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->''"I am the Eater of Worlds... and of children!"''
-->-- '''Pennywise the Clown/IT''', ''Literature/{{It}}''

In folklore, many different kinds of monsters kill and eat children and infants. Others merely make children seriously ill or cause them to vanish (replacing them with fairy changelings). These stories were explanations for the high infant mortality rates seen in primitive cultures.

Naturally, various media use these tales as source material for their own monsters. Some media monsters target children to use them as a slave work-force. Some drain their LifeEnergy to stay alive.

It is taken as a given that specifically targeting children, especially if you are planning on eating them, is a sure sign that you are a monster in the truest sense of the word. Differs from EatsBabies as this trope covers creatures who go after babies because they specifically target children, while EatsBabies is about villains so evil they would target babies but don't go out of their way to do so. By definition, though, most (but surprisingly not all) [[ChildEater Child Eaters]] qualify for EatsBabies status.

Given how long some of these stories have been around, this trope is OlderThanDirt. Related to WouldHurtAChild. Also see EatsBabies.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Grand Fisher in the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' manga. In the anime version, he preyed on women.
* The Orb of Bask from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' took the souls of children, which the wielder could use as food. Goki demonstrates this as Yusuke approaches him, although Yusuke defeats him before the children's souls could digest, allowing them to float back to their bodies upon being freed.
* The demon Astarte from ''Manga/{{Angel Sanctuary}}'' is infertile and wishes she could have children. As a way of coping, she swallows young girls who get lost in [[DemonLordsandArchdevils her brother]]'s maze so that she can indulge in the fantasy of being pregnant.
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', one Contractor is ''required'' to drink the blood of small children in order to use her powers of ExplosiveDecompression. And the crazy part? ''She's TheWoobie''. Yes, really.
** She's TheWoobie because she lost her powers (and with them, her emotionlessness) and is now horribly haunted by what she did. She never harms any children during the actual series, [[spoiler:since she dies shortly after regaining her powers]].
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', Arf threatens to swallow the nine-year-old Nanoha whole to get her out of their way, though it was probably a bluff.
* Donato Porpora from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' is a Ghoul famous for his preference for child victims. To this end, he established himself as a SinisterMinister and opened a Catholic [[OrphanageOfLove Orpha]][[OrphanageOfFear nage]] where the children lived happily with their beloved "Father". Then, one by one, the children would be "adopted"......and suffer brutal deaths before being eaten. He even went so far as to [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies feed]] leftovers to the other children disguised as treats. Eventually, [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his favorite]] child, Kotarou Amon, discovered him eating another child and his secret was revealed. Because he couldn't bring himself to kill Amon, he ended up captured and remains an infamous Ghoul considered vile even by other Ghouls.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Walkers from the graphic novel ''ComicBook/MidnightNation'' will kill, torture, and eat adults and children alike... but they prefer children.
* Lawbringer Qztr (and later on, Charon) attempts to kill baby Memi in ''ComicBook/{{Negation}}''. [[spoiler: They fail, because Memi has cosmic-level superpowers.]]
* One really squicky villain in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', who was the demonic embodiment of rape trapped in the body of a dead child, sustained itself by ''drinking babies''. While investigating the monster's house, Constantine accidentally discovered what was left of them when he opened a closet and a pile of dozens of dead bloodless babies collapsed on him.
* The Corinthian in ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' is already a repulsive PickyPeopleEater, but he seems to strongly favor the eyes of barely-pubescent boys.
** A taste he shares with Tojiro XIV, the Asian vampire from ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}''.
* In ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'', Mary Marvel, after her FaceHeelTurn, briefly encounters a demon who claims to be the harvester of souls of stillborn children. After introducing himself as such [[IAmAHumanitarian he threatens to disembowel her and eat the digested food from her intestines.]] In other words, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall he's the dead baby monster that eats poop.]]
* In the French comic ''ComicBook/{{Raptors}}'', the ancient leader of the new vampire order, Don Miguel Y Certa, who is also known as "The Devourer", has a particular fondness for children.
