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* Subverted in ''Brotherhood of the Rose'' by David Morrell. CIA chief Elliot befriends the protagonists as [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan orphaned children]] by offering them candy bars. Later, when they're adult hitmen working for the CIA, Elliot continues to give them candy bars when briefing them on a mission, which they naturally assume is done out of sentimentality. It turns out that Elliot has been manipulating them from the beginning -- the candy bars are only to subconsciously remind the protagonists of their love for their surrogate father figure.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry and Ron in their first year on the train to Hogwarts. Though the fact Harry bought every single kind of candy that was for sale on the cart certainty didn't mitigate anything.
** Another Harry Potter example would be in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban third book]] where Lupin gives Harry chocolate after the Dementors attack. Though in this case, the chocolate does more than just introduce the two. Chocolate in the Potterverse is apparently an actual remedy for the effects a Dementor has on people.
** When Hagrid first arrives, he gives Harry a birthday cake.
** Hagrid feeds Ron when they are being introduced as well.
* In the Creator/ElizabethMoon novel ''Literature/TheLegacyOfGird'', a fellow from the Evil Wizard Class tries to make friends with Gird by offering him food, only to be rebuffed because in Gird's culture providing for someone establishes your superiority to them. They realize that their two cultures have been misunderstanding each other literally from first contact, as the EWC had always thought of Gird's people as natural servants because they were so eager to provide for the new impressive strangers.



* Averted, subverted and played semi-straight in ''Literature/{{Nation}}''. Daphne first sees Mau when he's dragging the bodies of all the Nation's people into the sea; recognising his numb grief, she leaves him mangoes when he finally goes to sleep. When she wants to make a proper introduction, she decides that tea and scones will surely overcome the communication barrier; unfortunately, she's trying to have a civilised English tea party in a grounded and listing shipwreck, and her terrible (first-time) attempts to make scones taste like rotten lobster, as the rather odd captain kept one in the flour barrel to eat the weevils; Mau comes away from the whole experience bemused and horrified by the foul taste, but recognising that the poor, strange Ghost Girl is making an effort. The third time, Mau makes a fish stew on the beach, which is much better; though they still can't talk to each other, their nervousness (and ridiculous attempts at table-manners given the circumstances) makes them crack up laughing, and they become proper friends.

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* Averted, subverted and played semi-straight in ''Literature/{{Nation}}''. Daphne first sees Mau when he's dragging the bodies of all the Nation's people into the sea; recognising his numb grief, she leaves him mangoes when he finally goes to sleep. When she wants to make a proper introduction, she decides that tea and scones will surely overcome the communication barrier; unfortunately, she's trying to have a civilised English tea party in a grounded and listing shipwreck, and her terrible (first-time) attempts to make scones taste like rotten lobster, as the rather odd captain kept one Subverted in the flour barrel to eat Literature/{{Goosebumps}} book ''Deep Trouble,'' in which the weevils; Mau comes away main character tries to befriend a captured mermaid by dropping a chocolate chip cookie into her tank. She is not impressed.
* Averted in ''Literature/ADeepnessInTheSky''. The Emergents put on a FancyDinner for the Qeng Ho traders, but it's actually a means of exposing them to a virus that will kill or mind control them.
* Early in ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'', Miranda's finding of a source of fresh water and young coconuts, soon after the planewreck, do a lot to put her companions in a better mood and stops Arnie
from the whole experience bemused being argumentative and horrified by the foul taste, but recognising contrary, briefly -- though Arnie being Arnie, it doesn't last.
* In one Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel, it's mentioned
that the poor, strange Ghost Girl is making an effort. The third time, Mau makes Doctor's companion Fitz Kreiner, who had a fish stew on really crappy childhood due to being [[ButNotTooForeign half-German]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, doesn't think too badly of military-type people because his most prominent memory of them was meeting some American [=GIs=] when he was about nine, who played with him and gave him a candy bar. He doubts they'd have been as nice if they'd known his surname, though.
* Discussed several times in ''Literature/TheElenium'' when
the beach, which is much better; though they still can't talk to each other, knights encounter the [[ProudWarriorRace Peloi]], and their nervousness (and ridiculous attempts at table-manners given the circumstances) makes them crack up laughing, tradition of "Taking salt and they become proper friends.talking of affairs".
* In ''[[Literature/ThePowerOfFive Evil Star]]'', when Pedro and Matt first meet; granted, Pedro tried to steal Matt's watch, so...



