->''"They didn't want me."''
-->-- '''Billy''' after being rejected by [[Creator/HPLovecraft Yog]] [[CaptainErsatz Sawhaw]], ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''

Well, it looks like this is TheEnd. The EldritchAbomination rears up on its ugly, misshapen limbs, and devours the [[IdiotHero lovable hero]] face first. The audience does a collective cringe since, as everyone knows, watching someone getting [[NightmareFuel eaten alive]] is [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath not a particularly pretty sight]]. Audiences prepare for the sickening crunch as the monster...

...spits him out?

Yes, that's right. It looks like the monster doesn't ''want'' to eat the lovable hero. It seems that something about them, be it their whiny, unlikable personality, their lack of any skills for the villain to [[PowerCopying absorb]], or even their really bad taste in deodorant or shampoo is enough that a monster simply does not want to eat them. Now, strictly speaking, is this being picky? Well, yeah -- but it's not like ''you'd'' put just anything in your mouth, so why should a human-eating monster be any different? Just because they're a monster [[EvenEvilHasStandards doesn't mean they're a savage]]!

Note that, broadly speaking, this trope does not just concern itself with eating. A monster could also just plain be [[NotWorthKilling unwilling to dignify an unworthy subject with the honor of being killed]]. One particularly creepy variant is that the EldritchAbomination or similar evil devours, grabs, attacks, or just confronts the character... and [[HorrifyingTheHorror is immediately terrified]] and runs, sometimes screaming, back to whence they came. This is usually played for laughs, but sometimes it implies that this character, or perhaps [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humanity]] [[HumansAreCthulhu as a whole]], is in fact worse than any Cthulhu-esque abominations or reality-warping [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity homicidal lunatics]] could ever be. This can also include an EmotionEater being overloaded by the emotions of its victim, such as a monster who eats rage being overloaded by the hero's UnstoppableRage.

If the "victim" is more dangerous/powerful than the monster, that's a case of MuggingTheMonster. PityTheKidnapper is the broader, typically more mundane trapping of this trope. Might overlap with DisabilityImmunity and AssimilationBackfire. See also EatenAlive.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the ''IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' episode "The Day the Soyokaze Vanished", it is revealed that there are rumors that the Soyokaze was demoted and sent to this exact same sector of space once ten years before. During that time, a number of the crew committed suicide by flushing themselves into space, due to a combination of shame and boredom, and the captain (a former friend of Admiral Fuji, who arranged for the Soyokaze to be demoted so that he could be promoted) committed suicide. This is proven true and the ghost of the captain returns to the Soyokaze, trying first to kill Lieutenant Yamamoto (mistaking him for the captain), then Tylor. Just as he is about to kill them, Yamamoto and Tylor start arguing, revealing just how irresponsible and lacksadasical Tylor is about his commission, disgusting the ghost so much that he breaks off his murderous efforts and ends the haunting, angrily declaring them to be too pathetic to bother with.
* A non-comedic example. In ''{{Hellsing}}'', Alucard, one of fictiondoms [[GodModeSue most insanely overpowered characters]], has a habit of eating his defeated enemies' souls to enslave them and assimilate their power. [[spoiler:He's almost KilledOffForReal when he chows down on walking physics anomaly Schrodinger, whose power is so bizarre it causes Alucard to undergo a quantum existence failure. He does recover, but it takes ''30 years''.]]
* Another non-comedic example in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. After he is critically injured, [[spoiler:Kimblee is devoured by Pride. Not long after, however, Kimblee emerges from the thousands of tormented souls trapped within Pride to distract and weaken him at a key moment. Pride doesn't understand how Kimblee could have managed to retain his sanity in the maelstrom, but he overlooks the fact that [[InsanityImmunity Kimblee is already insane]] [[CrazyAwesome and loving it]]]].
* Excalibur from ''Manga/SoulEater'', a memetic pain in the butt. He is a… [[http://moe.animecharactersdatabase.com/uploads/2294-281970769.jpg humanoid bird-lizard-thingy in a suit]], for lack of better words, that can shapeshift into King Arthur's [[ExcaliburInTheStone legendary sword]], but is too obnoxious to have a wielder apart from the king. In a universe full of Eldritch and {{Humanoid Abomination}}s as well as powerful witches, no one is using Excalibur, even though one is practically unbeatable with him. Even Death and the Personification of the Madness of Power, even the first two {{Big Bad}}s, even the Demon God who went mad because he was afraid of being too weak could not deal with him.
* Another non-comedic example in ''{{Slayers}}''. The Holy Tree Flagoon was planted to absorb the evil miasma generated by demons, and in season 1 / novel 3 is able to consume the Demon Beast Zanaffar whole. In season 2 / novel 8, the tree tries to absorb the miasma of Hellmaster Fibrizo... and dies instantly.
** A comedic instance occurs in the very first episode. A dragon steps ''over'' Lina rather than step on her, shortly after Lina has learned of a rather... unflattering nickname for herself relating to ''exactly this sort of situation''. A similar joke is used in one of the [=OVAs=], where Lina and her employer confront an army of dragons, who ''immediately'' put on OhCrap faces and [[AttackAttackRetreatRetreat advance to the rear at full speed]].
*** The nickname also refers to the fact that she just generally terrifies dragons... and pretty much everyone else.
* A similar example appears in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', when England tries to curse America with an evil chair. [[{{Yandere}} Russia]] sits on it instead and 'Russia is more evil than the chair, so the chair exploded'.
** When England and America capture Italy, they send him back to Germany (in a box [[GratuitousEnglish labeled "fuck"]], no less) because he's a pain to take care of.
* In ''IchigoMashimaro'', after being tossed out the window in a tiger costume Miu returns as {{Dracula}}, and proceeds to pretend to suck Matsuri's blood. ("Nothing like the taste of a sweet virgin's young blood," she remarks.) She turns to Nobue, but stops. ("No, wait. Old lady blood? Bleh...") Nobue protests that her blood's delicious, as she's only 16.
* Non-comedic example in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Himegami Aisa possesses the ability 'Deep Blood' which makes her blood seem attractive to vampires and kills them when they drink it. A vampire attracted by this ability converted her family and friends into vampires resulting in their deaths.
* In chapter 527 of ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'', The Raikage talks about two criminals known as the Gold and Silver Brothers, who tried to seize the power of Kurama, and got eaten for their troubles. For the next ''two weeks'', they caused him so much indigestion that Kurama couldn't stand it anymore and spit them out.
** And they survived by ''eating Kurama's flesh''.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' has two examples of this. The first is when a villain who [[CannibalismSuperpower eats people]] to [[MegaManning absorb their powers]] eats someone with [[FromASingleCell incredible regenerative capabilities]], and is slowly taken over by him. The second is in backstory, though revealed rather late in the manga--a woman many centuries ago treated diseases by eating flesh from diseased corpses, building up antibodies, and then feeding bits of her own flesh to sick people. When a demon tried to eat her, she taunted him with the knowledge that he'd [[RegretEatingMe almost certainly die of it]], and he wound up [[InterspeciesRomance seducing her instead]].
* ''Spunky Knight's'' main character, [[BoobsofSteel Phaia]] is a comedic/sexy example as everything from [[HeroKiller wanted men,]] to hordes of mooks to Demon Lords, Eldritch Abominations and a professional Magic Knight/Mad Scientist/Slave Trader try to [[BreakTheCutie turn her into a sex slave]] [[TooKinkyToTorture only for it to horrifically backfire on them]] and [[OutWithABang lead to their defeat.]] To date, the '''only''' man capable of truly satisfying her is fellow BadassNormal, [[BadassTeacher Torre.]]
* OnePiece has a few examples. After Momoo's tailfin is intially kicked by the Straw Hats, he will run away after preparing to attack them once he recognizes their faces.
** Also, in "Little Buggy's Big Adventure" in the chapter openings in the manga and two filler episodes in the anime, Buggy is eaten by a giant bird and spat into the distance immediatly.
** No one has ever managed to resist Perona's Negative Hollow attack - except Usopp. The reason was he was already such a pessimist that the ghosts couldn't bring him lower, and when Perona tried to anyway, she and the ghosts fell into depression instead.
