Queenie: Then why don't you?
Joe: It ain't necessary.
A Lazy Bum is very rare. Just ask anybody if they're lazy. They may be Brilliant, but Lazy, or Book Dumb, or shrewdly saving their energy, but they're not just plain lazy. They work hard, really, or at least they could if it was worth the effort to do it, but they're not lazy. The only people who think they aren't working are their fascist bosses. Got it? In fact, if you asked these hard-working people about their co-workers, you'd realize that they're the only ones who do any work around here.
Of course, every now and then you get a Lazy Bum who is more self-aware. These tend to be Smug Snakes who think it's hilarious that other people bother to do work instead of just leeching. Then there are the ones who are really self-aware, and almost philosophically devoted to being lazy. They scheme so hard at getting out of work that it's actually harder work than just doing the work. Usually their boss is a humorless Control Freak who is so annoying that we root for the worthless slacker instead.
A more metaphorical example of this trope would be moral laziness. Usually seen in villains, anti-heroes and anti-villains this type of laziness applies to those who "take the easy way out" in a psychological sense. Usually, this includes murder, being an Extreme Doormat, allowing oneself to be easily manipulated, lacking empathy toward others or just lacking the drive and willpower to say "no".
Then there are the ones who are supposed to be sympathetic, because they're just like you. These may be the most common type of all, and there's probably others, but it's too much work to write about them. No doubt Wiki Magic will take care of it.
Being a Lazy Bum — whether in the traditional sense or the metaphorical one of moral laziness — is also known as Sloth, which is one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Not to be confused with the South American mammal, which is named "sloth" because it sleeps a lot and moves very slowly even when it's awake. Compare The Slacker.
- Lazy-Sensei from Haré+Guu, who enforces "siesta" time on his class purely to get himself more shut-eye. Nevermind that his students range in age from 9 to late teens, and are all past the need for naptimes.
- Genma Saotome of Ranma ½ is downplayed. In the series itself, he almost never bothers to do anything besides loaf around, eat, and play shogi, leaving his son to handle any problem that pops up. Even if Genma caused that problem in the first place. However, prior to the series, Genma willingly left his Supreme Chef wife and the comfort of his home to travel the highways and byways of Japan and China for over a decade, in order to help his son become a powerful martial artist, and in fact designed two schools of techniques (the Yamasenken and Umisenken) that are amongst the most powerful in the series, with near-perfect invisibility, vacuum blades that can cut through steel like runny butter, spine-snapping bearhugs, and more. He has also displayed mental sloth in regards teaching Ranma- for example, failing to read the Nekoken training scroll all the way through, or taking his son to Jusenkyo simply on the virtue that it sounded impressive, without bothering to find out why it was called "The Valley of Cursed Springs".
- Played with in PandoraHearts. Vincent Nightray. Often found asleep in hallways, rarely seems more than half awake, will never do for himself anything his servant Echo could possibly do instead, including getting to a chair or bed before going to sleep, lacks the slightest empathy for anyone other than his brother Gilbert, and simply sits there waiting when death is coming for him, rather than even try to find a way out.
- He is also thoroughly intelligent, secretly The Chessmaster — one of them anyway — will go out of his way to help his brother, even if he don't like the work involved, obeyed his brother's request to not kill the victims of Mind Control, even though that would have been the easy thing to do, and is quite active in social circles, gaining political influence to further his ends, while seeming harmless doe to the aforementioned laziness.
- Played with in Umineko: When They Cry. Belphegor represents the sin of Sloth, but is a very hard worker. It's just that if she's the only one doing the work, it advances her vice. Still, when Rudolf tricks her into a Duel to the Death in the third arc, she doesn't notice that her master, Eva-Beatrice, is in the line of fire until she only has time to take the bullet (He apologizes to her, at least). As she puts it, "I was lazy ?!"
