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31st Jul '17 2:24:36 PM Andyroid
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* In ''WesternAnimation/CaptainUnderpantsTheFirstEpicMovie'', George and Harold escort an unconscious Mr. Krupp back to his house on Curmugeon Blvd., and decide to snoop around. They're somewhat disappointed to find Mr. Krupp lives by himself in a somewhat run-down but otherwise ordinary suburban home, with nothing in the fridge but a bottle of ketchup and nothing in the cupboard but a lone cereal box.
19th Jun '17 1:03:00 PM Pichu-kun
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Often a symptom of a lonely bachelor pad; the implication being that a bachelor can't or won't shop properly or consistently. They may be in PerpetualPoverty or from the WrongSideOfTheTracks. Frequently seen in the BrokeEpisode. Can show up in StandardizedSitcomHousing. Usually goes hand in hand with MenCantKeepHouse.

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Often a symptom of a lonely bachelor pad; LonelyBachelorPad; the implication being that a bachelor can't or won't shop properly or consistently. They may be in PerpetualPoverty or from the WrongSideOfTheTracks. Frequently seen in the BrokeEpisode. Can show up in StandardizedSitcomHousing. Usually goes hand in hand with MenCantKeepHouse.
10th Jan '17 2:28:18 PM margdean56
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If the characters are at all "Outsiders," be they members of a subculture (like stoners, slackers, hipsters, or rock musicians), [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible modern artists]], lonely single men (or sometimes women), or {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s, and their refrigerator is shown, it will be entirely or nearly empty, possibly save for a mysterious, unidentifiable stain, or a carton of long-expired milk. Any thing that could be, or could have been a meal would be something like an ancient, inedible sandwich, or leftover take-out ranging from the previous night or [[{{Squick}} the previous year]]. The empty refrigerator is usually shorthand for alienation from society due either to lifestyle or poverty, and often both. Additionally, the shortage of edible food also tends to exclude such people from being viable hosts thus making the characters appear more alienated which feeds this trope. Generally, the more socially alienated a character is, the higher the probability that their refrigerator resembles this trope. Other variants of this include [[TheAlcoholic a refrigerator full of alcoholic beverages and little else]], or a refrigerator [[ItCameFromTheFridge stocked entirely with expired food]]. In very, ''very'' extreme situations, the refrigerator may contain a dead (non-food) animal such as a rat or pigeon, or some other random object not usually stored in a refrigerator, like old sneakers or underwear.

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If the characters are at all "Outsiders," be they members of a subculture (like stoners, slackers, hipsters, or rock musicians), [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible modern artists]], lonely single men (or sometimes women), or {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s, and their refrigerator is shown, it will be entirely or nearly empty, possibly save for a mysterious, unidentifiable stain, or a carton of long-expired milk. Any thing that could be, or could have been a meal would be something like an ancient, inedible sandwich, or leftover take-out ranging from the previous night or to [[{{Squick}} the previous year]]. The empty refrigerator is usually shorthand for alienation from society due either to lifestyle or poverty, and often both. Additionally, the shortage of edible food also tends to exclude such people from being viable hosts thus making the characters appear more alienated which feeds this trope. Generally, the more socially alienated a character is, the higher the probability that their refrigerator resembles this trope. Other variants of this include [[TheAlcoholic a refrigerator full of alcoholic beverages and little else]], or a refrigerator [[ItCameFromTheFridge stocked entirely with expired food]]. In very, ''very'' extreme situations, the refrigerator may contain a dead (non-food) animal such as a rat or pigeon, or some other random object not usually stored in a refrigerator, like old sneakers or underwear.
8th Nov '16 6:24:10 PM Andyroid
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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': "I really need to go grocery shopping. I wish my girlfriend didn't leave me."

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** Used in a ParodyCommercial for the Cheat Commandos' "Reynold's Apartment Extreme Playset".
--->'''Strong Bad:''' (''as Reynold'') Oh, I
really need to go grocery shopping. I wish my girlfriend didn't leave me."me!
14th Sep '16 7:03:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Characters/TheXFiles'' episode "Chinga", Agent Mulder's fridge contains nothing but a huge jug of orange juice. He takes a swig straight from the bottle, makes a face at the taste, checks the date (which is at least 4 months expired), and spits the juice back into the bottle. He then puts the bottle back in the fridge. He manages to do this whole routine while he's on the phone with Agent Scully who took a weekend off and whom he misses dearly.

