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Lisa: Don't have a cow, man!
Bart: See? That's my expression.
Marge: Oh, you haven't said that in four years. Let Lisa have it.
The Simpsons, "Summer of 4'2"

A character reuses another character's Catchphrase, possibly as an Ironic or Meaningful Echo. Often has a tendency to be mangled.

If the catch phrase is a Verbal Tic, this is Got Me Doing It.

If the catch phrase is less wanted than wordtaken out of the other character, it's Hey, That's My Line!. See also One-Liner Echo, Phrase Catcher and Share Phrase.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Black Butler has two examples:
    • Sebastian's Mad Libs Catchphrase: "I am the butler of the Phantomhive family. It goes without saying that I can handle a [situation] such at this." During the Phantomhive manor murders arc, when (everyone thinks that) Sebastian is dead, Tanaka paraphrases it. "What was that turn of phrase of which he was so fond? It goes without saying that servants of the Phantomhive family can handle a crisis such as this."
    • Snake often finishes his sentences by attributing them to one of his snakes (i.e. "Entry beyond this point is forbidden. -says Oscar." Once he becomes Ciel's footman, Sebastian tops off the earl's moment with "-says young master".
  • In episode 24 of A Certain Scientific Railgun S, Mii cues Judgement to do things "Shirai Style."
    Everyone: Judgement desu wa!
    Kuroko: What!?
  • Several characters use Terriermon's "Momentai" catchphrase in Digimon Tamers.
    • In Digimon Fusion, Taiki's catchphrase eventually spreads to the rest of his friends. It's not used nearly as much in the dub version, but often enough that the rest of the cast can finish it for him in the finale:
      Taiki: I just...
      Everyone else: "Can't turn my back on them!"
  • In El Cazador de la Bruja, Nadie uses Ellis's catchphrase "Yes, sir" when Ellis scolds her on telling a lie in episode 8.
  • Fairy Tail's Oración Seis arc has a moment where Happy falls in love with Carla. Since he has a tendency to be a Shipper on Deck (often saying, "S/He loooooves/liiiiiiikes you!", usually to Lucy), Lucy decides to finally get revenge on him for shipping her with everyone by shipping him with Carla, saying his catchphrase back at him as "You looooove her!" (and doing it in a rather creepier manner than he does).
  • At one point in Fist of the North Star, Rei used Kenshiro's Catchphrase "Omae wa mou shindeiru" ("You are already dead") to a mook Kenshiro just sentenced to death with Hokuto Shinken. In another occasion, Bat used the same Catchphrase to fool one Mook into thinking he's gonna die, only for Bat to run off. Another time, a mook who had been taught some rudimentary Hokuto Shinken tried it on Kenshiro, complete with catchphrase. After doing the countdown, the mook exploded because Kenshiro had already set him up earlier with an elbow to the face.
  • In Food Wars!, Erina Nakiri soundly defeats an opponent in a cooking battle, and in the course of winning, says "it was nothing special," a clear variant on protaganist Yukihira Soma's own catchphrase, "it wasn't much." While the translation of Soma's original phrase varies depending on translator, in the original text Erina's use of the phrase is virtually identical to Soma's phrase except that it's a much more polite version of it. Erina's borrowing of the phrase is immediately lampshaded by Soma himself, who playfully accuses Erina of outright stealing his line (which she denies).
  • In episode nine of Girls Bravo, Tomoka takes over Kirie's Once an Episode catchphrase of "go (x)... in hell!" (in this case, "Go do it... in hell!"
  • In the 8th Haruhi Suzumiya light novel, Yuki Nagato answers one of Kyon's questions with "classified information". That's usually Mikuru Asahina's Catchphrase.
  • One of the few hilarious moments in the dark anime Hell Girl: early in Season 3, a couple of kids scare Yuzuki with a fake Hell Girl doll, and her friend clobbers them and yells "Ippen shindemiru?" note  (Of course, nobody still living should actually know Ai's catchphrase...) Kikuri also likes to steal Ai's lines.
  • In episode 44 of Jewelpet Twinkle, Miria befriends Angelina after beating her at a Jewelstar Grand Prix event. The latter's Jewelpet, Amelie, as well as Miria's Jewelpets Garnet and Sango, all say Amelie's catchphrase "Okay, please applause!" and are immediately met with applause from the audience.
  • The first time Fujiwara is shamed for cheating at a game in Kaguya-sama: Love is War, she ends up using Ishigami's "I want to die, so I'm going home" line. Ishigami then gives the usual response "Okay, but don't die."
  • In StrikerS Sound Stage X, Vivio's appearance had her sprinkling her dialogue using her mother's catch phrase, "Zenryouku Zenkai (Maximum Power!)".
  • In One Piece, when they arrive at Thriller Bark, a freaked-out Nami starts going-on how she has "Can't-Come-To-The-Island Disease", something Usopp frequently claims to have. When she meets Lola the Yandere zombie, she pretends to be a guy and borrows Bon Clay/Mister 2's catchphrase "It's not a joke" including the way he pronounces his phrase.
  • On Please Teacher!, Mizuho's catchphrase ("It's top-priority!") is eventually used by other characters, becoming Arc Words of a sort.
  • During Pokémon's Junior Cup arc, Dawn occasionally borrows Iris's "What a kid!" moments towards Ash.
    • In Sinnoh, Dawn's own catchphrase ("No need to worry!") was sometimes said to her as well.
    • Once every couple of seasons Ash and co will say Team Rocket's intro speech to them, much to their annoyance.
    • In Kalos, Serena decides to go along with her mother's favorite saying: "Go for broke!"
  • In The Prince of Tennis, in the bowling episodes, Ryuzaki sensei and Oishi are in a team and Echizen and Momo are in another. Ryuzaki and Oishi turn out to be pretty pro at bowling therefore start kicking everyone's asses therefore this dialogue results:
    Oishi: Let's not get careless (Tezuka).
    Ryuzaki: Mada mada dane (Echizen).
    Oishi: DON! (Momoshiro).
  • In episode 21 of Soul Eater, a temporarily insane Maka comments that her blood is black like Crona's.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann combines this with Arc Words. "Just who the hell do you think I am?!" starts as Kamina's catchphrase, but after his death, other characters (primarily Simon) start using it, culminating with the entirety of Team Dai-Gurren shouting it at the same time when the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann first appears.
  • In the OVA of Trinity Seven while being scolded by Lilith, Arata says, "This is difficult," to Arin, who's usually the one saying that. She does not find it difficult to agree with him.
  • Giorno Giovanna of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind seems to have inherited his father's battlecries of "MUDA MUDA" as well as "WRRRYYYY" for no reason other than the fact that punching things really fast while screaming is a genetic trait of the Joestar Family Tree.
  • In the penultimate chapter of The World God Only Knows, Elsie borrows Keima's "I can already see the ending" after the reveal that she rewrote reality to make it that she was his biological sister.
    Elsie: I can see it! This is my ending.
  • Usually characters use Yuya's catchphrase, "The Fun is just getting started" to show that they respect him in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V but when Yugo uses it, it means that they are currently synced up
  • Almost all of the important characters in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL seem to end up using Yuma's "Kattobingu" catchphrase or making their own variant of it at some point. Yuma himself got it from his father, who taught it to him as a way to help him gain more self-confidence.

    Asian Animation 
  • Motu Patlu: In "Chote Chote Motu Patlu", a shrunken Motu and Patlu accidentally wind up on the claw of a flying bird and, when they finally make it off of the bird, they land on top of Inspector Chingum's head. Motu then shouts at the bird, using Chingum's "It's impossible to escape from Chingum's web! Impossible!" catchphrase.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, Wolffy is usually the one who says "I'll be back!" or some variation thereof. There have been several instances where characters besides Wolffy have used this catchphrase, however.

    Comic Books 
  • In Asterix and the Olympic Games, Asterix' village decides to participate with the Olympic Games since they could technically be considered to be "Romans", as being part of the Roman Empire. They celebrate this by shouting "Hurray! We are Romans!". A Roman centurion who spies upon them is flabbergasted and then borrows Obelix's catchphrase: "These Romans are crazy!"
  • In her initial confrontation with Twilight Buffy the Vampire Slayer calls him an ass clown. Chris Jericho would be so proud. Or maybe she had been watching Office Space.
  • Fantastic Four: The Thing is known for "It's clobberin' time!" (Apostrophe required) but other characters use this phrase from time to time, nearly always stating "Borrowing a phrase of a good friend of mine...". Spider-Man is a prime offender. Reed Richards gave a brief rallying speech before leading an alliance of the Fantastic Four and most of their greatest allies and enemies against the shared threat of Onslaught, declaring, "In the words of my dearest friend, It's Clobberin' Time."
  • In The Flash Rebirth, Kid Flash demonstrates a move he learned from Robin, and Barry says he's not keen on Wally learning anything from that kid. Wally's response is "-tt-", Damian's usual Verbal Tic of irritation.
  • Paperinik New Adventures: Paperinik occasionally borrows his ally Xadhoom's catchphrase "Let's dance!" It never happens when she is near, however.
  • One issue of Spider-Man starts with Spider-Man leading the Avengers against Doctor Octopus, all the while shouting "Avengers Assemble!" Justified in-book as the Avengers are following Spider-Man's lead, as Doc Ock is primarily his adversary:
    Hawkeye: Why does he get to say it?
    Wolverine: It's his bad guy. When it's one o' yours, you can say it.
  • Wolverine's titular character has special catchphrase "two words, bub," whenever he and somebody with Super Strength perform Fastball Special. Victor Mancha of Runaways borrows it when he and Molly perform that maneuver.
  • X-Men:
    • Xavier often says "To me, my X-Men" when he is summoning the team. But, since mid-2000s, Cyclops, once he takes Xavier's place as headmaster and Big Good of the team, takes to using it now-and-again, usually before doing something awesome. Kitty Pryde has also used it once or twice too, since she can.
    • 'New Mutants'' character Legion (Xavier's son) borrowed it, when the X-Men come to aid him against a monstrous version of his father.
    • And shortly after the Uncanny Avengers discover Red Skull has Xavier's brain, he summons his team with "To me, my S-Men!"
    • In Spider-Man and the X-Men, Spidey loves saying it, even though the Special Class point out they aren't exactly X-Men, and the actual X-Men think it shows he's not taking things seriously.

