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"Quote from a particularly noteworthy example of the trope."

Definition of the trope, explaining that the trope occurs when specific lines of dialogue are replaced by general and generic descriptions, giving the appearance of a template.

Explanation that the trope is often used in parody and Deconstruction to highlight patterns and clichés.

Origin of Trope Name. References to other, relevant tropes. Justification of reason trope was split from older, less well-written trope.

See also related tropes. Compare some similar tropes. Contrast conflicting tropes.

Mild warning that this trope is not to be confused with similarly-named non-trope page or similarly-titled and easily confused page.

Examples of Trope Name include:


  • There's a new brand of tampons that uses this trope to show how different they are from the competition...
  • Carlton Draught's Big Ad. It's a big ad. Very big ad. This ad better sell some bloody beer.
  • There's a new Anti-Drug ad by the Partnership for Drug Free America that depicts an argument between a mother and daughter that is entirely made of this trope.
  • During the Dr Pepper 10 commercial: "CATCH PHRASE!"


  • About three pages of Paul Cornell/D'Israeli's XTNCT.


  • Title of Comic from Milk! Issue 16.


  • Steven Soderbergh's Schizopolis contains a scene with a conversation between husband and wife that consists solely of this. "Generic greeting!"
    • The movie plays with language a lot, including a character that speaks entirely in seemingly random phrases (like "nose army"). The conversation in genericspeak is repeated later from the woman's point of view, where the man's dialogue is dubbed in Japanese, which contrasts with her lover's dialogue, which is in Italian.
  • Movie Title
  • The Hitch Hikers Guide to The Galaxy movie had a trailer like this beginning with the iconical "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy has this to say about...".
  • The Veggie Tales Jonah movie contains the memorable Song Which Goes Under The Credits


Live Action TV

 This is the theme to Garry's Show

The opening theme to Garry's show

Garry called me up and asked if I would write his theme song

I'm almost halfway finished

How do you like it so far?

How do you like the theme to Garry's Show?

This is the theme to Garry's Show

The opening theme to Garry's show

This is the music that you hear as you watch the credits

We're almost to the part

Of where I start to whistle

Then we'll watch "It's Garry Shandling's Show"


This was the theme to Garry Shandling's show!


 Title of the song

Naive expression of love

Reluctance to accept that you are gone

Request to turn back time

And rectify my wrongs

Repetition of... the title of the song.

 This is the verse that sets up the premise

Of why you have written a song.

Say what you want, it's your song after all,

But do try not to make each individual lyric line too long.

Because it might not scan.


 And this is the chorus,

This is the chorus.

It goes around and around and gets into your brain.

This is the chorus,

Our fabulous chorus,

And thirty seconds from now you're going to hear it again.

  • From an unidentified folk singer overheard on the radio:

 This is the chorus.

It's the title of this song.

This is the chorus.

And it won't go on too long.

It's sometimes called the refrain

And it will come back again.

This is the chorus.

It's the title of this song.

  • Hook by Blues Traveler is a song about generic songs. Read just the first verse:

 It doesn't matter what I say

So long as I sing with inflection

That makes you feel that I'll convey

Some inner truth of vast reflection

But I've said nothing so far

And I can keep it up for as long as it takes

And it don't matter who you are

If I'm doing my job then its your resolve that breaks

 And now we come to the second verse.

Which I'm singing right now.

I dont know what I'll say in it.

Ah well it's over anyhow.

 Couldn't think of any lyrics

No, I never wrote the lyrics

So I'll just sing any old lyrics

That come to mind, child

  • And similarly, King Crimson's "Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With".

 Then I'm gonna have to write a chorus

We're gonna need to have a chorus

And this seems to be just as good as any other place to sing it 'til I'm blue in the face

  • "Coin Operated Boy" by The Dresden Dolls

 "This bridge was written

To make you feel smitten-er

With my sad picture

Of girl getting bitterer"

  • "The Grunge Song" by Radio Free Vestibule (NOT Weezer)

 "This is the part of the song that's really quiet

we play very soft, it sounds like a ballad



and we go back to the quiet part. Again."

  • "Punk Rock 101" by Bowling for Soup

 "Don't forget the delay...lay...lay

On the very last word...word...word..."

 Arica, this is totally the bridge

To this musical pep-talk

It really sounds romantic and self-important....

  • Brandon Muller's Linkin Park Parody is a mix of this and very pointed satire.
  • Psychostick's #1 Radio $ingle.

 "Well this is the part of the song where I talk about emotions

And this is the part of the song where I sing about how I feel so cold inside.

And this is where my producer told me to say "yeah.""

 "And now the token rap verse

That doesn't make any sense

But helps to get a small percentage of the urban music market"

  • Orange Goblin's Tosh Lines:

 This is the first line of my song

Second line didn't take me all that long

Third line and I'm about to lose control

Fourth line is a lesson in rock and roll

Fifth line is very much like the third

Line six is the best you've ever heard

Seventh line and we're getting near the end

Eight line and that's your lot, my friend

  • This is an album by The Black Keys. The name of this album is Brothers.
  • The Swirling Eddies: "This is the Title"
  • An awful lot of Mitch Benn songs use this as a form of satire, mixed with Hypocritical Humour.
  • Deadmau5' albums Random Album Title, and possibly invoked with For Lack of a Better Name (the first album released after Random Album Title) and its title track, "Lack of a Better Name". From "This is the Hook":

  This is the hook. It's catchy. You like it.

 Phrase about my car, rhyme about my crew (Volvo!)

Rap about how much more crunk I am than you

Rhyme about my rims, rhyme about my bling

Chorus where I scream cause I don't know how to sing!

  • Von Dooley's Shitty Pop Song:

 And now the next verse, you might think it's shit

so I'll throw in a harmony to change it up a bit.

This took me an hour and a half to make

and honestly that's even pushing it a bit (pointless whisper)


 Once in every show

There comes a song like this

It starts off soft and low

And ends up with a kiss

Oh where is the song that goes like this?

  • [title of show] follows the spirit, if not the letter, of the trope. It's a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.
  • In musicals, an eleven o'clock song is a show-stopping number which comes late in the second act, shortly before the show's finale. Ankles Aweigh has one titled "An Eleven O'Clock Song."
  • The Ig Nobel Prize ceremonies have the traditional "Welcome, Welcome" and "Goodbye, Goodbye" speeches. Each is two words long.

TV Tropes Wiki

Video Games

 Sam: Random, but innocuous, comment.

Max: Irreverent reply hinting at mental instability!

Sam: You crack me up, little buddy.


Web Animation

  "Amazing thing, amazing thing, amazing thing, amazing thing!"

  • Arfenhouse 2 starts off with a parody of badly-made Flash-animated versions of 8-Bit Theater that flooded Newgrounds at the time of its release:

 Fighter: Blatant ripoffs!

Black Mage: Terrible echo effect!

Thief: (garbled) Really bad voice-acting!

 "Cryptic metaphor!"


 {Garfield lies motionless amidst a pile of food scraps and entrails.}


{Jon points at Garfield, angrily.}





Real Life

  • This Facebook exchange, which is a satire of internet debates.

Joke that didn't fit anywhere else, usually about the page itself, referencing the topic at hand.

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