* During the final match of the Devil Chojin arc in ''{{Kinnikuman}},'' Buffaloman manages to stal Kinnikuman's life force, killing him...and then burst into flame because the Burning Inner Strength was more than he could handle. He had to return the power to Kinnikuman's body and resurrect him to save his own life.
** In one earlier anime episode, Kinnikuman is fighting a sea monster for publicity, only to find said monster FAR larger than he is and gets swallowed whole. As a funeral is held in his honor, the sea monster stomach makes some unpleasant noises...and Kinnikuman crawls out from under it. It's not hard to figure out how Kin escaped.
* In HanakoAndTheTerrorOfAllegory, Kanae is being haunted by a demon which intends to take her soul as payment for granting her wish of being an idol singer. To stall for time, Kanae keeps making more extravagant wishes, forcing the demon to try and make her into an international superstar despite her lack of talent. When Daisuke finally bursts in to rescue her, the exhausted demon screams at him, "Save me, please! She's the devil!"
* The Oni in RanmaOneHalf that spend the entire episode trying to get saintly Kasumi to be evil shifts his possesion to Happosai so he can gather evil faster. A little too fast, since Happosai turns out to be too evil for even the Oni to stomach.
* As it turns out in ''[[LightNovel/{{Baccano}} Alice in Jails]]'', Isaac's brazen idiocy manages to ''protect'' him from [[AxeCrazy Ladd's]] homicidal impulses.
-->'''Firo:''' Hey, come to think of it, isn't Isaac the kinda guy you said you hate? The kind who think they'll never die.
-->'''Ladd:''' Nah. I've been keeping my eye on him for a few weeks now, and... Well, let's be honest here. There's something wrong with the guy's head. Getting mad at him'd be like getting mad at a puppy. He honestly doesn't have enough brains to know any better.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has Eren first discover his [[spoiler:ability to transform into a Titan from inside the stomach of one that had just swallowed him. His arm proceeds to burst out of its mouth, quickly followed by the rest of him (basically tearing it open in the process)]].
** Since Titans [[BizarreAlienBiology lack proper digestive organs]], they actually vomit up ''every'' human they consume once their stomach reaches full capacity (although by that point, the few that manage to be swallowed whole and alive will be long dead and partially digested).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A serious variation appears in a Franchise/{{Batman}}/''FinalCrisis'' crossover. A couple of Darkseid's henchmen capture Bats and try to extract his memories in order to implant them in a clone army. Trouble is these memories are so traumatic ([[BellisariosMaxim just roll with it]]) that they short-circuit said clones.
* In ''{{Nextwave}}'', Forbush Man transports four fifths of the Nextwave team into nightmare visions of their own existence conjured up from the recesses of their minds. This doesn't work on Tabby, whose mind is so utterly shallow as to render her immune. She explodes him.
--> The little guy did something to your heads. [[TheDitz I]] gave him the explodo because [[TooDumbToFool I am clever]].
* In one of MarvelComics' goofier ''[[CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]]'' stories in recent years, the Psycho-Man, a mind-raping emotion-controlling mad scientist, attempts to use [[PsychopathicManchild dim-witted "hero" Drax the Destroyer]] as his pawn. Unfortunately, fear makes Drax cower in the corner, doubt makes him stand around baffled, and hate makes him attack whatever's in his path (such as Psycho-Man). Cue Psycho-Man musing that he's got to add some new emotions to his device.
* When taken prisoner by a man who plans to use the regenerating ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} as an infinite source of food for his [[OurZombiesAreDifferent intelligent zombies]], said zombies quickly find him to be completely unappetizing. Could be because he [[TastesLikePurple tastes like cancer]]. (Or more specifically, "rancid tofurkey that's been marinated in formaldehyde".)
** In the last issue of ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'' ''Team-Up'', Galactus makes Wade his newest Herald after Wade sees an ad for the position in the classifieds. Though Wade does a good job as a Herald, [[MotorMouth his incessant chatter]] drives the mighty planet devouring entity nuts. Galactus is saved when the ComicBook/SilverSurfer arrives and beats the Power Cosmic out of Wade.
** Not to mention the time ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'s Typhoid Mary got a crush on Deadpool. She made him look sane by comparison.
* In ''Supreme: The Return'', Korgo the Space-Tyrant beats up then-President of the United States Bill Clinton to take his place as "ruler of the free world." Among the spoils he claimed was Clinton's wife, Hillary. By the time Supreme could come and beat him up, Korgo breathlessly thanked him for taking him away from her.
* In the first ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' story arc, Rasputin tried to tap into pyrokinetic Liz's powers in a bid to awaken one of the Oggru-Jahad's spawn. This backfired when Rasputin lost control of Liz's power and ''fried'' the EldritchAbomination.
* ''[[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Dracula vs. Superman]]'' is resolved when Dracula hypnotizes Superman, and bites into him to gain the Kryptonian power in his blood. One problem; Superman is ''solar powered''.
** An issue of ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' substitutes Dracula with "random vampire teenager" and Supes with Karolina, with the same results.
* A ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' arc has the King of the Vampires tormenting John Constantine while he's at his lowest point (homeless and alcoholic after a bad breakup) by killing the one guy he'd been friends with since his time on the street and [[BreakingSpeech tormenting him about the general worthlessness of humans]]. John finally relents and lets the King drink his blood... forgetting that he got a blood transfusion from the demon Nergal. The King's ''jaw dissolves'', and John uses the second wind to piss on him and drag him screaming into the sunlight.
* The ''[[UltimateMarvel Ultimate Galactus]]'' arc has Professor Xavier trying to make contact with Gah Lak Tus's HiveMind, only to get [[MindRape hurt pretty badly]], as is standard in interactions with the PlanetEater. However, he realizes that the reason Gah Lak Tus acts in such a way is because it's ''disgusted'' by organic life, so he sets up a psionic amplifier...
-->"Hello, Gah Lak Tus. I've brought six billion of my friends."
* There are multiple theories on precisely what's going on inside [[{{Spiderman}} Carnage's]] head, but we know that his personality hasn't changed in the slightest since his encounter with an alien symbiote, and we know that typically these symbiotes either coexist with the original personality (as in Venom's case) or take over completely. One interpretation is that Carnage was so AxCrazy that he completely overwhelmed the alien's mind.
* A [[ComicBook/BlackestNight Black Lantern]] who tried to eat the heart of ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger died instantly without leaving a scratch on the Stranger.
* In ''TheFlash'' storyline "Hell to Pay," Satan {{Expy}} Neron [[DealWithTheDevil bargains for Wally's love for Linda]] in exchange for stopping the rampage of Wally's soulless RoguesGallery through Keystone--and thanks to ExactWords the city seems about to be flattened anyway. However, Neron finds that their love is so strong he's actually started to feel un-Satanly compassion, and consequently shows up demanding that they take it back. They refuse to do so until he agrees to hit the ResetButton on the entire business, even bringing back the people that the Rogues killed.
** Neron was previously defeated trying to claim Captain Marvel's soul, given freely in a moment of HeroicSacrifice. Claiming an untainted soul in such circumstances turned out to be Neron's KryptoniteFactor.
* Similarly, a ''ComicBook/BlackPanther'' arc had Black Panther make a deal with Mephisto for the sole thing that could save the day. Mephisto came to claim his soul... which was also the seat of the power of the Black Panther, and tied to every other noble soul that's channeled said power. And they were ''pissed''.
* In a What If story, Mephisto tried to claim the soul of the ComicBook/SilverSurfer. It backfired when the IncorruptiblePurePureness of the Surfer's soul manifested as a brilliant light that burned Mephisto. Since the Surfer already agreed to spend eternity in hell, Mephisto would burn ''forever''. In this case, Surfer isn't too powerful or too evil for Mephisto -- he's too ''good''. Ironically, that's exactly why Mephisto wanted Surfer in hell in the first place since he didn't like seeing someone that good in the universe.
* In the eponymous series, ComicBook/HarleyQuinn was exiled from Hell due her focus on joy and love.
