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A monster can be made more horrifying if instead of simply eating people, it eats only certain parts of people. The vampire is the best known example of this type of monster with its interest in blood. But for every organ or tissue type composing the human body, there will be some critter that finds it a delicacy. This makes some amount of sense, since humans themselves often favour certain parts of their livestock as food, instead of just eating [[IncrediblyLamePun the whole hog]].

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A monster can be made more horrifying if instead of simply eating people, it eats only certain parts of people. The vampire is the best known example of this type of monster with its interest in blood. But for every organ or tissue type composing the human body, there will be some critter that finds it a delicacy. This makes some amount of sense, since humans themselves often favour certain parts of their livestock as food, instead of just eating [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} the whole hog]].
9th Jul '17 10:30:32 PM Luigifan
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* As above, [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] in his series of books and movies, but only as an extension of his gourmet tendencies when it comes to all his food. For example, he'll often take delicacies such as sweetbreads, kidneys or oyster meat -- a tendency which first clues Will Graham in to the notion that his suspect is a cannibal, and ultimately leads to Lecter's capture. He's also picky as to ''which'' [[AssholeVictim people he'll eat]].

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* As above, [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] in his series of books and movies, but only as an extension of his gourmet tendencies when it comes to all his food. For example, he'll often take delicacies such as sweetbreads, kidneys kidneys, or oyster meat -- a tendency which first clues Will Graham in to the notion that his suspect is a cannibal, and ultimately leads to Lecter's capture. He's also picky as to ''which'' [[AssholeVictim people he'll eat]].



* What do cannibals call <insert AcceptableTargets here>? ‘Junk food’.
* What did the cannibal eat when he was on a diet? [[CrossesTheLineTwice Children]].

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* What do cannibals call <insert AcceptableTargets here>? ‘Junk food’.
‘[[CrossesTheLineTwice Junk food]]’.
* What did the cannibal eat when he was on a diet? [[CrossesTheLineTwice [[EatsBabies Children]].



* Creator/PaulJennings & Morris Gleitzman's children's book ''Wicked!'' ([[Literature/{{Wicked}} no connection]]) featured the Slobberers, slug-like nasties that sucked the bones right out of their victims' bodies. ''While still alive''.

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* Creator/PaulJennings & Morris Gleitzman's children's book ''Wicked!'' ([[Literature/{{Wicked}} no connection]]) featured the Slobberers, slug-like nasties that sucked the bones right out of their victims' bodies. ''While ''[[CruelAndUnusualDeath While still alive''.alive]]''.



* ''Santa Steps Out'': The Tooth Fairy lived on teeth and bones although [[ILoveTheDead she had a few other uses for the rest of the body]]. You [[{{Squick}} really]] don't want to know where that dime under your pillow came from.

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* ''Santa Steps Out'': The Tooth Fairy lived on teeth and bones bones, although [[ILoveTheDead she had a few other uses for the rest of the body]]. You [[{{Squick}} really]] don't want to know where that dime under your pillow came from.



* Some giants in ''Literature/TheBFG'' like specific kinds of human meat. Only the Bloodbottler explicitly prefers a specific body part (take a wild guess what it is), but some other giants have names that likely indicate their favorite body parts to eat (Bonecruncher, Gizzardgulper) or their favorite types of people to eat (Manhugger, Maidmasher, Childchewer). The Bonecruncher is also considered a picky eater because he likes Turkish people, who apparently (ha ha) taste like turkey. The giants will also go out of their way to avoid Greeks due to them tasting like grease.

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* Some giants in ''Literature/TheBFG'' like specific kinds of human meat. Only the Bloodbottler explicitly prefers a specific body part (take a wild guess what it is), but some other giants have names that likely indicate their favorite body parts to eat (Bonecruncher, Gizzardgulper) or their favorite types of people to eat (Manhugger, Maidmasher, Childchewer). The Bonecruncher is also considered a picky eater because he likes Turkish people, who apparently (ha ha) ([[{{Pun}} ha ha]]) taste like turkey. The giants will also go out of their way to avoid Greeks due to them tasting like grease.



* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': [[VillainOfTheWeek Eddie Mays]] from "Blood Hungry" ate a body part believed to contain the soul. Of course, so many religions believed the soul existed in a body part and they were all different, so Eddie just wound harvesting a different one from each victim (liver, stomach and heart).

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': [[VillainOfTheWeek Eddie Mays]] from "Blood Hungry" ate a body part believed to contain the soul. Of course, so many religions believed the soul existed in a body part and they were all different, so Eddie just wound harvesting a different one from each victim (liver, stomach stomach, and heart).



** The same is true of the {{Kelpie}} of Scotland.



** The kappa of Myth/JapaneseMythology would pull children (and sometimes adults) underwater and suck their intestines (or blood, or liver, or ki/lifeforce -- the mythology is inconsistent on just what they ate) out through their anus. (this part, however, is pretty consistent) You could only protect yourself from this fate by carving your name on an even tastier treat and tossing it into the water. The one food they preferred over human innards? Cucumbers.

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** The kappa of Myth/JapaneseMythology would pull children (and sometimes adults) underwater and suck their intestines (or blood, or liver, or ki/lifeforce -- the mythology is inconsistent on just what they ate) out through their anus. (this part, however, (This part is pretty consistent) consistent.) You could only protect yourself from this fate by carving your name on an even tastier treat and tossing it into the water. The one food they preferred over human innards? Cucumbers.Cucumbers.
*** Well, that, or trick the kappa into bowing, causing the water to be poured out of its head and rendering it powerless. Obviously, if the kappa is in a body of water at the time, this technique is useless.



* It is common among cannibalistic peoples not only to be picky about what parts to eat but about which people to eat. As eating is often held to absorb someone's moral characteristics as well as their physical ones, they go out of their way to be sure to eat a WorthyOpponent . In other words if you ever get eaten just [[FridgeLogic consider it a compliment]]!

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* It is common among cannibalistic peoples not only to be picky about what parts to eat eat, but about which people to eat. As eating is often held to absorb someone's moral characteristics as well as their physical ones, they go out of their way to be sure to eat a WorthyOpponent . WorthyOpponent. In other words words, if you ever get eaten eaten, just [[FridgeLogic consider it a compliment]]!



** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-953 SCP-953 ("Polymorphic Humanoid")]]. SCP-953 is the basis for the Korean legend of the kumiho (9 tailed fox). It can reach inside a person's abdomen, extract their liver and swallow it whole.

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** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-953 SCP-953 ("Polymorphic Humanoid")]]. SCP-953 is the basis for the Korean legend of the kumiho (9 tailed fox). It can reach inside a person's abdomen, extract their liver liver, and swallow it whole.



** One monster with a very specific - and very revolting - diet is the avolakia, a magical abomination resembling an unholy cross between a lamprey, insect, and octopus in its true form. It can eat the flesh of living or dead beings, but it's disgusted by both; it much prefers the flesh of ''undead'' beings. All avolakia are skilled in {{necromancy}}, so they can raise hordes of zombies to serve as both bodyguards and walking larders at the same time.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, there is Tiyet, the Darklord of Sebua. Technically a mummy, even though she doesn't look like one or any sort of undead being (resembling [[EvilIsSexy a beautiful Egyptian queen]]) Tiyet is compelled to kill victims to eat their hearts (preferably fresh and still beating); this is very much an addiction connected to the curse that [[IronicHell earned her the position of a Darklord.]] This addiction is also connected to the one way she can be killed; she can regenerate FromASingleCell if defeated, but she can be slain permanently by tricking her into eating her own heart, which is still in the temple where the mummification ritual was done that transformed her into undead. If it were ever offered to her, it would start to beat, and she would be unable to resist it, [[KarmicDeath even though it would mean her doom.]]

