left hand washes the right don't let your left hand know what your right hands doing
one potato two potato three potato four we got a refrigerator with a store-more door hahaha.
Who cares, this hand or that. good food good meat good God let's eat.
lady fingers they taste just like lady fingers
How do you take the already disturbing concept of cannibalism
and make it even more screwed up? Why, by making the diner what's also being served, of course!
The reason for why the Hell someone makes a meal of themselves tends to fall under one of the following three categories:
- an extreme last resort due to imminent starvation
- a form of Cold-Blooded Torture inflicted upon someone by a particularly sadistic captor
- simple insanity
A character eating a clone or duplicate of themselves also counts. Also see I Taste Delicious
, which tends to be about characters finding themselves irresistibly delectable after becoming or being covered in food (try to keep examples of that on its page). Some of the more disturbing examples of Let's Meet the Meat
(like the image of that page) can involve this.
Your body will also actually do this automatically in the later stages of starvation; breaking down redundant organs and muscle to keep the more vital parts running.
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Anime and Manga
- In a plot point exclusive to the manga, Zeff from One Piece cut off and ate his own leg while stranded on a deserted island with Sanji, who he had secretly given all the stockpiled food to.
- Later, a villain gifted with Munch-Munch Fruit eats himself to make himself thinner when he gets stuck in an entryway.
- Early in the Punk Hazard arc, Luffy tricks a dragon to eat its wings.
- In Naruto, Chouji suffers from the medical version (body devouring itself) after overclocking his metabolism with his clan's Dangerous Forbidden Technique stimulant pills.
- In Toriko gourmet cell users will suffer from "the autophage" (which they are at constant risk of due to their Hyperactive Metabolism) which gives them a power boost but kills them rather quickly.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kyubey, who has multiple bodies, eats his own corpse after Homura shoots him. It turns out he is actually an alien, one of many, devoted to fighting entropy. Consuming his own remains recycles most of the energy that went into making them.
- In Hunter × Hunter, Hisoka gets an arm cut off in a fight. To demonstrate how much of a shit he doesn't give, he picks it up and eats some of his own skin off of it.
- In Adam Warren's version of the Dirty Pair universe (specifically "Run from the Future"), Kei and Yuri are at one point called upon to capture a cabal of autocannibalistic cyborgs who believed that eating their flesh allowed them to concentrate their life essence.
- In the first chapter of Trinity Blood Abel Nightroad eats his own severed arm, with a mouth in his other hand, then grows the severed arm back.
- DC Comics villain Vandal Savage, having lost his immortality in one story, restores it by eating a disfigured clone of himself.
- Universe X had Multiple Man eat a duplicate of himself while lost in the frozen wilderness. This result was him becoming the new Wendigo.
- A bodybuilder in the first issue of Hellblazer falls victim to a demon's curse that makes people ravenous for what they desire most- he starts devouring his muscular arms.
- In Knights of the Dinner Table, while playing Weird Pete's new game "Fairy Meat", Brian Van Hoose has his character eat its own arm to demonstrate that the rule for recovering hit points via cannibalism is broken.
- Stem Cell of Livewires (an android) is forced to chew off most of her own artificial skin to digest and recycle into giant, flaming, self-replicating robots as a gambit to complete her team's botched mission.
- In the aftermath, she considers "Autocannibal" for a new name.
- Wolverine was forced to do this during a storyline where he was stuck in a snowstorm. Unlike most of the people here, his Healing Factor made this less of an issue.
- Spider's exposure to a weaponized "Autocannibalism Meme" was Noodle Incident in Transmetropolitan
- In The Smurfs comic book story "The Hungry Smurfs", one of the Smurfs wishes that he was still a sausage so that he could eat parts of himself during a village famine in winter.
Films — Animated
- In Yellow Submarine, the vacuum monster eats everything in its universe; as a last resort it eats itself, mouth last.
Films — Live-Action
- Nikos' last dying act in The Anthropophagus Beast is to start gnawing on his own spilled intestines.
- Wrong Turn 4 Bloody Beginnings reveals One Eye and Three Finger acquired their trademark deformities this way.
- When he isn't collecting it in a box, Goldmember from Austin Powers enjoys eating pieces of his own skin.
- Slightly less horrifying than the other examples on this page, since his skin simply peels off in thin layers, similar to a sunburn.
- The Japanese horror film Splatter: Naked Blood depicts a gluttonous woman eating herself after being given an experimental drug.
- The uncut version of A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child reveals that the stuff Freddy is force feeding to Greta is her own innards.
- The "Sloth" victim in Se7en bit off and ate his own tongue.
- Pizza the Hutt from Spaceballs got locked in his limo and ate himself to death.
- One of the creepiest examples ever - in an already incredibly creepy category - is The Shunned House. A young woman obsessively plays her violin to ward off evil spirits. Her violin strings break, whereupon she gnaws her own arm open until the sinews are exposed - and then plays the sinews with her violin bow!!! Shudder.
- The second victim in The Christmas Season Massacre had his ripped off testicles shoved down his throat.
- At one point in Land of the Dead, the group going out to reclaim Dead Reckoning from Cholo comes across one of the city's military commanders, who has recently been zombified. The zombie of the commander appears to be finishing the job that the other zombies started, and is eating bits of itself.
- In Adaptation, Donald is writing a horror film where the killer does this to his victims. But given the villain, the protagonist and the leading lady are the same person, once the killer forces the girl to eat herself he dies.
- A character in Cannibal coerces another into cutting off his penis. They cook and eat it, though judging by the looks on their faces as they do so, it isn't quite as tasty as they thought it would be.
- This was based loosely on the Armin Mewes case; in that event, Mewes burned the penis while cooking it, which helps to explain why they don't like the taste in the film.
- In Hannibal, Hannibal manipulates a drugged Mason Verger into cutting off and eating his own nose, and also feeds Paul Krendler his own brain.
- Chop Top from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is constantly picking at the exposed metal plate in his head with a heated coat hanger. He eats any skin that gets caught on it.
- The talking fox in Antichrist is found eating its bowels.
- In Airplane!, one of the parodied Spinning Newspaper segments includes the headline "Boy Trapped in Refrigerator Eats Own Foot".
- Hannibal Lecter serves Dr. Abel Gideon his own leg (roasted in a clay mold) on the TV series Hannibal.
- One of the people kept in The Attic in Dollhouse is a man forced to eat his own legs as sushi.
- In Supernatural, Leviathans who fail are forced to eat themselves, a punishment called "bibbing" since all that's left in the end is a bloody bib. If they eat themselves too slowly, their Healing Factor kicks in... and they have to eat that part of themselves again.
- If you really piss off the leader however, he'll just eat you himself.
- A fake political ad from This Hour Has 22 Minutes claimed Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper cuts himself so he can collect and drink his own blood.
- Gary, a Fae butcher, in the Lost Girl episode "Death Didn't Become Her"
Gary: You know what they say— sometimes a flesh-eater is just too tired to get out of bed, go to the fridge, know what I mean? [bites off his own index finger].
- In his defense, they do grow back.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Referenced as one of Anya's past vengeance curses in "The Prom":
Anya: "... then, this one time, a girl wished that her ex would cannibalize himself. Even I had a hard time watching that one, let me tell you—"
- A Saturday Night Live skit with Chevy Chase as Jeffery Dahmer had him trying to convince his lawyers to let him act like he's insane during the trial so they can try for the insanity plea. They try to convince him that no shenanigans are necessary. He seems confused that someone might think he's insane without acting insane... as he begins to calmly eat his own fingers.
- Monday Mornings: It's revealed that some women are allowed to take home their placentas after giving birth, and it's known that they probably get eaten. It's supposed to be helping them to deal with stress. One patient uses it as an argument when she wants to take home her own kidney which was supposed to get transplanted into her sister. She wants to eat it. Um, that's how she deals with her grief, and it's also a ritual from one eastern culture. She's deemed completely sane, but it caused some major in-universe squick.
- The Vocaloid song 'Evil Food Eater Conchita' by mothy depicts a deranged aristocrat who devours everything she can get hold of, including her servants, before finally turning on herself.
- Also, another one by the name of "Rot", although this one uses the spin-off program UTAU
- Happens in a children's song by Swedish poet Lennart Hellsing. A Reality Warper sorcerer from India is goaded by the Emperor of China to turn himself into a glass of lemonade (presumably because his magic is dangerous or at least annoying, it isn't clear). However, it was a very very warm day and the sorcerer got thirsty...
Mythology and Religion
- The Ouroboros is a snake that eats its tail; it represents eternity and perfection and shows up as symbolism in a lot of works.
- Classical Mythology also has a story of a mortal king punished by the gods with an insatiable hunger that drove him to poverty, and forced him to wander the lands with just his daughter to help him scam money out of people for food until she finally left him. He then raised his shaking fist to the sky curse the gods, prompting him to notice how plump, meaty, and juicy his hand looked. The curse then placed on him by the gods then evidently made it possible for him to consume his entire body, including his own mouth which of course had to be eaten last.
- In Zork, the command "eat self" returns the message "Autocannibalism is not the answer."
- From Amnesia: Justine, we get Malo, one of Justine's suitors who was forced to eat his own flesh to survive. He then takes a liking to it, and when he sees another human...
- In Mass Effect 3, Javik mentions that the punishment for traitors in his time was to rip their limbs off and give them a choice between eating their own flesh or starvation. And then killing them anyway if they do eat.
- Dead Island features the Butcher enemy, rabidly aggressive zombies that have their forearms ending in chewed bone. It's implied that they chewed off their own hands as the virus set in.
- One of The Many Deaths of You in the first Space Quest involved being locked in a chamber. The death message says that you tried to resort to autocannibalism, only to find out that you weren't tasty at all.
- In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, those infected with Corprus disease take advantage of Corprus's regenerative qualities by eating bits of themselves, as anything they bite off will quickly grow back afterward.
- Played for Laughs in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, where Squidward tells Spongebob a Ghost Story, prompting Spongebob to bite his nails. Next cut is of him actually eating his arms (they grow back ridiculously fast), then going through them like a paper shredder, then eating down a bucket of his own arms like popcorn.
- In a The Itchy & Scratchy Show short, Itchy (disguised as a restaurant employee) serves Scratchy his own belly. The unknowing Scratchy's attempt at eating it only results in the bits of it he swallows popping back out of a hole cut in it.
- An early episode of Beast Wars had Dinobot dispose of a fully biological clone of himself by eating it.
Dinobot: I'm afraid he's gone for good. A shame, really. He was such a handsome creature...and quite tasty.
- In the last episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002), Zodak mystically hypnotizes four of King Hiss' heads into eating the fifth, and main, one (had the show gone on for another season he would have regenerated it).
- One episode of Bounty Hamster has Marion discovers his Bag of Holding cheeks are actually a portal between dimensions so, in order escape the dimension they're trapped in, he eats Cassie then himself. (It Makes Sense in Context... kinda).
- Nibbler does the exact same thing in one of the Futurama films.
- In the Mickey Mouse cartoon "Mickey's Garden", a giant caterpillar tries to eat Mickey, who jumps on its tail. In trying to eat him, it bites off its own tail until it's just a head.
Eric: It's Master XOX!
XOX: The one and only! Except for those clones I made, and ate.
- Done apparently offscreen in Invader Zim. In one episode we see Skoodge being shot into a planet via cannon. He later shows up alive and well, much to the confusion of The Tallest. According to the writers, he survived by eating his own skin.
- In one episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Billy is turned into a living chocolate statue. However, Billy eats himself before they can change him back. Keep in mind that Billy is a complete idiot and the chocolate is really good. Half the time, he's screaming in pain due to eating himself, and half the time, he's happily enjoying the taste of the chocolate. It's that kind of show.
- The Chocolate Sailor, the dispenser of the same chocolates that made Billy into living chocolate, did this with several other individuals in an attempt to make a proper crew. It turned out as well as you'd expect.
"It happens every time! How can I have a proper crew when they keep eating themselves?!"
- Bernd Jürgen Brandes, who infamously consented to being killed and eaten by a man he met online, tried to eat some of his own penis before dying.
- Lizards whose tails drop off when grabbed as an anti-predator defense mechanism will sometimes eat the dropped-off bit of tail if the predator doesn't do so, reclaiming its protein for their bodies.
- Many lizards also do the same with their own shed skins, for the same reason.
- Some mammals will eat their offspring's placenta after a birth. See Placentophagy.
- Ant queens consume their own wings once their mating flight is done and they are ready to start a hive.
- People who bite their cuticles, especially those who bite so much they start to bleed. It's usually considered on the spectrum of Self Harm.
- Snakes can eat themselves. Less related to the ouroborous than one might think.
- As stated above, in the latest stages of starvation the body will practice this, breaking down itself in order to keep it running. The process is called Catabolysis and involves first the use of body's fat and later the breakup of -especially- muscles. The end arrives after the body's machinery to build proteins -made of that- has been recycled.
- Everyone also does this unconsciously, on a much smaller scale. Where do you think dead or broken-off cells from the inside of your mouth end up going?
- One of the symptoms of Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome is this.
- Technically called 'Autophagia', this is not classified as a specific disorder. However, some individuals with mental disorders, especially psychosis, Impulse-control disorders, and Obsessive-compulsive disorder feel compelled to eat their own flesh. In extreme cases this can lead to infections, nerve damage, amputations, and death.
- One horrific case of child abuse in Gloucester, Virginia, revealed a 6-year-old girl starving in a filthy cage made from a crib and a piece of plywood stuck on top. She was so hungry (she'd only ever be fed Pop Tarts or sandwiches twice a day at the very most) she was eating flakes of her own dead skin. Fortunately, she's far better off now and eating real food. Her parents, Brian and Shannon Gore, have been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
- A female octopus ceases to hunt while guarding and tending her eggs, typically dying of starvation around the time they hatch. If she's already underweight when the eggs are laid, she may consume one or more of her own arms to sustain herself long enough that the eggs aren't left undefended.