Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?
Fezzik: If there are, we'll all be dead.
Vizzini: No more rhymes now! I mean it!
Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?
Vizzini: GAH!The habit of certain characters to speak in Sublime Rhyme,
for no apparent reason, all the time.
This does not apply when the character is quoting/reciting,
nor when they are rapping or their inner poet is deliberately igniting;
only when they are speaking off the top of their head
does this trope apply, that's what I said.
I don't want to be rude,
but must also exclude,
literature written entirely in verse,
like William Shakespeare or Homer or worse.
A character need not speak in rhyme
all the time,
but it should happen often enough
that excusing it is tough.
Also, poetry or rap can be included,
if all other modes of expression are precluded.
More often than not,
I tell you what,
a character who's a rhymer
is a supporting part-timer
or hovers in the background,
safe and sound.
Also they tend
to follow the trend
of Urban influence, young and unsung. Bonus rewards if you end with words that are usually "unrhymable", like "orange" or "purple"... you nurple! (See?) If a person's entire language is based on this trope,
then he could be a Strange Syntax Speaking dope.
May lead to a Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion.
Or Rhyming List, which well, you know...
Examples to trample:
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Anime and Manga, To Start This List With a Banga
- In the Sgt. Frog anime, Natsumi is horrified to find herself compulsively making many a bad rhyming pun (or "old man joke") after being hit by Kululu's age-increasing gun.
- Mega Man NT Warrior (being the English dub) had Magic Man, who spoke in nothing but rhyme.
- Naruto recently introduced Killer Bee, who raps almost all of his prattle, even in the middle of battle. At one point, he actually says a different word from what he intended in order to keep a rhyme extended.
Bee: Noble beast, grab onto my arm, then I'll toss ya in the clock direction of ten.
Motoi: Don't sacrifice the truth for a rhyme, Bee! He went two o'clock!
So you've reached the Plateau, but not yet a hero.Are you ready to meet and defeat...the Elite?Can I expect survival...against your rival?
- Team Rocket speak almost entirely in rhymes and dated-but-still-catchy phrases. This is not to mention, of course, their Once an Episode recitation of the Team Rocket Motto, or their habit of stopping mid-action to sing songs based on popular tunes. This is likely meant as parody, however, as it seems to be an emphasis on how cool Team Rocket really isn't.
- One segment in "2.B.A. Master":
- Rave Master has Rionette, one of King's Palace Guardians.
- Francine's a cat who likes to rhyme. In fact she does it all the time. Well, most of the time. And only in the English version.
- Para and Dox in Yu-Gi-Oh!. (Dub version only.)
Comic Books, Which Get Lots of Looks
- In Batman #525, Mr Freeze's mooks, Ice and Cube, do this. At least Ice does, speaking after Cube and rhyming with what he said. (This was before Batman: The Animated Series' backstory for Freeze became Ret-Canon'd into the comics).
Cube: Rappers, Ice, we ain't.Ice: My lines, Cube, are too quaint?Cube: Knock it off, Ice.
- Minor Batman villain Humpty Dumpty also does this, frequently singing in rhyme to himself while he works on repairing things in his cell at Arkham. As observed on another page on this very site, Dumpty's rhyming skills come in handy when demons invade the asylum: the legions of Hell speak in rhyme, and those who do so naturally, like Humpty, are the equivalent of demonic-to-English translators.
- The Rhyming Man, one of Mickey Mouse's enemies from comics in the 40s and recent storyline "The World To Come".
- Mr. Bones of The DCU, originally; it's been quietly disposed of since then.
- Len Wein had The Demon (Etrigan) start doing this in DC Comics Presents. Its later use by Alan Moore in Swamp Thing made it stick... sometimes with painful results when the author of the day is less than skilled at poetry.
- Peter David did actually get him to rhyme orange... with "car hinge", since he was standing on a car door.
- Depending on how intrusive Etrigan is, Jason Blood's (who shares a body with Etrigan) real curse is occasionally declared to be having to listen to the demon talk all the time.
- One one occasion when Etrigan had been captured by a rival demon, it was noted that him being no longer able to rhyme was an indication that his powers were waning.
- Rhyming has evolved to be indicative of a particularly powerful class of demon. Shadowpact has Blue Devil start rhyming when the forces of Hell decide to demote him (which is good because in Hell lower is better), and although Etrigan doesn't always speak in rhyme in the New 52, he does it a lot in battle to use special demon powers.
- Subverted in Gotham Central. Driver and MacDonald are talking to a Doctor in Arkham about The Mad Hatter.
DRIVER: I thought he rhymed, all the time.DOCTOR: No. He's not retarded.
- In an odd comic book adaptation, the RoadRunner had three sons, and they all spoke in rhyme. One story, in fact, had him seeing through the Coyote's disguise (in a road runner suit) because he couldn't rhyme.
- The Leannan Sidhe in Matt Wagner's Mage: The Hero Discovered does the same thing.
- Dan Jurgens' run of Thor featured the Dark God Tokkots, who could split himself into two identical beings, so that on several occasions, one starts to speak, the other finishes.
- The following exchange between two warriors occurred in Steve Rude's Nexus:
JACQUES THE ANVIL: I perceive that we are at a standoff. Feed me a line I cannot rhyme and we'll perform a hand-off!JUDAH THE HAMMER: A line you cannot rhyme?JACQUES: Make it quick and make it prime!JUDAH: There's never any fruit in Clausius' loot. Won't you have — AN ORANGE?JACQUES: (curses in unreadable symbols)
- Occurs in Shadowpact when Blue Devil is promoted to a Rhyming Class demon.
- Superboy supporting character Roxy Leech had a friend with the appropriate name of The Poet.
