"Holy *tik* shrew! Lookit! She's my size — with *tik* wings! I told you I sensed *tik* insect thoughts! Princess, I think I'm *tik* in love!"
An exceptionally (Narf!
) odd Catch Phrase
used to the point it seems more like a bodily emission than speaking. This is often a single nonsense word added at the end of sentences, well past the expected formal variations in speech, eh?
It can, ah say
, it can also be a word, sound, or phrase that shows up in various places in a character's dialogue. In Japanese, character tics that occur at the end of sentences are referred to as "kyara-gobi" (キャラ語尾, chara(cter) word/sentence ending).
Contrast with Strange Syntax Speaker
, where the character is using language rules unknown to others. See also Character Tics
, for similar idiosyncrasies applied to physical behavior. A musical variant is Lyrical Tic
. Third-Person Person
is a specific tic where the speaker refers to themselves in third-person.
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- Empty, from Dick Tracy, prefaced almost everything he said with "As a matter 'a fact".
- Neddie Seagoon (Harry Secombe) from The Goon Show frequently fills the time the audience laughs at someone else's joke at him by simply going whatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhat... until the laughter fades.
- Please... don't do that with your head on.
- On Hello Cheeky, a parody of David Frost started every sentence with "Hello", a reference to David Frost's alleged Catch Phrase "Hello, good evening and welcome".