: You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam. Wife
: Why not!? Waitress
: Bleagh, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it? Wife
: I DON'T LIKE SPAM
: Don't cause a fuss, dear; I'll have your spam, I love it! I'm having spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, and spam!
When a food is said to be loathed by someone, sometimes to the point of characterization
. Basically, the exact opposite of the Trademark Favorite Food
Not to be confused with I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham
. Also has nothing to do with junk e-mail (which many of us quite justifiably despise) note
Sometimes these will fall under Stock Yuck
, turned Up to Eleven
for one person. Otherwise, expect something either so universally loved that no-one understands their problem
, or so rarely encountered that you wonder how they manage to build up such a hatred of it.
Sometimes, an Extreme Omnivore
will have just that one item they don't like, and this trope will be played for laughs. In this case, it's usually something very mundane, so that while a character might be willing to eat disgusting and probably poisonous mixtures, they absolutely refuse to eat something everyone else enjoys.
(Ironically, although Spam is an acquired taste for most people, it's not actually that horrible, and it's very popular in much of the Pacific, particularly Hawaii and South Korea.)
See also Picky Eater
and Bizarre Taste in Food
. May result in requests to Hold The Unsolicited Ingredient
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Anime and Manga
- Edward from Fullmetal Alchemist really, really hates milk. Even when he's told drinking milk would help him grow up. ESPECIALLY so.
- Kyo from Fruits Basket hates leeks, onions and miso. His Involuntary Shapeshifter form is a cat.
- Tenchi Muyo!:
- Tenchi apparently hates miso soup. At least in the third movie.
- In the manga, Ayeka has an aversion to carrots to go along with her general dislike of Ryo-Ohki. She gets over it and is quickly pounced by Sasami, who wants her to try more.
- Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory: Kou Uraki and carrots. And it gets dialed Up to Eleven in Super Robot Wars.
- BT from .hack//SIGN named her character based on the removal of this from her favorite food. I'll give you a hint. It's not Bacon and it's not Tomatoes. Mimiru points out it has no taste upon being informed of this which leaves her bewildered as to why BT dislikes it.
- Sailor Moon: Each of the Sailor Senshi have a least favorite food listed in their profile. Usagi's is, ironically, carrots.
- Crayon Shin Chan: Shin-chan hates green peppers. Possibly the reason why he always asks older girls if they like them is to allow him to keep hitting on them.
- Similar to Sailor Moon, most of the cast of Naruto has a food they dislike, with the exception of Lee, who cannot dislike any kind of food. Naruto in particular hates vegetables, and a brief flashback shows Kakashi appearing in his window to offer him some vegetables with his ramen.
- The captains and lieutenants of Bleach have their favorite foods listed in their profiles, along with foods they dislike. Gin likes persimmons and dislikes dried potatoes (because he bit into one thinking it was a persimmon), while interestingly enough, his lieutenant Izuru dislikes persimmons. Komamura, an anthropomorphic wolf, has hated carrots ever since his father told him that they don't eat them.
- Vivio initially dislikes green peppers in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S. According to Sound Stage M3, though, she got over it by the end of it.
- Kanako Urashima in Love Hina doesn't like sweets at all. Naturally, she was adopted into a family of confectioners, and she crushes on her adopted brother, who is an expert even amongst the family at them.
- Akisame Koetsuji of Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple loathes bell peppers to the point that they're occasionally used as a threat for dinner if he doesn't do something or other. He always complies.
- Pokémon: Misty loathes carrots and peppers.
- Yang Wen-li in Legend of Galactic Heroes dislikes coffee very much, to the point that during the prequels when he was choking over some food and was saved by a cup of coffee offered by his future adjutant and wife Frederica Greenhill, the first thing he said was "I hate coffee. I wish you'd given me tea instead."
- Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!:
- Sanae Dekomori like Ed Elric above, is short and hates milk—or dairy products in general, thinking it is being warm, slimy and stinky.
- Rikka dislikes tomatoes.
