You want me to describe another trope? I'd rather drink
the Brain Bleach
A character expresses his displeasure for an idea by claiming a preferred alternative — except that alternative is clearly something the average person would find unthinkably undesirable, usually subjecting oneself to pain. This is mainly a Comedy Trope
, deriving humor from the exaggerated, ridiculous description of unusual torture.
Commonly used to respond to the advances of an Abhorrent Admirer
or Casanova Wannabe
Compare I Have to Wash My Hair
and I Need to Go Iron My Dog
as more mundane excuses. Contrast Fate Worse than Death
as a more serious comparison. Anything But That!
is another negative (over)reaction, though usually to threats.
- A Hellblazer comic subverts this: a couple are arguing, with the man saying that he'd rather shove red-hot needles in his eyes than talk to her family any more. A while later, due to demonic influence, he does just that, and tells her in a completely normal voice that he was wrong: this is much worse.
- In A Christmas Carol Scrooge suggests that the indigent go to prisons or workhouses instead of him giving to charity. The person he's talking to says "Many can't go there; and many would rather die."
- "Weird Al" Yankovic's "One More Minute," singing about an ex.
That's right, you ain't gonna see me crying
I'm glad that you found somebody new
'Cause I'd rather spend eternity eating shards of broken glass
Than spend one more minute with you.
- Jon has gotten this repeatedly in Garfield. It was a kind of Running Gag for a while.
- Similarly, Michelle does this to Curtis sometimes when he asks her out.
- A regluar occurance with The Angry Video Game Nerd, often in a profane matter. For example, in the first Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde episode, he advises to destroy the game instead of playing it, saying, "You'd rather super-glue your asshole shut than play that game. You'd rather drown in gasoline."
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