    Fan Works 
  • In a rewrite of the first episode of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (with Fred and Velma and without Scrappy), Fred reacts to Daphne turning into a werewolf.
    Fred: To quote Shaggy, zoinks!
  • In Baby Boom, all of the Loud sisters from The Loud House have turned into babies except Lisa (who was out) and Lily (who already is a baby). When they poop their diapers, they say, "Poo-poo!" which is Lily's catchphrase. Then, when they turn back but the pets are now babies, Lincoln and Lisa say, "Poo-poo!" in the way they'd usually say, "Dang it!".
  • Blackened Skies: On their first night on the ship, Kaito and Kaede discuss their situation, trying to figure out how they wound up in another mutual killing game despite being executed. As they theorize that Monokuma gave them Fake Memories, the bear pops in shouting "YOU'VE GOT THAT WRONG!" He then notes that "Whaddya know, that's actually pretty fun to say!"
  • Burst Limit: When she meets Ayane at the Mugen Tenshin village gates, Kasumi greets her with "Kept you waiting, huh?"
  • In Child of the Storm, at one point during the first book's Final Battle, Odin uses one of his son's more famous catch phrases during his duel with Chthon.
    • Done again in Ghosts of the Past by Harry to Dracula, of all people:
    "Dracula, King of Corpses, Lord of Leeches. I, Harry Thorson, Prince of Asgard, would have words. Words, vampire, with thee."
  • In Dragon Ball Z Abridged, when Mr. Satan prepares to fight Cell, Cell's shocked that he's actually going to do this. Satan ends up swiping one of Vegeta's lines.
    Cell: Wait, you were serious?! You're actually going to fight?! I thought you were somebody's hype man!
    Satan: I am the hype!
    Vegeta: KILL HIM!
    • And at the end of the episode, we find out he swiped his t-shirt, too!
      • Additionally, Trunks inheriting Gohan's "Crapbaskets." Cell says it too once.
  • In ''A Far Cry From Home'', a crossover between different Far Cry games, Jacob Seed makes the mistake of confronting Hope County's new Deputy, who happens to be none other than Jason Brody himself, who's wearing a nightmarish Slasher Smile as he holds Jacob's knife to his own throat and asks him, "Hey, soldier boy...Did I ever tell you... what the definition... of insanity is?" note 
  • In The Flash Sentry Chronicles, several of the Royal Knights occasionally use their leader Grand Hoof's catchphrase "count up your sins" before facing their enemies.
  • Doremy Sweet borrows Brad's deadpan "Home." in Freakin Gensokyo.
  • J-WITCH Season 1:
    • During the fight against Phobos' forces in "Return of the Queen", Yan Lin paraphrases one of Uncle's usual lines by asking "Who wants a piece of Grandma?"
    • The Guardians have used Jackie's "bad day" to express an Oh, Crap! reaction a few times.
    • In "The Demon Behind", Irma briefly uses Uncle's "one more thing", then is comically horrified with herself over it.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3: Final Stand: In chapter 36, Kairi uses Lea's own Catchphrase, "Got it memorized?", against him.
  • In The Mysterious Case of Neelix's Lungs, T'Pai once steals the EMH's line, "Please state the nature of the medical emergency." The EMH has to pause and process that for a moment.
  • In the NCIS fanfic Shards to a Whole, when McGee becomes head of Cybercrime, he at one point paraphrases Gibbs when he tells a subordinate who calls him "Mr. McGee", "It's 'McGee' or 'Boss'. I work for a living."
  • Sillyhat Productions: In "Trial of the Golden Witch", Lambdadelta screams Battler's usual line of "Useless! It's all useless!" while slamming herself into the barrier Virgilia set up.
  • In Reflections of Reality, one of the This Time Round "Pro-Fun Hoedown" Round Robins, one of the Author Avatars has a feline Muse who is constantly telling her "It's a cat/muse thing, you wouldn't understand." When another author's humanoid Muse reveals he has a form of communication with said author's cat, he uses the same line.
  • In Three-Point Shot, Himiko imitates Tenko by calling Kokichi a "menace," shortly after learning that Kokichi had caused the situation that led to Tenko killing Korekiyo (partly in self-defense and partly to prevent him from going after Himiko), which, in turn, led to Tenko being executed.
  • In Whip And Wing, a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fanfic crossing an Indiana Jones expy with the real thing, Daring Do has this to say about Nazis by her third encounter when she's transported to Indiana's universe.
    Daring Do: Nazis. I hate these guys.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
    • Joey says that summoning Copycat lets him copy Bandit Keith's Catchphrase " America!" When Bandit Keith protests that it's his line, Joey claims he was "too busy being American" to be listening. This leads to quite possibly the best use of the line, ever:
    Bandit Keith: You're not American! You're not even Wearing a Flag on Your Head!
    Joey: You're right! I must have left it back home... in America!

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet, "Always on alert!" is detective Nick Carter's Catch Phrase. When he receives a mysterious letter, it reveals two tickets. His sidekick, police commissioner Ledvina, is not too keen on going anywhere as it's fairly late and he's tired, and he asks where they are going this time. When he hears that their destination is a night club, he grabs his hat and sausages (he always eats), and very eagerly says: "Always on alert!"
  • In President Andrew Shepherd's final speech in The American President, he savages Republican presidential hopeful Bob Rumson for using Shepherd's relationship with lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade for smear tactics. Rumson had ended every previous appearance with, "My name is Bob Rumson, and I'm running for president." Shepherd responds:
    "My name is Andrew Shepherd, and I am the President!"
  • The Avengers used it brilliantly, with Captain America's order:
    Cap: Hulk. [points] Smash.
  • Back to the Future Part III: Marty and Doc Brown trade Catch Phrases once.
    Marty: Great Scott!
    Doc: I know, this is heavy.
  • Bicentennial Man: At the end of the film, Galatea quotes from Andrew.
    Galatea: As the great Andrew Martin used to say, "One is glad to be of service."
  • Hans Gruber in Die Hard, borrows John McClane's "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker" as Evil Gloating (and attempting One-Liner Echo).
  • This happens in Duets when ex-convict Reggie Kane, who always responds to questions of what he went to prison for with "I made an error in judgement", has his Catchphrase borrowed by ex-salesman Todd Woods after Todd's attempted robbery of a gas station ended with the attendant shot and killed by Reggie.
    Reggie: What were you thinking?
    Todd: I guess I made an error in judgement.
  • Crossed with a dual Actor Allusion in The Expendables 2:
    Trench: Almost out [of ammo]. I'll be back.
    Church: You've been back enough! I'll be back! (moves off under fire)
    Trench: Yippee-ki-yay. (covering fire)
  • From Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer:
    Johnny Storm: To quote a friend of mine... It's clobberin' time.
  • Blondie in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is him doing this to Tuco. ("There Are Two Kinds of People in the World, my friend...")
  • In Jurassic World, Simon Masrani uses the late John Hammond's Catchphrase: "Spare no expense." This makes sense, as he is Hammond's hand-picked successor.
  • In (of all things) the 1936 film of Little Lord Fauntleroy, Mr. Hobbs, the previously bigoted anti-English-aristocratic grocer, ends a speech with "By Jove!", provoking uppah-uppah crust Englishwoman Lady Costanzia Lorridale erupts into his previous signature line, "Well, I'll be jiggered!"
  • In Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, after taking Benji hostage, Solomon Lane gives Ethan his ransom demand, starting with the phrase "Your mission, should you choose to accept it..."
  • In the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, Soviet agent Anya Amasova gets off a good Bond One-Liner of her own when she rams Jaws with a van during an escape in the Egyptian pyramids. The previous evening, when she and Bond officially met at a night club, she had recited his normal drink order as they revealed what they knew about each other.
    Amasova: For the gentleman, vodka martini. Shaken, not stirred.
  • Star Trek:
  • Starship Troopers: After the death of Rasczak (rad-chak), Rico takes lead of the Roughnecks and recites each of the former's phrases nearly verbatim perhaps to honor his legacy. Its almost as if he was becoming a Legacy Character.
    "This is for you new people. I only have one rule: Everyone fights, no one quits. If you don't do your job, I'll kill you myself. Do you get me?"

