Created By: dwarfbucket1 on July 17, 2012 Last Edited By: PsiPaula4 on March 19, 2013
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In A Stew

A character tries to cook a character into stew in a big black cauldron.

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Bugs Bunny: "Hey, what's cooking, chief? Mmm, something smells good. What's for dinner?"
Hiawatha: "Rabbit stew."

Bob and Alice are lost in the woods, when suddenly, a wolf that talks and walks on two legs invites him to his cave for dinner. Bob and Alice accept the invitation, only to wind up in a big black stewpot full of soup while the wolf chops carrots and other ingredients into the broth.

Other likely culprits are a Cannibal Tribe preparing a cannibal stew, a Big Red Devil boiling sinners in Hell while prodding them with a pitch-fork, or a Wicked Witch looking to use up those leftover German kids she has lying around.

Was very common in the Golden Age Of Animation, usually along with a gag about the person being stewed wanting to know what smells so good, or why his "bath" water seems like it's getting hotter and hotter.


Examples:

Anime & Manga

  • In Ranma ˝, Ryoga was captured by Genma and the tour guide while in pig form. For some reason, they decide the best way to cook him is to throw him into a pot of boiling water- while still alive. Fortunately for Ryoga, hot water turns him back into a human. "Oh, it is poor person! Now we cannot eat!"

Film -- Animated

  • Seen in Surf's Up, where the oblivious Chicken Joe thinks the native Pen Guans are giving him a hot tub bath.

Film -- Live Action

  • In the orgy scene from Conan the Barbarian, a large black cauldron is carried in, containing what appears to be pea soup. It actually contains a soup made from human corpses (the cultists are cannibals).

Jokes

  • Two explorers are captured by cannibals, stripped naked, and thrown in a cauldron of water. The water starts to get hot and the explorers begin to panic. Suddenly, one of them starts snickering. "What's so funny?" "I just peed in their soup."

Literature

  • When trolls capture The Hobbit's party and are arguing about how to cook them, this is one option they consider.
  • In The Road To Oz Dorothy and company encounter the Scoodlers who capture them for soup. Although they escape without ever actually going in to the cauldron, they do see the Scoodlers preparing the cauldron and discussing what vegetables to use.
  • In the H. Rider Haggard novel She, a tribe of cannibals follow a ritual where they heat a large pot red hot, pick it up with handles and then throw it over the victim.
  • In some versions of Three Little Pigs where the big bad wolf attempts to get into the third pig's house via the chimney (after failing to blow it down). What he doesn't know is that the third pig has a boiling pot over the fire, and the wolf gets cooked in it.
  • In the children's book Wombat Stew, a dingo has one of these ready to cook the wombat in. Being a book for young children, the wombat gets rescued before he's put into the pot.

Live Action TV

  • In Black Tie Affair, a short-lived TV series from 1993, one of the major characters is a clothing designer, and they're shooting photos for his upcoming catalog. The shoot in this instance is of a (white, female) explorer trussed up in a pot surrounded by natives. The black male models playing the natives complain that it's racist, so they are dressed as lawyers instead - but they still have the girl trussed up in a big pot.
  • The Lost Tribe of the Orinocco attempt to cook Tim and Bill in a pot in an episode of The Goodies.
  • In the Dinosaurs episode "Monster Under the Bed" the eponymous monster plans to cook Robbie, Charlene and Baby in a big cauldron, but doesn't get around to putting them in before he's stopped. We do see him preparing the vegetables that go in the pot along with them.

Video Games

  • In Grandia, the hero and the heroine search for the lost Token Mini-Moe in the valley. When they found her Non-Human Sidekick flying madly around her bag and a cauldron full of stew, the hero got enraged and the heroine fainted. Subverted, of course. video here
  • The final scene of Jungle Hunt for the Atari involves rescuing a lady being slowly lowered into a cauldron by a cannibal tribe.
  • In some Kirby games, Kirby can get the chef hat, a single-use ability that sucks all the enemies on-screen into a pot of stew and cooks them into recovery items. In Super Smash Brothers Brawl, this is Kirby's Final Smash attack.
  • In Secret of Mana, the hero gets captured by goblins who put him in a cooking pot, and stays there until the heroine rescues him.
  • In the old PC quest game Toonstruck, there was a B.B.Wolf who tried to do this to the protagonist.
  • Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure: If the goblins spot Zack in "Flute of the Growlin' Goblins", they toss him into a pot and stew him.
  • In Ōkamiden, Chibiterasu and Manpuku fall into a giant pot of soup. The demon cooking it decides to cook them with the soup, but Manpuku saves himself and Chibi from being boiled to death... by drinking the entire soup.
    • There is another example of this trope not so long afterward; Charity is tricked into approaching a large pot by the demons after refusing to cook for Orochi, and is pushed into there about to be boiled, but Chibiterasu saves her.

