Pichu-kun on May 1st 2016 at 7:50:26 PM
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Pichu-kun on Mar 28th 2018 at 6:56:59 PM
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In real life, the various forms of vegetarianism involve eating a multitude of different foods as long as they don't contain poultry, red meat, or fish (contrary to popular belief pescatarianism is not considered vegetarianism) or are cooked alongside them. In fiction this is watered down considerably. Characters will eat diets consisting of mostly tofu, common vegetables, and random "health foods" that their non-vegetarian friends find odd or even gross.
This is often the result of many vegetarian foods using foods that are considered Stock "Yuck!", such as tofu, various vegetables, and "vegetarian substitutes". Fictional vegetarians also don't tend to cook these foods in appealing ways, either for comedic exaggeration or due to the writers lack of knowledge on veg-friendly recipes, and will mix foods in a way that makes them have a Bizarre Taste in Food. Seeing characters eating plain tofu is very common, despite the fact most people don't eat tofu like that. In real life many vegetarians don't even use tofu as a way to get protein and they don't eat veggie burgers or veggie nuggets (instead opting for foods that are naturally vegetarian friendly)
As with many food tropes, this is culturally dependent and can invoke Values Dissonance. In countries with a large vegetarian population or in cultures where tofu and soy products are common, such revulsion to these foods is unusual.
Often overlaps with If It Tastes Bad, It Must Be Good for You as many vegetarian foods are relatively healthier than their non-vegetarian counterparts. Sometimes a character eating unconventional foods is one of the signs they're an Evil Vegetarian.
- In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Wounded" much humor is made out of contrasting the culinary tastes of newlyweds Miles and Keiko O'Brien. First Keiko makes her idea of breakfast: kelp buds, plankton loaf, and sea berries. Miles isn't very enthusiastic about it (and shows an expression of shock and disbelief that this stuff is really food), but Keiko argues that it's healthy. Miles's suggestion of muffins, oatmeal, corned beef, and eggs is met with shock by Keiko. Attempts to introduce her to scalloped potatoes, mutton shanks, oxtails, and cabbage are met with equal disinterest. It's not stated whether or not Keiko is vegetarian, but perhaps she sticks to fish.
- In Foxtrot many of Andy's recipes would fall into this category.
- A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky: When Deidre makes vegetarian food for Mint, she's the only one who likes it.
- Beast Boy from Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! is vegetarian due to being a shapeshifter; he feels uncomfortable eating animals when he's been most of them. He is most frequently seen eating tofu and soy products (including uncooked blocks of tofu) however none of his friends are interested in trying it out.
- Sam from Danny Phantom has been shown literally eating grass on a slice of bread. Her friends (especially the meat loving Tucker) find it less than appealing.
- Chef McMuscli from Camp Lazlo is known for his disgusting vegan recipes.
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