Created By: Jordan on March 25, 2011 Last Edited By: Jordan on March 29, 2011

Cruelty Filled Cooking

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Up for Grabs. Related to Jabba Table Manners, Evil Tastes Good, and Fur and Loathing, this is where a villain's choice of meal allows them to show off their evil credentials. Often Played for Laughs / Comedic Sociopathy.

Tends to involve the animal being cooked or the means of killing them, but sometimes will involve a meal prepared by callously wasting food.

  • Done seriously in Last Exile in a scene where the Big Bad Delphine exults in eating a fish that had been cleaned through the use/waste of lots of water- basically, she enjoyed the fish knowing that lots of people had to subsist on putrid water to make her meal possible.
  • In Order Of The Stick, Evil Overlord General Tarquin likes to eat magical creatures and has dishes that include an organ from a phoenix, which due to the nature of the animal, was cut out while it was still alive. Lampshaded by Elan, who comments about Tarquin accidentally hiring an evil caterer.
  • The Freshman has a club of rich people who pay to eat endangered species to extinction.
  • In the episode of The Simpsons where Lisa becomes a vegetarian, she angrily asks Homer if they have any food that wasn't made from brutally slaughtered animals. Homer replies, "Well, I think the veal died of loneliness."
  • Taken to an extreme with the Affront in The Culture novel Excession. The hat of that species is being sadistic in an over-the-top way and they not only hunt in a cruel way, but they actually genetically engineer animals to be in constant fear and pain as they enjoy the taste of meat more that way.
  • Might be stretching it, but Envy in Fullmetal Alchemist and Father in Fullmetal Alchemist are shown to enjoy the taste of philosopher's stones, which contain tons of souls kept in perpetual agony. I'm not sure you can get any more cruel than that.

Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • March 25, 2011
    • A sketch on the Mark And Brian Radio Program is centered entirely around this trope, with the quality of the food sold at Kruger's Market being based on how cruelly the animals are slaughtered.
      Brian: A lot of people ask us how we can serve such tender cuts of beef and chicken day in and day out like we do. The key is in the killin'. Because our butchers, who work in the Krugers meat department, it's not just a job for them, they actually hate animals.
      Mark: Yes, at Krugers, our butchers use the bluntest objects they can find to silence and, eventually, kill the animals that we serve you in order to drag out the animal's pain and make them suffer for as long as we possibly can.
  • March 26, 2011
    • The Simpsons also featured a steakhouse where customers pick the live steer they're going to eat.
  • March 26, 2011
    Inverted in Restaurant at End of Time. The cattle is intelligent and is very happy to die to provide good steaks...
  • March 26, 2011
    Exotic Entree covers much of this.
  • March 26, 2011
    Did not know that trope existed- and it even has some of the examples I thought of- wonder if some, if not all of the other examples I thought of would fit.
  • March 26, 2011
    ^^The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe, not the end of time. (Unless you're referring to a different story.) Trope Namer for Lets Meet The Meat.
  • March 27, 2011
    Thanks. I'm always bad on remembering names.
  • March 27, 2011
  • March 27, 2011
    Some PETA ads/propaganda like to make KFC stand for things like 'Kentucky Fried Cruelty'.
  • March 28, 2011
    There is a distinction between this and Exotic Entree, though with some overlap. Exotic Entree is about villains eating exotic creatures For The Evulz. The idea here as I understand it is that the preparation of the food, regardless of the animal, is pointlessly cruel. So while some of the examples like hte Order Of The Stick one would fall into both categories (specifically the phoenix liver bit), bits like my Kruger's Market sketch or the veal that died of lonliness in The Simpsons would fall under this but not The Entree trope.
  • March 28, 2011
    Search You Tube for Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time. Cooking in a pretty cruel way.
  • March 28, 2011
    • In Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings movies, Gollum's eating habits are somewhat indicative of his corrupted character. And then there's Denethor, who's eating right after he sent his son off into certain death. On the audio commentary, Jackson commented about how intercutting eating and war can give a very weird vibe in a movie.
  • March 28, 2011
    The infamouse dinner scene in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • March 28, 2011
    Someone forget south park. Eric Cartman makes chili out of Scott Tenorman's parents. And then he drink's his tears. And then when he finds out that he killed is father, he's disappointed because that makes him a ginger. Evil enough?
  • March 29, 2011
    Katekyo Hitman Reborn: One character specializes in cooking (and using in combat) poisoned food. She is so awesome at cooking poisoned food that not only has she lost the ability to cook non-poisoned food, but food becomes poisoned at her mere touch. How was she missed?