  • Animorphs:
    • A frequent gag in later books in the series is Marco yelling "Let's do it!" right before doing something suicidally dangerous, instead of Rachel. Rachel is not amused.
    • In one book, they swap catchphrases:
      Rachel: This is insane.
      Marco: I know, right? Let's do it!
  • In The Babysitters Club, at varying intervals, the other girls have found themselves using Claudia's catchphrase "Oh my lord."
  • In The Balanced Sword, the small but deceptively dangerous Poplock several times announces his presence and joins in a fight with a cry of "Fear me!" In the climactic battle, when Poplock's patron god shows up to join in, he announces his presence the same way.
  • Discworld has Nanny Ogg using Granny Weatherwax's "I can't be having with all this" line in Carpe Jugulum, after being forced to take on the role of the Crone due to Granny's 10-Minute Retirement.
  • In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe novel At Childhood's End by Sophie Aldred, the Thirteenth Doctor says "Wicked!" when the former Ace agrees to team up with her.
  • In The Dresden Files book Changes Dresden is in the middle of a fight and stops to complain that "someone was shouting 'fuego'[his trademark spell] and it wasn't me."
  • Harry Potter
    • Ron uses his ability to mimic others to entertaining effects throughout the books, it becomes a Chekhov's Skill in Deathly Hallows, where he impersonates Wormtail to fool the guards in Malfoy Manor, and again when mimicking Parseltongue he's heard Harry say on multiple occasions so he can get into the Chamber of Secrets.
    • Ginny does an imitation of Umbridge's cough in Order of the Phoenix which makes everyone freeze in horror for a moment before they realize it was her.
  • In Honor Harrington, probably half the cast has borrowed Honor's "Let's be about it" at some point, which she herself borrowed from her first captain. The most notable are Abigail Hearns, for whom Honor has been something of a mentor and personal hero, and Lady Dame Estelle Matsuko, who was deeply impressed by Honor when they worked together in On Basilisk Station and is still deeply impressed by her some twenty years later, when Matsuko is serving as Imperial Governor of the Talbott Quadrant and Honor is several light-centuries away.
  • In the first-published Horatio Hornblower novel Beat To Quarters, Lady Barbara managed to needle Captain Hornblower by co-opting his catch-phrase, a "Hm-Hmm" throat-clearing sound which he used whenever he couldn't think of something appropriate to say, and turning it on him in conversation.
  • In Horus Heresy, Numeon's companions gradually start to use his "Vulkan Lives" catchphrase/prayer, to the extent that at one point, you'd think it became Salamanders' new warcry.
  • In The Last Dogs, Rocky usually says "Hiiii-yah!" whenever he jumps from a great height or launching himself at an enemy. So, while on board a burning boat, Max jumps into the river while yelling, "Hiii-yah!"
  • At the end of the children's book Potty, Poo-Poo, Wee-Wee, all of the grownups say the title (which was Littlesaurus's catchphrase).
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • In the fifth book, A Dance With Dragons, when speaking to Jon Snow, the Evil Sorceress Melisandre appropriates the catchphrase of his deceased Action Girl girlfriend Ygritte (which is "You know nothing, Jon Snow.")
    • In the first book Tyrion Lannister is captured by the Mountain Clans whom he quickly subverts to his side, using them as his own private army. He becomes quite fond of clan chief Shagga, on several occasions using his oft-mentioned threat to "Cut off your manhood and feed it to the goats".
  • The Swallows and Amazons book Winter Holiday sees Peggy stealing her sister Nancy's various pirate catchphrases in an effort to fill the void when the latter is out of action. Nancy is later surprised and delighted when Peggy uses one of the catchphrases in front of her without thinking.
  • In Through the Looking-Glass Alice borrows Humpty Dumpty's catchphrase "It is very provoking" while trying to cut and serve a plum cake.
  • In the Unbelievable story "There's No Such Thing", Nurse Gribble's catchphrase is "There's no such thing as a dragon!". When the (now deceased) dragon's egg hatches and her baby attacks Nurse Gribble, the boy and his grandfather parrot it to her to mock her.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • In the first book, Fireheart accidentally attacks his friend Graystripe. When Graystripe complains that he was taken by surprise, Fireheart replies, "Surprise is the warrior's greatest weapon." He then mentally notes this to be the catchphrase of Graystripe's mentor, Lionheart.
    • In Yellowfang's Secret, Yellowfang borrowed this phrase from her mentor Deerleap: "Look, listen, scent!"

