Created By: Alucard on November 25, 2013 Last Edited By: Alucard on November 29, 2013
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Lost Food Grievance

A character overreacts to the loss of food (usually their own).

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Frank: Oh... taking Liz's food is not good...
Liz: Where's my mac and CHEESE?! [table flip]

A specific form of Berserk Button and/or Minor Injury Overreaction.

A character is about to sit down to their Trademark Favorite Food, when it gets stolen, eaten, made less appetizing, or damaged beyond edibility. No matter how calmly they may ordinarily behave, at this point you can expect them to gasp, scream, fly into a rage, start to cry, get excessively violent, some combination of these things, or otherwise Comically Overreact. To them, this particular food is Serious Business.

This is understandable for children, who can treat sweets very importantly, and not much else (see Evil Is Petty for literally taking candy from children). It's also understandable when characters lacking an Improbable Food Budget seeing their hard-bought meal going to waste might be a bit peeved. A Supreme Chef quite naturally wouldn't be pleased at seeing their work destroyed, and any reasonable person could react this way when they're preparing to dine on that chef's Impossibly Delicious Food. And this is completely understandable when enjoying some Comfort Food, or Post-Stress Overeating is involved, since this happening atop other stresses can only end badly. Then there's the whole matter of food offering some sort of tactical advantage. It's when grown adults have a similar reaction to normal food they aren't responsible for that the trope might come into effect.

This can conceivably happen during a Food Fight, Kitchen Chase, Bar Brawl, Diner Brawl, or any time good food is used as Edible Ammunition. Will often be paired with and complement Enemy Eats Your Lunch and Denied Food as Punishment, and can overlap with Food as Bribe if a character reacts poorly to Their Favorite being indirectly threatened by the ramifications of the plot.

A Big Eater or anyone Obsessed with Food has a good chance of having this reaction to any of their food being taken away or destroyed. They can still qualify if they flip their lid over a specific food, but the main point is that they become distressed in a proportionately larger way than they would normally.

The eater and complainer aren't necessarily required to be the same person, but the food has to be acknowledged as good-tasting or well-liked by the eater, whether they have Bizarre Taste in Food or enjoy some Foreign Queasine. Situations where a Cordon Bleugh Chef becomes annoyed at a Discreet Dining Disposal happening to something they made distinctly wouldn't count.

This has a tendency to involve confectionery and pastry. Could be seen as an in-universe reaction to They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich. Also see The Alcoholic, for whom wasting is another angry reaction entirely. Compare My Favorite Shirt.

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Ready to be launched with its current name by Saturday (maybe earlier) if no one has any serious objections.

Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Light Yagami in Death Note is able to manipulate Ryuk into helping with his plans for once by denying him apples, and any time he's had to go without them has been treated the same as some form of withdrawal. This is one of the few times a shinigami has a direct effect on the story.
  • In the Devil May Cry anime, Morrison is able to coax Dante into doing a job after he convinces Dante's favorite pizza place to stop delivering to him until he can pay his tab. Dante gets especially frustrated at Patty, not over her re-decoration of his shop, but over her eating his strawberry sundae.
  • Erza Scarlet in Fairy Tail takes her cake very seriously, and at one point beats on everyone around her after the slice she was eating gets knocked onto the floor, particularly Elfman for accidentally stepping on it only a moment later.
  • K-On! has multiple examples, but the most extreme ones come from Episode 14 of the 2nd season, where Yui and Mio get the strawberries stolen off their cake. In Yui's case, she whines for the rest of the episode about how the strawberry represents the cake's crown, or its very heart and soul, while Mio actually starts to cry, as if heartbroken.
  • Eishun Konoe in Mahou Sensei Negima!, upon the Ala Rubra being attacked by Rakan, makes a point to fight him first, after Rakan's massive, thrown sword destroys the picnic they were having, and spills the nabe he made.
    "Anyone who wastes my food... I slice."
  • Naruto is enraged after finding out that an impostor stole his ramen, triggering the Kyuubi's chakra.
    • A good way to piss Chouji off is by eating the last potato chip.
  • Mio from Nichijou angrily attacks her sister after she replaces the strawberry on her cake with a Shogi piece. This was after she found her sister had also messed with the Mont Blanc she was looking forward to.
  • Honey in Ouran High School Host Club spends an episode without cake due to the cavities eating so many has caused him. He ends up taking it out on the club, and causing a rare argument with Takashi (they make up in the end). In Renge's words, life for Honey without cake is "a living hell."
  • Pikachu in Pokémon spends a whole scene crying over the loss of a ketchup bottle it was licking from.
  • Kyouko from Puella Magi Madoka Magica tends to react very badly to people wasting their food. This is soon revealed to be a consequence of a traumatically hungry childhood.
    "Don't waste food. I'll kill you."
  • In Sonic X, the teacher absently picks up a burger belonging to a police officer. Said officer pursues him beyond the rest of the episode, threatening to call out the SWAT team.
  • Vash in Trigun: Badlands Rumble complains quite loudly when a number of bandits smash his doughnut into crumbs.
    "That is the meanest thing anyone's ever done to me! Why do you wanna ruin other people's food?! I can't eat a pile of smashed up crumbs!"
  • In one story in Urusei Yatsura, Ataru and Lum end up spending a quiet evening at home with Ataru's parents gone. Lum even makes a special dinner for him. Unfortunately, their dinner and their night gets interrupted by angry/jealous boys from their school who invade Ataru's house. In the process, they wreck Lum's dinner for Ataru - which pisses her off big time.
  • In an extra gag page of Vampire Knight, Yuki can be seen punching Zero when she believes he ate the pudding she was saving (it was actually Headmaster Cross who ate it).

