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"Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them."
Samuel Butler

Sometimes an animal the characters are keeping around ends up as emergency rations despite not being intended as a food source, such as if the animal was a Team Pet or a work animal.

Humor is often obtained when the creature is aware of their fate. There may even be a minor subplot about it trying to escape. There's rarely any humor when people who do love their dog are forced to think about eating it because, you know, the world has ended.

Can cross over with Let's Meet the Meat and What Measure Is a Non-Human?. May involve Meat-O-Vision. More convenient than Reduced to Ratburgers, as edible pets are easier to catch (they may even come when you call...). See also No Party Like a Donner Party.

Contrast with Adopt the Food, for when the meal becomes the pet.


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  • There's a car-insurance ad in which a couple determined to save money are implied to have eaten their daughter's pet fish.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Barefoot Gen, a soldier teaches Gen and Ryuta to kill a dog and eat it to avoid dying of malnutrition.
  • In Cyborg 009, the Pu'Awak humanoid race is used as this by the Athans, a race of scientifically advances winged dinosaurs. The Black Ghost group comes in and offers help, but soon they prove themselves to be just as bad as the Athans, and force the five Pu'Away princesses to be a part of their plans....
  • In Delicious in Dungeon, a party of dwarves who Dug Too Deep and got lost in the dungeon were eventually forced to eat their packhorse, Anne.
  • Excel♡Saga: Excel's thought process right after she first found the dog Menchinote  boiled down Menchi's existence to the simple equation of "Dog = Creature = FOOD". The anime's Ending Theme is sung by Menchi, and bemoans the poor creature's fate while a hand — presumably Excel's — periodically enters with a salt shaker to make sure she's properly seasoned. Except in the bizarre final episode, in which the girl who usually translates the lyrics takes Menchi's place as the ingredient while Menchi translates the song into dog.
  • Inverted in Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin, where a hunter actually amputates his own foot to feed his dog, Riki (father of the protagonist) in order to give the dog enough strength to get help. In the original manga, this scene is also preceded by a Dream Sequence, where the hunter in question kills and eats his dog, which offers some interesting comparison. The scene from the anime adaptation can be watched here. (From 2:15 to 4:20)
  • In Inuyasha, Sesshomaru's mother briefly wonders if he's keeping Rin and Kohaku around as future snacks. A bit of irony as Sesshomaru is a dog youkai and Rin is a human, but youkai are known to eat humans.
  • In Last Period, Choco considers Miu, the team pet, to be "emergency rations". Erika officially approves of classifying Miu this way, in order to get around the "no pets" policy of the building they're renting.
  • One Piece:
    • When the crew first met Chopper, Sanji almost served him for dinner until they realized that he had human intelligence (and was a doctor). He still jokes that they're keeping him around as the 'emergency food suppy', much to Chopper's discomfort.
    • The Franky Family's team pets, Sodom and Gomorra had an origin similar to Chopper. The Franky Family found them inside a Sea King they were eating, and Franky decided to save them for later, as he and his men were full. Then Franky got all protective when some pirates hurt the pair.
  • Pokémon: The Original Series: In "Pokémon Shipwreck", just after escaping a sunken ship, they nearly eat James's new Pokémon, a Magikarp, as they were starving on their makeshift raft. This fails only because Magikarp's scales are too hard for Meowth to bite through.
    Misty: There's no way I'd try that again! Check your Pokédex because Magikarp is just scales and bones!
    Meowth: I wish you told me that sooner!
  • In Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, the appropriately named Steak definitely counts. Cute Monster Girl Niche has made it very clear from day one that he's only there in case she gets hungry, and she's even gone so far as to start cooking him a few times... which he is oddly accepting of. In fact, he's extremely violent toward pretty much everyone except the only person who has literally tried to kill and eat him.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann plays with this. The Team Pet Boota actually uses his tail and hindquarters as emergency rations for Simon and Kamina, so they can stop being hungry and kick ass. Boota really was supposed to be a meal for Kamina during his time in prison at the first episode, that they just never got around to eating.
    Kamina: [talking in his sleep] Grow into a big juicy steak for me to eat...
  • The horror manga Uzumaki plays this gruesomely straight in a scene which (fortunately) does not appear in the film adaptation. To make a long story sort, a curse has turned several people into giant snails. It doesn't seem like they have any human intelligence left, either, which is a small comfort as, desperate for food, the survivors turn to the snails... and this trope comes into effect as a group of explorers lead a cursed man around on a noose as their emergency food supply, just waiting for him to fully transform so they can chow down.

    Card Games 
  • The flavor text of the Magic card Snow Hound plays with this. To quote General Jarkeld: "If you're starving, eat your horses, your dead, or yourself — but never eat your dog."

  • Dutch comedian Toon Hermans had a famous routine about a dead pigeon, in which he mentions having lots of animals for his magic act, but then came the winter of 1944....

    Comic Books 
  • One story in Garth Ennis's Battlefields follows a German infantry unit through the invasion of the USSR. Early on, they pick up a stray dog, referred to as the "squad mutt". Towards the end, during the horrible Russian winter, we see them sitting around a fire eating stew. The most "innocent" member of the unit asks where the meat came from, and another replies "squad mutt". They then all go on eating without a pause.
  • Lucky Luke: In Nitroglycerin, Averell is stuck driving around the funeral hearse the Daltons stole while his brothers are trying to hijack the train, and begins to ponder eating the vulture that follows the hearse around when he gets hungry. The vulture gets creeped out and flies away. Mind you, this is less "last resort" food for Averell and more "feeling kinda hungry", since he's near-omnivorous and has eaten far more objectionable things than a scavenger bird.
  • Wolverine:
    • During one arc, Logan was being stalked across Canada by a Cylla, a half-cyborg, and Bloodscream, a vampire, who occasionally captured a local to drag along in case he got hungry. Towards the end of the arc they were both starving to death. Luckily Bloodscream had one sheep left in his flock....
    • Wolverine meanwhile almost literally eats a dog. Technically it was a wolf that he fought and killed, but he lived off of the wolf carcass during the entire trek. The first thing he did when he reached civilization was scarf down a pile of burgers after confirming that they weren't wolf burgers.

    Comic Strips 
  • The Far Side: Parodied repeatedly.
  • Garfield: Happens in a movie Garfield is watching on TV:
    First man: Well, pardner, that was the last bean.
    Second man: Yup, looks like we'll have to eat the cat.
    First man: I'll bring the taco shells.
    Garfield: Boy, are they going to get a nasty letter.
  • A The New Yorker cartoon once depicted an author writing about "blockade mutton". If a city has been blockaded long enough, the locals will be reduced to eating dog. At one point, his research fails him, but after a trip to a pet store and a (flexible) restaurant, he returns to his desk and types, "It is tough, gamey, and strong-flavored".

    Fan Works 
  • Discussed in A Dead World. Alex Mercer has to consume non-irradiated, living biomass to survive; given that he's in Fallout, his options are limited to basically just humans. Cain briefly considers getting a mole rat as emergency biomass, but figures that she'd get too attached to it and cry when Alex has to eat it.
  • In Dragon Ball Z Abridged's version of the movie Cooler's Revenge, Goku, out for a picnic with Gohan, Krillin, shapeshifting pig Oolong, and Gohan's pet dragon Icarus, told the villain to stay away from "my food, my friend, my two emergency foods, and my son. In. That. Order." Goku actually does eat Icarus at the end.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Barking Dogs Never Bite: Yun-ju's wife's dog is kidnapped by a homeless man who intends to eat it.
  • A Boy and His Dog: Inverted as the main character uses his love interest to save his dog from starving to death. Also, the dog is both sentient and telepathic.
  • As a bonus feature on the DVD of the Dawn of the Dead (2004) remake, a man holed up in a gun store keeps a video diary, and is often seen talking to a pet fish that'd belonged to his (deceased) little girl. Eventually starvation compels him to eat the fish, which he justifies as a Mercy Kill in such an unhinged rambling way that it's easily one of the most unsettling moments in the entire film.
  • In Defiance, as the refugees are starving in the depths of winter, Tuvia makes the difficult decision to shoot his horse (a gift from the Red Army) so they'll have something to eat. They also eat one of the Germans' dogs that they killed as it was attacking them.
  • In Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, after the kids return home from the supermarket and only being able to afford the necessities, one of the kids jokes about using their pet dog as emergency rations.
    Melissa: When our food's gone, we can eat Elvis!
  • In the movie The Quick and the Dead, gunfighter Dog Kelly is so named because of an event in his Back Story where he was forced to eat his beloved dog or face death by starvation. As a result, any mention of his nickname or the event in question is a good way to seriously piss him off, as evidenced in a deleted scene which had Ellen, the heroine, teasing him about it.
  • The first movie in The Shaolin Temple trilogy had the protagonist, Jue Yuan, killing and eating a dog out of hunger. And when a bunch of Shaolin monks caught him, he instead offers them a bite. And they love it!
  • Superman Returns: The ending implied that Lex and Kitty would soon eat the remaining Pomeranian in desperation on a desert isle.
  • Played for laughs in the French comedy Sur un arbre perché with Louis de Funès. The car containing the protagonists goes off a cliff but is caught in a tree on the way down. Being caught there a day or so, Louis's character gets hungry and starts gauging the girl's dog. Hilarity Ensues.

  • A literal example in Aztec: The Mexica brought chihuahuas on their war campaigns, as a self-transporting food source that also kept snakes and pests away from the camp site.
  • A Boy And His Dog by Harlan Ellison notoriously inverts this trope in its Twist Ending, when the boy eats the girl because she matters less than his dog.
  • Defied in Children Of The Dust. Just before the nuclear attack, Veronica has Sarah put the family dog, Buster, outside. It is stated that one of the reasons she does this is to avoid a scenario where she and the kids are forced to use Buster as a source of food.
  • In The Count of Monte Cristo, Maximillien Morrel rescued Chateau-Renault during combat in North Africa, and as the two ended up in the desert without rations, they were forced to kill and eat one of their horses. Played for laughs when they recount the incident to their friends, there's a comment about it being tough (i.e. a difficult thing to do), which one of the friends jokingly interprets as a reference to the horse meat being tough. Also Hilarious in Hindsight because of the stereotype that French people love horse meat.
  • The Dark Elf Trilogy: When introduced in Sojourn, Bruenor Battlehammer, a dwarf, is fixated by the idea of eating Roddy McGristle's dog. At the novel ends, he ends up cutting off one of the dog's legs as punishment for its master's misdeeds, including assaulting his adopted daughter, and promptly decides "waste not, want not". It's mentioned afterward that he is quite horribly sick as a result.
  • The Dark Tower:
    • In the final book of the series, Susannah considers doing this to Oy the cute lil' billy-bumbler (basically a dog crossed with a raccoon) while she and Roland pass through a frozen wasteland (though she wants to kill him for his fur, not for his meat).
    • Earlier, in The Waste Lands Roland mentions that a billy-bumbler's meat is no good, and he'd rather eat a dog (which he did).
  • Discworld: Dogs are the subject of a weirdly upbeat Running Gag that various characters use to hint that they never had enough to eat as children. Even Vimes gets into it at one point: "The small animal looked up at him. He remembered how he'd always wanted a dog as a child. Mind you, they'd been very hungry. Anything with meat would have done." And in another book: "Pets can be a great comfort in times of stress. And in times of starvation, too."
  • There are several references to lyorn legs being served as meat in the Dragaera novels. A lyorn is essentially a large dog with a horn on its head.
  • In one of the Dragonlance books, Tasslehoff is captured by the minotaurs, and is quite jarred when he finds out that those lovely monkeys they keep around their ship are actually their meal.
  • Ender's Game: Inverted in two of the sequels:
    • Xenocide: A character tells the story of a man and his beloved pet dog. The dog would learn no tricks, performed no useful function, and did not even seem particularly affectionate, but the man loved it. Then the man and his dog got into a plane crash in the mountains. The man was pinned under some debris, but the dog was largely unharmed. Unperturbed, the dog trotted up to the man and, rather than attempt to aid him in some way, began to eat his exposed entrails. The man's last thought was, "Oh, good. At least one of us will not starve." The purpose of this story is a matter for interpretation, but it appears to be an Aesop about unselfish love. Or something.
    • In one of the chapter-opening "quotes" in Children of the Mind: A man always keeps his dog around even though it cannot be taught anything useful or funny. His friends tell him, "That's not a dog, it's a wolf." Then there's a plane accident and the man is terribly injured. The dog strolls up and begins chewing on him, and his last thoughts are "Thank goodness at least one of us will not starve." "This is the most beautiful story I know."
  • To Build a Fire features a man freezing to death, who decides to cut open his dog and put his hands inside for warmth, Tauntaun style, so he can build another fire after his first attempts failed. He ends up unable to do it. He makes the attempt, but the dog manages to avoid him until his hands are too numb and stiff to unclasp his knife anyway, and the man dies while the dog bugs off back to camp. Buddy system, people!
  • The Vampire Files: Defied when Escott offers to find a friendly dog and bring it in for injured Jack to feed on. Jack, who likes dogs, is horrified at the notion and sends Escott out to the Stockyards with a jar and syringe instead.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Goodies:
    • Intercepted in an episode with Bill taking care of a guinea pig that Tim is holding.
      Bill: Just be careful, he's sick.
      Tim: What's wrong with him?
      Bill: He's off his food — he hasn't eaten for days.
      Tim: ...Well, neither have I... I'm starving. ... [opens mouth, leans down]
      Bill: Don't eat him!
    • Also, caused much Squick in an episode where The Goodies are trying to write a nice, clean song that'll make the charts... but they have to make a filthy song first to be discovered. Thus, Bill writes one seconds before they go on a show with a talent agent. It's called "Mommy, I Don't Like My Meat", and is about a man with a wife and child. He can't work because of his broken leg, and thus slaughters their pets to feed their child.
      The budgie's now chicken
      Tomorrow we'll curry the poodle
  • In an episode of I Shouldn't Be Alive, a man is lost in the Amazon rainforest with his dog for a companion. Facing starvation, being slowed down by the also-starving dog starting to lag behind, and not being able to find any food except some berries (which his body rejects), he is forced to bludgeon the dog over the head to kill and eat him. Unfortunately, his body rejects this as well.
  • The Last Place on Earth: Simply part of the exploration of Antarctica. Roald Amundsen can only carry so much dog food and people food, as his dogsled teams race to the South Pole, so when the time comes, they start shooting and eating the dogs.
  • Joked about by the MythBusters, during the myth intro for Saint-Bernard Rescue. After Adam delivers a dramatic account of how that cask of brandy around the dog's neck saved a man dying of exposure,
    Jamie: Or this [the brandy] is like an aperitif before I eat the dog.
    Adam: You can't say that.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise: In "Rajiin", an alien merchant offers Captain Archer a little critter who can be either a pet or a snack.
  • In the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! segment "Quilting with Will," Will Forte's character has a Freak Out when he's reminded of his abusive father and has flashbacks about his childhood. It's pretty clear from his ranting that he was forced to cook and eat his own dog.
    "No child should be made to do that! Dogs should be raw, and living!"

  • In Vagrant Soldier Ares, the titular character names a crow that follows him around, "Emergency Ration." His definition of "Emergency" is a bit loose though.

  • The Hamilton Mixtape: The troops in "Valley Forge" are so desperate for food that they've killed and eaten the horses they brought for riding.
  • A comedy song by Tony Hendra and Nick Ullett entitled "Rover (The Shaggy Dog Story)" is about a man and his dog who get lost in the desert, eventually leading to this trope.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dead of Winter allows you to sacrifice characters to save the colony. An often used remark when it's Sparky (a dog), is that there's now plenty of Sparkyburgers to eat now.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: The Dragon article "Ecology of the Steeder" claims that steeders (giant spiders used by duergar as mounts) are used as food often, much like cattle are. The Villain Protagonist of the article shows him raising a steeder who serves him as a loyal mount most of his life; when said steeder dies in a brutal battle, he mourns its death, but still cooks and eats it.

  • Suggested in the comedy play The Conquest of the North Pole by Jára Cimrman, but they didn't have any dogs, they have ...oh, I get it.

    Video Games 
  • In Company of Heroes 2, giving a Pak 40note  crew an order to move sometimes yields this quote.
    "We ate the horse, remember? Now start pulling!"
  • Dragon Age II:
    • Your cat-loving party member Anders complains that the cats all seem to have disappeared from the slum where he lives and speculates that maybe the refugees drove them off... or ate them.
    • At one point, walking by one of the refugee children in Darktown will trigger him asking his parents "Where's Puddles? If we've suddenly got food, he should get some," after he's made numerous comments about how they don't have enough to eat.
  • Every main game in the Fallout series includes a dog named Dogmeat as a companion — the same one in the first and second, his descendants in the third and fourth. The name is a reference to this possibility, and in games where he isn't essential and thus immortal, if he dies you can loot his corpse for meat.
    • In the second game, your tribal nephew has a pet dog, Smoke. If you return after a certain time (without the Mcguffin, as that would trigger an event), Smoke is conspicuously absent, although the exact circumstances aren't elaborated on. Also, there's a woman at The Den who will tell you about her pet cat, which went missing at the same time as food got scarce.
  • In Final Fantasy XIV, it's revealed that Gilgamesh had a poor handle on his funds and he was ultimately forced to eat his chicken, Enkidu. Though near the end of the quest line he's involved with, Enkidu shows back up, no worse for the wear, making Gilgamesh wonder what chicken he did eat.
  • A cutscene in Freedom Fighters (2003), the scrolling text during a Soviet propaganda news broadcast tells the people of New York City that they can surrender their pets at a predetermined spot if they can not feed them. The same text scroll mentions that anyone needing extra food can pick up cheap meat at that same address.
  • In Genshin Impact, one Running Gag is the Traveller constantly calling their Fairy Companion Paimon "Emergency Food". Needless to say, she's not amused.
    "No! For the last time, Paimon is NOT EMERGENCY FOOD!"
  • Defied in God Eater 2. At one point, the crew rescues a capybara, who they adopt as a pet and name Cappy. Since there aren't many animals left in the world, it's stated that the morale boost from having a live Ridiculously Cute Critter is worth much more than whatever meat it could give.
    "Although there are rumors that it is being kept on hand as emergency provisions, animals are valuable and treasured creatures, and its consumption is strictly prohibited."
  • Examining a stewpot in the first town in Icewind Dale 2 (which is under siege when you arrive) causes your character to note that they haven't seen too many dogs around.
  • Another pet pig sacrificed itself in Illusion of Gaia to save the party from cannibals. Stop laughing! Apparently for Hamlet, it was "not to be".
    Eric: Poor Hamlet; To eat, or not to eat?
  • The Oregon Trail: In several versions of both games, if you are nearing starvation, or a draft animal dies, you get the option to slaughter/butcher an animal for food.
  • In Planescape: Torment, a merchant looking to sell you a Lim-Lim (a large insect-type thing that behaves much like a puppy) as a pet confides to you in a whisper that they make pretty good eating in a pinch. If you buy one, it never happens that you have to test the theory, though.
  • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers, Swellow and Wurmple (that is to say, a bird and a worm) make up Team Tasty. Wurmple spends the entire game wondering whether he's Swellow's emergency food supply, and Swellow's constant exclamations of "Try to guess what I most want to eat right now!" don't help. Amusingly enough, when Wurmple finally gathers the courage to ask him if indeed he is this, Swellow is surprised and shocked, and makes it clear he considers him his best friend and would never eat him.
  • Discussed in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon in certain parts of the final dungeon and occasionally elsewhere in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise; apparently if one eats one's demon en lieu of being driven to such hunger, one can absorb part of the demon's power.
  • RimWorld gleefully allows players to slaughter, butcher, and eat anything that moves, and set up a breeding program to make more of it, if desired. Dogs are actually a decent choice for utility, since they can be trained to haul and fight and are therefore useful for other things — and considering a desperate colony (or sadistic player) will find itself eating long pork, dog isn't so bad, really. However, killing an animal that is considered a pet (bonded to a colonist and named) will cause other colonists to slightly dislike the person responsible for the slaughter, even if it was the only way to save the colony. Not limited to dogs (though the game does feature yorkies, labs, and huskies, as well as wolves and wargs, all edible), colonists may also dine on cat, chinchilla, monkey, elephant, turtle, etc, among many other species.
  • Sunless Sea has a Comatose Ferret, a mascot which gives 1 stat point to your charisma / healing skill when equipped. It's clearly not as useful as every other mascot in the game, but if you're out of food and your crew is starving, there's not much point in keeping it any longer - especially since your hunger causes you to hallucinate it being a giant sausage. Unless you want the sociopathic fashionista gunnery officer to turn it into a hat instead.
  • Sunless Skies has An Obviously Delicious Rabbit. Which is delicious. Obviously. If your food supplies run low, you can also eat the Inadvisably Large Dog... though this absolutely demolishes crew morale.


    Web Original 
  • Dream Shorts: In "Dream Team Stranded On An Island", where Dream, George, Sapnap, and Patches (Dream's cat) are stranded on an island without a way to escape for so long that Sapnap proposes that they eat Patches to survive.
  • hololive:
    • Mumei Nanashi, the Cute and Psycho owl-themed Anthropomorphic Personification of Civilization, was asked in her November 28, 2021 Q&A stream as to which one Hololive member, be it from the English, Japanese, or Indonesian branches, she'd want with her if she was stranded on a desert island. She cheats and picks one from each branch... Hakos Baelz, Usada Pekora, and Ayunda Risu. She initially says it's for no particular reason, but then "slips" and says that those are the three she'd pack in her lunchbox. (For those not in the know, the latter three are themed around rodents/lagomorphs, the Stock Animal Diet for owls and other birds of prey.)
    • In Nodoka Narusaki's introduction, A-chan mentions that that some Hololive idols can be used as emergency rations showing Watame Tsunomaki, Pekora Usada and Kiara Takanashi among them.
  • In Red vs. Blue The Recreation:
    Simmons: Dogs are loyal too but that doesn't mean you can't eat them when you're stranded in an arctic outpost and Command can't get rations through because of a seasonal blizzard.
    Donut: That seems like a very specific example...
    Simmons: I don't want to talk about it.

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy: When the Griffins became lost on Mt. Everest, they survived by eating a dead body they discovered. A bit later, Stewie wonders why they resorted to cannibalism, instead of just killing and eating Brian.
  • Done repeatedly in Futurama with the resident Butt-Monkey Dr. Zoidberg, a lobster-like alien. One episode has the crew stranded at the bottom of the ocean with no food:
    Hermes: There are rules for situations like this[holds up 'Code of Conduct for Cannibalism]. Now, the first order of business is lunch. I suggest a nice Lobster Zoidberg. I mean, Lobster Newberg. I mean Doctor Zoidberg.
  • King of the Hill: Dale and a survivalist friend try to buy every dog that the animal shelter has in order to have meat to survive Y2K.
  • Me and My Moulton: The narrator says that her neighbors' dog was named after Fridtjof Nansen's dog, and that on his polar expedition Nansen ate all his dogs except that one. This is accompanied by a scene where a cartoon Nansen plucks a dog collar out of his soup.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • George W. Bush gets a gremlin as a gift (from the Japanese). After a couple of scenes of them being buddies, the Gremlins get the nuclear launch codes and FIRE ZE MISSILES. In the rubble with his wife, the Gremlin, and Cheney, Bush says that they need to eat Froot-Loop (the gremlin) before saying he's just joking and that they'll eat Cheney instead.
    • Likewise in a Star Trek sketch at the end. Kirk, Bones, Spock, Layla, and Toby the Red Shirt have escaped onto a nearby planet after their ship explodes. Having no food on hand, the main crew take a vote and decide to eat the Red Shirt. However, he turns out to expect this and reveals he was the only one who brought a phaser.
      Toby the Red Shirt: Oh hell no! On behalf of all the Red Shirts that fell before me, it makes me very very proud to speak the following sentence: I'm the only one that brought a gun.
    • In another skit, Aqualad is talking with the other sidekicks about Aquaman's last Aqualad, a merman who was more "mer" than "man". When Aqualad asks what happened to him, it cuts to Aquaman in the arctic in front of a crashed plane, screaming in (apparent remorse)
      Aquaman: Why?! Why?! *cut to the former Aqualad on a spit with a giant chunk bitten out of him* Why is there no tartar sauce?!
  • The Simpsons:
    • All it takes for Bart is being sent to his room without any dinner, and he already feels so hungry he begins to visualize Santa's Little Helper's head as a pizza box, with his lolling tongue as a slice. The dog seems to realize the strange look he's giving him, as he whimpers and bolts out the door.
    • In "A Tale of Two Springfields", New Springfield, which is run by Homer, is facing a food shortage since Old Springfield has blocked the roads as part of their feud. Homer's plan for dealing with it begins with "The following breeds of dog are edible..." He doesn't have a chance to implement it, since every other citizen of New Springfield abandons him, leaving him and the family as its sole occupants (even the tumbleweeds left).