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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Live Action TV
- 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.
- "HOORAY FOR POKEY!!" and "YES!!" are used constantly, and by just about everyone, in POKEY THE PENGUIN.
- Many lines in Homestuck, such as "That's all there is to say on the matter" and "You cannot hope to defeat [character] in a [verb]-off. He is simply the best there is."
- Many lines on Archer.
- That is just classic Mother.
- Danger Zone.
- 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?"
- Futurama: "Well, we're boned."