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Gollum: Oh yes we could. Spoiling nice fish.... Give it to us... raw... and wr-r-r-riggling.

Being eaten alive. Probably one of our oldest Primal Fears, and quite universal, given that we have long shared this planet with some rather nasty predators. This isn't quite the threat it used to be for those of us who live in parts of the world where humans have made most dangerous land animals extinct or endangered (those in the sea, not so much), but stories of monsters of all kinds (dragons, aliens, demons, zombies, etc.) remind us that we can become prey again very easily. It's probably the most common fear we have as kids.

Sometimes the victim is Swallowed Whole, but other times, he or she is savagely ripped apart piece by piece (this is especially common if one is overtaken by multiple creatures out to eat you).

See also Fed to the Beast, where someone is deliberately consigned to this awful fate, and Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth, for when the eater changes its mind. Almost never seen in common media is when the eaten is a vorarephile, those rare individuals for whom being eaten alive is not a fear...but a fetish.


Super-trope of Devoured by the Horde, where a character is eaten alive by multiple parties. Compare and contrast Stewed Alive, which is usually Played for Laughs and involves Black Comedy Cannibalism. When done pragmatically, you have Eating the Enemy. Sometimes if you are eaten, you don't have to worry about being digested, because Getting Eaten Is Harmless.

If you were looking for the film Eaten Alive by Tobe Hooper, you'll want this page.



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  • This happens to the Cinnamon Toast Crunch squares in their commercials and in other marketing spaces like cereal boxes.
  • A Fruit Roll-Up and Fruit By the Foot get eaten by a photo booth.
  • This trope or the fear of this trope is a core theme of M&M's marketing. Justified, since the main characters are large chocolate candies.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In the Amon: Apocalypse of Devilman OVA, Amon, in an act that cements his utter monstrousness, does this to a little girl.
  • In Attack on Titan, if you are a human who comes into contact with a Titan, chances are this is going to be how you die. They don't need to eat you to survive, but that won't stop them from doing it. Then there's the power of the Nine Titans, which is passed on when the current host is eaten by another Titan. Since the power comes with a 13 year time limit, eventually the owner will have to submit to being eaten so someone can inherit their powers.
    • It's also used in a non-titan example with Faye Yeager, Grisha's younger sister, who was fed to dogs by a military officer after she and her brother broke the law. The person responsible said it was a good character-building exercise for his sons. She was 8.
  • The common fate of anyone branded for sacrifice to the Godhand in Berserk. Quite a few Apostles are fond of this too, such as the female Apostle that Guts kills in the very beginning of the manga.
  • Blood-C:
    • Happens to Nene and Nono in . Subverted, they turn out to be alive. And their following real deaths are very different. Though one of the Elder Bairns does chomp on a struggling civilian as the group destroys Saya's hometown.
    • In fact, this happens more often than not, the only exceptions being the bakery man from episode 3 who is torn to pieces before being eaten, the fishermen of episode 4 and the policeman from episode 7 who are killed but not eaten and a few of Saya's classmates who are killed before being eaten.
  • The reason Yanagi is a ghost in Blood Lad is because she was eaten by a Man-Eating Plant in the first chapter.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Cell 'eats' people by stabbing them with his tail and sucking them until nothing remains except their clothes. All the while the people being eating is fully conscious and screaming in agony. Androids 17 and 18 arguably had it worse since they were swallowed whole by Cell.
    • Buu turns people into living candy or chocolate before eating them. Given what happened with Vegeto, the people transform are fully aware of what is happening, but can't move and prevent themselves from being eaten alive.
  • Fate/stay night
    • In the Heaven's Feel route, Lancer is still alive even after having his heart crushed and ripped out by True Assassin because of his Battle Continuation skill, but is grabbed by the Shadow to be eaten. In the visual novel, it rips the guy apart first. In the movie, he's simply eaten.
    • In the same route, Gilgamesh lets his guard down during his attack on Sakura and he ends up getting gobbled by the Shadow.
    • A scene exclusive to the second movie of this route sees the Shadow blanket some of Fuyuki in black, instantly devouring anyone in the area.
  • In Fushigi Yuugi this is the fate of the Priestesses of the Four Gods. They summon the God, become one with him and begin to be painfully eaten alive for every wish they get fulfilled. It's described as being changed from the inside out, incredibly painful and two instances are are physically shown. The first is Yui, who began to get scaly skin and was Swallowed Whole by Seiryu after her third wish. The other is Takiko, who is shown to hunch over, gaining a claw arm and something akin to a turtle shell as her back after only one wish.
  • All the gigantic plants and bugs are out to eat you in Green Worldz, so it happens A LOT. Theres even a scene whereby the protagonist Akira subjects a female human hybrid villain to be eaten by another fellow gigantic human hybrid baby because the heroes are in rough shape and out of options to kill her since she has a healing factor ramp Up to Eleven.
  • In episode 8 of season 1's Haganai, Sena is playing a Visual Novel in the clubroom. Yozora then mentions that the game would be godly if a shark suddenly appeared at the pool Sena's character is currently at. At first Sena berates her for suggesting such an awful thing, then that's exactly what happens. Sena thinks it's just a joke at first, thinking the hero will simply vanquish it. Then the shark eats her character, and she suffers from a Sudden Downer Ending. Even Yozora is shocked at the random twist in that game before recollecting herself to call it a good game, while Sena angrily snaps the disc in half.
  • In Hekikai No Aion, this happens to Shimon, the Parental Substitute of the protagonist. He was eaten alive by the mermaids
  • Happens a lot in Hellsing.
    • Special mention goes to Luke Valentine, who gets both his legs blown off and becomes "dog food" after Alucard goes One-Winged Angel.
    • In the TV series, Incognito eats Helena because he sees her as a threat.
    • Officer Heer gets eaten alive by Nazi vampires during Millennium's declaration of war on the Hellsing and Iscariot Organizations.
  • The BETA in Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse (and the games it's based upon) exist solely for this trope. By the time the main story begins, the BETA have devoured their way across Eurasia.
  • Naruto: The title character gets eaten by a giant snake while in the Forest of Death during the Chunin Exams. He escapes by creating so many shadow clones from within the snake that it explodes.
  • BioMeat: The eponymous creatures are bred to eat anything, and they do.
  • Asuka dies horribly at the hands of the Mass-Production EVAs, who devour her EVA (with which she is symbiotically synced), in End of Evangelion. And poor Shinji just has to come across what's left.
    • A straighter example exists in Rebuild of Evangelion: during the original conflict between the EVA's and Zeruel in Evangelion, Zeruel is eventually defeated when EVA Unit 01 gorges itself on his exposed and prone body; in Rebuild 2.0, however, Zeruel, in one swift, supernatural movement, devours EVA Unit 00's entire torso (including the entry plug sustaining Rei Ayanami). However, Shinji unprecedentedly manages to rescue her... or so we think.
  • One Piece features a heavily implied example in a flashback: when Charlotte Linlin, aka Big Mom, was six years old, she stuffed herself on some Croquembouche on her sixth birthday, and in her feeding frenzy, seemingly ate her surrogate mother Carmel and the other children from their orphanage along with it. The event isn't shown onscreen or directly confirmed due to how dark it is, but it is very strongly implied due to the distant screams, tattered clothing littered around, one of the few witnesses' horrified reaction, and the fact that Linlin somehow acquired Carmel's Devil Fruit a couple days later without having eaten said fruit directly.
  • Mami Tomoe of Puella Magi Madoka Magica goes out this way courtesy of a monstered-out Witch. It is one of the most Cruel And Unusual Deaths of the entire series and considered by many note  as one of the most shocking moments in anime this decade.
  • In Rebuild World, Akira and his vehicle are swallowed whole by the Overgrown Snake. Worse still, this isolates him from the outside world and prevents Alpha from supporting him. Alpha expects him to die as a result, but he manages to blast his way out with a minigun, as the snake's insides are a lot softer than its armored exterior.
  • Region: The victims of the plague of starving rats swarming over Tokyo suffer this fate.
  • In Re:Zero, Subaru suffers this fate at the jaws of a horde of Killer Rabbits. He gets better, of course, but the mental trauma is so severe, he spends several minutes after his revival bashing his head against the floor, trying to overcome it.
  • In Tokyo Ghoul, this is a legitimate concern for humans and ghouls alike. Lucky victims are already dead before the ghoul begins chowing down, but some are perfectly willing to get started quickly. On multiple occasions, protagonist Kaneki rips into an opponent for a quick boost. Most famously, this happens to Yamori after Kaneki manages to escape and defeats him in battle. To add insult to injury, Kaneki mortally wounds him by devouring his kakuhou and then leaves him to be killed by others.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Jerkass and Manipulative Bastard Divine/Sayer experiences this in the Dark Signers arc. One of the Dark Signers, Misty, had become one due to the fact that her little brother had been killed by Aki/Akiza, one of the Signers and a psychic Duelist, and had subsequently acquired control of an Eldritch Abomination by the name of Earthbound God/Immortal Ccarayhua, a skyscraper-sized lizard. Yusei later finds out that Divine was the one who murdered him, and Misty learns this immediately afterwards thanks to an Engineered Public Confession. Divine, Smug Snake that he is, tells Misty that her brother was too weak to be of use to him. Then Ccarayhua devours him.
  • This is how Gourmet from YuYu Hakusho gets the powers of Toguro and Murota — but it's revealed that it's been just Toguro all along, taking control of Gourmet's body and then forcing him to kill himself before it's all him.
  • Zombie Land Saga: Sakura is eaten alive by a wild boar in episode 10.

