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->''"Buggrit! Millennium hand and shrimp!"''
-->-- '''Foul Ole Ron''', ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''

In media, the homeless are portrayed generally as being mentally troubled. At best, they're harmless {{Talkative Loon}}s who suffer from FunnySchizophrenia; at worst they're [[InsaneEqualsViolent violent]] drug or alcohol addicts who are more interested in getting their next fix than getting long-term help.

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.

Interestingly, the key operating word here is not "homeless", but "people". Usually, when only a single homeless person (or married couple) gets at least half a dozen lines, the view is sympathetic. They're just a character who has fallen on hard times. It's even possible that the hero knows them from before the BigBad broke the world.

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.

A subset of AcceptableHardLuckTargets. Also see HomelessPigeonPerson.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Hasegawa Taizou A.K.A. Madao (which stands for "totally useless middle-aged man" in Japanese) from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is a subversion of this, being a lot more sympathetic then your average hobo. While almost everyone treats him like dirt, the only thing he's really inept at is finding and keeping a job and has actually forgone jobs for the sake of doing what's right.
** There's also Musashi whose only response to anything is "Can you eat it?"
* ''Manga/ArakawaUnderTheBridge'' is about the wacky shenanigans of community of homeless people ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin under a bridge in Arakawa]]) who are all... [[CloudCuckooLander unique, in their own ways]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'': Tony Stark spent several issues in the '80s on the streets constantly drunk after his company was bought, his personal accounts frozen, and his apartments taken away.
* The ComicBook/SubMariner wandered the Bowery as a homeless amnesiac for years before [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] found him.
* Subverted by the homeless guy Anne meets in ''Why I Hate Saturn'', with whom she has a conversation about the term "homeless."
-->"...did you ever wonder who decided to call bums 'homeless'? Why did that start? It seems that as 'bums,' we were individuals, but as 'the homeless,' we're an institution."
* Justified by Ezrael in ''ComicBook/{{Vogelein}}'', at least whenever he talks to Vogelein:
-->"Nobody'll see you. Everybody 'round here already thinks I'm a crazy old man, anyhow. They won't care if I talk to myself."
* Being heavily based in New York, ''Minimum Wage'' (AKA ''Beg the Question'') shows plenty of crazy homeless people.
* Creator/GarthEnnis' ''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!!"
* A ''ComicBook/MarshalLaw'' story featuring a Punisher clone caller ''The Persecutor'' included gangs of cannibal tramps infesting much of New York.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' where the crazy homeless guy is the mentor (Tom O' Bedlam).
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' had Spider doing a column on these.
* In ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac,'' Nny describes his comic strip, ''[[ShowWithinAShow Happy Noodle Boy]],'' as being "very popular with the homeless insane."
* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} had a mentally ill homeless man as a sidekick for a while. His name was "Ratbag", and Deadpool was so amused by his schizophrenic ramblings that he hired him as a "biographer". At the end of the arc, while facing the telekinetic villain Black Swan, Deadpool forced him to use his powers to cure Ratbag's illness. Once the man was lucid again, 'Pool ordered him to escape as he made what was then his LastStand. One of the character's first unquestionably heroic acts.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Elmont in ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' is quite deranged, but not dangerous to anyone (in fact he's quite sympathetic).
* In ''ComicStrip/FrankAndErnest'', Frank and Ernest are often bums. (GenreRoulette means they can also hold a number of other positions.)

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed'', the LemonyNarrator seems to ignore most legitimate historical sources in favor of the words of her friend [[spoiler:and crush]], the homeless [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Crazy Larry]], who supposedly lives in a box behind the donut shop.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Strongly subverted when Gin, Hana and Miyuki, the central three characters in ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'', show us a side of Tokyo rarely seen in anime.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' a crazy homeless man frequents Ana's bakery.
-->'''Homeless Guy:''' Are you gonna tax the bathroom?
