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A seeming-human character who is [[HumanAlien extraterrestrial]], supernatural or otherworldly (or just has very strange eating habits) may not eat the same things as ordinary humans. Aside from their AlienLunch, they may be unable to eat or be repulsed by human foods. In other cases, they can and will eat human food, but the fact that they don't ''need'' to (or may need to chow down on something else as well) proves to be important.

May act as a RedRightHand that reveals that the character isn't what they seem.

Named from the classic (and often imitated) line in the first Creator/BelaLugosi version of ''Film/{{Dracula 1931}}'': "I never drink... wine."

The opposite of NoBiochemicalBarriers. Not to be confused with TheTeetotaler.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''[[Manga/DragonBall DragonBall Z]]'' Piccolo and Namekians in general only consume water because they're photosynthetic. That's right, Piccolo is a [[PlantAliens plant]].
** Although before that revelation, Piccolo has been shown eating other things, mainly fish. The general consensus is that they only ''need'' water and sunlight, but are capable of eating. It may have to do with Kami (and therefore Piccolo) being from before the disaster that wiped out all Namekians except Guru, whose children may have been altered - much as King Piccolo's demon sons did not look like regular Namekians.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'''s Eiru and An, Sibling alien lover... [[BuffySpeak thingies]]. Really only brought forth in the two episodes where they're directly confronted with Earth food, and none of the cast members catch on to it (even when An flat out says that she doesn't eat food, though she catches herself).
* The metabolism of the Seven Lucky Gods (and their people) in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf: [[TheMovie Big Trouble in Nekonron, China]]'' can only handle rice and pickled vegetables. When trying an alternative meal, Kirin actually collapsed in agony and cried out for "P-P-P-PICKLEEEES!" Then again, said alternative meal was prepared by ''[[LethalChef Akane]]'', so...
* In ''UruseiYatsura'', the [[AncientAstronauts Oni]] can eat most human foods and even produce equivalents of their native dishes by [[FireBreathingDiner inhuman amounts of spice]], but some earth cuisine is beyond their capacity to handle. Umeboshi, which are basically pickled sour plums, get them totally plastered (humans, meanwhile, traditionally use them as a hangover and overindulgence remedy), though sake can cure them from being drunk, and they find the scent of garlic so strong and nauseatingly overpowering it has the same effect on them as tear gas.
* In ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', Sesshomaru references this to Rin after she brings him a meal to thank him for saving her life after they met. He literally tells her that he doesn't eat human food and simply wonders why she she just keeps smiling at him.
* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', neither Kero nor Yue, being magical guardians, actually ''need'' to eat at all. Kero mooches food off of Sakura during the course of ''the entire anime and manga series'' solely for his own amusement.
** Inverted, of course, with [[spoiler: Yukito, Yue]]'s SleepModeSize, who uses caloric energy to supplement any insufficient magic energy source.
* In the Creator/{{CLAMP}} series ''{{Wish}}'' Kohaku, being an angel, is nauseated by any food that's ever been alive, including plants (though she can eat honey); she gets her nutrition by bathing in sunlight.
* In ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'' Alpha, a RidiculouslyHumanRobot, is absolutely fine with any plant based food (which she does indeed eat, despite being a robot), and actually ''can'' drink wine, but is lactose intolerant. It is heavily implied that ''any'' animal protein gives her (and, probably, other robots) a severe indigestion.
* An odd example in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' comes from [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Seras]] tries to remain human by refusing to drink blood and trying to eat human food. The problem comes from the fact that, being dead, she can not only ''not'' process human food, but trying to eat it is outright ''painful;'' she can't even swallow it without immense effort.
** Alucard on the other hand, is seen enjoying a bottle of wine more than once. On an airplane. In broad daylight. Over the pacific ocean.
* Inverted in ''Anime/ErgoProxy'' where a mysterious man living all alone in a castle drinks ''nothing but wine'', to excess beyond belief; it makes him just as creepy as someone who doesn't eat or drink.
