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Twig: That's not Nuka-Cola.

A character is partly defined by a Trademark Favorite Food that they crave and eat, all the freakin' time. Usually in a way that makes you suspect that they're addicted to the substance, and they may have developed their addiction from the first time they tried it. If they are a One-Note Cook, they will typically be good at making it.

Sometimes justified if the item is a Power-Up Food for the character.

When a character exhibits an obsession for food that corresponds with a stereotype for their race or culture, it is usually considered a Discredited Trope unless played to lampoon the stereotype.

Note that this trope is not merely about a character saying they like a certain food, or being shown enjoying it once or twice. To count, the character must consistently be shown to have a strong affinity for that food.

See Also: Stock Animal Diet, which applies this to an entire species of animal; Hollywood Cuisine, which applies this to an entire culture (Brits Love Tea is a subtrope); and Must Have Caffeine, the coffee-specific version. If the answer is "every food", you have a Big Eater. If it is "everything, no matter if food or not", you have an Extreme Omnivore. A specific, sometimes overlapping version of this trope is someone who has a Sweet Tooth. If they talk about that food all the time, they're Obsessed with Food. For a darker and more specific version look at I'm a Humanitarian. See also Impossibly Delicious Food. May overlap with Comfort Food in cases where the comfort food is the character's TFF. Likely to overlap with Far-Out Foreigner's Favorite Food.

Compare Your Favorite and Drink-Based Characterization. Contrast with Does Not Like Spam. If a Big Eater character passes up on their trademark favorite food, it's a sign that things have gotten serious.

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    Asian Animation 

  • Emo Philips seems to really like coleslaw if his stand-up routines are anything to go by, sometimes with stories loosely relating to one another via the food. He also has a recipe for coleslaw on his website detailing a failed attempt to make the dish and culminating in getting rich enough to just buy nice deli slaw.
  • Jim Gaffigan has made a very successful career basing a large percentage of his jokes around his favorite food, going as far to title one of his books, Food: A Love Story. However, nothing with get a larger reaction from him than bacon.
    • And then there's the inverse concerning what may be his Trademark Least Favorite Food: "Hot Pockets!" He gets plenty of comedy mileage out of making fun of them.
  • Gabriel Iglesias is known for joking in his routine that the reason he drinks diet Coke despite already being "fluffy" is "so I can eat regular cake". He's apparently started getting gifts of cake from fans.

  • Long Wei and strawberries from Infinity Game, as he apparently carries boxes of the stuff around with him.
  • Ma Teng from Ravages of Time is rarely (if ever) seen without his bowl of noodles, and Liaoyuan Huo love steamed buns so much that he has his own shop which also serves as a front for his true profession of assassin.

