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->''"It's amazing how the day fills up, and I often wonder, to be absolutely honest, if I'd ever have time for a job; how do people cram them in?"''\\
--'''Will''', ''Film/AboutABoy''

[[DescribeTopicHere Huh — wha? Describe Slacker here? But it’s like, early…late… in the morning… evening… something like that, anyways, why don’t one of you do the job of describing for me so I can get back to training my Pokemon?]]

A character, almost AlwaysMale (at least in older works) somewhere between age 14-40, whose single [[GoalInLife goal in life]] is to get through existence with as little effort as possible. May be BookDumb or BrilliantButLazy, but either way they'll take crap jobs rather than aspire to anything greater. Even there, they are often the WeaselCoWorker. [[TrashOfTheTitans Are usually filthy pigs at home]], and sometimes with regard to their [[ThePigpen personal hygiene]] as well. May also [[TheStoner ingest copious amounts of marijuana]], but this is not a necessity. Often part of an OddCouple with a driven, ambitious, neat-freak.

There are two things they ''might'' put effort into: appearing cool to peers, and [[CasanovaWannabe trying to have sex]].

Another thing to note is that most slacker stories tend to have a strong point of view: either the slacker is a lovable goof who's better than the Type A personalities around them, or he's an irresponsible asshole who needs to shape up.

Slacker ''girls'' are rare in fiction (and are often presented as essentially an oxymoron); generally the Slacker's girlfriend (or would be girlfriend) will be much [[WomenAreWiser more focused]] and getting on with her life. She might break up with him if she is able to see that he is going nowhere fast. However this gender split seems to be [[EvolvingTrope weakening]] as of TheNewTens with films like ''Film/BadTeacher'' and ''Film/YoungAdult'' showing female slacker leads.

See also: {{Dismotivation}}, {{NEET}}, TheStoner. Contrast ProfessionalSlacker.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Shikamaru from ''{{Naruto}}''. [[CatchPhrase What a drag.]] Though he does fit the BrilliantButLazy definition of this trope.
* Justy Ueki Tylor from ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' is quite possibly the best example of a Slacker Hero.
* The title character of ''SoulEater'' starts out as this.
* Yoh Asakura from ''ShamanKing''. He is THE Slacker hero. He is willing to work his ass off to become the Shaman King in the hopes of never having to do anything for all eternity. Also, he might be able to squeeze into [[TheStoner stoner]] territory, from his name meaning leaf, a well known nickname for weed, to Viz and 4kids editing out the (much argued about) "Leaf" on all of his clothes.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Three Girls]] of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Miki Hanabishi, Izumi Segawa, and Risa Asakaze, actually take this to the level of barely staying within the relevant plot of characters. Izumi is the only one who's actually shown interest in Hayate, Miki has actually disdained his interest and Risa hasn't seemed to decide whether she wants to be interested or not. All three love to hang out with HardDrinkingPartyGirl Yukiji, actually ''attempt'' to keep their grades barely above failing and only seem to show up often enough to cause trouble for the chapter to revolve around.
* Ryner Lute from ''TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes'' is totally like this. He's perfectly comfortable with going to prison because he won't have to do anything there. In fact, he considers it preferable to being in the military academy. He mostly does stuff only when Ferris threatens to kill him. He even made slacking into a philosophy: it's the motivated people who start wars and the like, and the unmotivated people get to suffer as a result.
* Houtarou Oreki, the protagonist of ''{{Hyouka}}'', claims he has no energy and lives his life in "the grey", the middle path between all forms of activity. His two rules he lives his life by are "One: Never do anything you don't have to. Two: If you have to do something, do it quickly."
* [[MoeAnthropomorphism Seychelles]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is a rare female example, made even odder given how [[GenkiGirl energetic]] [[PluckyGirl she]] [[HotBlooded is]]. But at the same time, she's portrayed as being ''very'' carefree, putting off cleaning ([[{{Squick}} even when it's covered in ants]]), [[HeavySleeper and somehow falling asleep in the middle of her own character song.]]
* Panda of ''Manga/ShirokumaCafe'' is so lazy that he thinks working ''half of a half-day'' at the zoo is too much for him and blatantly tells Shirokuma in an interview for a job at Shirokuma's cafe that he had no intention of ever working. This attitude towards working has gotten him attacked with his mother's vacuum cleaner.
* MutekiKanbanMusume, being a DeconstructiveParody of the {{Shonen}} FightingSeries, has a deconstruction: Miki Onimaru is a WomanChild who only took the job of Kanban Musume (Poster Girl) of her mother’s Ramen restaurant because she could slack all she wants there, lying to herself that her job is exciting (she’s practically a BurgerFool). When she has her day off, she doesn’t know what to do… because [[CarryingACake she never delivers the ramen on time]], has little money, no tv nor videogames. TheRival, Megumi, another Kanban Musume that takes her job seriously, has money and better things in her house.
* Hasabe in ''Manga/ServantXService'', so much so that the first questions he asked Ichimiya were details about break time and the whereabouts of places he could slack in. Whether he would develop into a ProfessionalSlacker--it's a civil service job after all--is another question.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A rare slacker girl is found in ComicBook/{{Incandescence}}. The title character is an unmotivated young woman, barely attending college and mainly going to rock shows to her father's chagrin. Though as the trope suggests, she does start making steps to change her life.
* Elixir from ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''. Paired in an OddCouple with Prodigy, who is an overachiever.
* ScottPilgrim - An unemployed 20 something who spends his time playing video games, hanging out, and playing in a band.
* Chase Stein from ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''.
* Wylie from ''OneHundredBullets''. He's lazy, has no ambition or passion in life and hates his job. His favorite pastime is to drink and pass out. When Sheppard visits him and says:"don't work too hard", he replies, "Don't worry it's against my religion".
* ComicBook/GastonLagaffe has turned slacking into a lifestyle.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Rudi}}'' and Freddy from the German comic; also, their punk buddy Heinz.
* In the German comic ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'': Werner and his friends (except for when they're brewing beer or tuning bikes, then they're very industrious) %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Almost all [[TheViewAskewniverse Kevin Smith]] male characters.
* Every single character Creator/SethRogen has ever played, or written.
** Incidentally, Seth Rogen played a slacker in Kevin Smith's ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno''.
* Shaun from ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', though at the end he manages to get his life together. Ed might be a better example.
** Another zombie-film example: Juan, Lazaro and California in ''Film/JuanOfTheDead''.
* ''{{Slackers}}'', naturally.
* The characters from ''Film/GrandmasBoy.''
* The Dude from ''Film/TheBigLebowski''.
-->'''The Stranger:''' The Dude, from Los Angeles. And even if he's a lazy man - and the Dude was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest in all of Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the runnin' for laziest worldwide.
* Kumar of the ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' movies is one of the examples of the OddCouple, pairing him with obsessive Harold.
* Regina 'Reggie' Belmont, heroine of cult 80's movie ''Film/NightOfTheComet'' is another female example.
* The titular heroines of ''RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion'' are a prominent female example (they are also prominent examples of the DumbBlonde trope, but hey, not all slackers are smart).
* Private John Winger in ''Film/{{Stripes}}''.
** Rocky has some traits of this. Pre- CharacterDevelopment, that is.
* Jack Black's character in ''Film/SchoolOfRock''.
* Jane from ''SmileyFace''. A lot of the plot happens because she's afraid her dealer will take her really comfy bed to pay off her debt to him. Also TheStoner, obviously.
* Aram in ''Film/TheRebound''.
* RyanReynolds has done enough of a lite version of these guys that even when he landed a role as TheAce, the Hal Jordan from ''Film/GreenLantern'' written for and played by Reynolds kind of turned into one.
* Claire from ''Film/TheInnkeepers'' is a female example. Her coworker Luke is a slacker, too.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Ron exhibits some of these traits in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series.
* Victor Tugelbend from ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' aspires to being a student wizard forever. However, he keeps himself in good shape, because it's too much bother dragging all the excess fat around. And he has to study quite hard to ensure that during finals he comes just short of passing, but doesn't completely wash out of school. He doesn't see the irony in his situation.
* ''The Slacker Handbook'', a half-serious illustrated history/guide covering slacker fashion (comfort is key), assessing jobs for slack potential (able to turn up drunk and not get fired = win), perks (sleep, glorious sleep) and more.
* Cameron, the main character of ''Literature/GoingBovine'', is ''made'' of this trope, especially at the beginning of the novel.
* A subversion in Creator/JohnHemry's Literature/PaulSinclair series beginning with ''A Just Determination'': Commander Sykes, supply officer of the space cruiser ''Michaelson'', is described as a slacker, even a "slacker god," because he's so laid-back, always hanging around the wardroom with a cup of coffee, never ''seen'' doing any work. The subversion is that he ''does'' do the work, and does it ''right'', so quietly and efficiently that he has plenty of time to spend in the wardroom. This is pointed out by his immediate subordinate, who'd be in the best position to know if "Suppo" were pushing the work off on others. There's also an invocation of the OddCouple effect, because the ship's XO seems like his polar opposite -- except for the quiet efficiency they share.
* Deckard in the ''Literature/OutlanderLeander'' series. He's constantly being punished for slacking off, but punishments do nothing to motivate him.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Most of the cast of ''That70sShow''. Especially Hyde, who is the smartest character on the show, but has no ambition or motivation to do anything but sit around in a basement.
* Dave Lister in ''Series/RedDwarf'', although later seasons do see him develop.
** The Cat doesn't care about much other than eating and how good he looks early on. At one point, when told by the insubstantial Rimmer that Lister is in trouble, the Cat refuses to help until he finishes his meal (and he doesn't exactly speed up his eating either). Like Lister though, he too begins to contribute, though he is still remarkably narcissistic.
* The "freaks", in ''FreaksAndGeeks''.
* Tristan from ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall'' doesn't take much of an interest in his studies despite being a perfectly good vet who probably could have qualified years ago if he'd applied himself.
* Muriel from ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''. She's close to retirement, but on several occasions she's neglected her duties. She once came into the Martins' suite and stayed there, eating all the food out of their refrigerator. She also walked in on a date between London and a boy, stayed there, and when London asked "Aren't you supposed to be working?" responded with "What's your point?"
* A rare female example: Jaye Tyler in ''{{Wonderfalls}}''. In one episode, she actually explains how she's created a "stress-free expectation-free zone" to live in. It is, however, shown in some episodes that part of her ''would'' like to accomplish something, she's just not sure what.
* Like Jaye, George Lass of ''DeadLikeMe'' (also created by ''Wonderfalls'' creator Creator/BryanFuller) is this at the beginning of the series. She puts it best when she says, "I excel at not giving a shit." She develops enough over the series to accept a promotion at her job and become a productive member of the team.
** Mason also embodies this trope, preferring to steal from his reaps to get by, rather than holding down a job as the other reapers do (or are implied to have done).
* Maynard G. Krebs, the beatnik sidekick in "{{The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis}}". As portrayed by a pre-Gilligan Bob Denver, Krebs would let out a panicked yelp of "Work!" at the mere mention of the word.

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[[folder:Machinima]]
* Grif from ''RedVsBlue'' fits this pretty well. He snoozes through staff meetings and misses his duties to the point where Sarge stops assigning them to him because he knows they won't be done. Heck, the man himself admits he's lazy. At least one of the DVD profiles says that this is a plot on Grif's part to get himself discharged, but it wouldn't be a stretch to say he's normally like this.
--> '''Grif:''' ''I was born to take it easy.''
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Wally in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' is based on someone Scott Adams worked with who, in order to take adavantage of incredibly generous severence pacakages, made a ''deliberately calculated effort'' to be in the bottom 10 percent of the company.
* The title character of ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' when he's not being a ProfessionalSlacker.
* Zonker Harris and his nephew Zipper in ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}''.
