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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': Parodied with [[https://scryfall.com/card/stx/117/time-shredder Tome Shredder]], a Wolf creature card depicting a canine in the act of tearing a book to pieces. The card's flavor text quotes a teacher asking a student why they complete their homework.

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': Parodied with [[https://scryfall.com/card/stx/117/time-shredder com/card/stx/117/tome-shredder Tome Shredder]], a Wolf creature card depicting a canine in the act of tearing a book to pieces. The card's flavor text quotes a teacher asking a student why they didn’t complete their homework.


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* A Magazine/DisneyAdventures ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' comic had PJ offering this excuse for his homework. Though he had the sense to bring Chainsaw, still attached to said homework, with him.
* ComicBook/{{Viz}} had neotenous bank manager Playtime Fontayne use this excuse to explain his failure to deliver a bunch of monthly reports to head office.
* In ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'', one Jughead comic's Cover Gag involves Jughead not submitting any homework. Miss Grundy was in complete disbelief over his excuse.
-->'''Grundy''': ''Let me get this straight: '''You''' ate your own '''homework'''?''
-->'''Jughead''': ''I can't help it! All those '''word problems''' were about food!''

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* A Magazine/DisneyAdventures ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' comic had PJ offering ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'' features a question with this excuse phrase and an empty spot in which to substitute something else for his homework. Though he had "dog". Naturally, given the sense nature of the game, this is ''very'' likely to bring Chainsaw, still attached to said homework, enter the realm of RefugeInAudacity.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': Parodied
with him.
* ComicBook/{{Viz}} had neotenous bank manager Playtime Fontayne use this excuse
[[https://scryfall.com/card/stx/117/time-shredder Tome Shredder]], a Wolf creature card depicting a canine in the act of tearing a book to explain his failure to deliver pieces. The card's flavor text quotes a bunch of monthly reports to head office.
* In ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'', one Jughead comic's Cover Gag involves Jughead not submitting any homework. Miss Grundy was in
teacher asking a student why they complete disbelief over his excuse.
-->'''Grundy''': ''Let me get this straight: '''You''' ate your own '''homework'''?''
-->'''Jughead''': ''I can't help it! All those '''word problems''' were about food!''
their homework.



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* ''FanFic/{{ITSMYLIFE}}'': "Hey Scot yuo must do are homework an yurs but well eat yurs so you get a bad grad LOL!" My [mad dog] bros sayd an started to pump at me.
* Someone from Harry's year in ''Fanfic/OhGodNotAgain'' had to turn in their homework in tattered ruins, after the book Hagrid assigned for his class tried to eat it.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8550820/1/Strange-Visitors-from-Another-Century Strange Visitors from Another Century]]'' one of Salazar Slytherin's students claims his pet bowtruckle ate his homework and Slytherin assigns him an essay on the importance of having a ready excuse.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8746563/17/With-a-Forked-Tongue-I-Lie-in-Wait-Taming-Snakes With a Forked Tongue I Lie in Wait (Taming Snakes)]]'' Harry spins an excuse about an "ugly monkey" in the lake and his missing Transfiguration essay (in reality, he just hadn't had time to do it). Unusually for this trope, his reasoning for losing it makes a fair amount of sense:
-->'''[=McGonagall=]:''' You don't honestly expect me to believe that a kappa ate your homework, do you?
-->'''Harry''': Well, it seems really silly when you put it like that. ... It didn't eat my homework, it just startled me so much I lost my homework in the lake.
* The 17th ''Webcomic/KillLaKillAU'' comic mentioned that the two-year old Mako ate Nui's homework, however, it also noted that she wouldn't have done so if the latter didn't spill food on it.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7247199/1/The-Paths-Diverge The Paths Diverge]]'' Natasja used this particular excuse so often that her art teacher became convinced that paper was said canine's natural diet.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12900332/5/Charming-Chocolates Charming Chocolates]]'':
-->''Dads,\\
\\
Still trying to make my paintings move like real life instead of wiggly gelatin brains. Flitwick says to use charms but all the portraits at school say it's in the paint. Well I'm using the magic paint so what else is there? Leonard [=McCat=] needs a proper tribute or she'll eat my homework again!''
* ''Fanfic/TheMLPLoops'': Loop 201.14 has an unAwake Apple Bloom tearfully and truthfully inform her teacher that (an also unAwake) "Discord ate my homework, Miss Cheerilee." Cheerilee, full of righteous anger on behalf of her student, proceeds to terrify him into redoing the homework for her (with Fluttershy supervising), and then some, as punishment.
* In ''[[http://tv.adult-fanfiction.org/story.php?no=600099235&chapter=1 No Ordinary Spoof]]'' the members of a ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' SlashFic group give entirely unconvincing excuses why they haven't been writing fanfics.

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* ''FanFic/{{ITSMYLIFE}}'': "Hey Scot yuo must do are ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'': One Jughead comic's cover gag involves Jughead not submitting any homework an yurs but well eat yurs so you because ''he'' ate it. Miss Grundy is in complete disbelief over his excuse.
-->'''Grundy''': ''Let me
get a bad grad LOL!" My [mad dog] bros sayd an started to pump at me.
this straight: '''You''' ate your own '''homework'''?''\\
'''Jughead''': ''I can't help it! All those '''word problems''' were about food!''
* Someone from Harry's year in ''Fanfic/OhGodNotAgain'' had to turn in their homework in tattered ruins, after the book Hagrid assigned ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'': A Magazine/DisneyAdventures comic has PJ offering this excuse for his class tried to eat it.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8550820/1/Strange-Visitors-from-Another-Century Strange Visitors from Another Century]]'' one of Salazar Slytherin's students claims his pet bowtruckle ate
his homework and Slytherin assigns him an essay on -- although he has the importance of having a ready excuse.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8746563/17/With-a-Forked-Tongue-I-Lie-in-Wait-Taming-Snakes With a Forked Tongue I Lie in Wait (Taming Snakes)]]'' Harry spins an excuse about an "ugly monkey" in the lake and his missing Transfiguration essay (in reality, he just hadn't had time
sense to do it). Unusually for this trope, his reasoning for losing it makes a fair amount of sense:
-->'''[=McGonagall=]:''' You don't honestly expect me
bring Chainsaw, still attached to believe that a kappa ate your said homework, do you?
-->'''Harry''': Well, it seems really silly when you put it like that. ... It didn't eat my homework, it just startled me so much I lost my homework in the lake.
with him.
* The 17th ''Webcomic/KillLaKillAU'' comic mentioned that the two-year old Mako ate Nui's homework, however, it also noted that she wouldn't have done so if the latter didn't spill food on it.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7247199/1/The-Paths-Diverge The Paths Diverge]]'' Natasja used
ComicBook/{{Viz}} has Playtime Fontayne use this particular excuse so often that her art teacher became convinced that paper was said canine's natural diet.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12900332/5/Charming-Chocolates Charming Chocolates]]'':
-->''Dads,\\
\\
Still trying
to make my paintings move like real life instead explain his failure to deliver a bunch of wiggly gelatin brains. Flitwick says monthly reports to use charms but all the portraits at school say it's in the paint. Well I'm using the magic paint so what else is there? Leonard [=McCat=] needs a proper tribute or she'll eat my homework again!''
* ''Fanfic/TheMLPLoops'': Loop 201.14 has an unAwake Apple Bloom tearfully and truthfully inform her teacher that (an also unAwake) "Discord ate my homework, Miss Cheerilee." Cheerilee, full of righteous anger on behalf of her student, proceeds to terrify him into redoing the homework for her (with Fluttershy supervising), and then some, as punishment.
* In ''[[http://tv.adult-fanfiction.org/story.php?no=600099235&chapter=1 No Ordinary Spoof]]'' the members of a ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' SlashFic group give entirely unconvincing excuses why they haven't been writing fanfics.
head office.



