Matter Ingestion – The ability to consume many sorts of matter without any ill effects on the user. Matter Ingestion is also known as Ingestive Adaptation, Omniphagy, Omnivore, Pamphagia, Panphagia, Pantophagia, Super Eating and Superhuman Digestion.
Literary Critique of Matter Ingestion
Since this list focuses on superpowers as plot devices above and beyond an in-universe perspective, I also include interesting plots involving eating and characters with interesting diets in this article. Matter-Lad (DC) has this power and this is his only superpower. Superman (DC) had better pray Matter-Lad never becomes a zombie.
Matter Lad goes insane after eating the Miracle Machine in Legion of Super-Heroes V1 #251.
In Action Comics V1 #454, Superman eats a zillion hamburgers.
In New Super-Man #5 (DC), the New Super-Man eats a lot of Chinese food. Will he be hungry an hour later?
Superman eats Kryptonite in the Sandman Saga (Superman V1 #233).
Doctor Odd ingests an enemy in Pantheon #12 (Lone Star Press).
The Aurumkvorax can eat gold in TSR 2140A Monstrous Manual.
Charfiend – Creature Collection I
Dalmosh – D&D 3.5 – Monster Manual V
Demon Scum – Cyberforce – Sourcebook #2
Eatle – Ben 10
Gauntling – Creature Collection II. Dark Menagerie
Korumbu (Marvel) causes a man to be able to eat as much as he likes or in this does not like in Journey into Mystery V1 #64.
Jimmy Olsen (DC) can eat just about anything in Jimmy Olsen #38.
Flesh – “The Legend of Shamana” – 2000 AD #806
Human Anaconda – Outcasts #2
Jimmy Olsen – “The Human Metal Eater” – Superman’s Pal #68
Judge Dredd – “Christmas with Attitude” – 2000 AD #815
Judge Dredd – “Fast Food” – 2000 AD #1056
Pulp Sci-Fi – “Best Possible Taste” – 2000 AD #1121
Goat (Image) – Hero Camp #3
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