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->''"It was all there in the job title: The head of 'Human Resources'."''
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]]

Extracting resources from the bodies of living, dead, or dying people. "Extracting resources" is usually as visceral as [[OrganTheft taking organs from the living]], though sometimes as vague as harvesting "LifeEnergy". It is common for the bodily integrity of the donor/victim/walking resourcebag to be transgressed: there is [[BodyHorror a strong horror theme]]. There are a few exceptions, such as reclaiming water from the dead in Franchise/{{Dune}}, which is played as a religious and cultural practice.

Sometimes a particular group is preyed upon; [[CondemnedContestant criminals]], [[DisposableVagrant the homeless]], and {{disposable sex worker}}s are popular for this. This is a common thing reflected from real-life serial killers targeting this group of people as they're often referred to as the "less dead" - this being that if remains of their body are found, there's less public press to figure out who's killing them because they "deserved it" or "[[TheyKnewTheRisks they knew it was dangerous]]." If the police aren't as eager to investigate, this makes it easier to for the perpetrator to continue "shopping" for their needs among these easy targets, often leading minor characters like this to be [[CharactersAsDevice plot moving devices]] or as [[DevelopCharacterPersonality devices to develop villain/hero character personality]], even going so far as to lend to a [[BackStory backstory]] or more specifically a [[BackstoryHorror back story horror]]

There are many subtropes, although a lot of them can also be applied to non-humans:

* GenuineHumanHide
* LivingBattery
** PoweredByAForsakenChild (occasionally)
* ImAHumanitarian
** ToServeMan
* OrganTheft
* PeopleFarms
* WetwareCPU
* YouAreWhoYouEat

Compare CreepySouvenir, when folks take body parts as trophies.

See also YourSoulIsMine, in which the immortal essence of a person is taken rather than (parts of) their body (which, for obvious reasons, is potentially even worse), UndeadLaborers, when the residual husk is reanimated as a zombie to toil unquestioningly, and IndustrializedEvil, which this trope often overlaps with, as it exemplifies putting utmost importance on efficiency above all moral concerns. MainliningTheMonster is when this is done to a creature, not a person. Compare and contrast SolidGoldPoop, where the ''byproduct'' from a human or other creature is the valued resource.

[[IThoughtItMeant This does not refer to]] the HR department, or more specifically, unflattering portrayals thereof. For that, see InhumanResources.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', {{Magical Girl}}s are [[spoiler: harvested by an alien race for their souls, which are used to stave off universal entropy. The MG's themselves are sent to kill corrupted, "harvested" husks of former MG's, called [[EldritchAbomination Witches]], and if they don't die in battle, will fall into despair and become Witches themselves. Yes, it's as bad as it sounds.]]
* It is implied in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' that the dead are recycled for their organic biomass. This would be understandable since the show takes place on a colony ship, where resources are non-renewable. However, this seems to only apply to civilians. Military personnel are exempt and are given a more conventional burial.
** On top of this, the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' universe had Earth get bombarded by particle weapons which resulted in the near-extinction of the human race and the apparent loss of a huge amount of biomass to judge by the color of the planet seen from space. At this point, fifty years later, recycling everything seems to be as much an accepted fact of life as indoor plumbing is today.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' - Ja Wangnan has run himself so much into debt that he could never hope to repay, but his {{Loan Shark}}s give him one last chance: they'll pay for the next test he'll take, but he will have give up all his organs if he fails. So it really is a matter of life and death to him. Luckily, he meets [[AntiVIllain Viole]].
** And, that's nothing in comparison to what the Workshop does to acquire living, walking and talking ignition weapons. The casualty rate amongst the lucky chosen experimental groups of children is... a little excessive, shall we say?
* ''Anime/{{Kaiba}}'' has the utopian planet of Apiba. As the planet serves as a massive body trading zone, the countless discarded bodies are collected and converted into free food.
* In ''Manga/CannonGodExaxxion'', the corpses of dissenters against the AlienInvasion are carted off to processing plants to be converted into either raw biomass for industrial bioengineering or [[ToServeMan food]].
* The BigBad of the manga ''Manga/{{Uzumaki}}'' [[spoiler: is an enormous [[GeniusLoci ancient city]]. Though alive, its only instinct is to continually grow bigger, and it finds absorbing humans to be the best way to do so.]] Later in the manga, once people begin to turn into snails, they quickly end up as a food supply for the other survivors.
* In ''Franchise/SentouYouseiYukikaze'' Rei's GuyInBack [[spoiler: ends up as a soup when the aliens realize he's the only organism around the base that a human can digest.]].
* ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin'': [[spoiler: Why do you think the Japanese branch captures witches alive rather than kill them? Hint: this AntiMagic "orbo" stuff doesn't grow on trees...]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Warlord of the Sea Gecko Moria use his devil fruit power to remove shadows of people which then power his zombies.
* In ''Manga/DollsFall'', this is what the students of Jiaiin Girls Dormitory are, whether they are alive or dead.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' loves this trope. Not only are [[spoiler:philosopher's stones]] people, but in the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]], the homunculi are also powered by people-rocks.
** In the end of the manga/''Brotherhood'', [[spoiler:Father eats the souls of all the people in Amestris and then uses that power to eat God himself...until Hohenheim reveals that he's been derailing Father's plan for years and activates a countermeasure that rips all the Amestrian souls out of Father and restores them to their original bodies]].
** The 2003 anime one-ups this by revealing that [[spoiler:''all'' alchemy is powered by souls from an AlternateUniverse (ours), shunted into Amestris through the GateOfTruth. The reason alchemy had been growing in potency lately was because our world was undergoing UsefulNotes/WorldWarI at the time, providing the alchemists with lots of power.]]
* Revealed as a major plot twist in ''Adieu Manga/GalaxyExpress999''. It involves the literal nature of the Ghost Train ([[spoiler:It transports recently dead people.]]) and the source of the energy capsules consumed by humanoid machines ([[spoiler:Their bioenergy is extracted in a huge plant.]]).
* The BigBad in ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' is Earth, coming to harvest all the colonies for replacement parts. Strangely enough, Earth isn't real efficient in their harvesting. Spines come from one world, skin from a different world, there's even planets to be harvested strictly for genitals.
* In ''Manga/NabariNoOu'', the kinjutsushō Daya's ingredients include the [[OrganTheft brains]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild of children]].
* The Hundred Eyes Clan in ''Maranosuke'' harvests the bodily fluids of girls via [[OutWithABang intense sex]] to create an [[ImmortalityImmorality immortality potion]] that basically reduces the victims to... it's not pretty. Those that haven't been drained can somehow be modified into custom sex slaves by Zegenshi using the same process. The real kicker, while [[TheDragon Zegenshi]] used it to make himself [[Really700YearsOld around 500,]] the BigBad was ''already'' immortal and is just harvesting [[ForTheEvulz for the fun of it...]] and MommyIssues.
* In the ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' manga the puppet master Gein use corpses to build his ''puppets''.
* In the KoreanWebtoon ''Webcomic/CityOfDeadSorcerer'' it's implied that the sudden appearance of mana energy (magic) that {{muggles}} could use with the help of {{magitek}} was due to [[spoiler: the mass murder of "real" magic-users, who were apparently living in secret a la ''Harry Potter'' since no one had ever heard of someone who could use magic without a dispenser (basically a wand). Sadly it seems they were exterminated with the help of collaborators]].
* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' the elite MagicSchool and its surrounding city is powered by [[spoiler:''200,000'' muggles hidden deep underground. It's not bad as far as this trope goes: they get all the food and drink they need and don't have to work, but when their energy is used up they're tossed alive into a bottomless pit. It's hinted these muggles are descended from the nobles who oppressed the magicians in the past]].
* In ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'', it's eventually revealed that the original Mimics are [[spoiler:the brains of a species of {{Hive Mind}}ed alien little girls.]]
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' has several disturbing examples.
** The Quinque, the primary weapons used by [[HunterOfMonsters Ghoul Investigators]] are made from a dead ghoul's predatory organ. Some are altered to resemble traditional weapons, while others are [[NightmareFuel still]] ''very'' recognizable as who they used to be. Quinque Steel is produced through the same basic process, and used for everything from prison walls to mass-produced bullets for {{Mooks}}.
** The experiments of [[spoiler: Dr. Kanou]] involve keeping an unwilling ghoul "donor" imprisoned, and extracting their organs for transplant into human subjects. Since the victims will eventually [[HealingFactor regenerate]], he can do this thousands of times without killing them.
** Later in the original series, Amon learns that a private company was involved in [[spoiler: creating a liquid from melted down Ghoul corpses. This liquid was then sold to the CCG in secret, and the company's owner was murdered when he tried to expose the truth]]. The purpose of this product remains unknown.
* In ''Anime/GundamReconguistaInG'', the "Kuntala" were a caste of human slaves bred solely for food when resources were scarce. The Hero's rival, Captain Mask is a descendant of the Kuntala and works for the antagonistic Captial Army in exchange for equal rights for his people.

* The ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures'' {{Spider-Man}} ran into this with his "smart-cloth" black outfit, which required the host's bioelectric energy to do its wearer's commands. Spidey ended up loaning it to [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] to analyze, but Johnny ends up letting it loose and it runs into a disgruntled thief named Eddie Brock and voila, the Marvel Adventures take on Venom is born.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' plays this trope a lot. Once, the title character suggested using smokers going outside to have a smoke as a non-lethal power source. Dogbert also plays this trope straight when he throws activists into the furnace to power the town.
* In ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' the dead are recycled after the funeral services and processed into other goods and materials.
* In Grant Morrison's ''[[ComicBook/SevenSoldiers Seven Soldiers of Victory]]'', in Klarion's puritan underground town the dead are risen for workforce as "Grundys." And yes, they are indeed similar to Solomon Grundy.
