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25th May '16 9:18:57 AM falcon2484
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* Found in the "MAD Personal Columns" in an issue of ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'':
--> HANDSOME MAN who speaks in rhyme, seeks a gal who's mighty fine. I'm wealthy, smart and 43, but all my friends are sick of me. All I do is speak in verse; I say I'll stop and then get worse. So if you like a man who's dumb, write to me--BOX 41.
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7th Apr '16 7:51:04 PM TheCuza
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* [=Zer0=] of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' speaks primarily in haiku. No one else is sure why he does so.

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* [=Zer0=] of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' speaks primarily entirely in haiku.{{haiku}}, unless he's only saying one or two words. No one else is sure why he does so. During his appearance in ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', he carries on an ECHO conversation with Moxxi where he appears to speak normally, but if you just take his side of the conversation, you'll notice it still forms a haiku anyway.
-->'''[=Zer0=]:''' My quest is not done.\\
'''Moxxi:''' My reward for you is gonna be long, ''hard'', and '''''powerful'''''.\\
'''[=Zer0=]:''' [[NotDistractedByTheSexy Gortys remains out of reach.]]\\
'''Moxxi:''' [[DontExplainTheJoke It's a rocket launcher!]]\\
'''[=Zer0=]:''' Yes. Innuendo. ''[hangs up and shakes his head in frustration]''
9th Mar '16 8:55:08 AM Theriocephalus
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** Played with in the miniseries ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumLivingHell'' when it turns out that not only do many demons speak in rhyme, anything not in rhyme is incomprehensible. Thus, the human/demon interpreter job is left to Humpty Dumpty, who speaks fluent Poetic.

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** Played with in the miniseries ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumLivingHell'' when it turns out that not only do many demons speak in rhyme, anything not in rhyme is incomprehensible.incomprehensible to them. Thus, the human/demon interpreter job is left to Humpty Dumpty, who speaks fluent Poetic.



** The [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational Super-Buddies]] were sent to Hell when Booster Gold was [[TooDumbToLive toying with Dr. Fate's stuff]]. Blue Beetle caught Etrigan saying something that did not rhyme. His only reply was "So sue me"

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** The [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational Super-Buddies]] were sent to Hell when Booster Gold was [[TooDumbToLive toying with Dr. Fate's stuff]]. Blue Beetle caught Etrigan saying something that did not rhyme. His only reply was "So sue me" me".



* Creator/AlanMoore [[AuthorAppeal really loves]] his iambic pentameter; in The LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen book ''The Black Dossier'', the final passage features Prospero explaining at length(and in iambic pentameter) the importance of fiction. Makes sense, after all he ''is'' a character from Shakespeare.

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* Creator/AlanMoore [[AuthorAppeal really loves]] his iambic pentameter; in The LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen book ''The Black Dossier'', the final passage features Prospero explaining at length(and length (and in iambic pentameter) the importance of fiction. Makes sense, after all since he ''is'' a character from Shakespeare.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' spinoff ''Jack of Fables'', Lady Luck speaks in Iambic Pentameter.

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* In the ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' spinoff ''Jack of Fables'', Lady Luck speaks in Iambic Pentameter.



* Zer0 of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' speaks primarily in haiku. No one else is sure why he does so.

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* Zer0 [=Zer0=] of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' speaks primarily in haiku. No one else is sure why he does so.
9th Mar '16 8:48:03 AM Theriocephalus
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* In ''The Particolored Unicorn'' by John De Cles, all unicorns love to show off--some speak Sanskrit, some recite poetry, in order to be impressive pets. Lifesaver, the titular unicorn, speaks in iambic pentameter. As with the Etrigan example above, he drops it at one point in his excitement.

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* In ''The Particolored Unicorn'' by John De Cles, all unicorns love to show off--some speak Sanskrit, some recite poetry, in poetry--in order to be impressive pets. Lifesaver, the titular unicorn, speaks in iambic pentameter. As with the Etrigan example above, he drops it at one point in his excitement.




