->''You're nothing but a smear on the Sports page to me, you slimy, gut-sucking, intestinal parasite! [[TropeNamer Eat me]]! Eat '''me'''!''
-->-- '''Agent K''', ''Film/MenInBlack''

This is a strategy by which a character intentionally allows his enemy to consume him so that he can attack it from the inside.

There are two basic variations on this. The first type is typically used against ExtremeOmnivore monsters which have no compunction against [[JustEatHim just eating the hero]]. The hero allows the monster to swallow him whole so that he can blast its unprotected insides. The second type is used against villains in TheAssimilator mold. The hero lets the villain assimilate him or absorb his powers, which turns out to actually hurt the villain by in some way; through poisoning, or passing on an infection or curse, or by being just so BlessedWithSuck that gaining his power is actually a hindrance to the villain.

This strategy can also be used by villains, but is much rarer, mainly because as a result of BadPowersBadPeople few heroes have abilities that involve eating or assimilating their opponents.

When the result is unexpected rather than planned or is played for laughs, that's TooSpicyForYogSothoth.

LetsMeetTheMeat is the trope for when the meal really does want to be eaten, and presumably what this one looks like from [[PerspectiveFlip the eater's perspective]], until they start having trouble digesting it.

For the [[StuffBlowingUp explosive]] version, see FeedItABomb. For versions where the hero wasn't counting on getting eaten but busts out anyway, see KillItThroughItsStomach. If Satan or a senior member of the infernal hierarchy is doing the eating, this can lead to a tour of the BloodyBowelsOfHell.

Not to be confused with SchmuckBanquet. Contrast RegretEatingMe. And [[FreudWasRight get your mind out of the gutter]].
!!Examples of being Physically Eaten:


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/DigimonTheMovie'', Magnamon and Rapidmon let Cherubimon swallow them so they can attack the virus within it. Though this only happens in the Dub. In the original, Cherubimon tricked them into thinking they beat him, but instead materialized behind them and munched them. However a nose variation was used by War Greymon to finish off Metal Seadramon,even cooler though is that he deflected another attack to this.
* [[SiblingsInCrime Kinkaku and Ginkaku]] of Manga/{{Naruto}} seem to have had this plan. Two warriors of Kumogakure, who engaged the Kyuubi in battle long ago. We find they were eaten by the Kyuubi. Looking at some panels in the manga, it looks as if they basically went into his mouth on their own. While inside, they ate the meat of his stomach for two weeks before the creature regurgitated them. This event allowing them to acquire some of it's chakra for themselves, which allows them to dawn a bijuu shroud like that of a Jinchuriki, though we only got to see Kinkaku use his.
* In ''Manga/MythicalDetectiveLokiRagnarok'', as part of a CookingDuel episode, the villains try to feed Loki a shapeshifted monster (one of the four stags that eat the branches of Yggdrasil), as Loki will be unable to block an attack from within. Loki spots it right away, though, and doesn't bite.
* In ''Manga/KingOfThorn'', Marco and Kasumi have to jump down the mother monster's throat to reach the BigBad, Zeus.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has Unit-02 hold open Gaghiel's mouth so that two battleships can smash into it and fire their guns into its soft insides.
* ''Anime/DeadLeaves'' has this happen at the end of the film, with the [[spoiler:giant space caterpillar eating Pandy's rapidly aging baby, and the baby blows it up from the inside and sacrifices itself. It... actually makes even less sense in context.]]
* In some of the mid-Alabasta arc filler in ''Manga/OnePiece'', [[PlayingWithFire Portgas D. Ace]] hops into a giant lizard's mouth so he can roast it from the inside.
** Vice-Admiral Momonga allows a Sea King to eat him, and just cuts his way out in the most BadAss way possible.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** In ''Anime/DragonBall'', Piccolo had sealed Kami-sama in a bottle and then swallowed it. Therefore, Goku couldn't attack him at full power. When Piccolo shows his ability to [[SizeShifter become a giant]], Goku provokes him to grow to his maximum size, and then shoots himself down Piccolo's throat. Piccolo vomits him as quickly as he could, but not before Goku hits his insides and recovers the bottle.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Super Buu turned Vegeto into candy in DBZ and made the mistake of trying to eat him. Super Buu was also fond of pulling a forced Eat Me on his opponents, turning himself into goo and flying down their throats until they explode. This back fired on him when he tried to go down Vegeto's throat; Vegeto was able to contain him and beat the crap out of him from the outside by punching himself.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', Majuub has his own attack reflected against him by the BigBad, Baby, [[BalefulPolymorph turning him into chocolate.]] Baby promptly swallows him whole. Later, when Baby has TheHero Goku on the ropes, Majuub reveals that he ''planned'' for that to happen, so he could attack Baby from within his own body.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', Joseph Joestar lets Santana partially absorb him so he can activate his ripple inside Santana's body, bypassing Santana's impervious skin.

