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->'''Samwise''': What we need's a few good taters.\\
'''Gollum''': What's 'taters', Precious? What's 'taters', aye?\\
'''Samwise''': Po-Ta-Toes? Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew?.... Lovely, big, golden chips with a nice piece of fried fish-- ''[Gollum blows a raspberry]'' ... Even you couldn't say 'no' to that.\\
'''Gollum''': Oh yes we could. Spoiling nice fish.... Give it to us... raw... and wr-r-r-riggling. You keep nasty chips.\\
'''Samwise''': You're hopeless.
-->--''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]''

Being eaten alive. Probably one of our oldest {{Primal Fear}}s, and quite universal, given that we have long shared this planet with some rather nasty predators. This isn't quite the threat it used to be for those of us who live in parts of the world where humans have made most dangerous land animals extinct or endangered (those in the sea, not so much), but stories of monsters of all kinds ([[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]], {{alien|Tropes}}s, [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]], {{zombie|Apocalypse}}s, etc.) remind us that we can become prey again very easily. It's probably the most common fear we have as kids.

Sometimes the victim is SwallowedWhole, but other times, he or she is savagely ripped apart piece by piece (this is especially common if one is overtaken by multiple creatures out to eat you).

See also FedToTheBeast, where someone is deliberately consigned to this awful fate, and TooSpicyForYogSothoth, for when the eater changes its mind. Almost never seen in common media is when the eaten is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorarephilia vorarephile]], those rare individuals for whom being eaten alive is not a fear...but a [[NightmareFetishist fetish]].

Super-trope of DevouredByTheHorde, where a character is eaten alive by multiple parties. Compare and contrast StewedAlive, which is usually PlayedForLaughs and involves BlackComedyCannibalism. When done pragmatically, you have EatingTheEnemy. Sometimes if you are eaten you don't have to worry about being digested because GettingEatenIsHarmless

If you were looking for the film ''Eaten Alive'', you'll want [[Film/EatenAlive this page]].


* A Fruit Roll-Up and Fruit By the Foot get eaten by a photo booth.
* This happens to the cinnamon toast crunches in their commercials.
* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZlSK3gAvRA commercial]] for "M&M's" has Creator/NayaRivera begin to lick the back of the Red M&M, then her girlfriends join Naya in eating him--"It hurts but I kinda like it!"

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', if you are a human who comes into contact with a Titan, chances are this is going to be how you die. They don't ''need'' to eat you to survive, but that won't stop them from doing it. [[spoiler: Then there's the power of the Nine Titans, which is passed on when the current host is eaten by another Titan. Since the power comes with a 13 year time limit, eventually the owner will have to submit to being eaten so someone can inherit their powers]].
* The common fate of anyone branded for sacrifice to the Godhand in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. Quite a few Apostles are fond of this too, such as the female Apostle that Guts kills in the very beginning of the manga.
* ''Anime/BloodC'':
** Happens to [[spoiler:Nene and Nono]] in . [[spoiler: Subverted, they turn out to be alive. And their following ''real'' deaths are very different. Though one of the Elder Bairns ''does'' chomp on a struggling civilian as the group destroys Saya's hometown.]]
** In fact, this happens more often than not, the only exceptions being [[spoiler:the bakery man from episode 3 who is torn to pieces before being eaten, the fishermen of episode 4 and the policeman from episode 7 who are killed but not eaten and a few of Saya's classmates who are killed before being eaten.]]
* The reason Yanagi is a ghost in ''[[Manga/BloodLad Blood Lad]]'' is because she was eaten by a ManEatingPlant in the first chapter.
* In episode 8 of season 1's ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'', Sena is playing a VisualNovel in the clubroom. Yozora then mentions that the game would be godly if a shark suddenly appeared at the pool Sena's character is currently at. At first Sena berates her for suggesting such an awful thing, then [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor that's exactly what happens.]] Sena thinks its just a joke at first, thinking the hero will simply vanquish it. Then the shark eats her character, and she suffers from a SuddenDownerEnding. Even Yozora is shocked at the random twist in that game before recollecting herself to call it a good game, while Sena angrily snaps the disc in half.
* In the ''Amon: Apocalypse of Manga/{{Devilman}}'' OVA, Amon, in an act that cements his utter monstrousness, does this to a little girl.
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' this is the fate of the Priestesses of the Four Gods. They summon the God, become one with him and begin to be painfully eaten alive for every wish they get fulfilled. It's described as being changed from the inside out, incredibly painful and two instances are are physically shown. The first is Yui, who began to get scaley skin and was SwallowedWhole by Seiryu after her third wish. The other is [[Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden Takiko]], who is shown to hunch over, gaining a claw arm and something akin to a turtle shell as her back after only one wish.
* In ''Manga/HekikaiNoAion'', this happen to [[spoiler: Shimon, the ParentalSubstitute of the protagonist. He]] was eaten alive by the [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaids]]
* Happens a lot in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''.
** Special mention goes to Luke Valentine, who gets both his legs blown off and becomes "dog food" after Alucard goes OneWingedAngel.
** In the TV series, Incognito eats Helena because he sees her as a threat.
** Officer Heer gets eaten alive by Nazi vampires during Millennium's declaration of war on the Hellsing and Iscariot Organizations.
* The BETA in ''LightNovel/MuvLuvAlternativeTotalEclipse'' (and the games its based upon) exist solely for this trope. By the time the main story begins, the BETA have devoured their way across Eurasia.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': The title character gets eaten by a giant snake while in the Forest of Death during the Chunin Exams. He escapes by creating [[MesACrowd so many shadow clones]] from within the snake that it explodes.
* ''Manga/{{BioMeat|Nectar}}'' By the same author, the eponymous creatures are bred to eat anything, and they do.
* [[spoiler:Asuka]] dies ''[[CruelAndUnusualDeath horribly]]'' at the hands of the Mass-Production [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion EVAs]], who devour her EVA (with which she is symbiotically synced), in ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]''. And poor Shinji [[BreakTheCutie just has to come across what's left]].
** A straighter example exists in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'': during the original conflict between the EVA's and Zeruel in ''Evangelion'', [[spoiler: Zeruel]] is eventually defeated when [[spoiler: EVA Unit 01]] gorges itself on his exposed and prone body; in ''Rebuild 2.0'', however, [[spoiler: Zeruel]], in one swift, ''supernatural'' movement, devours [[spoiler: EVA Unit 00]]'s ''entire torso'' [[spoiler: (including the entry plug sustaining]] ''[[spoiler: Rei Ayanami]]''[[spoiler:)]]. [[spoiler: However, [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Shinji]] ''[[HeroicWillpower unprecedentedly]]'' [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments manages to rescue]] [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl her]] . . . [[MindScrew or]] [[CruelTwistEnding so we think]].]]
* [[spoiler:Mami Tomoe]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' goes out this way courtesy of a [[OneWingedAngel monstered-out]] [[EldritchAbomination Witch]]. It is one of the most {{Cruel And Unusual Death}}s of the entire series and considered by many [[note]]if massive posts in this site's and other anime site's forum is anything to go by[[/note]] as one of the most shocking moments in anime this decade.
** In the SpinOff manga ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', [[spoiler: Mami]] manages to [[SparedByTheAdaptation avert this fate.]] [[spoiler: Too bad someone else suffers it: none other than ''Kazuko-sensei'', who's devoured by one of Witch!Kirika's familiars ''in front of her students''.]]
* ''Manga/{{Region}}'': The victims of the plague of starving rats swarming over Tokyo suffer this fate.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'':
** {{Jerkass}} and ManipulativeBastard Divine/Sayer experiences this in the Dark Signers arc. One of the Dark Signers, Misty, had become one due to the fact that her little brother had been killed by Aki/Akiza, one of the Signers and a psychic Duelist, and had subsequently acquired control of an EldritchAbomination by the name of Earthbound God/Immortal Ccarayhua, a skyscraper-sized lizard. Yusei later finds out that Divine was the one who murdered him, and Misty learns this immediately afterwards thanks to an EngineeredPublicConfession. Divine, SmugSnake that he is, [[TooDumbToLive tells Misty that her brother was too weak to be of use to him.]] Then Ccarayhua devours him.
* This is how Gourmet from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' gets the powers of [[spoiler: Toguro]] and [[spoiler: Murota]] -- but it's revealed that it's been [[spoiler: just Toguro all along, taking control of Gourmet's body and then forcing him to kill himself before it's all him.]]
* All the gigantic plants and bugs are out to eat you in {{Manga/Green Worldz}}, so it happens A LOT. Theres even a scene whereby the protagonist Akira subjects a female human hybrid villain to be eaten by another fellow gigantic human hybrid baby because the heroes are in rough shape and out of options to kill her since she has a {{healing factor}} ramp {{up to eleven}}.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** Cell 'eats' people by stabbing them with his tail and sucking them until nothing remains except their clothes. All the while the people being eating is fully conscious and screaming in agony. Androids 17 and 18 arguably had it worse since they were swallowed whole by Cell.
** Buu turns people into living candy or chocolate before eating them. Given what happened with Vegeto, the people transform are fully aware of what is happening, but can't move and prevent themselves from being eating alive.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', this is a legitimate concern for humans and ghouls alike. Lucky victims are already dead before the ghoul begins chowing down, but some are perfectly willing to get started quickly. On multiple occasions, protagonist Kaneki rips into an opponent for a quick boost. Most famously, this happens to [[TortureTechnician Yamori]] after Kaneki manages to escape and defeats him in battle. To add insult to injury, Kaneki mortally wounds him by devouring his kakuhou and then leaves him to be killed by others.

