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->'''[[DiabolicalMastermind Chairface Chippendale]]:''' Unfortunately, the three of you aren't going to be around to witness my historic crime, because I'm going to feed you to my pit of [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile ferocious man-eating alligators]]!\\
'''[[NaiveNewcomer Arthur]]:''' What?... What? *Aside, to TheTick* ''What''?!\\
'''[[TheHero The Tick]]:''' *Ahem* [[LampshadeHanging Standard villain procedure]].
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''

[[EatenAlive Feeding people]] to monsters or man-eating animals is one of the [[PrimalFear classic perils]] that villains and others subject people to.

Sometimes this is a HumanSacrifice to a demon, dragon, EldritchAbomination, or some other monster or beast. These scenarios usually have some poor unfortunate ChainedToARock awaiting their doom. Maybe the local religion demands this to be done to AppeaseTheVolcanoGod. Maybe the monster wants tribute in the form of people to eat, such as with many dragons. Maybe this is even meant as a punishment, in the case of Daniel in the lion's den from Literature/TheBible or Andromeda from ClassicalMythology.

Other times, the beast is a RightHandAttackDog -- a pet or other creature that the villain keeps around for some reason, which he uses to dispose of victims, and more than one villain's underling has met their end in this way, usually after they've [[YouHaveFailedMe failed him]] or [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]]. If a villain tries to do this to the hero, expect the hero to kill the beast or escape in some other fashion. It's also not uncommon for villains fond of feeding people to beasts to [[KarmicDeath meet their end]] by [[JustDesserts being eaten by the beast]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard in turn]], if the hero didn't kill the beast beforehand.

Fantasy villains have all kinds of monsters to choose from, ranging from dragons to giant snakes to giant vermin to demons or something even weirder. Contemporary and pulp villains will often have their victims eaten by tigers or sharks or some other large man-eating carnivore. Sci-fi villains will often have some really freaky alien monster to feed people to.

The SharkPool and the SnakePit are two quite common forms of this particular trope. Also related as AnimalAssassin, a more clandestine way of killing people using animals.

See also JustDesserts and EatMe.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Apostles in ''{{Berserk}}'' are fond of forcing their subjects to send them people to eat, such as the Baron of Koka Castle and the Count.
** In addition, this is the intended result of sacrificing someone to the Godhand so that one can be reborn as a demon, with the person in question often being EatenAlive.
* In ''FushigiYuugi'', the Priestess is technically a VirginSacrifice for the [[TheFourGods Beast God]] she summons. It also functions as a SecretTestOfCharacter; if she uses her wishes [[GreaterNeedThanMine for the good of others over herself]] ''and'' [[PluckyGirl possesses enough strength of will]], she can escape having her soul eaten. [[spoiler: Out of the four priestesses, two (Miaka and Suzuno) escape, since both are too plucky to be devored. The third (Takiko) [[IllGirl was dying already]] ''and'' [[HeroicSelfDeprecation her strong will was paire with lots of self-hate]], so Genbu started to eat her soul and her dad {{mercy kill}}ed her. The fourth (Yui) is fully devoured due to having been first broken and then manipulated by Nakago, but Miaka uses one of her wishes to bring her BackFromTheDead.]]
** Also, there was a snow-demon in the novel that explains Nuriko's backstory that demanded a more conventional VirginSacrifice from the village nearby. [[spoiler: Nuriko befriends the girl about to be sacrificed, Byakuren, and attempts to save her; however, she ends up being eaten in an HeroicSacrifice to protect Nuriko himself.]]
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' sees a heroic example, as [[spoiler: Shining Armor leads [[ClockRoaches the Wolf]] to [[HumanoidAbomination Makarov]] and lets it devour him, triggering a CosmicRetcon to undo all the damage Makarov's done to the timeline.]]
* Pein attempts to do this to Orochimaru before he joins Akatsuki in ''FanFic/AFathersWrath'' sending him down a trap into a pit where a Dragon waits. Naturally since this is around the beginning of the story it doesn't work.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Ratigan feeds a hapless lackey to his pet cat Felicia in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective.'' Weird, because the professor himself is a rodent. (Or possibly fitting, to emphasize his cruelty.)
* ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'': Mcleach tries to feed Cody to some crocodiles.
* In ''[[Disney/PeterPan Peter Pan: Return to Neverland]]'', Captain Hook is actually revealed to have a pet octopus in which he will often feed unsuspecting pirates to if they disobey him. However, near the end of the film, said octopus eventually develops an obsession of eating Captain Hook as well, and as a result he actually starts to frighten the pirate by constanly bobbing its eyes upside down like [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile you-know-who.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'', One-Eye feeds Zigzag to his crocodiles. Zigzag manages to tame them, which impresses One-Eye enough to accept his help. [[spoiler:Later, the crocodiles turn on him and eat him.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Jabba the Hutt was quite fond of feeding people to a Rancor, including Twi'lek slave dancer Oola in a notorious KickTheDog moment. He isn't quite so successful in his attempt to do the same to Luke.