* John Carpenter's ''Film/PrinceOfDarkness''. The BigBad takes mental control of the homeless people around the church and uses them to prevent the protagonists from escaping.
* ''Film/{{CHUD}}'' is another exception. The subterranean-dwelling homeless are portrayed (mostly) as nice people, and one of the heroes runs a homeless shelter. Then the homeless all start mutating, but that is mostly because so little is being done for them.
* In ''Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness'', there's one bum who thinks that the bone density scanner is a time machine. The main characters are aversions, however.
* Creator/RobinWilliams in ''Film/TheFisherKing''.
* The second ''Film/HomeAlone'' movie has Kevin eventually befriend a bird lady that turns out to be not so scary after all.
* ''Film/MaryPoppins'' sings a song about the Old Bird Woman, presenting her in a sympathetic light, and this eventually leads to an uproar at the bank his father works with because young Michael would rather spend his money feeding the birds.
* Subverted by the local bum in ''Film/{{UHF}}'', who looks and speaks like a crazy bum. However, when he asks George for some change, he takes exactly $1 in coins and hands George a dollar bill in return. Later, when apparently trying to do the same thing to the villain, he receives only a single penny, which he instantly recognizes as being a valuable collector's item. He invests the money he makes on the penny wisely -- [[NiceJobFixingItVillain by buying up all the remaining U62 shares, thus saving the station]].
* Played with in ''Film/DirtyWork'':
-->'''Mitch''': Hey, homeless guys! I'll tell ya what. I'll give you a dollar each if you'll go into this building here and run around yellin' and screamin'.
-->'''Homeless Guy #1''': Uh, that's very nice, but I think what you probably need are, like, some psycho, out-of-control homeless guys?
-->'''Homeless Guy #2''': Yeah, we're more the broken, spiritless, I've-lost-the-will-to-live type homeless guys.
-->'''Mitch''': How about for two dollars?
-->''[Cut to the homeless people running into the building screaming]''
* ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays2004'' adaptation starring Jackie Chan has a crazy homeless man played by Rob Schneider.
* The BMovie ''Film/StreetTrash'' plays this trope straight and very harsh.
* The killer in the slasher film ''Open House'' turns out to be a crazed vagrant who is killing realtors because he blames them for his homelessness.
* One of these appears briefly in ''[[Film/TheAnthropophagusBeast Anthropophagous 2000]]''. He tells the main characters to turn back, then eats a pregnant woman's vomit.
* ''Film/MouthToMouth'': Averted. Most of the characters are homeless and apparently sane, if quite influencable.
** Also, even though Mad Axe appears to play this trope straight, it's later subverted when he reveals it's all just a masquerade with the following quote:
*** ''"The more fucked up people think you are, the more likely they are to leave you alone."''
* The protagonist of ''Film/TheSoloist'' is a mentally disturbed homeless.
* In ''Film/{{Monsters|2010}}'', the only person left [[spoiler:in the Texas Evacuated Zone]] is a mentally-ill bag lady who apparently didn't evacuate with the sane folks.
* The last sequence of ''Film/SymbiopsychotaxiplasmTakeOne'' involves a crazy, drunken homeless guy who wanders into the film production and delivers a profane rant.
* 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!

* ''Literature/TheBabysittersClub''. During the books when Stacey lived in New York, she talked about a homeless woman named Judy who talked to her sometimes. She is mildly mentally unstable but has her good days and bad days.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, a number of Ankh-Morpork's beggars are like this, including:
** Foul Ole Ron, a completely insane TalkativeLoon with a sentient stench that ''outclasses him'' who employs [[TalkingAnimal Gaspode the Wonder Dog]] as a "thinking brain dog."
** Duck Man, a perfectly normal "upper-class gentleman down on his luck" type, save that he cannot recognize that there is a duck on his head.
*** At least, everyone else thinks he has a duck on his head. The Duck Man knows he has no duck on his head. The duck's views on this are unrecorded.
