Created By: SonicLover on August 31, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on July 10, 2016

Cooked To Death

Kitchen oven (or equivalent) as DeathTrap.

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"It was a half-baked idea to stop the killer in the kitchen. Now it's fully bakedľ and so are you."
Find Your Fate #12: James Bond in Strike It Deadly

Do We Have This One?? I don't think we do. Seen It a Million Times.

You're in the kitchen and need to kill someone? Open up the oven and shove them in! (...Clearly this thesis needs a little expansion.)

It doesn't have to be a typical kitchen oven, either; depending on the setting, a less modern (say, cauldron over a fire) or more modern (say, microwave oven) alternative may be equally feasible. Rule of thumb: if it's traditionally used for cooking food, it fits this trope.

Compare Sauna of Death, Murder by Cremation. Contrast Locked in a Freezer.

Examples

Fairy Tales
  • Famous example: Hansel and Gretel dispose of the witch this way. (The details vary depending on the version told.)
  • Slightly less famous example: in many versions of The Three Little Pigs, the third pig finally disposes of the wolf by placing a pot of boiling water in the fireplace while the wolf decides to make a chimney entrance. This trope ensues.

Film
  • Chicken Run. Ginger and Rocky are almost subjected to this trope during the pie machine sequence. They escape it, though, complete with Indy Hat Roll.

Urban Legends
  • There's a story about a hippie babysitter who, while stoned, cooks the baby she's supposed to be sitting, thinking it's a turkey.
  • Similarly, there are stories about elderly women microwaving pets in an attempt to dry them off. Read about it here.

Video Games

Community Feedback Replies: 60
  • August 31, 2012
    JoeG
    At the end of Sweeney Todd, Sweeney kills Mrs. Lovett by pushing her into her own industrial-sized oven.
  • August 31, 2012
    JonnyB
    Attempted in Deep Blue Sea; the cook takes refuge in an oven and the shark bumps the knob, turning it on.
  • August 31, 2012
    randomsurfer
    There's an Urban Legend about a hippie babysitter who, while stoned, cooks the baby she's supposed to be sitting, thinking it's a turkey.
  • September 1, 2012
    partner555
    In one episode of Bones, the victim was baked alive in the oven of an airplane.
  • September 1, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons module WG7 Castle Greyhawk, adventure "Too Many Cooks". Mentu the Mind-Fileter traps the PCs in a room with a giant griddle for a floor and tries to bake them to death.
  • September 1, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    In Kick-Ass when the Scar-faced villain uses a giant log microwave to blow up a Russian mobster. They chopped off a finger of and then Axe-murdered the other guy. There are no cliches in that film at all.

    Also, sort-of in Hot Fuzz where the hooded assassin knocks a guy out and leaves his oven on, fried eggs and beans, and the room adorned with candles. Bye-bye massive country mansion. There's a lot of fake blood in that one.
  • September 1, 2012
    Rainbow
    There is also an urban legend about elderly ladies accidentally killing wet pets by microwaving them because they think that the microwave oven is like a blow dryer. Described at this link:

    http://www.snopes.com/horrors/techno/microwavedpet.asp
  • September 1, 2012
    SonicLover
    Good examples! Should I add them right away?
  • September 1, 2012
    partner555
    That's presumably what the sponsorer does when given examples that fit as they are given, thus dividing the work over time rather than putting massive effort in a short amount of time when the sponsor feels the trope is ready to publish.
  • September 3, 2012
    abk0100
    Yeah, adding them now is good.

    • Lifes Too Short: Warwick's accountant muses that, because Warwick is so short, he could just turn his oven on and get inside if he ever wanted to commit suicide.
  • September 3, 2012
    captainsandwich
    In Phantom Of The Opera, the persian and Raoul are almost killed by being over heated, but the method in question was far from the conventional oven.
  • September 3, 2012
    SonicLover
    ^ That one's not an example.
  • September 3, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    Innumerable cartoons where the predator antagonist attempts to cook the prey character, who always escapes and turns the tables.

  • September 3, 2012
    XFllo
    Western Animation

    • The Simpsons, Treehouse Of Horror episodes:
      • In one of the segments, a witch named Susan is roasted alive in an oven.
      • There was segment where the teachers cooked and ate all the children from Springfield.

