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Ted: You know what he'd love? He'd really love it if someone came up to him and said his catchphrase.
Dougal: Oh, yeah. I'd say no-one ever does that to him. He'll think you're hilarious.
Father Ted moments before he's assaulted by Richard Wilson

It's common enough for a character to have a catchphrase but not everyone can spend all day spouting it themselves. A Phrase Catcher usually has that certain string of words in the air whenever they're around, but they'll be hearing it and someone else will be saying it.

Maybe anyone seeing them is immediately given to wonder whether they're a bird, a plane, or something else entirely, or maybe everyone feels compelled to announce that character's reputation in the world with a saying that's suspiciously similar each time, but as long as they keep getting a certain response and don't say it personally then they are a Phrase Catcher. If someone always gets a certain response, but always from the same person, then it's as much a Catchphrase as a Phrase Catcher.

On a subnote, if someone has a Berserk Button about being fat, or feels keen to correct anyone who calls them a monkey instead of an ape, or need some other specific feeder line to start off on their own routine, you can rely on that line being fed. However, those examples really belong with their own tropes.


Popular variants include "Shut up, Tropee!" and the greeting Sitcom Archnemeses by saying their name.

Compare Strange Minds Think Alike, Got Me Doing It, Never Heard That One Before and One-Liner Echo. Subtrope of Running Gag.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Super Gals: Rei Otohata has "You made her (Aya) cry!"
  • When each member of the Ayase family meets Yotsuba&!'s tall friend Takashi "Jumbo" Takeda, they seem compelled to say, "You're huge!"
  • Excalibur, Soul Eater: "SO ANNOYING!" There's a particular facial expression that comes with it, too.
  • Hosaka, Minami-ke: "Disgusting..." (usually while in the middle of an Imagine Spot. And shirtless.)
  • Motemitsu of To Love-Ru exists solely for his friends to say "As expected of Motemitsu-Senpai!" whenever he tries to hit on a girl. He always fails miserably.
  • In FLCL, whenever someone gets a good look at Amaro's forehead, the usual response is "those eyebrows". Lampshaded when Naota gets in on it: "What about eyebrows?"
  • In Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, whenever Nami says something, another character is bound to remark "How normal." This prompts her Catch-Phrase "Don't say normal!"
    • The anime adaptation turns this little exchange between Nozomu and Matoi into a Once per Episode event, whenever she first shows up in an episode:
    Nozomu: You've been here?!
    Matoi: Yes. Always.
  • From Machine Robo, after one of Rom Stol's speeches, the villain du jour will ask who he is. His response is a defiant "You do not deserve to know my name!"
  • Fairy Tail:
    • When a guy strips, mostly Gray, someone usually comments "Why is he stripping?!"
    • Also after Gray unconsciously strips, someone always reminds him:
      "Gray, your clothes."
    • Whenever, Erza does something wacky.
      "That's Erza for you."
  • In Is This a Zombie?, all the recipients of Mystletainn Kick go: "That's not a kick!"
  • Upon first meeting Hayate in Hayate the Combat Butler, just about everyone remarks about how he has "poor" written all over him or something similar
  • In Steins;Gate, whenever Okabe calls someone out, he receives a "You are the last person I want to hear that from".
  • In Lucky Star, Hiyori often invokes Yutaka and Minami's "She's so strong" in relation to her The Chew Toy moments.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Edward Elric lives in horror of others reacting to meeting him as such: “I thought you’d be taller”…after they’ve mistaken him for his brother.
  • Gundam: "IT'S A GUNDAAAM!", as said by most mooks before biting it.
  • Aoi Hana: "You're always so quick to cry, Fumi", said towards the aforementioned Shrinking Violet by her childhood friend, Akira, whenever she catches her in that act.
  • Matsuda of Death Note tends to evoke the response, "Matsuda, you idiot!" whenever he says or does almost anything, particularly during the first half or so of the series, and it's generally Played for Laughs.
    Light: What was that?
    L: Matsuda was being an idiot again.
    Light: Well, that is his specialty...
    Light: Matsuda, you idiot! Who the hell do you think you're shooting at?!
  • In Attack on Titan, every time Christa Lenz is of any help, you can bet someone will either say she is a goddess or that they want to marry her. Regardless of gender.
  • In just about every Detective Conan Non-Serial Movie different a character designed for the film will ask the title character "Just who exactly...are you?" as he's a teenage genius who fell in a Fountain of Youth by way of experimental poison and often ends up forgetting himself and strutting his real intelligence even though he's supposed to be acting like the cute little kid he looks like. He never answers the question properly, unless they're dying.
  • One comic in the manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker involves everyone (including Ganondorf) talking about how Link's clothes look uncomfortably warm.
  • In My Love Story!! Takeo and his father both open any conversation with Takeo's mother with "Is your body all right?" after she becomes pregnant. It often feels silly since she's built like a shorter version of Takeo.
  • Nanoha has a close association with the You Monster! trope. Vita calls her a devil in A's, Dieci wonders if she's a human (in StrikerS), Signum calls her a monster a year after that, and Isis calls her (not directly) a demon instructor. It's Played for Drama, when Quattro tells Vivio that Nanoha is a devil who pretends to be the "real Nanoha", so she would fight her.
  • Pokémon Adventures:
    • In three separate occasions, the utter disbelief of the GSC protagonists when each of them finds out Yellow is "Older than me."
    • Whenever Gold, one of the protagonists in the GSC saga, brags about something, those in the vicinity wouldn't buy it and just call him "Liar." behind his back.
  • In Berserk, almost anyone who sees Guts' sword, the Dragon Slayer, seems to be compelled to remark that it's "more like a slab of iron than a sword."
  • The word "NANI?!" (WHAT?!) tends to be uttered by mooks a lot when Kenshiro of Fist of the North Star is around. Usually after he utters his iconic catch phrase. The people uttering it usually die afterwards, often in explosive fashion.
  • Shirogane's Suckiness Is Painful moments in Kaguya-sama: Love Is War often lead others to draw comparisons with sea cucumbers.

    Comic Books 
  • X-Factor: Layla Miller's Catch-Phrase, "I'm Layla Miller. I know stuff." mutates into:
    Layla: I'm Layla Miller.
    Madrox: She knows stuff.
    Layla: You notice I haven't had to say that in a while? Everybody else keeps saying it for me.
  • Howard the Duck: "Y... You're a duck!" The shocked stammer is always included the first time someone meets Howard.
  • In the 2003 Batman limited series Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, nascent supervillain Warren "The Great White Shark" White provokes remarks of "You're the worst person I've ever met," from almost everybody he meets. Including The Joker. And demons from Hell. And even Warren himself, to someone impersonating him.
  • "It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Superman!" First introduced in The Adventures of Superman.
  • In Young Justice, Robin would often be put in the role of explaining things for the benefit of his teammates (and the audience.) The exchange "How do you know that?" "Well, I was trained by the world's greatest detective," quickly morphed into someone saying "We can tell you were trained by the world's greatest detective" every time he pointed out something glaringly obvious.
  • Batman (and later Dick Grayson in his role as Batman) gets "I thought you'd be taller" absurdly often from people who have never met him before. Despite being 6'2". (Perhaps Batman's legendary reputation means people expect him to be ten feet tall. It makes a bit more sense for Dick, who's around 5'10".)
  • Reggie Mantle of Archie Comics is always called out as "somebody who talks about anything but himself."
  • While Deadpool was cursed by Loki to look like Thom Cruz, he got "Say, aren't you Thom Cruz?" from pretty much everybody who saw him unmasked. Including aliens.
  • Fight-Man, "'cause one shot is all he needs!"
  • In the Asterix series, Obélix is constantly reminded that he is not allowed to have any magic potion, having fallen into a cauldron full of it when he was a baby.
  • In the "Jonah" strip in The Beano, when the titular Jinx made his way onto a ship, he would invariably be greeted with "Aargh! It's 'im!"
  • Bizarro's oldest miniseries does not give us "Start disagreeing with me!" note .
  • One of Spider-Gwen's most frequent nemeses is... a rich dude who robs bodegas for fun. That's it. He's more of an annoyance than anything else, with everyone who encounters him saying "Bodega Bandit, you are the worst."


