Created By: Gina on June 15, 2009
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"Way back when I was just a little bitty boy, living in a box under the stairs in the corner of the place just down the street from Jerry's Bait Shop - you know the place. Well, back then life was going swell and everything was just PEACHY! Except of course for the undeniable fact that every single morning, my mother would make me a big ol' bowl of sauerkraut for breakfast. A BIG BOWL OF SAUERKRAUT! EVERY SINGLE MORNING! It was driving me crazy! So one day I said to her, I said "hey, Mom, what's up with all the sauerkraut?" And my dear, sweet mother, she just looked at me like a cow looks at an oncoming train. And she leaned right down next to me and said, "IT'S GOOD FOR YOU!!!" And then she tied me to the wall and stuck a funnel in my mouth and force-fed me nothing but sauerkraut until I was twenty-six and a half years old. (From the Weird Al song, Albuquerque)

Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Usually considered an example of Cold-Blooded Torture. Can be played for laughs, in which case it Crosses the Line Twice.

A person is restrained and possibly put into a Straightjacket, or strapped to a chair. A funnel/tube is put in their mouth and something like raw eggs mixed with milk or some other gelatinous yucky mess is forced down the victim's throat into their stomach. Will cause Nausea Fuel, for both the person being force-fed and for people actually watching it happen. Can also be a source of Fetish Fuel, for some people. And of course, Nightmare Fuel should not be ruled out.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • The end of Umineko 2 (Turn of the Golden Witch) has a scene in which Rosa is force fed remnants of her siblings.
  • In Bleach Orihime's jailor Ulquiorra threatens to force-feed her or strap her down onto a table and give her IV's, when she refuses to eat after he orders her to.
  • Episode 2 of Cowboy Bebop: the Mark of the week, Hakim, repays being bumped by a passing drunk by crushing a cockroach, placing it in a glass, and forcing him to drink it.
  • A particularly Nightmare Fuel-tastic version of this occurs in the anime Narutaru, which is pretty much a Nightmare Fuel Unleaded show all on its own. One girl is frequently harassed by a trio of cruel bullies and on one occasion is forced to ingest a bunch of worms from inside a test-tube which she quickly vomits back up.
    • In the manga the girl is only scared into swallowing one worm, but not actually force fed it. A straight example occurs later in the revenge when Oni grabs Aki Honda by the head; palm facing her mouth and starts producing worms that she has to swallow until her stomach bulges visibly. Then he kills her. *Shudders*

Film
  • This trope is used in the 1962 Mexican movie Caperucita y Pulgarcito contra los monstruos. Former villians Wolf and Ogre are tortured this way (played for laughs).
  • Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom has Indy force-fed human blood in a ritual.
  • Plays a part in the movie "Iron Jawed Angels", as the women are all suffragists whose lobbying tactics get them thrown in prison, and once they go on a hunger strike for their cause, they are viciously force-fed raw eggs, in a scene that made even this troper, who doesn't scare easily, close her eyes and shudder in disgust.
  • Matilda: Involves a overweight kid who is forced to eat chocolate cake, as punishment for supposedly stealing Miss Trunchbull's cake, while Miss Trunchbull watches. In other words, he is not allowed to stop eating until he has finished the whole cake, and it's HUGE too. Even if he gets sick, he has to keep eating. To add insult to injury, Miss Trunchbull later reveals that the cook who baked the cake, "baked her sweat and blood into the cake''. He manages to eat the whole thing, but not before looking incredibly sick while doing so as he stuffs morsel after rich morsel into his mouth. Nausea Fuel incarnate. For a kid's film at least.
  • The sequence in Young Sherlock Holmes where a teenage John Watson hallucinates that his legs are bound with sausages and that pastries are trying to force him to eat them. On YouTube here.
  • Done with a liquid in the final scene of Get Carter.
  • Also occurs in Requiem for a Dream. An elderly woman named Sara becomes addicted to weight loss drugs and is sent to a medical facility where she is interrogated by doctors, strapped into a chair, and force-fed. Sara doesn't respond to the harsh treatment and is given electric shock therapy.
  • The first murder in Se7en.
  • This trope is used in the 1962 Mexican movie Caperucita y Pulgarcito contra los monstruos. Former villians Wolf and Ogre are tortured this way (palyed for laughs).
  • A whole LOT of horror movies feature force-feeding segments, especially films involving cannibals. The typical set-up of the scene involves a captive protagonist being forced to eat the flesh of his or her friends by his or her captors. Examples include:
    • The main character of Ravenous is forced to eat human flesh twice (arguably, three times) when his life is endangered.
    • The Last Girl of {{Frontier(s)}} is force-fed her friends by her Neo-Nazi captors.
    • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series is known for the trope, being that the infamous family of the films makes and sells barbecue from human flesh, often forced upon captives.
    • And all too many other films. Trailer Park of Terror (human jerky), House of 1000 Corpses (human flesh), I Drink Your Blood (blood), Boogeyman 2 (acid), Theater of Blood (dogs), Island of Death (paint), Return to Sleepaway Camp (Gasoline), and so forth.
  • Theatre of Blood, an actor is killing critics in ways based on Shakespearean plays. The play where a woman is tricked into eating her own children culminates in a critic being force-fed his own dogs until he chokes.
  • Caligula. Red wine, a dagger and ... a ... bootlace. (shudder)

Literature
  • Ur example: Hansel and Gretel. Well, to a degree. Hansel gets fattened up by an all too eager witch.
  • Appears in the Vorkosigan Saga book Mirror Dance, but the victim, Mark Vorkosigan, is Too Kinky To Torture because of his Split Personality.