** Altogether Andrews, who has seven personalities, none of whom are named Andrews. Terry speculates that the original Andrews was a medium with a mild personality who has been competely overtaken by ghosts or spirits.
*** Although it appears that most of his personalities are pretty sane, or at worst eccentric. (Most. It's implied that one, Burke, is AxCrazy.)
* In Terry Pratchett's non-Discworld novel ''Johnny & The Bomb'', part of the Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy, the adventure is kick-started by the discovery of Mrs. Tachyon - the local bag lady (who is very much like Foul Ole' Ron, complete with random gibbering, detachment from reality and vile smell, to the fact she can be considered somewhere between a DistaffCounterpart and a precursor model) - lying unconscious in an alleyway.
* The mysterious wise woman of the streets from ''Literature/TheDaysGoSoSlow'' by Nicasio Latasa who becomes an EccentricMentor for the protagonist Curren and helps him change his life. She is also a seer with precognitive powers, and it is mentioned that in spite of being extremely unkempt, she retained traces of beauty.
* In Dragon Tears by Creator/DeanKoontz, the antagonist has psychic powers and can create dangerous golems from his own mind. One takes the form of a disgusting, cruel vagrant to torment a man, who actually is homeless and is not bad or crazy at all.
* The novel ''There is a Happy Land'' by Keith Waterhouse features "Uncle Mad," a mentally simple homeless man whom the ten-year-old (nameless) narrator becomes friendly with. The narrator finds Uncle Mad strange but does not see anything frightening or unwelcome about him, and they develop a genuine friendship of sorts. Eventually [[spoiler: Uncle Mad is blamed for the murder and (implied) rape of a local girl, which in reality was committed by an older boy. The narrator [[InnocentInaccurate doesn't really understand the implications of this]], but helps Uncle Mad escape before he can be arrested.]]
* This trope gets considerable play in ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity's Christmas]]''. The villagers' reactions to the news that Lori and her family had a collapsed vagrant airlifted to hospital ranges from incredulity to hostility. Lori herself also recounts how she is often uncomfortable when confronted by homeless people (having so nearly been one herself); of the villagers, she says, "I was the last person on earth qualified to judge my neighbors. I had too much in common with them." Lori and Fr. Bright also have an argument over the man's sanity, especially as the evidence of his recent past suggests he has done highly unusual things and may have been committed to a psychiatric hospital; the priest later admits, "Where there was goodness, I chose to see madness." [[TheVicar Rev. Bunting]] chastises the villagers for their attitude as well.
* In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' books - specifically, their sequels - Daja meets with a homeless man who seems crazy, but is surprisingly helpful. He returns in ''The Will of The Empress'' and catches Tris' eye. Together Tris and Briar conclude that [[spoiler: he actually has the phenomenally rare ability to see and hear on the wind, which, combined with his attempts to repress it, and all the horrible treatments administered to try and make him stop it, and the constant treatment as if he ''is'' insane, have driven him half-mad already.]] They help him and it's suggested at the end that he's going to be able to function (relatively) normally in society from now on.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Raines}}'' did an episode that actually deconstructed this particular variation of the trope, where the deceased of the case Raines has taken on is a murdered homeless woman, who turns out to have had her identity stolen, among other tragic circumstances. When he talks to his therapist about the case, she notes after noticing his discomfort with the case that many times people aren't "comfortable" thinking of homeless people as real people who are worthy of normal respect and kindness, because they would rather think of themselves as naturally superior than admit that they too might possibly end up in similar dire straits. The show managed to do it without seeming too much like a Very Special Episode... and in that the show still got canned anyway.
** And sure enough, Raines eventually admits that he took against the victim because he was afraid that he may end up like her one day. His therapist cottons on to the fact that the reason for this fear is that he's worried he's going mad, and mental illness is one of the top causes of homelessness.