- Splash Brannigan in Tomorrow Stories has this as one of his Verbal Tics. When he's not rhyming, he's usually speaking in (extremely convoluted) alliteration
- Suske en Wiske: Characters that speak in rhyme are often encountered (examples include "De Koning Drinkt", "Sjeik El Rojenbiet", "De Wolkeneters", "De Tamtamkloppers", "Het Rijmende Paard",...) (The King Drinks, The Cloud-Eaters, The Tamtam Knockers, The Rhyming Horse)
- In an issue of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers encountered mutant singer Lila Cheney living in a planet called Aldana, where everyone talked in rhymes. For Lila was easy to blend in, because she's a singer. For Carol, it wasn't.
- Two-Edge, the insane half-elf, half-troll from ElfQuest does this a lot, although he gives it up eventually.
Two-Edge: (Following a challenge as to where his loyalty lies)Two-Edge: That we shall learn when the conflict is ended!Two-Edge: So far, there are none that I have befriended!Two-Edge: The waiting is over! The watching begins!Two-Edge: Soon we will see which of two edges wins!
- The most bizarre aspect of Two-Edge's rhymes is that they actually make a lot of sense once you realise what's going on in his head.
Fan Fic Antics
- Along Came a Spider explains Zecora doing this as a side effect of a cure to Eldritch Abomination spider bite.
- Several other My Little Pony fan fictions have this lampshade with Decor's Delicious Dilemma and Attack of the Killer Oranges having Zecora have trouble rhyming with orange.
- "Rhyme Time", an episode of Script Fic Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, is centered upon Calvin accidentally making everyone gain this habit. The MTM defuses it with a Least Rhymable Word - orange.
- In Hitman Miami, villain Mr. Pi keeps speaking in rhyme during fights, much to 47's frustration when he duels him. Eventually, he manages to get 47 himself talking in rhyme for a moment.
- The appropriately named "Rhymey" from My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic rhymes absolutely everything, from ordinary conversations to attack names even to grunts of pain. Unfortunately, they're not good rhymes.
- In The Official Fanfiction University of Middle-earth, Lina becomes this, after eating cursed Valinor Vegetable Soup.
Filmed and Overwhelmed a.k.a. Groovy Movies
- This is Bullhorn's entire schtick in Black Dynamite. He's stopped later on though, when he can't think of one.
Bullhorn: You're an overweight corn-fed fool with a lot of muscle mass, but now it's time for Bullhorn to get up in that ass!!
- You jivin' motherfuckers would be spoilin' for a fight, if you forgot to mention a badass named Dolemite!
- There's also Vince Fontaine, the jive-talking master of ceremonies at Rydell High's National Bandstand Dance-Off Contest in Grease.
Fontaine: Thank you fans and friends, and odds and ends! And now, all you gals and guys, a few words to the wise. You Jims and Sals are my best pals. And to look your best for the big contest, just be yourselves and have a ball; that's what it's all about, after all! So forget about the camera and think about the beat; we'll give the folks at home a real big treat. Don't worry about where the camera is. Just keep on dancing - that's show biz! If you're tapped on the shoulder, move to the side; let the others finish the ride. It doesn't matter if you win or lose; it's what you do with your dancing shoes! Hoo-hoo! Okay, cats - throw your mittens around your kittens and awa-ay we go!
- The goblin Blix in Legend (1985) occasionally breaks into rhyme, presumably because fairy tale goblins are known for that.
Blix: Mortal world has turned to ice, 'tis a goblin paradise!
- There is a hilarious sequence in The Princess Bride:
Inigo Montoya: That Vizzini, he can fuss.Fezzik: Fuss, fuss... I think he likes to scream at us.Inigo Montoya: Probably he means no harm.Fezzik: He's really very short on charm.Inigo Montoya: You have a great gift for rhyme.Fezzik: Yes, yes, some of the time.Vizzini: Enough of that.Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?Fezzik: If there are, we all be dead.Vizzini: No more rhyming now, I mean it.Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?Vizzini: GYEEAAHHHHHH!!!
- This is expanded on in the book, where Fezzik's love of rhymes is discussed at length.
- Some people may have missed it, but the first exchange when Fezzik and Inigo reunite is also entirely in rhyme:
Inigo: I am waiting for Vizzini.
Fezzik: You surely are a meanie. Hello.
Inigo: It's you.
- In the live-action Underdog, the title character speaks in rhyme extensively, albeit not as pervasively as his cartoon forbear:
Underdog: [melodramatic] My rhymes are only said in fun! [normal] Okay, I'm done.
- The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: In Wind in the Willows, Cyril's court testimony is spoken rhyme.
Literature, Which May Be Bitter or Pure
- The game version of this is apparently how Marco from Animorphs bonds with his father when they're alone.
- This was Vanessa Pike's oh-so-crazy quirk in The Baby-Sitters Club books.
- 'The Prof' from the Burke novels by Andrew Vachss.
"Prof is short for prophet, my man. I never fall because I see it all!"
- Natalia Line from Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack! always speaks in rhyme when she's nervous.
- The demon that gives the wizard Ebenezum his allergy to magic in A Malady of Magicks speaks in this manner, although his rhymes are pretty bad.
"Alas, you humans are out of luck,For now you face the demon Guxx!"
- Wow, that rhyming really suxx.
- A good thing, as if he could rhyme well (or had the self-control to ignore comments to the contrary) he'd be unbeatable; each rhyme he gets out acts as a combination generic counterspell and powerful self-buff, and they stack. In context he's a lot more frightening, up until the end of the third book when the collected wizards manage to spread the allergy to magic to him, forcing him to only declaim in (rather decent) blank verse.
