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Sheldon: This seat is ideally located, both in terms of the heat source in the winter and the crossbreeze in the summer. It also faces the television at a direct angle, allowing me to immerse myself in entertainment or gameplay without being subjected to conversation. As a result, I've placed it in a state of eternal dibs.
A character is extremely territorial about where he sits: a favourite chair, spot on The Couch, park bench, or whatever. Either they never sit anywhere else, no one else is allowed to sit there, or often both.
Alternatively it can be an ordinary character trait, possibly a kind of Security Blanket for a character with Super OCD. In a military (or Mildly Military) setting, the commanding officer ordering someone out of his chair can serve as an assertion of authority.
If the character dies, do not expect that chair to be filled any time soon.
Not to be confused with This Is My Side, a stock sitcom plot where a shared space is split down the middle.
- Candidate for Trope Namer is Goines in 12 Monkeys.
- A Crowning Moment of Funny when Kirk sits in the Captain's chair of the Enterprise in Star Trek... when he's still a Space Cadet.
- In Men of the Otherworld, Clay always kicks Logan out of Jeremy's chair, since Clay feels that respecting the Alpha's chair is a symbol of respecting the Alpha's territory and Clay is Jeremy's dragon. It's a longstanding issue between the two of them, to the point where Logan will vacate the chair as soon as Clay enters the room.
- In the pilot of Star Trek the Next Generation, the fandom rejoices as Capt Picard yells at Wesley to "Get out of my chair!" Reportedly, Patrick Stewart would behave in a similar manner towards reporters and others who sat in the captain's chair on the Bridge set without invitation.
- (According to Wil Wheaton this was more a matter of respect than one of interdiction.)
- As mentioned, the Central Perk sofa on Friends. One storyline even revolved around a pair of bullies kicking Ross and Chandler off it.
- Another example is Chandler's single-episode Compressed Vice of getting extremely territorial over chairs he's recently got up from.
- Another episode of Friends had Phoebe and Rachel forced to sit by the window because somebody got to their normal seat first, Rachel was quite angry. Of course this was a set up so the pair could see Ross "attacking" two women.
- Sheldon's "spot" on The Big Bang Theory - see the page quote.
- To the extent that whenever he has to sit somewhere he has never been before (and isn't obliged to sit on a given place), his first move is trying to find The Spot.
- And in another episode, Leonard treats Penny's suggestion of having sex in The Spot (when Sheldon is away) as if it were incredibly kinky and sexy.
- Martin's chair on Frasier is perhaps a subversion, as no one else wants to sit in it.
- Averted for Cafe Nervosa however, as there are three or four tables the characters occupy at different times.
- Kelso's lunch bench on Scrubs - at least, according to a single episode.
- Archie Bunker on All in The Family. So much that when Mike and Gloria moved out to the house next door and Archie came to visit, Mike had a Crowning Moment of Awesome:
Arch, I been waiting five years to say this: Get outta my chair!
- Said chair later officially becomes "Archie's chair" when he's at the Stivics' house. For exceptionally noted house guests (Sammy Davis Jr., for example) Archie insists that they sit in his chair and he takes Edith's, relegating her to the sofa. Archie's chair is now in the Smithsonian Institution. It was sent there after CBS ended the series the first time — the producers then had to re-create the chair when they decided to continue.
- How I Met Your Mother: The main characters always sit in the same table in the bar they always visit, so much so that it is "their" table and the bartender once threatened a group of extras who unknowingly sat there. A one-off gag has the gang walking in to find people sitting there;
Ted: Get out of our booth! Go!
- The Royle Family: Jim always sits in the armchair opposite the TV, Denise and Dave on the sofa next to Barbara, and Anthony on a chair.
- If Twiggy's round, he's in Anthony's chair, if Nana's round, she's next to Barbara. They even always sit in the same places at the dinner table. Not out of OCD or pure comedic purposes of any kind, the show just emulates the completely standardised ways that families interact with each other.
- Cheers: Norm Peterson always sits on the same stool at the end of the bar. All of the regulars respect his claim to it (although Cliff calls dibs on it one time when it looks like Norm might not be coming to the bar any more), but in one episode some people new to the bar sit in Norm's spot and the stool next to it.
Norm: Um, excuse me, I was sittin' there...
—(Norm suddenly seems to pass out and collapses to the floor. Everybody rushes over to see if he's okay, including the couple he'd been talking to...at which point he gets up and sits on his stool)
Captain Sheridan: Mr. Bester.
Commander Ivanova: Mr. Garibaldi, you're sitting at my station, using my equipment. Is there a reason for this, or to save time should I just snap your hand off at the wrist?
- One of the main jokes on Kingswood Country. Ted Bullpit does not allow anyone to sit in his armchair. "Outta the chair! Outta the chair!" nearly counts as a catchphrase for the show.
- Garfield often does it in his comic strip.
- Satchel in Get Fuzzy gets unhappy when anyone uses his beanbag.
- In a rare video game example, Catherine has the four main guys going the same bar (The Stray Sheep) every night and sitting at the same table. They even sit in the same spots at that table.
- Parodied with this YouTube video.
- Daniel, from Shiny Objects Videos as seen in On The Couch. Doubles as a Real Life Writes the Plot, as the real-life Daniel is just as protective of that spot.
- Also, Courage the Cowardly Dog. Eustace always sits in his chair and in a few cartoons would refuse to get off it and would get mad at anyone who tried to sit in it. His catch phrase eventually became the trope name, "This is my chair."
- Woody's "spot" in Toy Story
- The Simpsons, especially in the episode where the carnies steal their house, but also lampshaded/parodied in various opening credits.
Homer: Marge, he's messing up my ass-groove! It took me years to get that groove right!
- South Park: Any time the kids gather at Cartman's house to watch a TV show, one kid (usually Clyde) will be kicked out of "Cartman's seat".