Playing With / Trash of the Titans

Basic Trope: Someone's living environment is filled with all forms of garbage.
  • Straight: The character's house is filled with useless clutter, meaningless paper documents, rotting food, organic detritus, and the organisms that feed off of such substances.
  • Exaggerated: Everything in the house is made of garbage, even the walls and furniture.
  • Downplayed: The place is dirty, but a person with normal standards of cleanliness would feel only a little uncomfortable, rather than finding the place intolerable.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Neat Freak
  • Subverted: The character opens the door, and we see what appears to be a scene of Trash of the Titans squalor, but it's revealed that this is actually the result of vandalism, or that it's not really his home, or any other situation where Trash of the Titans doesn't apply.
  • Double Subverted: Bob brings Alice back to his apartment, and her reaction to the trash is very negative. However, Bob acts shocked about the "vandals who destroyed his house," and Alice believes him, though it actually was just Bob having a really messy house. (This was, of course, the plot of a certain Snickers commercial.)
  • Parodied:
    • The character decides that if he's going to live like this, he might as well get paid for it, and rents his living space out for purposes of storing garbage.
    • The character literally lives Down in the Dumps
    • The character is forced to clean up. He is next seen in a Hazmat Suit; wielding a flamethrower.
  • Zig Zagged: When Bob has a big project at work, he lets his house get messy, but once he's done he tries to keep it cleaner. The way Alice knows Bob is busy or stressed is by checking the trash level.
  • Averted: The living space stays within the normal bounds of decent sanitation.
  • Enforced: "This character needs to be as much of a Straw Loser as we can make him. Let's make him live in an extremely dirty apartment."
  • Lampshaded: "I gotta warn you about the place we'll be visiting. Imagine that Oscar the Grouch and Hägar the Horrible rented an apartment together. Yeah, it's that bad."
  • Invoked: A character perpetrating a Springtime for Hitler Zany Scheme decides to go the route of deliberately making some area as dirty as the Trash of the Titans trope.
  • Exploited: Bob needs to be able to hide incriminating evidence from the local police, so he ensures that nobody else would ever have a hope of finding anything in the mess he's made.
  • Defied:
    • A Trash of the Titans character works hard at changing his ways, or the story's Aesop centers around keeping your house clean, etc.
    • Alice needs a place to stay, but Bob refuses on the grounds that her own house is maintained in Trash of the Titans filth, and he doesn't want his own house to end up like that.
  • Discussed: "Okay, you know how bad Bob's hygiene is. Well, his house is just as bad."
  • Conversed: "I love it when these TV shows not only drop the shiny, artificial image of keeping everything clean, but go to the opposite end of the scale and have everything be over-the-top dirty. Kind of like you and me, come to think of it."
  • Deconstructed: The plot centers around the Health Department preventing the community from suffering the dangers of places like this. Perhaps even with the health inspectors as the main characters, rather than the messy residents or their acquaintances.
  • Reconstructed: The character in question turns to be diligent and extremely resourceful recycler/scavenger. The piles of "garbage" he has gathered are in fact usable/useful stuff that careless/wasteful people has thrown away, and which the character cleans, repairs and repurposes so that they might be used once again by him/her or by anyone else that might need them.

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