* In one story, {{Lobo}} died. The story ends with Lobo back among the livings and Heaven and Hell making him immortal for everything he did. OK, his rampage that devastated Heaven was justified, after they reincarnated him as a squirrell and he died squished by his own corpse dying his original death (it wasn't on purpose), but everything he did before that wasn't.
* In the second story-arc of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' Spike is unaffected by the Nightmare forces (their powers, at any rate, he's still quite vulnerable to conventional attack) and when [[spoiler:Nightmare Rarity]] uses her LotusEaterMachine ability on him, he quickly deduces that it's not real and escapes.
* In ''ComicBook/WrathOfTheFirstLantern'', [[EmotionEater Volthoom]] tries to feed on Larfleeze's emotions by showing him what his life would be like with his family back. Larfleeze is too [[{{Greed}} greedy]] for it to work and Volthoom just gives up and leaves him alone.
* ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'' has Bizarro clones running rampant through the city, converting anyone they touch into Bizarros. When one touches Steve, his steroid habit makes him immune.
* In an "Alien" spoof by French Cartoonist Gotlib, a facehugger hugs Pervers Pépère. No surprise (at least to those knowing Pervers Pépère) the poor Xeno immediately needs an Alka Seltzer.
* Anytime Deadman tries to possess Constantine in JusticeLeagueDark, he feels actual pain due to how corrupted Constantine is. Inhabiting the body of the Phantom Stranger in his own series has similar results.
* In ''ComicBook/OriginalSin'', BigBad [[spoiler:Dr. Midas]] has gotten hold of one of the eyes of the now-deceased Watcher, containing untold secrets of the Marvel Universe. After awhile, he feels utter shame discomfort and just wants to get rid of the damn thing!
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheSwarmOfWar'', the Overmind is GenreSavvy enough not to try absorbing Chaos Space Marines, despite the usefulness of the Gene-seeds for his plans.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story, ''Fanfic/CourtneyAndTheViolinOfDespair'' initially downplays the trope, but later double-subverts it.
** When Courtney acquires [[ArtifactOfDeath the violin]], the spirit enforcing the {{curse}} decides not to try to kill her because it regards an 11-year-old girl as not worth the effort. Instead, the Violin Spirit contents itself with inflicting [[EvilIsPetty petty humiliations]].
** When the 16-year-old Courtney appears on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'' and thereby becomes a public figure, the Violin Spirit decides that she's now worth the effort, and starts trying to do her in.
** The strong-willed Courtney eventually develops a degree of resistance to the curse unbeknownst. This resistance, however slight, plays a pivotal role in her eventual deliverance form the curse.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Toward the end of ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'', Charlie is captured by the [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Big-Lipped Alligator]], who then proceeds to eat him alive, but when the Alligator was about to take his first bite, Charlie starts howling very loudly. The Alligator, upon realizing that he can never eat anyone that can sing as good as Charlie immediately lets him go and instead starts singing "Let's Make Music Together" - the trope naming BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
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[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/CastADeadlySpell'', the Evil Sorcerer is ready to [[VirginSacrifice sacrifice his Beautiful Virgin Daughter]] to the [[EldritchAbomination Elder God]]. But the Elder God throws her back in disgust. It seems that her "virgin" qualification had been revoked when Daddy wasn't looking...
* Seen in the live-action ''Film/RockyAndBullwinkle'': [[spoiler:Bullwinkle is too dense for mind control to have any effect.]]
** Also in the original cartoons. [[spoiler:"No brain, no effect."]]
* In ''Franchise/StarWars V: Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', R2-D2 gets swallowed by a swamp monster on Dagobah. A few seconds later, he gets spat out. Luke comments, "You're lucky you don't taste very good." (the ReCut inexplicably changed it to "You're lucky you got out of there.")
** He certainly isn't a hero, but when Boba Fett fell into the sarlacc's maw in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', it was not the end of him. Another bounty hunter looking for Jabba's body found him nearby, barely clinging to life. It is hinted that he may have managed to fight his way out of the creature's belly (a feat that no-one had ever accomplished), but the next time he confronted Han Solo, he simply said that the beast had found him "indigestable".
** Another incident involving the sarlacc was with Jabba's father Zorba. Seeking revenge for his son's death, he attempted to deliver a KarmicDeath to Leia by throwing her to the creature, only to fall into its maw itself; however, the sarlacc spit him out. ''This'' time, it was obvious that it was because the taste of Hutts made it ''sick''. (Maybe the EvilTastesGood Trope isn't true if taken literally...)
* The villain in ''Film/{{Barbarella}}'' attempts to kill her by [[OutWithABang pleasuring her to death in his Excessive Machine]]. She, however, can take so much pleasure that the machine overloads instead.
** And yet, somehow, the giant evil-eating blob that engulfs the city at the end is so repulsed by her innocence that it spits out Barbarella ''and'' a villainess who just happens to be next to her.
*** No wonder. 90% of Barbarella's characterization is that she is innocently sensual, with no malice. Ok, some malice.
* In the film adaptation of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', the chronically depressed robot Marvin connects himself to a police cruiser for a little chat. After a little while, the police cruiser shuts down because its computer committed suicide rather than continue listening to Marvin.
* Film/TheThreeStooges get a taste of brainwashing when captured by RedChina while re-enacting ''AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''. Result? [[YouNoTakeCandle "No brainee to washee!"]]
* In ''Me and the Big Guy'' a parody of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', a lonely citizen tries small talking and playing board games with BigBrother and even puts on sock-puppet theater for the "Big guy" on the screen. An annoyed and disgusted Big Brother calls him out, telling him that Big Brother is supposed to be a feared and omniscient oppressor, not a personal friend, but as the citizen continuities this behavior, Big Brother turns the double-way screen off in frustration to avoid communicating with him. Of course, it is subtly suggested that this was the citizen's intention from the start.
* At the end of ''Film/MenInBlack'', K intentionally gets himself swallowed to retrieve his gun. The result is less than enjoyable for the bug...
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', Captain Barbossa is described as being "so evil that Hell itself spit him back out."
** Which becomes ironic once he actually comes back to life in the sequel.
* The climactic scene of ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano''. The two protagonists hold hands and leap into the volcano... [[spoiler:and the Volcano God rejects them, blowing them out into the sea and then sinking the island]].
* A predatory Ceratosaurus in ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' takes our heroes by surprise. However, our heroes happen to be [[ItMakesSenseInContext covered in Spinosaurus dung]], so the ceratosaur takes one whiff, changes its mind, and walks away.
* In ''Film/{{Hulk}}'', Bruce's dad, trying to assimilate the Hulk, gets the sum total of Bruce's repressed anguish in the process, and can't handle it.
-->Take it back... It's not stopping! ''Take it back!''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The title character of ''Literature/BobbieFaye'' is refused by the governor of Texas (and quite a few other states) as the governor of Louisiana tries desperately to pass her on(off).
* Creator/JohnMoore's comedic fantasy novel ''Literature/AFateWorseThanDragons'' plays with this one quite a bit:
** One of the heroines winds up as the hostage of an evil wizard who is attempting to breed griffins. In this setting, griffins can only draw nourishment through eating virgin maidens. The rest of the heroes arrive "too late" to save her from being tossed into the griffin feeding pit only to discover a very alive and very annoyed princess who basically says "It had already eaten. That's the only reason I'm still alive. Understand?"
*** Later, she corners her boyfriend and demands an explanation for why the griffin really didn't eat her, since he assured her that some undefined (but obviously sexual) act "didn't count".
** And later on, as the griffin is released on a Mayday festival equivalent, a random maiden sees the griffin as it catches her scent and makes a hurried attempt to force herself on the man whose advances she had just rejected a minute earlier in an effort to make herself inedible - all while the griffin is trying to break the house down.
* The Creator/ShelSilverstein poem "Always Sprinkle Pepper in Your Hair" refers to a tactic for keeping yourself literally too spicy for a hag to make into soup: "She'll pick you up and sniff you, and then she'll sneeze 'Achooo,' and say, 'My tot, you're much too hot, I fear you'll never do'."
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' does an inversion in several places. There are several times where [[spoiler:Voldemort tries to touch (and later possess) Harry and can't because of this trope]].
