Gameological Q&A

Potent Quotables

What video game quotes do you slip into conversation?

By The Gameological Society Staff • August 29, 2013

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For a certain generation, quotes from The Simpsons and Seinfeld have achieved a canonical status in day-to-day speech. Video games are not always so readily quotable—even the best zinger loses something in the delivery when an 8-bit icon “speaks” it one letter at a time—but if you play enough games, some of their verbal detritus is bound to end up in your personal parlance. What quotable game quote do you like to slip into casual conversation (possibly to the consternation of your friends)?

Anthony John Agnello

I actually mentioned my all-time favorite video game quote in an On the Level article about Ninja Gaiden for the original Xbox: “Are they trying to make fun of ninjas?” It comes up in the game because Ryu, star ninja and fetish suit enthusiast, needs to get into a locked room and finds the room’s window held together with packing tape. It’s funny as hell in the game, but it’s way more useful as a general expression of incredulity. It works in any given situation. Sitting on an airplane and the captain says you’re delayed for an hour, go ahead and ask, “Excuse me Miss Stewardess, but are they trying to make fun of ninjas?” Order a glass of orange juice at a diner and they bring that stupid tiny glass with a thimble of nectar in it. Surely they’re trying to make fun of ninjas. Myself and a select group of buddies have probably used that stupid quote around 9 billion times over the last decade. It is the best thing that Team Ninja, the creators of Ninja Gaiden, ever did.

Derrick Sanskrit

I use “A Winner Is You” from Pro Wrestling on the NES all the time. It’s just too perfect, especially when you’re hassling friends, which American sitcoms have taught me to do whenever I can. A buddy shows up at the bar at an agreed-upon time and announces how hard it was to get out of work to meet us. I raise a glass and unleash a deadpan “A Winner Is You.” Same friend crafts themselves a peanut butter sandwich or a pot of spaghetti and declares that they didn’t injure themselves in the process. I don’t even bother to tilt my head in their direction as I proclaim, “A Winner Is You.” Same lazy bum of a friend flops face-first on the couch and moans something about surviving another day at their banal retail job. I take a long, slow sip of water and finish with, “A Winner Is You.” It has become my de facto “congratulations on doing what you were supposed to do” auditory eye roll, and I’ll stop saying it when it stops being even a little bit funny. (No, I won’t.)

Cory Casciato

I’ve been known to bust out the occasional “A winner is you!” myself, but the video game quote that’s somehow lodged itself most firmly into my consciousness is from the arcade classic Gauntlet. Whenever my wife and I are running errands and I get hungry, all those hours of dungeon fighting come back to me, and I can’t help but explain to her that “Warrior needs food badly.” She’s a little too young to remember Gauntlet as fondly as I do—I had to explain what the hell I was talking about the first time I dropped that one on her—so she doesn’t find it all that amusing, but I’ve never let that stop me since it never fails to amuse me. That could just as easily be due to the influence of low blood sugar on my brain, but whatever. When warrior needs food, warrior needs food badly. That’s just the way it is and, given that my time with Gauntlet is decades in the past, apparently the way it will always be.

Drew Toal

My answer is also ninja-related. I think we can all agree that the poor early Japanese-to-English translations of the ’80s make for the best unintentionally amazing quotes. There are a million to choose from, but my favorite is this challenge issued at the beginning of Bad Dudes: “Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the president?” Ninjas, it turns out, broke into the White House and kidnapped America’s chief executive. The United States government, bereft of effective leadership, sees no choice but to entrust his return to the nunchuck-swinging arms of Blade and Striker. The quote works best if “president” is used figuratively. For instance, maybe you’re wrestling with a particularly uncooperative lid on a jar of gherkins. It’s not budging, and you’re about to give up. That’s when you dig deep and ask yourself, “Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the president?” I’m not saying nunchucking the jar open is the answer—I’m also not saying it isn’t. But one way or the other, you’ve got to rescue those pickle presidents.

Adam Volk
Mario 64 speedrun screencap

To me there’s none greater than the classic “IT’S-A ME, MARIO!” I’ve used this line while playing basketball, while drunkenly leaping out from behind a couch, and once while triumphantly wielding a plunger after unclogging a toilet. It’s the sheer utility of the line that makes it so endearing. It even managed to sneak past the fourth wall in Assassin’s Creed 2. It’s become a rallying cry for an entire generation of nostalgic players, even if it hasn’t exactly helped shatter the myth of stereotypical Italian accents.

Joe Keiser

Because I am far too easily amused, you will still occasionally hear me quote from the ’90s arcade game Captain America And the Avengers. There wasn’t a single conversation in that game that made sense. They were also only two sentences long, so each one became a sort of Zen koan that was screamed in anger by spandex-clad men. I frequently meditate upon one particular exchange, in which your chosen superhero tells the villain Whirlwind, “You cannot escape!” Whirlwind replies, “You will be the one escaping!” I’m still not sure what Whirlwind’s intentions are with this statement. Does he intend to let you escape? Why would he tell you this before fighting you? If you lose this fight, you decidedly do not escape, so was he lying? Why? To this day, if I ever have to do something I feel I can’t escape from, I will be muttering under my breath, “You will be the one escaping.” Not me. You. Because apparently that’s bad.

Zack Handlen
Mortal Kombat

I used to suck at fighting games. These days, I’m—okay, I still suck, but I’m slightly better. (I finished Injustice! Where’s my parade?) But the kids my age all loved Mortal Kombat, which meant I got my ass kicked by nearly every character at some sleepover or birthday party. And every time, after I had struggled to press all the right buttons (i.e., I pressed all the buttons) and my best friend used Scorpion’s spear thingie on me like six times in a row (how in the hell is that even fair?), we’d come to the end of it. My character would rock woozily back and forth, and an unseen announcer would shout down, “FINISH HIM!” That two-word sentence haunted my dreams, and eventually I found myself using it in my real life. These days, it comes up a lot when I watch action movies. Or during fight club. Or when I stare at my age-ravaged face in the mirror and wonder when Time will finally rip my spine out of my back and use it as a xylophone or something.

Jason Reich

The few hours of my college career that didn’t involve playing Sega hockey were mostly spent in front of a pinball machine called FunHouse, which featured a chattering plastic head named Rudy built into the table. Rudy watched the action from the top of the cabinet and would spew forth a constant stream of insults that varied based on which targets you hit and how well (or poorly) you played. Most of Rudy’s extensive repartee made its way into our daily speech patterns, but the one that stuck was his enthusiastic exhortation to “Get yerself a hot dog!” (It helps if you imagine this being said in a Curly Howard “nyuck nyuck” voice.) The phrase became our “aloha” or “shalom,” an all-purpose exclamation that meant anything and everything depending on the context. A greeting, a sympathetic observation, an angry retort, or a bemused reflection on the human condition, there was nothing that couldn’t be communicated by suggesting that one get oneself a hotdog, and to this day I still find myself encouraging others to obtain said mythical sausage.

John Teti
Dragon Quest Slime hat

I have a lot of affection for the humble Slime, the first monster you encounter—and the easiest to defeat—in every Dragon Quest game. That little blue blob could not be less intimidating. The fact that it appears during the first battle, a moment when a less confident game might seek to thrill players, makes it a mascot forDragon Quest’s puckish spirit and its lack of self-seriousness. The arrival of the slime is heralded with the words, “A slime appears!”—in some games this is translated as “A slime draws near!” but the former is more fun to say, as it gives the sense of being surprised. It”s a fun way to herald the sudden arrival of some harmless interloper. Cat jumps up on the bed? “A cat appears!” Neighbor kid comes running around the corner? ”A kid appears!” Almost nobody ever understands why this is funny, because it is A. obscure and B. probably humorous only to me, but oh well. I’m happy to amuse myself.

Ryan Smith

I’m honestly embarrassed at how often catchphrases from video games slipped into my vernacular during my formative years. I realize now that it was like a secret yet familiar language I shared with certain friends of mine in high school and early college. If I was playing pickup basketball with my b-ball crew and someone was shooting the lights out, we’d shout “HE’S ON FIRE!” or “Boomshakalaka!” in our best NBA Jam announcer voices. While hanging with my fighting game-playing friends, there’d be plenty of tossed off exclamations of “Yoga Fire!” or “Shoryuken!” During college, my friend Steve and I were so obsessed with Marvel Vs. Capcom, that he gave me the nickname “Magneto,” and I would greet him with the X-Men villain’s in-game phrases like “Hyper Grab!” or “Magnetic Disruptor!” Let’s just say I didn’t date much in college. But the lines that have remained implanted in my brain the longest are those from the announcer with the booming voice in Unreal Tournament. If I kill multiple people in a current multiplayer game like Call of Duty, I’ll still occasionally proclaim “DOUBLE KILL!” with that same over-the-top gravitas.

