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The Teetotaler

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NYET! Meal is fine!
Translation from the Russian Cyrillic: "No!"
>buy kerrek a cold one
The Kerrek is a teetotaler and is offended by your offer. He pounds your head into the ground. You dead.

Teetotalism refers to either the practice of or the promotion of complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages. A person who practices (and possibly advocates) teetotalism is called a teetotaler.

This is particularly noticeable when a badass character with a Dark and Troubled Past curiously abstains from drinking with the rest of the group, but can happen with any type of personality.

Common reasons for refusal to drink include:

  • They want to keep their wits about them
  • They're a recovering alcoholic
  • Someone close to them died from alcoholism
  • They came from a family of alcoholics
  • They had traumatic experiences in their childhood related to alcoholism
  • Their bastard parent was a drunk
  • They're secretly pregnant and have sworn off alcohol to protect their baby
  • Their faith forbids alcohol
  • They have a medical intolerance to alcohol, meaning that even imbibing small amounts can cause them physical discomfort
  • They believe that drinking even in moderation is unhealthy
  • Alcohol doesn’t mix with the pills they have to take for a physical or mental condition
  • They're professionally required to be sober at all times, in case they're suddenly called on duty
  • They just don't like the taste of alcoholic drinks
  • They're the Designated Driver; someone has to get their friends home safely, and "drunk person behind the wheel" is the total opposite of "safely".

A common prank is to trick this person into drinking a "Long Island Iced Tea" (which is an alcoholic drink), something which could be extremely dangerous to do in Real Life if there is a medical or addiction-related reason the person doesn't drink, and would be considered a felony in many jurisdictions. If this character ever utters the words "I Need a Freaking Drink!", it is usually a sign that things have gotten really bad.

See also Straight Edge, Smug Straight Edge, Straight Edge Evil, and the Dry Crusader who is the more militant and self-righteous version of The Teetotaler. Unrelated to I Do Not Drink Wine. Direct opposite of The Alcoholic. These people often prefer a cup of tea — though that's not where the "tee" in teetotaler comes from, common myth to the contrary. It's from "T-Total Abstinence." note  Sometimes used to describe one who refuses to use other recreational drugs as well.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Bakuman。 Moritaka "Saiko" Mashiro declines a drink of alcohol at a reunion party later in the series, which is implied to be because he was hospitalized for working himself too hard earlier on in the story.
  • Black Lagoon: Lotton and Claude. The former because of allergies and the latter for religious reasons.
  • Grand Blue: While Ryuujirou, Shinji, Iori, Kouhei, and the rest of the nameless male club members of Peek-a-boo are normally the opposite of this trope, all club members who are going to participate in the club’s diving activities are required to remain sober beforehand due to the dangers of diving while drunk.
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Ogami Itto does not drink, and always declines when he is offered Sake. After all, he has a legion of Assassins on his tail so he needs to stay alert. How does he know it's not poison?
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Lucoa swore off alcohol for hundreds of years as penance for a certain incident with her sister. That said, she is occasionally seen drinking in the present.
  • My Hero Academia: All Might doesn't drink, though it has nothing to do with a moral principle behind it, and more to do the fact that, after losing part of his digestive tract in his penultimate fight against All For One before the start of the series proper, he isn't sure if what is left can process alcohol, so he has decided to let go of it completely, to be safe.
  • Naruto: An Implied Trope as Rock Lee is able to obtain and drink alcohol for his Drunken Fist jutsu despite being 13 or 14, with the youngest age possible for a person being able to purchase or drink alcohol is 15 for those countries which regulate it. However, despite it being possible for those around Rock Lee’s age to obtain liquor, the titular hero, other main characters, and even most of the adults like Kakashi do not partake in it at all.
  • Outlaw Star: Sadly, a Subverted Trope with Gene Starwind as Melfina tries to get him to quit drinking, but this only causes him to become more dependent, as it does not address the root of the problem being that he lost his father as a child while he was in space among other issues.
  • Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon: As a result of the Frothy Mugs of Water trope being applied in the American dub of his wedding, Professor Kukui is commonly depicted as not only this trope but also a big fan of orange flavored soft drinks and possibly even attended Naranja Academy in the Paldea region.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Hajime Saitou refuses alcohol when offered, claiming that he's stopped drinking since his killing instincts rose when he was drunk and has switched to cigarettes. Possibly a nod to the real Saitou, who was apparently a drinker (who eventually died from a stomach disorder caused by his drinking) as well as a tough shinsengumi captain.
  • Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead: While, (sadly), neither the main character Akira nor his Best Friend Kencho are this trope, Akira’s downstairs male neighbor reveals that he is this trope, stating that he keeps a dry house and doesn’t allow alcohol into his home, when Akira offers to bring him back supplies.