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry and Ron in their first year on the train to Hogwarts. Though the fact Harry bought every single kind of candy that was for sale on the cart certainty didn't mitigate anything.
** Another Harry Potter example would be in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban third book]] where Lupin gives Harry chocolate after the Dementors attack. Though in this case, the chocolate does more than just introduce the two. Chocolate in the Potterverse is apparently an actual remedy for the effects a Dementor has on people.
** When Hagrid first arrives, he gives Harry a birthday cake.
** Hagrid feeds Ron when they are being introduced as well.
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' backstory, it is mentioned that Sphinxian Treecats go absolutely nuts for celery, being more than happy to utterly debase themselves to convince a human to hand over any stalks in his possession. It is mentioned that when she was at [[MilitaryAcademy Saganami Island]], Honor's [[DrillSergeantNasty instructors]] would bring some to give to [[BondCreatures Nimitz]] even while they were chewing her out over something.
** This backstory is fleshed out more in the ''Literature/StephanieHarrington'' spinoffs, where it is explained in ''A Beautiful Friendship'' that the breed of celery raised on Sphinx has high concentrations of a chemical which boosts Treecats' telepathic abilities. In fact, celery is to blame for the FirstContact between the two races, when a treecat got caught raiding a greenhouse.
** Later, in ''The Treecat Wars'', several of the characters discover a clan of Treecats suffering from famine, and arrange for a discreet food drop to help them and earn their trust.
** Honor herself regularly hosts dinners as a major part of her technique for forming a BandOfBrothers out of her subordinates.
* Subverted in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}''; Carrot warns Vimes that not to accept food from the D'regs would be seen as a terrible insult. But in fact, Vimes and the D'reg leader bond when Vimes becomes the first visitor not to fall for the old sheep's eyeball gag.



* In one Series/DoctorWho TieInNovel, it's mentioned that the Doctor's companion Fitz Kreiner, who had a really crappy childhood due to being [[ButNotTooForeign half-German]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, doesn't think too badly of military-type people because his most prominent memory of them was meeting some American [=GIs=] when he was about nine, who played with him and gave him a candy bar. He doubts they'd have been as nice if they'd known his surname, though.

