Created By: Ruise on November 12, 2013 Last Edited By: Zenoseiya on December 12, 2013
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Food Eats You

Sentient food products try to kill people.

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AKA Ferocious Food, The Food Must Feed

Food becomes sentient and begins fighting and killing. One can often expect it to be many times its normal size and armed with fangs and claws. This may be the result of It Came from the Fridge, Lethal Chef or Raising the Steaks, and in some cases may overlap with Anthropomorphic Food.

Not to be confused with food from Soviet Russia. Subtrope of Attack of the Killer Whatever. Compare Edible Ammunition and Edible Bludgeon (where otherwise normal weapons are made out of food products).

Examples

    Advertising 
  • This Tums Smoothies commercial, as part of a series of similar advertisements.
  • Two of the taglines for Wendy's Baconator burger were "It can smell fear." and "Eat it. Before it eats you."

    Anime and Manga 

    Film 

    Franchise 
  • Happened regularly to the Swedish Chef in The Muppets, though one can question the sentience of the food (it does have something against being cooked and eaten). Not only did live animals he was trying to cook fight back, but so did spaghetti, and so on...

    Live Action TV 
  • On the Colbert Report, the graphic for the segment "Thought for Food" shows a brain (with eyes) thinking about a burger (with eyes). The burger then jumps from the thought cloud and swallows the brain whole.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Calvin and Hobbes had this at least once—or at least, Calvin getting into a fight with his food.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons adventure Castle Greyhawk, Level 3 "Too Many Cooks". Magic cooking instruments are used to create food monsters that attack and try to kill the PC party.
  • The Hungry Burger card in Yu-Gi-Oh! sometimes gets described as this in any video games where it receives a description at all.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time has killer hotdogs and killer hamburgers in one dungeon. (Any evil Candy People don't count.)
  • Steven Universe, the second half of the second episode involves Steven's Together Breakfast being possessed by a malicious entity and attacking the Crystal Gems. Later, they decided not to eat waffles for a while and ordered a pizza.
  • In Regular Show, a group of sentient hot dogs try to eat the gang as revenge for their fallen brethren.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: when DNA from a giant moth monster is accidentally mixed with a tray of brownies in Frylock's cloner, the team is attacked by a swarm of brownie monsters.
  • Hambuster is a CGI short film depicting a carnivorous hamburger apocalypse. It just gets worse from there.
  • The Simpsons has a few examples:
    • In a school Educational Film about the food chain host Troy McClure tells a child "if a cow ever got the chance, he'd eat you and everyone you care about!"
    • In a Treehouse of Horror episode Homer gets eaten by an giant donut.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • November 12, 2013
    MrInitialMan
    Newspaper Comics

    • Calvin And Hobbes had this at least once—or at least, Calvin getting into a fight with his food.
  • November 12, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
  • November 13, 2013
    TonyG
    In Regular Show, a group of sentient hot dogs try to eat the gang as revenge for their fallen brethren.
  • November 13, 2013
    kjnoren
    Laconic probably shouldn't reference Anthropomorphic Food. BTW, two tropes are only sister tropes if they have a shared supertrope, so better to identify that.

    Happened regularly to the Swedish Chef in The Muppets, though one can question the sentience of the food (it does have something against being cooked and eaten). Spaghetti; The turtle fights back; The duck, and so on and so on...

  • November 13, 2013
    Ruise
    ^ The spaghetti certainly applies, but it probably shouldn't count if it's already a living animal. Actually, should Anthropomorphic Food be the supertrope for this?
  • November 13, 2013
    DAN004
    @ kjnoren: "BTW, two tropes are only sister tropes if they have a shared supertrope, so better to identify that."

    Wrooooong. Check Sister Trope, it doesn't have to share a Super Trope.
  • November 13, 2013
    Melkior
    If anthropomorphic food animals count:

    Comic Books

    • There is a Harvey Comics story where Little Audrey is trying to lead the turkey to her father to be killed for Thanksgiving dinner (American holiday) and manages to accidentally knock herself unconscious while struggling with the turkey. She then dreams that she's in "Turkey Land" where the turkeys are planning on eating her for their Thanksgiving meal. When she awakens, she won't let her father kill the turkey and they end up eating tinned sardines for Thanksgiving, much to her father's disgust.
  • November 13, 2013
    arbiter099
    Would this count?

    • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: when DNA from a giant moth monster is accidentally mixed with a tray of brownies in Frylock's cloner, the team is attacked by a swarm of brownie monsters.

    How would a still from a hotdog eats Batman work as a page image?
  • November 13, 2013
    kjnoren
    ^^^ I'd rather say they have a missing (or perhaps better untroped) Super Trope.
  • November 14, 2013
    Ruise
    ^^ Heheheh...I can't get it to format correctly though.
  • November 15, 2013
    Arivne
    Film

    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons adventure Castle Greyhawk, Level 3 "Too Many Cooks". Magic cooking instruments are used to create food monsters that attack and try to kill the PC party.
  • December 8, 2013
    Zenoseiya
    This counts as a subtrope of Attack Of The Killer Whatever.
  • December 8, 2013
    ZuTheSkunk
    Was this honestly not here before? I could swear we already had a trope like this...
  • December 8, 2013
    Alucard
    Tabletop Games
    • The Hungry Burger card in Yu Gi Oh sometimes gets described as this in any video games where it receives a description at all.
  • December 8, 2013
    MorganWick
    Not to be confused with food from Soviet Russia.
  • December 9, 2013
    AP
  • December 9, 2013
    DracMonster
    Dunno if this counts, but two of the taglines for Wendy's Baconator burger were "It can smell fear." and "Eat it. Before it eats you."

    Oh and maybe Ferocious Food for alliteration? Or The Food Must Feed?
  • December 9, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ That sounds like an invoked example to me.

    Also, I like the current title.
  • December 9, 2013
    KZN02
  • December 9, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • The Simpsons:
      • In a school Educational Film about the food chain host Troy McClure tells a child "if a cow ever got the chance, he'd eat you and everyone you care about!"
      • In a Treehouse Of Horror episode Homer gets eaten by an giant donut.
  • December 11, 2013
    izaakren
    Not sure if this counts but the Colbert Report Graphic for the segment "Thought for Food" shows a brain (with eyes) thinking about a burger (with eyes). The burger then jumps from the thought cloud and swallows the brain whole.
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