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Korben Dallas is qualified to use a large variety of weapons and vehicles.

"Would ya look at all that stuff..."
"Weird Al" Yankovic, just before he reads off from a long list, "Hardware Store"

A comedy trope where a person rattles off or displays an absurdly long list of things. For example, someone goes into a shop and asks for a sandwich. The person at the counter asks what type they desire. The customer asks what they have available. Cue the person behind the counter running off a huge list of variations on sandwiches. Might make the character start longing for Freedom from Choice.

If the list is actually spelled or read out to the viewer, it becomes an Overly-Long Gag. For added comedy, the list will often contain one or more of:

Parodies of the second type of "Side Effects Include..." are generally a kind of Long List.

A slight variant is to present the list as a visual gag rather than an Overly-Long Gag: a character might present a document containing a "small list of suggestions" which soon unfolds itself all the way down to the floor. Someone unaware of a list's length might also ask for examples and be asked in turn how they want the list sorted, especially if it's a List of Transgressions committed by the person asking.

See the List Song for a musical version, Rhyming List, which well, you know..., and see also Overly Long Name. Amusingly Short List is the exact opposite. Contrast Epic Catalog, which is equally long but quite serious. A Sparse List of Rules and Shockingly Expensive Bill may or may not be one of these. This is often used in Oral Tradition. Everything Except Most Things is a subtrope. The Comically Wordy Contract may often consist in whole or in part of this.


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  • One Visa commercial featured the proprietor of a Maine lobster house, who counted down all the ways you could cook lobster. At the end, a lady asks him "Sir, any suggestions?" And he just smiles...
  • A 70s-era advertising campaign for regional soft drink manufacturer Faygo had two children walk into a store and ask for a Faygo. The man at the counter asks them what flavor they would like, and suggests "Redpop" (Faygo's name for their strawberry-cherry flavor). They ask him what other flavors he has. He starts rattling off a Long List of flavors which leaves him out of breath by the end. Then they respond, "We'll take Redpop!" It's considered a classic commercial in Michigan.
  • The McDonald's menu song, also counts as a Tongue Twister.

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    Asian Animation 
  • BoBoiBoy: Yaya's list of ingredients she uses to make her biscuits contains large quantities of typical ingredients as well as atypical ingredients, which likely explains their awful taste.
    Yaya: The ingredients are: 30 packets of flour, 20 packets of sugar, 30 bars of chocolate, 5 blocks of butter-
    BoBoiBoy Wind: Whoa! That's a lot!
    Yaya: Well of course! I want to make a hundred packets of these, write this down before you forget: curry spices, lemongrass, lime juice, cinnamon...
    BoBoiBoy Wind: (to himself) Hm, is she trying to make biscuits or curry?
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: In Flying Island: The Sky Adventure episode 32, Wolffy "trains" Sixie for a marathon by giving him a list of things to buy, written on a long piece of paper that opens up and rolls onto the floor. Sixie finishes this step easily by simply ordering all the stuff online.

  • Jeff Foxworthy uses this gag to great effect while reading the side effects for 'Fluorofluor':
    "'Try new Fluorofluor. For itchy, watery eyes, it's Fluorofluor. Side effects may include: nausea, vomiting, water weight gain, lower back pain, receding hairline, eczema, seborrhea, psoriasis, itching and chafing clothing, liver spots, blood clots, ringworm, excessive body odor, uneven tire wear, pyorrhea, gonorrhea, diarrhea, halitosis, scoliosis, loss of bladder control, hammertoe, the shanks, low sperm count, warped floors, cluttered drawers, hunchback, heart attack, low resale value on your home... feline leukemia, athlete's foot, head lice, clubfoot, MS, MD, VD, fleas, anxiety, sleeplessness, drowsiness, poor gas mileage, tooth decay, parvo, warts, unibrow, lazy eye, fruit flies, chest pains, clogged drains, hemorrhoids, dry heaving and sexual dysfunction.' At that point you're thinking, hell, I'll just stick with the itchy, watery eyes."
  • There are recordings of old Chinese stand-up where the guy reels off insanely long lists with barely a pause for breath. Like a list of (nearly) every martial arts style in China, military gear (omitting pants), or courses at a banquet.
  • Genre comedian/singer Luke Ski opens his "You might be a Trekkie" routine by rattling off a list of scifi shows, films, collectibles, and hobbies that a person needs to be obsessed with, to decisively qualify as a Trekkie.
  • George Carlin's last recorded performance of "Seven Dirty Words" featured a list of more than two-hundred profane words.
  • Greg Proops once had this as part of his routine.
    "I come from America, and I know that often, America seems, like kind of a, I don't know, redneck, dickhead, peckerwood, podunk, yeehaw, gun-totin', psycho-Christian, anti-choice, homophobic, truck-drivin', dog-in-the-back, gimme-cap-wearin', y'know, the-jury's-still-out-on-evolution, giant-belt-buckle-with-your-name-on-it-that-you-wear-upside-down-so-you-can-go-'[looks down] Oh shit! That's muh name!'...kind of place."
  • Stewart Lee uses this to satirise the theory of the Loch Ness Monster being a dinosaur.
    "A lot of people think the Loch Ness Monster doesn't exist, don't they actually? Now I don't know anything about zoology, biology, geology, geography, marine biology, cryptozoology, evolutionary theory, evolutionary biology, meteorology, limnology, history, herpetology, paleontology, or archaeology... but I think... What if a dinosaur got in the lake?"

    Comic Books 
  • In the Super Mario Bros. comic, Wooster once made a list of people who said the King is dumb. It contained most of the starring cast and went off into random name-surname combinations.
  • At the beginning of "D.R. & Quinch Go Straight", the title duo were found guilty of "arson, kidnapping, theft, grievous wounding, possession of unlawful atomic weapons, taking and driving away, conspiracy to overthrow the government, coveting thy neighbour's ox, graverobbing, torture, criminal libel, blackmail, polluting the environment, shoplifting, 714 separate driving offences, forging sacred relics, transmuting base metal into gold, genocide, spitting, and thirty-two offences so unusual and horrible they do not have names."
  • The Strontium Dog story "The Rammy" opened with Johnny and Middenface on trial, accused of "murder, conspiracy to murder, common assault, uncommon assault, fraudulent misrepresentation of a sporting contest, conspiracy to defraud, actual fraud, committing a nuisance in a public place, and disorderly conduct."
  • Scrooge McDuck frequently uses a long list of debts to get Donald Duck to do his bidding. Instead of pay, he usually promises to cut a meter off the list.
  • Another Disney Comics comic had occasional character, Dimwitty Duck, while standing in front of the Magic Mirror from the Snow White story, ask who's smarter than he is. The mirror replies with "Would you like them in alphabetical order?" then proceeds to list everyone who is smarter than Dimwitty non-stop for two entire days, including throughout a wild storm and while being shipwrecked on an island.
  • Scott Pilgrim uses this trope in the first volume when Ramona offers Scott some tea. Some readers may have been unaware up until that point, but there are many, many different kinds of tea.
    "We have blueberry, raspberry, ginseng, sleepy time, green tea, green tea with lemon, green tea with lemon and honey, liver disaster, ginger with honey, ginger without honey, vanilla almond, white truffel, blueberry chamomile, vanilla walnut, constant comment and... earl grey."
  • The Simpsons: When Homer is fired (yet again) and declares his intention to get a new job (again), Marge starts listing all the jobs he's had over the years. Cut to her finishing several hours later, as a hungry Bart and Lisa ask for dinner. (And this was in the early 00s, so the list has gotten longer since.)
    Homer: Who has time to remember all that?
    Comic Book Guy: It's called "continuity". Deal with it.
  • In Ultimate Fantastic Four, at age 10 Victor Van Damme had to be able to recite his ancestry starting from Vladimir Tepes.
  • Knights of the Dinner Table: Happens twice in the Bag Wars saga when someone reads off the list of things in the Bag of Holding. Dave makes note of a perfectly ordinary sausage grinder both times ("Mmm, fresh sausage!"). Based on actual events in the author Jolly Blackburn's campaign.
  • She-Hulk (2004): During the Leader's trial, Mallory calls Jennifer to the stand to prove that the Leader is not culpable for his actions as a gamma mutate. To do this, Mallory makes Jen list how many sexual partners she has had as Jennifer Walters and how many she has had as She-Hulk. While Jen has only slept with three people in human form, the list of men she has slept with as She-Hulk is so long that the court stenographer asks for a drink of water after listing them out.

    Comic Strips 
  • Done several times by Peanuts, most notably here, here, and especially here. Notice how all three contain the names Amy, Jill, and Meredith. It's a Shout-Out to the three Real Life daughters of Charles Schulz!

    Fan Works 
  • In one Girls und Panzer, 4koma, Katyusha asks the rest of Pravda for their comments on the match with Oarai. Nonna then essentially blames Katyusha for everything that went wrong since Oarai was cornered in the building.
  • Those Lacking Spines has Xaldin go through a long list's worth of franchises crossed over with Kingdom Hearts in fanfiction. Bonus points for using at least one instance of all five of the points above.
  • In A Village Hidden in Hope, Naruto and a young Anakin Skywalker are asked by Corusant's security forces if they know of anyone who might wish them harm after they come under attack. According to the questioning officer, they listed 247 separate people plus some whom they didn't know the names of.
  • In Riddle and the Ancient Contract Tom Riddle and his wife, the former Harika Potter, take over Hogwarts. Snape hands Hari a three-foot-long list of items and improvements he considers essential for properly teaching Potions.
  • A non-comedic example comes in Marie D. Suesse and the Mystery New Pirate Age!. When Trafalgar Law comes face to face with Monkey D. Madelyn, Luffy's sister, he responds to her admission that she's made "mistakes" by giving her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech in which he lists every single person who died as a result of her actions- all of the Straw Hat Pirates and the Heart Pirates (except for Law).
  • In The Thorny Rose Remus, while roasting the groom at Sirius' wedding, unrolls a four-yard-long list which he states is "volume one" of the embarrassing stories he has to tell.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
  • Oversaturated World: In the third chapter of Crossworlds Guardian, Sailor Orbital!, used by Ditzy to show her Weirdness Magnet status:
    Ever since the Saturation, I've been bounced across universes, met several versions of myself both human and horse, fought off a giant swarm of replicating cybernetic waffles, visited by a spirit of Yuletide past who got the wrong address, shanghaied into finding incredibly saucy pirate booty, interned for a transdimensional organization responsible for space expansion in some universes, stopped no less than thirteen apocalypse cults, contracted the first case of teleportitis despite not having a unicorn aspect, stripped naked for science three times, encountered an invisible fluffy tentacle monster that demanded entirely platonic cuddles, crashed Vinyl's car through the roof of a skyscraper, and had to babysit my own daughter from the future."
    "What I'm saying," she continued, "is that I'm a weirdness magnet. At this point, I just roll with it."
  • Fate DxD AU: Ritsuka Fujimaru lists the women in Chaldea in love with him besides Mash Kyrielight.
    "Nero Bride, Jeanne Alter (both versions), Artoria Alter (all three versions), Kiyohime (both versions), Tamamo Cat, Mata Hari, Carmilla (both versions), Tamamo no Mae (Shark mostly), Anne Bonny and Mary Read (already considered him part of their union), Serenity, Gorgon (reluctantly), Musashi (Berserker mostly), Meltryllis (both versions), Passionlip, Scheherazade, Osakabehime (both versions), Circe, Ereshikigal, Okita Alter, Scathach Skadi (in the most tsundere-ish way possible), Qin Liangyu, Kingprotea, Kama, Sima Yi (Reines, the host expressed interest), Okita Souji (Assassin was more open), Lancer Artoria… a lot of women had wanted dibs on him. What made it worse was that with how naive Mash was sometimes she had let slip she would share."
  • Metro: As list of what Eliza feels from Mads's Glamour, in "Metro 1: Chewing Through The Straps": Chapter 6: Amerikan History In Translation:
    as the class progressed she imagined being near some distant battlefield - cordite, tear gas, petrol, woodsmoke, saltwater, ice, sweat, blood, death. Disturbing, but she'd become far too used to too many of these things in her life back home.