    Live-Action TV 
  • In The Adventures of Superman, Jimmy Olsen, after being appointed editor for a day, uses Perry White's Catchphrase "Don't call me Chief!" on Perry.
  • In 'Allo 'Allo! one of the Running Gags involved Leclerc entering the café in a Paper-Thin Disguise, and then, as if it was a big reveal, raising his glasses and whisper "Psst! It is I — Leclerc." Then, when Mme. Edith had to disguise herself:
    Edith: Psst! [raises her glasses] It is I — Leclerc.
    Leclerc: Hey! What are you playing at? [raises his glasses] It is I - Leclerc.
  • This is a Characteristic Trope on Arrested Development:
    • "I've made a huge mistake", GOB's catchphrase (and motto, practically), is also used by Marta (when she realises she likes Michael, not GOB), Michael (when he realises that "hermano" is Spanish for "brother" and the one Marta likes is him), George (when he regrets his affair with Kitty in Mexico), Steve Holt (when he realises he slept with Maeby, his cousin (he didn't actually sleep with her)), and Lucille (when she realises that her grand plan is about to fall apart in the finale).
    • Michael's reaction of "Her?" to his son's bland girlfriend, Ann is shared with the rest of the family.
    • After Gob fails his fire trick in front of the mentally retarded Rita, her response is an astonished "But wherever did [the lighter fluid] come from?"
    • Maeby's standard deflection of "Marry me!" was borrowed by Michael (to use on a woman he suspected to be his long-lost sister), and GOB (when Ann agrees to give GOB some space in Season 4. Unluckily, she takes it literally).
    • Oscar's " com" following his cries of "I'm Oscar!" was later borrowed by the Saddam Hussein impersonator sent to trial in his place with "I'm No-Scar! com!".
    • Steve Holt's catchphrase of "STEVE HOLT!" was apparently borrowed from his mother, "EVE HOLT!"
    • "The very fact that you call it that tells me you're not ready" in response to the phrase "Pop-pop" was used approximately once a season.
  • Arrow plays this for drama in the first season finale, as Moira uses Oliver's Catchphrase to describe herself when opening the press conference exposing Malcolm's plans:
    "My name is Moira Dearden Queen, and God help me, I have failed this city."
  • Ashes to Ashes (2008): The catchphrase "You are surrounded by armed bastards!" belongs to Gene Hunt, but Jackie Queen, upon leveling in badass borrows it in 2.04.
  • The A-Team: Other characters occasionally use Hannibal's "I love it when a plan comes together."
  • Buffyverse:
    • On Angel, after making a violent prison escape, Faith asks if Wesley's okay. His response: "Five by five."
    • In Buffy, this is also how the audience realises Faith and Buffy have swapped bodies when Buffy says "Five by five".
    • In Season 8 of Buffy, the titular character calls Twilight an ass clown.
  • Castle: in "The Final Nail" when Beckett tells Castle that a suspect's alibi checks out, Castle replies with Beckett's usual phrase, "Shut the front door!"
  • The Mexican sitcom El Chavo del ocho would sometimes have a musical number near the end of the episode. In "Oyelo, Escuchalo", at one point Quico says "Eso, eso, eso, eso", one of El Chavo's catchphrases.
  • In an episode of Community when Jeff has to move into Abed's dorm. After awhile living there, Jeff borrows Abed's catchphrase "Cool, cool, cool".
    • This happens to Abed again when Annie pretends to be him in the Dreamatorium.
  • Late in the run of Classic Concentration, contestants would say "I'd like to solve the puzzle."
  • They're only catchphrases in this one episode, but in the Coupling season 2 finale "The End of the Line", the first evidence that Susan and Steve's relationship is in trouble is that she complains he never makes a decision, just saying "It's up to you", and he complains that every time he moves she asks him where he's going. At the end of the episode, when Susan leaves, Steve asks where she's going, and gets the reply "It's up to you."
  • Doctor Who:
    • You know it's a grim episode on those very, very few occasions when the Doctor (Nine in "Dalek" and Twelve in "The Magician's Apprentice") borrows the Dalek Catchphrase of "Exterminate!"
      • Eleven also borrows it in "Victory of the Daleks" while trying to persuade Winston Churchill that the "Ironsides" he's using as secret weapons (read: Daleks) are actually dangerous aliens.
    • "The Christmas Invasion": At the end, Ten uses Nine's "Fantastic" while reassuring Rose about the adventures they can go on.
    • "The Idiot's Lantern": "I'm sorry... so sorry", which is usually said by Ten, is said by Mr. Magpie when Rose is attacked by the Wire.
    • Both Martha and Rose use the Tenth Doctor's "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry" at least once apiece.
    • When Capt. Jack returns in Series 3, he uses the Ninth Doctor's "Fantastic!" when talking to the Tenth Doctor, who grins fondly.
    • Played one hell of a lot more darkly in "Midnight". The alien stealing the Doctor's voice, and with it his habit of saying, "Molto bene!" is all that gives it away and saves him from a horrible death. When Donna quotes it back at him at the end, his "No... no, don't do that" is less "Running Gag" and more "PTSD symptom".
    • "Turn Left": Rose Tyler, taking the role of the Doctor because she's in a Bad Present where he's dead, says "I'm sorry... so sorry..." to Donna Noble while explaining she's going to have to die in order to reset the timeline back to normal.
    • "A Good Man Goes to War": Sontaran Strax's last words are "I'm a nurse." Said to Rory.
    • When River meets the Doctor early/late on, she introduces him to "Spoilers!". Later/earlier:
      Melody/River: Who's River Song?
      The Doctor: Spoilers.
    • "The Wedding of River Song": When Amy kills Madame Kovarian, she says "River didn't get it all from you, sweetie", borrowing River's Verbal Tic.
    • This exchange in "Asylum of the Daleks":
      The Doctor: Don't be scared, Amy.
      Amy: Who's scared? Geronimo.
    • The Eleventh Doctor borrows Ten's "Allons-y" while struggling with the Cybermen taking over his head in "Nightmare in Silver".
    • When River finally figures out the strange man who's been accompanying her in "The Husbands of River Song" is an incarnation of the Doctor she's never seen before, he says "Hello, sweetie" to her.
  • In The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, the head of Sunshine Desserts has two yes-men: hip groovy Tony who constantly says "Great!", and neurotic David who constantly says "Super!" After Sunshine crumbles, they react thus to being reunited at Grot:
    David: [dismayed] Great.
    Tony: [dismayed] Super.
  • In an episode of Family Matters, when Laura accidentally causes Steve Urkel's car to break down, Steve glares at Laura as she says, "Did I do that?"
  • In Fawlty Towers, "He's from Barcelona" is Basil's catch-all way of explaining Manuel's shortcomings. In the final episode, it's Sybil who says it.
  • Friends: Rachel (and a few others) have borrowed Joey's pickup line, "How you doin'?" upon occasion. In one episode, Monica says Rachel's "Nooooooooo" catchphrase, immediately followed by Rachel saying Monica's "I knowwwww!" catchphrase. Chandler's habit of enunciating incorrectly "Could that report BE any later?" is more commonly used by his friends to tease him than by Chandler himself. Also, Ross's sullen "Hi" was said by Chandler when he and Ross were miserable after being bullied.
  • Get Smart:
    • A commercial for the show promoted the "Catchphrase Redistribution Service", showing a montage of scenes of other characters saying Max's catchphrases.
    • In one episode, 99 says, "Sorry about that" instead of Max.
    • In one episode, this other guy is following Max around and is interested in his job. He keeps borrowing Max's "the old X trick" catchphrase, which annoys Max.
  • Happy Days:
    • Mrs. Cunningham would, very occasionally and when she really thought he was in the wrong, tell Fonzie to "sit on it." (Normally, the catchphrase was used by all the teen characters on the show, but not by the parents and NEVER to Fonzie.)
    • There is a scene where someone brings an embarrassing document (an old yearbook photo, or something) to the dinner table. Marion put it on her seat, sits down, and continues eating. Husband Howard says "That's right, Marion. Sit on it."
  • In Happy Endings, Brad tries to make the term "chicksand" catch on. Max thinks it's stupid until the end.
    Max: You drowned, bro, in chicksand. I like it and I'm taking credit for it.
  • Played With in Hogan's Heroes, when at one point Newkirk says "Formidable" while LeBeau says "Ruddy marvelous". Next second, they're both looking at the other with funny looks on their faces.
  • In House, Tritter uses House's Catchphrase "Everybody lies". Possibly done in order to emphasize that Tritter and House aren't so different.
  • House of Anubis had many characters borrow Victor's famous pin-drop speech. Fabian did it once in the school play (where he was playing Victor, of course) and he did it again with Patricia and Alfie when they became sinners.
    Fabian: It is ten o'clock!
    Patricia: You have five minutes...
    Alfie: And then I want to hear you all drop.
  • How I Met Your Mother: Mildly lampshaded:
    Ted: Permission to say "Lawyered"?
    Marshall: I'll allow it.
    Ted: Lawyered!
  • In something of an inversion, Rio in Juken Sentai Gekiranger borrows Jan's Verbal Tic during his Heel–Face Turn, to which Jan only chuckles.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • Done multiple times in Kamen Rider Decade:
      • In the Final Chapter finale movie, Decade activates the Final Form Ride — All Riders, allowing the rest of the Riders to transform into their Final Form Rides (basically, a good guy version of One-Winged Angel). To do so, however, the Riders have to line up behind each other and activate the transformation of the one in front of them. They all say one of Decade's catchphrase throughout the whole sequence: "This will tickle a bit." Hilarity Ensues.
      • In the TV series (specifically, the Hibiki arc), Diend performs the requisite "No More Holding Back" Speech, usually given by Decade. When Decade comments on the theft, Diend completes it by taking another of his catchphrases:
      "I was a passing-through Kamen Rider long before you came along! Remember that!"
    • In Kamen Rider Fourze, other characters would sometimes borrow Gentaro's "Uchuu kitaaa!" ("Space is heeere!", usually translated "It's space tiiime!") and occasionally replace "uchuu"/"space" with something else relevant to the situation. At the very least, they may be in the background shouting it with him when he transforms.
    • One of Kamen Rider Gaim's movies had the main characters use powerups based on previous Riders. Each of the Riders used their predecessor's catchphrases... until the end:
      Gaim: It's showtime!
      Ryugen: Now, count up your crimes!
      Baron: Seiya!
      Zangetsu: Uchuu ki... and that's as far as I'm willing to humor that notion.
    • Ex-Aid's catchphrases, "I'll clear this with no continues" and "I'll change the patient's fate with my own hands!" gets twisted by two villains - first by Parad ("I'll change the fate of Bugsters with my own hands!"), and later by Shin Dan Kuroto ("I'll clear this, even if I have to use continues!")spoiler explanation .
  • In the Legends of Tomorrow Trapped in TV Land episode, the sitcom versions of Nate and Behran have the catchphrase "On the other hand ... why not?" before they do something stupid, much to the irritation of Women Are Wiser Zari. Once their memories are restored and Charlie is pleading with them to stay in TV Land because if they return to the real world they'll be killed, the two Zaris look at Nate and Behran, then turn and say "On the other hand..." "...why not?"
  • Everyone on the Leverage has repeated Hardison's "Seriously?!" at some point.
    • Nearly every catchphrase gets borrowed repeatedly, mostly because the writers loved seeing the actors make it their own (with Seriously?! being their favorite).
  • Lost:
    • After Ben Linus is clubbed with an oar:
      Frank Lapidus: I thought you said you trusted that guy!
      Sun: I Lied.
    • In season 6, after Jack and Desmond bring back the light:
      Desmond: But what about you, Jack?
      Jack: I'll see you in another life, brother.
    • Actually, it happens twice, brotha.
    • Sawyer's old standby, "Son of a bitch!" has been borrowed by Jack, Hurley, and Bernard, among others.
  • In Mr. Young, Mrs. Byrne borrows Dang's "You called?" in "Mr. Alligator" when Derby says he's looking for a scaly, leathery, prehistoric beast.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Many catchphrases originated by the character of Joel Robinson (e.g. "I'm weird, which results in creativity", "Wha' happa?", "What do you think, sirs?") became Running Gags when other characters picked them up later.
  • The Nanny: In "Franny And The Professor", Fran Fine goes on Jeopardy!, and during "Final Jeopardy!", Alex Trebek is trying to show Fran's response to the "Final Jeopardy!" question when she goes into a tangent about how she came up with her response, leading Alex to shout "MISS FINE!" in exasperation, something that Maxwell Sheffield usually does.
  • In the One Foot in the Grave episode "The Futility of the Fly", the West End backer looking at a play based on the Meldrews complained about the string of Contrived Coincidences and unexplained incidents. His final verdict was "I don't believe it."
  • In Person of Interest while there are a few minor examples, there are a couple of particularly dramatic ones. Reese reverses The Machine's catchphrase "Can you hear me?" at a time when The Machine was going into shutdown. Finch borrows Root's catchphrase "I wasn't talking to you." But while Root almost always used it comedically, as one of the traits that made her appear crazy, Finch uses it seriously. He was also talking to and threatening Samaritan, while Root is always saying it to The Machine.
  • Pushing Daisies:
    • Both Olive and the Narrator have said Emerson Cod's catchphrase of "Oh, hell no!"
    • And at another point, an incidental character borrows the catch phrase of the Narrator:
      Rob Wright: I know how it must sound, but the facts were these...
      Chuck: Huh?
      Rob Wright: These were the facts...
  • Red Dwarf:
    • Rimmer adopts Ace Rimmer's catchphrase 'Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast' when he has to take over Ace's life. He says it when leaving the ship, and mangles it completely.
    • Subverted when Lister fails to teach Kryten to call Rimmer his catchphrase of "smeghead". He says "smeerr hee" instead because of his built-in censorship. It's later played straight when he eventually breaks it.
    • Lister has also used Rimmer's catchphrases to make fun of him, such as 'up the ziggurat, lickety-split'.
  • Seinfeld:
    • When Kramer and Jerry trade apartments, Jerry started talking about "Bob Sacamano" as Kramer usually does, while Kramer responds to George's complaint that Jerry has become more like Kramer with Jerry's "That's a shame."
    • In another episode, Jerry dates a woman who is essentially a female version of himself. He starts getting creeped out when she uses "What's the deal with...?" and "That's a shame."
    • A nonverbal variation when Elaine tells Jerry about her new job with the J. Peterman catalogue: he gives her her trademark "Get out!" shove, but without the line.
  • Stargate SG-1 seems to trade catch phrases more often than a group of elementary schoolers trade Pokémon cards. Notably, an alien boy who latches on to Jack complains "Oh, for crying out loud!" at least once, as does pretty much everyone else. Sam apparently picked up her early catchphrase "Holy Hannah" from her father. The final scene of Season 10 has the whole team (except Teal'c) ending a conversation with exclaiming Teal'c's catchphrase "Indeed". This makes this trope the second to last line in the series.
  • Star Trek:
    • Dr. McCoy's "I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder" has been used by other characters throughout the franchise, especially the Emergency Medical Hologram.
    • In "Who Mourns For Adonais" from Star Trek: The Original Series, when Mr. Spock wasn't part of the landing party:
      McCoy: To coin a phrase... fascinating.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
      • In "Hero Worship", a little boy emulates Data and says his catchphrases "I am operating within normal parameters" and "That is correct."
      • In "The Offspring", Lal, Data's "daughter", says, "I am operating within normal parameters", but eventually gives it up in favour of "I am fine."
      • Any member of the crew acting as the commanding officer in Picard's place will use his catchphrase "Make it so."
    • On Star Trek: Discovery, Saru attempts to come up with his own catchphrase. Tilly suggests that he use Captain Pike's "Hit it" but put his own spin on it; it fails, and he goes back to finding one of his own.
    • The Klingon warlord T'Kuvma is fond of saying "tlhIngan maH! taHjaj!" which means "Remain Klingon! or "We are Klingons! Let it remain!" After his death, it gets appropriated by his disciples Voq and L'Rell.
  • In That '70s Show, when Eric refuses Donna's plea to get back together, after having pined for her all season, Kitty calls him a "dumbass", which is normally Red's catchphrase.
  • When James May does his first track test on Top Gear, they send him out in the Pagani Zonda F Roadster, a supercar that is insane by even supercar standards. He borrows Clarkson's catchphrase for the occasion:
    May: [voiceover] I think I know what to do at this point. [amidst engine noises] POWEEERRRRRRR!
  • In True Jackson, VP every main character borrows True's "You said what now?!" catchphrase at least once.
  • In What I Like About You, Ben very hilariously uses Gary's "oh my damn".

  • Tuatha from The Fallen Gods has "Fuck a wizard". When Solvin tries to steal a bell while inside the Tower of Lunitari (which is run by many wizards), only to feel it disappear from his pocket, his response is "Fuck a wizard". Tuatha quickly agrees.

