"These were the most tasteful wedding invitations I could find. (licks one envelope) Mmm... whipped cream flavor... (licks another) Mmm... mango passion fruit... (licks another) Mm— Eeyuck! Spinach! How did that get in there!?"Some foods are just far more likely to show up as a hated (or outright universally hated) food for a character, be they Picky Eaters or not. Weird allergies are a form of Televisually Transmitted Disease. The foods which generate Foreign Queasine falls into this trope by default. It is not being forced to eat a food generally considered disgusting in one's culture, that's Alien Lunch or Eat That. Strangely enough, there's a reason certain foods, such as liver and leafy greens, tend to show up on a lot of kids' "Most Hated" lists—they actually taste different to children, and generally, they taste worse. Children are more receptive to bitter compounds in foods than adults (likely an evolutionary measure to prevent us from dying of plant poisoning while young), and tend to be put off by the bitter taste. Also, about 25% of people are "supertasters," having a higher concentration of taste buds than others: they tend to be repulsed by sprouts, spinach, coffee, alcohol, grapefruit, green tea, olives, soy, chili, soft drinks and tonic water. 50% are medium tasters, who have "normal" likes and dislikes, and 25% are non-tasters, who don't mind anything. Another reason children grow up hating vegetables is that parents often overcook them, removing much of the taste, texture and nutrients in the process. Compare If It Tastes Bad, It Must Be Good for You, Does Not Like Spam, Everyone Hates Fruit Cakes, Haggis Is Horrible, and You're Drinking Breast Milk. If the character is unaware of what they've eaten until it's too late, that's "I Ate WHAT?!".
— Queen Rotunda, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show
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- Blue cheese, especially stinky Gorgonzola.
- In The Muffin Fiend by Daniel Pinkwater, the muffin thief is deduced to be an extra-terrestrial, because even the Gorgonzola muffins were stolen and no human would ever eat a Gorgonzola muffin.
- In the Friends episode "The One Where Joey Tells Rachel", Monica bemoans that Chandler won't even let blue cheese into the apartment.
- In the English dub of the Yo-Kai Watch movie, Jibanyan says that the farts of the main villian smell worse than blue cheese.
- Skim milk. Most would agree that it's an acquired taste, but it is all-too often grouped with tofu in media as "disgusting health food". Buttermilk isn't well-liked either. In Animaniacs, it was hinted that it was what made Slappy so grouchy and bitter.
- UHTnote milk is looked down upon in Northern Europe and the U.S. It's more popular in Southern Europe and South America where the warm climate makes transporting fresh milk by refrigerated trucks expensive.
- Jokes about Limburger cheese are common due to its very strong smell. It doesn't help that it literally smells like feet (the same compounds responsible for foot smell are found in Limburger; the mosquitoes that specialize in human feet have been shown to be attracted to Limburger).
- Looney Tunes is full of gags about limburger. For example, in one short where Sylvester is trying to keep Speedy Gonzales from stealing cheese from a ship, Speedy tricks him by locking him in a room full of the stuff. Poor Sylvester almost suffocates before he is able to free himself.
- An episode of Our Miss Brooks, "Public Property on Parade", sees Cordon Bleugh Chef Mrs. Davis cook a limburger omelette for Miss Brooks. Brooks wisely declines, so Davis leaves it in the front yard for the birds. Cue a flock of birds flying a frantic retreat.
- In Mark Twain's "The Invalid's Story" a shipping box containing a corpse being sent home to the deceased's parents by train is accidentally switched with one containing rifles, which had a piece of limburger left on top of it at some point. The smell eventually becomes so strong that a railroad employee riding in the same car remarks that the burial really ought to have been carried out the previous summer.
- Chubby's Limburger cheese is a Running Gag in The Little Rascals.
- On My Name Is Earl, Earl is enjoying a picnic with his ex-girlfriend Natalie, and states about a cheese (likely Limburger or a similar cheese) that, "You know, for smellin' like feet, this cheese is pretty damned good!"
- In an episode of Family Guy when the Griffin family had to relocate after Chris was placed in the Witness Protection Program, they wonder what the foul smell is in their new home. Brian replies, "It's either bad meat, or good cheese."
- The Queen in Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs injects poison into an apple, proclaiming "This'll make Snow White weak in the knees." A worm jumps out of the apple, coughing and choking, and exclaims "Man, that smells like Limburger cheese!" He and a whole group of worms flee the apple.
- Goat's milk is occasionally featured in a joke where someone is offered 'milk' and assumes they're getting regular old (cow's) milk, since they're indistinguishable to look at. Expect the recipient of the gag to take a big gulp and follow with a Spit Take. That being said, goat's milk is actually pretty good - the yuck factor comes from how different it tastes from cow's milk - and the recipient may ask for more after they recover.
- One odd inversion of this is some commercials from The American Dairy Association, which show cheese making other Stock Yucks like broccoli and peas taste good.
- Many varieties of whiskey. Strongly peated Scotches in particular are an acquired taste, which for the uninitiated can be described as tasting more or less the way a permanent marker smells.
- A flashback in Daredevil has Matt stitching his father's wounds. His father has Matt take a drink of scotch to steady his hand, which causes Matt to retch and say it burns.
- Jokes tend to be made about prune juice a lot, seeing how useful it is as a natural laxative.
