When Roy Mustang becomes Fuhrer, all of his female employees will be required to wear TINY MINISKIRTS! Explanation One of Mustang's actual lines from the first anime. No one has yet to discern whether he was joking or serious - although in one of the manga's yonkoma, Olivier Armstrong agrees to go along with it if it'd boost troop morale.
And is dead sexy... in a miniskirt! Explanation A line Vic Mignogna came up with when asked to say "something nice about Roy Mustang" in Ed's voice. He added the last part as a joke, but it soon became enormously popular among his fans, much to his dismay. Nowadays he feigns ignorance whenever he's asked to say it, but the line got far enough that it's an injoke with the cast.
King Bradley killed a tank. With a sword.Explanation It quickly became popular among fans describing how badass Bradley is by bringing up the time he took on a tank armed with only a sword and a grenade and won.
"Nyoro~n" Explanation Tsuruya was taken by a Japanese Webcomic artist and made into a Super-Deformed Ditz named Churuya, with a line she said once in the anime made into her Catch Phrase, and an affinity for smoked cheese. Spawned countless imitations involving characters from Haruhi or other anime - and is now more emblematic of Haruhi than anything that actually appeared in the show.
And then official Haruhi staff made a series off of it for YouTube, much to the chagrin of the Unpleasable Fanbase, was referenced in the live concert for the show by Taniguchi's voice actor, Minoru Shiraishi, who proclaimed "Nyoro~n! Smoked cheese!", and also in Lucky Star, produced by the same company as Haruhi.
"You made Mikuru cry!" Explanation From The Melancholy Of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan parody shorts.
Everything makes Mikuru cry. Explanation There are videos where the clip of Mikuru's crying is placed after random other clips, such as L and his potato chip, or Knuckles claiming that they're not buddies.
HaruhiismExplanation Haruhi's Reality Warper status made Itsuki speculate that Haruhi is actually God. Note on just "speculation".
"We've entered an endless recursion of time." Explanation Fan Sub of a repeated line in the infamous "Endless Eight" episodes, as an explanation of what was going on. The line has since become synonymous with Endless Eight, often repeated (multiple times) whenever someone brings up those episodes.
"Kyon-kun, denwa." Explanation Another oft-repeated line in Endless Eight, said by Kyon's little sister as his phone rings in each episode.
Guess what I just caught? I... just caught... YOU. Rip. Van. Winkle. Explanation Alucard says this during his extremely over the top killing of Rip.
"Why can't anyoneher horns?" Explanation One fan's confusion as to why no-one notices that Hanyuu isn't exactly normal. Everybody got on his case for his grammatical error but eventually turned it around to have fun with it.
"I'd her horns◊" (NSFW). Explanation Fill in the missing word yourselves.
Remember kids, you should tell your friends if you shoot kids for fun. Explanation A certain fansub is famous for their comments at each break picture.
Ni-pah! Explanation A nonsense word that Rika often says.
"OMOCHIKAERI~!"Explanation "I want to take it home with me!" Ryuugu Rena is well known for her love of cute things. Sometimes this gets taken a little too far and she'll snatch up some poor soul and carry her off like a kidnapper.
Do you know Oyashiro-Sama? Yes, Hinamizawa. I kill you, you kill me. No, Hinamizawa! Explanation Said in Ooishi and Keiichi's Engrish Rap.
USO DA! Explanation A line commonly used in the anime meaning "that's a lie!"
Use Soda!Explanation From what some fans think it sounds like.
ANY Evil Laugh in the series will get this. Not only are there a bunch of loop videos of the girls just laughing for ten minutes, there are a bunch of remixes of their laughs, too.
"Some people who are lactose-intolerant can go to the emergency room!" Explanation "Casey" in the aforementioned video is lactose-intolerant, and when he's about to be given a "taco" with cheese, we cut away to a Public Service Announcement-style narration explaining this in a hilarious Viewers Are Morons way.
"Even Speedwagonis afraid!"Explanation A Narmy panel from Part 1 that fans now use as a reaction image. After witnessing Dio's transformation into a vampire, Jonathan is shocked at such turn of events. One panel then focuses on a very much scared Robert E. O. Speedwagon as Jonathan helpfully points out that even he's afraid.
Speedwagon withdraws coolly. explanation Speedwagon is about to sneak into hospital to see his pal Jonathan after the latter defeated Dio in a hectic battle, only to see Jonathan's long lost lover Erina caring for him. He decides to leave the two alone and says this very line as he leaves
Giorno always wins. Always. Explanation At the end of Part 5, Giorno's stand "Gold Experience: Requiem" can negate any action taken against him and heals him AND if it kills you, you die over and over again.
