If Patrick Bateman, the Mad Hatter, and Robb Stark all walked into a restaurant, what would they order? Most likely something cold—the best way to serve revenge, as we all know.

Literature is full of great culinary feats, but it’s also packed with moments when food is used for malicious purposes—its ability to nourish suddenly undermined by its ability to trick, disgust, or even kill a foe. Many of our favorite stories include crime, passion, and a bit of revenge. The best examples aren’t pulpy romance novels, but rather classic stories like The Count of Monte Cristo and various tales by Edgar Allan Poe.

The infamous Red Wedding and The Help‘s poop pie are unforgettable meals that enable characters to get even with their enemies. And man, do they.

Click through the gallery to read about some of the best revenge meals in literature.

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