Playing With / Drop-In Character

Basic Trope: A friend (soi-disant) or neighbor drops in a lot.
  • Straight: Alice shows up unannounced at Bob's house all the time.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice cuts a hole in the wall between their apartments.
    • Every episode, a different character drops into Bob's house. The character isn't always human.
    • The characters all visit one another regularly, without ever asking permission beforehand.
    • Alice moves in with Bob uninvited.
    • There is a constant stream of people coming in and out of Bob's house.
  • Downplayed: Alice only shows up unannounced every so often.
  • Justified: Alice's stuff is at Bob's place, with his permission.
  • Inverted: Alice and Bob both live in an apartment, but Alice and her possessions are nowhere to be seen most of the time.
  • Subverted: Alice was planning on stopping by, but she became ill.
  • Double Subverted: She decides she can come back another day - without asking, of course.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: No one visits anyone else without first being invited.
  • Enforced: Alice is an important member of the cast and, for plot reasons, needs some way to keep up to date with events.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Any chance you could knock next time?"
    • "Alice, don't you have your own place?"
  • Invoked: Bob's door is left wide open.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice calls first.
    • Bob locks the door.
  • Discussed: "Thank you for not sneaking into my house earlier. A door that was accidentally left open is not an implicit invitation."
  • Conversed: "Why does Alice keep coming to Bob's place uninvited? She should know it's against the law!"
  • Deconstructed: Bob calls the police, and Alice is arrested for trespassing.

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