- Detective Conan: On at least one occasion, a victim's intense dislike of eggs (he was allergic to them) was used against him in the murder method.
- Chiaki Takahashi can't stand eggs, she'll eat anything but that. If she does eat one, she'll vomit.
- Wendy Marvell, the young Sky Dragon Slayer from the titular guild in Fairy Tail, is so sensitive to the sour taste of umeboshi (pickled plums) that merely watching somebody else eat them is torture. Gray and Loke defeat her in the S-Class exam by this means in the Tenrou Island arc.
- Also, Bisca Mulan deeply dislikes sweet foods.
- In One Piece, when Sanji offers to make sandwiches for breakfast, Trafalgar Law (who is traveling with the crew as part of an Enemy Mine situation) casually admits that he doesn't like bread. Law then freaks out, realizing that he's being drawn into the Straw Hat's antics.
- Kaitou Joker's titular character hates dipping sauce.
- Peter Parker may have loved his Aunt May's wheatcakes, but according to Uncle Ben, he didn't like her meatloaf at all. Another comic said that he couldn't stand corn fritters, something else she often made, but he never told her.
- A CB Bears comic book story (Marvel Comics) had Bump Bear with an utter dislike for cole slaw. This was based on story writer Mark Evanier's similar dislike of cole slaw.
- Kuyou Suou in Kyon Big Damn Hero dislikes noodles since she almost choked in them.
- Princess Celestia Hates Tea. Title says it all. Even after drinking well brewed tea for over a thousand years, Celestia still can't stand it. Hilarity Ensues when Celestia confesses this since everypony "knows" that tea is her Trademark Favorite Food.
- In Not Your Usual Veela Mate after Dumbledore arrempted to excuse a Slytherin student who cast the Cruciatus Curse on Harry, a portrait of Godric Gryffindor ordered the elves to serve him all of his least favorite foods: liver, haggis, bubble and squeak, kippers and boiled cabbage.
- In If Thems The Rules Tom Riddle hates vanilla.
- Zuko is okay with most Water tribe foods in Reluctant Hero...except stewed sea prunes.
Films — Animated
- In How to Train Your Dragon, dragons hate eel. To the point where Hiccup intimidates dragons by having an eel under his shirt. In Dragons: Riders of Berk, a new species is introduced that actually likes eel.
- In The Emperor's New Groove, Yzma never liked Kronk's spinach puffs. Ever! (This is actually his Berserk Button and makes him turn against her.)
- In Wreck-It Ralph. Ralph "never cared for chocolate" probably because it reminds him of the mud he's thrown into at the end of every game. Played with when he and Vanelope land in a chocolate puddle that saves their lives (well, his): "Chocolate! I LOVE CHOCOLATE!"
Films — Live-Action
- A Christmas Story: "Meat loaf, meat loaf, double beat loaf. I hate meat loaf."
- Bad guy Professor Hathaway in Real Genius doesn't like popcorn. Guess what they use to destroy his house.
- Spock does not like Italian Food, according to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, but gets convinced by Kirk pretty quickly.
- Tallahassee, from Zombieland, can't stand coconut. It's not the taste, you understand... it's the texture.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Albuquerque": "I! HATE! SAUERKRAUT!" If you were force fed nothing but sauerkraut until you were twenty-six-and-a-half, you'd understandably hate the stuff too.
- Averted when he sings about the Trope Namer in "Spam"; he pokes fun at it for being Mystery Meat, but seems to be genuinely pleased with its versatility.
- There is Mafalda and her legendary hatred of soup.
- Charlie Brown of Peanuts hates coconut - chocolates with coconut centers, in particular. So does Snoopy. And Linus. This is because Charles Schulz himself didn't like coconut.
- Garfield, mostly due to bad cooking, holds a special disgust for snails, fruitcake, and raisinsnote . Except, of course to mess with Jon's mind ("A Vacation From His Senses"). The fact that it worked says something. Shredded coconut - he says it resembles "tiny albino spiders." Also Spinach: "It looks bad, it tastes bad, it smells bad". (turns bowl over, spinach splats on table) "It even SOUNDS bad." And, relevant because he's a cat, he won't eat mice (birds and fish, however, are fair game.)
