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%% Admin Note: Do not replace the line from the Aerosmith song here again. It has nothing to do with the trope, which is the stock phrase used to demonize the well-off.
-> ''"When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich."''
--> -- '''Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau'''
%% Admin Note: Do not replace the line from the Aerosmith song here again. It has nothing to do with the trope, which is the stock phrase used to demonize the well-off.

A StockPhrase and concept used to encourage the vilification of [[AcceptableTargets rich people]].

Frequently, the phrase is used to metaphorically advocate a class uprising or revolt among the lower and working classes against those viewed as {{Upper Class Twit}}s and {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s--the Have Nots taking from the Haves. Occasionally, that metaphor is accompanied by language and imagery that [[LiteralMetaphor literally]] suggests [[ImAHumanitarian eating the rich]].

Contrast: KillThePoor and NoPoverty.


[[folder: Film]]
* The [[BritCom British]] BlackComedy ''Eat the Rich'' from [[Series/TheComicStripPresents The Comic Strip]] comedy troupe is about a waiter at an exclusive, high-class restaurant who, no longer willing to put up with the disgust and contempt of the upper class, begins [[ExaggeratedTrope serving minced rich people]] with a side of chips to ''other'' rich people at the restaurant.
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Film/LandOfTheDead''. Creator/GeorgeARomero's zombie flicks tend to have an underlying social message, and in the case of this film, it concerns how the wealthy poorly treat the lower classes. When the flesh-eating undead horde siege the Fiddler's Green colony, although both rich and poor die in the onslaught, the more intelligent zombies' main targets are the upper-class establishment. Once they're wiped out the zombies withdraw, and the class system ceases to exist. It's revealed afterward that the majority of Fiddler's Green other residents have survived the zombie attack.
* The premise of the horror film ''Eat the Rich: The Cannibal Murders''.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[GeniusBruiser Bane]] manipulates many of Gotham's citizens into rioting against the city's upper class and remaining authority figures, causing chaos [[spoiler:to distract from Talia's plan to [[NukeEm nuke the city]].]] There is even a KangarooCourt where said targets of the rioting populace are considered guilty by default and get to choose one of two punishments: Exile, or death [[spoiler: by exile.]]
* In John Waters' ''Film/DesperateLiving'', the evil Queen Carlotta (Edith Massey) ends up cooked and eaten by her subjects.
* In ''Film/RampageCapitalPunishment'' Bill Williamson sends out a nationwide broadcast raving, "We need to kill the rich. You get out there, you use your weapons, you rip Washington apart, you hunt down the billionaires, the bank bosses, the CEO's, the scumbags and the liars, the governors, the lobbies, the senators!"

[[folder: Literature]]
* Political satirist and journalist P.J. O'Rourke published the book ''Eat The Rich: A Treatise On Economics''. The last chapter, titled "[[TitleDrop Eat the Rich]]," praises capitalism as "the worst economic system anyone ever invented, [[OverwhelmingException except for all the others]]."
* One of the phrases used on the 'We Want What You Have' blog in ''Literature/{{Capital}}''.
* In ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'', humanity in the distant future has "evolved" into two human subspecies: The Eloi, who are descendants of the wealthy elite, and the monstrous, subterranean Morlocks, who are descendants of the working class who now prey on the Eloi.
* In one story of ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' a bunch of celebrities lock themselves in a well-armed and supplied compound during the outbreak. It falls not to zombies, [[spoiler: but to the starving masses]].
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books, Pierre, the head of the People's Republic of Haven, does this three times. First, he confiscates the wealth of the Legislaturists -- the previous ruling class -- but it's not anywhere enough money to fund Haven's social welfare system and solve its financial problems. Then he gives the Legislaturists show trials and executes them, which only makes the mob hungry for more blood. So he unleashes Haven's navy on the Star Kingdom of Manticore, an enormously wealthy neighbour, in order to solve both his financial and the bloodthirsty populace's problems. [[spoiler: This sets off a chain of events that results in his own death and brings the People's Republic within weeks of total collapse. Though other things he does do result in improvements in Haven's economy and society, long term.]]
* ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'': In one short stored named ''Comrade Bingo'', one of Bertie's IdleRich friends is in love with the daughter of a communist revolutionary. He disguises himself and gives speeches with a very Eat the Rich bent to them:
--> '''Bingo:''' “And the fat one!” proceeded the chappie. “Don’t miss him. Do you know who that is? That’s Lord Bittlesham! One of the worst. What has he ever done except eat four square meals a day? His god is his belly, and he sacrifices burnt-offerings to it till his eyes bubble. If you opened that man now you would find enough lunch to support ten working-class families for a week.”