  • September 4, 2012
    XFllo
    LIVE ACTION FILM
    • Morozko: Baba Yaga wants to roast hero Ivan and eat him, but Ivan tricks her and shoves her into the oven instead. But he needs her magic which he hopes will help him to find his lost love Nastenka, so he saves her in the last minute.

    edited — it was a horrible write-up, Zero Context Example and Word Cruft-y.
  • September 4, 2012
    SonicLover
    ^ ...the heck?
  • September 4, 2012
    JonnyB
    In the TV miniseries Shogun, one of the Dutch sailors is executed by being boiled alive. A second is tortured this way but lives.
  • September 4, 2012
    StarSword
    Live Action TV

    Jokes
    • Two adventurers are captured by cannibals, stripped naked, and thrown into a cauldron. The water is starting to get hot when one of them starts laughing. "What the hell are you laughing about?" the other asks. "We're about to die here!" "Yeah, but I just peed in their soup."
  • September 4, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Being boiled in oil is a fairly commonly threatened execution method, if not actually used.
  • September 4, 2012
    JonnyB
    There was a Cannibal Cauldron YKTTW a while back but I don't know where it went or what the exact name of it was, but this would surely cross over.
  • September 5, 2012
    Arivne
    ^ Jonny B: It's called In A Stew.
  • February 26, 2014
    XFllo
    BUMP.
  • February 26, 2014
    Alucard
    I actually tried to put together a YKTTW like this based on furnaces.

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=gdajsldwciw8mtmewo2tfsu1
  • February 26, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    If the victim is eaten afterwards, it's a case of Im A Humanitarian.
  • February 26, 2014
    Snicka
    Stewed Alive (this might be a Super Trope to that, though)...
  • February 26, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ more of a Sister Trope. This is pretty much Roasted Alive.
  • February 27, 2014
    Chabal2
    Garfield decides to melodramatically commit suicide by sticking his head in an oven. An electric oven.

  • February 27, 2014
    Snicka
    ^^ Many of the suggested examples fit Stewed Alive better, though.
  • February 27, 2014
    Arivne
    • Deleted blank lines in Examples section.
    • Namespaced and italicized work names.

    Western Animation
    • Looney Tunes short "Holiday for Drumsticks". At the end the hillbilly family tricks Daffy Duck into a stove and tries to cook him alive. It doesn't work because he keeps blowing out the matches as the female hillbilly tries to light the fire.
  • February 27, 2014
    BaffleBlend
    Video Games
    • Kirby uses this trope in his Cook ability, where he pulls out a giant pot that sucks in nearby enemies and cooks them into edible healing items. It does the same acting as his Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • February 27, 2014
    randomsurfer
  • March 4, 2014
    alnair20aug93
    There's some saint named Saint Lawrence who died from being roasted alive. In his final moment of death, he said to his executioner, "Turn me over. I'm done on this side."
  • March 4, 2014
    Larkmarn
    • In Gremlins, one of the titular monsters is killed by throwing it in the microwave and turning it on.
  • March 4, 2014
    RoseBride
    In Super Dangan Ronpa 2 the first execution had Hanamura , the Super High School Level Cook wich makes it an ironic punisment being fried in a volcano, not before adding eggs and bread crumbs of course
  • March 4, 2014
    HellKillUsAll
    • The Gremlins example above was parodied on a Family Guy cutaway gag where Peter and Lois stick Fran Drescher's head in a microwave.
    • Robot Chicken
      • The Huggy-Time Bear sketch has a man reincarnated as a bear killing "Shamrock Bear" by pushing him into a campfire on the grounds that he was Irish and therefore drunk.
      • Their parody of The Biggest Loser has Miss Piggy getting roasted alive and eaten by Winnie The Pooh, Mario and Garfield.
      • This happened to Darkwing Duck in the "90s Revisited" sketch.
  • March 4, 2014
    callsignecho
    Literature

    • Sten: the Emperor's personal chefs—the fluffy, snarky, alien, and very gay Milchen cooks—defend Sten by turning a sonic oven on one of the Praetorians and roasting him alive.
  • March 4, 2014
    foxley
    Can overlap with Murder By Cremation.

  • March 4, 2014
    DAN004
    Change the title to Roasted Alive plz. Or maybe Killer Oven.
  • March 4, 2014
    JoeG
    • Sweeney Todd kills Mrs. Lovett by pushing her into her own industrial-sized oven.
  • March 4, 2014
    MercenX
    The name could probably be sufficed as just Cooked. Although admittedly, a trope with multiple words is easier to link to since you just write Link To Example.
  • March 9, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The villains attempt to eliminate Rebecca in the Talespin episode "The Balooest Of The Bluebloods" this way by tying her to a spit above an absurdly deep fire pit. She gets rescued after becoming no worse than uncomfortably warm.

