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At an eating contest you boast
That you can eat the most
How do you down your fiftieth piece of pie?
Eagerly (ugh!), eagerly (yech!), Eager L.Y.

Exactly What It Says on the Tin, two or more characters, at least one of them possibly being a Big Eater, engage in this type of contest, where they try to out-eat each other with as much food as possible. Often, the Big Eater will come out as the victor, while the other loses by becoming full too fast, sometimes ending up with a Balloon Belly.

There are also some cases where both characters will lose in the midst of the contest, by also gaining the aforementioned Balloon Belly. Also, after the Big Eater wins, sometimes he'll ask, "What's for dessert?" or show signs that he's still hungry.

Some video games will feature these as a Mini-Game; expect rapid Button Mashing to be the main (if not only) strategy, as well as rotten or even explosive food to be mixed in as an extra challenge.

See also Mega Meal Challenge. Contrast Cooking Duel, although they may go hand-in-hand. Compare Drinking Contest, or may be paired with a Drinking Contest.



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     Anime and Manga 
  • JP and Zoe engaged in one of these in episode 17 of Digimon Frontier. Too bad that JP was the one who ended up with the Balloon Belly in the middle of it, while Zoe just kept on eating the food that came her way. Takuya and Koji even lampshade it with the following dialogue in the English dub:
    Takuya: Zoe ate all that!?!? Where does she put it all?
    Koji: Well, she is a growing girl.
  • The Picollet family of Ranma ½ practices Martial Arts Dining as one of the series' many Martial Arts and Crafts, with the goal not being to see who can eat the most, but who can eat the fastest, an area where the Picollets have a rather disturbing hereditary advantage. Additionally, Martial Arts Dining requires that one eats "elegantly", where "eating elegantly" means "chewing and swallowing so fast that it can't be seen by the unaided human eye". The only way to win against a Picollet is to shove your own food into the Picollet's mouth without him noticing.
  • Maid Latte puts on an eating contest in Maid-Sama!, with Supreme Chef Usui making the dishes, as a means of showcasing their dessert menu; Misaki participates in disguise as a favor to her co-worker Erika, who carelessly promised one of her regular customers that she'd go out on an all-day date with him if he won the contest. They both lose to bottomless pit Hinata.
  • Fuu enters an eating contest in one episode of Samurai Champloo. This earned her a surprising reputation as the Big Eater. However, she ended up losing because she accidentally made the hand signal for "I give up" while trying to kill a fly that had been bothering her.
  • In Sket Dance, there is a chapter dealing with a ramen shop where the arrogant owner challenges the customers to completely eat his Biggest Damn Ramen (7 kg!) for a prize.
  • One episode of Magical Play involves Zucchini setting up an eating contest after overhearing Myumyu mention she's trying to keep her figure. Knowing how competitive she is, he figures she won't be able to resist, but doesn't count on her simply feeding all the food to her cats, who also function as her outfit. In the end, she wins, but when she stands up to accept her prize, her cats are too bloated to stay attached to her and fall, leaving her completely naked.
  • Lina and Gourry got into one in the fourth season of Slayers. The loser (The one to eat the least amount of food) had to pick up the check.
  • Naruto and Sasuke once compete by having an Eating Contest, finish at the same time and promptly throw up.
    • There's an anime omake where Naruto and some of his classmates compete in a ramen eating contest. The winner? Hinata.
  • Bleach: In Chapter 521, Ichigo and Renji's rivalry at dinner time very briefly spills over into an eating competition until they're interrupted by their host.
  • In The Prince of Tennis, some teams go out to eat yakiniku (Japanese barbeque) after the Seigaku/Hyoutei matches. Being teenagers and rather hungry after such a deal, they start getting competitive and end up staging this. Hilarity Ensues.

