Eat The Summoner
Alice is a Sealed Evil in a Can. Bob, either because he was promised something like immortality or riches, thinks he can control her, or he thinks Alice isn't as evil as everyone says she is, tries to free her. After a bit of hard work, and possibly some out maneuvering of people with more common sense, Bob frees Alice. However, rather than rewarding Bob for his service or even giving him a simple thank you, Alice tosses Bob into her mouth and eats him without a second thought. This trope when somebody frees or summons a Sealed Evil in a Can only to immediately get eaten by she/he/it. A sub-trope of Evil Is Not a Toy and a common fate of cultists summoning an Eldritch Abomination. One of the hazards of calling up what you can't put down. Is also a sub-trope of You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness.
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- This happens to Samantha the necromancer in episode 3 of Soul Eater when she summons Wrath of the Pharaoh, because of all his undead subjects she'd taken control of by that point.
- In The Bartimaeus Trilogy it's generally stated that demons will attempt to eat their summoners if they fail to draw a proper pentagram or stray outside of it. Bartimaeus himself alludes to having eaten a few wizards who made silly mistakes in the past. In book two a wizard is eaten by a demon because he copied the summoning circle from a book whose printer had deliberately drawn it wrong in revenge for the wizard assaulting and crippling his son years earlier in the prologue.
- In "Demon Lord of Karanda", part of the Mallorean by David Eddings, this is a common fate of sorcerers. The sorcerer can only maintain control of a summoned demon by continuously reciting spells at it. If he gets it wrong, he gets eaten.
- In The Last Battle, Shift uses the humans' fear of Tash to increase his own wealth and fame. This involves posing as Tash's high priest/chosen one and constantly threatening to sic Tash on Shift's enemies. The real Tash eventually learns about this, and he is NOT impressed.
Tash: Here I am. What hast thou to say?
- In Dark Cloud once the Dark Genie is free it eats the person who organized the ceremony. The creature justifies this by saying that it hadn't eaten in 400 years and was hungry.
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