A character tries to fatten another character (or animal) like livestock, usually under the pretense of a friendly dinner or banquet in order for the latter to be bigger to eat or die of obesity. If the guest refuses to eat, the character might try Force Feeding them instead. This plan sometimes backfires as the designated "victim" might outsmart the character and cause them to fall into their own trap like getting pushed in an oven. Another variant for is when the victim convinces their captor to "fatten them up" first to bide time for an escape plan.
- One Piece: During the Little Garden Arc, Nami and Usopp at first assume Broggy the Giant is doing this by offering them a huge shank of meat. In reality, the giants - though hailing from a Blood Knight culture - are completely friendly to outsiders. And in any case, the island's dinosaurs give them more than enough to eat; a human wouldn't even be an appetizer for them.
- The Promised Neverland has a variation: since the demons prefer Brain Food, luxury meals are "fattened" by being put through a rigorous educational program during their childhood, which is what happens to the children of Grace Field Orphanage. This backfires when some of the kids at Grace Field learn the truth about what's going to happen to them, and manage to use their intelligence to outwit their captors and formulate an escape plan before setting off to overthrow the demons' rule.
- Space Dandy: Episode 9's B plot. One race of Plantans fatten up Meow to turn him into foie gras. Dandy inadvertently reverts them into ordinary plants first, leaving Meow none the wiser.
- The 1954 horror comic "Life of Riley" (from Beware) and its more lurid 1970s black-and-white reworking "Swamp Monsters" (from Tales From the Tomb). Read 'em both here.
- One planet the judges visit in the Judge Child Quest arc of Judge Dredd has oracle spice, obtained from a giant toad named Sagbelly. An evil mutant sends creatures called Watchers to gather victims to feed Sagbelly. The townsfolk have set up a gruesome lottery that ties "nine fat men, forty days a-feeding" to posts on the town's outskirts for this purpose.
- Hansel and Gretel: The witch uses her gingerbread house to lure children into her home in order to fatten and cook them. Every day the witch checks to see how fat Hansel is by having him poke one of his fingers through the cage, but Hansel tricks her by holding out a stick or crust instead due to her poor eyesight. Eventually she gets tired of waiting and decides she'll just roast him alongside Gretel to make up for the apparent lack of fattening up, but they're able to deal with her with some quick thinking and action.
- The Bolt Chronicles: While Mittens doesn't take a direct role in doing so, she greatly enjoys seeing the title character in "The Blackbird" gorge on caterpillars, seeds, and bugs — the better to make the bird fat and juicy if she can get hold of it.
Mittens: There he goes, scarfing down bugs now. Good!/Get nice and fat, thats it. Need more meat on your bones./Extra juicy — thats fine. The best kind of blackbird.
- Cibus Esculentus Madoka Magica is a fetishized take on Puella Magi Madoka Magica in which Kyubey turns his victims fat in order to make them wholesome for flesh-eating monsters called Esurientes.
- The Tweedy's in Chicken Run start doing this to their chickens in order to make them fat enough for their chicken pies.
- In Free Birds the turkey Reggie is the Only Sane Man who realizes that the reason the farmers feed him and the other turkeys so much is as food for humans.
- In Moana, Maui attempts this by trying to fatten up Moana's chicken to eat the latter up as a boat snack.
- The post-apocalyptic film The Afterman has a Cannibal Clan force feed captive women porridge to fatten them up before butchering and eating them.
- The serial killer in Feed fattens women up until they die, since he gets off on it, and because he has set up a website that allows people to bet on how long it will take for the victims to die.
- Lillith in Hansel and Gretel (2013) does this with her victims as per the fairy tale. The magic sugar gives Hansel a life-threatening diabetes-like curse later in life.
- Se7en: The victim of Gluttony was killed by being forced to eat a huge quantity of spaghetti at gunpoint until he physically could not eat anymore, at which point his killer kicked his bloated stomach to rupture it, resulting in his death.
- The Silence of the Lambs: Inverted; Buffalo Bill purposefully kidnaps larger women, then keeps them until they lose weight so he can more easily skin them and create a suit out of their skins.
