Odysseus and his men encounter the Lotus Eaters, a group of men who feed on the lotus plant. Eating the plant makes the person lose all hope of returning home; instead, they desire only to stay on the island and to continue eating the lotus, which has an almost hypnotic effect. A few of Odysseus's men eat the lotus and forget about returning home, so he has other crew members seize them and fasten them to the boats so they will be unable to return to the island.

In the movie The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson and his companions eat a candy version of the lotus plant at the Lotus Casino, temporarily forgetting about their quest.

The Lotus Eaters are taken back to the boat.