This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!

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Buffy: What are you doing here? Five words or less.
Spike: [counting them off on his fingers] Out. For. A. Walk. [realizes he still has the thumb] Bitch.

It's ending a sentence with a comma and "Bitch!" (no other swear word, just "bitch"), as a way of verbally making an exclamation point in dialog.

It did get overused, so now it's a Discredited Trope. You're as likely as not to see it thrown in a sentence just to be funny, even though there is no other reason to emphasize a point this way. Bitch.

This does not count when merely calling someone a bitch. This is about using it as a form of verbal punctuation. If there is anything between the comma and "bitch", it doesn't count.

This can overlap with Quote Swear Unquote, Obligatory Swearing.

Compare (but would not overlap with) Verbal Tic, Precision F-Strike.

In-Universe Examples Only

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    Anime & Manga 
  • ADV Films' English dub of Princess Tutu has an example in the outtakes:
    Rue: ... In fact, I'm far from having loved him enough.
    Duck: Well, I love him, too, BITCH!
  • In episode 12 of Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts, a fansub group translated a line saying "don't underestimate Class A" as "We're Class A, bitches!"

    Comedy 
  • Inverted by David Cross, on Bigger and Blackerer: He details a game to play with friends at a restaurant. When talking to the waitress, make the first thing you say be "Yeah, bitch," But in as low-key a manner as possible. Then, be as polite as possible when making your order. The object is to make it so that the waitress won't be sure you called her 'bitch', but would feel uncomfortable asking such a polite person if he did.