Webcomics

  • In Homestuck, the crocodiles who live on the Land of Heat and Clockwork greet Dave Strider--the hero of their land--by sticking him in a cauldron of hot water and pelting him with onion slices. Dave just climbs out, and the crocodiles don't bother him again. Whether they actually wanted to eat Dave, or the entire thing was just a weird greeting (as Terezi claimed) is never clarified.

Web Original

  • The Homestar Runner game Thy Dungeonman 3. The Fat, Fat Friar clonks Thy Dungeonman over the head with a mutton chop and throws him in a stew pot to cook.
  • The webcomic Banished! depicts a scene where the (alien) protagonist is captured by Amazons and thrown in a cauldron. he pees in the water, telling them "That's what you get for not killing your food before you cook it."

Western Animation

  • Happens to Bugs Bunny countless times:
    • Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt. A joke version of the Native American mythological character tries to capture Bugs and cook him in a pot.
    • Which is Witch?. While Bugs is exploring Darkest Africa, a witch doctor tries to cook him in a pot - not to eat him, but to use him as an ingredient in a potion.
    • Rabbitson Crusoe. While they're trapped on a desert island, Yosemite Sam tries to cook Bugs by throwing him in a stewing pot.
    • Bill of Hare. Bugs is trying to cook a meal in a kettle. The Tasmanian Devil comes along and throws Bugs into his own pot.
    • Wackiki Wabbit. A couple of castaways try to cook Bugs in a pot.
    • 8 Ball Bunny. While Bugs is taking a penguin back to the South Pole, both of them are captured by South American natives and put in a huge stew pot to cook.
    • Rabbit's Feat, where Wile E. Coyote tries to cook him this way.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: The cajun fox tries to do this to Muriel to make Cajun Granny Stew.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: during the Season 3 finale, Rainbow Dash is trussed up and put in a pot by Fluttershy's animals. They even get out the fancy wall-shadows and dance around the pot!
    • Also mentioned in this song with regards to a character who is an allegedly evil witch.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: Rocky & Bullwinkle got caught and tossed in a cauldron. Executives complained because it was portraying cannibalism. Writers responded by Lampshading the fact that, since Rocky was a squirrel & Bullwinkle a moose, and the savages were human, by definition it wasn't cannibalism.
  • In the Tex Avery MGM Cartoon "What's Buzzin', Buzzard?", a vulture cooks another in a pot. The vulture in the pot smells something cooking and asks for a taste, and it's only when he bites into his own leg that he realizes what's going on.
  • Tom and Jerry:
    • In the short "Heavenly Puss", Tom's fate if he doesn't atone to Jerry is Fire and Brimstone Hell, where Spike as a Big Red Devil has a cauldron ready to put him into.
    • In "His Mouse Friday", Jerry dresses in blackface and forces Tom into a pot as he cuts up the vegetables. This cartoon is rarely shown anymore due to the fact that it makes Mammy Two-Shoes look progressive.
  • Used in Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword, the gang comes upon a tribe of cannibals and get put in a pot. But only the guys.
  • A tribe of pygmies try to do this to Rebecca Cunningham in the Talespin episode "The Bigger They Are, The Louder They Oink." She doesn't like it.
  • On an episode of Spongebob Squarepants, Patrick (starving in the wild) tries to cook Spongebob in a soup, complete with carrot bits.

Real Life

  • Cauldrons of this size can be used to scald hogs -- dipping them briefly in boiling water so their bristles can be removed from the hide.
Community Feedback Replies: 59
  • July 17, 2012
    abk0100
    We seriously don't have this already?

