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Sometimes in works, there is a certain kind,\\
who always have [[UsefulNotes/PoetryForms poetic forms]] in mind.\\
In every situationógreat or smalló\\
they can't resist the urge to rhyme at all.\\
Though often plainer words would suit much better,\\
[[SelfDemonstratingArticle Gratuitous Iambic]] [[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle Penta-MET-er]].

[[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" (HenryIVPart2). This trope can apply to any poetic dialogue though.[[/labelnote]]

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* The Fatima Fates sometimes lapse into iambic pentameter when delivering a prophecy in ''TheFiveStarStories'', though this may only be in the [[{{Woolseyism}} English version]]. What's strange is that Clotho's prophecy in Volume II has the rhyming couplet at the beginning rather than the end.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Taking this in a new and strange direction, the demon {{Etrigan}} in the DC Universe speaks in ''rhyme''. This is taken by one of the Endless as a sign he has been promoted in the demonic ranks. And when Creator/AlanMoore wrote him, he actually ''did'' speak iambic pentameter. One incarnation of him accidentally forgot to rhyme in haste, meaning it's a conscious effort on his part rather than automatically how speech comes to him.
** 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.
** In ''ComicBook/{{Shadowpact}}'', it was revealed that rhyming demons are considered as part of the underworld's upper class and one has to earn the privilege to become one. However, it must be a lower rank than being (a) Lord of Hell, as Neron was furious to be promoted to rhyming demon. Yes, a lowering of rank is called being promoted. They're demons. The lower they are, the more powerful and evil they are. Yes, it's stupid. But they discuss it at length when ComicBook/BlueDevil got his demotion and started rhyming.
** In an issue of JusticeLeagueOfAmerica there's a demon practising rhyming speech, hoping for an eventual promotion.
** 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"
** Garth Ennis's ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'' also played with this, with a lower ranking demon named Baytor who, due to his inability to rise in Hell's ranks, could only say, "I am Baytor!"
* An issue of ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'' told from the point of view of Lockheed featured him flying around spouting bad rhyme. Which is interesting, as it's been suggested on more than one occasion that, being an alien life-form, his vocal apparatus just can't cope with English.
* In another example of Creator/NeilGaiman using this trope, the conversations between Dream and the young Shakespeare in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' are actually in iambic pentameter. The character Nuala also briefly drops into iambic pentameter at one point. Dream himself, when explaining himself to queen Titania of Faerie, also goes into blank verse mode. Understandable, as this is the issue where ''A Midsummer Night`s Dream'' is performed.
** Gaiman makes a hobby of writing poems in unusual verse formats that have fallen out of fashion, sometimes for centuries. The prevalence of them appearing in his comic work is pure AuthorAppeal.
** In an early issue of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', Lucifer claims that various poetic styles have been fashionable amongst demons at different times, and currently it happens to be rhyming.
* Another Creator/AlanMoore example - the title AntiHero of ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' occasionally speaks in iambic pentameter, as part of his theatrical masquerade and his celebration of literature long suppressed. Particularly apt since "V" is "5" in Roman numerals.
* [[RuleOfThree Another]] Creator/AlanMoore example: Witch Wench, a 17th-century superheroine (and member of the time-travelling League of Infinity) introduced during Moore's run on ''{{Supreme}}''.
* 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.
** It comes back in Century: 1969, in the form of a punk rocker in a seedy nightclub singing in perfect iambic pentameter.
* A [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental comic]] for the most recent [[ComicBook/TheTransformersMegaseries comic incarnation]] of the {{Transformers}} explains [[TheScrappy Wheelie's]] habitual rhyming as due to being stuck on an uninhabited planet alongside an alien with a translation device that only works reliably in rhyme. After several centuries of that, Wheelie's still rhyming by force of habit. Unless something scares him badly enough, that is.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' spinoff ''Jack of Fables'', Lady Luck speaks in Iambic Pentameter.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'', the Caged Demonwolf combines this with SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and PurpleProse (also, thesaurus abuse) for some truly remarkable dialogue.
* One professor in a story by Creator/WilhelmBusch talks like this.
* Amatsu-Mikaboshi in ''IncredibleHercules'' speaks purely in haiku, for no particular reason. He can speak normally, so it just seems like he's doing it because he can.
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* A not-quite-famous example in cinema would be Rudy Ray Moore's alter-ego Film/{{Dolemite}}.
* The entirety of SallyPotter's ''Film/{{Yes}}'' is spoken in rhyming iambic pentameter.
