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->''"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."''
-->-- From an interview with '''[[Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt Tom Siddell]]'''

The general portrayal in fiction that all goats are Type 2 {{Extreme Omnivore}}s, able and willing to eat anything and everything. If anyone brings a goat into a story, there's a good chance that it will eat something important that it wasn't supposed to. This is normally PlayedForLaughs, but can also be used in more dramatic works where the goat's hunger causes serious, long-term problems for the characters.

In addition, their [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Trademark Favorite "Food"]] is generally accepted to be tin cans, or at least anything made out of metal. This is a commonly believed myth in real life, coming from the fact that real-life goats will ''chew'' on tin cans in order to eat the paper and glue from the labels.

Not to be confused with {{Omniglot}}.



* UsefulNotes/McDonalds has an animated ad campaign featuring a goat who keeps eating everything around the farm. His concerned owners start feeding him Happy Meals so he can eat healthier, since they offer choices like apples and milk and whatnot. Unfortunately, he also eats the box.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Nel's AnimalMotif is antelope and goat-antelope based. Her release is named after the chamois (a goat-antelope) and her centaur-form is a gemsbok (a true antelope). Her mask also has sheep horns (and sheep are goat-antelopes). In keeping with the fiction about goats (also a type of goat-antelope), she is also the only hollow we've ever seen ''eat'' ceros. She does it deliberately because her body is taking in her opponent's attack, mixing it with her own cero power, to ''regurgitate'' it back at her enemy as an attack much more powerful than either she or her enemy could perform alone. This also plays on the ruminant behaviour of goat-antelope and antelope digestion systems.
* ''Anime/{{Futakoi}}'' has Nozomu constantly suffering from a goat [[ADogAteMyHomework eating his homework]]...and no one believes him.
* ''Anime/JewelpetSunshine'' has Yaginuma, a student at Sunshine Academy. He eats tests and homework. This came in handy one time when he ate a CorruptCorporateExecutive's deed that would have made him the owner of the academy.
* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'': Sasahara's goat Kojirou takes a bite out of one of Mio's drawings in episode 16. [[BerserkButton Big mistake]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Fleet Admiral Sengoku keeps a pet goat around, which spends its time disposing of his scrap paper.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Scrooge [=McDuck=], from ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'', once bought a goat to guard his money bin in the comics. Unfortunately, it both guarded and ate the money so Scrooge sold it back to the previous owner.
* Referenced in one Creator/RobertCrumb ''Mr. Natural'' comic. Crumb is telling a city-dweller about how he needs to go out and actually live life, recommending that he goes out to spend some time at a farm. 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.
* Two ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' examples:
** In one, Archie gets a pet goat ([[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief 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 ([[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief again...]]) to mow lawns. He lets the goat loose 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.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* A ''Les Pretend'' comic strip in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' 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". For that matter, pretty much any time a goat appears in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'', it'll be one of these.
* In ''ComicStrip/FootrotFlats'', Wal got a goat to eat the grass. It eats everything ''except'' the grass, and hates Wal. When it gets angry it usually takes [[CatsAreMean Horse]] to bring it under control. Cooch's neighboring goat farm also causes difficulties.
* In the comic strip ''Redeye'', there's a goat that feeds exclusively on metal, preferably tin cans.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ThisBites'': [[spoiler:Merry, once she's taken human form. Given her AnimalMotif and her nature as a Zoan ship, she can consume a lot of inorganic matter, and even drinks an entire barrel of hot pitch with no problem. Her favorite food is ''cloth''.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* A RunningGag in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' entails [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Soothsayer]], a goat, taking bites out of [[BigBad Lord]] [[EvilAlbino Shen's]] robes whenever she got a chance.
* On ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', Phil, who is part goat, is seen eating pottery.
* In ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' (the Disney version), Djali the goat eats Quasimodo's figures, which are made out of wood.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The trailer for the film ''Babies'' end with a goat (implicitly, but not shown) eating a baby's feces.
* In the New Zealand-made film ''Film/Boy2010'', the titular character's pet goat eats [[spoiler:the money he hid in the old car in his backyard]].
* ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' features an early scene where the main character allows his son to have a wild birthday party, complete with a petting zoo. A goat ends up eating the mother's flowers, much to her chagrin.
* In ''[[Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief]]'', Grover the [[FaunsAndSatyrs Satyr]] casually chews apart an aluminum soda can in one scene.

