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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 instalment, that's an Episode Tagline.


See Arc Words for when the phrase is a dramatic element of the story.


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  • 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.
  • Ninja Slayer has several, including the particularly odd battle cry of "YEEART!
    • Domo, _______-san. My name is _______.
    • Sayonara!
    • Aieee!
    • Oh Buddha/Buddha Fuck!
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has "WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM!?" as well as a number of Kamina's other catch phrases. There's a reason the man is one of the vanishingly rare in-universe examples of Fountain of Memes.

     Fan Works 
  • In The Keys Stand Alone, after John talks about teaching muggers not to fuck with Nine Thousands (not long before, he'd heard someone scream that three of the four scanned at Over Nine Thousand), all four end up using the phrase “Don't fuck with Nine Thousands” on multiple occasions.

  • 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.

  • Flora And Ulysses: Characters exclaim with "Holy bagumba!" and "Holy unexpected occurrences!".
  • Winnie-the-Pooh:
    • The characters tend to favour the word "anxious" for some reason.
    • Using the word "brain" as a synonym for "intelligence", e.g. Pooh's self-description as "a bear of very little brain".
  • The Witch Family: Some phrases are coined by Amy or the witches, but then spread to the rest of the cast:
    • "Banquish" — a portmanteau of "banish" and "vanquish".
    • "Be" in the place of "is", similar to pirate talk, as a way of showing respect.
    • "Representatiff" instead of "representative".
    • Describing non-magical humans as "real, right, regular" humans.
    • Referring to magical situations as "hurly-burlies".

     Live Action TV  
  • 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"
  • Breaking Bad: "So there's that."
  • Castle: "Shut the front door!"
  • Doctor Who:
    • "I'm/you're/she's fine."
    • "It's bigger on the inside" as directed at the Phrase Catcher TARDIS.
    • "Well, here we go again" has become this for regeneration episodes.
    • 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").
  • House
    • "You idiot!"
    • "You're/he's/she's an idiot."
    • "Everybody lies."
    • "I lied."
    • "Goodbye, House."
  • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: "Lets Make it Showy/Flashy."
  • Kamen Rider Double: "Now, count up your crimes!"
  • Laverne & Shirley: Everyone, but especially the title characters, say, "vodeo-dodo" as an Unusual Euphemism for sex.
  • Letterkenny has a few amongst residents of the titular town.
    • "Pitter patter, let's get at 'er".
    • "How're ya now?" "Good'n'you?" "Not's'bad". A common greeting amongst all residents.
    • "Just kidding, we don't give a fuck."
  • 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," for reasons similar to the Bajorans of a rival franchise (below).
  • The Monkees: "Don't do that."
  • In the US version of The Office: "That's what she said!"
    • Some might call this a [1] since in the couple times that someone other than Michael says it, they're imitating him for some ironic or dramatic reason
  • 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.
  • Sesame Street: "Oh, hi/hello, welcome to Sesame Street" said at the beginning, and "Sesame Street was brought to you by the letter [letter] and the number [number]. Sesame Street is a production of the Children's Television Workshop" at the end.
  • 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".
      • "X to Y." "Y here." Said when using communicators or combadges.
      • "Computer, locate [name]."
      • On the holodeck: "Computer, freeze/end program!"
      • "Hailing frequencies open." (Commonly associated with Uhura, but frequently also said by Worf, Data, and Hoshi.)
    • "Belay that order" is common among captains and other officers capable of giving orders.
    • Characters insult by threatening to "Toss you out the nearest airlock!".
  • Worzel Gummidge: "I believe you; thousands wouldn't", said by at least two people.
  • It's very common for hosts on news programs and talk shows to use the phrase "Take a look." when calling attention to video that they have set up.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • "Let me tell you something."
  • "There's no crying in wrestling!"
  • "There's no timeouts in wrestling!"
  • "Tonight in This Very Ring!"
  • "This ain't ballet!"


     Video Games 
  • 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 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.

     Visual Novel 
  • Ace Attorney: "Objection!"
    • Justified as they are all lawyers.

     Web Animation 
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • "Son of a bitch!", said whenever someone's being fatally or near-fatally shot at or (more typically) blown up. There's a montage video showing pretty much nothing but people saying "Son of a bitch!" and other variants ("Madre de dios!" for Lopez, for example) on one of the DVDs.
    • "That doesn't seem physically possible!", said first in response to a claim that a man was "beat to death with his own skull", then said in a flashback by the man who was being beaten to death with his own skull.
  • 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."

  • Many lines in Homestuck, such as "That's all there is to say on the matter" and "You cannot hope to defeat [character] in a [verb]-off. He is simply the best there is."
  • "HOORAY FOR POKEY!!" and "YES!!" are used constantly, and by just about everyone, in Pokey the Penguin.

     Web Original 
  • 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!"
  • My Little Pony in a Nutshell: "What the hay?"
  • Neopets:
    • "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]".
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: "Shut up, Mokuba." Though this shifts to Phrase Catcher.

     Western Animation 
  • Many lines on Archer.
    • That is just classic Mother.
    • Sploosh.
    • Danger Zone.
    • What the shit?
    • That is exactly how you get ants.
    • Phrasing.
  • Buddy Thunderstruck: Several different characters will often yell out, "Fartnugget!" the same way a person would yell out an expletive.
  • Futurama: "Well, we're boned."
  • Johnny Test: "Didn't see that coming."
  • Little Princess: "Oh dear", said by normally the adults but sometimes the Princess.
  • The Loud House has "Dang it!" for practically everyone.
  • 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:
    • "Aren't you a little young/old/etc. to be (whatever the person is doing)?" and "Yes, yes I am"/"No, no I'm not."
    • "Hey, where's Perry?"
    • "Hey [character]. Watcha doin'?" note 
  • 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)
  • Wild Kratts has "To the creature rescue!". Or occasionally, to the rescue of somebody else.

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