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Tommy Vercetti: Vance? [chuckling] Your name's Lance Vance?
Lance Vance: Hey! I got enough of that at school!
Tommy: Lance Vance. Poor bastard.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, "Phnom Penh '86"

A neat way to make a character's name memorable is to make them follow a rhyming scheme, either by giving them rhyming first and last names (e.g. Jack Black) or combining their names with a rhyming descriptor (e.g. Dennis The Menace). As an added bonus, the character might also speak in Rhymes on a Dime and/or live in a place that follows a similar rhyming convention.

Because it lends the characters an air of whimsy, this trope is particularly common in nursery rhymes, children's books, and cartoons, but they are definitely not limited to them.

Compare Repetitive Name, where the character's first name is the same as their last name or uses variations of the same word. Also compare Alliterative Name, which is another method of making a character's name catchy or memorable.

Compare also Rhyme Theme Naming, where different members of the same group or family are given rhyming names to emphasize their unity. May overlap with Rhyming Title if the character's name is also used as the work's title.


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  • This trope is presumably why McDonald's's primary mascot is named "Ronald".

     Anime and Manga 
  • The title character of Black Jack is a Back-Alley Doctor who uses the catchy name as his alias. Funnily, this rhyming name is a loose transliteration of his actual name ("Kuro'o", which is written with the characters for "black" and "man", aka "jack").
  • One of the teachers in GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class is named Koshino Yoshino. She teaches fashion design, and because her subject is an elective, she doesn't get as much screen time as the other teachers, but she certainly makes the most impression to her students.
  • The protagonist of Keyman: The Hand of Judgement is a T-Rex named Alex. His full name is actually Alex Rex.

    Comic Books 
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe:
    • The story "Voodoo Hoodoo" features a Voodoo Zombie named Bombie the zombie, who was conjured by a witch doctor named Foola Zoola.
    • In The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Scrooge goes by the rhyming alias of Buck McDuck while working as a rancher in the badlands.
    • Scrooge's business rival John D. Rockerduck has a supervillain alias called Roller Dollar.
    • One Scrooge-centric story is titled "Uncle Scrooge and his Handy Andy", in which he uses his handy boat to help out other ships during a boat race for a substantial fee.
    • One of Grandma Duck's hens, who is a prize winning egg-layer, is called Steady Heddy.
    • In one strip, Donald's nephews prints a bunch of fake Wanted Posters using Donald's picture, and they name their imaginary outlaw Snake McDrake.
    • One Alternate Continuity has gives Donald and Daisy an in-between neighbor named Gussy Fussie.
  • In one strip of Dr. Blink: Superhero Shrink, Dr. Blink passes by the offices of Dr. Prentis, Superhero Dentist; Dr. DeSmet, Super Pet Vet; Dr. Sturgeon, Superhero Surgeon; and Dr. Killdare, Superhero General Care. Then he meets the newest building resident, Dr. Guinan Collegist...
  • Knight and Squire features Jarvis Poker the British Joker.
  • Jarvis was named in imitation of many other British comic characters including Dennis the Menace (the other Dennis the Menace is also an example), Beryl the Peril, Roger the Dodger, Tricky Dicky, Contrary Mary, etc.

    Comic Strips 
  • Luann: Avoided for characters in the strip, but this and Alliterative Name gets used for nearly everything else; businesses, places and events all get the treatment. Café TJ, Moony Uni, Quibbling Siblings, Soufflé Lingerié, Kafe Kablooie, Chateau Trio, Fuse Follies... and all these were just since 2014 (the strip was created in 1985.)

    Fairy Tales and Folklore 
  • Chicken Little is also known as Chicken Licken in the US, or Henny Penny in the UK. All of the other characters in the book also have rhyming names: Foxy Loxy (or Fox Lox), Ducky Lucky, Turkey Lurkey, Cocky Wocky, Goosey Woosey, etc.
  • Characters in Nursery Rhyme and children's poetry are frequently given rhyming names. Some examples include:
    • The good Doctor Foster, who goes on a trip to Gloucester (or Goster).
    • Eeper Weeper (or Henry Peeper in some versions), the chimney sweeper.
    • Georgie Porgie.
      Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie,
      Kissed the girls and made them cry...
    • Humpty Dumpty.

    Fan Works 
  • The Bugger Anthology: A Dalek in "The Dalek Invasion of Funk" is identified by the subtitles as Dalek Malek.

    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live Action 

  • Austerlitz has a Grognard (old soldier of Napoléon Bonaparte's elite Imperial Guard) named Alboise de Pontoise (played by Michel Simon).
  • Con Air's main antagonist, Cyrus Grissom, is nicknamed the Virus, and often called Cyrus the Virus. None of his criminal activities actually involve viruses or other forms of bioterrorism, but it does rhyme with his given name.
  • The Point Break French parody film series Brice de Nice has the eponymous character (Jean Dujardin), real name Brice Agostini, and his friend Marius Lacaille (Clovis Cornillac), aka "Marius de Fréjus".
  • Tiny Christmas gives us the character of Barkley Farkley.
  • In A View to a Kill, The Dragon to Big Bad Max Zorin is May Day.
  • Defied in The Wedding Singer. Julia Sullivan's feelings for Glenn Gulia promptly end when Julia bursts into tears imagining herself as "Mrs. Julia Gulia."

