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The Long List is a particularly humorous Overly Long Gag. With this subtrope, someone shows off impressive talent, by spitting out a list where all parts are rhymed either with themselves or each other, preferably using real words. The List Song is generally related, since songs mostly rhyme, ones containing a list will probably have both.

If it is poorly done, it could be with the world's painful rhymin-est, adjective contrivin-est, least sublimin-est descriptors.

In short, the requirements for this trope are:

  1. A List.
  2. A rhyming twist.
  3. a bragging gist.
  4. Anything Missed?
Examples of Rhyming List include:


Film

 Hedley Lamarr: I want rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswagglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers, and Methodists!

Taggart: [finding pen and paper] Could you repeat that, sir?

Literature

  • The locations and conditions for eating Green Eggs and Ham contain this throughout the story.
  • As mentioned in the Long List page, this was used in Cyrano De Bergerac.
  • "The Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick maker" are mentioned in the Discworld novel Guards! Guards!

Live Action TV

Music

Professional Wrestling

  • Ric Flair is a limousine-riding, jet-flying, wheelin' dealin' kiss-stealin' stylin', profilin', -- WOOOOO! -- son-of-a-gun!
  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would often use this in promos, occasionally combining two word endings to become the "Jabroni-Beatin', Pie-Eatin', Trailblazin', Eyebrow Raisin', Step off the brake, Foot on the Gas, Always Ready to whup some Ass People's Champ!"
  • John Cena did this during the "Mr. Mc Mahon was murdered" story arc, when discussing the different people who could hate Vince McMahon enough to want to kill him:

 Cena: "We could be talking hikers, bikers, drivers, divers, preachers, teachers, that drunk in the bleachers."

Radio

Video Games

 Voodoo Lady: "Something of the Head, something of the Thread, something of the Body, and something of the Dead"

Guybrush: "Wow, that almost rhymes!"

Western Animation

  • Yosemite Sam, master of the Painful Rhyme, is the "meanest, toughest, rip-roarin'-est, Edward Everett Horton-est hombre what ever packed a six-shooter!"
    • He's also "the roughest, toughest he-man stuffest hombre that's ever crossed the Rio Grande", "the roughest, toughest, rootinest, shootinest claim-jumper that ever jumped a claim", "the blood-thirstiest, shoot 'em first-iest, doggone worst-iest buccaneer that's ever sailed the Spanish main", and "tha' hootin'-est, tootin'-est, shootin'-est bob-tailed wildcat in the West!" And "the rootinest, tootinest, fastest-shootinest, highest-salutinest" general in their parody of Casablanca.
  • This Looney Tunes short uses a rhyming list each floor for an Elevator Floor Announcement.
  • The "Bottom of the Sea" song. It is listed here for now as it was parodied in Futurama, which defines the levels at which the conditions could rhyme.
  • Several Classic Disney Shorts primarily focusing on Goofy often feature these.
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