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"Sweet... something of... someplace!"

A catchphrase that's slightly different every time — the same phrase structure, but with one or two words varied each time it's used, either completely at random or somehow related to the current situation. Perhaps the most famous is Robin's "Holy [noun], Batman!"note  This is pleasing to the audience, as it contains a mix of old and new content using an established pattern.

A prime source for the "mutation" part of Memetic Mutation — turns of phrase like "X is the new Y" which behave this way are sometimes called 'snowclones'. Unrelated to Mad Libs Dialogue.

NOTE: Examples should be formatted like a "Mad Libs" page, with the missing word or phrase made as specific as possible. We want [plural noun]note  who [verb]note  them to understand the [abstract noun]note , after all! Blank lines appear when the gap can be filled with pretty much anything.


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  • PlayStation's Kevin Butler, VP of [silly fictional department].
  • Early Xbox commercials had a voiceover provided by Keith David: "For [insert phrase relating to the game], there's no power greater than X."
  • This is a standard trope for Ad Bumpers on TV shows, especially syndicated shows, but also shows up on Saturday mornings as well. It usually follows this pattern:
    "[show] will return / be (right) back after these messages."
    "We now return to / (And) now back to [show]."note 
  • Early Cartoon Network bumpers sometimes had the network refer to itself as "The [random noun or adjective] Network." For example, when the network aired G Force, it sometimes referred to itself as "The Lightspeed Network". Another example is when Wildfire aired as part of its "Look What We Found" showcase, when the network referred to itself as "The Boss Hoss Network".
  • "[Name of regularly scheduled program]note  will not be seen today / tonight, but will return next weeknote  / tomorrow / Monday at it's regularly scheduled time."note 
  • It isn't done very much anymore, but as recently as the 1990s (at least) CBS would occasionally have this, especially for their daytime showsnote :
    "Stay tuned for [name of next program], next over most of these CBS stations."
  • In the U.K., during the days when networks regularly "closed down" and "started up" (referred to in other countries as signing off and on), whenever a network that isn't one of the BBC networks started up, they would usually say some variation of the following:
    "Good morning. This is [regional ITV affiliate / Channel 4] broadcasting on the (in some cases, [name of local area]) transmitters of the Independent Broadcasting Authority."note 

    Anime & Manga 
  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You:
    • "And so, due to how things panned out, would you guys mind accepting [new girl] as my newest girlfriend...?!"
    • "It's not like I [activity or thought] or anything!"
    • "...the [noun] of a wealthy family."
      • The official English publication has " person's [noun]."
    • "X are living things too!"
  • Black Butler: "A Phantomhive butler that can't do [insert ridiculous task here] isn't worth his salt!"
    • In the official manga translation, it is: "I am butler to the Phantomhive family. It goes without saying that I can handle a [situation] such at this."
  • Codename: Sailor V: "[suitable person/group] may let you but I won't!"
    • Updated in the followup as "[person] may forgive you, but I/we won't!"
    • "Moon Power! [disguise] ni na-re!! (loosely: turn / change me into [disguise]note )."
  • The Demon Girl Next Door: “Ganbare/Don’t give up, Shamiko! Become a demon who [does something]!” Spoken by the narrator.
  • Eyeshield 21, Monta: "[verb] MAX!"
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: This [item or ideal] has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!
  • Gintama: Katsura occasionally twists his catchphrase of "It's not Zura, it's Katsura" into "I'm not a [noun], I'm Katsura" or "I'm not [adjective], I'm Katsura". Even if that winds up blowing his cover, he still does it. And sometimes, he also twists it like "I'm not [noun]/[adjective], I'm [name]/[noun]"
  • The English dub of Girls Bravo frequently had Kirie exclaim "Go do your [action that just pissed her off] in Hell!"
  • Himawari!! has two. Yusura describes things being "[adjective] like a(n) [animal]". Azami has "According to my information, [useful information]. Also, [useless trivia]."
  • Karin: "[The subject of today's episode] is embarrassing!"
  • Princess Era from The Mermaid Princess's Guilty Meal: "I’m so sorry, [name of fish], but you taste so good!"
  • All Might from My Hero Academia has the catch phrase "I AM HERE!", but this is normally followed by him saying whatever he is doing, whether it's coming through the door like a hero, being in an odd position, or something else.
    • In the spin-off, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, once Koichi takes the persona of The Crawler, he jumps into situations while shouting, "I'm the man who [does something very specific to the current situation], THE CRAWLER!"
  • My Monster Secret uses "Actually, I am...", typically when a new character is revealed to be a vampire or werewolf or other unusual being, though it also crops up in more dramatic contexts. Also doubles as a Title Drop, due to the phrase being the manga's original Japanese name.
  • One Piece:
    • Brook has: [Common phrase that includes a body part (eyes, stomach, etc.)], wait, I don't have [said body part]. He also uses: [Expression of relief at being alive/terror at the prospect of being killed], however, I am already dead.
    • Usopp will often come down with some kind of extremely specific disease that prevents him from going to islands he thinks are scary.
  • Pokémon: The Series':
    • Team Rocket's mottos, particularly in Sinnoh. Bulbapedia has a complete list. They're too long to put here, though "Listen, is that a/n [adjective noun]/[noun] I hear?" "It [verb]s to me loud and clear!" is a common one. And when defeated and going offscreen, they used to cry out that they are "_____ing off again" (usually "blasting off"). It was a normal catchphrase in the Japanese.
    • Cilan has "It's _____ time!" in the Japanese version, originally starting with tasting time, we have now had various times including, but not limited to, fishing time, science time, detective time, and unbelievable time. The dub does this to a lesser extent, with "evaluating time" being his default catchphrase instead of "tasting time". Possibly due to either almost missing it or perhaps really loving it (or both) the dub has been adding extra "It's _____ time!" phrases for Cilan starting from Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open. They added two extra along with "It's lunch time~!" and "It's fishing time!" these being "It's fishing wrap it up time!" and "It's Pokéball time!" and they've continued to do so with the following episodes. Plus, it's not just that, but TPCI has also been having other character imitate Cilan's phrase.
  • Nozomu Itoshiki, Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: "I'm in despair! [The subject of today's episode] has left me in despair!", or with the change to the manga's translator: "It's hopeless! I've lost all faith in [subject of today's chapter]!"
  • Shakugan no Shana: "My [adjective] [noun], Margery Daw!"
  • Soul Eater: Crona's "I don't know how to deal with [whatever is in front of them at the time]!"
  • Sky High of Tiger & Bunny: "_____! And _____ again!"
  • Yo-kai Watch: Main character Nate has "Come out my friend! Calling [insert Yo-kai name]! Yo-kai Medal do your thing!" when summoning a Yo-kai.

    Asian Animation 
  • Mechamato: Either Amato or MechaBot may exclaim "Mecha[noun]!" after mechanising, where the noun is the resulting mechanical contraption.
  • Upin & Ipin: Dzul has "My grandmother said, [relevant advice or information]."

    Comic Books 
  • Asterix:
    • Obelix:
      "These [ethnic group]s are crazy!"
    • "Asterix the Legionary" has a character whose catchphrase is "Old hairy [body part that rhymes with what someone else said]".
  • Calvin's Dad from Calvin and Hobbes has "[Whatever Calvin's complaining about] builds character." Eventually, Calvin parodied it by combing down his hair, taking his father's glasses, and yelling, "Calvin! go do something you hate! Being miserable builds character!" which dad, annoyed, admitted was Actually Pretty Funny (Calvin's mom, meanwhile, was literally on the floor, laughing uproariously).
  • Ghost Writer in Empowered has "A [noun] - no, a [adjective] [same noun]", as well as variants like "A [adjective] [noun] - no, a [different, more emphatic adjective] [same noun]" and "[verb] - no, [similar-meaning but more dramatic verb]".
  • Spam Dotcom from Silex and the City: "If they had _____, the dinosaurs would never have gone extinct!"
  • Grouchy Smurf from The Smurfs: "I hate [whatever we're talking about]!" In the original French, it's "I don't like [whatever we're talking about]!"note 
  • In Tintin, the Thom(p)sons share one of these. One will say something and the other will say, "To be precise, [either repeats or rephrases what the first one says]."

    Fan Works 
  • My Immortal, a Harry Potter fanfiction, has Ebony Way, the protagonist, describe things with the phrase "all [adjective]" (most commonly, "all sensitive"), and she also tends to say, "It was.... [character]!".
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, whenever the Team Rocket trio gets blasted off, they say their usual "Team Rocket is blasting off again!", though always adding a comment about how strange it is, how often it happens, and/or something else related to the situation at hand. A few examples:
    Chapter 6: Looks like Team Rocket is blasting off most unusually, again!
    Chapter 22: Team Rocket is blasting off in a way that is starting to become a pattern!
    Chapter 33: Looks like Team Rocket is blasting off only for being insensitive!'
  • In Cinders and Ashes: the Chronicles of Kamen Rider Dante, Hoshi and Hotaro's In the Name of the Moon speech change depending on what form they're currently in at the time, following the template of "So long as the [element] of [emotion] [adjective, then direction towards the Rider], I'll protect the Land of Gods!" and "the [element] [word relating to a noise], they [word relating to a noise] for justice! I am its divine [element]!" respectively before ending with "Kamen Rider... Dante!"