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* The New Zealand show ''Series/TheTribe'' sees The Locos wear jackets with the slogan "STAY WARM BURN THE RICH" on the back of them while under the Zoot regime.
* The spirit of the trope is very much alive in ''Series/GameOfThrones,'' in which the famine-stricken poor of King's Landing riot against the aristocracy. While they are not actually shown eating anyone onscreen, the line in the book that the crowd "tore the High Septon limb from limb" was taken very literally on the television show, looking like something out of a ZombieApocalypse.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': In Season 2, [[SinisterMinister Sebastian Blood]] seems to be spouting this as part of his rhetoric to the masses, using [[spoiler: the destruction of the Glades]] by [[VisionaryVillain Malcolm Merlyn]] at the end of Season 1 as justification.
* Mentioned by name in an episode of ''Series/{{Gotham}}''; a SerialKiller known as "the Goat" kills the social elite with decades in between rampages, and it turns out that [[spoiler: a psychotherapist has been hypnotising and brainwashing her clients into doing it. When confronted with this, she explains that the old belief that people can't be hypnotised into doing something they don't want to do is true, and that her plan only worked because, deep down, people really do want to "eat the rich"]].
* Subverted in season 2 of ''Series/IZombie'', regarding the Chaos Killer. Ostensibly a SerialKiller inspired by the "Occupy" movement who is targeting Seattle's wealthy, he's actually Major going after the city's zombie population, having been coerced into becoming a zombie hunter by the energy drink company Max Rager, who wants to keep [[TheVirus one of the side effects]] of their flagship product under control. The idea of a radical leftist kidnapping and murdering these people helps to throw off suspicion from the real culprits.

[[folder: Music]]
* Music/{{Aerosmith}} recorded a song titled "Eat the Rich" for their 1993 LP ''Get a Grip''. It quickly became a crowd favorite at live concerts.
* The [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Motörhead]] song "Eat the Rich" was written as the title track for the film of the same name (See See [[AC:{{Film}}]], above), which also featured [[FaceOfTheBand Lemmy]] in a supporting role. However, the song's lyrics are actually a thinly veiled reference to a certain sex act. The song is mostly remembered for its chorus.
--> ''C'mon baby, eat the rich,''
--> ''Put the bite on that son of a bitch!''
* "Eat the Rich" is also the title of a song by metal band Krokus about a homeless man who is sick of being abused and seeks to take his aggression out on people who have more than he does.
* In the Music/BadReligion song "I Want to Conquer the World", one of the things the singer says he'll do to establish his utopia is "expose the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporates]] and feed them to the children."
* Swedish band First Floor Power's "Eat The Rich" suggests that you "make sure to cook them first - they're dry."
* The German rap formation Music/{{KIZ}} has a song called "Ich esse Reiche" - "I eat rich people":
--> ''Zeig mir dein Alarmsystem auf MTV Cribs''
--> ''Und beim nächsten Abendessen sind deine Kinder die Ribs!''
* Music/BlackSabbath (performing under the name Heaven & Hell) allude to this in a song called "Eating The Cannibals."
--> ''Taking till you've got no more to give''
--> ''Building boxes where you used to live''
--> ''The word out on the street is no delay''
--> ''Do it today!''
--> ''Come to the meeting''
--> ''It's true that we're eating the cannibals!''
--> ''...''
--> ''Come on in, we love our clientele''
--> ''You're here to taste revenge, and so you shall''
--> ''It's been raised upon your body and your bones''
--> ''But now you're not alone!''

