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->'''Mitch''': Did you know there's a guy living in our closet?\\
'''Chris''': You've seen him too? ...\\
'''Mitch''': Why does he keep going into our closet?\\
'''Chris''': Why do you keep going into our closet?\\
'''Mitch''': To get my clothes - but that's not why he goes in there.\\
'''Chris''': Of course not, he's twice your size. Your clothes would never fit him.
-->-- ''RealGenius''

A character who, for one reason or another, is living in another character's wardrobe/closet. For some reason the "tenant" is usually a child of some sort. Happens a lot in anime, apparently because in Japan some people do indeed spend time in their closets during certain types of weather. That's half the reason why even smaller houses have big closets. Of course, apartments and capsules in Japan don't have closets at all.

In addition, following from TropeCodifier ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', it's a way to allow the MagicalGirlfriend to [[InnocentCohabitation live with]] TheProtagonist without the two having to share a room.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Anime/RODTheTV'' has very tall Maggie sleep in a closet. She likes small spaces.
* Lum in ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' is the TropeCodifier. (It's based on a pun: in Japanese, "an {{oni}} in the closet" is slang for a [[PrettyFreeloaders freeloader]].)
* Although the floorplan for Misato's apartment [[NotDrawnToScale shifts constantly from episode to episode]], in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Asuka forces this arrangement on Shinji. The supplementary books have floor plans, and according to them, Shinji got dumped into the study/sewing room.
* This the plot of ''Manga/{{Rizelmine}}'', where the main character's UnwantedSpouse takes up residence in his walk-in closet.
* While Rukia of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is in the mortal world, she stays hidden inside Ichigo's closet, to his chagrin. She eventually gets an upgrade by sharing his sisters' bedroom. She prefers the closet.
** In some of the {{Omake}} shorts in the anime, it's not clear whether Rukia is actually renting the space, or has simply told everyone back home that providing closet lodgings and temporary storage is one of the duties of a Substitute Shinigami like Ichigo.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': Kiri Komori will randomly show up in Itoshiki-sensei's closet (or any other dark, enclosed space) when the "plot" requires.
* It's hinted that Maika in ''Manga/{{Magikano}}'' frequently hides in her brother Haruo's closet and watches him sleep, as part of her obsession with him and her ultimate goal of some BrotherSisterIncest.
* [=NieA=] in ''Anime/NieaUnder7''.
* Ren-Ren-Ren-Nagusaran-Rensia-Roroonren-Nakora in ''Manga/{{DearS}}''. Since it's divided by a shelf halfway up its length, several other characters take up the bottom space (with Ren holding the upper space) over the course of the series.
* Anime/{{Doraemon}} sleeps in Nobita's closet.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'':
** Ryoko is occasionally like this, only she tends to prefer rafters to closets.
** Washuu winds up taking residence in an extra-dimensional space created using the Masaki broom closet ''under the stairs''.
* Konoe goes into Akuto's closet at least once to "observe" him in ''LightNovel/DemonKingDaimao''.


[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''Fanfic/AnAstralDropInHeatherfield'' has Will hiding her Astral Drop in the attic above her bedroom.
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'' pulls an InSpiteOfANail example despite Asuka's vow to [[TookALevelInKindness "use less 'tsun' and more 'dere']] [[PeggySue this time round"]], only justified because she's now sharing a room with Rei.

[[folder: Film ]]
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' Harry lives in the closet under the Dursley's stairs before he starts getting strange letters addressed to:
-->Mr H Potter \\
The Cupboard ''under'' the Stairs.\\
4 Privet Drive.\\
Little Whinging\\
* In the Val Kilmer movie ''Film/RealGenius'', Lazlo lives in Mitch and Chris' closet. Sorta. [[spoiler:The closet actually contains a lift to his hidden laboratory in the steam tunnels below the school.]]
* In Charlie Kaufman's movie ''Film/SynecdocheNewYork'' the main character Caden Cotard moves into his ex wife Adele's closet after taking the place of her maid, presumably without Adele's knowledge, living out the rest of his days there.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' lived in the closet under the staircase in the Dursleys' home prior to getting a bunch of Hogwarts letters specifically addressed to it in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone The Philosopher's Stone]]''. He didn't like it much, as his cousin Dudley loved to bang down the staircase just to annoy him, and it was often full of spiders. As punishment the Dursleys would sometimes lock him inside it.
* In a non-romantic, male example, Spider from ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' takes up residence in the tiny walk-in closet belonging to his brother, "Fat Charlie" Nancy. Or rather, his immense penthouse with a scenic view of a waterfall in the Amazon jungle takes up residence there. And Spider absolutely refuses to leave. HilarityEnsues. So does a number of other things that are mostly entertaining when they don't happen to ''you''.
* In the book ''TheSugarQueen'', there's a girl living in another girl's closet.
* In ''Literature/TheWestingGame'', Turtle insists that her bedroom was designed to be only a closet. Her mother disagrees, but someone else who comes looking for the two of them asks why they're in a closet.
* In the Literature/MercyThompson series, Stefan once crashed for the day in Mercy's closet. Justified, as he's a vampire and it was the only space in her trailer that could be entirely sealed off from light.
* In the James Herriot ''Literature/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall'' series Tristan Farnon lives in the closet of James' room in Skeldale House. It seems that James got his room when he got the job of new assistant to Seigfried Farnon. This has led to amusement when some of Tristan's pranks involve him staying up later than James...

