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** In ''Literature/ColdDays'', Harry's working for the Winter Court. Since he's spending that time officially within Queen Mab's hierarchy, he can gain and perform favors services without accruing a running debt, something that was hinted at throughout previous works. Another fae, [[CatsAreMean Cat Sith]], was appointed to be Harry's "butler", meaning he could request a perfectly mundane sandwich and can of Coca Cola without it counting.

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** In ''Literature/ColdDays'', Harry's working for the Winter Court. Since he's spending that time officially within Queen Mab's hierarchy, he can gain and perform favors and services without accruing a running debt, something that was hinted at throughout previous works. Another fae, [[CatsAreMean Cat Sith]], was appointed to be Harry's "butler", meaning he could request a perfectly mundane sandwich and can of Coca Cola without it counting.


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* The ForbiddenFruit from Literature/TheBible, which trapped Adam and Eve (and all their descendants) in sin.
* In ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles'', Lucinda Spiderwick had made the mistake of eating Faerie Food, and is no longer able to eat human food. But that wasn't in the Faerie Realm. This is clearly the "tastes like dust" or "ImpossiblyDeliciousFood" variety, though - the mere sight of it is enough to make one of the other human characters go into a trance-like state and muse "[[SchmuckBait What's the harm in a single bite?]]"

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* The ForbiddenFruit from Literature/TheBible, which trapped Adam and Eve (and all their descendants) in sin.
* In ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles'', Lucinda Spiderwick had made the mistake of eating Faerie Food, and is no longer able to eat human food. But that wasn't in the Faerie Realm. This is clearly the "tastes like dust" or "ImpossiblyDeliciousFood" variety, though - the mere sight of it is enough to make one of the other human characters go into a trance-like state and muse "[[SchmuckBait What's the harm in a single bite?]]"
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* ''Literature/GoblinMarket'' by Christina Rossetti has the 'tastes like dust' variant.
* In ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'', if you eat when a drome has trapped you in a dreamworld, you'll never get out.[[spoiler: Unless you're one of the title characters. They can get out of anything... though taverns, they will admit, are occasionally a problem]].
** Eating in Fairyland itself seems to be safe, though; [[spoiler: Wentworth and Roland are able to leave despite having both been stuffed with sweets by the Elf Queen]].

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* ''Literature/GoblinMarket'' by Christina Rossetti has ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': Any food or drink Alice takes in Wonderland makes her [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever grow]] or [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrink]].
* ''Bone Chillers'', a series of horror fiction novels [[FollowTheLeader very similar]] to
the 'tastes like dust' variant.
* In ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'', if you eat when a drome has trapped you in a dreamworld, you'll never get out.[[spoiler: Unless you're
more well-known ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'', had one issue "Back to School" involving a school cook who serves extremely delicious and addictive food. It's eventually revealed that the cook is a giant insect who puts larvae in her food for the school children to eat, incubating in the hosts' bodies until they're ready to burst out once they've served their purpose. The cook is only stopped by the efforts of the title characters. They can get out of anything... though taverns, they will admit, are occasionally a problem]].
** Eating in Fairyland itself seems to be safe, though; [[spoiler: Wentworth and Roland are able to leave despite having both been stuffed
protagonist (who was infected with sweets by the Elf Queen]].larvae) and a fellow schoolmate who was allergic to anything besides specially prepared lunches.
* ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'': In "Mirror, Mirror, Off the Wall", ''we're'' TheFairFolk in the equation: when the reverse-timeline Robert Trebor visits our world, he can eat our food but not metabolize it. He has to keep a small stash of his own world's food on hand to keep from starving. He plans to market reverse-timeline food as a diet aid.



* Variation in Literature/WelkinWeasels: the weasels are trapped in Hunters' Hall, which they are told is the land of the dead, and that once they have eaten the food they can't leave. [[spoiler:It was an illusion created by an evil witch. The food is heavily drugged, which makes them too lethargic to attempt escape without being caught.]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** In ''Literature/SummerKnight'', when Harry tells Billy to not eat or drink anything while they meet with some [[TheFairFolk Sidhe]], a fairy species. Accepting food or drink counts as accepting a favor, and it's an excellent way for them to get their claws into somebody. Apparently, however, you ''can'' use the ice cold water to bring your libido to its senses without it counting against you.

