ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, a cousin who hails from the rural parts of the nation. This trope usually comes into play on shows set in the suburbs or the city, and it usually takes the form of the cousin (or cousins) coming to visit or one of the show's main characters going to the country to visit the cousin. Either way HilarityEnsues.

Doesn't necessarily have to be a cousin; it could be any relative. Cousin is just being used as a general term here, since it is somewhat of a common phrase.

Compare CountryMouse; while that trope usually applies to characters who are naive and central to the cast, this more applies to a character with more or less any personality (though stereotypes applying to the country will usually be apparent) and is at most a RecurringCharacter.

See also TheCityVsTheCountry.


[[folder: Comics ]]

* In ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', Jon's family lives on a farm. He and Garfield have occasionally gone to visit them for an arc.
* ComicStrip/{{Rudi}} (from the German comic with the same name) has Alfi from deepest Bavaria.
* In the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, Donald's grandma and his cousin Gus Goose live on a farm.
* ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' have their Cousin Country Cowfreak. Two guesses what he grows on his farm.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* The story of the city mouse and the country mouse (a theme/idea of {{Aesop}}, written into a poem in 1948 by Lauri Pohjanpää). The story: the city mouse visits the country mouse. Country cousin offers the best it has, but City cousin sniffs its nose at everything and goes on about how everything's better in the city. So Country cousin later visits City cousin. City cousin lives in a castle, where the food is marvellous, but the mice have to be ever alert and run and hide, and getting a treat is a tough task. Country mouse thinks it's better to eat humble food and live at peace, than to sneak around and eat handsomely, and returns home.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Various county cousins, friends, etc. appear on ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies''. Of course, the main characters are ''from'' the country, so this is a JustifiedTrope.
* In ''Series/ILoveLucy'', Lucy's Cousin Ernie comes from rural Tennessee and quickly overstays his welcome. Getting him to leave takes 2 episodes and, later in the series, Ricky and Lucy see him in Tennessee. Cousin Ernie was played by Composer and Actor Tennessee Ernie Ford.
* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' has an episode (aptly named "Country Cousins") in which Raven visits her cousins in the country. [[SeriousBusiness Gravy is their lifeblood]].
* In ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Peggy's family consists of country hillbillies who live in the middle of nowhere. They appeared in a few episodes where the Bundys visited them, and when Katey Sagal took a break from the show while pregnant, the character went to Wisconsin to stay with her family.
* In ''{{Series/Justified}}'', Raylan's late mother Francis descended from Kentucky hill-folk, much to Arlo's embarassment. His blood ties to Mary, the matriarch of Cope's clan, end up saving his life in "Kin".
* In ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', the season 9 episode Mac Day has the character Country Mac who, as you might have guessed, is Mac's cousin from the country, who comes for a visit.


[[folder: Music ]]

* [[DiscussedTrope Spoken]], not particularly straight example: Music/BonJovi's song "We Got It Going On" (from the band's attempt at a [[JustifiedTrope country album]], ''Lost Highway'') features Music/BigAndRich, who are introduced by Jon saying "And now a PublicServiceAnnouncement from my Country Cousins. Big Kenny, talk to the people!"


[[folder: Radio ]]

* On a 30s episode of the ''Kraft Music Hall'' sidekick Bob Burns claimed to have visited Music/BingCrosby's country relatives in the state of Washington.


[[folder: Theater ]]

* This was the premise of ''Our American Cousin'', the play that UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln was watching when he was murdered. An American country bumpkin goes to England to visit his fancy British relations. HilarityEnsues (assuming no one gets shot).


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' had an episode in which Fred's country cousins (who just so happen to be over-the-top StoneAge hilbillies) come to visit for a weekend...and then continue to stay for months afterwards, thinking that Fred really means it when he says that he wishes they could stay longer.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has Arnold's country cousin who is exactly like Arnold in every way, except that he is completely bland, dull, and [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment vanilla-flavored]]. His hometown, however, is a BizarroUniverse version of Arnold's. It turns out to be AllJustADream, though.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', Plankton call his relatives to help him get the Krabby Patty formula in "Plankton's Army". He expects them to be {{Evil Genius}}es [[PlanetOfCopyhats like him]], so he's shocked to find that they're all unsophisticated hillbillies. One of them even admits to being illiterate.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where Homer's country "cousin" (actually only their dogs are related) is way more sophisticated than him, whereas Homer claims it's the other way round, adhering to the stereotypes concerning country people.
* Franchise/ScoobyDoo has one of these in [[TheScrappy Scooby-Dum]]. You can probably guess what his schtick is.
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' with Kyle's cousin Kyle, from New York. He's very much the stereotypical Jew/nerd (nasal voice, good with math and money, and heavily allergic to EVERYTHING). In the end, he calls Kyle and his friends hick jocks.
* The WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies short "WesternAnimation/TheCountryCousin", which tells Aesop's story Creator/WaltDisney style.
** Another take on the same premise was two versions of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'' (or rather, WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood) where the country cousin visits his city-cousin wolf to get away from his countrified AbhorrentAdmirer, Red, only to fall for the ''city'' version of Red. Once the City Wolf takes him back, he then has the same reaction to ''Country'' Red.
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'': Jon got a visit from a literal country cousin. It was a case of NamesTheSame as the cousin's name is [[Creator/FattyArbuckle Roscoe Arbuckle]].
* [[MuckMonster Mudman]], one of Joey and AP's foes in ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'', has one in Dirtbag, an anthropomorphic sack of soil and another member of the duo's RoguesGallery.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Applejack was a Country ''Niece'' to her Aunt and Uncle Orange in [[BigApplesauce Manehatten]], whom she lived with for a brief period as a filly, but quickly found that she missed her more immediate family, and the farm.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with Babs Seed, who visits her cousins Applejack and Apple Bloom in the rural Ponyville from Manehatten.
* In ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'', there's Elvis, the cockroaches' older cousin. He's a farmer with a disgusting food palate and, much to the disdain of his cousins, manages to get on the good side of Oggy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': In the episode "A Friend in your Face", Ren finds the country cousin of [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext the little man living in Stimpy's head]] has moved into ''his'' head.
* ''The Country Mouse and City Mouse Adventures'' is about two mice: The more urban mouse Alexander and his rural cousin Emily. They travel around the world together.