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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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    Film — Animation 
  • The Jungle Book 2 uses Shanti's yelp from when Baloo scares her twice. Also her "Don't move" statement to Ranjan.
  • In Hercules:
    • Hercules' grunts the same way twice during the Hydra battle. The first time it was heard after he cuts of the Hydra's one and only head, then the second time as Herc slides down the cliffside only to be pinned by the Hydra's claw.
    • Hades' scream after Hercules frees Zeus, and later after Herc punches Hades into the River of Styx.
  • On Monsters, Inc., some many characters same audio clips are used twice (mostly from Boo) including Mike's pain scream (heard two times when Roz closes her office shutters on his hands and when Baby Smitty bites Mike's hand.), etc.
    • His pain scream is reused in Monsters University when Sulley warns him that Archie the Scare-Pig is a biter.
  • In Sleeping Beauty: Aurora's crying just before Maleficent enchants her is actually a sped-up clip of Dopey's crying over Snow White's apparent death from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • On The Sword in the Stone:
    • Whenever Wart stumbles or falls it's accompanied with the same "Wha...wait! Whoa!"
    • The gibbering noise the wolf makes whenever he falls down a hill.
    • The sound made when Crocodile Mim snaps her jaws shut is the exact same one heard whenever Maleficent slammed her staff on the ground or when her dragon form snapped its jaws.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • 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.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate always reused many voice clips from many games and previous Smash Bros. games.

    Web Animation 
  • Object Shows:
    • Battle for Dream Island: Exaggerated with Ice Cube, who speaks entirely in recycled lines. Needle used to do so as well until she got a new VA in episode 5 of season 2 and hasn't used recycled lines since then.
    • 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!
    • Contest for Millions of Thousands would constantly used the same collective "wow" sound effect whenever the contestants excitedly react to something.

    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 took over.
    • 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 recorded 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".
      • In "Stiff Upper Ed", Ed's line "But I can't dance, Eddy!" is reused from "Honor Thy Ed".
      • On "Here's Mud in Your Ed", Jonny and Sarah's lines "Touché!", "Jonny, get out of there!", "Holy moley!" and "GET UP, STUPID!" are reused from "Rent-a-Ed", "Shoo Ed", "It Came From Outer Ed" and "Thick as an Ed".
    • On the episode "See No Ed", Jonny's lines "Flutter around the mushrooms." and "I think I'll pass." are reused from "Shoo Ed" and "Over Your Ed" while Rolf's line "Bada boom! Ha ha ha ha! Do not ask Rolf to stop!" is reused from "Hot Buttered Ed" and Jimmy's line "I hear wedding bells." is also reused from "Honor Thy Ed".
      • In "From Here to Ed", Jimmy's lines "Farewell cruel world!", "Oh, my legs." and "My hair!" are reused from "Once Upon an Ed" and "Avast Ye Eds" while Ed and Edd's screaming clip is recycled from "Avast Ye Eds". Jonny's line "For crying out loud!" in the episode is later reused again on "Ed... Pass it On...".
  • 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 in the first three seasons of the show (For example: Heard twice on "I Had An Accident" when he crashes into a mountain (both video game and reality) and when he gets stung by a jellyfish).
      • Patrick's laugh from "Bubblestand" is reused in "I'm With Stupid".
    • 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.
    • His yelping from "The Whalers" is reused in many Mickey Mouse shorts and Goofy shorts until "How to Relax". Pluto did this on the short "Pluto's Christmas Tree", but only "Wow!" part is heard.
    • Goofy's "Ouch!" from "Lonesome Ghosts" is used in other shorts until "How to Relax". The slowed-down version of the audio clip is used in "Song of the South" heard two times.
    • His Painful yelling from "Boat Builders" is reused in other shorts until "How to Dance". The audio clip is used again on "Disneyland Around the Seasons".
    • The line "Somethin' wrong here" from "Lonesome Ghosts" is used again in the shorts "Goofy's Glider", "Baggage Buster", "No Sail", "Foul Hunting", "The Big Wash" and "Hold That Pose".