  • Seven Virtues: "Temperance" also implies restraint from overindulgence in (alcoholic) drinking.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • Batman: Bruce Wayne is a teetotaler in the comics (and most adaptations outside of comics, including the Nolan films). Though his public persona is a borderline alcoholic.
    • The Flash: Jay Garrick, the original Flash, never touches any alcohol.
    • Justice League of America: After his extreme alcoholism resulted in the death of close friend Manitou Raven, Major Disaster tried to kill himself. When that failed, he decided to get sober instead. He presumably stayed sober until his death during Infinite Crisis.
    • The Sandman (1989): Matthew stopped drinking the hard way — as in, he died while drunk-driving in his previous life.
    • Superman: In the series The Phantom Zone, when Charlie Kweskill passes out on his desk, Perry White wonders if he might be lapsing into an alcoholic coma, but his co-workers find it unlikely: Charlie hardly samples something stronger than herbal tea.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Captain America: The title character doesn't touch the stuff, though not for reasons of principle or lifestyle: thanks to the Super Soldier serum, Steve Rogers's system processes alcohol so efficiently that he literally can't get drunk.
    • Iron Man: After recovering from his drunken fall from grace, Tony Stark abstained. However, it remains to see if it stuck after he sacrificed it to get Odin's attention. After his inversion in AXIS, Tony started drinking again.
    • The Order (2007): Henry Hellrung is a former drinking buddy of Tony Stark. After it ruined his acting career, he became a sober celebrity and ended up helping Stark get sober. He himself has been sober for at least two decades.
    • Slingers: Richie Gilmore, better known as Prodigy, became a drunk after his team fell apart, and ended up getting his ass handed to him by Iron Man as the first superhero to be arrested under the SHRA. He later got sober and apparently redeemed himself enough to be recruited to lead a team during the events of Fear Itself.
    • Spider-Man: Peter Parker never touched the stuff; in fact, in one episode, where he was tricked into drinking it, he proved a very serious case of Can't Hold His Liquor. In fact, after Doctor Octopus steals Peter's body in Superior Spider-Man (2013), one of the things that made Mary Jane suspicious of him when he claimed to be Peter was the fact that he was drinking.
  • No Hero: Joshua Carver never drinks or smokes, and is a vegan.
  • Resident Alien: the titular character, a stranded alien posing as a human doctor, is one of these, though his reasons aren't stated.
  • Scott Pilgrim: The title character attempts at being this. However, his friends usually end up coercing him into drinking anyway, and he doesn't seem to enjoy it. It's slightly hinted that it's because his dark side tends to manifest itself when he's drunk. While we never see or hear of him doing anything bad while drunk, it was his being drunk that led him to spark the argument between him and his then-girlfriend Natalie "Envy" Adams that causes the end of their already-shaky relationship (due to her usurping control of their band and changing it against the wishes of the others as well as she may have been cheating on him. It's also suggested that due to his Never My Fault attitude and belief that he is the hero of his own story this is a lie he tells to make himself look better. Most of the time he doesn't drink simply because he can't afford to.
  • Sin City: When we are first introduced to Dwight, he abstains from alcohol, smoking, and all other personal indulgences. His narration and dialogue reveal that he used to be a heavy drinker and violent bar brawler before cleaning up his life, and he avoids temptation to prevent backsliding and letting "the monster" out. After he is sucked back into the violent Sin City world he resumes smoking but continues to avoid alcohol.
  • Tintin: The titular character, who holds himself up to Boy Scout-like standards — making him the perfect foil for his companion Captain Haddock. (Tintin was shown drunk once or twice, but never by his own fault — one time, he and Haddock got locked in a room full of wine and were affected by the fumes, for instance.)
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: Only three people on the ship aren't affected by Swerve's doped engex: Rung, Magnus, and Brainstorm, the guy who doped it in the first place. Naturally, the culprit had something to counter Magnus in hand before pulling off his master plan. The one time Magnus does have actual booze, 1) Whirl gave it to him as a prank, and 2) it leaves him notably useless for a while. It's not clear whether he doesn't drink because he's a lightweight or if he's not used to it because he doesn't drink, and it's anyone's guess whether his true form under the layers of Powered Armour being tiny has any effect on his alcohol tolerance given that he is also a Point One Percenter.

    Comic Strips 
  • The Phantom:
    • The titular hero never drinks, which appears to go in the family. He is at one point revealed to have a drinks cabinet filled with 300+ years' worth of various vines and other spirits that have been gifted to the Phantoms over the years, still unopened because neither he nor any of his forefathers have ever touched any of it. His trademark drink is milk — which, no matter how seedy the bar he walks into is, they always have a bottle of somewhere.
    • His now college-aged daughter Heloise is apparently continuing the tradition, with an amusing side-story detailing her college roommate Kadia's spectacularly failed attempt to drag her into a Girl's Night Out Episode, where her offer to buy her a beer was met with a completely straight-faced "I am not even in the mood for milk". Then a random guy got grabby and a Bar Brawl started and she kicked their asses and she said that the next evening would be spent studying for their exams.
    • A 2020 story had her father Kit Walker (The 21st Phantom) visit her together with her mother Diana, and they and Heloise and her roommate Kadia went out for dinner. And it is casually shown that while all four of them were given wine to dinner, both Kit and Heloise are shown covering their full glasses when they are offered a refill by their waiter.

    Fan Works 
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: Ami, as a law abiding Japanese teenager comes across as this to people around her. She's (techically) an Evil Overlord in a medieval Europe-based land, who is expected to embrace vices while also being able to manufacture anything she wants so she is expected to drink. The only time she did, was to try to numb the pain of having been responsible for deaths, and that drinking led to her embarrassing herself, so she isn't seen drinking again, even though she has explicit permission from her mother.
  • In A.A. Pessimal's Discworld, Horst Lensen manages the family business in Rimwards Howondaland. This is a vineyard, winery and distillery. Horst is the son of a man who died of alcoholic complications. As a result, he is very, very, abstemious, knowing his father died of a very big occupational hazard. He confines himself to the most minimal quality control of the family product and prefers this to be done by others.
  • Meet Me Where You're Going: Stephanie (Batgirl) pointedly avoids all intoxicating substances due to her mother's opioid addiction; she declines to drink in a club and refuses painkillers while Cass stitches a bullet wound.
Harry Potter Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • HERZ: Since Shinji is an absolute lightweight, he never drinks alcohol.
  • Old West: Rattlesnake Jake is portrayed as a downplayed example. He does drink sometimes, but never enough to get drunk. This is because he doesn't want to be ruined by alcohol like his abusive father was.
Sonic the Hedgehog
  • A New Life Era: The Hacker never drinks, since he has an addictive personality.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Blood Harvest: When Scott searches the Robinsons' fridge for beer, Jill tells him that her parents don't drink.
  • The nuns in Change of Habit are this, unsurprisingly.
  • Devotion (2022): Jesse doesn't drink alcohol for the entire runtime of the film, not even when he and his squadron-mates are toasting the late Ensign Mohring. Lampshaded when his wife Daisy offers Tom a beer at their house: on Tom's question, she clarifies that Jesse doesn't drink, but she does.
  • Doctor... Series:
    • Dr. Bingham from Doctor at Large normally never drinks, but he makes an exception to celebrate his engagement to Nurse McPherson.
    • Matron from Doctor in Clover doesn't drink or smoke, which Sir Lancelot congratulates her for seeing as her complexion, and by extension her liver, looks very right and proper. When she drinks some spiked orangeade at the nurses' party, she is outraged.
  • Aldous Snow of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. However, he does revert back to alcoholism in Get Him to the Greek. Russell Brand, who plays Snow, is actually a teetotaler.
  • Nicholas Angel from Hot Fuzz was this in the beginning, drinking only Cranberry Juice. However, he decided to drink beer later.
  • Bert Gordon in The Hustler (1961) makes his living gambling in pool halls and bars, but his preferred drink is milk.
  • While it wasn't directly referenced in L.A. Confidential, Russell Crowe asked the writer and director whether his character, Bud White, ever drank alcohol. They told him no. Because he does Method Acting, Crowe did the same during the entire shoot. He's Australian, and he was miserable. Though Bud is shown drinking several times in the novel.
  • Jeff Custer, from Mr and Mrs Smith heard a temperance sermon when he was very young and has decided to stay away from liquor. But when he does have to sips, he's a complete drunk.
  • Hrundi V. Bakshi, the protagonist of The Party does not drink (also doesn't smoke). When some guests of the party actually force him to drink alcohol it's shown that he has a very low tolerance for it.
  • Salvation Boulevard: Carl turns down the nightcap due to being a recovering alcoholic.
  • Pembrook in Stroker Ace. This fits with her second job as a Sunday school teacher.
  • Thelma: Thelma starts out as not drinking due to her strict Christian upbringing. She later does drink though and confesses this to her father. He says it's okay in moderation, and she's an adult now so it's up to her.
  • Played with in To Be or Not to Be:
    Colonel Ehrhardt: You know, I never quite trust a man who doesn't drink or smoke.
    Jozef Tura: [as Professor Siletski] You mean, like our Führer?
    Colonel Ehrhardt: Yes... NO!
  • Blissworth from Watch Your Stern doesn't drink, which causes trouble for him when he is disguised as Potter, who Captain Foster insists drinks like a fish.
  • Andy in The World's End has been this for 16 years, after an accident involving him driving over the alcohol limit, and only orders tap water at the pub crawl, much to Gary's irritation. As the movie proceeds, Andy starts to drink as well.

