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List of fictional vegetarian characters

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This is a list of fictional characters that either self-identify as vegetarian or have been identified by outside parties to be vegetarian. Note that for the sake of simplicity, characters may also be vegan as well, as long as it stated that they do not eat meat.

Analysis and reception of characters


Some scholars have argued that mass media serves as a "source of information for individuals" interested in vegetarianism or veganism,[1] while there are "increasing social sanctions against eating meat."[2][3] Even so, there are lingering stereotypes of vegans and vegetarians in the same media,[4][5][6] with journalist Farhad Manjoo writing in August 2019 that it is "still widely acceptable to make fun of vegans." Manjoo felt that vegetarian and vegan characters are often portrayed negatively, such as being "smug" and "annoying" which leads to vegaphobia and encourages meat-eaters to mock and provoke those who do not eat meat.[7] Some writers, such as John L. Cunningham, editor of the Vegetarian Resource Group's newsletter, have argued for "more sympathetic vegetarian characters in the mass media".[8]

Criteria for inclusion

  • Listed characters are either protagonists and recurring characters.
  • Characters must come from somewhat well-known media, as opposed to obscure or indie media.
  • Animal characters (herbivores) are, for the most part with some exceptions, excluded from this list, especially if it is not actually stated that they do not eat meat.

The names are organized alphabetically by surname (i.e. last name), or by single name if the character does not have a surname. If more than two characters are in one entry, the last name of the first character is used.

Animated series

Characters Show title Character debut date Notes Country
Aang Avatar: The Last Airbender February 21, 2005 According to the show's creators, "Buddhism and Taoism have been huge inspirations behind the idea for Avatar."[9] As shown in "The King of Omashu" and "The Headband", a notable aspect of Aang's character is his vegetarian diet,[10] which is consistent with Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism.[9] In the Brahmajala Sutra, a Buddhist code of ethics, vegetarianism is encouraged.[11] Appa, Aang's Sky Bison, is also vegetarian.[12] United States
The Legend of Korra April 28, 2012
Tenzin Tenzin, like all Air Nomads, follows a strict vegetarian diet.[13][14] He attempts to convince a meat-eating airbender to join them in the episode "Rebirth", by noting the vegetarian diet of airbenders.[15]
Beast Boy Teen Titans July 19, 2003 He has been transformed into "animals who are commonly used for meat production," with some criticizing his character as a stereotype of a "militant crybaby vegetarian."[16][17] He has also been a vegetarian in the comics since 2017.[10]
Teen Titans Go! April 23, 2013
Jessica Cruz (Green Lantern) DC Super Hero Girls March 8, 2019 A lead character in this series, she is not only A pacifist, but also a vegan and environmentalist,[18][19] resulting in her becoming friends with Pam Isley. She often professes her commitment to the environment and plant-based meals.[20][21]
Count Duckula Count Duckula September 6, 1988 As the series went into production, one of the writers suggested he become a vegetarian, which added an even sillier concept to the series, making him "an egotistical vegetarian vampire duck" within a castle.[22][23] United Kingdom
Draculaura Monster High May 5, 2010 Some have said she deserves recognition as "one of the very few outspoken vegan cartoon characters out there."[24] Despite being a vampire, she consumes fruits, vegetables and "a lot of iron supplements" instead of blood.[25] Mattel vice-president of design Kiyomi Haverly said "she's a vegan. She's turned off by meat. Girls could really relate to that because that's part of what they're thinking of these days."[26] United States
Gerald Goode The Goode Family May 27, 2009 The family are made up of a number of vegetarian environmentalists who attempt to be "politically correct in every way."[27]
Helen Goode
Ubuntu Goode
Bliss Goode
Petratishkovna "Tish" Katsufrakis The Weekenders February 26, 2000 Intelligent and artistic, Tish is openly vegetarian, and eats a "carrot in a bun" in the show's opening credits.[10]
Mira The Hollow June 8, 2018 In the first episode of Season 2, Mira's dad, Curtis, says "one veggie burger, for our favorite herbivore" and later, her adopted brother, Miles, says "...you're a vegetarian, remember?"[28] While Mira accepts this, she still realizes the world is fake. In the series finale, Curtis serves Mira and her friends veggie burgers.[29]
Nadia Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water April 13, 1990 The main protagonist of the series. She has the ability to communicate with animals and cares deeply for them. She is a pacifist and a vegetarian, and openly condemns violence, meat-eating, and hunting.[30] Japan
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon The Simpsons February 25, 1990 Apu is a vegan, as revealed in the season 7 episode "Lisa the Vegetarian".[24] United States
Panda We Bare Bears July 27, 2015 The show's pilot and in the episode "Tote Life" he is revealed to be a vegetarian who does not eat eggs.[31] The latter is shown in the episode "Christmas Parties." While it isn't known if he drinks milk, he is, at least, an ovo vegetarian, along with having severe allergies to peanuts and cats.
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons December 17, 1989 In the October 15, 1995, episode, "Lisa the Vegetarian," Lisa decides to stop eating meat after bonding with a lamb at a petting zoo. Her schoolmates and family members ridicule her for her beliefs, but with the help of Apu as well as Paul and Linda McCartney, she commits to vegetarianism.[32] The staff promised that she would remain a vegetarian,[33][34] resulting in one of the few permanent character changes made in the show.[35]
Iron Fist (Danny Rand) Ultimate Spider-Man April 1, 2012 A martial artist also known by the name Iron Fist, he can not only "summon his chi," but he is a vegetarian, with his diet mentioned directly in this animated series.[17]
Norville "Shaggy" Rogers What's New, Scooby Doo? September 14, 2002 Before this animated series, Shaggy, known for having an "enormous appetite" earlier in the Scooby-Doo franchise, "started leaving meat out of his meals" and in one episode it is shown that he is vegetarian. The decision to make Shaggy a vegetarian occurred after his voice actor, Casey Kasem, convinced the producers to do so, since he was a vegan who supported animal rights and opposed factory farming, saying he would refuse to voice Shaggy unless the character was vegetarian.[36][37]
Steven Universe Steven Universe November 4, 2013 In the episode "Snow Day" of Steven Universe Future, Steven tells the other Crystal Gems that he has been a vegetarian for a month, drinks protein shakes, and does "his own skincare routine."[38]
Steven Universe Future December 7, 2019


