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4th Mar '17 12:53:19 AM SilentStranger
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* An episode of ''ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' has Montery Jack realize that his weight is becoming a problem when it keeps him from being effective during a mission, and decides to go on a diet, with the other Rangers joining him out of support. As part of the diet, Jack cooks a kind of seaweed stew he learned from a strongman he once knew. Turns out it has less to do with nutrition (though its good in that department too), and more that the stew tastes so bad that you wont eat much of it.
3rd Feb '17 8:29:11 PM OrangenChan
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* A slight variation occurs in an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' when Coran tries to get the paladins to try some traditional Alien food.
--> '''Hunk:''' Ugh, it smells disgusting!
--> '''Coran:''' I know! That's how you know it's healthy!
17th Jan '17 1:03:27 PM nombretomado
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* ''FamilyGuy'' had Peter go on a diet to lose enough weight to meet the weight limit for a rollercoaster he wanted to ride. Part of the diet had him eating rice cakes, remarking that he had never tried one before. However, he only manages to eat a single bite before he starts screaming in pain and clutching his throat like the rice cake is shredding him from the inside, and has to punch himself in the stomach to vomit it back up. When he lies gasping on the floor, he wonders who could make such a horrible thing. Cut to a YellowPeril villain sitting on a throne.

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* ''FamilyGuy'' ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had Peter go on a diet to lose enough weight to meet the weight limit for a rollercoaster he wanted to ride. Part of the diet had him eating rice cakes, remarking that he had never tried one before. However, he only manages to eat a single bite before he starts screaming in pain and clutching his throat like the rice cake is shredding him from the inside, and has to punch himself in the stomach to vomit it back up. When he lies gasping on the floor, he wonders who could make such a horrible thing. Cut to a YellowPeril villain sitting on a throne.
22nd Dec '16 7:51:35 PM SilentStranger
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* ''Completely'' {{subverted}} in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. Due to the [[MundaneMadeAwesome exaggerated]] KidsVersusAdults theme, children's opposition of broccoli, asparagus, spinach, brussels sprouts and like gets escalated into a KryptoniteFactor to them. Hell, not only do ''they'' hate it, ''everyone'' does, and according to Mr. Boss the only reason adults make kids eat it is so ''they'' won't have to. However, [[BigEater Numbah 2]] and [[ButtMonkey the Toiletnator]] manage to like veggies. One particular episode is a FantasticVoyagePlot where Sector V has to travel inside Numbuh 5's body and retrive a piece of brussel sprouts he absentmindedly ate while listening to his father drone on about some meaningless work story, which ended up making him violently ill. At the end of the episode, [[HereWeGoAgain he does the same with a piece of liver]].

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* ''Completely'' {{subverted}} in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. Due to the [[MundaneMadeAwesome exaggerated]] KidsVersusAdults theme, children's opposition of broccoli, asparagus, spinach, brussels sprouts and like gets escalated into a KryptoniteFactor to them. Hell, not only do ''they'' hate it, ''everyone'' does, and according to Mr. Boss Father the only reason adults make kids eat it is so ''they'' won't have to. However, [[BigEater Numbah 2]] and [[ButtMonkey the Toiletnator]] manage to like veggies. One particular episode is a FantasticVoyagePlot where Sector V has to travel inside Numbuh 5's body and retrive a piece of brussel sprouts he absentmindedly ate while listening to his father drone on about some meaningless work story, which ended up making him violently ill. At the end of the episode, [[HereWeGoAgain he does the same with a piece of liver]].liver]].
** Operation I.T revolves around Father planning to infest the KND's treehouses with fast-growing broccoli, which instantly disables any child near it like kryptonite. Numbuh 362 barely survives eating through a mass of broccoli to reach Father, then threatens him with a broccoli stalk to give up. After 362 collapses, Father curls up into a fetal position and apparently has flashbacks to his own father (Grandfather, the villain from Operation ZERO) forcing him to eat broccoli as a kid.


