Even if you don't see them on TV very often, some moments and phrases will be popular enough to remain in the heads of the most die-hard watchers. There are so many related to game shows that they get their own page, so please don't add them here.
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The name of the television show.
The meme. [[labelnote:Explanation]]The explanation behind the meme, if necessary.[[/labelnote]] Explanation Like this.
The video showing Zinedine Zidane's headbutt of Marco Materazzi is played with in a number of ways, often with Zidane replaced with Mario. Watch the compilation here. One memorable one involves the act done as a Final Fantasy attack sequence, complete with a floating number representing Materazzi losing hit points.
Charlie Murphy's "C: True Hollywood Stories" sketches from the second season spawned a cottage industry of memetic catch phrases ("I'm Rick James, bitch!", "Cocaine's a helluva drug", etc.) They're also widely considered to be the funniest skits in the series.
What did the five fingers say to the face?
Ahem. "Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a bitch?"
Roll 2:12! explanation Originates from the Jim Cramer interview, where Jon had videos prepared of statements Cramer had made on his show, which contradicted parts of his explanation. Became a Running Gag for a while for Jon to shout it before playing a video clip of someone saying something in the past that conflicted with their more recent statements.
The famous line "Beam Me Up, Scotty!" is never said in any of Star Trek canon but quickly became associated with the show.* The closest the franchise ever came to saying the line, was once in the animated series where Kirk says "Beam us up, Scotty" in one episode, and then again in Star Trek IV when in one scene, he says "Scotty, beam me up".
And this meme comes with extra mutation, since Scotty, the chief engineer, didn't do a heck of a lot of beaming people up. You'd think "beamer upper guy" was his job in life, but as an engineer, he was usually down in engineering making sure nothing exploded when readings were off the scale. The mystery isn't why people forget where in the sentence his name appeared, but the fact that they remember it above and beyond his actual job and the guy whose job it actually was to be the beamer-upper guy. (Lt. Kyle, who didn't even merit a first name.)
"I am [character name] of Borg." Followed by some character-appropriate variation on the phrase "You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile." The identification of the Borg with Microsoft was a common Web meme in the mid-1990s.
"I am Pentium of Borg. Accuracy is irrelevant. You will be approximated."
This is a Borg. This is drugs. This is a Borg on drugs: "Resilience is floor tile. Wanna be simulated?"
"I am Homer of Borg. Resistance is futile. Prepare to be ... oooh, doughnuts."
The Picard Song: "Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise..."
"Mr. Worf? Fire." TO BE CONTINUED...
I canna do it Cap'n! I doon't have the power!
I CANNAE BREAK THE LAWS OF PHYSICS!
(Snaps fingers.)"WOOSH!"explanation Q's main action for warping reality was to nonchalantly snap his fingers, often accompanied by a flash of white light and a trademark "woosh" sound.
"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid." explanation Q's speech towards Picard at the end of "Q Who"
Q got bored and decided to go troll ponies! explanation John de Lancie plays both Q and Discord in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, causing fans of the latter series (and often fans of both shows) to make jokes about Discord and Q being one and the same.
"We're the good guys." "Well, how about that?" [[labelnote:explanation]]Lines frequently uttered by the Others.
See you in another life, brother. explanation Desmond's Catch Phrase, occasionally repeated by other characters.
One popular meme on GameFAQs is to intentionally confuse all the Asian characters on the show for one another.
"We have to go back, Kate!" explanation A famous line from the Meta Twist final scene of the season three finale.
A popular one on IMDb around Season 4 was, "With Cane canceled, Nestor Carbonell should be free for LOST." explanation Nestor Carbonell plays the popular character Richard Alpert, who was largely absent during most of season four because he was working on the show Cane. After Cane was canceled, he was able to make more appearances, eventually becoming a regular cast member by season six.
Is Mr. Eko gonna have to hit you with his Jesus Stick? explanation Badass Preacher Mr. Eko carries around for a weapon a stick with Bible verses carved in it. On the show, Charlie nicknamed it the "Jesus Stick", a name that the fans embraced.
Richard is ~stealing your innocence~! explanation Fans took the Unfortunate Implications of Richard saying that young Ben's innocence will be lost and ran with it, making Richard into a borderline Memetic Molester.
"You can't come with us, Kate!" explanation Kate frequently wants to come along whenever Jack and/or Sawyer is doing something.
Hurley throwing the Hot Pocket at Ben: "Hello Hugo. HYAHH!" *throws hot pocket at Ben*
"Could this quote be any more memetic?" explanation A speech pattern that many of the characters mock Chandler for, despite the fact that they use it to mock him more than he uses it himself.
Paper! Snow! A Ghost! explanation Joey took part in a game show as a celebrity and he was not doing very well. This was his answer to almost every question.
WE WERE ON A BREEEEAAAAAKKK!!explanation Ross's frequent insistence that he was not in the wrong for sleeping with the girl at the copy place because he and Rachel were on a break.
Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat... explanation Phoebe fancies herself a musician but opinions on her abilities differ in-universe. "Smelly Cat" is her biggest hit which was even used in a commercial and it was also released as single, but Phoebe's singing was replaced.
