Created By: TwoGunAngel on September 25, 2010 Last Edited By: TwoGunAngel on September 27, 2010
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Fed To The Beast

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One of the classic ways for a villain to Kick the Dog is to feed somebody to a monster or man-eating animal that he or she keeps around for some reason. Sometimes this is a Human Sacrifice to a dragon, demon or Eldritch Abomination, often involving someone getting Chained to a Rock; but more than one villain's underling has also met his end this way, usually for failing him or outliving his usefulness.

If the villain tries to do this to the hero, expect the hero to kill the beast or escape in some other fashion. It's also not uncommon for villains fond of feeding people to beasts to meet their end by being eaten by the beast in turn, if the hero didn't kill the beast beforehand.

Fantasy villains have all kinds of monsters to choose from, ranging from dragons to giant snakes to giant vermin to demons or something even weirder. Modern villains will often have their victims eaten by tigers or sharks or some other large man-eating carnivore. Sci-fi villains will often have some really freaky alien monster to feed people to.

This one's an old pulp trope, and Lord knows how many times I've seen it.
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  • September 25, 2010
    FuschlatzOReilly
    Wasn't there a YKTTW a while ago that was a lot like this?
  • September 25, 2010
    JoieDeCombat
    Off the top of my head, Jabba the Hutt feeds people to a rancor in Return of the Jedi, Ratigan feeds a hapless lackey to his pet cat Felicia in The Great Mouse Detective, and the Joker at least threatens to throw people to his hyenas in Batman: The Animated Series, though I don't know if he ever actually goes through with it.
  • September 25, 2010
    JoieDeCombat
    Also, the villain in the Bond movie License to Kill feeds Felix Leiter to a shark. Felix survives, but is badly mauled.
  • September 25, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • September 25, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Just Desserts is for the villain getting eaten. For villains feeding others to their pet monsters? I know we have a trope for the shark pool but I don't think there is a supertrope for this... how about Fed To The Right Hand Cat ? ( after the famous Ratigan's scene seen here , starting 2:20 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x28LZKhZNfI)
  • September 25, 2010
    TwoGunAngel
    Among the ones I can remember off the top of my head:
    • Shao Kahn disposes of Jade this way for failing to kill the heroes in Mortal Kombat Annihilation, feeding her to a monster carving in a wall (and for extra Narm points, the carving gives out a great big burp after it's done with her).
    • Conan's first dungeon crawl in Conan The Barbarian ends with him killing a big-ass snake that was supposed to eat a girl that the snake cult was going to sacrifice.
    • In the Conan story, "The Scarlet Citadel," Tsotha imprisons Conan in the dungeons below the title citadel, with the intent of having him be eaten by Satha, another big-ass snake. The snake ends up killing a slave of Tsotha's who was planning to kill Conan in revenge for his brother's death during Conan's pirate days, when he was called Amra.
    • In Dragonslayer, the king feeds virgins to the title dragon every year in order to appease it and leave his lands alone.
    • Classical Mythology had Andromeda Chained To A Rock to be eaten by a sea-monster. She's rescued by Perseus, who turns the monster to stone with the head of Medusa.
    • Yakuza 2 has Sengoku trying to feed Kiryu Kazuma to his two pet tigers after Kazuma tears through his men to get Haruka back. Kazuma being an utter badass, however, he ends up killing both of them.
    • The Bible has the story of Daniel, who was thrown into a lion's den due to a law that some princes had tricked King Darius, who liked Daniel, into passing because they were jealous of his faith and hard work. Daniel, who has always been faithful to the Lord, was protected by one of God's angels, who shut the mouths of the lions. When the king learned that Daniel was still alive after spending the entire night in the den, he had Daniel taken out of the lion's den and the princes and their families thrown in instead, where they promptly got eaten by the lions. Which makes this...
  • September 25, 2010
    JoieDeCombat
    Cave Dwellers totally rips off the abovementioned scene from Conan by having Ator kill a velour snake puppet after a whole bunch of girls are thrown to it.
  • September 25, 2010
    randomsurfer
    There's also Eat Me, which is about the protagonist intentionally getting eaten so he can attack the monster from the inside.
  • September 25, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    Similar to the Andromeda example, and possibly derived from it, in Orlando furioso Angelica is chained up to be eaten by an Orc (here, a sea-monster).
  • September 26, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    I see two tropes here - one with people giving sacrifices to a monster as tribute/ransom, the other with the villain feeding a victim to his monstrous pet.
  • September 26, 2010
    randomsurfer
    • Return Of The Jedi: Luke gets tossed into a cavern to be fed to the Rancor.
    • Christians being fed to the Lions in Rome.
  • September 27, 2010
    Arivne
    Film

    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons module Q1 Queen of the Demonweb Pits. Lolth disposes of prisoners by placing them in a small dimension where they're hunted and eaten by giant spiders.
  • September 27, 2010
    AmazinglyEnough
    Mozgwsloiku is right, there are two common different reasons for doing this, but they can probably be lumped together if the description makes note of this. When it's done as tribute, it's closely related to Appease The Volcano God.
  • September 27, 2010
    Fiwen9430
    I'm sure this happens to Alex Rider in at least one of the books.

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