  • All for the Game: Neil Josten doesn't drink any alcohol, even when some of his teammates mock him for it. Neil wants to stay alert and vigilant at all times, especially as he's on the run from his serial killer father.
  • Babel, or the Necessity of Violence: The protagonist's friend Ramy is Muslim and avoids alcohol for religious reasons. 19th-century English society is not particularly respectful of this; even his own English guardian gives him a bottle of port as a present.
  • The Black Magician Trilogy: Dannyl the mage opts not to drink. When some sailors press him on the matter, he explains that intoxication isn't safe for someone with Thought-Controlled Powers.
  • Chris Chambers in Stephen King's novella The Body never drinks, because he's afraid that he'll become an alcoholic like his abusive father and brothers. Gordie says in the narration that one might find this funny because Chris is only twelve, but he was dead serious about it.
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel The Gatekeeper Trilogy: Ghost Roads, fisherman Andy Hinchenberger's ex-fiancee made him quit drinking anything stronger than root beer. Even after they broke up, he found that being sober and clearheaded was something he wanted to continue.
  • Captive Prince: Laurent is a teetotaler of the "needs his wits about him" variety as an out-of-favour noble in a Decadent Court who's always on guard for attempts on his reputation and his life. The two exceptions are O.O.C. Is Serious Business (after he meets his brother's killer) and a necessary concession to seal a political alliance.
  • The Cat Who... Series: After putting his life back together prior to the events of book 1, Qwill has sworn off alcohol of any type, though he doesn't have any problem serving it to others.
  • Charlie Chan: Charlie is a teetotaler, but in a bit of double irony he's also an exception to Asians Love Tea; he prefers sarsaparilla (a nonalcoholic root beer-like drink).
  • There are numerous teetotallers in the works of G. K. Chesterton, who uses it as a symbol of disconnect from ordinary humanity, and this usually marks them as fools, pawns, or occasionally villains. (See, for instance, the Rev. David East in "The Man Who Shot the Fox").
  • Crescent City: Bryce becomes this after Danika’s death.
  • The Daevabad Trilogy: The djinn royals Ali and Zaynab avoid alcohol as an article of their Muslim faith. Their older brother Muntadhir does not observe that restriction and once needles Ali by bringing him to a Den of Iniquity.
  • Discworld:
    • Commander Vimes stopped drinking entirely around Men at Arms because he's a recovering alcoholic and doesn't want to get back onto that slippery slope at all. Although his body doesn't make enough natural alcohol, leading to him being in a constant state of knurd. Being knurd means you can't block out all the imperfections and failings of the world around you and constantly see everything at its worst. One time, he listed forcing him to tip away an entire bottle of single malt whiskey to be worse than murder.
    • Captain Carrot (surprisingly, given he was raised by dwarfs): In Guards! Guards! he was "persuaded to try a small shandy, and didn't like it much", and in Men at Arms he drowns his sorrows in milk.
    • Magrat Garlick, although she's been a victim of Intoxication Ensues once or twice.
      Nanny Ogg: I said to the man, "What kind of fruit drinks do people drink around here?" and this is what he gave me. Made from bananas. A banana drink. You'll like it. It's what everyone drinks here. It's got bananas in it.
      Magrat: It's certainly very... strongly flavoured. Has it got sugar in it too?
      Nanny Ogg: Very likely.
    • In Unseen Academicals, it's noted that Vetinari doesn't drink, right before he drinks twelve pints of beer and barely gets drunk. Vimes also mentions in The Truth that as far as he can tell Vetinari doesn't drink.
    • In Hogfather, Violet the tooth fairy is a member of Offler's League of Temperance, which is one of the things that attracts the Oh God of Hangovers to her. The Cheerful Fairy also says she never touches alcohol, which confuses the wizards who see it as one of the few things worth being cheerful about.
  • Peter in The Dragon DelaSangre can't drink alcohol. It wreaks havoc with a dragon's metabolism.
  • Ibram Gaunt of Gaunt's Ghosts became an alcoholic at one point. He gets clean and becomes this trope.
  • The Han Solo Trilogy: Bria is revealed to not drink as she's afraid she'll like it too much. Having been addicted to something before, she's afraid the same thing might happen again.
  • Infinite Jest: The residents of Ennett House Drug and Alcohol Recovery House (sic), being required to join AA or NA, are of course therefore required (theoretically) to be recovering alcoholics, but Don Gately eventually comes to be an honest one (it's important).
  • Several James Bond villains include this as part of their Straight Edge Evil personas, including Goldfinger and Blofeld. It's implied in Thunderball that Blofeld imposes abstinence on the upper echelon of SPECTRE as well, except as necessary to maintain cover.
  • Gussie Fink-Nottle in P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories. Until his nerve snaps right before he officiates at that grammar-school prize-giving ceremony.
  • Coach Flynn in Gordon Korman's Macdonald Hall series is a health nut who never drinks, smokes or eats fried foods.
  • Mother of Learning: Zorian had some "bad experiences" with alcohol and now doesn't drink at all. Detective Haslush doesn't mind, and takes it as an opportunity to teach him some magical Discreet Drink Disposal.
  • Sir Lancelot became one during The Once and Future King, and Sir Galahad, of course.
  • Sir Raoul in Protector of the Small is the "recovering alcoholic" type.
  • Rebuild World: Akira has sworn to never take a sip of alcohol after watching it destroy people while growing up in the slums. To him, getting drunk would be nothing but an unnecessary survival risk that would disrupt his connection to Alpha and his augmented suit.
  • The Reluctant King: Many wizards don't drink alcohol, as doing so gives them more powerful magic and extended life spans.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Lord Roose Bolton doesn't drink anything stronger than hippocras.note  Other habits of his, including regularly eating raw prunes and regularly having himself leeched, make him the setting's closest thing to a health nut.
    • Bolton's entire army stays noticeably sober at the Tully-Frey wedding feast just prior to betraying and massacring the Tully and Stark forces which were also in attendance.
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Eustace's parents practice many "modern" ostensibly healthful habits that the author presents disparagingly, among them abstaining from alcohol.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The A-Team: Baracus refuses to touch alcohol, preferring milk.
