Created By: DhanaRagnarokMarch 24, 2012 Last Edited By: DhanaRagnarokApril 15, 2013
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One Track Minded Hunger

He wants to eat. No matter what.

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A form of Character Alignment: When a character will do (almost) anything to get something to eat. No matter what, they'll go for food.

They don't care much about Good or Evil, and laws are at best a suggestion. They may be good or evil-aligned, but only by accident or because it will earn them more food. Expect them to be Extreme Omnivore, but not always.

Nothing can convince them not to eat everything they can reach. Except maybe a powerful fighter (even if most of the time, it's NOT a good idea to stand between them and their food) or another One Track Minded Hunger character.

Note that they don't spend their whole time thinking of food, because thinking takes time on the eating. Some of them can't even think.

These characters are Big Eater(s), with sometimes Meat O Vision. Sub Trope of Obsessed With Food. Compare Horror Hunger.

Examples

General
  • Almost every zombie ever fall in this category. They're not malicious, they're only hungry and mindless.

Anime&Manga
  • Dragon Ball: Majin Buu, in his "fat" form, is quite malicious but really only care about candy. The number of people he killed without eating them can be counted on one hand.
  • Gluttony the Homunculus in Fullmetal Alchemist is technically a bad guy, but he's really more of a mentally-deranged kid with Extreme Omnivore tendencies.
  • Luffy only think about one thing outside fights and that is food.

Comic Books

Film
  • The alien slugs in Slither can turn people into this. It's implied the first woman it infects eats her own baby.
  • Pizza, The Hut from the movie Space Balls is always eating. And when locked in his car, he eats himself to death
  • Kaa for Disney's adaptation of The Jungle Book seems to apply. He's rather affable and, unlike Shere Khan, not a wrathful active villain (one episode of Jungle Cubs even shown him to be an outright Friend To All Living Things the rare time he is full) but he is constantly setting his hypnotic eyes on a new morsel, making him a danger to the protagonists.

Litterature
  • In Animorphs, the Taxxons have an endless hunger that drives them to eat their own wounded (as well as anything else they can get their mouths on).
  • There's a brief bit in one of the Discworld novels which shows the POV of a shark, whose entire mentality comes down to "=", i.e. "sense it = eat it". (It's brief, because the "it" it senses is Rincewind's feet, and the Luggage follows a similar equation with regards to anything that threatens its master...)
  • The Hungry Tiger from the Land Of Oz books. He is always hungry, no matter how much he eats, and longs to eat a "fat baby," though he never would because his conscience will not allow him to do so.
  • In the play of Metamorphoses, Ceres curses Erysichthon with an insatiable hunger. He eats everything he can. Sells his possessions and then tries to sell his own mother for food, and then eventually eats himself.
  • Ungoliant from The Silmarillion is a spider-like Eldritch Abomination who is all about hunger and eating stuff. She teamed up with Morgoth because she was hungry and he offered her to suck the Two Trees dry. Later she betrayed Morgoth because she was still hungry and wanted to eat the Silmarils. Morgoth had to call his devil goon squad to stop her from eating these artifacts, since she was already overpowering him.

Tabletop RPG
  • Dungeons And Dragons supplement REF5 Lords of Darkness. One opponent the PCs can encounter is Rugen Phimister, a ghoul who is always hungry and always eating.
    • Dark Sun setting. The Fael are undead creatures who never quenched their need for material consumption in life. In death, they're condemned to be always hungry and always searching out food to eat. Worse yet, the more they eat the hungrier they get, so no matter how much they eat they're never satisfied.
    • Famine Spirit is a corporeal undead that doesn't seem to have the ability to stop eating.
    • Fiendworm (or whatever its name is) is an earthworm that has a rift to the Abyss in its stomach and in constant pain. Eating reduces the pain so it seeks to eat as much as it can (or something like that anyways.)
  • In Nomine. Haagenti is the Demon Prince of Gluttony. He spends all his time either eating or getting more food, and anyone around him is at risk of becoming his next meal.
  • The Tyranids

