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.
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"
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- 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 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 the 8th Haruhi Suzumiya light novel, Yuki Nagato answers one of Kyon's questions with "classified information". That's usually Mikuru Asahina's Catchphrase.
- In StrikerS Sound Stage X of the Lyrical Nanoha franchise, Vivio's appearance had her sprinkling her dialogue using her mother's catch phrase, "Zenryouku Zenkai (Maximum Power!)".
- 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.
- On Please Teacher!, Mizuho's catchphrase ("It's top-priority!") is eventually used by other characters, becoming Arc Words of a sort.
- In Shokugeki no Soma, 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 El Cazador de la Bruja, Nadie uses Ellis's catchphrase "Yes, sir" when Ellis scolds her on telling a lie in episode 8.
- 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!"
- 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.
- Several characters use Terriermon's "Momentai" catchphrase in Digimon Tamers.
- In Digimon Xros Wars, Taiki's catchphrase eventually spreads to the rest of his friends. It's not used nearly as much in the dub version, Digimon Fusion, 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 Digimon Xros Wars, Taiki's catchphrase eventually spreads to the rest of his friends. It's not used nearly as much in the dub version, Digimon Fusion, but often enough that the rest of the cast can finish it for him in the finale:
- 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.
- In episode 21 of Soul Eater, a temporarily insane Maka comments that her blood is black like Crona's.
- Meta example: The writing staff of Haiyore! Nyarko-san apparently loved Kamen Rider Double so much that practically every member of the main cast delivers Shotaro and Philip's trademark "Now, count up your crimes!" at least once, so it effectively counts as one of these.
- 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 episode 24 of A Certain Scientific Railgun S, Mii cues Judgement to do things "Shirai Style."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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".
- 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 liiiiikes you!" when doing so, and often 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 liiiiike her!", and doing it in a rather creepier manner than he does).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!"
- 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."
- Paperinik New Adventures: Paperinik occasionally borrows his ally Xadhoom's catchphrase "Let's dance!" It never happens when she is near, however.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In Whip And Wing, a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fan Fic 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.
- 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!
- Burst Limit: When she meets Ayane at the Mugen Tenshin village gates, Kasumi greets her with "Kept you waiting, huh?"
- Kingdom Hearts 3: Final Stand: In chapter 36, Kairi uses Lea's own Catchphrase, "Got it memorized?", against him.
- 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."
- 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.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
Bandit Keith: You're not American! You're not even wearing a flag on your head!
- Joey says that summoning Copycat lets him copy Bandit Keith's Catchphrase "...in 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:
Joey: You're right! I must have left it back home... in America!
- From episode 57:
- 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.
" Dracula, King of Corpses, Lord of Leeches. I, Harry Thorson, Prince of Asgard, would have words. Words, vampire, with thee."
- Done again in Ghosts of the Past by Harry to Dracula, of all people:
- 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.".
- And at the end of the episode, we find out he swiped his t-shirt, too!
- 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.
- Doremy Sweet borrows Brad's deadpan "Home." in Freakin Gensokyo.
- In Wreck-It Ralph, Fix-It Felix shouts Ralph's catch phrase "I'm gonna wreck it!" while trying to break out of a prison cell. Unfortunately, he finds the hard way that his magic hammer can only be used to fix things, as the crumbling old bars instead become thicker and sturdier.
- During the iconic "falling with style" scene in Toy Story, Woody cries "To infinity, and beyond!"
- Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie has Scowler often saying "Eat my dust!" when rushing ahead of Patchi. After nabbing Juniper to be his mate, he gets ready to say it again only for Patchi to say wearily "I know, I know. Eat your dust."
- In Shrek Forever After, Fiona borrows Shrek's "Better out than in, I always say."
- In Star Trek: First Contact, Data tells the Borg Queen "Resistance... is futile." as a Pre-Mortem One-Liner.
- In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, when Spock asks McCoy for assistance in performing "surgery" on a photon torpedo, McCoy answers, "Fascinating."
- 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!"
- Back to the Future Part III: Marty and Doc Brown trade Catch Phrases once.
Marty: Great Scott!
Doc: I know, this is heavy.
- 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...")
- 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.
- The Avengers used it brilliantly, with Captain America's order:
Cap: Hulk. [points] Smash.
- From Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer:
Johnny Storm: To quote a friend of mine... It's clobberin' time.
- Crossed with a dual Actor Allusion in The Expendables 2:
- 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!"
- 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 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..."
- 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".
- 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."
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!"
- 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 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 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 Babysitters Club, at varying intervals, the other girls have found themselves using Claudia's catchphrase "Oh my lord."
- 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 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.
- 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!"
- 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 "...dot 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! ...dot 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."
- 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."
- 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!"
- "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 Madam 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.
- A TV Land commercial for Get Smart promoted the "Catchphrase Redistribution Service", showing a montage of scenes of other characters saying Max's catchphrases.
- 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 are Not 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.
- In something of an inversion, Rio in Juken Sentai Gekiranger borrows Jan's Verbal Tic during his HeelFace Turn, to which Jan only chuckles.
- Kamen Rider:
- Done multiple times in Kamen Rider Decade:
"I was a passing-through Kamen Rider long before you came along! Remember that!"
- 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 "World of Cardboard" Speech, usually given by Decade. When Decade comments on the theft, Diend completes it by taking another of his catchphrases:
- 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:
- 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 .
- Done multiple times in Kamen Rider Decade:
- 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).
- 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.
- After Ben Linus is clubbed with an oar:
- 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.
- 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...
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'.
- When Kramer and Jerry trade apartments, Jerry started talking about "Bob Sacamano" as Kramer usually does.