- Ryner Lute from The Legend of the Legendary Heroes, who much prefers taking afternoon naps to fighting evil.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- The Homunculus Sloth. It's in his name, but if you get him going, he becomes a Lightning Bruiser. He represents wasted potential; he has immense physical strength and moves like lightning, yet is too lazy to develop the skill necessary to reach his full potential.
- Interestingly, the 2003 anime version double subverts this. Sloth is portrayed as a beautiful woman who can turn herself into water. In her human disguise as King Bradley's secretary she's a very hard worker, but when in combat, she appears to be rather lazy, as it's been shown at least once that she can actually turn her entire body into water and drown anyone and everyone around her, but she usually just uses a small amount of her power (usually in her arms) and kind of just stands there in one spot while trying to hit her target.
- Both Sloths are also morally lazy. Manga Sloth tends to use his Super Strength to go through objects rather than around them, and commits crimes because he simply lacks the willpower and drive to say no. In his case it's justified as he's the literal embodiment of the sin he's named for. The 2003 anime's Sloth, in a similar vein, tries to take the easy way out, killing the Elric brothers rather than psychologically coming to terms with the fact that she is the reincarnation of their mother.
- Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!!, of all people, appears to be this. In his official character profile his only hobby is listed as "basking in the sun", and he tells Celty in his "Special Voice" on the character CD that he likes days where there's "just nothing to do".
- Outside of the occasional moments where he shows insight or rare signs of actually being responsible, Usaida Yoshihito from Gakuen Babysitters is like this almost all the time while on the job, sleeping whenever he gets the chance.
- Played for Drama in Ebisu-san and Hotei-san with Ebisu's sister. Her constant slacking off and neglect of her daughter is a heavy burden on Ebisu, and other characters call her out for her Jerkass behavior.
- Europa the Lazy from Claymore. In her Claymore days she was a single digit who might have been #1 if she tried harder and her special technique (all single digits at lest were apparently expected to come up with a unique fighting style) was Playing Possum. In her current Eldritch Abomination form she initially struggles against a being of similar power but vastly less experience, skill and intelligence before she bothers to get serious.
- A defining trait for En Yufuin of Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, who prefers to hang out at the hot spring rather than get anything done.
- Kuro from Servamp is the living embodiment of this trope — unsurprisingly, as he's the vampire that represents Sloth. He'd rather spend his days eating ramen and potato chips and playing video games, but the world won't let him.
- Nobita from Doraemon. Nobita is a very lazy person. He normally wakes up late for school and often dozes off in class. He naps almost every day after school, making him unable to sleep at night and wake up late the next morning. This creates an endless cycle of laziness.
- The titular character's shtick in Tanaka-kun is Always Listless. He's worse than a sloth most days, as imagining him doing something as strenuous as clinging to a tree is almost impossible. His close friend Ohta seems the main reason he seems to live a manageable every day life—it's to the point Ohta will sling him over his shoulder to make him go to the dentist when he needs to.
- The titular Umaru of Himouto! Umaru-chan is this in her Umaru-chan/UMR form; a lazy, selfish video game addict who only does chores when forced to. She hides this side of her from her friends and classmates, instead being the pretty, polite, good-at-everything Umaru.
- One Piece: The very first thing we learn about Admiral Ryokugyu is that he's such a fundamentally lazy man he finds eating to be too much effort and doesn't bother. The fact he's still an admiral despite that and it's been three years since he had a meal speaks volumes.
- A Lazy Guy Woke Up as a Girl One Morning naturally has the title character, Yasuda. He's not all that bothered by inexplicably turning into a girl one morning, since he thinks it would be too much work to find a way to turn back, but hates all the work he has to do to adjust. For example, he insists on continuing to stay with his roommate Hayasaka in the boys' dorms and use the boys' bathrooms, claiming that because he's a boy at heart. His actual reason is that it'd be a hassle to move, and he probably couldn't mooch off his new roommate as much as he does off Hayasaka.
- Usagi from Sailor Moon would rather play video games and eat than study for tests. She even lampshades this when she's bewitched by Ramua in the 9th episode of Season 1.
Usagi: I have a lot of things to accomplish today. First off, I have to get home. Then, eat a pork bun. After that, finish playing my video game, take a bath, and then — OHNO, LOOKWHATTIMEITISALREADY!
- From Disney Ducks Comic Universe, Gladstone Gander. His perpetual good luck has given him a very warped set of morals, including such a disdain for work that he sees the one coin he made on one unlucky day where he had to work as My Greatest Failure and hides it in a safe out of shame.
- Lupo from Minimonsters, a narcoleptic werewolf and also a Big Eater.
- Lazy Smurf from The Smurfs, both in the comic books and the cartoon show.
- The titular character of Franco-Belgian Comic Philémon spends his days idly wandering the countryside with his donkey Anatole, dodging his chores and dad.
- Wally from Dilbert is also an example of Dismotivation, and one of the ones who puts more work into avoiding work than it would ever take to do the work itself. He was based off of a co-worker of Scott Adams's who was trying to get fired in a Springtime for Hitler situation.
- Garfield, pictured above, embodies both sloth and gluttony. Case in point, in one strip he mounted a television to the ceiling so he could sleep and watch TV at the same time.
Jon: Have you ever seen someone work so hard at being so lazy?
Garfield: And you say I never do anything around here.
- Beetle Bailey's primary characteristic is his laziness; if you see him work hard at anything, it's usually a scheme for shirking work.
- In the Avantasia Protag AU series, the demon Acedia is a recurring character. He is literally the embodiment of sloth and never manages to get anything truly evil done because he deems it too much work. He's only effective when manipulating his victims into harming themselves.
- The hyenas in The Lion King (1994), followed Scar supposedly because they wanted food. What that meant in practice was 'forcing other carnivores to hunt food for them and having Scar beat them up if they object'. At no point do they do anything but sit around and wait for others to enable their survival. In a wilderness. How they're not already dead boggles the mind.
Banzai: It's dinner time, and we ain't got no stinkin' entrees!
- The Lion Guard spinoff confirms that the Outlands are perfectly capable of sustaining a hyena population- in fact, most hyenas feel very fond of the place. Shenzi and her gang were just lazy.
- The lovable slackers from the works of Judd Apatow.
- The Dude from The Big Lebowski.
The Cowboy: "Even if he was a lazy man— and The Dude was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest man in all of Los Angeles, which'd place him high in the runnin' for laziest worldwide."
- See The Hobbit under "literature" for the slothful Smaug.
- The Disappointments Room: David. At one point, he says that he plays Xbox and takes naps while he watches his wife Dana work, when he's asked what he does for a living.
- Baloo in Disney's adaptations of The Jungle Book (1967). His song "The Bare Necessities" is all about taking whatever life brings his way rather than working for it. Although there is wisdom in being content with what you have, he definitely takes it to the point of outright laziness. In the live-action version he's somewhat manipulative as well, getting Mowgli to work for him.
- In The Comedy of Terrors, Trumbull would frequently have Gillie do all of the dirty work for him while he sits back and waits (usually in his bottle). This is illustrated when they try to break into Mr. Black's home to kill him, Trumbull verbally abusing Gillie for his lack of climbing skills despite almost being twice as tall as him. Trumbull could have easily scaled the wall himself, but couldn't not be bothered.
- Wild River: Hamilton and Cal Garth (and possibly Joe John, although he's absent during that conversation) are old enough to be great-uncles but openly admit that they don't do any work on the Garth farm and just mildly supervise the black farmhands, and have been that way since childhood. Knowing that the relocation would force them to get jobs causes them to resist for a while.
- In Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the annoying comic relief character Dropo is referred to as "the laziest man on Mars". His problem isn't really that he's lazy so much as it is that he hasn't found the right job for him.
- Victor Tugelbend is the hero of the Discworld novel Moving Pictures, who puts an extraordinary amount of thought and effort into being lazy. He finds the student life at Unseen University very cushy so he studies extra extra hard to get exactly 84% on all his exams. 88% is the minimum passing grade for UU, and he has to get at least 80% to keep his trust fund. He's also in very good shape, so he doesn't have to waste energy hauling around excess body mass.
- Each of the villains in the Keys to the Kingdom series represents a deadly sin, with Mister Monday representing sloth. He has servants carry him around at all time and the waiting line for people seeking his approval to do something stretches into the hundreds of thousands. Seeing as he keeps an important part of the Celestial Bureaucracy running... Let's just say that in the ten thousand years of his reign, even some people remain unaccounted for.
- Older Than Feudalism: The Grasshopper in The Ant and the Grasshopper, one of Aesop's Fables.
- Mrs Ablewhite in The Moonstone.
My Aunt Ablewhite is a large, silent, fair-complexioned woman, with one noteworthy point in her character. From the hour of her birth she has never been known to do anything for herself. She has gone through life, accepting everybody's help, and adopting everybody's opinions.
- The protagonist in the Heinlein story The Man Who Was Too Lazy To Fail.
- In Tobacco Road, Jeeter Lester believes himself to be a hard-working farmer who's not to blame if other people won't give him credit to buy seed cotton and fertilizer. His actions, or rather his inactivity, suggests otherwise.
- Bertie from Jeeves and Wooster, who has more than enough money to support his lazy lifestyle and dreads nothing more than losing his valet, who runs his life and sees to it that he doesn't have to do a thing himself. While Bertie loves travel, sports, and helping out his friends, he also loves lounging around with a cigarette and a cheap mystery novel.
- Sol in the Warrior Cats series. He's charismatic enough to convince other cats to do what he wants, but somehow always ends up letting them fight in his place, or having them bring him food. Barley's brothers are also freeloaders that insist they need Ravenpaw to "show" them how to hunt and prepare sleeping areas.
- In John Milton's Paradise Lost, Belial urges lying low and not provoking more wrath — they are already better off than they were in the act of falling:
Thus BELIAL with words cloath'd in reasons garb
Counsel'd ignoble ease, and peaceful sloath,
- The Hobbit has a rare example of an antagonist who is extremely slothful yet legitimately dangerous. Smaug "the chiefest and greatest calamity of our age" spends decades just sleeping on his Dragon Hoard, and doesn't bother anyone unless his Greed needs sating or his Pride needs salving. If anyone does provoke him, however...
- The film makes him a more active threat by factoring in Sauron's return, and Gandalf's thoughts about how much trouble they'd all be in if Sauron were able to shake Smaug out of his sloth and persuade him to take an active role in Middle Earth's destruction. This concern was also present in some of Tolkien's (posthumously published) writings, although for various reasons the film had to separately reason it out based purely on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (including appendices).
- The fireflies from The Underland Chronicles. Mareth describes how he once saw two fireflies try to fight to the death over a piece of cake, only to accuse the other of cheating and resort to sulking.
- Ratburger: Zoe's mean stepmother Sheila is so lazy that it takes effort for her to use the TV remote.
- The Bogeys from Fungus The Bogeyman are a whole species of Lazy Bums. Their posters advertise past events so no one has to bother going to the events, they try their best to be slow, and they often fall asleep while sailing.
- In Clark Ashton Smith's fantasy stories, the jerkass god known as Tsathoggua is basically this on a divine scale. He's described as moving with "divine slothfulness", and pretty much only wakes up when it's time for a Human Sacrifice to be fed to him, or to deliver a snarky bon mot.
- In an episode of The Addams Family Morticia and Uncle Fester mistakenly overhear Gomez say the family is broke. Fester turns to Morticia "What will we do for money? I'm too proud to beg and too lazy to work!"
- The Sopranos: Tony Soprano has the hardest time getting his spoiled son A.J. to do any work whatsoever, and almost never without a ton of whining beforehand.