* In the ''ComicBook/NewXMen'' comic a group led by ''John Sublime'' calling themselves the U-Men do this in order to gain a mutants powers, although its rarely successful. Sublime was even revealed to have a massive facility in Hong Kong with hundreds of imprisoned mutants, many of them already missing numerous body parts. [[spoiler:Of course, Sublime never really cared how successful the process was. This was just another one of its attempts to ruin mutant-baseline human relations in a bid to wipe out mutantkind forever.]]
* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'', when Dr. Eggman lost the ability to [[UnwillingRoboticisation roboticize Mobius' populace as his slaves]], he invented the Egg Grapes to use their life force as a power source just like ''Film/TheMatrix''.
** Unlike ''The Matrix'', however, it's also heavily implied that he didn't bother to try to nourish any of his prisoners in the Egg Grapes, just discarding the ones he "used up".
** In the UK's ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', Robotnik's plot during the buildup to issue #100 involved connecting the Emerald Hill Folk to a machine to form a gigantic WetwareCPU.
* In the ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri'' "Electric Undertow" limited series, it is revealed that [[spoiler:the alien [=VXX199=] are hiding behind the Earth's Moon, where they are secretly modifying humanity so they can induce spontaneous combustions and harvest the psychic energies released.]]
* ComicBook/VandalSavage, an immortal caveman from the Franchise/DCUniverse, has to claim the body parts of his descendants in order to live. These have included [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Roy Harper]] and his daughter, [[ComicBook/SecretSix Scandal Savage]]. Eventually he [[spoiler:consumes a clone of himself]]. Note that ComicBook/LexLuthor claims Savage invented cannibalism... and means it.
* In one gag by French Canadian comic artist Garnotte , a newly-liposucked woman discover than her fat its sold to the very fast food who fattened her as frying oïl.
** In another, a man is invited to a party where it is supposed to have a cold buffet at midnight. Thing is , the other guest are werewolves and HE IS THE COLD BUFFET.
*** And yes, Garnotte had a very dark humour and his work were mostly featured in adult-rated satirical magazine ''Croc''.
* In ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp'', the Chupacabra Cartel specializes in harvesting human organs and selling them on the paranormal dark market (for feeding, rituals, etc.).
* ''ComicBook/{{Revival}} sees dozens of people returned to life as immortal revivers. This immediately creates a black market in reviver flesh mostly for [[ImAHumanitarian people trying to assimilate the effect.]]


[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic FIM]] FanFic ''FanFic/RainbowFactory'', rainbows are made out of [[spoiler: foals who fail their flight exam. Specifically, their ribs are broken, and then they are mutilated in what is essentially a giant meat grinder.]]
* And the less said about what Pinkie's cupcakes are made of in the infamous fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}}'', the better.
* In ''FanFic/ThatEpicPlan'' When [[ButtMonkey Matusda]] is being tardy and useless as usual [[ConsultingAConvictedKiller Beyond Birthday]] suggests that they could always sell Matsuda on the black market.
* In ''Fanfic/LastRights'' Dul'krah, Clan Korekh mentions that his species processes their dead into water and fertilizer, since they live aboard asteroid habitats. He views the Kobali transformation of other species' dead into more Kobali as little different.
-->"Better, perhaps, since our dead will bring joy to others rather than mere sustenance."
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has this as one of the many disturbing experiments that [[{{Necromancer}} Gravemoss]] performs on anyone unfortunate enough to be near him.
** Arnim Zola performs them as well.
** The Red Room are described as going through bodies like water.
* In ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'', the staff of [[AntiHero Blackjack's]] home Stable regularly feed dead bodies into food processors, while outwardly claiming that they cremate them. This leads to their downfall when they process several dead raiders who carrying a virus that causes [[HorrorHunger cannibalistic urges]], causing the Stable to become infected and break down into several competing tribes of hungry cannibals.
* In the Literature/{{Worm}} x Videogame/{{Dishonored}} crossover fanfic, ''FanFic/AChangeOfPace'', Turns out that those bones the Bone Carver uses to make runes comes from people he attacks and kills. [[spoiler:The Heart too.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}'', old [[TheIgor Igors]] are recycled for parts at the end of their usefulness... or sometimes just because someone feels like it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'', it's heavily implied that the upgrades sold by the CorruptCorporateExecutive's company are made from the corpses of robots too poor to afford upgrades, smelted down by the Executive's [[EvilMatriarch mother]], the film's BigBad.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* "Film/SoylentGreen [[ItWasHisSled is people!]]"
** "Soylent Green is [[FutureFoodIsArtificial soy and lentils!]]"
** Apparently, the process has been going on for a while. Shirl, a young woman, can only vaguely remember funerals as "a ceremony".
* The Danish black comedy ''Film/TheGreenButchers'' is about two butchers who start their own shop. When the new cooling unit is installed, the technician is accidentally trapped in the freezer over night. The next morning Svend find the frozen body, freaks out, and decides to hide the accident by cutting it up an selling it as [[TastesLikeChicken chicken]]. When all the meat is sold, business slows down to a crawl, so Svend starts murdering people to keep his dream of his own shop alive.
* ''Film/FriedGreenTomatoes''. As Sipsey has killed Frank Bennett on accident, Ruth and Idgie cut him into steaks and serve him to the customers in their restaurant to hide the homicide
* The legend, musical and recent movie ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' all center around the idea of two people using human meat to fuel a successful meat-pie business. When Mrs. Lovett used animal or other miscellaneous meat, her business failed; only when Todd and she began using fresh flesh did she become successful.
* In the film ''Film/{{Virus}}'', an evil computer program from outer space has taken over a research ship and wants to dissect the human characters to use their muscles, nerves, and organs to help improve its cybernetic army. This leads to a grimly funny moment when one character asks the entity "what do you want from us?", and it responds with a simple readout of all the organic components it intends to harvest from them.
** Something similar happens in ''VideoGame/QuakeII'', where the Strogg, the evil cyborg race with whom humanity is at war, use humans for meat and as a means to create more Strogg.
** And again in ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'', where it happens to [[spoiler:the player character]] in a nightmarish [[BodyHorror sequence]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3clVvh5gbGE&feature=related Wanna see?]]
* The film ''Film/TheBlackHole'' also turned people into peoplebots.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'' the robots use humans as batteries! (And recycle the dead into nutrient solution to help feed the living.)
** This was all ExecutiveMeddling. The original story had the brains of the humans being used as part of a neural network for additional computing power. But the suits thought that was too hard for people to understand. So instead we get them as batteries, which is a major liberty with the laws of physics, as well as a huge headscratcher - why not keep the humans sedated, and not have to waste power on the Matrix? Or just [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2003/05/12/mon-may-12 use animals?]]
* It's not theft, it's repossession of financed goods due to contractual default. Therefore it's legalized in ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera''. But the real "Soylent Green" is the blue stuff; an addictive anesthetic used in the surgeries that remain in the body and is harvested from the dead for resale on the black market.
--> Zydrate comes in a little glass vial.
-->A little glass vial?
-->A little glass vial!
* In the German horror flick ''Film/{{Anatomy}}'', dead bodies are recycled as anatomically correct medical displays. Oh and they are [[AndIMustScream still alive and unable to move]] when they begin the surgery.
** Gunther von Hagens does that in RealLife (the exposition is called ''Body Worlds''). His methods of acquiring bodies are more civilized, however. Or so he claims.
*** Done in America by Bodies: the Exhibition.
* In 2005's ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', the aliens use ground up human pulp as seed fertilizer/germination agent for their homeworld's fauna (the red weed). Before the movie is over, a good portion of New England is covered in it.
* Tyler Durden in ''Film/FightClub'' collected human fat from the disposal bins behind a liposuction clinic, then used it to make expensive soap for rich ladies. Bonus points for fulfilling this trope, as the narrator [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the idea that the same women who paid to get rid of the fat would now pay him to return it.
-->'''Narrator:''' Tyler sold his soap to department stores at $20 a bar. Lord knows what they charged. It was beautiful. We were selling rich women their own fat asses back to them.
* ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' does this. The bodies of the dead are dumped into nutrient vats, yellowish brine pools, as part of their burial ceremonies. They attempt to dunk the nameless Mariner in it when they discover he is a mut-o.
* Funerals conducted in ''Film/TheodoreRex'' involve the deceased having their bodies liquefied and used as fertilizer for the flowers. Mourners can take these flowers home, like taking a literal part of their loved one with them.
* In the Film/TankGirl movie, the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive CEO of Water & Power]] stabs an [[YouHaveFailedMe underperforming subordinate]] with a device that extracts his water into an expanding bottle until he's completely dessicated. The CEO then drinks it.
* In ''Film/MotelHell'', various Farmer Vincent's products are made of human meat.
* In ''Film/TheIsland'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:the "survivors" who are being groomed to repopulate the eponymous Island are really the clones of rich and famous people, used for organ donations and giving birth.]]
* The 1990 film ''Film/IComeInPeace'' / ''Dark Angel'' is about an extraterrestrial drug dealer who extracts endorphins from human brains, to be sold on his home planet as an addictive substance.
* In ''Film/{{Daybreakers}}'', the mostly-vampire population uses vast "farms" of humans as their main blood supply.
* In ''Film/BladeTrinity'' the vamps have the same idea.
* Arguably in ''Film/{{Gamer}}'' where people derive pleasure by controlling others in twisted versions of VideoGame/TheSims and an FPS with real guns.
* Lampshaded in ''[=NetherBeast=] Incorporated'', as the senile CEO forgets he and his employees are all vampires.
-->'''Turner:''' I'd stay away from Human Resources, if I were you...... Ha! Human Resources! Now, that's {{irony}}!
