Monster Roommate

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Bentley: For Bentley, press two.
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Angel, "Quickening"

Heroes tend to lead very... interesting lives, full of so many strange and fantastic sights and events that before long he's Seen It All, 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 all in one character).

The nature of the arrangement varies. They might be allies of long standing, the monster 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 The Unmasked World, any monster that can fool muggles is going to have to pay the rentnote , and it's sometimes convenient to share space and bills. If they're Vitriolic Best Buds, expect them to claim they keep the other as a "pet".

The setting doesn't have to be a Fantasy Kitchen Sink for this trope to happen, it just needs one difference that makes it Like Reality Unless Noted, and the character has to live right next to that thing. For maximum effect however, the character's house might become a full blown microcosm of the world's supernatural scene.

The "roomie" might be a Nice Guy ghost, a personable Fully-Embraced Fiend of a vampire, The Protagonist's Magical Girlfriend, or one of the Mad Scientist's Mascot Mooks that has been reprogrammed/retrained. If Tom develops an Unwanted Harem, each girl will be from a different monster race. Mind the Fur Against Fang.

Expect a lot of Cross Cultural Kerfluffles and humor. Two Gamers on a Couch frequently uses the Monster Roommate as a pet or one of the gamers.

Compare Pals with Jesus, where the friend is a powerful cosmic or mythical figure, and Pet Monstrosity, where a monster is kept as a pet.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • The Caged Demonwolf in Empowered, Sealed Evil in a Can 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 Monster Allergy: 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 (that for humans are just childish misdemeanours) and his cat is actually their jailor. Subverted when it turns out that he himself is 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, who is actually a human, is a Keeper, a human who can see monsters and has volunteered to host a Oasis in her home.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • At the end of Beetlejuice, the human Deetz family is living with the ghostly Maitlands.

    Literature 
  • The short story Living with the Harpy by Tim Pratt is about, well, just guess.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Addams Family (1964-1966) lives with The Thing, as well as frequent visitor Cousin Itt, and YMMV on the monstrousness of some of the others living in the house (eg. Lurch).
  • The Munsters (1964-1966) inverted the trope (perhaps before it was fully developed) with a family of token monsters and human live-in relative Marilyn.
  • On Mork & Mindy (1978-1982), Mork (played by Robin Williams) is a Human Alien and Mindy is his roommate.
  • On Angel, Cordelia shares her apartment with "Phantom Dennis", the ghost of a previous tenant whose mother 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 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 Monster of the Week when she thought Sheriff Carter was going to leave town.
  • The show Being Human (UK), 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, its US remake.
  • Harry and the Hendersons, about a family sheltering a friendly Bigfoot.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: 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—
    Odo: I HAVE NO INTEREST IN SPEAKING TO YOU, OR IN LISTENING TO YOUR WITLESS PRATTLE. SO STAY OUT OF MY WAY, OR YOU'LL REGRET THE DAY YOU EVER MET ME.

    Video Games 

    Web Comics 
  • David and Nancy note  in Ow, my sanity.
  • In a side-comic of Too Much Information, 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 Fish out of Water jokes.
  • A variation in 8-Bit Theater, where it's heavily implied that Fighter and 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 having the attention span of a rock) and they've been together ever since). It may have contributed to Black Mage's frequent bouts of omnicidal mania. Exhibit A.
  • Tedd of El Goonish Shive lives with Grace, a shapeshifter whose ancestry is part-human, part-alien, part-squirrel, and part-second-alien. She was created to be a Super Soldier, but fled her Dark and Troubled Past and came to Tedd, hoping the technology he was experimenting with could help her defeat a powerful monster. 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 Wapsi Square, Tepoztecal, the Aztec god of alcohol, has spent much of the comic living at Monica's place.
  • Zombie Roomie: John is a human dork and George is a jerk and a zombie.
  • Jareth for the other main cast members of Roommates. He's one of The Fair Folk (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 Sluggy Freelance 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 and possibly an amnesiac god.
  • This Bigger Than Cheeses strip. Oh Xu'alz'kthar, you adorable scamp.
  • Dielle in Rhapsodies lives in an extremely posh apartment belonging to the psychopomp Deidre. Apparently in exchange for taking care of Deidre's extremely demanding cat.

    Web Original 
  • College Humor: The sketch "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 there's no-one to blame the noises in the night on.

    Western Animation 
  • Lilo and Nani from all the Lilo & Stitch films and The Series have three aliens living in their Hawaiian home, one of which was originally designed to be a monster.
  • In Ugly Americans, 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.)
  • The Tick 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 Blob Monster 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 Nigh Invulnerable Cloudcuckoolander superhero rooming with a mild-mannered former accountant (who wears a moth costume, but that's neither here nor there).
  • 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 Dexter's Laboratory) are exactly what you'd call normal, but The Infraggible Kronk is the most monstrous of the three, being a giant purple Expy of The Incredible Hulk.
  • After being ejected from her home by a Corrupt Corporate Executive, human child Sari Sumdac spends the second season of Transformers Animated living with the Autobot protagonists. 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 Space Ghost Coast to Coast has Zorak rooming with Space Ghost briefly, much to his displeasure.
  • Super Noobs has Memnock and Zenblock, who are two alien warriors of the same species who were sent to train four kids to be elite warriors. Memnock described his living condition with Zenblock as being roommates. They both fit this trope because they are both aliens living in a human house on Earth.

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