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Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Sometimes considered an example of Cold-Blooded Torture. Can be Played for Laughs.

A person is restrained and possibly put into a straitjacket, or strapped to a chair. A funnel/tube may be put in their mouth (or, if they're particularly unlucky, their nose) and something like raw eggs mixed with milk or some other yucky (or worse, poisonous/plagued/rotten) mess is forced down the victim's throat into their stomach, possibly causing their stomach to get bigger as the torture continues. Sometimes, there is no physical force involved at all because in that particular case, threats are just as effective. May cause Nausea Fuel, for both the person being force-fed and for people actually watching it happen. And, of course, Nightmare Fuel should not be ruled out ... nor should fetish. Its potential consequences are both obvious.

Alternatively medication or drugs may be force-fed, either by medical staff or untrained captors.

Note that an Orifice Invasion through the mouth is a different thing. And then there's the exact opposite, starvation. Many times this can work in tandem (starvation for a week, then force fed several times a day for a week). May be used if prisoners attempt a hunger strike, or as a means of Fattening the Victim.

Compare with Food Interrogation; that trope may lead to this one if the perp refuses to eat the food. Compare also Feed It a Bomb. For a milder example of this trope which is generally done in order to make a character stop talking, see Food Shove Gag.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Shiro is dressed up as a nurse in a chapter of Adekan and complains about he was almost forced to eat Body Sushi off a drag queen.
  • In Angel Sanctuary Rosiel force feeds Katan one of his undeath-granting feathers to keep him alive.
  • When we see Mozgus's torture chamber in Berserk, one of the victims is having salt walter poured down her throat with a funnel, a real life torture method. Also, when the Count turns Zondark into his killer zombie-slave thing, he does it by forcing his long, bloated, demonic tongue down his throat.
  • The Green Witch arc of Black Butler features a disturbing scene where Sebastian force feeds Ciel some medicine to help neutralize the effects of poisonous gas as well as Ciel's flashback to his time as a slave where he and the other children were force-fed all their meals.
  • Bleach:
  • Episode 2 of Cowboy Bebop: the Mark of the week, Hakim, repays being bumped by a passing drunk by crushing a cockroach, placing it in a glass, and forcing him to drink it.
  • Mentioned, but not used in Dear Brother: Nanako learns about Mariko's hunger strike when speaking to the latter's mother, who tells her that her daughter has been refusing to eat for days and she was actually planning to force-feed her... but it didn't happen since by that point Mariko has been hospitalized due to her self-inflicted malnourishment.
  • In one of the Galaxy Express 999 movies, Captain Harlock forces a mechanised thug to down a pint of milk.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Stardust Crusaders: When struggling against Death XIII, Kakyoin is forced to swallow round slime to keep him quiet when he tries to force himself awake.
    • Steel Ball Run: In Johnny's backstory, after getting sent to the hospital following the incident that paralyzed him, the coroner watching him stuffs a newspaper in his mouth while humiliating him.
    • JoJolion: After Yoshikage Kira gets critically wounded, Josefumi uses his Soft & Wet to insert pieces of a Locacaca fruit into Kira's mouth to rely on the Equivalent Exchange to save his life.
  • Maria no Danzai: Shortly after his introduction, Okaya stomps on Kiritaka's lunch, then force-feeds him the cockroaches that try to eat the remains, fully expecting Kiri's stomach to get infested, while telling him in great detail how quickly cockroaches reproduce and how likely it is that his stomach will burst.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury: Guel stops eating while taken prisoner, though not out of defiance but losing his will to live. After briefly trying to convince him to continue on his own, Olcott starts Force Feeding him.
  • Also played for laughs in Negima! Magister Negi Magi, when the girls "interrogate" Ku Fei. And earlier when Asuna force-feeds Negi the Love Potion he made for her. Unfortunately, it was an area-effect potion centered on the drinker.
  • Nodame Cantabile: Chiaki gets frustrated with Nodame and tries to force-feed her mushroom and cheese risotto after she lies and tells him that she has no appetite, even though she is actually very hungry.
  • One Piece:
    • Luffy flicks his booger into Zoro's drink as a prank, only for Zoro to spot it at the last second. He irately forces the drink down Luffy's throat.
    • More than one Devil Fruit user has been coerced into eating said Fruit, sometimes on-screen. The list includes Boa Hancock and her sisters (by the World Nobles that enslaved them, for their amusement) and Trafalgar Law (forcefed by his Big Brother Mentor to use the Fruit as cure for his lethal illness).
  • In PandoraHearts, Leo force-feeds a semiconscious Elliot blood from the chain Humpty Dumpty when the latter is mortally wounded by it while trying to protect the former. The blood erases his memories and the wounds from the incident but also makes him one of the illegal contractors of Humpty Dumpty. Then, when Elliot gets his memories back in the headhunter arc, the wounds reappear as well, forcing him into his Heroic Sacrifice. Leo is so torn up about the consequences of his actions that he pulls a Face–Heel Turn and basically stops caring about anything aside from fulfilling his duties as the next host of Glen Baskerville.
  • Played for laughs in Ranma ½ where Ranma comes up with a martial arts technique that involves force feeding everyone else the food on his plate (It Makes Sense in Context). Then there was the time that Happosai was injured to the point of having a full bodycast. Naturally, Ranma Saotome snatches up the golden opportunity to dish out a little pay-back. So what does he do? He force-feeds him Akane Tendo's cooking.
  • In Rebuild of Evangelion, Asuka force-feeds Shinji nutrient bars after he's become so traumatized that he's no longer eating anything and in fact has trouble keeping any food down.
  • In chapter 6 of Sakura Gari Sakurako tries to literally force a tied-up Tagami to eat some of the food she made for him. He's reluctant to do so because the last time she fed him something, she had secretly snuck in some glass. This time the food has nothing, but Sakurako is still pretty scary.
  • Shadow Star:
    • A particularly scary version of this occurs in the anime which is pretty much a horror show all on its own. A girl named Hiroko is frequently harassed by a trio of cruel bullies (and a reluctant one) and on one occasion is forced to ingest a bunch of worms from inside a test-tube which she quickly vomits back up.
    • In the manga, Hiroko is only scared into swallowing one worm, but not actually force fed it. A straight example occurs later in the revenge when Hiroko's Dragon, Oni, grabs Aki Honda (the bully leader) by the head; palm facing her mouth and starts producing worms that she has to swallow until her stomach bulges visibly. Then he rapes and kills her.
  • Ren from Skip Beat! tends to forget to eat since he was often force-fed as a child by his Beloved Smother to the point that he was unable to breathe.
  • The end of Umineko EP2 (Turn of the Golden Witch'') has a scene in which Beatrice captures Battler's aunt Rosa, restrains her, and has her force fed the remains of her siblings.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Season 7 episode 2 of Happy Heroes, the Global Leader states he's too hungry to decide whether he should diplomatic relations with Dog Planet or Cat Planet first. The ambassadors of both planets then force-feed him their respective planets' food of choice, resulting him throwing up.

