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[[caption-width-right:245:''"[-This is MY house. I have to defend it!-]"'']]

->''"A man's home is his castle, but it shouldn't have to be his fortress."''\\
-- '''Dad''', ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''

The main character's home comes under attack or siege by some sort of malign force, whether it be foreign, criminal or supernatural. He or she then has to look after the safety and security of his or her person, possessions, family and possible guests, either by driving away the invader(s) or by keeping them at bay until TheCavalry can arrive.

A ''very'' wide-ranging trope: Can be found in TheWestern (native braves besieging a {{Determined Homestead|er}}), HorrorFilms (monsters terrorizing an isolated country home) and Crime {{Thriller}}s (burglars attempting to break into an otherwise quiet suburban dwelling and terrorizing the inhabitants).

HomeAloneAntics is a LighterAndSofter, PlayedForLaughs version, which doesn't necessarily have to take place in a house. It's interesting to note that the main difference between the two is the age of the defender: to a kid, fighting off burglars inside your house sounds like a wacky adventure. To a parent, it sounds like a ''[[AdultFear nightmare]]''.

Subtrope of DieHardOnAnX; compare AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs and TheSiege.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/WaitUntilDark'' has this as part of the premise: A group of burglars resort to increasingly desperate means to get a poor blind housewife to give up a cocaine-laden doll that was mistakenly delivered to her house.
* The central plot of every ''Film/HomeAlone'' movie, except the one set in a derelict, trap-ridden building(!).
* The finale of ''Film/StrawDogs''.
-->'''David Sumner''': This is where I live. This is ''me.'' I will not allow violence against this house.
%%* ''Film/PanicRoom''
* In ''Film/{{Shenandoah}}'', a farmer struggles to keep his farm free from both sides of the Civil War. He manages, but [[spoiler:his son and daughter-in-law are murdered/raped by ruthless scavengers]].
* ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'': A family's home is invaded by ghosts and their youngest daughter is kidnapped by them.
* ''Film/TheStrangers''. A couple is threatened in their home by three masked assailants.
* Parodied in ''Film/AChristmasStory'', where Ralphie's desire for a BB gun for Christmas leads to a fantasy where it proves key to defending their home.
* ''Film/TheAmityvilleHorror'': A family moves into a house that is infested with an evil presence that drove the previous owner to murder.
* ''Film/ParanormalActivity'': A young couple is harrassed by a demon in their new home.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Zathura}}'', the house was launched into space and had to be defended against meteors and attacks by aliens.
* {{Inverted}} in ''Film/{{Hostage}}''. As the movie title would suggest, the kids want the cops to get into the house to reclaim it. A good portion of the movie deals with the cops efforts to save the children in the house.
* In the climax of ''Film/SmallSoldiers'', the main characters use their house as a fortress to defend against an army of killer toys.
* ''Film/AttackTheBlock'' is about London delinquents defending their tower block against an AlienInvasion.
* Last stretch of 1982 ''Film/AloneInTheDark1982'' has the main villains attacking Dr. Potter's house.
* The final dramatized encounter with the Fouke Monster in ''Film/TheLegendOfBoggyCreek'' shows the creature attacking a housed shared by two families.
* The farmhouse siege in ''Film/TheBookOfEli''.
* ''Film/ThePurge'' has a family trying to fend off a bunch of criminals trying to invade their heavily fortified home during a night were all crime is legal.
* The climax of ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', at the Bond family estate after which the film is named.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Film/TheAmityvilleHorror''.
* The latter half of the first ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' novel is about the title character's manor coming under siege by Elves.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In Book One of ''Series/NorthAndSouthUS'', some thugs ride up to Mount Royal to seize Madeline, only to find that the Mains have set up armed guards to shoot in an unsurvivable crossfire if it came to fighting.
** In Book Two, a coalition of freed slaves and ex-slavers raid the property, only to be driven out.
** In Book Three, Mont Royale attracted the ire of the Klan itself. Seems the locals didn't take too kindly to Madeline assisting and educating the local blacks. They attacked the property in Book Three, causing a fire which reduced the property to cinders. More Klansmen were killed than Mains, so we can call this one a draw.
* BuffyTheVampireSlayer featured this several times. There were sieges of Buffy's house, the library and the school, the Magic Box, Giles' apartment, Xander's basement, and several other sites.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}: World In Flames'' has this as a story-required mission, where you have to protect the villa you've been using as a base since you took it from the local Big Bad. Overlaps with AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs.
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'': It's up to the ''garden plants'' to protect the house and its inhabitants from the ZombieApocalypse.
* ''VideoGame/TheCastleDoctrine'' ([[http://thecastledoctrine.net/ website here]]) is an MMO based on this premise: each player character is a man building a DeathCourse into his house to protect his family and his safe ... and simultaneously a thief, invading his neighbors' houses to steal the money from their safes (or families).

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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', the "noobs" (basically a parody of Halo players who eternally die and respawn) treat their capture-the-flag game as this.
-->"KILL THE REDS!"\\
"WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!"\\
"THIS IS OUR HOUSE!"

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In a ''Westernanimation/TheSimpsons'' "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror", Homer & family have survived a nuclear attack from France, but others in town have become mutated. The mutants attack the Simpsons in their home, but then they are moved by the love Homer & Marge show for each other.
-->'''Flanders:''' You know, I don't see any reason why freaks and norms can't get along!
-->'''Freaks:''' ''(all mutter in agreeing tones)''
-->'''Flanders:''' We can all work together to build a Utopian society, free of violence, hate and prejudice!
-->'''Marge:''' That sounds beautiful, Ned. And let me just say my family and I share your vision for a better - '''NOW!'''
-->''(Marge and the kids draw shotguns, and blast the freaks a couple of feet back, leaving them in a pile.)''
-->'''Marge:''' Hm, friends with mutants. [[SarcasmMode Rrright]]!

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* A [[FlameBait heated topic of discussion]] in the United States is the concept of "Castle Doctrine", from the phrase "a man's home is his castle", a legal argument that an individual has the right to use deadly force to protect his home and property within, as opposed to only being allowed to protect life and limb. Laws regarding this vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement as do personal opinions.]] NotToBeConfusedWith "Stand Your Ground", a legal doctrine that states that an individual can use deadly force to protect themselves ''anywhere'', even when retreat is arguably an option, which is an even ''more'' heated topic of discussion.
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