  • Babylon 5:
    • Mr. Garibaldi starts off as recovering alcoholic. He slips into drinking for an episode when he's framed in Season 1. In Season 5, his alcoholism became Off the Wagon.
    • The Minbari as a species abstain from alcohol, but that is mostly because alcohol induces episodes of psychotic rage in Minbari.
    • The Centauri Regent Virini claims that his only vice is strict sobriety (though his culture actually does consider sobriety a vice). During the fifth season, when Virini is found absolutely shit-faced drunk in the palace, Londo realizes something is seriously wrong because up until then he never knew the Regent to drink alcoholic beverages, much less become drunk.
  • Band of Brothers: Richard Winters is known throughout the unit as a non-drinker, to the point that his best friend Nixon hides his liquor in Winters' luggage. After their first night in France, a squad passes a wine bottle around deliberately skipping Winters, only for him to take a swig calling it a "night of firsts." His fellow officers continue to tease him right up to VE-Day asking him to sample a bottle just so they could say they saw him do it.
  • Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory almost never drinks; if the others are having alcohol with their dinner, he'll have a glass of milk or perhaps water (likely Depending on the Writer). On the rare occasions he does get some alcohol, he absolutely Can't Hold His Liquor and turns into a stumbling, slurring mess willing to ramble about anything or climb on a table after a single sip.
  • Arnold Rothstein in Boardwalk Empire doesn't drink, despite being a bootlegger.
  • The Boys: Homelander doesn't drink or do drugs and is vocal about it.
  • Buffyverse:
  • Charmed: In her first episode Paige tells her boyfriend that she doesn't drink anymore due to "problems with certain liquids" in her past. The show never explicitly brings it up again but whenever the characters are seen drinking Paige's glass is filled with water or juice instead.
  • Sam on Cheers, who interestingly owns the bar. He's also a recovering alcoholic.
  • Cobra Kai: Throughout the show, all of the teenage characters engage in underage drinking, with the notable exception of Robby Keene. He isn't seen drinking at any of the teen parties and in Season 3, he turns down Hawk's offer of a beer. While he claims he doesn't feel the need to drink alcohol to "pretend to be cool", it probably has more to do with both of his parents being alcoholics.
  • Deadwood:
    • Seth Bullock. In contrast to the frequent use of alcohol by other characters (Doc Cochran, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickock, Al Swearengen, and his men), Bullock rarely drinks at all. He only does so once during the first season, and it's done with Swearengen as a toast at the end of their conversation.
    • Also of Deadwood, A.W.Merrick, who is the recovering alcoholic type, save for a couple of episodes where he falls Off the Wagon
  • Doctor Who:
    • The First Doctor, in the serial "The Gunfighters", repeatedly insists that he never touches drink, refusing even to accept a slug of whisky as anaesthetic before having a broken tooth pulled in a time before the invention of anaesthetic. This forms an important plot point, as it is used throughout the serial to contrast his personality with the very heavy-drinking Doc Holiday. He insists this again in "The Smugglers" when offered alcohol in 17th Century Cornwall, although this time he's willing to drink wine offered to him by a pirate captain he's trying to prove his harmlessness to. This is strange since he'd previously been seen enthusiastically drinking (judging by his expressions when drinking it, very strong) mead in "The Time Meddler".
    • Later incarnations of the Doctor have no such scruples, the Third Doctor's fondness of wine in particular being a major motif of his characterisation, the Fourth Doctor's enjoyment of getting drunk forms a plot point in the Sixth Doctor story "The Twin Dilemma" (although Tom Baker, while definitely not a teetotaller himself, made a point of not being seen to drink by kids during his tenure), and the Ninth Doctor mentioning how Lloyd George used to drink him under the table. In "The Girl in the Fireplace" the Tenth Doctor brags about inventing the banana daiquiri, but the Eleventh was physically incapable of swallowing alcohol, spitting it out whenever he tried. The Twelfth Doctor had a more mature attitude towards alcohol, pouring and offering a villain a drink in "Deep Breath" (indulging himself too), and in "The Caretaker" he shares a glass of wine with his companion, Clara (the first time the Doctor has ever been shown drinking with one).
    • This gets brought up directly in "Twice Upon a Time". The First Doctor offers a soldier some brandy from the TARDIS cupboard, then gives Twelve a suspicious look and asks if he's been drinking any of it. Twelve exasperatedly notes that yes, he might have had some in the last thousand years or so.
  • Forever:
    • According to Abe in the first episode, Henry gave up drinking 28 years before, a date which corresponds to the flashback in "Punk Is Dead" when Abe arrived to help Henry put his life back together after Abigail left him and disappeared.
    • In "The Art of Murder" Gloria Carlyle declines an offered drink, stating, "Never drink, and you never lose your head!"
  • Fringe: The version of Olivia Dunham from the "Red" universe doesn't drink, claiming she can't stand the taste of alcohol. She eventually makes an exception after her partner dies and she spends an evening drinking to drown her sorrows.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • The High Sparrow is one of these, though he admits that while religious purity would seem like a good reason for turning down Cersei's offer of wine, the truth is he just doesn't like the taste.
    • The Unsullied don't drink. In "No One", Tyrion tries to goad Grey Worm into drinking wine, but he puts it down after one sip, remarking that it tastes like "it has turned".
    • Roose Bolton states that he doesn't partake because alcohol dulls the senses. Jaime notes how suspicious this sounds in the wine-drenched culture of the Seven Kingdoms.
  • On Hawaii Five-0, Max Bergman is never shown drinking, even when celebrating with the rest of the team (he also doesn't eat shrimp, but that's due to an allergy). The reason is never stated or called attention to, though since Max is incredibly meticulous and is described as "some kind of savant", it may simply be that he finds the taste objectionable.
  • Randall from The Hour never joins in when everyone else is drinking and talks about his alcoholism in the past tense.
  • Alexander Scott in I Spy refuses to drink, and this becomes a plot point in several episodes in which characters try to force him to do so.