Samantha Nelson

I played a lot of Starcraft with my college friends, and we’re prone to repeating plenty of the game’s lines, whether it’s greeting each other with “En Taro Adun”—the salutation regularly used by the alien Protoss—or announcing we were “Jacked up and good to go” before heading out somewhere as if we were deploying space marines. The line I abuse the most is “Ah! That’s the stuff!” which is what marines say when you order them to take a drug that makes them more effective in combat at the cost of their own health. It’s just applicable to so many situations. I’ll use it while playing a game when I get healed or pick up a piece of loot, and also when I’m cracking open a beer after a long day or digging into food when I’m really hungry.

Danny Gallagher
Sam & Max Hit The Road

Sam & Max Hit the Road was one of the first games I got into that came with real writing and dialogue beyond lines like “Press A to shoot.” It’s also not the kind of game my brother and I would play over and over again, so I wasn’t exposed to its lines as often as, say, “Boomshakalaka” or “Finish him.” However, Steve Purcell’s dialogue was so witty and clever that being exposed to just one or two instances of Sam saying “I don’t indiscriminately use people…except Max” and Max’s “Gratuitous acts of senseless violence are my forte!” were enough to merit repeating them to each other even to this day. Plus, “swearing in longhand” came in handy around our ever-vigilant parents.

Matt Kodner

It’s hard to casually drop a high-pitched and throaty “Er-er-errr” into conversation, so I’ve relegated my Warcraft II: Tides Of Darkness quotes almost exclusively to family gatherings. I can never tell who grew up playing the game, so I mostly play it safe and act weird around my sister and dad, who are well-versed in the game’s sarcastic Orcish exclamations. One of the best parts of Warcraft was clicking on your infantrymen, who would offer up spirited one-liners in a mix of English and Orcish. The way the orc peons grunt is just so adorable, like they’re getting a tummy rub and all they can manage is “Dabu!” So when it comes to family lunches, which are often stressful, sneaking in one of the orcs’ lines always defuses a tense situation, at least for me and my dad. If anything, “Er-er-err,” which sounds like a vocal finger wagging, is a great stopgap in that awful time before someone thinks of something to talk about. Maybe one day, the rest of the world will speak our tongue, but for now, it’s fine as our own private code.

Sam Barsanti

My girlfriend and I are hardly professional chefs. I’d say we’ve spent more time making cartoon food in Cooking Mama: Cook Off than we have making actual food. It just isn’t as much fun when you don’t have Mama’s inexplicable accent praising or admonishing you based on how many eggs you improperly crack. I’ve heard that more recent games in the Mama series have made her more understandable, but the bizarre half-German, half-Japanese accent that Mama has in that earlier entry has really stuck with us while we try to get more experience in a non-virtual kitchen. That’s why very few meals go by without me shouting “better and better!” or “Wonderful, better than Mama!” as I manage to successfully crack eggs or stir pasta without getting anything on the floor. If only I had picked up more from Cooking Mama than funny quotes, maybe I’d be wasting fewer eggs.

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310 Responses to “Potent Quotables”

  1. Mr. Glitch says:


  2. The_Helmaroc_King says:

    “It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.”

  3. PaganPoet says:

    It may be cliche, but I slip in “Spoony Bard” and “Son of a Submariner” (from FFIV and FFVI respectively) as genuine insults every now and then. It’s amazing to see how people react. There’s either a sparkle in their eye followed by a “this is what it’s like when doves cry” moment, or a lost look of bemusement.

    I’ve also told someone that he looked “as majestic as an eagle…piloting a blimp” courtesy of GlaDOS in Portal 2. The room erupted in laughter, and I was too high on the feeling to confess I didn’t make it up. My uppance surely cometh.

    • GhaleonQ says:

      You might enjoy this, a very old episode from 1 of my favorite video game podcasts. They used to work for Ziff-Davis.

    • caspiancomic says:

       We could probably do a whole thread of GlaDOS quotes we’ve appropriated for ourselves. The only one I’ve managed to insert seamlessly into a conversation without it sounding like an obvious quotation is “That’s you! That’s how dumb you sound!” after performing an especially unflattering imitation of someone.

      • jerkassimo says:

         I work in a research lab and more than once I’ve imitated Cave Johnson’s “We’ll just throw science at the wall and see what sticks” when proposing some crazy-ass experiment.

      • I know that Cave’s good ol’ lemonade speech tends to get all the love, but I always loved GlaDOS’s followup to the whole thing, “Burning people! He says what we’re all thinking!” Best part of the whole thing, I think.

        • George_Liquor says:

          I love that interchange! I just wish you could hear GlaDOS’ responses a little more clearly. 

          My favorite tossed-off GlaDOS is when she’s getting eaten by birds: “You’re good at murdering things; could you *murder* this crow?”

      • O Superman says:

        My boyfriend and I go with “How are you holding up? Because I’m a potato.” quite a bit.

    • Unexpected Dave says:

      I think my favourite weird translation in FFIV is “So do you!”. I try to use that whenever practical. 

  4. Matt Kodner says:

    It was so hard for me not to go with “That’s why you’re still a kid!” from the hopefully forgotten Wii shooter Onslaught. An enthusiastic voiceover booms that phrase at incomprehensible patterns as you shoot giant space bugs, and has no discernible meaning attached to it. Maybe it was pestering you for shooting too many bugs, or not enough? 

    Me and my buddies never figured it out, and dropped it from our ‘rnacular not long after.

  5. Citric says:

    The “It’s super effective” and the “It’s not very effective…” pair from Pokemon are useful in all sorts of contexts. I’ve also used “it’s comfy and easy to wear” when people question my love of flannel. Not bad for someone who has never actually finished a Pokemon.

    Also, from Metal Wolf Chaos: “White House? More like FIGHT House!” comes in handy whenever someone tries to talk about American politics. 

    And Liquid Snake is a good source of quotes, though one needs to copy the delivery. “SNAKE! Do you like my sunglasses?” from Metal Gear Solid whenever I get new sunglasses, as well as “Take that, bothersome fly!” when my house contains a bothersome fly, and I kill it.

    • CNightwing says:

      “Wild —- appears!” comes up quite frequently in conversations I find.

    • HBO CEO of Tits says:

      Pokemon quotes factor into to my day to day commentary on wrestling very, very frequently. similar to “A Slime Appears” is the more fun “a WILD [x] appears!” Used when a wrestler gets distracted by someone elses music playing during a match and they run in/ distract the wrestlers. Also, roll ups are SUPER EFFECTIVE in divas matches.

    • Boonehams says:

      Why Metal Wolf Chaos never got a proper release in the U.S. is beyond me.

    • HobbesMkii says:

      I’ve always imagined the “It’s not very effective…” to be kind of sad and disappointed, as though the game were upset both that the attack didn’t work, and that you had the poor judgment to attempt to use it in the first place.

      I use it often.

  6. Enkidum says:


    Actually, never mind. I’m not sure I’ve ever used that, because it was already overused long before I ever played the game.

    A bunch of NBA Jam quotes – I noticed you left out “Is it the SHOES?”, but the others as well.

    Back in the day there was a fair amount of “I’m gonna rip your head off and shit down your neck,” but oddly enough there’s less need for me to say it nowadays.

  7. EmperorNortonI says:

    Yes!  Someone else recognized the linguistic awesomeness that was Captain America and the Avengers!

    “Do not disturb us!”
    “Why should it goes well!”

    That had to have been my favorite exchange, also from the first level, but “You will be the one escaping!” was a good second for my friends and I.

    Ah, the memories.

  8. TheBryanJZX90 says:

    “The cake that’s on the paper became the real thing to eat!”

    Long before the Persona games gained relative widespread acclaim, due paradoxically to embracing the series’ Japanese roots, the first game’s halfhearted attempts to westernize the setting and characters was accompanied by an equally halfhearted translation into English. Such a slapdash affair created a large number of charmingly awkward phrases like the above, most notably in the randomized conversations you can have as you attempt to negotiate with the enemy characters. At one point in middle school geometry class I decided to write the above quote on a piece of paper and pass it around to my classmates, with spaces for everyone to check off how they would respond, also taken from the game, “Can’t eat that” or “Looks delicious.” I think “Can’t eat that” won.

    Other gems from demon negotiation sessions include “Your guardian angel is your grandpa,” “Here’s a special coin. Heads and tails are reversed!” and, of course, “Mark danced crazy!”

  9. Fluka says:

    My husband and I periodically shout the Skyrim trespassing quotes, usually when our cats push open the bathroom door.



    • PaganPoet says:

      I’m sure your cats respond with a “…the fuck do you get off?” look.

