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A fairly self-explanatory trope which hinges on the lauding of vulgarity, poor hygiene and boorishness as the epitome of masculinity. Works that use this trope proudly revel in uncouth stereotypes of adult men as being poorly mannered, lazy, obnoxious, drunken, gluttonous, vulgar, filthy, and... well... slobs.

When this trope is used, it is almost always combined with Men Are Uncultured, though the opposite need not be true. Often a key component of Mars-and-Venus Gender Contrast.

Contrast with House Husband. Also see Men Can't Keep House.


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  • Countless beer and fast-food commercials feature men whose social graces are at a level only just above those of baboons. You'd think depicting the consumers of your product in this manner would be a bad idea, but apparently it works.

    Comic Books 
  • The Far Side had one comic showing, basically, the above image captioned "Giorgo Armani at home".


  • I Love You, Man has fun with this. Jason Segel's character has many aspects of this trope.
  • So much inverted in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason with the underwear-folding-before-bed Mark Darcy compared to his girlfriend, Bridget Jones, who has an apartment that would resemble a teenager's room. She takes it as evidence of how he's not spontaneous enough.


  • A major point of Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys.

     Live Action TV  

  • Jayne Cobb from Firefly, who can be remarkably irritating in his superficiality about such things. He is the only one aboard who claims that the doctor is unmanly because he is a dandy. The others (including Mal and Book who would be very good judges on that score) all respect the doctor's courage even when irritated at him.
  • Magnum, P.I. is a mild example of this, as Thomas Magnum and Higgins have a constant slobbery vs snobbery war. But this only goes so far and they are actually friends beneath the mutual snarkery.
  • Inverted on The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon is very clean and organized, and his female neighbor Penny is the slob. Sheldon once even broke into Penny's apartment to clean up. Given that Sheldon has Super OCD and Penny is a struggling actress trying to balance a full-time waitress job, it's actually pretty realistic.
  • Onslow on Keeping Up Appearances. His perpetually soiled sleeveless shirt is in particular rememberable.
  • Ken Hutchinson from Starsky & Hutch, who sometimes leaves quite a mess in his LTD.
  • The short-lived 1990s sitcom Pig Sty is about five male bachelors living in one apartment. The name of the show tells you all you need to know.


  • A Russian comedian, Yevgeniy Petrosian, had a sketch once where he outlined the typical man's schedule and the typical woman's schedule. The man's schedule consisted mostly of meals, TV, fishing, rest and "relaxation after rest". But it added up to more waking hours, so his conclusion was that men should have Mondays off.

     Web Original  

  • The Art Of Manliness acknowledges this is often true and seeks to teach men how to be a little more clean cut (in other words, defy this trope)
  • The Image Macro character "Foul Bachelor Frog." Subverted in that he does have a Distaff Counterpart (Foul Bachelorette Frog) who is just as lazy and disgusting as he is, if not moreso.

     Western Animation  
  • Futurama: Fry and Bender seem to go out of their way to make their apartment look like a total pig sty. This is best illustrated in "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back," when Fry's slobbishness proves a point of attraction for an uptight, organized bureaucrat.


  • Among Israeli youth movements the song "Yona Pa'amona" was popular for years. The song describes a camp with four tents: one for boys, one for girls, one shared, and one for the kitchen. Naturally, the girls' tent is perpetually clean, while the boys' tent is perpetually filthy and full of flies. If you speak Hebrew, you can find the lyrics here.