* The musical ''Les Demoiselles de Rochefort'' (''TheYoungGirlsOfRochefort'') has a scene in which everyone speaks in alexandrines (the classical French line and equivalent of the iambic pentameter.)
* JamesGunn told Creator/LloydKaufman he wrote ''Film/TromeoAndJuliet'' completely in iambic pentameter. He didn't, but there is a lot of it.
* The medieval parts of Creator/RogerCorman's ''Film/TheUndead'' have much of the dialog in varying types of blank verse.

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[[folder:Literature]]

* In ''Literature/TheExploitsOfEbenezum'' by Creator/CraigShawGardner, we are almost immediately introduced to a BigBad rhyming demon named Guxx Unfufadoo. He ''can'' speak without rhyming, but as his power (defined very generically) grows with every rhyme, he almost never fails to rhyme. In the succeeding trilogy he joins the party in an EnemyMine scenario, with a MalfunctionMalady where sneezing fits prevent him from rhyming... so he only speaks in blank verse with a specific beat pattern (and hopes he doesn't reflexively end a verse in a rhyme and start sneezing).
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' features Tom Bombadil, an enigmatic figure who speaks in iambic tetrameter and actually made the ring itself turn invisible.
* 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.
* In ''Literature/TheFiresOfAffliction'', the leader of the MysteryCult speaks entirely in iambic pentameter up until TheReveal. Incidentally, the book was written by one of the editors of the English script for ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'', which also features this trope.
* In Poul Anderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest'' the dialog is pretty much entirely in iambic pentameter, mostly unrhymed.
* The [[CrazyAwesome main character]] in ''[[TheWiseMansFear The Wise Man's Fear]]'' by Patrick Rothfuss ends up spending some time in [[MagicalLand Fae]], where most conversations seem to be carried out in rhyming couplets. It's implied that this is a somewhat whimsical form of amusement, rather than a natural speech pattern.
* Literature/LordPeterWimsey keeps doing this unintentionally in ''Busman's Honeymoon''. The other characters lampshade it.
* in ''RuledBritannia'' not only are Marlowe and Shakespeare's plays obviously in Iambic Pentameter, their conversations between each other often are as well.
* In the ''StarTrekTheLostEra'' novel ''The Buried Age'', there's a scene where Picard and Ariel discuss Shakespeare, and he realises afterwards that she was casually speaking in iambic pentameter, including finishing with a rhyming couplet.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': One of the reasons Captain James Kirk's dialogue sounds so stilted or fake is that Creator/WilliamShatner insisted on using varying iambic and trochaic rhythms, presumably due to his [[ShakespearianActors Shakespearean training]]. It was even parodied on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway?''
-->'''Ryan Stiles:''' Spock, ''put'' the ''trib''bles ''down'' and ''help'' me ''with'' the ''ship!''
** Less well-known is Avery Brooks' line readings from ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. (Brooks was also familiar with The Bard from his theater days.) As the series wore on, Captain Sisko's language became looser and more impassioned, but in the beginning he spoke entirely in sleepy Shatnerese.
* Maldis, a two-episode villain on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' once took the form of a wizard who always spoke in iambic pentameter.
* In the third season of ''Series/WhiteCollar'', ConspiracyTheorist Mozzie has started ''knocking on Neal's door'' in iambic pentameter.
* An entire episode of ''{{Moonlighting}}'' consisted of lines in iambic pentameter. For bonus awesome, it was a hilarious parody of ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew.''
** Or, the scene with David, Maddie, and a hotel security officer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT4LqmyjexA all speaking in Seussian rhyming couplets]]:
--->[[AC:Security Officer]]: I'm sorry, but you're not on the guest list.
--->[[AC:David]]: That's because we're not guests. We're looking for a man with a mole on his nose.
--->[[AC:Officer]]: A mole on his nose?
--->[[AC:Maddie]]: A mole on his nose.
--->[[AC:Officer]]: [to Maddie] What kind of clothes?
--->[[AC:Maddie]]: [to David] What kind of clothes?
--->[[AC:David]]: What kind of clothes do you suppose?
--->[[AC:Officer]]: What kind of clothes do I suppose would be worn by a man with a mole on his nose? Who knows?
--->[[AC:David]]: Did I happen to mention,did I bother to disclose, that this man that we're seeking with the mole on his nose? I'm not sure of his clothes or anything else, except he's Chinese, a big clue by itself.
--->[[AC:Maddie]]: [[LampshadeHanging How do you do that?]]