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* Variation in Literature/WelkinWeasels: the weasels are ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'', if you eat when a drome has
trapped you in Hunters' Hall, which a dreamworld, you'll never get out.[[spoiler: Unless you're one of the title characters. They can get out of anything... though taverns, they will admit, are occasionally a problem]].
** Eating in Fairyland itself seems to be safe, though; [[spoiler: Wentworth and Roland are able to leave despite having both been stuffed with sweets by the Elf Queen]].
* ''Literature/{{Dragonback}}'' has the concept of the squatter poison; once it's fed to you, you need to be given the antidote daily or die. ''Dragon and Slave'' does not say whether it has an expiration date.
* ''Literature/DragonsInOurMidst'': In the third book, when Billy and Bonnie are traveling through the seven circles of Hell,
they are told is the land of the dead, and warned that once they have eaten the food they can't leave. [[spoiler:It was an illusion created by an evil witch. The no food is heavily drugged, safe to eat past a certain point. They encounter the Tree of Knowledge from the Bible, which makes them too lethargic always has one fruit hanging from it for each person around. Billy encounters a man at a table where ImpossiblyDeliciousFood is regularly brought and has no interest in leaving or doing anything but eat and wait for more food. In the next book, Bonnie says that when she died and went to attempt escape without being caught.]]
heaven, she learned she was going to come back to life when an angel warned her not to eat from the Tree of Life, because mortal food would never taste good again if she did.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/DreadCompanion'', the local food both acts as a BalefulPolymorph and gives a distaste for human food.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** In ''Literature/SummerKnight'', when Harry tells Billy to not eat or drink anything while they meet with some [[TheFairFolk Sidhe]], a fairy species. Accepting food or drink counts as accepting a favor, and it's an excellent way for them to get their claws into somebody. Apparently, however, you ''can'' use the ice cold water to bring your libido to its senses without it counting against you.



* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'': The Harkonnens poison Thufir Hawat with a poison that will kill him unless he takes an antidote (whose supply they control) every day for the rest of his life.
* {{Discussed}} in ''Literature/{{Everworld}}:'' while escaping from [[Myth/NorseMythology Hel]]'s domain (which, yeah, is pretty much hell), [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Christopher]] stops to drink some water coming from the cave wall. [[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]] casually says "Persephone," and Jalil immediately stops him, explaining the story. At that point, everyone but Senna is too afraid to drink anything, despite their thirst.
* ''The Fifth Sacred Thing'' has a non-magical example similar to the ''Literature/{{Dragonback}}'' example above: the Steward's [[SlaveMooks armies]] are reliant on a certain 'chip' mixed with medicine that'll kill them if they stop taking it, keeping them from desertion. It comes back to bite them when the City's scientists find a way to nullify its effects.
* Fairy food in ''Literature/TheGirlWhoCircumnavigatedFairylandInAShipOfHerOwnMaking'' constitutes a binding magical contract that means the person who eats it has to return once a year.
* ''Literature/GoblinMarket'' by Christina Rossetti has the 'tastes like dust' variant.
* In Delia Sherman's short story "Grand Central Park", the Queen of Central Park offers the protagonist food. She refuses because [[GenreSavvy she reads fairy tales]].
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': When Eric travels from his mundane world of Threa to the magical world of Tariatla, he is amazed at both the flavor of the food and drink he finds and how it invigorates him. When he makes a return trip to his homeworld, the native food and drink is both tasteless and unsatisfying. This even applies to the ''air'', so he constantly feels like he's suffocating. This is his most visceral motivation for finding a way back to Tariatla.
* Holly Black's ''Literature/ModernFaerieTales'' frequently invokes this, not just because eating Fae food will bring you into their thrall, but because it's likely that the delicious-looking food is really just a glamorized rock or pile of old mushrooms.
* In "Continuing Education", a short story in ''[[Literature/TheModernFaesGuideToSurvivingHumanity The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity]]'', a tribe of TheFairFolk are recruiting dissatisfied humans (to learn about the modern world, and teach their ways) by posing as faculty at a college MBA program. Accepting food from one of them constitutes acceptance of their terms. One of the fae tries to trick the protagonist into eating, as it was done in the old days, while another reprimands her and explains the process openly. The protagonist accepts his food in an informed decision.
* In ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', young Wart and Kay go into Morgan le Fay's castle, which is ''made'' entirely of food, with specific instructions not to eat any of it for this reason. Fortunately, they don't.
* In ''Literature/{{Paranormalcy}}'', Faerie food is like this. Jack is a changeling taken as a baby, and because of that, human food tastes bad to him.



