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.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* On ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ryōga 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 [[NoSenseOfDirection 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 ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has been one for ten years before the official start of the story. Then Kaoru let him move into her dojo.
* Sakuya from ''Anime/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.
* Ren and Rai from ''Manga/{{Diabolo}}'' qualify.
* Fuka Reventon of ''Anime/VividStrike''. Unlike previous, fairly well-off protagonists of the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise, she's a poor orphan who had not been adopted, and thus has to work odd jobs just to have a place to live in. Unfortunately, she has difficulty keeping any job for long [[{{Delinquents}} due to all the trouble she causes]], and could no longer stay at her orphanage due to the same problem. Nove was able to convince her to work at her gym when she mentions that she'd have free food and lodging.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Shazam}}'''s Billy Batson starts out as a homeless [[OrphansOrdeal orphan]] who, depending on the version, was either kicked out or ran away from an abusive foster home. [[ThePollyanna Despite this]], he also turns out to be [[PurityPersonified so pure of heart]] that he's [[TheChosenOne chosen]] to become the superhero Captain Marvel. Eventually, this leads to him getting off the streets and HappilyAdopted.
* The new ComicBook/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, ComicBook/TheMaxx literally lives in a cardboard box.
* The titular character in ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'', naturally, considering the fact that he's a {{Ronin}}
* D-Man of the MarvelUniverse (once sidekick to ComicBook/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 ComicBook/SubMariner spent the gap between UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks and UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks living as an amnesiac hobo. Johnny Storm found him and helped him remember who he was.
* [[ComicBook/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 ComicBook/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.
* Franchise/TheDCU's Uncle Sam was homeless for at least a little while.
* ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' vol. 3 also has a homeless incarnation of liberty (or something along those lines).
* Then of course there's ''ComicBook/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.
* [[ComicBook/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...

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ComicStrip/FrankAndErnest often appear as bums in their strip.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. Naturally, the title hero shamelessly steals to live, but shares his bread with neighborhood children if compelled.
* The Creator/SatoshiKon movie ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'' revolves around a trio of homeless heroes as they struggle to return an abandoned baby to her mother.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The titular ''Film/{{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.
* Nada from Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/TheyLive'' is a homeless drifter and migrant construction worker who first notices signs of something amiss on a visit to a soup kitchen.
* Rambo in the original ''Film/FirstBlood'' is a homeless Vietnam Vet, wandering across the country to find one of his old war buddies in hopes of finding one person that understands what he's going through. Unfortunately, all he finds is trouble...

* ''Literature/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.
* Played with in Creator/TomClancy's ''Without Remorse''. A woman reports being attacked by a mugger but saved by the intervention of a "homeless man", who rather brutally disposes of the mugger in the process. Eventually the police realise this is connected to all the dead drug pushers they've been finding lately; their suspect isn't ''really'' homeless, but he's disguising himself as a wino to blend in and become BeneathSuspicion.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward becomes homeless when he has to flee from his own castle to avoid being taken to an asylum for insane nobles. After some adventures his "make camp in the wilderness" homelessness is upgraded to the status of an esteemed guest, as he's still a nobleman and thus has connections. As castle Hurog is not just his home, it is also a place of magical power, Ward suffers from quite severe homesickness; he mentions that there are empty spaces in his souls where Hurog's magic is supposed to be. (The fact that [[GeniusLoci Oreg's]] magic can temporarily fill those empty spaces contributes to the HoYay between the two.)
* In ''Literature/UrbanDragon'', Arkay and Rosario begin the series living on the streets of Indianapolis. They manage to get themselves a home, but by the fifth book, Arkay is living out of a car.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** A homeless veteran that could turn his arm metal.
** Claude was an {{invisible}} hobo. He stole everything he needed. He appeared to have a RichesToRags story, falling into poverty after he left Primatech.
** Daphne too, [[AllThereInTheManual in her origin in the Graphic Novels]].
* Jim Rockford of ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' lives in a crappy little trailer.
* Parodied on ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', with "The Surprising Adventures of Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar." Although he claims to be a GentlemanAdventurer fighting a never-ending battle against his unknown nemesis, "some bastard who is presumably responsible," he and his sidekick are in fact 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. This changes in season 8, but only because they're Men of Letters legacies and no one else can claim the bunker.
* ''Series/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.
** 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.
** Joy was homeless for a while ''just'' before she tricked Earl into marrying her. She had been kicked out of the house by her parents for becoming pregnant out of wedlock when [[ObviousPregnancy her pregnancy began to show]].

* Derisively known as [[ murderhoboes]] in certain circles of the internet, representing the lack of backstory-making skills of certain players who only play to kill things and take their stuff.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''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 ''VideoGame/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.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft,'' the players have no home to speak of, and since your actions are often less than heroic, the forums dubbed the [=PCs=] Murder Hobos.
* Throughout a good portion of ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'', Jodie lives as a homeless fugitive, moving from place to place and trying to keep a low profile. She's on the run in the first place because she [[spoiler:technically [[RogueAgent went rogue]], furiously cutting ties with the CIA after learning she'd been manipulated into assassinating an African president.]] A chapter of the game - aptly titled "Homeless" - has her reduced to begging on the streets in the dead of winter, almost too tired to care anymore. Thankfully, a small group of other homeless people take her in.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{MAGISA}}'' -- [[ Claudita]] doesn't have a home. Poor girl.
* All the Regulars that climb the ''Webcomic/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.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/RWBYAbridged'', fourteen year old Ruby Rose accidentally lets it slip to her older sister Yang, that she has been living on the streets of a crime ridden "CityOfAdventure", where she routinely has to fight off dangerous criminals to survive with no real source of income. Yang is understandably concerned.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A variant occurred in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'': one of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's old comrades spent the UsefulNotes/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 ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''.
* The Gaang from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fit this trope as they fly from place to place on Appa.
* Wander and Sylvia in ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' are always traveling to different planets. It's justified as Wander is a space nomad.
* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack is an [[ImpoverishedPatrician exiled former prince]] [[FishOutOfTemporalWater from ancient Japan]] who constantly wanders around Earth in a [[BadFuture distant dystopian future]], traveling around as a nomadic warrior to fight evildoers and save innocents wherever he can.