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19th May '18 3:07:56 PM darkemyst
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* ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'': When Tim is trying to figure out how Drury Walker was in more than one place at the same time he interviews a number of Gotham's homeless, the first few seem rather well put together if a bit ProperlyParanoid given that they live on the streets of Gotham but the last one rambles utter nonsense in response to Tim's question. Of course any attempt to explain what is actually happening with Walker would sound like utter nonsense since he's still the demonic entity Charaxes and is somehow asexually reproducing mini versions of his former self in an abandoned YMCA.
6th May '18 9:17:39 AM nombretomado
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* "Kill Moves" from ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'', seems to be a classical example of this (plus he knows martial-arts!), until we find out that [[spoiler:he's actually from a rich family, with a high level of inteligence, used to work in a number of qualified jobs until the economy changed, then he saw a vision of [[TheFlintstones Gazoo]] telling him to follow his true calling and become a homeless person.]]

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* "Kill Moves" from ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'', seems to be a classical example of this (plus he knows martial-arts!), until we find out that [[spoiler:he's actually from a rich family, with a high level of inteligence, used to work in a number of qualified jobs until the economy changed, then he saw a vision of [[TheFlintstones [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Gazoo]] telling him to follow his true calling and become a homeless person.]]
10th Apr '18 8:14:34 AM Malady
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* Creator/GarthEnnis' ''{{Punisher}}'' had quite a few. One storyline revolved around a homeless guy who lived in the New York sewers and [[spoiler: had people abducted, killed and kept in a huge pile under which he lay in order to remind him of his obese mother]]. Another story began with a splash page of a homeless guy on the street, being ignored, screaming, "I JUST WANT TO GO HOME!!"

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* Creator/GarthEnnis' ''{{Punisher}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Punisher}}'' had quite a few. One storyline revolved around a homeless guy who lived in the New York sewers and [[spoiler: had people abducted, killed and kept in a huge pile under which he lay in order to remind him of his obese mother]]. Another story began with a splash page of a homeless guy on the street, being ignored, screaming, "I JUST WANT TO GO HOME!!"
9th Feb '18 11:39:08 AM PresidentStalkeyes
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* [[Series/ThatMitchellandWebbLook The Surprising Adventures of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoZCmTvwFgE Sir Chicken Digby-Caesar!]]

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* [[Series/ThatMitchellandWebbLook The Surprising Adventures of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoZCmTvwFgE Sir Chicken Digby-Caesar!]]Digby Chicken-Caesar!]]
9th Dec '17 8:40:32 PM JackG
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* Subverted in ''Film/{{Sneakers}}''. Martin encounters one saying "The government took my home!" outside the building where he's going to meet the NSA agents. Martin points at an election poster for the current President and says, "Tell it to him." Later when Martin and Crease realise they've been conned, they race back to the building and find it in the process of being demolished.
-->'''Crease:''' [[TheOldestTricksInTheBook Oh Marty, you didn't fall for that one did you?]]
-->'''Homeless Guy:''' The government took my home!
18th Nov '17 12:23:23 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Homeless Jimmy of Wrestling/{{CZW}}

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* Homeless Jimmy of Wrestling/{{CZW}}Wrestling/{{CZW}}, formerly XPW, where he got the "gimmick" because for him, [[WrestlingDoesntPay wrestling really didn't pay(yet)]]. Although given both were {{garbage|wrestler}} feds, one could argue the homeless wrestlers weren't the only crazy ones.
18th Nov '17 12:20:54 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* This is how Wrestling/JimmyJacobs referred to the FIP members of Age Of The Fall who had never officially debuted for Wrestling/RingOfHonor.

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* This is how Wrestling/JimmyJacobs referred to the FIP members of The Age Of The Fall who had never officially debuted for Wrestling/RingOfHonor.Wrestling/RingOfHonor. Especially Milo Beasley, who had interfered with a match on behalf of the ROH Age Of The Fall.
10th Jul '17 8:31:12 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* Uncle Sensei from DiveKick mixes this with WisdomFromTheGutter. He's this due to poor skills in money management [[spoiler:and Mr. N's actions of bribing his way through.]]

