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"Voila! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant and vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! [slashes a large V through a propaganda poster.] The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. [giggles] Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me 'V'."

An article adds alliterative appeal if it includes identical initial icons in the trope title that the troper thought to try, where words will without exception employ equivalent establishing emblems.

... Or if phrased more obviously, the particularly pithy practice of combining common consonants at the beginning of words. It's a specific Sub-Trope of two phonetic father phenomena — "consonance" (consonants) and "assonance" (vowels), wherein similar sounds can occur anywhere in the individual words.

Different degrees of alliteration are definitely doable, provided one pays particular ponderance to these specified circumstances:

  • Alliteration applies to a particular piece's pronunciation more than its specific spelling. As an easy example, "Fatal Family Photo" is obviously indicative of Added Alliterative Appeal ("ph" = "f"), whereas "Combat by Champion" is ...not as much ("c" and "ch" have decidedly different dictations). However, a phrase, name, nickname, or title that is alliterative only in spelling can still be considered an alliteration. One must regard regional pronunciations with proper precaution; "Trial by Champion" allows alliteration in occasional accents ("Chrial"), but decidedly not in others, and not in RP/Standard.
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  • Alliteration doesn't really require every individual word shares similar starting sounds so minor words lacking verbal stress can be effectively exempted. Take "Breaking the Bonds" for example; nobody notices the thorny "the" therein.

It's currently defined in two ways, when alliteration occurs as a quirky Character Tic (which may or may not mean there's something off about them), or when a short phrase or sentence is mainly alliterative, beyond an isolated common phrase like "knobby knees".

Individual interpretation of this purposeful practice varies by viewer: It can range from a good grammar gag to a personal pet peeve. Indeed, it is somewhat susceptible to the Rule of Three, so be careful when considering questionable cases.

Considering Author Appeal, Rule of Funny, or Rule of Cool would be a good idea as well.


Sister Trope of Rhymes on a Dime. A Tongue Twister often, although not universally, involves this trope, and frequent use may result in Purple Prose.

If you are looking for the list of alliterative trope names that was previously here, they have been moved to subpages of Alliterative Name.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Samurai Champloo Fuu is described as seeking:
    "the samurai who smells of sunflowers."

    Audio Play 

    Comic Books 
  • V for Vendetta:
    • V introduces himself in a speech that is rife with words starting with the letter "V".
    • After Finch takes acid he comes up with:
      V: Vaulting, veering, vomiting up the values that victimized me, feeling vast, feeling virginal... was this how he felt? This verve, this vitality... this vision... La voie... la vverite... la vie.''
  • During the Silver Age of Marvel Comics, Doctor Strange would spout alliteratives, usually in place of expletives, or as his personal version of "verily, I say unto thee." One of Doc Strange's favorites is "by the hoary hosts of Horgoth!", though he has many others as the Master of Mysticism. Stan Lee worships alliteration, to the point where the Fantastic Four's arch-nemesis Doctor Doom was almost scrapped because Lee couldn't think of a suitable alliterative for Doom; he'd pondered Donald Doom in desperation before hitting upon Doctor Doom.
  • Figment has the Sound Sprites, who create objects from sound. Because of this, they prize aural perfection and speak entirely in alliteration to reflect this. Anything and anyone that doesn't communicate in this manner is considered imperfect / cacophonic, a source of bad audio, and must be imprisoned.
  • Misfit City: The town the comic is set in is known as Cannon Cove.
  • Robin: Tim and some classmates discuss an assignment on Shakespeare's use of alliteration and when several of them says they don't understand what alliteration is Tim eventually responds with, "Stupid students stagnantly steeped in stupor" which gets it to click for one of them who responds with the tongue twister "Sally sells seashells."
  • Garfield: His 9 Lives: "Bought the farm for failing to field a fetched frap tree."

