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Some characters don't take the saying "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" to heart. Other characters have a favorite Catchphrase. What happens when you put the two together?

A Sub-Trope of Catchphrase. This is what happens when a character is fond of using a particular insult at a frequent basis. It can range from a demeaning nickname (like "Dumbass"), an expression (like "Kiss my ass"), or even a threat ("I'm going to kick your ass").

The opposite of this trope is Affectionate Nickname, though a Catchphrase Insult used as one is an Insult of Endearment.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • "Idiot" or "Baka" is this by default for any Tsundere character.
  • Blue Exorcist:
    • Izumo Kamiki has many of these, but the most prominent ones are "weed" for Shiemi and "pinky" for Renzo.
    • Rin always calls Izumo "polka-brows," but it could also be an Affectionate Nickname.
    • Shura always calls Yukio "Four-Eyed Chicken," or "Wimpy Four-Eyes" depending on the translation.
  • Case Closed: Kogoro would often call Conan a "Brat."
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Frieza likes to call Saiyans "Monkeys."
    • Vegeta is fond of using "Insect", even becoming a Memetic Mutation. For Krillin, he often calls him "Baldy." For Goku, he often calls him "clown."
  • Durarara!!: During Izumii Ran's A Day in the Limelight episode, he called random people, the viewers, and even himself a "Scumbag" during his narrations. In the dub, it was changed to "Asshole."
  • Fruits Basket: Kyo Sohma's is "Damn Rat" for Yuki and in return, Yuki calls him a "Stupid Cat."
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Many people call Edward a "Pipsqueak," much to his chagrin. Envy in particular calls Edward "the Fullmetal Pipsqueak."
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War has Kaguya responding to Shirogane showing feelings for her (or on rare occasions, the other way around) with a condescending "how cute". Although it's worth pointing out that it's all in their heads and on the rare occasion one of them actually says it, it's with complete sincerity. Kaguya actually says it in the usual manner in chapter 142, though it's because Shirogane isn't acting on his feelings for her.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • Katsuki Bakugo calls Izuku "Deku," which means "weakling," but Izuku later adopts it as his superhero name because it can also mean "never giving up." His other favorite insult for Izuku is "Damn Nerd," or "Fucking Nerd" depending on the translation. He calls Todoroki "Half-and-Half Bastard" (or Icy-Hot in the dub). To everybody, Bakugo will often say "I'll kill you" or demean them as "extras" in his road to becoming Number One Hero.
    • Stain calls his victims "Fake Heroes."
  • Naruto:
    • Both Sasuke and Sakura tend to call Naruto an "Idiot." In the dub, Sasuke calls him a "Loser," and in both versions, he calls Sakura "Annoying."
    • When Sai first appeared, he called Naruto "Dickless" or any variation of such, and he would call Sakura "Ugly," usually "Ugly Dog."
    • Naruto used to call Rock Lee "Bushy Brow" as this, but over time, it became an Affectionate Nickname.
  • Pokémon anime:
    • Team Rocket will often refer to Ash and his friends as "the twerps".
    • In the Best Wishes saga, Iris often calls Ash a "kid" as either a taunt or a teasing tone. It's not always saved for Ash, however.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Akane often calls Ranma either a "pervert" or a "Jerk," and Ranma in return calls her a "Macho Chick."
    • Pantyhose Taro calls Ranma either a "crossdresser" or a "faggot."
  • Sgt. Frog: Natsumi usually calls Keroro (a frog-like alien) "Stupid frog". In the dub, she usually shorts it to "fridiot".
  • In the dub of Shaman King, Ryu (or "Rio" in the dub) likes to call Ren (Len) "Shortpants."
  • Soul Eater: Excalibur says "Fools" like a Verbal Tic.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Seto Kaiba is fond of calling Yugi and his friends either "Dweebs" or "Geeks." Joey in particular is victim to being called "a dueling monkey" or "a dog."
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Chazz calls all Slifer Red students (usually Jaden) "Slifer Slackers."
  • YuYu Hakusho: Genkai always calls Yusuke "Dimwit," and in return he calls her "Grandma." Though, as time went on, the latter insult started to become an Affectionate Nickname for her.

