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Top 10 Celebrity Catchphrases

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Script Written by Tanina Drvar. When it comes to being remembered, the catchphrase is king, and these celebs are pure royalty. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 celebrity catchphrases. For this list, we’ve looked at words and/or expressions said in real life, movies or television that have since become a celebrity’s catchphrase. Special thanks to our users Philip Folta and Calvin Zhang for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Celebrity Catchphrases


When it comes to being remembered, the catchphrase is king, and these celebs are pure royalty. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Celebrity Catchphrases. For this list, we’ve looked at words and/or expressions said in real life, movies or television that have since become a celebrity’s catchphrase.

#10: “Alright, alright, alright.”
Matthew McConaughey

When Matthew McConaughey first uttered these three words in 1993’s stoner comedy Dazed and Confused, he probably had no idea he had just coined his personal catchphrase. Said with that laid-back Texan drawl of his, his “alright, alright, alrights” have just the right balance of sexy and sleazy, making it one of those phrases you just have to imitate. And it pretty much fits any context—interviews, acceptance speeches, and when your wife tells you to take out the trash. Just remember, the full McConaughey effect is best achieved when shirtless!

#9: “That’s hot.”
Paris Hilton

Clearly a woman of undeniable talents, Ms. Hilton really wowed us with her superior descriptive powers. When the hotel heiress and her then BFF, Nicole Richie, first appeared on the small screen in The Simple Life, there was just no escaping their “that’s hot”s. While the show didn’t exactly challenge viewer’s intelligence, Hilton proved she did inherit some of the family business acumen—she trademarked the saying, eventually winning a lawsuit against greeting card giant Hallmark for using it without her consent. Now, that’s hot!

#8: “Duh! Winning!”
Charlie Sheen

During his very public 2011 meltdown, Charlie Sheen’s rants were laced with so many crazy sayings that really any one of them could have been worthy of a place on our list. For some reason “duh, winning” won out over other precious gems like “Adonis DNA”, “rock star from Mars”, “tiger blood” and “we are high priests, Vatican assassin warlocks”. Wait, what?

#7: “You’re fired!”
Donald Trump

Is there anything the Donald likes better than firing people? After just over a decade of doing just that on reality shows The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice, Trump was sadly denied a trademark for the now famous phrase. This hasn’t stopped the billionaire from joyfully uttering these two words and crushing people’s dreams on a weekly basis. However, NBC gave the Donald the pink slip (though Trump says he severed ties with them) after he made racist comments while campaigning for the Republican nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Irony much?

#6: “I pity the fool!”
Mr. T

Some classic Mr. T jibber-jabber, “I pity the fool” is probably one of the most iconic phrases to come out of the ‘80s. Contrary to popular belief, Mr. T never actually said the line on the hit series “The A-Team,” but that didn’t stop it from becoming a classic thanks to its appearance in “Rocky III.” And what exactly does it mean? Well it’s tough-love at its best, an ass-kicking waiting to happen, a warning that you better not mess with the baddest, toughest feather-earring wearing, Mohawk-sporting dude around . . . Incidentally, “I pity the fool” was also made into an motivational video. It was the ‘80s; don’t judge!

#5: “Oh Myyy!”
George Takei

Say it with us now . . . “Oh, myyyy”. Actor, activist and Internet phenomenon, George Takei credits Howard Stern with turning his “oh my”s into a signature saying. According to Takei, he was on the Howard Stern Show when Stern said something super controversial, as Stern usually does, and Takei’s only response was “Oh my!” Turns out Stern, who recorded the saying, started using it whenever anyone would say anything out of sorts. And tada! A catchphrase was born.

#4: “Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?”
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Before Dwayne Johnson was being all fast and furious or charming audiences with lip sync performances of Taylor Swift songs, he was dishing out some serious beat downs in the wrestling ring. And what better way to get the audience all riled up than with a bitchin’ catchphrase? Considered one of the best professional wrestlers of all time with 17 championship reigns in the WWE, the Rock’s charismatic personality and fun promos have made him a fan favorite. Now someone just needs to give him his own cooking show.

#3: “Fo’ shizzle my nizzle.”
Snoop Dogg

While the Snoop Dee-Oh-Double-Gee did not start the trend of putting suffixes like “izzle” or “eezy” after words, we have to give credit where credit is due; he “fo shizzle” made the trend popular. And if you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade and don’t know what the phrase actually means, according to Urban Dictionary’s top definition it is simply a bastardization of the phrase “I concur with you wholeheartedly, my African American brother.”

#2: “Thank you, thank you very much.”
Elvis Presley

These six magic words, said in that exact order, have come to define the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Said to thank the crowd after a performance, they quickly became Elvis’ catchphrase and have been much parodied ever since. Almost as iconic as his swiveling hips, snarling lips, and awesome costumes, his “thank you, thank you very much” is a must-master for any good Elvis impersonation. Pair it with a few “uh huh huhs” and you’ve got yourself the full Elvis vocab. Now all you need is someone to announce when you leave the building.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- “Yeah Boy!”
Flavor Flav
- “Aha! Moment”
Oprah Winfrey
- “Mr. Worldwide”
Pitbull
- “Smize”
Tyra Banks

#1: “I’ll be back.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Probably one of the most remembered catchphrases in movie history, “I’ll be back” has followed the Austrian actor well beyond the “Terminator” franchise. First said in 1984 in James Cameron’s The Terminator movie, along with the equally famous “Hasta la vista baby”, the line went on to be used in many of Arnold’s later films and throughout his career. After a successful run as Governor of California, and a rather scandalous separation from long time wife Maria Schriver, Ah-nuld finally brought it back on the big screen with “Terminator Genysis.”

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