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May 15th 2018 at 10:37:29 AM •••

The only thing that prevents Jules, Brett and the Big Kahuna Burger from being the epitome of the Enemy Eats Your Lunch interaction is that fact that Jules declares right at the beginning : "Hamburgers! . . . the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast".

I know Enemy Eats Your Lunch refers to the aggressive imbibing of any food in your possession by your enemy . . . but still . . .it just makes the example a little less perfect.

Aug 19th 2017 at 2:43:42 AM •••

Moving to discussion:

I have moved those examples below from the main page as I believe they are all misuse. Currently, the trope is defined as an intimidation stragegy done face to face to establish dominance between two parties. The examples below are more in lines of being pragmatic in war and using whatever supplies you find. Also, if the food is taken from dead soldiers, it belongs on Robbing the Dead. Taking food from your enemy's camp could be an entirely different trope (I am not sure if we have it on the wiki right now).

  • Highly encouraged in Sun Tzu's The Art of War, as it both feeds your own army while depriving enemy of their supplies. If you are about to be on the receiving end of this, the best course of action is to destroy your own supplies. It's also more efficient on your own supply lines, as food would be consumed by the personnel in that supply line just to deliver it to the army. "A bushel of the enemy's grain is worth ten of yours."

  • In The American Civil War's Battle of Shiloh, early in the battle, after the Confederate attack had sent Union troops fleeing from their camps in panic, the Confederates stopped to eat the food they found in the camps. Contrary to popular belief, this was not due to supply issues (while Confederate troops later in the war were criminally undersupplied, these weren't): the Rebels were just overconfident and figured they could stop and have a bite. Unfortunately for them, the delay gave the Union time to regroup.

  • The 'Battle of the Sausages' during the Winter War between Finland and the USSR: the Finnish troops, knowing the poor state of supply of the Red Army, deliberately set up and abandoned a field kitchen, then ambushed the enemy soldiers who inevitably stopped to help themselves.

  • During late stages of World War II, especially during the Battle of the Bulge, the most prized item that Germans captured from US troops was the food, as indicated on this website as Germany was running out of food to feed its soldiers and civil population.

  • During the sack of Washington in the War Of 1812, British soldiers ate the President's dinner in the White House after he had fled. Then they burnt the place to the ground.

  • The Duke of Wellington ate Marechal Jourdan's pre-prepared "victory feast" at the Grand Hotel after the Battle of Vitoria in The Napoleonic Wars. Graciously, he still paid for it.

  • Averted by a war correspondent who came across an abandoned yet fully laden table in a German officer's barracks in recently liberated France. Having been briefed of the Germans fondness for Booby Traps, he ignored what seemed like obvious Schmuck Bait. The next day he had to listen to one of his colleagues boasting about what a great meal it was.


  • Chopper Reed, an infamous Australian standover man (extortionist) turned public speaker has told a tale about how he once cooked a man's dog on the man's barbecue grill, ate some of it, then forced the man to eat the rest.

I believe this is an entirely different case of intimidation. Cooking someone's dog and forcing them to eat it is far worse and far bolder move than stealing someone else's already prepared food.

Edited by XFllo
Feb 26th 2016 at 5:27:52 PM •••

I know that anybody who knows the movie gets the connection between the image and the quote, but isn't it odd to show Jules drinking a soda with the caption "This is a tasty burger"?

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Aug 19th 2017 at 2:54:42 AM •••

Sorry for answering this late — I haven't noticed the question earlier.

The caption was chosen in the Image Pickin' thread. We felt it was just a great and iconic line that it deserved to go on the page even though it is connected to the film, and not the pic per se.

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