* In ''Film/EscapeFromLA'', the Beverly Hills area is inhabited by a group of freaks who, due to undergoing too much plastic surgery, must regularly kidnap prisoners and harvest them for body parts in order to keep themselves alive. Snake very nearly ends up becoming one of their next victims.
** Bonus points for the "Surgeon General" being played by Creator/BruceCampbell.
* Clapet, the butcher in ''Film/{{Delicatessen}}'', recruits handymen who are eventually killed, butchered and sold to his tenants as cheap meat.
* In ''Film/EpicMovie'', the parody of ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' has Willy Wonka use human tissue as a vital ingredient in his candy bars.
* In ''Film/EdenLog'', it's revealed [[spoiler:that Eden Log uses unknowing human volunteers as a resource to make the tree grow and provide energy for the city.]]
* In ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' [[spoiler:"Empties" are turned into compost.]]
* In ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'' the Necromongers turn some of their men into nearly-dead telepaths and heavily-wounded soldiers into living sensor drones, though this may be consensual in some cases.
* In ''Film/CloudAtlas'', the dystopian tale of Sonmi-451 reveals that [[spoiler: [[ClonesArePeopleToo Fabricants]] who have earned to right to retire via a lavish ceremony of "Exaltation" [[TheCakeIsALie are instead executed]] and recycled into cheap protein for new fabricants]]. Foreshadowed earlier in the film by Timothy Cavendish mockingly screaming "Soylent Green is made of people!" at the residents of the nursing home.
* Drayton Sawyer of ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974'' and [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2 its sequel]] makes jerky from the flesh of Leatherface's victims and sells it to unsuspecting travellers. Similarly, the cannibal bogans in ''Film/DyingBreed'' murder strangers and turn them into meat pies.
* The CentralTheme in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''.
** When Max is captured, the War Boys use him as a "Blood Bag", which allows them to perform a blood transfusion on a War Boy if one of them is injured badly enough.
** Immortan Joe keeps young women around as {{Sex Slave}}s, but when they're no longer useful for the purposes of breeding, they are milked to provide sustenance for the War Boys.
** There's also The People Eater, if his name is to be taken literally. (Which, given his obesity and his case of gout, you probably should.)
* In ''Film/JupiterAscending'', the Earth, as well as countless other planets, are just PeopleFarms. The DNA is used to keep the more privileged humans eternally young.
* In ''Film/MazeRunnerTheScorchTrials'', there is a treatment for the Flare, but it requires draining an enzyme from the immune which cannot be synthesized and requires a lifetime of treatments lest the Flare relapse.
* ''Film/OneHundredBloodyAcres'': Morgan Bros. makes organic fertilizer out of people.

* UptonSinclair book ''Literature/TheJungle''. Sinclair's account of workers falling into rendering tanks and being ground, along with animal parts, into "Durham's Pure Leaf Lard".
* ''Literature/HouseOfTheScorpion'' people clone themselves so when needed, they can kill the clones and use their organs to extend their lives. One of the central characters lives to be 148 through this method.
* Implied in ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'', where the Axis won UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* In Frank Herbert's ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series, [[Literature/{{Dune}} Fremen reclaimed the water from dead bodies]] in something called the "death still". Somewhat justified because of the extreme scarcity and value of water on Arrakis. And then the Bene Tleilax, who have a tendency toward this sort of thing. Probably the best example would be the “bi-Ixians”. And the [[Literature/DuneMessiah Axlotl Tanks]], truck-sized bioreactors used for growing [[CloningBlues Gholas]] and [[SuperSerum Spice]], but which are actually [[spoiler: [[Literature/HereticsOfDune the female Tleilaxu.]] ''All'' the female Tleilaxu]].
** In other novels, the deathstill is used as a ''very'' painful execution device. This is how [[spoiler:Bronso of Ix (AKA Bronso Vernius)]] is executed for [[spoiler:doing exactly what Paul asked him to]].
** While it's generally acceptable practice for the Fremen to kill anyone caught alone in the desert (i.e. someone who would die anyway), especially without a stillsuit, [[Literature/ChildrenOfDune deliberately attacking other sietches or groups of Fremen for their water is considered so heinous that ''their'' water is poured into the desert]] for fear of being contaminated.
* The [[TheIgor Igors]] from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' harvest their dead for spare parts, with some body parts being handed down from generation to generation (When they say, "He's got his father's eyes," they're not being metaphorical). Also, they offer their services as surgeons to villages on the condition that they can harvest the villagers' body parts once they die of natural causes. A village can refuse to let the Igors collect on their payment, but then they'll never offer their services to that village again. "What goeth around, cometh around. And thometimeth, it thtopth."
** "The glath clock? My grandfather built it with thethe very hands!" And that was when Jeremy noticed the stitches going around Igor's wrist...
** There are several Literature/{{Discworld}}-series cases of Troll Resources, as these [[AllTrollsAreDifferent silicon-based folks']] diamond teeth are quite valuable. In ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', Cliff covers most of the expenses of the Band With Rocks In out of his own mouth, and Cohen the Barbarian's din-chewers were crafted from troll teeth in ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic''. Even the non-diamond parts of a troll can be broken up for rockeries and gravel.
*** This makes the long-standing feud between Dwarfs and trolls very sensible. One species enjoys searching for valuable minerals, the other is ''made'' out of valuable minerals ...
** When a troll threatened Sam Vimes's family, [[TheMafia Chrysophrase]] apologized and said to just say the word and he'd have a new rock garden delivered.
* ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' featured factories which would harvest all the useful parts of a body. Children were taught that death was acceptable and even good (the hospitals had the best toys and gave out candy when someone bit the dust), so long as society as a whole continued, so that no one was mortified that human beings were being scrapped for parts like old cars.
* Early in the chronology of Larry Niven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe, the success of organ transplanting (and the endless demand) leads to the death penalty being invoked for the most trivial of crimes; in "The Jigsaw Man", the main character is sentenced to death by organ removal ''for jaywalking''. The rich and powerful can literally have their pick from vast vats of organs. Particularly seen in the novel ''Literature/AGiftFromEarth'', where the threat of this form of punishment is used by a tyrannical minority to keep the workers in check, and covers up a message from Earth detailing how to create artificial organs, since this would destroy their power structure. There were also organleggers. Want a new liver, but the medical system won't give you another because you drink and take drugs? They'll kidnap and strip someone for parts for you.
* [[StarWars Clone troopers]] fall under this in the most literal sense, being designed and trained to be sent to fight and die in the Grand Army of the Republic. A novel in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] mentions "recycling tanks" for those who are brought back from the battlefield dead, dying, or alive but not so well that they can recover easily/fast/cheaply. A surgeon, who is later horrified by how dismissive he was of them as people, idly remarks to himself that clone organ transplants are easy, with hardly any rejection. [[CloningBlues Poor bastards.]]
** Also in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], it is mentioned that the Sand People stick straws into the bodies of dead people they find in the desert, and suck out their body fluids. Well, it's not like they're gonna ''need'' them, is it?
* In ''Literature/PresidentsVampire'', Konrad's plastic surgery clinic's dark secret is that Konrad uses parts of human bodies in his cosmetics - bones for "life-like" prosthetics, skin for youth creams, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick souls for Elixir of Life]]... Although he's the only one to use the last one. He even constructed a machine that can extract all the parts without human input.
* In the ''Literature/{{Riverworld}}'' series, every human being since the Pleistocene is reincarnated on an alien planet, on which they are the only animal life. While food is provided, lack of raw materials means that by the second book, human skin comes into widespread use as the only available leather.
** It should be noted, however, that when someone dies on Riverworld, they are reincarnated elsewhere the next morning. This makes the reuse of their old bodies even creepier.
* In Laura Mixon's ''Literature/BurningTheIce'', corpses are recycled into the artificial food source called mana and eaten in a ceremony honoring the dead. The colonists live on an icy moon of a gas giant planet so everything has to be recycled for them to survive.
* Norman Spinrad's ''Literature/BugJackBarron'' has as its main plot point an experimental immortality treatment [[spoiler: made by subjecting children to massive amounts of radiation and then harvesting their endocrine system for a transplant. To boost {{Aesoptinium}} levels, the majority of the kids being harvested were bought outright from impoverished black families.]]
* As shown in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', many of Voldemort's victims ended up being tossed in an underground lake and turned into Inferi (undead) to guard one of his [[SoulJar Horcruxes]].
* In some of Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's science fiction stories, there's a profession called a "corpse handler". What they do is control a number of human corpses linked together by bionic technology and use them to perform manual labor (forest clearing, construction, and the like).
* ''Literature/TheInnocentsAbroad'' by Creator/MarkTwain contains a joke about the Egyptians burning mummies for steam train fuel. Unfortunately the story has been taken as true, right up to the present day. "D--n these plebeians, they don't burn worth a cent--pass out a King!"
* In the ''Literature/{{Necroscope}}'' series by Brian Lumley on the world where vampiric beings originated, the various Whamphryi overlords/ladies would stage raids on the human population to collect resources for the "provisioning". They would take captured people and mix them with their own metamorphic flesh, turning them into anything ranging from battle mounts capable of flight to living plumbing systems to pipe water throughout their tower-like homes. It was mentioned in one book how they would even grow stairways for their towers out of the bones and cartilage of hapless captured people, or any underling who manged to displease them enough.
* In the book ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife'', Claire asks Henry, a Librarian, if the rumor that his library has a rare book that was bound in human skin is true, and he says yes. This opens things up for [[BrickJoke a great line later]], when a fellow librarian tells Henry that his boss wants to see him, and that the boss "looks like he wants to rebind The Chronicles of Nawat Wuzeer Hyderabed."
** In the ''Literature/GarrettPI'' series, the urban legend that wizards' spellbooks are bound in the skin of [[YouHaveFailedMe unsatisfactory underlings]] is so old, it's become a joke of the profession.