    Comic Books 
  • An issue of Deadpool cast him and Captain America in a spoof of Goofus and Gallant. One comparison showed that Cap makes sure to accommodate his vegetarian friends' dietary needs, while Deadpool ties vegetarians to chairs and force-feeds them meatloaf.
  • The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers - Fat Freddy is sent out to buy some weed - when he gets home and Franklin finds he'd spent all their money on a big bag of parsley, he angrily force-feeds it to Freddy.
  • In The Filth Spartacus Hughes forcefeeds a ships captain (a staunch vegetarian) meat. Which is raw. And Hughes tells us the animal was tortured before being killed. And the animal was his daughter.
  • Johnny the Homicidal Maniac once force fed food to some hapless guy all the while asking if the food is fresh. Turns out he really just wanted to know if his food was fresh since he hasn't paid his electricity bill in a while. The guy is then let go without any consequence.
  • Mega Man (Archie Comics): In the third story arc, Quick Man force-feeds an E-Tank to a wounded Mega Man so he'll actually be able to fight back. Naturally, this backfires on him, as Mega Man had copied a weapon that Quick Man is very weak against beforehand, and being fully healed just allows him to tank Quick Man's blows and One-Hit Kill him.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW): Deconstructed in "Pie in the Sky". Pinkie Pie constantly forces Rainbow Dash, who hates pies, to eat her pies so she'll like them. This later angers Rainbow enough to make Pinkie sit through her favorite pastimes just to give A Taste of Their Own Medicine. Pinkie doesn't get the message until Rainbow gives her an Armor-Piercing Question, finally making her see what a jerk she was in completely ignoring her friend's feelings and invalidating her wishes for disliking pies.
  • Red Ears: An average-looking wife whose hunky husband has been cheating on her with a more beautiful woman catches them having dinner at a restaurant by storming in with a loaded gun. Afraid that she'll shoot them both, she instead forces the other woman to eat an entire wedding cake at gunpoint to ruin her figure.
  • The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror comics have a story called "The Legend of Batterface". Homer becomes a doughnut themed serial killer who murders childhood camp mates each year by force feeding them doughnuts until they suffocate. The reason he does this is because he was driven insane after his friends pulled a deserved prank on him for eating all of the doughnuts in summer camp.
  • In The Smurfs comic book version of "The Astro Smurf", Papa Smurf force-feeds the title character with the sleeping potion to keep him asleep.
  • Weird example in X-Men #231: A demon in the form of Baba Yaga takes over the X-Mansion and trusses up all the New Mutants (except Magik/Illyana Rasputin) for eating, force-feeding them to make them fat. Magik risks her soul to summon her brother Colossus (she thinks he's dead; he was hiding out in Australia. It Makes Sense in Context), and they're able to defeat the witch, but she has to use a spell to restore her friends to their normal selves. Presumably it was magic food, because the story takes place seemingly over a few hours, but the victimized mutants are fat all over, not just Balloon Bellied (perhaps; the art is not clear) and they seem to be in semi-permanent food comas (makes 'em easier to butcher).

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    Fan Works 
  • In the Team Fortress 2 fanfic titled "Afterwards", someone tried to blackmail the Medic, he escaped. "But zat was after I pulled out all his teezh, fed him his own testicles, drilled a hole into his skull and zen poured in ze acid…"
  • Asylum of Doom: Patients at the Burke Lunatic Asylum who refuse to take their pills are force-fed them by the orderlies instead, as Gaz finds out the hard way.
    Orderly: Prescriptions are mandatory. You will take yours.
  • In The Earth Arena, Matt decides to starve himself after losing a fellow prisoner he considered a friend. On the eleventh day, he has a tube shoved through his nose and is visibly traumatized by the experience, comparing himself to a duck raised for slaughter and sobbing all the while.
  • The Star Wars fic Gladiatorial Jedi has it happen to Luke Skywalker, though he only can't fight back due to the drugs keeping him from using the Force. He was forced into a Gladiator Games plot and between being angry about being captured and afraid for his wife and son, he hadn't eaten anything. So, his ex-girlfriend, who's running the thing, has the guards restrain him, shove a tube down his throat, and pour in hot soup. He ends up with a scorched esophagus most of the way down, until a much friendlier woman brings him a nexu milk substance that soothes the burn.
  • In Chapter 55 of the Spice Girls/Backstreet Boys fic In The Dark, it's revealed that Otis Darwin forces Melanie to drink LSD-Laced Deer Blood, which had made her fearful of food for a time.
  • Karma Circle: Judgement: In Gaz's nightmare, when Dib is attacking her with food to express all his repressed anger at her, it culminates in him stuffing so many slices of pizza into her mouth that she nearly chokes on them.
  • In the Danny Phantom fanfic titled "Narcissism" by WTF Wonder, Dark Danny threatens to do this to Danny.
  • In the Death Note fanfic titled "Stolen" by SekushiAi a psychopath presses a scalpel to Light's tongue, cutting it open. And then he pours some liquid which contains vinegar into Light's mouth right afterwards. Light tries to cough it up, but the psychopath holds his mouth shut and pushes his head back, forcing Light to ingest the liquid laced with vinegar and the resulting blood that was pooling in his mouth from when his tongue was cut.

