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->'''Joe:''' I could do a lot of things if it was necessary.
->'''Queenie:''' Then why don't you?
->'''Joe:''' It ain't necessary.'' ''
-->--''Showboat (1936)''

A Lazy Bum is very rare. Just ask anybody if they're lazy. They may be BrilliantButLazy, or BookDumb, or shrewdly saving their energy, but they're not just plain lazy. They work hard, really, or at least they could if it was worth the effort to do it. But they're not lazy. The only people who think they aren't working are their fascist bosses. Got it? In fact, if you asked these hard-working people about their co-workers, you'd realize that [[HypocriticalHumor they're the only ones who do any work around here]].

Of course, every now and then you get a Lazy Bum who is more self-aware. These tend to be {{Smug Snake}}s who think it's hilarious that other people bother to do work instead of just leeching. Then there are the ones who are ''really'' self-aware, and almost [[{{Humphrey}} philosophically devoted]] to being lazy. They [[{{Dismotivation}} scheme so hard at getting out of work]] that it's actually harder work than just doing the work. Usually, because their boss is a humorless ControlFreak who is so annoying that we root for the worthless slacker instead.

A more metaphorical example of this trope would be moral laziness. Usually seen in villains, anti-heroes and anti-villains this type of laziness applies to those who "take the easy way out" in a psychological sense. Usually, this includes murder, being an ExtremeDoormat, allowing oneself to be easily manipulated, [[LackOfEmpathy lacking empathy]] [[TheSociopath toward others]] or just lacking the drive and willpower to say "no". In a FourTemperamentEnsemble, this person would probably be Phlegmatic.

Then there are the ones who are supposed to be sympathetic, because they're [[ThisLoserIsYou just like you]]. These may be the most common type of all.

[[SelfDemonstratingArticle And there's probably others, but it's too much work to write about them]]. No doubt WikiMagic will take care of it.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[ExactlyWhatitSaysOnTheTin Lazy-Sensei]] from ''JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu'', who enforces "siesta" time on his class purely to get himself more shut-eye. Nevermind that his students range in age from 9 to late teens, and are all past the need for naptimes.
* Genma Saotome of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is downplayed. In the series itself, he almost never bothers to do anything besides loaf around, eat, and play shogi, leaving his son to handle any problem that pops up. [[SinsOfOurFathers Even if Genma caused that problem in the first place.]] However, prior to the series, Genma willingly left his SupremeChef wife and the comfort of his home to travel the highways and byways of Japan and China for over a decade, in order to help his son become a powerful martial artist, and in fact designed two schools of techniques (the Yamasenken and Umisenken) that are amongst the most powerful in the series, with near-perfect invisibility, [[RazorWind vacuum blades that can cut through steel like runny butter]], spine-snapping bearhugs, and more. He has also displayed mental sloth in regards teaching Ranma- for example, failing to read the [[UselessUsefulSpell Nekoken]] training scroll [[NowYouTellMe all the way through]], or taking his son to [[TransformationRay Jusenkyo]] simply on the virtue that it sounded impressive, without bothering to find out ''why'' it was called "The Valley of Cursed Springs".
* Played with in ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi''. [[MeaningfulName Belphegor]] represents the sin of Sloth, but is a very hard worker. It's just that if she's the only one doing the work, it advances her vice. Still, when [[spoiler:Rudolf tricks her into a DuelToTheDeath in the third arc, she doesn't notice that her master, Eva-Beatrice, is in the line of fire until she only has time to [[TakingTheBullet take the bullet]] (He apologizes to her, at least).]] As she puts it, ''"I was lazy ?!"''.
* Ryner Lute from ''TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes'', who much prefers taking afternoon naps to fighting evil.
* [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist The Homunculus Sloth]]. It's in his name. But if you get him going, he becomes a LightningBruiser.
** He represents wasted potential; he has immense physical strength and moves like lightning, yet is too lazy to develop the skill necessary to reach his full potential.