- Coconut is very frequent; this is probably from how older (1990s and earlier) "coconut" filling for chocolates was acrid, foul, and not very coconut-like. The stringy gritty texture certainly didn't help.
- Angelica Pickles from Rugrats said she hates coconut when she took a box of chocolates (with the help of Chuckie who was her slave after she saved him).
- In Codename: Kids Next Door a little girl grew to Hulk-like proportions because the Delightful Children from Down the Lane had a coconut cake at their birthday party. Inverted with main character Numbah 4 who loves a candy with coconut, but is also highly allergic to it.
- And after Peter Griffin (Family Guy) cut into a giant cake, he was more upset that the frosting was coconut than the fact that he cut into the stripper who was hiding inside the cake.
- Most of the characters in Peanuts hate coconut, just as creator Charles M. Schulz did.
- There's a line in a Heroes deleted scene revealing that Matt hates coconut. And is allergic to avocado, which suggests that getting out of L.A. may have been the best thing he could possibly do for himself.
- Tallahassee is rather upset to find a Hostess truck full of Sno-Balls when he was hoping for Twinkies. He hates coconut, you see. Not the taste - the consistency.
- Fuck coconuts.
- Stuart from MADtv hates coconut and spits out any cake that has any in it.
- At Susie's birthday party, Calvin makes an offhand remark about how he hates it when "the birthday kid chooses something gross [for their cake] like coconut."
- Raisins are a common one, especially when used in lieu of chocolate chips.
- Garfield hates Raisins. Several strips feature him spitting out every single raisin at Jon and saying "I don't like Raisins."
- A message you can receive in Borderlands 2 involves Tiny Tina freaking out because they had the audacity to put raisins in their cookies. She then gives you a mission to destroy all of the vending machines with cookies in them.
- A tumblr blog mentioned an April Fool's prank where the blogger's mother baked chocolate chip cookies... but used raisins instead of Chocolate Chips.
- "I have a theory that oatmeal raisin cookies were invented as a practical joke a long time ago and that they were never actually meant to be eaten."
- Jokes about prunes - and prune juice - are common, as some people think of them as natural laxatives. (They do contain some mild natural laxatives plus dietary fiber; however, there is no actual proof that they are effective as a home remedy for constipation.) Some distributors have stopped using the word "prune" on packaging labels and called them "dried plums".
- In the Wayside School books, it's revealed that Jenny hates prune juice, and was once late for school because her mother wouldn't let her leave the table until she finished it. She later threw up during class. It was purple.
- Pineapple has been getting a lot of flak from pizza purists. By their standards, the moisture of it dampens the crust, and the sweetness overtakes the other flavours of the mozzarella and other toppings.
Anger: [pointing out the broccoli-topped pizza] “Congratulations, San Francisco, you ruined pizza! First the Hawaiians, and now you!”
- Inside Out has this gem, although implied.
- Puffed rice cakes, the tough, flavorless staple food that Americans on diets have to suffer through. Expect jokes comparing them to coasters, as well maybe a joke about "putting a little something on them for flavor," which is usually something like cheese or bacon.
- In Family Guy, Peter is trying to lose weight and attempts to eat a rice cake because of it only to spit it out. In a characteristic cut-away, an evil Chinese man knowingly mentions [Peter] does not like rice cakes to have a jingle play: "Ricey ricey rice, no-one likes rice cake."
- In FoxTrot:
- Roger goes on a diet. His wife thoughtfully allows him to have a strawberry with his rice cake on account of having had a bad day.
- In an earlier strip, Roger is complaining about how dry and raw his throat is and earlier that week he had been pushed into exercising, but it turns out to have been caused by rice cakes.
- In The Simpsons, Homer goes on a diet, and Marge gives him rice cakes. She tells him to put something on them for flavor, and Homer loads it up with cheese, ham, bacon, and such, topped off with an olive.
Meat, organs, etc.
- Anchovies have their own subpage. It's an odd duck (or fish) because it's rarely eaten in western society and is rarely noted except as a pizza topping. Yet in that context, it is near universally used as the ingredient of contentious in the Hold The Unsolicited Ingredient trope.
- As recently the 70s, tongue was frequently foisted on unsuspecting kids because it was the cheapest cut of meat on the market. That's where it got its stock yuck status from (there's a famous scene in one of the Ramona Quimby books where the sisters enjoy their "pot roast" until they discover that it was actually tongue and revolt). Then, word that it was actually quite tender and tasty got out. Although most people still wouldn't eat it on a dare, enough people would that they now sell it at gourmet prices.
- It also makes a nice lunch meat, especially with mustard.
- Lobster and oysters had this happen to them as well, and now they're the most expensive things at the fish counter.
- For that matter, it seems like most of the meat from any given carcass (be it beef, pork, chicken or anything else) that is readily consumed is the skeletal muscle while most of the organs and other body parts are usually met with disgust. Mostly due to reminding people that it was once a living animal. However, depending on the culture and the resourcefulness of the chef, all of these parts can be used in something rather then letting it go to waste. Oxtail soup is a good example.note Traditionally, this distaste was strongly influenced by class, since such cheaper cuts of meat were often the only ones poorer people could afford; today, however, there's a sect of chefs and foodies who are trying to bring organ meat back into chic status.