- During their Enemy Mine in the The Beast Arises series, the Iron Warriors and the Black Templars discover that the Orks have been doing this to captured humans, to the point that they've mentally regressed to cattle-like creatures the Greenskins can harvest to fuel their war machine. The Iron Warriors, some of the most callous and hardcore traitors in the Galaxy, find this disgusting.
- The Bone Chillers sequel book Frankenturkey II featured the eponymous monster turkey cheating death via a wish gone bad. Possessing benevolent turkey Gobble-De-Gook and now turned into a Jackass Genie, it grants protagonist Annie's unintended wish that her unfeeling brother Kyle be fattened up and eaten for Thanksgiving said in the heat of the moment. Annie is horrified when her parents begin to fatten her brother to actually eat him on Thanksgiving, and is even more so terrified that Kyle is okay with this and eager to have his head chopped off.
- John Anthony West's short story "Gladys's Gregory" involves a society of sorts in which women encourage their husbands to put on huge amounts of weight, then slaughter and eat the fattest guy (prepared according to his last wishes) after an annual weigh-in. And then Gregory squicks everyone by asking to be served raw.
- A Goosebumps book, "Attack of the Jack o'Lanterns", took place during Hallowe'en. Two of the characters appear to be kids who are friends of the protagonists, wearing pumpkin masks over their whole head. They take the protagonists and the bullies who are forcing them to trick or treat with them, to a hidden suburb behind a forest where everybody has a pumpkin head. The Pumpkin Head kids force the other kids to take as much candy as they can carry in pillowcases, then eat everything in the bag. Then, they try to force the kids to go for more. The bullies run off and leave the protagonists but the pumpkin heads turn out to be superpowered aliens who are the protagonists' friends. But then, after they laugh at the bullies running scared, they admit that they actually eat fat adults, but the protagonist is not old enough or fat enough yet.
Alien: I wouldn't fill up on all that candy. We'll be back next year.
- Used as a plot point in a couple of the Greyfriars stories, Billy Bunter Among The Cannibals and Big Chief Bunter in particular. Although Bunter is already so fat, fattening him up any more is a bit like gilding fine gold.
- Guards! Guards!, after the Noble Dragon is crowned as king, it (via mind-controlled flunky Lupine Wonse) calls a meeting of the guild leaders, serving them a meal that the guild leaders can't help but notice consists of rich and fattening foods, while Wonse, who conspicuously eats very little of the food served, discusses the changes in the status quo, like the new king's... dietary requirements.
- In Kur of Gor the alien Kur race adapted a herd of humans in a cross between this and a breeding program so they're bulky cattle. One is estimated to weigh about 600 lbs.
- At the end of the short story "The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles" by Margaret St. Clair:
But great are the virtues of legitimate commerce. Though they fattened Mortensen sedulously, and, later, roasted and sauced him and ate him with real appetite, the gnoles slaughtered him in quite a humane manner and never once thought of torturing him. That is unusual, for gnoles.
- A bad ending in the Nintendo Adventure Book Flown the Koopa has a tribe of Mega Moles eat Mario and Luigi after fattening them up with "gifts" of food.
- The "Gentle Giants" in The Silver Chair plan to fatten Eustice and Jill up for the autumn feast.
- On Sinbad the Sailor's Fourth Voyages, this happened to his crew; they were "befriended" by natives who fed them food laced with a herb (implied to be bhang) which robs them of their sense of reason, before fattening them. Sinbad, being suspicious of the herb from the start, doesn't take it, and realizes the cannibals' intent once they start feeding the crew, so he flees and survives. (But it only gets worse from there...)
- Implied in Stanley Ellin's story "Speciality of the House", in which the fact that the restaurant's food is fattening only gets mentioned in passing - and the fact that the really fattened up customers disappear, only to have the speciality, Lamb Aemirstan, be served right thereafter.
- Beatrix Potter has this in The Tale of Little Pig Robinson. The title character follows a cook onto the ship he works for (despite his aunts warning him not to talk to ship's cooks). The crew of the ship keep feeding him heavy amounts of food so they can eat him later. Fortunately, the ship's cat warns him in time and helps him escape in the longboat.
- The Benny Hill Show: Benny plays a wealthy older man who gets himself a Trophy Wife, who insists that he eat and drink as much as he wants and then some. It's obvious to everyone but him that she's a Gold Digger in cahoots with the Tennis Pro to basically feed and exercise him to death and get the inheritance. Sure enough, he dies and she marries the pro. But then at the reception, her new husband starts feeding her — cue an Oh, Crap! look as she realizes now he's the one who stands to inherit.
- The CSI: Miami episode "Hunting Ground" revolved around Hunting the Most Dangerous Game. When it's discovered that the main hunter pumps his captives full of things like steroids before letting them loose in the wilderness, Caine dourly notes that the man is, "fattening up the prey before the hunt."
- In the Doctor Who serial "Paradise Towers", Mel is fed up by the Rezzies Tilda and Tabby, who then reveal themselves as cannibals who plan to eat. This is a Fridge Logic moment as the Rezzies are supposed to have turned to cannibalism due to lack of food, raising the question of where Tilda and Tabby obtained the food they are using to fatten Mel.
- In Elementary, Sherlock tells Joan that he's going to do this to a turtle (actually, a tortoise) which had been the pet of a victim of the week, but he's just joking.
- Hannibal: Dr. Lecter feeds Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier a diet of acorns, oysters, and marsala wine to improve her flavor. It's revealed in flashbacks he did the same thing to Dr. Abel Gideon.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch does this in an episode that parodies both 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'Hansel and Gretel.' Harvey ends up atop a beanstalk and meets the Wicked Witch who eats mortals. The witch proceeds to feed Harvey all of his favourite foods while adding an extra ingredient to speed up the fattening process.
- In the episode "About A Boy", the witch feeds the deaged adults dry cake in an attempt to fatten them up.
- The Leviathans' Evil Plan is to turn humans into docile and fattened livestock. The drugs they plan to use for this scheme also poison other supernatural beings who prey on humans since the Leviathans don't like competition.
- The Twilight Zone: In the episode "To Serve Man", Kanamits arrive upon earth and state they come to offer companionship by multiplying the humans' food supply. After the hero discovers the Kanamits eat the humans they take to their planet as "ambassadors", he is taken prisoner aboard their ship. In the last scene a Kanamit is exhorting him to eat his dinner.
- Xena: Warrior Princess: Gabrielle and Virgil are captured by a Cannibal Tribe in "The Abyss" episode that keep their victims in a hut filled with food. While imprisoned, they meet a fellow prisoner called Rubico who managed to stay off the menu by staying skinny with diet and exercise so that he would be less appetising than his fellow captives.
Virgil: What kind of savages feed their captives like kings? Maybe they did understand me. Now that they know that I'm a friend of Xena. What are you doing?
Rubico: Breathing a sigh of relief.
Virgil: About what?
Rubico: Your youthful zest for food and drink.
Virgil: Oh, I get it. I'm the catch of the day.
- The third AkaSeka Yonkoma features Black Comedy in which Mitsukuni attempts this on the moon rabbit Inaba.
- In Diablo III Ghom, the demon lord of Gluttony, was fattening up his human prisoners so they'd be a more satisfying meal. They started acting up when somebody realized they only got meat when one of them was dragged off.
- Fat Princess is a Capture The Flag-based game, where the flags are represented by princesses. A princess can be fed cake, making her fatter, and therefore harder for the opposing team to pick up and carry.
- In Little Ninja Brothers, Tub-a-Tummy, the first major boss you face, poses as the mayor of Deli-Chous and treats you to a banquet fit for ten men so that he can turn you into meatballs and eat you. After you partake of your drugged meal, you get tossed in prison where you learn that Tub-A-Tummy has tried doing this to other victims, including the real mayor.
- A metaphorical case happens in Stellaris: If an empire forms a covenant with an Eldritch Abomination called The End of the Cycle, said entity will grant massive resource boost to the empire, allowing it to grow and expand at an alarmingly inflated rate. There's one catch: After fifty years pass, The End will instantly devour the entirety of that empire, leaving behind dead planets and billions of ghosts who become an all-devouring undead army bent on destroying the entire galaxy.
- A family on a farm in The Walking Dead offers Lee and his friends a place to stay and a lot of food, which was a massive blessing since Lee's group was running out of food previously. Lee and Kenny discover a room in the barn that looks like a slaughterhouse and suspect something isn't right with the family. Their fears are completely correct as they quickly find out that the family had chopped off their wounded friend's legs and used said legs as the meat in the dinner everyone was eating that night. Once Lee's group realizes that the family are cannibals and were fattening them up to make more "meat" out of them, the family turns hostile and locks them up at gunpoint.
- 2 Stupid Dogs has an example in the second "Red" episode; Red Riding Hood unknowingly leads the dogs to a gingerbread house which is owned by a certain witch (fairy tales are mixed together in these episodes). She orders the dogs to feed Red until she is fat enough and, after a time card saying more than a year has passed, Red is fat enough to fill the cage, Then the witch not only swallows her, but the dogs too.
- In a Saturday morning ABC Bod Squad PSA about the dangers of snacking too much, goblin-like creatures called "The Munchies" urge a bored boy to eat junk food. As The Munchies offer him sugary treats, chanting "Here munch THIS! Here munch THAT! Soon you're not just bored, you're FAT!", the boy stuffs himself with food until he realizes with horror that he's become fat.
- This is the MO of Gramma Stuffum in Codename: Kids Next Door. She doesn't plan to eat anybody, but she's convinced that most children in the world are horribly skinny and wants to fatten them up with her food so they'll be too big to move and get in trouble.
- Dan Vs. references this in "Dan Vs. The Neighbors". Dan distrusts his new neighbors because they're "too nice", so when they persistently offer fresh pies to Dan, he concludes that they're fattening him up so they can eat him. They aren't. They're just being friendly, and Dan's being paranoid.
- DuckTales (1987): Double Subverted. "The Golden Fleecing". When the harpies kidnap Launchpad, he thinks that they're planning to eat him. They respond that, no, they just want him to stay for dinner. However, they didn't tell him that they were feeding him so a dragon could eat him.
- Garfield and Friends has two incidences of this.
- In the episode "Nighty Nightmare", near the end of Garfield's Dream Sequence, it is revealed that the reason Garfield was eating every scrap of food in the world and growing to gigantic proportions was because an alien was using a mind-control ray on him to fatten him up for Thanksgiving dinner for the planet Clarion.
- In the episode "Pest of a Guest", Garfield exploits this trope and makes a freeloading cat who's been faking being sick think this is what his going to happen to him. He makes a recipe card that has one kitty cat as the main ingredient to Jon's casserole. Later Jon (who doesn't know what Garfield did) casually mentions to the cat "we've got to fatten you up" and that the casserole is Odie's favorite dish. Odie licks him and that cat thinks Odie is tasting him, causing him to flee from the house.
- In an episode of Gawayn, a group of natives plan to sacrifice Sir Roderick to the volcano god. However, they first feed him 27 pizzas to fatten him up and make him a suitable sacrifice.
- Lilo & Stitch: The Series: In the episode "Frenchfry", it's eventually revealed that the titular experiment does this to his victims—which in this episode is Lilo and Stitch—feeding them delicious, but extremely fattening food before trying to eat them once they've been fattened up enough.
- Merrie Melodies:
- In the short "Holiday For Drumsticks", a hillbilly is trying to fatten up a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner by feeding it large amounts of food. Daffy Duck wants the food, so he informs the turkey about his fate and convinces him to not eat anything and exercise to lose weight. The plan works — when Thanksgiving arrives the turkey is as thin as a reed and Daffy is massively overweight. Then Daffy discovers that the hillbilly is fine with having duck for Thanksgiving dinner instead... Watch it here.
- Daffy is also the victim of this in "Daffy's Southern Exposure". Daffy nearly starves in winter after foolishly refusing to go South. He is taken in by two kindly old ladies who feed him many cans of beans. Said old ladies are actually a fox and a weasel who have gotten sick of eating beans and are in the mood for some roast duck...
- An interpretation of "Pigs Is Pigs" is that the mad scientist lured Piggy in only to fatten up and eat him. It works marvelously well given Piggy is a sinful glutton, but considering It Was All Just A Dream, this may not apply.
- "Bewitched Bunny" — Bugs wanders into the story of Hansel and Gretel, where Witch Hazel lures them into her house with promises of goodies (not that they needed further fattening). We next see them stuffing their faces with ice cream while sitting in a roasting pan.
- Nightmare Ned: In the episode "Canadian Bacon", Ned has brought in a pig, but his parents were wondering that a pig is not meant for a pet but for a meal. This leads to him having a nightmare which started out as a good dream about when he and the pig, Butterflake, flee to live in his farm in Canada where they feed him tasty food. But just as Ned enjoys living with a family of pigs, he later discovers that Butterflake and his parents are fattening him up to devour him for their Christmas roast.
- Popeye: In the episode "pop-pie a la mode" our hero Pop-Eye finds himself shipwrecked. He finds an island that is full of cannibals but he does not know. The cannibals treat Pop-Eye like a guest by giving him plenty of food. They really are fattening him up for a feast.
- Subverted in Rocko's Modern Life: Heffer (a steer) was found as a baby by a family of wolves who attempted to do this. They managed to fatten him up perfectly, but they had begun to view him as part of their own family, so they chose not to eat him (he had actually grown up thinking he really was part of their family).
- The Simpsons:
- Zig-Zagged in the first Halloween episode, the eponymous family is abducted by aliens, who claim they will take them to their heaven-like planet. While on the ship, the Simpsons are fed a lot and are weighted after each meal. Lisa then finds a book that is titled "How to cook Humans". One alien then blows off some dust on the cover, revealing that the book is actually called "How to cook for Humans". Lisa then blows some more dust off, making the title "How to cook forty Humans". Finally, the alien blows one last bit of dust, revealing that the full title of the book is "How to cook for forty Humans". The aliens were horrified that the Simpsons believe they would eat them, and get fed up with how rude they were by pigging out. Then the aliens take them back home while telling them about the infinite pleasure they would have had on their planet.
- The second short of Treehouse of Horror XI, "Scary Tales Can Come True", is a parody of classic fairytales. At one point Lisa and Bart get captured by the Wicked Witch from Hansel and Gretel, leading to the following conversation:
- Gargamel does this to Greedy after he manages to capture him in The Smurfs episode "Gormandizing Greedy", which turns out to be a Diet Episode.
- Attempted by a morally bankrupt sea captain against Wily Kit and Wily Kat in ThunderCats. His cook really stuffs them, the little victims oblivious. They don't get eaten, though.
- Tom and Jerry: In the episode "That's My Mommy" Tom finds a small duckling that believes he is its mother. As a result Tom decides to eat the duckling. He wants to make stuffed roast duck and feeds the duckling stuffing to fatten him up significantly. The duck after fattened is then placed in a tray for cooking.
- Jerry manages to save him from that particular incident, but the duckling refuses to listen to his warnings. And even after finding out that the recipe calls for duck, he decides to jump into boiling water himself to Tom's shock. And when he says that he still loves his "mommy" before making the leap, Tom is unable to let it happen as he catches him with a Big "NO!" and holds him close. The ending shows Tom happily teaching the duckling how to swim like a duck.
- Done in one episode of Tom and Jerry Tales where a pride of lions provide Tom and Jerry with a huge banquet of food to fatten them up for their next meal.
- Woody Woodpecker: In "Corn Fed Up" Gabby Gator tricks Woody into thinking his swamp farm is actually a corn farm. With a tasty meal in sight, Gabby feeds Woody corn fritters to fatten him up while Woody sits on a wooden swing (it is actually attached to a scale).
- Xiaolin Showdown: In the episode "Master Monk Guan", Dojo gets teased for overeating and Guan leads him to Chase Young for a meal. Dojo accepts, unaware that Young intends to fatten him up as an ingredient for his Lao Mang Long Soup.
- In the style of Hansel and Gretel, an old witch lures Yin and Yang into her home in the Yin Yang Yo! episode "A Walk in the Woods" and fattens them up with a big strawberry cake.