* Tom Green once had a crazy bag lady in one of his skits. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0toaTpL54iI PONES]]
* The ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "Darwinian" has a take on the "human trash" concept. A homeless man is on trial for murdering another homeless man over an ''orange''. The defense lawyer argues that his desperate situation caused him to kill just to survive (hence the title), which should excuse him of his crime. [=McCoy=]'s counter-argument: saying that homeless people should not be judged by the same standards as the rest of us is saying they are less than human. And in this particular case, letting the murderer go free would further suggest the life of the homeless victim was worth less than that of someone more fortunate! (He wins.)
* In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr Monk and the Miracle", three homeless men hire Adrian Monk to find out who killed their friend. They're portrayed pretty sympathetically, and Natalie gets on Adrian's case for his OCD-induced freakouts over their dirtiness. They also pay Monk with gravy, because [[RunningGag homeless men make their own homemade gravy]].
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' did this with Claude, the [[{{Invisibility}} Hobo]]. HRG shot him, but Claude survived, and then he stayed invisible to hide from the Company, becoming an incredibly misanthropic homeless man in the process. He steals everything and doesn't care, he hates everything and everyone, but he takes care of a flock of pigeons.
* An episode of ''Series/SmallWonder'' featured Foster Brooks as a homeless man who almost takes over the Lawson household.
* Exidor, leader of the Friends of Venus and later a [[HarsherInHindsight worshipper of O.J. Simpson,]] on ''Series/MorkAndMindy''.
* A ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode had Kramer try to recruit homeless people to pull rickshaws for a start-up business he and Newman were partnering on. The three candidates they rounded up fit this trope pretty well.
* [[Series/ThatMitchellandWebbLook The Surprising Adventures of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoZCmTvwFgE Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar!]]
* ''Series/ICarly'' makes a few references to these early in the shows run. One example being Sam needing to bring a baseball bat to a corner shop because of a crazy hobo living in the alley next to it.
* In an episode of ''Series/CopRock'', a homeless encampment was being cleared out. So, what does the homeless people do? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv9MKVVMn6s They broke out in a song and dance number.]]
* ''Series/TheWestWing'' had an episode dedicated to Toby arranging a military funeral for a homeless Korea veteran who happened to buy a coat which he donated to Goodwill, and then die in it on Christmas Eve. His brother fits the "crazy" trope nicely.
* In the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "The Guardian", Harm and Mac defend a homeless former Navy SEAL, in civilian court, who is accused of killing three men while thwarting a convenience store robbery.
* Averted in an [[VerySpecialEpisode episode]] of Series/SavedByTheBell, in which the gang befriends and helps a homeless man (and his hot homeless daughter).
* In the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Woman In The Tunnel," one of the guest characters is not only homeless, but also a ShellShockedVeteran. He is discovered in a tunnel hundreds of feet underneath the city near the body of the episode's victim, and when taken in for questioning, is very twitchy and uncommunicative. When they have him take them underground, however, he mellows out greatly. [[spoiler: He is homeless as a choice, taking care of the other homeless people [[TheAtoner as atonement]] for [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone accidentally killing a pregnant woman and her child]] on the battlefield.]]
* The ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "The Long Dark" had a homeless man on the station, a ShellShockedVeteran of the Earth Minbari War, who was constantly freaking out and declaring that the station was doomed and that an invisible enemy was coming to kill them. Turns out, he ''was'' crazy, but he was also ''[[ProperlyParanoid right]]'' about the invisible enemy, which he ended up helping the station's security to defeat.
* "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.]]
* Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine showed one (played by Creator/ClintHoward no less) in a time travel episode. Doctor Bashir is horrified that the guy has been dumped on the street rather then getting the psychological treatment he so obviously needs. Grady later attempts to convince Dax that he can turn himself invisible, though he does correctly guess that she's an alien (and one of the good guys, at that).
** Series/StarTrekVoyager had the 29th century captain Braxton degenerate into this after getting stranded in the 20th century.