--->[[AC:David]]: Gotta read a lot of Creator/DrSeuss.
--->[[AC:Officer]]: I'm sorry to say, I'm sad to report, I haven't seen anyone at all of that sort. Not a man who's Chinese with a mole on his nose with some kind of clothes that you can't suppose. So get away from this door and get out of this place, or I'll have to hurt you - put my foot in your face.
* One episode of the ''TheWestWing'' had the president and staff wondering about the mental capacity of one of the Justices of the Supreme Court after he issued comments in Iambic Tetrameter, identified positively by the writing staff.
** Ainsley Hayes apparently does this as a nervous tic, such as in this exchange from "And It's Surely to Their Credit":
--->'''Ainsley''': Mr. Tribbey? I'd like to do well on this, my first assignment. Any advice you could give me that might point me the way of success would be, by me, appreciated.
--->'''Lionel Tribbey''': Well, not speaking in iambic pentameter might be a step in the right direction.
* In the 2000 ''{{Dune}}'' miniseries, the Baron Harkonnen was fond of speaking in rhyming couplets.
* Two [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' did this, the Pumpkin Rapper and the Hate Master.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. In "The Mountain and the Viper" Daenerys Targaryen banishes someone with a rhyming couplet.
-->If you're found in Meereen past break of day
-->I'll have your head thrown into Slavers' Bay
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** "The Crusades", which features a guest cast made up of the big Shakespearean actors of the day, has much of their dialogue written in iambic pentameter (usually in scenes where none of the TARDIS crew are present).
** Much of Davros's MotiveRant at the Doctor in "Genesis of the Daleks" is written this way, probably to draw attention to the Shakespearean elements of Davros's character:
--->'''Davros''': Evil? No - no! I will not accept that.\\
They are conditioned simply to survive.\\
They can survive only by becoming\\
the dominant species. When all other\\
life forms are suppressed, when the Daleks are\\
the supreme rulers of the universe,\\
then you will have peace, wars will end. They are\\
the power not of evil, but of good.\\
(...)That pow'r would set me up above the gods.\\
And through the Daleks, I shall have that pow'r!
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''[[{{TabletopGame/Forsooth}} Forsooth!]]'': The game gives a guide for some Elizabethan phrases; though it doesn't advocate actually improvising in meter, some very motivated players try.
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* There is a very amusing scene in the play ''Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet'', where the main character, having been sucked into ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', realizes that she is now effortlessly speaking in iambic pentameter.
--> It's all so strange, What's even stranger though\\
I speak in blank verse like the characters\\
Unrhymed Iambical Pentameter\\
It seems to come quite naturally to me\\
I feel so eloquent and... [[ShapedLikeItself eloquent]].\\
My God. I think I'm on an acid trip.
* Subverted in Creator/{{Moliere}}'s ''Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme'', in which the title character, having learned that it is more elegant to speak in prose rather than affecting metre, is delighted to learn he has been speaking prose all his life without knowing it.
* Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's operetta, ''Theatre/PrincessIda'' has its dialogue in blank verse, which is unrhymed iambic pentameter. The long Creator/AlfredLordTennyson poem that ''Princess Ida'' parodies used the same meter.
* Although the majority of his plays, like most Elizabethan drama, are written in iambic pentameter, Shakespeare lampshades this trope a bit in ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' -- after Orlando interrupts a prose conversation between Jaques and Rosalind with "Good day and happiness, dear Rosalind!" Jaques storms off, exclaiming "Nay, then, God buy you, an you talk in blank verse" (this despite the fact that Jaques himself talks in blank verse quite a bit elsewhere in the play). Amusingly, the subsequent conversation between Rosalind and Orlando is in prose.

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* ''LegacyOfKain'' wouldn't be itself without this.
* 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.
** This may be a reference to Shakespeare's ''Macbeth'', in which the Witches speak trochaic tetrameter (four feet, alternating stress, starting with a stressed syllable) to help illustrate their otherworldly nature.
* Bastian in ''FireEmblem 9'' speaks entirely in iambic pentameter. Elincia also uses it for a RousingSpeech.
** This reoccurs in ''Radiant Dawn'': the prince of Daein, Pelleas, once gives a speech that's mostly in this meter to his troops. Yet Bastian's verse is nowhere to be found.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, the Flood intelligence Gravemind (usually) speaks in rhyming couplets of trochaic heptameter ([[MythologyGag seven being Bungie's]] ArcNumber). This pushes its already [[LargeHam impressive hamminess]] UpToEleven. For example, referring to Master Chief and the Arbiter, respectively:
-->[[{{Determinator}} This one is machine and nerve, and has its mind concluded]].\\
[[KnightTemplar This one is but flesh and faith, and is the more deluded]].