* Two goats are feeding in a dumpster when one eats a film roll. "How's that?" the other goat asks. "Not bad," says the first one, "but the book was better."

* Grover of ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' is actually a satyr, but half-goat surely counts, and he certainly eats everything from tin cans to enchiladas.
* Philocites in Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', who at one point is seen eating pottery, the AncientGreece equivalent of the tin can.
* An early ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' story, "Edward, Gordon, and Henry" features The Fat Controller leaning out of a window, causing his hat to blow off his head, where a goat eats it for tea. This was also adapted into [[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS1E4EdwardGordonAndHenry an episode]] of the AnimatedAdaptation, ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine''.
* 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.
* There's a children's book called ''Gregory, the Terrible Eater'', written by Mitchell Sharmat and illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey. It's about a goat, whose parents are very concerned--he doesn't want to eat normal things like cans and boxes, he wants these bizarre concoctions, like scrambled eggs, tacos, and peanut butter sandwiches. They eventually start him on a regimen that centers around compromise--they'll let him eat what he wants (e.g., some peas) if he also eats what they think he should (e.g., the can); they realize it's worked too well when he starts noshing on Dad's ties and Mom's sewing kit, and have to tell him to scale it back a bit.
* ''The Pet Goat'', part of the "Reading Mastery" series for elementary schoolchildren, features an extreme omnigoat who accidentally becomes a hero after attacking a car thief. The book gained attention after being read by George W. Bush to an elementary school class in Florida--he was reading the book to the students when he was notified of the September 11 attacks, and infamously decided to stay and finish reading the book.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' makes the point that goats' tendency to convert any old random forage into four quarts of milk a day means that ownership of one "can change a person's life" in areas of food scarcity. Very much TruthInTelevision.
* In one of the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' novels, Skeeve disguises his pet dragon Gleep as a goat to avoid intimidating the local Klahds. He chooses this form specifically because Gleep is an ExtremeOmnivore and it'll rouse less suspicion if a goat starts nibbling on, say, a wagon wheel than if some other domestic animal does so.
* ''Discworld/SmallGods'' mentions how the great desert had once been verdant woodland until its inhabitants allowed the goats to graze everywhere. Nothing makes a desert like a goat.
* ''Literature/BrownsPineRidgeStories'': The goats owned by a roaming goat herder had a habit of consuming everything in their path, which is compared to a cloud of locusts. They were particularly noted to chew the bark off of young pine trees.
* In ''The Roaring Trumpet'', the first ''Literature/HaroldShea'' novella, one of [[Myth/NorseMythology Thor's]] goats rips a chunk out of Shea's coat and eats it. According to Thjalfi, the goats also once ate a pile of human corpses, all of them except their belt-buckles. Probably justified in that these are after all ''Thor's'' goats, not ordinary farm animals.
* ''Literature/HankTheCowdog'': The story ''The Case of the Dancing Cowboy'' (which was originally serialized in newspapers and later released via audio, but not in a printed form) has Drover mentioning how he once knew a goat who "ate tin cans and ketchup bottles''. (And rose bushes.) Hank doesn't believe a word of it.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' involves the entire payroll being eaten by a goat (which had been bought by Klinger on the grounds 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 [[RefugeInAudacity 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 that he would be able to pay it back pretty much the next day. An inspector investigates the claim, and does not believe it. However, the staff arrange for the goat to get access to some very important paperwork the inspector is working on, and she promptly eats it as expected. Now, faced with the same story to tell his superiors about the paperwork, the inspector is forced to accept the payroll loss claim.
* ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' episode "The Loaded Goat" has the title critter endangering the town of Mayberry after consuming a crateful of dynamite sticks. Though since dynamite doesn't explode easily, it was doubtful that the town was ever in any danger.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted spends most of an episode trying to keep a goat from eating Robin's towels.
* In ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', the stomachs of two celestial goats form an inter-dimensional mail delivery system--one is fed with a letter, which the other will cough up no matter where it is.
* ''Series/SesameStreet;''
** An old animation features a song about the letter "O" and words containing it. At one point we see a goat "eating a bowl of bones, potatoes, and soap"...followed by the bowl itself.
** Another song had farm animals continuously coming and eating the singer's food, ending on a goat who ate the only things left: a pair of sneakers and the bowl they were sitting in.
*** Following complaints by the Dairy Goats Association of America, later showings were followed by a sketch of a goat Muppet emphatically saying how she would ''not'' eat sneakers, but only healthy food that would help produce good milk -- though a second goat had no such compunctions, since she wasn't a dairy goat.
* An episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' had Sabrina calling in a guy with a bunch of goats to get rid of (read: eat) a bunch of magical poppies.
* An episode of ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' has Raven harboring a goat in her house that eats her cellphone (among many other things).

