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17th Jul '13 3:51:07 PM MarkLungo
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''Trapped in the Closet'' is a "[[RockOpera hip-hopera]]" from Music/RKelly, the first songs/videos of which were released in 2005. Dozens of further installments ("chapters") have been released since. The songs tell the story of Sylvester (played in the music videos by R. Kelly himself) and the crazy characters he encounters as a result of a one-night stand.

It's become a cult classic, generally regarded as SoBadItsGood. It's very clear from interviews that R. Kelly takes it perfectly seriously.

In October of 2012, R. Kelly started the continuation of ''Trapped In the Closet''.

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!!This "hip-hopera" contains examples of:

* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle
* ActingForTwo: R. Kelly plays Sylvester as well as the LemonyNarrator, Randolph (husband of Rosie the Nosy Neighbor), Rev. Evans, Pimp Luscious, and Beano.
* AllJustADream: Chapter 21.
* AluminiumChristmasTrees: Viewers of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode of the same name might be surprised to discover that, yes, this does exist; and no, the depiction of it on the episode wasn't exaggerated.
** The same applies to Music/WeirdAlYankovic's parody version, "Trapped in the Drive-Thru" -- some were surprised that something so rambling and esoteric could actually be based on a real song.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: At one point, R. Kelly scratches his head with the barrel of his gun, in a manner very similar to characters in ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''.
* BedroomAdulteryScene
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Big Man, hence the name.
* BlastOut: With TheMafia... but fortunately, AllJustADream.
* BringMyBrownPants
* ChandlersLaw:
* ChekhovsGunman: There are no minor characters. Even the characters who at first seem only to exist for a single scene turn out to be sleeping with or have a history with the main characters.
* ClosetShuffle: In the first episode, hence the title.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: People in blue or purple are bad news.
* CoolOldLady: Rosie the nosy neighbor.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "And then he continues to rough up the midget as if the midget was under attack."
** "He walks up to the closet, He comes up to the closet"
** "You looked like you'd seen a ghost come from the dead"
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Lets just say the title can be pretty misleading.
** Lampshaded early on when a pastor says "Well, since we're all comin' out the closet, I'm not about to be the only one who's broken-hearted." [[CaptainObvious He then comes out of the closet]].
* DoubleAesop: [[CluelessAesop Cheating is bad.]] [[TriangRelations Especially when]] [[CrapsackWorld everybody does it]]. [[FridgeHorror Even the guy with AIDS.]]
-->"[[{{Foreshadowing}} What goes around comes back around.]]"
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Sylvester [[ThatCameOutWrong comes out of the closet]], he says Rufus looks like he's looking in a mirror, foreshadowing not just that [[AllGaysArePromiscuous Rufus is cheating on his wife too]], but that [[NotSoDifferent Sylvester's going to be in this same situation soon.]]
** For that matter, ''everything else''. See ChekhovsGun above.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by the terrible reception Sylvester gets on his phone at one point. In any other story, this would either be the set up for PoorCommunicationKills or else foreshadow [[CellPhonesAreUseless the phone failing to work.]] Neither happens.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Roxanne's weapon of choice.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: "Y'all lucky I like that kinda shit, or I'd be done shot both y'all ass."
* GunpointBanter: It's not so much "banter" as it is melodrama, but...
* GunStruggle: Between James and Sylvester. Twan gets shot, but it's OnlyAFleshWound.
* HeelRealization: Experienced by Sylvester, Rufus, and Cathy all at different points in the story.
* RockOpera: Or rather, "hip-hopera".