    Fan Works 

  • "You'll shoot your eye out" from A Christmas Story.
  • Forrest Gump: "Are you crazy, or just plain stupid?"
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: "Sea Turtles".
  • In Prince Caspian, The Film of the Book, Reepicheep is often informed that "You are a mouse!" by those he is about to kill. This annoys him to no end ("You people have no imagination!")
  • Escape from New York: "I thought you were dead."
    • This phrase was used in the same manner ten years earlier in the 1971 John Wayne Western Big Jake; whether the more recent film was alluding to the earlier is not clear.
    • Later, in the sequel Escape from L.A.: "I thought you'd be taller."
    • Similarly, in Ed Wood, everyone says this about Bela Lugosi when Ed mentions Bela's involvement in his next movie. Heartbreakingly subverted later in the film with Bela's death, and Ed having to quietly confirm his friend's passing.
  • Alien: Resurrection: "Ripley! I thought you were dead!"
    Ripley: Yeah, I get a lot of that lately.
  • Miller's Crossing: "Jesus, Tom!"
  • The Big Lebowski:
    • "Shut the fuck up, Donny!" from Walter and The Dude.
    • And "Where's the fucking money, Lebowski?" to The Dude and finally from The Dude to the Big Lebowski.
    • "I am the walrus..."
  • Fargo: Nearly everyone who ever met Carl Showalter describes him as "kinda funny-lookin'". How so? "Oh, in a general kinda way."
  • Dante Hicks in Clerks gets two, one because of and one despite the "I assure you we're open" sign he has to write on a bedsheet with shoe polish because the shutters were gummed shut. For the rest of the day, people ask him "What smells like shoe polish?". Dante is also the catcher for the phrase "You open?", which almost every customer asks before entering the spite of, again, the big honking sign out front.
  • The infamous Kaiju The Giant Claw is recurrently compared to a battleship (something James Rolfe really didn't understand).
  • All the main Predator films have the titular creature being called "one ugly motherfucker", usually upon being seen without the mask (in the second, Harrigan stops midway but the Predator completes the sentence; in Predators, it's said in Russian).
  • Paul's grandfather in A Hard Day's Night is very clean, as everybody seems to notice (the reason is an Actor Allusion, since the actor played Albert "You dirty old man!" Steptoe).
  • In The Hebrew Hammer people always remind Mordechai that "the fate of Hanukkah is resting on your shoulders", which just stresses him out.
  • In Galaxy Quest, both human and alien fans of Alexander Dane greet him with "By Grabthar's hammer!", the catchphrase of his Proud Warrior Race character in the Show Within a Show. He's not amused.
  • In the film version of Big Trouble, everyone's first impression of the Suitcase Nuke is that "it looks like a garbage disposal."
  • Office Space:
    • To Peter: "Did you get the memo?" as well as anything involving TPS reports.
    • To Michael Bolton: "Is that your real name?"
  • The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure has one that is supposed to be spoken by the audience: "Goofie Toofie! Pick up your pants!"
  • Across Crank and its sequel, High Voltage, everyone seems to pick up "Fuck you, Chelios!" It's so often repeated, there's a montage of the times it's said during High Voltage.
  • Philadelphia: Everyone Joe Miller hands a card to: "You're the TV guy!"
  • Toy Story 2: "Ride like the wind, Bullseye!"
  • Weekend at Bernie's: Most inhabitants think the titular character is still alive despite being dead, typical response is "Hi Bernie!" between the two movies, his name is spoken so often in varying degree of reaction that speaking his name alone fulfills the trope. Oddly enough, when proven dead, some people will insist he's still alive "He's Alive I tell you, I tried to kill. But he's still alive. SEE?!"
  • 7 Zwerge: "I always imagined dwarves as being shorter." "Old misconception."
  • The Manchurian Candidate: Whenever anyone who served with Raymond Shaw hears his name, their response is "Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life." They've been mentally conditioned to say it, and Shaw is in fact a self-absorbed coward with severe mommy issues.
  • Strange Magic: Dawn's boutonniere. Both Marianne and The Bog King perform the same hand wriggling that says "I'm-struggling-to-come-up-with-a-suitable-compliment" and settle on lovely.
  • In Home, this is where Oh's name comes from: he is so disliked that if someone recognizes him they just groan "Oh" in annoyance.
  • The Force Awakens: After he defects, Finn is repeatedly called a "TRAITOR!" by First Order members, including Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma.
  • For some reason, everyone feels a need to tell Dalton, "I thought you'd be taller."
  • The last things an (evil) Terminator will hear will usually be "You're terminated!", just before the coup de grâce.
  • Tall Tale: "The Code of the East/North/South/West"
    "Respect the land! Defend the defenseless! And don't ever spit in front of women or children!" *Spit*
  • In Drive Angry, Milton keeps being greeted by old acquaintances with "I thought/heard you were dead!". This continues until he encounters Webster who knows that Milton is dead. As in he was a pallbearer at the funeral.
  • Snatch: "I fucking hate pikeys!"

