Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth
Well, it looks like this is The End
. The Eldritch Abomination
rears up on its ugly, misshapen limbs, and devours the lovable hero
face first. The audience does a collective cringe since, as everyone knows, watching someone getting eaten alive
is not a particularly pretty sight
. Audiences prepare for the sickening crunch as the monster...
...spits him out?
Yes, that's right. It looks like the monster doesn't want
to eat the lovable hero. It seems that something about them, be it their whiny, unlikable personality, their lack of any skills for the villain to absorb
, or even their really bad taste in deodorant or shampoo is enough that a monster simply does not want to eat them. Now, strictly speaking, is this being picky? Well, yeah — but it's not like you'd
put just anything in your mouth, so why should a human-eating monster be any different? Just because they're a monster doesn't mean they're a savage
Note that, broadly speaking, this trope does not just concern itself with eating. A monster could also just plain be unwilling to dignify an unworthy subject with the honor of being killed
. One particularly creepy variant is that the Eldritch Abomination
or similar evil devours, grabs, attacks, or just confronts the character... and is immediately terrified
and runs, sometimes screaming, back to whence they came. This is usually played for laughs, but sometimes it implies that this character, or perhaps humanity as a whole
, is in fact worse than any Cthulhu-esque abominations or reality-warping homicidal lunatics
could ever be. This can also include an Emotion Eater
being overloaded by the emotions of its victim, such as a monster who eats rage being overloaded by the hero's Unstoppable Rage
If the "victim" is more dangerous/powerful than the monster, that's a case of Mugging the Monster
. Pity the Kidnapper
is the broader, typically more mundane trapping of this trope. Might overlap with Disability Immunity
and Assimilation Backfire
. See also Eaten Alive
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Anime and Manga
- In the Irresponsible Captain Tylor episode "The Day the Soyokaze Vanished", it is revealed that there are rumors that the Soyokaze was demoted and sent to this exact same sector of space once ten years before. During that time, a number of the crew committed suicide by flushing themselves into space, due to a combination of shame and boredom, and the captain (a former friend of Admiral Fuji, who arranged for the Soyokaze to be demoted so that he could be promoted) committed suicide. This is proven true and the ghost of the captain returns to the Soyokaze, trying first to kill Lieutenant Yamamoto (mistaking him for the captain), then Tylor. Just as he is about to kill them, Yamamoto and Tylor start arguing, revealing just how irresponsible and lacksadasical Tylor is about his commission, disgusting the ghost so much that he breaks off his murderous efforts and ends the haunting, angrily declaring them to be too pathetic to bother with.
- A non-comedic example. In Hellsing, Alucard, one of fictiondoms most insanely overpowered characters, has a habit of eating his defeated enemies' souls to enslave them and assimilate their power. He's almost Killed Off for Real when he chows down on walking physics anomaly Schrodinger, whose power is so bizarre it causes Alucard to undergo a quantum existence failure. He does recover, but it takes 30 years.
- Another non-comedic example in Fullmetal Alchemist. After he is critically injured, Kimblee is devoured by Pride. Not long after, however, Kimblee emerges from the thousands of tormented souls trapped within Pride to distract and weaken him at a key moment. Pride doesn't understand how Kimblee could have managed to retain his sanity in the maelstrom, but he overlooks the fact that Kimblee is already insane and loving it.
- Excalibur from Soul Eater, a memetic pain in the butt. He is a… humanoid bird-lizard-thingy in a suit◊, for lack of better words, that can shapeshift into King Arthur's legendary sword, but is too obnoxious to have a wielder apart from the king. In a universe full of Eldritch and Humanoid Abominations as well as powerful witches, no one is using Excalibur, even though one is practically unbeatable with him. Even Death and the Personification of the Madness of Power, even the first two Big Bads, even the Demon God who went mad because he was afraid of being too weak could not deal with him.
- Another non-comedic example in Slayers. The Holy Tree Flagoon was planted to absorb the evil miasma generated by demons, and in season 1 / novel 3 is able to consume the Demon Beast Zanaffar whole. In season 2 / novel 8, the tree tries to absorb the miasma of Hellmaster Fibrizo... and dies instantly.
- A comedic instance occurs in the very first episode. A dragon steps over Lina rather than step on her, shortly after Lina has learned of a rather... unflattering nickname for herself relating to exactly this sort of situation. A similar joke is used in one of the OVAs, where Lina and her employer confront an army of dragons, who immediately put on Oh, Crap faces and advance to the rear at full speed.
