->''Hey, drop by for lunch some time! I'll slice us up some fresh pastrami! Hey, [[PlayerCharacter Bonds]]... you ok? You look a little green around the gills!''
-->-- '''[[TheCoroner Leon]]''', ''[[VideoGame/PoliceQuest Police Quest 3]]''

Just as VomitingCop can demonstrate that someone in law enforcement isn't (yet) jaded about gory death, this trope shows just ''how'' jaded someone who works with dead bodies can get. Whether they're a CreepyMortician showing an abnormal indifference to morbidity, or TheCoroner whose mid-autopsy noshing is being PlayedForLaughs, expect all but the most sober of works to show people in the funerary trades munching sandwiches or french fries, or at least sipping coffee, while they've got a body on the slab.

In real life, the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens (such as [=HIV=] and the hepatitis viruses) means that there are strict rules in place against this sort of thing, and no self-respecting coroner/medical examiner should engage in this practice. Common sense also plays into it, as a contaminated sample is useless for analysis and not all causes of death are immediately apparent. A variation, where the character is sucking on a lollipop or hard candy is closer to TruthInTelevision; a real tactic used by some pathologists is to keep a lollipop, mint, etc, in their mouth in order to reduce the impact of any unexpected smells and fight the gag reflex.

Compare TheSnackIsMoreInteresting, PassThePopcorn, NauseaDissonance, InappropriateHunger.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* There's a cell-phone service commercial in which a morgue worker's breakfast burrito falls into the cadaver he's working on, and he blithely picks it up and continues eating it. "What, you think this is wrong? What's wrong is paying too much for cell phone service."
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* In ''Anime/PsychoPass'', Yayoi Kunizuka continues eating her noodles while looking at pictures of an ''exceptionally'' gruesome murder case
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* There is a scene in ''Comicbook/{{Fell}}'' where the coroner of [[CrapsackWorld Snowtown]] eats his sandwich above a cadaver. One of the sandwich's tomatoes falls onto the cadaver; however, this doesn't stop the coroner from picking it back up and [[{{Squick}} eating it]]. Fell is horrified, but the coroner just says that because it was an organic tomato he'd have to go out of the city to get a new one.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds2000'', the character Sphinx is working as a coroner and puts his sandwich down on a cadaver's chest to answer the phone.
* The low-budget horror flick ''Film/StreetTrash'' has one scene that takes place in a morgue, and the coroner is munching away at a box of Chinese food while talking with the cops.
* In the Hungarian movie ''{{Kontroll}}'', ambulance workers talk about a recipe while picking up the remains of a man who has been hit by the subway.
* In the [[GermanHumor German comedy movie]] ''[[Film/DerWixxer Neues vom Wixxer]]'', the coroner Dr. Brinkman lets his little son (plus a bunch of other kids) have a ''birthday party'' in the morgue.
* Lampshaded in ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'', when some [=EMTs=] are collecting bodies from an apartment and the cameraman who's filming them grouses about how one of their crew is eating his lunch off-camera, despite the gore.
* ''Franchise/FridayThe13th''
** When Jason's body is brought to the morgue in ''Film/FridayThe13thTheFinalChapter'', the doctor who checks him in is eating a sandwich, and places it on the corpse temporarily to sign some papers.
** In ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'', the second coroner who walks in on a Voorhees-possessed medical examiner is carrying a pizza, and was presumably intending to eat it right there in the autopsy room. In a slightly more literal sense from the same scene, one of the coroners doing said autopsy [[spoiler: eats the (miraculously still intact and beating) heart of Jason Voorhees, causing him to become inexplicably possessed by Jason, setting up the rest of the film.]]
* In the RobertAltman movie ''{{Pret-a-Porter}}'', a coroner has a snack while autopsying a corpse (in the presence of several police officers investigating the death, too!)
* In ''Film/{{Arachnophobia}}'', a funeral-parlor worker is eating a [=BLT=] when the photographer's boxed corpse arrives from South America. When the phone rings, he sets his sandwich down on the table normally used to prepare bodies, where a cat nibbles on it.
* When Ernie the undertaker is introduced in ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead'', he's shown eating a sandwich over a body he's embalming.
* In the horror anthology film ''Film/BodyBags'', the host character 'the Coroner' (played by John Carpenter) is introduced cutting a slab of meat with an electrical saw and preparing to eat it. [[spoiler:The real coroners at the end also get make sure to get some coffee before starting their autopsy of the fake coroner, who's actually a zombie.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Doc Proutie from the ''Literature/ElleryQueen'' novels occassionly snacked while at the crime scene to pick up the body ''du jour''.
