"If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?"
— Pete Seeger note
No, this trope is not about humanitarianism
. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Cannibalism is considered one of the greatest taboos, so, naturally, it's become a trope. One idea which stands out is that human flesh is superficially similar to swine flesh, hence the nickname "long pig" and the phrase "eating the long pork". A robot designed to taste wine corroborates this idea
. Thus, it should be delicious, which is reflected both in Hannibal Lecter's gourmet taste
and in the idea in Sweeney Todd
that pies with this ingredient would sell like hotcakes.
You'll often have people eat something and not know what it is, and then discover the ghastly truth
, such as in many an Inn of No Return
A mostly Discredited Trope
(see the second Pirates of the Caribbean
movie for an exception) is a variation that portrays members of non-European societies as cannibalistic, often attempting to cook visiting Europeans in a pot
. See Cannibal Film
In Speculative Fiction
, cannibalism is generally extended to include all sapient or humanoid creatures, even if they aren't technically human. Any species that includes humans (or other humanoids) in its diet
is usually portrayed as villainous
, as is any species that routinely eats members of its own social group
. Likewise, humans treating other sapient species as food are rarely treated sympathetically (unless What Measure Is a Non-Human?
is in effect).
To various degrees
, anthropophagy is usually expected of Zombie Mooks
If the cannibal systematically hunts down people on a regular basis so he/she can eat them, they'll be a Serial Killer
A subtrope of I Ate WHAT?
and Human Resources
. Can also involve Carnivore Confusion
without furries (or maybe with furries - see the paragraph on Speculative Fiction
above.) See To Serve Man
for the Alien Invasion
version of eating people. Brain Food
for those not interested in mere muscles. See also Let's Meet the Meat
. Compare No Party Like a Donner Party
, in which persons are forced into cannibalism due to starvation. And when you get down to the bitter dregs, there's Auto Cannibalism
. Also see Fattening The Victim
, where people are fattened before being eaten.
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Anime and Manga
- In Spice and Wolf, where Holo is, despite her tendency to stay in the form of a 15 year old girl with a wolf's ears and tail, actually a animal spirit in the form of a wolf roughly the size of an elephant. Lawrence, as he notes, has seen wolves eat humans, and early in the series asks Holo if she's ever done the same (she started it by joking about wolves eating people); Holo simply looks sad and refuses to answer. There are hints of her being willing to do it, especially if Lawrence is threatened (episode 6 of the first season hints at it happening when she attacks Chloe's thugs and she's about to finish off Chloe for all the trouble she's given them before Lawrence stops her, while near the end of season 1 Lawrence has a premonition of her eating Nora for trying to challenge her with Enek), but she doesn't seem to particularly enjoy it or want to do it.
- Mazinger Z: The Chip Kamoy in one of the manga versions (the version penned by Gosaku Ota, to be exact). They were a species of giant, fish-like, maneater humanoids from another dimension that raised herds of humans like cattle. However they had depleted their homeworld's natural resources and were running out of food, so they crossed over to our dimension to find more preys. It can be interesting mentioning one of them declared "humans taste better when they are skinned".
- In the obscure manga Because I'm the Goddess, one of the protagonist Aoi's sisters loves this trope. She ate several of her own personal maids - and her pet parrot - because she loved them so much. She's also in love with Aoi, and guess what that means...
- In Witchblade during the first few bouts of transformation/takeover by the Witchblade Masane licks a strange substance that oozes out of damaged Excons and iWeapons. They are based on an imitation of the Witchblade's properties, including the transforming field, so this more or less resembles eating one's own cloned tissue. Considering how they were created, the subject is invoked twice. In 9th episode Masane controls herself and shows no desire to repeat this trick, nor is expected to do it, after The Reveal.
- Zetsu from Naruto is this, but only does so with the corpses that Akatsuki doesn't want to have lying around, and has only done it about three times thus far. He might have done more given the opportunity, but Konoha was pretty good about guarding the corpses after the first two.
- The Mariages from StrikerS Sound Stage X of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha were revealed to have some taste for human flesh when Jail Scaglietti mentioned that the associate of his that planned to use them on various worlds was devoured by the very soldiers he mass-produced.
- Also, in the original series, Arf threatened to eat Nanoha to get her out of Fate's way.
- The Lost Number Aptom, of the anime and manga series Guyver, has a unique approach to this. He ''fuses'' with his victims and assimilates their bio-mass. This allows him to supercharge his regeneration to Nigh-Invulnerability levels, although as the series progresses developments taken by Chronos means that Good Thing You Can Heal starts getting more a look in. Despite this repulsive method of "feeding", and the fact his goals are explictly selfish (vengeance against Chronos and proving himself the most powerful life form in the world), he's actually treated as some sort of hero.
- Mainly because if he succeeds, it still works to the heroes' benefit to some degree.
- Gluttony in Fullmetal Alchemist is an Extreme Omnivore whose only concern in life is eating people, all kinds of objects, and chunks of ancient ruins. Fellow homunculus Pride ends up devouring him and develops a similar appetite.
- The Cyclops Army fits the Zombie Mooks variant of the trope.
- After melting him down into philosopher's stone residue, Father drank Greed, his "son". Later on, Father gets another act of cannibalism going One-Winged Angel and then devouring his empty shell of a body.
- In the first anime, all of the homunculi would fit this at some point, as they become whole and get their powers from eating the "red stones" which are made of human sacrifices. Envy remarks on enjoying the taste.
- In RG Veda, Taishakuten ate King Ashura to absorb his powers.
- One chapter of Franken Fran had the victim's body being sliced up and served as dinner. Fran, being a Mad Scientist, was immediately able to identify it as human meat. Fran, being a Mad Scientist, didn't say anything at first since she thought that this was what the guests intended to eat in the first place.
- In another chapter, one of Fran's patients (probably accidentally) eats her boyfriend while having sex with him, probably as a side effect of the insect DNA used to regenerate her body.
- Another chapter has a serial killer who eats parts of her victims. It turns out she's self-medicating her autoimmune disorder with oral tolerance.
- And then there's Fran's big sister Gavrill, an Ax-Crazy mass murderer who loves chowing down on her kills.
- Super Megatron in Transformers Return Of Convoy decides to show how evil he is by eating a bunch of humans.
- Many of the Apostles of Berserk love eating people. Bonus points for the fact that all of them were once human themselves.
- Perhaps because of a dept to Fullmetal Alchemist, the homunculi of Busou Renkin like to eat humans as well. Papillon is shown absorbing people cleanly, leaving empty clothes behind, but the sharp teeth on other hommunculi suggests they have a more gruesome method.
- Tomie can regenerate From a Single Cell each time she dies, but eating human flesh speeds up this process significantly.
- There are quite a few demons in YuYu Hakusho that have a taste for human flesh, and for some of them, it's the only thing that they can eat. Raizen, one of the Three Kings in the Demon World and one of those who could only digest human meat, tells his descendant Yusuke that he actually sees this kind of trait as a weakness and notes that his descendant losing the need to feed on humans is a rapid evolution to cope with the current situation. After all, the Spirit, Demon, and Human worlds are all just part of the same whole, and in the near future, there will be ordinary humans going to the Demon World just because they feel like taking a vacation. When that time comes, demons like him will only be in the way.
- In what may be Popcultural Osmosis from Fullmetal Alchemist, Baccano! is yet another anime that ties alchemy to cannibalism. Immortals can "eat" other immortals (absorbing them cleanly like Papillon above), allowing them to gain their memories/power.
- Invoked a few different times in Umineko no Naku Koro ni, most memorably during the banquet during the second arc's tea party.
- Suehiro Maruo's manga A Defenseless City is set in WWII Tokyo. A midget befriends a destitute mother and her son (the father has gone to war), and hires her to work in his stall that sells roast chicken splits. One day the boy disappears, and the mother, after a long fruitless day of search, is consoled by the midget, who offers her a dish of "chicken" splits. She eats, not realizing that she is partaking the flesh of her son.
- Using the expanded definition of "human" in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Unit 01 does this. To be fair, she needs to absorb the S2 Organ, a vaguely-described infinite energy generator, in order to save the human race, and it can only be found inside the bodies of Angels... But did she really have to get it out with her teeth?
- One Piece : Sanji's mentor "Red Leg" Zeff survived a long wait on a deserted island by eating his own leg. The Squick is mitigated by the fact that he only did so because he'd given every other scrap of food available to Sanji.
- In a early side-story, Buggy the Clown had to deal with a Wacky Wayside Tribe that was going to eat his crew.
- Here's a non-human subversion from One Piece. Hatchan, an octopus fishman who was a henchman in the early Arlong saga, resurfaced as a purveyor of takoyaki at Sabaody Archipelago. Takoyaki is made with octopus. He is aware of this, and says he makes his takoyaki with other tentacled creatures like squid.
- In the newest chapter as of this writing, we get our first glimpse of Big Mom, who eats her own henchmen! Holy crap!
- Possibly the case with the Russian Sushi restaurant in Durarara!!, although it's likely/hopefully just an urban legend. Simon is oddly insistent that the sushi is made of fish, not people, but in a later episode threatens some thugs that if they don't stop beating someone, they will provide ingredients for the sushi.
- In one episode of Gregory Horror Show, the main character is offered a bowl of stew from Gregory. Wary enough due to the creepy atmosphere of the hotel, the guest refuses until Gregory mentions the last guest to refuse the cook's food disappeared, two weeks ago. Seeing the chef standing behind Gregory, the guest changes his mind and starts eating...and discovers a gold tooth-filling in one of the bites. Cue Gregory gleefully telling the main character that "[the stew] has been marinating for two weeks now."
- In the Chibi Vampire Airmail book, a young boy is looking for his girlfriend. He is actually that missing girlfriend. The main character finds him cooking a pot of stew. Guess what's IN the pot...
- Rurouni Kenshin villain Shishio is The Social Darwinist, and often likes to repeat the line "the flesh of the weak is the food of the strong". During a fight with Kenshin, he decides to literalize that philosophy, and takes a bite out of Kenshin. He eats said bite in the anime, though in the manga he spits it out.
- The Chimera Ants of Hunter × Hunter can eat any animal, but begin to dine exclusively on humans after their Queen gains sapience and intelligence after eating a couple of human children. Eating humans not only grants the new generation of Ants human intelligence, it also gives them the potential to develop Nen abilities.
- There are also a number of other examples of human-on-human cannibalism in the series, including a minor character who is a serial killer and claims to prefer the flesh of 22 year old women, and Hisoka nibbling on his own dismembered arm during a fight.
- In Uzumaki, all those lovely mushrooms were really the placenta from the babies born. To add to the horror, the placentas grew back every night, ready for lunch the next day.
- It doesn't stop there. The mothers drink the blood of other patients and personnel every night, first using piercing tools like braces and drills, then mutated mosquito-like proboscises. And near the end, lots of people seem to think that those affected by the snail curse look mighty tasty...
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Hoo boy. To start with, many of the Witches who are fallen Magical Girls themselves, develop a taste for human flesh (perhaps the most (in)famous scene of the series involves one magical girl getting eaten by one). Then it's revealed that in this 'verse, MG's must repeatedly cleanse their Soul Gems (their source of power...in a way) by absorbing Grief Seeds, which are the Witches' source of power in a way...which are actually decayed Soul Gems of said fallen MG's. Not to mention that the MG transformation process essentially turns the girls into Liches, as said Gems and Seeds contain their souls, and they'll go unconscious and have their bodies decay if they move too far away from them. Gen Urobuchi has basically brought us the Zombie Apocalypse with magical girls!
- The infamous manga Asura. Titular character is an eight years old axe wielding kid who ate humans for a living. His mother also tries to eat him during his infant age.
- In the backstory of Fairy Tail, the Dragons were of two minds concerning humanity. Some Dragons loved humans. Other Dragons also loved humans — as snacks.
- Used to terrifying effect in Attack on Titan. The Titans are a bizarre race of giant humanoids who have no particular behaviors except eating people... but not for food. They don't derive nourishment from eating people, and can't even digest them in the first place; when it's full, a Titan regurgitates it all back up, and is ready for seconds. They apparently eat only for pleasure, and that's why humanity only has one settlement left.
- One of the running themes in Uchouten Kazoku is about loving what you eat, eating what you love, and other related gastronomic questions. Though what is actually being eaten is mostly tanuki, not humans. The main characters are mostly tanuki, not humans, too.
- A Certain Magical Index: Accelerator has been shown on two occasions absentmindedly chewing on a piece of someone he killed. He later comments that it's not really appetizing.
- In Bleach,
- Aizen claimed he would eat Ichigo in the future, but was defeated before he could even attempt this.