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  • The Jerk when Navin becomes bankrupt, separating from his girlfriend Marie:
    Navin: And that's it and that's the only thing I need, is this. I don't need this or this. Just this ashtray. And this paddle game, the ashtray and the paddle game and that's all I need. And this remote control. The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that's all I need. And these matches. The ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control and the paddle ball. And this lamp. The ashtray, this paddle game and the remote control and the lamp and that's all I need. And that's all I need too. I don't need one other thing, not one - I need this. The paddle game, and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches, for sure. And this. And that's all I need. The ashtray, the remote control, the paddle game, this magazine and the chair.
    And I don't need anything except my dog... (his dog, Shithead, growls at him) Okay, I don't need my dog...''
  • Forrest and Bubba's shrimp discussion in Forrest Gump.
  • In Roxanne, the prominent-nosed fire chief C.D. Bales gets into an altercation with a drunken lout who makes the mistake of calling him 'Big nose'. C.D. points out how absolutely pathetic and predictable it is to insult a big-nosed man by calling him 'big nose', and proceeds — much to the amusement of and with a small amount of assistance from the people around him — to demolish the lout by rattling off a lengthy list of twenty (twenty-five if you count them honestly) alternative nasal-themed insults the lout could have used to great effect had he possessed the wit and intelligence to actually think of them. And then proceeds to hit him.note 
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Heavy Metal have three examples of Long List of Transgressions (including innocuous ones). Pirates stands out because only the 'most egerious' crimes were read aloud; the full list is much longer.
  • Liar Liar does a variation after Jim Carrey's character drives recklessly and is stopped by a cop...and has to tell him the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth:
    Cop: You know why I pulled you over?
    Fletcher Reed: Depends on how long you were following me! [winces]
    Cop: Why don't we take it from the top?
    Fletcher: Here goes... I sped; I followed too closely; I ran a stop sign; I almost hit a Chevy; I sped some more; I failed to yield at a crosswalk; I changed lanes in an intersection; I changed lanes without signaling while running a red light and speeding!
    Cop: ..Is that all?
    Fletcher: [growls] No. I have unpaid parking tickets. [opens his glove compartment and masses of tickets come spilling out.]
  • The standard Ghostbusters job interview includes asking if the candidate believes in "U.F.O.s, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis."
  • In Double Indemnity Barton Keyes reels off a Long List of suicide methods, ending in: "But Mr. Norton, of all the cases on record there's not one single case of suicide by leap from the rear end of a moving train!"
  • In one A Night At The Opera, Groucho orders a Long List of food, with Chico (who's supposed to be hiding) chiming in "And two hard-boiled eggs!" every few items. That comes out to a lot of eggs.
  • In Monty Python's Life of Brian, the Romans seem to have done a surprising amount to improve life in first century Judea.
  • In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the grateful recipients of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch had celebrated by feasting on a rather long list of improbable delicacies.
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and the stockpile of drugs Raoul Duke and Doctor Gonzo have in their car:
    We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get into locked a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
  • From Blazing Saddles:
    Hedley Lamarr: I want you to round up every vicious criminal and gunslinger in the West. Take this down. I want rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperadoes, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwackers, hornswagglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass kickers, shit kickers, and Methodists!
    Taggart: (finally finds a pencil and paper) Could you repeat that, sir?
  • The famous firework stand scene from Joe Dirt.
    Joe: So you're gonna tell me that you don't have no black cats, no Roman Candles, or screaming mimis?
    Kicking Wing: No.
    Joe: Oh come on, man. You got no lady fingers, fuzz buttles, snicker bombs, church burners, finger blasters, gut busters, zippity do das, or crap flappers?
    Kicking Wing: No, I don't.
    Joe: You're gonna stand there, ownin a fireworks stand, and tell me you don't have no whistlin' bungholes, no spleen splitters, whisker biscuits, honkey lighters, hoosker doos, hoosker don'ts, cherry bombs, nipsy daisers, with or without the scooter stick, or one single whistlin' kitty chaser?
    Kicking Wing: No... because snakes and sparklers are the only ones I like.
    Joe: Well that might be your problem, it's not what you like, it's the consumer.
  • Randall in Clerks confirms a list of ordered video titles as a mother approaches the counter with her young son. He reels off a very long list of porn titles as the customers wait in impatient consternation.
  • Major Kong checks the contents of his crew's kit in Dr. Strangelove:
    Kong: Survival kit contents check. In them you'll find one forty-five caliber automatic, two boxes of ammunition, four days' concentrated emergency rations. One drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills. One miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible, one hundred dollars in rubles, one hundred dollars in gold, nine packs of chewing gum, one issue of prophylactics, three lipsticks, three pair of nylon stockings. Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.
  • In the Four Rooms segment "The Wrong Man," Jennifer Beals has a lot of nicknames for her husband's penis.
    "I could go on and on about his cock, his bone, his knob, his bishop, wang, thang, rod, hot rod, hump mobile, oscar, dong, dagger, banana, cucumber, salami, sausage, kielbassa, schlong, dink, tool, big ben, Mr. Happy, Peter Pecker, pee-pee, wee-wee, wiener, pisser, pistol, piston joint, hose, horn, middle leg, third leg, meat, stick, joystick, dipstick, one-eyed wonder, junior, little head, little guy, rumple foreskin, tootsie roll, love muscle, skin flute, roto-rooter, snake, hammer, rammer, spammer, bazooka, rubber, chubby, sticky, stubby, schmeck, schmuck, schvantze, ying-yang, yang..."
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation had Clark give an Overly Long List of qualities he feels describe his boss after getting stiffed out of a Christmas Bonus that year. "Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I'd like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here...with a big ribbon on his head! And I want to look him straight in the eye, and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey shit he is! Hallelujah! Holy shit...where's the Tylenol?"
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World uses the same list of teas as its comic book counterpart. Mary Elizabeth Winstead recited it from memory.
    Scott: Did you make some of those up?
  • In Scream 4, Ghostface is asking Kirby trivia questions like the first film, and then he starts asking, "Name the remake of the ground-breaking horror movie in which the villain..." And then Kirby lists off all the horror movie remakes that have come out in recent years.
  • In The Santa Clause, "The List" is delivered to Scott Calvin - with instructions to check it twice - by half a dozen UPS trucks.
  • The Fugitive: "Alright, listen up, people. Our fugitive has been on the run for ninety minutes. Average foot speed over uneven ground barring injuries is 4 miles-per-hour. That gives us a radius of six miles. What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area. Checkpoints go up at fifteen miles. Your fugitive's name is Dr. Richard Kimble. Go get him."
  • The page image, from The Fifth Element, is a visual but not read-aloud version: General Munro tells Korben Dallas (a former major) that the first reason he's been drafted for the world-saving mission is that "as part of The Elite Special Forces Unit of the Federated Army, you are an expert in the use of all weapons and spacecraft needed for this mission." Cue unrolling of the list. The other two are that he's the most highly-decorated member of the unit, and that he's the only one still alive.
  • In Good Will Hunting, Will lies to Skylar that he has twelve older brothers, and when she asks their names, he hesitates just a second and then says, "Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davy, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny and Brian." Then she makes him repeat it, and he does.
  • Daryl and Wayne from Letterkenny make fun of a hipster looking to buy organic vegetables from them, mockingly offering him a wide variety of Umbrella Drinks.
  • God's Not Dead, to drive its agenda home, ends with a scrolling list of about two dozen court cases involving people successfully suing colleges for religious discrimination, followed by a message encouraging viewers to do the same.note 
  • In The Death of Stalin, Vasily plans to make a speech at his father's funeral. In the speech, he describes the Soviet people as 'cubs', and then starts listing "Russian cubs, Georgian cubs, Latvian cubs..." and keeps listing, apparently intending to list every republic in the USSR. Both times, he gets cut off before he can finish the list.
  • RAD: Before the final race, the announcer spends about two minutes of screen time listing the names, home towns and team affiliations of every single one of the several-dozen racers.
  • Virgin Territory: Dimitri insists on listing his long name, title, his father's title, that he's his father's first son etc. every time he meets someone.
  • Employees' Entrance: The elevator man at the department store calls it out. "Second floor, lingerie, pajamas, millinery, women and children's shoes, corsets, brassieres, girdles, abdominal bands, air mattresses, bicycle tires, army cots, canoe paint, shoe stretchers, and Boy Scout outfits."
  • In the Name of the Father: Joe McAndrew's many convictions, listed when he meets several senior police officers, with several bombings, murders or attempted murders each. He then adds to this by confessing he'd also committed the Guildford pub bombings, which the protagonists were wrongly convicted of.