* In ''Literature/MidnightRiot'' by Ben Aaronovitch, the protagonist, Peter Grant, goes to interview Mother Thames and is told not to eat or drink anything while he's there or he'll fall under her power. She keeps trying to feed him, but seems to view it more as a game than anything, and is in no way insulted when he refuses.
** While it is played almost for laughs with Peter, Mama Thames has a servant who used to be a [[{{Muggles}} Bailiff]] that came around in the 1970s and accepted a cookie. The book is set in 2010.
** Mama Thames daughter Tyburn also tries to [[MindRape Mind Control]] Peter into drinking water from her fountain and binding him to her will.
* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': Any food or drink Alice takes in Wonderland makes her [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever grow]] or [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrink]].
* ''Literature/{{Dragonback}}'' has the concept of the squatter poison; once it's fed to you you need to be given the antidote daily or die. ''Dragon and Slave'' does not say whether it has an expiration date.
** This may be inspired by ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', which had the Harkonnens poison Thufir Hawat with a poison that will kill him unless he takes an antidote (whose supply they control) every day for the rest of his life.
* ''Bone Chillers'', a series of horror fiction novels [[FollowTheLeader very similar]] to the more well-known ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'', had one issue "Back to School" involving a school cook who serves extremely delicious and addictive food. It's eventually revealed that the cook is a giant insect who puts larvae in her food for the school children to eat, incubating in the hosts' bodies until they're ready to burst out once they've served their purpose. The cook is only stopped by the efforts of the protagonist (who was infected with the larvae) and a fellow schoolmate who was allergic to anything besides specially prepared lunches.
* Fairy food in ''Literature/TheGirlWhoCircumnavigatedFairylandInAShipOfHerOwnMaking'' constitutes a binding magical contract that means the person who eats it has to return once a year.
* In "[[Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon Mirror, Mirror, Off the Wall]]," ''we're'' TheFairFolk in the equation: when the reverse-timoline Robert Trebor visits our world, he can eat our food but not metabolize it. He has to keep a small stash of his own world's food on hand to keep from starving. He plans to market reverse-timoline food as a diet aid.
* In ''Literature/{{Paranormalcy}}'', Faerie food is like this. Jack is a changeling taken as a baby, and because of that, human food tastes bad to him.
* Holly Black's ''Literature/ModernFaerieTales'' frequently invokes this, not just because eating Fae food will bring you into their thrall, but because it's likely that the delicious-looking food is really just a glamorized rock or pile of old mushrooms.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/DreadCompanion'', the local food both acts as a BalefulPolymorph and gives a distaste for human food.
* In Delia Sherman's short story, "Grand Central Park," the Queen of Central Park offers the protagonist food. She refuses because [[GenreSavvy she reads fairytales]].

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* In ''Literature/MidnightRiot'' by Ben Aaronovitch, the protagonist, ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'':
**
Peter Grant, Grant goes to interview Mother Thames Thames, and is told not to eat or drink anything while he's there or he'll fall under her power. She keeps trying to feed him, but seems to view it more as a game than anything, and is in no way insulted when he refuses.
** While it is played almost for laughs with Peter, Mama Thames has a servant who used to be a [[{{Muggles}} Bailiff]] that came around in the 1970s and accepted a cookie. The book is set in 2010.
2012.
** Mama Thames Thames' daughter Tyburn also tries to [[MindRape Mind Control]] Peter into drinking water from her fountain and binding him to her will.
* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': Any
will.
** In general, people in the supernatural world are very serious about reassuring guests that taking
food or drink Alice takes in Wonderland makes her [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever grow]] or [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrink]].
from them won't put them under an obligation.
* ''Literature/{{Dragonback}}'' has In ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles'', Lucinda Spiderwick had made the concept mistake of eating Faerie Food, and is no longer able to eat human food. But that wasn't in the Faerie Realm. This is clearly the "tastes like dust" or "ImpossiblyDeliciousFood" variety, though - the mere sight of it is enough to make one of the squatter poison; once it's fed to you you need to be given the antidote daily or die. ''Dragon and Slave'' does not say whether it has an expiration date.
** This may be inspired by ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', which had the Harkonnens poison Thufir Hawat with a poison that will kill him unless he takes an antidote (whose supply they control) every day for the rest of his life.
* ''Bone Chillers'', a series of horror fiction novels [[FollowTheLeader very similar]] to the more well-known ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'', had one issue "Back to School" involving a school cook who serves extremely delicious and addictive food. It's eventually revealed that the cook is a giant insect who puts larvae in her food for the school children to eat, incubating in the hosts' bodies until they're ready to burst out once they've served their purpose. The cook is only stopped by the efforts of the protagonist (who was infected with the larvae) and a fellow schoolmate who was allergic to anything besides specially prepared lunches.
* Fairy food in ''Literature/TheGirlWhoCircumnavigatedFairylandInAShipOfHerOwnMaking'' constitutes a binding magical contract that means the person who eats it has to return once a year.
* In "[[Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon Mirror, Mirror, Off the Wall]]," ''we're'' TheFairFolk in the equation: when the reverse-timoline Robert Trebor visits our world, he can eat our food but not metabolize it. He has to keep a small stash of his own world's food on hand to keep from starving. He plans to market reverse-timoline food as a diet aid.
* In ''Literature/{{Paranormalcy}}'', Faerie food is like this. Jack is a changeling taken as a baby, and because of that,
other human food tastes bad to him.
* Holly Black's ''Literature/ModernFaerieTales'' frequently invokes this, not just because eating Fae food will bring you
characters go into their thrall, but because it's likely that a trance-like state and muse "[[SchmuckBait What's the delicious-looking food is really just harm in a glamorized rock or pile of old mushrooms.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/DreadCompanion'', the local food both acts as a BalefulPolymorph and gives a distaste for human food.
* In Delia Sherman's short story, "Grand Central Park," the Queen of Central Park offers the protagonist food. She refuses because [[GenreSavvy she reads fairytales]].
single bite?]]"