* In ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'' Machine Man lets Fin Fang Foom eat him, the better to defeat Foom from the inside.
* The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk let the Galaxy Master eat him, for the same reason.
* During the "Return of Hawkman" arc in ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, Atom Smasher is swallowed whole by one of the main villain's lieutenants. He gets free by literally bursting him open from the inside.
* Wolverine during the Messiah Complex [[ComicBook/XMen X-books]] crossover let the Predator X swallow him because his claws couldn't cut through its metal hide. So he tore it apart from the inside.
** In the ''OldManLogan'' story arc, Logan let the Hulk eat him so that he could kill him from the inside.
* In ''ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier'', DeathSeeker Joe kills the T-Rex that murdered his friends by jumping down its throat while holding live grenades.
* ComicBook/SpiderMan once defeated a one-shot villain named Skinhead this way, a white supremacist gang leader who could turn himself into a BlobMonster after a chemical accident. Once Spidey realized that what his body was consisted of his skeleton surrounding a mass of protoplasm, he let himself be absorbed, and then punched him in the jawbone from the inside, knocking him out and shocking him back to human shape.

* Agent K letting the bug eat him so he can retrieve his gun at the climax of ''Film/MenInBlack''. TropeNamer.
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}''. When Orga tries to swallow him, Godzilla obligingly sticks his head in the monster's mouth -- then blows Orga up with a supercharged blast.
* Film/{{Hellboy}} is swallowed up by the Ogdru Jahad monster and blows it from within with a handful of grenades.
* ''Film/TheAvengers2012'': During the final battle scene Iron Man asks Jarvis if he has ever heard of the story of Jonah and flies into the mouth of the Leviathan and blasts his way out.
* In ''Mega Snake'', this is the ''only'' way the Mega Snake can be killed; by standing completely still and calm, allowing it to swallow you whole so you can cut its heart out.

* In The ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' novel ''Nightingale's Lament'', John lets the Primal swallow him, knowing they'll try to possess his body and won't be able to handle it.
** Also used in ''Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth'', when Razor Eddie lets a gigantic centipede-monster from the Street of the Gods swallow him so he can tear it up from within
* In ''[[Literature/ForgottenRealms Tangled Webs]]'' [[TheBerserker a berserker]] with a {{BFS}} was devoured by a giant squid -- not as a deliberate provocation, he just didn't care in his battle frenzy. It was a very unlucky squid.
* In ''Literature/TheStrain'', [[BadAssGrandpa Abraham Setrakian]] allows [[BigBad The Master]] to infect him, knowing that vampires cannot vomit to expel poisons, and thus swallows blood thinner to poison The Master. The bastard [[BodySurf cheats]], though.
* In ''Observation On The Spot'' by Creator/StanislawLem it is mentioned as a method of fighting some huge monsters.
* [[spoiler: [[MeaningfulName Jonas]] ]] tries this on the giant shark in ''[[Literature/{{MEG}} Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror]]''. [[spoiler: It works.]]
* In ''[[Literature/RepairmanJack Gateways]]'', Oyv is swallowed whole by Devil the mutant alligator, then fatally wounds it by chewing his way free. At least on the surface, Oyv ''looks'' like a chihuahua, but is definitely something more.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': In his last battle as the Green Ranger, Tommy tricks Turbanshell into swallowing him so that he can weaken Turbanshell from the inside with a heat blaster. He collapses from heatstroke briefly before getting back up to finish the job. It's an awesome scene - Turbanshell is walking along, saying "Hm, what should I destroy next..." and then suddenly cries out in pain as "Go Green Ranger Go" starts playing.
* In the ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' episode "Forever Red" the then-current Red Ranger flies into the mouth of Lord Zedd's zord in order to blow it up from the inside.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', this strategy is used to destroy the planet-eating Doomsday Machine, by self-destructing a ship just as the machine swallows it.

