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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 & 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.

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