Follow TV Tropes


Verbal Tic / Western Animation

Go To

  • Katnappé from Xiaolin Showdown is chock-full of puns of a feline nature. She proceeds to use them all the time.
  • Pinky from Pinky and the Brain had quite a few of these phrases, including "Narf", "Zort", "Poit", and after an episode involving mirrors, "Troz" (Pinky holds a piece of paper that reads "ZORT" on it up to the mirror to come up with that one, and it sticks). Some episodes give him a different word to say ("Fjord!" "Hark!" "Natch!" "Glarb!" "Merp!") Brain is not entirely immune either, as he frequently adds an over-emphatic "Yes!" after his sentences, for no particular reason.
    • There's also Bobby Bob Boffo the stupid man who works at the White House, he'll often say "Did" in the middle of his sentences and "Diddy" at the end of them.
  • The Gloops from Blinky Bill gulp during their dialogue.
  • The versions of Mega Man and Kid Icarus seen in Captain N: The Game Master affix the prefix "Mega-" and the suffix "-icus", respectively, to half the words that come out of their mouths. Game Boy is even worse, as Seanbaby points out in an issue of EGM-Not only does he make electronic beeps and blorts completely at random, he does it because he likes to-he moves his digital lips to accompany.
  • Megatron from Transformers: Beast Wars had a habit of finishing sentences with a drawn out yeessss, or occasionally, nnooo. (Not of the Big "NO!" variety, a very smooth one.) Watch here. This is because Megatron's Achilles' Heel happens to be his overblown sense of drama, yeeessssssss...
    • Wazzzpinator speak strange! Annoys reader-bot!
    • Shrapnel repeats the last word of his sentences, sentences.
    • Mixmaster did something similar on one occasion, and can Never Live It Down. It's a pretty characterful tic, you gotta admit; he repeats the first syllable of the last word/noun of a sentence, i.e. "auto-auto-auto-bots!", AND it sort of fits his name. It's a shame he didn't stick with it.
    • Armada Tidal Wave has a penchant for beginning or ending (sometimes both) sentences with his own name. He's also a Hulk Speaker, and the fandom can never quite decide if he's that stupid, or if it's just some kind of speech impediment. In the original Japanese, Tidal Wave (called Shockwave) kept that tic when he upgraded to Mirage (called Shockfleet). He ended all his sentences with "Shock!". However, in the American dub Mirage didn't have the tic.
    • Advertisement:
    • After being given his name, Wreck-Gar of Animated begins every sentence that pertains to himself with "I am Wreck-Gar!" The original Wreck-Gar, along with all the other Junkions, spoke almost exclusively in TV catch-phrases. As they put it "We talk TV!" This stems from the Junkions learning to speak by watching old television broadcasts from Earth.
      Wreck-Gar: Yes friends, act now, destroy Unicron! Kill the Grand Poobah! Eliminate even the toughest stains!
    • "Me Grimlock!"
    • Even in the Transformers: Shattered Glass Universe, I, Grimlock, who is gifted with remarkable intelligence and a delightfully wry sense of humor, still speak with certain linguistic idiosyncrasies. Mustn't complain too much, wot?
      • Nyeah! Shattered Glass Nightbeat talks like an exaggerated version of Edward G. Robinson, see?
    • In the Japanese dub of Beast Wars, this was used to fill up every moment when no one was speaking, and several when someone was. For example, Silverbolt ended every sentence with desu, even though in the original, he's either in mid-conversation or silently brooding. We know he's a Large Ham, but come on.
      • Also in the Japanese-dub, Quickstrike had two of these - he'd end sentences with "gicchon" (Japanese for "snippety!"), and the cobra head on his tail would end with "ko", "bura", or "kobura" (verging on Pokémon Speak). And then there was Cheetor, who'd make a growling noise.
      • Scorponok often made the sound "ora" for no apparent reason, while Waspinator would end his sentences with a "buuun" sound (which I'm assuming is the Japanese onomatopoeia for buzzing).
    • Advertisement:
    • Warpath from the original cartoon had it so bad - it was rare to hear him go more than four or five words without a pow or zowie.
    • Mention of Omega Supreme: Not found. Problem: easily corrected.
    • Soundwave: Superior. Omega Supreme: Inferior.