* The cast of ''Comicbook/{{Rocky}}''.
* Bucky's cousin FunnyForeigner Mac Manc Mcmanx from ComicStrip/GetFuzzy could be seen as this, considering how long he stayed at Rob's apartment before finally leaving.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The goal of the [[CardGames card game]] ''ChezGeek'' is to accumulate slack, and this is done by such things as sleeping, watching tv, buying beer and getting nookie.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Ensign Pulver in ''Literature/MisterRoberts''.
* "La Nona" a ([[UpToEleven very, very]]) DarkComedy by Roberto Cossa features Chicho, brother to the protagonist, who keeps claiming he is an "artist"... even though he never produces anything and lives by leeching off his relatives.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* An actual profession in ''VideoGame/TheSims2''. The career reward is [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar a hydroponic garden]].
* Komachi Onozuka from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is a slacking {{Shinigami}}. Her slacking was so hard it spurs the whole events of ''Phantasmagoria of Flower View''.
** [[RealityWarper Yukari Yakumo]] surpasses even Komachi, literally sleeping all day and even through the entirety of winter (her [[{{Onmyodo}} shikigami]] Ran explicitly refers to it as "hibernation").
* Kyo Kusanagi from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''.
* Rock from the ''HarvestMoon'' series. Fancies himself a ladies man and quite the catch, despite having no job, no desire to get one, and no obvious skills other than being pretty.
** Karina of ''RuneFactory3'' is a female example, and one turned UpToEleven. Most of her voiced dialogue has to do with her being lazy, her ArtificialAtmosphericActions have her falling asleep standing up, and she once tried to keep a diary, but her only entry was "Dear Diary, I decided it would be too much trouble to keep you, so I won't."
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' has Hondara, TheHero's lazy Type-B uncle. He's a complete leech who constantly takes advantage of his brother/the hero's father's kindness, a hopeless lech, and a would-be ConMan. The hero's mother absolutely ''hates'' him and fears her son turning out the same way. The weird part? [[spoiler:He manages to get his hands on several plot-important items. The Holy Water is ''real'' (and his neighbors are stunned to hear it), and the Hot Stone is a key item.]]
* Solax, of ''VideoGame/CustomRobo Arena'''s TerribleTrio.
* Gillian Clout from ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Annie|Alchemists of Sera Island}}'', as well as the title character herself.
* Neptune and Plutia in ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaV'' are this seeing as they prefer to just slack off and sleep. The problem is that they're the CPU goddesses (equivalent to ''president'') of Planeptune. Modern Gamindustri Vert is nearly as bad, as while she's motivated, it's entirely towards her MMO games and [[YaoiFangirl yaoi collection]], and she uses such breathtaking InsaneTrollLogic to justify her habits even Neptune thinks she's overdoing it.
** Neptune's such a bad case that when she falls into an AlternateDimension early on and wonders aloud where her alternate self is, Noire calmly posits that since this Neptune wasn't immortal, she probably died of starvation and self-neglect.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Webcomic/TheJapaneseBeetle from the webcomic of the same name.
* Rumisiel from ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' started out as an archetypal [[TheStoner stoner]] but has matured (for want of a better term) into more of a slacker. It speaks volumes about Rumisiel that this is an improvement.
* Mike Slackenerny in ''Webcomic/{{PHD}}''.
* [[StarWars Darth Maul]], of all people, in ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort''. He literally passed up an opportunity to go to Hawaii because he'd rather stay home and crank call prostitutes. And he once called the producer of the show to get him to bring Maul the remote... which was ''four feet'' away from him.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2010-08-22 Fuschia is effectively a slacker, owing to her mooning after Crimney]].
* David 'Walky' Walkerton of ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge''. He's admitted his slacking is partly motivated by simply not knowing what it is he wants to do.
* Jenn from ''Webcomic/SturgeonsLaw'' works at the company only to fund her anime habit, and she doesn’t work very [[http://sturgeonslaw.net/comic/18-all-those-internets-2/ hard]].