    • His yelp scream from "Boat Builders" is reused in other shorts until "How to Relax".
    • Goofy's scream from "Mickey's Service Station" is reused in other shorts until "For Whom the Bulls Toil". The scream is heard again on the Goof Troop episode "To Heir Is Human" by a customer. Donald also did the scream in the short "Frank Duck Brings 'em Back Alive".
  • Rugrats: Numerous...
    • Tommy's WAAAAH! AHHH! AAAAH! cry from "Touchdown Tommy" 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!) from "Regarding Stuie" that was used in several episodes from Seasons 2 to 4 until "America's Wackiest Home Movies" (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.
    • On the episode "Regarding Stuie", the same audio clip of Stu's "Goo-Goo." is used two times, Tommy's line "You guys." is also reused two times.
  • On Kablam, Henry's same screaming sound is used in many episodes
    • "Comics for Tomorrow Today" - When Henry tries to open a bag of Potato Stiks
    • A Little Dab'll Do Ya" - When Mr. Foot tries to put Henry through his armpit and when Henry tries to unclog Mr. Foot out of the toilet.
    • Won't Stick to Most Dental Work" - On one of the flashback scenes from "Your Real Best Friend" when Henry tries to escape a black widow's web.
    • Won't Crack or Peel" - When a hermit crab attacks Henry in its shell.
    • Tastes Like Paper" - When Henry and June trying to arm wrestle.
    • I Just Don't Get It" - When Henry being strangled by the Nutty Putty clone.
    • Get Sam Donaldson's Mystery Bag" - When Henry getting whacked multiple times by June.
    • Cramming Cartoons Since 1627" - When Henry tries to hold June's Dad.
  • 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 infant crying sound effect from Sound Ideas.
  • Peppa Pig has distinct crying sound effects for the younger kids. This is just George's.
  • The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police has the same sound for Max's screaming from "A Glitch in Time". This particular piece of audio was used in "We Drop At Dawn" and in "The Invaders"
  • On Dragon Tales, Ord and Cassie's gasp is recycled on many season one episodes.
    • Also Max's grunts is also recycled in many episodes for the first season.
    • The audio clips of Emmy and Max saying the rhyme to enter Dragon Land and when they use their rhyme to go back home is reused on many episodes, this applies to Enrique in the final season.
  • Little Bear:
    • Duck: various quacking sounds, grunting, laughing.
    • Owl: "OH, NOOOOOOOO!!!"note , various hooting sounds, "Whoaaaow!".
    • Little Bear: "Wow!," "Oh!,", "Yay!", various laughs, grunts and gasps.
  • On Caillou, the title character's crying sound from "Caillou Joins the Circus" is re-used in "Caillou's Teddy Shirt", "Caillou Learns to Skate", "Caillou Visits the Doctor" and "Caillou Makes a New Friend". His laughs are also re-used too in some season one episodes.
    • Caillou's "Oh!" from "Caillou's All Alone" is reused in "Caillou Joins the Circus".
      • Daddy's "Oh!" is reused on some season one episodes (For example: Heard in "Caillou Learns to Drive" when he gets all wet with his water hose when he gets startled by the horn honking).
      • The same voice clip of Rosie's crying is used on many season two episodes. Her same audio clip where she says "Daddy!" is also reused in many episodes for this second season.
  • 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 from the fall-down couch gag from the episode "Bart Gets an F" (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.
    • On "Homer's Barbershop Quartet", the same voice clip Young Bart and Baby Lisa's scream is used two times.
    • On "Homerazzi", Gabbo's same "Ay-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi!" is used two times when he sprays water out of his mouth at Homer.
    • In the Season 19 premiere "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs", Bart's same "D'oh" is used three times when Homer slaps him.
    • On "Krusty Gets Kancelled", Krusty's same "Ow!" is used two times when he hits himself over the head with the phone during Gabbo's Crank Call with him.
    • On "Realty Bites", Snake uses the same "Ow!" sound four times when he gets punched by Homer.
  • 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.