** And once he's short one Rancor, he tries it again with the Sarlacc.
** In one ExpandedUniverse story, Jabba's father Zorba tried to throw Leia to the Sarlacc, seeking revenge for his son's death; however, a fight broke out that ended with ''him'' thrown to the creature. Zorba was saved, however (though humiliated even more) when he made the beast sick and it vomited him out.
** The Geonosians actually did this with an Acklay (a semi-aquatic lobster-praying mantis hybrid), a Nexu (a porcupine-tiger hybrid with four eyes and two tails), and a Reek (a minotaurlike monster with three horns on its head).
* ''Film/JamesBond'' {{villains}} like to use {{Shark Pool}}s to get rid of people. This trope is so often used by James Bond parodies it's one of the things [[DeadUnicornTrope thought to happen in Bond movies a lot more often than it actually does]].
** ''Film/{{Thunderball}}''. Largo has one of his mooks fed to sharks after he [[YouHaveFailedMe botches]] an attempt on 007's life.
** ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''. Stromberg drops his treacherous secretary into a SharkPool to be eaten.
** ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''. Blofeld drops a henchman [[YouHaveFailedMe who failed him]] into a [[SharkPool Piranha Pool]].
** ''Film/LiveAndLetDie''. Kananga tries to feed Bond and Solitaire to his pet shark. His [[TheDragon dragon]] earlier tried feeding him to ''crocodiles''.
** ''Film/LicenceToKill''. Sanchez badly maims Felix Leiter by having him thrown into a SharkPool in revenge for his role in his capture as the rest of his men murder Della, Felix's new wife. Bond starts his RoaringRampageOfRevenge by feeding Killifer, the bribed DEA agent who helped to spring Sanchez, to the shark in turn.
** In ''{{Film/Skyfall}}'', Bond and a mook fall into a pit of Komodo dragons. The latter gets eaten by one of the lizards.
* ''Film/AustinPowers'':
** In ''International Man of Mystery'', in an ShoutOut to ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', Dr. Evil tries to feed Austin and Vanessa to ill-tempered mutant sea bass using an unnecessarily slow dipping mechanism (he really wanted Sharks with FrickinLaserBeams on their heads).
** In ''Goldmember'', Dr. Evil finally does get his Sharks with FrickinLaserBeams on their heads and Mr. Roboto is later fed to the sharks for his failure. However, a deleted scene shows that everyone in the vicinity, even Dr. Evil himself, couldn't [[VomitIndiscretionShot hold their lunch]] over that scene.
* Conan's first dungeon crawl in ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' ends with him killing a big-ass snake that was supposed to eat a girl that the snake cult was going to sacrifice.
* ''[[Film/TheBladeMaster Cave Dwellers]]'' totally rips off the abovementioned scene from Conan by having Ator kill a [[SpecialEffectsFailure velour snake puppet]] ''after'' a whole bunch of girls are thrown to it.
* Shao Kahn disposes of [[TheMole Jade]] this way for failing to kill the heroes in ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'', feeding her to a monster carving in a wall (and for extra {{Narm}} points, the carving gives out a great big burp after it's done with her).
* In ''Film/{{Dragonslayer}}'', the king feeds virgins to the title dragon every year in order to appease it so it will leave his lands alone. The plot kicks off when Elspeth, the king's daughter, ends up on the menu.
* M. Bison in the film of ''Film/StreetFighter'' attempts to do this, proclaiming his idea to the would-be victims in (OF COURSE!) wonderfully [[LargeHam hammy]] fashion. Blanka, the "beast" in question, has other ideas.
* The climax of ''Film/TheLairOfTheWhiteWorm'' invokes this trope as a woman is set up as a VirginSacrifice to an EldritchAbomination by a LesbianVampire reptilian.
* Humorously averted in ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'', in which con-man knight Bowen attempts to rid himself of a nusiance rabble-rouser by suggesting to her village that dragons can be placated with virgin sacrifices. His dragon partner finds the idea ridiculous, and even expresses disgust at the idea of eating a human. Except when he must chew in self-defense [[TakeThat (but he doesn't swallow)]].
* In the ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' movie, the vogons attempt to execute Trillian by feeding her to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.