* Series/ThirtyRock has a character called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Moonvest]] often hanging around near the titular building.
-->"Gimme your fingernails."
* An episode of ''Series/{{Eagleheart}}'' featured crazy homeless people whom the government wanted to kidnap and experiment on, so that their dreams could be used for fuel, or something. Subverted in that the hobos really were from another planet and the whole thing was just a ride at an amusement park in the vein of Universal Studios' "E.T. Adventure".

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Homeless Jimmy of 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.
* This is how Wrestling/JimmyJacobs referred to the FIP members of The Age Of The Fall who had never officially debuted for Wrestling/RingOfHonor. Especially Milo Beasley, who had interfered with a match on behalf of the ROH Age Of The Fall.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' had the canon NPC Jeeter. A partial subversion, as [[spoiler: while he ''is'' insane, he's [[AlmightyJanitor also a cosmic-level mystic]].]]
** It's not just Jeeter. A surprising number of CrazyHomelessPeople are also powerful wizards. The most likely reason for this is that you need to go crazy to become a magickal adept, and clinically insane people have difficulty maintaining homes and jobs. So when people on the street ask for change, give it to them, or they might trap you in some kind of dark alternate-reality Minneapolis.

* Eliza's father in ''Theatre/MyFairLady'' has a whole musical number about how he refuses to work, takes money from his own daughter to spend on booze, and tries to get money out of the professor when he finds out that she's been given lessons and board there.
* The Beggar Woman in Theatre/SweeneyTodd can go from a kindly old woman to bawdy prostitute in two seconds flat. She carries around a rag doll and sings nursery rhymes to it and essentially stalks and sexually harasses Anthony. Justified, [[spoiler: as she went insane after attempting suicide with arsenic following her rape and her husband's deportation]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Lost from ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' are a villain group consisting of homeless people who are in varying stages of being mutated into [[spoiler:Rikti]]. In the lower levels, they talk like the typical portrayal, ranting about "the Change", but as their levels and rank increase, the Lost start to bear a closer resemblance to them in powers, weaponry, and speech patterns, and at about Lv. 30, the transformation is complete and the Lost faction is completely replaced by them.
* ''VideoGame/CondemnedCriminalOrigins'' and ''VideoGame/Condemned2Bloodshot'' are all about beating up crazy homeless people.
* Several in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' - one of whom lives well within earshot of your apartment.
* The hobos in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', especially their TalkativeLoon leader, Hodgman the Hoboverlord.
* Ollie the Bum from ''VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater''.
* Crazy Dave in ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies''. Maybe. He calls himself your neighbor, which suggests that he has a home, but he runs a shop out of his car, wears a pot on his head, and speaks in gibberish. If the ThirdPersonShooter [[VideoGame/PlantsVsZombiesGardenWarfare Garden Warfare]] is to be believed (assuming it's canon), he actually owns a mansion. There's even a fountain statue of him!
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s [[CloudCuckoolander Soldier]] has taken a turn for the crazy and hobo-esque as of the Pyromania update. The item set from that update casts him as a questionably paranoid ConspiracyTheorist living off expired soup and killing people with weapons made of junk metal after [[ItMakesSenseInContext being kicked out of the apartment he shared with a wizard]]. He's already had situations in the past where he doesn't have the luxury of eating, so this trope is a pathetically hilarious continuation of his circumstances and his extant lack of grip on reality.
* The very first enemies that Johnny fights in ''VideoGame/ShadowHeartsFromTheNewWorld'' are the belligerent bums inhabitating the abandoned Erick Theatre.
* Used cunningly in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' where there are lots of crazy hobos walking around muttering about everything from government conspiracies to having seen aliens in the sewers and all in between. Most of them are just nuts but a few of them are telling the truth.
* A homeless person is the protagonist in ''Crazy Old Bag Lady''.