* Invoked in Creator/DataEast's ''[[Pinball/StarTrekDataEast Star Trek]]'' pinball by shooting into the Doomsday Machine's maw.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', this can actually be a good strategy for fighting very large monsters, as they're generally not armored nearly so well on the inside as the outside! But since the stomach of a creature that regularly swallows its food whole is not exactly a hospitable place, you'd better have a lot of HP. Usually swallowed people may use only short weapons, though.
** In addition many creatures with swallow whole have multiple attacks. The end result being its stomach is less damaging then being the focus of its attacks. The most notable example being the Tarrasque. Your safer in it stomach then within arms reach of its claws.
** In the History of Ashes arc in the Pathfinder campaign setting, the players are given the quest of provoking a giant fiery sandworm into eating them and then cutting their way out to win over a xenophobic tribe of [[MagicalNativeAmerican Sclar Qua]]. ItMakesSenseInContext.
** The Purple Worm - a gargantuan purple eathwormlike creature - is the archetypical D&D monster for this trope, in that it's one of the few creatures - if not the only creature - who has both a "swallow whole" attack that doesn't incapacitate the victim and detailed rules for what happens to anyone inside the creature and how they can affect it in every edition of the game.

* Invoked in the original [[Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors film]] and the stage version of ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'', [[spoiler:after failing to destroy Audrey II from the outside, Seymour determines he has to go inside in order to kill the plant, and so he willingly goes into Audrey II's mouth, It doesn't work.]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* To defeat an early boss in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' you have to let him eat you then, uh, beat the hell out of his heart with a stick.
* God knows that it wasn't on purpose, but [[GearsOfWar Delta Squad]] makes the most out of what they get.
* The second half of the [[EldritchAbomination C'thun]] boss fight in VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft involves being swallowed by one of the boss's tentacle mouths, attacking its weakpoint inside the stomach, then getting out before taking too much damage from digestive juices.
** Not the only time WoW has invoked the Eat Me. The final quest in a Mist of Pandaria zone has the player use a large rhino-like animal to launch them a great distance into the mouth of a mountain sized bug (repeatedly) where you literally punch it to death from the inside.
* One of the quicktime sequences in ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'' involves [[spoiler:having Cerberus' middle head devour Dante in order to destroy the creature]].
* The Queen Metroid from ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}} 2''. The most common way to beat her is to be eaten by her, plant bombs in her gut... and get spit up so you can repeat the process multiple times.
** Getting eaten in morph ball form and bombing your way out is necessary to get past certain creatures in the MetroidPrime series, such as the Stone Toad and Amorbis.
** Another Queen Metroid shows up in MetroidOtherM. You eventually kill it with a Power Bomb from the inside.
* A certain maggot demon in ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 2'' is a bore to kill since it spends so much time burrowing under the ground. Get eaten, however, and Dante will burst out and destroy the creature, even if you do take damage in the process.
** EatMe can be invoked by the player against Nightmare in DMC 1. It's dangerous inside that thing, but you can get a health item by destroying the enemies inside.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'', some of the largest monsters in the game are too big for Senel to throw, so instead of throwing them, he'll invoke the trope by jumping into their mouths and pummeling them from the inside.
* In the final fight of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', [[spoiler: Batman leaps into Clayface's mouth to retrieve the cure for the sickness he and the Joker have been suffering from. He gets it, and slices his way out of Clayface with Talia's scimitar.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'', Momohime convinces the Big Oni to swallow her whole, which lets her start fighting it from inside its stomach. That doesn't necessarily discourage it from swallowing her again.
* To defeat the FinalBoss in ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'', Juliet has to trick him into swallowing her and Nick, then [[AttackItsWeakPoint destroy his heart.]]

* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' had Red Mage (unintentionally) do this at least twice.
--->'''Red Mage:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It has exposed its weak underbelly to me in the form of its digestive tract!]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', in a BadFuture conquered by superintelligent dinosaurs, Dan and Mitzi [=McNinja=] battle the Horrorsaurus. It swallows Mitzi whole, and then Dan dives in after her. While being digested in its stomach, Mitzi asks Dan why he followed her, revealing that she's decked out with explosives and got swallowed in order to kill it from within. Dan whips out his own vest of explosives, and replies, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "You didn't]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming pack enough."]]
* In ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', there is a test that require people to [[ImpossibleTask evade a White Steel Eel in very dense Shinsoo]] to get to a ball. So Baam lets himself get eaten by the hungry beast and stabs it's tongue, so that it won't attack him anymore.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', [[spoiler:Ellen Dunkel]] jumped into monster's maw and discharged [[KamehameHadoken a force blast]]. Let's just say everyone present had to bathe before debriefing.
* In [[http://thisis.delvecomic.com/NewWP/ Delve]] Bree "surrenders" to a giant white snake and allows it to swallow her, then of course cuts her way out. Later Paraxyss the naga is fighting the Jakaali king for the right to eat the main characters, eventually the Jakaali realizes that she's too tough to beat normally and tells her to [[http://thisis.delvecomic.com/NewWP/comic/indigestion/ eat him]]. But afterwards she mentions that she had [[GenreSavvy her digestive system permanently stoneskinned.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In one episode of ''UnforgottenRealms'', the group ends up having to fight an ogre. The ogre is too strong for them to hurt with anything besides poison, and it's doing more damage than they can handle. So Sir Schmoopy casts an enlarging spell on Petey the rat and tells him to swallow the rest of them in order to wait for the poison to finish the ogre.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest,'' Krysta flies into Hexus's mouth, carrying a single seed. With everyone's help, that seed sprouts into a tree in a matter of seconds, and Hexus is sealed away once again.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAntBully'' Zoc saves Lucas after he gets eaten by a frog by getting the frog to eat him while he's carrying an alka root (gives one serious gas).
* ''Series/WaltDisneyPresents'' episode "Mars and Beyond". One segment about the plant men in Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' Literature/{{Barsoom}} stories has a bird drop an egg on the plant man's head. The plant man swallows it, then a baby bird with a saw-beak cuts its way out.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "The Unexpected Pest", Sylvester forces a mouse to be chased in front of his owners to keep from being kicked out, and if he doesn't it's "down the hatch". Eventually, the mouse catches on and realizes that if something were to happen to him, Sylvester was out on the street. So he jumps into Sylvester's mouth and dares him to eat him. "Down the hatch? I dare ya! I double dare ya!" A cowed Sylvester refuses.

!!Examples of being Assimilated:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Schrodinger from ''{{Hellsing}}'' is a villain example. [[spoiler:Eating his soul (temporarily) destroys Alucard.]]
* In the Majin Buu arc of ''DragonBallZ'', the leader of the Kaioshin let Buu eat him. Absorbing his personality changed the OmnicidalManiac Evil Kid Buu into the far more affable Fat Buu.
** Also in ''Dragon Ball Z'', Vegeto lets Super Buu absorb him so he can rescue the other people who were absorbed; this turns into an entire FantasticVoyagePlot.
* Hohenheim's plan for destroying Father in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. [[spoiler:Hohenheim has spent the past three hundred years getting to know each of the 536,329 individual souls within his philosopher's stone body. When Father, the one responsible for turning them into a philosopher's stone, attempts to absorb Hohenheim's stone into himself, the souls seize their chance for vengeance and tear his body apart from the inside.]] It didn't work. Fortunately, [[spoiler:Hohenheim had a [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot backup plan...]]]]
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', Naraku feigns [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame being beaten at his own]] [[TheAssimilator game]] and lets himself be absorbed by Moryomaru when Moryomaru tries to prove that he has surpassed him. Naraku promptly regenerates inside Moryomaru, removes his core, and then assimilates him. Probably shouldn't have assimilated the guy who came up with the idea to assimilate people in the first place, Moryomaru.
* [[{{Claymore}} Clare]], mortally wounded by [[spoiler: [[BigBad Priscilla]] and [[EldritchAbomination the Destroyer]]]], allows the latter to [[spoiler: absorb her before taking over it and using it to defeat her nemesis.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Bloodstone}}'' mini-series from MarvelComics, Elsa Bloodstone's blood is fatal to vampires.
* In an ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' annual, Mojo allowed Rogue to absorb his powers and memories, knowing that she wouldn't be able to handle what she got, or to drain enough to inconvenience him before it was too much for her.

* ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'': The Oracle allows Smith to assimilate her so he'll gain her power of precognition and be set up for the final confrontation with Neo. When Oracle!Smith says "Everything that has a beginning has an end" (which the Oracle had said to Neo earlier), Neo realizes he needs to let Smith assimilate him. Neo then allows Smith to assimilate him so that Smith will die with him when the machines electrocute his real-world body.

