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14th Nov '17 6:02:07 PM JoeMerl
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* Weirdly subverted in ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', in which Rory often ate lunch alone in high school, reading and listening to music, until she was encouraged by her headmaster to sit with other students at lunch. They kidnapped her in the middle of the night, broke into the headmaster's office and generally got her in big trouble. By the end of the episode, she was happily eating lunch alone again, and not another word was said about it.

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* Weirdly subverted in ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', in which Rory often ate lunch alone in high school, reading and listening to music, until she was encouraged by her headmaster to sit with other students at lunch. They kidnapped Unfortunately, the kids whom she chooses to befriend have a weird initiation ritual where they "kidnap" her in the middle of the night, broke break into the headmaster's office and generally got her get in big trouble. By the end of the episode, she was happily eating lunch alone again, and not another word was said about it.
14th Nov '17 11:47:09 AM lillolillo
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** In ''Comicbook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInTheEightGrade'': Early on, Linda eats lunch alone because she is shunned and bullied the whole time by cruel schoolmates. Later Lena joins her, but both girls are still shunned by everyone else.

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** In ''Comicbook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInTheEightGrade'': ''Comicbook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'': Early on, Linda eats lunch alone because she is shunned and bullied the whole time by cruel schoolmates. Later Lena joins her, but both girls are still shunned by everyone else.
28th Oct '17 12:35:46 PM Monolaf317
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When someone is eating lunch alone in a communal context (school, army, etc.), it means they're being actively shunned by everyone else, or the student is the New Kid and [[FriendlessBackground has not yet made any friends]]. It rarely ever means that they ''[[LonersAreFreaks chose]]'' to eat lunch by themselves. Often, their return into the fold will be symbolized by someone else accepting to have lunch with them. Or if they keep their outcast status, having lunch with them will be a sign of independence of mind and refusing to follow the herd. Or it could be because that person has ''[[PigPen very]]'' poor hygiene.

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When someone is eating lunch alone in a communal context (school, army, etc.), it means they're being actively shunned by everyone else, or the student is the New Kid and [[FriendlessBackground has not yet made any friends]]. It rarely ever means that they ''[[LonersAreFreaks chose]]'' to eat lunch by themselves. Often, their return into the fold will be symbolized by someone else accepting to have lunch with them. Or if they keep their outcast status, having lunch with them will be a sign of independence of mind and refusing to follow the herd. Or it could be because that person has ''[[PigPen ''[[ThePigPen very]]'' poor hygiene.
hygiene for days on end.
28th Oct '17 12:35:14 PM Monolaf317
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When someone is eating lunch alone in a communal context (school, army, etc.), it means they're being actively shunned by everyone else, or the student is the New Kid and [[FriendlessBackground has not yet made any friends]]. It rarely ever means that they ''[[LonersAreFreaks chose]]'' to eat lunch by themselves. Often, their return into the fold will be symbolized by someone else accepting to have lunch with them. Or if they keep their outcast status, having lunch with them will be a sign of independence of mind and refusing to follow the herd.

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When someone is eating lunch alone in a communal context (school, army, etc.), it means they're being actively shunned by everyone else, or the student is the New Kid and [[FriendlessBackground has not yet made any friends]]. It rarely ever means that they ''[[LonersAreFreaks chose]]'' to eat lunch by themselves. Often, their return into the fold will be symbolized by someone else accepting to have lunch with them. Or if they keep their outcast status, having lunch with them will be a sign of independence of mind and refusing to follow the herd.
herd. Or it could be because that person has ''[[PigPen very]]'' poor hygiene.




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20th Oct '17 7:40:23 PM skymadian
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* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'': The Blob/Fred Dukes in the episode "Mutant Crush". He decides to sit by himself at a secluded table away from everyone else rather than sit with the other Brotherhood members. It's because he [[FriendlessBackground hasn't made friends with them yet]].
17th Oct '17 12:00:17 PM Dwoem
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', at the beginning of the story, Taylor Hebert has been eating lunch in the girl's bathroom for weeks to avoid a trio of bullies that have been targeting her for a year and a half.



* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', at the beginning of the story, Taylor Hebert has been eating lunch in the girl's bathroom for weeks to avoid a trio of bullies that have been targeting her for a year and a half.
26th Jul '17 6:38:37 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Charlie Brown eats lunch alone sometimes in ''{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}}''.

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* Charlie Brown eats lunch alone sometimes in ''{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}}''.''{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}}'', sometimes while watching the Little Red Haired Girl who clearly has a lot of friends to eat with.
15th Jun '17 11:10:37 AM lillolillo
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* In ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', Kaidou Kaoru always eats lunch alone... the the point that the other students in his class ''scoot their desks away from his'' in order to give him a wide berth. In this case, it's not so much that he's shunned as [[FaceOfAThug that everyone is scared of him/creeped out by his aloof attitude]]. It doesn't help that he eats [[SupremeChef his mother's]] very high-quality traditional food in an overly reverent manner, which freaks them out.
* In the beginning of ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', Nagisa Furukawa is eating lunch alone at school, because she's repeating her last year, so she doesn't know anyone in the current senior class.