* ''ComicBook/FritzTheCat, Secret Agent for the C.I.A.'' contains what is probably the earliest depiction of ''[[EatenAlive vore]]'' in comics. Fritz is swallowed whole by a giant creature, along with a female Chinese agent who betrays her country because she loves Fritz. Together, the two escape out ''the back way''.
* In ''ComicBook/OldManLogan'' [[spoiler: a mutated and insane Hulk does this to Wolverine: him and his inbred clan have been eating their enemies for years. None of them had adamantium claws and a healing factor, however...]]
* The end of Creator/ECComics, "Carrion Death!" (''Shock [=SuspenStories=]'' #9) does a good job of capturing this PrimalFear:
-->And I feel no pain as the vice-like jaws of the raw-necked vultures close upon my flesh and peel it from my bones. I cannot move... I cannot stop them...\\
I can only watch in silent horror as they feed upon me. I can watch only until one of them plucks my eyeballs from my skull...
* Happens with nightmarish regularity to villains in ''ComicBook/MonsterAllergy''. It usually happens when Dark Spirits (who feed on monsters) are involved, but the [[EldritchAbomination Gaiga Monsters]] do it too, with The Nameless One being tricked into ''eating itself''.

* A Creator/DiscoveryChannel documentary with the trope as its title claimed that this would happen to Paul Rosolie, who would get SwallowedWhole by a green anaconda wearing a special suit for protection. Even before the special came out, many people expressed skepticism, and much to everyone's disappointment, Rosolie [[NeverTrustATrailer wasn't eaten by the anaconda]]. He stopped because the snake started to crush him before swallowing... [[CriticalresearchFailure which is exactly how large snakes hunt]].


[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[NightmareFuel A particularly disturbing example]] comes from chapter 23 of ''FanFic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'', in which Rampage is captured by the population of Stable 99, which had priorly [[AscendedToCarnivorism become cannibals]] due to being infected with a virus. Due to her HealingFactor and [[FromASingleCell regenerative powers]], Blackjack theorizes [[AndIMustScream she could become a]] [[FateWorseThanDeath permanent food source]] for the cannibals.
* A highly disturbing example in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' comes with Chapter 21 (several readers claimed to feel physically ill after reading it) and the introduction of [[spoiler: the ''veidrdraugar'' a.k.a. the Hunting Dead]], which moderately graphically (the use of the GoryDiscretionShot somehow made it more horrific) depicted the horrific death of a baby and a young family. Unsurprisingly, this chapter served as a WhamEpisode and the character that instigated was established as a KnightOfCerebus and an OmnicidalManiac.
** Peter Wisdom [[spoiler: a.k.a. Regulus Black]] narrowly avoids this after a couple of the above mentioned monsters get the drop on him. He'd taken out one of their number, but unfortunately, they hunt in packs.
** You know that part in Norse Mythology were Fenris bites off Tyr's hand? In this verse it happened to Sif (she managed to get it reattached, but [[ScarsAreForever still has the scars]]) after going after Fenris, seeking to test herself against him. Then, after biting it, Fenris (described as being about the size of a house) swallowed her whole. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome She managed to cut her way out from the inside, with one hand, retrieve her other hand, and make her way to safety, all while being covered in digestive fluids.]] TooSpicyForYogSothoth indeed.
* When someone dies in ''[[FanFic/PokemonBlackandWhiteTaleofaLegend Pokemon Black & White: Tale of a Legend]]'', there's a good chance they went out like this.
* The fate of all Cibi in the Madoka fic ''FanFic/CibusEsculentusMadokaMagica''.
* In Episode 71 of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', Trinity finds a recording of Tsali torturing a little Seedrian girl to death by slowly feeding her to his Tsali Endoskeletons.

