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Natalie Teeger: [signing off on her first night as a lottery hostess] So, that's it for now. Keep playing lotto! [beat] You'll thank me later! [music ends; cue dead silence]
Adrian Monk: "You'll thank me later"? That's my line! I say that!
Lt. Randy Disher: It hurts, doesn't it?
Monk, "Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever"

Hey, I was gonna say that!

Bob has a catchphrase and is in a situation where it's appropriate to use it, but Alice was faster and stole the catchphrase. Bonus points for Bob saying, "That's my line!"

In Anime, it can also be used to mean, "I'm the one who should be saying that to you." For example, if Alice barges into a place where she's not supposed to be, and unexpectedly finds Bob (who is supposed to be there) and says "What are you doing here!?", Bob might respond with Watashi no serifu da!, "That's my line." (Of course, pronouns, construction, formalness, etc. varies. Listen out for the "no serifu" every time, though.)

This is something of a stereotype in the acting profession, where leading men/ladies have been known to pinch clever lines of dialog from those of lesser billing.

If the other character doesn't notice or object, then it's a Borrowed Catchphrase.

Not to be confused with Whose Line Is It Anyway?.


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  • A commercial for the Capital One credit card has Jimmy Fallon speaking with a baby who doesn't like 50% more cash back. He tries to tempt her to say that she'll take it by first offering her things like a princess dress and an Etch-a-Sketch. But when he asks if she wants 50% more cash back, she holds up the Etch-a-Sketch and displays a stylized "no." He says she's good and the commercial explains some things about the Capital One card. It then cuts back to the baby who asks "What's in your wallet?" and holds up the Etch-a-Sketch, which says that. Fallon comments "I usually say that."
  • One of the commercials during the "Hare Jordan" era had Michael Jordan saying "That's all, folks" with Porky Pig indignantly retorting, "Hey, that's my line!"
  • The Pur water filter commercial. "No Pur filter, no stars!" "THAT'S MY LINE!"

