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"Good evenin'. My name is Mater and I'll be yer waiter. Pfft. Mater the waiter. That's funny, right here."
Mater, Cars 2

Whenever a character says something and ends up unintentionally pulling off a rhyme, only to point that out afterwards, this trope is invoked. Often Lampshaded with the Stock Phrase "[I'm/You're] a poet and don't know it!"

Can result in Rhymes on a Dime. See also Rhyme Tropes for more rhyme-related tropes.


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    Fan Works 
  • A Certain Magical Friendship: Context_SHIFT: "The cover of darkness - BRING_back_the_SUN": It happens, but the speaker almost notices she did it, but in the end, doesn't:
    “Don't expect a Japanese girl like me to know what is or isn't a real place in the land of the free.” Kuroko replied. There was something very odd about what had just been said, but Kuroko was too busy with her typing to properly notice it.

    Films — Animated 
  • In Cars 2, Mater pulls off one when posing as a waiter in Hot Springs' restaurant.
  • In Eight Crazy Nights, Whitey tells Davey about the many good things about the mall, making up many rhymes in his speech. Lampshaded when Davey asks, "Did you plan that or did you rhyme that many times by accident?" Whitey agrees that it was weird, confirming that it was an accident.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Done on Brooklyn Nine-Nine by The Comically Serious Captain Holt when offered by stakeout partner Det. Santiago to eat from a street vendor rather than his flavor-free "Nutrition Brick". Followed by a subversion on the Stock Phrase:
    Holt: Meat? From the street? Sounds like a fun treat. (chuckles) Ha! I'm a poet and didn't even know I was rhyming those words, but it happened anyway.
  • In 1990s BBC crime comedy The Detectives, there's this:
    Officer: Why has everyone gone gooey over Briggs and Louis?
    Louis: That rhymed and you didn't mean it to!
  • In the Fawlty Towers episode "Gourmet Night", Basil makes an impromptu rhyme to make light of the very drastic situation with his drunken chef, and that there is only one menu option available.
    Colonel Hall: What do you do if you don't like duck?
    Basil: If you don't like duck... you're rather stuck.
  • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Behind the Lines" Quark has to practically drink Damar under the table to get secrets out of him. When he meets up with his friends to tell them, he's drunk enough to make lame jokes.
    Quark: I just shared a bottle of kanar with Damar. [giggles and collapses onto a seat] That rhymes! [more giggling]
  • The Two Ronnies:
    Ronnie Barker: The story I'm about to tell concerns the Bogle of Bog Fell. Don't worry, it's not all going to be in rhyme, that was by accident.

  • In the Apprentice Adept series, Stile discovers that he has magical abilities in Phaze after realizing that he keeps speaking in rhymes, which allows him to cast spells.
  • In the Burke novel Blossom, a homeless street preacher called The Prof, who Rhymes on a Dime, is being discussed.
    "Most of the time, he talked in rhyme." The mountain man chuckled. "Like I guess I just did."

    Web Original 
  • Occurs in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series when the gang encounter the Paradox Brothers.
    Yami: Joey it's time for our surprise attack!
    Joey: No worries, Yug', I got ya back.
    Yami: Hang on a second, are we rhyming too?
    Joey: Don't ask me, I ain't got a clue.
    Yami: This is like something out of Dr. Seuss!
    Tea: I can't stop staring at Yugi's caboose!
    Bakura: Everyone seems to have gone all rhymey!
    Tristan: Shut the hell up, you stupid limey!

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    Real Life 
  • In Spanish-speaking countries, mostly from Latin America, there's a common phrase when someone makes accidental rhymes: "hago un verso sin mayor esfuerzo" (lit. "I make a rhyme without much effort")
  • In Poland, the equivalent phrase is "Nawet nie czuję/czujesz, kiedy rymuję/rymujesz" (lit. "I/you don't even feel it when I'm/you're rhyming").


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The Mall

Whitey tells Davey about the many good things about the mall, making up many rhymes in his speech. Lampshaded when Davey asks that he accidentally rhyme that many times by accident. Whitey agrees that it was weird, confirming that it was an accident.

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