- While the main character of Inside Out by Terry Trueman doesn't rhyme his speech, the voices in his head speak almost entirely in gibberish rhymes. They only speak in a straightforward fashion when they're giving him instructions.
- There's a scene in the first Kingdom Keepers book where Finn's thoughts suddenly manifest themselves as such. Amanda tells him it's a sign of witches.
- In Scott Corbett's The Limerick Trick a formula produced by a mysterious boys' chemistry set with nearly-illegible labels made several of the main characters start talking like this.
- In The Fellowship of the Ring, Tom Bombadil speaks in rhyming verse so often that the index of poems in The Lord of the Rings doesn't bother to list his verses individually.
- The Madeline books are all written in rhyme, including character dialogue. The narrators of the cartoon and the movie also speak in rhyme, sometimes by directly quoting the books.
- In Robert Arthur's "Mr. Milton's Gift" one Homer Milton enters a mysterious curio shop in search of an anniversary present for his wife and, after making an offhand comment about the "gift of making money," is given it - along with the "gift of verse" as a bonus, because of his name. This results in exchanges like the following attempted explanation to his lawyer when he discovers that the "gift of making money" is more literal than he expected:
"I tried to buy my wife a present, something she'd consider pleasant. I didn't want her to be vexed, so I wound up getting hexed. A gift this Clarence fellow sold me, but the thing he never told me was I'd be a counterfeiter-"
- Uyulala from The NeverEnding Story. In fact, she can't speak without rhyming, and also cannot hear people if they do not talk to her in verse. (Atreyu manages to get a knack for it rather quickly.)
- Onimi from the New Jedi Order speaks constantly in rhymes specifically to annoy whoever he's talking to (and thereby amuse his boss). As most of Onimi's dialogue, however, is in the Yuuzhan Vong language, he's probably really using some other form of poetic meter that is simply rendered as rhymes in English. When he reveals his true nature, he stops doing this.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: "Curse me, eh, I'll make you pay/ I don't want to rhyme all day!"
- Gurgi from the Prydain Chronicles often likes to speak with "rhymings and chimings".
- Pumuckl, the kobold protagonist of a German children's series. "Oh, das reimt sich! Und was sich reimt, ist gut, haha!" (Oh, that rhymes! And anything that rhymes is good, haha!)
- Sir Harry the Muse, an Owl from ''Mattimeo'', who always talks in rhyme except when conducting business.
- Tertius Fume does this in Septimus Heap to the point of being called out for this by Merrin Meredith.
- In both the book and movie versions of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Thimbletack the brownie rhymes at almost all times.
- In the Star Trek Expanded Universe, there's a race called the Lonat who speak in rhyme, and it's explicitly made Translation Convention. Skilled poetic speaking akin to Shakespeare's use of iambic pentameter is mutilated into nursery rhyme style verse by the Universal Translator doing the best it can to keep up. We don't know what the Lonat trader Square-Deal Djonreel is hearing when the DS9 crew talk to him, but he is pleased when they respond to him in rhyme just for fun. Kira tries to get them to cut it out, but accidentally ends her order with a word that rhymes with what O'Brien had just said.
- In David Brin's Uplift series the dolphin language Trinary is expressed in (often rather snarky) limericks. Though later generations of "fin" can speak Anglic and usually don't bother rhyming when they do so.
- In The Viscount of Adrilankha Ibronka and Röaana do this as a game.
-Is it something living?-The answer no I am giving, and it is not the sky.-I have to wonder why. Can I hold it in my hand?-You can hold it while you stand. (And so on.)
- In The Wise Man's Fear, two of the characters have an entire unscripted rhyming conversation, and in The Name of the Wind, Kvothe does a Badass Boast like this. It's actually good poetry. Justified Trope, He's a musician. Further justified due to use of the Translation Convention.
- The children's book The Wonderful O is full of this, since the premise is that the villains ban one rather vital letter of the English language. So, naturally, they must demonstrate the difficulties this creates in poetry and verse.
- The 13 Clocks slips in and out of rhyme, but manages to make it work even at the most dramatic moments:
"I have no tears," said Hagga. "Once I wept when ships were overdue, or brooks ran dry, or tangerines were overripe, or sheep got something in their eye. I weep no more," said Hagga. Her eyes were dry as desert and her mouth seemed made of stone. "I have turned a thousand persons gemless from my door. Come in," she said. "I weep no more."
- Many fae type creatures in fairytales and literature speak in rhyme, including, but not limited to:
- In The Last Dogs, the main characters meet a huge gang of rats in the subway, led by a rat named Longtooth who always speaks in rhyme. But it's eventually subverted, for when he dismisses his rats, Longtooth admits that he's run out of rhymes and speaks normally to the dogs.
Live Action TV, worth just a Fraction of Thee
- Simms in Adam Adamant Lives! would often compose spontaneous limericks about the situation.
- A one-time sketch on The Amanda Show featured a "gifted class" full of teenagers with special powers. Josh Peck played Billy, a boy with the gift of "super-rhyming" ("Yeah! I do it all the time...ing."). This led to such couplets as:
- Lisa: You're giving us a pop quiz?!Billy: If you spill a soda, you have to...mop fizz.Student: Come on, guys, let's go eat.Billy: You don't need shoes if you got no feet!
- Are You Afraid of the Dark? had the Carnie from "The Tale of Laughing In The Dark", who played the trope for all the creepiness it was worth:
Carnie: It's the most fun in the park, when you're laughing in the dark.Carnie: Pick the right door and you'll go free, pick the wrong door and there he'll be.
