A phrase as a gift in Tomodachi Life.

Phrases are a feature in Tomodachi Collection and Tomodachi Life. The player can give the Mii certain phrases to use depending on what mood they're in, along with a gesture to match. When a Mii requests what they should say when they're happy, mad, worried or feeling down, the player will use a keyboard on the touch screen to type out their phrase, then give a gesture. The phrase doesn't need an accompanying gesture, and different phrases from different moods can be used as well. Each phrase has nine gestures total. It is possible to change phrases and gestures at any time in an individual Mii's apartment.


A catchphrase is a Mii's main phrase that they use sometimes whenever the player enters their apartment, when they are overlooking them or in other cases. Catchphrases can only be given if a Mii levels up.

Catchphrase gestures:

  • Standing to the side and pointing, with one leg crossing
  • Swings arms and puts on on hip, with one leg behind
  • Bends down and spreads out arms
  • Jumps in circles with arm up
  • Gets down on one knee as if to charge
  • Swivels arms while shaking and bending knees
  • Looks up with one arm on chin, as if thinking
  • Poses with one hand on hip and one arching upward
  • Flaps arms like a bird

Happy phrase

A happy phrase can be used if a Mii is happy, usually after making friends, gaining a sweetheart, getting married or having a baby, or succeeding to stop a huge fight.

Happy gestures:

  • Swivels from side to side with hands on cheeks
  • Dances in place with arms out
  • Swivels arms and head around
  • Jumps in place with a fist
  • Hops from one foot to another, with arms flapping
  • Poses from side to side with hand on head
  • Jumps up while kicking legs
  • Spins around with arms outstretched
  • Stands on tiptoes and raises arms, tiptoeing excitedly

Sad phrase

A sad phrase is used if the Mii is sad or depressed after being rejected by their crush, breaking up, or failing to apologize, or if they get sick from a cold or stomach virus.

Sad gestures:

  • Drops head slightly with hand on face
  • Puts hands on cheeks and drops to knees
  • Hangs head and shrugs arms
  • Hangs head with hand on face, shaking as if crying
  • Puts hands under chin and drops to the ground
  • Hangs head with hands behind back, staring at the ground
  • Drops to the ground with hands on face
  • Hangs head to the side with hand on face
  • Drops to the ground on their feet

Mad phrase

A mad phrase is used if the Mii had a fight, either regular or huge fights.

Mad gestures:

  • Bends down and pounds fists while shaking
  • Points out hand while tapping foot
  • Has hands on face and bends over, before standing up with hands out to the side
  • Shakes arms while jumping slightly
  • Shakes while bringing arms up
  • Folds arms and shakes head
  • Stomps with arms out
  • Shakes around while pounding arms
  • Puts hands on hips and shakes

Worried phrase

A worried phrase is used if the Mii is in love, either with feelings for their crush, when they're ready to propose, when they're thinking of having a baby of if they miss their ex-sweetheart or spouse. It's also used in a few other places like the slide puzzle game.

Worried gestures:

  • Puts hands on head and bows a little
  • Shrugs and shakes head
  • Puts hands on hips while dipping head
  • Has arms out and shakes head, before bowing head and putting hands on heart
  • Lowers head and covers eyes
  • Has head lowered with hands on either side, and shakes
  • Shakes with one hand on chin, before shaking arms as if to beg
  • Bends down while bringing hands down face
  • Starts with hands on heart, then bends while shaking arms and slouching a little