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"Let's talk about that."
Rhett or Link at the beginning of nearly every Good Mythical Morning episode

Rhett & Link are entertainers who primarily use the Internet to display their talents. They like to call themselves "Internetainers."

Charles Lincoln Neal and Rhett McLaughlin first met on the first day of first grade in Buies Creek, North Carolina, when they were held in class during recess as punishment for writing profanity on their desks. They quickly became best friends. Throughout their childhood and adolescence, they went to the same schools and even dated some of the same girls (not at the same time, of course). During their college years, they both pursued engineering degrees (civil for Rhett, industrial for Link) and shared a dorm room. They also made videos with a VHS-C camera and played them at their weekly Campus Crusade meetings.

Today, Rhett & Link are among the most successful entertainers on the Internet. They have written songs about the strangest things, and they have made videos on the strangest subjects. Their most successful operations involve making bizarre commercials for small businesses all over America. They have two main YouTube channels, one for their main videos and the other for their ongoing talk show, Good Mythical Morning. They also have a third and a fourth channel, featuring more footage of GMM (called Good Mythical More) and making-ofs/real-world footage respectively. They sell their own albums, T-shirts, coffee mugs, and even original shoes through partnerships with Tweak Footwear and DFTBA Records. They even receive sponsorships for some of their videos. In 2011, they had their own TV show called Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings, which aired on IFC. In 2016, they created a new series for You Tube Red called Rhett and Link's Buddy System, which is currently in its second season.

But they have not forgotten their roots. Though they both now have their own individual homes and families, they still hang out like when they were children, and they even made a documentary of themselves searching for their teacher from first grade.

They also appeared in Epic Rap Battles of History three times: as Wilbur (Rhett) and Orville (Link) Wright, as Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi (Rhett) and Leonardo da Vinci (Link), and as Lewis (Link) and Clark (Rhett).


Rhett & Link albums include:

  • I'm Sorry, What Was That? (Live in the Living Room)
  • Secret Songs
  • B-Sides
  • Up To This Point


Rhett & Link webseries include:

  • Rhett&LinKast: Originally a traditional video podcast, later became a live stream.
  • Good Morning Chia Lincoln/Good Mythical Morning: Spiritual Successor to the Rhett&LinKast, a morning talk show.
  • I Love Local Commercials: Later developed into the IFC television series.
  • The Future According to Rhett/Link's Golden Advice for Single Guys
  • Seaborne and Roach: Two private eyes on mundane stakeouts.
  • Superhero and Sidekick: The misadventures of a superhero and his sidekick.
  • Caption Fail: A sketch, followed by two reenactments of the sketch using YouTube's auto-transcribe captions.
  • Viral Boom: On January 17, 2007, Rhett and Link stayed up for 24 hours to make 24 potentially-viral videos.
  • Great American Road Trip: Sponsored by Alka-Seltzer, Rhett and Link traveled the country sampling local cuisine.
  • The Mythical Show: A 30-minute variety show made in the summer of 2013, consisting of several segments including GMM-style conversation, a music video, and skits and stunts performed with other YouTube users and celebrities.
  • Middle School Musical: Middle-schoolers reenact popular stories in musical format.


Rhett & Link's media contain examples of:

  • '80s Hair: In the 80's Song
  • Accidental Pun: They'll often say "Link/Link's in the description" in their videos when talking about another video they did or just something they want to promote/advertise. Commenters often remark that they went to the description, but they couldn't find Link.
  • April Fools' Day: On April 1, 2013, they posted a video, "Funny Baby Panda Kiss". It consists only of YouTube ads, including a video of them explaining the premise of the non-existent video..
    • 2015's AFD video is competely in unsubtitled Spanish.
    • 2016's vid: 11 minutes of silence.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Their appearances as the Wright brothers, Donatello Bardi and Leonardo da Vinci, and Lewis and Clark in Epic Rap Battles of History.
  • Bad Liar
  • Battle Rapping:
  • Bonus Material: They used to have annotations that lead to some behind-the-scenes footage, but the recently created a fourth YouTube channel, rhettandlink4, for this purpose.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: From Famous Last Words 2: "Bring it on, ninjas!" "Bring it on, zombies!" "Bring it on, ninja zombies!"
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Their "Will-It" series entails the duo mixing various ingredients with common foods to answer the age old question of "Will it Taco/Pizza/Donut/etc." These ingredients range from harmless and sometimes delicious combinations, such as Goldfish crackers in cereal, to even sand and charcoal. The inedibility and/or disgusting nature of the ingredients added will increase as the episode goes on, with the last item of the day usually something so foul that neither man can stomach it, whether it's pig brains, coagulated blood, mealworms, and a menagerie of other innately squicky substances.
  • Broke the Rating Scale: In the GMM episode Sourest Food Challenge, the guys rate the sourness of foods on a scale of 1 to 10. The umeboshi sour plum gets an 11 from both.
  • Calvinball: Risky Settlers, Knights and Allies of the Lords of Dominion of Earth: Pandemic Edition, the most complicated board game ever. And we only get to see the process of deciding who goes first.
  • Carpet of Virility: The Waxing Episode of GMM shows that Link has a plentiful amount of chest hair.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Let's talk about that," said right after the episode's introductory line.
    • "You know what time it is," before spinning The Wheel of Mythicality.
    • Often when they play a game in which they're both blindfolded, Link will say, "As you can see, we can't," although there has been at least one instance of Rhett saying it.
    • "Boiled for Safety" is a phrase, mostly used by the crew, usually used to answer Rhett and Link's health concerns with whatever they're being fed
  • Celebrity Resemblance: In a "Good Mythical Morning" video featuring Lady Antebellum, Rhett notes that he has often been compared in appearance to group member Charles Kelley.
    • Link has mentioned on more than one occasion that people like to comment on his apparent resemblance to Dana Carvey.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In the trailer for Good Mythical Morning, the three quotes of "anguish" from fans were thus:
    Chia Lincoln, I love you! Don't Leave!
    My life feels so empty.
  • Creator Cameo: They've written and directed YouTube's 2012 April Fools' Day video "The YouTube Collection", and they make an appearance with a small gag involving the "thumbs up/down" system.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Link is a notoriously picky eater and especially dislikes tomatoes and sushi. Rhett considers liver his archenemy.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The "Ultimate Hot Dog Taste Test" episode of Good Mythical Morning has a few of these moments. Rhett even realizes this at one point.
    Rhett: I'm just noticing that, you know, people could make some memes out of these images.
  • Doing It for the Art:invoked The premise of "Good Mythical Morning." Allthough they have been sponsored on and off since it began, they continue to do it, with or without sponsorships.
  • Easter Egg: On the side of the Mythical Shoe is a message in morse code. They revealed the secret on the Series Finale of Good Morning Chia Lincoln.
  • The '80s: The song "In The 80's."
  • Extreme Omnivore: Videos such as the Will It series often involve eating things like the parts of animals that are typically not eaten (such as the eyes, the heart, or the anus) or things like crayons that are technically edible but not meant as food.
  • 555: Averted in Epic Rap Battle, when the number "Tiffany" gives is a valid, unlisted North Carolina number.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the aforementioned '80s song, we get a very brief look at the back of Rhett's guitar...
  • Fun T-Shirt: Link often sports these.
  • Gentle Giant: Rhett is 6'7", 6'9" with his hair, but is a self-described introvert at heart.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Their videos are pretty clean, and family friendly, but they do manage to slip in some pretty adult jokes. Notably in the "Epic Rap Battle of Manliness", and the Freeze-Frame Bonus mentioned above.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In "Our Official Apocalypse Video", Rhett suggests "going out with a happy face", though it eventually turns into Cry Laughing.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: They and all of their crew make a point to not swear, and to keep the show as family-friendly as possible.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Their hair colors aren't meaningful of course, but Rhett has light brown hair while Link's is black.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: The ultimate example in real life. They have been extremely close since childhood, but they live in separate houses and have wives and kids of their own.
  • I Have This Friend...: inverted.
  • The Internet: Though this goes without saying, they have done multiple songs about the Internet or specific websites, like The Facebook Song and Internet Overdose Song.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rhett in "The Tragedy."
  • Killer Rabbit
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: The entire premise of Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings.
  • Long Title:
  • Long Runner: "Good Mythical Morning" is currently on season 10 and still going strong, and seasons usually average around 100 episodes. Including the much shorter "Good Morning Chia Lincoln", that's still 11 seasons of content.
  • Meaningful Name: Coincidentally, in Good Mythical Morning, Rhett sits on the right and Link sits on the left (from their perspective, not ours). Link's name is doubly coincidentally meaningful because "links" means "left" in German and Dutch.
  • Metaphorgotten: The direction all their "Amazingly Amazing Science" segments eventually take.
  • Mind Screw: Dope Zebra. The one video that has NOTHING to do with anything previous to it.
  • Mistaken for Gay: This has happened to them before, due to being two men traveling together. To avoid this, they frequently remind the audience of their separate homes with respective families. (See above.)
  • Mistaken for Racist: Their local commercial for The Red House was accused of being racist so much so that they had to make a response video explaining themselves.
    • For those curious, the real reason they did the video that way was because the business is located in a small Southern town where post-integration is still a big deal.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: When they got invited to a Blue Man show and Link was selected to be the audience participant. The Blue Man initially selected Rhett, but had this reaction when he stood up and realized he wouldn't fit in the suit.
    • And again to Rhett when he took his kids to Lego Land. He and his kids were super excited to find a ride that they were tall enough to ride, only for the operator to tell them Rhett was too tall to ride.
  • Older Than They Look: It takes a while for people to realize they're both pushing 40.
  • One of the Kids: At moments.
  • Perma-Stubble: Link.
  • Portmanteau: They often refer to themselves as Internetainers.
  • Real Trailer, Fake Movie: Past Meets President.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Rhett's Blue to Link's Red.
  • Relative Error: "Get off the Phone!"
  • Road Trip Plot: Sponsored by Alka-Seltzer.
  • Serious Business: When they get interested in something, they get into it.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Rhett tends to be the more gung ho of the duo while Link tends to be more hesitant and reserved. Emphasized in their "Will it?" videos, where Link tends to throw up just about everything while Rhett (usually) manages to stomach just about everything.
  • Silver Fox: Link is visibly graying as of late-2017. This is best seen in the episode with Sumo champion Yama.
  • Spiritual Successor: "Good Morning Chia Lincoln" became "Good Mythical Morning" a year later.
  • Steam Punk: The Spot the Differences music video has a Steampunk Toothfairy!
    • There's also a Steampunk Rhett in the video for "Rub Some Bacon On It."
  • Stop Motion: Their T-Shirt wars.
  • Straight Man: While they both take equal parts in their hijinks, Rhett comes off as the more mature of the two at times.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Inverted twice in the Jamaican Vacation Hoax video.
    Rhett: "UNDERTAKE! THIS DESCRIBES FRACTIONALLY touch."
    Rhett: "UNDERTAKE! THIS DISCOURSE actually types."
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Epic Rap Battle of Manliness.
    • Also, the characters "Randy and Dandy Mandy" that occasionally appear qualify for this trope as well.
  • That Came Out Wrong: In "Showering in Public", Link says that he will "piggyback off [Rhett's] nude experiences," and makes it clear he does not mean it literally. He continues to say he might do it literally with his wife, though.
    • Link has a special knack for these. See also: GMM #316:"If I ride you, then I can take you home!" and, The Dishwasher Painter Man Song: "Stoking at day, stroking at night on the dishwasher... with my paintbrush... Nothing inappropriate about that..." ("Brushstrokes on the steel! Brushstrokes on the steel, now I'm stroking the steel!") He describes drumming a beat on his headboard with "Why you beating off the...? Uh...making a beat!"
  • Totally Radical: It's never sincere.
  • Turn Your Head and Cough: In Caption Fail 3, a police officer does this to a speeding driver. For some reason.

Rhett or Link: You know what time it is...
Troper: It's time to spin the Wheel of Trope-icality!

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