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Open up your mouth and feed it!]]]]

->''"This... this girl's stomach is a Cosmos unto itself! It's connected to the void of the universe!"''
-->-- '''Eating Contest Judge''' (on Fuu), ''SamuraiChamploo''

A primarily comedy trope, this is when a character (who may or may not be fat) eats enough for an entire football team, usually devastating the whole table -- and sometimes entire restaurants with their insatiable hunger. Often combined with a speed-eating technique that makes food seem to vanish spontaneously from the plate. A common sight gag with this kind of character in cartoons or anime is having piles upon piles of plates and bowls stack up as the character chows down.

Occasionally they have a BizarreTasteInFood or are ObsessedWithFood when not eating and may indulge in CutASliceTakeTheRest. Don't interrupt a Big Eater's meal, or worse, try to steal his or her food, as this is a [[BerserkButton very good way to piss the character off]]...

It can be used as a way to fulfill the needs of many RequiredSecondaryPowers and thus make a character's abilities more believable. Characters with a HealingFactor, SuperSpeed, or the ability to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting change shape and size]], would normally have to [[NoConservationOfEnergy flout the laws of physics]] [[ShapeshifterBaggage at every turn]], but a BigEater can simply explain that the extra mass and energy come from over the top eating binges. Magic users in general can use this trope and say that they cast from their calories, which would explain why mages are often rather thin characters (though obese wizards aren't unheard of). For this reason, in action series, this is often a trait belonging to the IdiotHero, KidHero, BoisterousBruiser, or other types of [[HotBlooded high energy]] characters.


Typical dialogue in a restaurant:
->'''Other party member:''' We want portions of , please!\\
'''Big Eater:''' [[IllTakeTwoBeersToo portions for me too!]]

Another typical line goes thus:
->'''Big Eater:''' ''(after ordering enough for everybody)'' [[BaitAndSwitch So what are you guys having?]]


In comics and manga it's become common to make a [[TheComicallySerious Comically Serious]] character or {{Badass}} ActionGirl a Big Eater as a way to add a humorous quirk that doesn't actually take away from the character's seriousness. Another common justification for a female big eater is that all the nutrition goes to her [[MostCommonSuperpower well-endowed bosom]]. Consequently, female characters with large bosoms are often big eaters.

[[BigFun Jolly la]][[BoisterousBruiser rge characters]], [[ExtremeOmnivore Extreme Omnivores]] and [[PersonalityPowers people with eating related powers]] tend to be Big Eaters by default. The FatComicRelief is a very common form of BigEater. However the best examples are people who will eat anything and everything, and are still very small.

Although it's often PlayedForLaughs, serious examples are known to exist. Such as if the Big Eater is suffering from bulimia or if the character's over-eating is caused by some sort of emotional problem.

Can be TruthInTelevision, though fate can be an unfeeling mistress as many people with ''normal'' appetites may struggle to reach their desired weights their entire lives, while others can eat copious amounts of food and still be as thin as a rail. Teenagers in general are known for being able to eat amounts of food that will make them fat if they continue to eat like that in their 20s and beyond. However, this trope may also have unpleasant consequences in RealLife see DeathByGluttony.

See ExtremeOmnivore for when someone doesn't limit themselves to things usually considered food. If two [[BigEater Big Eaters]] are [[CookingDuel pitted against]] each other it's an EatingContest. If this is a villain's most well-known vice (especially an obese villain), see VillainousGlutton. Players can invoke this trope in any video game where the characters have a HyperactiveMetabolism and eat food to heal their injuries.


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* BigEater/AnimeAndManga
* BigEater/CardGames
* BigEater/ComicBooks
* BigEater/NewspaperComics
* BigEater/FanWorks
* BigEater/AnimatedFilms
* BigEater/LiveActionFilms
* BigEater/{{Literature}}
* BigEater/LiveActionTV
* BigEater/PuppetShows
* BigEater/{{Radio}}
* BigEater/TabletopGames
* BigEater/{{Theater}}
* BigEater/VideoGames
* BigEater/VisualNovels
* BigEater/WebComics
* BigEater/WebAnimation
* BigEater/WebOriginal
* BigEater/WesternAnimation
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The {{Wild Samoan}}s were known for coming to the ring devouring raw fish.
* At Smackdown in Iraq, John Cena rapped about his opponent Wrestling/TheBigShow and how unlikely he was to lose to him because "This aint no pie eating contest!". Wrestling/KurtAngle would later make the same joke, proclaiming he would accept Big Show's challenge to ''any'' athletic competition, but warning him that pie eating contests did not count as athletic.
* Wrestling/AliciaFox has the reputation of eating everything [[LethalChef but her own cooking.]]
* Wrestling/DolphZiggler confirmed this, saying that a mere one hour workout will make him hungry (granted, his is probably ''a little'' more intense than average Joe) and that he is always looking for something to eat.
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