    Films — Animation 
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm: The titular Phantasm says "[name], your Angel of Death awaits."
  • Beauty and the Beast: "No one [verbs] like Gaston!" More a subject of Memetic Mutation than an actual catchphrase from the movie, as he just says it during his Villain Song. In the House of Mouse, it went beyond catchphrase to practically the only thing he ever said.
  • Giulia from Luca will often exclaim "Santa" (Italian for "holy" or "sacred") followed by a kind of Italian cheese, such as "Santa mozarella!" or "Santa ricotta!".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet: Nick Carter always introduces his super cool devices as "a present from my friend [surname]"—his friends are Edison, Röntgen, Nobel, and Laser. Mr Laser apparently invented a solar gun.
  • The air traffic controller in Airplane!:
    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit [habit]!
  • Father Malius of Happy Hell Night has "No [something]"; i.e. "No sex", "No parking", "No STV" etc.
  • In Madeline, one girl describes things as "Super [adjective]" all the time.
  • In Rubin and Ed, Ed Tuttle has his increasingly nonsensical references to things being either "[adjective] as a well-digger's ass" or "[adjective]-er than a well-digger's ass".
  • Singin' in the Rain: When Lina feels her intelligence is insulted, she will say, "____, dumb or something?". The blank can be either "Am I—", "What do you think I am—", or "What am I—"
  • Bobby Boucher's Mama in The Waterboy:
    [Thing I don't approve of] is the devil! (Or "debil", as she says it.)

  • In Amelia Bedelia, the book "Amelia Bedelia and the Baby" has the titular character describe things as "plumb [adjective]" a lot.
  • Angela Nicely: Mrs. Nicely likes to say things like “If X happens one more time, I think I’ll scream.”
  • The Candy Shop War has Pigeon's "I just like to read books about [noun]!"
  • Discworld:
    • Sgt. Jackrum of Monstrous Regiment: "Upon my oath, I am not a [adjective] man." Which, to her credit, is the truth.
    • Also, each of the Tiffany Aching books includes several variants on this exchange between Rob Anybody and Daft Wullie:
      Rob: Wullie, ye ken I said I'll tell ye when there were times ye should [sound advice to help Wullie in social situations]
      Wullie: Aye, Rob.
      Rob: Well, that was one of them times.
    • Eventually subverted as:
      Rob: Wullie, ye ken I told ye that sometimes ye say exactly the right thing?
      Wullie: No, Rob, I dinna remember ye ever saying that tae me.
      Rob: Well, if I had, this would be one of them times.
    • In The Last Continent, Ponder actually characterises the When I Was Your Age... rambling of the older wizards in this format:
      You don't get proper fill-in-nouns these days. Remember old "Nickname" Wizard-who-died-fifty-years-ago-and-Ponder-couldn't-possibly-remember? Now there was a chap who knew his fill-in-nouns.
  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe: The Sixth Doctor's companion Mel Bush is sometimes given the Mad Libs Catchphrase "Never mind the [fictional or historic character] [activity]!" based on the scene in "Trial of a Time Lord" where she says "Never mind the Sydney Carton heroics!"
  • Pukari from Ella and Friends loves to threaten others by saying "I'll X you in the Y if you [do something he doesn't want them to do]".
  • Fablehaven has Seth's "You mean awesome [topic]," as well as his tendency for replacing various unsavory-sounding adjectives with "awesome" if it piques the interest of his inner Nightmare Fetishist.
  • The First Law has "Say anything about Logen Ninefingers, say he's [something]." About half the time it's a Badass Boast, and half the time it's sarcastic or Self-Deprecation.
  • The Gallagher Girls: In the narration, Cammie tends to provide emphasis in the form of "Yes, actual [blank]age." For example: "Yes, actual smileage."
  • Goldilocks:
    • The Three Bears say, "Who's/somebody's been [doing something with] my [noun]?!"
    • Also Goldilocks "this [noun] is too [adjective], this one's too [opposite adjective], but this [noun] is just right"
  • Goth Girl And The Ghost Of A Mouse featured a man who would often say, "When a man is tired of [food item], he is tired of life."
  • The Gospel of Loki: In Book 1, the chapters are all headed with a quote in the formula, "Never trust a [person]."
  • In Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea Of Stories, Mr Buttoo always addresses Haroun's father as "[adjective] Mr Rashid".
  • Journey to Chaos: Vaya Kloac is fond of something "A lady [behavior that a Proper Lady is supposed to do]".
  • From Little Red Riding Hood, Red says, "Grandma, what big [body part]s you have", to which the wolf replies, "All the better to [verb] you with, my dear."
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: Miss Peregrine chides her children by telling them, "Polite persons do not [whatever they just did]."
  • During a game of house in Peter Pan, everyone would say, "I complain of [name]" if someone messed up.
  • Psmith: The titular character often adds emphasis to a statement with "The cry goes round: '[statement]'."
  • Lazlo Woodbine in Robert Rankin's novels has two. After referring to a Noodle Incident he says "That cost me [a loved one], [a pet or artifact], [a position or body part] and [a period of time somewhere]". In more general situations he says "In this business [knowing or doing something relevant to the current situation] can mean the difference between [a convoluted metaphor for a good thing] and [a convoluted metaphor for a bad thing], if you catch my drift, and I'm sure that you do."
  • In Sneezy Louise, characters are described as saying things in a "not-so-[description of character] voice."
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: In A Dance with Dragons, Reek tries to remind himself of his name (he also has the uncharinging catchphrase, "I have to remember my name") with the help of the Madness Mantra "Reek, Reek, it rhymes with [word that rhymes with reek]," such as sneak or freak. He also uses it sometimes with Jeyne: "Jeyne, Jeyne, it rhymes with [word that rhymes with Jeyne]", like plain or pain.
  • Tom Cullen of The Stand, who is mildly mentally challenged and doesn't know how to spell anything, will often say, "M-O-O-N, that spells [word related to the topic of conversation]!" Accidentally accurate at one point when he says it in regard to the moon.
  • Tom Swift:
    • Mr. Damon would repeatedly utter the phrase: "Bless my [noun]".
    • In Tom Swift, Jr., the author writes this enough that it became a joke known as a Tom Swiftie: [statement] Tom said [adverb related to the statement]. An example of a Tom Swiftie: "We must hurry," said Tom swiftly.
  • Warbreaker: Denth often complains to Vivena about his current situation with "You know what I hate about being a mercenary?" followed by whatever it is that's bothering him.
  • Winnie the Pooh and adaptations thereof: Tigger says, "____ is what Tiggers [like/do] best!".

