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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: GYAAAH!

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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"…
Boooooornana.

(See?)

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.


Subpages of examples,
In here, we have ample:

Here are other examples
On this page, we can 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: The Series:
    • 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?
    • Braggo of the Pokémon Poacher Brothers, a group of one-time villains in "The Mother of all Battles", always spoke in rhyme.
  • 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.)
  • In the English Dub anime of High School D×D, there is the Familiar Master Zatouji. Everything he says comes out in rhyme, as the audience hears it every time.

    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.
    THE BEARDED LADY
    TRIED A JAR
    SHE'S NOW
    A FAMOUS
    MOVIE STAR
    Burma-Shave
  • 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 (1994) supporting character Roxy Leech had a friend with the appropriate name of The Poet.
  • The Teen Titans spin-off comic, "Winterlude", is written like this. The narrator and characters speaks in rhyme for no discernible reason, other than just because. (It starts out as a pastiche of "The Night Before Christmas", but quickly loses that)
    Robin: I grew up in Gotham so I'm used to snow this time of year, but it's kind of shocking to wake to it here...
    • It even goes into Painful Rhyme territory a few times:
      Silkie: I'd like to say Captain Funk's remix of "Ai No Shirushi".
      Starfire: That's a good one, but mine is friends, also known as "Tomodachi".
  • 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)
  • Captain Marvel: In Captain Marvel 2014 #9, 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) That we shall learn when the conflict is ended!
    So far, there are none that I have befriended!
    The waiting is over! The watching begins!
    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.
  • Past Sins: Zecora speaks in rhymes like in "Tainted Blessing":
    Zecroa: A lupus minor is what you saw, I have no doubt. I too have noticed them lingering about. They claim a distant mountain as their home, but recently in this land they have begun to roam. For days they have stirred the forest, put it at unease. In truth, there are far too many monsters amongst these trees.
  • Windfall: Zecora does this, and during an argument between her and Nurse Redheart the latter realizes that she's started doing it too.
  • In Honey Sirius acquires several new elves to replace Kreacher, all of whom speak in rhyme.
  • In Summer Harry starts speaking in rhyme after Michael messes up a spell.

    Films: Groovy Movies 
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: In Wind in the Willows, Cyril's court testimony is spoken rhyme.
  • In Are You Being Served?, Mr. Harman makes a crack about Mr. Rumbold hoping to "cop a bit of spare when he gets there" regarding his wife staying home from the staff holiday.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Doctor... Series:
    • In Doctor in Love, Dr. Cardew does so after he is told he has a call coming from California:
      Dr. Cardew: Put the truss in the bus, Wildewinde.
    • Doctor in Trouble:
      • When the Master-at-Arms discovers that Lavinia is actually Dr. Burke Disguised in Drag:
        Master-at-Arms: Well, Lavinia... darlin'... I think you and I had better go and have a chat, with Captain Spratt.
      • When Mrs. Dailey tells Wendover she doesn't want him chasing after her daughter, Dawn:
        Mrs. Dailey: My daughter an' I happen to be ladies. Therefore, riffraff like yourself could not possibly be of any interest to us. Not even if you was rolled in gold.
  • 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!
  • Gladys from Please Turn Over does so when trying to get Dr. Manners enthusiastic at the prospect of seeing more patients than usual:
    Dr. Manners: Come, come, Miss Worth. You can't be sure.
    Gladys: Ours not to be quite sure, ours but to... to... kill or cure!
  • 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.
  • When Sid and Harry brainstorm new jingles in Raising the Wind:
    Sid: "Yum-sy, scrum-sy, bum-sy, scrip-" (Beat) "Bum-sy"?
    Harry: "Chum-sy".
    Sid: Oh, my mistake. Clumsy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When Admiral Pettigrew orders the arrest of Potter in Watch Your Stern:
    Captain Foster: Potter, an imposter?
    Admiral Pettigrew: Yes, Foster, an imposter!
  • 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.

    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.
  • Marat/Sade: The Herald speaks solely through rhyme throughout the play-within-a-play being performed by the Charenton inmates. Even when the play is frequently interrupted by Coulmier, the asylum's overseer, the Herald is able to issue responses in rhyming verse without ever breaking character.
  • 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.
  • Hadestown is mostly a Sung-Through Musical, but even when there is spoken word, it is done in poetry rather than prose.

    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 2003 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 narration, 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."

    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.
  • 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??
  • 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.
  • S.S.D.D.: The AI Dagonet always speaks in rhyme. To prove that this is a sign that Dagonet's programming is flawed, King Arthur challenges Dagonet to speak without rhyming, then orders him to do so—and Dagonet completely locks up. Because of his broken programming (based on King Arthur's), he has to talk like this.
  • 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.]
  • Oxventure: The villain of the 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?

    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 former host of the CBC radio show "Q", opened 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.
  • Clanging is a speech disorder in which a person forms sentences using rhyming words. It typically occurs during manic episodes, and usually ends up as a word salad, but it's worth mentioning.

I know these examples put you through the wringer...
But would you have time for one little stinger?

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Squatterbloat

Befitting his rank, Squatterbloat is a rhyming demon.

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