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Eat the Dog

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"Eat the Dog" can refer to one of the following:

  • Asians Eat Pets: The stereotype that East Asian people eat meat from cats and dogs.
  • Emergency Food Supply Animal: An animal kept around to eat as emergency rations if food becomes scarce. Previously called "Eat the Dog".
  • Foreign Queasine: National dishes that don't look/taste so great from outside their home country.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: A character who likes to eat people.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten!: A test to see if a character who claims to be evil really is evil.
  • Kick the Dog: A character does something evil, cruel or very mean for no apparent gain, because the author wants to demonstrate that they are not a nice person and shift the audience's sympathy away from them.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: Resorting to cannibalism out of desperation.

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