Video Games
  • The demon Gorgoth in Arcanum is cursed with insatiable hunger, and was banished to the Void when he chowed down on a halfling village and no-one could think of anything better to do with him. Recruiting him into your party and keeping him loyal requires you to keep him fed with a steady supply of lizard carcasses.
  • In Commander Keen the Dopefish - the second dumbest creatrue in the universe - has a though process that goes "Swim swim hungry. Swim swim hungry."
  • Quina of Final Fantasy IX is always on the lookout for new food to try and will eat, or express interest in eating, anything, including at one point, a rock.
  • The Heartless in Kingdom Hearts act all out of instict, and their instinct is to get hearts to eat. Nothing more.
  • Kirby is seen as a hero, and yet more than once he saved the world by accident, looking for a cake or something similar.
  • Kog'maw, a League Of Legends champion, attack only using his gastric acid. It's stated he spit acid on stuff because he can't swallow them whole (yet), meaning anyone he spits on is a potential breakfast. And because it's a baby, he doesn't even understand good and evil.
    • Same with Cho'Gath, except that Cho actually is Chaotic Evil too. It is an Eldritch Abomination in constant hunger, devouring anything coming too close to its claws. And its main objective is to bring its species to join the feast.
  • The Maw's entire purpose is to eat everything, to the level of a Cosmic Horror.
  • The Spirit Eater Curse from Mask of the Betrayer is built around this trope. The Spirit Eater is a horrific demi-godlike entity that turns the host into an insatiable devourer of spirits, fey, and the dark energy of the undead. The curse becomes so strong that it eventually consumes the soul of the host; destroying the very essence of their existence and leaving only an empty corpse behind. The eater has consumed countless spirits for generations, and the Player Character can use it For The Evulz. It devours all life the forgotten realms and a couple other planes. The gods band together to fight it and it literally eats half of them before they bring it down. (It's even implied that the Betrayer didn't truly die from the wrath of a dozen gods.)
    • An ironic thing about it is that Myrkul, the god who created the curse can be eaten by it. D&D gods are virtually unkillable, they just partially fade away. The spirit eater completely destroyed them.
  • The Pokemon Munchlax.
  • The Gobblers from Wizard101 definitely apply. They are ExtremeOmnivores that continue to eat buildings even after they are fed a potion that is suppose to both magically and chemically trigger the gag reflex.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • Captain Planet And The Planeteers did this in an episode where a kid somehow got cloned. The clones were all ravenously hungry and the more they ate, the more they multiplied. There was quite a while of repeated "we are hungry" cries while the gang worked to undo it. It was possibly an overpopulation lesson.
  • Looney Tunes' Tasmanian Devil. Many episodes open with a description of him which includes a long list of animals he eats, ending with "especially rabbits", or on one ocassion, wild duck.
    • Sylvester may also qualify. Most of his villainous antics abide to setting on eating some small animal. Outside of those moments he is either forced into a chase by a human owner or acts as a non provocative protagonist.
      • As would Wile E Coyote-frankly any animal protagonist in an animated cartoon would probably qualify.
  • The 4 turtles and especially Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Must. Have. PIZZA!

Real Life
  • Any carnivorous animal that wasn't feed for a few days/weeks.
Community Feedback Replies: 59
  • March 24, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    Hmm... we have Obsessed With Food, but that's when I character can't stop thinking about eating. So add this to the description.

    These characters are often a Big Eater. Can overlap with Obsessed With Food.
  • March 24, 2012
    TonyG
    Looney Tunes' Tasmanian Devil. Many episodes open with a description of him which includes a long list of animals he eats, ending with "especially rabbits", or on one ocassion, wild duck.
  • March 24, 2012
    Psi001
    ^ ** Sylvester may also qualify. Most of his villainous antics abide to setting on eating some small animal. Outside of those moments he is either forced into a chase by a human owner or acts as a non provocative protagonist.

