There is the hero that [[TheDrifter drifts from place to place]] helping people as he [[WalkingTheEarth walks the earth]]. Then there are these heroes: ones that stay in the same place, but are so down on their luck that they live in squalor or, worse, have no place to live at all.

Perhaps their dedication to doing heroic deeds provides them with little time for making money or starting a home or family. Or perhaps they've had a string of bad luck, sometimes due to a decidedly non-heroic addiction. In any case, even though they may save lives, normal people will still dislike them.
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!!Examples:

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* All the Regulars that climb the ''TowerOfGod'' leave their homes and families behind to reach the top, a task which usually takes at least 500 years, if it succeeds at all.
* On ''RanmaOneHalf'' Ryoga may as well be one of these. Yes, he has a real house, but he's almost never there. In fact, the entire family is equally prone to being lost, so the house really only exists as a wayside stop. Most days he simply camps out, or sleeps in Akane's bed as her pet pig.
* The title character of RurouniKenshin had been one for ten years before the official start of the story. Then Kaoru let him move into her dojo.
* Sakuya from ''DancougarNova'' was homeless and unemployed before being recruited to pilot the titular SuperRobot, and stays that way for a few episodes. Pointing out that he is, or was homeless is also something of a catchphrase for him. Gets a little ridiculous after a while.
* The Creator/SatoshiKon movie TokyoGodfathers revolves around a trio of homeless heroes as they struggle to return an abandoned baby to her mother.
* Ren and Rai from ''Manga/{{Diabolo}}'' qualify.

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* The new DoctorFate from Steve Gerber's ''Countdown to Mystery'' was a successful psychiatrist until one of his patients went on a killing spree. He eventually ended up homeless and alcoholic - then the Helmet of Fate landed in his life. By the end of the mini, he'd at least found a job and somewhere to live.
* Access from ''DC vs. Marvel'' (or vice-versa) not only is homeless, at least in his own future, he doesn't even have a home ''universe''.
* The indie comic ''Street Angel'' played this up with one issue of the book (which is normally about defeating government-issue ninjas or wacky threats like that) dedicated to the main character scrounging for food.
* In our world, TheMaxx literally lives in a cardboard box.
* The titular character in UsagiYojimbo, naturally, considering the fact that he's a {{Ronin}}
* D-Man of the MarvelUniverse (once sidekick to CaptainAmerica) was homeless due to a mental illness. Last time he was seen, he was getting treatment.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'''s Rorschach lives in squalor and has poor personal hygiene.
* Ragman from the DCU is also a hero who seems to have no home.
* Marvel's SubMariner spent the gap between TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks and TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks living as an amnesiac hobo. Johnny Storm found him and helped him remember who he was.
* [[IronMan Tony Stark]] once hit rock-bottom, lost everything, and wound up a homeless alcoholic. But he also gave up being Iron Man for the time.
* There was also a time in the 1960s where CaptainAmerica lived in a series of seedy hotels, before taking to the open road on his motorcycle. It made for an interesting metaphor about the state of country at the time, but it was more than a little annoying to read him bemoaning his lack of home and family, when all he had to do was join Comicbook/{{the Avengers}} again and move into their mansion.
* Comicbook/TheCrow wears found clothing (boots from a dumpster, etc.) and lives in an abandoned building. The fact that the apartment was his former home only adds dramtatic signifance to its current state of squalor.
* TheDCU's Uncle Sam was homeless for at least a little while.
* ''[[SupremePower Squadron Supreme]]'' vol. 3 also has a homeless incarnation of liberty (or something along those lines).
* Then of course there's ''TopTen'', where everyone in the city has powers and a CodeName - and like any other city, there are homeless people.
* ''ThePunisher'' has to move pretty frequently among the safehouses he's established around the area. They are often abandoned buildings, storage units, or even little used access areas of the [[SinisterSubway New York Subway]].
* ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}'' couldn't exactly get a job and rent an apartment, what with being dead and all that. Early on he befriended some homeless man and spent his time living with and defending them.
* [[TheAuthority Apollo and Midnighter]] spent many years after their escape from [[ManipulativeBastard Henry Bendix]] living in abandoned warehouses and being damn grateful that they didn't have to eat or sleep much. They were still [[BattleCouple fighting crime]], though, and it caught the attention of the new and improved Stormwatch, who helped them out. Then along comes Jenny Sparks with a proposition...