    Comic Books 
  • From DC, Donna Troy is fighting an alternate-version of herself. When asked who she is, she punches that version in the head and says:
    Donna Troy": I'm Donna Troy, bitch. Donna. Troy.
  • Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness had the vegan police announce Todd Ingram had eaten "Gelato, bitch!" The movie puts its own spin on it.
    Todd: Gelato isn't vegan?
    Vegan policeman: It's milk and eggs, bitch.
  • Amanda Conner when she beats up Harley and Catwoman in a fourth wall breaking moment in Harley Quinn #0:
    Amanda Conner: I'm Amanda Conner, bitches!
  • Hank Pym, when Reed Richards claims to know more about Pym Particles than he does.
    Hank Pym: Doctor Richards?
    Reed Richards: Hank?
    Hank Pym: It's on, bitch.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • Used in The Dresden Files when Elaine Mallory blows up the entire front side of a hotel in vengeance against a despair-feeding vampire.
    Elaine: Who's useless now, bitch?
    • Also used when Harry kills a Ursiel-assisted Genoskwa by luring them into a field of massive ice blocks slamming into each other at high speed.
    Harry: Parkour, [Beat] Bitch.
  • In the Pretty Little Liars series, whenever A sends the girls a message, they always end it with "Bitches". This also carries over into the television series.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Breaking Bad takes this to an extreme with Jesse Pinkman. "Bitch" is his catchphrase.
    Walt: Say, "This is my own private domicile and I will not be harassed."
    Jesse: This is my own private domicile and I will not be harassed, [Beat] Bitch.
    "Yo...Gatorade me, bitch."
    • Even MAD made fun of this.
    • As described by Honest Trailers, Jesse is "a Juggalo without the makeup who prefers the formal term for female dog."
    • The series' own alternate ending even made fun of this.
    Hal: He would use the b-word a lot. He'd say "Yo, b-word! Yay, science, b-word!"
  • Smallville
    Lois Lane (to Maxima) Bring It, bitch.
  • Nevermind The Buzzcocks
    Simon: It's an inaccurate fact, I did some research. There are now almost 10 million bicycles in Beijing, bitch.
  • "I'm Rick James, Bitch!" from Chappelle's Show, and a lot of Chappelle's jokes in general. He uses this to great effect, and may have lead to a recent upswing in the use of this trope.
  • The O.C.
    • "Welcome to The OC, bitch!" (this phrase alone is one of the reasons the trope became over-used in modern television)
    • Frequently parodied with "Welcome to the O.Z., bitch!" when referencing Tin Man.
    • Also parodied in Gilmore Girls. "Welcome to the S.H, bitch."
  • Friends, in one episode Chandler states that when Joey engages in male bonding he has a tendency to call everyone "bitch" to which Joey replies with "what are you talking about, bitch?"
  • In Angel's "Smile Time" episode, from one muppet to another: "I'm gonna tear you a new puppet hole, bitch!"
  • The Colbert Report: "It's French, bitch!"
  • The Middle Man: "Muscle memory, bitch!"
  • The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
    • Stephen Colbert's warm welcome to Jimmy on his first show: "Welcome to 11:30, bitch!"
  • Jersey Shore: In the first episode of Season 1 and subsequently, the current opening: Snooki says "I'm going to Jersey Shore, bitch!
  • Greek: "I don't even like Cosmos, bitch!"
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia uses this frequently.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon in The Bat Jar Conjecture: "In other words, it's on, bitch." Badassitude abounds.
  • Glee: Brittany uses Britney Spears' line "It's Brittany, bitch" a couple times. Her saying that line or doing one of her magical turns usually makes the music start playing.
  • In Space Mutiny, Big Bad Kalgan has some such line, to which Mike Nelson adds "Bitch."
  • From Michael to Dwight on The Office (US): "Hug it out, bitch."
  • On Saturday Night Live, any conversation Tracy Morgan holds with Lorne Michaels is likely to end with the former demanding, "Get me a soda, bitch!"
  • Dave, a contestant on season one of reality cooking show Top Chef, reached the height of reality TV popularity after telling another contestant Tiffani "I'm not your bitch, bitch!" in response to endless haranguing by the latter.
  • X-Play:
    • Morgan Webb's tagline on a commercial about her visiting conventions in Japan: "Konichiwa, bitches."
    • X-Play's coverage of G-Phoria one year featured Ratty sneaking into the awards by jumping off a nearby building. This action was accompanied by "Geronimo, bitches!"