    • Kaa for Disney's adaptation of The Jungle Book seems to apply. He's rather affable and, unlike Shere Khan, not a wrathful active villain (one episode of Jungle Cubs even shown him to be an outright Friend To All Living Things the rare time he is full) but he is constantly setting his hypnotic eyes on a new morsel, making him a danger to the protagonists.
  • March 24, 2012
    reub2000
    This seems like Obsessed With Food, only more, and more specific.
  • March 24, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    ^Yes. But, Obsessed With Food is when someone is, well, obsessed with food. This seems to be someone with Skewed Priorities on eating. In fact, this is almost like that old YKTTW called Starving Protagonist. A character who's drive or even goal is is finding something to eat.
  • March 24, 2012
    DrakeClawfang
    Quina of Final Fantasy IX is always on the lookout for new food to try and will eat, or express interest in eating, anything, including at one point, a rock.
  • March 24, 2012
    Koncur

    I don't remember the names of the characters:
    • The alien in Slither can turn people into this. It's implied the first woman he infects eats her own baby.
  • March 25, 2012
    captainsandwich
    zombies aren't brainless, they are mindless. if they were brainless how do you kill them?
  • March 25, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • In Nomine. Haagenti is the Demon Prince of Gluttony. He spends all his time either eating or getting more food, and anyone around him is at risk of becoming his next meal.
  • March 25, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    Prader-Willi syndrome causes this in humans. The body makes no full signals due to a brain malfunction

    Captain Planet And The Planeteers did this in an episode where a kid somehow got cloned. The clones were all ravenously hungry and the more they ate, the more they multiplied. There was quite a while of repeated "we are hungry" cries while the gang worked to undo it. It was possibly an overpopulation lesson.
  • March 26, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons supplement REF5 Lords of Darkness. One opponent the PCs can encounter is Rugen Phimister, a ghoul who is always hungry and always eating.
  • March 26, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    Okay I did not post that comment 2 above from here. I'm sorry, I didn't know that editing a comment made it seem like YOU posted the comment. There was just some bad typo in it that bothered me a lot. Guess I'm not editing someone else's comment anymore.

    Anyway, honestly I hate the name Chaotic Hungry. I mean, at least call it Chaotic Hunger. Maybe it can be called One Track Minded Hunger?
  • March 26, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    Well, I chose the name Chaotic Hungry because it fitted the description quite well : it's a form of Character Alignment, hence the "Chaotic" part, and I just went for the adjective, so "Hungry". Kinda like Chaotic Stupid.

    However, if more people state they don't like it, I'll change it.
  • March 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Commander Keen the Dopefish - the second dumbest creatrue in the universe - has a though process that goes "Swim swim hungry. Swim swim hungry."
  • March 26, 2012
    JobanGrayskull
    • In Animorphs, the Taxxons have an endless hunger that drives them to eat their own wounded (as well as anything else they can get their mouths on).
  • March 27, 2012
    Arivne
  • March 27, 2012
    SharleeD
    • There's a brief bit in one of the Discworld novels which shows the POV of a shark, whose entire mentality comes down to "=", i.e. "sense it = eat it". (It's brief, because the "it" it senses is Rincewind's feet, and the Luggage follows a similar equation with regards to anything that threatens its master...)
  • March 27, 2012
    chicagomel
    Sorry about that...what'd I typo on?