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* In ''Characters/TheXFiles'' ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Chinga", Agent Mulder's fridge contains nothing but a huge jug of orange juice. He takes a swig straight from the bottle, makes a face at the taste, checks the date (which is at least 4 months expired), and spits the juice back into the bottle. He then puts the bottle back in the fridge. He manages to do this whole routine while he's on the phone with Agent Scully who took a weekend off and whom he misses dearly.



* While he isnt poor, Quagmire from ''FamilyGuy'' once remarked that it was hard work to make sure his "single guy fridge was sufficiently depressing". The fridge in question contains items such as his ex-girlfriends yoghurt, root beer from two Julys ago, and expired milk.

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* While he isnt poor, Quagmire from ''FamilyGuy'' ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' once remarked that it was hard work to make sure his "single guy fridge was sufficiently depressing". The fridge in question contains items such as his ex-girlfriends yoghurt, root beer from two Julys ago, and expired milk.
14th Sep '16 7:02:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* Ryougi Shiki in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' has a fridge that has bottled water in it. And that's pretty much it. Though she does occasionally have some [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Strawberry Häagen-Dazs]] courtesy of Mikiya.

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* Ryougi Shiki in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' has a fridge that has bottled water in it. And that's pretty much it. Though she does occasionally have some [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Strawberry Häagen-Dazs]] courtesy of Mikiya.

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* Music/BobMarley's ''Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)'' from ''Music/NattyDread''.

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* Music/BobMarley's ''Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)'' from ''Music/NattyDread''.



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15th Jul '16 6:47:59 AM KingLyger
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[[caption-width-right:350:"I'm miserable, I'm depressed... and I'm hungry."]]
2nd Jul '16 4:34:08 PM missmoon
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* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', after Noah Bennet gets divorced, his fridge is empty save for some condiment bottles, water, and some milk and cereal. Peter is a similar case, except that he just simply forgets to buy groceries due to work unless his mother drops by with groceries.

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* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', after Noah Bennet gets divorced, his fridge is empty save for some condiment bottles, water, and some milk and cereal. Peter Petrelli is a similar case, except that he just simply forgets to buy groceries food due to work his {{Workaholic}} tendencies unless his mother drops by with groceries.
20th Jan '16 11:33:51 AM Willbyr
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* In ''HoneyAndClover'' (which is by the same author as ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion''), protagonist Takemoto looks in his fridge after experiencing yet another disastrous event in his life. He realizes the buzzing noise he hears from the fridge is the same noise that's been filling his head since childhood: the sound of emptiness. It triggers one of the major events of the plot and gives him a lot of CharacterDevelopment, so the next time he looks in his fridge and it's empty, it doesn't bother him anymore.

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* In ''HoneyAndClover'' ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'' (which is by the same author as ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion''), protagonist Takemoto looks in his fridge after experiencing yet another disastrous event in his life. He realizes the buzzing noise he hears from the fridge is the same noise that's been filling his head since childhood: the sound of emptiness. It triggers one of the major events of the plot and gives him a lot of CharacterDevelopment, so the next time he looks in his fridge and it's empty, it doesn't bother him anymore.
12th Nov '15 4:26:05 PM SilentStranger
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** In the second future episode, after adult Bart and Ralph are evicted from their house, Bart complains that he had half a beer in there.




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* While he isnt poor, Quagmire from ''FamilyGuy'' once remarked that it was hard work to make sure his "single guy fridge was sufficiently depressing". The fridge in question contains items such as his ex-girlfriends yoghurt, root beer from two Julys ago, and expired milk.
** Also used with Lois parents Carter and Barbara, and their "old people fridge", which contains nothing but ear drops and camera film.
** The same joke was used for a gag about "single guy apartments", though instead of focusing on the fridge, it had features such as a fake stove just for decoration, and "a cabinet to store your single plate".
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