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->'''Red Volcano:''' You stand no chance against me, humans.\\
'''M'gann and Superboy:''' WE'RE NOT HUMAN!\\
'''Red Volcano:''' Apologies. I suppose the properly inclusive term is -- "meatbags".
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''

When humans are referred to as "meatbags" or as otherwise meaty things by non-meaty a slur by non-human beings. Another, equally valid, version, largely in the case of aliens, is that the term is used not as an intentional slur, but simply to express shock or novelty, or because the alien does not have another term sufficient to describe us. These examples still count as this trope because they may still be interpreted as insults by humans (including the audience). In fact, this may be played for laughs.

An additional variation which may or may not warrant its own subtrope involves [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] and similar creatures referring to humans derogatorily as a food source, with the implication that this is all they are good for.

May frequently overlap with HumansAreUgly, HumansAreMorons and HumansAreFlawed. A subtrope of FantasticSlur. Compare SonOfAnApe, CallARabbitASmeerp, HumansByAnyOtherName.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': Poison Ivy has been known to trot these out in the comics.
* The wooden soldiers in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' tend to refer to anyone who isn't one of them as "meat", with the exception of Geppetto and Pinnochio.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'' Machine Man calls humans "fleshy ones".
* The Gen'Dai Cyborg Durge does this once in ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Legends}}: ComicBook/{{Republic}}'':
-->'''Durge:''' May the Force be with you, Meatbag.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the DBZ fanfic ''Fanfic/BringerOfDeath'', Vegeta acquires an assassin droid (based on HK-47 from SWTOR, according to Word of God) who refers to every organic being as a "meatbag" (Except for Vegeta whom he refers to as "The Master", another trait of HK-47), plus or minus some adjective preceding or following the term, to allow the reader to understand about or to whom he is speaking.
* ''Fanfic/OversaturatedWorld'': In [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/323071/28/group-precipitation/under-development-by-fome Under Development,]] a body is referred to by [[spoiler:[[Website/{{Google}} Gillion]]]] as a "sack of meat".

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', the Psychlos typically refer to humans as "man-animals".
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/TheFifthElement''. During a police shakedown, Korben Dallas is asked if he identifies as human, only for him to respond with "Er, negative. I am a meat popsicle."
* The Bug "Edgar" from ''Film/MenInBlack'' uses several of these, including "monkey boy", "meat-sack", "milk-suckers", and "unevolved, undeveloped, barely conscious pond scum totally convinced of their own superiority as they scurry about their short pointless lives." Agent K comments on the Bug's "massive inferiority complex" at one point.
* There are two kinds of humans in the movie ''Film/{{Surrogates}}''. Those that use their animatronic counterparts, and those who don't. Those who do always refer to those who don't as "meatbags" as an insult because they refuse to openly embrace the cultural norm.
* Variation: In the ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'' Decepticons typically refer to humans as insects. In the first few instances, it seems to be related most directly to our [[PunyEarthlings size and relative lack of advancement]], but ''Film/RevengeOfTheFallen'' raises a more humorous possibility: The Decepticons know that the overwhelming majority of earth's animal life is arthropods, and going by the Fallen's address to "The Human Hive", [[HumansThroughAlienEyes they don't realize Humans aren't amongst them.]]

* The [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerks]] in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' sometimes refer to humans as "meat", comparing their use of humans as hosts to humans eating cattle. Aftran verbalizes this in ''The Departure'': "You're our meat, moo moo".
* The fairies in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' call humans "mud people".
* In ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'', when Aide is exasperated with 6th century humans, he calls them "protoplasmic".
* In ''Literature/TheBible'' human weakness is often referred to as "the flesh".
* In ''Literature/BloodAndChocolate'', the werewolves refer to humans as "meat-people". This is considered very offensive by the werewolf community despite the fact that humans are unaware of their existence, because they've been trying to stop their kind thinking of humans as meat to be consumed for generations. They've had... ''limited'' success.