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* A CBBC show was named after this trope.

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* A CBBC show was named ''ComicStrip/BigNate'':
** One strip has Nate eat bacon while at the bus stop because he missed breakfast. The bacon grease gets on his homework, local dog Spitsy smells it, and you can guess what happened from there.
--->'''Nate:''' Wacky thing happened at the bus stop this morning...\\
'''Mrs. Godfrey:''' I smell bacon.
** In a strip
after that, Nate puts his homework in his backpack to keep it from happening again. When Spitsy gets near, he throws the bag away from the dog and shoos him away...only for the bag to land in a garbage can, then tossed into a garbage truck and crushed.
** A third strip in the arc has Nate make Francis film his homework, since Nate is aware at
this trope.point something will happen to it. Sure enough, it accidentally falls into the sewer, but Francis still has the tape... [[DiabolusExMachina which is then snatched and destroyed by a rogue chimpanzee]].
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'': A kid tries to invoke [[http://www.dilbert.com/fast/1991-03-27/ this with Dogbert]] by making him chew on his assignment sheet so he doesn't have to turn it in. Dogbert makes him eat it instead.
-->'''Kid:''' A dog made me eat it.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'': One cartoon has a class full of dogs with the teacher asking, "Well, here we go again... did anyone here ''not'' eat his or her homework on the way to school?"
* ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'':
** Subverted when Elizabeth tries to get Farley to eat her homework. He refuses to touch it.
** Later, Michael successfully gets Farley to eat his homework, but he has to pour bacon grease on it first.
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': Jason's iguana Quincy has eaten his and his siblings' homework, causing them to either force Jason to fix up their homework or tell Jason off for feeding the iguana the wrong homework assignment. In one strip, Peter collects the bits of homework left by Quincy to take to his teacher to prove it actually happened.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}:''
** In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2009/ga090818.gif this strip]] Garfield passes by a dog, who holds a sign saying: "Will eat homework for food".
** In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1992/ga920910.gif another strip]], Jon goes to a class reunion, and meets his old English teacher, Mrs. Fronzak. She's still waiting on an overdue term paper, and a panicking Jon claims his cat ate it. Garfield, who had tagged along, angrily demands to be left out of this.
** Garfield [[https://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2012/02/02 also finds out]] that this is actually a very lucrative business for dogs.
** [[https://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2018/01/03 When asked if dogs really eat homework]], Odie eats the piece of paper with the question.
* ''ComicStrip/GrandAvenue'': In the October 6, 2014 strip, Michael has to tell his teacher that "My grandma ate my homework." For once, it's a logical explanation: his homework was an experiment involving rock candy.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** One arc has Snoopy playing UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Flying Ace and pretend that Sally's book report is sensitive papers. She chases him and [[EatTheEvidence he swallows the report]] to keep it from falling in "enemy hands". So she takes him to school the next day and takes him up in front of the class.
--->'''Sally:''' I might have a little trouble reading it. *shakes Snoopy* I SAID...I might have a little trouble reading it!
** A 1995 strip has Rerun planning on using this excuse the first time he's assigned homework in grade school. Lucy points out that they don't have a dog, so he says he'll borrow one. Snoopy concedes that he might do it if he writes on something actually edible.
--->'''Rerun:''' We don't have homework in kindergarten.\\
'''Lucy:''' I know. You're lucky.\\
'''Rerun:''' When we do, I'll tell the teacher my dog ate my homework.\\
'''Lucy:''' You don't have a dog.\\
'''Rerun:''' I'll borrow a dog.\\
'''Snoopy:''' Write your homework on a doughnut, and I'll eat it.
** Inverted in another comic where, instead of eating Charlie Brown's homework, Snoopy actually writes it.
* ''Magazine/PrivateEye'': One cartoon shows a boy with a tangle of shredded paper, explaining to the teacher that his mum spiralised his homework.
* Inverted in a cartoon published in a book of puzzles: a dog is ripping through a pile of papers, and a woman is screaming: "You stupid mutt! How am I supposed to tell my students that my dog ate their homework?"



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* ''Film/OneHundredAndTwoDalmatians'' has an example not related to school. Probation Officer Chloe Simon wants one of her charges, Ewan, to show a pay stub and he says he can't because a dog ate it. Chloe, of course, doesn't believe him and asks if he couldn't come with a better story. He tells one about being abducted by aliens at Picadilly Circus. Ewan eventually shows a photograph of him and his boss at the dog shelter he works at and a drool-covered [=IOU=] note he received instead of the pay stub because the shelter is low on funds.
* An inverted example in ''WesternAnimation/SpidersWebAPigsTale''; to keep his mother from finding out he didn't do his homework, Walt makes up a lie that his homework was busy eating a dog.

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* ''Film/OneHundredAndTwoDalmatians'' has an example not related
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%%* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12900332/5/Charming-Chocolates Charming Chocolates]]'':%%Quotes aren't context.
%%-->''Dads,\\
%%\\
%%Still trying
to school. Probation Officer Chloe Simon wants one of her charges, Ewan, to show a pay stub and he says he can't because a dog ate it. Chloe, of course, doesn't believe him and asks if he couldn't come with a better story. He tells one about being abducted by aliens at Picadilly Circus. Ewan eventually shows a photograph of him and his boss at the dog shelter he works at and a drool-covered [=IOU=] note he received make my paintings move like real life instead of wiggly gelatin brains. Flitwick says to use charms but all the pay stub portraits at school say it's in the paint. Well I'm using the magic paint so what else is there? Leonard [=McCat=] needs a proper tribute or she'll eat my homework again!''
* ''Fanfic/{{ITSMYLIFE}}'': "Hey Scot yuo must do are homework an yurs but well eat yurs so you get a bad grad LOL!" My [mad dog] bros sayd an started to pump at me.
* ''Webcomic/KillLaKillAU'': The 17th comic mentions that the two-year old Mako ate Nui's homework
because the shelter is low latter spilled food on funds.
it.
* An inverted example in ''WesternAnimation/SpidersWebAPigsTale''; to keep his mother ''Fanfic/TheMLPLoops'': Loop 201.14 has an [=unAwake=] Apple Bloom tearfully and truthfully inform her teacher that (an also [=unAwake=]) "Discord ate my homework, Miss Cheerilee." Cheerilee (with Fluttershy supervising) makes him redo the homework for her, and then some, as punishment.
*''[[http://tv.adult-fanfiction.org/story.php?no=600099235&chapter=1 No Ordinary Spoof]]'' the members of a ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' SlashFic group give entirely unconvincing excuses why they haven't been writing fanfics.
* ''Fanfic/OhGodNotAgain'': Someone
from finding out Harry's year had to turn in their homework in tattered ruins, after the book Hagrid assigned for his class tried to eat it.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7247199/1/The-Paths-Diverge The Paths Diverge]]'': Natasja used this particular excuse so often that her art teacher became convinced that paper was said canine's natural diet.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8550820/1/Strange-Visitors-from-Another-Century Strange Visitors from Another Century]]'': One of Salazar Slytherin's students claims his pet bowtruckle ate his homework. Slytherin assigns him an essay on the importance of having a ready excuse.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8746563/17/With-a-Forked-Tongue-I-Lie-in-Wait-Taming-Snakes With a Forked Tongue I Lie in Wait (Taming Snakes)]]'': Harry spins an excuse about an "ugly monkey" in the lake and his missing Transfiguration essay (in reality,
he just hadn't had time to do it). Unusually for this trope, his reasoning for losing it makes a fair amount of sense:
-->'''[=McGonagall=]:''' You don't honestly expect me to believe that a kappa ate your homework, do you?\\
'''Harry''': Well, it seems really silly when you put it like that. ... It
didn't do his eat my homework, Walt makes up a lie that his it just startled me so much I lost my homework was busy eating a dog.in the lake.