Laminated list, also known as freebie list. explanation A list of your top 5 people, usually famous celebrities with whom you can have sex if you have a chance to score, regardless whether you are in a relationship or not, and your significant other must comply. It was first mentioned by Chandler when he dated Janice, and Ross spent the entire episode trying to figure out the very best selection of ladies possible, and when he was finished, he had his list printed and laminated.
Now this is a story all about how/My life got flipped, turned upside down/And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there/I'll tell you how I become the prince of a town called Bel-Air. explanation The opening theme song of the series, became an endemic Interrupting Meme in many parts of the internet.
"It's never lupus." "... Until that time!" explanation It became a Running Gag that the team would keep suspecting the patient had lupus only to be proven wrong, to the point were House used a hollowed lupus textbook for storage. The joke died swiftly after there was a patient who actually had lupus.
Tritter and his tendency for rape.explanation Tritter was unbelievably creepy in all of his appearances, and the fandom immediately leaped to "serial rapist".
Be not afraid. (For the nymphs have taught Wilson how to please a woman.) explanation In a spectacular Crowning Moment of Funny, House discovers that Wilson was once in a pornographic film and said this line. Cue every person in the hospital saying this to Wilson in one form or another.
Another life saved by girl-on-girl action. explanation One of House's many quips, referring to how he wouldn't have managed to diagnose the patient if Thirteen hadn't kissed her.
"Legen-wait for it and I hope you're not lactose intolerant because the second half of that word is-DAIRY!" explanation Barney's Running Gag of calling things "Legendary" and having Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!.
Haaaaave you met Ted? explanation Barney's introduction of Ted to random women, including the one who kicks off the whole show, Robin.
LAWYERED! explanation Marshall's exclamation upon kicking legal ass.
The Bro Code.
Suit up! explanation Barney's rallying cry to his friends. Because suits are awesome.
But, um... isn't it pronounced encyclopaedia? explanation Robin has a habit of saying but um and it was turned into a drinking game by viewers of her show. Ted also has trouble pronouncing encyclopedia.
NOBODY ASKED YOU, PATRICE!! explanation A jealous Robin screams this at a coworker who sighs that Barney's Grand Romantic Gesture towards Nora is "so dreamy."
I LOVE EVERYONE IN THIS BAR! explanation Ted shouts this to an appreciative crowd in Mc Laren's Bar while drunkenly performing for them. A common reaction gif, the proper response is "We love you too, Drunk!Ted!"
The song Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit.
I'm gonna stop you right there... It's suits. Come on, Lily, get your head outta your ass.
And the number one threat to America? BEARS! explanation The Threat Down segment lists the current "threats to America", with bears originally always number one (Colbert, either actually or as part of his persona, has a massive fear of bears).
You know it's gone too far when the Studio Audienceinterrupts the host with it. "I'll do the lines, thank you!"
Great X? Or the greatest X? explanation A common question Colbert asks his guests, parodying the questions a lot of "real" news pundits ask.
I'll just put you down for great.
The character of Stephen Colbert can be best described as a joke that everyone in America is in on.
Speaking as a citizen of America's friendly neighbour to the north, everyone in Canada is in on it too. Possibly everyone in the world.
All people who have ever viewed TV Tropes, and Senator Jon Kyl have had sexual relations with some form of poultry. #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement. * After Jon Kyl said that 90% of what the Planned Parenthood organization did was funding abortion, he was called out on the fact that the actual figure is more like 10%. He responded that it wasn't intended to be a factual statement. Colbert responded by suggesting that people Tweet misdeeds Jon Kyl has committed, with the above Twitter hashtag.
"But which is better? There's only one way to find out..."
The otherwise VERY serious BBC 4 archaeology/history series Time Watch has used this meme. A scholarly argument between two university professors as to the dating, structure and purpose of a Roman coliseum in the North of England was briefly described. the narrator said that the argument was so entrenched that it was hard to see which point of view was better. There was indeed only one way to find out... cue the two professors striding purposely at each other from opposite ends of the arena floor. note Who then shook hands and debated the question perfectly amicably.
"He's put my stapler in jelly again!" explanation Tim put Gareth's stapler in a jelly mould as a prank
"I'm the Assistant Regional Manager-" "Assistant TO the Regional Manager." explanation Gareth/Dwight think the former is his title, when it's actually the latter, though it's technically meaningless either way
"I got some/free love on the Free Love Freeway..." explanation David Brent's 'spontaneous' acoustic guitar performance at what's meant to be a seminar
"I think there's been a rape up there!" explanation At the same seminar, David Brent is doing a role play as a hotel guest complaining about noise upstairs, while the seminar leader plays a concierge ignoring his complaints; David blurts this out to 'get his attention', stunning the conference room into silence
A picture of Chris Hansen and/or "I'm Chris Hansen with Dateline NBC"/"Why don't you take a seat over there?" is a frequent response to things related to Lolicon or Hannah Montana. (And in the wake of the 2008 Beijing Olympics... gymnasts.)
During the course of a typical interview, Hansen will read "explicit" lines such as "that's terribly sexy" or "I like rape" from the transcripts of chats between the alleged predators and non-underage decoys. These quotes are often remixed as pick-up lines, used for trollingpurposes, or combined with other memetic material.
