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1[[quoteright:253:[[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}]]]]²[[caption-width-right:253:[[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic You know, when you said we were having the other white meat, this isn't what I had in mind.]]]]²²->''"The number of incidents of the use of human flesh in cooking decreased this month to 56."''²-->-- '''NKVD (Police) Archive for the Leningrad District''', [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII June 1942]]²²If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?²²No, [[WellThisIsNotThatTrope this trope]] [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant is not about]] [[ humanitarianism]]. Quite the opposite, in fact.²²Cannibalism 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". [[note]]It's also sometimes called "the other white meat", but it is, in fact, red, as all mammalian meat is.[[/note]] [[ A robot designed to taste wine corroborates this idea]]. Thus, it should be delicious, which is reflected both in Franchise/HannibalLecter's [[WickedCultured gourmet tastes]], and in the idea in ''Theatre/SweeneyTodd'' that pies with this ingredient would sell like hotcakes. Or hot pies.²²You'll often have people eat something and not know what it is, and [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies then discover the ghastly truth]], such as in many an InnOfNoReturn.²²A mostly DiscreditedTrope (see ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'' for an exception) is a variation that portrays members of non-European societies as cannibalistic, often attempting to [[CapturedByCannibals cook visiting Europeans in a pot]]. See CannibalFilm for the {{Exploitation|Film}} subgenre based on this.²²In SpeculativeFiction, cannibalism is generally extended to include eating all sapient or humanoid creatures, even if they aren't technically eating their own species. Any species that includes humans (or other humanoids) [[ToServeMan in its diet]] is usually portrayed as [[AlwaysChaoticEvil villainous]], as is any species that routinely [[MonstrousCannibalism eats members of its own social group]]. Likewise, humans treating other sapient species as food are rarely treated sympathetically (unless WhatMeasureIsANonHuman is in effect). If an alien or monster race make a practice of eating their own (as well as or instead of humans), then we have a case of MonstrousCannibalism.²²[[OurZombiesAreDifferent To various]] [[NoZombieCannibals degrees]], anthropophagy[[note]]This, and related, terms are technically more appropriate than "cannibalism" for a non-human species that eats humans. It's actually more common for works to get this wrong than for them to get it right, possibly because Greek is no longer commonly taught and therefore "anthropophage" just doesn't have that same ''frisson'' of terror that "cannibal" does.[[/note]] is usually expected of ZombieMooks.²²If the cannibal systematically hunts down people on a regular basis so he/she can eat them, they'll be a SerialKiller as well.²²As an interesting side note, whether you can be criminally charged with cannibalism (in the United States at least). Only 16 of the 50 states have laws that explicitly make eating other people illegal. The other 34 tend to handle such cases under the purview of laws dealing with desecration or molestation of dead bodies.²²A subtrope of IAteWhat and HumanResources. Can also involve CarnivoreConfusion without furries (or maybe with furries - see the paragraph on SpeculativeFiction above.) See ToServeMan for when AliensAndMonsters find us tasty. PickyPeopleEater and BrainFood is for those not interested in mere muscles. See also LetsMeetTheMeat. Compare NoPartyLikeADonnerParty, in which persons are forced into cannibalism due to starvation, or TheSecretOfLongPorkPies, for when someone is unknowingly tricked into it. And when you get down to the bitter dregs, there's {{Autocannibalism}}. Also see FatteningTheVictim, where people are fattened before being eaten.²²Note that this trope applies to non-humans who are sentient or otherwise capable of independent thought or communication even if they only eat their own kind. Likewise, this trope is ''not'' about anyone eating humans. It's about ''cannibalism''. ²²TruthInTelevision (including Nature red in tooth and claw — according to the Other Wiki, more than 1500 species are known eaters of their own), and often so disturbing we ask '''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease''' [[noreallife]]²----²!!Related tropes:²[[index]]²* {{Autocannibalism}}: The act of eating ''yourself''.²* BlackComedyCannibalism: When the horrific act of cannibalism is [[BlackComedy treated as a sick joke]].²* BrainFood: Eating brains. This is often a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent walking corpse]]'s favorite body part.²* CannibalClan: A family of cannibals.²* CannibalismSuperpower: Someone [[PowerCopying takes on someone else's superpowers]] by eating them.²* CannibalLarder: Where a cannibal keeps their "leftovers".²* CannibalTribe: A group of people who eat other people.²* CapturedByCannibals: When [[HollywoodNatives primitive tribesmen]] kidnap foreigners, they are in danger of being eaten by them.²* ChildEater: Someone who eats young children.²* ConsumingPassion: Devouring someone is treated as sexual or arousing, either by a character or implied by the work.²* DevouredByTheHorde: Someone is eaten by a group of people.²* EatenAlive: Someone gets devoured while still alive.²* EatingTheEnemy: If you can't beat them, ''just eat them''!²* EatMe: Someone wants to be swallowed (whole) by a monster, so they can kill the beast from inside their belly.²* EatsBabies: They have a specific preference for infants.²* EatTheRich: When starving peasants eat wealthy people.²* FamilialCannibalismSurprise: Tricking people into eating their own family members.²* FatteningTheVictim: {{Force feeding}} someone or something until they've gotten plump enough to be cooked and eaten.²* FedToPigs: Feeding a ([[DisposingOfABody usually dead]]) human body to domestic pigs.²* FedToTheBeast: Serving up your enemies as a feast for a hungry animal or monster.²* FoodChainOfEvil: Monsters who eat other types of monsters.²* FoodEatsYou: When {{anthropomorphic food}} decide to [[RussianReversal turn the tables]] on humans ''by trying to eat them''.²* GodEating: When a mortal or god eats a divine being.²* HorrorHunger: A character who's been [[DemonicPossession possessed by]] (or [[TheVirus transformed into]]) a monster begins to feel hungry for other people.²* HumanResources: Getting resources from a person's body.²* HungryMenace: Someone who eats people or eats from them.²* InvitedAsDinner: A character is invited to dinner, and they end up ''being'' dinner.²* KillThePoor: If one decides to take Creator/JonathanSwift's ''Literature/AModestProposal'' way too literally.²* LetsMeetTheMeat: When livestock animals actually ''demand'' to have their own kind eaten by people.²* LifeDrinker: When the predator drains {{life energy}} from the prey.²* LiteralManeater: A [[FemmeFatale female]] [[TheVamp monster]] who seduces unwitting human men before eating them.²* MonstrousCannibalism: When monstrous creatures eat their own kind.²* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: Cannibalism as a desperate measure against starvation.²* NoZombieCannibals: [[InvertedTrope Alternatively]], predatory monsters (usually) have no desire to eat each other, [[ToServeMan only preying upon humans]].²* {{Ouroboros}}: A symbol of a serpent eating itself.²* PickyPeopleEater: A cannibal is picky over what part of the human to eat.²* SapientEatSapient: Two individuals of sapient (though not necessarily human) species are smart enough to be considered people. But one person wants to eat the other anyways.²* TheSecretOfLongPorkPies: Someone cooks human meat as a secret ingredient in their food, and then serves it to unwitting guests.²* StewedAlive: A character gets put into a cooking soup while still alive.²* ToServeMan: Predatory non-human creatures that prey on people.²* VampiricDraining: [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Certain kinds of monsters]] prefer to consume {{blood|y Tropes}} instead of flesh.²* VoluntaryVampireVictim: Someone willingly acts as a living food source to regularly satisfy a monster's appetite.²* {{Wendigo}}: [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology According to Algonquin legends]], eating human flesh will cause you to turn into a man-eating monster.²* YouAreWhoYouEat: Some can even [[VoluntaryShapeshifting take on the appearance]] of whoever they ate.²* YourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMeal: Zombies want to eat someone's brain, but it's unfit for them as that person is [[TheDitz too stupid]].²[[/index]]²----²!!Examples:²[[index]]²* ImAHumanitarian/AnimeAndManga²* ImAHumanitarian/ComicBooks²* ImAHumanitarian/FairyTales²* ImAHumanitarian/FanWorks²* [[ImAHumanitarian/LiveActionFilms Film — Live-Action]]²* ImAHumanitarian/{{Literature}}²* ImAHumanitarian/LiveActionTV²* ImAHumanitarian/{{Music}}²* ImAHumanitarian/{{Music Videos}}²* ImAHumanitarian/{{Mythology}}²* ImAHumanitarian/TabletopGames²* ImAHumanitarian/VideoGames²* ImAHumanitarian/{{Webcomics}}²* ImAHumanitarian/WebOriginal²* ImAHumanitarian/WesternAnimation²* {{ImAHumanitarian/Other}}²[[/index]]²----


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