  • Amelia Bedelia. The narrative likes to reinforce this rhyming convention by referring to the titular character using her full name all the time. Amelia herself prefers to be called using her full name rather than just "Amelia".
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has the Oompa Loompas, a quirky group of former Loompaland natives who now make up the entirety of Willy Wonka's factory employees. They love to laugh and break out into songs (which, of couse, have rhyming lyrics) whenever a "bad" child gets eliminated.
  • Elsie Piddock Skips In Her Sleep has a guy named Andy Spandy.
  • Hairy Mc Clairy has several animals with rhymey names, including Hairy McClairy the dog (who lives at Donaldson's Dairy, to boot) and Slinky Malinky the cat.
  • House of Robots: One of the many robots present in the Hayes-Rodriguez household is a drone named Drone Malone.
  • Judy Moody. In Judy Moody: Around the World in 8 1/2 Days, Judy makes a new friend named Amy Namey, who invites her to join the International My-Name-Is-A-Poem Club.
  • In The Little Blue Snake by Pavel Bazhov, a boy called Lanko is nicknamed Puzhanko ("the one who gets frightened"). He isn't shown to be that easy to scare, and we never find out how the nickname ever originated.
  • Macdonald Hall features a character named Hank "The Tank".
  • Discussed by Robert Nye in Memoirs of Lord Byron, where Byron himself claims that one should never trust a woman whose name rhymes with itself (giving example of one May Gray).
  • Nate the Great: The eponymous character actually introduces himself as Nate the Great in the very first line of his first book, and his surname is never given (although he does have a cousin named Olivia Sharp).
  • Phoebe And The Hot Water Bottles: The titular character's full name is Phoebe Beeberbee.
  • In Rhyming Russell by Pat Thomson, the titular character's name is Russell Fussell, which may have contributed to his compulsive habit of speaking in rhyme, to everyone's annoyance. After he gets over it, his headteacher Mr. Pumphrey develops the same habit — which may have something to do with the fact that his first name is Humphrey.
  • In the French version of Rainbow Magic, Cherry the Cake Fairy and Grace the Glitter Fairy are renamed to have rhyming names; Margaux the Gâteaux Fairy and Juliette the Paillette Fairy.
  • In Roys Bedoys, the protagonist is a boy named "Roys Bedoys" (pronounced "Royce Buh-DOYCE") and he has two brothers named Loys and Joys Bedoys.
  • In the Tracy Beaker books and associated TV show, meddling social worker Elaine is nicknamed "Elaine the Pain" by a large section of the cast, including the title character.
  • In Yulianna, or Dangerous Games by Yulia Voznesenskaya, there is a girl named Dara O'Tara.

    Live-Action TV 


    Puppet Shows 
  • Sesame Street features a 4-year-old fairy named Abby Cadabby who also uses rhymes when casting spells.
  • Two of the Muppet Time shorts that accompanied The Muppet Show on Nickelodeon in 1994 featured a girl who loved scaring people, called Scary Mary.
  • Abercrombie Necros, a.k.a. 'Abercrombie the Zombie' in Li'l Horrors.

    Video Games 

    Web Animation 
  • Dr. Crafty has the show's deuteragonist, Nurse Worse.
  • Helluva Boss has I.M.P.'s founder, Blitzo Buckzo.
  • Mother Goose Club modernizes various nursery rhyme characters. The girl based on the nursery rhyme "Mary, mary, quite contrary..." is named "Mary Quite Contrary".
  • OverSimplified: In "The War of the Bucket" video, when the town of Bologna are holding an election for the position of Chief Magistrate, one of the candidates is named Giovanni Kablami.

  • Rusty and Co. has Madeline the Paladin and Derek the Cleric. The latter also functions as a Seer who comes up with appropriately rhyming prophecies to serve as Madeline's quest hooks.
    Mimic: Where're ya getting these little rhymes from anyways?
    Madeline: Derek the Cleric.
    Mimic: Silly me for askin'.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Actor Doua Moua (who played Spider in Gran Torino).
  • Edward Woodward.
  • Actor and Tenacious D singer Thomas Jacob Black is more widely known as Jack Black.
  • John Charles Carter, better known as Charlton Heston.
  • Matthew Patrick, better known as MatPat.
  • French director Pierre Granier-Deferre.
  • Wrestler Nora Kristina Greenwald has multiple stage names throughout her wrestling career, but she's best known as Molly Holly.
  • French handball champion Jackson Richardson.
  • Video And Arcade Top 10 host Nicholas Picholas. Whenever his name was displayed on screen, it was always subtitled with "Is that his real name?".
  • Averted with actor Sean Bean. His first and last name may look like they rhyme but his name is actually pronounced "Shaun Bean".
  • Brian Johnson recalls being approached to join AC/DC after Bon Scott's death. He was called to audition by a woman with an East German or Russian accent, which he initially rejected because she wouldn't give him any details. Since he doesn't know her name (nor did he ever see her), he'd always refer to her as Olga from the Volga (a Russian river) in interviews.


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