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You're taking "bite me" a bit too literally, Billy.

"GAZ! Taste me! I'm delicious!"
Dib (after being turned into bologna), Invader Zim, "Bolognius Maximus"

When a character is or has been polymorphed into a freakish anthropomorphic pastry or sweetmeat, they may grab a piece of themselves and stick it into their mouth, often remarking something along the lines of, "I taste delicious!" It is, perhaps, self-inflicted Carnivore Confusion.

This trope also covers situations where they remark "I taste delicious!" in situations where, rather than being turned into something edible, they're coated in it instead.

Not to be confused with You Taste Delicious, which is when someone else tastes the character, or with You Won't Like How I Taste, which is about discouraging someone else from finding out how the speaker tastes. Also do not confuse with Autocannibalism, which is a character eating themselves in a Horror Hunger scenario. If this trope is applied to anthropomorphized food (usually for advertising), you may end up with Let's Meet the Meat.


Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • There's a whole blog related to this: Suicide Food
  • There's a commercial for the DVD release of one of the Shrek movies, where the Gingerbread Man complains over the phone that the high picture quality makes him look too delicious. We then hear him eating himself over the phone, with alternating screams of pain and cookie-induced pleasure.
  • A commercial for the M&M's "Inner M" ad campaign has a commercial had an M&M character sitting on a couch licking his lips repeatedly while a narrator says, "When you're an M&M, you'd really enjoy the way you taste." His human wife comes in, clears her throat and asks, "Are you licking yourself?" The M&M guy asks, "What? What'd you say?", in between licks.
  • An ad for Pogo corndogs has a guy find a magic lamp and wish to become a Pogo stick. He then stares at the genie with a smile, and he's covered in mustard. Then he and his dog start eating himself.
  • The Cinnamon Toast Crunch squares apparently like themselves a little too much. One even ate itself into nothing and chuckled.
    • Probably inspired by this series, Golden Grahams started doing a similar series with their breakfast. The distinguishing feature here is that they only start eating one another after sunlight shines off of their sugar coating.
  • Played with in "Oscar Mayer" commercials, where kids sing a happy song about wishing they were the titular hot dog ("I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener")... until they realize how irresistibly delicious they would be. Cue immediate lyrics change to "I'm glad I'm not an Oscar Mayer wiener."
  • There's now a Lays potato chips commercial where Mr. Potato Head comes home to find his wife eating potato chips.
  • Little Baby's Ice Cream released this controversial creepy advertisement which featured a man made out of ice cream scooping ice cream from his head and eating it while staring and smirking directly into the camera in silence with a voiceover of another man's voice telling the viewer how Little Baby's Ice Cream keeps you young.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Bizenghast 5: The front cover has Dinah made of cake, and having cut a chunk of her stomach out to eat, also licking her fingers.
  • Cat Soup has the two main character kittens stranded on a boat with a pig. The younger kitten opens up the pig via a zipper, takes a chunk of meat from him, and proceeds to cook it. After feeding his comatose sister one part he offers the other slice to the pig, who proceeds to eat it with apparent relish. Yeah, it's that kind of movie.
  • Yakitate!! Japan: The character involved gets better, but he's noticeably slimmer afterwards, because his friends kept taking bites out of him.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 8 episode 22, Happy S. is hit by Huo Haha's magic and turns into a candy cracker as a result. When the King sees him like this, he asks if Happy S. is actually secretly enjoying being a cracker when he notices him trying to taste his hands. Happy S. admits that he can't help it since he's so delicious.

    Comic Books 
  • Lanfeust: Hebus the troll has the opportunity to taste himself after being partially eaten and regenerated:
    Hebus: What are these?
    C'ian: What the mermaids were eating when we found you... pieces of you and Lanfeust!
    Hebus: Great! [eat it].... Lanfeust is a little bit bland, but I am Tasty!

    Comic Strips 
  • Get Fuzzy: There's a comic strip where Satchel gets a bucket of chicken stuck on his head. "My head tastes... amazing..."

