A rare example of a realistic depiction of the hobo life in a Hollywood production. In Meet John Doe , a reporter fabricates a letter from a John Doe who says he will kill himself on Christmas to protest the state of the country. When the story draws sympathy from the readership, she hires a former baseball player hobo to portray this fictional person in public.
In the closing section of Pulp Fiction , Jules declares his intention to quit his job as a hitman, leave Los Angeles and " walk the earth " in the style of Caine from Kung Fu. His partner, Vincent, responds that he would be nothing more than a bum. Better a live bum than getting shot up on the toilet with your own gun, as Vincent finds out.
Thievery Corporation thieverycorporation. Those are the odds they're givin' in Vegas. It's this Saturday. He died in , after a series of heart problems, at the age of eighty-seven. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Yeah, well, who's donatin' his body for that one, huh? Mom's right, Dad.
The protagonist of Hobo with a Shotgun is a hobo who becomes a vigilante. With a shotgun.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure - Pee-Wee encounters a friendly hobo when he hops a freight train, but the hobo's delight in singing old songs finally becomes too much for him. Who Is Bozo Texino? Any of Charlie Chaplin 's Little Tramp films. While hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in Wild , Strayed runs into a reporter from the Hobo Times who assumes that she is a hobo and starts interviewing her. She insists that she isn't a hobo, but has to admit that she doesn't actually have a job or a place to live.
Woody Guthrie meets many during his travels in Bound for Glory , at one point riding in a railroad boxcar full of them. A hobo brawl ensues. Wild Boys of the Road : Lacking any better options, Eddie and Tommy start riding the rails, looking for work. It is a bad, bad life, nowhere near as romantic as it is often portrayed in other works. Hunger and fear plague the children as they travel across America. One child is sickened on the train by eating rotten food. Another is raped. Heinlein includes a hobo character.
The hobo used to be a graduate student who decided to research the hobo lifestyle. He discovered he liked it and gave up being a student to be a hobo. He also points out to the protagonist that hobos are not tramps or bums, and in fact lays out an entire social taxonomy of American transients, with bindlestiffs at the bottom and true hobos at the top. He's an unusual example, as he's built up something of a reputation as a wandering poet and is well-regarded by pretty much everyone. Spoofed by Tex Avery as hobo bears George and Junior.
The climax of Fahrenheit has literary hobos after Montag escapes the Mechanical Hound by jumping in a river. It is later revealed that these are all former English professors and stuff; they're keeping the books in their heads until contemporary society crumbles. He does, however, make a point of distinguishing between normal homeless people and hobos it's a lifestyle choice.
In his Cities in Flight tetralogy, James Blish has the character Mayor Amalfi liken the titular cities to the migrants of the United States, saying that most cities are hobos, migrant workers, but some are tramps, basically petty criminals, and a few are the lowest sort: bindlestiffs, migrants who live by robbing other migrants. The main character of The Jungle becomes one by the end of the book, leading a happy life free of corrupting capitalism.
Sinclair was known to bemoan the fact that people missed that this was the point of the book, not the meat factories. In the short story "The Haunted Trailer" by Robert Arthur, the narrator finds his trailer haunted by the ghosts of three hobos. Live Action TV.
It seems to be a running gag in iCarly where hobos are found or mentioned as a joke. In "iEnrage Gibby", Carly even has a "hobo party" where everyone dresses up a hobo! Hobos were present in pretty much all of his works, too. He actually offered a definition for the term and how it's different than just 'homeless' in a blog post. Not that it helped; multiple complaints forced iCarly to stop with the hobo jokes in Dave Attell encountered one on his show Insomniac with Dave Attell. After referring to him as a hobo, the man corrected him: "I'm a tramp. Well, I guess you might say that Freddie the Freeloader is a little bit of you, and a little bit of me, a little bit of all of us, you know.
He knows the value of time. He knows that time is a glutton. The trick is to apply it. The greatest disease in the world today is procrastination. And Freddie knows about all these things. And so do you. I would say that Freddie is a little bit of all of us. Bowdlerized versions have been found on compilations of music for little kids; on the other end of the stick, probably in protest to the romanticizing of the hobo life, it has also been covered by the likes of Tom Waits, whose version is without accompaniment and consists of him slurring, screaming, and sobbing the lyrics even more drunkenly than usual.
The original version, written by Harry McClintock in , ends on this deeply cynical and very much non-kid-friendly note: The punk rolled up his big blue eyes And said to the jocker, "Sandy, I've hiked and hiked and wandered, too, But I ain't seen any candy. Newspaper Comics.