    • In the Marvel comic, Runamuck tended to give a short laugh at the end of each sentence, heh-heh.
    • In the IDW comics, Getaway *BOMP* had a fairly noticeable one.
    • Blurrspeakssuperfast!
    • Wheelie seems to rhyme his sentences all the time!
    • Beast Wars Inferno thought he was an actual ant. As such, the base is called the colony, Megatron is the Queen, the other Predacons are drones, and those who threaten the colony shall BUUUUUUUURN! FOR THE ROYALTY!
      Megatron: Inferno, aid Quickstrike.
      Inferno: Yes, my Queen.
      Dinobot: I was not aware you had given yourself a new title.
      Megatron: [quickly] The ant has faulty programming, but his loyalty is without question.
    • While on the topic of Transformers, let's remind ourselves of all of the Transformers Animated examples! Although most of them are a little more "Talks complete gibberish" than "Verbal Tic", it still happens!
      • In the Japanese version of the series, Lugnut feels the need to say "ttsu" in every sentence.
      • Speaking of Lugnut, his fanatic loyalty makes for some interesting lines, especially if he is saying anything in regards to his grand and GLORIOUS leader.
      • Me Grimlock talk just like G1.
      • Wazzzzpinator also takes voice from source material. Still annoys reader-bot!
      • Blurrhasatendencytotalksofastpeoplecanbarelyunderstandhimjustlikeintheoriginalcartoon! (He is voiced by the fastest talking person ever, John Moschitta Jr.)
      • Jazz speaks in beatnik slang, you dig?
      • Jetstorm & Jetfire speak insanely broken Engrish. Although it does sound more like a "second language" deal when coupled with the Russian accents.
      • Blitzwing has three different faces, each with its own unique voice, which isn't a Verbal Tic. Switching between them at a moment's notice, occasionally mid-sentence? That's more like it.
      • The Starscream clones embody aspects of Starscream's personality. Ramjet is NOT a compulsive liar, and even if he were, he would NOT turn that into a verbal tic! What? He is? He does? I never said that he didn't!
      • Perceptor has a "Stephen Hawking"-esque voice (it's actually the same software being used to create his lines.). The AllSpark Almanac says it's because he deleted his emotions and personality to make room for more knowledge in his brain, though in the show he's more of a Tin Man.
      • Warpath (Bam, Pow) talks really weird like he has tourettes and causes him to mutter Onomatopoetic words related to Stuff Blowing Up. Less so than G1, at least in the show.
      • Listen up, ya mooks! Yous palookas are gonna join Dirt Boss' crew, and you're gonna like it!
      • LOL Da H34DM4S73R is L33t wit hs 1nt3rn37 sl4n9
      • Slo-Mo likes to use a synonym for anything.
      • Yon Angry Archer has a preferably dry wit outmatched by his silver tongue.
    • And then the post-series comics made for certain events add more, with new characters and sometimes fleshing out the background 'bots:
      • Beachcomber, like totally talks like a surfer dude, ya dig?
      • Subject: Dug Base! Speech Quirk: Obvious! This makes him sound more like G1 Soundwave than even Animated Soundwave did, as Animated Soundwave speaks in the same pretty vocoded monotone but is able to give full sentences.
      • Wheelie has nothing wrong with his voice, for this fate he shall rejoice! His rhyming speech sounds foreign to none— it's the very same way that he spoke in G1!
      • Pipes and-a Huffer always talk-a like Italian stereotypes. They've basically been reimagined as Autobot Mario and Luigi.
      • Carrera is a nutcase. There. He talks like a sports announcer all the time. But, weirdly enough, Bumper thinks this will lower his chances of being a sports announcer. Sarcasm Mode much?
      • Glyph can't help but recite phrases mì languages lahe ayswirä.
      • Cyclonus likes to swoop in like a vast predatory bird and close a sentence with a Furmanism. Can he do less? Also, he likes to give a short, sharp lesson to any Autobots and place them them a world of pain and he cannot, will not die screaming. He knows the end is near but he never did want to live forever. Well, his section's over now, so time he wasn't here! (For those who are confused, Simon Furman, noted Transformers comic writer tends to use these types of sentences in his comics.)
      • Toxitron no am talk like Bizarro from Superman comics.
    • Fixit, of Robots in Disguise, might want to see a speech theremin. Therapod. Therapist!