It just works. Explanation Part 5 villain Diavolo's Stand, King Crimson, has a power over time that's so difficult to explain that, when asked how it works, most fans just tend to say "It just works."
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DUWANGExplanation For a long time, the only available scans of Part 4 were a So Bad, It's Good"Blind Idiot" Translation that used a Chinese source (the town is called Morioh (forest king), which in Chinese would be read as Duwang) that fans refer to as the Duwang Translation. The above quote is one of the more memorably So Bad, It's Good bits of dialogue, spoken by the main villain, Yoshikage Kira, who is happily chatting to himself and his "girlfriend" about how peaceful a town Morioh is.
"Get a feeling so complicated." Explanation One of the more quoted lines from the Duwang Translation, said by Koichi after a life-threatening encounter with a yandere admirer helped him ace an exam.
"Who in FACE are you?!" Explanation Another popular Duwang line. Spoken by Jotaro to an enemy who taunts him over the phone.
"Is this a beautiful scene?" Explanation Yet another Duwang line.
"ABAJ" Explanation The Duwang translation left untranslated hanzi (Chinese characters) all over the place. The one representing an "Ahh!" sound ("啊") shows up particularly often, and kind of looks like "ABAJ" written in a wonky font.
"The first time I saw her, with her hands on her knee...how do I say this...I had a boner..."Explanation A delirious and badly beaten Yoshikage Kira explains to a random woman about how he got an erection just from looking at the Mona Lisa and that's why he kills women and takes their severed hands as "girlfriends." Even crazier is how accurate this is to the original Japanese, as the original panel has the kanji for "erection" inside of that very same speech bubble.
"What was that?! Depending on your answer I may have to kick your ass!" Explanation Joseph Joestar's macho catchphrase from Part 2.
"This taste... it's of a liar!" Explanation In Part 5, Bruno Buccelatti claims that he can tell if a person is lying by the taste of their sweat. He then demonstrates this ability by sneaking up behind the hero and licking his cheek in a memetically Ho Yay-tastic scene.
It's also become somewhat of a meme to describe the male characters' clothes, hairdos, and poses as "FABULOUS."
FUCKING PIRANHASExplanation The preview for episode 24 had several quick shots of Joseph being attacked by piranhas in a plane. Since the episode had yet to explain how this is possible, fans were quick to take notice of it. The line comes from Jojos Bizarre Adventure Abridged, which had parodied that scene from the manga some time before.
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In the Japanese community, "But I refuse/Daga kotowaru/だが断る"Explanation Rohan Kishibe's response to the villainous Stand Highway Star commanding him to call Josuke for help and thus lead him into a trap. Rohan was in some degree fo mortal peril, himself.
AWAKEN, MY MASTERS!/MEZAMETAMAE, WAGA ARUJITACHI YO!/目覚めたまえッ！我が主たちよ!Explanation Wham shouts this line when waking up two Pillar Men, Cars and ACDC. What makes this moment is both Akio Ohtsuka's delivery of said line and the FABULOUS poses the three Pillar Men take when they awaken, the fact that Wham awakens them by making his own fabulous pose while poking their cheeks with his fingers, and in the anime, the dubstep-laden music (Fittingly titled "Awake") playing over it.
Wham/Wamuu's "Holy Wubstorm" Explanation The 2012 anime has a couple of dubstep tracks for the Pillar Men, one of which plays when Wamuu reveals his Holy Sandstorm attack.
Parallels being drawn between Mark from Part 2 and Marco from Attack on Titan, both of which are killed an episode apart from each other in their respective shows, have the same Japanese voice actor, and are both killed by getting eaten in half longwise by Humanoid Abominations.
"Shall I... cool your head a little?" Explanation Got its memetic status from Nanoha, but the line and pose are actually a Shout-Out to when Freeza kills Krillin in Dragon Ball Z.
White Devil Explanation Nanoha's Fan Nickname, from a line when Vita refers to her as "a devil" and her white outfit. Also a reference to Mobile Suit Gundam, where Amuro Ray has this nickname in-universe.
PS Vita. Explanation The fact that Sony named their recent handheld "Playstation Vita" was not lost on the Nanoha fanbase.
The extraordinary popularity of overdubbing scenes from the show with the soundtrack of mecha shows, including but not limited to Subaru's Final Fusion.
Befriending. Explanation Nanoha's practice of making friends of those that survive her attacks is another of her defining characteristics, the term used as a synonym for "beat the crap out of" (as in "you're about to be befriended").
This has reached the point where if it involves making friends, Nanoha becomes a Memetic Badass who could make Chuck Norris wet himself. This naturally makes one wonder, if this is how she treats people she wants to be friends with, what would she be capable of against someone for whom she really wanted to bring the pain.