- Lister from Red Dwarf is one of the ones we root for. He never does any work whatsoever, but it's not like a giant empty spaceship with no crew needs a lot of work, and he's more fun than his Control Freak nemesis. He's also self-aware of it. When asked to state his "occupation", he outright says that it's "bum".
- Almost every season of Survivor has at least one contestant who makes a show of not doing work, gloats about how funny it is that other people do work instead of them, and then has no clue why the other contestants (and the audience) hate them.
- Basi from the Nigerian TV show Basi And Company was a man whose goal in life was to become a millionaire without ever doing work. In the pilot episode, he tells an unemployed friend to try throwing himself off a bridge instead of job hunting...because some good Samaritan will save him and get him a job, just like happened to one of the current cabinet ministers.
- George from Seinfeld.
- Maynard G. Krebbs from The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. The mere mention of work was enough to scare him.
- Hank on Corner Gas, though he is also The Fool.
- Subverted in LazyTown with Robbie Rotten, whose efforts to get everyone else to stop doing things (or just ruin their day) actually take a lot of work; this was lampshaded at least once.
- Nathan from Misfits. Not quite smart enough to be Brilliant, but Lazy, not nearly dumb enough to qualify as The Ditz. He's capable, but oh so lazy.
- Peg Bundy, female lead of Married... with Children. Early on, she was portrayed as a jaded but competent homemaker, but exaggeration set in until Peg was so lazy that basic tasks like grocery shopping and feeding her children were foreign (and repulsive) to her.
- Lui from Studio 100's Kabouter Plop series is constantly drowsy, and is always seen sleeping. His catchphrase is "Ik Word Daar Zoe Moe Van" and a song about his sleeping habit.
- Fort Boyard: Pr. Kevin challenges the candidates' knowledge in the Boyard Academy... while doing the absolute minimum of effort himself. And usually taking a little nap right afterward. When outside the watchtower, he moves around on a motorized bed.
- Frasier: Daphne's brother Simon is a massive slob who won't do anything for himself if there's a possibility he can get someone else to do it for him. A large part of the reason Daphne doesn't like him is because he expects her to wait on him hand and foot.
- Evillious Chronicles: "Gift from the Princess Who Brought Sleep" represents Sloth, sung by Hatsune Miku. Unlike most examples, this one is rather metaphorical. Margarita (who is a very Broken Bird) grows discontent with everyone's unhappiness, and starting with her unfaithful husband, gives everyone her "gift" ("poison" in German). The metaphor is: life is a struggle to gain happiness, Margarita is too "lazy" to work for her and everyone else's happiness, so she took the "lazy way out" by granting everyone eternal sleep.
- And then there's Bruno Mars' The Lazy Song. "Today I don't feel like doing anything..."
- Mandatory Fun has a parody called "Inactive" that has someone who epitomizes sloth.
My muscle's gone, I'm atrophied
Always lose my fight with gravity
I rest my bones, and just chillax
My NordicTrack's collecting dust
And my Stair-Master's a pile of rust
This is it, The Inertia
- The Tin Pan Alley standard "Lazybones", with lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Hoagy Carmichael, is all about this. Mercer's lyrics were written to tease Carmichael.
- Kevin Nash developed this reputation in WCW, specifically of getting paid a lot to do comparatively little work. In TNA it became his gimmick outright, with very little motivating him to move anything other than his lips for a paycheck. (Attacking Scott Hall, as Jeff Jarrett did accidentally or Samoa Joe did verbally was one thing, pursuit of pretty women such as The Beautiful People was another).
- This is how Jimmy Jacobs treated Milo Beasley in The Age Of The Fall's Full Impact Pro branch. On an Ring of Honor show Jacobs refused to admit Beasley was even an Age Of The Fall Member, insisting he was a "homeless man" whom he had bought a ticket for.
- Atelier Annie's protagonist Annie Eilenberg puts much more effort into sleeping than she does in her alchemy.
