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14th Feb '18 6:42:25 PM bt8257
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There are a lot of CharacterizationTropes that can be used to quickly and non-verbally introduce a character, and one of the sadder ones is the Friendless Background. The character will, through fate or choice, be presented as not having any friends, or at least not within easy visiting or communication range. He or she will [[EatingLunchAlone eat lunch alone]], look forlornly (or [[GreenEyedMonster enviously]]) at others with friends and LoveInterests, and usually be found immersed in reading, video games, or some other highly solitary activity.

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There are a lot of CharacterizationTropes that can be used to quickly and non-verbally introduce a character, and one of the sadder ones is the Friendless Background. The character will, through fate or choice, be presented as not having any friends, or at least not within easy visiting or communication range. He or she They will [[EatingLunchAlone eat be {{eating lunch alone]], look forlornly (or [[GreenEyedMonster enviously]]) alone}}, or looking forlornly[=/=][[GreenEyedMonster enviously]] at others with friends and LoveInterests, and usually be found immersed in reading, video games, or some other highly solitary activity.
4th Feb '18 12:01:57 AM akanesarumara
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** How about [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Mr. Friendless England]]? He was bullied and beaten up as a child, (which probably have something or another to do with the current MeanBrit and {{Tsundere}} stance he projects) and was even subjected to humiliation and exclusion by his own [[TheUnFavourite brothers]] according to WordOfGod.

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** How about [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Mr. Friendless England]]? He was bullied and beaten up as a child, (which probably have something or another to do with the current MeanBrit and {{Tsundere}} stance he projects) and was even subjected to humiliation and exclusion by his own [[TheUnFavourite brothers]] according to WordOfGod. Then he met America, a kid who didn't know anything about him before but who was the first to be friendly with him and happy to see him... and see how ''that'' [[TheAmericanRevolution turned out...]]
27th Jan '18 12:44:49 AM Nazetrime
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** Emil seems to have a combination of the HomeschooledKids and the LonelyRichKid cause. While he mentions being taught by a PrivateTutor early in the story, the LonelyRichKid one gets hinted at in a dream depicting his childhood circumstance, when his nanny seems happy he "finally" made a friend upon noticing an intruding dream-walking Lalli.
** There are a few hints of the loner type mixed with NoSocialSkills on Lalli's side of things. There is also a possible fear factor, considering how abrasive he can get when he's in a bad mood.

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** Emil seems to have a combination of the HomeschooledKids and the LonelyRichKid cause. While he mentions being taught by a PrivateTutor early in the story, the LonelyRichKid one gets hinted at in a dream depicting his childhood circumstance, circumstances, when his nanny seems happy that he "finally" made a friend upon noticing an intruding dream-walking Lalli.
** There are a few hints of the natural loner type mixed with NoSocialSkills on Lalli's side of things. There is also a possible fear factor, considering how abrasive he can get when he's in a bad mood.
25th Dec '17 6:48:52 AM GentlemensDame883
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* ''Anime/FireworksShouldWeSeeItfromtheSideOrTheBottom2017'': Nazuna's mother and the new fiance discuss how Nazuna won't be missed because she has few friends and definitely no boyfriend.
20th Dec '17 10:08:03 PM heichou
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* ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'' has Shin-ah who grew up shunned by his village. The only one who would have anything to do with him was Ao, the previous Seiryuu who was a pretty harsh and damaged guy due to the shunning and the "curse" of the Dragon's Eyes. Shin-ah desperately wanted friends, but was repeatedly told by Ao how impossible that was. Ao died when Shin-ah was four, and the little boy spent the next 14 years all alone.
16th Dec '17 12:42:40 AM lillolillo
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** Supergirl had this issue in the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'' reboot. She was stranded in a strange planet, her family and acquaintances were all dead, she didn't trust her [[Franchise/{{Superman}} cousin]], she had no friends and she felt very lonely and isolated. Her situation led to a DespairEventHorizon combined with a RageBreakingPoint and her becoming a ''[[Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton Red Lantern]]'' for a while.

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** Supergirl [[ComicBook/Supergirl2011 Post-Flashpoint Supergirl]] had this issue in the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'' reboot.for a while. She was stranded in a strange planet, her family and acquaintances were all dead, she didn't trust her [[Franchise/{{Superman}} cousin]], she had no friends and she felt very lonely and isolated. Her situation led to a DespairEventHorizon combined with a RageBreakingPoint and her becoming a ''[[Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton Red Lantern]]'' for a while.
28th Nov '17 10:53:23 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' starts off as a loner who finds most people boring; her making friends with the narrator basically kicks off the plot. The difference this makes in her personality [[DefrostingIceQueen is pretty impressive.]] She [[StartMyOwn joins a group]] fairly quickly.

