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Are you just hanging around your sister's house, watching the kids, doing the laundry, or maybe even just playing video games, with no career prospects, and, from a business point of view at least, not contributing much, if anything at all, to the economy?

Then you might be a NEET. '''N'''ot currently engaged in '''E'''mployment, '''E'''ducation or '''T'''raining.

The NEET is usually a college-age male, though it is occasionally used in regards to females. A NEET is either between jobs and down on his luck, an [[BookDumb idiot]] who has failed the entrance exams for college, or a LazyBum with no goals in life, freeloading off whoever is around. Occasionally the NEET might also be a [[{{Hikikomori}} shut-in]], and shunning society due to being unable to function well in it, because of some debilitating AmbiguousDisorder, agoraphobia or peer pressure. Whether his condition is his fault or not, he is likely to get no respect whatsoever, be called an embarassment to his friends and family, or have "Get a job!" yelled in his face at least once. Probably [[RunningGag more than once]].

In most stories featuring this trope, the NEET is the designated ButtMonkey, treated with NoSympathy. The DeadpanSnarker will take every opportunity to remind him that he's useless, while more sentimental characters would, at best, try to motivate him to get a life with a RousingSpeech. Anything else, such as treating his situation as a symptom of a systemic problem of modern society, is uncommon enough to be considered a subversion. Regardless, it must be noted that the [[BurgerFool modern]] [[SoulSuckingRetailJob unfortunate]] [[JobStealingRobot conditions]] at the job market in many developed countries mean that the unemployed gradually undergo a shift from AcceptableLifestyleTargets to [[DudeNotFunny being considered genuinely unfortunate]]. Thus, in order to actually deserve mockery, a NEET in modern media is often given other negative qualities such as [[GuysAreSlobs being a slob]].

If he isn't the PluckyComicRelief, then he is more than likely TheHero, and the premise behind his story involves finding a worthy goal in life and/or public acceptance. AnAesop can develop in two ways from there onwards: he might get into that college after that cram session with TheSmartGuy, get together with a [[ManicPixieDreamGirl crazy girl]] who would kick his ass into gear, and generally become a fully functional member of society... or he can [[FlippingTheBird give said society the finger]], prove that HardWorkHardlyWorks and find an outlet for his BrilliantButLazy tendencies that render him [[BunnyEarsLawyer appreciated in other ways than most people are]].

PrettyFreeloaders generally manage to dodge this stigma on the account of, well, [[{{Double Standard}}s being pretty]], despite the fact that that they might not contribute money to the household, as it's more socially acceptable for a female to be without an income than it is for a male (though this is changing). Only a female in these circumstances who is actively being hassled for not having a job or being in school can be considered a NEET.

Compare ThisLoserIsYou, {{Hikikomori}} and TheSlacker. There's also a Spanish version of this trope, called ''Ni-Ni'' [[note]]"'''ni''' estudia, '''ni''' trabaja", [[YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord "neither studies, nor works"]][[/note]].
Contrast IdleRich and RichIdiotWithNoDayJob.

Not to be confused with {{Keet}}, though a [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs keet NEET]] could exist (i.e. [[Anime/OsomatsuSan Jyushimatsu Matsuno]]).



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The main character of ''Manga/{{AIKI}}'' gets called a NEET by his mother when she shows up... which amuses the hell out of the rest of the main characters, who can't quite connect "NEET" and "ArrogantKungFuGuy" together. Shortly afterwards, though, his mother forces him into a job as a teacher at a school focused on the martial arts.
* The author of ''Manga/Brave10'' describes lone {{ninja}} Saizo as basically a NEET before he found a master and joined the Braves.
* The apartment neighbor in ''Anime/CrayonShinChan'' is portrayed as a cross between this and {{hikkikomori}}, having failed the college entrance exams ''multiple'' times.
* In ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls Monaca Towa]]]] announces her intention to live in outer space as a NEET. She became disillusioned with the whole hope versus despair debate after [[spoiler: hearing [[SoftSpokenSadist Nagito Komaeda]] ramble on about it and realized she didn't want to end up like him. That, and she realized that hope would likely win out in the end, making the entire conflict too boring and predictable.]]
* ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast'': Some of the characters are [=NEETs=] portrayed fairly sympathetically. The 20,000 missing [=NEETs=] are a plot point.
* Discussed and joked about briefly during an early chapter in ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters''. While playing house with Kirin, Usaida plays the role of Ryuuichi and Kirin's eldest son, an unrepentant NEET who shows no shame in begging his father for money and asking when his mother will finish with dinner. As Ryuuichi states and how the audience thinks, the role suits Usaida [[LazyBum a little ''too'' perfectly]].
* Near the end of ''Manga/GirlFriends'', [[ClingyJealousGirl Kuno-chin]] mentions that she may not be able to see her boyfriend often now that he's graduated from university because he said that he's become the Housing Security Officer of his own home... which is just a really fancy way of calling himself a NEET, so [[LovableJock Taguchi]] assures her that she'll be able to see him everyday.
* Onizuka from ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'', until deciding he wanted to be a teacher, was a Yankee and a NEET.
* Nagi from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' aspires to be a NEET. Not that it would matter, since [[{{Fiction 500}} her family's fortune is so vast as to be literally almost uncountable.]]
* Averted for most of ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying''. Hajime spends all day at home playing video games while his wife works, but he does have an income via his blog, and later works as a web designer and ''earns more than his wife''. There was a brief period during episode 4 between these two where he was a NEET.
* Yuuya in the two-shot manga ''Itsuka No Himitsu'' by Naono Bohra, is a NEET who is fired from his job and evicted, and has to move back in with his parents. Of course, this is written by [[YaoiFangirl Naono Bohra]], so this sets up a romance with his male neighbor he's known since childhood.
* In ''Manga/KOn'', when asked about what she wants to become, Yui says she wants to become one of these.
* Another [[BoysLoveGenre BL]] example is the main character of ''Konbini-kun'', Endou Hiroshi, by JUNKO. He takes up a job as a convenience store worker, but breaks down when helping customers. He does get better after interacting with his co-worker [[spoiler: and eventual love interest]], Yamai Kouhei.
* ''Manga/LoveLab'' has Eno's good-for-nothing older brother, who even wears a shirt that says "NEET" on it.
* The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' prequel manga ''Garma Of The Space Island'' reveals that BigBad Gihren Zabi used to be one before he got involved in political activism with Zeon Zum Deikun.
* All six of the Matsuno brothers have become this in ''Anime/OsomatsuSan''. They're all unemployed [[VagueAge twenty-somethings]] still living with their parents, and whenever they ''do'' manage to get jobs [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption they can't keep them for more than one episode]]. Their mother goes so far as to address them as [=NEET=]s to their faces.
* Jiji, Banba, Mayaya, Chieko, and Tsukimi from ''Manga/PrincessJellyfish'' are [=NEETs=], though they vigorously deny it when Kuranosuke asks them about it. While it's true that several of them do have what technically qualifies as employment it's still painfully obvious that this is what they are.
* In ''Manga/RecoveryOfAnMMOJunkie'', main character Moriko Morioka is a [[ChristmasCake 30-year-old, single woman]] who has dropped out of the business world to play [=MMOs=] all day. She considers herself an "elite NEET" because she chose the lifestyle rather than having it thrust upon her (it's heavily implied that she quit due to the pressures of her work environment being too much for her), but at the same time she's still embarrassed and tries to keep people from finding out.
* In several instances, ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' has depicted a NEET as a middle-aged guy being taken care of by his mother while he plays video games all day. They also discussed the difference between a NEET and a {{Hikikomori}} (according to the hikikomori character, it's that she "would like to get a job"). Incidentally, after a while, the English translation of the manga just uses the term [[TheSlacker Slacker]] whenever NEET would be used in the original.
* Satou, the main character in ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK''.
* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', Keima Katsuragi heads into this direction at relativistic speeds. Does nothing all day but playing dating sims. At home? Dating sims. In school during period? Dating sims on the roof. In school [[RefugeInAudacity during class]]? Dating sims at his desk. In school during PE? Dating sims. Take away his handheld game console and he pulls out another. ''[[CrazyPrepared And another.]]'' '''''[[HyperspaceArsenal And another.]]''''' His mother doesn't really see a reason to change this and [[BrilliantButLazy he offered the faculty to ace all tests and exams if they let him play during class]] as they can't [[LoopholeAbuse technically punish him for seemingly not paying attention in class if said tests and exams prove the contrary]]. [[OffOnATechnicality He does exactly that.]]
* The protagonist of ''Manga/{{Yuureitou}}'' is a NEET with some {{hikikomori}} mixed in. After being nearly killed, Taichi is rescued by a man named Tetsuo. He becomes his partner in solving a mystery involving a "ghost tower", where a woman was killed 2 years ago in a similar manner to the way Taichi was to be. Noticeably the story takes place in TheFifties so he lacks stereotypical qualities liking constantly being glued to the internet or being anime/game obsessed (he does like mysteries and scifi, which is presented as niche and weird, though).

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/ScottPilgrim freeloads off his friend Wallace, for most of the comic doesn't have a job, isn't in school and is frequently told to get a life.
* ''Comicbook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool''. Her backstory is revealed in issue 16: she dropped out of high school and has no job, and has very little connection to the outside world. This takes a toll on her home life, as her parents grow more and more openly fed up with her, and this helps push her towards the main Marvel universe.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/BigDaddy'', Creator/AdamSandler's character starts as one, but by the end he has law studies and becomes a lawyer.

[[folder:Light Novels]]
* Lucifer in ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'' after his failed betrayal has [[StealthPun fallen]] to being a NEET that resides in his master's (the titular Maou) tiny residence. And is mercilessly mocked as such by various characters.
* Cuuko (Cthuguha) from ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', whom Nyarko calls a NEET and a {{Hikikomori}} as insults. She refers to herself as a "home security guard" (自宅警備員, ''jitaku keibiin''), which is a term coined by [[ImageBoards 2ch]] with pretty much the same meaning[[note]]technically, it refers to someone who spends all day on their computer, "monitoring" their home[[/note]]. Cuuko actually ''does'' have a job (SpaceCop) and attends a local high school as part of her cover (she's already graduated from [[SpaceX Space College]]), but still chooses to spend all day playing video games and needling [[OnlySaneMan Mahiro]] into cooking for her. She even goes off to play video games during the BeachEpisode!
* Most of the characters from ''LightNovel/HeavensMemoPad''.
* Princess Raynesia of ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'' desires nothing more than to sleep the majority of the day in her comfortable flannel pajamas, rather than playing the part of a PrincessClassic for stuffy nobles. Krusty is able to handle her easily due to his experience with his NEET sister.
* Sora and Shiro from ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife'', are NEET siblings. At the start of the series, their entire world consists of a small room where they play video games all day. They are quite proud of this fact (for some reason) and declare that ""『  』" will never do work!". They are vulnerable to panic attacks if they go outside.
* Subaru Natsuki from ''LightNovel/ReZero'' is shown to be one, as he references all of the LN's he read and the Games he played before being transported to another world. He eventually, however, becomes what is considered to be the ultimate [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype deconstruction]] of how such a person would actually work in real life, culminating into one hell of a [[TearJerker tearjerking]] Self inflicted TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in Episode 18. All the suffering he goes through up till then has been, to his self-loathing and realization, to be the result of his rotten character, a person who has done absolutely nothing productive his whole life, in spite of having all the time in the world, foolishly thinking that all the knowledge he gained from doing nothing but gaming and bingeing on anime, manga and light novels, that it could get him a better life in another world simply by being teleported there, only to find this to be not at all what happens. He states multiple times at that point that he hates himself for it. Case in point:
--> '''Subaru''': Before I got into the situation that led me to all of you, do you have any idea what I did? I did nothing. I've never done a single thing. I had all that time, all that freedom... I could have done ''anything'', but I never did a ''thing!'' And this is the result! What I am now is the result! All of my powerlessness, all of my incompetence, is the product of my rotten character. That's right. I have no character. Even when I thought I could live here, nothing changed. At heart, I'm just a small, cowardly, filthy piece of trash, who's always worried about how others see me. And nothing... '''Nothing about me has changed!''' ...I absolutely hate myself...

* Indira's ex-boyfriend Aleksei Callahan in ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown.'' Oddly, he's a genetically engineered [[{{Ubermensch}} superman,]] but one with [[BrilliantButLazy no ambition]] [[LazyBum whatsoever.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Slacker_Magician Slacker Magician]] from ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh''. In fact, they call her Shyneet Magician in the OCG. Her roommate [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Alchemic_Magician Alchemic Magician]] harasses her to get some work done in [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Xyz_Tribalrivals Xyz Tribalrivals.]] She eventually turns her life around as [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Downerd_Magician Downerd Magician.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Jason Brody, protagonist of ''VideoGame/FarCry3'': the in-game description says that he has only worked odd jobs since leaving college. We are not told how he has financed a long string of extreme sports trips and a holiday in South East Asia, but it is possible that he is sponging off his "extremely rich friend" [[TheStoner Oliver]], who, in turn, is probably sponging off his father.
-->'''Oliver:''' ''[proposing a toast]'' Here's to my black card, and to my daddy's black card!
* Speaking of fanon, there's a widespread joke/[[MemeticMutation meme]] in Japanese ''[[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy Raidou Kuzunoha]]'' fandom that Narumi is a NEET (in canon he runs a detective agency, but it doesn't seem to be very successful).
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** Kaguya from is often depicted as a NEET in {{fanon}}. In {{canon}}... it depends on whether you consider being technically in charge of a household to be a job. As a [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]], it's arguably her job to not have a job.
** Fanon does the same to Patchouli Knowledge, tying in with the canonical facts that she lives in her friend Remilia's house, spends all day in the library, and has very poor health (including asthma and anemia). Fan works that depict both Patchy and Kaguya as [=NEETs=] will usually have them being friends as well.
* Arngrim's crippled brother Roland from ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' gets labelled as this when his brother gets tired of his naive attitude of drawing arts for pleasure while it's him who sustains their living. Roland has a sounding excuse for him doing what he wants, causing Arngrim to reflect that everybody, even himself, has something they want to do in their life outside gaining money. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, things don't go well for Roland. Arngrim commits suicide and becomes an einherjar while Roland continues to suffer. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Then he suddenly disappears from the game.]]]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The protagonist from [=ClockUp=]'s '' ESEX Shikorsky: INTERNEET Security Cloud 2017'' is this; it's right in the title!

