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  • Any game that features the Power-Up Food and Hyperactive Metabolism tropes. Finding whole turkeys or cakes inside those oil drums you just kicked? They'll be gone in a second, and you'll always be ready for more.
  • Dante Robinson from Backyard Sports.
  • After Gulcasa's demon blood is unsealed in Blaze Union, he goes from having a normal appetite for a teenage boy to going after everything edible. In hindsight, the use of this trope is actually rather depressing, as Gulcasa desperately needs the energy due to the general instability of his body and his flagrant abuse of his Dangerous Forbidden Technique. When having Gulcasa use edible items in-game, though, it just comes off as silly and cute—especially given what kinds of food make him go "Oh god, why did I just eat that?" and the way he still won't touch dairy with a ten-foot pole.
  • BlazBlue
    • Taokaka. She actually carries a Hammer Space plate around in case food becomes available, her response to anything she doesn't know about is Is It Something You Eat?, and offering/buying her food instantly gains you a place on her "good person" list; this is she met Ragna the Bloodedge. She also borders on Extreme Omnivore, attempting to actually eat Bang and Ragna.
    • Makoto is heavily implied, if not outright stated, to be this. Her introduction in BlazBlue is at Litchi's clinic, having injured herself by falling out of a tree she was climbing for exercise and fun (yeah, she's like that) after eating several platefuls at an all-you-can-eat buffet with her friends Noel and Tsubaki. She's often shown eating snacks and sweets, and one of her winquotes is:
      *Yawn* "Now, I'm hungry..."
    • That brings us to Platinum the Trinity, whose intro to the story involves her eating several dish stacks' worth of food like a total glutton - she even does this in Arcade mode, too! Truly, Ragna is cursed - Platinum was the second to dine-and-dash on him, the first being Taokaka.
  • Crono from Chrono Trigger can apparently drink around 13 bowls of prehistoric soup bigger that his head in 30 seconds. With no repercussions!
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, a conversation with Alistair reveals that most Grey Wardens eat like it's going out of style. Since you never see your character eat... (Informed Flaw works just as well, there.)
  • Tiki the Fairy from Dragon's Crown is at least implied to be this; though a petite, slender fairy girl who is small enough to fit into a standard sized tavern goblet, she's implied to have single-handedly devoured the enough-for-a-party-of-six spread of food at the player characters' table.
    • The playable characters are definitely this, if the campfire minigame is any indication: with the possible exception of the stout Dwarf, most of the characters have either slim or muscular builds and can snarf down incredible amounts Sauteed Demon's Heart, Killer Rabbit Stew, and Red Dragon Steaks. The Fighter even proudly declares, "I'm gonna have nineths!"
  • In Fantasia - Momento of Grand Finale, Nero is a carnivore who eats a lot (mostly inedible). It is even played for laughs most of the time and he claims it to be his magical ability as a half-elf to have an iron stomach.
  • Final Fantasy
    • Sabin from Final Fantasy VI. He isn't even afraid to stop and eat a several course meal of ghost food on the Phantom Train, knowing full well that he is being prematurely taken to the other side.
    • Prishe from Final Fantasy XI frequently uses food items to boost her stats during battle, and will ask her teammates for food items if she's one of your opponents in the "Heroine's Combat" event. In addition, she has a whole list of secret food-related quotes in the Dissidia: Final Fantasy prequel. Apparently, being a Cute Bruiser burns up calories like whoa.
  • Fire Emblem
    Syrene: You know I can tell when you're lying. Plus, you not eating is a dead giveaway. I mean, when's the last time you said no to a cookie? It's not a criticism. One of your most charming qualities is how you can outeat anyone. It's because of someone special, isn't it?
    • There's also the thunder mage Ilyana from Fire Emblem Tellius. To start, every support conversation she has involves her being hungry. She joins your party in the 10th game at first to avenge her stomach for being fed scraps that could never satisfy her. However, at her first introduction in the 9th game, the hero assumes she's just ill. Also, other characters accuse her of using her really cute looks to get free food.

      Taking this trope to the extreme, Ilyana even complains that she's dying with an empty stomach when she is killed in battle (in a game where non-plot critical characters such as herself die for real). One popular fan theory is that she has a tapeworm. Her character specific ending in Radiant Dawn states that "somewhere, she is hungry."

