A stereotypical Hollywood Nerd who, despite being a grown adult, still behaves like an adolescent, right down to living with his parents. While the decor of his Poster-Gallery Bedroom is subject to the tastes of the character, be sure there will be a computer to communicate with the outside world. It's always Played for Laughs. More importantly, the subject is Always Male. There is much less stigma against a female character living at home - in the past, women were expected to stay with their parents until they married, men were expected to go out and earn money so they could be breadwinners while being shamed and/or shunned if they didn't do so, and these ideas still endure in many cultures today. This makes the trope a Double Standard against men (but see below).
The guys who are depicted in this condition usually fit into one of the following:
- Lazy and unwilling to earn a living for himself. (May be a NEET.)
- Childish and requires everything to be done for him.
- Can't get any and hasn't moved out to start a family.
- Technically unable to earn a living for himself (i.e. unable to get a job). And if he does have a job, it's likely to be something on the lower end of the earning ladder (i.e. a Burger Fool, Soul-Sucking Retail Job, or something else along those lines).
- Has No Social Skills.
Note that this trope only seems to apply when the character is introduced as an adult living with his parents. On most dom coms, characters who were children when the show premiered often continue to live at home after reaching adulthood, sometimes even moving into the basement to have more personal space. This is because the alternative would be either creating a whole new set for their new home/college dorm and splitting the plot between the parents' and the adult child's activities, or making them into a Drop-In Character who only occasionally appears, which can hurt ratings if the kid is a popular character. An accepted compromise is to just invent a reason why they're still living with their parents, especially since by this point, the sitcom could be in its last few seasons.
This trope has become much less stigmatizing in Real Life, however, as problems and deficits in the economy have been sending more and more adults back to their parents' homes. And if this article is any indication, this trope could even become discredited at some point in the future.
Note that living with one's parents is a stigma mainly in the USA and other Anglosphere countries, where working-age adults are expected to live on their own, so this trope shouldn't be applied to characters from cultures where this is the norm.
For a more serious treatment of this as a social problem, see Hikikomori. Not to be confused with Madwoman in the Attic. Compare The Hermit and The Thing That Would Not Leave. See also Loser Protagonist.
- A Burger King commercial features a winged pig who used to be this, but is now finally moving out.
- This British Dulux paint advert wherein a couple get their thirty something rocker son to move out by... painting his room yellow?
- An irate man is gathering signatures against an upcoming Star Trek marathon on Sci Fi Channel, ranting how only losers who live in their mother's basements watch this stuff. The old lady he's talking to suggests her son might be interested. "I'll just get him. He's in the basement." Cue an enormous cosplayer dressed as a Klingon warrior emerging from the basement and knocking the man unconscious.
Old Lady: [in Klingon, subtitled] You do not fight with honor!
Klingon: Aw, Mom!
- According to the author's note from the third Axis Powers Hetalia manga volume, Prussia ended up like this.
Himaruya: Now he lives as a good-for-nothing at Germany's house and as an exclave in Russia!
- In the Spider-Man story One More Day, Peter Parker is now an unmarried, perpetually unemployed man who lives with his aunt. Hilariously, Screwball accused him of living by his momma. Spidey shouted "No", mentally adding "auntie, not momma". Thankfully, he eventually moves out.
- The DCU depicts Superboy Prime — an alternate universe version of Superman with stunted emotional and physical development — as a Straw Fan with near unlimited power and no one to oppose him. He chooses to live in his parent's basement forcing them to cook and clean for him, while he trolls DC Comics message boards. He was pretty busy before, though.
- Mauve Shirt Jason Michaels from the Hack/Slash story Land of Lost Toys lived with his mother, in a room filled with action figures. His best friend Chris (who would go on to become a main character) was his "roommate" (he lived in the basement).
- Mark Waid once tweeted that he stopped using this as an insult when he realized that "thirty-year old who lives in his parent's basement" also applies to Batman. (Although it must be added that said parents are dead.
- In Adventure Time: Ice King, "cool" evil wizard Lazertron actually lives in his mother's basement.
- In Emerald Flight Book One: Union Harry and Supergirl help capture a (rather pathetic) Killer Moth imitator while visiting Gotham City.
Harvey Bullock: Come on, Moth, I'll call your mother for ya. Thirty years old, and you still live in her basement.
- The roles are reversed in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series were Grandpa shamefully lives in the basement.
- Nova Shine spends the majority of The Apprentice, the Student, and the Charlatan living in Twilight Sparkle's basement, though it's not played negatively because he has plenty of money and his own house. It's just for convenience's sake, as they are working to rid themselves of nightmares and his home is three hours away.
- Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space. Dr Zarkendorf brings this up during his They Called Me Mad! rant. "They called me a nerd—they said I should get out of my mother's basement and get a life!" The alien invader D'Ork of the Thorkoth turns out to have the same issues.
"For years I plotted in the dark places, awaiting the moment when I would emerge to make your world my own! Then my mother told me to get out of her basement and take a life."
- Zim the Warlord: Irken Reversion eventually reveals that Zim has been letting former Table-Headed Service Drone Bob live in the basement of his base ever since the two of them survived the ending of the episode "Hobo 13". Skoodge likewise starts living down there when he arrives on Earth during Zim's six month coma, much to Zim's annoyance (he lets Skoodge stay, he's just irritated Bob allowed him in without Zim's permission first).
- In the beginning of Hot Tub Time Machine, Jacob lives in his uncle Adam's basement and refuses to get a job or do anything with his life.
- In Mallrats, comic loving slacker Brodie lives in his mother's basement. His girlfriend dumps him for this reason.
- In Men in Black II, Agents J and K get intel from a conspiracy theorist guy who lives in his mom's attic. They claim to be from his therapy group. They end up convincing him to move out after deneuralizing him.
- Live Free or Die Hard: "Warlock's" "Command Center".
- In The Pallbearer, David Schwimmer still lives in his childhood bedroom.
- Wayne of Wayne's World. In the second movie, he and Garth move into their own place.
- The movie Failure to Launch deals with a group of grown men living with their parents who exhibit stereotypical nerd behavior. Subverted though, in that the "nerdiest" of the group actually owns the home he lives in, and took in his mother because that's what you do when your mother has nowhere else to go. In fact everyone in the group but the main character has some sort of technicality which makes them not really live with their parents, which is used to explain why only said main character is attacked by chipmunks and dolphins.
- Galaxy Quest:
- Subverted when Jason Nesmith is contacted by the Thermians. He thinks that they're particularly rabid fanboys who have built an exact replica of the the Protector in their parents' basement. He's only two-thirds right.
- Guy Fleegman, whose character played a Red Shirt in the in-movie TV-show, can be spotted in one scene hitting on a young woman who responds with "but you live with your mom!"
- Speaking of Tim Allen, his role as Zoom in Zoom: Academy for Superheroes has him meeting his fans and asking how many of them still live in their Mom's basement. All but Chevy Chase raise their hands. This is followed by what the movie's Agony Booth Review refers to as "Awkward Silence Which Is Supposed to Be Funny?."
- In 8mm, the killer lives with his mom, who is completely oblivious to his problems.
- The whole plot of Tanguy involves exasperated parents who try to get their grown son (the title character) to move the hell out so they can have their own lives back. This French film appeared to have hit a chord with the public, as the name "Tanguy" has basically become a generic word for Basement-Dweller in French-speaking countries, where it's not uncommon to hear people complain that their son is a Tanguy.
- Dave's cousin Toby from Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakel who lives in his grandmother's basement and plays video games all day.
- Subverted in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen by Agent Simmons. When questioned about living with his mother, he states "She lives with me. There's a big difference."
- In Badly Drawn Roy, Roy continues to live at home because he can't hold down a job despite being in his thirties, which causes friction and arguments between him and his parents as well as running away from the camera. He eventually checks himself into a rehabilitation center because of his depression.
- In Baby Boy, Jody's mom calls him out for being a grown man living at home, until he points out that she never moved out and simply inherited her house from her own mother.
- Stephen in The Score lives in a Hacker Cave in his mother's basement.
- Manchild Alan from The Hangover films refers to himself as a stay at home son. Even his dad thinks it's ridiculous that his 42-year old son is still living home. He gets his meals served to him in his room by his mother.
- Teddy in Save Your Legs! is living in his mate Stavros' garage. Stavros' wife does not approve of this arrangement.
- Subverted early into Harvey. Myrtle Mae complains to her mother how her uncle Elwood does nothing but lounge around the house all day and still lives with his older sister. Veta promptly corrects her that Elwood inherited the entire family fortune so they're the ones living with him.
- In Saturday Night Fever, Tony lives with his parents, even though his mother wants him to move out and become a priest like his older brother Frankie. He does end up moving out eventually to live with Stephanie.
- In Pixels, Ludlow, Conspiracy Theorist with No Social Skills, lives in his grandma's basement.
- Subverted in Of Dice and Men. John Francis lives in his mom's basement, but he doesn't have any of the social problems normally associated with the trope, and he's about to move out in order to take a job offer in another town.
- Sing Street: Brendan dropped out of college and is reduced to staying in his parents' house.
- X-Men: Apocalypse: Peter Maximoff is around 27 years old in 1983, and he still lives in the basement of his mother's house. In his case, it probably has something to do with his Super Speed and petty criminal past making it very hard for him to find a plausible means of self-support; he's very self-deprecating about his situation and jumps at the chance to start attending Xavier's school.
- Best Player: The male protagonist lives with his parents in spite of being an adult until they decide to sell their house. He must win a video game tournament to be able to buy the place.
- In Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman, Santiago lives with his mother. While he has a job as a DJ (which his mother disapproves of), the rest of his life seems to revolve around video games, with his ambition being to create the world's most awesome video game.
- At the beginning of The Story of Luke, Luke is an unemployed 25-year-old living with his grandparents. It isn't until his grandmother dies, his grandfather is placed in a nursing home, and Luke is forced to move in with his horribly dysfunctional relatives that he really starts looking for a job.
- In Jane Wants a Boyfriend, 25-year-old Jane lives with her parents. When her parents move to New Jersey, she moves in with her older sister instead.
- "Batman may call it "The Batcave", but that doesn't change the fact that he spends most of his time in his parent's basement."
- Gender Inverted and Subverted in The Help. The big publishing hotshot is disgusted to learn that our heroine lives with her mother. The heroine is actually taking care of her mother as she dies of cancer. Oops.
- In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, Fitz's initial circumstances may count as a subversion: he's a single, 27-year-old, immature geek with a lousy job whose 65-year-old widowed mum lived with him before she moved into a sort of insane asylum shortly before he's introduced. She's generally mentally unwell and prone to delusions of being the devil and so on, in addition to being rather sickly and apparently prone to "taking the back off one-armed bandits", and therefore needs him to look after her.
- Played with in Freakonomics with the chapter titled, "Why Do Drug Dealers Still Live With Their Moms?"
- Beryl Bainbridge's comic novel Young Adolf expands on the not unproven story that sometime around 1911 or 1912, the young Adolf Hitler travelled to Liverpool, England, and stayed here with his sister and brother-in-law. note . Hitler is expected to stop being an idle waster, get a job, knuckle down and take advantage of the opportunity to learn some English. However, the unemployed failed student carries on taking advantage of others and carries on behaving like an idle entitled drifter. The amusing idea of Hitler speaking English with a Scouse accent is explored, but the picture that emerges is of a parasitical Basement Dweller that won't go away.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces. He is highly educated but hellbent on avoiding any form of actual work or any new experiences, instead living with his mother (whom he constantly verbally and emotionally abuses). As the book progresses, his mother slowly builds up the courage to force him to get a job, though he manages to fail with spectacular results each and every time.
- Harry from Scary Godmother is a freeloading werewolf who lives in his mother's basement and surfs the internet all day. Wild About Harry revolves his mother kicking him out of the house. He tries to mooch off of his friends instead of finding an apartment and job.
- The Trope Maker is likely William Shatner's "Get a Life" sketch on Saturday Night Live, in which he made reference to how the Star Trek fans should get a life and move out of their parents' basements. That sketch may have single-handedly popularized every Trekkie stereotype.
- There was a series called Get a Life starring Chris Elliott that aired on Fox in the early 90's. Elliott's character was an epitome of this trope, although he lived in an apartment over his parents' garage, rather than in the basement.
Chris Elliott plays Chris Peterson, a carefree, childlike bachelor who refuses to live the life of an adult. At the age of 30, Chris still lives with his parents and maintains a career delivering newspapers (the St. Paul Pioneer Press), a job that he has held since his youth. He has no driver's license (instead, riding his bicycle wherever he goes). He is depicted as being childish, naïve, gullible, foolish, occasionally irresponsible, and extremely dimwitted. Chris is often the subject of abuse from his friends and family. He is often seen dancing (involving a silly back-and-forth step while swinging his arms) to the piano tune "Alley Cat" by Bent Fabric. His lack of intelligence is exaggerated to absurd levels: at one point, he tries to leave his parents' house but is unable to operate the front door. He also fell out of an airplane after opening the plane's exterior door, believing that it led to the restroom.
- CSI episode "A Space Oddity" plays the Hollywood Nerd image ludicrously straight by showing two guys living in a reconstruction of the ship from "Astro Quest" in their mother's attic.
- Ghostwriter episode "Into The Comics": Manny Gite runs his evil operation from his mother's attic, where he resides.
- Played with in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. When what's left of the Cardassian resistance movement are on the run on Cardassia, they end up hiding in the basement of the house Garak grew up in; complete with an overbearing mother-figure who feeds them and makes them do chores. Garak shelters there, and if it never definitely says she is his mother, she acts damn close. Still, he certainly is not a shiftless loser. Eventually they realise they can't hide there forever, go out into the streets and start rousing the people to revolt.
- In Girls, unemployed college graduate 24-year old Hannah still gets room and board from her parents. The show begins right when they cut her off because they fear they can't afford a retirement home if they just keep funding her. Hannah already quits looking for a job after only one failed interview (she did seem rude in the interview to say the least) and instead runs back to her parents asking for money again, which only makes them laugh then get angry and shoo her away. Hannah walks out with $40 her parents left in cash on the table.
- But then Hannah didn't learn anything from this as she then proceeded to mooch off her friend Marnie for food and rent!
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Xander Harris, who does not enroll in college during the fourth season and lives in his parents' basement, where he pays rent. He gets his own place in season five, about the time he's shown to take charge of his life by getting a permanent job and a steady girlfriend. By season seven, everyone seems to be living in the Summers household, but that's for mutual protection.
- Also the Nerd Trio of season six, whose evil headquarters is Warren's parents' basement. ("Why can't we have a lair with a view?")
- Spike in parts of Season 4 and 7. ("I'm chained in a bathtub, drinking pig's blood from a novelty mug!")
- The Drew Carey Show: Drew had long been living in his parents' house, which he bought from them. When they have to move back in, he's forced to live in the basement. Naturally, he comments on being a 40-year-old man who lives in his parents' basement.
- Howard from The Big Bang Theory lives in his old bedroom instead of the basement, but otherwise fits this trope to a T. However, he and his family are Jewish, which is one of the cultures where adults living with their parents before they get married is considered normal. Though to be fair, Howard did try moving out of his mother's and he financially can afford to (he's an engineer at CalTech) yet his mother kept guilting him into staying until he married Bernadette in Season 5 and moved into a separate house to start his own family.
- Frank on 30 Rock lives with his mother and pays her rent. It hasn't been mentioned if he actually lives in her basement. Subverted when he almost moved out to become a lawyer. (Jack put a stop to this after learning that all of Frank's male relatives were lawyers for The Mafia and consequently met bad ends.)
- In one episode, Tony and Ziva interview the web master of a porn site who lives in his mother's basement. He also collects Star Wars toys as "investments" and meets the site's owner on his paper route. If memory serves, his mother wants to bring them snacks.
- Another, featuring an episode-long, city-wide Big Black Out, starts out with a man in his thirties who's playing a computer game when the Internet connection is suddenly lost. He immediately shouts for his mom, who he apparently lives with.
Man: Nooooo! Moooom! MOOOOOOM!!!
- Similar to this, people routinely make fun of the title character of Frasier for living with his father, causing him to make the same reply of "He lives with me!" Except that this is actually the case... Frasier's father moved into Frasier's apartment to be taken care of, not the other way around. Oddly enough, the writers of the show seem to occasionally forget this.
- The most extreme example of this is Ted from Scrubs, the pathetically inept sad-sack attorney who not only lives with his mother, but shares a bed with her.
- In Seinfeld, George lives with his parents during most of season 5 because he can't find a job.
- Everybody Loves Raymond:
- Robert Barone is forced to move in with his parents — even though he bought their house from them, and ends up having to give it back to them after he loses his apartment, he's cast as the "loser" because he's a man in his mid-40's living with his parents. The first time he moves out, he ends up in an apartment above the garage of the Jewish versions of Frank and Marie. They even cook his dinner, boss him, and ignore him in order to pay attention to Ray.
- Then there is Amy's brother Peter, who when first introduced is running a failing comic shop in Pennsylvania but still living in his parents' basement. When Amy and Robert marry, Peter is a Manchild living in the basement and the despair of his parents. They take advantage of his staying in New York as an effective Basement-Dweller first with Robert and Amy, and briefly with Ray and Debra, to clear the basement, emphatically hinting it's time for him to move out. This makes him a problem for the extended Barone family. note
- Criminal Minds:
- The accomplice of the killer from "Extreme Aggressor" has shades of this, since he lived with his grandmother and spent almost all his time in the attic; Morgan, after finding his bedroom, even says "This is a boy's room, not a man's".
- The UnSubs in "The Wheels on the Bus..." were implied to be this trope for much of their lives, since their parents had abandoned them.
- On Sci-Fi's Flash Gordon the title character lives with his mother and sometimes worries that he's falling into this trope. Everyone assures him that he's actually rather admirable because he moved back home to help take care of his mother when she was diagnosed with cancer.
- On My Name Is Earl, Earl tries to make up for poking a hole in his crush/babysitter's condom. He finds the girl, who has married the guy who got her pregnant, and they have an unemployed adult son who dropped out of high school and leeches off his parents. Earl decides to help him truly become an adult. Hilarity Ensues.
- Bud Bundy in the later seasons of Married... with Children.
- In one episode Kelly asks Bud to chaperone the sister of a rich guy she's dating, Bud refuses so Kelly sweetens the deal by saying she'll hook him up with her friend Fawn, aka, "Fawn, Fawn let's get it on". Kelly says Fawn owes her a favor for going out with her brother who lives in the attic. Bud agrees to the deal and laughs at the "loser" who lives in his parents' attic, while he goes down to the basement.
- Vinton Harper of Mama's Family, despite being over 40 years old, and a single father of two children, who DO move out when they're old enough. It was explained in the first episode that Vint was living elsewhere originally, but a combination of bad financial management and his wife leaving him meant he could no longer afford his house and returned to Mama's house with his two teenage kids. Vint's second wife, Naomi, lived next door. After they got married during the first season, Naomi sold her house and they were planning to move elsewhere, but she wound up getting scammed out of her money and them having to stay with Mama.
- Buster Bluth in Arrested Development is a grown man still living with his mother. He is more or less incapable of functioning in the outside world.
- Big Cat Diaries: Invoked by Saba's characterization of Chui the leopard when she finds he's still living with his mother about a year after they thought he'd have become independent. Obviously, being a leopard, he doesn't show the human-specific features of a Basement-Dweller, but he is living mostly off of his mother's kills when he's old enough to be on his own. Best guess about why? The local male (probably his father) seems to have gone missing and therefore wasn't around to drive him away and mate with his mother. Sadly, his mother Bella was looking kind of skinny from supporting her adult son as well as herself.
- During a hockey broadcast by The Sports Network in Canada, announcer Gord Miller and commentator Pierre McGuire were talking about ludicrous trade proposals they've read. Miller noted, sarcastically, "there are two types of people who make up proposals - 13-year-olds that live in their mother's basement, and 30-year-olds who live in their mother's basement."
- Don Pratt from a Mr. Show show sketch. During his commercial, he tells the audience he can get anywhere within a 30-mile radius "anytime she doesn't need the car." Also when calling, "if [Don Pratt's] mother answers, hang up quickly!"
- Gender Inverted on Orange Is the New Black, where it is shown that just before being sent to Prison for setting a bomb under her crush's fiancee's car, as well as mail fraud, Lorna Morello was living with her parents in her old bedroom.
- A rather disturbing variation occurs in Being Human (UK). One episode has a young man who lives with his parents... because he was turned into a vampire while in his late teens and his parents are trying to hide it. They constantly move around so no one notices their son staying the same age and have him feed off of them so he won't attack anyone else. By the time the protagonists meet him, they find his now-elderly father dying, leaving his son on his own for the first time in his life.
- Double-subversion on Good Eats. There's a 32-year-old (Hollywood Dateless and unemployed) man who's having trouble cooking for himself. He lives on his own in a small apartment, but has his mother come by every morning to fix breakfast (and presumably other meals) for him. Alton and an assistant by the name of Clarence teach him how to make coffee, bacon, eggs, and hash browns. It's also revealed that his mom still does his laundry.
- The Broad City episode "St. Marks" has a 34-year-old man who lives with his mother after dropping out of graduate school and kills time by pretending to be homeless and robbing people as a "joke."
- The main character of Brad Paisley's "Online" lives in such a situation.
"When I get home, I kiss my Mom and she fixes me a snack / Then I head down to my basement bedroom and fire up my Mac"
- "Weird Al" Yankovic:
- "It's All About the Pentiums":
Hey fella, I bet you're still livin' in your parents' cellar
Downloadin' pictures of Sarah Michelle Gellar
And postin' "Me too!" like some brain-dead AOL-er
I should do the world a favor and cap you like Old Yeller
You're just about as useless as jpegs to Helen Keller
- "You're Pitiful" (James Blunt parody):
You still live with your mom and you're 42!
- "It's All About the Pentiums":
- Bif Naked's "Letdown":
Ain't had a job in about a year. Living down in my parents basement.
- "Asshole Son" by Bob Rivers, parody of "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden.
- Dustin: The strip thoroughly averts this with its main character, who does begin the story returning with his parents and younger sister after graduating, but considers his stay with the folks a "temporary measure", expecting to leave as soon as he gets an stable job.
- Toni Cipriani in Grand Theft Auto III is a Mafia boss who still lives with his mom and frequently gets yelled at by her. Not that he's always lived with her; three years before the game he'd been living alone (and far away from Mama) for a while. He just had to move back in at her insistence - she can be very... persuasive.
- This is also part of the Italian stereotype of men, no matter how independent, tough or respected outside of the home, still are dominated by their mothers.
- The entire McReary family from GTA IV, all grown, live with their Ma with a single exception. Derek is a fugitive recently returned from Northern Ireland, Gerald is in and out of prison, Packie is a small-time thug, and Kate, wholesome and innocent, keeps their Ma safe. The odd man out, Francis, is a deputy police commissioner.
- Jimmy De Santa from GTA V is a far better example of this trope since all former examples were not of Anglo-American descent & earning their own living, therefore they get less stigma associated with this trope. He constantly sits up in his room, masturbates, smokes pot and plays video games without making an attempt to get a job or move out.
- Rowland in The Orion Conspiracy reveals himself as this. He says that he lived with his mother before coming to work at the space station. He is rather childish, immature, lazy, fat, has a chocolate addiction, and is a hypochondriac.
- Larry Laffer in Leisure Suit Larry lived with his mother until he one day came home and discovered that she had gone traveling and sold the house. Larry was 38 when this happened.
- Evil Dave in Runescape has constructed his lair in his mother's basement.
- Your first employee in Youre The Boss says "Thanks for hiring me. You have no idea how much my mom wanted me out of her basement."
- The main character in Plains Of Fantasy lives in his mother's basement and spends most of his time playing the title MMORPG.
- The console versions of The Sims have a mission mode called "Get a Life". The very first level has your adult player character living in their mother's house, with the objectives centered around gaining life skills, money and a job so they can move out.
- The sequel Bustin' Out also features a mission mode in "Bust Out Mode", which also begins at Mom's house, but this time the only objective related to moving out of there is getting a job (the other objectives are things like "use the double speed") and you can move back in anytime (which is handy since some motives never go below 50% there, which is very handy for skilling).
- In Trauma Team, the victim of the second forensics case, Veronica Cage, was a Gender Inverted example of this. When she was alive, she lived with her parents and acted like a typical teenage delinquent, having dropped out of high school and staying out long every night, despite being 23 years old. More shockingly, she was also repeatedly beating up her parents! However, the latter is later revealed to have been caused by an Ax-Crazy-inducing virus, rather than her own volition.
- Clarence's Big Chance: Clarence in the beginning and in the Bad Ending.
- Rides With Strangers: One of the Strangers Elona can end up riding with is Carol the Dungeon Master, a fat, scruffy-bearded, sketchy-looking guy.
- Homestar Runner:
- In the Strong Bad Email "road trip" Strong Bad mocks the sender, reading his signature of "That Guy From That Place" as "Pete From Pete's Parents' Basement".
- Strong Bad's antivirus software of choice, Edgar the Virus Hunter, is said to be "programmed entirely in mom's basement by Edgar."
- In the 2008 fan costume commentary, Strong Bad describes a fat guy dressed as a Limozeen member as "Chuzz Palaroncini, still living in the basement of his parents' basement."
- Minilife TV: Melvin the Ninja is 28 years old and he still lives with his mom.
- X-Ray & Vav: X-Ray lives with his mom, playing games, and making her clean his room.
- The Jenkins is about three grown men, who have lived in the basement for a very long time, trying to live on their own, after their parents move to the retirement home.
- The Council of Three-And-A-Half in Nodwick:
Bartholomew "Fart-Foot-Mcpoot" Macforte: I'll have you know we haven't used my mother's basement since - be silent!
- In Narbonic, Dr. Madblood's "Elaborate Underground Base". He later switches to a moonbase, but still does his mom's laundry. After the moonbase was destroyed, he had to move back in.
- According to Nelson, Frank and Lewis in Full Frontal Nerdity.
- In Real Life Comics, while camping out in front of a store for a game, a guy, Greg's age, came by to sit in line. He didn't have anything else to do since his Mom's basement was being bug bombed and then he offered to play Yu-Gi-Oh! cards with him.
- Robbie and Jase in PvP at one point.
