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->''"Please don't eat me! I'm nothing but skin and bones;\\
I won't make a good meal, and you won't like the way I taste!"''

[[LiteralMetaphor Sometimes food just doesn't agree with you.]] This phrase, or a variation thereof, is spoken throughout fiction by characters caught between a rock and [[ToServeMan a slobbering monstrosity trying to eat them]]. For obvious reasons, it's quite common in animated comedies featuring animal characters, too. The phrase is not usually expected to actually dissuade the predator from attacking--often, not even by the character in question, who'll likely consider it quite radical and far-fetched--but it ''can'' be good for stalling, giving our heroes more time to think of an effective means of escape before they're [[EatingTheEnemy eaten by the enemy.]]

In some rare cases, it's related to TooSpicyForYogSothoth and RegretEatingMe. ''Not'' the opposite of ITasteDelicious.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In episode 9 of ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'', when Maria enters the club room, she bumps into Yozora, who's wearing a horse head mask. She freaks out when she sees it, then Yozora jokingly says she's going to eat the girl. Maria claims she won't taste good and has been eating vegetables, but Yozora says she doesn't mind, and says she's a vegetarian.
* A ''Manga/FairyTail'' filler includes Happy being abducted by runaways from a dark guild who hope to eat him. What makes his use of this trope odd is that he isn't saying this to stall. He's genuinely concerned that he'll taste bad because he really has to pee.
* Smith from ''Anime/GingaNagareboshiGin'' tries this with the Koga dogs, saying that bi-colored dogs like him would cause a stomachache and red dogs tasted better.
* Variation in ''Manga/OnePiece'': When Carrot is dangled over a boiling cauldron by Charlotte Brûlée and about to be StewedAlive, it's Chopper who says the trope, and tells Brûlée she won't like how Carrot tastes.

* In ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'', a mutant tries to dissuade [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Durham Red]] from sucking his blood by saying that he's anemic and, therefore, unappetizing.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* The [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Grimm fairy tale]] ''[[http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0122e.html The Three Billy Goats Gruff]]'' is likely the [[TropeMaker trope originator]].

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* From ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> '''Calvin:''' (to [[ThePrankster Socrates]] dressed as a monster) AAAA! DON'T EAT ME! I'M HIGH IN CALORIES!

* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', Zazu says this to the hyenas.
* Subverted in ''{{Film/Garfield}}: The Movie''. When Garfield gets cornered by rats when searching for Odie, he says that he'd be too fatty for the rats to eat. Then they say...that fat's fine with them.
* ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnExpectedJourney''. Dwarfs try to sway troll from eating them by claiming that they have such things as "Parasites as big as me arm!"
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Rutt and Tuke]] try doing this in ''Disney/BrotherBear'' when they think Kenai (whom they meet for the first time) was going to eat them. But after a mild insult from one moose to the other, they end up insulting each other until the insult "BIG NOSE!" comes in.

* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Literature/{{Mogworld}}'', wherein Jim says the line to a monster, realizing a second later that, being a zombie, he's more than likely telling the truth.
* In ''Kids Praise 9: The Search For Psalty's Missing 9'', Psalty and the kids encounter a tribe of [[CannibalTribe bookibals]] who plan on eating the main character. One of the kids tries to dissuade them by pointing out Psalty's name is indicative of how he'll taste.
* In ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'', the centipede says this to the huge cloud man.
* In ''Literature/TheSilverChair'', a Talking Stag tries this and fails to avoid being eaten by [[spoiler:giants]]. The protagonists overhear them talking about the incident later, which results in an [[spoiler:AlienLunch moment of horror when they realize ''they are eating the Stag.'']]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A sketch on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' has Kermit, as Sindbad the Sailor, telling Sweetums that frogs taste terrible "even with lots of ketchup." To back it up, he asks his crew, "Have I ever been accused of good taste?"
* Inverted in the episode "[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E09IWasATeenageWerewolf I Was a Teenage Werewolf]]" on ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'', where they have the soon-to-be-first-victim saying "I'm probably very tasty and well-marbled. Not something I've often thought about..."
* The ''Series/{{ALF}}'' episode "La Cucaracha" has Gordon dealing with a giant alien cockroach out to get him:
--> '''Alf:''' ''Listen, you don't want to eat me. I'm pure gristle. My whole family has an aftertaste! If you can hold out, there's doughnuts on the way.''
--> '''Cockroach:''' ''(thrashes through the kitchen)''
--> '''Alf:''' ''Good idea, put some coffee on.''
** Played with when he escapes to the bedroom a moment later:
--> '''Alf:''' ''Oh, I should have guessed... It probably likes gristle. Now I feel like a tease.''
* On the ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' episode "Slice of the Pie", the MonsterOfTheWeek bakes the Rangers into a pizza [[OldShame (yes, we know)]]. Cassie tries to dissuade him from eating them by saying she's "not cooked enough yet".

