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21st Jul '16 7:54:21 AM davah301
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** Chief Wiggum lives on one (The Big Queasy) in the ''Chief Wiggum, P.I.'' segment from ''The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase''.
5th Nov '15 9:46:11 AM Fyrmer
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* Leon Phelps, the title character of ''Film/TheLadiesMan'' lives in a beat up old houseboat full of painfully [[TheSeventies Seventies]] decor.
2nd Oct '15 6:23:15 PM nombretomado
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* Tempest Gale in ''[[PaperinikNewAdventures Pk2]]'' lives on a small, crappy boat.

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* Tempest Gale in ''[[PaperinikNewAdventures ''[[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Pk2]]'' lives on a small, crappy boat.
23rd Jun '15 2:40:15 AM pvsage
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In RealLife, houseboats are typically mobile homes on pontoons, and are as close to CoolBoat as TheAllegedCar is to CoolCar. Some works with {{Loser Protagonist}}s will have the hero live on such a houseboat to highlight their tenuous grasp on normalcy.

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In RealLife, houseboats are typically mobile homes on pontoons, and are as close to CoolBoat as TheAllegedCar is to CoolCar. Some works with {{Loser Protagonist}}s will have the hero live on such a houseboat to highlight their tenuous grasp on normalcy.[[LonersAreFreaks lack of]] [[NoSocialSkills social skills]].
23rd Jun '15 2:33:33 AM pvsage
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In RealLife, houseboats are typically mobile homes on pontoons, and are as close to CoolBoat as TheAllegedCar is to CoolCar. Some works with {{Loser Protagonist}}s will have the hero live on such a houseboat to highlight their tenuous grasp on normalcy.
5th May '15 1:11:15 AM Cindylover1969
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--> '''[[Series/{{MacGyver}} [=MacGimmick=]]]:''' Lots of famous detectives have lived on boats. Sonny Crockett from ''Series/MiamiVice'', B.L. Stryker, the team from ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' and even ''[[Series/{{Quincy}} Quincy]]'' all lived on boats!

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--> '''[[Series/{{MacGyver}} [=MacGimmick=]]]:''' [=MacGimmick=]]]''' (''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' satire): Lots of famous detectives have lived on boats. Sonny Crockett from ''Series/MiamiVice'', B.L. Stryker, the team from ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' and even ''[[Series/{{Quincy}} Quincy]]'' all lived on boats!



--->''Magazine/{{MAD}}''

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--->''Magazine/{{MAD}}''
5th May '15 1:10:15 AM Cindylover1969
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--> '''[=MacGimmick=]:''' Lots of famous detectives have lived on boats. Sonny Crockett from ''Series/MiamiVice'', B.L. Stryker, the team from ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' and even ''[[Series/{{Quincy}} Quincy]]'' all lived on boats!

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--> '''[=MacGimmick=]:''' '''[[Series/{{MacGyver}} [=MacGimmick=]]]:''' Lots of famous detectives have lived on boats. Sonny Crockett from ''Series/MiamiVice'', B.L. Stryker, the team from ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' and even ''[[Series/{{Quincy}} Quincy]]'' all lived on boats!



-- From the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' satire of ''Series/{{MacGyver}}''

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-- From the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' satire of ''Series/{{MacGyver}}''

--->''Magazine/{{MAD}}''
5th May '15 1:08:32 AM Cindylover1969
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Straightforward trope -- the hero is that much cooler because he not only ''has'' a CoolBoat, he actually ''lives'' on it (in theory, the hero could live on an uncool houseboat, except that houseboats are almost inherently cool), making it, at the same time, a CoolHouse. This may be symbolic of the hero's cool detachment from things, since he could (in theory at least) just raise anchor and move his whole life away whenever he wishes. Doesn't apply to people who live on a boat which serves as the home base for dozens or hundreds of occupants, or to those who just ''work'' on a boat owned by someone else, even if that's where they spend their nights (in a navy, as a pirate, on a cruise ship).

