"Now, I don't want to get off on a rant here..."People ranting about their political opinions, religious beliefs or similar usually don't intend to be entertaining. Some, however, have realized that serious messages can't be distinguished from parodies anyway — so why not make the most of it? And thus, some comedians, propagandists, and other characters chose to present their opinions with a lot of attitude, making rants designed to be entertaining while still communicating a serious message. Not to be confused with The Rant, the writer's comments alongside a webcomic.
— Dennis Miller
Index of performers and shows that are (fully or partially) designed this way:
- A Dose Of Buckley
- The Amazing Atheist
- The Angry Video Game Nerd
- Atop the Fourth Wall
- The Best Page In The Universe
- Lewis Black: Both his standup act and his "Back in Black" segments on The Daily Show are this.
- Brawlmaster08: Mostly known for his rants, he is a well-known ranter.
- The Cartoon Hero
- Charlie Brooker
- George Carlin: Ranting about pretty much anything. Some of his rants were reasonable in themselves, other were parodies designed to be unreasonable but directly or indirectly contain some form of wisdom.
- Das Sporking: Varies between this and MS Ts
- The Editing Room
- Ben Elton
- Bill Hicks
- Zinnia Jones: Ranting about homophobia, sexism, religious fundamentalism, etc.
- Juvenal makes this trope Older Than Feudalism.
- Greg Proops
- Sam Kinison
- David Mitchell in his webcast "David Mitchell's Soapbox" and his column in The Observer. He'll rant elsewhere too, but those are the official channels.
- Neurotically Yours has a side-series where Foamy the Squirrel rants on about anything and everything. Not that the other episodes are about anything else.
- The Nostalgia Chick is especially good at seeming like she doesn't need to breathe.
- The Nostalgia Critic
- The Now Show (Marcus Brigstock's segments and sometimes John Holmes or Mitch Benn. Also "stand-in Marcuses" like Lloyd Langford)
- Penn & Teller: Bullshit!: Ranting about anything they consider "bullshit". Each episode is about something that, according to them, either is bullshit in itself or is plagued by bullshit in one form or another.
- A staple of The Rick Mercer Report is "The Rant" in which Rick rants about whatever has caught his ire that week. This is a carryover from Rick's stint on This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
- SF Debris is famous for its ranty reviews of Star Trek: Voyager episodes.
- Sheep in the Big City - The ranting swede / the angry scientist
- Tasteful Understated Nerdrage
- The Unusual Suspect
- 2, the Ranting Gryphon
- TV Trash
- Whatever Love Means
- xkcd: Ranting about stupidity in general.
- You Know Whats Bullshit
- Zero Punctuation
Non-index examples (scenes in shows that otherwise aren't this, and shows that are this but don't have their own TV Tropes pages).
- In The Order of the Stick, Belkar used to do this, using Refuge in Audacity to get away with having evil values.
- In Scrubs, Dr. Cox likes to incorporate actual points inside long funny rants.
- Cyberwolf087 has made not only rants, but also Youtube Poops, game reviews and other videos.
- Coupling usually had one Once A Series, when Straight Man and Author Avatar Steve would really break into stride and dish out an epic rant leaving every other character in stunned silence.
- "...of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong."