Rhyming List

"Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?"
"If they are, we'll all be dead."
"No more rhymes now, I mean it."
"Anybody want a peanut?"

The Long List is a particularly humorous Overly Long Gag. With this subtrope, someone shows off impressive talent, by spitting out a list where all parts are rhymed either with themselves or each other, preferably using real words. The List Song is generally related, since songs mostly rhyme, ones containing a list will probably have both.

If it is poorly done, it could be with the world's painful rhymin-est, adjective contrivin-est, least sublimin-est descriptors.

In short, the requirements for this trope are:
  1. A List.
  2. A rhyming twist.
  3. A bragging gist.
  4. Anything Missed?


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    Films — Live-Action 

  • The locations and conditions for eating Green Eggs and Ham contain this throughout the story.
  • "The Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick-maker" from the Nursery Rhyme "Rub-a-dub-dub", as well as "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor" from the one of that name.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Barney's list of the professions of the women who have slept with him: "A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker. Yes — we're to the rhyming section, now. A math professor, a tax assessor, a weight guesser..."
  • A Bob Monkhouse sketch uses this trope extensively. Detective Inspector Hector Vector (Monkhouse) investigates a crime scene where the witnesses include the Honourable Rector Doctor Victor Propter ("Mister?" "Doctor") and Master Foster Gloucester, studying law, sir, and Chaucer. "Law's a bore, sir, but Chaucer's coarser!" At the end, Vector gives The Summation, all in rhyme, and concludes with "That's the list, nothing's missed, now I'm off to get...plastered!"
  • A common mechanic in skits by The Two Ronnies, usually delivered by Ronnie Barker, but the wordplay and punning were by no means limited to rhyming.


    Pro Wrestling 
  • Ric Flair is a limousine-riding, jet-flying, wheelin' dealin' kiss-stealin' stylin', profilin', — WOOOOO! — son-of-a-gun!
  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would often use this in promos, occasionally combining two word endings to become the "Jabroni-Beatin', Pie-Eatin', Trailblazin', Eyebrow Raisin', Step off the brake, Foot on the Gas, Always Ready to whup some Ass People's Champ!"
  • John Cena did this during the "Mr. McMahon was murdered" story arc, when discussing the different people who could hate Vince McMahon enough to want to kill him:
    Cena: We could be talking hikers, bikers, drivers, divers, preachers, teachers, that drunk in the bleachers.



    Video Games 
  • In the Adventure Game Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, when the Voodoo Lady tells Guybrush the ingredients he needs to find, so she can make a voodoo doll:
    Voodoo Lady: Something of the Head, something of the Thread, something of the Body, and something of the Dead.
    Guybrush: Wow, that almost rhymes!

    Western Animation 
  • Looney Tunes'':
    • Yosemite Sam, master of the Painful Rhyme, is the "meanest, toughest, rip-roarin'-est, Edward Everett Horton-est hombre what ever packed a six-shooter!" He's also "the roughest, toughest he-man stuffest hombre that's ever crossed the Rio Grande", "the roughest, toughest, rootinest, shootinest claim-jumper that ever jumped a claim", "the blood-thirstiest, shoot 'em first-iest, doggone worst-iest buccaneer that's ever sailed the Spanish main", and "tha' hootin'-est, tootin'-est, shootin'-est bob-tailed wildcat in the West!" And "the rootinest, tootinest, fastest-shootinest, highest-salutinest" general in their parody of Casablanca.
    • Daffy Duck's song in "Scrap Happy Daffy" ends with a rhyming list of all the junk he's collecting for the war effort.
  • The "Bottom of the Sea" song. It is listed here for now as it was parodied in Futurama, which defines the levels at which the conditions could rhyme.
  • Several Classic Disney Shorts primarily focusing on Goofy often feature these.
  • One episode of Garfield and Friends had Garfield telling another cat that a nearby feast was full of "hams and yams and jams and even foods that don't rhyme."

Alternative Title(s): Rhyming Long List