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** One monster with a very specific - -- and very revolting - -- diet is the avolakia, a magical abomination resembling an unholy cross between a lamprey, insect, and octopus in its true form. It can eat the flesh of living or dead beings, but it's disgusted by both; it much prefers the flesh of ''undead'' beings. All avolakia are skilled in {{necromancy}}, so they can raise hordes of zombies to serve as both bodyguards and walking larders at the same time.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, there is Tiyet, the Darklord of Sebua. Technically a mummy, even though she doesn't look like one or any sort of undead being (resembling [[EvilIsSexy a beautiful Egyptian queen]]) queen]]), Tiyet is compelled to kill victims to eat their hearts (preferably fresh and still beating); this is very much an addiction connected to the curse that [[IronicHell earned her the position of a Darklord.]] This addiction is also connected to the one way she can be killed; she can regenerate FromASingleCell if defeated, but she can be slain permanently by tricking her into eating her own heart, which is still in the temple where the mummification ritual was done that transformed her into an undead. If it were ever offered to her, it would start to beat, and she would be unable to resist it, [[KarmicDeath even though it would mean her doom.]]



** In the successor game, ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', this quality leaves the Ventrue (in favor of [[TheCaligula a whole different Flaw]]), but shows up in some of the bloodlines; the Mekhet clan's Morbus (can only gain sustenance from those with a disease) and Brothers of Ypres (can only gain sustenance from blood that is tainted; they prefer poisons, but disease, drugs and radiation all count), and the Daeva clan's Anvari (gain less nourishment if they drink from people who aren't high on narcotics -- the blood must be tainted with opiates to have its full effectiveness for them).
*** In all of these cases, there's a bit of a loophole - the requirements don't apply to [[MonstrousCannibalism blood from other vampires]]. However, drinking vampire blood is ''full'' of its own problems.

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** In the successor game, ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', this quality leaves the Ventrue (in favor of [[TheCaligula a whole different Flaw]]), but shows up in some of the bloodlines; the Mekhet clan's Morbus (can only gain sustenance from those with a disease) and Brothers of Ypres (can only gain sustenance from blood that is tainted; they prefer poisons, but disease, drugs drugs, and radiation all count), and the Daeva clan's Anvari (gain less nourishment if they drink from people who aren't high on narcotics -- the blood must be tainted with opiates to have its full effectiveness for them).
*** In all of these cases, there's a bit of a loophole - -- the requirements don't apply to [[MonstrousCannibalism blood from other vampires]]. However, drinking vampire blood is ''full'' of its own problems.



* Gaichu, a [[HeroicWillpower remarkably sane]] [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier ghoul]] from ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong''. Ghouls [[HorrorHunger have to eat raw metahuman flesh to survive]]. For most ghouls, that means devouring flesh off the bone, either from a pilfered rotting corpse or a recent kill. For Gaichu, that means expertly prepared sashimi, brined to bring out the collagen and lightly seasoned to give it some taste without leaving Gaichu sick. As the player character may found out the hard way, [[IAteWhat it looks, smells, and tastes quite appetizing if you don't actually know what it is]].

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* Gaichu, a [[HeroicWillpower remarkably sane]] [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier ghoul]] from ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong''. Ghouls [[HorrorHunger have to eat raw metahuman flesh to survive]]. For most ghouls, that means devouring flesh off the bone, either from a pilfered rotting corpse or a recent kill. For Gaichu, that means expertly prepared sashimi, brined to bring out the collagen and lightly seasoned to give it some taste without leaving Gaichu sick. As the player character may found find out the hard way, [[IAteWhat it looks, smells, and tastes quite appetizing if you don't actually know what it is]].