      Even more so, one of her support conversations has her so hungry that she starts chomping on Mia's boots, much to poor Mia's horror.

      A possible explanation is that Ilyana might be a Branded from the Laguz tribe. One of the supposed hints is that the Laguz have quite large appetites, just like she does. (The other is that she has uncommonly big Physical Strength growths for a mage, again like the Laguz do).
    • Ike himself is no slouch in the eating department, having an appetite that's said to rival that of any beast laguz. Especially when it comes to meat.
    • Stahl in Fire Emblem Awakening is described as "the biggest glutton in the army", and is perpetually hungry. In the "Golden Gaffe" DLC, he tells the first Risen he meets that he was saving gold for a large meal.
  • The King of Fighters / Fatal Fury
    • Li Xiangfei. Two of her endings show her getting her teammates and friends in trouble for her appetite and several of her winning quotes involve her mentioning food. Her family has a restaurant in South Town, yeah, but oh booooy...
    • The psychic Sie Kensou is such a big eater that he actually uses eating niku-man dumplings as a special fighting technique that lets him recover health during battles... as long as he doesn't choke on them, that is.
    • Maxima is this and has a massive Sweet Tooth. A Justified Trope since he must eat sweets constantly due to being a Technopath and a cyborg - glucose is the fuel for the brains, and Maxima's still human brain must handle and process LOTS of data all the time.
  • In another BioWare one - Zaalbar from Knights of the Old Republic. Mission snarks that he needs "eight squares a day." In his first in-game appearance, he is annoyed with having to back up Mission against a pair of Rodians because "Mission, they just brought my food!" And, when enslaved for maybe a day, became so hungry he bit a hunk out of one of his captor's arms. He is also the party member that approaches you when someone other than him is getting into the emergency rations. Justified in that Zaalbar appears to be the Wookiee equivalent of a BIG teenaged boy.
  • Kirby
    • Kirby, especially in the Anime Kirby of the Stars, can devour large quantities of food without any consequences — except in one episode with special snack food that makes him (and King Dedede) extremely fat.
    • Parodied by Dueling Analogs here, where Galactus and Unicron (yes, those guys) come together for an intervention to get Kirby to admit he has an eating disorder.
    • Gooey, from Kirby's Dream Land 3 likes to eat just as much as Kirby.
    • Same with Prince Fluff from Kirby's Epic Yarn. Him and Kirby together manage to eat a mountain sized cake at the end of one of the levels.
  • In a third BioWare game, Mass Effect, the Codex reveals that people with biotic abilities (telekinesis) are big eaters since it takes so much energy to use their powers. In order to stay healthy, they need to eat almost three times as much as a normal person in their position, and they usually take special high energy drinks or bars right after every battle in which they use their power.
  • Mega Man Star Force
    • Sonia Strumm and Bud Bison, as noted by Geo Stelar, Luna Platz and Zack Temple.
    • Speaking of Luna, fail to grab her handkerchief in the third game (you have to choose between it, Sonia's fan-gift bag, and Bud's shirt) and watch her gorge on "comfort food". Sonia has the same reaction if you don't pick her hand-bag, and both will pig-out if you save Bud's shirt.
    • Also Netto/Lan from Mega Man Battle Network. On one occasion in the anime, he gorges on curry until he balloons up cartoonishly, though a couple scenes later he turns back to his usual skinny self.
    • Bud encounters a little girl named Fay Phamish in 2 who is able to keep up with him in an eating contest. Given that Bud had a four-armed robotic hat stuffing burgers into his mouth throughout that competition, this is more impressive than it sounds.
  • Naked Snake of Metal Gear Solid 3 would probably qualify for this, as would EVA when you have to escort her. Polishing off two sets of rations (engineered to keep you going for at least a day) in a minute and walking away no less hungry than before? Yeah. The only thing he's interested in during ParaMedic's nature lessons, is whether he can eat the item in question. Add to that the Boss's comment at the beginning of the game about him having lost weight. Suggests his love of food is a little more that just necessary stamina recovery. In Portable Ops, he complains about Sigint's idea to make eating unnecessary for soldiers, because eating is the highlight of his day.
