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22nd Jul '17 7:52:19 PM PaulA
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* Creator/BobHope and Creator/BingCrosby are captured by cannibals in ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Zanzibar]]''. The cannibals think Hope and Crosby are white gods... until, that is, the cannibals decide to test their divinity by having Hope get into a sidesplittingly hilarious wrestling match with a gorilla.

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* Creator/BobHope and Creator/BingCrosby are captured by cannibals in ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Zanzibar]]''.''Film/RoadToZanzibar''. The cannibals think Hope and Crosby are white gods... until, that is, the cannibals decide to test their divinity by having Hope get into a sidesplittingly hilarious wrestling match with a gorilla.
26th Jun '17 7:18:13 PM nombretomado
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While cannibalism as a ritualistic or cultic reasons has indeed been practiced by RealLife tribes, most accounts of the type seen in fiction were likely apocryphal, spread by white men [[{{Demonization}} as an excuse]] for the use of military force as a means of "civilizing" and "pacifying" the "savages". More info is given on TheOtherWiki [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man-Eating_Myth here.]]

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While cannibalism as a ritualistic or cultic reasons has indeed been practiced by RealLife tribes, most accounts of the type seen in fiction were likely apocryphal, spread by white men [[{{Demonization}} as an excuse]] for the use of military force as a means of "civilizing" and "pacifying" the "savages". More info is given on TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man-Eating_Myth here.]]
17th May '17 3:26:23 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Although the trope certainly over-sensationalizes the facts, a handful of [[TheMissionary Christian missionaries]] did indeed have the misfortune to be killed and eaten while attempting to reach tribes that practiced cannibalism: notably [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Baker_(missionary) Thomas Baker]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams_(missionary) John Williams]] [[note]][[Music/JohnWilliams no relation]][[/note]], and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Chalmers_(missionary) James Chalmers]]. Thomas Baker's boots, cooked with him but found to be inedible, can reportedly be seen on display in the Fiji Museum. It's believed that the tribespeople may have seen the Europeans as a threat and practiced ritualized cannibalism in an attempt to neutralize the enemies' power. In recent years the tribes (now Christianized) have held [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/hampshire/8398126.stm formal ceremonies]] [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3263163.stm of reconciliation and apology]] with descendants of the missionaries.

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* Although the trope certainly over-sensationalizes the facts, a handful of [[TheMissionary Christian missionaries]] did indeed have the misfortune to be killed and eaten while attempting to reach tribes that practiced cannibalism: notably [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Baker_(missionary) Thomas Baker]], Baker]][[note]][[Creator/TomBaker no relation]][[/note]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams_(missionary) John Williams]] [[note]][[Music/JohnWilliams Williams]][[note]][[Music/JohnWilliams no relation]][[/note]], and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Chalmers_(missionary) James Chalmers]]. Thomas Baker's boots, cooked with him but found to be inedible, can reportedly be seen on display in the Fiji Museum. It's believed that the tribespeople may have seen the Europeans as a threat and practiced ritualized cannibalism in an attempt to neutralize the enemies' power. In recent years the tribes (now Christianized) have held [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/hampshire/8398126.stm formal ceremonies]] [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3263163.stm of reconciliation and apology]] with descendants of the missionaries.
24th Apr '17 5:38:44 AM StFan
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/SurfsUp''. Chicken Joe is captured by native penguins who put him in a pot, which the oblivious Joe mistakes for a hot tub. He eventually befriends them with roast squid on a stick, which the natives find it TastesLikeChicken.

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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/SurfsUp''. Chicken Joe is captured by native penguins who put him in Happens a pot, which the oblivious Joe mistakes for number of times to ComicStrip/LittleNemo and his friends. One time a hot tub. He eventually befriends them with roast squid on a stick, which missionary shows up, trying to convert the natives find it TastesLikeChicken.to vegetarianism.
* Disney does not like talking about the way Africans were portrayed in their 1930's [[ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mickey Mouse comics]]. This trope has a lot to do with that.
* One comic spoofed this by having an expedition come across the famous lost explorer they were searching for, inside a cooking pot over a fire. After they charge in to rescue him, the indignant explorer complains that he was [[DrumBathing just having a bath]].



