Created By: Lucymae2 on January 7, 2013 Last Edited By: Lucymae2 on January 11, 2013
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Haggis is Horrible

No character wants to eat their haggis.

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Gabriella Daniels: "Haggis always tastes like ass anyway."
Kenneth Donnelly: "Aye, but in the right hands it can taste like mighty fine ass."
-- Mass Effect 2

Haggis is a Scottish dish prepared using a sheep stomach, oatmeal, suet, and some crazy things that you might not think would go good together in a dish.

In fiction, haggis is often viewed as disgusting, in which case no characters will eat or touch it. Sometimes they might ask whatís in it first, and look dismayed at the answer. Other times they might begin to eat it and spit it across the room in disgust. Whatever the reason, it never seems like anybody wants to eat their haggis.

Sometimes, a character might eat their haggis and like it. Then they might ask what't in it, and be revolted by the answer. This is combined with I Ate WHAT?. A Sub-Trope of Foreign Queasine. Compare Stock Yuck. Not to be confused with Hšgar the Horrible.


Examples

Anime and Manga

Films-- Live-Action
  • Ramirez in Highlander. Connor calls him a haggis, and he asks what it is. When Connor tells him...
    Ramirez: How revolting!

Films-- Animation

Literature

Live-Action TV

Newspaper Comics
  • In one Oor Wullie strip in the Scottish Sunday Post, Wullie is sent to the butcher to get a haggis for Burns Night, despite insisting he'd rather have mince'n'tatties. He persuades the butcher to give him mince in a haggis skin instead.

Theater
  • In the play Money Talks, a Running Gag in the second act is various characters attempting to get rid of the haggis the Scottish banker leaves behind.

Video Games
  • Mass Effect 2 has a conversation between Normandy crewmen Gabby Daniels and Ken Donnelly on this subject if Shepard buys equipment and ingredients for Normandy's galley. Donnelly, true Scotsman that he is, apparently quite likes it.

Western Animation
  • There's one episode of Johnny Bravo that has Johnny and the Loch Ness monster fighting over a sack of haggis Johnny bought. Johnny gets it in the end, realizes what's in it, and decides against eating it.
  • In an episode of Samurai Jack, Jack visits The Scotsman's home town, and is presented with a feast of haggis. Jack promptly exclaims "Eww!" and holds his nose.
  • In The Simpsons Groundskeeper Willie tries to sell Haggis at the school fair and makes the mistake of describing the ingredients and saying "Tastes as good as it sounds"
  • Peter Puppy's hatred of haggis is a Running Gag on the Earthworm Jim series.
  • Used in an episode of ProStars, and combined with I Ate WHAT?.


Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • January 7, 2013
    foxley
    In the play Money Talks, a Running Gag in the second act is various characters attempting to get rid of the haggis the Scottish banker leaves behind.
  • January 7, 2013
    StarSword
    Page quote:
    Gabriella Daniels: "Haggis always tastes like ass anyway."
    Kenneth Donnelly: "Aye, but in the right hands it can taste like mighty fine ass."

    Video Games:
    • Mass Effect 2 has a conversation between Normandy crewmen Gabby Daniels and Ken Donnelly on this subject if Shepard buys equipment and ingredients for Normandy's galley. Donnelly, true Scotsman that he is, apparently quite likes it.
  • January 7, 2013
    batgirl1
    Sub Trope of Foreign Queasine. ^_^ (In fact, I think the page quote for that mentions haggis...)