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* In one Sunday strip of ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', Donald Trump at one point mused on the greatness of America since it helped him become wealthy. He starts bragging about his wealth to one of the main cast members, Ronald-Ann, a poor girl who lives on the wrong side of the tracks. The strip ends with Trump remarking that it's amazing that people like her haven't risen up and eaten people like him already. To which Ronald-Ann's headless doll replies, "Yet."

[[folder: Other]]
* Guerrilla street artist Creator/{{Banksy}} used the phrase in one of his works [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3440/3965058479_9ac1fbedf5_z.jpg with his own humorous slant]].
* The UK-based clothing label Eat the Rich prides itself on producing "sweatshop-free" T-shirts while promoting a vegetarian lifestyle, including some shirts with the message, "Meat sucks, [[HypocriticalHumor eat the rich]]."
* An anonymous quip: "Eat the rich. The poor are tough and stringy."

[[folder: Print Media]]
* Paris Hilton, of all people, posed in a {{Stripperific}} bikini emblazoned with the words "EAT THE RICH" in a photoshoot for ''Rolling Stone'' magazine's 2006 Hot List.
** It has been suggested that she used 'eat' in a specific [[EroticEating meaning]].

[[folder: Theater]]
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': During the song "A Little Priest", Sweeney Todd briefly considers [[ImAHumanitarian exclusively serving the upper classes]] in Mrs. Lovett's pie shop before discarding the idea as "discriminating".

[[folder: Video Games]]
* From 2006 to 2008, there was a zombie group called "Eat The Rich" in ''VideoGame/UrbanDead''. They only attacked mansions, malls, banks and office buildings.
* In ''VideoGame/AmnesiaAMachineForPigs'', [[spoiler: although Mandus and the Engineer initially [[KillThePoor focus their murderous intentions on the lower class]], they still [[MisanthropeSupreme hate the rich with equal fervor]], and once their diabolical machine is ready, Mandus turns his attention to abducting wealthy guests at his mansion and transporting them to the machine [[ImAHumanitarian to be turned into food for the next batch of guests]].]]