    Mythology & Religion 
  • In Hindu Mythology, Lord Krishna adores butter. His love for it is to the point where songs have been written about it, and an enormous boulder at Mamallapuram, in southeast India, is said to be as big as all the butter Krishna took from his mother's handi pot would be, were it put together.
    • Ganesh is noted to be very fond of Modak, a kind of sweet dumpling filled with coconut and jaggery sugar. It plays a part in the story explaining why he has a broken tusk and the Moon has a crater and goes through phases, where he fell from his mouse mount — which had been frightened by a snake — when riding back after a great feast, causing his stomach to break open and all of the Modaka he had eaten to fall out. While stuffing the Modaka back in and using the snake as a belt to hold his stomach, the Moon laughed at Ganesh; causing the elephant-headed God to, in a fit of anger, break off the sharp end of his tusk and throw it at the Moon, carving a deep crater and cursing it to never be whole again.
  • Hercules/Heracles of Classical Mythology had a love for mashed beans, served in bulk.
  • Older Than Print: The Dagda of the mythological Irish clan of gods the Tuatha de Danann had such a liking for porridge that one of the four mythological treasures the gods were said to have given mankind (other than a spear, a sword and the Lia Fáil) was his magic cauldron that sated even the harshest of critics. He was even incapacitated by the enemy who made him so much porridge he was unable to resist until he crawled away with an embarassingly large belly.
  • Japanese Mythology:
    • Kappa love cucumbers. One way to keep someone safe from Kappas was to carve their name into a cucumber; if a Kappa accepts it, they won't harm that person. The maki roll with cucumber in it is even named kappa maki after them.
    • Kitsune are particularly known for loving abura-age (a type of sweetened, fried tofu), Inarizushi (pouches of abura-age, stuffed with vinegared rice and sesame seeds) and azuki beans. Abura-age, in fact, has become so well-associated with foxes that udon with abura-age is called kitsune-udon.
  • Gnomes of Norse Mythology have a liking for rice porridge. It was tradition to put a bowl of rice porridge, with either a slab of butter or an almond on top, out on the doorstep on Christmas Eve as a gift for the farms resident gnome, in return for continued blessing in the coming year. If you didn't, the gnome might withdraw his help or even outright punish you.
  • In the US Santa Claus is said to love cookies and milk left out for him, often with a carrot for his reindeer. In the UK it's mince pies and a glass of sherry. Or a glass of brandy. Or whisky. Or rum. Or beer. Or some other strong drink your father is known to favour. Funny, that...