  • Harry Potter. A lot of people tell him that "You look like your father but you've got Lily's eyes". In the sixth book, he replies "Yeah. I've been told.".
    • There is also the fact that whenever he says Snape's name in front of an adult without the honorific, the adult will quickly correct him with "Professor Snape".
    • Dumbledore is always described as "the only one Voldemort ever feared."
  • Steven Brust's Dragaera: "Shut up, Loiosh." So common a phrase, Vlad doesn't always wait for Loiosh to say something before using it.
  • "Beep-beep, Richie" in Stephen King's IT.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe:
    • "Yub yub, Commander" from the X-Wing Series. Started as a fairly funny joke, but eventually became the phrase said whenever someone did something that annoyed or surprised Commander Wedge Antilles.
    • In the Han Solo trilogy, "Kibbick is an idiot."
  • Ravenor's Carl Thonious - the things he knows...
  • In a very meta case, Ciaphas Cain only ever refers to himself as a "Hero of the Imperium" (no bold) facetiously - the bombastic announcements of his status as a HERO OF THE IMPERIUM! is purely an invention of this wiki (though they do reflect the rest of the Imperium's opinion of him).
  • In Pyramid Power, a science-fiction novel playing with Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology with loads of showing their work provided by the Badass Unintentional, it seems that the everybody but his men seems to at least think "Odysseus, you bastard!" at some point about him.
  • In Magic's Promise, the second Heralds of Valdemar book about Vanyel, everyone he encounters tells him, "You look like hell." It's justified in that he does.
    • In Winds of Fury, the standard greeting Princess Elspeth gets while making her way home through Valdemar to the capital is "We heard you were dead!"
  • In the Vorkosigan Saga, Miles' cousin Ivan Vorpatril is referred to by all well-knowing individuals as "Ivan-you-idiot" or "that idiot, Ivan", and variations thereof. To the point where it took the main character years to realize that "Ivan" wasn't his middle name. Achieves Brick Joke status when Tej calls Ivan an "idiot", and she's baffled at why he's suddenly grinning.
  • Lampshaded in The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, when Kate Schecter deliberately tries to avoid uttering Dirk's professional Phrase Catcher. Too late.
  • In the Nightside series, Shotgun Suzie is known to be so much of a qualifier for "Oh Christ, it's her, run!" that it's effectively her other nickname.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Both Tyrion and Jaime Lannister think of Cersei as their "sweet sister".
  • Joey Bettany / Maynard, the heroine of the Chalet School series, and Mary-Lou Trelawney, one of her successors, both get this a lot. In the former's case, it's "Joey always does things wholesale!" (especially referring to her army of children) and "that is so like Joey". For the latter, there's "it isn't cheek, it's just Mary-Lou."
  • The Moviegoer: Binx Bolling is consistently told he should go into research.
  • In Discworld, if you try to control any member of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, expect them to reply, "I couldn't do that, Mister Vimes would go spare!"
    • Ankh-Morpork restaurateur All Jolson got his name because he's so very fat from eating his own cooking, people kept marveling that his massive body was all Jolson.
  • In Young Wizards, the traditional wizardly greeting to the Lone Power is "Fairest and Fallen, greetings and defiance." At one point, the Lone Power notes that it gets boring after a few thousand years.
    • Likewise, wizards are expected upon their initial meeting with the Transcendant Pig to ask it "What is the meaning of life?" While there are valid reasons for both of these greeting rituals (there's the off chance the Pig might know and say something useful this time around, and in the long view showing the Lone Power - among the class of beings wizards technically serve - lack of respect does absolutely no good and some harm), both sometimes suspect the whole thing is an enormous joke by the Creator.
  • In John Sandford's Virgil Flowers novels, even people who've just met him or don't know anyone in common with him eventually end up referring to the main character as "That fucking Flowers."
  • In one of the Stephanie Plum books, one of her skips won't leave his house because he's waiting for the cable repair people, who he refers to as "those fuckers". For the rest of the book, almost any time anyone refers to the cable company, the person they are talking to (even if they are not aware of the original conversation) will immediately say "Those fuckers". The cable company is evidently not well-liked in New Jersey.
  • The Goblin Emperor's Maia is unusually friendly and grateful to his servants, for an Emperor, due to his mother's influence. He makes a point of learning and remembering all their names, and thanking them whenever they perform their normal duties. First his secretary, then the rest of his staff, tend to respond with a politely bemused "It is our job, Serenity."
  • Many (but by no means all) people in The Galaxy Game by Phil Janes are too polite to actually say it, but whenever the hapless and unlikeable Richard Curtis explains he prefers to go by his full name, somebody thinks "He looks like a 'Dick' to me."
  • The Chronicles of Narnia has Calormen's ruler, the Tisroc (may he live forever).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Prior to his makeover, Tommy of 3rd Rock from the Sun was often told "cut your hair, you look like a girl!" In one episode, he passed himself off as a girl and was told "put some makeup on, you look like a boy."
  • 'Allo 'Allo!: Nearly every character on the show has a Catch Phrase. Sometimes they are directed at s specific person, the one and only.
    • René keeps getting "Oooooh, René!" from Yvette. Maria, Mimi or Madame Edith are little less hammy, and it's mostly "Oooh, René". Lt. Gruber often exclaims "Ooh, René" as well.
    • René from his wife: "What are you doing holding that serving girl in your arms?" Whenever he's caught in a compromising position with one of the waitresses.
    • Madame Edith, whenever she catches her husband René hugging his mistress, gets: "You stu-pid woman! Can you not see that <insert ridiculous explanation>?"
    • Herr Otto Flick from Gestapo always says to Helga: "You may kiss me." She kisses him very passionately. He seems to like it, yet he remains poker-faced.
  • Arrested Development:
    • Ann Veal is so bland that whenever someone points her out to another Bluth as George Michael's girlfriend, they give a puzzled, "Her?"
    • Additionally, there's George, Sr.'s phrase catcher: "No touching!"
  • The Bob Newhart Show: "Hi Bob!" Was said to Bob Newhart so often it created a Drinking Game.
  • One of the oldest examples is from The Buster Brown Show: "Plunk your magic twanger, Froggy!" (Is That What They're Calling It Now?)
  • Whenever the eponymous protagonist of El Chavo del ocho hits someone, that person will angrily shout him "¡¡Tenía que ser el CHAVO del Ocho!!" ("It had to be El CHAVO del Ocho!!")
  • "NORM!" of Norm of Cheers.
  • "Chuck, stay in the car!" That kinda stopped around season 3, but they could always have someone else catching the "Stay in the car".
  • Community:
    • Britta is frequently the recipient of a blunt "You're the worst!"
    • Todd. "No offense".
    • "Shut up, Leonard." Often followed by some sort of discouraging comment.
  • Doctor Who:
    • At least once per series, someone will ask the Doctor, "Doctor who?" when he introduces himself. This is often played with.
      • In "Love & Monsters", when discussing the Doctor, one guy subverts the normal caught phrase and asks "Doctor what?"
      • "The Wedding of River Song", the series 6 finale, closes with Dorium's head shouting this after Eleven. He says that "Doctor who?" is "The first question! The question that must never be answered! Hidden in plain sight! The question you've been running from all your life!"
      • The ending of "Asylum of the Daleks" turns this phrase Up to Eleven. Thousands of Daleks, tier upon tier and circle after circle, in the hall around the Doctor start chanting "Doctor who?" in unison, much to the Doctor's delight. Oswin has wiped anything related to him from their knowledge.
      • Come "The Bells of Saint John", the Doctor shows up on Clara's doorstep — in full monk dress — and she asks him the question. He gives his usual response of "Just the Doctor", but then quickly asks her to ask it twice more, since he just loves it when people ask him that.
    • When someone enters the TARDIS, the standard reaction is to wonder at how it is Bigger on the Inside, usually with those exact words.
      • This was lampshaded/parodied in "The Three Doctors". When Benton enters, the Doctor prompts him with "Aren't you going to say 'It's bigger on the inside'?" and Benton replied, "Well, it's pretty obvious, isn't it?" Even more hilariously, when the Brigadier sees the interior of the TARDIS for the first time, he doesn't believe it is bigger on the inside. "So this is what you've been doing with UNIT funds and equipment all this time. How's it done? Some sort of optical illusion?" "Oh no, they come like this."
      • Donna's first encounter with the TARDIS is when she materializes inside it, so her moment of realization comes when they land and she steps out, seeing for the first time that it's... smaller on the outside.
      • "Smith and Jones": The Doctor mouths the words along when Martha Jones says the phrase. He then blithely replies, "Is it? Hadn't noticed!"
      • Played for drama in "The Waters of Mars". As the Doctor goes into A God Am I mode, he brings the astronauts to Earth in the TARDIS. One says, "What is that thing? It's bigger on the inside! Who the hell are you?" before running away in terror.
      • In "The End of Time", when Wilfred Mott sees the inside of the TARDIS he looks expectedly shocked and awed. Before giving him a chance (they're in a hurry) the Doctor says, "Yes, it's bigger on the inside," to which Wilf replies, "No, I just thought it'd be... cleaner". (A possible Call-Back to the days when the console room was minimalist white with silver/grey console.)