* ''Literature/TheWarOfTheFlowers'' by Tad Williams features the main character enjoying some pixie dust. Given that he's an aging rocker, this isn't so unusual, but he's later reminded that he's in a reality where there are actual pixies.
** Another example involves how the fairies {{magitek}} works- they used to power it with belief, but since humans have become less superstitious while the energy needs of fairy society have gone up, that's no longer feasible. The new energy source involves leeching magic from living, usually lower-class, fairies, usually against their will. Though normally not fatal, the process leaves the victims burned out shells who are sickly, magic-less, and frequently insane.
* In the ''Literature/{{Deathstalker}}'' series Valentine Wolfe used this at one point. He produced a highly-addictive drug with chemicals he harvested from the bodies of humans killed when the Empress razed Owen's homeworld. As a final measure of getting the most out of the resources available, he then served his colleagues the meat not used in the process.
** The Empress had specially-contained [[BrainInAJar human brains]] used to disrupt psionic powers and one of the main characters started the series as an organ runner.
* In Literature/TheLaundrySeries, the Laundry converts dead employees (among others) into zombie night watchmen. In classic goverment-speak, their [[InhumanResources Human Resources department]] refer to them as Residual Human Resources, or [=RCR=]s.
* In the Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin short story "Paradises Lost", when people die their bodies are taken to the "Life Centre" for "recycling". The story takes place on a [[SmallSecludedWorld generation ship]] where all resources must continually be recycled for everyone to survive, so it makes perfect sense.
* In the ''Biofab War'' space opera by Stephen Ames Berry, 'mindslavers' are starships that use the harvested brains of living humans as biological computers. This is reversible (assuming the body is retained), but usually involuntary and is considered a FateWorseThanDeath.
* ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}'' has a dinosaur version of this, although it's voluntary. Dying saurians travel into the rainy basin to give their bodies to the carnivores for food. There are similar caravans of mammals that go into the Forbidden Mountains for the same reason.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** An alien-exploiting-alien version. Ax tells the group of a race called The Five that harvested a race called the Venber for lubricants (their bodies melted when they got above a certain temperature, but the fluid sped up the Five's computers). This eventually led to the Venbers' extinction.
** There's also the brother of Visser Three, who kills humans to obtain other Yeerks to eat, so he doesn't have to return to the pool to feed.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', it's mentioned that human skin is seldom used for writing evil books. But only because it's really bad at holding the ink.
* In the ''Literature/BreakingTheWall'' trilogy, the Thirteen Orphans' each possess a Mahjong set that's passed down family lines, with tiles made from bone and bamboo. It is revealed in the second book that the bones came from the original Orphans, exiles from another world who wanted to keep the link to their homeland alive, strengthen the powers of their descendants, and also give their bodies a more portable form in the hopes that they could one day be returned to their homeland proper.
* In ''Literature/CourtshipRite'', in addition to eating their dead, the Getans make full use of their corpses, since they have no other large animals to provide things like leather. Even Oelita the Gentle Heretic, who preaches against cannibalism, wears a coat made from her dead father's skin, in his honor.
* ''Literature/FirebirdLackey'': Anyone who isn't a prince and enters the Katschei's palace is fed to the monster staff.
* In ''[[Literature/BlackTideRising Under a Graveyard Sky]]'', the fastest way of collecting large amounts of antibodies for use in a vaccine against [[SyntheticPlague H7D3]] is to collect the fluids from the head and spine of its victims. The task is done under secret conditions by Thomas Smith and some associates due to the illegality of the act.
* In ''Literature/EthanOfAthos'', the bodies of people who die on the space station are processed into fertilizer for plants because the people of the station can't afford to waste organic material and it's considered less {{Squick}}y than using them directly as feedstock for meat replication.
* In ''[[Literature/CircleOfMagic Street Magic]]'', when Briar is entering the stronghold of [[BigBad Lady Zenadia]], he notices at once her luxuriant and flourishing gardens -- very strange in a landscape that is in the middle of a desert (the city is a FantasyCounterpartCulture to a Middle Eastern one). [[GreenThumb When he asks the plants how they're so strong,]] they answer "Rich food!" When Briar goes to confront her (and rescue his student Evvy) later on, he finds out that she's been using the bodies of people she's had killed as fertilizer.
* In ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'' Earl has a jacket made from minotaur hide (which is bulletproof). The initial assumption is that the hide was from a monster that Earl killed prior to the books, however later flashbacks reveal that the minotaur in question was actually a close friend of Earl's who left him his skin in his will to repay Earl for saving his life (settling debts is extremely [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy important to minotaurs]]).
* In the ''Literature/JacobsLadderTrilogy'', the ColonyShip ''Jacob's Ladder'' carries both a living crew and stored {{Human Popsicle}}s. Due to the severe shortage of vital resources following the Breaking, the living crew are forced to begin shutting off life support for the popsicles in order to harvest needed materials from their corpses.
* In ''Literature/TheGolgothaSeries'', the Blood of the Wurm is an oily black PsychoSerum created from the blood of murdered infants.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Near the end of the first book, Katniss realizes that Muttations, the genetically engineered monsters that attack the surviving tributes, were somehow created from the dead tributes. In the book, the muttations have the same hair color and eyes as the tributes they were created from. In the movie, the correspondence is much subtler. They all look like brown dog-wolves, but their CGI facial expressions are based on the actors who played the tributes.
** Although she later reflects that the Muttations probably didn't actually contain any parts of the dead tributes - they were just made to look like them for the additional psychological terror.
* In ''Literature/DinnerAtDeviantsPalace'', a popular drug which takes the form of a reddish-brown powder and is known as "Blood" turns out to be made with actual blood harvested from the mind-broken victims of a psychic vampire; taking the drug opens the mind of the user to be fed on as well.
* In ''Literature/TheMidnightMeatTrain'' human flesh is gathered from subway riders to feed the elders of New York in exchange for their immortality.
* Mary Roach's ''Literature/{{Stiff}}'' examines the various fates awaiting actual human remains, including dissection, vehicular crash-testing, being plastinated as a permanent anatomical display, or getting processed into cement for an artificial reef and/or fertilizer to sustain a memorial tree.
* ''Literature/TheStarchildTrilogy'': Under the Plan of Man, all must contribute. Those who cannot or will not contribute willingly are sent to the inescapable prison called "Heaven", where they can peacefully wait until their body parts are required.
* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', Hananja's believers are encouraged to donate their dreams and nightmares to the Hetawa, so the priests -- mainly Sharers -- may harvest them and use them to in turn heal those in need. On the other hand, dreamblood harvested from dreams of the dying by Gatherers is highly addictive and can be used for less communal purposes.
* Used in ''Literature/ThePaperMagician'' by Excisioners, magicians who channel their magic through flesh and blood. Practitioners will mutilate and dissect innocent victims to increase their own power, and human hearts are particularly valuable for their spells.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Moutain Men in ''Series/{{The 100}}'' are people who survived the nuclear apocalypse by hiding in a nuclear bunker. Now they capture the people who survived and use their blood as medicine. When they realize that [[spoiler:they can use the 100's bone marrow to become resistant to the radiations outside, they start harvesting them too.]]
* ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'': In "The Thingy!", the Thingy plans to convert the Aquabats into fuel for its spacecraft.
* In ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', the vampires eventually try to control their hunger while they work on world domination by keeping a group of humans in the basement for slow drinking. Though the humans are promised that they won't lose much blood, it is gradually revealed that the people are getting sick from blood loss and that there were items left in the room from the first groups of people that were brought in... [[spoiler:Thankfully, Anne promptly rescues everyone from the room after she meets the ghost of a man who died in the room.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Subverted in a season six episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Buffy ''did'' believe that the Doublemeat Palace ground their employees up into hamburger, a theory supported by the disappearances of employees and after she found a finger in the meat grinder. [[spoiler:It turns out that the employees were in fact eaten by a lamprey-like demon disguised as an old lady regular customer.]]
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had an episode where humans were harvested for parts for transplant to rich people.
*** Also there was a {{necromancer}} whose main source of income was putting demons into corpses provided by Wolfram & Hart.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In their origins, the original Cybermen are a powerful aversion to this: Humans on a doomed planet that started out as a twin of Earth go inside the planet as the entire surface becomes uninhabitable. They create suits of armor to survive the inhospitable environment on the surface to create a world propulsion system and move the entire planet into a better location and save what's left of them. The process takes so long that due to a lack of nutrition humanity is to weak and continuously swapping out their human bits for stronger robotic ones, and their leaders have preserved themselves as AIs. Brains are turned off to try and minimize the emotional body horror. It starts being played straight when the AI follows the logical progression of deciding the best way to preserve humanity is to make them into sterile robot men who must convert others to survive. By the time of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E2TheTenthPlanet "The Tenth Planet"]] (the First Doctor's first meeting with the Cybermen) they call him out on the idea that he is dooming humanity to a slow agonizing death instead of letting them convert humanity into immortality.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]]: The Dalek Emperor specifically extracted cells he deemed "worthy" from the humans he harvested and grew them into Dalek-Human hybrids.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl in the Fireplace"]]: The Clockwork Droids rebuilt the ship out of parts of the crew.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]]: "It was all there in the job title, the head of Human Resources."
** Professor Lazarus in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E6TheLazarusExperiment "The Lazarus Experiment"]] drains people away leaving emaciated husks.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E1PartnersInCrime "Partners in Crime"]]: Adipose: The fat just walks away.
** The fake Odin in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied "The Girl Who Died"]] captures the finest warriors from different worlds and harvests them for their testosterone, which he consumes.