    Comic Books 
  • The end of EC Comics, "Carrion Death!" (Shock SuspenStories #9) does a good job of capturing this Primal Fear:
    And I feel no pain as the vice-like jaws of the raw-necked vultures close upon my flesh and peel it from my bones. I cannot move... I cannot stop them...
    I can only watch in silent horror as they feed upon me. I can watch only until one of them plucks my eyeballs from my skull...
  • Fritz the Cat, Secret Agent for the C.I.A. contains what is probably the earliest depiction of vore in comics. Fritz is swallowed whole by a giant creature, along with a female Chinese agent who betrays her country because she loves Fritz. Together, the two escape out the back way.
  • Happens with nightmarish regularity to villains in Monster Allergy. It usually happens when Dark Spirits (who feed on monsters) are involved, but the Gaiga Monsters do it too, with The Nameless One being tricked into eating itself.
  • In Old Man Logan a mutated and insane Hulk does this to Wolverine: him and his inbred clan have been eating their enemies for years. None of them had adamantium claws and a healing factor, however...
  • In Red Robin, the Council of Spiders member Sac has his spiders eat their way out of their hosts in massive groups when he's done using their unfortunate hosts as puppets.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1942): In the Huntress feature the "Earthworm" has his rats swarm and consume those who annoy him, usually starting with the face and neck.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): While on Hope's End Natasha has nightmares about being eaten by a Scavenger Worm, and Diana ends up knocked for a loop and almost eaten by one when trying to save an elderly slave, which kicks off the Slave Revolt which leads to the Revolution that abolishes slavery in the Sangtee Empire.
    • Wonder Woman (2006): The fallen Amazon Alkyone ends up eaten by one of the megalodons in the waters off Themyscira. She later cuts her way free.
    • Wonder Woman (2011): In the New52 Apollo and Dionysus cut open and cook parts of the First Born, and then eat them in front of him. It later becomes an early hint that these are not the real Olympians, since cannibalism was something they found abhorrent, though Dionysus' involvement muddles the issue.

    Fan Works 
  • A highly disturbing example in Child of the Storm comes with Chapter 21 (several readers claimed to feel physically ill after reading it) and the introduction of the veidrdraugar a.k.a. the Hunting Dead, which moderately graphically (the use of the Gory Discretion Shot somehow made it more horrific) depicted the horrific death of a baby and a young family. Unsurprisingly, this chapter served as a Wham Episode and the character that instigated it, Gravemoss, was established as a Knight of Cerebus and an Omnicidal Maniac.
    • Peter Wisdom a.k.a. Regulus Black narrowly avoids this after a couple of the above mentioned monsters get the drop on him. He'd taken out one of their number, but unfortunately, they hunt in packs.
    • You know that part in Norse Mythology were Fenris bites off Tyr's hand? In this verse it happened to Sif (she managed to get it reattached, but still has the scars) after going after Fenris, seeking to test herself against him. Then, after biting it, Fenris (described as being about the size of a house) swallowed her whole. She managed to cut her way out from the inside, with one hand, retrieve her other hand, and make her way to safety, all while being covered in digestive fluids. Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth indeed.
  • The fate of all Cibi in the Madoka fic Cibus Esculentus Madoka Magica.
  • A particularly disturbing example comes from chapter 23 of Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons, in which Rampage is captured by the population of Stable 99, which had previously become cannibals due to being infected with a virus. Due to her Healing Factor and regenerative powers, Blackjack theorizes she could become a permanent food source for the cannibals.
  • In Must Love Ned Flanders, an unusual fanfiction of The Simpsons, Maude Flanders comes back as a zombie and Naomi worries that she will eat Rod and Todd.
  • The Engels the New Earth Federation fields against the Turian forces in Shanxi and afterwards in Mythos Effect will occasionally reach out for any remaining ground troops, especially wounded, and chow down. Desolas Arterius dies this way - in front of his brother.
  • The Loud House fanfiction The Nightmare House has a few cases of this almost happening in the kids' nightmares:
    • Leni gets captured by spiders who consider eating her.
    • Lily gets put in the mouth of a Blob Monster who plans to eat her.
    • Lincoln almost gets a bite taken out of him by Lana's demonic impostor.
  • When someone dies in Pokémon Black & White: Tale of a Legend, there's a good chance they went out like this.
  • In Episode 71 of Sonic X: Dark Chaos, Trinity finds a recording of Tsali torturing a little Seedrian girl to death by slowly feeding her to his Tsali Endoskeletons.
  • White Sheep (RWBY): During the Battle of Beacon, Jaune summons the Grimm dragon that was sleeping near Vale and sends him after Adam for cutting off Yang's arm. The dragon ends up eating Weiss along with Adam (he was trying to use her as a Human Shield) but Ruby makes him spit her back up. Weiss comes out covered in spit, slobber, and Adam's gore, and promptly pukes. Later, Ilia's reasoning for her Heel–Face Turn is a blunt "I don't want to be eaten by a dragon."

