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

A character (who may or may not be fat) that regularly eats enough for an entire football team, often devastating the whole table -- and sometimes entire restaurants in their insatiable hunger. Often with a speed-eating technique that makes food seem to vanish spontaneously from the plate. Primarily a [[ComedyTropes comedy trope]], 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. CutASliceTakeTheRest is another common joke involving this type of character.

[[ExtremeOmnivore Extreme Omnivores]] and [[PersonalityPowers people with eating related powers]] tend to be Big Eaters by default. Large characters, such as the BigFun and BoisterousBruiser, tend to be this trope. In fact, the FatComicRelief is almost always a Big Eater. However, Big Eaters who remain thin despite their habits are considered the best examples.

Don't interrupt a Big Eater's meal, or worse, try to steal his or her food, as this is a [[BerserkButton very good way to piss the character off]]...

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

Another typical line goes thus:
->'''Big Eater:''' ''(after ordering enough for everybody)'' [[BaitAndSwitch So what are you guys having?]]

Another variant that does not require the Big Eater to have any company along:
->'''Big Eater''': One of everything, please.

Another favorite joke when doing strenuous activity:
->'''Big Eater:''' All of this [name of the activity] makes me hungry!
->'''Another Character, Preferably a DeadpanSnarker:''' ''Breathing'' makes you hungry.

Although it's often PlayedForLaughs, 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.

Characterization wise it can also be used to fulfill the needs of many RequiredSecondaryPowers adding depth to a trait commonly dismissed as a comedic quirk and make a character's abilities more believable. Characters with a HealingFactor, SuperSpeed, or the ability to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting change shape and size]], don't have to [[NoConservationOfEnergy flout]] the [[ShapeshifterBaggage laws of physics]], they can simply explain that the extra mass and energy come from their over the top eating binges. Magic users in general can use this trope and say that they [[CastFromCalories cast from their calories]], which would explain why mages are often rather thin characters (though obese wizards aren't unheard of).

In action series, this is often a trait belonging to the KidHero, BoisterousBruiser, or other types of [[HotBlooded high energy]] characters. Because many wild animals exhibit this in real life it's also a popular trait for WildChild and RaisedByWolves characters.

In comics and manga it's become common to make a [[TheComicallySerious Comically Serious]] character or badass a Big Eater as a way to add a humorous quirk that doesn't take away from the character's seriousness. A common justification for a female big eater is that all the fat goes straight to her [[MostCommonSuperpower breasts]]. Consequently, female characters with big boobs are often big eaters. Occasionally they have BizarreTasteInFood or are ObsessedWithFood when not eating.

TruthInTelevision, though without proper exercise it can lead to obesity. People with higher metabolisms are better able to avoid weight problems caused by overeating and teenagers 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. Most wild animals need to be this because they usually have no idea when or where their next meal will be, especially in harsh environments like deserts or the arctic.

See ExtremeOmnivore for when someone doesn't limit themselves to things usually considered food. If two [[BigEater Big Eaters]] are [[CookingDuel pitted against]] each other it's an EatingContest. For a villain that has this as their biggest vice (especially an obese villain), see VillainousGlutton. Players can invoke this trope in any video game where the characters have a HyperactiveMetabolism and eat food to heal their injuries.


* BigEater/AnimeAndManga
* BigEater/CardGames
* BigEater/ComicBooks
* BigEater/ComicStrips
* BigEater/FanWorks
* [[BigEater/AnimatedFilms Films Animation]]
* [[BigEater/LiveActionFilms Films Live-Action]]
* BigEater/{{Literature}}
* BigEater/LiveActionTV
* BigEater/PuppetShows
* BigEater/{{Radio}}
* BigEater/TabletopGames
* BigEater/{{Theater}}
* BigEater/VideoGames
* BigEater/VisualNovels
* BigEater/WebAnimation
* BigEater/WebComics
* BigEater/WebOriginal
* BigEater/WesternAnimation


[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* [[AudioPlay/ExitTunesPresentsACTORS Tenshou Academy]] has a couple of these.
** Satsuma, resident [[TheSmartGuy smart guy]] who eats constantly to make up for all the calories he burns while thinking.
** Mike, who asks for seconds mere minutes after he'd been ladled out an ''o-mori'' (ginormous) portion of curry rice.

* In the Kinsey Sicks song "Don't Rein in My Buffet" Rachel almost leaves the show she's performing to go chow down at the buffet in the casino next door.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NAp9JXzLHQ "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 ChubbyChaser (who seems to be something of an encourager) rhapsodizing over a [[BigBeautifulWoman Big Attractive]] [[BigHandsomeMan Person Of Indeterminate Gender]] (who seems to be something of a feedee).
* In Music/{{Mamamoo}}'s "Um Oh Ah Yeah" MV, Wheein plays a chubby guy who is eating or drinking something in every shot he is in.
* In the Music/JonathanCoulton song "Big Dick Farts a Polka," the titular professional {{Gasshole}}:
-->Now, Big Dick started dinner with some cabbage and some greens,
-->Some broccoli, a pair of turkey legs,
-->Some jalapeño poppers and a tub of kidney beans,
-->Several liters of cream soda and a dozen deviled eggs.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-v_D0SXfIk "Just Eat It"]] by Whale Island (鯨魚島樂隊).
* What did Mrs. Goldfarb have for breakfast in Allan Sherman's ''Grow Mrs. Goldfarb''? (To the tune of "Glow Mr. Glowworm")
-->You had for breakfast two pounds bacon,\\
Three dozen eggs, one coffee cake and\\
Then you had something really awful,\\
Four kippered herrings on a waffle,\\
Nine English muffins, one baked apple,\\
Boston cream pie, Philadelphia scrapple,\\
Seventeen bowls of Crispy Crunch,\\
Then you said "What's for lunch?"

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The {{Wild Samoan}}s 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 Wrestling/{{GLOW}}.
* Sky Deviler was always hungry in Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel.
* At Smackdown in Iraq, John Cena rapped about his opponent Wrestling/TheBigShow and how unlikely he was to lose to him because "This aint no pie eating contest!". Wrestling/KurtAngle 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. Wrestling/EddieGuerrero once gave Big Show diarrhea after conning him into eating a tainted burrito.
* Wrestling/AliciaFox has the reputation of eating everything [[LethalChef but her own cooking.]]
* Wrestling/DolphZiggler 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.
* DTU and Wrestling/{{AAA}} wrestler Niño Hamburguesa, who routinely breaks out sandwiches before his matches are even finished.
* The motif of Wrestling/{{Ryback}}, right down to his theme opening with "FEED! ME! MORE!"

[[folder: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?".