* In "Continuing Education", a short story in ''[[Literature/TheModernFaesGuideToSurvivingHumanity The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity]]'', a tribe of TheFairFolk are recruiting dissatisfied humans (to learn about the modern world, and teach their ways) by posing as faculty at a college MBA program. Accepting food from one of them constitutes acceptance of their terms. One of the fae tries to trick the protagonist into eating, as it was done in the old days, while another reprimands her and explains the process openly. The protagonist accepts his food in an informed decision.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': When Eric travels from his mundane world of Threa to the magical world of Tariatla, he is amazed at both the flavor of the food and drink he finds and how it invigorates him. When he makes a return trip to his homeworld, the native food and drink is both tasteless and unsatisfying. This even applies to the ''air'' so he constantly feels like he's suffocating. This is his most viseral motivation for finding a way back to Tariatla.
* ''Literature/TheOdyssey'': When Odysseus and his crew encountered Circe, the men who ate Circe's food, which they were magically compelled to eat, were transformed into beasts, notably pigs. Odysseus himself only escaped this curse because Mercury, the messenger of the gods, provided him with an antidote beforehand, and still, despite his rage, had to act in a perfectly civil and polite manner, as befits SacredHospitality, and because Circe could not harm him directly, [[YearOutsideHourInside she made one night, where he was outright commanded to sleep with her, in exchange for changing his crew back into men, into seven years for the outside world.]] Odysseus understandably put a knife to her throat and left her island quite bitter and angry.
* In ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing,'' young Wart and Kay go into Morgan le Fay's castle, which is ''made'' entirely of food, with specific instructions not to eat any of it for this reason. Fortunately, they don't.
* {{Discussed}} in ''Literature/{{Everworld}}:'' while escaping from [[Myth/NorseMythology Hel]]'s domain (which, yeah, is pretty much hell), [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Christopher]] stops to drink some water coming from the cave wall. [[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]] casually says "Persephone," and Jalil immediately stops him, explaining the story. At that point, everyone but Senna is too afraid to drink anything, despite their thirst.
* ''Literature/DragonsInOurMidst'': In the third book, when Billy and Bonnie are traveling through the seven circles of Hell, they are warned that no food is safe to eat past a certain point. They encounter the Tree of Knowledge from the Bible, which always has one fruit hanging from it for each person around. Billy encounters a man at a table where ImpossiblyDeliciousFood is regularly brought and has no interest in leaving or doing anything but eat and wait for more food. In the next book, Bonnie says that when she died and went to heaven, she learned she was going to come back to life when an angel warned her not to eat from the Tree of Life, because mortal food would never taste good again if she did.
* ''The Fifth Sacred Thing'' has a non-magical example similar to the ''Literature/{{Dragonback}}'' example above: the Steward's [[SlaveMooks armies]] are reliant on a certain 'chip' mixed with medicine that'll kill them if they stop taking it, keeping them from desertion. It comes back to bite them when the City's scientists find a way to nullify its effects.