    Films — Animation 
  • A Bug's Life: This is Hopper's fate in the climax when he is picked up by a larger bird, who promptly drops him into the wide open beaks of its hungry progeny below.
  • In Alice in Wonderland, the Walrus eats all the baby oysters behind the carpenter's back.
  • In Dinosaur, a scout got eaten by a Carnatourus. And Aladar pretended to eat one of the little lemurs.
  • In FernGully: The Last Rainforest. the main fairy flies in the smog monster’s mouth to defeat him from within.
  • In Firebreather, the two monsters that were terrorizing the city must have been hungry because they kept trying to eat all the people close to Duncan. But Duncan stopped them from eating anyone including his “Guardian Angel” who wanted to kill him after he found what Duncan was.
  • In Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Little Johnny the aardvark gets eaten by a baby T. rex. Manny and Diego are also ingested by a carnivorous plant. All of them end up fine.
  • In Ice Age 5: Collision Course, Gavin eats Granny, who eventually has to be coughed up.
  • Ratigan feeds a hapless lackey to his pet cat Felicia in The Great Mouse Detective.
  • The Lion King:
    • Implied with Scar. Although, because it's quite understandably a Gory Discretion Shot, the hyenas could have quickly gone for the kill and then eaten him. Then again, after hearing him slag them off like that, it's quite likely they weren't feeling very merciful towards their ex-boss...
    • Scar himself comes perilously close to doing it to Zazu, before Mufasa interrupts and forces him to spit Zazu out.
  • Sausage Party is an entire movie about food in a supermarket that thinks humans choose them to bring to the "great beyond", only to find out the hard way what really happens to food.
  • Shrek:
  • The Transformers: The Movie: The fact that Unicron does this to your entire planet and every man woman and child living on it is what makes him so fucking scary.
  • Trolls: Bergen eat the trolls this way, and it nearly happens to Creek. Being eaten alive gives him enough time to desperately plead for his life and sell out his village.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The common fate of anyone overtaken by the zombies in any Zombie Apocalypse movie, if they don't join them.
  • In 1994 Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Returns, the third victim in the 'tiger murders' is devoured alive when his car is filled with flesh-eating tiger beetles.
  • Anaconda: Rather contrary to how real Anacondas behave, the one in this film seems to eat its still-living prey after constricting them for a short while. One of the victims even gets spit out and has just enough energy left to wink at the heroine.
  • China and Dirtmaster in The Barbarians are eaten alive (offscreen) by a dragon after they find the ruby MacGuffin. After the beast is slain, the former's corpse is found inside it, still holding the stone.
  • In The Bay, the victims are at first thought to have contracted a virus or bacteria, but their symptoms are in fact caused by mutant isopods eating them from the inside. A more classical example happens to people unfortunate enough to swim close to an isopod swarm.
  • in Deep Blue Sea, Samuel L. Jackson's character is a CEO of a company studying sharks to develop medical products, giving a Rousing Speech about how they are going to escape their entrapment from a murderous great white shark that is killing the rest of their co-workers. He is, however, interrupted during his speech by said great white, who jumps out of the tank, swallows him whole, then jumps back in.
  • Eaten Alive is the trope namer.
  • Mentioned in Four Brothers that the only thing people fear more than being burned to death is being eaten alive.
  • From Beyond: Bubba is devoured living by the creatures from the other side. Not Swallowed Whole either, more like all the meat being stripped from his bones.
  • Dan and Joe meet this fate, courtesy of a pack of hungry wolves, in the movie Frozen (2010).
  • The Hug: This is revealed as Aiden's fate when his hand bursts out of Pandory's mouth.
  • The Jaws series and other killer shark movies will invariably feature at least one scene where someone is eaten alive by the shark.
  • In Jurassic Park, several humans get eaten by dinosaurs and all of the others kept getting threatened to get eaten. Other dinosaurs got eaten as well, including a Velociraptor as the T. Rex appeared Just in Time.
    • Donald Gennaro, after abandoning the Hammond children in a car to go hide in the bathroom when the T-Rex shows up, gets the ignominious honor of being nommed on the toilet after the T. Rex knocks down the building he's in. In the original novel, it was Dirty Coward Ed Regis, the Public Relations manager of InGen, who did this (and got eaten).
    • Worst cases are Robert Muldoon and John Arnold who fall prey to the raptors, of which it was explicitly stated earlier in the film that they don't bother killing their victims first, they just slice them up and start eating them alive.
    • Nedry got eaten by the Dilophosaurus. The book describes this scene with gruesome detail, while the movie gives us a nice discretion shot.
    • In the sequels other people got eaten by a T. Rex (and one unlucky guy got eaten by two), Velociraptors, a Spinosaurus and a pack of Compsognathi.
    • Numerous Redshirts are eaten by the Indominous Rex in Jurassic World. Later, poor Zara's Cruel and Unusual Death is finished when she and the Pteranodon trying to drown her are Swallowed Whole by the Mosasaurus.
    • The above Mosasaurus examples foreshadow the fact that the Mosasaurus would end up subjecting the Indominus rex to this fate.
    • The original novel also has a scene, not used in the movie, where a velociraptor starts eating a man's intestines while he's still conscious enough to try and push its head away.
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space has a particularly terrifying example. The Klowns primary weapon is a type of ray gun that cocoons victims in cotton candy melting them into something the Klowns drink. With a crazy straw, no less.
  • King Kong (2005): The rescue team at one point falls into a pit infested with Big Creepy-Crawlies. The ship's cook got the worst of it when he's devoured by giant leeches.
  • King Kong Lives has the titular ape devour a redneck hunter who tried to capture him. Kong then casually picks the guy's hat from his teeth, setting it aside with an annoyed look.
  • In Little Shop of Horrors, Audrey II eats Mr. Mushnik Just in Time.
    • In the alternate ending, Audrey was eaten after she died and Rick Moranis' character got eaten too.
  • In Men in Black II, Serleena transforms into a lingerie model and she is ambushed by a mugger. The mugger drags her behind a bush not knowing she's an alien, Serleena then proceeds to consume the mugger whole and alive. She then pukes him back out later realizing her disguised form doesn't have a huge belly and walks away with the mugger's clothes.
  • Mongolian Death Worm: This happens to a number of people in the movie, such as some of the oil plant's employees, Kowlan and his men, Patrick, Mr. Bixler, and Officer Timur.
  • The fate of anyone unfortunate enough to get caught by the scarab swarms in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. And the little pests are damn quick at it.
    • Imhotep only escapes this fate (which was part of him being entombed alive at the beginning of the first movie) due to being cursed with immortality.
  • Lizzie of My Favorite Martian uses a dangerous piece of alien gum to turn herself into a huge alien monster to save Tim from a pair of Mooks. She tosses one into some computers, and when the second thug tries to run for it, she corners him and gulps him down whole, complete with a big burp and embarrassed giggle afterward. Yikes. Tim even provides a Bond One-Liner by proxy:
    Tim: [looking rather shocked] Did you do something with your hair?
    Alien Lizzie: Glad you noticed!
  • In one of Kristen's nightmares in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Freddy transforms himself into a giant snake creature and tries to eat her from the feet up. He lets her go when Nancy comes to the rescue.
  • Night of the Living Dorks: Konrad does this to the gym teacher when said teacher, having been found out to be gay, offers Konrad to engage in BDMS with him.
  • This happens to Hannibal Chau in Pacific Rim when he is swallowed by a baby kaiju. He survives the experience and cuts himself free.
  • The 1976 mondo film Savage Man, Savage Beast infamously contains a scene, presented as "found footage", where a Belgian tourist in South Africa named Pit Dernitz is attacked and eaten by lions in front of his terrified family.
  • Many many people in Sharknado and its sequels. Frequently pieces of people are chomped off (heads are a particular favorite), but several times people are swallowed whole. In a few cases, they even survive the experience.
  • Kevin of Sin City has his limbs sawed off by Marv. His pet wolf, who eats what remains of the people Kevin kills after he's finished with them, is attracted to the blood and eats him alive until finally his head is sawed off. And the worst part of it all? He never makes a single sound during the entire thing, much less the scream that Marv wanted from the sick cannibal farm boy who murdered Goldie.
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Oola, and a Gammorean Guard get eaten by a Rancor. And the Skiff guards and even poor Boba Fett got eaten by a Sarlaac as well. (Most people don't think he died anyway though).
  • In This Is the End, James Franco gets his face devoured by Danny McBride and his gang of cannibals after he gets himself rejected from Heaven for his pompous attitude.
  • Tremors: Many an unfortunate victim is consumed by the graboids. Only Burt Gummer survives the experience in Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, thanks to being protected in an oil barrel and the creature being cut open shortly after.
  • In Troll 2, a kid catches some goblins in the act of eating their victims, prompting this memetic exchange:
    "They're eating her. And then they're going to eat me! OH MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!"
  • In Willow, when the title character knocks that egg thing into the water, it turns into a two headed hydra like monster and eats a Troll before chomping down several of Sorsha's men.
  • XX: In "The Box", Mary has a nightmare in which she carved up by her family, who then devour her flesh, all while she is still alive.