  • The Adventure Zone: Balance has Robbie, who's so fond of Pringles that this becomes his nickname.
  • The Adventure Zone: Graduation has Fitzroy, who loves crepes and is desperate to get his hands on some since being shipped off to the School for Heroism and Villainy.
  • In Brimstone Valley Mall, Misroch is a demon who used to be a line cook in Hell, and boasts that they served food to Satan herself... except, as everyone points out, she only ever wanted plain buttered noodles. Since Misroch fancies themselves a Supreme Chef, they find this very aggravating.
  • In The Hidden Almanac, George the crow loves Cheetos.
  • The Last Podcast on the Left's Marcus has a proclivity for pickles, while Ben has a passion for Bud Light and Bud Light Lime.
  • Balnor from Not Another DND Podcast loves tuna so much that his companions instantly know they're facing an imposter when "Balnor" claims chicken is his favorite food.
  • In Qwerpline, the people of Nsberg look forward the annual "Nsberry" harvest. It's treated as a favored local delicacy. It also turns out that nsberries are actually a hallucinogenic fungus that a local mycologist is horrified to find out people are eating.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The Wild Samoans loved raw fish.
  • According to The Rock, watermelons used to be the go to example for black wrestlers in the fifty states, so his dad Rocky Johnson wouldn't eat it on camera. Of course, The Rock's favorite food is pie. Yoshihiro Tajiri's favorite food is "Pune Tongue" but nobody knows what the hell that is.
  • Pineapples for Royal Hawaiian in GLOW. She was seen eating two at once at practically every show she was on.
  • Jerry Lawler and Coca-Cola.
  • Pepsi for CM Punk, his finishing move was even called the Pepsi Plunge.
  • Shrimp cocktail for Prince Nana, which this website's impoverished user base probably knows nothing about.
  • Joey Ryan and blow pops. There are few lengths he won't go to get, or retrieve one.
  • Mister ZERO credits whatever success he achieved in Chikara to coffee.
  • Portia Perez is said to like cookies (and The Muppets) and nothing else.
  • Apples for Carlito Colón, WWE onward. As long as he is not confronted by someone who does not wish to be cool that is.
  • Boogeyman and worms.
  • All the money Matt Hardy made wrestling in WWE is worthless, except to buy him grapes.
  • John Cena and Fruity Pebbles, his face was even put on the cereal box.
  • Lance Storm and Tim Horton's coffee. While it is an entire restaurant chain rather than a type of food, the fact that Lance has a map specifically laid out to get him to the nearest Cracker Barrel in the continental US bears mentioning, too. According to Lance himself, Cracker Barrel is a favorite of many a travelling wrestler on the road, since their food doesn't taste like stereotypical "restaurant" food, but like home-style cooking.
  • Before cookies, Nicole Savoy needs tacos.
    "Dear downtown Sacramento, F u and your $30 street tacos. I'll starve homie."
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and beer, to the point that both the character and the man bordered on The Alcoholic.
    • The Sandman of ECW fame shared this trademark, and arguably invented it.
    • Naturally, the Beer City Bruiser is also a beer fanatic, lugging a keg ostensibly full of the stuff to the ring with him, and occasionally taking a drink out of it and firing up akin to Popeye and spinach.
    • Hangman Adam Page has carried this on in AEW with his love of beer and whiskey.
  • Kurt Angle, intended as a Good Counterpart to Austin, loved milk as part of his "Intensity, Integrity, Intelligence" clean living gimmick.
  • Jim Cornette and his Wendy's Triples... with a Sprite.
  • Heidi Lovelace (WWE's Ruby Riott) and cookies.
  • Evidently, it's bad idea to talk to Vince McMahon when he's eating a steak; he gives his full attention to the meat.
  • Three things make Brock Lesnar happy? Big trucks, big bucks, and t-bone steaks.
  • Thanks to his wildly successful Celebrity Endorsement for them, Randy Savage is frequently associated with Slim Jims. There's even a recipe for nachos in the official WWE Cookbook that's not only named after him ("Nacho Man Randy Savage"), but uses the spicy beef sticks as a major ingredient.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Bear in the Big Blue House:
    • Bear is partial to berries (to the point of loving triple-berry pie), honey and cooked-and-buttered string beans.
    • Tutter, being a mouse, loves cheese.
    • Pip and Pop love clams.
    • Treelo is fond of bananas.
    • Ojo, like Bear, and being a bear herself, likes honey.
    • In one episode, it was mentioned that Doc Hogg is fond of pie, his favorite being apple pie with nutty-crumb topping, served with a whole mess of whipped cream.
  • The Book of Pooh: In addition to honey for Pooh, acorns for Piglet, and Eeyore's love of thistles, Tigger loves peanut butter.
  • Popcorn was the favorite dish of the characters of the canadian kids show from the 90s Chicken Minute.
  • Fraggle Rock:
    • The Fraggles absolutely adore radishes, to the point that they'll eat Doozer constructions (Doozer building materials are made from radish dust). Which is fine, because the Doozers need the Fraggles to eat their constructions so they'll have room to build more.