      • "The Eleventh Hour": The Eleventh Doctor asks Amy "Any passing remarks you'd like to say?" when she first goes in.
        Amy: I'm in my nightie.
      • "The Vampires of Venice": Subverted again with Eleven and Amy's boyfriend Rory:
        The Doctor: It's a lot to take in, isn't it? Tiny box, huge on the inside, what's that about? Let me explain...
        Rory: It's another dimension.
        The Doctor: Basically, it's another dimens... What?
        [Rory explains in length how he figured it out, and the Doctor cuts in, clearly annoyed]
        The Doctor: I like the bit when someone says "it's bigger on the inside". I always look forward to that...
      • In "The Doctor's Wife", upon being given the form of a human lady, the TARDIS is revealed to think this of humans and the Doctor in terms of a soul. Also, as the TARDIS takes repossession of the Police Box from House, the Doctor explains that House's problem is that he's "just so small on the inside!"
      • Subverted one more time in "The Snowmen", when Clara Oswin Oswald first enters the TARDIS. You can see the Doctor's anticipation for the Catchphrase, and then she says (to his visible chagrin)...
        Clara: It's smaller on the outside.
        The Doctor: Okay, that is a first.
      • Subverted again in "The Husbands of River Song", when the Doctor — who is accompanying River, who doesn't recognise him and thinks she's stealing the TARDIS — is delighted to realise this is his opportunity to say it. Which he does with relish and at length.
      • Delayed in "The Pilot": Bill is used to the TARDIS sitting in the corner of the Doctor's study, so when she finds it leads to a much bigger space, she thinks he knocked through to the next room. When the Doctor moves the TARDIS to the Vault in the University basement, she thinks it's a lift.
        The Doctor: Is it my imagination, or is this taking longer than normal?
        Bill: [looking back inside the TARDIS] Hang on. The room's still inside the box. This isn't a knock-through.
        The Doctor: No.
        Bill: [spins round in astonished realisation] Doctor, it's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside!
        Nardole: Hey, we got there!
    • Another which gets less used and is more specific to the Tenth Doctor is "Help me", which wakes him out of a coma in "The Christmas Invasion" and to which he replies "Two words I never refuse," in "The Next Doctor", setting up a tragic irony in "The Waters of Mars".
    • After she became Prime Minister, Harriet Jones kept up her old habit of introducing herself by holding up her ID card and stating her name and title, prompting people to respond, "Yes, I know who you are." In "The Christmas Invasion", the invading Sycorax do it, as do the Daleks in "The Stolen Earth".
    • Whenever Captain Jack meets someone new, as particularly demonstrated in "Utopia":
      Jack: Captain Jack Harkness, and who are you?
      The Doctor: Stop it.
      Jack: Just saying hello!
    • The Eleventh Doctor often gives a good "Oh, Rory!" as a reaction to Rory, whether it be him acting dumb, kind or just so... human.
  • Due South: Eventually, everyone else takes over explaining that Fraser came to Chicago on the trail of the killers of his father and, for reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, remained attached as liaison with the Canadian Consulate. Thank you kindly.
  • Everybody Hates Chris: Damn Risky!
  • Family Matters: "Go home, Steve!"
  • In Fawlty Towers, we have: "It's okay, he's from Barcelona." The meaning is that it's OK that Manuel is incompetent, or a Cloudcuckoolander, or that we're pretending he is in order to maintain the "Fawlty Towers" Plot.
  • The Flash (2014)
    • "Run, [name]. RUN!!" The most recurring recipient is the title character Barry Allen to help him up his A-game, but other speedsters have also beene encouraged with this.
    • In early episodes Barry's Healing Factor has a tendency to get taken for granted. "I hear he heals fast."
  • Frasier - When Roz turns up to a costume party in a black leather dress she has to explain who she is.
    Roz: I'm O, from The Story of O
    Anyone and everyone: Oooooohhhhh!
  • Game of Thrones:
    • If someone is meeting Jon Snow for the first time, there's at least a 50/50 chance that they will respond with some variation of "You must be Ned Stark's bastard."
    • Thenns inspire other Wildlings to state, "I fuckin' hate Thenns!"
    • "You know nothing, Jon Snow", about Jon, courtesy of Ygritte.
    • "He's prettier than X's daughters"', when Jon Snow's good looks are discussed.
  • The Golden Girls has "Shut up, Rose" when the aforementioned Cloudcuckoolander tries to launch into a St. Olaf anecdote, to the extent of (paraphrasing):
    Rose: Well, back in St. Olaf — shut up, Rose.
    Dorothy: ...Well?
    Rose: Well, that's as far as I ever get!
  • Home Improvement: It started with Al responding to Tim's puns on Tool Time, but at one point or another, every major character in the show (and a few minor or one-shot characters) has given him a sarcastic "I don't think so, Tim/Dad." Tim has used the line himself from time to time.
  • In the season 1 episode of How I Met Your Mother "The Limo", Ted's date has a habit to hug upon meeting a new person. Everyone she hugs replies with the same phrase: "Oh, you're friendly".
  • iCarly: "Gibby!"
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia:
    • "God damn it, Charlie!"
    • "Dee, you bitch!"
    • A running gag in the first season had everyone who stepped into Charlie's apartment say, "This place is a shithole!"
  • John Munch: "Shut up, John." Usually in response to a conspiracy theory.
  • Kamen Rider Decade:
  • From Leverage:
    • There's "Dammit, Hardison!".
    • Parker frequently gets "there's something wrong with you."
  • Martin: "You ain't got no job, man!"
  • Invoked by Masterchef Australia regular Marco Pierre White, who demands that the contestants respond to him with a "Yes, Marco!" whenever he comes to whip those people into shape.
  • In Misfits, the words "What a prick!" literally seem to follow Nathan around like a smell.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: "Push the button, Frank." It was taken from The Great Race: "Push the button, Max!"
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide:
    • "Do you have hall-passes?" by any teacher when they see students up to wacky hijinks in the halls.
    • The show has a character named Claire Sawyer, a student who strives to be a lawyer.
      [Someone has a problem]
      Claire: [pops out of nowhere, hands character in trouble her card] Claire Sawyer, Future Lawyer.
      Whoever Happens to Be Around: Claire. We've known you since pre-K.
  • One Tree Hill: "Just say [Whatever Tim just said, but to the point & less Pretty Fly for a White Guy-like], Tim."
  • In every episode of Police Squad! and The Naked Gun movies: "Cigarette?" "Yes, I know," or "Yes, it is."
  • From Power Rangers Jungle Fury: "Breathe, Fran."
  • Lucy Hatcher in The Practice tended to draw annoyed yells of "LUCY!" from the others at the firm.
  • Red Dwarf:
    • For Ace Rimmer, we have this one: "What a guy!" Always said with complete and absolutely sincere admiration.
    • Ace's regular counterpart Arnold Rimmer has "Smeghead!" This has gone so far that Chris Barrie, his actor, has stated that people in Real Life will use this phrase if they recognize him on the street. Another is "Smeeee heeeee". To which he responds "You got a problem?!"
  • In The Saint, right before the opening credits, somebody would always refer to "... the _____ Simon Templar." (Fill in the blank with 'illustrious', 'infamous', or something like that.) Which would cause Simon to glance up and note the halo appearing over his head.
  • Sanctuary's Henry Foss has "Well done, Henry," which he usually gets from Magnus whenever he accomplishes something particularly noteworthy or helpful. Other characters eventually pick up on this, sometimes even imitating Magnus's English accent in the process. The phrase always makes Henry smile or laugh, and sometimes he gives people expectant looks or encourages it with "Three words, please," or a similar phrase.
  • Scrubs "Hooch is CRAZY!"
  • "Hello...Newman" from Seinfeld, of a postal worker who was thought of by everyone to be obnoxious and disliked.
  • Sister, Sister: "Go home, Roger!"
  • Spaced had some lasting an episode, such as Daisy being told to "Get off your arse!" on three separate occasions, or when Mike is dressed in jogging gear and everyone he met told him "Nice outfit". Over the series, people asked Brian the tortured artist what his work was about, then reply to his answer with a suggestion that didn't fit:
    Brian: Anger. Pain. Fear. Aggression.
    Brian's Mum: Watercolours?
    • "Hello Brian".
  • Both Spartacus and Gannicus of Spartacus: Blood and Sand are on the receiving end of "you mad fuck" several times.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: "Thank you, Mr. Data," or some variation thereof, whenever Data gets too verbose.
  • St. Elsewhere particularly throughout season 2: "You're a pig, Ehrlich".
  • "Who is that fat bastard?" of Alexi Sayle, in Alexi Sayle's Stuff.
  • The opening of every episode of That Girl, in which someone calls attention somehow to Ann Marie, usually by saying something that ends in them speaking the show's title. (i.e. "I think the best one for this job is... that girl!")
  • Top Gear, of course, has its "tame racing driver". Some say he can swim seven lengths underwater, and that he has webbed buttocks. All we know is, he's called The Stig.
  • The West Wing: "I serve at the pleasure of the President."
  • Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?: "DO IT, ROCKAPELLA!"
  • Drug runners from The Wire on the streets of Baltimore when Omar Little is out in broad daylight: "Omar comin'!"
  • A fast-talking character in an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati couldn't figure out why people kept telling him "Speed Kills!"
  • The Young Ones: "Oh! Have we got a video?"