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Adventures of Pete & Pete occasionally uses "This is [person]. And this is [person's posession]" as a substitute for Big Pete's usual, varying Opening Monologues, specifically during the shorts when brevity was of the essence.
  • 'Allo 'Allo!:
    Edith: Rene! Why do I find you [in some form of compromising position] with a serving girl?
    Rene: You stupid woman! Can you not see that [Blatant Lies explanation which Edith buys]?
Played with in the final episode, where Edith asks why Rene is leaving the cafe with Yvette and he replies "You stupid woman! Can you not see that I am eloping?"
  • Robin from the old Batman (1966) TV show:
    Holy [object], Batman! (The "Batman" itself is optional.)
    • Got a Shout-Out in Batman Forever: Robin exclaims "Hole-y rusted metal, Batman!" Said hero is baffled until Robin points at the surface of the artificial island they've found themselves on. "The ground, it's all metal, and it's full of holes, y'know?"
  • Beakman's World
    [Assistant]: [Wacky intro phrase]! It's time to [verb] your [alliterative and anatomical noun]! Here he is, the [synonym for "leader"] of the [alliterative scientific noun], the [another leader synonym] of [another alliterative scientific noun], the [semi-famous person] of the [rhyming semi-scientific phrase], the one, the only... the Beakman!
    Ding ding ding DONG!
    Beakman: You [verb] 'em, I'll [rhyming verb] 'em, let's [obscure but real dance]!
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy wants you to "take a look at this. It's our [Really-Elaborately-Named-Device] of Science!" *Triumphant trumpets*
  • Nadia G has a recurring rant on Bitchin'Kitchen that goes something like this:
    Nadia: What more could you ask for, eh? I know: A [adjective] jetpack. I too once longed for a [adjective] jetpack, but then I thought about it. [two problems with said jetpack] and all for what? So you can [mundane use of jetpack]? It ain't worth it man! Think about it.
  • Blackadder II: In "Potato", Captain Redbeard Rum has "Aarrr, you have a woman's [body part or item], my lord! I'll wager that [body part or item, sometimes described more elaborately] never [did something during a nautical disaster]!"
  • Boy Meets World: For at least half a season early on, it seemed every episode gave Cory a chance to declare, "I'm [whatever's being discussed] Boy!"
  • In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Terry loooves [nouns]. Occasionally rendered when he's shocked as "You know Terry loves [nouns]!"
  • The Colbert Report:
    • "I don't see race. People tell me I'm white, and I believe them because [humorously observed benefit of being a member of the racial majority]."
    • "Great [noun]? Or GREATEST [noun]?" …although most often this is said of George W. Bush.
    • X or Y? Pick a side, we're at war.
  • In Community:
    • Troy and Abed occasionally do a fake talk show they ended with "Troy and Abed in the mor~ning". Eventually this becomes a Mad Libs Catchphrase for when they're particularly enjoying something they do together, in the form of "Troy and Abed [in/doing something]" or other ways that fit the cadence of the original like such as "Evil Troy and Evil A~bed."
    • "Shut up Leonard, I [statement implying knowledge of something that's supposed to embarrass Leonard, but that he's not really ashamed of]."
  • Dead Ringers:
    • Tony Blair initially introduced himself with a running commentary of what he was doing. After Blair's popularity tanked with the Iraq War, this changed to "[derogatory insult] of Britain".
    • George Bush had "my fellow [random Malaproper]" (E.G.; Armenians, umbrella stands, invertebrates. Just basically anything but "Americans".)
  • Die Sendung mit der Maus, after the intro was repeated in another language: Das war [language]!
  • In Dinnerladies, Twinkle would respond to any joke at her expense with a sarcastic "Oh, ha ha, [name of comedian or comedy actor]." Or, on one occasion "Oh, ha ha, straight to video."
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Eleventh Doctor wears a [item of clothing] now. [Items of clothing] are cool.
    • "[Adjective] [noun], [same adjective] [different noun]" For example: "New mouth, new rules" and "Big bag, big laptop", both from 'The Eleventh Hour'.
    • New from Series 6. The Doctor: "Imagine/It's like [an idea]. Actually, it's nothing like that, but if it helps…" (as in:
      The Doctor: Imagine a great big soap bubble with one of those tiny little bubbles on the outside.
      Rory: Okay.
      The Doctor: Well it's nothing like that.
    then later:
    Amy: Wait, so we're in a tiny bubble universe sticking to the side of the bigger bubble universe?
    The Doctor: Yeah. No! But if it helps, yes.
  • Double Dare (1986): Harvey would sometimes do this when introducing Marc Summers: "And now, here's your (Super Sloppy/Family) Double Dare host, [wacky description], Marc Summers!" He increased this throughout his tenure, to the point where every episode of his last season (Family in 1990) has one.
  • El Chavo del ocho has a whole bunch of them, sometimes occurring one after the other:
    Doña Florinda: ¡Y la próxima vez, vaya a ___ a su abuela! (And next time, go and ___ (to) your grandmother!)
    El Chavo (to Don Ramón): Señornote , ¿(a) su abuelita (le gusta) ___ (Sir, your grandma [likes] ___?)?
    Don Ramón (hits El Chavo with Kung-Foley in the background): ¡TOMA!
    El Chavo: Pipipipipipipipipipipipi..."
    Don Ramón: "Pipipipipipipipipipipipi...", ¡y no te otra no más (makes Aside Glance to the audience) porque mi abuelita ___ (lit. "And I'm not giving you another one because my grandma ___.")note 
    • The "Los Caquitos" segments on both Chespirito shows have a recurring gag where El Chompiras says or does something stupid, then El Peterete (and later, El Botija) combs El Chompiras' hair for a minute or so, then hits him.
    El Peterete / Botija: Y la próxima vez, [varies depending on the situation].
  • The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin practically ran on these, with many of them falling into everyday use:
    CJ: I didn't get where I am today by [action/behavior].
    CJ: Neither I, nor Mrs CJ, have ever [action].
    Jimmy: Bit of a cock-up on the ____ front.
    Tom: "I'm not really an ____ person"
  • Family Matters: Urkel, in response to some insult or threat from Laura: "Ha! Yesterday you said [more severe version of Laura's line]! I'm wearin' you dowwwwwwn, baby!"
    • Also, "Shhh! Not while I'm [verb]ing!" with a menial task like pouring or stirring for the verb.
  • Though he rarely said it while on screen, Chandler in Friends got shoe-horned both in-universe and out of it with:
    Could [noun] be any more [adjective]?
  • Get Smart had several of these:
    • "This is KAOS! We don't [action] here!"
    • "Ahh, the old [extremely specific noun] trick. That's the [number]th time this [month/week]."
    • "That's the second [adjective]est [noun] I've ever seen!"
    • "Don't tell me [bad news]." (someone tells him) "I [told/asked] you not to tell me that!"
      "[Outrageous statement.]"
      "I don't believe you."
      "Would you believe [slightly less outrageous statement]?"
      "How about [totally lame statement]?"
    • A variation on the "would you believe" bit is "I did [action] [and it involved] [amazing thing]! Would you believe it? [amazing thing]!" "I find that hard to believe?" "Would you believe [not amazing thing]?".
  • Get the Picture: Henry J, the show's announcer, would open with one of these while introducing Mike O'Malley: "And now, here's the host of Get the Picture, [wacky description], my buddy: Mike O'Malley!"
  • Sue in Glee: "Do you think this is hard? Try [Refuge in Audacity]. That's hard!"
  • Hannah Montana:
    • When someone said something surprising, Miley would respond with "[General Description of Person] say whaat?" Such as "Mean Girl say what?" to the Alpha Bitch, "Songwriting daddy say what?" to her dad, "Teenie Weenie Meanie say what?" to Rico, "Big Blonde Sack of Drama say what?" to Jake Ryan, everybody had their own version.
    • One episode features Lily asking of Miley, "Girl Who Says Say What say what?" Later on in that episode: "Girl Who Say I Say Say What say whaaat?"
  • Angus Deayton on Have I Got News for You had "The words 'X' and 'Y' spring to mind."
  • The introduction in the Show Within a Show on Home Improvement usually has one of these as Tim introduced Al.
    Lisa/Heidi: Does everybody know what time it is?
    Audience: TOOL TIME!!!
    Lisa/Heidi: That’s right, Binford Tools is proud to present Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor! Woohoo! [Theme music]
    Tim: Thanks, Lisa/Heidi, I am Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, and you all know my assistant, Al “[silly nickname]” Borland!
  • For Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, it's a Mad Libs Hand Gesture: the high five and variations thereof. He's done a "phone five" (if you don't do it on your end, he'll somehow know), a "tiny five" (with a kindergartener), a "hypothetical high five" (doing nothing at all), and a "high two" (in a flashback to a time when he was considerably less Barney-like).
  • Kamen Rider Den-O:
    Ryutaros: Mind if I [verb]? Can't hear your answer!
  • Kamen Rider Kabuto:
    Tsurugi: I am the man who will stand on top of [whatever he's trying to do at the moment]!
  • In Keeping Up Appearances, Hyacinth and Richard would usually have this type of exchange, while driving:
    Hyacinth: Mind the [thing or person], dear.
    Richard: Minding the [thing or person]!
  • Kenan from Kenan & Kel:
    Kel, bring a X, a Y and a Z and meet me at [place]. C'mon, [nickname]!
    • Once performed in meta-joke form as "…bring something, something, and something else, and meet me there."
    • Subverted when he asks Kel to bring him coffee with sugar, and Kel returns with Sugar and Coffee, two hyperactive talk show hosts from another recurring sketch.
  • Jackass has "I'm [cast member] and this is [stunt/prank/segment]"
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert every time he opens his Meanwhile segment:
    Folks, every night I stand over there, [lengthy but tame metaphor about staying up on current events] that is my monologue. But sometimes, I like to [contrasting and extremely weird metaphor about collecting obscure facts] that is my segment, Meanwhile. note 
  • Leverage has several, the most common being Nate saying, "Let's go steal a [thing you couldn't possibly steal]!"
    • Also Elliot, "It has a very distinctive [characteristic]," when asked how he knows what something is based on a sound/feel/etc.
  • In Lexx, the undead assassin Kai has no bodily functions, desires, or needs, and responds verbatim almost every time someone asks something of him.
    Kai: The dead do not [verb].
  • Married... with Children: Al puts his hand out and says "Can I get a whoa [whatever everyone is excited about this episode]".
  • The original UK Masterchef during the Loyd Grossman era, when a large green "10" would appear on the studio screen with ten minutes cooking time to go:
    Loyd Grossman: The [green foodstuff]-coloured "10" has appeared...
  • The Mr. Potato Head Show: One of Mr. Potato Head's catchphrases is "Who's ___? That's right, it's me/you!" The blank can be filled in with all sorts of things, like "clueless", "gonna be rich", or "a genius".
  • The Muppet Show:
    Cute. Cute [noun].
    • Or, usually after someone says a word related to explosions, but sometimes just a random word, and before the nearby characters say/yell "No!" and he depresses the plunger and causes an explosion anyway—if he doesn't get socked, that is:
    Crazy Harry: Did somebody say "[usually a word related to explosions, but sometimes just a random word]"?
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000:
    "It's Jim Henson's [proper noun] Babies!"
    "[Noun] of the Ollllld West."
  • NCIS would have Gibbs and others with this;
    Set-up: It's [whatever problem there is]
    Gibbs: Well un-[said problem]
    • Example
      McGee: It's encrypted.
      Gibbs: Well, unencrypt it.
  • When he fronted Nevermind The Buzzcocks, Mark Lamarr frequently used "People criticized [group's song], but I [mild compliment]. I say [compliment]… I [mild insult]. I say I [insult]… what I mean is I [really scathing insult, often involving self-torture]. Having said that, [vague compliment]."
  • On Project Runway, judge Michael Kors will frequently describe a terrible outfit with some variant of: "She looks like a [adjective] [Always Female occupation] going to [social event] in [geographic location]."
  • Psych: "I'm Shawn Spencer, and this is my partner [ridiculous fake name for Gus]." Also, "Gus, don't be [a/the] [noun phrase]."
  • The Pushing Daisies narrator: [Person] was [number] years, [number] weeks, [number] days, [number] hours and [number] minutes old when [event].
  • In Red Dwarf, perilous situations would often result in the Cat exclaiming, "That's it, we're deader than [outmoded item of clothing]!"
  • Rosie & Jim: During John’s time hosting the show, his Opening Narration has him start the storybook he’s writing by looking out the window and saying “It’s a [current weather] day, so I’ll start with that. One…[current weather]…day…”, drawing a depiction of said weather.
  • Sesame Street:
    • The show ends every episode with "Sesame Street was brought to you today by the letters __ and __, and the number __." The letters and number are those which were most prominently featured in the episode.
    • In the beginning, someone will (usually; there are exceptions) say, "Oh, [greeting]! Welcome to Sesame Street!".
  • Shining Time Station
    Schemer: Schemer's System of Success: [unethical practice or other bad advice].
  • The BBC Sketch Comedy Sorry, I've Got No Head has several of them.
    • "Nothing's free these days." "Except for those free [thing, usually followed by a strange Noodle Incident on why they aren't allowed those any more…]."
    • "Remember [person]?"
      • "He would have loved that [singer]."
      • "So what happened to [same person]?"
    • "I think I picked [country] by mistake. Is that a problem?"
    • "Do you have trouble [everyday action]? [More specific rephrasing]? Well, that's because you're using a [random object] instead of [object normally used for task]!"
    • "You're going to use your time machine to go into the future and see [something] so we can go to the [building] earlier!"
    • "It's got 10 [safety gear]. 11's too many. 9, and I might as well go jump off a cliff."
  • SportsNation's Colin Cowherd opens every episode with "HELLOOOOOO nation! I'm Colin Cowherd, that's Michelle Beadle! This is SportsNation, the show that [insert topical reference here]."
  • Star Trek:
    • Various doctors with:
      I'm a doctor not a [profession].
      • This actually got Robert Picardo the role as the EMH on Voyager. Despite not being familiar with Bones' constant use of the catchphrase in TOS, his audition included griping about the hologram not being turned off as characters left sick bay; he ad-libbed "I'm a doctor, not a lightbulb!"
    • There are the SharePhrases to do with technology: "[rank]'s log" (or "[rank] [name], personal log"), "Computer, locate [person]" (to which the computer responds, "[person] is (located) in/on [area]", "There is no [name] aboard [ship name]", or "[person] is not onboard [ship name]"), "[name] to [name]", "[name] here", and "[food/beverage]. [adjective]" (when using the replicator).
    • Borg, and the former Borg Seven of Nine, say, "[abstract concept or verb] is irrelevant".
    • Data has "I am [functioning/operating] within [established/normal] parameters/at [number]% efficiency" and "I am attempting to [action]." When feeding his cat, he also says, "Computer, feline supplement number [number]."
    • Garak refers to people as "the good [profession]" (for example, Bashir as "the good doctor" and Kira as "the good major").
    • If an alien is asked to do something that clashes with their species' culture, they will often say, "I am a [species]" or "[species] do not [action]".
  • The 2020 revival of Supermarket Sweep has every Mini-Sweep preceded by an argument along these lines between Leslie Jones and Neil:
    Leslie: What do I always say, Neil?
    Neil: [random phrase that tends to be some Noodle Incident].
    Leslie: [comments on said Noodle Incident], what else do I say!?
    Neil: "If you're not playing, be quiet."
    Leslie: [more or less tells Neil to Get Out!].
  • Top Gear, regarding the Stig: "Some say [humourous "fact"]. And [different humourous "fact"]. All we know is he's called the Stig."
    • A variation: "All we know is… he's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's [related nationality/profession/lifestyle] cousin!
  • During the 1997-98 season of Wheel of Fortune; Pat Sajak would frequently introduce the Jackpot round by saying "Put down that [random object], Charlie, it's time for our Jackpot round". At least one incident had the item in question said to be a Viagra espresso.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? (the US version) featured, at the start of every show, Drew Carey introducing the plot by saying "Welcome to Whose Line Is It Anyway, the show where everything's made up and the points don't matter. That's right, the points are like [thing that doesn't matter]."
  • Worzel Gummidge: The title character says, as exclamations, "[do strange thing to me] and call me X!".

