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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- In the Motu Patlu episode "The Devil Toothpaste", the GermiGarmi Plus toothpaste has a tendency to say "Ding-di-ding!"
- Empty, from Dick Tracy, prefaced almost everything he said with "As a matter 'a fact".
- 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."