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Keeley: "Jamie's Tart Breaks Tartt's Heart."
Ted: Did you just come up with that?
Keeley: Yeah.
Ted: Everyone would read that.
Keeley: Of course they would! I mean, you have no idea, the power of rhyming in this goddamn country.

Rhymes are catchy and memorable, so if a creator wants to publish a work that stands out among its contemporary releases, giving it a title with rhyming words or phrases could help. Even better, the English language has plenty of rhyming terms and phrases (e.g. Dream Team, Helter Skelter, Hocus Pocus, etc.) that creators can use without having to come up with their own jingle.

Frequently overlap with Rhyming Names or Rhyme Theme Naming, especially with works that use (Multi) Character Title, and may feature numerous people speaking Rhymes on a Dime, especially if it happens during a Rhyming Episode.

May or may not be a part of an Idiosyncratic Episode Naming. Compare and contrast Alliterative Title, in which the words begin with similar phonetic sounds. "Double, Double" Title may result when both this trope and the latter are used in conjunction.

Some of these appear often enough that they could be considered Stock Rhymes (watch how many times "Zero to Hero" and "Double Trouble" show up in the examples, among others).

For an index of trope titles that rhyme, see Sublime Rhyme.


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    Anime & Manga 

  • Several stories in the Archie Comics collections have rhyming titles.
    • Almost every volume in the classic Archie library would feature several short, 4-panel strips called "Gag Bag".
    • "A Date With Fate" is about Archie and Betty deciding to cancel their routine date to invoke "absence makes the heart go fonder", only to keep running to each other as they try to do their own business.
    • A shorter strip called "Late Fate" is about Archie getting late for everything he tries to do.
  • In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin's favourite bedtime story is titled: "Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie".
  • DC Thomson really likes this trope.
    • The Beano has "Dennis the Menace (UK)", "Pansy Potter, the Strongman's Daughter", "Roger the Dodger", "Tricky Dicky" and "Little Plum" (which used to be subtitled: "Your Redskin Chum"). Defunct strips include "Contrary Mary", "Handy Sandy", "Wavy Davey and his Navy", "Jenny Penny", "Alf Witt the Ancient Brit", "Daniel the Spaniel", and "Even Steven".
    • The Dandy had "Beryl the Peril", "Cocky-Sue the Cockatoo", "Wily Smiley", "Robbie the Bobby", "Jammy Mr Sammy", "Dave the Brave", "Billy Green and his Sister Jean", "Fiddle O'Diddle", "Vain Wayne", "Fu Schnicken Kung-Fu Chicken", and "Rocky Roller Pest Controller".
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe
    • One comic is titled Voodoo Hoodoo, and it features antagonists with Rhyming Names, i.e. Bombie the Zombie, who is conjured by Foola Zoola the witch doctor.
    • "Rootin' Tootin' Duck", where Donald tries to earn money by working as a clown messenger who delivers messages in rhymes.
  • A UK comic book based on Sonic the Hedgehog is titled Sonic the Comic.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Amelia Bedelia is the title character of a long-running series of children's books about a willing but very Literal-Minded maid who does exactly what she is told to do, with humorous results.
  • Lael J. Littke's "The Bantam Phantom".
  • Dirty Bertie
  • Dr. Seuss has plenty. Which is fitting, as he primarily writes children's books that use liberal rhyming schemes.
  • Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo. The book is written in rhyme, with all of the rhymes ending in "-oo" sounds.
  • The Flea's Sneeze
  • Freddi Fish has spawned several children's books with rhyming subtitles, including "A Whale of a Tale!" and "Boek is Zoek".
  • Gelsomino in the Land of Liars has rhyming chapter titles (Gelsomino risponde all'appello, segna una rete; poi viene il bello; Al vicinato non far sapere che la tua voce matura le pere etc.)
  • Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox
  • "Hear The Sound Of My Feet Walking...Drown The Sound of My Voice Talking".
  • Hairy Mc Clairy. One of the books is also called "Slinky Malinky"
  • Hurricane Elaine
  • Magic Shop: Two books:
    • Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
    • Juliet Dove, Queen of Love
  • Lacey Walker, Non-Stop Talker
  • The first five Llama Llama books.
  • Mary McScary by R. L. Stine.
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Moon Base Alpha: The first book is titled Space Case.
  • Nate the Great. The series also has a spin-off starring Nate's cousin Olivia, and one of her books is titled The Sly Spy.
  • Nerdy Birdie
  • Nobody Likes a Cockblock
  • Oh No, Gotta Go!
  • Ook the Book
  • One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie, which is a reference to the classic (rhyming) counting song of the same title.
  • The Park in the Dark
  • Peek-a-Boo Poo
  • Poo at the Zoo
  • Potty Animals: What to Know When You've Gotta Go
  • Roys Bedoys
  • Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen
  • Stuck in Poo, What to Do?
  • Splat The Cat
  • There's a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor
  • The Ugly Duckling: Almost a rhyme, which is a coincidence, as it was originally written in Danish, rather than English.
  • USA Today (a widely circulated American newspaper)
  • What's in Your Tummy, Mummy?
  • Why, Oh Why, Are Deserts Dry?
  • You Can Swim, Jim
  • Zoo Poo

    Live-Action TV 


  • "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"
  • "Georgie Porgie"
  • "Humpty Dumpty"
  • "Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater"
  • "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary"
  • "Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross"

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 
  • Congo Bongo
  • From the Diner Dash series:
    • Diner Dash 3: Flo on the Go
    • The fourth game's expansion pack is called "Seasonal Snack Pack"
    • Cooking Dash 3 Thrills and Spills
  • Donkey Kong Country games tend to use this for the few levels whose names aren't alliterative instead, such as "Sawmill Thrill" and "Blurry Flurry" from Tropical Freeze.
  • Droll Toll Troll.
  • Gnu in the Zoo.
  • Herdy Gerdy
  • Later Alligator
  • Neopets has a mini-game called "Jubble Bubble"
  • Pajama Sam
    • Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When it's Dark Outside
    • Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren't so Frightening
    • Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat From Your Head To Your Feet
    • Pajama Sam: Life is Rough When You Lose Your Stuff!
    • Pajama Sam: Games to Play on Any Day
  • 2000 Interactive Fiction game Pantheon, Party On.
  • Andrew Schultz has a series of Interactive Fiction games revolving around rhymes, called the Prime Pro Rhyme Row series. They include Very Vile Fairy File, Low-Key Learny Jokey Journey, Bright Brave Knight Knave, Quite Queer Night Near, There Those Dare Doze, Civil Seeming Drivel Dreaming, and Taller Tech Mauler Mech.
  • River City Girls: The "Joy of Toys" book that makes Toys Unbreakable Weapons.
  • Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea counts as this in its original Japanese title (Oounabara to Wadanohara).

    Web Animation 

  • Omoriboy: The comic's alternate title is Omori Hikikomori. A short comic was later made for it titled Omori's Story.
  • Many PHD strips have rhyming titles, such as "What is... a Thesis?" and "Webcam Labcam". Quite fitting, considering that a lot of the series' jokes (aside from poking fun at academia) involves using Rhymes on a Dime as punchline.

    Web Video 
  • Jim Cant Swim, more commonly known as simply JSC, is a crime documentary channel that has nothing to do with swimming. The host/narrator isn't explicitly identified as "Jim" either, making this seem like a case where a rhyming name and word are randomly paired together to form a title.

    Western Animation