Thanks to the advent of Emporio Ivankov's powers combined with the author drawing Gender Bent versions of the main characters, there has been an absolute deluge of Rule 63 fan art. Absolutely no one is safe.
Magma is hotter than fire. Swords are hotter than magma. Explanation Admiral Akainu killed Portgas D. Ace while proclaiming that his magma burned hotter than Ace's fire. Shanks blocked a magma attack from Akainu using a sword.
Fishman Island is the next destination.Explanation Eiichiro Oda has continually reassured readers that the Straw Hats would reach Fishman Island after the then-current arc. They finally reach it after the two-year timeskip.
Oda NEVER Forgets! Explanation A line made for Oda's love of all things Chekhov.
Nobody dies in One Piece outside of Flash Backs! Explanation At least before the Wham Episodes, this fact is frequently brought up in One Piece discussions. The Time Skip is considered a second beginning with the recent deaths of Ace and Whitebeard applicable to Flash Backs, this meme is officially back.
STRAY HAT LUFFY! Explanation Despite 15 years of publication and correctly spelling it Straw Hat, Blind Idiot Fan Translations during Punk Hazard somehow spell it "Stray Hat".
X is Sabo.Explanation Sabo was apparently killed off by a cannon on a Celestial Dragon ship. While this happens in a flashback and after the point where "No one dies in One Piece" has been disproven, some suggest he is not actually dead. He isn't.
X for Straw Hats. Explanation Any potentially candidate who could or would join the crew
Meadows.Explanation An extremely minor character from the Tournament Arc who went memetic at Arlong Park Forums due to a WMG that went horribly wrong. He was a character with a unique design and very little story emphasis, so the forum-goers decided he must be a Chekhov's Gunman and voted him the winner of his block in the tournament. As it turns out, the much more important character Rebecca won, and Meadows had no plot relevance whatsoever, and so his name became a byword for a stupid fan theory.
"X! And X again!"Explanation Based off of Sky High's catchphrase, as well as his regular tendency to repeat himself.
Since episode 15, many a crack has been made about Keith Goodman/Sky High's incredibly obvious status as a clueless virgin. The 4th drama CD has only encouraged them.
"Goddammit, Sunrise. Stop doing this to us."Explanation Watching Tiger & Bunny evidently leads to a crippling addiction to purchasing all of the show's merchandise (and not-merchandise. Nobody quite expected that sales spike in Kotetsu alleged cologne). Thus, the fandom curses Sunrise's name every time they come up with a new toy or T-shirt to sell.
"I must have that delicious Oyaji Moe scent!"Explanation 2chan and /a/ have discovered that the cologne Kotetsu owns is a real brand. Things haven't been the same since.
Sold out in X seconds Explanation There's been a notorious tendency for T&B figurines to not only sell instantly after preorders open, but actually crash the sites they're sold on from the surge in orders.
Being Bison is suffering. Explanation The writers - head writer Nishida, in particular - have admitted that they're pretty fond of Antonio/Rock Bison - a fondness that paradoxically drives them to relentlessly screw with him. The phrasing is a reference to the "being meguca is suffering" meme from Madoka Magica.
Yu-Gi-Oh! and spin-offs
"In America!"Explanation The Abridged Series took the bizarre evil American character Bandit Keith and exaggerated his already laughable jingoist nationalism. His Catch Phrase become emblematic of the series, even now that he has revealed himself to actually be Canadian.
"Attention, duelists! My hair is now an internet phenomenon!" Explanation The infamous anime hair of Kemo, one of Pegasus's henchmen, was another thing The Abridged Series made popular.
Hiroto Honda / "TristanTaylor" has spouted the now-famous lines: "My voice gives me super strength!" and "Burn the witch!" Also, people at anime conventions love to swipe the Millenium Rings from Bakura cosplayers and fling them across the room while shouting "Go, Millenium Frisbee!" Explanation Another line made popular by The Abridged Series.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Tenth Anniversary Movie "Synchro What?" Explanation Said by Yugi, this has reached the point that it now embodies how much the card game has changed over the years to the point it becomes outlandish compared to the simple formula of the initial Duel Monsters, and since it was said by Dan Green; who voices Yugi, everyone has been saying it in the fandom as a means of making fun of people who play with convoluted Synchro Decks.
The Classy Ass. Explanation A store in the background of the Crashtown ark is called this. Cue lots of jokes about what that store actually is (Is shown in this video.)
Super Saiyan Yuma. Explanation Yuma and Astral's Zexal form looks just like a super saiyan.
Upon the announcement of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, people have associated the protagonist Yuya Sakaki with tomatoes because of his red and green hair.
