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Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?
Fezzik: If there are, we'll all be dead.
Vizzini: No more rhymes now! I mean it!
Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?
Vizzini: GAH!

You've come to this page, so let's make it clear,
It's time to Describe Rhymes on a Dime Here!

It's the habit of some to speak in Sublime Rhyme,
For no apparent reason, all of the time.
This isn't for when they are quoting or reciting,
Nor when they are rapping, nor when they are writing;
Only when speaking off the top of their head
Does this trope apply: Let it not be misread.
We don't want to be rude,
But must also exclude,
Literature written completely in verse,
Like William Shakespeare or Homer, the first.


The character need not speak in rhyme all the time,
But often enough
That excusing it's tough.
Poetry or rap can still be included,
If all other modes of expression are precluded.

More often than not,
(For they distract from the plot)
The part of the rhymer
Is a supporting part-timer
Confined to the background,
As their schtick can confound.

When their medium's rap,
It can fall in the trap,
Of Totally Radical, for often it's crap.

For bonus rewards,
One may include words,
That one cannot rhyme,
Without committing word crime,
Like "orange" and "banana"…


If your entire language is based on this trope,
Then you might be a Strange Syntax Speaking dope.

This could also lead to a long Rhyming List,
In which "that" is rhymed with this, this, and this.
Or to a Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion,
Which does help to break up the pattern once in a while…


Or a Double Subversion not seen from a mile.

Examples to trample:

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    Anime and Manga, Chimichanga 
  • In the Sgt. Frog anime, Natsumi is horrified to find herself compulsively making many a bad rhyming pun (or "old man joke") after being hit by Kululu's age-increasing gun.
  • MegaMan NT Warrior (being the English dub) had Magic Man, who spoke in nothing but rhyme.
  • Naruto recently introduced Killer Bee, who raps almost all of his prattle, even in the middle of battle. At one point, he actually says a different word from what he intended in order to keep a rhyme extended.
    Bee: Noble beast, grab onto my arm, then I'll toss ya in the clock direction of ten.
    Motoi: Don't sacrifice the truth for a rhyme, Bee! He went two o'clock!
  • In the 4Kids Entertainment dub of Ojamajo Doremi, the Witchlings say rhymes to cast spells, sometimes followed by them chanting "Appear!". The Magical Stage incantation also counts as this, as each Witchling adds a line to the incantation that rhymes, with the first two being "One and one and one are we/With triple vision we are able to see".
  • Pokémon:
    • In the TPCi-dubbed episodes, the Team Rocket trio speak almost entirely in rhymes, alliterations, and dated-but-still-catchy phrases. This is not to mention, of course, their Once an Episode recitation of the Team Rocket Motto, or their habit of stopping mid-action to sing songs based on popular tunes. This is likely meant as parody, however, as it seems to be an emphasis on how cool Team Rocket really isn't.
    • One segment in "2.B.A. Master":
    So you've reached the Plateau, but not yet a hero.
    Are you ready to meet and defeat… the Elite?
    Can I expect survival… against your rival?
  • Rave Master has Rionette, one of King's Palace Guardians.
  • Francine's a cat who likes to rhyme. In fact she does it all the time. Well, most of the time. And only in the English version.
  • Para and Dox in Yu-Gi-Oh!. (Dub version only.)

    Advertising, Selling Products So Tantalizing 
  • Burma-Shave was famous for their rhyming roadside ads, with a couplet broken up into four or five signs spaced out along the road, with a final sign listing their product's name.
  • Cheetos' Mascot with Attitude Chester Cheetah used to talk like this, as seen in his old catchphrase "It's not easy being cheesy." His game Chester Cheetah: Too Cool to Fool, aside from the title, has a manual full of rhymes, including the possible Engrish "As is Chester Cheetah way, is one-person play."

    Asian Animation, Not from Japan nor Western Nations 
  • Gaju Bhai:
    • Gaju Bhai himself is prone to speaking in rhyme.
    • In one episode, Gaju Bhai fights an energy-absorbing Giant Enemy Crab that speaks entirely in rhyme.
      Banana is my food-a! You cannot call me dude-a! My energy source is you-a! Remember my name, it's Crabadu-a!
  • John the Don from Motu Patlu has a tendency to speak in rhyme (example: in "Animal Instinct", he makes a rhyme about how nobody will find him in the forest, since the Hindi word for forest, "van", rhymes with the "Don" in John the Don's name). One of his minions, Number 1, often thinks he is making a poem when he speaks in rhyme and says he likes the poem. This is averted in the English dub where John the Don speaks normally, though Number 1 still praises him for "speaking like a poet".
  • Jarjit from Upin & Ipin loves to insert pantun (Malay poem with rhymes) into his dialogue.

    Comic Books, Which Get Lots of Looks 
  • Batman:
    • In Batman issue #525, Mr Freeze's mooks, Ice and Cube, do this. At least Ice does, speaking after Cube and rhyming with what he said. (This was before Batman: The Animated Series' backstory for Freeze became Ret-Canon'd into the comics).
      Cube: Rappers, Ice, we ain't.
      Ice: My lines, Cube, are too quaint?
      Cube: Knock it off, Ice.
    • Minor Batman villain Humpty Dumpty also does this, stemming from his fixation on nursery rhymes. In Arkham Asylum: Living Hell this is actually important to the climax; as noted below, the legions of Hell speak in verse, and those who do so naturally, like Humpty, are the equivalent of demonic-to-English translators.
    • The Mad Hatter sometimes does this, but it depends heavily on who's writing the story. In some cases, like The Long Halloween, he speaks entirely in quotes from the poems of Lewis Carroll; in other books and media like the TV show Gotham, he'll slip into rhyme (either more Carroll poems or his own verse) when he's feeling stressed or leaving Batman clues to his crimes; and in some—see the entry on Gotham Central below—he doesn't rhyme at all.
  • The Rhyming Man, one of Mickey Mouse's enemies from comics in the 40s and recent storyline "The World To Come".
  • Mr. Bones of The DCU, originally; it's been quietly disposed of since then.
  • Len Wein had The Demon (Etrigan) start doing this in DC Comics Presents. Its later use by Alan Moore in Swamp Thing made it stick… sometimes with painful results when the author of the day is less than skilled at poetry.
    • Peter David did actually get him to rhyme orange... with "car hinge", since he was standing on a car door.
    • Depending on how intrusive Etrigan is, Jason Blood's (who shares a body with Etrigan) real curse is occasionally declared to be having to listen to the demon talk all the time.
    • One one occasion when Etrigan had been captured by a rival demon, it was noted that him being no longer able to rhyme was an indication that his powers were waning.
    • Rhyming has evolved to be indicative of a particularly powerful class of demon. Shadowpact has Blue Devil start rhyming when the forces of Hell decide to demote him (which is good because in Hell lower is better), and although Etrigan doesn't always speak in rhyme in the New 52, he does it a lot in battle to use special demon powers.
  • Subverted in Gotham Central. Driver and MacDonald are talking to a Doctor in Arkham about The Mad Hatter.
    DRIVER: I thought he rhymed, all the time.
    DOCTOR: No. He's not retarded.
  • In an odd comic book adaptation, the Road Runner had three sons, and they all spoke in rhyme. One story, in fact, had him seeing through the Coyote's disguise (in a road runner suit) because he couldn't rhyme.
  • The Leannan Sidhe in Matt Wagner's Mage: The Hero Discovered does the same thing.
    "Don't you see, tiny boy, the trouble you're in? But I see you see not, in which case, I win!"
  • Dan Jurgens' run of Thor featured the Dark God Tokkots, who could split himself into two identical beings, so that on several occasions, one starts to speak, the other finishes.
  • The following exchange between two warriors occurred in Steve Rude's Nexus:
    JACQUES THE ANVIL: I perceive that we are at a standoff. Feed me a line I cannot rhyme and we'll perform a hand-off!
    JUDAH THE HAMMER: A line you cannot rhyme?
    JACQUES: Make it quick and make it prime!
    JUDAH: There's never any fruit in Clausius' loot. Won't you have — AN ORANGE?
    JACQUES: (curses in unreadable symbols)
  • Occurs in Shadowpact when Blue Devil is promoted to a Rhyming Class demon.
  • Superboy supporting character Roxy Leech had a friend with the appropriate name of The Poet.
  • Splash Brannigan in Tomorrow Stories has this as one of his Verbal Tics. When he's not rhyming, he's usually speaking in (extremely convoluted) alliteration
  • Suske en Wiske: Characters that speak in rhyme are often encountered (examples include "De Koning Drinkt", "Sjeik El Rojenbiet", "De Wolkeneters", "De Tamtamkloppers", "Het Rijmende Paard",…) (The King Drinks, The Cloud-Eaters, The Tamtam Knockers, The Rhyming Horse)
  • In an issue of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers encountered mutant singer Lila Cheney living in a planet called Aldana, where everyone talked in rhymes. For Lila was easy to blend in, because she's a singer. For Carol, it wasn't.
  • Two-Edge, the insane half-elf, half-troll from ElfQuest does this a lot, although he gives it up eventually.
    Two-Edge: (Following a challenge as to where his loyalty lies)
    Two-Edge: That we shall learn when the conflict is ended!
    Two-Edge: So far, there are none that I have befriended!
    Two-Edge: The waiting is over! The watching begins!
    Two-Edge: Soon we will see which of two edges wins!
    • The most bizarre aspect of Two-Edge's rhymes is that they actually make a lot of sense once you realise what's going on in his head.
  • The Clockwork Men, in the Doctor Who Magazine strip of the same name, speak in nursery rhyme-like couplets.
  • Wonder Woman (1942): In the Huntress feature, the Arkham inmate turned receptionist under Dr. Tarr's instruction Lucinda tries to make everything she says rhyme. She struggles with it but never stops smiling, it just makes her talk and do other things agonizingly slowly.
  • Yorick And Bones: Friends By Any Other Name: The witches that Yorick and Bones meet in the woods speak in rhyme.

