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Basic Trope: A character seems to be about to say their Catch Phrase, but instead says something different (but not by accident).

  • Straight: Alice has a tendency to arrive just on time to save the day inexplicably. When asked how she got there, she will say her catchphrase: "Let's just say I get around." However, when she saves Bob and he says, "How did you get here?", she instead says, "Let's just say I... hacked the security system."
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  • Exaggerated: This happens more often than her actual catchphrase.
  • Downplayed: She does say, "Let's just say I get around", but she adds, "... and the fact that I hacked the security system helps too."
  • Justified:
    • Alice wanted to use some variety.
    • Normally, Alice's reason for saying she "gets around" is because she has a secret way of arriving, however, she does not particularly want to keep the fact that she hacked the security system to save Bob's secret.
    • Alternatively, Alice's secret way of arriving is normally impossible, so she had to use other methods.
  • Inverted: Nobody asked Alice how she got there, but she says, "Let's just say I get around" anyway, even though it would make more sense for her to say something different.
  • Subverted:
    • "Let's just say I hacked the—-I mean I get around."
    • It turns out that it was Carol disguised as Alice.
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    • It turns out that Alice only said that because she couldn't remember her catchphrase.
  • Double Subverted:
    • "Let's just say I hacked the—-I mean I get—-I mean I hacked the security system."
    • But then Alice comes, Bob manages to Spot the Imposter then asks Alice how she managed to arrive. Alice replies with, "Let's just say I... was dropped off by Dave."
    • She was lying or kidding about having forgotten the catchphrase.
  • Parodied: "Let's just say I... um, forgot what I'm supposed to say here."
  • Zig-Zagged:
    • "Let's just say I hacked the—-I mean I get—-I mean I hacked the security system, but also, I get around."
    • This happens:
      Bob: "How did you get here?"
      Alice: "Let's just say I hacked the security system."
      Bob: "What?! Normally you say, 'Let's just say I get around.'! I don't even know why I bothered to ask."
      Alice: "I forgot my catchphrase."
      Bob: "Really?!"
      Alice: "Nah"
      Second Alice: "That's my clone!" (Alice's clone runs away)
      Bob: "How did you get here?"
      Alice: "Let's just say I was dropped off by Dave, and also I get around."
  • Averted:
    • Alice doesn't have a catchphrase.
    • Alice says her catchphrase normally.
  • Enforced: The writers wanted a joke and believe the idea that "unexpected" equals funny.
  • Lampshaded: "I thought you were going to say, 'I get around.'"
  • Invoked: Dave forbids Alice from saying her catchphrase.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice decides that she'll always respond with her catchphrase when asked how she arrived anywhere.
  • Discussed: "And she always says, 'Let's just say I get around.' What if she said something else instead?"
  • Conversed: "That's odd. The character didn't say her catchphrase."
  • Implied: ???
  • Played for Laughs: Alice says a variety of these because she made a bet to go without saying her catchphrase. She acts hilariously awkward trying not to say her catchphrase and seems relieved when she can finally say it again.
  • Played for Drama: Alice had some sort of emotional crisis and feels her catchphrase doesn't suit her anymore.

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