- This happened to Murdock in the episode "Black Day at Bad Rock" from The A-Team where he had to give an injured B. A. some of his blood. Murdock uses this new tendency to try to convince B. A. that he will go insane after receiving the blood.
Murdock: You'll start hearin' thing you don't see, and rhymin' your words...just like me." *cheeky (and slightly maniacal) smile*
- The Doodlebops: Razz, the eponymous band's manager for Season 1, spoke like this.
- Baron Harkonnen in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries of Dune.
- In a The Electric Company (1971) "Spidey Super Stories" sketch the Birthday Bandit speaks like this.
- The following exchange from the Friends episode "The One Where No-One's Ready":
Ross: We can't be late. It starts at eight.
Phoebe: He could not, would not, want to wait.
- This is a trait of Jervis Tetch in Gotham, initially most frequently while hypnotising his marks. However, after his sister killed herself to get away from him, he started undergoing some serious Sanity Slippage and the rhyming began to bleed into his normal speech. Jim Gordon was able to exploit this at one point in interrogation by speaking in rhyme to him, tricking him into inadvertently dropping hints about who Jim was looking for:
Tetch: Nothing! Nothing! I'll tell you naught; his name shall be neither spoken nor taught! He'll cut and he'll crush and the blood will run thick, though from healer to killer is no easy trick!
- Alvie roomed with House in the loony bin, busted rhymes so basic and thin, needed Heezy's help in the talent show, and when Heezy walked out that do', he decided he didn't want to be crazy no mo'.
- An episode of Season 9 of How I Met Your Mother featured Marshall telling Marvin bedtime stories to Marvin in order to calm him down on a crowded bus. Naturally, the entire episode is spoken in rhyme (making it sort of a spoken-word Musical Episode), and featured Lin-Manuel Miranda as a passenger on the bus, who was already somewhat well-known for his success in hip-hop musical In The Heights. Notable moments of the episode include when one rhyme only works with the subtitles on, and LMM's character supplying an entire free-style verse when Marshall is unable to rhyme something with Canada (Manuel's character eventually uses the slant rhyme janitor).
- Mrs. Benson in iCarly has a series of silly, and occasionally morbid rhymes to help her through her daily life.
Mrs. Benson: You won't get respect if your back's not erect.
Mrs. Benson: When temperatures get too high the elderly start to die.
- Alton Brown of Iron Chef America often delivers his closing address in poetic, or at least rhyming, style.
- The announcer from Judge Alex.
- In an episode of Legend of the Seeker, all women are expected to do this in the presence of the Margrave. To do otherwise would be disrespecful. Cara, at first, has trouble doing this when pretending to be a princess whose skill at poetry is legendary. She does spout a few rhymes later (mostly about torture and murder) and another one later, while turning the Margrave into a punching bag. Zedd, dressed up as a duchess, has no trouble rhyming. Even more impressive, the Margrave's sister is able to rhyme while sobbing at the top of her lungs.
- Queen Mab from Merlin (2008) (the TV show, not the mini-series).
- Moonlighting, in which Agnes DiPesto does this when answering the phone. In the It's a Wonderful Plot episode, she runs a greeting card firm.
- Eulabelle the black maidservant, from Horror Of Party Beach (Mystery Science Theater 3000), uses occasional but ubiquitously pointless rhymes as homilies:
- "You don't see me sittin' around moanin' and groanin' all day."
- "What are y'all doin' sneekin' and peekin' in the dark for?"
- In Power Rangers, there have been a few rhyming MOTWs, some better at it than others. At least once in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, we get a Lampshade Hanging: The Yellow Ranger isn't succumbing to the villain's Hate Plague, and we get...
Hate Master: "Would you give in already?! Doing this is no snap! It really isn't easy talking all the time in rap!"
- The Rangers also had an ally who did this, Quagmire from the "Isle of Illusions" two-part episode. (Although, not all his rhymes made complete sense. For example, he referred to Madame Woe (a Monster of the Week who appeared in a previous episode) as a "nightmare queen" who Billy fought in a "realm of dreams", which really didn't describe Madame Woe or the actual battle at all.
- One Russ Abbot sketch featured the character Monty Monologue, who much to his wife's mounting frustration speaks only in rhymed couplets, with a double drumbeat at the end to mark the punchline.
Wife: Your dinner's ruined!
Monty: Now there's a tasty dish I see, is that my dinner burning?
Why not give it to the dog, and then he won't need worming! [boom-boom]
- The basic objective of the 1975 ABC game show Rhyme and Reason. A couplet is presented, and two contestants secretly write down a word that rhymes with the last word of the couplet. They select a celebrity on a panel (of six) and the celebrity completes the couplet. Matching the contestant's word scores points.
- How could we possibly avoid mentioning Professional Wrestling great "Superstar" Billy Graham, the sensation of the nation and the number-one creation? He was filled with the desire to inspire, and took on all contenders and pretenders.
- Muffy The Mouse from Today's Special.
- A magic mirror in The 10th Kingdom speaks entirely in rhyme and will only answer questions that are put in verse as well. This leads to Tony and Virginia having to come up with...interesting questions on the spot.
"Our mirror's smashed, what can we do? Where the hell are the other two?"
- On The West Wing, one of the signs that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is getting senile is that he tends to write opinions in verse. This is Played for Laughs the first few times it comes up:
President Bartlet: (reading) "Fear of cancer from asbestos ... fuzzy science manifestos ..."
- Due to the improvisational nature of a show like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, any game that involves singing ends up becoming this. It's most obvious in Hoedown, where you can tell that the guys are struggling to come up with rhymes as they're singing.
- 3rd Rock from the Sun featured Laurie Metcalfe as a character who always rhymed her sentences with whatever someone else had just uttered. Dick found this charming at first but later discovered it was incredibly annoying and made it impossible to carry on a normal conversation with her.