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* ''FamilyGuy'' had Peter go on a diet to lose enough weight to meet the weight limit for a rollercoaster he wanted to ride. Part of the diet had him eating rice cakes, remarking that he had never tried one before. However, he only manages to eat a single bite before he starts screaming in pain and clutching his throat like the rice cake is shredding him from the inside, and has to punch himself in the stomach to vomit it back up. When he lies gasping on the floor, he wonders who could make such a horrible thing. Cut to a YellowPeril villain sitting on a throne.
--> '''Villain''': Haha, we know you not like rice cake!
4th Dec '16 8:38:19 AM PsychoGecko
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* While not exactly the same, antiseptics have been subject to the same problem. Companies have known formulas to provide the same effectiveness without any sting at all on injuries, but people don't by those formulas as much. They felt that an antiseptic that didn't sting must not have been working properly, and kept buying the kind that caused minor physical pain instead.
29th Nov '16 7:38:42 PM nombretomado
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* An entire ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' episode centers on Nanny's mysterious stinky mixture in the kitchen. Early on, they suspect it's good for them and imagine it turning them into ConanTheBarbarian knockoffs. (This is not enough to get them to try it, [[spoiler:and just as well, since it's actually glue]]).

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* An entire ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' episode centers on Nanny's mysterious stinky mixture in the kitchen. Early on, they suspect it's good for them and imagine it turning them into ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian knockoffs. (This is not enough to get them to try it, [[spoiler:and just as well, since it's actually glue]]).
9th Nov '16 11:59:45 AM dasuberkaiser
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* In ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox'', when concocting a type of tea that's good for colds, Luke complains that it's a little too bitter for him. Layton explains to him that that that's how you know it works, quoting a Japanese proverb about how good medicine is bitter to the taste.
* In the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series, OriginalGeneration character Kusuha Mizuha is known to concoct health drinks that can even bring the manliest of men to their knees. However, once they recover from their near-death experience, they seem to be much more energetic and ready than they were beforehand.
* Averted in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' DLC "Assault on Dragon Keep", where the Vault Hunters from the first game discover that Tiny Tina has eaten nothing but crumpets for years, so they hold her down and force feed her a salad. She is horrified by the mere sight of it ("Why is it green? That's not natural!"), and even more horrified to find out that she actually liked it... because only adults like salad.
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* In ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox'', when concocting a type of tea that's good for colds, Luke complains that it's a little too bitter for him. Layton explains to him that that that's how you know it works, quoting a Japanese proverb about how good medicine is bitter to the taste.
* In the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series, OriginalGeneration character Kusuha Mizuha is known to concoct health drinks that can even bring the manliest of men to their knees. However, once they recover from their near-death experience, they seem to be much more energetic and ready than they were beforehand.
* Averted in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' DLC "Assault on Dragon Keep", where the Vault Hunters from the first game discover that Tiny Tina has eaten nothing but crumpets for years, so they hold her down and force feed her a salad. She is horrified by the mere sight of it ("Why is it green? That's not natural!"), and even more horrified to find out that she actually liked it... because only adults like salad.
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26th Oct '16 2:03:30 AM Mooncalf
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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'': Polgara the Sorceress swears by this trope. She argues that if medicine tasted good, people might feel compelled to get sick more often just to get more of it.
8th Oct '16 8:56:11 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Cram, first mentioned in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', was a nutritious biscuit-like iron ration that never went bad, invented by the Lakemen. Unfortunately, it wasn't all-too interesting, "except as a chewing exercise". (Lembas bread was an elven version that tasted better, but even Sam and Frodo got tired of it after a while.)
5th Oct '16 6:44:49 AM Kakai
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* Inverted in ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'' as "If it's good for you, it must taste bad". The witch Nikia buys {{Healing Potion}}s from deliberately makes them disgusting to discourage Nikita from throwing herself in situations that may necessite using them.

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* Inverted in ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'' as "If it's good for you, it must taste bad". The witch Nikia Nikita buys {{Healing Potion}}s from deliberately makes them disgusting to discourage Nikita from throwing herself in situations that may necessite using them.
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