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A common feature Beneath the Earth, in the Mouse World and in The Lost Woods alike, it is not uncommon in fantasy settings to see people making their homes in hollowed-out mushrooms of various sorts. More often than not, this will happen in one of two ways, although exceptions and overlap of course exist:

Sometimes, this kind of residence will be made out of normal-sized mushrooms and will be the home of choice for diminutive humanoids such as gnomes, fairies, pixies and other such Lilliputians. These Mushroom Houses will typically look like toadstools with stout stems fitted with doorways and windows, and with the inside furnished to provide its inhabitant a comfortable home. The mushroom's cap — which will often, but not always, be red with white spots in resemblance to a fly agaric — may or may not be fitted with windows of its own. This sort of house is a common feature of the more magically inclined Mouse Worlds.

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The other common variant involves normal-sized people living in giant-sized mushrooms instead. These will typically serve as a much more alien variant of the Arboreal Abode, highlighting the alien, magical or generally otherworldly and unusual nature of the place they're found in. This type may sometimes be paired with intelligent mushroom people.

See also Arboreal Abode, for the variant of this trope as applied to plants, and Fungus Humongous, for when normal-sized people live in house-sized mushrooms.


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    Asian Animation 
  • In Nana Moon, there is a certain section of Moon Haven near a forest that has numerous giant mushrooms fashioned into houses.

    Card Games 
  • Magi-Nation: The Underneath, a vast region of caverns Beneath the Earth, is almost entirely covered by vast forest-like growths of gigantic mushrooms with purple stalks and orange, spotted caps. For lack of other building materials, the locals often hollow these mushrooms out, fit them with doors and windows and use them as their primary source of housing.

    Comic Books 
  • The Smurfs: The eponymous tiny blue humanoids live in a hidden village in the forest made up of mushrooms like this, with stout round stems hollowed out to make houses and tall, colorful caps. Unless they're actually regular if tiny houses built to look like mushrooms, in an in-universe invoking of this trope.

    Literature 
  • The Light Fantastic: While traveling through the Forest of Skund, the protagonists meet Swires, a gnome living inside a mushroom with a red cap with white spots. The mushroom itself is described as belonging to a kind that a shaman they met previously, who habitually consumed hallucinogenic fungi to trigger religious experiences, would only eat "after tying himself to a rock".
  • October Daye: Pixies can and do set up housekeeping in the real world wherever they can. However, inside Faerie, they live in mushrooms, many of which are puffballs that give off knockout spores as a defense mechanism.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Dark Eye: Kobolds who live away from humanoid civilization are often found living inside giant mushrooms.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The myconids are a race of Mushroom People from the Underdark who cultivate a wide variety of fungi, including large ones that they sometimes use as dwellings.
    • The Abyssal realm of the Demon Queen Zuggtmoy is a cavern choked with Festering Fungus and miles-tall mushrooms in which she has carved her palace.
    • Dungeon magazine issue #56 adventure "The Bigger They Are...": Deep in a forest, the Player Characters encounter two huge fungi, one fifteen feet high and the other ten feet high. Each has had their insides hollowed out and carved into small rooms by the quickling who lives in them.
    • Forgotten Realms: Eleven miles Beneath the Earth, the Underdark "Garden City" of Fluvenilstra is partly built into the giant mushrooms and other magically enhanced plants that dominate the local landscape. It also has relatively large Mushroom Man, Plant Person, and Planimal populations.
    • Planescape: Psilofyr, the god of the myconids, lives within a giant hollowed-out mushroom at the center of his realm in Mechanus.
  • Pathfinder: Gerbies, a type of fairy resembling anthropomorphic crosses of rodents and lizards, live in houses made from hollowed-out mushrooms.
  • Rifts: Towershrooms are gigantic mushrooms native to England and northwestern Europe, notable for having hollow stems and for growing to about the size of a house. Naturally, this leads to people often retrofitting them into dwellings.
  • World Tree RPG: Dullogs are large, dome-like mushrooms that grow up to a few hundred feet around and forty high. Their insides are spongelike networks of interconnected chambers, which people — usually non-primes, as most prime species have better options — often use as living spaces. While windows can be cut into the outer cells to let in light, people living further in depend on the fact that dullog flesh glows orange when wet.

    Theme Parks 
  • Plopsaland De Panne in Belgium in its Het Bos van Plop ride shows gnomes living inside mushroom houses. The boat ride is based on the popular children's show Kabouter Plop.

    Video Games 
  • The Crystal Key: The Nehli people of Meribah live build their houses from enormous mushrooms that grow on the branches of enormous Monolith Trees.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • In Morrowind, the nobles of the Great House Telvanni — a Great House focused on magic and ruled by wizards — reside in magically-grown giant mushrooms in which rooms and corridors are hollowed out, essentially forming giant fungal Mage Towers. The commoners live in smaller mushroom houses, the size of a cottage. If you join House Telvanni and advance through the questline, you eventually grow your own giant mushroom to live in, Tel Uvirith.
    • Skyrim's Dragonborn DLC allows you to visit Tel Mithryn, one of the last surviving mushroom strongholds of a Telvanni noble, located on the isle of Solstheim.
  • Super Mario Bros.: The mushroom-like Toads have lived in Mushroom Houses since Super Mario Bros. 3. In the Mario & Luigi games, Toad Town consists entirely of buildings of this sort.
  • Terraria: It's possible to build houses out of glowing mushrooms, and doing so is required in order to summon the Truffle.
  • Uru: Ages Beyond Myst: A Mushroom Factory is a major feature of one of the Ages.

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    Web Videos 
  • Stampylongnose: Early in Stampy's Quest series, he and Squid build houses in giant mushrooms.
  • The Unexpectables: Taken to extremes in the Underdark, where a single colossal mushroom dominates the ecology of the cave system and houses an entire civilization of svirfneblin (subterranean gnomes) in its gills.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: Like in the games that inspired the show, the Toads of the Mushroom Kingdom are shown living in large mushrooms, which in this case are solid brown and with upturned caps with purple gills, with doors in their stems and windows in their caps.
  • Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom features a village of fairies living in toadstools.
  • The Fruitties: Some of the houses in Fruittie Village are big mushrooms.
  • Kabouter Plop (Plop the Gnome), a popular Belgian children's show created by Studio 100, focuses on four (later six) small gnomes that live inside mushroom houses.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies", the magically hidden home of the breezies is filled with mushrooms of this sort, with caps with glowing blue undersides. Unusually, however, the homes don't seem to be in the stems themselves. Instead, the tall, thin stems only have a doorway at their base, while multiple windows dot the broad caps high in the air.

    Real Life 
  • The Mushroom House in Perinton, New York, is about as close as you're going to get to living in a mushroom in real life. It's a one-story house in the woods made up of circular rooms, each with windows around its rim and covered with a domed roof with a blunt spike in its center. The house is built jutting out over a slope, and several of the round platforms are suspended in the air, each supported by a narrow pillar built to resemble a stem. It's supposed to be based on umbrella-shaped flowers like Queen Anne's Lace, but the final effect is far more reminiscent of mushrooms.
  • Decorative mushroom houses are fairly popular in modern fairy gardens (small-scale outdoor features built along fairytale themes), especially when paired with gnomes.
  • Several of the Mushroom Houses of Charlevoix are organically shaped stone structures with curved cedar-shake roofs, giving them a mushroom-like appearance and their colloquial name.
  • Some species of fly larvae live in, and feed upon, the stems and gills of mushrooms.

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