Does Not Like Spam
aka: Trademark Hated Food

Waitress: 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?
Husband: 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 to the point of characterization. It's basically the Inverted Trope of 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 still has its fans and is 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. Related is Enmity with an Object.

Has nothing to do with hating Spammers, Beam Spam or Grenade Spam.


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    Anime & 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, who can get sick and die from eating these foods.
  • 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.
  • In most Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam fan works, Paptimus Scirocco loathes watermelon bars. It reminds him of how he was defeated.
  • BT from .hack//SIGN named her character based on the removal of this from her favorite food. Here's 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 and Guy, who refuse to 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.
  • Vivio initially dislikes green peppers in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS (Nanoha even uses it as part of her Clones Are People, Too speech). 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."
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions:
    • 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.
    • A heavy smoker who hates chocolate and any sweet food was killed by having his coffee laced with poison, with the only avaliable antidote being "placed" in sweet layer cake.
  • 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.
  • One Piece: In an SBS question, a fan asked Oda what each crew member's least favorite food was.
    • Monkey D. Luffy: A certain shop's cherry pie
    • Roronoa Zoro: Chocolate (It's too sweet)
    • Nami: Orangette (Prefers actual fruit)
    • Usopp: Mushrooms (Got sick once)
    • Sanji: Konjac (Not nutritious)
    • Tony Tony Chopper: All things spicy (It's not sweet)
    • Nico Robin: Gum (Can't swallow it)
    • Franky: Marshmallow (It's not hard)
    • Brook: Lemon (Can't make a sour face)
    • For a non-Strawhat example, 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.
    • Devil Fruit is a universal Stock Yuck; while nobody ever eats more than one in their lives (well, no one has and lived) they are known to taste absolutely horrid. Those who eat them feel as thought they've been poisoned, which they have seeing as the powers they bestow are technically curses.
    • Luffy's enemy Blackbeard hates well-done meat as much as he loves cherry pie. In an Establishing Character Moment they meet in a shop, Luffy gets angry at Blackbeard insulting meat, Blackbeard gets pissy at Luffy whining about cherry pie, an they get in a fight.
  • Kaitou Joker's titular character hates dipping sauce.

    Comic Books 
  • Spider-Man: 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.
    • Aunt May uses this as a Spot the Imposter in a Civil War-era comic, when The Chameleon was impersonating Peter. The real Peter apparently hated oatmeal raisin cookies ("Yes, even mine."), which Chameleon-Peter accepted without hesitation and ate with relish. (These particular cookies were also laced with sedatives.)
  • 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.
  • Gorilla Grodd of The Flash hates bananas.

    Comic Strips 
  • 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.
  • In one For Better or for Worse comic, Elly tries to feed Farley some scraps leftover from dinner. John tells her that he won't eat the peas. Elly says there's no way he could possibly know that they're in there, and proceeds to mix the food together in Farley's bowl. Sure enough, Farley ate the food, while somehow managing to spit out every single pea in the process.

    Fan Works 
  • 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 attempts to excuse a Slytherin student who cast the Cruciatus Curse on Harry, a portrait of Godric Gryffindor orders the elves to serve him all of his least favorite foods: liver, haggis, bubble and squeak, kippers and boiled cabbage.
  • In If Them's the Rules Tom Riddle hates vanilla.
  • Zuko is okay with most Water tribe foods in Reluctant Hero...except stewed sea prunes.
  • There is a The Dark Eye fanfic in which the protagonist's love interest doesn't like ham. Rhymes nicely with spam, and foreshadows an important plot point namely, that the character in question is a necromancer who is deathly afraid of the dead. Ham reminds him of dead bodies.
  • Klatchian Migratory Bog Truffles are a gourmet foodstuff on the Discworld. They are so prized by gourmets that they will pay vast sums for a meal where the chef has ensured there is no trace of bog truffles in it whatsoever. Johanna Smith-Rhodes, recently married Assassin, is happy for this state of affairs to continue with regard to her own diet. Until she gets pregnant and develops an inconvenient craving. For the foul-tasting Klatchian Migratory Bog Truffle. She discovers her taste buds have been out-voted by her foetus in Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
  • In Chrysalis Visits The Hague, the lawyer protagonist Estermann evades coffee like the plague.
  • In the House fanfic Inferno Cuddy doesn't like coconut.
  • A Not So Ordinary Day:
    Mad-Eye Moody: Lass, I'd eat tomato soup if Sirius made it and I cannot begin to describe how much I hate tomato soup.
  • In Secrets Draco's baby daughter Victoria hates any kind of potatoes.

