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- Akari of ARIA is perfectly happy with her "familiar days." Sure, no day is exactly alike, but she likes knowing that certain things will always remain constant... except that they don't, hence the series' Bittersweet Ending. Throughout the series, she knows in the back of her mind that achieving her goal will mean big changes, and it's a source of anxiety for her. Ultimately, she decides to live in the moment, and adjust when it's needed.
- But not before becoming all heartbroken when she has to say goodbye to her old gondola, once it has to be replaced by a newer version.
- Yuno, in Hidamari Sketch, likes life to trundle along this way, which is the basis of the anime's large amount of Once an Episode elements.
- Klaus, in From Eroica with Love, is as much a Creature of Habit as being an international spy will allow him to be, bordering on Schedule Fanatic.
- Jyoji of Servant ◊ Service is so much of this that the fact the lunch break is ending trumps over his rivalry towards Yutaka and he leaves mid-challenge.
- Skalman from Bamse. One of his inventions is a special alarm clock which rings when it's time for a meal or a nap. Come naptime, he goes to sleep as soon as he hears the ring, even if he's in the middle of something adventurous.
- Kuman-Kuman from The Interpreter does the exact same routine every day, which makes it easy for an assassin to kill him by placing a bomb on a bus; after all, Kuman-Kuman takes the same bus at the same time every day.
- Harold Crick, protagonist of Stranger Than Fiction. This will change somewhat, though.
- In Ocean's Eleven, Terry Benedict is described as "a machine" because his schedule is so very precise, he even visits the men's room at the same time every day.
- George Banks was like this towards the beginning of Mary Poppins, with his song "The Life I Lead" all about how wonderful it is that his life is so precise.
"I run my home precisely on schedule. At 6:01, I march through my door. My slippers, sherry, and pipe are due at 6:02. Consistent is the life I lead!"
- Ray Breslin makes a point of identifying these types when planning his prison breaks in Escape Plan.
- Mycroft Holmes is so set in his ways that his baby brother knows that something catastrophic must have happened when he gets a telegram announcing that big bro is paying a visit. Why is it so strange? "It is as if you met a tram-car coming down a country lane. Mycroft has his rails and he runs on them."
- Around the World in 80 Days: Phileas Fogg follows a routine so regular and inflexible that his manservant Passepartout describes him as "a real machine."
He breakfasted and dined at the club, at hours mathematically fixed, in the same room, at the same table, never taking his meals with other members, much less bringing a guest with him; and went home at exactly midnight, only to retire at once to bed.
- Hermione runs into trouble in Harry Potter when she tries to liberate the house elves. Turns out their whole species are creatures of habit (with the odd exception) and they find Happiness in Slavery — they don't want to be free.
- Arthur Dent of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy really wants nothing more than a nice cup of tea and a sandwich most of the time. Regrettably what he gets is lots and lots of adventures.
- Rincewind from Discworld would like to be a creature of habit and truly desires boredom (and potatoes) but almost never gets it. In Sourcery, he is utterly bewildered to hear that Nijel deliberately abandoned a boring, routine lifetime for a life of danger.
- Dios from the Pyramids novel is such a creature of routine that it is physically impossible for him to change his habits. There are marks in the stone floors of the palace where his habitual footsteps have fallen on the exact same place, day after day, year after year.
- From Going Postal we have the Post Office's cat, which goes the same walk every day, and will wait in front of a door until it opens. It does this when the building catches fire!!
- The Dresden Files:
- Harry Dresden has aspects of this, one character pointing that given a choice he will go to the same restaurant, order the same food, take the same route etc. Of course, his life tends to be full of enough unpredictable excitement that a little routine is an understandable relief. The issue came up when Harry was insisting that he was an aversion of this trope. He was told in no uncertain terms that he is a Creature of Habit in many ways, just not other peoples' habits. Apparently, that's just as frustrating.
