Created By: Ragnarok222 on June 7, 2012 Last Edited By: Premonition45 on June 26, 2014

Home Sweet Who?

Character goes to a house. Finds entirely different people than who should be there.

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After a long hard day, the hero comes back to his home. Except, something about the house looks a little different. Maybe a different car in the driveway, bars on the windows, or the back fence is locked.

When the hero gets in the house, they quickly realize that while this might be their house, this isn't their family inside. Either due to an alternate timeline, or a Mind Screw, the right house has become the wrong house.

Can also be used when going to what was supposed to be a friend's house, to find that the friend never lived there in whatever timeline the hero has ended up in.
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  • June 7, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Needs a non-dialog title.
    • The Lone Gunmen get contacted by a man who finds a different family living in his house. It turns out it isn't his house - he's been experimented on and has False Memories of living there.
    • In The Pendragon Adventure after Bobby becomes a Traveller Bobby's family disappears, along with the house they lived in and all traces of their existence - newspaper articles, land deeds, etc. Only people who actually knew the Pendragons know that something has happened.
  • June 8, 2012
    NimmerStill
    In Back To The Future II, in alternate 1985, Marty finds a strange family in his house. Probably a shitload of other time-travel stories as well.

    And I think the title's fine.
  • June 8, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    In Dave, Dave arrives home to find the Secret Service waiting for him, because they want him to impersonate the President.
  • June 8, 2012
    Mauri
    Played straight in Girly when Colette goes on an attempt to meet her mother and possible little sister, there was another family living there. She lies to them and then manages to get to keep the photo of Winter and her family.
  • June 8, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^^Naming A Trope: "No lines of dialog."

    • The Simpsons: Homer pretends that Mr. Burns' mansion is his own house for the sake of a documentary, which works well until Mr. Burns comes home in the middle of filming.
  • June 8, 2012
    desdendelle
    • In The Hobbit, Bilbo returns to the shire only to find that Bag End is being sold to the Sackville-Bagginses.
    Also, this should get the standard spoilers warning.
  • June 8, 2012
    Diask
    • In Tales Of Phantasia, the heroes can visit what used to be Arche's house in the future, except now it's inhabited by an old man, who has absolutely no business with the party, instead of Arche's (human) father, who's dead for about 150 years.
  • June 8, 2012
    DarkPrince
    I suggest: "Home Weird Home"
  • June 8, 2012
    JonnyB
    In The Lord Of The Rings (the books, not the films), the hobbits return home after their long quest expecting to find the comfort of their bucolic Shire, only to find a raped industrial wasteland run by a gang of thugs.
  • June 9, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Journeyman: when Dan time travels the first time he doesn't realize this has happened, and goes back to his house. Another family is living there and think he's a burgler.
    • Nowhere Man: Thomas Veil gets this treatment when he goes home after being Un Personed. Even more jarring is that he gets it from his own wife.
  • June 9, 2012
    DracMonster

    Home Sweet Homeless?

    The lord of the rings example above doesn't really qualify as this, although I bet we have a trope for it somewhere.
  • June 9, 2012
    robinjohnson
    • Happens to Otto in The Simpsons: "Hey landlord! Someone changed the locks and stuck an eviction notice on my door!"
  • June 9, 2012
    MrInitialMan
    • A variation in Music, there's the song "Silhouettes", where a guy goes to his girlfriend's house (but gets the wrong house).
  • June 9, 2012
    Bisected8
    @desdendelle: Actually, in The Hobbit Baggin's property was being auctioned off, the Sackville-Baggins's were just inheriting Bag-End from him, as he'd been declared legally dead.
  • June 10, 2012
    Surenity
    • The twist ending of The Twilight Zone episode "Person or Persons Unknown" reveals that the whole episode, involving a man who wakes up to suddenly having no one he knows recognize him, was All Just A Dream. He's enormously relieved when he awakens. But when he looks at his wife, she's someone completely different who he doesn't recognize at all.
  • June 10, 2012
    Arivne
    According to our Handling Spoilers policy there's a Statute of Limitations of fifty years on spoilers. Since The Hobbit came out in 1937, 75 years ago, you don't have to spoiler anything from it.
  • June 10, 2012
    Lavalyte
  • June 10, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Home Sweet Who? Home Sweet Whoa? Home Sweet Hello?

