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The Snooping Friend (formerly Privacy Invader) [Title Crowner]

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A character who invades other people's privacy.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
Jess0312 on Sep 6th 2018 at 3:39:47 PM
Last Edited By:
Jess0312 on Oct 23rd 2018 at 8:35:22 AM
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Needs a Better Description, Needs More Examples

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I'm respecting your privacy by knocking, but asserting my authority as your father by coming in anyway!
Mr. Turner, Fairly OddParents

Someone looks into others' personal space, enter their room without their permission and/or sneaks into their secret conversations, even spying them through the window. thus having no respect for their privacy.

Compare No Sense of Personal Space where a character gets too close to another character and Your Door Was Open, where characters just appear in other people's houses (because showing them knocking and entering would be boring).


Examples:

Anime and Manga

  • Fenneko from Aggretsuko has an unfortunate habit of snooping on her friends (and Sitcom Archnemesis) via social media. She's skilled enough at it to perform a Sherlock Scan and work out that Retsuko's going to yoga classes.

Comic Books

  • In Watchmen, Rorschach regularly violates the privacy of his buddy Dan Dreiberg, the former Nite-Owl, with the excuse that if it really bothered Dan, he would invest in better locks.

Films

  • My Babysitter's a Vampire: When Ethan's younger sister, Jane gets in his room while he was working on a weapon against vampires, he asks her if whe doesn't know what privacy is.

Live Action TV

Western Animation

  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: In one episode, when a mermaid visits Velma's room, her mother gets in her room with a copy of the key of her room, which she uses to get in there just because Velma is a teenager, after her daughter hid the mermaid in the bathroom, Velma call her out for that.
  • One episode of The Fairly Oddparents has the parents knocking their children's doors but then entering regardless (via battering ram).
  • One episode of The Powerpuff Girls have Mojo Jojo letting the girls enter his home so he can destroy them without them knowing. But while trying to plan for it he discovered that they took his photo album and where looking (and laughing) at his baby pictures.
  • In the "Ponyville Confidential" episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Rarity spies Sweetie Belle's things two times, first finding the newspaper and becoming a fan of it, and later finding her own diary in Sweetie Belle's saddlebag, finding out that she is the reporter Gabby Gums.

Feedback: 38 replies

Sep 6th 2018 at 3:45:38 PM

Isn't that more or less different?

Sep 6th 2018 at 3:48:12 PM

I don't know. With a bare bones description and no examples...

Sep 6th 2018 at 4:20:40 PM

How about now

And you're right, I need help on description

Sep 6th 2018 at 4:35:06 PM

I can see a difference. While No Sense Of Personal Space is about someone getting too close physically to someone, this seems like not knowing/understanding privacy, so besides entering without permission they may check personal belongings or read things they shouldn't. I'm still not sure if we already have something like that.

Sep 6th 2018 at 5:07:06 PM

^ that's about a videogame mook.

Sep 6th 2018 at 5:13:10 PM

Okay, I see where you're going with this... the title does make one think of No Sense Of Personal Space but I can't think of something better.

Sep 6th 2018 at 5:28:18 PM

Also not to be confused with Personal Space Invader, where a worm or something else takes control of a host via infiltration on the host's body.

Sep 6th 2018 at 7:35:31 PM

Could "The Snooping Friend" work?

Sep 7th 2018 at 1:23:47 AM

  • Blue Linked Administrivia page names by adding the Administrivia namespace.
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Sep 7th 2018 at 2:16:34 PM

Also compare Your Door Was Open, where characters just appear in other people's houses (because showing them knocking and entering would be boring).

Sep 7th 2018 at 7:16:01 PM

Live Action TV

Western Animation
  • One episode of The Fairly Oddparents has the parents knocking their children's doors but then entering regardless (via battering ram).
    Mr. Turner: I'm respecting your privacy by knocking, but asserting my authority as your father by coming in anyway!
(I think that might be a good quote for the page, by the way).

Sep 9th 2018 at 2:34:55 AM

Added the source below the page quote

Sep 16th 2018 at 10:14:50 PM

One episode of The Power Puff Girls have Mojo Jojo letting the girls enter his home so he can destroy them without them knowing. But while trying to plan for it he discovered that they took his photo album and where looking (and laughing) at his baby pictures.

Sep 17th 2018 at 7:55:45 AM

  • In the "Ponyville Confidential" episode of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, Rarity spies Sweetie Belle's things two times, first finding the newspaper and becoming a fan of it, and later finding her own diary in Sweetie Belle's saddlebag, finding out that she is the reporter Gabby Gums.

Sep 17th 2018 at 1:13:45 PM

  • Fenneko from Aggretsuko has an unfortunate habit of snooping on her friends (and Sitcom Archnemesis) via social media. She's skilled enough at it to perform a Sherlock Scan and work out that Retsuko's going to yoga classes.

Sep 18th 2018 at 12:07:20 AM

  • Examples section
    • Corrected spelling (hid -> hide).
    • Added asterisks at the beginning of examples to indent them.
    • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names.

Sep 18th 2018 at 12:38:17 AM

One thing that worries me a bit is the title specifying "friend" but most examples being a relative. It's not the worst but might be a little misleading.

Sep 18th 2018 at 5:29:47 PM

This is why I preferred the title Privacy Invader.

Sep 18th 2018 at 6:12:21 PM

I don't have a problem with the previous name, maybe more people could give an opinion? If not maybe change it to "The Snooping Relative", or maybe just "The Snooper".

Sep 18th 2018 at 6:13:39 PM

Yeah, Privacy Invader is better now that I think about it, at least a bit better than this one. Or maybe No Sense Of Privacy?

Sep 19th 2018 at 12:07:39 AM

I think is better to distance the name as much as possible from No Sense Of Personal Space.

Sep 19th 2018 at 12:13:01 AM

Ok, can't we solve this with a Title Crowner?

Sep 19th 2018 at 12:30:37 AM

We can, do you know how to make one?

Sep 19th 2018 at 10:43:30 AM

I made an edit to remove some bad text.

Sep 20th 2018 at 7:47:12 PM

Comic Books

  • In Watchmen, Rorschach regularly violates the privacy of his buddy Dan Dreiberg, the former Nite-Owl, with the excuse that if it really bothered Dan, he would invest in better locks.

Sep 21st 2018 at 3:37:48 AM

Window Watcher could use a mention in the description.

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