    Fan Works 
  • Hivefled has a particularly disgusting scene involving Condesce putting pieces of Psiioniic's internal organs in his mouth.
  • Luminosity has an inversion — rather than becoming something the character would eat, she becomes something that would have eaten her: Bella decides to test her control as a vampire by smelling her old clothes, which still smell like human Bella.
    I would have tasted delicious.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man: Lost in Gotham: Downplayed. After Spider-Man becomes loved and famous in Gotham, Bat Burger adds a new "Spider-Shake" to their menu. Peter Parker thinks it actually tastes pretty good.
  • In the Naruto fanfic Yet again, with a little extra help, Naruto invokes this trope after helping Kakashi practice chidori variants as his fast-healing practice dummy:
    "On a seemingly unrelated note, I found out that cooked me smells delicious."
    "I'll try not to keep that in mind..." Sasuke nervously stated with an eyebrow twitching.
  • In Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Chiaotzu accidentally feeds Oolong chashu ramen. He declares "... I'm delicious."

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Anthropophagus Beast: In what may be the most fitting ending ever to a cannibal movie, it ends with the villain, an insane cannibal, being disemboweled with a pickax... and attempting to devour his own intestines. He doesn't get very far before he dies.
  • The Brothers Grimm: Sasha after being transformed into a Gingerbread Man takes a bite out of her arm claiming she is delicious before running away.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: After Charlie, his grandfather, and Willy Wonka leave the factory in the Wonkavator near the end of the movie, Augustus Gloop's mother admonishes her fudge-covered (or possibly just plain fudge-ified) son not to eat his fingers.
    "But I taste so good!"
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Played for Laughs when Quill tries to convince everyone that his barely-a-plan is a good option, Groot agrees with him. Quill thanks him loudly, proclaiming Groot is the only one making sense... until he spots Groot eating a leaf off his own arm.
  • Hannibal features the infamous Ray Liotta brain scene, where Hannibal drugs him and feeds him his own brain.
    • Saturday Night Live would later parody this scene in a sketch where Liotta's character (Played by Liotta himself) is so ecstatic over how delicious he tastes, he and Hannibal (Played by Darrell Hammond) decide to open an upscale restaurant that serves people their own brains.
  • In Marina de Van's psychological/body-horror directorial debut In My Skin, she becomes obsessed with picking at & mutilating her injured arm, culminating in her gnawing at it. Although given her prior actions it's unclear if it's the taste she's after or the sensation her arm experiences (or wallowing in how separate her arm feels from her).
  • Spaceballs features Pizza the Hutt's robot sidekick tasting him and saying he's delicious. Later, we learn that they got trapped in their limo, and Pizza the Hutt ate himself to death.
  • In the Japanese horror Splatter: Naked Blood, one of the girls affected with the "Myson" serum, which turns pain into pleasure, cuts her finger and drinks the blood from it. This eventually leads to frying her own hand and eating it, and then eating other parts of her body.

    Literature 
  • An example from Haunted. And it doesn't have to do with transformations, either. Comrade Snarky only fainted, but her companions didn't know that... and when she wakes up, she tries some of the "food" they have. Which leads to the immortal line:
    "You fed me my own ass?"
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: The cow deliberately is like this. At some point (possibly after the breeding of or contact with sapient bovines) it was reckoned that all this slaughtering animals that had no idea what was coming and wasn't too happy about it when it did was animal cruelty, and something should be done about it. So, naturally, the logical conclusion was to breed an animal whose greatest desire was to be slaughtered and eaten, and was intelligent enough to say so — and even recommend particularly good cuts of itself.
  • There's a Shel Silverstein poem about a kid who eats the universe, then himself... "'till nothin', but nothin', was nothin' left but teeth."
  • A weird aversion in one of the Wayside School stories, where Mrs. Jewls brings the class ice cream flavored like themselves, a different student every time until the whole class has been gone through. Each of the students remarks on how the others taste delicious (and some go so far as to try licking their classmates to get a further taste), but the students who get their own flavor can't taste anything.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Xander has to keep Spike at his place; ties him up to keep him from feeding. Spike claims he definitely wouldn't.
    Xander: I happen to be very biteable, pal. I'm moist and delicious.
    Spike: All right, yeah, fine. You're a nummy treat.
    Xander: And don't you forget it.
    • In another episode, Spike thoroughly squicks out Buffy when he tastes the blood from his nosebleed.
  • Community: Troy confesses one of his deepest fears to Abed (BTW, they're doing this whole exchange in Christian-Bale-Batman voices).
    Troy: If I ever, like, woke up as a donut?
    Abed: You would eat yourself.
    Troy: I wouldn't even question it!
  • Dollhouse: In one episode, a Japanese man in the Attic is seen seated at a table eating sushi. It isn't until Echo tries to make him leave that you see what he meant when he said, "I must stay here and try to enjoy myself."
  • Hannibal: Hannibal kidnaps Abel Gideon, then proceeds to cut off of each of his limbs, cooking each as a separate meal. When Hannibal compels Gideon to sample the meat, Gideon admits that it is delicious.
    • Hannibal plies Mason Verger with psychotropic drugs, after which Mason mutilates his own face. When Mason slices off his own nose and eats it, he remarks that it tastes like chicken gizzard.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: Hopkins, a man sitting on a serving dish in the Restaurant sketch of show no. 13, is the special, saying to try him with some rice.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000:
    • In episode "Track of the Moon Beast", Crow and Mike blossom and deep-fry Tom Servo's head, which Crow serves with a peppercorn ranch dipping sauce. Servo complains at first, but then finds that he tastes delicious.
    • In episode "Riding With Death", Mike fancies himself a teppanyaki chef, but is more concerned with chopping than serving. When Mike chops off Crow's hand and proceeds to chop it, Crow moans he's so hungry his own hand smells good to him, then offers Mike to chop and serve his own head.
  • Pushing Daisies: Said in one episode by the alive-again Victim of the Week, a fried chicken chef who got fried in his own batter.
    "At least I'm golden and delicious."
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • This pops up in a fake commercial for a fried chicken restaurant. The ad featured a cartoon chicken that explained the process of killing a chicken, removing its feathers and innards, and then quartering, cutting and cooking. At the end, the chicken proclaims, "Try the me!"
    • Harry Carey explores this concept on the philosophical level in another sketch.
      Harry: Hey! If you were a hot dog...and you were starving, would you eat yourself?
      Colin: What.
      Harry: I know I would! First, I'd smother myself with brown mustard and relish...I'd be so delicious!
  • The BBC documentary The Wonderful World of Blood involves Michael Mosley having some of his own blood drawn from him at various points to do various things with it, usually running tests. One of the odder things is, on a section about the nutritional quality of blood, to make traditional British blood pudding with his own blood rather than that of a pig. Apparently, it's quite chewy and could do with more salt.

    Music 
  • The Rammstein song "Mein Teil" portrays Bernd J├╝rgen Brandes, a German man infamous for attempting to consume his own genitalia in the company of fellow Humanitarian Armin Miewes, as enjoying his own flavor.
  • The vocaloid song Evil Food Eater Conchita by mothy ends with the titular character devouring herself as that is the only dish left that she hasn't tried.
  • The Memetic Mutation character Takoluka, based off the Vocaloid model Megurine Luka, is sometimes depicted eating takoyaki. Sometimes said takoyaki is made from one of her tentacles. And she's still so friggin cute when doing that.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons: One monster from the lower planes likes to feed by paralyzing its victims and eating their innards. This would be horrible enough by itself, but the monster is naturally telepathic, causing everyone around, including the victim, to taste what it tastes. Amusingly, although this broadcast has an actual gameplay effect, it's completely useless against anything that regularly eats whatever's being fed upon, for obvious reasons.
  • In Nomine: In his commentary on Beleth, the Demon Princess of Nightmares, Haagenti, Demon Prince of Gluttony, mentions that she once gave him a nightmare where he was eating himself, and when he woke up he started gnawing on his own leg. He didn't mind the experience — he quite liked how he tasted. Then again, it's not like he'd never tasted Demon Prince before.
    I once dreamed I got so hungry I started gnawing on my own leg. Then I woke up and TRIED it. Ha! Some nightmare! I taste goooood!

    Video Games 
  • Borderlands 2: When the Vault Hunters kill a Bandit Rat with an Incendiary gun, they may scream "I sssmell deliciousss!"

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • One segment in "Decemberween Short Shorts" has some of the characters as Christmas ornaments.
      Homestar: [as a gingerbread cookie] Ooh, man. I feel de-licious! Does anybody here know if it is either illegal or unethical to wanna eat yourself?
      King of Town: I sure hope not!
    • In "Donut Unto Others", Strong Bad knocks over the cardboard box Homestar is using as a donut stand, spilling the fryer oil on him:

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • Neopets: The book "How to Teach Your Pet Not to Eat Everything They See" is about teaching Neopets to not eat themselves when hungry, though the implication is that the book is primarily directed towards pets who are painted colors that turns them into food. The book's cover depicts a Jelly Grarrl joyfully chewing on its own arm.
  • Watermelon: A Cautionary Tale: In the middle of turning into a watermelon, Jimmy discovers that his blood is now watermelon pulp and seems to quite enjoy the taste.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • A variation occurs in the episode "The Jiggler", when Finn and Jake discover that the Jiggler eats drawings. Finn draws a doodle of Jake, intending to feed it to the Jiggler; Jake freaks out and eats the drawing first.
      Jake: I taste awesome.
    • At the end of "Her Parents", Finn and Jake are treated to a lunch of Soy Human (which supposedly tastes just like the real thing) by Lady Rainicorn and her parents. Jake tries to convince Finn to give it a try by telling him "Finn, you're delicious!" and when Finn finally tastes a forkful, his expression indicates he agrees with that sentiment.
    • In "One Last Job", this is the Banana Guard Captain's reaction to a bottle of banana-flavored milk being thrown in his face: "No, the Forbidden Flavor! It's... delicious!"
  • El Tigre: It seems Dr. Chipotle Jr's guacamole monsters can't stop eating themselves, especially with tortilla chips. This becomes especially useful in one episode when Manny defeats a giant one by making a giant chip mid-battle and impaling the monster with it. You can guess what happens.
  • The Ghost and Molly McGee: Said by Scratch after devouring a gelatin decoy of himself that he previously used to sneak out of a scaring seminar.
  • Gravity Falls: In "Carpet Diem", Grunkle Stan says this word-for-word when Mabel serves him an omelet shaped like his face, suggesting "those cannibals were onto something."
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: In one episode, Billy is transformed into chocolate after eating some enchanted chocolate sailor's sweets. He eats his arm, screaming with each bite. Eventually, he eats himself down to a disembodied chocolate head, at which point he continues to try to eat himself out of existence.
    • The other chocolate sailors also have this habit of eating themselves. They even showed a chocolate sailor with only its head left.
      Chocolate Sailor: It happens every time!! How can I have a proper crew when they always eat themselves?!
  • Invader Zim: In the episode "Bolognius Maximus", after Zim turns Dib into bologna, Dib does this. He even tries to get Gaz to taste him. She runs. (Although she does later take a bite out of him...)
    "I'm delicious! No human being should be this delicious. Taste me, Gaz! I'm delicious!"
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: When Jimmy and Beezy think Heloise is going to eat them, Beezy tries sucking his tail and notes the good taste.
    • Likewise, in "What's up with Heloise?", Beezy is turned into a pizza by Heloise and ends up eating most of his own arm.
    • Beezy seems to be a common target for these. In an early episode, he gets eaten by a giant worm that then spits him back out for tasting terrible. As Beezy flies out of the worm's mouth, he licks his arm and says in an annoyed tone, "I think I taste delicious."
  • Kaeloo: In one episode, Stumpy gets a job at a fast-food restaurant and starts to smell like fries after working for a long time. He then licks his arm and remarks on how good he tastes.
