A Catchphrase that is used in equal amounts by several characters.
If the catchphrase is usually said by one character, it's a Borrowed Catchphrase. If it's something one person said once, then someone else said later, it's an Ironic Echo or Meaningful Echo. If the catchphrase is directed at the same person in each instance, that person is a Phrase Catcher. If someone else's pet phrase or verbal tic 'infects' another character, it's Got Me Doing It. If it only lasts for one installment, that's an Episode Tagline. Such phrases can count as Shared Family Quirks if predominantly used by family members.
See Arc Words for when the phrase is a dramatic element of the story.
- I Saw Your Willy has everyone Alex runs into say the title.
- Death Note's taskforce shared, "Matsuda, you idiot!" though L was particularly fond of the phrase and its variations. Matsuda, of course, was the Phrase Catcher for it. Its use dies out about midway through the series, but is recalled in a Meaningful Echo by Light after Matsuda discovers he's Kira.
Light: Matsuda, you idiot! Who the hell do you think you're shooting at?!"
- "Survival Strategy" is revealed to be this in Penguindrum.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has "WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM!?" for all of Team Gurren as well as a number of Kamina's other catch phrases. He's essentially an in-universe Fountain of Memes.
- The amount of characters in Yu-Gi-Oh! that have said "Sore wa do kana?" ("Is that so?") in the original Japanese version is far too many, and it's not as common a phrase and you'd like.
- In The Avengers (1998) the phrases "How real will it feel" and "I thought I was seeing double" are said by several characters.
- "I have a bad feeling about this" makes an appearance in every Star Wars film, and most Expanded Universe stories, as does the Big "NO!". "I sense a disturbance in the Force" isn't too far behind, and neither is "The Force is strong" or "May the Force be with you".
Kyle Katarn: You always sense a disturbance in the Force.
- Arrested Development:
- Each character has said "That was a freebie" once.
- "I've made a huge mistake" started as one of Gob's, but by the end of the series everybody was saying it.
- Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Every time a story was told, after giving the premise the storyteller would say "Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society"
- Chespirito's two most famous examples, where the Phrase Catcher's are El Chapulín Colorado and El Chavo del ocho. "Oh, ¿y ahora quién podrá defenderme/ayudarme?" and "¡Tenía que ser el Chavo del Ocho!".
- All Daleks say, "Exterminate!", "Daleks are superior!", or "You will be exterminated!". Cybermen also have a habit of saying, "Delete!", though not to the extent of the Daleks and their share phrases.
- Happy Days had virtually everyone say "Sit on it!" (a rude, though non-profane, way of silencing someone, akin to "shut up").
- In Leverage, every member of the team has at one point said, "Seriously?" in similar same tones. The producer says he enjoys the spin they each put on it.
- The Mandalorian: All Mandalorians intone, "This is the way."
- Saturday Night Live: It would probably be easier to list the cast regulars and hosts who haven't gotten to deliver "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" than those who have.
- Star Trek: Some of them have to do with species.
- Vulcans say, "Live long and prosper". They also use words like "logical" and "therefore" a lot because their society is based on logic.
- Klingons say, "Today is a good day to die". They also use the word "honor" a lot and use "P'taq!" as an insult.
- Bajorans, especially their religious leaders, say, "Walk with the prophets" or "May the prophets guide you".
- Commanding officers, no matter what their species, tend to say, "Engage".
- Almost everybody says, "[Insert rank here]'s log."
- Many characters say, "I'm a/an [insert occupation here], not a/an [insert occupation that is not theirs here!]"
- Borg say, "We are Borg", "irrelevant", "You will be assimilated", "Resistance is futile", "Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own", and "Lower your shields and surrender your ships".
- Then there's a whole host of share phrases that have to do with technology:
- "[They're/he's/she's/description of people are] hailing (us)", "Incoming transmission", or "We're being hailed" whenever a message comes in. Usually, the captain responds with "Open a channel", "Onscreen!", or "Put it onscreen".
- Dragon Age: Inquisition has many characters who are fond of the utterance "Well, shit." It's even the name of one of Varric's companion sidequests.
- In Eternal Darkness, every playable character snaps themselves out of Sanity Meter induced Interface Screw with "This isn't really happening!"
- In The Last of Us Part II, members of the Washington Liberation Front use "May your survival be long/May your death be swift" as a common parting phrase and response. Sometimes the whole phrase is used, like at the end of a letter.
- Star Trek Logical Thinking: Characters who are not Spock often say, "I should reword my phrases/rethink what I'm trying to say.", "But I thought [name/pronoun] was making perfect sense!" and "The argument seemed to make sense."
- Both shows of Decoder Ring Theatre, the Red Panda Adventures and Black Jack Justice, have several expressions and turns of phrase that several characters use in certain circumstances.
- "An interesting point" is used when one character makes a point whoever they're taking to can't dispute.
- "In a nutshell" is used after another character has accurately summarized the situation.
- "I have the nuances" is a character acknowledging they have a rough idea what's going on, if not the details.
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged: "Crapbaskets" is Gohan's catchphrase, but Future Trunks picked it up from him. And in Episode of Bardock we see that Bardock also said it. Though that was a dream of Gohan's so it's likely just Gohan's subconscious making him say that.
- Dream: The hunters in Minecraft Manhunt can't go an episode without saying, "Oh, Dream!"
- "Hi" is the catchphrase of two separate Poogles (a red one and a pink one) who appear by Random Event.
- "Ugga" and "Ugg" are common words in the fictional Tyrannian language. The translation is unknown, since there seem to be several meanings (a disease called "Ugga-ugga", but at the same time "a-ugga" seems to mean "to return to", etc.)
- Bruces can appear via random event and say, "Have you tried the slushies? I hear they are awfully good!", "Brr! I'm freezing! I'm going home!", "Apparently, there is something going on at the top of the mountain," "Tally ho!", "Hi there!", "The Ice Caves are great... but watch out for the Frost Beast!", "I used to be a game show host once," "Who is throwing snowballs at me?!?", and "You must be freezing!".
- Petpets will say, "Oi! Don't swear! This site is family-friendly!" if you trip the profanity filter. They also say, "Bloop!", "Brrflp", and "Plllrr" a lot. Meepits in particular say, "Meep".
- Protectors of the Plot Continuum:
- Agents will say, "Charge" if they observe something that's blatantly charge-worthy.
- When reciting the charge list, agents will often say, "[Name], you are charged with [list of charges]" and, if the person being spoken to is to be killed, they'll end it with "Your punishment is death. Any last words?". Common phrases said during charging are "being a (optional adjective such as "massive" or "serious") [Mary Sue/Gary Stu]", "[annoying/pissing off, etc] two PPC agents", "causing [object or character] to [action]", and "impersonating [character name]".
- Buddy Thunderstruck: Several different characters will often yell out, "Fartnugget!" the same way a person would yell out an expletive.
- Miraculous Ladybug: Chloé's catchphrase of "Ridiculous! Utterly ridiculous!" is shown to be shared by her mother Audrey when the latter appears in season 2. The obvious implication is that Chloé learned it from Audrey.
- Peg + Cat: Different characters, but never Peg, sing the lyric "So everything is awesome" in the "Problem Solved" song.
- Phineas and Ferb:
- Someone, usually helping Phineas and Ferb with whatever their day's adventure is, will ask "Aren't you a little young/old/etc. to be [[doing whatever]?" and the answer is either, "Yes, yes I am"/"No, no I'm not." It eventually becomes such a recognizable phrase it's used for events outside that recurring gag as well.
- In basically every episode, someone will ask "Hey, where's Perry?" before the show switches to what Perry is up to.
- Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja: Randy has a collection of strange euphemisms and odd lingo that he uses so often that almost everyone around him uses it as well. Such as "What the juice?!"(an exclamation of confusion)"that's the cheese" (that's the best), "so honkin' bruce" (that's freaking awesome), "shnasty" (extremely gross), "shoob" (bad or uncool person) and "so wonk" (so lame)