Created By: captainsandwich on May 26, 2012 Last Edited By: HeroGal2347 on March 31, 2015

Edible Smelling Salts

Food, typically through smell, wakes a character up

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In fiction for some characters at least, food is as good as if not better than smelling salts at waking someone up. For some characters it may require that the food is a favorite food. The typical cycle of this trope is a character that is faint, asleep, unconscious, perhaps even a coma smells food. The character wakes up, and then devours it. In some cases another character is deliberately trying to use the smell of the food to rouse the intended target.

Also see: Follow Your Nose.


Examples

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     Anime / Manga 
  • An indirect version happens in Dragon Ball, during the first Tournament Arc when Master Roshi hypnotizes Goku to sleep as a desperation move. Though Roshi claims that no stimulus will wake Goku before he gives the proper sign, Bulma realizes that one thing might get through to Big Eater Goku, and announces dinnertime, whereupon he instantly wakes up.
  • Played with in K-On! - the girls try to rouse Yui by claiming they brought her cake, but she falls asleep again when she notices that no actual cake is there.

     Film 
  • Done to Wallace with cheese in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit when he appears to be dead after shapeshifting back from his were-rabbit form.

     Live Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: In "The Caves of Adrozani", the Fifth Doctor is able to briefly revive Peri by snapping his stick of celery under her nose. He claims that celery is a powerful restorative where he comes from (presumably meaning Gallifrey) but that the human olfactory system is comparatively weak.

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Community Feedback Replies: 37
  • May 26, 2012
    JonnyB
    The smell of coffee is often used this way in media, especially in TV commercials.
  • May 26, 2012
    captainsandwich
    Not sure if this an official item, but in D&D someone had foul tasting cheese that tasted so bad that if you put it is a corpse's mouth the corpse would come back to life just so it could spit it out (which, if an official item is definitely worth cataloging). I don't remember if it would wake a sleeping character by smell though.
  • May 30, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I found an example in a fan fiction that was primarily smut, so i am hesitant to put it up. especially do to the low amount of documented fan fiction examples in the wiki.
  • May 30, 2012
    dyson88
    Happens a lot with Garfield
  • May 30, 2012
    McKathlin
    The Edible Smelling Salts title didn't make sense to me until I read the full description. How about Wake Up Food for the title instead?
  • May 31, 2012
    jkbeta
    Played with in K On - the girls try to rouse Yui by claiming they brought her cake, but she falls asleep again when she notices that no actual cake is there.
  • May 31, 2012
    TheNinth
    ^^ Agree with Mc Kathlin. The name's a little vague.

    And overall, it's kind of similar to Follow Your Nose -- so it could either be a sister trope, or maybe expand Follow Your Nose to cover this aspect of it.
  • May 31, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I like smelling salts because this tends to happen through smell, and the effects are similar (except people don't normally eat the smelling salts after they wake up). But if you guys think it needs a new name we can change it, but I would like to hear what more people have to say. Do you think Smelling Salts (and their effects) are obscure? I think this might be a sister trope to Follow Your Nose.
  • May 31, 2012
    tryourbreast
    I don't know if it's a already have, but some nasty smell can also do this trick, just like this one (using food, which should have good smell).
  • May 31, 2012
    Dacilriel
    Live Action TV: An episode of Will And Grace had Will shouting repeatedly at Grace to wake up, with no response. Then he spoke at normal volume saying that the bacon was ready and Grace was immediately awake.
  • May 31, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Nthing the "confusing name" comment. It sounds literal, as in smelling salts that you can eat. Yuck.
  • June 1, 2012
    Arivne
    Adding to McKathlin's suggestion above:
  • June 1, 2012
    captainsandwich
    Due to the amount of name complaints a new tag has been added.
  • June 2, 2012
    ShiningArmor87
  • June 15, 2012
    captainsandwich
    While I like the current name (most probably due to bias) what do you guys think about Rousing Food Aroma? Or does that sound like it is the aroma of food that is rousing through another application (most probably contact or ingestion). I am also concerned as how 'rousing' would be interpreted.
  • November 15, 2014
    ShiningArmor87
    I'm not sure if this is the Sponge Bob Square Pants example, but in "Big Sister Sam", the same trope is used with Patrick, only this time with cookie dough.
  • November 15, 2014
    Generality
    • An indirect version happens in Dragon Ball, during the first Tournament Arc when Master Roshi hypnotizes Goku to sleep as a desperation move. Though Roshi claims that no stimulus will wake Goku before he gives the proper sign, Bulma realizes that one thing might get through to Big Eater Goku, and announces dinnertime, whereupon he instantly wakes up.
  • November 15, 2014
    DAN004
  • November 16, 2014
    Snicka
  • November 16, 2014
    foxley
    Doctor Who: In "The Caves of Adrozani", the Fifth Doctor is able to briefly revive Peri by snapping his stick of celery under her nose. He claims that celery is a powerful restorative where he comes from (presumably meaning Gallifrey) but that the human olfactory system is comparatively weak.
  • November 17, 2014
    Arivne
    • Added blank lines for readability.
    • Examples section
      • Alphabetized folders.
      • Namespaced and italicized work names.
      • Added the work name to the Spongebob Squarepants example.
      • Added [[foldercontrol]].
      • Added [[/folder]] at the end of each media section folder so they would display properly.

    The Garfield example is a Zero Context Example and need more information about how it's this trope.
  • November 17, 2014
    KZN02
  • November 17, 2014
    HeroGal2347
    In the Scooby Doo Where Are You episode "A Night of Fright is No Delight", Shaggy uses a Scooby snack in an attempt to wake up Scooby.
  • November 17, 2014
    Skylite
    Aromatic Awakening?
  • November 17, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ sweet.
  • November 18, 2014
    Arivne
  • November 18, 2014
    Snicka
    Fourthing Aromatic Awakening. :)
  • December 19, 2014
    sgtpendulum
  • December 20, 2014
    DAN004
    So Mr. H Ero Gal, are you there to manage this?
  • December 20, 2014
    Bisected8
    • One of the first puzzles in Broken Sword 3 is reviving the pilot of George's crashed plane with a bottle of beer - more specifically by opening it and wafting it under his nose.
  • March 28, 2015
    TonyG
    In another Sponge Bob episode, Mr. Krabs is woken up by the smell of a $20 bill.
  • March 28, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ Okay, one non-food example. Count here or not?

    Again, who's in charge of this thing?
  • March 30, 2015
    randomsurfer
    Used in a series of commericals for Folger's coffee. "The best part of waking up / Is Folger's in your cup!" In one particular ad, a young man comes home from college when everyone else is still in bed. He makes coffee, the smell of which wakes everyone else up, and they come downstairs to the kitchen and discover him.
  • March 30, 2015
    HeroGal2347
    ^^ I don't think anybody is; I was just helping it along.
  • March 30, 2015
    Generality
    Who removed the links from most of the examples?
  • March 31, 2015
    Arivne
    ^ When someone added the posted examples to the original post on 3-28-15, they just directly copied the example and added it.

    They should have clicked on the pencil icon to the left of each example first and copied the entire example, including all of the text formatting markup.
  • March 31, 2015
    oneuglybunny
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    • The family dog snaps awake at the smell of bacon, which is actually Purina Beggin' Strips. The viewer gets a dog's eye view of the kitchen, with a dog's nose constantly in the lower foreground. Especially funny when the dog locates the source of the bacon smell, and declares: "It's in that bag! What's it say?" *beat* "I can't read!"

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