    • CNightwing says:

      I was playing Skyrim whilst my gf was working hard on some university assignment, so she was always sitting in the same room whilst I had the volume low. Despite this she picked up on one repeated soundbite. The irony is that she has a bad back and so I carry the groceries, books, luggage etc, hence I always quote, “I am sworn to carry your burdens” with just the right amount of sarcasm ;)

    • Unexpected Dave says:

      The cats then respond by dropping a pot on your head and robbing you blind. 

    • GaryX says:

      In architecture school, I once overheard someone saying:

      “Did you see the model in R—-‘s studio? He had curved stairs. Curved. Stairs.”

      I don’t think the person she was talking to had any clue what was happening.

    • Andy Tuttle says:

      “No lollygaggin'” is a favorite of my friend and I’s.

  10. nossing says:

    Mega Man II had me and my friends saying *Get equipped with [x]!* for whatever mundane item we had acquired.

  11. Merve says:

    My sister and I used to play Amazon Trail a lot when we were younger, so we would always find excuses to work “That’s a good idea; let’s rest for a week.” and “You have drowned.” into our conversations. We still use those quotes sometimes.

    My favourite quote to use on a semi-regular basis is from a game I’ve never had the misfortune to play: Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing. I’ve been known to exclaim “YOU’RE WINNER!” both sarcastically and sincerely.

    Another favourite of mine that’s harder to work into daily conversation is from Mass Effect: “Because it’s a big, stupid jellyfish!”

    Finally, I have yelled Portal 2’s “FATTY! ADOPTED…FATTY!” on more than one occasion. I’m not proud of myself.

    • PaganPoet says:

      Ah, I tell ya. Humans. Love ’em. Just…they way they look is great. And their…f…folklore. Wonderful. Very colorful.

    • ItsTheShadsy says:

      Did you say them in the creepy jaguar voice at least?

      • Merve says:

        We tried to replicate Antonio’s Brazilian accent, which didn’t work very well, because we’re Canadian-born South Asians.

        But man, that jaguar’s voice was awesome.

  12. Calvin Holt says:

    Luigi’s garbled, “I LIKE YOUR CHOICE,” in Mario’s Fun With Numbers.

    • CrabNaga says:

      Luigi and Mario’s various “BABIES!” shouts in Partners in Time got a lot of mileage with me and my friends. We also bastardized it to say “MAYBES” instead of maybe, but with the same cadence and enthusiasm.

  13. ItsTheShadsy says:

    I frequently call anyone unlocking anything for any reason “you, the master of unlocking.”

    I’ve also occasionally told people to “fight for everlasting peace.”

    • HBO CEO of Tits says:

      I frequently use, also from  Gauntlet, “Use keys to open doors,” when someone tries to open a locked door. Its funny when people just assume the door is open and like walk into it.

      • ItsTheShadsy says:

        I think that might be an even better pick.

      • mizerock says:

        Wow, that one is indeed great. I stopped at “Wizard needs food … badly!” because that’s generally how far I got into the game. 5 minutes max before my Wizard starved to death (if he actually managed to avoiding getting shot too many times first). Why was I always a Wizard? Did he start out strong / fast?

    • neodocT says:

       I love Master of Unlocking! I mostly abuse the Jill-sandwich line, though. It is surprisingly versatile.

    • Jergs says:

      My first name is Jill. My husband and I have a storage unit with a ridiculously difficult padlock. And every time he hands over opening it to me out of frustration, or I open it on the first try, even though I know he doesn’t know the reference, even though I’m aware his response will be at best a polite, if confused affirmation, even if there’s a lady nearby slowly pushing a pallet piled high with winter clothing, a CRT monitor, and cardboard boxes of National Geographics, I will say it. It… it just can’t not be done.

      (We also just bought a lockpicking set. I really gotta level up.)

      Also, I guess “I ever tell you about the time me and Keith…”, if there’s a lull on a road trip or, oddly enough, playing other multiplayer games besides L4D2. 

      Not sure if it really counts, but my sister and I grew up playing computer and video games together, and sometimes we’ll just hum part of a score or victory music whenever appropriate (Monkey Island, FFVII, or Zelda, usually). Or sometimes append the little saying different characters on Animal Crossing use to get across someone’s personality or tone.

  14. Aurora Boreanaz says:

    I also go for the Warcraft quotes, especially from peons/peasants.  “Work complete!/Job’s done!”

    Also fun are the bad lines from the first Resident Evil.

    “Jill, here’s a lockpick.  It might come in handy if you, the master of unlocking, take it with you.””Jill, you’re here too!” “Barry!  You’re here too!”

    And from Mortal Kombat, a shouted “GET OVER HERE” or “C’MERE!” occasionally.

    • TheBryanJZX90 says:

      Unfortunately I have had far too many occasions to use “Blood. Hope this is not… Chris’s blood.”

    • Cornell_University says:


    • TheBryanJZX90 says:

      Oh wow I almost forgot how much fun it is when you’re shopping with friends to pull a RE4 merchant “whattareya buyin?”

      • PPPfive says:

        This!! Weapon merchants from RE games are the most quotable eloquent wordsmiths

      • CrabNaga says:

        I’ll buy that at a high price!

      • NakedSnake says:

        Whoa I totally forgot about that guy. My wife (who playes no video games at all but has been forced to overhear many a game) and I regularly exchanged “hehhahahaha… thank you” a la the RE4 merchant for years. Pretty much whenever we said thank you. 

      • & don’t forget it’s inevitable rejoinder, “what’reya sellin’?” we haven’t played RE4 in years but any reference to either of those lines will set off an infinitely repetitive conversation about potential commerce.

    • PPPfive says:

      Not popular in the slightest, poor a poorly dictated ‘SAWRRY about that!’ as uttered by the weapon shop owner in RE2 is probably my most used

      • TheBryanJZX90 says:

        Thanks to the weird (Canadian? Someone back me up here they sounded Canadian) voice actors that whole scene was gold! Like when Leon says in that nasally voice “Don’t shoot! I’m a human!” Or when the shop owner says “By the time I noticed anything was wrong, the whole town was infested with zombies!” I always just imagined the guy sitting on a park bench, engrossed in his newspaper crossword puzzle, completely oblivious to the fact that more and more zombies are gathering around him, until he finally figures out 12 down, folds his paper up, satisfied, and is completely shocked to see masses of undead surrounding him.

        Oh, and of course, “That guy’s a maniac! Why’d he bite me?”

    • The_Misanthrope says:

      “That was close.  You were almost a Jill sandwich!”

      Me and my friends also employ this nugget from RE3 quite often:

    • CrabNaga says:

      My choice StarCraft/WarCraft quotes to use in certain situations:

      “We should move, soon.” – Arthas (when I’m waiting on someone)
      “I’m waitin’ on you!” – Kerrigan (ditto)
      “Wayl?” and “Make up yer mahnd.” – Edmund Duke (obvious), followed by “Decisive action!” whenever the person actually makes a choice
      “I’m awake…I’m awake!” – Druid of the Claw

      I try to mimic the voice, obviously.

      Additionally, I like to spout off the deadpan “Not here” and “Not in town” that the various Diablo 2 characters say when you try to use a skill in town. Basically what I’m saying is, I played a lot of Blizzard games as a kid.

      • George_Liquor says:

        My favorite is the Starcraft siege tank driver channeling R Lee Ermey:

        “I’m about to drop the hammer, and dispense some in-di-scriminate justice!”
        “What is your major malfunction?!”

      • George_Liquor says:

        Jeez, I forgot! One of the night elf characters (Dryad, I think) has the best line in the whole series: “I’ll attract the enemy with my human call. ‘I’m so wasted, I’m so wasted!'”

      • Aurora Boreanaz says:

        I totally forgot, I used to say “Oi’ve gut a flying macheen!” a lot, but then I stopped.

      • TheBryanJZX90 says:

        I always liked the cute little “I wish I had a weapon!” from goblin airships.

      • NakedSnake says:

        I certainly remember how inappropriately personal Kerrigan sounded when she said “I’m waiting on you”. There’s a definite yearning there. Take it easy, Kerrigan, this is a combat zone and we’ve got a job to do.

      • Necrogem says:

         For D2 quotes, I always liked using the Druid’s mumbled “I am overburdened.”  Just the way he said it always made me think the voice actor was straining to reach a lower register and failing miserably, which made it really funny.

      • Pgoodso says:

        I use Cairne Bloodhoof’s “My old bones ache.” far too often for comfort, hehe.

    • Andy Tuttle says:

      I don’t murder people, obviously, but sometimes when a person asks me to do something I’ll respond with “Wutchu want me t’kill?”

    • Melancholic_Rodeo_Clown says:

      “Why do you keep touching me?” is a WC2 one I have used frequently.

