"PLEASE STOP FEEDING ME!"
Exactly What It Says on the Tin
. Sometimes considered an example of Cold-Blooded Torture
. Can be played for laughs.
A person is restrained and possibly put into a straitjacket, or strapped to a chair. A funnel/tube may be put in their mouth and something like raw eggs mixed with milk or some other yucky mess is forced down the victim's throat into their stomach. Sometimes, there is no physical force involved at all because in that particular case, threats are just as effective. May cause Nausea Fuel
, for both the person being force-fed and for people actually watching it happen. And, of course, Nightmare Fuel
should not be ruled out ... nor should Fetish Fuel
Note that an Orifice Invasion
through the mouth is a different thing. And then there's the exact opposite, starvation
. Many times this can work in tandem (starvation for a week, then force fed several times a day for a week). May be used if prisoners attempt a hunger strike
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Anime and Manga
- Nodame Cantabile: Chiaki gets frustrated with Nodame and tries to force-feed her mushroom and cheese risotto after she lies and tells him that she has no appetite, even though she is actually very hungry.
- The end of Umineko EP2 (Turn of the Golden Witch) has a scene in which Rosa is force fed the remains of her siblings.
- Episode 2 of Cowboy Bebop: the Mark of the week, Hakim, repays being bumped by a passing drunk by crushing a cockroach, placing it in a glass, and forcing him to drink it.
- A particularly scary version of this occurs in the anime Narutaru, which is pretty much a horror show all on its own. A girl named Hiroko is frequently harassed by a trio of cruel bullies (and a reluctant one) and on one occasion is forced to ingest a bunch of worms from inside a test-tube which she quickly vomits back up.
- In the manga Hiroko is only scared into swallowing one worm, but not actually force fed it. A straight example occurs later in the revenge when Hiroko's Dragon, Oni, grabs Aki Honda (the bully leader) by the head; palm facing her mouth and starts producing worms that she has to swallow until her stomach bulges visibly. Then he rapes and kills her. *Shudders*
- Played for laughs in Ranma 1/2 where Ranma comes up with a martial arts technique that involves force feeding everyone else the food on his plate (It Makes Sense in Context).
- Then there was the time that Happosai was injured to the point of having a full bodycast. Naturally, Ranma Saotome snatches up the golden opportunity to dish out a little pay-back. So what does he do? He force-feeds him Akane Tendo's cooking. Now that's just cruel...
- Also played for laughs in Mahou Sensei Negima!, when the girls "interrogate" Ku Fei.
- And earlier when Asuna force-feeds Negi the Love Potion he made for her. Unfortunately, it was an area-effect potion centered on the drinker...
- In chapter 6 of Sakura Gari Sakurako tries to literally force a tied-up Tagami to eat some of the food she made for him. He's reluctant to do so because the last time she fed him something, she had secretly snuck in some glass. This time the food has nothing, but Sakurako is still pretty scary.
- Ren from Skip Beat! tends to forget to eat since he was often force-fed as a child by his Beloved Smother to the point that he was unable to breathe.
- In One Piece, Luffy flicks his booger into Zoro's drink as a prank, only for Zoro to spot it at the last second. He irately forces the drink down Luffy's throat.
- In Arakawa Under the Bridge this is Nino's idea of hospitality.
- In one of the Galaxy Express 999 movies, Captain Harlock forces a mechanised thug to down a pint of mink.
- In Angel Sanctuary Rosiel force feeds Katan one of his undeath-granting feathers to keep him alive.
- When we see Mozgus's torture chamber in Berserk, one of the victims is having salt walter poured down her throat with a funnel, a real life torture method.
- Mentioned, but not used in Oniisama e.... Nanako learns about Mariko's hunger strike when speaking to the latter's mother, who tells her that her daughter has been refusing to eat for days and she was atually planning to force-feed her. it doesn't happen since by that point Mariko has been hospitalised due to her self-inflicted malnourishment.
