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->'''Christine:''' ''[recorded]'' Hi, you've reached the Tittles. We can't come to the phone right now. If you want to leave a message for Christine, press one.\\
'''Bentley:''' For Bentley, press two.\\
'''Tarfal:''' Or to speak to or worship Master Tarfal, Underlord of Pain, press three.
-->-- ''Series/{{Angel}}'', "Quickening"

Heroes tend to lead very... ''[[WeirdnessMagnet interesting]]'' lives, full of so many strange and fantastic sights and events that before long he's SeenItAll, or at least dealt extensively with one type of non-mundane creature/phenomenon. As a result of this, or coincidentally, the character now casually lives alongside or in close proximity with an alien, ghost, vampire, mutant and/or robot (though not necessarily [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot all in one character]]).

The nature of the arrangement varies. They might be allies of long standing, the monster [[HauntedHeadquarters came with the apartment]] as an unadvertised "bonus" and they've since hit it off, or both have made the completely mundane arrangement to share living space. It doesn't even have to be TheUnmaskedWorld, any monster that can fool {{muggles}} is going to have to pay the rent[[note]](HypnoticEyes and UndeadTaxExemption notwithstanding)[[/note]], and it's sometimes convenient to share space and bills. If they're VitriolicBestBuds, expect them to claim they keep the other as a "pet".

The setting doesn't have to be a FantasyKitchenSink for this trope to happen, it just needs one difference that makes it LikeRealityUnlessNoted, and the character has to live right next to that thing. For maximum effect however, the character's house might become a [[CosmopolitanCouncil full blown microcosm]] of the [[MonsterMash world's supernatural scene.]]

The "roomie" might be a NiceGuy ghost, a personable FullyEmbracedFiend of a vampire, {{The Protagonist}}'s MagicalGirlfriend, or one of the MadScientist's {{Mascot Mook}}s that has been reprogrammed/retrained. If Tom develops an UnwantedHarem, each girl will be from a different monster race. Mind the FurAgainstFang.

Expect a lot of humour deriving from the cross-species CultureClash. TwoGamersOnACouch frequently uses the Monster Roommate as a pet or one of the gamers.

Compare PalsWithJesus, where the friend is a powerful cosmic or mythical figure, and PetMonstrosity, where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a monster is kept as a pet]].



