Created By: Emreld3000 on April 27, 2014 Last Edited By: Arivne on May 5, 2014
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Burrito Of Immaturity

A character\'s lack of sophistication is represented by a liking of Spanish cuisine.

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Ah, the burrito. So simple, so popular. It's often considered an Inherently Funny Word, and as such is often used to showcase a lack of sophistication. Perhaps it is due to its seeming ease to make, or its association with cases of late night munchies.

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Examples

Advertising
  • There's a cell-phone service commercial in which a morgue worker's breakfast burrito falls into the cadaver he's working on, and he blithely picks it up and continues eating it. "What, you think this is wrong? What's wrong is paying too much for cell phone service."

Film
  • In Battleship, Alex's difficulties in delivering a burrito by burgling a store while drunk to impress Samantha showcases his clumsiness and determination.

Music
  • Bowling for Soup's album The Great Burrito Extortion Case. While the music itself is not immature, the title sounds inherently silly. The album's original name, fittingly enough, is All My Rowdy Friends Are Still Intoxicated.

Web Animation
  • Whenever Sonic abandons his job to defeat the forces of Andross and establish a working democracy in Sonic for Hire, he decides to instead go to Tostidos Tacos Locos to eat until he throws up.
  • Dick Figures. The main characters launch a rage filled space battle over the fact that Red ate the last frozen burrito in the fridge.

Web Original
  • It is yet undiscovered just how The Nostalgia Critic can eat sugar-frosted burrito-stuffed, lard-filled, liposuction-butter hotpockets all the time and still stay as skinny as he does.

Western Animation
  • Kim Possible. Ron Stoppable's favorite restaurant is the Bueno Nacho. He's obsessed enough that he invented a combination of tacos and nachos, called the Naco.
  • In Regular Show, one of Rigby's life goals in high schools was to skydive while eating a burrito.
  • Adventure Time. Behold, Jake's love of the greatest food he ever made, the Everything Burrito. It had a ridiculous number of ingredients, like waffles, eggs, bacon, tea, frying pans, and entire glass of milk, and tacos. When he thought it was poisoned, he buried it like an actual person.
  • Teen Titans Go!. The intelligent but jive Cyborg likes hamburgers. The more childish Beast Boy likes burritos. They fight over this, taking it to ridiculous levels in their argument, such as replacing car engines with burritos, making giant hamburger robots, burrito hill races, hamburger aerodynamic tests.

Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • April 27, 2014
    OmarKarindu
    A few notes:

    • Burritos aren't Spanish cuisine, they're Mexican and Mexican-American cuisine
    • Several of the examples here do not seem to demonstrate any particularly clear link between "immaturity" and "liking burritos." They're just as often about simple klutziness or apathy, and int he Ron Stoppable example there's no real mention of immaturity at all.
    • I can think of just as many examples using plain old sandwiches, so it does seem to me that the burrito has any special relationship with the immaturity angle.
    • The film example is not about a character who likes burritos, just a character delivering one. It does not appear to fit the trope.

  • April 27, 2014
    DAN004
    I reckon that this happens in Eagle Land since only today.do I learn that burritos signifies... redneck-ness.
  • April 27, 2014
    TheHandle
    Tex-Mex cuisine is strongly associated to silliness, fast-foodishness, and lack of actual taste in the US. Kind of like American and Chinese food and Shawarma/Donner/Kebap have that association in Europe. Words like "Tacos", "Burritos", and "Chimichangas" are treated as inherently silly. A character shown to like this will ether be considered lame, or, if awesome, a vulgar kind of Crazy Awesome a la Jack Black or Dead Pool.
  • April 27, 2014
    Daefaroth
    I don't really get this, but then again I live in California were Mexican, Mexican-American, and Tex-Mex cuisines are Serious Business.

    Personally, I think this could be clarified by expanding it to include less mature characters who are focused on any kind of fast food. It really isn't that different for characters who obsess over fast food burgers, pizza, or whatever.
  • April 27, 2014
    Folamh3
    I could see how one could possibly expand this trope to being about fast food. Burritos and other Mexican cuisine are often a form of fast food, and a character eating fast food is sometimes used as an indicator of immaturity or poor taste (and often socio-economic class, with all the Unfortunate Implications that implies).

    A character eating fast food to indicate his or her immaturity? Maybe. Burritos specifically? Probably Too Rare To Trope.
  • April 27, 2014
    robinjohnson
    This is also going to vary a lot geographically - in the UK, Mexican food is still mainly something you go out for, and the cultural equivalent might be Indian food (Lister from Red Dwarf being an example.)

    I quite like Folamh's idea of generalising this to "immature people eat fast food".
  • April 27, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ seconding that.

    Though maybe "Acceptable Target Food" is tropable too. Do we have that already?
  • April 27, 2014
    SKJAM
    There were a series of PSA ads in print media which had spoof jobs for marijuana smokers. One of these was for "burrito tester."
  • April 28, 2014
    Arivne
  • April 28, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
  • April 28, 2014
    grey
    I'm also in favor of generalizing this trope to include all kinds of fast food. I'm thinking Fast Food Fool might be a nice name.