    Comic Strips 
  • Dykes to Watch Out For: Bechdel sometimes indulges in this, take these three examples using the letter "P":
    • The narrative caption "Mo's pulchritudinous pal performs her puerile poetry"
    • The title of one of Sydney's papers, "Polysemous Perversity: Paradigms of Pleasure in the Pornographic Purview",

  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: Zarekos, a uses it often, like:
    • Counter-Invasion:
      Her determination was not lacking, but the delicious dilemma of having to defend a dozen directions from the diligent depredations of his minions divided her attention and slowed her responses.
  • Elementals of Harmony:
    • Elementals of Harmony: Plight of Foal's Betrayal:
      Swoosh! Pinkie Pie, having swathed herself in the smoldering, sulfurous embrace of Shiv
      Where was I? Oh, right! That delightful dear Pinkie Pie delivering deadly draconic doom to a dreadful danger to darn near everypony!
    • Sideboard of Harmony - Spectrometer of Worlds:
      Pinkie paused, perceiving pluripotent perplexing pronoun potential.
  • Hc Svnt Equis Pinnis: Advna In Tera Alina:
    "It's not so much that I'm uncomfortable with the neuroplex as..." Fluttershy shifted, awkwardly. "Well... as the thought that you, Twilight, might be a touch too comfortable with the concept."
    "OOOOooooo," Pinkie Pie breathed. "Twilight tempted by technology totally transported from territory not traveled to terrible and terrific tendencies? Now you HAVE to tell us what a neuroplex is!"
  • Curiosity Maintentance Crew: Examination of Truths:
    focus on the purple unicorn who had just made what in retrospect would be considered the worst mistake ever. Namely, she has agreed to attend a Party. Not simply a party, but a Party Planned by the Pony Proletariat of Perpetual Positivity.
  • My Little Denarians:
    • From But Thou Must!: Harry notes with dismay that his stay in cartoon-land may have changed his thinking process somewhat:
      The peppy pink party pony pounced playfully upward.
      Harry: Wait... Why am I thinking in alliteration? Being in cartoon-land is really starting to mess with my brain.
    • In Harry Tries to Break the Multiverse: After Pinkie Pie escapes from being imprisoned in a "near-perfect Pinkie Pie ice sculpture":
      Pinkie's mouth opened up impossibly wide and she swallowed the entire ice sculpture in a single gulp. "Mmm! Chilly." The pony let out another excited squeal. "After I kill you, I can use the leftover ice and meat to make a frozen chili dish. Chilly Chili! And then I can add chocolate and cherries and chives! Chilly Cherry Chocolate Chive Chili! Doesn't that just sound delicious?"
  • The Palaververse: Winterheart: A hunter speaking to its prey:
    At last. Alone, hissed the windigo, its voice a saw blade drawn gently across the eardrum. Afraid. It leaned towards her. A feast.
  • A Little Light Reading:
    Harry: ...or whichever slimy Slytherin snake told you I did something.
  • A Dream: Mainly from Valiant:
    • Valiant once described himself as an "absolutely asinine alliteration activist."
    Valiant: Don't snub the SNUT, you slut.
  • Tactical Espionage Fashion: Here:
    Trust me: when the Pinkie Pie Palate pines for pastry, it pines profoundly!"
  • Shinji And Warhammer 40 K: "Dark figures with dark designs deigned to discuss their dire directives despite the distance."
  • Story Shuffle: Lather, Rinse, Repeat: Zapp's seems to use alliteration frequently:
    "Meet my maelstrom, mephitic malefactors!"
    Cream's body and locks both sagged in relief. "I have never been happier to hear alliteration."
  • In Cannonball Run 7 High Speed Heroes ("available here") (a Massive Multiplayer Crossover), The Simpsons reach Antarctica and find out that Homer and his friends engineered their car so that it could be disassembled and reassembled into a snowmobile. The reassembly process is supposed to be easy to remember as each part is labelled with a letter. Unfortunately, Homer (being The Ditz) forgets what comes after B.
    Lisa: Uh, Dad? The next letter is...
    Homer: Not now, Lisa. I can't concentrate on correctly combining these components into creating a cool cold weather contraption.
  • Oversaturated World: In the description for Blue Sunny Days and Pink Lemonade:
    Lemon Zest: Crystal Prep's looniest lover of ludicrousness and local lady of looking after lackies.

    Film - Animated 
  • The third verse of Baloo's "Bare Necessities" song in The Jungle Book (1967) is one long tongue twister (this sounds better with the music):
    Now when you pick a pawpaw,
    Or a prickly pear
    And you prick a raw paw
    Next time beware
    Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw
    When you pick a pear
    Try to use the claw
    But you don't need to use the claw, when you pick a pear of the big pawpaw
    Have I given you a clue?