He's got a head like a fuckin' orange. explanation Karl Pilkington's head is rather round in shape causing Ricky Gervais to jokingly compare it to an orange.
Documentaries are rarely the source for Memetic Mutation, but it happened to the Discovery Channel miniseries Miracle Planet. The first episode showed what early life (circa 4 billion years ago) had to go through, including strikes by asteroids up to (and including) 500 kilometers in diameter. The episode did a computer animation showing the effects of an impact by such a huge asteroid upon the Earth. To give it a proper sense of scale, the target was modern-day Earth. See the results here. It ends with Earth a barren wasteland, with its oceans evaporated, all surface life vaporized, and the only survivors being bacteria living deep underground. The sheer violence of the scenes led to it basically becoming Stock Footage on YouTube, in order to show (sometimes in an overblown/comedic fashion) the destructive force of, say, a collision between two Falcon Punches.
Much like Monty Python, this German comedian created a huge amount of Memetic Mutations in Germany with his show in the 70's. There are dozens, if not hundreds, completely inconspicuous sentences or just words that can still get half the people in the room to crack up.
John Munch would like you to know that your ideas intrigue him, and he would like to subscribe to your newsletter. Though technically he was quoting The Simpsons. (Ironically, due to John Munch himself, SVU arguably occurs in the same canon as The Simpsons.)
Don't forget: "Are you ready for me, Daddy?" explanation Elliot is undercover as a thug and Olivia's about to be caught in his apartment. She strips down to bra and panties and poses as a prostitute. Cue worldwide race to bunks everywhere.
Gangsta Griss! explanation At one point in "Jackpot", Grissom turns his CSI ballcap backwards to allow him to lean in closer to something. It made him look like a gangsta.
Everyone just shot Justin Bieber! explanation A scene in one of the episodes of CSI featuring the (in)famous teen pop star has invoked a lot of youtube short videos involving different characters of various media shooting at him.
(Mrs. Doyle: And what do you say to a loverly cup [of tea]?) FECK OFF, CUP!
I'm soooo, soooo sorry.
HAIRY JAPANESE BASTARDS!
Are those my feet?
Nudie Father Jack!
I LOVE MY BRICK!
ARRGGHH! FECK IT! FED UP WITH BRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!
Quite long for Meme but deserves a mention as it's the longest and most coherent line Father Jack has: "They lie in wait like wolves. The smell of blood in their nostrils. Waiting. Interminably waiting. And then..."
Fupp off, you fupping grasshole!
"My lovely horse running through the ... fiiiiiield. Where are you going with your fetlocks blowing in the ... wiiiind?"
"That would be an ecumenical matter!"
"These cows... are small. And THESE cows are far away."
You address me by my proper title, you little bollocks!"
I've no willy.
Who smells of wee? ... It's this one. This one smells of wee.
"FIGHT THE FAIRIES!" explanation A particularly amusing quote from Dean, from "Clap Your Hands if You Believe". Went memetic courtesy of Twitter, prompting some alarm from some members of the gay community, who didn't realize it was about actual fairies.
"Yesterday was Tuesday, right? But today is Tuesday too!" explanation An animated gif of Sam from the "Groundhog Day" Loop Episode "Mystery Spot". On Tumblr, the first rule of the Supernatural fandom is that you reblog said gif every Tuesday.
Sam is a moose. And a cockblock. explanation The first comes from a nickname Crowley gives him; the latter comes from his tendency to intrude on emotional moments between Dean and Cas.
The opening scene from the first episode of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, wherein every single Sentai team stages an epic battle, has made the rounds as one of the most epic things in recent television. (It has a similar reputation to the "Rider Orchestra" scene from Kamen Rider Decade). As someone on College Humor wrote, "I want to go back in time and high-five my twelve-year-old self."
Big One, featuring the J.A.K.Q. Dengekitaiexplanation Big One is a very notable Spotlight Stealing Squad and turns everyone else into supporting characters
Big One, featuring every other Sentai hero in existence. explanation Indeed, Big One has showed up leading other heroes in both Gaoranger and Gokaiger. Sure, he was a co-leader in the latter, but Big One is one of the most successful Spotlight Stealing Squads of all time.
NOSSAN! explanation Thanks to Nobuharu Udo of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, this has become a popular response to bad puns among fans.
This is a local meme, for local people! There's nothing for you here!
Within universe, it is strongly implied that "EXCOOD BEE, HAD ADYBAHDY GOTTA BATLOV ONGE DOOCE?" becomes an advertising meme.
According to IMDB (and sounding closer to the sounds heard by this troper), the quote is "Eskeewd beef! Have anybody got any bokkle oran doove?"- which is fitting because the character's name is Pamela Doove. Still, very definitely a meme in-universe.
This trope page has been brought to you by the letters "M" and "E", and by the number "2". explanation Each episode would end with a parody of advertisement, each episode "brought to you" by numbers and letters instead of a company.
One! Two! Two Sesame Street references! Ah ah ah! explanation Count von Count's counting method is a wide-spread meme, applied to many things.