- The nickname also refers to the fact that she just generally terrifies dragons... and pretty much everyone else.
- A similar example appears in Axis Powers Hetalia, when England tries to curse America with an evil chair. Russia sits on it instead and 'Russia is more evil than the chair, so the chair exploded'.
- When England and America capture Italy, they send him back to Germany (in a box labeled "fuck", no less) because he's a pain to take care of.
- In Ichigo Mashimaro, after being tossed out the window in a tiger costume Miu returns as Dracula, and proceeds to pretend to suck Matsuri's blood. ("Nothing like the taste of a sweet virgin's young blood," she remarks.) She turns to Nobue, but stops. ("No, wait. Old lady blood? Bleh...") Nobue protests that her blood's delicious, as she's only 16.
- Non-comedic example in A Certain Magical Index: Himegami Aisa possesses the ability 'Deep Blood' which makes her blood seem attractive to vampires and kills them when they drink it. A vampire attracted by this ability converted her family and friends into vampires resulting in their deaths.
- In chapter 527 of Naruto, The Raikage talks about two criminals known as the Gold and Silver Brothers, who tried to seize the power of Kurama, and got eaten for their troubles. For the next two weeks, they caused him so much indigestion that Kurama couldn't stand it anymore and spit them out.
- And they survived by eating Kurama's flesh.
- YuYu Hakusho has two examples of this. The first is when a villain who eats people to absorb their powers eats someone with incredible regenerative capabilities, and is slowly taken over by him. The second is in backstory, though revealed rather late in the manga—a woman many centuries ago treated diseases by eating flesh from diseased corpses, building up antibodies, and then feeding bits of her own flesh to sick people. When a demon tried to eat her, she taunted him with the knowledge that he'd almost certainly die of it, and he wound up seducing her instead.
- Spunky Knight's main character, Phaia is a comedic/sexy example as everything from wanted men, to hordes of mooks to Demon Lords, Eldritch Abominations and a professional Magic Knight/Mad Scientist/Slave Trader try to turn her into a sex slave only for it to horrifically backfire on them and lead to their defeat. To date, the only man capable of truly satisfying her is fellow Badass Normal, Torre.
- One Piece has a few examples. After Momoo's tailfin is intially kicked by the Straw Hats, he will run away after preparing to attack them once he recognizes their faces.
- Also, in "Little Buggy's Big Adventure" in the chapter openings in the manga and two filler episodes in the anime, Buggy is eaten by a giant bird and spat into the distance immediatly.
- No one has ever managed to resist Perona's Negative Hollow attack - except Usopp. The reason was he was already such a pessimist that the ghosts couldn't bring him lower, and when Perona tried to anyway, she and the ghosts fell into depression instead.
- During the final match of the Devil Chojin arc in Kinnikuman, Buffaloman manages to stal Kinnikuman's life force, killing him...and then burst into flame because the Burning Inner Strength was more than he could handle. He had to return the power to Kinnikuman's body and resurrect him to save his own life.
- In one earlier anime episode, Kinnikuman is fighting a sea monster for publicity, only to find said monster FAR larger than he is and gets swallowed whole. As a funeral is held in his honor, the sea monster stomach makes some unpleasant noises...and Kinnikuman crawls out from under it. It's not hard to figure out how Kin escaped.
- In Hanako and the Terror of Allegory, Kanae is being haunted by a demon which intends to take her soul as payment for granting her wish of being an idol singer. To stall for time, Kanae keeps making more extravagant wishes, forcing the demon to try and make her into an international superstar despite her lack of talent. When Daisuke finally bursts in to rescue her, the exhausted demon screams at him, "Save me, please! She's the devil!"
- The Oni in Ranma ½ that spend the entire episode trying to get saintly Kasumi to be evil shifts his possesion to Happosai so he can gather evil faster. A little too fast, since Happosai turns out to be too evil for even the Oni to stomach.
- As it turns out in Alice in Jails, Isaac's brazen idiocy manages to protect him from Ladd's homicidal impulses.
Firo: Hey, come to think of it, isn't Isaac the kinda guy you said you hate? The kind who think they'll never die.
Ladd: Nah. I've been keeping my eye on him for a few weeks now, and... Well, let's be honest here. There's something wrong with the guy's head. Getting mad at him'd be like getting mad at a puppy. He honestly doesn't have enough brains to know any better.
