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

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