  • Interestingly done in Metal Slug. Eat too much food and your soldier becomes fat (Uh Oh BIG), which slows them down, but increases the power of their weapons. This trope was the reason as to why Nadia joined the team in Metal Slug 4: so she could lose the weight and go into the modeling business. Also featured in the "Good" ending of Metal Slug 4 as well.
  • Your average Monster Hunter character can gobble down a comically oversized hunk of meat in about five seconds, and a full meal in roughly the same time. Then there are the armor abilities Speed Eating (Consume meat/healing items faster) and Double Hunger (Lose stamina quickly).
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Gardens, your pony can eat the entire stock of apples, cupcakes, pizza, and lollipops, forcing you to grow new ones.
  • Neptune from Neptunia.
  • The original two for video games, Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man.
  • Persona series:
    • The main character of Persona 3. On one of the dates with Elizabeth, in which the two of them go to all of the strip mall's restaurants, she asks him afterwards if he was alright, as he had "eaten little after our seventh meal". In the Moon social link, the Gourmet King comments on how the main character can eat so much and still stay thin. The main character is also portrayed this way in the manga.
    • The female main character in Persona 3 Portable also qualifies; as Junpei will point out during his Social Links, she orders just as much as he does and has no trouble with it.
    • In Persona 4, Cute Bruiser Chie has a voracious appetite, which is taken Up to Eleven in the anime, where she asks for ten beefsteaks plus a beef bowl.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: Maylene. She mentions being hungry after you defeat her in Diamond & Pearl, but just how much she can eat wasn't discovered until we saw her in HeartGold & SoulSilver, where she is scarfing down her ninth plate of food at the Celadon Diner eating contest.
    • Also in HG/SS, School Kid Billy says that Jasmine is a big eater when he tells you that she hangs out at the Olivine Cafe on Wednesdays. If you actually go there on Wednesdays between one PM and two PM, you can find her there, and the rumor is clearly true; she has a LOT of empty plates on her table. (Incidentally, this is how you can get her phone number, something that is needed from a Gym Leader if you want to battle him or her at the Saffron City dojo.)
    • Larvitar is a Pokémon that is introduced in Gen III. It isn't usually a Big Eater, and it only eats rocks and soil, but its Pokedex entry says that when it gets to a certain age, it eats an entire mountain and then goes to sleep in order to evolve.
  • Alex Mercer from Prototype is one hungry Humanitarian, devouring people and other Infected monsters with equal abandon. Instead of becoming visibly fatter, his shapeshifting powers allow him to compress his mass down to normal human size, which is handy given that he's implied to weigh at least a ton.
  • This obscure children's educational game called "Pumkin Land" ("pumpkin" is intentionally misspelled) featured a mini game that is intended to teach children about different foods. The player plays as a diner worker and has to serve an anthropomorphic pumpkin who eats enough food to feed many people in one sitting. Not only does he eat a massive amount of food but he also eats condiments and cooking ingredients on their own (salt, pepper, jam, and butter) and if he orders a beverage or something that's served in a container, bowel, cup, or shaker; he will eat that with the food!
  • Batsu Ichimonji and Hinata Wakaba from Rival Schools (though the latter does this only with cake).
  • Rosita Aries, the Token Mini-Moe in Sakura Wars: So Long My Love. The first thing she does when she joins the New York Combat Revue is demand food, threatening to eat her pet ferret if she doesn't get any soon. She actually has a Freudian Excuse for her obsession with food.
  • Hilda's combat abilities in Shadow Hearts 3 actually justify her eating habits — she casts from calories. And if her calories get high enough, she ends up both "curvy" (read: ridiculously round) and barely recognizable.
  • Shadows Of The Damned: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvFDk3G0A8Q George Reed's backstory. Link may be NSFW.
  • Chip in Sonic Unleashed.
  • Xiba from Soul Calibur loves food, with most of his lines revolving around it.
  • The hidden collectibles for 100% Completion in 'Splosion Man are wedding-sized cakes, which the character proceeds to nom in a single cram (witha slice or two comically bouncing away). Given that he's a being of living fire, he's not going to worry about weight. He also tends to mention various types of meat while doing things. of course, given that slain characters in this game "bleed" meat...
  • Yoh from Starry☆Sky has a very low tolerance of hunger, and is often vocal about it.
