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Baron Sengir: Some delicacies are not to be savored, save by the callous.

So a character relishes in the outcomes of their evil actions. Maybe they stew in their own evil juices. Perhaps they are the kind that has a menu of dastardly deeds to choose from, or maybe they've just got a select few on speed dial to take-out.

I'm hungry. We got anything eeeeeevil to eat? Yes, Reptiles Are Abhorrent, but that's just for a pet. Or my Final Form. So there's no evil animals? Damn, I'll have to do the next best thing: eat something that makes me more evil for even thinking it.

Bad people thus eat the meat of exotic animals, especially those that are endangered. The concept is generally that they are so heartless, they would help a species go extinct or sink their teeth into something that's generally considered a rare beauty, when they could just as easily get some chips.

Since different cultures and ethnic groups have different food cultures and food taboos, this trope is often invoked in propaganda to either lampoon or demonize opposing groups.

Overlaps quite nicely with the Evil Poacher, and is often the meal of the Card-Carrying Villain. For the clothing equivalent, see Fur and Loathing.

Examples of Exotic Entree include:


Card Games

 Autumn Willow: Could there be a fouler act? No doubt the Baron knows of one.

Baron Sengir: Some delicacies are not to be savored, save by the callous.


Comics

  • The futuristic setting of Transmetropolitan allows for many (usually vat-grown) delicacies such as caribou eyes or "Leg of Bastard" (that is, human). Some humantarians prefer to save money by catching door-to-door political canvassers or other easy prey.
  • In the Dilbert comic, Dilbert was once temporarily transferred to Marketing, which appears to be a 24-7 Toga party. Lunch that day is barbecued unicorn.

 Dilbert: (staring at the unicorn horn on a bun) I don't think this is really the "best part".


Films -- Live Action

 Captain Nemo: Eat your pudding, Mr. Land.

Ned Land: I ain't sure it's puddin'.

(Ned cautiously samples his "pudding" and seems to enjoy it)

Ned Land: What is it?

Captain Nemo: It's my own recipe: sauté of unborn octopus.

    • Subverted a bit here, as Nemo is more of an egomaniac than actually evil, and the original story makes it quite clear that Nemo's whole point with the odd meal is that there's no real need for land-based farming, as the sea is perfectly capable of supplying good-tasting and nutritious food.
  • The David Lynch film adaptation of Dune had an inexplicable throwaway scene of Rabban crushing a live mouse in a small device and then drinking the resulting mess with a straw.


Literature

  • The Patrician in the very first Discworld book, The Colour of Magic, dined on candied jellyfish. Strangely enough, Word of God says that this is actually Lord Vetinari, perhaps written by a younger and less experienced author (in later books, he eats only bread and water).
    • The unnamed crazy gluttonous Patrician in The Colour of Magic almost exactly matches later descriptions of Mad Lord Snapcase, Vetinari's predecessor, and in fandom's consensus is Snapcase. He might've indeed been the original Pratchett's image of Vetinari, but it's evident that the character was heavily retooled for the Watch subseries. Apparently, the original fat and crazy Patrician lost the Vetinari's name and became Mad Lord Snapcase, while Vetinari became the Magnificent Bastard we all know and love.
    • Also, jellyfish is neither exotic (at least in some places on Earth), nor endangered. Jellyfish salad is a common hors d'oevre in Chinese cuisine, and jellyfish biomass is species-wise comparable with normal fishes.
  • Hagrid comments that in the Harry Potter-verse, only the evil or desperate harm or eat a Unicorn. Voldemort had his reasons, but the implication is that others had done it too.
    • Hix own cooking may not be evil, but it still seems somewhat strange, i.e stoat sandwiches.
  • The Extinctionists from Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox enjoy rendering endangered species extinct... and that, of course, includes dining on highly endangered or outright extinct species.
  • Scott Adam's Clues for the Clueness: Dogbert's Big Book of Manners has a sort of nonvillainous example (Dogbert's evil but Dilbert isn't): According to Dogbert, it's customary to order the most expensive entrees when ordering a meal on your company's tab.

 Dogbert: I'll have the endangered species kabob.

Dilbert: I'll have the Bigfoot sirloin grilled over moonrocks.

  • One Remo The Destroyer book featured an authentic dinosaur. The Corrupt Corporate Executive who organized its capture and transport to America planned to use it for an "Authentic dino burger" marketing scheme. Admittedly the majority of the "authentic" burgers would be fake, but they did honestly plan to make processed meat out of the zoological find of the century. Remo killed them.
  • In the Narnia book The Silver Chair, it is discovered that the venison served at the table of the "Friendly Giants" came from a Talking Stag. The author notes that for anyone of Narnian culture, this is the equivalent of cannibalism. If that weren't enough, the characters later find out they are on the menu for the following night.
  • In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe novel St. Anthony's Fire, the Big Bad offers the Doctor candied baby cheeks. After torturing a kitten in an earlier scene.


Live Action TV

  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit has a character with an animal smuggling ring, whose members ate several of the animals. The first animal shown prepared definitely didn't get a Gory Discretion Shot.
  • Angel has an episode where the villains are a club who like to dine on werewolves. Note that every werewolf is a human with a curse, and the curse dissipates (returning the werewolf to human form) when the werewolf dies.
  • In the Red Dwarf episode "Out of Time", the crew's evil future selves use their time machine to travel through history, eating delicacies like dolphin sweetmeats and baby seal hearts with hosts such as Louis XVI and Adolph Hitler.


Propaganda -- Cultural Rivalry

  • Romans accused early Christians of practicing cannibalism and blood drinking by distorting the meaning of Christian communion.
    • The Christians did claim that the bread and the wine was truly the body and blood of Christ afterall.
  • Medieval Christians accused Jews of using the blood of infant children to make Matzo.
  • How some militant vegetarian or animal rights groups portray people who eat meat.
  • How some Americans perceive Japanese who eat whale, Europeans who eat horse, Koreans and Vietnamese who eat dog, Africans who eat chimpanzee and gorilla (bushmeat).


Tabletop Games

  • The Arduin Grimoire IV (The Lost Grimoire): Dirty Dorg's restaurant (a haven for evil creatures) has a menu featuring the meat of various monsters, including those of good-aligned creatures such as unicorn and hobbit.


Video Games


Web Comics

  • Order of the Stick: Official banquets in the Empire of Blood include dishes such as phoenix pâté (with liver taken from the still-living bird, since phoenixes burst into flames when dying) and pegasus flank. Even though the diner is in his honor, Elan loses appetite very fast.


Web Original

  • In Ramenz mocumentary on Japanese sushi, they suggest asking the chef for "off-menu" recommendations. Then they pan across various meats on the sushi bar, some obscured with pixelation, while cutting away to photos of various protected species of animals.


Western Animation

  • Jackie Chan Adventures had this in the episode where the cast found the Rabbit Talisman.
  • On Futurama, just to show how messed up the future is, some animals not considered food today, are eaten regularly, like parrots. Not dolphins though, since they're apparently sapient. Unless they blow all their money on lottery tickets, then it's OK.
    • Of course, in the Futurama future, rats are endangered and spotted owls are pests.
    • Human noses are apparently both an exotic treat and an aphrodisiac. This trope was invoked during a in-universe news report.
  • One villain in The Secret Saturdays only wants to eat cryptids.
  • One episode of the Ace Ventura cartoon has a Villainous Glutton who is kidnapping endangered species as part of a planned seven-course meal.
  • The film The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! has this as a recreational hobby for all the world's leaders. Queen Victoria somewhat uses this in an Eviler Than Thou speech aimed at the Pirate Captain.
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