    Film - Live Action 
  • Lampshaded by Aaron in Broadcast News when Tom starts alliterating.
    Aaron: (half-drunk) A lot of alliteration from anxious anchors placed in powerful posts!
  • Early on in XXX: Agent Gibbons points out that their agent was killed because he didn't fit in with Anarchy 99 and suggests finding someone who does. When he shows off the chosen candidates, he calls them "the best and the brightest from the bottom of the barrel."
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Minerva McGonagall tells the students to not behave on the Yule Ball "like a band of babbling, bumbling band of baboons".
  • V for Vendetta:
    V: "Voila! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant and vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! [slashes a large V through a propaganda poster.] The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. [giggles] Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me 'V'."
  • Battle of Britain: 'Leave the flaming fighters! It's the bloody bombers we want!'
  • The Producers - The Musical and 2005 Version:
    Roger: This crazy Kraut is crackers! He crashed in here and crassly tried to kill us.
    Carmen: Oh, Roger, what alliteration!
  • The Amazing Spider-Man has this moment:
    The Lizard: Poor Peter Parker. No mother, no father, no uncle; you're all alone!
  • From Shock Treatment: "Farley Flavors' Fabulous Fast Foods Feed and Fortify Families for a Fabulous Future!"
  • In So I Married an Axe Murderer, Charlie recites a poem describing Harriet as a "hard-hearted harbinger of haggis."
  • In More Dead Than Alive, showman Mark Ruffalo speaks this way when drumming up business for his Shooting Show & Death Display:
    "Step right up and see the spectacular shooting show and death display. See the world's greatest gunslinger. He's sharp. He's a shootin' shark. So step right up and get your tickets here, ladies and gentlemen."

  • Lyttle Lytton Contest: It's a humor contest. As part of the 2017 submissions:
    It was autumn, and the last leaf of liberty had fallen from the tree of tyranny onto the dirt of destruction.
  • The Kalevala: In Finnish, alliteration is one of the main characteristics of the Kalevala meter. For example the opening quote of this page (and also the first lines of the Kalevala):
    ''Mieleni minun tekevi,
Aivoni ajattelevi lahteani laulamahan, saa'ani sanelemahan, sukuvirtta suoltamahan, lajivirtta laulamahan.''
  • Irene Iddesleigh by Amanda McKittrick Ros:
    "pillaged pillow of poverty"
    "linen of loose lore and lengthy wear"
    "pebbled with principle, piety, purity and peace."
  • An Elegy for the Still-living:
    A slim shoddy stalk shaded as silver steel shot shyly slantwise, and sundered the soil.
  • A Wish for Wings That Work: The ducks, bursting into Opus's house with the news that Santa has crashed into the lake.
    Duck 1: Calamity!
    Duck 2: Catastrophe!
    Duck 3: Cataclysm!
  • Dr. Seuss' Fox In Socks's "Never buy your Daddy a Walrus":
    A walrus with whiskers is not a good pet.
    And a walrus which whispers is worse even yet.
    When a walrus lisps whispers through tough rough wet whiskers,
    your poor daddy's ear will get blispers and bliskers.
  • Game of Thrones: The Third High Septon's views on women are expressed this way.
    High Sparrow: The wickedness of widows is well-known, and all women are wantons at heart, given to using their wiles and their beauty to work their wills on men.
  • The Fourth Bear has a long gag about office gossip about someone named Pippa Piper that references the "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers" tongue-twister. The whole thing ends with a glorious, paragraph-long cascade of alliteration for humorous effect, which is lampshaded by the characters:
    "Pippa Piper picked Peck over Pickle or Pepper? Which of the Peck pair did Pippa Piper pick?" "Peter 'Pockmarked' Peck of Palmer Park! He was the Peck that Pippa Piper picked!" "No, no! You've got it all wrong! Paul Peck is the Palmer Park Peck. Peter Peck is the pockmarked Peck from Pembroke Park. Pillocks! I'd placed a pound on Pippa Piper picking P.C. Percy Proctor from Pocklington."
    [pause] "It seems a very laborious setup for a very lame joke, doesn't it?" "Yes", said Mary, shaking her head sadly, "I really don't know how he gets away with it".

