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This person is just sitting in a chair. He is not standing. His chair-sitting is so interesting, it is worthy of an image. If you still do not understand what chair-sitting looks like, look down and you will probably see yourself in a chair.

The whole point of a chair, as Facebook so eloquently explains, is to give people something to sit on.

This trope is Exactly What It Says on the Tin: people sitting on chairs. When people sit in chairs they are sitting down. In chairs. So they don't have to stand or use their legs. They can just sit. In chairs. And relax.

And chairs are used because they are good things to sit down in, as opposed to bad things to sit down in like needles or mud. Often this position is comfortable, but other times it is not. If a chair is made out of the aforementioned "needles or mud", it will probably be uncomfortable. Often characters will complain when their chair is uncomfortable. Chairs are also good places to fall asleep. Usually if a character falls asleep, it's because the chair is comfortable. Though a character might still fall asleep in an uncomfortable chair if they're exhausted and they can't find a more comfortable chair to sleep in.


Among the other uses of sitting on chairs are

  • not standing.
  • not sitting on the ground.
  • lounging.
  • doing tasks not possible when standing up.

Of course, this is a very common trope. Chairs are very common in Real Life, so many writers write what they know and end up including chairs in their stories. Aversions are not impossible, as there are some works that don't have chairs at all. There are also some works that subvert this by having chairs in the background, but never having characters sit in the chairs.

Fans have mixed opinions on chair-sitting scenes. Did that guy need to sit in a chair, or would the scene have been more interesting if he was standing up? Did those people need to stand up, walk around, and act over-dramatic, or could they have just sat in chairs and talked to each other normally? Because of this, some TV Tropes work pages ignore chair-sitting and focus on other, less controversial parts of a work.


Note that it doesn't have to be "people" or "chairs" plural: one person can sit down in one chair and it will still be the trope. Or in some comedic cases, one character might sit down in multiple chairs, or multiple characters might sit down in one chair. They are all the same trope.

Contrast People Stand on Floors. For the inverse, see Chairs Sit on People.note 


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  • Everybody watched a chair commercial once.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Doraemon himself is a chair that you can sit on.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Dio sits in one during the intro of Phantom Blood, "Sono Chi No Sadame".
  • Tamagotchi:
    • Mametchi will often sit on the couch to watch his favorite Show Within a Show, Gotchiman.
    • Tamagotchi School has chairs for the desks the students use.
    • Himespetchi's house has a couple of chairs around her table; she and others have sat on them. Furthermore, in episode 114 (her debut episode), she very nearly gets to sit in a chair next to her crush Mametchi at lunchtime... but Kuchipatchi takes the seat before she can.

    Asian Animation 
  • The heroes in Happy Heroes are often seen sitting on a couch in their home, which is technically a type of chair.
  • Lamput:
    • In the Season 1 episode "Horror Movie", the docs are seen sitting on chairs in a movie theater while watching a horror film.
    • The Season 2 episode "Martial Art" has Lamput sitting in a chair in a movie theater, this time to watch a martial arts film. Then the docs challenge him to a fight, martial arts style.
    • In the Season 3 episode "Origins", the Lab School, like most schools, has chairs for each of the desks the students, including Fat Doc, use to do their schoolwork.
  • Chairs are present in the Motu Patlu dab commercial.
  • Characters in PangPond are occasionally seen sitting in chairs.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf has chairs once.
  • The Pen family in Say Hi to Pencil! are often seen sitting in chairs placed around their dining room table.
  • Simple Samosa has a chair in one scene.

    Comic Books 
  • In X-Men, Professor X is confined to his wheelchair, which is a type of chair.

    Fairy Tales 
  • Goldilocks: Goldilocks sits on three chairs, but also breaks the little one.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the Stinger of The Avengers (2012), the avengers are eating shawarma while sitting in chairs.
    • Additionally, Thanos, the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire MCU, sits on a chair throughout every movie until Infinity War.
  • Subverted in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory twice— first, the singing puppets sing, "Willy Wonka, here he is!" and point to a chair... which is empty because Willy Wonka wanted to watch the show. Then, the characters go to the nut sorting room and expect to find people sitting on chairs, but they find squirrels sitting on them instead.
  • Die Hard:
    • John McClane sits in a chair, at first, when rubbing his feet on the carpet.
    • Hans Gruber and Joe Takagi are sitting in chairs when the former kills the latter.
    • Harry Ellis is sitting in a chair when Hans shoots him.
  • Return of the Jedi: On the Death Star, the Emperor sits on his throne, which is a type of chair.

  • In the Alfie story "Breakfast", Alfie sits on a "proper" chair to eat his breakfast, while Annie Rose, due to her young age, sits in a high chair.
  • Goodnight Moon features bears sitting on chairs.
  • Harry Potter: Harry and his friends sit on chairs while in class. The common room also has chairs.
  • Mog: Mr. Thomas sits on a chair. In "Mog's Bad Thing", Mog pees on it, which is such a sin against furniture, that the act was never named and referred to solely as "a bad thing".
  • Zigzagged in Oi Frog. The frog makes it so that everybody has to sit on something that rhymes with their species (dogs on logs, dingoes on flamingos, etc), but he gets to sit on a sun lounger (which is sort of a chair) anyway.

