Marmite Character

What is a marmite character?

A person people either hate or love

A marmite character is a person who other people either strongly like or strongly dislike - with no middle ground in between. This slang phrase has its origins in people's strong opinions of Marmite.

What is Marmite?

Marmite is a yeast-based food spread sold primarily in the United Kingdom. The sticky brown paste has a strong umami flavor and distinctive smell that people tend to either hate or love.

Marmite is so iconically divisive that British people use the word marmite (lowercase) to label any sort of polarizing person, item, or attitude. A polarizing person (such as, say, an embattled-yet-somehow-still-popular Prime Minister) may be referred to as a marmite character.


Joe's such a marmite character - half my friends hate him, half my friends love him
Oh that Benjamin, what a marmite character
Oh that Benjamin, what a marmite character

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Updated July 19, 2022

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