** Played with in the Eighth Doctor audio adventure titled (appropriately) ''Human Resources''.
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', the mysterious and sinister Attic turns out to be a place where those who have '''really''' offended the higher-ups are [[spoiler: kept in a comatose state while their brains are used as living RAM by the Dollhouse mainframes.]]
* On ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Chiana and Jool fall into the hands of an [[TheAggressiveDrugDealer Aggressive Drug Dealer]] who makes what is basically [[FantasticDrug Space Ecstasy]] by draining the blood of beautiful women.
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', which is based on a series of novels involving a cannibal doctor, takes the concept and runs with it, by having the villains-of-the-week turning humans into anything - furniture, fertilizer, artworks, instrument string...
* Subverted on ''Ink Master'', when the host implied the contestants would have to tattoo human corpses as part of a challenge. They wound up working on plastic dummies instead.
* In the TV movie that kicked off ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', the remains of the thousands of offenders executed under His Divine Shadow are chopped up and fed to the ever-hungry titular living spaceship.
** The Lexx got the choicest morsels, the rest is donated to the "protein bank" along with all other 'spare' human parts and bodies. As well as a source of parts for cyborgs and presumably also replacement organs for the wealthy, the protein bank was being used to [[spoiler:feed the Gigashadow, the last survivor of humanity's deadliest enemy, the Insects.]] In the final TV movie, the entire population of the League of 20,000 Planets was harvested for their flesh.
* Technically, Vampire Resources in in ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'': a 700-year-old vampire traps other vampires in a vat of silver (toxic to them) and processes their blood into a drug called Black Crystal, which allows a human to temporarily feel the rush of being a vampire (minus the bloodlust). When Beth takes a hit from BC, she tries to seduce Mick and begs him to turn her. Unfortunately, the high content of silver is toxic to humans too.
* A short segment of ''Series/NightGallery'' featured a man whose business was getting passage out of the country for the most reprehensible murderous criminals. He did so by toasting his client's voyage and slipping him a mickey, then shipping him out of the country...as canned dog food.
* ''Series/NightVisions'': This becomes the fate of a group of unfortunate travellers in "Rest Stop". It turns out that the rest stop in the woods is a trap by the xenophobic locals to capture and kill people so they can make artifacts out of their hair, skin, and teeth.
-->''"You may have no use for us... but we definitely have use for you."''
* One of the RealLife weird artists who shop at Obscura from ''Oddities'' specializes in using stuff like human hair, teeth, belly-button lint or nail clippings in her craft projects. Quite a bit of Obscura's stock likewise consists of human bones or other preserved remains.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "Second Soul" involves first contact with a bodiless alien race fleeing the destruction of their home world. Since they cannot survive indefinitely in this form, they request that they be given dead humans as hosts.
* Two episodes of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' deal with organ replacement. In one, any person under 30 is required to be an organ donor, even if said organ is vital. When someone rich and/or important needs a new heart, the computer randomly selects a healthy 20-something with a good heart and activates his implant. The implant acts as a tracking device for special squads. Another episode has clones of rich or important people kept in a vegetative state in order to have perfectly-compatible organs. The problems arise when "our" Quinn is thought to be an escaped clone for this world's Quinn, who had just lost his eyes.
* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' had a space station that recycled living brains to repair itself.
** In "Fight or Flight" the crew find a starship whose murdered crew are being siphoned for their 'triglobulin' -- apparently used for medicines, vaccines, and even aphrodisiacs. Unfortunately triglobulin is very similar to human lymphatic fluid…
* On an episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', the crew met another Starfleet crew in the same predicament they were, but were rapidly on their way back to Earth. Trouble was, they were using sentient beings as fuel. They weren't human, didn't even look humanoid but they screamed horribly when they were in pain. Voyager ended up in something of a MeleeATrois with the other Starfleet crew ''and'' the justifiably pissed-off aliens as a result.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt''. A woman kills her husband and shoves him into a processor meant to make soap, then takes the soap home for use. The result proves to be dangerously acidic.
* In ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'', [[spoiler:the 456 want 10% of our children to harvest drugs from them]].
* An episode of the new ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' presents a family moving to a neighborhood where the rebel teenage children are sent to a place which starts seeming some kind of camp or disciplinary place. In the end, however, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the kids are turned into organic fertilizer and the parents are given a tree fertilized with their child as a memento]].

* Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} #10, "Twa Sisters": the body parts of the drowned girl are fashioned into a musical instrument, either a harp or a fiddle. The song is covered by Loreena [=McKennitt=] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=408za7FeNJo "Bonny Swan."]]

* The "HandOfGlory" was the severed hand of an executed criminal, clutching a candle or each finger made into a candle (with the added bonus that the candle is sometimes made with human fat), which gave a light only the Hand's holder could see. Supposedly it was a useful tool for medieval housebreakers, who could rob a house after dark without its illumination alerting residents or neighbors.
** In some versions of the tale, it went one step further - anyone who saw the light, other than its wielder, was hit with a full-on HoldPerson effect until the light left their vision.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk2020}}'', the buying and selling of organs and parts of killed people is a very profitable business.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': flesh golems. It's worse in TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} (creators usually are driven by obsessive insanity, while golems, no matter how innocent they start out, sooner or later become AxeCrazy), but otherwise it's merely a [[NauseaFuel very unappetizing]] variant which is still considered better than {{Undead}}. TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'s Hands of Glory and the Eye of Vecna are also examples.
** Similar to the ''Biofab War'' example, certain ships in the ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' setting use a sadistic variation of the typical spelljamming helm called a lifejammer. Instead of a spellcaster fueling the ship with his or her magical power, lifejammers are powered by the life force of whichever poor victim gets strapped into the helm. Neogi slavers are fond of using them, as are the undead, and their use is banned in pretty much every civilized region of wildspace.
* Kind of an everpresent problem in ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression''. Proper material for living things needs to come from somewhere. Most Geniuses try to find a workaround... but [[TheUnfettered Illuminated]] don't care.
* In the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness ''Immortals'' sourcebook, the Patchwork People are {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s and [[AristocratsAreEvil evil aristocrats]] who maintain their immortality by [[ImmortalityImmorality thieving organs and hormone extracts from innocent victims]].
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' Alpha Complex's main food source is from algae tanks which are in part fed by recycled citizens.
* A running joke in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is that the only resource the Imperium of Man is ''not'' short on is people.
** To the point where an infamously ruthless general forced his armies across minefields to clear then for his tanks.
** Space Marine Apothecaries do this literally: their main task in battle is to harvest the geneseed (artificial organs) of their fallen comrades. If this is not done they won't have enough materials to make more Space Marines.
** Commander Chenkov once ordered for a wall to be built to protect against his enemies. When the men informed him there wasn't enough mortar and bricks, he ordered them to start shooting his own men, and made a wall ''out of their corpses''.
** Servitors, which the Imperium uses in place of robots for heavy lifting and menial labor, are created by lobotomizing a human and grafting them into the machine they are to control. Robots and true AI have been banned by the Imperium for [[LegendFadesToMyth religious reasons]] - that is, a [[RobotWar AI/Human War in the remote past]]. This war is also implied to be one of the main things that ended the "Dark Age of Technology".
** Also, juvenat treatments (chemicals that stave off aging and increase life expectancy by hundreds if not thousands of years) are implied to be made out of children.
** The Medusa V campaign ended with the Dark Eldar capturing enough human slaves to use them as ''starship fuel'' (knowing [[FateWorseThanDeath the Dark Eldar]], being used as actual combustion fuel is the ''best'' fate those slaves could have hoped for).
** On top of all this, the Imperium uses [[PsychicPowers psykers]] to power the Astronomican that guides its ships through the Warp and the Golden Throne that keeps the Emperor alive. An average of ten thousand burn out and die ''every day''. The Throne has been described as having pyskers physically fed into it - at least the Astronomican ''"only"'' burns out minds.
** The Tyranid top them by attacking with their CannonFodder troops to cause the enemy to waste ammunition before the real attack starts, since they'll just lap up those troops' biomass (biomass being ''anything organic'') to make more later, then eat up the enemy's. Said troops don't even have a digestive system! They're ''supposed'' to get wiped out.
** So far the only two factions that have not resorted to this are the Eldar (who are too few to toss away their fellows...and even they are slowly resorting to this) and the Tau (who actually value the lives of their citizens). Everyone else indulge in a form of this or another; Chaos always has worshippers, Orks literally grow from spores (to the point that a whole Ork Ecosystem can spring up from one spore-spewing corpse) and the necrons can teleport away and ressurect. Even the Dark Eldar joins in on the fun with cloning-based ressurection and test tube babies.
** Amusingly enough, the Imperium does have a common foodstuff named "[[CanisLatinicus Soylens Veridians]]". It's made from algae. When they make it from people it's called "corpse starch", because subtlety is a lost art in the far future.

* In ''[[Theatre/MacBeth MacBeth]]'', the potion that creates the apparitions requires some human bits.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLastGuardian'' has your bird/dog/cat companion Trico eat glowing barrels for energy. [[spoiler: At the end of the game you find out the barrels are filled with pre-digested people. Ick.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FrontMission'' for Super Famicom [[spoiler: the main villain uses the heroes girlfriend's brain as a computer for his mech. You can eventually install "her" into your own wanzer]].
* The ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' series uses this a few times, mostly in the ''Red Alert'' series.
** In ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Red Alert 2]]'', you can gain funds by sending infantry back into the Cloning Vats. In the add-on game ''Yuri's Revenge'', the antagonist faction has a building specifically for this purpose, called a Grinder.
** The Grinder returns as a Soviet structure in ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 Red Alert 3]]'', where it's called the Crusher Crane. If you're feeling more charitable, it can also repair vehicles.
** Red Alert 2's editable INI files refer to the recycle-value of a unit as "soylent", in a fun bit of referential humor.
** Yuri's power plants could also improve their output if a soldier (One of Yuri's army or a mind-controlled enemy) was forced inside. However, this is a temporary boost, as the soldiers can leave the power plants again.
** CABAL in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'' is an artificial intelligence that stores human in vats so it can use their brains' processing power. Its name is an acronym for "Computer Assisted ''Biologically Augmented'' Lifeform".
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' had Flesh Atronachs in the Shivering Isles expansion, Flesh Elementals made out of flesh of other things by [[AxeCrazy Relmyna Verenim]] after her "discovery" of the Flesh element.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III: Reign of Chaos'', the undead can store corpses to be eaten or resurrected for later use. Of course, they ''are'' undead. Their siege weapon is the Meat Wagon which throws bodies as ammunition. Luckily, these corpses spawn from thin air and you don't have to collect any for that purpose.
** In addition, the undead in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' have the racial ability "Cannibalize" which allows them to regain health by eating a corpse.
*** A few undead units in Warcraft III have this ability too.
*** The Death Knight class introduced in the second expansion has the ability to raise a humanoid corpse as a temporary pet for a few minutes or as a lifelong companion if enough points are put into the proper talent tree.
*** Including ''allies''. Word of caution: some people really don't like it.
*** Update: Death Knights have apparently gotten better at it, because their "Raise Ally" button is now a full battle resurrection.
* ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' and ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation'' are just about robots, but they have harvesting wrecks (or immobile enemy structures or your own units) for resources.
* Zerg Defilers in ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' consume friendly units to regain special ability energy. So does Kerrigan. But then, she ''is'' the Queen Bitch of the Universe.
** And Samir Duran as well. But then, he ''is'', well... whatever the hell he is.
* The Hierarchy in ''[[VideoGame/UniverseAtWar Universe at War: Earth Assault]]'', [[{{Camp}} intentionally designed]] to perpetuate every single AlienInvasion sci-fi cliche in the last sixty years, gathers resources with walkers that can harvest buildings, cars, wrecks, [[AliensStealCattle cows]] and people.
* The recycling tanks in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. The supplementary materials implies that it's mostly the carbon and water that's being recycled, the two being rarities in the heavily nitrated soil and atmosphere of Planet.
-->''"It is every citizen's final duty to go into the Tanks, and become one with all of the people."''\\
-- Chairman Sheng-Ji Yang, 'Essays on Mind and Matter'
* [[spoiler:Exspheres]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.
* Dead bodies are used in ''VisualNovel/TearsToTiara'' and ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'' by TheEmpire to make Golmes.
* ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' does this with the Druuge, whose Mauler ship has a ridiculously low recharge rate for its weapon. Luckily, the Druuge keep all their crewmates conveniently close to the engine intake.
** The game tends to objectify life in general: your ship's life units are its crew members, and if they die, it's no problem for you as long as you have enough Resource Units to buy more. Moreover, you collect Resource Units after winning a battle by scavenging minerals from the enemy ship's wreckage. It seems as though a planet's inhabitants are sacred, but once those inhabitants are aboard a ship, they are expendable, at least to an extent because if you use lose a lot of crew members, the price for new crew members goes up. Same happens if you [[spoiler:sell too many of them to the Druuge as slaves]]. There is a optional sidequest where you can save the Shofixti race, who have ridiculously fast reproduction rate, thus creating an effectively endless pool of volunteer, bushido-following, loyal and eager to sacrifice themselves for you recruits, resulting your crew cost to be reduced to lowest possible.
* The Combine of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' have Earth under a planet-wide military occupation. Having [[SterilityPlague sterilized its inhabitants]], it's only a matter of time until humanity goes extinct... and until then, the Combine plan to exploit them just like any other resource. The GasMaskMooks you fight throughout the game are them 'repurposing' humans as an occupation force, but the ultimate example is the [[http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Stalker Stalker.]] Meanwhile, it's implied that the [[AmbiguousRobots Synths]] employed by the Combine are this trope applied to other aliens.
* Harvesting humans to turn into goofy robots was the primary purpose of the giant sphinctership in ''VideoGame/Prey2006''.
* The Adam economy of Rapture, from ''VideoGame/BioShock'', is built on this. First, the Adam (a valuable genetic commodity/drug) is made in the bodies of modified little girls grafted to an outright miraculous sea slug. These self-same little girls are set loose to gather Adam from the bodies of dead splicers. Not to mention that the monstrous Big Daddies that protect them are extremely bio-modded humans in armored diving suits. It's implied within the game that the Big Daddies are created out of out-of-work and down-on-their-luck people. There are signs about an orphanage and a halfway house right near where the Little Sisters and Big Daddies are created.
* In the video game ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' it is eventually revealed that [[spoiler: the human race (of the game's world) was created by a ''cyborg'' computer to be eventually used as spare parts!]]
** At one point Fei, Citan, and Elly discover that when in Solaris, one should not eat the food. Ironically they discover this in the food plant itself. Fei and Elly break open a few barrels at the end of the production line to appease their growling guts. They even comment on how good it tastes. Citan refrains, but lets them eat anyway. The characters then walk into the ''next'' part of the plant, and well... you can imagine what happens next.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' starts with 'Iguana' Bob, whose stores tend to include a slight bit of long pig when the iguana is low. ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' also includes the people of Arefu potentially giving blood to the Family in exchange for protection or being left alone, and the ''children'' of Little Lamplight, who are only able to survive thanks to the radiation-cleansing properties of a specific fungus that suddenly flourished after having all the dead adults dropped into it. The Little Lamplighters continue to provide nourishment for said fungus. The player character in ''Fallout 3'' can also sell human blood and... ahem... strange meat to some of the above groups, although not usually producing it himself or herself.
** Not to mention the Cannibal perk, which lets you eat corpses and people you kill. Rather nutritious, too. Just don't let others know of your disgusting habits.
* In ''VideoGame/QuakeII'' and ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'', the Strogg use the bodies of humans to increase their ranks, to break down into Stroyent, and to power their machinery, amongst other things. Your first encounter with this rather nasty aspect of the Strogg is the second objective of the fifth mission of ''Quake II'', which has you shutting down an alien processing plant. In ''VideoGame/EnemyTerritoryQuakeWars'' Strogg technicians can convert fallen GDF sodiers into single use respawn points for Strogg players.
** It is also implied that the Strogg that are not made from humans are made from other alien races the Strogg have conquered.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' allows you to make crossbow bolts from the bones of your enemies. Creative [[GameMod modding]] also allows you to butcher captured and / or fallen enemies for food and other by-products.
** Each dwarf has a chance to go into a "[[MadArtist strange mood]]", which will result in them producing a legendary artifact. If the dwarf is miserable at the time the strange mood stirkes, there's a chance he'll ''murder a fellow dwarf'' and make some leather craft out of the dead dwarf's skin.
** Mermaid bones were once a very valuable commodity, as merfolk are incredibly rare. Someone figured out a way to make a mermaid farms by carefully managing a "captive" population so that they would breed fast enough to have a reliable supply. Toady was horrified by this and lowered the value of mermaid bones drastically in a later update.
* In ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'', the Many, early on, connect worms to humans to change them into Hybrids. Later, having gained control of the Von Braun, they start converting people into their raw components and building new creatures out of the biomass.
* In ''VideoGame/MoonChronicles'' an underground alien complex is discovered on the moon which processes people into various products.
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/MagicalStarsign'', you learn the robots are powered by gummies made from humans. The humans forming the gummies are all that's left of the Espresso civilization, and when they run out, every robot will turn against every civilization in order to make more. MoodWhiplash indeed!
* Humans are this to the [[EldritchAbomination Reapers]] in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', but it's not clear exactly ''how'', since the Reapers [[CulturalPosturing go on about how you couldn't possibly understand]]. The game hints that the [[OurZombiesAreDifferent husks]] might have something to do with though. Likewise the Collectors in ''Mass Effect: Ascension'', who may or may not be the same group as the Reapers (they're never seen and nobody knows anything concrete about them).
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', it turns out that [[spoiler:Reapers are constructed from a combination of mechanical components and the liquefied and processed bodies of organics, making them strange cybernetic organisms.]]
** Mordin's loyalty mission has him and Shepard discussing the use of live test subjects (human and otherwise) in medical research. Mordin states that humans make excellent test subjects for such projects due to their greater genetic diversity compared to most other species. However, he disapproves of such methods on moral grounds, saying that they have no place in real science.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', you visit a massive refugee camp on Horizon, that is run by a a group that is entirely controlled by [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Cerberus]]. Not only is the place completely deserted, files found on desks of the administration staff refer to the reception terminal as "Processing". [[spoiler:All healthy adults are turned into mind controlled cyborg soldiers while everyone else is [[OurZombiesAreDifferent made into husks]] as samples for Anti-Reaper weapon tests.]]
** The BigBad of the ''Citadel DLC'' is revealed to be [[spoiler: a clone of Shepard, created by Cerberus as part of the Lazarus Project to provide replacement organs and limbs in case Shepard was critically injured during the Collector Mission. S/he has none of Shepard's memories and was never even supposed to be conscious and naturally, developed something of an InferioritySuperiorityComplex towards the real Shepard as a result]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'', the Mercenaries in the Terraniux hydroponics facility are either fleecing the Nali for fertiliser, or using them '''as''' fertiliser:
-->'''Translator Message:''' Greenhouse B: The Karkilys Zegnus need more fertiliser. Please dispatch a group of guards to inspect the Nali homes in Noork's Elbow.
* The Flood from the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series starts out as a typical example of TheVirus, infecting living beings and transforming them into [[ZombieApocalypse Combat Forms]]. However, once it took over the population of the Covenant holy city the [[HiveMind Gravemind]] started producing Pure Forms - creatures built from scratch out of collected biomass.