[[folder:Films (Animation)]]
* In ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'', a scout got eaten by a Carnatourus.
** And Aladar pretended to eat one of the little lemurs.
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest}}''. the main fairy flies in the smog monster’s mouth to defeat him from within.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Firebreather}}'', the two monsters that were terrorizing the city must have been hungry because they kept trying to eat all the people close to Duncan. But Duncan stopped them from eating anyone including his “Guardian Angel” who wanted to kill him after he found what Duncan was.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', the dragon eats Lord Farquaad and [[SpitOutAShoe spits out his crown]].
** In the Christmas special, Gingy’s girlfriend gets eaten by SantaClaus.
* Ratigan feeds a hapless lackey to his pet cat Felicia in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''.
* In ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' the Walrus eats all the baby oysters behind the carpenter's back.
* Implied in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' with Scar. Although, because it's quite understandably a GoryDiscretionShot, the hyenas could have quickly gone for the kill and ''then'' ate him. Then again, after hearing him slag them off like that, it's quite likely [[TheDogBitesBack they weren't feeling very merciful towards their ex-boss]]...
** Scar himself comes perilously close to doing it to Zazu, before Mufasa interrupts and forces him to spit Zazu out.
* ''{{Trolls}}'': Bergen eat the trolls this way, and it nearly happens to Creek. [[spoiler: Being eaten alive gives him enough time to desperately plead for his life and sell out his village.]]

* The common fate of anyone overtaken by the zombies in any ZombieApocalypse movie, if they don't [[TheVirus join them]].
* In ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'', Audrey II eats Mr. Mushnik JustInTime.
** In the alternate ending, Audrey was eaten after she died and Rick Moranis' character got eaten too.
* ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi StarWars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi]]'' Oola, and a Gammorean Guard get eaten by a Rancor. And the Skiff guards and even poor Boba Fett got eaten by a Sarlaac as well. (Most people don't think he died anyway though).
** And Jabba just laughed at the Gammorean's unfortunate death, [[DudeWheresMyRespect despite said Gammorean saving Jabba's life.]]
* In ''Film/JurassicPark'', several humans get eaten by dinosaurs and all of the others kept getting threatened to get eaten. Other dinosaurs got eaten as well, including a Velociraptor as the [[TyrannosaurusRex T. Rex]] appeared JustInTime.
** Donald Gennaro, after abandoning the Hammond children in a car to go hide in the bathroom when the T-Rex shows up, gets the ignominious honor of being nommed on the toilet after the [[TyrannosaurusRex T. Rex]] knocks down the building he's in. In the original novel, it was DirtyCoward Ed Regis, the Public Relations manager of [=InGen=], who did this (and got eaten).
** Worst cases are [[GreatWhiteHunter Robert Muldoon]] and [[Creator/SamuelLJackson John Arnold]] who fall prey to the raptors, of which it was explicitly stated earlier in the film that they don't bother killing their victims first, they just slice them up and start eating them alive.
** Nedry got eaten by the Dilophosaurus. The book describes this scene with gruesome detail, while the movie gives us a nice [[GoryDiscretionShot discretion shot]]
** In the sequels other people got eaten by a [[TyrannosaurusRex T. Rex]] (and one unlucky guy [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe got eaten by two]]), Velociraptors, a [[Film/JurassicParkIII Spinosaurus]] and a pack of [[Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark Compsognathi]].
** Numerous Redshirts are eaten by the ''Indominous Rex'' in ''Film/JurassicWorld''. Later, poor Zara's CruelAndUnusualDeath is finished when she and the ''[[GiantFlyer Pteranodon]]'' trying to drown her are SwallowedWhole by the ''Mosasaurus''.
** The above ''Mosasaurus'' examples foreshadow the fact that the ''Mosasaurus'' would end up subjecting the ''Indominus rex'' to this fate.
** The original novel also has a scene, not used in the movie, where a velociraptor starts eating a man's intestines while he's still conscious enough to try and push its head away.
* The ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' series and other killer shark movies will invariably feature at least one scene where someone is eaten alive by the shark.
* The fate of anyone unfortunate enough to get caught by the scarab swarms in ''[[Film/TheMummy1999 The Mummy]]'' and ''Film/TheMummyReturns''. And the little pests are damn quick at it.
** Imhotep only escapes this fate (which was part of him being entombed alive at the beginning of the first movie) due to being cursed with immortality.
* Kevin of ''Film/SinCity'' has his limbs sawed off by Marv. His pet wolf, who eats what remains of the people Kevin kills after [[ImAHumanitarian he's finished with them]], is attracted to the blood and eats him alive until finally his head is sawed off. And the worst part of it all? ''He never makes a single sound during the entire thing'', much less the scream that Marv wanted from the sick cannibal farm boy who [[spoiler:murdered Goldie]].
* ''Film/KingKong2005'': The rescue team at one point falls into a pit infested with BigCreepyCrawlies. The ship's cook got the worst of it when he's devoured by giant leeches.
* Mentioned in ''Film/{{Four Brothers}}'' that the only thing people fear more than being burned to death is being eaten alive.
* In ''Film/{{Willow}}'', when the title character knocks that egg thing into the water, it turns into a two headed hydra like monster and [[MonstrousCannibalism eats a Troll]] before chomping down several of Sorsha's men.
* ''Film/{{Killer Klowns from Outer Space}}'' has a particularly terrifying example. The Klowns primary weapon is a type of ray gun that cocoons victims in cotton candy melting them into something the Klowns ''drink''. [[MoodWhiplash With a crazy straw, no less.]]
* In ''Film/MenInBlackII'', Serleena transforms into a lingerie model and she is ambushed by a mugger. The mugger drags her behind a bush not knowing she's an alien, [[MuggingTheMonster Serleena then proceeds to consume the mugger whole and alive]]. She then pukes him back out later realizing her disguised form doesn't have a huge belly and walks away with the mugger's clothes.
* [[spoiler:Dan and Joe]] meet this fate, courtesy of a pack of hungry wolves, in the movie ''Film/{{Frozen 2010}}''.
* In one of Kristen's nightmares in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors'', Freddy transforms himself into a giant snake creature and tries to eat her from the feet up. He lets her go when Nancy comes to the rescue.
* In ''Film/TheBay'', the victims are at first thought to have contracted a virus or bacteria, but their symptoms are in fact caused by [[spoiler:mutant isopods]] eating them from the inside. A more classical example happens to people unfortunate enough to swim close to [[spoiler:an isopod swarm.]]
* In ''Film/{{Troll 2}}'', a kid catches some goblins in the act of eating their victims, prompting this memetic exchange:
-->"They're eating her. And then they're going to eat me! OH MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!"
* China and Dirtmaster in ''Film/TheBarbarians'' are eaten alive (offscreen) by a dragon after they find the ruby MacGuffin. After the beast is slain, the former's corpse is found inside it, still holding the stone.
* ''Film/{{Anaconda}}'': Rather contrary to how real Anacondas behave, the one in this film seems to eat its prey still living after constricting them for a short while. One of the victims even gets spit out and has just enough energy left to wink at the heroine.
* Many many people in ''Film/{{Sharknado}}'' and its sequels. Frequently pieces of people are chomped off (heads are a particular favorite), but several times people are swallowed whole. In a few cases, they even survive the experience.
* This happens to Hannibal Chau in ''Film/PacificRim'' when he is swallowed by a baby kaiju. He survives the experience and cuts himself free.
* Lizzie of ''Film/MyFavoriteMartian'' uses a dangerous piece of alien gum to [[OneWingedAngel turn herself into a huge alien monster]] to save Tim from a pair of {{Mooks}}. She tosses one into some computers, and when the second thug tries to run for it, she corners him and [[SwallowedWhole gulps him down whole]], complete with a big burp and embarrassed giggle afterward. Yikes.
** Tim even provides a BondOneLiner by proxy:
--> '''Tim:''' ''(Looking rather shocked)'' "[[DidYouGetANewHaircut Did you do something with your hair?]]"
--> '''Alien!Lizzie:''' "Glad you noticed!"
* ''Film/KingKongLives'' has the titular ape devour a redneck hunter who tried to capture him. [[BlackComedy Kong then casually picks the guy's hat from his teeth, setting it aside with an annoyed look.]]

* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', ''In The Time of the Dinosaurs'' Rachel and Tobias get eaten by a kronosaurus which they subsequently break out of, thus killing it. This was also the fate of Elfangor, who gave the kids their morphing powers; moments afterward, [[BigBad Visser 3]] arrives, morphs a huge alien and devours Elfangor alive. The screaming features in several of the Animorphs' nightmares.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', one of the villains is eaten alive [[spoiler: by a basilisk.]] Because the main villain doesn't need him anymore.
* In Creator/RLStine’s ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''The Blob That Ate Everyone'' Adam got eaten just like he did in the TV show, and two police officers got eaten and so did a bunch of citizens.
* In one of the ''Literature/GiveYourselfGoosebumps'' books, various non-reader characters are transformed into monsters and intend to send the reader on something resembling a haunted scavenger hunt. If the reader makes a choice to doubt the reality of the transformation, it's implied the monster kids' ringleader, some kind of lizardman, eats the doubtful reader--[[TheManyDeathsOfYou obviously]] [[HaveANiceDeath ending that read-through]].
* In Homer’s ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', a Cyclops ate most of Odysseus's men.
* In ''Literature/{{Nation}}'', First Mate Cox gets eaten by [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks sharks]]. Even with [[RasputinianDeath an axe in his chest, too]], he's still alive enough to be [[SlasherSmile Slasher]] [[GoOutWithASmile Smiling]] when they get there.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Gormenghast}} Titus Groan]]'', Titus's father Sepulchrave is eaten alive by a flock of owls. [[spoiler:Voluntarily, because he's batshit insane and suicidal.]]
* [[spoiler:Cato]] in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' is ripped apart by dogs for ''twenty hours on end''. By the time he gets a MercyKill, his skin and limbs have been gnawed off. ''And he was alive the whole time, on live television''.
* The Vorgs [[note]]short for "carnivorous cyborgs"[[/note]] in Creator/AlastairReynolds ''Literature/TerminalWorld'' eat their victims' brains by inserting probosces through the nose and drinking. The first time the protagonist witnesses this, he reflects that at least the victim will die once the brain is pierced -- then he remembers that lobotomies used to be performed in a similar manner. A moment later he sees the victim is still conscious.
* Curly in ''Literature/TheCallOfTheWild'' gets her face ripped apart by dogs, then after they knock her down, they surround her and eat her alive.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Starfire}}'' novels "In Death Ground" and "The Shiva Option" by David Weber and Steve White, the invading insect-like aliens eat sentient populations that they conquer. They prefer their prey alive and roughly [[EatsBabies child-sized]]. They even go so far as to raise sentients on ranches in a manner similar to how humans raise cattle or other livestock. Humanity's reaction to this was [[NuclearOption understandably]] [[FinalSolution severe]]. Humanity begins using anti-matter warheads on their enemy's worlds in a bid to exterminate them.
* In ''[[Literature/LevenThumps Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret]]'', Winter eats some Bickerwicks without chewing them enough. Thus, they start arguing while they digest [[spoiler: and get her caught by the BigBad]].
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: Eaten Alive''. ...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Well, yes]]. [[spoiler: The ground is alive and [[QuicksandSucks sucks people down to be digested]], though most die quickly of suffocation.]] {{Title Drop}}ped twice. Happens in some later books, too. In ''TheSwarm'' it's beetles, in ''The Hunger'' cannibals cut limbs off an invalid and dress the wounds.
* In MarriottEdgar's humorous poem "The Lion and Albert", the eponymous lion swallows the eponymous boy Albert whole, after Albert has poked him with a stick. This, however, allows for an aversion in "The Return of Albert", in which the lion just spits him out again - much to the annoyance of his parents, who'd been planning to collect on his life insurance.
* Lampshaded at the beginning of ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'' series. The protagonist can't understand why it was necessary to [[ShootTheDog shoot dead a little girl]] to stop her from being killed by the Chtorran worms. He's shown the first pictures taken of a Chtorran feeding, which clearly show the arterial blood spray from the victim as he's torn apart.
* In Creator/HenrikDrescher's parody of ''Pat the Bunny'' called ''Literature/PatTheBeastie'', [[spoiler:the two children, Paul and Judy,]] end up being eaten by the Beastie after they tortured him too much.
* In Creator/HenrikDrescher's children's book ''Literature/TheBoyWhoAteAround,'' the main character Mo ends up eating everyone in his town and then the whole world.
* In Literature/TheVampireChronicles, Mekare decapitates Akasha, the Mother of all vampires, whose heart or brain she and Maharet believe contains the spirit that animates all vampires. Were that spirit to die, so would her spiritual descendants. Luckily for them (but probably not for her), Akasha's superpowers keep her alive long enough for the twins to eat the relevant body parts, making one of them (apparently Mekare) the new queen of the damned.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Biter, a cannibalistic thug from King's Landing eats most of his victims alive.
* In ''Das Dorf der Mörder'' (Roughly translates to "The Village of Murderers") by Elisabeth Herrmann, a man is murdered by being sedated and fed to a group of peccary pigs. It is described only from the perspective of the police and the pathologist, but that's gruesome enough because, of course, they diligently analyse the drugs used and conclude that the man was fully aware of what was happening.
* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Shallan and Kaladin, working together, manage to kill a [[{{Kaiju}} chasmfiend]]. The fight ends with Kaladin in the beast's mouth, since that was the only way he could stab it in the brain.
-->'''Shallan:''' [[AdmiringTheAbomination It was beautiful]].\\
'''Kaladin:''' It would be more beautiful if it hadn't tried to eat me.\\
'''Shallan:''' From my perspective, it didn't try, it succeeded.\\
'''Kaladin:''' Nonsense. It didn't manage to swallow me. Doesn't count.
* This is implied to be the fate of Madeline Raith in Literature/TurnCoat. Her cousin Lara drains her of life energy, as is standard for the White Court, but also starts tearing at her flesh. Harry flees before he can see what happens next, but it's implied that Lara didn't stop at eating her life force.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' Kermit, Miss Piggy, Shaky Sanchez, Lenny Lizard, a chef, and Rowlf's little ''sidekick'' all get eaten by either Gorgon Heap, Behemoth, or Mean Mama.
** What's that you say? You say you want a list of the times it's happened? Okay, [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Muppets_eating_other_Muppets here you go]].
* In the original ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series, Robin gets eaten by a giant clam and continues to wiggle around in it in the resolution to the cliffhanger.
* In ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'': ''The Blob That Ate Everyone'', the jerk Adam gets eaten by, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the blob; that ate everyone]]. Duh.
* In one episode of the ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' Finster slipped Kimberly and Billy a potion that made them misbehave and thanks to them the others all got eaten by an overgrown frog. Fortunately Kimberly and Billy snap out of it and save the others (but before that, Billy gets eaten alive first after figuring out their weakness).
** This is taken straight from ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', in the infamous 'Dan and Mei turn into punks'. And likewise, the rest of the Zyurangers get eaten, Dan figure out weakness, get eaten, and Mei solves the rest.
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', a jealous Mason eats Dean and Max shrinks him down to mini wheat size.
* The common fate of those taken alive by the Reavers in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' universe.
* Happens a lot in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. One of the most nightmarish examples is Gnarl, who paralyses his victims and then eats their skin, one long strip at a time, while they're still conscious.
* As in the book, in the first episode of ''Series/{{Animorphs}}'', Visser 3 morphs into something huge and eats Elfangor alive. However, it's in silhouette and the shot cuts away the moment it happens, likely due to censorship.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', the Charmed ones are living through fairy tales due to the balance being destroyed, and the big bad wolf eats their grandma and Piper. It ends badly for the wolf.
* ''[[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Masashi Sudou/Kamen Rider Scissors]]'' meets his end in this way when he is betrayed by his Contract Monster, Volcancer. Considering that this was a Sunday-morning TV show, it's easily one of the most traumatizing deaths in the entire franchise.
* Happens a lot in ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode ''Basics, part 2'', Hogan was killed at the mouth of a cave where a giant snakeasaurus lived in a lightning-quick [[GoryDiscretionShot discretion shot]]. Later, more of the ''Voyager'' crew were attempting to sneak across a cavern where the snakeasuraus slept in a pit. It didn't work. A nameless crewman slipped, awoke the beast, and got SwallowedWhole just like Hogan.
* One of the few decent ''[[Series/{{Space 1999}} Space: 1999]]'' plots featured a monster infesting a spaceship which could apparently take control of its victims and force them to walk into its maw. A few moments later it would spit out their remains, having apparently digested the rest whole.
* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' has two members of Jaha's pilgrimage to the City of Light eaten by [[NuclearNasty giant sea eels/leeches/worms/whatever-you-call-them]].