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'': The title robot cat lives in Nobita's closet (one of the earlier examples).
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': Ataru has an oni living in his closet (possibly a pun on the Japanese slang for PrettyFreeloader).
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', {{Shinigami}} Rukia lives in Ichigo's closet (much to his displeasure).
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Kotaro starts staying with Natsumi and Chizuru after a little incident that resulted in amnesia. He gets his memory back and has been staying with them ever since (even using Natsumi's surname so he can pass as her "little brother". Considering they're well on the way to OfficialCouple, one has to wonder what that implies.)
* The plot of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' begins when the four [[spoiler:[[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Ridiculously]]]] HumanAlien [[spoiler:[[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Program]]]] Wolkenritter appear before Hayate and start living with her.
* ''Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan'' - Melan, a flying alien cyborg with weapons for hands, moves in with Marin and her human family in order to protect her from other aliens that try to kill her. He is treated as a member of the family by everyone in the house.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Ryuk, a {{Shinigami}}, lives in Light's room, and describes himself as being his roommate.
* In ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'', Kimihito has a whole [[HaremGenre harem]] of [[CuteMonsterGirl monster girls]] living in his house.
* The main premise of ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' is an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent moving in with a {{Kitsune}} and a pair of shrine spirits.
* ''Manga/GugureKokkurisan'' features an EmotionlessGirl living with a {{kitsune}}, a {{tanuki}}, and a dog youkai.
* The premise of ''Manga/{{Gingitsune}}'': a shrine family lives alongside the shrine's resident kitsune, although only the heir to the shrine can see him.
* ''Manga/TakeoChanBukkairoku'' is about a supernaturally unlucky girl who moves into a {{youkai}} apartment house.
* ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' has several cases of dragons living with humans, though the only one who's actually referred to as a roommate is Fafnir. Averted with Elma, who is the only one to have her own apartment.
* ''LightNovel/ElegantYokaiApartmentLife'': has this as its main premise and setting: After the school dorm burns down, the main protagonist Yushi is left with nowhere to turn to, except into an apartment filled with all kinds of Yokai and other odd beings (and even some ghosts) from the illustrious Japanese folklore.
* ''Manga/MononokeSharing'' is about a high school student moving into an apartment with five Yokai living in it. The main reason she was allowed to move in was part of a sort of social experiment to see if Yokai are capable of integrating into human society.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Caged Demonwolf in ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'', SealedEvilInACan that can still see, hear and talk, and spends most of its time snarking at its captors and perving over their sex lives.
* The very premise of ''ComicBook/MonsterAllergy'': the protagonist Zick is a boy that lives in a Detention Oasis for monsters, meaning that his home is filled with monsters that committed some crime ([[BlueAndOrangeMorality that for humans are just childish misdemeanours]]) and his cat is actually their jailor. {{Subverted}} when it turns out that [[spoiler:he himself is [[HalfHumanHybrid the son of a human and a Tamer]], a kind of monster that looks like humans and can control other monsters exiled due the crimes of some of them, thus ''he'' is the monster roommate]], and {{Justified}} because his mother, [[spoiler:who is actually a human]], is a Keeper, a human who can see monsters and has ''volunteered'' to host a Oasis in her home.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fic ''FanFic/TheWorldInBlackAndWhite'', Ichigo, who became a Hollow after being killed by Grand Fisher, is roommates with Uryu. On the one hand, he's an oversized saurian MonstrousHumanoid who often slips into the SpiritWorld of Hueco Mundo for SoulEating binges and whose spiritual energy attracts unwanted attention from Shinigami; on the other, he's Uryu's best friend and a dab hand at making tempura.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fics:
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/114049/this-is-the-life-a-tale-of-a-human-in-equestria This is the Life: A Tale of a Human in Equestria]]'' puts the title character and Octavia as roommates for some [[RuleOfFunny undisclosed]] reason.
** Another good example stemming from the same franchise is [[https://www.fimfiction.net/user/Bucking+Nonsense Bucking Nonsense's fic]] ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/165968/five-changelings-in-equestria-the-monster-under-the-bed Five Changelings in Equestria: The Monster Under the Bed]]'', where the changeling Ladybird evicts a boogeyman epyx for a young foal in exchange for under-the-bed and board priveleges.
* From ''Gensokyo 20XXV'', we get this twice. The first one is more or less played straight with Mokou, Kaguya, and Suika, two immortals and an oni, and the second instance is played straight with Kosuzu (a human), who lives with a hermit (Miko), a celestial (Tenshi), and a tsurube-otoshi (Kisume).
* [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow Soma]] and his roommates [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne Naoki]] and [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI Kazuya]] all pretend to be normal humans in ''[[https://m.fanfiction.net/s/11960165/1/ Not the intended use]]'', but turn out to be each other's monster roommate.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* At the end of ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', the human Deetz family is living with the ghostly Maitlands.
%%* ''Film/TheGhostAndMrsMuir'' (1947)
%%* ''Film/MyFavoriteMartian'' (1999)
* Han Solo from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies shares the ''Millennium Falcon'' with his NonHumanSidekick, a seven-and-a-half-foot [[UrsineAliens Wookiee]] named Chewbacca.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' riffs on the aforementioned Chewbacca with Barf, a [[LittleBitBeastly Mog]] (half man, half dog -- "I'm my own best friend!") who lives with the protagonist in a Winnebago.