  • In Kodoku no Gurume, Goro Inogashira habitually refuses alcohol, preferring tea. This tends to catch people off-guard, as he is otherwise for all the world the textbook definition of a Japanese white-collar worker, who culturally drink as a matter of course.
  • Don Cragen from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit used to be The Alcoholic, leading to this.
  • In Legend, Nicodemus Legend is a Teetotaler. However, Ernest Pratt, the writer who portrays him, is an alcoholic. Because everyone in Sheridan thinks of him as Legend, the only way Pratt can get his whiskey is to drink it out of a teacup.
  • Zari and Bherad in Legends of Tomorrow, since they're Muslim. Ironically, Bherad is The Stoner, since his faith doesn't say anything about that. In "Bored on Board Onboard", he's outraged at Zari drinking wine when they're inside a board game, while she insists that she's in-character and it's not like it's real wine.
  • Christy, the main character on Mom, is a recovering alcoholic. The show is about her struggle to remain sober. She is eventually joined by her mother Bonnie, who was an even bigger boozer. The others in their recovery group count as well.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: Detective William Murdoch doesn't drink because his distant father is The Alcoholic and he wants to keep his head clear for his investigation. He drinks only very rarely for special occasions or For Science!; that's what he stated when he wanted to find out the effect of drinking a bottle of absinthe on two people. Murdoch does knock back a whiskey with Branckenreid after releasing Ava Moon and sips whiskey at his bachelor party.
  • Our Miss Brooks:
    • In "Cure That Habit", a Sound-to-Screen Adaptation of an earlier radio episode, Miss Brooks observes that it's Mr. Conklin's "proudest boast that he's a teetotaler."
    • Miss Brooks, more generally, is never seen or heard taking intoxicating beverages. It's most notable in "French Sadie Hawkins Day" where she and (teenager) Walter Denton are the only ones not to have any alcholic breverages at a fancy French restaurant.
  • Probe's "Quit-It": One of the things that stands out as odd to Austin is that the entire neighborhood adults refuse to drink or smoke (except the one guy who doesn't have any kids). He can even detect the signs of past drug use, but they don't exhibit any withdrawal symptoms. This is interesting enough for him to try investigating what happened.
  • In Proven Innocent, protagonist Madeline Scott never drinks, because the last time she got drunk, her best friend got murdered and she was wrongly convicted for it.
  • In Rumpole of the Bailey, Sam Ballard seems to be one at first, being a goody-two-shoes who only ever drinks mineral water... but then we learn that he isn't, but really ought to be.
  • Neil Burnside of The Sandbaggers wants to keep his wits about him—shortly after being promoted to section chief, he had to resolve a crisis while extremely drunk, and resolved that he was never going to be in that situation again.
  • Teal'c of Stargate SG-1 once flatly stated that "I do not consume alcohol" when offered a glass of wine, and in a later episode he ordered ginger ale at a bar. Though it's unknown whether alcohol could even affect him.
  • Star Trek:
    • Spock in Star Trek doesn't drink, so when he decides to in one episode, McCoy asks Kirk if they can handle him drunk.
    • Averted with legendary Star Trek: The Original Series Chief Engineer and Captain Montgomery Scott, when he appears in Star Trek: The Next Generation. After joining the Enterprise-D, he visits Ten Forward and is disgusted by the taste of "synthehol", an alcohol substitute that emulates taste but minimises intoxication and addiction. Data finds Scotty a bottle of Aldebaran Whisky, which hits the spot - and is later revealed to have been given to Guinan by Captain Picard.
    • Chakotay from Star Trek: Voyager is also like this. Justified in that his greatest fear is losing control of his mind, so of course he would avoid anything that might facilitate that.
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty: Cam doesn't drink at all, which sets him apart from his fellow teenagers. He doesn't mind being unlike them at all in this. Cam doesn't push it for anyone else either.
  • Captain Jack Harkness in the first season of Torchwood only has one drink: to raise his glass to a fallen soldier. Otherwise, he's always drinking plain water while whoever he's drinking with has something alcoholic. This becomes even more conspicuous if one considers his original Doctor Who characterisation which included a habit of heavy drinking. He much prefers good coffee over tea, though, being space American.
  • Seiichi Munakata from Ultraman Tiga doesn't drink; he always orders a glass of milk when at the bar. This is because his actor, Akitoshi Ohtaki, is actually one himself.
  • In the Voyagers! episode "Bully and Billy", while Billy the Kid's gang are keeping an eye on him and keeping him from going after Billy and Jeffrey, Bogg asks if they have any whiskey to pass the time. When they tell him where it is, Bogg says he doesn't drink and stuns them by throwing the whiskey into the campfire, causing an explosion.
  • In the Walker, Texas Ranger episode "Patriot", Trivette's cousin, Jeffrey "JJ" Jordan, a US Army Lieutenant, falls under this trope. When he is killed in a car accident, first responders think alcohol was a contributing factor, but Trivette notes that his uncle, JJ's father, drank himself to death, and from there, JJ never touched a drop of liquor if his life depended on it, which has him and Walker conclude someone at his military base had to have been responsible for killing him. JJ's Sergeant Major is later proven to be behind it, since he was stealing munitions for his white supremacist group, The Freedom Brigade, and he killed JJ to keep him from talking while he was en route to Ranger Headquarters, and his arrest by Walker and Trivette for such crime sets off the episode's plot.
  • Roberto Mendoza, a judge whom Bartlett nominates to the Supreme Court on The West Wing, doesn't even drink socially. Nonetheless, some overzealous police officers arrest him on suspicion of being a Drunk Driver and are willing to testify he was under the influence. As Sam explains to them, they have a problem, in that Mendoza has hepatitis and if he'd drunk enough to register on a breathalyzer he'd die.
    • Leo, the President's chief of staff, is a recovering alcoholic and pill addict (we see him fall off the wagon in a flashback, and it was quite terrible). He gives a strikingly eloquent speech explaining why he simply can't drink at all, period: "I'm an alcoholic, I don't have one drink. I don't understand people who have one drink. I don't understand people who leave half a glass of wine on the table. I don't understand people who say they've had enough. How can you have enough of feeling like this? How can you not want to feel like this longer?"