* ''Webcomic/TypicalStrange'': Oscar...and especially TK.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Mudd from ''WebOriginal/TheBookOfStoriesOCT''. He has grown so laid-back and emotional, it affected his capacity to protect the Book of Stories, treating it with little care and then leaving his Twin alone to take care of the Book when he was confronted.
* Foul Bachelor Frog, a [[ImageMacro Meme]] [[ThisLoserIsYou character]] who does as little housekeeping as he can get away with, and spends his entire day sleeping in, watching TV, playing video games, and [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbating to Internet porn]].
** Also, his DistaffCounterpart Foul Bachelorette Frog. She is (somewhat) less of a slacker than him, but she is still quite lazy [[DoubleStandard (especially when it comes to taking care of her looks)]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has a rare female example in Wendy, the teenage employee at the Mystery Shack.
* Andy from ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill''.
* Coop and his pal from ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''.
* Fry on ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}''. Also, Amy is a RareFemaleExample; it helps that she's rich though.
** What about Bender? He's turned doing nothing into an ''art form''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SlackerCats'', it's built right into the name.
* The Flash in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} in his superhero identity. As Wally West, he's very good at his job as a forensics analyst for the police.
* Dr. Venture, Pete, and Billy Quizboy from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' are "not so super scientist" versions of this.
* TheDragon Shego in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. She is the most DangerouslyGenreSavvy and [[CloserToEarth down to earth]] SuperVillain in the series, but she's stuck being TheDragon for [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Drakken]].
** Ron Stoppable is also this. Unlike his A-type partner and best friend Kim, he is content in kicking back, lazing around and relaxing. While Shego and Kim are usually compared because they are both strong and intelligent women, Ron and Shego aren't that different in that both enjoy relaxing and prefer to follow their more driven partners.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' and her friend Jane are the BrilliantButLazy versions. While studies come easy to Daria, and Jane is passionate about her art, they prefer to spend their afternoons watching Sick Sad World than achieve things that are expected of them. For Daria though, it's not so much that she's lazy, rather she simply doesn't care about a lot of things that most people do, and that there simply isn't much in Lawndale to challenge her in the areas she cares about.
** Jane's brother Trent, however, is a more straight example of the trope. (He's very serious about his music though. Very.)
** Daria was actually referred to as a straight-A student on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'', an accomplishment rarely achieved by slackers. Although two of her classmates at Highland High School must have affected the grading curve substantially...
* Carl Crashman from ''WesternAnimation/CarlSquared''.
* Beezy J. Heinous on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* Mordecai and Rigby on ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''.
* [[BrilliantButLazy Noah]] starts as this in ''TotalDramaIsland'', but loses it in season 3 due to CharacterDevelopment.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWombles'', out of Britain, gives us Orinoco. While his Womble peers are hard at work clearing Wimbledon Common of humans' trash, he's usually looking for an out-of-the-way spot to catch another [[CatchPhrase forty winks]]. Due to his love of sleep and BigEater tendencies, he's also the fattest Womble (although he'd claim he's just [[IAmBigBoned "cuddly"]]). Elisabeth Beresford, the [[WordOfGod creator]] of the Wombles, reportedly based Orinoco on her then-teenage son.
* T.J. from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
* Wade from ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski''. He's content with living at his stepmother's "basement" (a hole under her trailer), when he was promoted, he tried to be downsized back, and (when the "basement" was no longer a dwelling option) he once became spokesperson for a drink named "Slacker Z" in exchange for room at a businessman's tool shed.
* Jake from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', in a "Go with the Flow" kind of way.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Admit it. You're reading this when you should be doing something else, aren't you?
** [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife Like sleeping?]]
** Well, duh. When else would I have the time?
** [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial What?! How dare you even think about it! You don't]] '''[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial know]]''' [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial me.]] [[BlatantLies I'm not even on TV Tropes right now.]] [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife It's not that it's gonna hurt, anyways.]]
** [[GenreSavvy How about school?]]
** [[DontTryThisAtHome Or work.]] See the [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife other]] example.
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