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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.

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 Beast Men 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 Beast Men, 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.
  • Brago from Zatch Bell! once criticised his human partner, Sherry, for cooking the crocodile meat he'd caught, claiming that it would give more energy when eaten raw. Since Zatch, the main character, once expressed a preference for eating his Trademark Favourite Food (Japanese Yellowtail) raw, though he's perfectly happy to eat it prepared and cooked as well, this seems to be a general trait to Mamodo in the series.

  • The Far Side: One strip has paleontologists looking at prehistoric wall paintings... and just out of sight is a caricature of a caveman captioned "Zog Jones cooks his meat".


  • 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.
  • The Dresden Files: The villainous ghouls can eat a full 50 pounds of meat in a day, preferably freshly-hunted human. At a Truce Zone in Peace Talks, they stick to huge amounts of steak tartare — probably.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rai Kirah: While Aleksander is Cursed, he suffers random transformations into a giant cat and is eventually only able to eat raw meat in either form.
  • Temeraire: Subverted with most of Britain's sapient dragons, who begin the series loving the rations of whole raw livestock that the Aerial Corps gives them. As soon as Temeraire samples Chinese cuisine, he comes to prefer cooked and spiced foods, then introduces the dishes to the British dragons to general approval in later books.
  • 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.
  • Monstrous Regiment: Rumors in the Zlobenian garrison state that Commander Vimes has eyes everywhere and eats only raw meat. He doesn't; the Watch's Airborne Division consists of a gnome who rides a hawk, and whenever they report to his office, Vimes orders raw rabbit for the hawk.

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    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.
  • Werewolf: The Forsaken: Werewolves whose Primal Urge gets above a certain level can only derive nourishment from raw meat. They also have Ideal Illness Immunity, so they can ignore the usual health issues this would provoke.

    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, while the merchant Ettu in the prequel Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is openly grossed out at the prospect of carrying edible plants to sell.
  • 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':
    • Local "wild man", Linus is the one who gives you the recipes for Sashimi, 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!"
    • Leo is a Wild Child who was shipwrecked on a deserted island and grew up with almost no contact with humans. He dislikes most of the cooked foodstuffs you can offer him, wondering if he'll even be able to digest them, and when Linus tries to teach him how to cook fish, he complains that it's too dry compared to the fish he's used to eating.
  • The Worgen in World of Warcraft have the following as one of their jokes:
    Worgen Male: Since the change, I find I prefer my meat rare, now... Raw, even... Perhaps... struggling.
  • In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, some of the beast folk originated as humans, and some of them originated as wild animals or monsters. The latter sometimes mention how they had to adjust to cooked meat when they became sapient.
  • In ARK: Survival Evolved, predators receive more nutrition from raw meat than cooked meat, and most wild predators lose taming efficiency if fed cooked meat. However, cooked meat lasts longer and can be stacked in an inventory, and eating raw meat gives humans a health penalty.

  • Champions of Far'aus: Catharine and Endozok are shown in their monster forms eating the animals they’ve hunted down raw, and only hunt down one extra goat to take back to the rest of the group, so that the others can cook something nice to eat for the festival that’s taking place during their mission.
  • Girl Genius: Krosp, as a cat based construct, finds that humans desire for cooked food is a quirky hangup and at one point while they're traveling the wastelands tells Agatha she'll be missing the best part if she doesn't eat mouse heads raw. This statement makes her a bit sick to her stomach.
  • Goblins: Kin is a Snake Person whose favorite food is live mice. Minmax is quite disgusted, but resolves to overcome his What Measure Is a Non-Human? bigotry and collects some for her "birthday" meal.
  • Kill Six Billion Demons: The Devil currently known as "Princess" has a daily breakfast of two pounds of raw ox meat. Since it's implied that she used to devour humans for their soul energy, this is, if anything, an improvement.
  • According to Word of God, the demons of Slightly Damned really like to eat meat and are even willing to eat it raw, such as when Lazuli murdered a butcher.

    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. Raw food diets for humans tend to be vegetarian if not vegan.
  • This is often true for people who like sushi, which is often made with raw fish (called "sashimi", which can also be served by itself, without the sushi rice).
  • While meat done rare remains very much red in the center but is cooked on the outside, meat served extra-rare (or "bleu") is essentially thrown on the heat just long enough to kill any bacteria, and pretty much still raw. Few restaurants continue to list extra-rare as an option for doneness because of the risk of food-borne illness.
  • The bear girl of Fraumark was a feral child raised by bears. When she was captured by hunters, she was sent to an asylum, where she only ate raw meat and tree bark until her death a few years later.


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