** [[TheAlcatraz Azkaban]] is guarded by joy-eating Dementors that normally drive prisoners insane or drain their motivation to escape. Sirius was wrongly imprisoned there for alleged mass murder and for the alleged betrayal of his best friends (and Harry's parents), James and Lily Potter. But he still manages to get past the Dementors and escape. This is partly because he escapes in the form of a dog, meaning he's less intelligent and his simpler emotions are harder for Dementors to detect and consume. Also, Sirius is so unhappy already, over the deaths of Harry's parents and over his own wrongful imprisonment, that there isn't really much joy left for the Dementors to eat. His escape is motivated by desire for revenge against Peter Pettigrew, who really betrayed Harry's parents and framed Sirius. Since his desire for revenge is fueled by negative emotions, the Dementors can't drain his motivation to escape Azkaban.
** Played straight when Voldemort [[spoiler:tried to possess Harry during his fight with Dumbledore. Harry's love for Sirius and, more importantly, his desire to die and join him are anathema to Voldemort. Voldemort is defined by his [[EvilCannotComprehendGood inability to]] [[LoveIsAWeakness appreciate]] [[ThePowerOfLove love]] and his [[ImmortalsFearDeath fear of death]].]]
* Humanity as a whole has a unique resistance to MindReading in ''The Damned'' by Allan Dean Foster, [[BrownNote causing mental trauma in any alien that tries it]]. [[HumanityIsInsane Species-wide insanity]] [[DisabilityImmunity has advantages]].
** This comes back to haunt humanity after [[HumansAreWarriors the war they were recruited to fight in]] by [[TheFederation The Weave]] has ended: humans' resistance to mind reading and violent tendencies [[spoiler: convince the other races of The Weave to not admit them as equal partners, and indeed to consider eliminating the human race. Fortunately another member race that is immune to the mental trauma (the Lepar, by virtue of being TooDumbToFool) is discovered, and humanity is admitted to The Weave because the Lepar exist as a failsafe should the humans get out of hand. For their part, humans and Lepar get along just fine.]]
* ''A Year At The Movies'' features Kevin Murphy recalling the time he and fellow ''MST3K'' alum Mike Nelson went out to enjoy Hollywood's latest bomb. They, who had suffered through the likes of ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'', ''Film/MonsterAGoGo'', and ''Film/{{Hobgoblins}}'', ended up sweating and squirming in their seats, checking their watches anxiously. The movie they were seeing? ''Film/CorkyRomano''.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Shelob (an EldritchAbomination in the form of a GiantSpider) finds Gollum absolutely inedible, despite the fact that she'll eat almost anything else, up to and including orc. But then, she's never tried to eat anyone that's been corrupted for decades by [[ArtifactOfDoom the One Ring]]. Consequently, Gollum is able to convince Shelob to spare him - so long as he brings her more edible beings to feast on, [[spoiler:like hobbits...]]
* A story with a somewhat darkly comedic bent in ''[[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} The Hellbound Hearts]]'' had a trio of youths, who were being held captive by an ''extremely'' sadistic OutlawCouple, summon the Cenobites using a puzzle box the couple had in their possession. The Cenobites at are first eager to take them as their new guinea pigs in exploring the realms of sensation and experience, but after one of them comes into contact with one of the three, decides against it, having sensed they've already been through pretty much every form of torture and indignity imaginable at the hands of their captors, who the Cenobites decide to take as a consolation prize.
* One ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book, ''How To Kill A Monster'', ends with the heroes captured by the monster, even after their attempts at killing it by making it fall through the stairs and poisoning it. [[spoiler:Said monster is allergic to humans, and keels over dead after merely licking one. Unfortunately, the monster's friends are pissed off after this.]] Cue the chills, as the book ends with the heroes alone, far away from town, [[spoiler:and in a marsh filled with these hungry, soon to awaken creatures. Hopefully the other monsters are allergic to humans too.]]
* Jack C Haldeman's ''Home Team Advantage'', published in ''Asimov's Science Fiction'' magazine, has alien Arcturians winning a baseball game, with the prizing being that they get to eat the entire human race. By the vote of fans, Julius Hawkline, the Howard-Cosell-expy is chosen to be the first devoured. After the Arcturian coach bites off and chews The Hawk's nose for long minutes, it's decided that humans are inedible and some other form of compensation will need to be worked out. The Hawk is one tough old bird.
* In some respects, this is pretty much the story of [[FromNobodyToNightmare Padan Fain's]] ''life'' in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. To follow:
** Initially a PunchClockVillain, Fain got touched directly by [[GodOfEvil the Dark One]], giving him the power to track TheHero and his companions anywhere in the world. However, this ''also'' had the side-effect of screwing things up for the undead spirit of a particularly infamous EvilChancellor when it tried to possess Fain- unable to overcome the Dark One's taint and take over, Mordeth's spirit and Fain's ended up merging together into one superpowered AxeCrazy maniac.
** Later, Fain/Mordeth travelled [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace the Ways]], which are inhabited by the Black Wind, a soul-devouring EldritchAbomination. Upon coming into contact with Fain, not only did the Black Wind not harm him (out of what could best be described as "professional courtesy"), but he gained a limited ability to set it onto other targets (thankfully, it can't leave the Ways).
** Finally, WordOfGod has actually invoked this by saying that if someone threw Fain [[HumanoidAbomination as he is now]] into the [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Pit of Doom]], the Dark One would simply spit him back out because he tastes bad.
* In the short story "The Seven Geases" by Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith, Ralibar Vooz is sacrificed to the EldritchAbomination Tsathoggua, who happens not to be hungry at the time. Unfortunately for Ralibar Vooz, Tsathoggua decides to offer him to another EldritchAbomination who then decides to do the same. He is eventually rejected by all the monsters in the cavern. In a CruelTwistEnding, he falls to his death on the way to the exit.
* In Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Tarot'' trilogy, an extended sequence sees the questing party sent to Hell where they are interrogated by Satan himself. Taking the form of a huge demon with two serpentine heads, Satan eats the more egregious members of the party with audible crunches and slurps, with unheeded bits falling off a woman victim, pronouncing the taste of evil people to be delicious. However, as the hero Brother Paul steels himself, Satan offers him a choice of losing one set of two paired bodily organs. Deciding eyes are of more use than testicles, Paul offers his balls, which are bitten off and spat out by one of the serpents. Then he is swallowed whole, but not eaten: apparently the taste of a truly good man is vile to Satan. Being swallowed is just a gateway to a new experience of Hell...
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* ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous'':
-->'''Patsy Stone''': The last mosquito that bit me had to check into the Betty Ford clinic.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', a demonic tree drains people's body-fluids with its vines, but it becomes poisoned when it tries this on Angel, who is a vampire.
** Another episode sees [[spoiler:a small boy]] possessed by a rather evil demon. [[spoiler:The boy is an even more evil psychopath, who commits all of "the demon's" crimes himself; the only thing the demon does is try to make the boy commit suicide to end ''its own'' suffering.]]
** Another episode recycles the plot of ''Film/CastADeadlySpell'' under Films - Live Action, with Angel being hired to ensure the daughter remains a virgin (with precisely the same outcome).
** When she fights Angelus Faith [[spoiler:dopes up and then]] lets him feed on her. [[spoiler:The drugs she took are so strong than he promptly stops and passes out.]]
* Buffy from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' suffers this once while she's working at the [[BurgerFool Double Meat Palace]]. Standard vampire fight happens, except the vampire gets the upper hand ([[spoiler:Buffy was quite depressed this season and verged on suicidal at more than one point. She almost let a singing demon kill her once.]])...but when the vamp almost bites her, he finds he 'can't stand the smell' and tries to leave.
** In another episode, Angelus bites a jock, but spits out his blood in disgust. The jock was taking steroids [[spoiler: and was mutating into a fish-monster.]]
** One early episode centers on a [[BodySurf Body Surfing]] demon which possesses Jenny Calendar. The heroes solution is for Angel to attack Demon!Jenny, causing the demon to jump into [[GrandTheftMe Angel's body]] in self defense. [[spoiler: Too bad for him that Angel already had a demon in him, due to being a vampire. And it was rearing for a fight, killing the newcomer.]] Funny how Angel seems to end up in this trope a lot, huh?