** Interestingly, the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]] double subverts this. Sloth is portrayed as a beautiful woman who can turn herself into water. In her human disguise as [[{{Pride}} King Bradley's]] secretary she's a very hard worker. But when in combat, she appears to be rather lazy, as it's been shown at least once that she can actually [[MakingASplash turn her entire body into water and drown anyone and everyone around her]], but she usually just uses a small amount of her power (usually in her arms) and kind of just stands there in one spot while trying to hit her target.
** Both Sloths are also morally lazy. Manga Sloth tends to use his SuperStrength to go through objects rather than around them, and commits crimes because he simply lacks the willpower and drive to say no. In his case it's justified as he's the literal embodiment of the sin he's named for. The 2003 anime's Sloth, in a similar vein, tries to take the easy way out, killing the Elric brothers rather than psychologically coming to terms with the fact that she is [[spoiler:the reincarnation of their mother]].
* Shizuo Heiwajima from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', [[WorldsStrongestMan of all people]], appears to be this. In his official character profile his only hobby is listed as "basking in the sun", and he tells Celty in his "Special Voice" on the character CD that he likes days where there's "just nothing to do".
* Outside of the occasional moments where he shows insight or rare signs of actually being responsible, Usaida Yoshihito from ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'' is like this almost all the time while on the job, sleeping whenever he gets the chance.
* PlayedForDrama in ''Manga/EbisuSanAndHoteiSan'' with Ebisu's sister. Her constant slacking off and neglect of her daughter is a heavy burden on Ebisu, and other characters call her out for her {{Jerkass}} behavior.
* Europa [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Lazy]] from ''{{Manga/Claymore}}''. In her Claymore days she was a single digit who might have been #1 if she tried harder and her special technique (all single digits at lest were apparently expected to come up with a unique fighting style) was PlayingPossum. In her current EldritchAbomination form she initially struggles against a being of similar power but vastly less experience, skill and intelligence before she bothers to get serious.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[Characters/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Gladstone Gander]] -- his perpetual [[LuckyBastard good luck]] has given him a very warped set of morals, including such a disdain for work that he sees the one coin he made on one unlucky day where he ''had'' to work as MyGreatestFailure and hides it in a safe out of shame.
* Lupo from ''Minimonsters'', a narcoleptic werewolf and also a BigEater.
* Lazy Smurf from ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'', both in the comic books and the cartoon show.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The lovable slackers from the works of Creator/JuddApatow.
* The Dude from ''Film/TheBigLebowski''.
* See Film/TheHobbit under "literature" for the slothful Smaug.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Victor Tugelbend is the hero of the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/MovingPictures'', who puts an extraordinary amount of thought and effort into being lazy. He finds the student life at [[WizardingSchool Unseen University]] very cushy so he studies extra extra hard to get exactly 84% on all his exams. 88% is the minimum passing grade for UU, and he has to get at least 80% to keep his trust fund. He's also in very good shape, so he doesn't have to waste energy hauling around excess body mass.
* Each of the villains in the ''KeysToTheKingdom'' series represents a [[SevenDeadlySins deadly sin]], with Mister Monday representing sloth. He has servants carry him around at all time and the waiting line for people seeking his approval to do something stretches into the hundreds of thousands. Seeing as he keeps an important part of the CelestialBureaucracy running... Let's just say that in the ten thousand years of his reign, even some people remain unaccounted for.
* OlderThanFeudalism: The Grasshopper in ''The Ant and the Grasshopper'', one of Literature/AesopsFables.
* Mrs Ablewhite in ''Literature/TheMoonstone''.
--> My Aunt Ablewhite is a large, silent, fair-complexioned woman, with one noteworthy point in her character. From the hour of her birth she has never been known to do anything for herself. She has gone through life, accepting everybody's help, and adopting everybody's opinions.
* The protagonist in the [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Heinlein]] story ''Literature/TheManWhoWasTooLazyToFail''.
* In ''TobaccoRoad'', Jeeter Lester believes himself to be a hard-working farmer who's not to blame if other people won't give him credit to buy seed cotton and fertilizer. His actions, or rather his inactivity, suggests otherwise.
* Bertie from ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'', who has [[UpperClassTwit more than enough money to support his lazy lifestyle]] and dreads nothing more than losing [[TheJeeves his valet]], [[LivingEmotionalCrutch who runs his life]] [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense and sees to it that he doesn't have to do a thing himself]].