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* In "Continuing Education", a short story Variation in ''[[Literature/TheModernFaesGuideToSurvivingHumanity The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity]]'', a tribe of TheFairFolk ''Literature/WelkinWeasels'': the weasels are recruiting dissatisfied humans (to learn about the modern world, and teach their ways) by posing as faculty at a college MBA program. Accepting food from one of them constitutes acceptance of their terms. One of the fae tries to trick the protagonist into eating, as it was done trapped in the old days, while another reprimands her and explains the process openly. The protagonist accepts his food in an informed decision.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': When Eric travels from his mundane world of Threa to the magical world of Tariatla, he is amazed at both the flavor of the food and drink he finds and how it invigorates him. When he makes a return trip to his homeworld, the native food and drink is both tasteless and unsatisfying. This even applies to the ''air'' so he constantly feels like he's suffocating. This is his most viseral motivation for finding a way back to Tariatla.
* ''Literature/TheOdyssey'': When Odysseus and his crew encountered Circe, the men who ate Circe's food,
Hunters' Hall, which they were magically compelled to eat, were transformed into beasts, notably pigs. Odysseus himself only escaped this curse because Mercury, are told is the messenger land of the gods, provided him with an antidote beforehand, dead, and still, despite his rage, had to act in a perfectly civil and polite manner, as befits SacredHospitality, and because Circe could not harm him directly, [[YearOutsideHourInside she made one night, where he was outright commanded to sleep with her, in exchange for changing his crew back into men, into seven years for the outside world.]] Odysseus understandably put a knife to her throat and left her island quite bitter and angry.
* In ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing,'' young Wart and Kay go into Morgan le Fay's castle, which is ''made'' entirely of food, with specific instructions not to eat any of it for this reason. Fortunately,
that once they don't.
* {{Discussed}} in ''Literature/{{Everworld}}:'' while escaping from [[Myth/NorseMythology Hel]]'s domain (which, yeah, is pretty much hell), [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Christopher]] stops to drink some water coming from
have eaten the cave wall. [[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]] casually says "Persephone," and Jalil immediately stops him, explaining the story. At that point, everyone but Senna is too afraid to drink anything, despite their thirst.
* ''Literature/DragonsInOurMidst'': In the third book, when Billy and Bonnie are traveling through the seven circles of Hell,
food they are warned that no can't leave. [[spoiler:It was an illusion created by an evil witch. The food is safe to eat past a certain point. They encounter the Tree of Knowledge from the Bible, heavily drugged, which always has one fruit hanging from it for each person around. Billy encounters a man at a table where ImpossiblyDeliciousFood is regularly brought and has no interest in leaving or doing anything but eat and wait for more food. In the next book, Bonnie says that when she died and went to heaven, she learned she was going to come back to life when an angel warned her not to eat from the Tree of Life, because mortal food would never taste good again if she did.
* ''The Fifth Sacred Thing'' has a non-magical example similar to the ''Literature/{{Dragonback}}'' example above: the Steward's [[SlaveMooks armies]] are reliant on a certain 'chip' mixed with medicine that'll kill
makes them if they stop taking it, keeping them from desertion. It comes back too lethargic to bite them when the City's scientists find a way to nullify its effects.attempt escape without being caught.]]



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* Subverted in ''Series/BeyondTheWalls'': The only way to keep your sanity and resist the House is to eat the bread you find in there.
* In ''Series/SleepyHollow'', Ichabod and Abbie enter purgatory and find themselves in a LotusEaterMachine where they never became Witnesses. If they eat the food offered they are trapped in purgatory forever, but by rejecting the food they break out of the dream.



* In ''Series/SleepyHollow'', Ichabod and Abbie enter purgatory and find themselves in a LotusEaterMachine where they never became Witnesses. If they eat the food offered they are trapped in purgatory forever, but by rejecting the food they break out of the dream.
* Subverted in ''Series/BeyondTheWalls'': The only way to keep your sanity and resist the House is to eat the bread you find in there.