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Happens at one point as a consequence of RecklessGunUsage, although the victim is [[OnlyAFleshWound none the worse for wear]] afterwards, and [[EasilyForgiven doesn't bear any ill will]] for having been shot.
* IronicNickname: Big Man, [[spoiler: the midget]].
** It's not ironic. It's just [[BiggusDickus not referring to his height]].
* LemonyNarrator: But in a humorously poorly done way. So much that eventually, after narrating in first person for several chapters, Sylvester abruptly starts referring to himself in the third person from then on.
** He doesn't even start at any particular point. Take Chapter 11, where he switches between "Sylvester" and "I" almost every other line.
** What's more, in the first chapter, he refers to Gwen in the second person, which is forgotten when she appears in the third.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal
* LoveDodecahedron: Everybody's cheating on everybody with '''everyone'''.
* MadeOfIron: Twan
* MexicanStandoff: REPEATEDLY.
* MoralityBallad
* MundaneMadeAwesome: ''Thrives'' on it.
* NWordPrivileges: Sylvester and Twan call each other "nigga" so often that the song is NSFW at certain chapters.
* NosyNeighbor: Rosie, of course.
* OhCrap: Chapter 22, when [[spoiler: everyone finds out Chuck has AIDS. Considering pretty much ''all'' of them are within three partners of him...]]
* OneDegreeOfSeparation
* OnlyAFleshWound: "We'd better get you to the hospital to check out that wound. / It's okay, it's just my shoulder, all I need is a bathroom."
** The bandage then promptly disappears a couple chapters later, his shoulder looking unscathed.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Big Man again.
* TheParody: Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Trapped in the Drive-Thru", which is eleven minutes long, divided into three chapters with the same musical and dramatic structure as the original... [[MundaneMadeAwesome except that it's about a couple getting dinner at the drive-thru]]. The mundane subject matter itself can be seen as parody, given how ridiculously over-the-top the scenarios in the original are.
** ''MadTV'' also did a parody of both the song and the video, titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7putw2A4FiI Trapped in the Cupboard]].
* PlotHole: How did Gwendolyn know which police officer had stopped Sylvester, or that he had even been stopped at all?
* PsychopathicManchild: Twan. As soon as situations get tense, his solution is to kill everyone present.
* RandomEventsPlot
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: '''Hilariously''' averted.
* RecklessGunUsage: Sylvester pulls out his gun at any given opportunity, e.g. when annoyed or confused. He uses his gun to gesticulate, even to [[Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace scratch his head]].
* TheReveal: One at the end of just about every chapter.
* RevisedEnding The alternate Chapter 12, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uxTwem8lug performed at the VMAs]], wraps up Cathy, Chuck, and Rufus's story. The final version, meanwhile, has Gwen interrupting the EpiphanyTherapy with stories of [[LittlePeopleAreSurreal midgets and policemen]], allowing Rufus to make his choice much, much later in the story.
* RightThroughHisPants: The sex scene in chapter four.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[SubvertedTrope Attempted numerous times]] by Sylvester, and it usually gets worse once he leaves.
** Finally achieved at the end of Chapter 11, as part of a FunnyBackgroundEvent
* SerialEscalation: How many more characters are cheating on each other?
* StrictlyFormula: Every chapter has the exact same tune, just with different lyrics.
* TooDumbToLive: Twan.
* UnusualEuphemism: "The Package," for HIV.
* WhamLine: Damn near every chapter ends on one, but the best example would probably be "I can't believe it's [[spoiler:[[ComingOutStory a man!]]]]" in Chapter 2.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse
* YourCheatingHeart: Occasionally.
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''Trapped in the Closet'' is a "[[RockOpera hip-hopera]]" from Music/RKelly, the first songs/videos of which were released in 2005. Dozens of further installments ("chapters") have been released since. The songs tell the story of Sylvester (played in the music videos by R. Kelly himself) and the crazy characters he encounters as a result of a one-night stand.