  • They Might Be Giants' "You Probably Get That A Lot":
    You probably get that a lot
    I'll bet that people say that a lot while you
    Are sarcastically lip-syncing along
    To words they felt were spoken spontaneously

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Bucky of Get Fuzzy spends a week trying to invent a catch phrase for himself which he expects Satchel to say, but Satchel doesn't quite understand the idea:
    Satchel: Aren't you supposed to say your own catch phrase?
    Bucky: Satchel, when you're übergroovy, other people say it for you.
  • Peanuts:

  • Dice Funk: Anne borrows Rinaldo's catchphrase during one particularly successful fight.
    Austin: No one can kill Anne!

    Professional Wrestling 
  • A shout of "Hey", often off screen, for Claudio Castagnoli.
  • "Adam Cole, Bay Bay!"
  • Should Jimi Mayhem have been the first example on this page? "Sho'nuff!"
  • In ECW, Taz's appearance would often cause the crowd to chant "TAZ IS GONNA KILL YOU!" This later became "JOE IS GONNA KILL YOU" for Samoa Joe. WWE NXT crowds adapted it to "Bayley's gonna hug you!" to fit Bayley's gimmick of being a hug-happy dork, and also reference her finisher (a belly to belly suplex that, as required by the move, begins with a hug).

  • The Lone Ranger: "Who was that masked man?" "I don't know... but I wanted to thank him."
  • The Goon Show: "Shut up, Eccles!" (Even Eccles joins in with it.)
  • On The Howard Stern Show, "F Jackie" was so commonly shouted that Jackie Martling had to make it the title of an album.
  • Oh, how dare we forget the one that instigates another chapter in the life of the most fantastic crimefighter the world has ever known... BAWK BAWK BAWK BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWK... CHICKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN! HE'S EVERYWHERE! HE'S EVERYWHERE!! BUM BA BA BUM BUM!
  • Any time someone mentions The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, expect the response to be some variation of, "Oh, that thing."

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000 fan's reactions to whatever Tzeentch does, "... which was probably what he planned anyway."
    • Alternately, they use a line from Death Note for anything Tzeentch does: "Just as planned"
    • Around these parts it's "I touched that!" since the general theory is that rather than actually having insanely convoluted plans, he just takes credit for everything anyone does ever and claims it's part of his plan.
    • It's hard to hear the Tyranids be mentioned without someone adding "Om-nom-nom-nom." at some point.
    • Mentioning the Imperial Guard will similarly bring any or all of up the topics of flashlights and laser sights, cardboard/t-shirt armour, Tank Goodness, and testicular fortitude.
    • ...and the Ultramarines will virtually always be decried as Games Workshop's pets.
    • In-universe, virtually every psyker describes the effect an approaching Tyranid fleet has on their psychic abilities as "a shadow in the Warp". This is usually the reader and/or narrator's cue to begin panicking.

  • If 1776 is to be believed, no one could refer to John Adams as anything other than "obnoxious and disliked". As a historical note, the phrase comes from Adams himself - it was his own description of how he was perceived by his Congressional colleagues in his later career. Likewise the opening number and throughout has Adams the constant recipient of, "Sit down, John! For God's sake sit down!", something that even carried over to his "appearance" in Hamilton. note 
  • Cyrano de Bergerac: Christian. Everyone around him says: "He’s fair!". And Le Bret: Only Cyrano says to him: "Never scold".
  • In Avenue Q, Gary Coleman complains about people quoting his Diff'rent Strokes Catch-Phrase back to him:
    Try having people stopping you to ask you:
    "Whatchyou talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
    It gets old.