  • Straight Edge is a punk subculture that started as a reaction to heavy substance abuse in the punk scene, which also made it hard to find venues willing to host shows and organizing all-ages shows to the many teens who wanted to be a part of the scene. The early ethos and name of the subculture came from Minor Threat, although frontman Ian MacKaye doesn't identify as straight-edge himself and didn't intend it to become a lifestyle.
  • Chuck D, Ice-T, Music/50Cent, Tyler, the Creator, Vince Staples, Denzel Curry, Sage Francis and MC Chris are all rappers who are openly sober. 50 Cent is also a spokesperson for an alcohol brand, but finds it to be just a business decision. Gucci Mane also became sober in 2016 after a long stay in prison, while his earlier work was heavily influenced by his drug use.
  • Elton John has been sober since 1980, after a struggle with alcohol and cocaine.
  • Julian Casablancas from The Strokes is another artist who sobered up after a long struggle with alcoholism.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Unlike you scum-sucking pea heads, Freddie Blassie refused to touch alcohol, much less drink it. This is due to growing up with a violent alcoholic father, which put him off the stuff for life.
  • John Cena seems to be an embodiment of clean living and good morals in his character. Out of character, John Cena is a pretty hard drinker, but never in front of the kids. WWE had a problem with Ric Flair talking about John Cena's real-life drinking habits during an IGN press conference.
  • During a Heel–Face Turn in which he teamed up with Kerry von Erich, Michael "PS" Hayes of the Fabulous Freebirds referred more than once to them as "The Odd Couple of Wrestling, because Kerry drinks milk and I drink whiskey." Sadly, this would prove to be entirely a work, at least on Kerry's part.
  • Mark Henry stated in his appearance on "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's podcast that he does not drink alcohol.
  • Molly Holly and Su Yung are a couple examples on the women's side. WWE let go "Anti Diva" Serena Deeb for letting it slip that she was not living up to CM Punk's Straight Edge Society ethos off the clock.
  • Jerry Lawler is basically Straight Edge and would be seen driving off while all the other baby faces in Memphis went to bars... but his "cool" guy supposed "King" gimmick means he almost never admits to being a teetotaler.
  • Paul London honestly doesn't drink but he and Spanky have drunk as part of angles while working for WWE. Then again, it became quickly apparent that neither of them should drink alcohol.
  • Jinder Mahal is the "recovering alcoholic" version. He used to drink a lot, especially after he was first released from the WWE. There came a point however where he realized how low he had gotten (getting out of shape along the way) and he decided to turn his life around and quit.
  • Shawn Michaels says he pretty much abandoned all his vices overnight the day he immersed himself in Christianity.
  • Kenny Omega is another Straight Edge wrestler. He's just not all "in your face" about it.
  • Pepper Parks and Cherry Bomb in CZW, though they don't take kindly to soda either, or much of anything for that matter.
  • CM Punk is Straight Edge. Which also makes him this trope, in addition to no other kind of recreational drug and no promiscuous sex.
  • Another "recovering" version is Sting, who had a drug and alcohol addiction in the mid-90s, but cleaned up his act after he became a Born-again Christian in 1998.
  • Soda is about the strongest thing AJ Styles will usually drink. Bad Influence tried to destroy this reputation by having Claire Lynch spike one of his drinks to make him look like a drunken fool.
  • Tara is not just a teetotaler, on TNA Impact it was revealed she did not even know what beer was, was visibly disgusted by its taste, and only agreed to drink more because she was in a feud with ODB and Kevin Nash would not allow the two to have a match unless they both drank a six-pack immediately beforehand.
  • Triple H, as part of a short mini-feud between D-Generation X and CM Punk's "Straight Edge Society" unit, once claimed humorously that he also lived a clean lifestyle but without the need for any of the cult-like theatrics involved in SES. (though Triple H wasn't always an example and even after he was in his personal life his WWE persona still was a drinker until DX reunited and put up an article about how much DX had changed)