* Homelander in ''TheBoys'' recieves blackmail photos of himself committing all manner of horrible crimes, including eating babies alive, even though he has no memories of the events. This eventually drives him to break down completely and becoming a full-blown villain, leading the various superhumans in an attempted coup against the U.S goverment. [[spoiler: The photos are actually of Black Noir, in reality a clone of Homelander driven insane because he's unable to fulfill the purpose he was created for; destroying Homelander in case he became uncontrollable. Black Noir committed the crimes in hopes of giving Homelander a psychotic break so he'd be allowed to kill him]]

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* The witch in ''Literature/HanselAndGretel'' planned to eat them. She even used a GingerbreadHouse as bait.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBFG'', the evil giants seem to eat only human children.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Child Catcher from ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' kidnapped children and imprisoned them on orders of Baroness Bomburst of Vulgaria, who cannot abide the existence of children.
* Trantor, the evil [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] from the movie ''Film/ErnestScaredStupid'', went after children and turned them into little wooden dolls which gave him his power.
* ''Film/CatsEye'' By Creator/StephenKing: The [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Little Troll Monster]] sits on the little girl's chest and steals her breath.
* ''Film/PansLabyrinth'': One task the young heroine Ofelia must complete for the Faun is to retrieve a precious dagger from the lair of The Pale Man, a grotesque humanoid monster with his [[EyesDoNotBelongThere eyes on his hands]] who sits asleep at a table where a great banquet is laid. Murals on the walls of the chamber depict him cruelly killing and devouring scores of little children, and there is a pile of shoes implied to be left over from all the children he's eaten. On the way out, Ofelia succumbs to the temptation of eating from the delicious fruit on the table, causing the pale man to wake up and try to eat her; her fairy companions die trying to protect her, and she barely escapes with her life. There's a reason his portrait is on the film's [[NightmareFuel/PansLabyrinth nightmare fuel page]]!
* In ''Film/HocusPocus'' the three witches must eat the souls of children to survive. To help them do this, they revive Winifred's dead lover as a zombie, played by Doug Jones.
-->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick''': Please don't refer to the child as an hors d'oeuvre, I'm pretty sure that's illegal in most states.
* After his plan to become mayor of Gotham City is foiled by the Batman, The Penguin of ''Film/BatmanReturns'' goes after Gotham's first-born sons, planning to drown them in the sewer. He kills the one clown (Doug Jones again) who objects to the plan ("Killing sleeping children? Isn't that a little..." *BLAM!* "No! It's a LOT!"), but Batman stops the plan before it can get too far.
* FatBastard of ''Film/AustinPowers'' fame.
-->''"Behbies!! It's tha OTHA otha White Meat!!"
* In ''Film/WesCravensNewNightmare'', Freddy Krueger tries to eat Heather's son Dylan alive before she stops him.
* Pennywise the Dancing Clown, a.k.a. [[AntagonistTitle IT]], in ''Film/It2017'', much like the [[Literature/{{IT}} source material]].

[[folder:Folk Lore]]
* According to folk legend, {{cats|AreMean}} steal the breath from sleeping babies. This is an explanation of Sudden Infant Death syndrome.
* [[OurOgresAreHungrier Ogres]] are depicted as child-eaters in many stories. One variant from German folklore is even named ''Kinderfresser'', which translates as Child Eater.

* When ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' made Lucy Westenra into a vampire, her preferred victims were children. Dracula also fed at least one baby to his wives.
* Creator/RoaldDahl:
** The eponymous monsters in ''Literature/TheWitches'' want to kill children because they can't stand the smell of them -- a child, particularly a freshly-bathed one, smells like dog's droppings to a witch. They eventually decide to turn them all into mice, because the parents would then poison, trap or otherwise dispatch the newly arrived rodent infestation, not realizing it was their children. The witches get sick satisfaction from tricking the parents into offing their own kids.
** In ''Literature/TheBFG'', the evil giants tend to eat people regardless of age, but seem to prefer kids, because "Little chiddlers is not so tough to eat as old grandmamma, so says the Childchewing Giant".