* Uncle Sensei from ''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]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Senor Cardgage from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', who lives in a shrub, carries a plastic grocery bag of half-melted candy bars around with him, and is prone to malapropisms and [[AccidentalMisnaming calling people weird names]]. "Alonzo Mourning to you, Myrtlebeth. Say hello to my tackle box!"

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* There's a recurring, homeless, black man in ''Webcomic/PolkOut''. He's a murdering, drug-dealing rapist.
* The [[UnexplainedRecovery formerly]] late [[BackAlleyDoctor Doctor Hobo]] in ''Webcomic/VGCats''. His speech was an endless stream of word salad, and his behavior ranged from "erratic" to "incomprehensible". He refers to a dead rodent as his cell phone, and seems to have convinced himself that he was a doctor.
* The AuthorAvatar of ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'''s current artist is a fat homeless guy who draws for food.
* Melody from ''Webcomic/SoundsLikeAMelody'' is a rare webcomics example of an aversion/sympathetic version.
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' has [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/2113033/yeah-what-she-said/ Scary Mary.]] She is definitely crazy, but has lately shown signs of being on to something.
* ''Webcomic/TheWordWeary'' features a recurring homeless character named "Robert." Though sometimes the [[http://www.wordwearycomic.com/2011/12/3-december-2011.html butt of jokes]] and occasionally wildly inappropriate, he's treated relatively sympathetically.
* Nigel in ''Webcomic/SchwarzKreuz'' is a [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight perceptive]], nerdy [[HeartwarmingOrphan thirteen years old kid]] who JumpedAtTheCall. He's a huge asset to the team, at the same time being quite nutty.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses features ''WebVideo/BumReviews'', starring Chester A. Bum, who talks extremely fast, goes off on bizarre tangents, and says of every movie [[spoiler:(except ''Film/CitizenKane'')]], "OH MY GOD THIS IS THE GREATEST MOVIE I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!" Because during the movie, he gets to be inside "a warm, warm building!" There is also Lester B. Bum and the late Spencer A. Bum.
* Michael Swaim of Agents of Cracked has not one, but two homeless wives.(One for the house, one for his car, you see) Both of them are appropriately nutty.
* Chuck Sonnenburg of WebSite/SFDebris [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation re-interprets]] Captain Jonathan Archer of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' as this. From his review of [[http://sfdebris.com/videos/startrek/e104.asp "Strange New World"]]:
--> '''Chuck:''' [Archer] rants at the drop of a hat, listens to things that aren't there, talks to dogs, gives rambling speeches, and does things without thinking about whether people will live or die. In other words, someone found him sleeping under a pile of newspapers in an alley muttering about putting cameras in his eyeballs, took off his tinfoil hat, and put him in charge of a starship.
* [[http://notalwaysfriendly.com/i-have-no-words/33796 This girl]] on ''[[Website/NotAlwaysRight Not Always Friendly]]'' [[SuddenlyFluentInGibberish speaks their language]].
* In ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'', we have the drunken hobo who made his first appearance in "Mario's Hobo Problem!".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Hilariously parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. At first, the sudden influx of homeless into the town is treated as a ZombieApocalypse, though they moan for "change" rather than brains. Randy Marsh even kills one of his friends when it's revealed he lost his home, and [[ZombieInfectee is slowly turning into one of them]]. Later in the episode the boys go to a town that destroyed itself over the situation. You see, eventually some of them (somehow) amassed enough change to buy houses. The citizens of the town were freaked [[InsaneTrollLogic ("The person living right next door to you could be homeless and you wouldn't even know it!")]] and treating the homeless as something other than human, purged their town to devastation.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The CrazyCatLady. Subverted in that she does have a house and when Marge mentions she gave her money the Cat lady pulls out a bundle of cash and asks how much she owed her again. she is just really crazy.
** Homer pretends to be one of these for money and pulls it off surprisingly well.
** In one episode, the family meets a hobo while riding a freight train. He assures them that he's "a singing hobo, not a stabbing hobo", before launching into a song about "stabbing people with his hobo knife".
