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23rd Nov '17 9:52:01 AM FordPrefect
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* In the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' series, the tenth Doctor hides ''himself'' in this manner by storing his timelord memory in a locket and tricking himself into thinking he is a Edwardian-era boarding school teacher so that the Family of Blood will not track him down and kill him in his past. His companion ends up posing as a beleaguered maid, retaining full knowledge of why her "employer" [[BadBoss has good reason to act so out of character.]]

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* In the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' series, the [[TheNthDoctor tenth Doctor Doctor]] hides ''himself'' in this manner by storing his timelord Time Lord memory and genetics in a locket and tricking himself into thinking he is a Edwardian-era boarding school teacher so that the Family of Blood will not track him down and kill him in his past.him. His companion ends up posing as a beleaguered maid, retaining full knowledge of why her "employer" [[BadBoss has good reason to act so out of character.]] [[spoiler:Eventually, the Family finds him anyway, and we learn the real reason he did it: to save ''them'' from the FateWorseThanDeath he has to unleash to stop them.]]
28th Oct '17 12:11:55 AM jerodast
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* Mike hides Eleven in his basement in ''Series/StrangerThings'', both because TheyWouldCutYouUp and because he thinks she can help them find Will.



* In a short story titled ''Such A Sweet Little Girl'', a CreepyChild has a ghost in her room. Subverted in that the girl in no way makes the ghost's presence a secret (and in fact openly brags about it), but no one in her family believes her.

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* In a short story titled ''Such A Sweet Little Girl'', a CreepyChild has a ghost in her room. Subverted Played with in that the girl in no way makes the ghost's presence a secret (and in fact openly brags about it), but no one everyone in her family believes her.dismisses the signs anyway.



* Excellently done on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. Michael guesses correctly that his son is hiding someone in the attic, but assumes it's his girlfriend rather than his grandfather. This leads to the following exchange when his son tries to confess:

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* Excellently done on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. Michael guesses correctly that his son is hiding someone in the attic, but assumes it's his girlfriend rather than his grandfather.fugitive grandfather on the run for "light treason". This leads to the following exchange when his son tries to confess:


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* Mike hides Eleven in his basement in ''Series/StrangerThings'', both because TheyWouldCutYouUp and because he thinks she can help them find Will.
22nd Oct '17 1:25:49 PM Rebu
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* [[Film/IronMan3 Iron Man in my Garage]]. Notably, Tony's in and out over the course of, apparently, a single night. Also, "Tony Stark is ''in my van!''" as said by a gigantic fan with a tattoo of him.

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* [[Film/IronMan3 ''Film/IronMan3'': Iron Man in my Garage]].Garage. Notably, Tony's in and out over the course of, apparently, a single night. Also, "Tony Stark is ''in my van!''" as said by a gigantic fan with a tattoo of him.
18th Oct '17 9:39:12 PM Occidensill
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* Twilight Sparkle hides Chirp, [[spoiler:a human,]] in her library in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction {{Fanfic/Silent Knight}}. Cue CrowningMomentOfFunny when she buries him under a pile of books to hide him from a patron.

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* Twilight Sparkle hides Chirp, [[spoiler:a human,]] a human, in her library in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction {{Fanfic/Silent Knight}}. Cue CrowningMomentOfFunny when At one point she buries him under a pile of books to hide him from a patron.



** Briefly done when the eponymous Giant comes to see Hogarth in his house. One of Hogarth's attempts to keep up the charade is a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
** Then done again later (with another CMOF) when the Giant ends up staying with Dean... and the Army comes by.

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** Briefly done when the eponymous Giant comes to see Hogarth in his house. One of Hogarth's attempts to keep up the charade is a CrowningMomentOfFunny.\n
** Then done Done again later (with another CMOF) when the Giant ends up staying with Dean... and the Army comes by.



* In the 2007 ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie, Sam Witwicky is lucky his parents are clueless enough to not notice that what happened to their backyard had to have been done by someone really, really big, rather than being an earthquake.... Then again, they knew he was trying to hide ''something'', they just thought it was the girlfriend that he'd brought up into his room. The trope has been abandoned by the second movie.