    Fan Fic Antics 
  • Along Came a Spider explains Zecora doing this as a side effect of a cure to Eldritch Abomination spider bite.
    • Several other My Little Pony fan fictions have this lampshade with Decor's Delicious Dilemma and Attack of the Killer Oranges having Zecora have trouble rhyming with orange.
  • "Rhyme Time", an episode of Script Fic Calvin & Hobbes: The Series, is centered upon Calvin accidentally making everyone gain this habit. The MTM defuses it with a Least Rhymable Word - orange.
  • In Hitman Miami, villain Mr. Pi keeps speaking in rhyme during fights, much to 47's frustration when he duels him. Eventually, he manages to get 47 himself talking in rhyme for a moment.
  • The appropriately named "Rhymey" from My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic rhymes absolutely everything, from ordinary conversations to attack names even to grunts of pain. Unfortunately, they're not good rhymes.
  • In The Official Fanfiction University Of Middle-earth, Lina becomes this, after eating cursed Valinor Vegetable Soup.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Santa Claus speaks entirely in rhyme as well as all of the narration of the Christmas Episode he appears in, "Jingle My Bells, Baby". He even gets All For One doing it during their battle.
  • Fallout: Equestria: Flashbacks show that Zecora from the main show still did this, and it appears to be a zebra thing. While Xenith normally doesn't rhyme, occasionally when she's not paying attention she'll slip into rhyming.
  • Windfall: Zecora does this, and during an argument between her and Nurse Redheart the latter realizes that she's started doing it too.

    Films: Groovy Movies 
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: In Wind in the Willows, Cyril's court testimony is spoken rhyme.
  • This is Bullhorn's entire schtick in Black Dynamite. He's stopped later on though, when he can't think of one.
    Bullhorn: You're an overweight corn-fed fool with a lot of muscle mass, but now it's time for Bullhorn to get up in that ass!!
  • For most of the film David and Lisa Lisa will only speak in rhyme, and insists that David do the same when speaking to her.
  • You jivin' motherfuckers would be spoilin' for a fight, if you forgot to mention a badass named Dolemite!
  • There's also Vince Fontaine, the jive-talking master of ceremonies at Rydell High's National Bandstand Dance-Off Contest in Grease.
    Fontaine: Thank you fans and friends, and odds and ends! And now, all you gals and guys, a few words to the wise. You Jims and Sals are my best pals. And to look your best for the big contest, just be yourselves and have a ball; that's what it's all about, after all! So forget about the camera and think about the beat; we'll give the folks at home a real big treat. Don't worry about where the camera is. Just keep on dancing - that's show biz! If you're tapped on the shoulder, move to the side; let the others finish the ride. It doesn't matter if you win or lose; it's what you do with your dancing shoes! Hoo-hoo! Okay, cats - throw your mittens around your kittens and awa-ay we go!
  • Whitey Duval from Eight Crazy Nights did this when describing what was at the mall, promptly lampshaded by Davey "Was that something you prepared, or did you just rhyme that many times in a row by accident?" "Yeah, that was weird, wasn't it?" "Maybe you ARE a leprechaun."
  • The Electric Piper: Sly's speak pattern makes good work of this.
  • The goblin Blix in Legend (1985) occasionally breaks into rhyme, presumably because fairy tale goblins are known for that.
    Blix: Mortal world has turned to ice, 'tis a goblin paradise!
  • There is a hilarious sequence in The Princess Bride:
    Inigo Montoya: That Vizzini, he can fuss.
    Fezzik: Fuss, fuss... I think he likes to scream at us.
    Inigo Montoya: Probably he means no harm.
    Fezzik: He's really very short on charm.
    Inigo Montoya: You have a great gift for rhyme.
    Fezzik: Yes, yes, some of the time.
    Vizzini: Enough of that.
    Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?
    Fezzik: If there are, we all be dead.
    Vizzini: No more rhyming now, I mean it.
    Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?
    Vizzini: GYEEAAHHHHHH!!!
    • This is expanded on in the book, where Fezzik's love of rhymes is discussed at length.
    • Some people may have missed it, but the first exchange when Fezzik and Inigo reunite is also entirely in rhyme:
      Inigo: I am waiting for Vizzini.
      Fezzik: You surely are a meanie. Hello.
      Inigo: It's you.
      Fezzik: True!
  • The Great Kanaka in Psycho Beach Party speaks almost exclusively in rhyme.
  • In the live-action Underdog, the title character speaks in rhyme extensively, albeit not as pervasively as his cartoon forbear:
    Underdog: [melodramatic] My rhymes are only said in fun! [normal] Okay, I'm done.
  • In What's the Worst That Could Happen?, Playful Hacker Shelly Nix is a wannabe rapper who insists on constantly speaking in rhyme; much to the annoyance of those around him.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Evil Queen when preparing the poisoned apple.
    Queen: Dip the apple in the brew... let the poison death seep through.
    Queen: When she rips the tender peel to taste the apple from my hand... her breath will still, her blood congeal, then I'll be fairest in the land!
    • Also, Snow White speaks this way at the beginning and end of the "With a Smile and a Song" sequence.
    Snow White: I didn't mean to frighten you.
    But you don't know what I've been through.
    And all because I was afraid.
    I'm so ashamed of the fuss I've made.
    [to birds] What do you do when things go wrong?
    [birds whistle] Oh! You sing a song!
    • The Queen's Magic Mirror mainly speaks in rhyme, with the exception of two lines.
  • Some segments of Disney's package films are almost entirely done in rhyme. This includes "Casey at the Bat" from Make Mine Music (justified as it was based on the poem of the same name), parts of "The Flying Gauchito" from The Three Caballeros, "Johnny Appleseed" and "Pecos Bill" from Melody Time, and some parts of "Bongo" from Fun and Fancy Free.
    • In addition, in Melody Time, emcee Buddy Clark speaks this way in all segments with the exceptions of "Bumble Boogie", "Johnny Appleseed", and "Pecos Bill".

