Big Eater

"This... this girl's stomach is a Cosmos unto itself! It's connected to the void of the universe!"
Eating Contest Judge (on Fuu), Samurai Champloo

A primarily comedy trope, this is a character (who may or may not be fat) that regularly eats enough for an entire football team, ovten devastating the whole table — and sometimes the entire restaurant with their insatiable hunger. Combined with a speed-eating technique that makes food seem to vanish spontaneously from the plate. A common sight gag with this kind of character in cartoons or anime is having piles upon piles of plates and bowls stack up as the character chows down. Cut a Slice, Take the Rest is another common joke involving this type of character.

Occasionally they have Bizarre Taste in Food or are Obsessed with Food when not eating. Don't interrupt a Big Eater's meal, or worse, try to steal his or her food, as this is a very good way to piss the character off...

It can be used as a way to fulfill the needs of many Required Secondary Powers and thus make a character's abilities more believable. Characters with a Healing Factor, Super Speed, or the ability to change shape and size, would normally have to flout the laws of physics at every turn, but a Big Eater can simply explain that the extra mass and energy come from over the top eating binges. Magic users in general can use this trope and say that they cast from their calories, which would explain why mages are often rather thin characters (though obese wizards aren't unheard of). For this reason, in action series, this is often a trait belonging to the Idiot Hero, Kid Hero, Boisterous Bruiser, or other types of high energy characters.

Typical dialogue in a restaurant:
Other party member: We want <number of people> portions of <whatever food>, please!
Big Eater: <Number of people> portions for me too!

Another typical line goes thus:
Big Eater: (after ordering enough for everybody) So what are you guys having?

In comics and manga it's become common to make a Comically Serious character or Badass Action Girl a Big Eater as a way to add a humorous quirk that doesn't actually take away from the character's seriousness. Another common justification for a female big eater is that all the fat goes straight to her well-endowed bosom. Consequently, female characters with large bosoms are often big eaters.

Jolly large characters, Extreme Omnivores and people with eating related powers tend to be Big Eaters by default. The Fat Comic Relief is a very common form of Big Eater. However the best examples are people who will eat anything and everything, and are still very small.

Although it's often Played for Laughs, serious examples are known to exist. Such as if the Big Eater is suffering from bulimia or if the character's over-eating is caused by some sort of emotional problem.

Can be Truth in Television, though without proper exercise it is very unhealthy. People with higher metabolisms are better able to avoid the weight problems caused by overeating. Teenagers in general are known for being able to eat amounts of food that will make them fat if they continue to eat like that in their 20s and beyond.

See Extreme Omnivore for when someone doesn't limit themselves to things usually considered food. If two Big Eaters are pitted against each other it's an Eating Contest. If this is a villain's most well-known vice (especially an obese villain), see Villainous Glutton. Players can invoke this trope in any video game where the characters have a Hyperactive Metabolism and eat food to heal their injuries.


  • In the Kinsey Sicks song "Don't Reign In My Buffet" Rachel almost leaves the show she's performing to go chow down at the buffet in the casino next door.
  • "Me So Hungry," a parody of 2 Live Crew's "Me So Horny."
  • "Three Hundred Pounds Of Hongry," a song from the perspective of a Chubby Chaser (who seems to be something of an encourager) rhapsodizing over a Big Attractive Person Of Indeterminate Gender (who seems to be something of a feedee).
  • In Mamamoo's "Um Oh Ah Yeah" MV, Wheein plays a chubby guy who is eating or drinking something in every shot he is in.
    Professional Wrestling 
  • The Wild Samoans were known for coming to the ring devouring raw fish.
  • Royal Hawaiian would devour two pineapples at a time on her way to the ring in GLOW.
  • Sky Deviler was always hungry in Kaiju Big Battel.
  • At Smackdown in Iraq, John Cena rapped about his opponent The Big Show and how unlikely he was to lose to him because "This aint no pie eating contest!". Kurt Angle would later make the same joke, proclaiming he would accept Big Show's challenge to any athletic competition, but warning him that pie eating contests did not count as athletic.
  • Alicia Fox has the reputation of eating everything but her own cooking.
  • Dolph Ziggler confirmed this, saying that a mere one hour workout will make him hungry (granted, his is probably a little more intense than average Joe) and that he is always looking for something to eat.
  • At Sudbury for Pro Wrestling Eve, Alpha Female went to market in between workouts(which consisted of pressing Nikki Storm) to obtain meat, which she ate raw after rinsing in a sink.
  • The motif of Ryback, right down to his theme opening with "FEED! ME! MORE!"
    Stand-up Comedy 
  • New Zealand comedian Billy T. James had this as part of one his jokes. He and his friends roll up to a fast food joint and are asked to take their order. He asks for "Five burgers, six fries, eight Cokes..." before turning to the back and asking "You guys want anything?".