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* ''WesternAnimation/BigMouth'': Guy Town, from the episode of the same name, is an entire apartment complex specifically designed around this trope, which is owned by sleazy AmoralAttorney Guy Bilzerian and caters exclusively to divorced, single men. With the exception of the lavish penthouse owned by Guy, every apartment are run-down single rooms ''that don't even have any outlets'', just extension cords leeching electricity from a Chevron station next door. Guy Town also features an outdoor pool infested by genital worms, a topiary garden where all the sculptures are shapes like girl-on-girl sex, and an in-house store selling alcohol, porn, lube and drugs.
--> '''Marty''': Ugh, it's like a daycare for lonely men!


Contrast with FengSchwing, where a bachelor pad is made for seduction. Unrelated to AsceticAesthetic, where the décor is stylishly minimalistic.

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Contrast with FengSchwing, where a bachelor pad is made for seduction. Unrelated to AsceticAesthetic, where the décor is stylishly minimalistic.
minimalistic. See also HorribleHousing.


* Goro Majima's apartment in ''VideoGame/Yakuza0'' is just a few steps away from being entirely vacant, housing just his futon (typically seen piled up in a corner of the room) and a small table with a radio.

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* Goro Majima's apartment in ''VideoGame/Yakuza0'' is just a few steps away from being entirely vacant, housing just his futon (typically seen piled up in a corner of the room) and a small table with a radio. Given that his assignment in Sotenbori is something of a punishment, it's unclear if the state of his apartment is due to his superiors giving him the bare minimum, or him refusing to furnish it out of disdain for the whole situation.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' Fry is a pig and keeps things and trash strewn around his living space.


* ''Film/UpInTheAir''. in the movie, the apartment that Ryan keeps in Omaha is sparsely furnished with an almost empty refrigerator.

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* ''Film/UpInTheAir''. in the movie, the apartment that Ryan keeps in Omaha is sparsely furnished with an [[EmptyFridgeEmptyLife almost empty refrigerator.refrigerator]].


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* ''Series/TrueDetective'': In Season 1, Rust Cohle's apartment contains almost no furniture except a mattress and a lawn chair. As you might expect, he's a miserable misanthrope.
* Enforced in ''Series/{{Patriot}}'': John Tavener's apartment for his mission is provided by the U.S. government. There's nothing in it but a bed. His handler spends an entire season trying to requisition a chair for him. John is himself too miserable to do anything about it.


* ''Anime/KaraNoKyoukai'': Ryougi Shiki's apartment is very sparse, containing only a bed and clothes stand. The refrigerator is also mostly empty save for a few cartons of [[ProductPlacement Haagen-Dasz]] ice cream.

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* ''Anime/KaraNoKyoukai'': ''LightNovel/TheGardenOfSinners'': Ryougi Shiki's apartment is very sparse, containing only a bed and clothes stand. The refrigerator is also mostly empty save for a few cartons of [[ProductPlacement Haagen-Dasz]] ice cream.


* ''Series/TheWire''. For a while, [=McNulty=]'s apartment has nothing but a mattress on the floor, which makes it very uncomfortable when he wants his kids to visit.

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**When Daniels gets his bachelor's pad in season 3, it's pretty barren because all of his belongings are still in boxes. It's not until midway through the season that he's unpacked everything.


* From what little we see of it, Jamie's room in ''Webcomic/LeftoverSoup'' likely remains this way throughout the series--he doesn't even have a ''mattress''. His roommate had assumed the previous tenant had left the bed behind when she moved in with her new husband, and mistakenly advertised it as a "furnished" apartment. According to the commentary, [[LimitedWardrobe he also owns only one pair of pants]]. Ellen, for her part, kept a comically barren fridge before he moved in.

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* From what little we see of it, Jamie's room in ''Webcomic/LeftoverSoup'' likely remains this way throughout the series--he doesn't even have a ''mattress''. His roommate Ellen had assumed the previous tenant had left the bed behind when she moved in with her new husband, and mistakenly advertised it as a "furnished" apartment.apartment, not knowing that the previous tenant had taken the bed with her when she moved out. And all of ''his'' furniture was lost when his previous apartment burned up. According to the commentary, [[LimitedWardrobe he also owns only one pair of pants]]. Ellen, for her part, kept a comically barren fridge before he moved in.

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* From what little we see of it, Jamie's room in ''Webcomic/LeftoverSoup'' likely remains this way throughout the series--he doesn't even have a ''mattress''. His roommate had assumed the previous tenant had left the bed behind when she moved in with her new husband, and mistakenly advertised it as a "furnished" apartment. According to the commentary, [[LimitedWardrobe he also owns only one pair of pants]]. Ellen, for her part, kept a comically barren fridge before he moved in.
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These guys either don't have much disposable income or have other priorities like a big TV or gaming rig. [[TheSlacker They would prefer to do]] as little housework as possible, or simply ''can't'' [[MenCantKeepHouse keep house]] because they never learned how. [[EmptyFridgeEmptyLife The fridge contains only the basics or nothing at all]], or food supplies are not replenished until [[ItCameFromTheFridge they can walk out by themselves]]. They like having lots of open space around. Or to put it another way, in fiction women want their apartment to be cozy and welcoming to guests. Men want their apartment to be a place to be utilitarian and welcoming to themselves.

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These guys either don't have much disposable income or have other priorities like a big TV or gaming rig. [[TheSlacker They would prefer to do]] as little housework as possible, or simply ''can't'' [[MenCantKeepHouse ''[[MenCantKeepHouse can't]]'' keep house]] house because they never learned how. [[EmptyFridgeEmptyLife The fridge contains only the basics or nothing at all]], or food supplies are not replenished until [[ItCameFromTheFridge they can walk out by themselves]]. They like having lots of open space around. Or to put it another way, in fiction women want their apartment to be cozy and welcoming to guests. Men want their apartment to be a place to be utilitarian and welcoming to themselves.



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* ''Film/BoilerRoom'': After work, a couple of the guys from J.T. Marlin all get together at the house of one of their senior brokers, which is a huge, almost completely empty domicile aside from a tanning bed and a big flatscreen TV. Seth even asks one of his colleagues if the owner just moved in, but is informed that he's actually been living there for months.



* ''Film/MysteryRoad''. Despite having an ex-wife and daughter in the town where he's staying, Jay Swann lives alone in a house on the outskirts of town. This shows not only his isolation from his family, but from the community in general, given that he is an Aboriginal police officer and therefore mistrusted on both sides of the racial divide.
* ''Film/TheSquidAndTheWhale'': Newly divorced dad Bernard's house is run-down, has little furniture and food, and each room is decorated by a single poster. This is highlighted when the family first moves in, and Bernard's son Frank's room is adorned with a poster of a tennis player he hates, and a very small lefty desk (Frank isn't left-handed), much to Frank's displeasure.



* ''Film/BoilerRoom'': After work, a couple of the guys from J.T. Marlin all get together at the house of one of their senior brokers, which is a huge, almost completely empty domicile aside from a tanning bed and a big flatscreen TV. Seth even asks one of his colleagues if the owner just moved in, but is informed that he's actually been living there for months.
* ''Film/MysteryRoad''. Despite having an ex-wife and daughter in the town where he's staying, Jay Swann lives alone in a house on the outskirts of town. This shows not only his isolation from his family, but from the community in general, given that he is an Aboriginal police officer and therefore mistrusted on both sides of the racial divide.



* In ''Literature/EleanorAndPark'', Eleanorís father used to live in one right after he and her mother split up. According to Eleanor, he once served her clam chowder in a highball glass due to not having enough bowls and only had two towels.
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Marius stayed in a run-down apartment after his grandfather kicked him out of the house. It turns out that he lived in the same apartment as the Thenardiers. After the scuffle between Valjean and Thenardier, Marius left and stayed with Courfeyrac's place instead.



* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Marius stayed in a run-down apartment after his grandfather kicked him out of the house. It turns out that he lived in the same apartment as the Thenardiers. After the scuffle between Valjean and Thenardier, Marius left and stayed with Courfeyrac's place instead.



* In ''Literature/EleanorAndPark'', Eleanorís father used to live in one right after he and her mother split up. According to Eleanor, he once served her clam chowder in a highball glass due to not having enough bowls and only had two towels.



* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', it's mentioned that Raiden's home looks like this, despite having a girlfriend. A sparse bed, bare walls, nothing else. When Rose broke in there because she started getting paranoid that he had a second girlfriend (he wouldn't let her visit his room), she commented that "There was nobody there. Not even you."



* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', it's mentioned that Raiden's home looks like this, despite having a girlfriend. A sparse bed, bare walls, nothing else. When Rose broke in there because she started getting paranoid that he had a second girlfriend (he wouldn't let her visit his room), she commented that "There was nobody there. Not even you."



* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Averted with Glenn Quagmire's house, which is decorated in a very stylish, vintage Playboy style, but also has photos of friends and family. It does however fit the EmptyFridgeEmptyLife trope.
** Played straight in one cutaway about "depressing single guys apartment" where a realtor shows a prospective buyer around a small, cramped kitchen. He mentions that the oven is just decorative.
** Also played straight when Brian is forced to leave the Griffin house after becoming a town pariah, and moves into a dilapidated apartment fitting this trope to a T. The light fixtures don't even work, leaving Brian sitting alone in the dark eating instant Mac N Cheese.



* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Averted with Glenn Quagmire's house, which is decorated in a very stylish, vintage Playboy style, but also has photos of friends and family. It does however fit the EmptyFridgeEmptyLife trope.
** Played straight in one cutaway about "depressing single guys apartment" where a realtor shows a prospective buyer around a small, cramped kitchen. He mentions that the oven is just decorative.
** Also played straight when Brian is forced to leave the Griffin house after becoming a town pariah, and moves into a dilapidated apartment fitting this trope to a T. The light fixtures don't even work, leaving Brian sitting alone in the dark eating instant Mac N Cheese.

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* ''Film/MysteryRoad''. Despite having an ex-wife and daughter in the town where he's staying, Jay Swann lives alone in a house on the outskirts of town. This shows not only his isolation from his family, but from the community in general, given that he is an Aboriginal police officer and therefore mistrusted on both sides of the racial divide.


* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManIntoTheSpiderVerse'': Peter B. Parker appears to have moved into an apartment like this, complete with bare mattress and pizza boxes everywhere, after divorcing his version of Mary Jane Watson.



* On ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Niles has to temporarily move into the "Shangri-La", a singles apartment complex. The cramped apartment has little in the way of comfort but filled with reminders of the previous tenant's sad and lonely life. Niles tries to put on a brave face and claims to be enjoying the new apartment until his father says he wouldn't mind living there either. Cue Niles freaking out about not living in luxury anymore.



* On ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Niles has to temporarily move into the "Shangri-La", a singles apartment complex. The cramped apartment has little in the way of comfort but filled with reminders of the previous tenant's sad and lonely life.


* In ''Literature/EleanorAndPark, Eleanorís father used to live in one right after he and her mother split up. According to Eleanor, he once served her clam chowder in a highball glass due to not having enough bowls and only had two towels.

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* In ''Literature/EleanorAndPark, ''Literature/EleanorAndPark'', Eleanorís father used to live in one right after he and her mother split up. According to Eleanor, he once served her clam chowder in a highball glass due to not having enough bowls and only had two towels.

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* In ''Literature/EleanorAndPark, Eleanorís father used to live in one right after he and her mother split up. According to Eleanor, he once served her clam chowder in a highball glass due to not having enough bowls and only had two towels.

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