- Dennis the Menace (US) hates vegetables and milk - But not things made from milk, like ice cream or chocolate.
- Apparently, Spam was so common (and disliked) in US military rations during World War II that it led to this comic strip in US military newspapers of the time◊.
- Greasus Goldtooth in Warhammer does not like cockatrice and has no desire to eat it again. This may sound odd, but given that ogres have been found with the skeletons of entire horses in their stomachs, and the Firebelly induction ritual involves drinking lava, for an ogre to not want to eat something a second time is virtually unheard of.
- Animal Crackers invokes this in one of Groucho's Strange Interlude-style asides: "This would be a better world for children if the parents had to eat the spinach."
- Saber from Fate/stay night is well known for her large and nondiscriminatory appetite. However, she does not like octopus. At all. Not so much for the taste as the appearance; upon finding out that a food she did enjoy (takoyaki) was stuffed with fried octopus, she expressed horror that she'd been eating 'demonic fish of the underworld'. This is revealed elsewhere to be due to her confrontations with the Fourth War's Caster in Fate/Zero, who literally did try to kill her with summoned demonic fish of the underworld; the entire experience left her with a dislike for tentacled, squishy things.
- In Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Shion doesn't like canned meat, Satako doesn't like pumpkins, and Hanyuu doesn't like spicy food and wine.
- Da Capo II: Minatsu Akasame is a robot who requires regularly eating bananas in order to keep functioning. She doesn't like them at all.
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Molly the Peanut Butter Monster has expressed discomfort with eating peanut butter, saying it makes her feel vaguely cannibalistic.
- Sonichu hates pickles because they remind him of a certain body part.
- Homestuck starts on John Egbert's birthday. As a result of all the cake he has been eating for the occasion, he is sick to death of baked goods — especially those by Betty Crocker. This nearly causes a Heroic BSOD when he realizes that his beloved Fruit Gushers are made by the "Heinous Batterwitch," but he decides that angsting over it is stupid.
- It's implied that his hatred of Betty Crocker products goes back much farther than that, since his adoptive great-grandmother was Betty Crocker herself and baking seems to be something his father does constantly regardless of the occasion, or lack thereof.
- In the Alpha Session, John's counterpart, Jane Crocker, dislikes Fruit Gushers, ironically enough.
- Haley in The Order of the Stick doesn't like pickles, leading her none-too-bright rival Crystal to think she can kill Haley by pelting her with pickles.
- Played for Drama with Kokkan in "A Broken Winter". After a year as a child spent around freshly slaughtered animals and dead bodies in Irihi slaughterhouse, he refuses to eat meat of any sort. It's also one of the signs of his ongoing battle with PTSD.
- In Waterworks, Tubs does not like fish. Even the smell will keep him out of an area.
- Lt Ebbirnoth in Schlock Mercenary does not like the food at Panda Gonzales, home of Authentic Hong-Kong-Tex-Mex, at one point comparing a side dish to a little platter of germ warfare. Schlock isn't overly fond of it either, but given that Schlock can and will eat virtually anything, he doesn't really care that much.
- The King of Town in Homestar Runner, while usually fond of anything he could conceivably fit down his throat, hates peas.
- It is a fan in-joke that if he was served buttered peas, he'd eat the butter off the peas. Somehow.
- Referenced in the sbemail "original": "Original Bubs" left the show after the King of Town ate all the mayo off of his egg salad...
Original Bubs: Who ate all the mayo off my egg salad?! ...and HOW!?
King of Town: It's a proprietary technique I can't reveal!
- Tiny Samurai (in the Teen Girl Squad series) is the mortal nemesis of corn and corn-based products. No, it doesn't make much more sense in context.
Tiny Samurai: Corn (chips) is no place for a mighty warrior!
