Playing With / I Ate WHAT?!

Basic Trope: A character eats or drinks something that's not food.
  • Straight: Entering the kitchen, Alice sees a glass of liquid and gulps it down — only for Bob to tell her it's vinegar.
  • Exaggerated: Alice sees a glass of vile, bubbling green liquid and gulps it down.
  • Downplayed: Alice drinks a vile-looking liquid, then learns some minutes later that it's just fruit punch with lots of misapplied food coloring.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is an Extreme Omnivore.
    • Alice is extremely thirsty and will drink the first thing that looks like water.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice shoves something in her mouth to hide it, not discovering until a moment later that it was actually food.
    • Bob makes Alice drink some mysterious liquid. Then he tells her it was just water.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice gulps down the glass, then pauses when Bob tells her it's vinegar. A moment later, he admits it's just water.
    • Alice actually likes the taste of vinegar.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Alice gulps down the glass, then pauses when Bob tells her it's vinegar. When he admits it's just water, then she spits it out.
    • ...Except, that wasn't vinegar, but a cleaning product kept in a recycled vinegar bottle.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice chugs down a tin clearly labeled "Paint Thinner".
    • Alice drinks something, thinking it's orange juice. Then Bob tells her it was actually grapefruit juice. Alice is horrified.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice drinks the vinegar, but it's revealed that she's an alien, and her species can drink vinegar with no ill effect. Only...this particular bottle of vinegar had gone bad, so Alice gets sick anyway. But she gets better, by drinking rubbing alcohol.
  • Averted: Alice smells the vinegar and doesn't drink it.
  • Enforced: Alice's Spit Take after she drinks the undrinkable is a Running Gag for the Sit Comic.
  • Lampshaded: "When Alice gets thirsty, she'll grab anything in a glass and chug it down."
  • Invoked: Bob deliberately leaves a glass full of ice cubes and vinegar on the kitchen counter just before Alice enters.
  • Exploited: Alice the Mook is standing in front of Emperor Evulz's Master Console, enjoying a beverage. Bob (tied up): "You realize that's vinegar, right?" Cue Spit Take and Explosive Instrumentation.
  • Defied: Alice is careful enough not to drink any unknown substance.
  • Discussed: "Watching people just drink the first thing they get their hands on is guaranteed comedy gold."
  • Conversed: "Appearances can be deceiving, kids. Check the label very well! If in doubt, don't drink this at all!"
  • Deconstructed: Alice's tendency to drink random liquids without hesitation wreaks havoc with her digestive system.
  • Reconstructed: Alice's drinking of random liquids is noted to have caused her issues earlier, but she kept at it anyway and now she is immune to any digested poison.
  • Played for Drama: Alice drinks poison by mistake and Bob needs to Find the Cure.

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