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"Chips" Dubbo: Whoa... it's like a postcard! "Dear Sarge: Kicking ass in outer space. Wish you were here."
Sergeant Johnson: I heard that, jackass.
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A Stock Phrase involving Bob leaving to some place. What's next is that Alice said something really bad about him. Although he doesn't fight back, he just said the phrase. This is sometimes followed by Alice saying "You were supposed to," if she expected him to hear what she said. I'm Standing Right Here is similar in spirit. This and Borrowed Catchphrase form Hey, That's My Line!. There are 5 variations (because the character responsible for saying the sentence usually has 5 senses) but only 2 are often used.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Doraemon: In "Action Quiz", Big G says that the Action Quizzer's problems are hard enough that only a really smart person would be able to answer them correctly. Noby comments he wanted to choose Ace as his helper because of this, and Big G yells "HEARD THAT!" and hits Noby.
  • One Piece: In Chapter 800, after Issho thanks the Straw Hats for what they've done, Sengoku appears right behind him with this trope. It's usually not that easy to sneak up on a Blind Weaponmaster, though Sengoku is one of the two biggest Retired Badasses in the world.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: The dub of episode 69, when Vice-Chancellor Bonaparte (Napoleon in the original) duels Chancellor Crowler (Cronos), and Crowler proves to be less than adequate at returning the former's trash talk:
    Jaden: He's got a way with words.
    Syrus: Not really.
    Crowler: (with Cross-Popping Veins on his head) I HEARD THAT!

    Audio Plays 
  • Played With in the BBC's Tintin audio plays. On some occasions when Captain Haddock insults Professor Calculus, Calculus responds, "I heard that, Haddock." However, Calculus is also hard of hearing, and very frequently misinterprets what other people say, so it's anyone's guess as to whether or not he actually did hear it.

    Fan Works 
  • Ashes of the Past: Chapter 14, after Dexter, Ash's PokéDex, turns into a Porygon:
    Ash: Okay, wow. No, I didn't see that one coming.
    Dexter: I thought it was obvious.
    Pikachu: I didn't see it coming either.
    Dexter: Oh, maybe there was a problem, then. I thought it was just Ash being Ash.
    Ash: I heard that!
    Dexter: That was the point.
  • Back Again, Harry?: After Harry introduces Hermione to the Room of Hidden Things, her enthusiasm is about as much as he expected.
    Ron: We'll never get her out of here.
    Harry: I'm sure she'll get hungry eventually.
    Ron: (teasingly) I wouldn't bet on it. I bet she could survive on ink and paper if she had to.
    Hermione: I heard that!
  • Chaos Effect: In Chapter 98, when Joey mentions a dish called the "Joey Special":
    Edwin: What do you want to guess that the Joey Special is just two pizzas?
    Téa: (snickers)
    Joey: I heard that, Ed! And I'll have ya know the Joey Special is a pizza taco!
  • Death is forced to take a vacation: This trope is Helheim's reaction to Fall Harvest's remark about how she'd feel better if he "was on your best behaviour". She also reacts (but without the line) to other things he's saying once he's in the mortal realm, and lets him know it.
  • Dost Thou Even Steal Hearts?:
    • In Chapter 44, when Joker leads his group to take care of the fires in Musutafu, Gentle and La Brava can't quite keep up with him and Morgana.
    Morgana: (chuckling) Their speed is impressive, but they have nothing on a Sukukaja.
    La Brava: Hey! We heard that!
    • Near the end of Chapter 46, when Gentle and La Brava record a video of them, Joker, and Mona before they start a heist, Joker and Mona start bantering, attacking each other's noses.
    La Brava: (to Gentle, whispering) Would it be funny if I got this on camera? We could have a bloopers reel.
    Mona: We heard that!
  • The Force Is Not A Quirk!: In Chapter 40, after Yaoyorozu uses her power to make a Gatling gun, and finding that it was from Obi-Wan's advice. Bear in mind that Anakin is in the audience and Obi-Wan is in the broadcaster's box.
    Anakin: I don't know if I should be proud of him taking a page out of my book or fearful that if he ever turned to the Dark Side he'd kill us all.
    Obi-Wan: (over the loud speaker) I heard that, Anakin.
    Anakin: HOW?!
  • Forearmed: At the end of Chapter 35, we have this exchange:
    Futaba: basically need a phone to even function, don't you?
    Akira: Pretty much. Unless you're Morgana, because he has no thumbs.
    Morgana: I heard that!
  • Hyphen: In Chapter 18, after a Team Aqua Grunt sends out a Carvanha...onto the forest floor:
    May: you think he knows there's no water here?
    Astra: I don’t think we should tell him. He might get upset
    Grunt: (with Cross-Popping Veins) I can hear you!
  • New Game Plus: Chapter 5, after meeting Johnny and Yosaku:
    Jango: And I thought that afro jack-in-the-box was weird.
    Gaimon: I heard that!
  • School Watches Assassination Classroom: From Chapter 18, when they're selecting sleeping bags:
    Karma: Okay, let's grab one before Terasaka takes the biggest one.
    Terasaka: I heard that, asshole!
  • Steal the Truth, Reach Out For Your Heart: From Chapter 142, when Nanako and Ren are talking on the phone:
    Ren: How was the study session?
    Nanako: Have you heard the expression 'herding cats'?
    Morgana: Hey, I heard that!
  • This Bites!: Chapter 7, while navigating the Grand Line's weather for the first time, after Cross has finished expressing how much he loves feeling alive (being an adrenaline junkie), Nami snaps for him to get to work:
    Usopp: What happened to you enjoying living your dream?!
    Cross: (quietly) Nami's not a part of that dream, she's a goddamn course hazard!
    Soundbite: Headstrong! NOT SUICIDAL!
    Nami: I HEARD THAT!
    • The Christmas Episode, in response to Merry chastising Carrot, Pepper, and Onion's caroling:
      Kaya: Oh, don't listen to that old goat. In my opinion, I think he might be going a little deaf in one ear, if you know what I mean.
      Merry: (somewhere in the depths of the mansion) I heard that!
    • Two examples during the G-8 arc:
  • Twelve Red Lines: From Chapter 34:
    Sanji: Well, I guess if we're gonna have a fire, I can go look for some meat. I'll be back soon- probably before the shitty moss ball.
    Zoro: (faintly, already far away from the camp) I heard that, Shit Cook!
    Sanji: You were supposed to!