- The Scumthorpe Files
- Spurgin Scumthorpe is an interesting case. He spends most of his time in the basement and is actually introduced by the narrative as a basement dweller, and spends the few times he has outside the house going to Comic Cons and other geeky exploits. But he's actually moved out of his parents' house and is quite a successful novelist in spite of his unsavory character.
- Meanwhile his younger brother Rick still lives in his father's manor, but it's not because he wants to freeload on his parents. Rather, he's a loser who is unable to hold down a job and couldn't really afford to move out. Rick is surprisingly quite responsible with children (especially his buttbaby, Crypto), and would probably have left the house if he's not so down on his luck.
- Atop the Fourth Wall: Linkara hasn't moved out of his parent's house in 30 years, as his review of Superman v. Terminator reveals. As of the 100th episode, he's finally moved out with his girlfriend Iron Liz to an apartment, and rigged his old home to blow on unauthorized entry.
- Maddison Atkins refers to the people commenting on her videos as basement dwellers.
- The Spoony Experiment: Until fairly recently, Spoony lived in his parents's basement. He ended one review on an explosive cliffhanger in case the circumstances of his move out rendered him unable to continue filming.
- In an episode of the Vacuum Consortium, Agamemnon Tiberius Vacuum is seen yelling to his parents upstairs after the credit roll.
- Geoff from Mother's Basement used to live in his mother's basement. Who would have thought?
- Nostalgia Critic:
- Douchey McNitpick is revealed to live in his mother's basement in "The Next Top 11 Nostalgia Critic Fuck-Ups".
- A precursor to Douchey: Melvin, self-claimed brother of the Joker, lives with his mother, whom he tries to pass off as his secretary to the audience, but to no avail. He finally admits it later in the video:
Melvin: I do in fact, live with my mother. I see no shame in it... even though she constantly does.
- Doug and Rob moved out of their parents's house around the time of The Room review. Then, they had a big and gorgeous. Now, they are married and live in different houses.
- Similarly, Uncyclopedia articles assume that all the editors and readers must be basement-dwellers.
- Defied in CinemaSins with a bit of Self-Deprecation:
Narrator: We don't live in our mother's basements because we don't deserve such luxury. And there are spiders down there.
- Update is told from the perspective of an unemployed 31-year old man who lives in his parents' trailer.
- According to Cracked, Valentine Strasser, the former dictator of Sierra Leone, had to live with his mom after being overthrown. And his current situation was so pathetic that the very same government that overthrew him felt the need to request that people stop throwing rocks at him.
- The dude in Ukinojoe's Great: The Show 4 lives in his girlfriend's basement but only calls her for help. He mainly plays shooting games and is very fat and lazy.
- On the French webshow Joueur du Grenier (the "Attic Gamer"), this is what the title and the persona of Grenier allude to, once gone though Cultural Translation: in France, the equivalent of a Hollywood Nerd would be expected to live in the attic rather than in the basement.
- The image for this article is of Jenkins the Griefer from South Park, as depicted in the episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft". The main thing known about him is that he has played World of Warcraft so much that he's reached a level thought unreachable even by the designers — from which they conclude that he must have absolutely no life at all.
- In Adventure Time, one of Jake and Lady Rainicorn's sons, T.V., is revealed to be this in the episode "Jake Suit". Jake expresses his approval.
- Frugal Lucre of Kim Possible operates his schemes of world conquest from his mother's basement where he lives. Taken two steps further, when the heroes gain access to his 'lair' not through their usual MO of breaking in through the roof or ventilation shafts, but by knocking on the front door and asking his mother if he was home. When Lucre and the heroes are gearing up to fight in the basement a few moments later, they're interrupted by his mother bringing a tray full of snacks and juice for her son and his "friends".
- The Fairly OddParents episode "Big Superhero Wish": The middle-aged writer of the Crimson Chin lives his with his mother and receives a magazine called "Geeks Who Live With Their Mothers Monthly". Not that Denzel Crocker is any better...
- In Underfist, when Hoss Delgado was going to use explosive weaponry on the bad guys, his mother interrupts and tells the bad guys that Hoss is 48 and he still lives with his mommy.
- Mrs. Delgado: Hoss?Hoss: (in a high-pitched voice) Yes? Mommy?Mrs. Delgado: You're not pretending I'm dead again because you're 48 and you still live with your mommy, are you?Hoss: (angry and embarrassed) No mommy. (the bad guys laugh hard)Mrs. Delgado: Okay, you play nice now.Hoss: Yes mommy. (fires his cannon at the bad guys creating a huge explosion)
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Night Of The Huntress": The middle-aged "The Calculator" operates his evil ventures from his mother's basement. When Huntress comes to bust him, his mother is all too pleased that there is a girl here to see him.
- Codename: Kids Next Door: "Operation: M.I.N.I.G.O.L.F." involves The Great Puttinski shrinking down Numbuh Two and challenging him in a mini-golf course complete with models of the world's monuments. The whole course is in his mother's basement. Numbuh Two still wins.
- Legion of Super-Heroes episode "Substitutes" has Porcupine Pete, who not only has his mom drive him and the other audition rejects around, but also has the best moment of his life ruined by his mother arriving and saying it's his nap time. Although technically Pete and the rest of the Subs are still teenagers so him living with his mom makes more sense, and this may count as a subversion.
- Coop from Megas XLR makes for a strange non-nerd (albeit very slacker) example. Upon learning that the Monster of the Week intends to destroy his house, he exclaims "My Mom's home! She'll kill me!"
- The Batman: Cluemaster even built his evil lair in his mom's basement.
- The Simpsons: Comic Book Guy is subject to Geographic Flexibility. Apparently someone thought this would make a worthy gag to have him living in his parent's basement after they'd already established that he lives above his shop (it's one of those business-on-the-first-floor-home-on-the-second-floor buildings common in smalltown USA).
- Most of the jokes about Seymour Skinner revolve around how he still lives with his beloved
smothermother in middle age (although as with Frasier, he insists "she lives with me!"). Given Skinner has a paying job as principal of an elementary school (though he is revealed to only make $25,000 a year in "Skinner's Sense of Snow") while his mother Agnes is frequently shown as quite senile, he has a point.
- Most of the jokes about Seymour Skinner revolve around how he still lives with his beloved
- Futurama episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before": Melllvar hits this trope dead center.
Melllvar's Mother: Melllvar! Dinner time!
Melllvar: Aw, but Mom, I'm playing with my collectibles!
Melllvar's Mother: Now!
[Melllvar groans and disappears]
Fry: All this time we thought he was a powerful super-being, yet he was just a child.
Melllvar's Mother: He's not a child, he's 34!
- A villain in WordGirl, Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy, lives in his mother's basement. (He tried to move into his own lair once, but got too homesick and moved back.)
- The Venture Bros.: Henchmen #21 briefly lives and operates his own comics supply business out of his mother's house, before being called back by The Monarch.
- Oz from Fanboy and Chum Chum fits this trope to a T. He's an adult, action figure-collecting, obese comic book nerd who lives with his mother. They technically run a comic book shop together, although in "The Hard Sell" it's revealed they're unable to sell anything due to Oz's infatuation towards the items.
- In King of the Hill "The Witches of East Arlen", Bobby joins a group of "wizards" who appear to be basement dwellers as the leader Ward who looks middle aged lives in his mother's house.
- Wade from Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, while not a nerd but a severe slacker, tells Kick and Gunther that he lived in his step-mom's basement but she kicked him out... Turns out she lived in a trailer and the basement was just a hole in the ground underneath it.
- In The Legend of Korra Book 3 (Change), one of the new potential Airbender recruits is a 22-year-old man who still lives with his mother. His mom, despite saying that he's "still trying to figure his life out" to try and justify it, is delighted by the idea of Tenzin taking him to the Northern Air Temple, just so she can finally get him out of the house. Three years later, not only does he join Tenzin and the other Airbenders, they also give him a job as a tour guide, and his parents are glad he has a job. However, he's embarrassed to see them at work
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Zephyr Breeze, the younger brother of Fluttershy, tries to reintegrate his parents' home at the beginning of "Flutter Brutter", because he can't find a job. His mom and dad aren't exactly pleased (since he's wholly insufferable) but are too meek to straight-out refuse.
- Mookie from Atomic Puppet lives in his overbearing scooter-chair-bound mother's basement despite being the former sidekick of Captain Atomic and the rival of Atomic Puppet.
- In the Spongebob Squarepants episode, "Moving Bubble Bass", it is revealed that Bubble Bass lives in his mother's basement, and when he gets fed up with her interrupting his fantasy talk show and making him do chores, he tricks SpongeBob and Patrick into helping him move his belongings to his grandmother's basement across the street.
- The Slimer! segments of The Real Ghostbusters gave the gluttonous green ghost an archenemy in Professor Norman Dweeb, an eccentric scientist obsessed with capturing him who is shown several times to still be living with his mother.
- Trent from Daria is in his early 20s and living in his parents' house with no job, and no formal education (he's not even entirely sure if he graduated high school), has no motive to go and find a job, and if he isn't sleeping, he's rehearsing with his band, Mystik Spyral. Daria, who had a crush on him in the earlier seasons, once expressed that she at the very least hopes his music career pans out because she can't imagine him doing much else. He's definitely a far more sympathetic depiction of this trope however.
- Former Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski lived with his mother throughout his term of office. He isn't married, has a law degree, so apparently the Polish electorate didn't hold it against him. The stigma is generally less in Europe, whether because of a strong emphasis on family life (as in Italy), prohibitive property prices (as in the UK, though Italy also has this problem) or both (as in Poland).
- In the Netherlands it's generally seen as uncommon and somewhat overly dependent to still live with one's parents if one is comfortably in one's 20s and has some way of supporting oneself. Though some students living close enough to their educational facility continue to live with their parents, a decision often related to difficulties finding a place or Hotel Mama being more convenient and less costly, most students look down on this, especially if still done beyond the first or second year of one's studies, and prefer the freedom and independence of a grotty student room. Adults moving in with their ailing parents seems to be fairly unusual as well. There may be in-country cultural differences in this, though. The rising prices of student housing might be making an end to this, with students paying up to 600 for a grotty room. This being the BeNeLux equivalent of the US- dormroom or house-sharing trope, which is quite rare there.
- Thanks of the economic recession of the late 2000s, it's becoming a Discredited Trope, as it can get rather difficult to avoid this if you're a college student. For that matter, it can be difficult to avoid this for graduates, if you didn't choose a high-demand degree like a Master Degree. Though even that's becoming a discredited trope, as so many young people have gone to college that job markets are saturated (and the needs of job markets change quickly), not to mention that automation has already rendered many occupations obsolete. So no major is guaranteed meaningful work. This is being seen all across the board, not just in humanities fields.
