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.
  • 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: Every episode, a different character drops into Bob's house. The character isn't always human...
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice calls first.
  • Enforced: Alice is an important member of the cast and, for plot reasons, needs some way to keep up to date with events.
  • Lampshaded:
    Bob "Any chance you could knock next time?"
    Alice "Nope."
  • Invoked: Bob's door is left wide open.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob locks the door.
  • Discussed: "Alice, don't you have your own place?"
  • Conversed: ???

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