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One character easily gets up early, the other sleeps in.

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Proposed By:
NateTheGreat on Dec 4th 2018 at 3:40:55 PM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Dec 6th 2018 at 9:12:47 AM
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When two people live together, it adds comedy and drama if one of them wakes up bright eyed and bushy tailed and the other sleeps in for awhile and is still a zombie until they've had their coffee.


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    Film - Live Action 
  • In the Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland movie Girl Crazy, Mickey is the lazy one (it comes with being a city slicker and a rich playboy exiled to the sticks), while his college roommate is up at the crack of dawn.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On Friends, Monica is regimented while Rachel is the lazy one. When the guys' chick grows up into a rooster and crows for the first time, the girls are woken up. Rachel is irate and snappish while Monica seems pretty normal.

Feedback: 13 replies

Dec 4th 2018 at 3:52:50 PM

Live-Action Television

  • The rarely seen pilot to I Love Lucy opens with Ricky and Lucy getting up in the morning, with the former alert and happy and the latter drowsy and miserable.

Dec 4th 2018 at 5:11:32 PM

The lazy part is currently covered under Not A Morning Person.

Dec 4th 2018 at 6:08:00 PM

^ While I do feel this could make a good foil trope, it might also be possible to instead just focus on an Early Bird type character.

Anyway, an example for now.

  • Zoey 101: In the very beginning of the series, Zoey and her roommates, Nicole and Dana, were struggling to get over their differing personalities and be friends. One of the conflicts was that Nicole always got up earlier, while Dana insisted on sleeping in, and was extremely irritated by Nicole's alarm.

Dec 4th 2018 at 6:33:10 PM

I feel like a general trope about being a morning person (and annoying people who very much aren't) might make more sense, because I could see this dynamic playing out in couples and families as well rather than just roommates.

Dec 4th 2018 at 6:38:40 PM

^ Yeah, I'm thinking that too.

Dec 4th 2018 at 9:34:01 PM

^ Depends on if the idea is "An early bird causes irritation for the people around them who want to sleep" or just something along the lines of "A character who always wakes up super early because they like it"

Dec 5th 2018 at 1:50:06 AM

  • Capitalized the title so the proposal can be launched properly.
  • Added a Laconic so the proposal can be edited.
  • Examples section

Dec 5th 2018 at 4:54:59 PM

You think we should tweak this to "perky morning person annoys grumpy morning person?" If so...

  • On Friends during the period when the guys and gals had swapped apartments Rachel is annoyed by the guy in the apartment across the alley who sings first thing in the morning a song about how great mornings are. When she complains about this to Joey (the former occupant of the room), Joey is confused; he loves to sing along. See this here.

Dec 5th 2018 at 6:18:19 PM

^^ My example can still work then because Nicole's early mornings drove Dana insane.

Dec 6th 2018 at 5:57:51 AM

Western Animation

  • In the Thomas The Tank Engine episode, "Ryan and Daisy", the two titular engines share a shed on the Arlesburgh/Harwick branchline. Ryan is the one who gets up early, ready to begin his work, whereas Daisy is the one who likes to sleep in, claiming that early mornings are bad for her swerves. When Sir Topham Hatt gives Daisy extra work, such as delivering the morning mail, Daisy continues to sleep in, resulting in Ryan having to do her work, making him late to do his own work at the Ffarquhar Quarry.

Dec 15th 2018 at 10:38:17 AM

It's a repeated gag in Calvin and Hobbes that Mom isn't very sociable before her coffee and Calvin and Dad's morning energy annoys her:

  • July 11th, 1986: Dad woke up at dawn on a camping trip to go fishing. Mom is unimpressed as she squints at her coffee. "You eat your dead animals. All I want is some coffee."
  • June 20th, 1988: Dad and Calvin are going to go fishing in the morning on a camping trip. Does Mom want to come along? "Uggh, no. The last thing I want to see at this ungodly hour is a bunch of slimy fish gasping and flopping in the slop at the bottom of a boat. All I'd like to see is a decent newspaper, a fresh muffing and a pot of real coffee." Calvin reasonably asks, "Why'd we ever come here then?"
  • August 7th, 1995: Calvin is running out the door with Hobbes, his explorer hat, and a pennant, ready to play. Mom is squinting on the doorstep in her robe with paper and coffee. "Just once I'd like to see you manage this during the school year."