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A relatively new Stock Phrase, usually delivered as a message of defiance or disrespect to an enemy or oppressor. In contexts where profanity is not an issue it is often followed by "motherfucker" in tribute to the Trope Maker; elsewhere, family- or kid-friendly alternatives are used, or the followup is dispensed with entirely.

The phrase originated as a cheer or cry allegedly shouted by Cowboys in the Old West; like many things from Westerns, it's probably completely fictional. The version seen in the trope name comes from "yippie yi yo kayah", part of the refrain from a 1930s Bing Crosby song, "I'm An Old Cowhand". This eventually mutated in common usage into "yippee ki-yay ki-yoh", and from there lost the last two syllables. It still retained its Cowboy connotations throughout this -- which is why it became the comeback delivered by Bruce Willis when called a "cowboy" by Alan Rickman in Die Hard.

And from there, it re-entered the meme pool with a new meaning and its original cowboy connotations mostly forgotten.

Not to be confused with Yippee Ki-Yay MF, a 2007 TV show.

Examples of Yippee Ki-Yay! include:

Film[edit | hide]

Live-Action TV[edit | hide]

  • Network broadcasts of the Die Hard films routinely censor John McClane's Catch Phrase to the inexplicable and incomprehensible "Yippee ki-yay, Mister Falcon!"

Oral Tradition, Myths and Legends[edit | hide]

Western Animation[edit | hide]

  • In The Loud House episode, "Cereal Offender", Lynn screams the line to market shoppers while Lincoln was doing the grocery.
  • In Big Mouth, Monster Horrensess once tells of group of kids this, right down to "motherfucker", as she and her human partner exits the school.

Other Media[edit | hide]