    Anime & Manga 
  • Azumanga Daioh: Subversion, Tomo accuses Yomi of catchphrase stealing but it wasn't something Tomo would ever say.
  • Bleach, at least in the scanslations, uses this so often that you read it more than the phrases they're supposedly copying.
  • Lampshaded in Excel♡Saga when Nabeshin is fighting the army commando-turned-random-helicopter. Nabeshin steals what his enemy was going to say, and when it is pointed out, he yells "I'm the director, so I get all the best lines!".
  • In Carnival Phantasm episode one, Caster complains when Gilgamesh shouts, "Rule Breaker!"
  • Fairy Tail:
    • In the anime, Happy the talking cat loves to tease his human companions (especially Lucy) about any hint of romance, and always by saying, "S/He looooooves you!" Then, in the "Oración Seis" arc, he meets a female cat of his species, and it's Love at First Sight. Lucy doesn't miss the opportunity to throw his catchphrase back at him (as "You loooooooove her!"), much to Happy's chagrin.
      Happy: That's my schtick, copycat! And I don't look nearly as creepy as you when I do it!
    • When someone like Gajeel uses Natsu's lines like, "Now that I've eaten, I'm all revved up!", Natsu gets upset.
  • Fist of the North Star has three catchphrase thefts, without being retorted:
    • A mook, after getting finger-stabbed by Kenshiro, is "brainwashed" to tell him where the man they're looking for is being held prisoner. He promptly breaks down, fearing execution. But Rei assures him that he's not gonna get executed. When asked why, he steals Kenshiro's catchphrase "You're already dead," and you know the rest. Being The Stoic he is, Kenshiro obviously does not comment on it.
    • In the middle of battle, where there's no Kenshiro (only Rei, Mamiya and... Bart. Yeah, him), a Mook attacks Bart. For once the kid gets a bit "brave" and hits the mook on the face with a "WHAAA-CHAA!!" yell. And then he steals Kenshiro's catchphrase "You're already dead." The mook, thinking that his head is going to asplode, asks "How many seconds?". Bart replies "3 seconds!" and counts to 3... The mook gets scared shitless, but after the countdown... he realizes nothing happened and Bart has already run off.
    • A Mook who claims to know Hokuto Shinken attacks Kenshiro, does a really lame-looking move (he holds his thumbs against Kenshiro's temples), and declares "You're already dead!" Kenshiro asks how many seconds, the mook counts down from ten... and then his own head blows up due to a previous Offhand Backhand from Kenshiro. You do not screw with the man. note 
  • Food Wars!: During the penultimate bout of the Regiment de Cuisine, Erina says Soma's "Osomatsu!" (meaning "Glad you enjoyed it!" or "Happy to serve!" depending on the translation) after she defeats Momo Akanegakubo, albeit in a more polite fashion to fit her Ojou image. Soma is very quick to say this out and tease her about it, to which she defends herself saying "It's not like you inspired me or anything!". After the duo wins the final match, he urges her to say it again for both of them, and this time she quotes the original line.
  • Sōsuke says this during the Curb-Stomp Battle at the end of Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid, when the A.I. of his Humongous Mecha announces how many enemies are remaining. This, and the fact that both Sōsuke and the A.I. announce the next enemy's defeat in unison, is used to indicate that Sōsuke is now working with his mecha instead of resenting it.
  • Used near the end of Fushigi Yuugi's 14th episode.
    Miaka: Hotohori! Nuriko! I'm so glad you're safe!
    Nuriko: Uh, I thought that was supposed to be our line.
  • In Hetalia: Axis Powers, not exactly a catchphrase, but something that England would probably say is said by America. They are both stranded on an island.
    America: However, I don't think that I'd be unhappier than I am. Given being together with you is the greatest misfortune there can be.
    England: I-I beg your pardon?! That's my line!
  • Inuyasha: Two stock phrases on one page.
    Nobunaga: Who... who are you? You're a suspicious lot!
    Inu-Yasha: That's my line.
  • In Jewelpet the Movie: Sweets Dance Princess, Labra and Angela realize they don't have their own personal broomsticks to fly on and shout "Sweets lover Labra!" and "Sweets lover Angela!" to catch the attention of Sango, who dislikes how they used her catchphrase ("Sweets lover Sango-nyan!") and tells them not to steal it. They then ask Sango if they can with her on her broom and she accepts.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Joseph Joestar's Guile Hero nature is emphasized by his almost supernatural ability to predict what his opponent will say ("Your next line will be..."). One of the Pillar Men manages to turn it around on him, showing that Joseph is off his game; when Joseph finally gets the upper hand, he reclaims his catchphrase.
    • In Part 3, Joseph gets a brief He's Back! moment when he revives this trick against one of DIO's Stand-using assassins, showing that even though he's older he's still a badass.
  • Yuuichi in Kanon occasionally steals Ayu's "Uguu~" to mock her. It usually escalates into an all-out Verbal Tic war.
  • Negima!?: Three different character, including the narrator, stole Motsu the frog's catchphrase "in a good way."
  • Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! uses this as part of an Actor Allusion in one episode. Nyarko, working as a waitress, dismisses Cuuko's attempts to get a job there by saying "Who'd want to be served by a small-breasted loser like you?!"; Cuuko responds "They're not small", and Nyarko immediately wonders why it feels like someone just stole her line.
  • One Piece: Brook regularly references a body part only to then backtrack and note he doesn't actually have said part due to being a skeleton.
    Brook: I'm already starting to feel goosebumps on my skin. Well, except for I—
    Chopper: You don't have any skin because you're a skeleton.
    Brook: [collapsed on the floor] Chopper... skull jokes are the only thing I have. Please don't take that away from me...
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • In the first season, Misty borrows Ash's "X, you're my new Pokémon" phrase and the accompanying pose when she officially takes on Horsea as her new Pokemon. Ash calls this trope on the pose rather than the phrase, leading to Misty stating she had always wanted to try it, Brock calling it a good idea and saying he might try it and an argument ensuing about whether it's a compliment for them to want to do it or them stealing that lasts until the end of the episode (not that long but still).
    • Ash once stole May's exploration team line that she sometimes did during Hoenn, and she scolded him for it (mysteriously absent in the dub).
    • Misty, Tracey, and Jessie have also stolen Ash's capture pose.
    • Ash and his friends have stolen Team Rocket's motto at least twice.
    • Wobbuffet popped out at Meowth's usual motto line, prompting Meowth to pound it while yelling that he was tired of it stealing his part.
  • In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Red gets the better of Green and brags about having two gym badges in the process. Green steals the badges shortly afterward. Later, Red infiltrates Team Rocket while they're pursuing Green. She brags about "her" two gym badges, leaving Red unhappy that the badges weren't the only things stolen.
  • Ranma ˝:
    Ranma: Oh, and don't try to take advantage of me if you get scared, OK?
    Akane: Hey! That's my line!

    Ranma: Is this what I get for bein' nice?!
    Akane: That's my line!