- This is Liltotto Lamperd's power. She's a petite Little Miss Badass who can stretch her mouth and tongue to Body Horror degrees, and she uses it to eat several Shinigamis/Soul Reapers. She comments that they don't taste good, but eats them anyway.
- The titular characters of Tokyo Ghoul are (predictably) all this way to some degree, from Picky People Eater Tsukiyama to the "Binge Eater" Rize to the so-called "vegetarian" Kaneki Ken. Of course, as the story is told from their perspective, this is a more sympathetic portrayal than most.
- Banica Conchita from Evil Food Eater Conchita becomes a cannibal after making a contract with the Demon of Gluttony to eat literally anything (her mother before her, suffering from the Gula disease that made her ravenously hungry, almost ate a servant before being killed.) In the Evillious Chronicles franchise, cannibalism and eating meat in general is attached to the Demon of Gluttony as part of the sin.
- Little Red Riding Hood used to have more gruesome elements to it. In certain once-common tellings, the Big Bad Wolf didn't just eat Red Riding Hood's grandmother — he fed her the leftovers.
- The Newgrounds flash animation Red Riding Hood features this. And a bad ending, too.
- Hoodwinked, the 2006 animated adaptation of this story, features a Fridge Logic example: a few police officers seen at Granny's house are pigs. But at the same time, we learn that Kirk sells schnitzel on a stick out of a truck. Schnitzel, for the record, is created from pork, which comes from pigs. Unless we to assume there are two different kinds of pigs - sentient and non-sentient types - existing in this part of the forest, you wonder what would happen if a pig ate something from Kirk's truck.
- In some versions of Snow White, the evil queen wants Snow White's heart returned to her by the woodsman to eat (and also possibly regain youth and beauty, like historical pseudo-vampire Elizabeth Bathory, who bathed in young girls' blood for this reason, following local folklore).
- In Sun, Moon, and Talia (a forerunner of "Sleeping Beauty"), the King (not Prince) already has a wife who, in jealousy, has Talia's (Sleeping Beauty's) children sent to the palace chef to be killed. The chef takes pity on them and kills a couple of goat kids instead and passes them off as the children to the evil Queen, who then feeds them to the King. When the King finds out he kills his wife and marries Talia. Incidentally, the children are his... through rape/necrophilia.
- In Perrault's Sleeping Beauty, the only difference is the woman trying to eat them is her mother-in-law (and there is no rape and the kids are born in wedlock). The mother-in-law even insists on having Sleeping Beauty and her children cooked in sauce Robert.
- There's one variation that's arguably even worse, where Sleeping Beauty, realizing she's got two children by rape, eats them.
- In The Juniper Tree, a stepmother kills her stepson by chopping off his head with a chest lid. She then hides the body by cutting it up and using it to make a stew. And her husband spends the meal saying how tasty the meat is!
- In The Wonderful Birch the girl's biological mother is turned into a sheep by a witch. The witch then takes the mother's form and convinces the girl's father to kill the sheep and have it for dinner. The mother-turned-sheep instructs her daughter not to eat the meat but instead bury the bones under a tree, so she can later help the girl.
- According to many Russian fairy tales, the witch Baba Yaga is a cannibal.
- Many members of the dezban species (post Great War) feast on the flesh of their fallen soldiers, comrades that have antagonized them, and their enemies in the Mass Effect fanfic The Council Era.
- Being a Snake Person, the titular character of the Tale of Solaron has shades of this. While he hasn't eaten anyone yet, he often responds to the obnoxious rogue by threatening to eat him. Fans of the story speculate that Solaron is entirely capable of swallowing a full grown human whole.
- While the characters aren't human, anyone who knows about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic knows about Cupcakes, even if they never read it. The titular cupcakes have ponies that an insane Pinkie tortured to death in her basement as an ingredient.
- Null Metal Alchemist plays with this, with Ed Elric declaring his intention to eat various characters, either to claim their powers for himself (like Father Cornello in Liore) or as a form of revenge (Shou Tucker).
- As of Episode 9, he hasn't actually eaten anyone.
- In Hivefled, it's mentioned that baby trolls hatch in batches of millions at a time and if they all survived the planet would be stripped bare, so they've become a staple food source for older trolls. Adult trolls also aren't too bothered about eating each other.
- Queen Of Shadows: General Tsume and his tribe enjoy eating human slaves (a little too much in the opinions of the other Oni), and Tsume himself is apparently not above eating other Shadowkhan (but only with the permission of the Queen).
- In the Monsters, Inc. fan fiction Monstrous: Suel hunts humans for their fear because that's what he eats, but he eats them because it's fun
Films — Live-Action
- Interestingly, The Bible does not specifically condemn cannibalism as a sin, though it does describe it as a punishment Israelites would suffer if they made God angry enough at them. As later events demonstrated, this was no idle threat.
- In El Conquistador, the human sacrifices generally end with a humanitarian sushi...
- Milliway's, The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, serves talking cows bred to be absolutely delighted about their fate. Most characters accept a self-serving food source as ethically sound, but the less-travelled human protagonist can't partake. Without regards to the ethics of breeding or eating food that wants to be eaten, that the food can communicate and is thus intelligent could easily be considered cannibalism, especially in a story full of people who aren't human.
- The title characters in Billy and Howard occasionally eat raw human flesh, but only when they're particularly hungry and nothing else is available.
- Played straight by The Culture in Iain M. Banks's State of the Art. Removing a few muscle cells doesn't hurt anyone, therefore why should eating the resulting vat-grown meat be bad? So, while a Contact ship visits Earth, one of the crew arranges a feast including the power figures of 1977:
- "To Serve Man" by Damon Knight is a short story about a race of pig-like aliens called the Kanamit who offer Earth the benefits of their science in exchange for groups of earthlings to visit their planet. The title refers to that of a book which one of the characters managed to obtain. The book is revealed to be . . . a cookbook.
- The above short story, by the way, has been adapted into an episode of The Twilight Zone.
- Larry Niven's Draco Tavern story "Assimilating Our Culture, That's What They're Doing!" plays with this idea differently: Instead of eating the original people, the brilliant bioengineers that asked them to visit grow cloned tissue in tanks (up to a whole, headless body), and give a small percentage of the sale price to the Earth government to pay for marvelous new technologies. Some of the people thus cultivated take it better than others.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs:
- In the John Carter of Mars books, the White Martians subsist solely on the flesh of Red and Green Martians, considering themselves to be above dining on mere animals. The Black Martians, in turn, eat only White Martians.
- In Thuvia, Maid of Mars, Komal eats men.
- Yes, but... Komal is the Martian version of a lion, and doesn't have much choice in the matter; he's trapped and has to eat what the Lotharians (who believe him to be a god) send him to eat.
- In one Science Fiction story by Arthur C. Clarke, "The Food of the Gods", people stopped killing animals for meat and instead grew tissue in vats. Then one company hit upon the idea of cloning and growing meat perfectly compatible with human needs, and...
- The Roald Dahl short story "Pig" in the collection Kiss Kiss involves this. The main character has been raised to be a vegetarian by a relative who can't stand animals being killed for human consumption. After she dies and he ends up trying pork, he asks to see the slaughterhouse where it's prepared...and it turns out that it doesn't just slaughter pigs.
- Also used in The Witches, in which it is mentioned that witches in America turned children into food like hot dogs so that they were eaten by their own parents.
- A Gerald Durrell story involves a French restaurant disposing of a critic's body by serving it to the customers. This leads to great reviews and a mention in influential travel guides (the very reason why the critic was invited in the first place)
- Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen has the Pannion Domin in the third book, Memories of Ice, a ghastly empire of cannibals. Their peasant horde, the Tenescowri, are part of the army and double as a food supply for the officers. In fact, humans are the only source of food the Pannions eat, so the Domin is completely dead in its core lands and only alive on the border, where there are other peoples to conquer and eat.
- The Greek historian Herodotus writes about cannibalism a number of times. Perhaps most notably is the story a disgraced Persian officer being fed his son at a feast as punishment. Herodotus didn't think too well of Persian people, apparently.
- Jonathan Swift's satirical pamphlet A Modest Proposal proposed solving the problem of the mass poverty and starvation in Ireland by selling the Irish children as a delicacy. He was really criticizing how little was currently being done for the Irish, but many readers thought he was seriously suggesting cannibalism. Some even agreed.
- The children's book Baa! is the Soylent Green story WITH SHEEP!. No, seriously. Finding out that your lamb chop is made of sheep isn't quite so much of a big reveal, though.
- The 'popular restaurant with a secret' version predates TV: attend for instance the tale of The String of Pearls, about a barber who murdered his customers and sold the bodies to the pie shop next door, a classic pennydreadful of Victorian days. And yes, his name was Sweeney Todd.
- A recent front-page article in the Sunday Sport, possibly inspired by the Sweeney Todd story, involved a man killing a tramp and making his body into döner kebabs to sell at his takeaway.
- For those who don't know, döner kebabs are a Turkish dish made of meat on a pita (like a gyro); they're a popular fast food in some areas, especially Germany.
- In Smoke and Mirrors, Neil Gaiman expands upon this variant of "Snow White" (see Fairy Tales) in a short story.
- In the short story Babycakes, Neil Gaiman (who eats meat and wears leather jackets - but assures us that he is "rather nice towards babies"), one day all the animals on earth disappeared mysteriously. From the title of the work, guess how humanity coped with this. Neil wrote this for PETA, but it's best not to think of it as a parable — it's far more enjoyable just as an exercise in creepiness.
- Subverted in Neil's book American Gods, Mr Jacquel, a mortician and autopsist, eats small parts of the bodies he's working on, but "... somehow it seemed ... a good thing for him to do: respectful, not obscene." This is because Jacquel was the god Anubis, one of the Egyptian deities responsible for judgment after death.
- Similarly to Babycakes, Meat, a post-apocalyptic novel, lets us slowly realise that the 'cattle' are humans (apparently bred to be stupid and cow like). This is particularly gratuitous as the novel states that this only happened as the real farm animals almost died out and became too rare. Yet over the generations required to breed the human stock, farm animals with shorter generations and multiple births must have recovered their numbers.
- Piers Anthony's novella The Barn was a similar concept, done marginally better: Most mammal species had become extinct.
- Through Darkest America is an After the End novel with some similar themes to The Barn. In much of North America, animals other than humans are extinct. To allow meat production to a society mostly at about an 1800 technology level, they have "stock": They LOOK like humans, and are believed to be able to interbreed with humans (although there's a strong religious taboo against it), but they cannot speak so they must not have souls, so eating them isn't wrong. Then the hero finds out what happened to his little sister when she got to move to the government's claimed reconstructed area...
- Robert A. Heinlein:
- Cannibalism is used in Farnham's Freehold as a way of showing just how screwed up the dystopian future his characters found themselves in After the End was.
- In Have Space Suit – Will Travel the aliens nicknamed "Wormfaces" kill and eat captives that they no longer have any use for. Kip and Peewee are kept alive as possible hostages but Jock and Timothy, cellmates of Kip both disappear and are assumed to have ended up in the stew pot.
- In Stranger in a Strange Land, we see one of the relatively rare subversions of the trope, with Valentine Michael Smith encouraging a literal interpretation of the biblical phrase "This is my body..." This is because Michael was raised by Martians, who routinely practice funereal cannibalism to "grok" the essence of the departed, as well as not let organic matter go to waste on a resource-poor world.
- In Leonard Wibberley's A Feast of Freedom, the islanders of Omo Levi kill and eat the Vice-President of the United States to expiate his sacrilege. The ensuing trial features an anthropologist giving a learned discourse on the history of cannibalism. Also, the original version of the Omo Lau national anthem, set to "Jesus Loves Me", really translates into English as "Lily skinned feller/From over the sea/I'll eat you/Or you'll eat me." (This refers not to Caucasians, but to the fairer-skinned Polynesians, chronically in conflict with the Melanesian islanders.)
- In The Bad Place by Dean Koontz the bad guy drinks the blood of his victims. His sisters dug up their dead mother and ate some of it and shared the rest with their mob of cats - so their mother 'would always be with them'.
- In C. S. Lewis's The Silver Chair, the adventurers are visiting the Giants and happily eating venison when Puddleglum tells them to stop eating; the Giants' conversation has revealed that this was a talking deer. Any sapient animal eating another is committing the equivalent of cannibalism.
- Their initial reaction to the realisation varies, however: of the three of them, Jill, visiting Narnia for the first time, "felt sorry for the poor stag and thought it rotten of the giants to have killed him", Eustace, making his second visit, "felt horrified, as you might feel about a murder", and Puddleglum "who was Narnian-born, felt sick and faint, as you might feel if you'd...eaten a baby."
- They later discover that the giants are planning to eat them as well, after finding recipes for human and marshwiggle in the kitchen.
- HP Lovecraft's The Picture In The House.
- The Rats in the Walls dealt with this trope as well, in a truly horrifying way. Subterranean stables full of degenerate humans bred for their meat are involved.
- August Derleth added the Tcho-Tcho to the Cthulhu Mythos, a Burmese tribe of pygmies that worships ancient and malevolent gods. By their D20 Call of Cthulhu entry, the Tcho-Tcho have integrated in American society, and tend to operate popular restaurants serving dishes with delicious human ganglia paste... er, "White Pork Sauce."
- Sabina Murray's A Carnivore's Inquiry. The narrator turns out to have been eating her way across the country. (So to speak.)
- In the Tim Powers novel The Anubis Gates, the head of a secret society of beggars turns down a dinner invitation at a rival society, saying that he doesn't care for the variety of pork they serve.
- In Terry Pratchett's Nation, First Mate Cox becomes chief of a tribe of cannibals, though he insists he had the fish. Not that he would have mind. He only stated that as a matter of, you know, 'class'.
- In Monstrous Regiment, also by Pratchett, we are introduced to 'Threeparts' Scallot, the three parts in question being one arm and both legs, at least one of which was eaten by a fellow soldier while snowed up on campaign. But fair's fair, Scallot ate his. Well it's not on, is it, eating your own leg? You'd probably go blind.
- Upton Sinclair's book The Jungle described the manufacture of "Durham's Pure Leaf Lard;" workers who fell into the vat were processed along with the rest of the meat. This was the only one of Sinclair's claims about the meat packing industry that wasn't verified later by the FDA. That doesn't mean it wasn't happening — the factories knew they were going to be inspected.
- As mentioned in the trope description, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Not only a cannibal, but a gourmet cannibal.
- In Hannibal Rising, Thomas Harris expands on Hannibal's history, including his childhood and being orphaned in Lithuania. Nazi deserters take up residence in his home and force him to watch them kill and cannibalize his sister Mischa, sparking his obsession.
- Hannibal also drugged and breaking speeched nemesis and main villain Mason Verger into cutting off his own face and feeding it to his dogs, during which he eats his own nose. It is implied Mason had previously allowed industrial accidents to go overlooked in his meatpacking plant, exposing the market to trace amounts of his workers' flesh. Mason also took bites from his sister's buttocks while sexually abusing her throughout their childhood.
- In addition, Hannibal may very well have tricked others into eating human flesh; there's a strong possibility that he might have served parts of one of his victims to the directors of the Baltimore Philharmonic Orchestra. And then there's his seduction of Clarice into eating Krendler's brains...
- In the book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and film, an elderly woman kills a man in self defense. He had it coming. Knowing it would be impossible for her to get a fair trial, the protagonists get rid of the body by secretly cooking it and serving it as pork in the cafe. Doesn't sound that bad until you realize they served human flesh to their unknowing family and friends. On the other hand Curtis Smoote, one of the officers who investigates the disappearance, had a daughter whose life was ruined by Frank. He unwittingly gets his revenge by eating several sandwiches while in Whistle Stop.
- The set of the movie has since been turned into an actual resturant called the Whistle Stop. What is particularly disturbing is that none of the patrons seem to be bothered by the connection to the pork sandwiches they were hungrily devouring. DIDN'T ANY OF YOU WATCH THE MOVIE????
- Subverted in the book Bodyguard of Lighting by Stan Nicholls, The medic in a group of Orcs (ironically the protagonists) who are incredibly short of supplies, serves a hearty meat stew to a warrior who has just had his leg amputated. The rest of the orcs complain until they realise where the meat came from...
- In Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Liu Bei is travelling and must stop to rest at the house of a man in the forest. The man, having no meat to serve to him, panics - he kills his wife and serves her to Liu Bei. The next morning, Liu Bei discovers the remains of her body, and figures out what he'd eaten the night before. However, instead of being squicked, he weeps for the man's loss, telling him that he'd have been happy with a simple plate of rice. He later relates the story to Cao Cao, who also weeps, and orders that the man be compensated for his loss! A bit of Values Dissonance going on.
- Also in the novel, Xiahou Dun, after being shot in the eye with an arrow, utters the infamous lines: "Essence of my father, blood of my mother, I cannot throw this away," right before eating his eye.
- In Outlaws of the Marsh, Sun the Witch and Zhang the Vegetable Gardener own an inn wherein they capture unwary travelers and cook them into dumplings.
- In Richard Coeur de Lion, a Middle English verse romance based loosely on the life of King Richard I, Richard falls ill while on crusade and claims he won't get better unless he tastes pork. As he is in the Muslim-held Holy Land at the time, there is no pork to be found...so Richard's men kill one of their prisoners and feed his flesh to the king. Richard goes on to serve roasted "Saracen" heads to a party of terrified Muslim messengers, who watch in horror as the king first happily tucks in, then announces that the Christians will not leave the Holy Land until they have eaten all the Muslims. The poet, by the way, is completely on Richard's side here.
- In H. G. Wells' The Time Machine, the Time Traveller goes 800,000 years into the future, where he discovers two main humanoid species: the Eloi, a group of attractive, youthful people living in an Eden-like paradise without a care in the world, and the Morlocks, a subterranean race of animalistic, fur-covered monsters that do all the work to keep the Eloi contented. It's revealed to the reader and the Time Traveller that not only are the Morlocks actually raising the Eloi for food, but both evolved from our own species. So it turns out that it's a satire on the class system.
- Alice Hong from S.M. Stirling's Island in the Sea of Time trilogy waxes lyrical about the delicious flavor of long pig (human flesh), which she claims is only rivaled by long veal steak.
- In the related Emberverse series by the same author, after the Change, large groups of cannibals, called "Eaters", pop up in response to lack of food. They take the first book's place as the zombie horde in some parts.
- In Ahab's Wife, Una is shipwrecked and fed the flesh of her captain by her shipmates.
- Two Bottles Of Relish. Yum-Yummo is not very good on salads.
- The Pseudopod short story "Civilized Monsters" combines this with a bit of And I Must Scream.
- The Specialty of the House by Stanley Ellin, another restaurant story, which was made into an episiode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
- Middle-earth examples:
- In The Hobbit, Gollum intends to eat Bilbo if he wins the riddle contest (and tries to even after he loses); The Lord of the Rings reveals that Gollum was one of "the river folk," who do bear biological and cultural differences to hobbits, but either way it's close enough to count as cannibalism.
- In The Return of the King, Saruman suggests that Gríma may have eaten Lotho Sackville-Baggins ("Buried him, I hope; though Worm has been very hungry lately.").
- One notable aversion involves the orcs: Amusingly enough, the one thing they won't stoop to is eating other orcs (humans, though, are fair game). They changed this in the movie ("Looks like meat's back on the menu, boys!").
- In the Vampire Chronicles, Maharet and Mekare's people routinely roast and eat their dead as a properly respectful funeral. It's eventually used as an excuse to destroy the tribe and kidnap the twins.
- In the book, Queen of the Damned, Mekare eats Queen Akasha's heart and brain. This is not what happens in the movie.
- The protagonist of Succulent Prey by Wrath James White struggles with and eventually gives in to overwhelming cannibalistic urges which are the result of a contagious infection he suspects he caught from the blood-drinking child rapist/murderer who kidnapped him as a child.
- In Cormac McCarthy's The Road, almost all life has been destroyed in an unseen apocalypse. So you can guess what the bad guys eat — and what they eventually store, and raise, and hoard — for food. It will redefine your view of Black Comedy, that's for sure.
- Charles Dickens wrote a little-known short story called Captain Murderer which was about a pirate who would not only have his wives cooked into meat pies, but actually force them to roll out the crusts themselves before chopping off their heads and cutting them to bits. Eventually one of his sisters-in-law finds out. She convinces him to marry her, and before he decapitates her and has her baked into pie, she secretly consumes a deadly poison. He dies immediately after devouring her remains.
- Taken to the extreme in Stephen King's "Survivor Type", about a drug-smuggling surgeon who gets stranded on a tiny island with nothing to eat but himself, one amputation at a time.
- "lady fingers they taste like lady fingers"
- Cannibalism was also supposed to be the subject of The Survivors, a novel King was planning about the inhabitants of a high rise who get trapped inside due to a disaster and turn to one another for food. He felt he couldn't find a way to write it without seeming goofy, however, so it's been shelved since the Eighties.
- The orcs from Grunts!! will happily eat other orcs, even going so far as to refer to the wounded as "field rations". There is also a memorable passage when Ashnak is served up a haunch of roast halfling while imprisoned.
- Will and Ned Brandiman, the morally flexible at best halfling thieves hired by the Nameless Necromancer, are more than prepared to eat human flesh in order to divert suspicion away from them when murdering.
- Friday's people (and their enemies) in Robinson Crusoe are cannibalistic Carib Indians.
- Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series includes a primitive tribe called the Mud People, which practices cannibalism. Our hero, Richard, is obliged to partake as part of a ritual to prepare for communicating with spirits (though it's his choice to do so — the Mud People don't force their practices on others). He is served this special dish three times during the books, each time it's enemies. Appparently, the Mud People mainly eat their fallen enemies, and sometimes gain mystical insights into them by doing so (Richard does once). Richard learns of this when he asks what kind of meat they're serving, and he's told it's 'fire fighter' (apparently, he already suspected what it was). When he asks what that is, they explain it's the Big Bad's servant, demanding them to follow the law forbidding fire. They decided to prevent him from bringing any more enforcers.
- Brazilian novel A Droga do Amor had an Evil Genius trying to escape a high-security prison by taking the place of a fellow elder prisoner which would be transferred. After studying the guy and creating a disguise, he killed the old man, cut him into pieces and bribed the prisoners in the kitchen to put said pieces in the ground meat. A detective then drops his sandwich and goes to the toilet - leading the prison warden to say in the bathroom door that the sandwiches didn't have such an ingredient...
- Mark Twain once wrote the short story, "Cannibalism In The Cars", about a group of politicians whose train was snowed in. They decided who among them would be dinner via normal political debate.
- Subverted in one of the Danny Dunn children's books, when the heroes are stranded on a small Pacific island. One of them gets lost, and the others follow his trail, to find what looks like a cliche "boil the missionaries" scene in progress: the missing friend is sitting in a big black cauldron over a bonfire, surrounded by natives. Before they launch an attack to rescue their companion, Danny has a Fridge Logic moment, realizing that if the locals really wanted to eat somebody, they'd have killed and butchered their victim before cooking him. In truth, the missing friend had fallen into some extremely stinky mud before being rescued by friendly natives, and is taking a bath in the heated water of the cauldron.
- The Fuller Memorandum, by Charles Stross, features a rather disturbing bit where the protagonist Bob is kidnapped by cultists who cut strips of flesh from his arm to eat, with truly demented gaiety.
Julian:"Anyone for sashimi?"
Jonquil:"Nom nom nom! Chewy!"
- The Gone series. In book 1, the trapped kids worry about what will happen when the food runs out. In book 2, the food does run out, and some kids are seen wondering what human flesh would taste like. In book 3, the Perdido Beach kids have (sort of) solved their hunger problems by learning to live off the land, but the Coates kids are litterally starving to death. When one kid commits suicide, the others are forced to eat his body to keep from starving. Caine struggles with the temptation to eat before eventually giving in, and Diana later expresses disgust and regret at what they did, but Bug seems perfectly okay with the idea and it's indicated that the others are too desperate to care.
- In Robert E. Howard's The Hour of the Dragon, Conan the Barbarian scorns the rumor that the worshippers of Asura eat human flesh and eats their meat. He's right, as Asura is one of the few Hyborian gods who isn't a demon or worse, and is merely maligned by rival priesthoods.
- Partially subverted in the Codex Alera series, the Marat race eat their enemies to "partake of their strength", but unlike the usual examples they aren't portrayed as being evil, except in part of the first book, before we get to see them in some detail, and in fact, The Hero ends up married to one in the end. A more antagonistic faction portrayed as "evil" or "deviated" is shown eating their captives alive.
- The villains of the aptly named novel Dexter is Delicious kill, cook and eat their victims. Not necessarily in that order.
- Tadeusz Borowski's short story "The Supper" focuses on concentration camp inmates who've just spent a whole day at hard labor with no food. Twenty inmates are accused of conspiracy, so the camp commandant has them all shot in the head, and leaves their bodies lying around as a warning to the others. As further punishment, he denies the entire camp dinner—but the moment he's out of sight, every inmate rushes for the still-warm meat on the ground. (The author assures us that raw brains go down surprisingly easily.)
- Robin Jarvis's Intrigues of the Reflected Realm, which has of this writing only volume, features a world where there are no living animals, only clockwork devices. Some of them "eat" plants, which produces a mulch that grows with a fungus inside them to produce a meat substitute. One particularly nasty character makes reference to a place where apparently the residents decided to see how this compared to the real thing.
- In the short story collection A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts, an innkeeper during the time the Great Wall was being built made dumplings out of human flesh. Even while everyone was wondering how he kept making such delicious, meaty dumplings when even the richest people in the village were starving, no one thought to connect it with the fact the men working on the wall were sporadically disappearing. Later, after the innkeeper is eaten by rats and turned into a hungry ghost, he does this to the arrogant new owner of the inn after the new owner puts out weed-paste dumplings for the ghost instead of meat. The villagers like to say that since he didn't like the taste of the dumplings given him, he made his own.
- Donald Kingsbury's classic SF novel Courtship Rite features a Lost Colony where desperation in the face of poor harvests has made cannibalism socially acceptable over the course of many centuries. The degree to which it's accepted varies between nations and clans. Killing people just for their meat when there's no famine is generally frowned on, but funerals are always an opportunity for a feast.
- Several characters in A Song of Ice and Fire:
- The Rat Cook is a mythological figure who murdered a man's sons and fed them to him in a pie. He was transformed into a rat by the gods in punishment - not for the act itself, but because he violated Sacred Hospitality while killing them when they were his guests.
- Lord Manderly probably emulates this with three Freys, who "disappear" shortly after leaving his domain, shortly before Manderly serves up three huge pies as a wedding feast for Ramsay Bolton. He even takes two slices of each pie for himself. He is of course suspected of having murdered the Freys (almost certainly true but even this is unprovable in-book), although nobody in-book suspects him of eating them, even though he had his bard play the song of the Rat Cook at the wedding - and personally cuts the portions to serve to the Boltons and Freys. In any case he waited before murdering them until they were no longer his guests. That would be hypocritical after all, as he hates the Freys because they murdered his king and son while they were their guests.
- Subverted when Arya realizes while eating that she doesn't know what what they do with the bodies at the temple and stares at her fork in horror, but is assured that it's just pork. As it turns out, what they do with the bodies is cut off their faces and store them so they can magically use them as disguises for assassination. Which isn't much better really.
- The unspeaking animalistic man just called Biter eats people, and has filed his teeth to help with this. He's known to do it during fights too.
- The Isle of Skagos is believed to be filled with Cannibal Clans, though how true this is hasn't been seen yet.
- The Undying warlocks attempt to devour Danaerys, and are only preventing by her dragon igniting the enormous disembodied rotten beating heart keeping them alive.
- Gregor Clegane inflicts this on Vargo Hoat by cutting off the man's limbs and feeding them to him.
- Similarly, the Tattered Prince once cut off the foot of a man who deserted from Tatters' mercenary company on the ground that the food was bad, roasted it, and forced the deserter to eat it. Then he made the man the company cook.
- Subverted with the giants, who according to legend feast on human flesh, but turn out to be vegetarian. Not that this makes them less dangerous.
- There's also the "bowls of brown" served in the poorer quarters of King's Landing. In A Storm of Swords, Tyrion talks Bronn into making a troublesome bard disappear, and Bronn says he'll likely end up as stew.
- In A Dance With Dragons, Coldhands provides Bran and co, who are starving with some nice roasted pork. Pork from pigs Coldhands somehow managed to find in the middle of a barren, snowy forest, and which coincidentally turned up shortly after Coldhands killed some Night Watch deserters. The more benign explanation is that the pigs, like the deserters, were escaping from the remains of Craster's nearby outpost after the Night Watch mutiny.
- Euron Greyjoy captured the warlocks of Qarth, who had been attempting to find Daenerys, and murdered one of them and forced the others to eat him as a means of breaking their spirit. As he says it,"Man is meat."
- In the Congo novel, the team has to constantly avoid a cannibalistic tribe of natives who are at war with the Mobutu government. Partly because they were cannibals, but mostly because Mobutu was a vicious dictator running a People's Republic of Tyranny and he didn't like that said tribe was ignoring him.
- Used to help establish the nature of Lolth in Queen Of The Demonweb Pits:
Lolth: I feel just like a little girl! Have the cook send one up!
- In the Time Scout books, this is why Jack the Ripper cuts out some of his victims' organs.
- In John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series, the main baddies, The Posleen, fill this role very well. Not only do they have one word for species other than themselves or the Aldenata(whom they call the Aldenat and worshipped as gods), but that one word is the same for food, thresh. They had to create a new name for humans, threshkreen, which translates out to "food with a stinger". These Posleen can and do eat anything, such as: natural flora and fauna, any other sentient race, humans, each other, their young...
- This comes up in the second book of the Council Wars series. Humans have the ability to Change themselves into any form they wish including mythical creatures and sentient animals. The Heroes are organizing a fighting retreat along with Mer-people, Dolphionos (humans Changed into Dolphins) and Dragons (who are not changed humans). Due to short supplies they end up eating their opponents (humans who are Changed into either Orcas or a sort of Manta-Ray like creature). Interestingly they don't seem particularly bothered by this other than a single exchange noting that while it is technically cannibalism the Orcas were eating the Mer-people first so they started it.
- The only official rule of The Hunger Games is "wait a minute before entering the arena". An implied one is "don't eat your adversaries", as shown by the story of Titus.
- War of the Spider Queen has Jeggred, a half-drow who enjoys eating drow. Unsurprising, as the other half is demon.
- The big secret of the Boneys in the Xeelee Sequence sidestory Raft.
- Star Wars Expanded Universe:
- Repeatedly in Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina. Wuher (the bartender in A New Hope) brews the remains of Greedo into a strong drink that he hopes will gain Jabba's favor. A human thief once broke into the Devaronian Labria's apartment, and it turns out "humans don't taste very good." Finally, the only meat that H'nemthe females eat is the flesh of their sexual partners.
- There are a few sentients who will eat sentients in Galaxy of Fear, though in Eaten Alive and Army of Terror it's borderline To Serve Man. The last book, The Hunger, features the descendants of a team stranded on Dagobah for years. Some had children, and the edible fungus their parents scrounged wasn't enough. Unusually, the Children are portrayed as sympathetic, pitiable, even after they kill and eat someone. They try to help - and feed - the visiting protagonists, and are shown visions of their past.
The last vision was terrible. Zak saw the survivors, starved into madness, turning on a corpse. He and Galt and the other Children could clearly see how horrified the parents were by their own acts. What they had done was a last, desperate attempt to save their children. It was the act of beings so hungry they had lost their minds. As the parents fed their starving children, they cried.
The Children had relished the thought of eating human flesh because they remembered it from their childhood. But this vision had shown them how desperate their parents had been, and how horrible their final act really was.
- Given an unusually sympathetic portrayal in Peadar Ó Guilín's novel The Inferior; the (human) main character's tribe traditionally eat their dead, and while characters from more 'civilised' communities are horrified, nowhere in the book is it treated as anything other than a pragmatic and respectful funerary custom.
- Ringworld sequels have a race known as the Night People, who eat dead hominids. They're quite civilized about it, and meticulously apply any and all death-related rituals of a dead person's religion (if any) before chowing down. In the event of plague outbreaks, they will even help with constructing crematoria and teaching people how to use them to get rid of disease. Don't try cremation or burial unless they OK it first, though. They're rather possessive of their food supply.
- Robert A. Heinlein's Have Space Suit – Will Travel. The Wormfaces kill their human minions and turn them into soup so the Wormfaces' can eat them.
- In Last and First Men, it's revealed that the Last Men (a species descended from humanity over the course of millions of years) honor their dead by consuming their bodies with great ceremony—just to emphasize how different their culture is from ours.
- The villain in the book Silverwing is a bat who feeds on other bats.
- In Poul Anderson's "The Sharing of Flesh", the ship that finds a lost human colony discovers that all humans on it practice cannibalism. The computer discusses how it is taboo in all known cultures except sometimes to save lives, and historically may have been part of Human Sacrifice and magic — plus one culture that regarded it as just plain meat, which the British exteriminated. Evalyth finds herself sympathetizing with the British.
- In The Twits Mr. Twit has no qualms with the idea of making several boys into a pie.
- In the novel A Nameless Witch, the titular character has the problem that the more she loves someone, the more she wants to gobble him down.
- The Dragon's Egg series has the cheela, a race of aliens living on the surface of a neutron star, causing them to be the size of a sesame seed - but so dense they mass over a hundred kilograms - and almost completely flat due to gravity. The cheela think nothing of cannibalism, and once they begin to develop a civilization, cheela meat is regarded as a luxurious food, like a steak.
- Bentley Little's short horror story The Washingtonians reveals this is the horrific hidden secret of George Washington; he gained a taste for human after being forced to eat the dead at Valley Forge, and it went downhill from there.
Live Action TV
- General psychopath Young Young Mc Gurn in Rab C. Nesbitt, who apparently eats anyone who crosses him, as well as his own Rottweiler.
- Double The Fist included a scene where the Local Council is invading the Fist Team's new HQ (the Council in question seems to be made up of zombies). Mephisto finds some Community Welfare Officers ripping through their washing, and attacks. We come back a few scenes later to find him chewing on their faces.
- In The X-Files episode "Our Town", Mulder and Scully investigate a cannibal cult that has developed the disease Kuru from eating human brains.
- The Torchwood episode "Countrycide" is The Hills Have Eyes WITH FAT WELSHMEN!.
- Made even creepier near the end when the team, and the viewer, realize that, unlike normal Torchwood episodes, there is nothing science-fictiony going on at all. They're just perfectly normal humans. ...for a given value of "perfectly normal", in any case.
- Discussed, but averted in The Stand. Lloyd considers eating the dead guy in the next cell and drags his leg close enough to do so, but then Flagg breaks him out. Flagg's reveal of Trask's leg by telekinetically pulling up Trask's trouser leg always made this troper believe that the plot followed the book, where this trope is not at all averted: Lloyd's teethmarks are visible.
- Debunked with Sylar, from Heroes. He gains the superpowers of others by doing something with their brains but it's never shown how he does this and since he tended to use food metaphors and culinary references, it lead to lots of jokes by fans about him eating the brains. Word of God says that this was the original plan, but they realized how ludicrous it would sound, so they just said that he had an ability to "see how things work" and left the actual procedure unspecified.
- This was given a Shout-Out in a first-season episode where he refers to finding the list of Differently Powered Individuals names and locations as "...something I can sink my teeth into!"
- And was finally Lampshaded and debunked on in season three, when it's shown what he really does with the brain. "Eat your brain? Claire, that's disgusting."
- The Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells in Blackadder II
- The Reavers of Firefly, along with raping their victims to death, have a thing for eating them and sewing the skin into their clothing. If the victim is very, very lucky, they'll do it in that order.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Subverted in the episode "Doublemeat Palace". Because of the high staff turnover and repeated mentions of a "secret ingredient", Buffy thinks the fast food restaurant she's working at is using human meat in its products. It turns out that the disappearances are because of a demon that likes the taste of people who've eaten lots of Doublemeat foods, and the "meat" is actually a vegetable product, with a secret ingredient of... beef flavoring. Comes complete with a Shout-Out to Soylent Green, where Buffy runs through the restaurant screaming "It's people!"
- Another episode uses cannibalism as a joke: Oz, while in werewolf form, eats a zombie and wonders why he feels so full the next day.
- Episode 6 of season 1 where a group of kids possesed by a hyena eat the principal! And then Xander almost tries to eat a kid!
- This was how Warren and Amy survived under the Sunnydale sinkhole.
- Angel runs into a cult who eat freshly turned werewolf as a delicacy. Angel manages to save the woman, Nina, but when she bites the Wolfram and Hart employee who was procuring victims for the cult, Angel tells them that now they just have to wait a month.
- In season 3 of Bones, a recurring story arc is the hunt for a cannibalistic serial killer called the Gormogon, who in addition to eating his victims, will make a skeleton out of their bones using a ironic bone from each victim (knees of a bishop, jaw of a lobbyist, finger of a musician, etc.). Oh yeah, one of the members of the team is his apprentice.
- In another episode, Bones and the team come across a man ritualistically killing people and eating them, to gain power from a Native American ritual. Interestingly, the man gets sick because he's eating raw human flesh, and they use his sickness to identify him as the killer.
- In the first episode of Red Dwarf VII ("Tikka To Ride"), Lister and The Cat eat "barbecued person," assuming it to be chicken. Kryten's guilt chip had been removed, and they'd asked him to get them something to eat, and the corpse was right there ...
