Small children, the Cloudcuckoolander and The Ditz are prone to eating things that should not be eaten. Not necessarily a case of Extreme Omnivore, as it may just be this one specific non-food item that the character consumes. Most common in this category are glue, crayons, soap, bugs, and snot. If the child puts things in other facial orifices, it's a Nose Shove.
See also Eat Dirt, Cheap.
- The Amalgam Universe Legion of Galactic Guardians features a character amalgamated from Paste-Pot Pete and Matter-Eater Lad. His powers, fortunately, remain a mystery.
- Billy Madison sits next to a boy eating the glue in his first-grade class.
- One of Grace's students in Bruce Almighty is constantly eating arts and crafts supplies. She comments that she expects him to poop an ornament any time now.
- Dopey from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs once ate an entire bar of soap without even realizing it. Only after hiccuping bubbles does he get a clue about where it ended up (even then it still took him a while); he doesn't exactly look satisfied about this revelation but he spends so much time hiccuping up a storm that it's difficult to tell his emotions during that scene.
- To be fair it was an accident, caused in a moment of cartoon slap-stick.
- The titular character in Tommy Boy is implied to have been this. His bizarre behavior prompts several characters ask him if he ate paint chips as a kid, to which Tommy would just giggle and ask why.
- One of Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Verses is titled "Henry King, who Chewed Bits of String, and was Early Cut Off in Dreadful Agonies".
- Tardy the Turtle from Greg the Bunny has eaten everything from crayons, to drumsticks (the musical kind) to paintballs.
Tardy: "The green ones make me horny!"
- A Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode had a man with pica (see the Real Life section below) as the perp. It was noted that pica on its own does not make someone dangerous, but because the Psychopathic Manchild in question had been licking the (illegally lead-based) paint off his toy cars from a young age, he had permanent brain damage.
- In Drake & Josh, Josh gets a job teaching Megan's 5th grade class and starts giving them college-level homework, claiming that they are smarter than given credit for. To which one of the students points out that another is eating glue.
- Friends: In "The One the Morning After", Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, and Monica get stuck in Monica's room while Ross and Rachel try to work things out. When hunger sets in, Phoebe suggests eating the depilatory wax.
Phoebe: We could eat the wax! It's organic.
Chandler: Oh great, food with hair on it.
Phoebe: No! Not the used wax.
Chandler: Because that would be crazy?
- They eventually resort to eating the wax after all.
- Strong Sad from Homestar Runner used to eat colored chalk as a child. "I was sick for a year and almost diiied."
- The Ditz Monette in Something*Positive comments, "Putting salted peanuts in Coke is a step up from eating crayons and even I stopped doing that a few years ago." (She's in her early twenties when she says this.)
- Cat from the webcomic Cat and Girl is known to eat paint.
- In Sluggy Freelance, Zoe does it here. "Pashe ish yummy!"
- In Homestuck, the Wayward Vagabond compulsively eats any green things he can find. Examples include two pieces of green chalk, a chunk of radioactive material, and the Uberbunny's eye.
- Terezi doesn't necessarily EAT chalk, but she licks them until they are no longer.
- Invoked in The Order of the Stick. Belkar threatens Myzaki's horse with being turned into paste, "The kind the weird kid in the back eats."
- During the Portal 2 video of Two Best Friends Play, Pat accuses Matt of doing this. Matt's only response is that it's "getting a little personal". In the animated version where they're replaced with Celestia and Luna, it cuts to Luna who is indeed in the middle of eating those when she says that line.
- Vinny, while corrupting Super Mario 64, stated that he had a friend in school who liked to eat glue.
- On Game Grumps, Dan and Arin at one point talk about how they both liked to eat Play-Doh as kids.
Dan/Arin (in unison): ...because it was so salty!
- Ralph Wiggum on The Simpsons is known for eating glue, crayons and worms, among other things. One episode also explains the cause of Homer Simpson's dimwittedness; he inhaled crayons up his nose as a child. In the episode, the crayon stuck in his brain since his childhood is surgically removed, and he becomes very intelligent. However, Homer feels that things just aren't the same, and inhales another crayon to get back to his normal, dumb but likeable self.
Skinner: Listen up, everyone. I want to tell you the sad story of the cousin of a student who a friend of mine taught at a neighboring school in the state just to the east of the state that Springfield is in. He knew a fellow student who ate too much paste just before he was about to give a tuba recital during homecoming. The sound that emitted from the tuba when he pulled his lips free was so intense that it knocked over a ladder, causing a man to fall and grab onto a power line, which produced flying sparks. A passing diesel drove through the sparks and smashed into an oil refinery. A sleeping hobo was awakened by the noise. He was so annoyed at the disruption that he set a fire that burned down the entire town! The moral of this story— Don't eat paste! Besides, it's made from processed horse hooves!Homer: Mmm... Processed horse hooves.
- In one issue of the comic, Homer eats paste...at a Parent-Teacher lecture on why it's bad;
- In another episode, when everyone's pelting Mr. Burns with rotten garbage, Homer dashes out with the family's decaying Halloween pumpkin. However, since Marge didn't want anyone to toss anything, he said it was his lunch. Under her withering glare, he reluctantly nibbles on it... then his eyes widen and he begins munching on the thing with gusto.
- In "Lisa's Date With Destiny" Lisa tells Bart that Milhouse eats toast with Vaseline on it. According to the DVD commentary: this was based on a child from Josh Weinstein's school days who everyday would get on to the bus with a piece of toast, which had Vaseline on it.
- Comes up a couple of times in The Penguins of Madagascar. In "Sting Operation", Private spits bubbles and happily declares, "I ate soap!" while under the effects of Phlebotinum-Induced Stupidity. In "All King, No Kingdom", Maurice and Mort accidentally break Julien's throne:
"I'll get the glue."
- On The Powerpuff Girls, there was a boy in the girls' class named Elmer Sglue who was teased (mainly by Buttercup) for eating paste. A fly tainted by toxic waste fell on the paste he was eating, turning him into a giant glue monster who wreaked havoc on the city.
- Cheryl Tunt from Archer chugs down jars of rubber cement.
- In Ben 10: Alien Force, it's mentioned by Gwen that Ben and JT used to eat paste together back when they were kids.
- The Loud House: in "Friend or Faux", a boy in Lisa's class can be seen eating paste. It's for this reason Lisa deems him unfit to become her friend.
- It's been mentioned a couple of times on Rugrats that Chuckie likes to eat crayons. He especially likes them when they're fresh from the box.
- Truth in Television to people who have pica, a mental disorder where people have an appetite for things which are non-nutritive or base ingredients which it is abnormal to consume, such as crayons, chalk, dirt, ice cubes, flour, pencils or salt.
- The show called My Strange Addiction sometimes deals with people who have this. They had interviewed people who eat glass, cigarette ashes, tissues, chalk, and other things...
- In a combination of insanity and poverty, Vincent van Gogh would at times nibble on his paint and drink turpentine, which probably didn't help his health/sanity. At one point he even had a suicide attempt trying to eat lead-heavy yellow oil paint.
- The basic wheat paste used by bookbinders is harmless enough to eat, since it's essentially flour and water. Keith A. Smith, when giving the recipe in his books on binding, notes you could add an egg and some vanilla extract and make a custard.note Moreover, some online recipes add a small amount of sugar (for extra stickiness) and cinnamon (to inhibit mold)...