->''"You own a street and a block of flats''\\
''You earn your living like the other rats''\\
''You've no morality, what do you care?''\\
''You deal in poverty, you buy despair"''
-->--'''Music/ThePolice''', "Landlord"

In a series dealing with a character staying in apartment-style housing, a landlord is a common sight. The job description entails what one would expect: The upkeep of the building and grounds. However, while landlords are a diverse bunch visually, there is one hard and fast rule: Make them entertaining, or at the very least, intriguing.

The manager works as a logical and predictable DropInCharacter, while their apartment setting can house a slightly more realistic version of PrettyFreeloaders who, naturally, constantly visit the put-upon lead.

CrankyLandlord is a subtrope. Can crossover with AlmightyJanitor. If ghosts or monsters are involved, they're usually also a HauntedHouseHistorian.

In terms of rank, the [[AuthorityTropes authority tropes]] arguably equal are BadassPreacher, CorruptCorporateExecutive, GoodShepherd, IrishPriest, PreacherMan, PedophilePriest, {{Schoolteachers}}, SexyPriest, SinisterMinister and TheVicar. For the next step down, see StudentCouncilPresident. For the next step up, see DeanBitterman.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The archetypal example is Otonashi Kyoko from Creator/RumikoTakahashi's ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku''.
* Urashima Keitaro from ''Manga/LoveHina'', in a rare example of being the lead character. His Aunt Haruka, though, fits the trope better.
* Hisakawa Maachi from ''Anime/BestStudentCouncil'', who almost universally goes by "Kanrinin-san" ("Ms. {{Landlady}}").
* Hibiya Chitose from ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' and ''Manga/{{Kobato}}''.
* Sanzou Lulu from ''Anime/IMyMeStrawberryEggs''.
* Hirozaki Karei from ''Anime/{{Maburaho}}''.
* Aoba Kozue from ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}''.
* Kasumi Tani from ''Anime/HandMaidMay''.
* Neneko Izumi from ''Manga/DearS''.
* Sarah Dupont, the IdolSinger and TeamMom from ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', also works as this.
* Subversion: Aoi Sakuraba ''pretends'' to be the landlady in ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'', as her cover to not let people know she is Kaoru's girlfriend.[[note]]Long story short: Kaoru and Aoi were in a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage as kid, the compromise was broken when Kaoru left his family due to abuse, he and Aoi still like each other -- but they gotta keep up with a SecretRelationship to not give Aoi's family trouble.[[/note]] The closest to a real landlady is actually Aoi's guardian and the local ApronMatron, Miyabi Kagurazaki.
* Chitose in ''Manga/ChocottoSister'', who was typically known as "Miss Manager" or "Miss Landlady."
* "The Landlady" [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep (no actual name known)]] in ''Manga/HidamariSketch''.
* Otose from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''.
* Misae Sagara from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', the supervisor for Sunohara's dorm. Apparently, it's very easy to influence her into violence against the immature rugby team members, such as practicing wrestling moves for peeking in the girl's dorm or drop kicks to people who don't clean their plates at dinner. And it's always awesome when she does. She even gets a sort of mini route that sees its resolution in Tomoyo's route.
* Miya Asama, the [[BigGood landlady]] from ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'' always sees herself as the CoolBigSis, though everyone else sees her as a MamaBear
* Taeko of ''Manga/OtakuNoMusumeSan,'' whose tenants are slowly trying to make her into [[Manga/MaisonIkkoku Kyoko]], starting with an apron with a chick on it and later naming the dog Soichiro.
* The landlady at Falling Apartments in ''Manga/CrayonShinChan!'' "She should be nice to me, I come from a long line of slum lords." And HilarityEnsues when Shin confuses "landlady" with "manlady". "She's just upset she'll never be a real lady!"
* Maiko Motohiro in ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' is the owner of the house where Ureshiko and Kagara lives, those it's Ureshiko who takes care of pretty much the entire household, since Maiko herself is quite old.
* Chihiro Sengoku in ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou''. She's also teaching in the school where the tenants study, and known for [[SenseiChan being excessively lazy]]--the main plot starts with her dumping the responsibilities of caring her IdiotSavant cousin to one of her tenants, despite knowing the former was under special care before that.
* The unnamed and ''very'' HotBlooded Landlady from ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'', who has next to no patience towards Dr. Chaos's PerpetualPoverty. [[spoiler: She does show a softer side when she learns about the [[ItMakesSenseInContext the two sweeping brooms that host the souls of a pair of]] StarCrossedLovers, however.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Mr. Ditkovitch, Peter Parker's landlord from the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' films series.
* ''Film/KungFuHustle'' has both a [[IronButtmonkey Landlord]] and [[{{Jerkass}} Landlady]] of [[PerpetualPoverty Pig Sty]] [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting Alley]]. They are badass [[AlmightyJanitor alr]][[BattleCouple ight]].
* In ''Film/TheKarateKid'' Part II, Mr. Miyagi suggests to "Daniel-san" that Sato is this for his entire village, where the villagers don't "own" their village, but "rent" it instead.