* An episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had an EmotionEater defeated when Leo's UnstoppableRage caused him to explode.
* The cannibal featured in the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Lucky" originally ate prostitutes, but eventually switched to a different demographic of women since most of the prostitutes in the area used drugs, which makes them "taste funny".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the new series episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor "The Next Doctor"]], the Cybermen attempt to convert Mrs. Hartigan. Problem is, she's too strong-willed, and dominates them instead.
** Similarly, the Cybermen tried to convert Craig. It worked... right up until he heard [[PapaWolf his child crying]]. His powerful daddy instincts psychically destroy the Cybermen's emotional inhibitors, and the Cybermen kill themselves out of horror at what they've become.
** In "Doomsday," Cybermen from another dimension start "upgrading" people, including Yvonne Hartman, head of Torchwood. Turns out Hartman has a ''very'' patriotic streak in her, and she managed to break her programming, all the while repeating her mantra: "[[MyCountryRightOrWrong I did my duty for Queen and Country.]]"
** There are also at least two characters (namely, [[spoiler:Oswin Oswald]] and [[spoiler:Tasha Lem]]) who have been converted into Daleks or Dalek puppets but have resisted complete transformation and helped to defeat the Daleks.
** The episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]] has an alien spacecraft trying to repair itself using people who want to leave. When a man who is [[PowerOfLove very much in love]] connects himself to the main controls the whole ship overloads.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11TheGodComplex "The God Complex"]] has an alien minotaur [[EmotionEater feeding on]] [[spoiler:the faith]] of those trapped in its prison by revealing [[YourWorstNightmare their worst fears]]. When Rory shows up, all it does is show him the exit because [[spoiler:he is neither religious nor superstitious and, unlike Amy, does not have an abiding faith that The Doctor will always save the day]]. Also, because after the events of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]]"... there isn't really anything left for him to be afraid of.
** Likewise, in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]], House is only shown attempting to MindRape Amy. WordOfGod says that House ''did'' try to do this to Rory, but simply gave up after he proved immune to it. Also in that episode, [[spoiler:House dies after eating a TARDIS's soul along with the body.]]
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten "The Rings of Akhaten"]], Clara defeats the Old God by feeding it her special leaf. The leaf manages to destroy it not only because it represents how her parents found each other, but also, because of her mother's death, the endless possibilities they ''could'' have had together.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', [[spoiler:the near omnipotent Utopia Dopant draws power from [[EmotionEater the hope and resolve of people]]. He meets his end when he faces Double during Philip's LastDance. Philip's HeroicResolve to save his sister with his final act overloads Utopia, allowing Double to defeat him.]]
* From ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', Sora/Gremlin. Unlike all other monsters in the show, he constantly claims to have kept his original human personality and soul. At some points going even as far as to save the victim from another MonsterOfTheWeek, driving [[TheHero Haruto]] into a moral dilemma of being unable to try and kill him. [[spoiler:In the end, it is revealed that Sora kept his mind because he already was a completely insane SerialKiller and he saved the girl because he wanted to kill her himself and add her scalp to his collection.]]
* An early episode of ''PowerRangers'' had the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Pudgy Pig]] defeated when the Rangers fed him food that was literally too spicy for him. He promptly spat up their weapons, which he had eaten, allowing the Rangers to destroy him.
** Another very literal example in the series was with the Invenusable Flytrap. He literally ''swallowed'' Jason, Kimberly, Zach, and Billy, but they escaped later by ''blasting'' their way out. (This was actually a sort of AchillesHeel for this ManEatingPlant; as [[MeaningfulName his name implied]] he was armored, and very hard to hurt, but his insides weren't so well-protected, it seemed.)
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' introduced the Kazon, whom the Borg found so utterly unremarkable that assimilating them would add nothing to the Collective.
** Presumably an in-joke reference to how audiences found the Kazon to be at best entirely uninteresting and at worst a reason to not bother watching, leading to them getting dropped from the show after barely a couple of seasons.
** Also the aliens known only by the Borg designation Species 8472, whose biology makes the Borg's nanoprobes useless, and actually makes them desperate enough that Janeway is able to cut a deal with them to team up against the threat.
** A Borg sphere "consumes" the Voyager by pulling it inside but Voyager just shoots its way out.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Obsession", the gaseous monster find's Spock's copper-based Vulcan blood inedible, and flees. [=McCoy=] wryly jokes that Spock "must have left a bad taste in its mouth" which Spock says is figuratively true.
* In at least two episodes of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', the rampaging MonsterOfTheWeek encounters Owen [[spoiler:after he was [[OurZombiesAreDifferent killed and resurrected]]]], and, after a moment of disgusted inspection, rejects him as a possible victim. The first time, in "Something Borrowed", [[spoiler:the monster doesn't eat dead meat]], and the second time, "From Out of The Rain", [[spoiler:the villain steals your last breath - and Owen had his last breath some weeks beforehand]].
** This trope actually forms a major part of the Series 1 finale. The BigBad of the season, Abaddon feeds directly off life energy. So how do they kill it? The immortal Captain Jack allows Abaddon to feed off him, but Jack's life energy doesn't run out and Abbadon can't handle it.
* In an episode of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Hercules and Iolaus have to deal with Ares' dog, a massive {{Hellhound}} that eats people and gains strength from their evil. They trick it into eating one of Ares' minions, who was so evil that the dog exploded.
* Happens to Lacroix once on ''Series/ForeverKnight''-his victim had something wrong and Lacroix couldn't drain him. The guy went on to become JackTheRipper as a beast-like vampire. Later, the same thing happens with a small boy, and he returns as an {{Dhampyr}} like adult, a vampire hunter with sensitivity to sunlight, enhanced senses and a good vampire hunting knack.
* In an episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'', Lister is swallowed whole by a shark while in an AR machine. The shark soon spits him back out before sticking its tongue out and going "bleh!". Guess it didn't like [[TrademarkFavoriteFood curry vindaloo]].
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* ''In Quest'' featured hypothetical battles between characters from different fictional continuities. When they set the Borg from ''Franchise/StarTrek'' up against Orcs from ''MagicTheGathering'', the Orcs were slaughtered by the thousands... until one of them was assimilated. Then the Borg retreated, since the Orcs had nothing to offer them.
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* There's a folk song about an "old man who lived under a hill" whose obnoxious wife (or possibly mother-in-law) is claimed by the Devil. The old lady makes Hell so miserable that the demons beg Satan to let her go, which he does.
** Another version has it being a farmer's wife, and the Devil has to give her back to her husband for reasons not explained in the song. His response to this is "What will you give me to take her back?" Eventually, he gets his entire family protected permanently from the Devil.
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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Hobbes puts Calvin's head in his mouth, but spits him out, claiming he tastes terrible. This is also a RunningGag for every person he "eats".
** Except Tommy Chestnut, who apparently did taste awful, but was eaten anyway.
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* One of the {{MiniGame}}s in ''VideoGame/PsychoPinball'' has Psycho the Armadillo [[SwallowedWhole swallowed by a whale;]] he escapes by throwing crabs at the whale's ulcers.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho: The Eighth Doctor in "Phobos". When facing a monster that feeds on adrenaline but is harmed by actual fear, the Doctor conquers it effortlessly by showing it his own mind. He starts by feeding it memories of all the things he's seen in the past, followed by all the evil he's seen from the future... and as a final blow, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds all the things he's afraid he might do someday]]. The whole CrowningMomentOfAwesome takes several minutes, with the Doctor continuously mocking the monster throughout. Oh, and he does it ''while bungee jumping into the monster's transdimensional portal''.
* ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'': The Professor got out of his torture in Hell because the demons got fed up with him taking notes instead of screaming in pain as he was supposed to.
** In one episode, Satan puts Thomas in solitary confinement. Not as a punishment, but because it seemed fairer on everyone else.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In one old module for ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'', players have to stop a plot to link the mind of an EldritchAbomination to the psyches of all humanity, by which the villains intend to reduce the human race to its gibbering worshippers. If they fail to stop it, there's a campaign-preserving [[AuthorsSavingThrow GM Saving Throw]] option of having the villains' scheme run its course successfully... only to have the ''abomination'' be driven insane, by whatever standard of "sanity" might apply to Lovecraftian horrors, because the sheer number of human beings on Earth is so great that their cumulative psyches can overpower its own singular mind.
