I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham
Would you like them on a boat? Would you like them with a goat?
You do not like them, so you say.
Try them! Try them! And you may.
Try them and you may, I say.
The circus is in town! Or perhaps just the big Broadway play that everyone's been talking about recently. Or maybe it's just a big blockbuster movie. Whatever it is, the characters are all going to rush out to see it, perhaps on opening day.
However, there's always one character who thinks, no, knows
that he/she is just going to absolutely hate it. Nevertheless, they're dragged to the event anyway... and lo and behold, they actually like it! In fact, most of the time, they'll become the biggest fan of whatever it is that they didn't want to see. Bonus points if the other characters, the ones so enthusiastic to see it in the first place, end up hating it.
It doesn't necessarily have to be a movie or a play... it can be anything. It can even be a food, such as, well...green eggs and ham
Can happen in Real Life
; see Hype Aversion
Then again, it can more often lead to Hype Backlash
. Or a Broken Aesop
where the "you never know until you try" message comes out like The Complainer Is Always Wrong
Not to be confused with Does Not Like Spam
. Neither with Large Ham
By the way, don't eat eggs and ham which are literally green. You'll probably get food poisoning
unless food coloring was involved. Or they're century eggs
Anime and Manga
- Done slightly differently in the old "Life Cereal" commercials where the other kids don't want to try the cereal, so they push it off on some kid named Mikey. Mikey, memetically, likes it.
- Inverted with Oatmeal Crisp. Dad keeps trying to persuade Son that it is absolutely disgusting, when in reality, he just doesn't want to share.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has an interesting variation in Chisame, who goes to extraordinary lengths not to accept the existence of magic, despite all the other characters telling her about how awesome it is. When she finally does get away from the madness, she realizes that her life is too boring, so she heads right back. And promptly starts complaining about it again.
- In the New Dr. Slump, there's a couple of chained episodes which Arale, Katchan, Akane, and Peasuke visit King Nikochan's planet, where white radishes are the famous food. Peasuke, being very picky about what he eats, says he hate them, but after Akane forces him to eat one, he ends up loving them.
- In an episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL during the Duel Carnival, Yuma's opponent Housaku uses the Basket Rule for their duel, which requires each player to take one vegetable at random from his basket and eating it before attacking with a monster. Yuma is at a clear disadvantage because he claims he doesn't like tomatoes (which Housaku specializes in). After getting pounded by Housaku (and eventually making him angry for insulting his tomatoes) Kotori threatens to forcefeed them to Yuma if he doesn't eat them, so he is persuaded to try them... And finds them pretty good. He goes on to win the duel.
- A young Hellboy is adamant that "I don't like pamcakes!", but it turns out he loves them when he tries them. Cue demons in Hell lamenting that he is lost to them forever.
- This was used as a Mythology Gag in the movie, where HB is brought a gigantic plate of what he at one point calls "pamcakes".
- In Shakespeare in Love, there's a Puritan preaching against theatre outside the Globe, but is swept inside by the crowd on the opening night of Romeo and Juliet, and by the end of the play is cheering louder than anyone.
- While spinach is well-known to be Popeye's Trademark Favorite Food, it was addressed in an odd way in the movie version starring Robin Williams. In the plot of the film, he always claimed to have hated it, much to the dismay of his father. At the climax, when Bluto sadistically forcefeeds it to him, he discovers his ability to gain strength from it, sends the villain fleeing with his tail between his legs, and becomes the hero that everyone knows and loves.note
- In Pitch Perfect, the protagonist dislikes movies in general and has never seen one the whole way through, apparently finding them too boring and predictable. Her Love Interest is shocked by this and tries to get her to watch The Breakfast Club but she refuses. After the pair fall out, she eventually does watch it and is visibly brought to tears by it.
- The Dr. Seuss book is briefly referenced in The American President, when President Shepherd comments that his Secretary of State and longtime best friend A.J. constantly addresses him as Mr. President;
A.J.; Nice shot, Mr. President.
President Shepherd; Nice shot, Mr. President? You won't even call me 'Andrew' while we're playing pool?
A.J.; I will not do it playing pool, I will not do it in a school. I do not like green eggs and ham, I don not like them—
President Shepherd; At ease, A.J.!
- Obviously, the title of the trope comes from the classic Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs And Ham, in which one of the main characters is constantly badgered to try the strangely colored breakfast concoction. He balks at first, but when he finally tries it, he ends up loving it.
- And... guess what happens in obscure Canadian band Moxy Früvous's version of the story, when the pestering Sam-I-Am is asked if he wants to share the verdant foodstuffs with the convinced protagonist? He's not keen on them.