    • The favourite food of the Doozers themselves is revealed in one episode to be jelly-filled food pellets (custard-filled ones being less popular).
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000
  • Oobi: the title character's favorite cereal is supposedly, "Toasty Chunks."
  • Sesame Street:
    • The Cookie Monster is clearly addicted to cookies, though he’ll eat other things as well (even things that should logically be inedible).
    • Snuffy's favorite food has always been cabbages.
    • Unsurprisingly, Big Bird's favorite food is birdseed.
    • Bert is partial to oatmeal.
    • Baby Bear's favorite food is porridge. Much to his initial chagrin, his younger sister Curly Bear doesn't like it.
  • Terrence McBird from The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss loves red birdseed brickle. In the episode, "The Feed You Need", he refused to eat it in any other color, be it pink or blue, until he tried it in those colors and found out it wasn't as bad as he thought it would be.
  • The Mr. Potato Head Show: Queenie Sweet Potato, despite being Anthropomorphic Food herself, has a favorite food: sugar-cream pies.
  • Under the Umbrella Tree: Iggy's favorite food is turnip casserole and Jacob's is banana smoothies.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • In all editions, the bulette is portrayed as a predator who tends to prey on anything that moves; the 1st Edition, however, says that it's favorite prey is halflings.
    • Halflings draw the short straw again in the 4th Edition in regards to the nalfeshnee, demonic overlords notorious for being Villainous Gluttons. They regard any creature weaker than they are as edible, but halflings are their favorite.
    • The cat of Felkovic is a variant of the Onyx Cat figurine of wondrous power, designed to fight vampires. It must be fed by its user, and prefers cooked pork, which is not coincidentally a food its creator enjoyed.
    • The equars, a family of horses representing the Outer Planes, each have a unique diet which must be provided by their rider for them to remain on the Prime. The good ones like things such as high-quality grain, or ancient ballads and rainwater; the evil ones prefer poisons or the flesh of a creature of the same species as the rider.
  • An odd mechanically-enforced variation of this appears in two New World of Darkness lines:
    • In Vampire: The Requiem, as Blood Potency increases, a vampire's options for nourishment decrease. They start out being able to drink any sort of blood, then it becomes "human blood only", and then it reaches a point where the only blood that can nourish them is the blood of other vampires.
    • In the second edition of Werewolf: The Forsaken, werewolves lose the ability to eat whatever they want and become strict carnivores upon hitting Primal Urge 2. As this increases, their diet becomes increasingly refined; from meat, to raw meat, to the flesh of other carnivores, before finally reaching a point where only Essence-impregnated flesh will sustain them. Which means the werewolf is now capable of eating only humans, mages, spirits or other werewolves.
  • One Paranoia mission introduces two Gamma-clearance citizens (cloned from two of the original programmers of The Computer) who maintain the core systems — and occasionally organize missions to the Outdoors to go scrounge up more Twinkies and Coke.
  • In the Pathfinder setting of Golarion, goblins can (and often do) eat whatever random, sometimes-literal garbage they can fit into their mouths, but they're extremely fond of heavily spiced, sour, or salty; they especially love salty or pickled foods. Their poorly-developed sense of taste might have something to do with it.
  • While all the Chaos Gods of Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar will devour the souls of their worshippers and victims, Slaanesh has a particular taste for elf/Eldar souls, so much so that during the transition between Fantasy and Age Of Sigmar the new elf pantheon managed to capture and imprison Slaanesh because they had consumed so many elf souls they could no longer move (and to add insult to injury, the souls were set free soon after).
  • Halflings, as fleshed out in Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, absolutely adore pie. It doesn't matter what kind of pie, sweet or savory, just so long as it's a pie. The chief goddess of their small pantheon literally has as a sacred commandment "Always observe Pie Week" — a a week-long festival centered on making and eating pies. An adventure in 2nd edition is actually set during Pie Week; not only will halfling player characters suffer a whopping -20% penalty to their Fellowship stat if they are seen to not be constantly eating pies, the mad halfling villain the party needs to find can be discovered by the fact he's only halfling not stuffing his face as if his life depends on it. It also includes a d10 "random pie flavor" generation table, to make it easier for the DM to describe what pies a given NPC is eating.note  A 4th edition sourcebook notes that halflings have fought two civil wars over pies (a 25 year one over whether to call them pies or pasties, and a 9 year one over the legitimacy of the tart as a type of pie), disdain sausage rolls as a literal poor man's version of pies, and have made flans illegal to cook in their homeland of the Moot.

