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When someone's mental instability, or at least separation from the rest of humanity, is demonstrated by their consumption of food in an unusual manner. Related to BigEater, ExtremeOmnivore, MasochistsMeal. Not to be confused with ConspicuousConsumption or [[VictorianNovelDisease the disease formerly known as consumption]].

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime]]
* [[{{Dracula}} Alucard]] from ''{{Hellsing}}''. So long as Integra orders him to kill, he'll do whatever he damn well pleases to his victims. Including tearing off their heads and letting the blood pour into his mouth. And using demon dogs to ''eat them alive''. Honestly, this guy acts more like a ''[[ImAHumanitarian cannibal]]'' than a vampire.
** The Nazis basically spent an entire chapter messily devouring whatever the hell they could get their hands on. Including [[EatsBabies babies]].
* L and Mello from ''Manga/DeathNote'', and Light whenever he "[[MemeticMutation take[s] a potato chip and EAT[S] IT!]]"
* Anemone and her jam in ''EurekaSeven''. The way she eats it is both disturbing and alluring.
* Goku and Gohan (possibly all Saiyans?) from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' are pretty crazy eaters.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' : Hijikata Toshiro will put a big serving of mayonnaise on everything, and Yamazaki has recently become an anpan junkie.
** Also Kagura with her sukonbu, Gintoki with his obsessive sugar craving, Mitsuba and her love of chilly, Sacchan and natto...
* Yami Bakura from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' eating a steak like he's some kind of carnivorous animal. This was also covered in BigEater.
* Xerxes Break in ''PandoraHearts''. He'll steal your cake and [[MemeticMutation EAT IT!]].
* Kumagawa Misogi in ''MedakaBox'' can eat taiyaki while making it look like he's just slaughtered somebody.
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[[folder: ComicBooks]]
* Rorschach from ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' eating cold beans straight out of the can. "Fine like this."
** As well as straight up sugar cubes. One gets the impression he doesn't actually sit down for a decent meal and instead just goes for high energy products.
* ''{{Nextwave}}'''s Dirk Anger enjoys things like blenderized chicks (baby chickens not women) and [[DrivenToSuicide bowls of ice cream stuffed with various pills.]]
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[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* In the backstories of both ''FanFic/AeonNatumEngel'' and its rewrite, ''FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion'', [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Misato Katsuragi]] suffered brain damage that left her with almost no sense of smell or taste. Thus, she has to spice her food to near-toxic levels to be able to enjoy it...and almost always forgets to make separate portions for anyone else she's cooking for. She also uses this to win bets on who can eat the spiciest food.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Beast in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' eats really messily to show how much of a beast he's become.
* Used with the Mayor in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', who is often seen [[VillainousGlutton over-consuming]] the various falling foods, until he becomes a FatBastard. In one scene he even stuffs a hot dog that is as tall as he is into his mouth in one go, freaking out the other characters.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The main character in the movie ''Film/{{Elf}}'' has an extreme SweetTooth, to the point where it is rather disgusting to normal people, piling on candy, syrup and sugar with joyful abandon.
* In ''Film/KPax'', we see Kevin Spacey as the title character eat a banana without peeling it several times throughout the movie. Less noticeable but along the same lines, strawberries, complete with the leaves.
* Allison, the basket case from ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', with her throwing the baloney from her sandwich on the ceiling and replacing it with captain crunch and pixie sticks, as well as exploding her soda and licking it off the desk.
* In ''Film/TheFly1986'', the first sign that something is wrong with Brundle is when he starts eating huge quantities of sugar and sweet foods. When he starts [[{{Squick}} spewing bile]] on his food before eating it, it's a sign that things have gone further downhill.
* In ''Film/{{Michael}}'', the titular character heaps insane amounts of sugar into his food to experience [[SenseFreak the Earthly pleasures of sweetness.]]
* In Film/TheThreeStooges short "A Pain in the Pullman", the Stooges eat crab ''shells'', throwing away the meat.
* In ''Film/{{Splash}}'', Allen takes Madison to a fancy restaurant, where she gets the lobster - and picks it up, crunching into it, shell and all.
