->''"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver, with some fava beans and ANiceChianti."''
-->-- '''Dr. Hannibal Lecter''', ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''

Humans, like most living things, are composed of many different organs and tissue types. Some people-eating monsters out there will not find all of those parts appetizing enough to eat.

A monster can be made more horrifying if instead of simply eating people, it eats only certain parts of people. The vampire is the best known example of this type of monster with its interest in blood. But for every organ or tissue type composing the human body, there will be some critter that finds it a delicacy.

The horror quotient can really be ramped up if the part the monster is interested in can be extracted without immediately killing the victim. The victim can then suffer a slow, screaming death in front of their companions and the audience as the monster painfully extracts its chosen food. Also a partially consumed corpse can be stumbled over announcing to the audience and the characters that something is rotting in Denmark.


ImAHumanitarian is the supertrope ''if'' the feeder is also a human (although, technically, this also works for other species that eat their own kind). If he's not then see ToServeMan. BrainFood is a subtrope. Those who are unfit for eating are usually TooSpicyForYogSothoth. Only distantly related to PickyEater, which is rejecting normal foods out of immaturity.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* The mushi in ''{{Mushishi}}'' were often fond of eating strange things. People could have their eyes consumed, their memories consumed, their dreams consumed, their "life force" consumed, etc. One particularly strange example involved a mushi that could take a recently dead human corpse, eat the "lifespan" of that corpse and revert them into an embryonic form that could be implanted into a pregnant woman. (Of course, most of these examples aren't nearly as {{squick}}y as the usual examples of this trope, and some people were even able to benefit, at least ''temporarily'', from the mushi taking over and/or consuming some part of their body.)
* Natsume from the ''MermaidSaga'' CameBackWrong after being brought back from the dead using a mermaid's liver. As a result, she now exclusively eats livers, be it those of animals or humans.
* The Youma and Awakened Beings from ''{{Claymore}}'' prefer the entrails.
* In ''InuYasha'' while demons tend to feed on people, many of them have specific preferences, including a Mantis monster that'll feed on innards, Juromaru (one of Naraku's creations) who was fond of livers and a giant, skinned Salamander demoness who needs to eat the skins of male people or demons in order to regain her form. There's also the Zushi Rat, who leaves the flesh to his countless rat children and takes the bones for himself.
* The Chimera Ant King from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' prefers the brains of Nen-users. To make things worse, he absorbs his victims' Nen to make his own aura even stronger.
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* The Corinthian in ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' comics likes to eat the eyes of his victims -- with the little mouths that he has in place of his own eyes. In doing so, he is able to see the [[EyeRemember last thing they saw before they died]].
* In ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'' there was a monster that fed on humans. A demon offers it a human she has befriended. [[spoiler: It turns out the monster feeds on corruption and the only example of that in the man is cancer which it extracts harmlessly]].
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' foe Cornelius Stirk operates under the delusion that he needs the nutrients and hormones from people's hearts in order to stay alive, and these are best prepared with norepinephrine by inducing fear in the victim prior to death. In other words, he scares people, then kills them and eats their hearts. You can probably guess [[DarkAge what era of comics]] decided they needed a DarkerAndEdgier People Eating version of Scarecrow.
* Emplate of the [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} X-Titles]] feeds on mutant bone marrow.
* The Libra Killer in Creator/AlanMoore's ''TopTen'' fed on human pineal glands.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'', Tujiro was an Asian vampire who consumed eyeballs as well as blood.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/IslandOfTerror'' had the bone-eating Silicates.
* ''Film/DeepRising'' had a creature interested only in human bodily fluids. It left its victims as a pile of bone and digested guts.
* The modus operandi of The Creeper from ''Film/JeepersCreepers'' was that he'd frighten his victims, causing them to release pheromones which he'd sniff to detect whether or not they had the... pieces he wanted (or needed to replace lost bits). He'd proceed to remove body parts from his chosen victims, consuming the smaller parts like eyes. Whether or not the victim was still alive at the time of "extraction" didn't seem to matter to The Creeper.
* As above, [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] in his series of books and movies, but only as an extension of his gourmet tendencies when it comes to all his food. For example, he'll often take delicacies such as sweetbreads, kidneys or oyster meat -- a tendency which first clues Will Graham in to the notion that his suspect is a cannibal, and ultimately leads to Lecter's capture. He's also picky as to ''which'' [[AssholeVictim people he'll eat]].
* Imhotep in ''Film/TheMummy1999'' is probably one of the pickiest people eaters around. He took body parts only from the people who had basically stolen his.
