Playing With: Fed to the Beast
Basic Trope: A person is fed to an animal or a supernatural being.
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- Straight: Alice is thrown to the lions.
- Exaggerated: Alice is fed to an Eldritch Abomination or dragon.
- Downplayed: Alice is thrown into a pit brimming with leeches, and she's retrieved just before dying from blood loss.
- Alice is a criminal (whether her crime was something truly horrible, or merely being a Christian in Ancient Rome), and this is how she is being punished.
- Alice is a gladiator; she's expected to try and defeat the beast(s) in question for the amusement of the Colosseum; if she gets eaten, who cares? It's just as entertaining!
- Alice is a Human Sacrifice of some variety to a god, a demon, a monster, etc.
- Inverted: A powerful animal or supernatural being is fed to Alice.
- Alice is thrown to the lions, but they don't go after her.
- Alternatively, she's fed to a supernatural being that devours her soul, but leaves her body.
- Alice is rescued before she can be eaten.
- Double Subverted: Until someone pours bacon grease all over Alice.
- The beast Alice is fed to is in turn devoured by something much larger and scarier.
- Alternatively, the beast Alice is fed to is small and cute-looking.
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Alice is not fed to an animal or supernatural being of any kind.
- Or she is, but it does not touch her.
- Enforced: "We need to create some action."
- Lampshaded: "You can't tell anyone you're a Christian, otherwise they'll throw you to the lions!"
- Invoked: Alice refuses to bow down to Emperor Gluteus Maximus III (because she answers only to God). Since the Emperor views that as treason, she is sentenced to be punished as a traitor by being fed to the lions.
- Exploited: Alice, who turns to be The Beastmaster, uses her ability to turn the beast(s) against her captors and makes a quick escape.
- Defied: Emperor Gluteus Maximus III feels that's too cruel a punishment (or maybe not cruel enough) and doesn't feed Alice to the lions.
- Discussed: "Man, Alice is toast..."
- Conversed: "This story set in Ancient Grome has some research issues. Feeding people to animals was banned under Emperor Gluteus Maximus III."
- Deconstructed: The beast becomes ill and dies from an irregular feeding schedule.
- The beast's master makes sure to keep it well-fed with other supplements when there is nobody to sacrifice, so it stays healthy.
- The beast's master makes sure to find a steady supply of victims for his pet to keep it nourished. Sure, a few of them might technically not have done anything wrong, but we wouldn't want Angel Face to go hungry, now would we?
- Played For Laughs: Alice is thrown to, not lions, but a chihuahua... A vicious and surprisingly deadly chihuahua!
- Played For Drama: Alice, a practicing Christian in Ancient Rome, needs to protect herself and her friends from this fate but still remain true to herself and her beliefs.
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