  15. Necrogem says:

    I usually say quotes in my head more than out loud, because the situation is often such that I’m sure no one would understand what I could possibly mean.  But when I can quote games with impunity, I generally go with N64 stuff.  I’ll use Star Wolf’s “Playtime is over, Star Fox” when I’m talking to my pets, Slippy’s “I was worried for a moment” when minor misunderstandings occur, and I like to throw in a “Hey! Listen!” or a “C-C-C-Combo Breaker!” when BSing with friends.

    But probably the weirdest example of my quoting games happened when I first fell in love.  I was overcome by a desire to act cutesy-wootsy with him, and this led to me constantly imitating the noises the Yoshis in Yoshi’s Story make, which I think he initially found charming.  After I showed him the game, though, he was so creeped out by its aggressive cuteness that he asked me to stop.

  16. Enkidum says:

    Actually, I guess probably the most common one for me is HADOUKEN or SHOURYUKEN, which are essentially never a useful thing to say, but shit, that’s never stopped me before.

    • Merve says:

      I always say “Hadouken!” in a high-pitched voice like the characters in Worms say when they use they Dragon ball attack.

    • DrFlimFlam says:

      For some reason I come up with “Tiger! Tiger! Tiger uppercut!” more.

    • mizerock says:

      I played Worms last night, and my critter yelled this when I had him do a kamikaze move. It seemed like a reference! To something I had never played! I had no idea I would clear this issue up for soon.

      • Merve says:

        I’ve also been known to yell “Kamikaze!” in a high-pitched voice whenever I’m about to do something very stupid, which is more often than I would like.

  17. Spacemonkey Mafia says:

    Trips to Target for various banal sundries like toilet paper and sandwich bags are often punctuated with an insistent, nasal “Circus of Value!” from Bioshock.  And I’m certainly not above the occasional “Would you kindly?”
       And even though it’s already completely referential humor, Strongbad Zone, the faux-classic vector game from Homestar Runner has the sublime “Your head ‘asplode!”   

    • edincoat says:

      I do all three of these.

    • Girard says:

      “Head asplode” has totally entered my lexicon. I use it whenever I’m faced with an overwhelming amount of information, or stuff to do. Or if my computer crashes in the middle of an IM session, I’ll apologize to the other person “Sorry, my computer’s head asplode.”

    • Aurora Boreanaz says:

      Yeah, I have FAR more HSR quotes in my bag of (pointless) tricks than from games.  In addition to using “burninate(d)/(ing)” often, these ones come up a lot:

      “OH HOLY CRAP!”  In Strong Bad voice, of course.
      “I can do it….I can do it NINE TIMES!”
      “Some people wears glasses.  Beth looks like a dude!”
      “I make drawing FUN!”

      • Chum Joely says:

        Everybody to the limit!

      • The_Helmaroc_King says:

        I like to throw in a “Oh no, it’s th’ Strong bad!” now and then, but I have to imitate the proper Homestar voice when I do.

      • ProfFarnsworth says:

        I almost always say: “I guess I’m gonna have to jump” whenever a game makes me do some ridiculous jumping mechanic.  It makes me cackle like a 168 yr. old again.

      • CrabNaga says:

        “Get out of here ____. No one likes your style……..The Cheat, do you like _____’s style?”

      • Grimbus says:

        “Come on fhqwhgads” truly comes up naturally in my head very regularly. 

        If the situation inspiring the exasperation it expresses persists, I’ll continue on with more of the song.

        ( )

      • Fluka says:

        I was fondly remembering watching these videos my freshman year in college, as I watched the new freshmen moving into the dorms on my campus.  This lead me to a terrible, terrible realization:

        Trogdor came out over a decade ago.

        • Aurora Boreanaz says:

          Yeah…to think that I was introduced to HSR via a gal I played NeoPets (of all things) with, when I saw Trogdor fanart and asked her why the heck the dragon had one human arm on the side of its neck.

        • mizerock says:

          Yeah, the kids used to dig my Trogdor polo shirt, now only people over 30 get it. Time travel is a funny thing.

          I will occasionally suggest that something get burninated.

      • Professor_Cuntburglar says:

        IT’S OVER!!!

        Also whenever I see the word Email (and sometimes gmail) I read it in HSR’s voice.

        • Chum Joely says:


          Also works nicely for “gee-mail”. I’ll add that to my collection, thanks.

      • Marquis Moon says:

        Yeah, you’re pwobably wight.

      • NakedSnake says:

        I always love some episode where Strong Bad seeks out Homestar Runner, and when he finds him he’s talking to somebody off screen and yell “yea, you stay ovah der”. That quote resonates in my mind on a regular basis.

      • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

        I actually use Strong Bad quotes often while playing video games.
           Specifically, “Arrow’d!” from Teen Girl Squad.
           On account of lots of video games having people getting arrowed.

      • Necrogem says:

         My whole family uses “Everyone is different.  No two people are not on fire.”

    • Fluka says:

      Damn, is *that* where “Head a splode!” comes from?  I’ve been using that for years and I’d completely forgot where I’d picked it up from.

      • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

        As you pointed out in an earlier post, Homestar Runner has now been out long enough for us to forget them as a source of references.
           I guess the cold sleep of death is the only thing left for us.

    • The_Juggernaut_Bitch says:

       There is a not-insignificant number of times in daily life where various electronic/electrical devices will fail to function as expected.

      This, of course, leads to: “Duh-da-dun-dun, Duh-da-dun-dun.  The System is down. The System is down.”

  18. Logan says:

    I usually just tend to use a throwaway line from Metal Gear Solid that stuck with me which is “Hey, This isn’t First Grade Math Class!”.

    It never works when applied, but it makes me happy, except in a first grade math class, and then everybody just sort of stares at me.

    • NameJobBye says:

      My friend and I used to be quite fond of the line, “You must be a real threat in the muktuk-eating contest.”

    • Thats_Unpossible says:

      My friends and I have long replicated the “Snake is confused, exasperated or just repeated a concept back to someone” grunt.


  19. Colonel says:

    Whenever I see any dog ever, my first reaction is Resident Evil 4’s “Hey, it’s that dog!”  Rarely do people get this but it’s not too crazy as to elicit more than a “uh-huh.”

    “What it is?  Dragons?” is also oft-quoted when I’m around my friends and they’re trying to get my attention.

    • Professor_Cuntburglar says:

       This isn’t video games, but whenever I see a dog I quote those GI Joe PSA parodies.

      “Ah hell naw, what’s up dog?”

      • andozero says:

        Whenever I’m watching a video on Netflix and it starts buffering, I shout to anyone else nearby, “Stop all the downloadin’!” in as accurate an impersonation as I can.

    • I love that RE4 line. Your use of the exclamation point doesn’t quite capture just how hilariously flat Leon’s line reading is. It’s more like “Hey. It’s that dog.”

      In any case, I, too, quote that all the time. I’m also a fan of Leon’s outraged, “What did you say?! Insects’ life doesn’t compare to human lives!!” after Saddler shoots down the rescue helicopter.

  20. caspiancomic says:

    To this day, whenever anything exciting or unlikely is revealed with any degree of spectacle, my response is usually “Metal Gear! It can’t be!” As spoken by Snake to the DARPA Chief/Decoy Octopus in the earliest parts of MGS. I have also, on occasion, used the phrase “I feel asleep!” from the NES version of Metal Gear to announce my sleepiness to anyone who will listen.

    I also had an ex who used to speak Simlish in a sort of oversexed bedroom voice. It was… good.

  21. GhaleonQ says:

    I’ve successfully purged pop culture quotes from my everyday life, but that was definitely not high school me.  If we started a party in the early evening, people would know how fun it was by which The Seal Of The Curse/Simon’s Quest quote I deemed appropriate when we left.


    My equivalent of Comedy Bang Bang’s my wife/Gilly/1 Week was Lunar, naturally.  Whenever I was supposed to know or be impressed by a friend meeting someone and didn’t or wasn’t, “Not _, my…dear…Quark.  MAGIC EMPEROR _!”  It’s best to hit them with the beginning as a question, and then interrupt them for maximum irritation.  True example: “So, I opened the door to the Hop and nearly elbowed this old bearded guy in the face.  I turned around, and it was C. Everett Koop.”  “Not C. Everett Koop?”  “Yeah!  The fucking attorn-”  “, my dear Quark.  MAGIC EMPEROR C. EVERETT KOOP!”  “You are the worst.”

    Gosh, I had so much ‘tude back then.

    • GaryX says:

      High school GhaleonQ did what current GhaleonQDON’T!

      Oh SNAP!

    • Marozeph says:

      I usually avoid pop-culture quotes in RL, because i’m afraid to look like total dork and/or see the quote being met with deafening silence because no one got it.

      Kinda sad, because “Yes, oh omnipresent authority figure?” (Baldurs Gate) and “Another day, another deathcourse” (Ratchet & Clank 3) would’ve come in handy multiple times.