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • "I'm cuddly, bitch!"
    • Also, Ted re: shots "I drank all five, bitch!"
    • Another from Ted when he wanted to comfort Robin and she didn't want any...
      Robin: Well, then, you're fired.
      Ted: You can't fire me. I'm union, bitch!
    • As well as Lily's "You just made the list, bitch!"
    • How about Barney speaking French? "Parce que j'ai le jeu, mes chiennes. Translation? Cos I got game, bitches!"
      • That doesn't quite mean what he wanted. "Chiennes" literally means "female dogs." If he wanted "bitches" in the slang sense, he should have used "salopes" or "garces" depending on personal preference.
  • Wanda Syke's "I'ma Be Me" had her saying "Yeaaah... Obama, bitch!"
  • Modern Family: "See, we're all going to get past this and be friends again, and this was all set up by me, Mitchell, who is not a mummy's boy but is instead a insightful and considerate person, so make a note bitches!" in episode 4.
  • From a sketch/interview on The Soup where Zachary Quinto kicks Joel McHale: "Who's Sylar now, bitch?"
    ''chk chk!'' Put the mimosas down, bitch!
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • This bit with Buffy and Spike when he's outside Buffy's house:
      Buffy: What are you doing here? Five words or less.
      Spike: [visibly counting on his fingers] Out... for... a... walk... [beat] bitch.
    • Another later example with Warren:
      Warren: [hits Buffy] Say "goodnight", bitch!
      Buffy: [hits him back and knocks him down] "Goodnight, bitch!"
    • However it's played for drama when Buffy is possessed by a ghost reenacting the Murder-Suicide of his lover.
      James: (1955) [aiming a pistol] Don't walk away from me—
      [smash cut to...]
      Buffy: (1998) [also aiming pistol] —BITCH!
  • In The Wire, "You happy now, bitch?" is Bunk Moreland's catchphrase.
  • In 2 Broke Girls, when the diner is held up by a robber in a suit, Han, in a rare badass moment for him, pulls a gun on the robber, delivering one of these.
    Han: You're in MY house now, Bitch!
  • That's Just Me: Elizabeth once disguised herself as Amelia and walked into Amelia's house yelling: "I'm your worst nightmare! I'm a motherfucking crossdressing lesbian Jew, BITCH!!". However, is most versions of this episode, the line is censored, changing it into: "I'm your worst nightmare, because I'm a crossdressing tomboy, man!"
  • From Spartacus: War of the Damned, when warrior-woman Saxa is confronted by two large gladiators who want to kill some prisoners entrusted to her by Gannicus...
    Donar: "I do not see Gannicus among you. No cause to heed his bitch." *Attacks. Ends up with Saxa's knife at his throat and his buddy on the ground.*
    Saxa: "I give cause, bitch."
  • In season 1 of Top Chef, Dave told Tiffany after Restaurant Wars "I'm not your bitch, bitch!"
  • Will and Grace, "Accept the things you cannot change, bitch!"
  • Hawaii Five-0, in a conversation between Danno and Steve on Ms. Pac-Man.
    Steve: You ever make it to Double-Pretzel level?
    Danno: Triple-Banana, bitch.
  • In a Dollhouse episode where Echo is working as backup singer for a pop star, she tells her boss, "Bitch, you can fire me, but don't think you can take me."
  • Pretty Little Liars is brimming with this trope. A is the biggest fan, always calling the girls bitches in their threats.
    A: I'm still here, bitches, and I know everything.
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Edward Norton says this line in the fake movie trailer for Infrastructure:
    Edward Norton: I'm ordering uniaxial tests of the slab transverse to the deck corrugations with additional reinforcement and tension tests of the support fastener connections between the deck and the girders, bitch!
  • On The 100, Octavia is the first person from the Ark to set foot on the ground, and she celebrates the moment by shouting, "We're back, bitches!"
  • Liz's crowning moment of awesome on Roswell "Get up, bitch!"
  • Supernatural Mark of Cain Dean before getting the upper hand on a vampire: "Look at me... Look at me, bitch!"
  • On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., after Fitz rigs a system to keep Gordon from teleporting away:
    Gordon: I'm trapped in here! That's not possible! What did you do?
    Fitz: Science, biatch.
  • On Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Detective Charles Boyle delivers this when he presents the best pie in New York, with an apology afterward.
    Boyle: You just got taken to pie school, bitches! Sorry I said bitches, I'm just really worked up!