"Special Feeling" note A recent newscast interviews a guy with his girlfriend and he comments on how it feels special to be in the snow with his lover; which makes her very cutely embarrassed. Cue derivations of this scene starring every shipping fandom in existence, straight, Ho Yay, Cargo and everything in between.
If only Kircheis were hereExplanation Siegfried Kircheis's death is much lamented by the characters of Legend of Galactic Heroes, and he is more influential and well-developed in death than in life.
"desu". Explanation Suiseiseki's Verbal Tic. Even though this is a fairly common speech pattern in lots of characters it became highly associated with her. It's not so much the word itself that's peculiar to Suiseiseki, but how she pronounces it: "desuuh" as opposed to the usual "dess".
You mean de geso? Explanation With Invasion Squid Girl getting an anime adaptation, Ika Musume's verbal tic became just as popular as desu for a short time.
You mean the inknovative translation? Explanation And with the anime of Invasion Squid Girl came the fan translation which went to great length to include ink and other squid-related puns in order to relay that verbal tick in the subtitles too.
After the horribly animatedYoake Mae Yori Ruriiro Na -Crescent Love- drew two cabbages as simple green circles, Fan-Art with Feena holding one such cabbage was everywhere, and it actually survived a round in the SaiGAR "manly character" competition. Negima!!? also spoofed this one.
"IT'SATRAP!"Explanation Many Wholesome Crossdressers in anime are drawn really, really pretty, to the point where they can be passed off as actual female characters to new fans with surprising ease. Admiral Ackbar's memetic exclamation was taken to describe this kind of a character as a "trap", in the sense that a highly stereotypical, undersexed, and loudly heterosexual male otaku would be trapped in a conflicting lust for the character. At this point, the jargon is used ironically.
Also used in reverse — a woman hiding as a man is called a "Reverse Trap".
Funny thing is that it already overlapped with the whole Trap Card meme, so, you'll usually see photoshopped cards of Bridget and Jun, among other lesser known traps.
Similarly, male characters who end up in drag for zany schemes will usually prompt fans to createWholesome Crossdresser or even outright female personas for them. A famous example is 'Ranko', a false persona Ranma Saotome creates which many fans distanced from the male character.
"Ideon destroyed the universe!!!"Explanation Distorting the message behind the famous ending, and in fact is what made it famous. Granted, "Ideon blew up while the Big Bad exploded so large it blew up a galaxy" isn't quite as impressive.
It doesn't help that in Super Robot Wars Alpha 3, they said the universe would be destroyed if Ideon went out of control.
NICE BOAT!Explanation The final episode of the School Days anime was replaced with thirty minutes of peaceful landscape scenery, including a boat on a lake, after it was deemed too close to home due to violent incidents in the news. A 4channer decided to mess with 2ch by making a thread with screenshots of the scenery video describing the "nice boat". In a rare scenario, both the Japanese and American viewers had a good laugh and a meme has been born. Used to describe anything from censorship to being murdered. The real last episode coincidentally did end with a Nice Boat.
The "Magical Heart Kokoro-chan" OVA episode gives a quite deliberate Shout-Out to the meme, featuring a lifeboat labeled "NICE BOAT" drifting down a river of blood...
And then Kadokawa posted up a short clip of a (admittedly quite nice looking) sailboat with the words "It's not finished yet" (or something to that effect) the day Haruhi-chan was supposed to start.
Similar to the Loituma Girl cartoon, a looped short clip of Mai and Mii dancing from the Popotan H-game opening was set to "Caramelldansen" by the Swedish Eurodance group Caramell. Thus the Caramelldansen Vid trope. Any videos that fit that trope should be listed there.
Card Crusher.Explanation From a Japanese TV sketch involving a man crushing a business card in front of the woman who gave it to him, while looking at her with a ridiculous expression on his face, was turned into a meme when someone did a comic strip version with Kagami and Konata from Lucky Star. An example of Values Dissonance, as the exchanging of business cards is a fairly big deal in Japan, with its own set of social mores.
Tomoya seems to be known to some as "the Clannadman". (Related expression: "You will never be the Clannadman!")
Fuuko's love of starfish has reached memetic levels. "HITODEEE~~~!<3"
The "talent" joke. In Sailor Moon R the girls were trying out for a role in a play. In the dub, Lita said she should get the role because she has the most talent. In the original version, Makoto said she should get the part because she has the biggest boobs. However, the dub still has a close-up of her chest. Talent has since become a euphemism for breast size.
"Sailor Mars is the hottest". This tends to show up in discussions about which of the Sailor Soldiers is the hottest. Sailor Mars' powers are based around Playing with Fire, so the pun was inevitable.
Not exclusively related to anime but the infamous Finnish dubbing team Agapio Racing Team's Macekre-dub of certain series has achieved meme-like qualities in Finland, especially the emotionless expressions of emotion from Digimon.
