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  • In the Rogue Like game ADOM, player characters may eat many different kinds of corpses. Several races will refuse to eat certain kinds of corpses. This may go for other roguelikes.
  • The Book of Lore from AdventureQuest Worlds can eat other books like the big book from The Doomwood Saga.
  • The moral consequences of this are completely ignored in Aion, where the sapient (but evil) Balaur are considered a delicacy, with all the top-level, most useful cooking recipes specializing in cooking Balaur meat.
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  • In the original Alone in the Dark (1992) for the PC. If the player samples the stewpot on the stove the player character reacts with "Ugh, human flesh." and loses a point or two of health.
  • Armed and Dangerous has the Heroes eat two villagers to survive after crashing in a desert. This causes some awkwardness when they realise there was a town just over the hill.
  • Something that may or may not count as an example: In the game The Battle for Middle-earth, some trolls have the ability to pick up and eat a nearby orc (from their own side) to heal their own wounds.
  • In the first video game of Blood Bowl, the announcers Jim and Bob talk about the Amazon team "The Venus Maneaters". It's not said outright, but males of every Blood Bowl team aren't happy to play against them due to their "peculiar" eating habits.
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  • The Visual Novel and H-Game Atlach=Nacha is full of this, seeing as how the Villain Protagonist is a Jorōgumo (a shapechanging Giant Spider Youkai) who only just escaped with her life after a battle with her arch-enemy, and who can rebuild her power by devouring or having sex with humans. There's a strong element of Psycho Lesbian, as by default Hirasaka Hatsune (the jurougumo) prefers to have sex with girls and eat boys, but she is presumably capable of feeding upon or having sex with either gender.
  • In the BioShock series, if you find a kitchen, odds are good that there's a human body on the table or counter. Probably necessary due to Rapture's food production breaking down, plus it's a way to recycle that sweet, sweet ADAM. Spider-splicer hearts can also be used as medpacks.
  • Borderlands 2 has the Rats: a group of bandits that are into cannibalism. And if they die while burning...
    • If the events in optional missions for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! are any indication, this may be due to parasitic worms. When your character gets infested in part of the mission line, the regular names for enemies change to supermarket terms such as "Market Fresh".
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    • Playable character Salvador's "Wanted!" Poster mentions cannibalism among the charges. The events in question are never described, and it's unclear whether they actually happened. On the one hand, Salvador is a Heroic Comedic Sociopath from a Death World, but then again, Hyperion is not above outright fabrications.
    • Motor Momma, one of the bosses in Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage, is repeatedly stated to be a cannibal. Her relationship with Moxxi, for example, ended when she killed and ate one of Moxxi's other girlfriends.
    • Nine-Toes, the first boss of the original Borderlands, is introduced telling the player that they remind him of his mother before adding that he ate her.
    • In Borderlands 3, multiple Bandit enemies are stated to be cannibals, as well as at least one Maliwan mercenary. In some cases this is a necessity, as Pandora is a barren hellhole with few edible resources (and most of those are more dangerous than humans). In fact, one of the main perks for bandits who join the Children of the Vault is that they won't have to constantly resort to cannibalism.
    • Also in 3, Tyreen Calypso's Siren power lets her leech life and energy from others, and her preferred food source is humans. She mostly consumes her own bandit followers, and at one point she compares the diminutive Tinks to popcorn shrimp.
  • Cannibalism is a topic of conversation several times in Bugsnax. During the campfire scene, Beffica claims to have seen Floofty eating a severed leg (something made all the more disturbing when you later learn that Floofty sawed off their own leg for an experiment). It's also strongly implied that the former denizens of Snaktooth Island resorted to cannibalism, if the tooth marks found on their bones are anything to go by. And when an earthquake decimates the town near the end of the game, Beffica immediately calls dibs on eating Filbo first.
  • The Cat Lady features a pair of cannibals who eat anyone they can manage to kidnap. When no such sustenance is available, they tide themselves over by butchering and eating stray cats.
  • In Clive Barker's Jericho, Caligula banished the Roman Governor Cassus Vicus due to his wide array of truly disgusting habits, including a penchant for eating his slaves.
  • In Clock Tower: The First Fear, you can find yourself trapped in a cage with another person inside. If you have the right item, ham, he will tell you his name and offer a cryptic hint. If you don't have the item, he attacks Jennifer, and the screen goes black. We then hear some rather disturbing crunching noises, followed by the Dead End screen.
  • In Corpse Party Chapter 2, you find the Victim's Memoirs, which were written by someone who was forced to resort to this. You later find a warning not to read Victim's Memoirs to their conclusion. If you do, Yoshiki realizes that he's killed Ayumi and eaten part of her.
  • In Crying Suns, the first boss of Chapter 6 is a cannibalistic Space Pirate. He’ll eat you every time he kills you, and since you respawn via cloning, he’ll comment on that fact that he gets to eat the same person repeatedly.
    It's like I have a clone farm for my food. A free-range Imperial clone farm.
  • Cry of Fear: The pedophile in the apartments of the first chapter. He was not content with raping children and killing them, but also found a liking to eating them.
  • Darkest Dungeon:
  • Dark Souls:
    • Dark Souls:
      • You are invaded in Blighttown by an NPC called "Maneater Mildred", and presumably the game doesn't mean she's promiscuous (then again, she is naked).
      • The two Butchers found earlier in the Depths have captured Laurentius the pyromancer and plan to cook him up and eat him later. They presumably work for Mildred since Laurentius says he "would have been her supper" if you hadn't saved him, and the Butchers and Mildred all wield oversized butcher's cleavers and wear burlap sacks over their heads.
      • Executioner Smough ground up the bones of the executed to use as his food seasoning, to show how ruthless he is. Ended up working against him though, as the people of Anor Londo did not approve of such practices and this is mentioned as being a major reason he was denied knighthood, which he desperately desired.
    • Dark Souls II: The Covetous Demon Was Once a Man who had unrequited love for Queen Mytha, and turned to eating as a coping mechanism for his heartache, causing him to mutate into a Hutt-like creature. He can be turned into a Zero-Effort Boss by freeing the trapped Hollows in his boss arena, which he will prioritize snacking on over fighting you.
    • Dark Souls III: Aldrich was an ordinary human cleric who one day found out that he could become more powerful by eating people and adding their power to his own. He ate so many people that he grew morbidly obese. Then he kept eating people until he literally dissolved into a sentient mass of black sludge. He got so powerful that it's implied they made him a Lord of Cinder because feeding him to the First Flame was the only way they could get rid of him. When he and the other Lords of Cinder came back to life, he decided that people weren't enough for him anymore and started eating gods. Some of his worshippers are also noted to be cannibalistic in emulation of him, and many of the higher ranking clergymen are obese. Ironically, Smough would fall in battle defending Anor Londo against Aldrich after finally attaining the knighthood he desired.
  • In Studio Nanfushi's Dead Or School, mutants were humans who have been warped into various zombie-like creatures by a viral bio-weapon. One of the refugees you can save, eats mutants and wants to join you in going to school so she can learn new recipes for cooking mutants. Also one of the souvenirs you can find is canned mutant for human consumption.
  • The chocolate bars in Deus Ex 'Chocolent! It's chocolate! It's people! It's both!' ... a Shout-Out (naturally) to Soylent Green.
  • Die2Nite has several food items that come from humans that can be found in the world beyond. Of course, they come with many advantages and disadvantages that regular food doesn't. Eating a meaty bone, for example, will restore the players AP, but has a chance to leave them with an infection or, as of season 6, turn them into a ghoul.
  • Digital Devil Saga: Your characters, who have been granted the power to transform into demons, get stronger by "devouring" other people with the same power. (Which is everyone.) If someone with this power refuses to eat others, they eventually go insane and start attacking everyone in range due to rampaging Horror Hunger. It can be disturbing (especially the factory in the second game), and many of the characters are themselves greatly disturbed by this. Though, amusingly, some of the characters who aren't bothered by it are among the protagonists, and only one recurring character doesn't get used to it fairly quickly.
  • The original worst ending for Disgaea 2 invariably pops up under horrific, because you get to hear, with horrifically realistic sound effects, Adell killing his siblings and then eating them. The sound effects are removed in the English dubbed version, which some argue makes it worse.
  • Elves in Divinity: Original Sin II can eat body parts from corpses (or limbs lying around) to heal themselves and see the memories of the dead, and from a gameplay perspective, it helps advance several quests if you kill the person who is supposed to help you advance a quest or get some abilities that you otherwise couldn't by finding and eating the right person's body part. It's also a major part of their culture, where the loved ones of one who died will eat them, so they are always part of them. However, the other races tend to take issue with the whole cannibalism thing, thinking that they eat anyone, regardless of willingness.
  • While there aren't any real examples in Dragon Age: Origins unless darkspawn flesh and blood counts as "human", Alistair tells Dog that, according to legend, the Mabari were fed the flesh of their dead foes, including humans. He then teases Dog, telling him that he might have eaten human flesh at one point without even knowing. Dog's response is to gag and heave. Though Alistair is quick to note that "It's not cannibalism if he eats it!"
    • The Broodmother is a case. Darkspawn would capture women and feed them their own kin until they became bloated monsters that gave birth to more darkspawn.
  • The elf Arioch from Drakengard eats babies. And older children. And occasionally adults, in a pinch.
  • Dread Of Laughter: The residents of the ranch Catheryn has found herself in are revealed to be this. Evidence comes in the form of Apocalyptic Logs telling about how they plan to eat some people who came upon them, a heart on a plate on a table, and the various dead bodies strewn throughout the house.
  • Elves in Dwarf Fortress will consume the bodies of their fallen comrades and / or foes. While this is justified in the lore by their unique view of nature, the other races are naturally horrified by this, which generally results in a Vicious Cycle of wars (particularly with the humans). They will refuse to kill and eat sentients in any other context though.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Namira is the Daedric Prince of the Ancient Darkness, associated with all things revolting, decay, and disfiguring diseases. She is also the patron of cannibalism, makes sense given her modus operandi, since cannibalism is typically a revolting and grotesque act which is frowned upon in most civilized societies.
    • The Bosmer (Wood Elves) are required by the Green Pact (a deal they made with the patron deity of their forest homeland) to consume fallen enemies, so that their bodies are not allowed to rot within Valenwood. Bosmer warriors are known to starve themselves for days before battle so that they can eat the remains of whatever enemies they kill (though, as with many other Green Pact rules, this is relaxed for Bosmer outside of Valenwood). Additionally, this practice is said to have faded during the 2nd and 3rd Eras, and is now rarely practiced outside of a few remote villages.
    • The Tsaesci, an Akaviri race of supposed Snake Vampires, are believed to practice this. Once upon a time, a race of Men similar to those in Tamriel lived in Akavir. However, they were "devoured" by the Tsaesci and are now extinct. (Other sources regarding the Tsaesci use "devour" and "enslave" interchangeably, so "devoured" may be a metaphor for enslavement and/or cultural absorption.)
    • This is rumored to be true of the Giants. There are reports of Giants eating members of the sapient races, though other sources dispute these reports, with one expert claiming to have "never seen a giant eat a Nord."
    • This is also rumored to be true of the Minotaur race. A common belief is that Minotaurs are man-eaters, but evidence for this belief is scant. However, in the other direction, Minotaur meat has been known to be consumed by other races and is a key ingredient in the dish slumgullion stew. (Minotaurs are believed to be a sapient beastrace along the lines of the Argonians and Khajiit, which makes eating them akin to cannibalism.)
    • Ogres are also reported to eat people. They are known to then place decorative piles of humanoid bones around their lairs.
    • Human Flesh is an alchemical ingredient which appears in several games in the series. Eating raw ingredients is a recommended way in the series to learn their alchemical properties. There's also a Human Heart as well (and yes, it's an ingredient just like Human Flesh).
    • In Oblivion's Shivering Isles expansion, Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness, implies this in some of his remarks.
      "Mmm... brain pie... care to donate?"
    • Skyrim:
      • Namira's Daedric quest has you making preparations for her worshipers' latest feast — both by clearing The Undead out of their chosen dining hall and by bringing the main course. As the guest of honor, you take the first bite. Namira's Ring, the reward for said quest, gives you the ability to feed on humanoid corpses which briefly increases health regeneration.
      • Werewolves in Skyrim gain health and stamina from eating the hearts of humanoid corpses. As of Dawnguard, this is also how they gain their new perks. One perk allows them to do the same thing to non-humanoid corpses.
      • Castle Volkihar is filled with this, even though the vampires are implied to only drink the human's blood. Nonetheless you can find pieces of human flesh (the ingredient) and several bones with bloodied scraps of meat still stuck to them around the dining table, as well as a slaughterhouse with a full bloodied skeleton stripped down. Bonus points for the captives being named "Vampire Cattle".
  • EverQuest, whenever you kill an NPC of a meat type being (animals, humanoids, and other playable races), there's a chance it will drop a chunk of meat of that type (i.e. human meat, halfling meat, etc). The in-game craftskill of cooking (called Baking if I remember correctly) has recipies for most all of them, and an in-game book with recipes for cooking all the player character race foods. Halfling meat gets cooked into Hot-n-Spicy Toelings, for example. And these are some of the better foods in game, giving stat bonuses as long as you have some as the next stack of food to be eaten in game.
  • The monsters in Evolve will eat humans just as readily as they will any other source of meat. Justified, as the monsters are essentially animals despite their intelligence. Eating humans also prevents them from being revived by Lazarus, so monster players have an incentive to devour their victims.
  • "Unaccountably Peckish" is a quality your character can find themselves with in Fallen London and its spinoff Sunless Sea. It's more of a Horror Hunger in Fallen London, which your character may attempt to sate by eating mud and wax drippings; craving the flesh of sentient beings is just one part of it. In Sunless Sea it's explicitly "the cannibal taint" and doesn't appear to come with strange cravings, though it does seem to come with very eerie knowledge about certain rituals in return. In both games it's really something of a benefit, opening new options to the player (even if Fallen London's related options are spectacularly self-destructive). And since meat in that setting is generally questionable it's not hard to accidentally pick up the habit.
    • In Fallen London this quality may be picked up when your character eats stew in a dream. Half the time it's mushrooms! Half the time it's some kind of meat that makes you hungrier and hungrier. In Sunless Sea often this first appears at a feast at the Chapel of Lights. Half the time the feast involves tomatoes! Half the time it involves "deviled pork kidneys" and it's not clear if and how your character figures it out, but you can jump from your first serving of "pork" to sitting in on what's explicitly a cannibal feast or actually just killing people.
  • In Fallout, one of the doctors in Junktown has a mysterious basement, and a propensity for amputations. If you investigate, you'll discover that illicit anatomy is being funnelled to Iguana Bob, whose shishkabobs are not entirely iguana. If you try to expose him to the authorities, he'll simply take Refuge in Audacity, nobody else believing that such a thing is going on. Oh, and in the second game, it's become a hugely successful franchise restaurant!
  • Fallout 3 has several instances:
    • As a perk, you can become a cannibal and eat the corpses. In doing so you incur 3 rads and gain 25 hit points, which is the same as some high end food items. You also lose a small amount of karma and good aligned characters may attack you if do it in front of them.
    • Certain Hunters, wandering food vendors, sell "Strange Meat," which is clearly from humans. They crack jokes about it. And if you follow them, they occasionally come across hapless wastelanders and make quick work of them... and you too if you stick around for too long. In the city of Little Lamplight, the child residents kill adult raiders and dump the bodies into water pool to feed the fungus they live off of. The one step removed from cannibalism keeps them within the "good" spectrum of the Karma Meter. However, they don't seem to have made the connection that 'strange meat' is actually human meat.
    • Feral Ghouls will occasionally be found carrying "Human Flesh."
    • In the quest "Blood Ties", it's revealed that "The Family" is a group of people who have mutated into cannibals, but discipline themselves to only drink blood. You can refer to Vance, the leader, as "a real humanitarian," though he doesn't find it funny. One possible conclusion to the quest is Vance teaching the character to derive nutrients, and therefore enhanced healing, from human blood packs.
    • In the unmarked quest "Our Little Secret", the small town of Andale found on the southern edge of the map looks like a cheerful town, if somewhat detached from the war-torn horrors, seemingly retaining a Pre-War attitude and standard of living. One old resident tries to make you go away and tells you "check the shed or the basement". Naturally you will find dead bodies in the basement, horribly mutilated with dozens of Strange Meat in the freezers, while the shed holds skeletons, stripped clean of meat with even more Strange Meat in the freezers around it. Bonus since you can find many bloody chainsaws there. Naturally, the townsfolk won't be too happy to know that you know about their little secret, unless that is, you have the Cannibal perk above (or manage to bullshit your way through). Oh, and one more thing. The people in Andale? They're all inbred.
    • The Super Mutants may spout the line, "Hurry up and die already! I'm hungry!" when fighting, implying they eat people they kill. As they were once humans, this puts them under this trope. Other lines confirm this, such as one in Fallout 4 where they say they'll eat your legs when you're dead.
  • Fallout: New Vegas gives the player character the option of taking the cannibal perk, which lets them eat human corpses to restore health at the cost of some karma. There's also the White Glove Society, a tribe of gourmets and former cannibals who have sworn never to eat human flesh again; their quest involves one of their members trying to trick them into returning to cannibalism because he believes it was what made them truly refined and exceptional.
    • Also in New Vegas: after eating a certain number of people, you will be able to "Dine and Dash", saving meat for later and, after eating four of the most powerful people in the Mojave Wasteland, you will gain significantly greater skills after eating any person.
    • In Honest Hearts you can learn that the remnants of Vault 22 started canibalizing other refugee groups in Zion National Park in order to survive. Randall Clarke was so horrified by the sight of it that he started to hunt them down one by one.
    • The Marked Men in Lonesome Road were human, but that doesn't stop them attacking and eating humans.
    • Subverted, however, with Cannibal Johnson. He got the name when he cut out and took a bite out of a Raider's heart to scare off the guy's buddies, but otherwise does not practice cannibalism. Could be based on the real John "Liver-Eating" Johnson which supposedly has similar circumstances.
  • Fallout 4 also allows the player to take on the Cannibal perk, allowing them to eat the corpses of humans to regain health. Since this game forgoes Karma, partaking in human flesh instead causes friendly or otherwise neutral NPCs around you to turn hostile. Eating your fellow man also has an impact on some of your companions' Relationship Values: some are unaffected by watching you feast (although they will voice their unease), most will hate see you feed, and Strong will approve.
  • First Encounter Assault Recon's Dragon, Paxton Fettel, eats the flesh of his victims. It is indicated All There in the Manual that he gains memories and information directly from their corpses.
  • In Fate/stay night, beings that drain 'life force' from humans are a dime-a-dozen; all the Servants can do it to increase their own magical energy, but only Rider, Caster and Gilgamesh actually do. Actual human meat-eaters do exist, however: Zouken Matou must do it every time he reincarnates, and the Shadow that appears in Heaven's Feel eventually starts devouring humans whole as well.
  • In Final Fantasy XIV's Shadowbringers expansion, it's revealed in the second trip to Eulmore that the mystery food "meol", which the upper-crust rulers of Eulmore ration out to the low-class citizens is made out of sin eaters. This is disturbing for a couple of reasons. First is the fact that all sin eaters were once normal animals or humans, and second is the fact that eating their flesh has caused the Eulmorans to slowly be infected with the primordial Light, making them suceptible to the mind-control magic of their ruler, Vauthry. Like a drugged food supply, this creates a cycle of dependance that makes the whole nation complacent and obedient. Earlier on, it's noted that very few people ever leave Eulmore, even as corpses, and that there's some mysterious "ascension" ceremony that is given to particularly well-regarded citizens. The truth is that anyone who is no longer needed is first made into a sin eater and then killed for food.
  • Grand Theft Auto series:
    • Media tycoon Donald Love is eventually shown to be a cannibal.
    • On Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas's radio station K-Rose, the host (Mary-Beth Maybelle) comments on how raw flesh is tasty, then adds in a throwaway manner, "Especially human".
      • In the same game, Catalina makes many cannibalism references towards CJ as a threat of what she would do to him if he continues to mess up, which includes turning his testicles to kabobs and telling him he's lucky to not be on her barbecue prepared to being devoured.
    • In Grand Theft Auto 2, one mission from the Russian Mob requires the player to gather a busload of people and "convert" their remains into human hotdogs.
    • Grand Theft Auto V:
      • You can come across a cannibal cult, which Trevor can drop off unlucky hitchhickers for a price.
      • Trevor himself is a cannibal, with one of his switch scenes has him vomiting into a fountain with him saying "Never... eat... Indian people". Also, during the Paleto Bay heist planning, he eats what Michael calls "human stew".
  • Graveyard Keeper gleefully, openly encourages you to cut off the flesh from the corpses that come to your graveyard, before selling them off to the village for money, or baking them yourself as a cheap, early game energy source, especially since getting the Royal Meat Stamp to convince the townsfolk it isn't "inappropriate meat" can take a while. One of the developers even mentioned that you COULD go through the trouble of getting legitimate animal protein, but then you have all these spare "resources" just laying around...
  • It's possible in Green Hell to harvest meat from hostile tribals, cook or stew it up, and eat it. Doing so will give you a modest amount of proteins and a massive hit to your Sanity Meter.
  • Guild Wars never outright confirms it, but the Searing-era Charr somtimes referred to humans as "meat" and one of Pyre's warband even asked if the player was food.
    • The sequel clears it up a bit, it was a smear campaign by a human general that the Charr decided to embrace since they were still actively at war with humanity and wanted to be feared. Post time-skip time, Charr are in a (Fragile) truce with humans, and never refer to them as meat.
  • The all-birds high school in Hatoful Boyfriend has a cafeteria that serves poultry, and nobirdy thinks anything is wrong with this. Of course, not all birds in this setting have been fully uplifted yet.
    • In an example that also crosses over with I Ate WHAT?!, during Shuu's route, he gives you a roast bird as a Christmas dinner... which (as the player later finds out) was Yuuya, whom Shuu butchered and killed.
  • Balphagore and The Devourer from Heroes of Newerth. Balphagore actually eats corpses as a mechanic to summon his minions. He can even eat corpses that come from his stomach through the use of his Regurgitate skill. Devourer chows down on an enemy with his ultimate.
  • Hunted: The Demon's Forge introduces Sleg, a magical steroid narcotic that replicates like sourdough by gruesomely incubating it in people. Obviously, the enemies have gone power-insane by drinking each pot in a gulp, and if the main characters use it they become tainted for bad ending. What's abnormal about this "man-made-of drug" is that it's ALIVE and DEMANDS TO BE CONTROLLED. The controller does not bode well; Step 1, kill the former owner, step two, kill the being that is dearest (care or love) to you, step 3, profit (you get to drink all the gestalt-conscious Sleg you want), step four, the soul of your dearest spends the rest of his/her undead ghost time trying to find ways to kill and replace you, step five, repeat.
  • Jade Empire has the Cannibal Inn, complete with the nice and normal human to lure people in. Apparently in Jade Empire cannibals get turned into horrible twisted demons just by eating human flesh. The PC is encouraged to visit and to 'bring food' in the form of everyone from the nearby town.
  • Jungle Hunt: The cannibal tribe that captures your girlfriend and wants to eat her.
  • There aren't many examples of Kirby eating his own kind in his original series, but in Super Smash Bros. you can eat Meta Knight or other Kirbys (if there is more than one person as Kirby). This is averted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land's multiplayer mode.
  • Rokushiki near the end of Kara no Shoujo admits with delight that he ate Yukiko's head.
  • In the winter section of The Last of Us , Ellie runs into a group in Colorado who offer to trade her antibiotics for the injured Joel in exchange for a deer she’s hunted. The group’s leader David tells her they’re all hungry because it’s been such a bad winter. She later finds out they’re from the group she and Joel fought a couple of weeks previously. They chase her down and imprison her when she gets away with the antibiotics. It turns out they’ve been eating people but it’s left open if they truly had to do it as a last resort or if they’re just cannibals.
  • Mass Effect:
    • Wrex will occasionally make jokes about eating people, human or otherwise.
    • Matriarch Aethyta mentions that she once saw a krogan "drink a liquefied turian" on a dare. That incident ended badly for everyone involved.
    • Cannibal Husks are Exactly What It Says on the Tin: they'll stop and eat their fallen comrades.
    • Javik mentions that salarian kidneys were a delicacy in his time and hanar were appetizers. Granted, it's Javik, and the one about the hanar was directed toward a particularly obnoxious one.
    • The unseen sirinde race in the Andromeda galaxy is referred to with a term that most closely translates to "eats their dead with reverence", implying that the species engaged in ritualistic cannibalism.
    • A gang on Kadara has gone cannibal by the time Ryder shows up, specifically looking for a woman who wound up with them after getting kicked out of the port by mistake. Their home is not a pretty sight (the walls are caked in blood, and there's at least one frying pan lying around). The woman is unharmed, physically at least, and Ryder makes sure they don't eat anyone ever again.
  • Messiah has the Chots, who used to be rebels against the dictatorial rulers of Earth, but with time have degenerated into sewer-dwelling savages who feed on their own kind... and sometimes kidnap people off the streets to eat, too. During the game, they have become restless because, with the dictator snatching numerous civilians to feed the Sealed Evil in a Can, the Chots' main food source is becoming more scarce.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater has the gameplay addition of hunting animals and killing them for food. Okay, nothing out of the ordinary there...until you come across the vultures. Now, normally killing a large bird and eating it in a game wouldn't be such a big deal. The horror arises after you've killed/eaten one and make a radio call to Para-medic who explains that vultures have a tendency to eat dead people...essentially making you a cannibal. It gets worse if you have shot a person dead, waited for a vulture to start eating the person, shoot the vulture and eat it. If you do this, during the bossfight with The Sorrow a ghost of a soldier will scream out in horrifying agony "You ate me! YOU ATE ME!"
  • The cannibals from Monkey Island would like to fit this trope. Unfortunately, they have to watch their diet.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Reptile. One of his fatalities in UMK3/MKT can show signs of this. And then, there's also his Deadly Alliance one.
    • Mileena. One of her fatalities in the ninth game involves tearing off her opponent's head and taking a big bite out of it, and her most iconic original fatality involved her inhaling a victim whole and then barfing up their bones.
  • Mutant Football League:
    • The Purple Mutant Eaters (a parody of the Minnesota Vikings) are themed around cannibalism. The intro to the Mutant Eaters' Dynasty Mode campaign leaves no room for confusion: "We're the purple ones, and we don't only eat purple mutants."
  • The beginning of games taking place at Alcatraz in Sin Fransicko sometimes leads to this conversation:
    Grim Blitzro: Do you know why they're called the Forty Nightmares? Because their fans often wake up screaming.
    "Brickhead" Mulligan: Hey, don't make fun of their city, Grim. It's full of great places to eat, especially vegan.
    "Brickhead" Junior: I love eating vegans, but they always whine when you cook 'em!
  • In NetHack, eating your own particular species (human, elf, gnome, etc…) will severely ding the Karma Meter, but eating other intelligent species offers no consequences. Orcs don't share this taboo, and neither do Cavemen.
  • Defiler demons in Nexus Clash have the ability to desecrate corpses into sacrifices to their dark gods for a random selection of benefits. One of the possible outcomes is a mysterious hunk of salted meat.
  • Odin Sphere: The spell of Darkova causes the user to transform in monstrous three-headed dog capable of spitting out fire, ice and poison. Despite the overwhelming power, the spell has a drawback: the user gains a horrendous appetite for human flesh. The first user of the spell, King Gallon of Titania, devours his own citizens and son during the Armageddon, giving him absolute pleasure. The same pleasure can't be said for Ingway, the Prince of Valentine, who bitterly monologues before his second transformation into the beast that not even his sister is safe from his desire to devour humans.
  • Imps in the Ōkami series seem to like human meat. The first game has a human sacrifice that Orochi was clearly going to eat, he only didn't because of a Big Damn Heroes moment. The second game, Ōkamiden, has Evil Chef Umami planning to cook Charity into another meal for Orochi. When you and your partner fall into her assistant's soup pot, he seems to like the idea of a human and a dog adding flavor to the dish.
  • In Planet Alcatraz, the Cannibal Village residents perform this as part of their rituals. This is only referred to in dialog and the manual, however.
  • In Plague Inc., cannibalism is one of the symptoms of the Necroa Virus, meaning normal people start giving in to cannibalistic urges just because they are a Zombie Infectee.
  • Pokémon Black and White: Kyurem is said to drag people and Pokémon off in the night and eat them, prompting Lacunosa Town to enforce strict laws against going out at night. This legend is repeated in Black 2 and White 2, as the first specific mention of Kyurem in those games.
    • Other references to hunting Pokemon (which are all but stated to be sapient) for food abound through the series. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl have books describing the rites ancestral peoples used to lay their spirits to rest/ensure their reincarnation, and it's mentioned in Pokémon Red and Blue that the reason Farfetch'd is so rare is because it was almost hunted to extinction for its tasty, tasty meat.
  • In Prey (2017), the impostor chef William Mitchell has the real Mitchell's remains hacked up in the kitchen freezer, where they are identified as "suspicious meat." He also ominously comments that his soup "tastes like eels and... something else." In addition, he mentions that he bit off a doctor's fingers and ate them.
  • [PROTOTYPE] has Alex Mercer, who uses the same sort of feeding mechanism as Aptom, from the Guyver exampled mentioned above. Alex is also the protagonist, which kind of gives a new meaning to Designated Hero. It happens ridiculously often; at any one point of Prototype, you're either killing somebody, eating them, doing Le Parkour, or in a Cut Scene. For this reason almost all the pages on this wiki that reference Prototype also link to this. However, it may be subverted or outright averted, as Alex Mercer is actually a mass of the Blacklight virus, having taken on the form of the real Alex Mercer; is it really cannibalism when you're not what you eat, so to speak?
    • And then [PROTOTYPE 2] comes along and hands the player control over an infected human. There's no doubt that James Heller is a cannibal, because he's still human - unlike Alex Mercer.
  • Quest for Glory I has an oddly accidental case. If you cast the Calm spell in battle, you get a game over screen telling you that the monster calmly eats you. This will happen even if you are fighting a human brigand.
  • In Red Dead Redemption, the "American Appetites" Stranger Mission involves a cannibal kidnapping people from Armadillo.
  • In Resident Evil, the player can read the journal of a man slowly becoming a zombie, which contains the still half-lucid line "Itchy Itchy Scott came. Ugly face so killed him. Tasty."
  • In Rimworld, you can butcher any animal, including sapient humanoids, to get human meat and skin. Normal colonists will get a major mood debuff from the act of butchering, as well as if they are forced to eat any food containing human meat or wear clothes made of human skin. However, colonists with the Cannibal trait will get a mood buff from eating human meat and wearing human skin.
  • In Roadwar 2000, cannibal gangs are a surprisingly common threat in most urban / road areas. Adhering to the taboo of this trope, even the instruction manual goes out of its way to describe them as the near-mindless scum of the earth. (Your own gang can still score Food from defeating the cannibals, which makes the situation all the more ghastly.)
  • In the RuneScape quest "Broken Home", you are unable to bring your own supplies or use special abilities in the haunted mansion, so your only source of healing is by eating pieces of Mystery Meat found in chests. Upon completing the quest, you get a ring which enables certain enemies to drop Mystery Meat... certain human (or formerly-human) enemies. The last reveal of Broken Home was that there was a demon in the mansion, so presumably the Mystery Meat was his food.
    • In the lore, the Chthonian race of demons are innately cannibalistic, and invented civilization and law just so their species wouldn't eat itself to extinction. Unsurprisingly, when they encountered other races, those were also on the menu.
    • Averted in "Bringing Home The Bacon"; the only thing that evil-looking fellow will admit about the strange, delicious meat he's offered you is that it isn't human. He finally admits that it's pig, which your character finds just as shocking. He also doesn't tell you what he's been feeding the pigs.
  • In Rusty Lake: Hotel, five Civilized Animal guests arrive at the titular hotel. Your goal is to make sure their needs are met and that they have a delicious meal every night of their stay. Meals that are made with the meat from the animal guest you killed that day. Why do you have to do this? Who knows?
  • Kusaregedo from the Samurai Shodown games is a huge, deformed, demonic creature who got to be that way by eating people, and his goal in entering the tournament is to track down and eat one of the other fighters. In his ending, he eats his daughter instead.
  • In Sands of Destruction, Porcus Rex threatens to eat a human boy who ran into him, but is stopped by the protagonists. Unlike the manga, however, it's never stated that this is a common occurrence among all ferals note  Porcus Rex is just evil enough that he Eats Babies.
  • In Shin Megami Tensei IV, in the Challenge Quest Mysterious Story of Tennozu, the Tennozu Shelter survivors are suspiciously well-fed, and insist that their main food source, rather than demon meat, is beef, in a sealed Tokyo where raising cattle is patently impossible. It turns out to be a bloody Human Sacrifice scheme run by Baal and the deposed King Ahazuya, later leading to a summoning of Beelzebub.
  • For The Sims there exists a mod where if you don't want to take care of your new little bundle of joy, you can roast em'in the barbecue.
  • South of Real features Dr. Luis, who is desperate to save humanity from a horde of living, world-eating stars. He'll do anything to cultivate psychic powers in his test subjects, including feeding them to each other if any of them die after all the experimentation to see if that "preserves" any of the power. Oh, and the test subjects? Children.
  • Dr. West in Splatterhouse has fed so many humans to his "children" that it was inevitable he'd eventually get curious as to the taste. (According to the remake, he only tried it once, and didn't like it.)
  • In the Splatoon games, the player will come across giant onion rings during a single-player stage that give bonus fish eggs. Except they aren't onion rings. They're squid rings. And in the main campaigns of the games, you play as an Inkling, which is a creature descended from squids. A small chunk of the game's dark comedy comes from characters casually talking about how they like to eat squid, with the Japanese dialogue for one of the game's Splatfest events just being the two hosts comparing recipes.
    "Want a Squid Ring? They're morbidly delicious!"
  • In Stairs, apparently Samuel murdered and ate his two friends, Jacob and Issac, and an 8-year-old boy and ate them. He ate his friends in order to survive being trapped in the factory, but he ate the boy due to him being used to human flesh and meat.
  • Star Control Origins:
    • The Phamysht have this as their species' hat. They consider eating sapient creatures alive to be the height of fine dining and culture, particularly enjoying being able to speak to their meals during the process, even applying painkillers and mood stabilizers to their meals beforehand to reduce any "discomfort" on the part of their main course. They aren't picky eaters; they admit that they're omnivores and will usually eat plants and non-intelligent animals, eating people is reserved for special occasions. Which means that they aren't compelled to eat intelligent creatures: they choose to.
    • One subplot has the Mu'Kay attacking and, it's suggested, eating the Greegrox, as part of their Running Gag about their hatred of all types of fish (the Greegrox being space jellyfish). The Mu'Kay will stop this immediately, albeit reluctantly, if you point out that the Greegrox are intelligent creatures.
  • At one point in Technobabylon Dr. Regis visits a restaurant that exclusively serves human meat. Its extremely wealthy customers assure Regis that all the meat is grown from flash-grown, brain dead clones (including clones of celebrities like John F. Kennedy) so none of it is illegal. Regis still finds the whole thing very creepy. Notably, one of the patrons, a scumbag politician from a country ruled by a repressive dictatorship, expresses disappointment to learn that the meat doesn't come from an "authentic" source, as he likes the idea of cannibalism being the ultimate symbol of the rich elites' utter power over the poor.
  • Bruce Irvin from Tekken was forced into this after he found himself the sole survivor of a plane crash between the first and second games.
  • Touhou Project:
  • Nero in Tsukihime, unlike the other vampires, eats his victims whole. Depending on the path, the Big Bad may also eat people (but not whole). Older vampires in general seem to have to resort to this as blood ceases to be enough to sustain them.
  • In Twisted Metal: Black, Mr. Grimm's backstory is that he is a Vietnam war veteran who was forced by a sadistic enemy commander to eat his dying friend to survive. This causes him to develop a craving for human flesh. If he wins the contest, Calypso delivers the commander to him and Mr. Grimm has "dinner for one."
  • Unhappy Ever After: Hansel and Gretel are the adopted children of a witch who brings people from other worlds into her own, then has the two bring them back to her so she can cook them for their meals. Hansel gladly goes along with this, though by the time Player Character Sophia is brought in, Gretel has become sick of it, frees her, and the two escape from the house together.
  • Wick features Caleb. In one of his death animations, it looks like he starts eating the player character.
  • In World of Warcraft, the Forsaken (Undead) race can eat the corpses of humanoids to restore their health.
    • The revamped Darkmoon Faire has a Forsaken who sells cuts of meat that almost certainly originate from each of the playable races (including Forsaken Foie-Gras).
    • In addition to that ability, there is a recent quest in which you gather meat from shapechanged worgen (former humans.) Any race of the horde can do this and gain the quest reward, which is the meat prepared. You keep this item if you do a race/faction change over to worgen.
    • Even more disturbingly, there are several recipes that include ingredients culled from murlocs. Murlocs are sapient beings, who use tools, make weapons, build shelters, and wield magic. Though they're oh-so-annoying, many players probably think they deserve it.
    • Except for the playable Darkspear trolls, most trolls in the setting practice cannibalism. Even the Darkspear Tribe did until after joining the Horde, and although it's officially no longer one of their practices, some still do it anyway.
      • Their cannibalistic tendencies were played for laughs in a set of daily quests in Wrath of the Lich King. A troll chef in need of Horde assistance sent them to acquire ordinary ingredients while lamenting how nobody appreciated his gnome-based recipes. The recipients of the food all required reassurance the food was gnome-free.
    • In the Bug Family encounter in Ahn'Qiraj, the remaining bugs eat their fallen family members as the battle progresses, gaining their powers.
  • During the attempt to escape Solaris in Xenogears, Fei and crew come upon the Soylent System, which makes both a certain type of mook that you have to fight in specific dungeons AND a very tasty foodstuff. The two are not unrelated.


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