* The opening Little Bad of the third book from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' was a ghost who was stuck in the same pattern of actions: trying to make her baby be quiet by singing and covering his mouth, so that her husband wouldn't lose his temper. She was haunting a hospital nursery and suffocating children.
** In the first short story of the series (eventually published in the ''Side Jobs'' compilation), Harry has to save a runaway child from a [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Bridge Troll]] that eats children. It specifically mentions that under [[TheMasquerade The Unseelie Accords]], 'naughty' children who have run away are its (apparently only) legitimate prey.
* In ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', Gandalf mentions that during the hunt for Gollum, he heard tales of 'a blood-drinking creature' that crawled through open windows to empty cradles... yes, Gollum eats babies.
* In the book ''Demon Keeper'', a demon known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Beast]] ate ''lost'' children. However, they didn't have to still be children by the time he ate them - a teenage runaway grown-up was still a prime meal.
* Several ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' villains, including King Jellyjam, the Beasts (when the loser of their game is a child), Cuddles the hamster, and Mr. Mortman.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has Fenrir Greyback, a werewolf who tries to bite as many people as possible, particularly young children, even when he's ''not'' transformed. And he gets as close to children as he can before transforming. Pedophile stand-in?
* Jenny Green-Teeth in ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} The Wee Free Men]]''. And the headless horseman. And dromes. And [[TheFairFolk elves]].
* The title monster from Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{IT}}'' is "the Eater of Worlds, and of children!"[[note]]Though, technically, It feeds on fear: terrifying its victims before killing them 'salts the meat'. It just primarily focuses on children because they almost always have simple fears that it can easily 'become', unlike adults, who tend to have more complicated fears.[[/note]]
* The [[ReligionOfEvil Nyar lath-Hotep cultists]] in ''Literature/TheFullerMemorandum'' by Creator/CharlesStross hold their monster summoning ritual next door to a primary school so that they can grab a bite to eat after church. Later on, after capturing Bob and performing a spell to turn him to their side (among other things), [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten they offer him some "refreshments."]]
* One of the Mole-Men listed in ''Literature/MoreInformationThanYouRequire'' is "Ms. Edna Humanchildstealer".
* The alien overlords in Creator/SPSomtow's ''Literature/{{Mallworld}}'' series not only eat their own children, they've been known to serve them up as the main course at diplomatic dinners. Their children are non-sentient and considered vermin until they reach a certain age.
* The alien Tendu of ''Literature/TheColorOfDistance'' and ''Through Alien Eyes'', have several life stages, and as with the above example, early ones aren't very intelligent. The first stage, the tadpole-like ''narey'', feeds a lot of the wildlife. Eventually they metamorphize into the ''tinka'', adult-shaped but smaller and not as smart. Tinka roam around until they can wander into more distant Tendu villages, where they act as servants. They can age and die, or else get chosen by fully adult Tendu to go through another metamorphosis and become ''bami'', who ''are'' intelligent and considered somewhere between children and apprentices. From there they potentially have two more metamorphoses. Bami and above, if female, can lay unfertilized eggs for animals to eat. It's seen as a common courtesy for a Tendu female, taking some narey from a pool to eat, to lay some eggs to feed the others.
* The Night Parade are a race of creatures from another dimension first appearing in the ''TabletopGames/ForgottenRealms'' novel of the same name. Their MO is to kidnap children and turn them into creatures like themselves; exactly why is not known, but most inhabitants believe it is because they are a DyingRace trying to increase their population.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "And the Children Shall Lead", the Gorgon orphans all of the children living on one planet because orphaned children are more easily influenced by parental figures... such as the "friendly angel", as the kids call the Gorgon.
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Something Wicked" features a Shtriga, which sucks life force from children, leaving them in comas.
** The demon Lilith likes to drink the blood of newborn babies. She even has a personal chef.
* Also, the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' fifth season episode "Smile Time." Demonic puppets are sucking brain power from the children that watch their TV show.
** There was also a season 2 ep with a demon in Lorne's karaoke bar who was announced as Durthok the Child-Eater. Another child-eating species popped up in early season 5. Angel killed it but later learned he was supposed to be meeting with it.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has several:
** According to Anya, Santa Claus is real, but instead of leaving presents, [[BadSanta he comes down chimneys to disembowel children on Christmas]].