* The short story ''Living with the Harpy'' by Tim Pratt is about, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin just guess]].
* In ''Godshome'' by Creator/RobertSheckley, it's technically a god roommate, but [[OurGodsAreDifferent these gods]] are near enough to being monsters for most people. When Arthur Fenn gets his prayers answered, he doesn't realize that in payment, he'll get four very [[JerkassGod unpleasant gods]] living in his spare bedroom. They like their meat raw, and in large quantities, and they have a habit of throwing the gnawed bones out the window to rot in the yard, which eventually attracts the attention of the police.
* ''Literature/MonstersInMyMailbox'': Reginald has several monster living somewhere in his room.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
%%* ''Series/TheGhostAndMrsMuir'' (1968-1970)
%%* ''Series/MyFavoriteMartian'' (1963-1966)
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' (1964-1966) lives with The Thing, as well as frequent visitor Cousin Itt, and YMMV [[SlidingScaleofAnthropomorphism on the monstrousness of]] some of the others living in the house (eg. Lurch).
* ''Series/TheMunsters'' (1964-1966) inverted the trope (perhaps before it was fully developed) with a family of token monsters and human live-in relative Marilyn.
* On ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' (1978-1982), Mork (played by Creator/RobinWilliams) is a {{Human Alien|s}} and Mindy is his roommate.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. When she enters college, Buffy finds herself with the roommate from hell who has numerous annoying habits. [[MonsterOfTheAesop Naturally this turns out to be literal]] with the roommate a soul-sucking demon.
* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Cordelia shares her apartment with "Phantom Dennis", the ghost of a previous tenant whose [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] [[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere walled him up]] to prevent him from running off with his girlfriend. (Except we only rarely "saw" Dennis past the episode establishing him.)
** He was referenced or spoken to/of in anytime an episode featured Cordelia's apartment. He was even shown helping Cordy cover up the escalating damage her visions had been doing.
** Lorne also filled this role quite a bit in later seasons. See also the page quote. Both ''Buffy'' and ''Angel'' were regular employers of this trope.
* SARAH, the Smart House on ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', might qualify. Some people are certainly freaked by the idea of living inside HER and her actions/over-reactions in one of the later first season episodes made her the MonsterOfTheWeek when she thought Sheriff Carter was going to leave town.
* The show ''Series/BeingHumanUK'', where a vampire and werewolf move into an apartment that they later realize is haunted by a ghost. They all get along better than you might expect. Similarly, [[Series/BeingHumanUS its US remake]].
* ''Series/HarryAndTheHendersons'', about a family sheltering a friendly Bigfoot.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': In "The Search, Part I", Odo briefly serves as this to Quark, literally and figuratively. Limited space on board the ''Defiant'' means that the two must share quarters, which becomes very uncomfortable for both men when Odo has to liquefy in order to rest.
-->'''Odo:''' I have been holding this shape for sixteen hours. I have to revert back to my liquid state, but I don't want you to watch and gawk at me.\\
'''Quark:''' I understand, completely. This is a very private moment and I won't interfere. This won't be so bad, sharing--\\