    Music 
  • Eminem loves this, as one would expect, and puts it to especially great use in "Berzerk":
    "Let's bring it back to that vintage Slim, bitch!
    The art of emceeing, mixed with da Vinci and MC Ren,
    And I don't mean Stimpy's friend, bitch!
    Been Public Enemy since you thought PE was gym, bitch!"
  • Fall Out Boy: In Rat A Tat: It's Courtney, bitch!
  • Miley Cyrus invokes a "cluster B bomb" of this in her Bangerz track, "Do My Thang":
    "Bang, bitch
    You think I'm strange, bitch
    It's bananas like a fucking 'rangatang, bitch
    Don't worry 'bout me
    I got it all arranged, bitch
    Mind your business, stay in your lane, bitch"
  • Disturbing Tha Peace bellows out this in gradual succession in the chorus of, well, "Move Bitch".
  • Bring Me the Horizon has one at the end of "For Stevie Wonder's Eyes Only": "For I am Death, bitch!"
  • "Right Back At It Again" by A Day to Remember: "Don't wanna hear about it, biiiiiiiiitch!"

    Pro Wrestling 
  • One of The Hurricane's Catchphrases is, "I've got my Hurri-powers, BEEE-YOOOTCH!"
  • You are in our house, BITCH!!
  • Size does matter, BITCH!!!
  • Suplex City, BITCH!
  • PUCKER UP, BITCH!
  • On November 5th, 2017, New Japan Pro Wrestling's Power Struggle event ended with Kenny Omega in the centre of the ring flanked by the Young Bucks, having just beaten Trent Barreta to retain his IWGP US Title. After bemoaning the fact that he's exhausted the list of possible challengers - whether Japanese or otherwise - he goes into his customary "Goodbye and goodnight!" sendoff, only for the arena lights to go out. While the music which accompanied the video promo that ensued may have been unfamiliar to some of the NJPW fans in Osaka, the man who appeared on-screen definitely wasn't.
    Chris Jericho: Kenny Omega. What a dynamic performer. What a fantastic, tremendous performer. But he's not the best in the world. [tears up a A4 picture of Kenny Omega] I am. So many have claimed to be the best - from Shawn Michaels, to Edge, to CM Punk - but they're all gone. And I'm still here. Because I am the best in the world. I am the Greatest of All Time. I am the Alpha of this business... and I wanna prove it. 'Cause I'm challengin' you, Kenny. Jericho vs. Kenny. Alpha vs. Omega. To see who is really the best. I wanna meet you. [beat] January 4th. At Wrestle Kingdom 12 in the Tokyo Dome! So let's see who's really the best. Bitch.

    Radio 
  • The WNYC program Radio Lab episode Choice(501) contained an instance of this, subverting the line tagged onto the end of many radio broadcast introductions. "Stay with us, bitches."
  • One of Detroit radio personalities Dave & Chuck the Freak's catch phrases is "It's Friday, Bitches!" Actually, it's more than just a catch phrase - there's a short rap song with the title that was made just for them (which is played on the Friday shows, naturally), merchandise featuring the phrase, and even an annual event called the Friday Bitches Bash.