It's become a cult classic, generally regarded as SoBadItsGood. It's very clear from interviews that R. Kelly takes it perfectly seriously.

In October of 2012, R. Kelly started the continuation of ''Trapped In the Closet''.

----
!!This "hip-hopera" contains examples of:

* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle
* ActingForTwo: R. Kelly plays Sylvester as well as the LemonyNarrator, Randolph (husband of Rosie the Nosy Neighbor), Rev. Evans, Pimp Luscious, and Beano.
* AllJustADream: Chapter 21.
* AluminiumChristmasTrees: Viewers of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode of the same name might be surprised to discover that, yes, this does exist; and no, the depiction of it on the episode wasn't exaggerated.
** The same applies to Music/WeirdAlYankovic's parody version, "Trapped in the Drive-Thru" -- some were surprised that something so rambling and esoteric could actually be based on a real song.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: At one point, R. Kelly scratches his head with the barrel of his gun, in a manner very similar to characters in ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''.
* BedroomAdulteryScene
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Big Man, hence the name.
* BlastOut: With TheMafia... but fortunately, AllJustADream.
* BringMyBrownPants
* ChandlersLaw:
* ChekhovsGunman: There are no minor characters. Even the characters who at first seem only to exist for a single scene turn out to be sleeping with or have a history with the main characters.
* ClosetShuffle: In the first episode, hence the title.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: People in blue or purple are bad news.
* CoolOldLady: Rosie the nosy neighbor.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "And then he continues to rough up the midget as if the midget was under attack."
** "He walks up to the closet, He comes up to the closet"
** "You looked like you'd seen a ghost come from the dead"
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Lets just say the title can be pretty misleading.
** Lampshaded early on when a pastor says "Well, since we're all comin' out the closet, I'm not about to be the only one who's broken-hearted." [[CaptainObvious He then comes out of the closet]].
* DoubleAesop: [[CluelessAesop Cheating is bad.]] [[TriangRelations Especially when]] [[CrapsackWorld everybody does it]]. [[FridgeHorror Even the guy with AIDS.]]
-->"[[{{Foreshadowing}} What goes around comes back around.]]"
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Sylvester [[ThatCameOutWrong comes out of the closet]], he says Rufus looks like he's looking in a mirror, foreshadowing not just that [[AllGaysArePromiscuous Rufus is cheating on his wife too]], but that [[NotSoDifferent Sylvester's going to be in this same situation soon.]]
** For that matter, ''everything else''. See ChekhovsGun above.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by the terrible reception Sylvester gets on his phone at one point. In any other story, this would either be the set up for PoorCommunicationKills or else foreshadow [[CellPhonesAreUseless the phone failing to work.]] Neither happens.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Roxanne's weapon of choice.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: "Y'all lucky I like that kinda shit, or I'd be done shot both y'all ass."
* GunpointBanter: It's not so much "banter" as it is melodrama, but...
* GunStruggle: Between James and Sylvester. Twan gets shot, but it's OnlyAFleshWound.
* HeelRealization: Experienced by Sylvester, Rufus, and Cathy all at different points in the story.
* RockOpera: Or rather, "hip-hopera".
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Happens at one point as a consequence of RecklessGunUsage, although the victim is [[OnlyAFleshWound none the worse for wear]] afterwards, and [[EasilyForgiven doesn't bear any ill will]] for having been shot.
* IronicNickname: Big Man, [[spoiler: the midget]].
** It's not ironic. It's just [[BiggusDickus not referring to his height]].
* LemonyNarrator: But in a humorously poorly done way. So much that eventually, after narrating in first person for several chapters, Sylvester abruptly starts referring to himself in the third person from then on.
** He doesn't even start at any particular point. Take Chapter 11, where he switches between "Sylvester" and "I" almost every other line.
** What's more, in the first chapter, he refers to Gwen in the second person, which is forgotten when she appears in the third.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal
* LoveDodecahedron: Everybody's cheating on everybody with '''everyone'''.
* MadeOfIron: Twan
* MexicanStandoff: REPEATEDLY.
* MoralityBallad
* MundaneMadeAwesome: ''Thrives'' on it.
* NWordPrivileges: Sylvester and Twan call each other "nigga" so often that the song is NSFW at certain chapters.
* NosyNeighbor: Rosie, of course.
* OhCrap: Chapter 22, when [[spoiler: everyone finds out Chuck has AIDS. Considering pretty much ''all'' of them are within three partners of him...]]
* OneDegreeOfSeparation
* OnlyAFleshWound: "We'd better get you to the hospital to check out that wound. / It's okay, it's just my shoulder, all I need is a bathroom."
** The bandage then promptly disappears a couple chapters later, his shoulder looking unscathed.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Big Man again.
* TheParody: Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Trapped in the Drive-Thru", which is eleven minutes long, divided into three chapters with the same musical and dramatic structure as the original... [[MundaneMadeAwesome except that it's about a couple getting dinner at the drive-thru]]. The mundane subject matter itself can be seen as parody, given how ridiculously over-the-top the scenarios in the original are.
** ''MadTV'' also did a parody of both the song and the video, titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7putw2A4FiI Trapped in the Cupboard]].
* PlotHole: How did Gwendolyn know which police officer had stopped Sylvester, or that he had even been stopped at all?
* PsychopathicManchild: Twan. As soon as situations get tense, his solution is to kill everyone present.
* RandomEventsPlot
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: '''Hilariously''' averted.
* RecklessGunUsage: Sylvester pulls out his gun at any given opportunity, e.g. when annoyed or confused. He uses his gun to gesticulate, even to [[Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace scratch his head]].
* TheReveal: One at the end of just about every chapter.
* RevisedEnding The alternate Chapter 12, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uxTwem8lug performed at the VMAs]], wraps up Cathy, Chuck, and Rufus's story. The final version, meanwhile, has Gwen interrupting the EpiphanyTherapy with stories of [[LittlePeopleAreSurreal midgets and policemen]], allowing Rufus to make his choice much, much later in the story.
* RightThroughHisPants: The sex scene in chapter four.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[SubvertedTrope Attempted numerous times]] by Sylvester, and it usually gets worse once he leaves.
** Finally achieved at the end of Chapter 11, as part of a FunnyBackgroundEvent
* SerialEscalation: How many more characters are cheating on each other?
* StrictlyFormula: Every chapter has the exact same tune, just with different lyrics.
* TooDumbToLive: Twan.
* UnusualEuphemism: "The Package," for HIV.
* WhamLine: Damn near every chapter ends on one, but the best example would probably be "I can't believe it's [[spoiler:[[ComingOutStory a man!]]]]" in Chapter 2.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse
* YourCheatingHeart: Occasionally.
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10th Jul '13 10:04:48 PM JIKTV
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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: At one point, R. Kelly scratches his head with the barrel of his gun, in a manner very similar to characters in ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''.