* "Eaten Alive" by Diana Ross (covered by Michael Jackson), although probably meant more symbolic. That said, the original ''video'' -- which showed the protagonist stranded on an island populated with beast-people reminiscent of [[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Dr. Moreau]]'s creations and following a Diana who progressively turned more and more into a great cat -- certainly heavily implied the literal version towards the end.

[[folder: Music Videos]]
* In one of Lit's music videos the band members are playing all over the body of a gigantic Pamela Anderson in a white bikini. At first things seem to be fine until one of the guitarists who was standing on her lips falls into her mouth and she eats him. Pamela then proceeds to chase after all the other band members and one by one each of them gets devoured by her. Some people speculate that this was supposed to mean that she was a "man-eater."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'' has probably one of the strangest and most metaphysical examples of the trope in history. In the mythology of Glorantha Kajabor, the God of Entropy had been killed and was threatening to destroy the dead gods who were defending Hell from his onslaught, when the benevolent spider goddess ''Arachne Solara'' ate him alive and soon after gave birth to Time.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** This trope is one of the very few things Orks genuinely fear. During the Third War for Armageddon, seeing the Flesh Tearers SpaceMarines fall prey to their bloodlust and start devouring their enemies had the almost unprecedented effect of shattering the Orks' morale so throughly that they fled the battlefield.
** The last phase of a Tyranid invasion involves the hive fleet sending out trillions upon trillions of Ripper swarms; tiny worm-like tyranid lifeforms who's only purpose is to eat biomatter so that it may be consumed by the fleet. Most imperial guardsmen are known to commit suicide if they live to this stage, as the Rippers will happily devour anyone and anything even if they're still alive. Worse still, they'll take their time but will immobilize their foes; leaving you to agonize at their jaws while being completely unable to do anything about it. The Rippers themselves are then eaten alive in-turn when they toss themselves into the digestion pools, which melts them down into a meat slurry to be funneled up to the hive ships to produce more tyranid bioforms and continue the cycle.
** Some Tyranid weapons ''weaponize this''. The basic fleshborer's name is ''not'' a euphanism; it fires a tiny black maggot that finds any crack in your armor or soft cloth and digs in straight through you. The entire process lasts about a few seconds but it's devastating enough to be comparable to a bolter round (which is a rocket propelled grenade) in lethality. The aptly named Devourer does something similar (and resembles an infested, swollen penis head to boot). At the far end of the spectrum, there's the Red Terror and Mawloc, who just straight up devour anyone unlucky enough to not get out of their way (the Mawloc is suspected to be made from the Red Terror, who might be a "prototype").