- Attack on Titan has Eren first discover his ability to transform into a Titan from inside the stomach of one that had just swallowed him. His arm proceeds to burst out of its mouth, quickly followed by the rest of him (basically tearing it open in the process).
- In The Swarm of War, the Overmind is Genre Savvy enough not to try absorbing Chaos Space Marines, despite the usefulness of the Gene-seeds for his plans.
- The Total Drama story, Courtney and the Violin of Despair initially downplays the trope, but later double-subverts it.
- When Courtney acquires the violin, the spirit enforcing the curse decides not to try to kill her because it regards an 11-year-old girl as not worth the effort. Instead, the Violin Spirit contents itself with inflicting petty humiliations.
- When the 16-year-old Courtney appears on Total Drama Island and thereby becomes a public figure, the Violin Spirit decides that she's now worth the effort, and starts trying to do her in.
- The strong-willed Courtney eventually develops a degree of resistance to the curse unbeknownst. This resistance, however slight, plays a pivotal role in her eventual deliverance form the curse.
Film - Animated
- Toward the end of All Dogs Go to Heaven, Charlie is captured by the Big-Lipped Alligator, who then proceeds to eat him alive, but when the Alligator was about to take his first bite, Charlie starts howling very loudly. The Alligator, upon realizing that he can never eat anyone that can sing as good as Charlie immediately lets him go and instead starts singing "Let's Make Music Together" - the trope naming Big Lipped Alligator Moment.
Film - Live-Action
- The title character of Bobbie Faye is refused by the governor of Texas (and quite a few other states) as the governor of Louisiana tries desperately to pass her on(off).
- John Moore's comedic fantasy novel A Fate Worse Than Dragons plays with this one quite a bit:
- One of the heroines winds up as the hostage of an evil wizard who is attempting to breed griffins. In this setting, griffins can only draw nourishment through eating virgin maidens. The rest of the heroes arrive "too late" to save her from being tossed into the griffin feeding pit only to discover a very alive and very annoyed princess who basically says "It had already eaten. That's the only reason I'm still alive. Understand?"
- Later, she corners her boyfriend and demands an explanation for why the griffin really didn't eat her, since he assured her that some undefined (but obviously sexual) act "didn't count".
- And later on, as the griffin is released on a Mayday festival equivalent, a random maiden sees the griffin as it catches her scent and makes a hurried attempt to force herself on the man whose advances she had just rejected a minute earlier in an effort to make herself inedible - all while the griffin is trying to break the house down.
- The Shel Silverstein poem "Always Sprinkle Pepper in Your Hair" refers to a tactic for keeping yourself literally too spicy for a hag to make into soup: "She'll pick you up and sniff you, and then she'll sneeze 'Achooo,' and say, 'My tot, you're much too hot, I fear you'll never do'."
- Harry Potter does an inversion in several places. There are several times where Voldemort tries to touch (and later possess) Harry and can't because of this trope.
- Azkaban is guarded by joy-eating Dementors that normally drive prisoners insane or drain their motivation to escape. Sirius was wrongly imprisoned there for alleged mass murder and for the alleged betrayal of his best friends (and Harry's parents), James and Lily Potter. But he still manages to get past the Dementors and escape. This is partly because he escapes in the form of a dog, meaning he's less intelligent and his simpler emotions are harder for Dementors to detect and consume. Also, Sirius is so unhappy already, over the deaths of Harry's parents and over his own wrongful imprisonment, that there isn't really much joy left for the Dementors to eat. His escape is motivated by desire for revenge against Peter Pettigrew, who really betrayed Harry's parents and framed Sirius. Since his desire for revenge is fueled by negative emotions, the Dementors can't drain his motivation to escape Azkaban.
- Played straight when Voldemort tried to possess Harry during his fight with Dumbledore. Harry's love for Sirius and, more importantly, his desire to die and join him are anathema to Voldemort. Voldemort is defined by his inability to appreciate love and his fear of death.
- Humanity as a whole has a unique resistance to Mind Reading in The Damned by Allan Dean Foster, causing mental trauma in any alien that tries it. Species-wide insanity has advantages.
- This comes back to haunt humanity after the war they were recruited to fight in by The Weave has ended: humans' resistance to mind reading and violent tendencies convince the other races of The Weave to not admit them as equal partners, and indeed to consider eliminating the human race. Fortunately another member race that is immune to the mental trauma (the Lepar, by virtue of being Too Dumb to Fool) is discovered, and humanity is admitted to The Weave because the Lepar exist as a failsafe should the humans get out of hand. For their part, humans and Lepar get along just fine.