    Ryōga: Huh?! What're you doing here?
    Ranma: That's my line!
  • In an episode of Rosario + Vampire Capu2, Moka says Ruby's "Many things have happened" catchphrase, much to the latter's dismay.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin, Kenshin plays this straight with Saitou. This is almost a kind of subversion, as instead of trying to be funny, this moment is terrifying; it's when Kenshin snaps.
    Saitou: The end? This wasn't my plan... but it doesn't matter. I'll kill you now.
    Kenshin: I think you've got it wrong. Those are MY words.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • In one chapter, Mars decides that she's going to do the In the Name of the Moon speech instead. She does tweak it, though... "Wearing high heels, I will punish you!" She has used "In the name of Mars, I will chastise you!" as well, and the other Senshi have their own version they use occasionally.
    • In another episode, Mars and Mercury say the In the Name of the Moon speech simultaneously ("...we will punish you!"). Needless to say, Moon responds "Hey, that's my line!"
  • Saiyuki: At the end of the first manga series, Big Eater Goku starts to say "I'm hungry!"; all three of his companions say it in unison before he can finish.
    Goku: Hey! Don't go stealing all my lines!
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei:
    • Kafuka has been known to steal Itoshiki-sensei's catchphrase "I'm in despair!" Having his catchphrase stolen becomes a running gag in season two. You'd expect it to leave him in despair but he tends to take it pretty well.
    • A variation also occurs in the Hot Springs Episode, after the barrier between the men's and the women's halves falls down. Itoshiki-sensei shrieks and covers himself and one of the girls says, "That should be our reaction."
  • They Are My Noble Masters:
    • In a battle of Shout-Outs between Ren and Kojyuuro, Ren (voiced by Domon Kasshu's seiyuu) recites the Shining Finger quote: "This hand of mine glows with an awesome power! It's burning grip tells me to defeat you!". Then, Kojyuuro took over with saying "Take this! My love! My anger! And all of my sorrow!". And obviously, Ren retorted, "That's my line!" (should be also noted that afterwards, Kojyuuro, voiced by Guy Shishioh's seiyuu, continues with "HIKARI NI NAREEEE!!!!", not stolen.)
    • Kojyuuro also steals another one of Domon's lines: "Those who interfere with others' love... should be kicked by a horse straight to hell!" If you don't remember this line in G Gundam, Domon says it as he defeats Wong Yunfat for the last time, with Fu'unsaiki's help.
    • And if that's still not enough, just as the battle is about to begin in the earnest, both suddenly get interrupted and knocked out by the Colonel... voiced by Master Asia's seiyuu.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX dub, Aster Phoenix once said "Get your game on" before a game with Alexis, right before Jaden showed up.
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds episode 29, when Jack and Carly start their duel against a possessed Ushio/Trudge (Jack's arm was broken, so Carly had to hold and play his cards), on their first move, Carly draws for Jack and declares that it's her turn, which results in Jack angrily shouting "It's MY turn!", and Carly apologizing. This happens in the dub as well, but Jack doesn't shout, he just says "Actually, it's my turn." after Carly draws.
    • Sora steals the catchphrase of Yuya, the protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, during his duels. Yuya is naturally annoyed by this and calls him out on it, though his mother states that Sora is copying him out of respect. This is actually a clue that Sora's friendship with Yuya was real even after Sora reveals that he is part of the evil Academia - he still uses Yuya's catchphrase during duels.

    Comic Books 
  • In The Superman Adventures, Clark Kent shouts, "Stop the presses!" Perry snaps that nobody tells the presses to stop but him.
  • At the end of Tintin and the Picaros, Haddock begins a sentence with "To be precise", prompting the hero to exclaim about how they have forgotten about Thomson and Thompson (who at this point are about to be executed by firing squad).

    Comic Strips 
  • This trope appears once in a Cul de Sac strip, when Petey is being stubborn with his mom about something:
    Mom: Petey, in a moment I'm going to start chewing my arm off.
    Petey: Hey, that's my line!