    Literature, Which May Be Bitter or Pure 
  • Dr. Seuss' books are mostly well known for rhymes. In fact, they are so well-known to him, that they can commonly be found in other related media, including film and television.
  • The game version of this is apparently how Marco from Animorphs bonds with his father when they're alone.
  • This was Vanessa Pike's oh-so-crazy quirk in The Baby-Sitters Club books.
  • The denizens of the Land of Clever People from Book Of Brownies have a rule where their citizens and visitors must speak in rhyme, all the time as evidence of their "cleverness". Failure to rhyme a sentence, and the offender will be punished by public spanking.
  • 'The Prof' from the Burke novels by Andrew Vachss.
    "Prof is short for prophet, my man. I never fall because I see it all!"
  • The Chronicles of Prydain: Gurgi often likes to speak with "rhymings and chimings".
  • Natalia Line from Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack! always speaks in rhyme when she's nervous.
  • The defining trait of the Society of the Rhyming Dove, a "guild of eccentric poets", in The Crew of the Copper-Colored Cupids, is that they constantly speak in rhyme. Indeed, they seem to perceive other people's dialogue in rhyme too, or else to have an irresistible compulsion to render it as such even if asked to write it down exactly as said. There is much in-universe speculation on whether they're just very good at improvising poetry, or if there's a genuine supernatural element to what they do.
  • Heimskringla:
    • Ynglinga saga says about Odin (described as a powerful and sorcerous king of the ancient past) that, among many other extraordinary and supernatural talents, "everything he said was in rhyme, like the way what is now called poetry is composed".
    • Saga of St. Olaf says about Olaf's court poet Sigvatr Thordarson that he was so good at composing verse that "he spoke it extempore, just as if he was saying something in the ordinary way."
  • The demon that gives the wizard Ebenezum his allergy to magic in A Malady of Magicks speaks in this manner, although his rhymes are pretty bad. A good thing, as if he could rhyme well (or had the self-control to ignore comments to the contrary) he'd be unbeatable; each rhyme he gets out acts as a combination generic counterspell and powerful self-buff, and they stack. In context he's a lot more frightening, up until the end of the third book when the collected wizards manage to spread the allergy to magic to him, forcing him to only declaim in (rather decent) blank verse.
    "Alas, you humans are out of luck,
    For now you face the demon Guxx!"
  • While the main character of Inside Out by Terry Trueman doesn't rhyme his speech, the voices in his head speak almost entirely in gibberish rhymes. They only speak in a straightforward fashion when they're giving him instructions.
  • There's a scene in the first Kingdom Keepers book where Finn's thoughts suddenly manifest themselves as such. Amanda tells him it's a sign of witches.
  • In Scott Corbett's The Limerick Trick a formula produced by a mysterious boys' chemistry set with nearly-illegible labels made several of the main characters start talking like this.
  • In The Fellowship of the Ring, Tom Bombadil speaks in rhyming verse so often that the index of poems in The Lord of the Rings doesn't bother to list his verses individually.
  • The Madeline books are all written in rhyme, including character dialogue. The narrators of the cartoon and the movie also speak in rhyme, sometimes by directly quoting the books.
  • In Robert Arthur's "Mr. Milton's Gift" one Homer Milton enters a mysterious curio shop in search of an anniversary present for his wife and, after making an offhand comment about the "gift of making money," is given it - along with the "gift of verse" as a bonus, because of his name. This results in exchanges like the following attempted explanation to his lawyer when he discovers that the "gift of making money" is more literal than he expected:
    "I tried to buy my wife a present, something she'd consider pleasant. I didn't want her to be vexed, so I wound up getting hexed. A gift this Clarence fellow sold me, but the thing he never told me was I'd be a counterfeiter-"
  • Uyulala from The NeverEnding Story. In fact, she can't speak without rhyming, and also cannot hear people if they do not talk to her in verse. (Atreyu manages to get a knack for it rather quickly.)
  • Onimi from the New Jedi Order speaks constantly in rhymes specifically to annoy whoever he's talking to (and thereby amuse his boss). As most of Onimi's dialogue, however, is in the Yuuzhan Vong language, he's probably really using some other form of poetic meter that is simply rendered as rhymes in English. When he reveals his true nature, he stops doing this.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: "Curse me, eh, I'll make you pay/ I don't want to rhyme all day!"
  • Pumuckl, the kobold protagonist of a German children's series. "Oh, das reimt sich! Und was sich reimt, ist gut, haha!" (Oh, that rhymes! And anything that rhymes is good, haha!)
  • Sir Harry the Muse, an Owl from ''Mattimeo'', who always talks in rhyme except when conducting business.
  • Tertius Fume does this in Septimus Heap to the point of being called out for this by Merrin Meredith.
  • In both the book and movie versions of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Thimbletack the brownie rhymes at almost all times.
  • In the Star Trek Expanded Universe, there's a race called the Lonat who speak in rhyme, and it's explicitly made Translation Convention. Skilled poetic speaking akin to Shakespeare's use of iambic pentameter is mutilated into nursery rhyme style verse by the Universal Translator doing the best it can to keep up. We don't know what the Lonat trader Square-Deal Djonreel is hearing when the DS9 crew talk to him, but he is pleased when they respond to him in rhyme just for fun. Kira tries to get them to cut it out, but accidentally ends her order with a word that rhymes with what O'Brien had just said.
  • In David Brin's Uplift series the dolphin language Trinary is expressed in (often rather snarky) limericks. Though later generations of "fin" can speak Anglic and usually don't bother rhyming when they do so.
  • In The Viscount of Adrilankha Ibronka and Röaana do this as a game.
    -Is it something living?
    -The answer no I am giving, and it is not the sky.
    -I have to wonder why. Can I hold it in my hand?
    -You can hold it while you stand. (And so on.)
  • In The Wise Man's Fear, two of the characters have an entire unscripted rhyming conversation, and in The Name of the Wind, Kvothe does a Badass Boast like this. It's actually good poetry. Justified Trope, He's a musician. Further justified due to use of the Translation Convention.
  • The children's book The Wonderful O is full of this, since the premise is that the villains ban one rather vital letter of the English language. So, naturally, they must demonstrate the difficulties this creates in poetry and verse.
  • In The Scarlet Sails, the sailor Letika often speaks in rhymes, to the delight of the rest of the crew.
    Letika (in the 1961 film's English subtitles): With a string and a pole of wood I have made myself a whip / And now I tie a hook on it and, whistling, make it flip.
  • The 13 Clocks slips in and out of rhyme, but manages to make it work even at the most dramatic moments:
    "I have no tears," said Hagga. "Once I wept when ships were overdue, or brooks ran dry, or tangerines were overripe, or sheep got something in their eye. I weep no more," said Hagga. Her eyes were dry as desert and her mouth seemed made of stone. "I have turned a thousand persons gemless from my door. Come in," she said. "I weep no more."
  • Many fae type creatures in fairytales and literature speak in rhyme, including, but not limited to:
    • The faeries in Heroes Of Middlecenter (who explode if they fail to rhyme)
    • Puck and some of the other lesser Fairies in A Midsummer Nights Dream speak entirely or almost entirely in rhyme, while Titania and Oberon mostly don't bother. This may or may not be intentional.
  • In The Last Dogs, the main characters meet a huge gang of rats in the subway, led by a rat named Longtooth who always speaks in rhyme. But it's eventually subverted, for when he dismisses his rats, Longtooth admits that he's run out of rhymes and speaks normally to the dogs.
  • The children's book Nuddy Ned and its sequel Nuddy Ned's Christmas are both rhyming stories.
  • From Wolfman Confidential: Black of heart, the goblins three/As muscle, serve a mighty sidhe/Murder, theft, even extortion/They ensure the Gobfather gets his portion.
  • The Wonderful School: All of Miss Tillie O'Toole's lessons are in riddles and rhymes according to the book.
  • In Theodore Isaac Rubin's story Lisa and David, the two title characters are mentally-ill teenagers in a treatment program who develop a relationship with each other. Lisa, who may be autistic, speaks in rhymes most of the time. This causes David to say to her at one point, "Lisa, Lisa, why must we rhyme? It's so hard to do, and it takes so much time!"