* Izanami from [[Myth/JapaneseMythology Japanese creation mythology]] is forced to remain in the underworld (Yomi) after eating there when Izanagi tries to rescue her.
* The [[Literature/TheMetamorphoses legend of Persephone]] (Roman name: Proserpine) in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greco-Roman mythology]]: Persephone ate six pomegranate seeds while in the underworld, and is thus forced to stay there for six months out of every year. Her mother Demeter, goddess of the harvest, gets depressed when she's gone, [[JustSoStory and now we have seasons]]. (In the Mediterranean, the nasty season is the ''summer'', when everything is too dry to grow food.) That's the story with any mythological World of the Dead. Or elves. Or with the Lotophagi.
** Variants of this history narrate that Ascalaphus, an inhabitant of the Underworld, saw her doing that and he tattled to Hades that. Persephone (or Demeter according to other versions) was obviously ''very'' angry and she [[BalefulPolymorph morphed]] him into an owl.
** An AlternateCharacterInterpretation suggests Persephone knew damn well what the pomegranate seeds would do, and ate them anyway to make a point to [[MyBelovedSmother Demeter]] (or become the undisputed queen of the Greek underworld).
* Myth/ChineseMythology features a literal example. Once there was a Goddess, Shui Mu Niang Niang (roughly meaning "Old Water Mother") who was constantly, and rightly antagonized by the Celestial Bureaucracy due to her hobby of causing devastating floods with her magic buckets. After the latest attempt to stop her by having a disguised god use his donkey to try and fail to drain one of her buckets dry, Shui Mu retaliated by overturning her other bucket and casually obliterating a city, Ssu-Chou, forming what is now the Lake Hung-tse. The Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin, was then tasked to subdue the Water Mother. Guan Yin did this by disguising herself as a noodle vendor, and convinced Shui Mu to try some of her noodles. When Shui Mu was halfway finished, all of her noodles turned into iron chains, including the ones she had eaten. The chains then magically dragged the Water Mother down a well, fastening her to the very bottom. People visit the well where Shui Mu is still imprisoned, and it's often said that when the well water is very low, you can see the ends of her chains.

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* Izanami from [[Myth/JapaneseMythology Japanese creation mythology]] is forced to remain in the underworld (Yomi) after eating there when Izanagi tries to rescue her.
* The [[Literature/TheMetamorphoses legend of Persephone]] (Roman name: Proserpine) in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greco-Roman mythology]]: Persephone ate six pomegranate seeds while in the underworld, ForbiddenFruit from ''Literature/TheBible'', which trapped Adam and is thus forced to stay there for six months out of every year. Her mother Demeter, goddess of the harvest, gets depressed when she's gone, [[JustSoStory and now we have seasons]]. (In the Mediterranean, the nasty season is the ''summer'', when everything is too dry to grow food.) That's the story with any mythological World of the Dead. Or elves. Or with the Lotophagi.
** Variants of this history narrate that Ascalaphus, an inhabitant of the Underworld, saw her doing that and he tattled to Hades that. Persephone (or Demeter according to other versions) was obviously ''very'' angry and she [[BalefulPolymorph morphed]] him into an owl.
** An AlternateCharacterInterpretation suggests Persephone knew damn well what the pomegranate seeds would do, and ate them anyway to make a point to [[MyBelovedSmother Demeter]] (or become the undisputed queen of the Greek underworld).
* Myth/ChineseMythology features a literal example. Once there was a Goddess, Shui Mu Niang Niang (roughly meaning "Old Water Mother") who was constantly, and rightly antagonized by the Celestial Bureaucracy due to her hobby of causing devastating floods with her magic buckets. After the latest attempt to stop her by having a disguised god use his donkey to try and fail to drain one of her buckets dry, Shui Mu retaliated by overturning her other bucket and casually obliterating a city, Ssu-Chou, forming what is now the Lake Hung-tse. The Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin, was then tasked to subdue the Water Mother. Guan Yin did this by disguising herself as a noodle vendor, and convinced Shui Mu to try some of her noodles. When Shui Mu was halfway finished,
Eve (and all of her noodles turned into iron chains, including the ones she had eaten. The chains then magically dragged the Water Mother down a well, fastening her to the very bottom. People visit the well where Shui Mu is still imprisoned, and it's often said that when the well water is very low, you can see the ends of her chains.their descendants) in sin.