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* In ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', Kaidou Kaoru always eats lunch alone... the to the point that the other students in his class ''scoot their desks away from his'' in order to give him a wide berth. In this case, it's not so much that he's shunned as [[FaceOfAThug that everyone is scared of him/creeped out by his aloof attitude]]. It doesn't help that he eats [[SupremeChef his mother's]] very high-quality traditional food in an overly reverent manner, which freaks them out.
* In the beginning of ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', Nagisa Furukawa is eating lunch alone at school, school because she's repeating her last year, so she doesn't know anyone in the current senior class.



* Justified in a TearJerker way in ''Anime/AngelBeats''. Due to the system that the afterlife works in, Angel will always eat alone since [[spoiler: being friends with her is automatic grounds to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence]]. [[http://i42.tinypic.com/a48zk2.jpg This picture sums her life up,]] and for all we know, she may have lived this "life" for ''years''.
** Granted that this was the [[InvokedTrope implication]], not the truth, as the members of the of the main cast found out[[spoiler: when they befriend her, it still takes quite a while before they're able to 'move on'. She would eat alone because the people she wanted to help were antagonistic towards her instead.]]

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* Justified in a TearJerker tear-jerker way in ''Anime/AngelBeats''. Due to the system that the afterlife works in, Angel will always eat alone since [[spoiler: being friends with her is automatic grounds to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence]]. [[http://i42.tinypic.com/a48zk2.jpg This picture sums her life up,]] and for all we know, she may have lived this "life" for ''years''.
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''years''. Granted that this was the [[InvokedTrope implication]], implication, not the truth, as the members of the of the main cast found out[[spoiler: when they befriend her, it still takes quite a while before they're able to 'move on'. She would eat alone because the people she wanted to help were antagonistic towards her instead.]]



* Happens several times in Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} books:
** In ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth'' the titular heroine eats lunch alone when she is transferred to her new school since everyone thinks she's a weirdo.
** In ''Comicbook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInTheEightGrade'': Early on, Linda eats lunch alone because she is shunned and bullied the whole time by cruel schoolmates. Later Lena joins her, but both girls are still shunned by everyone else.



* Literature/HarryPotter, at least once.
** Presumably, Harry would have had to do this every day at the Muggle school he attended before Hogwarts considering he was made a social pariah by Dudley's gang and their bullying.

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* Literature/HarryPotter, ''Literature/HarryPotter'', at least once.
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once. Presumably, Harry would have had to do this every day at the Muggle school he attended before Hogwarts considering he was made a social pariah by Dudley's gang and their bullying.



* ''Literature/EndersGame'': The title character at the beginning of his military training.
** Significant in that commanders have their own mess hall; a new commander cannot enter until after his first victory. Typically they're greeted enthusiastically. Ender is not only the youngest and smallest: he's the only commander ever to win in the Battle Room without having first been defeated a few times. The other commanders--envious, spiteful or intimidated--pointedly withhold the congratulatory rituals.

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* ''Literature/EndersGame'': The title character at the beginning of his military training.
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training. Significant in that commanders have their own mess hall; a new commander cannot enter until after his first victory. Typically they're greeted enthusiastically. Ender is not only the youngest and smallest: he's the only commander ever to win in the Battle Room without having first been defeated a few times. The other commanders--envious, spiteful or intimidated--pointedly withhold the congratulatory rituals.
9th May '17 9:28:51 PM SamCurt
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* Yuuta of ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' in his middle school years, due to his AllOfTheOtherReindeer treatment (for being a CloudcuckooLander due to his teenage delusions of grandeur). Thus he treats Makoto's offer to eat lunch with him in the first episode as [[ThrowTheDogABone a good start]].

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* Yuuta of ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' in his middle school years, due to his AllOfTheOtherReindeer treatment (for being a CloudcuckooLander due to his teenage delusions extreme case of grandeur).{{Chuunibyou}}). Thus he treats Makoto's offer to eat lunch with him in the first episode as [[ThrowTheDogABone a good start]].
20th Feb '17 8:01:33 PM bt8257
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Very much TruthInTelevision. There are introverted people who enjoy the solitude, and even extroverts with normal social lives are known to do it for various reasons. More rarely, there are numerous anxiety disorders that can make one extremely self-conscious and uncomfortable about having others watch them eat. Another reason for it to happen is that cooking and eating are (somehow) parts of one's culture, so eating together can cause various CultureClash.

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Very much TruthInTelevision. There are introverted people introverts who enjoy the solitude, and even extroverts with normal social lives are known to do it for various reasons. More rarely, there are numerous anxiety disorders that can make one extremely self-conscious and uncomfortable about having others watch them eat. Another reason for it to happen is that cooking and eating are (somehow) parts of one's culture, so eating together can cause various CultureClash.
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