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Soldier of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is roommates with a magician named Merasmus. They don't exactly get along well. Last Halloween Merasmus sent out his anger towards the entire team simply because he ''couldn't kill his roommate''. [[EvilerThanThou Kinda fuzzy who's more monstrous though.]] Merasmus' last roommate? [[spoiler: Music/TomJones.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/SaGa2 Final Fantasy Legend II]]''. In addition to being able to set your class as a monster child raised by human parents, other monsters are generally living with humans. They can be roommates, classmates, and/or teammates.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', this is why Reimu Hakurei [[PerpetualPoverty doesn't get many donations]]. As the Hakurei Shrine's {{miko}} it's her job to deal with any {{youkai}} that cause trouble in [[FantasticNaturePreserve Gensokyo]], but nearly every one she battles succumbs to DefeatMeansFriendship, leading them to [[DropInCharacter drop by her shrine to hang out.]] Though Reimu herself doesn't mind - she's [[HatesEveryoneEqually equally rude to humans, youkai and even deities]] - this does mean ordinary humans rarely make the trip to the Hakurei Shrine for fear of bumping into that [[DrunkenMaster drunk]] [[PintsizedPowerhouse little oni]] who can tear apart mountains with her bare hands, or that [[SemanticSuperpower "youkai of boundaries"]] [[RealityWarper who can do whatever the hell she wants.]]
* ''VideoGame/RandalsMonday'': Mortimer is a mystery, but what does become clear after awhile is that he's done some pretty questionable things.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* David and Nancy [[note]]and [[MotherOfAThousandYoung Shubby]], [[BlobMonster Shogga]], [[JackassGenie Narla]] and [[StarfishAliens Freddie]][[/note]] in ''Webcomic/OwMySanity''.
* In a side-comic of ''Webcomic/TooMuchInformation'', Maddie shares her room with what is, essentially, the larval form of a 'cosmic horror' type entity. He seems to exist mostly for the benefit of FishOutOfWater jokes.
* A variation in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', where it's heavily implied that [[IdiotHero Fighter]] and [[OmnicidalManiac Black Mage]] have been traveling and living together for a ''very'' long time (they met up after they both got kicked out of their respective schools (Black Mage for giving a new meaning to the word Evil, and Fighter for [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny having the attention span of a rock]]) and they've [[VitriolicBestBuds been together ever since]]). It may have contributed to Black Mage's frequent bouts of omnicidal mania. [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/03/15/episode-527-imprisoned-with-the-fools/ Exhibit A]].
* [[MadScientist Tedd]] of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' lives with [[EmergentHuman Grace]], a shapeshifter whose ancestry is part-human, part-alien, part-squirrel, and part-second-alien. She was created to be a SuperSoldier, but fled her DarkAndTroubledPast and came to Tedd, hoping the technology he was experimenting with could help her defeat a powerful monster. [[spoiler: It does.]] Also, they end up falling in love, and she moves in with him long-term. Which is more than a little awkward, since they're both under 18 and Tedd lives with his father.
* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Tepoztecal, the Aztec god of alcohol, has spent much of the comic living at Monica's place.
* ''Webcomic/ZombieRoomie'': John is a human dork and George is a jerk and a zombie.
* Jareth for the other main cast members of ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}''. He's one of TheFairFolk (or at least pretty close, as his father is pure blooded fae noble and his mother a powerful witch) so generally not good for soul and sanity.
* Aylee from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is a mutating-shapeshifting xenomorph-type alien from another dimension, who is actually one of the more stable, reliable and friendly roommates in the house when her mutations aren't causing problems. Sam is a vampire who occasionally crashes with the gang. Depending on one's definition of "monster" Bun-bun might count as well, being a talking, misanthropic lop-eared rabbit who is one of the deadliest beings in the universe [[spoiler: and possibly an amnesiac god]].
* [[http://www.biggercheese.com/index.php?comic=808 This]] ''Webcomic/BiggerThanCheeses'' strip. Oh Xu'alz'kthar, you adorable scamp.
* Dielle in ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' lives in an extremely posh apartment belonging to the {{psychopomp}} Deidre. Apparently in exchange for taking care of Deidre's extremely demanding cat.
* In ''The Crawling City'', Aria Wintermint is an ordinary young woman but lives with Gug, a huge tentacle monster. No explanation for this is given. Gug seems like an annoying but harmless roommate at first, mooching off her food and bugging her to buy him video games, but as we see more of this sinister city in which they live, it becomes clear that Gug has been protecting Aria, even going so far as to kill and devour a thief who broke into their apartment while Aria was asleep. Aria seem oblivious to this dark reality.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Website/CollegeHumor: The sketch "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN7C_tE8H_A The Six Monsters You'll Have as Roommates]]" humorously characterizes the types of college roommates as various kinds of monsters: the antisocial control freak is a robot, the one you never see because he's always out is a ghost, the {{Guyliner}}-wearing goth who somehow always gets laid is a vampire, the foreign exchange student with strange customs is an alien, and the one who's always tired and lifeless is a zombie. The last Monster is the fact that there ''are'' no more monsters -- i.e., you live alone, and are now completely freaked out at night because [[NothingIsScarier there's no-one to blame the noises in the night on]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Lilo and Nani from all the ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' films and ''[[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries The Series]]'' have three aliens (Stitch, Jumba and Pleakley) living in their Hawaiian home, the first of them having originally been created to ''be'' a monster.
* In ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'', Mark lives with Randall, a zombie. This is a series where the monsters considerably outnumber the humans, so Mark doesn't see anything particularly strange about his living arrangements, even though Randall has brain cravings that seem reminiscent of a recovering alcoholic. (And he has the annoying habit of borrowing Mark's things without asking.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' once faced against an evil alien named Thrakkorzog, ruler of dimensio... Errr... ''Apartment'' 14-B. He was roommates with a man who was barely even aware that he was sharing rent with a BlobMonster from outer space.
-->'''Arthur:''' Are you aware your roommate is a hideous monster from another dimension with evil plans for world domination?\\
'''Thrakkorzog's roommate:''' Listen, a good roommate relationship is based on a respect for privacy.
** Tick himself can also be considered an example, a NighInvulnerable {{Cloudcuckoolander}} superhero rooming with a mild-mannered former accountant (who wears a moth costume, but that's neither here nor there).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Human Fry lives with Bender, who, for those not familiar with the show, is a robot. Specifically, Fry lives in Bender's apartment. Fry is Bender's Monster Roommate. More than that: he lives in Bender's closet (which is as large as a 1 1/2 apartment), while the apartment itself is as large as, well, a closet.
* None of the Justice Friends (titular stars of the segment and show-within-a-show on ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'') are exactly what you'd call ''normal'', but The Infraggible Kronk is the most monstrous of the three, being a giant purple {{Expy}} of ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk.
* After being ejected from her home by a CorruptCorporateExecutive, human child Sari Sumdac spends the second season of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' living with the Autobot protagonists. [[spoiler:Then it turns out she's not actually human. She's a protoform who scanned her "father" and acquired a human alt-mode in the process. She's a Transformer just like her friends.]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' has Zorak rooming with Space Ghost briefly, much to his displeasure.
-->'''Space Ghost:''' ZORAK! [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Living with you is like living in a living nightmare!]]
* Series/DieSendungMitDerMaus has "Trude's Flatmate". Selfsame mate is a completely nice and harmless monster...if it only had a whiff of knowledge of the local customs. Like you don't simply "borrow" a dredge for playing. (Think of {{ComicBook/Starfire}}, just less sexy.)