- In Pandora Hearts, Leo force-feeds a semiconscious Elliot blood from the chain Humpty Dumpty when the latter is mortally wounded by it while trying to protect the former. The blood erases his memories and the wounds from the incident but also makes him one of the illegal contractors of Humpty Dumpty. Then, when Elliot gets his memories back in the headhunter arc, the wounds reappear as well, forcing him into his Heroic Sacrifice. Leo is so torn up about the consequences of his actions that he pulls a Face-Heel Turn and basically stops caring about anything aside from fulfilling his duties as the next host of Glen Baskerville.
- This trope is used in the 1962 Mexican movie Caperucita y Pulgarcito contra los monstruos. Former villains Wolf and Ogre are tormented using the water torture described in the Real Life section (played for laughs).
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom has Indy force-fed human blood in a ritual.
- Plays a part in the movie Iron Jawed Angels, as the women are all suffragists whose lobbying tactics get them thrown in prison, and once they go on a hunger strike for their cause, they are viciously force-fed raw eggs.
- The Jungle Book: A humorous example occurs when King Louie holds Mowgli's mouth open to feed him a banana.
- Matilda: Involves a overweight kid who is forced to eat chocolate cake, as punishment for supposedly stealing Miss Trunchbull's cake, while Miss Trunchbull watches. In other words, he is not allowed to stop eating until he has finished the whole cake. The cake measured between 18-24" in diameter with three layers of cake, so standing between 6-8" highnote . To add insult to injury, Miss Trunchbull announces that the cook who baked the cake, "baked her sweat and blood into the cake'', and the children don't realise it's a figure of speech. He manages to eat the whole thing, but not before looking incredibly sick.
- In the original book, however, he goes at that cake with gusto. By the end of it, he's so high on his own victory (not to mention copious amounts of chocolate) that he doesn't even notice it when Miss Trunchbull smashes the dish over his head.
- The sequence in Young Sherlock Holmes where a teenage John Watson hallucinates that his legs are bound with sausages and that pastries are trying to force him to eat them. On YouTube here.
- Done with a liquid in the final scene of Get Carter.
- Also occurs in Requiem for a Dream. An elderly woman named Sara becomes addicted to weight loss drugs and is sent to a medical facility where she is interrogated by doctors, strapped into a chair, and force-fed. Sara doesn't respond to the harsh treatment and is given electric shock therapy.
- The first murder in Se7en.
- The main character of Ravenous is forced to eat human flesh twice (arguably, three times) when his life is endangered.
- The Final Girl of Frontier(s) is force-fed her friends by her Neo-Nazi captors.
- The heroine in Captivity is strapped to a chair and forced to drink through a funnel a mixture of blended human body parts; eye, nose, ear, and intestines.
- In A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Freddy Krueger has a girl strapped to a chair and forces her to eat her own intestines in a nightmare sequence.
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series is known for the trope, being that the infamous family of the films makes and sells barbecue from human flesh, often forced upon captives.
- Trailer Park of Terror (human jerky)
- House of 1000 Corpses (human flesh)
- I Drink Your Blood (blood)
- The Boogeyman 2 (fat)
- Island of Death (paint)
- Return to Sleepaway Camp (gasoline)
- Theatre of Blood: an actor is killing critics in ways based on Shakespearean plays. Titus Andronicus, where the evil queen is tricked into eating her two sons, here becomes a "queenly" (and gluttonous) critic being force-fed his two surrogate-children pet poodles until he chokes.
- Caligula. A man gets his penis tied off so that he can't urinate, and then is forced to drink massive amounts of red wine. Once his stomach bulges, they cut him open...
- In The Witches a boy is held down by a bunch of witches and has a potion forced down this throat that turns him into a mouse.
- In Changeling Angelina Jolie's character is force-fed pills by a mental hospital staff after refusing to take them.
- In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Grinch is force fed desserts by the townsfolk for a taste contest. He seems more receptive to the fudge than the pudding.
- In the British horror film Alone a serial killer breaks into a young woman's house, binds her to a chair, and jams microwaved dinner and custard down her throat. The police then find the woman dead after the ordeal.
- In the Japanese film Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom high school girls drag another girl into the bathroom and force her to drink water from a faucet. This is so she gets humiliated when she has to pee her pants in the classroom.