- Bill Cosby has a bit where he expresses distaste for various animal parts, including chitterlings (pig intestines; "That's part of the lower tract. Ain't no food down there!"), tripe (sheep's stomach), sweetbreads (albeit with the popular misconception that they are calves' or lambs' testiclesnote ; "It took me ten years just to kiss my wife, no way am I gonna have the stomach for THIS!"), and brains ("I can't bite down on nothing nobody's been thinking with.")
- Odd organ meats are the main ingredients chef Aimsbury uses in Making Money because he became a chef for a dog, and they're very much Moist's Stock Yuck. On the other hand, they're virtually Adora's Trademark Favorite Food, and she asks Moist, "Do you think the head goes off thinking 'well at least he didn't eat me'?"
- The one "outside" body part which freaks most people out the most is the animal's head and face. Eyeballs especially so.
- In the case of chitterlings mentioned above, if the fact that they're pig intestines isn't off-putting enough, the pungent stench they emit while cooking will. It's usually enough to make people who haven't had them before never want to try them, and why it's often suggested that they be cooked outside.
- Liver in particular tends to get a bad rap, usually in any work of fiction where parents try to make children eat it. Despite the fact that it's a delicacy in some places (like France, Germany, South Africa, and Lebanon, where they have dishes where it's prepared raw) and it's high in iron and vitamin A, many people are turned off by organ meat, and documented cases of incredibly high doses of vitamin A being toxic are sometimes mentioned. (In truth, the only way that would become a problem is if you ate the livers of polar bears, walruses, certain seals, moose, and huskies, not beef, sheep, chicken, or fish liver like most do.)
- The bitter taste it can get may also be a factor in the hatred by children, whose tastebuds are more sensitive to bitterness.
- For many it's the texture (which, admittedly, can be a bit mushy), and the iron-like flavor (which tastes of blood); but the former can be overcome if you don't expect it to have a meaty texture, and the latter can be remedied with some (preferably raw) onion (which cuts the iron-like flavor remarkably well) or by soaking the liver in milk or wine (a technique called "masking," because it masks the off-flavor of the liver).
- Liver and onions can also turn into a stock yuck for those who have not eaten it. An educational kids' website tries to introduce the human liver by mentioning the dish, and Kevin Meaney had a routine where he made fun of it.
- For Norwegians (and Americans of Norwegian descent), lutefisk tops the list. It's cod soaked in lye until it resembles fish-flavored gelatin. To make it more bearable, it's usually drowned in butter and wrapped in potato flatbread called lefse.
- Part of the Stock Yuck factor may come from the fact that if you use too much lye, the lutefisk will corrode cutlery, especially silver cutlery.
- For some people, any fish at all is gross.
- It has to be said most children in the UK will only eat cod and tuna, so the idea of eating other fish is offputting for them.
- In an episode of The Flintstones where the families go camping, Betty feels revolted by the idea of Fred and Barney bringing back any sort of fish for eating.
- This mindset is also responsible for the Filet-O-Fish's reputation as the Butt Monkey of the McDonald's menu.
- The heroine of Gai Gin hates seafood and complains that one of the things she hates about living in Japan is that "they eat absolutely any crap that comes crawling out of the ocean". She also hates tomatoes, and this causes problems when eating with a very traditional Japanese family who consider leaving food on the plate to be very rude.
- In anywhere but the English South, jellied eels. In the manga of Girls und Panzer, when one Anglophile character serves them, they are actually blurred out, to save the audience from looking upon their hideousness. Of course, this means the British have a seafood that the Japanese consider weird, which should make one proud to be British.
- Sushi and sashimi used to be this in the west, and many assumed that only City People Eat Sushi: Who would ever want to eat raw fish? Sushi has grown in popularity now, though, and this has disappeared.
- This has exacerbated in recent years due to the amount of mercury present in most fish due to biomagnification.
- Escargot is often viewed unfavorably outside of Europe, as the thought of eating snails makes a lot of people uncomfortable. It's one of the very few foods that Garfield will not eat. This is most likely due to the fact that in most people's minds, snails are often lumped in with "bugs", which aren't readily eaten or really considered a food in Western cuisine. This is all the more apparent when you consider how people who readily consume clams (which are also molluscs) may show disgust at eating snails.
- Dave Barry, in several of his writings, claims that the French do not actually eat snails, but get a huge laugh from tricking tourists into eating them.
- In World Mosaics 4 the player character discovers a fire pit and some empty snail shells while visiting the prehistoric era. The diary entry concerning this comments that if escargot is all the nearest human settlement has to offer, they'd rather eat their shoe.
- The Fairly Oddparents:
- In the episode, "Christmas Every Day", Timmy is on his way to save Santa Claus from the lesser holiday mascots. When he reaches Quebec, he runs out of food. Fortunately, the web-enabled kids there got his message to help him, and bring him baguettes and snails, the former he accepts, but the latter he tells them they can keep. And it's probably a good thing they did, too, as one of the snails was used to knock out the Grade-AA explosive egg The Easter Bunny was about to use on Santa Claus.
- In the episode, "Fairy Friends and Neighbors", Timmy gets dragged into going to a fancy french restaurant when the Turners' neighbors bail on them. To add insult to injury, it's hard for Timmy to swallow the snails he doesn't like with a neck brace he has to wear from a game of Twisty he got dragged into the night before.
