Playing With / Catch-Phrase

Basic Trope: A character has a recurring remark.
  • Straight: Norman keeps tacking on "Oh mam!" when he gets told what to do by his mom.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Norman says "Oh mam!" every now and then, if his mom tells him what to do and he really, really doesn't want to do it. There are at least three instances of him saying it, but not much more than that.
  • Justified: Norman's Catch-Phrase is a habit that he picked up, and his friends either don't mind it or think it's funny enough for him to keep using it.
  • Inverted:
    • Phrase-Catcher
    • Norman will never say "Oh mam!", no matter what the circumstances.
  • Subverted: Norman says "Oh mam!" once, but everyone thinks its a Catch-Phrase.
  • Double Subverted: He then starts using that as a catchphrase.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Norman's moan of "Oh mam!" is present in some episodes, completely absent in others, and varies in frequency.
  • Averted: Norman has no Catch-Phrase.
  • Enforced: The writer says, "Oh mam!" a lot, so he makes the main character say that as well, so he won't feel alone.
  • Lampshaded: Elvis: "Norman really says, 'Oh mam!' often."
  • Invoked: Norman really likes that line, so he says it as much as he can.
  • Exploited: Norman loses his memory, and recalling his catch phrase is key to recovering the rest.
  • Defied:
    • Norman says "Oh mam!" twice, then stops saying it to avoid repeating himself over and over.
    • Norman never says the same thing more than once.
  • Discussed: "We're in a cartoon, a cartoon has to have a catchphase!"
  • Conversed: "Like the way Bandit Keith is always going 'IN AMERICA!'".
  • Deconstructed:
    • Norman has a disorder that forces him to repeat "Oh mam!" endlessly.
    • Norman is a criminal, and he is caught and identified because of his Catch-Phrase.
  • Reconstructed: Norman does not have a disorder, he just likes saying it.

NORMAN! Go back to Catch-Phrase!
Norman: Oh mam!