"____ is mai waifu"Explanation "My Wife" rendered as Gratuitous English, referencing someone's particular attraction to a fictional, unattainable character. Bonus points for extraordinarily hot anime girls. Originated from Azumanga Daioh where the girls look at a picture that Kimura-sensei dropped which he explains is of "Mai waifu". She's pretty hot, and this is Kimura we're talking about here. (Funnily enough, he's not actually an example of the usual usage - it later turns out she really is his wife.)
The male version should be "hasubando" but is usually just "husbando."
An alternate origin could be the Japanese otaku practice of proclaiming a female (or male) character "ore no yome", which means exactly the same thing. A Shout-Out to this practice appeared in Lucky Star.
There's even a Mai-Waifu Fansubs, the waifu in this case being Enma Ai.
Fate/stay night: GAR!Explanation A small but amusing typo (or acronym) in the phrase "Gay for Archer", gave way to the ultimate synonym for "manly" and "badass".
"OW MY NUTBLADDER!"Explanation Apparently, the levels of cuteness caused an /a/non (so he claimed) to masturbate so hard to this show they burst their "nut-bladder". Used to summarise anything absurdly cute, though the video game meme "HHNNNNNNGGGG!" has almost completely replaced it. Although, everywhere online, if you see a Hidamari discussion (including on This Very Wiki), you're almost guaranteed to hear at least one mention of the word "nutbladder".
|___________| Explanation Emoticon of a typical wide-face Super-Deformed expression that Hidamari Sketch is infamous for. Often goes hand-in-hand with mentions of nutbladders.
2008: "The Year of Dead Snipers". Explanation Gundam 00, Macross Frontier, and the most recent Full Metal Panic! novel have all killed off or apparently killed off their respective sniper characters during that year.
Symmetrical Docking Explanation A phrase commonly used to describe a picture of two girls standing so close together their breasts are squished against each other. Originated from a Super Robot Wars Alpha 2Yonkoma where, instead of showing Cho Ryu Jin's Symmetrical Docking Transformation Sequence, a picture of original characters (with huge breasts) Kushua Mizuha and Seolla Schweitzer are shown in this position.◊
"JUST AS CLAMPED!"Explanation The Tsubasa equivalent of "just as planned", it came into being after Kurogane cut Fei Wong Reed in half, only to find out that he had actually killed Kyle disguised as Fei Wong Reed, leaving the heroes injured and tired while he is perfectly fine. Applied to just about every twist Tsubasa has taken since Acid Tokyo.
Tsubasa's manga also brings us the fan pairing of Apple-kun/Freckle-chan. Explanation In one flashback arc, we see an adorable little girl with freckles who was once kind to Fai (she looks about ten). In a completely different arc, in a different world and time period, we meet a little boy who cheerfully offers the heros some apples, and later lets them stay at his house. The fans dubbed them Freckle-chan and Apple-kun, respectively, and decided they make a cute couple. Even though there's no possible way for them to meet in canon.
Not from the anime itself, but from the English dub outtakes of Noein:
Thanks to the characters in Saki never showing any panties even in angles where a Panty Shot should appear (naked flesh is shown instead), Japanese fans in 2chan have declared that "Saki is not wearing any".
... Bang.Explanation The final word of the series.
In any nonserious artbook or doujin for Ronin Warriors - and even some of the serious - one of two things from the image CDs is bound to be referenced: Seiji/Sage really loves pumpkin, and Touma/Rowen is a terrible singer.
From Saint Seiya: "DANCEN ROSAS PIRAŃAAS, AAAAAAAAH!" Explanation From the Latin American dub "Dance, Piranha Roses!", which is the phrase Piscis Aphrodite says when he uses his rose projectiles.
ANOTHER DIMENSION! Explanation Gemini Saga's trademark attack, which warps you to a Pocket Dimension. Started in the Latin American dub due to the INCREDIBLY hammy delivery, but it's also been spotted in other fandom corners. Video link.
Shiryu amigo! Explanation It's a Brazilian Saint Seiya meme from a scene in which Shun is pulled from a cliff by Shiryu and thank him by saying that. It translates roughly as "Shiryu pal!" and sounds really weird. The voice acting makes it hilarious.
Que bom, Hyoga. Explanation From the same scene; after the aforementioned line, Hyoga blurts, out of nowhere, "I'm also ready", to which Shun answers this (it translates roughly to "That's good, Hyoga"). It became a useful demeaning line; something like "uh, yeah, good for you".
What happens in the Libra Temple stays in the Libra Temple. Explanation This one refers to the infamous Intimate Healing scene between Shun and Hyoga in the Libra Temple.