[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/SurfsUp''. Chicken Joe is captured by native penguins who put him in a pot, which the oblivious Joe mistakes for a hot tub. He eventually befriends them with roast squid on a stick, which the natives find it TastesLikeChicken.
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* There exists a whole mini-genre of {{exploitation film}}s centred on this trope; for examples, see CannibalFilm.
** The second half of ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' takes this trope to its logical and insanely nightmarish conclusion. It's not like the film crew [[KarmicDeath didn't have it coming, though]].

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* There exists a whole mini-genre of {{exploitation film}}s centred on this trope; for examples, see CannibalFilm.
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CannibalFilm. The second half of ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' takes this trope to its logical and insanely nightmarish conclusion. It's not like the film crew [[KarmicDeath didn't have it coming, though]].



* ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'' has an isle of wild boars who worship Benjamina Gunn (Miss Piggy) as a god, and attempt to cook the heroes. Naturally, the Swedish Chef is on the island as their chef ([[PaperThinDisguise with a fake pig nose slapped on]]). Definitely played for laughs.



-->'''Quatermain:''' Jessie...they're having us for dinner.
-->'''Jessie:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Well can't we just beg out, without offending them?]]
-->'''Quatermain:''' They're not having us for dinner, they're having US for dinner!

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-->'''Quatermain:''' Jessie... they're having us for dinner.
-->'''Jessie:'''
dinner.\\
'''Jessie:'''
[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Well can't we just beg out, without offending them?]]
-->'''Quatermain:'''
them?]]\\
'''Quatermain:'''
They're not having us for dinner, they're having US for dinner!



-->[First Aborigine speaks in Aborigine language]\\

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-->[First -->''[first Aborigine speaks in Aborigine language]\\language]''\\



'''Charlie:''' [winking] He wants to know if we're allowed to eat these men.

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'''Charlie:''' [winking] ''[winking]'' He wants to know if we're allowed to eat these men.



[[folder: Jokes]]

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--> '''Tosh''': We're food.

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--> '''Tosh''': '''Tosh:''' We're food.



-->'''Blackadder''': He was a third-rate captain, but a first-rate second course.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. The crew of Voyager are stranded on a planet, and are captured by a primitive tribe. Neelix says, "They're trying to work out what to make of us...not in a culinary sense, I hope."

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-->'''Blackadder''': -->'''Blackadder:''' He was a third-rate captain, but a first-rate second course.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. The crew of Voyager are stranded on a planet, and are captured by a primitive tribe. Neelix says, "They're trying to work out what to make of us... not in a culinary sense, I hope."



[[folder:Magazines]]
* This is a recurring theme of "Duck" Edwing's one-page "Tales from the Duck Side" comics in ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' magazine.
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* {{Music/Voltaire}}'s "Cannibal Buffet" is all about this.

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* {{Music/Voltaire}}'s Music/{{Voltaire}}'s "Cannibal Buffet" is all about this.



[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Happened a number of times to ComicStrip/LittleNemo and his friends. One time a missionary showed up, trying convert the natives to vegetarianism.
* Disney does not like talking about the way Africans were portrayed in their 1930's [[ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mickey Mouse comics]]. This trope has a lot to do with that.
* One comic spoofed this by having an expedition come across the famous lost explorer they were searching for, inside a cooking pot over a fire. After they charge in to rescue him, the indignant explorer complains that he was [[DrumBathing just having a bath]].

