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Verbal Tic
aka: Spoon Speaker

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"Holy *tik* shrew! Lookit! She's my size — with *tik* wings! I told you I sensed *tik* insect thoughts! Princess, I think I'm *tik* in love!"
Bug from Micronauts, on Wasp

An exceptionally (Narf!) odd Catchphrase used to the point it seems more like a bodily emission than speaking. This is often a single nonsense word added at the end of sentences, well past the expected formal variations in speech, eh? It can, ah say, it can also be a word, sound, or phrase that, like, shows up in various places in a character's dialogue. In Japanese, character tics that occur at the end of sentences are referred to as "kyara-gobi" (キャラ語尾, chara(cter) word/sentence ending).


If a character's verbal tic slips (usually as a sign that things are serious), then it's Verbal Ticked. Contrast with Strange-Syntax Speaker, where the character is using language rules unknown to others. See also Character Tics, for similar idiosyncrasies applied to physical behavior. A musical variant is Lyrical Tic. Third-Person Person is a specific tic where the speaker refers to themselves in third-person.


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    Asian Animation 
  • In the Motu Patlu episode "The Devil Toothpaste", the GermiGarmi Plus toothpaste has a tendency to say "Ding-di-ding!"

    Comic Strips 
  • Empty, from Dick Tracy, prefaced almost everything he said with "As a matter 'a fact".

  • Cacophony from Jemjammer calls others "my dear" and "my love" quite often. Her compatriot Jylliana doesn't like it too much.
  • Rudyard from Wooden Overcoats tends to start sentences with, "Now, look here...", even when answering the phone.

    Puppet Shows 
  • For Niles Standish on Crank Yankers, "Let me just ask you" or "Let me ask you this" and "Yes, yes?"
  • Harry the Bunny has a tendency sometimes to say "Mm-hmm" or "Mm-hmm, mm-hmm."
  • The Skeksis Chamberlain in The Dark Crystal has "Hmmmmmmmm!"
  • Policarpo Avendaño on 31 Minutos has a tendency to say "Top-Top-Top" to the infinity, no matter what is happening.

  • Neddie Seagoon (Harry Secombe) from The Goon Show frequently fills the time the audience laughs at someone else's joke at him by simply going whatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhat... until the laughter fades.
    • Please... don't do that with your head on.
  • On Hello Cheeky, a parody of David Frost started every sentence with "Hello", a reference to David Frost's alleged Catchphrase "Hello, good evening and welcome".
  • Secretary Mildred Murfin in The Men from the Ministry has a habit of saying "righty-ho" in the place of "right away". Also Mr. Crawley from the neighbor office always forgets names of basic everyday things and calls them "Whats-It's-Names."


Alternative Title(s): Spoon Speaker, Tic Talker, Needs More Desu


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