- The is the main villain's favored method of torture in The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover. He a bookshop employee is tortured to death by being forced to eat book pages. A child is forced to eat his buttons. Later, the villain is forced at gunpoint to eat human flesh.
- In the film Double Dragon a bad guy gets force fed spinach through a funnel as torture.
- In the film Urban Legend a guy is killed by having his hands tied to a toilet and pop rocks and drain cleaner are forced down his throat through a funnel.
- In the Film Cord aka Hide and Seek a pregnant woman has a milkshake pumped down her throat via a tube while she's tied to a bed.
- In the film Rang De Basanti, a flashback shows the characters' film-within-a-film counterparts being force-fed in prison after they go on hunger strike.
- In Popeye, during the climactic battle Pappy throws Popeye a can of spinach and Bluto catches it instead. Upon finding out Popeye hates spinach, Bluto force feeds him the whole can. You can guess what happens next.
- In Aladdin, Iago's revenge against the Sultan for feeding him stale crackers is to force feed him the same crackers. (No, not literally the same crackers.)
- In Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror a woman is tied to a bed and is forced to consume caviar being forced down her throat through a mask placed over her face until her stomach bursts.
- In An American Werewolf in London, Nurse Alex Price forces David (the werewolf) to eat some of his hospital food after he says he doesn't want to eat; holding his nose to get him to open his mouth so she can make him take a bite.
- In Beverly Hills Ninja Chris Farley and Nicollette Sheridan dump a concoction of herbs, called "The Laughing Mushroom", down the throat of an agent (Will Sasso) to make him reveal information. He is unconscious as the herbs are being poured in his mouth.
- In the horror film Ice Cream Man Clint Howard (the eponymous ice cream man) shoves ice cream down a boy's throat inside his ice cream truck.
- Used as water torture in the opening scene of the movie Salt. Agent Salt gets a water hose shoved in her mouth as torture.
- In the 2010 remake of I Spit on Your Grave the rape victim has one of her attackers tied to a tree and then proceeds to shove fish guts in his mouth.
- In Hocus Pocus, the witches force various people to drink their potions.
- The last surviving character in Cornered! is killed by being forcefed donuts, his favorite food.
- This is the entire premise of The Human Centipede.
- Shows up in this Garfield strip, using scrambled eggs.
- In another strip Garfield forces Jon to eat a smart phone.
Live Action TV
- Dave Lister of Red Dwarf is forced to eat a living tarantula in Demons and Angels.
- It's also claimed that Rimmer once angrily attempted to force-feed Lister a fridge. As in, an actual fridge, not the contents thereof.
- In the Farscape episode "Crackers Don't Matter," D'Argo forcefeeds Rygel an entire boxful of crackers in a fit of rage after catching him sneaking a few crackers out for a snack.
- Played for Laughs in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. After former The Ditz Munch returns from his travels a religious, reasonably intelligent person (by comparison), Gaz force-feeds him Vimto to return him to his former self.
- Gaius Baltar is subjected to this as part of his pre-torture by the Colonials on Battlestar Galactica when he was refusing to eat, though we don't actually see it. This short time after he had suffered Electric Torture from the Cylons. As was often the case, he sort of deserved the rough treatment, but was actually innocent of much of what the torturers were asking about.
- In a season two episode of I Love Lucy called "Ricky Loses His Voice" Lucy forces her husband Ricky to drink his cough medicine after refusing it.
- In a season five episode of Nip/Tuck called "Kyle Ainge" a rival talent agent is knocked out, taped to a chair, and killed by having teddy bear stuffing pellets forced down his throat through a machine.
- One early episode of Oz had Schillinger order Beecher, his sex slave, to eat the pages out of his law book. When Beecher refuses, Schillinger promptly grabs him in a chokehold, tells him "Don't fuck with me, prag. Eat the damn page!", proceeds to tear out the pages, and forcefully feeds them to him.
- In an episode of Fringe, Peter gets force-fed a worm while strapped to a table by two Asian criminals. And this wasn't just any worm; it was a genetically engineered worm that killed its hosts.