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame LEGO Star Wars II]]'' and ''The Complete Saga'', you can call down a LEGO Gammorean guard which gets eaten by the LEGO Rancor after it chases the guard for a little.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront'' you can go to Jabba’s Palace and if you approach the great Hutt you get sent down the infamous trapdoor and there is the Rancor. If you get too close it will pick you up and eat you.
** In the sequel you can get eaten by a Rancor as well.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed Star Wars: The Force Unleashed]]'': In story mode Shaak Ti willingly throws herself in the Sarlaac pit of Felucia.
** In two player mode you can play on Felucia and throw your opponent into the Sarlaac pit.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II]]'': In Story Mode a Rancor gets eaten by a beast bigger than it and the evil general guy gets eaten by it as well. Now that’s what I call irony
** In two player mode you can play in the arena and if you stand in the middle too long the beast eats your character.
* And another ''Star Wars'' example in ''VideoGame/JediKnightDarkForcesII'' expansion, ''Mysteries of the Sith''. Mara is stripped of her weapons and fed to a Rancor, which will eat her as a OneHitKill if she gets too close.
* In "VideoGame/TheWhiteChamber", one of the endings involves the main character being either eaten alive or torn to pieces by what we assume are either vengeful spirits or just zombies. Either way, it's pretty gruesome.
* In ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon'' (if you have the Marine Mania or Dinosaur Digs expansion pack) you can put guests in with the sharks or the T-Rexes, where they will be eaten. Sometimes the T-Rexes escape and eat guests as well, but only the male guests. Also, if dinosaurs or any big cat of any kind escape, they eat their zookeepers and scientists.
* In ''VideoGame/SpongebobSquarepantsCreatureFromTheKrustyKrab'', [=SpongeBob=] gets eaten by a giant Alaskan Bullworm, in which he spends the entire chapter building a biplane along with Old Man Jenkins so he could escape.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'': the fate of Alex Mercer's victims. Unusual in that he doesn't chew or swallow, simply engulfs his prey in his own mass, absorbing them whole (and yes, it's painful, judging by the screaming). It's noted explicitly that he paralyses first, breaking their necks or spines, but death is an optional and undesirable extra. The larger infected sometimes do it as well; the introduction of the Hunters features one snapping up and chowing down on a screaming Marine.
* This happens to almost every slain enemy in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''. [[CannibalismSuperpower What did you think fueled those nifty demon powers]]?
** Sort of, there is a little nuance to it. Any slain enemy in battle is eaten by the party afterward, getting points toward unlocking new abilities. However, there is a "Devour" command that can be used in battle, which is a physical type attack that, if it succeeds in doing enough damage to kill an enemy, will result in that enemy being consumed directly in one hit while the fight is still going on, for a bonus amount of avatar points. This does carry a risk though that the character doing the consuming develops a stomach ache debuff for a time.
* This'll happen to either of the main characters in ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis2'' if they're caught stunned on the ground by the [[spoiler: Giganotosaurus]] during their fight with it. It picks them up and chows down on them, with the game flashing to GameOver on the [[OneHitKill first bone-crushing bite.]]
** Same for the T-Rex in the first game.
* Failing the quick time event against the T-Rex in ''VideoGame/TombRaider Anniversary'' results in Lara being flung up into the air by the dinosaur and then being swallowed alive on the way down.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has several enemies that can do this to you. Most horrifically is the [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily Gaping Dragon.]]
* The [[spoiler: Troodons]] in ''VideoGame/JurassicParkTheGame'' inject you with paralyzing venom, drag you bag to their nest, and [[spoiler: lay their eggs inside you]]. The venom keeps you [[AndIMustScream alive, unable to move or speak]] as you [[spoiler: incubate the babies, which eat you alive after hatching]].
* Numerous monsters in the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' series can do this to the player.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'', this is how [[spoiler: Steve Delhomme]] meets his end in the nightmares, being eaten by [[spoiler: Shadow of Vincent]].
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'': This is [[spoiler: Airy the Fairy]]'s fate near the end of the game: [[spoiler: After [[YouHaveFailedMe she fails to kill the party one last time]], Ouroboros decides to have a snack on her]]. You fortunately don't get to see it, but you do get to hear nasty crunching sounds.
* In the Creator/DonBluth animated games ''VideoGame/DragonsLair'', ''[[VideoGame/DragonsLair Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp]]'' and ''VideoGame/SpaceAce'', numerous death scenes show the player character - Dirk or Ace - either being eaten alive or the eater preparing to do so.
* The [[spoiler:KillerRabbit]] of ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' will constantly attempt to eat your party throughout the battle. It even has an attack where it chomps off a large chunk of its targets' heads as a OneHitKill when it TurnsRed. The Treasure Art for killing it solo naturally shows a group of knights getting devoured [[spoiler:by a horde of Killer Rabbits]].
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Anatomy}}'', [[spoiler:the basement that the player is in slowly grows a mouth with teeth, as the tape recorder describes how they had interfered with the house and will be devoured]].
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}} 2: Solar Boy Django'' has an attack where he grabs you in his mouth and chews, steadily depleting your health. If you don't quickly escape, however, he'll soon swallow, resulting in an instant GameOver regardless of your remaining health.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Played with in ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}''. [[spoiler: The databook has drafts of ''all'' the kids's executions (though obviously, only some of them were used in-game). Two of these prospect executions would've had the victim being subjected to this: [[PassionateSportsGirl Aoi]] [[MsFanservice Asahina]] would've been [[FedToTheBeast fed to sharks]] in a DrowningPit, whereas [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Yasuhiro]] [[FortuneTeller Hagakure]] would've been eaten by a door in a game show.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Webcomic/OffWhite: Askr, the [[GodInHumanForm human white spirit,]] was eaten alive by a two headed dragon like creature. This has more significance then most examples, because her death might lead to the extinction of the entire human species.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': This trope is the reason why giving [[BlobMonster Sergeant]] [[ExtremeOmnivore Schlock]] a {{BFG}} actually counts as an act of mercy; he'll just swallow armed goons whole and melt them down into mass for himself without a care in the world if you try to make him go unarmed.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/HellsParadise'' Quinton is torn apart and eaten by zombies after trying to abandon the group. Also an unnamed man in the first episode gets his guts ripped out by a zombie.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[AssholeVictim Brak]], a ruthless demon warrior, ends up eaten by hungry adolescent demons in Alent's [[TheCityNarrows Threshold district]].