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--> '''[=MacGimmick=]:''' Lots of famous detectives have lived on boats. Sonny Crockett from ''Series/MiamiVice'', B.L. Stryker, the team from ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' and even ''[[Series/{{Quincy}} Quincy]]'' all lived on boats!
--> '''GirlOfTheWeek''': True, but none of them ever converted their boat into a treehouse!
-- From the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' satire of ''Series/{{MacGyver}}''

Straightforward trope -- the hero is that much cooler because he not only ''has'' a CoolBoat, he actually ''lives'' on it (in theory, the hero could live on an uncool houseboat, except that houseboats are almost inherently cool), making it, at the same time, a CoolHouse. This may be symbolic of the hero's cool detachment from things, since he could (in theory at least) just raise anchor and move his whole life away whenever he wishes. Doesn't apply to people who live on a boat which serves as the home base for dozens or hundreds of occupants, or to those who just ''work'' on a boat owned by someone else, even if that's where they spend their nights (in a navy, as a pirate, on a cruise ship).
14th Apr '15 11:38:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment GOB Bluth]] made a hearty attempt at this trope, but the boat belonged to the Bluth Company, and his residency there was one of the strings that kept him (in his mind) beholden to his brother Michael.
* [[BurnNotice Sam and Fiona]] were nearly caught snooping around on the boat belonging to the week's villains. This one's a two-fer, actually, since...

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* [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': GOB Bluth]] Bluth made a hearty attempt at this trope, but the boat belonged to the Bluth Company, and his residency there was one of the strings that kept him (in his mind) beholden to his brother Michael.
* [[BurnNotice ''Series/BurnNotice'': Sam and Fiona]] Fiona were nearly caught snooping around on the boat belonging to the week's villains. This one's a two-fer, actually, since...
14th Apr '15 11:37:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''BloodWork'' (Clint Eastwood lives on one); [[spoiler:but so does the BigBad, berthed a few slips down.]]

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* ''BloodWork'' ''Film/BloodWork'' (Clint Eastwood lives on one); [[spoiler:but so does the BigBad, berthed a few slips down.]]



* The undercover cop in ''HardBoiled'' lives on a yacht (which ends up the site of one of the film's gunfight set pieces).

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* The undercover cop in ''HardBoiled'' ''Film/HardBoiled'' lives on a yacht (which ends up the site of one of the film's gunfight set pieces).



* ''{{Cocktail}}'': Bryan Brown lives on a yacht.
* JohnWayne in ''McQ''.
* Riggs, in at least one of the ''LethalWeapon'' movies.

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* ''{{Cocktail}}'': ''Film/{{Cocktail}}'': Bryan Brown lives on a yacht.
* JohnWayne in ''McQ''.
''Film/McQ''.
* Riggs, in at least one of the ''LethalWeapon'' ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movies.



* The early '60s detective series ''{{Surfside 6}}'' had its heroes living on the title boat in Miami Beach (cha-cha-cha, CHA).
* ''{{Quincy}}'' lived on a boat, until the episode "Quincy's Wedding, Part 2" [[spoiler: when he arranged to sell it, because his fiancee and soon-to-be-wife Emily didn't want to live on it. ]]
* ''MiamiVice'' (Crockett had two boats, one for racing, one where he lived with his alligator).
* On ''SimonAndSimon'' Rick lives on a boat parked in A.J.'s front yard.

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* The early '60s detective series ''{{Surfside ''Series/{{Surfside 6}}'' had its heroes living on the title boat in Miami Beach (cha-cha-cha, CHA).
* ''{{Quincy}}'' ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' lived on a boat, until the episode "Quincy's Wedding, Part 2" [[spoiler: when he arranged to sell it, because his fiancee and soon-to-be-wife Emily didn't want to live on it. ]]
* ''MiamiVice'' ''Series/MiamiVice'' (Crockett had two boats, one for racing, one where he lived with his alligator).
* On ''SimonAndSimon'' ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' Rick lives on a boat parked in A.J.'s front yard.



* Bobby from ''{{Cougartown}}'' lives on a boat. A boat that never leaves the parking lot.

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* Bobby from ''{{Cougartown}}'' ''Series/{{Cougartown}}'' lives on a boat. A boat that never leaves the parking lot.



* Kellerman from ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet''. Of course his coolness got deconstructed as time went on.

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* Kellerman from ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet''.''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet''. Of course his coolness got deconstructed as time went on.
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