** Olaf the Troll demanded he be brought babies to eat. Spike at first suggested they check the hospital, and then suggested onion flowers as an alternative.
** Der Kindestod ('The Death of Children') from the second season episode "Killed By Death," who preys on sick children and kills them horribly. His appearance is clearly an homage to Freddy Krueger.
** In the third season episode "Band Candy," the demon Larconis requires a tribute in the form of a ritual feeding every thirty years. What does it feed on? Newborn babies.
** In "I Only Have Eyes For You" Angelus is so disturbed by being forced to feel love (he and Buffy were possessed by the ghosts of dead lovers) that he insists on going out and killing a child to bring back a sense of evil in himself.
** In the episode "Gingerbread", a demon actually creates a panic by falsely making people believe children have been killed. Buffy laments the fact that this creates a panic, but the daily killing of innocent adults doesn't even cause a stir.
* In ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'', an alien being called the 456 comes to Earth and demands 10% of the child population of the planet. It doesn't want the children to eat them, it wants them because the children release chemicals which to it are like a drug. It's essentially getting high off of kids. Very, very squicky.
* In the first episode/movie of ''{{Series/Lexx}}'', the Cluster Lizards prove to be this. However, the kids they're eating happen to be the cream of the crop chosen by His Divine Shadow, so arguably this isn't such a bad thing in this case.
* In the second season of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' the title character owes a large sum of money to which he can't possibly repay to the Bank of the Black Monks. They send the 'Baby-Eating' Bishop of Bath and Welles to collect or if Blackadder doesn't pay up, he gets to have his 'fun'. He seems to live up to his name when on first confronting Blackadder he asks if he has any children. When he gets a 'no', he says he'll skip breakfast and move on to business then.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In the season 1 episode "Under the Bed", a boogeyman-like monster steals children from their bedrooms to devour them.
* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'': In the episode "The Washingtonians", a secret cannibal society known as 'the Washingtonians' price children as a meal. Their founder, [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade George Washington himself]], professed in his hidden diary that he skinned them and made utensils out of their bones as well.
* ''Series/DoctorWho:'' The Krillitanes, from "School Reunion", masquerade as teachers in a school, and are implied to eat students who don't measure up. Their boss begins the episode by explicitly eating a girl just for having a headache (and because she was an orphan).
-->''You have no parents? No-one to miss you? Poor child. Poor... ''thin'' child. Why don't you come inside [my office]? It's almost time for lunch...''
* In the ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' episode "El Cuegle", the eponymous Wesen hunts down and kidnaps babies, intending to eat them at a specific ritual time. [[spoiler: It turns out El Cuegle get horrible visions of the future, and know these babies will grow up to be killers. The one in the episode hates what he does, but hates what happens if he doesn't even more]].

* Horror-punk band Calibretto has the song "Misanthropy and the Full Moon", from the perspective of a werewolf, promising to fulfill this trope to put an end to [[HumansAreBastards man's inhumanity to man]].
-->'Cause the only way to stop this infestation\\
of this selfish race and its dehumanization\\
is by decimation of all reproduction,\\
so here is my own resolution:\\
I will eat your children. Hey!

* Lamia, in Greek mythology, stole other women's children as vengeance for the theft of her own.
* Lilith in Hebrew tradition is supposed to feed on babies, as well as being a [[HornyDevils succubus]]. It's only relatively recently (OlderThanPrint) that she's been known as the first wife of Adam who wouldn't stay in the metaphorical kitchen.
* In Mesopotamian mythology, the she-demons Lamashtu and Akhkhazu (Dimme and Dimme-kur in Sumerian) liked to harm, kidnap, kill, maim and/or eat children and babies, just ForTheEvulz.
* Gello and Abyzou of Mediterranean myth and folklore, out of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]].
* The Buddhist goddess [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hariti Hariti]] or Kishimojin, who grieves over her own lost child and becomes a child-eating demoness. Buddha makes her see the error of her ways (or, in some versions, has her lost child restored to her, or converts her), and she makes a HeelFaceTurn and is now a protector of childbirth. She eats pomegranates instead.