    Obviously, there are some Bugs Bunny examples. I'll look into it.
  • July 17, 2012
    lordGacek
    Don't forget all the African cannibal tribes and their tribe-sized cauldrons, from cartoons as well as films (as late as King Solomon's Mines from the 80's, IIRC).
  • July 17, 2012
    lexicon
    Bob And Alice In A Stew has happened many times, just like People Sitting On Chairs.
  • July 17, 2012
    Generality
    When the characters are all human, this is often used as a visual shortcut to show that someone has been Captured By Cannibals or something to do with a Cannibal Tribe.
  • July 17, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    ^^It's tropable because it's a cliche', when probably very few people who were ever eaten by cannibals were stewed in a giant cauldron.
    • In the H. Rider Haggard novel She, a tribe of cannibals follow a ritual where they heat a large pot red hot, pick it up with handles and then throw it over the victim.
    • Real Life: cauldrons that large were used to scald hogs- dipping them briefly in boiling water so their bristles could be removed from the hide. Dunno if they were ever used for cooking.

  • July 17, 2012
    TonyG
    • Happened to Bugs Bunny in countless cartoons.
    • Seen in Surfs Up, where the oblivious Chicken Joe thinks the native Pen Guans are giving him a hot tub bath.
  • July 17, 2012
    abk0100
    ^^Also, even if you were going to cook a person into a stew in real life, you'd have to kill and butcher them first. You wouldn't just throw them into a big pot alive.
  • July 17, 2012
    Dacilriel
    Literature:

    In The Road To Oz Dorothy and company encounter the Scoodlers who capture them for soup. Although they escape without ever actually going in to the cauldron, they do see the Scoodlers preparing the cauldron and discussing what vegetables to use.
  • July 17, 2012
    randomsurfer
    A bit of Fridge Logic insofar as how the presumably savage tribes could smelt & shape a perfectly round cast iron pot.

    • Rocky And Bullwinkle: Rocky & Bullwinkle got caught and tossed in a cauldron. Executives complained because it was portraying cannibalism. Writers responded by Lampshading the fact that, since Rocky was a squirrel & Bullwinkle a moose, and the savages were human, by definition it wasn't cannibalism.
    • I'm pretty sure this came up in an episode of Gilligans Island but I can't identify it right now.
    • Black Tie Affair, a short-lived TV series from 1993. One of the major characters is a clothing designer and they're shooting photos for his upcoming catalog. The shoot in this instance is of a (white, female) explorer trussed up in a pot surrounded by natives. The black male models playing the natives complain that it's racist, so they are dressed as lawyers instead - but they still have the girl trussed up in a big pot.
  • July 18, 2012
    Arivne
    Western Animation
    • Bugs Bunny shorts where this occurs.
      • Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt. A joke version of the Native American mythological character tries to capture Bugs and cook him in a pot.
      • Which is Witch?. While Bugs is exploring Darkest Africa a witch doctor tries to cook him in a pot - not to eat him, but to use him as an ingredient in a potion.
      • Rabbitson Crusoe. While they're trapped on a desert island, Yosemite Sam tries to cook Bugs by throwing him in a stewing pot.
      • Bill of Hare. Bugs is trying to cook a meal in a kettle. The Tasmanian Devil comes along and throws Bugs into his own pot.
  • July 18, 2012
    Arivne
    For some reason I can't edit the above post, so continuing here.