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* Uncle Sensei from DiveKick ''VideoGame/DiveKick'' mixes this with WisdomFromTheGutter. He's this due to poor skills in money management [[spoiler:and Mr. N's actions of bribing his way through.]]]]
* The man that became the Gibbering Prophet in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' was never exactly mentally healthy, but being exposed to the eldritch horrors that the Ancestor was trying to summon [[GoMadFromTheRevelation broke his mind completely]].
20th May '17 1:57:39 PM JustTroper
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Formally, such a character may not be even be homeless: sometimes they do have an apartment or other place to live. Their defining trait is that instead of living like an ordinary person (i. e. going to work, having a timetable, etc.), they seemingly aimlessly wander the streets, [[TalkativeLoon muttering to themselves]] and doing other strange things. If such a character is female and [[UnkemptBeauty beautiful in spite of her unkempt appearance]], it is TheOphelia.

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Formally, Technically, such a character may not be even be homeless: sometimes they do have an apartment or other place to live. Their defining trait is that instead of living like an ordinary person (i. e. going to work, having a timetable, etc.), they seemingly aimlessly wander the streets, [[TalkativeLoon muttering to themselves]] and doing other strange things. If such a character is female and [[UnkemptBeauty beautiful in spite of her unkempt appearance]], it is TheOphelia.
18th May '17 4:13:27 AM TheAnecdotalist
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The trope is a partial TruthInTelevision as the mentally ill are disproportionally represented in the homeless population. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that 20-25% of the homeless population in the USA have "serious mental illnesses". The symptoms of many mental illnesses and addictions can make holding down a job difficult (and the stigma of a former brush with mental illness makes many employers wary of hiring them), and the loss of income may eventually lead to homelessness. The problem is compounded by the Patients' Rights Movement, which makes forcing someone into treatment extremely difficult, and America (and the rest of the world) instituting the policy of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deinstitutionalisation deinstitutionalization]]'' with regards to the mentally ill during the 1960s and 1970s. The idea was that with the invention of many psychotropic drugs (Thorazine for schizophrenia, Prozac for depression, Valium for anxiety, Lithium for bipolar disorder, etc), instead of locking up the mentally ill in mental hospitals (possibly for years or the rest of their lives), they would be given medication and sent home, and the money saved would be instead reinvested into community housing and social support programs to help these patients reintegrate into the community. Unfortunately, governments being what they are, the mental hospitals closed right on cue but the replacement social programs never materialized (and in fact many of the existing social programs ended up being dismantled during the Carter and Reagan eras). This left a vast number of mentally ill patients being left to fend for themselves and many of them relapsed and ended up homeless.

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The trope is a partial TruthInTelevision as the mentally ill are disproportionally represented in the homeless population. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that 20-25% of the homeless population in the USA have "serious mental illnesses". The symptoms of many mental illnesses and addictions can make holding down a job difficult (and the stigma of a former brush with mental illness makes many employers wary of hiring them), and the loss of income may eventually lead to homelessness. The problem is compounded by the Patients' Rights Movement, which makes forcing someone into treatment extremely difficult, and America (and the rest of the world) instituting the policy of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deinstitutionalisation deinstitutionalization]]'' with regards to the mentally ill during the 1960s and 1970s. The idea was that with the invention of many psychotropic drugs (Thorazine for schizophrenia, Prozac for depression, Valium for anxiety, Lithium for bipolar disorder, etc), instead of locking up the mentally ill in mental hospitals (possibly for years or the rest of their lives), they would be given medication and sent home, and the money saved would be instead reinvested into community housing and social support programs to help these patients reintegrate into the community. Unfortunately, governments being what they are, the mental hospitals closed right on cue but the replacement social programs never materialized (and in fact many of the existing social programs ended up being dismantled during the Carter and Reagan [and Thatcher] eras). This left a vast number of mentally ill patients being left to fend for themselves and many of them relapsed and ended up homeless.
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