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Translation from 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:

  • He wants to keep his wits about him, or
  • He's a recovering alcoholic, or
  • Someone close to him died from alcoholism, or
  • His bastard parent was a drunk, or
  • She's secretly pregnant and has sworn off alcohol to protect her baby, or
  • His faith forbids alcohol, or
  • He has a medical intolerance to alcohol, meaning that even imbibing small amounts can cause him physicial discomfort, or
  • He believes that drinking even in moderation is unhealthy, or
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  • He just doesn't like the taste of alcoholic drinks.

A common prank is to trick this guy into drinking a "Long Island Iced Tea" (which is an alcoholic drink). 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 guys 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." Sometimes used to describe one who refuses to use other recreational drugs as well.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Lotton and Claude in Black Lagoon. The former because of allergies and the latter for religious reasons.
  • Ogami Itto in Lone Wolf and Cub 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?
  • Lucoa from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 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.
  • In 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.
  • Hajime Saitou from Rurouni Kenshin 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.

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    Comic Books 
  • 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 Girls' 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 became the Superior Spider-Man, one of the things that made Mary Jane suspicious of him when he claimed to be Peter was the fact that he was drinking.
  • The title character Scott Pilgrim 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.
  • Joshua Carver of No Hero never drinks or smokes, and is a vegan.
  • Matthew from The Sandman, and he stopped drinking the hard way — as in, he died while drunk-driving in his previous life.
  • The Flash: Jay Garrick, the original Flash, never touches any alcohol.
  • When we are first introduced to Dwight in Sin City 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.
  • 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.
  • Tintin, 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.)
  • In 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.
  • Richie Gilmore, better known as Prodigy of the Slingers, 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.
  • 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.
  • In Resident Alien, the titular character, a stranded alien posing as a human doctor, is one of these, though his reasons aren't stated.
  • In Superman 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.
  • In 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.
  • Captain America 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.

    Fan Works 
  • A New Life Era: The Hacker never drinks, since he has an addictive personality.
  • HERZ: Since Shinji is an absolute lightweight, he never drinks alcohol.
  • Severus Snape in The Moment It Began, of the "drunken father" variety. Ironically, it's later him who attempts to initiate a night of pub-hopping with his now-recovering dad, who calls him out on it.
  • Either on account of his Straight Edge Evil tendencies in canon, as an Actor Allusion (see Real Life examples below), or both, popular fanon tends to interpret Zaheer from The Legend of Korra as this.
  • In the Rango fanfic 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.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: Ami, as a teenager in a medieval Europe-based land, and ruling her own area, while also being able to manufacture anything she wants, she had ample opportunities to drink, but the only time she did, was to try to numb the pain of having been responsible for deaths, and that drinking led to her almost embarrassing herself, so she doesn't try drinking again.
  • Stephanie (Batgirl) in Meet Me Where You're Going 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.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Nicholas Angel from Hot Fuzz was this in the beginning, drinking only Cranberry Juice. However, he decided to drink beer later.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bert Gordon in The Hustler (1961) makes his living gambling in pool halls and bars, but his preferred drink is milk.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pembrook in Stroker Ace. This fits with her second job as a Sunday school teacher.
  • Salvation Boulevard: Carl turns down the nightcap due to being a recovering alcoholic.
  • The nuns in Change of Habit are this, unsurprisingly.
  • 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.
  • Blood Harvest: When Scott searches the Robinsons' fridge for beer, Jill tells him that her parents don't drink.