* Al from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is [[AnimatedArmor a disembodied soul bound to a suit of armor]], meaning he can't eat or drink anything. To people who don't know that there's nobody inside the armor, this can be a tip-off that Al's not what he seems (as if the ''freaking armor itself'' isn't enough of a tip-off).
** He's in training! [[WildCardExcuse You know, for his Alchemy]].
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Several comic book characters repeat this line or one like it, including:
** WonderMan
** [[ComicBook/CloakAndDagger Cloak]]
** Shaman, when he possessed the Talisman's power.
* TheVision averts this trope despite being a synthezoid (android with a human mind and soul inside). He once explained that he has learned to simulate eating and drinking so that he could better blend in with humanity.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Universal's ''Film/{{Dracula 1931}}'' of course, as the TropeNamer. [[BeamMeUpScotty The exact line]] is "I never drink-- wine."
** [[Film/DraculasDaughter His daughter also]] never drinks wine, giving the same line. [[OurVampiresAreDifferent But tea is no problem]].
*** Dracula broke his word about wine in ''Film/HouseOfFrankenstein'', however.
* Subverted in ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt''. "I never drink... wine... oh, what the hell. Let me try it."
* ''Film/{{Dracula 2000}}'' uses a variant when Lucy offers Dracula coffee: "I don't drink... coffee."
* ''Film/LoveAtFirstBite'' includes this line, which adds "...and I do not smoke shit."
* Played with in the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' movies - after Michael is turned he tries to satisfy his craving for blood by eating a rare steak. He has no problem getting it down, but it doesn't quench his hunger ''at all.''
* ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' uses the line verbatim in a shout out to Lugosi's performance.
* In Henry Sellick's ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'', the Other Mother cooks fantastically delicious meals, but we never see a speck of it on ''her'' plate. We find out later that she eats...other things...
* Angels in ''{{Dogma}}'' are unable to drink alcohol, after a pair of them got drunk and flipped off God.
* In ''Film/EdWood'', Criswell gets Bela Lugosi to say it during dinner by asking him if he'll have a glass of wine.
* In ''Film/VanHelsing'', this gets playfully toyed with, when Anna sees one of the Brides sitting over a corpse, holding a wineglass full of his blood.
-->'''Aleera:''' Thirty years old. Perfectly aged.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/{{Anathem}}'' by Creator/NealStephenson, there's a character who doesn't eat ordinary food; this is eventually revealed to be a sign that he's from [[spoiler:a universe where the laws of physics are different (ours, to be precise)]].
* Mackenzie in ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' points out repeatedly that she doesn't ''need'' to eat food, and at first is so out of the habit that it makes her ill. Several of the other characters don't need to eat food, though some do anyway (though a few, such as Puddy, stick to only their favorites).
* Variations on the line used many times in Literature/{{Discworld}} novels, but especially ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', where the vampires are encouraged to try by their forward-thinking father. [[TheIgor Igor]] also says the line, though it turns out that it's just ''wine'' he doesn't drink. [[GargleBlaster Scumble]] on the other hand...
** Also in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', where Angua, a werewolf, needles Sally, a vampire, with a variation on this line while they're both drunk.
-->'''Sally''': Oh, ha ha. I'm perfectly fine with, ''sarcastic pause'', "[[VampireVords vine]]", thank you. What I ''shouldn't'' have drunk is [[GargleBlaster sticky drinks with funny names made up by someone with no sense of humour]].
** In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', one of the more GenreSavvy characters asks for clarification as whether Vetinari "does not drink wine" or "does not drink ... wine."
*** Later we are treated to Vetinari offering his vampiric lady friend some ...wine. The ellipsis is his.
** In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', we find that [[VegetarianVampire Maladict]] doesn't drink...[[ATankardOfMooseUrine horse piss]].
