Created By: Vree on September 7, 2010 Last Edited By: Vree on September 8, 2010
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Cranky Landlord

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Mr. Shickadance: Ventuura.
Ace Ventura: [whispering] Yes, Satan? [turns around] Oh, I'm sorry, sir. You sounded like someone else.
Mr. Shickadance: Never mind the wisecracks, Ventura. [coughs in Ace's face]...You owe me rent.

The Landlord that hates tenants, and they especially hate the protagonist whom they consider a no-good scum of the earth.

Similarly to Nosy Neighbor, this character is always on the look--out to catch the protagonist doing something against the house rules. Pretty much anything below being a model tenant will earn their scorn and an infuriated visit to their apartment: making a noise, coming home too late, bringing another person home etc.

A common trope is that the character is late with the house-rent, and has to argue at lenght with the landlord to be allowed a few days' respite.

A subtrope of Landlord. Compare the Cranky Neighbor.

Examples:
  • Mr. Shickadance (quoted above) from the Ace Ventura, Pet Detective movie & video game, a cranky old man who hates animals. In spite of his warnings for Ace not to bring any work home, he secretly keeps more then a dozen housepets in his room whom he has trained to hide when the landlord appears.
  • Mrs. Peeman from The Mask (pictured above). Stanley lives in fear of her, while he also takes revenge whenever he changes into his alter-ego, the Mask.
  • A scene in Kingpin. Roy cannot pay his rent and his histerical landlady threatens to call the cops. A desperate Roy is forced to pull the "I'm sure that we can work something out" card.
Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • August 30, 2010
    randomsurfer
    In The Simpsons: Behind the Laughter Homer had a stint on Broadway as the landlord in Rent II:
    Where is the rent?
    I must have the rent!
    Dollars, dimes and nickels,
    I need them all right now!

  • August 30, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
  • August 30, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    The (in)famous Funny or Die video "The Landlord" casts Will Ferrel's daughter, barely past infancy at the time, as one of these to comedic effect.
  • August 30, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Mr Bean: The Animated Series had Ms. Wicket. (Though she did not appear in the live action series, she was mentioned in the diary.)
  • August 31, 2010
    ChevalierMalfait
    Eulice Deville of Menage A 3. When Gary introduces his new roommates, she ignores their pleasantries and shouts "JOBS!?" She can detect a deadbeat tenant a mile away. Once tracked Gary across the city and found him hiding in a restaurant broom closet. She reacts to Mr. Dithers firing Dagwood yet again with an Evil Laugh.
  • September 7, 2010
    Sweet Madness
    This is played with in Kung Fu Hustle, where the landlord isn't cranky at all. It's his wife that you have to watch out for.
  • September 8, 2010
    Unknown Troper
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