- The KoT passed up an opportunity to eat egg salad, instead just eating all of the mayonnaise off it. However, this was in Strong Bad's "memory", and probably didn't happen.
- The Nostalgia Chick has a strong distaste for mayonnaise.
- Jake And Amir: Amir hates yams.
- In The Autobiography of Jane Eyre:
- Grace Poole finds it difficult to describe Mr Rochester when Jane asks about him. She says he has a mild aversion to uncooked tomatoes.
- Grace is somewhat obsessed with food and wouldn't dare to touch anything with glutens. (In one hilarious out-of-universe video, she's seen getting high on eating regular bread.)
- Doug hated liver and onions.
- Tohru's dislike for fish is a constant thorn in his side in Jackie Chan Adventures. This may have had to do with a Running Gag where he was often defeated by fish used as an impromptu weapon before his Heel-Face Turn, though he is shown to actually dislike it as food as well.
- Angelica of Rugrats loves all cookies except coconut ones.
- In The Simpsons, Mr. Burns may have liked gelatin desserts at one time, but after he makes the mistake of complimenting one of Marge's prior to "There's No Disgrace Like Home", every employee at the plant is giving him them to suck up, and he gets sick of them.
- Codename: Kids Next Door:
- In the pilot episode (the first "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.") the Delightful Children invite Laura Limpin, a.k.a. The Big Badolescent to their party as a bodyguard to keep the heroes at bay. Unfortunately, this turns out bad for the villains when Laura actually tries the cake and finds out it has coconut in it, which she hates.
- Father hates broccoli. In fact, he claims that everyone hates it, and that the reason adults make kids eat it is so that they won't have to. The stuff is downright poison to KND Operatives (with the exception of Numbuh 2). Numbuh 362 eats her way through a wall of broccoli to confront him, and while she manages to triumph and save the day, it sends her into a two-week coma afterwards.
- Numbuh Five's rival Heinrich von Marzipan loves cheeseburgers... But not if they have pickles.
- Perhaps not quite a dislike, but Darkwing Duck can't stomach spicy foods. He's also not a big fan of his girlfriend Morgana's cooking (although, she is sort of a Cordon Bleugh Chef, to put it lightly...)
- Murderface on Metalocalypse refuses to eat anything shaped remotely like a penis.
- Ren and Stimpy: Jerry The Bellybutton Elf hates '''LINTLOAF?!'''
- In Justice League, Grodd, despite being a gorilla, claims he hates bananas.
- According to one episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, all kids and broccoli (used to figure out robot duplicates had replaced nearly the entire cast).
- Kuzco makes several comments throughout The Emperor's New School that he hates cauliflower (he hates all veggies, but this one in particular).
- Woody Woodpecker: "I don't like CHEESECAKE!"
- In the Gravity Falls episode "Irrational Treasure" we learn Quentin Trembley, the eccentric 8 1/2 President of the United States, declared war on pancakes.
- In Animaniacs, Wakko can eat almost anything. However, in one episode, it appears he doesn't like mayonnaise. He and his siblings were performing in a play at the time, so it may have just been scripted.
- One episode of The Real Ghostbusters featured a man who hated chicken so much he wished all chickens out of existence. The demon he made the wish to was so embarrassed by having to carry out such a ridiculous task he actually teamed up with the Ghostbusters just to have it undone.
- Just about everyone on Looney Tunes has a problem with onions. Whenever one character is cooking something (like Bugs does in "French Rarebit", he's told to hold the onions.
- Garfield and Friends:
- In one episode, Binky the Clown reveals that he hates mayonnaise.
- One episode had Garfield complaining about anchovies in his pizza - but he does like it in the comics.
- In Code Lyoko, Odd is a Big Eater who'll eat almost anything. He doesn't like sushi, however, telling Yumi's mom that he "didn't care for" it in one episode where she offered it.
- Mighty Rai from Hero108 hates bananas. Unfortunately, they're the source of his electric powers, so he has to suffer them.