* The Kroot in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' evolve by [[MegaManning assimilating the genetic material]] of what they eat, progressing certains groups along specific developmental lines (to the point where every single animal on their homeworld Pech is a Kroot derivative, their ancestors filling all available niches). However, the Shapers (basically guides as to what should be eaten) instruct their brethren to avoid [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong Genestealer hybrids]] or those [[TheCorruption tainted with Chaos]] due to their potential to corrupt the entire species.
** In the Warp, there is a planet designed for one of the [[GodOfEvil Gods of Evil]] where the dead are locked in an endless battle, only to be brought back to life each day for eternal torment. A group of Orks get stuck there. [[WarriorHeaven 99% of them thought they found Heaven, while 1% of them thought they found something better.]]
* An unusually literal example in the ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' supplement ''Elevator to the Netherworld''. As part of his plot to defeat an unkillable man-eating giant (it's complicated), a hero soaked his clothes in hot pepper juice, then goaded the giant into trying to eat him.
* ''TabletopGame/Deadlands'': Stone. When Stone was shot in the back by his own men for being an evil sonofabitch in the battle of Gettysburg, the embodiments of pure evil sent one of their servant spirits to offer him his life back in exchange for timesharing his body with said spirit. Stone accepted, but the blackness of his soul left the poor demon a gibbering wreck. Stone promptly whipped the poor thing into submission, cut a new deal with its bosses and now travels the world gunning down heroes and wronging rights.
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* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', [[TheWormThatWalks Arakune]] tends to [[ImAHumanitarian eat vanquished opponents]] in his story mode... but gives [[HighlyVisibleNinja Bang]] a pass. See, Arakune is obsessed with increasing his knowledge, and [[IdiotHero eating Bang would probably make him dumber]].
** BigEater [[CatGirl Tao]] (who attempts/considers eating various other characters in story mode) also chooses not to eat Arakune on the grounds of how disgusting [[TheNicknamer Black Squiggly]] looks.
* In ''KingdomOfLoathing'', one year [[Franchise/StarTrek The Borg]] crash lands in the Kingdom. They exhume a nearby grave and reanimate the dead, then try to assimilate them. The problem was that the body was of Father Crimbo, who (because it was Crimbo time) was powerful enough to assimilate them, creating the Crimborg.
** Also, one of the failed attack messages from slime monsters is:
-->It tries to ooze under your toenails, but is repulsed by the smell of your feet. Congratulations, you just disgusted a living booger.
* In ''{{Nethack}}'', being swallowed whole while wearing a ring of slow digestion causes the devouring monster to vomit the hero out.
** Unsurprisingly, eating one of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Riders of the Apocalypse]] has an even worse result.
** The deadly Cockatrice is too spicy for most monsters, due to its petrifying touch. Most humanoid monsters can avoid touching it by using weapons, but vampires and mindflayers will supplement weapon attacks with their special bite attacks (blood drain and brain devouring) and die because of this.
* In ''VideoGame/KirbyAndTheAmazingMirror'', this is what happens when a Droppy steals an ability that is exclusive to bosses, such as Hammer or Smash.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', [[spoiler:[=GlaDOS=] decides to let Chell go, because she's tired of Chell's killing her and wrecking the Enrichment Center.]]
* Charlie Ho-Tep in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'', the ventriloquist's dummy that unlocks Max's psychic ventriloquism power, used to belong to Junior, the youngest of the Elder Gods. Junior hated him; played with him for about ten minutes, and then chucked him aside, declaring him to be creepy as shit and wanting nothing more to do with him. That's right; he was too creepy for the brain-melting abomination against reality.
** Even Max finds the dummy creepy. Max is also an abomination against reality.
* ''WithinADeepForest'' has a large catlike monster who will gobble up any ball that gets near it. [[spoiler:Except the Pathetic Ball; it can bounce right past the beast without incident. The implied reason is that the monster wants to absorb your ball's powers, and only the Pathetic Ball has no powers worth absorbing.]]
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'', Darth Nihilus is practically crippled during his attempt to feed on [[spoiler:the Exile]]. This is due to Darth Nihilus being driven by an [[HorrorHunger insatiable hunger]] to devour the Force energy of all living things, while [[spoiler:the Exile]] passively draws forth the Force from those around them, meaning that Nihilus tried to gorge himself on what is essentially a Force ''[[PowerOfTheVoid black hole]]!''
* DawnOfWar: In Dark Crusade's Chaos stronghold level, Eliphas the Inheritor uses his sorcery to mind-speak with the enemy commander to unnerve or scare them. This works in all but [[NoSell three cases]]: Gorgutz 'Ead'unter ("Oi said, ''get out o' me 'ead!!''"), Shas O'Kais ("I've got a buzzing in my comms. Switching channels.") and the Necron Lord, who has his only line in the game ([[BlackSpeech consisting of weird chittering]]). SmugSnake Eliphas actually loses his composure at the last one ("I... your soul is gone...").
* The basic premise of Garlic in ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies''. Most zombies, upon encountering a plant, will just keep chomping on a plant until one or the other goes down. But when Zombies take a bite of Garlic, they make a disgusted sound and quickly step ''around'' it.
* In ''[[VideoGame/ChocobosDungeon Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales]]'' the demon book Bebuzzu spit out Chubby's chocobo card because he was "too buttery."
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' has a variation of this: the demon Xi Wangmu eats a bunch of Ring of Gaea members, which turn out to be too spicy for her. Unfortunately, she only finds this out after she's swallowed them, causing her HopelessBossFight to become winnable for your party.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ series'': Shinn overpowers the effect of Gadlight's Sphere by getting very angry, and Gadlight worries that his influence might cause a snowball effect on the rest of Z-BLUE when Kira similarly activates SEED.
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* Parodied in an [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0030.html early strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' with a mind flayer;[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0031.html afterwards]], you find out that he's comparing [[BrainFood Elan's brain]] to a Diet Coke, but Belkar is a better example of this trope because the mind flayer compares him to a taco and thinks, "Too angry... I'd get heartburn."
* This is how Torg of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' avoids getting devoured by Aylee at first contact...and the second. - "Thank god for dandruff shampoo!".
** Earlier in that same StoryArc, Torg and Riff were briefly assimilated by the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Borg Collective]]. They were soon kicked out once it became apparent their influence on the MindHive caused the entire Borg race to do nothing but party.
* In ''{{Fans}}'', [[http://www.faans.com/index.php?p=760 Brainio's attempt to devour the minds of the Skiffies]].
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' off-continuity arc "[[{{Jumanji}} Goonmanji]]". The evil cursed RealityWarper game is thoroughly frustrated: the main cast is far too perverted and accustomed to the MadScience to treat whatever it does to them as something more than FetishFuel at best and petty annoyance at worst.
* In [[http://www.dorktower.com/2006/05/05/comics-archive-781/ this]] ''DorkTower'' strip, [[TheLoonie Igor]] attacked a mind flayer with purple nurples and wedgies. Since this effectively proved his character didn't ''have'' a brain to flay, he won.
* In ''SamAndFuzzy'', Fridge attempts to [[spoiler:[[DemonicPossession demonically possess]] [[DumbMuscle Ox]]. It works poorly because Ox is so dumb that it limits Fridge's own mental capabilities. For a frame of reference, Fridge's mental capabilities were higher when it was possessing ''fridge mold in Sam's refrigerator''.]]
* In ''YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' [[SpoonyBard Caelin]] was [[http://yafgc.net/?id=1741 caught]]. [[http://yafgc.net/?id=1742 By a hag]]. Two more pages and she brought him back to the party herself. Out of disgust.
--> '''Hag 2''': Why didn't you JustEatHim?
--> '''Hag 1''': You kidding? He made me feel sick while he was outside!
