Familial Cannibalism Surprise

You have bent your enemy to your will. As a show of obedience, he is now hosting you at a lavish feast in your honor. Only too late do you begin to wonder where your son is, and what exactly what is in the stew.

A Sub-Trope of I Ate WHAT?! and I'm a Humanitarian, and usually also Revenge Is a Dish Best Served.


Comic Books
  • The Punisher:
    • Psycho for Hire Barracuda recounts how an African warlord once killed his brother and had him cooked up to test his mercenaries' reactions. They all started vomiting as soon as they learned what they were eating... except Barracuda, who asked for seconds.
    • A Triad leader is unimpressed with Nicky Cavella's threats (he keeps eating during the meeting), saying he has three grown sons to take over the business even if Nicky has him killed. Nicky tells him he's eating one of them, before gunning down the other two standing behind him.
  • In The Sandman Fiddler's Green relates a version of Little Red Riding Hood in which the wolf carved up Granny and poured her blood into a wine bottle, then tricked Red into having a bite and a drink before killing her as well.

Fan Works
  • In the oneshot Cinderella Dark Fic Consumed, Cinderella enacts revenge on her abusive step-mother and step-sisters in this manner. She orders Anastasia to be assassinated, gets her fed to her mother and sister, then frames them for murder and cannibalism.

  • The Juniper Tree, a fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, tells of a Wicked Stepmother who kills her stepson, then cuts him up and serves him as a stew to her husband / the child's father.
  • Some versions of Little Red Riding Hood, see The Sandman above.

  • In The Rocky Horror Picture Show after Dr. Scott says that Eddie was his nephew Dr. Frank-N-Furter reveals that they've been eating "Eddie under glass".

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
    • The legendary Rat Cook is said to have served a prince to his father, over an unknown slight by the King.
    • In more recent times, it is implied that Lord Wyman Manderly served three Frey's as pies at the wedding of Ramsay Bolton.

Live-Action TV
  • In Game of Thrones Arya Stark kills and feeds Walder Frey's sons to him, instead of Lord Manderly being the one to do it.
  • In Gotham, Oswald Cobblepot kills Elijah's stepchildren then feeds them to her before killing her. They were using him as a servant and had poisoned his father.
  • CSI: This maybe stretching the definition of filial, but in the "Last Supper", the murderer cuts up the Victim of the Week, cooks him, and serves him to the contestants on a cooking show as a palate test. The victim had raped and murdered her sister together with his 'frat brother', who is one of the contestants. The butchering and cooking scene is an obvious tip of the hat to Titus Andronicus.

  • Classical Mythology:
    • When King Atreus of Mycenae learns that his brother Thyestes has committed adultery with Atreus's wife Aerope, he kills Thyestes' sons and has them cooked and served to their father. When Thyestes has finished his meal, Atreus reveals the truth and shows him the children's hand and feet. Then he banishes Thyestes from Mycenae for eating human flesh. This got Atreus's own bloodline cursed, resulting in, but not ending with, the Trojan War.
    • According to Greek Mythology, king Tereus raped his wife's sister, cut out her tongue, and held her captive until she managed to smuggle out a message to her sister. The sister killed their son and fed him to Tereus. Titus Andronicus borrows heavily from the story.
    • Herodotus claims that's how Cyrus the Great came to rule. His grandfather, Astyages, had a vision that his grandson will take the throne from him. He decided to kill him, but the man ordered to do so, Harpagus, disobeyed. Upon learning of it years later, Astyages killed Harpagus' son and fed the body to him. Later, when Cyrus revolted against him, he put Harpagus in charge of the army.
    • Classical Mythology inverted this when Kronos, wanting to eat his children so they couldn't overthrow him, unknowingly ate a rock disguised as the baby Zeus.
  • Norse Mythology: After King Atli has killed Gunnar and Hogni, the brothers of his wife Gudrun, he offers he will make it up to his wife by holding a funeral feast for the brothers. Gudrun cuts the throats of the two small sons she has with Atli and serves their roasted hearts to their father, together with wine mixed with the children's blood in drinking cups made from their skulls (Poetic Edda, Prose Edda, Volsunga Saga).

  • In Titus Andronicus, as revenge for the rape and mutilation of his daughter, Titus kills the sons of Tamora, Queen of the Goths, bakes them into pies and then tricks her into eating them.

Western Animation
  • In the South Park episode "Scott Tenorman Must Die", Cartman kills Scott's parents, cooks them into chili and tricks him into eating it, mocking him in an homage of Titus Andronicus.
  • A Robot Chicken sketch has a vengeful fish killing a man's wife and serving her to him.