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Basic Trope: An adult nerd who still lives with his parents.

  • Straight: Seamus O'Taku still lives with his mother, (presumably) without ever finishing college or getting a job.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Seamus O'Taku is 75, but he still lives with his 100-year-old mother... and he STILL expects her to take care of him. Oh, and he's still a virgin.
    • Seamus is actually married and lives with his wife and kids... in his mom's basement.
  • Downplayed:
    • Seamus O'Taku has completed college, holds down a paying job — albeit one nobody can figure out what he actually does — and pays his parents rent for his room and board.
    • Seamus' parents are landlords who cut him a break on the rent in their building. They don't live in the same apartment.
  • Justified:
    • Seamus O'Taku is unable to find a job that pays well enough to allow him to move out.
    • Seamus is an Ill Boy.
    • Seamus' mother is an Ill Girl (or simply very elderly), and he is looking after her.
    • Seamus' house or apartment burned down, and he had to move back in with his mom... but only until he finds a new place to live.
    • Seamus is careful with his money, and high house prices/rents mean he can't justify moving out.
  • Inverted:
    • Seamus' mom moves into his house.
    • Seamus O'Taku moved to an apartment of his own on his twelfth birthday, bought with money he made on the stock market in the name of a fake identity he created for himself. This was all in protest to his parents refusing to give him a raise in his pocket money. When his dad loses his job, they're forced to live in his basement. Hilarity Ensues.
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  • Gender Inverted: Alex has yet to move out of her family's house, even though she's through with higher education, has a relationship and a job.
  • Subverted:
    • Seamus is first introduced living in his mother's basement. It's later revealed that he's getting his own penthouse apartment knocked through into the flat below and had to move out while the builders were working; he came to his mother's house to try one more time to persuade her to move into the mansion he bought her, but she won't budge.
    • Seamus saves up enough money to move into a low-rent apartment downtown.
    • Seamus is actually a secret agent, and his "mom" is actually his handler.
    • In Seamus' country or culture, it's considered normal for young adults to live with their parents until marriage (and sometimes even beyond).
    • Seamus is living in a fairly nice house.
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    • Seamus turned into an owner-occupier after his mother's death. He needn't pay rent, but has to look after himself.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Seamus finally gets a girl home and is making out with her on the basement couch. His mom comes down with juice and cookies... and his date leaves in disgust.
  • Zig Zagged: Seamus' employment situation is a revolving door, and he lives in his own apartment or house while he's actually able to work but goes back to his family whenever he's not.
  • Averted:
    • Seamus does not live with his parents.
    • Seamus lives with his parents, but he is still a child, so there is no stigma against him.
  • Enforced: "We need to make Seamus O'Taku a Straw Loser."
  • Lampshaded: "Be quiet. Mom doesn't like it when I listen to loud music."
  • Invoked:
    • Seamus finds that he can't find meaningful work after graduation, and is forced to move back in with his parents.
    • Seamus loses his job, and can't pay the bills. He doesn't have any savings, because either a) he's used it up while between jobs or b) all the money went towards bills (or perhaps his interests), so he's been living pretty much hand-to-mouth up until now.
    • Seamus just got out of Prison, and he's having trouble finding any kind of work, because few (if any) companies want to hire an ex-con. So he has to rely on his parents until he can find something and put that behind him.
    • Bored and lonely in her Empty Nest, Seamus' mother conspires to get him fired and evicted so he'll come back home.
    • Annoyed at the responsibilities of adult life, Seamus gets himself fired and blows all his money so he can fall back into the safety net of living with his parents.
  • Exploited: Seamus' father uses him as an errand boy, trusting that he will be so desperate for something to do that he won't complain when Dad assigns him some task weirder and creepier than anything he's had to do in his life.
  • Defied: Seamus doesn't want to move back with his mom. He instead lives off his emergency fund as long as he can while looking for a job, or crashes at a friend's apartment.
  • Discussed: "I hear Seamus still lives with his mom!"
  • Conversed: "It's just not right for a man his age to live with his mother..."
  • Implied: Mike and Alex, who are about to marry, have moved in together away from their respective parents, and the audience gets to see their apartment in detail... not so for their less fortunate Drop-In Character friend, Seamus. A lot of Seamus' anecdotes seem to involve his parents, as well, but whenever he's asked about his living arrangements he changes the subject.
  • Deconstructed: This is going to be inconvenient for Seamus (who may have a hard time being taken seriously and/or getting a girlfriend) and for his mother (who may still have to provide for him and may not be able to do things she wants to do because he still depends on her).
    • Seamus turns out to have a very good reason for still living with his parents: They're sick, and he's the only one able to take care of them.
  • Reconstructed: Seamus is saving money, and he also pays rent and otherwise earns his keep there. He is not a burden on his mother, and eventually leaves the nest. He gains skills he needs to survive 'Out There'.
  • Played For Laughs: Seamus is a stereotypical Hollywood Nerd.
  • Played For Drama:

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