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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?