    Fan Works 
  • Used in (amor)phous, a The Owl House fic:
    Eda: There's more to life than shipping, King.
    King: Hey, that's my line! You'll be hearing from my plagiarism lawyer!
  • Another Day in the Life of Potter Redux:
    Lily: Are you serious?
    Fleur: Non, zat is your godfather, I am Fleur.
    Sirius: Did...did you just steal my joke?
    Fleur: Oui, I 'ave been waiting all day to do it too!
  • Calvin & Hobbes: The Series: Calvin says this when Robin says "Watch and learn, junior!" to him.
  • The Doki Doki Literature Club Loops:
    Sayori: OKAY, EVERYONE!
    Monika: Excuse me?
    Sayori: I just Woke Up in the Looping sense. And going by my memories I’m pretty sure everyone else is Awake too, yeah?
    Monika: Okay but why are you stealing my thing?
    Natsuki: Ha! You finally admitted that it’s your catchphrase!
  • In Faery Heroes Harry finds a time turner while he, Hermione and Luna are looting Dolohov's residence.
    Harry: As Luna would say in this situation, we will have so much fun together.
    Luna: Hey, no stealing my lines!
  • In A Fair Life, it turns out that dragons understand most human languages. When Harleen asks why the dragon at the First Task didn't tell her this, it replies that it was enjoying talking to a Parseltongue speaker.
    Harleen: So, for your own entertainment, I get to be ostracized by who knows how much of the wizarding world again? I told you, most witches and wizards see Parseltongue as a dark gift. They're gonna start calling me the next Dark Lady or some such rubbish!
    Dragon: Is it my fault wizards are stupid?
    Harleen: Hey! That's my line! I've been saying wizards are stupid for years, you can't use that one.
  • Guys Being Dudes: Arlo has this response after Candela calls him and Spark "twerps", a common line used by Team Rocket members throughout Pokemon canon.
  • In Harry Potter and the Daft Morons, Harry convinces Hermione to get some wizard clothing.
    Hermione: Fiiine!
    Harry: Isn't that supposed to be my line?
  • Harry Potter and the Ties That Bind:
    Ron: So what does Harry need to know and why do I get the idea he won't like it.
    Harry: Hey, that's my line.
  • Harry Potter and the Trelawney Prophecy:
    Harry: Come on. Let's dump our stuff so we can get to the Halloween feast. I'm starving.
    Ron: Hey, that's my line, Harry.
  • Chapter 58 of Paper Mario X 2 includes the following exchange:
    Kirby: I'll never forgive you! NEVER! YOU'LL PAY—
    Blooey: Hey! That's my line!
  • The Real Us:
    Tonks: Cheers, Harry.
    Harry: Wotcher, Tonks.
    Tonks: Oi! That's my line.
  • Sacrificial Snake:
    Hermione: Did you notice that there's something wrong with Malfoy?
    Harry: Isn't that my line?
  • Chapter 16 of Sonic Generations: Friendship Is Timeless includes the following exchange:
    Dr. Eggman: We'll see who has issues after I've taken care of both Sonic and the Spirits of Harmony... FOREVER!
    Pinkie Pie: HEY! That's my line!
  • Stopped in Time:
    Minister Shacklebolt: Harry, I don't like that look.
    Ginny: I like it. What are we going to do?
    Harry: Go to the library.
    Ron: Hey that's Mione's line.
    Hermione: He can borrow it.
  • A Thing of Vikings:
    Wulfhild: Now what will you do about this?
    Astrid: That's usually my line.
  • Where the Wild Roses Grow:
    Harry: Are you ok?
    Hermione: I'm fine, Harry; it's just a graze.
    Harry: You're stealing my material...
    Hermione: I prefer to think of it as a homage.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Igor, the title character decides to pass his own evil invention as his dead master's in order to win the Mad Scientist competition. Since it is strictly forbidden for Igors to invent (they can only fetch things and pull switches), this idea is deemed suicidal by his friends/creations. Scamper, an immortal, suicidal talking rabbit, slaps Igor and tells him that he can't be suicidal because "that's my thing."
  • By Shrek Forever After, when Shrek's kids burp after feeding them, Fiona chimes "Better out than in." and Shrek comments that he was supposed to say that.
  • In Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans, during the fight between both versions of the Teen Titans, 2003 Cyborg shoots 2013 Cyborg's head out of his Arm Cannon while shouting "Booyah!":
    2013 Cyborg: That's my line!
    2003 Cyborg: [smirking] Mine first.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Played for drama in the 1985 Australian film Fortress. A gang of criminals abduct the entire class of a one-teacher school for ransom. A child called Tommy manages to slip away during a toilet break. Their teacher is trying to keep their spirits up with a rhyme which they each say in turn. When Tommy isn't there to say his line, another boy tries to cover for it only for someone else to say, "That's Tommy's line!" which tips off the kidnappers that one of their hostages is missing.
  • Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed:

