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They say that you can't please everyone, but this trope is for when something meant to please a whole group of people only pleases one of them.

The thing could be some food, a drink, a joke, a story, a trip, basically anything, but it has to be designed to be enjoyed, however, only one person enjoys it.

This is nearly always Played for Laughs and usually says something about the sole enjoyer in question. Maybe they're very optimistic or weird or both. They may also be stupid, or at least considered as such by the rest of the cast. If it's a joke, maybe they're easily amused or have a peculiar sense of humour. If it's food, they might be an alien or a pet or whatever with a different palate from the average human, or possibly just a human who eats weird stuff (it might also serve to demonstrate how bad a chef the cook is or that the cook likes to experiment). If it's an outdoor activity, maybe they're a Nature Lover.


When it doesn't say something about the character, it's often because everyone else is having very bad luck and the one person who enjoys it is just lucky. For instance, there might be a camping trip that's a Horrible Camping Trip to all but one.

It might also be because the character is the friend/lover/family member of the person who brought the thing into existence (told the joke, made the cookies, etc).

A common variation is having something meant to entertain kids that doesn't entertain them at all and the one being entertained is an adult. This usually, but not always, means they're a Manchild. It could also mean that the entertainment was too complicated for kids to understand (something too complicated for kids to understand may also have the sole enjoy-er be a Child Prodigy).

Can overlap with Stock "Yuck!", Incredibly Lame Fun, Stylistic Suck, Epic Fail, Low Count Gag, and Lame Pun Reaction, and can also overlap with Museum of Boredom, Tough Room, and Nature Is Boring (although those tropes are downplayed as they at least please one person). Compare and contrast the YMMV page Fun for Some, which is for when a few people find something fun that was never meant to be fun and Slow Clap for when only one person claps at first, but then gradually, everyone does. Also compare Abilene Paradox for when no one wants to take the course of action, but everyone agrees because they mistakenly think each other wants it. Contrast Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond, for when only one person dislikes someone. Can sometimes invert Even the Rats Won't Touch It by having only a rat or whatever want it.



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     Anime & Manga 
  • BlazBlue: Remix Heart: Noel is known for being such a Lethal Chef that none of her closest friends like her cooking. Except for Mai, due to her "super-taste" ability, she can sense the innocence and earnestness of Noel behind her efforts, which apparently makes it taste like heaven (to her).
  • Pokémon: In the "Sun and Moon" saga, when forming the Ultra Guardians, Lusamine designs suits for the heroes that are Sentai-based because she thought it would be cool. Ash is the only one who agrees with her while everyone else cringes from them and finds the suits embarrassing to wear.

    Comic Books 
  • In the Asterix book Asterix the Legionary, when Asterix and Obelix join the army, they are served soup, which everyone hates except for the British conscript (who, in one of Goscinny and Uderzo's many pokes at British cooking and the people who make and eat it, says it's just like the food back home).
  • Discworld: In the comic book adaptation of Mort, an added scene shows Death at the circus, where he's the only person in the audience laughing at the clowns (although whether this is because of the Discworld maxim that "if it was funny, clowns wouldn't be doing it," or simply the effect of his presence on everyone else is unclear).
  • In The Simpsons comic "The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth", Doug and Troy McClure make a Sci-Fi film which bombs because Doug made it too scientifically accurate (there are no sound effects during the space battles, and the spaceships move slowly because he wouldn't allow faster-than-light travel). The last panel of the premier shows that the entire audience has left in annoyance except for Comic Book Guy, who enthusiastically proclaims it "a triumph".

    Comic Strips 
  • In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin's dad drags him and his mom on an annual camping trip despite their open disdain, and suggestion that they go somewhere, and do something, else. His main response to their criticism of their camping experience is that "Misery Builds Character."
  • One of the Fox family traditions in Foxtrot is a wilderness camping trip. Bumbling Dad Roger looks forward to it with great gusto, but the rest of his family dread it.
  • In Garfield, the titular fat cat often has to endure activities that a normal person might find mind-numbingly boring, but his owner, Jon, finds exciting.