  22. Chewbacca Abercrombie says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s from Street Fighter 2, but it’s probably in other fighting games. “3, 2, 1, fight!” I like to use it when anyone counts down from 3 for any reason and I can just throw in the enthusiastic “Fight!” Or when any friends are having a very minor disagreement like who directed a certain movie or the correct lyrics to a song, “3, 2, 1, fight!” I’ve also been known to shout “Hadouken” during many video games (Mario throwing a fireball, shooting a RPG in various games, etc.) and also inappropriately in conversation.

    • GhaleonQ says:

      Any soccer video game is guaranteed to get at least 1 of Cammy’s Street Fighter 2 “Thrust Kick!  Cannon Drill!” in a possibly racist imitation of the original voice actress.

      • DrFlimFlam says:

        All who quote Cammy must then pose like Cammy for ridiculous effect.

        Also Chun Li.

        • GhaleonQ says:

          Male winning poses: always cool.
          Female winning poses: always like American superhero comic book covers that would get dissected for sexism on Comics Alliance.

    • Chewbacca Abercrombie says:

      Oh, also Borderlands “It’s like Christmas” when finding anything either not worth finding or finding something I fully expect to find, like shopping for something I buy every time I go shopping. I don’t think I’ve ever once heard that line in that game when it wasn’t
      something completely useless compared to what I already had.

  23. PaganPoet says:

    I’m quite fond of the somewhat effeminate male voice that starts off the prologue of Super Metroid. “The last Metroid is in captivity. The galaxy is at peace.” I have to find out some way to work that into my day to day.

  24. edincoat says:

    For some reason I stick to a WoW merchant’s “Be quick about your business!”

    In re my Final Fantasy love, I exclaim “Kweh!” from time to time.

  25. Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

    Oh man, I pick up phrases from just about every game i play with other people. If I ever find myself ending a sentence in “… I suppose.” I will also add a “HEY!” from that minigame with the cheering monkeys in Rhythm Heaven. 

    From Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door I picked up “I’m Don Pianta! I make cryin’ babies weep!” which I mostly use the latter half of and only when i’m talking with my little brother who played the game with me.

    Also a bunch of things characters say in Dota 2 or LoL or fighting games are inevitably picked up by my friends and used interchangeably in just about everything we play.

    • i and 1 says:

      I might use “Body Blow”, as well as the very ancient “INTRUDER ALERT” on very rare occasion, but I don’t think the even more ancient “Rack ’em Up!!” quite qualifies for this inventory.

    • For a little bit I was using Rawk Hawk quotes in Hulk Hogan slang, which was a lot of fun.

  26. Guest says:

    I find myself using “War, War Never Changes” a lot, especially whenever I’m given a particularly shitty task at work (no-one outside of Engineering gets it, of course). 

    I also enjoy greeting people with malevolent laughter and “Welcome to Die!”

    There was also a period where “Pills here”/”Grabbing pills” got a workout from my friends and I.

    • CrabNaga says:

      My favorite bit about that Binding of Isaac said “PILLS HERE” on the screen every time you picked up a new pill. 

  27. The_Helmaroc_King says:

    Unfortunately, most of the quotes I can remember just don’t work well without the proper voice, with the side effect of making me sound weird(er than I am):

    “Ahhhhh, fresh meat!”
    “What’re you buying?”

    I also tend to misremember Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes; for the longest time I assumed Liquid drew out the “r” in “brother” when addressing Solid Snake, but I could never find a video where he said it like that. I still address my brother like that from time to time.


    Dramatic hand motions not optional!

  28. Kevin Kania says:

     A Hind D? What’s a Russian gunship doing here?

  29. Cornell_University says:

    Oh god there’s so many.

    I’m partial to Bad Dudes myself.  It’s pretty much a perfect time capsule of what teenage boys thought were cool in the 80s.  Ninjas!  Non-Ninja white guys beating up ninjas!  Nunchuks!  Slammin’ sodas!  The arcade version actually called him President Ronnie by name.  Either way, telling someone the president has been kidnapped by ninjas is a great stand in for “what do you want to do tonight?  are you busy?”  Bonus points for randomly yelling I’M BAD! at some point in the nightly shenanigans (or alllllllll the points).

    The Legend of Zelda has two particularly useful ones.  “It’s dangerous to go alone.  Take this!” works in all sorts of situations, but I think tossing a of toilet paper at someone on the way to the bathroom has a certain understated poetry to it.  I’ve always been partial to “It’s a secret to everybody!” when talking about stupid boring social gossip, I guess “pay me and I’ll talk” would work in a similar circumstance.

    Whenever I talk to my dad on the phone he always asks me what I’m cooking (he’s 70 and does nothing but watch the Food Channel all day).  I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of “Tonight I dine on turtle soup.”  Though it’s not like he’s ever going to get it.  And I would never actually be making turtle soup as my girlfriend is vegetarian.  Where the hell would you even get turtles to make it?  Barring a bunch of anthropomorphic ones raiding your hideout and jumpkicking your robots I mean.

    But overall, my absolute favorite stupid video game quote is from one of my favorite childhood games: Hero’s Quest.  Whenever I go out to eat and the food is not up to my standards I generally review it with “the rations are tasteless but filling”.  The important thing is that I think it’s funny.  Well that’s what I tell myself when I’m crying alone in the dark.

  30. CNightwing says:

    I don’t think I can explain why, but from the Playstation tedium-fest RPG Blaze & Blade we often quote, “I will train my Strength.. toooooo…”

    There’s a couple from Tales of Symphonia too, such as “Let’s go Corrine!” and “Shhh I’m a secret-ary”. People are prone to shouting “Nurse!” during D&D sessions too.

  31. Cornell_University says:

    a friend of mine gets an awful lot of use (that is to say way, way too much) use out of

  32. HBO CEO of Tits says:

    I nearly murdered a friend of mine during games of croquet. Side note: I play croquet almost constantly. But after every fucking shot the asshole would say “Nice On!” in the manner of Mario Golf until I chase him with my mallet.

  33. Zach_Annon says:

    Whenever I have to listen to particularly boring drama, I like to throw in a “I’ll cry you a river as soon as I start to care,” from Baldur’s Gate 2.  Sure, it makes me sound like a total dick, but if I have to listen to you whining about something a grown-ass adult should be able to deal with themselves, then you deserve it.  Come on guys, we’re not in high school any more.

    • Labrat85 says:

       Mere mention of Baldur’s gate makes me think of “Get me out of this hellhole!” that those miners spam in BG1

    • dreadguacamole says:

       I’ve used “You must gather your party before venturing forth” a few times when trying to organize a group of people to go somewhere…

      • NakedSnake says:

        That one is etched into my mind just based on the frequency with which it was uttered over the course of that long-ass game.

    • Aurora Boreanaz says:


    • NameJobBye says:

      “If none are better.”  “Yes, oh omnipotent authority figure?”  

  34. Girard says:

    I’d tell you mine, but it’s a secret to everybody.

    • Girard says:

      More seriously (though I do use that one), Danny’s bit reminds me of just how much of my adolescence was spent quoting Sam & Max Hit the Road. Sam’s exclamations (“Holy cripes on toast! You’re the single ugliest human being I’ve ever seen!”) and Max’s anarchic declarations (“Gratuitous acts of senseless violence are MY forte!”) were just so lovely. One of my closest dork-pals in middle school and I would also frequently have impromptu exchanges of “What’s the good word, little buddy?” “Lumbar!” “What’s the good word, little buddy?” “Synergy!” etc.

      So much goofy, funny, tonally unique dialogue in that game. It was so, so good.

      • Girard says:

        And once the PSX era started, my (other closest dork-)pal and I took to saying the incredulous, horribly-acted “What IS this?” any time we were examining or looking at something.

      • duwease says:

        I can’t remember any specific quotes I abused, but I definitely overabused the words “stoat” and “misanthrope” after that game came out.  I also co-opted Sam’s ridiculously long exclamations, a-la:

        “Holy Julius Caesar waterskiing on a windy day with no underpants!”

  35. zombi3cat says:

    My all time favorite quotes that I actually use are from Resident Evil 2–especially the way Ada says “Too bad…” when Annette Birkin falls over the railing. And, of course, how can you go through life without saying: “The self destruct sequence has been activated” in a female droid voice.

    I also love the stressed-out bitchy way the journalist woman in Resident Evil Outbreak keeps repeating, “Just DO it!”

    My runner’s up are a tie between Mei Ling screaming, “SNAAAAAAAKE!” in Metal Gear Solid and Tekken’s “Round 2…Fight!”  You’d be surprised how often these quotes are usable in day to day life.    

  36. Real_Irwin says:


    • DrFlimFlam says:

      In Skyrim I am often told how nice a rug I’d make. I don’t remember being subjected to racism on this level as an elf (wood elf?) in Oblivion, but wow, screw you Nords.