    And I can't believe I forgot Taxxons lol.
  • March 28, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    ^ You spelled Prader-Willi Syndrome as "Prader-Villi." I believe there was another typo but I forget what it was. It bothered me because not many people seem to know what it is so I didn't want any confusion caused.
  • March 28, 2012
    wesnprogamat
    Dungeons And Dragons: The Famine Spirit Seems to apply. As does the Fiendworm(sp?). Hmmm. Monster Manual 2 I think.
    • Famine Spirit is a corporeal undead that doesn't seem to have the ability to stop eating.
    • Fiendworm (or whatever its name is) is an earthworm that has a rift to the Abyss in its stomach and in constant pain. Eating reduces the pain so it seeks to eat as much as it can (or something like that anyways.)
  • March 28, 2012
    Ekuran
    Compare Horror Hunger.
  • March 28, 2012
    Queequeg
    In the play of Metamorphoses (and presumably the book but I haven't read it), Ceres curses Erysichthon with an insatiable hunger. He eats everything he can. Sells his possessions and then tries to sell his own mother for food, and then eventually eats himself.
  • March 29, 2012
    deuxhero
    "Neutral Hungry" is the term, not "chaotic hungry".
  • March 29, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    Due to the fact that maybe 90% of the examples will be Big Eaters, that means not all of them are. Because of this, Always Hungry is misleading. Calling the trope One Track Minded Hunger fits better. Since it refers to someone who will do anything for even just a scrap of food, and they almost never think of anything else. They don't have to be hungry 24/7 in all cases of it. Maybe they are in a situation where they are starving on the streets, and beg people for food. In that case, they aren't hungry all the time, (probably. It can be a Big Eater who happens to be in such a situation. God forbid that, poor Big Eater. XD) and they're just hungry because of the situation they're in.
  • March 30, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    bump?
  • March 30, 2012
    foxley
    The Hungry Tiger from the Land Of Oz books. He is always hungry, no matter how much he eats, and longs to eat a "fat baby," though he never would because his conscience will not allow him to do so.
  • April 1, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    Well, we've got quite a few examples already... Anyone think it is ready ?
  • April 1, 2012
    DmM
    Michaelangelo in TMNT? Ron in A Very Potter Musical comes close, IMO. I reckon it's ready :)
  • April 1, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    The YKTTW needs 5 hats before being launched, no?
  • April 2, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    Technically, yes. Even if you can launch it before it reaches 5 hats. Or even without posting on YKTTW.

    Hmmm...Well, I'll try to get my 5 hats first :D
  • April 2, 2012
    Megadraco
    • The Heartless in Kingdom Hearts act all out of instict, and their instinct is to get hearts to eat. Nothing more.
  • April 3, 2012
    Astaroth
    (Videogame example)
    • The demon Gorgoth in Arcanum is cursed with insatiable hunger, and was banished to the Void when he chowed down on a halfling village and no-one could think of anything better to do with him. Recruiting him into your party and keeping him loyal requires you to keep him fed with a steady supply of lizard carcasses.
  • April 3, 2012
    arcanephoenix
    umm... I'm not sure but does this count? if not a straight example, at least somewhat?

    (video game example) In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Big Smoke believes that 'if you can eat your food while everyone else is losing theirs, and blaming you, you straight homie'. This, during a gunfight against the Ballas and true to form, Smoke eats everyone's food while they're shooting.
  • April 3, 2012
    Astaroth
    ^ That's closer to Big Eater than what this trope's about, IMHO
  • April 3, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    May dovetail with Meat O Vision. Consider also extreme measures to alleviate hunger such as cannibalism ("Wakiki Wabbit", "What's Buzzin', Buzzard"), Predator Wars, and other desperate behaviors, like when a starving mouse tried to eat Sylvester the Cat.
  • April 3, 2012
    reub2000
    I'm still not convinced that this isn't simply Obsessed With Food but more.
  • April 4, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    One difference I see between them is that One Track Minded Hunger is like an even more obsessive version of Obsessed With Food, to the point where they'll do anything for it as their defining character trait. I think this is tropable though, because there are characters who just tend to mention food a lot, some examples not necessarily intending on eating it in some cases, and then there are others, which is this trope, who will do anything for it, for the purpose of eating it. Maybe this can be merged with Obsessed With Food as a Type II version of it, since the main difference between these tropes is that One Track Minded Hunger has the character solely focused on food most if not all the time. Or, Obsessed With Food is the Super Trope; which is why all examples here seem to overlap with Obsessed With Food.

    For example, a character like Sokka qualifies for Obsessed With Food, but not this. Since he doesn't solely focus on getting food. But an example of One Track Minded Hunger is Munchlax from Pokemon. One of its Pokedex entries states that it is so desperate to find food that it forgets that it has hidden food in its fur. (Speaking of that, someone, add Munchlax to the list.) Now, if Munchlax were to speak, we would know it would definitely be Obsessed With Food. Then again, it says "Munch!" But, all of the examples here are like that. Every one of the examples here is also Obsessed With Food. But not everyone on Obsessed With Food has One Track Minded Hunger.

