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  • In Anna's Quest the title character, who's somewhere around five years old, talks like this from time to time, from referring to a cut-up ball as "half a rubber thingy" to finding a "glowing orb thing" in a drawer.
  • Armed and Dangerous, an obscure but fun shooter for the X-Box and PC, had this... like... a lot. Perhaps the worst offender is the Emperor's retarded son, and I mean actually retarded, who has trouble stringing syllables together. Don't get him started on whole sentences.
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  • An optional cut-scene in Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings with Lydie and Sue involves Sue entering the atelier to discover that Lydie has synthesized a bomb. She calls it a "burning boom boom" and then Lydie shows her an ice bomb which she says should be called a "Freezy McFreezeboom," and a lightning bomb a "Shocking Blasto." Lydie says that she's losing her, as there's not even a logic to her naming conventions. She worries that Sue is taking after their father, but Roger says that's wrong, and there's a flashback of Honnete suggesting to Roger that a bomb should be named a "Hottie Boomster" and a craft an "Uni Buster." After the flashback ends, Sue pulls out a craft and suggests the exact same name. Lydie actually likes that one, and Roger realizes that Honnete's spirit lives on his daughters. "Some of the weirdest parts of it, anyway."
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  • The Boss Subtitles in Banjo-Tooie are all pretty humorous, but special mention goes to Mr. Patch, the boss of Witchyworld. All the game can think to call him is "Strange Wobbly Inflatable Thing".
  • In Beyond Good & Evil, Pey'j, when he's being attacked by a crochax:
    Get off me! Stupid... whatever you are!
    • And when repairing the lift in the Factory:
    As for the piston, did what I could. Just put the thingamajig back in the whatchamacallit.
  • In Crash Tag Team Racing, a Park Drone in the Tyrannosaurus Wrecks area, frustrated with Crash for not getting him enough money to leave the park, will exclaim "Again, you come back to haunt me?! Like some kind of haunting thing?! Haunting... and coming back?!"
  • Dead In Vinland sometimes goes into this for the game text itself, with enemy classes including Berserker, Archer, and... "Knives Guy." This may be due to the inconsistent quality of the translation.
  • In Discworld, Rincewind describes a strange, distant shape as being "fraught with... with... shapeness". Then he concludes that it has to be a plot element because otherwise it'd have a better label than just "Shape".
  • Alistair from Dragon Age: Origins is guilty of this and gets teased about it by Morrigan. According to Word Of God, quite fitting for this expy of Buffy's Xander.
    • In the sequel, Hawke sometimes falls into Buffy Speak if s/he tries to lie. Telling Ser Roderick that Hawke saw Conrad sacrifice a goat leads to Hawke stammering "He was talking about how he wanted to do all kinds of... demony things!"
    • Also when Hawke first learns of Anders ability to Hulk Out into Justice;
    Hawke: Not that part, the Angry Glowing Fade bit?
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Seeks-the-Dark is known to speak this way.
    Seeks-the-Dark: Oh, come on! We smashed all the things!
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold has this gem from Child Mage Arthur:
    Arthur: I just go "Zoom!" and it goes "Whoosh!" and then "Bam!" and the enemies are like "Noooooo!" and I'm all "Hahaha!"
  • In Evolve, Val slips into this on occasion while trying to warn the team about Shear's rather bizarre wildlife. She has particular difficulty with the mammoth birds, calling them "glowing... squid things" and muttering about whether they're birds if they don't fly.
  • In F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, Snake Fist's attempt to describe Alma's motivations.
    She covets you. She's a... coveter...
  • Early in Golden Sun: The Lost Age, Kraden refers to the crystal that powers a Lemurian ship as "the thingie... that makes it go." This is despite him having studied magic his entire life.
  • Surprisingly, the normally fustian Asura of Guild Wars 2 has one of these for the female characters. When attacking an enemy, occasionally she'll blurt out: "You're dumb. You'll die and leave a dumb corpse."
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1984) text adventure has an inventory item called thing your aunt gave you which you don't know what it is.
  • I Miss the Sunrise has a single instance: Marie refers to the FOCS construct as a "big spinny ring thing" at one point when talking to someone who didn't know its actual name.
  • One item-of-the-month in Kingdom of Loathing allows you to temporarily turn into a vampire, at which point one option during exploration lets you meet an obvious Buffy parody, who calls you "Broody Von Stoicpants", and states that she's "a sucker for a brooder. Broodie? One who broods."
