of such jokes where it seemed like he was working one in every few weeks, Spoony humped the air and cried "I! CANNOT! BE! STOPPED!"
    • The best part? On MST3K itself where this originates, the entire sketch is about it being a lame joke with a series of contrived setups that Crow and Tom are eager to invoke. Mike is so infuriated by the lameness, he has to be bound and gagged before the sketch can begin. Thus its in the spirit of the gag to invoke this trope mercilessly as Spoony does.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series combines this with a Double Entendre:
    Yami: And now I put Tea in face-down position. I always wanted to say that.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Simpsons, Lisa bursts into a church and cries, "Repent, repent, before it's too late!" and follows it up with a giggle and "I've always wanted to say that in a New England church!"
  • In Gargoyles: During the reanimation of the cyborg Coldstone, David Xanatos joyfully yells, "It's alive! Aliiive!" then turns to Demona with a huge grin and says the trope name. Which is really quite understandable, considering that the preceding scene was just one hunchbacked assistant short of a Frankenstein reenactment.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    Edd: Time's a'wastin! *pause* I've always wanted to say that.
  • Numbuh 4 of Codename: Kids Next Door once had to rescue his brother and his parents when the Dodgeball Wizard captured them. When he told that "this time" It's Personal, Numbuh 2 wondered what he meant by "this time", since he never met the wizard before. Numbuh 4 simply admitted he always wanted to say that and then he even repeats the phrase.
  • In Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century Dierdre (one of Sherlock's band of Irregular teen misfits) has been sent to follow a suspect. She calls out to the cabbie and says, "Follow that hovercab! I always wanted to say that."
  • The Real Ghostbusters did this on occasion, in reference to the tablecloth scene from the movie (listed above). One time, Venkman offered to swing from a chandelier to help capture a ghost, but Spengler accused him of making the offer because it was something he always wanted to do. He then added, "Well this time, what you've always wanted to do is something I've always wanted to do." Venkman happily yielded the chandelier to Spengler.
  • After Long Feng's arrest in Avatar: The Last Airbender :
    Sokka: Looks like Long Feng is Long Gone! Ahh, I've been waiting to use that one.
  • In The Looney Tunes Show, Daffy becomes CEO of a company via Seemingly Profound Fool and is thrilled that he finally gets to say "Hold my calls."
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003):
    Mikey: It's quiet...maybe too quiet. Always wanted to say that!
  • Archer gives us this gem:
    Archer: I've waited all my life to say this exact phrase: I'M COMMANDEERING THIS AIRBOAT!
  • The Fairly OddParents: One of the things that makes Crocker like the idea of having a child is being able to go to a restaurant and say "table for two".
  • In Bionicle: Legends of Metru Nui, when the Toa bring the Great Disks to the Colliseum:
    Matau: HELLO, METRU NUI! <aside to teammates> I always wanted to loud-shout that!
  • An "I've always wanted to do that" example in ReBoot: During the festivities at Enzo's birthday, Big Bad Megabyte crashes the party, and brings out... a guitar, with a dial turned to 11. Megabyte begins jamming, almost painfully because of how loud it is. Then Bob steps up to face him, seeming angry at him for crashing the party. Then he commands his keytool to turn into a guitar and thus begins a rocking guitar duel, between the Hero and the Big Bad! After finishing, Megabyte gives Enzo his guitar, says the line (with emphasis on the "always"), and leaves.
  • On Peter Rabbit, Benjamin with "Let's hop to it!" in "Benjamin's Strawberry Raid." He starts to say it again, then stops himself, seeming to realize that saying it a second time just kills the impact.

     Real Life  
  • In 2007, the Los Angeles Dodgers called up infielder Chin-Lung Hu. On the rare occasions he got on base, at least some announcers were unable to resist invoking this trope when saying that Hu's on first.
  • This Damn You Autocorrect entry invokes this.
  • An industry-specific example: "Man Bites Dog" is a Journalism 101 example of newsworthiness. Everyone in the industry knows the phrase. So whenever an event occurs that CAN have this headline applied to it (such as someone assaulting a police dog), you can bet that this will be the headline and that the entire staff of the news source is thinking, "Finally got to use it in real life!"
  • The sentence "The book is on the table" is an example of a basic sentence taught to ESL students in a few countries. As such, students from said countries cannot wait to see a book on a table somewhere where English is the primary language...
  • Many people who answer a phone in an office for the first time and need to transfer the caller invoke this trope after asking them to hold.

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