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' has Mr Ishiguro trying to explain the problem to [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr Kornada]]:
-->'''Ishiguro:''' It's okay to have steak when there's a chicken in every pot. But if you're eating steak and the majority of people have nothing, it doesn't take long for you to look like a chicken.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* One of Creator/AdultSwim's bumpers for ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' has Bob and Gene singing a song about rising up against the rich.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Reportedly one of the worst horrors of China's UsefulNotes/CulturalRevolution. According to Zheng Yi's book "Scarlet Memorial," members of the Red Guard and general public in Guangxi are reported to have killed, divvied up, and publicly eaten over a hundred former landlords, "intellectuals" (e.g. school teachers), other "counter-revolutionaries" and their descendants as a show of loyalty to Mao and his ideals, with the backing of the local (but not national) Party. Bodies were split up and served to the community to partake of en masse, and the murderers were often people close to the victims who were making a show of their revolutionary fervor. [[FridgeHorror Many of the former revolutionaries are still in power to this day]]. Virtually the same types of purges would play out in Cambodia, Vietnam, and North Korea when Communists gained control of those countries.
* This trope served as a metaphor for the Communists' [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober October Revolution in Russia]] and the temporary upswing in public support the Bolsheviks gained in the cities prior to the general election and the outbreak of the Civil War [[note]] In which they secured some 24% of the total vote, including virtually the entire urban vote. They did this by promising to relieve the famines in St Petersburg and Moscow. These had occured in the winter of 1916-17 because the country's village-communes had stopped producing or selling as much grain: the total mobilisation of industry for war-production meant there was nothing left that they wanted to buy, and the value of money steadily decreased thanks to the wartime economic boom and the government's inflationary policies. For a time the Bolsheviks were able to marginally improve the food-situation in the two major cities by pillaging the nearby countryside for food and leaving the survivors to die, but after a while their raiding parties had to go further and further afield and the supplies they brought in were no longer enough to keep everyone in the cities alive. Although the rapacious raiding marked the end of the peasants' ambivalence to the Bolsheviks and the return of starvation ended cityfolk's willing support for them as well, they were quite ruthless in using their powers of life-and-death (through the insufficient rations they dealt out) over the starving urban proletariat to consolidate their control over the country [[/note]]. The sheer mind-blowing incompetence of the nobility in their management of and interference in the war effort, the sickening war-profiteering and conspicuous consumption (even during the winter of 1916-17!) of the captains of industry after total economic mobilisation in 1915-16, and the bureaucratic nightmare of the Russian state meant that many quite rightly blamed the upper-classes for the country's plight and so inspired 60% of the entire country to vote for the Socialist Revolutionary Party (which promised a socialist democracy) and a further 24% to vote for the Communist Party (which [[BlatantLies promised a communist democracy]]). The Bolsheviks refused to accept their loss, and shut down the assembly elected when it tried to meet.
* A [[RealityIsUnrealistic bizarre]] 1870 case of mass hysteria (he relayed bad news and was accused of being a Prussian spy) ended with an aristocrat, Alain de [[PunnyName Monéys]], being burnt ''[[NightmareFuel alive]]'' by the villagers of Hautefaye, France who, allegedly, used the resulting fat drippings in cooking. Unruly French peasants reportedly also roasted an aristocrat in the Jacquerie peasant uprising during UsefulNotes/TheHundredYearsWar and fed him to his family.
* UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution being inspired and prophesied by Rousseau was entirely driven by this mentality. During the Great Fear after the fall of the Bastille, across France several people marched into châteaux, seized weapons, killed aristocrats, beheading them and [[DeadGuyOnDisplay putting it on a pike]] which they carried with them. Images of mobs carrying pikes with heads became an iconic part of the revolution. Most of those heads were aristocrats, soldiers and in one famously appalling incident, UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette's confidante and friend, the Princesse de Lamballe.
** One grotesque case is that of the tax minister Foullon, notoriously unpopular and severe. There was a rumour where he was supposed to have suggested that "the poor eat hay" if they are starving. The poor ''were'' starving. When the mob got hold of him, they dragged him to Paris with his mouth stuffed with hay, and then they cut off his head and put it on a stick. Then they killed and beheaded his son-in-law too and made his head "Kiss Daddy!"
** The ReignOfTerror often has this reputation, seen as the blade that would fall under the necks of the rich. In actual fact, the final tally of victims of 17,000 people by Guillotine after a trial in the year 1793-1794 features only 8% of the victims being aristocrats (who considering they were 1% of the population did feel a disproportionate impact) with 25% of the victims being bourgeois and middle-class, 28% were peasants and working-class and the rest were clergy. During the final month, the period of the "Great Terror" after the Law of 22 Prarial, [[AxCrazy where 1,000 people were executed in a single month]] ([[UpToEleven matching the executions in Paris the previous year]]), the victims became 38% Nobility, 26% Clergy, with [[EatTheRich the wealthy victims]] discriminated against since the law deprived them of a [[KangarooCourt right to call for witnesses, legal representatives or evidence]] by which according to Georges Couthon ([[HangingJudge who drafted the law to the Convention]]), wealthier accused escaped the blade before. This eventually led to the Thermidorian Reaction and the end of Terror.
* The New York Draft Riots of 1863 were sparked by the outrage of wealthy young men being able to buy their way out of being drafted into the American Civil War, while the poor had no way out. Poor rioters targeted anyone on the street in wealthy-looking clothing, killing them in many cases. Unfortunately blacks were also targeted, as the poor Irish immigrant participants also resented them for being exempted from the draft.