    Puppet Shows 
  • Fraggle Rock: Wembley shows himself to be this in the episode "Wembley and the Mean Genie" after he accidentally releases a Jackass Genie from a bottle. When the Genie is drinking radish beer and offers Wembley some, he refuses.
    Wembley: And you shouldn't be drinking that stuff, either! It's bad for you.
    Genie: Gimme a break, Wem! You're too much of a goody-goody.

  • Cabin Pressure: Douglas Richardson is revealed to be teetotal (a recovering alcoholic, eight years sober) at the end of the first series. He hides it to maintain his reputation as a work-hard-play-hard sky god, swapping whisky for apple juice or vodka for water as part of his elaborate schemes. As a Manchild, Arthur Shappey doesn't seem to drink either, although it doesn't appear to be a decision on his part so much as he doesn't see the point (told that, with the flight cancelled, they're allowed to drink wine, he says "Okay. But can I have pineapple juice?"). He apparently had a peach schnapps once, and was "terrifying".

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • This trope applies to anyone who takes the Vow of Abstinence Feat, detailed in the Book of Exalted Deeds. By swearing off any and all intoxicating, stimulating, depressant, or hallucinogenic substances (including caffeine), the oath taker becomes very resistant to poisons and drugs (the ones that others attempt to administer against his will, that is).
    • The Wu Jen class follows a number of taboos to keep being able to cast spells. Among the taboos suggested is the one to never drink alcohol.
  • GURPS: One of the Iconic Characters, Dai Blackthorn, is a teetotaler because he's a Street Urchin and in his previous line of work, alcohol and other drugs were a liability that could get him killed as he often saw it happen to others.
  • Hoyle's Rules of Dragon Poker: One of the acceptable targets in the card game, where the guide outlines rules for annoying anyone who complains about drinking.

    Video Games 
  • BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm: Eddie, though it only gets mentioned once in passing. If you talk to him during the Fanon party sidequest, he’ll comment on the lack of non-alcoholic drinks being served, and decide to just go thirsty instead.
  • Cyberpunk 2077: The Player Character, V, can be played this way. Whenever the game offers you alcohol, you can either abstain or ask for water or lemonade. Just be prepared that, due to the setting, other characters will likely scoff or laugh if you choose to do so.
  • Cytus II: Xenon does not drink alcohol. His friend Joe is a bartender, and he often spends time at his bar, but he only ever orders milk.
  • Darkest Dungeon: A hero with the Resolution quirk will absolutely refuse to go to the bar for stress relief. It's considered a negative quirk, though one of the mildest ones.
  • The Darkness: The title character, a.k.a. Jackie Estacado, doesn't drink alcohol. And honestly, are you gonna rag on him for it?
  • Final Fantasy XV: An Implied Trope as all of the Chocobros are at least twenty years old, which is the legal age when one can purchase and drink alcohol in Japan, yet the the only drinks that appear are water, coffee, and energy drinks. There is an anniversary artwork with Gladio holding a champagne bottle and four glasses, but whether this could be considered Canon or not is unknown. In addition, while most magic potions are made from energy drinks that Noctis turns into either a Healing Potion or a Mana Potion, the Maiden’s Kiss and Remedy are made of a fancy fruit drink and a expensive beverage respectively, but it is unknown whether these are hard or soft drinks. In fact, the only thing keeping this as Fanon, outside the boys or the game’s creator confirming the fact, is if the Kingdom of Lucis has a higher or lower legal age for purchasing and drinking alcohol from Japan or a lot of other countries.
  • God of War Ragnarök: It's subtle at first, but when Kratos first meets Thor, the Norse god of thunder, he brings with him a flask of mead as a welcoming gift, but refuses to have a drop to drink despite being one of the Aesir, who have a culture that glorifies fighting and drinking. Over the course of the story, it's learned that he and his wife Sif have been trying to mend their ways and better themselves from the Abusive Parents they previously were that, in their minds, led to the deaths of their sons Magni and Modi at Kratos' hand, something they don't want to repeat with their daughter Thrud. Unfortunately, the All-Father Odin has no respect for Thor's struggle, constantly putting him down for being anything other than a drunken killing machine for him to sic on the enemy. At one point, under the stress of trying to complete Odin's mission to restore the mysterious Mask, Thor relapses and starts drinking again, to his family's disappointment. After sound advice from Kratos after their second battle, Thor seems to be on the path back to recovery, but it's cut short by Odin killing him due to seeing him as useless.
  • Genshin Impact: Diluc is, ironically, a winery and bar owner who hates alcohol. He has no problem whatsoever with selling it to other people, but he won't touch the stuff himself. He prefers a glass of completely unfermented grape juice.
  • House Party (2017): Frank has an absolute zero tolerance of anybody consuming alcohol in his presence. He even says that it's his self-appointed mission to make sure nobody is getting hammered while he's around. It's actually possible to befriend him to the point that you can berate him so badly he'll leave the party never to return... but it's far more satisfying to rally Patrick and your BFF to just kick the shit out of him. How's THAT goin', dude?
  • Killer Frequency: As Jason is showing signs of going into shock, the player can have Forrest ask his friend Casey if Jason was drinking prior to getting stabbed, misdiagnosing Jason as suffering from a hangover. She'll urgently correct him by stating Jason doesn't drink at all.
  • Kingdom of Loathing: A lifestyle choice in the game. Choosing to be incarnated as a teetotaler will block your ability to drink alcoholic beverages for the entire run in favor of a greater ability to consume food (which you can unlock halfway in the run). There's also the "boozetafarian" path, which is this reversed, meaning that you may not consume food, while alcohol is completely fine, and finally the oxygenarian run, in which you may consume neither, although you can consume things that don't count as food (these are called spleen items and like the prior two, you have a limit of consumption and in this run, a way to consume more spleen items). Needless to say, the oxygenarian run yields greater rewards than either two, but it is not advised unless one has the means to access adventure-producing spleen items (i.e. familiars).
  • The King of Fighters: The 14th installment gives us Hein with his "Dislikes" listing alcohol, according to his bio.
  • PAYDAY 2: This is Houston's character trait. It's stated that Houston prefers root beer after a heist so that he can stay sharp for the next job.
  • Peasant's Quest: Just like the page quote says, the Kerrek is a teetotaller and, if you follow Strong Bad's example and offer to buy him a Cold One, he'll get cheesed off and start moving faster to pound you into the ground.
  • Pink Panther's Passport to Peril: Pink states that "cartoon characters don't drink" when the bartender at the Mucky Duck attempts to take his order. In the sequel, Pink Panther: Hokus Pokus Pink, he brings this up again when a tour guide gives Pink a bottle of champagne to thank him for his help. Pink ends up trading the bottle for a liver.
  • Rune Factory 3: Blaise openly hates alcohol. Apparently something happened when he had "a glass of wine at a party", but he doesn't remember and no one will tell you what!
  • SLAMMED!: The PC has a strict "no drinking" policy, after their drinking and driving resulted in an accident that mangled one of their friends' legs and emotionally scarred another.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney: Played with. In the games, a pair of passengers on a plane in one of the Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth games are pretty much the only depiction of alcoholism. Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice are never depicted drinking any alcohol in the game, and the former even seems to go out of his way to only drink soft drinks, as when Phoenix got disbarred rather than Drowning His Sorrows, he started drinking actual grape juice in a wine bottle. However, while they are never depicted drinking in-game, a non-affiliated magazine depicts artwork of the characters celebrating by drinking alcohol, but there canonicity is debatable.
  • Full Service: An Implied Trope with Tomoki and all of his Love Interests. The only characters that are possibly depicted with something that might be alcohol is Lenga, Rald, and Remi, and even then it is only once, as seen in the fourth image, in the nineteenth image, and in the first image, respectively. The Protagonist, Sota, Kovit, Oki, Okan, Hisami, and all of the male fanservice extras are never mentioned or depicted drinking any alcohol. Of course, whether Sota, who is 18 years old, is able to legally drink depends on where Morningwood is located and if the legal drinking age is different, as the youngest people shown possibly drinking are Lenga and Remi, who are both 22 years old, which is above the United States purchasing age which is one of the highest in the world outside a few who ban it entirely or set the legal age at 25.
  • Mystic Messenger:
    • Seven refrains from drinking, save for the very rare sip of champagne for special occasions, due to the fact that his mother was a physically abusive, emotionally volatile, raging alcoholic.
    • You also have the option to have the player character be this via certain dialogue options. Jumin, who very much likes his wine, will tell you that it would be ungentlemanly to pressure you to drink, and that if you ever want to try it, he'll find something that suits your palette. Zen, whose fridge is always stocked with beer, will react with a touch of disappointment during his route if you tell him you don't drink, but during V's route will tell you that it's totally fine to abstain since there are plenty of other ways to have fun.