  • League Of Light, an unreleased Activision game for the Intellivision, is described by a reviewer of Digital Press as being "some sort of 3D perspective tunnel-traveling thingus."
  • Granté from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild often refers to armor he is searching for with this. For example, he calls the Climbing Gear the "climbing...something" when he lists it out.
  • Right before inadvertently causing the destruction of his home universe, Zetta, main character of Makai Kingdom, exclaims, "Sacred Tome? Ha! More like... sucky... dumb... thing!" It's the first of many indications that, crazy freakin' overlord or not, he's not the sharpest tool in the shed.
  • Mass Effect: Even Commander Shepard is not immune to this... after three hits of the strongest drink on the Citadel, followed by under the counter batarian ale, the bartender offers a krogan drink known as Ryncol.
    "Hell yeah. Put more of the stuff in the... thing more stuff goes in."
    • Grunt, being essentially a krogan teenager, often speaks like this, while trying to either puzzle through his tank-imprints or simply talking outside of combat. On Korlus, the squad will also encounter another tank-bred krogan who is even less experienced and articulate than Grunt, who speaks this way. Though he's also intelligent enough that he switches between this and Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness quite often.
      Grunt: We should get behind... stuff.
    • Jack, at one point, defines the Collectors as "fucked up...bug thing[s]". She's not wrong, exactly...
  • In the 2010 Medal of Honor, Tier 1 operators look and sound a lot less professional than the soldiers in the normal army, though obviously they're much more deadly. In Running With Wolves you're told to "stay stealthy."
  • Rippers from Metroid have also been affectionately dubbed "That one bug that looks like a croissant that you can freeze and use as a platform", with the name sticking due to the sheer audacity and specificity of it.
  • Minty Fresh Adventure!: One of the possible things that Colgate can say, using "thingy" when using a Save Point:
    Alright! A save orb... thingy.
  • When Monkey Island got voices, Dominic Armato added this trait to protagonist Guybrush Threepwood.
    "There are ants crawling all over it."
    "There are other ants crawling all over it."
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door:
    • "You're the absolute best star-getting guy!"
    • The Power Punch item description: "Boosts your partner's Attack power by adding buffness".
  • Barbarian Hero Amiri from Pathfinder: Kingmaker uses very simple language and tends to go into buffy-esque tangents when trying to explain concepts that she lacks words for. It's implied the setting's Common Tongue (Taldane) is her second language, and the party later meets a barbarian from a neighbouring tribe to her own that speaks much better Taldane due to his long mercenary career.
  • Portal's "Aperture Science Thing That We Don't Know What It Does"
  • Portal 2 has some as well.
    Wheatley: All right, fatty? Adopted… fatty! Fatty-fatty-no-parents! [...] What’s wrong with being adopted? Um, well, uh… Lack of parents?.
    • "Holmes versus Moriarty, Aristotle vs MASHY-SPIKE-PLATE!"
  • In Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, when you go to Dropstone and tap one of the benches, Luke says that the bench sure is... benchy.
  • Travis from Silent Hill: Origins, getting more and more peeved about being dragged around Silent Hill by Alessa, holds up a piece of the Flauros he found and yells out: "I got your... your thing for you!"
  • Super Mario Sunshine: ("A shiny came out of the yucky".)
  • In Super Paper Mario, the villain Mimi constantly uses childish phrases, referring to the heroes as "meanies".
  • Tales of Graces has one character who is exceptionally prone to this in Pascal. Every other technologically savvy character is prone to just keeping the language simple enough that Asbel and crew can keep up. Pascal, on the other hand, gets an example of this every hour or two.
  • The Scout in Team Fortress 2, being the youngest and most hyperactive of the nine classes, has this in a bunch of his domination lines. For example, to the Heavy Weapons Guy: "I am owning you, you fat bald fatty fat... fat-fat!" or to the Sniper: "You'll never hit me! You'll never hit my tiny head! It's so tiny, I've got a frickin'... such a tiny little head!".
  • In World of Warcraft, when Mimiron activates the V-07-TR-0N he shouts "Bask in its glorious... um, glory!"
    • The wolvar race does this enough to be verging on the point of a Verbal Tic.
    • The Gnomish Army Knife is being updated in Mists of Pandaria to include a "Whirly Thing".