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Sometimes in cartoons, a character may say the same line over and over, with the same recording of the same line. There is a variation in which two characters may get into an argument (Duck Season, Rabbit Season) and use the same sound clip. A subtrope of Catchphrase and Stock Sound Effect, and an audio variation on Stock Footage. Also common in video games, where it usually becomes annoying.



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  • A Hong Kong martial-arts movie titled Hapkido, in its original English dub, referred to the titular martial art as "kung fu". It was later redubbed to correct this— but rather than redubbing the dialogue completely, the dubbers just pasted the word "hapkido" over "kung fu". It's frequently the same recording of the word— even when several different characters are saying it. It must be seen to be believed.
  • In "Humanoids From the Deep" during the attack on the carnival at the end, you hear the same audio of a woman screaming followed by a little boy saying "Mommy!" multiple times.
  • Heat does this when a certain character says "Get down." in the same manner.
  • In Mr Nice Guy where a mob boss fights a rival gang called "Demons", Diana (who has the tape) and her accomplice Richard escape. Diana says "Richard, hurry!" twice in the same manner.

    Live-Action TV 

  • In the Doctor Who serial The Chase during the Daleks' fight with the Mechanoids all the lines spoken by the Daleks were from earlier in the serial (in fact mostly from their first scene in the first episode).
  • Inverted in a Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch, where a vox pop interviewee (Eric Idle) is stuck in a rut (stuck in a rut, stuck in a rut). Instead of replaying the same dialogue over and over, Idle just repeats the phrase.

    Radio Drama 
  • The Lone Ranger always used the same recording of Earle Graser shouting "Hi yo Silver, away!" — even after Graser's death and replacement by another actor.

    Video Games 
  • For some reason, several lines of dialogue in Warcraft III are taken from the speaking unit's voiceset, most notably with Sylvanas.
  • Super Mario Bros. games regularly reuse voice over clips from Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Fox Hunt does this in Discs 2 and 3, where Jack, after winning the blackjack card game says "Yeah, the chicks dig me." The same line was said in the Dummied Out cinematic where he works for The Wolf.

    Web Animation 
  • Battle for Dream Island: Exaggerated with Ice Cube, who speaks entirely in recycled lines.
    • Needle used to do so as well, but she got a new VA in episode 5 of season 2. She hasn't used recycled lines since.
  • Similarly, Inanimate Insanity's Balloon spoke entirely in recycled lines after his elimination in season 1, but he started to use new lines once he found out he joined the competition in season 2.
    Balloon: Well, now that I've joined the season, I figured I might as well start saying actual stuff again!

