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Anchovies are a Stock "Yuck!" that is generally rare but is the absolute concrete example whenever it comes to pizza toppings. In fiction, when a pizza order is phoned in, "no anchovies" may be specifically mentioned.

This is something of a Discredited Trope since anchovies were never that popular as a pizza topping and are not even available at some pizzerias. In contemporary works this may be replaced by the more common and highly controversial topping of pineapple, starting in The New '10s.


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    Animated Films 

    Comic Strips 

  • In one installment of The Born Loser, Brutus, the titular loser, is overjoyed at having an evening at home to himself, as he can order his favorite pizza, which the rest of his family can't stand. He gets on the phone and orders a large pizza with anchovies. The pizza place hangs up on him, assuming it to be a crank call.
  • Garfield:
    • There is one strip where Garfield is pretending to be a shark, and attacks a pizza in a feigned "feeding frenzy". His game is ruined in the last panel where he spits out the bite he took and says "Yuck! Anchovies!"
    • In a much later strip, he does like them, and is annoyed when Jon and Odie are repulsed by his pizza. (Or course, he is a cat.)

    Fan Fiction 


  • Played for drama in Stargirl. The title character, as part of an effort to be more "normal" so that her peers will like her again, goes to a pizza place with her boyfriend Leo. When she orders pizza with anchovies, he tells her that nobody likes anchovies. Her response is to pick all the anchovies off the pizza and dump them in her glass of water.
    "I don't want to be like nobody."
  • In Feet of Clay, Vimes fears Vetinari may be getting poisoned by something he's eating, so he orders the Patrician a pizza from a random takeaway. Upper-class Vetinari has never even seen a pizza before, let alone expressed a toppings preference, yet Vimes specifically mentions it's got no anchovies.


    Live-Action TV 

  • In Cheers, Norm likes his pizza with anchovies, which also assures that nobody asks him to share it.
  • On an episode of The Cosby Show, Claire and her partner at the law firm order a pizza one night. The partner loves anchovies, Claire does not. Being lawyers, they manage to negotiate; the anchovies will not come into contact with any part of the pizza until it arrives, kept in a sealed, separate container. They draw the line at Claire's suggestion of the anchovies being delivered in a separate car.
  • On Good Eats, Alton explains about nam pla (fish sauce), which is basically the East Asian answer to Worcestershire sauce. Both are made by fermenting anchovies, and both are damn near immune to spoilage once the fermentation process is complete. (The main difference is that nam pla doesn't typically use as many spices as Worcestershire does.) Nam pla smells strong right out of the bottle, but does mellow as it cooks.
  • 21 Jump Street: Teen delinquent Reggie Brooks holds a group of people hostage in a school, and when he gets hungry places this specific pizza order: "I want 10 pizza's with sausage, 10 with pepperoni. And NO anchovies! If I see one anchovy, I kill the librarian."


  • "No Anchovies, Please" by the J. Geils Band. Otherwise you will be kidnapped to a strange country where everyone talks Sdrawkcab Speech, and sacrificed for science.

    Puppet Shows 

  • Zigzagged in The Puzzle Place, where the episode "Leon's Pizza" reveals that anchovies are Jody's favorite pizza topping... but no one else agrees.


    Web Video 

  • Jake Norville, formerly of The Cinema Snob, is visibly disgusted in one of the behind the scenes vlogs when his character in The Cinema Snob Movie has to eat anchovy pizza in one scene.
    Jake: [through gritted teeth] You know, this pizza tastes PRETTY GOOD!!


    Western Animation 

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Whether the protagonists like them or not depends on the continuity. They seem okay with them in the 1987 version, where the special pizzas Michaelangelo gets for Irma's birthday party includes "anchovy butterscotch" flavor. However, in the first movie Mikey clearly hates them telling the pizzeria on the phone: " anchovies, and I mean no anchovies. You put anchovies on this thing and you're in big trouble, okay?"
  • Inverted in the Garfield and Friends episode "Nighty Nightmare," where Garfield complains because a pizza doesn't have anchovies on it. After all, Garfield's a cat.
    • In "Binky Gets Cancelled...Again!", Garfield tries to get the titular trio to disagree on something so that Binky can come back on the air, and tells them he's ordering a pizza. They discuss what toppings they want, and argue when anchovies are brought up, making Garfield's plan work.
  • Played with in Futurama. Fry buys the last can of anchovies in existence to serve to his friends on a pizza. He enjoys them, but his friends (except Zoidberg) do not (which he puts down to them being an "acquired taste"). Ironically, Zoidberg's species are actually ADDICTED to anchovies and are the reason the species is extinct in the future.
  • An episode of M.A.S.K. featured a Blob Monster that was vulnerable to salt. This was discovered when it always passed on Anchovies in foods it consumed. A Running Gag throughout the episode was someone saying "I can understand about the anchovies!" every time they came up.
  • In The Batman, the Penguin likes pizza with anchovies. (He tends to like fish in general in most incarnations.)
  • Another group of villains that like anchovies are the Delightful Children from Down the Lane in Codename: Kids Next Door. The Kids Next Door, however, are repulsed by them.
  • In the Talespin episode, "Pizza Pie in the Sky", Louie mentions to Baloo and Kit that he hates anchovies, but unfortunately doesn't get to explain why to them. When Baloo and Kit have to find some anchovies for Louie's pizza delivery business, they get irregular ones from a discount fish market. Just one whiff of them makes Louie severely ill. Rebecca, on the other hand, loves anchovies and sure enough, the pizza with anchovies is to be delivered to her.
  • In Monster Buster Club's "Frogs in Space", the MBC hates anchovy-flavored pizza but Cathy eats it. She finds out from her grandfather that she's allergic to anchovies.
  • Inverted in the Goof Troop episode "Meanwhile, Back at the Ramp." After failing to get an award, Goofy is bummed. Max tries to make him feel better by offering to get pizza with him. Goofy declines, until Max offers to add "the little fishies" to the pizza.
  • Played with in the pilot episode of SpongeBob SquarePants where anthropomorphic anchovies terrorize the Krusty Krab.
  • On The Magic School Bus, Ralphie mentions that his dad will order anchovies on a pizza if he doesn't want Ralphie to eat it.
  • Cartoon Network's What A Cartoon had the episode "No Tip", about a pizza boy who has to deliver a pizza to an eskimo couple and a polar bear living in the Arctic in less than five minutes. When they order the pizza, the polar bear requests " hold the anchovies". Of course the pizza maker still puts anchovies on the pizza, costing the pizza boy his tip once he almost kills himself reaching the Arctic, leading to him giving the customers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and ending up in jail. (The pizza was also signifigantly worse for wear because of the trip, but it didnt seem to bother the customers)
  • In the Fairly OddParents pilot episode, Vicky tells Timmy she'll order pizza for them if he does the dishes (which Vicky had been told to do by the parents). Timmy complies, but tells her "No anchovies!" Guess what she orders on it.


  • At one bar, they use one humorous Code Emergency that signals the arrival of the health inspector spoken over the phone: "I would like to order one anchovy pizza".
  • Bad Anchovy from The Trash Pack is a mini and disgusting anchovy that is part of the "Grubz" team (food gone bad). His trading card has him popping up from the cheese strings of a now-moldy pizza, much to the horror of both the chef and his customer.
  • Inverted on Not Always Working, in which the customer attempts to order an anchovy pizza and the employee, under the committed belief that nobody eats anchovies, first accuses them of making a prank call and then throws a tantrum.

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