  • Teen Titans
    • Beast Boy tends to randomly add Dude to his sentences.
    • Starfire was also prone to this, yes? She also does not talk in contractions. Her Teen Titans Go! counterpart has the tendency to add "the" in the most of the sentences.
  • In Gravedale High, Frankentyke has one, man!
  • Fred Fredburger in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. Yes! Along with Irwin, yo.
    • It seems to be a family trait for the people on Irwin's dad's side of the family, as Dick (Irwin's father) often uses the word "Dude" while Tanya (Dick's mother and Irwin's paternal grandmother) says "baby" a lot, mostly when referring to her loved ones. There have actually been conversations between Irwin and his dad consisting entirely (or mostly) of "Dude" and "Yo."
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show has Daisy the Cow, who has a tendency to quietly say "moo" at the end of his sentences.
  • South Park uses verbal tics as a large part of its characterization and humor:
    • Mr. Mackey, mmmkay? In one episode, he's speaking Spanish, and ends his sentences with "mmmbien"?
    • Jimmy has a habit of saying "very much" at the end of sentences, very much.
    • Timmy's Pokémon Speak of "TIMMEH!"
    • Mr. Slave has "Jesus Christ!"
    • Cartman says "seriously" both in the correct usage ("Seriously, you guys!"), and also where anyone else would normally say "serious" ("I'm being seriously!").
    • Chef always uses the word "children" even when he's referring to a single child.
    • Magician and cult leader David Blaine tends to end sentences with "twaaa."
    • Their parody of Mickey Mouse ended all of his sentences with his signature "huh-HUH!" laugh. This is kind of disturbing when he's kicking a Jonas Brother until he bleeds.
    • In an early-season episode, the plane'arium director / baddie hypnotist fibs that he has a medical condition that prevents him from pronouncing the "T" in plane'arium. He was hoping to one day get a bone-marrow transplant (he pronounced that fine).
    • Michael "Jefferson" randomly inserts "Hee-hee!", "Ohhh!", "Chamone!", and "Ditabederjah!" into his sentences. He also constantly calls things "ignorant" when he's unhappy.
    • The "vampire" leader in the episode "The Ungroundable" frequently ends his sentences with "per se," per se.
    • The bikers in "The F Word" tend to randomly make motorcycle revving noises.
    • The pimps in "Butters' Bottom Bitch" end most statements with, "You know what I'm sayin'?" Butters interprets it literally and keeps assuring them that he can understand what they're saying. He adopts the habit as well, asking literally, "Do you know what I am saying?"
    • Cartman and Butters think that all Chinese people begin sentences with "Forgive-a-ness, prease!" and "Excuse, prease!"
    • Darryl Weathers and his crew of hicks are famous for their angry shout of "THEY TOOK OUR JOBS!" which, the more they say it, degenerates into gibberish: "DEY TERK ER JERBS!" "DURKUR DURR!"
    • Tweek Tweak has small screams and exclamations like "Oh Jesus!" randomly scattered through his dialogue.
  • Family Guy:
  • Chuck White from American Dad!, ha-HA!
  • In an episode of Spongebob Squarepants, the titular character gets stuck in "Rock Bottom," where everyone interjects "thbbbbbt" noises randomly into their sentences, and can't understand the "accent" of anyone who doesn't do the same.
  • Thunder Cats
    • Snarf often ends his sentences with his own name. Snarfer did it with his name as well. (And as far as we know that is his name. Most uncreative parents ever.)
    • Slythe was also fond of adding "yessss?" to the end of his sentences.
      • This is because his true tic was Sssssnaketalk. Apparently Viewers Are Morons and won't realize it if he can't do it with every line ever, so if there aren't any enough sibiliants to drag out, he'll have a non-sequitur "yessss" thrown in for him to do it with, yesssss?
    • The Berzerkers would repeat the last word or phrase of a sentence a couple of times (a couple of times! a couple of times!)
    • Ben Gali tended to growl. It was half Narm, half sexy.
    • Chilla had to use ice puns as often as possible.
    • Captain Cracker made an "eeeeeee" sound during his dialogue.
  • G.I. Joe: Multiple:
    • Serpentor debatably had such a tic, as he took his Catchphrase to tic-like levels. THIS, I COMMAND!