- However, the "move out when you are an adult" is a (relatively) recent phenomenon of post WWII America where everyone had four complete years of constant work, savings i.e. rationing, and GI Bill bonuses to boot. Prior to that most people lived in family units and only moved away when there wasn't enough room in the current dwelling. It was also a cultural norm for young men to move out as soon as they became adults in order to make it on their own and prove that they were real men (it's debatable on whether or not young women experienced the same thing or they lived at home until they met the right man to marry and move in with him). Nowadays (especially because of the lousy economy), most young adults stay at home with their parents or relatives until they have a stable income and be able to live on their own off of that. The abovementioned cultural norm depended on your socioeconomic level. Working-class and farm girls as well as boys left home as young as eleven to get jobs in mills and factories, often sending part of their earnings to their families. Many factories had dorms for their child/teen employees. There were also independent rooming houses and protective societies for female workers.
- This gets worse if you live in California, where the average rent is some of the highest in the entire country. In San Fracisco in particular, a 2-bedroom apartment can run for $4,000 a month.
- Japan has some serious social problems with this issue. Though shows like Welcome to the N.H.K. sort of address the issue. It is more common for hikikomori to live in a flat paid for by their parents rather than with the parents themselves. Outside of Tokyo, rents are not so high that this is an issue for those that work. Houseshares and flatshares are also becoming more common. The Otaku culture gets blamed a lot for this and the declining birthrate but the reality is more nuanced than the popular imagery that reaches the West would imply.
- Some people also move home after leaving and failing hard. This happens to many people. Reality show creator Simon Cowell had to move home after the FIRST time he hit it big and lost everything, according to at least one official biography.
- Living with their parents is a common practice in Latin America, since social, political and economic instability is the rule in most of the countries of the region, up to the point you have 3 or more generations living in the same house; not that this is so bad, in nations where social care for old people is at best negligible sons end taking the responsibility to keep the house running along with their aging parents and relatives. Also, living in community makes things a lot easier in terms of paying the bills since you can buy wholesale merchandise.
- Interestingly the practice of having the family living close to someones has allowed some people to start family businesses which in turn have improved the economy of their countries. Also, Latin American people will always have a safe haven in case of social or economic failure, which may or may not be related to why instead of committing suicide or ending sleeping in a park Latin Americans simply pull back to their parent's homes to heal their wounds and get ready for another one!
- In Middle Eastern nations, it is generally expected that children live with their parents until they get married.
- Same thing in the Mediterranean countries, Eastern Europe (see Poland above) and SE Asia. In some of the Mediterranean countries, there are also expensive property prices on top as well as low wages and many part-time and/or temporary jobs (Italy and Spain, to name two examples).
- Living with parents, and the concept of the joint family, is very common in India and the rest of South Asia. When some younger individuals live away from their parents, it often happens amongst villagers who travel to larger towns and cities to earn a living. Sometimes, people from richer families live away from their parents, but the trope bounces back when they own houses within the same area or even building.
- Note that even in these cultures this trope somehow still applies, not as "living with your parents at an adult age is shameful" but as "living with your parents at an adult age and willingly not contributing with the household is shameful".
- The extended family is the norm through almost all of human history. It's only very recently that the nuclear family — and the whole idea that a person moves out and starts their own family — became popular.
- This was more a result of the relative perception of prosperity of the Post-WWII years in the West. The nuclear family migrated slowly to the Far East from Western influences.
- This is a common misconception. In fact actual records and censuses demonstrate that the nuclear family has been the norm in the west and much more common in the east where an extended family several generations deep was an ideal - but one seldom met.
- Dr. Phil refers to these people as Moochers, and has done four specials on them.
- In early 2014 a study in Britain found that over a quarter of 20-34 year olds (640,000 people) were still living with their parents, and for every 10 women there were 17 men. Reasons for this include a rise in unemployment and shakier employment prospects (i.e. more part-time and temporary full-time jobs, less permanent full-time jobs); high house prices and low living wages were also singled out as problems. In addition, though not mentioned, many people with higher degrees often find themselves in much more menial occupations (due to stiffer competition and, again, rising unemployment), so many who finish uni end up having to go back home (though since Britian is a fairly small country its not uncommon for students to choose to commute and not leave home to begin with). In short, it simply makes more financial sense to postpone moving out as you can focus on saving up for a decent home and wait for the economy to improve before renting or buying one.
- 30-year old unemployed Michael Rotondo earned worldwide fame (and slight amounts of money off this publicity) in June 2018 when he refused to not only move out of his parents home but he also refused to even find a job and help them out with expenses. His parents demanded and bribed him $1100 to leave, but he refused, making them take this issue to court where they won and the judge ordered Rotondo to vacate the premises or he'll be arrested. Rotondo was able to use money he generated from the media reporting on his story, including an appearance on Info Wars with Alex Jones, to find an Airbnb and it is said he's currently living there rent-free. Alex Jones, who himself supported his parents' decision to evict him and admitted to ridiculing Rotondo, gifted Rotondo $3000 and offered him more money for a reporter job which Rotondo declined. To this day, Rotondo has not found a job since his eviction. One Airbnb owner chose not to charge Rotondo rent, and he's kept a low profile ever since he found a new home.
- One variation of this trope is, rather than a younger adult living in his parents' basement, you have an Amateur Radio Operator in his own basement or a shed out back, using a ham radio set for much the same purposes that his younger counterpart uses a computer and an internet connection. One common reason for this is that it lets the ham enjoy their hobby without annoying their spouse too much.