* Atavaka was originally a baby-eating demon until Buddha converted him. He then became an attendant to Bishamonten and protector of the south-west.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leyak Leyaks]], and their queen [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rangda Rangda]], from Balinese mythology.
* In Danish mythology, they have the Valravn, a raven that has eaten the corpse of a man who died in battle and gained his intelligence, but they are only able to fly at night. To break this curse, the Valravn has to eat the heart of a child, so they regularly tried to kidnap children or make deals with mothers for their firstborn. If they succeeded, then they would be turned into either a knight or a wolf/raven hybrid.
* Cronus/Saturn in Greek/Roman mythology. After hearing a prophecy that he will be overthrown by one of his children, he eats every one of his children [[spoiler:except Zeus/Jupiter, who was saved when Cronus/Saturn was tricked into eating a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes, under the impression that it was the real deal.]] As seen by the current image, famous artists such as Peter Paul Rubens' ''[[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/dd/Rubens_saturn.jpg Saturn]]'' and Francisco Goya's ''[[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/82/Francisco_de_Goya%2C_Saturno_devorando_a_su_hijo_%281819-1823%29.jpg Saturn Devouring His Son]]'' (during his black period).
* Kelpies in Scottish mythology fit this. Their modius operandi was to trick children into riding them, or merely ''touching'' them, at which point the child would be trapped by their adhesive skin and the kelpie would drag them into a river to drown. Then the kelpie would devour everything but the liver.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'':
** One comic depicts two parents telling a stereotypical-looking WickedWitch, "Now let me get this straight. We hired you to babysit the kids, and instead you cooked and ate them BOTH?" In ''The Prehistory of The Far Side'', a retrospective book, cartoonist Gary Larson expresses particular pride at emphasizing the word "both".
** Another comic has a witch with a house made of brussel sprouts, frustrated that a rival witch's gingerbread house is attracting all the kids to eat.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** In one of Calvin's nastier {{Daydream Surprise}}s, his parents turn into bug-eyed aliens, dunk him in batter and try to make him into waffles.
** In another strip, Calvin imagines that the gross slop on his dinner plate comes to life and devours him. His parents celebrate his death by dancing.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the ancient and mad sorceress Raksi is known for feasting on babies.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Dark Dragon God, Loputousu, and its current host in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' demand [[HumanSacrifice sacrifices of children ages 7 to 13]]. '''Large''' sacrifices.
** The midquel, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776'', reveals that Loputousu and his cult are not "sacrificing" the children per se; rather, they are forcing them to fight to the death, with the winners being rewarded with positions of nobility in the Lopt Empire. That said, the vast majority of the children are killed in these battles.
* Kusaregedo from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' is a rather monstrous version of this.
* In ''VideoGame/IcewindDale 2'', the witch Limda is a particular sadistic variant. To preserve her youth, she drains lifeforce from the children of a nearby group of fur-traders and turns them into minks as a side effect. Minks that are hunted and skinned by their own unwitting parents. She gets sick kicks from watching the traders murder and skin their own missing children.
* Arioch from ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' is a psychotic SerialKiller who eats children, and only children. While she'll ''kill'' adults, children are the only ones she cannibalizes due to psychosis from having lost her family to TheEmpire and rendered infertile by a DealWithTheDevil.
** [[spoiler:The game also provides a sick inversion where gigantic children eat the main characters. More specifically [[DeathByIrony the aforementioned Arioch]].]]
* Alice from ''VideoGame/{{BalloonKid}}'' is a little girl, even being depicted as a small baby in the Japanese art. If she flies too close to the water, a fish will leap out and grab her, bring her into the water, and eat her alive.
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'', one of the demons you may meet around is the above mentioned Hindu goddess Hariti - who, unfortunately, [[Myth/HinduMythology was once a vicious ogress]] with a serious case of these [[{{Lunacy}} which the full moon threatens to bring back]]. Luckily, her friend [[Myth/GreekMythology Persephone]] is more than willing [[ShownTheirWork to give her a pomegranate]], just so she won't be tempted to restart the habit.
