“Hulk Smash!”  “It’s Clobberin’ Time!”  “Holy Moley!”  Our favorite comics are chock-full of catchphrases, from Spider-Man’s great power lament to Iron Man’s “Beer after whisky, mighty risky!”  Still, many of them can get old quickly, as fans of the old Superfriends cartoon can tell ya.  80% of that shows dialogue consisted of ‘Great Hera!’, ‘Great Scott!’, and ‘I’m the Goshdang Batman!’  Still, as Captain Underpants will tell ya, you can never underestimate the power of underwear, and for every “Tyler No Likey!” we have an uber-popular “D’oh!”, leading us to today’s “I love it when a plan comes together!” query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also finds it fascinating that no ever actually said “Beam me up, Scotty”, making it a phantom catchphase, asking: What’s the best and/or least-annoying catchphrase in all pop culture?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Alisha
    May 6, 2015 at 11:58 am — Reply

    There are several from “Futurama” I use quite often.

    “Good news, Everyone!” (said before giving bad news)
    “Bite my shiny metal @$$”
    and “I’m 40% (insert something here, then hit chest twice)”.

    And while not exactly a catchphrase, it isn’t a true Star Wars comic/game/novel/etc. until somebody says “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”.

  2. DamienR
    May 6, 2015 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    Another I use sometimes, (albeit without the .44 Magnum in hand) just to see who picks up on it, is “Trust me, I know what I’m doing.”

    And Now for Something Completely Different…

    How many times have you co-opted “Dammit, I’m a [..], not a […]!” in your own life?

  3. AmFan15
    May 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    Anytime anyone asks me why I did something, my answer is always the same:



  4. Oldcomicfan
    May 6, 2015 at 7:31 pm — Reply

    And what about Naomi?

  5. Frank
    May 7, 2015 at 8:40 am — Reply

    A couple come to mind:
    From Dinosaurs: “Not the Momma” and “We gonna need another Timmy”

    • Alisha
      May 7, 2015 at 10:46 am — Reply

      My teenage goddaughter uses “We’re going to need another Timmy!” quite often, like if I’m trying to cook (which is seriously bad because I burn soup) or if we’re trying to fix or assemble something we don’t understand.

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