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26th Mar '17 2:57:27 PM Sonofstranger
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* Zig-zagged in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'': in the ''Phoenix Wright'' trilogy, Phoenix tries pretty hard to keep the office tidy so that potential clients would have a good impression should they come to his office, going so far as to be constantly cleaning an already spotless toilet. However, he stops paying attention to it after [[spoiler:he gets disbarred]], since clients wouldn't be coming anyway. [[InvertedTrope Most of the mess that occurs after that]] is usually because Trucy buys StageMagic paraphernalia [[TrashOfTheTitans and leaves it lying around]].
28th Jan '17 8:26:35 PM jccw227
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* A minor RunningGag for a while in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' involved Garfield and Jon acknowledging something wrong with the house that needs to be taken care of, then Jon will go off and do something like watch tv. Garfield would then turn to the audience and say, "We're bachelors, baby."
21st Jan '17 4:23:41 PM __Vano
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[[OlderThanTheyThink Contrary to popular belief]], this trope was around well before modern feminism. In fact, Betty Friedan pointed out the UnfortunateImplications for women as well as men in ''The Feminine Mystique'' in 1963: not only is it rather insulting toward men, but if men simply can't be expected to keep house decently, it follows that housekeeping must be the woman's responsibility, even if she'd rather pursue a career and split the domestic duties. Today this is almost, but not quite, a DeadHorseTrope, especially in [[ComedyTropes Comedies]]. In many works, [[NeatFreak excessive cleanliness]] and thoughtful decoration in a man's home is sometimes seen as a [[AmbiguouslyGay sign of homosexuality]] (feeding an equally-pervasive stereotype that all gay men are awesome housekeepers) or just plain bonkers; a slovenly bachelor is therefore a shorthand for [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday heterosexuality]]. In other works, however, it is a shorthand for bratty, self-obsessed immaturity, and so a bad bet that way.

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[[OlderThanTheyThink Contrary to popular belief]], this trope was around well before modern feminism. In fact, Betty Friedan pointed out the UnfortunateImplications for women as well as men in ''The Feminine Mystique'' in 1963: not only is it rather insulting toward men, but if men simply can't be expected to keep house decently, it follows that housekeeping must be the woman's responsibility, even if she'd rather pursue a career and split the domestic duties. Today this is almost, but not quite, a DeadHorseTrope, especially in [[ComedyTropes Comedies]]. In many works, [[NeatFreak excessive cleanliness]] and thoughtful decoration in a man's home is sometimes seen as a [[AmbiguouslyGay sign of homosexuality]] (feeding an equally-pervasive stereotype that all gay men are awesome housekeepers) [[NeatFreak or just plain bonkers; bonkers]]; a slovenly bachelor is therefore a shorthand for [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday heterosexuality]]. In other works, however, it is a shorthand for bratty, self-obsessed immaturity, and so a bad bet that way.
31st Dec '16 8:47:45 PM nombretomado
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* While most of Shigure's house is fairly neat in ''FruitsBasket'', Tohru describes the kitchen as 'The Sea of Corruption' when she first sees it.

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* While most of Shigure's house is fairly neat in ''FruitsBasket'', ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', Tohru describes the kitchen as 'The Sea of Corruption' when she first sees it.
30th Oct '16 3:27:25 PM nombretomado
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* Keisha refers to this in ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar Owlsight]]'', when she thinks back to when the village women cleaned up Justyn's old cottage. She concedes that he kept the treatment areas clean, but the living areas .... Later, when she first sees Darian's home in the new Vale, she can't believe at first that a single male lives there because it's so clean. (Darian does not score any aversion points, since the ''hertasi'' clean the place for him.)

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* Keisha refers to this in ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Owlsight]]'', when she thinks back to when the village women cleaned up Justyn's old cottage. She concedes that he kept the treatment areas clean, but the living areas .... Later, when she first sees Darian's home in the new Vale, she can't believe at first that a single male lives there because it's so clean. (Darian does not score any aversion points, since the ''hertasi'' clean the place for him.)
30th Oct '16 3:14:33 PM Divra
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** The tea urn thing is probably one of those specifically British tropes which are not understood elsewhere. There are two schools of thought on such matters: one holds that teapots should be washed and kept clean in the same way as any other utensil, the other holds that teapots should never, ever, under any circumstances, be cleaned out, because the years-old internal encrustation of tea deposits improves the flavour of the tea. This is SeriousBusiness in Britain because it is about tea. Sam Vimes is clearly of the latter school, while Sybil is of the former, which is what would be expected from their class origins.

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** The tea urn thing is probably one of those specifically British tropes which are not understood elsewhere. There are two schools of thought on such matters: one holds that teapots should be washed and kept clean in the same way as any other utensil, the other holds that teapots should never, ever, under any circumstances, be cleaned out, because the years-old internal encrustation of tea deposits improves the flavour of the tea. This is SeriousBusiness in Britain because it is about tea. Sam Vimes is clearly of the latter school, while Sybil is of the former, which is what would be expected from given their class origins.


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* Inverted in ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings''. Commander Badass, time-travelling SuperSoldier and divorced father-of-two is something of a domestic god, and his current girlfriend Jonesy is an abject slob to the point that the Commander refuses to visit her apartment.
21st Aug '16 11:41:28 AM nombretomado
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* The episode "About Face" of {{Duckman}} has Bernice leaving Duckman in charge of the house while she has a night out with her friends, telling him to cook the kids a healthy dinner instead of just ordering pizza. Cut to Duckman having done exactly that, then passed out in front of the TV with the house now a filthy mess. Keep in mind that the period of time this happened in couldnt have been more than a few hours.

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* The episode "About Face" of {{Duckman}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' has Bernice leaving Duckman in charge of the house while she has a night out with her friends, telling him to cook the kids a healthy dinner instead of just ordering pizza. Cut to Duckman having done exactly that, then passed out in front of the TV with the house now a filthy mess. Keep in mind that the period of time this happened in couldnt have been more than a few hours.
30th Jul '16 5:51:19 PM nombretomado
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* DaveBarry mentions sharing an apartment with a fellow young male. It lacked furniture, but this allowed them to play Indoor Ricochet Death Frisbee. Another one is when a reader tells him he has boxed up a ton of old junk and arranged the boxes into ugly brown furniture. His girlfriend fails to see the simple genius of this arrangement, obvious to any male.

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* DaveBarry Creator/DaveBarry mentions sharing an apartment with a fellow young male. It lacked furniture, but this allowed them to play Indoor Ricochet Death Frisbee. Another one is when a reader tells him he has boxed up a ton of old junk and arranged the boxes into ugly brown furniture. His girlfriend fails to see the simple genius of this arrangement, obvious to any male.
25th Jul '16 9:57:44 AM manepony101
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** Also true with Michael when his family left him temporarily. His house will be scattered with pizza boxes since he presumably dismissed his maid.

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** Also true with Michael when his family left him temporarily. His house will be scattered with pizza boxes since he presumably dismissed his maid.maid during that time.
25th Jul '16 9:56:56 AM manepony101
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** Also true with Michael when his family left him temporarily. His house will be scattered with pizza boxes since he presumably dismissed his maid.
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