A gag where a character drinks hot sauce without realizing that they are, mistaking it for something else or being forced to.
Or, alternately, a character having Bizarre Taste in Food and using it as a condiment, often adding much too much, much to the disgust of the other people.
- This happens during "Somethin's Cookin'", the animated short at the beginning of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Roger gets his head stuck in a tea kettle, then a bottle of "Acme Chili Sauce - Extra Hot" falls down and sticks in the spout, pouring its contents into Roger's mouth. Flames spray out, turning him into a rabbit rocket.
- John Cusack's character in War, Inc. is often seen drinking shot-glasses of hot sauce as a method of self-flagellation (he's an assassin).
- There was a Hardy Boys book with a scene where Chet mistook some kind of extremely hot sauce for soup. He thought he'd been poisoned.
- The aliens in the Roswell High series put Tabasco sauce on almost all their food and combine flavors in ways that would make Earthlings vomit. This was carried over into the TV show based on the books (see below).
- Our Miss Brooks:
- Mr. Boynton likes hot food. In "Mr. Boynton's Barbeque" he treats Mr. Conklin and Miss Enright to his "mild" barbecue sauce. The two run for water.
- In the episode, "The Miserable Caballeros", Mexican boy Ricky Velasco proceeds to put an extraordinary amount of pepper and spices on his lunch. He tells Miss Brooks that he finds American food too bland.
- Fringe: Observers will cover their food in peppers and douse it in Hot Sauce before eating it.
- The aliens in Roswell put Tabasco sauce on almost all of their food and even bake it into brownies.
- Red Dwarf: Dave Lister has been known to drink tabasco sauce after spreading it on his cornflakes.
- In Everybody Loves Raymond, Butt Gorilla Robert Barone at first refuses to believe his father has lost his sense of taste and smell. He argues that the bottle of jalapeno sauce under debate has been hanging around his mother's kitchen since before the Korean War and has denatured. He then proves his argument by taking a long swallow. Thirty seconds later he is hanging on his back underneath the kitchen cold tap and Debra is berating him to at least use a glass.
- Played for Drama in the Fallen Angels episode "Tomorrow I Die" (based on a story by Mickey Spillane). A gang of psychotic criminals forces a waitress they've taken hostage to drink a glass of Louisiana Hot Sauce, saying she'll stay alive only as long as she keeps drinking. She manages a few gulps before stopping, and gets shot dead.
- Happened to Jon as part of a Humiliation Conga in this Garfield comic.
- FoxTrot: Peter Fox once ate a chocolate rabbit that was filled with hot sauce, which Denise gave to him as an April Fools' Day joke.
- Hot Pepper Gaming will do this sometimes with some kind of Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce, tasking reviewers to drink shot glasses full of it before reviewing, or dunking an already spicy pepper in the stuff and eating that. Some reviewers make it through in one piece. Quite a few more are reduced to tears and profanity.
- In one of the Put it in your Mouth videos, the panels (Noah, Wes and Sohinki) must eat shaved ice poured with hot sauce on it. The final sauce (ghost pepper) was enough to send everyone aside from Sohinki into a screaming mess of snot and tears.
- Vinesauce streamer Joel admitted in his Pokemon Gold randomized stream that he likes drinking hot sauce, straight from the bottle.
- The Angry Video Game Nerd, in his efforts to beat the ludicrously difficult Transformers: Convoy no Nazo, drank a brand of hot sauce manufactured by video game champion Billy Mitchell, hoping it would heighten his gaming skill to that of Mitchell's.
- In the first episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Twilight Sparkle is annoyed by Pinkie Pie's ramblings, so she goes to pour herself a drink. Unfortunately, she pours herself a glass of hot sauce, and doesn't realize this until she has taken a sip and has the inevitable reaction.
Pinkie Pie: Aw, look! She's so happy she's crying!
- Pinkie then dumps nearly the whole bottle on a cupcake and tosses it into her mouth. She's completely unfazed by this, and says that it's good.
- Later during a visit to Cloudsdale, Pinkie takes a taste of liquid rainbow. She finds it to be unbearably spicy, even by her standards.
- Spongebob Squarepants: In "Karate Choppers", Sandy makes Spongebob say "uncle" by threatening to pour one drop of Volcano Sauce on his tongue... that talks, then she drinks from the bottle like it's water.
- An episode of American Dad! had Stan wolf down an entire jar of horseradish, causing him to blow out his sphincter.
- In one Metalocalypse episode (concerning the guys' various endorsement deals), Nathan Explosion is shown drinking straight from a bottle of Explosion Sauce. It lives up to its name when Skwisgaar tastes it and his allergy to cilantro becomes extremely apparent.
- On the Classic Disney Short "Donald's Nephews", Donald Duck eats a slice of pie whose filling has been replaced by hot mustard.
- The Simpsons has the classic example of Homer eating chili prepared with the Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango, which he can only down because he coated the inside of his mouth with wax. He not only has multiple portions, but he even eats one of the peppers whole! This results in Homer going through a Mushroom Samba.
- Regular Show has Benson, Mordecai and Rigby down a spicy concoction named Mississippi Queen. They appear to be fine for a moment, but then get hallucinations and wake up at the park with no memory of what happened in between.