OMNOMNOMNOM explanation The noise Cookie Monster makes when eating cookies. More recently became the defacto onomatopoeia for vigorous eating.
How DO you get to Sesame Street? explanation The opening theme asks "can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?", and nobody ever provides an explanation, leading many to ask this question.
"Don't you ever think about anything besides boys and clothes?" "Saving the world from vampires?" explanation Buffy's reaction to her mother questioning her priorities, before she knew about her daughter's status as The Chosen One.
"Dawn's in trouble, must be Tuesday." explanation A reference to both Dawn being a peril magnet and the formula of the series itself, Buffy airing on Tuesdays for a while.
"Love makes you do the wacky." explanation Willow's cheery outlook on why relationships cause problems.
"I hope it's a funny aneurysm." explanation Buffy thinks her mother will have a freakout when she sees how much her college textbooks cost. Becomes the Trope Namer for "Funny Aneurysm" Moment when Joyce dies from a brain aneurysm a year later.
"I'm sick of being everybody's Butt Monkey!" explanation Xander's reaction in the first episode of season 5 when he is mind controlled by Dracula. Not a Trope Namer, but close.]]
"Bored now." [[labelnote:explanation]]Said several times by Vamp Willow before she does some murdering. Used much later in a horrifying Ironic Echo when Dark Willow flays Warren alive.
"Ben is Glory." explanation Spike repeatedly attempts to explain this to the rest of the Scoobies, who are influenced by a spell that forgets what they saw if they see Ben turning into Glory or vice versa.
So, wait... You're saying that, somehow, Ben has something to do... With Glory?
"Resolve face." explanation Willow assures Buffy that she can perform a spell despite her injuries, visually demonstrating her resolve.
"Uh, guys, oxygen becoming an issue." explanation Standard reaction of the Scoobies to being hugged or glomped too tightly.
"And I think I'm kinda gay..." explanation Willow's reaction to Vamp Willow. Used much later as an Ironic Echo in "Tabula Rasa".
"My name's Angel. I was born 244 years ago in Ireland. Small town, good family. Twenty seven years into an unremarkable life, I met a woman. She told me she could show me a world I'd never seen... She wasn't kidding."explanation Angel's summary of how he became a vampire.
Angel Investigations. We Help the Helpless. explanation The slogan of Angel Investigations, and in some ways the series as well.
I'm brooding! explanation Angel's tendency for brooding is constantly mocked.
... do the astronauts have weapons? explanation Spike and Angel having an argument (that soon spreads around the entire office) about whether cavemen could defeat astronauts.
Numfar! Do the dance of joy! explanation Whedon's cameo in one episode, consisting of him dancing.
OH MANDY!explanation Angel is a terrible, terrible singer.
Can I say something about destiny? Screw Destiny! If this evil thing comes we'll fight it, and we'll keep fighting it until we whoop it. 'Cause destiny is just another word for inevitable and nothing's inevitable as long as you stand up, look it in the eye, and say "You're evitable!" explanation Fred's reaction to destiny.
I am not a eunuch! explanation Angel's aggrieved reaction to being called a eunuch.
No, but seriously, you've all been a great audience...for me to poop on!
Brazil has its native version of Star Wars's "It's a Trap" thank to this TV drama series about two trucker guys, Pedro and Bino, who bump into adventures all over Brazil. Pedro shouting "Ã cilada, Bino!" (It's a trap, Bino!) happened enough times in the series so it is now uttered whenever one wants to talk about anything that has dubious merits.
Jessica Fletcher committed all those murders herself. explanation It is a widely known and accepted Epileptic Tree that Fletcher is actually the world's most prolific serial killer, framing other people for each murder.
Near the bottom of this page you will uncover The SHRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE of the Silver Monkey.
"THE HEAD IS BACKWARDS!" explanation A common youtube comment found on videos regarding the aforementioned Silver Monkey. The gag originated in the video Rainbow Dash Presents Captain Hook The Bike Gorilla in which one scene parodies the puzzle's notorious difficulty by having Scootaloo and Applebloom being unable to figure out the puzzle and two Thrackerzods expasperatedly telling them how to solve it.
The choices are yours and yours alone! explanation What Olmec would tell the contestants before the temple run even though locked doors limited options.
Indeed. explanation Teal'C says this on many occasions. Used as shorthand to demonstrate his status as The Stoic.
With magnets!explanation O'Neill never understands any of the Technobabble, content to think that everything works with magnets.
Mektel shree lotak! Meta...Setak...Oz! explanation Daniel is told to get on the radio and stall the Goa'ould threatening them. This is his response when he's asked to identify himself; it translates to "I am the Great and Powerful Oz.
"Are you a Russian spy?" "Niet!" explanation While in the past (during the Cold War), the team is suspected of being spies. The interrogator asks Daniel Jackson, in Russian, if he is a Russian spy. Daniel, being fluent in Russian, replies with "Niet!"
Jaffa! Kree! explanation A command used by every Goa'uld ever, with meanings ranging from "look" to "pay attention" to "be ready". Summed up by O'Niell as "yoo-hoo".