    Live Action TV, worth just a Fraction of Thee 
  • One Russ Abbot sketch featured the character Monty Monologue, who much to his wife's mounting frustration speaks only in rhymed couplets, with a double drumbeat at the end to mark the punchline.
    Wife: Your dinner's ruined!
    Monty: Now there's a tasty dish I see, is that my dinner burning?
    Why not give it to the dog, and then he won't need worming! [boom-boom]

  • A magic mirror in The 10th Kingdom speaks entirely in rhyme and will only answer questions that are put in verse as well. This leads to Tony and Virginia having to come up with... interesting questions on the spot.
    "Our mirror's smashed, what can we do? Where the hell are the other two?"
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun featured Laurie Metcalfe as a character who always rhymed her sentences with whatever someone else had just uttered. Dick found this charming at first but later discovered it was incredibly annoying and made it impossible to carry on a normal conversation with her.
  • Simms in Adam Adamant Lives! would often compose spontaneous limericks about the situation.
  • In the Adventures in Wonderland episode "Rhyme-itis," the titular disease makes whoever catches it speak only in rhyme. It spreads throughout Wonderland, much to everyone's annoyance, until the Queen finds good use for it when she needs to think of a rhyme for an advertising jingle she's writing. It's humorously subverted in the final song of the episode, in which the White Rabbit, who suffered the most from the illness, deliberately messes up every verse just because he can.
  • A one-time sketch on The Amanda Show featured a "gifted class" full of teenagers with special powers. Josh Peck played Billy, a boy with the gift of "super-rhyming" ("Yeah! I do it all the"). This led to such couplets as:
    Lisa: You're giving us a pop quiz?!
    Billy: If you spill a soda, you have to...mop fizz.
    Student: Come on, guys, let's go eat.
    Billy: You don't need shoes if you got no feet!
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? had the Carnie from "The Tale of Laughing In The Dark", who played the trope for all the creepiness it was worth:
    Carnie: It's the most fun in the park, when you're laughing in the dark.
    Carnie: Pick the right door and you'll go free, pick the wrong door and there he'll be.
  • The A-Team: This happened to Murdock in "Black Day at Bad Rock", where he had to give an injured B. A. some of his blood. Murdock uses this new tendency to try to convince B. A. that he will go insane after receiving the blood.
    Murdock: You'll start hearin' thing you don't see, and rhymin' your words...just like me." *cheeky (and slightly maniacal) smile*
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Smith and Jones" features the line "Judoon platoon upon the Moon", put in by the writer because David Tennant had a hard time saying "oon" sounds in the English accent he used for the Doctor without sounding Scottish.
    • "The Shakespeare Code": The witches, whether they're incanting or not, rhyme in couplets.
    • "The Name of the Doctor": The Whisper Men who accompany Dr. Simeon/The Great Intelligence only speak in rhymes.
    The trap is set. The Doctor's friends
    Will travel where the Doctor ends.

    This man must fall as all men must
    The fate of all is always dust.

    The man who lies will lie no more
    When this man lies at Trenzalore.

    The girl who died, he tried to save
    She'll die again inside his grave.
  • The Doodlebops: Razz, the eponymous band's manager for Season 1, spoke like this.
  • In Frank Herbert's Dune, the Baron Harkonnen as portrayed by Ian McNeice has a habit of concluding with verse when discussing his Evil Plans.
    "By the time the traitor is fully revealed, the fate of Atreides will already be sealed."
    "Then let the Emperor mock House Harkonnen; call us swine. Because in the end, his throne will be mine."
  • In a The Electric Company (1971) "Spidey Super Stories" sketch the Birthday Bandit speaks like this.
  • The following exchange from the Friends episode "The One Where No-One's Ready":
    Ross: We can't be late. It starts at eight.
    Phoebe: He could not, would not, want to wait.
  • This is a trait of Jervis Tetch in Gotham, initially most frequently while hypnotising his marks. However, after his sister killed herself to get away from him, he started undergoing some serious Sanity Slippage and the rhyming began to bleed into his normal speech. Jim Gordon was able to exploit this at one point in interrogation by speaking in rhyme to him, tricking him into inadvertently dropping hints about who Jim was looking for:
    Tetch: Nothing! Nothing! I'll tell you naught; his name shall be neither spoken nor taught! He'll cut and he'll crush and the blood will run thick, though from healer to killer is no easy trick!
  • Alvie roomed with House in the loony bin, busted rhymes so basic and thin, needed Heezy's help in the talent show, and when Heezy walked out that do', he decided he didn't want to be crazy no mo'.
  • An episode of Season 9 of How I Met Your Mother featured Marshall telling his son Marvin stories in order to calm him down on a crowded bus. Naturally, the entire episode is spoken in rhyme (making it sort of a spoken-word Musical Episode), and featured Lin-Manuel Miranda (at that point best known for his musical In the Heights) as a passenger on the bus. Notable moments of the episode include when one rhyme only works with the subtitles on, and a moment where Marshall can't come up with a rhyme for "Canada", prompting Miranda's character to launch into a full free-style verse and use the slant rhyme "janitor."
  • Mrs. Benson in iCarly has a series of silly, and occasionally morbid rhymes to help her through her daily life.
    Mrs. Benson: You won't get respect if your back's not erect.
    Mrs. Benson: When temperatures get too high the elderly start to die.
  • Alton Brown of Iron Chef America often delivers his closing address in poetic, or at least rhyming, style.
  • In an episode of Legend of the Seeker, all women are expected to do this in the presence of the Margrave. To do otherwise would be disrespecful. Cara, at first, has trouble doing this when pretending to be a princess whose skill at poetry is legendary. She does spout a few rhymes later (mostly about torture and murder) and another one later, while turning the Margrave into a punching bag. Zedd, dressed up as a duchess, has no trouble rhyming. Even more impressive, the Margrave's sister is able to rhyme while sobbing at the top of her lungs.
  • Moonlighting, in which Agnes DiPesto does this when answering the phone. In the It's a Wonderful Plot episode, she runs a greeting card firm.
    • And one epic scene with David and Maddie and a bouncer at a party:
      David: We're looking for a man with a mole on his nose.
      Bouncer: A mole on his nose?
      Maddie: A mole on his nose!
      Bouncer: What kind of clothes?
      Maddie: What kind of clothes?
      David: What kind of clothes do you suppose?
      Bouncer: What kind of clothes do I suppose would be worn by a man with a mole on his nose? Who knows?
      David: Did I fail to mention, did I bother to disclose, this man we're seeking with a mole on his nose, I'm not sure of his clothes or anything else, except that he's Chinese—a big clue by itself.
      Maddie: How do you do that?
      David: Gotta read a lot of Dr. Seuss.
      Bouncer: I'm sorry to say, I'm sad to report, I haven't seen anyone at all of that sort. Not a man who's Chinese with a mole on his nose with some kind of clothes that you can't suppose. So get away from this door and get out of this place, or I'll have to hurt you—put my foot in your face.
      David: Oh.
      Maddie: Time to go.
      David: Time to go.
  • Eulabelle the black maidservant, from Horror of Party Beach (Mystery Science Theater 3000), uses occasional but ubiquitously pointless rhymes as homilies:
    • "You don't see me sittin' around moanin' and groanin' all day."
    • "What are y'all doin' sneekin' and peekin' in the dark for?"
  • Granny Duck from The Noddy Shop talks like this. For example, in the final episode, one of her quotes is "Of all the words spoken that cast a sad spell, the hardest to say is the wish of farewell."
  • In Power Rangers, there have been a few rhyming MOTWs, some better at it than others.
    • At least once in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, we get a Lampshade Hanging: The Yellow Ranger isn't succumbing to the villain's Hate Plague, and we get...
      Hate Master: Would you give in already?! Doing this is no snap! It really isn't easy talking all the time in rap!
    • The Rangers also had an ally who did this, Quagmire from the "Isle of Illusions" two-part episode. (Although, not all his rhymes made complete sense. For example, he referred to Madame Woe, a Monster of the Week who appeared in a previous episode, as a "nightmare queen" who Billy fought in a "realm of dreams", which really didn't describe Madame Woe—beyond the fact that she was a rare female monster—or the actual battle at all).
  • The basic objective of the 1975 ABC game show Rhyme and Reason. A couplet is presented, and two contestants secretly write down a word that rhymes with the last word of the couplet. They select a celebrity on a panel (of six) and the celebrity completes the couplet. Matching the contestant's word scores points.
  • One Russ Abbot sketch featured the character Monty Monologue, who much to his wife's mounting frustration speaks only in rhymed couplets, with a double drumbeat at the end to mark the punchline.
    Wife: Your dinner's ruined!
    Monty: Now there's a tasty dish I see, is that my dinner burning?
    Why not give it to the dog, and then he won't need worming! [boom-boom]
  • How could we possibly avoid mentioning Professional Wrestling great "Superstar" Billy Graham, the sensation of the nation and the number-one creation? He was filled with the desire to inspire, and took on all contenders and pretenders.
  • On The West Wing, one of the signs that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is getting senile is that he tends to write opinions in verse. This is Played for Laughs the first few times it comes up:
    President Bartlet: (reading) "Fear of cancer from asbestos ... fuzzy science manifestos ..."
  • Due to the improvisational nature of a show like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, any game that involves singing ends up becoming this. It's most obvious in Hoedown, where you can tell that the guys are struggling to come up with rhymes as they're singing.
  • Wizards vs. Aliens features a powerful magical creature called a hobbledehoynote , which not only speaks all in rhyme, but can only understand other people if they do so as well. Inability to finish a rhyme can actually kill them.