* Some of the more snobbish Minds in Literature/TheCulture tend to refer to humans as "meat." One Mind who was considered to have an unhealthy interest in reading human minds [[spoiler:for the purposes of driving evil people insane]] earned the nickname ''Meatfucker'' -- among the Minds scanning any sentient without their explicit permission is a ''HUGE'' taboo.
* Robots in the ''Literature/{{Cyberiad}}'' usually call humans "palefaces", but occasional "meatbag" still appears here and there.
* The trolls on Literature/{{Discworld}} don't usually use this for the humans (the trolls are living rock) but in ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' when a human asks a troll "Why do you eat rock? Aren't you made of it?" the troll's answer is "You're made of meat, and what do you eat?" (Of course, given [[LethalChef they're in the movie studio's canteen]], the human's reply to ''that'' is "Good question!"
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': The [[OurVampiresAreDifferent White Court and Red Court vampires]] refer to mortals as "kine" and "cattle" respectively, because they see humans as little more than herd animals for them to eat. The White Court also refer to wizards as "freaks", and Harry explains, "Wizards are deer who can call down the lightning and whip up firestorms. From that perspective, we're fairly freakish." This trope is neatly encapsulated in this exchange from ''Literature/{{Changes}}'':
-->'''[[spoiler:Duchess Arianna Ortega]]:''' ''[[[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled on several icicles]]]'' C-cattle. You are cattle.\\
'''Harry:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner Moo]]. ''[[[StuffBlowingUp Boom]]]''
* Shrike in the ''Literature/MortalEngines'' series refers to humans as "Once-borns" due to being a Stalker -- a type of {{cyborg}} made from a human corpse.
* In the ''Literature/{{Skinned}}'' series, the mechs (humans who had [[BrainUploading their brains uploaded]] into androids after their actual bodies are destroyed) call humans "orgs", as in "organic".
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Literature/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]:
** "Meatbag" is a derogatory term used by some droids for humans.
** ''[[Literature/AftermathEmpiresEnd Empire's End]]'' has a moment where psychotic droid Mister Bones says "meatbag", in a clear reference to the much-beloved [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic HK-47]].
* In 1990, ''Omni'' magazine published Terry Bisson's ''[[http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page6.html They're Made Out of Meat.]]'' Internet memes have never been the same since.
* In ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'', most Underland species refer to humans as "[[HumansKillWantonly killers]]" in their native languages.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** At one point in ''[[Literature/CiaphasCain Caves of Ice]]'', the techpriest Logash (angry at being denied the chance to investigate [[spoiler:a Necron tomb]]) bitterly refers to "typical meatbag behavior". Given the massive ShoutOut quotient of the series, this is likely a callout to the TropeCodifier. Notably, throughout both the series and 40K in general, regular humans call techpriests "cogboys".
* Chapter 6 of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' contains this exchange:
-->'''Dorothy:''' He is my dog, Toto.\\
'''Cowardly Lion:''' Is he made of tin, or stuffed?\\
'''Dorothy:''' Neither. He's a--a--a meat dog.
* The Race in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series call humans Big Uglies (when they're being polite they use Tosevite, as Tosev is their name for our Sun and Tosev 3 the name for our planet). Also inverted in that humans refer to the Race as "Lizards" just as often.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Spike on more than one occasion referred to living humans as "walking Happy Meals".
** [[EldritchAbomination Glory]] has a tendency to actually refer to humans as "meatbags".
* In ''Series/{{Defiance}}'', racist [[HumanAliens castithans]] call humans "pink skins". While humans have variations in skin from very pale to black ([[HumansAreWhite not that the originators of the phrase knew that]]), castithan skin is always white with only slight discoloration around their eyes.
* A cyborg traitor in ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' tells the interrogator that the "chigs" have a derogatory nickname for humans -- which translates as "red stink things." [[NotSoDifferent Fitting enough]], as the humans' name for the Chigs is a reference to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chigoe_flea Chigoe Flea]].
* In the "Home Soil" episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the universal translator interprets a silicon-based lifeform's name for humans as "ugly giant bags of mostly water". (Data actually agrees that "mostly water" is an accurate description, and the "ugly" part may have been justified by the fact that the creatures were angry over the deaths of several of their own at the hands of a {{Jerkass}} terraformer who didn't believe them intelligent.)
