->''"Why would you want to watch TV when you can watch a snail crawl for hours on end?"''
-->--'''Sinclair''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "Obsoletely Fabulous"

This is when a character or group is easily amused by a game, pastime, or hobby that would normally be considered boring and lame. It is usually used to show that these characters are idiots, immature, dull people, weird, or just because it's [[RuleOfFunny funny]].

Compare AGoodOldFashionedPaintWatching, FunForSome and the MuseumOfBoredom. Related to NerdsLoveToughSchoolwork.


* ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' has Ika with ants. The hard work, the bullying from other ants, feeling sadness for the ant and yelling at kids that were destroying the ant's house so that the ant can return to its colony. Before she knew it, it was already sunset.
** Also with umbrellas and anything [[MundaneObjectAmazement ordinary that amazes her]].
* North Kai, ''Manga/DragonBall'''s lord of worlds, enjoys counting individual blades of grass and driving an admittedly [[HeavyWorlder robust]] Chevrolet in a complete circle. Following the ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' reveal that Kai have the ability to restore planets, Whis and Goku point out he never uses these powers to undo the damage Goku and Beerus do to the planet the kai himself resides on, to which he replies(under his breath) that patching things together by hand passes more time.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In''TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', the Scavengers have precisely three forms of entertainment on their ship: playing nerf gun battles (which is actually pretty awesome), watching recordings of former Decepticon-turned-stand-up-comic Skullcruncher's routines, and playing Jenga with a set that's missing pieces.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}'':
-->'''Brain''': Our work here is done.
-->'''Scamper''': ''Our'' work? You spent the entire time playing with a piece of ribbon.
* The Principal in ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' suggests some "fun" activities the students can engage in to keep their brains sharp over the summer. They include Science Slumber Parties.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The TV show from ''Film/RoboCop1987''. The person watching the movie might find the show's humor asinine; the characters in the movie watching the show find it hilarious.
-->'''Dave''': I'd buy that for a dollar!
* The movie ''Ass'' in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' won multiple awards. It is just a close-up of some guy's ass with the occasional fart sound effect. The filmgoers laugh uproariously.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Trolls gamble by tossing something up and then betting on whether or not it will come down. To be fair, there's definitely some parts on the Disc where it's a legitimate toss-up.
--->''Troll gambling is even easier than [[TakeThat Australian gambling]].''
** In ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'' it's mentioned that the young Ponder Stibbons was the only child in history who actually got hours of fun out of a mix-and-match picture book promising hours of fun.
* ''The Wonder Spot'':
-->Over Christmas, she took a trip to India, and now she’s in love with what she calls the simple life. She gets serene talking about it; her speech slows and her eyes glisten when she describes an Indian boy who amused himself for hours with a piece of string.\\
I nod, but I think, ''You watched somebody play with a piece of string for hours?''
* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel "Immortal Coil" expounds on what the android Ruk (from one Original Series episode) was doing during its long time alone: picking up two rocks of similar composition, putting one in each hand, and squeezing until one is reduced to powder, then adding a point for that specific hand. When plot starts happening, Ruk had reached the point of considering removing a finger from the hand that had won the most often as a handicap.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Lampshaded numerous times on ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'', most notably shorts such as "What to Do on a Date" that suggests awesome events like [[UnfortunateImplications weenie roasts]] and taffy pulls. Also "Uncle Jim's Dairy Farm" where the fun activities amount to little more than back-breaking chores.
* Little Sebastian the miniature horse on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' is treated like a celebrity by the townsfolk of Pawnee, Indiana. It's lampshaded by one character from out of town who doesn't understand the appeal; everyone else treats him like he's crazy and he eventually resigns himself to faking it in order to avoid conflict.
* On ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', when the boys can't go to the amusement park, they decide to improvise fun rides with what they had at their home; naturally, their alternatives don't quite match up to the real thing, but they make do.
* ''Series/TheState'' had a sketch where two characters play strip poker. Since they're both male and straight, they don't find it all that interesting.
* The crew of Series/RedDwarf have been stranded in space long enough to have some very odd ideas of how to kill time.
** Rimmer was apparently ''always'' that boring, enjoying such hobbies as Hammond Organ music, morris dancing, studying 20th century telegraph poles, and recounting the events of his Risk game move-by-move.
** The others have engaged in such pastimes as watching laundry spin (it was Kochanski's, so this is the closest any of them has to a sex life).
** Kochanski herself had a rather sheltered upbringing, with perfect computer generated friends, so her idea of a fun game is humming the various arias of ''The Magic Flute'', and guessing what song it is.
** Kryten is a cleaning mechanoid, so he sees laundry and vacuuming as enjoyable activities.
** The Cat plays with his food. And by that, we mean pretends his food is alive and he's playing with it like a cat with a mouse.
** But the king of this has to be Lister, who spent days crossing the huge ship to get some tomatoes, because he's allergic to them and eating them makes him sneeze, which allowed him to ''use his snot to iron laundry'' in order to gross out Rimmer. All that work just to get a ten second rise out of someone. In fairness, they've been stuck on the ship long enough that there probably isn't a whole lot else to do by that point.
* JD and Turk of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' have some odd hobbies, like playing "Finger or Toe" in which one of them closes their eyes, the other sticks a finger or toe under their nose, and the first must guess which it is. They also considered switching chairs at their apartment at set intervals to be a major event.
* ''Series/StargateSG1''. When Jonas Quinn arrives on Earth, he becomes fascinated by [[MundaneObjectAmazement the Weather Channel]] and watches it for hours, to which Carter responds that there are ''at least'' five hundred other channels.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the idiot Orson Lannister and his pastime of squishing bugs.
** Daario and Grey Worm's contest of holding swords on outstretched arms qualifies, too.
* In the ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' episode "The Placeholder," Frasier was [[MundaneMadeAwesome making an unusually big deal about the vegetable soup he was going to cook that evening]]. On the other hand, [[JustifiedTrope it was to illustrate how out-of-touch Frasier was getting no thanks to his dating dry spell]].

* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's song "Hardware Store" is a song about someone being super-excited about the opening of a new hardware store.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
** Occasionally used to show how boring a life Jon's family has in the countryside, since the most mundane things excite them such as watching the washing machine instead of the TV ("Here comes the red sock again!"), counting every brick in the wall of the house, taking a trip to see the new water tower, going to the airport to watch the planes take off, etc. This extends to stupid and dangerous things; Jon and his brother Doc Boy mention that one of their favorite games as a kid was called "Touch It, You Wimp!" and involved touching an electric fence.
** Garfield and Jon are not immune to this, since their lives are pretty boring too. In one strip, he is watching television when the announcer says, "And now we present, ''Watching Paint Dry''!" Garfield responds with, "Rats! They cancelled ''Watching Grass Grow''!"
** In a later strip:
-->'''TV announcer:''' Welcome to ''Watching Paint Dry Theater''!
-->'''Jon:''' It's a rerun.
-->'''Garfield:''' Don't tell me how it turns out!
** In another strip:
-->'''Jon:''' Watching the paint dry, Garfield?
-->'''Garfield:''' I hope he doesn't think that my life is so totally devoid of excitement that I am reduced to that. [[HypocriticalHumor I'm waiting for it to peel]].
** Jon makes toast... for fun. *pop* "Yee Haaww!"
** Also:
--> '''Jon:''' I've got an idea, Garfield! I stuff my face full of bananas... then you tickle me!
--> '''Garfield:''' We are the bored.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' has Bert, who loves all sorts of boring pastimes such as watching pigeons and collecting paperclips. He even likes to read books like ''Boring Stories''.
* ''Series/FraggleRock'' features the character of Boober Fraggle, whose favorite pastimes include laundry and watching paint dry ...

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Quasar in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is an incredibly dull adding game with two buttons, yet it has entire casinos dedicated to it. It owes a lot to its parent Pazaak from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. [[DamnedByFaintPraise Which is exactly as much fun as Quasar]].
** Both are variants on Blackjack, so obviously there ''is'' fun to be had there.
** At the end of the wild version of the party in the third game's ''Citadel'' DLC, the player can stumble upon Tali and Samantha Traynor reciting the periodic table of elements. When they get distracted and Garrus points out that element 69 is thulium, Tali [[HypocriticalHumor calls him a nerd]].
** Also in the Citadel's video arcade is the TowersOfHanoi. Shepard flat out refuses to play it.
* A troll in ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld II'' plays "White Rock Black Rock," in which the object is to correctly pick the white rock. From a pair of rocks ''in plain sight of both players''.

* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** In the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "extra plug", Strong Bad finds his brothers, the Cheat, and Homestar amusing themselves during a blackout by watching "a picture of Andy Griffith's head taped to the TV".
** According to "slumber party", the only video game Homestar is allowed to play is "Clapping Party", which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Inverted by the EasterEgg, where you can unlock [[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 Blistergeist]] Mode,
** In the short "79 Seconds Left", Homestar and Strong Sad amuse themselves as members of the "Wet Knee Gumption Club" by pouring water on their knees.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Hannelore in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1489 thinks]] that she'd probably find watching paint dry fascinating. Hanners is a certified mega-genius, so big surprise about that whole rant she runs through there.
* Scarlet in ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' enthusiastically played noughts-and-crosses with herself and watched for hours how a washing machine works, before "setting sockies free", not that she wasn't established as a CloudCuckoolander already.
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'': A character in strip [[http://xkcd.com/324/ #324 finds]] that tapping different parts of a desk results in different pitches. "So what did you do all afternooon?" "Hung out."
** Subverted in the TitleText. "Sometimes the best fun looks like boredom."
* If Belkar of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' was speaking the truth, the hobbits in his village played games like "throw the stick", "throw the rock" or "Throw the rock and then the stick shortly thereafter".
** A slight jab at canonical D&D halflings there; rock-skipping is apparently a major sport among them.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[ThisVeryWiki A website]] dedicated to [[HypocriticalHumor identifying recurring patterns in storytelling and then cataloging their use across all media.]]
* In the ''[[Blog/ElChiguireBipolar Chigüire Bipolar]]'' entry [[http://www.elchiguirebipolar.net/26-07-2012/conductor-que-se-pego-detras-de-ambulancia-llego-mas-temprano-pero-sigue-siendo-imbecil/ Driver that kept behind an ambulance returned earlier to his sad life]] includes playing ''FIFASoccer 2007'' as part of his patheticness.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** At the start of "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost", [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick play a game that consists of doing, well, [[CalvinBall whatever non-sequitur goes through their minds.]]
** In "Mid-Life Crustacean", Mr. Krabs hangs out with [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick because he feels old. They end up going to the laundromat, reading at the library, sitting in a kiddie pool, et cetera. Of course this is subverted at the end when they suggest a panty raid. But it turns out to be Mr. Krabs' mother's undergarments...
** In "The Idiot Box", [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick buy a large TV so they can [[KidsPreferBoxes play inside the box]]. They use their imagination to enjoy it so much, Squidward wants in.
** Subverted on another occasion; [=SpongeBob=] gets a "useless" piece of paper from Squidward and then uses it to play all sort of games, plus swimming/flying around.
** One reason [=SpongeBob=] wants to come back to work at the Krusty Krab -- he misses the sound of two pickle slices rubbed together. By show's end he's rubbing two pickle slices together and looks ''ecstatic''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer Simpson does this a lot, like playing with the adjustable hospital bed in "Homer's Triple Bypass": "Bed goes up, bed goes down! Bed goes up, bed goes down!"
** Milhouse with the cup and ball. A joke Family Guy then did years later.
** Marge actually gets thrills out of monotonous activities such as household chores and evening walks (of which she tends to prefer the dullest route). The family actually tend to find doing Marge's ideas of fun ''more'' unbearable than Homer or Bart's troublemaking.
** Seymour Skinner is this trope personified. When Bart forgets his field trip permission slip, he has Bart lick envelopes all day and suggests to make a game out of it by counting how many he can lick in an hour and then try to beat that record. It's so dull that it makes ''time go slower and skip backwards one second.''
** Bart can get in on it as well. He considers [[MundaneMadeAwesome visiting a screen door factory to be a fun thing to do in Delaware]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Here Comes The Neighborhood", while the rich kids play polo, the "normal" kids amuse themselves by running around and [[GroinAttack kicking each other in the balls]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'':
** In "Old [=McDexter=]", Dexter visits an [[CulturalStereotypes Amish]] community. When he tries to explain "fun", the Amish lads can't think of anything more exciting than the butter churn. When [=DeeDee=] (who got to go to Space Camp) arrives, she adds insult to injury by agreeing that churning butter really is the best thing ever.
** "911" centers on Dexter's TV show being interrupted by an emergency test pattern and trying to solve every possible emergency to get rid of it. Whenever he comes back to his house, he finds Deedee (and at one point his parents) completely absorbed in what seems like various TV programs, but is actually still just the test pattern.
* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'': In the "Night Morning" episode, Fanboy invites his whole class to watch Chum Chum do his morning routine... [-AT NIGHT!-]
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': GIR enjoys a lot of activities others wouldn't. Like hiding inside a cooked turkey for hours.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': The title characters' activities are usually the exact opposite of this trope, but in "Phineas and Ferb Interrupted" they get hit with Doofenshmirtz's "Dull-and-Boring-inator" and spend most of the rest of the day doing stuff like playing with lint rollers and watching grass grow.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Twilight Sparkle considers things such as shelving library books or "a crazy weekend of studying" to be the height of entertainment. In "Lesson Zero" it's revealed that her favorite toy growing up was a "Smarty Pants" doll, which comes with accessories like a notebook and pen so you can pretend that she's studying. Twilight considers this the most awesome toy ever. In particular, the plot of "What About Discord?" is kicked off by the fact that Twilight holes herself up in her house for three days to re-organize her books rather than spending that time with her friends.
** Maud Pie, sister of Pinkie Pie, is only interested in rocks. This, combined with her perpetual DullSurprise expression, makes it ''incredibly'' difficult for Pinkie's friends to bond with her.
* Numbuh Four of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' loves getting buried up to his head at the beach. He even has a little song for it.