Real Life
  • A serious essay/article on the subject coming from the hunger strikes of the women's suffrage movement. How It Feels to Be Forcibly Fed
  • Truth in Television: Foie gras.
  • One terrible Real Life example is a form of water torture, where the victim is strapped to a bed and water is forced into his throath via a funnel in its mouth. The victims would constantly feel like choking, an they say sometimes their somach could in fact burst. Nightmare Fuel indeed.

Western Animation
  • This was used in an old cartoon called "Pigs is Pigs" where a greedy piglet has a dream about a scientist who straps him to a machine that feeds him until has a Balloon Belly and then he eats one more piece of food, explodes, wakes up, and doesn't really think about the dream and just goes on being gluttonous.
  • In The Simpsons when Homer goes to Hell in a Halloween episode and is given an ironic punishment to eat all the donuts in the world. The punishment doesn't bother Homer as he just keeps growing, and the torturer is confused as to why Homer isn't showing any signs of suffering or wanting to stop eating.
  • In Ed, Edd and Eddy this is the way Eddy "trains" Jimmy when trying to make a Sumo wrestler out of him.
  • Spongebob Squarepants: A rather squicky (for me, anyway) episode had Sandy Cheeks forcing huge amounts of water into Spongebob as revenge for getting popular on jokes made at her expense.
  • There was also this weird cartoon about a pet cat and dog that were trying to get thin and ended overdoing it. Their owners then started forcefeeding them much more than they actually needed.
  • And don't forget the gravy! The Looney Tunes short "Chow Hound" dates from 1951 and may come fairly early in this trope's life - funnel and everything.

Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • June 12, 2009
    Rainbow
    Does this just refer to feeding by tube or any kind of force feeding? Because if it's more general, I have two examples:

    This was used in an old cartoon called "Pigs is Pigs" where a greedy piglet has a dream about a scientist who straps him to a machine that feeds him until has a Balloon Belly and then he eats one more piece of food, explodes, wakes up, and doesn't really think about the dream and just goes on being gluttonous. There's a similar sequence in The Simpsons when Homer goes to Hell in a Halloween episode and is given an ironic punishment to eat all the donuts in the world. The punishment doesn't bother Homer as he just keeps growing, and the torturer is confused as to why Homer isn't showing any signs of suffering or wanting to stop eating.

    I have also seen some comics and stories in which the tube feeding (or feeding through a machine) is used to purposely fatten someone up in stories written by people who find massive weight gain to be a turn-on (so force feeding could also be Fetish Fuel for some people and not just a gross-out).
  • June 13, 2009
    Pyrite
    Truth In Television: Foie gras.
  • June 13, 2009
    The Rogue Fedora
    A serious essay/article on the subject coming from the hunger strikes of the women's suffrage movement. How It Feels to Be Forcibly Fed
  • June 13, 2009
    Generality
    Episode 2 of Cowboy Bebop: the Mark of the week, Hakim, repays being bumped by a passing drunk by crushing a cockroach, placing it in a glass, and forcing him to drink it.
  • June 13, 2009
    endlessnostalgia
    • In Ed, Edd and Eddy this is the way Eddy "trains" Jimmy when trying to make a Sumo wrestler out of him.
    • Spongebob Squarepants: A rather squicky (for me, anyway) episode had Sandy Cheeks forcing huge amounts of water into Spongebob as revenge for getting popular on jokes made at her expense.
    • There was also this weird cartoon about a pet cat and dog that were trying to get thin and ended overdoing it. Their owners then started forcefeeding them much more than they actually needed.
  • June 13, 2009
    alex_osaki
    And don't forget the gravy! The Looney Tunes short "Chow Hound" dates from 1951 and may come fairly early in this trope's life - funnel and everything.
  • June 14, 2009
    BTB

    "Way back when I was just a little bitty boy, living in a box under the stairs in the corner of the place just down the street from Jerry's Bait Shop - you know the place. Well, back then life was going swell and everything was just PEACHY! Except of course for the undeniable fact that every single morning, my mother would make me a big ol' bowl of sauerkraut for breakfast. A BIG BOWL OF SAUERKRAUT! EVERY SINGLE MORNING! It was driving me crazy! So one day I said to her, I said "hey, Mom, what's up with all the sauerkraut?" And my dear, sweet mother, she just looked at me like a cow looks at an oncoming train. And she leaned right down next to me and said, "IT'S GOOD FOR YOU!!!" And then she tied me to the wall and stuck a funnel in my mouther and force-fed me nothing but sauerkraut until I was twenty-six and a half years old.
  • June 14, 2009
    BTB