  • Animorphs:
    • It sometimes happens that another character (usually Marco) shouts the words "Let's do it!" instead of Rachel. Hey, That's My Line! was usually the reaction, or Hey, That's Her Line!
    • Occasionally, no one would say it, prompting someone (usually Marco) to go "Rachel? We're waiting." or something to that effect.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Only tenuously connected to this trope, but funny all the same: In the musical episode, the duet between Xander and Anya has one part where the two switch off verses (funnier since at this point the verses are essentially insulting each other); however, Anya jumps in at Xander's cue (still rhyming perfectly) with "His eyes are beady!" causing him to sing, "This is my verse, hello?!" The DVD extra has a karaoke cut suitably named that line.
    • In the episode "Who Are You?":
      Anya: We were going to light a bunch of candles and have sex near them.
      Faith in Buffy's body: Well, we certainly don't want to cut into that seven minutes.
      Anya: Hey!
      Xander: [to Anya] I believe that's my "hey". [to Faith] Hey!
  • Done twice in a Celebrity Deathmatch between Judge Judy and referee Mills Lane. Judy steals Mills' "Let's get it on!" and "I'll allow it" catchphrases.
  • CSI: NY
    Jo: Boom!
    Danny: [to Sheldon] Did she just use my word? [as they're following her to see something related to a case]
  • Doctor Who:
    • Part of the character arc of Clara Oswald is in her becoming the Distaff Counterpart to the Doctor, leading to a few of these moments, such as in "Flatline" when she briefly impersonates the Doctor (much to the chagrin of the real Doctor, who is listening in), and in "Under the Lake" when it's Clara, not the Doctor, who yells "Run!" when being chased by a monster. When he first meets a Victorian version of Clara in "The Snowmen", she ends up hauling him along by the hand like a Damsel in Distress, the Doctor complaining all the while.
      The Doctor: No, I do the hand grabbing! That's my job; that's always me!
    • A spoof back in 1985 had Lenny Henry as the Doctor with a companion who kept doing this trope.
      The Doctor: You mean...[dramatic pause]
      Companion: The Daleks!
      The Doctor: I wanted to say that!
      Companion: I'm sorry. Go on then; You mean...!
      The Doctor: The Daleks! [to companion] Thanks, I feel better now.
  • In Do Not Adjust Your Set episode 11 (the sleeve is wrong) David Jason's unnamed character sits down in a restaurant at the table of Eric Idle's character. He starts to rehearse rather angry lines from a play, as he explains, he's an actor. Eric asks him to keep it quiet but even when whispered the lines keep disturbing him:
    David Jason: [now whispering angrily] "You worm! You miserable wretch! You don't care about anyone else do you, hey? Answer me!"
    Eric Idle: Would you pass...
    David Jason: "No no! A thousand times no! I've done enough for the likes of you."
    Eric Idle: Would you pass...
    David Jason: "This may surprise you, but I've had enough."
    Eric Idle: Look! I've had enough of your prattling on! I came here for a quiet evening and all I get is an idiot like you! I'm going, leaving, driven out and it's all your fault. Goodnight!
    David Jason: [normal and surprised] I say, that's MY line.
  • The third series of Father Ted has a scene taking place after Ted has a few drinks in him. When Father Jack enters the room and tries to walk to his chair, Ted shouts, with Jack's usual inflection, "FECK OFF!" Father Jack is uncharacteristically taken aback and runs away.
  • Kamen Rider:
  • At the of the Kenan & Kel Christmas Episode, the duo have the episode's cast join them for the closing, which leads to a unique variation to the obligatory ending of Kenan coming up with a Zany Scheme and Kel protesting:
    Kenan: "Happy New Year"? You know, Kel, that reminds of something I want to do before the new year. Come on, Kel, whoo! (Peddles away on his new bike)
    Kel: Kenan? Forget about the new year! We're not done with the old year yet! Kenan? Kenan!
    The Cast: Aw, here it goes!
    Kel: Aw, that's my line! (goes off after Kenan)
  • The Mandalorian: In "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger", the bounty hunter shooting at the Mandalorian in the Action Prologue uses his Badass Boast ("I can bring you in warm, or I can bring you in cold.") against him. Right before blasting him into space dust, the Mandalorian quips "That's my line." as a Pre-Mortem One-Liner.
  • The episode of Monk where Natalie briefly becomes a lottery hostess uses this trope as a Running Gag.
    • The first time, Randy has just told Captain Stottlemeyer a great one-liner ("It looks like her number came up") about the victim. Moments later:
      Medical Examiner: I still don't get it. Who would want to kill the lotto girl?
      Officer Kelton: I guess her number came up! [the coroner starts laughing, while Randy throws his notebook at the officer] Hey! What are you doing?
      Lt. Randall Disher: What are you doing? That was my line, man!
    • The second instance is when Natalie signs off after her first appearance:
      Natalie Teeger: So, that's it for now! Keep playing lotto. [beat] You'll thank me later! [the music stops]
      Adrian Monk: "You'll thank me later?" That's my line! I say that!
      Lt. Randall Disher: Hurts, doesn't it?
  • Penny Marshall once guest starred as a tough cop on Nash Bridges who assists in tracking down a woman's stalker. While the man is professing that he and his victim are soulmates, Marshall's character says "Tell it to your cellmate, bubba!" Nash, who constantly addresses men as "bubba", snaps "Hey, I've got a patent on that!"
  • In The Office (US) episode "The Injury", when Dwight is taken to the hospital for a concussion:
    Doctor: Does the skin look red and swollen?
    Dwight: That's what she said.
    Michael: That's my joke, damnit Dwight.
  • Psych's season 5 episode "Extradition II" has Shawn saying Gus's classic "you know that's right!" It's actually difficult to tell whether Gus is more angry because Shawn stole his primary "cool black guy" catchphrase or because he emphatically disagreed with the sentiment.
  • In the Sledge Hammer! episode where he's got Humphrey Bogart as a Spirit Advisor: Sledge says "Here's looking at you, kid!", and Bogey answers... guess what.
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: In the Hollywood episode, Cody gets so nervous when he forgets his line, that the next time he says his line AND Zack's, which he notes.
  • Supernatural:
    • In one episode, Sam and Dean are trying to protect a girl who turns out to be a fallen angel from demons. The night before, Dean is talking to her, and she gives him the "we may die tomorrow" speech. Dean is shocked, not because of the idea but because it's usually what he says in these situations.
    • One episode has Abaddon using Crowley's "Hello, boys." when arriving on the scene, prompting Crowley to say "That's my line!"
  • In The Thick of It: Whilst lacking a specific catchphrase, the spin doctor Malcolm Tucker is known for his frequent use of extremely coarse language when criticizing his colleagues, to the point when MP Nicola Murray uses a similarly colorful phrase on him, he responds appropriately:
    Nicola: You're about as on the ball today as a dead seal.
    Malcolm: Hey, that's one of my fucking lines!
  • In Top Gear, the presenters fight over who gets to use the phrase "Back to the studio". In one particular episode, after accidentally setting a Renault Avantime on fire, Jeremy Clarkson attempts to say the phrase, but James May says it before he has the chance to do so, prompting Clarkson to chase after May and yell at him.
  • In a Whose Line Is It Anyway? game of Three-Headed Broadway Star, in which three players (in this case, Wayne, Ryan, and Colin) sing a song, switching off after each word, Colin's word was "you" several times in a row, and he later glared at Ryan when Ryan sang it.