    Comic Books 
  • The Disney comic "Tele Paperopoli International" has a Big Eater technician mourn tearfully for his sandwiches after they're lost in a fire in the TV studio.

    Film 

    Live-Action TV 
  • 30 Rock: One day a year the Teamsters give everyone these awesome sandwiches from a deli they know about but won't tell anyone else where it is. Liz goes into a blinding rage when her sandwich is stolen.
    Liz: (to Kenneth) I don't know how, but you're going to get me another sandwich. Or I'm going to cut your face up so bad, you'll have a chin. (turns to everyone) You'll all have chins!
  • Sadly, one reason why dogs on Animal Planet Heroes programs can end up being euthanized is if they react violently to a rubber hand held near their food as they're eating, demonstrating that they're too aggressive to be adoptable.
  • One episode of Friends features an incident in which Ross' sandwich (specially made by Monica out of Thanksgiving leftovers) is eaten by one of his coworkers. Ross' reaction is enough to convince his boss that he has "rage issues." His "MY SANDWICH?!" scream became one of the series' most famous moments.
  • Star Gate Atlantis: Harmony steals John's chocolate and frames Rodney.

    Video Games 
  • In Deadpool, Cable is able to convince Deadpool to battle Mister Sinister by pointing out that Sinister's success also means the destruction of his favorite taco restaurant. This shows the potential overlap with Food as Bribe.
  • In Dynasty Warriors and Warriors Orochi 3, one of Sima Zhao's conquest stages has him being attacked by his brother Sima Shi because he ate one his meat buns.
  • In Persona 4, Yukiko brings fried tofu for her lunch. She offers some to both The Protagonist and Yusuke, and after taking a bite, the two of them rapidly eat the whole thing. (The player themselves have no say in this.) She's understandably ticked off for the rest of the scene.
  • In Playstation All Stars Battle Royale, Sweet Tooth is spending a scene admiring the strawberry ice cream cone he'd just prepared, even going so far as to carve a smiley face into the "round ball of heaven." His rivalry battle begins after Kratos knocks the cone to the ground for no reason (incidentally turning the smiley face upside down).
    You know, I worked real hard on that ice cream cone. REAL hard. Dunno if you got any money in that skirt of yours... But one way or the other, you're paying for it.
  • In the intro to Sonic Generations, Sonic gasps and then looks dejected after the appearance of the Time Eater knocks his birthday chili dog into the air, then to the ground (which he has only managed to take one bite from).
  • The Heavy and Scout in Team Fortress 2 have a sort of rivalry regarding the Heavy's sandvich, starting with the Meet The Scout video, where the Scout takes the sandvich after beating up a Heavy. It became a Running Gag, with a series of in-game achievements for The Scout being able to steal a Sandvich from a fallen Heavy, and for The Heavy being able to protect it via killing 50 Scouts (called "Don't Touch Sandvich"). When it comes to his sandwich, "he's like a big, shaved bear that hates people."
  • In Tekken 6, Asuka's ending has her getting pissed at Lili for ruining her bento, and then casually dismissing the situation to fight, completely forgets that she's late for school.
  • This is the entire plot of Titan Lunch Retaliation: A Titan goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Eyeball Monsters, Flying Squid, Dragons, Flying Monkeys, and Wiener Dogs because a giant bird stole his lunch.