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': With Anya gone, Spike ignominiously moves into a 'spare room' in Xander's apartment.
--> '''Xander:''' "I know it looks like a closet but it's a room now."
* The 2005 American sitcom ''Series/{{Committed}}'' had a 'dying clown' living in the female lead's closet. When asked about this little eccentricity by a potential suitor, she reveals that she is subletting her apartment and a condition of the lease is that the clown gets to live in the closet until he dies. "They're used to small spaces, you know the ''[[ClownCar cars]]''."
* In ''Series/ProsecutorPrincess'' something along these lines happens, with a man sneaking in and eating her food, using her shampoo, etc.
* One recurring sketch on {{Creator/Nickelodeon}}'s ''Series/TurkeyTelevision'' was an ''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]]'' [[AffectionateParody parody]] starring [[YouCantDoThatOnTelevision Adam Reed]] as a boy with a friendly alien living in his closet.
* ''Series/TheSeanCullenShow'' had Winston the Cellar Dweller, who pays Sean rent.
* In ''Series/TwitchCity'', the female lead can't afford to rent a room, so she rents a walk-in closet and redecorates accordingly. It doesn't look half bad.
* In ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Cody decides to live in their suite's front closet when he gets fed up with Zack refusing to clean his side of their room. He moves back once Zack decides to clean it up ([[RealityEnsues and because the fire department told him it was illegal for him to live there]]).


[[folder: Video Game ]]

* ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' reveals that Teddie is living in Yosuke's closet after the events of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}.''


[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* In ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', Mab takes up residence in Dan's closet after her Faery Grove gets blown up. Granted, its more a case of using his closet-door as an entrance into her own, private pocket-dimension, but it evokes much the same effect when she pops into and out of her "home".

[[folder: Web Original]]
* In ''Podcast/TheOrbitingHumanCircusOfTheAir,'' protagonist Julian the Janitor lives in his janitorial closet in the Eiffel Tower.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Another male example is Fry from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Fry wanted to live with [[RobotBuddy Bender]], but the only apartment they could get was a tiny, cramped space the size of a closet. Come the end of the episode, Fry resigns himself to living in that small space, when he suddenly discovers that the apartment has an enormous walk-in closet the size of a regular room. When Fry first proposes living there, Bender comments that it's odd, but they ultimately stick with that arrangement.
* For several seasons of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', an apparently evil monkey lived in Chris's closet.
* A variation from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''; during the family's trip to Tokyo, they spend the entire time in what they believe is a cramped hotel room -- only to discover, as they were about to check out, that it was merely the foyer...and one door led to a full-size, Western-style hotel suite.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'', Lincoln Loud's room is actually converted linen closet--although he has complained about having the smallest room out of everyone living in the room (as well being the only to not have a real bedroom), he's happy that he at least gets to have his own space since his parents and sisters all have to share rooms two-apiece. Also, it appears to be a fairly large closet, since it's been shown in numerous episodes that it can fit not just Lincoln and at least one other person (usually his BlackBestFriend, [[BlackAndNerdy Clyde McBride]]), but all eleven of the Loud-children (and still with some room to spare).

[[folder: Real Life ]]

* TruthInTelevision: there was a case in Japan where a homeless woman secretly lived in a man's closet. The man noticed only when he realised that the amount of food he bought and ate didn't match up, and set cameras around the house.
* Creator/GeorgeClooney admits he used to live out of friends' closets when he was broke and couldn't afford rent while struggling to break into show business.
* A property-for-rent advert in London aroused serious outrage when apparently a central London landlord was happy to rent part of his attic to a tenant for around £900 a month (about $1500 US). The space was painfully small, allowed no room to stand up, and as angry viewers pointed out, was illegal because there was no egress in the event of fire, limited access to shared bathroom and kitchen, and no external window. It turned out the advert was a prank by someone interested to see how far the housing crisis in the capital went - he had over a hundred serious replies.