A Catch Phrase that is used in equal amounts by several characters. If the catchphrase is usually said by one character, it's a Borrowed Catchphrase. If it's something one person said once, then someone else said later, it's an Ironic Echo or Meaningful Echo. If the catchphrase is directed at the same person in each instance, that person is a Phrase Catcher. If someone else's pet phrase or verbal tic 'infects' another character, it's Got Me Doing It. See Arc Words for when the phrase is a dramatic element of the story.
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- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has "WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM!?" as well as a number of Kamina's other catch phrases. There's a reason the man is one of the vanishingly rare in-universe examples of Fountain of Memes.
- "Survival Strategy" is revealed to be this in Mawaru-Penguindrum.
- Death Note's taskforce shared, "Matsuda, you idiot!" though L was particularly fond of the phrase and its variations. Matsuda, of course, was the Phrase Catcher for it. Its use dies out about midway through the series, but is recalled in a Meaningful Echo by Light after Matsuda discovers he's Kira.
Light: Matsuda, you idiot! Who the hell do you think you're shooting at?!"
- "I have a bad feeling about this" makes an appearance in every Star Wars film, and most Expanded Universe stories, as does the Big "NO!". "I sense a disturbance in the Force" isn't too far behind.
Kyle Katarn: You always sense a disturbance in the Force.
- In The Avengers (1998) the phrases "How real will it feel" and "I thought I was seeing double" are said by several characters.
Live Action TV
- Arrested Development:
- Each character has said "That was a freebie" once.
- "I've made a huge mistake" started as one of Gob's, but by the end of the series everybody was saying it.
- In Leverage, every member of the team has at one point said, "Seriously?" in similar same tones. The producer says he enjoys the spin they each put on it.
- Kamen Rider Double: "Now, count up your crimes!"
- Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: "Lets Make it Showy/Flashy."
- Doctor Who:
- Castle: "Shut the front door!"
- 24: "WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME!"
- In the US version of The Office: "That's what she said!"
- Happy Days had virtually everyone say "Sit on it!"
- It's very common for hosts on news programs and talk shows to use the phrase "Take a look." when calling attention to video that they have set up.
- Breaking Bad: "So there's that."
- Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Every time a story was told, after giving the premise the storyteller would say "Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society"
- "There's no crying in wrestling!"
- "There's no timeouts in wrestling!"
- "Tonight In This Very Ring!"
- "This aint ballet!"
- Dragon Age: Inquisition has many characters who are fond of the utterance "Well, shit." It's even the name of one of Varric's companion sidequests.
- Red vs. Blue:
- "Son of a bitch!", said whenever someone's being fatally or near-fatally shot at or (more typically) blown up. There's a montage video showing pretty much nothing but people saying "Son of a bitch!" and other variants ("Madre de dios!" for Lopez, for example) on one of the DVDs.
- "That doesn't seem physically possible!", said first in response to a claim that a man was "beat to death with his own skull", then said in a flashback by the man who was being beaten to death with his own skull.
- Many lines on Archer.
- That is just classic Mother.
- Danger Zone.
- What the shit?
- That is exactly how you get ants.
- Johnny Test: "Didn't see that coming."
- Phineas and Ferb:
- "Aren't you a little young/old/etc. to be (whatever the person is doing)?" and "Yes, yes I am"/"No, no I'm not."
- "Hey, where's Perry?"
- "Hey [character]. Watcha doin'?"
- Futurama: "Well, we're boned."
- Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja: Randy has a collection of strange euphemisms and odd lingo that he uses so often that almost everyone around him uses it as well. Such as "What the juice?!"(an exclamation of confusion)"that's the cheese" (that's the best), "so honkin' bruce" (that's freaking awesome), "shnasty" (extremely gross), "shoob" (bad or uncool person) and "so wonk" (so lame)