    Web Animation 
  • In an episode of Marvel Super Heroes: What The—?! focusing on Deadpool's pop culture-themed nightmares, he's subjected to the torture of having to watch a fully-prepared taco be crushed, broken apart and ripped to shreds.
    "The taco never hurt anyone! It was so delicious! Please, stop it, stop it, I beg you! No-o-ooo!

    Webcomics 

    Western Animation 
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Iroh cries when the tea he warmed up gets smacked out of his hand by Zuko.
  • Homer from The Simpsons frequently displays this behaviour towards his food:
    • In one episode, he bursts into tears and gives a Big "NO!" while watching a science experiment in which a donut is burned in order to show how many calories it contains.

Community Feedback Replies: 55
  • November 25, 2013
    DAN004
  • November 25, 2013
    Nyperold
    In Sonic X, the teacher absently picks up a burger belonging to a police officer. Said officer pursues him beyond the rest of the episode, threatening to call out the SWAT team.
  • November 26, 2013
    Astaroth
    • Homer from The Simpsons frequently displays this behaviour towards his food:
      • In one episode, he bursts into tears while watching a science experiment in which a donut is burned in order to show how many calories it contains.
      • In another, he loses a peanut down the back of the couch and briefly gets annoyed when he tries to retrieve it and only finds a $20 bill instead, and his brain has to remind him that he can buy many more peanuts with $20 before he cheers up.
    (There are probably more examples of Homer doing this that I can't think of at the moment)
  • November 26, 2013
    BOFH
    Video Games
  • November 26, 2013
    Koveras
    • Kyouko from Puella Magi Madoka Magica tends to react very badly to people wasting their food. This is soon revealed to be a consequence of a traumatically hungry childhood.
  • November 26, 2013
    Alucard
    @DAN004: Besides an attraction to food, I can't see how those are marginally related.

    @Astaroth: This is par for the course for Homer, like any Big Eater, and for hilarity's sake he can be pretty over-dramatic towards a lot of things (like putting his shirt on backwards). I'm still willing to accept any examples involving donuts, since he's shown the lengths he'll go for them (like selling his soul). I added this to the OP: the reaction has to be proportionally bigger than you would see from that character normally, and that goes for anyone Obsessed With Food.
  • November 26, 2013
    KantonKage
    anime and Manga
    • Mio from ''Nichijou, angrily attacks her sister after she replaces the strawsberry on her cake with a Shogi piece.
    Video games
    • In DynastyWarriors, One of Sima Zhao conquest stages has him being attacked by his brother because he ate one his meat buns.
  • November 26, 2013
    MonaNaito
    Live-Action TV
    • One episode of Friends features an incident in which Ross' sandwich (specially made by Monica out of Thanksgiving leftovers) is eaten by one of his coworkers. Ross' reaction is enough to convince his boss that he has "rage issues."
  • November 26, 2013
    pokemonfan31601
    most kirby games are 1 big example of this where kirby's food get's stolen so he goes on a huge journey....to get his afternoon snack back
  • November 26, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Thirty Rock: One day a year the Teamsters give everyone these awesome sandwiches from a deli they know about but won't tell anyone else where it is. Liz goes into a blinding rage when her sandwich is stolen.
    Liz: (to Kenneth) I don't know how, but you're going to get me another sandwich. Or I'm going to cut your face up so bad, you'll have a chin. (turns to everyone) You'll all have chins!
  • November 26, 2013
    Alucard
    ^ So according to this clip, taking her food in general is a pretty bad idea. Still hilarious, mind you. I just wondered if you could think of a way to incorporate it into the body of the description.

    @pokemonfan31601: Sorry, but can you name a specific game?
  • November 27, 2013
    Alucard
    I made a page-picture. It's a series of screen-caps from K On showing Mio getting her strawberry stolen, and starting to cry. I'm not the best at picture editing, but it's something.

    Is that alright?
  • November 27, 2013
    DAN004
    Dunno if this counts but -
    • In One Piece, because Garp laughs and brags a lot about his criminal grandson in front of him, Sengoku punished him with... him taking Garp's crackers. It works better than you'd expect.
  • November 27, 2013
    Alucard
    ^ All that matters is the reaction and its severity by comparison to their usual behavior, otherwise it's just Denied Food As Punishment.
  • November 27, 2013
    KantonKage
    Dunno why my dynasty warriors entry was changed, so I fixed it.
    • In videogame/Tekken 6, Asuka gets pissed at Lili for ruining her bento and then casually dismissing the situation and completely forgetting that she's late for school.
    Anime and Manga
    • manga/Naruto is enraged after finding out that an imposter stole his ramen, triggering the Kyuubi's chakra.
      • A good way to piss Chouji off is by eating the last potato chip.
  • November 27, 2013
    Alucard
    ^ I changed it because after looking it up, I saw that the DLC mission ("Stop, thief!") was for WO3. Is it some kind of Running Gag that happens several times?