    Pro Wrestling 

    Puppet Shows 
  • Fozzie Bears says this in Muppets Tonight after a cow says his "Wocka Wocka" catchphrase.
  • In the Bear in the Big Blue House episode "Welcome to Woodland Valley Part 2", when Doc Hogg says he's also an architect, Bear starts to explain to the audience what an architect is, only for Doc to talk over him and define the word himself. Bear doesn't get annoyed, of course, but he definitely looks perplexed.

  • In Pokémon Live!, Jessie and James are confused when Ash demands to be taken to Giovanni, claiming those are their lines.

    Video Games 
  • In one of the battle result dialogues in Digimon World Data Squad, Yoshino says this when her partner Digimon Lalamon uses her catch phrase, "This is the worst!"
  • EXTRAPOWER: Attack of Darkforce: Pops up semi-frequently when villains and heroes taunt each other, giving a "that's my line" before commencing the butt kicking.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy V, this happens if Gilgamesh comes to assist you in the fight against Necrophobe.
      Necrophobe: Enough of this. Die!
      Gilgamesh: [snort] I believe that's MY line!!!
    • Inverted in Final Fantasy X, when Auron tells Yuna that whatever she decides to do at Macalania Temple, the guardians will back her up:
      Auron: Sorry.
      Tidus: Huh?
      Auron: That was your line.
  • Used in Mass Effect: Andromeda if Ryder has flirted with Reyes and steals his "You look like you're waiting for someone", which causes Umi, the bartender to groan and ask if they want a drink or a room.
  • In Overwatch, if Tracer and Junkrat are on the same team, the two have this pre-match banter:
    Junkrat: Cheers, mate! The cavalry's here!
    Tracer: That's my line!note 
  • In Solatorobo, Red steals a train conductor's "All aboard!" and gets scolded for it.
  • In Sonic Heroes, when Team Sonic and Team Dark cross paths.
    Omega: Sensors locked on Eggman. Non-compliant intruders will be destroyed.
    Sonic: Hm, didn't you know? We have a date with Eggman too!
    Shadow: Is that so? Well then, It'll be a date to die for!
    Sonic: Hey, that's my line!
  • Tales of Symphonia:
    • A line that is, in itself, a reference to The Lord of the Rings, which makes sense: Lloyd was raised by a Dwarf. Note that it is never used after that point:
      Raine: Give me your name and I'll give you mine.
      Genis: Hey, you copied Lloyd.
      Lloyd: Now that I've heard someone else say it, it sounds kinda arrogant.
    • Another case (Later in the game, and during a sidequest):
      Hell Knight: Congratulations on making it this far. I shall give you death as a reward.
      Lloyd: Hey! That's my line.

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    Web Animation 
  • Arby 'n' the Chief: Chief has this exchange with an intoxicated Arbiter for stealing his use of LOL.
    Arbiter: LOL, remember Chief?
    Chief: HAY. thats mai thing arbitur. u cant use mai thing. remember. remember its mien. lol remember arbitur?
    Arbiter: LOL, I remember Chief.
    Chief: LOL. ur so silly.
    Arbitur: I know, LOL.
    Chief: LOL
  • Battle for Dream Island episode 14:
    Announcer: Time for the fourteenth contest.
    Pen: Which iiiiiis...?
    Eraser: Hey, that's my line!
  • From Episode 57 of Dragonball Z Abridged:
    Hercule Satan: I AM THE HYPE!!!
    Vegeta: KILL HIM!!!
  • Done in a Homestar Runner Halloween cartoon:
    Homestar: So, what kind of concoctions might one stir with your wares?
    Bubs: Well, a little eye of newt, some toe of frog. Baby, you got a witches' brew goin'.
    Homestar: Hey, that's my line!
  • How It Should Have Ended: The episode "How Avengers: Infinity War Should Have Ended" has Batman being his typically snarky self, claiming he would have defeated Thanos singlehandledly.
    Batman: Do you know why?
    War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Falcon, Winter Soldier, Okoye, Black Panther, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Bruce Banner, Dr. Strange, Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Drax, Mantis, and Nebula: [warily] Because I'm Batman.
  • Said word-for-word in the Object Terror episode "Kiloto the Minoto," when Stapler stole Skittle's catchphrase.
    Stapler: Woo-hoo! We won!
    Skittle: Hey! That's my line!
    Stapler: Who cares? You didn't copyright it!

  • One page of Castlevania RPG has a Belmont and his vampirized sister switch the "you don't belong in this world" / "have at you" lines, and Alec whining about it.
  • In Homestuck, Jane blames Jake for stealing the phrase "shucks buster". Of course, Jake believes the line belongs to both, but it turns out it belonged to Jane and she let Jake use it, but retracted the permission because Jake has been a pain in the ass lately.
  • Case 3 of Kristoph Gavin: Ace Attorney includes the following exchange:
    Kristoph: Well, anyway, would you mind if I had a look around?
    Simon: Well... you can, but I doubt you'll find anything.
    Kristoph: Ah, good. Thanks for your cooperation.
    Simon: Hey, that's my line!
  • In The Order of the Stick, Tsukiko once steals the Monster in the Darkness's "Gate? What gate?" and gets called on it.