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* "Tastes Bad to Monsters" is actually a beneficial status in one tabletop game.
* TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse has the Merit "Bad Taste", which puts any werewolf or other monster who bites you at some disadvantage due to nausea. Unfortunately, it also means that dogs, wolves and other werewolves won't lick your face or hands, which is a problem socially.
* There is a spell in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' that turns your blood into an acid that injures any monsters that bite you.
** And a lower level spell, called "Horrible Taste", which causes nausea in any monster that bites you.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMario64 DS'', Tuxie the baby penguin begs Yoshi not to eat her because she tastes terrible and will give him cavities. Yoshi promptly spits her back out.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsV'', [[Anime/ShinMazinger Tetsuya Tsurugi]] replies that he'll give the gigantic [[Manga/GetterRobo Stinger/Cohen Invader]] food poisoning when they claim that the combination of Photonic Energy and Getter Radiation in Mazin Emperor G is delicious. Tetsuya then adds that he'll give the Invader a three-course meal of asskicking if they don't back down.
* This is a common response in the second ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' game when Adol [[BalefulPolymorph turns into a monster]]. (Ironic, since the monsters in question are harmless kangaroo-like creatures.)

* Webcomic/{{Digger}} tries to convince Grim Eyes and other hyenas that she is unclean and therefore inedible.
* In ''DreamwalkJournal'', Fleur says the line to her hungry spider companion.
* Ship Leesoo from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' subverts this by telling the [[SuperPersistentPredator Bull]] he tastes delicious to protect a Mandong Whale. The Bull looks at him once and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny turns away]].
** Baam once says this to Rak on their first meeting.
* In ''Webcomic/TheBirdFeeder'' [[http://thebirdfeeder.com/comic/98 #98]], "Thanksgiving," having heard that humans eat birds on Thanksgiving, Darryl wears a bag over himself that says "DO NOT EAT."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'', Alex tries it on a giant squid, adding "Once, a mosquito bit me and it was sick for, like, two weeks afterward!"
* Ami, to a Sasquatch in ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'': "I'm not part of your balanced diet! I'm not kosher!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'', Wendel says it to Taz. Taz tries to eat him anyway and discovers that [[SubvertedTrope Wendel was telling the truth]].
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. T.J. is captured by the kindergarteners, and then Captain Sticky goes up to him and says, "[[YouNoTakeCandle You Food!]]". T.J.'s response (While trying to "communicate" with them by speaking like them), "Me? Food? No! Me taste bad! Yucky poo-poo!". It turned out they wanted to ''give'' him food.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon, Foghorn Leghorn tries to convince Henry Hawk not to eat him because he's nothing gristle.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010'' ("Homeward Pound"), Squirt pleads with a bear who caught him after falling down a waterfall by claiming he's "stringy" and "chock full of preservatives".
* WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron tries this to prevent a hawk from eating him. "You know, I'm really high in HDL Cholesteral...that's the bad kind."
* Garrett attempts this on a ghost that wanted to eat him in ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters''. He uses the above "Nothing but skin and bones line". Unfortunately for him, skin and bones are the creature's favorite part.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'', Pip the mouse does this in desperation when a pet snake is about to eat him, telling him he's too spicy. Luckily the snake doesn't since [[AndroclesLion Pip defended him from an abusive owner]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' there is Pizza Steve, an antropormorphic pizza slice. In some episodes, other characters wants (or even try to) eat him, when himself don't want to be eaten.
* Gil from ''WesternAnimation/BubbleGuppies'' says this to Pretzelquatl when he looks like he's about to eat him and Oona. [[spoiler: It turns out [[MeaningfulName Pretzelquatl only eats pretzels]], and he offers some to them too.]]
-->'''Oona:''' Don't eat us!
-->'''Gil:''' Yeah, we probably taste terrible.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' "Mudder's Day", the hero's are caught by the titanic Al Muddy Sultan, who plans to cook them. Aladdin tries to stall for time by telling him his stew is "inferior", and mentions a rare spice fit for a king that grows on the surface. The sultan is intrigued, but suspicious (as he should be) and tells Aladdin to get it ''alone''. ("They didn't make me Sultan ''only'' because I was the ''biggest''," he claims) requiring a change of plan on Aladdin's part.
* ''WesternAnimation/GummiBears''; when captured by the spider-like Spinster, Grammi comments that she's preparing the stew wrong, noting her expertise as a chef. (Gruffi almost blows the plan my noting to himself what [[LethalChef how it actually is]]) and then gives her a few suggestions that she claims will help it. Like the ''Aladdin'' case, the Spinster is intrigued, but ''not'' stupid, and walls the place off with more webbing before leaving.