- Frogs legs are another French dish that Americans often find hard to stomach. The thought of eating amphibians sounds unpleasant to folks in the States.
- In the United States military, chipped beef on toast (a common breakfast food) is the subject of a lot of jokes. In army slang it is known by the dysphemism "S.O.S.", meaning "Shit On a Shingle", "Stew On a Shingle", "Same Old Stuff", "Something On a Shingle", or occasionally "Save Our Stomachs". Jokes about it were common among other humor about the bad chow on M*A*S*H.
- It's hard to find anyone who will portray Spam (or canned meat in general) in a positive light, despite it's popularity as a precooked food. When used in the U.S. Army during World War II, it was often called "ham that didn't pass its physical" or "meatloaf without basic training", and one of many interpretations of the name is an abbreviated form of "spare meat". Most notable was a Monty Python sketch portraying Spam as tasting horrible (the Trope Namer for Does Not Like Spam), and it eventually became the word for unsolicited email messages.
- In an inversion of the usual trope, hot dogs and chicken nuggets are a favorite of many children and picky eaters...until they find out how they're made and what they're made with. They'll end up being put off by these foods when they're adults.
- In Sweden, surströmming (fermented herring, sold in tins) has this reputation. While plenty of people do enjoy the flavour, even they won't defend the smell, which makes you feel you should be wearing a hazmat suit when opening the tin.
- While Polandball likes making fun of all countries' national dishes, surströmming tends to get the worst of it. Icelandic hákarl (fermented and dried shark's meat) often gets a very bad rap as well.
- The Scottish dish, Haggis, is another one that shows up so often it has its own trope
- There are other meat loaf dishes similar to though less famous than haggis that get the same sort of reaction. Scrapple is of Pennsylvania Dutch origin and is made out of cornmeal and finely ground pork trimmings - "everything but the oink". Goetta is made out of pig parts and steel cut oats rather than cornmeal, and is very popular around the Cincinnati Ohio area.
- Fruitcake in general ,at least in the United States. "Christmas cake" (no, not that kind, which at least some people find quite tasty), or more commonly "Christmas pudding", has similar connotations in Britain. It's depicted as something everyone gives during the holidays but nobody actually likes. The old joke goes that there's only one fruitcake, and we've all been passing it around for decades and decades. It usually looks like a brick in wrapping paper and, when set down, makes a sound like metal clanking or glass breaking. There's even a trope about it.
- The classic British Stock Yuck is the Pot Noodle, which is borderline inedible without precision preparation. Red Dwarf did this one (where Lister declined eating one in favour of dog food), while in a Skins episode, Johnny White proved to Thomas how HARD he was and how he was a man Not To Be Fucked With by eating one.
- Rhubarb Pie. Frequently used by Disney Mouse and Duck Comics, where it's depicted as a pie filled with gray-green sludge. In reality, rhubarb may be an acquired taste, its tartness being comparable to that of a lemon, but its actual appearance is something like a celery stalk with a very pretty shade of red. Rhubarb being a vegetable, there are many more ways to cook it horribly than to cook it properly, and the pretty red stalk is the only part of the rhubarb plant that isn't poisonous.
- In an old The Wizard of Id, when a thief was brought before the king for stealing a pie, his lawyer made an insanity plea, noting that it was a rhubarb pie.
- A Prairie Home Companion plays on this with its Parody Commercial series for "Bebop-a-Reebop Rhubarb Pie", in which the pie company's "ads" present a long chain of horrible events happening to a person and that person becoming incredibly depressed, with the solution to the depression being rhubarb pie. The hated, hated, rhubarb pie. It's a subtle kind of humor (not surprising, given the show), which plays on the reputation of rhubarb pie in the Upper Midwest (i.e. the thing your parents/relatives/neighbors foisted upon you, which you were then obliged to eat, no matter how good or bad it was—and it was often terrible). Everybody else gets the benefit of "And the solution is...pie!"-type humor, but people (especially Midwesterners) of a certain generation get a bonus as well.
- Garlic & Parsley Pizza is used (again, often by Disney Comics) as the punchline of "a disgusting version of something that is usually delicious" jokes similar to the rhubarb pie mentioned above.
- Brussels sprouts, and other greens like broccoli, cauliflower or spinach. The quote at the top of the page is from a New Yorker cartoon about broccoli, covering two at once.
- If you read the news tickers, you'll see how the SimCity games since 3000 turn broccoli into Serious Business. Good humor for an otherwise hyper-realistic game.
- The second Megamorphs book established that broccoli was introduced to earth by vegetarian aliens who colonized the planet during the time of the dinosaurs. After the defeat of rival colonists, they planted broccoli as a sort of victory dance. That's right kiddies, broccoli is a sacred alien plant and that is why we hate it so much.
- One of the "Treehouse of Horror" episodes of The Simpsons revealed that Broccoli is in fact a deadly poison that "tries to warn you off with its terrible taste."
- The Powerpuff Girls had an episode where the children of town had to help them defeat the evil Broccoloids by (shudder!) eating them. They had giant vats of cheese to help.
- Brussels sprouts are a traditional accompaniment to the British Christmas Dinner. No-one knows why. They are traditionally prepared, like so many British vegetables, by "boiling them until the vitamins give up," goes the traditional joke. (This is, of course, the entire cause of the problem. Properly cooked sprouts are awesome - overcooked sprouts are reeking mush.) A Running Gag on Terry Wogan's morning radio show is people complaining that it's June already and they've left it too late to get the sprouts on for Christmas.