    Web Animation 

  • DOUBLE K: Kittan was one of these. But a few panels of hanging out with Kamina, and a certain word starting with a p and rhyming with fussy changed that real quick.
  • In General Protection Fault, Jason "Fooker" Barker has sworn off alcohol for good, having had a drinking problem in college.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Galatea is enormously proud of her intellect. Offered a drink, she replies annoyedly, "No. Alcohol is stupidity in liquid form."
  • Lackadaisy: Mordecai never drinks in the main comic, despite working for bootleggers. A side comic shows that this is because he Can't Hold His Liquor; the last time he dranknote , he was warned to "stay away from the Bunny Hugs"note  but didn't listen and got completely blitzed, spending the entire time drunkenly fawning over Viktor.
  • Penny Arcade: Gabe doesn't even take aspirin or those vitamin boosts at Jamba Juice, and was too nervous to take his prescribed anxiety medication. Compare to the often-drunken Tycho.
  • Tripping Over You: Liam staunchly refuses to drink alcohol, and at one point gets annoyed at his friend Hebert for repeatedly talking about "having a nip". This is because his mother Riva was an Alcoholic Parent who drank herself to death.

    Web Videos 
  • Critical Role: The clerics of the Mighty Nein don't drink any alcohol, not for faith-based reasons but just because they don't like the taste. Jester usually chooses to drink milk instead, while Caduceus sticks to tea. Caduceus did try a shot of whiskey shortly after meeting the Nein, but since he'd never had alcohol before then, he ended up spitting it out and going into a coughing fit immediately.
  • RedLetterMedia: While drinking beer during videos is a hallmark of the production company, Rich Evans does not like mind-altering drugs of any kind, so he is only seen drinking water or Diet Coke in his appearances. No one makes an issue of this, and the fact is sometimes clever obfuscated, such as when he supposedly downs a vodka shot along with Mike and Jay during their Ghostbusters (2016) episode of Half in the Bag, but an edit skips over the part where his shot is poured, suggesting that he just drank water.
  • WhatCulture Wrestling:
    • Simon Miller is the local badass who, despite his tough-guy appearance, doesn't drink, presumably for reasons of health.
    • Joe Hendry styles himself a hero to the Scottish people, and to ensure he always brings honor to his country, he abstains from alcohol and other drugs.
  • Geoff Ramsey from Rooster Teeth was a heavy drinker for a long period of time until quitting in 2017.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!: Surprisingly, Stan Smith might be this trope if one compares him to other characters on the show as well as sister shows created by Seth MacFarlane like Family Guy and The Simpsons. He does not frequent bars like Peter Griffin, does not have a favorite hard drink like Homer Simpson, and is especially this trope compared to Roger Smith, who fits The Alcoholic, The Bartender, and the Drunken Master tropes. The times that he drinks, smokes, does some type of drug, goes to a bar or become intoxicated can each be counted on one or no hand individually and all together using both hands or just one hand.
  • Archer: A Subverted Trope. When asked by the titular character’s retired Battle Butler why he does not attempt to quit drinking, Sterling Archer responds with the quote below showing his hidden intelligence as cutting off completely and suddenly, without asking a physician or specialist first, for heavy drinkers can cause seizures that can be fatal.
    Sterling Archer: I’m scared if I stop drinking all at once, the cumulative hangover will literally kill me.
  • Arthur: Mr. Ratburn is implied to be this trope, with it also being Fanon that he dates or befriends those who also abstain from alcohol such as Arthur’s father and his fiancé/husband Patrick. In his Wedding Episode, "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone", when the kids believe that he is marrying a woman named Patty, (who is actually his older sister planning his wedding), they try to set him up with the librarian saying that there will be an exhibit on liverworts with chocolate and non-alcoholic champagne.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: A heavily Implied Trope, bordering on Canon. In the episode “In Like Ed”, when the other cul-de-sac kids all advanced on the titular characters after ruining Jimmy’s birthday party, Ed being Mr. Imagination stated that they will be chopped up, frozen, and served in drinks just like a movie he saw once to which Edd replies that he hopes the drinks are non-alcoholic. This would suggest that at least Edd is this trope even if the legal drinking age is lower than reality, with the possibility that some of the other kids like Ed, Eddy, Jimmy, Jonny 2x4, Kevin, and Rolf might be this trope as well.
  • The Simpsons: