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Vorarephilia (or vore) is a fetish and paraphilia where arousal occurs from the idea of being eaten, eating another, or watching this process. The fantasy may include digestion, painless or otherwise. The word is derived from the Latin vorare (to 'swallow' or 'devour') and the Ancient Greek φιλία (philia, 'love').
Vorarephilia is typically considered an "imaginary fetish", as fulfilling vore fantasies in reality is difficult. Most vorarephiles are aware of the inherent silliness of their fetish, and are largely uninterested in the idea of cannibalism.
The term vorarephile describes someone who enjoys vore. Most vorarephiles describe themselves as being "prey" — based on how animals are considered to be prey for other animals who are in a higher chain position — while those who actually do the eating in the fantasies, are referred to as a "pred" (derived from the word predator).
In soft vore, prey is consumed alive and whole — though not always willingly — and is often unharmed before reaching the stomach, where digestion, asphyxiaton, transformation or simple captivation may await. Soft vore is often regarded as sensual and sexually-oriented due to its largely non-violent nature. Some vorarephiles derive pleasure from watching animals like snakes eat other animals, as they usually swallow their prey whole, a major element in soft vore.
Non-sexual soft vore is used in a variety of literature and artwork. Examples come from Native American folklore, such as one story where Coyote enters the stomach of a giant to rescue a number of people who were eaten alive, or the biblical story of Jonah. Soft vore is also used in today's cartoons and anime (such as "Eat or Be Eaten: Panic in the Forest", an episode of the anime Naruto). Most instances are harmless sight gags or minor inconveniences for a character, such as any Footsoldier being eaten by a Kodo in Warcraft III.
Sometimes the prey simply being in the pred's mouth--often with implied intent-to-eat--but without actually being swallowed is considered soft vore. Examples include when a recurring character can't actually be eaten, such as in Tom & Jerry, or when they are only supposed to appear to have been eaten, like in Shark Tale. This tends to be for humor. In these cases, the prey is likely to comment on the pred's breath upon exiting the mouth.
Hard vore describes scenarios where prey is subjected to injuries, being ripped and chewed. This type of vore involves cutting, biting, tearing and usually blood. Although there is no inherent sexual characteristic to these actions, to someone with a vore fetish they could be taken in a sexual context. Hard vore has sometimes been referred to as "gore" to separate it from soft vore. Non-sexual hard vore is regularly portrayed in movies for mature audiences, such as the Jaws franchise and Deep Blue Sea.
Being a fantasy, any orifice may be thought of as capable of vore, but it's really just adding a body part to the word vore. This incorrect use of the word vore is now common place. Examples of this well known twisting of the word vore are the "genital vore" scenarios, which includes unbirth. Unbirthing involves being consumed by the vagina and taking refuge in the woman's womb, which is simply a "reverse birth" and, in a pure sense, can only be done by a female. It is sometimes referred to as "Female Genital Vore" or "vaginal vore." Others think of it as a mutual, erotic and consensual activity with no injury to the sexual partners involved — in that case, it is not considered a form of vore.
Cock vore (or male genital vore), refers to being consumed by the penis. Prey enters the urethral opening at the top of the penis, after which they are pulled down the urethra to the predator's scrotum, in which prey is absorbed, digested, or turned into semen (sometimes known as cum vore) and ejaculated. Further variants involve the prey being taken to the prostate for conversion into semen, or to the bladder for storage or digestion.
Anal vore is consumption by the anus. The prey is typically drawn through the digestive tract to the stomach where they are digested in a normal fashion. Conversely, prey may simply remain in the predator's rectum for a time.
Naval vore refers to the ingestion of prey through the predator's naval cavity. This usually occurs through pressing the prey firmly against the predator's waist, forcing them against the naval, which expands to an unrealistic size to envelop the prey and eventually force him/her into the stomach. There they are usually either digested or merely contained.
Pouch Vore is a process present in the case of a marsupial predator such as a kangaroo, which will entice the prey into his/her pouch. Upon climbing in, the prey are then abruptly shoved further down by the predator or sucked down through contracting muscles. Whether the prey is forced into the stomach or stays in the confines of the pouch tends to differ, however, getting digested as a result is almost always the concluding case.
Absorbsion refers to the process where the prey is dragged into the predator by either being consumed by a tail/tentacle, or if the pred is a slime, they are covered in the host's body upon any form of physical contact. Either way, the pred's stomach is where the prey usually tends to end up.
micro vore is a combination of vorarephilia and microphilia; the transformation into a smaller being often involves magic. Scat is combined with vore as coprophilia, in which the prey has been digested (or pushed through the digestive system alive) and excreted.
Tiny Vore is the opposite of Macro vore, in which case a tiny Predator consumes a prey much larger than itself. Usually, this revolves around Fairies as being the predators of choice due to their use of magic to contain a being much larger than themselves. Tiny vore can also refer to an average, or even larger-sized predator who has consumed multiple prey of it's own size. In a sense, tiny vore refers to any kind of vore where either a prey larger than the predator is involved, or where the predator ends up with a belly much larger than itself due to multiple beings and/or objects consumed.
Maiesiophilia describes a love of the pregnant female form; one expression of this is for characters who look pregnant while holding prey inside their stomach.
It is easy to draw a connection between vore and the 'snuff' fetish. For some it plays an integral role in their fantasies, but death is frequently sidestepped in stories and roleplaying.
Motivations behind the vore paraphilia vary, but endosomatophilia (attraction to fantasies involving complete encapsulation of a living thing within the body of another living thing) and dominance/submission play are two common driving forces. Allowing oneself to be devoured represents an ultimate act of submission on the prey's part, and the ultimate act of dominance by a predator.
Vorarephilia and furry
Though still considered a fringe interest, vorarephilia is a relatively popular topic for roleplay and art in furry fandom, being shared to a greater or lesser extent by perhaps 2-5% of furry fans. Its popularity may be due to the large number of predator/prey species that mingle daily, although some vorarephile characters will eat just about anything with no regard for the conventional food chain. Furry vore is also made somewhat easier to depict since many furry characters do not wear clothes to begin with; those eating often have claws to handle the rest.
The general sequence of roleplay goes something like this:
- Character 1 meets Character 2
- (optional) Non-vore roleplay of various kinds
- Character 1 declares that Character 2 looks awfully tasty, either verbally or by nibbling on something
- (optional) Character 2 tries to appease Character 1 with gifts of alternate foods and/or tries to reason with her/him
- Character 1 pounces upon Character 2
- Character 2 puts up a token resistance but lacks the physical strength to escape
- Character 1 swallows Character 2, either all at once, or (more commonly) over a series of poses in which Character 2 bemoans his/her fate (if swallowed tail/feet first) or struggles (if swallowed head first)
- (Optional Ending 1) Character 2 is crushed into the (usually tight) confines of Character 1's stomach, and expires from digestion, typically falling unconscious first due to lack of oxygen. During this process character 1 will most likely either perform their daily tasks, ignoring Character 2's struggles, or will find a place to rest and indulge in the process.
- (Optional Ending 2) Character 2 is contained within Character 1's stomach as a temporary prison/safe house. Both characters will then commence in an intimate session of sleep, belly rubbing, caring words, etc.
- (Optional Ending 3) Character 2, upon reaching the stomach, continues to put up a fight and manages to be released through regurgitation. Character 2 will either flee the scene, be swallowed once more, or will consume Character 1 in an act of revenge.
The above is just a rough guide of the most typical sequence of events - for example, each participant may be of either gender, or both, or none. Vore may not be fatal - such consumption is sometimes offered as a "warm place to stay the night". Even if digestion occurs, the consumed participant typically "respawns" or "reforms" within a few minutes to a few days. This neatly sidesteps the major disadvantage of real life vore: you only get to do it once. The level of realism in a roleplay varies from player to player, ranging from absurd and cartoonish to anatomically correct and theoretically feasible.
Vore is often a consensual activity, even when in character. For every player who wants his fox to go down kicking and screaming as he is ruthlessly gobbled up, there are others who enter a chatroom with the comment "I'm feeling tasty tonight." Some wish to be hunted while others offer themselves up on a platter, and not always figuratively.
Preferences vary so widely in regards to the 'ideal' vore scenario that MUCKs like FurryMUCK and Tapestries allow players to create publicly accessible tables of 'flags' to indicate their preferences and facilitate compatible pairings. Flags like 'no pain,' 'predator,' and 'soft vore' supplement broader flags not specific to vore like 'bisexual' and 'male-biased.'
Popular places for vorarephiles include the Vor Cafe on Tapestries (adjoined by The Feedery, which caters to fat furs), the Zaftig City mailing list, (for some inhabitants) The Giants' Club on FurryMUCK, Jess and Avon's Vor-com, the largest vore MUCK Voregotten Realm, and one of the largest Vore communities, Eka's Portal. F-list is also used by many vorarephiles to roleplay said acts.
- Adams, Cecil (2 July 2004) "Eat or be eaten: Is cannibalism a pathology as listed in the DSM-IV?" at The Straight Dope. Accessed 4 April 2007
- Vorarephilia is also known as phagophilia, and often misspelled voreaphilia or voraphilia
- Brathwaite, Brenda (August 30, 2006). "Defining Sex", Sex in Video Games. Charles River Media, p. 20. ISBN 1584504595.
- "What is vore? An attempt at a definition." Accessed 26 February 2008
- "Soft Vore" Eka's Portal
- "Hard Vore" Eka's Portal
- "Vore fetishism: Why and how?"
- "Unbirth" Eka's Portal
- "Cock Vore" Eka's Portal
- Roco cockvore + cum tf P2, by PurpleKecleon (24 November 2009)
- "Cock vore"
- "Anal Vore" Eka's Portal
- "Breast vore" Eka's Portal
- The Vore Club