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The 7 Worst Sci-Fi Movie Catch Phrases

The 7 Worst Sci-Fi Movie Catch Phrases

By Matt Heckler

Catch phrases are a part of sci-fi pop culture in the same way that explosions are part of straight-up action movies. Whether or not they actually make the movie better isn't really relevant; everyone has their favorites, context be darned! For every great catch phrase, though, it seems like there are about a dozen groan-inducing clunkers. We've picked out some of the worst, just for your reading (dis)pleasure!

1. "Hasta la vista, baby!" - Terminator
Although the first two entries in the Terminator series are well-respected for just being completely awesome, there's nothing cool about this catch phrase. I guess the creators figured lame catch phrases are exactly what dystopian sci-fi needs!

2. "May the force be with you." - Star Wars
Masterminds, we all love Star Wars, but there's something a bit over the top about this classic. It doesn't seem so bad when you're actually sitting down to watch the movie, but hearing someone say this in every day conversation just gives the strong urge to give them a paddlin'.

3. "Why so serious?" - The Joker, The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight is one of the best superhero movies ever, and this line works very well in the context of the film. The problem is that it has taken on a life of its own in the popular culture, to the point where hearing it just makes us roll our eyes ever so epically.

4. "I am a leaf on the wind." - Wash, Serenity
This one may seem bad because of the unfortunate fact that Wash is speared to death shortly after saying it, but it's pretty bad even without the sad association. Wash had a lot of great lines in Firefly, but this isn't one of his shining moments of verbiage.

5. "We've got to go back... to the future!" - Doc Brown, Back to the Future
There's something positively groan-inducing about movies that have to find a way to use the name of the film in the dialogue. Don't get us wrong, the Back to the Future trilogy is completely awesome in just about every way, but this line is definitely worth a good cringe.

6. "You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." Hulk
The Hulk's famous catch phrase has been used across all mediums, but we can't help but wonder why anyone would say this. Does anyone really like ANYONE that's angry? I mean, I think we'd all rather just not have any body in a grumpy mood around us. Should go without saying!

7. "It's a bird... it's a plane... it's Superman!" - Superman
This one is so cheesy that it hurts, but it seems to be a required part of every new Superman picture. Whether or not we'll actually hear someone use this ridiculous phrase in Man of Steel remains to be seen, but we hope not! I mean, come on. How many birds and planes wear big red capes?

What do you think are the worst sci-fi movie catch phrases?

Tags: movies, sci fi, star wars, back to the future, life, the avengers, the hulk, terminator

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Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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