Created By: Wolfenmaus on October 24, 2011 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on August 14, 2013
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Bizarre Taste in Food

When a certain character does something regularly to a food that seems... Odd.

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Reporter: So, Mr. Presley, what do you do every morning when you wake up?
Elvis Presley: Simple. I get out of bed, get dressed, and make a Peanut Butter-Banana-Bacon Sandwich.
-An Interview with the King of Rock N Roll[[note]]DMC is the King of Rock.[[/note]]

Bizarre Taste in Food is when a character, main or minor, does something irregular to their meal that becomes a defining trait. Note that this has nothing to do with the viewer or players' taste, but the character to witness it.

Say the hero wanders into an Innocent Village, stops at restaurant, and orders something. Next to him sits an eccentric soon to be party member putting an insane amount of Jelly on his Steak, or Hot sauce in his Milkshake. When asked, the person will usually respond, "It makes it taste better!" It soon becomes a characters defining trait and does something similar in every town. May also pertain to Long-Running Shows.

Differs from Cordon Bleugh Chef in the sense that the food is not inedible because of the cook. It's when the character does something minor to the food that completely transforms it. The food doesn't have to be particularly disgusting, just something other characters find to be so.

Usually happens with the Big Eater of the group. Typically after doing so, the Cloudcuckoolander will try the food and proclaim that it tastes better, much to the chagrin of the others.

Has overlap with Wacky Cravings when a character is pregnant. See also Alien Lunch (for when the strange foods are perfectly normal for that species) and Dog Food Diet (when invoked by choice). Contrast with I Ate WHAT?!.

Not to be confused with Bizarre Foods, although it does lead to eachother.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Bleach: In one of the early episodes, the Cloud Cuckoo Lander, Orihime is talking about strange food she eats. She constantly makes odder and odder additions to food, such as buying beans, and jam and leeks all together. Even her friend Tatsuki thinks it's strange.
  • In Code Geass, Cecile Croomy can't cook to save her life, and makes odd dishes such as adding blueberry jam to onigiri. Everyone politely accepts, then decides to secretly dispose of it.
  • In Tiger & Bunny Kotetsu puts Mayonaise on everything.
  • Fuji from Prince Of Tennis is known for eating Wasabi rolls, and drinking Innui's ghastly sports drinks without much hassle.

Comic Books

Film
  • The Breakfast Club: During lunch Allison removes the pimento loaf from her sandwich and adds sugar and mashed up Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs. (Also her sandwich uses one slice of white bread & one slice wheat.)
  • Hudson Hawk. While Eddie is in Italy he goes to a restaurant and orders "Fettuccini con funghi porcini" (pasta with mushrooms). He also asks for a bottle of ketchup, to the waiter's dismay.
  • In UHF, Weird Al's character puts a hot dog weiner into a twinkie, puts cheese whiz on it, and dunks it in his drink.
  • Elf: Having been raise by elves, Buddy's idea of a well-balanced diet consists of the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup, as elves love sugar. In fact, Buddy adds syrup to almost anything he eats, such as spaghetti; later still, when Buddy fixes himself breakfast, he cooks a plate of spaghetti, and tops it with maple syrup, chocolate syrup, M&Ms, marshmallows, and chocolate Pop-Tarts.

Literature
  • In the novel The Pack, the main character makes a new friend and goes out to lunch with him and her other friend. He orders a hamburger and when asked how he would like it, he replies "raw". There is some arguing with the waitress about health codes before the issue is settled.
  • Bartholomew Stiggins in the Thursday Next books. He is known to eat beetles and raw meat, among other things. Justified because he's a Neanderthal (a product of a cloning project).