      • neodocT says:

         That’s the reason I easily chose to side with the Imperials. Perhaps they could have made the Stormcloaks a touch less racist.

        • DrFlimFlam says:

          It does kind of force my player into the arms of the Imperials, which I kind of like. That the way my character is treated based on race would impact my choices in the game is not something I’d encountered before.

        • indy2003 says:

          It was a rather sly move of them to make the ragtag rebels such horrible people. My “fight the power” instincts had me ready to join sides with the Stormcloacks early on, but fortunately I discovered that Ulfric Stormcloack was pretty much the world’s worst person before I made my decision. I fought for the Imperials, which made me feel like a sellout… but at least I wasn’t a racist sellout.

      • GaryX says:

        Well that’s because the people in Oblivion aren’t as racist as the Nords in Skyrim. I loved that they were willing to do that.

        What wasn’t so awesome was how a dude really wanted to give me a quest and treated me like a normal guy, but if I just walked by him in the street, he’d say “WHAT A DIRTY ELF!” to my face.

        What the fuck dude, where’s your consistency?

        • HobbesMkii says:

          Everyone’s racist in Skyrim. The Nords are super racist, the wild Bretons in the southeast are racist, the High Elves are also super racist. Even the goddamn vampires are racist–and they’re victims of discrimination themselves! 

  37. Naked Man Holding A Fudgesicle says:

    I never had the first Gauntlet but I looooooved Gauntlet II and played it an unhealthy amount as a kid. I’m pretty sure the ‘doooiiing’ noise from the transporters drove my parents nuts.

    Anyway, many times when I’ve been dragged to malls for endless shopping trips I’ve used that awesome narrator man’s voice to say ‘Naked Man Holding A Fudgesicle, your life force is running out!’

  38. Unexpected Dave says:

    I often mimic Toad’s voice from Mario Kart 64

    I’m the best! and of course Wah! Buh-buh-buh-buh-buh

    • DrFlimFlam says:

      Mimicking Toad’s voice is hard. I find children can usually do it better than me.

    • GaryX says:

      The “Wah! Buh-buh-buh-buh-buh” is something that just makes me happy when I hear it.

      (I use to play a lot of Toad in Mario Kart 64.)

    • Melancholic_Rodeo_Clown says:

      I love “I’m-a Wario, I’m-a gonna win-a” an inordinate amount.

  39. Dan H Kim says:

    Resident Evil 1 was a goldmine.  I often mutter “WHAT…?!  WHAT IS THIS??” when baffled.

    I’m surprised “WELCOME TO DIE” hasn’t been mentioned more.

    Lots of quotes from TMNT: Turtles in Time too.  “Pizza time,” “Cow-a-BUNGA” and “BIG APPLE. 3AM.”

    And sometimes I find myself rapping “Alright, we’re here, just sitting in the car.  I want you to show me if you can get far,” when I get inside my car.

    Or DDR’s “Oh no, combo stopped!” or DDR MAX’s “OH NOOOOOo!” when something inconvenient happens.

    And thanks to SF Alpha 3 I tell people to “face it straight” or “go for broke” a lot more than is typical.

  40. Sarchaeopteryx says:

    “Treat yourself to cheeseburgers, and chocolate milk shakes.  And take me with you, and treat me, too,” from BattleBlock Theater seems to have made its way into my daily lexicon whenever I’m forced to congratulate anyone on doing anything.  So now I’m working on not congratulating people. 

  41. jnuhiscarabaid says:

    “You lascivious howler!”…from Final Fantasy VI. Classic quote from a classic game. 

    • CrabNaga says:

      Another sick burn is calling you a “pernicious caitiff” that Alvina says if you piss her off in Dark Souls

  42. MathleticDepartment says:

    While it isn’t exactly from a video game, “Excuuuuuuuse me, princess” has never done me wrong 

    Also, when anyone asks the question “What is a ______?”, I am compelled to respond with “A miserable little pile of secrets!”

  43. MathleticDepartment says:

    “I am Error” accurately captures my feeling of self-loathing whenever I make a mistake

  44. DrFlimFlam says:

    Leave it to Sam Barsanti to nail down the right answer, because that probably is the one videogame that gets quoted all the time in my household. “Don’t worry, mama will help you!”, delivered in that precious engrish, “Even better than mama!”, etc.

    It’s not exactly a quote, but in puzzle game/Wile E. Coyote Simulator Bad Piggies, if you get two stars on a level, the pig on the results screen does these dorky chuckle, a kind of “hyuck hyuh hyuh!” sound that I loved so much that I would copy it, and then devolve into tears laughing at such a ridiculous laugh. So then my son would do it and I’d laugh some more.

    That game is such stupid fun.

  45. The_Misanthrope says:

    I find using “Sorry, but your princess is in another castle!” to be a pretty good brush-off.

  46. Afghamistam says:

    I’ve only ever played five minutes of Phoenix Wright: Lawyer Guy. I know of “The miracle never happen” only from an article on bad translations I randomly read one time.

    …but as an Arsenal supporter and a cynical observer of all the world’s shitty happenings, I find myself saying this line a lot.

  47. Raging Bear says:

    Once, a friend and I rented a truly incomprehensible PS1 game called, and I am not making this game up, “Rosco McQueen, Firefighter Extreme.”

    As you would imagine, it involved putting out fires, and collecting water to power your hose. Occasionally, when picking up water, Rosco would say “Aaah, God’s precious water.” So there was no possible way we were going to not quote that every time we drank a glass of water for many years.

    • DrFlimFlam says:

      I remember when Extreme was part of daily life. Oh, late 90s, you were a treasure to us all.

      To the extreme.

    • Cornell_University says:

      reminds me of “Ahh, life-giving water, nectar of the Gods!” from Kings Quest V.  though that’s usually only said when I’m gettin’ my swerve on.

    • Melancholic_Rodeo_Clown says:

      Ha – my brother and I also once rented that game and both still quote that too!

  48. JokersNuts says:

    Your princess is in another castle.

  49. snazzlenuts says:

    The one I use all the time (since I know everyone cares) is from Soviet Strike. At one point, you have to protect a stretched black limo that a very drunk Boris Yeltsin is driving. His erratic driving eventually leads him to whip the limo around sharply, making a U-turn to avoid a tank, while exclaiming “I pull U-ie!” in a shitty Russian accident. I say it every time I see someone make a U-turn.

    • snazzlenuts says:

      Also, some of my friends and I will use Time Compression from FF9 to explain things we don’t understand.

  50. Steve McCoy says:

    Huh? It’s justa BOX…

  51. Eryk Nielsen says:

    I spend a lot of time at work trying to troubleshoot poorly documented equipment. There’s good institutional memory there, and usually someone on shift knows how to get around a particular fault.. but when we’re left scratching our heads and trying anything that sounds vaguely reasonable, Sam’s “I can’t think of a reason not to…” from the Sam & Max intro movie just about always gets said by me.

    …I need a new job.

  52. Effigy_Power says:


    It’s a prompt from Unreal Tournament that was played I think if you were killed right before scoring in Capture the Flag. It was one of the first online games I played and I played a lot of defense on [CTF]TwoWorlds, so I made people hear that a lot. I still silently yell it out in the announcers voice whenever some defensive action in a game goes well, but also sometimes in real life occasions. Which can be awkward. But no matter.

    • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

      FPS announcers are awesome. Unreal was the one the used in dota I think? KILLING SPREE! HOLY SHIT!

  53. blue_lander says:

    I try to say “eat electric death” at least once a day. And, of course “what a horrible night to have a curse “

  54. Raging Bear says:

    Ooh, I remembered another one, from Silent Hill:

    “Huh. Radio. What’s going on with that radio?”

    (Applicable to any real-life situation involving a radio).

  55. dreadguacamole says:

     “Another Visitor. Stay a while. Staaaaay foreverrrrrr!” from the C64 Mission Impossible works in gatherings, especially when you imitate the hammy delivery. Definitely a 1 percenter, though.
     Steve Heck, from Alpha Protocol is a fountain of amazing quotes:
     “So I told him to piss off. Then I set him on fire to make sure he got the point (stupid laugh)”
     or, hell, any of the gems in this video:

  56. inamine says:

    My boyfriend and I will on occasion praise the sun or wish that we could only be so grossly incandescent.

  57. neodocT says:

    I’m a lawyer, so half of my video game quotes with my friends are Ace Attorney shouts. Really dramatic “OBJECTION!”s and “HOLD IT!”s, followed by strongly hitting a table.

    Aside from that, I am very fond the Vietnamese soldier’s shouts from Battlefield Vietnam and that little sound that weird “walala” that the priests make in Age of Empires.

  58. Kyle O'Reilly says:

    I really have two go-tos for this, with the first being Captain Falcon’s (who I don’t even really play as in SSBM) rugged spin and “Show me your moves!”  Always a good one to bust out on the Badminton court when you’re really trying to psyche out your opponent, also great for when you’re playing with your cat.

    Then of course there’s almost no social situation where it’s not acceptable to yell, “Snake?  Snake!?!?! SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!!!”

    Though, I’d be a fool not to mention the Nintendo Gamecube version of Frogger’s Adventure which for some reason me and some friends were playing at 3 am one night and during a tutorial level a kindly Cajun swamp frog tells you to touch the tongue button and oh guess what, you can make him say it over and over.

    In a thick Cajun accent “Tongue button tongue button Bong Tutton alsdkjfalskjdf”

  59. ItsTheShadsy says:

    This seems appropriate to post:

  60. hornacek says:

    “You’re an inspiration for birth control!”

  61. Noumenon72 says:

    Often when I put in my contacts I quote Beast from MechCommander… “Uh-oh. New contact!”

  62. Chum Joely says:

    I definitely use “Green wizard needs food…  BADLY” from time to time. And of course, from Smash TV: “Total chaos! I…. LOVE it!” That one comes up quite a bit around the house, what with the two small kids.

    • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

      I’d buy that for a dollar!

    • Choochester says:

      Good luck . . . you’ll need it!

      • Chum Joely says:

        Ah yes, that’s one too. This is great, nobody in my real life ever knows what the hell I am talking about (or why I’m affecting such a weird “announcer” voice) when I say these things. Thanks again for validating my social awkwardness, fellow Gameologists.

  63. NakedSnake says:

    I definitely sometimes think/mumble “I’m interested in this” when I go in to inspect an object in detail. There’s a certain cadence to how it’s done, with the sentence peaking at the “int” in “interested”. I’m pretty sure that it comes from a video game (since I remember it being repeated ad nauseum, but I can no longer remember which one. And it’s too generic a phrase to research. Any insight you all have would be much appreciated. 

    • toad3000 says:

       That’s also from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.  It’s what Alucard says any time he goes to the shopkeeper.

  64. GaryX says:

    “FK… in the coffee!”

    No one ever knows what I mean.

    The president line is great, too.

    I don’t even know if it’s in a game, but I’m still a big fan of the Castlevania slogan “DRACULA IS STILL A THREAT!” and often replace “Dracula” with whatever works in the moment.


    • ItsTheShadsy says:

      On the topic of Castlevania, “Die monster. You don’t belong in this world!” has a lot of mileage in it too.

      • GaryX says:

        That whole opening has great lines:
        Richter: Die monster. You don’t belong in this world!
        Dracula: It was not by my hand that I am once again given flesh. I was called here by humans, who wish to pay me tribute.
        Richter: Tribute? You steal men’s souls, and make them your slaves.
        Dracula: Perhaps the same could be said of all religions.
        Richter: Your words are as empty as your soul. Mankind ill needs a savior such as you.
        Dracula: What is a man?! A miserable little pile of secrets! But enough talk, have at you!

        • TheBryanJZX90 says:

          “Perhaps the same could be said of all religions” is just awesome used as a response to pretty much anything.

          I’m also a fan of “How is it that I have been so defeated?”

  65. indy2003 says:

    I will admit to saying, “Let’s a-go!” and “Luigi time!” on an embarrassing number of occasions. It’s okay, I’m Italian, I can use those accents…

  66. dyldog81 says:

    “welcome to your doom” from Altered Beast and “give me the respect I deserve” from Comix Zone seem to crop up a hell of a lot for some reason, more for the voice they were said in than for any contextual reason

  67. boardgameguy says:

    My cousin had the Gameboy game The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle. Either when you beat a level or beat the game, you got a message saying “Congraulations, you do good!” [spelling error from the original].

    So for any false praise among my siblings, this was our go to. Con-gra-ooo-lay-shuns was the preferred pronunciation.

  68. a_scintillating_comment says:


  69. Boonehams says:


    A more obscure one that I use is from Sengoku Basara (my summer game), which is very much in the vain of Dynasty Warriors.  During the battles, random soldiers and generals will spout out nonsense that only somewhat pertains to the action.

    One phrase I hear from that game and repeat in everyday conversation is, “Samurais face death without fear!  It’s PEASANTS who run for their lives!”  It’s not inherently funny but my god, the delivery is awesome.  The voice actor who says it has a very pronounced lisp and really emphasizes the words that have s’s in them, making the line REALLY stick out amongst the regular prattle.  I laugh every time it comes up.

    • Destroy Him My Robots says:

      Ooh, you made me remember something. Any action game where I’m a woman and where a villain tries to belittle me makes me think “I am not just a woman. I AM A TACHIBANA!” from Warriors Orochi. Then I beat the snot out of them while listening to Optic Line in my head.

      Another one that goes through my mind too often when I do something I’m reasonably confident in is “Yeeeeears of experience have gone into this.”

    • NameJobBye says:

      Was that from the X-Men arcade game?

      • Boonehams says:

        Yes, it was.  I remember playing as a kid and that line always stuck out to me, even years later.  That and the death throes of the bosses sound like they’re puking.

  70. Mike Mariano says:

    I have found the throwaway line “Haven’t you seen The Fly?” from Day of the Tentacle to be surprisingly repeatable.

  71. roguelike says:

    From Monkey Island — used whenever anything fishy is afoot: “If there’s one type of piracy I don’t like … it’s a conspiracy.”

    No one but me has ever laughed at this.

    And thanks to Mass Effect 3, I now can now call someone an “anthropomorphic bag of dicks.”

  72. SonjaMinotaur says:

    Well, I don’t drop these into actual conversations with people, but for shouting at the tv:

    The ones I use most are from Gamecube era games: the “It’s tricky! It’s tricky!” from SSX Tricky & “Juuuuuuuust GO for it!” from Viewtiful Joe (which is about all I remember from that game)

  73. Chalkdust says:

    Many of mine were already cited, but a buddy and I would often quote a particular Crazy Taxi passenger whenever we were getting in the same vehicle to drive somewhere.  “Take me to the bank!  Take me to Kentucky FRIIIIIED Chicken!”

    From Portal, I only ever find myself quoting the turret guns.  They are so endearing with their halting, sing-songy voices.  “I’m different!”  “There you are.”  “Who ARE you?”  “Are you still there?”

    • Unexpected Dave says:

      “I don’t blame you” makes me feel even more guilty than burning the Companion Cube.

    • Chalkdust says:

      Also, Dynasty Warriors 3‘s legendarily shoddy dub provided numerous phrases…

      “You flaming idiots!  Take this!”
      “What!?  Those sissies from Wu?”
      “I accept the position of… GRAAAAAND commander.”
      “The last twinkle of a dying flame is beautiful… shall he die… beautifully?”
      “LU BUUUUU is coming!”
      “The time for talk is over.  Now we can move on to the planning!”
      “Ah, the rats are gathering.”

      Heck, just watch this and be inducted.

  74. wacoshade says:

    I’ve got two go-to quotes.

    Sometimes when I get bossy with my kids, I’ll give them a:

    “My Words are backed with nuclear weapons!”

    The other one is a misappropriated Red Dead quote (which is a hilariously quotable game)… which tends to happen when I can’t find something in particular… such as items in a store, or my keys, phone, etc…

    “Things ain’t goin bueno!”

  75. Roswulf says:

    “Someone else might have gotten it wrong.”
    Makes me feel intensely noble, even when all I’ve done is take out the trash or something similarly mundane that a small child would be likely to get right.

  76. Miko the Squiz says:

    Almost any of the voice lines from Team Fortress 2. “Too slow, medicine woman!” gets a surprising amount of use. And of course “POW! Ha ha!” works just everywhere.

  77. cookingwithcranston says:

    I HUNGER for when, you know, I’m hungry.

    Also sometimes during foreplay BOOM, Headshot

  78. Lawrence Allen says:

    You can’t beat: “Definition: ‘Love’ is making a shot to the knees of a target 120 kilometers away using an Aratech sniper rifle with a tri-light scope… Love is knowing your target, putting them in your targeting reticule, and together, achieving a singular purpose against statistically long odds.”

    It doesn’t come up that often, but when it does…

  79. Andy Tuttle says:

    “Hey, my cab!” – GTA III

  80. Aileen MacKay says:

    My sisters and I all played Forever Growing Garden, which was some early Windows game where you planted things and watered them and then they grew in real time!!!! which was clearly the coolest thing ever. It actually ended up that the plants did not do their real-time growing accurately, so you only had to wait at most for a couple of days before you could harvest them.

