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Characters temporarily go vegetarian or vegan

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Pichu-kun on Sep 22nd 2014 at 2:27:52 AM
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Pichu-kun on Apr 28th 2018 at 5:08:56 AM
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A plot where a character is inspired to go vegetarian for an episode.

The most common reasons are either it being a challenge or bet, the characters learning how meat is produced and becoming so disgusted that they decide to abstain from meat for good, or health reasons. However, rarely does this change last over an episode.

If a character is forced by another they will often be tempted to quit multiple times.


Examples:

Comic Books

  • In an Archie Comics story, Big Eater Jughead decides to become a vegetarian, or at least a "health food nut". Consequently, malt-shop owner Pop Tate converts his store into a health bar (since Jughead formerly bought enough hamburgers there to keep him in business). When Pops asks Jug how carrot juice and such makes him feel, Jughead pleads for a hamburger or six, and everything's back to the status quo.

Literature

  • In The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Caroline prepares only vegetarian meals whenever Poirot visits, in order to impress him. Of course, he figures out that Caroline is not actually vegetarian.
  • Animorphs: The first time the team tries out their wolf morph, Cassie smells bacon on Rachel, who'd apparently mentioned going vegetarian earlier.

Live-Action TV

  • One episode of Friends had the vegetarian Phoebe craving meat during her pregancy. Joey helped her deal with it by offering to go vegetarian himself but begins having meat cravings as well.
  • In the Black Books episode "Hello Sun", Fran falls under the influence of her Granola Girl friend and tries to go on a vegan diet. After her new healthy lifestyle wreaks havoc on her friendship with Bernard and Manny, she goes back to her old habits.

Web Original

  • In The Nostalgia Critic's review of Suicide Squad (2016), this trope is brought up when Diablo, who supposedly sworn off violence for years, drops this oath after a few moments of touching him against his will.
    Deadshot: Is that really all it took to get you back into violence?
    Diablo: Yeah, I know...
    Captain Boomerang: Years of pacifism destroyed by tapping on your head?
    Diablo: I just don't like people touching my head, okay?! It's annoying!
    Deadshot: (snicker) Well, we "appreciate" your "sacrifice".
    Captain Boomerang: Yeah, it's like one of those guys going vegan for a day.
    Deadshot: I know, right? Pussy.

Western Animation

  • Played with in Braceface. In an early episode Sharon goes vegetarian ,after learning about the conditions in her job at a meat plant, and stays that way. In the second-to-last episode she learns she developed anemia due to her diet and is told to stop it.
  • In the aptly named Teen Titans Go! episode "Vegetables", Beast Boy finally manages to convince the others to try vegetables. It went horribly right and caused them to summon the Monster of the Week.
  • In the Arthur episode, "Sue Ellen Vegges Out", while Sue Ellen becomes a vegetarian out of respect for a pig she befriended, Muffy becomes a vegetarian because a famous celebrity does, though she has a hard time not eating meat. When the famous celebrity switches to a different diet, she decides to eat meat again. Francine becomes a vegeterian to try to beat Muffy at her own game, but Muffy tries to sabotage her every attempt with meat byproducts. After Sue Ellen explains the reason why she became a vegetarian, Francine and Muffy decide it's best they continue eating meat just so they don't argue with each other.
  • In one episode of Kenny the Shark Kat decides to go vegetarian after watching a documentary on lions. She tries to get her pet shark to be too. It backfires as expected.
  • Stan from South Park ends up becoming vegetarian in "Fun with Veal". He quits after contracting Vaginitis from not eating meat. The joke references Cartman earlier saying "If you don't eat meat you become a pussy" and the disease has the individual literally breaking out with vagina-like sores all over their body.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Subverted in the "Lisa the Vegetarian'" episode. Despite her young age and her parents trying to stop her, Lisa stays vegetarian and has consistently been depicted as such since. The reason why Lisa remains a vegetarian after that episode is because Paul McCartney makes a special guest appearance in that episode, and the only way to get him to do so was to keep Lisa a vegetarian.
    • In "A Star Is Torn", when the Simpsons weren't able to go dinner shopping at the Kwik-E-Mart, Lisa sees the Spucklers' farm stand next door and recommends that her family have a vegetarian meal for dinner. The family at first enjoys it, with Homer declaring he does not miss meat at all. However, since most of them were used to eating processed meals, everyone except Lisa gets sick from the vegetables. The following morning, Homer, Marge, Bart, and Maggie are through with vegetables. Notably, Lisa doesn't mind their decision, being relieved that they're at least recovering.
      Bart: From now on, I'm only eating food that I know had a soul.
  • Subverted in Avatar: The Last Airbender. At one point Sokka gets stuck in a hole chasing a baby moose-lion cub. He pleads with the universe, promising to never eat meat or be sarcastic ever again, if it will just let him out. Of course, once his friends rescue him, he immediately decides to do no such thing.
  • Bobby from King of the Hill once temporarily became vegetarian in order to impress a girl.