** Also in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' is a group of [[InvertedTrope anti]]-EmoTeen vampires who invert the trope, and do drink[[{{Beat}} .]][[NauseaFuel .]][[DeconstructedTrope .]] ''vine'', all the time. Really. Well, a glass of port every so often. Once. A couple of sips of shandy, and most of us threw up, but [[AwesomeMcCoolName Don]][[InvertedTrope ald]] wears a corkscrew around his neck, ''and'' he sometimes has a ''real cork'' on it! Fine, so it's not inverted! [[IHateYouVampireDad You Never Respect Me, Vampire Dad]]!
* ChelseaQuinnYarbro's ''Saint-Germain'' series of historical fantasy is otherwise excellent, with the painful exception of the vampire protagonist's stubborn insistence on repeating the title of this trope at least once in ''every book of the series''.
* In ''Literature/TheProphecyOfTheStones'' Elphorys munches his "sticky purple mass" while [[spoiler: Elyador]] eats his rather mundane bread and turkey.
* In ''Literature/BloodsuckingFiends'', Jody takes a tentative sip of water as she tries to come to terms with being a vampire. She has to spit it back up immediately, as she literally can't swallow it.
* While the famous line doesn't appear in the book ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', Jonathan Harker does notice that he never sees the Count drink or eat.
** [[RunningGag ...food.]]
* ''AnitaBlake'' actually invoked this. When a waiter asks Jean-Claude what he's having, he responds with this line, prompting a SpitTake from Anita.
* In ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'', the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent sort-of-vampire]] Lamia, when offered food: "I do not eat... curry."
* Most of the mages in TamoraPierce's novels have this problem.
* In ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'', Yvaine doesn't drink or eat anything. She just absorbs light and darkness from her surroundings.
* Silas from ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'' does not eat... bananas.
* The vampires from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
* In Shai Agnon's fantastical short story ''The Lady and the Peddler'', a Jewish peddler is seduced by a beautiful widow living alone in a mansion in the woods. She feeds him endlessly with delicious multi-course meals, but he never once sees her eat or drink. [[spoiler: It is eventually revealed that the widow is a cannibal and has killed and eaten all of her previous husbands. In fact, her body has grown so accustomed to eating human flesh it can no longer digest regular food.]]
* Played to the letter in the ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series. Should a fairy drink spirits, basically any form of alcohol, with humans they lose a lot of their magic and are basically exiled.
* Eli from ''LetTheRightOneIn'' declines when Oskar offers her[[spoiler:/him]] some candy, and when Oskar asks, "Don't you eat candy?" answers, "I can't." (Book version only; in the movie version, Eli eats the candy to please Oskar, and then becomes violently ill.)
* Averted by Eric and the other Chee androids in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. While they don't ''need'' to eat, part of maintaining TheMasquerade is looking as human as possible, which includes eating and drinking whatever the culture they're currently immersed in eats and drinks; ingested food is simply vaporized inside their body.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': In ''Literature/DeathMasks'' Harry has a somewhat friendly beer with a Red Court vampire before their [[CombatByChampion duel]]. Like most people, the vampire is pleasantly surprised by [[{{Beergasm}} Mac's beer]], and when Harry expresses surprise that he drinks anything besides blood, the vampire turns it around on him.
-->'''Ortega:''' All you need is the water, after all. Why drink beer?
-->'''Harry:''' You ever taste the water in [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} this town]]?
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Minbari of ''Series/BabylonFive'' literally ''cannot'' drink wine. Even a small amount of alcohol [[CantHoldHisLiquor sends them into a homicidal rage.]] Other than that, food from most worlds is edible by most species.
** The only evidence for this, though, is a single line said by Lennier in response to a drink offered by Londo, who is not entirely trustworthy when it comes to drinks. In fact, in other scenes, during Sheridan and Delenn's dinner dates, you see them both drinking wine.