    Video Games 
  • In Saints Row 2, almost every character returning from the first game asks the protagonist "Did you do something with your hair?" when reuniting with them, as it's possible to make him look entirely different from what he looked like in the first game - up to and including switching genders. S/he lampshades this twice, responding to Aisha with "I've been getting that a lot", and interrupting Julius with "I didn't do shit to my hair!"
  • Variations on "You're dead." follow Shepard a lot in Mass Effect 2. Of course, s/he was.
  • Fable: "The Chicken Chaser? Do you chase chickens?" Note that you only get this reaction if you keep your default title. If you get a different one, townsfolk will instantly develop a new stock reaction to address you with.
  • Namecalling abound whenever a Special Infected spawns in Left 4 Dead. "Boomer!"
  • Fatal Fury: "Geese..."
  • Yukimaru from Disgaea 2, zam. And her unique way of building chakra, zam.
    • It started off as her Catch-Phrase though, zam. Then everybody started doing it, zam.
    • As it turns out, even years after the first game and around people who have never met him, Vyers has never been able to shed his Mid-Boss moniker.
    Vyers: As your personal life coach, moi am here to teach you what true strength is all about!
    Mao: True strength? You look more like you've got "Mid-Boss" level strength.
    Vyers: H-How did you know that infernal nickname!?
  • Mega Man Zero: "You are Zero, the legendary Reploid". He does need the reminders though.
  • Memry from Ghost Trick. Her eccentric behavior earns the following series of remarks a few times:
    "Odd girl."
    "I agree."
    "Me, too."
  • Dante's "Jackpot!" from Devil May Cry seems to be one of these, as both Vergil (in unison with Dante during DMC3) and Nero (in 4) adopt it while finishing off that game's Big Bad (Trish also sets up Dante's use of it in the first game, right before he takes out Mundus). Given Dante's words in 3 ("Remember what we used to say?"), it's implied he coined the phrase alongside Vergil, back when they were still close in their childhood.
  • In Harvester, the protagonist, Steve, has amnesia. Most of the characters don't believe him and assume it's some kind of prank because, "You always were a kidder, Steve."
  • In Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People - Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective, there's a Running Gag of people telling Dangeresque "But you're not gonna like it."
  • BlazBlue: Each of the Murakumo Units has a repeated insistence that "I want to be with Ragna", both when they encounter and in some conversations with others. Downplayed Trope in that only they have this tendency, but it carries meaning due to the complicated metaphysics of the Blazblue plot.

    Visual Novels 
  • Fate/stay night: Everyone calls Kotomine Kirei a "fake priest." For Tohsaka, it's because he's sort of like a double agent between the Church and the Mage's association. For Shirou, it's because he hates him.
  • Whenever it's suggested that Kinzo from Umineko: When They Cry did something crazy, everyone responds with "I wouldn't put it past Father."
  • "When something smells, it's usually the Butz." Larry Butz from the Ace Attorney games, that is.


    Web Originals 
  • Percival Frederickstein von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III from Critical Role always introduces himself fully - with the expectation that another one of the party members will be present to say "but you can call him Percy."
  • "Shut up, Mokuba" in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series. Also was originally Seto Kaiba's Catchphrase, but it spread. To the point where nobody says anything else at all to him in The Movie.
    • Even when they're asking Mokuba a question. Mokuba finally gets fed up with it in episode 30.
    Grandpa: Shut up Mokub-
    Mokuba: No, YOU shut up!

    —> Mokuba: Oh God, I'm so sorry.
    • "Get bent, ya freaky fish guy!"
    "I am NOT a freaky fish guy!"
    "Mako's a freaky fish guy!"
  • Equestria Daily's webmaster Sethisto really enjoys posting things about Trixie. Or random things at 3:00 AM. Or random things about Trixie at 3:00 AM. Any time any of those three appears on the site, or anytime a Trixie thread appears on any image board, expect the phrase "Go to bed, Seth," to be used very liberally in the replies.
  • In the Yu Yu Hakusho Abridged movie, every character says "Dammit, Hinageshi!" at least once. The Fanart special had a contributor use the phrase as part of a Stupid Statement Dance Mix. It's pretty catchy, actually. "D-D-Damn it, Hinageshi!"
  • Red vs. Blue has several:
    • If a character is about to die, expect to hear "HURK! Bleeeehhhh..."
    • "Son of a bitch!" after an explosion, attack, or death.
    • "Shotgun!" as soon as the Reds get their hands on a vehicle.
    • If someone is being possessed by a ghost really an AI expect to hear "Heauegerkergerk!"
    • And of course, the response to any of Sister's statements is often a confused "Yeah... Wait, what?"
    "Yeah... or we could raid the medical supplies for morphine."
    (on the subject of death by aspirin overdose) "I know! I didn't think it was possible. And trust me, I've tried."
    "Yeah? Well they say girls can't ejaculate either, but guess what!"
    "Yeah, sorry, doesn't sound like I have any of the skills you need. Unless you wanna see my ping pong ball trick?"
    "But I thought, you know, who wants to be known as the girl who's had seven abortions?"
    • In Season 9, any mention of Agent Maine doing battle with someone gets "I almost feel sorry for them" as a response.
  • Several examples in AH Dot Com The Series, the most common being "Blame Thande!" when Thande's in the room.
  • In Bowser's Kingdom, whenever Steve appears and says his catchphrase (which is "Hi Guys!"), Hal usually responds back and says "Hi, Steve..."
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    "Krillin!" "What?" "Too Soon!"
    "God dammit, Nappa"
    • Whenever someone says something creepy or perverted to Gohan:
    Gohan: "I need an adult?"
    Not Gohan: "I am an adult."
    • Also, any time Goku uses or mentions the Kaio-ken, someone (usually Goku's opponent) inevitably responds with some variation of "Kaio-what?"
  • In articles on Cracked, anything remotely badass mentioned in an article will have mentions of testicular hardness follow.
  • The Classic Doctor Who Twitter Blog likes to announce explosions with "And then there was a s'plosion!" and variations thereof.
  • The The Funday Pawpet Show gives us Blitz, a young German Shepherd who is often on the receiving end of the mocking line "I don't even know what that iiiiiiiis!"
  • Mentions of The Room on That Guy with the Glasses lead to "Ohai [contributor's name here]".
  • In the Mortal Kombat parody sprite cartoon, someone will always call Baraka "the ugliest mofo they've ever seen." Also, "Shut yo spittin' ass up!" after Kabal goes on his rants.
  • In Ultra Fast Pony, Fluttershy's catch phrase "I'm just so shy!" catches on with the other characters. In later episodes, if she doesn't comment on her shyness, someone else (like the narrator) will do it for her.
  • On Steam Train, it's common for Ross to be the scapegoat when something goes wrong. They even received a special demo version of The Stanley Parable in which the game's narrator says it.
    Danny: Goddamnit, Ross!
  • Homestar Runner has a few minor character examples:
    • Whenever the minor character Nebulon appears, whoever is near him will usually say "Get out of here, Nebulon. No one likes your style," which Nebulon responds to by floating away, dejected.
    • The "Shut Up!" Lady is a minor Running Gag involving the disembodied voice of a soft-spoken middle-aged woman chiming in on someone's Imagine Spot, only to be told "Shut up, lady!"
  • From Welcome to Night Vale, we have "John Peters—you know, the farmer..." which is said every single time his full name is mentioned.
    • Subverted once, when its revealed that he's been replaced; "John Peters- you know, the imposter?"
    • There's also Hiram McDaniels, "who is literally a five-headed dragon."
  • RWBY:
    • Everyone calls Weiss "Ice Queen." Even the villain.
      Weiss: Why does everyone keep calling me that?
    • Subverted when Qrow shows up and calls out "the Ice Queen." Weiss has no idea who he is, but is still annoyed. Turns out Qrow was actually talking to Weiss' sister, Winter.
  • In early installments of Noob, Sparadrap would be frequently be called a Noob by other random players. However, since this also happens to be the name of his guild, he would just think many people have heard of it.
  • Old Man Henderson gets a variation, whenever someone brings up his name for the first time (both in-game and outside):
    "Is Henderson his first or last name?"
    "I don't even fucking know"
  • Rooster Teeth's Barbara Dunkelman, the group's Pungeon Master, has "Goddammit Barb!" RT even made a shirt out of it.
  • In the Grounded Videos, the grounding victims will be told that they are "grounded grounded grounded" and sometimes they will be told to "Get over here right now" (sometimes in a demonic voice).
    • Caillou will also be constantly called a "bald piece of crap" mostly by his father Boris.