- In "Lemons", the Cat steals some pork that Lister had found and cooked up from deep freeze storage near Kryten's quarters on B-deck. Later they learn that the "pork" was actually Lister's organs that Kryten had secretly surgically removed (due to medical necessity, but without Lister's knowledge) and stored in the freezer near his quarters.
- An episode of Smallville had a Kryptonite-mutated "fat vampire" who had to devour the adipose tissues of living beings to survive (in a farming town full of livestock, she chose to go after her classmates. Hmm.)
- You think that's strange, she was played by a pre-fame Amy Adams, and it's hard not to think about Enchanted while watching the episode.
- In Season 6, Phantom Zone escapee Aldar hunts and devours victims down by the docks. When Clark demands to know why he's doing it, he replies "We all gotta eat!" While he's technically an alien he looks completely human and unlike other escapees isn't simply bodyjacking someone.
- In I, Claudius, Caligula impregnates his sister Drusilla, cuts her open, and eats the fetus. Don't you just ''love'' ''Masterpiece Theatre''?
- Criminal Minds
- The UnSub in the episode "Lucky" turns out to be a psychotic Satanist cannibal. Like many of the serial killers on the show, he injected himself into the investigation. Unlike the others, he brought lunch.
Father Marks: God is in all of us.
Floyd Feylinn Ferell: So is Tracy Lambert.
- The earlier episode "Blood Hungry" had another cannibal villain, one who took and ate body parts with special significance in different religions.
- The killer in "The Performer" would drink the victims' blood.
- The one in "Exit Wounds" ate an organ from at least one victim so as to keep the victim with him (he had severe abandonment issues).
- A literal Cannibal Clan abduct Virgil and Gabrielle in an episode of Xena: Warrior Princess.
- In one episode, Sara Sidle and Greg Sanders are trying to remove a corpse that has rotted to the point of liquification from the trunk of a car.
Greg: Oh my God, I think I got some in my mouth!
Sara: You know, Greg... technically that makes you a cannibal.
- And there was another one with a dietitian with a rare blood disorder called porphyria who kept herself young and beautiful by drinking protein shakes made of ground up human livers. Porphyria does not work that way. She offered of the shakes to Grissom at the end of the episode. Grissom called the perpetrator out on how untreated porphyria also causes psychological disorders, implying she only thought it was her diet that kept her beautiful.
- In another episode, a cheerleader doped up on PCP murders and partially eats someone.
- Let's just say that the episode "Appendicites" is a Shout-Out to Fried Green Tomatoes.
- In "Consumed", the CSI team track a cannibalistic serial killer who is preying on the vore fetish community.
- An odd variant in the CSI: New York episode "Point of No Return". Marty, a former employee of the ME's office, hits upon the idea of removing organs from the corpses of drug addicts and processing out the unmetabolized drugs. When he gets fired (not for that), he resorts to obtaining his own supply of dead druggies.
- Giggerota the Wicked from Lexx, whose dress is made of the skin of her victims.
- She's far from the only anthropophage, either. Being eaten by one thing or another is practically a Running Gag.
- In one second season episode of The IT Crowd, Moss reads a classified ad stating, quite simply, "I want to cook with you." Thinking it's for a cooking course, he goes to visit the man who placed the ad. Unfortunately, it turns out that the man was a German immigrant with a less-than-perfect grasp of English, and wanted to cook with the reader...as an ingredient.
- The Ben Stiller Show had a sketch called "The Legend of T.J O'Pootertoot", about a theme restaurant based on a member of the Donner party. They advertise that their meat has a flavor that is "curiously familiar."
- In one episode of True Blood, Maryann, the evil goddess in disguise, cuts up a human heart, makes it into souffle, which she then gives to Tara and Eggs. They proclaim it to be unbelievably delicious.
- Subverted in the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "Manhunters," where Frank claims that the steaks Charlie and Dee had just stolen and eaten were made of human meat. Charlie and Dee become overwhelmed with hunger and search for more human meat. Ultimately Frank reveals that the steaks were really raccoon meat, which was lousy with tapeworms.
- In Dollhouse, "The Attic," Echo and Dominic go into The Attic, a literal land of horror that includes a Japanese man forced to eat his own legs. As sushi. And the only way for Echo and Dominic to escape is for them to "enjoy ourselves." Squick.
- Supernatural: Everything!
- In "My Bloody Valentine," a man and woman on a date really, really want each other, so much so they go from kissing to devouring each other alive. The woman's roommate says that when she found them, the man, while dying, was "still chewing." It turns out that they are driven to this by the presence of Famine, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
- Wendigos were humans who became monsters by succumbing to cannibalism.
- Babylon 5 featured an alien race called the Pak'Ma'Ra who are carrion eaters.
- Farscape featured a cannibalistic villain by the name of Kaarvok who duplicates his prey and eats "the clone". This happens from the Moya crew to at least Chiana, D'Argo and Crichton. Chiana, after witnessing her double being eaten, tries to convince herself it was just a clone and she couldn't do anything about it. It is later revealed, as Kaarvok says it himself, and as the two Crichtons survive, that they are not "cloned", but doubled, with no differences, no decay on any of them. Ever.
- Kaarvok also has his twisted clone "family" routinely hacking off the arms of Rovhu's Pilot so they can be eaten, knowing that they'll grow back in a week or two. Or, as the Pilot put it, "They're EATING MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"
- Happens again in an episode were a creature's only diet is that of bones. She's left stranded on a planet with no animals left and is starving. When Moya's crew turns up investigating a distress call predictable events occur.
- Hyde in Jekyll keeps referring to cannibalistic urges, but is never seen acting on them, even though he occasionally uses his teeth as weapon. It's unclear if he actually likes the taste of human flesh, or if he's just messing with Jackman and others.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus has in the same episode (the one which they considered Queen Elizabeth would watch...) two sketches about cannibalism, Lifeboat and Undertakers (the latter, as John Cleese reminded in his eulogy for Graham Chapman, includes the line "Look, we'll eat your mum. Then, if you feel a bit guilty about it afterwards, we can dig a grave and you can throw up into it.").
- Another sketch had a naked man with an apple in his mouth being carted on a tray. He casually stops for a moment to chat with some customers in the restaurant about how he's the main course- and discourages them from eating a vicar whose been sitting in the corner for a week.
- Invoked in an episode of Scare Tactics. The victim and her friend were sent dinner invitations, and arrived in a fancy mansion with over a dozen other, beautiful, girls. Their male host greeted them, introduced a nude woman to the group and informed them dinner would be ready shortly. Several minutes later, said nude woman is wheeled out, appearing to have had her stomach slit and her organs arranged on dinner plates—which the other woman eat. But, this being Scare Tactics, it's all an elaborate prank, the woman was only pretending to be dead, and the organs aren't really human organs at all...
- One episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent was about a man who killed a woman and ate her calf muscle out of a desire for intimacy. Horrible, but at least he didn't use his job as a chocolatier to feed her to other people.
- Occurs off-screen in the Maddigan's Quest episode 'Greentown', where it's heavily implied that the butler and cook have been drugging, fattening, killing and finally eating the town's guests. This might be the first children's show to have featured both cannibalism and mind-altering drugs in the same episode...
- In one The Kids in the Hall skit, a man is on trial for cannibalism, Alive style. It turns out that he is the only survivor of a 30 minute delay, haven taken a bite out of each passenger. "Your honor, I am not an experienced cannibal. I simply took a bite out of each one hoping that the next one tasted better. I'm sure your honor has done the same thing with a box of chocolates."
- Doctor Who:
- In Mr. Brain, Gackt's ham-tastic character Takegami Teijirou is a canniballistic serial killer who considers eating human flesh to be the equivalent of eating beef or pork.
- In the Tales from the Crypt episode "What's Cookin'?" the owners of a failing steakhouse encounter a stranger who promises he can turn their business around. He does this by (unknown to them) serving up human meat on the menu. They fail to keep the local police chief from finding out, but since he and they have now developed a taste for human flesh, they simply kill and eat the drifter.
- In an episode of Eureka, a chemical causes all the women in town to become extremely attracted to Sheriff Carter, even to the point where they try to eat him. It's no wonder the episode was called "Maneater".
- In the last minute of the House episode "Fall From Grace", it turns out that the patient that the team has succesfully treated from his illness has suddenly fled, and his hospital room is swamped with law enforcement officers. The guy was actually a cannibalistic serial killer, and they've unwittingly helped him remain at large.
- Masters of Horror, "Cigarette Burns": When the Artifact of Death film-within-a-film 'La Fin Absolue du Monde' is presented in a private theater at the end, Annie, Kirby's dead girlfriend, emerges out of the theater screen. Her father comforts her, but she's "hungry", and takes a bite out of his neck. It's a hallucination.
- Also Season 2's episode ''The Washingtonians'; see its entry in Literature above.
- The Sea-Thieves in the Sinbad episode "Queen of the Sea-Thieves".
- The first episode of Rake has Professor Graham Murray (Hugo Weaving), a non-villainous example in that he only ate a man who had committed suicide and had already agreed to be eaten (as proven by a chatroom transcript and a filmed Suicide Note). That said, he does lose some sympathy for keeping the remains in his freezer and lying to his wife about them.
- Game of Thrones.
- Implied during a riot in King's Landing, where the starving townspeople grab a member of the royal entourage, and rip him to bits, as witnessed by Tyrion. They're not actually shown eating him, but since they're literally starving...
- Subverted in "Mhysa". Ramsay Snow has Theon's cock severed in the previous episode and sits down before his terrified prisoner to calmly eat a long piece of roasted meat. The character has already proven himself so psychopathic that few would doubt that he'd actually devour a man's penis in front of him, but Ramsay confirms that he was just messing with him and it's really pork. He actually sent it to Theon's father.
- Season 4 introduces the Thenn, a wildling tribe whose hat is cannibalism. In an Establishing Character Moment, when they arrive at the wildling camp, they disdainfully clear away the rabbit the others were cooking and put a human arm over the fire. Their leader Styr tries to persuade his comrade Tormund Giantsbane to partake of human flesh, but he's disgusted.
- It's not like she did this often, but in Power Rangers Turbo, Divatox clearly had no qualms against trying to devour the Rangers after they had been shrunk to minute size. (This ended very badly for her, as one of them shot her in the tongue when she tried to snag them with it; the whole rest of the episode had them trying to avoid and hide from the very sore and pissed-off villainess as they tried to escape.)
- The title character is a Serial Killer and cannibal who prepares his victims in a Food Porn like fashion. Even more disturbingly he served human flesh to those at his dinner party in "Sorbet", and it's implied that almost everything he serves is made of people.
Hannibal: Before we begin, I must warn you; Nothing here is vegetarian. Bon appetit.
- Glenn Jacob Hobbes, who snapped when daughter who left for college, and stated killing and eating girls who remind him of her, belveing that he was honoring them. He even spares one of his victims when she has cancer, leaving him unable to eat her.
- On The Pretender, it's revealed during the last season that Mr. Lyle is one of these.
- Played with on an episode of The Love Boat. A man is trying to score with a woman by claiming he has an incurable disease and will die soon. When the woman talks to Dr. Bricker about it, Bricker tells her that the only way to contract said incurable disease is if you're a cannibal.
- The Walking Dead: The inhabitants of Terminus turn out to be cannibals, luring people with the false promise of sanctuary in order to kill and eat them.
- In Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories a doctor that performs toe removals is revealed to have been eating them.
- Reoccuring theme of rapper Brotha Lynch Hung.
Guess what daddy's bringing home for supper?
Nigga nuts and guts and slabs of human meat, muthaf*cka, now eat.
- "Cannibal" by Kesha.
- ANY version of the song 'King of the Cannibal Islands' addresses this trope.
- C.W. McCall, otherwise best known for trucking songs like 'Convoy', did a song about the legendary cannibal killer Al Packer, titled 'Comin' Back For More (Al's Cafe)'.
- The German punk band Die Ärzte has a slow power ballad titled "Baby", which starts out as a plea to stop killing animals for food and directly proceeds to suggest eating people as an alternative for several verses. Quite likely a spoof of PETA-like activism.
- Voltaire's song "Cannibal Buffet" consists of a Hurricane of Puns on the subject:
I'm in the middle of the Cannibal Buffet
I'm feeling well — they like me that way!
So if you really wanna know what's eatin' me
It's the man-eaters on the coast of Barbary
- "Cannibal's Hymn" by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.
- "Mein Teil" by Rammstein, about that famous German cannibal a few years back. "You are what you eat, and you know what it is."