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%%* A CBBC show is named after this trope.
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* ''Film/OneHundredAndTwoDalmatians'' has an example not related to school. Probation Officer Chloe Simon wants one of her charges, Ewan, to show a pay stub and he says he can't because a dog ate it. Chloe, of course, doesn't believe him and asks if he couldn't come with a better story. He tells one about being abducted by aliens at Picadilly Circus. Ewan eventually shows a photograph of him and his boss at the dog shelter he works at and a drool-covered [=IOU=] note he received instead of the pay stub because the shelter is low on funds.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpidersWebAPigsTale'': In an inverted example, to keep his mother from finding out he didn't do his homework, Walt makes up a lie that his homework was busy eating a dog.
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* ''Literature/RodAllbrightAlienAdventures'': Book 1 is titled ''Aliens Ate My Homework'' (and they really did, too - one of them got hungry, and didn't realize the piece of paper he was snacking on was a math assignment due that day). It doesn't end well, but the aliens appreciate how the apparent RefugeInAudacity helped cover for the ''other'' weird things that were happening.

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* ''Literature/RodAllbrightAlienAdventures'': Book 1 is titled ''Aliens Ate My Homework'' (and they really did, too - ''Literature/TheCatAteMyGymsuit'': The main character uses the title statement as one of them got hungry, and didn't realize the piece of paper he was snacking on was a math assignment due that day). It doesn't end well, but the aliens appreciate how the apparent RefugeInAudacity helped cover her excuses for the ''other'' weird things that were happening.not participating in PE class.



** Mentioned in ''Literature/ThiefOfTime'', in that no dog dares to eat homework given to Susan's students. Instead, they sniff it out and carefully bring it to her class if the kid forgot. She is like that.
** It's mentioned that at Unseen University, your homework could eat the dog.
* A ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' picture book has a literal version. Snoopy was playing UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Flying Ace and pretended Sally's book report was sensitive papers. She chased him and [[EatTheEvidence he swallowed the report]]. So she takes him to school the next day and takes him up in front of the class.
-->'''Sally:''' I might have a little trouble reading it. *shakes Snoopy* I SAID...I might have a little trouble reading it!
* In the Raine Benares story ''The Trouble With Demons'', a student tells his teacher that a Krog (a lesser demon that eats paper and ink) ate his homework. After a thorough quizzing from the teacher (who is the head of the demonology department) on the alleged Krog, the excuse is accepted.
* The main character in Paula Danziger's ''The Cat Ate My Gymsuit'' uses the title statement as one of her excuses for not participating in PE class.

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** Mentioned in ''Literature/ThiefOfTime'', in ''Literature/ThiefOfTime'' mentions that no dog dares to eat homework given to Susan's students. Instead, they sniff it out and carefully bring it to her class if the kid forgot. She is She's like that.
** It's mentioned that at Unseen University, your homework could can eat the dog.
* A ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' picture book has a literal version. Snoopy was playing UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Flying Ace and pretended Sally's book report was sensitive papers. She chased him and [[EatTheEvidence he swallowed the report]]. So she takes him to school the next day and takes him up in front of the class.
-->'''Sally:''' I might have a little trouble reading it. *shakes Snoopy* I SAID...I might have a little trouble reading it!
* In the Raine Benares story ''The Trouble With Demons'', a student tells his teacher that a Krog (a lesser demon that eats paper and ink) ate his homework. After a thorough quizzing from the teacher (who is the head of the demonology department) on the alleged Krog, the excuse is accepted.
* The main character in Paula Danziger's ''The Cat Ate My Gymsuit'' uses the title statement as one of her excuses for not participating in PE class.
your dog.



* ''Literature/RodAllbrightAlienAdventures'': Book 1 is titled ''Aliens Ate My Homework'' (and they really did, too - one of them got hungry, and didn't realize the piece of paper he was snacking on was a math assignment due that day). It doesn't end well, but the aliens appreciate how the apparent RefugeInAudacity helped cover for the ''other'' weird things that were happening.



* ''Literature/TheTroubleWithDemons'': A student tells his teacher that a Krog (a lesser demon that eats paper and ink) ate his homework. After a thorough quizzing from the teacher (who is the head of the demonology department) on the alleged Krog, the excuse is accepted.



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* In one season 10 episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Hawkeye gets in serious trouble because a goat ate the entire payroll (and, naturally, no one believes him; he is charged with stealing it). Later, Hawkeye is finally proved innocent when the goat subsequently eats a general's report on the issue. Seems sort of the same thing in spirit.
* Briefly mentioned in an episode of ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' when the Russos adopt a dragon that's been transformed into a beagle. At one point, the dragon dog sets Alex's homework on fire, to which she comments: "The dog burned my homework, that's a new one."
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Nagus", Nog tries to explain why he hasn't done his homework. The only excuse he comes up with is that "Vulcans stole his homework".
* Ren Stevens in ''Series/EvenStevens'', when having to be paired up with a Pig, ended up having her homework eaten by the pig. She tries to explain this to her teacher, with predictable results.
* An episode of ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' involved Ned giving tips on good excuses. He comments that saying a dog ate your homework is a bad excuse... right before a dog eats his homework. The rest of the episode has him trying to find the dog and convince his teacher [[SadistTeacher Mr. Sweeney]] that he wasn't lying.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' invoked this trope in an episode where Peggy goes BackToSchool because she didn't pass home economics ([[LethalChef no surprises there]]). At a scene, a teacher asks the class to wake Kelly, who quickly responds that her dog ate her homework. Later on, when Peggy is introduced to class, both she and Kelly fall asleep and the teacher asks the class to wake them both, who respond that the dog ate their homework.
** And later, Al literally eats Peg's homework (a roast rack of lamb).
* In one episode of ''Series/TattooedTeenageAlienFightersFromBeverlyHills'', one of the heroes was doing her homework when they've been called into battle. She then took the homework with her, eventually leading to the homework being eaten by the monster. The teacher later sarcastically asked if a dog ate her homework. She answered it was a monster and the teacher took it for sarcasm.
* ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'' had an episode titled "A Virus Ate My Homework". Unlike what the title might have made fans expect, Sam's homework wasn't eaten. His little sister painted it over. Fortunately, the emergency caused by the virus (namely, ''Kilokhan trying to use the world's nuclear arsenal to start WorldWarIII'') made the students go home earlier, allowing Sam another day to redo the homework. It was cold comfort.
* Invoked in the lyrics to the theme song for ''Series/SavedByTheBell''.
* In an episode of ''Series/FullHouse'', the Tanners' newly-acquired puppy Comet eats DJ's book report, but DJ is smart enough to know it won't fly even if it is the truth so she decides to tell her teacher Michelle ate it.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheWonderYears'', Kevin has to do a school assignment involving a potato. His new dog eats it, and the teacher reacts in disbelief that his dog ate his homework.
* Inverted in a fourth-season episode of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Bear eats Finch's students' papers before Finch can grade them.
* Lampshaded in ''Series/Batwoman2019''. Kate Kane in her Batwoman disguise finds herself making out with her ex-girlfriend Crow Security officer Sophie Moore, which is a [[SecretIdentity bad idea]] for a [[DatingCatwoman whole lot]] of [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies reasons]]. She goes to break up with her only for them to end up smooching again before events are interrupted by [[MomentKiller Sophie's homophobic mother paying a visit]]. The next day Kate gives an unconvincing explanation as to why things didn't go according to plan. Luke Fox says sarcastically, "So, dog ate my breakup?"

