''Rhyme and Reason'' is a ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' FanFic written by Michael Demcio. Completed after two years of writing in late 1995 and released on the Usenet in 1996, it was the first ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' FanFic that was meant to be one. Its sole predecessor, ''Miami Munks'' by David Walker, was sent to Disney as a potential season 4 episode but eventually denied.

Shortly before his birthday, Chip compares the Rescue Rangers' casework with that of his literal idol Sureluck Jones. He comes to the conclusion that the Rangers haven't had a really "big" and challenging case. So his biggest birthday wish is a case that lets him show what he is really capable of.

Later on, he receives a letter supposedly from his old mentor, the police dog Plato saying he wants to meet him. When they meet, Plato states he has never sent any letter to Chip. The Rangers' leader returns to the Headquarters and finds his four companions kidnapped and a somewhat morbid mobile mounted in the main room. He seeks the room for clues and discovers two notes written by a certain Ivana M. Killjoy. One is his first hint, written in rhymes, and the other one are the rules of the game of which he is a player and she is the master from then on: His friends are held captive somewhere in the city. He has time until the sun sets at 7:00 pm when they'll be killed. And he is explicitly denied the help of any other critters or of the Rangers' contraptions—which are out of reach for him anyway since Ivana has taken all of Gadget's inventions into the hangar and sealed it afterwards.

Chip then embarks on a quest to several places all over UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco. Every location not only gives him another rhymed hint to decipher but also has been turned into a death trap of sorts which is triggered when Chip is present.

In the meantime, the other four Rangers find themselves held captive in an office building scheduled to be demolished. A lot of care has been taken to prevent them from leaving the floor, much less escaping the house. They are not informed about Chip's well-being or whereabouts. And each of them has to face their own individual tailor-made challenges.

Over the years, ''Rhyme and Reason'' won a whole of eight fandom awards: four of the one-off 1999 Plato Awards and four times the Golden Acorn Award for Best All-Time Fanfic, three of these in a tie with the graphic novel ''Fanfic/OfMiceAndMayhem''.

''Rhyme and Reason'' can be found at the [[http://rrdatabase.kalaydina.ru/written/viewauthor.php?author=65 Rescue Ranger Database]].

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!!Tropes used in ''Rhyme and Reason'':