*** Minbari having an adverse reaction to alcohol is also mentioned by Marcus when he first meets Delenn and Lennier in a Down Below bar as a means of proving who he was.
*** Slightly HandWaved in that [[spoiler: Delenn is half human through AppliedPhlebotinum at this point.]]
** The Pak'Ma'Ra fit this trope PERFECTLY, as they projectile vomit anything synthetic, or fish. The doctor learned this the hard way. Note that projectile vomiting is even more obnoxious than usual in the case of the carrion-eating Pak'ma'ra.
** Humans who eat mixed alien and human food can get sick. It only came up once, though. Given the different biologies (some species breathe methane), I don't think that's too unusual.
** The Centauri cannot digest human fast food: At one point Vir casually mentions that hamburgers taste much better going down than [[{{Squick}} going up]].
*** It might have had something to do with the fact that he was dead drunk at the time, though.
* The Wraith of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' can consume human food and drink, but they gain no sustenance from it. They do occasionally eat food for the pleasure of it, though. After all, just because it doesn't feed you doesn't mean it ''tastes'' bad.
** For reference, Wraith drain the life force from humans. This leads to a disturbing comment about how he hopes the new chef proves better than the last, who made a better meal than his dishes.
** Todd the Wraith from ''Atlantis'' positively loves dropping lines like this on humans he meets.
--> '''John Sheppard''': ''"Fruit bowl. Nice touch."''
--> '''Todd the Wraith''': ''"I thought it would make our discussions a bit more... comfortable. I hope they prove as delicious as the farmers who grew them."''
** Terrifyingly subverted in one episode, in which the team starts [[spoiler: finding corpses with teeth marks on them. The wraiths of the ship had been given a retrovirus to make them more human. The common wraiths, only ever having eaten by draining life force with their palms, removed their almost permanently worn face covering masks and started experimenting with using their teeth.]]
** In ''Series/StargateSG1'', Teal'c doesn't drink alcoholic beverages either. It's unclear if it's a Teal'c thing or a Jaffa thing.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has [[spoiler:Owen]] come back from the dead, but with absolutely no vital function; as a result, he can't digest food or drink. His attempt at drinking later results in him standing on his head to force it out the hard way.
* When Peter Tork auditioned for ''TheMonkees'', the producers offered him a cigarette; Tork's reply was, "I don't smoke...those." [[TheStoner Guess what he did smoke.]]
* In ''Series/SapphireAndSteel'', when offered a cocktail at a fancy dinner party in Assignment 5, Steel says he doesn't drink. Sapphire, however, has a glass of champagne.
* ''LoisAndClark'': Superman once tells Lois that he doesn't need to eat, but he likes to. Which is fairly evident since his pantry is stocked with almost nothing but junk food.
** Aha! Another photosynthetic! [[PlantAliens He's not green, though.]]
* {{Sanctuary}}'s version of UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, being a vampire, is implied to be able to survive perfectly well on a synthetic blood substitute that Magnus developed to avoid his need for blood. However his is also a first class wine snob and since he can't get drunk he usually makes serious inroads on Magnus's wine cellar whenever he visits for any length of time.
* Odo in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' doesn't drink... a literal statement applying to liquids in general, not just alcoholic ones:
-->'''Quark:''' What'll you have?\\
'''Odo:''' I don't drink.\\
'''Quark:''' A soft drink, then?\\
'''Odo:''' ''(more firmly)'' I don't drink.
** Being a changeling, he has no taste buds, so it's not worth it to try eating or drinking anyway. In social situations, he morphs part of his substance into a glass and fluid, which he then "drinks"; it helps him to fit in.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Evil of the Daleks," the Doctor questions Arthur Terrall about the fact that he's never seen eating or drinking, at least around others. [[spoiler:It has something to do with the fact that he's mind-controlled. It's never made clear exactly what his lack of public eating signifies; it probably just shows how unsocial the mind-control is making him, and adds to his air of creepiness and wrongness.]]