* Part of the backstory of Helen Goodkind, mother of Phase, in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. As a small child, she was kidnapped by two mutants. One ate her sister alive in front of Helen, piece by piece. Helen spent years in an institution afterward, and now hates and fears mutants.
** This has also been the fate of several of Carmilla's early victims, and she still needs live food from the school cafeteria. More disturbingly, a later story has shown that it's not over for at least the former yet -- since Carmilla is a fledgling demonic {{eldritch abomination}}, they've ended up in their own special kind of hell whose inhabitants ''still'' like to prey on each other...
* In the ''Podcast/AliceIsntDead'' episode "Omelet," hapless trucker Earl suffers this fate as a lesson in HumanoidAbomination the Thistle Man's sense of humor. [[spoiler:He bites off Earl's flesh at the site of an artery, and keeps digging more out from the wound to eat, in a rote, automatic manner as poor Earl bleeds out.]] Making matters worse is the series' {{Narrator}}'s realization that there's no element of biological necessity in this. The Thistle Man is simply [[AndShowItToYou showing off]] for her, as a "demonstration."
* ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' naturally features this, being a GrossOutShow masquerading behind the presentation of a kids show. [[spoiler: Specifically, the fifth episode has the Duck Guy awaken to see his body cut open and his innards slowly pulled out and devoured by a can monster, giggling as he eats. Duck Guy can only gape and watch in horror as he's slowly eaten alive.]]
** [[spoiler: It is also worth mentioning that there is a barely-visible IV drip, implying that he is being kept alive for as long as possible.]] [[AndThatsTerrible Which is just messed up.]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': The eventual fate of [[spoiler:Roman Torchwick]] is being swallowed whole by a huge Grimm in the middle of a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech blistering rant]] directed at [[WideEyedIdealist Ruby]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The fact that [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie Unicron]] does this to your ''entire planet'' and '''every man woman and child living on it''' is what makes him so fucking scary.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues'', they showed the story of Odysseus and the cat that ate too much and ate all his neighbors.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' they do this a lot: the first time Buster wrote a comic making fun of Francine in which she was a giant slime the ate Mr. Ratburn and Bionic Bunny. Later Buster’s character in the story ate the slime. In one fantasy Arthur imagined D.W. was gigantic and was looking for her breakfast. When everyone ran away she told them to “Come back here! I’m hungry!” After chasing them for a little she reaches down to the camera and it fades to black suggesting she picked someone up and was about to eat them. D.W. told Arthur and Buster the story of OD.W.eus (Odysseus) and during one part of it the Cyclops (Buster) ate Tommy and Timmy. In another episode where all the gang was dared to skip school Arthur and Buster had a dream that they got eaten by a giant clam and were getting digested! It is suggested that that happens to Dark Bunny in a special episode (just like Robin in the Batman episode The Joker‘s Tricky Hand).
** In Rhyme For Your Life Dr. Rhyminstein gets eaten by the Purple Orange.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode, Robin meets a girl, "Annie," running from Clayface who eats her later on in the episode. This of course ticks Robin off and he tries to kill Clayface when he says he can’t bring her back.
** That's a somewhat iffy example. The girl was [[spoiler: a part of Clayface in the first place. Emerging weakened from his most recent defeat, he had shaped part of himself into the semblance of a young girl, detached "her," and sent her out to scout the area to make sure it was safe for him to emerge. Because of their shared weakness, "Annie" promptly got amnesia, forgetting not merely "her" mission but "her" identity. Clayface didn't so much eat "her" as re-integrate a rogue portion of himself. He wanted the knowledge "Annie" had gained while apart from the larger Clayface, so her memories survived.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', Asmodeus eats a fox, a vole, and a rat. In the season finale the badger gets PO’d at a rat and eats him.
** Except that in the book Asmodeus is described as killing his prey with venom, rather than the discretion shots the animated series had to show, and anyways the fox came back in the second season.
*** Asmodeus only eats one of his victims, that being Redtooth. In Season 2, Chickenhound the fox comes back as the villain. Also, no Constance the Badger did not eat anyone. You should probably re-watch the show or re-read the books.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode, Plankton is eaten on many occasions by Miss Priss and a reoccurring old man extra (In all 3 occasions he is disguised as Krusty Krab merchandise. i.e. a Krabby Patty, in a ketchup bottle, and a soda.)
** In "Frozen Face-Off" Krabs reveals he was once eaten by a huge squid-like monster and in the end Plankton gets eaten by the monster after getting mistaken for a jellybean.
** In one episode a bunch of giant sea whelks came and ate everyone in town.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' the Professor invented a thing called Beebo that ate everyone because it thought it had too.
* One of the most chilling scenes in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' was the scene in "Marabounta" where Yumi was devoured by the out-of-control [[GreyGoo Marabounta]]. Fortunately, it was only her Lyoko Avatar (her true self survived, just like was often the case for anyone who "dies" on Lyoko), but that didn't make the scene or the episode in general any less frightening (especially since it was after Aelita who, at the time, could ''not'' have survived if it happened to her.)
* In one ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' episode Musa got knocked out and eaten by a giant turtle however, they managed to save her fortunately.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' Eustace gets eaten by a dragon that wasn't meant to eat him, in which later the water dragon lets him out. Later in the episode a real man-eating dragon eats him and then... ''the end''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' a demon-thing named Susan got eaten by a bigger demon-thing that looked like her.
** In one episode, ‘Ello Gov’nor, they watch a movie about a taxi cab that gets possessed by it’s old driver and kills everyone who was involved with someone that killed him and then eats a man who was just walking his dog after running him over.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'', Cobra Commander’s new pet eats a scientist that lies to the commander’s face.
* In one episode of ''Amimaria'' the gang travels back in time to where the frogs were gigantic! So big they could swallow a gorilla whole (whoa)! The gang then encounters a gaggle of giagantic frogs who subsequently eat them. Fortunately Gabooboo gather enough courage to fight the frogs and force them to spit them out JustInTime.
* In one episode of ''[[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Sabrina's Secret Life]]'' Sabrina went to a Halloween Party with the Gargoyle Flu and spreads it to the rest of the guests. When Sabrina and Salem go to the magic world they encounter a ghost that was at the party and is completely paranoid. When trying to avoid Sabrina and Salem it bumps into a goblin that Sabrina danced with the other night. The ghost begs for forgiveness but the goblin replies: "Forgive you?! I'm going to eat you!" The goblin grows in size and fulfills his threat. The goblin then threatens to eat Sabrina and Salem but however turns into a doll before he can.