    Western Animation 
  • The Magic School Bus has Carlos earning a Collective Groan of his name when he tells a bad joke.
  • In Futurama, nobody likes "Wernstrom!" either.
    • "Who are you"/"Who's that"
    Scruffy: "I'm Scruffy, the janitor."
  • "Scooby-Doo! Where are you?"
  • Corn & Peg: Mayor Montagu of Galloping Grove is always greeted by the titular duo with the phrase, "How do, Mayor Montagu?"
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: Eustace, among other characters, constantly refer to the main character as "Stupid Dog!"
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Eds are often called "Dorks" by Kevin.
  • The Incredibles implies that this is the case for Frozone.
    Mr. Incredible: Frozone! Ice to see you drop by!
    Frozone: Ha! (deadpan) Never Heard That One Before.
  • King of the Hill: "Thatherton!" This started out as Hank's Catch-Phrase, but everyone got so used to it that someone would fill in when he wasn't there.
  • The Fairly OddParents!
    • "Dinkleberg!"
  • Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil: Kick is often called "Dillweed" by his brother Brad.
  • In the American Darkstalkers cartoon series, every single character, at some point or another, remarks that Rikuo is "strangely attractive for a fishman". In the last episode, he wearily replies, "So I've been told..."
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Everyone seems compelled to ask "Aren't you a little young to be _____?" But it's also a Catch-Phrase because they always respond with "Yes. Yes, we are." (On other occasions, this or variations of this will be done by other characters - for example, someone asking if Candace is a little old for something.) It's played with when a contractor, delivering construction supplies, says it, and another replies "Yes, yes he is. Sorry, Phineas, he's new."
    • "Hey, where's Perry?" whenever Perry isn't around, and then "Oh, there you are, Perry" when he returns home from his mission. Usually said by Phineas, but increasing spread around the cast, which is naturally lampshaded like crazy.
      Stacy: Hey, where's Perry? What, I'm like the only one who hasn't said it.
    • Perry catches a lot of phrases, including some of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's Catch Phrases, mostly "CURSE YOU, PERRY THE PLATYPUS!" and in earlier episodes "Ah, Perry the Platypus. Your timing is [adjective with negative prefix]. And by that I mean COMPLETELY [ADJECTIVE WITHOUT PREFIX]!"
    • Less common, but enough to be a Running Gag is the comment that "He's a platypus. They don't do much."
  • Milo Murphy's Law, from the creators of Phineas and Ferb, has a running gag of Milo's dog Diogee showing up, and Milo telling him to go home, followed by Milo explaining "He's not supposed to be at/in (wherever Milo and his friends are)".
  • The Emperor's New Groove: "Pull the lever, Kronk!" "WRONG LEVER!" "Why do we even have that lever?"
  • Metalocalypse: By now, the Metal Masked Assassin should know that "That's my bread and butter you're fucking with."
  • Kim Possible's Arch-Enemy usually tells her "You think you're all that, Kim Possible! But you're not!" Sometimes she'll do something remarkable or say she's planning to do so, and someone will say "It's impossible!". Ron's responds "Check the name." (About the only time the punny names are noticed In-Universe.) Wade often catches "You rock, Wade" from Kim and Ron.
  • Animaniacs:
    • There will always be an Only Sane Man to call out Chicken Boo on his Paper-Thin Disguise: "He's a chicken, I tell you! A giant chicken!" More often than not, after the ruse is discovered, the guy would return to quip: "I told you that guy was a chicken!"
    • "Hello, Nurse!" for Hello, Nurse!, of course.
  • "Thwip Thwip!" often said to Spider-Man (and Peter Parker too, strangely enough) in Ultimate Spider-Man.
  • Chowder: "I'm not your boyfriend!"
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox : Ash is often referred to as *waves hands* "different".
  • From The Simpsons:
    • "SKINNER!"
    • "AAAAAH! Sideshow Bob!"
    • In the episode about The Stonecutters, Lenny repeatedly lets slip a secret to Homer, and Carl tells him "Shut up!" The third time this happens, Carl is drinking, so Homer says it for him.
    • "Hi Everbody!" "Hi, Dr. Nick!"
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: "Kowalski, options" or "Kowalski, analysis," always spoken by Skipper.
  • ReBoot: MIKE!
  • Freakazoid!: In the episode that introduces Professor Jones, people keep asking him "Weren't you in a show with a robot?"
  • George of the Jungle: "Watch Out For That TREE!"
  • South Park:
    • While it's usually Stan and Kyle shouting the "Oh my god, They Killed Kenny!" exchange, there have been occasions where Kenny dies and other characters say similar things in the exact same tone of voice:
      • From "Prehistoric Ice Man", after Cartman causes Kyle to fall in a hole.
      Stan: Great job, Cartman! You killed Kyle!
      Kenny: You bastard!
      • From the Manson Christmas Episode:
    Charles Manson: Oh my god, they killed the little orange-coat kid!
    • From "Chef's Salty Chocolate Balls":
    Moviegoer 1: Oh my god, I found a penny!
    Moviegoer 2: You bastard!
    • From "WTF":
    "Ay, Dios Mio! Mataron El Pollo Loco!"
    • Every episode with "Towelie" has someone shut him down with "You're a towel." (which always gets "You're a towel!" in response)
    • Chef would often greet the kids with "Hello there, children" which the kids would respond in unison with "Hey Chef." Often the dialogue would continue with Chef asking how the kids are doing or how their day is, one of the kids will respond with "Bad." and Chef will ask "Why Bad?"
    • "Shut Up, Mimsy!"
  • Wakfu: "Iop brain!"
  • "Shut up, Meg" in Family Guy.
  • In the short-lived Sam & Max: Freelance Police animated series, the Cold Open would generally end with someone asking "Who are these guys?"
  • Beast Wars: "Shut up, Rattrap!"
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Being the only member of the mane cast with actual hands, Spike gets a lot of "Spike, take a letter..." Even from Twilight Sparkle, who can easily write using her telekinesis.
  • Many folks' reaction to meeting The Great Grape Ape for the first time is to shout "Yeow! A gorill-il-il-il-illa!" and run away. Subverted in an episode where Beegle Beagle and Grape Ape are mounties coming to help a radio serial-era lady in distress who sees Grape Ape and merely waves "hi" to him. When Beegle asks why she didn't go "Yeow!!! A gorill-il-il-il-illa!" like everybody else does, she says "When you've seen one forty-foot purple ape, you've seen them all."
  • Archer:
    • "God-damnit, Archer!" Initially a Catch-Phrase of Brett, but is borrowed so often it's more of this.
    • Any mention of Veronica Dean and/or the In-Universe film Shanghai Moonin Season 7 will be followed with "Oh my god, that dress?"
  • The Literal-Minded Zachbots on Wild Kratts are always mistaking Zach's similes for instructions, prompting him to scold them with "I didn't mean literally!"
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog gives us one that goes across multiple canons: Dr. Robotnik's "I hate that Hedgehog", usually bellowed in response to an evil scheme foiled, has been used by versions of him in other shows;
    • In Sonic SATAM, Robotnik's Villainous Breakdown in the final episode has him screaming this as he flees forever.
    • In Sonic Boom episode "Eggman the Auteur", Eggman grumbles the line after Sonic walks out from his movie project.
  • In Samurai Jack, Jack shouts "Aku!" to Aku once he encounters him. Aku in turn calls Jack a "foolish Samurai."
  • Bob's Burgers
    • Whenever Gene does something particularly weird or outrageous, Bob will address him with an exasperated "Gene..."
    • Any episode featuring the transgender prostitute Marshmallow will no doubt have have Bob say to her casually, "Oh, hi, Marshmallow."
  • In DuckTales 1987, whenever The Unintelligible Donald Duck appeared on the show and had to talk to somebody other than Scrooge or the nephews, this would result in somebody asking some variant of "what did he say?" Launchpad is particularly prone to saying this. In the 2017 reboot, this also happens, albeit much less frequently.

