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10th Sep '17 7:14:49 AM jormis29
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* From what we see of Hans's life before coming to Arendelle in ''A Frozen Heart'', he didn't seem to have anyone except his family. Within his own clan, he was the proverbial BlackSheep and ExtremeDoormat -- his father and eleven of his older brothers saw him as a "weakling" and an incompetent coward who couldn't stand up and fight back at the abuse they throw at him, and would either shun him or bully him. In fact, three of his brothers even pretended he was nonexistent for ''two years'', not to mention throwing ''glass'' at him just for daydreaming, being the victim of countless pranks, losing countless fistfights against his brothers, being shoved in the mud or tossed off moving carts. And by the time he's an adult, Hans has chosen to give up fighting, but this only worsened their abuse. The closest to support he had were Lars and his mother, but neither of them were close enough to help him get through life. [[FreudianExcuse Being neglected all his life]], [[WellDoneSonGuy combined with the fact that he wanted to be recognized as a good son despite being ignored and belittled by his family]], [[FreudianExcuse wound up becoming the source of his issues.]]


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* From what we see of Hans's life before coming to Arendelle in ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', he didn't seem to have anyone except his family. Within his own clan, he was the proverbial BlackSheep and ExtremeDoormat -- his father and eleven of his older brothers saw him as a "weakling" and an incompetent coward who couldn't stand up and fight back at the abuse they throw at him, and would either shun him or bully him. In fact, three of his brothers even pretended he was nonexistent for ''two years'', not to mention throwing ''glass'' at him just for daydreaming, being the victim of countless pranks, losing countless fistfights against his brothers, being shoved in the mud or tossed off moving carts. And by the time he's an adult, Hans has chosen to give up fighting, but this only worsened their abuse. The closest to support he had were Lars and his mother, but neither of them were close enough to help him get through life. [[FreudianExcuse Being neglected all his life]], [[WellDoneSonGuy combined with the fact that he wanted to be recognized as a good son despite being ignored and belittled by his family]], [[FreudianExcuse wound up becoming the source of his issues.]]
3rd Sep '17 1:56:51 PM CnHGirl
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* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has Starlord [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this when he's chewing out Drax and Rocket for starting a bar fight, citing their AxCrazy {{Jerkass}} mentalities as the reason they're friendless (and by extension, the rest of the group as well). [[OnlySaneMan Starlord doesn't exactly have what would traditionally be considered friends either, but is still the most socially adjusted of the group.]]
--> '''Starlord:''' (after Rocket as threatened to kill them ''again'') You see!? That's exactly why none of you have any friends!
1st Sep '17 1:33:24 PM Fivepence
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** From what we see of Hans's life before coming to Arendelle in ''Fanfic/A Frozen Heart'', he didn't seem to have anyone except his family. Within his own clan, he was the proverbial BlackSheep and ExtremeDoormat -- his father and eleven of his older brothers saw him as a "weakling" and an incompetent coward who couldn't stand up and fight back at the abuse they throw at him, and would either shun him or bully him. In fact, three of his brothers even pretended he was nonexistent for ''two years'', not to mention throwing ''glass'' at him just for daydreaming, being the victim of countless pranks, losing countless fistfights against his brothers, being shoved in the mud or tossed off moving carts. And by the time he's an adult, Hans has chosen to give up fighting, but this only worsened their abuse. The closest to support he had were Lars and his mother, but neither of them were close enough to help him get through life. [[FreudianExcuse Being neglected all his life]], [[WellDoneSonGuy combined with the fact that he wanted to be recognized as a good son despite being ignored and belittled by his family]], [[FreudianExcuse wound up becoming the source of his issues.]]