* YouFailGunSafetyForever: At one point, R. Kelly scratches his head with the barrel of his gun, in a manner very similar to characters in ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''.
8th Jul '13 8:40:10 PM CaptainLhurgoyf
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Added DiffLines:

* WhamLine: Damn near every chapter ends on one, but the best example would probably be "I can't believe it's [[spoiler:[[ComingOutStory a man!]]]]" in Chapter 2.
2nd Jun '13 6:40:32 PM gallium
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* [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey It's That Guy]]: Is that [[TheWire Omar Little]]?
1st Jun '13 5:16:54 AM SeptimusHeap
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** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by the terrible reception Sylvester gets on his phone at one point. In any other story, this would either be the set up for PoorCommunicationKills or else foreshadow [[CanYouHearMeNow the phone failing to work.]] Neither happens.

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** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by the terrible reception Sylvester gets on his phone at one point. In any other story, this would either be the set up for PoorCommunicationKills or else foreshadow [[CanYouHearMeNow [[CellPhonesAreUseless the phone failing to work.]] Neither happens.
17th May '13 5:01:30 AM erforce
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* RecklessGunUsage: Sylvester pulls out his gun at any given opportunity, e.g. when annoyed or confused. He uses his gun to gesticulate, even to [[PlanNineFromOuterSpace scratch his head]].

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* RecklessGunUsage: Sylvester pulls out his gun at any given opportunity, e.g. when annoyed or confused. He uses his gun to gesticulate, even to [[PlanNineFromOuterSpace [[Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace scratch his head]].



* YouFailGunSafetyForever: At one point, R. Kelly scratches his head with the barrel of his gun, in a manner very similar to characters in Plan9FromOuterSpace.

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* YouFailGunSafetyForever: At one point, R. Kelly scratches his head with the barrel of his gun, in a manner very similar to characters in Plan9FromOuterSpace.''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''.
7th Apr '13 2:05:23 PM Morgenthaler
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''TrappedInTheCloset'' is a "[[RockOpera hip-hopera]]" from Music/RKelly, the first songs/videos of which were released in 2005. Dozens of further installments ("chapters") have been released since. The songs tell the story of Sylvester (played in the music videos by R. Kelly himself) and the crazy characters he encounters as a result of a one-night stand.

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''TrappedInTheCloset'' ''Trapped in the Closet'' is a "[[RockOpera hip-hopera]]" from Music/RKelly, the first songs/videos of which were released in 2005. Dozens of further installments ("chapters") have been released since. The songs tell the story of Sylvester (played in the music videos by R. Kelly himself) and the crazy characters he encounters as a result of a one-night stand.
7th Apr '13 2:04:31 PM Morgenthaler
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* BiggusDickus: Big Man, hence the name.

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* BiggusDickus: BiggerIsBetterInBed: Big Man, hence the name.
14th Mar '13 5:53:41 PM Akriloth2160
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4th Mar '13 3:33:11 PM JIKTV
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''TrappedInTheCloset'' is a "[[RockOpera hip-hopera]]" from RKelly, the first songs/videos of which were released in 2005. Dozens of further installments ("chapters") have been released since. The songs tell the story of Sylvester (played in the music videos by R. Kelly himself) and the crazy characters he encounters as a result of a one-night stand.

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''TrappedInTheCloset'' is a "[[RockOpera hip-hopera]]" from RKelly, Music/RKelly, the first songs/videos of which were released in 2005. Dozens of further installments ("chapters") have been released since. The songs tell the story of Sylvester (played in the music videos by R. Kelly himself) and the crazy characters he encounters as a result of a one-night stand.
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