Created By: Skaolloaks on February 20, 2012

Eat the Dead Guy's Apple

Kill someone, casually snack on their food

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This usually crops up in crime dramas as a way to show how cold-blooded a killer is. The victim comes home with an armload of groceries and is brutally ambushed. After the deed, the murderer will stoop to pick up a dropped food item, usually an apple, and take a bite as they calmly leave the scene. Most recently, this appeared in an episode of "Boardwalk Empire" to illustrate the violent and callous nature of a young Al Capone.
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  • February 20, 2012
    In one episode of Dexter, Dexter manages to combine his life as a caring boyfriend and his life as a serial killer by taking milk he was supposed to pick up from his victim-of-the-episode's fridge.

    I can't remember if he killed the guy or just injured him, but I remember a Burn Notice episode where Michael casually takes sparkplugs he needs or his car after dealing with an adversary.
  • February 20, 2012
    • In the Team Fortress 2 video "Meet the Scout", the RED Scout eats the BLU Heavy's sandwich after beating him up. For extra points, he's actually sitting on the unconscious Heavy's chest while he eats.
  • February 21, 2012
    Compare The Snack Is More Interesting, where a character snacks casually to show their confidence and/or lack of interest in the situation.

  • February 21, 2012
  • February 21, 2012
    ^^^ In the Burn Notice episode the sparkplugs do not belong to the bad guy. They fight it out in a school's metalshop and the sparkplugs belong to the school.
  • February 21, 2012
    ^Ah, thanks for the clarification.
  • April 30, 2012
    Bumping this hopefully because just saw an example:
    • In the second series of Game Of Thrones, a Torture Technician known as The Tickler is shown calmly eating a pear while supervising people being tortured to death. In the next episode, Arya Stark requests that Hitman With A Heart Jaqen kill The Tickler, and at the end of the episode, The Tickler is found having seemingly fallen to his death and Jaqen smiles from the window with a pear in hand.

    Edit- Also, this trope itself could be considered a more serious version of Enemy Eats Your Lunch.
  • May 1, 2012
    In Tombstone, a gang of criminal cowboys massacre everyone at a Mexican wedding, and afterwards, sit at a table and eat all the food for the wedding.
  • May 1, 2012
  • May 1, 2012
    ^@Generality - Jules was the only one who ate their food. When he asked Vince if he wanted any, Vince turned it down 'cuz he was busy searching for the briefcase.

    Also, that took place before the killing, not after, as specified in the OP.
  • May 1, 2012
    ^Yes, Pulp Fiction is an example of the related Enemy Eats Your Lunch.
  • May 1, 2012
    • This has been known to get murderers caught in Real Life when they get a snack out of their victim's fridge afterwards...leaving extra fingerprints and possibly some saliva in the process.
  • May 1, 2012
    In Monty Pythons Flying Circus, the self-defense instructor eats the banana of the man whom he shot after asking him to attack him with it.
  • May 1, 2012
    When I first saw the trope title, I thought it had to do with eating a dead guy's Adam's apple. Probably Needs A Better Title.
  • May 1, 2012
    Al Capone does this after capping one of the D'Alessio brothers in the first-season finale of Boardwalk Empire.
  • May 3, 2012
    Nick Cave's song, "Deanna", about a murderous duo of lovers::

    "We will eat out of their pantries And their parlours Ashy leaving in their beds And we'll unload into their heads"