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  • From Neil Gaiman's American Gods, there's Samantha's incredibly lengthy monologue about all of the things she believes, which she says so that Shadow will open up to her:
    "I can believe that things are true and I can believe things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not. I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen – I believe that people are perfectible, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkledy lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women. I believe that the future sucks and I believe that future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone’s ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state. I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste. I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we’ll all be wiped out by the common cold like the Martians in War of the Worlds. I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman. I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumblebee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself. I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of casual chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck. I believe that anyone who says that sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe that anyone claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too. I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. I believe life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it."
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya, in Endless Eight, Kyon asks Yuki for information on the 15498 cycles. She promptly starts reciting data, but Kyon stops her before she sorts the variations in descending order.
    "In the last fifteen-thousand four hundred ninety-seven cycles, O-bon has been omitted twice. O-bon sans goldfish catching occurred a total of four hundred thirty-seven times. The city pool has been visited without fail as of this cycle. Part-time work has been conducted a total of nine-thousand twenty-five times with six variations in the nature of the work. Other than distributing balloons, there has also been stock loading, cash register, flyer distributions, call answering, as well as a model fashion show. There have been six-thousand eleven balloon distributions, with three hundred sixty overlaps in two or more variations. Repeated iterations sorted by order of combination are-"
    "That's enough, you don't have to continue."
  • In the Novelization of the film The Shaggy D.A. the title character's son asks the ice cream man to list all the varieties he has available, then orders a vanilla ice cream sandwich. He does this every day. The ice cream man is annoyed but used to it and starts the list as soon as he sees the kid, ending at about the same time the kid arrives at the ice cream truck.
  • The Annals of Improbable Research article "The Effects of Peanut Butter on the Rotation of the Earth" has a long list of authors, many of which are dubiously disguised names of celebrities past and present. The actual text of the article? "So far as we can determine, peanut butter has no effect on the rotation of the earth." That's it.
  • "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." Lazarus Long
  • Another old example would be the Arabian Nights. One story features two people arguing over an alleged Bag of Holding that according to each one of them contained an increasingly larger list of things. But the best Long List has probably got to be the list of food that one of the three ladies buys in the story of the Porter and the Three Ladies of Baghdad.
  • F Scott Fitzgerald was good at these, especially in The Great Gatsby.
  • One of the Pirates of the Caribbean prequel novels also contains a list of crimes, a few of which are downright hilarious.
  • John Hodgman's list of 700 hobo names in The Areas of My Expertise (which grows to 800 in the paperback release).
  • There's a YA trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland based around Arthurian Legend, told from the point of view of a teenage page/squire/knight in the Middle Ages, who joins the Crusades in the third book. There's a lot about the process of getting ready to mount a huge international campaign like this, and at one point, for two solid back-to-back pages he lists all the things he sees being loaded onto ships. It's nuts, especially considering a lot of the words are obsolete.
  • The very description of this trope mentions it involving a list off from a guy behind the counter. Something exactly of this sort happened to Bill Bryson in The Lost Continent:
    Mississippi waitress: "How about a piece o'Pah? We got blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, boysenberry, huckleberry, whortleberry, cherry berry, hair berry, Chuck Berry, Beri Beri and lemon."
  • In The Legacy of Totalitarianism in a Tundra, the novel starts with a long list of trigger warnings, including "Trigger Warnings".
  • In The Legend Of Nightfall, Nightfall is charged with "forty-seven acts of grand theft, nineteen murders, two counts of treason, one assault, and more than eight hundred and fifty misdemeanors. And that’s just in Alyndar."
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events:
    • A scene in the tenth book has a listing of a huge number of "ingredients" for an improvised glue-like substance.
    • As well as the "Snow Scouts Alphabet Pledge", which parodies the Boy Scout Law, listing a quality for every letter of the alphabet, some of them contradictory and not all of them positive. One of the qualities listed is "xylophone" because the leader couldn't think of anything else starting with an X.
    • In Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, there are plenty of them. Most notable is the one in a transcript of a VFD meeting spoken by a nine-year-old member.
    • Also, the long list of (close to 20,000!) rules they had to follow at the Village of Fowl Devotees.
    • Esme Squallor's personal library full of books cataloging what was in and out in various months, years, etc.
  • Discworld:
    • Pyramids: The full list of titles of King Teppicymon XXVIII, Lord of the Heavens, Charioteer of the Wagon of the Sun, Steersman of the Barque of the Sun, Guardian of the Secret Knowledge, Lord of the Horizon, Keeper of the Way, the Flail of Mercy, the High-Born One, the Never-Dying King, runs for about a third of a page in most paperback versions. It's repeated several times during the course of a simple Royal Audience by High Priest Dios, every time Pteppic tries to speak, show initiative, or do anything more than nod and smile.
    • One Professor Macarona D.Thau (Bug), D.Maus (Chubb), Magistaludorum (QIS), Octavium (Hons), PHGK (Blit), DSMK, Mack, D.Thau (Bra), Visiting Professor in Chickens (Jahn the Conqueror University (Floor 2, Shrimp Packers Building, Genua)), Primo Octo (Deux), Visiting Professor of Blit/Slood Exchanges (Al Khali), K Cbf J, Reciprocating Professor of Blit Theory (Unki), D.Thau (Unki), Didimus Supremus (Unki), Emeritus Professor in Blit Substrate Determinations (Chubb), Chair of Blit and Music Studies (Quirm College for Young Ladies), there's only one Professor Macarona D.Thau (Bug), D.Maus (Chubb), Magistaludorum (QIS), Octavium (Hons), PHGK (Blit), DSMK...
      • In the same book there's also Ponder's list of suggestions for improving the game of football after the wizards' first pitiful attempt at playing it, a list that goes on for nearly a page and a half.
    • Used a few times in combination with Trademark Favorite Food. In the second Science of Discworld, the Elf Queen's attempt to read Rincewind's mind is blocked by his mental litany of potato recipes. In Going Postal, Stanley's pea-brain gets stuck on the prospect of a stamp in honor of regional cabbage farming, and he can't stop rattling off cabbage recipes without intervention.
    • The Last Continent sees Death ask for a list of dangerous creature of Fourecks, and receives a book titled Dangerous Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Jellyfish, Insects, Spiders, Crustaceans, Grasses, Trees, Mosses and Lichens of Terror Incognita. Or rather, is buried in the many volumes comprising the work, which extends at least as far as Volume 29c Part 3. When he asks for a list of creatures that aren't dangerous he receives a sheet of paper reading "some of the sheep".
    • The sign on the door of the Ankh-Morpork Post Office listing the things that will stay these messengers about their duty in Men at Arms and Going Postal. Don't arsk us about rocks, trolls with sticks, Mrs. Cake, big green things with teeth, any kind of black dogs with orange eyebrows, rains of spaniels, fog. Mrs. Cake.
  • Don Quixote: This trope is played straight and parodied:
    • Played straight at the Preface of the Author, Part I, a friend of Cervantes advises him to get a book that quotes famous authors from A to Z and just insert the examples in his own book, so Cervantes can feign that he knows all those authors, because some readers are simple enough to believe that the author can use all those quotes in any book.
    • Parodied at Chapter XVIII, Part I. Since Homer, the description of the forces and the generals of an army was an important part of the heroic literature, and books of chivalry were pleased to develop it, (Amadis of Gaul has a similar scene). In that chapter, Don Quixote takes three pages to describe the forces of what he sees at two contending armies to Sancho, who only can see... two droves of sheep. Lampshaded by the author:
    Good God! what a number of countries and nations he named! giving to each its proper attributes with marvellous readiness; brimful and saturated with what he had read in his lying books! Sancho Panza hung upon his words without speaking, and from time to time turned to try if he could see the knights and giants his master was describing...
  • Illuminatus!! has a list of bands that will be attending its climactic music festival, stretching over several pages. Despite the book being written in the '70s, one of the bands is Nirvana.
    [...] the Fillet of Soul, finding bookings sparse in London, drove into Ingolstadt in a Volvo painted seventeen Day-Glo colors and flaunting Ken Kesey's old slogan, "Further!" On April 24 the real trickle began, and [...] the Wrathful Visions, the Cockroaches, and the Senate and the People of Rome all drove down Rathauplatz in bizarre vehicles, while the Ultra-Violet Hippopotamus and The Thing on the Doorstep both navigated Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse in even more amazing buses. On April 25 [...], the trickle turned into a stream and in came Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the Glue Sniffers, King Kong and his Skull Island Dinosaurs, the Howard Johnson Hamburger, the Riot in Cell Block Ten, the House of Frankenstein, the Signifying Monkey, the Damned Thing, the Orange Moose, the Indigo Banana, and the Pink Elephant. On April 26 the stream became a flood, and [...] Ingolstadters found themselves inundated with Frodo Baggins and his Ring, the Mouse that Roars, the Crew of the Flying Saucer, the Magnificent Ambersons, the House I Live In, the Sound of One Hand, the Territorial Imperative, the Druids of Stonehenge, the Heads of Easter Island, the Lost Continent of Mu, Bugs Bunny and his Fourteen Carrots, the Gospel According to Marx, the Card-Carrying Members, the Sands of Mars, the Erection, the Association, the Amalgamation, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, the Climax, the Broad Jumpers, the Pubic Heirs, the Freeks, and the Windows. Mick Jagger and his new group, the Trashers, arrived on April 27 [...] and there quickly followed the Roofs, Moses and Monotheism, Steppenwolf, Civilization and its Discontents, Poor Richard and his Rosicrucian Secrets, the Wrist Watch, the Nova Express, the Father of Waters, the Human Beings, the Washington Monument, the Thalidomide Babies, the Strangers in a Strange Land, Dr. John the Night Tripper, Joan Baez, the Dead Man's Hand, Joker and the One-Eyed Jacks, Peyote Woman, the Heavenly Blues, the Golems, the Supreme Awakening, the Seven Types of Ambiguity, the Cold War, the Street Fighters, the Bank Burners, the Slaves of Satan, the Domino Theory, and Maxwell and his Demons. On April 28 [...] the Acapulco Gold Diggers arrived, followed by The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, Dracula and his Brides, the Iron Curtain, the Noisy Minority, the International Debt, Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex, the Cloud of Unknowing, the Birth of a Nation, the Zombies, Atilla and his Huns, Nihilism, the Catatonics, the Thorndale Jag Offs, the Haymarket Bomb, the Head of a Dead Cat, The Shadow Out of Time, The Sirens of Titan, the Player Piano, the Streets of Laredo, the Space Odyssey, the Blue Moonies, the Crabs, the Dose, the Grassy Knoll, the Latent Image, the Wheel of Karma, the Communion of Saints, the City of God, the General Indefinite Wobble, the Left-Handed Monkey Wrench, the Thorn in the Flesh, the Rising Podge, Shazam!, the Miniature Sled, the 23rd Appendix, the Other Cheek, the Occidental Ox, Ms. and the Chairperson, Cohen Cohen Cohen and Khan, and the Joint Phenomenon.
    On April 29 [...] the deluge descended on Ingolstadt: Buses, trucks, station wagons, special trains, and every manner of transport except dog sleds, brought in the Wonders of the Invisible World, Maule's Curse, the Jesus Head Trip, Ahab and his Amputation, the Horseless Headsman, the Leaves of Grass, the Gettysburg Address, the Rosy-Fingered Dawn, the Wine-Dark Sea, Nirvana, the Net of Jewels, Here Comes Everybody, the Pisan Cantos, the Snows of Yesteryear, the Pink Dimension, the Goose in the Bottle, The Incredible Hulk, the Third Bardo, Aversion Therapy, the Irresistible Force, MC Squared, the Enclosure Acts, the 99-Year Lease, the Immovable Object, Spaceship Earth, the Radiocarbon Method, the Rebel Yell, the Clenched Fist, the Doomsday Machine, the Rand Scenario, the United States Commitment, the Entwives, the Players of Null-A, the Prelude to Space, Thunder and Roses, Armageddon, the Time Machine, the Mason Word, the Monkey Business, the Works, the Eight of Swords, Gorilla Warfare, the Box Lunch, the New Aeon, the Enola Gay, the Octet Truss, the Stochastic Process, the Fluxions, the Burning House, the Phantom Captain, The Decline of the West, the Dualists, The Call of the Wild, Consciousness III, the Reorganized Church of Latter-Day Saints, Standard Oil of Ohio, the Zig-Zag Men, the Rubble Risers, the Children of Ra, TNT, the Acceptable Radiation, the Pollution Level, the Great Beast, the Whores of Babylon, the Waste Land, the Ugly Truth, the Final Diagnosis, Solution Unsatisfactory, the Heat Death of the Universe, Mere Noise, I Opening, the Nine Unknown Men, the Horse of Another Color, the Falling Rock Zone, the Ascent of the Serpent, Reddy Willing and Unable, the Civic Monster, Hercules and the Tortoise, the Middle Pillar, the Deleted Expletive, Deep Quote, LuCiFeR, the Dog Star, Nothin' Sirius, and Preparation H.
  • James and the Giant Peach: The peach gets caught up in a massive cloudburst, and rainwater comes pouring down upon them, bouncing and smashing and sloshing and slashing and swashing and swirling and surging and whirling and gurgling and gushing and rushing and rushing.
  • Lord Peter Wimsey runs through a list of things he's figured out about the case in The Nine Tailors. It consists of every pertinent bit of information except the identity of the murderer, and how he committed the murder.
    "But that, as I say, is a trifle."
  • In Star Trek: Klingon Empire, Lokor knows many things.
    "I know everything that happens on this ship. I know that Bekks Yojagh and Moq are having sexual relations in secret. I know that three of the squad leaders in First and Second Company are no longer using the names they were born with. I know that Ensign Kallo would rather be a painter than an officer, but that she is dreadfully bad at painting. I know that Leader Ryjjan has borrowed storage in the cargo bay from two officers in order to store barrels of bloodwine. I know that Commander Kurak has a nephew who will enter Defense Force officer training in less than a year, at which point she will resign her commission. I know that Leader Hovoq is impotent. I know that Lieutenant Yaklan writes fiction under an assumed name. I know that Leader Wol accidentally killed her own son at San-Tarah. I know that Bekk J'nfod cheats when he plays grinnak. I know that most of the neckbones that Lieutenant Leskit wears were not taken in battle as he claims. I know that Leader Zurlkint has a fondness for a Terran fruit called sutawberIs and he had a box of them smuggled in when we left Ty'Gokor. I know that Leader Kylag has two different mates on two different planets in the empire. I know that you received those recordings of Battlecruiser Vengeance you're so fond of in exchange for a set of coins that, should your father ever find out you traded them, he would kill you".
  • House of Leaves features some extremely long lists of references in its The Navidson Record parts. The various levels of fictional editors comment that the references are nonexistent or have nothing to do with what is being talked about, though some of them do contain codes and hidden messages.
    • Almost exaggerated in Footnote 144, which lists everything the House does NOT have. Since the House is nothingness, this goes on and on and on and on.
    • In Johnny's narrative there's the part where he lists all the women Lude had had sex with in the month of November. This features 19 entries (but more women Lude had sex with, since it was arranged by day-of-the-month and included some threesomes and foursomes) and is presented very dryly, almost in a spreadsheet-like format.
  • A Void has a lot of long lists, usually just to show off what words can be included that don't have the letter "e".
  • In "Blood Pact", the most recent Gaunt's Ghosts novel, one of the blood pact members has taken a vow to say all the names of death. He's been saying them for years. He never gets to finish, because one of the last names on the list is the person who kills him.
  • In the Adventures of McBroom series by Sid Fleischman, rural patriarch Josh McBroom has eleven children, which he calls in rapidfire cadence thus: "WillJILLHesterCHESTERPeterPOLLYTimTOMMaryLARRYandlittleCLARINDA!"
  • One common palindrome joke is to augment the famous "A man, a plan, a canal: Panama" palindrome into a still-palindromic long list. The most famous example of this is probably:
    A man, a plan, a canoe, pasta, heros, rajahs, a coloratura, maps, snipe, percale, macaroni, a gag, a banana bag, a tan, a tag, a banana bag again (or a camel), a crepe, pins, Spam, a rut, a Rolo, cash, a jar, sore hats, a peon, a canal: Panama!
  • Neal Stephenson is quite good at these. The mission statement bit in Cryptonomicon and this gem from The Diamond Age:
    McWhorter's Original Condiment was written large, ...
    Water, blackstrap molasses, imported habanero peppers, salt, garlic, ginger, tomato puree, axle greese, real hickory smoke, snuff, butts of clove cigarettes, Guinness Stout fermentation dregs, uranium mill tailings, muffler cores, monosodium glutamate, nitrates, nitrites, nitrotes and nitrutes, nutrites, natrotes, powdered pork nose hairs, dynamite, activiated charcoal, match-heads, used pipe cleaners, tar, nicotine, single-malt whiskey, smoked beef lymph nodes, autumn leaves, red fuming nitric acid, bituminous coal, fallout, printer's ink, laundry starch, drain cleaner, blue chrysotile asbestos, carrageenan, BHA, BHT, and natural flavorings.
  • Francois Rabelais, 16th-century writer of the French renaissance, in chapter XXII of his satirical novel Gargantua lists more than 90 games the young Gargantua plays every day, while his 'education' is supervised by (incompetent, as you may infer) old-style clerical "sophisters".
  • Israeli satirist Ephraim Kishon used this when he and his wife go to a supermarket the first time. They end up buying stuff for more than thousand pounds.
  • James Joyce makes extensive use of extensive lists in Finnegans Wake.
  • In You, making a list of all the objects that need to be in the game world is part of Russell's job as lead designer. The sheer volume of stuff to consider (and the Combinatorial Explosion potential) freaks him out a little.
  • In George Orwell's essay "What is Fascism?", we have this passage:
    It will be seen that, as used, the word "fascism" is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley's broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else.
  • Long lists are a Creator Thumbprint for Karel Čapek.
  • In the Sidney Sheldon novel Master Of The Game, Eve Blackwell is called into the headmistress' of her elite private school to be informed that she's being expelled for her promiscuity. She haughtily denies this until the woman hands her a list of her conquests. Her only reaction is to note that not only is it a Long List, several names are missing.
  • Villains by Necessity: When Kaylana first meets Sam and Arcie, on recognizing they're criminals she then lists every major crime, leaving them stunned before disabusing her of thinking they've committed them all.
  • Fengshen Yanyi: midway through the book, the hero Jiang Ziya is given by his master, the godly Yuanshi Tianzun, a list of the 365 notable people destinated to become new gods of various celestial tasks. And when he says 365 gods, it means that the penultimate chapter of the novel is entirely dedicated to Jiang Ziya setting up a ceremony to bestow the divine ranks to all 365 of them, giving each of them a title, a God Job and passing through some pretty long lists, including the many, many star gods, the 28 Mansions, the 36 Heavenly Stars and 72 Earthly Stars and more. The saving grace is while the earlier, more important gods get better descriptions, the later ones get a single line each to speed things up.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Wheel of Fortune: A mid-1980s episode had a contestant who – just before playing the Bonus Round – wanted to give a shout out to all his friends and family. The list was so long that he began before the commercial and finally ended when the show returned from the break. (Pat Sajak likely had a hand in doing this for comic effect.)
  • Red Dwarf:
    • The trailer for Series 12 has profiles for each of the four Dwarfers. Under Aliases for Rimmer, as well as showing two historic examples — "Goalpost Head" and "Trans-Am wheel arch nostrils" — it also displays the exaggerated-but-somewhat-accurate "637 entries found", in large part thanks to Lister being The Nicknamer.
    • In "White Hole", Kryten reactivates a Talkie Toaster whose reason d'etre is toasting bread products. Lister attempts to forestall its offers with this trope.
      Lister: We don't like muffins around here. We want no muffins, no toast, no teacakes, no buns, baps, baguettes or bagels, no croissants, no crumpets, no pancakes, no potato cakes and no hot-cross buns and definitely no smegging flapjacks.
      Talkie Toaster: ...Aah, so you're a waffle man!
  • Fawlty Towers:
    • In "The Psychiatrist", Sybil lists her mother's fears to Mr Johnson, with her habit of talking at guests.
      Sybil: Rats, doorknobs, birds, heights, open spaces, confined spaces, it's very difficult getting the space right for her... footballs, bicycles, cows, and she's always on about men following her. I don't know what she thinks they're going to do to her; vomit on her, Basil says... and death.
    • When the public health inspector has finished assessing the hotel in "Basil the Rat", he lists all the problems he found:
      Mr Carnegie: The lack of proper cleaning routines. Dirty and greasy filters. Greasy and encrusted deep fat fryer. Dirty, cracked and stained food preparation surfaces. Dirty, cracked and missing wall and floor tiles. Dirty, marked and stained utensils. Dirty and greasy interior surfaces of the ventilator hood.
      Basil: Yes, about the deep fat fryer-
      Mr Carnegie: Inadequate temperature control and storage of dangerous foodstuffs. Storage of cooked and raw meat in same trays. Storage of raw meat above confectionery with consequent dripping of meat juices onto cream products. Refrigerator seals loose and cracked. Ice box undefrosted and refrigerator overstocked.
      Basil: Yes, say no more.
      Mr Carnegie: Food handling routines suspect. Evidence of smoking in food preparation area. Dirty and grubby food handling overall. Lack of wash hand basin - which you gave us a verbal assurance you'd have installed at our last visit six months ago - and two dead pigeons in the water tank.
      Basil: (beat) Otherwise OK?
  • Our Miss Brooks: Usually when Mrs. Davis lists ingredients, i.e. "Model Teacher".