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* ''Litearature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': GRRM's writing style is heavily iambic, and iambic pentameter occurs frequently enough that it's unlikely to be coincidental. A few of the more quotable examples:
-->'''Jaime Lannister''': There are no men like me. There's only me. \\
'''Jon Snow''': First lesson: Stick them with the pointy end. \\
'''Eddard Stark''': And if you cannot bear to do that, then \\
perhaps the man does not deserve to die. \\
'''Ygritte''': All men must die, Jon Snow. But first we'll live. \\
'''Jon Snow''': The more you give a king, the more he wants.\\
'''Narration''': ...and Eddard Stark dreamed of a frozen hell reserved for the Starks of Winterfell. \\
'''Jeor Mormont''': The things we love destroy us every time. \\
'''Aeron Greyjoy''': No godless man may sit the Seastone Chair.
23rd Feb '16 6:48:06 AM tropesinreadiness
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'''Poetic Meter 101:''' An iamb is a poetic beat containing an unstressed syllable and then a stressed one: ''ba-DUM'' (if it goes ''DUM-ba'' it's called a trochee). Pentameter, as the "penta" prefix implies, is verse with five beats (tetrameter has four, heptameter has seven, etc.), so iambic pentameter has five iambs per line. This can work out to either ten or eleven syllables—an odd unstressed one at the end, called a "feminine ending," doesn't affect the meter much. In addition, poets often jazz up the rhythm by substituting a trochee, or even a three-syllable beat, for one or more of the iambs.

This kind of verse is very common in Creator/WilliamShakespeare, as in for example "Un-EA-sy LIES the HEAD that WEARS a CROWN" (''Theatre/HenryIVPart2''). This trope can apply to any dialogue written in a rhythmic verse form, though.

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'''Poetic [[labelnote:Poetic Meter 101:''' An 101]]An iamb is a poetic beat containing an unstressed syllable and then a stressed one: ''ba-DUM'' (if it goes ''DUM-ba'' it's called a trochee). Pentameter, as the "penta" prefix implies, is verse with five beats (tetrameter has four, heptameter has seven, etc.), so iambic pentameter has five iambs per line. This can work out to either ten or eleven syllables—an odd unstressed one at the end, called a "feminine ending," doesn't affect the meter much. In addition, poets often jazz up the rhythm by substituting a trochee, or even a three-syllable beat, for one or more of the iambs.

This kind of verse is very common in Creator/WilliamShakespeare, as in for example "Un-EA-sy LIES the HEAD that WEARS a CROWN" (''Theatre/HenryIVPart2''). This trope can apply to any dialogue written in a rhythmic verse form, though.
though.[[/labelnote]]
23rd Feb '16 6:46:28 AM tropesinreadiness
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'''Poetic Meter 101:''' An '''iamb''' or '''iambic foot''' is a poetic beat containing an unstressed syllable and then a stressed one: ''ba-DUM'' (if it goes ''DUM-ba'' it's called a trochee). '''Penta'''meter is verse with five beats (tetrameter has four, heptameter has seven, etc), so iambic pentameter has five iambs per line. (This can work out to either ten or eleven syllables—an odd unstressed one at the end, called a "feminine ending," doesn't affect the meter much. In addition, poets often jazz up the rhythm by substituting a trochee, or even a three-syllable beat, for one or more of the iambs.)

This kind of verse is very common in Creator/WilliamShakespeare, as in for example "Un-EA-sy LIES the HEAD that WEARS a CROWN" (Theatre/HenryIVPart2). This trope can apply to any dialogue written in a rhythmic verse form, though.

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'''Poetic Meter 101:''' An '''iamb''' or '''iambic foot''' iamb is a poetic beat containing an unstressed syllable and then a stressed one: ''ba-DUM'' (if it goes ''DUM-ba'' it's called a trochee). '''Penta'''meter Pentameter, as the "penta" prefix implies, is verse with five beats (tetrameter has four, heptameter has seven, etc), etc.), so iambic pentameter has five iambs per line. (This This can work out to either ten or eleven syllables—an odd unstressed one at the end, called a "feminine ending," doesn't affect the meter much. In addition, poets often jazz up the rhythm by substituting a trochee, or even a three-syllable beat, for one or more of the iambs.)

iambs.