Since Kamen Rider #1, it's a tradition for every Kamen Rider to have a Rider Kick. That meme went as far as to spread into various games.
Castlevania has the diving kick, Smash Bros has Falcon Kick, we could go on a HUGE list here, guys.
Narutaki's infamous catchphrase from Kamen Rider Decade: ONORE, DICKEIDO!!◊explanation "Curse you, Decade!" Narutaki is a character who believed Decade was going to cause the apocalypse he was trying to prevent, but we never learn more about him or get more out of him than appearing Once an Episode to gripe that "this is also all Decade's fault!" The particular phrase "Curse you, Decade!" became a thing due to the DVD short where the characters were in a game show about past Rider trivia. Narutaki could hardly play because every third thing someone said reminded him of Decade, starting another rant that inevitably ended with ONORE... DICKEIIIIIIIIIIIDOOOOOO!!! Which is something of an exaggeration of the katakana transliteration of the English word "Decade." But the way he says it, it's definitely "Dickeido" and not Decade. Yes, he finally did get to say it in a real episode, during the finale movie in fact.
IKA DE BEER! explanation Translated, it makes no sense. But in romaji, without spacing, it becomes Ika Debiru, which translates into Squid Devil or, more accurately to the series, Ika Devil. Now think about Doctor Shinigami.
"I AM AMAZON!"explanation An attempt by Saban to localize Kamen Rider Black yielded a role call scene of the past Riders that resulted in almost every Rider present swapping names. Skyrider, in terms of the meme itself, was given the name of Amazon.
Poor Shin, last on the meme list...explanation It's popular to lament how little respect or notice that Shin has gotten since his movie, not getting a continuation to the original story or much role in crossovers.
"Do you think this is hard? Try doing memes. THAT'S hard!" (And that's how Sue C's it!) explanation Sue Sylvester lives in the realm of Refuge in Audacity, and signs off her television show with the latter phrase.
From the top! explanation Will Schuester's favorite phrase.
Eyes on your own paper. explanation Will Schuester's other favorite phrase.
The University of Los Angeles. That's in Los Angeles. explanation Jesse St. James is informing everyone where he intends upon attending college.
Think of the mailman! explanation How Finn attempts to stave off premature ejaculation.
That fucking COCKBLOCK PIANO!explanation When Kurt and Blaine kiss in "Original Song," it lasts for a very passionate ten seconds. After they stop to breathe, they practically jump each other for a second kiss — and the scene cuts almost immediately to a keyboard being played as a segue into Mercedes' song "Hell to the No".
On that note, it seems to have become a thing to post a video of yourself totally geeking out over the kiss on youtube.
Now you can add a variant on it for A.N.T. Farm: That fucking COCKBLOCK BOOMERANG! explanation Chyna was about to confess that she liked Fletcher in "endurANTs", then the boomerang hit her head and collapsed. Fletcher badly wants to know what she was about to say.
Someone on Tumblr suggested the idea that Rory and Sugar are time-traveling future children of current show couples (Klaine and Brittana, respectively). With that suggestion was born an entire Fandom Specific Plot about new characters being time traveling children. It's practically a genre at this point.
"Why is the T-Rex eating the Jew?" explanation In universe internet reaction to Finn and Rachel's kiss at Nationals.
NO ME GUSTA explanation A spanish sentence Santana used, it means 'I don't like it'.
Blee explanation used by the non-fans of Blaine, and of Glee (the two are not mutually exclusive) to bemoan the fact that said character has basically taken over the show.
"Why are wearing a tux?!" "It's after 6, what am I, a farmer?" explanation Liz has been under the impression she had to come up with jokes for a function Jack's going to tonight; turns out it's months from now, this is just how he dresses for dinner
"You want to tempt the wrath of the whatever from high atop the thing???" explanation Sam questions Toby about having written two drafts of an election speech - one if Bartlet wins, the other if he loses — and claims they're obviously going to win. Toby goes white, tells him not to tempt fate, and to go outside and turn and spit so he can remove the curse.
What's next? explanation Barlet's Catch Phrase, showing he's ready to move on and get work done. Gets many heartwarming Call Backs.
Some tropers have had woot canaw. explanation CJ has a root canal done. Josh tortures her by asking her what she had done again and again, just because he wants to hear her say "woot canaw".
GERALD! explanation Lord John Marbury can't remember — or just doesn't want to remember — Leo's name. He bellows for "Gerald" instead.
MRS LANDINGHAM! explanation Leo, Josh, and Bartlet's respective bellows for their assistants.
Andrew Jackson, in the foyer of the White House, kept a 2-ton block of cheese... explanation Every year, Leo pays tribute to Jackson on "Big Block of Cheese Day", where he gives this speech and invites people to the White House who normally would not have their voices heard. Leo takes BBOCD very seriously, so don't call it "Total Crackpot Day".]]
Crime, boy I don't know. [[labelnote:explanation]]Governor Richie says this after hearing about the convenience store shooting of a secret service agent, inadvertently exemplifying in one fell sentence everything wrong with American politicians that the Bartlet White House is fighting against.
I drink from the keg of glory. Bring me the finest muffins and bagels in all the land. explanation What Josh exclaims to his assistant Donna after a professional victory.
The truth is out there. explanation Repeatedly said by Mulder, and it was even on one of the posters in his office. It was also the main message appearing at the end of the opening credits. Represents the constant search by many characters for what exactly is going on.
Trust no one. explanation The season 1 finale changed the phrase in the opening credits for the first time from 'The truth is out there' to 'Trust no one', and Mulder's first Mysterious Informant Deep Throat told him the phrase as his dying words. It kept resurfacing from time to time.
I'd do it all again... except for the Flukeman. explanation Scully confesses to Mulder she wouldn't change a thing about their partnership, except for that six-foot hybrid flukeworm monster they chased around the sewers. That was too weird, even for them.
... bleeping dead alien. explanation In "Jose Chung's From Outer Space", one of the detectives curses like a sailor, which they can't show in the Rashomon-style episode. So he apparently says "bleep" a lot. Both Mulder and Scully quote the detective in phrases ending with "bleeping dead alien".
The theme song. Wah-wah-wah-wah-WAH-wah (Deedledeedledeedle) Wah-wah-wah-wah-WAH-wah (Deedledeedee) WAH-wah-wah-wah-WAH.explanation Humming, playing or whistling the melody indicates that something paranormal or at least something very weird is going on.
Did Emma get gonorrhea, spelled 60 different ways, none of them right?
I'm going to be an actress. Academy Award-winning. And you can sell these for a million dollars 'cause I am going to be FAMOUS!!!!
Boycott the Caf!
Last name Walking, first name Never! explanation in reference to Jimmy running from Rick, who then shoots him. parody of the line from Jimmy's actor Aubrey "Drake" Graham's song Forever
You told me... TO PLAY BASKETBALL!!!
"Hey, I'm Cramer. Welcome to Mad Money. Welcome to Cramerica. Other people want to make friends ... I just want to make you some money. Because my job is not just to entertain you, but to educate you. So call me at 1-800-743-CNBC."
"ARE YOU READY, SKEEDADDY?"
"Bulls make money, bears make money, hogs (sfx) get slaughtered!"
"Sudden Death! Booyah-free zone! There goes Swifty!"
Dear John letters. explanation A show about a man who comes home and finds a letter (in the title sequence no less) beginning Dear John, from his wife explaining that she's leaving him. Decades later, a Dear John letter is a letter telling someone they're dumped.
Hi, welcome to Whose Line Is It Anyway?, where everything's made up and the points don't matter. That's right, the points don't matter, just like the Troper Tales pages. Nobody reads them, they don't matter at all. Just a gag to hold the show together. I don't know, the show is British.
"Hund, Katze, Maus!" (dog, cat, mouse!) (The show was about one party drawing something on a board, and the other party having to guess it. Similar as in Pictionary.) Later became the name of another show about pets.
Steptoe and Son:
"You dirty old man!" explanation In the British sitcom Steptoe and Son (the basis for Sanford and Son), the son would often call his father this whenever the father said something the son really disagreed with.
"John, we're out of milk." explanation: The number of fanfictions mentioning milk (or rather, the lack of it), is astronomical. In universe? It's mentioned once. (Well, technically twice, if you count Sherlock'sforum.) Three times once you find John's private blog.
Also, "John, could you pass me a pen/my phone?" works as well.
Either of the two above followed by -SH. explanation It's become very popular within some areas of the fandom to roleplay as any combination of characters from the show on Omegle. The milk line is frequently used to start off the conversation, and the character speaking is tagged with their initials.
Mycroft is talking to you through Captcha./"Mycroft says..." explanation Since Mycroft is, in essence, Big Brother, controlling all of the CCTV in London and generally running the world, it was decided on the Kink Meme that Mycroft was manipulating the LJ Captcha, used to filter out spambots.
"Rupert Graves is good at football and has five children." explanation On the commentary for "The Great Game", Benedict Cumberbatch is asked to describe why he likes Rupert Graves (Lestrade). He answers with that quote, in one of the campiest of all Camp Gay voices.
"I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research." explanation Sherlock to Anderson, in response to being called a psychopath one too many times.
"Oh. God. Yes." explanation John's rather Ho Yay-ish response to Sherlock asking if he wants to see some more death and danger. Used rather often in anonymous responses to Kink Meme prompts.
I BELIEVE IN SHERLOCK/MORIARTY WAS REAL/SHERLOCK LIVES! explanation at the end of The Reichenbach Fall, Moriarity sets things up to make Sherlock seem to be a fraud in the media. Several Sherlock fans have now started a "campaign" stating they believe Sherlock's innocence.
"Fine. It's...all...fine..." explanation John is trying to learn whether Sherlock has a girlfriend or a boyfriend without sounding homophobic or...interested
Martin Freemanis a hedgehog.◊ explanation Some cheeky Tumblr user compared Martin Freeman to a hedgehog. The meme exploded, with pictures like "yawning Martin/yawning hedgehog" and "grumpy Martin/grumpy hedgehog" spreading like wildfire. The capstone on the whole thing was Freeman's partner Amanda Abbington's Tweet response to a twitter user who asked if Martin knew about the meme and how he reacted, to which Abbington responded, "He laughs, he cries, then he curls up in a prickly little ball and hibernates for the winter." It also later spawned "otters who look like◊ Benedict Cumberbatch".
Certain photos of Moriarty are happening now too, with two of his more expressive faces from The Great Game. The first is an angry face with some kind of violent action as the caption, ex. "I WILL BURN-" and the second is a chill expression with something like "-you a CD of my favourite songs." Known as Misleading Moriarty.
"Fuck you, I won a BAFTA." explanation Martin Freeman's snarky response to an interviewer teasing him about his character's lack of dialogue.
"Vamos, tesoro. ¡(Y) No te juntes con esta chusma!" ("Let's go, honey. Don't fool around with this riff-raff!") [[labelnote:explanation]] A recurring gag on the classic Mexican sitcom El Chavo del 8. Said by Doña Florinda whenever Quico is found with Don Ramón, who she has a considerable love-hate relationship with.
"Si, mami. ¡Chusma Chusma!"* PFFT!
Both are typically preceded by Doña Florinda (played by Florinda Meza) slapping Don Ramón (Ramón Valdés).
"¡Y la proxima vez, vaya a editarle los memes a su abuela!" (loosely, "And next time, go edit your grandma's memes!")
"¿Memes del internet? Tenía que ser el Chavo del Ocho." ("Internet memes? It had to be El Chavo del Ocho.")
Pipipipipipipipipi... explanation The characteristic sound El Chavo makes whenever he cries.
WAAAAAAAAAHHH! WAH! WAH! WAH! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!explanation This is how La Chilindrina cries.
To many Mexican viewers, "The Elephant Never Forgets" by Perry-Kingsley has also become memetic thanks to the show.
"Ron Damón" explanation A Spoonerism of "Don Ramón" that El Chavo is often prone to referring to him by.
"Don Rrrrrrrramón" explanation Doña Clotilde ("la bruja del 71") has an infatuation with Don Ramón, causing her to say his name with Trrrilling Rrrs.
"¡Satanas! ¿Donde estás Satanas?" ("Satanas! Where are you Satanas?") explanation A running gag in later episode in which Maiden Aunt Doña Clotilde is searching for one of her pets. With such a forboding name, it only serves to reinforce her perception as "La Bruja del 71".
"Yo tengo un meme, ¡y no te lo presto!" (loosely: "I have a meme, and I'm not gonna lend it to you!)
Community: "Troy and Abed in the moooooooooooooooooorning!" explanation a recurring end-titles joke where Troy and Abed host a fake morning show is introduced with one of the catchiest jingles ever.
"The question isn't where, Constable...it's when."explanation In the episode Biology 101, Abed becomes a fan of a show called Inspector Spacetime (an obvious parody of Doctor Who). Though it appeared for only half a minute, it inspired Community fans to construct an elaborate history for the fake show, even giving Spacetime its own tropes page.
"Streets ahead." If you have to ask, you're streets behind.
"Britta, you are the WORST." explanation Any time Britta Britta's something
"I'm gettin' ridda Britta/I'm gettin' ridda the 'B'" "She's a G.D.B.!" explanation Britta's ex-boyfriend Vaughn performs this song (with Pierce on the keyboard) to humiliate her after she showed Jeff a poem Vaughn wrote
"Pierce, Pierce, Pierce, Pierce you're a 'B'!" explanation Vaughn and Pierce had a falling out, this song is the result
HA! GAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! explanation Senor Chang's response to Jeff saying that the most important tool is respect is probably the best known quote from Community.
"Maldita lisiada!". Big Bad and Yandere Soraya shouts and threatens a girl in a wheelchair, Alicia, calling her a "maldita lisiada" or roughly "damned cripple/paralytic" and beats up her caretaker. Soraya has had a resurgence in popularity lately among Spanish-speakers for her ridiculous schemes, even by novela standards, and it's almost a must in Latin-American forums to post a gif or a video of that scene.
"Scaring the little giRL?! LADY!"explanation Bronson Pinchot's character, an impatient businessman, gets extremely upset that his flight to an "important business meeting" is going to be delayed to stop at a small airport. His yelling scares one of the young girls on the plane, but he doesn't care. (Note the extra emphasis on "little GIRL?!")
The Narn Bat Squadexplanation An early episode of B5 featured a Zima sign in the background, hung up by a member of the production crew as a joke. J. Michael Straczynski, after learning about it, joked that he wanted to bring the guy from the Zima commercials onto the show so that he could be beaten to death by a gang of angry Narn with baseball bats. Ever since then, the Narn Bat Squad beat netizens senseless as rightful punishment for Incredibly Lame Puns.]]
"Green." "Purple.'explanation A second season episode revealed that Drazi politics consist of everyone grabbing neckerchifs from a barrel (thus affiliating themselves via which color they had), and then beating the crap out of each other until one color or the other was left standing. Always fun for a pointless invokedFan Dumb argument du jour.
I CAN'T GET THE CAP OFF!explanation Cyberbullying victim Taylor tries to commit suicide through an overdose, but has trouble getting the childproof cap off. She's then put in a hospital, and placed on a suicide watch.