    Comic Strips 
  • Peanuts: All around preferred insult was "blockhead."

    Comic Books 
  • In Condorito, Pepe Cortisona and Doña Tremebunda always call the eponymous hero "Pajarraco" (ugly bird), "Plumífero" (feathery one) and "Roteque". Condorito for his part always refers to Pepe as "Saco de plomo" (Sack of lead), "Lingote" (lingot) and pretty much anything having to do with lead. Yuyito also usually calls Coné (Condorito's nephew) "Pelón" (Baldie), but it seems to be more of an Insult of Endearment.
  • Green Lantern Kilowog refers to both enemies and his own trainees as "poozers", an insult he picked up from the Lantern who instructed him (who just happened to be named Ermey). He also uses it as a term of endearment toward veteran Lanterns he trained.
  • The Joker always calls Batman either "Batsy" or "Dork Knight." He also calls Robin "Bird Boy."
  • More than one specific insult, Captain Archivald Haddock from Tintin is a walking encyclopaedia of insults, especially if they're Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness type, becoming intergral part of the character (Haddock without throwing insults isn't Haddock at all). Out of Haddock's many, many insults he uses, the most frequently-used one seems to be "Bashi-bazouk". He made that one up, just like most of his other colourful curses.
  • Wolverine calls people, usually his enemies, "Bub."
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    Fan Works 