    Once harvested, you got to take your bounty to the farmer’s market, where you had the thrilling gameplay of moving your vegetables around on a flat surface, moving a price tag over to them, and listening to a soundbite of invisible people’s reactions to your vegetable/price situation. And then … doing that some more in varying combinations until you decided you were done. (We were never done.)

    Cucumbers at a low price generated feverish plans: “Cucumber salad, cucumber pickles…” [in tones of gritted-teeth sincerity] “We are NOT doing the pickles again this year.” “…and cucumber pie.” Pumpkins priced at a sky-high $4.99 per pound were met with a subdued “Too much, too much.” Carrots priced to go provided an illustration of the power of a good deal: “I hate carrots.” “10 cents a pound!” “Oh, I like carrots.”

    Now that I look back on it, I think it was actually really good at teaching us about basic economics, if maybe not so much about horticulture. I think the almost weirdly realistic nature of the reactions was why these were pretty much the only video game quotes that stuck with us, popping up in vaguely relevant situations over the years and confusing everyone else we know.

  81. social_bobcat says:

    It probably hasn’t been within the last twelve years, but I’m pretty sure nearly every single commenter to this thread at one point or another used the old chestnut:

    over the final move of a game of checkers or some other such victory.

  82. ProfFarnsworth says:

    I used to always say “All your base belong to us”.  It was normally the comment I say whenever I won something or just needed more time to comment.

  83. Unexpected Dave says:

    Star Control 3 gets much less love than its predecessor (and deservedly so.) However, it does have an absolutely brilliant exchange between the Captain and the Utwig when you return their nearly-repaired Ultron. And thanks to a glitch, colony productivity goes up every time you repeat the dialogue tree.

    “Bees eats oats for buttery enjoyment” is my go-to nonsense phrase. And whenever someone asks me to guess what they have, I always respond with “A newfound love of philately?”

  84. Mookalakai says:

     I really want to meet a girl named Anya, so whenever I answer a phone call from her I can respond in gruff, manly Marcus voice, “ANYA”

  85. PutSomeRanchOnIt says:


    • DrFlimFlam says:

       There is something about that awful translation that works sometimes. Usually mid-afternoon.

  86. thejohnisjohn says:

     “You’re full of energy!” from Crazy Cab is the only one I have in heavy rotation.

  87. sammidavisjr says:

    “GRUMBLE GRUMBLE” from the original Zelda.  Pretty much on a daily basis.

  88. TimeTravelParadox says:

    Some random favorites:

    “A BOMB!”
    “Old men…”
    “Stay out of the ‘Ton bro, bad shit goin down.”
    “What a shame.”
    “Hey!” (in the voice of Navi)
    “The last metroid is in captivity, the universe is at peace.”
    Yes, “a winner is you.”
    “In 20XX war was happening”
    “It you!”
    “So I guess I don’t get the job?”
    “Stop rattling your bonebox.”
    “In the unlikely event that the Avatar stops me from coming through the black gate”
    “What a horrible night to have a curse.”
    “What is a man!? But a miserable pile of secrets”

    Bonus points for anyone who can source all these.

  89. dimsmellofmoose says:

    The scene where your PSI powers are unlocked in Mother 3 involves the line “Just endure it for a little bit!”  I use that pretty often.

    It’s also, well… the worst thing that I’ve seen in a video game.  I won’t spoil it.

  90. Professor_Cuntburglar says:


  91. dimsmellofmoose says:

    In the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC for Mass Effect 2, you read a file on Mordin’s adventures as a member of the Salarian Special Forces or whatever it is.  He and his superior officer get into some arguments.

    The officer calls him “one tough cloaca.”  I love that.

  92. KoalaJohnson says:

    My girlfriend and I play a lot of Mario Kart Wii, and for some reason one line in particular has become a staple of our affirmations during conversation.  Luigi’s “Okay,” which I believe is used when he picks up an item box.  I think his completely understated delivery of the line, hilarious in the context of a high-speed race and in contrast to Mario’s overly-enthusiastic inflections, is what does it for us.  “Let’s just order Chinese tonight.”  “Okay.”

  93. Telamon says:

    From Rome:  Total War — I find myself shouting “General!”  “Orders!” pretty often for no particular reason…usually when no one else is around.

    Shogun 2: Total War– “SHAMEFUL DISPRAY!”

    Batman: Arkham Asylum– “Search every kook and granny”

    • HobbesMkii says:

      I really hate the preservation of the linguistic confusion over Japanese’s single liquid consonant in the speech by the Japanese characters in Shogun 2. They’re speaking in American English, a language it’d be unlike for most of the characters portrayed to be speaking in any event in the mid-19th century. They seem to have mastered every other aspect of the language but that one. It just feels horribly stereotypical to me.

  94. James Barnes says:

    Don’t forget: there are many guys like you all over the world.

    Runner up: Kupo!

  95. signsofrain says:

    Let’s Mosey!

  96. I’ve been know to say “I’m selling these fine leather jackets” to explain why I’m there. It’s a good ice breaker, unless the person you’re speaking to has never played Monkey Island in which case it just draws blank stares.

  97. NakedSnake says:


  98. Marquis Moon says:

    ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS _____ THE DAMN _____, _____!

  99. In the words of Illidan Stormrage “You are not prepared!”

  100. Melancholic_Rodeo_Clown says:

    One of the Pokemon games featured Professor Oak explaining to Ash that “he is your rival forever” re. Gary and I have said that about various things ever since – eg. mushrooms are my rival forever because I hate them, the 07.41 tram in the morning is my rival forever because I always miss it.

    I quote a lot of cutscenes from the first level of Tenchu on PS1 too, particularly “Looks like you choose the wrong party to crash…” and “My money! My mooooooney!!!” when the crooked rapey merchant is dying.

    Finally, I frequently demand that people “Solve my maze” when I need help with something.

  101. Flying_Turtle says:

    My wife uses “GET OVER HERE!” and “Let’s a-go!” on a fairly regular basis, because she is awesome. I love me some Crazy Taxi, so I try to work in phrases from that as often as I can, especially “Take me to [insert place]!” or “Let’s go make some crazy money!” If I knew how, I’d program my GPS to replace “Recalculating…” with “Hey! Hey! Hey! You’re going the wrong way! Follow the arrow!” whenever I deviated from its plans.

    It’s not a quote, but I also like to hum the music from Paperboy whenever I run/drive down a busy street.

  102. toad3000 says:

    What if the person hadn’t played Monkey Island, but has played Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which Monkey Island was referencing with that line? ;-)
    Edit: Should be a reply to Gareth Hughes. Having a little trouble with Disqus apparently…

  103. superjohan says:

    I’m quite partial to “FI-FI-FI-FI-FIVE MILLION!” from Party Land in Pinball Fantasies, not that I get to use it very much, obviously. (it’s about 30 seconds in)

  104. Wishsong214 says:

    I often respond with the Starcraft Marine’s “Ab-so-lutely!”
    And my little siblings and I love the cheesy voice-acting of Gamecube RPG Baten Kaitos that we pull those out randomly…”This is for you!” “Say cheeseburger!”

  105. Resident Evil Revelations contains a female character who says the line “Me and my sweet ass are on the way!” and the voice actress’ portrayal is a masterpiece of understated hostility.

  106. The_Infamous_Dr_Q says:

    Like most well-adjusted and functional adults, I tend to quote pretty much any line from the Dracula/Belmont exchange in Symphony of the Night, esp. “Mankind ill needs a savior such as you.”

  107. ManhackMan says:

    I’ve worked “We have nothing to fear, Autobots; the slugs will count us as friends” into conversations surprisingly often.

    Around 2:11 here:

  108. Novistri says:

    But enough talk…have at you!

  109. Pgoodso says:

    One of mine is incredibly subtle. In Full Throttle, Ben’s very specific thoughtful “HMmmmmmm…” when confronted with a mystery that needs few words (especially the codes in the prize motorcycle) gets regular use between me and my brother. Also, Corley’s “Ripburger, you’re dumber than dirt!” gets a lot of play for outlandish ideas, and, if it’s between me and my brother, Ripburger’s response of “But Mr. Corley, if you’d only listen to my vision, my plan…”

    Also, “IshouldhavebeentheOneToFillYOURDARKSOULWITHLIGHHHHHHT!” from the original Devil May Cry is pretty great, not only for its very obvious “You have exactly 1 second to say this entire sentence, Mr. Voiceover Actor” direction, but it’s also good for when you find out someone you’re romantically interested in is actually unavailable/uninterested in you/killed by demons.

    Finally, simply because we ARE brothers, it’s silly/sad how often the Warcraft 2 Grunt’s exhortation of “STOP POKING ME” has relevance when me and my bro are back home for the holidays.

  110. Chris Hansen says:

    Speaking of Sam and Max Hit the Road, I often use “anyone we know or care about” as a descriptor of the unknown and unwashed masses.

    Also, “you crack me up, little buddy”.