* At least once in the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' books, Stephen and a fellow naturalist move immediately from dissection to dinner, [[{{Squick}} using the same knife]].
* A bizarre variation occurs in ''Literature/AmericanGods'', when Mr. Jacquel slices off a part of the victim's ''heart'' while examining her and casually chewing it while recording his observations. This is because Mr. Jacquel is actually an aspect of ''Anubis'', ancient Egyptian God of the dead. It's implied that eating the heart is reverential and a sign of deep respect.
* In ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', the ghost of king Teppicymon XXVII is watching the embalming of his mortal remains and notes with some dissatisfaction that the embalmer accidentally included the wrapper from his assistant's lunch in the stuffing. Presumably this would not have happened if he hadn't been eating it around the body.
* In Robert Heinlein's ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' an attempt by a hostile park warden to threaten and murder the four protagonists (two married couples) ends with two men congratulating each other on their successful use of swords to kill a man with a gun, and a woman noting that the man was clearly not human. This is followed by the fourth protagonist performing the autopsy while her new stepdaughter holds a sandwich for her to eat without touching it with green goo covered hands. Their valiant sword wielding menfolk avoid the room in a desperate attempt to retain their lunches.
* Forensic pathologist Dr. William R. Maples wrote in his memoir, ''Dead Men Do Tell Tales'', about how he'd have lunch in the autopsy room.

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In [[Recap/SupernaturalS05E08ChangingChannels one episode]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the Trickster, a RealityWarper with a notorious sweet tooth, has trapped Sam and Dean in a ''Series/CSIMiami'' parody. While explaining the found body to the two "Horatio Caine"s, he, or rather his double, slurps on a lollipop the whole time.
** In [[Recap/SupernaturalS03E15TimeIsOnMySide another episode]] Sam is telling Dean the squicky details of how a MadDoctor carries out OrganTheft while Dean is chowing down on a burger. Dean keeps telling him to shut up, but eventually finishes the burger just to show Sam he's not affected.
* One of the coroners in ''Series/{{Taggart}}'' would do this,
* It popped up in ''Series/InspectorMorse'' once or twice.
* On ''Series/{{Psych}}'':
** There's an episode where Woody is eating a bag of chips while performing an autopsy.
** There's also a promotional short where Shawn is seen eating a donut straight out of the crime scene.
---> "That's not a jelly donut."
* In one ''Series/NightCourt'' episode, the cast is trapped in the building's morgue during a thunderstorm that causes the power to go out; the elderly coroner, however, calmly continues his work, eating a sandwich as he does an autopsy.
* Given a TakeThat in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' when Doc Robbins speaks irately of a long-retired coroner who missed crucial evidence in the original autopsy:
-->'''Robbins:''' I once saw him do a Y-incision with one hand while holding a hot dog in the other!\\
'''Keppler:''' I take it he wasn't known for his rigorous analysis?\\
'''Robbins:''' He was known for liking hot dogs.
* This shows up a few times in ''Series/LawAndOrder''. "This is the cleanest room in the city." It freaks out the detectives.
-->'''Det. Ed Green:''' Is that ''brain'' on the phone?
-->'''ME. Rodgers:''' It's egg salad. ''(beat)'' Probably.
-->'''Det. Ed Green:''' You have a different phone?
* On ''Series/{{Castle}}'', the DeadpanSnarker ME Pearlmutter occasionally takes a meal in the mortuary.
* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', Walter Bishop often eats while examining corpses or other {{Squick}}-inducing things.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' ("Bad Blood"), while performing an autopsy Scully finds that the victim's stomach contents include pizza, and comments that it sounds very appealing right now.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'' did a variant of this once, with Natalie and her assistant shown in the morgue, looking down at the camera, deciding where to cut first. Then the shot switches and they're standing over a roast chicken.
* On ''Alaskan Wildlife Troopers'', a state trooper investigating a mass caribou slaughter eats a sandwich while examining the rotting carcasses in the field.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Alien Parasite Hypothesis" shows Amy Farrah Fowler cutting slices of a human brain for microscopic analysis, while she and Sheldon eat lunch. To make it worse, Sheldon is eating sashimi, and briefly mistakes the samples for his lunch.