* The first Season of the ''VideoGame/SamAndMax'' games is about an alien BigBad who extracts blissful [[EmotionEater emotion]] from humans.
** In the Season 3 episode ''The Penal Zone'', the arch-villain harvests moleman sweat (not exactly human, but still...) as condiments and rocket fuel. A escaped victim would later run in the streets, screaming ''[[ShoutOut a la]]'' the final scene of ''Soylent Green''.
* The player character in ''VideoGame/InFamous'' can pull energy from other people to fuel his powers. The game's MacGuffin does this on a much larger scale.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Oiligarchy}}'', [[spoiler:you can eventually start processing people into biofuels once oil starts running out]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' game ''Operation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E'', [[spoiler: Father uses the bodies of all villains the team defeated to create the last boss, The Amalgamation]].
* Killing enemies with Damage Traps in ''[[{{Deception}} Tecmo's Deception]]'' only makes them drop gold. However, if you successfully finish them with a Capture Trap, you have the choice of taking the gold off their corpse, sucking their soul out to restore your ManaMeter, or entombing their actual ''bodies'' to be used to create a monster for SummonMagic.
* ''Franchise/BreathOfFire''
** ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' allows the option to save [[spoiler: Ryu's father]] from a life-powered machine, only to have [[spoiler:him]] volunteer to enter another later on... [[StupidSacrifice for the sole purpose of making]] [[WorldInTheSky your town fly.]] And this is ''after'' [[spoiler:Nina's sister]] already [[SenselessSacrifice irreversibly sacrificed herself]] to be a [[GiantFlyer living airship.]]
** ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' isn't much better on those regards. [[spoiler: The ammo for the Carronade Nuke used against Fou-lu the GodEmperor? His girlfriend Mami, who was tortured into insanity beforehand. No wonder Fou-Lu [[GoMadFromTheRevelation goes insane at that]].]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' is quite literally made of this. The plot revolves around a virus that warps and re-purposes human bodies for its own ends; the creatures Alex fights are grown from infected humans (which in concept art is depicted as packed-together human bodies, still somewhat alive, being gradually assimilated into the larval form of the creature); one boss fight is against a woman literally encased in human flesh, which she uses like a gigantic set of PowerArmor; and Alex himself absorbs people to take their memories, appearances and mass to fuel his abilities, 'consuming' them alive.
* In ''VideoGame/AmericanMcgeesAlice'', the Hatter's clockwork inventons are [[PoweredByAForsakenChild fueled by insane children]]. ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'' uses them for the Infernal Train, as well.
* ''VideoGame/JeffWaynesWarOfTheWorlds'' has human blood as a Martian resource.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'', "Phantoma" can be absorbed from dead organic enemies (Including human soldiers). Absorbing Phantoma replenishes the character's MP, and collected Phantoma is used in the Altocrystarium to power up spells in multiple parameters (Strength, range, MP consumption, etc.)
* The demons in ''CorruptionOfChampions'' strap people into chairs, inject drugs, corruptive fluids, and aphrodisiacs into them, and then milk them of their sexual fluids for the rest of their lives. This is a potential fate of the player character.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}: Abe's Oddysee'', the titular Abe and his fellow race, the human-like Mudokons, are the slaves of Rapture Farms, the biggest meat-processing plant on the planet. And because Rapture Farms has processed so much livestock into extinction, the Glukkons, an entire race of {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, decide that their newest product will be the ''[[Film/SoylentGreen Mudokons themselves!]]'' The second game, ''Abe's Exoddus'', has the Glukkons making drinks from Mudokon bones and tears.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has a subtle example: Zombies and Skeletons both drop useful items. Skeletons in particular drop bones, which are useful as fertilizer, while Zombies drop Rotten Flesh, which is less than ideal for proper meals but is useful in a pinch. Both of these are implied to have once been human, especially the Zombies, which have an appearance that's almost identical to the default character skin. Additionally, Rotten Flesh [[HorrorHunger gives the player a temporary Hunger effect]] when eaten.
* ''VideoGame/UltimaIII'' Had an interesting case of VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can drum up some quick, easy cash by creating new characters for the party with the express intent of selling all of their equipment. ''[[ButWaitTheresMore But that's not all!]]'' There's a place in a town where you can donate blood (reduction of hit points) and you get payment for it! So before you delete those naked characters you can sell almost all of their blood for cash!
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'': There are several substances you can find across these games. Demons love 'em all, magnetite, magatsuhi, red pills, what's the diff? All taste great and give lots of energy. [[spoiler:The method of production, though? It involves humans, torture and very, very painful extraction. There's a reason it's been called true evil.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', Raiden can slice apart rival cyborgs and extract recovery units from within their body in order to maintain his own cybernetics. Justified, because Raiden's cyborg body doesn't have a repair unit of its own, and extracting enemy repair units allows him to recover from damage more quickly than using them properly (in which case, he'd recover no quicker than the average healing speed of normal humans) and recharge his fuel cells in the process.
* Referenced/parodied in the ''{{Portal 2}}'' DLC.
--> '''Cave Johnson''': Just wanna let the cafeteria staff know to lay off the Soylent Green. I'm holding a memo from the President, and it turns out that soylent green is... [paper rustling] let's see here... doubling in price."
* In ''VideoGame/ArmedPoliceBatrider'', it turns out that one of the reasons that [[OneNationUnderCopyright GiganTech took measures to turn Zenovia into a city-state with it as the ruling party]] was to be able to use the now-trapped denizens' life-force as a ''power supply'' for Discharge and anything else that required too much power for anything else to work viably.
* In ''VideoGame/TheForest'', both the player can use the cannibals bodyparts as effigies to scare them off, while the cannibals have used human limbs to create some themselves. Also, the cannibals got their moniker for a reason.
* In ''[[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown XCOM Enemy Unknown]]'' it was implied that some humans were turned into alien food, but in ''[[VideoGame/XCOM2 XCOM 2]]'' it is explicitly shown that humans are being broken down into some sort of green slime (most likely to be used in the Gene Clinics) in the ADVENT Black Site mission.
* In ''VideoGame/WildStar'', playing with and utilizing the dead for your own purposes seems to be a real recurring theme.
** First up, there are the Moodies who raise the dead as servants, and themselves when they meet an unfortunate end.
** Next up, there are the Mordesh, who need Vitalus so badly it is actually protocol to extract the chemical from dead Mordesh.
** Speaking of which, both the Mordesh and the Chua are not adverse to test subjects that are little less than fresh for their experiments. While they would certainly prefer ''live'' ones, one simply does not have the luxury most of the time.
* In the old Sierra adventure game ''VideoGame/{{Manhunter}}'', one of the big reveals is that [[spoiler: the orbs have no interest in keeping humanity around, and are slowly but surely converting useless and dangerous individuals to some kind of nutrient stuff]]. In the first game, it's the actual fate of anyone [[spoiler: "transferred to Chicago". Like you.]]
* Played with in ''VideoGame/FreedomWars''. When you rescue an abducted Citizen, the escape hatch is called a "Resource Reclamation Pod", and your Accessory talks about them as a commodity, implying this trope. You soon find out that the "resource" being discussed are said Citizen's mind and skills, and despite being the privileged class[[note]]As opposed to Sinners like the player character, who get million-year prison sentences for being an unproductive net drain on resources[[/note]] are expected to dedicate themselves completely to the collective happiness of the Panopticon. In addition, Citizens you rescue can be used at facilities to expedite crafting and produce higher-quality items.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'', aboard the Ishimura, fetuses are being grown in tanks. It's explained that they are being grown to harvest limbs and such for people who have lost theirs in mining accidents. They become the Lurkers.
* The Rune of Life and Death (a.k.a. the Soul Eater Rune) in ''VideoGame/SuikodenI'' feeds off of the souls of those close to its' wielder, growing in power each time it does so.


[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Kotomine in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has at the bottom of his church [[spoiler:magical coffins that suck the life and apparently the mass of children who really ''ought'' to be corpses but aren't. The end result? [[MoralEventHorizon About fifty kids who have been stuck in stone coffins for ten years while they rot at an infinitesimal rate, with no idea how they got there]]. So they're human resources even before they die.]]
** Heroic Spirits, due to their inability to regenerate their own prana, usually rely on their Masters to restore their reserves. In desperate circumstances, or if the Master simply wants to quickly power up their Servant, the Spirit can resort to consuming souls. Due to their Masters lacking prana, [[spoiler:Caster and Rider]] did so.
** [[spoiler:The Holy Grail]] converts the souls of [[spoiler:Heroic Spirits]] into energy to power itself. Caster determined it could also be powere by ordinary human souls, though in much vaster quantities.
* Metacreatures in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth'' are spawned from corpses by the host of the Metacreature.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'''s all-birds high school has a rumor that the students who vanish in the infirmary are used for diabolical experiments and then converted into teriyaki for the lunch menu and quill pens for the bookstore. [[spoiler: There's significant evidence that these rumors are true, but the government does nothing... because ''they're'' sponsoring the MadScientist who is the school doctor!]]
* ''VideoGame/FreedomWars'' takes the trope to its logical extreme and, funnily enough, makes it all the way back to the original meaning of this trope: skilled worker management. In the resource-starved dark future, skilled, educated humans are the most valuable resource of all. So you fight giant abductor robots who steal humans and imprison them in their own bodies.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' humans are constantly kept as slaves, cheap labour and meat shields by the Drow races. Well not being outright kept for eating, partly because it takes too long for humans to mature enough to be worth it, when a human dies the drow have no qualms butchering and serving them as food, but they also frequently do this to ''other'' drow, as food is too scarce in the underworld to waste. The Black Dragon Tavern [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=4343 is also shown]] to have fed humans and other drow who became useless in their GladiatorGames to their growing dragon hatchlings.