Characters Name of comic Years Notes
Bruce Banner Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk 2005-2009 While The Hulk eats people, it is shown in Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk that he is vegan, but it is not known if this has "anything to do with his alter ego's cannibalistic tendencies."[17]
Broo Astonishing X-Men Vol. 3 2004–2013 Mutant of the Brood race and formerly a student at the Jean Grey School of the X-Men, he is an "extremely sensitive, intelligent, and caring" character who is also vegetarian.[16]
Karolina Dean Runaways 2003–Present Dean, also known as Lucy in the Sky or L.S.D., is a lesbian, a vegan, and "an ardent animal lover...committed to a life completely free of meat and dairy."[17][10]
Connor Hawke (Green Arrow) More Fun Comics 1935-1947 Previously the sidekick of Green Arrow, he becomes "the second Green Arrow," and it was shown that he "was a practicing Buddhist and devout vegetarian."[17] Later he ended up in a coma, not remembering being a hero, archer, or vegetarian, although he somehow healed himself.
Todd Ingram Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2006 Todd is Ramona Flowers's third ex-boyfriend and a rock star who is "really smart or incredibly dumb." However, being a vegan gives him "psychic powers" which he uses against Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness, although he is later revealed to be "cheating on his vegan diet."[17] He later appears in Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, where he can make "vegan portals" and is in a romantic relationship with Wallace Wells on the movie set.[39]
Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness 2005
Bernhard "Buddy" Baker (Animal Man) Animal Man 1988-1990 Buddy, otherwise known as Animal Man, argued with his wife "about meat consumption," criticized conditions in factory farms, and opposed scientific testing on animals. He also, in another comic, assists animal rights activists in helping save dolphins, leading some to call him "probably most active in fighting for animal rights" of all the superhero characters.[16][17][10]
Magneto Ultimate X-Men no. 1 - Ultimatum no. 5 2001-2009 He has "chosen to abstain from animal products" for unknown reasons, possibly because he "feels for the animals and does not want to harm innocent creatures."[17]
Wanda Maximoff Scarlet Witch vol. 2 2016 Originally introduced in 1964 as a villain, Wanda, otherwise known as the Scarlet Witch, later became "a member of the Avengers," and it is later revealed that she doesn't eat meat or drink alcohol.[17] She was later depicted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Millie Mutts 2013 In a number of comic strips in Thanksgiving 2013, Millie, who owns a cat, "decides to cook a vegan meal" for Thanksgiving,[40] with her husband not "sold on the idea,"[41] but later admits he "didn't miss the turkey."[10][42]
Linus Van Pelt Peanuts 1994 Linus self-identifies as a vegetarian in a Thanksgiving strip published on November 24, 1994.[43]
Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias) Watchmen 1986-1987 Veidt, otherwise known as Ozymandias, began as a hero but later became a villain, is a vegetarian, perhaps because of his "love for his feline companion."[17]
Persephone Lore Olympus 2018–Present 19-year-old Persephone, also known as Persie and Kore, is the goddess of spring, and a naive, warmhearted newcomer to Olympian life, and is searching for her independence.[44] She is revealed to be vegetarian in episode 79 of the webcomic.[45]
Damian Wayne (Robin) Batman Incorporated Vol. 2, no. 1 2012 Robin, otherwise known as Damian Wayne, becomes a vegetarian after "a mission that took place in a slaughterhouse," adopting a cow, which dubs a "Bat-Cow."[16][10] His decision to continue being a vegetarian was also "referenced several issues later."[17]
Zatanna Zatara Hawkman 1964-1968 A powerful magician, she is a vegetarian, works with animals in her magic acts, and "has a particular affinity for bunnies."[17][10] Due to her long history in DC Comics, she has been named as one of DC's best and most powerful female characters[46][47] and one of the Justice League's greatest and most important characters.[48]