    Live-Action Television 
  • On one episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, Les tries to deliver news reports this way. He later tells Johnny that he's trying to establish a distinct style for himself. Johnny points out he already has a "style": mispronouncing Hispanic names.
  • Community: In Paranormal Parentage When Jeff runs away from Britta when she's trying to therapize him.
    Britta: Help me heal your heart hole!
  • Big Finish Doctor Who: Big Finish Doctor Who 103 The Girl Who Never Was:
    The Doctor: I think a person's private pockets are private, and if you will plunder a person's private's pockets.
  • In The Brady Bunch, little Cindy was attempting to get rid of her lisp:
    Cindy: She sells seashells by the seashore. She sells seashells by the seashore. She sells seashells by the seashore.
    Marcia: Cindy, would you mind practicing somewhere else? Arithmetic is kind of hard.
    Cindy: So are S's.
  • The Big Bang Theory: The Spock Resonance: Invoked in this following exchange:
    Sheldon: [shows contents of his personal safe] My Wil... [shows Wesley Crusher action figure] my 1/8 scale Wil Wheaton action figure. I also have the other kind of will. And in it I will my Wil back to Wil.
    Leonard: Will Wil want it?
    Wil Wheaton: Wil won't.
  • Kingdom: Lyle, being flippant, calls Peter "P.K."
    Peter: call me "P.K." again and I'll pull your pancreas out with a pair of pliers.
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody - The Suite Life on Deck:
    Moseby: I've been punched and pummeled by a pack of peeved Parisians!
    • Also:
    Moseby: Please place the pamphlets properly in the pamphlet podium!

  • Joni Mitchell has a famous example in "Big Yellow Taxi":
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad: There are 28 words in the first stanza of "A Song Dedicated to the Memory of Stormy the Rabbit," and 19 of them begin with F:
    For four fortnights I have fled from my fortress
    Foraging forests five footsteps in length
    Fortitude found within forty ounce bottles
    Flowing like flies from your face
    From your face
  • Aftermath: "Stupid Girl":
    She purrs like a pussy-cat
  • In tribute to the V for Vendetta example, the great Luke Ski's "It's a Fanboy Christmas 2: The Wrath of Claus" features: "Fantastic fen, file in fast for this fanciful frolicking through fandom's fabulous frivolities of festive times of the fantastic future! While first and foremost a fallacy, fear not as this farcical fop felicitates to you, 'It's a Fanboy Christmas 2: The Wrath of Claus'!"

  • My Fair Lady: Tongue twisters made of these are used as teaching tools, such as "In Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen."
  • Hamilton:
    • Washington's first verse in "Right Hand Man" uses this, as a shoutout to The Pirates of Penzance.
      Now I'm the model of a modern major general
      The venerated Virginian veteran whose men are all
      Lining up to put me on a pedestal
      Writing letters to relatives
      Embellishing my elegance and eloquence
    • During Hamilton's section of "Cabinet Battle #2":
      Meddling in the middle of a military mess
    • One of Hamilton's verses in "We Know":
      I never spent a cent that wasn't mine
      You send the dogs after my scent - that's fine!
    • Burr's description of Lafayette in "Guns and Ships".
      He's constantly confusing, confounding the British henchmen
      Ev'ryone give it up for America's favorite fighting Frenchman!
    • A brief but tongue-twisting example from "Helpless": "We were at a revel with some rebels on a hot night."
    • Not just word-to-word, but syllable-to-syllable in "Washington on Your Side": "If Washington isn't gon' listen to disciplined dissidents this is the difference: This kid is out!"
    • Also in the cut song "Congratulations".
      "I languished in a loveless marriage in London, I lived only to read your letters."
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Miles Gloriosus tends to speak like this:
    Miles: ...the beautiful bride I bargained for.
    Miles: Now, I rid Rome of a rascal.
    Miles: Her bridal bower becomes a burial bier of bitter bereavement!
    Pseudolus: Very good! Can you say "Titus the tailor told ten tall tales to Titania the titmouse"?

    Video Games 
  • A Bear's Night Out: Tasks described in the score breakdown are described alliteratively.
  • Ace Attorney: Franziska in all of her appearances, often with some good ol' rhyming added for good measure:
    Franziska: You huffy, puffy, loosey-goosey excuse for a whimpering whining wuss of a witness.
    "Foolish fools with foolishly foolish ambitions."
  • The Logomancer: The Tongue Twister skill's Flavor Text is:
    Examples of egregious edicts elicit extraneous enunciations and elaborate elocution ending in enemy's eradication.
  • Eternal Senia: The Jack-in-the-Chest, a talking chest, that's trying to be funny:
    Hum hum! Hammer!
    Bom bom! Boomerang!
    Dom dom! Senia Dumb!
  • Cookie Clicker: At the end of the "Taller Tellers" upgrade description:
    "Able to process a higher amount of transactions. Careful though, as taller tellers tell tall tales."
  • Candies N Curses: The name of the final room, Shudder Shade Story.