- In The Lord of the Rings, Gimli the dwarf is initially unimpressed with the Elvish waybread lembas, assuming it's similar to cram (an unpleasant type of hard biscuits used for long journeys). As soon as he tastes it, he changes his tune.
- Sandra Boynton's song, "(Don't Give Me That) Broccoli" from the Dog Train album.
I know I'm going to hate it! Uh, oh, I ate it!...yum.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Addicted to Spuds".
I used to hate them, now they're all that I eat, oh yeah
Whee, I've often seen then whipped, but they just can't be beat
Now I'm gonna have to face it
I'm addicted to spuds
Might as well face it, I'm addicted to spuds
- A common occurrence if a band has a New Sound Album, if an album has a different line up to the usual, or if they read a negative review by a biased critic is that the one person won't listen to it because they don't think they'll like it. A notable example is One Hot Minute by Red Hot Chili Peppers which is a good album that has only been avoided because it features Dave Navarro on guitar and has slightly more metal tracks than usual. Often these people are inherently biased towards the band's more frequent guitarist John Frusciante, and would probably praise the album had he played on it.
- The song "Pink Fish", written by Alan Menken.
- The Barenaked Ladies sang a partially rewritten rap song version of the original Dr. Seuss story in their first independent album.
TV Tropes Tropes
- In one arc, Peppermint Patty was dragged to a classical concert expecting to hate it, only to find it beautiful. Then she turns to apologise to Marcie, who dragged her there...only to find that Marcie has fallen asleep.
- Another time, Peppermint Patty's teacher assigned Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates for winter break. Patty didn't like the assignment at first, but found she actually enjoyed the book; when school started again, she told her teacher, "Thank you for forcing us to read it!"
- And in an earlier arc, Sally was scared to death about the prospect of starting kindergarten. After one day there, she loved going. (Unfortunately, Sally's enthusiasm for school didn't last...)
- In one FoxTrot arc, Paige was grossed out about having to dissect frogs in biology class, even to the point of having nightmares. After actually doing it, she thought it was so cool that she couldn't stop talking about the process at home. (Even during dinner... After Andy had served spaghetti.)
- A common plot involving real or made up Game Show Appearance episodes: one character will think a Game Show or lottery drawing is stupid, silly, and/or pointless and will generally become the one to get obsessed by it.
- Happens in Red Dead Redemption when John Marsten takes his son Jack hunting. Jack originally believes he wouldn't like it, but in the end is commenting on how much he enjoyed it.
- In Super Robot Wars Judgment, Domon Kasshu is apprehensive about watching Gekiganger 3. By the time they're done with it, he's so moved that he's crying.
- Many characters in Saints Row: The Third, particularly the Boss, dislike the TV show Nyteblayde, which the Boss calls "a shitty vampire show". However, Matt Miller's loyalty mission in Saints Row IV involves acting out a Nyteblayde Self-Insert Fic he wrote and programmed into the simulation. While the Boss, naturally, hates the experience at first, they become intrigued by the fic's narrative and listens to Matt's explanation of the show's plot with genuine interest. By the end of the mission, the Boss is hooked on Nyteblayde's premise, and, after a Rousing Speech to Matt, uses their authority as President and sole surviving human leader to assign him all rights and licenses to the Nyteblayde franchise, on the condition that he keep making more stories.
- Subverted in Homestar Runner, with the Strong Bad Email concert. Strong Bad ends the email with the words "And that's how sloshy became one of my favorite metal bands", only to have Strong Sad tell him that sloshy, a band whose only mentioned song is entitled We Don't Even Really Care About You, is not metal. After Strong Bad breaks a record over Strong Sad's head for "tricking" him, he says "And that's how sloshy became one of my least favorite bands".
- Parodied in KroboProductions' YouTube Poop Green Eggs and Eggs, where the main character eats the titular foodstuff halfway through, then spends the rest of the video demanding sex from
- In the Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse short "Another Day at the Beach", Summer and Midge each reluctantly participate in one of the other's favorite activities. Summer tries to make macramé, and enjoys it so much, she and Midge decide to have a "macramé-off". Midge goes cage diving, but doesn't have fun doing it.
- Shanna Cochran of Fans!! started out as a vocal critic of sci-fi/fantasy fandom, but she eventually became a fan herself. For much of the comic's run she tried to conceal this, fooling no one.
- Justified, as Shanna's mother is insane and fandom was the point where she began detaching from reality. Shanna denies fandom because she's afraid she's going down the same road.
- This strip of Freefall lampshades the Broken Aesop of this trope.