"Not really," she answered. "Although I have heard it said that over there the witches are able to make the grown-ups eat their own children." [...]
"But how could they possibly make them eat their own children?" I asked.
"By turning them into hot-dogs," she said. "That wouldn't be too difficult for a clever witch."
You have bent your enemy to your will. As a show of obedience, he is now hosting you at a lavish feast in your honor. Only too late do you begin to wonder where your son is, and what exactly what is in the stew...
- The Punisher:
- Psycho for Hire Barracuda recounts how an African warlord once killed his brother and had him cooked up to test his mercenaries' reactions. They all started vomiting as soon as they learned what they were eating... except Barracuda, who asked for seconds.
- A Triad leader is unimpressed with Nicky Cavella's threats (he keeps eating during the meeting), saying he has three grown sons to take over the business even if Nicky has him killed. Nicky tells him he's eating one of them, before gunning down the other two standing behind him.
- In The Sandman Fiddler's Green relates a version of Little Red Riding Hood in which the wolf carved up Granny and poured her blood into a wine bottle, then tricked Red into having a bite and a drink before killing her as well.
- In Fables, Frau Totenkinder once punished a woman by tricking her into eating a pie she made from one of the woman's horrible daughters (Frau having eaten the other one, while rewarding the woman's hated but kind stepdaughter with riches).
- The Juniper Tree, a fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, tells of a Wicked Stepmother who kills her stepson, then cuts him up and serves him as a stew to her husband / the child's father.
- Some versions of Little Red Riding Hood, see The Sandman above.
- Tấm Cám: The traditional version of story ends with Tam having her half-sister Cam boiled alive in revenge. Tam later serves her stepmother some of Cam's meat. When her stepmother notices Cam's skull, she dies of shock.
- The Field Guide to Evil: "Beware the Melonheads" ends with William feeding Arnold his father's flesh to complete his transformation into a melonhead, with Arnold no longer even recognising who is father is as he eats the offered flesh.
- In The Rocky Horror Picture Show after Dr. Scott says that Eddie was his nephew Dr. Frank-N-Furter reveals that they've been eating "Eddie under glass".
- In Theatre of Blood, Lionheart feeds Merridew his two pet two poodles (who he regards as his children) baked into a pie, as a revenge based on Titus Andronicus. He then finishes Merridew off by Force Feeding him the remains of the pies very forcefully.
- Some of the oldest examples come from The Histories of Herodotus, which contain at least two instances involving the Medes. Of these, the more famous comes from Herodotus' (completely fictional, by the way, though Herodotus probably didn't invent it himself) Origin Story for Cyrus the Great. To summarize considerably, Cyrus' maternal grandfather, King Astyages of the Medes, had ordered one of his generals, Harpagus, to kill the newborn Cyrus (as he had had an omen that Cyrus would supplant or overthrow him). Harpagus didn't have the heart, and long story short Astyages finds out ten years later that Cyrus is still alive. This was Harpagus' punishment for his failure (from A.D. Godley's 1920 translation):
But when Harpagus son came, Astyages cut his throat and tearing him limb from limb roasted some and boiled some of the flesh, and the work being finished kept all in readiness. So when it came to the hour for dinner and Harpagus was present among the rest of the guests, dishes of sheeps flesh were set before Astyages and the others, but Harpagus was served with the flesh of his own son, all but the head and hands and feet, which lay apart covered up in a basket. And when Harpagus seemed to have eaten his fill, Astyages asked him, Are you pleased with your meal, Harpagus? Exceeding well pleased, Harpagus answered. Then those whose business it was brought him in the covered basket the head and hands and feet of his son, and they stood before Harpagus and bade him uncover and take of them what he would. Harpagus did so; he uncovered and saw what was left of his son: this he saw, but he mastered himself and was not dismayed. Astyages asked him, Know you what beasts flesh you have eaten? Yea, he said, I know, and all that the king does is pleasing to me. With that answer he took the rest of the flesh and went to his house, purposing then, as I suppose, to collect and bury all.
- A Song of Ice and Fire
- The legendary Rat Cook is said to have served a prince to his father, over an unknown slight by the King. However, the main horrible deed the Rat Cook performed was not that he made the King an unwitting cannibal, but that he violated Sacred Hospitality in killing the Prince in the process.
- In more recent times, it is implied that Lord Wyman Manderly served three Freys as pies at the wedding of Ramsay Bolton.
- In The Witches, Roald Dahl mentions offhandedly that American witches have been known to transmogrify children into hot dogs and feed them to unsuspecting parents.
- In Game of Thrones Arya Stark kills and feeds Walder Frey's sons to him, instead of Lord Manderly being the one to do it.
- In Gotham, Oswald Cobblepot kills his father, Elijah's stepchildren then feeds them to their mother before killing her. They were using him as a servant and had poisoned his father.
- CSI: This may be stretching the definition of filial, but in the "Last Supper", the murderer cuts up the Victim of the Week, cooks him, and serves him to the contestants on a cooking show as a palate test. The victim had raped and murdered her sister together with his 'frat brother', who is one of the contestants. The butchering and cooking scene is an obvious tip of the hat to Titus Andronicus.
- Classical Mythology makes this Older Than Feudalism:
- When King Atreus of Mycenae learns that his brother Thyestes has committed adultery with Atreus's wife Aerope, he kills Thyestes' sons and has them cooked and served to their father. When Thyestes has finished his meal, Atreus reveals the truth and shows him the children's hand and feet. Then he banishes Thyestes from Mycenae for eating human flesh. This got Atreus's own bloodline cursed, resulting in, but not ending with, the Trojan War.
- According to Greek Mythology, king Tereus raped his wife's sister, cut out her tongue, and held her captive until she managed to smuggle out a message to her sister. The sister killed their son and fed him to Tereus. Titus Andronicus borrows heavily from the story.
- Classical Mythology inverted this when Kronos, wanting to eat his children so they couldn't overthrow him, unknowingly ate a rock disguised as the baby Zeus.
- The first example may well be Tantalus, son of Zeus, ancestor of the aforementioned Atreus and Thyestes - and arguably the true source of the curse on the whole bloodline. He wanted to prove the gods are not all-knowing so he murdered his son Pelops and cooked him for the feast he was giving the gods, that is, relatives on his father's side. The other gods instantly realized what was going on but Demeter (still crestfallen after Persephone vanished) did end up nibbling on a shoulder-blade (which got replaced with an ivory one courtesy of Hephaestus when the poor kid got brought back to the living).
- The stories of Lycaon, the king who tried to serve a child to a visiting and disguised Zeus only to be turned into a werewolf, have versions where it is said the child killed and cooked is a result of Zeus raping Lycaon's daughter, Kallisto.
- Norse Mythology: After King Atli has killed Gunnar and Hogni, the brothers of his wife Gudrun, he offers he will make it up to his wife by holding a funeral feast for the brothers. Gudrun cuts the throats of the two small sons she has with Atli and serves their roasted hearts to their father, together with wine mixed with the children's blood in drinking cups made from their skulls (Poetic Edda, Prose Edda, Volsunga Saga).
- In Titus Andronicus, as revenge for the rape and mutilation of his daughter, Titus kills Chiron and Demetrius, the sons of Tamora, Queen of the Goths, bakes them into pies and then tricks her into eating them.