* Subverted with ''Webcomics/SluggyFreelance'''s zombies, who don't have a preference for any parts. DoubleSubverted by Jane, who figured out that her own parts would be maintained by the parts she eat, and selected BrainFood. Triple Subverted by the zombies she mislead while they still had the intelligence to catch on to it, so she could keep them dumb and controllable.

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* Subverted with ''Webcomics/SluggyFreelance'''s zombies, who don't have a preference for any parts. DoubleSubverted by Jane, who figured out that her own parts would be maintained by the parts she eat, eats, and selected BrainFood. Triple Subverted by the zombies she mislead misled while they still had the intelligence to catch on to it, so she could keep them dumb and controllable.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', a monster called the Creepodile lived in the Pussywillow Hollow swamp, usually in a deep slumber; if it ever woke up, it would not return to sleep until it found and devoured a king. Naturally, King Bullrush of the wartmongers - whose kingdom ''was'' the swamp - was terrified of what might happen if it awoke, and when Vanity actually did so, Bullrush made him king so it would go after Vanity instead. (The Smurflings were able to save Vanity by fooling the beast into eating a gourd dressed up in royal clothes.)

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', a monster called the Creepodile lived in the Pussywillow Hollow swamp, usually in a deep slumber; if it ever woke up, it would not return to sleep until it found and devoured a king. Naturally, King Bullrush of the wartmongers - -- whose kingdom ''was'' the swamp - -- was terrified of what might happen if it awoke, and when Vanity actually did so, Bullrush made him king so it would go after Vanity instead. (The Smurflings were able to save Vanity by fooling the beast into eating a gourd dressed up in royal clothes.)



*** HIV only attacks cells expressing the ccr5 or cxc4receptors (usually cd4 t-lymphocytes).
* While most carnivores will more than freely pick a corpse clean, predators that have to compete with something bigger that will run them off from a kill (IE, a Cheetah avoiding lions or hyenas, wolves avoiding a bear or a larger pack) go directly for the liver and other organs where carbs and nutrients are richest.

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*** HIV only attacks cells expressing the ccr5 or cxc4receptors cxc4 receptors (usually cd4 t-lymphocytes).
* While most carnivores will more than freely pick a corpse clean, predators that have to compete with [[AlwaysABiggerFish something bigger bigger]] that will run them off from a kill (IE, a Cheetah avoiding lions or hyenas, wolves avoiding a bear or a larger pack) go directly for the liver and other organs where carbs and nutrients are richest.



* During the salmon season, a [[BearsAreBadNews grizzly bear]], depending on how well its fed up to that point in the year, may only go for certain parts of the fish they catch, such as [[BrainFood brains]] and caviar, and leave the rest to rot (or be eaten by scavengers).

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* During the salmon season, a [[BearsAreBadNews grizzly bear]], depending on how well its it's fed up to that point in the year, may only go for certain parts of the fish they catch, such as [[BrainFood brains]] and caviar, and leave the rest to rot (or be eaten by scavengers).
2nd May '17 9:16:13 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* What do cannibals call <insert disliked ethnic group here>? ‘Junk food’.

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* What do cannibals call <insert disliked ethnic group AcceptableTargets here>? ‘Junk food’.food’.
* What did the cannibal eat when he was on a diet? [[CrossesTheLineTwice Children]].
6th Mar '17 10:23:56 PM iowaforever
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* Some giants in ''Literature/TheBFG'' like specific kinds of human meat. Only the Bloodbottler explicitly prefers a specific body part (take a wild guess what it is), but some other giants have names that likely indicate their favorite body parts to eat (Bonecruncher, Gizzardgulper) or their favorite types of people to eat (Manhugger, Maidmasher, Childchewer). The Bonecruncher is also considered a picky eater because he likes Turkish people, who apparently (ha ha) taste like turkey.