* Following the Christian Martyrology claims (see below), many oldschool films set in AncientRome include representations of Christians condemned to this. The film version of ''Quo Vadis'' has a bunch of Christian kids ''forced to put on sheep skins'' before they had a hungry lion released on them; it was such a KickTheDog moment that [[EvenEvilhasStandards the spectators were horrified]] (and mind you, these were all pagans who hated Christianity), [[spoiler: and when GentleGiant Ursui pulled a BigDamnHeroes for them, the audience pleaded with Nero to give Ursus a thumbs-up.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheScarletCitadel," Tsotha imprisons ConanTheBarbarian in the dungeons below the title citadel, with the intent of having him be eaten by Satha, another big-ass snake. The snake ends up killing a slave of Tsotha's who was planning to kill Conan in revenge for his brother's death during Conan's pirate days, when he was called Amra.
* Has happened to Literature/AlexRider at least once in his career.
* In the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie'', Felix Leiter is caught snooping around the villains' warehouse and partially fed to a shark (the basis for his maiming in ''Film/LicenceToKill'', including the [[BondOneLiner "He disagreed with something that ate him"]] note). Later, Bond and Solitaire are to be dragged through a reef until their blood attracts sharks to eat them (this was used in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'').
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books, Voldemort generally feeds his victims to his snake, Nagini, although they're usually (if not always) dead first.
** Well of course they're usually dead. He doesn't want them hurting his snake by struggling, after all. [[spoiler: Especially since the snake is one of his many [[SoulJar Horcruxes]].]]
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' had a unique variant of this. A Yeerk who had displeased the Visser one too many times was fed to a natural Yeerk predator nicknamed the Yeerkbane. I believe Vanarx was the actual name. It enveloped the host's head with its mouth and sucked the Yeerk right out of the host's head. Yikes.
** He also enjoys feeding them to the Taxxons as well.
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'': Twice with Magogs, without success:
** Done with Marcia Overstrand by [=DomDaniel=].
** Tried with Jenna Heap by [[spoiler:Simon Heap.]]
* In the short story 'Sandkings' by GeorgeRRMartin the main character gets into the habit of feeding people to his new pets, the eponymous insect-like alien monsters.
** Notably, this short story was later (very) loosely adapted into the pilot episode of the 1995 relaunch of ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' TV series.
* The first book of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' has the [[spoiler: planet itself]] [[QuicksandSucks killing and consuming people]] so quickly that they don't suffer. The heroes manage to piss off the [[TheSymbiote Enzeen]] enough that they carried them to the "heart" of [[spoiler: D'vouran]], where being eaten would be far slower and more painful.
** In the second book the BigBad tells his lackey to listen carefully or be fed to his battle dogs.
* As the HistoricalFiction book ''Fabiola'' by Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman was set in the middle of Diocletian's persecution of Christians, it happens more than once. The most noticeable victim is [[spoiler: the local NiceGuy and PrincelyYoungMan Pancratius ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancras_of_Rome aka Saint Pancras]]), who's given a SlashedThroat by a black panther. Despite how Pancras's legend says he [[OffWithHisHead was decapitated]].
* ''Literature/ThievesWorld'' short story "Blood Brothers" by Joe Haldeman. The barkeep One-Thumb buys a block of krrf (an expensive drug) from a man and slips him a paralyzing drug. He then cuts up the man's body while he's helpless and feeds him to his dogs. He killed him to avoid having to pay him and because the man was a relative of the magistrate who ordered One-Thimb's thumb cut off.
* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', Blake Thorburn employs this type of DeathTrap as a method of keeping his adversary Laird Behaim contained after he's captured him. Laird is placed within a set of three magic circles, with each increasing in complexity and strength, and Blake sets loose a demonic imp between the first and second. The first circle is small enough that Laird can barely sit down, and certainly cannot afford to fall asleep, as he might unconsciously break the extremely fragile circle and expose himself to the imp.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* One episode of Series/{{Merlin}} revolves around an outlaw feeding various people to a Wildren (basically, a giant mole with tusks.)
* ''Series/{{Batman}}'' had a couple of these.
** During the Joker's "Zodiac Crimes" 3-parter, he fed our heroes to a giant clam. The cliffhanger has Robin in the clam's mouth.
** King Tut attempted to feed Robin to his crocodiles, but the walkway Robin was on retracted so slowly that Batman was able to arrive and save him.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' does this with a ManEatingPlant.
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[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* ClassicalMythology had Andromeda ChainedToARock to be eaten by the sea-monster-goddess Ceto as punishment for her mother's boastfulness about Andromeda's beauty being greater than that of the Nereids (who got pissed and complained to Poseidon, one of the many JerkassGods of the pantheon). She's rescued by Perseus, [[DeathByIrony who turns Ceto to stone with the head of her daughter, Medusa]].
* Saint George is famous for slaying a dragon that did have a taste for villagers, in particular young women.