    Films — Animation 
  • 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.
  • It seems that Peter in Spider-Man: Homecoming dislikes too much bread on his sandwiches. In an early scene in the bodega, Peter tells Mr. Delmar to smush down the sandwich. A later scene has him criticizing a different bodega for having too much bread in their sandwiches.
  • 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.

  • In Mark Twain's "The Stolen White Elephant" the titular pachyderm eats anything except European butter and drinks anything except European coffee.
  • Discworld:
    • Susan does not like nougat.
    • King Verence detests custard, after having it dumped on him many a time during his youth in the Jesters' Guild. (It probably doesn't help that there's a custard actually called a fool.) He detests it so much that there's a national ban on custard in Lancre.
    • Makepeace Thomas Bounder, "The Poet of the Cabbages" in The Discworld Almanack, wrote a treatise on "The Hellish Root," aka the potato, believing its popularity to be directly responsible for people being uninterested in cabbages.
    • When first introduced in the series, Cohen the Barbarian hates soup of any kind. This is because his teeth have fallen out and dentures are unknown outside of Agatea at the time, meaning the only food he can actually eat any more is soup and mushed veggies, and so well-meaning people offer him dozens of different kinds of (and recipes for) soup. He stops grumbling about it later in the series because by then he has pure diamond dentures, meaning he can eat anything he wants to eat again.
    • In Making Money, Moist hates offal, having been served too much of it as a kid (his family were probably too poor to afford better meat). Of course, this comes up as they're the one note of One-Note Cook Aimsbury and the Trademark Favorite Food of Moist's fiancee Adora Belle.
    • In Maskerade, the famous opera singer Enrico Basilica from Brindisi is actually Henry Slugg from Ankh-Morpork. Everywhere he goes, people serve him pasta, and he's sick of it.
  • Lord of the Rings:
    • In The Hobbit, nobody likes cram, a biscuit-like K-ration made by the Lake Men, but then, the Lake Men didn't have taste in mind when they made it. Lembas bread, made by the elves, was an improved recipe with better taste.
    • However, Gollum from both The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings saga could not tolerate Lembas bread, as prolonged exposure to the One Ring made everything of elf-make anathema to him. Lembas bread tasted like dust when he tried to eat it.
  • Rhiow in Diane Duane's Feline Wizards series dislikes tuna.
  • Tita in Like Water for Chocolate can eat just about anything except soft-boiled eggs.
  • In one of the short stories in Marcovaldo by Italo Calvino, Marcovaldo develops an absolute loathing for sausage after eating it every day for weeks.
  • Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham—The protagonist spends most of the book declaring how much he dislikes it, though by the end he is persuaded to try it and discovers that it's actually quite good.
  • Pumuckl, the kobold protagonist of a German children's series hates cheese (which he calls "foul milk").
  • Harry Potter: Dumbledore, despite his general fondness for sweets, avoids Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans after coming across a vomit-flavored one in his youth. He tries them again at the end of the first book, and...
    "But I think I'll be safe with a nice toffee, don't you?" (eats bean) "Alas. Earwax."
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Willy Wonka really doesn't like breakfast cereal. He claims it's made of pencil shavings.
  • Garrett from the Garrett, P.I. series absolutely hates green bell peppers, to the point of ranting at length about how they're one of the few things humans eat that pigs won't. He also rebukes Morley for offering to serve him a cattail-heart salad, as that's mostly what his Marine unit had to live on for months when they were guerrilla-fighting in the Cantard swamps.
  • As shown in Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare, Rainbow Dash does not like chili peppers.
  • In the Black Blade series, Lila and her mother were on an ice cream run when they ran into the attack on Devon, and Lila's mother later gets her to leave ahead of the Draconi's retaliation by sending her out for ice cream. Lila doesn't eat ice cream anymore because of the memories.
  • In The Belgariad by David Eddings, Con Man and Loveable Rogue Silk absolutely despises gruel. Even Supreme Chef Polgara's gruel. Even if you call it "porridge". To the point that when he starts getting on her nerves more than usual, all Pol has to do to get him to straighten up is mention that she'll be making porridge for breakfast the next day.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The famous Monty Python's Flying Circus "spam" sketch: "I Don't! Like! Spam!". The Trope Namer, this one is justifiable: rationing had forced Britons to eat the stuff for years after the War, and even after that meat remained expensive, so by the time the Pythons came around, the whole island was heartily sick of it. The sketch plays on this. Lovely Spam! Wonderful Spam!
  • Bones: Brennan doesn't like pie, at least fruit pie, because she doesn't like cooked fruit.
