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The general portrayal in fiction that all goats are creatures that fall under the Extreme Omnivore heading. To the point that if anyone brings a goat into a story, there's a good chance that they'll eat something important that they weren't supposed to. This is normally played for laughs, and normally parodies are the only places you won't see it be played for laughs.

Examples:

  • One episode of M*A*S*H involves the entire payroll being eaten by a goat which one of the first soldiers to get paid bought under the auspice of it being economically sound- he could, after all, get fresh milk from it. This causes numerous problems for the unit, as they must convince superiors that they lost their money because a goat ate it, and one character had taken a loan from another at a ludicrous interest rate on the assumption he would be able to pay it back pretty much the next day.
  • Referenced in one Robert Crumb Mr Natural comic. Crumb is telling a city-dweller about how he needs to go out and actually live life. After being convinced, the city-dweller asks Mr Natural if goats really eat cans- and Mr Natural immediately flies into a rage over the sheer absurdity of the question.
  • There was an old Popeye where there was a goat that seemed to actually prefer cans, empty or full. Of course this caused no end of trouble for our canned spinach - loving hero.
  • In "Steamboat Willie", a goat eats Minnie's ukulele and sheet music. So Mickey uses it as a living phonograph.
  • Scrooge Mc Duck once bought a goat to guard his money bin in the Disney comics. Unfortunately it both guarded and ate the money so Scrooge sold it back to the previous owner.
  • The wartime Looney Tunes cartoon "Scrap Happy Daffy" had old school Daffy trying to build up a scrap heap for the war effort and matching wits with a Nazi goat who tried to eat it all.
  • In The Hunchback of Notre Dame (the Disney version), Djali the goat eats Quasimodo's figures, which are made out of wood.
  • Grover of Percy Jackson and the Olympians is actually a satyr, but half-goat surely counts and he certainly eats everything.
Community Feedback Replies: 43
  • October 12, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    • I recall an old Popeye where there was a goat that seemed to actually prefer cans, empty or full. Of course this caused no end of trouble for our canned spinach - loving hero.
  • October 12, 2009
    DracMonster
  • October 12, 2009
    TB Tabby
    Said Popeye cartoon was called "The Hungry Goat."
  • October 12, 2009
    PhoenixOasis
    How about the above mentioned "The Hungry Goat," or "Goats Are Hungry". Failing that, "Goat Needs Food Badly," is something that would connect with a lot of tropers.
  • October 12, 2009
    BackLash
    I like the straight-forwardness of The Hungry Goat, but Everythings Edible With Goats is quite funny. I like both, but I'd choose the latter
  • October 12, 2009
    DracMonster
    I just figured since "Everything's X With Animalname" is the standard for animal tropes it would fit in with that.
  • October 12, 2009
    Moogi
    There was a great book I read when I was a kid about this trope. It was about a goat named Gregory (for this reason, I have always associated the name with goats) who only liked to eat normal food, much to the dismay of his family. What was that called again?
  • October 12, 2009
    Micah
    If you must snowclone it, please make it something like "Everything's Edible For Goats''. I do not become capable of eating concrete or supernova material if a goat is added to it.

    I read the book about Gregory as a kid (no pun intended) too. I didn't remember the title, but some googling suggests that it's probably Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat.
  • October 12, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    That is indeed Gregory the Terrible Eater.
  • October 12, 2009
    Evalana
    @Moogi and UT: That's exactly what I was thinking of!
  • October 12, 2009
    the grene kni3t
    I like Goats Eat Everything; it's very self-explanatory.
  • October 12, 2009
    Karalora
    In "Steamboat Willie", a goat eats Minnie's ukulele and sheet music. So Mickey uses it as a living phonograph.
  • October 12, 2009
    SKJAM
    The song "Paddy Mc Ginty's Goat", though it seems to mostly have an affinity for the back end of people's clothing. (And it doesn't eat the U-boat in the WWI variant, just sinks it.)
  • October 12, 2009
    random surfer
    Once when The Simpsons visited a petting zoo Homer tried to make a goat eat a tin can.
  • October 13, 2009
    Unknown%20Troper
    In One Piece filler episode there was an old pirate living with a herd of goats on an island. There was supposed to be a treasure involved but as it turned out, it had been banknotes... So Yeah
  • October 13, 2009
    The Pocket
    The song "Bill Grogan's Goat":
    Bill Grogan's goat
    Was feeling fine
    Ate three red shirts
    Right off the line
    Bill took a stick
    Gave him a whack
    And tied him to
    The railroad track
    The whistle blew
    The train drew nigh
    Bill Grogan's goat
    Was doomed to die
    He gave three groans
    Of awful pain
    Coughed up the shirts
    and flagged the train!