Feedback: 16 replies

Sep 22nd 2014 at 3:46:35 AM

  • In the Arthur episode, "Sue Ellen Vegges Out", while Sue Ellen becomes a vegetarian out of respect for a pig she befriended, Muffy becomes a vegetarian because a famous celebrity does, though she has a hard time not eating meat. When the famous celebrity switches to a different diet, she decides to eat meat again. Francine becomes a vegeterian to try to beat Muffy at her own game, but Muffy tries to sabotage her every attempt with meat byproducts. After Sue Ellen explains the reason why she became a vegetarian, Francine and Muffy decide it's best they continue eating meat just so they don't argue with each other.

Sep 30th 2014 at 10:03:49 PM

Doctor Who: The Doctor and Peri decide to go vegetarian after the events of "The Two Doctors" in 1985, and it seems to have stuck up until the 2005 relaunch.

Oct 1st 2014 at 4:01:19 AM

  • Some notes for the Lisa the Vegetarian example:
    • The reason why Lisa remains a vegetarian after that episode is because Paul Mc Cartney makes a special guest appearance in that episode, and the only way to get him to do so was to keep Lisa a vegetarian.

Oct 1st 2014 at 8:14:27 PM

In an Archie Comic story, Big Eater Jughead decides to become a vegetarian, or at least a "health food nut". Consequently, malt-shop owner Pop Tate converts his store into a health bar (since Jughead formerly bought enough hamburgers there to keep him in business). When Pops asks Jug how carrot juice and such makes him feel, I'M HUNGRY!! Jughead pleads for a hamburger or six, and everything's back to the status quo.

Oct 15th 2014 at 8:16:30 AM

Oct 21st 2014 at 5:49:11 AM

  • Capitalized the title.

Nov 25th 2014 at 10:10:28 AM

In Avatar The Last Airbender, at one point Sokka gets stuck in a hole chasing a baby moose-lion cub. He pleads with the universe, promising to never eat meat or be sarcastic ever again, if it will just let him out. Of course, once his friends rescue him, he immediately decides to do no such thing.

Jun 11th 2017 at 9:42:48 PM

^ That doesn't count, he didn't actually go vegan even in that day.

Jun 12th 2017 at 12:05:39 AM

  • In The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd, Caroline prepares only vegetarian meals whenever Poirot visits, in order to impress him. Of course, he figures out that Caroline is not actually vegetarian.

Jun 12th 2017 at 2:14:16 AM

  • In The Nostalgia Critic's review of Suicide Squad 2016, this trope is brought up when Diablo, who supposedly sworn off violence for years, drops this oath after a few moments of touching him against his will.
    Deadshot: Is that really all it took to get you back into violence?
    Diablo: Yeah, I know...
    Captain Boomerang: Years of pacifism destroyed by tapping on your head?
    Diablo: I just don't like people touching my head, okay?! It's annoying!
    Deadshot: (snicker) Well, we "appreciate" your "sacrifice".
    Captain Boomerang: Yeah, it's like one of those guys going vegan for a day.
    Deadshot: I know, right? Pussy.

Apr 16th 2018 at 7:20:31 AM

Animorphs: The first time the team tries out their wolf morph, Cassie smells bacon on Rachel, who'd apparently mentioned going vegetarian earlier.

Apr 16th 2018 at 10:19:57 PM

Live Action TV

  • In the Black Books episode "Hello Sun", Fran falls under the influence of her Granola Girl friend and tries to go on a vegan diet. After her new healthy lifestyle wreaks havoc on her friendship with Bernard and Manny, she goes back to her old habits.

Apr 24th 2018 at 8:22:21 AM

Launching soon because the draft seems ready and isn't going anywhere as is. Does it need any sprucing up?

Apr 24th 2018 at 9:54:38 PM

Another Simpsons example:

  • In "A Star Is Torn", when the Simpsons weren't able to go dinner shopping at the Kwik-E-Mart, Lisa sees the Spucklers' farm stand next door and recommends that her family have a vegetarian meal for dinner. The family at first enjoys it, with Homer declaring he does not miss meat at all. However, since most of them were used to eating processed meals, everyone except Lisa gets sick from the vegetables. The following morning, Homer, Marge, Bart, and Maggie are through with vegetables. Notably, Lisa doesn't mind their decision, being relieved that they're at least recovering.
    Bart: From now on, I'm only eating food that I know had a soul.

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