Created By: CrystalGlacia on September 26, 2012 Last Edited By: CrystalGlacia on January 22, 2013

ImpossibleEatingDare

Challenge: eat a stupidly large or spicy amount of food. Failure is the only option.

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A character attempts a gastronomic challenge of some sort on a dare, only to, nine times out of ten, fail miserably and hilariously. They may involve copious amounts of Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce, starches, and often seem to be undertaken while intoxicated. One variation that's grown more popular in recent years is the cinnamon challenge, wherein the challenger must swallow a spoonful of cinnamon within a given time limit, and without the assistance of water.

More often than not, the impossibility of these challenges has basis in medical fact. Cinnamon, as mentioned before, can dry out the mouth and even wind up inside lungs. Some hot sauces can irritate skin and mucous membranes, and poorly-formulated hot sauces can sometimes contain capsaicin, the substance that lends many peppers their characteristic spice, which is deadly in large enough amounts.

Obviously Truth in Television; you might know of someone who has attempted such an endeavor, or at least watched people do the cinnamon challenge on YouTube.

Instead of trying one of these challenges yourself, why don't you watch the people in these examples instead?

  • Mythbusters attempted the cinnamon challenge with their Build Team- Kari and Grant failed in the standard spectacular fashion, but Tory managed to pull it off by holding the cinnamon against his cheek until he could swallow manageably. It took more than a minute to do, however.
  • Cool Hand Luke made a bet that he could eat 50 eggs, and then won the challenge within the hour.
Community Feedback Replies: 38
  • September 26, 2012
    JonnyB
    How is this a trope?
  • September 26, 2012
    surgoshan
    If you expanded it to Impossible Gustatory Challenges you'd have a trope. Can a character eat an entire turkey by himself? Can he drink an entire gallon of milk in under a minute? Ca he cram 16 Oreos into his mouth at once? All three of those are Joey from Friends.
  • September 26, 2012
    TrollBrutal
    Yep, a less meme-centric would go a long way to improve it
    • Cool Hand Luke bets he can eat 50 eggs, and then wins the challenge within the hour!.
  • September 26, 2012
    Quatic
    Naturally, the Cool Hand Luke event is parodied in Malcolm In The Middle when Francis bets he can eat 50 peeps.
  • September 26, 2012
    elwoz
    Related (to the expanded trope): Radish Cure, The Punishment Is The Crime, and, er, do we have a supertrope or index of stupid bar bet type activities?
  • September 26, 2012
    SpitefulFox
    Seems way too specific to be a trope.
  • September 26, 2012
    WolfgangAmadeusPenis
    I think this is not tropeworthy. It's a thing, true, but I can't find any fictional examples of this.
  • September 26, 2012
    JakeTheYak
    I think if this were expanded to be about any kind of eating challenge this would be an excellent trope. I'm sure there would be plenty of examples. Man V Food is built on these. Any Real Life examples could get a little out of control - I've personally failed at a challenge to eat a handful of whole cloves, and won a bar bet to drink a glass of vinegar (and promptly wished I'd lost).
  • September 26, 2012
    Aries
    I agree with every word Wolfgang said. It's way to specific and not many fictional works have this.
  • September 27, 2012
    Frank75
    We already have three examples from media.
  • September 27, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Part of the definition of a Trope is that it occurs often enough to form a pattern. Three examples total may satisfy the Three Rules Of Three (which is a loose rule of thumb meant to reduce the launch of poorly written articles), but it may or may not be enough to actually constitute a recurring, identifiable pattern.

    Also, you have six people (seven if you include me) telling you that "eating cinnamon" is Too Rare To Trope by itself and/or that this would do a lot better (in both definition and example count) if you expand it to stupid eating dares in general, with "eating cinnamon" being merely one example in the list. We're trying to help!
  • September 27, 2012
    ShiningArmor87
    I think a general "Impossible Eating Dare" would be tropeworthy too. Could you change it already?
  • September 27, 2012
    JakeTheYak
    Not to mention that all of the examples are from non-fictional media. Meaning that, as it stands, this is People Sit On Chairs and Not A Trope. In other words, it's a thing that some people did, not a storytelling device used to convey meaning.
  • September 27, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Good point. We want examples of it being used in fiction, not just media coverage of real people attempting stupid stunts.
  • October 3, 2012
    CrystalGlacia
    ...I'm sorry for just up and leaving; I've been edit banned before, I've watched it happen to others in the edit banned thread, and I'm terrified of YKTTW, TRS, IP, and all that other stuff. I don't even know why I thought coming here and posting this was a good idea and came here to discard this thing today, but since I got so many replies, I guess I'll stick this out.

    I've read everything and updated the draft to include all stupid gastronomical challenges.
  • October 4, 2012
    SKJAM
    A Judge Dredd story had a failed game show host go insane and submit other hosts to horrific games/challenges; the one relevant to this was having various bulky and/or unpleasant objects go past the contestant on a conveyor belt; the contestant would have to eat any of them he didn't name in a quiz thereafter.
  • October 4, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    I think when you get more 'Tropeworthy?' tags than hats recommended for publication, you need to explain yourself better.
  • October 4, 2012
    TrollBrutal
    Good this got changed / renamed. Now this is a trope I think. Just a thing to be considered up there: examples are usually written in historical present / present tense :
    • In work X, Y happens... and so on. Preferably separated by media types.