  • Parks and Recreation features an entire town who dislike vegetables and salad. There was one business named "Sue's Salads" that was actively hated on by Leslie Knope, who is an otherwise cheerful person, and it went bankrupt in the course of a season. Ron Swanson exemplifies the trope, he also dislikes fruit (he can't bring himself to eat a banana until he smooshes it into a giant beef burger), diet versions of normal food or drink like skim-milk, dislikes fish (claiming it is close enough to a vegetable) and invented the 'turf and turf' which is two giant steaks served side by side.
  • Newman on Seinfeld hates broccoli, calling it a "vile weed". Of course, it seems he probably hates all vegetables.
  • In the American version of Big Brother, seasons 7 and beyond introduced the diet called Slop. The food is a mushy food that contains a lot of vitamins and proteins, and the contestants regularly express their dislike for being "Stuck on slop" and compete as hard as they can to not be the side that is forced to eat nothing but slop for a week. It is actually designed that way on the Peanut Butter and Jelly diet would make people sleep all the time...the Slop would have people awake for more drama and encourage people to play harder during the food competitions.
  • Red Dwarf Dave Lister hates Pot Noodles to the point of eating dog food instead when they're his only options. When stuck on a ship that is supposedly a perfected version of the Dwarf, he orders a Pot Noodle to see if it can make them any good. It does, and he's amazed.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Sarah Jane Smith Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures hates ginger pop. It's how the Doctor recognizes her ginger pop-drinking android impostor in "The Android Invasion.''
    • The Seventh Doctor loathed pears.
    • There's a clip cut out of "Human Nature" that says that the Tenth also disliked pears, and didn't want Martha to let him eat them while human. You still see him doing just that - John Smith really got on Martha's nerves after a while.
    • The Eleventh turns out, after much experimentation, to hate apples, yogurt, baked beans ("beans are evil! Bad beans!), bacon, and bread and butter. To be fair, he had just regenerated.
  • Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern: Andrew will cheerfully eat almost anything: bloody entrails, duck eggs with a fetus inside, pig brains preserved in aspic, etc. But in an episode about Hawaii, he was presented with a dish made of spam and could barely force himself to taste it. He even went on for about five minutes about how much he hates spam. He also has a strong aversion to durian. He also does not like walnuts. When Zimmern guest starred on the Minneapolis episode of Man v. Food, he had host Adam Richman (who makes his living eating enormous amounts of fatty, sugary, and/or unearthily spicy foods) try some lutefisk. He couldn't stomach more than one bite.
    Andrew Zimmern: Mmmm. That's some good lutefisk.
    Adam Richman: (face contorted in disgust) How can you tell?
  • Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer explaining alternative universes, bearing in mind that her example is bound to be self-centered: "Suppose you don't like shrimp. Well, blahh, you say, I wish there was a world without shrimp." This is in addition to bunnies of course.
  • Yuto from Kamen Rider Den-O hates shiitake mushrooms.
  • In an episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, the heroes discover that the current Monster of the Week, the Pudgy Pig, who was at first believed to be an Extreme Omnivore, has a dislike for spicy food. After tricking him into eating some hot peppers, it appears that he's actually somewhat allergic to such food, and they defeat him easily.
  • Iron Chef:
    • Play-by-play announcer Kenji Fukui hates bell peppers. (Which is hilarious considering a yellow bell pepper is the symbol of his boss, Chairman Kaga.)
    • Chairman Kaga hates udon noodles. He was teased about it in one udon battle.
      Kaga: Leave me alone. (everybody laughs) I hate udon. (more laughter)
  • Rodney McKay of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis with citrus fruits. Admittedly, it's because he claims to be allergic to them.
  • In one episode of The West Wing, Charlie is asked by a reporter if there are any foods the President doesn't like. He answers (truthfully) that the President doesn't like green beans. This gets him in trouble, because it's an election year, and the staff is afraid it might put off green bean farmers. (This may be based on the George H.W. Bush example in Real Life, below.)
  • Hornblower: Lieutenant Bush owns he had to eat turnips as a boy, but he never touches them now.
  • Florian Bellanger, specifically acting as a judge for the Food Network show Cupcake Wars, hates Red Velvet Cake. However, he has admitted that there are rare instances where if it is made very well, he does enjoy it. As a result, many competitors on the show will make a red velvet cupcake, if only to get the bragging rights if they can get Florian to like their take on it.
  • The Two Fat Ladies dislike that most British of condiments, malt vinegar.
  • Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives isn't very fond of eggs, and will typically eat around any that happen to come with the dish the show is featuring at the moment. He also openly hates liver and anything made from it, like liverwurst. Any time liverwurst happens to be featured he treats the segment where it's shown how the cook prepares it as if he'd been sentenced to the gallows and he'll have to be reassured by the chef that he'll like it more than he's assuming.

