In an Adventure Game
and a Role-Playing Game
, you need to explore everywhere to find information or important items
to help you on your mission. Townspeople are usually a good source of information and for leads on where to get such items. While questioning people on the streets or customers patronizing businesses are common, some heroes take it one step further and actually enter private houses in search of what they need. For some strange reason, many games don't have these homeowners reacting negatively to the protagonist
just barging in.
This seems to go against Real Life
, where many jurisdictions have laws against trespassing. Even if there's no legal questions brought up, many consider it impolite to simply enter a home uninvited or at least with advance notice.
For this trope to apply, the heroes have to enter an area that would normally be restricted to them such as a private residence, a secure facility, etc. Going into a public place (shop, restaurant, park, etc) or a facility with areas open to the public doesn't count.
Compare Plot Armor
. Compare and Contrast Hero Insurance
. Also contrast Insurmountable Waist High Fence
and Broken Bridge
(which prevents you from going outside of the boundaries).
If you go a step further, you get Kleptomaniac Hero
, a sister trope.
- In The Battle For Endor of Star Wars Ewok Adventures, Cindel and Wicket encounter a creature named Teek who takes them into an apparently empty house. Cindel and Wicket soon learn that the house does have an owner, who expels them when he returns.
- The first Back to the Future has Doc Brown and Marty simply walking into Hill Valley High School to locate Marty's future parents and fix the damage Marty unwittingly caused earlier. Nobody seems to say or do anything about these obvious trespassers in the school.
- Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are viewed as being trespassers in Rohan around the start of "The Two Towers" in The Lord of the Rings (as well as in the movie), upon encountering Eomer and his patrol. This is justified as orcs are active in the lands and both of Aragorn's companions are obviously not native to Rohan.
- In "Flame of the Inquisition" from the Time Machine Series, if you made a wrong choice, you were arrested by knights during your travels for unknowingly trespassing on their duke's land.
- Uncle Traveling Matt of Fraggle Rock became a perfect example of this trope when exploring "Outer Space", the world of the "silly creatures" (humans). A number of postcard segments show Matt inside of office buildings, schools and even inside private houses. He observes people in kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms and then reports it back to Gobo through postcards. Matt's intrusions into these homes makes you wonder if Fraggle society doesn't have established protocol on privacy and personal space.