"This... this girl's stomach is a Cosmos unto itself! It's connected to the void of the universe!"
A primarily comedy trope, this is when a character (who may or may not be fat) eats enough for an entire football team, usually devastating the whole table — and sometimes entire restaurants with their insatiable hunger. Often 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.
Occasionally they have a Bizarre Taste in Food
or are Obsessed with Food
when not eating and may indulge in Cut a Slice, Take the Rest
. 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
Typical dialogue in a restaurant:
Another typical line goes thus:
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 nutrition goes 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 fate can be an unfeeling mistress as many people with normal
appetites may struggle to reach their desired weights their entire lives, while others can eat copious amounts of food and still be as thin as a rail. 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. However, this trope may also have unpleasant consequences in Real Life
– see Death by Gluttony
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.
- The Wild Samoans were known for coming to the ring devouring raw fish.
- 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.