* In the eleventh ''{{Slayers}}'' light novel (not yet translated to English, unfortunately), Aria lets the Bell-Doolgofa chimera kill her so that it will absorb her pacifism, causing it to stop fighting.
* In the Creator/BarbaraHambly novel ''Literature/ThoseWhoHuntTheNight'' (a.ka. ''Immortal Blood''), a character injects himself with a lethal dose of silver nitrate before allowing his blood to be drained by a vampire; silver being lethal to vampires in this setting.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', Granny Weatherwax is bitten by a vampire who is trying to turn her into another vampire. He is surprised to discover himself craving tea. As Granny puts it "I haven't been vampired. You've been Weatherwaxed".
* In ''ForgottenRealms / {{Planescape}}'' cycle Lost Gods the illithid god agreed to let protagonists go only for a ransom of "unique information", draining it right from the victim's mind. The bard paid, naturally, with a not-yet-performed song. By the time illithids ''across the whole Multiverse'' [[spoiler:began to rhythmically twitch]], Ilsensine decided it would be better off without this sort of "unique information".
* In ''Dark Of The Moon'', the second book of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' by PC Hodgell, Torisen does this to a [[{{Shapeshifter}} Darkling Changer]] during a blood-binding ritual. It was completely accidental on both sides: Tori didn't know that the person he thought he was performing the ritual with wasn't exactly who he looked like (if he had been the ritual would have ''merely'' created an almost-unbreakable emotional bond between the two), and the Changer didn't know that Tori was a Shanir blood-binder and that ingesting any of his blood would be fatal.
* In ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheNobleDead'', the Fay-born canine Chap's Spirit is so strong that any vampire which he allows to drink his blood will immediately perish. He twice uses this method to destroy vampires in ''Child of a Dead God'' and ''The Dog in the Dark''.
* In ''Literature/{{Hammerjack}}'''s sequel, ''Prodigal'', Avalon joins the SEF Hive and asks them to assimilate her. [[spoiler:She secretly injected herself with Ascension-grade Flash, which is incompatible with the Mons virus used to link the Hive together; trying to assimilate her creates a fatal resonance which kills every member of the Hive]].

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' introduced several instances (including Future!Janeway in the finale) involving people letting themselves be assimilated as they had anti-Borg viruses in them.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Smith and Jones", the Doctor lets an alien absorb his genetic code (by drinking his blood through a straw!) so that it will show up as non-human on the Judoon scanners.
* Inverted somewhat in ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'': The Scoobies are fighting against a demon that can possess corpses. So, Angel lets the demon enter ''his'' body and ''[[EnemyWithin Angelus]]'' destroys the intruder in a matter of seconds.
* Done another way in ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Angel is confronted by a necromancer who specializes in giving ghosts and demons a new physical body. In order to do this, the necromancer allows the ghost to pass through him first. In order to help Angel, a newly resurrected and incorporeal Spike plays FakeDefector and convinces the necromancer to put him into Angel's body. Once in the necromancer's body, Spike possesses him and stops him using his powers, letting Angel kill him easily. (The more direct approach against someone who controls corpses had not gone well for a vampire.) Though Spike keeps attacking until Angel chops his head off.
--> ''That was you hitting me?''
--> ''The last bit, yeah. Hainsley's been dead since he hit the table. Oh, come on. Had to get a few licks in, didn't I?''
* In one episode of ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'', Echo plugs herself into the neural network of a group of super-soldiers so that she can overload and control it with her many personalities.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''MagicTheGathering'' has the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=116748 Plague Sliver]]. The slivers all manifest each other's abilities; Plague Slivers are simply slivers suffering from some horrific disease that the rest of the slivers will start to manifest. In game this is crippling for sliver decks, as an opponent playing this card will basically cause your own creatures to deal damage to you.

* In an AlternateUniverse ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' story, [[spoiler: Matoro allows Makuta to absorb him, using it as an opportunity to overpower his consciousness and crush his will, thus destroying both of them.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the year 2003 goads the Groundhog's Shadow into killing him and claiming his power [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt by right of caste]]. This grants the Groundhog's Shadow all of 2003's considerable power, but also means that it will die when the year ends -- which is in twenty seconds...
** Incidentally, this would also kill the switchblade-wielding [[KillerRabbit mini-lop]] that the Shadow was bound to.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'', "DNA Doomsday", has Jonny letting the MonsterOfTheWeek absorb him while he's in Quest World in order to short-circuit it.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy The Grim Adventures of]] [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor the KND]]'', Mandy intentionally allows herself to be assimilated by the Delightful Reaper knowing she can take it over from the inside.
* Inverted in ''TheSavageDragon'', where Dragon convinces The Fiend to possess him. Once he does so, The [[EmotionEater hate-feeding]] Fiend tries to turn Dragon's great strength upon whatever Dragon hates the most, only find out that '''IT''' is the thing Dragon hates most.