  • In general, it is common for musicians to sit down in chairs when mixing music on their computers. Drummers also tend to sit on a stool when performing in a rock band.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Addams Family: The eponymous family has a large chair, but for some reason, the only one who sits on it is Morticia.
  • A running gag in The Big Bang Theory is for the character Sheldon Cooper to get mad when someone else sits on the part of the couch that he usually sits on.
  • Happy Days: Zigzagged with the character of Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli. He does sit on chairs, but he also sits on benches and sinks.
  • In Malcolm in the Middle, the character, Stevie Kenarban, is bound to a wheelchair, making him a living embodiment of this trope.
  • In A Series of Unfortunate Events, Uncle Monty is murdered by Count Olaf in a chair.
  • Sesame Street:
    • In the "Bear, Bear, Bear" song, the Bear family note that, unlike non-anthropomorphic bears, they sit on chairs instead of rocks.
    • In one Game of Thrones parody, everyone plays Musical Chairs.
  • Invoked and exploited in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Who Mourns for Morn?". A barfly named Morn is thought to be dead, so Quark the bartender has people pay to sit in his chair to commemorate him.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise:
    • In one episode, Hoshi talks Travis into sitting in Reed's chair.
    • Zigzagged in "Singularity". Archer does sit on a chair, but he finds the chair uncomfortable, so he has Trip adjust it. An anomaly causes most of the crew to become obsessed with whatever they're doing, so Trip obsesses over the chair and doesn't let anyone sit on it. Eventually, he lowers the chair slightly, satisfying Archer.
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Picard's chair, colloquially known as the "Big Chair", has status. Ambassador Troi and Vash have both tried sitting in it, despite the fact that only Picard is allowed to do so unless he gives someone else charge of the bridge. When Worf was temporarily put in charge, he described the Big Chair as "comfortable".
  • Star Trek: Voyager: Downplayed with Seven of Nine and Icheb, who, due to being former Borg, sit on chairs a lot less than the other characters.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Chairs are used in wrestling, specifically folding chairs. Sometimes wrestlers sit on them during interviews and segments, other times they use the chairs as weapons.

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    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Downplayed in most school life visual novels. While many scenes take place in a classroom, which has several chairs, Their sprites are mostly standing except in some CG scenes.
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, rebel leader Dhurke is introduced sitting in a chair.

    Web Animation 

    Web Video 
  • Averted in Webdriver Torso, as there aren't any chairs. Some speculate that this is possibly played straight; there could be white chairs that blend in with the background.
  • The Nostalgia Critic sits on a chair in most of his reviews.
  • PewDiePie has his own signature chair that you can buy for the low low price of $399!
  • Todd in the Shadows sits in a chair for all his reviews.

    Western Animation 
  • In one of the most famous examples, every episode of The Simpsons plays with this trope. For over 30 years now, every episode of The Simpsons has opened with the titular family sitting on a couch but something crazy happens to either subvert, invert, or avert this trope. Earlier seasons started simple, with such gags being the couch breaking or Character A knocking Character B off the couch but over the years, the writers have gotten very creative with this trope, dedicating minutes to doing mini-stories, musical numbers, and high budget performances that often involve beautiful new art styles by famous guest artists such as Bill Plympton, Don Hertzfelt, John Kricfalusi ... twice, as well as several crossovers with other chair-sitting-heavy shows as Family Guy, Futurama, Rick and Morty, The Brady Bunch, Cheers, Adventure Time, The Honeymooners, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and so many more, all for the sake of parodying this wonderful little trope.
  • Parodied in the Family Guy episode, "North By North Quahog", when Peter forgot how to sit down and ended up throwing himself headfirst into a chair. See here.
    • Many episodes of the show open with the Griffin family sitting on a couch while watching TV.
    • The character Joe Swanson is always sitting in a wheelchair.
  • Once per Episode, Steve (and later Joe) from Blue's Clues sits on a chair called Thinking Chair to figure out Blue's clues.
  • Rather amusingly inverted in an episode of Rick and Morty, where the titular characters pass through a universe where chairs are sitting on people.
  • The episode "The Sweet Spot" of The Loud House was about Lincoln obsessing over which chair in the van was the best chair to sit on.
  • One episode of Roary the Racing Car revolved around Big Chris wanting to sit in his deck chair.
  • Milly, Molly: The cartoon version has an episode called "Marmalade and the Birds", in which Milly's father sits on a chair. A lot. And he makes sure that the "people" part of the trope is followed to the letter, since Marmalade, due to being a cat not a person, is banned from the chair.
  • Peppa Pig: Daddy Pig sits on an antique chair, which Mummy Pig donates to a sale... but Daddy Pig buys it again.

    Real Life 
  • You, dear Troper, may be sitting in a chair right now.
  • There's a game called "musical chairs" where when the music stops, people have to rush to a chair. One chair is taken away after each round, and the loser is out if he doesn't find a chair.
  • Tons of people have sat in one chair.
  • Exaggerated in IKEA stores, which have chairs almost everywhere. Justified in that IKEA is a furniture store.
  • Averted by Christopher Nolan. He doesn't allow chairs on set as he says that if people are sitting on chairs, they're not working.


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