  • Behind the Bastards:
    • Robert's opening line, "What's [verb]ing, my [related noun]s!". The verbs and nouns tend to be nominally related to the subject at hand, and therefore often very outlandish.
    • "You know what WON'T [whatever horrible thing the Bastard of the Week is just revealed to have done]? The products and services that support this podcast."
  • Wooden Overcoats: Georgie has, "I'm great at [random task she's been assigned]."
  • The House to Astonish opening spiel has "And in the week when [real world event], we ask: [strange comics tangent]?"
  • The Great Muppet Fandom Panel opening spiel has "It's sort of like a quarterly report on the state of our Muppet friends, except unlike the quarterly reports from the company that actually owns the Muppets, we won't [swipe at Disney]."

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The Rock had a few of these, most commonly "Why don't you [noun/verb] your ass on out of here!" and "I'm gonna take your [noun], shine it up real nice, turn that sumbitch sideways, and stick it straight up your candy ass!". The first promo he'd cut during shows would also feature one, in the form of "FINALLY… The Rock has come back to [show location/"Home" if Miami was the location]!".
  • Plain Ol' Mick Foley cuts promos by adding "right here, in [show location]" for emphasis and cheap pop.

  • Martin on Absolute Power (BBC): "I was going to [do X], but then I decided I couldn't be arsed".
  • Car Talk: "…and even though [NPR personality] [has an unpleasant reaction] whenever they hear us say it, this is NPR."
  • In the original Dragnet radio-show, every episode started with our narrator Detective Winters going: ''it was [DATE], and [WEATHER] in Los Angeles. I was entering the precinct when [CASE]…'
  • On Hello Cheeky, Denis King always introduced himself with "Hi, fans! Denis "Nickname" King here!". Then there was this, which everyone got to deliver at one point or another—"Meanwhile, in a [location], not a thousand miles from [noun related to location]…"
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue:
    • The chairman always ends the episode with some phrase including Fate, Time, Hope and Eternity.
    • In the Film Club round (titles of film suitable for an audience of [profession/interest]), Graeme Garden always finds some variation on the title Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, and in the Songbook round (songs suitable for [profession/interest]), Barry Cryer often finds a variation on Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
    • Also, this, with the default being "and points mean prizes". Usually half the audience would shout "Prizes!" as usual, and half the audience would shout whatever noun the chairman had said.
    Chairman: …and points mean [noun]. What do points mean?
    Audience: [NOUN]!
    • The Summer 2021 series, where all six episodes were recorded from Broadcasting House in London with a virtual audience, had Jack Dee open each episode by describing it as being "part of London's ______ district", and explaining they were in an empty theatre, which was "nothing to do with Covid regulations, just (explanation which was usually something insulting the teams)".
  • Nebulous: Hideously deformed Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery poster boy Harry waits for the Professor to casually use a cliché involving a body part, and immediately shouts back at him "UNLIKE YOU, PROFESSOR, I NO LONGER HAVE THE LUXURY OF A [BODY PART]".
  • Miles Jupp on The News Quiz often credits the cuttings sent in by listeners with "Thanks to [name] for that piece of [nonsense/naughtiness/filth]" and starts the answers with "[Adverb]ly, this is the news that…" (The adverb is frequently an appropriate but unusual one.)
  • Steve Punt explaining the rules of the specialist subject round (where a student and don both have to answer questions on what they study/teach) in The Third Degree: "If the don can't answer a question it can go to the student for a bonus, but there is no bonus for the don if the student can't answer. It's like [something asymmetric or unequal to do with the subject]."

    Recorded and Stand-up Comedy 
  • The Capitol Steps' "Lirty Dies" monologues begin: "There is nothing worse than [statement]. Let me say that again: there is wothing nurse than [same statement with sweaters litched]."

    Tabletop Games 
  • Exalted:
    • Sidereals can use special prayer strips bearing one of twenty-five Scriptures to enhance certain of their abilities. The Scriptures come in five sets of five, each set associated with one Sidereal caste/aspect of fate/astrological house, and the final line in each set except for Journeys is a perfect example of this trope.
      • Serenity: "Love is [Koan]."
      • Battles: "Survival is [noun]."
      • Secrets: "To know the world is to [verb] it."
      • Endings: "'There's always an ending,' said [someone or something]."
    • The description of each of the Sidereal castes in their particular sourcebook starts with "Life is [noun/phrase relevant to the caste's purview]". Likewise, the description of each of the Terrestrial (Dragon-Blooded) elemental aspects in their sourcebook starts with a two-word sentence: "[Element] [verb which that element does]s."
  • Warhammer: The battle cry of Ruglud's Armored Orcs runs "Gobbos fer dinner! Gobbos fer tea! Gobbos when u want 'em! Gobbos fer me!", but the Orcs will substitute other races' names (for example, "umies", "stunties" or "ratsies") to match their current foe.