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* In one Series/DoctorWho TieInNovel, it's mentioned that the Doctor's companion Fitz Kreiner, who had Creator/ElizabethMoon novel ''Literature/TheLegacyOfGird'', a really crappy childhood due fellow from the Evil Wizard Class tries to being [[ButNotTooForeign half-German]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, doesn't think too badly of military-type people make friends with Gird by offering him food, only to be rebuffed because his most prominent memory of them was meeting some American [=GIs=] when he was about nine, who played with him and gave him a candy bar. He doubts they'd in Gird's culture providing for someone establishes your superiority to them. They realize that their two cultures have been misunderstanding each other literally from first contact, as nice if they'd known the EWC had always thought of Gird's people as natural servants because they were so eager to provide for the new impressive strangers.
* Averted, subverted and played semi-straight in ''Literature/{{Nation}}''. Daphne first sees Mau when he's dragging the bodies of all the Nation's people into the sea; recognising
his surname, though.numb grief, she leaves him mangoes when he finally goes to sleep. When she wants to make a proper introduction, she decides that tea and scones will surely overcome the communication barrier; unfortunately, she's trying to have a civilised English tea party in a grounded and listing shipwreck, and her terrible (first-time) attempts to make scones taste like rotten lobster, as the rather odd captain kept one in the flour barrel to eat the weevils; Mau comes away from the whole experience bemused and horrified by the foul taste, but recognising that the poor, strange Ghost Girl is making an effort. The third time, Mau makes a fish stew on the beach, which is much better; though they still can't talk to each other, their nervousness (and ridiculous attempts at table-manners given the circumstances) makes them crack up laughing, and they become proper friends.
* Played with in ''Requiem for an Assassin'' by Creator/BarryEisler. [[RogueAgent Jim Hilger]] has kidnapped the friend of [[ProfessionalKiller John Rain]], to force Rain to do a job for him. Rain insists on a face-to-face meeting which naturally gets a bit tense; at one point Rain has a knife at Hilger's throat and is struggling not to kill him on the spot. [[IHaveYourWife He's forced to back down however]], whereupon Hilger surprises him by [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine suggesting they get lunch]]. The trope in this case signifies not friendship, but an unspoken agreement to resolve things through negotiation rather than force. At least for now...
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** [[SacredHospitality Guest right]] is traditionally invoked with an offering of bread and salt.
** In a subtle version of this trope, Sandor Clegane is always sharing his food with his hostage [[PrincessInRags Arya Stark]] in scenes where they threaten and insult each other. Although they never become friends, they do form an unconscious bond via ASharedSuffering.
* In ''Literature/TheStand'', the first thing Glen Bateman does when he finds Stu Redman, the first fellow survivor he's met in weeks, is to invite him to lunch. Mother Abigail does something similar when she greets the first group of survivors to find her with a small feast of fried chicken, corn-on-the-cob, and strawberry-rhubarb pie. Even the villains get in on this: Flagg gains Lloyd's loyalty by rescuing him from starvation. When Trashcan Man reaches Vegas, Lloyd's first act is to offer him some Kool-aid and a burger dinner.



* Subverted in ''Brotherhood of the Rose'' by David Morrell. CIA chief Elliot befriends the protagonists as [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan orphaned children]] by offering them candy bars. Later, when they're adult hitmen working for the CIA, Elliot continues to give them candy bars when briefing them on a mission, which they naturally assume is done out of sentimentality. It turns out that Elliot has been manipulating them from the beginning -- the candy bars are only to subconsciously remind the protagonists of their love for their surrogate father figure.
* Subverted in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}''; Carrot warns Vimes that not to accept food from the D'regs would be seen as a terrible insult. But in fact, Vimes and the D'reg leader bond when Vimes becomes the first visitor not to fall for the old sheep's eyeball gag.
* Subverted in the Literature/{{Goosebumps}} book ''Deep Trouble,'' in which the main character tries to befriend a captured mermaid by dropping a chocolate chip cookie into her tank. She is not impressed.
* Discussed several times in ''Literature/TheElenium'' when the knights encounter the [[ProudWarriorRace Peloi]], and their tradition of "Taking salt and talking of affairs".
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** [[SacredHospitality Guest right]] is traditionally invoked with an offering of bread and salt.
** In a subtle version of this trope, Sandor Clegane is always sharing his food with his hostage [[PrincessInRags Arya Stark]] in scenes where they threaten and insult each other. Although they never become friends, they do form an unconscious bond via ASharedSuffering.
* In [[Literature/ThePowerOfFive Evil Star]], when Pedro and Matt first meet; granted, Pedro tried to steal Matt's watch, so...
* Early in ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'', Miranda's finding of a source of fresh water and young coconuts, soon after the planewreck, do a lot to put her companions in a better mood and stops Arnie from being argumentative and contrary, briefly -- though Arnie being Arnie, it doesn't last.
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' backstory, it is mentioned that Sphinxian Treecats go absolutely nuts for celery, being more than happy to utterly debase themselves to convince a human to hand over any stalks in his possession. It is mentioned that when she was at [[MilitaryAcademy Saganami Island]], Honor's [[DrillSergeantNasty instructors]] would bring some to give to [[BondCreatures Nimitz]] even while they were chewing her out over something.
** This backstory is fleshed out more in the ''Literature/StephanieHarrington'' spinoffs, where it is explained in ''A Beautiful Friendship'' that the breed of celery raised on Sphinx has high concentrations of a chemical which boosts Treecats' telepathic abilities. In fact, celery is to blame for the FirstContact between the two races, when a treecat got caught raiding a greenhouse.
** Later, in ''The Treecat Wars'', several of the characters discover a clan of Treecats suffering from famine, and arrange for a discreet food drop to help them and earn their trust.
** Honor herself regularly hosts dinners as a major part of her technique for forming a BandOfBrothers out of her subordinates.
* In ''Literature/TheStand'', the first thing Glen Bateman does when he finds Stu Redman, the first fellow survivor he's met in weeks, is to invite him to lunch. Mother Abigail does something similar when she greets the first group of survivors to find her with a small feast of fried chicken, corn-on-the-cob, and strawberry-rhubarb pie. Even the villains get in on this: Flagg gains Lloyd's loyalty by rescuing him from starvation. When Trashcan Man reaches Vegas, Lloyd's first act is to offer him some Kool-aid and a burger dinner.
* Averted in ''[[Literature/ZonesOfThought A Deepness in the Sky]]''. The Emergents put on a FancyDinner for the Qeng Ho traders, but it's actually a means of exposing them to a virus that will kill or mind control them.