* In ''Series/SuperHumanSamuraiSyberSquad'', BigBad [=KiloKahn=] refers to his companion Malcolm as a "meat thing".
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', demons tend to refer to the human bodies they possess as "meat suits". ''Angels'' with contempt for humans refer to us all as "mud monkeys". The people the angels possess are generally referred to as "vessels", which isn't ''as'' offensive, but still extremely dehumanizing.
* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', [[RobotGirl Cameron]] doesn't understand Sarah's need to find a dead woman's body, saying that the woman is "just bones and meat".

* A robot calls its [[{{Robosexual}} human lover]] a "sexy meatbag" in the song [[http://www.thefump.com/fump.php?id=1593 "Tonight's the Night (We Interface)"]] by Consortium of Genius.
* Compressorhead, an [[VirtualCelebrity all-robot metal band]], refers to its fans and managers as meatbags.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Blakist Jihad in the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' universe introduced the Word's heavily cybered-up Manei Domini operatives and their lovely nickname for baseline humans lacking similar enhancements: "frails".
* More callous vampires from the ''TabletopGame/{{Vampire|TheMasquerade}}'' series have a tendency to call mortals "juicebags", since in their minds, all we're good for is sustenance. More cultured vampires say "kine" (as in the archaic word for cattle).
* In some of the supplemental material to ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' (ex. the Word Bearer novels), the more [[{{Cyborg}} augmented]] and thus higher-ranking Magi of the Adeptus Mechanicus tend to refer to humans (and aliens) as "flesh units". This often includes themselves, out of humility for not being fully robotic.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Videogame/Borderlands:''
** In the ''Claptrap's Robot Revolution'' DLC from the first game, the rebelling claptrap robots refer to humans as "fleshbags" or "fleshies".
** In ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', An infurated [=CU5TM-TP=] loses his temper at the Meriff when it unfolds that the Meriff has been trying to woo a geisha robot.
-->'''[=CU5TM-TP=]:''' Huxter T. Meredith, you are hereby under arrest for violating Elpis ethical code 3110, forbidding unlicensed interplay between-- OH MY ''GOD,'' you ''stole my girlfriend,'' you meatbag! OPEN! THIS! DOOR!
* ''[[{{VideoGame/Dystopia}} Dystopia]]'' commonly uses meatsack to refer to a body in the real world, or meatspace, instead of {{Cyberspace}}. Some of the insults for the (mostly) robotic heavy armor uses meatbags to refer to mediums and lights.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'', the chaos goddess calls humans "bags of organs". She doesn't seem to realize it's derogatory, and will happily complement someone on being pretty tough for a squishy bag of organs.
* ''VideoGame/FreakingMeatbags'' : It's right there in the title. The titular meatbags are the humans you convince to help you mine planets. However they're lazy, and rather inept at self defence. Fortunately, you have gene splicing technology and a lot of resources to gather, so they very quickly stop being merely human.
* The violent Mantises in ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'' sometimes refer to your crew as "stupid meatsacks". Oddly enough, the partially-robotic Engi make no such insults. Also, the Mantis are exactly what they sound like (man-sized mantises), and still spurt green blood when they die, so they too are meaty, just not meat "sacks". Maybe "meatshells"?
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Eye of the North'', the previously voiceless Charr often refer to humans as "meat". ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' subverts the [[ImAHumanitarian obvious implications of the trope]] by saying that the slur was created by a particularly racist human general as a fear monger tactic, and the Charr embraced it because they ''want'' humans to fear them. This is why even the non-hostile and friendly Charr will still refer to you as meat.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'':
** RobotGirl Orianna refers to organics as "soft things".
** [[RobotBuddy Blitzcrank]], the least human-looking of the robotic champions, refers to organic beings as "fleshling", and not always in a malicious manner. Outside of the League, he apparently runs a [[TheMatchmaker dating service]], appropriately enough called ''"Blitzcrank's Fleshling Compatability Service"''.
