8 Strong Vegan & Vegetarian in Pop Culture
November 18, 2015

There are many stereotypes about vegan and vegetarian, most people assume that vegans tend to impose their opinions on others and make complaints about the cruelty of meat eaters. Good news! Vegans are nice people, most are great people who bring joy and happiness with them and spread it when they arrive. There is a great deal of lovable vegan and vegetarians in pop cultures that teach us about healthy eating. Here are eight strong vegan and vegetarians in pop culture!

1. Aang in Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008)

For those who are familiar with this animated series, you may recall that all Air Nomads including Aang were vegetarians. Aang stick with his principles of treating all life with respect and to never kill any living creature. Being vegan, Aang never imposes his lifestyle onto anyone. He is a nice and funny little fellow.
2. Shaggy Rogers in Scooby Doo Franchises (2002 –present)

Although Shaggy enjoys a variety of food, he has been a vegetarian for much of his life. In 2002, Casey Kasem, the voice of Shaggy who is also a devoted vegetarian signed an agreement with the co-creators, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, to change Shaggy’s diet to reflect his. If you’ve been noticing since 2002, Shaggy never ate meat. Even so, he remains strong as it shown from the way he escape from the monsters.
3. Doctor Dolittle in Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Doctor Dolittle can speak with animals and relates well to them and his life has changed since then. He admits being a vegetarian is a difficult thing to do, but he made his choice and animals are his friends. This movie was inspired by the series of children’s stories of the same name and marketed as a family movie. This movie taught children about animal rights and being vegetarian.
4. Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (2001)

Contrast to other character, Elle is a strong advocate for a vegan diet and lifestyle. Not only does she refuse to eat meat, she also an activist for animal right after she discovers that Bruiser’s mother is a lab animal to test makeup. Regardless of her adamant attitude, Elle is an innocent and loving person, especially when it comes to animals.
5. Lisa Simpson in The Simpsons (1995-Present)

The first daughter of Homer Simpson who loves to play jazz on her baritone saxophone decides to become a vegetarian in the fifth episode of Season 7, “Lisa The Vegetarian”. Despite excessive mocking from the people around her, including her own brother and father, Lisa is adamant not to eat meat. Her new-found vegetarianism almost pushes her sentiment to the extreme before she got some really good advice from Paul and Linda McCartney to respect other people’s life choices. 
6. Spock in Star Trek (1966-Present)

Like most Vulcans, Spock is a vegetarian. Vulcans are typically depicted as smart, polite but unable to embrace emotions. They see no logic in eating meat. Vulcans are generally non-violent creatures due to their affection to human and animals.
7. Phoebe Buffay in Friends (1994-2004)

Phoebe Buffay is fictional character on the one of the most successful television sitcom in history, Friends. Phoebe Buffay was known throughout the series for her eccentric and carefree demeanor. Compared with Ross, Chandler, Joey, Rachel and Monica, Phoebe loves animal and nature the most. In some episodes Phoebe has been portrayed as sensitive character that easily deeply moved emotionally whenever she accidentally hurt animals or plants. Phoebe quirks often result in funny moments. For instance, she cried when flowers die or get depressed and sorry about sitting in a line of ants and accidentally killing them.
8. Dr. Temperance Brennan in Bones (2005 – Present)

As the main protagonist of Bones, a crime television series, Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan is a forensic anthropologist who shows strong commitment in solving crime scene and also toward healthy lifestyle. Being a vegetarian, Bones is compassionate toward animals and the environment. Fun fact, Emily Deschanel, the beauty who plays Bones is also a vegan and a committed supporter of animal rights causes.

Everyone has their own personal belief and lifestyle, but we also need to empathize with people whose beliefs we don’t share, just like what these vegan and vegetarians people did. In addition, they also can be an inspiration for us to stay healthy, strong and considerate for the people around you.
Who are your inspirations, Strong Buddy? Let us know!