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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Happened a number ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'' has an isle of times to ComicStrip/LittleNemo wild boars who worship Benjamina Gunn (Miss Piggy) as a god, and his friends. One time a missionary showed up, trying convert attempt to cook the natives to vegetarianism.
* Disney does not like talking about
heroes. Naturally, the way Africans were portrayed in Swedish Chef is on the island as their 1930's [[ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mickey Mouse comics]]. This trope has a lot to do chef ([[PaperThinDisguise with that.
* One comic spoofed this by having an expedition come across the famous lost explorer they were searching for, inside
a cooking pot over a fire. After they charge in to rescue him, the indignant explorer complains that he was [[DrumBathing just having a bath]].fake pig nose slapped on]]). Definitely played for laughs.



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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Subverted with the vegetarian "cannibals" in the the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series. They still capture Guybrush, but afterwards they stand around and debate whether or not it would be healthy to eat him. They're also notably more annoyed by the fact that you stole their bananas than anything else.

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[[folder:Print Media]]
* This is a recurring theme of "Duck" Edwing's one-page "Tales from the Duck Side" comics in ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' magazine.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'':
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Subverted with the vegetarian "cannibals" in the the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series. They still capture Guybrush, but afterwards they stand around and debate whether or not it would be healthy to eat him. They're also notably more annoyed by the fact that you stole their bananas than anything else.



* Happened to WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle. {{Lampshaded}} and {{Subverted}} when they pointed out that since they're not human it's technically not cannibalism.
** This also happened to Sherman and Mr. Peabody during one of their segments on a trip to meet Dr. David Livingston. Peabody got them out of it by impressing the cannibals with some showmanship.

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* Happened ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'':
** Happens
to WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle. Rocky and Bullwinkle. {{Lampshaded}} and {{Subverted}} when they pointed point out that since they're not human it's technically not cannibalism.
** This also happened happens to Sherman and Mr. Peabody during one of their segments on a trip to meet Dr. David Livingston. Peabody got gets them out of it by impressing the cannibals with some showmanship. showmanship.



15th Apr '17 11:12:29 PM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rupert}}'' episode had a strange example of this in "Rupert and the Crocodiles" where Rupert Bear, his friend Podgy Pig, and a captain and first mate who were both human were captured by a tribe of bipedal crocodiles who attempted to eat them.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rupert}}'' episode had a strange example of this in "Rupert and the Crocodiles" where Rupert Bear, his friend Podgy Pig, and a captain and first mate who were both human were captured by a tribe of bipedal crocodiles who attempted to eat them.
8th Apr '17 10:42:50 AM Morgenthaler
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25th Feb '17 11:39:21 PM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rupert}}'' episode had a strange example of this in "Rupert and the Crocodiles" where Rupert Bear, his friend Podgy Pig, and a captain and first mate who were both human were captured by a tribe of bipedal crocodiles who attempted to eat them.
15th Jan '17 11:27:38 AM eroock
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-->--''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'' (1908 musical version), "Cannibal Barbecue"

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14th Dec '16 9:25:04 PM Omeganian
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* Subverted in ''Literature/TalesOfTheMagicLand''. Charlie Black was presumed dead for years after being captured by a cannibal tribe. When he turns up alive in the second book, Ellie asked whether he managed defeat them in combat. Charlie stated there was no way for him to have fought off thousands of people, but the cannibals turned out to be quite nice guys, and once he showed himself to be more useful alive than cooked, they were all too happy to leave him alive, accepted him into the tribe, and, eventually, helped him return home.
13th Dec '16 2:00:29 PM Xtifr
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* A non-culinary example: In Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle's ''Burning Tower'', Arshur the Wanderer enters Aztlan with the other heroes and is immediately crowned king. He's given four virgins as body servants, a palace to live in, everyone in the city follows his every order... and a week later he's drugged, dragged to the top of a pyramid, and is "sent to the gods" by having his heart cut out and sealed in a stucco wall.

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* A non-culinary example: In Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle's Creator/JerryPournelle's ''Burning Tower'', Arshur the Wanderer enters Aztlan with the other heroes and is immediately crowned king. He's given four virgins as body servants, a palace to live in, everyone in the city follows his every order... and a week later he's drugged, dragged to the top of a pyramid, and is "sent to the gods" by having his heart cut out and sealed in a stucco wall.
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