- Pizza may be the Trademark Favorite Food of the Ninja Turtles, but Splinter doesn't like it, at least in the 1987 version. In fact, in one episode, when he and the Shredder are victims of a "Freaky Friday" Flip, the fact that he does like it is the first thing that makes them suspicious. (At the end of the episode, when the two are supposedly switched back to normal, Michelangelo offers him a slice just to make sure; when he is repulsed by it, they're certain it's the real Splinter.)
- On Family Guy, Stewie is okay with ice cream, but not if it has sprinkles. At his first birthday party, when Chris offers him ice cream he specifically says, "Very well, but no sprinkles! For every sprinkle I find, I shall kill you." He doesn't like pickles either.
- On Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn hates fish. Eating them makes her sick, and she's not too keen on handling them either. She will try to tough it out for the Joker's sake if one of his plans involves them though.
- Daria doesn't like berries, and avoided eating them while on a family camping trip. This ended up saving everyone. Turns out the berries were toxic and caused everyone else to trip out and hallucinate. Since she was still sane, she was able to call 911 and get the family out of the woods and to a nearby hospital so they could get their stomachs pumped.
- Although this is not so much as she hates berries in general, she just didn't trust her father's dubious foraging skills.
- Young children tend to have a distaste for bitter flavours in general, and more sensitive tastebuds into the bargain. Hence the famous dislike of vegetables, particularly sulfurous ones like cabbage and spinach. People generally grow out of this as they get older, but by then many of us have built up a psychological dislike of said vegetables because we associate them with all those dinnertime arguments. It doesn't help that many people don't know how to cook them properly, either.
- Unpleasant experiences with food. That food poisoning you got from a undercooked hamburger? You may not want to eat those again or go to the place that had them even though you can safely consume (properly cooked) hamburgers.
- Getting sick from an unusual food may provoke a particularly strong version of this called a taste aversion. In this case, it's not a case of "just not liking" a food; it's a physical reaction by the body to reject what it sees as a poison. Sometimes a taste aversion will develop if a person gets ill by coincidence (the person ingests an unusual food, then gets sick from something else) in a biological application of the False Cause fallacy.
- George H.W. Bush: "I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli." Broccoli farmers sent 20,000 pounds of broccoli to the White House in protest. We're guessing he didn't eat it.
- Pythagoras (of Pythagorean Theorem fame) was known for his hatred of beans. To wit, Pythagoreanism was a religion based off his work and philosophy, and beans were verboten in said religion, deemed "unclean." Pythagoreans didn't eat beans not because they deemed them unclean, it was exactly the other way round. They believed in reincarnation, and by their books beans were the main target for human soul to reincarnate into. Thus eating beans was, for Pythagoreans, something too close to cannibalism.
- People who grow up poor enough to eat certain foods constantly will often avoid them once they get enough money for a varied diet. That's the basis for the whole family of so called "poverty foods".
- HP Lovecraft was allergic to seafood. This explains the cephalopoidic and piscine nature of a great many of his monsters. It probably didn't help that he lived in New England, where seafood can be a little hard to avoid.
- People with Asperger's Syndrome, and other types of autism, tend to have hypersensitive taste buds and/or stomachs, hence they may have a strong aversion to certain types of taste or textures.
- The famous Monty Python sketch that provides the name for this trope was inspired by the fact that during World War 2 Spam was pretty much the only meat that wasn't heavily rationed. The relative scarcity of proper meat coupled with the relative availability of Spam meant that Spam would be the only meat-like substance that most Brits had access to, and in the case of children born shortly before or during the war, the only meat product they had ever known. Rationing continued for over a decade after the war due to the impoverished state the UK found itself in once the war was over. Naturally, but the time rationing had come to an end, the people of the UK were so sick and tired of Spam that many hoped they would never see another can of the stuff again. Sales took a dive off a cliff once proper meat became readily available again, and people who actually liked it were considered weird. Yet it still remained cheap compared to other meats and would stick around on restaurant menus (especially those of the greasy spoon variety) for years to come.