    Video Games 
  • Resistance: "I'm James Grayson, bitches!"
  • No More Heroes has quite the handful.
    • "So what you're tellin' me is that I gotta continue fighting. There's no way out of this. You set me up, bitch!"
    • "You are the 3rd ranked assassin, bitch?"
  • The tagline for Bungie's April Fools joke game Pimps at Sea was "Arrrrrh, bitch!"
  • Quoth Heather from Silent Hill 3: "Shut your stinking mouth, BITCH!".
  • Grand Theft Auto: "Welcome to the Land of Freedom, Bitches! AHHHHHHHHH!"
    • "I ain't nobody's "ass technician", bitch!" - OG Loc
  • Makai Kingdom: "Who's the overlord now, bitch?"
  • True Crime: Streets of L.A.. uses this liberally, but I guess the greatest example is when Nick Kang, the protagonist, finishes off the crime lord who had his father killed over a money laundering scheme. While this could be a bit of a solemn moment, as he watches his father's killer burn to death in a plane crash, he follows it up by saying: "Try Laundering THAT, bitch!"
  • Duke Nukem: Duke, despite his extreme womanizing, is a Chivalrous Pervert who never insults the objects of his desire. When you hear him confront the female monster Alien Queen and bellow, "I'm gonna kick your ass, bitch!", you know it is on.
  • Left 4 Dead's Crash Course DLC has hopeless optimist Louis, of all people, scream "Oh, it's a bitch apocalypse now, bitch!"
  • Borderlands plays this straight with Roland, the Soldier. Upon scoring a kill with a Critical Hit, he may shout, "Critical, bitch!", or "Critical, biatch!".
    • Borderlands 2 has one as well, courtesy of Tiny Tina (voiced by Ashly Burch).
      Tiny Tina: You're cordially invited, BITCH!!!
    • Also from Borderlands 2, if Maya gets a Second Wind, she might declare "I'm back, bitches!"
    • The Raging Goliaths, also from Borderlands 2, have quite a few of these.
      (After Zer0's Decepti0n Fades) "Avoid me all you want, BITCH!"
      (When Salvador is Gunzerking) "I'll take your bullets, BITCH!"
      "I'll kill you SLOWER for that, BITCH!"
      "Fear your master, bitches!"
      "Die for me, BITCH!"
    • And let's not forget:
      Brick: Knock knock, BITCHES! Open up!
      Handsome Jack: (After breaking out in laughter midway through a story about how he once removed a man's eyes with a spoon while his children watched) Anyway, the moral is, you're a total bitch.'''
  • Mass Effect: Used here and there with examples such as:
    Miranda: You'll die for that, bitch!
    Jack: Touch me and I will smear the walls with you, bitch!
  • Tony Hawk's Underground 2 has the following example.
    Paulie: Oh yeah, look out! Pooper coming through! Please keep your hands inside the porter potty while you TAKE A DRINK, BITCH!
  • Used to ridiculous extremes in Def Jam Fight For NY Some examples are:
    Trejo: You shoulda listened when you had the chance, bitch!
    Created Character: You just got owned, bitch!
  • In MadWorld, after being attacked by ninjas...
    Howard: I've composed a haiku, in honor of this moment.
    Kreese: Alright, drop it down.
    Howard: Ninja rise from floor.
    Red spray-paint ceiling and walls.
    Jack is triumphant.
    Kreese: 5, 7, 5, bitches.
  • In The Simpsons Game when the Simpson family meets an evil Will Wright.
    Homer: You can't do this!
    Will Wright: Sure I can. I'm Will Wright, bitch!
  • In World of Warcraft, during a confrontation in Silverpine Forest between Garrosh Hellscream and Sylvanas Windrunner.
    Garrosh: What difference is there between you and the Lich King now?
    Sylvanas: Isn't it obvious, Warchief? *flippant salute* I serve the Horde.
    Garrosh: Watch your clever mouth, bitch.
  • Dota 2:
    Juggernaut: I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!
  • Emily from Until Dawn can say this if Ashley tries to apologize for trying to kill her.
    Emily: "Understand" the palm of my hand, bitch!
  • In Medieval Cop 4: The Invidia Games Prince Bernard is extremely upset about losing to a woman.
    Prince Bernard: How can this be happening?
    Felicia: Gender equality, bitch...

    Web Animation 
  • Tankmen 2: "You should've used the Pythagorean theorem, bitch."
  • The end of Neurotically Yours' "Caffeine Conspiracy" has Franklin the Star Shmucks peddler warn his superiors over walkie talkie that "The squirrel is on to us." A moment later, he starts another transmission to add "bitch."
  • Red vs. Blue: Everyone uses Bitch as a punctuation mark.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • SMBC Theater: Combined with Sophisticated as Hell in Problem Solved. When newly elected U.S. President James Ashby is annoyed that his adviser keeps objecting to his ridiculous and irresponsible policy decisions, he says: "I'm sorry? Did you win a plurality of the Electoral College, bitch?"

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy: In a Cutaway Gag, the MGM lion cub gets laughed at by his classmates when he wants to roar at an audience when he grows up. Soon, the lion is grown up and shouts "What's up now, bitches?!"
  • Moonbeam City: In Episode 7, at an "all-gang" meeting which includes the Moonbeam City Police Department (called "the roughest gang in town"), the city's top criminal gang leader repeatedly corrects himself when speaking to Police Chief (and millionaire heiress) Pizzaz Miller. His lines end with him referring to her as "bitch", which he repeatedly corrects to "ma'am". This includes his final line to her: "You have our word, bitch! I mean, ma'am..."
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force:
    • "You're liquified, bitch." Made even funnier because Frylock isn't one to quickly resort to swearing.
    • Frylock hurling fireballs in the videogame: "Look into my eyes, bitch."
    • "Now what is the magic word, bitch?"
    • "67 years into the future. Bitch."
  • Clone High: "Try and catch me, bitch!"
  • The opening credits of an Affectionate Parody comedy show called "Outer Space Astronauts" has the line 'Outer space, bitch!"
  • South Park:
    • From "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy": "You just dealt with the Dawg, bitch!"
  • The Simpsons: "Read the patent number, bitch!"
  • The Boondocks: Rummy to Ed: "Swim, bitch!".
  • From a Thunder Cats outtake: "Get over here, bitch!".
  • From Sealab 2021, "Lost in Time":
    Quinn: Stormy, what time is it?
    Stormy: Dodgeball time.
    Quinn: Dammit, Stormy, what time is it?
    Stormy: (knocks Quinn out with a dodgeball) I said it was dodgeball time, bitch.
  • American Dad!: Roger loves this trope.
    "You call that a Salchow?! It looks like you have mad Salchow disease! That's right, your skating has a spongiform encephalopathy, bitch!"
    "Don't be startin' what you can't finish, bitch."
    • One episode has him teaching Steve what to say to teenage girls to romance them; those three words they long to hear: "Jello shot, bitch?"
    • Klaus announcing that he has concert tickets: "Fabulous Thunderbirds, bitches!"
    • Principal Lewis is just as fond of this trope as Roger is.
  • Rick and Morty:
    • Rick himself is rather fond of this.
    "Hey, what do me and OJ not have in common? I found the real killer, bitch!"
    • Scary Terry, an expy of Freddy Krueger, adds bitch after of almost everything he says to the point where it's a Verbal Tic that got him grief back in school.
    "I'm late for class, bitch!"
    • In "Something Ricked This Way Comes", when Summer is screwed over by Mr. Needful after helping him rebuild his business, he answers with:
      "I'm the Devil, BIATCH! WHAT WHAT!"
  • Eight Crazy Nights has "Eat that nut strap, BIAAAATCH!"
  • Brickleberry has the Ranger Games episode where Steve, desperate to beat the ringer Woody replaced him with on the gymnastics event, runs off to get some steroids, except he doesnt realize that you still have to work out, so he ends up massively overweight with excess body mass and a deep voice.
    Fat!Steve: Wassup, bitches?!

    Real Life 
  • After carefully outlining the many, many reasons that global warming is real, a scientist famously ended her presentation with:
    "Look it up, bitches."
  • The official announcement for the return of Toonami (through [adult swim]) is #ToonamisBackBitches.
  • Following the Supreme Court decision declaring Barack Obama's healthcare reform law constitutional, DNC executive director Patrick Gaspard tweeted "it's constitutional. Bitches."
  • In the Terry Tate Office Linebacker ads, the eponymous character would often invoke this after tackling his victim.
    "Break was over 15 minutes ago, BITCH!"
  • Stand-up comedian Retta (Marietta Sirleaf) on how you shouldn't make assumptions about someone's tastes in music. Just... watch the video.
  • When Miley Cyrus was attacked online for incorporating hip-hop influences in her music/image and befriending rap/hip-hop stars, she posted this on Twitter.
  • Richard Dawkins, at the end of a debate with an anti-scientific creationist gives us this gem: "If you base medicine on science, you cure people. If you base the design of planes on science, they fly. If you base the design of rockets on science, they reach the moon. It works...bitches." Also doubles as Sophisticated as Hell.
  • Used by Byron David Smith just after killing Haile Kifer in the Thanksgiving Day killings. In the audio recording he did, he is heard saying "You're dying, bitch!" (note: this is not a pleasant listening).
  • The cover of one birthday card involves one woman asking another "So where's your birthday at?" and the woman with the birthday tells her not to end a sentence with a preposition. On the inside, the first woman rephrases her question as "So where's your birthday at, bitch?"

The Stinger is here, bitch!

Alternative Title(s): Just Add Bitch, This Is TV Tropes Bitch, This Is A Sentence Bitch

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