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Basically any situation where food, usually very recognizably human-made food like pizza or cake, comes to life and moves around. Walking hot dogs, singing vegetables, muffins that beg to be eaten, that sort of thing. This may lead to a Let's Meet the Meat situation if people decide something running around talking isn't a good reason not to eat it. Similar to Funny Animal, and sometimes found with them, but for common foodstuffs. Usually a cartoon trope, for obvious reasons. This often uses the most stereotypical possible foods. Hotdogs will be bright red, in a bun, and with a perfect line of mustard, for example.

This trope is ubiquitous in advertising, and just about any snack food will have a smiling, or sometimes skateboarding, version of whatever it's selling on the packaging. Almost every company that makes food has pulled this at some point.

This Trope is very often found in a Level Ate setting. May be combined with Plant Person where veggies are involved. Sometimes the anthropomorphic qualities are projected by someone who wishes the food were a person. This is seen in the trope Companion Food. Can wear an Edible Theme Clothing if wrappers or peels are involved.

Different from It Came from the Fridge in that this isn't caused by poor housekeeping and isn't necessarily rotten food, though there is overlap. Different from Let's Meet the Meat in that this is food that talks to you after it's been fully prepared, and whether or not it will be eaten may never be brought up. A walking steak would be an example, a cow wouldn't. Live animals that can be eaten are not this trope! That said, if the Anthropomorphic Food turns out to be antagonistic or evil, then eating the edible enemies often ends up being the means of stopping them.

A subtrope of Animate Inanimate Object. Alphabet soup is a popular victim.

Warning: Examples of this trope may become Talking Poo if ingested.


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  • Singing food from the 1950s "Let's all go to the lobby" movie adverts.
    • Much later, there was a USDA-sponsored "Let's go out to the kitchen." ad, obviously intended to get kids to eat more.
    • And then AT&T parodied it to show off remote use of their U-verse TV service.
    • This GEICO commercial.
  • CinnaMon and the Apple from the Apple Jacks commercials.
  • The California Raisins both in ads, and in the tv show based on the ads.
  • The Chips Ahoy! cookie commercials feature anthropomorphic stop-motion cookies.
  • The Cinnamon Toast Crunch commercials featuring anthropomorphic cereal pieces that constantly ate each other.
  • Captain Cupcake, Fruit Pie the Magician, and Twinkie the Kid, long running mascots of Hostess products.
    • There was also King Ding Dong, or King Don depending on the region (Ding Dongs were called King Dons in some markets)
  • Jewel Foods' (grocery chain) "We're Fresh" ad campaign with singing fruits and veggies.
  • A series of promotional videos for Kid Icarus: Uprising released via the Nintendo Video service on the 3DS featured Palutena dealing with various living vegetables.
  • The Kool-Aid Man, an anthropomorphic pitcher filled with red liquid.
  • Krave cereal has the same type as Cinnamon Toast Crunch, except they eat chocolate instead of each other.
  • The M&M's mascots.
  • McDonald's: Mayor McCheese. Also, the McNugget Buddies and the Happy Meal Guys. Later, they would have transforming food toys.
  • Mrs. Butterworth; the bottle that the syrup is packaged in (shaped like a grandmotherly old woman) talks and moves in the commercials.
  • There were some ads for Orbit Gum that depicted men breaking up with a sensual slice of pizza so that they could kiss human women. The female pizza slice was quite curvaceous.
  • An commercial of Pepsi from the early 2000's had a lot of inanimate objects sprouting mouths and trying to drink from a bottle when it passes by. This included a sandwich whose owner proceeded to bite the mouth off, resulting in an "OW!".
  • The Pizza Head Show was an ad campaign from The '90s for Pizza Hut, a parody of Mr. Bill featuring a long-suffering slice of pizza named Pizza Head.
  • Poppin' Fresh, better known as the Pillsbury Doughboy, is one of the oldest of these mascots, first appearing in 1962 as a clay-animated figure, and currently in CGI, he has appeared in commercials for over fifty of Pillsbury's products (and commercials for a few other company's, like MasterCard). Most commercials end with him giggling as a finger pokes him in the stomach.
  • The Pop Tarts commercials feature sketchy anthropomorphic umm, guess.
  • Mr. Peanut, the mascot of Planter's.
  • The weird "Eat Me" campaign for Slim Jims in 1999 featuring ads like these where a talking Slim Jim was swallowed, and interacted with other talking food in the eater's stomach.
  • Wonka Nerds and Runts had anthropomorphic mascots.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Multiple characters in Anpanman, including the superhero himself. They range from prepared foods to single ingredients, and even a few characters look human (like Tekkanomaki-chan or Katsuobushiman), yet are actually food (rolled tuna sushi and dried and fermented bonito, in the case of the latter two).
  • Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo has Jelly Jiggler, who's made of gelatin, as well as several random villains which are various kinds of walking food. In the anime, Softon was censored to his head being ice cream — in the manga, he was anthropomorphic poop.
  • Bofuri: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense.: One of the first creatures Maple fights in New World Online is a rabbit that's actually a decorative apple slice come to life.
  • A number of Digimon are this:
    • Digimon Tamers marked the first appearance of Jyagamon, a potato-themed Planimal that attacks with chunks of potato rind.
    • Digimon Frontier has a few of these in its filler episodes. One has a family of Digimon that includes the two champion-level variations of Burgermon as parents and a small flock of TorikaraBallmon as their children. Several rookie-level Burgamon are also found living on one of the Digital World's moons and mention that Burgamon are from there originally. A shrimp-themed variant called EbiBurgermon appears in the Wacky Racing episode.
    • An episode of Digimon Data Squad had a Monster of the Week called BomberNanimon, which was essentially a Mad Bomber Cephalothorax. When the English dub of the episode was in the works, the network refused to allow a giant psychotic bomb to be shown onscreen. In response the dubbers turned him into Citramon, a giant orange that was essentially one big Shout-Out to Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo and tried to flood a theme park with fruit juice instead of trying to destroy it outright.
    • The Digimon Xros Wars manga had Shortmon, which were essentially small humanoid 'mons with slices of shortcake for heads and tails made of icing. They were led by Weddinmon, a humanoid Digimon with an outfit themed after a wedding cake. She had a One-Winged Angel form called ReverseWeddinmon, which was essentially just a giant cake with a maniacally-grinning face. Naturally, they all inhabit the Digital World's Level Ate region.
    • Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time introduces Yakiimon, an anthropomorphic sweet potato who works at an amusement park, as a one-off character.
    • Digimon Adventure: (2020) introduces a pre-evolution for Jyagamon in the form of Potamon, a Super-Deformed potato-themed Cheerful Child that really likes fries.
  • Doraemon: Nobita and The Space Heroes has a burger-shaped robot called the Burger Director. He's not made of food, but does look real enough for Gian to mistake him as dinner and take a bite, only to hurt his teeth in the process.
  • Fighting Foodons, originally Bistro Recipe, is a Mons series with chefs summoning fighting food creatures.
  • Kogepan features a depressed burnt bun and a cast of other bakery products.
  • Mameshiba. Puppy like beans appear in peoples food and tell them random off-putting trivia.
  • In So I'm a Spider, So What? "D" tries her hand at making Valentine's Day chocolates. They move around and wail yet somehow still taste like chocolate. Even Shiraori won't eat them.
  • In Strawberry Marshmallow, the show Ana is watching when Miu and a blackmailed Chika are spying on her features two bottles of condiments and a vague vegetable — or perhaps fruit — all of whom live in a refrigerator. Upon learning of their common dwelling, they go home.
  • Toriko is full of this. Especially in regards to his house of sweets.
  • In one episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, Jeagar, Jack, Aki, and Yusei had to solve a Duel Puzzle video game in order to get access to some classified information. The opponent in the game was Cup Ramen Man, a living, Duel Runner riding, cup of Ramen with sunglasses. He also used monster cards based on Cup Ramen. (And he was a serious Deadpan Snarker to boot. After being beaten, he fell off his bike and exclaimed, "This should've ended in China!")
  • Cookpals in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, used by Michio; the Action Duel simulated cooking them into stronger Royal Cookpals, including Knight Napolitan, Prince Curry, King Hamburg, Queen Omelette and Princess Pudding.
  • In the manga version of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, there was Captain Corn, who was pretty much what his name implied: a humanoid ear of corn dressed like a pirate (who always smoked a cigar). A Numbers Hunter, his origin was kind of weird. When Dr. Faker found a compass that belonged to an 18th Century pirate named Captain Roberts, there was a kernel of corn inside that had fallen into it when Roberts was eating an ear of corn. The kernel fell into some machine that Faker had invented, turned it into Captain Corn, and gave it a soul. While this sounds humorous, Captain Corn's motivation for being a Numbers Hunter were very serious: he only got to keep the soul that Faker gave him if he succeeded his mission, the same offer Faker gave two similar Numbers Hunters. (And sadly, he did not.)