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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': Haruhi starts off as a loner who finds most people boring; her making friends with the narrator basically kicks off the plot. The difference this makes in her personality [[DefrostingIceQueen is pretty impressive.]] She [[StartMyOwn joins a group]] fairly quickly.



* ''Manga/KoeNoKatachi'':

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** Shouko herself didn't have any friends growing up due to being ostracized due to her deafness. After she met Shouya she began making friends alongside him.
* ''[[Anime/PrettySammy Magical Project S]]'' Besides Sasami, Misao Amano has no friends and is most of the time alone. her parents are always working, which is the main reason that she is very shy. At the end she gets more confident.

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** Shouko herself didn't have any friends growing up due to being ostracized due to because of her deafness. After she met Shouya she began making friends alongside him.
* ''[[Anime/PrettySammy Magical Project S]]'' S]]'': Besides Sasami, Misao Amano has no friends and is most of the time alone. her parents are always working, which is the main reason that she is very shy. At the end she gets more confident.



* ''Anime/SailorMoon''

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* How about [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Mr. Friendless England]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', bullied and beaten up as a child, (which probably have something or another to do with the current MeanBrit and {{Tsundere}} stance he projects) and was even subjected to humiliation and exclusion by his own [[TheUnFavourite brothers]] according to WordOfGod.

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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
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How about [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Mr. Friendless England]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', England]]? He was bullied and beaten up as a child, (which probably have something or another to do with the current MeanBrit and {{Tsundere}} stance he projects) and was even subjected to humiliation and exclusion by his own [[TheUnFavourite brothers]] according to WordOfGod.



* Kitano of ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' doesn't have friends at the start because he looks like a walking waking nightmare, and rumours painted him as a violent drug addict. The joke is he's a sweet, kind boy who always tries to think the best of people, even when he's being beat up. His parents love him though.
** Averted in flashbacks to his old school though. Before his transfer, Kitano was actually very well-liked and highly regarded by both the faculty and student body of his old school. Its only transferring to Heikiku High that his friendlessness starts.
* L from ''Manga/DeathNote'' refers to Light as his 'first-ever friend' (although [[spoiler: he may have been lying]].) Either way, he has never had a friend prior to the Kira case.

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* Kitano of ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' doesn't have friends at the start because he looks like a walking waking nightmare, and rumours painted him as a violent drug addict. The joke is he's a sweet, kind boy who always tries to think the best of people, even when he's being beat up. His parents love him though.
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though. Averted in flashbacks to his old school though. Before his transfer, Kitano was actually very well-liked and highly regarded by both the faculty and student body of his old school. Its only transferring to Heikiku High that his friendlessness starts.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
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L from ''Manga/DeathNote'' refers to Light as his 'first-ever friend' (although [[spoiler: he may have been lying]].) Either way, he has never had a friend prior to the Kira case.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter.''

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* [[Literature/AnneOfGreenGables Anne Shirley]] has one of these, having spent her childhood in and out of orphanages and foster homes. She is so lonely that she invents imaginary friends, to Marilla's horror.

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* [[Literature/AnneOfGreenGables ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'': Anne Shirley]] Shirley has one of these, having spent her childhood in and out of orphanages and foster homes. She is so lonely that she invents imaginary friends, to Marilla's horror.


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* ''Literature/WingsOfFire'': Peril has no friends due to the fact just touching her causes severe burns. When she meets Clay, the only dragon who doesn't act fearful towards her and who can handle her touch, she becomes [[ClingyJealousGirl very attached towards him]].
20th Nov '17 6:04:31 PM kquinn0830
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** Harry. Prior to going to Hogwarts, he's bullied at his Muggle school because of the tatty hand-me-downs and broken glasses he wears (and because no-one wanted Dudley to think they liked him and become targets of his bullying too). Dudley's gang frequently beats him up, referred to as "Harry Hunting." He is pretty much friendless until Hagrid shows up in his life.

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** Harry. Harry himself. Prior to going to Hogwarts, he's bullied an outcast at his Muggle school school, partly because of the tatty hand-me-downs and broken glasses he wears (and wears, but mostly because his cousin Dudley is the school bully and no-one wanted Dudley to think they liked him befriend Harry (his primary target) and become targets of his bullying too).too. Dudley's gang frequently beats him up, referred to as "Harry Hunting." He is pretty much absolutely friendless until Hagrid shows up in his life.
15th Nov '17 1:20:50 PM lillolillo
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** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInTheEightGrade'', Linda felt very alone and without friends until she met Lena.

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** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInTheEightGrade'', ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Linda felt very alone and without friends until she met Lena.
26th Oct '17 4:48:30 AM Nazetrime
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** There are a few hints of the loner type mixed with NoSocialSkills on Lalli's side of things. There is also a possible fear factor, considering how abrasive he can get with

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** There are a few hints of the loner type mixed with NoSocialSkills on Lalli's side of things. There is also a possible fear factor, considering how abrasive he can get withwhen he's in a bad mood.
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