  • Peep and the Big Wide World:
    • The audio clip of Quack saying "Waaoh!" from "A Duck's Tale" is reused in the episode "Birds of a Feather".
    • Chirp's "Woah!" from "Shadow Play" is reused in the episode "Windy Day".
    • Tom's same "Merow!" sound clip from Shadow Play is reused in "Peep's Lost Leaf" and "That's A Cat".
  • Dora the Explorer:
    • Dora: "Hi, I'm Dora!" (used in many season one episodes), "¡Vamos!" (used in many season one episodes), various laughing and giggling
    • Boots: "Say Map! Say Map!", "Say Backpack! Say Backpack!", "Ooh Ooh Aah Aah!", various laughing and giggling
    • Swiper: "Oh Man!" (both two), "You're too late! Ha ha ha!", "You'll never find it now!", Sinister laughing (first heard in "Beaches")
  • The Backyardigans: Tyrone's gasps are reused in many episodes, Uniqua's gasps is also reused on many episodes. Some of the characters laughing is reused at the end of each episodes.
    • On "The Heart of the Jungle", Two of Tyrone, Pablo and Austin's tarzan yell clip are reused several times in the episode.
    • On "It's Great to Be a Ghost", Tyrone's "Boo!" and scream is used several times, Tasha's scream is also resued several times.
  • 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.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The part when Pinkie Pie gasps loud and very long when she first sees Twilight Sparkle in "Friendship is Magic, part 1" is reused multiple times: Later in the same episode when Rarity points out Princess Celestia is missing, in "Bridal Gossip" when the girls think they crushed Applejack in the tub, played in reverse for Fluttershy's inhaling in "Sonic Rainboom", as Mrs. Cake's voice in "A Bird in the Hoof" when Pinkie mooches Celestia's cupcake, and in "MMMystery on the Friendship Express" when Pinkie sees the Marzipan Mascarpone Meringue Madness has been eaten.
    • Fluttershy's squeaky "I'm Fluttershy" from "Friendship is Magic, part 1" is used again in "A Bird in the Hoof" when she sees Philomena Reduced to Dust.
    • Rarity's shocked yelp when she sees Twilight's mane frizzled in "Friendship is Magic, part 1" is reused for her excited laugh in "Sonic Rainboom".
    • Twilight screaming "PIIIINKIIIIEEEEE!!!" in "The Ticket Master" was reused in "Hearth's Warming Eve".
    • Scootaloo's "What are you, a dictionary?!" from "The Return of Harmony Part 1" was reused in "Family Appreciation Day".
  • 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. Another stock audio clip includes Mindy's "yay!"
  • The Ollie & Moon Show: In "The Italian Gelato Twist", when Ollie and Moon argue over how they pronounce "tomato", one of the voice clips of Moon saying "To-MAH-to!" is noticeably used twice.
  • The Golden Step-Ahead Video, Journey Through the Jungle of Words does this with two characters: Olivia Ostrich and Dualot the Jungle Princess panther.
    • Olivia's same screaming sound clip is used first when she and Groucho fall through the Trap Door of King Tut's Hut, and later on when she and Groucho fall off a cliff and into a muddy pool below.
    • Dualot's same Tarzan yell clip is used when she vine-swings over to check on the duo, and then again when she and Seealot swing away to King Solomon's Mind before Olivia and Groucho follow them.
  • Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: It's notable that the titular character's "wow", which he says every single chance he gets, are for the most part reused takes. According to "The Wow Reel", Wubbzy says "wow" in one form or another 843 times throughout all 52 episodes! That recycling should've kept his voice actress from going up the wall for the most part.
    • The other characters' catchphrases are also recycled voice clips, such as Walden's "Yes, yes, yes!", Widget's "That wasn't supposed to happen!", Daizy's "Lavender lollipops!" plus a clip of her singing the background music that usually plays when she is on screen, and a Running Gag scenario when an orange squared kid says "That's koo-oo-ooky!" the exact same way every time when an unpredictable event happens, though sometimes the "That's" is edited out.
  • 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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