    • Metal-Head also tended out to yell "FIRE! FIRE!" and/or "BANG! BANG! BANG!" Granted, it was because the numerous missile pods strapped to his limbs and shoulders were voice activated, but he really liked Stuff Blowing Up. To where he kinda couldn't help it any more, more than once getting so excited just THINKING about it, he accidentally launched several missiles while still in a Cobra base.
  • The Boondocks: Flonominal ends nearly every sentence with "Naw mean?". In an episode where Riley and Granddad watch too much BET, they can't stop interspersing and ending their sentences with "Y'feel me?" and "dog". And of course there is Riley overuse of the N-word, regardless of wether is interlocutor is black or not, as if it was a kind of punctuation.
  • One episode of The Tick featured a tribe of pseudo-Aztecs who said "-itlan" at the end of each sentence. (They were actually an abandoned soccer team who got their knowledge of Aztec culture from a badly written pulp novel.) They were doing it on purpose, to sound more Aztec. When Carmelita asked what all the "itlan" nonsense is, the team captain calls out to the rest of them, "I declare that we shall all stop saying itlan, itlan!"
    • The Sewer Urchin definitely says definitely, definitely!
  • King of the Hill:
  • The Simpsons
    • Ned Flanders peppers ran-diddly-andom words with odd sounds like "diddly" and "doodly". It runs in his extended family, and Ned even writes the "diddly" part of his speech. In "Hurricane Neddy", his Angrish turns to a jumble of "-diddly doodly-" until he lashes out at the town ("Aw hell diddly-ding-dong crap! Can't you morons do anything right?) and the tic disappears for a while. It's revealed to be an ineffective outlet for his repressed anger after being spanked as a child.
    • That guy who goes Eeeh-yeeesss (based on comedic actor Frank Nelson).
    Yes Guy: Eeeh-yeeesss?
    Homer: Do you have a table for the mayor?
    Yes Guy: Eeeh-yeeeeesss!
    Homer: Why do you talk that way?
    Yes Guy: Ny-I had a stroooke!
    • In the episode "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)" there's a Southern colonel who adds "I say" into the middle of every other sentence, for example "Sir, I say Sir, it's time for our duel!" This is based on Senator Claghorn from Fred Allen's hugely popular radio show, whom then served as the inspiration for Foghorn Leghorn.
    • Er, ah, Mayor, er, ah, Quimby. Whose accent and speech patterns were based on the late Senator Ted Kennedy.
    • Marge's disapproving "Hrrmmm..." and Homer's annoyed/despairing "Ohhhh...!"
    • Professor GLAYVEN-MAYVEN Frink. Oh, for Glayven out loud! With a heaping helping of Oh God, with the Verbing!. It's all a parody of Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor.
    • Reverend-uh Lovejoy-uh, whose low monotone voice and habit of voicing the last consonant of important words mimics the typical charismatic Southern preacher. Praise the Lord-uh!
  • Kevin French from Mission Hill has a tendency to say "bling, blong" whenever he's nervous or trying to concentrate on something.
  • Animaniacs
    • The Director. And all his wacky henchmen with the "HOY-yal!" and "Freunleven!" This is because The Director is a parody of Jerry Lewis.
    • Yakko tends to stammer/draw out the word "I" when it begins a sentence to emphasize discomfort or, well, to just sound a little more sarcastic, leading to, "Yaaaaaaaaahhhhh I don't think so," or variations thereof. If the sentence doesn't start with "I" he'll just take on a long "Ahhhh" at the beginning.
      • Once spoofed when he was having more trouble than usual thinking up a quip, and drew out the "Ahhhh" so long it started to sound like he was choking.
    • Wakko had "Faboo!"
    • Runt definitely, definitely, definitely says "definitely" a lot.
    • Sort of lampshaded in the Macarena parody, "Macadamia Nut," which ends each verse with a different character's Verbal Tic.
  • Ducky, from The Land Before Time, ends most sentences with either "yep, yep, yep" or "nope, nope, nope."
  • Phil Ken Sebben from Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law punctuates every other phrase with a "Ha-HA!" followed by a double entendre or non sequitur .
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Sam ends every statement with "yeah." One time he even did it in song.
  • Kim Possible
    • Motor Ed seriously can't talk two sentences, seriously, without using the word seriously, seriously. Seriously, it's lampshaded every time when someone seriously mimics his seriously expression.