  • In Cats Skimbleshanks likes a drop of Scotch in his tea, and Gus the Theatre Cat will tell stories for 'a toothful of gin' Naturally Fanon tends to exaggerate how much they love their respective drinks.
  • In Company, there's Joanne and her vodka stingers.
  • The people of Gander in Come from Away all enjoy Screech, a drink described as "bad Jamaican rum". The actual quality of it is dubious; most of the Come From Aways seem to think it's disgusting, as well as the WWII officer from whom the drink got its name, but Diane says it's "delishush" (although she is quite drunk by this point).
  • The schoolboys in Les Misérables have a thing for wine, especially Grantaire to the point of being told to put that bottle down. Memetic Mutation in the fandom has suggested that either Valjean or Javert (or both) has an intense love of bread.
  • In My Fair Lady, Eliza has her chocolates. It can be interpreted that Professor Higgins denying Eliza her chocolates is what makes her snap and sing "Just You Wait", plotting his death in a gleeful Imagine Spot.
  • In A Very Potter Musical Ron (and Harry) love Red Vines. Likely a reference to Wizard People, Dear Reader, where we are told that Ron loves Twizzlers.
    What the hell can't they do?

  • Sine from Little Apple Dolls adores apples. When she was alive she used to live by an orchard. Oddly she isn't described as actually enjoying the taste of apples, she just likes apples period. She would count them, write poems about them, and even talk to them (she's a little girl so it isn't too weird).
  • Various UglyDolls have foods that they are crazy about. The ones mentioned the most are Babo and cookies (to the point he almost always has one in his artwork), Tray and blueberry pie (rumor is that her eyes are blue from eating so much), TooDee and grape drink (he's purple from drinking so much), and Pointy Max and cheese (giving it to him is the only way he'll do what you say).
  • Tamagotchi: In modern versions of the digital pets, many raisable characters have food likes and dislikes. For example, Kuchipatchi's favorite food on the Version 2 is corn.