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* In one season 10 episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Hawkeye gets in serious trouble because a goat ate the entire payroll (and, naturally, no one believes him; he is charged with stealing it). Later, Hawkeye is finally proved innocent when the goat subsequently eats a general's report on the issue. Seems sort of the same thing in spirit.
* Briefly mentioned in an episode of ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' when the Russos adopt a dragon that's been transformed into a beagle. At one point, the dragon dog sets Alex's homework on fire, to which she comments: "The dog burned my homework, that's a new one."
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Nagus", Nog tries to explain why he hasn't done his homework. The only excuse he comes up with is that "Vulcans stole his homework".
* Ren Stevens in ''Series/EvenStevens'', when having to be paired up with a Pig, ended up having her homework eaten by the pig. She tries to explain this to her teacher, with predictable results.
* An episode of ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' involved Ned giving tips on good excuses. He comments that saying a dog ate your homework is a bad excuse... right before a dog eats his homework. The rest of the episode has him trying to find the dog and convince his teacher [[SadistTeacher Mr. Sweeney]] that he wasn't lying.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' invoked this trope in an episode where Peggy goes BackToSchool because she didn't pass home economics ([[LethalChef no surprises there]]). At a scene, a teacher asks the class to wake Kelly, who quickly responds that her dog ate her homework. Later on, when Peggy is introduced to class, both she and Kelly fall asleep and the teacher asks the class to wake them both, who respond that the dog ate their homework.
** And later, Al literally eats Peg's homework (a roast rack of lamb).
* In one episode of ''Series/TattooedTeenageAlienFightersFromBeverlyHills'', one of the heroes was doing her homework when they've been called into battle. She then took the homework with her, eventually leading to the homework being eaten by the monster. The teacher later sarcastically asked if a dog ate her homework. She answered it was a monster and the teacher took it for sarcasm.
* ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'' had an episode titled "A Virus Ate My Homework". Unlike what the title might have made fans expect, Sam's homework wasn't eaten. His little sister painted it over. Fortunately, the emergency caused by the virus (namely, ''Kilokhan trying to use the world's nuclear arsenal to start WorldWarIII'') made the students go home earlier, allowing Sam another day to redo the homework. It was cold comfort.
* Invoked in the lyrics to the theme song for ''Series/SavedByTheBell''.
* In an episode of ''Series/FullHouse'', the Tanners' newly-acquired puppy Comet eats DJ's book report, but DJ is smart enough to know it won't fly even if it is the truth so she decides to tell her teacher Michelle ate it.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheWonderYears'', Kevin has to do a school assignment involving a potato. His new dog eats it, and the teacher reacts in disbelief that his dog ate his homework.
* Inverted in a fourth-season episode of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Bear eats Finch's students' papers before Finch can grade them.
* Lampshaded in ''Series/Batwoman2019''.
''Series/Batwoman2019'': Lampshaded. Kate Kane in her Batwoman disguise finds herself making out with her ex-girlfriend Crow Security officer Sophie Moore, which is a [[SecretIdentity bad idea]] for a [[DatingCatwoman whole lot]] of [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies reasons]]. She goes to break up with her only for them to end up smooching again before events are interrupted by [[MomentKiller Sophie's homophobic mother paying a visit]]. The next day Kate gives an unconvincing explanation as to why things didn't go according to plan. Luke Fox says sarcastically, "So, dog ate my breakup?"
* ''Series/EvenStevens'': Ren Stevens, when having to be paired up with a Pig, ended up having her homework eaten by the pig. She tries to explain this to her teacher, with predictable results.
* ''Series/FullHouse'': In one episode, the Tanners' newly-acquired puppy Comet eats DJ's book report, but DJ is smart enough to know it won't fly even if it is the truth so she decides to tell her teacher Michelle ate it.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' invoked this trope in an episode where Peggy goes BackToSchool because she didn't pass home economics ([[LethalChef no surprises there]]). At a scene, a teacher asks the class to wake Kelly, who quickly responds that her dog ate her homework. Later on, when Peggy is introduced to class, both she and Kelly fall asleep and the teacher asks the class to wake them both, who respond that the dog ate their homework. Later, Al literally eats Peg's homework (a roast rack of lamb).
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': In a season 10 episode, Hawkeye gets in serious trouble because a goat ate the entire payroll (and, naturally, no one believes him; he is charged with stealing it). Later, Hawkeye is finally proved innocent when the goat subsequently eats a general's report on the issue. Seems sort of the same thing in spirit.
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'': One episode has Ned giving tips on good excuses. He comments that saying a dog ate your homework is a bad excuse... right before a dog eats his homework. The rest of the episode has him trying to find the dog and convince his teacher [[SadistTeacher Mr. Sweeney]] that he wasn't lying.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Inverted in a fourth-season episode where Bear eats Finch's students' papers before Finch can grade them.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': In "The Nagus", Nog tries to explain why he hasn't done his homework. The only excuse he comes up with is that "Vulcans stole his homework".
* ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'': In "A Virus Ate My Homework", unlike what the title might suggest, Sam's homework isn't eaten. His little sister paints it over. Fortunately, the emergency caused by the virus makes the students go home earlier, allowing Sam another day to redo the homework.
* ''Series/TattooedTeenageAlienFightersFromBeverlyHills'': In one episode, one of the heroes was doing her homework when they've been called into battle. She then took the homework with her, eventually leading to the homework being eaten by the monster. The teacher later sarcastically asked if a dog ate her homework. She answered it was a monster and the teacher took it for sarcasm.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Briefly mentioned in an episode when the Russos adopt a dragon that's been transformed into a beagle. At one point, the dragon dog sets Alex's homework on fire, to which she comments: "The dog burned my homework, that's a new one."
* ''Series/TheWonderYears'': In one episode, Kevin has to do a school assignment involving a potato. His new dog eats it, and the teacher reacts in disbelief that his dog ate his homework.



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* Happens to the kid at the beginning of Music/MotleyCrue's video for "Smokin' In The Boys Room".

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* Happens
%%[[folder:Music]]
%%* Music/MotleyCrue: This happens
to the kid at the beginning of Music/MotleyCrue's the video for "Smokin' In in the Boys' Room".
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AnotherCaseSolved'':
The Boys Room"."Comic Calamities" case involves retrieving a rare comic book which, when the player character finds it, is missing a few pages. When you confront the artist about this he babbles "My hamster ate them! Really!"
* ''VideoGame/MathRescue'': A couple of word problems feature this. One plays this straight with the [[SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome logical consequence]] of the student having to redo their homework. The other turns it on its head by having the teacher's dog eat homework that said teacher was grading.
* ''VideoGame/MedievalCop'': This is the talking dog Phil's favorite excuse for missing notes or evidence.
* ''VideoGame/Persona4'': The main character can eat his little cousin's science project.
* ''VideoGame/RivalsOfAether'': In ''Lovers of Aether'', Absa has a problem with her homework actually being eaten. [[ExtremeOmniGoat By her]].