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  • The Furchester Hotel:
    • In the Christmas Episode, Phoebe, who has the Catchphrase "Fuzza-wubba! I've got a monster idea!", is depressed that Christmas isn't happening the way she wanted. It's Required Spin Off Crossover guest Big Bird who announces he has a solution with "Feather-wubba! I've got a Big Bird idea!"
    • And in the episode "Cheer Up Cheerleaders" it's Mr Harvey Dull who declares "Dulla-wubba! I've got a cheerleader idea!" On both occasions, Elmo repeats the altered "wubba" exclamation incredulously.
  • Sesame Street:
    • In one "Super Grover 2.0" sketch has a bird say Super Grover's "unleash my powers of investigation" line.
    • When Mr. Hooper dies, and the adults are trying to explain to Big Bird about the concept of death, Big Bird longingly looks into the drawing he made of Mr. Hooper and says, "You know? I'm going to miss you, Mr. Looper." Maria then says with tears in her eyes, but laughing as well, "That's Hooper, Big Bird! Hooper!"

  • Dead Ringers: After Andrew Neil is let go by the BBC, he shows up on The One Show sulking. Then Alex Jones starts listing what's on the show in the same manner as previous sketches with Neil did, where he lists off increasingly ludicrous things ("A cheese that's allergic to cheese..."). Andrew catches on, and is increasingly terrified, as the last ludicrous thing is inevitably DIANE ABBOT!

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    Video Games 
  • In Animal Crossing, the villagers will sometimes start using each other's Verbal Tics.
  • After being royally defeated by Ezio in Assassin's Creed II, Cesare Borgia of all people borrows his nemesis's secondary catchphrase (take back Roma) when trying to win himself support.
  • Borderlands 2: Ammo Dump machines will occasionally play Marcus's attempt at borrowing Scooter's Catchphrase. Emphasis on "attempt".
    Marcus: CATCH-A-GUUUUUN! Gugh! Never doing that again!
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds Faith will end up in a bank vault, as Buffy sets about rescuing her she will say "Bored now," Willow's evil Catchphrase, however she doesn't try and kill Buffy this time.
  • In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, Charlotte teases Jonathan a couple of times by turning his catchphrase, "No problem", back on him.
  • Command & Conquer: Renegade, in which the player controls a GDI Commando, obviously has the player character borrow the original Commando's "I've got a present for ya!". One of his squadmates likewise borrows it about halfway through the game, though in his case he means it literally (he airlifts you a tank to go blow up the bad guys with). Another one has an unused line where he uses the phrase, but then notes that it doesn't sound right when he says it.
  • Tim Goodman uses Pikachu's "A bolt of brilliance!" at one point in Detective Pikachu.
  • Devil May Cry:
    • Dante's "Jackpot!" seems to be one of these, as both Vergil (in unison with Dante during DMC3) and Nero (in 4) adopt it while finishing off that game's Big Bad. (Trish also sets up Dante's use of it in the first game, right before he takes out Mundus.) Given Dante's words in 3 ("Remember what we used to say?"), it's implied he coined the phrase alongside Vergil, back when they were still close in their childhood. Sure enough, it returns in Devil May Cry 5, where Dante says it twice (once before his first battle with Urizen due to Urizen's true identity and then in the epilogue while fighting demons alongside a reformed Vergil), but Nero once again gets in on the fun should he successfully land a Buster on a Devil Trigger'd Vergil either while Vergil's Doppelganger Style is active or he's flying straight at Nero.
    • Nero himself has a tendency to use phrases mostly associated with Vergil, such as "I need more power" or "Might controls everything", for reasons that become pretty clear.
  • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, "Well, shit" seems to be Varric's catch phrase, considering how often the man runs into all kinds of traumatic events (it's even the title of his last personal sidequest!). However, when the Inquisitor helps Vivienne to try healing her aging lover, but the medicine instead kills him, their "snarky/neutral" reaction line to this event is simply: "Well... shit." (Varric himself is not present at this time.) It's also the Inquisitor's potential reaction to learning that they are in the same stretch of the Fade as the Nightmare.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, recovering Sten's sword will give you the option of turning Sten's "Pashaara" around on him as a dialogue choice. His response is a simple "Exactly".
  • Golf Story: During your match against Lara at Oak Manor, she'll steal Max Yards's "Unbound!" after a particularly good tee shot, but she apologizes for saying it right after.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The 7th Stand User has the protagonist borrow Avdol's famous "YES! I AM!" if they end up getting shot by Hol Horse instead of him. Vins also borrows it on the betrayal ending path after surviving the collapse of the ruins in Aswan.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Kingdom Hearts coded: Donald and Goofy borrow Sora's "My friends are my power!" when trying to get Data-Sora out of a funk.
    • Roxas, Kairi and Saïx have all borrowed Axel/Lea's "Got it memorized?" catchphrase to emphasize that he should be the one remembering something.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild base game, Prince Sidon's catchphrase is "Don't give up! I believe in you!" In "The Champions' Ballad" DLC, it's revealed that his late sister Mipha was the one who always said "I believe in you" to him and generally gave him the kind of encouragement that he would pass on to others. In fact, if you redo the Illusory Realm Waterblight Ganon fight enough times, Mipha will ask Link to tell Sidon to believe in himself on her behalf.
  • Happens twice to Shepard in Mass Effect 3: once done by Conrad Verner, who's lampshading Shepard's tendency to Talk to Everyone and repeat already asked questions, and once in the Citadel DLC by the Shepard clone, although Shepard didn't realize they sounded like that.
    Shepard: How come nobody told me about this before!? I'm open to feedback here!
  • In Megaman Sprite Game, Megaman uses Quickman's "Are you in or are you skin" catchphrase before catching and berating himself for reminding himself of that prick.
  • In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Raiden uses Jetstream Sam's catchphrase, "Let's dance!", against the final boss after retrieving Sam's now-unlocked sword to replace his broken one. In a DLC episode, Sam used the same quote against the same character.
  • In Metroid: Other M, this trope coincides with the only time Samus truly defies her self appointed commanding officer: "Any objections, Adam?"...granted, she thought he was dead so it was equal parts sarcasm and is put back in her place when he shows up alive.
  • Not for Broadcast: At the end of Day 232: The Silence, when Jeremy Donaldson is growing troubled and disturbed over Advance and their plan after an interview with Geoff Algebra, Megan Wolfe has to end the National Nightly News with his Signing-Off Catchphrase, "Have a peaceful night."
  • Overwatch: In an interaction between Junkrat and Tracer, the former says a modified version of latter's Catchphrase, much to her chagrin.
    Junkrat: Cheers, mate! The cavalry's here!
    Tracer: That's my line!
  • In Parappa the Rapper 2, every stage's intro has Parappa shout his catchphrase "I gotta believe!". The sole exception is Stage 7, where the Big Bad Colonel Noodle performs the "I gotta believe!" sequence. Fitting, since he's Parappa's Evil Counterpart.
  • Psychonauts: Early on in the tutorial, Bobby Zilch pushes Raz off a small cliff and does a weird, taunting dance while clicking his tongue. If Raz knocks Bobby off the rail during a rail grinding segment, Raz will do the dance. He also does it after beating the wrestlers in Black Velvetopia.
    Raz: Eh, eh eh, eh eh eheh!
  • The Russian says this in The Punisher as he knocks out Nick Fury:
  • At the end of Puyo Puyo Fever's HaraHara course, Ms. Accord says "Oh, la-ti-da yourself, Raffina!", using said student's "la-ti-da" catchphrase, after bonking her on the head to make her forget about Popoi and the fact that the flying cane that everyone was after was never actually lost.
  • One mission in Saints Row: The Third might have the Boss say "I love it when a plan comes together". That mission is when he/she is at the controls of a tank, falling through the sky, after the plane it was on blows up.
  • In South Park: The Stick of Truth, the New Kid says only one line at the end of the game:
    The New Kid: Screw you guys, I'm going home. (Leaves the group to do so)
    Cartman: Wow, what a dick.
  • In Summon Night: Swordcraft Story Varil explains his presence in one scene by that Sakuro told him about the situation and told him to not "underestimate the ability of a Craftlord to gather information", a play on Varil's regular claims about the Gold Guild's (headed by his father) ability to gather information when asked how he knows about events he wasn't involved in.
  • Quite a few Super Mario Bros. characters have copied Mario's "Let's-a go" and "Mamma mia!", especially Luigi and Peach.
    • The menu sound clip for WarioWare: Smooth Moves is Wario parodying a Mario catchphrase: "It's-a-Wii, Wario!"
  • In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Shulk's reveal trailer has him taking one of his friend Reyn's catchphrases when preparing for battle; a quote he also uses as one of his taunts.
    Shulk: Now it's Shulk time!
  • In Tales of Symphonia, Raine uses Lloyd's "Give me your name and I'll give you mine". Lloyd then realizes how cheesy it sounds, and never uses it again.
  • Pai Chan uses M. Bison's But for Me, It Was Tuesday quote from the Street Fighter movie in Project X Zone 2.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has Zeke borrow Shulk's famous battle cry of "I'm really feeling it!"

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  • Danganronpa:
    • In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Kirigiri borrows Naegi's "You've got that wrong!" during a trial.
    • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair: After he reveals his true nature during the first Trial, Komaeda, who is a Foil to Naegi (to the point that they share the same voice actor in Japanese and English), delivers Naegi's "You've got that wrong!" to trigger his Rebuttal Showdown against Hinata.
  • In Little Busters!, Kyousuke has a Catchphrase of 'Mission start!' whenever he's declaring the beginning of some sort of over-the-top, ridiculous adventure he's organised for the other charactes. In Refrain, as Riki starts taking over Kyousuke's role to re-form the Little Busters and to grow into a more self-sufficient person he sets up a mission of his own and ends up saying the phrase himself.
  • Maya from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney sometimes playfully copies many of the other characters' catchphrases and speech quirks, Most notably Luke Atmey's "Zvarri!" and Detective Gumshoe's ", pal." This is often just to mess with Phoenix, and accompanied with a sly grin.