Live-Action TV
  • This trope is played with in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The Ferengis cannot believe that Hu-mans enjoy root beer, and occasionally insult other Ferengis by implying that they enjoy root beer.
  • Fringe: Observers will cover their food in hot pepper and douse it in Hot sauce before eating it.
  • Laverne from Laverne and Shirley and her penchant for mixing milk and Pepsi.
  • In The Weird Al Show, Al sometimes goes to his kitchen for a "Nutrition Break", in which he makes things like split-pea cookies. Most of his creations contain non-edible things, however, which may fall under Extreme Omnivore instead.
  • Bewitched: Darrin's favorite breakfast combination is scrambled eggs and chicken livers.
  • M*A*S*H:
    • In "The Sniper", while the entire camp is pinned down by sniper fire, Radar mentions having a peculiar metabolism, saying that he needs to eat regularly, or, "Everything solid in my body turns to water". Under the cover of darkness, Hawkeye and Frank think they're ambushing the sniper in the Mess Tent, only to discover Radar had snuck in to fix himself a rather unusual sandwich.
    Hawkeye: You'd risk your life for a ketchup on rye?!
    Radar: With butter and lettuce!
    • On the subject of unusual sandwiches, in another episode, Hawkeye fixes him, B.J., and Father Mulcahy some sandwiches, by using peanut butter, jelly, lettuce, mayonaise, ham, mayonaise, turkey, mayonaise, cheese, and more mayonaise.
    • In another episode, Charles starts dating a Korean B-girl, who apparently likes to spread vanilla pudding on her meatloaf.
    • In the episode "Big Mac", the 4077th is prepared for a visit from Douglas Mac Arthur, and is told that the General eats the exact same meals as the troops do, to which Hawkeye remarks, "Do he like his ice cream on top of his beef stew like we do?"
    • Klinger once mentions having a fondness for garlic pie.
  • In one episode of Green Acres, Eb's cousin Walter, who is a bartender, is able to identify the citizens of Hooterville by their Drink Order, and remembers Hank Kimball for his mix of scotch and goat's milk.
  • Sesame Street: Just about everything Oscar the Grouch eats falls into this territory. In fact, just look at some of the menu items at the grouch eatery Bad Eats' Don't Drop Inn from Follow That Bird:
    Fly Soup, Medium Rare Jell-O, Spaghetti with maple syrup, Meatloaf with marshmallow sauce, Candied clams with French dressing, Cream of garlic soup with Marichino cherries, Roast beef with butterscotch and anchovies, Ham of doughnut, among other things.

Newspaper Comics
  • A Garfield strip had Garfield douse Jon's scrambled eggs with ketchup, much to Jon's disgust (even though it's actually a fairly believable meal).

Video Games
  • In Suikoden V, Luserina Barrows is so outstandingly competent, loyal and morally upstanding (not to mention attractive,) that your army's detective will investigate her to find what sort of character flaw she's inherited from her slimy and buffoonish father. He finds that she... eats cake with salt.

Web Animation

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • Beetlejuice loves to eat beetles.
  • The Lion King of course has Timon and Pumba with their taste for insects.
  • At one point on Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy, the Kanker Sisters are having ketchup on... roasted marshmallows.
  • Arthur
    • Buster has bizaare tastes. He regularly gets strangely flavored ice cream, with sprinkles of stuff you wonder why they even have as options.
    • George's family is Swedish; he enjoys lutefisk. To quote Masochist's Meal: "Essentially, you take a perfectly good fish and let it rot slightly, then soak it in lye and smoke it. Then, you soak it in water to get all the lye out, boil it, and serve it with innocent mashed potatoes which had done nothing to deserve the treatment. The resulting substance often tastes like a science experiment gone tragically wrong."
  • Starfire from Teen Titans has some pretty wild tastes in food. She drinks mustard. Straight out of the bottle. She also smothers pizza with it. This is, however, a Justified example because she is an alien with different taste buds. It doesn't make the combinations of food she eats any less bizarre.
  • In one episode of Dexter's Laboratory, Dexter asks requests a peanut butter and bologna sandwich for lunch.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has so many examples. While the horses typically eat human foods (including some that are poisonous to real equines), they have been also seen to eat hay and grass (and a zebra eats hay as well). Then you have Pinkie Pie, who eats hot-sauce-covered cupcakes (Episode 2), burnt-to-a-crisp cupcakes (Episode 12), a rainbow (episode 16), and then you have Spike the Dragon, who usually eats gemstones (although dragons do that in this universe), but he also ENJOYS the infamous "baked bads" in Episode 4, which was made of potato chips, soda, lemons, and earth worms baked into muffins (and they made the rest of the town sick). Episode 31 also gives us yet another example. Rarity's parents enjoy Sweetie Belle's cooking, and actually praise her for it. She managed to melt, burn, and boil toast. That sure says something. And then we have the parasprites from episode 10. They will eat ANYTHING, as long as it is edible. Twilight Sparkle uses a spell to stop them, and it makes them eat ANYTHING, as long as it is inedible.

