Created By: moonhawk64 on May 29, 2011 Last Edited By: moonhawk64 on March 4, 2012

Their Second Home

That one place where all the characters go to discuss life and other things.

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Every character needs a place to go to discuss business, hash out problems, or just hang out. This place is like a second home to these characters - in fact, they may spend more time here than their own homes!

There are several types of Second Home:

Type One: The Local Hangout - an eating/drinking establishment where the characters can unwind, and where their seats are always available.

Type Two: "Step Into My Office" - When a character either doesn't have their own office, or they have a shared workspace such as in a cubicle farm or "bullpen", they need someplace private to conduct business and other things. This space is almost always in their workplace, and frequently someplace unusual, such as a stairwell or restroom.

Type Three: Someplace OTHER than an eating/drinking establishment where the characters frequently hang out. They may also do business here, as long as it's not in their workplace. Can be a room in someone's home, as long as all the characters hang out there, and generally act like they own the place.

Type Four: The Superhero's/Villain's Secret Hideout, where they park their ride, consult their Supercomputer, dress their wounds, etc. It's always someplace unusual, such as a cave or abandoned warehouse, but not an actual room in their home (although it may be accessed from a hidden space in the home).

Compare The Couch. Type Ones should go on the Local Hangout page.


Comic Books

  • Superman's Fortress of Solitude
  • Batman's Batcave
  • The Shadow's Inner Sanctum


  • In Sky High, The Commander and Jetstream's Secret Sanctum, where they kept souvenirs of past battles, "mom's computer" and a pool table.


  • The Bucket, for the City Watch in Discworld.

Live-Action TV

  • The balcony where Alan Shore and Denny Crane went at the end of each episode of Boston Legal to discuss life.
  • The elevator in "NCIS" that Agent Gibbs uses as his private office is a Type Two example.
  • Danny's 2011 Chevy Camaro in the reimagined Hawaii Five-O where he and Steve have their at-least-once-an-episode "carguments" (wherein Danny rants about Steve's complete disregard of protocol and procedure).
  • In That Seventies Show, everyone hangs out in Foreman's basement.
  • The aliens on 3rd Rock from the Sun hang out on the roof as a makeshift balcony.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • May 29, 2011
  • May 29, 2011
    We've already got Local Hangout.
  • May 30, 2011
    Compare The Couch.
  • May 30, 2011
    This is the Local Hangout.
  • May 30, 2011
    Ok, I went to that trope page, and the only problem is that Local Hangout is more specific than I intend. As a result, that's probably why I wasn't seeing anything listed on all those TV shows I was reading. The few examples given above were quick and dirty. Pretty much EVERY TV show has such a place, but it isn't always a diner or bar. The other problem, is that I realized there is another category of this: The Sanctum that most (if not all) Superheroes have. You know, Superman's Fortress of Solitude, Batman's Batcave, The Shadow's Inner Sanctum, etc. Is there a way to expand Local Hangout to cover these situations? Or can we make this one a Supertrope with a different name, with Local Hangout being a subtrope of this?
  • May 30, 2011
    The aliens on Third Rock From The Sun hang out on the roof as a makeshift baclony.
  • May 30, 2011
    Ok, I renamed and rewrote my incipient trope formerly known as "The Hangout". Is this better?
  • June 2, 2011
    Quantum Of Solace is a subtrope.
  • June 2, 2011
    Type 2 within a Type 1: On Happy Days Fonzie called the men's room at Arnold's his "office." When Arnold's burned down and was rebuilt, Al included an actual desk in the men's room just for Fonzie.
  • June 2, 2011
    • Yu-Gi-Oh: Yugi and his grandpa really do live at the Game Shop. But the rest of the gang acts like they do too.
  • March 4, 2012
    Bump. Added note: Truth In Television: True Companions sometimes are so close and like a family, friends regard another's friend as their second home. My parents had something like this growing up.
  • March 4, 2012
    • home as their second home oops double comment :P