    Western Animation
    • Bugs Bunny shorts where this occurs.
      • Wackiki Wabbit. A couple of castaways try to cook Bugs in a pot.
      • 8 Ball Bunny. While Bugs is taking a penguin back to the South Pole, both of them are captured by South American natives and put in a huge stew pot to cook.
  • July 18, 2012
    catwhowalksbyhimself
    There was a Shirley Temple short where this happened, but I can't remember the name of it.
  • July 18, 2012
    DennisDunjinman
    This occurred in the Homestar Runner game Thy Dungeonman 3. The Fat, Fat Friar clonks Thy Dungeonman over the head with a mutton chop and throws him in a stew pot to cook.
  • July 18, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror episodes:
      • In one parodying "Hansel And Gretel" Bart bastes himself in anticipation of being put in the oven.
      • In another it is discovered that Bart is immune to Zombification; the other non-zombies plan to eat him in order to aquire his immunity but it ends up he just takes a bath in their soup, which works out to practically the same thing.
  • July 19, 2012
    nitrokitty
  • July 19, 2012
    Luigifan
    Does this count as a Sub Trope of Death Trap?
  • July 19, 2012
    aurora369
    Trolls from The Hobbit were arguing about how to cook Bilbo and the dwarves, and one option was this.
  • July 19, 2012
    aurora369
    In the old PC quest game Toonstruck, there was a B.B.Wolf who tried to do this to the protagonist.
  • July 20, 2012
    TBeholder
    Cannibal's Cauldron?
  • July 20, 2012
    TonyG
    • In the Tex Avery MGM Cartoon "What's Buzzin', Buzzard?", a vulture cooks another in a pot. The vulture in the pot smells something cooking and asks for a taste, and it's only when he bites into his own leg that he realizes what's going on.
    • On the Tom And Jerry short "Heavenly Puss", Tom's fate if he doesn't atone to Jerry is Fire And Brimstone Hell, where Spike as a Big Red Devil has a cauldron ready to put him into.
  • July 20, 2012
    Frank75
    ^On the latter example: Hell is often depicted like that.
  • July 20, 2012
    cygnavamp
    • Another Tom And Jerry cartoon called "His Mouse Friday" had Jerry dress in blackface and force Tom into a pot as well as cut up the vegetables he will be served with. This cartoon is rarely shown anymore due to the fact that it makes Mammy Two-Shoes look progressive.

    • Many of the Bugs Bunny shorts featuring Witch Hazel have her attempting to cook Bugs up in a cauldron.

    • In Ranma1/2, Ryoga was captured by Genma and the tour guide while in pig form. For some reason, they decide the best way to cook him is to throw him into a pot of boiling water- while still alive. Fortunately for Ryoga, hot water turns him back into a human. "Oh, it is poor person! Now we cannot eat!"
  • July 20, 2012
    Jordan
    To help this out, wanted to note a trope that will often use this- Invited As Dinner.

    Also, like Cannibal Cauldron / Cannibals Cauldron for a title.
  • July 20, 2012
    JonnyB
    If memory serves, Hope and Crosby end up in a stew at some point in Road To Zanzibar.
  • July 20, 2012
    PS3D
  • September 4, 2012
    abk0100
    Is OP still around? Can I take this over?
  • September 5, 2012
    Arivne
    This YKTTW was created on July 17th 2012. Our Up For Grabs policy says that a YKTTW draft becomes automatically Up For Grabs after two months of inactivity by the OP (Original Poster).

    Two months is September 17th, 12 days from now.

    Oh, and by the way: if you think that two months is too long to wait, I'd have to agree with you.
  • September 5, 2012
    abk0100
    two month's, eh? Well, I at least added the examples (except a couple of the unsure ones like Road To Zanzibar and Gilligan's Island, I'll have to search for info on those first)
  • September 5, 2012
    Momochi
    In Grandia, the hero and the heroine search for the lost Token Mini Moe in the valley. When they found her Non Human Sidekick flying madly around her bag and a cauldron full of stew, the hero got enraged and the heroine fainted. Subverted, of course.

    video here
  • September 5, 2012
    captainsandwich
  • September 5, 2012
    elwoz
    Big black cauldrons are also commonly used to brew up magic potions. I think this is related at least to the extent that the classic Wicked Witch isn't averse to cooking pesky humans for dinner, also brews potions, and might use the same cauldron for both.
  • September 6, 2012
    JonnyB
    Related: In the orgy scene from Conan The Barbarian, a large black cauldron is carried in, containing what appears to be pea soup. It actually contains a soup made from human corpses (the cultists are cannibals).
  • September 6, 2012
    triassicranger
    Literature
    • There is a version of The Three Little Pigs where the big bad wolf attempts to get into the third pig's house via the chimney (after failing to blow it down). What he doesn't know is that the third pig has a boiling pot over the fire, and the wolf gets cooked in it.
  • September 6, 2012
    PapercutChainsaw
    In the children's book Wombat Stew, a dingo has one of these ready to cook the wombat in. Needless to say though, this being a book for young children, the wombat gets rescued before he is even put into the pot.
  • September 6, 2012
    polarbear2217
    Video Games
    • Zack And Wiki- if the goblins spot Zack in "Flute of the Growlin' Goblins", they toss him into a pot and stew him.
  • September 6, 2012
    dvorak
    The Webcomic Banished! depicts a scene where the (alien) protagonist is captured by Amazons and thrown in a cauldron. he pees in the water, telling them "That's what you get for not killing your food before you cook it."
  • September 6, 2012
    NimmerStill
    • In Secret Of Mana, the hero gets captured by goblins who put him in a cooking pot, and stays there until the heroine rescues him.
  • September 7, 2012
    abk0100
    added examples down to here.

