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"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. (That is, both words do start with /t/, but the second consonant sound right after it isn't the same in most accents.)
  • 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 & Manga 
  • In Samurai Champloo, Fuu is described as seeking:
    "the samurai who smells of sunflowers."

    Asian Animation 
  • Mechamato: Amazeey's final challenge which takes place in the gym is called the "Athletic Agony Challenge."

    Audio Play 
  • Big Finish Doctor Who: The Girl Who Never Was:
    • Byron: And I won't have some ponstop pirate pit me to the post.
    • The Doctor: I think a person's private pockets are private, and if you will plunder a person's private's pockets.

    Comic Books 
  • During the Sixties, 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.
  • Caged Demonwolf in Empowered loves speaking with alliterations, and even occasionally comments on how many he managed to queue. Ninjette occasionally does it when talking to him.
  • 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.
  • Spider-Man: J. Jonah Jameson, naturally, has a predilection for this in his editorials. He once praised himself for coming up with the phrasing 'blizzard of banal bureaucracy' for an editorial.
  • Marvel Westerns: An Unreliable Narrator newspaper clipping about the Masked Raider gives him a number of alliterative appelations, these being, in order: Masquerading Menace, Veiled Villain, Disguised Dastard, Hooded Hooligan, Screened Scalawag, Muffled Miscreant, and Cloaked Cutthroat.
  • Disney Kingdoms: 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.
  • Garfield: His 9 Lives: "Bought the farm for failing to field a fetched frap tree."
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1992): As fighting the Trinexx, Link exclaims: "This is one schizoid serpent!"
  • In Lobocop, where Lobo is transformed into an expy of RoboCop, the titular character guns down a trio of thugs chasing a civilian. Witnessing this, the civilian comments "Holy heck! He hardly hesitated!" Lobocop blasts a hole through the civilian's gut for "unnecessary alliteration."
  • Misfit City: The town the comic is set in is known as Cannon Cove.
  • Robin: Tim Drake 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."
  • In the crossover story The Supergirl-Batgirl Plot, a narration box calls Black Flame and Catwoman "the captive crime-chicks".
  • V for Vendetta:
    • V introduces himself in a speech that is rife with words starting with the letter "V".
    • After Finch takes acid, V 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.

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes: Calvin consistently creates added alliterative appeal in his freeform flights of fantasy featuring Spaceman Spiff and Stupendous Man:
    • Zorched by Zarches, Spaceman Spiff's crippled craft crashes on Planet Plootarg!
    • Zounds! The zealous Zarches have followed Spiff to the planet's surface to finish him off!
    • YES! It's... STUPENDOUS MAN! Friend of freedom! Opponent of oppression! Lover of liberty!
    • With stupendous powers of reasoning, the caped combatant concludes there's no need for homework if there's no school tomorrow!
    • STUPENDOUS MAN has the strength of a million mortal men! Give up!
    • With muscles of magnitude, STUPENDOUS MAN fights with heroic resolve!
  • Dykes to Watch Out For: Bechdel sometimes indulges in this. Take these 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".

    Fairy Tales 

    Fan Works 
  • In Best Of My Love, Meng Yao and Qin Su got a car from Jin Corporation in a peacock pattern. The narrative calls it "the peacock print Peugeot" at one point.
  • The Bugger Anthology: The Death Squad Daleks address the Defence Drone Daleks as "B&M Bargain Bin Boys".
  • In "Cannonball Run 7: High Speed Heroes", 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.
  • Curiousity 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.
  • A Dream: Valiant once describes himself as an "absolutely asinine alliteration activist".
    Valiant: Don't snub the SNUT, you slut.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: Zarekos uses it often, like in "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 Equus Pinnis:
    "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!"
  • A Little Light Reading:
    Harry: ...or whichever slimy Slytherin snake told you I did something.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton: Bonnie Rockwaller's pen name for the dating service is "Bodacious Bonnie".
  • In the Turning Red/Futari wa Pretty Cure crossover fanfic Maple Sugar Pretty Cure, Mei is paired with Mepple.
  • More Fragging Paperwork: A hypothetical epitaph for Brawn includes the phrase "He might have been a bit keen to kick keister..."
  • 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?"
  • 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.
  • Shinji and Warhammer40k: "Dark figures with dark designs deigned to discuss their dire directives despite the distance."
  • The Story Shuffle series:
  • Tactical Espionage Fashion:
    "Trust me: when the Pinkie Pie Palate pines for pastry, it pines profoundly!"
  • 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.
  • If Wishes Were Ponies: In chapter 107, "Bight Star" (AKA) Starlight Glimmer, is fuming over her defeat by Twilight and Co.
    And this time Miss Prissy Prying Perfect Princess Twilight Sparkle would not get to interfere. Nor would her meddling friends.
  • Boldores and Boomsticks:
    Weiss: Do you know any irresponsible, immature, incoherent, inconsiderate, idiotic imbeciles with a penchant for pyromania and property damage?
  • Steel Soul Saga: In "Steel Soul", a Tongue Twister:
    “Right! So stop all that mopy dopy nonsense and let me fix you up!” The party pony grinned tapping her belt. “It’ll hurt a bit but you’ll be running round with the other crusaders before you can say Chipper Chanter chases Cherry Chimichangas!”