- Taken one step further in the Volkerball tour, where Till Lindemann dresses up as an Evil Chef (complete with a microphone disguised as the handle of a meat cleaver) and proceeds to cook Flake Lorenz.
- "Du Riechst So Gut" has cannibalistic references as well.
- Walpurgisnacht, Neuruppin and Ich esse Reiche ("I eat rich people") by the German band KIZ. They're famous for posing with meat...
- "To Serve Man" by Creature Feature.
- "The Chainsaw Buffet" and "Candy For The Cannibal" by Lordi.
- "Cannibal" by Static-X.
- The 1970s hit "Timothy" by the Buoys, in which three men are trapped in a mine and only two come out.
Timothy, Timothy, where on earth did you go?
Timothy, Timothy, God why don't I know?
- When Dave Barry held a survey for what his readers considered the worst songs ever made, this was one of the top finishers, despite being nowhere near as big a hit as the others. Barry noted that it made up for a lack of success with its extremely memorable subject matter.
- Flanders and Swann did a song called 'The Reluctant Cannibal'. Being from 1956, it has a political edge to it, satirizing the Cold War.
Going around saying "don't eat people", that's the way to make people hate you!
We always have eaten people, always will eat people — you can't change human nature.
You might as well say don't fight people!
"Don't fight people?.... That's ridiculous!
- The Celtic song Jesuitmont. While the lord of the castle is out hunting with his knights, his wife and the cook kill his daughter and bake her into a pie for no adequately explained reason. They probably should have thought the whole thing through more, as the first thing the lord asks when he gets home is where his daughter is, inevitably uncovering the horrible truth—and ensuring a slow and painful death for the murderers.
- Propagandhi's Human(e) Meat (The Flensing of Sandor Katz) is a satirical vegan response to some of the writings of the culinary author Sandor Katz. It's about eating him.
- There's a very well-known, very cheerful French nursery rhyme about a little boat. Most children only know the first verse and the chorus of it, and then discover years later that the song actually goes on to say the crew got short on food and
They had to draw lots, they had to draw lots
To choose who, who, who would get eaten
To choose who, who, who would get eaten
Oheeey oheeey ! Ohey, ohey, ohey little sailor
Little sailor, sail on the waves
Fate designated the youngest, fate designated the youngest
Though he wasn't, wasn't, wasn't very thick
Though he wasn't, wasn't, wasn't very thick
- All that very cheerfully. To be fair, in some versions of the song the boy is saved by something like thousands of fish magically dropping on the deck from the sky.
- "Cannibal" by Reel Big Fish.
- "Where I End and You Begin" by Radiohead concludes with this as a Madness Mantra:
I will eat you all alive and I will eat you all alive and I will eat you all alive and I will eat you all alive...
- Another Radiohead example: "Knives Out" appears to be about getting lost in the wild and being forced to eat other members of your traveling group to stay alive.
- A lot of Death Metal bands write songs about this, with special mention going to Cannibal Corpse for reasons that should be obvious.
- "Eaten" by Swedish death metal group Bloodbath was written with the exact same concept for "Mein Teil" (see above). And it's much, much, MUCH more blatant and horrifying than the German band's song. Obviously, the lyrics are well-hidden with the trademark death metal growls.
- Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London"
I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
walkin through the streets of Soho in the rain.
He was lookin for the place called Lee Ho Fooks
gonna get a big dish of beef chow mein
- This becomes really creepy when you find out that there is a restaurant called Lee Ho Fooks in Soho... but beef chow mein isn't on the menu.
- But did it have that as a menu item before the song came out?
- Angelspit love this trope, and it shows up in a lot of their songs. 100%, Juicy, Devilicious, Meat...
- Get Set Go has a very cheery little tune called "Cannibalism is the Cure", which suggests that eating others will solve all of society's problems.
- Hot Hot Heat's "Island of the Honest Man" seems like it is going to be this at first, until it subverts it, completely changing the tone from edgy to cheery with the opening line of the chorus.
But right then the clouds parted in the sky / The horizon took us all a little by surprise / Watch the sky / And as the howling winds subsided, the locals ran out, all waving their hands and singing / Welcome to the island of the honest man
- The video for "Feathers" by Coheed and Cambria features a suburban family set roughly in the 1950's where the mother abducts and grinds local milkmen, mailmen, etc into meat for her family (the eaten are played by the band). Despite the description, the song and video's tone are very cheerful.
- How did we get this far with no mention of Aerosmith's "Eat the Rich"?
- Because it's hard to tell if the cannibalism is literal or figurative?
- Played for Laughs in Ellen Hikuki's "I Ate The Who."
- Goober and the Peas "Cordially Invited"
- I'm sure you're all wondering why I invited you all here tonight, and more importantly, what was that meat? Well, I've chosen a particularly flavorful poison, and now you're all mairinating for next year's SHISH-KABOB!
- In Necro's "Human Consumption".
- Hatsune Miku in The Full Course For Candy Addicts
- Masa's extremely gory Onibi series has Gumi becoming a cannibal thanks to Miku cursing her while being tortured to death by her.
- Played for Laughs with Rob Cantor's song "Shia LaBeouf"
- Slayer's "Piece By Piece".
As soon as life has left your corpse I'll make you part of me!
- Club Moral's song "In Tirol"
Eating limbs is my kind.
Flesh and blood are in my mind
- The music video for "Sick ,Sick, Sick" by Queens of the Stone Age.
- Also there's "Mosquito Song."
- Older Than Feudalism: Classical Mythology has several examples:
- The gods had heard such wonderful things about the kitchens of Tantalus that they invited themselves to dinner (they also wanted to give him a chance for the time he'd misbehaved himself at a banquet on Olympus). Tantalus found himself a bit short on meat, so he had his son Pelops slaughtered and boiled in a stew. The gods noticed and refused to eat—except for Demeter, who at the time was so overwrought over the kidnapping of her daughter, Persephone that she absentmindedly took a bite out of his shoulder. While dear little Pelops was brought back to life, his shoulder replaced by an ivory one by Demeter, he then went on to spawn the cursed House of Atreides. Tantalus was punished in such a way as to give us the word "tantalizing."
- Pelops had twin sons: Atreus and Thyestes. Thyestes was having an affair with Atreus's wife, so as revenge Atreus killed and cooked Thyestes's toddlers and fed them to their own father before stealing the throne of Mycenae (back) and kicking Thyestes out. For more Squick, Thyestes has one more son, Aegisthus, with his own daughter, Pelopia (it was a condition of a prophecy to get revenge...). So then Aegisthus kills Atreus and rules Mycenae with his dad until Atreus's sons come back for their own revenge. These sons are Agamemnon (later killed by Aegisthus and Agamemnon's wife, Clytemnestra) and Menelaus.
- There's also Philomela, who was raped and had her tongue cut off by her brother-in-law, King Thereus. In revenge, Philomela's sister Queen Procne killed her baby son Ithys and roasted the body, serving it to her rapist asshole of a husband. The three were, according to the myths, turned into birds; Procne became a nightingale (forever calling "Ithys, Ithys"), Thereus became a hawk or owl (calling "Where? Where?"), and Philomela was made into a songless swallow.
- And Lycaon, who fed his son to the god Zeus and was turned into a wolf as punishment. This is the origin of the word lycanthropy.
- One version of this myth has it so that it's not own his son, but that of his cook. Zeus, visting Lycaon in disguise, boasts that he can identify any meat regardless of how it is prepared. Not knowing his guest's true identity, Lycaon decides to really mess with him, and, rather than go with the typical goat, or lamb, or even horse, forces his cook to kill and roast his own son as a meal for Lycaon's boastful guest. For tricking him into eating human flesh, Zeus turns Lycaon into a wolf. Nothing is said of how Zeus treated the cook for his (unwilling) role in the deception, however.
- In some versions of Athena's birth, Zeus eats her mother to avoid having Hera find out he knocked someone else up. (The lengths which he'll go to to disguise his affairs is just ludicrous sometimes.) He apparently didn't learn the lesson from his father. And in Zeus' case, Athena is born by bursting out of her father's skull. Something that could have been avoided by not eating her mom in the first pace.
- In the Norse Lay of Atli, Attila the Hun invites his brothers-in-law, one of who is the king of the Burgundians. Attila's wife, their sister, warns them that its a trap to gain their immense wealth, but they come anyway. After an impressive amount of badass from the Burgundian heroes they're killed. In revenge Attila's wife kills her own children the sons of Attila and has him unknowingly use their heads as drinking vessels and eat their hearts. Then depending on what version you read, she either kills him and sets free his dogs and burns down his house, or attempts suicide herself (and fails).
- Cannibalism was one of the biggest taboos to the First Nation peoples. According to their mythology, if you eat a person, you will turn into a wendigo.
- Kumiho, the Always Chaotic Evil Korean counterpart of the kitsune, were infamous for this, and sometimes they'd trick the humans they encountered into eating one of their own too. There's at least one story where a Kumiho claims she'll become human herself if she eats enough human livers, though this doesn't seem to be the motivation for most of them.
- Played for laughs in Warhammer 40,000's typically darkly humorous way. A common source of food rations for the Imperial Guard and many Imperial citizens on some drearier worlds is "Soylens Viridians," which is a very blatant shout-out. Also present in the universe is the infamous Corpse Starch, and the even more heavily processed Block (also used as a clandestine delivery method for a variety of suppressive narcotics). It's unclear exactly how close to cannibalism these rations actually are, though; among the fandom, theories range from "Soylens Viridians is people," to "Soylens Viridians is recycled human protein," to "Soylens Viridians is a soy product cultivated on recycled human protein."
- This is parodied in Ciaphas Cain by relating Soylens Viridians to promethium (gasoline).
- Odds are like everything else in the Imperium it depends on what world you're from, (with most worlds modern day Earth like) Hives' version will be just like the movie.
- The Kroot, a species of avian humanoids that typically work as mercenaries, cannibalize both members of other species and their own fallen. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, it's implied that the Kroot can't eat vegetables (which the Tau would prefer them to eat) so it's meat or go hungry. Secondly, Kroot can absorb genetic material from their food; this allows different kindreds to quickly evolve various adaptations. While their Tau allies find it barbaric, the pragmatic Kroot see it as just another form of progress, as well as a safeguard from the loss of sentience that may result from eating solely prey animals. Funnily enough, this means that the Kroot are the least xenophobic and hate-filled race in the game.
- The Tau that work with Kroot long enough seem to understand why the Kroot do this and, while still finding it disgusting, make no attempts to prevent it, as shown in the first Cain book the Tau on the planet learn of the Genestealer Cult, thanks to the Kroot being able to tell the dead has been infected and use them to find nest in the undercity
- One of the many unpleasant jobs Gretchin are regulated to in the service of the Orks is "Emergency Food Source".
- The Dark Eldar feed their slaves with processed corpses of dead slaves. It's also strongly implied the Dark Eldar themselves also feed on the flesh and blood of sentient beings, in addition to deriving sustenance from them in an more abstract matter by feeding on their suffering. Practically everything in Commorragh is made by slaves or from slaves, including the food.
- In the mildly less GRIMDARK treatments of the material, Imperial Guard quartermasters in a warzone are ...sanctioned... for serving people steaks without any more treatment than straight butchering. In the online introductory adventure to Dark Heresy, when the characters encounter the "protein vats" in the Alms House, and the full realization of what was in those vats hits them, the rules suggest having the Player Characters make a Fear test, suggesting that on that world at least cannibalism is considered abhorrent.
- Goblins don't have it much better in Warhammer Fantasy, either. In fact, they will often readily kill and eat each other. The Orcs will often occasionally eat Gobbos and other humanoids. One of their more infamous battles is the Blood River Massacre and Barbecue. Orcs and Goblins alike keep the miniscule Snotlings on hand as combination cheap labor/cute widdle pets/light snacks.
- The Skaven readily eat the bodies of the dead after a battle, friend and foe alike, and consider graveyards a waste of good food.
- The Skaven even call their own dead 'burrow pork'.
- One of the Konrad books features a truly bizarre spin on this: it turns out that in the case of a Skaven grey seer, if you eat his organs, he possesses your body.
- The culture of the Ogres revolves around cannibalism. They worship a deity called the Great Maw who encourages them to devour everything in sight, from slaves to rocks. After a battle, the Ogres gorge themselves on corpses, captives, and fallen allies alike. The most common way for an Ogre to become Tyrant of his tribe is to kill and eat his predecessor. Ogre "Butchers" (warrior-priests) channel the magic of their god by devouring certain ritual objects (examples given in the army book consist of severed limbs, bedrock, troll entrails, bones, bull Rhinox hearts and brains)—they call it "Gut Magic". The only reason they keep Gnoblars (Hill Goblins) as slaves instead of snacks is because they're too bony to make a good meal.