This kind of verse is very common in Creator/WilliamShakespeare, as in for example "Un-EA-sy LIES the HEAD that WEARS a CROWN" (Theatre/HenryIVPart2).(''Theatre/HenryIVPart2''). This trope can apply to any dialogue written in a rhythmic verse form, though.
23rd Feb '16 6:42:46 AM tropesinreadiness
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[[labelnote:Poetic meter 101]] An '''iamb''' is a pair of syllables where the stress falls on the second one - ba-DUM (if it goes DUM-ba it's a '''trochee'''). '''Penta'''meter is verse with five stressed syllables (tetrameter has four, heptameter has seven, etc), so iambic pentameter has five iambs (usually ten syllables, but odd unstressed ones at the beginning or end don't affect the meter much). This kind of verse is very common in Creator/WilliamShakespeare, as in for example "Un-EA-sy LIES the HEAD that WEARS a CROWN" (Theatre/HenryIVPart2). This trope can apply to any poetic dialogue though.[[/labelnote]]

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[[labelnote:Poetic meter 101]] '''Poetic Meter 101:''' An '''iamb''' or '''iambic foot''' is a pair of syllables where the stress falls on the second one - ba-DUM poetic beat containing an unstressed syllable and then a stressed one: ''ba-DUM'' (if it goes DUM-ba ''DUM-ba'' it's called a '''trochee'''). trochee). '''Penta'''meter is verse with five stressed syllables beats (tetrameter has four, heptameter has seven, etc), so iambic pentameter has five iambs (usually per line. (This can work out to either ten syllables, but or eleven syllables—an odd unstressed ones one at the beginning or end don't end, called a "feminine ending," doesn't affect the meter much). much. In addition, poets often jazz up the rhythm by substituting a trochee, or even a three-syllable beat, for one or more of the iambs.)

This kind of verse is very common in Creator/WilliamShakespeare, as in for example "Un-EA-sy LIES the HEAD that WEARS a CROWN" (Theatre/HenryIVPart2). This trope can apply to any poetic dialogue though.[[/labelnote]]
written in a rhythmic verse form, though.
23rd Feb '16 6:35:31 AM tropesinreadiness
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They can't resist the urge to rhyme at all.\\
(And, even if they don't use rhymes, you hear\\
Poetic rhythms jangle on the ear.)\\

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[[RhymesOnADime They can't resist the urge to rhyme at all.\\
(And,
all,]]\\
And
even if they don't use rhymes, you hear\\
Poetic rhythms jangle on the ear.)\\\\
23rd Feb '16 6:34:07 AM tropesinreadiness
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Among creators, there's a certain kind,\\

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Among creators, there's a certain kind,\\kind\\


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(And, even if they don't use rhymes, you hear\\
Poetic rhythms jangle on the ear.)\\
21st Feb '16 10:39:55 PM Gamecubist
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* A video game example can be found ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', where the immortals that muck about with history actually do, for the most part, speak iambic tetrameter. The rebel of their number speaks in iambic pentameter.

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* A video game example can be found In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', where the Occuria, the immortals that muck about with history actually do, history, speak, for the most part, speak in iambic tetrameter. The rebel of their number speaks in iambic pentameter.



* Bastian in ''FireEmblem 9'' speaks entirely in iambic pentameter. Elincia also uses it for a RousingSpeech.

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* Bastian in ''FireEmblem 9'' ''[[FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' speaks entirely in iambic pentameter. Elincia also uses it for a RousingSpeech.



* Zer0 of ''Videogame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' speaks primarily in haiku. No one else is sure why he does so.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' features gratuitous haiku, limerick and anapestic tetrameter.

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* Zer0 of ''Videogame/{{Borderlands ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' speaks primarily in haiku. No one else is sure why he does so.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' features gratuitous haiku, limerick limerick, and anapestic tetrameter.
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