Created By: VictorDamazio on August 16, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on March 20, 2017

Hungry Villain

An antagonist whose only goal is getting food to eat

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There are many common villain motives, like world domination, world destruction, money, revenge...

But one particular, is just having a snack, the villain is a kind of predator that just wants to eat to naturally end his hunger, but the process will harm other characthers, many times by eating them.

Some of them will be presented as straight evil, but some can get sympathetic, it's not fault of the characther being born as some kind of carnivore that needs to eat weaker creatures to live and since all viewers needs to eat food too and we are always doing harm to living beings when eating meat or even vegetables.

Sometimes the characther can still be on the evil side, wanting to eat something that is not supposed to be eaten or still doing evil deeds to aquire food, or stealing the food of the other good characthers.

Can be a kind of Grey and Grey Morality or White and Grey Morality

Examples:

  • Galactus from Marvel Universe, he is considered a villain, but he is not evil, just because he eats whole planets doesn't mean he is bad, all the billions of people that die in the process are like microorganisms to him.

  • Big Bad Wolf from fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood or Three Little Pigs.

  • Many villains from cartoons, like Tom, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, Taz, many of them are sympathetic and we even start prefering the antagonist over the protagonist.

  • The pigs from Angry Birds, they just want to eat some eggs, they are a bit evil and their leader is a jerk, but still.

  • Hopper from A Bug's Life starts like this, exploring the ants to get food for himself and his gang, but later changes his goal from just controlling the ants so they don't defy the grasshoppers.

  • Kaa was reinvented as this in Disney's adaptation of The Jungle Book. His only motivation is gluttony for the most part, he is however over the top in his antagonism and enjoys "playing with his food". Interestingly he is actually a childhood friend of the protagonists in the Jungle Cubs spin off.
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • August 16, 2012
    miru
    Hopper from A Bugs Life.
  • August 16, 2012
    Psi001
  • August 16, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Kaa is male? I always tought it was female...

    Maybe it's the Brazilian dub I watched, the voice sounded female...
  • August 16, 2012
    DragonQuestZ

    That is unless this doesn't include monsters just out for food.
  • August 16, 2012
    Psi001
    He's male in English, he's voiced by the same guy as Winnie The Pooh (and his replacement in the sequel).
  • August 16, 2012
    Koveras
    • One of the villains (the last one to be fought, in fact) in Kara No Kyoukai is driven mainly by compulsion to consume things, which includes cannibalism.
  • August 16, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of The X Files told from the POV of the Monster Of The Week, said Monster is a mutant humanitarian with a craving for human brains who just wants to be normal. He goes to Overeaters Anonymous and bonds with his landlady, who is also an attendee. (Prior to his joining OA they had a contentious relationship.) But then he can't control his hunger any more and eats her.
  • August 17, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    See also sister YKTTW Starving Protagonist. Which is this, but with protagonists instead of antagonists.
  • August 18, 2012
    Arivne
    Changed the Laconic from "An antagonist that his only goal is getting food to eat" to "An antagonist whose only goal is getting food to eat".
  • August 18, 2012
    Bisected8
    • Several Dungeons And Dragons monstrous manuals cite this as the general motivation of animals which attack the PCs. Modules frequently involve animals (mundane or monstrous) which are kept hungry by villains in order to attack intruders.
  • August 26, 2012
    captainsandwich
    possibly motivated by Horror Hunger?
  • August 27, 2012
    captainsandwich
  • August 27, 2012
    HawkofBattle
    Do Tyranids and C'Tan count?
  • August 27, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Subverted(?) by the Hungry Tiger in the Land Of Oz. He's always hungry because even though he eats a lot he never gets to eat what he really wants to, fat babies. But he never would eat them because his concience won't allow it. He's a protagonist, not an antagonist.
  • August 28, 2012
    ScorpSt
    The Bone to Be Wild episode of Farscape. The Monster Of The Week needs to eat bones to survive.
  • August 28, 2012
    dyson88
    On The Smurfs Gargamel's motivation for capturing the smurfs was to eat them, Dependingonthe Writer.
  • March 19, 2017
    Kooshmeister
    Virgil Incanto in The X Files episode "2Shy." A Picky People Eater who needs to eat human fat cells in order to survive, he lures overweight women off of the Internet and kills them and consumes their fatty tissues. As he becomes increasingly desperate throughout the episode, he resorts to killing his landlord, a woman of normal body build, as well as a male police detective. Neither of them provides him with much sustenance. In the end, he is arrested and shown wasting away in prison. He is presented as a Complete Monster because he insists I Did What I Had To Do, even though there surely had to have been ways of obtaining human fat that didn't involve murdering people.

    In another X-Files episodes, the aptly-titled "Hungry," fast food worker Rob Roberts is similar to Virgil. Like him, he is a Picky People Eater (brains are his poison). Unlike Virgil, though, we're given little indication Rob needs to eat human brains to survive. It's possible he can subsist on normal food. Despite this, he is more sympathetic than Virgil because even though he doesn't have to eat brains, it's a compulsive need he has difficulty fighting. He is shown to feel intensely guilty about what he's done, and expressing a desire to be rid of his hunger for brains, up to and including seeing a psychiatrist. In the end, he proves unable to overcome his compulsion and commits Suicide By Cop by goading Mulder into killing him by attacking him.
  • March 19, 2017
    Kooshmeister
    Mr. Tod in Peter Rabbit. A pretty sophisticated, uppercrust fox, his villainy each episode revolves entirely around trying to eat the main characters.
  • March 19, 2017
    Kooshmeister
    And finally, last one I swear, heh, the denizens of Dark Falls in the Goosebumps episode "Welcome to Dead House, perhaps moreso than in the novel. Due to some kind of industrial disaster, they've been turned into what are effectively undead mutants with some qualifies of vampires who avoid direct sunlight and must (or feel they must) eat ordinary people to survive. Their evil plot in the story revolves around killing and eating the Benson family who has just moved to town. In a private meeting, there's even a discussion that the hungriest and most desperate of the townsfolk will get to eat them first. At the end, after the Bensons have used The Power Of The Sun to destroy almost all of them and are escaping, the handful of surviving mutant townspeople, including Compton Dawes, run pathetically after their retreating van, with Dawes half screaming, half pleading, "I'M HUNGRY!"
  • March 19, 2017
    TonyG
    May overlap with Villainous Glutton, although in that case their gluttony is presented as an undesirable trait to punctuate their villainy and is not necessarily their main motivation.
  • March 19, 2017
    DrNoPuma
  • March 19, 2017
    TPPR10
    I feel like this might overlap bit with Hungry Menace.
  • March 19, 2017
    AnimeboyIanpower
    The plot of Kirby's Dreamland is that King Dedede has stolen all the food in Dreamland and it's up to Kirby to get it back.
  • March 19, 2017
    Skylite
    There is a villain from The Secret Saturdays who considers cryptid a delicacy. He has had his mouth and lower jaw altered because many cryptids are smart enough to fight back.
  • March 19, 2017
    Getta
    Um, checking Hungry Menace, this looks too similar to that one...
  • March 20, 2017
    Snicka
    • The hyenas in The Lion King. Scar convinces them to help him in his ploy to take over the Pride Lands by promising them lots of food.
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