Created By: majabee on April 27, 2014 Last Edited By: Arivne on April 28, 2014

House Of Secrets

Where all the characters are stuck in a house, and everyone has secrets and different motives.

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That thing where there are a bunch of people trapped in a house — either ACTUALLY trapped (are not physically able to leave), trapped by responsibility (can't leave without arousing suspicion), or socially trapped (can't leave without messing up their social circle.)

Each person in the house has something different going on in their head and different motives for being there. The different characters proceed to run around the house doing different things for different reasons. Sometimes there are people in the house who only some of the other characters in the house know about. TV episodes with this trope are usually quite painful to watch, because they almost always involve severe misunderstandings.


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  • April 27, 2014
    The "stuck in a house" part is covered by Closed Circle.
  • April 27, 2014
    I feel like Closed Circle is too broad, though. This isn't so much characters trying to escape from some danger... it's more that they all have motives that are independent of each other and they clash.
  • April 27, 2014
    • The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion: In the quest Whodunit?, six guests at a party are locked in a house and told that they will be allowed to leave when they find a hidden treasure (which the finder will be allowed to keep). In reality, there is no treasure; five of the guests wronged the party's organiser in various ways, and the sixth is an assassin hired to kill them off without raising suspicion.
  • April 27, 2014
    Also note that the House of Secrets was a DC Comics series for a while.
  • April 27, 2014
  • April 28, 2014
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  • April 28, 2014
    See also Ten Little Murder Victims, which often has this as a subplot.