* Long Arms from ''VideoGame/FatalFrame''. In life, he was the father of a previous VirginSacrifice and tried to save his daughter. His disfigured spirit haunts the mansion, snatching away any children he encounters and killing them.
* Several ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' PokeDex entries ''suggest'' this is true of a few species:
** [[ThingsThatGoBumpIntheNight Drowzee's]] entry claims "It remembers every dream it eats. It rarely eats the dreams of adults because children’s are much tastier."
** [[CreepyDoll Banette's]] entry says it is "a doll that became a Pokémon over its grudge from being junked. It seeks the child that disowned it." Maybe this is a story told to kids to make them appreciate gifts, but still...
** [[HappyFunBall Drifloon]] might be a ''nasty'' one. It's entry says "It is whispered that any child who mistakes DRIFLOON for a balloon and holds on to it could wind up missing."
** [[WhenTreesAttack Phantump's]] entry says ‘According to old tales, these Pokémon are stumps possessed by the spirits of children who died while lost in the forest." While that does ''not'' say it victimizes children, the other Pokémon who ''do'' suggest Phantump may be the ''victims'' of such Pokémon. Or victims of Pokémon in general, [[FridgeHorror given how many kids are trainers.]]
* Captain Mako, the shark mutant of ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has this on his record as if first big act of villainy. He killed off his orphanage because the other kids were taunting him for being a Mutant. Though actually we are never specifically told he ate the other kids, but considering his preferred method of murder in his adulthood and how he [[ImAHumanitarian disposes of the bodies]], it is pretty heavily implied.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'': Saying anything would spoil the fuel.
* One storyline of ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'' features an Adze, a vampire that feeds on children and can take the form of a firefly.
* Harvestman of ''Webcomic/DaddyLongLegs'' is, amazingly, a ''heroic'' example. (Partly justified since neither he nor the children in question are [[CarnivoreConfusion human]].)
* Quixoto ended up as Charby of ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'''s sire due to his preference for eating children when he left his meal unfinished and Charby turned into a vampire before he came back to clean up.
* ''BrunoTheBandit'' had a storyline parodying ''TheSwordOfTruth'' and it's ProtagonistCenteredMorality. The main villain of the story is portrayed as one of these in a TV interview.
--> '''Fiona''': Was he chewing on a ''baby leg''?!

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Black Annis, a villain from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', is a fey creasture who specifically targeted children to kidnap, terrorize, and eventually devour whole.
* This is one possible theory as to why Franchise/{{the Slender Man|Mythos}} kidnaps children.
* This is part of ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon's'' interpretation of ''{{ComicStrip/Marmaduke}}'' as a {{Hellhound}}.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Cardiac only targeted children, because, according to WordOfGod, he was supposed to be more of an [[{{Animesque}} anime-style]] villain.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In the "Nightmare Cafeteria" part of WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror V, Springfield Elementary is suffering from both overcrowding in detention and food budget cuts. To solve both problems, the faculty starts eating the children one by one and sending the kids to "detention" for even minor infractions to process them as cattle.
** The Salem Witch trial parody in another Halloween episode had Marge and her sisters, being witches for the act, take up the Flanders idea that they would eat children. On their way out of the Flanders's house, Ned offers them candy instead, which they take and get from the other families, [[JustSoStory starting the tradition of Trick-or-Treating]]. [[BlackComedy Then they mention having already eaten several children before they reached the Flanders house.]]
* In the animated version of ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange'', [[BigBad Dormammu]] uses children to try to enter the human world.
* One ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' parody of ''Literature/HanselAndGretel'' casts Witch Hazel as the witch; when WesternAnimation/BugsBunny calls her out on her plan to eat the two siblings, she mumbles, "Call it a weakness..."
* In one ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode, Peter tells Chris that he can do whatever he wants while he and Lois go on a trip except go near the Candy Tree.
-->'''Candy Tree''': He's right to warn you. I feed on children. (''Swallows a child whole'')
* ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'': [[CatsAreMean Krabnagel the cat]] tries to eat both Alfred and Dolf when they are little.