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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".
10th Sep '15 2:57:17 PM foxley
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* In "TheWatcher", sad washed up FBI agent Joel has nothing in his fridge except for an orange that looks like a lemon, and a couple of condiments. He also has no job and no life.
* In ''TimeChasers'', bachelor inventor Nick Miller's fridge is empty except for a head of lettuce (of indeterminate age). When ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' featured this movie, they quipped "Loser status: confirmed," upon seeing this scene.

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* In "TheWatcher", ''Film/TheWatcher'', sad washed up FBI agent Joel has nothing in his fridge except for an orange that looks like a lemon, and a couple of condiments. He also has no job and no life.
* In ''TimeChasers'', ''Film/TimeChasers'', bachelor inventor Nick Miller's fridge is empty except for a head of lettuce (of indeterminate age). When ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' featured this movie, they quipped "Loser status: confirmed," upon seeing this scene.



* In YoungWizards book 7, it is shown as a father who is still trying to get used to [[spoiler: his wife's death.]]

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* In YoungWizards ''Literature/YoungWizards'' book 7, it is shown as a father who is still trying to get used to [[spoiler: his wife's death.]]



* On The Last Ten Pounds Boot Camp, a reality show wherein the hosts help the weekly guest to lose [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a few pounds]], the nutritionist goes through the guest's fridge and get rid of the bad food. On one episode the guest only had empty takeout containers and the host commented she was "taking out the garbage" rather than looking at the guest's eating habits.

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* On The Last Ten Pounds Boot Camp, ''Series/TheLastTenPoundsBootCamp'', a reality show wherein the hosts help the weekly guest to lose [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a few pounds]], the nutritionist goes through the guest's fridge and get rid of the bad food. On one episode the guest only had empty takeout containers and the host commented she was "taking out the garbage" rather than looking at the guest's eating habits.habits.



* When Alex moves into his new apartment in ''{{Downtown}}'', the first time he investigates the refrigerator, he finds some flies buzzing and two lumps of unidentifiable rotten food.

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* When Alex moves into his new apartment in ''{{Downtown}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Downtown}}'', the first time he investigates the refrigerator, he finds some flies buzzing and two lumps of unidentifiable rotten food.



* Otto's fridge on ''TheSimpsons'', as well as his whole apartment, which is shown when he's evicted:

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* Otto's fridge on ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', as well as his whole apartment, which is shown when he's evicted:



* In one older WoodyWoodpecker cartoon, Woody looks in his fridge AND his kitchen cabinets, finding absolutely nothing but notes saying he has no food. This prompts Woody to Break The Fourth Wall and ask, "Would one of you mind stepping out into the lobby and getting me a candy bar?"
* One of the cartoons that Warner Brothers produced was all about fairy tales and, when they did "Old Mother Hubbard," she opened one side of her cupboard, showing empty shelves. Her dog opens the other side and finds it stuffed with items, and promptly yells, "Food Hoarder!!" (Remember, this was produced during WWII)

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* In one older WoodyWoodpecker ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon, Woody looks in his fridge AND his kitchen cabinets, finding absolutely nothing but notes saying he has no food. This prompts Woody to Break The Fourth Wall and ask, "Would one of you mind stepping out into the lobby and getting me a candy bar?"
* One of the cartoons that Warner Brothers produced was all about fairy tales and, when they did "Old Mother Hubbard," she opened one side of her cupboard, showing empty shelves. Her dog opens the other side and finds it stuffed with items, and promptly yells, "Food Hoarder!!" (Remember, this was produced during WWII)WWII).

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10th Aug '15 7:23:27 PM Kaizen
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* In ''Film/TronLegacy'', Sam sad a couple of cans of beer and not much else in his refrigerator.

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* In ''Film/TronLegacy'', Sam sad had a couple of cans of beer and not much else in his refrigerator.
19th Jun '15 8:57:47 PM nombretomado
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* Ryougi Shiki in ''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 ''KaraNoKyoukai'' ''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.
8th Jun '15 7:59:57 AM Kellor
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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': "I really need to go grocery shopping. I wish my wife didn't leave me."

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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': "I really need to go grocery shopping. I wish my wife girlfriend didn't leave me."
8th Jun '15 7:43:23 AM Willbyr
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6th May '15 4:33:57 PM ayjazz
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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, a carton of long-expired milk, or an ancient, inedible sandwich. 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, milk. Any thing that could be, or could have been a meal would be something like an ancient, inedible sandwich.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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