Pinballs we play to get Specials all day
- The advertising flyer for Stern's Ali is filled with rhymes extoling the virtues of the game. Needless to say, some of them stretch painfully to make a point:
Muhammad Ali: "A fast fortune is easy to earn,
Just go with a winner like I did with Stern!"* Merlin in Medieval Madness almost always speaks like this."It's not tragic, you have Merlin's magic!"
Print Media, So Seedy-a
- MAD magazine, in an article called "Mad's Personal Ads," featured this number:
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 but then get worse. So if you like a man who's dumb, write to me BOX 21.
Theater (By Playwrights With Names Like Peter of Exeter)
Theme Park Rides, Which If Not Cleared By the Safety Inspector Can Have Their Dark Sides
- Madame Leota speaks in rhyme in The Haunted Mansion ride at Disney Theme Parks, as she was conducting a seance and magic typically rhymes. In the movie, she seemed to be speaking a prophecy, and spoke normally to Jim at times. In the game, she only does this when preforming her Exposition Fairy duties.
- Haunted Mansion Holiday uses rhyme for the entire naration, though this is done to follow the style of Tim Burton's original poem, which was in turn based on The Night Before Christmas
Video Games, With Their Pretty "Whoa" Names
- Ezio lampshades this in Assassin's Creed: Revelations when he sings during his guise as a Wandering Minstrel
The things I do, to save the worldSurprise me time to timeLike learning how to play the luteAnd making these words rhyme
- Gruntilda, the villain of Banjo-Kazooie. She stopped talking like this in the sequel, at the insistence of her sisters, but returned to full form in Nuts & Bolts. Probably because her sisters weren't around to nag her anymore.
- Umlaut of CarnEvil speaks like this all the time, usually to insult the player(s).
- The Red Caps in City of Heroes speak like this. At one point their leader Snaptooth can be seen shouting at one of them to stop.
- The song "A Pirate I Was Meant To Be," from The Curse of Monkey Island, is sung by pirates who Rhyme On A Dime. The only way to end the song and escape the puzzle is to end a line with the unrhymable word "orange."
- To be fair, one of them does rhyme it with "door hinge", but the others realize it wouldn't fit in with the song, so it ends anyway.
- There is also an extended swordplay puzzle (Insult Swordfighting) where combat is mostly verbal and the pirate who comes up with the better insult wins. When swordfighting at sea, the insult and counterinsult have to rhyme. ("When your father first saw you, he must have been mortified."/"You're a disgrace to your species, you're so undignified!" "At least mine can be identified.") Even Guybrush and Captain René Rottingham get this rhyming exchange after the former's victory over the latter.
- Micheal Tillotson from Deadly Premonition. Especially exceptional because he's not only creating a rhyme at the drop of a dime, but he's also repeating what Mr. Stewart whispers to him. Who does not speak in rhyme.
- In Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga, we have Bellegar, a crazy mage whose lines are all rhymed. Some of them are really funny. Taken up to eleven in the expansion where his couplets turn into verses with more intricate rhyme schemes to match with his more important role.
- Dragon Age: Origins includes a talking oak tree that speaks in rhyme and makes an Incredibly Lame Pun when asked about it. Namely, that this probably makes it a "Poet-tree".
- The entire race of mermaids in Dragon Quest VI.
- The court jester in The Excellent Dizzy Adventure speaks exactly in this way.
- Professor Shantotto of Final Fantasy XI. Rather odd, considering she serves as her nation's ambassador to conferences with major world leaders, and no one seems to call her out on her odd speech patterns.
Shantotto: I don't make threats!
- Probably because they're terrified of her.
- I am not sure which is more of an understatement in the above sentence, "probably" or "terrified".
- It's not really-weally thataru odd when you considery that the vastaru majority of Windurstian Tarutaru spin-sparingly-speak with some form of Verbal Tic. Shantotto honestly has one of the less irritating manners of speech-ethy.
- Naturally, Shantotto's appearances in the Dissidia: Final Fantasy games have her retain her habit of rhyming, though she rarely sticks to any sort of meter.
If there's no result by the time I'm done researching the ultimate spell, it's too late for regrets!
- Probably because they're terrified of her.
- The supervillain Deja Vu can't speak without rhyming in Freedom Force.
- The Gravemind in Halo, in addition to its trademark trochaic heptameter. This is justified by it being a hyper-intelligent Hive Mind made up of the combined intelligence of the Flood's countless victims, including a myriad of poets:
Now the gate has been unlatched, headstones pushed asideCorpses shift and offer room, a fate you must abide
- Grub, the DJ of the Party Zone Night Club in The Nameless Mod.
- Halaster Blackcloak in Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark. Admittedly, he is described as completely insane. One line from before you meet him, on a note in an otherwise-empty treasure chest:
Note: "Much to your displeasure, here there is no treasure! -H"
Halaster: "If the portal is opened, more drow will come through. I don't want that; I can barely stand you."
- And one of his lines from before you free him from the drow holding him captive:
- Epros in the RPG Okage: Shadow King. The other party members do not approve.
- Merlee from the various incarnations of Paper Mario.
- In Primordia, Primer aka 137th Legionbuilt constantly speaks in rhyme, much to Crispin's annoyance. It is explained that he went crazy due to locking away most of his memory in order not to think about his defeat during the War of the Four Cities.
- The Headless Horseman, a seasonal boss in World of Warcraft speaks all his lines in rhyme.
- Chester, the intrepid salesman/explorer in Shovel Knight rhymes with his slogan/sales pitch whenever he pops out of a blue chest.