Pactioooooooo!!' Explanation In this series Pactio is a magical Pact between a mage and his guardian that allows him to empower the guardian and sometimes creates a powerful artifact. Naturally this is done by having the two kiss, and so far over half of Negi's class had Pactio'd.
Eveyone is Shotacon for Negi. Explanation Negi has a potential harem to rival Tenchi Muyo!, nearly everyone falls in love with him in one way or another (including two of his mortal enemies), and he is only ten years old.
Akamatsu's really hot wife demands HIATUS. Explanation The series is a stunning example of Shown Their Work, and writer Ken Akamatsu instigates a lot of hiatus to perform research. Fans have another theory, however.
Urusai!Urusai!URUSAI!!!Explanation Another line that is usually expected from a Type A Tsundere, particularly if the said character is a Shana Clone...
Black Butler: "Yes, my lord." Explanation Sebastian's main Catch Phrase, with others listed below. "Yes, your highness" is a variation.
Sebastian is a pedo-demon. Explanation The explanation for the unbelievable amount of Ho Yay between Ciel and Sebastian.
Ciel in a box/Box-chan. Explanation The Fan Nickname for Ciel at the beginning of season 2.
It has become popular on several sites to, whenever Ogin gets mentioned, talk about her amazing assets by ending the sentence with "and that is a very good thing." Explanation The meme comes from the ridiculousness of Ogin's rather obviously large cleavage and how that it's a wonderful thing to look at.
GOD! MY! OOOOOOH! Explanation Garterbelt's inverted Big "OMG!" in the final episode.
GAINAX RUINED CHRISTMAS Explanation (spoilers) The PSG finale had, for all it's weirdness, been heading towards a Here We Go Again ending—when out of nowhere, with less than a minute left in the episode, a Shocking Swerve was was thrown in. It all went downhill from there. Even the characters were shocked with the turn of events, and fans were set all afrenzy. The airing of the episode? December 24th. Merry Christmas!
The Laughing Man is an in-universe example. Explanation (spoilers) The original laughing man was a genius hacker who found out the medical industry was screwing the public over concerning a particularly nasty disease and its cures. He kidnapped one of the major presidents of said industry to make a statement, culminating in a rather public outburst in public, digitally replacing his face with a logo. Since he was never caught, various people took his persona to commit various crimes, all under the impression that they were the original Laughing Man. Eventually, one of them threatened to kill a police chief at a public event. The attempt took place, but at least two dozen people came out of the woodwork to do so, each claiming to be the original Laughing Man. It was eventually determined through insanely complex philosophical, psychological, and technological babble that the Laughing Man had become a meme, and spread into people's minds due to their ability to directly interact with each other's brains on the net.
He's become quite the meme in Real Life, too. Especially his unmistakable logo.
I'm Tv Tropes, tantei sa!Explanation One of Conan/Shinichi's catch phrases is "Edogawa Conan, tantei sa!", which means "I'm Conan Edogawa, a detective!".
This troper learned to do that in Hawaii! Explanation In a Non-Serial Movie, Conan came up with "my dad taught me in Hawaii!" as a quick excuse to cover up something quialifying as a Deus ex Machina. Therefore, in some fandom corners (specially the Taiwanese fandom) the phrase is often used to either mock or explain plotholes.
Oi oi oi! Explanation Again, one of Conan's catch phrases, this one for [[Deadpan Snarker deadpan snarking.
Tekkaman will deactivate that giant robot with his SPACE LANCE! Maybe the SPACE LAN- Oh, it slipped! I've got to get this GIANT ARM off me! IT'S SO HEAVY! Explanation The Tekkaman dub has Tekkaman yell out "SPACE LANCE! every fricken' time he uses it . He also states the obviousconstantly.
More known in Japan, but the final shot in Ashita no Joe where Joe slumps over in the ring in his corner, dead after his final match has become one of the most well known and well remembered images in Japanese pop culture history.
Dr Slump: N'cha! Explanation Arale's unique way of greeting someone; she had picked it up from her "father" Senbei Norimaki
Hoyoyoyo/Ayayaya Explanation Arale says one of these whenever she's surprised. She often says the latter if she's really surprised.
KIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNN Explanation Japanese onomatopoeia for an airplane flying by. Whenever Arale runs to school or wherever she needs to go, she often imitates an airplane.
Arale's glasses have also become memetic to the point where "Arare Megane" refers to any pair of round glasses similar to the ones Arale wears.
pupipupipupipupi Explanation "Gajira/Gadzilla", AKA: Gatchan, makes these noises because he/she/it can't actually talk.
Rumiko's Reply: "I don't think about such things, and neither should you!"Explanation Rumiko Takahashi famously gave this response to being asked whether or not Ranma could get pregnant. Now anytime a question regarding Gender Benders and pregnancy comes up, this is usually the immediate reply.