* Played with in '' Requiem for an Assassin'' by Creator/BarryEisler. [[RogueAgent Jim Hilger]] has kidnapped the friend of [[ProfessionalKiller John Rain]], to force Rain to do a job for him. Rain insists on a face-to-face meeting which naturally gets a bit tense; at one point Rain has a knife at Hilger's throat and is struggling not to kill him on the spot. [[IHaveYourWife He's forced to back down however]], whereupon Hilger surprises him by [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine suggesting they get lunch]]. The trope in this case signifies not friendship, but an unspoken agreement to resolve things through negotiation rather than force. At least for now...


* The philosophy of Andrew Zimmerman of BizarreFoods is that sharing food is the greatest way to break down barriers between different cultures.

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* ''Series/BizarreFoodsWithAndrewZimmern'': The philosophy of Andrew Zimmerman of BizarreFoods is that sharing food is the greatest way to break down barriers between different cultures.


* In ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', young HB is won over by ProductPlacement--I mean, Baby Ruth bars. Much later, when the new guy shows up with some in his possession, Hellboy knows that "Dad" has dropped by to visit him.

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* In ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', ''Film/{{Hellboy|2004}}'', young HB is won over by ProductPlacement--I mean, Baby Ruth bars. Much later, when the new guy shows up with some in his possession, Hellboy knows that "Dad" has dropped by to visit him.

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* Bonobos will share food with other members of their troop to reinforce social bonds. Though if it's something that they ''really'' like and none of the other bonobos have noticed, they might sneak off to eat it by themselves.
* Common chimpanzees will also share food this way, especially meat, as hunting is frequently a group activity so the dominant male will divy out the spoils based on which other males are his friends or he's trying to make friends with.


* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. In "Journey's End", Captain Picard realises that his ongoing tension with Admiral Nechayev isn't good for either of them, so prepares a SpotOfTeam and her [[YourFavorite favourite canapes]] when she visits to give him a MissionBriefing. Surprisingly this has some effect, probably because she realises that Picard is extending an olive branch.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. In "Journey's End", Captain Picard realises that his ongoing tension with Admiral Nechayev isn't good for either of them, so prepares a SpotOfTeam SpotOfTea and her [[YourFavorite favourite canapes]] when she visits to give him a MissionBriefing. Surprisingly this has some effect, probably because she realises that Picard is extending an olive branch.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. In "Journey's End", Captain Picard realises that his ongoing tension with Admiral Nechayev isn't good for either of them, so prepares a SpotOfTeam and her [[YourFavorite favourite canapes]] when she visits to give him a MissionBriefing. Surprisingly this has some effect, probably because she realises that Picard is extending an olive branch.


* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': After she and Pacifica call a truce in "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E3TheGolfWar The Golf War]]," Mabel shares some tacos with her... and has to explain the concept to her. Literally. [[SpoiledBrat Pacifica]] can't even pronounce the word "sharing" correctly.