    Films 

    Literature 
  • The BFG: The larger, evil giants call the BFG "runt" or "runty one".
  • Holden Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye says "Phony" a lot.
  • In Charlie Moon and the Big Bonanza Bust-Up, Ariadne calls people "pathetic" and "nauseating".
  • In some versions of Cinderella, "Cinderella" is a mean nickname given by the stepsisters to the woman whose real name is Ella.
  • Clarice Bean: In the in-universe book series Ruby Redfort, Ruby apparently calls people "armpits" and says, "Take that, scumbo!".
  • In Dilly The Dinosaur, Dorla calls her brother Dilly a "pest" or a "little horror".
  • FUDGE: Fudge and Peter sometimes call each other Turkey Brain during their Sibling Rivalry squabbles. When Fudge was asked if he was not allowed to say "stupid", he replied that he was allowed to say it, just not about people. If you want to say it about people, say "Turkey Brain".
  • Gone: Drake, and to a lesser extent, Howard, call Little Petey "Petard" as a shot at his Autism. At one point, when Drake is torturing Astrid, Petey's sister, she forces her to call him that too. The Human Crew try to pass "Moof" off as a slur for the FAYZ mutants.
  • Harry Potter:
  • In Marley, Marley's owners scold him with "bad dog" (or, in the case of the youngest son who is only a baby, "bah boo-boo").
  • In Martins Mice, Martin gets called stupid by many other animals.
  • In Matilda, Mr. Wormwood has "Keep your nasty mouth shut!".
  • Michael Vey: Because of Michael's Tourette Syndrome, he is often called "Blinky" by Jack before he Took a Level in Kindness. Quentin also calls Michael "That Ticking Idiot."
  • Mog: The Thomas parents insult Mog by calling her "That cat". In the first book, it was preceded with "Bother" but that went away in later books.
  • In No More Teasing, the protagonist's brother calls her "Titchypoo" because she's short.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
    • Annabeth's is "Seaweed Brain" for Percy, though over time, it eventually becomes an Affectionate Nickname. It shows when Percy gets into argument with Thalia and she calls him that, but he feels insulted because he feels only Annabeth should call him that.
    • Dionysus would often engage in Malicious Misnaming to most of the campers. The most notable one is "Peter Johnson" for Percy.
    • Percy has "Smelly Gabe" for his abusive stepfather, Gabe.
  • In Peter Pan, Peter likes to call his mortal enemy Captain Hook a "codfish".
  • Ramona Quimby:
    • Beezus calls Ramona a "pest", while Ramona calls Beezus "pieface".
    • Danny calls Ramona "Superfoot" (for her large shoes) and "Egghead" (for when she got egg in her hair). In return, she calls him "Yard Ape".
    • First-graders in general use "kindergarten baby" to refer to kindergarten students.
  • In Ringing Wet, Misty calls Simon her "worst-ever brother" and a "wet blanket".
  • In The Secret Garden, Mary calls people "pig" and "son/daughter of a pig" because she was raised in India, where that's a grave insult. When she uses it on English servant Martha, the latter is more confused by her rudeness than offended.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Tyrion Lannister would occasionally call people and things "As useless as nipples On a breast plate."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Two and a Half Men: Charlie calls Alan a "Mooch." Both Alan and Charlie tend to call their mother, Evelyn, "The Devil." Berta always calls Alan "Zippy."
  • Alice (1976)
    • The waitress Flo would regularly use the insult "Kiss my grits!".
    • The diner owner Mel would often tell people (especially his waitresses) to "Stow it!" and would say "Bag it, blondie!" to the waitress Jolene.
  • All in the Family: Archie regularly calls Mike a "Meathead."
  • In Bewitched, Endora frequently calls Darrin other D-names to spite him, but her favourite ones seem to be "Darwin" and "Donald". In return, he calls her "The Old War-Horse".
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • Similarly, Leslie Winkle tends to call Sheldon a "Dumbass."
    • Sheldon's catchphrase, "Bazinga," is often used whenever Sheldon delivers an insult.
  • Breaking Bad: "Bitch" is practically Jesse's Verbal Tic.
  • Dad's Army: Captain Mainwaring always calls Private Pike a "Stupid boy" whenever Pike causes a screw up.
  • Good Times:
    • Everyone to Bookman - “Buffalo Butt.” (Later became an Insult of Endearment as Bookman became a cast regular)
    • James to Willona - “The Rona Barrett of the projects” due to Willona’s gossiping.
  • Happy Days: "Sit on it!", which essentially means "shut up", is said by nearly everyone.
  • The iCarly gang always call their antagonists "Nubs." In one episode, they deal with a pompous talent contest runner-up who calls the kids a barrage of insults, but one that catches their interest is "Hob-Knocker." When they look it up, all they can say that it's disgusting and illegal.
  • The Inbetweeners: The eponymous group tends to say "Wanker" a lot. In one episode, Jay says "Bus Wankers" a few times to groups of people standing at a bus stop. The second time he does this nearly gets Simon throttled by a Scary Black Man.
  • Mork & Mindy: Mork uses "nimnul" as a synonym for "idiot".
  • The Muppets: When Miss Piggy is angry with Kermit, she calls him "Frog".
  • Pretty Little Liars: 'A' tends to call the protagonists "Bitches."
  • Sanford and Son:
    • Fred Sanford to his son Lamont - “You big dummy!”
    • Aunt Esther to Fred - “You old fish-eyed fool” and “You heathen!”
  • Sesame Street:
    • Bert calls Ernie a "dodo" or a "meatball".
    • Oscar calls Big Bird "Turkey", Maria "Skinny", and tells everyone to "Scram!" or "Get lost!".
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • Worf insults Quark by calling him "the Ferengi" or "the Ferengi bartender". Similarly, he calls Nog "the young Ferengi".
    • Kira calls Quark a "troll".
    • O'Brien calls Cardassians "cardies".
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: McCoy calls Spock many things but his favourite insult for him seems to be "hobgoblin".
  • Stranger Things:
    • Eleven's is "Mouth Breather."
    • Troy has a few of these. He calls Mike "Frogface," Dustin "Toothless," Lucas "Midnight," and Will "Fairy Boy."
  • That '70s Show:
    • Red Forman calls somebody a "Dumbass" nearly Once an Episode. His Mad Libs Catchphrase Insult is "My Foot Up Your Ass." In earlier episodes, he would also frequently say "That kid's on dope." He also tends to call Fez "Hadji."
    • Michael Kelso, after he (or someone else) delivers a good insult, he usually screams "Burn!" which also becomes a Memetic Mutation.
  • Victorious: People always call Jade a "Gank," Trina "Talentless and Irritating," and Rex a "Puppet."
  • Welcome Back, Kotter: Up your nose with a rubber hose! (And variants)
  • Worzel Gummidge:
    • Aunt Sally calls Worzel a "stupid scarecrow".
    • Sue calls everyone "horrible".