    Music: Hit Play, and Take it Away 
  • Way common in music, so it's an easy find.
  • Kids Praise: Psalty's wife, Psaltina, has the infrequently-used ability to do this on-demand. Probably because she's an anthropomorphic poetry book.
  • The whole point of "The Name Game".

    Pinballs We Play to get Specials All Day 
  • The advertising flyer for Stern's Ali is filled with rhymes extoling the virtues of the game. Needless to say, some of them stretch painfully to make a point:
    Muhammad Ali: "A fast fortune is easy to earn,
    Just go with a winner like I did with Stern!"
  • Merlin in Medieval Madness almost always speaks like this.
    "It's not tragic, you have Merlin's magic!"

    Print Media, So Seedy-a 
  • MAD magazine, in an article called "Mad's Personal Ads," featured this number:
    HANDSOME MAN who speaks in rhyme, seeks a gal who's mighty fine. I'm wealthy, smart and 43, but all my friends are sick of me. All I do is speak in verse; I say I'll stop but then get worse. So if you like a man who's dumb, write to me BOX 21.
    Pro Wrestling: Informally Known as Rasslin' 
  • John Cena is so fond of this trope during his run as the Doctor of Thuganomics.
    Theatre (By Playwrights With Names Like Peter of Exeter) 
  • Motormouth Maybelle from Hairspray.
  • A bridge-guarding troll in On the Verge does this.
  • Shakespeare used blank verse to show that a character was highly educated, whether it's the monk from Romeo and Juliet or the gods in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
    • In Hamlet, the title character normally speaks in blank verse but speaks in prose when he's feigning madness.

    Theme Park Rides, Which If Not Cleared By the Safety Inspector Can Have Their Dark Sides 
  • Madame Leota speaks in rhyme in The Haunted Mansion ride at Disney Theme Parks, as she was conducting a seance and magic typically rhymes. In the movie, she seemed to be speaking a prophecy, and spoke normally to Jim at times. In the game, she only does this when preforming her Exposition Fairy duties.
    • Haunted Mansion Holiday uses rhyme for the entire naration, though this is done to follow the style of Tim Burton's original poem, which was in turn based on The Night Before Christmas
  • In the former Dueling Dragons at Universal's Islands of Adventure, Merlin spoke almost entirely in rhymes, saying things like, "If you continue along this path, you will face the dragons' wrath."

    Video Games, With Their Pretty "Whoa" Names 
  • Ezio lampshades this in Assassin's Creed: Revelations when he sings during his guise as a Wandering Minstrel
    The things I do, to save the world
    Surprise me time to time
    Like learning how to play the lute
    And making these words rhyme
  • Balan from Balan Wonderworld. This is made more obvious in the novelization, where he has more dialogue. Also applies to Lance in the novelization, since he doesn't speak in the game itself.
  • Gruntilda, the villain of Banjo-Kazooie. She stopped talking like this in the sequel, at the insistence of her sisters, but returned to full form in Nuts & Bolts. Probably because her sisters weren't around to nag her anymore.
    Gruntilda: Hurry, sisters, time I lack! What's the plan to get my body back?
    Mingella: Annoying, your rhyming is! Stop it, or tell you we will not!
    Gruntilda: Oh, if I must...
  • Umlaut of CarnEvil speaks like this all the time, usually to insult the player(s). He stops doing it when he gets to fight you before the final boss.
  • The Red Caps in City of Heroes speak like this. At one point their leader Snaptooth can be seen shouting at one of them to stop.
  • The song "A Pirate I Was Meant To Be," from The Curse of Monkey Island, is sung by pirates who Rhyme On A Dime. The only way to end the song and escape the puzzle is to end a line with the unrhymable word "orange."
    • To be fair, one of them does rhyme it with "door hinge", but the others realize it wouldn't fit in with the song, so it ends anyway.
    • There is also an extended swordplay puzzle (Insult Swordfighting) where combat is mostly verbal and the pirate who comes up with the better insult wins. When swordfighting at sea, the insult and counterinsult have to rhyme. ("When your father first saw you, he must have been mortified."/"You're a disgrace to your species, you're so undignified!" "At least mine can be identified.") Even Guybrush and Captain René Rottingham get this rhyming exchange after the former's victory over the latter.
  • Micheal Tillotson from Deadly Premonition. Especially exceptional because he's not only creating a rhyme at the drop of a dime, but he's also repeating what Mr. Stewart whispers to him. Who does not speak in rhyme.
  • In Devil May Cry 4, all Combat Adjudicators utter the same rhyming lines when you attack them with the wrong character.
    Combat Adjudicator: By your hand, you cannot break out clasp. That power lies in another's grasp.
  • Since V from Devil May Cry 5 regularly quotes William Blake poetry, he often says lines that rhyme with each other. Griffon occasionally teases him about it.
    Griffon: Okay Shakespeare, just remember this: You and I like to exist. So get rid o' those demons quick, 'cause killin' ain't my shtick! I've got your back, 'cuz dyin' is whack!
  • In Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga, we have Bellegar, a crazy mage whose lines are all rhymed. Some of them are really funny. Taken up to eleven in the expansion where his couplets turn into verses with more intricate rhyme schemes to match with his more important role.
  • Dragon Age: Origins includes a talking oak tree that speaks in rhyme and makes an Incredibly Lame Pun when asked about it. Namely, that this probably makes it a "Poet-tree".
  • The entire race of mermaids in Dragon Quest VI.
  • The Court Jester in The Excellent Dizzy Adventure speaks exactly in this way.
  • Professor Shantotto of Final Fantasy XI. Rather odd, considering she serves as her nation's ambassador to conferences with major world leaders, and no one seems to call her out on her odd speech patterns.
    • Probably because they're terrified of her.
    • Naturally, Shantotto's appearances in the Dissidia Final Fantasy games have her retain her habit of rhyming, though she rarely sticks to any sort of meter.
    Shantotto: I don't make threats!
    If there's no result by the time I'm done researching the ultimate spell, it's too late for regrets!
  • The supervillain Deja Vu can't speak without rhyming in Freedom Force.
  • The Gravemind in Halo, in addition to its trademark trochaic heptameter. This is justified by it being a hyper-intelligent Hive Mind made up of the combined intelligence of the Flood's countless victims, including a myriad of poets:
    Now the gate has been unlatched, headstones pushed aside
    Corpses shift and offer room, a fate you must abide
  • Milkmaid of the Milky Way is entirely written in rhyme, whether writing, dialogue or narration.
  • Grub, the DJ of the Party Zone Night Club in The Nameless Mod.
  • Halaster Blackcloak in Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark. Admittedly, he is described as completely insane. One line from before you meet him, on a note in an otherwise-empty treasure chest:
    Note: "Much to your displeasure, here there is no treasure! -H"
    • And one of his lines from before you free him from the drow holding him captive:
    Halaster: "If the portal is opened, more drow will come through. I don't want that; I can barely stand you."
  • Epros in the RPG Okage: Shadow King. Humorously, he continues to do it even after breaking free of his classification as the Phantom Evil King, seemingly just to annoy the others.
  • Merlee from the various incarnations of Paper Mario.
    • The first Paper Mario game also has minor character Rhymin' Simon, the Master Poet (to folks who know it). Mario can get Lyrics from him to pair with a composer's Music to create a song for a chanteuse and get a Badge as a reward.
  • In Primordia (2012), Primer aka 137th Legionbuilt constantly speaks in rhyme, much to Crispin's annoyance. It is explained that he went crazy due to locking away most of his memory in order not to think about his defeat during the War of the Four Cities.
    "No... bro."
  • A variation occurs in the Spooky Swamp level of Spyro: Year of the Dragon. All of the inhabitants speak in haiku. This also extends to visitors—Sheila the Kangaroo and Moneybags also use the Japanese verse form throughout the level (which Moneybags complains about).
  • The Headless Horseman, a seasonal boss in World of Warcraft speaks all his lines in rhyme.
  • Chester, the intrepid salesman/explorer in Shovel Knight rhymes with his slogan/sales pitch whenever he pops out of a blue chest.
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War: "Bard" and "Poet" Uruks have a great love of rhyming, and continue to do so until either you or they are dying.
  • The worms in Worms Reloaded when they're using the "Poor Rapper" speech bank. As the name implies, the lines they speak are often awkward, but in a funny way.
    "Great, a crate! Great, …sodium nitrate!"
    "See you later, like in an alley…gator?"
  • Most of the bosses in Cuphead have rhyming quotes for when they defeat you. There are exceptions, though.
  • In The Darkside Detective, The Krampus speaks in rhyming doggerel couplets.
  • Metal Gear
    • "Vulcan Raven, giant and shaman."
    • According to the director's commentary, the scene where Snake yells "Ocelot!" in Metal Gear Solid 3 is because it rhymes with "Liquid" (in Japanese - Osero-TO and Riki-DDO.) David Hayter does his best to deliver it suitably, but this is definitely Lost in Translation.
    • The gag where Liquid fakes his own death in Metal Gear Solid 4 had dialogue which, in Japanese, "FOX-DIE...ja nai!". In English it's "FOX-DIE... think again!", which is often commented on as a serious downgrade.
  • Slime Rancher: Downplayed with Mochi. She doesn't rhyme all the time, but three of her six Range Exchange quotes are rhymes.
    Mochi: Let's trade a trade, lemonade.
    Mochi: I promise you this is a good deal, banana peel.
    Mochi: My ranching skills are gonna make you squirm, wiggle worm!
  • In Spore, the NPCs of the Maxis adventure, "Delicate Negotiations," all speak in rhyme.
  • In Toy Commander, Roly Poly, the clown stacking rings doll who serves as the boss of the Children's Bedrooms, talks in rhyme.
  • One of the video shorts a Webkinz user can watch on a bought TV is called "Once Upon a Rhyme", which is about a witch putting a princess under an irreversable spell that forces her to rhyme her sentences. Fortunately, the princess decides to take advantage of the spell and become a natural poet.