** Chief Wiggum takes his son Ralph with him to "talk sense into the raving lunatics".
--->'''Wiggum:''' Whoa, slow down sir, slow down ... who's stealing your thought?
* Assuming that ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' 's crazy old Royal Tart-Toter is a homeless drifter who spends his days wandering around and hurting himself, he definitely qualifies as this trope. Averted in a later episode, where he's seen living in a mental hospital, and is doing a bit better.
* Spongy from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. Been on the streets "Since Reagan kicked me out of my mental hospital." "Now, Spongy, you know he had a good reason for doing that." His portrayal, oddly enough, is fairly sympathetic, as Hank and his friends sympathize with Spongy and help him when some "cool" teenagers bully him off of his panhandling [[spoiler: so they can do it themselves]].
* The ''Spawn'' animated show features the eponymous hero often conversing with, protecting, and living with the homeless. The portrayal of them varied. Often they were alcoholics and drug addicts, or at least mentally unhinged, but good people. The irony being that the homeless were often more morally grounded than the show's other characters who lived in relative wealth.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': "[[OverlyLongGag I want my slaw!" "You have your slaw, Sir!" "I want my slaw!" "You have your slaw, Sir!" "I want my slaw!" "You have your slaw, Sir!" And on it goes]].
** [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] also has a conversation with a hobo in a burger joint in "Gaz, Taster of Pork." As the homeless man leaves he suddenly [[BlackComedy kidnaps another patron]] and runs off without anyone noticing.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' loves this trope. In one episode, they have their own airline, complete with inflight movie performed by "Crazy John" ("You ain't got no legs, Lt. Dan!"). In another, a man navigates his daily life as if it were ''VideoGame/DragonsLair'' complete with dodging a homeless man spouting lines like "Hey, boogie boogie, my brain is an antelope! Have some mustard cause it's Easter in your face!" Yet another episode involved a number of insane homeless people wearing Clark Kent's discarded suits from when he changed into Franchise/{{Superman}}, and Lois Lane and Jimmy Olson and Franchise/{{Batman}} at first think it's really Clark.
--> "They're in your head if you look inside a microscope or a Q-Tip you're bound to find them because they're so prevalent I'M MADE OF CHOCOLATE!"
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had Peter briefly convert to Mormonism. One of his wives was Linda, the homeless lady who yelled things outside the grocery store.
--> "I ate a tube of Crest for dinner!"
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'', Dr. Blight lures Gaia away from Hope Island and is able to neutralize her powers. The disoriented newly-mortal wanders into a homeless community containing mostly sane people now down on their luck but a few of the crazy variety as well (including a man who thinks he's Creator/WilliamShakespeare).
-->'''Gaia:''' Where am I?
-->'''Marge:''' You got Alzheimer's or something? You know who y'are, don't ya'?
-->'''Gaia:''' I... I think so... I... I mean... yes! I'm Gaia, the Spirit of the Earth!
-->'''Marge:''' She'll fit right in.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "That's Using Your Head", Dexter meets a crazy old man who [[TalkativeLoon babbles nonsense]] ("Why stock three-wheels when the P-p-p-p-power Wheels outperform the rest? It's real simple, folks: we are not alone!") and wears a pile of electronics on his head. Dexter [[SeeminglyProfoundFool mistakes him]] for a MadScientist trying to make contact with aliens and tries to help him with his "invention", which does lead to him being accidentally transported to an alien world. So...good?
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', we have Old Man [=McGucket=], who even introduces himself as the "local kook" in one episode. His introduction in the episode "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" [[EstablishingCharacterMoment says it all]]. Plot relevant explanation is eventually given for his madness; [[spoiler:he fried his brain with an experimental LaserGuidedAmnesia device trying to forget his involvement with an experiment gone wrong conducted by the mysterious Author of the Journals.]]
* The [=STD=]-ridden, so-called "Werewolf" from the very first revival episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead''.