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When a character's Catch Phrase is a "yeah", "uhh", "haa", "d'oh" and similars (or is known by that)

This trope has been Nuked
Proposed By:
Basara-kun on Feb 10th 2019 at 7:43:56 PM
Last Edited By:
Basara-kun on Feb 11th 2019 at 8:11:29 AM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: trope

Here's a new draft by Basara-kun. I was thinking on this the other day and I guess there's nothing like this here, but not sure if this is tropable but let's try this time anyway XD As always, any help is welcome.

A Catch-Phrase is a phrase that becomes iconic and even memetic for a character, which is inmediately linked to him/her even outside their fandom. But, what about a simple one-word yell or exclamation?


A Catch-Word is this: a simple expression that is repeated by the character that becomes so iconic that it's its own catch-phrase, even when the character doesn't recognized as one. Of course, the fans of the media where the character becomes do associate him/her as its catch-phrase, sometimes at the point of becoming a meme, not just in the community but the internet itself.

Of course, this is a sub-trope of Catch-Phrase and Memetic Mutation. Compare Verbal Tic, Hulk Speak and One-Word Vocabulary. See also One-Liner and Kiai (classic Bruce Lee's Catch-Word as well of his clones).


Anime and Manga

Films - Live-Action


  • Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray screams "Yeah!" and "Uuh!" usually together in a rock song at least once (with the exception of the acoustic version of "Every Morning"). Obviously this only happened in the first three discs of the band when they still made rock.

Video Games

Western Animation

  • The Simpsons
    • Despite of having a lot of catch-phrases, much of the fans of know Homer Jay Simpson for his classic "D'oh!"
    • Nelson Muntz has his famous "Ha Ha!"
  • Scooby-Doo has Velma Dinkles with her "Yikes!", no matter the animated or live-action version you see.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head usually repeats the "Cool" word everytime they find something... well, cool.

Real Life

  • Archimides is known for "Eureka!", a Greek phrase that means "I found (it)", which was said as an exclamation after he had stepped into a bath and noticed that the water level rose, whereupon he suddenly understood that the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the part of his body he had submerged.

Feedback: 7 replies

Feb 10th 2019 at 7:57:27 PM

Not convinced this is at all distinct from Catch Phrase, which has no prescribed length. If it's genuinely too short to be considered a normal Catch-Phrase, it's a Verbal Tic.

If this is specifically about exclamations that achieve Memetic Mutation status despite not fitting the Catch-Phrase criteria, it will need to be a YMMV trope.

Feb 10th 2019 at 9:37:32 PM

I don't think this can stand, tbh

Feb 11th 2019 at 7:07:03 AM

So Catch Phrase, but not a phrase?

... why wouldn't you go with Catch Word? I don't necessarily think it's distinct from Catch Phrase, but it's a darn sight better than "Catch-Yeah!" which is... just a bad name.

Feb 11th 2019 at 7:44:35 AM

^I was thinking in that indeed, I can change the name then

Feb 11th 2019 at 7:52:11 AM

Catch Phrase already includes individual words (a "phrase" can be a single word). In fact, many famous cathphrases are only one word. Catch Phrase and Verbal Tic have this spectrum covered.