FOOLS! Explanation Catch phrase of the annoying weapon spirit Excalibur, translated from the Japanese "BAKAME!"
MY LEGEND BEGAN IN THE TWELFTH CENTURY!Explanation The other catch phrase of Excalibur.
(ﺧ益ﺨ)Explanation The I-have-met-Excalibur face, that all characters, even The Faceless, get afflicted with after having had a close encounter with you-know-who.
ATATATATATATATATATATATATATATA!!!Explanation Kenshiro's cries as he performs his signature Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken. If any film, anime or series features at one moment somebody pulling out some similar attack, expect to find videos slapping this over the actual soundtrack within hours.
VIVA MUFFLER! Explanation A line in Engrish that Kanba shouts in episode 10- while this sprang up after that episode's premiere, it became even more useful after Himari began knitting scarves for Double H and episode 20's flashbacks.
FABULOUS MAX! Explanation Yuri Tokikago's own catch phrase.
As of episode 16, doing the same with a certain shot◊ that shows the return of the Princess of the Crystal is starting to go that way too.
Shouma is mai waifu. Explanation Shouma has become, er, very well-known among males in 4chan, and his Yamato Nadeshiko traits have made him one of the VERY rare males that 4channers would consider as "waifu" material.
Lol wut? u mad? Explanation A certain fansub's, er, rather "special" translation of one of Sanetoshi's lines (in which he used very outdated slang) in episode 13.
Everyone is getting NTR'd. Explanation After Kanba noticed Sanetoshi and Himari's growing closeness in episode 16 and showed jealousy about it, people immediately jumped onto the parallels with the Netorare genre, in which a male steals somebody else's girlfriend from under the other guy's nose specifically to invoke jealousy in the cheated-on guy (and the audience). The meme started solely focusing on Kanba as the "victim", but as the series went on, the growing Love Dodecahedron made the term relevant to basically every single character, to the point that it has become somewhat of a 4chan tradition to type at least one variation of the "NTR SHIT" phrase in a Penguindrum-related thread.
HEY MR. PRESIDENT, WATCH OUT!Explanation Many of Masako's scenes in episode 16, especially her dream sequence, contain a bodyguard of her grandfather's who speaks completely in hilarious Engrish. It's actually surprisingly well-done, as he's voiced by a professional English-Japanese translator.
Himari no tame ni! Explanation It means "For Himari's sake", and Kanba and Shoma say it on a regular basis.
Shibireru darou? Explanation Sanetoshi's own Catch Phrase, which means "Isn't it electrifying?".
Mario will never be relevant. Explanation The longer the series has gone on, the more obvious it's become that Masako's younger brother Mario was never nearly as important as he was made out to be. The fandom has quite a few jokes about it.
Blood-C, BEST COMEDY OF THE YEAR, MAN! Explanation According to some people, the series had WAY too much Narm.
"Protection." Gonna get "protected." Explanation Everyone who Saya says she's going to protect dies.
Baccano!: THANK YOU, FUCK YOU, THE STAR IS HERE!Explanation Ladd Russo's epic moment of Incoming Ham.
"WATASHI WA SHINAN- SHINAN ZO!" "FARUKON PAUNCH!" Explanation Black Shadow's final stand against Captain Falcon in F Zero GP Legend.
The creepy face◊ Yuno makes at the end of the first episode of Mirai Nikki. It's gotten to the point where it's gotten its own tags on Pixiv (恍惚のヤンデレポーズ, lit. "yandere pose of ecstasy") and Danbooru (yandere_trance).
GONNA PROTECT THE SHIT OUT OF YOU Explanation The screenshot made into an image macro.
ItsumoHitori... Explanation Angel Beats! is very notable for abusing its ending song, Brave Song. Get whacked with a giant hammer? Play the ending theme. Use a rocket chair to smash a victim multiple times? Play the ending theme.
GOTTA GO FAST!Explanation The name of the American opening song of Sonic X, which is quite an Ear Worm. It also refers to a silly picture of a Waddling Head Sonic. This fits nicely with the Dumb Running Sonic meme.
Make yourself tallerExplanation Euphemism for suicide by hanging. Named after Kafuka's bizarre explanation that Nozomu was not trying to kill himself, but merely trying to increase his height.
I'm in despair!X has left me in despair! Explanation Nozoumu's snowclone-able rant about the GIFT phenomenon.
No6 due to the amount of Ho Yay between Sion and Nezumi has fans saying sarcastically "THIS ANIME IS VERY HETEROSEXUAL."
Sion's sperm is all for Nezumi. Explanation In the first episode, Safu propositions Sion by saying she "Wants his sperm." The fandom has taken this and run with it in regards to the aforementioned Ho Yay between Sion and Nezumi.