      • How do the villains find each other? In Drakken's and Motor Ed's case, they're related:
      Kim: Seriously?
      Drakken/Ed: Seriously.
    • Dementor has a habit of speaking AS THOUGH CAPSLOCK IS ZE CRUISE CONTROL FOR ZE COOL!!!!! He also has ze German style of speech, yes.
  • The hick wolf from the Tex Avery cartoon Billy Boy repeated the last word of his sentences several times times times times times.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head
    • Butt-Head begins many of his sentences with "Uhhh?", while Beavis laughs before he talks.
    • Both boys tend to laugh when they're not talking.
    • And David Van Driessen, like Mr. Mackey in South Park, ends sentences with "mkay".
    • Beavis also has a habit of saying "Hey, how's it goin'?" and "Yeah, me too."
  • Futurama
    • A sentient galaxy that may or may not be God has a habit of ending sentences with "my good chum."
    • Morbo the Newsmonster typically begins sentences with variations on "Pathetic humans" and ends them with variants of "I WILL DESTROY YOU!"
    • Richard Nixon's head peppers his speech with "Aroo".
    • Futurama also featureses Sal, who tends to ends randoms wordses with additional esses, evens if theys alreadys gots 'em.
    • Bender rarely says the word "me" without adding "Bender" after it.
    • The giant chicken prosecutor has a tendency to say "Ba-kaw!"
    • Hubert Farnsworth not only pronounces the H in "wh" words, but pronounces an H in words that don't have it. Since this hypercorrection is fairly consistent, it's not as readily noticeable as when Stewie does it.
    Farnsworth: Whell, let's get started.
    • Zapp Brannigan has a habit of elongating the last syllable of a sentence. Billy West says he does this to imitate radio announcers who love the sound of their own voice.
  • Daria
    • Mr. DeMartino, who was even more high-strung than Principal McVicker on Beavis and Butt-Head, would EMphasize certain WORDS when chastising or complaining about anything or anyone, complete with his left eye bulging in a terrifying fashion.
    • Jake's angry "GAHHHH!", occasionally emphasized with a "DAMMIT!" There's even a song dedicated to it.
    • Sandi's disapproving "Gee," followed by uttering the name of whoever she's gee-ing at.
    • Brittany's perky cheerleader squeak.
    • Tiffannnnyyyyyy the Asiiiiiaaaaaannnn Airhead seems to draaaaagggggg her words in monooooootooooone at everrrrryy two or threeeeee sentences.
  • Whenever Donald Duck realizes something he'll shout "Quack!" as an exclamation, instead of humming or grumbling he'll quack instead, and when he's really mad he'll go into a series of furious quacks.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy
    • Ed sometimes randomly shouts "Buttered Toast!" or "Gravy!", once during an argument between the threesome all Ed was saying was "Buttered Toast!".
    • Kevin's "Dorks!". In the beginning, he only said it to the Ed's faces, but after a while he would find it impossible to stand closer than 20 feet from an Ed without muttering "dork!" all the time.
    • Double D also had a habit of saying things three times, especially phrases like "Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!" and "Messy, messy, messy..."
      • There's also his "Intriguing!"
    • Eddy frequently makes an irritated groan when bored or annoyed.
  • Snagglepuss has a number of verbal tics, catchphrases even, along the lines of "Heavens to Murgatroyd" or "Exit stage left," even.
  • Skeeter of Doug makes a honking noise occasionally. It's revealed in one episode that he doesn't even realize he's doing it.
  • Jacob Two-Two earned his nickname because, as the youngest child in his big family, he's used to saying things twice. Twice!
    • Also, resident bully Quigley is known for inhaling sharply and suddenly for no apparent reason.
  • Toki and Skwissgar from Metalocalypse tends to pluralisings their words unnecessarily, and be havings a bad grasp of English grammars.
    • Dildos.
    • Pickles sports a number of Wisconsinisms, such as changing "th"s to "t"s, ex: He call Nathan "Natan".
    • Dr. Rockzo tends to start random words with "ka-ka-ka". As in "I need your ka-ka-ka help!" or "I do ka-ka-ka COCAINE!"
    • The band's manager, while worlds more eloquent than they will ever be, still can't seem to go a sentence without pausing at least once.
