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Rhyming List
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?



  • The locations and conditions for eating Green Eggs and Ham contain this throughout the story.
  • As mentioned in the Long List page, this was used in Cyrano de Bergerac.
  • "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.

  • "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Hardware Store" has a Crowning Moment of Awesome / Motor Mouth moment once Al gets to the section with the huge list of stuff the titular store has in stock.
  • Fairly common among List Songs, such as Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire", which features such lines as "JFK, blown away, what else do I have to say?"
  • REM's "It's The End Of The World As We Know It(and I Feel Fine)";
    ''The other night I dreamt of knives
    Continental drift divide.
    Mountains sit in a line
    Leonard Bernstein!"
  • "I've Been Everywhere", written by Geoff Mack and performed by everyone from Asleep At the Wheel to Johnny Cash, is this trope personified:
    I've been to:
    Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota,
    Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota,
    Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma,
    Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma,
    Bangor, Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo,
    Tocapillo, Baranquilla, and Perdilla, I'm a killer.

Professional 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
  • 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.
  • This Looney Tunes short uses a rhyming list each floor for an Elevator Floor Announcement.
  • 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."

Rhyming EpisodeRhyme TropesRhyming with Itself
Rhymes on a DimeDialogueRousing Speech
Reverse Telescopic VisionComedy TropesRidiculous Exchange Rates
Rhyme TropesSelf-Demonstrating ArticleRick Roll

alternative title(s): Rhyming Long List
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