Created By: Archabacteria on February 1, 2013 Last Edited By: XFllo on August 22, 2013
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Romantic Spoonfeeding

Dinner is prepared and inserted straight into a love interest's mouth.

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A use of Through His Stomach, with an excuse to get physically close to the Love Interest.

One person puts food into another's mouth as a romantic gesture. Very frequently, the feeding character will say a variant of "Say 'AAAH'" to the one that is being fed. The sensual aspects of the feeding get emphasis (doing it slowly, with a hand cupped under the other person's chin, maybe letting a fingertip linger in the recipient's mouth...you get the idea).

Often an action of Sickeningly Sweethearts.

Compare Sweetheart Sipping, Chocolate of Romance, and also Erotic Eating. Spaghetti Kiss is a related trope.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Princess Mononoke, when Ashitaka is injured and can't feed himself, San tries to put a strip of dried meat in his mouth. When he turns out to be too weak even to chew it, she takes it back, chews it up herself, and gently spits it into his mouth in a kiss. Slightly squicky but totally played as romantic.
  • Played with in Berserk: Schierke tries to feed a bedridden Guts this way, but realizes what it looks like (she has a very obvious Precocious Crush on him), panics, and Guts end up with a bowlful of very hot soup to the face.
  • Appears in episode 5 Infinite Stratos where Ichika ends up with his entire harem trying to feed him at once. The solution was to have everybody feed each other.
  • Parodied in Fairy Tail chapter 545.5. Juvia tries to invoke this by spoon feeding her beloved Gray, but he, already oblivious to her affections, is even more put off by how horrible the food is.

Film
  • Played with in the film Ever After. The pretty stepsister invokes this--the prince goes to hand her a treat (we find out later it's chocolate), and she closes her eyes and opens her mouth suggestively. The prince is obviously not aroused, and actually looks a little disturbed by it, but he feeds it to her.
  • In Nine And A Half Weeks the two lead characters feed each other in front of an open refrigerator as foreplay.
  • Parodied in Hot Shots!! Part Deux, where Topper and his gal feed each other. At one point Topper fries an egg on her belly.

Literature
  • A couple of examples in the Deryni books:
    • Duke Jared McLain and Lady Vera Howard are seen feeding each other during a banquet in Childe Morgan.
    • Princess Janniver and Sir Jatham Kilshane spoonfeed each other during their wedding banquet in King Kelson's Bride.
    • Late in King Kelson's Bride, Princess Richelle Haldane is seen feeding grapes to her fiance Brecon Ramsay while they're on a hunting trip with other members of their families.

Live Action TV
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • In "Slutty Pumpkin", Marshal and Lily are dressed in matching Halloween outfits and share dinner -- Lily spoonfeeds Marshal. They later also share a dessert.
    • Robin is reluctant to do any lovey-dovey stuff with Mike in "Slutty Pumpkin". Mike wants her to taste his chicken, but she refuses and defies the trope. Lily tells her she should be more girlfriend-like and she attempts to share her sundae, but she likes it too much, so it doesn't really work out well.
    • In "Something Blue", Marshal and Lily try to spoon-feed each other at their wedding with the cake. Lily is completely drunk and sees Marshal's face twice or thrice, and she falls down.
    • When Ted dates Catey, a girl a talks too much (her annoying habbit which he only realized when others pointed it out), they are shown cooking together and feeding one another in their being-in-love-and-very-happy montage.

Video Games
  • In The Sims 2, one of the romantic interactions available when characters are eating at a table together is "feed a bite". The Sim initiating the interaction takes food off his/her own plate with the fork, and offers it to his/her partner. The partner either accepts it, which improves their relationship score, or is disgusted, with predictable results.
  • Jam is shown trying spoonfeeding the target of her affections, Ky Kiske, in her third Guilty Gear XX story ending, having taken a nervous Ky on a picnic and attempting to feed him heart-shaped chocolates with her chopsticks.

Webcomics
  • In Sonichu, Punchy Sonichu feeds a french fry to Layla Flaaffy while they're eating together at McDonald's.

Western Animation
  • Parodied on Family Guy when Peter realizes the fatter Lois is the more turned on by her he gets.

Real Life
  • A part of wedding traditions in some cultures. During the dinner, bride and groom feed each other, sometimes with cake or the main course. Suffice to say, both are usually so nervous that they can barely eat anything.

Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • February 1, 2013
    StarSword
    Don't think we have this, actually, though we due have Erotic Eating (e.g. Kaylee with the strawberries in Firefly)
  • February 1, 2013
    McKathlin
    Hm, a combination of the Through His Stomach principle with an excuse to get physically close to the Love Interest. I think this is tropable.

    I just know I've seen this in advertising and probably film as well, though I can't remember specifics. In Real Life, the tradition of the bride and groom cutting the first piece of wedding cake frequently includes Romantic Feeding.
  • February 1, 2013
    Archabacteria
    Hmm. Alright then. I've edited it a bit to relate it to other tropes now(or rather I just said the same thing Mc Kathlin said with a bit of different wording). Not sure if that belongs at the top or the bottom, so I just put it on the first line that may or may not appear in the actual trope page.
  • February 1, 2013
    Megaptera
    I don't know if you need to separate out those two scenarios -- it seems like an awfully little detail, whether or not he cooked the food. Plus, there are other factors that might not even be included in your description, since the feeder doesn't always deliberately not give cutlery to the eater. The important thing here is that one person puts food into another's mouth as a romantic gesture. The most common way I've seen it done is the Fancy Dinner scene, where it's in a restaurant so they both have cutlery and neither of them prepared the food. Okay, on to examples.