    ETA: Yep, it does; and there are even a few examples you can swipe, such as the Samurai Jack one under Western Animation.
  • January 7, 2013
    DRCEQ
    Justified Trope: Many people who are used to living in sanitized living conditions find the idea of eating anything stored inside a stomach or intestines to be exceptionally gross and unsanitary, no matter how the contents of the dish is prepared and cooked. In such cases, people who live in these conditions actually would NOT be ready to fight off any possible contaminants that may still be lingering in the dish, unlike the local population who have adapted to it over generations of eating it. Same reason why you should never drink the local water in another country.
  • January 7, 2013
    JonnyB
    In an episode of Samurai Jack, Jack visits The Scotsman's home town, and is presented with a feast of haggis. Jack promptly exclaims "Eww!" and holds his nose.
  • January 7, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In a Reucrring Sketch on Saturday Night Live Mike Myers plays the proprietor of a "All Things Scottish" store in New York City. His Catch Phrase is "If its not Scottish it's crap!" But not even he likes haggis.
  • January 8, 2013
    bulmabriefs144
  • January 8, 2013
    Euan2000
    In The Simpsons Groundskeepr Willie tries to sell Haggis at the school fair and makes the mistake of describing the ingredients and saying "Tastes as good as it sounds"
  • January 8, 2013
    TonyG
    Peter Puppy's hatred of haggis is a Running Gag on the Earthworm Jim series.
  • January 8, 2013
    chicagomel
    Ramirez in Highlander. Connor calls him a haggis, and he asks what it is. When Connor tells him...
    Ramirez: How revolting!

    idk if it'd fit anywhere but one tidbit is that you can't usually find authentic haggis in the US, I think because meat regulations won't let the stomachs be used.
  • January 8, 2013
    DaibhidC
    @DRCEQ I see what your saying, but I'd remove the reference to first world countries, since it kind of implies Scotland isn't one...

    Newspaper Comics
    • In one Oor Wullie strip in the Scottish Sunday Post, Wullie is sent to the butcher to get a haggis for Burns Night, despite insisting he'd rather have mince'n'tatties. He persuades the butcher to give him mince in a haggis skin instead.
  • January 8, 2013
    DRCEQ
    ^ you make a valid point about that.
  • January 8, 2013
    bulmabriefs144
  • January 8, 2013
    randomsurfer
  • January 9, 2013
    Euan2000
    It's worth mentioning that in Scotland today you're more likely to find haggis with a plastic skin rather than sheep stomach. For practicality as well as health as the plastic skin is less likely to burst when boiled.

    On a personal note, I like haggis but I wish they wouldn't put so much pepper in it.
  • January 9, 2013
    DRCEQ
    ^^ is that what that means??? Wow, critical research failure on my part there. I thought it meant any country that isn't dirt poor or has any serious problems, but isn't an economic superpower either.

    Forget I even said it. Even I'm ashamed there.
  • January 11, 2013
    AgProv
    Real Life: For a long time, haggis was a prohibited foodstuff in the USA and may still be so. As a vital component of real Scottish haggis is minced lung and other parts of an animal not normally eaten by humans, the Food and Drug Administration placed a bar on all importation, citing the contamination risk and also wary about transferring CJD to people, Manufacture within the USA was also prohibited, leading to desperate Scottish-Americans getting round this form of Prohibition by smuggling illicit haggis accross the northern border from sympathetic Scots-Canadians, whose country had a more robust attitude towards foodstuffs. (Then again, there are far more Scots-Canadians than there are Scots-Americans - any Canadian government authorising such a draconian ban would have lost a significant voting base.) The idea that every Burns Night Dinner in the USA could be busted by cops looking for illicit substances is quite an amusing one, as is the concept of haggis-smuggling....
  • January 11, 2013
    Omeganian
    I remember it from an episode of Pro Stars, where it was combined with I Ate What.
  • January 11, 2013
    Rognik
    I'm not certain why this needs a special page on its own. At one point in time, sushi was considered Foreign Queasine because it was uncooked fish, but has since gained great popularity in the west. In fact, I'm sure there are still some people who would be unwilling to try eating uncooked fish with rice, even though there have been great lengths taken to ensure fresh ingredients. Haggis just happens to be one of the easiest recipes to mention that might make someone sick, even if proper preparation and spicing makes it taste decent.
  • January 11, 2013
    Lucymae2
    ^ Ag Prov, I think your entry might belong more on the actual description of the trope than in the examples file, just to give us some background.

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