- A Year At The Movies features Kevin Murphy recalling the time he and fellow MST3K alum Mike Nelson went out to enjoy Hollywood's latest bomb. They, who had suffered through the likes of "Manos" The Hands of Fate, Monster A-Go Go, and Hobgoblins, ended up sweating and squirming in their seats, checking their watches anxiously. The movie they were seeing? Corky Romano.
- In The Lord of the Rings, Shelob (an Eldritch Abomination in the form of a Giant Spider) finds Gollum absolutely inedible, despite the fact that she'll eat almost anything else, up to and including orc. But then, she's never tried to eat anyone that's been corrupted for decades by the One Ring. Consequently, Gollum is able to convince Shelob to spare him - so long as he brings her more edible beings to feast on, like hobbits...
- A story with a somewhat darkly comedic bent in The Hellbound Hearts had a trio of youths, who were being held captive by an extremely sadistic Outlaw Couple, summon the Cenobites using a puzzle box the couple had in their possession. The Cenobites at are first eager to take them as their new guinea pigs in exploring the realms of sensation and experience, but after one of them comes into contact with one of the three, decides against it, having sensed they've already been through pretty much every form of torture and indignity imaginable at the hands of their captors, who the Cenobites decide to take as a consolation prize.
- One Goosebumps book, How To Kill A Monster, ends with the heroes captured by the monster, even after their attempts at killing it by making it fall through the stairs and poisoning it. Said monster is allergic to humans, and keels over dead after merely licking one. Unfortunately, the monster's friends are pissed off after this. Cue the chills, as the book ends with the heroes alone, far away from town, and in a marsh filled with these hungry, soon to awaken creatures. Hopefully the other monsters are allergic to humans too.
- Jack C Haldeman's Home Team Advantage, published in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, has alien Arcturians winning a baseball game, with the prizing being that they get to eat the entire human race. By the vote of fans, Julius Hawkline, the Howard-Cosell-expy is chosen to be the first devoured. After the Arcturian coach bites off and chews The Hawk's nose for long minutes, it's decided that humans are inedible and some other form of compensation will need to be worked out. The Hawk is one tough old bird.
- In some respects, this is pretty much the story of Padan Fain's life in The Wheel of Time. To follow:
- Initially a Punch Clock Villain, Fain got touched directly by the Dark One, giving him the power to track The Hero and his companions anywhere in the world. However, this also had the side-effect of screwing things up for the undead spirit of a particularly infamous Evil Chancellor when it tried to possess Fain- unable to overcome the Dark One's taint and take over, Mordeth's spirit and Fain's ended up merging together into one superpowered Axe Crazy maniac.
- Later, Fain/Mordeth travelled the Ways, which are inhabited by the Black Wind, a soul-devouring Eldritch Abomination. Upon coming into contact with Fain, not only did the Black Wind not harm him (out of what could best be described as "professional courtesy"), but he gained a limited ability to set it onto other targets (thankfully, it can't leave the Ways).
- Finally, Word of God has actually invoked this by saying that if someone threw Fain as he is now into the Pit of Doom, the Dark One would simply spit him back out because he tastes bad.
- In the short story "The Seven Geases" by Clark Ashton Smith, Ralibar Vooz is sacrificed to the Eldritch Abomination Tsathoggua, who happens not to be hungry at the time. Unfortunately for Ralibar Vooz, Tsathoggua decides to offer him to another Eldritch Abomination who then decides to do the same. He is eventually rejected by all the monsters in the cavern. In a Cruel Twist Ending, he falls to his death on the way to the exit.
- In Piers Anthony's Tarot trilogy, an extended sequence sees the questing party sent to Hell where they are interrogated by Satan himself. Taking the form of a huge demon with two serpentine heads, Satan eats the more egregious members of the party with audible crunches and slurps, with unheeded bits falling off a woman victim, pronouncing the taste of evil people to be delicious. However, as the hero Brother Paul steels himself, Satan offers him a choice of losing one set of two paired bodily organs. Deciding eyes are of more use than testicles, Paul offers his balls, which are bitten off and spat out by one of the serpents. Then he is swallowed whole, but not eaten: apparently the taste of a truly good man is vile to Satan. Being swallowed is just a gateway to a new experience of Hell...