- The worms in Worms Reloaded when they're using the "Poor Rapper" speech bank. As the name implies, the lines they speak are often awkward, but in a funny way.
"Great, a crate! Great, ...sodium nitrate!""See you later, like in an alley...gator?"
- Most of the bosses in Cuphead have rhyming quotes for when they defeat you. There are exceptions, though.
- In The Darkside Detective, The Krampus speaks in rhyming doggerel couplets.
Web Animation, A Net-Wide Sensation
- In Friendship is Witchcraft, Zecora is introduced as "the whimsical rhyming zebra", but she turns out to be terrible at it. In her very first speech, she trips herself up by ending a line with "circle". Later, she has trouble finding a rhyme for "sad", and just reuses "sad" three more times.
- Crackotage of the Cheat Commandos. Granted, he's a parody of this kind of character and as such, he's not very good at it
CRACKOTAGE: Movie night is my favorite night. I think it is my favorite night. Hee hee hoo hoo!
SILENT RIP: Are you even trying anymore?
- In an Easter egg at the end of the toon in question where the above dialog takes place, this little exchange is heard:
SILENT RIP: Aw, you can do it. Try another one.
CRACKOTAGE: I think my rhymes are truly broke. Broke, broke, broke, broke, broke, broke, broke! Hoo-hoo, hweh-hweh!
- Strong Bad also delves into this in one Strong Bad Email, "ghosts". After scanning Strong Badia to see if it's haunted but finding nothing, he says, "Looks like Strong Badia is ghost-free, proud to be." But then, he discovers an actual ghost, that of his old computer.
- In an Easter egg at the end of the toon in question where the above dialog takes place, this little exchange is heard:
- Ultra Fast Pony portrays Zecora as a rapper, complete with a backing beat when she spits her verses. Of course, her skills are the result of brainstorming rhymes in her free time, and she'll talk normally if people catch her off-guard (or she just doesn't give a damn). And most of her raps only rhyme because they abuse Word Salad Lyrics.
- Cálico Electrónico: Rhymes are Chacho Migué's go-to sales tactic. Also, all gadgets Cálico buys to face the Villain of the Week are introduced with an advert that features a rhyme in the tagline.
Web Comics, Increasingly a Part of the Publishing Economics
- A bard in Chasing The Sunset speaks only in rhyme. In one panel she is interrupted mid-sentence (twice) and is 'stuck' until she finds a way to rhyme her two previous utterances. And her name? Rhyme, of course.
- The fairies in the Forest of Doom, in The Heroes of Middlecenter, speak entirely in rhyme. Unfortunately, Darklight... doesn't really like rhyme so much.
- Ernst in Marla does this, both in his writing and his speech.
- A Penny Arcade strip once featured Gabe trying his hand at this. Of course, Tycho's vocabulary is far too extensive to merely throw in a 'Purple' or 'Orange'... instead, he works 'acquiesce' into the end of a sentence, with dire consequence.
- Shortpacked! parodies Roadblock from G.I. Joe with a toy who repeats increasingly threatening and innuendo-laden rhymes, until he is placed on a shelf and starts talking to Blaster.
Roadblock: (Beat) What in the hell? What Hasbro hack decided we rhyme just 'cuz we're both black?
- Saxony Canterbury from Thunderstruck always does this, sis. He'll give you a new pet name, Dwayne, just so he can throw this trope in your face, ace.
- The lizard "surgeon" in Unsounded:
Lizard: Know I slivers of livers from stomach and spleen; I extract the lungs before they can scream.Quigley: At least he is not a lizard who speaks in rhyme. How vexing that would be.
- In Friendship is Dragons, Pinkie Pie is a master of this. So is the GM in the Bridle Gossip arc, but he's cheating:
GM: What, you think I can't rhyme on a dime all the time in my prime?Applejack: Is that why you have a rhyming dictionary site open on yer laptop?GM: Hey! DM screen!Pinkie Pie: What?! It wasn't all made up on the spot??
- Zebra Girl: Apparently, Sam has the skill, although he uses it but rarely. As do all rabbits it seems.
- Champions of Faraus: The sea serpent Scrallion in the House of Insanity talks like this.It's downplayed, though.
Scrallion: Even though I prefer to rhyme, it'sss hard to do it all the time.Ssso I'll lift you over.
Web Original, Which Is Digital
- The Nostalgia Critic's review of The Grinch was done in rhyme in reference to the original story.
- When CinemaSins was sinning the video, the Critic appeared and demanded that it be done in rhyme, acknowledging that he had done so. Jeremy agreed, and the Critic co-hosted the sin finding.
- When Linkara reviewed a New Kids on the Block Christmas comic, the last third of the review, starting with the "Twas the Night Before Christmas" parody, was done in rhyme.
- Again in Star Trek: The Next Generation #2, because the bad guys are alien grinches.
- The Angry Video Game Nerd also used rhymes during his Christmas Video.
- In episodes 12 and 13 of Chuggaaconroy's Let's Play of Super Paper Mario, he starts accidentally taking in rhyme (due to reading Merlee's speech), and then keeps on accidentally rhyming throughout those two episodes
- Jake and Amir, the hosts of If I Were You, love this trope. Amir even began one podcast with an endorsement for one of their sponsors entirely in rhyme.
- SCP-904 is a poem that, when read, forces the reader to speak in rhyme.
- MikeJ of Shameful Sequels reviewed American Wedding entirely in rhyme once.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series Episode 13 has everyone speaking in rhyme for a bit.
- The Mysterious Mr. Enter's review of "Spit Collector" featured him speaking almost entirely in rhyme throughout the review.