    Asian Animation 
  • BoBoiBoy: A talking cookie with a top hat and bow tie, aptly named "Mr. Cookie" note , appears on a commercial to explain how to commemorate World Biscuit/Cookie Day.
  • Cheong Fun Boy, whose characters are mostly based on Hong Kong cuisine.
  • King Shakir: The fourth episode, "Food Fight", has an anthropomorphic hot dog and lahmajoun (a Turkish delicacy) fighting against evil vegetables.
  • The Chinese Gumball ripoff Miracle Star has a cast of talking food, much like the show it's ripping off.
  • Motu Patlu:
    • The episode "Onions" is about John the Don finding a strange camera left behind by aliens. Instead of taking pictures, the camera turns people into anthropomorphic onions when used.
    • The magical tree woman in the episode "Jadoogami Ka Seb" grows sentient apples with arms and legs.
  • The Indian series Simple Samosa takes place in Chatpata Nagar, a fictional town populated entirely by anthropomorphic Indian foods. The main character is a samosa, and his friends are a jalebi, a dhokla, and a vada. This extends to the wildlife that appears in the show as well; baked potato "ducks" and birds that appear to be cut-open kachori appear in a few episodes.
  • Yamucha's-Kung Fu Academy: Most but not all main characters are Chinese foods such as dumplings, breads, a peach, and a milk tea cup, not to mention foreign ones like an onigiri and a hamburger. Some are unusually colored.

    Comic Books 
  • The two eponymous "dairy products gone bad" in Fun With Milk & Cheese are an anthropomorphic milk carton and hunk of cheese.
  • "Milk and Cookies" (read: Cloak and Dagger parody) from Marvel What-The are probably TOO human to count.
  • Simone: The Best Monster Ever: One of the monster denizens of Morris' world is a living broolli.
  • The Smurfs had a comic book story about the Smurfs turning into anthropomorphic vegetables.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: The Rykornian stalks are giant sentient corn stalks, Etta even eats and enjoys the "seeds" from their cobs. They are however sessile and unable to walk or talk, having to use their leaves as tentacles to grab things and their connection to the Hive Mind to communicate. The mobile speaking Rykornians have limbs and "hair" resembling corn silk and leaves.

    Comic Strips 
  • Bloom County: In a 1984 strip, Steve Dallas wakes up after a New Years Eve party, then calls the police to report man-eating bananas in his bathroom (he also says that there's a nine-foot talking cucumber in his kitchen, but he "can deal with that"). The operator assumes he drunk (and he is) and tries to calm him down. (However, the last panel leaves it ambiguous whether he's hallucinating or not.)
  • Calvin and Hobbes: Calvin has gotten into FIGHTS with his food. One meal even began reciting the famous soliloquy from Hamlet before suddenly stopping and loudly singing the song "Feelings." Calvin then ate the dish just to make it shut up.
  • Used on a wide variety of occasions with Garfield. He often has hallucinations of food when he is on his diet, or of cake when his birthday comes around.
  • Southern Fried Fugitives, which used to run in Nickelodeon Magazine, was about four pieces of fried chicken on the run.

    Fairy Tales 
  • "Kolobok": The titular character is a sentient, singing runaway round bread.
  • "Mother Holle": In Frau Holle's domain, the protagonist runs into baked loaves which have faces and can talk (and beg).

    Fan Works 
  • The Nutdealer Expanded Universe: "Nut Leader" reveals that there is a council of sapient nuts working to take Nathan down for selling their brethren as snacks.

    Film — Animation 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!, which includes the alien broccoli in the Film-in-the-Film.
  • In Better Off Dead, Lane has a daydream while working at Pig Burger about a guitar-playing burger, his female burger companion and oil-diving fries.
  • Big Tits Zombie has a scene in which zombified sushi attacks two main characters.
  • Carved (2018): The film is about a pumpkin that comes to life and kills the family that purchased it after watching them carve a bunch of other pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. When it becomes animate, it gains a Nightmare Face on its body, and sprouts numerous vines that serve as limbs.
  • Ghostbusters (1984) has the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man; the Sumerian god Gozer takes the form of a giant marshmallow mascot, who manages to mix this trope with Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever.
  • The Gingerdead Man. Basically Child's Play if Chucky were a cookie.
  • In Assamese horror anthology Kothanodi one of the more bizarre stories revolves around a woman who has given birth to an elephant apple which rolls after her wherever she goes.
  • Krampus: The first direct evidence of the supernatural situation for most of the family is when a maniacal gingerbread man drags one of the children up the chimney. They're downright cute compared to what else the Krampus sends after them.
  • Rizzo and Gonzo encounter some in The Muppet Christmas Carol, prompting this reaction:
    Rizzo: My mother always told me: never eat singing food.
  • In the Our Gang short, "Men in Fright" the gang greedily consume ice cream, hamburgers, pickles, hot dogs, and watermelons and wind up with terrible stomach aches, illustrated by an animated cut away view of the interior of Alfalfa's stomach where a hot dog and an ice cream cone engage in a boxing match.
  • Spaceballs has the half-man, half-pizza mobster Pizza the Hutt, who ultimately eats himself to death.
  • Young Sherlock Holmes: While under the effect of a drug, Watson has a hallucination of bakery products and other foods coming to life and forcing him to eat them.

  • In the Cretan Chronicles series of gamebooks, one of the possible enemies Altheus can encounter is a Golem made of corn. The battle is as corny as it sounds.

  • The Monster Mash noir City of Devils and its sequel Wolfman Confidential mention several forms of killer vegetable, including a carnivorous carrot that's apparently working as a teamster. Sam Haine the pumpkinhead also qualifies, as at least his head is presumably edible.
  • "The Gingerbread Man" is one of the more classic examples of this trope.
  • In Harry Potter continuity, Chocolate Frogs are candy that can hop around like actual frogs, likely because they are 70% Croakoa. A popular game among Hogwarts students is to release a large box of Chocolate Frogs and chase the milk chocolate ones while avoiding the white chocolate ones.
  • Humpty Dumpty is usually portrayed as a living egg, although nothing in the actual rhyme actually says he's an egg. Some scholars of literature believe that Humpty Dumpty was originally intended to be a riddle, and the answer was "an egg". Once the answer became well known, the character in the rhyme was depicted as a living egg. Others say that the rhyme had nothing to do with an egg originally, claiming it is about a large cannon, which was mounted on top of a wall in Colchester during the English Civil War. The wall was blown to bits, and the cannon came crashing to the ground. Neither the king's cavalry nor his infantry could put it back together.
    • He certainly looked like one in the aforementioned Through the Looking Glass, but he didn't seem to think so. When Alice remarked that he looked like one, he remarked, "It's very provoking to be called an egg — very!"
  • The titular bird of The Ice-Cream Cone Coot and Other Rare Birds is made entirely from ice cream cones.
  • Annie Apple and Oscar Orange from Letterland are both foods.
  • The Magic Pudding: Albert, quite literally. For some reason, the same magic that made him a "cut and come again pudding" (no matter how much is taken, he always regrows and is able to change to any variety of pudding, cake or pie just by whistling twice and turning the bowl around) also gave him a face, spindly arms and legs, and a wicked tongue.
  • Invoked in Only You Can Save Mankind, in which one character expresses his distrust of an ice cream that tries to get you to eat ice cream.
  • In Stephen King's book of short fiction Skeleton Crew, there is "For Owen," a poem about anthropomorphic fruit going to school.
  • In Through the Looking Glass, while at a dinner, The Red Queen introduces Alice to the leg of mutton, which stands up and bows. And it can no longer be eaten, since it's impolite to cut into anyone you've met. Alice attempts not to be introduced to the plum pudding, but the queen introduces them regardless. The pudding also bows, and is quite offended when Alice cuts off a slice of it anyway.
  • Who Wet My Pants: The donut shop has illustrations of living donuts.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Cosby Show: Cliff has a fridge full of Muppet food in a scene toward the end of "Cliff's Nightmare".
  • In the Lost in Space episode "The Great Vegetable Rebellion", the heroes dealt with a giant, walking, talking carrot, and other giant vegetables.
  • Played for Horror in the Tales From The Dark Side episode "Love Hungry". a "revolutionary weight loss system" consists of a hearing aid and glasses that cause the woman who wears them to perceive (ordinary, inanimate) food as alive and desperate not to be eaten. And they don't come off...

  • Gummibär is a sentient gummy bear with yellow sneakers and underpants.
  • Sometimes shows up in Preschool Popstars music videos:
    • "I Didn't Mean to Burp" has a sentient french fry dish, soda bottle, and ice cream cone.
    • "Juice Box" has some sentient fruit.
    • "Wait Until I Cook It" has a sentient corn cob.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Portuguese myth "The Cock of Barcelos" is about an innocent man who was sentenced to death by a corrupt official. Pleading for his life, the man prayed to God to show he was innocent — God answered by making the roasted cockerel which the official was eating to spring up and crow.
  • The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

  • FunHouse: Rudy's Nightmare: The mode "Hot Dog Combat" revolves around Rudy fighting an oversized hot dog with arms and legs.
  • NBA Fastbreak features a hot dog and a slice of pizza with legs on the display when their eponymous modes are activated.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Bananas in Pyjamas were this.
  • Bernd Das Brot from German Children TV.
  • The "Sam Spud: Par-boiled Potato Detective" skits from Between the Lions.
    Girl: (in front of TV) Mom! There's a talking potato on a stick with no mouth that's wearing a hat and using a typewriter!
  • An episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood of all shows has the people in the Land of Make-Believe eating fortune cookies and reading their fortunes. One of the cookies comes to life, represented by a man in a fortune cookie costume. The cookie speaks Spanish, but naturally the others have no trouble understanding him.
  • The Muppet Show:
    • In the episode featuring Gilda Radner, the guest star performs selections from The Carrots of Penzance accompanied by a seven-foot-tall talking carrot. Singing food also makes regular appearances on the show.
    • The Swedish Chef tends to encounter this sort of thing all the time, and they're usually hostile. (The fact that his methods are... unorthodox at best is one likely reason.)
  • The Mr. Potato Head Show: the majority of the cast is food items with Mr. Potato Head arms sticking out of them, including a stack of baloney, a can of whipped cream, and even a slice of fruitcake.
  • The Refrigerator Food in Pee-wee's Playhouse. It was quite the party inside that refrigerator...the freezer, too.
  • Sesame Street:
  • Téléfrançais!: One of the main characters is an anthropomorphic pineapple named Ananas.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons adventure WG7 Castle Greyhawk, level 3 "Too Many Cooks": The presence of the cooks' magical kitchen utensils causes the Random Monster Generator to create monsters based on food products. These include Poppinfarsh the Dough Golem, licorice snakes, flapjacks, doughplegangers, bread pudding and gummy werebears.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • The Hungry Burger is an old example, a hamburger with impressive dentition. However, it's a ritual summon with less attack power than most basic monsters and no special effect.
    • Half of the Naturia is made up of really cute fruit with huge, cutesy faces.
    • Pudding Corps is a group of three cute little monsters made of, well, pudding. Their cards' effect supports Pendulum Monsters.


    Theme Parks 
  • The mascots at Hersheypark and Hershey's Chocolate World are anthropomorphized Hershey's products.

  • The Food Fighters toy line. Two factions of food products with burly human arms and angry sneers wearing army camo and helmets.
  • Shopkins, from the same company and universe of The Trash Pack are mostly made up of food come to life, as they started out as grocery store products. Eventually, this was taken a step differently, where they are still a majority of food-based characters, only with animal features.
  • The Squishables line of plushies includes a line of Comfort Foods which are plushies shaped like popular breakfast foods and deserts (french toast, bacon and eggs, waffles, cupcakes, doughnuts, etc.) with adorable smiling faces.
  • In the Tamagotchi virtual pet series, it's possible to raise certain breeds of Tamagotchi that resemble Earth foods such as mochi, hamburgers, acorns, and more.
  • The Trash Pack has both the tribes of "The Grubz" and "Food of the World". They're various kinds of food...that are rotted, discarded, and moldy, to fit the Trashie theme. The later toyline The Grossery Gang was entirely based on this idea.

    Video Games 
  • The Adventures of Willy Beamish parodys the advertising examples above by having a dancing packet of Tootsweet artificial sweetener with sexy legs dance across the screen during an in-universe commercial break.
  • During the Thanksgiving Event in Alice in the Mirrors of Albion, some of the event monsters you can capture/trade with include a roast turkey and a pumpkin pie.
  • Andy's Apple Farm: Andy is a talking apple. That doesn't prevent his friends from eating other apples, though. Similarly, Felix is a fish, and his minigame is a Fishing Minigame.
  • Animal Crossing has several villagers who resemble food. For example, Chadder is a mouse villager whose body is colored like a piece of Cartoon Cheese, Merengue is a rhino villager who has a pink body and a strawberry-shaped horn that makes her head look like a slice of cake, and Tangy is a cat villager who resembles an orange.
  • Housemaster, the hero of Arfenhouse, has a piece of white bread for a face. His father is a toaster.
  • Ayo the Clown: Radish Boy, who points Ayo in the right direction in each level, is a radish with arms and a face.
  • The titular character of Bacon Man: An Adventure is a strip of bacon with a body.
  • There are a pair of talking ice cream sandwiches found in the bonus town of Sedna in Baten Kaitos Origins, one of which apparently flirts with Sagi.
  • Bug Fables has Abomihoneys and their stronger counterpart, the Ahoneynation, which are globs of honey that came to life due to improper cooking of honey (i.e. when overheated or recklessly mixed).
  • The main feature of Bugsnax are the eponymous creatures which are described as "half bug, half snak", and each resemble some sort of insect or other invertebrate made out of a food or drink item (for example, the Aggroll is based on a hermit crab but resembles a walking takeout box of egg rolls, with the box as its "shell"). What exactly they are is never made clear, but they're explicitly not animals.
  • In BurgerTime, the enemies are the anthropomorphic Mr. Hot Dog, Mr. Pickle and Mr. Egg. There's also a little-known sequel called Diner which also has Mr. Hot Dog, along with Cheap Cherry, Bad Apple, and Mugsey the Mug 'o Root Beer.
  • The California Raisins: The Grape Escape has plenty of it. The protagonists are humanised raisins, some enemies are grapes with faces, and Maize Maze features a boss which is corn with a face.
  • The enemies in Captain Novolin are anthropomorphic junk food, such as doughnuts, cookies, cans of soda, ice cream cones, etc (Except that they're actually aliens in disguise), and they hurt your diabetic character just by touching them, which would be the Real Life equivalent to eating them. Oddly enough, the healthy food Captain Novolin can eat (such as glasses of milk, chicken legs, apples, crackers, even plates of salad) also have legs, and can be seen walking back and forth.
  • The Cookie Run franchise, where every playable character is a sentient gingerbread cookie, with pets, monsters, and other NPCs being sentient foods and desserts of all kinds.
  • Cuphead:
    • One of the first bosses in the game is a trio of vegetables known as the Root Pack, consisting of Sal Spudder (a dirt-spitting potato), Ollie Bulb (a crying onion) and Chauncey Chantenay (a psychic carrot). If you spare Ollie Bulb by not attacking him, Horace Radiche (a radish) will join in a fight against Chauncey Chantenay.
    • The first boss in the Inkwell Isle II is Baroness von Bon Bon, among whose minions are a living cupcake, a sentient waffle, an animate jawbreaker, a monster candy corn, and a mobile gum ball dispenser. Her castle is a living cake monster, which can dispense jelly bean soldiers and rolling peppermints with faces. It's hard to notice except for in the game over quote for her final phase, but Bon Bon herself is actually a bottle of soda, with her head functioning as the cap.
    • Toward the end of Funfair Fever, you have to fight the jumping pretzel on the moving platforms while avoiding the ketchup, mustard and relish shot by the living hot dog.
    • Deconstructed in The Delicious Last Course: All of the Wondertart ingredients you've collected throughout Inkwell Isle IV (except for the Pineapple Mint) are revealed to be sentient, and they are not happy when Chef Saltbaker begins to remorselessly butcher them during his boss fight, with their remains being used as projectiles.
    • After the second phase of the fight against bovine cowgirl Esther Winchester, she inadvertently gets sucked into her vacuum machine, and gets pressure-cooked into a sentient string of beef sausages. From there, her attacks become food-based (such as spitting out steaks), though the flying cans of beans that serve as obstacles in the third phase occasionally have small bean-like creatures form a chain from them.
  • One of the enemies in Default Dan is a giant limbed cupcake that attacks by throwing regular cupcakes.
  • Dwarf Fortress has plump helmet men, anthropomorphic mushroom creatures that resemble the underground fungus most commonly eaten by dwarves. You can even play as one in adventure mode, though you won't be able to talk if you do so.
  • Goosebumps: Night of Scares throws giant-sized Gummi Bears as enemies in the last stage, and getting killed by them results in a cutscene where a hungry Gummi bear chomps you down. Yes, the food eats you.
  • Many onscreen enemies in Hazelnut Hex are food-based, and upon defeat they each have a unique animation. For instance, killer apples turns into an eaten apple core, while sentient popsicles turns into popsicle sticks.
  • Mother:
    • EarthBound (1994) has, among its many strange examples of Animate Inanimate Object enemies, walking cups of scalding coffee that spill themselves on you.
    • Mother 3 has the Fish Roe Man. Its final "attack" consists of it leaping into a character's mouth, causing said mouth to burn.
  • In the Team Fortress 2 promotional video "Expiration Date", a Teleporter Accident creates a gigantic, carnivorous, loaf of bread that attacks the REDs.
  • Earthworm Jim 2's trope-naming Level Ate has a fire-breathing steak called Flamin' Yawn as a boss.
  • Many Final Fantasy games have at least one version of the Flan enemies that mimics the color and pattern of actual flan.
  • I Am Bread: While not necessarily anthropomorphic, the player controls an inexplicably-animated slice of bread, with the ability to move itself around and grapple to things.
  • Intrepid Izzy: In Awesometown, there's an anthropomorphic pickle who's named Gherky Pickleson.
  • In Food Battle: The Game, the player must fight a bunch of donut monsters.
  • The Kid Icarus series has the Eggplant and Tempura wizards. And Pit himself, if he's unlucky enough to run into one of the two.
  • Jungle Bombs, walking pineapple enemies, in Kirby Super Star (and, to a lesser extent, the cupcake enemies in Kirby's Dream Land's extra game, though those are implied to be entirely different creatures wearing cupcake disguises).
  • Kraken Academy!! has the creatively named "Broccoli Girl", who's A walking, talking piece of broccoli. Actually, she's a human who was cursed, and only turns back into a normal girl on the full moon. Ironically, she actually prefers her broccoli form because it's so cute.
  • The Atari Lynx game Kung Food is a Beat 'em Up with a refrigerator full of evil sentient food. The player is a scientist who accidentally brings the food to life, and fights through them to escape the refrigerator and end the calamity.
  • In Lobotomy Corporation, one of the abnormalities that you have to manage is "Snow White's Apple", which is a very tall creature with an apple for a head. If its mood gets too low, it will escape containment and start teleporting around the facility, filling any room it goes into with vines that slow down agents.
  • Monster Party contains one boss that consists of several Japanese foods jumping around the player, starting with a tempura shrimp.
    Look out, baby.
  • Moshi Monsters: Several of the animals known as "Moshlings" look like food.
  • The title character of Mr. TomatoS is a giant floating tomato with a face who wants the player to feed him several different kinds of food, including, disturbingly enough, tomato soup and ketchup. However, he turns out to actually be an evil entity who uses the food he eats to absorb a lot of code and gain more power, eventually allowing him to escape his game and into the internet.
  • The titular Ninjabread Man.
  • In Overcooked!, your chefs are working under the Onion King, who's a walking, talking onion. The main villain from the first game, the Ever Peckish, is a giant spaghetti-and-meatballs Eldritch Abomination, and the villains in the second are the Unbread—bread zombies.
  • Pajama Sam has a lot of this, but it's most common in the You Are What You Eat From Your Head to Your Feet.
  • Majority of the the enemies and bosses in Panic Restaurant are various types of food. They have various levels of anthropomorphism ranging from being just animate food to food with face and limbs. The exceptions are level 1-3 bosses that are kitchen appliances, a toaster enemy, sentinent cloud enemy and the Final Boss.
  • Parappa The Rapper has Chop Chop Master Onion, along with several background characters.
  • As the Plants vs. Zombies games have anthropomorphic plants, some naturally cross over into this. We've got corn that flings kernels and butter, cabbages and watermelon that do the same with their respective crops, sweet-natured sweet potatoes, fiery peppers and much, much more.
  • Pizza Tower is filled with anthropomorphic food, from the enemies and bosses you fight to tiny little pizza toppings that accompany you. Naturally, most of these are either pizza or ingredients found in pizza.
  • Appearing only on the box cover of the Atari 2600 game Plaque Attack, in addition to an anthropomorphic tube of toothpaste.
  • Pokémon:
    • Vanillite, Vanillish, and Vanilluxe are all Ice-type Pokémon that resemble ice cream cones, but in actuality they are icicles with mounds of snow on top, and, in-universe, inspired the concept of edible ice cream cones (marketed as 'Casteliacones').
    • Cherubi from Generation 4 takes the form of two cherries on a stem, with the larger of the two being the main body and the smaller serving as a nutrient store. The latter is described within certain Pokédex entries as being sweet and tasty, and a popular target of bird Pokémon such as Starly.
    • Generation 6 ups the ante with Swirlix, a Fairy type cotton candy mon, and its evolved form, Slurpuff, a meringue/cupcake mon.
    • Bounsweet, based on the mangosteen fruit, was introduced in Generation 7, and its Pokedex entry states that because of its sweet taste it is constantly pursued by predators.
    • Generation 8 introduces Milcery, which looks like a blob of milk, and its evolved form Alcremie, which looks like a wad of whipped cream with two berries stuck in its head. Alcremie's Gigantamax form turns it into a building-sized wedding cake.
    • There's also Applin and its evolutions Flapple and Appletun, all apple-based monsters (Appletun in particular being shaped like an apple pie), and are a play on "worm in an apple" (they're wyrms in apples).
    • Generation 9 introduces Fidough, a puppy that looks like it's made out of dough. It evolves into Dachsbun, a dog with a bread motif.
    • Tatsugiri is a subversion. It pretends to be sushi in order to lure prey, even having an inflatable white sack on its throat, but it’s actually a live fish.
    • Believe it or not, Pikachu's original design was based on a daifuku-like (Japanese confection consisting of a small round mochi stuffed with sweet filling) creature with ears sticking out.
  • The Pokémon FireRed ROM Hack, Pokémon Sweet Version, the Pokésweets are combinations of Pokémon and sweets. Divided into these categories:
    • Cakes.
    • Pies.
    • Donuts.
    • Candies.
    • Cupcakes.
    • Swirlies.
    • Fudgies.
    • Specials.
    • Rare Sweets.
  • Bundt, the wedding cake boss from Super Mario RPG.
  • Onions are alive in the game Voodoo Vince. You'll need to capture them for a mess of gumbo.
  • Potato Thriller has numerous talking fruits and vegetables, alongside humans and other surreal characters.
  • Putty has a boxing Scouse Sausage which walks around with a fork in his back.
  • The Puyo Puyo character Nasu Grave is an eggplant with eyes and stubby little arms and legs.
    • SEGA would attempt to do this with a rebranded Puyo Puyo!! Quest called Cranky Food Friends in the West, however backlash from fans caused that idea to be quietly scrapped.
  • In Quest for Glory III if the prince of Shapeir doesn't carry enough food with him when he's walking around Fricana, he'll encounter the Waffle Walker, which is a gigantic waffle on legs, roughly the size of a beach ball. He'll keep following the hero until he decides to eat him, in which case the game resumes.
  • In Spanky's Quest, the enemies are anthropomorphic fruits.
  • You play as a chili in Spoiler Alert.
  • There's a Flash Game sponsored by [adult swim] titled Tofu Hunter, with you as the titular character hunting down sentient tofu-deers (complete with antlers and whiskers!). The game also has living pancakes as a minor background target.
  • Tomato Adventure features a trio of anthropomorphic tomatoes collectively called the Tomatrio who each explain certain parts of the game (such as the plot, certain controls, etc.).
  • In WarioWare Smooth Moves one of the microgames requires The Player to catch living food on a dinner plate.
  • Wrecking Crew features Eggplant Men, who are giant eggplants with arms and legs. Wrecking Crew '98 also has a sentient onigiri rice ball as a secret opponent.
  • Several Yo-Kai in Yo-Kai Watch are based on foods, the most notable being Slicenrice, a samurai with a rice ball for a head. His favorite food also happens to be rice balls. Yo-Kai Watch 3 introduced several food yo-kai based off foods associated with America.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • ASDF Movie gives us a potato, a cake and a suicidal muffin. Oh, and a burger, too. And a waffle.
  • Audience! among the cast is the character Sugar Rush, a dog composed of what appears to be classic candies.
  • Many, many characters from Battle for Dream Island, Inanimate Insanity and the hundreds of Object Shows which follow suit, enough to make an all-you-can-eat buffet several times over.
  • Bento Banana: The main cast of the anime consists of anthropomorphic food. Bento Banana and Plumpy are just fruits with limbs and faces while others (such as Broclotron in "The Wrath of Broclotron" and some of the school girls in "Doki Doki Artichoki") have food heads on top of humanoid heads.
  • Element Animation's The Crack stars three talking eggs who live on a kitchen countertop.
  • Follow the Sun is a parody/Homage of "Let's Go to the Lobby" ads, complete with cute anthropomorphic food marching their way through the parking lot. At least for the first 30 seconds, that is. After one of them messes up the march, the short slowly but surely turns into pure horror.
  • Race to the Mansion of Tomorrow: Few characters are these along with the dog named dog trope being also used; AJ (Apple Juice), OJ (Orange Juice), Molasses, and Peanut. Exceptions are Old Man Ice (an icecream cone) and Breadman (a slice of bread).
  • Taco-Man, a walking, talking taco. He also has a taco-wife and taco-son, and a burrito boss, Ben Burrito.


    Web Original 
  • The cast of The Annoying Orange.
  • The Flash game Burrito Bison has the hero fighting his way out of an alternate dimension of living gummy bears that want to force him to wrestle a giant jaw-breaker for their amusement. Despite the name, the hero is a human Luchador, not a burrito.
  • The character Harmburger from the Creepypasta of the same name and the ARG is a morbid parody of this concept, an anthropomorphic hamburger chef who makes YOU into meat. Sometimes in more than one way...
  • The Dancing Banana.
  • RacieB of DeviantArt likes to draw cute critter-shaped food (or is it food-shaped critters?) based on Fighting Foodons.
  • The villains in the fifth episode of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared are a band made up of anthropomorphic food. A human-sized chunk of meat, a can of spinach, and some bread. They sing a song about healthy eating.
  • Gaia Online's Sundae and Fondue, chocolate Playboy Bunny companions for Easter. Sundae is made of dark or milk chocolate with white chocolate (or possibly caramel) hair and leotard with a cherry for her tail, and Fondue is made of pure white chocolate with a tinfoil wrapper protecting what little decency he has. Sundae-based accessories have become a standard part of zOMG!'s Easter events.
    Fondue's description (later changed): Let me cover your strawberries in my sweet white chocolate!
  • Marshie from Homestar Runner.
  • An early episode of The Last Podcast on the Left, discussing the serial killer known as "BTK", mentions that the police hunting BTK were at one point nicknamed the "Hot Dog Squad". This prompts one of the hosts, Henry, to re-imagine the "Let's Go Down to the Lobby" cartoon characters as police officers. From this is born Detective Popcorn, a recurring character and the gang's go-to joke when they want to emphasize just how useless police are being in a particular case, as Detective Popcorn is often far more focused on how tasty he is to actually solve any murders.
    Detective Popcorn: Aw, gee, boss, I'm just a bunch of popcorn! How am I supposed to find a BTK killer? Ohh sweet, sweet delicious butter all over. Mmm... salty kernels... mmmm, ohh... can't resist me. Trying to sit down watch a movie, mmm... you greedy fingers! Looking for my popcorny kernels, ohh... There's no way I'm gonna find that BTK killer, being so delicious.
  • Neopets allows players to turn pets into jelly or custard forms, and Chias can be turned into many different types of fruit.
  • The Toast King from On The Moon.
  • The Racist Carrot from the eponymous skit by Salvatore Ganacci.
  • Some of the characters from Weebl & Bob.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: includes the Candy Kingdom, the Duke of Nuts's realm, the Hotdog Princess, and a family of non-anthropomorphic fruit that is treated as if it were sentient. In general, people only eat the non-anthropomorphic bits of the Candy Kingdomnote , etc., but there is a notable exception where Princess Bubblegum (a candy person herself) drinks a smoothie with a face.
    • This is exaggerated with BMO's special sentient sandwiches, where every single ingredient is alive and has a face (rather morbidly, some of the ingredients seem to be killed making the sandwich). Even the scent of the sandwich is alive.
  • Some of the characters from The Amazing World of Gumball are food that live like humans (ironically not the title character; despite the name, he's a cat).
    • Lampshaded when Anton, a talking piece of toast, is attacked by a murder of crows.
    • This is lampshaded again in "The Job" when a talking pizza couple treat a (non-anthropomorphic) pizza being delivered like getting a new baby. Gumball accidentally drops it, then Darwin steps on it.
    • In one episode Idaho (a sentient potato) eats French fries when Gumball introduces him to the modern lifestyle.
  • Every character in Apple & Onion is this trope.
  • The main characters of Aqua Teen Hunger Force are an anthropomorphic meatball, milkshake, and box of french fries. They also have a deceased brother who was made out of fried chicken.
  • In Beetlejuice, the two heroes encountered a whole city of living fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, after the two of them saved the day, Beetlejuice offended them by asking if they had anything to eat... And they had to make a run for it.
  • The talking salt and pepper shakers from Blue's Clues and their children, Paprika and Cinnamon.
  • Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese: Cheese is a walking, talking wheel of cheese.
  • Camp Lazlo had an episode where canned mystery meat became an angry Blob Monster when they called it smelly. The episode ends with a horror-equse cliffhanger and an implied "Everyone Dies" Ending.
  • Numerous dishes cooked on Chowder are livelier when finished than they were as ingredients. One non-anthropomorphic dish manages to reproduce.
  • Every character in Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island is a walking fruit.
  • In one episode of Code Lyoko, XANA's scheme involved creating a monster out of all the food in Kadic's pantry and using the piecemeal creature to attack the heroes. (Well, truthfully, it was a distraction to keep them occupied while he enacted a more serious scheme, raising the level of the Digital Sea to block their access to Sector V.)
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Grandmother Stuffem, who creates walking gross food that forces itself into childrens' mouths.
    • In Operation: I.S.C.R.E.A.M., the Delightful Children used the equipment in an ice cream factory (ice cream men are mooks for the villains on this show) to create a a fifty-foot-tall monster made of ice cream that was nearly unstoppable. The heroes were saved when Numbuh Three turned on the factory's heater to maximum and it melted. (Why did someone put a heater in an ice cream factory, of all places? In the villains' defense, even they didn't know.)
    • Also, in "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.T.W.O.", the Delightful Children's trap involved a living, carnivorous birthday cake. (They tell the heroes that it's a "pound cake".)
    • There's also Heinrich Von Marzipan, Numbuh Five's nemesis, who eventually gets turned into living chocolate.
    • Also, an episode parodying Pirates of the Caribbean had men who turned into skeletons made of black licorice.
  • The 1935 Silly Symphony The Cookie Carnival.
  • In one episode of The Crumpets, the Crumpet children are given by their father a homemade beer yeast syrup to cure their huge tongues, but it transforms their heads into photorealistic literal crumpets.
    • In "Radeau d'ados", when Marylin and Pfff are stranded in the sea and starve, there is a brief sequence depicting them as literal crumpets. Unlike the previous example, Pfff is super deformed, Marylin has a Cephalothorax body, and they are noseless.
  • One of the main characters in Cupcake & Dino: General Services is a living Cupcake.
  • Any time Ectoplasm is involved in cooking on Danny Phantom. Once the food is alive it will attack Danny.
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode "Duckworth's Revolt", Scrooge and his nephews are captured by vegetable aliens and enslaved aboard their ship.
  • Final Space: In episode 3, Gary and Avocato are trapped in a dimension called the Lazarus Trap, where everything they think off becomes reality. Gary tries to use this to his advantage by thinking of a cookie. He gets one; a talking cookie with arms and legs. Then he accidently imagines it as a murderous creature, and makes more of them. Next thing we see is Gary and Avocato being attacked by dozens of anthropomorphic, homicidal cookies with laser eyes and tridents.
  • Food-based imaginary friends appear from time to time on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. One was a drumstick who was imagined by a very hungry boy at fat camp who acts like a Shell-Shocked Veteran, and whom Bloo mistakes for Mac when he's really hungry. Another time, Terrance wants a pizza and inadvertently creates a pizza friend, who greets him enthusiastically with "Howdy-do! I love you!"... and then Terrance devours him.
  • The Fruitties is about a community of living fruits and vegetables who live in a volcano.
  • A Garfield and Friends episode involved a supernatural meteor (dubbed as a "fruitcake" by other characters) that caused every inanimate object around it to come to life. At Garfield's house, the fruitcake caused all of the food in the refrigerator to come to life and form a rebellion against Garfield, until Garfield scared the food away with two slices of bread.
  • In the "Pasta Wars" episodes of The Garfield Show, Garfield regularly faces the threat of Starfish Aliens who happen to look like walking talking Lasagna.
  • In Gravity Falls episode "Summerween", Mabel's friend Candy dresses up as a giant peppermint for Summerween: "I am so sweet, I could eat myself!" It also turns out the Summerween Trickster is a tsukumogami-esque monster made from an amalgam of rejected candy.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • In one episode Grim tried to bake a birthday cake for Billy; unfortunately, he accidentally used a recipe for devil's food cake (the cookbook was probably a book of spells) and it turned into a monster. (The cake was still pretty good after they subdued it, however.)
    • Also, in one Dream Sequence episode, the Tooth Fairy had a wand that could turn people into this. (Mandy was unaffected by it, because she didn't believe in the Tooth Fairy.)
  • JoJo's Circus had the Spudinskis, who were sentient potatoes.
  • The main characters of the French animation Kobushi are all anthropomorphic sushi who train in a dojo to battle the porcelain Neko who tries to eat them.
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack contains either this or a Companion Cube in Candy Wife…
  • Miraculous Ladybug. Every season has had a villain that is themed on a specific type of food.
    • Season 1 has Kung Food, who is themed on soup, season 2 has Glaciator, who is themed on ice cream, Befana, who is themed on candy, season 3 has Bakerix, who is themed on bread, and season 4 features Queen Banana, a villain who is themed on fruit.
  • ˇMucha Lucha!: The heavyweight wrestler Potato-Patato Jr. is human, but when he uses his Signature Move he chants the "One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four" rhyme and turns into a man-sized box of french fries.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?", in Pinkie's dream, the Tantabus animates a large batch of cakes, giving them mouths, eyes, arms and aggressive dispositions..
  • Oh Yeah! Cartoons: "A Cop and His Donut" had a rookie cop teaming up with a talking donut to fight crime.
  • Oscar And Friends: The chocolate factory in "Chocolate Meltdown" is staffed by living chocolate figures.
  • Banana of Pig Goat Banana Cricket is... well... a banana.
  • Pickle and Peanut.
  • The entire cast of Potatoes and Dragons are potatoes. Including the dragon.
  • Potato Head Kids from My little pony n friends revolves around anthromorphic potatoes in the Human World.
  • The Real Ghostbusters had an episode where haunted TVs produce monsters based on what was on. At one point they find Slimer being tortured by food commercials releasing monster foods to torment him.
  • Regular Show does this rather disturbingly with evil hotdogs who devour each other when doused with mustard. Tim Curry is the leader of the evil hotdogs.
  • Random! Cartoons:
  • On Robot Chicken a giant carrot eats a rabbit.
  • Rocko's Modern Life:
  • The Simpsons. Homer Simpson is fond of imagining this, then eating them whether or not they're OK with it. His vision of the Land of Chocolate filled with chocolate animals even made it into The Simpsons Game.
  • Small Potatoes, a preschool-targeted series of musical shorts airing on CBeebies and Disney Junior also features sentient potatoes.
  • The Gingerbread Smurfs that were magically baked by Brainy in The Smurfs (1981) episode of the same name.
  • Steven Universe:
    • The recurring Show Within a Show Crying Breakfast Friends! is about living breakfast food.
    • In the episode "Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service", while Steven and Kiki are traveling through the pizza in Kiki's dream, they encounter anchovies as fish and pepperoni as piranhas.
  • Summer Camp Island takes place at a magical summer camp. Much of the food (and pretty much everything else in the camp) is enchanted and alive. At one point Oscar gets mad at a mini marshmallow and almost eats it, but it starts screaming so he decides not to and freaks out over almost eating a living being. In other parts of the series, we see characters clearly eating living food.
  • Super Wish: Balloonicus' minions are the caker pops, [[Cyclops a legion of one-eyed anthropomorphic cake pops with arms and legs who do his bidding.
  • Sushi Pack: The main characters are an assortment of different sushi and a condiment that were brought to life by lightning.
  • In the Teen Titans episode "Fear Itself", Control Freak turns candy (among other things) to life. Cyborg defeats it by eating it, which turns out to be a bad idea; it makes him sick.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) has two examples, both created from Mutagen:
    • The first was Ice Cream Kitty, a cat who accidentally lapped up melted ice cream tainted with Mutagen. Since her appearance, she's lived in the Turtles' freezer. (Her voice is done by Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman.)
    • A more malignant food monster was Pizza Face. A chef who turned into a mutant pizza by finding Mutagen and experimenting with it as a pizza topping, his plan was to brainwash customers so they wouldn't resist being turned into calzones and eaten. Eventually beaten when most of him was eaten by Michelangelo, reducing him to a talking slice.
  • Toon Bops has Pep (Pepperoni) and Cheese with arms, leg, and a face from their titular episode, "Pep n' Cheese".
  • The aptly named Pizza Steve from Uncle Grandpa.
  • VeggieTales revolves around tongue-in-cheek retellings of Bible stories as performed by talking vegetables.
  • Wander over Yonder: After Wander tricks a body-hopping energy being into jumping into a sandwich in "The Fancy Party", the being managed to continue building its intergalactic empire as "Sourdough the Evil Sandwich".
    Sourdough: EEEVIL SANDWICH!
  • The extremely obscure Canadian cartoon Yam Roll features a cast of anthropomorphic sushi and other Japanese foods.


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Alternative Title(s): Animate Inanimate Food, Living Food



Rolland Dupain - a disgruntled baker with an obsession with tradition - is akumatized into Bakerix, a Gaul made of bread who intends to turn back the clock one rampage at a time.

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