    Web Animation, A Net-Wide Sensation 
  • In Friendship is Witchcraft, Zecora is introduced as "the whimsical rhyming zebra", but she turns out to be terrible at it. In her very first speech, she trips herself up by ending a line with "circle". Later, she has trouble finding a rhyme for "sad", and just reuses "sad" three more times.
  • Crackotage of the Cheat Commandos. Granted, he's a parody of this kind of character and as such, he's not very good at it
    CRACKOTAGE: Movie night is my favorite night. I think it is my favorite night. Hee hee hoo hoo!
    SILENT RIP: Are you even trying anymore?
    • In an Easter egg at the end of the toon in question where the above dialog takes place, this little exchange is heard:
      SILENT RIP: Aw, you can do it. Try another one.
      CRACKOTAGE: I think my rhymes are truly broke. Broke, broke, broke, broke, broke, broke, broke! Hoo-hoo, hweh-hweh!
    • Strong Bad also delves into this in one Strong Bad Email, "ghosts". After scanning Strong Badia to see if it's haunted but finding nothing, he says, "Looks like Strong Badia is ghost-free, proud to be." But then, he discovers an actual ghost, that of his old computer.
  • Ultra Fast Pony portrays Zecora as a rapper, complete with a backing beat when she spits her verses. Of course, her skills are the result of brainstorming rhymes in her free time, and she'll talk normally if people catch her off-guard (or she just doesn't give a damn). And most of her raps only rhyme because they abuse Word Salad Lyrics.
  • Cálico Electrónico: Rhymes are Chacho Migué's go-to sales tactic. Also, all gadgets Cálico buys to face the Villain of the Week are introduced with an advert that features a rhyme in the tagline.
  • Object Terror had Smore, whose usual speaking patterns involve rhyming.

    Webcomics, Increasingly a Part of the Publishing Economics 
  • A bard in Chasing The Sunset speaks only in rhyme. In one panel she is interrupted mid-sentence (twice) and is 'stuck' until she finds a way to rhyme her two previous utterances. And her name? Rhyme, of course.
  • The fairies in the Forest of Doom, in The Heroes Of Middlecenter, speak entirely in rhyme. Unfortunately, Darklight... doesn't really like rhyme so much.
  • Ernst in Marla does this, both in his writing and his speech.
  • A Penny Arcade strip once featured Gabe trying his hand at this. Of course, Tycho's vocabulary is far too extensive to merely throw in a 'Purple' or 'Orange'... instead, he works 'acquiesce' into the end of a sentence, with dire consequence.
  • Shortpacked! parodies Roadblock from G.I. Joe with a toy who repeats increasingly threatening and innuendo-laden rhymes, until he is placed on a shelf and starts talking to Blaster.
    Roadblock: (Beat) What in the hell? What Hasbro hack decided we rhyme just 'cuz we're both black?
  • Saxony Canterbury from Thunderstruck always does this, sis. He'll give you a new pet name, Dwayne, just so he can throw this trope in your face, ace.
  • The lizard "surgeon" in Unsounded:
    Lizard: Know I slivers of livers from stomach and spleen; I extract the lungs before they can scream.
    Quigley: At least he is not a lizard who speaks in rhyme. How vexing that would be.
  • In Friendship is Dragons, Pinkie Pie is a master of this. So is the GM in the Bridle Gossip arc, but he's cheating:
    GM: What, you think I can't rhyme on a dime all the time in my prime?
    Applejack: Is that why you have a rhyming dictionary site open on yer laptop?
    GM: Hey! DM screen!
    Pinkie Pie: What?! It wasn't all made up on the spot??
  • Zebra Girl: Apparently, Sam has the skill, although he uses it but rarely. As do all rabbits it seems.
  • Champions of Far'aus: The sea serpent Scrallion in the House of Insanity talks like this.It's downplayed, though.
    Scrallion: Even though I prefer to rhyme, it'sss hard to do it all the time.Ssso I'll lift you over.

    Web Originals, Which Are Digital 
  • There is a Muppet video parody of Sons of Anarchy meeting 19th Century poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barratt.
    We're the Sons of Poetry. We rhyme. All the time. What? It's not a crime!
  • The Nostalgia Critic's review of The Grinch was done in rhyme in reference to the original story.
    • When CinemaSins was sinning the movie, the Critic appeared and demanded that it be done in rhyme, acknowledging that he had done so. Jeremy reluctantly agreed, and the Critic co-hosted the sin finding.
  • When Linkara reviewed a New Kids on the Block Christmas comic, the last third of the review, starting with the "Twas the Night Before Christmas" parody, was done in rhyme.
    • Again in Star Trek: The Next Generation #2, because the bad guys are alien grinches.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd also used rhymes during his Christmas Video.
  • In episodes 12 and 13 of Chuggaaconroy's Let's Play of Super Paper Mario, he starts accidentally taking in rhyme (due to reading Merlee's speech), and then keeps on accidentally rhyming throughout those two episodes
  • Jake and Amir, the hosts of If I Were You, love this trope. Amir even began one podcast with an endorsement for one of their sponsors entirely in rhyme.
    • Then there's their CollegeHumor webseries Jake and Amir, where this is a recurring Verbal Tic of Amir, particularly exemplified in the "Scroll" episodes, where he'll read a nonsensical rhyming Top Ten List. There's also Jake's Mad Libs Catch Phrase loosely taking the form of "a [noun] for this [rhyming noun] makes the [plural noun] [third rhyme]" ("A goatee on top of my throatee makes the girls say 'Ay, papi!'," "A chinstrap for this thin chap makes the fat booty go clap").
  • SCP-904 is a poem that, when read, forces the reader to speak in rhyme.
  • MikeJ of Shameful Sequels reviewed American Wedding entirely in rhyme once.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series Episode 13 has everyone speaking in rhyme for a bit.
  • The Mysterious Mr. Enter's review of "Spit Collector" featured him speaking almost entirely in rhyme throughout the review.
  • This exchange in the episode "Out of Reach" of Arby 'n' the Chief, when Master Chief is wondering how to kill time whilst waiting for the beta of Halo: Reach.
    Arbiter: ...sleep?
    Master Chief: OUT OF TEH QUESTIUN.
    Arbiter: A silly suggestion?
    Master Chief: left a bad impression
    Arbiter: Just mental congestion.
    Master Chief: :( [Sad facial expression.]
  • The villain of the Outside Xbox Dungeons & Dragons episode "Silent Knight" is a knight who's taken a vow of silence and communicates entirely through written poems. Johnny Chiodini, the DM, is obviously having a hard time improvising new ones as they interrogate him, which the players immediately jump on.
    Johnny: The first piece of paper says, "First of all, it's very unfair that you're making me do this so quickly. It takes time to come up with a good rhyme, you know."
    Prudence: A poet, as well.
    Dob: And then what's the line that rhymes with that, afterwards?

