A common situation in a TV show with limited time to show events, where a character will suddenly appear in another character's home with no explanation. It can be interpreted as merely a shorthand to indicate that the character has in fact knocked and been let in but the scene is too boring to air
. However, the trope often appears in contexts where that should not be possible, like when the person entering the house walks in on someone's private affairs, or is a villain, or is out of favor with the resident and walks in just to berate him, etc. Why nobody ever, at the very least, locks their door when they want to be alone is a great mystery.
Not to be confused with There Was a Door
The Drop-In Character
does this all the time.
See also: Swiss Cheese Security
, Trespassing to Talk
and Interrupted Intimacy
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Anime and Manga
- Happens all the time in Kannagi. The protagonist stopped locking his door after Nagi got to live with him (instead of, you know, giving her spare keys), and didn't lock the door when they both were inside as well. If people are ringing the bell at all, it is just that they are polite.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!: Negi wanders into Chisame's apartment while she's dressed as her alter-ego "Chiu-chan".
- Pokémon had an episode where Professor Oak suddenly appears in the "new character of the week"'s family business (a greenhouse) to provide plot-important information; no one bats an eye.
- Door locks are nonexistent in To Love-Ru. None. Zilch. Nada. Not on bedroom doors, not on the school roof, and definitely not on the washrooms, which results in many Accidental Pervert situations in the name of Fanservice and Rito getting the crap kicked out of him by pissed-off girls.
- In Fairy Tail, every guild member walks into Lucy's home as if they owned it, especially when she's sleeping or taking a shower/bath, sometimes together with her. Hilarity Ensues because Lucy is not amused.
- Subverted by Rorschach in Watchmen as it is obvious that he broke the door and then waited for the owner to come home. Rorschach then criticizes the owner for installing such a cheap, flimsy Gordian Knot-brand lock.
- In one Mai-HiME Shizuru/Natsuki fan comic, Shizuru lets herself into Natsuki's unlocked room while she's asleep, and Natsuki finds her sitting across her table from her when she wakes up. Shizuru chides her for leaving her door unlocked, apparently from being tired from all the make-up work she's been doing, and Natsuki promises to be more careful in the future, but notes that no one out there is more "dangerous" than Shizuru.
- The Katawa Shoujo fic From Shizune's Perspective has an example in which the intruder is also the one who forgot to lock her door. Shizune walks into her own unlocked room to find Misha and Hisao having sex with each other; Shizune had no idea that they were in a relationship at all.
- Parodied in Not Another Teen Movie:
Janey: How'd you get in here? The door was bolted
Jake: There's a giant hole in the side of your house.
- In The Jetsons movie,Furbie's parents do this after she follows Elroy home.
- In the 1997 informative video The Kids Guide To The Internet Lisa and Andrew simply walk in to the scene. They were evidently dropped off by their mother, and the Jamisons have an open door policy because there was no knocking, doorbell or "Hello?"
- The Outsiders: Ponyboy explains that he and his brothers always leave their door open since you never know when a friend might need a place to crash, and they are rarely surprised to wake up and find some random gang member sleeping on their couch, or even a rival gang leader reading a newspaper while sitting in their chair, having already made breakfast.
Ponyboy: *Wakes up, walks downstairs and sees Tim Shepard on the couch reading a newspaper. He obviously came in while everyone was asleep.* ...Hi, Tim.
Tim: *Without looking up.* Hi.
Ponyboy: Can I..get you some breakfast?
Tim: Nope. *Folds up newspaper and walks out of house.*
- Little Women: Aunt March frequently barges in, complaining about how her family doesn't lock their door.
Live Action TV
- A The New Yorker cartoon from 2002 has two agents walk into someone's house saying "We're from Homeland Security. You left your door unlocked."
- A while back, Twin Cities police officers had a campaign where they'd go up to houses during the night, and leave warnings if the door was unlocked. Eventually, this led to a pair of officers not-quite-legally entering a house and waking up a homeowner to politely tell him that he is an idiot for not locking his doors, leaving his garage open, and leaving the keys in his ignition.
- Michael Moore also did this in Bowling for Columbine, in Toronto, just to show off the difference between how Americans and Canadians behave in regards to home security.
- In the town of Churchill (Manitoba, Canada), it is considered common courtesy to leave your house door and car door unlocked, just in case a stranger needs a place to hide from a rampaging polar bear. Car theft is not considered a problem as the town has no roads linking to the rest of Canada.
- Homestar Runner: The title character finds his way into Strong Bad's house on many, many occasions. Even though Strong Bad is outspoken in his hatred of him. At one point Homestar lampshaded it by questioning whether he actually lived in Strong Bad's house.
Strong Bad: Is there like a sign on my door that says, "Wanted: Everyone I hate. Inquire within"?
King of Town: [randomly walking in] I didn't see one.
- Minions at Work: Unlocked at any rate.
- In an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, when Dr. Weird's latest invention is stolen away through the hole caused by his previous invention.
Dr. Weird: (Standing in front of a gaping hole in the wall) "Who could have penetrated my impenetrable fortress?"
- Done in Winnie-the-Pooh. The titular Pooh has set up an elaborate, if hasty furniture barricade in front of his Front door and is patrolling it with a popgun rifle. He hears a knock and is nervously trying to ascertain the identities of his friends knocking at the door, when Tigger bounces the bear, with Rabbit and Piglet walking in behind.
Pooh: How did you get past my Hunny-napper traps?
Rabbit: Your back door was open.
- "Your back door was open" is used several times in the animated movies & episodes.
- Lampshaded in Ben 10: Alien Force once when Kevin just shows up in Ben's room.
Ben: How'd you get in here?
Kevin: The usual way.
By the way, you might wanna fix that hole I punched in your door.
Kevin: I sorta did.
- In an early episode of The Simpsons, when Homer gets an illegal cable hookup the cable guy comes by later with some stolen merchandise he thinks Homer might be interested in. "Your door wasn't locked in any serious way."
- In one episode of Phineas and Ferb, Doofenshmirtz sets a trap for Perry the Platypus when he comes in, only for Perry to come in through the backdoor which the maid left unlocked.