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, and 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.
- 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 AI, 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.
- 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
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.
- Close to the end of the 2005 film adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Augustus Gloop, covered in fudge and chocolate, attempts to eat parts of himself (or at least his sweet dirt) before his mother gives him a scolding for doing so.
- 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.
- This was "Gluttony's" explicit punishment.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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].
- 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 insatable 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Snakes can eat themselves.
- 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.