    If we're going to keep it limited to Tex-Mex food, though, what about naming it something like Burrito Loving Buffoon?
  • April 28, 2014
    bitemytail
    Fast Food Fool makes me think of Burger Fool, which is not this trope.

    Idiot Preferred Food maybe? Idiot Feed? Idiot Fuel?

    Just throwing a few out.
  • April 28, 2014
    grey
    Idiot Fuel could be construed as something that isn't this trope (along the lines of Nightmare Fuel, Paranoia Fuel, etc). Idiot Feed, or maybe Idiot Food, is good. I was originally thinking something along the lines of Foolish Fast Food Fanatic, but wondered if that was kinda excessive...
  • April 28, 2014
    bitemytail
    I see your point on Idiot Fuel. I was thinking of Gamer Fuel when I wrote it.

    Foolish Fast Food Fanatic is a bit much though.

    Food For Idiots? Food For Fools?
  • April 28, 2014
    grey
    Yeah, I know...sure was fun to write, though.

    Food For Fools is perfectly alliterative, assonant, and flows nicely. I'm all for it.
  • April 28, 2014
    needsanewhobby
    This trope sounds like a Stylistic Suck of TV Tropes...
  • April 28, 2014
    DAN004
    Was thinking it should be Acceptable Food Targets, but Food For Fools works nicely.

    Compare Stock Yuck.
  • April 28, 2014
    Daefaroth
    I'm good with Food For Fools. And if it is expanded.
    Advertising:
    • Kraft's 'You know you love it' ad campaign was entirely based on defeating this trope and showed that even sophisticated adults can enjoy Kraft macaroni and cheese, a food that is frequently considered childish.
  • April 29, 2014
    littlemissmuffet
  • May 1, 2014
    Folamh3
    Fast Food for Fools, to keep it on topic?
  • May 2, 2014
    henke37
    Alternatively, Simple Food For Simple Minds. But I prefer Food For Fools, it's short and simple.
  • May 2, 2014
    bitemytail
    ^^ Why limit it to fast food only though? re-write the description a little if necessary.

    The description as it stands applies ONLY to burritos, so we'll have to rewrite it anyway.
  • May 2, 2014
    lakingsif
    In Pitch Perfect the man-child Treblemakers all eat burritos on their bachelor pad of a bus before the terrible ringleader throws one at a member of their opposing team, who he may or may not also want to date or something. Some of the least immature behaviour Bumper, in particular, shows.

    Gives us the brilliant Memetic Mutation line of: "I've just been shot! I've just been hit by flying Mexican food!"
  • May 2, 2014
    DAN004
    Is this Up For Grabs yet?
  • May 2, 2014
    bitemytail
    The OP posted once (creating the YKTTW) on 4/27/14, meaning it won't be Up For Grabs until 6/27/14.

    It is 2 months of no OP activity until it's Up For Grabs right?
  • May 3, 2014
    lakingsif
    ^ I thought it was two weeks...
  • May 3, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ lawl.
  • May 3, 2014
    MercenX
    ^^^^^^ What is your definition of fast food? Fast food is not simply a restaurant that has a drive-through window, the term also applies to any form of cuisine which has been "dumbed down" to be served and eaten quickly. This includes store-bought materials such as canned soups, instant noodles and oatmeal, granola breakfast bars, burritos, cheese macaroni, hard-boiled eggs, cold cereal, Pop Tarts, Eggos, Toaster Strudels, et cetera ad nauseum.
  • May 3, 2014
    Folamh3
    My personal definition of fast food would exclude any food that requires any preparation on the customer's part. A burger that you buy in McDonald's and eat on the spot is fast food. A frozen burger that you buy in a supermarket and then cook in a microwave is convenience food, not fast food.
  • May 3, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ though I think konbini food should count here too.
  • May 3, 2014
    MercenX
  • May 3, 2014
    Daefaroth
    I think children are exempt from this trope as the goal is that someone who should be more mature still eats food that you would associate with kids. Childish Diet perhaps?

    One thing that I wonder about is that some of the examples are about characters who have every right to be immature. Notably Ron Stoppable, Beast Boy, and Cyborg are all teenagers. Why shouldn't they like fast food?

    Also to pound on one example, Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go showed plenty of times that Cyborg is every bit as immature as Beast Boy is. Beast Boy likes burritos over burgers because he is a vegetarian, not because he is less mature than Cyborg.
  • May 4, 2014
    DAN004
    Wait, didn't we agree that this is no longer just about immaturity?
  • May 4, 2014
    Daefaroth
    It has to say something about the character or we just have People Eat Fast Food / People Eat Convenience Food which sounds pretty chairsy.
  • May 4, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ I mean, at least if we agree on Food For Fools, then "fools" aren't just about immature people. Such as blue-collars, bachelors, rednecks, those with Perpetual Poverty and the like.
  • May 4, 2014
    lakingsif
    ^^ agree, and maybe call it 'junk food', i.e. not typically nutritious and without implications on time spent preparing.
  • May 4, 2014
    Daefaroth
    ^^Fair enough, although I could point out your list isn't precisely screaming with the implication of maturity. Perhaps Unsophisticated Palate?
  • May 4, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ title's really sophisticated. I like it, but not sure if everybody agrees.
  • May 5, 2014
    lakingsif
    ^ anything that makes more sense is good for me
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