Sir, the actors are here to audition for the part of you. Mr. Burns: Ex
cellent. Anthony Hopkins:
Excellent... hisssss! Mr. Burns:
Next! William Shatner:
Exc! Ell! Ent! Mr. Burns:
ly! .... D'oh! Mr. Burns:
Next! Bumblebee Man:
te! Senor Spielbergo:
Es muy bueno.
If there's one thing that imposters, imitators
, and other depictions of characters in media can never
get right, it's the Catch Phrase
. No amount of research ever seems to counteract this; nor does the relationship between the characters involved.
When other characters can't recognize an imposter in spite of the Mangled Catch Phrase
(or other details), see Easy Impersonation
. Conversely, when the characters around know the imitated well and aren't holding the Idiot Ball
, this can be a convenient way to Spot the Imposter
. When they get it right, see Borrowed Catch Phrase
- In Discworld, Cut-me-own-Throat Dibbler manages to mangle his own catch phrase after Vimes travels 33 years into the past and inadvertently teaches it to him.
- In Red Dwarf, Rimmer renders Ace's "Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast" catchphrase as "Stoke me a clipper, I'll be back for Christmas".
- In the Doctor Who episode "The Almost People", the Doctor takes this Up to Eleven by managing to mangle two of his own catch phrases at once. It Makes Sense in Context.
- In Power Rangers in Space, the Yellow Ranger and Astronema have switched places. Who is who is proven when the real Ashley is the one who knows the pre-morph pose (not the phrase, but it's the same principle.)
- Red Eye With Greg Gutfeld puts an interesting twist on this with the Fox News' motto "We Report, You Decide" for certain stories. For instance, a story about Matthew McConaughey during 2008 was teased with "What does Matthew McConaughey think about the Bejing Olympics? We report, he throws up all over his flip-flops."
- This one was probably deliberate, but the Monkeyspank virus of Captain SNES: The Game Masta came up with his own vision of retooling the comic to avoid copyright violations, ending with the catch phrase "Honeyed Kwanzaa, it's idiotically new!", twisting Alex's usual "Sweet Christmas, that's stupid fresh!"