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* Some giants in ''Literature/TheBFG'' like specific kinds of human meat. Only the Bloodbottler explicitly prefers a specific body part (take a wild guess what it is), but some other giants have names that likely indicate their favorite body parts to eat (Bonecruncher, Gizzardgulper) or their favorite types of people to eat (Manhugger, Maidmasher, Childchewer). The Bonecruncher is also considered a picky eater because he likes Turkish people, who apparently (ha ha) taste like turkey. The giants will also go out of their way to avoid Greeks due to them tasting like grease.
17th Jan '17 5:12:13 AM Andyroid
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* The [[Myth/AztecMythology Aztec]] ahuizotl only ate eyes, toenails, and fingernails.

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* The [[Myth/AztecMythology Aztec]] ahuizotl only ate human flesh, but was said to be especially fond of teeth, eyes, toenails, and fingernails.
8th Jan '17 12:36:51 PM nombretomado
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* Emplate of the [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} X-Titles]] feeds on mutant bone marrow.
* The Libra Killer in Creator/AlanMoore's ''TopTen'' fed on human pineal glands.

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* Emplate of the [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} [[ComicBook/XMen X-Titles]] feeds on mutant bone marrow.
* The Libra Killer in Creator/AlanMoore's ''TopTen'' ''ComicBook/TopTen'' fed on human pineal glands.
28th Nov '16 10:57:29 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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ImAHumanitarian is the supertrope ''if'' the feeder is also a human (although, technically, this also works for other species that eat their own kind). If he's not then see ToServeMan. BrainFood is a subtrope. Those who are unfit for eating are usually TooSpicyForYogSothoth. Only distantly related to PickyEater, which is rejecting normal foods out of immaturity.

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ImAHumanitarian is the supertrope ''if'' the feeder is also a human (although, technically, this also works for other species that eat their own kind). If he's not then see ToServeMan. BrainFood is a subtrope.subtrope, as is {{vampir|eTropes}}ism (blood drinking) in most cases. Those who are unfit for eating are usually TooSpicyForYogSothoth. Only distantly related to PickyEater, which is rejecting normal foods out of immaturity.


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* Some giants in ''Literature/TheBFG'' like specific kinds of human meat. Only the Bloodbottler explicitly prefers a specific body part (take a wild guess what it is), but some other giants have names that likely indicate their favorite body parts to eat (Bonecruncher, Gizzardgulper) or their favorite types of people to eat (Manhugger, Maidmasher, Childchewer). The Bonecruncher is also considered a picky eater because he likes Turkish people, who apparently (ha ha) taste like turkey.
1st Oct '16 11:54:25 AM CL
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* ''Autoshop of Horrors'' is about a psychotic who, inspired by literature about the ancient Aztecs, begins killing people so that he can eat their eyes, convinced that doing so would eventually imbue him with precognition.
27th Sep '16 3:04:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* An episode of ''StrokerAndHoop'' had the eponymous characters' organs stolen by a "friendly" cannibalistic cult that only ate the non-vital organs of its victims.

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* An episode of ''StrokerAndHoop'' ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' had the eponymous characters' organs stolen by a "friendly" cannibalistic cult that only ate the non-vital organs of its victims.
11th Sep '16 7:45:44 PM PaulA
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* Creator/OrsonScottCard's short story "Kingsmeat". Yup, it's exactly what you think it is. The alien king and queen would kill a person and only use a small part for their meals, so the 'shepherd' convinces them to let him merely remove what they want and let the people keep living. When the people are liberated, the people reward the shepherd with many gifts, and also remove those body parts he doesn't strictly need to survive (though they leave him his eyes).

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* Creator/OrsonScottCard's short story "Kingsmeat". Yup, it's exactly what you think it is."Kingsmeat", collected in ''Literature/MapsInAMirror''. The alien king and queen would kill a person and only use a small part for their meals, so the 'shepherd' convinces them to let him merely remove what they want and let the people keep living. When the people are liberated, the people reward the shepherd with many gifts, and also remove those body parts he doesn't strictly need to survive (though they leave him his eyes).
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