Created By: LB7979 on June 8, 2017 Last Edited By: WhirlRX on June 29, 2017
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Really Moves Around

Character or family constantly moves to different places.

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I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
I've crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Johnny Cash, "I've Been Everywhere"

A character, or family of characters, has/have lived in many different places (geographically) and is/are constantly moving. In fiction this is generally used to denote either one of three things:

  1. The character, or main breadwinner of the family, simply has a job that requires constantly moving. The most iconic example of this, is a character who is in the military (Truth in Television, as military families in Real Life often do move around a lot).

  2. Alternatively, and more Played for Drama, the moving around is not due to job demands, but is used to display that the character / family has psychological issues. Whether it is due to some sort of anxiety, a form of OCD, or just generally not fitting in with people / society - these characters just can't "root" anywhere, and barely having settled somewhere, already are off to the next place.

  3. Or, the characters are on the run from other characters - e.g. from a stalking psycho ex, or from the police / law enforcement (either because they did commit a crime, or because they're innocent and falsely accused of it) or from a criminal organization that is looking for them. In the latter case, it can overlap with Conspiracy Theories. If their being hunted is all in the character's head because they're paranoid, they actually are of the type above instead of this type.

Compare Adventure Towns, where the characters move around as part of their quest and main plot. Compare New Job as the Plot Demands. Compare the sub-trope of Military Brat. If the characters are kids or teens, it results in them being a serial New Transfer Student, or sometimes Homeschooled Kids.

Not to be confused with Really Gets Around, which is about entirely different proclivities / activities.


Examples

Film -- Animation
  • The Incredibles: The members of the titular family all have superpowers, and have to keep their identities secret because of a government ban on superheroes. It is stated that by the time of the movie's main plot, they have moved at least a few times in the past because of blowing their cover. And by the end of the movie, they have to do it again.

Film -- Live-Action
  • High School Musical: Up until moving to East High School in Albuquerque and meeting Troy Bolton, Gabriella Montez and her family often moved to different places once the school year was over.
  • Rebel Without a Cause: Happens for drama with James Dean's character Jim Stark. Because his family is afraid of trouble for their son, they move around a lot.

Literature
  • The Familiar: The Ibrahim family is noted to have (prior to the start of the 1st book) lived in at least a dozen places/states in as many years. Since Astair is in college and the constant moving around of the family is explicitly mentioned to have delayed her graduating, and she isn't mentioned to have a job; and Anwar is a computer programmer - a job that is about the easiest to do long-distance, instead of moving around for - this really raises the question what on Earth the family were moving around for that much. This is never answered.

Live-Action TV
  • The Torkelsons: Riley moves to the small Oklahoma village in which the series takes place, mentioning to Dorothy Jane how his family is always moving around a lot due to his father being in the military.

Manga
  • Captain Tsubasa: Taro Misaki, one of the best known characters of the series and Heterosexual Life Partner of Tsubasa Ozora, moves to many different places, since his father is a painter. He played in several teams due to his father travelling around Japan all the time.
  • Natsume's Book of Friends: Before being taken in by the Fujiwaras, Natsume was passed around between his father's relatives never staying with any of them very long as they saw him as a trouble maker and taking care of him as an unwanted duty.

Western Animation
  • Recess: Gus Grisswald's family is type 1 as his father is a general. He admits to attending 11 schools by the time he reached the fourth grade and has never been at a school long enough to be known for anything other than being the new kid.
  • The Wild Thornberrys: The titular family wanders around the wild in various countries as part of their nature documentary show.

Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • June 8, 2017
    Arivne
    • Added # to auto-number a list.
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples section.
      • Changed media section titles to All Caps.
      • Re-wrote the examples to correct problems with English.
  • June 8, 2017
    Getta
  • June 8, 2017
    LB7979
    Added Comparison mentioned above ^, and added further examples.
  • June 8, 2017
    hszmv1
    • In Western Animation/Recess, Gus Grisswald's family is type 1 as his father is a General. He admits to attending 11 schools by the time he reached the Fourth Grade and has never been at a school long enough to be known for anything other than being The New Kid.

    On the subject of this, wouldn't Military Brat be a very specific subtrope of this, which is a child who has one or both parents in the military and thus has moved around often because of where the parent is deployed too.
  • June 8, 2017
    LB7979
    ^ Added that example and reference to the sub-trope.

    There's something wrong with the heading of "Films — Animation" though, that I can't fix, because it looks different than the other headings... Can someone tell what is the problem there?
  • June 8, 2017
    Kartoonkid95
    Correct me if Im wrong, I never really watched the movie, only the Nostalgia Critic review.

    • Cool As Ice: Kathy's family frequently moves around because her policeman father is on the run from dirty cops he sent up the river.
  • June 8, 2017
    Getta
    Compare Adventure Towns, where the characters move around as part of their quest and main plot.
  • June 9, 2017
    Arivne
    • Examples section
      • Fixed media section titles.
      • De-capitalized (General, Fourth Grade, The New Kid).
  • June 9, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Anime and Manga:
    • Captain Tsubasa: Taro Misaki, one of most known characters of the series and heterosexual life partner of Tsubasa Ozora usually moves from different places since his father is a painter artist. Played in several teams due to his father travelling through Japan all the time.
  • June 9, 2017
    LB7979
    ^ Added the above
  • June 10, 2017
    ZuTheSkunk
    • In The Incredibles, the members of the titular family all have superpowers, and have to keep their identities secret because of a government ban on superheroes. It is stated that by the time of the movie's main plot, they have moved at least a few times in the past because of blowing their cover. And by the end of the movie, they have to do it again.
  • June 10, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    • High School Musical: Up until moving to East High School in Albuquerque and meeting Troy Bolton, Gabriella Montez and her family often moved to different places once the school year was over.
  • June 17, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    I suggest changing the title, like say Constantly Moving (can't think of any clever title for now) because others may confuse it for Really Gets Around AND Anything That Moves
  • June 17, 2017
    alnair20aug93
  • June 19, 2017
    LB7979
    ^ The similiarity to ''Really Gets Around" was actually on purpose, like many other Trope names are an in-joke referring to other Tropes ;-)
  • June 19, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    Fair point though.
  • June 19, 2017
    Snicka
    ^^ Those in-jokes are now considered Bad Snowclone.
  • June 19, 2017
    Getta
    • The Wild Thornberrys: the titular family wanders around the wild in various countries as part of their nature documentary show.
  • June 19, 2017
    LB7979
    ^^ O.k., fair point. I think we best vote on the name now, but sorry I don't know how to start this (like how voting happens on the Image Pickin' forum, I believe it's called a crowner and I've seen it used on the TLP before to vote about titles? Can someone help me out?)

    Also, if I'd have to suggest an alternate title: Nomadic Existence.
  • June 20, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    There's a page named How Crowners Work, there you would check further.
  • June 20, 2017
    LB7979
    Added the Incredibles, High School Musical and Wild Thornberry's examples.
  • June 20, 2017
    LB7979
    The Crowner idea seems to only work on IP and TRS pages. I don't see the triangle symbol needed to start one, on this page.

    To recap, name suggestions are:

    - Really Moves Around (current)

    - Constantly Moving

    - Nomadic Residence

    - Nomadic Existence

    Votes? Other ideas?
  • June 20, 2017
    Getta
    The Wild Thornberrys isn't a film, it's mainly a serial cartoon.
  • June 20, 2017
    LB7979
    O, should it then go under a heading of "Cartoon" or under "Western Animation"?
  • June 20, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Western Animation
  • June 20, 2017
    LB7979
    O.k., fixed.
  • June 20, 2017
    TyeDyeWildebeest
    Possible Page Quote:

    I've been everywhere, man
    I've been everywhere, man
    I've crossed the deserts bare, man
    I've breathed the mountain air, man
    Travel, I've had my share, man
    I've been everywhere
    Johnny Cash, "I've Been Everywhere"
  • June 20, 2017
    NightShade96
    How about Constantly Travelling for the title?
  • June 20, 2017
    Teenlyokofan7777
    • Happens for drama in Rebel Without A Cause with James Dean's character Jim Stark. Because his family is afraid of trouble for their son, they move around a lot.
  • June 20, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    You could find reference here in how to place your Crowner.
  • June 21, 2017
    darkemyst
    • Before being taken in by the Fujiwaras Natsume of Natsumes Book Of Friends was passed around between his father's relatives never staying with any of them very long as they saw him as a trouble maker and taking care of him as an unwanted duty.
  • June 21, 2017
    Berrenta
    Just a little heads-up to the OP: Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs was renamed to New Job As The Plot Demands a while back.
  • June 21, 2017
    LB7979
    ^^^^ and ^^ — Added Natsume and Rebel Without a Cause examples.

    ^ O.k., fixed.

    ^^^ Apparently I need to ask a moderator on ATT for creating a Crowner for TLP, I just gave the TLP link there, so Crowner will probably up soon.
  • June 21, 2017
    LB7979
    ^^^^^^^ To the Troper who suggested the Johnny Cash quote: beautiful, and will put it in, but cut. It sounds great but the line quoting "travel" is a bit problematic, as "travel" is too easily confused with "going on a vacation" rather than "moving to another living place".

    ^^^^^^ To the Troper who suggested Constantly Travelling as a title: the same concern as mentioned above—"Travelling" is easily taken for "vacation" rather than "living place", so thanks for the suggestion but I didn't include that in the crowner.

    Also, considering the above, I removed the reference to "working for a circus" from the Trope description, and an example mentioning people living in a trailer van, for clarity.
  • June 22, 2017
    Getta
    Again, compare Adventure Towns
  • June 23, 2017
    LB7979
    ^ Added
  • June 23, 2017
    Omeganian
  • June 24, 2017
    LB7979
    Vote on the title here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/AlternativeTitles/ReallyMovesAround?open=all#8by8c3os (I asked for a proper crowner in ATT, but apparently that's not technically possible, so therefore redirecting you towards that link).
  • June 29, 2017
    LB7979
    No votes for the title. Launching as is.
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