Guilty Crown: Dropped every week. Explanation It's fandom complains bitterly about every episode, and states that they'll drop it; and yet the same people are there the next week complaining again and saying they'll drop it. This has been going on for over 18 episodes now.
Actually, this is a recurrent meme on 4chan. Whenever there are livestreams of any series on /a/, there'll likely be at least one 4channer saying "DROPPING" and stuff like that.
But this is the only show for which "dropped every week" has become a meme.
"CHRISTINA"Explanation Kurisu is often called "Christina" by Okabe due to the fact she lives in America.
"Dr Pepper"Explanation The characters are often seen drinking actual bottles of Dr Pepper in the show. The drink is described as being "an intellectual drink for the chosen ones" Fans of the show will often reference Dr. Pepper or Stein's Gate when either is mentioned
Fairy Tail: It's all Sting's fault! Explanation One chapter begins with two characters noting that Sting's guild has moved down in the rankings in a competition due to Sting's poor performance earlier, and one of the two cheerfully declares "It's all Sting's fault." Since Sting is a bit cocky he wasn't too popular anyway, and fans started messing with previous pages to add the line to the end of negative events, or just blame him for whatever in forum posts.
______ is actually Jellal! Explanation On two separate occasions, a character is revealed to actually be Jellal (though the second time was his otherworld counterpart). Fandom took this to mean that every character who covers their face or has a mysterious past/objective is actually Jellal in disguise.
SPOOKY BOOGIE/SUPUUKI BUUGI Explanation The username of a popular-in-universe Internet advisor who becomes an early victim of the series' Big Bad; of course, her name and its Japanese pronunciation is a major source of Narm to English-speaking fans.
'CAUSE I FEEEEEEEL Explanation From the chorus of the show's second OP song, which is sung entirely in English.
COMEDY!Explanation The anime was marketed as aRomantic Comedy. Viewers were first whamed by the Downer Beginning, and after that, the manga spoilers that started to circulate. Rom Com elements still exist in this series, but it's just half what this story was about.
MOTHER OF THE YEARExplanation The Downer Beginning started it, but some translated manga has cemented her status. A similar meme exists for the father and even Hiyori Moritani, Manabe's childhood friend. A Sincerity Mode version also exists for Manabe, mainly due to the fact he's one of the rare decisive anime boyfriends in the past few years.
The ride never ends!Explanation (Spoilers warning!) Some people might be fooled into thinking that after the Downer Beginning or even episode 2, the anime becomes a pure Rom Com. Simply put, it never does. The line itself is taken from a RollerCoaster Tycoon meme (Mr. Bones Wild Ride).
Kotoura-san has 12 seasons.Explanation A mainly Chinese meme. Because of the Cerebus Rollercoaster / Mood Whiplash nature of this work, viewers find what they had every episode can be as much as a whole season in other shows; so they often call "episode X" as "season X".
"What if 4Kids got ___?" Explanation As with Higurashi's "Casey and Friends" above, fans occasionally make exaggerated guesses as to how the...controversial licensor would water down, sanitize and Americanize various animes, even after the company went out of business in 2011. Bonus points if it's a violent, family-unfriendly series like Higurashi.
Rikka can't danceExplanation During the ending Dancing Theme, the camera focuses on Rikka/Cure Diamond during a rather goofy part of the choreography. Many people erroneously take that as a sign that she just can't dance, despite the fact that when the camera focuses on Alice/Cure Rosetta, it isn't much better.
"This too is sensha-do" Explanation Maho says this when Erika protests her decision to loan Mako their helicopter so she can get to her grandmother in the hospital. She ends up repeating this line in many fan works, especially versions of the scene in which she acts more affectionately to Miho than she does in canon.
SETSUMEI SHIYOU!"Allow me to explain" A number of shows made by Tatsunoko use this phrase when their about to explain a part of a show that the viewers might not understand right away; usually said by the narrator. It gets used constantly in "Kyatto Ninden Teyandee" to the point of practically being a catchphrase.
Plan CExplanation In Episode 5 of the anime, Sorata and Mashiro talk about how not to let Nanami misunderstand their relationship after the latter agrees to move into Sakura Hall. Sorata's plan it to bribe Mashiro withbaumkuchen with a promise that she would take care of herself. Jin suggests they tell Nanami they're dating, which Sorata immediately rejects. Mashiro then innocently invokes Murder the Hypotenuse by stating that she should kill Nanami to keep their secret safe, which he also immediately dismisses. Sorata decides to try his idea, which he calls Plan A, calls Jin's idea Plan B, and Mashiro's Plan C. The entire "Plan C" thing has became such a Running Gag in the anime that it became a byword for killing in some circles.