Real Life
  • Elvis Presley and his peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches.

Community Feedback Replies: 53
  • October 24, 2011
    Oreochan
    Isn't this Cordon Bleugh Chef?
  • October 24, 2011
    Wolfenmaus
    No. Cordon Bleugh Chef implies that the chef makes an inedible food. ETBWC Implies that that the eater has a distinct taste in strange, and modifies the food.
  • October 24, 2011
    Oreochan
    Oh, ok.
  • October 25, 2011
    bulmabriefs144
    Bleach one of the early episode, Orihime is talking about this weird food she eats. Stuff like bean sandwiches or something, I forget.
  • October 25, 2011
    CaveCat
    A Garfield strip had Garfield douse Jon's scrambled eggs with ketchup, much to Jon's disgust.
  • October 25, 2011
    TrustBen
    The Eleventh Doctor's taste for fish sticks dipped in custard is a good example.
  • October 25, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    This name is horrible. Bizarre Taste In Food is more clear.
  • October 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The Breakfast Club: during lunch Allison removes the pimento loaf from her sandwich and adds sugar and mashed up Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs. (Also her sandwich uses one slice of white bread & one slice wheat.)
  • October 26, 2011
    GreenMachine
    @Cave Cat: I eat catsup (as I believe Garfield called it) with my eggs. It's actually a fairly believable meal. If we're going to include that...

    Real Life: Elvis Presley and his peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches.

    The point I'm trying to make is that people actually will eat stuff that sounds crazy...
  • October 26, 2011
    ChunkyDaddy
    • This trope is played with in Star Trek Deep Space Nine. The Ferengis cannot believe that Hu-mans enjoy root beer, and occasionally insult other Ferengis by implying that they enjoy root beer.

    Actually, they do have a point :p
  • October 26, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
  • October 26, 2011
    Generality
    This is currently bound up with Cordon Bleugh Chef- there are plenty of examples of food combinations which sound strange but that the characters do enjoy. It may warrant splitting, though.
  • October 26, 2011
    GreenMachine
  • October 26, 2011
    Wolfenmaus
    Thank you all for commenting. I shall edit as necessary in the hopes that this WILL be added as an official Trope!
  • October 26, 2011
    Tiiba
    That happens when YOU post it as a trope.
  • October 26, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Bartholomew Stiggins in the Thursday Next books. He is known to eat beetles and raw meat, among other things. Justified because he's a Neanderthal (a product of a cloning project).
  • October 26, 2011
    LuxExterior
    • The Observers on Fringe will cover their food with hot peppers and drown it in hot sauce before eating.
  • October 28, 2011
    Higurashiblood98
    [Anime/Manga]] .In Bleach, the Cloud Cuckoo Lander, Orihime, constantly makes odder and odder additions to food, such as buying beans, and jam and leeks all together. Even her friend Tatsuki thinks it's strange.