    Films — Animation 
  • Alice in Wonderland: When the White Rabbit introduces the Queen of Hearts at the croquet match, the spectators loudly cheer. But when he introduces the diminutive King, we hear only one spectator shouting, "Hooray!".
  • During Coco, a trio of nuns are playing their accordions during a Battle of the Bands for the privilege to meet and play for Ernesto de la Cruz... and they only manage to get one patron to enjoy their music.
  • In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, Snips and Snails are shown doing a freestyle rap that doesn't catch very much excitement from others, with only Pinkie Pie and Sonata Dusk liking it.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the tour of the chocolate factory is prefaced by an incongruous and weird bevy of chirpy animatronics telling the listeners how amazing its owner, Willy Wonka, is. The gathered winners and their parents just stare, unsure what to make of it... except for Augustus Gloop (and his mother) who can be seen smiling and dancing a little.
  • Coming to America: During the truly cringeworthy performance by Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate, the only one who likes it is Sweets the barber, much to the chagrin of his colleagues.
  • Played for Horror in The Loved Ones. Lola throws an entire prom, in which her "date" is an unwilling participant, her mother is incapable of speaking or reacting, and her father is solely obsessed with her happiness.
  • In The Producers (1968), after the deliberately tasteless opening of the "Springtime for Hitler" musical, the audience is frozen in a collective Jaw Drop, but one lone viewer is elated and begins to applaud. Just when you may think it's a Slow Clap about to begin, everyone else turns on him and pounds him mercilessly.
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: When McCoy is on the witness stand during the trial, he is asked about his current medical status. He answers, "Aside from a touch of arthritis, I'd say pretty good." A single Klingon laughs his ass off while the rest of the courtroom is dead silent.

  • In the Dirty Bertie story "Burp!", Bertie is eating lunch with his friends and only he likes his lunch.
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing: Similar to the Star Trek: The Next Generation example below , Peter's father makes an omelet of dubious quality (Peter notes that he used an entire carton of eggs, while his mother only uses one or two). Peter tastes it and finds it hideous, but pretends to like it. His father tastes it and realizes that he made a horrible mistake. He scoops up the other plates and throws the omelet in the trash. Fudge starts screaming because he actually liked it.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper has a knack for manipulating group activities so that they end up skewed towards his interests and predilections. Once Sheldon does that, everyone else in the group does not find the activities fun anymore. Especially because if they try to go against it, the Insufferable Genius gets upset, and Hilarity Ensues as he gets revenge or annoys the whole lot of them.
  • In The Cosby Show, a comedian tells jokes to Cliff, Rudy, and a bunch of other kids. Since the jokes are geared toward adults, Cliff is the only one who laughs.
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: during the Wanderer and the Heretic's opera, the heroes are clearly very annoyed at having to sit through the entire performance, wanting to learn how to stop the Skeksis; as such, they spend most of the next few hours groaning exasperatedly, staring in despair, or falling asleep. The one exception to this is Deet, who's fascinated by literally everything aboveground and clearly having the time of her life throughout the entire show. She actually applauds at the end of it!
  • Friends:
    • In "The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line", Ross starts playing the keyboard in front of his friends. Everyone finds his music horrible, except Phoebe, a Cloudcuckoolander who already has weird taste in music.
    • In "The One with the Soap Opera Party," it's revealed that ever since Joey became a regular in Days of Our Lives, he's tricked the rest of the gang into going out of town on some boring trips to keep them away from the rest of the cast and other celebrities in attendance. After they find out, due to Rachel who discovered the secret first and accidentally blabbing about it, they call him out on the fact that the previous time he sent them to a button factory and a tour of the nearby museum, which cause Ross to confess he arranged the museum tour.
    • In "The One Where Ross Got High", Rachel turns over two pages in her cookbook and mixes a traditional British trifle with a shepherd's pie. Despite being the Trope Namer for It Tastes Like Feet, Joey actually likes it.
      Joey: Custard: good. Jam: good. Meat: good.
  • On Legends of Tomorrow, anyone not being mind-controlled by the Fates thinks the mush they're forced to eat is disgusting and horrible ... except for Nate. As the Legends rally people against the Fates' control, Nate proclaims, "I happen to like mush, but that's not the point!"
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has something called "yamok sauce", which everyone but Garak hates.
    • In an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Riker makes his friends scrambled eggs using eggs he got from an alien planet. Most of the people present find the results disgusting, only Worf (who both has a big appetite and is a Klingon) likes them. There's a little fridge brilliance in the scene once one remembers that Riker likes Klingon food.
    • Star Trek: Voyager has something called "leola root", which Neelix adds as an ingredient, but besides him, only Kes seems to like it.