Characters Title / Franchise Actors Years Notes Country
Lenny Shark Tale Jack Black 2004 Lenny, Don Lino's youngest son, is a vegetarian shark, younger brother of Frankie, and later a good friend of Oscar. Additionally, Michael Imperioli is embarrassed of Lenny's vegetarian views.[49] United States
Ian Miller My Big Fat Greek Wedding John Corbett 2002 It is stated in the film that Ian is a vegetarian.[50]
Lex Murphy Jurassic Park Ariana Richards 1993 [51]
Maria Posada The Book of Life Zoe Saldaña 2014 Maria is a woman who cared for a pig and rescued him from slaughter. Though she is not said to be vegetarian within the movie itself, director Jorge R. Gutierrez confirmed her to be vegetarian on Twitter, replying "Yup!" to the question "Is Maria a vegetarian because she loves animals so much?"[52]
M'Baku Black Panther Winston Duke 2018 In the film, M’Baku, the Jabari tribe leader who lives in the mountains of Wakanda, declares to a White CIA agent named Everett Ross, "if you say one more word, I'll feed you to my children!" After Everett is shaken by these words, he jokes, saying he is kidding because all those in his tribe, including himself, are vegetarians.[53] Some praised this scene for challenging a stereotype of Black culture and the perception of what vegetarians look like.[54] Duke later said that some Black outlets cooked vegan meals for him, and said that the scene is "kind of teaching kids that eating vegetables is cool," which is something he is for.[55]
Megan But I'm A Cheerleader Natasha Lyonne 2000 Before she is sent to a conversion therapy camp, her parents and others claim she is a lesbian because she is a vegetarian.[56]
Elle Woods Legally Blonde Reese Witherspoon 2001 When she introduces herself at Harvard Law School, she describes herself and her dog as "Gemini vegetarians."[57]
Yeong-hye Vegetarian Chae Min-seo 2009 This film is portrait of a woman, Yeong-hye, who "swears off meat before retreating into a literally vegetative state."[58] South Korea


