In folklore, many different kinds of monsters kill and eat children and infants. Others merely make children seriously ill or cause them to vanish (replacing them with fairy changelings). These stories were explanations for the high infant mortality rates seen in primitive cultures.
Naturally, various media use these tales as source material for their own monsters. Some media monsters target children to use them as a slave work-force. Some drain their Life Energy to stay alive.
It is taken as a given that specifically targeting children, especially if you are planning on eating them, is a sure sign that you are a monster in the truest sense of the word. Differs from Eats Babies as this trope covers creatures who go after babies because they specifically target children, while Eats Babies is about villains so evil they would target babies but don't go out of their way to do so. By definition, though, most (but surprisingly not all) Child Eaters qualify for Eats Babies status.
Given how long some of these stories have been around, this trope is Older Than Dirt. Related to Would Hurt a Child. Also see Eats Babies. God-Eating has a surprising amount of overlap, as gods try to eat younger gods.
- The demon Astarte from Angel Sanctuary is infertile and wishes she could have children. As a way of coping, she swallows young girls who get lost in her brother's maze so that she can indulge in the fantasy of being pregnant.
- Grand Fisher in the Bleach manga. In the anime version, he preyed on women.
- In Darker than Black, one Contractor is required to drink the blood of small children in order to use her powers of Explosive Decompression. And the crazy part? She's The Woobie. Yes, really.
- She's The Woobie because she lost her powers (and with them, her emotionlessness) and is now horribly haunted by what she did. She never harms any children during the actual series, since she dies shortly after regaining her powers.
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Arf threatens to swallow the nine-year-old Nanoha whole to get her to stay out of Fate's way, though considering her later established personality (and the fact that Fate would never allow her familiar to commit such an act of cruelty) it was probably a bluff.
- Donato Porpora from Tokyo Ghoul is a Ghoul famous for his preference for child victims. To this end, he established himself as a Sinister Minister and opened a Catholic Orphanage where the children lived happily with their beloved "Father". Then, one by one, the children would be "adopted"... and suffer brutal deaths before being eaten. He even went so far as to feed leftovers to the other children disguised as treats. Eventually, his favorite child, Kotarou Amon, discovered him eating another child and his secret was revealed. Because he couldn't bring himself to kill Amon, he ended up captured and remains an infamous Ghoul considered vile even by other Ghouls.
- The Orb of Bask from YuYu Hakusho took the souls of children, which the wielder could use as food. Goki demonstrates this as Yusuke approaches him, although Yusuke defeats him before the children's souls could digest, allowing them to float back to their bodies upon being freed.
- All-Star Comics: Gallifron is a giant Ogre who hunts and eats children. The JSA fight him to free an entire sack full of children he's just collected as snacks.
- Homelander in The Boys receives blackmail photos of himself committing all manner of horrible crimes, including eating babies alive, even though he has no memories of the events. This eventually drives him to break down completely and becoming a full-blown villain, leading the various superhumans in an attempted coup against the U.S government. The photos are actually of Black Noir, in reality a clone of Homelander driven insane because he's unable to fulfill the purpose he was created for; destroying Homelander in case he became uncontrollable. Black Noir committed the crimes in hopes of giving Homelander a psychotic break so he'd be allowed to kill him.
- In Countdown to Final Crisis, Mary Marvel, after her Face–Heel Turn, briefly encounters a demon who claims to be the harvester of souls of stillborn children. After introducing himself as such he threatens to disembowel her and eat the digested food from her intestines. In other words, he's the dead baby monster that eats poop.
- The norm rather than the exception in Crossed. One Crossed is even stated to wear babies as shoes, and the Homo Tortor arc has the hedonistic rulers of the titular human subspecies raise their child indulging his every whim from birth so as to enjoy his expression when they eat him alive.
- A taste he shares with Tojiro XIV, the Asian vampire from Grendel.
- One really squicky villain in Hellblazer, who was the demonic embodiment of rape trapped in the body of a dead child, sustained itself by drinking babies. While investigating the monster's house, Constantine accidentally discovered what was left of them when he opened a closet and a pile of dozens of dead bloodless babies collapsed on him.
- The Walkers from the graphic novel Midnight Nation will kill, torture, and eat adults and children alike... but they prefer children.
- Lawbringer Qztr (and later on, Charon) attempts to kill baby Memi in Negation. They fail, because Memi has cosmic-level superpowers.
- In the French comic Raptors, the ancient leader of the new vampire order, Don Miguel Y Certa, who is also known as "The Devourer", has a particular fondness for children.
- The Corinthian in The Sandman (1989) is already a repulsive Picky People Eater, but he seems to strongly favor the eyes of barely-pubescent boys. Morpheus created him to represent the horrors of the modern world and the fears associated with them, with one in particular fueling the Corinthian's hunger. He eventually gets remade into a less horrific being.
- The witch in Hansel and Gretel planned to eat them. She even used a Gingerbread House as bait.
- Hop-o'-My-Thumb and his brothers, after being left to die in the forest and being unable to find their way back home, find a house where a kindly woman lets them in... but warns them to beware her husband who's a man-eating ogre with a fondness for children. It ends badly... for the ogre and his wife and their daughters, that is.
- In The BFG, the evil giants seem to eat only human children.
- Blender Babies by Jon Athan. The title says it all, but for those who need more detail: one day, people start kidnapping babies and blending them in order to drink their "essence", a powerful and addictive drug that their bodies produce. The trend explodes on social media and causes the collapse of civilization, with drug fiends first blending all the babies and then kidnapping women to use as Breeding Slaves to produce more babies to blend.
- The Beldam/Other Mother from Coraline lures children into her world, where she then "eats up their lives" (and their bodies, presumably).
- Secret Magic Control Agency: Hansel argues that it would be dangerous for him and Gretel to go to Baba Yaga since they've been transformed into children, but Gretel insists that there's nothing to indicate the rumours that she eats children are actually true. Hansel turns out to be right; Baba Yaga feeds them cookies laced with a sleeping potion and traps them in her house so she can eat them.
- Fat Bastard of Austin Powers fame. Mini-Me's small size makes Fat Bastard hungry because it reminds him of the time he ate a baby.
''"Behbies!! It's tha OTHA otha White Meat!!"
- After his plan to become mayor of Gotham City is foiled by the Batman, The Penguin of Batman Returns goes after Gotham's first-born sons, planning to drown them in the sewer. He kills the one clown (Doug Jones again) who objects to the plan ("Killing sleeping children? Isn't that a little..." *BLAM!* "No! It's a LOT!"), but Batman stops the plan before it can get too far.
- Cat's Eye By Stephen King: The Little Troll Monster sits on the little girl's chest and steals her breath.
- In Hocus Pocus the three witches must eat the souls of children to survive. To help them do this, they revive Winifred's dead lover as a zombie, played by Doug Jones.
The Nostalgia Chick: Please don't refer to the child as an hors d'oeuvre, I'm pretty sure that's illegal in most states.
- Pennywise the Dancing Clown, a.k.a. IT, in It (2017), much like the source material.
- Pan's Labyrinth: One task the young heroine Ofelia must complete for the Faun is to retrieve a precious dagger from the lair of The Pale Man (both beings being played, again, by Doug Jones), a grotesque humanoid monster with his eyes on his hands who sits asleep at a table where a great banquet is laid. Murals on the walls of the chamber depict him cruelly killing and devouring scores of little children, and there is a pile of shoes implied to be left over from all the children he's eaten. On the way out, Ofelia succumbs to the temptation of eating from the delicious fruit on the table, causing the pale man to wake up and try to eat her; her fairy companions die trying to protect her, and she barely escapes with her life. There's a reason his portrait is on the film's nightmare fuel page!
- King Ghidorah in Rebirth of Mothra 3. He plans on consuming the lifeforce of the children. He is capable of consuming the lifeforce of any other creatures, but specifically targets human children just for the heck of it.
- In Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Freddy Krueger tries to eat Heather's son Dylan alive before she stops him.
- The animatronics in Willy's Wonderland had eaten numerous children in the past, as they contained the souls of Jerry Robert Willis and his followers.
- According to folk legend, cats steal the breath from sleeping babies. This is an explanation of Sudden Infant Death syndrome. However, it's not true, and a cat sniffing your baby's face is a sign of affection. There is the slight potential of suffocation, but pillows and blankets pose a much greater risk.
- During the witch trials between 1450 and 1750 in early modern Europe, the belief existed that witches sacrificed children to Satan as well as practiced cannibalistic infanticide. For this reason, midwives and nurses responsible for young children and new mothers could become targets of suspicion, since they were in a position to collect babies who had not been baptized and thus were more vulnerable. These beliefs did not find fertile ground everywhere, but in religiously and socially troubled Switzerland, southwestern Germany, and northeastern France, the belief in cannibalistic infanticide and child sacrifice were accepted as a part of the witches' sabbath.
- Ogres are depicted as child-eaters in many stories. One variant from German folklore is even named Kinderfresser, which translates as Child Eater.
- Baba Yaga is a witch in slavic folklore who was infamous for this.
- Benny Rose, the Cannibal King: The main antagonist of the novel, Benny Rose has a special hunger for children. During the 50's, he ended up trapped with five kids in the basement of a hospital that caught fire and consumed them to stay alive, which caused him to become a supernatural entity of some kind. Now, every Halloween night, he strikes and feasts upon the trick-and-treaters who are filling the streets.
- In The BFG, the evil giants tend to eat people regardless of age, but seem to prefer kids, because "Little chiddlers is not so tough to eat as old grandmamma, so says the Childchewing Giant".
- Bruce Coville's Book of... Nightmares II: The title character of The Gravekeeper was hanged after a child disappeared and it was believed the old man had killed and eaten them. Since then, children have disappeared every year during the Harvest Moon, and local legend is that it's because he's still returning from the grave and cannibalizing them.
- The froglike alien Tendu of The Color of Distance and Through Alien Eyes, have several life stages. In a case of Bizarre Alien Reproduction, early ones aren't very intelligent and not considered to be people. The first stage, the tadpole-like narey, feeds a lot of the wildlife. Eventually they metamorphize into the tinka, adult-shaped but smaller and not as smart. Tinka roam the jungles until they find Tendu villages, where they act as servants. They can age and die, or else get chosen by fully adult Tendu to go through another metamorphosis and become bami, who are intelligent and considered somewhere between children and apprentices. From there they potentially have two more metamorphoses. Bami and above, if female, can lay unfertilized eggs for animals to eat. It's seen as a common courtesy for a Tendu female, taking some narey from a pool to eat, to lay some eggs to feed the others.
- Dr. Juna Saari, a human stranded among the Tendu and taken in by them, is utterly horrified to learn that the narey, which she's been eating just like any of the other foods offered to her, are early-stage Tendu and it damages her ability to get along with the aliens for some time. One of her friends explains that they don't eat narey that have developed forelegs. Later, after reconnecting with humans again, Juna gets pregnant and plans to have her now-dear Tendu friends help her out as she isn't inclined to marry. The father, and quite a lot of Earth press, are against this and call the Tendu baby-eaters, which the aliens are indignant about. They understand quite well that there's a difference between a baby and a tadpole.
- The Beldam/Other Mother from Coraline lures children into her world, where she proceeds to devour their bodies and lives.
- In the book Demon Keeper, a demon known as the Beast ate lost children. However, they didn't have to still be children by the time he ate them - a teenage runaway grown-up was still a prime meal.
- The Diaries of the Family Dracul'': Many vampires will gladly feast upon infants and children as well as adults.
- When Dracula made Lucy Westenra into a vampire, her preferred victims were children. Dracula also fed at least one baby to his wives.
- The Dresden Files:
- The opening Little Bad of Grave Peril was a ghost who was stuck in the same pattern of actions: trying to make her baby be quiet by singing and covering his mouth, so that her husband wouldn't lose his temper. She was haunting a hospital nursery and suffocating children.
- In the first short story of the series (eventually published in the Side Jobs compilation), Harry has to save a runaway child from a Bridge Troll that eats children. It specifically mentions that under The Unseelie Accords, 'naughty' children who have run away are its (apparently only) legitimate prey.
- The Villain Protagonist of The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl sets out to eat as many school children as he can find, but he never really succeeds as the other jungle animals keep thwarting his plans.
- The Night Parade are a race of creatures from another dimension first appearing in the Forgotten Realms novel of the same name. Their MO is to kidnap children and turn them into creatures like themselves; exactly why is not known, but most inhabitants believe it is because they are a Dying Race trying to increase their population.
- Several Goosebumps villains, including King Jellyjam, the Beasts (when the loser of their game is a child), Cuddles the hamster, and Mr. Mortman.
- Harry Potter has Fenrir Greyback, a werewolf who tries to bite as many people as possible, particularly young children, even when he's not transformed. To make the child predator vibe even worse, he gets as close to children as he can before transforming.
- The title monster from Stephen King's IT is "the Eater of Worlds, and of children!" Technically, It feeds on fear: terrifying its victims before killing them 'salts the meat'. It primarily focuses on children because they almost always have simple fears that it can easily 'become', unlike adults, who tend to have more complicated fear.
- In the Land of Oz books, the Hungry tiger would like to be this. He is a massive Bengal tiger who is always hungry no matter how much he eats, and longs to eat a "fat baby," though he never would because his conscience will not allow him to do so.
- The Laundry Files (by Charles Stross): The Fuller Memorandum has the Nyar lath-Hotep cultists, who hold their monster summoning ritual next door to a primary school so that they can grab a bite to eat after church. Later on, after capturing Bob and performing a spell to turn him to their side (among other things), they offer him some "refreshments."
- In The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf mentions that during the hunt for Gollum, he heard tales of 'a blood-drinking creature' that crawled through open windows to empty cradles... yes, Gollum eats babies.
- The alien overlords in S. P. Somtow's Mallworld series not only eat their own children, they've been known to serve them up as the main course at diplomatic dinners. Their children are non-sentient and considered vermin until they reach a certain age.
- One of the Mole-Men listed in More Information Than You Require is "Ms. Edna Humanchildstealer".
- Early in The Thebaid, a fiend from Hell slaughters the infants of Argos and eats their entrails to avenge the death of Apollo's son. It doesn't take long for the people get upset and kill the fiend as it wanders around sipping intestines from child corpses.
- Jenny Green-Teeth in The Wee Free Men. And the headless horseman. And dromes. And elves.
- The eponymous monsters in The Witches want to kill children because they can't stand the smell of them — a child, particularly a freshly-bathed one, smells like dog's droppings to a witch. They eventually decide to turn them all into mice, because the parents would then poison, trap or otherwise dispatch the newly arrived rodent infestation, not realizing it was their children. The witches get sick satisfaction from tricking the parents into offing their own kids.
- The season 2 episode "Judgement" has a demon in Lorne's karaoke bar who is announced as Durthok the Child-Eater.
- Another child-eating species pops up in early season 5. Angel kills it but later learns he was supposed to be meeting with it.
- The season 5 episode "Smile Time" involves demonic puppets that are sucking brain power from the children that watch their TV show.
- In the Blackadder episode "Money", the title character owes a large sum of money to which he can't possibly repay to the Bank of the Black Monks. They send the 'Baby-Eating' Bishop of Bath and Welles to collect or if Blackadder doesn't pay up, he gets to have his 'fun'. He seems to live up to his name when on first confronting Blackadder he asks if he has any children. When he gets a 'no', he says he'll skip breakfast and move on to business then.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer has several:
- Der Kindestod ('The Death of Children') from the second season episode "Killed by Death", who preys on sick children and kills them horribly. His appearance is clearly an homage to Freddy Krueger.
- In "I Only Have Eyes for You", Angelus is so disturbed by being forced to feel love (he and Buffy were possessed by the ghosts of dead lovers) that he insists on going out and killing a child to bring back a sense of evil in himself.
- In the third season episode "Band Candy", the demon Larconis requires a tribute in the form of a ritual feeding every thirty years. What does it feed on? Newborn babies.
- In the episode "Gingerbread", a demon actually creates a panic by falsely making people believe children have been killed. Buffy laments the fact that this creates a panic, but the daily killing of innocent adults doesn't even cause a stir.
- In "Triangle", Olaf the Troll demands he be brought babies to eat. Spike at first suggests they check the hospital, and then suggests onion flowers as an alternative.
- According to Anya, Santa Claus is real, but instead of leaving presents, he comes down chimneys to disembowel children on Christmas.
- Doctor Who: The Krillitanes, from "School Reunion", masquerade as teachers in a school, and are implied to eat students who don't measure up. Their boss begins the episode by explicitly eating a girl just for having a headache (and because she was an orphan).
"You have no parents? No-one to miss you? Poor child. Poor... thin child. Why don't you come inside [my office]? It's almost time for lunch..."
- In the Grimm episode "El Cuegle", the eponymous Wesen hunts down and kidnaps babies, intending to eat them at a specific ritual time. It turns out that El Cuegle get horrible visions of the future, and know these babies will grow up to be killers. The one in the episode hates what he does, but hates what happens if he doesn't even more.
- In the first episode/movie of Lexx, the Cluster Lizards prove to be this. However, the kids they're eating happen to be the cream of the crop chosen by His Divine Shadow, so arguably this isn't such a bad thing in this case.
- Masters of Horror: In the episode "The Washingtonians", a secret cannibal society known as 'the Washingtonians' price children as a meal. Their founder, George Washington himself, professed in his hidden diary that he skinned them and made utensils out of their bones as well.
- The Outer Limits (1995):
- Scratch N' Sniff's Den of Doom: the eponymous Hyena hosts of this quiz show, which revolves around this trope, are said to round up and capture their contestants to play their "Deadly Game". The losers of this game are swiftly dropped into the hosts' cooking pot to be eaten for their dinner. This is implied to happen after every episode as each game has a guarantee of four losers and only one potential winner/fifth loser.
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "And the Children Shall Lead", the Gorgon orphans all of the children living on one planet because orphaned children are more easily influenced by parental figures... such as the "friendly angel", as the kids call the Gorgon.
- The episode "Something Wicked" features a Shtriga, which sucks life force from children, leaving them in comas.
- The demon Lilith likes to drink the blood of newborn babies. She even has a personal chef.
- In Torchwood: Children of Earth, an alien being called the 456 comes to Earth and demands 10% of the child population of the planet. It doesn't want the children to eat them, it wants them because the children release chemicals which to it are like a drug. It's essentially getting high off of kids. Very, very squicky.
- True Blood: Nigel Beckford is introduced in season 5 as a pedophile vampire who disguised himself as a nurse practitioner and ate babies at the local hospital. He was arrested by the Authority (the vampire government) and imprisoned. He's later released by Salome when the Sanguinistas take over, and we see him feasting on a child when the Authority crashes a wedding reception and slaughters all of the guests there.
- Horror-punk band Calibretto has the song "Misanthropy and the Full Moon", from the perspective of a werewolf, promising to fulfill this trope to put an end to man's inhumanity to man.
'Cause the only way to stop this infestation
of this selfish race and its dehumanization
is by decimation of all reproduction,
so here is my own resolution:
I will eat your children. Hey!
- GWAR, being the intergalactic psychopaths that they are, naturally enjoy eating children on a regular basis.
- Lamia, in Greek mythology, stole other women's children as vengeance for the theft of her own.
- Lilith in Hebrew tradition is supposed to feed on babies, as well as being a succubus. It's only relatively recently (Older Than Print, but not Older Than Feudalism) that she's been known as the first wife of Adam who wouldn't stay in the metaphorical kitchen.
- In Mesopotamian mythology, the she-demons Lamashtu and Akhkhazu (Dimme and Dimme-kur in Sumerian) liked to harm, kidnap, kill, maim and/or eat children and babies, just For the Evulz.
- Gello and Abyzou of Mediterranean myth and folklore, out of jealousy.
- The Buddhist goddess Hariti or Kishimojin, who grieves over her own lost child and becomes a child-eating demoness. Buddha makes her see the error of her ways (or, in some versions, has her lost child restored to her, or converts her), and she makes a Heel–Face Turn and is now a protector of childbirth. She eats pomegranates instead.
- Atavaka was originally a baby-eating demon until Buddha converted him. He then became an attendant to Bishamonten and protector of the south-west.
- The Leyaks, and their queen Rangda, from Balinese mythology.
- In Danish mythology, they have the Valravn, a raven that has eaten the corpse of a man who died in battle and gained his intelligence, but they are only able to fly at night. To break this curse, the Valravn has to eat the heart of a child, so they regularly tried to kidnap children or make deals with mothers for their firstborn. If they succeeded, then they would be turned into either a knight or a wolf/raven hybrid.
- Cronus/Saturn in Greek/Roman mythology. After hearing a prophecy that he will be overthrown by one of his children, he eats every one of his children except Zeus/Jupiter, who was saved when Cronus/Saturn was tricked into eating a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes, under the impression that it was the real deal. As seen by the current image, famous artists such as Peter Paul Rubens' Saturn◊ and Francisco de Goya's Bloodier and Gorier Saturn Devouring His Son◊ (during his Black Paintings period).
- Kelpies in Scottish mythology fit this. Their modius operandi was to trick children into riding them, or merely touching them, at which point the child would be trapped by their adhesive skin and the kelpie would drag them into a river to drown. Then the kelpie would devour everything but the liver.
- While many gods from Aztec Mythology were appeased by human sacrifices, the rain god Tlaloc specifically craved for human children. During the month of Atlcahualo, children were adorned with beautiful flowers before they were paraded to Mount Tlaloc, where their hearts were pulled out by the priests. If they cried hard, it's a sign of good things, because this meant Tlaloc was satisfied and would bring abundant rain to the populace.
- Calvin and Hobbes:
- Calvin frequently has to deal with monsters that want to eat him. The monsters under the bed aren't much of a threat as they aren't very smart.
- In one of Calvin's nastier Daydream Surprises, his parents turn into bug-eyed aliens, dunk him in batter and try to make him into waffles.
- In another strip, Calvin imagines that the gross slop on his dinner plate comes to life and devours him. His parents celebrate his death by dancing.
- Another time his lunch bag comes to life at school and tries to eat him, but he kills it with his thermos.
- He also was once attacked by a baseball that suddenly spouted teeth while he was playing baseball with Hobbes.
- The Far Side:
- One comic depicts two parents telling a stereotypical-looking Wicked Witch, "Now let me get this straight. We hired you to babysit the kids, and instead you cooked and ate them BOTH?" In The Prehistory of The Far Side, a retrospective book, cartoonist Gary Larson expresses particular pride at emphasizing the word "both".
- Another comic has a witch with a house made of brussel sprouts, frustrated that a rival witch's gingerbread house is attracting all the kids to eat.
- Another had a witch telling her friend she's pregnant, the other witch thought she was being literal when she said she "has one in the oven."
- In Exalted, the ancient and mad sorceress Raksi is known for feasting on babies.
- Would you believe Animal Crossing has one? In a Splatoon-themed event in Pocket Camp, players could catch the squid and octopus forms of Inklings and Octolings and give them to Chip, who would talk about them as if they were any other fish in the game: with hunger. Granted, this is probably more due to limited dialogue or the fact that Chip isn't supposed to be particularly bright, but COME ON, Nintendo!
- Alice from Balloon Kid is a little girl, even being depicted as a small baby in the Japanese art. If she flies too close to the water, a fish will leap out and grab her, bring her into the water, and eat her alive.
- Choice of the Vampire: Children are one option for the vampire Player Character's Trademark Favorite Food, but come with a hefty hit to the Karma Meter and the unambiguous disgust of every other vampire you mention it to.
Player Character: Their innocence is intoxicating.
- Captain Mako, the shark mutant of City of Heroes has this on his record as if first big act of villainy. He killed off his orphanage because the other kids were taunting him for being a Mutant. Though actually we are never specifically told he ate the other kids, but considering his preferred method of murder in his adulthood and how he disposes of the bodies, it is pretty heavily implied.
- Arioch from Drakengard is a psychotic Serial Killer who eats children, and only children. While she'll kill adults, children are the only ones she cannibalizes due to psychosis from having lost her family to The Empire and rendered infertile by a Deal with the Devil.
- The game also provides a sick inversion where gigantic children eat the main characters. More specifically the aforementioned Arioch.
- Long Arms from Fatal Frame. In life, he was the father of a previous Virgin Sacrifice and tried to save his daughter. His disfigured spirit haunts the mansion, snatching away any children he encounters and killing them.
- Fear & Hunger: Pocketcat is a boogeyman commonly said to abduct and devour children. He does this to a child during a late-game interaction with him, and if you have the Girl and/or Demon Child in your party, you can sell them to him in exchange for powerful items.
- The Dark Dragon God, Loputousu, and its current host in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War demand sacrifices of children ages 7 to 13. Large sacrifices. The midquel, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, reveals that Loputousu and his cult are not "sacrificing" the children per se; rather, they are forcing them to fight to the death, with the winners being rewarded with positions of nobility in the Lopt Empire. That said, the vast majority of the children are killed in these battles.
- In Icewind Dale 2, the witch Limha is a particular sadistic variant. To preserve her youth, she drains lifeforce from the children of a nearby group of fur-traders and turns them into minks as a side effect. Minks that are hunted and skinned by their own unwitting parents. She gets sick kicks from watching the traders murder and skin their own missing children.
- Several Pokémon Pokédex entries suggest this is true of a few species:
- Drowzee's entry claims "It remembers every dream it eats. It rarely eats the dreams of adults because children’s are much tastier."
- Banette's entry says it is "a doll that became a Pokémon over its grudge from being junked. It seeks the child that disowned it." Maybe this is a story told to kids to make them appreciate gifts, but still...
- Drifloon might be a nasty one. Its entry says "It is whispered that any child who mistakes DRIFLOON for a balloon and holds on to it could wind up missing."
- Phantump's entry says ‘According to old tales, these Pokémon are stumps possessed by the spirits of children who died while lost in the forest." While that does not say it victimizes children, the other Pokémon who do suggest Phantump may be the victims of such Pokémon. Or victims of Pokémon in general, given how many kids are trainers.
- Kusaregedo from Samurai Shodown is a rather monstrous version of this.
- In Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, one of the demons you may meet around is the above mentioned Hindu goddess Hariti - who, unfortunately, was once a vicious ogress with a serious case of these which the full moon threatens to bring back. Luckily, her friend Persephone is more than willing to give her a pomegranate, just so she won't be tempted to restart the habit.
- The Ladies of the Wood in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt fatten up the children that live at the Crookback Bog orphanage in order to eat them. Depending on his choices Geralt can save them but No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.
- This is also encountered through other forms in the game, usually by various monsters in the game, namely the Grave Hag from the Merry Widow contract in Lindenvale.
- One storyline of And Shine Heaven Now features an Adze, a vampire that feeds on children and can take the form of a firefly.
- Bruno the Bandit had a storyline parodying The Sword of Truth and its Protagonist-Centered Morality. The main villain of the story is portrayed as one of these in a TV interview.
Fiona: Was he chewing on a baby leg?!
- Quixoto ended up as Charby of Charby the Vampirate's sire due to his preference for eating children when he left his meal unfinished and Charby turned into a vampire before he came back to clean up.
- Harvestman of Daddy-Long-Legs is, amazingly, a heroic example. (Partly justified since neither he nor the children in question are human.)
- No Rest for the Wicked: Saying anything would spoil the fuel.
- Unsounded: While Murkoph wouldn't visit upon children some of the horrible actions he's happy to inflict on adults he's got no problem with eating them. He's very hungry.
- Alfred J. Kwak: Krabnagel the cat tries to eat both Alfred and Dolf when they are little.
- In the animated version of Doctor Strange, Dormammu uses children to try to enter the human world.
- In one Family Guy episode, Peter tells Chris that he can do whatever he wants while he and Lois go on a trip except go near the Candy Tree.
Candy Tree: He's right to warn you. I feed on children. [Swallows a child whole]
- Gravity Falls: The Summerween Trickster threatens to eat Dipper and his friends for lacking Summerween Spirit, unless they bring him 500 pieces of candy before the last Jack-o-melon goes out. Then to show he's serious he devours a random trick-or-treater. He also eats the adult Soos, which proves his undoing as Soos eats his way out.
- One Looney Tunes parody of Hansel and Gretel casts Witch Hazel as the witch; when Bugs Bunny calls her out on her plan to eat the two siblings, she mumbles, "Call it a weakness..."
- The Simpsons:
- In the "Nightmare Cafeteria" part of Treehouse of Horror V, Springfield Elementary is suffering from both overcrowding in detention and food budget cuts. To solve both problems, the faculty starts eating the children one by one and sending the kids to "detention" for even minor infractions to process them as cattle.
- The Salem Witch trial parody in another Halloween episode had Marge and her sisters, being witches for the act, take up the Flanders idea that they would eat children. On their way out of the Flanders's house, Ned offers them candy instead, which they take and get from the other families, starting the tradition of Trick-or-Treating. Then they mention having already eaten several children before they reached the Flanders house.
- In Teen Titans, Kardiak only targeted children, because, according to Word of God, he was supposed to be more of an anime-style villain.