* OlderThanFeudalism: ''Literature/TheBible'' has the story of Daniel, who was thrown into a lion's den due to a law that some princes had tricked King Darius, who liked Daniel, into passing because they were jealous of his faith and hard work. Daniel, who has always been faithful to the Lord, was protected by one of God's angels, who shut the mouths of the lions. When the king learned that Daniel was still alive after spending the entire night in the den, he had Daniel taken out of the lion's den and the princes and their families thrown in instead, where they promptly got eaten by the lions.
** Christians in Roman times were supposedly fed to lions in the arena as well. At least, that's the excuse one Pope used for declaring the Colosseum a monument to martyrs to protect it from commercial development. The historical truth of that claim is more murky.
*** ''Damnatio ad bestias'' was the usual Roman punishment of particularly vicious murderers and those convicted from high treason.
** According to legend, St. Margaret was sentenced to be fed to a dragon. Large constrictor snakes, such as African rock python, are known to be able to smother and devour large prey - occassionally children and youngsters. They also often were referred as "dragons". The Romans knew the rock python, and if Margaret was a petite lady and the snake had been a large specimen, the legend may well be plausible.
* In JapaneseMythology, the Yamata no {{Orochi}} was an eight-headed and eight-tailed monster that forced a pair of earthly deities to hand over one of their daughters to be devoured by the beast every year. Their eighth and final daughter, Princess Kushinada, was saved from this fate by the storm god Susano-o, who slew the beast by impersonating her, getting it drunk on eight large bowls of sake, and then chopping off each of its eight heads.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* DungeonsAndDragons module Q1 ''Queen of the Demonweb Pits''. Lolth disposes of prisoners by placing them in a small dimension where they're hunted and eaten by giant spiders.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* ''RyuGaGotoku 2'' has Sengoku trying to feed Kiryu Kazuma to his two pet tigers after Kazuma [[PapaWolf tears through his men to get Haruka back]]. Kazuma being a consummate {{badass}}, however, he ends up killing both of them.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval'', the Pit of Judgment is home to a giant [[CombatTentacles tentacled]] beast, who eats those sentenced to death.
* Players of ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' frequently build pits containing large and vile-tempered captured creatures. Sometimes these are trained, sometimes they're not. Crocodiles, zombies, wolves...people even build giant cave spider pits, and harvest the web left after a successful termination.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Ganondorf, in his crossing of the MoralEventHorizon, tries to have all the Gorons fed to the great lava dragon Volvagia as an example of what happens to those who defy him.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}} 2: The River of Time'', the vile commander of Thurstone Fortress Stitus Bloomfold (thinks of a midget version of Dom De Luise) has a taste for rare pets, which he feeds with hapless prisoners from time to time. Said critters include war hounds, wild boars, wolves and a bear. Later he tries to feed the party to his favourite beastie, [[spoiler: a [[GiantSquid Newt Kraken]]]], but ends up suffering a KarmicDeath instead, as Forgrimm lampshades.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Umbria/Zaedalkaah of ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' plans to inflict an elaborate version of it on some minion who displeased her:
-->I'll kill you, grind you up, feed you to starving children, then feed '''those''' starving kids to '''other''' starving kids to make a race of '''SUPER''' starving kids, which '''I''' will then eat...
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Joker threatens to throw people to his hyenas in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', though whether or not he actually follows through on this threat is rather unclear.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Phineas & Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension]]'' begins mid-day with P&F seemingly about to meet this fate.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'', [[BigBad Bloth]] has a vicious monster called the Constrictus he keeps in a pool of water in his ship. [[YouHaveFailedMe Failing to fulfil his tasks]] (Or being someone he doesn't like) is a good way to get dumped into it. The only survivors of this fate are Ren and Konk, and the latter lost his leg doing so.
* The snake-obsessed Kobra organization in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' uses a variant of this. Any member who fails their duties, or anyone else who knows too much about their operations, is dropped into a pit of venomous snakes where they are presumably bitten to death. One member actually commits suicide by leaping in to avoid capture after believing he has exposed Batman's true identity to rest of the organization, gloating to the hero about how he'll be regarded as a martyr to the organization before doing so. [[spoiler:They likely actually regarded him as a complete idiot; when he read a boy's mind using a computer to get an image of Terry's face, the kid replaced it with that of an action hero from a cartoon that he admired, because that's how he envisioned Batman.]]
* Chairface Chippendale in ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' tries to feed the heroes to his pit of man-eating alligators.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', a gang of thugs throw Finn and Jake to a pig to be eaten. The pig is hardly vicious, though, and seems to only want to eat them because it's his job.
* [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique Used as a threat]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''... by ''Korra.'' She probably wouldn't have actually fed the judge who railroaded her father to her polar bear dog as an afternoon snack, but he sure seemed convinced that she would! (Sticking his head in the beast's mouth might have had something to do with that)
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