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Basic Trope: A person is fed to an animal or a supernatural being.

  • Straight: Alice is thrown to the lions' den by Lord Darkness to be eaten.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Alice is thrown into a pit brimming with leeches, and she's retrieved just before dying from blood loss.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is a criminal (whether her crime was something truly horrible, or merely being a Christian in Ancient Rome), and this is how she is being punished.
    • Alice is a gladiator; she's expected to try and defeat the beast(s) in question for the amusement of the Colosseum; if she gets eaten, who cares? It's just as entertaining!
    • Alice is a Human Sacrifice of some variety to a god, a demon, a monster, etc.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice is thrown to the lions, but they don't go after her.
    • Alternatively, she's fed to a supernatural being that devours her soul, but leaves her body.
    • Alice is rescued before she can be eaten.
    • They Forgot to Feed the Monster.
    • Alice can't actually be eaten by the lions, or even hurt by them. When Lord Darkness returns ten minutes later, she's casually sitting alone in the den, picking her teeth.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Until someone pours bacon grease all over Alice.
    • Her body is taken out of the enclosure and then fed to a different beast.
    • Her ''rescuer'' is knocked out by the beast, and Alice now needs to save him!
    • That's why they zombified the monster.
    • Then, Darkness grabs Alice and hurls her into a pit full of powerful demons, which can eat her.
  • Parodied:
    • The beast Alice is fed to is in turn devoured by something much larger and scarier.
    • Alternatively, the beast Alice is fed to is small and cute-looking.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Alice is not fed to an animal or supernatural being of any kind.
    • Or she is, but it does not touch her.
  • Enforced: "We need to create some action."
  • Lampshaded: "You can't tell anyone you're a Christian, otherwise they'll throw you to the lions!"
  • Invoked: Alice refuses to bow down to Emperor Gluteus Maximus III (because she answers only to God). Since the Emperor views that as treason, she is sentenced to be punished as a traitor by being fed to the lions.
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  • Exploited: Alice, who turns to be The Beastmaster, uses her ability to turn the beast(s) against her captors and makes a quick escape.
  • Defied: Emperor Gluteus Maximus III feels that's too cruel a punishment (or maybe not cruel enough) and doesn't feed Alice to the lions.
  • Discussed: "Man, Alice is toast..."
  • Conversed: "This story set in Ancient Grome has some research issues. Feeding people to animals was banned under Emperor Gluteus Maximus III."
  • Deconstructed: The beast becomes ill and dies from an irregular feeding schedule.
    • Maneaters are killed in the wild as quickly as possible because one doesn't want them accustomed to seeing humans as food. It doesn't respect or fear its handlers but views them as impudent food now. As a weapon it is more dangerous to its user because they focus on the closest target, transporting is an involved and dangerous task that backfires whenever a foe disrupts the process.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The beast's master makes sure to keep it well-fed with other supplements when there is nobody to sacrifice, so it stays healthy.
    • The beast's master makes sure to find a steady supply of victims for his pet to keep it nourished. Sure, a few of them might technically not have done anything wrong, but we wouldn't want Angel Face to go hungry, now would we?
  • Played For Laughs: Alice is thrown to, not lions, but a chihuahua... A vicious and surprisingly deadly chihuahua!
  • Played For Drama: Alice, a practicing Christian in Ancient Rome, needs to protect herself and her friends from this fate but still remain true to herself and her beliefs.
  • Implied: After slaying the beasts standing in their way Alice discovers to her horror that all of Lord Darkness's captives were marked as executed and there isn't even so much as a skull to be buried.

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