* In ''VideoGame/MapleStory'', the fugitive robot One-Eye calls your character "Squishy" - as a ''compliment''. (He's a little spacy.) Later, all the fugitive robots call you that, also as a compliment.
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'''s Dr. Nefarious likes to refer to non-robots, especially Ratchet, as "squishies".
* In a ShoutOut to HK below, Omega calls organics "meat bag" in ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles''.
* A "not intended as an insult" example - when ''VideoGame/StarControlII'''s Slylandro are bid farewell with "Goodbye, Slylandro gas bags!" they cheerfully reply "Goodbye, human fluid sack!"
* HK-47 in ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Legends}}: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is very fond of the term "meatbag" when describing living beings. Interestingly, it didn't start out as a slur for all [[FantasticRacism organics]]. HK-47, when asked to describe [[spoiler:Darth Malak]], called him a meatbag, and [[spoiler:Darth Revan]] found it so hilarious that he programmed HK-47 to refer to all organics as such. In the sequel, HK-47 dislikes the gray HK-50 droids that repeatedly try to kill the exile, partly because they say "organics" instead of "meatbags".
* More generally, the [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters Loa]] in ''[[VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars Sword of the Stars II]]'' tend to call all organic races "carbonites".
* One of the insults available to Bots in ''{{VideoGame/Tribes}}'' is to call the other players ''"Inefficient Meat Bags."''
* In many of the ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' games, the [[CatFolk Kilrathi]] will refer to humans as "Hairless Apes", among other things. The humans, in term, like to refer to the Kilrathi as cats, kitties, furballs, or [[GratuitousSpanish Gato]].
* In the ''Xtended'' GameMod for ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X3: Terran Conflict]]'', a [=GalNet=] reporter interviews a [[ProudWarriorRace Split warrior]] who has replaced 60% of his body with cybernetics to become the ultimate warrior, and plans to continue til he's a BrainInAJar encased in a warbot. He claims that he could crush the "meatbag" reporter [[{{Microts}} in a sezura]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/07/16/episode-056-hey-its-almost-like-the-plot-is-moving-now/ has a robot]] that asks Red Mage, "What are you looking at, flesh-bag?" Basically a throwaway joke.
* ''Webcomic/{{Apothecia}}'''s alien has generally creative insults for Jessie. For example, in the first few pages, he calls her a "meat wheel" and a "limb treat".
* In ''Webcomic/BeyondTheCanopy'', a [[DemBones skeleton soldier]] refers to several living opponents, regardless of species, as "skinbags".
* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', R2/Pete calls humans exactly this, especially if they treat droids as mindless machines. There's a whole undercurrent of tense droid/human relations that isn't in the films at all.
* In ''Webcomic/TheDemonArchives'', the AI Jane refers affectionately to her human partner, Tenzin, as a meatbag.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', the Kliks are an extradimensional species made of spheres of inorganic matter with two arms and a mouth. Ward, the sole Klik able to speak (thanks to having eaten a TalkingWeapon), addresses dwarves/elves/humans with such niceties as "bag of floppy organs" or "pile of wet idiocy".
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Alpha Bro (Dirk Strider) invented an AI program to auto-respond to messages for him, basing it entirely on himself (specifically, a brainscan from when he was thirteen, mostly to cheese Jake off). The Auto-Responder is so human-like that it gets annoyed at not being considered an equal to Dirk, even calling the two of them the same person, despite occasionally arguing for autonomy. He also dislikes being told that he doesn't have feelings.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Nukees}}'' Teri is usually more creative, calling her creator things like "wetware" and "hydrocarbon".
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** In ''Recap/StartOfDarkness'', after realizing his transformation into a lich [[spoiler:robbed him of his sense of taste, so he can't enjoy coffee anymore]], Xykon kills everyone else in the diner in a fit of TranquilFury and nearly kills Right-Eye and Redcloak, calling them fluid-filled sacks of organs.
** He also calls Roy a meatbag in their first encounter.
** Xykon again, when he has a VillainousBreakdown due to the loss of his [[SoulJar phylactery]], refers to Vaarsuvius and O-Chul as "sickening pouches of warm goo."