* Myth/ChineseMythology features a literal example. Once there was a Goddess, Shui Mu Niang Niang (roughly meaning "Old Water Mother") who was constantly, and rightly antagonized by the Celestial Bureaucracy due to her hobby of causing devastating floods with her magic buckets. After the latest attempt to stop her by having a disguised god use his donkey to try and fail to drain one of her buckets dry, Shui Mu retaliated by overturning her other bucket and casually obliterating a city, Ssu-Chou, forming what is now the Lake Hung-tse. The Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin, was then tasked to subdue the Water Mother. Guan Yin did this by disguising herself as a noodle vendor, and convinced Shui Mu to try some of her noodles. When Shui Mu was halfway finished, all of her noodles turned into iron chains, including the ones she had eaten. The chains then magically dragged the Water Mother down a well, fastening her to the very bottom. People visit the well where Shui Mu is still imprisoned, and it's often said that when the well water is very low, you can see the ends of her chains.
* Myth/ClassicalMythology:
** The [[Literature/TheMetamorphoses legend of Persephone]] (Roman name: Proserpine) in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greco-Roman mythology]]: Persephone ate six pomegranate seeds while in the underworld, and is thus forced to stay there for six months out of every year. Her mother Demeter, goddess of the harvest, gets depressed when she's gone, [[JustSoStory and now we have seasons]]. (In the Mediterranean, the nasty season is the ''summer'', when everything is too dry to grow food.) That's the story with any mythological World of the Dead. Or elves. Or with the Lotophagi.
*** Variants of this history narrate that Ascalaphus, an inhabitant of the Underworld, saw her doing that and he tattled to Hades that. Persephone (or Demeter according to other versions) was obviously ''very'' angry and she [[BalefulPolymorph morphed]] him into an owl.
*** An AlternateCharacterInterpretation suggests Persephone knew damn well what the pomegranate seeds would do, and ate them anyway to make a point to [[MyBelovedSmother Demeter]] (or become the undisputed queen of the Greek underworld).
** ''Literature/TheOdyssey'': When Odysseus and his crew encountered Circe, the men who ate Circe's food, which they were magically compelled to eat, were transformed into beasts, notably pigs. Odysseus himself only escaped this curse because Mercury, the messenger of the gods, provided him with an antidote beforehand, and still, despite his rage, had to act in a perfectly civil and polite manner, as befits SacredHospitality, and because Circe could not harm him directly, [[YearOutsideHourInside she made one night, where he was outright commanded to sleep with her, in exchange for changing his crew back into men, into seven years for the outside world.]] Odysseus understandably put a knife to her throat and left her island quite bitter and angry.



* Izanami from [[Myth/JapaneseMythology Japanese creation mythology]] is forced to remain in the underworld (Yomi) after eating there when Izanagi tries to rescue her.



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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': The trope gets an implied passing mention when Reynir gets offered a hot drink in the spirit world by [[spoiler:a dead Christian priest]], and asks Onni if it's okay to drink it. Onni says it's okay and actually helps himself to some cake a little later.
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* A variation/subversion in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': the demon food in the Dimension of Champagne does not tie you to the dimension (the demons do that with, y'know, ''chains'') but its calories can never be exercised off afterwards. Women in particular do not take this revelation very well...
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': The trope gets an implied passing mention when Reynir gets offered a hot drink in the spirit world by [[spoiler:a dead Christian priest]], and asks Onni if it's okay to drink it. Onni says it's okay and actually helps himself to some cake a little later.
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* A variation/subversion in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': the demon food in the Dimension of Champagne does not tie you to the dimension (the demons do that with, y'know, ''chains'') but its calories can never be exercised off afterwards. Women in particular do not take this revelation very well...
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': The trope gets an implied passing mention when Reynir gets offered a hot drink in the spirit world by [[spoiler:a dead Christian priest]], and asks Onni if it's okay to drink it. Onni says it's okay and actually helps himself to some cake a little later.
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': The Palace of Pleasure, realm of the Chaos God Slaanesh, is made of six concentric circles that tempt travelers with different vices. The second, the Circle of Gluttony, tempts them with the most lavish feast they had ever seen. Everything from the most exotic fruits, rich breads, and the finest meats all arranged on collection of islands atop a sea of intoxicating wine. As soon as any of it touches your tongue, you won't be able to stop yourself. You'll either sink drunkenly into the wine and drown or sit at the table forcefully stuffing yourself until your body gives out. The feast is littered with countless corpses, [[ImAHumanitarian which often become part of the feast itself.]]


** An AlternateCharacterInterpretation suggests Persephone knew damn well what the pomegranate seeds would do, and ate them anyway to make a point to [[MyBelovedSmother Demeter]].

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* [[Perfectionist dictate After you eat the food, all human food tastes like dust or similar, and nothing else can and will ever be appetizing.]] In some cases, it may also have the nutritional value of dust, making regular meals not an option; with both versions, unless you have a steady supply of extranormal food, you're likely to waste away from starvation. [[ImpossiblyDeliciousFood Maybe it only tastes unappetizing by comparison.]]