  • In the episode "Even Hell has Two Bars" of Selfie Henry says Eliza is most likely his plus one, as they were both invited to Saperstein's summer house for a possible promotion. Eliza takes great offense at this saying she's "VIP bitches", and rattles off a list of places she was not a plus one to-this goes on from their initial conversation at the office to when they pull up to the summer house, most likely at least one day later. Of course, it turns out she is in fact his plus one, but for a good reason (Saperstein knows Henry is better with Eliza around)
    Eliza: Was I plus one at Adam Levine's Halloween party? At Avril Lavigne's Christmas party? At Sherri Shephard's purse party? At the grand reopening of the South Pasadena Victoria's Secret, which I didn't go to but to which I was invited and had I gone I would have received a free thong!? [cut to them in a buggy coming to the house] Was I plus one at Target's preferred shoppers Black Friday pre-sale? Hmm, was I plus one at Jennifer Meyer's irregular trunk sale? Was I plus one at Scott Disik's intervent—
    Henry: Fine, Eliza, fine.
    Eliza: The point is I receive plus ones, I do not be them.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus specialized in this:
    • "The Cheese Shoppe", the "Spam" sketch, and one particular sketch where a screen containing all the synonyms of a certain word was lowered onto the stage and the audience was invited to recite from it. Most subsequent uses of the trope are often homages to Python.
    • Also the list of victims in the "Mass Murder Case" sketch.
    • And the name and lineage of Erik Njorl.
    • And the chief weapons of The Spanish Inquisition.
    • The "Spam" sketch was the origin of the term "spam" in the sense of junk email, due to the tendency to read it as "spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, oooh an interoffice memo!".
    • "Spam" is also notable in that it's a parody of "cheese shop"-style "catalog" sketches. (Cleese and Chapman wrote all of the originals, "Spam" was written by Jones and Palin as a spoof of the others' style.)
  • The Ice Cream Parlour sketch by The Two Ronnies has three, each one more bizarre than the previous. The Long List is Ronnie Barker's trademark in the show.
  • Doctor Cox in Scrubs is fond of reeling off long, fast lists of — for example — "things that he cares more about than the fact that it's J.D.'s last day as an intern", normally involving at least one insult to Hugh Jackman. Subverted in the season 6 finale — he's barely started his rant when Dr. Kelso interrupts with "Funny, long list. We get it. You need a new thing, big guy."
  • "The Menu Song" from ''The Electric Company (1971)" (written by Tom Lehrer) consists entirely of this.
    • The sketch about the "And Sandwich" includes a long list of ingredients.
  • Sesame Street: Ernie once has an ice cream cone with virtually all of Baskinn-Robbins' 31 flavors, which he lists one by one.
  • Adam Savage going through the steps of the MythBusters Christmas Rube Goldberg Machine.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 is very fond of these.
    • F'rinstance, from episode 817 ("The Horror of Party Beach"):
      Crow: You kids, with your big pants, and your colored chalk, and your Neve Campbell, and your fanny packs, and your Nerf balls, and your listening to the No Doubts, and your Pong, and your Volkswagen Golf leases, and your notebooks, and the kids with the pierced I-don't-know-whats, and the roller skates, and the 23-skidoos, and the listening to the Becks, and...
    • Episode 405 ("Being from Another Planet") finds Joel and the Bots rattling off a Long List of Mad Lib Thriller Titles from the "Robert Ludlum library": The Horshack Conspiracy, The Forbin Conundrum, The Slingshack Congealment, The Migraine Containment, The Crankshaft Mc Nogginbee, The Polping Popoopoo, The Klingla Klogluglu, The Shreenshrack Regeengyne, The Momaw Mamoomoo, The Greengeen Gagrinegagrinega, The Lala Kalingalingaling, The Kriskrack Krakrakra, The Zinga Zingaza, The Macheengo Conghelium, and The Mingmang Patingtang.
    • In Episode 414 ("Tormented"), Joel and the Bots list some musicians they'd like to see fall from a lighthouse to their death (as happens to one of the movie's characters): Kenny Rogers, the Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina, Dr. Hook, Jonathan Edwards, Dononvan, Lionel Richie, Michael Bolton, Ben Sidran, Michael Franks, New Kids on the Block, Starland Vocal Band, Peter Himmelman, Anne Murray, and (again) Kenny Rogers.
    • In Episode 503 ("Swamp Diamonds"), Joel and the Bots speculate on what other nicknames one of the film's actors, Mike "Touch" Connors, considered before settling on "Touch". They come up with Thrust, Jab, Fudge, Crunch, Blast, Smidge, Shout, Batch, Scrod, Flake, Wink, Sploot, Pinch, Probe, Wing, Snake, Grunt, Flink, Pat, Snack, and Slap, and Hal. (Servo: "Hal?!!")
    • In Episode 820 ("Space Mutiny"), Mike and the Bots give a long list of nicknames for Flight Commander David Ryder: Slab Bulkhead, Fridge Largemeat, Punt Speedchunk, Butch Deadlift, Bold Bigflank, Splint Chesthair, Flint Ironstag, Bolt Vanderhuge, Blast Hardcheese, Thick McRunfast, Buff Drinklots, Trunk Slamchest, Fist Rockbone, Stump Beefnob, Smash Lampjaw, Punch Rockgroin, Buck Plankchest, Stump Chunkman, Dirk Hardpeck, Rip Steakface, Slate Slabrock, Crud Bonemeal, Brick Hardmeat, Rip Slagcheek, Punch Sideiron, Gristle McThornBody, Slake Fistcrunch, Buff Hardback, Bob Johnson, Blast Thickneck, Crunch Buttsteak, Slab Squatthrust, Lump Beefbroth, Touch Rustrod, Reef Blastbody, Big McLargeHuge, Smoke Manmuscle, Beat Punchbeef, Pack Blowfist, and Roll Fizzlebeef.
    • In episode 1104 ("Avalanche"), Jonah and the 'Bots buy up the rights to a long, long list of potential titles for "stupid-on-purpose hybrid b-movies" in the vein of Sharknado, including "Gatorlanche, Horsetapus, Pugslide, Blitzfrog, Swanpedo, Frankensnake Riftbeaver vs. Outer Space Napalmuskrat, Streptococker Spaniel..."
      TV's Son of TV's Frank: Why didn't we think of Streptococker Spaniel?!
      Kinga: We have got to claim some of these titles!
  • On Taxi, Latka starts to tell the other characters how there's only one thing you need in life to make you happy, and that's friends...but then he remembers that you also need food and clothes...and a nice car...and a home...with a pool...and a beautiful woman "to make you foam at the mouth"...and finally concludes that if you have all that other stuff, "the friends would only get in the way."
  • On the one-off British drama The Missing Postman, happens to one of the down-to-earth policemen. "Want a sandwich, sir? We've got 476 varieties..." (He offers a brief glance at the huge list on a board) "I'll have cheese".
  • In the Monk episode "Mr. Monk Visits a Farm", when Monk is confronted by Jimmy Belmont and finds his fenced-off field, Monk rambles off a long list of nicknames for marijuana:
    Adrian Monk: Okay, what's back there? Let me guess. Fields of reefer.
    Jimmy Belmont: Fields of reefer? What kind of cop were you?
    Adrian Monk: You know what I mean: Ditchweed. Boo. The old Ali Baba.
    Jimmy Belmont: What makes you think that I'd actually—
    Adrian Monk: Magic Dragon. Bambalachi. Yellow Submarine. Black Bart. Doctor Giggles. Kentucky Blue. You know what I'm talking about. I'm talking about Railroad Weed! That's right. The Devil's Parsley. Skunk, Splim, Splam, Mooster. Side Salad.
  • The Colbert Report:
    • During a Word segment, Colbert demanded (rhetorically), "What have unions ever done for us?" Instead of its usual single phrase, the bullet point responded with a huge scrolling list.
    • March 9, 2010, a twofer:
      • First, Stephen issues a rare Stephen Colbert Consumer Alert, because it has been found that two types of Pringles may contain salmonella contamination.
        Stephen Colbert: Now don't worry, folks, it is not [pulls out Pringles cans as he mentions each flavor] Original flavor, or Sour Cream & Onion, or Barbecue, or Salt and Vinegar, or Ranch, or Bacon Ranch, or Multi-grain Ranch, or Multi-Grain Original, or Cheddar, or Multi-Cheddar Cheese, or Pizza, or Jalapeno, or Loaded Baked Potato, or Extreme Screamin' Dill Pickle, or Extreme Kickin' Cheddar, or Extreme Blasted Buffalo Wing. No, none of those. It's also not Reduced Fat Original, Reduced Fat Savory Cheddar, Reduced Fat Sweet Mesquite Barbecue, or Reduced Fat Tomato and Mozzarella. No, none of those, okay? It's also not Light Original, Light Sour Cream & Onion, or Light Barbecue, okay? No no, unfortunately, it's the two best flavors: Cheeseburger, which gives you all the enjoyment of a cheeseburger without the bother of cheese, or burger, okay? And: Taco Night.
      • Immediately followed by him rattling off the ingredients of Taco Night.
        Stephen Colbert: I know, I know. Taco Night, which doesn't just deliver the flavor of a taco - hell, even a taco could do that - these capture the whole taco night. It's right here in the ingredients. See, it has, um: whey, vegetable solids, sunflower oil, opening the refrigerator to find there's nothing else and deciding to make tacos, even though you made them two nights ago, cheddar cheese, multodextrin, salt, Alex, tell your sister to come downstairs, it's taco night, whaddaya mean, "She's at Brian's house"?, rice, flour, onion powder, no we can't eat in front of the TV, we're gonna dine as a family, dried tomato, malic acid, fine, if you don't wanna eat what's being served, everybody can fend for themselves and watch this family fall apart, but if anyone wants to join me, I'll be in the dining room enjoying tacos, disodium phosphates, paprika extract, take off that sombrero, Alex, I will not be mocked. Oh, and potatoes.
    • The September 6, 2011 Cheating Death segment introduces Vaxamalgam, the one-pod-of-pills-fused-together-fits-all cure to insomnia, drowsiness, angina, eczema, dry mouth, damp mouth, constipation, diarrhea, night terrors, day terrors, brunch terrors, sore throat, deep throat, lockjaw, slackjaw, jabberjaw, nausea, rashes, heart arrhythmia, erectile dysfunction, blood in urine, urine in blood, shingles, cedar shake, aluminum siding, or whatever that yellow one does. Depending on what condition you have, Vaxamalgam will cure it... or cause it. Side effects include asperger helper, Jimmy-crack-corneas, and explosive diorama.
      • You also should not take it with milk... but that shouldn't be a problem, because it's a suppository. (Mind you, it's about the length and width of a standard TV remote, sooo...)
    • August 16, 2010: this segment on intelligence agencies in the United States, with graphics appearing for each bureau Stephen mentions:
      Stephen Colbert: Folks, these are dangerous times. That's why we need the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, the Department of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnissance Office, the National Counterterrorism Center, the National Drug Intelligence Center, the Office of Intelligence Support, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the Information Security Oversight Office, and of course, the National Bureau of On-Screen Graphic Overload. [The seal of the On-Screen Graphic Overload bureau (an eagle with a color bar shield below a television showing static) appears in front of Stephen's face, the only space on the screen for a graphic to be added]
    • Both the real Stephen Colbert and the character are the youngest of eleven children, and he likes to rattle them off in order. Notably abbreviated in one episode when he commented on the studies showing that men with more older brothers are more likely to be gay: "Now, I have a few problems with this. Namely, Jimmy, Eddie, Billy, Tommy, Jay, Paul, and Peter."
  • On The Daily Show, at a time when the Bush administration was embroiled in a particularly high number of scandals, they did a little snippet before a commercial break of Scott McClellan saying the White House wouldn't comment on a situation, and asked a trivia question: Was he talking about A) Dick Cheney's hunting accident, B) the response to Hurricane Katrina, C) the Jack Abramoff scandal, or D) the Valerie Plame affair? (Beat) Or E) NSA wiretapping? Or F) Abu Ghraib? Or G) Guantanamo Bay? Or H) the Tom DeLay corruption scandal? (After the commercial break) Or Z) Oil industry subsidies? Or Alpha) NASA censorship? Or Beta) Politicization of PBS? Or Gamma) Halliburton no-bid contracts? Or Delta) Failure to find WMDs in Iraq?
  • Have I Got News for You did something similar with a list of "Tory sleaze" scandals.
    • And a list of actions performed by Jeffrey Archer that might hinder him in becoming mayor of London when he was a candidate in 1998. "But apart from all that... he is a complete arse."
  • On Top Gear (UK) when Jay Leno appeared, Clarkson did this with a list of Leno's cars.
    • On another episode, all 3 presenters had to buy antique cars and perform a series of challenges. One challenge involved seeing who had the biggest repair bill to get the car back in acceptable shape. Hammond held up his list, which Clarkson remarked wasn't that which point he lets go of all but the first page and is promptly buried up to his ankles in a list longer than he is tall.
  • The serious BBC documentary "A history of Scotland" includes two of these in quick succession when discussing the Jacobite rebellion of 1715:
    "...The Earl of Mar was one of those who found himself without a job. So he went back home to Scotland — and he arrived there an instant revolutionary. He spread malicious rumours that the English planned taxes on land, corn, cattle, meal, malt, horses, sheep, cocks and hens. And then he raised the standard of the Jacobites on September 6th. The reliably pro-Stuart Louis XIV had died five days before he did so. Perhaps Mar should have waited. Perhaps he should have changed his plans.
    But the word 'plan' doesn't belong in any sentence describing what Mar did. All historians agree: when they write their accounts of the Jacobite rising of 1715, their vocabularies converge on words like 'farce', 'buffoon', 'idiocy', 'incompetent', 'worst possible time', 'disintegrate', [the presenter begins to walk away into the distance, his voiceover fading] 'pathetic', 'half-cocked', 'botch-up', 'monstrous', 'fumbled', 'damp squib', 'stupid', 'fatuous...' [fade out]
  • The panel show QI has a few examples of this when presenter Stephen Fry reels off a long list. Three that come to mind are things invented by the Scots, things invented by the Chinese, and various things that are made just from carbon, hyrdrogen and oxygen.
    • He did an impressive off-the-cuff rendition of a story about the Duke of Devonshire's estate being inspected during World War II to see if there was anyone working there who could be spared for the war effort.
      And they said, "Well, Your Grace, we can understand that you need forty-seven gardeners and thirteen under-gardeners, and you need grooms, and you need chauffeurs, and you need upstairs maids and downstairs maids and in-between maids and laundry room maids and stillroom maids and kitchen maids and nursemaids and housemaids and parlor maids, and we can understand that you need the boy to scrape the knives and boots, and you need the butler and the four footmen and the under-butler... but we wonder if a man economy might be made. Does Your Grace necessarily need two pastry cooks?" To which he apparently replied, "Oh, damn it, can't a man have a biscuit?"
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Barney's list of the professions of the women he's slept with.
    Barney: Lawyers, teachers, poets, doctors, professional equestrians, amateur equestrians... [Time passes, and the gang are halfway through dinner.] A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker. Yes — we're to the rhyming section, now. A math professor, a tax assessor, a weight guesser... [More time passes. Their dishes have been cleared.] A puppeteer, a blackjack dealer, a stay at home mom. That's a job too, guys. A circuit court j—
    Robin: GET TO THE POINT.
    • In another episode, a building inspector is checking out the house Ted's just bought, and lists off all the problems he's found with it so far:
      Inspector: The black mold, the damaged retaining wall, the frayed electrical wires, the lead paint, the water damage, the fire damage, the sun damage, the broken furnace, the rotted floorboards - hey, look at that, no termites - the cracked chimney, the bats, the rats, the spiders, the raccoons, the hobo, the detached gutter, the outdated fusebox, and the paint job in the kitchen, which is fine, but the trim really clashes with the countertops.
      (several minutes later, after the inspector has left): Marshall: Did he say a hobo!? '''
      • The Inspector then finds termites (after falling through the ceiling)
  • Saturday Night Live
    • Steve Martin's "Christmas wish list", from a late-'80s episode.
    • A 1st season show when Jill Clayburgh was host had a list of "People that dolphins are definitely smarter than".
    • The monologue in Buck Henry's first episode featured a list of people who turned down hosting, such as The Two Stooges, Chastity Bono, and Gentle Ben. At the end, they show a list of people they're trying to host an episode, including members of the King family, The Chicago Seven, and Bert Parks.
    • Happy Fun Ball's list of warnings.
    • During Hillary Clinton's talk with a member of the Electoral College she pulls out a list of reasons for not voting for Trump, with the last reason being "He met with Kanye West this week."
  • From Not the Nine O'Clock News, a man asks for a lager, and the barman asks "Any particular one, sir?". When he responds "What have you got?", the barman satirises the then-prevalent fashion for multiple foreign lagers by reciting a massive list, including Heinrichhimmlerken, Krooning Bug, and Everest, which is apparently "brewed by Jormans in the Hummerleers". Settling on the latter, he's asked "Tall glass, thin glass, schooner, vase, bowl, goblet or pipette?". Choosing just a pint, he's asked "Draught, sachet, can, bottle or aerosol?". When he asks for a packet of... the barman eagerly says "Crisps?", anticipating another possible massive list, but our hero wants pork scratchings. Not deterred, the barman offers "Pork scratchings, chicken itchings, doggie scabs, hedgehog stuffings..." until the time bell goes and he announces the bar is closed.
  • This is one of Peter Serafinowicz's favourite kinds of humour. The long list of foods in the Butterfield Diet is the most well known, but there are loads of examples in his sketches.
  • A Recurring Sketch in the Dutch comedian Andre van Duin's 90's show, where he played a shopkeep and a patron and every week the patron would ask for something else, and the shopkeep'd run off a long list of types of the item which he asked for. .. All of which he wouldn't have. Except for that one time when he had the first item and gave it to the guy and then pushed him out of his store.
  • On The Young Ones, Neil once recited a Long List of all the pens, erasers, good-luck charms and other junk he put on his desk while sitting for an exam. By the time he'd unloaded all the items he'd brought to take the test with, the time to actually complete it had expired.
  • In a MADtv (1995) sketch, one character enters a fast-food joint and orders "Two hamburgers with just pickles, two cheeseburgers with another cheeseburger, everything on 'em, four more hamburgers with everything, and a cheeseburger with no pickles and a cheeseburger with nothing BUT pickles. Two more hamburgers with everything but onions on one and everything but pickles, mustard, and tomatoes on the other. Three large fries, six medium fries, one large fry, a junior fry, and two junior fries. Three more cheeseburgers with extra cheese and bacon, two more junior fries and a hamburger with everything. Two more hamburgers with everything and two more hamburgers with everything. Four large cokes and a large sprite. Two large cokes and a small sprite. Five large cokes and one large coke and a small coke. Three small cokes and a small coke and a small coke." He and the employee then go back and forth repeating the same order.
    • Also, the things Spishak Spishwax doesn't protect your car from:
      Paint, tar, feathers, guano, shampoo, conditioner, wood stain, mahogany wood stain, eggs, scrambled eggs, Easter eggs, Easter rocks, baseball bats, bowling balls, chum, potted plants, Jewish wedding, cat litter, neighborhood kids, chicken and dumplings, Christmas decorations, cinder blocks, sledgehammers, sandwiches, did we mention baseball bats?, boat anchors and wrecking balls.
  • In one of the ending sketches of Stewart Lee's Comedy Roadshow it has a man walking into an apple shop and asking if he can have an apple. "What kind of apple?" the shop owner asks; "Well what have you got?" leading to an extremely long list...that list gets repeated constantly throughout the sketch to the point where the customer is reciting the list along with the shopkeeper.
  • Subverted in The IT Crowd. After Jen is promoted out of I.T., Roy and Moss retrieve an enormous-looking list of everything they've wanted to do when she's not around. (We only see the back of it.) A Good-Times Montage (and Contrast Montage with Jen's less fun day) ensues, after which Roy laments that they've already done all eight things on the list.
  • Doc Martin:
    • In the first episode Bert mentions that there's a few people Martin needs to see, and then proceeds to list practically everyone in the village.
    • The list of medications Dr Dibbs prescribed for herself is insanely long.
  • On My Name Is Earl, Earl's List of Transgressions is over 300 items long, with more being added all the time. Yet it somehow manages to fit on a single sheet of yellow legal paper.
    • There's also a Recurring Extra named "Slow Roger," who has a habit of listing everything, much to the annoyance of Earl and others. He seems to have some kind of vaguely defined disorder.
  • From Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell, after Tony Abbott called Opposition Leader Bill Shorten "the Doctor Goebbels of economic policy".
    Shaun: I mean, for a start, it didn't make any sense, did it? I mean, Doctor Goebbels had nothing to do with economic policy. And if it didn't have to make any sense, there are plenty of other less offensive members of the medical profession Mr. Abbott could have likened Mr. Shorten to, which wouldn't have caused such a brouhaha, if you'll excuse my French. There's Dr. Strangelove, Dr. Kissinger, Dr. Kervorkian, Dr. Crippen, Dr. Jekyll, Dr. Frankenstein, Dr. Edelsten, Dr. Zaius, Dr. Seuss, Dr. Lecter, Dr. Karl, Dr Karl, Dr. Octavius, Dr Pepper, Dr. Ming's Herbal Weight-Loss Tea and of course Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, to name but sixteen. Now, in a perfect world, of course, the reference could have made sense too, the name of the doctor reflecting, in some way, Labor's approach to handling the economy when they were in power. Doctor Dolittle, perhaps.
  • Subverted in Brooklyn Nine-Nine where Boyle reveals that Jake owes him four thousand and nine dollars. A shocked Jake asks how, and Boyle produces a notepad and reads off $8.45 for lunch, $1.05 for a soda, and $4000 dollars for an entertainment system, at which point he stopped keeping track.
  • Midsomer Murders: At the start of "The Killings of Copenhagen", Sarah unfolds the instructions for assemble the crib; which just keeps unfolding till it reaches the floor.
  • John Cleese's acceptance speech at the 1988 BAFTA Awards.
  • Hank Zipzer: In "I Think I Broke My Dad", Emily is rehearsing her piece for the school talent show: a presentation on lizards that consists of nothing but a series of long lists of facts about lizards. These include the types of insects lizards eat, the types of spiders lizards, and the continents on which it is not too cold for lizards to live (Hint: it's every continent except Antarctica). Her mother Rosa's attempts to spice up the presentation backfire horribly.
    Emily: Many lizards prey on insects such as ants. Or grasshoppers. Or flies. Or crickets. Or beetles. Or earwigs...
    Hank: Yes, my sister is going to win over the audience with her amazing talents of boring people so badly that their brains just give up.
    Emily: Or ladybirds. Or butterflies. Or termites. Or...
  • Odd Squad:
    • In "Party of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1", Olive shows Otto a list of one hundred New Year's resolutions that she has to get done by midnight, with ninety of them crossed off. The list is so long that it manages to reach the floor.
    • At the end of "Slides and Ladders", when Omelda is featured on Orchid's podcast, the Investigation agent asks her to name all 932-and-a-half floors of the van. She complies, and begins listing all of them off. When the episode ends, she's still listing all of them.
  • Lois & Clark: In "Dead Lois Walking", Lois and Clark look into the number of people with a grudge against Lois to figure out who is framing her. Given that Lois is a determined reporter whose articles ruined or gotten a number of people imprisoned, the list quite long.