- Merak from Azure Striker Gunvolt complains once you enter his boss room because you didn't have the decency to die on the way there and spare him from having to fight you. When you do fight him, he spends the entire battle in his flying throne, and his ultimate attack is called "Lazy Laser". Once he dies and is resurrected, he complains that he has to keep fighting instead of relaxing.
- Bendy and the Ink Machine: In the joint recording between Thomas Connor and Wally Franks in Chapter 3, Wally is implied to be one. Thomas keeps explaining how the pipes and valves work asks Wally to keep an eye on a valve, but Wally seems annoyed that Thomas seems to be trying to get him to do his job.
- Subverted with Python in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. Forsyth seems to think that Python is this trope. However, Python's definitely capable of getting stuff done; it's just that, as he points out to Clive, Python is very aware of classism issues going on, even in The Deliverance, and is convinced that Hard Work Hardly Works since he (Python) is a commoner, while the commanders are pretty much exclusively nobility.
- Hilda in Fire Emblem: Three Houses is Brilliant, but Lazy with an emphasis on the latter, often trying to push responsibilities she doesn't like onto someone else, or coming up with excuses to avoid activities she doesn't want to do. In truth, she is quite smart and capable in many areas and often steps up to perform a task well if the person she tried to push it onto isn't doing a good job. She admits to Byleth that she doesn't like doing most work because she's scared of disappointing others, reasoning that if nobody expects anything of her, she can't fall short of those expectations.
- Kingdom Hearts:
- Sora is a bit like this in the beginning (Kairi actually calls him one after he wakes up), but he's slowly growing out of it. Saving the universe does that to a guy.
- Demyx is this among Organization XIII. He prefers kicking back and writing songs to actual work, and isn't above bribing Roxas to do his missions for him.
- Link is heavily implied to be this prior to the game events and during the prolougues in many games of The Legend of Zelda. All before his heroic upgrade status, he is usually having to be forcibly woken up by a close friend or important circumstance.
- Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire introduces Slakoth and it's final evolution, Slaking, the 2 laziest Pokemon in the game. Their ability, Truant, means they only make a move every other turn. According to their Pokedex entries, Slakoth moves so little, it only requires to eat 3 leaves a day. Meanwhile, Slaking eats grass within it's reach, and reluctantly moves to another spot when there's no more grass.
- Slakoth's first evolved form, Vigoroth, averts this, as it has to constantly move to burn off energy to sleep at night.
- Pokémon Sun and Moon brings us Tapu Bulu, who is believed to be this as opposed to its rather docile nature.
- Akashi Kuniyuki from Touken Ranbu, who considers his laziness so much a part of his character that he apologizes when he gets MVP status during a battle.
Sorry about that. My selling point is my lack of motivation, but I ended up giving it my all.
- Sans from Undertale never does anything except lounge around the house whenever his younger brother Papyrus is trying to get actual work done. Though given that Sans actually puts a lot of thought and intricacy into his pranks, the "lazy" attitude is partly just a front to make Papyrus mad. The fact that he's constantly on the borderline of utter despair might also be a contributing factor. Sans muses about this if you can survive his boss fight, wondering aloud if it's just an excuse to be lazy.
Papyrus: SANS! PLEASE PICK UP YOUR SOCK!
Papyrus: DON'T PUT IT BACK DOWN! MOVE IT!
Papyrus: YOU MOVED IT TWO INCHES! MOVE IT TO YOUR ROOM!
Papyrus: AND DON'T BRING IT BACK!
Papyrus: IT'S STILL HERE!
Sans: didn't you just say not to bring it back to my room?
Papyrus: FORGET IT!
- Trillion: God of Destruction: Fegor, the older sister of Zeabolos, is the holder of the Crest of Sloth, and also proves to be quite the Sleepy Head. This is deliberate, as her powers far surpass that of her older brother, and in a prior War against Heaven, she racked up the single highest body count! She was given the crest to keep her docile during more peaceful times. When it comes time for her to fight Trillion, her Crest being released is treated as a severe Godzilla Threshold.
- Dexter Grif from Red vs. Blue is pathologically lazy, making an effort to avoid doing anything, whenever possible.