** When Cortana asked it why it did so in ''[[Literature/HaloEvolutions Human Weakness]]'', it simply said it was preference, as after having consumed many poets from different cultures, it grew fond of their gifts.
--> '''Gravemind:''' I have the memories of many poets far beyond your limited human culture. And I have the quickness of intellect to compose all manner of poetic forms as I speak rather than labor over mere words for days.
* The elven hero Findan from ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V'' speaks in various kinds of poetic metre. Many of his lines are haiku.
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'', every line Barlowe says between Shanoa losing her memory and [[spoiler:the beginning of his boss fight]] is in iambic pentameter.
* ''{{Vangers}}'' featured Eleepods - a race of fat and lazy worms obsessed with poetry. Their manner of speech also resembles blank verse, but this was LostInTranslation.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' has one character in a flashback who doesn't usually speak this way, but punctuates one of his lines to make it especially blatant:
--> Ironic, isn't it? For '''one''' who '''has''' the '''right''' to '''be''' a '''god'''!
* ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight'' has this for the narration. Justified in that the story is presented as someone reading from a book of fairy tales.
* Julien, of ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheAzranLegacy'' speaks like this (in the English version of the game, at least), being a parody of Romeo from ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''.
* 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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* ''WebComic/{{xkcd}}'' has [[http://xkcd.com/79/ a strip]] featuring actual iambic pentameter.
* Hibachi and the other [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' has a library with a [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=691 peculiar application process]].
* ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' once had an iambic pen''slam''eter, where they poked fun at each other in iambic pentameter. Then Llewellen showed up and invited them to pie in iambic pentameter, which Ozy declared a coincidence; he always talks like that when baking pie.
* One of the languages you can view the fancomic ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' in is "'''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin poetry]]'''".
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has a subtle but very powerful use at the painfully emotional climax of chapter 30:
--> '''[[spoiler: Jeanne]]:''' You come here to mock me with this gleaming heart of yours. Coddled child of that damned place. This luxury afforded by my death... it should be mine to take.
* ''Webcomic/PlanetOfHats'' uses pentameter exclusively for its spoof of the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[http://www.mezzacotta.net/planetofhats/episodes/0013.html The Conscience of the King]]", which is about a Shakespearian actor.
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* Played straight in the ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' episode "Dr Seuss vs Shakespeare", as it is done by the Bard (well, George Watsky) himself, in the first several lines:
--> Come bite my thumb!
--> I hope you know the stakes
--> I'll put a slug between your shoulder blades
--> Then ask what light through yonder poser breaks?
--> [[LampshadeHanging I hath been iambic on that ass ye bastard]]
* When Kyle introduces ''WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh'''s Shakespeare month, he does the entire introductory video in iambic pentameter. Concluding with a fervent (almost frightened) affirmation that he is ''not'' going to be doing the whole month like that.
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* In the Hungarian translation of ''TheFlintstones'', everybody speaks in rhymes. {{MindScrew}}ing, indeed.
* Wordsworth in ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'' doesn't take the name of a poet for nothing.
* In ''{{Hoodwinked}}'', Red comes across Japeth, a singing senile country western mountain goat:
-->'''Red Puckett:''' I'm looking for Granny Puckett's house?
-->'''Japeth the Goat:''' ''[singing]'' Graaaaaaaanneeee Puckeeeett...
-->'''Red Puckett:''' Could you stop singing for one moment?
-->'''Japeth the Goat:''' ''[singing]'' No I can't, wish I could, but [[CursedWithAwesome a mountain witch done put a spell on me]], 37 years agoooooooo, and now I gotta sing every thing I saaaaaaaaayyyyyy...
-->'''Red Puckett:''' Everything?
-->'''Japeth the Goat:''' ''[speaking]'' That's right.
-->'''Red Puckett:''' You just talked! Just now!
-->'''Japeth the Goat:''' Oh, did I? ''[singing]'' Did I? Dididididodadidididoooo...
-->''[Red gives a pissed off AsideGlance to the audience]''
* A ''really'' gratuitous example from the trailer for the third ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' film: "You FOOL! How COULD you LET them GET aWAY!?"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' speaks in rhyming couplets. Interestingly, his alter-ego Shoeshine Boy does not.
* Everything ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Zecora]]'' says is in rhyme. She does it each and every time.
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