- In Fate/Zero's climax, Gilgamesh is consumed by the Grail when its contents spill on him. Unlike everyone else in the world, who die painfully or are twisted into wicked mirrors of their old selves by the Ultimate Evil inside because their character flaws resonate with it, Gilgamesh is an existence too absolute for it to corrupt. He basically tells of its creators for being stupid enough to think anyone except him would be capable of carrying all the world's evils. He is subsequently released no worse for wear.
Live Action TV
- In Quest featured hypothetical battles between characters from different fictional continuities. When they set the Borg from Star Trek up against Orcs from Magic: The Gathering, the Orcs were slaughtered by the thousands... until one of them was assimilated. Then the Borg retreated, since the Orcs had nothing to offer them.
- There's a folk song about an "old man who lived under a hill" whose obnoxious wife (or possibly mother-in-law) is claimed by the Devil. The old lady makes Hell so miserable that the demons beg Satan to let her go, which he does.
- Another version has it being a farmer's wife, and the Devil has to give her back to her husband for reasons not explained in the song. His response to this is "What will you give me to take her back?" Eventually, he gets his entire family protected permanently from the Devil.
- Calvin and Hobbes: Hobbes puts Calvin's head in his mouth, but spits him out, claiming he tastes terrible. This is also a Running Gag for every person he "eats".
- Except Tommy Chestnut, who apparently did taste awful, but was eaten anyway.
- Big Finish Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor in "Phobos". When facing a monster that feeds on adrenaline but is harmed by actual fear, the Doctor conquers it effortlessly by showing it his own mind. He starts by feeding it memories of all the things he's seen in the past, followed by all the evil he's seen from the future... and as a final blow, all the things he's afraid he might do someday. The whole Crowning Moment of Awesome takes several minutes, with the Doctor continuously mocking the monster throughout. Oh, and he does it while bungee jumping into the monster's transdimensional portal.
- Old Harry's Game: The Professor got out of his torture in Hell because the demons got fed up with him taking notes instead of screaming in pain as he was supposed to.
- In one episode, Satan puts Thomas in solitary confinement. Not as a punishment, but because it seemed fairer on everyone else.
- In another episode, Thomas is put into the Pit of Demons Who Are Too Violent Even For Hell.
- In one old module for Call of Cthulhu, players have to stop a plot to link the mind of an Eldritch Abomination to the psyches of all humanity, by which the villains intend to reduce the human race to its gibbering worshippers. If they fail to stop it, there's a campaign-preserving GM Saving Throw option of having the villains' scheme run its course successfully... only to have the abomination be driven insane, by whatever standard of "sanity" might apply to Lovecraftian horrors, because the sheer number of human beings on Earth is so great that their cumulative psyches can overpower its own singular mind.
- The Kroot in Warhammer 40,000 evolve by assimilating the genetic material of what they eat, progressing certains groups along specific developmental lines (to the point where every single animal on their homeworld Pech is a Kroot derivative, their ancestors filling all available niches). However, the Shapers (basically guides as to what should be eaten) instruct their brethren to avoid Genestealer hybrids or those tainted with Chaos due to their potential to corrupt the entire species.
- An unusually literal example in the Feng Shui supplement Elevator to the Netherworld. As part of his plot to defeat an unkillable man-eating giant (it's complicated), a hero soaked his clothes in hot pepper juice, then goaded the giant into trying to eat him.
- Deadlands: Stone. When Stone was shot in the back by his own men for being an evil sonofabitch in the battle of Gettysburg, the embodiments of pure evil sent one of their servant spirits to offer him his life back in exchange for timesharing his body with said spirit. Stone accepted, but the blackness of his soul left the poor demon a gibbering wreck. Stone promptly whipped the poor thing into submission, cut a new deal with its bosses and now travels the world gunning down heroes and wronging rights.
- In the Homestar Runner Halloween cartoon "Jibblies 2", Homestar is immune to the Rocoulm's jibblies-inducing phrase "Come on in here!" presumably because he's The Ditz. The cartoon's Easter egg reveals that Cloud Cuckoo Lander Homsar is also immune; in fact, he gives the Rocoulm a case of the jibblies.
- In keeping with the trope, Homestar agrees to be trapped in the painting forever in exchange for everyone else to be released from the jibblies. He then proceeds to drive Rocoulm insane, but due to the terms of the agreement, he is completely unable to release Homestar.
