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A homeless person with a loyal animal companion. Usually a clear signifier that they're a good guy and not one of the CrazyHomelessPeople. Note that this refers to all kinds of animal companions among the homeless. Pigeons, for whatever reason, are the most common.

Interestingly, even though pigeons are generally considered "flying rats" by the populace at large (some cities have regulations against feeding them), most characters with pigeon friends are portrayed in a favorable light. Probably has something to do with helping the helpless.

CrazyCatLady is a far more negative portrayal, though cats are generally agreed to be fluffy and cute. Also see CrazyHomelessPeople.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* In the former alt-newspaper comic strip ''PhoebeAndThePigeonPeople'' Phoebe was originally homeless.
* The homeless man in ''ComicBook/{{We3}}''.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* That homeless pigeon-caretaker woman that Kevin [=McAllister=] befriends in ''Film/HomeAlone 2''.
* The Bird Woman in ''Film/MaryPoppins''.
-->"Feed the birds, tuppence a bag!"
* While he's not homeless, (if only because he lives in a one room shack on a roof) the lead character in ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai'' becomes known to the bad guys as 'the ****ing bird man' cause he keeps pigeons.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]]: Franz Liebkind, the crazy [[strike: ex-]]Nazi playwright from ''Film/TheProducers''. Here, the pigeons prove that he is one of the CrazyHomelessPeople beyond a reasonable doubt. Mainly because he uses them for his crazy Nazi hijinx.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The title character from ''Literature/WizardOfThePigeons'', an UrbanFantasy novel by Creator/MeganLindholm.
* Mrs Tachyon, the [[spoiler: time-travelling]] bag lady from Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy, has a pet cat (only the one, so she avoids being a CrazyCatLady through a technicality). Mrs Tachyon is a fairly benevolent, though totally incoherent, character; the cat is pure evil.
* Old Bailey from ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/LikeWaterForChocolate'', Tita, goes through this phase after her mother sends her sister Rosaura and Pedro away, a move that results in the death of Tita's nephew, whom she had been breastfeeding because Rosaura had been unable to feed him. In her grief, Tita takes to living in the dove-cote and treating the doves as children.
* The Duck Man in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' appears to be an example of this trope. However, conversation will reveal that he is, or claims to be, completely unaware of the duck that gives him his name, despite the fact it's [[HeadPet on his head]].
* Merivel in {{Restoration}} by Rose Tremain could be seen as this by the rather non-sequitur end of the story - he has lost much, but at least the King has given him some pigeons in the house he once occupied.
* Blake Thorburn of ''Literature/{{Pact}}'' has mentioned that he fit this trope during the period in which he was homeless after running away from his BigScrewedUpFamily, which led him to get bird tattoos and influences his general [[AnimalMotifs bird motif]], which includes sharing the personality traits usually associated with birds, having a {{Familiar}} who takes the form of a sparrow, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick bleeding feathers when cut.]]

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Claude from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. He basically walks a fine line between this and [[CrazyHomelessPeople Crazy Homeless Person]].
* There was a one-shot character on ''Series/ColdCase'' who had known and mentored the victim of the week and was your typical pigeon keeper. [[spoiler: He's like this due to depression caused by a mistake in his airplane design [[MyGreatestFailure leading to several accidental deaths]].]]
* Radek Zelenka from ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' reveals he's a major pigeon enthusiast and used to raise racing pigeons back on Earth.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Beggar Crazy Clara in ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'' has a pet that denies biological definition and that Zoe has to rescue from Azadi to get Clara to tell her some plot-relevant stuff.
* [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Senor Cardgage]] is mentioned to be one of these in ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople: 8-Bit Is Enough'' after Trogdor goes on a rampage.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' You can usually find Senor Cardgage reading to the pigeons behind here, but now there's just all these burnt chicken bones. I guess Trogdor must've scared them-- Ohhh...

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''HeyArnold'' has a "pigeon man" (pictured above) living on a rooftop, with some elaborate cages containing hundreds of pigeons. At the end of the episode, he actually flies away carried by his birds.
* In Disney's OliverAndCompany Fagin is a homeless guy in New York who lives with a pack of dogs, and eventually takes Oliver the kitten in.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* TruthInTelevision: Near the end of his life, UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla took to moving between hotels and keeping large flocks of pigeons.
* MikeTyson isn't homeless or crazy (though he ''does'' have medications for anger management), but he's been involved in breeding and racing pigeons competitively for years since retiring from boxing.
* Run-down houses sometimes have pigeons roosting in their attics. Major health hazard. Why? Their excrement hardens into a fragile powder that, once disturbed, will hang in the air like dust and can be ''inhaled''. [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle So now you know.]]

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* The aptly named Pigeon Man from [[http://transientman.com/index.php Transient Man]]. Not a heroic example, though. Most [[TheWormThatWalks definitely]] not. Might better fit the description of [[CrazyCatLady Homicidal Pigeon Person]].
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