* The [[TheFairFolk "tooth fairies"]] from ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' eat the whole person, but go for the teeth first.
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[[folder:Jokes]]
* What do cannibals call ? ‘Junk food’.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* OrsonScottCard's short story "Kingsmeat". Yup, it's exactly what you think it is. The alien king and queen would kill a person and only use a small part for their meals, so the 'shepherd' convinces them to let him merely remove what they want and let the people keep living. When the people are liberated, the people reward the shepherd with many gifts, and also remove those body parts he doesn't strictly need to survive (though they leave him his eyes).
* ''Wicked!'': PaulJennings & Morris Gleitzman's children's book ''Wicked'' ([[Literature/{{Wicked}} no connection]] featured the Slobberers, slug-like nasties that sucked the bones right out of their victims' bodies. ''While still alive''.
* ''Literature/EllaEnchanted'' contains a scene in which the heroine is captured by a family of ogres, who argue over how to divide up her parts. (The neck is the best part, apparently.)
* Creator/RayBradbury's short story "Skeleton".
* Some Franchise/CthulhuMythos monstrosities have weird dietary preferences for blood, brains, marrow, etc.
* The ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' children's books feature the Granous, large furry humanoids who prefer fingers and toes, eaten one by one as they play sadistic riddle games with their victims.
* The skyskirr from ''Secret of the Sixth Magic'' by Creator/LyndonHardy subsist on bone marrow, which they can somehow drain from living creatures' limbs without necessarily killing them.
* ''Santa Steps Out'': The Tooth Fairy lived on teeth and bones although [[ILoveTheDead she had a few other uses for the rest of the body]]. You [[{{Squick}} really]] don't want to know where that dime under your pillow came from.
** The [[Music/TheDecemberists dimes upon]] [[MurderBallad your eyes]]?
** No, she [[spoiler:eats the tooth and then shits out the dime.]]
* In ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' the sentient rats don't object to eating each other, but they always spit out the "green wobbly bit".
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' NightLords series has Uzas, who shows a great fondness for eating geneseed, preferably from the still living flesh of loyalist marines. One could take it solely as a sign of his status as the resident AxCrazy, but even the hero Talos makes mention of the practice, and later eats the heart of a Blood Angel he killed in act of revenge.
** A Bastion Wars novel once shows a rebel insurgency of Chaos cultists trying to liberate their planet, and they had a tendency to cut out and eat the livers of their Imperial counterparts.
* ''Literature/TheRelic'' featured a creature that could only survive by consuming a specific protein found in a certain Amazon plant and human hypothalami.
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* ''TheXFiles'' enjoys this trope.
** Eugene Victor Tooms fed on human livers.
** The "fat-sucking vampire" that fed on overweight women. There's a business model right there.
** A monster that replenished itself by eating ''tumors''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Gnarls have a thing for skin.
** There are other species mentioned as having this habit, like Small Bone Eaters and Large Bone Eaters. (Note that those names refer to the size of the ''bones'' they eat, not the creatures themselves.) For that matter, vampires themselves technically count, since they're only interested in the blood.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': One demon ate only the hearts of heroes. This gave Angel a bout of low self-esteem when it didn't want his, though a couple of people pointed out that maybe it just didn't want to eat a heart dead for two hundred years.
* ''{{Sliders}}'': Among the Kromaggs human eyes are a delicacy. The series' first recurring BigBad, Colonel Rickman, suffered from a degenerative nerve disease that required him to regularly steal brain fluid and inject it into himself to survive. His victims were left in comas.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': There was the girl who ate bones. And Scorpy's girlfriend who liked to eat eyes. Especially blue ones.
* The ''{{Fringe}}'' episode "Midnight" has a woman who's been turned by mad scientists into a cerebrospinal fluid sucking vampire.
* ''CriminalMinds'': [[VillainOfTheWeek Eddie Mays]] from "Blood Hungry" ate a body part believed to contain the soul. Of course, so many religions believed the soul existed in a body part and they were all different, so Eddie just wound harvesting a different one from each victim (liver, stomach and heart).
** Then we have Floyd Feylinn Ferell, who did not like to eat junkies because "they tasted funny".
* One perpetrator on ''Series/CSILasVegas'' would have her attack dogs kill people, then convert the most blood-rich of their internal organs into a milkshake-like slurry. She suffered from porphyria, a metabolic disorder that'd caused insanity in her case, and was convinced that consuming such organs was the only way to self-medicate.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The eponymous monster of Sheb Wooley's "[[http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/lyrics2/nov_purplpe.html The Purple People Eater]]" only eats [[spoiler:purple people]]. (In fact, this would imply that the monster itself may not necessarily be purple.)