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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': After she and Pacifica call a truce in "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E3TheGolfWar The Golf War]]," Mabel shares some tacos with her... and has to explain the concept to her. Literally. [[SpoiledBrat Pacifica]] can't even pronounce the word "sharing" correctly.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': After she and Pacifica call a truce in "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E3TheGolfWar The Golf War]]," Mabel shares some tacos with her... and has to explain the concept to her. Literally. [[SpoiledBrat Pacifica]] can't even pronounce the word "sharing" correctly.


* Éowyn offers Aragorn stew during the journey to Helm's Deep in the extended edition of ''[[TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]''. Though it's clearly awful, he tells her he likes it, and when she turns away, he goes to pour it out - but she turns back with a question, and he spills a bit on his hand, visibly attempting to prevent a grimace of pain at the presumably hot stew.

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* Éowyn offers Aragorn stew during the journey to Helm's Deep in the extended edition of ''[[TheLordOfTheRings ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheTwoTowers The Two Towers]]''. Though it's clearly awful, he tells her he likes it, and when she turns away, he goes to pour it out - but she turns back with a question, and he spills a bit on his hand, visibly attempting to prevent a grimace of pain at the presumably hot stew.


** Also used to consolidate a relationship with a Companion. At the end of their first adventure off-world, the Nineth Doctor asks Rose Tyler is she wants to keep traveling with him. As she nearly got killed, Rose hesitates...but then asks if he wants fish and chips. Even though she's delaying her decision, we know then that she's going to stay. Likewise when the Doctor regenerates into his Twelfth persona, he worries whether Clara Oswald will stay with him, so at the end of the episode he asks her out for coffee. Or chips. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Or something with chips and coffee?]]

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** Also used to consolidate a relationship with a Companion. At the end of their first adventure off-world, the Nineth Ninth Doctor asks Rose Tyler is whether she wants to keep traveling with him. As she nearly got killed, Rose hesitates...but then asks if he wants fish and chips. Even though she's delaying her decision, we know then that she's going to stay. Likewise when the Doctor regenerates into his Twelfth persona, he worries whether Clara Oswald will stay with him, so at the end of the episode he asks her out for coffee. Or chips. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Or something with chips and coffee?]]


* A CentralTheme in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}''. To the point that a key part of its backstory was that a legendary Gourmet Hunter helped bring about world peace by sharing a sublime dish to world leaders.

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* A CentralTheme in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}''. To the point that a key part of its backstory was that a legendary Gourmet Hunter helped bring about world peace by sharing feeding a sublime dish to world leaders.

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* A CentralTheme in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}''. To the point that a key part of its backstory was that a legendary Gourmet Hunter helped bring about world peace by sharing a sublime dish to world leaders.


* In one Series/DoctorWho TelevisionTieInNovel, it's mentioned that the Doctor's companion Fitz Kreiner, who had a really crappy childhood due to being [[ButNotTooForeign half-German]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, doesn't think too badly of military-type people because his most prominent memory of them was meeting some American [=GIs=] when he was about nine, who played with him and gave him a candy bar. He doubts they'd have been as nice if they'd known his surname, though.

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* In one Series/DoctorWho TelevisionTieInNovel, TieInNovel, it's mentioned that the Doctor's companion Fitz Kreiner, who had a really crappy childhood due to being [[ButNotTooForeign half-German]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, doesn't think too badly of military-type people because his most prominent memory of them was meeting some American [=GIs=] when he was about nine, who played with him and gave him a candy bar. He doubts they'd have been as nice if they'd known his surname, though.

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* Subverted in ''Film/HeartOfDarkness1958''. Marlow offers a biscuit to a native child, but the boy spits it out: [[ImAHumanitarian he'd prefer to eat]] ''[[ImAHumanitarian Marlow]]''.


** Invoked in "Parallex". After B'Elanna Torres punches Joe Carey, Chakotay suggests she try bonding with him over a hot cup of ''perjuta'' instead.

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** Invoked in "Parallex"."Parallax". After B'Elanna Torres punches Joe Carey, Chakotay suggests she try bonding with him over a hot cup of ''perjuta'' instead.

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