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Sam: Lovely big golden chips with a nice piece of fried fish. Even you couldn't say no to that.
Gollum: Oh yes we could. Spoilin' nice fish. Give it to us raw and wrrriggling; you keep nasty chips.
Sam: You're hopeless.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

In certain fantasy and science fiction settings, there will occasionally be meat-eating characters who prefer to eat their meat raw, sometimes even alive, rather than cooked. This frequently marks the characters as more savage and/or animal-like, especially if they are actual Petting Zoo People who resemble animals that would be expected to eat raw meat. They may also eat raw meat because it is more "macho" to do so.


For otherwise civilized Petting Zoo People, it's often a sign of My Instincts Are Showing. Often overlaps with Jabba Table Manners to further emphasize the character's animalistic nature. Compare Real Men Eat Meat, when eating meat (particularly red meat) is treated as an integral element of masculinity; it often overlaps with this trope when the criteria for "real" meat include "must be raw/uncooked." Compare and contrast Eaten Alive.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Happy from Fairy Tail loves his fish raw rather than cooked. This is shown when he gets upset over Natsu using his fire magic to fry a whole fish bigger than the two of them combined.


  • Books of the Raksura: The raksura have innate Voluntary Shapeshifting that lets them shift between human form and a vaguely draconic form that depends on their breed. When traveling, they hunt live prey; in their own communities, they serve the raw meat with a variety of side dishes in prepared meals. One Raksuran queen is quite apprehensive when she's served cooked meat for the first time in a human settlement.
  • Harry Potter: Bill Weasley is savaged by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback. Fortunately, Greyback wasn't transformed at the time of the attack, so the only side-effect (apart from some ugly scars) is the victim develops an unusual fondness for uncooked meat.
  • Gollum from The Lord of the Rings started eating raw fish after he was cast from his home, partly because the deep, dark caverns he inhabited had plenty of fish but nothing to cook them with, but also because the One Ring's influence caused him to sink into savagery. As the page quote from the movie adaptation makes clear, he even accuses Samwise Gamgee of "spoilin'" meat by cooking it.
  • The Odyssey: During a Nested Story, Herakles stays the night in a centaur's home. The centaur is noted to eat his meat raw, despite being civilized enough to understand Sacred Hospitality.
  • The Wheel of Time: Side effects of Perrin's "Wolfbrother" Beastmaster powers include Super Senses, Supernatural Gold Eyes, and a growing preference for the rarest meat he can get his hands on. He opts for chops that are at least seared on the outside, since he still sees himself as primarily human.
  • A Wizard in Rhyme: Creatures like the dragon Stegoman and the Dracogriff Narlh are intelligent and friendly to the protagonist, but only take their meat "hot and fresh". Narlh can't stomach cooked meat at all and is surprised that something so foul-tasting can smell so delicious.
  • Patternist: Those infected with the extraterrestrial Clayark microorganisms come to crave huge amounts of raw, unseasoned food as their Super Senses develop — preferably meat, although they also eat vegetables. Some even chase down game and eat it fresh. By the time of Patternmaster, their mutant descendants will happily eat humans, albeit for ceremony as much as for nourishment.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: When a Klingon comes aboard the USS Enterprise as an exchange officer, he says "I will try some of your burned replicated bird meat". Part of their Alien Lunch, gagh, is not only raw, but alive. Justified since Klingon bodies, like most carnivores, must naturally put their food through a process to unlock nutrients that humans have to cook it to achieve.
  • Supernatural: Werewolves tend to be out-of-control human-eating monsters who particularly like to chow down on fresh hearts. "Sharp Teeth" introduces a family of Friendly Neighborhood Werewolves who Resist the Beast and sit down for polite dinners of raw meat — though they cook proper steaks for their human guests.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons adventure WG5 Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure. When worn, the Kaftan of Ogrishness turns the wearer into an ogre (a large, primitive and aggressive monster) over a period of three days. One of the first symptoms of the impending transformation is that the wearer starts developing a hunger for increasingly raw meat.
  • In Spears Of The Dawn, people in the kingdom of Meru eat their meat raw. Not necessarily because they are unusually savage (though they are the most low-tech of the Five Kingdoms), though, but just because it's traditional - during the Long War against the Eternal, the Meruans survived by always staying on the move, and there was no guarantee that there'd be time to cook anything.

    Video Games 
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: The Zora Fish People eat raw fish. They note that the cooking pot at the inn and the non-fish ingredients at the general store are present mainly for Hylian tourists.
  • Punch-Out!!: Bear Hugger, a Canadian Mighty Lumberjack, according to one of his lines in the Wii game. Surprisingly, despite being a rugged Mountain Man, he's also quite a Nice Guy and an animal lover.
    Bear Hugger: I like raw fish.
  • Stardew Valley's local "wild man", Linus, is the one who gives you the recipes for Sashimi and Maki Roll, and in his four-heart scene he teaches you to make a specialty fishing bait from raw monster parts that he describes as "high-quality stuff... I eat it myself!"


    Real Life 
  • Truth in Television in the form of raw foodism; however, regardless of the advertised benefits, eating uncooked food almost always carries a high risk of infection with foodborne/waterborne diseases and parasites that are otherwise killed off by a proper cooking process.
  • This is often true for people who like sushi, which is traditionally made with raw fish (barring some variations, e.g. oshizushi).


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