Basara-kun on Feb 10th 2019 at 7:43:56 PM
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Basara-kun on Feb 11th 2019 at 8:11:29 AM
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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
- "Ara ara" (or just one "ara") is an expression used by girls only, usually the ones who have motherly and calmed personalities, also seen in some yandere women, which means something like "oh my" in a tender manner. Characters like Love Hina's Mutsumi Otohime, Ranma ½'s Kasumi Tendo and Cells at Work!'s Macrophage tend to use this expression as their Catch-Phrase.
- Pedro from Excel Saga is known for his dramatic "NOOOO!" And if the things become worse, this is replaced by a "VERY NOOOO!"
- Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star has the yell of "ATATATATATATA!" everytime he performs his Signature Move.
- Stands in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure usually have this in the form of One-Word Vocabulary, being more known the Stardust Crusaders' Star Platinum ("Ora Ora") and The World ("Muda Muda").
Films - Live-Action
- Bill & Ted have the "Excellent!" exclamation when something seems cool for them, accompanied by a good Air Guitar moment. This becomes so famous that the first movie and their animated and comic book adaptations have the word on them!
- 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.
- Mega Man X: Since he has a voice in X4, deuteragonist Zero has the "Hee! Haa! Hoo!" when he made his triple Z-Sabre slash attack, known at the point of becoming as Memetic Mutation between MMX fans (jokingly known as "The hee-haa-hoo").
- Super Mario
- The Legend of Zelda's Link has the "Yaah!" everytime he uses his sword or any weapon, no matter if he's fighting monsters or just swinging his weapon in the air. This is seen since Ocarina of Time, having a voice for first time and later used in future games.
- The eponymous Crash Bandicoot has the "Woah!" as a typical exclamation of him, taken to the extreme as a Memetic Mutation in 2017 where Crash only says "Woah!" in every video he appeared (accompanied of a bugged Fan Animation), included a Woah version of Luis Fonsi's "Despacito".
- Ryo Sakazaki from Art of Fighting and The King of Fighters series usually says "Ora ora!" before starts a battle or as a taunt, known as his most known Catch-Phrase in the games.
- 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.
- 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.
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