"This program is/was recorded on tape/filmed/(video)taped/produced before a (live) studio audience."explanation Beginning in the 1970s and largely phased out by the late-1980s/early-1990s, sitcoms that were made during this time would often announce this to the viewers to let them know that the shows weren't being done live—something that it itself had been phased out by the early 1970s — or to indicate that a Laugh Track wasn't being used. It usually happened just before or during the credits, but sometimes also happened at the beginning of an episode, whether it was the Cold Opening, or the beginning of the episode itself.
"I've made a huge mistake."explanation Used by GOB (initially) whenever one of his ideas... doesn't pan out.
"How much clearer can I be when I say that THERE'S ALWAYS MONEY IN THE BANANA STAND?!"explanation George Sr's reaction to his coded message about hidden cash being misunderstood and said cash being burned
"That was a freebie."explanation Maeby's response to random good fortune
"STEVE HOLT!"explanation Steve really loves saying his name, while raising his arms above his head — characters around him tend to pick up on this and follow suit
"Say goodbye to THESE, Michael!"explanation Kitty's standard exit move — shout this while exposing the enhanced breasts the Bluth Company paid for
X Is Peopleexplanation after a tweet by Bryan Fuller during the first episode.
I'm concerned about / someone help Will Graham. explanation standard response to Will's increasingly fragile mental status, especially when it comes from people who don't even watch the show or are also fictional characters
Not you Dr. Lecter, sit back down. explanation Caveat to the above, since Hannibal is largely responsible for it
THAT'S THE OPPOSITE OF HELPING WILL GRAHAM! explanation Standard response to the season one finale, in response to the original meme.
To squee or not to squee? SQUEE! explanation A popular quote from Willow.
Falls out of his/her chair in amazement. explanation One of Alfie's most popular quotes
You have five minutes precisely, tropers, and then I shall want to hear a pin drop. explanation Victor's famous catchphrase.
Moy Castle explanation Moy is the name for the pairing of Joy and Mick. Some fans searched it up and discovered there is a Moy Castle in England, leading to the idea of Mick and Joy being the rulers of Moy castle, with Alfie as the jester, and all the shippers living there too.
"Surprise, bitch. I bet you thought you'd seen the last of me."explanation Madison falunting her resurrection in the face of her murderer, FionaGoode.
Many of Fiona's quotes, like 'This coven doesn't need a new Supreme. All it needs is a new rug.explanation She wants the rug to be removed because it's evidence that she killed a witch of the coven, Madison Montgomery.
'Behold, our new Supreme' followed by shots of many characters from other works, especially if said characters are male explanation The Supreme is the main head of a Coven/Witches/Witches And Warlocks (the show is kinda hazy on this) and In-Universe it's been implied it's always a woman.
"Blue whale!" *KLAXON*explanation In the episode "Aquatic Animals", the question about which animal was the longest in the world was asked. Alan immediately answered "Blue whale", which was the forfeit (the correct answer was the lion's mane jellyfish, although a later episode revealed it was actually the bootlace worm). Since then, Alan answering "Blue whale" to nearly every question became a Running Gag in the series. Was given a bit of Meme Acknowledgement when Stephen finally asked a question to which the correct answer WAS "blue whale" - except that Alan failed to get it because Stephen asked the question in French.
"Which moon are we talkin' about?"explanation The question "How many moons does the Earth have?" was asked in the episode "Astronomy", with the forfeit answer being "one" and the correct answer being "two" (the second being 3753 Cruithne, which is an asteroid sometimes described as "Earth's second moon"). Rich Hall found this so preposterous that ever since then, whenever the Earth's moon was mentioned when he was on the show, he would retort with "Which moon are we talkin' about here?". It became so common that they actually started making it a forfeit.
"They say of the Acropolis where the Parthenon is..."explanation In the episode "Elephants", an unaired segment from the episode "Engineering" is shown, in which Stephen attempts to explain that the Acropolis of Athens, where the Parthenon temple is located, has no straight lines. However, he has a little trouble getting the words out...
"All you need is length and thickness."explanation The episode "Flotsam & Jetsam" described the mathematical formula for paper folding, which shows how many times you can fold a piece of paper in half, and reveals that it depends on the length and thickness of the paper. Alan correctly predicted that Stephen's remark will be "snipped out, straight on YouTube".
This isn't a democracy anymore. It's a Ricktatorship. explanation Lead protagonist Rick Grimes takes absolute control over the group at the end of season 2, being fed up with their inaction and criticism. Fans wasted no time coming up with the aforementioned pun
Lori is infamous for causing unnecessary tension in the show and generally irritating everyone. Everyone. This combined with her questionable parenting skills leads to some fun pictures.
Andrea is criticized for becoming the "New Lori" in season 3.
Herschel is Santa Clause explanation Herschel grows a beard between season 2 and season 3, causing him to look like father Christmas
Everyone is Cora. explanation During season two, Regina's Evil Matriarch Cora disguised herself as several characters, causing viewers to treat her as Paranoia Fuel and say "X is Cora" about new characters or recurring ones doing something unusual in an episode.