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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
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Anime & Manga
- Doraemon - the titular robot cat lives in Nobita's closet (one of the earlier examples).
- Urusei Yatsura - Ataru has an oni living in his closet (possibly a pun on the Japanese slang for Pretty Freeloader).
- In Bleach, Shinigami Rukia lives in Ichigo's closet (much to his displeasure).
- In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Kotaro starts staying with Natsumi and Chizuru after a little incident that resulted in amnesia. He gets his memory back and has been staying with them ever since (even using Natsumi's surname so he can pass as her "little brother". Considering they're well on the way to Official Couple, one has to wonder what that implies.)
- The plot of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's begins when the four Ridiculously Human Alien Program Wolkenritter appear before Hayate and start living with her.
- Brigadoon: Marin and Melan - Melan, a flying alien cyborg with weapons for hands, moves in with Marin and her human family in order to protect her from other aliens that try to kill her. He is treated as a member of the family by everyone in the house.
- In Death Note, Ryuk, a Shinigami, lives in Light's room, and describes himself as being his roommate.
- In Daily Life with Monster Girl, Kimihito has a whole harem of monster girls living in his house.
- The main premise of Kamisama Kiss is an Ordinary High-School Student moving in with a Kitsune and a pair of shrine spirits.
- 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 short story Living With the Harpy by Tim Pratt is about, well, just guess.
Live Action TV
- The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1968-1970)
- My Favorite Martian (1963-1966)
- The Addams Family (1964-1966) lived 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 family of token monsters and a human live-in relative Marilyn.
- 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, 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.
- 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.
- The Soldier of Team Fortress 2 is roommates with a magician named Merasmus. They don't exactly get along well.
- Last Halloween Merasmus sent out his anger towards the entire team simply because he couldn't kill his roommate.
- Final Fantasy Legend II. In addition to being able to set your class as a monster child raised by human parents, other monsters are generally living with humans. They can be roommates, classmates, and/or teammates.
- 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 his part-human, part-alien, part-squirrel shapeshifting girlfriend.
- 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.