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Basic Trope: A guest overstays his/her welcome.

  • Straight: Bob needs a place to crash after getting kicked out of his parents' house, and Alice offers him a place to stay for a few days. He stays for the rest of the month.
  • Exaggerated: Bob needs a place to crash after getting kicked out of his parents' house, and Alice offers him a place to stay for a few days. Six months later, he is still "crashing" on her couch. He never helps with chores, doesn't look for a job or a new place to live, brings home random girls he meets at the bars without telling Alice, uses Alice's home phone to call his friend in Australia (and doesn't call collect or use a calling card), doesn't help out with the rent/mortgage/bills or pay room-and-board, and chews with his mouth open.
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  • Downplayed: Alice invites her Country Cousin Bob to stay for a week. He ends up staying for an extra three days.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Bob tells Alice he intends to leave in the morning, so Alice wakes him and has him out of the house at the break of dawn.
    • Bob packs his things and intends to leave. Alice does her best to make him stay because, without him, she can't make the rent payments.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob earns his keep; he helps out with chores, and he looks for work while he's staying with Alice.
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    • Bob is staying in Alice's beach house, not in Alice's regular house.
    • Bob pays Alice room and board, or rent money.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But he does the chores all wrong, so Alice ends up having to do extra work. And he isn't looking for work as hard as he could be.
    • When Alice and her family get to the beach house for the summer, Bob is still there, and the place has been completely turned upside down.
    • For a while. After a while, he stops paying because he's out of money, and isn't looking for work.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob claims ownership of the house while Alice goes grocery shopping, and kicks her out.
    • Bob is still crashing on Alice's couch, only he and Alice are Elders.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob doesn't come to stay with Alice.
  • Enforced: "We need to do an episode where Alice has to get over her problem with saying "No" to the people she cares about. How about we have one of her friends stay at her house and overstay his welcome?"
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  • Lampshaded: "Bob, you've been "crashing" for weeks now! When are you going to get a job?"
  • Invoked: Bob gets fired from his job, gets evicted from his apartment, and his girlfriend leaves him. So he asks his friend Alice if he can stay with her.
    • Bob was just released from Prison. He is released to Alice's home, because she is his sister. He finds that he's having a hard time adjusting to life "on the outside." The social norms and food are different than he's used to, and he can't pay Alice rent or room-and-board because he's having trouble finding steady, honest work. And though he would like to be in his own apartment, he keeps getting denied a lease because of his criminal record.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob gets free meals, running water, Wi-Fi, electricity, phone service, heating and air conditioning, shelter, etc., without having to lift a finger. Naturally, he wants to prolong this state of affairs as long as possible.
    • Charlie is sick of his roommate Bob so he suggests he stays at Alice's to make him her problem.
  • Defied: Bob checks into a motel, and soon enough, gets himself a new apartment.
  • Discussed: "I really wish you would take responsibility and find a new home so you can get out of my house already! You think my food grows on trees?!"
  • Conversed: "Alice must have an ungodly amount of patience to put up with Bob staying at her house that long. If I was in her shoes, I would've kicked Bob out the instant a week has passed and he's still there."

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