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%%* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'': One cartoon has a class full of dogs with the teacher asking, "Well, here we go again... Did anyone here ''not'' eat his or her homework on the way to school?"
* On ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', Jason's iguana Quincy has eaten his and his siblings' homework, causing them to either force Jason to fix up their homework (and it is also implied in the final panel that they were actually feeding the iguana their homework), or tell Jason off for feeding the iguana the wrong homework assignment. At least once Peter collected the bits of homework left by Quincy to take to his teacher to prove it actually happened.
* A 1995 ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip has this variation:
-->'''Rerun:''' We don't have homework in kindergarten.
-->'''Lucy:''' I know. You're lucky.
-->'''Rerun:''' When we do, I'll tell the teacher my dog ate my homework.
-->'''Lucy:''' You don't have a dog.
-->'''Rerun:''' I'll borrow a dog.
-->'''Snoopy:''' Write your homework on a doughnut, and I'll eat it.
** Inverted in another comic, where instead of eating Charlie Brown's homework, Snoopy actually wrote it.
** In a series of strips, Snoopy imagined himself to be a spy and stole Sally's report which he thought to be a secret document. When Sally caught him, [[EatTheEvidence he ate the paper.]]
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', a kid tries to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] [[http://www.dilbert.com/fast/1991-03-27/ this with Dogbert.]] It ends badly.
-->'''Kid:''' A dog made me eat it.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}:''
** In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2009/ga090818.gif this strip]] Garfield passes by a dog, who holds a sign saying: "Will eat homework for food".
** In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1992/ga920910.gif another strip]], Jon goes to a class reunion, and meets his old English teacher, Mrs. Fronzak:
--->'''Jon:''' What are you doing at the class reunion?
--->'''Mrs. Fronzak:''' Waiting on that overdue term paper, Jonny.
--->'''Jon:''' My, uh, cat ate it!
--->'''Garfield:''' Leave me out of this!
** Garfield [[https://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2012/02/02 also finds out]] that this is actually a very lucrative business for dogs.
** [[https://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2011/04/09 A dog]] [[BeggarWithASignboard has a signboard reading "will eat homework for food"]].
** [[https://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2018/01/03 When asked if dogs really eat homework]], Odie eats the piece of paper with the question.
* Subverted in ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' when Elizabeth tries to get Farley to eat her homework. He refuses to touch it.
** Later, Michael successfully gets Farley to eat his homework, but he has to pour bacon grease on it first.
* Inverted in a cartoon published in a book of puzzles: a dog is ripping through a pile of papers, and a woman is screaming: "You stupid mutt! How am I supposed to tell my students that my dog ate their homework?"
* ''ComicStrip/GrandAvenue'': In the October 6, 2014 strip, Michael has to tell his teacher that "My grandma ate my homework." For once, it's a logical explanation: his homework was an experiment involving rock candy.
* A ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' cartoon shows a boy with a tangle of shredded paper, explaining to the teacher that his mum spiralised his homework.
* ''ComicStrip/BigNate'':
** One strip has Nate eat bacon while at the bus stop because he missed breakfast. The bacon grease gets on his homework, local dog Spitsy smells it, and you can guess what happened from there.
-->'''Nate:''' Wacky thing happened at the bus stop this morning...\\
'''Mrs. Godfrey:''' I smell bacon.
** In a strip after that, Nate puts his homework in his backpack to keep it from happening again. When Spitsy gets near, he throws the bag away from the dog and shoos him away...only for the bag to land in a garbage can, then tossed into a garbage truck and crushed.
** There's a third strip in this arc: Nate has Francis film his homework, since Nate is aware at this point something will happen to it. Sure enough, it accidentally falls into the sewer, but Francis still has the tape...[[DiabolusExMachina which is then snatched and destroyed by a rogue chimpanzee]].

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[[folder:NewspaperComics]]
[[folder:WebOriginal]]
%%* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''.
Website/{{Cracked}} parodies it in their "[[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_181_if-every-excuse-turned-out-to-be-true_p20/#7 If Every Excuse Turned Out to Be True]]" slideshow.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'': One cartoon Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dog_ate_my_homework an article about this trope]]
* The NewsParody ''[[Blog/ElChiguireBipolar Chigüire Bipolar]]'' has [[http://www.elchiguirebipolar.net/20-01-2015/comienza-juicio-a-perro-que-se-comio-memoria-y-cuenta-de-maduro/ an article]] about
a class full dog on trial for eating the president's Memories and Accounts.
* Mentioned in episode 15 of ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' when Ruby goes to get Zwei, she tells him "C'mon, let's go eat Weiss' homework!"
* ''WebVideo/OutsideXbox'' did not present "Show of the Weekend" for 12th May 2018. The reason given was "A dog ate it."
** Connected to the above, Jane notes that one of the obscure dates covered by the Calendar Man in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' is Saint Roch's Day.
-->'''Jane:''' You know, Saint Roch? The patron saint
of dogs with and... the teacher asking, "Well, here we go again... Did anyone here ''not'' eat his or her falsely accused. And presumably, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs falsely accused dogs]], because... dogs have been blamed for eating homework on for too long!
* ''Website/NotAlwaysLearning'': As part of a squid dissection lab,
the way students were supposed to school?"
* On ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', Jason's iguana Quincy has eaten his
dissect out the squid's ink sac and his siblings' homework, causing them use it to either force Jason to fix up sign their homework (and it is also implied in the final panel that they were actually feeding the iguana their homework), or tell Jason off for feeding the iguana the wrong homework assignment. At least once Peter collected the bits of homework left by Quincy to take to his teacher to prove it actually happened.
* A 1995 ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip has this variation:
-->'''Rerun:''' We don't have homework in kindergarten.
-->'''Lucy:''' I know. You're lucky.
-->'''Rerun:''' When we do, I'll tell the teacher my
lab reports. [[https://notalwaysright.com/my-dog-ate-your-homework/148410/ The teacher's dog ate my homework.
-->'''Lucy:''' You don't have a dog.
-->'''Rerun:''' I'll borrow a dog.
-->'''Snoopy:''' Write your homework on a doughnut, and I'll eat it.
** Inverted in another comic, where instead of eating Charlie Brown's homework, Snoopy actually wrote it.
** In a series of strips, Snoopy imagined himself to be a spy and stole Sally's report which he
thought to be a secret document. When Sally caught him, [[EatTheEvidence he ate the paper.those reports smelled wonderful.]]
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', a kid tries to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] [[http://www.dilbert.com/fast/1991-03-27/ this with Dogbert.]] It ends badly.
-->'''Kid:''' A dog made me eat it.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}:''
** In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2009/ga090818.gif this strip]] Garfield passes by a dog, who holds a sign saying: "Will eat homework for food".
** In [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1992/ga920910.gif another strip]], Jon goes to a class reunion, and meets his old English teacher, Mrs. Fronzak:
--->'''Jon:''' What are you doing
--> Screw it. They’re all getting full credit. And at the class reunion?
--->'''Mrs. Fronzak:''' Waiting on that overdue term paper, Jonny.
--->'''Jon:''' My, uh, cat ate it!
--->'''Garfield:''' Leave me
least they’ll get a laugh out of this!
** Garfield [[https://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2012/02/02 also finds out]] that this is actually a very lucrative business for dogs.
** [[https://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2011/04/09 A dog]] [[BeggarWithASignboard has a signboard reading "will eat homework for food"]].
** [[https://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2018/01/03 When asked if dogs really eat homework]], Odie eats the piece of paper with the question.
* Subverted in ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' when Elizabeth tries to get Farley to eat her homework. He refuses to touch it.
** Later, Michael successfully gets Farley to eat his homework, but he has to pour bacon grease on it first.
* Inverted in a cartoon published in a book of puzzles: a dog is ripping through a pile of papers, and a woman is screaming: "You stupid mutt! How am I supposed to tell my students that my dog ate their homework?"
* ''ComicStrip/GrandAvenue'': In the October 6, 2014 strip, Michael has to tell his teacher that "My grandma ate my homework." For once, it's a logical explanation: his homework was an experiment involving rock candy.
* A ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' cartoon shows a boy with a tangle of shredded paper, explaining to the teacher that his mum spiralised his homework.
* ''ComicStrip/BigNate'':
** One strip has Nate eat bacon while at the bus stop because he missed breakfast. The bacon grease gets on his homework, local dog Spitsy smells it, and you can guess what happened from there.
-->'''Nate:''' Wacky thing happened at the bus stop this morning...\\
'''Mrs. Godfrey:''' I smell bacon.
** In a strip after that, Nate puts his homework in his backpack to keep it from happening again. When Spitsy gets near, he throws the bag away from the dog and shoos him away...only for the bag to land in a garbage can, then tossed into a garbage truck and crushed.
** There's a third strip in this arc: Nate has Francis film his homework, since Nate is aware at this point something will happen to it. Sure enough, it accidentally falls into the sewer, but Francis still has the tape...[[DiabolusExMachina which is then snatched and destroyed by a rogue chimpanzee]].
it!