  • In Gaia Online's "Demonbusters" event, the Sentinel uses a very familiar Evil Laugh on live television, pissing off Johnny Gambino (though he was too lazy to actually do anything except complain).

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  • Flander's Company: In the season 5 finale, Georges Trueman gains barbarian superpowers and directly joins the action for the first time, going as far as to borrow his daughter Cindy's usual Battle Cry: "BOUCHERIE!" ("SLAUGTHER!")
    Cindy: Dad! You don't steal my catchphrase!
  • Crackitus Potts is the de facto leader of The League of S.T.E.A.M. and usually introduces the episodes he appears in. When someone else will occasionally start the introduction, he'll usually run to the camera to interrupt them and take over the intro.
  • In the lonelygirl15 self-parody episode "Proving Science Wrong... with Lonelybeast and Danielgirl15", Daniel uses Bree's "Proving science wrong!" catchphrase before launching into an extremely inaccurate description of the Coriolis effect, which he terms "the Cornwallis effect". In the background, Bree bangs her head against the magazine she's reading.
  • In Naruto: The Abridged Series, Iruka kept getting pissed off that people stole his "Ahh, touche!" catch phrase, until he finally stopped even caring and left for coffee.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
    • Episode 17:
      Joey: I summon Copycat. It lets me copy your catchphrase... in America!
      Bandit Keith: Hey, that's my joke! It only works when I say "in America." It loses all meaning when you say it.
    • And then there's Joey trying to coin "Brooklyn Rage" as a catchphrase, only for Yugi to shoot it down — but then use "Egyptian Rage" himself.