* AcidPool: The glass in which the coffin of Gadget's father or Sparky will be dissolved in, whomever Gadget cannot save.
* AlliterativeTitle
* AuthorFilibuster: The first part ends with a lengthy explanation by the author why Dale isn't characterized as the complete moron several episodes made out of him and goofy but smart instead.
* AvengingTheVillain: According to Ivana, some of the opponents the Rangers defeated on their cases in the show died subsequently. For example, Sewernose de Bergerac drowned when he was flushed away, and Captain Fin and his crew dehydrated when the [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Nautilus]] landed in the desert. She never met any of them, but they all are among those Ivana wants to avenge.
* BatmanGambit: Ivana's game works because she knows exactly how which Ranger would react on what. And because she doesn't leave them much of a choice.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Chip wishes for a really big case to solve. And ''how'' he gets one.
* BigBad: Ivana M. Killjoy.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The Rangers are rescued, Chip is on his way to healing, he does get to meet Nicole again but ends up with his beloved Gadget. It could be such a wonderful happy ending—wasn't it for the items which appear at the Rangers' door as a greeting from Ivana: an empty rodent-sized champagne glass, a playing card, [[LatexPerfection a mask which looks like Ivana's face]] and a note which hints at her possible return.]]
* BlackAndGrayMorality: We learn from Ivana that the Rangers, while well-meaning, acted with little care on their past cases and caused the deaths of many a critter, be it the villains who were accidentally killed (see AvengingTheVillain), be it the many mice at Cat Alley, all of whom were preyed on by the cats liberated from Nimnul's laboratory except for Ivana (at least that's what she says). This does give them a shade of gray. Of course, from Ivana's point of view, the sides are swapped; at least, [[GreyAndGrayMorality her side isn't all black]].
* BuildingSwing: Part of Chip's bailout from Cranston Tower. See CatchAFallingStar.
* CannotSpitItOut: Chip wrote a love letter for Gadget on a Valentine's Day card, but he never gave it to her and kept it stashed away. Ivana somehow got her paws on the card.
* CarryingTheAntidote: Chip is struck by a dart at the theater after he managed to escape the bees. A note says that the dart is poisoned, and Ivana is in possession of the antidote which he has to retrieve and ingest before sunset, otherwise he will die—together with his friends when the building is blown up.
** ''Rhyme and Reason'' differs from most uses of this trope in that Chip could just as well go to an animal hospital and have his poisoning treated there, but while he would survive, he wouldn't have enough time to rescue his friends anymore. So he keeps going for Ivana instead.
* CatchAFallingStar: After he jumps off Cranston Tower, Chip saves himself by fashioning a grappling rope while in free fall and throws it at a lamp post. It leads to a BuildingSwing that sends Chip flying upwards again and over the lamp post.
* TheChessmaster: Ivana, quite literally. Again, it's just a game for her in which she is the only one with God Mode. She even mentiones Nicole whom Chip has met at the first DeathTrap by name at the second one, and she expects Chip to learn from her tactics—just to be one step ahead of him even then while still knowing every single one of Chip's steps beforehand.
* CrazyPrepared: Ivana studied every detail of the Rangers and carefully rigged several places all over the city just to play her game with the Rangers and absolutely make sure they keep playing by her rules.
* CrusadingWidower: Ivana's family was killed by the cats when they returned to Cat Alley after the events of "Catteries Not Included".
* DarkActionGirl: Ivana is not only a MagnificentBastard, she is also a tough opponent for [[spoiler:Chip in their final one-on-one fight]].
* DarkFic: ''Rhyme and Reason'' pretty much set the tone of most future ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' fanfics. Nevertheless, it is still among the [[DarkerAndEdgier darkest and edgiest]].
* DeathCourse: Ivana has precisely rebuilt all the death traps with which Gadget protected her old home from, as she said, door-to-door salesmen. Now Gadget has to make it past them herself.
* DeathTrap: Every single one of Chip's stopovers turns out to be one of a different kind:
** [[StuffBlowingUp A bomb]] at the Heights and Ashbury library
** [[HollywoodAcid Acid sprinklers]] at Cranston Tower
** The miniature air raid and the LightningGun at the museum
** An upgraded and reprogrammend Tom the robocat, still at the museum
** [[EverythingsWorseWithBees Hornets]] at the theater with a poisoned dart as a bonus
* {{Determinator}}: Chip. He has always been one, Ivana knows that pretty well, and so he keeps on pushing through this case, Ivana knows that, too.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Chip ends his fight with Ivana by shoving her off the narrow bridge they were on and into a sewer. She is never seen again. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that she leaves signs of life in front of Rescue Rangers Headquarters (see BittersweetEnding).]] By itself, it would be absolutely pointless as this story features a lot of actual deaths and a wounded and bleeding Chip.
* DoorStopper: ''Rhyme and Reason'' was considered one among the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' fanfics, clocking in at a then intimidating 158,492 words. The record persisted for more than a decade until ''Gadget in Chains'' was completed with 402,670 words.
* DrowningPit: Later in the story, the Rangers end up in separate glass chambers which Ivana fills with water.
* EmotionBomb: The Valentine's Day card.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: The toy planes that come for Chip at the museum explode upon collision.
* EverythingsWorseWithBees: Not even bees this time, but ''hornets'' attack the humans and Chip at the theater. They're the fourth DeathTrap.
** ArtisticLicenseBiology: In RealLife, hornets are even less dangerous and less likely to attack humans than bees (who die after the attack) and wasps. This is only justified by Ivana's use of the same sound that Irweena Allen used to mind-control the bees in the episode "Risky Beesness".
* TheFaceless: Ivana. [[spoiler:Before her fight with Chip, she does lift her hood some and reveal the mouse face underneath it, but at the end, Chip finds the self-same face as a [[LatexPerfection mask]] placed outside the Headquarters' front door. Not only does this mean she is probably still alive, it also means that Chip still doesn't know what she looks like.]] In spite of what reasons Ivana gives for her actions, it's never even clearly proven that she really is a mouse.
* FirstKiss[=/=]TrueLovesKiss: [[spoiler:Chip and Gadget share their first kiss at the Headquarters after Chip is back from the hospital.]] Tropes that ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' fanfic authors have learned to love ever since.