* According to [[http://www.goominet.com/unspeakable-vault/vault/3/Superheroes/ this]] ''UnspeakableVault'' strip, ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} is ''literally'' too spicy for {{Cthulhu}}. And TheIncredibleHulk would [[http://www.goominet.com/unspeakable-vault/vault/4/Superheroes/ probably give Cthulhu indigestion.]]
* In {{Sinfest}}, [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2644 Squigley, on a trip, once lands in Hell, which he finds interesting and funny, and his laughter is contagious.]] Satan kicks him out. He observes he was kicked out of Hell and finds it funny.
* Eagle in Webcomic/{{Sequential Art}} finds denizens [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=757 untasty]].
* Even the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong facehuggers]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=103113 won't go near Spoorflix]] from ''WebComic/{{Vexxarr}}''. Considering this is a species that has supposedly been known to parasitize humans, dogs, and ''Franchise/{{Predator}}s'', that says a lot about [[BrownNote Spoorflix]].
** While the ''Alien'' page is purely a comedic holiday page, [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=101113 this page from the story proper]] demonstrates that even the ExtremeOmnivore Lattroxx won't have anything to do with him. One Lattroxx shakes the squishy, helpless Spoorflix out of a disguise best described as a metal barrel...and [[BeatPanel after giving Sploorfix a wordless look]], the crab-monster decides to messily eat ''the barrel'' instead.
** Also, a Lattroxx attempts to eat [[CowardlyLion Sid]]. "Attempt" is the key part of that sentence, as the Lattroxx that tries makes the critical mistake of [[SwallowedWhole swallowing Sid whole]], since he is [[NighInvulnerable practically impossible to harm, let alone chew]]. The monster crab (the big omnivorous one, specifically) [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=110813 doesn't get a chance to regret this]], as it is gruesomely [[GoryDiscretionShot killed off panel]] by [[KillItThroughItsStomach Sid messily punching his way out through its carapace]].
* ''Webcomic/BrunoTheBandit'':
** According to Bruno, the orcish volcano god despised the taste of [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20000907.html too much makeup]].
** Reality TV crew members are [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20060823.html too evil for hell to accept]].
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* In the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' Halloween cartoon "Jibblies 2", Homestar is immune to the Rocoulm's [[BrownNote jibblies-inducing phrase]] "Come on in here!" presumably because he's TheDitz. The cartoon's Easter egg reveals that CloudCuckooLander Homsar is also immune; in fact, he gives the Rocoulm a case of the jibblies.
** In keeping with the trope, Homestar agrees to be trapped in the painting forever in exchange for everyone else to be released from the jibblies. He then proceeds to drive Rocoulm insane, but due to the terms of the agreement, ''he is completely unable to release Homestar''.
* In ''[[DNAKpts4tv Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv)]]'' when [[spoiler: Mello kidnaps Sayu]] Mr. Yagami ''begs'' Mello to kidnap Light as well. Also Mr. Yagami mentions that he got kicked out of the [[Literature/HarryPotter Death]] [[RonTheDeathEater Eaters]] because he [[FantasyGunControl insisted on using a gun.]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': SCP-682 has been on both ends of the "showing the other is themselves a monster" variety. SCP-682 is an OmnicidalManiac EldritchAbomination, but even it is too terrified to dare attack SCP-173. It also didn't attack Dr. Clef when placed in a room with him, just stood there quietly for some reason. On the other end, SCP-343 (God) refused to kill 682 when asked, saying that because he didn't create it, it's not his problem.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime's'' [[KillerRabbit Gunther the penguin]] is so evil that Marceline's [[{{Satan}} dad]] considered it a great honor to suck out his soul. He backed down pretty fast when it became clear that Gunther wasn't having any of that (specifically, Gunter slapped him in the face when he tried to do so). Reminder: this is the guy who stomps on ants and sucks out their souls ''just because it's fun.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', Yakko and Dot challenge TheGrimReaper [[ChessWithDeath at checkers]] after Wakko is declared by the Reaper to be unfit to continue living (due to how many meatballs he ate in a contest). They deliberately lose -- but then TheGrimReaper realizes he'll have to host the three loons in the underworld for all eternity, and he lets them go. In other episodes, they get {{Dracula}} and {{Satan}} to let them go for the same reason. They subvert their own pattern in a later episode, as this ''fails'' to work on an [[DrillSergeantNasty Army drill sergeant]]; he just assigns them to worse and worse duties until their pranks result in him getting knocked out cold. Proof that if you're psychopathic or sociopathic enough, you can get away with anything.
** One episode features something [[TastesLikeDiabetes so horrible]], even the Warner siblings can't deal with it: [[CaptainErsatz "Baloney"]] the Dinosaur.
** The episode involving Satan also featured them accidentally ending up in [[strike:Hell]] [[GoshDarnItToHeck Hades]] and fleeing in terror from their assigned punishment: listening to "whiny protest songs from the sixties" for all eternity.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', the Predacons infect Rhinox with a virus that turns him into a Predacon. Rhinox immediately embraces Predacon philosophy and starts plotting against Megatron (perfectly acceptable practice). However, unlike most of Megatron's underlings, Rhinox is smart. He would have defeated Megatron, if the Maximals hadn't interfered. Optimus Primal, to his credit, anticipated this outcome, knowing Rhinox.
** Megatron learned his lesson in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines''. When he put Rhinox's [[OurSoulsAreDifferent spark]] into the Vehicon general Tankor, Tankor was too dumb to plot against him. When his original personality resurfaces from outside intervention and becomes competent again, it's revealed that [[spoiler:he added a RestrainingBolt when he placed Rhinox's spark inside Tankor. At the moment of truth, it left Rhinox/Tankor paralyzed and Megatron with complete control of the superweapon Rhinox practically handed to him on a silver platter.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Timmy's imaginary friend Gary is eaten by an imaginary monster version of Vicky. She spits him out and says "I hate [[RunningGag cool!]]"
** Foop had been assigned to Vicky as his scary godchild, he quickly finds out how mean and nasty Vicky can be and is begging for his life to escape from her.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Raging Bender," a brainslug begins feeding on Fry's brain. It dies of starvation (acknowledged by the writers as being the "Oldest. Joke. Ever."). Later, in "The Day The Earth Stood Stupid," it is revealed that Fry is TheChosenOne to defeat the Brains; he's immune to their stupefaction ray, because he's the only creature in the universe who doesn't have the brain-waves used to think. The Nibblonians comment on his "superior, yet inferior brain".
** The next time Fry meets them, the Nibblonians acknowledge that it's all because of him doing the nasty in the pasty leading to him being his [[MyOwnGrampa His Own Grampa]].
** Hermes is ''literally'' too spicy for Roberto in "The Six Million Dollar Mon." His favorite food is so spicy that it hurts The Robot Devil while he's eating ''a bowl of fire.''
* ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'': The Devil finds himself on the end of this trope more than once. When he hires Martha Stewart to help redecorate the fourth circle of Hell ("She's on the speed-dial"), she quickly takes over and leaves him painting pictures of sad clowns in a side-room. In another episode, he shapeshifts into a normal teenager and dates Bob's daughter to mess with him, only to realise he's forgotten how depressing teenagers can be and abandon the scheme without any outside interference. And in a later episode, it's revealed Nixon was so much of an unstandable person that the Devil refused to keep him and he ended up in Heaven.
** God spends half an episode trying to get away from his former Prophet Sarah, whom he thinks has a crush on him. (He's right).
* This is one of the central tropes of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. No matter how powerful or evil the MonsterOfTheWeek is, it can never stand Billy's ignorance or annoying personality and Mandy's rage and general level of darkness. Aside from the above, in "Creating Chaos" Eris, goddess of Chaos, plans to use Billy as a tool in driving the world insane. He promptly drives ''her'' insane by taking forever to get ready, doing such things as dripping honey on toast and watching paint dry.
** In "Little Rock of Horrors", a brain-eating meteor-creature first attempts to eat Billy's brain but finds nothing. When it later devours Mandy's brain, it screams in pain, dies, and then reforms--but with Mandy in control. She comments "I guess my brain was a little too... spicy [for him]."
** Another episode has a Chupacabra latching onto Billy's face, which Grim claims to be an attempt to suck out his brain. Mandy laments that the poor creature would starve.