[[folder: TabletopGames]]
* The adult party game ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'' features a question regarding substituting 'dog' for something else. Naturally, given the nature of the game, this is ''very'' likely to enter the realm of RefugeInAudacity ...

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[[folder: TabletopGames]]
[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The adult party game ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'' features a question regarding substituting 'dog' for something else. Naturally, given ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'':
** Florence was asked in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00463.htm one strip]] if her owner ever asked her to eat his homework. She replies "Of course not, it was all done on
the nature computer. He taught me to delete it instead."
** Referenced in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01915.htm this strip,]] where destroying a potentially dangerous sticky note by eating it is the least problematic disposal method.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Gil [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090717 once said in fever]] "Sorry, professor, my latest experiment ''ate my lecture notes''..."
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20150828 More recently]], it's been revealed that the university in Paris does not accept the old "My homework ate my dog" excuse.
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'': In one strip, Rudy claims "[[http://www.kevinandkell.com/1996/kk0419.html I accidentally ate my own homework]]".
* ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0720.html A variant]] is used when a character recalls when they were turned into a werewolf and ate their own homework.
* ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'':
** In one strip, one
of the game, this is ''very'' likely to enter other girls in class, on being asked about her homework, admits that she ate it herself. Specifically, Larisa put it through a blender and force-fed her the realm resulting mash. Nobody believes it, of RefugeInAudacity ... course, but Sandra notices an electrical plug poking [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2010/04/26/0158-excuses-excuses/ out of Larisa's backpack]]... and considering Larisa's nature, you really can't put it past her.
** Larisa once tries the excuse that [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2010/09/16/0200-excuses-a-plus/ her father]] ate her homework as part of an art project. This is actually the most credible of the many excuses she gives for not having her homework in that strip.
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'', "Homework": "The dog ate my homework" gets a different meaning when the homework was to make a chocolate sculpture.



[[folder:{{VideoGames}}]]
* Implied in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''; the main character can eat his little cousin's science project. So it's easy to imagine poor Nanako trying to explain to the teacher that her cousin (or Big Bro, as she calls him) ate her science project...
* The "Comic Calamities" case in ''Another Case Solved'' involves retrieving a rare comic book which, when the player character finds it, is missing a few pages. When you confront the artist about this he babbles "My hamster ate them! Really!"
* In ''[[VideoGame/RivalsOfAether Lovers of Aether]]'', Absa has a problem with her homework actually being eaten. [[ExtremeOmniGoat By her]].
* A couple of word problems in ''VideoGame/MathRescue'' feature this. One plays this straight with the [[SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome logical consequence]] of the student having to redo their homework. The other turns it on its head by having the teacher's dog eat homework that said teacher was grading.
* Phil's favorite excuse for missing notes or evidence in ''VideoGame/MedievalCop''. Given Phil is a talking dog, who is also literally a lawyer from ''hell'', it's more ''I ate it!'' though.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* {{Website/Cracked}} parodied it in their "[[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_181_if-every-excuse-turned-out-to-be-true_p20/#7 If Every Excuse Turned Out to Be True]]" slideshow.
* Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dog_ate_my_homework an article about this trope]]
* The NewsParody ''[[Blog/ElChiguireBipolar Chigüire Bipolar]]'' has [[http://www.elchiguirebipolar.net/20-01-2015/comienza-juicio-a-perro-que-se-comio-memoria-y-cuenta-de-maduro/ an article]] about a dog on trial for eating the president's Memories and Accounts.
* Mentioned in episode 15 of ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' when Ruby goes to get Zwei, she tells him "C'mon, let's go eat Weiss' homework!"
* ''WebVideo/OutsideXbox'' did not present "Show of the Weekend" for 12th May 2018. The reason given was "A dog ate it."
** Connected to the above, Jane notes that one of the obscure dates covered by the Calendar Man in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' is Saint Roch's Day.
-->'''Jane:''' You know, Saint Roch? The patron saint of dogs and... the falsely accused. And presumably, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs falsely accused dogs]], because... dogs have been blamed for eating homework for too long!
* ''Website/NotAlwaysLearning'': As part of a squid dissection lab, the students were supposed to dissect out the squid's ink sac and use it to sign their lab reports. [[https://notalwaysright.com/my-dog-ate-your-homework/148410/ The teacher's dog thought those reports smelled wonderful.]]
--> Screw it. They’re all getting full credit. And at least they’ll get a laugh out of it!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:{{Webcomics}}]]
* ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'':
** In one strip, one of the other girls in class, on being asked about her homework, admits that she ate it herself. Specifically, Larisa put it through a blender and force-fed her the resulting mash. Nobody believes it, of course, but Sandra notices an electrical plug poking [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2010/04/26/0158-excuses-excuses/ out of Larisa's backpack]]... and considering Larisa's nature, you really can't put it past her.
** Larisa also once tries the excuse that [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2010/09/16/0200-excuses-a-plus/ her father]] ate her homework. And it's actually the most credible of the many excuses she gave for not having her homework in that strip.
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'':
** Florence was asked in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00463.htm one strip]] if her owner ever asked her to eat his homework. She replies "Of course not, it was all done on the computer. He taught me to delete it instead."
** Referenced in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01915.htm this strip,]] where destroying a potentially dangerous sticky note by eating it is the least problematic disposal method.
* Gil from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090717 once said in fever]] "Sorry, professor, my latest experiment ''ate my lecture notes''..."
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20150828 More recently]], it's been revealed that the university in Paris does not accept the old "My homework ate my dog" excuse.
* In one ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' strip, Rudy claims "[[http://www.kevinandkell.com/1996/kk0419.html I accidentally ate my own homework]]".
* ''WebComic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'', "Homework": "The dog ate my homework" gets a different meaning when the homework was to make a chocolate sculpture.
* [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0720.html A variant]] used in ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' - "That's right up there with I turned into a werewolf and ate my own homework"
[[/folder]]