  • "We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel is a list of people and things of historical importance from 1949 to 1989.
  • See List Song for examples of songs that consist entirely of a single Long List.
  • John Hodgeman promoted his book with a list of 500 plausible hobo names, recited for 54 minutes in total. Notable names included "Boxcar Aldous Huxley", and "Dora the Explorer". Best yet, this list was recited * live* at a college, with Jonathan Coulton (who also appears as a hobo name) strumming a guitar in accompaniment of the entirety of the list.
  • La Ferme, by French band Les Fatals Picards, is a long, long list of animals. Like many of the Fatals Picards' songs, it's a Hurricane of Puns whose title can either mean "The Farm" or "Shut up".
  • The final verse of "Hurt Me Soul" by Lupe Fiasco contains an extremely long list of things...however, this isn't used for comedy, because at the end he states, "All the world's ills...sitting on chrome 24-inch wheels."
  • The bridge from "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Hardware Store":
    They got allen wrenches, gerbil feeders, toilet seats, electric heaters
    Trash compactors, juice extractors, shower rods and water meters
    Walkie-talkies, copper wires, safety goggles, radial tires
    BB pellets, rubber mallets, fans and dehumidifiers
    Picture hangers, paper cutters, waffle irons, window shutters
    Paint removers, window louvers, masking tape and plastic gutters
    Kitchen faucets, folding tables, weather stripping, jumper cables
    Hooks and tackle, grout and spackle, power foggers, spoons and ladles
    Pesticides for fumigation, high-performance lubrication
    Metal roofing, waterproofing, multi-purpose insulation
    Air compressors, brass connectors, wrecking chisels, smoke detectors
    Tire gauges, hamster cages, thermostats and bug deflectors
    Trailer hitch demagnetizers, automatic circumcisers
    Tennis rackets, angle brackets, Duracells and Energizers
    Soffit panels, circuit breakers, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers
    Calculators, generators, matching salt and pepper shakers!
  • The Bouncing Souls have a song titled "Badass", which is a recitation of badass things.
  • "The Elements" by Tom Lehrer, a list of the Periodic Table of Elements (or at least the one accurate when the song was written) sung to the tune of "I Am the Very Image of a Modern Major-General". Lehrer would perform it in full Motor Mouth mode for increased comedic effect.
  • The Tubes' "What do you Want from Life" ends with a giant list of consumer goods as an alternative to all the things you won't achieve in life, listed in Motor Mouth mode rather than sung.
  • The cover of Aphex Twin's Syro features a receipt listing every single expense that went into the album's creation and promotion and revealing how the album's RRP covers that cost. The list is so long that it unfolds around the CD/vinyl over several sides.