- Inverted in an episode of Supernatural when the forced feeding wasn't the torture, but the cure to torture: Dean is writhing in agony on the floor coughing up blood due to a hex when Ruby busts down the door and bodily hurls him onto the bed before forcing a black liquid down his throat, breaking the hex and saving his life.
- Played straight in a later episode when Dean tortures Alastair by pouring a whole container of salt in his mouth.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 ran a daylong Thanksgiving marathon in 1992, in which the episodes were tied together with a series of sketches where Dr. Forrester forced TV's Frank to consume a series of movie-themed turkeys.
- In the episode "King of the Hil" of Nickelodeon series Space Cases Harlan Band is forced to drink from the Cup of All Words by the Hil people.
- In Life On Mars, Billy Kemble is force-fed his own stash of cocaine in a bid to get him to reveal information by Ray. Kemble dies and Carling is demoted to DC.
- The comedy show The Vacant Lot had a sketch where a prisoner is force-fed candy (still in the wrapper) and eventually lots of small plastic toys. He is then used as a pinata for the warden's daughter's birthday party.
- The Office: In "Ultimatum", Michael forces Kevin to eat a large piece of broccoli after he makes a New Year's resolution to eat more vegetables.
- Inverted on Angel, where Fred had to be forced to drink alcohol to force out the slug that was dehydrating her in "The Price".
- Subverted on Bones, where it appears a professional eating contestant is being force-fed by her coach, but he insists it's just training her after Pregnant Badass Bones takes him down.
- Upstairs Downstairs portrayed the Suffragettes in prison. Rose is arrested wrongly when she follows the upper-class Lizzie to a meeting. While Lizzie is spared prison due to her background, Rose is sent to Holloway. During a hunger strike the women are force-fed. The violence happens off-screen, but it is one of the episodes that goes deepest into the darker parts of British politics.
- Game of Thrones, "The North Remembers". Joffrey finds that Ser Dontos, one of the knights competing in his name day tournament, has arrived for the rounds drunk. So he orders his guards to make him "drink his fill." It's only by Sansa's intervention that he doesn't die.
- In the video for "Bad Romance," two extras force Lady Gaga to drink a glass of what's apparently vodka. It makes as much sense as anything in that video does.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Albuquerque" begins with his mother tying him to a wall, sticking a funnel in his mouth, and force-feeding him nothing but sauerkraut until he was twenty six and a half years old.
- In Ring of Honor, during the CM Punk vs. Raven feud, Punk was forced to drink beer against his straight-edge beliefs.
- In an episode of Smack Down, Mickie James (nicknamed Piggy James) is held down by Beth Phoenix, Michelle Mc Cool, and Layla El in the ring and gets stuffed in the face with a cake shaped like a pig. After that she then has fruit punch dumped on her head.
- In Phantasmagoria, one of the previous victims was pinned to a table with a large funnel forced into her mouth, and was force-fed large chunks rotting meat until she choked to death - her crime? "Being a pig".
- Essentially the main strategy for the final boss of Super Mario Bros. 2.
- Super Mario Sunshine features three separate boss battles where the solution is to force-feed the boss.
- A certain invincible yet immobile boss in Quake IV can only be killed by turning its feeding apparatus back on, despite the readout saying that it had been fed just moments ago.
- American McGee's Alice, in which an insane and catatonic Alice is force fed by two employees at the asylum she's kept in. She gets revenge by stabbing one in the cheek with a spoon.
- The Great Mighty Poo from Conker's Bad Fur Day is fought by force-feeding him bog roll.
- In Cave Story, using the mushroom to restore Curly's memory apparently involves jamming it into her mouth.
- The page quote is from Teen Girl Squad Issue 13, where Mrs. Tompkinsrobotmomerson admonishes Tompkins that he can't even take care of his virtual pet. Cut to Tompkins' game system, where a cartoonishly bloated blob (next to an indicator saying "Food: 600%") is begging Tompkins to stop feeding him. Tompkins just laughs and keeps pushing buttons.
- This sort of stuff is way too easy to run across at art sites. Be thankful for the thumbnail previews.
