Created By: JET73LJuly 24, 2009
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Ascended To Carnivorism

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Sometimes, with Carnivore Confusion, all animals are omnivores. Sometimes, only the evil characters eat meat; herbivores eat plants, and "good" carnivores go vegan or eat bugs. Sometimes, carnivores eat meat, herbovores eat plants, and there's nothing anyone can do short of replacing their digestive system... but in the last case, one of the herbivores, a prey animal, might get upset... might get a little obsessive about the injustice... might "crack" a little. Followed by the terrifying (or hilarious) sight of a wildebeest trampling a lion to death and feasting on the corpse.

Anime and Manga
  • In Tales of the Dark Forest, a half-crazy unicorn decides that if he eats the entire corpse of a human, he can gain human powers including a digestive tract that can handle meat. He's right, by coincidence.

Film
  • In The Wild, the wildebeest antagonist has decided to make himself the top of the food chain.

Mythology
  • In the Just So Story The Deer and the Panther Share a House, after Panther brings home the leftovers of a dead deer, Deer goes out and (with the help of an anteater) hunts down a panther for dinner.

Tabletop RPG
  • Traveller The New Era supplement Aliens of the Rim: Hivers and Ithklur. During a military campaign between the herbivorous K'Kree and the Ithklur, the fighting became so bitter that each side started performing atrocities on the other, including the K'Kree eating dead Ithklur bodies.

Webcomics
  • Digger the wombat is forced to do this to become an honorary member of the Hyena tribe.
  • Sort of happened in Kevin And Kell, where a dimensional traveler who was "furrified" into a rabbit on arrival maintained her omnivorous diet. This caused some shock to the local herbivores when she killed and ate a panther that attacked her.

Web Original
  • This shirt and the accompanying description is not about retribution or turnabout, but is worth noting.

Western Animation
  • In the Simpsons episode Helter Skelter, the retirement home is watching a nature show about elderly animals. An elderly lion runs out of energy, whereupon the Zebra turns around and takes a bite out of it.
    • The Simpsons also sometimes portray koalas as savage carnivores, often gnawing on bones during panning shots of a zoo.
  • A Looney Tunes short in which Sylvester and Tweety are Snowed In featured a mouse who hasn't eaten in so long he "forgot what food looks like." He takes one look at Sylvester and decides to have him for dinner.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • July 20, 2009
    TB Tabby
    Digger is forced to do it against her will, in order to become an honorary member of the Hyena tribe (long story).
  • July 20, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Happens in Kevin And Kell, sort of. A rabbit who is ACTUALLY a traveler from an alternate dimention (ours), and was 'furryfied' upon arrival - still maintained her original, omnivorous diet, causing some shock in the local herbivore circles when she actually kills and eats panther who attacks her.
  • July 20, 2009
    KI Simpson
    In the Simpsons episode Helter Shelter, the retirement home is watching a nature show about elderly animals. A very old lion tries to attack a zebra, but runs out of energy. The zebra turns around and takes a bite out of the lion.
  • July 20, 2009
    JayEsJay
    Would this shirt and it's accompanying description count? It's not quite about anger at the injustice, though.
  • July 21, 2009
    AvatarofRage
    • The Simpsons frequently portray Koalas as savage carnivores, often shown gnawing on bones in a passing shot in a zoo or whatnot.
    • I seem to recall this showing up occasionally in Futurama as well

  • July 21, 2009
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Traveller The New Era supplement Aliens of the Rim: Hivers and Ithklur. During a military campaign between the herbivorous K'Kree and the Ithklur, the fighting became so bitter that each side started performing atrocities on the other, including the K'Kree eating dead Ithklur bodies.
  • July 21, 2009
    Meems
    When did this come up in Animal Farm? I don't remember it.
  • July 21, 2009
    Gemmifer
    General Woundwort from Watership Down is a rabbit that organizes it's warren mates to become an army that can take on small predators. It's stated that he doesn't have the instinct to flee in reaction to danger like a normal rabbit, but rather to fight like a much more powerful animal.
  • July 21, 2009
    Valandar
    Animal Farm wouldn't really apply - Pigs are omnivores anyway.
  • July 21, 2009
    LarryD
    Kevin And Kell's daughter Coney is an omnivore, too. This applies because Coney looks like a rabbit (taking after her dad, Kevin), but is also half wolf.
  • July 22, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    A Looney Tunes short in which Sylvester and Tweety are Snowed In featured a mouse who hasn't eaten in so long he "forgot what food looks like." He takes one look at Sylvester and decides to have him for dinner.
  • July 23, 2009
    JET73L
    Launching under the current title, since nobody seems to prefer any of the other suggested titles, or their own idea, enough to speak up about it.

    @Gemmifer: I don't recall that they ate them, it was just a normal uprising in an animal-based setting.

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