    Films — Animated 
  • The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars:
    Ratso: (referring to the microwave, to the protagonist appliances, sotto voce) We could sneak up behind him and shove him back into his box.
    Microwave: (deadpan) I heard that.
  • Madagascar: Melman is rubbing two planks of wood strapped to his hooves to light Alex's signal beacon.
    Alex: How's the liberty fire coming, Melman?
    Melman: Great! Idiot.
    Alex: I heard that!
  • At the end of Charlotte's Web 2, Wilbur at one points says "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse!" But a horse, who happens to be nearby, snaps "I heard that!"

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Short Circuit: After Crosby shuts down Number Five to prevent General Ripper Schroeder and his troops from destroying him, we have this:
    Schroeder: What the hell is the matter with you, you four-eyed idiot?!
    Crosby: (under his breath) What an asshole.
    Schroeder: I heard that!
  • In Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, after winning at Chess with Death, Bill whispers to Ted "Don't fear the reaper!" and they Air Guitar. Just before the scene transition, we hear Death say "I heard that!" from off-screen.
  • Angels in the Outfield: Rare positive variant in the ending of the 1994 version: Roger has just learned that someone contacted social services about giving him a permanent home, upsetting J.P., who runs off crying because this means they'll be separated. Then Knox tells Roger that he's the one who called social services and wants to be Roger's dad. Roger, however, says he can't leave J.P.; Knox promptly informs him that he could never leave J.P. either and is adopting both boys. Cue J.P.'s very happy "I heard that!"
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action: In Area 52, after Daffy is zapped into a black liquid and about to be molecularly restored.
    Bugs: Eh, doc, when you bring Daffy back, can you make him 20% funnier?
    Daffy: I heard that!