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  • In "The Camping Webisode" of DSBT InsaniT, Cody uses a variation of Andy's "Tee-hee, ice puns." and Andy uses Martha's "Shut up and fight!" The second one is particularly amusing, since Martha usually says that in response to Andy's antics in a dire situation.
  • In Red vs. Blue, if someone has a Catchphrase, it will be used by someone else eventually, with varying degrees of accuracy;
    • Donut always insists that his armor color is "Light-ish red". In the Relocation mini-arc, Grif spots Donut among holographic-Grifs and notes that the armor color among his doubles is "light-ish red".
    • Wash's "Worst [X]. Ever. Of all time." has been used by Tucker and Caboose and calling Church "The worst wingman."
    • In Season 12, Grif gets so worked up over his chosen officer Bitters stealing one of his snacks that he calls him a "Dirtbag!" just like Sarge normally does. Grif is horrified upon realizing that the pressures of leadership are causing him to emulate Sarge.
    • Season 13 has Carolina attempting to say Tucker's catchphrase due to Epsilon's suggestion to loosen up. It didn't work.
    Tucker: Did she just say my thing?
    Caboose: Um, no. Uh, Tucker, it's "hey chicka bump bump." Awkward.
    Carolina: (to Epsilon) You said to loosen up.
    Epsilon: That's a little... too loose. Just tighten that back up a little bit.
    Tucker: I feel violated.
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  • Video Game Championship Wrestling: "EDBW: Killscreen V" has Sans and Monokuma borrow one another's catchphrases in the run-up to their match.
    Monokuma: If you start this're gonna have a bad time.
    Sans: I like a bad time. you, on the other hand...You need to be punished.

  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Belkar borrows Roy's usual catchphrase by yelling "NOT REALLY THE POINT!" after Bloodfeast the Extreme-inator gets turned into a lizard, and Haley starts questioning the name.
    • Vaarsuvius gives a Sophisticated as Hell version of Haley's catchphrase (Sneak Attack, Bitch!) when attacking another wizard with a mind-controlled archer:
      I may be in error, but I believe the appropriate proclamation is, "Sneak Attack, bitch."
    • Tsukiko overhears a conversation between Xykon and Redcloak about the gate and asks, "Gate, what gate?". Lampshaded when the Monster in the Darkness snaps back "Hey, that's my line!"

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  • Team Kimba of the Whateley Universe has Phase, whose Catchphrase "of course!" just makes him more pompous and smug, so the rest of the team borrow the phrase primarily to tease him.

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  • The Call of Warr: Glintz-Terry uses Durkin's "Durkin' me around" saying at one point...and Durkin doesn't react well to it, which acts as a clue for the characters that Durkin was possessed by Vid's Demon friend.
  • When Midnight Screenings discussed Gravity, they borrowed "SYMBOLISM!" from Bad Movie Beatdown.
  • The Nostalgia Critic: This tends to happen whenever the Critic ends the episode in a terrible rage. Whenever it does, the final line is always spoken by another character as "He's the Nostalgia Critic, he remembers it so you don't have to!"
  • UN Hhhh: Katya is a huge fan of fellow RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 2 contestant Tatianna's spoken-word performance "The Same Parts," and often recites the line "Because what you see isn't always the truth" or an altered variation fitting the current situation.
  • Some More News: The show has a Running Gag of its tagline being "Fair and Balanced™©®", which belonged to the Fox News network until they relinquished it in 2017.
  • Todd in the Shadows has borrowed from The Nostalgia Critic at least twice:
  • In Two Best Friends Play Persona 4, Matt points out when Pat borrows one of his catchphrases.
    Matt: You're saying "See you fuckers" a lot.
    Pat: It's a really versatile phrase!
  • In the Vaguely Recalling JoJo series, Polnareff's Oh, Crap! reaction face is borrowed by Steely Dan and Telence D'Arby when they realize that things aren't going their way.
  • Warning! Readers Advisory!: Darla often borrows Linkara's "because poor literacy is ~*KEWL*~" catchphrase during the books she's reviewing.
  • The first episode of Critical Role's second campaign reveals Yasha's class this way. The proud reaction of the originator says it all.
  • Kitboga, a scambaiter popular on YouTube and Twitch, sometimes ends his videos with "Happy painting, god bless," which is a shortening of Bob Ross's "From all of us here, I want to wish you happy painting and God bless, my friends," from The Joy of Painting.
  • The Scott The Woz episode "A Very Madden 08 Christmas" sees two people adopting Scott's "Hey all, Scott here!" catchphrase: Terry, one of the vegans, with "Hey Scott, all here," and the police with "Hey all, 911 here."