- They still eat them alright, if they need to, just eating a Gnoblar another Ogre has taken a liking to is a major no-no.
- Ogres do, however, like the taste of gnoblar noses and ears. Just coincidentally, status in gnoblar culture is measured by the size of your nose and ears.
- Cannibal fast food is a running gag in Mayfair's Underground game.
- An obvious element of the Cannibal Sectors in SLA Industries.
- In both Vampire: The Masquerade and Vampire: The Requiem, it is possible for vampires to commit diablerie, which involves eating another vampire's soul. It is referred to in the same terms as cannibalism and automatically reduces the Karma Meter. Interestingly, although cannibalism is at the top of the hierarchy of sins for all races, werewolves rank eating humans (and wolves) one step below eating other werewolves.
- In the Old World of Darkness, demons who were banished from their physical bodies were at risk of being eaten by other demons, who would absorb their powers. Oddly enough, this wasn't ranked as a sin.
- In the New World of Darkness:
- There're the Noctuku, a Nosferatu bloodline whose members regulary need to consume flesh (any flesh, but they prefer human meat to animal, and vampire most of all), lest they risk going into a hunger frenzy. They don't gain any nourishment from it and have to regurgitate it soon after, but they don't seem to mind this.
- Similarly, there's the Macellarius, a Ventrue bloodline of rotund gourmands that gains the ability to digest human flesh the same way they gain nourishment from blood, or later to snack on vampire flesh to grow in physical strength and ability or even to have access to the powers their meal possessed.
- Mage: The Awakening has its own cannibals in the Devourers of the Flesh, a Left-Handed Path emerging from the Adamantine Arrows whose members follow the age old maxim that if you eat your enemy, you gain his strength.
- There's also the Cult of the Red Word, a New England-based cult that worships an alternate timeline given sentience by the Abyss. They believe that consuming their victims symbolically erases their presence from reality, piece by piece — and it literally does so if they prepare and consume the victim in their sacred temple.
- Werewolf: The Forsaken allows the Uratha to regain Essence by consuming the flesh of humans or wolves; this is a humongous sin against the game's Karma Meter. There's even a Lodge of Bale Hounds, the Lodge of the Feast, devoted to sampling strange flesh... and getting others hooked on it.
- There's the Lodge of Wendigo, a subset of the Blood Talons. Given their totem and a Rite that allows them to gain knowledge from consumption of flesh, they tend this way... though many of them are trying really, really hard to kick the habit.
- One of the sample "cults" in the Hunter: The Vigil corebook is a gourmand society whose best-regarded dish is an absolutely heavenly liver pate... which is actually human liver pate, harvested from children kept imprisoned on a farm in boxes and force-fed, in a process reminiscent of that used to produce real pate de foie gras. The membership is entirely unaware of this.
- In Deadlands, engaging in the act of "humanitarianism" is universally regarded as a sin against, at the very least, one's own humanity. It's one of the quickest ways to have one's Player Character turned into an NPC, and only very extreme extenuating circumstances allow it. But even then... you can still get turned into a Wendigo if you eat human flesh in winter, regardless of circumstances. Spring, summer, and autumn do not carry this problem- but even then, you still only get to chow down on fellow humies when the circumstances are really desperate.
- Among the many colorful faces you will meet in the Feng Shui supplement Blowing Up Hong Kong is Ng Pui, an insane sorcerer and Serial Killer who runs a pushcart that sells steamed dumplings and pork buns. The pork buns in question are made from the people that he kills once a week with his meat cleaver.
- Many supernatural creatures and abominations in Feng Shui are fond of human flesh. The most notorious in this regard is Desdemona Deathangel, who especially prefers babies.
- The Denver Zonemind in GURPS Reign Of Steel sometimes renders its dead human slaves into a "high protein soup" to feed the others. (In the slaves' defense, though, the robots don't tell them where it comes from!)
- Dungeons & Dragons has too many "really omnivore" sentient creatures to list, but even there are some oustanding examples.
- Metahumans infected with the Human-Metahuman Vampiric Virus turn into Vampires, Ghouls, and other things all of which require either blood, raw meat or internal organs of other humans/metahumans to survive.
- The Germany sourcebook contains a shadowtalk-post about a cannibal-cuisine restaurant in the lawless enclave of Berlin, although another shadowtalker's post immediately afterwards claims it's a load of hooey.
- The Orks of Orkworld practice necrophagy, eating their dead to absorb their spirits (and keep an Eldritch Abomination from snacking on said spirits in the afterworld).
- The aptly (if unimaginatively) named Cannibal from the Dark Champions sourcebook Murderer's Row.
- Hollow Earth Expedition, supplement Mysteries of the Hollow Earth. Cannibals hunt, kill and eat human beings. Molemen will capture and eat humans who intrude into Moletown and those who encounter their hunting parties on the surface.
- Magic: The Gathering: one of the many Horror Tropes present in Innistrad, as seen here.
- In Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the murder victims are baked in meat pies, which become very popular among the unsuspecting populace.
- Even William Shakespeare uses this one. In Titus Andronicus, Titus' daughter Lavinia is raped by Chiron and Demetrius, with their mother's help. To get revenge, Titus kills the two brothers, bakes them into a pie, and feeds them to their unwitting mother. This is based on the Thyestes and Philomela myths mentioned above.
- In the 1999 film adaptation, Titus was played by Anthony Hopkins, which makes it even better.
- When they visit Titus, Tamora introduces herself as "Revenge" and her two sons as "Rape" and "Murder". Literary critic John Sutherland observed that therefore, when Tamora eats the pie, Revenge has consumed Rape and Murder.
- Caliban's name is (allowing for Elizabethan spelling) an anagram of Cannibal and he is a savage on a remote island. Allegedly he was portrayed as a stereotypical African savage in the days of slavery.
- Tennessee Williams' Suddenly, Last Summer climaxes with its main character recounting her cousin's murder and cannibalization at the hands of a gang of young boys.
- Karate Bears often eat people Dealing With Rejection Pack a Lunch
- String Theory has Prof. Phineas Armastus, Schtein's fellow inmate and a cannibalistic serial killer.
- He made a judge throw up.
- Poor Xodin from Furmentation just wants sympathy, while the old man he's talking to is constantly asking if his captors tried to eat him.
- Sluggy Freelance actually had a Cannibals Anonymous support group (though their definition of "cannibal" was a little loose). Freaky-Fred, one of the more crazed characters, was later shown to have a Dimension of Lame counterpart who makes rice cakes shaped like people then bites off the heads.
- Schlock Mercenary had some fun with nameless mooks: Food that talks is not food. ...but the goon never said anything, so it's okay, right?
- The Cat Girl cosplayers in Something Positive , among other things, decide to take the idea of communion a little too literally with a Pepito dressed up as 8-Bit Jesus.as
- Scary Go Round has some.
- Sally, Jar-Jar Binks' player in Darths & Droids whose active imagination was responsible for a lot of stuff in the campaign, turned the Gungans of Star Wars into these and had tried to offer the other PCs as food for her people.
Jar-Jar: But wesa can can use the humans for food!
Qui-Gon: That's a good... hey, wait, what!?
- The "Revenge of the Weasel Queen" sidestory for Girl Genius has the eponymous character, Ferretina, a Spark-created fusion of human and weasel. In this comic, one of the locals from the village she's been attacking claims that she demands young, good-looking men to be delivered to her, which are then eaten (apparently grilled with cheese). This comic, meanwhile, opens with a fake out; the first panel implies that she has done this to Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer!, who grievously insulted her in an earlier strip, though the very next panel reveals he was simply thrown into a "Pit of Doom", which failed to kill him.
- Dumm Comics had a Skadi story arc where she encountered the cannibalistic "Hill People". Read here Not work safe!
- The trolls of Errant Story, though they don't usually eat humans, just other trolls. To them it's something of a compliment, they believe it grants a sort of immortality as the spirit of the eaten is passed on to the eater. They did it once to some particularly skilled humans they killed as a show of respect and got a bad rap for it. Actually one of the punishments in their culture is "no one save the dirt and the worms shall eat of your meat."
- WTF Comics has one comic where Straha Ironscale (a lizardman) was eating some food. Annashi, a young wood elven girl traveling with him, wants to try some. He warns her not to eat one sandwich. She ignores him, takes a bite and comments how good it is. Then she asks him what is in it. His answer, "Smoked wood elf".
- 'Amazing Super Powers: The paper bag isn't holding Ted's lunch. It's Ted.
- Richard, from Looking for Group... is there a nice way to say "he eats babies"?
- In Drowtales, Drow will eat almost anything, including humans, orcs, and their own dead. Food is relatively scarce in the underdark and some nobles suffer from malnutrition; humans are rarely actually killed for food, but to bury a dead slave is considered a waste of resources the impovershed, war-torn society cannot afford.
- The D'bo sisters in Our Home Planet start off the whole comic by attempting to eat Rika and Mai (who aren't actually humans, but close enough). They're actually offended at being called cannibals, claiming that they don't eat others of their race.
- Subnormality has various monsters, and most frequently Sphinx eating as many humans as they can get their mits on, and discussing ways to go about it Seen here.
- I Luv Halloween - Oblivious of the zombie apocalypse, evil psychotic little girl Mocchie is handed a human liver from a zombie during her trick-or-treat routine. She then eats it.
- The MS Paint Adventures series Homestuck has Hearts Boxcars, in this surprising turn of events.
- Also Dave is put in a pot by his crocodile consorts. However, that doesn't make them cannibals, as they're not humans. And since he wasn't tied up, there was more cry than harm.
- In No Rest for the Wicked, the Witch (based on "Hansel and Gretel"). It's actually portrayed as being tragic as well as horrific—-she's clearly insane, originally eating her own children in order to keep them "safe" with her at all times. When more children show up around her house she believes that they're her own who have somehow "gotten out," leading her to continue her cannibalism.
- Channel Ate does this sometimes. It even had a comic poking fun at the donner party. "Though he may be gone, I guess you could say there is a little of Jim in all of us..."
- The Bend has many characters who fit this trope.
- A Complete Waste Of Time has Graves Monskay, who is reputedly able to taste a troll's emotions through his/her blood (though it's usually fear followed by anger). Corroborating his case is when he eats his past self.
- If Skin Horse is to be believed, at least some fraction of U.S. military rations are made from the corpses of people the government has abducted. In context, this is a joke.
- Mindflayed had an illithid who just tasted some bandit's brain arguing with an insane elf that since neither of them is a human, it's not cannibalism.
- In Prophecy Of The Circle the races of tikedi and tekk hunt and are implied to eat each other regularly.
- Here in +EV. Fortunately, just a dream.
- Dominic Deegan antagonist Karnak appears to have some kind of compulsion related to this; he frequently takes bites out of other demons after killing them, though he mostly spits out the gobs of meat again afterward. This is presumably related in some way to the fact that he was raised by herbivores, and spent his life as a vegetarian. Oh, yes, this demon lord is one screwed-up puppy.
- In this Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, it turns out the government-sponsored food called "Sponch" is made of people (probably). However, even though the shocking accusation is made in public, the reaction is a little... political.
- Peter Dolcett is an online artist who created many pornographic comic strips, all of which had an extreme BDSM theme. Gynophagia, or woman-eating, featured prominently in his work.
- Naga from Does Not Play Well With Others. It's ok, though, as she eats pedophiles she meets online. Even the cops don't mind.
- in Tales Of Gnosis College Iris Brockman works in a strange (and extremely expensive) restaurant/mermaid bar that has this trope as its premise.
- Baldy and Shorty pretend to be this as an interrogation technique in this Skullkickers strip.
- Butch of Chopping Block regularly eats the people he kills, and a lot of disgusting jokes have been made about various aspects of this (for instance, his fear that it makes him gay if he enjoys the taste of testicles.)
- In the Penny Arcade strip The Line Experience, Gabe reveals that he did this when he waited in line for the PS2's launch.
Guy: God, we've been out here for hours.
: This is nothing. I waited three weeks for the PS2
, back in 2000.
Guy: Three weeks? Wow, what did you eat?
Gabe: The guy behind me.
Gabe: I could stand to kill a few more hobos.
- In Gorgeous Princess Creamy Beamy, it's stated that "Usaginari don't eat meat, except for that of other Usaginari".
- The Black Brick Road Of OZ's Pepper is implied to have a taste for human flesh in her interview at the end of first chapter.
- Dragon Ball Multiverse: U13 Kakarot as he comments "Yum, tender flesh..." before biting U13 Yamcha's arm.
- In "Cthulhu Slippers" cannibalism is rife, and all of the Old Ones indulge. Nyarlathotep, Cthulhucorp's head of human resources takes his job title very literally.
