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2nd Dec '16 2:43:17 AM Morgenthaler
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Quite simply, this is a foodstuff PowerSource that bestows some benefit when eaten. The powers may be temporary or permanent, the food might work only for one specific character, it may even be [[PlacebotinumEffect just a placebo]], but the result is the same -- ingesting it gives the eater positive results, often granting [[StockSuperpowers super powers]] or turning him into a {{Badass}}.

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Quite simply, this is a foodstuff PowerSource that bestows some benefit when eaten. The powers may be temporary or permanent, the food might work only for one specific character, it may even be [[PlacebotinumEffect just a placebo]], but the result is the same -- ingesting it gives the eater positive results, often granting [[StockSuperpowers super powers]] or turning him into a {{Badass}}.
badass.
29th Nov '16 10:23:39 PM superkeijikun
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** The fruit from the eponymous ''[[Anime/DragonBallZTheTreeOfMight Tree of Might'' provides those who eat it a massive power boost. Turles, the villain of the movie, easily overwhelms Goku after taking only a single bite from the fruit.

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** The fruit from the eponymous ''[[Anime/DragonBallZTheTreeOfMight Tree of Might'' Might]]'' provides those who eat it a massive power boost. Turles, the villain of the movie, easily overwhelms Goku after taking only a single bite from the fruit.
29th Nov '16 10:23:26 PM superkeijikun
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** The fruit from the eponymous ''Anime/TreeOfMight'' provides those who eat it a massive power boost. Turles, the villain of the movie, easily overwhelms Goku after taking only a single bite from the fruit.

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** The fruit from the eponymous ''Anime/TreeOfMight'' ''[[Anime/DragonBallZTheTreeOfMight Tree of Might'' provides those who eat it a massive power boost. Turles, the villain of the movie, easily overwhelms Goku after taking only a single bite from the fruit.
29th Nov '16 10:22:46 PM superkeijikun
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** The fruit from the eponymous ''Anime/TreeOfMight'' provides those who eat it a massive power boost. Turles, the villain of the movie, easily overwhelms Goku after taking only a single bite from the fruit.
9th Nov '16 11:16:13 AM StFan
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* From ''OnePiece'':

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* Rock Lee from ''{{Naruto}}'' turns into a (drunken) berserker from just one sip of alcohol.

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* Rock Lee from ''{{Naruto}}'' ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' turns into a (drunken) berserker from just one sip of alcohol.



* Goku of ''DragonballZ'' gets a power boost merely on a full stomach. Conversely, an empty stomach [[WeaksauceWeakness left him weak and vulnerable]], though this was shown to be psychological rather than than physical.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
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Goku of ''DragonballZ'' gets a power boost merely on a full stomach. Conversely, an empty stomach [[WeaksauceWeakness left him weak and vulnerable]], though this was shown to be psychological rather than than physical.



* ''{{Kinnikuman}}'' gets his strength from garlic early in the series. He mostly uses this to grow big and fight giant monsters. This possibly because the Japanese word for garlic is ninniku.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has the legendary [[AppliedPhlebotinum Super Strength Soba]] noodles, which confer herculean strength to whoever eats them. After Akane mistakenly ate Happosai's, she was able to lift, toss, juggle, and ''split in half'' multi-ton, two-stories-tall iron bells. Unfortunately, they had the side-effect of sprouting whiskers on her face until she took the antidote.

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* ''{{Kinnikuman}}'' ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' gets his strength from garlic early in the series. He mostly uses this to grow big and fight giant monsters. This possibly because the Japanese word for garlic is ninniku.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has the legendary [[AppliedPhlebotinum Super Strength Soba]] noodles, which confer herculean strength to whoever eats them. After Akane mistakenly ate Happosai's, Happōsai's, she was is able to lift, toss, juggle, and ''split in half'' multi-ton, two-stories-tall iron bells. Unfortunately, they had have the side-effect of sprouting whiskers on her face until she took takes the antidote.



* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'' gives us [[spoiler: Kirio Hikifune]], a SupremeChef who charges the meals she makes with her own reiatsu to power-up the people who consume them. It's also kind of a subversion: she can do this with ''any'' meal she cooks.

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* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'' ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' gives us [[spoiler: Kirio Hikifune]], a SupremeChef who charges the meals she makes with her own reiatsu to power-up the people who consume them. It's also kind of a subversion: she can do this with ''any'' meal she cooks.



* Averted with Suppaman from ''DrSlump''. He eats pickled plums when he transforms, claiming they give him superpowers, but in reality he has absolutely no powers and he's a humongous coward to boot.

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* Averted with Suppaman from ''DrSlump''.''Manga/DrSlump''. He eats pickled plums when he transforms, claiming they give him superpowers, but in reality he has absolutely no powers and he's a humongous coward to boot.



** Tom Strange, the Terra Obscura version of Tom Strong, gets his powers from a concoction of his own devising called Alosun. His sometime-comrade the Liberator, meanwhile, uses an ancient Egyptian potion called Lamesis to gain his powers.