* ''Webcomic/SuicideForHire'': [[http://suicideforhire.comicgenesis.com/d/20060507.html Hunter's project on utilitarianism.]] Apparently he does this a lot, as his on-off girlfriend Chryseis later asks him "Have you ever considered doing a project for that class that ''didn't'' involve the slaughter of hundreds?"
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Belkar has a bad habit (one among many) of using the heads of slain kobolds as hats, salsa bowls, or litter boxes for Mr. Scruffy. He later lists the uses of a still conscious head of an Eye of Fear and Flame: portable EyeBeams, [[AnachronismStew alarm system, bottle opener, can crusher, paperweight, bowling ball,]] [[MundaneUtility nutcracker, stool,]] [[{{Squick}} and emergency chamber pot.]] At this point, skull decides he'd rather die than literally "take Belkar's crap."
** One of Xykon's more amusing comments about zombification have spawned a whole line of [[http://www.cafepress.com/orderofthestick/6257881 OotS merchandise.]] In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0037.html one early strip,]] Xykon points out another advantage: he can [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kill annoying minions]] without losing their services.
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' decided to [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0466.html add this]] (along with FridgeHorror) to ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* Implied in [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20060213.html this]] ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' where the head of the CORE wonders how the Collective of Anarchist States could get the carbon and calcium to build the Tower of Babel from the wreckage of post-hurricane New York.
-->Federov: "...I've just thought of a way to supplement a carbon and calcium supply after a natural disaster. Please say I'm wrong."
-->Central: "There's been a distinct lack of televised funerals from the CAS, so sorry sir, I can't rule it out."
* The present page image is from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', in a storyline where kidnapped humans are used to develop illegal nanites.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Unsounded}}'' "Plods" are corpses that were deliberately reanimated with pymary (magic), and are widely used as a cheap source of slave labor. They are considered quite ordinary in the countries that "employ" them; making a mindless magical meat-puppet do punishing work for days at a time is said to be a more humane practice than enslaving living, feeling humans. Their use is heavily regulated, as is their appearance, which is made uniform and featureless to prevent an UncannyValley effect, and areas where they are working are often cordoned off so as not to disturb the living.
* In ''Webcomic/DeepRise'' humans are used for food and [[AndIMustScream servitors]]. [[TheMcCoy Cheertwit's]] "tablet" [[AndIMustScream servitors]] "Scribblebrite" used to be a little kid.
* In ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'', the key element of [[spoiler:the medicine Alice drinks every morning]] is Rougina's blood.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebAnimation/LuckyDayForever'', [[spoiler: the Lottery Winner bodies are used to revitalize the Whites's bodies while keeping the Whites young forever. This trope metaphorically represents the Whites taking advantage of the gullible Proles.]]
* In ''FanFic/TheReturn'' as well as the [[ImAHumanitarian Other White Meat]], Succubae feed on human sexual energy. One of the markers of the "[[GreyAndGrayMorality good guys]]" is that when they do it, their victims are still alive afterwards. Alexia's victims are not so lucky.
* In The Sandstorm episodes of {{Podcast/Welcome To Night Vale}}, everything in [[spoiler: Desert Bluffs]] is said to be made out of or covered in viscera. Possibly implied to be [[spoiler: the fate of one of the Intern Danas - they ran out of materials, and the surviving Dana had to build that shelf out of ''something''.]]
* In the "Courage Wolf vs Insanity Wolf" Animeme Rap Battle, after being told he gives nothing to society, Insanity Wolf replies "Yeah, that's a real crock of shit! I feed the homeless! ''To'' the homeless!"
* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', the Ghosts, groups of enhanced soldiers who act as spies and commandos, do this as a crude form of exponential growth. They prey upon [[DisposableVagrant the local homeless population]], usually children, for both biomass to grow more of them and brains which can be modified to work with the Ghost template. When a Ghost cell has gained enough members, they will bud off another cell or engage in acts of terrorism to reduce their own numbers.
* In ''Literature/VoidDomain'', Bloodstones are formed by magically crushing a living heart into a gem.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The following exchange occurred on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
-->'''Homer:''' Marge, please, old people don't need companionship. They need to be isolated and studied so it can be determined what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use.
-->'''Marge:''' Homer, would you please stop reading [[TakeThat that Ross Perot pamphlet?]]
* A nonlethal example in ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'', where the Gay Pride Parade powers the New York electric grid.
* A rather painful and {{Squick}}-y example from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'': The trees, upset at the way people have been treating them, puts Master Shake on trial; during the trial, they bring out [[ChewToy Carl]]... and rip pieces of his skin right off his body to use as paper.
* A season 2 episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' reveals that the favorite sewing material of band's new fashion designer is "special leather". The final scene, which shows the room where he harvests this material, is so {{Squick}}y that even the band is horrified.
-->'''Nathan''': [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments OH, WHAT A HORRIBLE-Oh, you're fired by the way.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The organ donor system; you agree to it, then fall over dead, and some doctors cut all the useful bits out of you to use in someone else. Often it is illegal for the donor's family to profit by this; in some countries there is a small payment.
** Likewise, blood banks and marrow-donor registries, with the added convenience of omitting the "fall over dead" part.
** Sperm donors also fall under this.
*** Egg donors, too.
* UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust: during ''Operation Reinhard'', local commanders came up with a simple but brilliant way to make an extra buck ''and'' outshine the programmes being implemented by the German Army and the regional SSPFs (Shutzstaffel und Polizei Führers, SS and Police leaders) in the occupied Soviet Union: rather than simply claiming the Undesirables' personal effects and disposing of the remains, they experimented with processing the corpses into products which could be sold. After the clearing of the backlog and closure of the ''Reinhard'' facilities, the consolidated selection/disposal facility at Auschwitz-II/Birkenau continued the most productive uses. These included cloth from hair and fertiliser from bone. The museum at the Auschwitz-I work/concentration camp still has some of the hair-cloth on display.
** The hair was woven into thermal socks and underwear issued to U-Boat crewmen and Luftwaffe aircrew, and used to fill mattresses issued to prisoners of war. One British [=PoW=] recalls marveling that the Germans were methodical enough to collect all the gleanings from barber and hairdressers' shops for re-use...
** And then there were the medical experiments which we use the findings of to this day, such as those on hypothermia and survivable levels of blood-loss. The actual doctors expressed a particular contempt for [[MadScientist Joseph Mengele]], who had an honorary doctorate in Racial Science, because his experiments had no scientific merit.
** Partly due to the racist nature of US culture in that age, and also due to pointedly racist anti-Japanese propaganda by the American government, many US soldiers cut up the corpses of Japanese people and boiled the flesh off the bone[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_mutilation_of_Japanese_war_dead#U.S._reaction so they could fashion objects out of them or take them home intact as 'souvenirs']]. By contrast, in the European theater the only verified case of this was of a single German corpse scalped by a Native American soldier. This practice featured heavily in Japanese propaganda and promoted Japanese reluctance to surrender.
*** There's currently a war crimes tribunal featuring US soldiers who allegedly took 'souvenirs' from the corpses of Afghan civilians.
* PlayedForLaughs by [=McDonald's=] restaurants. Today, the tray liners display nutritional information. In the late 1980's, they had a picture of happy-looking employees with the caption, "People, our most important ingredient."
* A 14-year old British girl named Charlene Downes was alleged to have been raped and murdered by 29 year old Iyad Albattikhi, owner of Funny Boyz fast food shop in Blackpool, UK. To hide his crime, Iyad was alleged to having [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-459013/Mother-murdered-girl-kebabs-runs-court-gruesome-testimony.html ground her body into kebab]] and sold her as kebab meat to customers in his restaurant. Basically, if true, this would be a RealLife version of Sweeney Todd.
* [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-503419/Eco-boat-powered-human-fat-attempts-round-world-speed-record.html Human fat has been used to power an eco-boat]] - the fat was provided by the skipper himself and two volunteers, all of whom underwent liposuction. Similarly, [[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,473078,00.html a surgeon was once accused of illegally using liposuction patients' fat to fuel his car]].
* If you boil human urine, you can condense the vapor back into liquid. The liquid is just water. This is also how NASA keeps the astronauts hydrated in the ISS as water is expensive and heavy to ship up to orbit.
** Extracting the phosphorus from urine is now seriously considered since mineral stocks are limited. Also as the sheer amount of phosphorus from humans is causing algae blooms in water sheds. This is less novel than you might think; urine was used as a source of phosphorus and nitrate in the production of gunpowder for centuries.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mummy_brown Mummy brown]] is an old pigment used in paintings consisting of [[BreadEggsMilkSquick white pitch, myrrh, and ground-up Egyptian mummies]]. The pigment fell out of favor in the 19th century when it became clear (1) that it deteriorated variably over time and (2) that it was made from ''human remains''.
** Other uses for mummies have (allegedly) included using the wrapping to make rag paper and burning them as fuel for trains during the Egyptian rail expansion. Both of these are to be taken with quite a large grain of salt.
* Archeologists found a piece of a human skull of the 8th century in Denmark. It had a hole which seemed to suggest a tripanation. Then they realised the hole had been drilled long after the person had died. The runic incantations to Odin and other deites lead to only one conclusion: Some guy had dug up a skull, hacked off a piece, carved runes and drilled a hole in it... and then walked around with it around his throat as an amulet.
* L-cysteine is a semi-essential amino acid, meaning that while humans can produce it with the right nutrients, there can be times when production falters and a dietary intake is necessary. The biggest source of dietary cysteine is derived from hair.
* UsefulNotes/{{Tanzania}}, which has the highest rate of albinism in the world, also has a problem with witch doctors using albino body parts in folk rituals. In the twenty-first century alone, these superstitions have led to nearly eighty deaths, including children.