    Western Animation 
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    • Muriel: Two recordings of "Oh my!", one somewhat exasperated, one surprised.
    • Eustace: "Stupid dog!", "OOGA BOOGA BOOGA!", "What's- huh?", "Blah blah blah," various laughs and grumbles. These were used even after the original actor, Lionel Wilson, retired and Arthur Anderson started voicing Eustace.
    • Courage: The majority of his sounds are stock clips, especially after he speaks far less from season two on. "Oh no!", his whining noise, his scream, the oddly low-pitched laugh, "The things I do for love!", "Muriel, I'll save you!", and babbling all sound the same each time you hear them. It's quite possible that Marty Grabstein recoded one session and never stepped into the studio again.
    • All characters: screaming. Sometimes other characters use the same low-pitched laugh as Courage.
    • Dr. Vindaloo: What is up with that?
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Has tons of 'em, usually laughs and other comical sounds the characters made are recycled.
    • Ed: "Gravy!", "Cool!"
    • Edd: "I'm surrounded by idiots." , "Oh dear!"
    • Rolf: "Aaaawhoooo!", "Your garden is overgrown and your cucumbers are soft!", "Shaklava!" "You crazy!", laughing
    • Nazz: "This is stupid." In fact, most of her dialog in the first season is a sound clip of her laughing.
    • Kevin: "Dork!"
    • Jimmy: "And it was such a cute squirrel, too," "Ouch!" "Wah-ha-ha-haaaa" (that whiny crying he does from time to time, such as getting hoodwinked by Eddy with "Smilyville" or after getting maimed by his own eyelash curler).
    • Sarah often makes a distinctive growl, usually as she's about to beat somebody up.
      • In the episode "Stop, Look and Ed", Jonny's lines "Listen to the clams gurgle in the bucket, Plank." and "Gesundheit!" are reused from two episodes "Who, What, Where, Ed" and "Key to My Ed".
  • The Roadrunner's "Meep Meep". The practice is parodied in The Simpsons in the episode "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", when one of the people working on the Itchy & Scratchy show claims that not only did Warners reuse a single "Meep Meep", they actually had the voice artist say "Meep" once and then doubled it up.
  • Futurama:
    • The exact same scream is used every time Amy falls over.
    • The episode "Brannigan, Begin Again" used a recording of the judge calmly saying "I'm going to allow this" several times, in increasingly odd circumstances.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Candace: several different screams, "Meep...".
    • Perry: chattering.
    • Isabella: "Whatcha doin'?".
    • Bob Weber: "OK!"
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
    • Frequently has an off-screen guy shout "My leg!," usually as the series equivalent of That Poor Cat.
      • Parodied in one episode in which a character screams about pain in his eyes, only to momentarily stop to nonchalantly say, "Also, my leg."
    • Patrick's scream is even recycled on first three seasons of the show.
    • SpongeBob's Signature Laugh.
    • Mr. Krabs' scream from "Squeaky Boots" is reused in "Patty Hype" and "Squilliam Returns".
  • The Angry Beavers has Daggett's famous scream, "Whoo!"
  • Disney has the Goofy Holler. ("Waah-hoo-hoo-hooey!") Used mostly on the Goofy shorts (natch), but pops up on the animated features, theme parks, and even the live-action films.
  • Rugrats: Numerous...
    • Tommy's WAAAAH! AHHH! AAAAH! cry is recycled in several episodes, along with a few other sounds of the kids crying.
    • Tommy also has a distinct giggle that's used in numerous episodes, primarily in Seasons 2 to 5.
    • There's also the same recording of Stu screaming (like a girl!) that was used in several episodes from Seasons 2 to 4 (including most famously the "chocolate pudding" bit from "Angelica Breaks a Leg.")
    • Chas also has his own high girlish scream that's often reused, and Drew and Charlotte have their own recurring stock screams as well.
  • Much of Tom's screams and yelps are recycled throughout the many shorts he has appeared in. Many of them were voiced by co-creator William Hanna.
  • In an episode of American Dad!, Stan accidentally discovers the joys of A Date with Rosie Palms while trying to treat an injury to his groin. The same ludicrously over-the-top scream is recycled every time he orgasms.
    • Another episode "Stan Knows Best" had Hayley do the exact same grunt and scream when she is first stuffed into a sack by government agents and later when Francine pulls duct tape off her mouth.
  • Lampshaded in the latter-day Bugs Bunny cartoon Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers, where the badly drawn and animated alien dopplegangers of Daffy, Elmer and Sam constantly repeat (respectively) "You're despicable," "I'm hunting wabbits" and "Rackafrackin' varmint" ad nauseum. Bugs, collecting the lookalikes to get rid of them, calls them "broken records."
  • The Magic School Bus had a number of stock audio clips, including a stock laugh, stock scream, and especially a stock cheer which always sounds like "waa-haa! Whoo! Yaaay!"
    • The stock cheer was so popular it could even be heard on other Nelvana programs from the same era.
  • On Arthur, the title character's trademark gasp has been continually recycled long after his original voice actor was replaced.
    • Also his trademark laugh from his original voice actor was also recycled throughout the years.
      • Kate's crying is this due to being a same stock crying sound effect.
  • Peppa Pig has distinct crying sound effects for the younger kids. This is just George's.
  • On Dragon Tales, Ord and Cassie's gasp is recycled on all season one episodes.
    • Also Max's grunts is also recycled on all season one episodes.
  • Little Bear:
    • Duck: various quacking sounds.
    • Owl: "OH, NOOOOOOOO!!!", various hooting sounds.
    • Little Bear: "Wow!," "Oh!," various laughs, grunts and gasps.
  • On Caillou, The title character's crying sound is re-used in some season one episodes.
    • Also his Laughs are also re-used too in some season one episodes.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Sideshow Bob's infamous shudder after stepping on a rake, first used in "Cape Feare".
    • Homer's trademark "D'oh!" was reused twice in many episodes for the same voice clip (For example: Used on "Marge in Chains" by his brain after he says "My name is Mr. Burns!").
    • Nelson's "Ha ha!" laugh from "Lisa's Rival" is re-used on occasion.
    • In "Barting Over", Homer uses the exact same voice clip of threatening "Why you little!" four times in a 15-second period.
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law uses the same clip of Peter Potamus saying "What the?" whenever he's exposed mid-coitus for the first three seasons, even long after he'd changed to a completely different voice than the one saying the line. It's not until the fourth season that they re-recorded it with Chris Edgerly instead of Joe Alaskey.
  • The Garfield Show: And how! The show LOVES this trope to the point where you could make a drinking game for each time you hear a recurring laugh or cry.
    • You can guarantee that you'll hear Garfield's "Hoo-hoo-hoo-ha-ha-ha" laugh used somewhere in EVERY episode.
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series: Stitch's drawn out "Hi!" from the original film is used in various episodes as a regular greeting for him.
  • Ready Jet Go! uses the same stock audio clip of Sean (voiced by William Ainscough) screaming every time the gang goes into space, even after Sean was recasted. Fans dub this "The William Scream". Another stock audio clip includes Mindy's "yay!"

  • The Wilhelm scream is probably the most famous example of this.
  • There's stock background radio noise, including one that sounds like "Seventy-Eight Straight Track Cupcake".
  • That outrageously overused sound of a cat screeching: "Mrrr-EEOOOWWW!!" Sometimes, not just the one screech, but several from that one stock audio track.


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Why, You Little!

In "Barting Over," Homer is put on trial and uses the same shout of "Why, you little!" four times in a row.

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