- In Fallen the mother of one of Harry's friends comments that "Nobody likes them and they just ruin good food."
- From Bottom:
Richie: Will you stop whingeing, Eddie. Nobody likes sprouts.
Eddie: Well why are we 'aving them then?
Richie: Because it's Christmas!
- Codename: Kids Next Door
- Numbuh Four accidentally ate a brussel sprout once while blinded by boredom, causing the rest of his team to undergo an "Fantastic Voyage" Plot to get it out before it caused a viral infection that would make him an obedient, well-behaved child. Broccoli is also universally disliked; adults hate them and pawn them off on kids but can handle them, but to kids, it's kryptonite. When 362 is forced to eat through it to stop an Evil Plan, it sends her into a coma for two weeks. Father has a childhood trauma from when his father used to force-feed him broccoli.
- In addition, Sector V had an incident where, upon being stranded in a sea of asparagus and being attacked by a great white one, they were rescued by Stickybeard who claimed "[He'd] be dipped in chocolate before [he'd] let a blasted vegetable do anyone in!"
- Recently, as TV cookery shows and celebrity chefs make an increasing impact, the Brussels Sprout has made something of a comeback as people learn to cook them properly - lightly blanched and then tossed with some bits of bacon and onion.
- Or one could simply sautee brussels sprouts cut in half in a little rendered bacon fat along with onions and fresh garlic, sprinkle a little salt and pepper, and serve them with crumbles of the reserved crispy bacon on top. Delicious.
- In Family Guy, Stewie once created a weather-controlling machine so he could wipe out broccoli.
- While he was president, George H.W. Bush once famously declared that he hated broccoli. Histeria!! naturally did a skit about this.
- Reportedly, American broccoli farmers sent him several tons of broccoli for saying that. He most likely didn't eat it.
- One old joke.
Q: What's the difference between boogers and broccoli?A: Kids won't eat broccoli.
- One thing all those vegetables (except spinach) have in common is their ancestral plant: the wild cabbage. The bitter taste is a family trait for plants in the cabbage family. They also become nasty and sulphurous if overcooked which is somewhat easy to do.
- Just to be absolutely clear: Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi, and gailan (a vegetable called "Chinese broccoli" even though people only really eat the leaves) are descended from one kind of plant that lived on the cliffs lining the English Channel. They are all one species. Scary, innit? Oh, and turnips, rapini, and both kinds of "Chinese cabbage" (the curly "napa cabbage" and flat bok choy alike), are also one species. The turnip species is so closely related to the Western cabbage species that it can produce a fertile hybrid—which itself is ludicrously versatile, having been bred on one end to emphasize oil production in the seeds (which is how we get canola oil) and at the other extreme to forget oil production but emphasize the size of the taproot (which is rutabaga/swede).
- In one episode of Rugrats, Angelica took her hatred for broccoli Up to Eleven by suing her parents for trying to make her eat it. (Though the episode turned out to be All Just a Dream.)
- Played with in Return to Ravenhearst, with a list of rules the tyrannical Charles Dalimar imposed on Rose's young daughters. To showcase just how child-unfriendly their diet was, one of the rules is: "No broccoli until you finish your cauliflower".
- In the comic strip Ernie/Piranha Club, broccoli is the only thing Sid's pet piranha and live trash can Earl has ever refused to eat.
- In Ed Eddn Eddy, Eddy scares and chases Ed with some broccoli. Then Ed attempts to chase Eddy with it. Then at the end of the episode Edd chases the other two away with it.
- An episode of Tiny Toon Adventures had Buster Bunny spot evil robot duplicates on the basis that they like broccoli.
- Some Popeye stories are about the titular character trying to convince someone to eat spinach. In the Popeye and Son cartoon, the son doesn't like spinach but will eat it on occasion since it's as much of a Power-Up Food for him as it is for his father. In the movie, Popeye himself refuses to eat spinach until he discovers its effect.
- U.S. Acres: A worm tries to eat spinach but doesn't like the flavor. The remaining spinach moans over the fact "Nobody likes spinach".
- Stunt Dawgs: In "Dream On, Fungus", Fungus is tricked into thinking he and his team are dead. He's shown a scene of the other Scabs being tortured in "Hell". Airball's torture is being force-fed spinach.
- Riley's distaste for broccoli is a Running Gag throughout Inside Out, from her father's attempts to get her to eat it as a baby to Anger's outraged reaction to broccoli pizza.
- Word of God is that Disgust's design - green with a large head and skinny body - is based on broccoli.
- The Japanese release of the film replaces the broccoli with green peppers.
- Dinah from Summon Night Swordscraft Story 2 mentions that devils hate broccoli.
- In the Super Mario Logan episode, "Bowser Junior's Broccoli Problem!", Chef Pee Pee tries to get Junior to eat healthier by serving him broccoli with his pizza bagels. Junior is outraged, especially because his friends, Joseph and Cody, get to eat potato chips instead, and disposes of the broccoli by flushing it down the toilet. The broccoli lands in the mouth of a crocodile who lives in the sewers, who infiltrates Junior's house in search of more food.