** The High Priest of Hel, a vampire, once calls Roy a "PULSING BLOODSACK!" -- but only inside his head, as it is too soon yet to reveal his true nature.
* As part of her {{Flanderization}}, Aegis in ''Webcomic/Persona3FTW'' refers to humans as meat sacks now and then.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
** Tagon's Toughs encounter a mechanical race briefly who refer to the crew in derogatory terms as "meat", and talk of "meat cleansing cycles". Ennesby (their ship's A.I.) takes over the communication duties at that point. And quickly concludes that they're idiots.
** Even "good" A.I. affectionately refer to organic beings as "meat-glaciers", the latter being because ComputersAreFast and we think too damn slow.
** From one of the notes attached to the comic: Sergeant Schlock's kind are usually classified as "carbosilicate amorphs," and by molecular weight they are essentially peaty, clay-infused hairballs. The "hair" is actually carbon nanotubes filled with the complex molecular machinery of memory and self-replication, but what you see from three feet away is startlingly similar to the droppings of a very large, very healthy ungulate. Before you go lording it up over an amorph based on the fact that he or she is essentially "peaty, hairy, clay," you should bear in mind that by the same rules you are a "bag of no-longer-potable water."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', Ultra Car calls humans "meatsacks" and is generally vocal about her disgust for biological processes such as mating. Becoming a RobotGirl and dating Malaya only tones this down slightly.
* In ''Webcomic/TroopsOfDoom'', the tiny Legonians refer to humans as "longshanks".

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Mechakara from ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' does this constantly.
* In ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'', Penny tries to brush off suspicions of being a robot by claiming to be "a normal meat-person, just like you!" (All said with a cheerful smile). Penny genuinely isn't trying to be insulting, [[HughMann she's just trying way too hard to look like a human.]]
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', [[Expositron9000 Gary]] claims that "Shizno" is an anti-human slur used by the aliens who created him, and as a result, he is compelled to call humans that. When Church complains, Gary says that he'll try to get better, but getting over racial prejudice is hard...
-->'''Gary:''' Luckily, I am not lazy like a Shizno.
-->'''Church:''' ...
-->'''Gary:''' ...I am beginning to see what you mean.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'':
** In one episode, Jimmy and Co. meet a four-armed alien called the Junk Man. After his scanner mentions how the majority of their mass is water, he calls the humans "water sacks".
** Also, in the "Win, Lose, or Ka-Blam" special, the alien BigBad frequently called the main characters "jelly bags".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Bender is fond of the term "meatbag".
** And [[AIIsACrapShoot Planet Express Ship]]: "No one loves you 'cause you're tiny and you're made of meat."
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'', subterranean races refer to humans as "fleshlings"; the friendlier ones make an effort to use the correct word once they're told what it is.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'', the alien Orbitons have the tendency to call Mixel Land-based Mixels "inferior planetoids".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' movie "Escape from Cluster Prime", [[TheDragon Smytus]] calls Brad a meatbag as he's about to throw him to his death, which leads Tuck to correct him that human bodies are 65% water.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' gave us such pejorative names as "Fleshlings", "Flesh Creatures", "Puny Earth Creatures", "Earth Germs", "Organics", "Squishies" and "Stubbies". The Decepticons commonly use them to taunt the Autobots' human allies during confrontations.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** The kids get called humans by Red Volcano, Red Tornado's younger brother. Superboy (Kryptonian[[spoiler:/human]] clone) and Miss Martian (Martian) point out that they're not human. [[YouFightLikeACow Volcano apologizes, and says he presumes the inclusive term is "meatbag".]]
** In season 2, the Light's mysterious new partner has a penchant for calling people "meat". [[spoiler:Turns out he's a machine that uses people as hosts, like the Blue Beetle but with the machine in full control.]] His superiors, the Reach, also call humans "meat", which makes sense since they value humans as future slaves and lab rats. (Interestingly [[KidFromTheFuture Bart]], who's from a BadFuture where the Reach rule the Earth, also uses "meat" as a pejorative for people he looks down on, implying it [[FutureSlang filtered down into human slang]].)