    Thus, One Track Minded Hunger, IMO, is a Sub Trope of Obsessed With Food.
  • April 4, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • Dark Sun setting. The Fael are undead creatures who never quenched their need for material consumption in life. In death, they're condemned to be always hungry and always searching out food to eat. Worse yet, the more they eat the hungrier they get, so no matter how much they eat they're never satisfied.
  • April 4, 2012
    reub2000
    The difference between thinking about food a lot of the time and thinking about food most of the time doesn't even warrant two types within the same trope. Both of the characters are to some degree defined by the obsession with food, the only difference is the degree.
  • April 4, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    Yes. But not everybody who applies for Obsessed With Food would be a person to do almost anything possible for even the smallest morsel. At the time of making that trope, what we had in mind was a character who constantly has food on their mind. This trope brings to mind a character who would do anything for even a crumb. That is why even if we expand Obsessed With Food to include this, it should have two types. That, or this is a Sub Trope.
  • April 5, 2012
    Larek
    Pizza, The Hut from the movie Space Balls is always eating. And when locked in his car, he eats himself to death
  • April 7, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    Nice, any other examples or hats ?

    ...I can't wait to launch it :p
  • April 8, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    Okay so this is going to be a Sub Trope of Obsessed With Food. So what's the deal with Sub Trope examples, should we take examples from the Super Trope that would actually go here?

    I got another example.

    Western Animation

    The Greedy from Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure. He is a gigantic blob monster made out of taffy, who does nothing but eat himself and other miscellaneous candies that happen to be floating around in him. He goes insane after Raggedy Ann refuses to let him have her candy heart.
  • April 9, 2012
    Quatic
    • Cookie monster?
  • April 9, 2012
    reub2000
    In general for Sub Tropes, all exaples go in both the Super Trope and the Sub Trope. They are exaples of both tropes after all.
  • April 9, 2012
    uncannybeetle
    How about Goku of DBZ? At the very least the Team Four Star version fits.
  • April 9, 2012
    GuesssWho
    The Master in "The End of Time"
  • April 10, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    Can I have a little context on this one ? ^^'
  • April 10, 2012
    aurora369
    Ungoliant from The Silmarillion.
  • April 11, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    Same, I need some context here - We can't add an example without explaining it...
  • April 11, 2012
    aurora369
    Okay, Ungoliant is a spider-like Eldritch Abomination who is all about hunger and eating stuff. She teamed up with Morgoth because she was hungry and he offered her to suck the Two Trees dry. Later she betrayed Morgoth because she was still hungry and wanted to eat the Silmarils. Morgoth had to call his devil goon squad to stop her from eating these artifacts, since she was already overpowering him.
  • April 11, 2012
    captainsandwich
  • April 15, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    Bumpittey bump.
  • April 19, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    So...Should I launch it, or wait for some more examples / hats ?
  • June 23, 2012
    MasqueradeActors
    The Gobblers from Wizard101 definitely apply. They are ExtremeOmnivores that continue to eat buildings even after they are fed a potion that is suppose to both magically and chemically trigger the gag reflex.

    Also this maybe the time to launch this since otherwise it may fade into the mist of forgotten YKTTW
  • June 23, 2012
    AHighlyVisibleNinja
    Could this include devouring more than just food? For example the Spirit Eater Curse from Mask of the Betrayer is built around this trope. The Spirit Eater is a horrific demi-godlike entity that turns the host into an insatiable devourer of spirits, fey, and the dark energy of the undead. The curse becomes so strong that it eventually consumes the soul of the host; destroying the very essence of their existence and leaving only an empty corpse behind. The eater has consumed countless spirits for generations, and the Player Character can use it For The Evulz. It devours all life the forgotten realms and a couple other planes. The gods band together to fight it and it literally eats half of them before they bring it down. (It's even implied that the Betrayer didn't truly die from the wrath of a dozen gods.)

    An ironic thing about it is that Myrkul, the god who created the curse can be eaten by it. D&D gods are virtually unkillable, they just partially fade away. The spirit eater completely destroyed them.
  • June 24, 2012
    nathandoe2016
    Gluttony from Full Metal Alchemist and Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood.
  • June 26, 2012
    nitrokitty
    Nobody's mentioned the Tyranids yet?
  • June 26, 2012
    theweirdKiddokun
    • One Piece Luffy only think about one thing outside fights and that is food.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable