Exactly What It Says on the Tin, a cousin who hails from the rural parts of the nation. This trope usually comes into play on shows set in the suburbs or the city, and it usually takes the form of the cousin (or cousins) coming to visit or one of the show's main characters going to the country to visit the cousin. Either way Hilarity Ensues.
Doesn't necessarily have to be a cousin; it could be any relative. Cousin is just being used as a general term here, since it is somewhat of a common phrase.
Compare Country Mouse; while that trope usually applies to characters who are naive and central to the cast, this more applies to a character with more or less any personality (though stereotypes applying to the country will usually be apparent) and is at most a Recurring Character. May overlap with Half-Witted Hillbilly in comedic works.
See also The City vs. the Country.
- In Garfield, Jon's family lives on a farm. He and Garfield have occasionally gone to visit them for an arc.
- Rudi (from the German comic with the same name) has Alfi from deepest Bavaria.
- In the Disney Ducks Comic Universe, Donald's grandma and his cousin Gus Goose live on a farm.
- The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers have their Cousin Country Cowfreak. Two guesses what he grows on his farm.
- Wonder Woman: Etta Candy's family lives on a ranch in Texas and Etta, Diana and on at least one occasion Steve have traveled there for a handful of story arcs in the country.
- The Griswolds in National Lampoon's Vacation have another side of the family living in rural Missouri. They're not unintelligent by any means (even though they force the Griswolds to take their grandmother to Phoenix, believing they knew about the "surprise" beforehand), but dirt poor and relying on SSI income and multiple jobs to keep their bloated family off the rather-empty streets.
- The story of the city mouse and the country mouse (a theme/idea of Aesop, written into a poem in 1948 by Lauri Pohjanpää). The story: the city mouse visits the country mouse. Country cousin offers the best it has, but City cousin sniffs its nose at everything and goes on about how everything's better in the city. So Country cousin later visits City cousin. City cousin lives in a castle, where the food is marvellous, but the mice have to be ever alert and run and hide, and getting a treat is a tough task. Country mouse thinks it's better to eat humble food and live at peace, than to sneak around and eat handsomely, and returns home.
- Various county cousins, friends, etc. appear on The Beverly Hillbillies. Of course, the main characters are from the country, so this is a Justified Trope.
- In I Love Lucy, Lucy's Cousin Ernie comes from rural Tennessee and quickly overstays his welcome. Getting him to leave takes 2 episodes and, later in the series, Ricky and Lucy see him in Tennessee. Cousin Ernie was played by Composer and Actor Tennessee Ernie Ford.
- That's So Raven has an episode (aptly named "Country Cousins") in which Raven visits her cousins in the country. Gravy is their lifeblood.
- In Married... with Children, Peggy's family consists of country hillbillies who live in the middle of nowhere. They appeared in a few episodes where the Bundys visited them, and when Katey Sagal took a break from the show while pregnant, the character went to Wisconsin to stay with her family.
- In Justified, Raylan's late mother Francis descended from Kentucky hill-folk, much to Arlo's embarassment. His blood ties to Mary, the matriarch of Cope's clan, end up saving his life in "Kin".
- In It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the season 9 episode Mac Day has the character Country Mac who, as you might have guessed, is Mac's cousin from the country, who comes for a visit.
- Bridgerton: Marina Thompson to the Featheringtons. They are members of high society while she is a poor relative who grew up on a farm. Lady Featherington sees her as a charity case, and is unhappy when she gets more attention from potential suitors than her own daughters.
- On a 30s episode of the Kraft Music Hall sidekick Bob Burns claimed to have visited Bing Crosby's country relatives in the state of Washington.
- The Flintstones had an episode in which Fred's country cousins (who just so happen to be over-the-top Stone Age hilbillies) come to visit for a weekend...and then continue to stay for months afterwards, thinking that Fred really means it when he says that he wishes they could stay longer.
- Hey Arnold! has Arnold's country cousin, Arnie, who is exactly like Arnold in every way, except that he is completely bland, dull, and vanilla-flavored. His hometown, however, is a Bizarro Universe version of Arnold's, where Lulu has a crush on him, but Arnold prefers Hilda. It turns out to be All Just a Dream, though.
- Mikey Hoggins from Pig City is the cousin of Martha and Reggie DeBoar, who live in the city. Mikey went to live with them because his parents thought a city education would be better for him.
- On SpongeBob SquarePants, Plankton call his relatives to help him get the Krabby Patty formula in "Plankton's Army". He expects them to be Evil Geniuses like him, so he's shocked to find that they're all unsophisticated hillbillies. One of them even admits to being illiterate.
- Spoofed in The Simpsons, where Homer's country "cousin" (actually only their dogs are related) is way more sophisticated than him, whereas Homer claims it's the other way round, adhering to the stereotypes concerning country people.
- Scooby-Doo has one of these in Scooby-Dum. You can probably guess what his schtick is.
- Inverted in South Park with Kyle's cousin Kyle, from New York. He's very much the stereotypical Jew/nerd (nasal voice, good with math and money, and heavily allergic to EVERYTHING). In the end, he calls Kyle and his friends hick jocks.
- The Silly Symphonies short "The Country Cousin", which tells Aesop's story Walt Disney style.
- Garfield and Friends: Jon got a visit from a literal country cousin. It was a case of Name's the Same as the cousin's name is Roscoe Arbuckle.
- Mudman, one of Joey and AP's foes in Atomic Puppet, has one in Dirtbag, an anthropomorphic sack of soil and another member of the duo's Rogues Gallery.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Applejack was a Country Niece to her Aunt and Uncle Orange in Manehatten, whom she lived with for a brief period as a filly, but quickly found that she missed her more immediate family, and the farm.
- Inverted with Babs Seed, who visits her cousins Applejack and Apple Bloom in the rural Ponyville from Manehatten.
- In Oggy and the Cockroaches, there's Elvis, the cockroaches' older cousin. He's a farmer with a disgusting food palate and, much to the disdain of his cousins, manages to get on the good side of Oggy.
- The Ren & Stimpy Show: In the episode "A Friend in your Face", Ren finds the country cousin of the little man living in Stimpy's head has moved into his head.
- The Country Mouse and City Mouse Adventures is about two mice: The more urban mouse Alexander and his rural cousin Emily. They travel around the world together.'
- Kim Possible has a cousin Joss that lives on a ranch with her father and is a Hero-Worshipper of her older cousin. Both she and her father are far from the dumb bumpkin stereotype, though, as their horses are robots and they have a satellite surveilance system that covers their entire ranch; they are Possibles, after all, genius (and heroism) runs in the family.