- During a small arc in Concession, some of the characters are secretly feeding Rick fattening foods. While Kate and Angie are more subtle, Joel ambushes him in the night and slams a jug of lard into his mouth.
- In Chad Vader, Chad is harrassed by The Marshmallow Bandito, only for Chad to beat him up and stuff his own marshmallows into his mouth.
- The psychotic family in Demo Reel force-feed Donnie muscle relaxants to keep him trapped in their house.
- For medical purposes, an unconscious or disabled patient may be fed via a tube that goes through the nose and down the throat. Unfortunately, if it's placed improperly, the tube can wind up in the lungs by accident. Getting feeding solution in the lungs can be fatal.
- Longer term feeding (over one month) is more often done via a gastrostomy— a tube that extends through an incision in the abdomen, directly into the stomach. A patient with such a tube can be fed continuously, 24/7, even if comatose or totally unable to swallow.
- A serious essay/article on the subject coming from the hunger strikes of the women's suffrage movement. How It Feels to Be Forcibly Fed
- The general route was to feed them soup via a tube; this led to one unfortunate incident where the tube wasn't inserted correctly and the woman in question had soup poured into her lungs.
- Truth in Television: Foie gras. The waterfowl that get fed like this end up with a disease that makes their livers enlarge, and would kill them if they didn't get slaughtered.
- One terrible Real Life example is a form of water torture, called Waterboarding, where the victim is strapped to a bed and water is forced into his throat via a funnel in its mouth. The victims would constantly feel like choking, and they say sometimes their stomach could in fact burst. This is known as dry-drowning, and the victim undergoes what feels to them is an execution; they feel like they are dying.
- The above-described version of waterboarding was used during the Spanish Inquisition; the modern version used in places like Gitmo involved pouring water over cloth on the victim's face. Far less (maybe even no) water is ingested but the drowning and panic reflexes are triggered due to feelings of suffocation.
- No water makes it past the cloth, but the weight of the water pushes the cloth most of the way down the victim's throat.
- Modern version of waterboarding works specifically due to so-called "mammalian diving reflex" — remember that you're always short of breath after washing your face with a cold water? That's it — most mammals have a inborn reflex, where the touch of a cold water on a face (or any cold, for that) brings several unconscious reactions that improve our chance of survival if we're thrush into a water suddenly. The most significant of them is the involuntary blockage of breathing passages, so the waterboarding victims literally start to suffocate.
- Another form of waterboarding, known as Schwedentrunk, substituted nastier substances, such as boiling liquid, urine, excrement, liquid manure or sullage (waste-water) for regular water.
- Force-feeding was allegedly practiced in Guantanamo Bay on prisoners who "refuse[d] to eat".
- There's an article where a man recounts how he went on a hunger strike while in a Moscow prison, and it was decided that he would be force-fed through the nose to break his will.
The feeding pipe was thick, thicker than my nostril, and would not go in. Blood came gushing out of my nose and tears down my cheeks, but they kept pushing until the cartilages cracked. I guess I would have screamed if I could, but I could not with the pipe in my throat. I could breathe neither in nor out at first; I wheezed like a drowning man — my lungs felt ready to burst. The doctor also seemed ready to burst into tears, but she kept shoving the pipe farther and farther down. Only when it reached my stomach could I resume breathing, carefully. Then she poured some slop through a funnel into the pipe that would choke me if it came back up. They held me down for another half-hour so that the liquid was absorbed by my stomach and could not be vomited back, and then began to pull the pipe out bit by bit.
- Force-feeding was also used on hunger-striking suffragettes in turn of the (twentieth) century England. It made pretty good publicity for the cause.
- This is important in scaphism, a Persian method of torturous execution. The malefactor is force-fed milk and honey to induce severe diarrhea while his body is in two narrow boats that lock together like a coffin, forcing him to swim in his own filth. Only his face, hands, and feet are exposed. Milk and honey are smeared onto the exposed parts to attract insects that sting and feed on him. As he becomes increasingly gangrenous, the force-feeding continues to prolong his agony and prevent him from dying of starvation or dehydration while worsening his diarrhea. In turn, more insects will get attracted to the offensive odor and accumulating manure. He will eventually die from sepsis.