  • In Animorphs, In The Time of the Dinosaurs Rachel and Tobias get eaten by a kronosaurus which they subsequently break out of, thus killing it. This was also the fate of Elfangor, who gave the kids their morphing powers; moments afterward, Visser 3 arrives, morphs a huge alien and devours Elfangor alive. The screaming features in several of the Animorphs' nightmares.
  • In Henrik Drescher's children's book The Boy Who Ate Around, the main character Mo ends up eating everyone in his town and then the whole world.
  • Curly in The Call of the Wild gets her face ripped apart by dogs, then after they knock her down, they surround her and eat her alive.
  • In Das Dorf der Mörder (Roughly translates to "The Village of Murderers") by Elisabeth Herrmann, a man is murdered by being sedated and fed to a group of peccary pigs. It is described only from the perspective of the police and the pathologist, but that's gruesome enough because, of course, they diligently analyse the drugs used and conclude that the man was fully aware of what was happening.
  • In Dragon Bones, one of the villains is eaten alive by a basilisk. Because the main villain doesn't need him anymore.
  • This is the entire "plot" of the Gorn novel Eat Them Alive, about people being gobbled up gruesomely by giant praying mantises.
  • Galaxy of Fear: Eaten Alive. ...Well, yes. The ground is alive and sucks people down to be digested, though most die quickly of suffocation. Title Dropped twice. Happens in some later books, too. In The Swarm it's beetles; in The Hunger cannibals cut limbs off an invalid and dress the wounds.
  • In one of the Give Yourself Goosebumps books, various non-reader characters are transformed into monsters and intend to send the reader on something resembling a haunted scavenger hunt. If the reader makes a choice to doubt the reality of the transformation, it's implied the monster kids' ringleader, some kind of lizardman, eats the doubtful reader—obviously ending that read-through.
  • In R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps book The Blob That Ate Everyone Adam got eaten just like he did in the TV show, and two police officers got eaten and so did a bunch of citizens.
  • Cato in The Hunger Games is ripped apart by dogs for twenty hours on end. By the time he gets a Mercy Kill, his skin and limbs have been gnawed off. And he was alive the whole time, on live television.
  • In Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret, Winter eats some Bickerwicks without chewing them enough. Thus, they start arguing while they digest and get her caught by the Big Bad.
  • In Marriott Edgar's humorous poem "The Lion and Albert", the eponymous lion swallows the eponymous boy Albert whole, after Albert has poked him with a stick. This, however, allows for an aversion in "The Return of Albert", in which the lion just spits him out again - much to the annoyance of his parents, who'd been planning to collect on his life insurance.
  • In Nation, First Mate Cox gets eaten by sharks. Even with an axe in his chest, too, he's still alive enough to be Slasher Smiling when they get there.
  • In Homer’s The Odyssey, a Cyclops ate most of Odysseus's men.
  • In Henrik Drescher's parody of Pat the Bunny called Pat the Beastie, the two children, Paul and Judy, end up being eaten by the Beastie after they tortured him too much.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Biter, a cannibalistic thug from King's Landing eats most of his victims alive.
  • In the Starfire novels In Death Ground and The Shiva Option by David Weber and Steve White, the invading insect-like aliens eat sentient populations that they conquer. They prefer their prey alive and roughly child-sized. They even go so far as to raise sentients on ranches in a manner similar to how humans raise cattle or other livestock. Humanity's reaction to this was understandably severe. Humanity begins using anti-matter warheads on their enemy's worlds in a bid to exterminate them.
  • In any adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier, expect to see the titular character suffer this while being carried through the sewer drains.
  • The Vorgs note  in Alastair Reynolds Terminal World eat their victims' brains by inserting probosces through the nose and drinking. The first time the protagonist witnesses this, he reflects that at least the victim will die once the brain is pierced — then he remembers that lobotomies used to be performed in a similar manner. A moment later he sees the victim is still conscious.
  • In Titus Groan, Titus's father Sepulchrave is eaten alive by a flock of owls. Voluntarily, because he's batshit insane and suicidal.
  • This is implied to be the fate of Madeline Raith in Turn Coat. Her cousin Lara drains her of life energy, as is standard for the White Court, but also starts tearing at her flesh. Harry flees before he can see what happens next, but it's implied that Lara didn't stop at eating her life force.
  • Happens in the very first chapter of Twig. The Mad Scientist the Lambs are after is fed to and eaten feet first by his own creation.
  • In The Vampire Chronicles, Mekare decapitates Akasha, the Mother of all vampires, whose heart or brain she and Maharet believe contains the spirit that animates all vampires. Were that spirit to die, so would her spiritual descendants. Luckily for them (but probably not for her), Akasha's superpowers keep her alive long enough for the twins to eat the relevant body parts, making one of them (apparently Mekare) the new queen of the damned.
  • Lampshaded at the beginning of The War Against the Chtorr series. The protagonist can't understand why it was necessary to shoot dead a little girl to stop her from being killed by the Chtorran worms. He's shown the first pictures taken of a Chtorran feeding, which clearly show the arterial blood spray from the victim as he's torn apart.
  • Words of Radiance (second book of The Stormlight Archive): Shallan and Kaladin, working together, manage to kill a chasmfiend. The fight ends with Kaladin in the beast's mouth, since that was the only way he could stab it in the brain.
    Shallan: It was beautiful.
    Kaladin: It would be more beautiful if it hadn't tried to eat me.
    Shallan: From my perspective, it didn't try, it succeeded.
    Kaladin: Nonsense. It didn't manage to swallow me. Doesn't count.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The 100 has two members of Jaha's pilgrimage to the City of Light eaten by giant sea eels/leeches/worms/whatever-you-call-them.
  • 1000 Ways to Die naturally features a few deaths involving this. Of note, there's the escaped convict who got stuck in a pipe and had rats eat through his eye and into his brain, the hippie who chained himself to a tree and was eaten by a bear, the slavedriver who was eaten by piranha that were attracted by blood from his penis after he ripped a candiru fish out of it, the tourist who went to sleep in Africa and was eaten from the inside-out by driver ants, and the guy who gathered semen from a pig and it returned the favor by eating him.
  • Animorphs: In the first episode, Visser 3 morphs into something huge and eats Elfangor alive. However, it's in silhouette and the shot cuts away the moment it happens.
  • Batman (1966): Robin gets eaten by a giant clam and continues to wiggle around in it in the resolution to the cliffhanger.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: This happens a lot. One of the most nightmarish examples is Gnarl, who paralyses his victims and then eats their skin, one long strip at a time, while they're still conscious.
  • Charmed (1998): The Charmed ones are living through fairy tales due to the balance being destroyed, and the big bad wolf eats their grandma and Piper. It ends badly for the wolf.
  • A Discovery Channel documentary with the trope as its title claimed that this would happen to Paul Rosolie, who would get Swallowed Whole by a green anaconda wearing a special suit for protection. Even before the special came out, many people expressed skepticism, and much to everyone's disappointment, Rosolie wasn't eaten by the anaconda. He stopped because the snake started to crush him before swallowing... which is exactly how large snakes hunt.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Love & Monsters" has a variation of this. The Absorbaloff doesn't eat his victims so much as he... well, absorbs them. It's treated similarly, though.
    • "The Runaway Bride": The Racnoss Empress throws Lance into a pit to be eaten by her spider-babies.
    • "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead": The Vashta Nerada hide in shadows and can eat you in an instant. Hey, at least they make it quick.
    • "The End of Time": The Master's resurrection goes wrong thanks to Lucy's meddling, leaving him with — among other things — an insatiable hunger. Throughout Part 1, he eats various humans by leaping at them with his mouth wide open and devouring them so thoroughly, he only leaves a skeleton behind.
      The Master: DINNERTIIIIIME!!!
    • "The Beast Below": The Star Whale is regularly fed humans, which it swallows whole. This nearly happens to the Doctor and Amy as well, though they manage to avoid this because the Doctor does something with the sonic screwdriver to make it vomit.
      The Doctor: [to Amy] Nothing broken, there's no sign of concussion... and yes, you are covered in sick.
    • "It Takes You Away": In the antizone, the mysterious Ribbons is devoured by the flesh-moths when he tries to run away from them.
  • Extraterrestrial (2005): Once the stalkers incapacitate a skywhale, they tear it to pieces and eat it while it's still alive.
  • Game of Thrones:: In "Battle of the Bastards", Ramsay Bolton is eaten alive by his own dogs after he left them starving for a week.
  • Goosebumps: In "The Blob That Ate Everyone", the jerk Adam gets eaten by, well, the blob; that ate everyone. Duh.
  • Kamen Rider: Masashi Sudou/Kamen Rider Scissors meets his end in this way when he is betrayed by his Contract Monster, Volcancer. Considering that this was a Sunday-morning TV show, it's easily one of the most traumatizing deaths in the entire franchise.
  • There are a few examples of these in the Power Rangers franchise.
    • "Power Ranger Punks": In this episode, Finster slipped Kimberly and Billy a potion that made them misbehave, and thanks to them, the others all got eaten by an overgrown frog. Fortunately, Kimberly and Billy snap out of it and save the others (but before that, Billy gets eaten alive first after figuring out their weakness).
  • "Welcome to Venus Island": The Rangers fight a Venus flytrap monster who opens up its chest and fires a beam at four of them, pulling them into its stomach. The consumed Rangers fight their way out with some help from Trini and Tommy.
  • "Hard Heads": In this episode, four of the Rangers battle the monster Serpentina who transforms into a giant snake and devours all of them. The remaining two Rangers, Nick and Vida, are later able to free them.
  • Space: 1999: One story features a monster infesting a spaceship that can take control of its victims and force them to walk into its maw. A few moments later it spits out their remains, having apparently digested the rest.
  • Star Trek: Voyager: In "Basics, Part 2", Hogan is killed at the mouth of a cave where a giant serpent lives in a lightning-quick discretion shot. Later, more of the Voyager crew are attempting to sneak across a cavern where the serpent sleeps in a pit. It doesn't work — a nameless crewman slips, awakes the beast, and gets Swallowed Whole just like Hogan.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: A jealous Mason eats Dean and Max shrinks him down to mini wheat size.

  • "Eaten Alive" by Diana Ross (covered by Michael Jackson), although probably meant more symbolic. That said, the original video — which showed the protagonist stranded on an island populated with beast-people reminiscent of Dr. Moreau's creations and following a Diana who progressively turned more and more into a great cat — certainly heavily implied the literal version towards the end.

    Music Videos 
  • In Lit's Miserable the band members are playing all over the body of a gigantic Pamela Anderson in a white bikini. At first things seem to be fine until one of the guitarists who was standing on her lips falls into her mouth and she eats him. Pamela then proceeds to chase after all the other band members and one by one each of them gets devoured by her. Some people speculate that this was supposed to mean that she was a "man-eater."
  • Me Olvide Ti by Los Retrovisores features a brunette lady suddenly turning into a giantess a la Attack Of The 50 Ft Woman. She stomps around a city before finding the band and chasing after them. Eventually she corners them on the top floor of an apartment building and reaches inside. She gets a hold of the lead singer and drags him out of the window before giving him a quick look, lowering him into her mouth, chewing him up and swallowing him.

  • This is the ultimate fate of Edward the lich in The Adventure Zone: Balance. Taako's Umbra Staff is a magical umbrella which eats the magical essence of a defeated magician and gives him power. Normally, wizards keep their magical essence in their wands, so the umbrella eats that... but Edward's a lich, meaning that his soul and his magical essence are the same thing. When Tres Horny Boys manage to force him out of his body, the Umbra Staff immediately eats him whole and spits out a few fragments.
  • In the Alice Isn't Dead episode "Omelet," hapless trucker Earl suffers this fate as a lesson in Humanoid Abomination the Thistle Man's sense of humor. He bites off Earl's flesh at the site of an artery, and keeps digging more out from the wound to eat, in a rote, automatic manner as poor Earl bleeds out. Making matters worse is the series' Character Narrator's realization that there's no element of biological necessity in this. The Thistle Man is simply showing off for her, as a "demonstration."
  • Riley from Less Is Morgue has a nasty habit of doing this to people, on account of their huge appetite and impulsive nature. They eat Jon the Pizza Man alive in episode one, and Brains Vincent in episode two.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppet Show: Kermit, Miss Piggy, Shaky Sanchez, Lenny Lizard, a chef, and Rowlf's little sidekick all get eaten by either Gorgon Heap, Behemoth, or Mean Mama. You want a list of the times it's happened? Okay, here you go.
    • This tradition continues in other Muppet productions- Muppets Tonight, for example, had Big Mean Carl, whose sketches always ended with him devouring someone.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons has plenty of monsters with the Swallow Whole ability, as well as swarms of creatures that attack by taking countless little bites out of their prey, but one creature takes this trope to a horrifying extreme. The Vaath is a insect/lizard hybrid monster from the Lower Planes, with a bite that injects a paralyzing venom into its prey. Then the Vaath uses its maw-tipped feeding tendril to burrow into its helpless victim's body, and the fiendish predator is sadistic enough to make sure its prey is alive when the Vaath begins to consume its organs. Worse, the Vaath is telepathic, and not only broadcasts its enjoyment of the meal to anything in range, but also the exact flavor and texture of the victim's innards. And no one, not even the most vile of souls from a cannibalistic culture, is immune to the horror of learning what one's own intestines taste like.
  • RuneQuest has probably one of the strangest and most metaphysical examples of the trope in history. In the mythology of Glorantha Kajabor, the God of Entropy had been killed and was threatening to destroy the dead gods who were defending Hell from his onslaught, when the benevolent spider goddess Arachne Solara ate him alive and soon after gave birth to Time.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • This trope is one of the very few things Orks genuinely fear. During the Third War for Armageddon, seeing the Flesh Tearers Space Marines fall prey to their bloodlust and start devouring their enemies had the almost unprecedented effect of shattering the Orks' morale so throughly that they fled the battlefield.
    • The last phase of a Tyranid invasion involves the hive fleet sending out trillions upon trillions of Ripper swarms; tiny worm-like tyranid lifeforms who's only purpose is to eat biomatter so that it may be consumed by the fleet. Most imperial guardsmen are known to commit suicide if they live to this stage, as the Rippers will happily devour anyone and anything even if they're still alive. Worse still, they'll take their time but will immobilize their foes; leaving you to agonize at their jaws while being completely unable to do anything about it. The Rippers themselves are then eaten alive in-turn when they toss themselves into the digestion pools, which melts them down into a meat slurry to be funneled up to the hive ships to produce more tyranid bioforms and continue the cycle.
    • Some Tyranid weapons weaponize this. The basic fleshborer's name is not a euphanism; it fires a tiny black maggot that finds any crack in your armor or soft cloth and digs in straight through you. The entire process lasts about a few seconds but it's devastating enough to be comparable to a bolter round (which is a rocket-propelled grenade) in lethality. The aptly named Devourer does something similar (and resembles an infested, swollen penis head to boot). At the far end of the spectrum, there's the Red Terror and Mawloc, who just straight up devour anyone unlucky enough to not get out of their way (the Mawloc is suspected to be made from the Red Terror, who might be a "prototype").

    Video Games 
  • At the end of Anatomy, the basement that the player is in slowly grows a mouth with teeth, as the tape recorder describes how they had interfered with the house and will be devoured.
  • The final boss of Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django has an attack where he grabs you in his mouth and chews, steadily depleting your health. If you don't quickly escape, however, he'll soon swallow, resulting in an instant Game Over regardless of your remaining health.
  • Bravely Default: This is Airy the Fairy's fate near the end of the game: After she fails to kill the party one last time, Ouroboros decides to have a snack on her. You fortunately don't get to see it, but you do get to hear nasty crunching sounds.
  • In Catherine, this is how Steve Delhomme meets his end in the nightmares, being eaten by Shadow of Vincent.
  • Dark Souls has several enemies that can do this to you. Most horrifically is the Gaping Dragon.
  • This happens to almost every slain enemy in Digital Devil Saga. What did you think fueled those nifty demon powers? Though there is a little nuance to it. Any slain enemy in battle is eaten by the party afterward, getting points toward unlocking new abilities. However, there are special skills that can be used in battle which are Hunt type attacks that, if they succeed in doing enough damage to kill an enemy, will result in that enemy being consumed directly in one hit while the fight is still going on, for a bonus amount of Atma points. This does carry a risk though that the character doing the consuming develops a stomach ache ailment for a time, but having the passive skill Iron Stomach prevents these aches from developing in the first place.
  • This'll happen to either of the main characters in Dino Crisis 2 if they're caught stunned on the ground by the Giganotosaurus during their fight with it. It picks them up and chows down on them, with the game flashing to Game Over on the first bone-crushing bite.
    • Same for the T-Rex in the first game.
  • Dishonored: Rat hordes are like piranha with legs - they will quickly swarm towards the nearest human and bite a muggle to death in five seconds, followed by complete consumption of the corpse in twenty-five. You can summon a rat horde, but be careful - they're neutral and will eagerly try to eat their summoner alive.
  • The Killer Rabbit of Dragon's Crown will constantly attempt to eat your party throughout the battle. It even has an attack where it chomps off a large chunk of its targets' heads as a One-Hit Kill when it Turns Red. The Treasure Art for killing it solo naturally shows a group of knights getting devoured by a horde of Killer Rabbits.
  • In the Don Bluth animated games Dragon's Lair, Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp and Space Ace, numerous death scenes show the player character - Dirk or Ace - either being eaten alive or the eater preparing to do so.
  • Fear The Dark Unknown: If Chloe cannot escape the grip of the undead Grandmother, she will be eaten while visibly wriggling to get free.
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: In story mode Shaak Ti willingly throws herself in the Sarlaac pit of Felucia.
    • In two player mode you can play on Felucia and throw your opponent into the Sarlaac pit.
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II:
    • In Story Mode a Rancor gets eaten by a beast bigger than it and the evil general guy gets eaten by it as well.
    • In two player mode you can play in the arena and if you stand in the middle too long the beast eats your character.
  • In Iru, a giant, formless purple monster is summoned in the hallway that eats Nakamura.
  • And another Star Wars example in Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II expansion, Mysteries of the Sith. Mara is stripped of her weapons and fed to a Rancor, which will eat her as a One-Hit Kill if she gets too close.
  • The Troodons in Jurassic Park: The Game inject you with paralyzing venom, drag you bag to their nest, and lay their eggs inside you. The venom keeps you alive, unable to move or speak as you incubate the babies, which eat you alive after hatching.
  • Keep Out: Mr. M can be eaten by the fish in the sewer.
  • In Kenshi, if your character is knocked out by Fogmen or cannibals, they will often carry you to a post or cage, and at some point will start to eat you one limb at a time if you fail to escape in time. Some creatures such as Beak Things will also start devouring you if they defeat you.
  • In LEGO Star Wars II and The Complete Saga, you can call down a LEGO Gammorean guard which gets eaten by the LEGO Rancor after it chases the guard for a little.
  • Some monsters in Monster Girl Quest! do this, typically shown if the player loses to them. It's even a form of instant death in the sequel Monster Girl Quest! Paradox RPG, where certain skills will instantly kill the target if it has certain status effects (e.g. Digestion).
  • Odin Sphere: If Cornelius fights King Gallon during Armageddon, he is swallowed off-screen and eaten by the maggots inside King Gallon's stomach, like his father King Edmund before him.
  • [PROTOTYPE]: the fate of Alex Mercer's victims. Unusual in that he doesn't chew or swallow, simply engulfs his prey in his own mass, absorbing them whole (and yes, it's painful, judging by the screaming). It's noted explicitly that he paralyses first, breaking their necks or spines, but death is an optional and undesirable extra. The larger infected sometimes do it as well; the introduction of the Hunters features one snapping up and chowing down on a screaming Marine.
  • Played for Laughs and combined with Mood Whiplash in Puyo Puyo Fever 2, where the otherwise happy farewell between Sig and the Ocean Prince is interrupted when the latter character is suddenly eaten whole by a whale. Sig's only reaction is an emotionless "oops".
  • Numerous monsters in the Resident Evil series can do this to the player.
  • In Sacrifice Girl: The Curse of Demon Snake, one of the ways that you can die is by being eaten by one of the titular demon snakes.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob gets eaten by a giant Alaskan Bullworm, in which he spends the entire chapter building a biplane along with Old Man Jenkins so he could escape.
  • In Star Wars: Battlefront you can go to Jabba’s Palace and if you approach the great Hutt you get sent down the infamous trapdoor and there is the Rancor. If you get too close it will pick you up and eat you.
    • In the sequel you can get eaten by a Rancor as well.
  • Failing the quick time event against the T-Rex in Tomb Raider Anniversary results in Lara being flung up into the air by the dinosaur and then being swallowed alive on the way down.
  • In the white chamber, one of the endings involves the main character being either eaten alive or torn to pieces by what we assume are either vengeful spirits or just zombies. Either way, it's pretty gruesome.
  • In Zoo Tycoon (if you have the Marine Mania or Dinosaur Digs expansion pack) you can put guests in with the sharks or the T-Rexes, where they will be eaten. Sometimes the T-Rexes escape and eat guests as well, but only the male guests. Also, if dinosaurs or any big cat of any kind escape, they eat their zookeepers and scientists.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • Hanazuki: Full of Treasures: The Chicken plant in "What is a Chicken Plant, Anyway?" seems to enjoy live prey, as it eats Lime Green Hemka, Yellow Hemka and Blue Hemka. Hanazuki also forces her way in to save Yellow.

    Web Comics 
  • Bronze Skin Inc This is the fate of Messy Miles. After spending most of chapter 5 trying to trespass on Bronze Skin Inc property in order to pester the giantess Charlotte, she plucks him off of her buttock and devours him.
  • Off-White: Askr, the human white spirit, was eaten alive by a two headed dragon like creature. This has more significance then most examples, because her death might lead to the extinction of the entire human species.
  • The Petri Dish has a Running Gag of botched experiments swallowing people.
  • Schlock Mercenary: This trope is the reason why giving Sergeant Schlock a BFG actually counts as an act of mercy; he'll just swallow armed goons whole and melt them down into mass for himself without a care in the world if you try to make him go unarmed.
  • White Rooms: The fate of the woman from Numbers and the man from Translator.

    Web Original 
  • Help Not Wanted has Ogrell Syn’Gorrsh getting torn in half and devoured by two wyverns. Convenient, given that he was a cannibalistic Serial Killer.
  • Since the Mystery Flesh Pit National Park is a Womb Level and much of its anatomy consists of functional digestive organs, this is a standing environmental hazard for tourists and explorers. Specialized equipment is required to counteract digestive juices during "back-country" hikes, and much of the man-made architecture in the park is specifically designed to prevent peristalsis (i.e. swallowing). Most of the victims of the 2007 Incident met this fate; in particular: an elevator of people trying to escape got drenched in gastric acid, and by the time rescue crews reached it the occupants were dead or mortally injured from being partially digested.
  • Whateley Universe:
    • Part of the backstory of Helen Goodkind, mother of Phase. As a small child, she was kidnapped by two mutants. One ate her sister alive in front of Helen, piece by piece. Helen spent years in an institution afterward, and now hates and fears mutants.
    • This has also been the fate of several of Carmilla's early victims, and she still needs live food from the school cafeteria. More disturbingly, a later story has shown that it's not over for at least the former yet — since Carmilla is a fledgling demonic eldritch abomination, they've ended up in their own special kind of hell whose inhabitants still like to prey on each other...

    Web Videos 
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared naturally features this, being a Gross-Out Show masquerading behind the presentation of a kids show. Specifically, the fifth episode has the Duck Guy awaken to see his body cut open and his innards slowly pulled out and devoured by a can monster, giggling as he eats. Duck Guy can only gape and watch in horror as he's slowly eaten alive. It is also worth mentioning that there is a barely-visible IV drip, implying that he is being kept alive for as long as possible. Which is just messed up.
  • In Hells Paradise Quinton is torn apart and eaten by zombies after trying to abandon the group. Also an unnamed man in the first episode gets his guts ripped out by a zombie.

    Western Animation 
  • In Adventures from the Book of Virtues, they showed the story of Odysseus and the cat that ate too much and ate all his neighbors.
  • In one episode of Amimaria the gang travels back in time to where the frogs were gigantic! So big they could swallow a gorilla whole (whoa)! The gang then encounters a gaggle of gigantic frogs who subsequently eat them. Fortunately Gabooboo gather enough courage to fight the frogs and force them to spit them out Just in Time.
  • In Arthur they do this a lot: the first time Buster wrote a comic making fun of Francine in which she was a giant slime the ate Mr. Ratburn and Bionic Bunny. Later Buster’s character in the story ate the slime. In one fantasy Arthur imagined D.W. was gigantic and was looking for her breakfast. When everyone ran away she told them to “Come back here! I’m hungry!” After chasing them for a little she reaches down to the camera and it fades to black suggesting she picked someone up and was about to eat them. D.W. told Arthur and Buster the story of (Odysseus) and during one part of it the Cyclops (Buster) ate Tommy and Timmy. In another episode where all the gang was dared to skip school Arthur and Buster had a dream that they got eaten by a giant clam and were getting digested! It is suggested that that happens to Dark Bunny in a special episode (just like Robin in the Batman episode The Joker‘s Tricky Hand).
    • In Rhyme For Your Life Dr. Rhyminstein gets eaten by the Purple Orange.
  • In one Batman: The Animated Series episode, Robin meets a girl, "Annie," running from Clayface who eats her later on in the episode. This of course ticks Robin off and he tries to kill Clayface when he says he can’t bring her back.
    • That's a somewhat iffy example. The girl was a part of Clayface in the first place. Emerging weakened from his most recent defeat, he had shaped part of himself into the semblance of a young girl, detached "her," and sent her out to scout the area to make sure it was safe for him to emerge. Because of their shared weakness, "Annie" promptly got amnesia, forgetting not merely "her" mission but "her" identity. Clayface didn't so much eat "her" as re-integrate a rogue portion of himself. He wanted the knowledge "Annie" had gained while apart from the larger Clayface, so her memories survived.
  • In Camp Lazlo, the Lardadoodle in "The Big Weigh In" will eat anything within reach, including Lazlo and Lumpus.
  • In Chuck's Choice, Sal eats Norm offscreen in "How To Restrain Your Dragon".
  • One of the most chilling scenes in Code Lyoko was the scene in "Marabounta" where Yumi was devoured by the out-of-control Marabounta. Fortunately, it was only her Lyoko Avatar (her true self survived, just like was often the case for anyone who "dies" on Lyoko), but that didn't make the scene or the episode in general any less frightening (especially since it was after Aelita who, at the time, could not have survived if it happened to her.)
  • In one Courage the Cowardly Dog episode, Eustace gets eaten by a dragon that wasn't meant to eat him, in which later the water dragon lets him out. Later in another episode a real man-eating dragon eats him without any remorse.
  • Cracké has this in spades, with the crocodile and a carnivorous plant loving to eat Ed. While Ed often gets torn apart, he can seemingly survive anything and put himself back together.
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode "Micro Ducks From Outer Space", a shrunken Scrooge falls into Gyro's glass and is nearly drunk.
  • In Extreme Ghostbusters the team are hunting down a bunch of vampire clowns, who eat people whole, leaving only their clothes, with Roland as one of their victims. Fortunately they are able to save him when they beat the master clown.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • Happens to Cosmo and Wanda in "Tiny Timmy!"; thankfully, they go on their own "Fantastic Voyage" Plot like Timmy does.
    • In "So Totally Spaced Out", this is how the Gigglepies are defeated.
  • A very cruel example of this happens in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends when Terrance imagines a living (and very loving) pizza slice, then proceeds to eat it as it screams in agony.
  • In G.I. Joe: Renegades, Cobra Commander’s new pet eats a scientist that lies to the commander’s face.
  • Gravity Falls
    • In "The Inconveniencing", after Lee is trapped on the cover of a cereal box by the ghosts at the Dusk 2 Dawn, the mascot threatens him with a cereal spoon and quips "I'm bonkers for eating you alive!" We then cut to the horrified reactions of the other kids as Lee lets out a scream.
    • In "Dipper vs. Manliness", when they introduce the leader of the Manotaurs an old Manotaur comes out. It turns out that he's a sacrifice to the real leader, who eats the tribute.
    • In "The Land Before Swine", Old Man McGucket gets swallowed whole by a baby pterodactyl. He's seen trying to crawl out of its mouth later, and at the end it's all but stated he ate his way out of the beast's belly.
  • The Tex Avery MGM cartoon "Jerky Turkey" ends with Joe the Bear (owner of Joe's Diner) eating both the pilgrim and the turkey. Inside the bear's stomach, the two pissed antagonists hold up a sign saying "Don't Eat At Joe's!"
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic features this as a very common threat, but usually not something that actually happens. Some exceptions are Trixie's "Manticore Mouth Dive" trick and a snake eating a baby elephant.
    • A notable near-swallow is the bat getting in the mouth of a Quarray Eel in May The Best Pet Win.
    • The Quarray Eels strike again with Maud seemingly unaware of the danger while in one's mouth in a later episode.
    • This is what Nightmare Moon is said to do according to legend if not appeased on Nightmare Night. However, she's returned to her normal form at the time and thus it's all just pretend scares.
    • A chimera tries to eat Apple Bloom, despite her offering it a bunch of pies, because, according to it, it prefers to eat "filly fondue".
    • Fridge Horror ensues when thinking about dragons, and the fact there seems to be nothing they won't eat. Ponykind seems to be well aware of this. For added horror, they seem quite alright with cannibalism, which might explain why there's so few dragons despite them having large clutches of eggs regularly.
    • An oblivious Torterra-like creature nearly eats Spike when he's too close to a tree it thinks is tasty.
  • In one episode of The Powerpuff Girls the Professor invented a thing called Beebo that ate everyone because it thought it had too.
  • In Redwall, Asmodeus eats a fox, a vole, and a rat. In the season finale the badger gets PO’d at a rat and eats him.
    • Except that in the book Asmodeus is described as killing his prey with venom, rather than the discretion shots the animated series had to show, and anyways the fox came back in the second season.
      • Asmodeus only eats one of his victims, that being Redtooth. In Season 2, Chickenhound the fox comes back as the villain. Also, no Constance the Badger did not eat anyone. You should probably re-watch the show or re-read the books.
  • In Regular Show a demon-thing named Susan got eaten by a bigger demon-thing that looked like her.
    • In one episode, ‘Ello Gov’nor, they watch a movie about a taxi cab that gets possessed by its old driver and kills everyone who was involved with someone that killed him and then eats a man who was just walking his dog after running him over.
  • In one episode of Sabrina's Secret Life Sabrina went to a Halloween Party with the Gargoyle Flu and spreads it to the rest of the guests. When Sabrina and Salem go to the magic world they encounter a ghost that was at the party and is completely paranoid. When trying to avoid Sabrina and Salem it bumps into a goblin that Sabrina danced with the other night. The ghost begs for forgiveness but the goblin replies: "Forgive you?! I'm going to eat you!" The goblin grows in size and fulfills his threat. The goblin then threatens to eat Sabrina and Salem but however turns into a doll before he can.
  • Happens in an episode of The Simpsons, namely "The Simpsons Tall Tales". Homer, in the role of Paul Bunyan, has an unfortunate tendency to accidentally swallow the people making his giant-size meals, as he never waits long enough for them to vacate the frying pan before he eats. This particular trope happens to Lenny, and Groundskepper Willie, who states that he found a way out. "It's not pretty, but it'll do."
    • An earlier episode, "Treehouse Of Horror II", has King Homer having a habit of eating people, which has led to a rather poor stamina. Throughout the episode he eats Mr Smithers, Shirley Temple and Marge's father.
    • Another Treehouse of Horror has Homer eat some strange space goo that ends up turning him into The Blob. Much Swallowed Whole ensues.
  • In several SpongeBob SquarePants episodes, Plankton has been eaten on some occasions. First by Miss Gristlepuss in "Banned From Bikini Bottom", then a reoccurring old man extra in "The Algae's Always Greener" and "Krabs à la Mode", then Pearl in the conterversial episode "One Course Meal", next the monster in "Frozen Face-Off", then Mr. Krabs in "Plankton's Good Eye" and "The Hankering" and finally by Patrick in "King Plankton". Interestingly, out all of these episodes, 6 of them are related to the Krusty Krab such as a disguising himself as a Krabby Patty, in a ketchup bottle and a soda on 3 occasions while in 2 occasions he was mistaken as a pickle inside of the Krusty Krab, one he was looking for the Krabby Patty formula inside of the chum, one where he was eaten twice and one where Pearl is Mr. Krab's daughter. This is eventually lampshaded by Karen, which is also a Call-Back to Plankton's Good Eye.
    Karen: Hold Still.
    [Karen pulls the x-ray down to reveal Plankton inside Mr. Krabs' stomach]
    Karen: This isn't the first time this has happened.
    [The x-ray shows Plankton struggling inside Mr. Krabs' stomach]
    • The infamous "A Pal for Gary" has this almost happen to Gary and later to SpongeBob, the latter as a comeuppance for his inconsiderate jerkish behavior toward the former throughout the episode.
    • In "Frozen Face-Off" Krabs reveals he was once eaten by a huge squid-like monster and in the end Plankton gets eaten by the monster after getting mistaken for a jellybean.
    • In "Whelk Attack" a bunch of giant sea whelks came and ate everyone in town, albeit covering everything in purple slime first before devouring.
  • Sylvester ate Tweety and Tom ate Jerry surely more than once, just to catch some gratuitous violence from Grandma resp. Spike and having to spit him out again. (And these are just the prominent offenders - one possibly could make an animation gag subtrope out of it...)
  • In one Winx Club episode Musa got knocked out and eaten by a giant turtle however, they managed to save her fortunately.

    Real Life 
  • All too common in nature, whenever a famished predator is sufficiently formidable that it doesn't need to kill its prey to halt its struggling first. Lions, wolves, African wild dogs, cheetahs, snakes, hyenas, fish, lizards, turtles, dogs, leopards, eagles, baboons, vultures, alligators, crocodiles, bears, dholes, pelicans and probably more have been caught doing this.
  • The kea, a giant parrot from New Zealand, will cling to a living sheep's back and take bites out of it.
  • Army ants. They tear things apart, bit by bit, and their victim is alive throughout.
  • Sharks and piranha are famous for doing this.
  • Most predatory insects do this, especially if their prey is another insect. Insects don't die by blood loss if they lose a limb. Go see a mantis feed, as an example.
    • Insect cannibalism. Locusts feed on grass normally, which is pretty low on protein. So what do they do when they don't have enough good food? They go find a dead locust...or a living one who has just molted (and is therefore soft and weak), and they dine. For extra gruesome points, it's the young ones who do it most often in groups. It could be why they move and form such huge swarms: they move because they don't want to be eaten.
  • Uloboridae spiders, who lack venom glands but compensate it for a particularly nasty way to kill their prey: wrapping them in silk so tightly that its exoeskeleton gets crushed and broken. After that, time for the spider to inject digestive fluids in the package, let them enter into the victim's innards through the wounds caused by coccooning them so, and suck the resulting soup. Lather, rinse, repeat, and all of this taking place while the prey is still alive.
  • Swallowing live prey is more common in nature than you might think. All amphibians and most fish swallow all their prey alive, and a good number of reptiles and birds will at least do this to small prey. And of course there's anything that eats ants or krill/plankton which simply gulp their prey down by the dozens, if not hundreds (except anteaters, which crush ants against the roof of their mouths before swallowing).
  • A recent hypothesis on the feeding behavior of dromaeosaurid dinosaurs (think Velociraptor) suggests that they used their sickle claws to pin down struggling medium-sized prey so that they could start eating right away. Pack-hunting species may have simply weakened the animal together and then started feeding, as the body position of the prey animals' skeletons suggest that they were in death throes as they died. Additionally, some scientists have suggested that larger theropod dinosaurs may have eaten sauropods this way.
  • In 2004 in the human world, a murder case in Germany centred on the accepted fact that the victim, a vorarephile (see above) had actually made contact with a person who shared his interests, only from the opposite direction, and had actually asked to be killed and eaten. The accused, a declared cannibal, obliged in spades. A rather disgusting part of the court transcript revolved around the "first cut" of meat being the penis of the deceased, which the consumer described as "disappointingly tough and stringy".
  • Mantises eat like this, first devouring things like limbs and wings that could aid in struggling, then moving onto the rest. After that they simply munch on until they happen to hit something vital, which kills the prey. Female mantises sometimes also eat the heads of their male partners during mating (especially when being watched), but the males continue to mate despite being headless!
  • Parasitic wasps such as the tarantula hawk paralyze prey like spiders and insects before laying their eggs on the still-living victim. Once the eggs hatch, the wasp larvae eats it alive from the inside out, devouring its organs in a specific order to make sure that it doesn't die before the larva is ready to form a chrysalis and become a new adult wasp.
  • Internal parasites often need to be Eaten Alive, either as eggs or after hatching, to gain access to new hosts.
  • This trope happens to plants all the time, as most herbivores don't consume the entire plant, just preferred parts of them. Some plants fight back against this trope with thorns, tough outer coatings, and toxic or indigestible substances, but fruiting plants exploit it by purposefully coating their seeds with expendable nutrient-rich tissues that seed-dispersing animals will eat.
  • Even humans do it.
  • That said, there are some animals that can survive being swallowed alive. The bombardier beetle, for example, after being swallowed by a frog can cause a rather unpleasant chemical explosion inside of the frog's stomach that causes it to toss the beetle back out.
  • Battleground scavengers were part of the reason that medieval weapons were built to have spiked ends, the rules of chivalry would often say that if time permitted you were to Mercy Kill an opponent; partly so they didn't die a slow death of their wounds, partly because whatever scavengers would be drawn to the scent of death and feed on the fallen wouldn't particularly care if the wounded fighter they ate was still alive as long as they couldn't fight back. Allegedly, this may have continued to happen as late as World War I with rats in trench warfare.
  • Epomis beetles feed on frogs and other amphibians in this way. They first disable their prey with a bite to the throat/underside (larvae) or pelvic region (adult beetles), then begin feeding. Sometimes they end up on the receiving end of this trope, but that doesn't mean they get digested; one observed case of a frog eating an Epomis larva resulted in the frog regurgitating it a few hours later.


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