* A very cruel example of this happens in ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' when Terrance imagines a living (and very loving) pizza slice, then proceeds to eat it as it screams in agony.
* This is what [[FallenAngel Nightmare]] [[MadGod Moon]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is said to do if not appeased on [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Nightmare Night]], according to legend.
** FridgeHorror ensues when thinking about dragons, and the fact [[ExtremeOmnivore there seems to be nothing they won't eat]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgHgssyuqvI Ponykind seems to be well aware of this.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
** In "The Inconveniencing", after Lee is trapped on the cover of a cereal box by the ghosts at the Dusk 2 Dawn, the mascot threatens him with a cereal spoon and quips "I'm bonkers for eating you alive!" We then [[ViolenceDiscretionShot cut to the horrified reactions]] of the other kids as Lee lets out a scream.
** In "Dipper vs. Manliness", when they introduce the leader of the Manotaurs an old Manotaur comes out. It turns out that he's a sacrifice to the ''real'' leader, who eats the the tribute.
** In "The Land Before Swine", Old Man [=McGucket=] gets swallowed whole by a baby pterodactyl. He's seen trying to crawl out of its mouth later, and at the end [[spoiler: it's all but stated he ''ate his way out of the beast's belly''.]]
* The Creator/TexAvery [=MGM=] cartoon "Jerky Turkey" ends with Joe the Bear (owner of Joe's Diner) eating both the pilgrim and the turkey. Inside the bear's stomach, the two pissed antagonists hold up a sign saying "Don't Eat At Joe's!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' the team are hunting down a bunch of [[MonsterClown vampire clowns]], who eat people whole, leaving only their clothes, with Roland as one of their victims. [[spoiler: Fortunately they are able to save him when they beat the master clown.]]
* [[WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird Sylvester ate Tweety]] and [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry Tom ate Jerry]] surely more than once, just to catch some gratuitous violence from Grandma resp. Spike and having to spit him out again. (And these are just the prominent offenders - one possibly could make an animation gag subtrope out of it...)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E35MicroDucksFromOuterSpace Micro Ducks From Outer Space]]", a shrunken Scrooge falls into Gyro's glass and is nearly drunk.
* Happens in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', namely ''The Simpsons Tall Tales''. Homer, in the role of Myth/PaulBunyan, has an unfortunate tendency to accidently swallow the people making his giant-size meals, as he never waits long enough for them to vacate the frying pan before he eats. This particular trope happens to Lenny, and Groundskepper Willie, who states that he found a way out. "Its not pretty, but it'll do".
** An earlier episode, ''Treehouse Of Horror II'', has ''[[Film/KingKong King Homer]]'' having a habit of eating people, which has led to a rather poor stamina. Throughout the episode he eats Mr Smithers, Creator/ShirleyTemple and Marge's father.
** Another ''Treehouse of Horror'' has Homer eat some strange space goo that ends up turning him into ''[[Film/TheBlob1958 The Blob]]''. Much SwallowedWhole ensues.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* All too common in nature, whenever a famished predator is sufficiently formidable that it doesn't need to kill its prey to halt its struggling first. Lions, wolves, African wild dogs, cheetahs, snakes, hyenas, fish, lizards, turtles, dogs, leopards, eagles, baboons, vultures, bears, dholes, pelicans and probably more have been caught doing this.
* The kea, a giant parrot from New Zealand, will cling to a living sheep's back and take bites out of it.
* Army ants. They tear things apart, bit by bit, and their victim is alive throughout.
* Sharks and piranha are famous for doing this.
* Most predatory insects do this, especially if their prey is another insect. Insects ''don't'' die by blood loss if they lose a limb. Go see a mantis feed, as an example.
** Insect cannibalism. Locusts feed on grass normally, which is pretty low on protein. So what do they do when they don't have enough good food? They go find a dead locust...or a living one who has just molted (and is therefore soft and weak), and they dine. For extra gruesome points, it's the young ones who do it most often in groups. It could be why they move and form such huge swarms: they move because they don't want to be eaten.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uloboridae Uloboridae spiders]], who lack venom glands but compensate it for a particularly nasty way to kill their prey: wrapping them in silk so tightly that its exoeskeleton gets crushed and broken. After that, time for the spider to inject digestive fluids in the package, let them enter into the victim's innards through the wounds caused by coccooning them so, and suck the resulting soup. Lather, rinse, repeat, and all of this taking place while the prey is still alive.
* Swallowing live prey is more common in nature than you might think. All amphibians and most fish swallow all their prey alive, and a good number of reptiles and birds will at least do this to small prey. And of course there's anything that eats ants or krill/plankton which simply gulp their prey down by the dozens, if not hundreds.
** Except anteaters! They crush ants against the the roof of their mouths before swallowing.
*** That's honestly rather ironic.
* A recent hypothesis on the feeding behavior of dromaeosaurid dinosaurs (think ''Velociraptor'') suggests that they used their sickle claws to pin down struggling medium-sized prey so that they could start eating right away. Pack-hunting species may have simply weakened the animal together and then started feeding, as the body position of the prey animals' skeletons suggest that they were in death throes as they died.
* In 2004 in the human world, a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armin_Meiwes murder case in Germany]] centred on the accepted fact that the victim, a ''vorarephile'' (see above) had actually made contact with a person who shared his interests, only from the opposite direction, and had actually ''asked'' to be killed and eaten. The accused, a declared cannibal, obliged in spades. A rather disgusting part of the court transcript revolved around the "first cut" of meat being the penis of the deceased, which the consumer described as "disappointingly tough and stringy".
* The mating ritual of the mantis is like this. While the female and male are mating, the female slowly devours the male's head. Despite this, the male is still able to mate with his partner even with his head gone!
* Parasitic wasps such as the tarantula hawk paralyze prey like spiders and insects before laying their eggs on the still-living victim. Once the eggs hatch, the wasp larvae eats it alive from the inside out, devouring its organs in a specific order to make sure that it doesn't die before the larva is ready to form a chrysalis and become a new adult wasp.
** Internal parasites often ''need'' to be EatenAlive, either as eggs or after hatching, to gain access to new hosts.
* This trope happens to plants ''all the time'', as most herbivores don't consume the entire plant, just preferred parts of them. Some plants fight back against this trope with thorns, tough outer coatings, and toxic or indigestible substances, but fruiting plants exploit it by purposefully coating their seeds with expendable nutrient-rich tissues that seed-dispersing animals will eat.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating_live_animals Even]] humans do it.