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Booker T often refers to anyone as "sucka".
  • Chris Jericho has "ass clown" and, most recently, "stupid idiot".
  • The Rock, who is known to be a heavy trash talker in wrestling, frequently calls any wrestler or any official a "Jabroni". In other insults, he would call them "candy ass", "monkey ass", "piece of monkey crap", "piece of trailer-park trash".
    • During his feud with Stone Cold in the '90s, he would often call him "the biggest piece of Texas trailer-park trash".
    • Whenever Kevin Kelly interviews him, he always calls him "hermie".
  • Enzo Amore has one in "a cuppa hatas".
  • Whenever cutting a promo, Scott Steiner would refer to the audience as "white trash" and "rednecks".
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin would use "jackass", "piece of trash", or "piece of crap" as frequent insults.

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    Webcomics 
  • In El Goonish Shive, Catalina calls anyone she doesn't like a "Jackass". She explains at one point that when she loses her temper, she doesn't think about what she's saying, and as long as she's used to saying "jackass", she won't say anything worse.

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    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Robotnik always calls Scratch and Grounder "Nincombots."
  • Batman: The Animated Series, Arnold Wesker was a Ventriloquist who had Dissociative Identity Disorder, and he developed a criminal mastermind personality which was vented through the dummy named Scarface. Scarface, who is a dummy, always calls Wesker "Dummy".
  • Ben 10: Ben and Gwen's go-to insults for each other in the original series were "Dweeb" and "Doofus", respectively.
  • Beavis And Butthead have a dictionary of these, but the ones they use the most are "Dumbass," Fart-Knocker," "Asswipe," "Dillweed," "Bunghole," and "Dillhole." In one episode, Butt-head calls Beavis a "Butt-Knocker," which seems to be a Berserk Button for Beavis. They'll also say "I'll kick you in the nads" to somebody who threatens them, "Dork" for Mr. Van Driesen and Mr. Anderson, and "Wussy" for Stewart.
    • Mr. Buzzcut has "Losers," "Morons," and "Failures" for the titular duo.
    • Principal McVicker and Mr. Anderson always calls Beavis and Butt-head "Little Bastards."
    • Todd always calls them "Little Girls" or "Kindergarteners."
  • CatDog: The Greasers always call the titular characters "Cat-Butt."
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    • Eustace has a list of these for Courage, but the one he says at least Once an Episode is "Stupid Dog."
    • The computer Courage uses often calls him a "Twit."
    • Di Lung has "Ya Foo," but he usually says "Watch where you're goin', ya foo!"
  • The Cramp Twins: Wayne calls Lucien "Girl Pants" at least Once an Episode. Other common insults include "Flat Face" and "Worm Features".
  • Dan Vs.: Dan has "Jerkface."
  • Dick Dastardly would usually call his squadron charges "dumbheads."
  • Dexter's Laboratory: Dexter always "Stupid" (pronounced "Stoopid"). A lesser used but still well-known is "You are stupid! You are Stupid! And don't forget, you are stupid!"
  • Doug: Roger Klotz is fond of saying "Sayonara, Suckers." A lesser used one is "Funny Face" for Doug, as a pun on his surname, "Funnie."
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Kevin likes calling the Eds "Dorks" so much, that in one episode, he lost a bet to see if he could go the whole day without saying it.
    • Eddy always calls Ed an "Monobrow", "Lumpy", "Burrhead", and "Idiot", and Edd "Sockhead" (though that could be debatably an Affectionate Nickname).
    • Eddy's Brother always called Eddy "Pipsqueak".
    • Sarah often says "Fathead." To Eddy, she'll say "Eddy, you idiot."
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • Vicky always calls children (especially Timmy) "Twerps."
    • "COSMO, YOU IDIOT!"
  • Family Guy:
    • "Shut up, Meg."
    • Stewie often calls Brian "Dog", particularly in earlier seasons.
    • In later seasons, whenever Brian has done something to piss Quagmire off, Quagmire lividly calls him a "son of a bitch".
  • Futurama:
    • Bender has "Bite my shiny, metal ass." One he uses not as frequently is "Chump." Also, he usually calls humans (Fry included) as "Meatbags."
    • Leela uses either "Pompous Dimwit" or "Buffoon" for Zapp Brannigan.