* The song "Paddy [=McGinty=]'s Goat", though his preference was largely for clothing, especially the back of people's outfits.
* The Indonesia folk song "Chan Mali Chan" has the narrator looking for his lost goat, who is seen eating taro leaves.
* "Bagpipesong" by Dr. Macdoo (Jonny Jakobsen) is about a goat eating his bagpipe and mayhem ensuing when the goat gets scared of the sounds coming from it's stomach.
-->Bagpipe, bagpipe where have you gone\\
missing the sound of my bagpipe song\\
Bagpipe, bagpipe playing a note\\
Down from the throat of a stupid goat
* ''Music/TheyMightBeGiants'': In the official video for "The Mesopotamians", a goat eats the bobblehead figure of Gilgamesh.
* In the kids' song "My Highland Goat", the eponymous goat eats six red shirts off a washing line.
* "Mary Had a William Goat":
-->One day it ate an oyster can,\\
Oyster can, oyster can.\\
One day it ate an oyster can\\
And a clothesline full of shirts.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Fun ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' fact: The BigEater Atog creature type was based on the extreme omnivore trait of goats. In fact, "Atog" is an anagram for "Goat".
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe, there is a creature in one of the races' army that basically goes around recycling waste material to make more units. It's description basically amounts to "a omnivorous space goat" making this Goats...[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]!