  • In Artemis Fowl, Bad Boss Opal Koboi makes a habit out of randomly saying "I heard that!" to imply that she has Psychic Powers as a means of preventing her minions from even thinking about betraying her. Except one of them decides to test this and she tells him to stop staring at her because "it's bad for my skin."
  • Retired Witches Mysteries: Referenced in book 3, when Elsie mutters under her breath about Abdon Fuller's lack of conscience and Molly expects him to say the line. Subverted when he doesn't acknowledge her remark.
  • Universal Monsters: Late in book 1, Nina mutters an exasperated "Freshmen," under her breath after a back-and-forth with Captain Bob. When he says the trope name, she retorts that he was meant to. He and Nina later throw the trope back and forth a few times towards the end of book 5.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Barth's catchphrase in the Barth's Burgers segments of You Can't Do That on Television, usually when the kids say "What do you think is in the burger?".
  • Bar Rescue: After pleading with Jon to not drop the rescue of Country Nights and he returns to his car, Dalia goes right back to talking crap about him and defending her boob-flashing, even ready for more of it. Jon, having not left yet and still listening in, is right back inside the bar to give her another helping.
  • Power Rangers Operation Overdrive has this in the episode "At All Cost"; Red Ranger Mack and Yellow Ranger Ronny are playing foosball:
    Ronny: I've never lost.
    Mack: Yeah, nor have I. Granted, I've only played Spencer, and that's not much to brag about.
    Spencer: (through the vents) I heard that.
  • iCarly:
    • In the episode "iLike Jake":
      Carly: When it gets to the part where Jake was supposed to sing, we'll improvise and talk about something funny.
      Sam: Like Freddie's haircut.
      Freddie: I heard that!
      Sam: You were supposed to!
    • In the episode "iRue the Day":
      Nevel: (on video chat) Better find a new hobby, Carly. 'Cause your web show is officially cancelled, by me. (disconnects)
      Carly: I hate him.
      Nevel: (suddenly reconnects) I heard that. (disconnects again)
  • The Doctor Who story "Four to Doomsday" includes the following exchange between Tegan and Adric:
    Adric: That's the trouble with women - mindless, impatient and bossy.
    Tegan: You chauvinist! I heard that.
    Adric: You were meant to.

  • This has been done time to time in Adventures in Odyssey, particularly between Eugene Meltsner and Connie Kendal.

    Video Games 
  • Baten Kaitos Origins: When Milly first invites herself into the party after pulling a Big Damn Heroes and Sagi is willing to trust her:
    Guillo: Take a closer look. You can see the sinister motives all over her face.
    Milly: Hey, I heard that!
  • In Delicious 4: Emily's Taste of Fame Emily receives a call from her future boss (Ludwig) and her current boss (Charles) insists that she get off the phone. When Ludwig yells at her for not paying attention she comments that the two of them would really like each other.
    Charles/Ludwig: I HEARD THAT!
  • In Incredible Dracula 8: Ocean's Call the mayor of a small town gives Dracula a series of orders.
    Dracula: I thought I was a petty tyrant, but you take the cake!
    Mayor: I heard that!
  • Left 4 Dead: In Death Toll, the survivors happen upon a church where a man, driven insane after being bitten by someone he let into his safe house, refuses to give them entry. The ensuing conversation can potentially have Bill mutter under his breath:
    Bill: This guy's nuttier than candy bar shit...
    Church Survivor: I HEARD THAT!
  • Persona 3: On September 24, after the second time Yukari snaps at several male students to hurry with the job they're doing, we have this exchange:
    Junpei: She's like a pissed-off samurai...
    Yukari: (looks over her shoulder, about four feet away) I heard that! Geez, are you stupid or something?
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: This is Mako's reaction when the Bounty Hunter asks if Hylo Visz is single after hearing she broke the blockade of the Hydian Way.

