I've probably been guilty of misusing this one in the past - bottom line is, I think it's much more narrow than it first appears.
The trope description says that it isn't just about a certain word or phrase that gets repeated. It's specifically when said word or phrase without context that is likely explained near the end. The trope description even notes that it is not a Catch Phrase
or Running Gag
The problem is that much of the examples on the page itself are drifting from that. We have the obligatory uses of catchphrases (yes, Gurren Lagann
and the standard quote of indignation is listed), a repeated word that is not at all mysterious as to what it means ("Rise" from Blackest Night
, which is blatantly obvious as to its meaning almost immediately), and even vague blanket statements that are only tangentially related (the note about Bokononist statements in Cat's Cradle
). I admittedly haven't gone into detail about how it's used on other pages, but my anecdotal experience is that it's just as misused outside of the page itself.
I'm not sure what would be the appropriate action, to be honest. Is this too broad of a name for what is actually a more narrow trope? Is this just simple misuse that ought to be cleaned up? Is the definition too narrow for what the concept should be? I'm kind of at a loss as to this page.