    Film
    • Mentioned in the film Borderline by one of the border patrol officers. Smugglers tried using a rental trailer to bring illegal immigrants into the US, but abandoned the trailer in the Arizona desert. After agonizing hours locked in a steel box under the Arizona sun, authorities recovered the trailer to find the occupants reduced to charcoal and bones.
  • March 9, 2014
    chicagomel
    On CSI NY, the 9th season opener had a killer who rigged an elevator and did this to one of his victims. The scene has a fair amount of Nightmare Fuel.
  • March 11, 2014
    Arivne
    ^^ "...tying her to a spittle..."

    You mean a "spit", right?
  • March 12, 2014
    Arivne
    Film
  • March 12, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    ^^ Yes, Chief, I meant spit. The wife was jabbering in my ear at the time.
  • April 18, 2014
    MonaNaito
    Note that people can be killed by an oven without being Cooked To Death. The Garfield example several comments up, as with most descriptions of "sticking one's head in the oven" refers to death by asphyxiation. Presumably that's not what this trope is about, but that's what I thought when I read the laconic, so you might want to make it clear that this is not that.
  • April 18, 2014
    DAN004
    Again, Killer Oven.
  • August 1, 2014
    XFllo
    I think Roasted Alive describes it better imho. Name Killer Oven suggests the oven has a murderous mind of its own, something like Murder Water — something this is not.

    Sister trope to Stewed Alive: which also corresponds to current name Cooked To Death...

    I've also read about torture/execution by hot oil (total Nightmare Fuel from The Prince And The Pauper and some Karl May's book, too) that doesn't quite fit to Roasted Alive and niether to Stewed Alive. But now when I think of it, Cooked To Death doesn't cover it either. Probably just Cold Blooded Torture and Cool And Unusual Death.
  • August 1, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ dat example is "death by deep frying".

    Btw we have Furnace Execution ykttw. Distinct or not?
  • August 1, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • When the titular Queer Duck reveals to his parents that he's gay at a dinner party, his mother excuses herself and heads to the kitchen, presumably to cry. Moments later, everyone smells roast duck in the air. Mother is found with her head in the running oven, cooked to death.
  • August 2, 2014
    Morgenthaler
    • In the Ridley Scott fantasy film Legend, there's a hellish-looking kitchen in Darkness's castle. The boar-like cooks place prisoners in giant pies to cook them to death and serve them up as lunch.
  • August 2, 2014
    SharleeD
    Does killing a dangerous animal by shoving it into an oven count?

    • In Snakes On A Plane, a flight attendant snatches up a coral snake and shoves it into the microwave, then sets the timer to "snake" and cooks the thing until it explodes.
    • In Sharknado 2 The Second One, a small shark falls through the roof of a pizza place, and the proprietor smacks it with a spatula, shoves it into the pizza oven, and slams the door shut.
  • August 4, 2014
    foxley
    • CSINY: In "Officer Blue", a Victim Of The Week is killed by having his head slammed in the door of a pizza oven. The oven is going at the time, so his face ends up burned.
    • Doctor Who: In "The Happiness Patrol", the Evil Chef the Kandy man kills traitors by drowning them in boiling liquid candy.
  • July 8, 2016
    Morgenthaler
  • July 8, 2016
    DAN004
    Again, there's the question of whether any kind of cooking counts here, or just roasting. Stewed Alive doesn't help as it's one method pf cooking.
  • July 9, 2016
    RJDemand
    In the [Black Butler] anime pilot, Sebastian is implied to do this to someone planning on double crossing Ciel in a business deal.
  • July 10, 2016
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Western Animation
    • In the Action League Now episode, "Turkey of Terror", the Mayor traps the Action League (save for Stinky Diver, who doesn't believe he's gone good, and Justice, who has witnessed the event and brings Stinky his badge) in his turkey and attempts to cook it with them inside it. When Stinky finds out about this from Justice, he comes to the Mayor's mansion to battle the Mayor and save the rest of the League.
  • July 10, 2016
    AgProv
    Mythology and Religion
    • the tale of Hansel and Gretel, where a breother and sister lost in the forest turn the tables on the witch who plans to eat them by forcing her into her own oven and burning her alive.
      • Parodied in the Discworld where the same happens to the witch Black Aliss. Instead of being heroes the kids are blamed for it.
      Kids today, eh?
      What they won't do. Young tearaways. I blame the parents, personally.
  • July 10, 2016
    foxley
    Midsomer Murders: In "The Killings of Copenhagen'', the murderer attempts to kill their final victim by feeding them into the industrial oven in a bakery.
  • July 10, 2016
    Lawman592
    The Alfred Hitchcock spy film Torn Curtain features a scene where the protagonist (played by Paul Newman) murders a Stasi agent after a long protracted kitchen battle by forcing his head into a gas oven and slowly asphyxiating him.
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