- In Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv) when Mello kidnaps Sayu Mr. Yagami begs Mello to kidnap Light as well. Also Mr. Yagami mentions that he got kicked out of the Death Eaters because he insisted on using a gun.
- SCP Foundation: SCP-682 has been on both ends of the "showing the other is themselves a monster" variety. SCP-682 is an Omnicidal Maniac Eldritch Abomination, but even it is too terrified to dare attack SCP-173. It also didn't attack Dr. Clef when placed in a room with him, just stood there quietly for some reason. On the other end, SCP-343 (God) refused to kill 682 when asked, saying that because he didn't create it, it's not his problem.
- Adventure Time's Gunther the penguin is so evil that Marceline's dad considered it a great honor to suck out his soul. He backed down pretty fast when it became clear that Gunther wasn't having any of that (specifically, Gunter slapped him in the face when he tried to do so). Reminder: this is the guy who stomps on ants and sucks out their souls just because it's fun.
- In Animaniacs, Yakko and Dot challenge The Grim Reaper at checkers after Wakko is declared by the Reaper to be unfit to continue living (due to how many meatballs he ate in a contest). They deliberately lose — but then The Grim Reaper realizes he'll have to host the three loons in the underworld for all eternity, and he lets them go. In other episodes, they get Dracula and Satan to let them go for the same reason. They subvert their own pattern in a later episode, as this fails to work on an Army drill sergeant; he just assigns them to worse and worse duties until their pranks result in him getting knocked out cold. Proof that if you're psychopathic or sociopathic enough, you can get away with anything.
- One episode features something so horrible, even the Warner siblings can't deal with it: "Baloney" the Dinosaur.
- The episode involving Satan also featured them accidentally ending up in
Hell Hades and fleeing in terror from their assigned punishment: listening to "whiny protest songs from the sixties" for all eternity.
- In Beast Wars, the Predacons infect Rhinox with a virus that turns him into a Predacon. Rhinox immediately embraces Predacon philosophy and starts plotting against Megatron (perfectly acceptable practice). However, unlike most of Megatron's underlings, Rhinox is smart. He would have defeated Megatron, if the Maximals hadn't interfered. Optimus Primal, to his credit, anticipated this outcome, knowing Rhinox.
- Megatron learned his lesson in Beast Machines. When he put Rhinox's spark into the Vehicon general Tankor, Tankor was too dumb to plot against him. When his original personality resurfaces from outside intervention and becomes competent again, it's revealed that he added a Restraining Bolt when he placed Rhinox's spark inside Tankor. At the moment of truth, it left Rhinox/Tankor paralyzed and Megatron with complete control of the superweapon Rhinox practically handed to him on a silver platter.
- In The Fairly OddParents, Timmy's imaginary friend Gary is eaten by an imaginary monster version of Vicky. She spits him out and says "I hate cool!"
- Foop had been assigned to Vicky as his scary godchild, he quickly finds out how mean and nasty Vicky can be and is begging for his life to escape from her.
- In the Futurama episode "Raging Bender," a brainslug begins feeding on Fry's brain. It dies of starvation (acknowledged by the writers as being the "Oldest. Joke. Ever."). Later, in "The Day The Earth Stood Stupid," it is revealed that Fry is The Chosen One to defeat the Brains; he's immune to their stupefaction ray, because he's the only creature in the universe who doesn't have the brain-waves used to think. The Nibblonians comment on his "superior, yet inferior brain".
- The next time Fry meets them, the Nibblonians acknowledge that it's all because of him doing the nasty in the pasty leading to him being his His Own Grampa.
- Hermes is literally too spicy for Roberto in "The Six Million Dollar Mon." His favorite food is so spicy that it hurts The Robot Devil while he's eating a bowl of fire.
- God, the Devil and Bob: The Devil finds himself on the end of this trope more than once. When he hires Martha Stewart to help redecorate the fourth circle of Hell ("She's on the speed-dial"), she quickly takes over and leaves him painting pictures of sad clowns in a side-room. In another episode, he shapeshifts into a normal teenager and dates Bob's daughter to mess with him, only to realise he's forgotten how depressing teenagers can be and abandon the scheme without any outside interference. And in a later episode, it's revealed Nixon was so much of an unstandable person that the Devil refused to keep him and he ended up in Heaven.
- God spends half an episode trying to get away from his former Prophet Sarah, whom he thinks has a crush on him. (He's right).