Characters Title/Series Year Notes Developer
Bryce the Cow Steer Madness 2004 In this animal rights inspired action-adventure game, the player assumes the role of Bryce the Cow, a walking, talking bovine determined to put an end to animal exploitation and turn everyone vegetarian.[59] During gameplay, the player goes on a series of missions to save the animals using many different tactics. The game is based in an open city environment and features several transportation methods, with gameplay similar to the game Grand Theft Auto III (without the guns or violence), and was given a PETA award.[60] Veggie Games Inc.
Elena Pandora's Tower 2011 Elena is a young woman who is cursed to transform into a monster. Very early in the game, she is offered to eat meat to repress her condition. This is an issue for her because she follows a religion called Aios which forbids meat-eating. Although Elena eats it, she must do so to prevent transforming into a monster. She is unhappy about having to consume flesh to keep her humanity, and she self-identifies as a vegetarian nonetheless.[61] Ganbarion
Jonrón Far Cry 6 2021 Near the end of the game, the revolutionaries are holding a BBQ to celebrate. Jonrón requests plant-based options. Another character then explains that she’s vegan.[62] Ubisoft Toronto
Monika Doki Doki Literature Club! 2017 Near the end of the game, during the Monika's Talk segment, Monika mentions she is vegetarian, but mainly to reduce the carbon footprint on Earth as opposed to the ethics of slaughter.[63] Team Salvato
Sofia Daguerre Fallout 76 2018 Sofia was added in the 2020 Wastelanders update. If the super mutant Graham passes by her, Sofia tells him she does not eat meat.[citation needed] Bethesda Softworks