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/BrokenSword 2'' there are several inventory items that [[JokeItem serve no purpose]] other than occasionally eliciting funny responses when you discuss them with other characters. If you try to show your Lucky Piece of Coal to the goat in Quaramonte, it eats it.
* Completing a run-through of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' having eaten at least one sample of every edible substance earns the player the codename "Markhor", which is a type of goat (that the player can encounter, and, yes, eat at one point).
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', restaurant Le Wow has a Skiddo come out with a note in its mouth, which the game says it appears to be eating.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The humanoid Goat Butlers in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' eat [[ToServeMan humans]]. In [=EP8=], [[spoiler:they consume ''the entire island of Rokkenjima'' save for one room]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Although ''Webcomic/BugMartini'' doesn't show the goat eating something, goats' propensity for eating anything is used in [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/office-odors/ this comic.]]
* In ''Webcomic/WizardSchool'' Graham's familiar Goatsie is interested in eating everything from sheets to loafers to [[http://www.meetmyminion.com/?p=1301 stripper heels.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DocRat'', [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?thisItem=766 the goat tells her kid not to eat tin cans, and the kid grumbles because comic ones do eat them.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Website/LiveJournal mascot is Frank the Goat, who is often blamed for "eating" posts and comments. It's even mentioned in site-wide crashes and glitches: "Error: Looks like Frank's nibbling on the wires again..."
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has SCP-2282, simply known as [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2282 Goat.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon titled ''The Hungry Goat'' (1943), the eponymous goat seemed to actually prefer metal, cans or otherwise. Of course, this caused no end of trouble for our hero, whose Navy ship the goat decided to eat.
** No kidding! The single, rather small goat simply boards the ship and rapidly consumes anything he can get his teeth on, including an enormous length of chain that just vanishes into negative space.
* In "WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie", a goat eats Minnie's ukulele and sheet music. So Mickey uses it as a [[ISophagus living phonograph]].
* In fact, [[OlderThanTheyThink this gag was actually a carryover]] from an ''WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'' cartoon, "Rival Romeos".
* The wartime ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIlLEcjxv7w "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.
* As usual, Creator/TexAvery 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. [[spoiler:The cartoon ends with Billy being flown to the moon...which he then eats]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': A ''Justice Friends'' short has a goat eating Valhallen's guitar.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Averted when the family goes to a petting zoo. [[WrongGenreSavvy Homer tries to get a goat to eat a tin can]] and it won't do it.
** Then there's the two-headed crime-solving goat. One head ate tin cans and the other ate health food.
* During the climax of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Putting Your Hoof Down", the goats accompanying [[ALoadOfBull Iron Will]] are shown munching on Pinkie's tail and each others' ties while Iron Will is trying to collect payment from Fluttershy.
* In the "Mars University" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the goat outside the Financial Aid dormitory eats the sign that falls off the building.
* Subverted in an episode of the ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow''. Garfield gives a goat a tin can so it could lick the glue off it, only for the goat to think he's trying to feed it the can and attack him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', we have a tribe of warrior goat-people who are fiercely protective of their food supply, which is... everything but the kitchen sink.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Non-goat example -- in one episode, [=SpongeBob=] is forced to release his new seahorse, Mystery, back into the world on Mr. Krab's orders after it eats the krabby patties, spatula, grill, and even an old man (although he spits him out afterwards). Moments afterwards, Mr. Krabs and [=SpongeBob=] discover that Mystery ate all the money in the safe and chase after it calling its name, right before the episode ends.
* ''WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep'' has one. Mmmh, old car tyres!
* In addition to the adaptation of "[[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS1E4EdwardGordonAndHenry Edward, Gordon and Henry]]" (see the Literature section), ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' also gives us the episode, "[[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS5E8Baa Baa!]]". When Maithwaite Station wins the Best Dressed Station competition, Sir Topham Hatt presents a pumpkin to a farmer for his ram, and says, "And I'll eat my hat if you don't like it." When Harold lands, the wind from his propellers blows Sir Topham Hatt's hat off his head, right in the ram's reach, where the ram promptly eats it. Sir Topham Hatt's response? "Well, seems I wouldn't be able to eat my hat even if I had to."
* In a radioplay to the german TV puppet series ''Das Sandmännchen'', one story revolved around a boy getting a goat named Erna who ''loves'' paper and turns it into confetti [[UnusualEuphemism on the other end]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision, within limits.
** Goats eat roses. To try and stop them, somebody bred roses that supposedly tasted so horrible the goats wouldn't eat them. The goats ate them anyway.
** At petting zoos where you can feed the animals, they sometimes hand out little Dixie cups full of feed. Some goats, when offered, eat the whole thing -- cup and all. It is imperative that you keep the feed away from your shoulder-bag. Especially if you have some important documents in them.
** In RealLife, goats are the only animal that can eat poison ivy with no ill effects.
** They'll also eat shoelaces, as petting zoo experience can attest.
** They also might be the only creatures that can keep Himalayan blackberries under control. Along with being used by some Tea farmers to eat all the weeds as they don't eat the tea leaves.
** In the US DeepSouth, goats are one of the few methods that have proven effective at battling the invasive kudzu vine.
** In fact, some goat breeders make a living out of renting their goats to fields experiencing outbreaks of noxious weeds. The goats are the safest and most efficient way to clear the fields, and the goats get fed. Win/win!
** By the same token, some have started a program to distribute goats to the world's rural poor. Goats are great for this purpose for several reasons:
#### They cost relatively little to maintain, on account of their aforementioned ability to eat anything of plausibly-vegetable origin.
#### They produce wool and milk while alive and can be slaughtered for meat when they get too old. All three of these can either be consumed by the owner or sold at market.
#### They're livestock, so getting more of them and thus creating a sustainable business isn't much of an issue.
** Unfortunately, this tendency to eat any available vegetation also makes them a fairly invasive species themselves. They were particularly bad on a few of the Galapagos Islands, where they consumed a lot of the plants and out-competed the native giant tortoises. Despite being one of the earliest domesticated animals, they routinely turn feral when left to their own devices.
* Goats aren't the only cloven-hoofed animals that fulfill the BigEater type. The capital city of Nara prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan have tame deer who live to eat and are not fussy about anything. Anything offered (and not offered) by tourists they eagerly gulp down, including deer biscuits, clothes, and map directions. [[http://www.houseofjapan.com/local/chain-eating-deer-at-nara One unusual case]] involved a deer gnawing on the iron chains separating the lawns and temple's approach, which it then taught to the other deer. The people weren't too mad, though; the deer just needed more iron in their diet.
* Meet [[http://www.metalinsider.net/in-memoriam/grindcore-fan-that-happened-to-be-a-goat-passes-away Biquette,]] a French goat who drank alcohol, ate cigarette butts, paint, and oil, and ''hung out at grindcore concerts''. It helped that the concerts were at the farm where she was raised.