  • "Weird Al" Yankovic:
    • "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.
    • Played straight in "Trapped in the Drive-Thru":
      I hopped up and I said: "I don't know, do you want to get something delivered?"
      She's like "Why would I want to eat liver? I don't even like liver!"
      I'm like "No, I said 'delivered'."
      She's like "I heard you say liver!"
      I'm like "I should know what I said..."
  • Alizée's song J'en Ai Marre is about people and things she dislikes. This includes zucchini, which she claims makes her vomit.
  • From Second City comes "I Hate Liver":
    I hate liver
    liver makes me quiver
    liver makes me curl right up and die
    it makes me cry.
    It gives you hives, it gives you scurvy
    turns my stomach topsy turvy

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The bulette (or landshark) is a vicious beast that usually preys on anything weaker than itself (which is usually anything. However, the 1st Edition description says it refuses to prey on elves, and dislikes dwarves.
    • In the 4th Edition, the nalfeshnee are demonic overlords portrayed as Villainous Gluttons. They regard most creatures weaker than themselves (including other demons) as potential food, but they can't stomach gnomes for some reason. (Not that gnomes that fall into their clutches are in any way safe of course.)
    • Beholders have (ironically enough, given the size of their mouths) virtually no sense of taste, meaning that any food without an interesting texture falls into this. In case the nalfeshnee thing was making gnomes feel safe, beholders consider them to have "interesting texture", and they're so conveniently bite-sized...

  • 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."

