Villainous Glutton

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He's such a glutton he takes up a whole chunk of the screen!
"In case you were still wondering, yes, he's THAT fat! He's ORCA! He's horrific!"
Sharona Fleming, Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale

There are the villains who provoke moral outrage. Others are funny or even somewhat likeable. Some arouse carnal desires. A rare few inspire twisted admiration. And then, there's pure disgust. That's what this guy -- and it's very commonly a guy—is for. He consumes. He devours. He gives nothing back. Meet: the Villainous Glutton.

The Villainous Glutton tends to run visually opposite to the Lean and Mean character. He will usually be very bulky, although not necessarily obese; his size symbolizes his lust for power, rarities, food, or whatever else he may be after. In some cases, some sort of powers may be the source of that bulk, too; alternately, the character may be muscular, but the drawing style will still usually result in a clearly "fat" look.

While the Villainous Glutton is often played as an Evil Counterpart to the Big Eater, his consumption can be purely symbolic.

Typically Large and In Charge.

If the Villainous Glutton also eats in a way that's just plain disgusting, he's got Jabba Table Manners; if his meal consists of endangered species or something similar, it may be an Exotic Entree. See also Adipose Rex (specifically for obese monarchs), Fat Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit and Seven Deadly Sins. Contrast Fat Bastard (a character who really is fat and is a Jerkass, but may or may not be an actual villain) and Gonk (an anime trope usually played for a combination of Squick and Comic Relief).

Examples of Villainous Glutton include:


Anime & Manga[edit | hide | hide all]

  • Gluttony from Fullmetal Alchemist. He was made that way.
  • Earthquake from Samurai Shodown is a tremendously large and fat ninja, who is actually rather agile.
  • One Piece
    • Wapol, who actually has eating as a power: He ate the Baku-Baku (Munch-Munch) Fruit, which not only lets him eat anything, but incorporate the aspects of what he's eaten into his body. In a bizarre subversion though, Wapol ends up being Lean and Mean as well: he actually eats his own excess bulk to fit through a door. Nobody knows how that works. Ask the writer. That'll be good for a laugh.
    • Commodore Nelson is extremely obese, to the point of immobility, and is almost always seen eating. Alvida, a villainess from an early arc exhibits a distinct cowboy motif and so much pork it's a wonder she can move. She's utterly convinced that she's the most beautiful thing on the seas. Later on she reappears, having eaten the Slip-Slip fruit. In addition to giving her a smooth, frictionless complexion, it seems to have made her excess weight "slip" off as well; she makes a point of stating that "the only change is that my acne is gone", though, so she might not have changed her diet any. (Her name was Alvida the Iron Mace)
    • And now we have the recently-introduced "Big Mom", who torches countries for failing to deliver candy on time to satisfy her Sweet Tooth, and, oh yeah, eats her own crewmen alive just because.
  • The first Majin Buu in Dragonball Z.
    • King Gurumes from the first Dragon Ball movie also qualifies—the Blood Rubies turned him into a monstrous beast with an insatiable appetite which only grows the more he eats.
  • Buccha from Air Gear was like this before his Heel Face Turn. He's a subversion (possibly a double one), though. He's a Big Eater who looks very fat... but he's only got about 6% body fat. He looks the way he does due to blood pooling in his stomach from overeating (which means that his gluttony is the reason he looks that way). When he exerts himself, his ridiculously sculpted body is revealed.
  • Polpo from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5. Due to his position in the mob, he gets to stay well protected in a posh prison cell, surrounded by food. His Laser-Guided Karma hits him when Giornio changes a gun into a banana and tricks Polpo into shooting himself.
  • Beelzebub of Umineko no Naku Koro ni is the second youngest of the Stakes of Purgatory. At one point in the side materials, she gives Valentine's Day chocolate to Gohda, the Ushiromiya family chef so that he'll return the favor on White Day (and sure enough, he immediately flies to Belgium). She's even willing to use bits of her own flesh if she thinks it will make a good meal. She isn't fat, though.
  • Admiral Donan from Irresponsible Captain Tylor.
  • Hellsing's Big Bad the Major is the only fat character in the cast, causing a few potshots about his weight from other characters, including one of his own minions, though it doesn't seem to affect him. Additionally, some of the vampires are seen gorging themselves during the series, they simply don't get bigger because of it.
  • Prime Minister Kamiya in Speed Grapher.
  • His weight is questionable due to his outfit, but Earl Tyrant of Final Fantasy Unlimited definitely fits the glutton part. 90% of his scenes take place with him eating something or other, usually made from the negative emotions of his "subjects".
  • Maybe Emperor Charles from Code Geass. Although "old" and "big-boned", he seems a lot larger than the usually slim characters we're accustomed to. It doesn't help that in one of his speeches, he says "one must devour all".