  • Looney Tunes
    • As mentioned...I say, as mentioned before, Foghorn Leghorn is prone to doing this...prone, that is (one short lampshades this with a sleeping Foghorn going "(snore), I say...(snore), that is...). This was borrowed from Senator Claghorn, a character on Fred Allen's hugely popular radio show. Foghorn predated the debut of Claghorn by a few months, but once Claghorn became popular, the Warner staff turned Foghorn into a very blatant Expy of Claghorn. And eclipsed him, eventually.
    • Daffy Duck, who, when irritated, ends almost every sentence with an aggressive "bub!", and Bugs Bunny, who seems to believe everyone he talks to has a doctorate...
    • Ewmuh Fudd has difficuwties pwonouncing his "Ah's" (r's) and "Ew's (l's) cowwectwy and they onwy end up sounding mow wike "w's".
    • P-P-P-P-Porky Pig often has dif-di-di-di-di-di-di-a hard time speaking in cohe-cohe-coh-coh-coh-he stutters a lot.
    • In the short Little Red Riding Rabbit, Red Riding Hood as a verbal tic ta haaave.
    • The short Egghead Rides Again features a dadburned hotel manager who says "dadburn" once every few words, dadburnit.
    • The short Porky at the Crocadero features a telegram delivery man who says "I bet'cha" at the end of every sentence, I bet'cha.
  • The Fairly OddParents
    • Mr. Crocker did this in at - FAIRY GODPARENTS!! - least once an episode when he appears.
    • Does Chet Ubetcha also count? You betcha (but not very often, though).
    • Doug Dimmadome, who can't just say Doug Dimmadome without mentioning he is in fact the owner of the Dimmsdale Dimmadome.
  • Bobby's World: Bobby's mother has been known to do this, don'cha know
  • Yo! Rocky Ratrock (from The Flintstone Kids) would like to have a word with you.
  • Any of Joe E. Ross's animated roles, where he does his trademark "Ooh, Ooh!" Fangface (and his human alter-ego Fangs) also did this, possibly as a tribute to him.
  • Like, wow. I'm surprised Shaggy has one. ZOINKS!.
  • In Codename: Kids Next Door, Numbuh 5's father (a parody of Bill Cosby) was like this, with the habit, and the frequency...oh, you know what I'm talkin' about.
  • In the Canadian series C.L.Y.D.E., does the head computer bug (colored red) sometimes fall into this? "Yes or no!?"
  • Strawberry Shortcake is berry famous for "berry talk", most frequently substituting the word "berry" for "very". In the 1980s animated specials, her nemesis the Purple Pieman is berry annoyed by this, to the point that she can use the tic as a threat. He can never resist a little scat-singing-and-dancing every time he introduces himself or someone else recognizes him. Also from the '80s specials is Angel Cake in "Pets on Parade": Begging your pardon, she's unfailingly polite to the point that she works the phrases "begging your pardon", "please", or "thank you" into her speeches at every opportunity, thank you please.
    • Her 2003 counterpart had the same thing.
  • A lot of animated shows involving a vampire will have the lead vampire say "Bluh! Bluh!" either at the beginning or end of his sentences.
  • WordGirl villain the Whammer tends to replace random words in his sentences with the word "wham" or "whammer." So he often says things like "this is gonna be whammer" or "let's wham this thing" or "are you whamming to me?" He also ends every sentence with the phrase "yeah!"
  • Phineas and Ferb has Bob Webber, okay? *finger snap* "Okaaaay!"
    • Meap! (not to be confused with Ballerina which changes its name to Leap! in 2017).
    • Khaka Peu Peu finishes practically every sentence with the phrase "Thank you very much," thank you very much.
    • Isabella Garcia-Shapiro had this: "Whatcha Doin'?" (which was borrowed from Jonny 2x4 on Ed, Edd n Eddy) at the start of each episode (including the one where she wears a frilly pink gown).
  • Probably not the Ur-Example, but still older than most or all other examples in this section are The Smurfs who like to replace random words in their sentences with "Smurf"
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: Oh Freaky Fred, never haughty, has a verbal tic that's quite...Nauuughty.
  • In Regular Show, Mordecai and Rigby repeat a "Hm! Hm! Hm!" tic, which seems to state agreement and/or amusement.
  • Daggett from The Angry Beavers tends to inject "Eh" into his sentences when confused or angry.
