->At an eating contest you boast\\
That you can eat the most\\
How do you down your fiftieth piece of pie?\\
Eagerly ''(ugh!)'', eagerly ''(yech!)'', Eager L.Y.
-->'''-- Music/TomLehrer''', ''[[Series/TheElectricCompany1971 L-Y]]''

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, two characters, one of them possibly being a BigEater, engage in this type of contest, where they try to outeat each other with as much food as possible. Often, the Big Eater will come out as the victor, while the other loses by becoming full too fast, sometimes ending up with a BalloonBelly.

There are also some cases where both characters will lose in the midst of the contest, by also gaining the aforementioned Balloon Belly. Also, after the Big Eater wins, sometimes he'll ask, [[IllTakeTwoBeersToo "What's for dessert?"]] or show signs that he's still hungry.

See also MegaMealChallenge. [[InvertedTrope Contrast]] CookingDuel, although they may go hand-in-hand. Compare DrinkingContest, or may be paired with a DrinkingContest.


[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* JP and Zoe engaged in one of these in episode 17 of ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''. Too bad that JP was the one who ended up with the BalloonBelly in the middle of it, while [[BigEater Zoe]] just kept on eating the food that came her way. Takuya and Koji even [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] it with the following dialogue in the English dub:
--> '''Takuya''': Zoe ate all that!?!? Where does she put it all?
--> '''Koji''': Well, she is a growing girl.
* The Picollet family of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' practices Martial Arts Dining as one of the series' many MartialArtsAndCrafts, with the goal not being to see who can eat the most, but who can eat the fastest, an area where the Picollets have a rather disturbing hereditary advantage. Additionally, Martial Arts Dining requires that one eats "elegantly", where "eating elegantly" means "chewing and swallowing so fast that it can't be seen by the unaided human eye". The only way to win against a Picollet is to shove your own food into the Picollet's mouth without him noticing.
* Maid Latte puts on an eating contest in ''Manga/MaidSama'', with SupremeChef Usui making the dishes, as a means of showcasing their dessert menu; Misaki participates in disguise as a favor to her co-worker Erika, who carelessly promised one of her regular customers that she'd go out on an all-day date with him if he won the contest. They both lose to [[BigEater bottomless pit]] Hinata.
* Fuu enters an eating contest in one episode of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''. This earned her a surprising reputation as the BigEater. However, she ended up losing because she accidentally made the hand signal for "I give up" while trying to kill a fly that had been bothering her.
* In ''Manga/SketDance'', there is a chapter dealing with a ramen shop where the arrogant owner challenges the customers to ''completely'' eat his Biggest Damn Ramen (''7 kg!'') for a prize.
* One episode of ''Anime/MagicalPlay'' involves Zucchini setting up an eating contest after overhearing Myumyu mention she's trying to keep her figure. Knowing how competitive she is, he figures she won't be able to resist, but doesn't count on her simply feeding all the food to her cats, who also function as her [[{{Stripperiffic}} outfit]]. In the end, she wins, but when she stands up to accept her prize, her cats are too bloated to stay attached to her and fall, leaving her completely naked.
* Lina and Gourry got into one in the fourth season of ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}''. The loser (The one to eat the least amount of food) had to pick up the check.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' and Sasuke once compete by having an EatingContest, finish at the same time and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny promptly throw up]].
** There's an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwtMkn2XKdY anime omake]] where Naruto and some of his classmates compete in a ramen eating contest. The winner? [[spoiler:''Hinata.'']]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': In Chapter 521, Ichigo and Renji's rivalry at dinner time very briefly spills over into an eating competition until they're interrupted by their host.
* In ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', some teams go out to eat [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakiniku yakiniku]] (Japanese barbeque) after the Seigaku/Hyoutei matches. Being teenagers ''and'' rather hungry after such a deal, they start getting competitive and end up staging this. HilarityEnsues.

[[folder: ComicBooks]]
* An Franchise/ArchieComics story had [[BigEater Jughead]] compete against a member of a rival gang in a hamburger-eating contest at Pop's chocolate shop. [[spoiler:Jughead won in the end, because no other BigEater could quite match up to Jughead's style]].
* In the old Polish comic ''Literature/KoziolekMatolek'', the titular goat encounters some indians, and after being challenged to a duel by their chief, the goat picks the competition to be eating grass. The chief eats until he explodes.
* In a Gold Key ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' comic book story, Bugs Bunny entered the Tasmanian Devil into an eating contest for a cash prize. While the Tasmanian Devil won the contest when his opponent couldn't eat another bite, his appetite got so out of control that he made his way into a restaurant to satisfy himself. Meanwhile, the loser decided to rig up a pressure cooker and turn it into a bomb, so when Bugs and Porky Pig find out about it, Bugs had the pressure cooker disguised as a cake so he could feed it to the Tasmanian Devil, who acted as a living bomb disposal unit. While Bugs got the cash reward for Taz winning the contest, he also had to pay off the restaurant, which left him with only enough money to buy an after-dinner mint for Taz, which he refused, saying that he needs to watch his figure.

* ''FanFic/ProjectDelta'' has Fel (an old krogan warrior) on one side, and Jane (an augmented biotic who needs a lot of calories) on the other. It tends to end with the food running out.

* In the live-action ''Film/{{Underdog}}'' film, one of the scenes shown during Shoeshine/Underdog's bouts of crimefighting showed him in a hot dog-eating contest with a fat guy. Underdog beats him before the fat man could even get a bite.
* Timon and Simba both competed in a bug-eating contest in ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf''.
* Inverted in ''Film/StandByMe'', where Gordie tells a story he made up about a kid entering an eating contest just for the chance to drag his entire town into a [[VomitChainReaction mass vomit-chain]] as revenge for treating him as the ButtMonkey for years.
* George and Beethoven enter a hamburger-eating contest at the county fair in the second ''Film/{{Beethoven}}'' film. They won by only three burgers remaining.
* ''Mr Woodcock'' has this.
* ''Film/{{Meatballs}}'' has a hot-dog eating contest as part of the competition between the two camps.

* A fairly common competitive sport, albeit one forbidden by orthodoxy, in the TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture {{Dystopia}} ''ThinnerThanThou''. One of the protagonists is even a semi-professional participant.
* The ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' short story "Too Rich for My Blood" by Rebecca Levine (in the collection ''Short Trips: Seven Deadly Sins'', representing Gluttony) is set at a hot dog eating contest in Las Vegas. One of the contestants has been doped with an alien serum to increase his appetite. When they run out of hot dogs, [[ImAHumanitarian he starts on the other competitors]]. [[ZombieApocalypse And then it goes viral...]]
* In ''ClarenceGoesToTown'', Clarence, a realistically portrayed dog, is in a quiz-and-stunt contest with a bunch of humans. One of the stunts is a pie-eating contest. The show runners decide that, since pie isn't good for dogs, Clarence's pie is substituted with a half pound of raw hamburger.
* ''Poison Eaters and Other Stories'' by Holly Black contains a short story ''A Reversal of Fortune''. It revolves around an eating contest. The man cuts a hole in his stomach to make room to eat. However, Nikki wins by eating some of the candy removed from the man's stomach.
* Creator/StephenKing uses this one in his story "The Body" (made into a film under the title ''Film/StandByMe'', see Film section).
* Damon Runyon's short story ''A Piece of Pie'' has one between Joel Duffle and Violette Shumberger.

[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
* A variation of this appears in the episode "True Dromance" of ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'', the guys go to Rancho Cucapizza and enter in a contest to eat a huge pizza (a Humonga Cucamonga) the fastest. They have the genius idea of burning their tongues with red hot spoons first so they don't have to worry about the hot pizza. Yet they win, and in a moment of friendship, give the prize of free pizza for a year to Karl, convincing him to stay in town and be their drug dealer again.
* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had a man who died from an over-expanded stomach in the midst of an eating contest, because his brain could not process 'full' signals from his stomach. This happened because the person who cared for him was a {{Jerkass}} who wanted to use him to win the contest.
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'': Drew enters a pie-eating contest at a county fair and beats the reigning champion, a pig.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': When Bobby gets envious of the other Brady kids for all having trophies except him, he enters an ice cream eating contest on TV. He loses.
* In an episode of ''Series/MrBelvedere'', George (at Belvedere's suggestion) wins the respect of some tough truckers in such a contest. (To his regret, his opponent gets "choice of weapon" and chooses beans.)
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': When the family discovers that the neighborhood has a block party whenever they leave, Hal and Lois decide to show them up by winning the kielbasa eating contest.
* In ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Kenneth entered a pig-eating contest to win money to leave for New York to start his dreams. Turns out his pig was his old childhood pet Harold.
--> '''Kenneth''': I ate all of him. Even the face in case of a tie. I ate my father-pig!
* An episode of ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' featured this. The food in question was [[{{Squick}} butter]].
* On ''Series/YesDear'', Greg mentions in one episode that he and Jimmy once had a contest to see who could eat the most butter.
* The Australian anthology series ''Swap Shop'' once had a story about an eating contest in which two Big Eaters competed to see who could eat a whole cow (converted into meat pies) the quickest. The local champion gained an early lead, but stopped before eating the last of his pies, giving the challenger a chance to catch up and then to win. When his friends asked him later why he'd stopped, he explained that he'd misunderstood and thought the pies were just an appetiser: he'd foregone the last pie because he wanted to leave room for the cow.
* Has happened occasionally in the reality show ''Series/ManVFood''.
* Jim and Andy from ''Series/AccordingToJim'' once participate in a hot dog speed-eating contest for the prize of being the spokesperson in a local commercial sponsored by the company of said hot dog product. Too bad for them they both lose... to a woman with smaller body. Jim's so unhappy about this that he challenges her to another speed-eating contest.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' had an episode where the victim was a competitive eater.
* In the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "The One With The Lottery", Monica reveals she's not won anything since she was in sixth grade.
-->'''Chandler''': Pie-eating contest?\\
'''Monica''': You ''assume'' that because I was heavy, that's the only way I could win something?\\
'''Chandler''': No, I saw the picture of you covered in blueberries.

[[folder: {{Mythology}}]]
* [[Myth/NorseMythology Loki]] competes in an eating contest when he and Thor journey to the home of Utgarda-Loki. He loses to a personification of fire.

[[folder: NewspaperComics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
** One strip had Garfield and Jon have a popcorn-eating contest together. However, Garfield won unfairly by eating both bowls of popcorn instead of one kernel at a time like Jon did. Another strip had Garfield and Jon have a hot pepper-eating contest to see who would endure the hotness of each different pepper they ate. Garfield lost in the end when he ate a Peruvian Death Pepper.
** Another strip had them seeing who could eat swallow bigger sized foods whole starting with a grape. Eventually Jon got a turkey stuck in his mouth and Garfield got his head stuck in a watermelon causing them both to have to go the doctor.
* One ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' strip had April, Becky, Duncan and Gerald watch "The World Championship Extreme Eating Contest" on TV, while an observing Elly sadly contemplates "...And half of the world goes hungry."
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''
** In the strip [[http://www.foxtrot.com/2016/07/03/competitive-eating/ seen here]], Peter and Jason have a hotdog eating contest, but ''not'' to see who can eat ''more''.
** On one Thanksgiving, Jason bets Peter a dollar he can eat more than him. He eats two helpings and calls it quits; Peter eats 27 platefuls before even checking the score, eventually passing out without closing his eyes. [[PyrrhicVictory (Meaning Jason loses, but how else could he have had so much fun for a dollar?)]]

[[folder: {{Tabletop Role Playing Game}}s]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', this is a form of DuelToTheDeath between ogres: The winner gets to eat the loser. The ogres will gladly take similar challenges from non-ogres, except trolls, whose HollywoodAcid digestive system is a GameBreaker even by ogre standards.
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the Space Wolves Primarch, Leman Russ, went into an eating contest against the Emperor when they first met. [[spoiler:He WON. Empy only got his allegiance by challenging him to a proper fight and winning.]]

[[folder: VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' has the Gourmet Race, with Kirby and King Dedede racing to see who can eat the most food while still reaching the finish line first. It's ''both'' an eating contest and a race.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' has two of these as {{Mini Game}}s: a bread-eating contest in Loire Castle, and a noodle-eating contest in Neotokio.
* The NES game ''VideoGame/YoNoid'' has a bonus round with - what else? - a pizza eating contest.

[[folder: WebComics]]
* In ''Webcomic/MenInHats'', Aram enters a [[http://www.meninhats.com/d/20030905.html taco eating contest]] to compensate for his lack of real emotions so he can have something to write in his diary.
* In [[Webcomic/OutAtHome Out at Home]], Thurman [[http://www.out-at-home.com/archives/425 enters one]] as part of a story arc.

[[folder: WebOriginal]]
* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse story "Parents' Day", Tennyo's family comes to see her, and she ends up in an eating contest against her mother (both her parents are mutants too - so are her brothers).

[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' had Jon and Garfield go to an authentic Chinese restaurant while visiting China. While there, the owner tells them the story of how thousands of years ago, a cat similar to Garfield [[BatmanGambit outwitted the dragon]] out of all the food that he stole by bullying the villagers by challenging him to an eating contest. When the dragon discovers that he had been tricked out of all the food he acquired, he then chases the cat clear across China, making it sort of a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. When the story is finished, the owner then warns Jon that if an orange cat with black stripes (referring to Garfield) should ever eat too much whilst in China, the dragon will return and exact his revenge. However, much to the horror of both Jon and the restaurant owner, Garfield had already eaten all of the food that was in the restaurant while the owner was telling the story, [[BrokenAesop claiming it to be a long fable]], so he and Jon leave afterward.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E17MaximumHomerdrive Maximum Homerdrive]]," Homer gets in an eating contest with a trucker named Red, who dies right after beating Homer by finishing a 16-pound steak first. Just before the contest Red had eaten an entire lamb. Before the contest, Red and Tony Randall had been the only two people ever to complete the challenge.
* [[BigEater Coop]] in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' competes in these, and has three championship crowns from the "Lord of the Large Pants" eating contest.
* On ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', Arnold competes in one in the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin appropriately titled]] episode "Eating Contest".
* A RippedFromTheHeadlines episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' featured a hot-dog eating contest where Dale shows up Bill by double-fisting the hot dogs, but losing in the end to a skinny Asian speed-eater.
* In the first half of the [[TwoPartEpisode two part]] first SeasonFinale of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Jackie and his friends have to compete in a pie eating contest to find the tiger talisman hidden inside one of the pies. Jackie stabs through his pies with a fork without eating them. Jade eats through her pies as quick as she can. Tohru eats through his pies much quicker, shoving them whole into his mouth before chewing. The talisman is of course found by the only other contestant, an old man still working his way through his first pie at a snail's pace.
* A ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon had Popeye challenge Wimpy to a duel and Wimpy chooses an eating contest, which he wins easily.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'' episode “Corndog Day Afternoon”, Holger and Steve have one to see who wins Greta's hand. It just ends with her being grossed out and leaving both of them be.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' (2008) In "Larry of the Jungle" George has a pie eating contest against some yetis and wins. Unfortunately, he throws up after the suggestion that everyone go out to dinner to celebrate.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' episode "Chow Down", it's discovered that Yumi is quite the BigEater. Kaz tries to capitalize on this by entering her in an eating contest hoping to win some cash, but she ends up losing miserably. Ami and Kaz are baffled by this, since she was able to eat so much before. Eventually Ami discovers the secret: Yumi can only eat like a black hole when she's extremely bored.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' episode "Dog's Strange Condition" begins with Dog effortlessly winning a local pecan pie eating contest. The titular condition is his resulting "Pecanitis," which causes a pecan tree to grow out of his head.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "What's Eating Patrick" has Patrick training to compete in the Krusty Krab eating contest to beat Oswald [=McNulty=] who had won the previous years.

[[folder: RealLife]]
* This trope can range from professional competitions (for the money!) and ''Series/ManVFood'' to informal college and high school contests.
* The Coney Island Forth of July Hot Dog eating contest is a [[BigApplesauce well-known New York City tradition.]]