'''Basic Trope''': Instead of killing the defeated/captured hero, the villain cooks him/her a meal.
* '''Straight''': [[EvilOverlord Emperor Evulz]]'s {{Mooks}} have successfully captured {{A|ctionGirl}}lice and [[TheHero Bob]]. His first act is to bring them into his lair and cook them a meal.
* '''Exaggerated''': Emperor Evulz has beaten Alice and Bob within an inch of their lives during their last encounter. He then immediately calls for medical support, [[FoeYay performs CPR on both of them]] until the doctors arrive, sees that their clothes are mended, and has their families informed that they will live. When they awaken, he makes sure that they get everything they want or need prior to their next encounter.
* '''Downplayed''': Emperor Evulz locks them in his dungeon, but makes sure they're fed and reasonably kept.
* '''Justified''':
** Emperor Evulz follows a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality strict]] [[TheFettered moral]] [[AffablyEvil code]] [[SacredHospitality that demands he show a certain level of decency]] even to his enemies.
** Alternatively, he's trying to warm the heroes up to him with [[ThroughHisStomach a warm meal]].
** Evulz's [[TheEmpire Empire]] is negotiating with TheFederation for Alice and Bob's release, so killing or abusing them wouldn't make sense.
** Evulz is an AntiVillain in a setting which operates on GreyAndGrayMorality, and Evulz has no intention of doing anything too reprehensible to achieve his understandable and quite humane goals.
** Or [[MoodSwinger he's]] [[PsychopathicManchild just]] '''[[InsaneEqualsViolent nuts]]'''.
* '''Inverted''': Alice and Bob have captured Emperor Evulz. They make sure he's well cared for.
* '''Subverted''': Emperor Evulz orders the food to be [[PerfectPoison undetectably poisoned]].
* '''Double Subverted''': But [[PlotArmor this doesn't work]] and the heroes end up with a delicious meal regardless.
* '''Parodied''': Emperor Evulz treats the dinner with his arch-nemeses with as much worry and care as an [[MyBelovedSmother overprotective mother]] treats her daughter's wedding day while the Mooks stare in {{s|ervileSnarker}}ilent [[WhatAnIdiot disbelief]].
* '''Zig Zagged''': Said villain poisoned both their meals, with the villain revealing that he was immune to poison after the hero eats the food, who also said that he was immune. Then the villain shoots him - but then it is revealed that the gun is empty. The villain mutters under his breath, and loads the gun, before shooting it again. It is ''then'' revealed that the villain somehow slipped a bulletproof vest onto the hero without him noticing. Or did he? The hero dies... but then the villain revives him, only to stab him with a sword as soon as he wakes up.
* '''Averted''': Emperor Evulz [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoots]] (or [[BigDamnHeroes tries to shoot]]) Alice and Bob the moment he has them at his mercy.
* '''Enforced''':
** The audience are fans of [[VillainBall old-school villainy]], and would probably complain if Evulz was... y'know, more pragmatic.
** Evulz is an AntiVillain who is a RoundedCharacter, and allowing an episode in his own home with the heroes shows his good side. This means the writers can show off tropes which develop his character, such as showing him as WickedCultured, as a ChivalrousPervert and perhaps even a PapaWolf, all while caring for the heroes and not attacked by them.
* '''Lampshaded''':
** WhyDontYouJustShootHim
* '''Invoked''': "[[InnocentInnuendo Would you]] [[FoeYay care for]] [[Film/AustinPowers a smoke and a pancake?]]"
** "[[YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive Enjoy your meal while you can, for it will be your last!]]"
* '''Exploited''': "Hey, you can't just KILL us! You're the villain! You're supposed to treat us like guests until we find the way to blow up your secret base or something."
* '''Defied''': "No, I'm just going to shoot you now."
* '''Discussed''': "Inviting your enemies to dinner when you have them at your mercy? [[SarcasmMode That makes SO much sense!]]"
* '''Conversed''': "You ever wonder why the SuperVillain seems to need to feed the heroes he captures?" "[[WildMassGuessing Personally, I think he just want to show off his]] [[SupremeChef leet cooking skillz.]]"
* '''Deconstructed''': [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Emperor Evulz]], [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast despite the name]], isn't actually evil, [[HeroWithBadPublicity but everyone thinks he is]]. Alice and Bob, being [[ChronicHeroSyndrome heroes]], [[WrongGenreSavvy feel it's their duty to stop whatever evil plans he has]]. They arrive at his [[EvilTowerOfOminousness scary-looking fortress]] [[{{Mordor}} amidst the desolate wasteland]] expecting {{trap|Door}}s or maybe a Mook army, but instead the [[BlackKnight armored guards]] graciously escort them inside. Evulz greets them diplomatically and [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu invites them to a meal]]. Alice and Bob are eventually forced to conclude that Emperor Evulz and his kingdom of darkness really [[DarkIsNotEvil aren't evil at all]] and leave, telling everyone [[AnAesop what they learned]] about the dangers of [[FantasticRacism racism]].
* '''Reconstructed''': ...Thereby giving Evulz the chance he needs to launch an attack once everybody started thinking he was GoodAllAlong.
Now help yourself to a bun before returning to [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine the Main Page]].
%% Optional items, added after Conversed, at your discretion:
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%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???