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The titular ''{{Hancock}}'' lives like a stereotypical media bum, sleeping on benches and using whatever money he does find to buy booze. His reputation is not helped by the aversion of HeroInsurance. Even children call him an asshole.
* ''Film/TheFisherKing'' (the Terry Gilliam film) fits this well.
* {{Disney/Aladdin}}. Naturally, he shamelessly steals to live, but shares his bread with neighborhood children if compelled.
%%* Nada from John Carpenter's ''{{They Live}}'' zero context
%%* The titular HoboWithAShotgun. zero context

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* TheNameOfTheWind: Kvothe spends much of the book homeless in Tarbean.
* Albanac, in Creator/AlanGarner's ''The Moon of Gomrath''. In modern (1960's) Britain, when the vast majority of the human race have forgotten they share the world with Elves, Dwarfs, and the peoples and things of Magic, he is one of the few humans who remember the old ways and remain in full communion with the Old Paths. Taken to be a tramp or a dreamer or a gipsy, he provides Colin and Susan with a guide to the ways of the magical world. Seemingly killed in a battle with the things of evil, he is translated fully into the other world leaving no body behind. There is a strong hint that just as Susan will grow to be a white witch and a Priestess of the Old Magic, Colin will follow in his footsteps and become the next Albanac, the human hero in the magic place.

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** A homeless veteran that could turn his arm metal.
** Also on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Claude was an {{invisible}} hobo. He stole everything he needed.
** Daphne too [[AllThereInTheManual in her origin in the Graphic Novels]].
* Jim Rockford of ''TheRockfordFiles'' lives in a crappy little trailer.
* Parodied on ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', with "The Surprising Adventures of Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar." Although he claims to be fighting his unknown nemesis, "some bastard who is presumably responsible," in fact he and his sidekick are deluded hobos who randomly attack people and rob them.
* Sam and Dean Winchester of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' travel across the country, fighting monsters and staying in cheap motels. The closest thing they have to a home is [[ParentalSubstitute Bobby's]] house.
* ''MyNameIsEarl.'':
** Technically, Earl Hickey, since he lives in a motel after his wife divorced him and took their trailer home. (This is lampshaded when he applies for a credit card.) Briefly, Earl gets an apartment, but loses the apartment after going to prison [[spoiler: for a crime his ex-wife committed]] and winds up back at the motel after he gets out.
** Also, Earl and Randy had been briefly homeless before Earl's AccidentalMarriage to Joy, because their father got fed up with them and kicked them out of the house.

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* FrankAndErnest often appear as bums in their strip.

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* ''VideoGame/OracleOfTao''. Subverted. The main character, Ambrosia, is a CrazyHomelessPerson who [[SheCleansUpNicely cleans up]] a bit, losing the homeless status when she gets money from killing monsters and is given a tent. She no longer is homeless by the end, but arguably is still very much crazy.
* Kaim, the protagonist from ''LostOdyssey'', is an amnesiac immortal mercenary whose memories return in the form of dreams as the player progresses in the game. He's had homes in the past, but being immortal, he has outlived most everyone he ever knew. He moves from place to place regularly, to avoid revealing he is immortal, or forging close bonds that will inevitably be broken.
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* {{MAG ISA}} -- [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/38 Claudita]] doesn't have a home. Poor girl.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* A variant occurred in ''{{Spider-Man the Animated Series}}'' - one of CaptainAmerica's old comrades spent the WorldWarII living rough so he could secretly watch over the facility where Cap and the Red Skull were imprisoned.
* By virtue of being on the run, the G.I. Joes are forced to become this trope in GIJoeRenegades.
* The Gaang from WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender fit this trope as they fly from place to place on Appa.

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