    Western Animation 
  • Slappy Squirrel in Animaniacs always says "Now, that's comedy!" at the end of her every cartoon. In one episode, however, her nephew, Skippy, steals her catchphrase, at which she says, "You're adorable... but that's my line."
  • In one episode of CatDog, after the duo are rewarded with firehouse chilli for helping the fire department put out a fire, an ecstatic Cat cries out "Hi, Ho, Diggity!".
    Dog: Hey, that's my catchphrase.
  • One episode of Captain Planet and the Planeteers has the heroes team up with their future counterparts. Captain Planet complains when the future captain says, "The power is yours!"
  • In the Chilly Willy short "Chilly Chums", the villain inhales laughing gas and begins doing the Signature Laugh of Woody Woodpecker. At that point, Woody himself enters to protest and proceeds to peck a hole in the bottom of the ice for the villain to fall through.
  • Danger Mouse says this in an episode after Penfold says "Good grief!"
  • The Conductor does it in "Fossil Fred" from Dinosaur Train, when Mrs. Pteranadon declares "Next stop, Big Pond!"
  • On Dragon Tales, the Grudge in "The Grudge Won't Budge" after Wheezie says that she and Zak are pals forever.
  • Seen in Dudley Do-Right, after Dudley has been tricked into letting Snidley tie his finger to the railroad tracks for the second time in about two minutes:
    Dudley: Curses, foiled again.
    Snidely: Hey, that's my line!
  • Futurama: When Zoidberg's contemporary iHawk uses a joke Zoidberg has told before (and is much better received), Zoidberg freaks out and threatens to kill him, because "That's my joke!" The scene is a parody of a M*A*S*H episode in which BJ started taking credit for a joke Hawkeye's father told him. It seemed to bug Hawkeye more that BJ hadn't laughed when he first heard the joke than it did that he stole it.
  • Grojband: In "Zoohouse Rock", Kin manages to steal the catchphrases of the other three band members, ending with him bumping Corey out of the way to close with Corey's usual "Thanks for coming out everyone" and remarking that he is now "three for three".
  • In the Hailey's On It! episode "Beta'd and Hooked", Hailey says the next item on her list, which is winning first prize at the annual Fish Taco Festival. Beta remarks that he's the one who usually says the list item.
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law:
    • During an episode, the Deadly Duplicator thinks about how he's going to "Eliminate" Birdman. X appears beside him, and tells him to get his own thing.
    • Reversed during the Grand Finale, as X excitedly yells, "This is good, this is good!" DD tells him, "Hey, that's my line."
  • In Hey Arnold!, Gerald often says "You're a bold kid, Arnold." to his best friend but said this trope when Arnold once said it to him.
    Arnold: You're a bold kid, Gerald.
    Gerald: Hey, that's my line.
  • Shelly once used Jabberjaw's "No respect" catchphrase. Jabberjaw threatened to sue her for that.
  • In Kim Possible:
    • In A Sitch in Time, when Future Shego intimidates Ron when he tries to steal the Time Monkey from her.
      Future Shego: See, I rule the world. I can do anything.
      Kim: Hey, that's my line!
      Future Shego: Maybe, but I've got the muscle to back it up. [tosses Ron at Kim]
    • In So the Drama, when Kim and Ron are held hostage in Drakken's lair (after Kim discovered that her new beau Eric was The Mole):
      Ron: So what's the plan?
      Kim: Ron, I—I've got nothing.
      Ron: That's my line, and what's worse that's quitter talk!
  • The ending of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Over a Barrel" has Twilight quoting Pinkie Pie's song from earlier in her letter to Princess Celestia. Cue Pinkie holding open the Iris Out to protest "Hey, that's what I said!" Her annoyance was due less to Twilight quoting the song and more to how poorly the Aesop was received when Pinkie said it.
  • On The Octonauts, Kwazii says this in "Tiger Shark" when Tweak shouts "Yow!" after activating the turbo mode on one of the gups.
  • Isabella from Phineas and Ferb is highly protective of her "Whatcha doin'?" catchphrase, to the point where she can sense if someone says it from halfway across the town.
  • At the end of an episode of The Powerpuff Girls, the narrator protests that a TV reporter is using his usual closing lines, "So once again, the day is saved, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls," and shows him how it's done.
  • This happens to Lucky in two separate episodes of the 2010 Pound Puppies series. Lucky's "Go dogs, go" catchphrase is used first by a cat (who replaces "dogs" with "cats") in "Catcalls" and three times in "Snow Problem", two of them by a puppy who aspires to be a sled dog who uses it to lead Lucky and the team in the sled race.
  • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo has an episode where, at the end, Shaggy uses Scooby's catchphrase. Scooby complains.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! episode "Mini-Golf at the DSA", Sean says this when Mr. Petersen scores a hole-in-one and says Sean's catchphrase "Booyah, science!"
  • ReBoot: Both Dot and Enzo have been known to use Bob's "This is bad. Very bad" line, or his "I don't believe in the no-win scenario" line. Bob does use the "That's my line" response on one occasion. Seeing how Bob stole "I don't believe in the no-win scenario" from Captain Kirk, he's got no right to complain.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Cape Feare", after Sideshow Bob is arrested Bart tells the cops to "Take 'im away, boys." Chief Wiggum complains "I'm the chief here!", but when he tries to say the line it comes out as "Bake 'im away, toys."
      Lou: What'd you say, chief?
      Wiggum: ...Do what the kid says.
    • In "Summer of 4'2"", Lisa uses several of Bart's catchphrases (like "Don't have a cow, man") line to impress her new friends, which upsets Bart. However, Marge points out that he hasn't said those phrases in years, and tells him to "let Lisa have it".
    • In the episode Lemon of Troy, Milhouse overhears a kid from Shelbyville exclaiming "RADICAL!", he replies "And that kid said 'RADICAL', I say 'RADICAL', that's my thing that I say! I FEEL LIKE I'M GONNA EXPLODE!"
  • From the South Park episode "The Red Badge of Gayness":
    Stan: Oh my God, they killed Kenny!
    Stan's Grandpa: You bastards!
    Kyle: Hey!
  • Two examples from the same episode of The Spectacular Spider-Man:
    Chameleon: [posing as Spider-Man] My insect early warning system is tingling!
    Black Cat: My kitty-sense is purring...
Spidey himself rarely, if ever, gets to finish the line, which is internal dialogue in most incarnations. How has either of them heard it?
  • In the episode "Hit the Diamond" in Steven Universe, Garnet jokingly refers to Peridot as a "clod", which is Peridot's favorite insult. Peridot simply says, "That's my word."
  • One episode of TaleSpin features Baloo and Kit infiltrating the Air Pirates' Iron Vulture. Because it's Disney, the pirates break into a big musical number, at the end of which, hoping for a longer distraction, Baloo yells "One more time!" Of course, all the pirates look at him in shock.
    Don Karnage: Who said "one more time"? Only I can say "one more time"! Get them!
  • In the Teen Titans Go! episode "Gorilla", after Beast Boy usurps the leadership of the Teen Titans and steals Robin's catchphrase ("Titans Go!"), Robin weakly protest this.
  • Thomas & Friends:
    • In "Henry Gets the Express", Sir Topham Hatt gives Henry the job of pulling Gordon's express when Gordon gets his firebox cleaned out, and Gordon the job of pulling Henry's freight cars. Eventually, Gordon comes across Henry.
      Henry: Express coming through!
      Gordon: But that's my line!
    • In "Buckled Tracks and Bumpy Trucks", it's a hot summer day on Sodor, and Dowager Hatt gives Sir Topham Hatt a white safari hat to protect him from the sun. Sir Topham Hatt feels silly wearing the hat, especially when Thomas and some passengers laugh at him for it. This exchange occurs when Gordon arrives:
      Sir Topham Hatt: Oh, the indignity!
      Gordon: That's my line!
  • Where's Wally (Waldo if you live across the pond) has Odlaw turn up too late to follow the protagonist and says the narrator's catchphrase "Where's Wally?", as a result the narrator invokes this trope.


"That's MY joke!"

Zoidberg doesn't take it well when iHawk steals a joke he had used earlier.

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