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I don't even need to tell you what he's yelling. You already know.

I don’t even need to tell you what he’s yelling. You already know.

One of the main reasons the Shrek and Austin Powers series of movies saw such impressive success is their unique ability to turn a catch-phrase. Mike Myers, after years on Saturday Night Live back when it was good didn’t suck sucked less than it does now, learned the importance of delivering a punch line with an actual punch. As actors, Techie and I frequently get in philosophical discussions about the ability to deliver a line. It’s more obvious with comedy, because the difference can be anywhere between a joke falling completely flat, or causing uproarious laughter; that said, it still applies to other genres.

Star Wars is one of those surprising examples; despite George Lucas’ middling-to-mediocre plot and awful direction, the movies turned out amazingly well, and thanks to a few powerful deliveries developed a catch-phrase cache of their own. I probably use the phrase, “These are not the droids you’re looking for… move along, move along!” a few times a week. Usually when I’m busted doing something I shouldn’t be doing.

What are your personal favourite catchphrases from the world of Science Fiction?

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  • Tanshanomi

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    "It's stupid, but I'm gonna do it—okay?"

    • texlenin

      Gawdamighty, she was hot in that movie…..

  • SSurfer321

    <offtopic> Whoa! only 9 more likes and AT hits 500 of the book of faces </offtopic>

    • Wolfie

      Only eight now.
      The A/T facebook page is not well updated,last entry was 2/3/13

      • Deartháir

        No, I was the only person who ever posted anything there, and I deleted my Facebook account. Now it seems nobody's doing anything with it.

        • Tanshanomi

          I deleted my FB account, too. Welcome to the non-club.

  • TechieInHell
    • vroomsocko

      I can't give this enough thumbs up! Good.. Bad… I'm the one with the gun.

    • RahRahRecords

      hail to the king, baby

  • P161911

    Not exactly science fiction, but "You're going to need a bigger boat."
    [youtube 8gciFoEbOA8 youtube]


    Every time somebody asks for a spoon, I say: "There is no spoon." But all I ever get back is quizzical stares.

    • skitter

      Along those lines, "I expect you to make up your own damn mind."

    • schigleymischke


  • Wolfie

    EEEAAAAAGH……………wookie speak

  • OA5599

    Not exactly a catchphrase, but it was an excuse to play with food at the dinner table.

    [youtube yecJLI-GRuU youtube]

  • CaptianNemo2001

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha…
    [youtube V0s_wZgxA7s youtube]

  • The Professor


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    Also: beepoli!

    • RahRahRecords

      whenever I'm buying cat litter and pick up the multi-cat formula, I have to say it in that voice

  • pj134
  • Number_Six

    "I dunno what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is."

    – The Thing, 1982 (possibly describing my ex-gf)

    • texlenin

      Best line: "Awww, ya gotta be Fuckin' kidding..!!!

  • Alff

    "Forty two"

    • I_Borgward

      "Nice day for it."

      (this followed the line, "Therefore we must be mad.")

      "Nice day for it" nearly always pops into my head when someone tells me that they must do something unpleasant, tedious or, of course, completely barking mad.

  • tiberiusẅisë

    I won't say the ones you expect me to. Nope, won't do it.

    This is one of my favorite lines with the best delivery. Always leaves them wondering what the heck is wrong with me when I use it.

    [youtube MS5_cIwzkII youtube]

  • Tomsk

    To anyone who doubts me…

    [youtube EsyzRUKwgng youtube]

    • Felis_Concolor

      Star Wars Noh Drama: "I find your lacquered face disturbing."

  • Batshitbox

    This thread is going to end up in a game of Bar Trek. I just know it.

    Deathrace 2000: "It's a Hand Grenade."

    Slays me every time.

    • Batshitbox

      [youtube I8nonWmNhjI youtube]

      • tiberiusẅisë

        The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch?

        • TX_Stig

          That's a classic. Especially if one can recall the whole deal without having to refer to the internets. Which I usually can't.

  • Alff

    In those intimate moments, I've been known to throw in a, "I'm givin' her all she's got, Cap'n!"

    • Deartháir

      "She's gonna bloooowwwww!"
      "No she's not, it's not your friggin' birthday."

      • Alff

        I'm married. It's never my birthday.

    • Batshitbox

      In intimate moments?

      It's no good, I can't maneuver!
      Stay on target.
      *We're too close!*
      Stay on target!
      Loosen up!

      It came from… behind!

      No good, it didn't go in… just deflected off the rim.

    • CaptianNemo2001

      Kirk: How much refit time before we can take her out again?
      Scotty: Eight weeks, sir… but ya don't have eight weeks, so I'll do it for ya in two.
      Kirk: Mr. Scott. Have you always multiplied your repair estimates by a factor of four?
      Scotty: Certainly, sir. How else can I keep my reputation as a miracle worker?

  • vroomsocko

    I'd buy that for a dollar!

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  • RahRahRecords
  • CopterBob

    Soylent green is peeoppplllle!

  • windbuechse

    It's bigger in the inside.

    [youtube 4_nO8LSqTsY youtube]

    • Deartháir

      Oswin: "It's smaller on the outside!"
      Doctor: "Ooookay, that's a new one…"

  • TX_Stig

    So many good ones everyone has mentioned already. Working in an engineering office, I find that any sci-fi quote has a fair chance of being recognized and well received. Lately, people have been referring to variety as the spice of life. To which I usually try to reply with, "…and he who controls the spice, controls the universe."
    That and, while not truly sci-fi, anything monty python goes over well.

    • CaptianNemo2001

      Kirk: How much refit time before we can take her out again?
      Scotty: Eight weeks, sir… but ya don't have eight weeks, so I'll do it for ya in two.
      Kirk: Mr. Scott. Have you always multiplied your repair estimates by a factor of four?
      Scotty: Certainly, sir. How else can I keep my reputation as a miracle worker?
      [Scotty and Geordi are working to restore the Jenolan's systems]
      Scotty: Shunt the deuterium from the main cryo-pump to the auxiliary tank.
      Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Er, the tank can't withstand that kind of pressure.
      Scotty: [laughs] Where'd you… where'd you get that idea?
      Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: What do you mean, where did I get that idea? It's in the impulse engine specifications.
      Scotty: Regulation 42/15 – Pressure Variances on the IRC Tank Storage?
      Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Yeah.
      Scotty: Forget it. I wrote it. A good engineer is always a wee bit conservative, at least on paper. Just bypass the secondary cut-off valve and boost the flow. It'll work.
      Capt. Kirk: Another technical journal, Scotty?
      Scott: Aye.
      Capt. Kirk: Don't you ever relax?
      Scott: I am relaxing.

    • CopterBob

      Anytime someone comments on a sad looking person/animal, my auto response includes the words "pinin' for the fjords".

  • coupeZ600

    HAL: I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.

    This works every time….. on anything….