    Daggett: Stupid EH! Stupid EH! Stupid EH!
    • Invader Zim, also voiced by Richard Horovitz, does the same thing.
  • On The Amazing World of Gumball, the title character has a tendency to squeak, especially when he's yelling.
  • Snap from ChalkZone often puts the word "bucko" into his sentences.
  • Vince from Recess, man.
  • Cow from Cow and Chicken, moooo!
  • In Hey Arnold!, Lila is ever so prone to insert the words "ever so" into her sentences ever so often.
    • Monkeyman has been known to, Monkeyman, use his, Monkeyman, name in his, Monkeyman, sentences.
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack has Doctor Barber... Hmmm?... Yes?
  • Uncle from Jackie Chan Adventures whenever he was annoyed or agitated he would shout "Aieyaah!" and when notifying others he would say "Hacha!", in one episode Jade absorbs Uncle's chi to save her from the Chi Vampire and she starts using his tics.
  • Cool McCool had a verbal tic of constantly saying things in spoonerisms.
    McCool: For your crimes, Owl, you'll get 30 days on word seed and, bird seed and water.
  • Klunk's verbal tic on Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines was speaking in weird noises. Zilly would translate.
  • In Dexter's Laboratory, we not only have Dexter overly pronouncing his la-BOR-atory every time (among the rest of his inexplicable accent), but in his introductory episode his Arch-Nemesis Mandark has a strange, staccato laugh. "HA, HA HA! HA, HAHA, HA HA!" In Mandark's later day in the limelight episode we find out he not only laughs like this every time, but everything from laughing to crying to brushing his teeth to chewing his food is done with the same rhythm. It's also apparently inherited, since when his mother taps her foot impatiently, yes, it's tap, tap-tap, tap tap-tap tap-tap.
  • Ben 10: Omniverse:
    • Dr. Psychobos has a tendency to end his sentences with "and I use the term loosely", usually after using a term that can't be used loosely.
    • Emperor Milleous's voice has a tendency to start off sounding serious and then become whiny.
  • Moral Orel: The Satanic leader likes to say "and what not" at every end of the sentence and what not.
  • The Mask: Dr. Pretorius constantly pronounces the titular character's last name as "Ipp-kiss."
  • In Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, being that they're all talking cars, motorcycles and other vehicles, various characters (all except Wheelie, who can only "speak" using various "car horn" sounds) often use car engine sounds as their verbal tics, but Revs (one of the Chopper Bunch) is especially prone to this.
  • My Little Pony:
  • In My Little Pony (G3), pretty much everyone had a Catchphrase; however, Thistle Whistle's speech was full of whistling noises, to the point that on a human it would be a clear case of Tourette's. Also, Rainbow Dash is known for pretty much having FIM Rarity's personality, which does include the use of "Darling." However, G3 Dash managed to say it in almost every sentence, and sometimes multiple times (for example, "That's a darling idea, darling!" or, when the missing Wysteria, Pinkie Pie, and Zipzee turned up again, "It's our darlings, darling!") to the point where you can't make a Drinking Game of it because if you take a shot every time she says it you'll be dead from alcohol poisoning by minute ten.
  • In the Hanna-Barbera tv special "The Adventures Of Robin Hoodnik" Little John (who's an anthropomorphic bear) inserts "Ah" in the beginning or middle of his sentences, and the Sheriff of Nottingham's henchman Oxx begins many of his sentences with "Ooh,Ooh!".
  • Black Steve has one too, bitch!
  • Mr. Jinks from the Pixie and Dixie shorts has, like, his own set of verbal tics, y'know.
  • Ladies and gentlemen! Do YOU like characters with odd verbal tics? Do you wish there was one in the fine cartoon program Darkwing Duck? Well look no further than Darkwing's foe theee LIQUIDATOR, who constantly talks as if he was filming a commercial!
  • Wooldoor from Drawn Together constantly says "Whee!". This was lampshaded in "Drawn Together Babies", which reveals that he has to say it every 30 seconds or else he'll drown in his own bile.
    • The "Suck My Tait Girl" from The Movie tends to insert the word "tait" into her sentences.
  • Soos from Gravity Falls uses the word "Dude" a lot. It would probably be easier to count the number of sentences where he doesn't say "dude" at least once.
  • Orson's brother Mort from Garfield and Friends often snorts during his sentences.