- Winston from Feast is a dog who will eat pretty much any human food his owner throws at him. When James' girlfriend tries to get Winston to eat 'healthy' foods like brussels sprouts, he doesn't take to it. It could be justified as dogs are carnivorous (or omnivores with a lean towards meat, depending on who you ask) but it's likely they were going for this trope.
- In Going Postal, Moist von Lipwig worries about having spinach stuck between his teeth, since that's the sort of thing you're supposed to worry about when you're going on a date. When he's asked if he's actually eaten any spinach, he replies "I haven't eaten spinach since I was old enough to spit."
- In Skylanders: Trap Team, one of the villains is Broccoli Guy, a dangerous animate flying piece of broccoli. However, when he becomes trapped, he subverts the "yucky broccoli" stereotype by being a healer who summons delicious vegetables to restore your health.
Broccoli Guy: Hey, at least I'm not cauliflower.
- In a 1974 Archie at Riverdale High story, Reggie Mantle fancies himself a martial arts expert and walks around town alternating bogus "moves" with pseudo-profound sayings along the lines of "As broccoli on the dinner plate of life, so is the flower of transgression."
- In the Red Dwarf episode "Quarantine", when Rimmer has the other Dwarfers locked in quarantine and is torturing them with the Exact Words of the Space Corps manual he announces "And, fulfilling all Space Corps dietary requirements, dinner tonight, gentlemen, will consist of sprout soup, followed by sprout salad, and for desert, I think you'll like it, rather unusual - sprout crumble." Lister protests.
Lister:Rimmer, you know damn well sprouts make me chuck.
Rimmer: Well, this is awful. I've got you down for sprouts almost every meal. No, I tell a lie. It is every meal.
- In Through Hell or High Water Neville refuses to eat a green Bertie Botts bean because it might be asparagus-flavored and "They're disgusting! Especially when you cook them, all slimy and gross."
- In I Wish, I Wish Snape says that brussels sprouts are the work of the devil.
- Oddly enough, in Japan carrots are considered a Stock Yuck for picky children.
- Usagi from Sailor Moon doesn't like them either; ironic as her name sound exactly like the word "rabbit".
- Ryo Hazuki from Shenmue didn't like them as a child, until his pop schooled him on all the hard work it took to put them on his son's plate.
- Kou Uraki from Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory is famous for his hatred of carrots.
- Omochao says something about promising to eat all of his/her carrots in Sonic Adventure 2 (Battle) if held long enough.
- In the Harvest Moon series, most children (and even a few adults) respond disfavorably to being given carrots.
- In Tales of Symphonia, carrots are Bratty Half-Pint Genis' least favorite food. The only recipe in the game that requires carrots has the lowest stars possible of Genis' otherwise very high chef skills. Judas also mentions disliking them, as well as peppers (another stock yuck), in Tales of Destiny 2, which by extension means Leon doesn't like them either.
- Even giant Zentraedi children hate them in Macross Frontier. Although these particular carrots are rainbow-colored and the size of preteens, so whether or not they have a point is up for debate.
- A little girl in Tampopo has one with a hole in it strung with a piece of a string and a sign that says "Do not feed me sweets". A man getting over a toothache gives her his ice cream.
- Aguri Madoka and Ai-chan both hated carrots at one point in DokiDoki! Precure.
- In Pokémon, both Misty and Bonnie hate carrots.
- A Western example is Dennis the Menace; he's a child, of course, but he seems to hate carrots more than any other.
- Another Western carrot-hater is Pippi Longstocking.
- Jim Qwilleran in The Cat Who... books. Loathes turnips and doesn't hesitate to say so-was convinced that 'something underhanded' had been done to make a dish containing turnips palatable. In another case, he writes in his "Qwill Pen" column about all of the different ways in which turnips are awful and in return receives a giant turnip grown by one of his readers. First, though, the package has to be inspected by the bomb squad because there has recently been a bombing in the community and the package is considered suspicious.
- Sophie in the film version of Howl's Moving Castle hates turnips, and remarks on this when meeting the scarecrow Turniphead:
"It's been nice meeting you! Even if you are my least favorite vegetable!"
- In Meet Molly, Molly's housekeeper serves her and her siblings mashed turnip. Molly is the only one who refuses to eat it (especially after Ricky describes it as "old, cold, moldy brains"). Thankfully, her mother is able to make it taste better by warming it up and adding sugar, cinnamon and butter.
- In World of Warcraft, Virmen hate turnips. In one quest, they're using turnips for target practice; in another, you exploit their hatred of turnips by painting them orange to disguise them as carrots.
- In the Animal Crossing series, Turnips are often bought but not to be eaten as they've been unfashionable to eat for more then 30 years. Instead they're bought to "Turnip" a profit. The whole thing is called "The Stalk Market".
- Numbuh 5 from Codename: Kids Next Door once said she hated turnips. The episode where she said this had the group having to take out a monstrous one whose roots were invading their treehouse.
- Vishnal from Rune Factory 4 hates turnips, even though he's tried to like them. In an inversion of the trope, Arthur loves them.
- Parsnips are one of those vegetables no-one can figure out. Ogden Nash even wrote a short verse about them:
The parsnip, children, I repeat,Is simply an anemic beet.Some people call the parsnip edible.Myself, I find these claims incredible
- Garlic is a variation; while there's no shortage of folks who love it (mostly for French and Italian cooking), nobody likes the halitosis it causes, especially in fiction. It's close relative the onion is similar, a Love It or Hate It veggie, expesically as a pizza topping.