    Can't believe I forgot Asuka...
  • November 27, 2013
    KantonKage
    ^dont think so. What's even funnier was that in Dynasty Warriors, Shi sends the Jin Forces after him and Zhuge Dan (Who also ate a meat bun).
  • November 27, 2013
    KingZeal
    Videogame

    Webcomics

  • November 27, 2013
    KingZeal
    Corrected my own typo as it was copy/pasted in the main text. Didn't change anything else.
  • November 27, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    Could be an in-universe reaction to They Wasted A Perfectly Good Sandwich
  • November 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
    I have no idea what's happening in the page picture.
  • November 27, 2013
    Alucard
    Tsumugi is taking the strawberry off Mio's cake. She eats it. Mio cries.

    On close-up, it's quite clearly a berry of some kind on top of a shortcake.
  • November 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
    I can't tell who is taking from whom. And the last image is of a girl smiling.
  • November 27, 2013
    Alucard
    Mugi's mouth is full, she has a determined expression while looking at the cake, the fork which stabs said cake comes in from the left, the hair-color gives away that it's the cake in front of Mio, and Mio maintains exactly the same expression throughout, while tearing up. Sort of like a sad version of Tranquil Fury.
  • November 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
    It's still horribly unclear. How about Pikachu's ketchup?
  • November 27, 2013
    Alucard
    Don't care for the 90's animation. For one, bottles don't break like that (plastic or otherwise). Nor do they stay filled when broken.
  • November 27, 2013
    Alucard
    Decided to alphabetize and folder-ize the examples. There are quite a few of them, including some I forgot about and added later.
  • November 27, 2013
    MaxWest
    In one story in Urusei Yatsura, Ataru and Lum end up spending a quiet evening at home with Ataru's parents gone. Lum even makes a special dinner for him. Unfortunately, their dinner and their night gets interrupted by angry/jealous boys from their school who invade Ataru's house. In the process, they wreck Lum's dinner for Ataru - which pisses her off big time.
  • November 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Even if you don't like the Pikachu Ketchup, the suggested picture doesn't illustrate well at all. That it needs a commentary to make sense isn't good (and at this size, the "mouth is full" thing is impossible to tell due to the art style and the tears are just... not visible).

    How about My fried tofu?
  • November 27, 2013
    Alucard
    Just because I had to explain it to you doesn't make it unclear. 4 other people posted after I asked if the picture was fine, and some of them replied multiple times; you're the first to complain. If you have a problem with it, start a crowner or something.

    And it's not as though the rest of my point is invalid: the fork doing the stabbing is clearly coming from the left, the other fork's position matches up with how Mio was holding it, Mugi's expression and body-language towards the cake is quite clear in the first panel, and she's holding her mouth in an "I just ate something" fashion at the end.
  • November 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
    But it doesn't illustrate the trope itself, the "overreacting to lost food" part visibly at all since you can't see her tears at this size.
  • November 27, 2013
    Alucard
    Crying over lost food is good enough for me. And a comic page is hardly any better when it relies so much on dialogue.

    If you'd like to help, why not help me come up with a better name? That's what I see as lacking the most.

    P.S: Was it you who removed one of the hats?
  • November 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Except it's pretty much impossible to tell she's crying at Wiki size... anyhoo, Crowner made. And yes, I did. I don't think this is ready to publish without discussion on the image.

    As for a name... I really want to do something like Crying Over Spilt Milk, but I know that'll get poopooed. Maybe Crying Over Lost Food? Little obvious, but... eh. Maybe Was Going To Eat That, but that might be considered dialog.

    (PS: Sorry if I seem like I'm riding you. I've just hung out in Image Pickin long enough that I notice trends in works that wind up showing up there, you know?)
  • November 27, 2013
    Alucard
    I've payed attention to the timeline quite closely: you left all 5 hats in place up until I disagreed with you. That sounds like spite, frankly.
  • November 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
    I'm honestly scratching my head at that response. I don't think it's spiteful to use hats exactly as they're supposed to be used: expressing whether or not you think the page is ready to be launched as it is. I do not think it is, and the necessary changes don't seem like they're going to be made. I'm sorry if that comes across as spiteful, I really am.
  • November 27, 2013
    Alucard
    I honestly feel like you would've left the hats alone if I'd immediately taken the image down at your request. The fact you didn't take one down immediately bothers me.