* Mrs Hudson, landlady of SherlockHolmes and [[TheWatson Watson]]. Only a minor character in the books, but many adaptations give her a bit more to do.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has old Mrs. Spunkelcrief, whose basement and sub-basement Harry rents. Mrs. Spunkelcrief is a CoolOldLady who isn't afraid to go after intruders with a shotgun, albeit a bit hard of hearing. She occasionally tears into Harry for being late with the rent or [[SureLetsGoWithThat throwing late night parties]], but also appreciates Harry's regular help with the garbage and snow-shovelling.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' had the Zyuranger's boss, an immortal sorcerer do this as his day job.
* This was once a popular character type in [[TheSeventies 70's]] sitcoms:
** Bookman of ''Series/GoodTimes''.
** Schneider of ''Series/{{One Day at a Time|1975}}''.
** The Ropers (and, later, Mr. Furley) in ''Series/ThreesCompany''.
** And, of course, the Ropers in ''Series/ManAboutTheHouse''.
* Mr Balowski from ''Series/{{The Young Ones}}''.
* Ethel and Fred Mertz in ''Series/ILoveLucy''.
* Marsha from ''Series/{{Spaced}}''
* Mrs. Dubcek on ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''
* Mr. Barriga in ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' is the landlord of the vencidad that serves as main setting for the characters. His main issue is collecting the fourteen months of overdue rent Don Ramon owes him. When Dona Florinda became a restauranteur, she rented a place that also belongs to him.
* Hwang is Charlie Kelly's landlord in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' embodies this trope. Exempting that he only appears in two episodes, of course.
* Series/MorkAndMindy's landlord is called [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage Mr Wanker]].
* Series/LawAndOrder has landlords as characters in some episodes, frequently viewed in an unflattering light. An exchange regarding who to use as a jailhouse informant goes:
** Schiff: "Who’s available to send in?" Stone: "An armed robber. A rent-gouging landlord. Both of those are ripe for deals." Schiff: "Go with the armed robber: ends up in front of a jury, get more sympathy than a landlord." (season 2 episode 14)

* A rather shady one in Music/DuranDuran's "Sin Of The City" from ''Music/TheWeddingAlbum'' is mentioned as having "six thousand code violations," since the rest of the song references the Happyland fire.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the HERO system (TabletopGame/{{Champions}}), characters can purchase a base with Character Points. For every 5 points you spend, the size of your base doubles. It's possible, without too much effort, to buy a base with grounds that cover the known universe. ("The Landlord bought it. He owns everything. And for another 170 points, you can buy 8 billion loyal followers (that's everyone on Earth).")

* Gary Coleman (yes, that one) in ''Theatre/AvenueQ''.
* Benny from ''Theatre/{{Rent}}''.
* Mr. Appopolous in ''Theatre/MySisterEileen'' and the musical adaptation ''Theatre/WonderfulTown'' considers renting out studios to {{Starving Artist}}s "merely a hobby" of his. He is more obsessed with painting and writing poetry and drama, though he has to admit that "not more than fifteen people" in the world appreciate his artistry. The basement studio he rents to Eileen and Ruth has a landscape from his "blue-green period" hanging over one of the beds.
* ''Theatre/TheMusicalOfMusicalsTheMusical'' has Jidder/Jitter/Mr. Jitters/Phantom Jitter/Jütter, who in each of the musicals within the musical demands rent from June/Jeune/Junie/Junita/Juny/Guny/Luny/Schluny.
* In the musical ''Theatre/{{Violet}}'', Flick slips the landlady some cash because she does not want to rent to white people (Violet and Monty).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrothers'': It's said that Mario got his name from Mario Segale, the landlord at Creator/{{Nintendo}} of America.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' (and [[DownloadableContent DLC packages]] in 3 and 4), if your Sims have an apartment, they get a landlord who visits every day. They can also call the landlord to have things in their apartment repaired. He or she actually shows up faster than the repair service for Sims living in houses does.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Vladic from the webcomic ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit''. Who, curiously, is implied to have been summoned by the apartment rather than being the owner proper; to start with, there ''was'' no landlord, but someone commented on this deficiency and the maybe-sentient apartment complex obliged.
* The main characters from ''Webcomic/AbsurdNotions'' eventually had Dr Ümlaut, the least caring professor ever, assigned as their landlord. He was also the least caring Landlord ever, not caring what the tenants did with their apartment.
* Richard in ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' is one of the few examples who is a main character. He's pretty light on his friends Norman and Kingston, often allowing them to pay their rent in the form of favors or pot, and his girlfriend Anne. But it's been shown that he often has to threaten his other tenants (usually with Norm [[BigGuyLittleGuy acting as his muscle]]), and there's only so much he'll let his old school chums get away with as well.
* In ''Webcomic/LeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'', Gyrognome is the protagonists' landlord. He's a grumpy old gnome and former superhero, though still quite strong. Any lateness in paying the rent will result in violence, usually aimed at Lazer Pony.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRomanHolidays'' has [[MeaningfulName Mr. Evictus]] who is always trying to...well, evict the Holidays by trying to find their pet lion Brutus, thus giving him a reason to evict them (no pets allowed in the apartment building[[note]]In this case the "Venus De Milo Arms".[[/note]], after all).
* Officially, Mr. Henry Orbit in ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' is the maintenance man for the apartment building the Jetsons live in. It has been suggested however, that he might also be their building's manager as well.
* Ranger Smith seems to act like this as far as ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' and Boo-Boo are concerned, as he is always trying to catch Yogi stealing "pic-a-nic baskets" (as Yogi calls them). No feeding the park bears, after all.
* Mr. Dinkle seems to be this for the ''WesternAnimation/ShirtTales'', although he's really just trying to keep his eye on them.[[spoiler:He doesn't know that the furry residents of Oak Tree Park's oak tree are in fact the Shirt Tales.]]