- While a lot of folks enjoy cabbage, the very strong smell it causes when cooked turns a lot of people off.
- Alton Brown of Good Eats has a habit of addressing why so many vegetables are Stock Yuck, and seeing if he can't turn them into something edible. The Stock Answer is usually that somewhere along the line, some parent who couldn't cook worth monkey feces did their horrendously substandard best, so that's how their kids learned to prepare it, and so on and so forth, until modern kids are subjected to something hellish and only nominally identifiable, prepared so horrendously wrong that all the nutrients have probably been wrung out of it anyway, defeating the purpose and proving that forcing your kids to eat their veggies is just another sign you don't really love them.
- The canned version of anything here, and everything that isn't. If it's good, they've found a way to ruin it. If it's bad, Eldritch rites have been employed to keep it in stasis, and what they sacrificed was what little the vegetable had that was worth preserving.
- The exception to this is Baked Beans (which are considered the stereotypical student food in Britain, being cheap but relatively tasty). Notwithstanding the side effects.
- Particular exceptions also include corn and beets. While not as good as the fresh variety, most children (and adults) won't mind eating either in their canned form.
- Tofu, especially in the context of those accustomed to a Western diet forced to eat healthier. However it's the texture of tofu that many people find disagreeable, not the taste.
- Beast Boy from Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! is vegetarian and is often shown eating blocks of tofu. Despite trying to persuade them to try it, none of the other Titans are interested.
- Bill from Pokémon was made to dislike tofu in the English dub. This is in contrast to the Japanese version where he seemed excited that Brock could cook several dishes for him, some including tofu.
- Neve from Ignition Zero hates tofu. Their friend Orson is vegan and loves it. Subverted with Robbie, as he likes it when he tries it.
- As well as natto.
- For Western readers unfamiliar with natto... the blog "Steve, Don't Eat It" featured it once. Needless to say, it would probably be a Stock Yuck in any country if it were actually popular anywhere else.
- Natto is really popular only in the Tohoku region, where it originates from, and even there it's something of an acquired taste. Hell, the stuff was born because some soldiers didn't like the idea of throwing away a spoiled horse forage, for God's sake! (Still, on the plus side,it's high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, iron, and dietary fiber! Or so they say...)
Well, the horses won't eat it. So... who's hungry?
- In other words, the decision to eat the first batch of natto went:
- Lima beans:
- An episode of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh has Tigger mention his dislike of lima beans several times.
- On The Simpsons, when Marge is praying while awaiting the impending nuclear meltdown, she promises that if she survives, at the next canned food drive she will give the poor something tastier than old pumpkin and lima bean mix.
- In a different The Simpsons episode, Bart stacks his plate high with lima beans and then refuses to eat them. He does this to annoy Lisa.
- In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Carl Wheezer hates lima beans so much he has nightmares about a killer one, so he can't sleep.
- Mushrooms. To many people, they look horrible unprepared, and the fact there are poisonous ones in the wild which can kill you is enough to put anybody off. There's also the fact that they start off as mold.
- The Stock Yuck for children in Japan is green bell peppers:
- In Tales of Symphonia, every character has a least favorite food as part of the cooking mechanic; green bell peppers are Colette's. When she starts eating them without complaint, it's a sign that something is seriously wrong.
- BlazBlue: Bang Shishigami has just two things in this world that he cannot stand: lies, and evil, and LIES and BELLPEPPEEEERRRSS.
- Shin has a disgust for green peppers in Crayon Shin-chan.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS: Vivio doesn't like green peppers and initially refuses to eat them.
- Combining two Stock Yuck on one character, there are three things Misty from Pokémon hates: carrots (see above), peppers, and bugs. Ash immediately retorts that he likes carrots, peppers, and bugs.
- In the Garrett, P.I. novels, Garrett regularly criticizes Morley's vegetarian restaurant's fare, particularly the fact it serves green bell peppers. He sometimes points out that they're one of the very few foods even pigs won't eat.
- As mentioned above, Riley's disdain for broccoli in Inside Out was translated to her disliking green peppers in the Japanese dub.
- Kokoro, the main protagonist of Himitsu No Cocotama, hates bell peppers.
- Honoka and Riko from Love Live! both hate bell peppers.
- In Noob the resident Man Child once wanted to "kidnap" and "torture" a friend to get him to leave his new girlfriend. After the kinapping part gets botched, it turns out that the torture part was meant to consist of Friendly Tickle Torture and force-feeding vegetables to the "prisoner".
- Vegemite has a fierce reputation for being Love It or Hate It. Any time Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern covers Australia, Vegemite has to be brought up due to its infamy and its strong association with Oz. Most of the people Zimmern asks dislikes the stuff too.
- Marie from Splatoon mentions more than once she dislikes vegetables. She's (apparently) a woman but has a taste for junk food, especially french fries and anything sweet.
- Donut from Lily Love is a woman who has a Sweet Tooth and hates vegetables.
- Peas are also a vegetable many hate:
- The King of Town from Homestar Runner will eat just about anything (even things that aren't really food), but according to the Strong Bad Email "different town" he hates peas. Which naturally means that if he could make the town different, Strong Bad would have the King of Town buried alive in a crate of peas.