    Myths & Religion 
  • There are various long lists in The Bible, detailing genealogy, censuses, etc.
    • Forbidden foods "The following you shall abominate among the birds—they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, the vulture, and the black vulture; the kite, falcons of every variety; all varieties of raven; the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull; hawks of every variety; the little owl, the cormorant, and the great owl; the white owl, the pelican, and the bustard; the stork; herons of every variety; the hoopoe, and the bat."
  • Older Than Dirt: The Ancient Egyptian Litany of Re lists 75 different names and manifestations of the sun god Re.

  • Welcome to Night Vale is very fond of these:
    • "The Boy Scouts of Night Vale have announced some slight changes to their hierarchy, which will now be the follow: Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Eagle Scout, Blood Pact Scout, Weird Scout, Dreadnought Scout, Dark Scout, Fear Scout, and finally, Eternal Scout."
    • "Dear listeners, here is a list of things: emotions you don't understand on viewing a sunset, lost pets found, lost pets unfound, a secret lost pet city on the Moon, trees that see, restaurants that hear, a void that thinks, a face half-seen just before falling asleep, trembling hands reaching for desperately needed items, sandwiches..."
    • "The Night Vale school district has announced some changes to the elementary school curriculum [...] in addition to the foreign language offerings of Spanish, French, and Modified Sumerian, schools will now be offering Double Spanish, Weird Spanish, Coptic Spanish, Russian, and Unmodified Sumerian."
    • Episode 6 features a horoscopes section where each of the zodiac signs are given increasingly odd/hilarious horoscopes. Among other things, Cecil warns Capricorns that "those were not contact lenses you put in this morning", announces that its Taurus's "annual crime day" where they're exempt from all laws, and simply curses Scorpios and their families and calls them "vile".
      • The live episode "Librarians" sheds some light on this when Cecil accidentally slips in reading the horoscope for Scorpio. A certain Steve Carlsberg is born under that sign.
    • "Now, of course, the Masons will continue their proud fraternal associations with the Illuminati. However, the Illuminati will itself be splitting into ten distinct factions as follows: Red, Green, Eagle, Faction Four, the Real Illuminati, the Other Real Illuminati, Red Again, Alpha, Windhind, and Hungry Man Brand Frozen Foods Officially-Sponsored Illuminati."

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    Puppet Shows 
  • Muppet Treasure Island has the roll call scene, where Sam the Eagle/Mr. Arrow reads off a list of pirates, including "Old Tom", "Real Old Tom", "Dead Tom", "Clueless Morgan", "Headless Bill", and "Big Fat Ugly Bug-Faced Baby-Eating O'Brien".
  • In an early sketch on Sesame Street, Ernie asks an ice cream vendor for a chocolate/strawberry/peach/vanilla/banana/pistachio/peppermint/lemon/orange/butterscotch ice cream cone (with both characters repeating the list of flavors several times each), but the vendor makes the mistake of filling the order backward. After Ernie complains, the vendor tells him to eat the stack-o-flavors "standing on his head".

  • This was one of the preferred time-killing tactics of Clement Freud on Just a Minute.
  • On The Unbelievable Truth - where panellists must give a lecture that is entirely false save for five pieces of true information and attempt to smuggle the truths past the rest of the panel - this is a common way of trying to hide a truth, such as Charlie Brooker's list of things supposedly invented by Thomas Edison:
    Charlie: He also invented a temporary canoe made of rice paper, an official uniform for wasps, the motorised tie-rack, four types of imaginary candelebra, a machine designed to pick up evidence of the afterlife, a helicopter that worked on gunpowder, the street luge, the cassette single or "casingle", Honey Nut Cornflakes, Metal Mickey, C-3PO, Max Headroom and David Cameron.note 
    • This has become such a frequently used trope on the show that panellists have become savvy to it, with a particularly sneaky tactic being to have a list with no truths at all in it.
  • On A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor is font of including rapid-fire lists of celebrities, living and dead alike, in his skits. An example is found here:
    I got Doris Day, Gladys Knight, Dawn Upshaw, Madonna, Monica Lewinsky, Robert Pinsky, The Minsk Ballet, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Jon Bon-Jovi, Jane Fonda, Rhonda Fleming, Flem Snopes, Snoopy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey, Huey Dewey and Louis, David Bowie, Johnny Yuma, Uma Thurman, 2 Live Crew, Rod Carew, Wally Ballou, The Tennessee Two, The Three Tenors, The Four Tops, the Dave Clark Five, the Six Fat Dutchmen, Dutch Schultz, Sholem Aleichem, Shemp, Moe and Larry, Harry Shearer, Weird Al Yankovic, Al Franken, Frankenstein, Andy Stein, Tyne Daly, Ponce de Leon, Leon Russell, Tim Russell, they're all here...
  • We hear the tail-end of one of these in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Sound Stage 03 as Lutecia rattles off one name suggestion after another for the Unison Device they rescued before said Device finally settled on the last one.
    Zest: So, you've finally decided on a name?
    Lutecia: Yes... name no. 37, Agito.
  • Early in Jack Flanders in Dreams of Rio, a mechanical voice starts listing all of the types of Coca-Cola available, while Jack is desperately attempting to extract himself from the transaction. The list keeps going even as the narrator is talking over the top of it.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Magic: The Gathering, one card from a joke expansion, a Shapeshifter creature named __________ (which can change its own name to whatever you want it to be), has for artwork a person proffering a giant string of fake IDs.

  • Cyrano de Bergerac:
    • Act I Scene IV: Cyrano improvises twenty better insults than "Your nose is very big"... about his own nose.
    • The number of taverns Christian needs to visit to leave a note to Ligniere warning about the plot against him.
    • The number of enemies (without counting the ladies) that Cyrano has made at the Burgundy Theater:
      Le Bret: You make too many enemies by far!
      Cyrano: [eating his grape] How many think you I have made to-night?
      Le Bret: Forty, no less, not counting ladies.
      Cyrano: Count!
      Le Bret: Montfleury first, the bourgeois, then De Guiche,
      The Viscount, Baro, the Academy...
      Cyrano: Enough! I am o'erjoyed!
  • Don Giovanni features a famous List Song, Madamina, il catalogo è questo, describing a seducer's conquests — a list which is notable for its length. ("...A hundred in France; in Turkey, ninety-one; But in Spain already one thousand and three.") However, the list is somewhat summarised by categories. ("...Among these are peasant girls, maidservants, city girls, Countesses, baronesses, Marchionesses, princesses...")
  • Near the end of Hamilton as Burr writes to Hamilton demanding to know whether Hamilton was besmirching him with a particularly odious name, Hamilton responds that he needs to know what specifically he's said to have said about him and helpfully provides an itemized list of thirty years of disagreements, which several of the dancers come pick up and ferry over to Burr one page at a time. Burr can only let out an exasperated "Sweet Jesus" in response.
  • In Shakespeare's King Lear, the courtier Oswald arrives at an inn to find the ostler (who runs the stables) strangely rude and uncooperative. (The ostler is his enemy, the Earl of Kent, in disguise.) Oswald makes the mistake of getting drawn in, and is subjected to a hailstorm of Shakespearean cruelty:
    Oswald: Why dost thou use me thus? I know thee not.
    Kent: Fellow, I know thee.
    Oswald: What dost thou know me for?
    Kent: A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a lily-liver'd, action-taking, whoreson, glass-gazing, superserviceable, finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pander, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch.
    • As a bonus, the nearly-fifty-year-old Kent proceeds to beat the crap out of the much younger Oswald, without ever telling the poor sap who he really is or why he's beating him up.
  • The Gilbert and Sullivan Patter Song "As some day it may happen" from The Mikado which is a list of all the people who won't be missed if they are executed.
    • The Mikado himself one-ups this by listing crimes along with their "fitting" punishments.
    • In The Sorcerer Alexis greets John Wellington Wells with "Good day. I believe you are a sorcerer." Wells immediately rattles off a Long List of his company's magical products — and then sings a song about them.
    • The Pirates of Penzance tune "I am the very Model of a Modern Major-General" lists a large number of (trivial) things the Major-General knows, followed by a smaller list of (important) things he doesn't.
  • In Fangirls, Edna lists (in song) all of the items she has in her backpack that will allow she and Harry to go on the run together.