  • Amazing Amanda dolls, if you fail to get them their food, they will say, "No more [meal/food item] for Amanda!".

    Video Games 
  • A cheat for Age of Empires III makes the name of a unit's killer pop up above the victim, with "'d!" on the end, as a shoutout to Teen Girl Squad. Shot by a cannon? Culverin'd! Shot by American Militia? Minuteman'd! Get run over by the carriage on the end of a train? Caboose'd! And so on.
  • Zane of Borderlands 3 loves bragging about how whatever he's bragging about is his middle name. Evidently he has a lot of middle names.
  • "Colecovision presents [original creator]'s [game]"note 
  • Destiny: The Ahamkara and the Virtuous Worms have "Oh [subject] mine", with subject being whoever they are addressing. This phrase is actually an invocation of the Reality-warping Anthem Anatheme.
  • Dragon Quest: "A [monster] appeared." / "Command?"note 
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Balthus likes to call himself the "[X] King of Grappling".
  • Five Nights at Freddy's: The Chica line of animatronics has a small non-verbal example in the form of the "Let's [verb]!" slogans on her bibs. Original Chica has "Let's Eat!", Toy Chica has "Let's Party!", and Rockstar Chica has "Let's Rock!"
  • Gyruss has "3 / 2 / 1 warp(s) to [planet]".note 
  • Vi the Piltover Enforcer from League of Legends has the catchphrase "Vi stands for [something starting with "vi"]" when attacking, with variations including violence, vicious and vice. Her Arch-Enemy Jinx has her own parody of it ("Jinx? Stands for Jinx! Dur!") and mocks her when they meet with "Vi? Stands for stupid!" This got funnier when her background was fleshed out in Arcane and it turns out that Vi actually stands for Violet.
  • Left 4 Dead: Francis' "I hate [thing(s)]". Except vests, or Steam.
    • Left 4 Dead 2: Ellis' "I ever tell you about the time mah buddy Keith—"
    • Nick: "[something about cleaning blood and guts]. Don't ask me how I know that."
  • Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals has Dekar's "the other thing I'm best at is [whatever is currently being discussed]".
  • Prince Dreambert from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team says 'Be at one with [something]' at every other point in the game. Usually 'be at one with defeating this type of enemy'.
  • "I HAVE [emotion]!"—Fawful in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Throughout, it's "fury", though at one point, he says "I have fright!" The phrase gets more varied in Partners in Time, and even further in Bowser's Inside Story.
  • Commander Shepard from Mass Effect. "What can you tell me about [topic of interest]?" / "What do you know about [topic of interest]?"
  • "That's the second [adjective]est [object] I've ever seen!"—Guybrush Threepwood in Monkey Island. (See Get Smart, above.)
    • There's also "I'm Guybrush Threepwood, mighty [profession]." Usually, it's pirate.
  • Moshi Monsters: Roary Scrawl had "Keep your eyes [at hand/peeled]".
  • Kanami Mashita from Persona 4: Dancing All Night uses the phrase "I just have to [the action needed]]." Nanako copies the phrase whenever the two are together.
  • Doc Louis in the Wii version of Punch-Out!!. "What's your favorite kind of ______? Mine's chocolate!"
  • Jane Valderamma, in Saints Row: The Third, finishes her broadcast after every story mission with "This is Jane Valderamma, with your Steelport [relevant type of news]."
  • Unlike in the English versions, whenever a character is unlocked or otherwise introduced in the Japanese versions of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, it's always "[character] sansen!! ([character] enters the battle!!)".example 
  • Sanger Zonvolt of Super Robot Wars. "I am Sanger Zonvolt, the sword that smites [noun]!" Usually he smites evil (or cleaves it in Japanese), but special enemies have it replaced with something relating to them, such as God. At one point, he even Mad Libs his Evil Twin's catchphrase.
  • Team Fortress 2:
    Engineer: Spy's sapping my [noun]!
    [Subject] [Verb]in' mah [Object]!
    • Also:
      Anyone: That [class]'s a Spy!
  • Undertale: "[The area around a Save Point is described]... it fills you with determination." Or: "[Description of setting's ambience.] You're filled with determination." (The wording has miscellaneous other variations.)
  • Pirohiko from Zettai Hero Project has a variation on his "[blank] Ranger!" catchphrase for just about any situation.

    Web Animation 
  • In the Chimney Chickens episode Comebck King, Rob's mad-libs comeback follows the pattern of "(variant on the previous line of dialogue) SHUT UP!"
    • Buzz: You wanna do me a huge favor and hand me that wrench?
      Rob: You wanna do me a huge favor and SHUT UP?
    • Blaze (after Rob throws him out the window): I've fallen, and I can't get up!
      Rob: You're talking, and you can't SHUT UP!
  • Homestar Runner:
    • The Homestar Runner Wiki has a whole list of "Variable Word Running Gags", like Homestar's use of the phrase "Best/worst x bucks I ever spent!" and Strong Bad scolding The Cheat with "The Cheat! I told you to...".
    • In Teen Girl Squad, the girls wil cry out "Ow! My [body part or attribute]," when they get injured or killed. This is usually caused by the "comic"'s trademark cathphrase/running gag: "[noun]'d!!!" This descended from the first strip's use of "Arrowed!!!", and includes "404'd!!!", "MSG'd!!!", "Cerebellum'd!!!", and "Late 360 shove-it to boneless...'d!!!"
    • Parodied in the Strong Bad Email "best thing". On the Show Within a Show "Limozeen: But They're in Space!", Limozeen's manager Teeg Dougland would always proceed whatever plot point he had to bring up with "I'm afraid I've got some bad news, boys..."
  • The Evil Guitarist from the Pimp Lando series has this (overlaps with Phrase Catcher):
    Some character (usually Pimp Lando): Why do you call it the evil <noun>?
    The Evil Guitarist: 'Cause sometimes it does this.
    [<noun> does something to injure Mr. Smiles, who walks on just for the occasion]
  • Washington of Red vs. Blue often uses the phrase "Worst [noun or action] ever. Of all time."
  • NYLOCKE! Dragon/Master of [X]!

    Web Comics 
  • Jabba in Darths & Droids: "Not that I have [body part just referenced in a saying that he doesn't have]."
  • Dinosaur Comics, especially in the early years:
    T-Rex: Today is a good day I think for [activity].
  • DM of the Rings has "Conan's ____!"
  • Patty in General Protection Fault: "I don't 'do' _____."
  • The Tiger Knuckle school from How I Killed Your Master will readily announce that a hundred of something are as one to a Tiger Knuckle disciple.
  • Homestuck: …YOUR HUM4N ______…
    • Homestuck has all the catchphrases. All of them.
    • Several lines from Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff mutate in this way as well, for example:
      "and there [he/she] goes. The [person] HASS the [object]"
      "the ____ ruse was a DISTACTION. [pronoun] [has/have] the [object]."
      "you have to [verb] it [different verb]-ways!"
      "[Subject personal pronoun] [appropiate conjugation of "be"] the star. it's [direct object personal pronoun]."
    • "Adios, Torea[pun]!"—generally invoked by Vriska after doing something horrible to Tavros, whose IM handle is adiosToreador.
    • One of them was discussed by Dirk, during a conversation with Caliborn.
      TT: I feel like you've said something like that before.
      TT: Different statements, but in that exact syntax.
  • "Nazi science sneers at ____!"—Colonel Haken in Irregular Webcomic!.
  • The Order of the Stick—Elan: [Verb], [verb], [verb], [verb] the [adjective] [noun]! In theory this gives a bonus to the action, in practice it usually doesn't make a difference or even actively messes up the attempt.
  • Rip Haywire: "Sweet [Name] (Mc)_____!"
  • In Rusty and Co., Rusty's is "Eat [metallic object]?"
  • Kiki from Sluggy Freelance:
  • Turn Signals on a Land Raider:

    Web Original 
  • As It Occurs to Me: You do the [gerund] and I'll do the jokes.
  • Blogger Beware has a really weird one. At first he started out making reference to people disappearing halfway through the book (generally under "Platonic Boy/Girl Relationship"), and it happened so often it started mutating until eventually, every entry would make reference to someone, doing something, halfway through some event.
  • Google:
    • "Did you mean [slightly different version of your search]?"
    • "Showing results for [different search]. Search instead for [your search.]"
    • "Zero results for [your search]."
  • The House to Astonish podcast always opens with "And in the week when [genuine news event], we ask [strange comics tangent]?" E.g. "And in the week when UBS Bank lost almost 2 million dollars to a rogue trader, we ask: is Uncle Scrooge's money bin now the only safe haven for your money?"
  • Whenever Bailiff Jesse Thorn swears in the defendant and complainant in the Judge John Hodgman Podcast, he asks whether they'll "abide by the judge's ruling, no matter how insane/offensive/onerous/etc. it may seem."
  • In Noob, Sparadrap has the habit of describing things as "[adjective] of the dead". The franchise is originally French, and the "of the dead" part Gratuitous English.
  • Pay Me, Bug!: Grif Vindh likes to take a word or phrase he just said, and… "clarify" it by adding "and by [word or phrase], I mean [short rant that includes the word or phrase]."
    "[The Tyrelos hospital] is fascinating," Grif said. "And by 'fascinating,' I mean 'isn't it fascinating how little I want to go back?'"
  • SF Debris: "But I'm no [career]/not a [career], I'm just a viewer with an opinion."
  • Today I Die: In a surprisingly beautiful usage, a Mad Libs Catch Phrase forms the skeleton for the game's poem.
  • Tobuscus opens every episode of Cute Win Fail with the phrase, "Hi, I'm Toby Turner. [Improbable statement], and this is 'Cute Win Fail'." Said improbable statement is then used as a Running Gag in the remainder of the intro.
  • TV Tropes:
    • Describe [Title] Here. Note 
    • "Back to [trope]" at the end of Playing With pages.
    • "It's [year], and [location] is an okay place to live." in the descriptions of the Fallout games.
    • "The Nth entry in the [noun-adverbingly] popular Final Fantasy series, released in [year].
  • Who Back When:
    • Every review episode opens with "This is the one with [noun], [noun], and [noun]."
    • Whenever jD has information about an actor's past work on Doctor Who:
      jD: And [person] has a prior Doctor Who connection.
  • Black Hat Man from xkcd has acquired one in What If?: "What if we [increased the scope of the original question in a way that will eventually lead to massive destruction]?"

    Web Video 
  • The Annoying Orange has "I'm not [adjective], I'm an Orange".
    • Also, Hey [noun]!" "What?" "[noun that kills previous noun]"
  • Ask That Guy: [Looks up from his book] "Oh! [Foreign, or just made up, greeting]! Didn't hear you come in."
  • Over time, Linkara (of Atop the Fourth Wall) evolved "Because poor literacy is kewl!" into one of these, with a random word or phrase replacing "kewl".
  • CinemaSins has several, including "X is a dick to Y", "[actor] isn't doing [something they're famous for] in this scene" (eg. "Liam Neeson isn't killing anyone in this scene"), "Visionary [genre] director rips off [classic film]", and "No one will be seated during the [boring stuff happening] scene."
    • They actually sell a shirt that says "Blank-ex-machina" because of how frequently use that particular phrase.
  • The Cinema Snob has a couple:
    • "If I want [X, typically a film genre], I'll stick with real [X], like [better-known but still obscure example], thank you very much!" note 
    • "You're about as [adjective] as [well-known actor deliberately used as a bad example]!"note 
  • Many ComicTropes videos start with "Oh, hi, you caught me [doing something]! Speaking of [something related to that], let's talk about the [something comic related]."
  • The introductions to Cracked TV and its spinoff Does Not Compute, starring Michael Swaim. Cracked TV starts with "Welcome to episode X of Cracked TV, where [phrase fitting into the acronym S.W.A.I.M.]" On DNC, it gets a little more versatile. "Welcome to episode [cultural reference relating to episode number] of Does Not Compute. I'm your host, [two word reference with initials M and S]. With me as always is my co-host, clips of [some bizarre thing scoured from the bottom of the internet]".
  • Epic Meal Time: Every episode is closed with "Next time, we eat [X]", where [X] is something ridiculous and inedible.
  • The members of Game Grumps have a habit of using the catchphrase "<adjective>-ass <noun>."
  • Lowtax of Gaming Garbage responds to Shmorky pointing things out by saying that it's "nature's _____"
  • Girlfriend Reviews: "This isn't a review of [game], this is a review of....".
  • On Is It a Good Idea to Microwave This?, safety is whatever host Jory Caron says it is.
    Jory: Here at Jory Caron Laboratories, [something about safety]].
  • Jreg: Horseshoe Centrist tends to state his thoughts as "The way I see it, there's no difference between [X] and [not X/the opposite of X]".
  • Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Abridged: "I have learned that the only way to defeat [noun] is to burn it!"
  • Every episode of Longbox of the Damned opens with Moarte doing some variation of "Hello, my children", with "Hello" usually being replaced with some other phrase associate with the comic he's reviewing.
  • Ninety Second Movie Reviews closes every video with "Well my ninety seconds are almost up [action relevant to film being reviewed]"
  • At the end of most episodes of The Nostalgia Critic, the Critic would say, "I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to." Occasionally, he would instead say, "I'm the Nostalgia Critic, and (something relevant to the situation)." Here is a partial list of such uses of the latter phrase:
    • From the review of The Master of Disguise: "I'm the Nostalgia Critic, killed my fucking fart joke!"note 
    • From the review of Blade: "I'm the Nostalgia Critic, and some Fruit By the Foots are always a few inches short."note 
    • From the review of Gordy: "I'm the Nostalgia Critic, and PIG POWER'S IN THE HOUSE!!!!"note 
    • From the review of Hook: "I'm the Nostalgia Critic, and I don't believe in fairies."note 
    • From the review of Blues Brothers 2000: "I'm the Nostalgia Critic, and hopefully, in a few minutes, I won't remember who I am."note 
    • From the review of Venom: "I'm the Nostalgia Critic, and...see Upgrade."note 
    • From the review of DOOM: "I'm the Nostalgia Critic, and DOOM should never be dull."note 
  • PlayStation Access: Rob will start the Friday lists with him saying "Hello. You've caught me (doing thing relevant to the topic of the week)".
  • ProJared:
  • Mr. Regular from Regular Car Reviews has "Which <car brand> is best <car brand>?".
  • Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time:
    • A variant of "Next time" at the end of almost every episode.
    • "[cooking technique], if you want to. We won't; this is REGULAR!"
  • Scott The Woz:
    • Scott himself opens his videos with "Hey all, Scott here! [Random tangent that leads into the video's topic]"
    • Rex Mohs has "If there's one thing I hate more than x, it's y."
  • TB Skyen starts most of his videos with "Hello [noun]s and [other noun]s", where both nouns are a) thematically relevant to the video he's introducing and b) generally start with the same letter. For example, this video on Yordle trickster Lulu in League of Legends starts with "Hello Yordles and yahoos".
  • Matt from Two Best Friends Play:
    • "It's [positive adjective] than you'd think, and [negative adjective] than you'd hope!"
  • The Whiskey Vault started out with a scripted intro in which co-host Rex Williams was described as a "level [X] whiskey mooch" where the level was never consistent from episode to episode.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:

    Western Animation 
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series: Cruella's "Memo to myself...[Some reminder, often something related to a new fashion design or an evil plot]".
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Dr. Robotnik's catchphrase, "I hate that hedgehog!", has often been modified on a few rare occasions.
    • "We hate that hedgehog!" in "Birth of a Salesman" and "Robotnik's Rival", where he says it with Scratch and Grounder in the former and a clone of himself in the latter.
    • "I hate turtles! I hate Tails! I hate that hedgehog!" in "Full Tilt Tails", after a turtle eats the Speedemint gum before Robotnik.
    • "I hate chili dogs and I hate that hedgehog!" in "Sonic the Matchmaker", after he falls victim to a stick of dynamite disguised as a chili dog.
    • "Oh, I hate that guy, I hate that hedgehog" in "Attack on Pinball Fortress", after he (still affected by the Stupidity Ray) blows himself, Scratch and Grounder up again at the wreckage of the fortress.
    • "I hate hedgehogs!" in "Robotnik's Pyramid Scheme" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Hedgehog", said by Robotnikhotep I in the former and Robotnik in the latter.
    • "I hate those hedgehogs!" in "Prehistoric Sonic", when he, in his Supreme High form, gets knocked down by Sonic's clones.
    • "I hate babies! Almost as much as I hate hedgehogs!" in "Baby-Sitter Jitters", when he retreats in his drill tank.
    • "I hate seafood and hedgehogs!" in "The Little Merhog", said at the end of the episode before getting eaten by a shark.
    • "I hate happy endings and I hate that hedgehog!" in "Sonically Ever After", said near the end of the episode as he sees "Happily ever after, THE END!" being written by a red biplane.
  • Two from Animal Mechanicals courtesy of Komodo:
    • "One mighty mechana-[tool] to the rescue!"
    • "I have {a} very sensitive [body part]."
  • Animaniacs: Slappy Squirrel has "You remind me of a very young [classic cartoon character]."
  • The Backyardigans: At the end of every episode, Tyrone remarks, "That was an excellent (or very) [type] adventure, don't you think?". Some episodes (like "It's Great to Be a Ghost!") omit the word "excellent". In episodes where Tyrone is absent, Pablo says the phrase instead.
  • Butt-head of Beavis And Butthead has “This (noun, activity, or episode theme) sucks!”.
  • Beetlejuice: One of Beetlejuice's catchphrases is saying "[X], you know I hate/love them", with X being whatever interest or inconvenience of his has come up.
  • Bob the Builder: Everyone says, "Can [pronoun/name] [verb] it?! Yes, [pronoun/name] can!".
  • Bojack Horseman:
    • In Horsin' Around, the Show Within a Show of BoJack Horseman, the catchphrase for BoJack's character was "I've heard of [common expression] but this is ridiculous!" Watching the show years later, BoJack seems to realize for the first time that many versions of the catchphrase don't make any sense.
    • Outside of Horsin' Around, Todd has "Hooray! (Something related to the topic of conversation)!"
    • Honey Sugarman's is "Why I have half a mind to [x]." This takes a dark turn after she's lobotomized, when she says 'why I have half a mind..." and then she just trails off, showing the toll her lobotomy took on her mind.
  • Bugs Bunny has been known to alter his familiar "What's up, Doc?" to fit the situation. Examples:
    (facing a knight in armor) "What's up, Duke?"
    (dealing with Daffy Duck's greed) "What's up, Duck?"
    (hearing a baby cry) "What's up, Pediatrician?"
    (disguised as a Frenchman) "Eh, what is up, Monsieur Lé Physicián?"
    (to a Scotsman) "Eh, what's up, MacDoc?"
    (to Witch Hazel) "Eh, what's up, doctress?" or "Eh, what's up, Zsa Zsa?"
    (to the Tasmanian Devil, after giving him a bomb claiming it's a baby) "Eh, what's up, pop?"
  • Butterbean's Cafe: Butterbean has "With a flick of my wrist and a flutter of wing, this [noun] bean will do its thing!"
  • Donna Tubbs on The Cleveland Show: "Sweet [food] and [another food]!"
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog, when suspicious of something, would often say "Something fishy's going on here or my name is [random funny name]. And it's not."
    • Also, Eustace, in addition to his Catchphrase Insult "Stupid dog!" towards Courage, also calls anything else "stupid", usually uttering the sentence "Stupid [insert noun here]."
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood had one of the episode strategy phrases follow this format. In "Daniel's Tiger Twirl; You Can Play Your Own Way", the strategy phrase is ”I have my own way. The (insert character here) way!”.
  • Whenever he was injured, the Dark Lord Chuckles, the Silly Piggy would let out an agonized groan of, "Oh, my little piggy [body part]".
  • "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the [noun] that [verb]s your [other noun]. I... am Darkwing Duck!" The nouns and verb were usually relevant to the current situation.
  • Whenever Earthworm Jim defaults to his usual strategy of blasting his targets indiscriminately, he tends to laugh maniacally as he yells out "EAT DIRT, [disparaging description of enemy]!". He may also replace 'dirt' with something else if he's using a weapon other than his standard blaster gun.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Eddy, in one episode, had "Welcome to [scam of the day]-land!"
    • Edd "Double D" has "It's all fun and games until someone [points out something dangerous about the current situation or activity]."
    • Rolf would always refer to any of the three Eds as "[random assortment of traits] Ed-boy."
  • The Fairly Oddparents has Mr. Bickles' catchphrase, "It's always been my dream to [whatever project he's heading at the moment]."
  • From Futurama:
    • Hermes' "Sweet [noun] of [rhyming location]!" In the episode, "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back" a traumatized Hermes mutters, "Sweet… something of… some place."
      • His son, Dwight, also uses this catchphrase in Bender's Game.
      • His wife, LaBarbara attempted one ("Sweet she-cattle of Seattle!"), but Hermes rejected it. ("Not your strongest suit, woman!")
    • Also, Hermes': "That's [adjective]er than a [something to do with green snakes] on/with/in a [something to do with sugarcane].
      • LaBarbara tried a variation of this one as well, but Hermes (via radio) rejects it as well. ("Keep tryin'!")
    • Judging from the episodes "Attack of the Killer App" and "The Bots and the Bees", it seems that Fry has "Shut up and [demand]!"
      • Similarly, from Bender, "Shut up, [x], I know it" (upon receiving a compliment).
    • When someone mentions a mineral, Bender sometimes proclaims, "I'm 40% [said material]!"
    • Bender gloats with "[verb] my [adjective] metal ass!". "Bite" and "shiny" are the most common ones.
  • Garfield and Friends:
    • Garfield: "Whoever [verb]s/invented [noun] should be drug out into the street and shot."
    • Binky the Clown's catchphrase is normally "HEEEEEEEY, KIDS!" but he sometimes changes it to fit who he's addressing such as "HEEEEEEEY, CAT!"
  • Tom Slick: "There's no such word/phrase as [word/phrase] in racing."
  • Grojband: Trina has "Hashtag [insert word here]!"
  • In Hey Arnold!, Lila thinks that everything is "ever so [adjective]."
    • A minor character often says "Oh, my, that is terribly, terribly [adjective]."
  • Father Time from Histeria!!: "The time, [time period]. The place, [place]."
    • Pepper Mills, after getting an autograph: "Hey, you're not [media celebrity]!"
    • Whenever someone (usually a historical figure) asks when Big Fat Baby last got a new diaper: "(Remember/You know) when [ancient historical/geological event happened]?" "…yeah." "Before that."
  • House of Mouse: Mickey, whenever he's dealing with someone doing something stupid, would introduce a cartoon with "Here's a cartoon X oughta watch."
  • Inspector Gadget "Go go Gadget [item]".
  • Kaeloo:
    • Whenever somebody tells Mr. Cat a fact he finds unbelievable or shocking: "What do you mean, [insert fact here]?!"
    • And there's Stumpy's "Are you [adjective] or what?"
  • Dr. Drakken of Kim Possible. His usual catchphrase is "You think you're all that, Kim Possible! But you're not!" But he often changes it, especially if she has something new, or brought someone else with her:
    "You think your ____ is all that, Kim Possible! But it's/they're not!"
  • Dale Gribble from King of the Hill: "Have you ever tried [strange or insane action]?" and Hank would reply "You know I haven't!".
  • Little Princess:
    • Princess, being an opinionated young girl, has "I want a/my [noun]", "I want to [verb]/[do an action]", "I don't like___", and "I don't want____".
    • The Chef says, "I [will/can/do] not have [prohibited thing] in my kitchen!".
    • In "I Want to Go to the Fair", the Princess, due to sulking from her injured foot, says, "[activity] is/are boring".
  • The Loud House:
    • In "Racing Hearts", Luna and Sam kept saying, "[disliked thing] isn't/aren't really my thing."
    • In "Roughin' It", Lincoln and Clyde kept mistaking animals for rocks, then saying, "Not a rock! [Animal species]!".
    • Lincoln calls his plans, "Operation [long-winded summary of what he plans on doing] and think of a shorter name for this operation".
  • Magic Adventures of Mumfie: Scarecrow has "What if [bad event that might occur here]?"
  • The Magic School Bus:
    • There was Ralphie:
    "Is it just me or [clause]?"
    • Phoebe had one as well: "At my old school, [noun] never [whatever the current noun is doing]." Usually [noun] is "we" or "the bus."
    • Carlos didn't have a catchphrase per se, so he made "[terrible pun]" his catchphrase, since this is Magic School Bus and everyone's gotta have a catchphrase.
    • And Dorothy Ann has one too: "According to my research, [plot-relevant fact]."
    • There's also Ms. Frizzle's "As I always say, [thing she has never said before]."
  • Making Fiends: Martin has "My [noun]!" as a running gag, with the noun either being a stolen item or injured body part. This was so belabored in the online version that that every single one of his sentences, exclamation or no, started with "My", with one exception across twenty episodes. (Two if you want to count the Translation Train Wreck that is the April Fool's episode.)
  • Norman from Mighty Max tends to say "That's a big [object]," and "I eat [threat] for breakfast."
    • The unnamed mad scientist from "The Missing Link." "And my name is…" [character interrupts him with another name] "Yes, [name]! NO, THAT IS NOT MY NAME!"
  • In Milo Murphy's Law, when Diogee shows up somewhere that he doesn't belong, Milo says "Diogee, go home! He's not supposed to be [wherever they currently are]."
  • Monkey Dust: Just about every Paedofinder General segment will have the Paedofinder General exclaim some version of "By the powers invested in me by [questionable source likely to make baseless accusations], I pronounce you guilty of paedophilia!" before executing whoever he's accused of being a paedophile.
  • The Mr. Men Show has Mr. Stubborn frequently say "This [noun] is CHEAP!"
  • Muppet Babies has a Running Gag where Baby Animal eats something, and then says "Good [whatever it was he just ate]! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh: When someone is reading the flag, they'll always say, "The Finder Flag is telling us to go to...[location]."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The episode "Stare Master" makes a Running Gag of the Cutie Mark Crusaders shouting "Cutie Mark Crusaders [occupation or talent], yay!"
  • CBBC's Oakie Doke was the same as Ms. Drizzle from The Magic Schoolbus in that Once per Episode he would say "As I always say [catchphrase he has never said before on the show and never will again]".
  • Peg + Cat: Peg has "____ big problem" (often "We have/this is a (really) big problem" but there are other variants) and "You [complimentary adjective] [species]" ("genius cat" and "amazing cat", directed at Cat, are the most common).
  • Agent Buck Rockgut from The Penguins of Madagascar: "[transitive verb] [noun]? You know who else [same action]? THE RED SQUIRREL!"
  • "Mom! MOM!!! Phineas and Ferb are [action]!!"
    "Ahh, Perry the Platypus, how [adjective beginning with a negative prefix]. And by that I mean completely [same adjective without the prefix, even if it's not a real word]!!"
    • Subverted on more than one occasion though….
    "Ahh, Perry the Platypus, your timing is unexpected. And by unexpected, I mean… um… unexpected. What are you doing here? This is my week off."
    • "Aren't you a little young to [whatever Phineas and Ferb are currently doing]?" "Why, yes. Yes I am."
    • The [Evil Scheme]-INATOR!
  • Pinky and the Brain, at least Once an Episode:
    Brain: Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
    Pinky: I think so Brain, but (something that has nothing to do with taking over the world)?
    • And:
      Pinky: (After hearing Brain's plan) Egad! Brilliant, Brain! ...Oh wait... no, but/what if [questions part of the plan]?
  • Popeye sometimes alters his closing song ("I'm strong to the finich, cause I eats me spinach…") to fit the theme or Aesop of the short.note 
    "No ifs, ands or maybes, I'll never has babies / I'm Popeye the Sailor Man"
    "You spank kids I bet'cha, your conscience will get'cha / Says Popeye the Sailor Man."
    "I guess he's not jokin', I shouldn't be smokin' / I'm Popeye the Sailor Boy?"
    "The martians were hateful, but now they are playful / 'Cause I'm Popeye the Sailor Man."
    "I'd rather be alive, than with a woman learning to drive / Says Popeye the Sailor Man."
    "The goons are defeated 'cuz me spinach I eated / I'm Popeye the Sailor Man!"
    "I may be a shorty, but I beat the forty/I'm Popeye the Sailor Man!"
  • The Powerpuff Girls generally accost their adversaries with "Not so fast, [Rogues Gallery member(s)/villain(s) of the week]!"
  • The Raccoons:
    • "Bert Raccoon, [profession or activity] ace!"
    • In the episode "Life in the Fast Lane!", Bix Badger and his gang have "Rule [number]: [philosophy that rhymes with the number]".
  • In Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer, Murky Dismal spends most of the movie referring to Lurky as "[random noun] brain"note . In fact, he only calls him by his actual a grand total of three times.
  • The Random! Cartoons short "6 Monsters" repeatedly has Buck tell Roy "Don't you know the penalty for [act of misbehavior Roy has just committed]?", usually followed immediately with "That's right, [absurdly over-the-top punishment]!"
  • Muscle Man from Regular Show:
    "You know who ELSE [part of what the previous character said]? MY MOM!"
  • Rocket Power: Tito's is, "Like the ancient Hawaiian say, '[proverb of the day].'"
  • Rocko from Rocko's Modern Life:
    "[episode theme] Day can be a very dangerous day."
  • From Ruby Gloom:
    • Skull Boy: "I must be related to a long line of [insert profession here]!"
    • Mildew: "Confucius say..."
      • "...Girl who think she too good for bed of nails, not too good for bed of nails."
      • "...Guests who overstay welcome, cause too much bodily harm. And get lawsuits."
  • Rugrats: Angelica will say, "Oh, [name], you're [silly/funny]."
  • The Save-Ums!:
    • Ka-Chung's "I love adventure!" gets toyed with sometimes.
      • "I love pumpkins!"
    • "It's not your fault; it's the [object involved with problem]'s fault!"
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated plays with the classic line "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling [person]s!"
  • Shimmer and Shine: Shine has "It's like I always say, [something her twin sister points out she never heard Shine say before and Shine admits she just made up]."
    • There are rare cases where, instead of saying she just made it up, Shine gives an explanation that basically means "it never made sense in context before".
  • Several from The Simpsons:
    • Homer's "Mmmmm... [food item or something that sounds like one]..." *gurgling sound*
    • And there's Chief Wiggum's "What a shame. [person or piece of equipment] had one day left to retirement"
    • Comic Book Guy often claims something is the "Worst. [noun]. Ever." Occasionally, he uses the variation "Best. [noun]. Ever."
    • "Hi! I'm Troy McClure. You Might Remember Me from... such [type of movie]s as [title X] and [title Y]" (The last one will usually be something completely out of place).
    • Lenny's "Ow, my eye, I'm not supposed to get [food item or object] in it!"
    • Homer's "The Simpsons are going to [exotic location]!". Although the first time the show featured this, in "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo", Lisa said it instead of Homer.
    • Mr. Burns: "Smithers, who is this [insulting adjective]?" to which Smithers replies: "That's Homer Simpson, sir, one of your [different insulting adjective]s from sector 7G".
    • Homer: "Not now, [verb]ing!" or "Can't talk now, [verb]ing!"
    • Some of the original shorts, where the kids misbehaved on a trip, ended with Homer telling them "This is the last time we're taking you kids to [place]."
    • Homer's "Why you little!" changes in "Home Sweet Homediddily-Dum-Doodily." He gets upset at Cletus and shouts, "Why you cotton pickin'!"
    • Homer's "stupid Flanders" has changed on occasion to add another adjective: "Stupid Sexy Flanders!", "stupid best friend Flanders", "stupid misleading silhouette Flanders"... In "Future-Drama", the future Homer lives in an undersea home and says "Stupid flounders!".
    • Homer also has "Save me, [person who isn't there]!" Examples include "Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan", "Jebus", "Superman", and "Tsisnajini".
    • Many characters use "[noun], eh?" in episodes, e.g. Mr. Burns tends to use "Simpson, eh?" any time he asks about Homer.
  • Grouchy Smurf of The Smurfs has “I hate [activity or episode theme of the day]!
  • Sonic Boom: Knuckles has "not cool, [character]."
  • South Park:
    • Eric Cartman: "I'm not fat, I'm [transparent euphemism for fat]!"
    • Stan and Kyle sometimes alter their dual catchphrase "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!" "You bastard(s)!" depending on how Kenny gets killed.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man (and Real Life!): "They just don't make [noun] like they used to."
  • Jean of Teamo Supremo: "I have to know this stuff if I want to be a(n) [occupation] someday."
  • The 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has a few, including:
    Splinter: As the wise [Ancient Asian scholar] said; [clause related to his son's foolish actions].
  • Transformers: Animated has Captain Fanzone frequently say "This is why I hate machines!" It even became the title of his A Day in the Limelight episode. However, on rare occasion he hates something else.
    • Wreck-Gar of the same series also has this going on. "I am Wreck-Gar! I/I'm [insert action or noun here, particularly one he's just been told he is]!"
  • Victor & Hugo - Victor's insults directed at Hugo often take the form of 'Brain of a (item)!' and they are often tied in to whatever is relevant to the situation.
  • Quest from World of Quest: "I hate [whatever he's about to destroy]!"