- This is one of the central tropes of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. No matter how powerful or evil the Monster of the Week is, it can never stand Billy's ignorance or annoying personality and Mandy's rage and general level of darkness. Aside from the above, in "Creating Chaos" Eris, goddess of Chaos, plans to use Billy as a tool in driving the world insane. He promptly drives her insane by taking forever to get ready, doing such things as dripping honey on toast and watching paint dry.
- In "Little Rock of Horrors", a brain-eating meteor-creature first attempts to eat Billy's brain but finds nothing. When it later devours Mandy's brain, it screams in pain, dies, and then reforms—but with Mandy in control. She comments "I guess my brain was a little too... spicy [for him]."
- Mandy then reuses the exact same gambit in "The Grim Adventures of the Kids Next Door", intentionally, to take control over a powerful assimilating demon.
- Another episode has a Chupacabra latching onto Billy's face, which Grim claims to be an attempt to suck out his brain. Mandy laments that the poor creature would starve.
- In "Big Trouble in Billy's Basement", Billy is pulled through a dimensional portal by Yog-Sawhaw, but thrown back, and Billy explains in dejected tones "They didn't want me", prompting Hoss to say "Well, I guess that makes you a total loser".
- Subverted in "Brown Evil", where Mandy tries to take advantage of this by sending Billy out to fight the zombie horde, assuming he can do so successfully because he's brainless. Unfortunately, this doesn't work, because the zombies are not after brains at all; they're actually after the brownies that Grim has hidden in his skull, that were made with evil powder, which is sort of like catnip to zombies, apparently.
- Played straight in "Billy & Mandy vs. the Martians" when Morg's zombie minions attempt to eat Billy's brain, only to be turned into husks because it's too small. Billy assumes it's because it's too big (Depending on the Writer he's either aware that he's an idiot or is convinced he's smart).
- An unfinished episode of Invader Zim would have had Zim being judged on trial by the Control Brains (the central decision makers of Irken society). After finding him unquestionably guilty, they try to upload Zim's Memory Drive in his Irken Pack (where his real personality is located) before deleting his memory, but his memories drive them completely insane. Before the end of the episode, the now-insane brains declare Zim the most incredible Irken ever and granted ten minutes to control a giant ship called the MASSIVE.
- The Halloween episode featured Zim and Dib becoming trapped in a twisted alternate universe populated by monster versions of the regular characters. When they escape and the monster version of Sadist Teacher Bitters follows them, she's scared off when she witnesses the destruction caused by Cloud Cuckoo Lander robot Gir attacking childen out for tricks-or-treats and eating all their food.
- This is the entire point of Jimmy Two-Shoes. Lucius wants to break Jimmy, but not only is he Too Kinky to Torture, but he often drives Lucius crazy.
- In the Looney Tunes cartoon "The Hole Idea", an inventor has created a portable hole, which he eventually uses to get rid of his overbearing wife, which drops her all the way to Hell. Then the devil pops up to return her, protesting "Isn't it bad enough down here without her?"
- In the Metalocalypse episode "Snakes N Barrels II", Dethklok consider Los Angeles to be so brutal and messed up that they would kill themselves if they lived there.
- Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic spends most of her time doing utterly impossible and sometimes fourth wall breaking antics. But even she can't handle eating a rainbow.
- Double points for Pinkie reacting to it by breathing fire. So the rainbow was literally too spicy for Pinkie Pie.
- In the Season 2 finale, the Changelings are a Fair Folk species that feeds on love. However, in the end Cadence's love spell was just too much to handle, and blasted then away off into the sky.
- Literal example from The Powerpuff Girls: Following a succession of increasingly dirty encounters and not willing to wash Buttercup once became so filthy and stinky that a huge monster who tried to swallow her spat her out and refused to fight her until she cleans herself. That was the only thing that actually persuaded her to wash.
- In another episode, the girls capture a brain-sucking monster...when it is desperately searching the Mayor's empty head for sustenance.
- A certain Homer in The Simpsons, being the quintessential dumb sitcom character, is commonly a target of this trope:
- A short in "Treehouse of Horror II" had Mr. Burns putting Homer's brain inside a slave robot. Unfortunately, the robot still had Homer's laziness, gluttony, etc., so Burns eventually decides to return his brain to its original body.
