Just Desserts

A villain ultimately finds their evil deeds come back to bite them. Literally—they end up getting eaten.

This does not include a Heroic Sacrifice. But may be subverted with a minor character being killed and eaten in obvious foreshadowing of what is going to happen to one of the bads at some point. While Mooks may be recipients of the Just Desserts, a true Just Dessert is reserved for those higher up the ladder. If the beast doing the eating was unleashed by the guy who gets eaten, he's been Hoist by His Own Petard, making him a Self-Disposing Villain. Bonus points if he made a practice of feeding people to said beast beforehand.

The trope name is a pun on the phrase "just deserts" (which means something bad that one deserves, hence the single 'S'). As you know, a dessert gets eaten at the end.

Compare Karmic Death, The Dog Bites Back, Devour the Dragon, Laser-Guided Karma. Also see Exit, Pursued by a Bear where this trope is frequently implied.

WARNING: This is a Death Trope. Here Be Spoilers.


Examples:

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    Anime 
  • Digimon Adventure has chief minion Demidevimon get devoured by his master Venom Myotismon after he decides coming back from the dead has made him hungry.
  • The Immortals of Baccano! can consume eachother and gain eachothers experience by laying their hand on the other immortals forehead. This is how Firo defeats Szilard.
  • In Digimon Xros Wars, Chuuchuumon, a rat puppet Digimon, grew large after seeing Taiki, Mervamon, Wisemon, and Knightmon who are coming to rescue Yuu. Taiki summon Bastemon, a cat-like Digimon, who then gains a Slasher Smile after seeing the mouse. This is a rare case where the one who devours is very, very small compared to the "dessert".
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica has a rare heroic example in Mami Tomoe, who only counts as this because she was uncharacteristically reckless in combat against a Witch.
  • In Kara no Kyoukai, Cornelius Alba gets eaten alive by one of Touko's creations.
  • This happens to Aki's Evil Mentor Divine in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. His sadistic career comes to an end when Earthbound God Ccarayhua swallowed him. (Word of God says that he recovered along with the rest of the Earthbound Gods' victim's later, but he was also arrested by Sector Security.)
  • In the 2003 version of Fullmetal Alchemist, Dante gets eaten by her minion Gluttony at the end of the series. For bonus points, she's the one who rendered him crazed and mindless in the first place, meaning that he was willing to eat her because he could no longer understand her commands, nor remember her.

    Comic Book 
  • Wolfsbane's abusive bigot of a father Reverend Craig's sadistic career came to an end when the brainwashing that he inflicted upon her kicks in, and she mistakes him for the Angel, whom he had ordered her to kill; she lunges at him in her wolf-form, in a bestial state, killing and devouring him. She doesn't remember a thing when she recovers, and her teammates wisely decide to keep it a secret.
  • Black Moon Chronicles: After Haazheel Thorn's defeat his soul is devoured by his father Lucifer for failing to deliver the Earth to him. Especially karmic because Haazheel's plan was to have the rest of humanity harvested by the Legions of Hell so that he could become a god.
  • The Ultimates (2015): Rostdvow, a "thing" serving the Big Bad, is eaten by Galactus so the big guy can learn what it knows. Given Rostdvow had just played party to corrupting Galactus, driving his previous hunger to such levels Galactus was near mindless, it also counts as Laser-Guided Karma.