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** * Tom Strange, the Terra Obscura version of Tom Strong, gets his powers from a concoction of his own devising called Alosun. His sometime-comrade the Liberator, meanwhile, uses an ancient Egyptian potion called Lamesis to gain his powers.



* Pre-crisis ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' Comics guest star Captain Strong, who is a humanized {{Popeye}}, eats alien seaweed Sauncha to get super-strong. It also makes him crazy.
** Captain Strong is still a character in Superman, but sauncha's been dropped.

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* Pre-crisis ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' Comics guest star Captain Strong, who is a humanized {{Popeye}}, ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}, eats alien seaweed Sauncha to get super-strong. It also makes him crazy.
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crazy. Captain Strong is still a character in Superman, ''Superman'', but sauncha's Sauncha's been dropped.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'', Captain Haddock could be re-energized by alcohol. Tintin even carries around a spare bottle for emergencies.



* Ralph Dibny, the ComicBook/ElongatedMan, used a tropical fruit called "gingo" (and a commercially available soda made from it called "Gingold") to acquire his superhuman stretchiness. He's since died, but what're you gonna do.
** Ralph's CrowningMomentOfAwesome occurs in the CrisisCrossover series ''52''. He spends most of the series playing the role of the washed-up, super-powerless has-been, despondent over the loss of his wife, constantly swigging from a hip flask as he plays detective, searching for the person who pulled him into a phony resurrection scam. When he finally confronts the person responsible, it turns out that the flask was, in fact, full of Gingold.
* ComicStrip/{{Bananaman}} from ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' is a parody of superheroes who is usually a weedy schoolboy called Eric Wimp, until he eats a banana and transforms, ''a la'' Billy Batson to [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], into Bananaman. Eating a second banana while in this form makes him even stronger.

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* Ralph Dibny, the ComicBook/ElongatedMan, used a tropical fruit called "gingo" (and a commercially available soda made from it called "Gingold") to acquire his superhuman stretchiness. He's since died, but what're you gonna do.
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do. Ralph's CrowningMomentOfAwesome occurs in the CrisisCrossover series ''52''. He spends most of the series playing the role of the washed-up, super-powerless has-been, despondent over the loss of his wife, constantly swigging from a hip flask as he plays detective, searching for the person who pulled him into a phony resurrection scam. When he finally confronts the person responsible, it turns out that the flask was, in fact, full of Gingold.
* ComicStrip/{{Bananaman}} from ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' is a parody of superheroes who is usually a weedy schoolboy called Eric Wimp, until he eats a banana and transforms, ''a la'' Billy Batson to [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], into Bananaman. Eating a second banana while in this form makes him even stronger.
Gingold.



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* ComicStrip/{{Bananaman}} from ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' is a parody of superheroes who is usually a weedy schoolboy called Eric Wimp, until he eats a banana and transforms, ''a la'' Billy Batson to [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], into Bananaman. Eating a second banana while in this form makes him even stronger.
* One of the crocs in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' tried this, parodying Popeye (one of the other crocs even provided the ThemeMusicPowerUp). He choked to death.
-->"Today's lesson: Always chew you food."
* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'': [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] by Orson as Power Pig. [[https://garfield.com/usacres/1986/04/20 He claims to eat "power corn for energy"]].
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* ''That Man From Rio'' - Adrian has pursued his girlfriend's kidnappers to a bar in a floating village deep in the Amazon. He sees them departing as he's stuck in a full-scale bar brawl. After repeated failed attempts to get to the door, he grabs a big glass of liquor and downs it, perks up, and fights his way through the melee like a booze-driven Popeye.
* The ''DrunkenMaster'' becomes unstoppable once he has just the right amount of alcohol in his system.

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* ''That Man From Rio'' - Rio'': Adrian has pursued his girlfriend's kidnappers to a bar in a floating village deep in the Amazon. He sees them departing as he's stuck in a full-scale bar brawl. After repeated failed attempts to get to the door, he grabs a big glass of liquor and downs it, perks up, and fights his way through the melee like a booze-driven Popeye.
* The ''DrunkenMaster'' ''Film/DrunkenMaster'': UsefulNotes/WongFeiHung (Creator/JackieChan) becomes unstoppable once he has just the right amount of alcohol in his system.



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* The "sports candy" in ''LazyTown'', particularly if eaten by Sportacus, but sometimes with other characters as well.

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* The "sports candy" in ''LazyTown'', ''Series/LazyTown'', particularly if eaten by Sportacus, but sometimes with other characters as well.



-->'''Kelly:''' I know. How about you carry it upstairs?
-->'''Bud:''' Sure, Kel. But first, let me eats me spinach.

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-->'''Kelly:''' I know. How about you carry it upstairs?
-->'''Bud:'''
upstairs?\\
'''Bud:'''
Sure, Kel. But first, let me eats me spinach.



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* One of the crocs in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' tried this, parodying Popeye (one of the other crocs even provided the ThemeMusicPowerUp). He choked to death.
** "Today's lesson: Always chew you food."
* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'': [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] by Orson as Power Pig. [[https://garfield.com/usacres/1986/04/20 He claims to eat "power corn for energy"]].
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* One of the crocs in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' tried this, parodying Popeye (one of the other crocs even provided the ThemeMusicPowerUp). He choked to death.
** "Today's lesson: Always chew you food."
* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'': [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] by Orson as Power Pig. [[https://garfield.com/usacres/1986/04/20 He claims to eat "power corn for energy"]].
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** The same neurosis (among others) is also available in their Superhero genre game ''Heroes Unlimited''.