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  • In Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Ickis says in a few episodes "I hate my life", which is the catchphrase of Ed Bighead from Rocko's Modern Life. Interestingly, both Ickis and Bighead are voiced by Charlie Adler.
  • The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan episode "The Eye of the Idol" has Scooter and later Anne borrowing Stanley's "Wham bam, we're in a jam!". Two episodes later, Henry uses it to make fun of Stanley when he fails at doing a magic trick with the stocks, and Flip says it in the following episode.
    • Charlie himself used it on one episode, which is lampshaded.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Prince Zuko normally had a monopoly on honor related phrases (to the point where in the play version of the show, just about every line actor Zuko used had the word honor in there somewhere). This changes in the third season when both Aang and Sokka say that they need to restore their honor. Meta-lampshaded when Aang says, "I need my honor back," and it directly cuts to Zuko.
  • Mixed with Tempting Fate in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Graviton yells "I'm stronger than all of you! I'm the strongest one there is!" Cue The Incredible Hulk arriving on the scene.
  • As the show went on, other Beast Wars characters started picking up Megatron's "yesssssss" when referring to him. Ditto for Primal's "That's just prime."
  • During an episode of Beavis and Butt-Head, Butt-head goes "Boi-oi-oi-oi-oing" in a matter similar to Beavis.
  • Yoram Gross' incarnations of Blinky Bill have had characters borrowing Blinky's catchphrase "Extraordinary!", usually said at the end of every episode.
    • In "Monkey See, Monkey Do", his step-sister Nutsy utters another phrase from him used during the third series; "Careful is my middle name!" Blinky wonders where he heard that.
  • Bob's Burgers: In "The Hormone-iums", after Linda fails to pick up on Louise's hints that they should get the Fischoder brothers to invest in her "wine shoes" idea, Louise lets out an exasperated "Oh my god..." in unison with her father Bob.
  • Budgie the Little Helicopter: In the episode, All at Sea, Pippa used Lionel's catchphrase "Juddering Joysticks.".
  • In Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Buzz Lightyear's signature catch phrase "To infinity, and beyond!" has had its fair share of being used by other characters just as much as Buzz does, including, but not limited to: his teammates Mira, Booster, and XR, his enemies such as Torque with Buzz's personality, and Evil Buzz, and even friends and family of his teammates, such as Booster's father.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog has had three occasions where the episode's antagonist borrowed Eustace's catchphrase of addressing Courage as "stupid dog".
    • King Buffo from "Feast of the Bullfrogs" yells "Stupid dog!" as he leaves after his defeat.
    • Jeeves Weevil from "Evil Weevil" is defeated when he is tricked into sucking up his own body fat, which shrinks him to the size of a normal insect. He reacts by kicking Courage and the shin and shouting "Stupid dog!" in a high-pitched voice.
    • "The Tower of Dr. Zalost" has the title antagonist yell "Stupid dog!" after his tower has been demolished by Courage.
  • Danger Mouse lampshades this in an episode of his show:
    Penfold: Good grief!
    D.M.: Penfold! That's my line!
    • In "The Strange Case Of The Ghost Bus," DM invokes James Bond's "Shaken...not stirred."
    • Greenback says "Penfold, shush!" in "The Ultra Secret Secret." DM says he'll ignore his line being stolen.
  • In the Dastardly & Muttley episode "Who's Who?," Dastardly gets amnesia, leaving Klunk to run the Vulture Squadron. After yet another operation fails, Klunk says Dastardly's line of "Drat and double drat!"
  • The DuckTales reboot does this on a few occasions with Donald as the subject:
    • Launchpad adopts a few, lamely delivered, when Scrooge has him pretend to be Donald.
      Launchpad *completely normal*: Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!
    • From the season one finale onwards, other characters have a tendency to borrow his catchphrase "Oh, phooey!" when something unexpectedly goes very wrong.
    • Webby says Scrooge's catchphrase "bless me bagpipes" right after finding out she's his Opposite-Sex Clone and therefore (technically) his daughter.
    • In The Lost Harp of Mervana!, when Webby is having a Heroic BSoD:
      Louie: C'mon, Webs, I need you to run.
      Webby: Why? So we can continue to get by in a cold, dark world where mermaids and grandmas are liars, and good people don't exist? Hoboy.
      Louie: Is that what I sound like? Hoboy.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Kevin is about to call the Eds dorks, but Sarah finishes his sentence for him, to his approval.
    • In another episode, Eddy imitated Edd by saying "filthy, filthy, filthy." Even Ed lampshades it.
  • In the Elinor Wonders Why short "That's So Interesting - How Do Cheetahs Run So Fast" Ari declares "We need more observations!" saying that it's what Elinor would say.
  • The Fairly OddParents: In "Fairy Idol", when Cosmo and Wanda quit their jobs after taking abuse from Timmy (actually an evil clone of him), Wanda calls him a "twerp" like Vicky normally does.
  • A mix between this and Phrase Catcher shows up in the Family Guy episode "Griffin Winter Games", wherein Meg actually says "Shut up, Meg" when she's competing against her former voice actress Lacey Chabert in the tryouts for the Winter Olympic Biathlon.
    Meg: Shut up, Meg!
    Lacey: No, you shut up, Meg!
    Meg: No, you shut up, Meg!
    Peter: Shut up, Meg.
  • In the Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes episode "Hard Knocks", Ben borrows Hulk's: "Thing smash!" In "Bait And Switch", Reed comments, "I always wanted to say this — it's clobbering time!"
  • On The Flintstones Fred and Barney once yelled their wives' "Charge it!".
  • Fish Hooks eventing Milo on the Lam where Bea first goes to Shellsea after that forensic morning catchprasing "Girrrrrrrrrl".
  • Once in Futurama when Leela was explaining what Bender was doing, leaving Fry to be the one to utter "Oh lord!"
    • Another episode had a moment where Bender exploded; after he put himself back together, he walked in with a triumphant "Good news, everyone!" The Professor was thrown for a loop.
    • Fry says "Good news, everyone!" in "Jurassic Bark," imitating the professor's voice.
    • During the fourth movie, Fry tells Bender he can bite his shiny metal hat.
    • After Bender's death in "The Ghost in the Machines," Hermes exhibits a graph which shows that "requests to bite one's shiny metal ass are down 98%." He's interrupted by Scruffy the Janitor's vacuum.
      Hermes: Do you mind doing that later?
      Scruffy: Bite my shiny metal ass.
    • Cubert has done this twice and gotten a Literal-Minded reaction from his dad both times:
      • In "The Route of All Evil":
        Farnsworth: This is my latest invention: a device that lets anyone sound exactly like me!
        Cubert: (talking into it) "Good news, everyone. I'm a horse's butt!"
        Farnsworth: I am? That's not good news at all, you little—
      • "Bender Should Not Be Allowed On Television":
        Cubert: Hey dad, bite my shiny metal ass!
        Farnsworth: What?! Such an act would be most uncomfortable for both of us!
  • The Galaxy High episode "The Brat Back" has Doyle borrow Rotten Roland's catchphrase of "I love it, I looove it" after hearing that Beef has gotten in trouble.
  • Many familiar phrases in theatrical cartoons from The Golden Age of Animation (Looney Tunes, Popeye cartoons, MGM cartoons, and even Classic Disney Shorts) are actually Memetic Mutation references to film actors, radio shows, songs, and commercials that were very popular or well-known in the United States during the time of their release, but are now only associated with these animated works thanks to Time Marches On. Examples are:
    • "Turn off that light!" (reference to air raid wardens during World War II)
    • "Was/Is this/that trip really necessary?" (reference to a slogan used to encourage people not to take unnecessary trips to free up gas and rubber for the war effort and to free up space on trains to ferry troops to their duty locations. )
    • "It's a possibility!" (reference to Artie Auerbach's catchphrase as Mr. Kitzle during Al Pearce's radio shows)
      • "Nobody home, I hope, I hope, I hope" - Al Pearce
    • "That ain't the way I hear-ed it!" (reference to The Old Timer character from the radio series Fibber McGee and Molly)
      • "'T ain't funny, McGee!" (reference to the character Molly, addressing McGee in Fibber McGee and Molly)
      • "I love that man!" - (reference to the character Beulah (Marlin Hurt) on Fibber McGee and Molly.)
      • "Operator, give me number 32O.. ooh, is that you, Myrt? How's every little thing, Myrt? What say, Myrt?" - (reference to the character Fibber, whenever the operator connecting his calls turned out to be his friend Myrt, Fibber McGee and Molly. )
      • "Well now, I wouldn't say THAT!" - (reference to the character Peavey (Richard Le Grand) in the radio show The Great Gildersleeve)
    • "Don't you believe it!" (reference to a 1947 similarly titled radio show in which popular legends, myths or old wives' tales were debunked with this quote.)
    • "Aha! Something new has been added!" and "So round, so firm, so fully-packed. So free and easy on the draw." (reference to Lucky Strike cigarettes)
    • "B.OOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" (reference to a commercial for Lifebuoy soap against B.O. (body odor))
    • "Ain't I a stinker?" (Lou Costello from Abbott and Costello)
      • "I'm only three and a half years old!" - From a character named Martha (Billy Gray) on the Abbot & Costello radio show.
    • "Ah, yes! (Insert statement here), isn't it?", "Yehudi?", "Don't work, do they?" and "Greetings, Gate! Let's osculate!" (Jerry Colonna, sidekick on Bob Hope 's radio show.)
    • "I dood it!", "He don't know me very well, do he?" and "You bwoke my widdle arm!" (reference to Red Skelton's radio comedy character Junior, aka "Mean Widdle Kid")
    • "Of course you realize this means war!" (Groucho Marx)
    • "Ain't I a devil?" - Ralph Edwards in "Truth or Consequences".
    • "Which way did he go, George? Which way did he go?" and "I'm going to hug him and pet him and hug him and pet him And Call Him "George"!..." (reference to John Steinbeck's novel, particularly to Lon Chaney Jr's. characterization of Lennie in the 1939 movie adaptation of Of Mice & Men)
    • Several dimwitted characters were based on Mortimer Snerd, who was created in 1938.
    • "Henry! Heeeeeeeeeeen-RY!" "Coming, Mother!" (reference to The Aldritch Family, a radio sitcom)
    • The NBC Chime (the notes themselves remain as a signature for the television network)
    • "Monkeys is the cwaziest peoples." - A catch phrase from Lew Lehr. In parody the word "monkeys" was often replaced by other animals or people.
    • "Ah say! I'm from the South, son!", "That's a joke, son!", "Pay attention now, boy!" - Kenny Delmar as Senator Claghorn in "The Fred Allen Show". The Looney Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn was entirely based on this radio personality.
    • "See?" - A verbal tic actor Edward G. Robinson used. When characters in Looney Tunes use it, it's usually in a police or gangster context.
    • "I'll moida da bum." - A reference to boxer Tony Galento.
    • "I have a problem, Mr. Anthony!" - Reference to John J. Anthony, who presented the daily radio advice program "The Goodwill Hour".
    • "Train leaving on Track 5 for Anaheim, Azusa and Cuuuu-ca-mon-gaaa!" - Mel Blanc usually said this, as it was a reference to a character he played on "The Jack Benny Show".
    • "Come with me to the casbah" - Reference to Charles Boyer as Pépé le Moko in the 1937 film Algiers. Interesting detail: the line was prominent in the trailer, but not in the movie itself.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983): In "Evil-Lyn's Plot", Skeletor uses an amulet of Coridite to become just as strong as He-Man. When he powers up, he borrows He-Man's phrase with, "Now, I have the power!"
  • Lampshaded in Hey Arnold! when in one episode, Arnold uses Gerald's catchphrase.
    Arnold: You know, you're a bold kid, Gerald.
    Gerald: Hey, that's my line.
    Arnold: Oh yeah.
  • In the Higglytown Heroes episode "Twinkle Tooth", Twinkle is unable to come up with a convoluted idea on how she could get her loose tooth back from the sink drain, so the others do the honors for her, right down to them using her catchphrase "Aw, pickles!" when Fran points out the one fatal flaw in their idea - there are no whales in the sink drain.
  • Penny from Inspector Gadget uses her uncle's "Wowsers" once or twice, thought it's usually not Played for Laughs when she does it.
  • In a few episodes of Jackie Chan Adventures, Tohru said Uncle's "Aieeya!" when something went wrong for him.
    • Jade eventually started copying Jackie's "bad day" when having an Oh, Crap! moment.
  • Jabberjaw considered it plagiarism when someone other than him complained about lack of respect, which is ironic since it was a borrowed catchphrase to begin with