    Web Animation 
  • Ello of Becky Prim is never without her butterscotch.
  • Bowser's Kingdom: For the Karate Duo Number One: LUCKY CANDY! Taste the glory!
  • A Day in Dracula's Life: Dracula apparently really loves pot roast. At least that explains why Belmont would find it hidden in random walls...
  • Dr. Tran:
    • In this universe, Hotel Soap eats cocaine. Because COCAINE IS VITAMINS FOR HOTEL SOAP!
    • There's also a talking chicken with an addiction to chewing gum.
  • Edd from Eddsworld loves Coca-Cola (retconned to just cola in general later, due to legal issues), bacon and cola with bacon in it. His friend Tord shares his love of bacon, to the point that in one video, the two tried to kill each other over the last piece.
  • Ice cream for Scrooge and the boys in the Ducktalez. Huey went through the trouble of rescuing Louie and Dewey just so they can enjoy some ice cream.
  • In the Frosty the Snowman parody, Snowy the Frostman, Dr. Loopis often mentions his appetite for Arby's.
  • Happy Tree Friends:
  • Homestar Runner:
    • Fluffy Puff Marshmallows. He likes to eat about 147 of them before he drinks a tall, cold glass of melonade. Also, Bronco Trolleys (orange slice + peanut butter + Triscuit).
    • Speaking of melonade, some of his favorite flavors include Taco Annihilation, Athletic Berry Blast, Butt 1 Flavor, Quadruple Triple, CostaLatte Froth, and Sizzlin' Bacon Guava Quench.
    • Strong Bad: Cold Ones, Swiss Cake Rolls, and Potate chips.
    • Marzipan: Tofu.
    • The King of Town: Everything. But most frequently butter, or Thanksgiving food.
    • The Cheat: Sudsuu (skim milk and gummy bears)
    • Coach Z: Listerine. No, really, he tends to get drunk on it.
    • Stinkoman: Shrimp
    • Dear God, the fandom went absolutely crazy with 1-Up (Homestar's Japanese anime reimagining) and his obsession with pudding.
  • Inanimate Insanity: Has Paper with Apple Juice being his favorite according to his voice actor, Yin-Yang has Yin love water and pizza while Yang loves Dr. Fizz, a soda which is a parody of Dr. Pepper, Lightbulb, who loves Oatmeal Raisin cookies, and Tissues who loves water to the point of drinking it in excess by carrying a gallon of it often. There is also [MePhone4] who loves cookies and is often seen eating them. He even calls himself a "fat slob".
  • Shrike Sanchez of Monkey Wrench loves pizza, especially the 15-cheese Atomic Supreme from Pizzapocalypse.
  • The Most Popular Girls in School: Deandra (Author Avatar of creator Carlo Moss himself) has an affinity for junk food of all sorts in general. Though she's mentioned chicken wings, pizza, and tacos more often.
  • Mystery Skulls Animated:
    • Lewis likes chocolate covered bhut jolokia, fitting considering his parents are chefs that specialize in spicy food and sweet deserts.
    • Arthur loves an odd seafood pizza known locally as the Surf's Up Surprise. The only known ingredient is oysters though presumably there are other bits of seafood involved.
    • Vivi's favorite food is okonomiyaki, a savory pancake, though as a Big Eater she's also rather fond of food in general.
  • Neurotically Yours: Foamy the squirrel loves bagels and cream cheese.
  • Red vs. Blue
    • Grif's apex favorite food is, without a doubt, pizza. So much so that when he discovers that pizza was mysteriously erased after travelling back to his years before he enlisted in Season 16. The shock of this revelation is enough to drive Grif to immediate suicide via grenade, that Doc thankfully averts this by kicking away the grenade before it explodes and telling Grif there's still hope to get what he desires back.
  • RWBY:
    • Ruby's been associated with cookies ever since the pilot episode when she scarfs down a plate of them at Super-Speed in front of Professor Ozpin. Although the creators have stated her favourite food is actually strawberries, the show has never depicted her eating any, but it does tend to slip in a plate of cookies in the background whenever it can.
    • Blake is very fond of tuna. When her team learns a bit more about her past, it's her fondness for tuna that Ruby latches onto. In Volume 3, when the team orders noodles, hers comes with a huge pile of fish on top, which the proprietor has cooked specially for her. She's distraught when it gets taken away as soon as Weiss' credit card is declined, diving on Pyrrha's offer to pay when Yang attempts to decline out of politeness.
    • Professor Ozpin is rarely seen without a coffee mug full of hot chocolate. Even when the new students are taken to a clifftop overlooking a monster-filled forest, he manages to conduct the lesson with a mug in hand. Any time his silhouette is depicted, it includes the coffee mug. When he tells Team RNJR about his past mistakes, Qrow immediately pours him a mug, something he's very grateful for.
  • SMG4 :
    • Mario prefers spaghetti; he loves it so much that he goes mad if he hears any trash talk about spaghetti.
    • McShyGuy, better known as the Toast Fairy, goes crazy over toast as well.
    • It seems Chica is as obsessed with pizza as Mario is with spaghetti. Actually, she can barely say anything other than "pizza".
    • Much like their original series, the Teletubbies love their Tubby Custard. Fuck with it, and they will gladly play with you. Right, Bob?
    • While not nearly as violently passionate about her favorite food compared to the others, Saiko loves KFC.
  • Baja Fresh burritos are this to the entire main cast of Tomorrow's Nobodies, at least in the pre-reboot episodes.
  • Weebl Bull of Weebl & Bob likes pie.
  • Zero Punctuation's Yahtzee Croshaw apparently loves Branston Pickle. He's also mentioned Jacob's Cream Crackers and Brie cheese quite a bit, as well as Cadbury Creme eggs. An attempt to remove the fillings to Cadbury Creme Eggs and replace it with Branston Pickle apparently did not go so well. He once also mentioned that he'd spend his whole paycheque on cornettos (a brand of prepackaged ice cream cones) if he could get away with it. He also appears to have a thing for pies of both the standard dessert and entree savory varieties. In later videos, he's developed a love for Jaffa Cakes (bite-sized, chocolate-covered sponge cakes with orange jelly filling) and donnair kebabs.
  • Several of the major Youtube Poop characters have foods associated with them as a result of some lines from the source material.
    Mario: You know what they say, all toasters toast toast!
    • The King is also known to love Munf Munf, while Billy Mays is obsessed with mouthwatering sliders.

...Damn it, these are all good, but the uj cake is gone.

Alternative Title(s): Trademark Favourite Food, Trademark Favorite Drink, Trademark Favourite Drink, Other


TMNT: The Pizza Cut

The Turtles have craved pizza since 1987.

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