** In "Big Trouble in Billy's Basement", Billy is pulled through a dimensional portal by [[CaptainErsatz Yog-Sawhaw]], but thrown back, and Billy explains in dejected tones "They didn't want me", prompting Hoss to say "Well, I guess that makes you a total loser".
** Subverted in "Brown Evil", where Mandy tries to take advantage of this by sending Billy out to fight the zombie horde, assuming he can do so successfully because he's brainless. Unfortunately, this doesn't work, because the zombies are ''not'' after brains at all; they're actually after the brownies that Grim has hidden in his skull, that were made with evil powder, which is sort of like catnip to zombies, apparently.
** Played straight in "Billy & Mandy vs. the Martians" when Morg's zombie minions attempt to eat Billy's brain, only to be turned into husks because it's too small. Billy assumes it's because it's too big (DependingOnTheWriter he's either aware that he's an idiot or is convinced he's smart).
* An unfinished episode of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' would have had Zim being judged on trial by the Control Brains (the central decision makers of Irken society). After finding him unquestionably guilty, they try to upload Zim's Memory Drive in his Irken Pack (where his real personality is located) before deleting his memory, but his memories drive them completely insane. Before the end of the episode, the now-insane brains declare Zim the most incredible Irken ever and granted ten minutes to control a giant ship called the MASSIVE.
** The Halloween episode featured Zim and Dib becoming trapped in a twisted alternate universe populated by monster versions of the regular characters. When they escape and the monster version of SadistTeacher Bitters follows them, she's scared off when she witnesses the destruction caused by CloudCuckooLander robot Gir attacking childen out for tricks-or-treats and eating all their food.
* This is the entire point of ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}''. [[{{Satan}} Lucius]] wants to break Jimmy, but not only is he TooKinkyToTorture, but he often drives Lucius crazy.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "The Hole Idea", an inventor has created a portable hole, which he eventually uses to get rid of his overbearing wife, which drops her all the way to Hell. Then the devil pops up to return her, protesting "Isn't it bad enough down here without ''her''?"
* In the ''{{Metalocalypse}}'' episode "Snakes N Barrels II", Dethklok consider Los Angeles to be so brutal and messed up that they would kill themselves if they lived there.
* Pinkie Pie from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' spends most of her time doing [[RealityWarper utterly impossible and sometimes]] [[RuleOfFunny fourth wall breaking antics]]. But even she can't handle eating a rainbow.
** Double points for Pinkie reacting to it by [[FireBreathingDiner breathing fire]]. So the rainbow was literally too spicy for Pinkie Pie.
** In the Season 2 finale, the Changelings are a FairFolk species that [[EmotionEater feeds on love]]. However, in the end Cadence's love spell was just too much to handle, and blasted then away [[TwinkleInTheSky off into the sky]].
* Literal example from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': Following a succession of increasingly dirty encounters and not willing to wash Buttercup once became so filthy and stinky that a huge monster who tried to swallow her spat her out and refused to fight her until she cleans herself. That was the only thing that actually persuaded her to wash.
** In another episode, the girls capture a brain-sucking monster...when it is desperately searching the Mayor's empty head for sustenance.
* A certain Homer in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', being the [[ThisLoserIsYou quintessential dumb sitcom character]], is commonly a target of this trope:
** A short in "Treehouse of Horror II" had Mr. Burns putting Homer's brain inside a slave robot. Unfortunately, the robot still had Homer's laziness, gluttony, etc., so Burns eventually decides to return his brain to its original body.
** Another "Treehouse of Horror" special had 2/3 of this trope in play. The first time, it had Homer buys a demonic Krusty doll for Bart's birthday and when it tries to kill him, Homer eventually tries to get rid of it by dumping it in a bottomless pit. Said pit rejected a box containing recent photos of Whoopi Goldberg. Later, a zombie horde clamoring for "Braaaains" inspect Homer's head, then abandon him in disgust... He's actually [[TooDumbToLive offended by that turn of events]].
** In another "Treehouse of Horror", when the Devil is about to take Maggie away Homer tries to make a deal with him not to. The devil purposes that Homer takes part in a three way (demon,demon,Homer), Homer obliges and before they were about to start they quickly used the safeword.
** Subverted in the episode "The Joy of Sect". A cult brings all of Springfield to their compound to be brainwashed into worshipping their almighty Leader. Everybody is controlled except Homer, whose attention span [[TooDumbToFool isn't long enough to listen to the brainwashing]]. The cult leaders despair over his "powerful mind." Then one of them simply sings "Leader!" to the tune of the old ''Series/{{Batman}}'' theme song, and he is instantly brainwashed.
*** Then DoubleSubverted later in the same episode, when Groundskeeper Willie tries to de-program Homer and winds up being brainwashed himself.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Trapper Keeper", the Trapper Keeper becomes sick and is destroyed when it assimilates Rosie O' Donnell.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Transformation'', a ManEatingPlant that Starfire encounters on an alien planet tries to eat her; but it spits her out. (Ironically, this is a mixed blessing for poor Starfire. She is depressed because the Transformation she is undergoing - which is sort of like puberty to Tameranians, apparently - makes her view herself as ugly, and the experience with the plant only makes her feel worse, making her think that it finds her revolting.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', the Flying Dutchman gave Spongebob and Patrick up as slave crewmen in "Shanghaied" because they were incredibly bad at it. In a subversion, rather than letting them go, he planned to eat them, but they escaped. Then the Dutchman catches them, but he offers them three wishes before they're eaten. After accidentally using up two of their wishes, they use their final wish to turn the Dutchman into a vegetarian. But ''then'' they appear in a blender, somehow transformed into ''fruit'', with the Dutchman preparing to eat them.
** That was one of three endings, by the way, which were also subverted. The other two alternatives had Patrick and Squidward get the third wish instead of Spongebob, but they both end with the Dutchman definitely eating them. Patrick's wish was simply stupid (sticks of gum), and Squidward's wish wasn't [[LiteralGenie what he had in mind]] (that he had never meet those two; they were simply given amnesia).
** Speaking of the Flying Dutchman, in "Born Again Krabs" Mr. Krabs trades Spongebob's soul for 62 cents. Just as he starts to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone feel bad about it,]] the Flying Dutchman comes back to return Spongebob after being annoyed by his incessant chatter about his hobbies.
** In a third Flying Dutchman example, namely "Scaredy Pants", Spongebob is shaved down by Patrick to make him rounder for a sheet he uses as a Flying Dutchman costume to try to scare everyone in the Krusty Krab for Halloween. He fails miserably, but as the entire restaurant is laughing at him the ''real'' Dutchman arrives, angered by Spongebob's insulting costume and about to steal everyone's souls. He takes a moment before doing so to explain the concept of being scary to Spongebob, then removes the sheet... and flies away screaming when he sees the sponge had been shaved down to facial features, a brain, and a "spinal cord".
* An interesting object case in Ben10Omniverse. [[BigBad Malware]] is revealed in the flashback to have been for a long time trying to absorb the Omnitrix through his PowerCopying in order to upgrade himself with it. When he eventually [[KickTheDog destroys Ben's favourite alien Feedback just to hurt him]], Ben, out of rage, put the Omnitrix inside him and let him try to absorb it. Its energy overloads Malware, causing him to explode and be believed dead for a while. Keep in mind that in a previous episode, Malware was shown absorbing a Tachyon Cannon, a {{BFG}} with the ability to destroy its target on a molecular level, or even destroy an entire species in one shot if used right. He could absorb something ''that'' powerful, and the Omnitrix was ''still'' too much to handle for him.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', the team has to deal with a titanic ocean god that has woken up and taken up residence in the East River. After their attempts to fight him prove completely ineffective, he swallows them. After a few seconds, he makes a face, and then spits Venkman out. (As you might expect, this proves to be his undoing, because Venkman ends up picking up the SmartBall and invent a weapon that can hurt him, convincing him to cough up the others and leave the city.)
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', Aelita [[DecoyGetaway creates an illusory clone of herself]] to escape the Scyphozoa. The creature is fooled, and tries to use its memory-draining powers on the clone... And apparently, it becomes sick.
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