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'' had Angela's dog actually eat her homework (her mom accidentally spilled bacon grease on it while her dad was looking it over), but of course no one believed her.
* ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' tells his teacher, "A dog ate my homework," and it's the truth. A vicious little dog did (and is shown in {{Flashback}}) eat his homework.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has this apply to Bart, excuse or not;
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E4BartTheMurderer Bart the Murderer]]", the dog really did eat Bart's homework just before he left for school. Naturally, his teacher didn't believe him.
-->"You ate my homework!? ...I didn't know dogs ''really'' did that."
** When the family dog, Santa's Little Helper, starts working for the police, Bart has no choice but to eat his own homework.
** In an episode where Bart's teacher starts dating Ned Flanders and saw Santa's Little Helper, she asked Bart if that's the dog that eats his homework. Trying to convince her by giving the dog a homework for him to eat. The dog refuses. Bart then covers the homework with dog food. The dog ate the food, cleaned the paper and signaled the answer of a math question.
** When Bart is nominated for class president and asked to give a speech, he says the dog ate his speech.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', Numbuh Five has a genuine problem of her homework getting eaten every day by a dog she passes by on the way to school. She has enough and decides to take the problem head on. Turns out that [[spoiler:it's a rival classmate who can morph into a weredog and eats Five's homework out of spite, and the teacher is in on it, too]]. And, even then, it's only because [[spoiler:Numbah Five has been helping Numbah Four with his homework (since he usually does poorly in school.]] This turns out to be useful for the KND because [[spoiler:It turns out that poorly-done homework actually makes weredogs sick.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretFilesOfTheSpyDogs'' had Sheela's dog eating her homework... on purpose. Because she has [[HilarityEnsues accidentally created a formula that seizes the king-side doggie food packs]], Von Rubie tries to rewrite the homework from scratch, but when his mistress arrives... Needless to say, the trope happens, as well as Rubie escaping through the window.
* One short in ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' has a cowboy telling his teacher his dog ate his homework. Obviously she doesn't believe him, but he tries to prove it by pulling out a dog chewing on a piece of loose-leaf paper. The teacher responds by lecturing him on bringing pets to class.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'' had Angela's dog actually eat her homework (her mom accidentally spilled bacon grease on it while her dad was looking it over), but of course no one believed her.
* ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' tells his teacher, "A dog
''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': Darwin and Gumball said their ''dad'' ate my homework," and it's the truth. A vicious little dog did (and is shown in {{Flashback}}) eat his homework.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has this apply to Bart, excuse or not;
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E4BartTheMurderer Bart the Murderer]]", the dog really did eat Bart's homework just before he left for school.
their homework. Naturally, no one believes them, and naturally [[BumblingDad they were right]] ("I thought it would make me ''smart!''")
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'': In "Fu and Tell", when Haley brings Fu Dog in to her class's show and tell, one boy asks Fu to eat
his teacher didn't believe him.
-->"You ate my homework!? ...I didn't know dogs ''really'' did that.
homework. Fu obliges, commenting, "Tastes like a D minus."
** When the family dog, Santa's Little Helper, starts working for the police, Bart has no choice but to eat his own homework.
** In an
* ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'': One episode where Bart's teacher starts dating Ned Flanders and saw Santa's Little Helper, she asked Bart if that's the has Angela's dog that eats his homework. Trying to convince actually eat her by giving the dog a homework for him (her mom accidentally spilled bacon grease on it while her dad was looking it over), but of course no one believes her.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': This is a joke waiting
to eat. The happen when the Warners attend school. Even when it was their first day. Turned out the dog refuses. Bart was ''Wakko''.
-->'''Teacher:''' Bad dog! Gimme that!\\
'''Wakko:''' Grrrr...
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': In one episode, the Brain deliberately flouts several superstitions to show there is nothing in them,
then covers has a terrible streak of bad luck, including having a dog eat his homework, which causes him extra distress because he knows how the report will be received.
* ''WesternAnimation/BadDog'': In "Bad Dog Ate My Homework", Penelope spent most of the episode trying to keep Berkeley from eating a hybrid plant that she grew for school.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens'': In "The Dog Ate My Homework", the dog belongs to [[AlphaBitch Bianca]], and is sent by her deliberately in order to make Larke stay at home instead of competing against her. Also subverted, since for awhile, Larke's own cat is blamed,
the homework with dog food. The dog ate was on a floppy, and there was no attempt to use the food, cleaned excuse.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Catdog}}'': One episode is devoted to
the paper citizens of Nearburg making Dog eat their homework, which Cat exploits for their money. However, when the big one comes where Dog must eat the Mayor's written speech before he speaks up front, he becomes sick from eating too much homework, and signaled Cat is forced to eat it himself. This turns out to be a bad decision as the answer entire crowd finds the idea of a math question.
** When Bart is nominated for class president
cat eating homework ludicrous and asked to give a speech, he says boo the dog ate his speech.
Mayor off the stage (and into the clowning business).
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': Numbuh Five has a genuine problem of her homework getting eaten every day by a dog she passes by on the way to school. She has enough and decides to take the problem head on. Turns out that [[spoiler:it's a rival classmate who can morph into a weredog and eats Five's homework out of spite, and the teacher is in on it, too]]. And, even then, it's only because [[spoiler:Numbah Five has been helping Numbah Four with his homework (since he usually does poorly in school.]] This turns out to be useful for the KND because [[spoiler:It turns out that poorly-done homework actually makes weredogs sick.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretFilesOfTheSpyDogs'' ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': In ''DangerMouse on the Orient Express'', Penfold loses a valuable document to a hungry fish in a Venice canal. When he's captured by Greenback's agents he readily tells them that a fish ate the document. Nobody believes him.
* ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK'': In "The Show Mustn't Go On", Dennis claims that he
had Sheela's dog eating her homework... on purpose. Because she has [[HilarityEnsues to feed his homework to a giant paper-eating alien bug to prevent it from destroying Beanotown.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'': When the kids are performing in the school talent show, Skeeter plans to play an ocarina he made out of one of the school cafeteria's dinner rolls. He's forced to withdraw from talent show when Roger's cat, Stinky,
accidentally created a formula that seizes the king-side doggie food packs]], Von Rubie tries to rewrite the homework from scratch, but when his mistress arrives... Needless to say, the trope happens, as well as Rubie escaping through the window.
* One short in ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' has a cowboy telling his teacher his dog ate his homework. Obviously she
eats it. Mr. Dink doesn't believe him, but he tries to prove it by pulling out a dog chewing on a piece of loose-leaf paper. The teacher responds by lecturing him on bringing pets to class.him.
-->'''Mr. Dink''': Not the old "cat ate my ocarina" excuse. At least be original.



* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', some children's homework fell victim to the Alaskan Bullworm on the corresponding [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS2E20SquidOnStrikeSandySpongeBobAndTheWorm episode]].
* An episode of WesternAnimation/{{Catdog}} was devoted to the citizens of Nearburg making Dog eat their homework, which Cat exploits for their money. However, when the big one comes where Dog must eat the Mayor's written speech before he speaks up front, he becomes sick from eating too much homework, and Cat is forced to eat it himself. This turns out to be a bad decision as the entire crowd finds the idea of a cat eating homework ludicrous and boo the Mayor off the stage (and into the clowning business).
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', the Brain deliberately flouts several superstitions to show there is nothing in them, then has a terrible streak of bad luck, including having a dog eat his homework, which causes him extra distress because he knows how the report will be received.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', this is a joke waiting to happen when the Warners attend school. Even when it was their first day. Turned out the dog was ''Wakko''.
-->'''Teacher:''' Bad dog! Gimme that!
-->'''Wakko:''' Grrrr...
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', TJ managed to have his teacher believe this showing his homework shredded and drooled (which was done by him and never started the assignment). She didn't believe it since he still had a scrap of paper on his lip.
** In the same episode, Spinelli used the typical "dog ate it" response, and Vince claimed ''his brother ate it''.
-->'''Vince:''' My brother ate it!
-->'''Miss Grotke:''' Eaten by a family member? [[DeadpanSnarker That's a new one]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Darwin and Gumball said their ''dad'' ate their homework. Naturally, no one believes them, and naturally [[BumblingDad they were right]] ("I thought it would make me ''smart!''")
* In ''WesternAnimation/TalesFromTheCryptKeeper'', there was a boy who, instead of using a dog, used a monster as an excuse. He told a homework-eating monster another monster showed up before. After a trip to monster land, the boy confessed and the monster took him home and made him do two homeworks: one to be eaten and another one to be taken to school.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse On The Orient Express'': Penfold loses a valuable document to a hungry fish in a Venice canal. When he's captured by Greenback's agents he readily tells them that a fish ate the document. Nobody believes him.
* An episode of WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens is called ''The Dog Ate My Homework''. In this case, the dog belongs to [[AlphaBitch Bianca]], and is sent by her deliberately in order to make Larke stay at home instead of competing against her. Also subverted, since for awhile, Larke's own cat is blamed, the homework was on a floppy, and there was no attempt to use the excuse.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' begins with the title character eating a boy's diorama of Ancient Egypt, which he needed to pass the class. Naturally, Uncle Grandpa tries to help, and naturally things go horribly wrong. Also naturally, the episode is called "Uncle Grandpa Ate My Homework."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'': When the kids are performing in the school talent show, Skeeter plans to play an ocarina he made out of one of the school cafeteria's dinner rolls. He's forced to withdraw from talent show when Roger's cat, Stinky, accidentally eats it. Mr. Dink doesn't believe him.
-->'''Mr. Dink''': Not the old "cat ate my ocarina" excuse. At least be original.
* ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis the Menace and Gnasher]]'': In "The Show Mustn't Go On", Dennis claims that he had to feed his homework to a giant paper-eating alien bug to prevent it from destroying Beanotown.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' episode "Fu and Tell", when Haley brings Fu Dog in to her class's show and tell, one boy asks Fu to eat his homework. Fu obliges, commenting, "Tastes like a D minus."
* ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks'': In a between-episode segment, T.D. brings Martha the dog to school and asks her to say that she ate his homework. There's also a song sung by Helen saying that Martha ate her music homework, which she actually does in the episode "Martha Sings".
* ''WesternAnimation/BadDog'': In "Bad Dog Ate My Homework", Penelope spent most of the episode trying to keep Berkeley from eating a hybrid plant that she grew for school.



* ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' tells his teacher that a dog ate his homework, and it's the truth. A vicious little dog did (and is shown in {{Flashback}}) eat his homework.
* ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks'': In a between-episode segment, T.D. brings Martha the dog to school and asks her to say that she ate his homework. There's also a song sung by Helen saying that Martha ate her music homework, which she actually does in the episode "Martha Sings".



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': TJ manages to have his teacher believe this showing his homework shredded and drooled (which was done by him and never started the assignment). She didn't believe it since he still had a scrap of paper on his lip. In the same episode, Spinelli uses the typical "dog ate it" response, and Vince claims ''his brother ate it''.
-->'''Vince:''' My brother ate it!\\
'''Miss Grotke:''' Eaten by a family member? [[DeadpanSnarker That's a new one]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretFilesOfTheSpyDogs'' had Sheela's dog eating her homework... on purpose. Because she has [[HilarityEnsues accidentally created a formula that seizes the king-side doggie food packs]], Von Rubie tries to rewrite the homework from scratch, but when his mistress arrives... Needless to say, the trope happens, as well as Rubie escaping through the window.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has this apply to Bart, excuse or not;
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E4BartTheMurderer Bart the Murderer]]", the dog really did eat Bart's homework just before he left for school. Naturally, his teacher doesn't believe him.
--->"You ate my homework? ...I didn't know dogs ''really'' did that."
** When the family dog, Santa's Little Helper, starts working for the police, Bart has no choice but to eat his own homework.
** In an episode where Bart's teacher starts dating Ned Flanders and saw Santa's Little Helper, she asked Bart if that's the dog that eats his homework. Trying to convince her by giving the dog a homework for him to eat. The dog refuses. Bart then covers the homework with dog food. The dog ate the food, cleaned the paper and signaled the answer of a math question.
** When Bart is nominated for class president and asked to give a speech, he says the dog ate his speech.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Some children's homework fell victim to the Alaskan Bullworm on the corresponding [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS2E20SquidOnStrikeSandySpongeBobAndTheWorm episode]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TalesFromTheCryptKeeper'': There's a boy who, instead of using a dog, uses a monster as an excuse. He tells a homework-eating monster another monster showed up before. After a trip to monster land, the boy confesses and the monster takes him home and makes him do two homeworks: one to be eaten and another one to be taken to school.
* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'': "Uncle Grandpa Ate My Homework" begins with the title character eating a boy's diorama of Ancient Egypt, which he needed to pass the class. Naturally, Uncle Grandpa tries to help, and naturally things go horribly wrong.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'': One short has a cowboy telling his teacher his dog ate his homework. Obviously she doesn't believe him, but he tries to prove it by pulling out a dog chewing on a piece of loose-leaf paper. The teacher responds by lecturing him on bringing pets to class.



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* A couple of word problems in ''VideoGame/MathRescue'' feature this. One plays this straight with the [[RealityEnsues logical consequence]] of the student having to redo their homework. The other turns it on its head by having the teacher's dog eat homework that said teacher was grading.

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* A couple of word problems in ''VideoGame/MathRescue'' feature this. One plays this straight with the [[RealityEnsues [[SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome logical consequence]] of the student having to redo their homework. The other turns it on its head by having the teacher's dog eat homework that said teacher was grading.


-->'''Kronk''': Come on, "A llama ate my homework"? It's the oldest excuse on the book.\\

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* While filming ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', Steven Spielberg literally had to fill out an insurance claim for one of the costumes with the words "dress eaten by elephant". It can almost be seen in the movie, during the campfire at night scene - the elephant's head is just out of frame as it's eating the dress in front of the entire crew, who are somehow not bursting into laughter.

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* While filming ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', Steven Spielberg Creator/StevenSpielberg literally had to fill out an insurance claim for one of the costumes with the words "dress eaten by elephant". It can almost be seen in the movie, during the campfire at night scene - the elephant's head is just out of frame as it's eating the dress in front of the entire crew, who are somehow not bursting into laughter.


* ''Literature/AliensAteMyHomework'' (they really did, too). It doesn't end well, but the aliens appreciate how the apparent RefugeInAudacity helped cover for the ''other'' weird things that were happening.

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* ''Literature/AliensAteMyHomework'' (they ''Literature/RodAllbrightAlienAdventures'': Book 1 is titled ''Aliens Ate My Homework'' (and they really did, too).too - one of them got hungry, and didn't realize the piece of paper he was snacking on was a math assignment due that day). It doesn't end well, but the aliens appreciate how the apparent RefugeInAudacity helped cover for the ''other'' weird things that were happening.


** In a series of strips, Snoopy imagined himself to be a spy and stolr Sally's report which he thought to be a secret document. When Sally caught him, [[EatTheEvidence he ate the paper.]]

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* "My dog ate my homework" is gradually giving way to "My ''bird'' ate my homework." Nobody is quite sure ''why'' birds such as cockatiels are so compelled to nibble on loose papers.


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** Connected to the above, Jane notes that one of the obscure dates covered by the Calendar Man in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' is Saint Roch's Day.
-->'''Jane:''' You know, Saint Roch? The patron saint of dogs and... the falsely accused. And presumably, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs falsely accused dogs]], because... dogs have been blamed for eating homework for too long!


* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' anthologized the JetCat episode "Project: Evil" where Tod may have tell his teacher that the hyenas that threaten eat him ate his notebook.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' anthologized the JetCat Jetcat episode "Project: Evil" where Tod may have tell his teacher that the hyenas that threaten eat him ate his notebook.

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