A Holy exclamation, such as "Holy cow!", is an exclamation of surprise or disbelief prefixed with the word "Holy". The idiom derives from a minced oath or euphemism for more profane or blasphemous exclamations. Frequent variations uttered by the Muppets include such exclamations as "Holy maracas," "Holy guacamole" and "Holy mackerel."
Robin of the Batman television series is noted for his catchphrase of overly-used "Holy" exclamations.
Below is a list of instances in which the Muppets have used the line, or something similar with the same meaning.
- Dom DeLuise says "Holy Toledo! Something's afoot!" when confronted with a Merdlidop in episode 211. He later exclaims "Holy mackerel!" when fending off Doglion and Mean Mama.
- Miss Piggy says "Holy maracas!" when Rudolf Nureyev enters the sauna and disrobes except for his towel in in episode 213.
- Miss Piggy says "Holy guacamole!" when she sees a giant chicken in episode 419.
- Rowlf the Dog says "Holy guacamole!" when bunnies keep coming out of the operating table in the Veterinarian's Hospital of episode 421
- Miss Piggy says "Holy guacamole!" when Buddy suddenly chops a plank in half with his elbow in episode 522.
- In one sketch, Ernie looks out the window and exclaims "Holy cow!", telling Bert he sees an elephant on Sesame Street.
- In a Sesame Street News Flash, Cinderella summons someone with the biggest foot of all. Reporter Kermit says "Holy cow!" as it is Gladys the Cow who fits the glass slipper.
- In episode 1316, when Oscar the Grouch first lays eyes on Osvaldo, el Gruñón, he says "Holy maracas! I thought I'd seen ugly."
- Alistair Cookie says "Holy guacamole!" when a giant four almost crashes down on him in Monsterpiece Theater: Lethal Weapon 3.
- The Elvises exclaim, "Holy grail!," when Merlin appears with Lady Guenevere in the "Great Moments in Elvis History" sketch in episode 106
- Gonzo says "Holy Toledo!" when Dennis Quaid tells him he should dance with himself since Gonzo was supposed to sing "Dancing with My Chickens," but unfortunately his chickens "flew the coop."
- In a 1966 sketch on The Jimmy Dean Show, Dobbin (Jimmy Dean) utters assorted "Holy" exclamations (including "Holy Howdy Doody," "Holy goodness," "Holy golly," "Holy schmoly," and "Holy mackerel") in a parody of Robin from Batman.
- In a Land of Gorch sketch, King Ploobis says "Holy guacamole!" when The Mighty Favog asks for "three chickens, two swans, and a duck."
- In A Muppet Family Christmas, when the Snowman says, "did you hear about the church the burned down?", Statler and Waldorf mockingly respond "holy smoke!"
- In early 2014, while live-tweeting episodes of The Bachelor, Pepe the King Prawn used the exclamation "Holy moly" multiple times in his tweets. (Tweet #1, Tweet #2)
- Pepe reacted to the announcement of The Muppets television series in 2015 by starting his tweet off with an excited "Holy frijoles!!" (Tweet)
- Fozzie Bear joked about the origins of the expression "Holy cow" in September 2015, tweeting: "The other day, I saw a priest blessing a cow. I guess that's where the expression 'Holy cow!' comes from! Ahhhh! #WockaWocka!" (Tweet)
- A September 2016 tweet from Gonzo reads: "Holy cow!! I slept for 14 hours last night! That's what happens when my latest stunt is breaking the record for counting the most sheep." (Tweet)
- Miss Piggy tweeted in April 2017 that "Your outfits should always make a statement... and hopefully that statement is not "Holy maracas, why would you ever wear that?!?!"" (Tweet)
- In an April 2018 tweet, Rizzo the Rat wrote: "Holy Havarti! Today is #NationalCaramelDay AND #NationalDeepDishPizzaDay!! Talk about a delicious dream come true. Just don’t mix ‘em together." (Tweet)
- Cursing Muppets, for more vulgar or blasphemous exclamations