    Video Games 
  • MegaRace: In the intro to the Particle Accelerator level, Lance Boyle rattles off an alphabetically acrostical list of things that have been turned into psycho-mutants and "unleashed upon an unsuspecting world".
  • One of GLaDOS' spheres in Portal will recite a Long List consisting of a recipe for cake, which calls for some rather alarming ingredients:
    One 18.25 ounce package chocolate cake mix, one can prepared coconut pecan frosting, 3/4 cup vegetable oil, four large eggs, one cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 3/4 cup butter or margarine, 1 and 2/3 cups granulated sugar, two cups all purpose flour.
    Don't forget garnishes such as: fish-shaped crackers, fish-shaped candies, fish-shaped solid waste, fish-shaped dirt, fish-shaped ethyl benzene, pull-and-peel licorice, fish-shaped volatile organic compounds and sediment shaped sediment, candy coated peanut butter pieces shaped like fish, one cup lemon juice, alpha resins, unsaturated polyester resin, fiberglass surface resins, and volatile malted milk impoundments, nine large egg yolks, twelve medium geosynthetic membranes, one cup granulated sugar, an entry called 'How to Kill Someone with Your Bare Hands', two cups rhubarb sliced, 2/3 cup granulated rhubarb, one tablespoon all-purpose rhubarb, one teaspoon grated orange rhubarb, three tablespoons rhubarb on fire, one large rhubarb, one cross borehole electro-magnetic imaging rhubarb, two tablespoons rhubarb juice, adjustable aluminum head positioner, slaughter electric needle injector, cordless electric needle injector, injector needle driver, injector needle gun, cranial caps. And it contains proven preservatives, deep penetration agents, and gas and odor control chemicals that will deodorize and preserve putrid tissue.
  • In the flash game African Detroit Cop, the list of crimes committed by Eddie:
    Arnie: "You've crashed two police cruisers, set someone's house on fire, stole a woman's baby, verbally abused the mayor, defecated on my lawn, severely beaten a group of senior citizens, shot a cat out of a tree, robbed a liquor store and exposed yourself to a priest and that's just today."
  • The list of ingredients of Grog in The Secret of Monkey Island. Then we have Guybrush's "Wanted!" Poster in Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, which lists everything he's done in the game so far. Yes, it gets updated as the player progresses.
    • Monkey Island 2: "If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, what colour is the tree?" The player can then spend around half an hour guessing colours, incorrectly, before exhausting the list.
    • The Curse of Monkey Island: "What kinds of snow cones do you sell?"
  • In Quest for Glory III, if you ask the dog merchant about meat, he will run off several pages of types of meat he has available. (If you try to ask more about meat, the system replies, "On second thought, You Don't Want to Know.")
  • In the Warden's Keep DLC for Dragon Age: Origins, you find a list of the names of the Grey Wardens who died defending Soldier's Peak. It starts out like you'd expect, and then starts to get silly...
  • In the final storyline mission of Borderlands 2, Claptrap is unable to follow the Vault Hunters to the final showdown with Handsome Jack and the Eridian Warrior because he can't climb the huge stairway leading to the final zone, and goes into a rant about it:
    Claptrap: Dammit, Jack! How did you know that stairs were my only weakness?! Next to electrocution, and explosions, and gunfire, rust, corrosion, being kicked a lot, viruses, being called bad names, falling from great heights, drowning, adult onset diabetes, being looked at funny, heart attacks, exposure to oxygen, being turned down by women, and pet allergens!
  • The Batcomputer's bio on The Joker in Batman: Arkham VR lists the Crown Prince of Crime's impressive (and extremely long) rap sheet:
    Batcomputer: Anarchic criminal. Deceased. Previous convictions include: kidnapping, torture, extortion, racketeering, fraud, grave robbing, unlicensed dentistry, counterfeiting, bullying, cyberbullying, badger-baiting, bear-baiting, duck-baiting, wildlife smuggling, monkey-baiting, iguana-baiting, rhino-baiting, failure to adequately restrain a rhino, identity theft, malicious mischief, trespassing, arson, assault, larceny, grand larceny, spectacular larceny, vandalism, forgery, impersonating a police officer, impersonating a doctor, impersonating an airline pilot, unlicensed cabaret entertainment, theft of livestock, unlicensed taxidermy, involuntary manslaughter, voluntary manslaughter, enthusiastic manslaughter, desecration of a corpse, improper disposition of a body, improper labeling of meat products, cannibalism, homicide, regicide, attempted omnicide, littering.
    Joker: My only regret is I didn't do more.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Piranha Plant's Guidance conversation has Viridi listing different types of Piranha Plant:
  • Red Dead Redemption II: If you buy one more newspaper after completing the Epilogue, you come across an article called "President Signs 1907 Immigration Act":
    President Waxman signed an immigration act in order to prevent unsavory persons from entering the United States.
    The new law, which went into effect immediately, excludes "All idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, insane persons, and persons who have been insane within five years previous; persons who have had two or more attacks of insanity at any time previously; paupers; persons likely to become a public charge; professional beggars; persons afflicted with tuberculosis or with a loathsome or dangerous contagious disease; persons not comprehended within any of the foregoing excluded classes who are found to be and are certified by the examining surgeon as being mentally or physically defective, such mental or physical defect being of a nature which may affect the ability of such alien to earn a living; persons who have been convicted of or admit having committed a felony or other crime or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude; polygamists, or persons who admit their belief in the practice of polygamy, anarchists," from entering the United States.
  • Knights of Pen and Paper 2: The Taste of Power character when faced with a Tarasque:
    My character has +255 vs. Tarasque, Auto Lethal, Immunity to All, Vorpal Strike, Ethereal Muscles, Permanent Haste, Rust Proof, Life Suck, Global Silence, Frontal Backstab...
    Tarasque: TL;DR RAAARGH!
  • In Barbarous: Tavern of Emyr Emyr tells Varizz that he needs "a few basic things" for the rescue mission he's undertaking, then unrolls a scroll which reaches the floor.

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  • Invoked by Zero Punctuation after trying not to mention breasts during his Tomb Raider: Anniversary review:
    Yahtzee: I mean, is it just because no one can come up with new ideas? It's not hard, here's one: a genetically-engineered Taiwanese chef teams up with a newt in a fez to rescue his large-bosomed girlfriend from mummies. There, you see? It's easy. A breast cancer specialist with large bosoms journeys through time to pay for a breast enhancement. A race of bosom-people set out with an armada of bosoms to find a new bosom homeworld. Bosoms, melons, milk factories, busts, funbags, knockers, ballistics, boobies, jugs, nipples, jubblies, STONKING. GREAT. TITS!
  • In the Terrible Writing Advice episode on isekai stories, JP lists over a dozen alternatives to having the protagonist getting hit by a truck and waking up in the fantasy land. The last item involves getting stepped on by a dragon instead...while dodging an out-of-control truck.

  • Strip #136 of The Order of the Stick paid homage to the Cheese Shop sketch, with Roy going into a polearm store to buy a new weapon. The strip is entitled "It's Not a Gaming Session Until Someone Quotes Monty Python". It's also a joke based on the fact that Gary Gygax included a large number of obscure and often redundant polearms into the rules of Dungeons & Dragons, most of which were retained in later editions.
    • Obscure quote alert. It's just an indirect Monty Python reference and really comes from a parody weapons table in the magazine Space Gamer #74, which was also reprinted in one of the Murphy's Rules collections. This table specifically includes the "glaive-glaive-glaive-guisarme-glaive". Which makes it references to not one, but two Python sketches, each of which is a Long List gag - the Cheese Shop and "Spam, spam, spam, eggs, bacon and spam" for those who didn't get it - for a double subversion, but not a Double Subversion. (Actually it references three since the cat drags in a dead parrot as well as a general nod to the references, in the form of a snake - presumably a python.) That this occurs is even commented upon: "I think you're drifting into another sketch, sir."
    • Irregular Webcomic! also has a table with a ridiculous list of polearms, including the "Glaive-Glaive-Glaive-Guisarme-Glaive".
    • The backcover of the printed prequel Start of Darkness shows a list of "26 Unpleasant Things That Happen (or Almost Happen) in this book" including Murder, Arson, Tampering with the Fabric of Reality and Taco Night
  • Mountain Time has a long list of immature names entered into The Oregon Trail for the sake of funny tombstones. Most of them, like Hooteropolis: Where the Hooters Hoot never would have fit.
  • When the Ansem Retort house got attacked a second time, a FOX employee listed a number of suspects, including, amusingly enough, Axel twice.
    Yes, our main suspects are: Axel, Larxene, you [Ansem], Cloud, Zexion, the former FOX president, the guy Zexion turned into a cookie, Darth Maul, God, Derek Jeter, a guy in red bandages, fat people, Axel again, a demon in Sora's head, and the Trix Rabbit.
    • They decide to blame Canadian terrorists.
  • Parodying Metroid's typical Bag of Spilling, Metroid: Third Derivative has this, complete with Shout-Out to Monty Python (Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, in this case) along with a nod to an Urban Legend of Zelda with the "wood beam".
  • One strip of Questionable Content had Hannelore sitting and listing in her mind all of the things she's currently worried about. It was later made into a T-shirt. The list gets smaller and smaller and eventually trails off behind her. Creator Jeph Jaques said that he got a headache writing it.
  • Manly Guys Doing Manly Things has at one point a list of things that Jared feeds Mister Fish. Items of note include squirrels, lionfish, imported wagyu beef, Flintstones vitamin gummis, and vagrants.
  • Bruno the Bandit:
    • King Xerxes' idea of a hunger strike was to eat only the foods on this short list.
    • A kidnapped Fiona claimed that micro-dragons needed everything on this list in order to survive.
    • The Women's Ailixist Temperance Union presented the king with this short list of things to be banned.
  • DiDi of Ménage à 3 is prone to reeling off seemingly endless lists of names when the question arises of possible dates or her past lovers.
  • In S.S.D.D., after a stolen helicopter gunship shoots up his conference room Dr. Cook is asked if he can think of anyone who would wish to harm him. After answering the cop who asked simply writes down "yes".
  • In The Whiteboard, Roger pulls out a huge sheaf of contingency plans and Red asks for a relatively safe one...
    Red: I'm already sorry I asked. Tell me, do any of those plans NOT involve some form of combustion, any type of high explosive, anything rocket-propelled, anything the US Military would describe as a munition, anything hypergolic, carcinogenic, reprotoxic, allergenic or autodefenestratory, anything banned, illegally imported, stolen, or on any sort of regulatory watchlist, or anything radioactive, infectious, unairworthy, overpressurized or illegally downloaded?
    Roger: ...Well, most of 'em don't have all of those things...
    Red: Show me any one that has less than three and doesn't include the term "carpet bombing".
  • Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic has this gem when Baron-elect Lucas is tagging along with a team of ghost hunters.
    Lucas: Aren't you afraid?
    Esteban: Of ghosts? No.
    Lucas: What does scare you?
    Esteban: Me? Spiders, ants, knives, heights, fire, water, crowds, cats, horses, enclosed spaces, masks, dolls, storms, statues, long grass, stakes, trees, oil, boxes, dirt, squids, chandeliers, candles, tombstones, books, shovels, boats, the color blue, fairies and old ladies.
    Lucas: ...Are you holding my hand?
    Esteban: Yeah, I'm afraid of the dark.
  • In one Penny Arcade strip, Tycho works up the courage to upgrade to Windows Vista.
    Guy: There's like twenty one versions. You've got Ultimate, Business, Enterprise, Home Basic, Home Premium, Chunky, Smoky Bacon, Chipotle, Moray Eel, Crispy, Cajun, Chewy Ranch, Italiano, Dalmatian, Jet Ski, Joy, Autumn, Kenny Loggins, Wolfman...But if you want all the features you'll have to get Emerald and Ruby.
    Tycho: What version is that one over there?
    Guy: AIDS.
    Tycho: Well, I don't want that one.
    Guy: It's not exactly flying off the shelves.
  • Grrl Power: 882 has a list of preparations that goes on for two panels.