** When Sheb pleads to not be eaten, the Purple People Eater replies "I wouldn't eat you 'cause you're so tough!"
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* The Each-uisge in myths of the British isles would take the form of a horse and lure children on to its back, where it would eat their insides -- except for their kidneys or livers, which would float to the surface.
* Oriental mythology is ''full'' of these.
** The kappa of JapaneseMythology would pull children (and sometimes adults) underwater and suck their intestines (or blood, or liver, or ki/lifeforce -- the mythology is inconsistent on just what they ate) out through their anus. (this part, however, is pretty consistent) You could only protect yourself from this fate by carving your name on an even tastier treat and tossing it into the water. The one food they preferred over human innards? Cucumbers.
** The kumiho of KoreanMythology (a form of nine-tailed shape-shifting fox spirit with a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil serious mean streak]] in later myths) is said in various myths to eat people, but only one particular organ. In some, it's the heart, while in others, it's the liver, as that's where your LifeEnergy is supposed to reside.
* The [[UsefulNotes/AztecMythology Aztec]] ahuizotl only ate eyes, toenails, and fingernails.
* It is common among cannibalistic peoples not only to be picky about what parts to eat but about which people to eat. As eating is often held to absorb someones moral characteristics as well as their physical ones, they go out of their way to be sure to eat a WorthyOpponent . In other words if you ever get eaten just [[FridgeLogic consider it a compliment]]!
* Prometheus' FateWorseThanDeath was to be chained to a rock and have an eagle to return every day to eat his liver, which would then regenerate overnight.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is stuffed full of these such as the bonedrinkers which, funnily enough, drink their enemies' bones. Inverted with the Chuul, which eats everything except for the brain, which is toxic to them. Mind Flayers, who [[BrainFood play this straight]], keep them as pets to throw brainless corpses to.
* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', this is the clan Flaw of the Ventrue. Being of such refined taste and upbringing, they can only partake of blood that comes from a certain kind of subject. This varies from Ventrue to Ventrue, with such "tastes" including virgins, gay men, priests, etc.
** In the successor game, ''Tabletopgame/VampireTheRequiem'', this quality leaves the Ventrue (in favor of [[TheCaligula a whole different Flaw]]), but shows up in some of the bloodlines, such as the Morbus (can only gain sustenance from those with a disease) and the Anvari (can only drink from those who are high on narcotics).
* ''Tabletopgame/{{Deadlands}}'' features plenty of monsters that prefer specific bits and pieces of people. One character even invokes this trope in the AfterTheEnd sequel when talking about intelligence gathering. It boils down to "if a monster's been eating spleens, you better know the whole situation, or you'll be minus one spleen."
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In ''Videogame/{{Xenosaga}}'', [[ArtificialHuman Realian]] nerve tissue contains compounds that act as an addictive drug.
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[[folder: Web Comics]]
* Subverted with ''Webcomics/SluggyFreelance'''s zombies, who don't have a preference for any parts. DoubleSubverted by Jane, who figured out that her own parts would be maintained by the parts she eat, and selected BrainFood. Triple Subverted by the zombies she mislead while they still had the intelligence to catch on to it, so she could keep them dumb and controllable.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* An episode of ''StrokerAndHoop'' had the eponymous characters' organs stolen by a "friendly" cannibalistic cult that only ate the non-vital organs of its victims.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* A lot of parasites are very picky eaters; which is to say they have evolved into highly specialized niches.
** Eyebrow mites only eat the sebum (oils) secreted from sebaecious pores around our [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin eyebrows]].
** Dust mites only eat flakes of dead skin.
** Some liver flukes can only survive in the bile duct, or the gall bladder.
** Most viruses can only enter specific cell types:
*** Many Herpes-type virues only attack nerve cells.
*** Some cancer causing Human papiloma viruses can only attack skin cells at the boundry of external skin and intestinal tract (i.e. rectum and throat).
*** HIV only attacks cells expressing the ccr5 or cxc4receptors (usually cd4 t-lymphocytes).
* While most carnivores will more than freely pick a corpse clean, predators that have to compete with something bigger that will run them off from a kill (IE, a Cheetah avoiding lions or hyenas, wolves avoiding a bear or a larger pack) go directly for the liver and other organs where carbs and nutrients are richest.
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