Comics[edit | hide]

  • The Kingpin from Marvel Comics, who is actually hugely muscular and works out for hours and hours a day. It's just that his densely compacted muscle causes him to look gigantically fat. Naturally, Spider-Man jokes about this at every available opportunity. (This is actually somewhat Truth in Television; while most people seem to think that the strongest people look like bodybuilders, powerlifters tend to have a lot more girth.)
  • Tobias Whale, an Evil Albino and obvious Captain Ersatz of the Kingpin from The DCU, is actually fat, but still very strong.
  • In Preacher (Comic Book), there's the original leader of The Grail, before Herr Starr takes it over - he's too fat to move under his own power, and bulimic to boot. He's so heavy that he wrecks passenger jets upon landing.
  • The Blob from X-Men is a possible example. In the comics, his bulk is due to his mutation, but in X-Men: Evolution, he was already very fat before he developed his powers.
  • Another Marvel villain, the Slug, is nearly twice the size of the Kingpin, and could smother people in the folds of his fat. He can also barely move at all, though. As you might expect, he's a joke.
  • While not fat, Agent Orange, leader of the Orange Lantern Corps in The DCU. In the emotional spectrum, Orange represents selfishness and greed, and Agent Orange is the greediest creature to ever live; When the Controllers discovered his secluded base, they discover he'd been revelling in the consumption of extremely rotten and disgusting food. True to form, he's the only true member of the corps; the others are all spirits of the people he killed in his constant search for more. Interrupting his meal is also the reason why he's became active again. The Orange Lanterns under his thrall are all immensely greedy themselves, including among their number a literal god of hunger and Glomulus, who was used as a literal garbage disposal all his life. Agent Orange's hunger is in fact a direct result of being the bearer of the orange light of avarice. He is constantly plagued by a hunger that is seemingly impossible to satisfy no matter how much he eats. When Green Lantern Hal Jordan tried taking away his orange power battery it exerted a similar effect, and even though he just held onto it for a second or so he was starving right after. Leads to a Crowning Moment of Funny when he arrives at a casino hotel in Vegas. When he spots the "All-you-can-eat" Buffet, he reacts like a pilgrim finally reaching Mecca.
  • Gregorian Falstaff was a Corrupt Corporate Executive business rival of Bruce Wayne in the Batman comics in the 1980s (and ultimately a front man for Ra's al Ghul). He was always depicted eating, usually with a leg of lamb in his hand like Henry the Eighth.
  • In Tomorrow Stories, one of the First American's recurring enemies is Fatwah Arbuckle, the Guzzlin' Muslim. He's really not evil so much as he has this crazy appetite, but what are you gonna do?
  • Papa Pyzon from Terry and the Pirates.
  • General Tara of Tarakimo in The Phantom is a classic self-indulgent crassly fat villain. He gobbles whole chickens with only his hands while seated on a throne, and his over-decorated dress unniforms barely disguise his big belly. Obesity, overall, is a characteristic shared by many of the bad guys in this strip.

Films -- Animation[edit | hide]


Films -- Live Action[edit | hide]

  • Kaspar Gutman, "The Fat Man" (Sydney Greenstreet) in The Maltese Falcon.
    • Jasper Blubber (John Houseman) in The Cheap Detective, an homage to Greenstreet's role.
    • Signor Ferrari, Greenstreet's character in Casablanca.
      • Count Fosco in The Woman in White also played by Greenstreet.
  • Laird Cregar is best remembered as the prissy chocoholic villain Willard Gates in This Gun for Hire, who letches after Veronica Lake and pays off Alan Ladd in "hot" money to sic the cops on him. Ironically, Cregar wanted to be a matinee idol and wrecked his health with a crash diet, dying at age 31.
  • Jabba the Hutt, baby! (And yes, the Hutts are all fat, but the Hutts are also all evil with only a handful of exceptions - and those tend to be a little more mobile. The bigger they get, the more arrogant they are.) Jabba can eat people alive, and is the Trope Namer for Jabba Table Manners.
  • Pizza the Hutt from Spaceballs.
  • Fat Bastard from the Austin Powers movies. He's slightly sympathetic after he opens up about his weight problem, and ends up dropping most of the weight by the end of the third movie.
  • Dennis Nedry from the film Jurassic Park.
  • Big Fatso from Barb Wire. He appears to live in a crane, and do nothing but eat and get fatter and get money. He's also evil.
  • Pearl from the first Blade movie.
  • Big Dan Teague (John Goodman) in O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a con man, mugger, and leader of the Ku Klux Klan, who not only gets a gluttony scene, but beats up the main characters and steals their money. And, in a redundant or over-the-top Kick the Dog, kills their toad. One-eyed, Big Dan represents the cyclops Polyphemus in O Brother Where Art Thou's inspirational source, The Odyssey.


Literature[edit | hide]

  • Baron Harkonnen in Dune is the ur-example of this trope. Described as so humongously gluttonous that he requires anti-gravity generators in his clothing just to hold himself up. Mentioned as being "baby-fat", so get out a picture of a fat baby, and then imagine a full-grown man having that percentage of body fat! Eww.
    • In the somewhat contested prequel novels, the Baron's obesity is actually a consequence of a disease he contracted when he violently coupled with Mother Gaius Mohiam to conceive Jessica as per his agreement with the Bene Gesserit. Mohiam inflicted the disease on him as payback for his brutality during the act. When he learned that it was incurable and untreatable, the Baron decided to invoke this trope to let his enemies think that his obesity was a sign of indulgence and excessive wealth rather than a sign of weakness.
  • A few villains in Redwall: Clogg, Bowfleg, Agarnu and Bladd. Clogg is known to eat/drink whatever may be by his side when he wakes up.
  • The arachnid Shelob in The Two Towers She wants nothing more than to consume everything she can, orc, man, elf, or hobbit.
    • Ungoliant, Shelob's mother from The Silmarillion, also wanted to consume everyone. In the world. Even Morgoth, the Big Bad of those days, was scared of her. And for a good reason—Ungoliant ate all the artificial gems Morgoth had stolen, after having drank all the Light of the Trees. *burp*. She would have eaten the Silmarils and Morgoth if he had not summoned some Balrogs to drive her off. Eventually she went North and ate herself. Ungoliant's probably the closest the LOTR universe has to a genuine Eldritch Abomination.
  • Swelter, the evil and overweight chef from the Gormenghast novels.
  • Sydney Greenstreet's portrayal of Wilkie Collins' classic character Count Fosco in the film of The Woman in White was in keeping with his portrayal in the book; more recent portrayals, sad to say, have not been.
  • Each of the villains in the Keys to the Kingdom series represents a deadly sin, with Drowned Wednesday representing gluttony. This trope is averted, however, when it turns out that she is no longer a villain.
  • In Eoin Colfer's The Supernaturalist, Mayor Ray Shine is suggested to be huge, and is most villainous.
  • In Michael Chrichton's Timeline, the protagonists are surprised to see that this trope is inverted. The "good" king is the one with Jabba Table Manners, stuffing huge gobs of meet into his mouth constantly, while the "evil" king has perfect manners.
  • The obese and loathsome Aila Woudiver from Planet of Adventure.
  • The whale in "How the Whale Got its Throat", from Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories. The greedy whale eats all the fish in the sea except one, who tricks it into swallowing a man. Said man, who is not a very cooperative prey, escapes its stomach and teaches it a lesson by placing a grating made from a raft in its throat, preventing it from preying on anything but the smallest of fish.

Live Action TV[edit | hide]

  • Dale the Whale from Monk is so fat he can hardly move. This provides an effective contrast to Monk: Dale is fit of mind but not body, Monk is the opposite.
  • Shockeye in "The Two Doctors" spends almost all his time eating, preparing new meals, and thinking about food, although it seems that members of his species can be gluttons without gaining weight.
  • There was a one-off demon villain in Buffy the Vampire Slayer that was so fat he could hardly move. He didn't need to—he had telekinesis.
  • Grunchlk from Farscape, who always seems to be eating something while on camera—even if it's two of his own fingers.
  • Boss Hogg from The Dukes of Hazzard was very fat, very hungry (in one show he devours a tableful of chicken wings) and always leering lecherously at Daisy as his white three piece suit strained to cover his bulk. (Not in The Movie, however.)
  • Nerus, a Goa'uld from Stargate SG-1, is a relatively sympathetic villain, for his species. Which means he's a devious but Affably Evil bastard. When he turns out to have become a double-agent for the Ori and remains completely unhelpful to Stargate Command, General Landry figures out how to get his cooperation: no food.
  • In Pushing Daisies, Leo Burns exacts bitter vengeance upon the cook whose food immobilized him with obesity.
    • Also the twin funeral parlor directors, who were stealing from their clients.
  • Pudgy Pig of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fame would eat the world's food supply in 48 hours.


Music[edit | hide]

  • The Seven Deadly Sins series by Vocaloid producer Akuno-P aka Mothy. Gluttony's song is Conchita, The Epicurean Daughter of Evil by Meiko. Vanika Conchita desires for only the most gruesome in the world. Why is she a Villainous Glutton? Its because when her chef asks for leave, she eats him instead, and soon following him are the maid and servant. When there's nothing left she finally eats herself.

Mythology[edit | hide]

  • King Eglon of The Bible is described as being very fat.

Tabletop Games[edit | hide]

  • Vampire: The Requiem features a bloodline of the Ventrue known as the Macellarius. The bloodline flaw is that anyone inducted in gains a large amount of weight fairly quickly, impairing physical function. The upside? They can consume food again. And they do a very good job of consuming human flesh to add a little variety to all the blood...
  • Eating is the biggest vice of beholders in Dungeons and Dragons. According to the 3rd edition Sourcebook Codex Anathema, they actually don't have a sense of taste, but take pleasure from enjoying the physical texture of foods, especially crunchy live prey like humans. Because they can watch themselves eat with their long eyestalks, they also enjoy vibrantly colored food. And they eat a lot of it—up to 200 pounds in a single sitting.
  • In Nomine has Haggenti, the Demon Prince of Gluttony, whose whole reason for existing is to consume everything in his path and convince humans to do the same.

Be careful, or you might lose an arm. Mmmmm. Arm. - The beginning of Haagenti's character description


Video Games[edit | hide]

  • The Mad Bomber, Fatman, from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, probably deserves mention here as well. Supposedly, his obesity would leave him practically immobile, if it wasn't for his nifty in-line skates... and besides, his taunt makes for the perfect header quote. "Laugh, and grow fat!" Oddly enough, he isn't called "Fatman" because of his bulk. His codename is based on the "Fatman", the atomic bomb that devastated Nagasaki in WWII.
  • The mayor of Lilligue in Grandia II is one of these. But then, he has been possessed by the tongue of a demon-god, so....
    • Pope Zera, a boss with animated jowls, undergoes a Face Heel Turn by the end.
  • Sturrock the Meat King, your first target from Hitman Contracts. His perverse sexual proclivities complement his sizable mass, making it clear that he is evil and unsavory in every possible way.
  • King Dedede, recurring nemesis of Kirby. The two often end up in a battle over who gets to eat more. This is even the whole point of Gourmet Race, one of the games in Kirby Super Star.
  • Dapang, Wong's Dragon from the John Woo game Stranglehold, who is more of a former sumo-style deathmatch fighter than a true "glutton." Tequila even makes a crack about him the first time they meet before promptly being shoved into a chair by him for Wong's meeting.
  • From Overlord, there's Melvin Underbelly, an embodiment of gluttony. He's so fat that, when you encounter him again in the Bonus Level of Hell, you use him to play both golf and Breakout...
  • Duke Oliver in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.
  • No More Heroes: Assassin No. 3, Speed Buster. Despite her apparent vagrancy...
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Dr Robotnik/Eggman is usually portrayed as this to excuse his gimmicky shape, but we've only ever seen him eat something once in the games. However, it involves him eating a submarine sandwich in under two bites, so it has some merit.
  • From Jak and Daxter we have... Krew.
  • Mr. Luggs from Luigi's Mansion. You can hear his eating from the other side of the mansion, he shoots fire at Luigi and apparently ate himself to death by the age of 30. As the description says: He prefers all-you-can-eat buffets to three meals a day. He ate himself to death but still wasn't satisfied.
  • The Mr. Creosote lookalike in Ghostbusters, also known as the "Sloth Ghost." He's even worse than Slimer.
  • Bowser himself from Super Mario Bros., in specific, during Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.
  • Borgan from Lunar: Eternal Blue. So fat he apparently has to have corridors greased to pass through them. Additionally, there are pictures of various characters in-game called bromides, and they usually show people in an attractive pose. Borgan's is bathtime.
  • Tengai Makyou IV features Madame Appetit, who leads a bizarre cult of gluttony out of Tombstone, AZ. She also proves to be an Acrofatic.
  • Dong Zhuo from Dynasty Warriors. Seriously, it's surprising that he can even fight with that bulk weight on.
  • Governor Phatt is the fascist dictator of Phatt Island in Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge. It's redundant to mention that he's, by a bizarre coincidence no doubt, fat and is shown constantly (even subconsciously at times, it appears) eating whatever it is that's shoved down the tubes that lead to his bed that he never leaves?
  • The monstruous demon lord Horkos from Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. Often eats his own underlings. Ate dozens of humans during his initial rampage. Wants to consume the entire world.
  • The Hinox from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are huge, obese ogres who seem eager to eat Link, and most of the loot you get from killing them is food.
  • Big Smoke, the fat member of the gang in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. His rather complicated order at the Cluckin' Bell consist of two Number 9s, one Number 9 large, one Number 6 with extra dip, one Number 7, 2 Number 45s (one with cheese), and a large soda. That alone sounds impressive, if vague, but someone actually did the research to figure out exactly how much food it was, seen here] and edited here.]

Web Comics[edit | hide]

  • The Vorshes in Jack are Gluttony personified. They are vicious demonic cannibals but in a subversion are extremely emaciated, and cannot gain any enjoyment from their food.
  • Order of the Stick has the Empress of Blood, an incredibly obese red dragon who seems to do very little other than eating. Her warlord explains that she does so because she's confused correlation with causation and thinks that larger dragons can cast more powerful spells because they're larger. In fact, they can cast those spells because they're older, which is also the reason they're larger.
  • Sglutton in The Beast Legion is an obese & ruthless Shadow Nexus slave Master.


Western Animation[edit | hide]

  • South Park
    • Sally Struthers in the Starvin' Marvin episodes. (The second one even had her look like Jabba the Hutt.)
    • Cartman.
  • Boss Biggis in Batman: The Animated Series. Not only was he incredibly fat and constantly eating, he fed his workers as little as possible just so he could eat more.
  • Mandragora's son Edgar, as seen in Batman Beyond. Of course, he is also a skilled martial artist with powerful zen abilities...
  • Stephen Mandragora in Justice League Unlimited, a Expy of Tobias Whale. However, Black Canary, who nearly broke her hand punching him, doubts there's an ounce of actual fat on him.
  • In Jackie Chan Adventures, Po Kong the Mountain Demon fits the bill. She is both nasty and horribly fat, and obsessed with food (usually humans).
  • Hoggish Greedly from Captain Planet and the Planeteers. He's rather corpulent, and he even has a heavy pig motif in his dialogue and machinery. Despite this, he has been shown to be a good runner at least three times in the series.
  • The Lethal Chef Lunch Lady Ghost in Danny Phantom. It's never stated if she is a constant eater, but she's obsessed with food (especially meat) one way or the other.
  • Oleander from Sushi Pack. She's usually only a villain because she wants to eat the Sushi Pack, who are admittedly living pieces of sushi. She also has the moniker "The Gulping Gourmet," which explains her large frame. According the coloring books, Oleander is her last name; her first name is Fatima.
  • In the Dexter's Laboratory two-parter "Ego Trip", in one future Mandark is a hugely fat evil overlord, obviously inspired by Baron Harkonnen.
  • Despite being very small, Lucius on Jimmy Two-Shoes has been known to eat a buffet in seconds, keep a well of chocolate all to himself, and put cake on the top of his birthday wishes.
  • Angelica in the Rugrats episode "Chuckie's Wonderful Life."
  • In the Clue Club episode "The Missing Pig Caper", the main culprit is Mr. Glut, a fat millionaire who wanted to buy the missing prize pig so he can eat him. When Larry interrogates him, he is enjoying a "light snack", a six-foot-long sandwich.


Real Life[edit | hide]

  • It should be noted that Hermann Goering himself has got a fairly sympathetic treatment from biographers. He had little actual political power during the worst excesses of the Third Reich, and in fact seems to have saved many people. His basic failing seems to have been lacking the moral courage to stand up to Hitler. Which would probably have got him killed rather early on. Goering was not without nasty, selfish qualities, however. In his quest to become Hitler's War Minister (which he technically never achieved), he ruined the reputations of those in his way so that they were removed, including the existing War Minister Werner von Blomberg, Commander-in-Chief Werner von Fritsch (with the help of Heinrich Himmler), and Minister of Economics Hjalmar Schacht.
  • While not out-and-out evil, railway magnate Diamond Jim Brady got rich through a number of shady deals and enjoyed eating piles and piles of food—a restaurant owner once called him "the best 25 customers I ever had." He liked to sit six inches from the table and eat until his gut touched it. The Other Wiki lists a typical meal as consisting of multiple lobsters and ducks, a gallon of orange juice, turtle soup, "a host of vegetables", and for dessert, several pies or two-pound boxes of candy.