    Also the Shaun The Sheep episode "Mower Mouth."
  • October 13, 2009
    sgamer82
    Also in One Piece is Fleet Admiral Sengoku's goat, known among fans as the PWNGoat. Sengoku once fed it a wanted poster, if this troper recalls correctly.
  • October 14, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    Do not name it like the Everythings Better tropes. Those are about throwing in things for the sake of it. This is about using a trait as a trope.
  • October 14, 2009
    Assistant
    Scrooge Mc Duck once bought a goat to guard his money bin in the Disney comics. Unfortunately it both guarded and ate the money so Scrooge sold it back to the previous owner.
  • October 14, 2009
    Marshmello
    This is actually a bit of Truth in Television... my dad farms goats, and I can personally testify that they will try to eat pretty much anything. They might give up on actually ingesting it, but goats will taste-test everything they can reach, and them eating things like paper money is actually quite likely.
  • October 14, 2009
    Rainbow
    I'm not sure if they'll eat ANYTHING, but I have known baby goats in a petting zoo to at least attempt to eat my hair.
  • October 14, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    (There Is No Such Thing As Notability, so...) I used to have a picnic mat with lots of panels of animals eating their stereotypical foods (picnic, see). The panel with the goat had it eating a newspaper.
  • October 14, 2009
    Tomtitan
    In Fairly Odd Parents the mascot of Dimmsdale is Chompy the goat. Needless to say, he eats a lot.
  • October 14, 2009
    JET73L
    The favorite food of the goat in the Ted's birthday episode(s) in How I Met Your Mother was... a washcloth.
  • October 14, 2009
    Known Unknown
    The wartime Looney Tunes cartoon "Scrap Happy Daffy" had old school Daffy trying to build up a scrap heap for the war effort and matching wits with a Nazi goat who tried to eat it all.
  • October 14, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (the Disney version), Djali the goat eats Quasimodo's figures, which are made out of wood.
  • October 14, 2009
    Thinks Too Much
    Grover of Percy Jackson And The Olympians is actually a satyr, but half-goat surely counts and he certainly eats everything.
  • October 15, 2009
    Kilyle
    Goats Eat Everything works for me. And also sounds like it ought to be the title of a webcomic.
  • October 15, 2009
    Some Guy
    For future reference HG 131, don't edit other people's main posts. It's rude.

    I'll launch within a few days, hopefully. Using this post as a marker so any examples after this point are what's not already in the top.
  • October 15, 2009
    Ub3rD4n
    From The Simpsons: "Stupid goat! Eat the can!"
  • October 16, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    There are some jokes about it. Apparently tying a goat to a post on a long leash and leaving it like that is a natural way of creating Crop Circles
  • October 16, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    As usual, Tex Avery takes this trope and goes to town with it in the MGM cartoon Billy Boy, about a goat that literally eats a farmer out of house and home. The cartoon ends with Billy being flown to the moon... which he then eats!
  • October 16, 2009
    henke37
    And of course Donald Duck have had one of these as well. I think it ate the rope.
  • October 17, 2009
    triassicranger
    • An early Thomas The Tank Engine story features The Fat Controller leaning out of a window, causing his hat to blow off his head, where a goat eats it for tea.
    • A Les Pretend comic strip in The Beano features this where he pretends to be a policeman and tries making a goat his subordinate. During this they manage to scare a pizza delivery guy and the goat eats the pizza, angering Les because he is eating the "evidence".
  • October 17, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Truth In Television, within limits. This Troper recalls a documentary about goats eating roses. To try and stop them sombody bred roses that supposedly tasted so horrible the goats wouldn't eat them. The goats ate them.
  • October 17, 2009
    Ronka87
    Downvoting the "Everythings Better" name because it is not. Boo snowclone. Hungry Goat or whatever else is fine.

    That being said, two Archie comics examples:

    • In one, Archie gets a pet goat (just roll with it) and takes it to Mr. Lodge's, where it eats the latter's prize roses. Duh.
    • In another, as a way to make money quickly and and without doing any work, Jughead gets his pet goat (again...) to mow lawns. He lets the goat lose and it just starts chewing. Problem is, while it's grazing on grass it also eats Betty's flowers and Archie's recycling cans. Jug just brushes this off, until it decides to snack on his own portable TV set. Goodbye goat.
  • October 18, 2009
    random surfer
    In one of the Little Eddie books by Carolyn Haywood Eddie gets a goat, which his father eventually makes him take to their cousins who live on a ranch in Texas because the goat eats everything.
  • October 19, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The recent trailer for the upcoming film Babies end with a goat (implicitly, but not shown) eating a baby's feces.
  • October 19, 2009
    Bro Diddley
    Something I thought of:

    "I would like to make a robot goat, capable of eating the Internet," he said. "It would probably be called the Intergoat. Intergoat 2.0 would be wireless." - Tom Siddell

    n.b. He showed a pic of it on his uStream channel.
  • October 19, 2009
    Some Guy
    Posting here as a reminder that I haven't forgotten about this proposal. It's just that we're still getting new examples and I don't want to launch until the well's been run dry, so to speak.

    Anyway, if anyone has a You Tube link for "Scrap Haffy Daffy" it would be much appreciated, since Daffy Duck fighting an evil Nazi goat has to be one of the most ridiculously awesome premises for a cartoon I've ever heard.
  • October 19, 2009
    BrainSewage
    Victor on Ed Eddn Eddy
  • October 19, 2009
    random surfer
  • October 20, 2009
    Xi Whoeverski
    I like Everythings Edible For Goats. It even has a bit of alliteration. Kinda.
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