    But that can be fine-tuned by anyone later, let's see if this thrives first.
  • October 5, 2012
    Frank75
    One Donald Duck story involves Gladstone Gander having bet a house that he can drink two gallons of lemonade in one hour.
  • October 5, 2012
    Tzintzuntzan
    Is this Eat That?
  • October 5, 2012
    AgProv
    Real Life: the Rupali Indian Restaurant in Newcastle, England, promises the ultimate in Asian eating: the world-famous Curry Hell. In their own words:

    "Curry Hell is the world's hottest curry and was first introduced by Abdul Latif in 1987. The dish is a combination of chillies, chicken and our very own secret ingredient to help give that extra kick! To give you an idea of how hot the Curry Hell dish is, Vindaloo tastes like ice cream in comparison and chef Gordon Ramsey as declared it as the hottest curry he's ever tasted. If YOU manage to eat Curry Hell, you get it for free and receive a signed certificate. Your picture will be taken by the management in recognition of your spectacular achievement, and it will also be displayed here..."

    It is possible an invitation has been sent across the Atlantic to Adam, the chili-loving fat American presenter of Man Versus Food.... we await the battle between the big-eating American and the most terrifying curry known to Anglo-Indian fusion cookery.

  • October 5, 2012
    mythbuster
    Does it count if they succeed in eating the ridiculous quantity? Cat Dog had an episode where Dog was trying out to join the Greasers, and they dared him to eat a mountain of garbage, which he did.
  • October 5, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    Homer Simpson was chagrined to lose a 16-pound steak eating contest; although for what it's worth the winner died as a result.
  • October 5, 2012
    cabr321
    • Regular Show:
      • An unconscious Benson was dared to drink a spicy concoction called the Mississippi Queen. He succeeded, but was so spicy that it sent him on a Mushroom Samba before making him pass out on his front lawn.
      • The Eggscelent Challange: A dozen eggs, chili, cheese, biscuits, a fruit bowl, and a glass of water. Rigby, allergic to eggs, went into a coma after attempting it.
      • Rigby also tried to attempt eating a 96-ounce steak and eggs breakfast to a win free t-shirt. He was persuaded not to.
      • Rigby dared Mordecai to drink his special Rig-Juice: Cola, fruit punch, hot sauce, sugar pops, candy, sardines, an apple, pickles, an orange, and, among other things, arsenic. Mordecai eventually did.
      • And finally, the double-glazed donuts in the donut shop apparently weren't safe for human consumption. Pops ate them anyway, and he got sent into a sugar rush, traveling to a higher sugar plane.
  • October 6, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    Some fairy tales include those - they are usually passed by having an Extreme Omnivore among the hero's companions.
  • October 6, 2012
    Euan2000
    In Futurama a Marble Eating contest held by Fry is mentioned offhand my Leela.
  • October 6, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
  • October 6, 2012
    dvorak
    A new game show titled Get Stuffed has contestants compete in a challenge. Loser has to eat something that wouldn't be out of place on Epic Meal Time.
  • January 21, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • MASH: Klinger tried on different occasions to eat a jeep and gain 50 pounds in order to be discharged. Neither time was successful.
  • January 21, 2013
    TonyG
    Add to Regular Show examples:
    • Pops is dared to drink an entire gallon of milk in under one hour, then hold the empty jug over his head. He succeeds in drinking all the milk, then is transported to a mysterious room along with other guys who had done the same challenge. They then have to escape the evil imps keeping them imprisoned, and Pops returns just in time to hold the jug over his head to finish the bet.
  • January 21, 2013
    foxley
    In Fox Trot, Peter and Jason have a contest where they bet how many squirts of hot sauce they can eat on a taco. Results in a Fire Breathing Diner.
  • January 21, 2013
    Bisected8
    • In Persona 4, Aiya's Chinese Diner has the Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl (defictionalised by Gourmet Gaming). If the protagonist manages to finish it (which requires maxing out their social stats) then the meal's free (and the player gets an achievement in the "Golden" remake).
  • January 21, 2013
    Darthcaliber
    One episode of Tiny Toon Adventures featured the characters having a contest, "Will Dizzy Eat it?" where Dizzy Devil was fed various things including a landmine covered with guacamole and a stealth bomber jet.
  • January 21, 2013
    Someoneman
    One story from the Ace Attorney manga involves a ramen shop owner challenging the characters to this.
  • January 21, 2013
    SquirrelGuy
    Subverted in Interstate 60, where someone eats a ridiculous quantity of food with the help of phlebotinum
  • January 21, 2013
    Lawman592
    In another example from The Simpsons, Homer in the "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer" episode is dared by Chief Wiggum to eat chili made with "the Merciless Peppers of Quetzlzacatenango." Homer takes the dare. Mushroom Samba ensues.
  • January 21, 2013
    SKJAM
    • Urusei Yatsura has a restaurant challenge diners to finish their expensive and huge full-course meal, with it being free if they succeed. Since many of the main characters are some sort of Big Eater, the owner soon regrets this offer--only Sakura makes it all the way through--and after taking appetite suppressant pills before hand!
  • January 22, 2013
    Chabal2
    Peter Fox is constantly falling victim to this due to his Big Eater status. One strip has him and Jason betting they can eat tacos with ever-increasing amounts of Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce until Jason dares him to eat one with eight squirts. In another, Jason challenges Peter to a Thanksgiving eat-off. Jason finishes his usual two plates and calls it quits, while Peter is at several dozen (and feels thoroughly miserable the next day, which was the entire point. Averted in one strip where Jason turns into a Fire Breathing Diner and downs Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce-infused plate after plate, as he's just been to the dentist and so is still under the anasthetic effects of Novocaine.

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