  • 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.
  • Sir Lancelot became one during The Once and Future King, and Sir Galahad, of course.
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Eustace's parents affect many "modern", ostensibly healthful habits that the author presents disparagingly, among them abstaining from alcohol.
  • 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").
  • Ibram Gaunt of Gaunt's Ghosts became an alcoholic at one point. He gets clean and becomes this trope.
  • 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.
  • Charlie Chan is a teetotaler, but in a bit of double irony he is no fan of tea; he prefers sarsaparilla (a nonalcoholic root beer-like drink).
  • The residents of Ennett House Drug and Alcohol Recovery House (sic) in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, 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).
  • Sir Raoul in Protector of the Small is the "recovering alcoholic" type.
  • 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 Bruno and Boots series is a health nut who never drinks, smokes or eats fried foods.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Black Magician Trilogy: Dannyl the mage opts not to drink. When some sailors press him on the matter, he asks them to imagine what a combination of Alcohol-Induced Idiocy and thought-controlled magic would look like, and they immediately concede the point.
  • The City of Brass: 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.
  • The Reluctant King: Many wizards don't drink alcohol, as doing so gives them more powerful magic and extended life spans.
  • 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 OOC Is Serious Business (after he meets his brother's killer) and a necessary concession to seal a political alliance.
  • 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.
  • In 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The A-Team: Baracus refuses to touch alcohol, preferring milk.
  • Buffyverse:
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Prime Minister Malachi claims that his only vice is strict sobriety (though his culture actually does consider sobriety a vice).
  • 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.
  • Sam on Cheers, who interestingly owns the bar. He's also a recovering alcoholic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Arnold Rothstein in Boardwalk Empire doesn't drink, despite being a bootlegger.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 has an Ambiguous Disorder (he's "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.
  • 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.
  • Don Cragen from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit used to be The Alcoholic, leading to this.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • The Boys: Homelander doesn't drink or do drugs and is vocal about it.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Charmed (1998): 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • CM Punk is Straight Edge. Which also makes him this trope, in addition to no other kind of recreational drug and no promiscuous sex.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
    • Speaking of D-X, Shawn Michaels says he pretty much abandoned all his vices overnight the day he immersed himself in Christianity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pepper Parks and Cherry Bomb in CZW, though they don't take kindly to soda either, or much of anything for that matter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kenny Omega is another Straight Edge wrestler. He's just not all "in your face" about it.
  • Mark Henry stated in his appearance on "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's podcast that he does not drink alcohol.
  • 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.

  • Douglas Richardson in Cabin Pressure 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.
  • One of GURPS 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.

    Video Games 
  • A lifestyle choice in Kingdom of Loathing. 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).
  • Blaise in Rune Factory 3 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!
  • Jackie Estacado, a.k.a. The Darkness, doesn't drink alcohol. And honestly, are you gonna rag on him for it?
  • In Mystic Messenger, Seven restrains from drinking at all, 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 the other ways to have fun.
  • The King of Fighters gives us Hein in its 14th installment. His "Dislike", according to his bio, is exactly this.
  • In 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.
  • This is Houston's character trait in PAYDAY 2. It's stated that Houston prefers root beer after a heist so that he can stay sharp for the next job.
  • A hero in Darkest Dungeon 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.
  • Frank of House Party 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?
  • Just like the page quote says, the Kerrek in Peasant's Quest 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.
  • Eddie in BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm, 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.
  • Xenon of Cytus II does not drink alcohol. His friend Joe is a bartender, and he often spends time at his bar, but he only ever orders milk.
  • Player Character of Cyberpunk 2077, 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.
  • Diluc of Genshin Impact 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.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 
  • Kittan of DOUBLE K 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.
  • Gabe from Penny Arcade 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.
  • 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.
  • Discussed in a The Bear Minimum strip.