    Western Animation 
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: In the episode "Shanghai Moon", after Valmont and his lackeys are sent flying off of a space station in a pod:
    Valmont: Shendu... I despise you.
    Shendu: I heard that.
  • Phineas and Ferb: From "The Beak", after the episode's villain Khaka Peu Peu talks down to his wife:
    Khaka: Ha, I told her.
    (chair flies in, hitting Khaka on the forehead and knocking him over)
    Khaka's wife: I heard that!
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: This is a load of barnacles~
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode, "A Better Mousetrap", Splinter left the room. Next thing is that Michelangelo makes a pose and imitate his quote.
    Michelangelo: "We will resume your training in the morning."
    Splinter: I heard that.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: In the episode "Sheen's Brain", when Jimmy's invention supercharges Sheen's intelligence, it keeps growing, and growing, and growing, along with his head. Not long after his head begins growing, he pulls this trope on Carl when the latter calls him annoying and his mind.
    • Later in the episode, Sheen pulls this to Carl again. Basically, Sheen asks Carl to bring him the "crown" (the Brain Drain Helmet needed to shrink his mind) he was offered. Taking Jimmy's advice, Carl thinks of baby llamas frolicking in the meadow. However, Carl thinks that one of the llamas escaped and is heading towards town. And since "town" rhymes with "crown", Carl reminds himself about the plan he and Jimmy enacted, which Sheen telepathically overhears, foiling the plan.
  • In the VeggieTales episode, "The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown," while cheering up Pa Grape for the one song he was in only making #2, Mr. Lunt states that it was better than the Forgivomatic, which the scallion who was in the "ad" is heard off-screen, saying "I heard that!" before the sound of a door closing is heard.
  • The Simpsons: Happens in the Bart Simpson's Dracula segment from "Treehouse of Horror IV".
    Lisa: Dad, do you notice anything strange?
    Homer: Yeah. His hairdo looks so queer.
    Mr. Burns: I heard that!
    Homer: It was the boy!
  • Futurama: "Fry and the Slurm Factory". When the crew visit the Slurm factory and see the Grunka-Lunkas singing a song about not asking questions.
    Glurmo: Hey, I don't pay you to sing! You just used up today's bathroom break!
    Grunka-Lunka: (Under breath): Hard ass.
    Glurmo: I heard that!
  • We Bare Bears: In "Rooms", Panda confronts Grizz over a video he made in which he portrayed an exaggerated, clumsy version of Panda called Pando. Later, when Panda accidentally disconnects the knob off the door to Ice Bear's secret bathroom...
    Grizz: Classic Pando.
    Panda: I heard that!
  • Danger Mouse: "DM On The Orient Express" has our hero in the clutches of two of Baron Greenback's associates. They already have Penfold who is tied to a windmill blade trying to explain that a fish ate the document everyone is after (which it did earlier in the episode).
    Penfold: But it was a big fish! Honest!
    DM: (to spies) You fiends! You've damaged his mind! What there was of it.
    Penfold: I heard that!!
  • In Rugrats when the adults see a commercial for "Reptar on Ice".
    Lou: In my day, dinosaurs didn't skate around with a bunch of ninnies in tights!
    Stu: (to Didi) In his day, the dinosaurs were REAL.
    Lou: I heard that.
  • In Life with Louie, this is the catchphrase of Louie's father, Andy, whenever someone, usually Louie, makes a snarky comment.
  • Woody Woodpecker: From "Party Animal":
    Woody: I know! I'll throw a Bagpipe Appreciation Day party! (Scottish accent) The likes of which the Scottish have never seen!
    Miss Meany: (barges in) WOODPECKER, I HEARD THAT! Your lease specifically says "no parties!"
  • Reboot: In AndrAIa's debut episode, Bob and Dot's game characters are telepathic merfolk, and Dot says the trope name twice in response to Bob's thoughts about her (first when he thinks "What a babe!", and then when he thinks "Nice tail.")
    • In another episode when Mouse is prepping a weapon she tells Megabyte to get the witch (Hexadecimal) ready. Hexadecimal screams "I Heard that!" then adds with a smile "What a sweet thing to say."
  • Let's Go Luna!: In "Boomin' Boomerang", Fin tells Carmen that she is better than at throwing the boomerang than Auggie is without a stomach-ache. Auggie then remarks that he heard that.
  • The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Occurs in the closing live-action segment of "Birthday World"
    Ronald: Hamburglar and trouble go together like Sundae and a chewbone!
    Sundae: (from off-screen) I heard that!
    Ronald: It's a joke!


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The Simpsons [ToH (Burn's Good Hearing)]

Scene from The Simpsons, Treehouse of Horror IV - Bart Simpsons Dracula. The family are invited to Burns' manor and notice something odd about their host.

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