Created By: SharleeD on September 28, 2011 Last Edited By: SharleeD on October 3, 2011
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Autopsy Snack Time

A mortician, coroner, or other character who deals with dead bodies will snack while doing so

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Just as Vomiting Cop can demonstrate that someone in law enforcement isn't (yet) jaded about gory death, this trope shows just how jaded someone who works with dead bodies can get. Whether they're a Creepy Mortician showing an abnormal indifference to morbidity, or The Coroner whose mid-autopsy noshing is being Played for Laughs, expect all but the most sober of works to show people in the funerary trades munching sandwiches or french fries, or at least sipping coffee, while they've got a body on the slab.

Definitely not Truth in Television, as fleshy human remains are always classified as biohazardous material, and even bringing food near them in a sealed container is a violation of laboratory or funeral-parlor protocol. Nor would a real-life medical examiner want to risk contaminating the body, which may be evidence of a homicide.

Compare Cavalier Consumption, Pass the Popcorn.

Examples:

  • In one episode of Supernatural, the Gabester, a Reality Warper with a notorious sweet tooth, has trapped Sam and Dean in a CSI: Miami parody. while explaining the found body to the two "Horatio Caine"s, he or rather, his double slurps on a lollipop the whole time.

  • One of the coroners in Taggart would do this, popped up in Inspector Morse once or twice too.

  • There's a cell-phone service commercial in which a morgue worker's breakfast burrito falls into the cadaver he's working on, and he blithely picks it up and continues eating it. "What, you think this is wrong? What's wrong is paying too much for cell phone service."

  • I'm pretty sure that Coroner Rick does this on Stroker and Hoop.

  • In Gone In 60 Seconds, the character Sphinx is working as a coroner and puts his sandwich down on a cadaver's chest to answer the phone.

  • Doc Proutie from the Ellery Queen novels was known to do this.

  • There's an episode of Psych where the creepy coroner is eating a bag of chips while preforming an autopsy.

  • The low-budget horror flick Street Trash has one scene that takes place in a morgue, and the coroner is, in fact, munching away at a box of Chinese food while talking with the cops.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • September 28, 2011
    Medinoc
    I've never seen this. I have however, seen multiple instances of talking about the autopsy results over dinner.
  • September 28, 2011
    wanderlustwarrior
    If you do get this off the ground, compare Cavalier Consumption. If not, roll these examples into that, please.

    • In one episode of Supernatural, the Gabester, a Reality Warper with a notorious sweet tooth, has trapped Sam and Dean in a CSI Miami parody. while explaining the found body to the two "Horatio Caine"s, he or rather, his double slurps on a lollipop the whole time.
  • September 28, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    One of the coroners in Taggart would do this, popped up in Inspector Morse once or twice too.
  • September 28, 2011
    randomsurfer
    From Inappropriate Hunger (but I'm the one who contributed it in the first place).
    • There's a commercial for...Boost Mobile?...where a morgue worker's breakfast burrito falls into the cadaver he's working on, and he blithely picks it up and continues eating it. "What, you think this is wrong? What's wrong is paying too much for cell phone service."
  • September 28, 2011
    Fanra
    I'm pretty sure that Coroner Rick does this on Stroker And Hoop.
  • September 28, 2011
    Chariset
    Not sure on the title. It suggests the coroner is munching on the decedent, not just near the decedent.
  • September 28, 2011
    Calistil
    In Gone in 60 Seconds the character Sphinx is working as a coroner and puts his sandwich down on a cadaver's chest to answer the phone.
  • September 28, 2011
    Tiiba
    I think the show I saw it in was called Law and Order. Someone confirm.
  • September 28, 2011
    foxley
    Doc Proutie from the Ellery Queen novels was known to do this.
  • September 28, 2011
    AshleyC
    There's an episode of Psych where the creepy coroner is eating a bag of chips while preforming an autopsy.
  • September 28, 2011
    TonyG
    Related to Pass The Popcorn.
  • October 2, 2011
    LuxExterior
    For Film:

    • The low-budget horror flick Street Trash has one scene that takes place in a morgue, and the coroner is, in fact, munching away at a box of Chinese food while talking with the cops.
  • October 3, 2011
    Bisected8
    • Given a Take That in CSI when Doc Robbins irately says of a long retired coroner (who missed something in the original autopsy of someone who was to be exhumed) that he "held a scalpel in one hand and a hot dog in the other.".
  • October 3, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
  • October 3, 2011
    surgoshan
    • This shows up a few times in Law And Order. "This is the cleanest room in the city."
    • Likewise on Castle, the Deadpan Snarker mortician occasionally takes a meal in the mortuary.
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