- Another "Treehouse of Horror" special had 2/3 of this trope in play. The first time, it had Homer buy a demonic Krusty doll for Bart's birthday and when it tries to kill him, Homer eventually tries to get rid of it by dumping it in a bottomless pit. Said pit rejected a box containing nude photos of Whoopi Goldberg. Later, a zombie horde clamoring for "Braaaains" inspect Homer's head, then abandon him in disgust... He's actually offended by that turn of events.
- In another "Treehouse of Horror", when the Devil is about to take Maggie away Homer tries to make a deal with him not to. The devil purposes that Homer takes part in a three way (demon,demon,Homer), Homer obliges and before they were about to start they quickly used the safeword.
- Subverted in the episode "The Joy of Sect". A cult brings all of Springfield to their compound to be brainwashed into worshipping their almighty Leader. Everybody is controlled except Homer, whose attention span isn't long enough to listen to the brainwashing. The cult leaders despair over his "powerful mind." Then one of them simply sings "Leader!" to the tune of the old Batman theme song, and he is instantly brainwashed.
- Then Double Subverted later in the same episode, when Groundskeeper Willie tries to de-program Homer and winds up being brainwashed himself.
- In the South Park episode "Trapper Keeper", the Trapper Keeper becomes sick and is destroyed when it assimilates Rosie O' Donnell.
- In the Teen Titans episode "Transformation'', a Man-Eating Plant that Starfire encounters on an alien planet tries to eat her; but it spits her out. (Ironically, this is a mixed blessing for poor Starfire. She is depressed because the Transformation she is undergoing - which is sort of like puberty to Tameranians, apparently - makes her view herself as ugly, and the experience with the plant only makes her feel worse, making her think that it finds her revolting.)
- In SpongeBob SquarePants, the Flying Dutchman gave Spongebob and Patrick up as slave crewmen in "Shanghaied" because they were incredibly bad at it. In a subversion, rather than letting them go, he planned to eat them, but they escaped. Then the Dutchman catches them, but he offers them three wishes before they're eaten. After accidentally using up two of their wishes, they use their final wish to turn the Dutchman into a vegetarian. But then they appear in a blender, somehow transformed into fruit, with the Dutchman preparing to eat them.
- That was one of three endings, by the way, which were also subverted. The other two alternatives had Patrick and Squidward get the third wish instead of Spongebob, but they both end with the Dutchman definitely eating them. Patrick's wish was simply stupid (sticks of gum), and Squidward's wish wasn't what he had in mind (that he had never meet those two; they were simply given amnesia).
- Speaking of the Flying Dutchman, in "Born Again Krabs" Mr. Krabs trades Spongebob's soul for 62 cents. Just as he starts to feel bad about it, the Flying Dutchman comes back to return Spongebob after being annoyed by his incessant chatter about his hobbies.
- In a third Flying Dutchman example, namely "Scaredy Pants", Spongebob is shaved down by Patrick to make him rounder for a sheet he uses as a Flying Dutchman costume to try to scare everyone in the Krusty Krab for Halloween. He fails miserably, but as the entire restaurant is laughing at him the real Dutchman arrives, angered by Spongebob's insulting costume and about to steal everyone's souls. He takes a moment before doing so to explain the concept of being scary to Spongebob, then removes the sheet... and flies away screaming when he sees the sponge had been shaved down to facial features, a brain, and a "spinal cord".
- An interesting object case in Ben 10: Omniverse. Malware is revealed in the flashback to have been for a long time trying to absorb the Omnitrix through his Power Copying in order to upgrade himself with it. When he eventually destroys Ben's favourite alien Feedback just to hurt him, Ben, out of rage, put the Omnitrix inside him and let him try to absorb it. Its energy overloads Malware, causing him to explode and be believed dead for a while. Keep in mind that in a previous episode, Malware was shown absorbing a Tachyon Cannon, a BFG with the ability to destroy its target on a molecular level, or even destroy an entire species in one shot if used right. He could absorb something that powerful, and the Omnitrix was still too much to handle for him.
- In an episode of The Real Ghostbusters, the team has to deal with a titanic ocean god that has woken up and taken up residence in the East River. After their attempts to fight him prove completely ineffective, he swallows them. After a few seconds, he makes a face, and then spits Venkman out. (As you might expect, this proves to be his undoing, because Venkman ends up picking up the Smart Ball and invent a weapon that can hurt him, convincing him to cough up the others and leave the city.)
- In one episode of Code Lyoko, Aelita creates an illusory clone of herself to escape the Scyphozoa. The creature is fooled, and tries to use its memory-draining powers on the clone... And apparently, it becomes sick.