    .In Code Geass, Cecile Croomy can't cook to save her life, and makes odd dishes such as adding blueberry jam to onigiri. Everyone politely accepts, then decides to secretly dispose of it.
  • December 10, 2011
    tvtroper98
    Fixing the page so it looks better.
  • December 10, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    The Doctor Who is example is a case of Never Live It Down, he only had those once when he was still in post-regeneration trauma
  • December 10, 2011
    nitrokitty
    • In Too Much Information, Ace puts hot sauce on EVERYTHING. Literally. His friends wonder how he even tastes the food.
  • December 10, 2011
    Duncan
    It seems as though we already have Bizarre Taste In Food.
  • December 10, 2011
    morenohijazo
    Two sips, anyone? The best thing to do is merging this YKTTW with the already existing trope.
  • December 11, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Spit those sips out. Wolfenmaus appears to have incorrectly launched this ykttw to the Bizarre Taste In Food page four days after starting this discussion.
  • December 11, 2011
    GoldenSandslash15
    My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic has so many examples. While the horses typically eat human foods (including some that are poisonous to real equines), they have been also seen to eat hay and grass (and a zebra eats hay as well). Then you have Pinkie Pie, who eats hot-sauce-covered cupcakes (Episode 2), burnt-to-a-crisp cupcakes (Episode 12), a rainbow (episode 16), and then you have Spike the Dragon, who usually eats gemstones (although dragons do that in this universe), but he also ENJOYS the infamous "baked bads" in Episode 4, which was made of potato chips, soda, lemons, and earth worms baked into muffins (and they made the rest of the town sick). Episode 31 also gives us yet another example. Rarity's parents enjoy Sweetie Belle's cooking, and actually praise her for it. She managed to melt, burn, and boil toast. That sure says something. And then we have the parasprites from episode 10. They will eat ANYTHING, as long as it is edible. Twilight Sparkle uses a spell to stop them, and it makes them eat ANYTHING, as long as it is inedible. There's probably a bunch more that I'm forgetting as well. And then if you want to get into fanfiction, then we can take a look at "Cupcakes," where ponies eat other ponies.
  • December 11, 2011
    SeanMurrayI
    ^^Sooo... should somebody hit the launch button here? Do we cut the existing page, then hit the launch button after enough people are satisfied? Is Wolfenmaus still around to explain why these things are currently the way they are?
  • December 14, 2011
    blueflame724
    Fuji from Prince of Tennis is known for eating Wasabi rolls, and drinking Innui's ghastly sports drinks without much hassle.
  • December 14, 2011
    Wolfenmaus
    I apologize for the incorrect launching issue. First trope. I could use some help organizing the page, however. Again, I apologize.
  • December 14, 2011
    Wolfenmaus
    And for the record, the trope didn't already exist. I made it meself.
  • December 14, 2011
    Statalyzer
    In UHF, Weird Al's character puts a hot dog weiner into a twinkie, puts cheese whiz on it, and dunks it in his drink.
  • December 14, 2011
    Aedriane
    Another Weird Al entry, though it's Live Action TV rather than Film:

    In The Weird Al Show, Al sometimes goes to his kitchen for a "Nutrition Break", in which he makes things like split-pea cookies. Most of his creations contain non-edible things, however, which may fall under Extreme Omnivore instead.
  • December 14, 2011
    Statalyzer
    In UHF, Weird Al's character puts a hot dog weiner into a twinkie, puts cheese whiz on it, and dunks it in his drink.
  • December 14, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    ...But scrambled eggs are delicious with ketchup.

    Anywho:

    • In the novel The Pack, the main character makes a new friend and goes out to lunch with him and her other friend. He orders a hamburger and when asked how he would like it, he replies "raw". There is some arguing with the waitress about health codes before the issue is settled.
    • Starfire from Teen Titans has some pretty wild tastes in food. This is, however, a Justified example because she is an alien with different taste buds. It doesn't make the combinations of food she eats any less bizarre.
  • December 14, 2011
    SeanMurrayI
    This page was created already! Why do we still have this here?
  • December 14, 2011
    Nibbles2
    This would overlap with Far Out Foreigners Favorite Food, if I'm understanding the trope correctly.
  • December 14, 2011
    Wolfenmaus
    @Nibbles Not QUITE. BTIF is taking a food and just altering it to ones taste. FOFFF is a SPECIFIC meal that a SPECIFIC population enjoys, and said dish is made as the Foreigners like.
  • December 15, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Hudson Hawk. While Eddie is in Italy he goes to a restaurant and orders "Fettuccini con funghi porcini" (pasta with mushrooms). He also asks for a bottle of ketchup, to the waiter's dismay.
  • December 27, 2011
    TBeholder
  • December 28, 2011
    Desertopa
    In Suikoden V, Luserina Barrows is so outstandingly competent, loyal and morally upstanding (not to mention attractive,) that your army's detective will investigate her to find what sort of character flaw she's inherited from her slimy and buffoonish father. He finds that she... eats cake with salt.
  • December 29, 2011
    randomsurfer
    I know we don't have Troper Tales any more but I've just gotta share: at one point my then-girlfriend used to eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups by gnawing the chocolate off the outside, then eating the peanut butter center with mustard. If she had multiple PBCs she'd eat all the chocolate, then moosh all the peanut butter centers into one big lump with mustard on top and eat that.
  • December 29, 2011
    Nocturna
    • In Teen Titans, Starfire drinks mustard. Straight out of the bottle. She also smothers pizza with it.
  • January 2, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Arthur
      • Buster has bizaare tastes. He regularly gets strangely flavored ice cream, with sprinkles of stuff you wonder why they even have as options.
      • George's family is Swedish; he enjoys lutefisk. To quote Masochists Meal: "Essentially, you take a perfectly good fish and let it rot slightly, then soak it in lye and smoke it. Then, you soak it in water to get all the lye out, boil it, and serve it with innocent mashed potatoes which had done nothing to deserve the treatment. The resulting substance often tastes like a science experiment gone tragically wrong."
  • January 2, 2012
    queenbri
    In Tiger And Bunny Kotetsu puts Mayonaise on everything.
  • May 30, 2012
    Noah1
    At one point on Ed Edd N Eddy, the Kanker Sisters are having ketchup on... roasted marshmallows.
  • May 30, 2012
    NightNymph
    An oldie but a goodie...