    • Bo the sheep adds surfer slang like "like", "yo", and "man" into his sentences.
  • The Wild Puffalumps have a habit of saying "Wild" in a drawn-out, echoing tone, which causes the lenses of their sunglasses to repeatedly flash the word "Wild".
  • Old Queeks from Mike, Lu & Og often puts "what-what" at the end of his sentences, what-what.
  • Bunjee from "The Bunjee Venture" adds "Eee Eee Eee!" at the end of his sentences and makes honking sounds from his trunk.
  • The television program which is known as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) contains the characters which is known as the Kraang. The thing that is called speech in that which those known as the Kraang speaks does not contain that which is referred to as pronouns.
  • Rick and Morty:
    • "Morty, I, Rick Sanchez, have two ma*urp*jor tics, Morty: Repeating your name throughout my dialogue Morty, and bel*urp*ching in the middle of sentences."
    • When Rick uses science to transform himself, he tends to bellow the name of his new form at odd moments, including "I'm Tiny Rick!" and "I'm Pickle Rick!"
    • Morty stutters a lot and is very prone to exclaiming "Ah, geez!" It's lampshaded in "In Tales From the Citadel," when a police officer Morty mixes in with some hooligan Mortys by starting and ending most sentences with "Ah, geez!"
    • Freddy Krueger parody Scary Terry always punctuates his sentences with the world "Bitch", even when completely unnecessary ("I'm late for class, bitch!")
    • "I'M MR. MEESEEKS, LOOK AT ME!" It's initially just a sort of ritual introduction, but as the Meeseeks degrade, this phrase and fragments of it begin showing up in their sentences at random, akin to Hollywood Tourettes.
  • Mr. Poopy Butthole frequently exclaims "Ooo-wee!"
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Princess Monster and her affinity for her "Camera phooone..."
  • Camp Lazlo: Samson would mumble "Merp, merp, merp" whenever he is overcome by Super OCD-related stress.
  • The nerdy Harecules Hare from Beany and Cecil would vocally mimic electronic or mechanical sounds when thinking or explaining something scientific to his father.
  • In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog,'
  • On Franklin and Friends, Rabbit sometimes repeats words or short phrases twice for emphasis, i.e. "Yeah, yeah, yeah!", "Come on, come on, come on!" or "This box is great, great, great!"
  • The Loud House: Lori seems to say "literally" a lot.
    • Luna ends to say "dude" or "bro" often, even when referring to her other sisters.
  • The Masked Mosquito from the Quick Draw McGraw cartoon "Baba Bait" got his name sake because he tends to randomly make a "bzzz bzzz" sound like the buzzing of a mosquito.
  • Many big dumb oafish characters in several classic cartoons tend to say "Duh..." at the beginning of most of their sentences.
  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Zummi Gummi has the tendency to mix up the initials of the words in a phrase, just to realize immediately and correct it.
  • Stumpy from Kaeloo will randomly yell "SKBLBLBLBLBL!", usually accompanied by his neck spasming.
  • Dad Unit, the father of the titular character of Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?, has a tendency to say whatever he has to say three times in a row (e.g. "Listen to your mother, listen to your mother, listen to your mother").
  • In Ready Jet Go! Jet's cousin Zerk has a tic where he sounds like a Broken Record. For example: "Hi! Hi, hi, hi!!"
  • Does Tyrone from The Backyardigans fit the bill? He certainly does.
  • In Season 3 of Young Justice, Forager is incapable of using any sort of pronoun, constantly repeating his name or the names of others. Megan explains at one point that Forager's people have a complex sense of identity, and thus have no pronouns in their vocabulary. Played for laughs when he can't even say "it" when playing tag; after tagging Nightwing, he says, "Nightwing is Nightwing."
  • In The Flintstones episode "Superstone" one of the two criminals ended most of his sentences with "yeah, yeah, I'm hip, I'm hip", Fred remembers him saying this before he knocked him out to rob the theater and uses it to identify him later on when he and Barney search for them at a bar.
  • The Goose from Charlotte's Web repeated the last syllable of her sentences-entences-entences.
  • Lola from Big Mouth often adds an “a” at the end of her sentences.
  • In season 3 of Disenchantment after King Zog gets buried alive for several days he is driven insane and starts to randomly insert an echoing honking sound into his sentences.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: