"Some delicacies are not to be savored, save by the callous."
So a character relishes in the outcomes of their evil actions
. Maybe they stew in their own evil juices
. Perhaps they are the kind that has a menu of dastardly deeds
to choose from, or maybe they've just got a select few on speed dial to take-out
I'm hungry. We got anything eeeeeevil to eat? Yes, Reptiles Are Abhorrent
, but that's just for a pet. Or my Final Form
. There's no evil animals
? Damn, I'll have to do the next best thing: eat something that makes me
more evil for even thinking it.
Bad people thus eat the meat of exotic animals, especially those that are endangered. The concept is generally that they are so heartless, they would help a species go extinct or sink their teeth into something that's generally considered a rare beauty, when they could just as easily get some chips. Fridge Logic
issues as to how they'd know how to cook
an exotic animal they'd never tried before, or that it wouldn't taste like crap, seldom come up.
Since different cultures and ethnic groups have different food cultures
and food taboos
, this trope is often invoked in propaganda to either lampoon
Overlaps quite nicely with the Evil Poacher
, and is often the meal of the Card-Carrying Villain
. For the clothing equivalent, see Fur and Loathing
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Anime and Manga
- Played straight in Blade of the Immortal with Rin's poor dog. Shira is such a bastard.
- Occurs in Wolf's Rain when Jaguara dines on wolf meat seemingly for the sole purpose of torturing Cheza.
Films — Live Action
Live Action TV
- Angel has an episode where the villains are a club who like to dine on werewolves. Note that every werewolf is a human with a curse, and the curse dissipates (returning the werewolf to human form) when the werewolf dies.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has a character with an animal smuggling ring, whose members ate several of the animals. The first animal shown prepared definitely didn't get a Gory Discretion Shot.
- In the Red Dwarf episode "Out of Time", the crew's evil future selves use their time machine to travel through history, eating delicacies like dolphin sweetmeats and baby seal hearts with hosts such as Louis XVI and Adolph Hitler.
- The Goodies: In "Dodonuts", Bill attempts to stop Tim and Graeme from hunting and eating the last dodo.
- In the Supernatural season 9 episode "Dog Dean Afternoon", a chef has learned hoodoo, and uses it to eat animal parts and take on their powers, in an effort to stave off lung cancer. Of course, he gets eaten alive by dogs by the end of the episode.
- In the Hannibal episode "Ko No Mono", Hannibal and Will eat traditionally-prepared ortolan (a protected species of bird) while discussing their shared Humanitarian Interests.
- The Arduin Grimoire IV (The Lost Grimoire): Dirty Dorg's restaurant (a haven for evil creatures) has a menu featuring the meat of various monsters, including those of good-aligned creatures such as unicorn and hobbit.
- One old D&D supplement full of many very short adventures included one in which the source of steaks being served at a newly-popular inn turns out to be either unicorns or purple worms, depending on the DM's preferences. The latter aren't sentient, but they were "harvested" by sawing segments off the rear ends of still-living worms.
- It's not unheard of for the more extreme members of Ashwood Abbey from Hunter: The Vigil to eat, drink the blood of, or make drugs out of supernatural creatures.
- Variation: In Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, Madame Rosepettle insists on a diet of nothing but Siamese cats for Rosalinda, her silver piranha fish. She is outraged that one of her bellboys has fed a common alley cat to Rosalinda, and waves aside the objection that there were no Siamese cats in the vicinity.
- The Order of the Stick: Official banquets in the Empire of Blood include dishes such as phoenix pâté (with liver taken from the still-living bird, since phoenixes burst into flames when dying) and pegasus flank. Even though the dinner is in his honor, Elan loses his appetite very fast.
- In Ramenz mocumentary on Japanese sushi, they suggest asking the chef for "off-menu" recommendations. Then they pan across various meats on the sushi bar, some obscured with pixelation, while cutting away to photos of various protected species of animals.
- One episode of the Ace Ventura cartoon has a Villainous Glutton who is kidnapping endangered species as part of a planned seven-course meal.
- On Futurama, just to show how messed up the future is, some animals not considered food today, are eaten regularly, like parrots. Not dolphins though, since they're intelligent. Unless they blow all their money on lottery tickets, then it's OK.
- It should be noted beverages made from humans are also prominent, which shouldn't be surprising given the number of suicide booths there are. And then there's the Executive Powder.
- Of course, in the Futurama future, rats are endangered and spotted owls are pests.
- Human noses are apparently both an exotic treat and an aphrodisiac. This trope was invoked during a in-universe news report. However, it turns out that the reason why they went for the nose was because the aliens thought the noses were the genitals.
- Jackie Chan Adventures had this in the episode where the cast found the Rabbit Talisman. On an endagered Tortoise that a villain was planning to dine upon.
- The film The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists has this as a recreational hobby for all the world's leaders. Queen Victoria somewhat uses this in an Eviler Than Thou speech aimed at the Pirate Captain.
- One villain in The Secret Saturdays only wants to eat cryptids.
- Another minor character ate panda dumplings.
- In The Legend of Korra, it is rumored that the Earth Queen had her father's pet bear cooked and served as a meal. On the other hand, it's known that she eats baby Sky Bison. The fact that they're also endangered just compounds it.
- The Tick averted this by refusing to eat a kitten when he was trying to pass as a villain.