- Squid Row: Grace. Let special orders accumulate for months — and then when Randie cleared up them, Grace got more hours for it.
- Biter Comics: A man contemplates getting up to answer the phone but decides instead to let it ring several more times at least to make sure that it is, or was, important.
- In Godslave, Edith was doing pretty much nothing ever since she left school. When Alma asks her what her plans for the evening are, she points at her laptop and says "you're looking at them".
- In Kill Six Billion Demons, the Demiurge Jadis of the Seven is associated with the Sin of Sloth, being mostly immobile, completely uninvolved in the running of her empire and the least proactive of the Seven. Then again, she is currently sealed inside a coffin of glass due to having seen the universe from the outside and coming to understand everything about Creation. All of it, at once. Word of God says that Jadis knows everything but is powerless to actually affect anything, and the thing she wants most is to die (which she can't, due to the effects it would have on the Balance of Power).
- Spike from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic would rather sleep than do anything else, despite his job as Twilight Sparkle's assistant.
- Homer Simpson from The Simpsons.
- Fry from Futurama.
- Peter and Chris Griffin from Family Guy.
- Danny Phantom.
- Timmy Turner from The Fairly OddParents.
- Patrick Star from SpongeBob SquarePants.
- Oskar from Hey Arnold!, who couldn't even read until Arnold taught him how.
- The Dick Tracy animated series had the Ethnic Scrappy Go-Go-Gomez, a lazy Mexican detective who solved crimes from his hammock.
- Mr. Lazy.
- Dodsworth the cat in a couple of Robert McKimson's Warners shorts (Kiddin' the Kitten and A Peck o' Trouble) in The '50s.
- Bird from Skunk Fu! fits this trope rather well. He also induces this on Ox as well.
- Beezy on Jimmy Two-Shoes literally schedules his sloth.
- Richard Watterson, Gumball's dad, who's an over grown Manchild who sits in the couch all day. "The Job" reveals that the idea of him actually getting a job is so alien that it results in a Reality-Breaking Paradox.
- Experiment 625 in Lilo & Stitch: The Series is every bit as powerful as Stitch... but he has no interest in using his abilities, and would rather make sandwiches. He does get to work to help Lilo a few times, though.
- Trent from Daria, who spends most of the show sleeping and is heavily implied to be a pothead.
- Crock, the nominal Big Bad of Disney's The Wuzzles, is characterised first and foremost by his laziness. He finds work offensive to the point that, in "Bulls of a Feather", despite having been reduced to ripping out pictures of food from magazines and eating them due to having nothing else, he reacts to Flizard saying he's hungry enough to look for work as if the other Wuzzle had said something profane. He literally asks where Flizard heard that "disgusting word", suggests he picked it up in the streets, and threatens to wash his mouth out with soap as if he were a kid spouting vulgarities. Meanwhile, the whole plot of "Crock Around The Clock" is kicked off by Crock's laziness (refusing to prepare for the well-predicted tropical fruit-storm until it actually happens) and further driven by it (he feigns being injured to mooch off of Butterbear's kindness until the other Wuzzles get suspicious and trick him into revealing himself).
- Master Shake from Aqua Teen Hunger Force spends all day lazing around the house, and actively refuses to get a job or do any task at all, even when said task is something he decided to do. On one of the few occasions he had a job, he refused to work and eventually liquefied his uniform and tried to steal from the register so he could go play games at the arcade.
- SpongeBob SquarePants:
- Squidward Tentacles, especially when it comes to his job at the Krusty Krab. He's a sloppy employee, either reading magazines (even in front of waiting customers), outright sleeping on the job, or hoisting his workload on SpongeBob. It's to the extent that in "Bubble Buddy," he only wanted to pop Bubble Buddy because he "made [him] provide excellent service."
- Patrick Star also qualifies as one too. In contrast to the hard-working Sponge Bob, he tends to be unwilling and uninterested in doing any physical labor.