    This Very Wiki 

    Real Life 
  • Celebrities with catchphrases soon tire of hearing them from every fan they meet.
    • In the same vein, if you go into voicework, you had better be prepared for many requests to speak in-character.
    • Parodied in the Avenue Q song "It Sucks To Be Me"
      Gary Coleman: Try having people people stopping you to ask you, "Whatchoo talkin' bout, Willis?" It gets old.
    • Discussed by Dave Chappelle, who got utterly infuriated by fans chanting, "I'm Rick James, bitch" everywhere he went.
    • Averted by Mandy Patinkin. He has not tired of being known for The Princess Bride's Inigo Montoya. In all fairness, however, that one role is awesome, and his fans do generally know him for some other work as well. In fact, surprisingly enough, there are fans who really only know him for his work in Chicago Hope and Yentl.
    • Since Black Panther came out, Chadwick Boseman hears a lot of "Wakanda Forever!"
  • Any tall person will quickly get tired of:
    • 'How's the weather up there?'
      Tall Person: Fair to partly stupid. / (Spits) Rainy.
    • "You're really tall", "How did you get so tall?".
    • "Wow. Do you play basketball?" "No, do you play miniature golf?"
  • Anyone who's ever had a haircut will be familiar with the trope, as they'll probably have to come up with a few stock phrases to last them a couple of weeks. "You've had a haircut!" isn't particularly inane, ("You have a remarkable eye for detail"), but "Did you have a haircut?".
    Reply: Er, yes. Yes I did. / No, I got them all cut. / I had one yesterday! / I'm taking Chemotherapy for shits and giggles.
  • Every cashier at any cash register with a barcode scanner at any store ever, upon having difficulty scanning an item, will hear from the customer some variation of, "No price? I guess that means it's free!". This is usually followed by a polite chuckle from the cashier. Note that such polite chuckles are usually forced, and less restrained (or less cowed) clerks tend to shoot deathglares at the 100th smartass this week thinking he's original. Either that, or snark mercilessly. Mostly in a "If I had a penny for every time" vein.
  • Cashiers having to check large bills (usually 50s and higher) for signs of counterfeit will often hear a variation of "Don't worry, I just finished printing that." Which is accompanied by a similarly forced polite chuckle by the cashier.
  • Window cleaners just love being told: "You've missed a bit!".
  • Kikuko Inoue's Running Gag and Catch-Phrase is claiming herself to be '17 years old'. This caught on to her characters saying so, and when that happens, you can bet that there'll be someone who'll respond with "Oi oi..."
  • Little kids hear 'You grow up so fast' all the time and may get annoyed because they usually don't feel they grow up that fast.
  • Pregnant women tire very quickly of being told "You're so big" or "You sure it's not twins?" or asked "When are you due?" or "Is it a boy or girl?" Think twice before you go to say any of this to a pregnant woman. You're probably the fifth one that day and she's likely to snap. And woe betide someone who say these phrases before they've ascertained whether said woman is actually pregnant...
  • People who look far younger than their actual age also get this all the time, especially when they're in their 20s. "You've graduated from university?! How old are you?" "I'm twenty-two", followed by the inevitable "Wow, I thought you were only 17!". The older they get, though, the less they complain about that happening.
  • People who costume as Star Wars characters will get "These aren't the droids you're looking for" thrown at them several times a day, irrespective of if they're dressed as Storm Troopers or Rebel pilots. Also expect a Storm Trooper to be asked if they aren't a little short for the job, even if they're six feet tall. As a side example of this, people cosplaying Firefly's Jayne, or at least wearing his hat, will be subjected to variations on "that is a cunning hat" pretty much continuously.
  • The nurses and medical assistants who room patients have heard about fifty billion comments and jokes about how evil the scale is. No patient can resist.
  • High school seniors get some variation on "So, where are you going to college?" from everyone they meet. Followed in college by "So, what're you studying?" or "What's your major?" from almost everyone once they learn (or reasonably guess) that they're a student, especially fellow students. At the other end of the classroom, their instructors from middle school on up will invariably be tired of hearing "Is this going to be on the test?". Although, after 12 or so years, a lot of students also get tired of hearing "Will this be on the test?", "Why do we have to learn this?" (in some cases), etc.
  • Youngsters who live in a country that has conscription: ‘Do you know what you’re going to do in the army?’.
  • Anyone who gets a new job should expect to have to hear "What do you do now?" and/or "So how do you like the new job?" from every single person they know for the next month or so.
  • Averted in the case of Miranda's Patricia Hodge. She cheerily admits in this interview she doesn't mind people saying Penny's Catch-Phrase "Such fun" to her, apart from when they get it wrong and say "What fun" instead.
  • When a writer tells a stranger than they are a writer, inevitably the stranger will say, "You know, I had an idea for a novel once, but I didn't have the time." Because everyone knows writers are just guys with nothing better to do that sit around and write.
  • Lil' Bub, a female cat with a perma-kitten appearance, is usually told by her owner "Good job, Bub".
  • Lefties can expect at almost any time to get asked "Are you left-handed?" if they are seen writing.
  • The Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him.

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