- This exchange in the episode "Out of Reach" of Arby 'n' the Chief, when Master Chief is wondering how to kill time whilst waiting for the beta of Halo: Reach.
Master Chief: OUT OF TEH QUESTIUN.
Arbiter: A silly suggestion?
Master Chief: left a bad impression
Arbiter: Just mental congestion.
Master Chief: :( [Sad facial expression.]
Western Animation, Best Learned of in This Nation
- Jake from Adventure Time has a habit of doing this. And sometimes makes Finn do it as well.
"Promise me you'll speak in rhymes. Speak in rhymes all the times."
- Choose Goose, a minor character, only speaks in rhymes. His Alternate Universe counterpart does so as well.
- Concrete mutant Vinnie The Mass from A.T.O.M. speaks mostly in rhyme.
- Haiku battle start! / Sokka tries so valiantly / But his counting's off.
- Pathetic Sokka / it's for this very purpose / contractions were made.
- Poor foolish Sokka / An unnecessary word: / "Ladies, I rock ya!"
- Rollerbear in the Bitsy Bears pilot cartoon. She even wears headphones and rollerskates.
- The Bump in the Night episode "I Got Needs" featured a trio of Vikings who spoke in rhyme.
- Care Bears
- The title character of the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Freaky Fred" does this, remarkable because he's the villain and the episode is told from his point of view.
- In his host segments on Disney Sing-Along Songs, Jiminy Cricket will sometimes do this.
- One episode of Danny Phantom, taking place on Christmas Eve has Danny ticking off a ghost with Reality Warper powers-anything he writes about comes true-by unintentionally destroying the Christmas poem he had been writing. Said ghost responds by forcing Danny and his friends to live his replacement poem. As a side effect, everyone suddenly starts talking in constant rhymes, but only Danny notices. When the Ghost Writer is defeated, Danny continues to do this out of habit, leading his friends to ask why he's speaking in rhymes
- Marimonda the plant controlling wood sprite from the Elena of Avalor episode "Realm of the Jaquins''.
- In The Fairly OddParents!, there are the employees of "Flappy Bob's Happy Peppy Camp and Learn-a-torium", Happy Peppy Betty and Gary. They not only rhyme almost all their sentences, they also sing them, and tend to complete each other's sentences!
Betty: And, umm... Gary! I'm all out of rhimy-whimies!Gary: That was a rhimy-whimy!
Timmy: No! It's terrible! <beat> And it didn't rhyme!Overlord Glee: He's on to us! Get him!
- Subverted by the Gigglepies, who start out talking like this, until Timmy asks what they do once they've extracted all the resources from a planet:
- In the Hungarian dub, The Flintstones do this constantly.
- Uncle Pockets, from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
- Hermes from Futurama has a modular catchphrase - "Sweet X of Y!" - that's always spoken in rhyme. e.g. "Sweet guinea pig of Winnipeg!"
- It's notably lampshaded when a depressed Hermes is unable to come up with a rhyme, and simply says "Sweet something of...something else."
- In the episode "Sly and the Slurm Factory," the Grunka-Lunkas (Oompa-Loompa Expies) try to do this, but their rhymes are less than impressive. "Grunka-Lunka-Dunkity-Dingredient, you should not ask about the secret ingredient! Grunka-Lunka-Dunkity-Darmed guards..."
- Haggle, a supporting character in The Gary Coleman Show.
- Roadblock from G.I. Joe talks like this sometimes (but sometimes it's just Jive Turkey).
- Wordsworth, a side character from Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats.
- Home Movies - Brendon makes a video PSA to keep kids from putting marbles in their noses, but his puppet Spiky Mc Marbles, with his rhyming speech and his snarky attitude, makes kids want to put marbles in their noses.
- Marc Bolan in House Of Rock does this. The other housemates evict him.
- Spring-Heeled Jack in Jackie Chan Adventures
- An episode of Johnny Bravo spoofing Green Eggs and Ham rhymes the whole time...except when Johnny comments that "this rhyming stuff really hurts my tongue."
- Nedley on Maggie and the Ferocious Beast
- Bob from Maryoku Yummy. To a lesser extent, Yuzu, whose appearance in an episode usually includes coming up with a new rhyming catchphrase for his and Nonki's fix-it shop.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
Iron Will: When somepony tries to block, show them that YOU ROCK!
- Zecora, particularly impressive in "The Cutie Pox", where she sets herself up to make a rhyme with "tooth" before she sees that Apple Bloom chipped her tooth (From Apple Bloom's posture, it was an easy guess). Even her discription in the app rhymes: 'Zecora is a zebra, wise beyond her years. People seek her out and help allay their fears.'
- Not as frequently as Zecora, but Pinkie Pie still likes to rhyme a lot... especially when she's singing.
- Discord. Not as often as Zecora, mind you, but loves handing out torturous riddles. He normally sounds far more menacing while doing so as well.
- Iron Will’ s inspirational Catch Phrases. To name a few:
Iron Will: Never apologize when you can criticize!
- Stickety Lipid, a one-time villain in the Osmosis Jones cartoon, Ozzy and Drix dressed and acted like a stereotypical beatnik; he claimed his crimes against Hector (the boy the cells lived in) were performance art, and spoke in Beat-style rhymes while accompanying himself on bongos. As with other examples, his rhyming rubbed off on Drix.
- The Powerpuff Girls episode "Dream Scheme" with Bubbles using the "anyone want a peanut" gag.
- Toby exhibits this trait in "Callie's Cowgirl Twirl" from Sheriff Callie's Wild West as he prepares to call for a square dance, much to Peck's chagrin. Even more so for Peck once he briefly starts doing it himself.