  • August 2, 2013
    DAN004
    Add all examples HERE plz. Motion to Discard.
  • August 3, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Looks to me like it got improperly launched by Wolfenmaus back in October of 2011. Motion to put examples where they go and launch ykttw for archival purposes.
  • August 3, 2013
    Freezer

    Disregard.

  • August 3, 2013
    Nocturna
    ^^ Agreed.
  • August 13, 2013
    morenohijazo
    OK, if there's no objections, I will soon launch this and I will merge all the examples here with the ones already put in the trope page. I'm also open for index suggestions.
  • August 13, 2013
    Jallen
    • nevermind.
  • August 13, 2013
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Film
    • Elf: Having been raise by elves, Buddy's idea of a well-balanced diet consists of the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup, as elves love sugar. In fact, Buddy adds syrup to almost anything he eats, such as spaghetti; later still, when Buddy fixes himself breakfast, he cooks a plate of spaghetti, and tops it with maple syrup, chocolate syrup, M&Ms, marshmallows, and chocolate Pop-Tarts.

    Live Action TV
    • Bewitched: Darrin's favorite breakfast combination is scrambled eggs and chicken livers.
    • M*A*S*H:
      • In "The Sniper", while the entire camp is pinned down by sniper fire, Radar mentions having a peculiar metabolism, saying that he needs to eat regularly, or, "Everything solid in my body turns to water". Under the cover of darkness, Hawkeye and Frank think they're ambushing the sniper in the Mess Tent, only to discover Radar had snuck in to fix himself a rather unusual sandwich.
      Hawkeye: You'd risk your life for a ketchup on rye?!
      Radar: With butter and lettuce!
      • On the subject of unusual sandwiches, in another episode, Hawkeye fixes him, B.J., and Father Mulcahy some sandwiches, by using peanut butter, jelly, lettuce, mayonaise, ham, mayonaise, turkey, mayonaise, cheese, and more mayonaise.
      • In another episode, Charles starts dating a Korean B-girl, who apparently likes to spread vanilla pudding on her meatloaf.
      • In the episode "Big Mac", the 4077th is prepared for a visit from Douglas Mac Arthur, and is told that the General eats the exact same meals as the troops do, to which Hawkeye remarks, "Do he like his ice cream on top of his beef stew like we do?"
      • Klinger once mentions having a fondness for garlic pie.
    • In one episode of Green Acres, Eb's cousin Walter, who is a bartender, is able to identify the citizens of Hooterville by their Drink Order, and remembers Hank Kimball for his mix of scotch and goat's milk.
    • Sesame Street: Just about everything Oscar the Grouch eats falls into this territory. In fact, just look at some of the menu items at the grouch eatery Bad Eats' Don't Drop Inn from Follow That Bird:
      Fly Soup, Medium Rare Jell-O, Spaghetti with maple syrup, Meatloaf with marshmallow sauce, Candied clams with French dressing, Cream of garlic soup with Marichino cherries, Roast beef with butterscotch and anchovies, Ham of doughnut, among other things.

    Western Animation
    • In one episode of Dexters Laboratory, Dexter asks requests a peanut butter and bologna sandwich for lunch.
  • August 14, 2013
    rimpala
    Added Beetlejuice and Lion King examples, is there a separate trope for characters that eat bugs?
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