    Film — Animation 
  • In Aladdin, Iago's revenge against the Sultan for feeding him stale crackers is to force feed him the same crackers. (No, not literally the same crackers.)
  • Ark has an interrogation scene where the protagonist Rogan, arrested by Storrian authorities, gets tortured by having a tankard of petrol emptied into his mouth. His captor even comments "Our prisoner looks thirsty... let's give him something to drink!"
  • The Jungle Book: A humorous example occurs when King Louie holds Mowgli's mouth open to feed him a banana.
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet: In The Stinger, Vanellope and Ralph are in a mobile game where Ralph is force-feeding pancakes to a bunny. The bunny eats so many pancakes that its belly pops offscreen.
  • Trolls: To ensure King Gristle Jr. gets to know how eating a Troll feels like before attending his first Trollstice in yearsnote , Chef repeatedly tries to force-feed Creek to him, against Gristle's desire to only eat Trolls once said Trollstice comes around. The result of her last attempt isn't seen until a later flashback, where it's shown that Creek offered Chef to give her the location of Troll Village in exchange of being spared.
  • Played for Laughs in Turning Red. Ming asks if Mei is hungry then stuffs a bao bun into her mouth without waiting for a proper answer.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In the British horror film Alone a serial killer breaks into a young woman's house, binds her to a chair, and jams microwaved dinner and custard down her throat. The police then find the woman dead after the ordeal.
  • In An American Werewolf in London, Nurse Alex Price forces David (the werewolf) to eat some of his hospital food after he says he doesn't want to eat; holding his nose to get him to open his mouth so she can make him take a bite.
  • In Beverly Hills Ninja Chris Farley and Nicollette Sheridan dump a concoction of herbs, called "The Laughing Mushroom", down the throat of an agent (Will Sasso) to make him reveal information. He is unconscious as the herbs are being poured in his mouth.
  • Caligula. A man gets his penis tied off so that he can't urinate, and then is forced to drink massive amounts of red wine. Once his stomach bulges, they cut him open...
  • Played for Laughs in the 1962 Mexican movie Caperucita y Pulgarcito contra los monstruos, where former villains Wolf and Ogre are tormented using the water torture described in the Real Life section.
  • The heroine in Captivity is strapped to a chair and forced to drink through a funnel a mixture of blended human body parts; eye, nose, ear, and intestines.
  • In Changeling Angelina Jolie's character is force-fed pills by a mental hospital staff after refusing to take them.
  • The is the main villain's favored method of torture in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. He a bookshop employee is tortured to death by being forced to eat book pages. A child is forced to eat his buttons. Later, the villain is forced at gunpoint to eat human flesh.
  • In the Film Cord aka Hide and Seek a pregnant woman has a milkshake pumped down her throat via a tube while she's tied to a bed.
  • The last surviving character in Cornered! is killed by being force-fed donuts, his favorite food.
  • Part of the schtick of the evil Jiuxian Witch from The Devil's Mirror is by having her force-feed her victims Corpse Worm Pills, poisoning them fatally with their faces melted alive. She will make her victims serve her in exchange for antidotes, but even then the cure is only temporary — they must kill and slaughter while in her service, or die when the antidote expires and the witch refuse to heal them.
  • In the film Double Dragon (1994) a bad guy gets force fed spinach through a funnel as torture.
  • Das Experiment: The Guards are given very specific instructions that the Prisoners are to finish their meals. However, one prisoner is lactose intolerant so he cannot consume the standard-issue milk cartons without getting sick (implying that the Professor in charge of the experiment either Didn't Think This Through and never asked the candidates about any allergies or he deliberately inserted this problem to see how the subjects would respond). The guards decide to hold the prisoner down and force the drink down his throat.
  • The premise of the Australian horror film Feed (2005). A cop investigates a fetish website wherein obese women are held captive, force-fed, and raped while the site participants bet on how long they'll live.
  • Greider in Das Finstere Tal has schnapps poured down his throat as impromptu waterboarding.
  • Flavia the Heretic: After capturing the convent, Flavia feeds the nuns a potion made by the Muslim herbalist to drive them into a Bacchanalian frenzy. The Mother Superior spits it out, so the warriors force her mouth open so Flavia can pour it down her throat.
  • Freddy vs. Jason: When Linderman arrives at the rave, he is grabbed by the Jerk Jocks who hold him down and attempt to force most of a huge jug of Everclear down his throat.
  • The Final Girl of Frontier(s) is force-fed her friends by her Neo-Nazi captors.
  • Done with whisky in the final scene of Get Carter.
  • In Hocus Pocus, the witches force various people to drink their potions.
  • In Hood of Horror a woman is tied to a bed and is forced to consume caviar being forced down her throat through a mask placed over her face until her stomach bursts.
  • In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Grinch is force fed desserts by the townsfolk for a taste contest. He seems more receptive to the fudge than the pudding.
  • This is the entire premise of The Human Centipede and its sequels, in what is possibly the most disturbing way possible. The details have been put in spoiler tags not because it's actually a spoiler (it's the main hook of the films, in fact), but for Brain Bleach reasons: each film is about a madman who sews people together mouth-to-anus in order to create a being with a single digestive tract. Yep — save for the "head" of the centipede, everybody is force-fed the fecal matter of all the people in front of them. And in each film, the "feeding" scene is the main horror set piece.
  • In the horror film Ice Cream Man Clint Howard (the eponymous ice cream man) shoves ice cream down a boy's throat inside his ice cream truck.
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom has Indy force-fed human blood in a ritual.
  • Plays a part in the movie Iron Jawed Angels, as the women are all suffragists whose lobbying tactics get them thrown in prison, and once they go on a hunger strike for their cause, they are viciously force-fed raw eggs.
  • In the 2010 remake of I Spit on Your Grave Jennifer, in full Rape and Revenge mode, has one of her attackers tied to a tree and then proceeds to shove fish guts in his mouth.
  • In The Killing Kind, Terry visits the home of Rhea Benson, the attorney who failed to get him a reduced sentence. In a deranged state, Terry forces her at knifepoint to ingest a significant amount of alcohol. When she falls unconscious, Terry lights her house on fire, burning her alive.
  • Martyrs: Anna is tied to a chair and force-fed some protein goo on the first days - or maybe weeks - of her captivity. After some time of torture, abuse and isolation, she's too weak and broken to resist being fed.
  • Matilda: Involves a overweight kid named Bruce Bogtrotter who is forced to eat chocolate cake, as punishment for supposedly stealing Miss Trunchbull's cake, while Miss Trunchbull watches. In other words, he is not allowed to stop eating until he has finished the whole cake. The cake measured between 18-24" in diameter with three layers of cake, so standing between 6-8" highnote . To add insult to injury, Miss Trunchbull announces that the cook who baked the cake, "baked her sweat and blood into the cake'', and the children don't realise it's a figure of speech. He manages to eat the whole thing, but not before looking incredibly sick. After he finally finishes it, Miss Trunchbull hits him over the head with the dish it was on and then orders the rest of the school to spend five hours in detention or else go to the Chokey, her closet that she made into an iron maiden.
    • In the original book, however, he goes at that cake with gusto. By the end of it, he's so high on his own victory (not to mention copious amounts of chocolate) that he doesn't even notice it when Miss Trunchbull smashes the dish over his head.
  • In A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Freddy Krueger has a girl strapped to a chair and forces her to eat her own intestines in a nightmare sequence.
  • In The Pit and the Pendulum (1991), Gomez and Mendoza lock Esemeralda in the stocks, place a funnel in her mouth, and pour water into it until she chokes in a primitive form of waterboarding.
  • In Popeye, during the climactic battle Pappy throws Popeye a can of spinach and Bluto catches it instead. Upon finding out Popeye hates spinach, Bluto force feeds him the whole can. You can guess what happens next.
  • In the film Rang De Basanti, a flashback shows the characters' film-within-a-film counterparts being force-fed in prison after they go on hunger strike.
  • The main character of Ravenous (1999) is forced to eat human flesh twice (arguably, three times) when his life is endangered. As the film is based on the Wendigo legends, these acts have larger ramifications than simply breaking the normal taboo regarding eating human flesh.
  • Also occurs in Requiem for a Dream. An elderly woman named Sara becomes addicted to weight loss drugs and is sent to a medical facility where she is interrogated by doctors, strapped into a chair, and force-fed. Sara doesn't respond to the harsh treatment and is given electric shock therapy.
  • Used as water torture in the opening scene of the movie Salt. Agent Salt gets a water hose shoved in her mouth as torture.
  • The first murder in Se7en is done by strapping an obese man into a chair and force feeding him until his stomach bursts. It's just as gruesome and nightmare inducing as it sounds, if not more so.
  • In Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Mariana mentions that she sometimes has to force Ricky to drink the mysterious cocktail of medication that she uses to treat his autism.
  • In Suffragette, this is done to the Suffragettes when they go on a hunger strike to enforce treatment as political prisoners. And not out of concern over their wellbeing; it is mentioned that if the suffrage movement had a martyr that would be bad for the government.
  • In Suicide Squad (2016) Harley Quinn is shown being force-fed through a nasogastric tube while the guards tell her their job is to keep her alive until she dies.
  • A Taste of Killing and Romance have the main villain's introduction - a hitman who enjoys his job a little too much, his first onscreen assignment is silencing a witness' family, culminating with him forcing a little girl to swallow half a bottle of cleaning detergent.
  • In the Japanese film Terrifying Girls High School Lynch Law Classroom high school girls drag another girl into the bathroom and force her to drink water from a faucet, and then prevent her from using the toilet. This is so she gets humiliated when she has to pee her pants in the classroom.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series is known for the trope, being that the infamous family of the films makes and sells barbecue from human flesh, often forced upon captives.
  • Theatre of Blood: an actor is killing critics in ways based on Shakespearean plays. Titus Andronicus, where the evil queen is tricked into eating her two sons, here becomes a "queenly" (and gluttonous) critic being force-fed his two surrogate-children pet poodles until he chokes.
  • Titicut Follies: A notorious Real Life incident in this documentary about a Massachusetts Bedlam House. An inmate who hasn't eaten in three days is held down and force-fed, with a cruelty so casual that the prison psychiatrist keeps smoking as he shoves a tube up the old man's nose. Apparently the old man died soon after (director Frederick Wiseman was only at the asylum for a month), as this scene is intercut throughout with shots of the man's corpse being cleaned and dressed for burial.
  • In the film Urban Legend a guy is killed by having his hands tied to a toilet and pop rocks and drain cleaner are forced down his throat through a funnel.
  • In Les Visiteurs II: The Corridors of Time, when Jacquart (Christian Clavier) is stranded in 1123 after an involuntary Time Travel, he's tortured on an inquisitor's orders by being forced to drink gallons and gallons of water, which makes his belly inflate cartoonishly. And he can't stop urinating once he's freed from that ordeal.
  • In The Wing or the Thigh, Louis de Funès's character (a food critic) is forced at gunpoint to eat all of the awful factory-made dishes a restaurant has to offer. This lands him in the hospital and causes him to lose all sense of taste, mere days before an important contest at which he intended to prove how shitty those factory-made dishes really are.
  • In The Witches (1990) a boy is held down by a bunch of witches and has a potion forced down this throat that turns him into a mouse.
  • The sequence in Young Sherlock Holmes where a teenage John Watson hallucinates that his legs are bound with sausages and that pastries are trying to force him to eat them. On YouTube here.

  • American Girls Collection: In the first Addy book, the slave driver makes her eat slugs off the tobacco plants.
  • In The Black Company, the Lady tortures Limper by forcefeeding him snakes, which then eat their way out of his stomach and back.
  • The Gone series features "Mother" Mary, who, among her many other psychological problems, is anorexic. However, she serves a vital function, so people notice when she starts losing weight, even though she's one of the few kids being fed regularly. Cue a surprisingly unsettling scene involving her strapped to a chair, being force-fed fish by her little brother.
  • 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 pillow cases, 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.
  • In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, there is a portion where Harry has to force Dumbledore to drink goblet after goblet of unpleasant poison. To be fair, Dumbledore told him he would probably have to do so, and asked him to, and Harry doesn't end up forcing it down as much as pushily coaxing him to drink, but that doesn't make it any less creepy.
  • In Heaven Official’s Blessing: Tian Guan Ci Fu, Qi Rong, a wrath ghost and Strict Humanitarian, possesses a living man and has to be forcibly fed so that his host doesn't starve. Later on, he is forcibly fed Lethal Chef Xie Lian's cooking to encourage him to vacate his host's body.
  • Inverted? Subverted? in the book I Am Morgan Lefay. When she goes mad with grief, (literally mad) and starves herself, Morgan's friends/servants with good intentions force feed her to keep her alive.
  • In The Last Knight, a quasi-Mad Scientist character force-feeds the main character potions to give him magical powers. She also tests the potions on her mentally ill servants, but tries to justify it because, to her mind, they just don't understand that she's trying to help them. At the end, the main character uses the same funnel to force her to drink a potion that will make her compliant long enough for the heroes to escape.
  • One of Baron Ryoval's torture methods in Mirror Dance, but the victim, Mark Vorkosigan, is Too Kinky to Torture because of his Split Personality.
    Technician: I hate to be the one to tell you this, Baron, but your torture victim appears to be having a wonderful time.
  • In Stephen King's Misery sometime during the later half of the book Annie cuts off one of Paul's thumbs. And then puts it on a birthday cake and serves it to him, making a not-so subtle threat to force him to eat it. "Special candle," indeed...
    • Near the end of the book Paul lights his manuscript on fire. As a stunned Annie attempts to rescue the manuscript, Paul seizes the opportunity to throw the typewriter at her, knocking her down. He then stuffs several handfuls of the burning paper down her throat telling her to "eat it till you choke, you sick fuck!" This part was also used in the 1990 movie adaption.
  • The Moon and the Sun: During the voyage from the captured sea monster's Caribbean home to France, she refused to eat, until Yves force fed her dead fish and seaweed.
  • Learning that this was being done to the suffragettes (see Real Life examples below) is what prompted Maya to publicly join their cause in The Serpent's Shadow.
  • In Aleksis Kivi's Seven Brothers, during the days when the brothers are already enjoying plenty of bull meat, they agree that the losers in their disc-hitting game will have to eat ten pounds more.
  • Morbidly done in the Star Wars: Galaxy of Fear series, where the book's villain force-feeds a minor character poisonous berries, killing him so that he can be used in the man's experiments for a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Another Star Wars novel, The Mandalorian Armor shows that if Boba Fett is paid to bring you in alive, starving yourself to death will just make him force feed you.
  • Strega Nona: Big Anthony defies Strega Nona's orders not to touch her magic pasta pot and serves up a meal for the townspeople. However, he does not completely know how to make it stop cooking pasta, and he unwittingly fills up Strega Nona's house and nearly destroys the town with pasta before Strega Nona can intervene. Afterward, she orders Big Anthony to eat the enormous amount of pasta he conjured up by nightfall, so she can sleep in her bed, in lieu of punishment from the townspeople. He does so, becoming fat and sickly along the way.
  • There Is No Epic Loot Here, Only Puns: Among the many torments that Waddles the Dark Drake inflicts on those who disturb him is to force Gutrot mushrooms into their mouths. There haven't been any fatalities, but victims can remain green around the mouth for days afterwards.
  • In one of The Wheel of Time earlier books, Jaichim Carridin is a servant of the bad guys. He keeps screwing up because he likes to drink too much. After he's screwed up once too often, his superiors have him gruesomely murdered as an object lesson. They strap him down, force a funnel into his mouth, and pour an entire keg of brandy in. He drowns.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Inverted on Angel, where Fred had to be forced to drink alcohol to force out the slug that was dehydrating her in "The Price".
  • Gaius Baltar is subjected to this as part of his pre-torture by the Colonials on Battlestar Galactica when he was refusing to eat, though we don't actually see it. This short time after he had suffered Electric Torture from the Cylons. As was often the case, he sort of deserved the rough treatment, but was actually innocent of much of what the torturers were asking about.
  • Subverted on Bones, where it appears a professional eating contestant is being force-fed by her coach, but he insists it's just training her after Pregnant Badass Bones takes him down.
  • CSI :
    • This trope was initially suspected when the body of a man who'd been stuffed with food to the point of stomach rupture was found. Subverted when it turned out the man suffered from a rare gastro-neurological disorder that made him always ravenously hungry, and had overeaten to the point of death after escaping his caregivers.
    • There is another episode where a bad guy is seen force feeding his victim food containing a cut up credit card.
  • In the Farscape episode "Crackers Don't Matter," D'Argo forcefeeds Rygel an entire boxful of crackers in a fit of rage after catching him sneaking a few crackers out for a snack. Although Rygel is often an Asshole Victim, this is portrayed as a particularly nasty act that D'Argo is ashamed of once everyone comes to their senses.
  • In an episode of Fringe, Peter gets force-fed a worm while strapped to a table by two Asian criminals. And this wasn't just any worm; it was a genetically engineered worm that killed its hosts.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • "The North Remembers". Joffrey finds that Ser Dontos, one of the knights competing in his name day tournament, has arrived for the rounds drunk. So he orders his guards to make him "drink his fill." It's only by Sansa's intervention that he doesn't die.
    • "The Queen's Justice". Cersei threatens this on the captured Ellaria Sand to make her suffering last as long as possible.
  • Hannibal: There's a flashback where Hannibal force feeds Will the ear of Abigail who he essentially considers to be his adoptive daughter.
  • In a season two episode of I Love Lucy called "Ricky Loses His Voice" Lucy forces her husband Ricky to drink his cough medicine after refusing it.
  • In Life On Mars, Billy Kemble is force-fed his own stash of cocaine in a bid to get him to reveal information by Ray. Kemble dies and Carling is demoted to DC.
  • Midsomer Murders:
    • In "The Killings of Copenhagen", the second Victim of the Week is murdered by having a a bottle of whiskey forecfully poured bown his throat, causing him to drown in whiskey, with the coroner finding whiskey in his lungs.
    • Used as a murder method in "The Lions of Causton". The second Victim of the Week is stunned, and then the killer pours molten chocolate down his throat until till he drowns.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 ran a daylong Thanksgiving marathon in 1992, in which the episodes were tied together with a series of sketches where Dr. Forrester forced TV's Frank to consume a series of movie-themed turkeys.
  • In a season five episode of Nip/Tuck called "Kyle Ainge" a rival talent agent is knocked out, taped to a chair, and killed by having teddy bear stuffing pellets forced down his throat through a machine.
  • The Office: In "Ultimatum", Michael forces Kevin to eat a large piece of broccoli after he makes a New Year's resolution to eat more vegetables.
  • In a deleted scene from an episode of Once Upon a Time, Rumpelstiltskin, kept caged during a year of torture by Zelena, is commanded to force feed himself despite attempting to refuse food.
  • Orange Is the New Black: Sister Ingalls is force fed using an intravenous tube when she becomes ill from her hunger strike, despite her protestations.
    • Maritza is forced to swallow a baby mouse by a sadistic guard who has her at gun point.
  • One early episode of Oz had Schillinger order Beecher, his sex slave, to eat the pages out of his law book. When Beecher refuses, Schillinger promptly grabs him in a chokehold, tells him "Don't fuck with me, prag. Eat the damn page!", proceeds to tear out the pages, and forcefully feeds them to him.
  • Red Dwarf:
    • Dave Lister is forced to eat a living tarantula in "Demons and Angels".
    • It's also claimed that Rimmer once angrily attempted to force-feed Lister a fridge. As in, an actual fridge, not the contents thereof.
  • In the episode "King of the Hil" of Nickelodeon series Space Cases Harlan Band is forced to drink from the Cup of All Words by the Hil people.
  • Inverted in an episode of Supernatural when the forced feeding wasn't the torture, but the cure to torture: Dean is writhing in agony on the floor coughing up blood due to a hex when Ruby busts down the door and bodily hurls him onto the bed before forcing a black liquid down his throat, breaking the hex and saving his life.
    • Played straight in a later episode when Dean tortures Alastair by pouring a whole container of salt in his mouth.
  • Played for Laughs in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. After former The Ditz Munch returns from his travels a religious, reasonably intelligent person (by comparison), Gaz force-feeds him Vimto to return him to his former self.
  • Upstairs Downstairs portrayed the Suffragettes in prison. Rose is arrested wrongly when she follows the upper-class Lizzie to a meeting. While Lizzie is spared prison due to her background, Rose is sent to Holloway. During a hunger strike the women are force-fed. The violence happens off-screen, but it is one of the episodes that goes deepest into the darker parts of British politics.
  • The comedy show The Vacant Lot had a sketch where a prisoner is force-fed candy (still in the wrapper) and eventually lots of small plastic toys. He is then used as a pinata for the warden's daughter's birthday party.

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    Pro Wrestling 
  • In Ring of Honor, during the CM Punk vs. Raven feud, Punk was forced to drink beer against his straight-edge beliefs. Of course, Punk first tried to force Raven, who has a known drug and alcohol problem, to drink after tying him to the ropes. Raven's Arch-Enemy Tommy Dreamer took exception and decided to turn the tables.
  • Molly Holly and Gail Kim feeding Lita the pages of her own book on Monday Night Raw.
  • Simon Dean running his mouth has lead to him being force fed by Rosey and Bobby Lashley on separate occasions. In the later case he had vowed to eat hamburgers if he lost to Lashley, Bobby was just helping him along.
  • In an episode of WWE Smackdown leading up to the Royal Rumble, Mickie James (nicknamed Piggy James by LayCool) is held down by Beth Phoenix and Layla El in the ring while Michelle McCool stuffs her face with a cake shaped like a pig. After that they then dump fruit punch on her head.
  • The Night The Young Bucks lost the Pro Wrestling Guerilla Tag Team Titles, they tried to force feed Joey Ryan thumbtacks after dropping him in gummy bears. Presumably they meant to do things the other way around but these are The Young Bucks.
  • Before their match at the 2013 5*Star Grand Prix, YOSHIKO pinned Kyoko Kimura against a wall and forced fed her a banana, Kimura futilely trying to spit it out.
  • At IWC Reloaded in January of 2015, Dylan Bostic and Keith Haught fought to force feed each other hotdogs that Bostic had brought.
  • The Boogeyman would feed his opponents worms after defeating them.
  • Curry Man uses this as his primary gimmick - at the turning point of the match, he forces his opponent to eat curry and then attacks as they're overwhelemed by the spice.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Fraggle Rock: Lampshaded in an episode when Gobo has the pebble pox and is being an Annoying Patient to Red, who's acting as his nursemaid while Boober is gathering ingredients for the cure.
    Red: So why don't we settle down and have a nice little nappy, and soon Boober will be back with your medicine.
    Gobo: Medicine? I'm not taking any medicine!
    Red: Oh, yes, you will, because I am going to pour it down your little baby throat!

    Video Games 
  • Afterlife has as one of Gluttony's Ironic Hell punishments "Bahb's All-U-Must-Eat", which is depicted by someone with a funnel on its mouth and has this description:
    At these buffet-style restaurants, patrons are encouraged (by cattle-prod wielding Demons, no less) to go back for seconds... and thirds... and thousandths... and millionths... You'd be amazed how much you can cram into a body before it explodes.
  • American McGee's Alice, in which an insane and catatonic Alice is force fed by two employees at the asylum she's kept in. She gets revenge by stabbing one in the cheek with a spoon.
  • Baten Kaitos:
    • Some enemies have an attack called Ice Cold Swig that literally entails forcing a gulp of strong liquor down a player character's throat to put them to sleep (passed out). The attack was Nerfed considerably in the American version to miss characters under the age of 21 (most of them).
    • You can do this to your enemies by using Magnus such as raw meat or rotten fruit on your enemies, which inflicts damage and status ailments to them.
  • Borderlands 2: In the "Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep", the Vault Hunters force Tina to eat a salad after finding out that she's been eating nothing but crumpets for years (Mordecai: "You should literally be dead."). To her disgust, she actually enjoys it.
  • In Bugsnax, Gramble is the only Grumpus who doesn't want to eat the adorable eponymous creatures, seeing them more like pets. It's revealed that he sleepwalks, however, and it's entirely possible for you to feed him Bugsnax in his sleep. It's also later revealed that Bugsnax are actually parasites that assimilate anything that eats them into the living island they're a part of. As the climax shows, they're willing to resort to Force Feeding themselves to their hosts.
  • In Cave Story, using the mushroom to restore Curly's memory apparently involves jamming it into her mouth. There's also the instance where Balrog force-feeds Toroko red flowers to turn her into a Frenzied Mimiga.
  • The Great Mighty Poo from Conker's Bad Fur Day is fought by force-feeding him toilet paper.
  • A nauseatingly violent and nightmarish version occurs early on in The Evil Within 2, when Sebastian comes across a possessed mother stuffing her still-human teenage son's mouth full of disgusting, rotted offal. She then begins beating him when he gags; the unfortunate young victim does not survive this.
  • Let It Die: The Finishing Move of the bloody pitching machine is to force feed the victims with baseballs until they burst.
  • In Mortal Kombat X, both of Bo' Rai Cho's Fatalities involve forcing his opponent to chug down his Gargle Blaster. One ends with Bo' Rai Cho flicking a match into the victim's mouth afterwards, igniting the liquor and making them explode. The other leaves the victim puking their guts out...literally.
  • Mortal Kombat 1 features this taken to a disgusting extreme with the Thanksgiving Fatality: after the victor sets their opponent down on a fully-set dinner table, they slam their victim's jaw open on the side before slamming various food items down their throat, including an entire holiday bird. Once on the floor from the turkey slam, the winner proceeds to jump on their engorged stomach, causing the opponent's head to literally explode in a fountain of puke and eventually part of their brain and eyeballs. Yeesh.
  • In Phantasmagoria, one of the previous victims was pinned to a table with a large funnel forced into her mouth, and was force-fed large chunks of rotting meat until she choked to death - her crime? "Being a pig".
  • In Shall We Date?: Ninja Shadow, at the end of Kagura's route, the Player Character almost gets force-fed a very dangerous medicine that she had tried obtain and give to Kagura by Toru and Willem.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Essentially the main strategy for the final boss of Super Mario Bros. 2 where Wart is fed vegetables until he suffers Color Failure.
    • Super Mario Sunshine features three separate boss battles where the solution is to force-feed the boss with water.
    • In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Bowser is treated to a buffet and chows down in several meals. But after trying to leave, Fawful's minions keep stuffing him with every meal in the room until he gets big enough to get stuck on the floor.
  • A certain invincible yet immobile boss in Quake IV can only be killed by turning its feeding apparatus back on, despite the readout saying that it had been fed just moments ago.
  • Munch in Tribal Hunter can shoot his magic eggs into the mouths of his enemies to force feed them until they gain a huge Balloon Belly and become immobile. Munch eating a bloated enemy will have him bulk up a lot more compared to eating an enemy at their regular size. Likewise, certain enemies can also force feed Munch themselves and he can pop if his fullness meter is exceeded.
  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor features a questline in Gorgrond in which dwarves have been kidnapped by the Botani and constantly forcefed fruit to fatten them up. The end result being them getting murdered and their fattened corpses used as mulch.

    Web Animation 
  • LEGO Friends:
    • In the episode "Andrea's Big Moment", Stephanie shoves two cupcakes in Olivia’s mouth.
    • In the episode, "Rabbitouille", Stephanie enters a baking contest. Unbeknownst to her, her bunny knocked a spice into the batter. The next day, Stephanie, trying to recreate the cake, force feeds her friends so much carrot cake that they beg for mercy. In fact, her friends run out, screaming and clutching their stomachs, when she offers some at her victory party.
    Stephanie: "Listen, I... I'd like to apologize. You know, for my meltdown"
    Mia: "Meltdown? What meltdown?"
    Emma: "We didn't notice any meltdown."
    Olivia: "Unless you mean when you force fed us cake until we begged for mercy and then yelled at us to get out."
  • The page quote is from Teen Girl Squad Issue 13, where Mrs. Tompkinsrobotmomerson admonishes Tompkins that he can't even take care of his virtual pet. Cut to Tompkins' game system, where a cartoonishly bloated blob (next to an indicator saying "Food: 600%") is begging Tompkins to stop feeding him. Tompkins just laughs and keeps pushing buttons.
  • Downplayed in the YouTube Poop "Dinner Blaster". King Harkinian uses a gun to shoot out hamburgers. When Link swallows one, he panics. Somehow, the hamburger makes him obese, and he is able to work the weight off with a treadmill and lifting weights.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • This sort of stuff is way too easy to run across at art sites. Be thankful for the thumbnail previews.

    Web Videos 
  • In Chad Vader, Chad is harrassed by The Marshmallow Bandito, only for Chad to beat him up and stuff his own marshmallows into his mouth.
  • Critical Role: After being defeated and captured by the Mighty Nein, Trent Ikithon has his hands stuck together with Sovereign Glue, a magical adhesive that only comes off with the use of a Universal Solvent or a Wish spell. The Nein take turns spoonfeeding him things like lentils and mushy peas over the next week while they gather enough evidence against him to present to the Cobalt Soul, making sure to make the experience as humiliating as possible. Not that he didn't have it coming.
    Caleb: (twirling the spoon) Here comes the dragon attack!
  • The psychotic family in Demo Reel force-feed Donnie muscle relaxants to keep him trapped in their house.
  • Mentioned in a comment on a YouTube video called "What REALLY Happened to Kurt Cobain", the comment says “You left out the part where Courtney force fed pills down Kurt’s throat during the Rome incident”.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!: The episode "Roy Rogers McFreely" has Roger getting pissed off at Stan when he doesn't buy grenadine for him to mix with cola and make a Roy Rogers, simply because he hates the drink. Later on, Roger gets his revenge on Stan by pouring cola and grenadine down his throat.
    Stan: This cola's warm!
    Roger: It's been in my pants for three weeks serving as my meaty parts! Sad to see it go, really.
  • The Andy Panda short "Apple Andy" where Andy Panda's evil side tricks him into eating green apples (as in, unripe apples painted red) until Andy gets sick and collapses. Cue the dream sequence where he's force-fed apples, apple sauce, apple cider, etc, while his evil side laughs at his misfortune. Eventually, Andy's good side comes to his rescue and snaps him off from his nightmare.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: In "Revenge of the Trees", Shake explains that the cow he brought to be deep-fried had already died after he killed it by force-feeding it a large amount of pork.
  • A comedic example in Batman: The Animated Series. Joker is doing a commercial for his new brand of Joker Fish and tries to get Harley to eat one to show how good they are. Harley sheepishly protests that she's got a problem with fish, but Mr. J just shoves it in her mouth. She manages to grunt out "Yummy-yum-yum" before running off screen to hurl.
  • John Kricfalusi's 1988 reboot of Beany and Cecil led our heroes and Dishonest John on a quest to find a Mystic Menu, which provided whatever delicacy the wisher asked for. In the meantime, Captain Huffenpuff and Crowy have to consume vast quantities of food dishes to keep from angering the native waitresses as the Captain's face is featured on the natives' stone idol, and they take him to be their god.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers: The episode "The Big Clam-Up" had all the Planeteers save Ma-Ti (who had been left behind due to his obsession with a detective series) bound to chairs, about to be force-fed the same polluted food that had put the victims of the week in the hospital. Then Ma-Ti kicks open the door and causes the villain's lobsters to upset the plan.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: Grandma Stuffum, a villainess with satanic food, in her debut episode literally cooked up an army of alive "homemade meals" that forcefully jammed themselves down the throats of the helpless Kids Next Door and rendered them immobile and stuffed to the point of pain. What's worse was it seemed that was just the appetizer had it not been for the army of hamsters that saved the day.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "One Size Fits Ed", this is the way Eddy 'trains' Jimmy when trying to make a Sumo wrestler out of him.
  • Family Guy:
    • In one episode, Lois overeats and Peter eventually finds that he likes sex with her more now that she's fat. So he literally keeps stuffing food in her mouth in one scene upon realizing finding that she's hotter fat.
    • In another instance, Lois and Peter are sitting in bed feeding each other strawberries. Peter delicately brushes a strawberry across Lois' lips before feeding it to her; she does the same thing to Peter with another strawberry; then Peter produces a giant slice of watermelon and jams it into her mouth until she's gagging and spitting out seeds.
  • A Gumby episode ("Grub Grabber Gumby") had Gumby constantly mooching snacks from his friends, then he has a nightmare about being force-fed ice-cream, soda, and hamburgers by a humanoid Pokey.
  • Kaeloo:
    • In the episode "Let's Play Ecologists", Kaeloo forces Quack Quack to eat some absolutely disgusting organic yogurt.
    • In "Let's Play Babysitting", Stumpy forces Quack Quack to eat spinach by using a funnel and pushing the spinach down said funnel with a baseball bat. Quack Quack retaliates by shoving the funnel and baseball bat down Stumpy's throat offscreen.
  • In "Butterscotch & Soda" Little Audrey is strapped to a chair and has a huge bag of candy dumped down her throat in a nightmare sequence.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • And don't forget the gravy! The short "Chow Hound", directed by Chuck Jones, dates from 1951, originally illustrated this page and may have come fairly early in this trope's life - funnel and everything.
      • A little context: a mean, gluttonous, lazy dog has been using a cat and mouse in a scheme to get food (he usually bullies the cat into giving him the food from his various "owners", and slapping the cat, grumbling "You forgot the gravy!"). He eventually parlays the scheme into earning him enough money to buy a stocked butcher's shop— whose contents he devours in an off-screen frenzy. While he's lying there bloated and ill, the cat and mouse he used to bully show up, claiming that "This time, we didn't forget the gravy..." Cue the terrified (and helpless) dog begging for mercy, while the cat and mouse calmly stuff a funnel on the dog's mouth and start pouring the contents of a nice big container of gravy...
    • A much earlier Looney Tunes short, "Pigs Is Pigs", involves a greedy piglet — an early version of the character who later became the iconic Porky Pig — having a dream about a scientist who straps him to a machine that feeds him until has a Balloon Belly and then he eats one more piece of food, explodes, wakes up, and doesn't really think about the dream and just goes on being gluttonous.
    • Yet another early Looney Tunes short, "Wholly Smoke", has a dream sequence of Porky being forced to consume chewing tobacco.
    • "A Tale of Two Mice", featuring the Abbott and Costello expies Babbitt and Catstello, ends with Babbitt scoffing at the cheese Catstello has brought back for them: "You know I don't like Swiss cheese!" Castello slaps him about the head before shoving hunks of cheese into his mouth, saying, "Well, Babbitt, you're goin' ta' loin ta' like it, right now!"
  • Played straight in The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, to awful effect ("Fancy Pants").
  • The Megas XLR's oil gauge reads from "Empty", "Need a little", "Almost There", "Enough", "No really, I'm fine", and "PLEASE STOP!"
  • There have been occasions in which Bluto has crammed a cup or even a full can of spinach down Popeye's throat. Guess how well that turned out for him.
    • This worked the other way in a cartoon where the two of them are trying to get themselves injured (unsuccessfully) to get admitted into the hospital and looked after by nurse Olive. Popeye finally gets the idea to pin Bluto down and force-feed him a can of spinach... Bluto becomes an uncontrollable fighting machine, demolishing a happily willing Popeye.
    • In a beach episode, Olive Oyl gets Popeye and Bluto to promise they won't fight. Bluto keeps taunting Popeye whenever Olive isn't seeing until Popeye force-feeds him spinach, making Bluto unable to help beating up Popeye until Olive sees him breaking his promise and sends him away for it.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: After Heffer eats Filbert's chips in "Put Out To Pasture", Filbert goes utterly berserk, force-feeding Heffer the chip bag, a car engine, and the light bulb, which lights up due to all the potatoes Heffer ate.
  • In an episode of Samurai Jack, Jack befriends a village of peaceful creatures who have to deal with mauaraders who like to invade them and steal their food. After teaching them how to fight back, they eventually defeat and trap the invaders. The leader of the village forcefully shoves food into their mouths before telling them to never come back. They're then catapulted out of the village.
  • An episode of The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show had them trying to get fit and ended up overdoing it. Their owners then had to start force-feeding them to return them to normal. The short ends with a typical Balloon Belly.
  • Spoofed (possibly as a shout out to "Pigs Is Pigs" above) in The Simpsons' fourth Halloween Episode when Homer goes to Hell, having sold his soul for a donut. He is given an ironic punishment: eat all the donuts in the world. However, the punishment doesn't bother Homer as he just keeps growing fatter and fatter and fatter with no sign of displeasure. The torturer is left confused, as "James Coco went mad in 15 minutes".
  • Spongebob Squarepants:
    • In the episode "Pizza Delivery", when an Unsatisfiable Customer who called the Krusty Krab for a pizza berates SpongeBob to the point of tears for forgetting a drink he didn't even order, Squidward is forced to step in and shoves the pizza into the ungrateful customer's face.
      Ungrateful Customer: Another one?! Look, I told your little friend I ain't paying for that!
      Squidward: Well, this one's on the house! [shoves the pizza into the customer's face]
      SpongeBob: Did he change his mind?
      Squidward: He sure did; ate the whole thing in one bite.
    • "Squirrel Jokes" had Sandy Cheeks forcing huge amounts of water into Spongebob as revenge for getting popular on jokes made at her expense. Being a sponge, however, it's relatively harmless.
    • "Krabby Land" had lima beans, for SpongeBob to entertain the kids, then Mr. Krabs after the kids see through his scam and steal their money back.
  • Stunt Dawgs: The Dawgs once tricked Fungus into thinking both stunt groups (Dawgs and Scabs) died. The Scabs were in hell (actually, a hell-based set) and under torture. Airball's torture was being forced to eat spinach. While the others learned their tortures were fake, Airball was desperate because the spinach was real.
  • Teen Titans: In the episode "Mother Mae-Eye", Mother Mae-Eye binds Starfire in a baby chair and tries to force-feed her pies using a conveyor belt.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Elmyra forcefully shoves handful after handful of popcorn into her cat's (Furball) mouth in the beginning of a Halloween special.
  • In the Tom and Jerry episode "Baby Puss" a girl punishes Tom by forcing him to take a spoonful of castor oil. While Jerry's laughing at Tom's misfortune quite a bit of the oil drips out of the bottle and covers Jerry, including falling into his open mouth.
  • Totally Spies!: The three main characters are bound in chairs in the episode "Passion Patties" and force-fed the titular addictive cookies. The device is aptly named "The Feeder", which force-feeds its victims until they explode. Sam and Alex manage to avoid swallowing the cookies when Dr. Bittersweet (the villain who invented the device and made the addictive ingredient for the cookies) isn't looking but Clover, who's already hooked on the cookies, is a little too into it. At the end of the episode, they get back at Bittersweet by forcing her to ingest a test tube filled with the ingredient that made her cookies so addictive in the first place.
    Clover: [the Feeder feeds her a cookie after Bittersweet activates it] Yummy!
    Dr. Inga Bittersweet: It's not "yummy", it's Death by Cookie!
    Clover: Sorry. [secretly places a tracing barrette on Bittersweet's apron]
  • Yogi Bear: As an inversion, an episode of the original series had Yogi being rewarded for restraining a runaway lion (Yogi thought he was being shipped to a zoo when it was the lion in this case)—Ranger Smith tells him to find himself a picnic basket.
    Boo Boo: Why aren't you eating, Yogi?
    Yogi: (dumbfounded) It's just not the same when the ranger knows about it. (brightening up) But I guess I'll just have to force myself! (starts eating happily)

    Real Life 
  • Force-feeding was used on hunger-striking suffragettes in turn of the (twentieth) century England. It made pretty good publicity for the cause.
    • A serious essay/article on the subject coming from the hunger strikes of the women's suffrage movement. How It Feels to Be Forcibly Fed The general route was to feed them soup via a tube; this led to one unfortunate incident where the tube wasn't inserted correctly and the woman in question had soup poured into her lungs.
    • It wasn't just suffragettes who were force fed in England at that time. It was common procedure to force-feed any prisoner or mental patient (usually the later) who was refusing to eat. note  In fact, the publicity caused by force-feeding the suffragettes is what led to the practise being ultimatly banned in England.
  • Foie gras. The waterfowl that get fed like this end up with a disease that makes their livers enlarge, and would kill them if they didn't get slaughtered.
  • Peking Duck. Force fed and shoved into a box where they can't move to fatten them up, meaning a duck only takes 60 days to get to 10 to 15 pounds. No, not 60 days of force feeding, 60 days of life.
  • A form of water torture, called Water cure, where the victim is strapped to a bed and water is forced into his throat via a funnel in its mouth. The victims would constantly feel like choking, and they say sometimes their stomach could in fact burst. This is known as dry-drowning, and the victim undergoes what feels to them is an execution; they feel like they are dying. Modern version of waterboarding works specifically due to so-called "mammalian diving reflex" — remember that you're always short of breath after washing your face with a cold water? That's it — most mammals have a inborn reflex, where the touch of a cold water on a face (or any cold, for that) brings several unconscious reactions that improve our chance of survival if we're thrust into a water suddenly. The most significant of them is the involuntary blockage of breathing passages, so the waterboarding victims literally start to suffocate.
  • One of the most common ways to silence the opposition in Fascist Italy was to force dissidents into drinking massive amounts of castor oil, which is a powerful laxative. In many cases, this led to death by dehydration.
  • A form of waterboarding, known as Schwedentrunk, substituted nastier substances, such as boiling liquid, urine, excrement, liquid manure or sullage (waste-water) for regular water.
  • Force-feeding was allegedly practiced in Guantanamo Bay on prisoners who "refuse[d] to eat".
  • There's an article where a man recounts how he went on a hunger strike while in a Moscow prison, and it was decided that he would be force-fed through the nose to break his will.
    The feeding pipe was thick, thicker than my nostril, and would not go in. Blood came gushing out of my nose and tears down my cheeks, but they kept pushing until the cartilages cracked. I guess I would have screamed if I could, but I could not with the pipe in my throat. I could breathe neither in nor out at first; I wheezed like a drowning man — my lungs felt ready to burst. The doctor also seemed ready to burst into tears, but she kept shoving the pipe farther and farther down. Only when it reached my stomach could I resume breathing, carefully. Then she poured some slop through a funnel into the pipe that would choke me if it came back up. They held me down for another half-hour so that the liquid was absorbed by my stomach and could not be vomited back, and then began to pull the pipe out bit by bit.
  • This is important in scaphism, a Persian method of torturous execution. The malefactor is force-fed milk and honey to induce severe diarrhea while his body is in two narrow boats that lock together like a coffin, forcing him to swim in his own filth. Only his face, hands, and feet are exposed. Milk and honey are smeared onto the exposed parts to attract insects that sting and feed on him. As he becomes increasingly gangrenous, the force-feeding continues to prolong his agony and prevent him from dying of starvation or dehydration while worsening his diarrhea. In turn, more insects will get attracted to the offensive odor and accumulating manure. He will eventually die from sepsis.
  • Often necessary with injured, ill or orphaned animals in order to keep them alive. Sometimes food can simply be carefully pushed into the mouth or throat to induce swallowing, but a tube may be required for other cases. Vets can use iv feedings as well at times.
  • Slaves would sometimes be forced fed if they refused to eat during the Middle Passage, to try and keep them alive to sell at the end. A common tool used to pry the mouth open was the speculum.



Guel is force fed after having spent days refusing meals while locked up.

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