    Fairy Tales 

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animated 
  • Shrek movies:
    • Shrek: Lord Farquaad gets eaten by a dragon.
    • This is stated to be what the ogres intend for Rumpelstiltskin in Shrek Forever After just before the Reset Button is hit, though it never actually happens.
  • A Bug's Life: Hopper is eaten by a bird's chicks. This happens to be the same bird that attacked the heroes earlier.
  • Scar survives his Disney Villain Death in The Lion King, only to find himself cornered by the hyenas he just threw under the bus, who promptly eat him alive.
  • Ice Age 4: Continental Drift: Captain Gutt is eaten by monstrous lungfish that act as Enthralling Sirens.
    • His fate is actually unknown. He could be dead. But given his slapstick screams of "ow ow ow ow", in combination with slapstick sound effects, such as "boing", leads some to speculate he wasn't killed from whatever happened inside the clam. So, his fate is left to the audience. If he did survive, he doesn't have anything left of his crew or his ships, so he's harmless now.
  • The Thief and the Cobbler: Zigzag is eaten by alligators and his own pet vulture, Fido.
  • Chester V gets gobbled up by a cheespider in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
  • Big Boss is swallowed by a boa constrictor in Rio 2.
  • In Astérix film Asterix Conquers America, secondary antagonist Lucullus is Swallowed Whole offscreen by a black panther that somehow got loose in the shenanigans that end the movie. Caesar, being more pragmatic and considerably less obese, is faster on his feet and wisely makes a subdued but hasty exit amid all the commotion.
  • In The Stinger of Trolls, Chef and Creek are both eaten by a monster.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Jurassic Park:
    • Jurassic Park: Sysadmin Dennis Nedry sets off the chain of events that releases the animals, and then is eaten by one.
    • Also in the first movie, they're not truly villains, but the raptors themselves become prey for the T-Rex at the climax.
    • The Lost World: Jurassic Park: Ludlow gets eaten by a T. rex baby in a satisfying death.
    • Jurassic World: Hoskins gets ripped to shreds by one of the raptors he sought to breed as a weapon, and becomes her dinner. Later, the Indominus Rex is dragged to her doom by the Mosasaurus.
  • Resident Evil:
  • Subverted in Beetlejuice. The title character is swallowed by a Sand Worm near the end of the movie, but turns up later in the afterlife office none the worse for wear.
  • In the film Eaten Alive, Judd gets eaten by his pet crocodile, Rocky, that he fed people to.
  • Cast a Deadly Spell. The Big Bad who summons Cthulhu is grabbed and eaten by him.
  • Indiana Jones:
  • Return of the Jedi. Boba Fett (who captured Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back) is swallowed by the Sarlacc, where (according to Jabba the Hutt) he will find a new definition of pain and suffering as he's slowly digested over 1,000 years. But he's Boba Fett so he's too cool to die.
  • Men in Black:
    • In the first film, spousal abuser Edgar is skinned and eaten by the Bug.
    • Men in Black II: Serleena eats a mugger.
    • This appears to be the case at the end, when Serleena is eaten by Jeff, only for her to kill him from inside and morph his body.
  • In City of Ember, Mayor Cole gets eaten by a giant star-nosed mole.
  • In Romancing the Stone Zolo's hand is bitten off by a crocodile, and then he drops into a pit of them.
  • During the climax of The Cabin in the Woods, the System Purge releases all of the monsters that proceed to slaughter the Organization members. During the rampage, an Organization member is tossed into the air and devoured by a giant cobra. Some guards are mobbed by zombies that pour en masse out of an elevator. And Steve Hadley, one of the film's Those Two Bad Guys, is killed and partially eaten by the merman, the very monster he wanted to see in action.
  • Koobus in District 9 is ripped apart and eaten by a gang of aliens near the end of the film.
  • In Pitch Black, mercenary Johns let a man die an agonizing death by stealing all the morphine for himself and was ready to murder Jack to distract the bioraptors. Riddick ultimately leaves him alone in the dark and Johns is killed and eaten by the monsters.
  • The villains of Shark Night feed people to sharks in order to make internet videos of them to make money, that and they're Ax-Crazy. So it's pretty karmic when one of the Co-Dragons falls into the Shark Pool he was attempting to lower the main character into, and later when the Big Bad himself gets eaten by a Great White.
  • In Kick-Ass 2, the main villain has a shark tank as part of his personal supervillain lair. However, the shark does nothing but lay at the bottom of the pool, causing people to think it's dead.... until he falls into it at the end of the climactic battle.
  • Anaconda: Paul Sarone gets eaten by the same Anaconda that he was hunting for most of the movie, and to make it even more karmic this is right after a failed attempt to feed two of the heroes to the giant snake.
  • Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid: Jack eventually becomes a villain when he considers the lives of his colleagues worth sacrificing to get the Blood Orchid. He gets bitten by the paralyzing spider that he had previously used on somebody else and falls into the Anaconda mating ball, becoming snake chow.
  • Shark Attack 3: Megalodon: The human villain leaves the passengers on a boat behind to die when the Megalodon shows up, but he crashes his jetski into the shark's open mouth.
  • Spiders II: Breeding Ground: Dr. Grbac, the captain, and the rest of the crew who cooperated with Grbac's plans all end up eaten by the giant spiders he created.
  • The Big Bad of The Legend of Tarzan gets eaten by crocodiles.
  • Shark Attack: The bad guy ends up getting eaten alive by the same sharks that he had sicced on the town in order to drive down real estate prices.
  • Tremors 5: Bloodlines: The villain is eaten alive by an African graboid after he tried to capture one to sell it on the black market.
  • Daybreakers: Bromley is ripped limb from limb and devoured by his own vampire minions after he is turned back into a human against his will.
  • In the film version (only) of Dune, Baron Harkonnen meets his end when swallowed by a titanic sandworm.