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* In the 2007 ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie, Sam Witwicky is lucky his parents are clueless enough to not notice that what happened to their backyard had to have been done by someone really, really big, rather than being an earthquake.... Then again, they knew he was trying to hide ''something'', they just thought it was the girlfriend that he'd brought up into his room. The trope has been abandoned by the second movie.



* In ''Film/GoodByeLenin'' a young man's mother falls into a coma in East Berlin; when she wakes up, the doctor tells him that even the smallest shock might send her into a coma again. However, while she was in a coma, the Berlin Wall fell, and the Communist East Germany she knew no longer exists. Thus, the ''reunification of Germany'' becomes the Batman in his basement, as he goes to increasingly desperate lengths to make her think East Germany is still as she remembers it. [[spoiler: A different kind of inversion occurs towards the end, where the mother finds about the deception; the young man doesn't know this, and continues trying to recreate East Germany for her.]].

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* In ''Film/GoodByeLenin'' a young man's mother falls into a coma in East Berlin; when she wakes up, the doctor tells him that even the smallest shock might send her into a coma again. However, while she was in a coma, the Berlin Wall fell, and the Communist East Germany she knew no longer exists. Thus, the ''reunification of Germany'' becomes the Batman in his basement, as he goes to increasingly desperate lengths to make her think East Germany is still as she remembers it. [[spoiler: A different kind of inversion occurs towards the end, where the mother finds about the deception; the young man doesn't know this, and continues trying to recreate East Germany for her.]].



* In ''Film/GameraTheBrave'', a boy named Toru hides a baby turtle from his father. Little does he know, [[spoiler: it is Gamera!]]

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* In ''Film/GameraTheBrave'', a boy named Toru hides a baby turtle from his father. Little does he know, [[spoiler: it is Gamera!]]Gamera!



* This is the plot of the novel ''The Sugar Queen.'' However, the girl in the closet turns out to be [[spoiler: the heroine's dead half-sister. Yup, a ghost.]]

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* This is the plot of the novel ''The Sugar Queen.'' However, the Queen'' with a girl in the closet turns out to be [[spoiler: of the heroine's dead half-sister. Yup, a ghost.]]protagonist.



* Not in the basement, per se, but in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Harry has to keep a very noisy Dobby hidden from his aunt an uncle during a dinner party. [[spoiler:Dobby fucks it up.]]
* In a short story titled ''Such A Sweet Little Girl'', a CreepyChild has a ghost in her room. Subverted in that the girl in no way makes the ghost's presence a secret (and in fact openly brags about it), but no one in her family believes her. [[spoiler:After she sends the ghost to claw out her brother's eyes for mocking her about it, her mother ''still'' doesn't believe it. And the story ends with the implication that the mother will be attacked like the brother.]]
* In ''Literature/TheWishGiver'', [[spoiler:a girl must hide a traveling salesman she has a crush on, who is turning into a tree in her backyard after she wished that he'd "take root" in her town. During the time she tends to him, she learns that he's actually a pretty big jerk.]]

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* Not in the basement, per se, but in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Harry has to keep a very noisy Dobby hidden from his aunt an uncle during a dinner party. [[spoiler:Dobby fucks it up.]]
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* In a short story titled ''Such A Sweet Little Girl'', a CreepyChild has a ghost in her room. Subverted in that the girl in no way makes the ghost's presence a secret (and in fact openly brags about it), but no one in her family believes her. [[spoiler:After she sends the ghost to claw out her brother's eyes for mocking her about it, her mother ''still'' doesn't believe it. And the story ends with the implication that the mother will be attacked like the brother.]]
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* In ''Literature/TheWishGiver'', [[spoiler:a a girl must hide a traveling salesman she has a crush on, who is turning into a tree in her backyard after she wished that he'd "take root" in her town. During the time she tends to him, she learns that he's actually a pretty big jerk.]]



* In ''Literature/TurnCoat'', Harry hides [[spoiler:Warden Morgan]], who is wanted by the White Council for the murder of a Senior member.

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* In ''Literature/TurnCoat'', Harry hides [[spoiler:Warden Morgan]], Warden Morgan, who is wanted by the White Council for the murder of a Senior member.



