Top 10 Cartoon Catchphrases

Cartoon Characters and their catchphrases are recognized worldwide. I believe that my vocabulary is half based on cartoon character quotes because of my television addiction. There is an endless list to choose from, but which are the best? Here are my top 10 cartoon catchphrases.

10) “Good grief”- Charlie Brown

This catchphrase made its first appearance in a 1953 comic strip. It made its way into the cartoon world because of the Peanuts television specials. Watching Chuck constantly fail and repeat his famous phrase is cathartic

9) “I sell propane and propane accessories.” – Hank Hill

It’s hard to describe Hank Hill without mentioning his career obsession. Writers visited multiple Texas propane outlets to do research before the show’s launch. There was continued involvement during the shows run by the National Propane Gas Association and Propane Resources because leaders wanted their industry portrayed in a positive light.

8) “The same thing we do every night Pinky, try and take over the world!”- Brain

There isn’t any continuity in between Pinky and the Brain stories because they could take place in different settings and times. The only thing that’s certain is the duo would be attempting to “take over the world”. The two characters were inspired by the producers of Tiny Toon Adventures. Brain eventually took on characteristics of Orson Welles and Vincent Price.

7) “Oh my God! They killed Kenny!” – Stan

They have killed Kenny over 100 times in the South Park franchise. He has died in television shows, video games and movies. Kenny used to die in every episode prior to season six. The creators decided to stop because the tradition became mundane. 

6) “And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids.” – Every Scooby Doo Villain

“Zoinks”, this show has a lot of catchphrases! Every criminal had the same thing on their mind after they were brought to justice. I’d write more about it but I’ve lost my glasses… “I can’t see a thing without my glasses”.

5) “D’oh!” – Homer Simpson

The Simpsons might be the most quotable television show of all time. Bart has classics like “Eat my shorts” and “Ay Caramba”. “Meh” is a permanent part of my vocabulary. However, the most iconic is “D’oh”. Dan Castellaneta , the voice of Homer, said this iconic phrase was originally written as “annoyed grunt”. It was inspired by Jimmy Finlayson’s performance in Laurel and Hardy movies.

4) “What’s up, doc?” – Bugs Bunny

This catchphrase could have topped the list because of how iconic it is. I can’t eat a carrot without doing a terrible Bugs Bunny impression. Bug’s would utter the phrase while casually staring down the barrel

 of a shotgun. Creator Tex Avery said that Bug’s demeanor was inspired by Clark Gable’s performance in It Happened One Night.

3) “Yabba Dabba Doo!”- Fred Flintstone

The original voice of Fred Flintstone, Alan Reed, allegedly ad libbed the catchphrase because he thought it was more interesting than “Yahoo”. If you’ve never shouted this while leaving work, then you’re missing out.

2) “Cowabunga!” – Michelangelo

All cartoons in the 80s and early 90s had great catchphrases. “Thundercats Hooo”, “I have the power”, “Knowing is half the battle” and “Autobots, roll out” could have made the list. However, my favorite is the pure expression of joy that is “Cowabunga”. The catchphrase has been a favorite of children since the 50s because of its popularization by the Howdy Doody television show.

1) “Th-th-th-that’s all folks!” – Porky Pig

This is the only proper way to end a list of top 10 cartoon catchphrases. The catchphrase was first used by the character Bosco. Many characters also took turns using the catchphrase before Porky Pig stuttered his famous version in 1937. 

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