    Video Games 
  • Noodles in the second Parappa The Rapper game. They're TAKING OVER THE WORLD (in a way).
  • Professor Carter in Harvest Moon DS (Cute) loathes curry. He hates it even more because it's all his One-Note Cook of an assistant, Flora, knows how to cook. The ironic thing? It's the Trademark Favorite Food of several other characters.
    • Throughout the series, there are food items that are absolutely loathed by certain characters. Natalie from Island Of Happiness is Squicked by mushrooms and Julia (same game) feels the same about fish.
    • Nina mentions in Harvest Moon: Magical Melody that she hates pumpkin because her mom fed it to her so much as a child. Several of Liz's favorite gifts are pumpkin and pumpkin foods.
  • In Tales of Symphonia, every character has a least favorite food as a game mechanic. The most notably overblown in fandom terms is Kratos's (not that one) hatred of tomatoes, possibly because it's amusing for such a stoic badass to have that kind of a weakness. Notably there is one who shares his dislike: his son, Lloyd.
    • It's easy to note that Colette does NOT like Green Peppers. When she starts eating them, it's a hint that something is very wrong: she's losing her natural senses as a part of her transformation.
    • In fact, every player character from the Tales Series (with the exceptions of Anise and Yuri) has a least favorite food; some games even have a mechanical display of this (such as said food having less of an effect, or even the opposite effect, on said character).
    • Genis Sage doesn't care much for Gels (the healing items of the game), if you don't give him any for so long, he gets the title "I hate gels!" and a skit.
    • Flynn's dislike of squid in Tales of Vesperia is another popular fandom topic, particularly on the Japanese end, which is often Flanderized into him having a full blown phobia of the creatures.
  • Wart in Super Mario Bros. 2 hates vegetables enough to make them his Weaksauce Weakness.
  • In Super Mario Sunshine, King Boo doesn't like spicy food, so much that to beat him, you have to throw hot peppers into his mouth whenever the roulette wheel you fight him on causes fruit to spill out.
  • A similar example are the Man-Eating Plants in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. They aren't ghosts, and are thus immune to the Strobulb and Poltergeist 5000, but Luigi can defeat them by force-feeding them a spikey fruit that often grows nearby. Luigi can use a cooked chicken in place of the fruit to defeat one particular Plant in the Treacherous Mansion, which also gains him a Diamond.
  • Grunt from Mass Effect 2 is almost the ultimate example of an Extreme Omnivore - the smell of burning plague victims makes him hungry. However, he hates ramen (it looks like worms, apparently).
  • Klonoa, despite resembling a rabbit (among several other things), is known to hate carrots.
  • BlazBlue: Bang Shishigami states that "there are two things in this world that I just can not stand! Lies and evil and lies and...BELL PEPPERS!" He also hates pineapple in his sweet and sour pork.
    • It is also stated that Jin Kisaragi cannot eat meat. This gets him eliminated from the "King of Men" competition in Bang's Chronophantasma gag reel.
  • Your character in Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles starts out with at least two foods they don't like. These don't restore a lot of their health, though if you feed them those foods often enough they'll start to like them.
  • Dragon Age II: Fenris apparently hates fish, according to one of his comments when entering a warehouse for a quest.
    • Then again, this might be because of the smell.
  • In Sonic Unleashed, Sonic gains EXP from foods he eats, with the amount of EXP he gets based on how much he likes the food. He generally doesn't seem generally fond towards basic sweets and drinks, and seems to have a strong distate for seafood.