* An episode of ''Series/ThePretender'' had a coroner using an autopsy table to prepare fugu, prompting Jarod (who was working as a fellow coroner in this episode) to ask, "Gunshot wound to the gill?"
* In ''Series/TheCloser'' episode "Junk in the Trunk", Tao, Gabriel, Flynn, Provenza and Buzz open the trunk of a car where the car's very obese owner has been decomposing for several days. While the others start coughing and are generally visibly bothered by the sight and smell of the corpse, Provenza just keeps eating his donut.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles''
** Korsak is shown chowing down on a doughnut while watching Dr. Isles perform an autopsy in the first episode.
** Maura has occasionally been known to store her lunch in the morgue's specimen refrigerator, leading to a RunningGag of Jane questioning the provenance of any snacks she might be offered.
--> '''Jane:''' Is this from the good fridge or the dead people fridge?
* ''Series/MacGyver'': "The Enemy Within" has Mac present at an autopsy that has the coroner halting his duties for an eggroll.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Profit}}'' has the title character saying that a mortician needs to do all kinds of things around his work. Including celebrating his birthday. And sleeping with a hooker.
* Happens on occasion in ''Series/GreysAnatomy''. The characters are surgeons, so they will sometimes eat lunch while working in the surgical skill lab (which typically involves practicing procedures on the corpses of small pigs).
* Done occasionally on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', mostly with all the pathologists and coroners constantly eating lollipops.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'':
** In "Murdoch Air," Constable George Crabtree is devouring a hot hamburger in a morgue, and Dr. Emily Grace is horrified that he is eating hot meat with bread. Later in the episode, she's enjoying a hamburger, too, while presenting a body and post-mortem results to Detective William Murdoch--who is mildly disgusted by the idea of a hamburger.
** In "Loch Ness Murdoch", Crabtree absently eats ice from the morgue icehouse during a heatwave, then realises what he's doing, and Emily has to reassure him that the ice is fresh. Later, he uses the icehouse to make himself and Emily snowcones.
* Rico and Vanessa from ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' are eating lunch together in the embalming room. Too bad an inspection appears right at that moment!
* On ''Series/GoldenGirls'', Blanche recalls how the police nonchalantly told her about her husband's car accident, while eating a bag of chips. "He was like, 'Your husband is dead. *crunch crunch crunch*'"
* Became a plot point on an episode of ''{{Series/Life}}'', when the mortician's constant snacking helps the detectives to realize that she's [[spoiler: pregnant by the murder victim of the week]]
* In the BigBlackout episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Ducky lets the Navy Yard employees store their lunches in one of the autopsy freezers, since they are connected to the backup generators while the power is out. They are seemingly unbothered by the thought of keeping their food where corpses are normally stored.
* In the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "There's No Place Like Home" the ME ''du jour'' is eating a sandwich in the autopsy room while he talks the agents through the mutilated corpses.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The hospital crew in ''Life & Death II: The Brain'' are always eating pizza while observing the body of whichever poor patient you "[[VideoGameCrueltyPotential accidentally]]" ended up killing this time around.
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* #4 of ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-bizarrely-specific-rules-that-exist-in-movie-universes/ 4 Bizarrely Specific Rules That Exist in Movie Universes]] mentions cases in ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds2000'', ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', and others where it appears a coroner ''can't'' enjoy his sandwich without a corpse in the room. It even links back to the trope page.
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' a detective mentions that his partner is so desensitized he eats lasagna while watching The Autopsy Channel. (Don't ask why they have a channel for that.)
* Emily Grasile of [[WebVideo/TheBrainScoop The Brain Scoop]] doesn't eat while dissecting and prepping the specimens, but frequently talks about what she wants to eat or how hungry she is, or compares the texture of the dead flesh to food like pepperoni slices.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Coroner Rick does this on ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Pink Eye", a mortuary assistant eats a Worcestershire sauce-laden hot dog while embalming Kenny's body. When some of the sauce leaked into the embalming fluid though, it led to an epidemic GoneHorriblyWrong. The fact that it is not supposed to be used as embalming fluid is on the label and the Worcestershire hotline [[ForInconveniencePressOne asks the caller to press 3 if it has]].
* While it doesn't technically involve eating, ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold TheMovie'' includes a coroner so adjusted to his job that he sleeps in the same room as the corpses.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is sometimes used as a litmus test for rookie cops with the veterans often bringing a snack for the rookie's first autopsy.
* Occasionally, careless medical students will eat right in the middle of dissecting cadavers.
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