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* [[Perfectionist dictate [[PerfectionIsAddictive After you eat the food, all human food tastes like dust or similar, and nothing else can and will ever be appetizing.]] In some cases, it may also have the nutritional value of dust, making regular meals not an option; with both versions, unless you have a steady supply of extranormal food, you're likely to waste away from starvation. [[ImpossiblyDeliciousFood Maybe it only tastes unappetizing by comparison.]]


* After you eat the food, all human food tastes like dust or similar, and nothing else can and will ever be appetizing. In some cases, it may also have the nutritional value of dust, making regular meals not an option; with both versions, unless you have a steady supply of extranormal food, you're likely to waste away from starvation. [[ImpossiblyDeliciousFood Maybe it only tastes unappetizing by comparison.]]

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* ''The Fifth Sacred Thing'' has a non-magical example similar to the ''Literature/{{Dragonback}}'' example above: the Steward's [[SlaveMooks armies]] are reliant on a certain 'chip' mixed with medicine that'll kill them if they stop taking it, keeping them from desertion. It comes back to bite them when the City's scientists find a way to nullify its effects.


* ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' has both an example and an inversion: The trope is played straight when Chihiro's parents are turned into pigs by the food at the abandoned restaurant, but Chihiro herself has to eat some of the spirit realm's food or else she'll fade out of existence. The difference is that her parents ate food that did not belong to them and transformed into pigs. Chihiro, on the other hand, ate food that was offered to her.

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* ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' has both an example and an inversion: The trope is played straight when Chihiro's parents are turned into pigs by the food at the abandoned restaurant, but Chihiro herself has to eat some of the spirit realm's food or else she'll fade out of existence. The difference is that her parents ate food that did not belong to them them, gorged themselves on it, and transformed into pigs. Chihiro, on the other hand, ate only a small bit of food that was offered to her.


* In ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' [[Recap/RickAndMortyS2E10TheWeddingSquanchers S2E10 The Wedding Squanchers]], while never clearly stated, the way that Rick bats the food out of Summer and Morty's hands on cob planet before fleeing in a panic suggests that either ingesting the food there or even spending too much time there might have biologically dire consequences.

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* ''Literature/DragonsInOurMidst'': In the third book, when Billy and Bonnie are traveling through the seven circles of Hell, they are warned that no food is safe to eat past a certain point. They encounter the Tree of Knowledge from the Bible, which always has one fruit hanging from it for each person around. Billy encounters a man at a table where ImpossiblyDeliciousFood is regularly brought and has no interest in leaving or doing anything but eat and wait for more food. In the next book, Bonnie says that when she died and went to heaven, she learned she was going to come back to life when an angel warned her not to eat from the Tree of Life, because mortal food would never taste good again if she did.


* In Egypt there is a very common saying (''"Law sherebt min Nilha"'', " If you drank from [her] Nile") which implies that anyone who has drank water from the Nile is bound to love Egypt and return. It is also the name of a very famous song.

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* In Egypt UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}} there is a very common saying (''"Law sherebt min Nilha"'', " If you drank from [her] Nile") which implies that anyone who has drank water from the Nile is bound to love Egypt and return. It is also the name of a very famous song.


* In ''Useful Notes /Egypt,'' there is a very common saying (''"Law sherebt min Nilha"'', " If you drank from [her] Nile") which implies that anyone who has drank water from the Nile is bound to love Egypt and return. It is also the name of a very famous song.

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* In ''Useful Notes /Egypt,'' Egypt there is a very common saying (''"Law sherebt min Nilha"'', " If you drank from [her] Nile") which implies that anyone who has drank water from the Nile is bound to love Egypt and return. It is also the name of a very famous song.

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* In ''Useful Notes /Egypt,'' there is a very common saying (''"Law sherebt min Nilha"'', " If you drank from [her] Nile") which implies that anyone who has drank water from the Nile is bound to love Egypt and return. It is also the name of a very famous song.
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[Characters/SCPFoundationSCPs1000AndBeyond SCP-1323]] [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1323 ("A County Fair")]] appears to be a carnival run by TheFairFolk and anyone who eats food there has a 17% chance of becoming a permanent employee.

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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[Characters/SCPFoundationSCPs1000AndBeyond SCP-1323]] In ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1323 ("A County Fair")]] appears to be a carnival run by TheFairFolk and anyone who eats food there has a 17% chance of becoming a permanent employee.

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