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** * The same neurosis (among others) is also available in their Superhero genre game ''Heroes Unlimited''.



* The WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon "Super-Rabbit" has Bugs (temporarily) gaining {{Superman}}-like [[FlyingBrick powers]] by eating experimental "super carrots". When Bugs loses his carrots, the villain (a CaptainErsatz of Lyndon Johnson, a US Representative at the time) eats them and gets super powers as well.
* WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears: Gummiberry juice gives Gummi Bears the ability bounce around, and grants humans SuperStrength for a limited time.

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* The WesternAnimation/BugsBunny ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunny'' cartoon "Super-Rabbit" has Bugs (temporarily) gaining {{Superman}}-like [[FlyingBrick powers]] by eating experimental "super carrots". When Bugs loses his carrots, the villain (a CaptainErsatz of Lyndon Johnson, a US Representative at the time) eats them and gets super powers as well.
* WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears: ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'': Gummiberry juice gives Gummi Bears the ability bounce around, and grants humans SuperStrength for a limited time.



* ''TheMightyHeroes'' has Diaper Man's milk bottle, which provides extra strength in emergencies.
* ''{{Hero 108}}'' Has Mighty Ray getting ShockAndAwe powers from bananas. Unfortunately, he hates bananas. When he can keep them down he can throw out the most devastating attacks of any good guy in the show.
* One episode of ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' had Mario gain a boost of strength from eating a hamburger he'd stored in his pocket.
** Technically, it was a meatball sub... and it didn't make him stronger... he just got fatter and caused the ropes to break.

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* ''TheMightyHeroes'' ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyHeroes'' has Diaper Man's milk bottle, which provides extra strength in emergencies.
* ''{{Hero 108}}'' ''WesternAnimation/Hero108'' Has Mighty Ray getting ShockAndAwe powers from bananas. Unfortunately, he hates bananas. When he can keep them down he can throw out the most devastating attacks of any good guy in the show.
* One episode of ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' had Mario gain a boost of strength from eating a hamburger he'd stored in his pocket.
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pocket. Technically, it was a meatball sub... and it didn't make him stronger... he just got fatter and caused the ropes to break.
29th Oct '16 6:41:33 PM nombretomado
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* In the world of ''HeartCore'', the titular items ([[http://browse.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-teach-us-ame-358120101 which are crystals gathered from the hearts of living creatures]]), can be eaten by demons in order for them to heal injuries and have their magical powers renewed.

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* In the world of ''HeartCore'', ''Webcomic/HeartCore'', the titular items ([[http://browse.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-teach-us-ame-358120101 which are crystals gathered from the hearts of living creatures]]), can be eaten by demons in order for them to heal injuries and have their magical powers renewed.
6th Oct '16 7:27:23 PM nombretomado
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* ''EverQuest'' offers this through the baking and brewing tradeskills - smoked Wood Elf, anyone? The stat boosts are usually very minor, however, and the best food tends to be an ''utter'' pain in the ass to produce, due to the rarity of the ingredients and the zillion subcombines required to make the final product. Want to make a baker cry? Ask them about the Misty Thicket Picnic (24 unique ingredients; and the recipe requires several of each to make up the 23 subcombines).

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* ''EverQuest'' ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' offers this through the baking and brewing tradeskills - smoked Wood Elf, anyone? The stat boosts are usually very minor, however, and the best food tends to be an ''utter'' pain in the ass to produce, due to the rarity of the ingredients and the zillion subcombines required to make the final product. Want to make a baker cry? Ask them about the Misty Thicket Picnic (24 unique ingredients; and the recipe requires several of each to make up the 23 subcombines).
5th Oct '16 4:01:31 PM Woggs123
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** [[Franchise/{{Fallout}} Fallout 3, New Vegas and 4]] have health regeneration on almost all food items, with rare or [[ItemCrafting home-cooked]] meals healing more and buffing stats.

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** * [[Franchise/{{Fallout}} Fallout 3, New Vegas and 4]] have health regeneration on almost all food items, with rare or [[ItemCrafting home-cooked]] meals healing more and buffing stats.
5th Oct '16 4:01:07 PM Woggs123
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** [[Franchise/Fallout Fallout 3, New Vegas and 4]] have health regeneration on almost all food items, with rare or [[ItemCrafting home-cooked]] meals healing more and buffing stats.

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** [[Franchise/Fallout [[Franchise/{{Fallout}} Fallout 3, New Vegas and 4]] have health regeneration on almost all food items, with rare or [[ItemCrafting home-cooked]] meals healing more and buffing stats.
5th Oct '16 4:00:30 PM Woggs123
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** [[Franchise/Fallout Fallout 3, New Vegas and 4]] have health regeneration on almost all food items, with rare or [[ItemCrafting home-cooked]] meals healing more and buffing stats.
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