  • Super Mario Bros.
    • Yoshi
    • Mario himself varies by how fat he is (see fat section below) and really likes-a his pasta. Also, seafood in super Mario Sunshine
  • Reid from Tales of Eternia, who states outright several times that he is 'not interested in anything that doesn't fill his stomach', and who is constantly hungry and in search of things to eat. Furthermore, the sole reason he has become proficient in using a sword is so that he can hunt for food in the forests. In the crossover game Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology, there occurs a memorable (and hilarious) scene involving Reid practically molesting Senel (from Tales of Legendia) over a basket of bread that Senel happens to be carrying.
  • Many of the customers in Tales of Vesperia's waitress Mini-Game are Big Eaters — they will often order dozens of dishes each.
  • Yuyuko Saigyouji from the Touhou series.
    • Aside from constantly referencing food in the 8th game, if you take the translations literally, she actually eats a boss during the course of the game, merely complaining of a small bone afterward. Kindasorta justified in that she's a ghost. But only partially. The boss she "ate" made a full recovery in time for the 9th game.
    • As of Ten Desires, we now have Yoshika Miyako, whose ability is to "eat anything and everything".
  • Tsukumogami has Saki, a tiny, cute, hyperactive girl who works as the poster-girl at the local We Sell Everything shop - being apparently paid entirely in food, which tends to evaporate around her. However, she's actually a Weasel-spirit in human form, which might explain some of it. Her siblings - talking weasels who lack the spiritual power to change shape - are just as bad, and appear capable of putting away ludicrous amounts of food considering their tiny bodies.
  • Queen Memory in Twinkle Star Sprites, who is perpetually hungry and (in her ending scene) asks the wish-granting Twinkle Star for an enormous amount of food (plus sherbert for desert). It's suggested her daughter Ran might be the same way.
  • Cecilia from Wild AR Ms and Lilka from Wild AR Ms 2 are both Big Eaters in the magic user category, although it's only used for a single gag in each game.
  • Jin from Yo-Jin-Bo isn't shown to eat a lot on screen, but he's the only one to ever complain of being hungry, and when he does, the other guys groan as if that's all he ever talks about.

Fat Characters

  • An unusual Cool Big Sis example is Deis in Breath of Fire IV. Admittedly, she had the perfectly valid excuse of being imprisoned in a suit of armour named Ershin (that grew to have a mind of its own) for centuries; the first thing she does when she ends up being hosted in the body of a summoner (after complaining about the summoner's figure) is pigging out until she passed out.
  • This is a gameplay mechanic for the player in Crush, Crumble, and Chomp! Failure to eat regularly makes the monster hungry; if the monster becomes ravenous, the player loses control and the computer takes over.
  • Alistair from Dragon Age: Origins notes that Wardens tend to become this, especially in the period shortly after their Joining.
  • Rico in Duel Savior Destiny has an apparently bottomless stomach and is capable of eating a pile of food larger than herself without any ill effect. This makes somewhat more sense when you realize she's barely even a corporeal being let alone human.
  • Implied with Youtia in Eien no Aselia, who forces Yuuto to make her lunch. He makes enough for at least four people figuring he can serve the rest to everyone else later, but she eats it all before being satisfied. Considering her personality, though, she might not have eaten in days.
  • Given that the bosses in Evil Twin Cypriens Chronicles are dark reflections of the hero's friends, the fat kid Joey's counterpart Big Joe takes this trope to its extreme: an immobile, enormously fat creature with two mouths who rules over an island mostly made out of food which exists for no other reason than to feed its ruler. The good Joey is imprisoned in Big Joe's stomach.
  • The eponymous Fat Princess.
  • Big Smoke in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas not only orders enough food for all four people in the car when the player takes CJ's friends to the drive through on a mission, but he actually manages to eat everyone's meals in the few minutes it takes to finish the car chase immediately after.
  • Kurumi Kasugaoka, from the sadly cancelled Nintendo DS dating sim Hachikoi. Her character page on the website even allows you to feed her!
  • Kirby
    • While Kirby himself is round rather than fat his rival King Dedede isn't too much of a slouch on eating either, and has the paunch to prove it, though he sometimes qualifies as a Villainous Glutton, especially when he steals all of the food in Dream Land to gorge his Big Eater habits in the first game. He and Kirby actually compete in an eating contest in Kirby Super Star racing to get the most food.
    • Storo, the BigGuy of the Squeak Squad is another example of a fat big eater.
  • Coach is implied to be a big eater in Left 4 Dead 2, but it's never shown since the zombie outbreak kind of ruined his chances of resting so he can eat something big. He likes eating a pizza sub style, possibly having a sweet tooth since he says it's a damn shame the rainstorm in Hard Rain washed all the sugar away, and heavily likes the Burger Tank's BBQ bacon cheese burger with fries, orange soda with no ice, and an apple pie. When the survivors see a wedding in the park during The Parish, Coach may sometimes ask if the others have seen a wedding cake around.
  • Manpuku in Ōkamiden. He saves Chibiterasu (who he nicknames Pork Chop) from being cooked in a huge pot of soup... by drinking the soup. It's also deconstructed, his compulsive eating means his mother can't afford to feed his dog, so he gave him to a relative. There's rarely any food in his house because he eats it all, and his mother skips meals often.
  • Misaki Kawana from ONE. This is referenced in the doujin fighter game Eternal Fighter Zero with her "High-Speed Lunch" super.
  • Hanako from Persona 4, also a Gonk that believes she's gorgeous. When she's on a diet, she eats a bucket of curry.
  • There are a couple of examples among Pokémon.
    • In particular, Munchlax (it's actually known as the Big Eater Pokémon) and its evolution, one of the greatest examples of this trope EVER, Snorlax. Seriously. Big, always hungry, and capable of devouring whole forests of fruit in less than a day.
    • Another Pokémon family, Gulpin and Swalot, are living stomachs with expandable mouths that swallow their food whole.
    • And fifth gen brings us the Deino family. Deino itself is blind and instinctively takes bites out of everything it bumps into (which is everything). It evolves into Zweilous, a Multiple Head Case that fights with itself over food and more often than not ends up eating twice as much. Zweilous eventually evolves into Hydreigon, an aggressive Extreme Omnivore with a body type that would not suggest a base speed around 100... nor flight.
  • Punch-Out!!
    • King Hippo. His intro in the Wii game shows him in a field full of ham and tropical fruit; over three cutaways, he eats everything there.
    • Bear Hugger of the same series drinks gallon jugs of maple syrup at every meal. He's also fat enough that you can't hurt him by hitting his stomach.
  • Drang the ogre in Puzzle Quest has five missions where he asks you to procure rare, dangerous monsters for him to eat. One of them, a Wyvern, is requested so that it can kill a Troll he ate that's regenerating in his gut. The fourth one is an ogre, which disgusts your character. When you finish the last mission, Drang joins your party and takes bites out of any Animal-type enemy you face, causing them opening damage.
  • Gan Isurugi from Rival Schools.
  • Rune Factory
    • Jasper.
    • The de Sainte-Coquille family, who are almost universally large with appetites to match. Max of Rune Factory 2 is still slim, but when Barret makes a cameo in Rune Factory 4, he wonders if Max will one day resemble the rest of his family.
  • Sonic Unleashed gives us the first time Dr. Eggman has eaten anything on screen. He downs a 12" sub sandwich in two bites, and does it all in under 10 seconds.
  • Rufus, the new, Acrofatic fighter from the USA in Street Fighter IV.
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • The Gray Goo from Tasty Planet, though you could probably tell from the title...
  • The Heavy from Team Fortress 2. He sure does love those sandwviches. He can even earn an achievement for eating 100 Sandviches, which he does with great gusto, one after another. Well, he certainly needs all those carbs to lug around his 150-kilogram minigun, and his belly roll makes for great recoil cushioning.
  • Barlow of Vanguard Bandits, the ATAC pilot with what he calls a "glandular disorder". He's always eating some candy, and when he gets hungry he starts going after the weirdest things. Ranging from earth-worms to platypi.
  • The Eaters from Chimera Beast are an evil Horde of Alien Locusts that eat everything in sight while obtaining the abilities of those they eat. You play as one of them, eating your way up the ecosystem, and your Eater devours the whole ecosystem and moves off onto other planets including Earth should you beat the game.


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