--> '''Allen:''' ...she's ''really'' hungry.
* There's a moment in ''{{Help}}'' where TheBeatles are hiding in an alpine brass band - George takes a bite out of a cymbal he's holding.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* Kockroach from ''Kockroach'' '''really''' likes ribs. He eats them while naked, rubbing them on his chest.
* A mild example of the 'separation from humanity' sort can be found in the Literature/HonorHarrington books, where people that have been genetically modified for higher gravity are noted to also be voracious eaters due to their higher metabolism.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Walter, from ''Series/{{Fringe}}''. He has a severe sweet tooth, and relies on CongruentMemory to help him recall projects he worked on long ago, triggering it by eating the same foods. This has occasionally led to him buying (or having Peter or Astrid buy) multiple brands of a single item trying to find the one that tastes the most like some discontinued brand.
** Also the Observers: One of them dumps an entire shaker of pepper and bowl of jalapenos onto a sandwich before eating it. They have almost no sense of taste and have to compensate by massively overspicing their food.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Eleventh Hour", the newly regenerated Doctor rejects some perfectly ordinary food before settling on fish fingers dipped in custard.
** The Master's ravenous appetite in "The End Of Time".
** The second Doctor and Chessene in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E4TheTwoDoctors The Two Doctors]]".
* Cookie Monster from ''Series/SesameStreet''.
* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' featured a man with a compulsive eating disorder - he was permanently stuck in a state of ravenous hunger because his brain couldn't tell if he was full. He had to spend his entire life restrained and guarded by caretakers, otherwise he'd eat everything - even the inedible.
* In an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', a character's mental problems are signposted by his habitual yet uncharacteristic eating of candy.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Dean stuffs his face every chance he gets. In at least one flashback he is shown giving up his dinner so Sammy can have something to eat. So this might be a reaction to not eating regularly as a kid.
* In {{Warehouse13}} Pete Lattimer never turns down food. He frequently will grab handfuls of cookies or other food offered by someone they are questioning as they hurry away to follow up a lead.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* One of [[Wrestling/GeorgeSteele George "The Animal" Steele]]'s gimmicks was to tear open a turnbuckle and eat the stuffing (see the page pic).
* [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] was known for eating discarded pieces of food fans would leave on their seats or drop on the floor if he should be thrown out of or otherwise exit the ring and see it. Same goes for unattended drinks. He's even tried to eat the "hair" hanging off his own mask in Wrestling/RingOfHonor. In IWA Mid-South, Jim Fannin would encourage this sort of behavior and even shouted "Eat The Air! Eat It!" at Delirious, while Dave Prazak would try to discourage it "No, it's fattening!"[[/folder]]

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} supplement ''Van Richten's Guide to the Walking Dead'' details its authors' encounter with the Glutton of G'henna, an undead priest cursed with an insatiable appetite. He'd eat food by the wagon-load if it was available, but would gobble up whole livestock, chomp on the appendages of attackers, or even take bites out of trees, if that was all he could reach.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* In ''ShadowUnit'', increased food consumption (to fuel accelerated brain functions) is one of the telltale signs of a gamma. This applies to betas as well.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* There was the [[MemeticMutation CHOOOOOOOOCOLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE]] guy from the one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''. You never see him eating any, but he was pretty crazy about it.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans,'' Cyborg gets a virus that makes him see everything as some sort of delicious treat.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddAndEddy'' a chicken pox outbreak quarantines the entire Cul De Sac leaving the Eds as the only ones not sick and Eddy goes absolutely [[SanitySlippage batshit]] due to the lack of kids to scam. During this time, he consumes a number of items, including an enormous pile of acorns (that he 'won' from a group of squirrels), a hunk of a wooden fence ("Ham and eggs, and butted toast!") and a FIRE HYDRANT ("JAWBREAKER!").
* ''BeavisAndButthead'' - during a music video, Beavis starts talking about [[TooDumbToLive 'those mints they put in the urinals'.]]
* ''RenAndStimpy'' - catching a case of "Space Madness", Ren regards a bar of soap as his 'beloved ice cream bar'.
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