    Web Videos 
  • Simon Miller of WhatCulture Wrestling is the local badass who, despite his tough-guy appearance, doesn't drink, presumably for reasons of health.
  • 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.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • The trope image is an example of one of the many on-again-off-again attempts by the Soviet Union to discourage alcohol, showing a morally upright communist declining an offered drink. An often forgotten historical fact is that the Soviet Communist Party was initially a prohibitionist party, considering alcohol one of the tools by which the capitalists enslaved and controlled the workers and peasants and kept them in a drunken stupor. Alcoholism had a presence in Russian society long before the communists came to power, and the frankly half-hearted attempts by Soviet authorities to occasionally ban or even limit it were always ineffective and swiftly abandoned.
  • Theoretically, Muslims, Mormons, Sikhs, and members of certain other faiths are supposed to be teetotal.note  In practice, this varies widely, generally corresponding to the individual's general level of pietynote  and where they live.note  This can come as a shock to some, who are so used to the stereotype of Muslims and/or Mormons being Dry Crusader teetotal fanatics that the sight of an otherwise perfectly sincere and decent Muslim or Mormon casually tippling has been noted to set their minds on end.
  • The pirate Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts had a reputation as a Teetotaler, but given the time and place in which he lived, "Teetotaler" was a relative term. The average 18th-Century pirate would piss away entire fortunes on women and booze at the nearest opportunity, and Black Bart was one of the few who didn't. "Teetotal" could mean anything from "never drinks," to "enjoys the occasional beer but doesn't drink away his life savings once a week." note 
  • Adolf Hitler was, at one time, a very dedicated smoker (and drinker), and grew to find the habit disgusting. After his entrance into politics, he drank very little, stopped at the first glass of champagne or low-alcohol beer. Although his teetotalism, like his vegetarianism, is probably due to his growing gastrointestinal problems. The Nazi Party advocated teetotalism for that reason (though most Germans didn't listen, Germany being famous for its beer).
  • 26th President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt was a Teetotaler. His drink of choice was coffee which he was rumored to have drunk at least a gallon a day.
  • Former President Bill Clinton wrote in his memoirs that he got to sample many types of alcoholic beverages as a young man but that he quickly developed an allergy to alcohol that prevents him from being able to take more than a few sips. The only alcoholic beverage he is physically able to tolerate is vodka, but he doesn't like it so he doesn't indulge.
  • Former President George W. Bush is in recovery, having been decades ago The Alcoholic and become the trope after experiencing all the evils of hard drinking on himself (including him being arrested for DUI).
  • Former President Donald Trump claims he does not drink due to his older brother dying at age 42 of complications from alcoholism, which legitimately scared him off. That didn't stop him from launching his own brand of vodka among his various business ventures, though.
  • President Joe Biden has a family with a history of alcohol problems, so he swore off it completely.
  • Richard E. Grant. Ironically, he was cast as the alcoholic Withnail in Withnail & I. The director got him to go on a drinking binge once to better understand the character. Grant reportedly found it "deeply unpleasant". His body has an intolerance of alcohol, having no enzymes in the blood to metabolize it. If he does drink alcohol, he can keep it down for 10 minutes and is then violently sick for 24 hours afterward.
  • Possible Trope Codifier: Wyatt Earp was known for drinking tea instead of alcohol. This obviously gave him a useful advantage in reaction time when breaking up (the perpetrators of) barfights.
  • Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Stuka bomber pilot and quite possibly the most destructive man ever, abstained from both drinking and smoking. There was a slur in the Luftwaffe: Hans-Ulrich Rudel, er trinkt nur Sprudel ("Hans Ulrich Rudel, he drinks only carbonated mineral water")
  • Friedrich Nietzsche saw alcoholism as a method of escaping from reality, which was also the basis on which he rejected religion and mysticism.
  • Gene Simmons states that the reason that he's such a successful rock star was that he never drinks and never does drugs.
  • Angus Young. And it's just as well, given the stage antics he routinely pulls off even as he's approaching his 60s. Contrast with his brother Malcolm, who had to go to rehab for his drinking.
  • Russell Brand used to be an alcoholic and a drug addict. He eventually cleaned up and became a teetotaler.
  • Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench abstains from alcohol, due to his "dark and troubled past."
  • Let's Player raocow is straight-edge. Not that it's possible to tell.
  • Kathy Griffin proudly claims to be one of these, as her response to growing up in a house with many alcoholics when she was a child.
  • Contrary to his portrayal in Zulu, Sgt. Henry Hook was noted as a teetotaler and model soldier. However, after the Battle of Rorke's Drift, he stunned his companions by getting in line for the grog ration. "After all that," he explained, "I feel I need a little something."
  • From Rooster Teeth's Achievement Hunter, Ray Narvaez Jr, which makes him pretty much the only person who doesn't drink in the entire company. Keep in mind that the company's podcast used to be called Drunk Tank. From what he's said on the subject, it's neither a moral standard nor a fear of addiction; he just doesn't like alcohol much. Currently the list of known current teetotalers who worked for the whole production company stands at three people: Monty Oum, Ryan Haywood, and the aforementioned Ray.
  • Dan Castellaneta, in contrast to Homer Simpson.