- Laala, Dorothy, Cosmo, Mikan and Ajimi from PriPara hate peas. One of the lyrics in their song as the unit Cosmic Rice Omelette Da Vinci, "Omuomuraisu!", mentions this.
- In Walk the Mirrored Path Sirius loathes beets with a passion. It's stated that he actually prefers rats to "those dirty, stringy, sorry excuses for a root vegetable."
- Even chocolates aren't spared from this trope.
Matt: I want to, but I can't!
- Every box will have an undesirable piece, often the one filled with orange creme or coconut (see Fruits for more regarding coconut). Sometimes one character searches futilely for the legend.
- In The Simpsons, one of Homer's attempts to get Mr. Burns to remember him failed after his face remained covered by a "sour quince log".
- The Revel adverts play with this trope making it into a Russian Roulette style game. Coffee
- Coffee has since lost a poll and been removed, while the ones people actually played Russian Roulette with (peanut, highly dangerous to anaphylactics) got taken out because... yeah. (Rumours abound that the games came before the adverts.)
- Peanuts had a running gag with coconut chocolates, which no one ever wanted. Naturally, the subject of any gag would get nothing but.
- In Thief of Time, Susan Sto-Helit hates nougat. Guess what the first chocolate she pulls out of the box is.
- The narrator in Jack Ritchie's "For All the Rude People" hates chocolate-covered cherries.
- Chocolate-covered cherries have grown in popularity as a Stock Yuck as far as adults go. For kids, they are the safest chocolate in an assortment to get, but many adults hate them, finding them cloyingly sweet and disliking the texture of what they refer to as 'cherry snot'.
- White chocolate (which technically really isn't chocolate as it does not contain cocoa solids) gets a bad rap too. In Harry Potter continuity, a popular game among Hogwarts students is to release a large box of Chocolate Frogs and try to catch the milk chocolate ones while avoiding the white chocolate ones.
- Many cartoons have used the gag where someone has unsuspectingly starting eating chocolate-covered ants (usually by some of the ants escaping and crawling around them ... which, creepily enough, can actually happen!)
- On The Joe Schmo Show, the chosen "schmo" Matt Kennedy Gould of the original season had an abiding dislike of chocolate and a massive gag reflex when it came to it. This came up in a game which involved licking chocolate sauce off of models, though apparently the producers didn't know in advance about Matt's dislike of chocolate.
- Black Jelly beans.
- A guess at whose origin was ventured by an entry in this Cracked photoplasty contest.
- Many of Jelly Belly's beans are like this, due to the fact there are so many and naturally they have to stretch into unappetizing flavors.
- Jelly Belly "buttered popcorn" flavor beans are notorious for invoking this in some people - and for having equally ardent defenders. If buttered popcorn jelly beans are mentioned, expect two characters to get in an argument over whether they're a Stock Yuck or Ambrosia Of The Gods.
- "Sizzling cinnamon" also has its detractors, mostly because its flavor is so very sharp that it can spoil the taste of the next several beans eaten after it.
- Subverted on The Office with Dwight who cleans out all the black jelly beans on Pam's desk dispenser, looking for more.
- Also subverted in All-of-a-Kind Family, where the black jelly beans are the favorite of Charlotte and Gertie. The white ones are their least favorites.
- In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode, "Musta Been a Beautiful Baby" a de-aged Dr. Robotnik sets a trap for a de-aged Sonic and Tails, using red jelly beans as bait. Sonic and Tails fall for the trap, but are taken away from it. Robotnik watches from the bushes, but the only jelly beans he has to eat are the black and green ones he doesn't like. He ends up falling for his own trap by eating the red jelly beans just as Sonic sets it off.
- Licorice, especially the aniseed variety.
- This is rarer in Scandinavian countries, where liquorice is quite popular.
- Numbuh Five kinda likes black licorice.
- The salmiak to almost anyone outside the Nordic countries. Then again, when you take a mineral salt and turn it into candy the reaction can't be that unexpected, at least until people get used to the idea of salty, bitter "sweets".
- A flash game on the Nickelodeon website involved you giving red licorice to trick-or-treaters and avoiding giving them black ones. Eventually, when you ran out of red licorice, you had to give them a piece of black licorice, which they would tell you they didn't like in a demonic voice.
- In Undertale, one of the earliest healing food items advertises its "distinct, non-licorice flavor."
- Candy Hearts. Either due to the sappy love messages, or their chalk-like texture.
Lrrrr: This concept of "wuv" confuses and infuriates us! (Omicronians pull blasters)
- One Pokémon adoptables website allows its users to collect user-created trinkets, among them a set of three candy hearts, each with the description, "This chalky treat is universally hated for its flavor and loved for the little messages."
- A Valentines Day episode of Futurama had the Planet Express crew delivering barrels of candy hearts to the Omicronians as a Valentines Day gift/peace offering. They only succeeding in making the Omicronians even angrier than they already were.
- Candy corn, likely due to the waxy taste or texture.
- The candied cherries and citron commonly found in fruitcakes, hot cross buns, and similar "treats." (Fruitcake itself has its own page.) Likely due to the fact that they have been coated in large amounts of sugar to the point where they're just cloyingly sweet, and at least in the case of the cherries, dyed either an unnatural shade of red or an unnatural green color. Also likely due to their often chewy texture.