    Er, that was from a Weird Al song.
  • June 14, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Jesus CHRIST, Rogue Fedora. Can we add Nightmare Fuel to the description?
  • June 14, 2009
    Gina
    We most certainly can. Squick.
  • June 14, 2009
    Gina
    Anybody got any other examples?
  • June 14, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The first murder in Se7en.
  • June 14, 2009
    BTB

    @Gina

    I made a typo in that reply - "stuck a funnel in my mouther" >.>
  • June 14, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    I think the Squidward example is not valid, because he was not force-fed (IIRC), its even written in the example that he loved the Krabby Patties secretly. One earlier episode, however, had Spongebob accidentally feeding him tons of them (he constntly tripped and they fell on Squidward's mouth). Now, combining the two examples one can see why he didn't spit them instead of swallowing... but its perhaps still a valid example.

    • One terrible Real Life example is a form of water torture, where the victim is strapped to a bed and water is forced into his throath via a funnel in its mouth. The victims would constantly feel like choking, an they say sometimes their somach could indeed burst. Nightmare Fuel indeed.
      • This trope is used in the 1962 Mexican movie Caperucita y Pulgarcito contra los monstruos. Former villians Wolf and Ogre are tortured this way (palyed for laughs).

    Regarding the Naru Taru example: IIRC in the manga the girl is only scared into swallowing one worm, but not actually force fed it. A straight example occurs later in the revenge when Oni grabs Aki Honda by the head; palm facing her mouth and starts producing worms that she has to swallow until her stomach bulges visibly. Then he kills her *Shudders*
  • June 14, 2009
    halfmillennium
    Done with a liquid in the final scene of Get Carter.
  • June 14, 2009
    Arivne
    Film
    • The sequence in Young Sherlock Holmes where a teenage John Watson hallucinates that his legs are bound with sausages, and pastries try to force him to eat them. On YouTube here.
  • June 14, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    A whole LOT of horror movies feature force-feeding segments, especially films involving cannibals. The typical set-up of the scene involves a captive protagonist being forced to eat the flesh of his or her friends by his or her captors.

    Examples include-

    - The main character of Ravenous is forced to eat human flesh twice (arguably, three times) when his life is endangered. - The Last Girl of {{Frontier(s)}} is force-fed her friends by her Neo-Nazi captors. - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series is known for the trope, being that the infamous family of the films makes and sells barbecue from human flesh, often forced upon captives. - And all too many other films. Trailer Park of Terror (human jerky), House of 1000 Corpses (human flesh), I Drink Your Blood (blood), Boogeyman 2 (acid), Theater of Blood (dogs), Island of Death (paint), Return to Sleepaway Camp (Gasoline), and so forth.

    Oh, and Ur example-

    - Hansel and Gretel. Well, to a degree. Hansel gets fattened up by an all too eager witch.

    And I may as well throw in-

    - Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom has Indy force-fed human blood in a ritual.
  • June 14, 2009
    Gina
    Anybody else watch HBO's Oz before? I seem to recall that it had some force-feeding or something similar, given how many things in the show are of a serious/mature nature and things like rape, abuse, bullying are both realistically and disturbingly portrayed.
  • June 15, 2009
    endlessnostalgia
    Took the liberty to make a small edit to to the main text: the spoiler tags in one example I gave were missing.
  • June 15, 2009
    Michael
    Theatre Of Blood, an actor is killing critics in ways based on shakespearean plays. The play where a woman is tricked into eating her own children culminates in a critic being force-fed his own dogs until he chokes.
  • June 15, 2009
    endlessnostalgia
    Aargh... I have no idea why half the text was cut. I'm sorry about that. I'll try to fix it.
  • June 15, 2009
    endlessnostalgia
    Restored it the best I could. Unfortunately, the Requiem for a Dream example is not in the comments, so I couldn't recover it. Perhaps somebody saved the original? Whenever I press edit, half of the text is missing again.

    Would have added the Theatre of Blood example but I have no idea of which category it goes in.

    Once again, I'm very sorry for messing the entry up.
  • June 15, 2009
    Michael
    Theatre Of Blood is a film. You can find it on imdb.
  • June 15, 2009
    Gina
    @ endlessnostalgia: It's okay, thanks for the help.
  • June 15, 2009
    Gina
    Up For Grabs, in case anyone is interested.
  • June 15, 2009
    BattleHamster
    Appears in the Vorkosigan Saga book Mirror Dance, but the victim, Mark Vorkosigan, is Too Kinky To Torture because of his Split Personality.
  • June 15, 2009
    ralphmerridew1
    The end of Umineko 2 (Turn of the Golden Witch) has a scene in which Rosa is force fed remnants of her siblings.

  • June 15, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    Not to be confused with an Orifice Invasion through the mouth.
  • June 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Caligula. Red wine, a dagger and ... a ... bootlace. (shudder)
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