    Anyway, I'm in the midst of screen-capping Erza beating people up after losing some cake. Let's see how that goes over.

    I'm also adding the crowner to the OP.
  • November 27, 2013
    Jaqen
    TV
  • November 27, 2013
    DAN004
    Alright, I'll say: I don't like the K On pic, it's not clear.
  • November 27, 2013
    Alucard
    Alright, so I just added a 3-panel shot of Erza of Fairy Tail losing her cake, looking sad, then proceeding to beat on her fellow guild members. I took about 10-12 screen-shots, and narrowed it down to those three. I wanted to include a shot of her looking contented, fork and saucer in hand, to show her emotions going from happy to sad to completely furious, but another panel would've stretched the image more than I'd like. That same image could also depict Gray (the fellow next to her) standing up and knocking the cake from her, which prevents people from confusing the situation for an act of clumsiness. And if you really wanted to stretch the image, you could have her wailing on Elfman after he steps on it, or her reaction to it getting stepped on.

    And speaking of which, a picture of someone looking sad next to a pile of spilt food does not illustrate this: that could easily be from any number of situations, and low-quality animation only makes this worse.
  • November 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Erza's cake is great.
  • November 27, 2013
    Alucard
    Erza can change her armor on command, so it could also confuse viewers on why she's dressed differently in the scenes.

    Anyway, now that the Fairy Tail picture is up, I'm heading off to sleep. Anyone is free to add the most current winner to the OP by the time this YKTTW turns 3 days old.

    P.S: If anyone wants to add an example to the OP, remember to alphabetize it.
  • November 27, 2013
    DAN004
    Do we have a crowner of sorts for image picking?
  • November 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
  • November 28, 2013
    maddthesane
  • November 28, 2013
    Alucard
    Well, unfortunately, the YKTTW has turned 3 days old, and K-On! isn't winning. I'll change it over to Erza, but I'd like to add that every other example is far worse. At least Mio will get to be the best picture under the Image Links section.

    Now I just need a good caption.

    There are plenty of examples now, and enough hats. Once someone comes up with a decent name, it'll more-or-less be in launch condition (though I do like the use of the word "grievance," or anything that makes this sound melodramatic, similar to Wardrobe Wound).
  • November 28, 2013
    Alucard
    Okay, so I added a new entry: it's Erza before the cake goes flying. I decided that how it got sent flying isn't important, and it depicts her going from happy to sad to angry in only 3 separate frames.
  • November 28, 2013
    SharleeD
    • Sadly, one reason why dogs on Animal Planet Heroes programs can end up being euthanized is if they react violently to a rubber hand held near their food as they're eating, demonstrating that they're too aggressive to be adoptable.
  • November 28, 2013
    Korodzik
    Comic Books
    • The Disney comic "Tele Paperopoli International" has a Big Eater technician mourn tearfully for his sandwiches after they're lost in a fire in the TV studio.
  • November 28, 2013
    XFllo
    Hmm, the image could be chosen by IP forum. But a crowner works, I guess.

    Another note: tropes can have just one quote at the top of the page. We have to choose one and the other could go on a quote sub-page.

    From the description: "Will often be paired with and compliment Enemy Eats Your Lunch". "Compliment" is misspelt here — should be "complement" (or you could just remove it). (These words have similar spellings but completely different meanings. If you compliment someone, you say something very nice to them:She complimented me on my English. If one thing complements another, the two things work or look better because they are together:The different flavours complement each other perfectly.)
  • November 28, 2013
    Alucard
    ^ Thanks. I'll get rid of Vash, because his quote is inside the body of his description right now.
  • November 28, 2013
    j21
    • In Airplane!, the announcement that there is no more coffee sparks a riot on board, after far graver news does not garner a reaction.
  • November 29, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch?
  • November 29, 2013
    Alucard
    ^ If you think the name is good, I suppose I could. No one seems to have anything against it.

    Alright, I'll launch it by Saturday if no one has any issue with it. Maybe earlier if more people think it's launchable.
  • November 29, 2013
    DAN004
    I like the name :D
  • November 29, 2013
    Alucard
    I'll launch it tomorrow when I get a chance to. It's funny that this only took 5 days overall.

    Hoping for some more examples too. And maybe a caption for Erza (she's pretty-much already won).
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