* Sol in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series. He's charismatic enough to convince other cats to do what he wants, but somehow always ends up letting them fight in his place, or having them bring him food. Barley's brothers are also freeloaders that insist they need Ravenpaw to "show" them how to hunt and prepare sleeping areas.
* In JohnMilton's ''ParadiseLost'', Belial urges lying low and not provoking more wrath -- they are already better off than they were in the act of falling:
-->''Thus BELIAL with words cloath'd in reasons garb\\
Counsel'd ignoble ease, and peaceful sloath,''
* ''Literature/TheHobbit'' has a rare example of an antagonist who is extremely slothful yet legitimately dangerous. [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Smaug]] [[TheDreaded "the chiefest and greatest calamity of our age"]] spends decades just sleeping on his DragonHoard, and doesn't bother anyone unless his {{Greed}} needs sating or his {{Pride}} needs salving. If anyone does provoke [[PersonOfMassDestruction him]], [[KillItWithFire however... ]]
** [[Film/TheHobbit The film]] makes him a more active threat by factoring in [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron's return]], and Gandalf's thoughts about how much trouble they'd all be in if Sauron were able to shake Smaug out of his sloth and persuade him to take an active role in Middle Earth's destruction. This concern was also present in some of Tolkien's (posthumously published) writings, although for various reasons the film had to separately reason it out based purely on ''The Hobbit'' and ''The Lord of the Rings'' (including appendices).
* The fireflies from ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles''. Mareth describes how he once saw two fireflies try to fight to the death over a piece of cake, only to accuse the other of cheating and resort to sulking.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In an episode of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' Morticia and Uncle Fester mistakenly overhear Gomez say the family is broke. Fester turns to Morticia "What will we do for money? I'm too proud to beg and too lazy to work!"
* [[Series/TheSopranos Tony Soprano]] has the hardest time getting his spoiled son A.J. to do any work whatsoever, and almost never without a ton of whining beforehand.
* Lister from ''Series/RedDwarf'' is one of the ones we root for. He never does any work whatsoever, but it's not like a giant empty spaceship with no crew needs a lot of work, and he's more fun than his ControlFreak nemesis. He's also self-aware of it. When asked to state his "occupation", he outright says that it's "bum".
* Almost every season of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' has at least one contestant who makes a show of not doing work, gloats about how funny it is that other people do work instead of them, and then has no clue why the other contestants (and the audience) hate them.
* Basi from the Nigerian TV show ''BasiAndCompany'' was a man whose goal in life was to become a millionaire without ever doing work. In the pilot episode, he tells an unemployed friend to try throwing himself off a bridge instead of job hunting...because some good Samaritan will save him and get him a job, just like happened to one of the current cabinet ministers.
* George from ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
* Maynard G. Krebbs from ''Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis''. The mere mention of work was enough to scare him.
* Hank on ''Series/CornerGas'', though he is also TheFool.
* Subverted in ''Series/LazyTown'' with Robbie Rotten, whose efforts to get everyone else to stop doing things (or just ruin their day) actually take a lot of work; this was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] at least once.
* Nathan from ''Series/{{Misfits}}''. Not quite smart enough to be BrilliantButLazy, not nearly dumb enough to qualify as TheDitz. He's capable, but ''oh so'' lazy.
* Peg Bundy, female lead of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. Originally, she was portrayed as a jaded and disinterested housewife. Like most things about ''MWC'', [[{{Flanderization}} exaggeration]] set in until Peg was depicted as so lazy that basic household tasks were foreign to her.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In [[Composer/{{mothy}} Akuno-P]]'s ''Franchise/EvilliousChronicles'' {{Vocaloid}} series, [[http://youtu.be/Ey6sSjLOy8Y Gift from the Princess Who Brought Sleep]] represents Sloth, sang by Hatsune Miku. Unlike most examples, this one is rather metaphorical. Margarita (who is a very BrokenBird) grows discontent with everyone's unhappiness, and starting with her unfaithful husband, gives everyone her "gift" ([[BilingualBonus "poison" in German]]). The metaphor is: life is a struggle to gain happiness, Margarita is too "lazy" to work for her and everyone else's happiness, so she took the "lazy way out" by granting everyone eternal sleep.