    “Chipper Chant cherry chimi...?” The little unicorn’s eyes spun in confusion.

    “See what I mean?”
  • In The Legend of Total Drama Island, the Storyteller shows some fondness for alliteration (which is, after all, a basic poetic device) in the narrative. The dialogue includes a full-fledged alliteration "duel" between two contestants (full text on the Quotes page), with even Chris getting into the act as he interrupts it.

    Films — Animated 
  • The Cat Piano: The poem does this occasionally with lines such as, "parlours paraded purring glamorous songstresses," and at one point, the poet describes the cat piano as a "harpsichord of harm."
  • Hercules: After getting mad at Pain and Panic for not telling him the Fates already arrived, Hades says, "Right, memo to me. Memo to me: maim you after my meeting."
    • Also this verse from the "Zero to Hero" song sequence:
    Folks lined up just to watch him flex
    And this perfect package packed a pair of pretty pecs!
  • The third verse of Baloo's "Bare Necessities" song in The Jungle Book (1967) is one long tongue twister:
    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?
  • Toy Story 2, when Slinky in the baggage conveyor area when the suitcase he's on ends up going onto another conveyor belt: "Buzz, my back end's goin' to Baton Rouge!"

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Amazing Spider-Man has this moment:
    The Lizard: Poor Peter Parker. No mother, no father, no uncle; you're all alone!
  • Attack of the Killer Donuts: John works with Michelle at a place called Dandy Donuts.
  • Battle of Britain: "Leave the flaming fighters! It's the bloody bombers we want!"
  • Lampshaded by Aaron in Broadcast News when Tom starts alliterating.
    Aaron: [half-drunk] A lot of alliteration from anxious anchors placed in powerful posts!
  • Harry Potter: Minerva McGonagall occasionally uses this as something of a Running Gag.
    • In Goblet of Fire, as she announces preparations for the Yule Ball she warns her students that she doesn't want them "besmirching [their house] by behaving like a babbling, bumbling band of baboons".
    • In Deathly Hallows Part 2, as they're preparing for battle, she recommends burning the bridge as a defensive measure, and recalls Seamus's "particular proclivity for pyrotechnics".
  • House Shark: The realtor trying to sell Frank's house is Regan Realtors.
  • The Hug: The Short Film is set in Pandory's Pan Pizza Palace.
  • In More Dead Than Alive, showman Mark Ruffalo speaks this way when drumming up business for his Shooting Show & Death Display:
    Mark: 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.
  • 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!
  • 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."
  • Ten Little Mistresses's trailer gleefully calls the film it's advertising a "murderous mistress mystery".
  • 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'.
  • 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 The Alice Network, Eve calls René a cut-price collaborating cunt. This is a rare serious example — the alliteration is done solely to add some punch and isn't commented on by the narrator.
  • An Elegy for the Still-living:
    A slim shoddy stalk shaded as silver steel shot shyly slantwise, and sundered the soil.
  • 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".
  • Dr. Seuss's Oh Say Can You Say'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.
  • Girls Kingdom has the academy and the various salons named alliteratively. Some examples:
    • Amonotsuka Academy
    • Sky Salon
    • Paradise Palace
    • Mauve Manor
  • Irene Iddesleigh by Amanda McKittrick Ros:
    "pillaged pillow of poverty"

    "linen of loose lore and lengthy wear"

    "pebbled with principle, piety, purity and peace."
  • The Kalevala: In Finnish, alliteration is one of the main characteristics of the Kalevala meter. For example, the first lines:
    Mieleni minun tekevi,
    Aivoni ajattelevi
    lahteani laulamahan,
    saa'ani sanelemahan,
    sukuvirtta suoltamahan,
    lajivirtta laulamahan.
  • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse: Lilly brings her new purple plastic purse to school and really wants to show it off.
  • 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.
  • Malediction Trilogy: Troll twins Vincent and Victoria love puns and alliteration and Cecile plays along with them.
    Cecile: The perfectly pretty porcupine perfumed the palace with the putrescence of a porky pig.
  • Max & the Midknights: The Tower of Time: When Mumblin' the Magician shows the Fantasy World Map, several places on the map have names like...
    • Blistering Bay.
    • Fearless Forest.
    • Kingdom of Klunk.
    • Seventh Sea.
    • Stone Sea.
    • Wandering Woods.
  • Mrs. Smith's Spy School For Girls: Power Play: A new Pokémon GO knockoff has debuted in this book that is very popular. It's called "Monster Mayhem".
    • One of the monsters you can capture in the game is the Mogollon Monster.
  • Togetherly Long: Used in two ways:
    • First, the names for each of the individual storylines are always something like, "Starry Story Start" or, "Wheel Wackiness".
    • Second, almost all of the named locations in the story have a name like, "Sparkle Slope" or, "Dangerous Drop".
  • Whateley Universe: From "Jade 8: Exams":
    Toni chortled. "I can just see it as Nikki, also known as super-fairy, goes to stop her first bank robbery." She waved her hands in the air as she described the scene. "Nikki stays back, casting her strange magic. As the bank robbers appear, she gestures, shouting, ‘Pixie Patrol! Pursue and Punish with Pugilistic Power!’ And while the elf queen sits back, her hoard of insect-size minions grab the robbers, giving them flips, socks to the jaw, and carrying them off to the paddy wagon! What a triumph to see on the evening news, except for the fact that the pixies are too small to show up on camera."
    " ‘Pugilistic Power’?" Nikki frowned at her roommate. "Sounds like someone’s aching for a little magic right now!"
    Toni gave a sheepish grin, but didn’t look like she regretted it.
  • 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!

    Live-Action Television 
  • 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.
  • In The Brady Bunch, little Cindy is 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.
  • Community: In "Paranormal Parentage", when Jeff runs away from Britta when she's trying to therapize him.
    Britta: Help me heal your heart hole!
  • Once in CSI: NY when Don expresses surprise to see Mac at a scene since Mac had the night off, Mac replies, "My dinner date dumped me for a dead body."note 
  • Hyancinth had a proclivity for these in Keeping Up Appearances:
    Hyacinth: Beautiful day, Elizabeth...completely conducive to contemplating cosy charismatic country cottages.
  • Kingdom (2007): 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.
  • Letterkenny: Seasons two and three begin with Wayne delivering a series of statements describing what happened immediately after last season's cliffhanger. Most of the words in each sequence begin with the same letter, and he progresses through the alphabet in order, from A to Z. Between each sequence, Daryl makes an single-word interjection that starts with the next letter.
  • In the Murdoch Mysteries episode "Code M for Murdoch", when they realise James Prendrick was researching rabies after having to put his dog down, Detective Watts says "Perhaps the passing of his pup prompted Prendrick to pursue a ... cure", as he fails to think of an appropriate p-word.
  • Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Some places in Wonderland, like Mallow Marsh, Whisperer Woods, the Towering Tum-Tum Tree...
  • The Red Green Show has "Rothschild's sewage and septic sucking services."
  • Shoresy: After the Sudbury Bulldogs get sponsored by the Sudbury Blueberry Festival they become the "Blueberry Bulldogs". The citizens of Sudbury find the alliterative name change degrading, and are sure to let the team know. It's a treat to watch Shoresy get a taste of his own medicine from high school hockey players Corey and Riley while he's trapped by his reffing job.
    Shoresy: May as well be called the fucking Sudbury Banana Boat Bulldogs. Fucking Sudbury Nectarine Neapolitan Mastiffs.
  • The Suite Life on Deck: Moseby: "I've been punched and pummeled by a pack of peeved Parisians!" and "Please place the pamphlets properly in the pamphlet podium!"
  • At the beginning of every episode of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? had the Chief use massive alliteration to describe Carmen's rogues gallery of thugs.
    Chief: Gumshoes, Carmen Sandiego's covey of cretinous creeps has created another crime.
  • 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.

Alliteration is often used to help remember things:
  • Physics: downplayed in "Speed is a scalar. Velocity is a vector." The initial consonant sounds in speed and scalar aren't really the same. Despite this, the definition doesn't stick: "velocity" is routinely used for "speed".
  • Seen in a chemistry text: "Electrons leave the left." The initial "e" in "electron" has the same weight as "the".

  • Aftermath (Album): "Stupid Girl":
    She purrs like a pussy-cat
  • AJJ: 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
  • Jhariah: "DEBT COLLECTOR" contains the line "Dollars and coins can't cut your check this time around!"
  • Joni Mitchell has a famous example in "Big Yellow Taxi":
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
  • 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'!"
  • Rush (Band): From "The Spirit of Radio":
    • "...and the magic music makes your morning mood."
    • "Machinery making modern music".
  • In Second Person's "Wood":
    Are you my love, my landlord, my lawyer
  • In "I Am a Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel:
    A winter's day
    In a deep and dark December
    I am alone
    Gazing through my window to the street below
    On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow
  • Dan Bull uses this pretty frequently:
    • It appears throughout almost every bar of his "Fallout 4 Special Rap", with each letter matching the letter of the associated S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stat (Strength uses S, Perception uses P, and so on).
    • He holds a very long one in the last verse of the "GTA V Epic Rap". Here's a snippet:
      Sinning with a seriously symbiotic synergy
      We're the three similarly sinister Gs
      Each sending the cinema screen into the cemetery
    • Also done in the "Dishonored 2 Epic Rap":
      Illumination with immolation
      Incineration and inhalation of the vapour's incapacitation
      I'm impudent indemnification's insolent incarnation
      Your argument just is invalidation
    • Again in the "Horizon Zero Dawn Epic Rap":
      Like Roman roads are eroded
      A ronin rode a rodeo
      Rewrote the rule; we rowed a rowboat
      Over rows of rapid river flows
  • Lovebites' first album is Awakening from Abyss. Their fourth album, Judgement Day contains the tracks "Wicked Witch" and "Soldier Stands Solitarily"

    Tabletop Games 
  • Atmosfear has the phrase the Gatekeeper comes up with that a player has to repeat three times fast: "I'm a miserable maggot-munching mongrel".

  • 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.
    • This is lampshaded by Pseudolus at one point:
      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"?
  • 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."
  • My Fair Lady: Tongue twisters made of these are used as teaching tools, such as "In Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen."
  • Richard Wagner's text for Der Ring Des Nibelungen is written entirely in stabreim, a form of verse that uses alliteration instead of rhyme, so every line has at least two alliterative words, and sometimes many more.
    "Garstig glatter glitsch'riger Glimmer! wie gleit' ich aus!"
  • The Sound of Music: "My Favorite Things" includes raindrops on roses, bright copper kettles, warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages, cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels, blue satin sashes, and silver white winters.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • Ad Verbum is an Interactive Fiction game built around Constrained Writing and wordplay. On the initial floor of the house, each room has an alliterative name and description, as does each of the objects within; the game's status messages within each of the rooms is also alliterative... and so too must be the commands you enter if you want them to be understood.
  • Alekon: Lands in the Realm of Fiction have names such as...
    • Dream's Doorstop.
    • Snowdrop Slopes.
    • Well of Whimsy.
  • In The Bard's Tale, this is the Verbal Tic of the Kunal Trow Fnarf, whom the eponymous Bard had to subdue in order to acquire his Ornate Lute.
    Narrator: [after Fnarf's death] Our begrudgingly brave but bedraggled Bard set out to return to the pleasingly pert Princess Caleigh.
    Bard: I've had just about enough of these atrocious alliterative announcements... Now I'm doing it!
  • A Bear's Night Out: Tasks described in the score breakdown are described alliteratively.
  • Candies 'n Curses: The name of the final room, Shudder Shade Story.
  • Most of the levels in The Cat in the Hat, including Boiler Bonanza, Wishy Washy, and Chemical Chaos.
  • 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."
  • 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!
  • Lalafell NPCs in Final Fantasy XIV frequently indulge in alliteration in their dialogue.
  • Friday Night Funkin': Week 1 is titled Daddy Dearest, while Week 4 is titled Mommy Must Murder.
  • Fox N Forests: Most of the levels in the game have alliterative names, like Revolving River and Gorgeous Gorge.
  • Gone Golfing is set in a miniature golf course called "Cozy Cove".
  • Haunted Halloween 85: The Video-Game Lives in this game and its sequel are cans of Serum Soda.
  • 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.
  • In Love & Pies, Eve likes to come up with alliterative headlines for her articles on the Appleton Times.
    • Her article on the café arson is entitled "Deluded Daughter in Desperate Denial!"
    • When Eve tries coming up with a title for the news that Amelia rightfully owns the café, she suggests "Deluded Daughter Gets the Deed!" and "Kooky Café Cooks Up Conundrum!" However, they're declined in favor of Joe's: "Born and Bread for Success in the Café!"
    • Eve comes up with "Fruitcake Seeks Fake Fortune!" when Amelia tells her about the treasure hunt, albeit jokingly. After the treasure is found, she writes, "Precious Painting Found in Precious Pastry Café!"
    • Amelia suggests "Crash Chaos Can't Curb Café!" for Eve's article about Esme's van crash into the café.
  • A few courses in ONRUSH are so named: Big Dune Beach, Freightyard Forest, Red Rock Refinery and Sanctuary Shore.
  • Roxie of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 uses alliteration to say what she thinks when her father goes off to try being a movie star on top of a ship captain.
    Roxie: AHHHHH! You dim-witted...dense...dumb...daft...dippy...dorky...doltish DOOFUS!
  • Several stage names in Power Bomberman have alliterative names, such as Circus Caper, Manic Mine, Freezing Frenzy, Pollen Poppers, Splish Splash, Midtown Madness, Clitter Clatter, Soccer Stadium, Temple Tempest and Galvanized Generator.
  • VERY common in Poptropica. Plenty of characters names are this (Captain Crawfish, Binary Bard, Ned Noodlehead, Gretchen Grimlock, and oh so many more) and can even apply if your character's name begins with the same letter (such as Bendy Bug). A few of the island names can also apply such as Wimpy Wonderland and Twisted Thicket, as well as location names such as Hemlock Harbor and Parrot Port.
  • Warhammer 40000 - Dawn of War: Soulstorm gives us this line from Commander Indrick Boreale:
    Boreale: We have placed numerous beacons, allowing for multiple, simultaneous and devastating defensive deep strikes.
  • World of Horror: Every potential case/episode you can face has an alliterative title such as "Eerie Episode of Evolving Eels", "Freaky Feature of Found Footage", and "Spine-Chilling Story of School Scissors".

    Web Animation 
  • Zero Punctuation: Yahtzee has employed this a few times.
    • In his review for Pikmin 3:
      Yahtzee: And all of the sudden, pinpointing the previous Pikmin protagonist is your party of pillocks' primary priority.
    • Lampshaded in his review of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor:
      Yahtzee: It's a bit of Assassin's Creed and a bit of Arkham Asylum, asking to be assigned to the always ambiguous action-adventure archive. Urgh, apologies, I'm aiming to annul this alliteration annoyance. So it's your standard suite of stealth stabs (alright, pack it in!).


    Web Original 
  • Acquisitions Incorporated: Season 7 gave us the gem "You bluntly bash her bark-covered body".
  • Binging with Babish has numerous examples:
    • In episode 23, "Rick and Morty Szechuan Sauce", Andrew 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.
  • Freshy Kanal:
    • "Monika vs. Harley Quinn" has this in Monika's first verse:
      Okay, everyone! Watch me roast a giggling gullible gauthy Gotham goth!
    • Against McDonald's Big Mac, Little Mac adds four words staring with "b" in a row to his lines, and the first two specifically starts with "br".
      Bronx Bruiser beating burgers? That's a B-KO!
    • In "Norman Bates vs. Jack Torrance", Norman does a triple "f" in one of his lines.
      Now I'll make this the Part 2 of ridding frantic frivolous fathers
    • "King Dice vs. Oogie Boogie" has the latter proclaiming he is "decking dicey devil-dealing douches dead", then lampshading it while making a pun on dice terms by calling it a d6.
  • The Misadventures of Skooks uses this in Episode 3, complete with an "Alliteration Counter" hanging in the top right of the screen: "I wonder where this fat fuck floated in from?"
  • Every video from THE MONUMENT MYTHOS uses alliteration in its title, be it partial (ROCKEFELLERTREETRAGEDY, AIRFORCEONEANGEL) or complete (WASHINGTONWORMHOLE, MAIZEMOVIEMAKER, LIBERTYLURKER, and so on).
  • The Nostalgia Critic: When mocking Michael Crawford's exaggeratedly trilled r's in Once Upon a Forest:
    NC: Yes, what is "rrrrrheumatism"? Is it why Rrrrruffles have rrrrrridges? I'd rrrrreally, rrrrrreally, rrrrreally like to know!
  • 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!
  • Tucker Budzyn: The videos of Tucker as a puppy are usually posted with the title "Tiny Tucker Tuesday".
  • TV Tropes: We use it every once in a while, when writing examples and in trope descriptions:
    • Tropes:
      • This trope is a Self-Demonstrating Article:
        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.
      • Puppet Permutation: "Sometimes, something strange happens."
      • Alphabet Architecture: The caption of the picture of the Teen Titans' T-shaped tower:
        Titans Tower, territory tailored to the Teen Titans' tastes.
      • Ass Kicks You:
        Princess Peach's pretty pink posterior promptly pummels portly plumber.
      • Bee Afraid: Both pre- and post-Trope Transplant image captions employ the alliteration:
        Bee-ware of the wicked warrior wasps wildly waving warlike weapons! (pre-transplant)
        Bee-ware of the scary stinging swarm soaring straight into the slaughter with spears and swords and shields! (post-transplant)
  • Fixed Fairy Tales perfectly punctuates 'Peter Piper Picked a Pack of Pickled Peppers' with properly placed Ps until the poor presentor passes out from being properly pooped.

    Western Animation 
  • Abby Hatcher: Almost all of Chef Jeff's recipes are this.
  • 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
    agic and mystery are part of their history
  • Animaniacs (2020): Dot and Yakko briefly talk like this during "Magna Cartoon".
  • 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 the 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 ceases now, Star Sapphire", and lastly, "Your titanic tantrum of terror terminates tonight, Giganta."
  • Big City Greens:
    • From "Cricket's Shoes":
      Cricket: They've gone mad with meat fever!
    • From "Harvest Dinner":
      Tilly: Paprika for Papa... Paprika for Papa... Paprika for Papa...
    • From "Green Streets":
      Tilly: My own brother. A bonafide boy of the badge. A boy in blue. A blue boy.
    • From "Football Camp":
      Tilly: Let's see if you can resist the tuneful tune of tuna.
    • From "Bill-iever":
      Cricket: Now let's see if my big Billy fish is bitin'.
    • "Shark Objects" has five of them:
      • "Not so proud now that I've plucked you from the sky, huh?"
      • "I could've pulled off the perfect prank!"
      • "You're sure bein' particular about my playtime, Papa."
      • "Care to join our beachside boogie?"
      • "Not to worry, son! The chances of a shark showing up on this beach are incredibly slim!"
    • From "Level Up":
      Tilly: Papa, we've come to pry you loose from this polygon prison!
    • In "Junk Mountain", Cricket's has the title of Cricket the Crusher in his "Junk Mountain" game, while his old friend Hector was Hector the Heathen; after passing his old position to his sister Lupita, she becomes Lupita the Legendary. Slightly subverted with Remy's title Remy the Wrecker, which does not use the same letters but have the same beginning sound.
  • Biker Mice from Mars: Lawrence Lactavius Limburger uses it, and it lends a lovely layer to Limburger's loquacious lambasting of his lackeys.
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • The Goofy Wartime Cartoon "Victory Vehicles" begins with a montage satirizing the then shortage of rubber. One such gag has this bit:
      Narrator: (reading newspaper headline) "Pumping Politician Polls Precinct in Public Primaries – Pumps as He Stumps." Eh, this popular public personality predicts...
      Politician: It is a pleasure and a privilege to personally point the pride and praise the perfect performance of this pump perambulator.
  • Darkwing Duck has an affinity for alliteration.
  • DuckTales:
    • DuckTales (1987): These lines from "A DuckTales Valentine" contain 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.
    • The reboot, DuckTales (2017) has Scrooge say such stuff spontaneously.
      Scrooge: Jetison that jalopy from my driveway this instant, ya deadbeat!
      Scrooge: Don't raise your voice at me, you rapacious rocketeer! [to Della, who says, "I missed your Scroogey alliteration."]
  • Family Guy had a Cutaway Gag mocking TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes, with a blooper from Joanie Loves Chachi, with Chachi attempting to say, "She sells seashells by the seashore". He gets attacked by a bear.
  • 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.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Bugs Bunny addresses the audience from the pitcher's mound in "Baseball Bugs":
      Bugs: Watch me paste this pathetic palooka with a powerful, paralyzing, perfect, pachydermous percussion pitch.
    • "This Is a Life?" is brought to you by the Wishy Washy washing machine company of Walla-Walla, Washington.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "Day of the Living Gelatin" has Dr. Doofenshmirtz rattling off a series of words starting with a hard "C" sound when describing the gelatin monster that has arrived to his aid.
    Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Now you can kowtow before my cartilaginous creation! It's so corrupt and cantankerous and... carnivorous, and, uh, um, low in... calories! And, um... cow, couch... eh, that's all I got.
  • 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 Powerpuff Girls (1998):
    • The episode "Powerpuff Bluff" 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]
    • In "Buttercrush", the narrator does this at one point.
      Narrator: Oh, no! Blossom and Bubbles' screams are being drowned out by this rogue Romeo's rambunctious rock!
  • 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?"
  • The Simpsons:
    • The Krusty Komedy Klassic.
      Krusty: Hey hey, it's great to be back at the Apollo theater! And — KKK? That's not good...
    • During Marge's Lost in Space dream, Homer as Dr. Smith refers to Lisa the robot as a "clattering clank of cogs".
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In "Pranks a Lot", Mrs. Puff was about to have some "double dark deep sea light diet cake" before it gets eaten by "ghosts".
    • In "Selling Out", the Krabby O' Mondays motto is "Sincere Service with a Smile!".
    • In "Karate Island", Sandy has to get past the "Four Floors of Fear".
    • This bit in "Earworm":
      Mr. Krabs: That door squeak sounded decidedly disgruntled!
    • "Mimic Madness" has SpongeBob develop a condition known as "Mocking Mimicry Madness".
    • "Kwarantined Krab" ends with everyone in the Krusty Krab catching various alliterative diseases such as "Grease Gout", "Moldy Measles", "Trash Trichinosis", "Dust Bunny Bronchitis", "Polyester Plague", and "The Whole Shebang".
  • 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!
  • Thomas & Friends:
    • This shows up every now and then, usually narration-wise (ie. "popped a piston", "rattled his/her rods", "boiler bubbled", "firebox fizzed", "wheels whirred", etc.). Seasons 13-16 have this occur at least Once per Episode.
    • Gordon, James, and Henry's "Disgraceful! Disgusting! Despicable!" catchphrase dates back to the Season 2 episode "Dirty Work," or in the US version "Diesel's Devious Deed."
    • Some catchphrases often make examples of this, specifically "Bust my buffers/boiler!", "Rattle my rods!", and "Flatten my funnel!".
  • Total Drama:
    • When seagulls ruin the Screaming Gaffers' sandcastle in "Beach Blanket Bogus", Harold exclaims: "No, there's birds in my belfry! Dang, they busted my buttresses!"
    • In "Finders Creepers", Chris summarizes the events of the previous episode with an emphasis on the letter B on account of the camper B's elimination: "Eleven bumbling buffoons battled it out in a brutal buffet of bombastica. Why all the B words? Because B proved he was a brave and brilliant improviser who scored big time for his team. Until his bitter teammate Scott fudged it on purpose and B got the boot."
  • Wander over Yonder:
    • From "The Greatest":
      Lord Hater: I have mangled the minds of millions, I have tempted forth torrential tides of tears, I have reduced the richest of republics to revel and ruin! Because I... am the greatest in all the galaxy!
    • From "The Fugitives":
      Wander: Gentle-mants, please. Might I propose a proposition to your perplexing and ponderous peanut problem?
    • From "The Boy Wander":
      Wander: What's the trouble? Snatched statues? Ransacked rubies? Misappropriated masterpieces?
  • Wandering Wenda is all about this. Each of the show's 26 episodes is themed around a letter of the alphabet, and the writers clearly go out of their way to include as many words that start with (or at least produce the sound of) the episode's focus letter as possible in names and places, the characters' dialogue (including that of the Narrator), and every episode's title. The result is probably the most alliteration you'll ever hear in the span of 8 minutes.

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Alternative Title(s): Alliterative Phrasing


V's Introduction Monologue

V's Alliteration-filled monologue.

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