  • In Hey Arnold!, Helga usually refers to Arnold as "football-head", due to his oddly-shaped head.
  • Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil: Brad often has the habit of calling Kick "Dillweed".
  • King of the Hill:
    • Hank has "Jackass," usually for Dale or Bill. He also has "I'm Gonna Kick Yer Ass!"
    • Kahn and Mihn often call their neighbors "Rednecks" or "Hillbillies."
    • In "Movin' On Up", Luan's new roommates call anyone who tries to boss them around a Nazi. Unhinged WWII veteran Cotton didn't take it well.
    • In "Hank's Bully", Hank deals with a Bratty Half-Pint who calls him "Dusty bones full of green dust."
  • Looney Tunes:
  • The Loud House: Lincoln is often the phrase catcher for his sisters, who like "twerp" and "doofus". Ronnie Anne calls him "Lame-o", but it's an Insult of Endearment more often than not. Lynn will often call him "Stinkin'", but whether it's playfully or maliciously depends on what they're up to.
  • Mega Man: Guts Man and Cut Man both call Mega Man "the Blue Dweeb" or "Mega Twerp." Mega Man himself likes to call Wily's robots "Scum-bots."
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Marinette and Alya always call Chloe a "Brat."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon frequently mock the Cutie Mark Crusaders for their "blank flanks".
    • Rainbow Dash calls nerds "eggheads".
  • PJ Masks: The villains use a lot of the same one:
    • The Whole Team: "PJ Pests", "PJ Pains"
    • Gecko: "Lizard Legs."
    • Catboy: Frequently some variation on "Kitty Cat", or "kitty litter."
    • Owlette: "Bird Brain."
  • Popeye:
    • Olive Oyl had "brute", "masher" and "four-flusher" most frequently used when she was being kidnapped by Bluto.
    • Bluto frequently calls Popeye a "runt", mostly in the Famous Studios shorts.
  • Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja: "Shoob" is frequently used by the characters.
  • Rocket Power: The gang uses "Shooby" to describe tourists. In one episode, Otto and Twister keep calling Reggie "Lame-O."
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: Ren constantly calls people, usually Stimpy, an "eediot". He also calls Stimpy a "bloated sack".
  • Rugrats: Angelica likes to call the babies "dumb" and "stupid".
  • In Samurai Jack, Aku tends to call the titular character a "foolish Samurai." He also calls him a fool a few times to boot.
  • Scooby-Doo: It's tradition for the unmasked crook to say that he would have gotten away with it if it weren't for those meddling kids and their dog.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Bart Simpson is synonymous with the phrase "Eat My Shorts."
    • Homer, more often than not, calls his neighbor, Ned Flanders, "Stupid Flanders." He would also say "Why you little" to whomever ignites his wrath, usually to Bart before strangling him.
    • Nelson would often laugh at people's misfortunes with "Haw-haw." A lesser-known insult of his is "Dingus."
  • South Park:
    • Cartman has "Screw you guys" (sometimes followed with "I'm going home"), "I'll kick you in the nuts," "Respect my Authority" (pronounced as "authoritah"), "Suck my balls," and for Kyle, "Jew."
    • Stan and Kyle would always call Cartman "fatass." Kyle also has "You Bastard(s)" to whoever kills Kenny.
    • Mr. Garrison calls his students "Retards" from time to time. In season 1, he occasionally used "You go to hell! You go to hell and you die!" He would also use "Fag" under the excuse of it being N-Word Privileges for him.
    • You can count with your fingers the people Shelly doesn't call a "turd."
    • Nathan always says "Shut up, Mimsy" right after Dope Slapping him for saying something stupid.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: "Barnacle Head" is the go-to insult for the characters, usually for Squidward to SpongeBob.
  • In Steven Universe, Peridot is fond of calling everyone a "clod". This reaches its heights in "Message Received", when her Heel–Face Turn is marked when she calls Yellow Diamond— her Diamond— a clod. Right to her face.
  • In Total Drama, Duncan's Catchphrase is "Later losers."
  • Transformers Beast Wars: Rattrap and Dinobot have an extremely large amount of these for each other. Rattrap's favorite is "Chopperface" and Dinobot's favorite is "Vermin."

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