  • It's heavily implied that GLaDOS really hates potatoes by the end of Portal 2. Though the reason is because she was stuck inside one for a good portion of the game.
  • Unlike Flint, who LOVES cheese, Kumatora and Boney of MOTHER 3 hate it, and will recover less hitpoints from eating it.
  • Starting in the third-generation games, most Pokémon have a preferred flavor and a disliked flavor, depending on their nature and corresponding to the stats improved/reduced by their nature. If fed Pokeblocks or Poffins of a disliked taste, the Pokemon will gain less benefit, and certain healing berries will inflict confusion if the Pokemon doesn't like how they taste.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, both Lissa and Frederick disdain bear meat. If the player's Avatar is male, Frederick's supports revolve around his trying to overcome this aversion.
    • According to the C-Support conversation with her sibling, Female Morgan's least favorite food is vegetables, although she says she doesn't mind them now.
  • The virmen in World of Warcraft are a savage tribe of rabbit-like humanoids native to Pandara who are obsessed with vegetables - mostly carrots - but despise turnips for some reason, and will sometimes deliberately go out of the way to destroy. Many clever Pandarens (and even not-so-clever ones, like children, seeing as virmen aren't all-too smart) use this distaste to their advantage to get rid of them. A common trick is to fool them into accidentally eating a turnip, by painting them orange to look like carrots.
  • Several characters from The King of Fighters series has the foods in their list of disliked things in their profiles. Robert Garcia dislikes rakkyou (pickled Chinese scallions) since Ryo forced him to eat it once.
    • Shingo Yabuki's least favorite is milk. In one of his special team endings in KoF '98 (which consists of King, Mature and himself), he is seen crying waterfalls of tears because he receives a bottle of milk as his birthday present.note 
  • In Tomodachi Life, each Mii has various food likes and dislikes. The two foods they hate the most will send them into Heroic B.S.O.D. animations and empty out their Happiness meter. The twist? You won't know what are the foods they hate the most until they actually try them.
    He/She thought it was the worst ever!!
  • Similarily to Tomodachi Life, in Miitopia each character will react differently to the stat-boosting food you get from enemies; this food will raise the points needed to increase a character's stats, with bonus points if they like it and lesser effects when they don't. Once a character tries a grub they decided they don't like, you can see them grimacing when said food is highlighed on the menu screen.
  • In Persona4, it's indicated that the player character's young cousin, Nanako, doesn't like spicy stuff very much. When she taste-tests the female party members' omelets, she compliments all of them to be polite, but she has difficulty forcing down a bite of Rise's extremely spicy omelet, much less wholeheartedly praising it.
    • Also, while eating sushi, Nanako doesn't touch any until her father scrapes the wasabi off the piece she wants.
    • Yosuke either doesn't like tofu or is allergic. He still buys some from the shop Rise's grandmother runs, though.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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: When They Cry, 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.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • The King of Town in , 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... (However, this was in Strong Bad's "memory", and probably didn't happen.)
      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!