  • Max and Ruby: In one episode, Ruby attempts to use her little brother as a guinea pig for her all natural "fruity beauty treatment." I.E., she covers his face in guacamole, cucumbers, and mashed fruit of various kinds. While she and her friend attempt to make him a strawberry manicure, he eats his facial mask, eye cucumbers, and the rest of her guacamole.
  • Mike, Lu & Og: Princess Lu once got her comeuppance for having a sweet tooth by getting covered in sticky candy which set hard. There wasn't much she could do after that except lick the candy from her face, which she didn't mind too much.
  • Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero: In a Christmas Episode, Rippen and Larry become gingerbread men and Larry eats parts of himself with no regrets. At least not until he can't shoot for not having any fingers to pull the trigger with.
  • Regular Show: In one episode, a cult of man-eating hot-dogs are convinced to cannibalize one another when sprayed down with mustard. At least one of them is shown eating himself out of existance. Probably best to not think about the physical mechanics of that.
  • Robot Chicken has a short involving a gummy bear in a bear trap.
    Pink Gummy Bear: Goodness! I taste delicious!
  • The Simpsons:
    • At the end of the "Treehouse of Horror IV" segment "The Devil and Homer Simpson", Homer has his head turned into a donut, and he takes a bite from it because he's so delicious.
      Marge: Homer, stop picking at it!
      Homer: Aww, but I'm so sweet and tasty!
    • In another Halloween story, a witch turns Homer into a bizarre chimera-type creature that includes his head becoming a fish. At one point, he is thrown headfirst into her oven and is enamored by the smell of fish cooking before realizing it's himself.
    • In another episode, Homer asks the owner of a failing candy shop to "caramel my arm." He's later seen sucking the sweetness off his fingers.
    • Homer fantasizes about a pig that encourages him to eat it, talking about how great its entrails taste.
    • In the Mmm...Homer segment of "Treehouse of Horror XXVIII", Homer accidentally cuts off his finger while barbecuing, which he ends up roasting and eating, causing him to develop an addiction to himself.
      Homer: It makes complete sense. I eat more and exercise less than the most succulent pig. Of course I'm delicious!
    • In the comic "Bart Simpson's Heebie-Jeebie Hullabaloo", the Invasion of the Body Snatchers parody has Barney snack on his pod before it's fully formed, meaning that when they fully merge he has prominent bite marks in himself. One panel shows him sprinkling himself with salt.
  • Sonic Boom: In the episode "Two Good to be True", Knuckles meets a highly intelligent alternate-universe version of himself.
    Knuckles: Hey, I sound like a fortune cookie! *bites his own arm* But I don't taste like one.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy: In the episode, "Toast of T.U.F.F.", the Chameleon tries to use his mealworm gas to turn everyone in Petropolis into bugs so he can eat them. The spray backfires and turns him into a mealworm, at which point the Chameleon tries to eat himself.
    Chameleon: Oh, the irony. I must resist the urge to eat myself. Well, maybe just a nibble. Aieee! Ow! How can something that tastes so good feel so bad?

    Real Life 
  • The ouroboros, which symbolizes cycles, unity and Eternal Recurrence, is presumably thinking this all the time... or is just plain unable to stop swallowing what he's started - like real-life snakes, actually. It's apparently possible to force-feed a snake this way, though it is extreme animal cruelty.
  • For the filming of The Wizard of Oz, the color-changing horses in the Emerald City were painted with Jell-O powder. The scenes with them had to be shot quickly before they licked all the powder off.note 
  • This Tumblr post has a story about someone's pet turkey that got an antibiotic injection and had to be taped into a tea towel for 3 months to stop her from digging at the wound because she apparently thought it was delicious.

 
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A gummy bear gets her leg trapped in a bear trap, and surmises that she can only escape by eating her own leg off. What she doesn't realize is that she tastes delicious, so she doesn't think eating her own leg off is that bad. Unfortunately, she gets snared by yet another bear trap.

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