[[caption-width-right:250:''This is really mean cuisine!'']]

->''"Here's something incredible, these monsters once were edible, so everybody take a look, at combat creatures you can cook!"''

Many years ago, in a far-off kingdom, a king asked of his subjects: ''"Which is stronger, fried duck or stewed tofu?"'' Most of his servants thought he'd gone off the deep end, and summarily ignored him. But one mysterious stranger, bearing a magic card known as a "Meal Ticket," understood him completely... and with his magic, he brought the king's dinner to life. They became creatures known as Foodons, and to this day, aspiring chefs work their hardest at preparing the best meals... for battle.

Cut to the present day. Chase and his sister Kayla are the children of the legendary chef Jack. Unfortunately, it seems like his cooking skills don't necessarily run in the family. Now a group known as the Gluttons has imprisoned Jack due to his dangerous cooking abilities. After managing to bust his father out from their jail, Chase begins to realize that he has what it takes to be a great chef--so he sets out on his own adventure, even though the Gluttons, especially PerkyFemaleMinion Clawdia, vow revenge.

All of this would probably come across as a horrible rip-off of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''--if the show took itself with an ''iota'' of seriousness. ''Fighting Foodons'' deliberately plays everything--from the concept to the characters--with as much over-the-topness as possible, making the whole affair come off as parodic. While it was not originally a very big hit, the show gained a cult following over the years for being... well, for [[WidgetSeries being itself,]] pretty much. Not surprisingly, it uses (and abuses) pretty much every FoodTrope in the cookbook.

Originally known as ''Martial Arts Cooking Legend Bistro-Recipe'' in Japan, ''Fighting Foodons'' was one of Creator/FourKidsEntertainment[='s=] premiere anime on the Fox Box when they took over Creator/FoxKids. It also spawned several Japan-only video games based on the 2-volume original manga.

!! ''Fighting Foodons'' contains examples of:

* AnthropomorphicFood: As {{Mons}}!
* ApologizesALot: The Meatballs: "We're sorry!"
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Beefsteak in episode 1 and Doughnasour in episode 11.
* BareYourMidriff: Kayla when she is captured and turns evil.
%%* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace
%%* BearsAreBadNews: Bearafooda
* BetweenMyLegs: Of Clawdia in episode 10.
* BigBad: King Gorgeous Gorge is the main villain of the series.
* ButtMonkey: The Burnt Meatballs are so useless they're sorry about it, and constantly apologize for being worthless.
%%* BlobMonster: The Grease Blobs
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: A few cases due to spiked food. [[spoiler: Clawdia and King Gorgeous Gorge's Big 4 are also such having been transformed into evil being by King Gorgeous Gorge himself.]]
* BrotherSisterTeam: Chase and Kayla are brother and sister, and work together to fight King Gorge and the Big Four.
* CatchPhrase: Chase uses "The kitchen... is... OPEN!" to open the Meal Cart.
* CatGirl: Her name's [[IncrediblyLamePun Clawdia]], just in case you missed the other obvious cat features.
* CookingDuel: To its logical extension, as food that actually ''fights other food.''
* {{Expy}}: Doughnasour and Beefsteak, of Godzilla. Boulderbroth is one of Gamera. And the Burger Brigade are an expy of the Series/PowerRangers.
* {{Cowboy}}: Hot Doggone-It is of the gun-slinging variety and Cowboyritto uses his lasso to slam opponents into the ground.
* CuteWitch: Ham-Scam Witch, so much so that it is part of her attack strategy.
* DropTheHammer: Squeaky hammers are constantly used as weapons on this show.
%%* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Octopoison and Squid-vicous.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Oslo is thrown against a wall while captured by the Gormandizers is later seen in a cage with a cold ice pack on his hurt back. The Meatballs couldn't have gotten it, so the Gormandizers must have.
* EvilChef: You can't be a villain in this series if you aren't one.
* FantasticRacism: Dusty Town's populace treats foodons as slaves, and the creatures are forced to crack a smile while they do their labor or get kicked around. It gets so bad it sparks rebellion from Tacquito. It's also this reason that the populace are suspicious of Chase and Co.
* FireBreathingDiner: Kayla's spicy curry is ''really'' spicy.
* FourIsDeath: King Gorge's Big Four are his strongest generals.
%%* FryingPanOfDoom:
%%--> "There are many uses for the common frying pan."
* FusionDance: The Pork Bullies combine to form Slop Suey
* GiantEnemyCrab: Crab Quake, a foodonized crab cake with cannons and tentacles, is this at first, but when Albert decides to help Chase it fights alongside Chase's Foodons.
%%* GiantMook: Slop Suey
* HurricaneOfPuns: Almost every character and Foodon's name is a food pun.
%%* ImprobableWeaponUser: The Burger Brigade
* InMediasRes: The first episode begins with an invasion of a prison camp, with Chase and Kayla attempting to free their father.
* LethalChef: Literally, as horrible food generally equals a very nasty monster.
* LetsMeetTheMeat: In the video games, you get rid of unwanted Foodons by ''eating'' them.
%%* MadeASlave: Albert at one point.
* MagicFeather: As thanks for saving his life, Oslo gives Chase a turbo-powered Meal Ticket to make him a good chef. Chase successfully creates Fried Ricer, only to be told after the fact that there's no such thing as a turbo-powered Meal Ticket.
* TheMentor: Oslo, who mentors Chase in the art of cooking.
* {{Mooks}}: There are several Foodons that fit the bill. Among them are Curry Ups, Tropical Punches, Pork Bullies and so on. There are even human examples in the Gormandizers.
* {{Mon}}: In this case the Mons are animate food.
* MultipleHeadCase: The Chowderheads. One talks like John F. Kennedy, the other talks like Joe Pesci. They are both so dysfunctional that they always end up fighting each other.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: If you thought your ''average'' CookingDuel took things way too seriously...
* OhCrap: In one episode Shrimp Stompura gives this when he tries to tackle Fried-Ricer, who grabs him and does a pile diver. As they come down there is a close up shot of both of them. Shrimp Stompura is waving his arms wildly and has inverted eyes.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Slice and Frenchy Le Toast who are actually foodons mourning thier creator. Definitely Le Toast due to the way he scares others.
%%* OurMonstersAreWeird
* PaperThinDisguise: Chef John. [[spoiler: Really, they try to play it straight, but it's pretty obvious it's Chef Jack if you look close enough. The body build is the same, too.]]
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Clawdia.
* PokemonSpeak: On and off. Some Foodons, such as the Burnt Meatballs, are able to speak intermittently, while others can only recite their names in classic Poke-style. Others can speak fully, like humans.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: In the dub, the ending of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4hs7vW8SV0 Orpheus in the Underworld]]" is used for the show's intro.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Sir Dumpling spouts off an endless stream of "pip-pips" and "cheerios."
* QuirkyMiniBossSquad: King Gorge's Big 4, who each specialize in a different kind of food.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Beefsteak, Boulderbroth, Applegator, and many more. Fowligator mixes it with CluckingFunny.
* TheRival: Albert is everything a shonen rival usually is in his first appearance: Cocky, smarmy, and begging to be taken down a notch. [[spoiler:However, he actually ''does'' get taken down a notch in the episode after he's introduced after learning his rival is the son of his idol, and becomes a nicer sort of foil.]] Also Coco at first.
* TheSheriff: Sheriff Zuke Squash from episode 11.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Chase and his dad could be clones, especially with their ridiculous two-tone hair. Kayla, presumably, takes after their mother.
* TagAlongKid: Pie Tin; even more so when the protagonists are ''already'' young.
* TeamPet: Omelet.
* ThereWasADoor: The first episode has this exchange as the team tries to get the Meal Cart outside of a prison.
--> '''Kayla:''' How we gonna get it out of here?\\
'''Chase:''' The window!\\
'''Kayla:''' There ''is'' no window!\\
'''Chase:''' There is now!
* TurtlePower: Fruit Turtle, the Foodon that transforms Cinnamonkey back to normal.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Sgt. Marinara [[spoiler:was last seen on the S.S Food Fight, piloting himself and the rest of the Big Four. After Chef Jack blew up the Glutton secret lab, no mention of him was made again.]]
** Hot Doggone-It, one of Chase's Foodons, appears to have vanished after the ramen contest of episode 17.
* WidgetSeries: If it were any more widgety, you could install it in Opera.