- This occurs in several different chapters of Book Of Lies.
- "Bloody Norah" of The Scumthorpe Files is a cannibalistic lake creature who turns out to be real. Right when she's about to devour Tara, Lolita steps in and offers hot dogs as a substitute. It works. Hey, humans are "long pork", so why not give the creepy monster some actual pork? (Then again, it's not like anyone would've missed Tara anyway).
- Played for Laughs at the end of The Strangerhood, with Tovar. With his place back home filled by his Evil Twin, that makes "quantum crap", so it's said that they'll liquefy his DNA and drink it. It's okay because "genetic cannibalism is totally in, in the future."
- Comes up a couple of times in Survival of the Fittest. Warning, not only spoilers here but excessively horrible.
- Viktor Kurchatov cannibalises a corpse - and its genitals at that. Later the pregnant Mary McKay does the exact same thing to Guy Rapide, although the former is played as Viktor's Fetish Fuel and the latter as symbolic. (It was Guy who got Mary pregnant.)
- In Version Five, Summer Simms, after killing Naomi Bell does this in hopes of gaining favour with the terrorists, fearing retribution from her classmates due to Naomi's esteemed status.
- SCP Foundation has SCP-082 Fernand the Cannibal, SCP-352 Baba Yaga, SCP-604 a dining set, the SCP-861 Tar Baby, SCP-974 Treehouse Predator and SCP-1227 The Family Man.
- Kirby in There Will Be Brawl is part Hannibal Lecter Expy and part Deconstruction of the normally-adorable hero.
- There are numerous characters to whom this applies in Tales Of MU. In fact, the punny title used here is directly referenced in Mack's second dream featuring the Man. Dragons (especially Embries within the story) can get away with this, no legal repercussions.
- Humans also make up a chunk of the diet of merfolk, which Mack discovers to her disgust and continued terror.
- Ogres do this, and Steff has partaken. When she tries to eat manflesh with Mack, however, she chickens out.
- Mercy operates a shop to specifically cater to the many man-eaters of the setting.
- Lund and Shanks in Doomsday Arcade had to eat a human NPC to get his knowledge. It worked.
- The Youtube Poop Dinner at Ganon's ends with the CD-I cast eating Morshu for eating all the spaghetti.
- I AM PAINIS CUPCAKE. I WILL EAT YOU.
- Our People Are The Key Ingredient At Hardee's.
- Cannibalism is just one of the many, many ways Good Thing You Can Heal is used and abused in Bartleby Tales. Apparently, being eaten is actually quite pleasurable.
- Eldritch Abomination Carmilla of the Whateley Universe was certainly human up until her first point-of-view story. And she has eaten people more than once.
- In Neopets, there are foods a user can buy that are (supposedly) made out of Neopets themselves, such as Grundo Stix or Meerca Pie. Neopets can eat nearly any food you give them, and will find it delicious by default unless it's classified as a gross food. Do the math.
- Alucard in Hellsing Ultimate Abridged:
Alucard: "BITCH! I EAT PEOPLE!"
- After an ill-advised creation of a "Spider-Tram" Tlf Travel Alerts discovered their error when it started devouring the commuters within it. Delays Due To Spider Tram.
- On Stroker and Hoop, the two buddy detectives wake up in a bathtub full of ice and assume they've had their kidneys stolen by two beautiful women; but, no, they're members of an enlightened cannibal cult who eat vestigial organs safely harvested from their victims. They took the boys' appendices and tail bones. Later in the ep, the cult goes even crazier, and tries the old "giant kettle" routine on Stroker (though they claim it's because they don't like him). They had to wait a while, as 100 gallons of water takes a long time to boil.
- In a particularly creepy South Park, Eric Cartman devises a complex plan to get his enemy to eat his own parents, and succeeds. It's okay though, later he apologizes by giving the boy a fruit basket.
- Made worse by the (somewhat questionable) reveal that the father was Cartman's REAL father.
- In another, a group of people are snowed in and trapped in a TV studio. Even though they've only been without food for a few hours, they decide they must draw straws and eat Eric Roberts (who'd miss Eric Roberts?) and his film crew to survive.
- Parodied in Futurama. When Fry half-jokingly suggests that the secret ingredient in Slurm soda is people, he's told that no, they already have a soda like that: Soylent Cola. The taste "varies from person to person".
- In an episode of Mutant League, Razor Kid is threatened by the other starving players after a plane crash leaves them stranded in the mountains. With the help of his agent, he negotiates it down to his tail, which will grow back.
- An episode of Eek The Cat had Anabelle made the queen of some bizarre-looking savages on an island out in the middle of nowhere. Problem was that, "In order for the queen to become a goddess, she must be cooked and then eaten by the king."
The king, tongue hanging out: "I like... girls.
- In Justice League episode "Only a Dream", the kids in Flash's nightmare attempt to eat him, completely out of nowhere. Flash resorts to Super Speed to get away from them, and...
- The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror episodes use this a few times. The earliest involved the school staff killing and cooking problem students (and eventually, all of them). Another was a parody of The Blob where Homer became a voracious slime monster. Yet another is a parody of The Most Dangerous Game... although it wasn't too necessary that time.
Carl: Homer, Burns has only been chasing us for six hours and you've already resorted to cannibalism.
Lenny: And there's bananas in that tree up there!
Homer: Uh, they look a little green...
- There was also a reference (in a non-Treehouse of Horror ep) to Abe Simpson biting his old mountain climbing buddy.
- The Sealab 2021 episode "Frozen Dinner" finds the crew answering a distress call from two men trapped on an ice station, one of whom has decided to resort to cannibalism and proves remarkably dedicated to following that course of action no matter what happens. He even asks the crew for vegetables... so he can make a proper stew out of his companion.
- Reversal: In one episode, Count Duckula is sent into future, where he is captured by intelligent vegetables. He tries to defend himself by (truthfully) saying: "I am a vegetarian, a vegetable lover"; the vegetables aren't too amused.
- While in the literal sense this trope doesn't apply in Beast Wars (though Tarantulas probably would have eaten any hominid he managed to catch), the technical sense gets more than its look in. Tarantulas relishes eating living creatures, and is quite willing to add Cybertronians to the menu- a fact made terrifyingly clear in the third episode. In fact, in the first season, it was this literal appetite for carnage and bloody gluttony that was his defining trait, to the extent that his official season 1 profile talks mainly about his appetite and defines him as a "twisted gourmand", as opposed to the Mad Scientist and Machievallian plotter of seasons 2 and 3. Rampage, we are reminded regularly, (mainly by the Psycho for Hire himself), tortured, butchered and ate the entire population of no less then two Maximal colonies before ending up in the Beast Wars. In one of the first season episodes, Dinobot eats a psuedo-clone of himself (a biologically grown raptor with a cybernetic brain).
- Pictured above is the cannibalistic baby killer from the season 2 premeire of Metalocalypse.
- In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy episode "Tastes like Chicken" it's implied at the end that Mandy ate Irwin, and in "Which Came First?" you see Sperg eating Pud'n's arms and legs after having been stranded in the desert. They get better.
- In the Billy & Mandy universe, the only way Pinocchio can become a real boy...is by eating the flesh of a human boy.
- Codename: Kids Next Door
- Father tries to make a make a cake for The Delightful Children from Down the Lane out of other living children. Being a light-hearted kids show, he fails.
- Funnily enough, the newscaster kid commenting on it talks about how great the cake would be, without a bit of Squick to be found.
- In another episode had Numbuh 5 comment that Father would rather grind kids into coffee and drink them than offer them help. Might seem like an exaggeration, but when you consider the above instance...
- Another villain tried to feed kids to a bullysaurus as well.
- The 'island-dwelling tribe of cannibals' stereotype appeared very frequently in a great number of theatrical shorts from the start of animation through the Civil Rights movement, after which the racist elements of its characterization were finally taken into account and became (after much lobbying) unacceptable for general airing. Episodes of Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny and Betty Boop among others which have plots revolving around tribal cannibals are often banned or heavily edited when they are shown.
- Lockdown from Transformers Animated is a robotic version of this. While he doesn't eat other robots he does strip them for parts to upgrade himself.
- An episode of The Brak Show had the family go to meet their new neighbors for dinner. Brak meets the overgrown baby of the family, who eventually reveals that he and his parents are planning to eat Brak and his parents (and now he feels guilty about it, because Brak is so fun). Nobody gets eaten, but apparently the family had trouble fitting in (and looking at them, it's clear why), and..well...
We tried everything...clubs, outings, organizations—
THEY DIDN'T WORK!
And then our son suggested, why don't we try eating people?
OUR SON IS A GENIUS!
- An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes had Jimmy and Beezy nearly get eaten alive by a tribe of cannibals. Fortunately, their shift ended in time.
- The Angry Beavers: At the end of the episode "The Mighty Knothead", after the girl racoons shockingly realize that Daggett is not the Mighty Knothead they imagined, both Daggett and his brother Norbert are chased down by the girl racoons. The beaver brothers thought they were safe in their house only to quickly realize, they, with their house are slowly being roasted alive and are about to be eaten alive by the vengeful girl raccoon tribe.
- Does this really count if they aren't even the same species?
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, an in-universe Historical Villain Upgrade ascribes this to Nightmare Moon, which becomes something of a problem once she does a Heel-Face Turn back to being Princess Luna. Particularly horrifying, no doubt, due to ponies being obligate herbivores, with all the revulsion towards eating meat that probably entails.
- The owner and staff of the motel (an Inn of No Return) in the Taz-Mania episode "A Midsummer Night's Scream", who plan to eat Bushwacker Bob and Taz.
- An episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog featured an antropomorphic pig couple who were set up as this. It's eventually revealed that they only make food scupltures and Courage just misunderstood the situation.
- The "Summerween" episode of Gravity Falls
Soos: "I ate a man alive tonight."
The entire cast looks at him weirdly
- For context, Soos ate a monster made up entirely of Halloween candy.
- In the Adventure Time episode "Another Five More Short Graybles", Lemongrab 1 attempts to eat Lemongrab 2 in response to the latter accidentally destroying the doll they were using as a surrogate son. When they appear in the episode "Too Old", 2 is missing his legs and a portion of his head, and at the end of the episode 1 finishes the job.
- Not to mention, the rainicorns, beautiful creatures that are like flying, elongated rainbow unicorns. They used to eat humans. Now they eat soy-people (but only because humans are almost extinct). Otherwise, they're quite nice.
- In Teen Titans Go!, Raven isn't allowed to play dodgeball any more because, the last time she was allowed to play, she flipped out and ate the opposing team after being tagged in the head with a ball.
- Although the direct act of cannibalism is said to have been banned in the later seasons, Superjail was infamous for its pilot episode, in which a bunch of maniacal lunch ladies butcher up inmates for their "Monday Mystery Meat"- itself made up of the unfortunate inmates by the end. The Warden and Jared are then shown feasting on said meat. A starving inmate that was denied food earlier even decides to eat some of the meat, but it eats him instead.
- "Cold-Blooded" (the fourth episode aired, but last produced for the first season) featured a hulking monster-esque serial killer that instantly butchered and feasted upon an unlucky group of inmates.
- Starting with season 2, any more direct references to cannibalism and deaths of small children became off-limits, so "The Budding of the Warbuxx" has the Twins cannibalize the Warbuxx bud, an infant alien creature who may or may not have actually been their own child with the justification that the "child" was simply a mere alien delicacy. "Superjail! Grand Prix" also features a room called "The Loafer" for the lunch ladies' ingredients, although piles of dead bodies are visible and the machines within the room proceed to slaughter some more inmates.
- Season 3's "Sticky Discharge" has a quick background gag where the starving inmate from the pilot is shown looking nervous and awkward, as his cellmate is shown to be mutilated and dismembered, with his chest bitten and torn into.
- In one episode of The Powerpuff Girls, the Girl fought a demonic motorcycle gang called the Dooks of Doom (evil and bad spellers, apparently) who were cannibals.
- Takes place in the American Dad! episode "Vacation Goo." Upon finding out that all family vacations have been false memories due to "vacation goo," a memory-implanting technology from CIA, Francine insists that the Smith family go on a real vacation together. After a series of mishaps on a cruise, the family is trapped in a cave on an island with Becky, an attractive member of the ship's staff who is drawn to Steve, apparently being hunted by armed inhabitants of the island. Becky is killed in a cave in, and seemingly without food, the family decides to eat Becky's corpse—which became the first Sunday dinner they had together in a long time, after which they are discovered by the armed men who turn out to be part of the vacation. The family decides to sweep everything under the rug because "nothing bonds family together like a deep dark secret."