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/BlasterNation'' has Rinnie during it's first chapters, as she would rather freeload from her friend Kimmy, lives in her livingroom and doesn nothing but eat junkfood and write Yaoi Fanfiction, with Dan (Kimmy's boyfriend) constantly telling her to get a job or move out. She eventually realizes that she had reached bottom and tries to be a better person (with very slow steps, anyway).
* Elliot Torres, the protagonist of ''Webcomic/BloodStain'', is a more serious approach to how a NEET would exist in a realistic setting. She never decided to work due to her older sister, Clara, taking care of financial responsibilities, so she instead slacks off, gets kicked out from any job applied, and plays game after college until the age of 27. When their mother lands in the hospital, the Torres' expenses shoots up to the point where they need to cut corners. Once Clara points out that she'll have to cancel internet service for Elliot's games, Elliot makes a genuine effort to hold onto a job. However, due to her employers' own financial struggle, Elliot is let go, so she desperately reapplies to a shady job opening, which sets up the main story of the webcomic.
* A strip of ''Homo Sexience'' featured a King whose method of deterring assassins was to build a tower with him at the top, and 4 of the most beautiful women from history on the floors below him, trusting that they would tire the assassins out before they could reach him. One finally got to the top, explaining that "They didn't even glance at me when I told them I was unemployed."
* For a while after quitting his job as a journalist, Matt from ''Webcomic/MacHall'' is unemployed and hanging around their house just playing video games, until he is randomly called on the phone and offered a job managing a comic book store.
* Riff in ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'' gets described as a [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/19971110 "freelance bum"]] by Torg when the latter notices he's not actually doing anything besides being a MadScientist GadgeteerGenius. Subverted later when it turns out he's being secretly employed to do just that by a dodgy corporation that funds such people to get the occasional brilliant invention they make. Later, after Torg's freelance web design career goes under and Riff leaves his job with guns blazing and stuff, several characters all find themselves in this position. Chapter 41 is even called "Freelance Bums". At one point, Zoë's roommates are all living on her pay and playing videogames all day until she forces them to come up with ways to make money for the [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20040502 "'avoid having your console sledgehammered' tax."]] Luckily, they get to live in a big house for free after [[ItMakesSenseInContext their landlord is eaten by a giant monster in a hellish alternative dimension]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The lyrics to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzEUeWnV73U famous Astroemeria remix]] of ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Bad Apple!!]]'' are about NEET[=/=]{{hikikomori}} depression.
* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'':
** Sparadrap has made himself look like one until one of his guildmates found out what his job was. His guildmates either have a job or are students and Sparadrap has frequently been playing for a long time when they come home.
** Arthéon transited through this between leaving a BoardingSchool he didn't like and [[spoiler:getting a job related to the game everyone is playing]].
** [[spoiler:Fantöm]] is this as of the first WhamEpisode. The comic version of the story shows him giving the employment office a try, but his experience as professional gamer, which is the only job he ever had, isn't taken seriously and the person in charge of him has no idea what to offer him.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Todd Chavez, Bojack's "roommate" in ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'', is essentially this. He came to a party Bojack held five years ago and never left, and currently sleeps on Bojack's couch. He doesn't have any education past high school and is rarely ever employed anywhere for long.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck has been living in WesternAnimation/BugsBunny's house for five years, has no job, credit, or [[NoSocialSkills social skills]], and gets all his money from WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, almost always without his consent.
* The two main characters in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', Coop and his best friend Jamie, pretty much hang out in Coop's parents' basement playing video games all day everyday and do not appear to have jobs, at least not for long. Kiva is horrified by their LazyBum lifestyles.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Fluttershy's younger brother Zephyr Breeze is unable to hold a job for anything more than a few days at most and instead spends much of his time at their parents' house, leeching off their resources. He is an egotist: whomever he lives with, he will take over that residence by force, and when concerted efforts are made to get him a job, he considers himself above effort and will immediately look for a way to pass the duties to someone else. He is also crippled by a fear of failure -- only by Fluttershy making him commit himself to one thing for a period of time (he chooses styling hair) and swallow his pride by following established guidelines does he become good enough at something to earn his own accomplishments.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Lapis Lazuli was this when she was living in the barn before she eventually became TheGardener; while Peridot would at least go on missions with the other Crystal Gems, Lapis preferred to lounge around while either watching Camp Pining Hearts, sleeping, or reading.
* Ben from ''WesternAnimation/DrKatzProfessionalTherapist''