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    Video Games 
  • In the Trespasser DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Josephine (with high approval and/or romanced) invites the Inquisitor to join her for an evening of Orlesian opera. Should they accept, the scene which follows makes it clear that Josephine is thoroughly enjoying herself... the Inquisitor, not so much. Note that they're not bored by it, they're terrified.
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2: After the Builder and Malroth escape from Skelcatraz, Lulu decides to throw a private party just for the three of them and brings out a cake that she had baked just for that occasion. Unfortunately, it has some rather... questionable ingredients and Malroth is the only one who enjoys it.

  • In Girl Genius, when it turns out Master Payne's circus has been putting on shows based on Agatha's adventures, her friends and associates are all horrified or enraged by how they're being portrayed. Agatha herself finds it hilarious.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!: In the two-part episode "Stan of Arabia", Stan is reassigned to Saudi Arabia, forcing the Smiths to move. The family finds the country horrible due to their strict and oppressive laws, but for hardcore conservative Stan, it's a dream come true.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Toph is the only character to enjoy the completely biased Fire Nation-sponsored play recapping the Gaang's adventures (despite not being able to see it), in part because the play's version of her has much the same personality, if a laughably wrong physical profile (the play's Toph is a burly adult man instead of a twelve-year-old girl).
  • Back at the Barnyard: In "The Good, the Bad, and the Snotty", Snotty Boy feeds the animals pizza laced with hot sauce. While everyone else has the standard reaction, Pip, being Mexican, stomachs them just fine and calls the others lightweights.
  • Daisy is the only person in DuckTales (2017) who not only fully understands Donald, but finds his singing voice to be beautiful.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Whenever the Eds are in a certain predicament that ends with them on the short end of the stick, Ed is usually the only one who is still quite happy, even in the rare episodes when the Eds are captured and later tortured by the Kankers.
  • In the Futurama episode "Xmas Story", Bender serves the crew a dead parrot he found lying in the street. Everyone hates it except for Nibbler, who eats it all.
  • Jane and the Dragon: In one episode, Pepper makes some stew but it tastes like swamp water to everyone but the dragon (Pepper can't taste it herself because her tongue isn't working).
  • In a Looney Tunes cartoon, Elmer Fudd is boxing against Daffy Duck and most of the audience boos Elmer, but his dog says, "Hooray!". Justified as, except for the dog, the audience has nothing but ducks.
  • The Loud House:
    • In "The Crying Dame", there's a singing toy, however, only Lily likes his song. The rest of the Louds find it annoying, even Lori, despite her liking it when she was Lily's age.
    • In several episodes, but starting with "Sleuth or Consequences", there's a comic called Princess Pony, which most of the Louds find too saccharine, even Lola who usually likes saccharine things. Ironically, the one Loud who likes it is Lucy, the stoic goth.
  • Subverted in Martha Speaks: There's a TV show called 'Mushy Duck' and at first it seems that only Ralph the duck likes it, however, it's then revealed that other ducks like it and, in "Martha's Sweater", that Bob does too.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Applebuck Season", Applejack is sleep deprived and mishears the ingredients for Pinkie Pie's muffins, resulting in muffins made with potato chips, soda, lemon juice and earthworms. Not only do none of the ponies like them, they actually get sick, but Spike the dragon likes them and doesn't get sick.
    • In "The Maud Couple", Maud tries to be a stand-up comedian, but only her sister Pinkie Pie finds the jokes funny.
    • In "Equestria Games", Spike unintentionally chooses to sing the Cloudsdale anthem (he was expecting the Ponyville one to play), and given that he doesn't know any of the words, he sings his own poorly made rendition, inserting references to the Wonderbolts, Cloudsdale, nice trees, and wishing the song was over. Not one person in the audience is enthused... except Pinkie Pie, who smiles and bobs her head, and once finished she belts out, "NAILED IT!!!"
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Road to Danville", the kids decide to make a quilt. In the end, Buford says that it was surprisingly fun, but everyone else vows to never do it again.
  • Rugrats:
    • In "Tommy's First Birthday", the babies try eating Spike's food because they think it'll turn them into dogs. Not only does it not work, they all hate it except for Lil, who eats weird food anyway; Phil actually does too, but he didn't like the dog food.
    • In "The Mysterious Mr. Friend", Stu makes a toy for the babies called Mr. Friend, however, the babies just find him scary. Angelica, however, likes him.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Marge Simpson has a well-established love of Incredibly Lame Fun and militant hatred of almost anything other people deem cool, so if she decides on an activity you can expect her alone to enjoy it. As an example, the plot of "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" begins with her dragging the rest of the family to go on a walk with her through the most boring part of town, and she not only is the only one that thinks it's fun, as she points out things she likes in the neighborhood like she was a tour guide. When the family noticed that a superstore opened nearby, she is the only one who doesn't finds it fun because it disrupted her walking route. In "Burns, Baby Burns", the Simpsons spend the day apple-picking at a cider mill; most of the family ends up bored out of their minds, but Marge has a blast and leaves decked with souvenirs.
    • In "You Only Move Twice", Homer accepts a better-paying job with Globex Corporation and relocates the family to Company Town Cypress Creek. He enjoys the extra challenges and gets on well with his new boss, but every other member of the family finds something about the change that makes them miserable; Marge starts drinking wine out of boredom because their new house has too many gadgets that do all her chores for her, Bart gets humiliated when the new school puts him in a remedial class, and Lisa discovers she's allergic to all the new species of plants she encounters.
    • In "Skinner's Sense of Snow", Principal Skinner plays a film, "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't Then Was", to pass the time with all of the students at school because there are no teachers (because it's a snow day, they faked an emergency meeting and are partying at a ski resort) and he absolutely refuses to let the kids go early (heck, he refused to close the school to begin with). The film can only be called "horrible", with its extremely nonsensical plot and bad production quality, and when the kids find out that they are Snowed-In the school, are going to miss Christmas, and Skinner says the film is the only entertainment available, they all scream out three increasingly-horrified Big "No"s. As you can expect of this trope (and Skinner's general attitude), he not only is the only one who enjoys the film, but he is outright gleeful when he says they can keep watching the film.
  • The South Park version of Heaven is a prime example of Good Is Boring. It's frequently depicted as being so boring that only Mormons (who, according to the show, are the only ones allowed to go there anyway) like hanging out up there.
  • Starfire of Teen Titans is frequently the only one of the team to genuinely enjoy things that the others consider to be disgusting or boring. When Raven once attempted to make pancakes that looked more like steaks, Starfire was the only one who enjoyed them for being "crunchy on the outside, yet runny on the inside".
  • In Time Squad, Edgar Allen Poe forces the squad to listen to his stories, which are not horror but instead nauseatingly saccharine romance novels and children's books. These stories bore Tuddrussel and Larry to death, but Otto actually takes a strong liking to them and claps excitedly when Poe finishes telling his story. This sudden change of Otto enjoying the stories is funny when you realize that Poe's books actually changed him from being the more mature member of the team to being the child he's never really allowed to be while on a mission, forcing Larry and Tuddrussel to figure out how to fix Poe's unrelenting zest for the bright-side of life themselves.
  • In The Weekenders, all four protagonists have a different thing planned for one weekend and agree to each go to each other's events. But Lor, Carver, and Tish are each the only ones to like the events they had planned and hate the others so much that they refuse to go to Tino's comic book convention. In the end they change their minds, on the grounds that Tino suffered through their events, and all four wind up liking the convention anyway.


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Nelson the unlikely fan

In Branson, Nelson reveals an unlikely passion for old-time crooner Andy Williams and drags everyone to his concert. Of course, Nelson's the only one who enjoys it.

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