  • Who could forget: "In Soviet Russia, [noun] [verb]s you!"
  • [Adjective][noun] is [same adjective] (Originally "Longcat is loooooooooong.")
  • The Letter People "Hi, I'm [name], and my sound is the same sound that starts [adjective noun]."
  • See also I Will Show You X!.
  • Ken Dodd, stand-up comedian, had "What a beautiful day! What a beautiful day for [insert wild, weird, rude, reckless, or otherwise energetic activity here]!" (E.g. "What a beautiful day! What a beautiful day for running into a nudist camp blindfolded and trying to shake hands with everyone!")
  • X-ers gonna X.
  • In Brazilian Portuguese dubs of foreign works (including anime, western animation, and Hollywood movies and TV), at some point (during or after the credits, most of the time) viewers will hear:
    Versão Brasileira (Brazilian version [by]): [name of dubbing studio]note 
  • The characters in the works of Dakari-King Mykan, due to his hatred of Character Development, can be best described as "[Character] is/does [their one personality trait]. That's it."
  • Whenever the police arrest a suspect, they're supposed to say, "You're under arrest for / on suspicion of [crime or other law breaking]", followed by the reading the suspect(s) his / her / their Miranda Rights.
  • "British Board of Film Classificationnote  / 3 Soho Square, London w1 3hd":
    "This is to certify that [name of movie] has been classified for cinema exhibition.note 
  • Sam & Max has Sam saying the "Sweet/Holy/Great [non sequitur]!" at every unexpected turn of his adventures. They are sometimes somewhat allusive to the current situation they are in.
    "Great transmogrifying vapor wolves of Rigel 17 on on a booster rocket through the Van Allen Belt! I'm in my office!"
  • A lot of Your Mom jokes go "Your Mom is so [insulting adjective], [something crazy happened]".
  • When people on YouTube comment on someone's voice, they'll often say, "[He/she/name] sounds like [celebrity or popular character] [with something different about them]" (e.g. "He sounds like a neutered Clark Kent" or "She sounds like Bette Davis on helium".
  • [Noun]y Mc[noun]face; after the notorious Boaty McBoatface incident.

Waldorf: What do you think of [noun]?
Statler: I think it's [negative adjective which is also a pun]!
Both: Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!


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"Gus, don't be..."

Shawn tells his best friend not to be a creative variety of nonsensical noun phrases.

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