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Every Food-Related Pun From ‘Hannibal’

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Vote up the puns which really tickle your tastebuds.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter is known for his renowned psychiatry practice, his elaborate dinner parties, and his affinity for long pig; but perhaps one of his more niche skills is his ability to make a pun out of any occasion. Even his congratulations are a double entendre - when Dr. Lecter says "well done," he means both in your accomplishments and in the kitchen. Though the multifaceted chef holds himself accountable by only eating the rude, his definition of discourteousness aligns with his standard of eloquence. In other words, it would be in your best interest to laugh at his jokes. 

Bryan Fuller's three-part series Hannibal is a showcase of the doctor and his colleagues' best food-related puns. Alongside Hannibal's best meals are also his best jokes. If you're looking for more shows like Hannibal, Watchworthy's got your back.

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  • 1

    "Next time, bring your wife. I’d love to have you both for dinner." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter

    Season 1, Episode 2, "Amuse-Bouche"

  • 2

    "Whenever feasible, one should always try to eat the rude." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

    Season 2, Episode 12, "Tome-wan"

  • 3

    "I'm full of myself." - Mason Verger 

    Season 2, Episode 12, "Tome-wan"

  • 4

    "Clearly, you found him as distasteful as I did." - Anthony Dimmond

    Season 3, Episode 1, "Antipasto"

  • 5

    "Whomever's pursuing whom in this very moment, I intend to eat them." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

    Season 2, Episode 12, "Tome-wan"

  • 6

    "I transferred my passion for anatomy into the culinary arts." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter

    Season 1, Episode 7, "Sorbet"

  • 7

    "It’s nice to have an old friend for dinner." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

    Season 1, Episode 6, "Entrée"

  • 8

    "My husband has a very sophisticated palate. He is very particular about how I taste." - Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier

    Season 3, Episode 1, "Antipasto"

  • 9

    "Play with your food, Mason, and you give it the opportunity to bite back." - Dr. Alana Bloom

    Season 3, Episode 7, "Digestivo"

  • 10

    "My kitchen is always open to friends." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

    Season 1, Episode 5, "Coquilles"

  • 11

    "You slice the ginger." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

     Season 2, Episode 10, "Naka-Choko"

  • 12

    "It was a particularly chatty lamb." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

    Season 1, Episode 6, "Entrée"

  • 13

    "He didn't remove any of the brains. He just scrambled them." - Beverly Katz

    Season 1, Episode 11, "Rôti"

  • 14

    "We have to serve her better than Garret Jacob Hobbs." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter

    Season 1, Episode 9, "Trou Normand"

  • 15

    "Colons lose their novelty when overused." - Dr. Fredrick Chilton

    Season 3, Episode 8, "The Great Red Dragon" 

  • 16

    "Well done." - Dr. Hannibal Lecter 

    Season 2, Episode 1, "Kaiseki"

  • 17

    "Free-range rude." - Will Graham 

    Season 2, Episode 12, "Tome-wan"

  • 18

    "Tree man actually bares fruit." - Jimmy Price

    Season 2, Episode 6, "Futamono"

  • 19

    "Papa always used to say meat was a people business." - Mason Verger

    Season 3, Episode 6, "Dolce"

  • 20

    "Don’t let the ripper stir you up." - Will Graham

    Season 1, Episode 7, "Sorbet"