    Web Comics 
  • 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:
    • The show 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 B.S.O.D. 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.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • The Monster in the Darkness will eat anything except babies. Xykon keeps trying to feed live children to him, apparently thinking it will make him scarier, but the MitD just pushes them around on his plate until he can throw them out when Xykon's not looking.
      MitD: What about you? Is there any food you hate?
      O-Chul: Well I was going to express a distaste for squid, but I suppose babies top my list as well.
    • Haley doesn't like pickles, leading her none-too-bright rival Crystal to think she can kill Haley by pelting her with pickles.
      Haley: So that's the kind of fight this is gonna be, huh?
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • 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.)
  • Brad Jones cannot stand pickles or green beans.

    Western Animation 
  • Doug hates 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.
    • The whole team is revolted by tapioca pudding, and after unintentionally getting a tanker full of it, they're at a loss on how to get rid of the stuff. To their surprise - and delight - it's what the villains of the episode are after.
    • 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 Two). 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.
    • While he's okay with most junk food, given his age, Numbuh Four doesn't like chocolate all-too much.
    • Numbuh Five's rival Heinrich von Marzipan loves cheeseburgers... But not if they have pickles.
    • Black licorice is so despised by candy pirates that there's a curse associated with it, although Numbuh Five says she "kind of" likes it.
  • Perhaps not quite a dislike, but Darkwing Duck can't stomach spicy foods. note  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.
  • On The Smurfs, Gargamel couldn't stand smurfberries. Peewitt didn't like them much either, suggesting they aren't fit for human consumption, although the ogre Big Mouth loves them.
  • 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 Hero: 108 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.) Probably justified due to the Turtles' choices of toppings.
  • 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.
    • Peter nearly pukes his spleen out upon trying a rice cake for the first time.
  • In Wander over Yonder, Jellyfish Pie may be the Trademark Favorite Food of Sylvia, but Wander doesn't like it.
  • 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.
    • One-Shot Character Charlie Collins hates meatloaf. But after surviving his ordeal with the Joker, he wouldn't mind it.
    "Right now anything looks good, even meatloaf."
  • 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.
  • In the Popeye and Son cartoon, Popeye's son really hates spinach, but forces himself to eat it on occasion since it's as much of a Power-Up Food for him as it is for his dad.
  • 6teen: Nikki despises chocolate. Unfortunately for her, she gets bizarre cravings for it when she's having her period.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Twilight Sparkle doesn't just dislike quesadillas, she's afraid of them. She's creeped out by how cheesy they are.
  • The titular characters of Biker Mice from Mars do not like cheese, much to Charley's surprise since... well, they're mice. They tend to go for sausages and beer instead, plus their Arch-Enemy is cheese-themed.
  • In The Batman, The Joker once kidnapped several people and said they had all wronged him. One was the top psychiatrist, and his crime was, "Bagley, how many times do I have to tell you, I hate macaroni and cheese!"
  • Tigger's dislike of honey in Winnie-the-Pooh. More apparent in the Disney adaptations than the original novels.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes had an episode where Lucius tries to come up with the ultimate Misery Inc product by having Jimmy test them for him, figuring that if he can find a product that makes the eternally happy Jimmy miserable, it'll make life an even worse hell for the people of Miseryville, and seems to have struck gold when Jimmy runs away screaming from a bizarre flavor of ice cream. Nope, turns out that it just tastes like butterscotch, which Jimmy hates, and his reaction tricked Lucius into releasing a tasty treat.
    • Jimmy also cant stand the taste of pickles, to the point that he has a severe phobia of them and fears being attacked by pickle monsters. Properly Paranoid in this case, since there's atleast one megomaniacal pickle hag lurking around Miseryville.
  • The titular BoJack Horseman can't stand honeydew, as does Princess Carolyn as well as BoJack's half-sister Hollyhock.
    BoJack: Goddammit, honeydew?! Why does cantaloupe think every time it gets invited to a party he can bring along his dumb friend honeydew? You don't get a plus-one, cantaloupe!

    Real Life 
  • Young children tend to have a distaste for bitter flavors 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. It has also been suggested that this is an evolutionary adaption, which kicks in about the time children learn to walk unaided and lasts until they have the sense not to pick up anything they see and eat it... to prevent them killing themselves with poisonous fruit or vegetation.

    As people age, however, they often appreciate things they would have hated as a child because they were "too bitter" or "not sweet enough". Common examples include tonic water, anchovies, black coffee, olives, aged cheeses, dry red wine, various beers, and grapefruit. In extreme cases, these acquired tastes may become a Trademark Favorite Food.
  • 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 and while Barbara Bush very graciously accepted the produce, President Bush simply doubled down and declared: "I still don't like broccoli".
  • 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. Pythagoreans believed in reincarnation, and by their books beans were the main target for human souls to reincarnate into. Thus eating beans was, for them, 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".
  • H.P. 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, may have hypersensitive taste buds and/or stomachs, hence they may have a strong aversion to certain types of taste or textures.
  • Spam:
    • The famous Monty Python sketch that provides the name for this trope was inspired by the fact that during World War II 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, by 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) and in school meals (where the grease-soaked spam fritter was long iconic, if much reviled) for years to come (spam fritters were standard school fare at practically every level into at least the 1970snote ).
    • Korea had the same problem during the Korean War (no meat to be had except for Spam), but had the opposite effect; to this day, it's the second-largest consumer of the canned-meat product. You can even buy luxury Spam in fancy boxes!
  • Aversion to coriander leaves (also known as cilantro) may be due to a genetic cause. Variations in the OR6A2 gene, which is associated with olfactory reception, can lead to cilantro/coriander having a completely different and highly unpleasant taste for some people. For people with this variation, cilantro has a flavor that is most often described as "dish soap", and it can so completely permeate what it's used in that it overwhelms the other flavors in the dish. Oddly, it may not apply to the spice "coriander" which is the seed of the same plant.
  • The voice actress Chiaki Takahashi can't stand eggs, she'll eat anything but that. If she does eat one, she'll vomit.
  • Mao Zedong is noted to dislike soy sauce, owing to being squicked by the moldy beans during a high-school field trip. So, the soy sauce used in red-braised pork—his Trademark Favorite Food—is substituted with caramel.

Alternative Title(s): Trademark Hated Food