Steve the Tramp was one of the early villains in Dick Tracy. Tabletop Games. Call of Cthulhu allows player characters to choose "hobo" as an occupation. Promethean: The Created basically has you playing Frankenstein. Arkham Horror has "Ashcan" Pete, a hobo who makes a living being sneaky on the streets and traveling with his dog. But he's a hungry young fighter. In fact, he's actually fightin' for a sandwich. Homer, I want you to have my lucky mitts. I hope you do better with 'em than I did.
Gee, thanks, Moe. What's this? Ah, that's the barbed wire. You don't wanna get drawn into a boxin' match here. Take those punches.
Man, that tramp's got the energy of a hobo. Yeah, he never stops punching, except to check out his bindle.
He's tired! Now's your chance! Nudge him! Delightful to see you again. Hey, what's a glitterati like you doin' in my dump? I thought you were managing the champ. Yes, managing Drederick has been my highest priority even though he is temporarily incarcerated for pushing his mother down the stairs.
But with his impending release I've been strategizing for his glorious return to the shores of"Fistiana. His comeback fight. You know, boxing. Oh, man. Yeah, well, who's donatin' his body for that one, huh? Well, word is you manage a stalwart young pugilist who cannot be knocked down. You want Homer to fight Tatum? Well, the fans are weary of fights that are over before they have an opportunity to even get drunk. I just need a body who can sustain verticality for three rounds. Yeah, but Homer's no boxer. He's- He's just a freak. Tatum will fustigate him.
Well, fustigation aside, Moe, you've got a choice. You can either sit here in the ladies' room with your faded memories or you can take your last shot at the big time. And I can make it happen. Three rounds. That's all I ask. Homer, how would you like to be heavyweight champion of the world? All you gotta do is fight Drederick Tatum. It's this Saturday. Here's your parking pass. Ooh, "general.
Is he another hobo? Uh, you know what? I'm gonna have to check on that. Well, I trust you, Moe. If you say I can beat this guy, then he doesn't stand a chance. Shut up. Oh, yes. Believe me. My God. If I could turn back the clock on my mother's stair-pushing, I would certainly reconsider it. I think he's a good man. I like him. I got nothing against him, but I'm definitely gonna make orphans of his children.
Yes, but I would imagine that she would die of grief. This parole hearing is over. Homer, why are they saying you're going to fight Drederick Tatum? I'll make a fortune for one night's work. We can have all the things we always dreamed of- a snooty butler, carpeted carports those blue cupcakes they sell sometimes- - But you'll get killed! Will you let me finish? Plug-in room deodorizers, front and rear spoilers for the car. Mom's right, Dad. The odds against you winning are a thousand to one.
Well, I don't think it's that unlikely. Those are the odds they're givin' in Vegas. All right, I think we've heard just about enough from Mr. Newspaper today. But he's paid his debt, and now he's going to get revenge on Homer Simpson.
Get your T-shirts. Tell 'em where you been by wearin' a T-shirt! Just make sure he hits you an even number of times, so you don't end up with amnesia. Moe, I'm so glad I found you. Please, promise me you won't let Homer get hurt.
Hey, hey, I'm not the villain here, okay? If Homer gets killed in the ring tonight, it'll be because of your negative attitude. The instant that Homer's in any kind of danger I want you to throw in this towel and stop the fight. Right, all right, all right, I promise, okay? Kent Brockman! Go to hell! Now I gotta comb this side over. All right, Homer, I'm not gonna lie to you.
There's a good chance you can beat Tatum. But you gotta visualize how you're gonna win, okay? And, now, please welcome back into decent society ladies and gentlemen, the heavyweight champion of the world Drederick Tatum. And to challenge the irresistible force of Tatum we have the immovable object. You do remember our arrangement?
You'll get your three rounds. Because if he goes down before that bell rings your future's going with him. Future down the crapper. Due to popular demand, we will forgo our national anthem. And, now, ladies and gentlemen let's get ready to rumble! Just- [Groans] Wow!
I've never seen Dad hit somebody like that before.
What are you talking about? What am I missing? Aw, geez, only six seconds in. That a boy, Homer! Keep dancin'. You know what's great there is the sea bass. It's stupendous. Okay, break it up! Break it up, you two.
Homer, he's not going to get tired! You've got to hit him back! Hit him back! I've only got one chance. I've got to knock him out.
Only more seconds. He's gettin' his second wind. No, he's gettin' killed! He's gonna die on his feet. I gotta get outta here. Where's the doctor? Kill him! Tatum wants to finish this with one punch. And here it comes. Oh, my God! Simpson's manager has flown into the ring and is airlifting him out. Ladies and gentlemen, whatever dignity remained in boxing is literally flying out the window. Yes, Homer. I'm an angel. All us angels wear Farah slacks. But you stopped the fight. Won't everyone be mad at you?
Ah, let 'em be mad. The only thing that matters to me is you're safe.