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"Ah, the Leaky Cauldron. If you have the pea soup, make sure you eat it before it eats you!"

Food becomes sentient and begins fighting and killing. One can often expect it to be many times its normal size and armed with fangs and claws. This may be the result of It Came from the Fridge, Lethal Chef or Raising the Steaks, and in some cases may overlap with Anthropomorphic Food.

Not to be confused with food from Soviet Russia. Subtrope of Attack of the Killer Whatever. Compare Edible Ammunition and Edible Bludgeon (where otherwise normal weapons are made out of food products). Often an enemy found in Level Ate. Fed to Pigs is a mundane subtrope; many people eat pig, but in this case pigs eat us.



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  • This Tums Smoothies commercial, as part of a series of similar advertisements.
  • Two of the taglines for Wendy's Baconator burger were "It can smell fear." and "Eat it. Before it eats you."

    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • In the French comic Mélusine (the story of an apprentice witch during Middle Ages), the transfiguration teacher reports that during a previous lesson, he made his pupils prepare a whole meal by magic. The roast suddenly came back to life and devoured all the guests. Now the school still provides cooking lessons, but without a hint of magic...
  • Pig-Iron, the lancer of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, wanders off while his teammates are talking about aliens using Earth as a dumping site for bizarre eggs, leaving a warning never to open them or else. Pig-Iron finds one of the eggs in the fridge and cracks it open to eat it, revealing an ordinary-looking egg. Which attacks him, flees out the window, and rapidly grows to kaiju-size.
  • Wonder Woman (1942): The Rykornians are an odd play on this, as technically they're giant corn aliens that try to attack the earth, it's just that the bodies that do the talking have a pyramid head and a rhombus body, while the more corn looking counterparts are more like attack tentacles.

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes has this at least once — or at least, Calvin getting into a fight with his food. This actually happens in one comic that features an Imagine Spot where Calvin's supper gobbles him up, to the delight of his parents. Cut to Calvin accusing his mother of trying to kill him with her cooking.

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    Films — Live-Action 

  • Time travelers have warned Thursday Next about a possible apocalypse where the entire world is covered in a strange, unidentified substance. It turns out to be Dream Topping, a food similar to Cool Whip. It would be the first time, and the last, that someone heard about the Grey Goo scenario and decided it sounded like a great way to save money on sweets manufacturing.
  • This happens in Vegemorphs, a parody of Animorphs.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On the Colbert Report, the graphic for the segment "Thought for Food" shows a brain (with eyes) thinking about a burger (with eyes). The burger then jumps from the thought cloud and swallows the brain whole.
  • The Thanksgiving episode of the short-lived Post Apocalypse Situation Comedy Woops featured a giant mutated turkey.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Happened regularly to the Swedish Chef in The Muppets, though one can question the sentience of the food (it does have something against being cooked and eaten). Not only did live animals he was trying to cook fight back, but so did spaghetti, and so on...

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons adventure Castle Greyhawk, Level 3 "Too Many Cooks". Magic cooking instruments are used to create food monsters that attack and try to kill the PC party.
  • The Hungry Burger card in Yu-Gi-Oh! sometimes gets described as this in any video games where it receives a description at all.
  • The Toon adventure "Mars Needs Creampuffs" has a Martian baker named Do-Nut as its Big Bad. Cooking up killer food to help destroy the Earth is his entire schtick.

    Video Games 
  • Miitopia has Mii-eyed hamburgers as enemies which can swallow you party members. Gross.
  • In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Mario has to cook a huge steak for some renowned food critic at Tangerino Grill. Easy as pie you might say. Except the steak apparently isn't pleased with it and starts fighting you.
  • In the Team Fortress 2 video "Expiration Date", the mercs accidentally turn a loaf of bread into a giant abomination which attacks them and swallows Scout and Miss Pauling. (They're all right after the rest kill it and cut them out, as said abomination didn't actually have any sort of digestive system.)
  • Super Mario RPG has Bundt, a living wedding cake that inexplicably comes to life after the main party crashed the reception to rescue Princess Peach. The chefs who made the thing are every bit as surprised as you are.
  • In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the bros have to fight the Chuckolator, a monster made of living cola that grows stronger whenever it's told jokes. It's an interesting set up for a boss battle, that's for sure.
  • BurgerTime has the poor burger chef menaced by giant hot dogs, eggs, and pickle chips. Their slightest touch is instant death.

    Web Original 
  • Gummy Neopets are described as the creations of a mad scientist who envisioned them as companions that you could eat as snacks. The first example was perfectly harmless ... until the scientist decided to use it for its second purpose. Food Eats You, indeed.
  • One of mark3611's Youtube Poops, Big City Sliders Attack Your Family.
  • The page image comes from El Cid's short, "Hotdog Eats a Batman", which makes marginally more sense if you're aware that it's a followup to an earlier short, "Batman Eats a Hotdog".

    Western Animation 
  • DuckTales (1987): In "Nothing to Fear", a giant banana monster threatens to eat Doofus Drake. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Adventure Time has killer hotdogs and killer hamburgers in one dungeon. (Any evil Candy People don't count.)
  • Steven Universe: The climax of "Together Breakfast" involves Steven's Together Breakfast being possessed by a malicious entity and attacking the Crystal Gems. Later, they decided not to eat waffles for a while and ordered a pizza.
  • In Regular Show, a group of sentient hot dogs try to eat the gang as revenge for their fallen brethren.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: when DNA from a giant moth monster is accidentally mixed with a tray of brownies in Frylock's cloner, the team is attacked by a swarm of brownie monsters.
  • Hambuster is a CGI short film depicting a carnivorous-hamburger apocalypse. It just gets worse from there...
  • The Simpsons has a few examples:
    • In a school Educational Film about the food chain host Troy McClure tells a child "if a cow ever got the chance, he'd eat you and everyone you care about!"
    • In a Treehouse of Horror episode Homer gets eaten by an giant donut.
    • Referenced in "Bart vs Australia" when Lisa sarcastically tells Bart that hamburgers eat people in the country of Rand McNally.
  • In the Dan Vs. episode "Dan Vs. Vegetables", Dan sets off a gene-scrambler in a field of broccoli, creating a giant broccoli monster, whose first instinct is to eat Dan.
  • Happens several times in Dave the Barbarian. There's the Pretzel-men (created by a villain), the various evil foods Dave makes via the evil Cuisinum Mysterium cookbook, and a pair of giant muffin monsters, whose presence is never explained.
  • Sokka has a nightmare about this in an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender and is terrified it might come true.
  • In one episode of the 1993 Secret Squirrel revival Super Secret Secret Squirrel "Greg", the antagonist is a living gingerbread man named Greg with a grudge against children since his leg was bitten off by a hungry child. To this end he created a gigantic golem made out of candy that would eat children and tried feeding Secret and Morocco to it as its first meals. Unfortunately for Greg, Reality Ensues since the golem is still ultimately made out of candy — Secret and Morocco defeat it simply by eating it.

    Real Life 
  • This is known to occasionally happen to hunters who are after dangerous prey. One example.
  • Everytime an animal is able to eat the meat of a predator that would normally hunt said animal.
    • The most common example may be a scavenger finding the dead body of a bigger predator.
    • Another example includes a human and a predatory animal, since with weapons, a human can easily kill for example a lion, but without, the lion will most likely kill the human.
  • Pineapples eat you while you eat them


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Alternative Title(s): Ferocious Food, The Food Must Feed


Color Splash Steak

A living Steak boss that Mario has to tenderize by attacking it and then cook with Thing cards.

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