  • Arin Hanson, a.k.a. Egoraptor has stated several times that he doesn't drink.
  • Markiplier became one after he learned that he had to give up alcohol because his body was unable to break down alcohol properly, and that if he did drink, he could die. Mark assured his fans that he was perfectly fine with his diagnosis. He very rarely drinks now but has to take a pill first.
  • Daniel Radcliffe became one of these after struggling with alcohol abuse during the later Harry Potter films.
  • Pancho Villa.
  • Cracked columnist John Cheese was once an alcoholic but swore off it after his doctor told him he'd be dead by forty if he kept drinking. He has written several moving pieces about his experiences.
  • Penn Jillette says he has never had a drop of alcohol, having made the decision not to indulge as a youth. He doesn't even allow alcohol into his home, which caused an embarrassing conflict at a dinner party with his good friend Christopher Hitchens, who carried a bottle of liquor with him at all times. Hitchen ended up leaving the bottle at Penn's porch, spent a delightful evening with Penn and his family, left and picked up the flask, took exactly one step away from the grounds "and casually, without proving a point or checking if [Penn] was even watching him, drank one third of the bottle in one gulp."
  • Bobcat Goldthwait said he hasn't had a drink since he was 19.
  • Fred Rogers.
  • J. Michael Straczynski's family history contains a lot of alcohol abuse. Seeing what it did to his family convinced him to swear off it himself. His experiences eventually led him to write these tendencies into the character of Mr. Garibaldi (above).
  • Hip-hop Artist Macklemore, recovering alcoholic whose strongest vice is now hard candy.
  • Tyler the Creator
  • Stand-up comedian Craig Ferguson proudly proclaims that he's abstained from drinking alcohol for more than twenty years.
  • Stand-up veteran George Carlin was a stoner since a fairly young age, and did drink quite regularly as well. He becomes a teetotaler in his later years when the alcohol and painkillers were starting to take a toll on his health, although he confessed to sparking up when it came time to punch up his stand-up routines.
  • Henry Rollins has been a card-carrying Straight Edge his entire life. This more than likely factored into his distinctive muscular physique, which was very unusual for a punk rocker of his era.
  • Voice actor Maurice LaMarche has been clean and sober for over two decades now.
  • Aerosmith were one of the industry's most notorious alcoholics/drug abusers in the past, but their contract rider now prohibits alcohol backstage.
  • H. P. Lovecraft. His short story "Old Bugs" is a comedic parody of heavy-handed anti-drinking screeds.
  • Advice columnist Dr. Robert Wallace, the longtime author of "'Tween 12 and 20" (an advice column distributed by Creators Syndicate, and aimed at teenagers and young adults) is an ardent proponent of teetotalism. Many of his letters are about alcohol use and abuse, to which Wallace will invariably reply that there is no redeeming value (social or otherwise) in alcohol use and that alcohol exists only to create major problems and destroy lives.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic rarely drinks and generally limits himself to one cocktail a month. That didn't stop him from treating friends to homemade margaritas. He says he has never even tried recreational drugs out of respect for his parents and once turned down a multimillion-dollar offer to make beer commercials due to his young, impressionable fanbase and because one of his UHF costars was killed by a drunk driver.
  • Voice and stage actor Chris Ayres is allergic to alcohol but never had much interest in it anyway.
  • Farin Urlaub, guitarist and co-singer of Die Ärzte is a teetotaler, doesn't smoke, and eats no meat. This is in strong contrast to drummer and co-singer Bela B. who has tried out quite a few substances during the course of his career.
  • Frank Zappa was this. He especially hated beer, which he saw as a symbol for Rednecks and boring middle-class culture. He also famously called out the American Counterculture of the late 1960s for being more interested in getting baked than changing society.
  • Harpo Marx was a teetotaler and confessed in his autobiography Harpo Speaks! that he never cared for the stuff.
  • Carolus Rex abstained from alcohol, which was quite rare at the time.
  • Angelo Siciliano, AKA Charles Atlas, was a lifelong teetotaler who preached against drinking alcohol, coffee, and tea.
  • After a long struggle with alcoholism, Billy Connolly gave up drinking on 30 December 1985 and has been teetotal ever since.
  • Like his life-long best friend, the aforementioned Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat and Fugazi has been clean and sober his entire life. Fitting as he is, in fact, the Trope Namer and Trope Maker for Straight Edge.
  • Anthony Hopkins has been a teetotaler since 1975.
  • Gillian Jacobs has never had a drop of alcohol in her life; ironically, she's often cast as characters who are anything but this trope.
  • Lee Mack became a teetotaler after developing a distaste for how much of a central role alcohol plays in British social life. This became reflected in Not Going Out as his character switched to hanging out in cafes rather than pubs. He even exercised his ownership control over the show by prohibiting commercial broadcasters from running adverts for alcoholic beverages alongside reruns.
  • Trent Reznor is of the recovering alcoholic variety, having quit drinking (and drugs) after a second stint in rehab in 2001. Bandmate and longtime creative partner Atticus Ross has also mentioned being one of these (minus the history of alcoholism), talking in an interview about him and Trent attending the Golden Globe Awards and finding that they were the only ones there not treating it like a party and drinking.
  • Harlan Ellison didn't drink or or use hard drugs, though he did smoke a pipe for a while. Many people who attended science fiction conventions in the late sixties and early seventies remember him smelling so strongly of pot you could get high standing next to him.