    Western Animation, As Made in This Nation 
  • Mo and Bo from Abby Hatcher speak in this manner.
  • Adventure Time:
    • Jake has a habit of doing this. And sometimes makes Finn do it as well.
    "Promise me you'll speak in rhymes. Speak in rhymes all the times."
    • Choose Goose, a minor character, only speaks in rhymes. In "Finn the Human" his Alternate Universe counterpart, Choose Bruce, does so as well.
  • Concrete mutant Vinnie The Mass from A.T.O.M. speaks mostly in rhyme.
  • "Rhyme for Your Life," an episode of Arthur, sees Binky trying to write a Mother's Day poem for his mom. After struggling to come up with anything, he dozes off and has an extended Dream Sequence about "Verseburg," a land where it's a crime not to speak in rhyme (in a bit of Genius Bonus, poor William Carlos Williams, a famous American free verse poet, shows up as a prisoner for refusing to follow the rules). After a lengthy adventure, Binky wakes up, and by the next day he's able to come up with a beautiful poem for his mother on the spot. Unfortunately, though, he's now so good that he can't stop speaking in rhyme—at least until he comes across Arthur's name.
  • Haiku battle start! / Sokka tries so valiantly / But his counting's off.
    • Pathetic Sokka / it's for this very purpose / contractions were made.
    • Poor foolish Sokka / An unnecessary word: / "Ladies, I rock ya!"
  • Rollerbear in the Bitsy Bears pilot cartoon. She even wears headphones and rollerskates.
  • Boundin', in which the whole story is narrated as a rhyming poem.
  • The Bump in the Night episode "I Got Needs" featured a trio of Vikings who spoke in rhyme.
  • Care Bears
    • The Cheshire Cat from the Care Bears version of Alice in Wonderland, who gives the titular characters advice by rapping.
    • Princess Starglo from Share Bear Shines mostly does this in a rhyming slang kind of way ("Toodles, poodles!"), but uses it in her normal conversation quite a bit, too.
  • The title character of the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Freaky Fred" does this, remarkable because he's the villain and the episode is told from his point of view. His rhymes follow an AAAB scheme, with B always (with one exception) ending with "NAAUUUUUGHTYYY…"
  • In his host segments on Disney Sing-Along Songs, Jiminy Cricket will sometimes do this.
  • A few one-off Disney cartoons are spoken in rhyme, including:
  • The Christmas Episode of Danny Phantom, has Danny ticking off a spirit known as the Ghost Writer who has Reality Warper powers—anything he writes about comes true—by unintentionally destroying the Christmas poem he had been writing. Said ghost responds by forcing Danny and his friends to live his replacement poem until he learns his lesson. As a side effect, everyone suddenly starts talking in constant rhymes, but only Danny notices. When the Ghost Writer is defeated, Danny continues to do this out of habit, leading his friends to ask why he's speaking in rhymes.
  • The Dog & Pony Show: In one episode, when Dog and Pony become building superintendents, the magic Pony kept using on the building ultimately accumulated into bringing the building to life. When brought to life, it spoke in rhyme.
  • Marimonda the plant-controlling wood sprite from the Elena of Avalor episode "Realm of the Jaquins''.
  • In The Fairly OddParents, there are the employees of "Flappy Bob's Happy Peppy Camp and Learn-a-torium", Happy Peppy Betty and Gary. They not only rhyme almost all their sentences, they also sing them, and tend to complete each other's sentences!
    Betty: And, umm... Gary! I'm all out of rhimy-whimies!
    Gary: That was a rhimy-whimy!
    • Subverted by the Gigglepies, who start out talking like this, until Timmy asks what they do once they've extracted all the resources from a planet:
    Overlord Glee: We blow it up and move on to the next one! Isn't that cute?
    Timmy: No! It's terrible! (Beat) And it didn't rhyme!
    Overlord Glee: He's on to us! Get him!
  • In the Hungarian dub, The Flintstones do this constantly.
  • Uncle Pockets, from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
  • Hermes from Futurama has a modular catchphrase - "Sweet X of Y!" - that's always spoken in rhyme. e.g. "Sweet guinea pig of Winnipeg!"
    • It's notably lampshaded when a depressed Hermes is unable to come up with a rhyme, and simply says "Sweet something of… something else."
    • In the episode "Sly and the Slurm Factory," the Grunka-Lunkas (Oompa-Loompa Expies) try to do this, but their rhymes are less than impressive. "Grunka-Lunka-Dunkity-Dingredient, you should not ask about the secret ingredient! Grunka-Lunka-Dunkity-Darmed guards…"
  • Haggle, a supporting character in The Gary Coleman Show.
  • Roadblock from G.I. Joe talks like this sometimes (but sometimes it's just Jive Turkey).
  • Wordsworth, a side character from Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats.
  • Home Movies - Brendon makes a video PSA to keep kids from putting marbles in their noses, but his puppet Spiky Mc Marbles, with his rhyming speech and his snarky attitude, makes kids want to put marbles in their noses.
  • Marc Bolan in House Of Rock does this. The other housemates evict him.
  • Spring-Heeled Jack in Jackie Chan Adventures, who speaks in nothing but rhyming couplets. Amazingly, even after being split into his good and evil sides by the Tiger Talisman, he still pulls it off.
  • An episode of Johnny Bravo spoofing Green Eggs and Ham rhymes the whole time...except when Johnny comments that "this rhyming stuff really hurts my tongue."
  • Fred from The Jungle Bunch does this, being a singer and all.
  • On The Legend of Zelda (1989), the Triforce of Wisdom was a sentient object, and would occasionally dispense advice and prophecies in cryptic rhymes.
  • Nedley on Maggie and the Ferocious Beast
  • Bob from Maryoku Yummy. To a lesser extent, Yuzu, whose appearance in an episode usually includes coming up with a new rhyming catchphrase for his and Nonki's fix-it shop.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
    • Zecora the zebra:
      • Particularly impressive in "The Cutie Pox", where she sets herself up to make a rhyme with "tooth" before she sees that Apple Bloom chipped her tooth (From Apple Bloom's posture, it was an easy guess). Even her description in the app rhymes: 'Zecora is a zebra, wise beyond her years. People seek her out and help allay their fears.'
      • There was a gag in the main MLP comic #9 where she noted (in rhyme, naturally) that she needed a moment to think up a rhyme for her next comment.
      • Zecora's ability to rhyme her lines is so iconic, when she lost it to Swamp Fever her friends rushed for the tonic.
    • Not as frequently as Zecora, but Pinkie Pie still likes to rhyme a lot... especially when she's singing.
    • Discord. Not as often as Zecora, mind you, but loves handing out torturous riddles. He normally sounds far more menacing while doing so as well.
    • Iron Will's inspirational Catch Phrases. To name a few:
      Iron Will: When somepony tries to block, show them that YOU ROCK!
      Iron Will: Never apologize when you can criticize!
    • Twilight briefly rhymes like Zecora in "Secret of My Excess" after she tells him about Spike's greed-induced growth:
      Twilight: You mean, the more things a dragon collects, the bigger and greedier he gets?
    • Twilight does it again in "The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2" when in a Bad Future where Nightmare Moon has unleashed eternal night over Equestria:
      Twilight: I have to get back to the map so I can stop Starlight from changing the past, because every present I come to is worse than the last!
    • Also exchanged between Twilight and Rainbow in "All Bottled Up" once they manage to find the key in the escape room:
      Twilight: This is it! I'm so impressed!
      Rainbow: I'm not, I knew we were the best!
  • Stickety Lipid, a one-time villain in the Osmosis Jones cartoon, Ozzy & Drix dressed and acted like a stereotypical beatnik; he claimed his crimes against Hector (the boy the cells lived in) were performance art, and spoke in Beat-style rhymes while accompanying himself on bongos. As with other examples, his rhyming rubbed off on Drix.
  • The Collector from The Owl House was introduced speaking in rhyme in their first appearance. They kept this up until they couldn't find a word that rhymed with "Unity", and decided to just drop the rhyming entirely.
  • This exchange in Phineas and Ferb episode "One Good Turn" as the kids decide what they want to do today:
    Ferb: I'm filled with remorse/ That we haven't, of course / Even thought of building an obstacle course.
    Phineas: Then let's build one and make it our new tour de force!
    Ferb: That is a plan I can clearly endorse.
    Phineas: Of course!
    Baljeet: Of course!
    Phineas: Of course!
    Buford: Of course! I'm puttin' an end to this before it breaks into song! Where's Perry?
  • At the beginning of the Popeye color double-reel short Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp has Olive Oyl, portraying a screenwriter at a movie studio, speak like this.
    Olive Oyl: Gosh, but this story of mine should be great!