- In another episode, Jerry dates a woman who is essentially a female version of himself. He starts getting creeped out when she uses his catchphrases "What's the deal with...?" and "That's a shame".
- 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 is not part of the landing party:
McCoy: To coin a phrase... fascinating.
- 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.
- A common trope in wrestling for heel wrestlers to steal, emulate or parody their baby face opponent's catchphrase in order to get under their [or the fans'] skin. Vice versa (face towards heel) is even not that uncommon.
- Be wary of stealing The Rock's catchphrase in his presence, or he will let you know about it.
- CM Punk
- Adam Cole lost his composure at Supercard Of Honor X night one when his opponent did his signature pose and crowd responded.
"ACH, Bay Bay!"
- The Super Smash Brothers ended their promo at CHIKARA Grit and Glory, May 18th, 2008, with Player Uno saying "All your belts are belong to us" and Stupefied saying, "A winner is you."
- 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.
- In Animal Crossing, the villagers will sometimes start using each other's Verbal Tics.
- 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.
- 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 Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, Charlotte teases Jonathan a couple of times by turning his catchphrase, "No problem", back on him.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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".
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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 Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS, 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!
- ''Kingdom Hearts:
- 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.
- Pai Chan uses M. Bison's But for Me, It Was Tuesday quote from the Street Fighter movie in Project X Zone 2.
- In Megaman Sprite Game, Mega Man uses Quickman's "Are you in or are you skin" catchphrase before catching and berating himself for reminding himself of that prick.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has Zeke borrow Shulk's famous battle cry of "I'm really feeling it!"
- The Russian says this in The Punisher as he knocks out Nick Fury:
- Tim Goodman uses Pikachu's "A bolt of brilliance!" at one point in Detective Pikachu.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Kirigiri borrows Naegi's "You've got that wrong!" during a trial.
- Super Danganronpa 2: 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.
- 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.
- Whyti frequently borrows Nylocke's "Whoosh~!" catchphrase, to show the Ship Tease between them.
- Nylocke's other catchphrase, declaring himself to be "Nylocke, Dragon of (whatever it is that he's doing)" has also been borrowed. Once by Rockoon, and once by SaturnDiva.
- 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;
Tucker: Did she just say my thing?
- 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.
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.
- 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 fight...you'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:
I may be in error, but I believe the appropriate proclamation is, "Sneak Attack, bitch."
- 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:
- 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!"
- Warning! Readers Advisory!: Derek the Bard often borrows Linkara's "because poor literacy is ~*KEWL*~" catchphrase during the books he's reviewing.
- Todd in the Shadows has borrowed from The Nostalgia Critic at least twice:
Todd: HELLO, I'M TODD IN THE SHADOWS! I LISTEN TO IT 'CAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO!
- When Midnight Screenings discussed Gravity, they borrowed "SYMBOLISM!" from Bad Movie Beatdown.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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 Ru Pauls 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.
- 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.
- 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 and 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.
- 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?".
- 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."
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 it being used across town in "Phineas and Ferb's Christmas Vacation". (However, she doesn't mind when Phineas says it to her.)
- 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 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".
- 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 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 play!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.
- The Legend of Korra has Zhu Li using Varrick's phrase "Do the thing" against him when he gets arrested.
Bolin: Will you "do the thing" forever?
- Later, when Varrick and Zhu Li get married, it's Bolin who borrows the phrase.
- 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 the episode "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 "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..."
- South Park:
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)
- A couple of times Stan and Kenny have said Cartman's "Screw you guys, I'm going home!"
- On a few occasions someone else like Cartman or Grandpa Marsh have said Stan and Kyle's "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!"
- 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:
- 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!"
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?"
- 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!"
- 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!
- 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
- 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).
- 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!".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Regular Show Benson once used a particularly long "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!"
- 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.)
Ron: This is my way of telling you.
- 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.
- In a few episodes of "Jackie Chan Adventures" Tohru said Uncle's "Aieeya!" when something went wrong for him.
Fred: Y'know, Dad, Bucky would've gotten away with it, if it weren't for us meddling kids! Maybe a "Thank you" would be, uh...
- The New Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show episode "No Thanks, Masked Manx" ended with Shaggy emulating Scooby's catchphrase of "Scooby Dooby Doo" by exclaiming "Shaggy Shaggy Doo".
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated:
- In "The Wild Brood, when the Gang unmasks that episode's Monster of the Week and finds that it's someone they don't recognize, the episode's supporting characters (who do recognize the guy under the mask) end up delivering the Gang's trademark synchronized announcement of the villain's identity.
- Also in "Dead Justice", after the Gang helps Sheriff Stone collar the Monster of the Week:
- During an episode of Beavis and Butt-Head, Butt-head goes "Boi-oi-oi-oi-oing" in a matter similar to Beavis.
- Borrowed (and altered) catchphrase as a show title: Will The Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down?
- 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:l 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.
- In Star Wars Rebels, Zeb's favorite curse word is "Karabast." Season 2 shows that Ezra had picked up on using it.
- 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).
- 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.
- Throughout the first season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Catra would mockingly 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 DuckTales reboot does this on a few occasions with Donald as the subject:
Launchpad *completely normal*: Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!
- Launchpad adopts a few, lamely delivered, when Scrooge has him pretend to be Donald.
- From the season one finale onwards, other characters have a tendency to borrow his catchphrase "Oh, phooey!" when something unexpectedly goes very wrong.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Yoram Gross' incarnations of Blinky Bill have had characters borrowing Blinky's catchphrase "Extraordinary!", usually said at the end of every episode.
- And in "Monkey See, Monkey Do", his sister Nutsy utters another phrase from him used during the third series: "Careful is my middle name!" Blinky wonders where he heard that.
- 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.
- 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.