    Literature 
  • Short story "Thus I Refute Beelzy". A mentally abusive father is eaten by the title character, his son's not-so-imaginary friend.
  • Famously done in the Silence Of The Lambs books. If they are a Bad, it is a good bet that Hannibal Lecter will eat them.
    • Or, in Hannibal, he (in this case, Mason) gets eaten by the wild boars that he thought would eat Hannibal.
  • In Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Mrs. Gorf is tricked into turning herself into an apple. Louis finds the apple and eats it.
    • This happens to Mrs. Gorf again in a later book. She materializes in a plate of potato salad, and John and Joe quickly eat her before she can turn them into apples.
  • In the story of Daniel from The Bible, after having to consign Daniel to a lion's den because of a law that some princes had tricked him into passing because they were jealous of him, King Darius, overjoyed that (as he himself had predicted) the Lord protected Daniel for the night by sending one of his angels to shut the lions' mouths so they could not hurt him, has Daniel taken out of the lions' den. The princes responsible for the law (and their families, in a bit of Disproportionate Retribution) are thrown in instead, where they promptly get eaten by the lions.
  • Young Bond
  • The old couple who killed cats for fun in H.P. Lovecraft's short story "The Cats of Ulthar" ends up, fittingly, eaten by cats.
  • In Kitty and the Silver Bullet Carl, the abusive leader of the Denver werewolves, is torn apart by his own pack.
  • Captain Hook's hand in Peter Pan had been lost in a duel with Pan and eaten by a giant crocodile (named Tick-Tock in Disney and later adaptations) which becomes his Animal Nemesis as a result. At the climax, the croc returns to finish the meal.
  • James Bond novel Live and Let Die has the Big Bad get eaten by sharks and barracudas.
  • In The Last Battle, Shift gets thrown in the stable of his Scam Religion by King Tiriam and gets eaten by Tash.
  • Subverted — seeing as he survives — with Zorba the Hutt, Jabba's father, who appears in a few Star Wars Legends sources. In The Glove of Darth Vader, he seeks revenge on Han and Leia for his son's death, but his plan to deal Leia a Karmic Death by throwing her to the sarlacc ends with him humiliated, not only because he is thrown into it by Trioculus (a would-be successor to Palpatine with a weird crush on Leia — long story), but the beast vomits him out, clearly getting sick trying to eat him. (This is the first of many embarrassments for Zorba, who is clearly a sorry excuse for a Hutt.)
  • In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Oompa-Loompas claim that this will be the gluttonous Augustus Gloop's fate, as the pipe he's stuck in leads to a room where fudge is prepared. In a subversion, he's rescued before that can happen...in most versions. It's strongly implied that he will become a tasty treat in the 2013 stage musical!
  • Wilhelm Busch's picture story Max and Moritz ends with the titular bad boys getting ground up in a mill and eaten by geese.
  • In Michael Crichton's sequel to Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Big Bad Lewis Dodgson gets devoured by a bunch of baby T. rexes after an adult drops him into the nest and breaks his leg so that he can't escape. It's especially karmic, since not only did he antagonize the group in this book, but he also helped cause the events of the first novel.
  • In the Alex Rider book Crocodile Tears, The Dragon falls into, fittingly enough, a pit of crocodiles, which proceed to pull her apart in several different directions and eat her, leaving only a foot with a severed shoe.
  • Malice X from Fat White Vampire Blues meets his end when he falls in bat-form into a pack of angry vampire wolf-dogs.

    Live Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • In the episode "The Pack", Xander and four gang members are taken over by a hyena spirit. As part of their rampage they kill and eat the school mascot pig, and then — when called into the principal's office for questioning — Principal Flutie. At the end of the episode, the zoo warden who caused the whole thing (he wanted the hyena spirit for himself) gets tossed into a hyena holding pit where he gets eaten.
    • The episode "Go Fish" has the evil coach who was turning his team into Creature from the Black Lagoon-type monsters fall into a pit of them at the conclusion. "Those boys sure love their coach."
    • "Graduation Day." Principal Snyder gets eaten by The Mayor, who has just transformed himself into a giant demon snake thingy.
  • In V: The Final Battle, Daniel Bernstein is framed for the kidnapping of the Visitor Brian. Daniel is then captured, tortured, and taken away to be served to the aliens
  • The tennis-playing giant alien blancmange in Monty Python's Flying Circus gets eaten by Mr. and Mrs. Brainsample. On the planet they're from, they're used to blancmanges being that size.
  • Being a show about dinosaurs and other creatures that come through time portals, Primeval has this quite often. A prime example would be that of Season 2 Big Bad Oliver Leek, who gets ripped apart, shredded, and eaten by a bunch of Future Predators after Nick Cutter cuts the power to the devices he was using to control them.
  • Walking with Dinosaurs:
    • The Liopleurodon gets eaten by a group of Eustreptospondylus at the end of "Cruel Sea". It wasn't evil, just a predator, but it was nevertheless the episode's "villain".
    • The Postosuchus is similarly eaten alive by a pack of Coelophysis at the end of "New Blood".
  • Game of Thrones: In season 6 Ramsay Bolton is eaten alive by his own hounds after spending many seasons engaging in torture, warfare, and rape. This is especially karmic because he had trained his hounds to eat various people he hunted down or otherwise wanted to dispose of.

    Religion 

    Theatre 
  • The opera Hansel and Gretel adds a new element to the familiar tale by the Brothers Grimm: The witch owns a magical oven which bakes children into gingerbread. Of course, the witch ends up getting pushed into it, and not only does this restore all the gingerbread children to life, an impressive piece of witch-shaped gingerbread is brought out at the finale.
  • The fate of Captain Hook in the original Peter Pan. Adaptations often spare him, though.
  • Chiron and Demetrius get butchered and baked into a pie for raping and mutilating Lavinia in Titus Andronicus.