* Inverted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' when Xander had to hide the villain Spike in his basement, to avoid his recapture by the Initiative. Also, in Season 7 he keeps Spike in his closet (which is fucking huge).

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* Inverted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' when Xander had to hide the villain Spike in his basement, to avoid his recapture by the Initiative. Also, in Season 7 he keeps Spike in his closet (which is fucking huge).
7th Oct '17 4:16:41 AM Lots42
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* In the 1994 Punisher multi-part storyline, Frank is too ill to understand that hiding in a little girl's treehouse to recover is a terrible idea, because so many people are out for his head. The little girl is mentally disabled so her father, the SHERIFF, doesn't quite catch on right away. Then the Sheriff has Frank beaten for trying to touch his daughter.
7th Jul '17 1:05:09 PM killerzuera
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The TropeNamer is the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "I've Got Batman In My Basement," which revolved around a group of local children hiding Batman from the Penguin as he recuperated from a heavy dose of poison. The production team [[CreatorBacklash does not think too highly of the episode]], citing the [[ExecutiveMeddling studio decision]] to make the Penguin resemble his deformed counterpart in ''Film/BatmanReturns'', instead of the comic depiction of a civilized gangster whose nickname comes from his tuxedo and top-hat, as well as the [[TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily bumbling antics]] of the villains.

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The TropeNamer is the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "I've Got Batman In My Basement," which revolved around a group of local children hiding Batman from the Penguin as he recuperated from a heavy dose of poison. The production team [[CreatorBacklash does not think too highly of the episode]], citing the [[ExecutiveMeddling studio decision]] to make the Penguin resemble his deformed counterpart in ''Film/BatmanReturns'', instead of the comic depiction of a civilized gangster whose nickname comes from his tuxedo and top-hat, their distaste for excessively kid-friendly plots as well as the [[TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily bumbling antics]] of the villains.
17th May '17 4:59:05 AM valar55
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Some character -- a RebelliousPrincess, an alien, TheChosenOne or the MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter[[labelnote:*]]or Franchise/{{Batman}}[[/labelnote]] -- is on the run, homeless, out of options, and needs a place to hide. It becomes the duty of the first available OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent they come across to stash the hero in their basement/garage/attic/bedroom until they [[SavingTheWorld Save The World]]/defeat the BigBad/find a portal back to their MagicalLand.

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Some character -- a RebelliousPrincess, an alien, TheChosenOne or the MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter[[labelnote:*]]or Franchise/{{Batman}}[[/labelnote]] MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter[[note]]or Franchise/{{Batman}}[[/note]] -- is on the run, homeless, out of options, and needs a place to hide. It becomes the duty of the first available OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent they come across to stash the hero in their basement/garage/attic/bedroom until they [[SavingTheWorld Save The World]]/defeat the BigBad/find a portal back to their MagicalLand.
16th May '17 5:05:54 PM nombretomado
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* The entire plot of the 1980s classic ''HidingOut'', starring TwoAndAHalfMen's Jon Cryer as an accountant who has to go on the run from the mob, or some crooked police, or something.

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* The entire plot of the 1980s classic ''HidingOut'', starring TwoAndAHalfMen's ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'''s Jon Cryer as an accountant who has to go on the run from the mob, or some crooked police, or something.
15th May '17 7:40:09 AM Julia1984
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* The [[TropeNamer name of the trope]] comes from an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', in which a boy hid an injured Batman in his mother's basement. It doesn't fit most of the rest of the trope, though, as when the kid's friend [[CassandraTruth frankly tells the mother what they're doing]], [[IgnoredConfession she assumes he's playing with his friends]].

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* The [[TropeNamer name of the trope]] comes from an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', in which a boy hid an injured Batman in his mother's basement. It doesn't fit most of the rest of the trope, though, as when the The kid's friend [[CassandraTruth frankly tells the mother what they're doing]], but [[IgnoredConfession she assumes he's playing with his friends]].
6th Apr '17 12:26:32 PM DaveE
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** In ''Welcome Back, Frank'' the Punisher ends up in this situation in ''his own apartment building''. He collapses from multiple bullet wounds and is discovered by his neighbors, Joan the Mouse and Spacker Dave, who end up having to hide him from mobsters that come looking to finish the job.
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