    If we can't think up any usable puns we should abandon the title completely and think up something else.
  • June 11, 2012
    Ragnarok222
    Ya, I just made up the title in a minute to get this out there. I was just amazed something this common didn't have a page.
  • June 11, 2012
    BearyScary
    I like Home Sweet What The Hell.

    • An example is in Silent Hill Shattered Memories when Harry goes to his house and finds an unknown-to-him couple living there, instead of his family.
  • June 17, 2014
    DAN004
  • June 17, 2014
    qazwsx
    • In Orange Is The New Black, Taystee goes to live with her cousin after getting paroled only to find strangers living in the apartment. They grudgingly let her stay the night because it's late, but demand that she leave the next morning.
  • June 17, 2014
    robbulldog
    After a long hard day, the hero comes back to his home. Except, something about the house looks a little different. Maybe a different car in the driveway, bars on the windows, or the back fence is locked.

    When the hero gets in the house, they quickly realize that while this might be their house, this isn't their family inside. Either due to an alternate timeline, or a Mind Screw, the right house has become the wrong house.

    Can also be used when going to what was supposed to be a friend's house, to find that the friend never lived there in whatever timeline the hero has ended up in.
  • June 17, 2014
    Psi001
    • The New Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh episode "Goodbye Mr Pooh" has a string of misenterpretations that lead to everyone thinking Pooh is moving away. Not wanting to let everyone down after making a fuss about it, he does move away for a short while (a few seconds) before arriving back, only to find Eeyore having already shacked up in his house. Not wanting to trespass, Pooh leaves and moves in with Piglet. To clarify, Pooh and nearly every one else in the Hundred Acre Wood is Too Dumb To Live.
  • June 17, 2014
    HellKillUsAll
    • The Flintstones episode "Rip Van Flintstone" has Fred dreaming that he fell asleep for 20 years. At one point, he walks into his house and expects to see Wilma, but she isn't, and the lady has pet dinosaur chase him out.
  • June 17, 2014
    Damr1990
    • On the Dexters Laboratory movie Dexter travels to the future and finds out his family was long gone, and that the new residents of his house found his laboratory and use it as their gamesroom
    • Nibelheim, the Doomed Home Town of Tifa and Cloud From Final Fantasy VII was destroyed many years ago, however when you visit it later on the game, you find it out on perfect conditions and with all it's habitants alive turns out it is occupied by actors working for Shin-Ra in order to mantain The Masqueradde
  • June 18, 2014
    SharleeD
    • In the first Dan Shamble Zombie PI novel, Dan and his ghostly girlfriend Sheyenne visit the apartment where she'd lived before being fatally poisoned. She floats through the door, only to discover she's just scared the bejeebers out of the Korean family that moved in after her death.

    Home Isn't Home Anymore, perhaps?
  • June 18, 2014
    dokatron
    There's another YKTTW up at the minute called "Right Place, Wrong Timeline" which is the altered timeline subcategory of this.
  • June 19, 2014
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of The Prisoner Number 6 manages to escape the village and gets back to his flat in London, only to discover a woman living there and driving his car.
  • June 20, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    Stale Address.

    I think it's hard to make a name because the two patterns are too different yet are lumped together. The one about your home, place in life or whatnot being hijacked or having been hijacked. And the other one about having a conflicting memory of someone drastically different being in a certain place or being revealed to be in that certain place.
  • June 25, 2014
    Premonition45
    How about Home Sweet Huh?
  • June 25, 2014
    DAN004
    The suggested name's all being too witty without regard to clarity.

    Again, Finding Your Home Occupied.

    • In Jum Anji, after Alan is freed out of the mystical board game, he finds his house abandoned with unfamiliar kids playing there. It is revealed soonafter that he's trapped in the game for about 26 years.
  • June 25, 2014
    xanderiskander
    All the suggested names so far are dialogue titles. Which No New Stockphrases says we can't use. Even the ones trying not to be.

    How about Gone Home Family Gone or Relocated Family Dilemma?

    And whoever is sponsoring this now should add in robbulldog's description. It's a lot better than the current one is.
  • June 25, 2014
    DAN004
    Who wanna grab this?
  • June 25, 2014
    Karalora
    In Flight Of The Navigator, David's first clue that something is amiss is when he goes "home" and a strange older couple is living there.
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