     Comic Books 
  • An Archie Comics story had Jughead compete against a member of a rival gang in a hamburger-eating contest at Pop's chocolate shop. Jughead won in the end, because no other Big Eater could quite match up to Jughead's style.
  • In the old Polish comic Koziołek Matołek, the titular goat encounters some indians, and after being challenged to a duel by their chief, the goat picks the competition to be eating grass. The chief eats until he explodes.
  • In a Gold Key Looney Tunes comic book story, Bugs Bunny entered the Tasmanian Devil into an eating contest for a cash prize. While the Tasmanian Devil won the contest when his opponent couldn't eat another bite, his appetite got so out of control that he made his way into a restaurant to satisfy himself. Meanwhile, the loser decided to rig up a pressure cooker and turn it into a bomb, so when Bugs and Porky Pig find out about it, Bugs had the pressure cooker disguised as a cake so he could feed it to the Tasmanian Devil, who acted as a living bomb disposal unit. While Bugs got the cash reward for Taz winning the contest, he also had to pay off the restaurant, which left him with only enough money to buy an after-dinner mint for Taz, which he refused, saying that he needs to watch his figure.
  • A common competitive sport among the Fatties subculture in Judge Dredd. It goes together nicely with their goal of maximizing their weight.

  • Project Delta has Fel (an old krogan warrior) on one side, and Jane (an augmented biotic who needs a lot of calories) on the other. It tends to end with the food running out.
  • Personality Conflicts (a Power Rangers fanfic): Rocky de Santos competes in one in Shadows of the Future, and wins by downing twenty plates of pie in ten minutes. When the girl who'd challenged him asks him what he has to say for himself, his mischievous reply is "When's lunch?"
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines: During the Indigo League, Ash and Iris end up entering a curry-eating contest during their first date together. Being Bloodliners, their heightened metabolism helps them win with relative ease, and Iris even ends up asking to eat the last dish their opponents couldn't finish.

  • In the live-action Underdog film, one of the scenes shown during Shoeshine/Underdog's bouts of crimefighting showed him in a hot dog-eating contest with a fat guy. Underdog beats him before the fat man could even get a bite.
  • Timon and Simba both competed in a bug-eating contest in The Lion King 1½.
  • Inverted in Stand by Me, where Gordie tells a story he made up about a kid entering an eating contest just for the chance to drag his entire town into a mass vomit-chain as revenge for treating him as the Butt-Monkey for years.
  • George and Beethoven enter a hamburger-eating contest at the county fair in the second Beethoven film. They won by only three burgers remaining.
  • Mr Woodcock has this.
  • Meatballs has a hot-dog eating contest as part of the competition between the two camps.

  • A fairly common competitive sport, albeit one forbidden by orthodoxy, in the 20 Minutes into the Future Dystopia Thinner Than Thou. One of the protagonists is even a semi-professional participant.
  • The Doctor Who Expanded Universe short story "Too Rich for My Blood" by Rebecca Levine (in the collection Short Trips: Seven Deadly Sins, representing Gluttony) is set at a hot dog eating contest in Las Vegas. One of the contestants has been doped with an alien serum to increase his appetite. When they run out of hot dogs, he starts on the other competitors. And then it goes viral...
  • In Clarence Goes To Town, Clarence, a realistically portrayed dog, is in a quiz-and-stunt contest with a bunch of humans. One of the stunts is a pie-eating contest. The show runners decide that, since pie isn't good for dogs, Clarence's pie is substituted with a half pound of raw hamburger.
  • Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black contains a short story A Reversal of Fortune. It revolves around an eating contest. The man cuts a hole in his stomach to make room to eat. However, Nikki wins by eating some of the candy removed from the man's stomach.
  • Stephen King uses this one in his story "The Body" (made into a film under the title Stand by Me, see Film section).
  • Damon Runyon's short story A Piece of Pie has one between Joel Duffle and Violette Shumberger.
  • In Bugs Bunny: Too Many Carrots, Bugs Bunny enters a pie-eating contest against a Fat Bastard who's never lost after convincing the contest organizer to make the pies carrot ones. He wins, but eats so many pies that he becomes sick of carrots for the first time in his life and tries not to cringe at the numerous carrot foods that his friends keep giving him in gratitude for him helping them win their own contests.
  • Encyclopedia Brown: Book 4's "The Case of the Blueberry Pies" involves a variant - with the new rules this year, the competitors have to finish two blueberry pies, with fork and knife (the woman in charge disapproves of eating with your hands, calling it "a disgrace"), and then run half a mile to the finish line.

     Live Action TV 
  • A variation of this appears in the episode "True Dromance" of Workaholics, the guys go to Rancho Cucapizza and enter in a contest to eat a huge pizza (a Humonga Cucamonga) the fastest. They have the genius idea of burning their tongues with red hot spoons first so they don't have to worry about the hot pizza. Yet they win, and in a moment of friendship, give the prize of free pizza for a year to Karl, convincing him to stay in town and be their drug dealer again.
  • An episode of CSI had a man who died from an over-expanded stomach in the midst of an eating contest, because his brain could not process 'full' signals from his stomach. This happened because the person who cared for him was a Jerkass who wanted to use him to win the contest.
  • The Drew Carey Show: Drew enters a pie-eating contest at a county fair and beats the reigning champion, a pig.
  • The Brady Bunch: When Bobby gets envious of the other Brady kids for all having trophies except him, he enters an ice cream eating contest on TV. He loses.
  • In an episode of Mr. Belvedere, George (at Belvedere's suggestion) wins the respect of some tough truckers in such a contest. (To his regret, his opponent gets "choice of weapon" and chooses beans.)
  • Malcolm in the Middle: When the family discovers that the neighborhood has a block party whenever they leave, Hal and Lois decide to show them up by winning the kielbasa eating contest.
  • In 30 Rock, Kenneth entered a pig-eating contest to win money to leave for New York to start his dreams. Turns out his pig was his old childhood pet Harold.
    Kenneth: I ate all of him. Even the face in case of a tie. I ate my father-pig!
  • An episode of Weeds featured this. The food in question was butter.
  • On Yes, Dear, Greg mentions in one episode that he and Jimmy once had a contest to see who could eat the most butter.
  • The Australian anthology series Swap Shop once had a story about an eating contest in which two Big Eaters competed to see who could eat a whole cow (converted into meat pies) the quickest. The local champion gained an early lead, but stopped before eating the last of his pies, giving the challenger a chance to catch up and then to win. When his friends asked him later why he'd stopped, he explained that he'd misunderstood and thought the pies were just an appetiser: he'd foregone the last pie because he wanted to leave room for the cow.
  • Has happened occasionally in the reality show Man v. Food.
  • Jim and Andy from According to Jim once participate in a hot dog speed-eating contest for the prize of being the spokesperson in a local commercial sponsored by the company of said hot dog product. Too bad for them they both lose... to a woman with smaller body. Jim's so unhappy about this that he challenges her to another speed-eating contest.
  • Bones had an episode where the victim was a competitive eater.
  • In the Friends episode "The One With The Lottery", Monica reveals she's not won anything since she was in sixth grade.
    Chandler: Pie-eating contest?
    Monica: You assume that because I was heavy, that's the only way I could win something?
    Chandler: No, I saw the picture of you covered in blueberries.
  • The Amazing Race has had mass-eating tasks as Roadblocks over the years which, because of the nature of the race, often wound up as head-to-head (or multiple) contests:
    • Cousins Mirna and Charla had an agreement that Charla would do any eating-related challenges. This led to her having to cook and consume an entire ostrich egg (the equivalent of dozens of chicken eggs) and two pounds of caviar along with biting into hundreds of chocolates in search of one with a white center.
    • The infamous Meatblock, where team members were required to eat four pounds of various meats. This cemented Boston Rob's status as a Manipulative Bastard as, after he quit the challenge, he convinced two other teams to quit before they even tried, guaranteeing there would be at least two teams behind him and Amber after they finished the time penalty for quitting.
  • In Bonanza Hoss is winning a pancake-eating contest. A fellow contestant asks him his secret; he reveals that for a change from all the sweetness of syrup, he occasionally switches to vinegar. The other contestant turns away, vomiting.
  • Viva La Bam:
    • One part of a competition between Phil and Don Vito in one episode.
    • In another, the group enters Don Vito in a "Rocky Mountain Oyster" eating contest, which he ends up winning. Bam, however, takes the prize money and drops it into a port-a-potty.

  • Loki competes in an eating contest when he and Thor journey to the home of Utgarda-Loki. He loses to a personification of fire.

     Newspaper Comics 
  • Garfield:
    • One strip had Garfield and Jon have a popcorn-eating contest together. However, Garfield won unfairly by eating both bowls of popcorn instead of one kernel at a time like Jon did. Another strip had Garfield and Jon have a hot pepper-eating contest to see who would endure the hotness of each different pepper they ate. Garfield lost in the end when he ate a Peruvian Death Pepper.
    • Another strip had them seeing who could eat swallow bigger sized foods whole starting with a grape. Eventually Jon got a turkey stuck in his mouth and Garfield got his head stuck in a watermelon causing them both to have to go the doctor.
  • One For Better or for Worse strip had April, Becky, Duncan and Gerald watch "The World Championship Extreme Eating Contest" on TV, while an observing Elly sadly contemplates "...And half of the world goes hungry."
  • FoxTrot

     Tabletop Role Playing Games 
  • In Warhammer, this is a form of Duel to the Death between ogres: The winner gets to eat the loser. The ogres will gladly take similar challenges from non-ogres, except trolls, whose Hollywood Acid digestive system is a Game-Breaker even by ogre standards.
    • In Warhammer 40,000, the Space Wolves Primarch, Leman Russ, went into an eating contest against the Emperor when they first met. He WON. Empy only got his allegiance by challenging him to a proper fight and winning.

     Video Games 
  • Kirby Super Star has the Gourmet Race, with Kirby and King Dedede racing to see who can eat the most food while still reaching the finish line first. It's both an eating contest and a race.
  • Terranigma has two of these as Mini Games: a bread-eating contest in Loire Castle, and a noodle-eating contest in Neotokio.
  • The NES game Yo! Noid has a bonus round with - what else? - a pizza eating contest.
  • In Pokémon Sun and Moon and the "Ultra" versions, once you become champion and have eaten at the Battle Buffet five times, you'll be visited there by the Buffet Queen, who challenges you to see who can get the highest satisfaction score within the pre-set time limit of 10 turns. If you win(which requires a score of at least 50), you'll be granted the title of Buffet King/Queen.
  • In "Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures" Mrs. Gabberley and Major Crum enter a pie eating contest at a charity fair for a new dog shelter. The winner is Mrs. Gabberley . The fair, however is a sham to steal away the townspeople's donations.
  • The very first One Piece video game - a little obscurity made for the WonderSwan - features this as a mini-game, available only in multiplayer mode. Apart from dodging food contaminated by flies, players can also make more room in their stomachs by grabbing digestif drinks.
  • In the first few Tamagotchi Connection toys, it's possible to connect your handheld to another and have the pets in both participate in a rice-eating competition.
  • Bug Fables: One of the activities Team Snakemouth participates during the Golden Festival in Chapter 2 is the eating competition, the prize for which is the Moon Offering that is required for visiting Venus. Leif agrees to participate, due to being extreme Big Eater, and he finds himself competing against Chubee and Zasp, the latter of which gets indigestion in the middle of the contest. The competition itself is played out as a mini-game, where the player is required to mash button to eat as fast as possible.
  • Tribal Hunter has this as part of the sidequest to get Munch's 5th weight level. The first time ends in a 4 way tie between him, To-Ri, Boarus, and Sunfire, namely because the latter 3 tapped out at the end and Munch himself bursted upon eating the last piece of food that was available. Thankfully because of Munch's situation as a plushie, he comes back. It's only after getting a potion that requires him to get to a certain fullness cap threshold that he wins the rematch contest.

     Web Comics 
  • Champions of Far'aus: For one week, once every ten years, during the N.E.U.U (No Eyes Upon Us) festival, the “Daily mystery dish eating challenge” is held in Galemore’s capital, Dorawn. Rom takes part in the day one challenge, consisting of five bowls of increasingly painful “Heartburn salad”, of which a recipe can be found in “The Far’aus Cookbook” in the companion piece.
  • In Men in Hats, Aram enters a taco eating contest to compensate for his lack of real emotions so he can have something to write in his diary.
  • In Out at Home, Thurman enters one as part of a story arc.
  • In a Housepets! story arc set at the state fair, Tiger (a canine Deconstructive Parody of Garfield) sees the idea of an eating contest as something approaching Nirvana. Unfortunately the contest attracts the strip's other Big Eater, Other Daryl Wolf. Tiger decides he needs to cheat, and for some reason decides this means starting a Food Fight. Daryl wins, but Tiger isn't disqualified because the ferrets thought it made better television ... and because the runner-up prize money almost exactly covers Tiger's destruction of their studio in "Tiger's Very Own Super-Special Television Show!"

     Web Original 
  • In the Whateley Universe story "Parents' Day", Tennyo's family comes to see her, and she ends up in an eating contest against her mother (both her parents are mutants too - so are her brothers).

     Western Animation 
  • An episode of Garfield and Friends had Jon and Garfield go to an authentic Chinese restaurant while visiting China. While there, the owner tells them the story of how thousands of years ago, a cat similar to Garfield outwitted the dragon out of all the food that he stole by bullying the villagers by challenging him to an eating contest. When the dragon discovers that he had been tricked out of all the food he acquired, he then chases the cat clear across China, making it sort of a subversion. When the story is finished, the owner then warns Jon that if an orange cat with black stripes (referring to Garfield) should ever eat too much whilst in China, the dragon will return and exact his revenge. However, much to the horror of both Jon and the restaurant owner, Garfield had already eaten all of the food that was in the restaurant while the owner was telling the story, claiming it to be a long fable, so he and Jon leave afterward.
  • The Simpsons: In "Maximum Homerdrive," Homer gets in an eating contest with a trucker named Red, who dies right after beating Homer by finishing a 16-pound steak first. Just before the contest Red had eaten an entire lamb. Before the contest, Red and Tony Randall had been the only two people ever to complete the challenge.
  • Coop in Megas XLR competes in these, and has three championship crowns from the "Lord of the Large Pants" eating contest.
  • On Hey Arnold!, Arnold competes in one in the appropriately titled episode "Eating Contest".
  • A Ripped from the Headlines episode of King of the Hill featured a hot-dog eating contest where Dale shows up Bill by double-fisting the hot dogs, but losing in the end to a skinny Asian speed-eater.
  • In the first half of the two part first Season Finale of Jackie Chan Adventures, Jackie and his friends have to compete in a pie eating contest to find the tiger talisman hidden inside one of the pies. Jackie stabs through his pies with a fork without eating them. Jade eats through her pies as quick as she can. Tohru eats through his pies much quicker, shoving them whole into his mouth before chewing. The talisman is of course found by the only other contestant, an old man still working his way through his first pie at a snail's pace.
  • A Popeye cartoon had Popeye challenge Wimpy to a duel (Olive was trying to make Popeye jealous) and Wimpy chooses an eating contest, which he wins easily.
    • In that cartoon, Duel To the Finish, Wimpy conceded to Popeye when Olive said she couldn't cook another thing.
  • In the Detentionaire episode “Corndog Day Afternoon”, Holger and Steve have one to see who wins Greta's hand. It just ends with her being grossed out and leaving both of them be.
  • In George of the Jungle (2008) In "Larry of the Jungle" George has a pie eating contest against some yetis and wins. Unfortunately, he throws up after the suggestion that everyone go out to dinner to celebrate.
  • In the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode "Chow Down", it's discovered that Yumi is quite the Big Eater. Kaz tries to capitalize on this by entering her in an eating contest hoping to win some cash, but she ends up losing miserably. Ami and Kaz are baffled by this, since she was able to eat so much before. Eventually Ami discovers the secret: Yumi can only eat like a black hole when she's extremely bored.
  • The CatDog episode "Dog's Strange Condition" begins with Dog effortlessly winning a local pecan pie eating contest. The titular condition is his resulting "Pecanitis," which causes a pecan tree to grow out of his head.
  • The Spongebob Squarepants episode "What's Eating Patrick" has Patrick training to compete in the Krusty Krab eating contest to beat Oswald McNulty who had won the previous years.
  • Near the end of the Little Bear episode "Little Bear's Sweet Tooth", just as Grandmother Bear announces the hardest game in the Harvest Day picnic: a pie eating contest, the title character ends up getting sick with a stomach ache after eating too much desserts, so Mother and Father Bear decide to take him home to rest before it really started. Therefore, it is unknown who won the Harvest Day pie eating contest after we fade to the next scene at Little Bear's house later that night.

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