    I really don't know how the people can wait!
    I have to decide who the actors'll be.
    I think I'll make the heroine me.
    The hero, Aladdin, is handsome and smart.
    Why, Popeye the Sailor is great for the part!
    • The Royal Vizier also briefly speaks like this.
  • The entirety of The Powerpuff Girls episode "Dream Scheme" is all done in rhyme, even with Bubbles using the "anyone want a peanut" gag.
  • Toby exhibits this trait in "Callie's Cowgirl Twirl" from Sheriff Callie's Wild West as he prepares to call for a square dance, much to Peck's chagrin. Even more so for Peck once he briefly starts doing it himself.
  • In one episode of Rugrats, the kids attend a safety course with a cop named Officer Dan. The officer uses short, memorable rhymes to help his lessons stick (e.g. "Don't pet a dog that's strange to you. That could be a dangerous thing to do." Later, when Chuckie starts following his example, he tries to rhyme as well, but can't quite remember the right phrases ("Or you might get something on your shoe").
    • The horrific doll "Mr. Friend", a toy version of a Monster Clown that Stu invents, spouts out rhymes non-stop: "OH BOY, A BRAND NEW FRIEND TO PLAY! WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A HAPPY DAY!" Some of the rhymes are rather lousy—"Do your homework, study hard, and don't eat food that's cooked in lard!"—prompting Stu to promise to hire a writer.
  • While his isn't usually an example, the Green Goblin of the The Spectacular Spider Man does this in "Opening Night". Not only is it lampshaded, but it's also partially justified: several of his lines are quotes from Shakespeare's verse. It also acts as a clue to the Goblin's identity: Harry Osborn, the prime suspect behind the mask, was supposed to be playing Puck in a school play, and all of the Shakespeare lines are Puck quotes. Turned out to be a Red Herring, but nice touch…
  • "Bad Rap", an episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, is spoken entirely in rhyme, as it's about "Rap Land" being taken over by King Koopa, and the heroes' attempts to stop him. Granted, it's not exactly good rhyme ("We're the Flab Boys! Hi-dee-ho! This Koopa dude's got to go!"), but it's a solid effort.
  • Most of the characters especially Dudley Pig from the animated Tales from the Cryptkeeper episode "The Third Pig", the wolf has a hard time coming up with them and yells at the Cryptkeeper when he tells him to do so.
  • The wicked sorcerer Zig Zag from The Thief and the Cobbler rhymes whenever he speaks, often rather elaborately. He actually manages to be both amusing and menacing in this way. For example, when he said "One mistake will suffice! Don't treat me lightly twice!" after taming the alligators he had been thrown to by the ungrateful Big Bad One Eye.
    • Lampshaded in the infamous Miramax cut when the thief, overhearing one of Zig Zag's private rants, comments to himself, "It must be tough to always speak in rhyme."
  • Several locomotives actually started to speak in rhyme at times in the more recent episodes of Thomas & Friends. It is getting mercifully downplayed however.
    • Thomasand Friends All Engines Go also had some moments where some of the characters spoke in rhyme, but it wasn't frequent compared to seasons 13-16 of the original series.
  • The female flight attendant who is always heard speaking in Toot & Puddle as Toot / Toot & Puddle's plane travels to another country always speaks in rhyme. A typical example: "As we land in Majorca, we hope it's been a good trip. To enjoy our island, we offer this tip. Take a stroll down our streets to the edge of the sea, try the apples and oranges, they're delicious, you'll agree."
  • In The Transformers, most of the time, the unpopular character Wheelie always speaks in rhyme! The Transformers Wiki had quite a bit of fun, and made all the lines on his page rhyme (every single one)!
  • In Underdog, the title character speaks entirely in rhymed couplets, albeit not always with much attention to meter. As Shoe Shine Boy, he speaks normally.
  • What's with Andy? had an episode where Andy was dared to speak in rhyme for an entire day. He mastered it pretty well, up until he was challenged to rhyme the word 'orange'. Which he succeeded; it rhymes with 'door hinge'.
  • One episode of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! featured the Hopping Dipple-Dop, a character who only spoke in rhymes.
  • Jeremy Hillary Boob, Ph.D in Yellow Submarine, who justifies it, saying:
    If I spoke prose, you'd soon find out
    I don't know what I talk about!
    • He's also capable of rhyming whatever the Beatles say, even if doesn't follow iambic pentameter precisely:
    Paul: (pointing to the Boob) Hey, fellas. Look.
    Boob: (writing on a notepad with a pen between his toes) The footnotes for my nineteenth book.
    This is my standard procedure for doing it.
    And while I compose it, I'm also reviewing it!
    George: A boob for all seasons.
    Paul: How can he lose?
    John: Were your notices good?
    Boob: It's my policy never to read my reviews.
  • Yogi Bear does this often too.
  • Groove on The Cattanooga Cats.
  • Danger Mouse must contend with Penfold as a rhyming superhero after he swallows a vitamin pill that turns him into the Blue Flash.
  • How Murray Saved Christmas: Being a Christmas story is told mostly in rhyme. However near the end, Murray and Edison are stopped by a police officer on their way home who ask if he has his "poetic license". When Murry reveals he doesn't have one, the officer tells him to stop rhyming before complaining that he has trouble having to keep doing it daily while on the job.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Exchanged between SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs in "Born Again Krabs":
    SpongeBob: But it's old, and cold, and so very full of mold!
    Mr. Krabs: You're not to make another patty until that one is SOLD!
    • Done in the short episode "SpongeBob vs the Patty Gadget" in Season 5, in which majority of the dialogue are in rhymes.
  • Jack The villainous Jack-in-the-box from the Hanna-Barbera series Timeless Tales episode "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", voiced by Tim Curry.
  • Pretty Bit, one of the Popples does this.
  • In his role as Giggler in the Super Cluepers on Franklin and Friends, Rabbit has a tendency to recap where things are at in the mystery-solving in rhymes.
  • In the Australian animated series The Silver Brumby, Mopoke the owl is an advisor to main stallion Thowra, but he always gives advice (and basically speaks) in only rhymes.
  • In the Miraculous Ladybug episode "Frightningale, pop singer Clara Nightingale talks like this. Then she gets akumatized into the titular villain Frightningale and enforces the trope on everybody else in Paris, on the penalty of being Taken for Granite if they fail to rhyme.
    • In "Timetagger", the titular villain speaks mostly in rap.
  • In "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" from Beat Bugs, the Beat Bugs and other bugs in the backyard village are all hit with a "rhyming curse" which makes it so that they can only speak in rhyme.
  • The 1993 Hanna-Barbera Christmas Special The Town Santa Forgot has all the dialogue entirely spoken in rhyme. Justified in that it's adapted from the Christmas poem "Jeremy Creek" by Charmaine Severson.
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: A lot of rhymes are made in "I Am Mark Twain." For example, "We didn't notice the fence got done/We were having too much fun!"
  • The Smurfs (1981): Gargamel in the intro.
    Gargamel: "Ravage the land as never before. Total destruction from mountain to shore!"

    Real Life, Which Can be With or Without Strife 
  • Aside from the refrain, "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies was almost entirely off the cuff.
  • In recent times, in the email segment of the O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly will read clever limericks on television sent in by viewers.
  • Reverend Jesse Jackson when speaking publicly always has a rhyme of some kind.
  • Jian Ghomeshi, the host of the CBC radio show "Q", opens each show with a monologue containing numerous rhymes.
  • Muhammad Ali was as well known for his taunting (or boasting) rhymes and statements in interviews as for his boxing.
  • Nipsey Russell could pull off a couplet at just the drop of a hat. Name me another talented person who could ever do just that.
  • Wayne Brady, lady?
    • Not just him, but most of the the guests on both versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Josie Lawrence was particularly good at this type of play.
    • I could argue, I guess, but it's not worth the ink; I'll just say it's not quite as hard as you think.
  • If you're a Knick fan, you're used to hearing it from Walt "Clyde" Frasier, man.
  • Rappers in general.

At the click of a mouse, at the tip of my finger, why don't you ever check The Stinger?
(Okay, we admit, that last one was a stretch, but the article's over, no need to kvetch.)



Befitting his rank, Squatterbloat is a rhyming demon.

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