Characters Work Author Year Description
Elizabeth Costello Elizabeth Costello J.M. Coetzee 2003 In this fictional work, Elizabeth is a well-regarded Australian writer who, instead of talking about her novel, wants to talk about "fiction, realism, and the human-animal divide," outlining her reasons for being in favor of animal rights and vegetarianism.[4] The book also has Elizabeth call the killing of animals an animal holocaust and engages with Franz Kafka, a "literary vegetarian."
August Engelhardt Imperium Christian Kracht 2012 August is the author of an 1898 pamphlet entitled A Carefree Future, where he describes a utopian society founded on nudism and a diet of coconuts, so-called cocovorism. An ardent vegetarian, Engelhardt argues that just as man is God's embodiment in the animal kingdom, so too is the coconut God's embodiment in the plant kingdom; cocovorism, he concludes, is therefore the path to divinity.[64]
Frankenstein's monster Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus Mary Shelley 1818 Frankenstein's monster in this novel said he is a vegetarian who eats "acorns and berries."[65]
Herb Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon Jules Bass 1999 Herb, a friendly dragon who lives in Nogard, a magical forest, likes tending a vegetable patch and is captured by a knight, with others agreeing to help him only if he "agrees to eat meat."[66][67] The Vegetarian Resource Group praised this children's book for being fun, entertaining, and said that from it, "children can learn about the strength of ideals and individualism" and getting along with others.[68]
Debbie Harter
Yeong-hye The Vegetarian Han Kang 2007 Based on Han's 1997 short story "The Fruit of My Woman", The Vegetarian is set in modern-day Seoul and tells the story of Yeong-hye, a part-time graphic artist and home-maker, whose decision to stop eating meat after a bloody, nightmarish dream about human cruelty leads to devastating consequences in her personal and familial life.[69]
Hazel Lancaster The Fault in Our Stars John Green 2012 Hazel is vegetarian out of her desire to minimize the number of deaths she is "responsible for" as a human from her diet.[4][70]
Simon Lewis The Mortal Instruments series Cassandra Clare 2007-2014 Simon is the 16-year-old friend of the protagonist and has been a vegetarian for six years. As the story moves forward, his diet ends up only being "an interesting detail."[70]
Lola Nolan Lola and the Boy Next Door Stephanie Perkins 2012 Lola, who wears costumes of various themes and wigs daily and loves her dads. Her vegetarianism has been described as "a perfectly natural part" of her character.[70]
Andi Oliver Dakota Martha Grimes 2008 Andi is a drifter who suffers from amnesia, comes upon animal abuse, and feels she must do something, pointing out the inconsistency of eating animals when people say they care about animal welfare. The book was praised by the Vegetarian Resource Group for emphasizing the "need of individuals to speak out against factory farms."[71]
Dawn Read Schafer The Baby-Sitters Club series Ann M. Martin 1986-2000 Dawn, a recent transplant to Connecticut, meets four other girls who want to babysit for the whole neighborhood, and becomes the "resident Californian," dedicated to healthy food, sunshine, and "her vegetarian diet."[4] Some described her character as introducing "a generation of readers to vegetarianism."
Vivian Sharpe Adventures of Vivian Sharpe, Vegan Superhero Marla Rose 2012 Vivian, a character who is deeply empathetic, becomes a superhero and has a pathway that leads her to veganism.[72] Aileen McGraw of the Vegetarian Resource Group praised the book for being an "authentic coming-of-age story" that exposes vegan youth to "teenage challenges."[73]
Mia Thermopolis The Princess Diaries series Meg Cabot 2000-2015 At one point in the series, Mia, whose full name is Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, says she does not eat meat when talking about her mother's cooking, something which her mother respects.[4] She also lives in a community which is likely "more than accepting" of her vegetarianism.[70]
Mathilde Yoder Fates and Furies Lauren Groff 2015 Mathilde, a woman who manages the work of her husband, Lotto, after quitting her job at an art gallery, is a vegetarian due to an "exposé on television about industrial husbandry."[4] Some called this notable because vegetarianism, or pescatarianism to be specific, "is subtle throughout the majority of the book."

Live-action television

Characters Actor Show Duration Notes
Rachel Berry Lea Michele Glee 2009–2015 At the beginning of the show, she was depicted as vegan, but it was later clarified that she was "actually a vegetarian," meaning she can have eggs and dairy.[74][37]
Phoebe Buffay Lisa Kudrow Friends 1994–2004 Due in no small part to her extremely traumatic childhood, Phoebe has developed a childlike naïveté in an attempt to shield her from the world's evils. In addition to being a vegetarian and an avid tree-hugger, she also displays a remarkable lack of experience with the "darker sides" of life.[75][37]
Topanga Lawrence Danielle Fishel Boy Meets World 1993–2000 She is a vegetarian who begins dating Cory, and he invites her to dinner at the International House of Salad, known as IHOS, after learning her dietary preferences.[76]
Angela Martin Angela Kinsey The Office 2005–2013 Angela has said that she is a vegetarian on multiple occasions.[37] However, some reviewers believed that writers may have forgot she was vegetarian.[77]
Nikita Mears Maggie Q Nikita 2010–2013 The episode "Glass Houses" features Nikita conspicuously declining to eat the meat she is served as a guest at a family dinner, which other characters comment on. While Maggie Q herself is a vegan,[78] Nikita is shown in that same episode to be eating ice cream, indicating that the character is not.
Britta Perry Gillian Jacobs Community 2009–2015 A vegetarian, she prides herself on judging others in her study group, including on their eating habits, with her heart "always in the right place."[37] She also is an anarchist, atheist, and activist who traveled around the world after dropping out of high school.
Spock Leonard Nimoy Star Trek 1966–1969 Said to be "television's first vegetarian," he and other Vulcans avoided eating meat due to a "philosophy of non-violence."[37] He is identified as vegetarian following an episode where he was "transported back to pre-civilised times" and ate meat.

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