Sometimes in cartoons, a character may say the same line over and over, with the same recording of the same line. There is a variation in which two characters may get into an argument (Duck Season, Rabbit Season
) and use the same sound clip. A subtrope of Catch Phrase
and Stock Sound Effect
, and an audio variation on Stock Footage
. Also common in video games, where it usually becomes the Most Annoying Sound
- A Hong Kong martial-arts movie titled Hapkido, in its original English dub, referred to the titular martial art as "kung fu". It was later redubbed to correct this— but rather than redubbing the dialogue completely, the dubbers just pasted the word "hapkido" over "kung fu". It's frequently the same recording of the word— even when several different characters are saying it. It must be seen to be believed.
- In the Doctor Who serial The Chase during the Daleks' fight with the Mechanoids all the lines spoken by the Daleks were from earlier in the serial (in fact mostly from their first scene in the first episode).
- Inverted in a Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch, where a vox pop interviewee (Eric Idle) is stuck in a rut (stuck in a rut, stuck in a rut). Instead of replaying the same dialogue over and over, Idle just repeats the phrase.
- The Lone Ranger always used the same recording of Earle Graser shouting "Hi yo Silver, away!" — even after Graser's death and replacement by another actor.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog:
- Muriel: Two recordings of "Oh my!", one somewhat exasperated, one surprised.
- Eustace: "Stupid dog!", "BOOGA BOOGA BOOGA!", "What's- huh?", "Blah blah blah," various laughs and grumbles. These were used even after the original actor, Lionel G. Wilson, retired and Arthur Anderson started voicing Eustace.
- Courage: It's quite possible that Marty Grabstein did a -single recording session- and never stepped into the studio again. "Oh no!", his whining noise, his scream, the oddly low-pitched laugh, "The things I do for love!", "Muriel, I'll save you!", and babbling all sound the same each time you hear them. In fact it's more likely you will be surprised by hearing a -less often- used sound clip for Courage.
- All characters: screaming. Sometimes other characters use the same low-pitched laugh as Courage.
- Dr. Vindaloo: What is up with that?
- Ed, Edd n Eddy:
- Ed: "Gravy!"
- Edd: "I'm surrounded by idiots."
- Rolf: "You crazy!", laughing
- Nazz: "This is stupid."
- Kevin: "Dorks!"
- Jimmy: "And it was such a cute squirrel, too," "Ouch!" "Wah-ha-ha-haaaa" (that whiny crying he does from time to time, such as getting hoodwinked by Eddy with "Smilyland" or after getting maimed by his own eyelash curler).
- The Roadrunner's "Meep Meep". The practice is parodied in The Simpsons in the episode "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", when one of the people working on the Itchy & Scratchy show claims that not only did Warners reuse a single "Meep Meep", they actually had the voice artist say "Meep" once and then doubled it up.
- The exact same scream is used every time Amy falls over.
- The episode "Brannigan, Begin Again" used a recording of the judge calmly saying "I'm going to allow this" several times, in increasingly odd circumstances.
- Phineas and Ferb:
- Candace: several different screams, "Meep...".
- Perry: chattering.
- Isabella: "Whatcha doin'?".
- Bob Weber: "OK!"
- Spongebob Squarepants
- Frequently has an off-screen guy shout "My leg!," usually as the series equivalent of That Poor Cat.
- Don't forget Spongebob's signature laugh.
- The Angry Beavers has Daggett's famous scream, "Whoo!"
- Disney has the Goofy Holler. ("Waah-hoo-hoo-hooey!") Used mostly on the Goofy shorts (natch), but pops up on the animated features, theme parks, and even the live-action films.
- Much of Tom's screams and yelps are recycled throughout the many shorts he has appeared in.
- In an episode of American Dad!, Stan accidentally discovers the joys of A Date with Rosie Palms while trying to treat an injury to his groin. The same ludicrously over-the-top scream is recycled every time he orgasms.
- Another episode "Stan Knows Best" had Hayley do the exact same grunt and scream when she is first stuffed into a sack by government agents and later when Francine pulls duct tape off her mouth.
- Lampshaded in the latter-day Bugs Bunny cartoon Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers, where the badly drawn and animated alien dopplegangers of Daffy, Elmer and Sam constantly repeat (respectively) "You're despicable," "I'm hunting wabbits" and "Rackafrackin' varmint" ad nauseum. Bugs, collecting the lookalikes to get rid of them, calls them "broken records."
- The Magic School Bus had a number of stock audio clips, including a stock laugh, stock scream, and especially a stock cheer which always sounds like "waa-haa! Whoo! Yaaay!"
- The stock cheer was so popular it could even be heard on other Nelvana programs from the same era.
- On Arthur, the title character's trademark gasp has been continually recycled long after his original voice actor was replaced.
- Also his trademark laugh from his original voice actor was also recycled throughout the years.
- The Wilhelm scream. Look it up; you've Heard It A Million Times.
- There's stock background radio noise, including one that sounds like "Seventy-Eight Straight Track Cupcake".
- That outrageously overused sound of a cat screeching: Mrrr-EEOOOWWW!! Sometimes, not just the one screech, but several from that one stock audio track!! Give it a rest already, Hollywood!!