    Any more opinions on the name? Cannibal Cauldron sounds okay, but I also think In A Stew works.
  • September 7, 2012
    foxley
    The Lost Tribe of the Orinocco attempt to cook Tim and Bill in a pot in an episode of The Goodies.
  • September 8, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In the Dinosaurs episode "Monster Under the Bed" the eponymous monster plans to cook Robbie, Charlene and Baby in a big cauldron, but doesn't get around to putting them in before he's stopped. We do see him preparing the vegetables that go in the pot along with them.
  • September 9, 2012
    JohnDiFool
    Another Bugs Bunny ex. would be Rabbit's Feat, where Wile E. Coyote tries to cook him.
  • January 18, 2013
    elwoz
    Bump; I think this is done.
  • January 18, 2013
    TheAnswer
  • January 18, 2013
    StarSword
  • February 3, 2013
    TheAnswer
    Launch it, I think it's ready.
  • February 3, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • A tribe of pygmies try to do this to Rebecca Cunningham in the Talespin episode "The Bigger They Are, The Louder They Oink." She doesn't like it.
  • February 3, 2013
    Gwendy
    During German band [[Main/Rammstein Rammstein's]] Völkerball and Made in Germany tours, during their performance of "Mein Teil", lead singer Till would dress up as a blood-drenched chef, and "cook" their keyboardist Flake in a giant black pot with a flamethrower.
  • March 14, 2013
    IMpish
    Could this be listed as a Subtrope of Im A Humanitarian?
  • March 14, 2013
    IMpish
    Western Animation
    • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: during the Season 3 finale, Rainbow Dash is trussed up and put in a pot by Fluttershy's animals. They even get out the fancy wall-shadows and dance around the pot!
  • March 14, 2013
    PsiPaula4
    Video Games
    • In Okamiden, Chibiterasu and Manpuku fall into a giant pot of soup. The demon cooking it decides to cook them with the soup, but Manpuku saves himself and Chibi from being boiled to death... by drinking the entire soup.

  • March 18, 2013
    StarSword
    Jokes:
    • Two explorers are captured by cannibals, stripped naked, and thrown in a cauldron of water. The water starts to get hot and the explorers begin to panic. Suddenly, one of them starts snickering. "What's so funny?" "I just peed in their soup."
  • March 18, 2013
    PsiPaula4
    Personally, I'd add Im A Humanitarian somewhere in the description because this trope is definitely related to it in some way, but, I'm not totally sure if it qualifies as a subtrope or related trope. I'm putting my money on related, because it would only be a subtrope if it's a human boiling another human in a pot, and clearly, not all examples are of that kind.
  • March 18, 2013
    mightymewtron
    In one episode of Spongebob Squarepants, Patrick (starving in the wild) tries to cook Spongebob into a soup, complete with carrots bits.
  • March 18, 2013
    DracMonster
    Cannibal Cauldron is better (Or Cannibal Cauldron Crisis). In A Stew sounds like a trope about worrying. Although I guess being eaten by cannibals is a good reason to worry. In A Stew Over The Hungry Cannibals? (Yes I'm joking)
  • March 18, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^If this trope gets launched, I've got a feeling that it'll go under Food Tropes, Comedy Tropes, Animated Tropes, and Just For Pun.
  • March 19, 2013
    PsiPaula4
    ^^I Like Cannibal Cauldron, but as I said several comments ago, the thing with that is, this trope isn't just about cannibals. Just look at the Bugs Bunny examples. Would Cannibal Cauldron still be a good name, with that in mind? The name is the exact reason I have not launched this by now, I don't like In A Stew. It could be better. Anyone?
  • March 19, 2013
    m8e
  • March 19, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^Seconding Stewed Alive!
  • March 19, 2013
    PsiPaula4
    ^That's a good name. I'll launch this right now with that name.

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