* FollowTheLeader: [[AvertedTrope Averted]], interestingly. Although it was the first of its kind, both its sheer size, quality and intensity actually intimidated the early Rangerphiles and made them ''shy away'' from writing fan fiction because they knew that they'd never be able to even come close to it. The ''CDRR'' fanfic tradition was actually launched a year later by The [=RoboNerd=]'s series ''The Adventures of Gadget Hackwrench'' which was meant to be continued by other writers. Its own first episode, ''Sizable Chances'', became the first part of a wholly different line of highly-acclaimed fanfics, [[Literature/TheNeverEndingStory but that's another story]].
** Played straight in that it inspired following writers to give their stories a DarkerAndEdgier tone. Then again, ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''' canonical setting begged for darker and more intense stories.
** ''Rhyme and Reason'' also coined the {{Fanon}} names Chip Maplewood and Dale Oakmont, used by fanfic writers ever since.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Strange things happen at Rescue Rangers Headquarters in the beginning. Dale has risen early and seemingly gone missing, the kitchen door is closed which is unusual, and a red liquid comes through under the door. When Chip enters the kitchen, he finds Dale in a puddle of said liquid. ''Rhyme and Reason'' seems to start out as a horror fic. However, it turns out that Dale was making Chip breakfast, spilled some tomato juice, and then Chip bumped the door into him when he was just about to carry the breakfast out of the door, leading to even more spilled tomato juice.
* FunetikAksent: Monterey Jack's accent isn't written out as much as in some later fanfics, and Ivana's accent is described as something slightly Slavic but not written out at all.
* FunWithAcronyms: A bit stretched, but Small Animal Medical And Rescue Teams becomes S.A.M.A.R.I.T.A.N.S.
* TheHero: Chip, more than ever before.
* HeroicBSOD: Gadget has one when she finds the Valentine's Day card and reads Chip's love letter. She doesn't know if Chip is still alive at this point.
* HollywoodAcid: Not only used in the AcidPool as part of Gadget's challenge, but Ivana also modified the sprinkler system in the plant store on the top floor of Cranston Tower to spray highly corrosive acid as the second DeathTrap for Chip.
* HotLibrarian: Nicole.
* InterspeciesRomance: Nicole, the red-headed mouse Chip meets at the library, asks him for a date. Also, [[spoiler:Chip×Gadget]].
* JustifiedTitle: Rhymes play a big role in this case; Ivana's hints for Chip are all written in rhymes.
* KnockoutGas: Ivana used it to knock out and then kidnap the other four Rangers from Rescue Rangers Headquarters.
* LatexPerfection: [[spoiler:Among the things Ivana leaves in front of the Headquarters door at the end is a mask with the face that Chip got to see during his climactic fight with her. This implies (but doesn't prove) that she wore this mask all the time and that it's unclear not only what she actually looks like but also whether she is even a mouse.]] And we're still talking about a mask not much larger than a dime.
* LightningGun: A contraption of Nimnul's returns as part of a DeathTrap at the museum. It is even named LightningGun.
** Chip arms himself with a kind of rodent-sized Taser. He has to build it himself at Gadget's workshop.
* LoveHurts: The scene in which Gadget discovers the Valentine's Day card conveniently placed by Ivana.
* MeaningfulName: Ivana M. Killjoy.
* NoNameGiven: We only learn about Nicole's first name. The same goes for several other characters like Rick and Stuart from the S.A.M.A.R.I.T.A.N.S., but they're not as important. Mind you, this is the story which gave Chip and Dale their last names.
* OntologicalMystery: For the other four Rangers.
* PoisonIsEvil: Only Ivana ever uses poisons.
* PsychologicalTormentZone: The building where Ivana keeps the other Rangers is one, perfectly tailor-made by Ivana for each of them individually.
* PunnyName: Cranston Tower hosts a branch of a plant store chain named The Cutting's Edge on its top floor
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Chip has time to save his friends and himself until sunset which is at 7:00 pm. In contrast to other uses of this trope, Chip has to rely on clocks he spots on his quest.
* RoboticTortureDevice: Zipper has to survive against a robotic version of the canonical toad Ribit.
* SadisticChoice: Immediately after her HeroicBSOD, Gadget is confronted with an [[AcidPool acid-filled glass]] with two slides behind it. One carries an exhumed coffin, Ivana claims it contains Gadget's father Geegaw. The other one carries the lab rat Sparky, a friend of the Rangers' who formerly supposely saw Gadget as a love interest, he is tied up, but alive and otherwise well. Gadget can only save one of them, and even this only if she makes it through the DeathCourse in time.
* SequelHook: See BittersweetEnding. Michael Demcio himself never made full use of it, nor did anyone else.
* ShoutOut:
** Ivana M. Killjoy seems to be one to ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', considering the RaceAgainstTheClock.
--> '''Cinderella:''' "Oh, that clock! Old killjoy!"
** The Cutting's Edge scene contains one to ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''.
--> '''Chip:''' Bushroot would love it here.
* ShownTheirWork: In-universe example: Ivana has to know each one of the Rangers really well to torment them with so perfectly-made challenges.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Nicole might not be around all the time, but her role does have some significance.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' itself isn't that close to the Idealism end, but its fanfics tend further towards Cynicism. In ''Rhyme and Reason'''s case, the Rangers do hold up their idealism the best they can while Ivana tries her best to break it. At least in Chip's case, she succeeds.
* SoleSurvivor: After Nimnul had captured the cats from Cat Alley, mice took over the place. That much we know from "Catteries Not Included". What we learn from ''Rhyme and Reason'' is that after the Rangers gave them back their freedom, they returned to Cat Alley and devoured the mice—all but one, and that one, according to her own words, is Ivana.
* StuffBlowingUp: Chip's first stopover, a human library with a rodent library hidden in the walls, falls victim to a bomb placed by Ivana. Besides, the building in which she holds the other four Rangers captive is set up to be demolished with explosives which Ivana can ignite.
** Chip expects another DeathTrap at Cranston Tower already. To evacuate it, he throws together a makeshift bomb out of kitchen supplies and a microwave oven and leaves a note for the humans in the building.
* UnexplainedAccent: Ivana has an Eastern European accent of sorts.
* TheUnintelligible: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in Zipper's case, because unlike in the show, what he says is clearly understandable in this fic.
* WorthyOpponent: Ivana sees one in Chip and wants to be one to him–even though she is the one who makes the rules.
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