    Video Games 
  • In Overlord II, the villain's dragon, Marius, is praising his boss after a One-Winged Angel turns him into an all-devouring Eldritch Abomination, his praise is interrupted by the devourer eating him.
  • In Super Mario RPG, after the Bundt cake is beaten down to its last Raspberry layer, it gets swallowed by Booster in one gulp. Of course, it was supposed to be just a dessert in the first place, but instead it came alive and started attacking.
  • This happens a lot in both [PROTOTYPE] and [PROTOTYPE 2], most notably to Alex Mercer in the sequel. Suffice to say, in both games only six bad guys escaped this fate: Dr. McMullen by suicide, Supreme Hunter by decapitation, three scientists by helicopter crash and Col. Rooks by being more pragmatical than evil and thus surviving.
  • In Drakensang 2: The River of Time, the corrupted commander Stitus Bloomfold (who often fed his prisoners to wild animals of sorts) tries to feed the party to his pet Newt Kraken, but when the monster is defeated and starts waving his tentacles in pain, he loses balance and fall in the kraken's open maws.
  • In Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, the Big Bad gets eaten by a dragon that was summoned from the underworld.
  • Victor and Moritz in Crash Twinsanity manage to escape their Final Boss fight unscathed and attempt to hide away in a hut. They quickly discover that it's Evil Crash's hut and the monstrous bandicoot's hungry.
  • A possible way to kill targets in a few levels of Hitman.
    • Blood Money has two. The "Till Death Do Us Part" level allows any bodies (alive or dead) that are pushed into the swamp to be eaten by alligators. One of the targets in that level is even a Fat Bastard who likes to feed chum to the reptiles... The other level is "A Dance With the Devil", set in a Las Vegas nightclub with a massive shark tank in the Hell-themed basement area. People can be pushed in to the water from the feeding area, but rigging the pyrotechnics show will fry one of your targets and cause her to jump into the water, where the sharks eat her.
    • In Absolution, this can be done in the "Death Factory" level where a pig-hating scientist can be dropped into a pit full of them. However, unlike Blood Money, where the bodies are actually eaten (and can make the sharks quite fat), looking down into said pit will reveal the body lying above where the pigs are milling about as crunching and eating noises are heard, so its best to just listen and leave it to your imagination.
  • In Family Guy Back To The Multiverse, Big Bad Betram gets swallowed by his own Tyrannosaurus rex.
  • In Jurassic Park: The Game, Dr. Sorkin gets eaten by the Mosasaurus she freed after turning on the group and becoming essentially an eco-terrorist. Later, Yoder does a Face–Heel Turn and ascends to Big Bad status by betraying the group and leaving them to do die. When they later catch up to him and fight him, the Tyrannosaurus rex appears and he gets devoured by it while trying to get the Barbasol container back. If Nima chooses to get the canister back instead of helping Jess, she too will take a trip to the T. rex's stomach.
  • Many villains in World of Warcraft;
    • One Alliance quest you can take involves using a disguise to infiltrate the Blacktooth Hovel and, among other things, eliminate three of their leaders. One of them is Worgmistress Othana, a cruel woman who beats and tortures the worgs she is in charge of. After you strike her with the weapon provided by the quest giver, she's paralyzed, and the abused worgs waste no time closing in to finish her off. (It's rather enjoyable to watch.)
    • In Isle of the Giants, Dohaman the Beast Lord is a troll "dinomancer" who has altered a giant devilsaur named Oodasta into a gigantic living siege engine. Before the Raid actually starts, he orders Oondasta to crush the Raid members, but Oondasta decides to devour him before doing so.
    • In the Suramar storyline, one quest requires you to free menagerie animals held with Slave Collars, including another devilsaur named Su'esh. Again, her trainer orders her to attack you, but she does not, and devours him. But that's only the start. You then have to ride Su'esh and go all kaiju on Suramar, crushing and devouring the Legion soldiers.
    • In the Highmountain instance, a Shaman tries to summon Naraxas, a giant worm-like abomination, to sic on your party. It complies, but eats him first.
  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade: In "Genroku Legends: The Fishy Tales of the Nekomata", the first DLC for Muramasa Rebirth, Netsuzo Wakamiya — an ambitious and unscrupulous nobleman — arranges the downfall of the Inukai clan, who he is the chamberlain of. When the family's only daughter, Okoi, shows up seeking advice and shelter, Wakamiya decides to make her his concubine. Unfortunately for him, "Okoi" is actually Miike, the now-deceased real Okoi's pet cat who became a nekomata to avenge her, and just as Wakamiya is undressing her, "Okoi" transforms into a monstrous two-tailed cat monster and eats him. Miike, a nekomata impersonating her murdered owner Okoi, makes her way to the man who ordered her owner's assassination.

    Web Comics 
  • In The Order of the Stick, this is the ultimate fate of Tsukiko. By her own wights, no less.
  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, the Lumberjack's companion is defeated, only to be turned into Blue Steaks.
  • In User Friendly, the Crud Puppy gets knocked into the coffee grinder, and is drunk by Pitr. Unfortunately, its hands survive inside his chest, and the surgeons who operate on him aren't too careful.

    Web Original 
  • Alexia's final fate in The Return, devoured by Darkstar.
  • Roman Torchwick from RWBY meets his end at the jaws of a griffon.

    Western Animation 
  • Dr. Ashida in Jonny Quest is eaten by his own Ashida dragons.
    • In "Treasure of the Temple" the archeological thief Perkins and his men are eaten by crocodiles.
  • Happens to Big Bad Phobos near the end of season 2 of W.I.T.C.H. when he's betrayed by Cedric. However after Cedric's defeat we see that he did manage to survive.
  • In the Teen Titans episode "Transformation", an alien predator called a Cironeilian Chrysalis Eater lures Starfire to a secluded grove so it can devour her once her cocoon (part of the Transformation process she is undergoing) is complete, cruelly mocking her as it happens. When the other Titans intervene, Starfire completes the process and emerges, then blasts the creature outside the grove, where it becomes prey to a Man-Eating Plant she encountered earlier.
  • At the end of Wallace & Gromit's A Matter of Loaf and Death, Serial Killer Piella Bakewell tries to escape in a hot air balloon. However, since she's a Big Beautiful Woman, her weight causes her to descend into the local zoo...and straight down into the crocodile exhibit. You can guess what happens next.


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