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* An inversion in ''AVampyreStory'': Mona, our heroine, is a vampire. This is established fact. But Mona is in hardcore denial that this is the case, and claims that she's under a curse. A curse that gives all the symptoms of being a vampire, without being a vampire. To maintain her delusion, she claims that what she drinks is wine (it helps that her captor gets the stuff himself, so she never actually sees where it comes from). By the time the game begins, this is already a very old argument between Mona and her buddy Froderick the bat, who sarcastically refers to it as a salty-tasting merlot with a slight iron aftertaste.
** She actually delivers variations on the line when presented with other beverages.
* If you talk to a peaceful vampire in ''NetHack'', the message you get is "I only drink... potions."
* Inverted in ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'': The [[EncyclopediaExposita Datalinks]] inform us that humans do not eat... food from Planet's native life (without heavy processing). However, since Earth plants grow just fine in Planet -- even better than in Earth -- getting food is no problem.
* Given a nod in ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' with Conker's [[ItMakesSenseInContext vampire great-great-great grandfather]].
* In ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'', Saya refuses to eat in front of Fuminori. [[spoiler:It's because she's eating [[ImAHumanitarian human flesh]], and serving it to him, too.]]
* The same line spoken by Dracula is also used in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodrayne}} 2''.
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', vampires do not eat food or drink booze like normal dwarves. This can be extremely helpful in identifying them.
** They don't drink it, but [[FunnyMoments they still suffer the effects of alcohol withdrawal]].
--->[Urist [=McVampire=]] needs alcohol to get through the working day, and can't even remember the last time he had some.
* Played straight in ''[[VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines]]''. In the Asylum club, the bartender will ask the player character what they want to drink, to which they respond "I don't drink... alcohol."
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Both ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' make it clear that the only thing vampires can digest properly is blood. ''Masquerade'' goes for a more instantaneous rejection; the vampire gags as the food turns to ash in his gullet, and must cough it back up violently (unless they've taken [[YouHaveResearchedBreathing the "Eat Food" merit]]). ''Requiem'' actually allows vampires to partake of mortal food and drink, taste it, and store it... but not for long, as by the end of the night, they'll have to vomit it up in a bloody mess.
** The Macellarius clan in the latter game are descended from a vampiric glutton, who forced himself to devour food and drink well beyond what his body could stand (the fact of no longer being able to eat or drink infuriated him). Eventually it warped his blood enough that he and his childer gained the ability to eat... human flesh. Their unique Discipline, Gustus, allows them to devour raw flesh and gain Vitae from it.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', Eldrad Ulthran, famous Farseer of the Eldar craftworld of Ulthwe, appears to invoke this trope. When meeting with the primarch Fulgrim, he hosts a banquet and Fulgrim notes that Eldrad does not have any meat on his plate. When Fulgrim asks, "Does your kind not eat meat?", Eldrad replies simply "*I* do not eat meat."
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* [[LesbianVampire Rose]] from ''ClanOfTheCats'' comments in her first appearance, "I never drink...beer."
* Malack from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' does not turn up for meals with the rest of the group. When questioned about this, Tarquin replies that Malack has "a condition" which requires a very specific diet, so he eats his meals alone. [[spoiler:Malack is a vampire.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''GaiaOnline'' minigame Frontier Skies has a possible event in which Louie Von Helson gets a craving for cheeseburgers and depletes your food supply. Otherwise, he doesn't show any signs of understanding human cuisine. [[UpperClassTwit Or anything else about humans, really.]]
** Louie and his sisters competed in the Pie Hard pie-eating contest (the Twins lost early; Louie made it to the top six), and explained the situation with Gaian vampires and food: they ''can'' eat human-style fare, but it's just not as tasty to them. This [[FridgeBrilliance also justifies]] an unused storyline that had Louie shilling a soy-based blood substitute.
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