  • Normally, when Johnny Test does a parody, Johnny's the one to catch on with a "Now where have I seen this before?", but in the The Cat in the Hat parody, when Bling-2 shows up, Dukey delivers the line.
  • Kaeloo: In the episode "Let's Play Golf", Kaeloo uses one of Stumpy's own catchphrases when talking to him ("Are you stupid or what?").
    • In another episode, Kaeloo uses Stumpy's "I hate your guts" catchphrase on Mr. Cat (though it's more for comedic effect than actual hatred).
  • In the King of the Hill episode "Lucky See, Monkey Do", when Bobby sees how ridiculous lives the kids of Lucky's sister live, he says "Those boys ain't right."
    • In the episode "Bystand Me," Peggy starts writing a column about household hints. She tells her latest column to Hank, where she told her readers to mix pneumonia and bleach to clean their bathroom fixtures. When Hank tells her that that's the recipe for mustard gas, Peggy lets out Hank's trademark "Bwahhh!"
  • Kim Possible asserts that Yoko won't be a problem after all the other villains that had been smacked down. Funny given she isn't a wrestling fan. (Though Ron is, so she probably cribbed it from him.)
    • In "Oh No! Yono!", Ron shows his parents baby Hana's karate skills, and he borrows the phrase they use whenever they drop a life-changing bombshell on him.
    Ron: This is my way of telling you.
  • The Legend of Korra has Zhu Li using Varrick's phrase "Do the thing" against him when he gets arrested.
    • Later, when Varrick and Zhu Li get married, it's Bolin who borrows the phrase.
    Bolin: Will you "do the thing" forever?
  • In a couple of Looney Tunes shorts Daffy Duck uses Sylvester's catchphrase "Sufferin' Succotash!".
    • On a episode of the game show Press Your Luck, one of the questions was which character used that catchphrase. The show had Daffy as the correct answer, which was incorrect. All three contestants were invited to come back on the show because of this, and in the next episode Mel Blanc called in as Sylvester and complained that Daffy was always stealing from him.
    • At the end of "Rabbit Transit", when Cecil Turtle's trick on Bugs causes Bugs to get arrested for speeding, Cecil is the one who says "Ain't I a stinker?".
  • The Loud House:
    • In "Potty Mouth", Lisa is disguised as baby Lily and says Lily's catchphrase "Poo-poo!".
    • In "Cover Girls", Lincoln says Lily's "Poo-poo" catchphrase as a synonym for Oh, Crap! when he has to play video games with his classmates dressed as Lily.
    • When Leni is pretending to be Lori in "Change of Heart", she says Lori's "literally" catchphrase, as does Lynn when she's pretending to be Lori over the phone in "Sitting Bull".
    • In "The Loudest Thanksgiving", all members of the Loud, Santiago, and Casagrande families say, "Let's do this!" (which is usually Lincoln's line) except for Lori, Bobby, and Lily.
  • In the episode "A Friend In Need" in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit once borrowed Christopher Robin's "Silly old bear." And yes, he used it with the same amount of endurance.
    • A non-verbal example, Roo has also bounced a couple of characters just like his idol, Tigger.
    • Roo has also imitated Tigger’s “hoo hoo, hoo hoo” a couple times.
  • Peg + Cat:
    • Downplayed in "The Doohickey Problem" when Cat says, "I doohickey what I can", which resembles Ramone's catchphrase "I do what I can."
    • In "The Beethoven Problem", Peg does say her catchphrases "Really big problem" and "Cat's right, we should count backwards from five to calm down", but Beethoven says them along with her and, in the case of the former, so does Cat.
    • In "The Halloween Problem", Richard instead of Peg says that he's got a big problem and then later, he's the one who brings up counting backwards instead of Peg.
    • In "The Cleopatra Problem", Cleopatra says Peg's "totally freaking out" catchphrase with her.
    • In "Yet Another Tree Problem", Cat's the one to say that he's "totally freaking out" instead of Peg. He also says, "You're a genius" which, again, is usually Peg's line.
    • Usually, it's Peg and/or Cat who sing the "Problem Solved" song, but in "I Do What I Can: the Musical", it's the singers who sing it.
    • In "The Girl Group Problem", Aki says, "Really big problem" instead of Peg, then all the girls say, "totally freaking out".
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • The episode "Hail, Doofania!" does a role reversal for the title characters and Dr. Doofenschmirtz, so Phineas delivers Doof's "...the ENTIRE TRI-STATE AREA!" and "Bless you, Perry the Platypus!", while Doofenschmirtz does Phineas's "I know what we're going to do today!", "Aren't you a little old to be..." "No. No I'm not". His daughter also takes on Candace's role, including her outfit (there was a mix-up at the laundromat) and catchphrase "Mom! Mom! You gotta see this!" And even her mother assumes Candace's mother's role, right down to her saying, "I think it's time you got out of the sun for a while."
    • Vanessa adapts her father's catchphrase in another episode when she says "Thank you, Perry the Platypus!"
    • Isabella's catchphrase "Whatcha doooin'?" is borrowed by a few other characters, but she's very protective of it. She elbows Buford in the ribs when he starts to say it in "Out of Toon", she acts visibly irritated when Suzy and Candace use it to Phineas in "Suddenly Suzy", and she can sense Candace using it from across town in "Phineas and Ferb's Christmas Vacation". However, she doesn't mind when Phineas says it to her in "That Sinking Feeling".
  • Regular Show: Benson once used a particularly long "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!" when getting fired by his new boss whom he detests.
  • In Rocko's Modern Life, while laying in bed during a nervous breakdown in "She's the Toad", Ed Bighead says "Garbage day is a very dangerous day", echoing Rocko's usual "(blank) day is a very dangerous day" catchphrase.
  • At the end of the "Treasure of Monte Zoom" arc in Rocky and Bullwinkle, Natasha Fatale borrows Boris Badenov's catchphrase of telling her "Shaddup your mouth!"
  • Twice in Samurai Jack:
    • In her intro episode, the Scotsman's wife tells the Scotsman to "shut it!" (which is the Scotsman's catchphrase). He responds with "yes, dear."
    • Ashi borrows Aku's catchphrase in episode 4 of season 5 when she rants to Jack.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • Three examples occur in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown": first Shaggy says, "Jinkies" (which is Velma's catchphrase), then he says, "Let's set a trap" (which is usually what Fred says), then Velma joins in on the catchphrase-stealing and says, "Like" (which Shaggy is known for saying).
  • Throughout the first season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Catra would sarcastically greet her ex-friend with a mocking and flirtatious "Hey, Adora." Adora gets to return the favor in the season two premiere, saying it to a camera that Catra and her allies were watching a battle from before destroying it.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Throughout the show, when things go south, members of the Simpson family tend to borrow their patriarch's "D'oh!" Rare occasions have other characters, such as Krusty and Mr. Burns, use it.
    • In "Homer's Night Out", when Homer realizes Bart took a photo of him dancing with Princess Kashmir, he prepares to strangle him with his trademark "Why, you little...!" But he's interrupted by Marge shouting "Why, you big...!" and trying to strangle Homer.
    • In "Summer of 4 Ft. 2", to impress her new friends, Lisa said "Don't Have a Cow, Man!" and "Ay, Caramba!", two of Bart's catchphrases. As of this episode, they became Lisa's catchphrases.
    • In "Lisa the Simpson", Lisa worries that her genetics will lead to her becoming as dumb as Homer. When she learns that it's only male Simpsons who carry the dumb gene, and subsequently solves the puzzle she's been stuck on all episode, she lets out a Homeresque "Woo-hoo!" before catching herself.
    • Homer Simpson's "D'oh" in itself was borrowed from somebody else, namely actor James Finlayson from the Laurel and Hardy series, who used to say it in a very long outstretched way, more like "D'oooooooooooooooooooh". It was shortened because things have to go a lot quicker in animation.
    • In "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace", it's Lisa, rather than Homer, who shouts "Why you little—!" and strangles Bart.
    • In "Natural Born Kissers", Moe borrows Helen Lovejoy's "Won't someone Think of the Children!?" line.
    • In "Little Big Mom", after tricking Homer and Bart into thinking they have leprosy, Lisa utters Mr. Burns' "Excellent," while tenting her fingers like he does when saying it.
    • Multiple cross-show examples appear in the Family Guy crossover, including Homer responding to Peter's "Woohoo!" with a kick to the face and a "Road House!"
    • In "Homer the Moe", Michael Stipe borrows Homer's "Mmm, [food item]..." while eating tofu turkey, saying "Mmm, curds..."
    • Nelson's "Haw-haw!" has been used by other characters on ocassion.
      • Lisa uses it towards Bart when he has to sit next to Nelson on the bus in "The Haw-Hawed Couple".
      • In "The Wreck of the Relationship", Martin somehow manages to beat up Nelson. Standing over him, he proclaims, "It is I who wears the vest! Haw-haw!"
      • In "Stealing First Base", Nelson encourages another student to laugh at a girl for having kissed Bart. The student does so, although slightly confused. Nelson is still very satisfied. Later, he nails it perfectly, to Nelson's amazement.
      • Reverend Lovejoy does it to Bart in "500 Keys", after his attempts to cause trouble only end up helping everyone instead.
  • South Park:
    • A couple of times Stan and Kenny have said Cartman's "Screw you guys, I'm going home!"
    • There have been instances where Stan and Kyle's usual "Oh my god! They killed Kenny!" "You bastards!" is taken by other characters:
      • In "The Red Badge of Gayness", when Kenny got killed, Grandpa Marsh yelled "You bastard!" which Kyle responded with an annoyed "Hey!"
      • In "Prehistoric Ice Man", Cartman causes Kyle to fall into a hole. Stan tells him "Great job, fatass, you killed Kyle!" and Kenny followed with a muffled "You bastard!"
    • In "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000", when Stan and Kyle declare Clyde the new "fat kid" in order to replace Cartman for the upcoming sled race against the girls, Clyde says Cartman's old catchphrase word for word:
    Clyde: For the last time, I'm not fat, so stop calling me fat, GODDAMMIT! (Covers his mouth when he realizes he's beginning to act like Cartman)
    • In "Going Native", Cartman borrows Butters' "Fellas! FELLAS!"
  • From the Spider-Man: The Animated Series episode "Return of the Spider-Slayers":
    Spider-Man: I hate to borrow someone else's line, but... it's clobberin' time!
  • In Star Wars Rebels, Zeb's favorite curse word is "Karabast." Season 2 shows that Ezra had picked up on using it.
  • This occurs at the end of Turtles Forever, as the 1988 and 2003 turtles say goodbye to each other by trading catchphrases. Another example occurs in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode "Turtle X-Tinction", where Serling uses the phrase "It's Serling time" — borrowed from the turtles' own "It's ninja time!" — before embarking on his mad dash to save Cody.
  • Thomas & Friends:
    • Emily borrows Thomas' "Cinders and ashes!" in "Tickled Pink" when she sees James' pink undercoat.
    • Henry borrows Gordon's "Express coming through!" in "Henry Gets the Express" while pulling the express coaches. Gordon lampshades it: "But...that's my line!"
    • Gordon's "Oh, the indignaty!" is said by Sir Topham Hatt in "Buckled Tracks and Bumpy Cars". Again, Gordon lampshades it.
    • Percy borrows the narrator's "and then there was trouble" in "Reds vs Blues".
  • Tom and Jerry: Not necessarily a catchphrase, but Butch the black cat has used Tom's signature Stock Screams in the handful of episodes he appeared in after suffering an injury.
  • Borrowed (and altered) catchphrase as a show title: Will The Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down?
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: In "We Are the Wright Brothers", Brad says Xavier's Catchphrase — "To the Secret Museum!"
  • Yogi Bear makes a swipe using his signature rhyming in Yogi's Treasure Hunt, with apologies to Mr. B. Bunny:
    Yogi: At the risk of stealing a line most appealing: "What's up, Doc?"
  • On Young Justice, M'gann's "Hello, Megan!" line is revealed to be from an old, forgotten sitcom that she watched growing up. Wally, in turn, borrows it twice: as playful ribbing in "Image" and legitimately in "Failsafe." (The latter turns out to be Fridge Brilliance when you find out that the Team are unknowingly mind-linked and that M'gann's Psychic Powers are accidentally brainwashing them all).
    • By the third season, about seven years have passed in-series, and all of the characters have picked up each others' catchphrases as a sort of in-joke. Artemis says "Hello, Megan!" when she realizes things and Oracle uses Impulse's Future Slang when she discovers things. Even Superman gets caught using one of Nightwing's early backformations and confusing the hell out of the Justice League when he tells them to "Stay whelmed."


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