- While his isn't usually an example, the Green Goblin of the The Spectacular Spider-Man does this in "Opening Night". Not only is it lampshaded, but it's also partially justified: several of his lines are quotes from Shakespeare's verse. It also acts as a clue to the Goblin's identity: Harry Osborn, the prime suspect behind the mask, was supposed to be playing Puck in a school play, and all of the Shakespeare lines are Puck quotes. Turned out to be a Red Herring, but nice touch...
- Most of the characters especially Dudley Pig from the animated Tales from the Crypt Keeper episode "The Third Pig", the wolf has a hard time coming up with them and yells at the Cryptkeeper when he tells him to do so.
- The wicked sorcerer Zig Zag from The Thief and the Cobbler rhymes whenever he speaks, often rather elaborately. He actually manages to be both amusing and menacing in this way. For example, when he said "One mistake will suffice! Don't treat me lightly twice!" after taming the alligators he had been thrown to by the ungrateful Big Bad One Eye.
- Lampshaded in the infamous Miramax cut when the thief, overhearing one of Zig Zag's private rants, comments to himself, "It must be tough to always speak in rhyme."
- Several locomotives actually started to speak in rhyme at times in the more recent episodes of Thomas the Tank Engine. It is getting mercifully downplayed however.
- The female flight attendant who is always heard speaking in Toot & Puddle as Toot / Toot & Puddle's plane travels to another country always speaks in rhyme. A typical example: "As we land in Majorca, we hope it's been a good trip. To enjoy our island, we offer this tip. Take a stroll down our streets to the edge of the sea, try the apples and oranges, they're delicious, you'll agree."
- In The Transformers, most of the time, the unpopular character Wheelie always speaks in rhyme! The Transformers Wiki had quite a bit of fun, and made all the lines on his page rhyme (every single one)!
- Mercifully, he stops doing this in Transformers Headmasters and in several other continuities, such as Dreamwave Comics.
- Until his return in IDW's spotlight series, which actually made Wheelie's rhyming cool by making it the only way that he can communicate with a marooned alien with a strange speech pattern
- Blaster has a habit of this too.
- Mercifully, he stops doing this in Transformers Headmasters and in several other continuities, such as Dreamwave Comics.
- In Underdog, the title character speaks entirely in rhymed couplets, albeit not always with much attention to meter. As Shoe Shine Boy, he speaks normally.
- What's with Andy? had an episode where Andy was dared to speak in rhyme for an entire day. He mastered it pretty well, up until he was challenged to rhyme the word 'orange'. Which he succeeded; it rhymes with 'door hinge'.
- One episode of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! featured the Hopping Dipple-Dop, a character who only spoke in rhymes.
- Jeremy Hillary Boob, Ph.D in Yellow Submarine, who justifies it, saying:
If I spoke prose, you'd soon find outI don't know what I talk about!
Paul: (pointing to the Boob) Hey, fellas. Look.
- He's also capable of rhyming whatever the Beatles say, even if doesn't follow iambic pentameter precisely:
Boob: (writing on a notepad with a pen between his toes) The footnotes for my nineteenth book.
This is my standard procedure for doing it.
And while I compose it, I'm also reviewing it!
George: A boob for all seasons.
Paul: How can he lose?
John: Were your notices good?
Boob: It's my policy never to read my reviews.
- Yogi Bear does this often too.
- Groove on The Cattanooga Cats.
- Danger Mouse must contend with Penfold as a rhyming superhero after he swallows a vitamin pill that turns him into the Blue Flash.
- How Murray Saved Christmas: Being a Christmas story is told mostly in rhyme. However near the end, Murray and Edison are stopped by a police officer on their way home who ask if he has his "poetic license". When Murry reveals he doesn't have one, the officer tells him to stop rhyming before complaining that he has trouble having to keep doing it daily while on the job.
- In Rugrats, Officer Dan does this in his safety rules (e.g. Don't pet a dog that's strange to you. That's a foolish thing to do." Chuckie, when being a safety officer, forgets his line and says the last line as "Or you might get something on your shoe." Also the doll named Mr. Friend can say several phrases, all of which rhyme.
- SpongeBob SquarePants had a short episode in season 5 called "SpongeBob vs the Patty Gadget" in which majority of the dialogue are in rhymes.
- Jack The villainous Jack-in-the-box from the Hanna-Barbera series Timeless Tales episode "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", voiced by Tim Curry.
- Pretty Bit, one of the Popples does this.
- In his role as Giggler in the Super Cluepers on Franklin and Friends, Rabbit has a tendency to recap where things are at in the mystery-solving in rhymes.
- In the Australian animated series The Silver Brumby, Mopoke the owl is an advisor to main stallion Thowra, but he always gives advice (and basically speaks) in only rhymes.
Real Life, Which Can be With or Without Strife
- Aside from the refrain, "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies was almost entirely off the cuff.
- In recent times, in the email segment of the O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly will read clever limericks on television sent in by viewers.
- Reverend Jesse Jackson when speaking publicly always has a rhyme of some kind.
- Jian Ghomeshi, the host of the CBC radio show "Q", opens each show with a monologue containing numerous rhymes.
- Muhammad Ali was as well known for his taunting (or boasting) rhymes and statements in interviews as for his boxing.
- Nipsey Russell could pull off a couplet at just the drop of a hat. Name me another talented person who could ever do just that.
- Wayne Brady, lady?
- Not just him, but most of the the guests on both versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Josie Lawrence was particularly good at this type of play.
- I could argue, I guess, but it's not worth the ink; I'll just say it's not quite as hard as you think.
- If you're a Knick fan, you're used to hearing it from Walt "Clyde" Frasier, man.
- Rappers in general.