- Getting really old in the Dresdenverse gets you really stuck in your ways pretty substantially. Even the more venerable wizards suffer from this, though not to the supernatural extent of the, well, supernatural. Harry frequently relies on this fact in dealing with heavyweight baddies, and has even won a Boss Fight with a clever use of this trope and some very creative magic.
- Inverted when Harry encounters (who we believe are) members of the Black Council: they can think on their feet and slug it out in the major leagues; Harry sees himself in their methods, and is rightly cautious.
- This is a defining characteristic of Hobbits in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Some of them occasionally get a bit "Tookish" and start thinking about adventures, but even the more whimsical ones mostly just prefer to stay in the Shire sipping tea and nibbling on cakes. Bilbo Baggins (pre-adventure) is a classic example. Nowhere does this trait make itself more plain than in their adherence to a regular schedule of meals. A Hobbit just doesn't feel right without a good breakfast. And second breakfast. And elevenses...
- In "The Ethics of Madness" by Larry Niven, Douglas Hooker starts out as a mild example of this trope, and winds up taking it Up to Eleven after spending 120,000 years fleeing from his pursuer's vessel in a one-man ramship.
- A Man Called Ove: Ove is the poster child for this trope. To the point that he doesn't even need an alarm clock, because he's always woken up at the same time, every day, his whole life.
- Nessy, the kobold housekeeper from Too Many Curses, is sufficiently this trope that she always eats the same thing for breakfast, looks forward to doing the polishing on the day of the week she always designates for that chore, and continues to sit on a stone beneath her boss's chair rather than the chair itself even after said boss has been eaten by the nurgax.
- 'The Big Bang Theory'': Sheldon. Penny uses it against him during an Escalating War by filling all the washing machines in the building when Sheldon was going to do his laundry, forcing him to do his laundry later. He doesn't take it well.
- One episode of Home Improvement portrays Tim as one of these, as a Compressed Vice.
- Jerry on Parks and Recreation gets more joy from sheer bureaucratic routine than any of the other characters. In one episode he spends all night working on a bulk mailing for Leslie's campaign, realizes at the last second that he forgot an insert, and cheerfully says, "It's not government work if you don't have to do it twice."
- The Stanley Parable: Stanley worked for a company in a big building where he was employee number 427. Employee 427's job was pushing buttons on a key board while the computer told him exactly what keys to push and how long to push them and Stanley was happy.''
- Carl in Hometown Story, who has a quite regular schedrule and is a big watch nerd. He was quite the opposite in his youth, but being late to a date once lead to his then-fiancee getting injured. To give an idea of how bad it was, Carl's wife Aisha is introduced to the player in a wheelchair.
- The Incredible Hulk: Bruce Banner declares the Hulk to be this in the episode "Darkness and Light, Part three", using his knowledge of the Hulk's fighting style to dodge and capture him.
- Batman: The Animated Series: Temple Fugate was this even before he became the Clock King. Itís implied that he was a middle aged man when he broke his routine for the first time in his life.
- This trope is lampshaded by Agura and Tezz in Hot Wheels Battle Force 5—Agura, the hunting enthusiast of the group, had said, "Humans, like most animals, are creatures of habit. Which makes it very useful when you're trying to hunt them."
- In Real Life, many people with autism are creatures of habit to some extent. What extent can vary greatly — some people just get a bit more narked when plans are cancelled or people are late, others have a certain way of doing things and a certain time to do them. In more extreme cases, this trait can become an obsession, to the point the entire family has to fit around the autistic member's "schedule" or all hell breaks loose.
- Personality quizzes/tests/assessment usually have at least one category that is a creature of habit. In western astrology it's Taurus and Cancer, in Myers-Briggs, Sensors and Judgers seem more inclined to like routine.
- German philosopher Immanuel Kant was famous for being one, especially in his later years. According to a famous anecdote, the inhabitants of Koenigsberg set their clocks on his daily walks, and the one day he wasn't on time, it was because he had just heard about the French Revolution breaking out. Or was reading Emile by Rousseau.