    Anime and Manga
    • In Princess Mononoke, when Ashitaka is injured and can't feed himself, San tries to put a strip of dried meat in his mouth. When he turns out to be too weak even to chew it, she takes it back, chews it up herself, and gently spits it into his mouth in a kiss. Slightly squicky but totally played as romantic.

    Video Games
    • In The Sims 2, one of the romantic interactions available when characters are eating at a table together is "feed a bite". The Sim initiating the interaction takes food off his/her own plate with the fork, and offers it to his/her partner. The partner either accepts it, which improves their relationship score, or is disgusted, with predictable results.
  • February 1, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    Very frequently, the feeding character will say a variant of "Say 'AAAH' <3" to the one that is being fed.
  • February 2, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    Often an action of Sickeningly Sweethearts.
  • February 5, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • In Nine And A Half Weeks the two lead characters feed each other in front of an open refrigerator as foreplay.
      • Parodied in Hot Shots! Part Deux, where Topper and his gal feed each other. At one point Topper fries an egg on her belly.
      • Also parodied on Family Guy when Peter realizes the fatter Lois is the more turned on by her he gets.
  • June 25, 2013
    xanderiskander
    I think Romantic Spoonfeeding might sound better with this trope's context.
  • June 25, 2013
    X2X
    Video Games
    • Jam is shown trying this on the target of her affections, Ky Kiske, in her third Guilty Gear XX story ending, having taken a nervous Ky on a picnic and attempting to feed him heart-shaped chocolates with her chopsticks.
  • June 27, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    Webcomics
    • In Sonichu, Punchy Sonichu feeds a french fry to Layla Flaaffy while they're eating together at McDonald's.
  • June 27, 2013
    lilliterra
    • Real life: There is a tradition (somebody back me up here) at weddings for the bride and groom to hand-feed each other cake.
  • June 28, 2013
    TooBah
    • Played with in the film Ever After. The pretty stepsister invokes this--the prince goes to hand her a treat (we find out later it's chocolate), and she closes her eyes and opens her mouth suggestively. The prince is obviously not aroused, and actually looks a little disturbed by it, but he feeds it to her.
  • June 28, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Did some formatting.
  • June 28, 2013
    Chabal2
    Played with in Berserk: Schierke tries to feed a bedridden Guts this way, but realizes what it looks like (she has a very obvious Precocious Crush on him), panics, and Guts end up with a bowlful of very hot soup to the face.
  • July 1, 2013
    xanderiskander
  • July 9, 2013
    randomsurfer
    My apologies for not being clear. 9 1/2 Weeks is a live action film, not Western Animation. Hot Shots! Part Deux is likewise a live action film which parodied the scene in Weeks, as did an episode of Family Guy.

    Also compare Erotic Eating.
  • July 19, 2013
    DAN004
    Spaghetti Kiss is a related trope.
  • July 30, 2013
    InTheMirror
    I added the Real Life example.

    • In How I Met Your Mother, Marshal and Lily spoon-feed each other at their wedding with their cake. Or Marshal tries because Lily is completely drunk.
  • July 30, 2013
    kirbymaster7491
    I know this is going to have a lot of Anime and Manga examples. Also, I added the Infinite Stratos example. It pops up a few more times in the show, but that was the most ridiculous instance.
    • Appears in episode 5 Infinite Stratos where Ichika ends up with his entire harem trying to feed him at once. The solution was to have everybody feed each other.
  • August 3, 2013
    KingZeal
    • Parodied in Fairy Tail chapter 545.5. Juvia tries to invoke this by spoon feeding her beloved Gray, but he, already oblivious to her affections, is even more put off by how horrible the food is.
  • August 5, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    Literature
    • A couple of examples in the Deryni books: Duke Jared McLain and Lady Vera Howard are seen doing this during a banquet in Childe Morgan, and Princess Janniver and Sir Jatham Kilshane do this during their wedding banquet in King Kelson's Bride.

    Can we get a good pic for this?
  • August 12, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    @ the OP If you still think the description needs help, you might note that the sensual aspects of the feeding get emphasis (doing it slowly, with a hand cupped under the other person's chin, maybe letting a fingertip linger in the recipient's mouth...you get the idea).
  • August 12, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch plz?
  • August 13, 2013
    XFllo
    The OP doesn't seem interested any more. I'll launch it soon if you don't mind.
  • August 13, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    ^ Well then, you might want to add to the description along those lines. I still hope we can find a good pic for this.

    BTW I forgot to add another point to my Deryni example: late in King Kelson's Bride, Princess Richelle Haldane is seen feeding grapes to her fiance Brecon Ramsay while they're on a hunting trip with other members of their families.
  • August 15, 2013
    XFllo
    I added more examples from How I Met Your Mother.

    How about this for an image?

    Marshal and Lily

  • August 16, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    Brilliant! Even got the hand under the chin bit.
  • August 16, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch plz.
  • August 16, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Any chance we could do an image picking thread? The current image seems too dark, and hard to see what they're doing.
  • August 17, 2013
    XFllo
    @ xanderiskander: Of course. That's the best way of choosing a good pic actually. :-)

    @ DAN 004: You Could Always Edit It Yourself. DAN, why don't you launch it yourself? This is a community of volunteers. I was gonna launch it as the OP is not active which makes it Up For Grabs and a Free Launch, but now... why don't you do it? ;-)
  • August 17, 2013
    IAmATropist
  • August 17, 2013
    DAN004
    @ X Fllo: Well I've launched someone else's YKTTW before. I just wanna make sure I don't feel objected of launching it.

    Okay, you asked it, you get it. :)
  • August 22, 2013
    Archabacteria
    Yep, I was alright with launching it. I wasn't disinterested, I was just busy with a lot of stuff lately.
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