* And then there's Bruno Mars' ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Lazy Song]]''. "''Today I don't feel like doing anything...''"
* [[WeirdAlYankovic Mandatory Fun]] has a parody called "Inactive" that has someone who epitomizes sloth.
--> My muscle's gone, I'm atrophied
--> Always lose my fight with gravity
--> I rest my bones, and just chillax
--> My [=NordicTrack=]'s collecting dust
--> And my Stair-Master's a pile of rust
--> This is it, The Inertia
* The Tin Pan Alley standard "Lazybones", with lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Hoagy Carmichael, is all about this. Mercer's lyrics were written to tease Carmichael.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes.''
* Wally from ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' is one of those who put more work into avoiding work that it would ever take to do the work itself (although sometimes it seems like he's been at it so long that he's already done all the work of getting out of work and is just coasting along). This wiki says he was based on a co-worker of Scott Adams who was trying to get fired in a SpringtimeForHitler situation.
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}.
* ComicStrip/BeetleBailey's primary characteristic is his laziness; if you see him work hard at anything, it's usually a scheme for shirking work.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Annie|Alchemists of Sera Island}}'''s protagonist Annie Eilenberg puts much more effort into [[HeavySleeper sleeping]] than she does in her alchemy.
* Sora of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is a bit like this in the beginning (Kairi actually ''calls'' him one after he wakes up), but he's slowly growing out of it. Saving the universe does that to a guy.
* Merak from ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt'' complains once you enter his boss room because you didn't have the decency to die on the way there and spare him from having to fight you. When you do fight him, he spends the entire battle in his flying throne, and his ultimate attack is called "Lazy Laser". [[spoiler:Once he dies and is resurrected, he complains that he has to keep fighting instead of relaxing]].
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Webcomic/SquidRow: Grace. Let special orders accumulate for months -- and then when Randie cleared up them, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished Grace got more hours for it]].
* In Webcomic/SequentialArt, [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=766 the prospect of working to pay the rent can cause fainting.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-04-10 Seymour accused a snail of sloth.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2004-04-08 God accuses Satan of it after he says he's still retired.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2004-09-25 Slacker power.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* As mentioned above, the hands-down most common flaw in a ThisLoserIsYou protagonist is laziness. To take just a few:
** [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer and Bart Simpson.]]
** Fry from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
** Chris Griffin from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy.''
** ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
** Timmy Turner from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents.''
** Oskar from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', who couldn't even ''read'' until Arnold taught him how.
** Most of these characters are BookDumb as well, and it's hard to say if they really "don't test well" or if they're just plain lazy.
* The ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' animated series had the EthnicScrappy Go-Go-Gomez, a lazy Mexican detective who solved crimes from his hammock.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow Mr. Lazy]].
* Dodsworth the cat in a couple of Robert [=McKimson=]'s [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Warners shorts]] (''Kiddin' the Kitten'' and ''A Peck o' Trouble'') in TheFifties.
* Bird from ''WesternAnimation/SkunkFu'' fits this trope rather well. He also induces this on Ox as well.
* Beezy on ''WesternAnimation/{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'' literally schedules his sloth.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball Richard Watterson,]] Gumballs dad, who's an over grown ManChild who sits in the couch all day.
* Experiment 625 in ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' is every bit as powerful as Stitch... but he has no interest in using his abilities, and would rather make sandwiches. He does get to work to help Lilo a few times, though.
** In the GrandFinale movie, ''WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch'', in addition to finally getting his own name, Reuben, he gets a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome when he successful repairs Gantu's crashed ship, something Gantu had been unable to do all series.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]], who is [[BrilliantButLazy super speedy and athletic but also very lazy]]. Even ''she'' lampshades this sometimes:
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': I ''was'' busy. Napping.
* Trent from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', who spends most of the show sleeping and is heavily implied to be a pothead.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* But all these examples pale in comparison to the ultimate lazy bum: The Sloth. For proof just watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAHACe0uc64 this video]].
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