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  • Adventure Time:
  • Family Guy:
  • Played with in Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III, "Orders 1-65", wherein Palpatine provides a song elaborating on the orders leading up to Order 66, his fiddle breaking before he can finish the list.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge", Homer lists off all the jobs he's had up to that point in the series. Marge manages to go the bathroom and put her hair in rollers while he's reciting his list. Apparently, Dan Castellaneta managed that entire list, from memory, in one single take.
    • In "Homer's Enemy", Moe evidently has an 'enemies list'. Since he's a Jerkass with a Hair-Trigger Temper, it's rather voluminous. Turns out it's actually Richard Nixon's list — he just crossed out Nixon's name and put in his own. (When Barney points this out, Moe angrily snatches the list back and adds his name to it.)
    • Homer also has an Enemies List, according to the Season 6 episode "Homer the Great", which lists the following people and things Homer doesn't like: Bill of Rights, his own father (Grandpa Simpson), fat-free lard, gravity, the Emmys, Darwin, H2Whoa! (the water slide ride Homer got stuck in on the season two episode "Brush With Greatness"), Billy Crystal, God (even though Homer was friends with Him on the season four episode "Homer the Heretic"), Soloflex, Bart (listed as "the boy"), Stern Lecture Plumbing (the plumbing company from earlier in the episode), and Econo-Save (the company that makes the stool that just broke under Homer's weight).
    • In "Bart's Comet" Kent Brockman, when preparing for the end of Springfield thanks to the eponymous comet, presented a very fast scrolling list of People Who Are Gay. Homer hurriedly tries to copy down the list as it scrolls. The names are actually those of the show's production crew.
    • In "Homer Badman", Godfrey Jones announced that his newscast was apologizing for a list of recent errors. The errors scrolled quickly on the screen. When slowed down, they included "If you are reading this, you have no life."
    • Principal Skinner (on deciding which laundry detergent to use) in "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song": "Let's see: Tide...Cheer...Bold...Biz...Fab...All...Gain...Wisk. I believe today I will try...Bold."
    • In "Marge Gets a Job", Grandpa comes to believe Maggie is sick while babysitting her. He consults an antiquated medical reference book: "Let's see, what's old Doc Washburn prescribe? Do you have dropsy? The grippe? Scrofula? The vapors? Jungle rot? Dandy fever? Poor man's gout? Housemaid's knee? Climactic boo bow? The staggers? Dum-dum fever?"
    • In "The Seven-Beer Snitch", Otto switches Homer's urine sample with his own, and Mr. Burns is alarmed:
      Mr. Burns: Crack, smack, uppers, downers, outers, inners, horse tranquilizers, cow paralyzers, blue bombers, green goofers, yellow submarines, LSD Mach 3, and trace amounts of... * disgusted* human urine."
    • A Running Gag is that whenever we see Reverend Lovejoy giving a sermon, he tends to cite a long list found in The Bible.
    • In "You Only Move Twice", when Homer suggests to his boss Hank Scorpio that his overworked co-workers could use hammocks, Scorpio starts rattling off all the places in town that sell them (all this improvised by Scorpio's voice actor Albert Brooks):
      Scorpio: Homer, there's four places. There's the Hammock Hut, that's on Third.
      Homer: Uh-huh.
      Scorpio: There's Hammocks-R-Us, that's on Third too. You got Put-Your-Butt-There?
      Homer: Mm-mmm.
      Scorpio: That's on Third. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot... Matter of fact, they're all in the same complex; it's the hammock complex on Third.
      Homer: Oh, the hammock district.
      Scorpio: That's right.
    • In "Postcards from the Wedge", Skinner rattles off a list of homework assignments Bart has missed in a month's time: worksheets, problem sets, book reports, math jumbles, dioramas, topic sentences, conclusions, bibliographies, synonyms, mean-the-sames, define-a-likes, word twins, and one Thanksgiving hand turkey.
    • The season 26 episode "Let's Go Fly a Coot" has Homer start listing a series of movies set in a dystopian future during a pre-movie trailer. The list ends up lasting through the whole movie.
    • In "The War of the Simpsons", Homer and Marge go to Reverend Lovejoy's marriage counseling retreat, and Marge is asked to share with the group her husband's flaws.
      Marge: Well... I-It's not that I don't love the guy. I'm always sticking up for him. It's just that he's so self-centered.
      Homer: (gasps) Wait! Oh!
      Rev. Lovejoy: Now, Homer...
      Marge: He forgets birthdays, anniversaries, holidays both religious and secular, he chews with his mouth open, he gambles, he hangs out at a seedy bar with bums and lowlifes.
      Homer: (sobs) It's true! It's all true!
      Rev. Lovejoy: Homer don't interrupt.
      Homer: Sorry.
      Marge: He blows his nose on the towels and puts 'em back in the middle!
      Homer: I only did that a couple of times!
      (following a cut to another scene, we cut back to the retreat hours later; Marge is still ranting)
      Marge: (hoarsely) He drinks out of the carton. He never changes the baby. When he goes to sleep, he makes chewing noises, and when he wakes up, he makes honking noises. Oh, oh, and he scratches himself with his keys. I guess that's it. Oh no, wait, he kicks me in is sleep and his toenails are too long and yellow. That's all I can think of right now. I guess you're all tired, and I want to thank you for letting me get some things off my chest.
      Homer: (groans)
    • The New Orleans foods that Homer lists during the Gluttony Montage in "Lisa Gets the Blues".
  • Wade Duck of U.S. Acres has a list of his fears. Predictably, it's rather long...
  • In the first season finale of Drawn Together, Foxxy Love lists off various reality show contestants who got deceived by the producers in the end before the housemates take matters into their own hands.
  • The Animaniacs had several songs that were long lists. One listed all of the countries in the world and the other was a list of all the US states and their capitals.
    • Then there was Yakko singing "all the words in the English language," which takes this trope to an extreme.
    • And "Video Revue", a pastiche of "midnight in the bookstore" cartoons like the Daffy Duck short "Book Revue", where the Warners leapt off an Animaniacs videotape box and ran around the store, singing about the movies they encountered while interacting with the cover art of the VHS boxes.
    • Another Animaniacs short involves a rodent from the country trying to become a big name Hollywood actor. Anyone he didn't like was added to his "list of people I'd snub when I become rich and famous." By the end, it was quite a list.
  • Cyborg from Teen Titans Go! does this quite frequently and quickly.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • Billy's Christmas list is for a peg leg, a 3-way radio, a shetland pony, an automatic shoe buffer, an eskimo, a baby antelope, Aquaman underpants, ringworm medication, a staple gun, robotic fingers, a fourth nipple, a condo in Miami, a monkey butler, and a battery-powered battery charger.
    • His list of things that he's always wanted in "Billy Idiot" includes most of the above items and also an ingrown toenail remover, a Red Rider BB gun with a compass on the side, wooden teeth, great chest hair, a hornless unicorn, a unibrow, a tiki mask, Santa's hat, a live-action dad, and laser sunglasses.
    • In Billy & Mandy’s Big Boogey Adventure Boogey lists off everyone, including himself, who has stolen Grim's scythe.
      Boogey: Is it not true that not only was your scythe stolen by a headless man wearing a pumpkin on his neck, but was also taken by Billy, Mandy, Irwin, Billy's father, Billy's mother, Billy's cousin, Billy's cat, Dracula, General Skarr, Principal Goodvibes, Mrs. Claus, the Secret Snake Club, the Army, Scout Troop 701, the Sleestaks, the President, the mailman, the Dingleschmidt sisters, the Boogeyman, a llama, and a turkey salad sandwich... (ominously) hold the mayo?
  • Done in Futurama, where Professor Farnsworth names off thirteen prehistoric primates (mostly offscreen) during a debate on evolution with the Creationist Dr. Banjo.
    Dr. Banjo: If your elitist East Coast evolution is real, why has no one found the missing link between modern humans and ancient apes?
    Professor Farnsworth: We did find it! It's called Homo erectus!
    Dr. Banjo: Then you have proven my case, sir, for no one has found the link between apes and this Homo erectus!
    Professor Farnsworth: Yes, they have! It's called Homo habilis!
    Dr. Banjo: Aha! But no one has found the missing link between ape and this so-called Homo habilis!
    Professor Farnsworth: Yes, they have! It's called Australopithecus africanus!
    (about fifteen minutes later, we see the Professor's list expanded to include ten more specimens)
    Dr. Banjo: Fair enough. But where, then, is the missing link between apes and this Darwinius masillae? Answer me that, Professor!
    Professor Farnsworth: Okay, granted, that one missing link is still missing...
    • Subverted in "The Deep South", where Leela starts listing off all the different names for Ocean Madness, only for the rest of the crew to turn around and leave the room while she's talking. She enters the next scene a few seconds later, looking annoyed.
      Leela: It's ocean madness all right, the sailors call it "Aqua Dementia". The deep down crazies, the wet willies, the screaming moist...
  • Kaeloo has a really, really long list describing what qualities a guy needs to impress a girl, which she reads to her male friends.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Twilight Sparkle is quite fond of creating overly long checklists for whatever task she has to accomplish. She even has a checklist for making checklists, which includes ink, extra ink and extra extra ink. At one point she wonders why she keeps running out of materials to make a checklist all the time. Obsessed Are The List Makers, indeed.
  • DuckTales (2017): According to Donald, Scrooge has a ton of "sworn enemies", which is part of the reason why he didn't know Flintheart Glomgold was one of them.
    Scrooge: Your new job is with my sworn enemy?!
    Donald: I can't keep track of ALL your sworn enemies!
  • In The Venture Bros., Colonel Gentleman seems fond of making such lists, complete with titles. Examples include "Toys Colonel Gentleman Wishes He Had When He Was a Lad (but They Weren't Invented Yet)" and "Colonel Gentleman's Hollywood Actresses That Need a Smack in the Mouth".
    Col. Gentleman: Micronauts, Toss Across, Which Witch, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Smurfs, Clue: Electronic Detective, Connect Four, Trouble, Plush Garfield, Yahtzee, Triple Yahtzee, Word Yahtzee, Kuwahara or Redline BMX Bicycle, Family Feud Home Game, Stay Alive: The Survival Game, Twister, Scooby-Doo Monster Game, Big Traks, LEGOs, Stratego, Uno, Hoth Battle Action Playset, AT-AT Imperial Walker, Kitik Keed'kak, Masterpiece, Slip and Slide, Luke Skywalker in his X-wing Pilot costume as a wee orange pilot, G.I. Joe aircraft carrier (it was huge!), 12-inch Chewbacca, Voltron - Red Lion, Green Lion, Blue Lion, Yellow Lion, A wee electric Jaguar that I can drive about the house, Wrist Rockets, Photon Lazer Tag, Captain America Mobile, Super Mongoose with a chrome Murray frame and Shimano hubs, Those Velcro darts that never stick to the target - they just bounce off on the floor, Gnip gnop.
    Col. Gentlemen: Susan Sarandon, Dinah Shore, Meg Ryan, Leslie Uggams, Maude Adams, Leslie Ann Warren, Carol Channing, Cher, Denise Richards, Sean Young (She's got a smart mouth!), Halle Berry, Annette Bening, Jane Fonda, Michelle Pfeiffer, Pam Dawber, Did I say Cher?... Jennifer "J.Lo" Lopez, Courtney Cox, Rosie O' Donnell (She's a monster!), Ursula Andress, Oh, the lass from Who's the Boss? (That terrible frosted hair!), The entire cast of Charmed up to and including Alyssa Milano... The late Nell Carter
  • The Crumpets:
    • Ma gives her children a long list of chores before leaving for an inventor's convention in "The Terrible Teens".
    • In "Ghosts In The Attic", Granny names her past boyfriends whose dolls will be burned in a voodoo ceremony. Some of these names return in "Granny's Twin Sister" when she forgives them on the internet.
    • Grownboy gives Caprice a long list of chores for caring for his animals in "Disassister".
    • In "Pity The Prize", Pa has a long list for the visiting weather reporter which includes a greeting and the tasks he wants accomplished with the guidance expected from her.
  • In an episode of The Emperor's New School, Kronk gets himself crowned as Emperor and proves himself to be a terrible ruler. The others try to get him abdicate by giving him a long list of grievances (which Kuzco says to be the worst thing he had to deal with as emperor). Yzma takes the cake by offering an armful of scrolls, each of which is long enough to not only reach the outside of the palace, but across the roads beyond it.
  • In one episode of Sítio do Picapau Amarelo, Narizinho refuses to feed Rabicó until he fulfills a promise he made to her earlier. He goes to Visconde, who refuses to help him until Rabicó fulfills a promise he made to him, then he gets the same thing from Pedrinho, so he goes to Emília, who presents him a sizable list of things he promised her. The four of them catch on to his attempts to get them to do the whole list for him and aren't happy.
  • A rather saddening one in Steven Universe: Future: In "Growing Pains", Connie's mother suggests that Steven could potentially be suffering from PTSD after seeing all the fractures in his X-ray that reveal to her that he's been through quite a lot of physical trauma. Steven starts out joking about his childish freak out in the first episode of the original series... before slowly listing some of the more dreadful things that had happened to him since, becoming more panicked as the list continues. He's cut off once he gets to the end of season one, but he continues to mentally go through the rest of the series for another minute.
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Parasite" Gumball says he's made a list of pros to look at Anais' diary (which only has two examples), while his list of cons to look at Anais' diary stretches across the town.
  • One episode of Dan Vs. provides a hint of just how long Dan's Enemies List is.
    Dan: "Um, I don't have the whole list here... Most of my notebooks are in a storage facility in Sherman Oaks."
  • The 200th episode of American Dad! ends with 200 clones of Roger representing his different personas appearing. They say their names, although only 43 are stated. Still a long list as it goes on for about a minute.
  • The Hair Bear Bunch discover a missing treasure which they offer to give to Peevly in exchange for a laundry list of demands, which Hair Bear unravels on a long roll. The exchange is so that the city doesn't know of Peevly's windfall.

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