    Web Original 
  • Binging With Babish: Numerous examples:
    • Episode 23, "Rick and Morty Szechuan Sauce" he describes Szechuan as having "fruity floral flavors."
    • Episode 61 (The Wire) stands out.
    At this point, you can keep these fries frozen for up to three months, so you can have fresh fries whenever you fancy. But for now, I want fries in my face forthwith.
  • TV Tropes: We use it every once in a while, when writing examples and in trope descriptions:
  • Acquisitions Incorporated: Season 7 gave us the gem "You bluntly bash her bark-covered body".
  • TheOdd1sOut: The "My Poetry Teacher" video:
    James: Well, freakin...why am I perfectly nitpicking this piece when the poet purposely put poor punctuation in his poem? Pterodactyl!

    Western Animation 
  • Action League NOW!: Part of the narrator's speech pattern.
  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears: The theme song.
    Dashing and daring, courageous and caring,
    Faithful and friendly with stories to share...
    Magic and mystery are part of their history...
  • Nelvana's Babar animated series:
    • Pompadour's numerous 'Pachyderm Public Opinion Polls'.
    • In "My Dinner With Rataxes," after the children get lost in a dark tunnel, Basil discovers a "document detailing the diverse detours within those dark, dank dungeon depths."
      Lady Rataxes: (after Babar and Celeste stare at each other) He's found the map.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
    • Batman appears to be taking speech lessons from The Crimson Chin.
    • Joker picks it up while he's the protagonist in "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous".
    • AQUAMAN actually gets into an alliteration battle with Penguin in "Night of the Batmen!"
    • Taken to extreme when Captain Atom has an Imagine Spot of what Batman does when he fights:
      • "Your deluge of destruction is over Despero", " Your wicked winds wane tonight Weather Wizard", "Your sinister subterfuge cease now Star Sapphire" and lastly "Your titanic tantrum of terror terminates tonight Giganta.
  • Biker Mice from Mars: Lawrence Lactavius Limburger uses it, and it lends a lovely layer to Limburger's loquacious lambasting of his lackeys.
  • DuckTales (1987): These lines from "A DuckTales Valentine" contains a lot of words that start with 'similar sounds.
    Scrooge: Now, keep your peepers peeled for priceless plunder.
    Launchpad: Personally, I'd prefer to protect my posterior from predators.
  • Family Guy had a Cutaway Gag mocking Tvs Bloopers And Practical Jokes, with a blooper from ''Joanie Loves Chachi", with Chachi attempting to say "She sells seashells by the seashore".
  • Frankenstein Jr.: Almost every sentence out of the Mad Inventor's mouth in his second appearance. His "menacing Monstermobile" is a "mechanical marvel" and "vicious vehicle" filled with "dozens of destructive devices". Buzz himself is no slouch.
  • Laff-A-Lympics: Two of the teams are the Yogi Yahooeys and the Really Rottens.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?: The Amalgamated Do-Gooding Fairies:
    have branches from Boston to Bannock, Baltimore, Bangledesh to even down to Buenos Aires.
  • The Raccoons: Cyril Sneer often talks like this.
  • In the Rocko's Modern Life Christmas Episode, Rocko notices that it's hard to believe it's Christmas Eve in O-Town, and asks Spunky, "Where's the Winter Wonderland? Where's the Warm, friendly gatherings?"
  • Steven Universe: Happens in multiple episodes:
    • In the episode "Log Date 7 15 2", Peridot discovers a Show Within a Show and creates a shipping chart, which she claims is a "complex chart cataloging the compatible characteristics between campers".
    • In "Steven vs Amethyst", through using both Alliterative Name objects and Alliterative List in quick succession:
      Pearl: I'm glad you asked! Pearl Points are awarded for punctuality, perseverance, and positivity [...] And the Pearl Prize Pouch!
  • The episode "Powerpuff Bluff" of The Powerpuff Girls has this exchange done during a robbery:
    Blossom: Put down the priceless porcelain poodle, you punks!
    Thug: P-p-p-Powerpuffs!
    Blossom: Precisely! (beatdown ensues)
  • From The Simpsons, there's Krusty Komedy Klsssic.
    Hey hey, it's great to be back at the Apollo theater! And — KKK? That's not good...

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Alternative Title(s): Alliterative Phrasing


V's Introduction Monologue

V's Alliteration-filled monologue.

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