There is nothing 'ulterior' about our motives...nothing at all
~ The Kanamit emissary to humanity, when asked if his people have any ulterior motives for coming to Earth besides helping humanity

The Kanamits are an alien race that serve as the antagonists of The Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man". They appear initially as benevolent beings who have come to uplift the human species for no reward beyond personal moral satisfaction. However, it turns out that their motives and generous help are no quite so pure as initially appeared: in reality, they intend to sucker humanity into coming to their homeworld in large numbers so that they may then cook and eat them.

They were all portrayed by the late Richard Kiel, who has renowned for his role as Jaws (007) the James Bond films.


The Kanamits first come to Earth in the guise of friends. They send representatives down to the United Nations embassy where the Kanamit representative tells the people of Earth what his species is, who they are, and that they have come to Earth to help the human species with their various technological wonders. Although some of the UN representatives are skeptical of the Kanamit's apparent altruism, they pass lie-detector tests and make good on their promises to help humanity: they create force-fields to protect cities and thus render warfare impractical and moot. They put vitamins in previously dead soil, and introduce new, cheap, renewable forms of energy.

In all, the Kanamits truly do seem to be every bit the benevolent helpers of humanity that they presented themselves as. However, just as the protagonist of the episode is about to get on board one of their ships to take him to the Kanamit homeworld for a visit, his partner rushes in to tell him that she's finished translating a book the Kanamit representative first left behind: the book's ostensibly altruistic title "To Serve Man", is in fact, a cookbook...serving man for dinner. Horrified, the protagonist tries to flee, but the Kanamits force him onto the ship and take off. The episode ends with him addressing the audience and noting grimly that "soon they'll all be on the menu".


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