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** * From what we see of Hans's life before coming to Arendelle in ''Fanfic/A ''A Frozen Heart'', he didn't seem to have anyone except his family. Within his own clan, he was the proverbial BlackSheep and ExtremeDoormat -- his father and eleven of his older brothers saw him as a "weakling" and an incompetent coward who couldn't stand up and fight back at the abuse they throw at him, and would either shun him or bully him. In fact, three of his brothers even pretended he was nonexistent for ''two years'', not to mention throwing ''glass'' at him just for daydreaming, being the victim of countless pranks, losing countless fistfights against his brothers, being shoved in the mud or tossed off moving carts. And by the time he's an adult, Hans has chosen to give up fighting, but this only worsened their abuse. The closest to support he had were Lars and his mother, but neither of them were close enough to help him get through life. [[FreudianExcuse Being neglected all his life]], [[WellDoneSonGuy combined with the fact that he wanted to be recognized as a good son despite being ignored and belittled by his family]], [[FreudianExcuse wound up becoming the source of his issues.]]
1st Sep '17 1:32:24 PM Fivepence
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** [[spoiler:From what we see of Hans's life before coming to Arendelle in ''Fanfic/A Frozen Heart'', he didn't seem to have anyone except his family. Within his own clan, he was the proverbial BlackSheep and ExtremeDoormat -- his father and eleven of his older brothers saw him as a "weakling" and an incompetent coward who couldn't stand up and fight back at the abuse they throw at him, and would either shun him or bully him. In fact, three of his brothers even pretended he was nonexistent for ''two years'', not to mention throwing ''glass'' at him just for daydreaming, being the victim of countless pranks, losing countless fistfights against his brothers, being shoved in the mud or tossed off moving carts. And by the time he's an adult, Hans has chosen to give up fighting, but this only worsened their abuse. The closest to support he had were Lars and his mother, but neither of them were close enough to help him get through life. [[FreudianExcuse Being neglected all his life]], [[WellDoneSonGuy combined with the fact that he wanted to be recognized as a good son despite being ignored and belittled by his family]], [[FreudianExcuse wound up becoming the source of his issues.]]]]

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** [[spoiler:From From what we see of Hans's life before coming to Arendelle in ''Fanfic/A Frozen Heart'', he didn't seem to have anyone except his family. Within his own clan, he was the proverbial BlackSheep and ExtremeDoormat -- his father and eleven of his older brothers saw him as a "weakling" and an incompetent coward who couldn't stand up and fight back at the abuse they throw at him, and would either shun him or bully him. In fact, three of his brothers even pretended he was nonexistent for ''two years'', not to mention throwing ''glass'' at him just for daydreaming, being the victim of countless pranks, losing countless fistfights against his brothers, being shoved in the mud or tossed off moving carts. And by the time he's an adult, Hans has chosen to give up fighting, but this only worsened their abuse. The closest to support he had were Lars and his mother, but neither of them were close enough to help him get through life. [[FreudianExcuse Being neglected all his life]], [[WellDoneSonGuy combined with the fact that he wanted to be recognized as a good son despite being ignored and belittled by his family]], [[FreudianExcuse wound up becoming the source of his issues.]]]]]]
1st Sep '17 1:31:11 PM Fivepence
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** [[spoiler:From what we see of Hans's life before coming to Arendelle in ''Fanfic/A Frozen Heart'', he didn't seem to have anyone except his family. Within his own clan, he was the proverbial BlackSheep and ExtremeDoormat -- his father and eleven of his older brothers saw him as a "weakling" and an incompetent coward who couldn't stand up and fight back at the abuse they throw at him, and would either shun him or bully him. In fact, three of his brothers even pretended he was nonexistent for ''two years'', not to mention throwing ''glass'' at him just for daydreaming, being the victim of countless pranks, losing countless fistfights against his brothers, being shoved in the mud or tossed off moving carts. And by the time he's an adult, Hans has chosen to give up fighting, but this only worsened their abuse. The closest to support he had were Lars and his mother, but neither of them were close enough to help him get through life. [[FreudianExcuse Being neglected all his life]], [[WellDoneSonGuy combined with the fact that he wanted to be recognized as a good son despite being ignored and belittled by his family]], [[FreudianExcuse wound up becoming the source of his issues.]]]]



** [[spoiler:From what we see of Hans's life before coming to Arendelle in ''A Frozen Heart'', he didn't seem to have anyone except his family. Within his own clan, he was the proverbial BlackSheep and ExtremeDoormat -- his father and eleven of his older brothers saw him as a "weakling" and an incompetent coward who couldn't stand up and fight back at the abuse they throw at him, and would either shun him or bully him. In fact, three of his brothers even pretended he was nonexistent for ''two years'', not to mention throwing ''glass'' at him just for daydreaming, being the victim of countless pranks, losing countless fistfights against his brothers, being shoved in the mud or tossed off moving carts. And by the time he's an adult, Hans has chosen to give up fighting, but this only worsened their abuse. The closest to support he had were Lars and his mother, but neither of them were close enough to help him get through life. [[FreudianExcuse Being neglected all his life]], [[WellDoneSonGuy combined with the fact that he wanted to be recognized as a good son despite being ignored and belittled by his family]], [[FreudianExcuse wound up becoming the source of his issues.]]]]
31st Aug '17 11:14:52 PM Nadim
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* A {{Running Gag}} in ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' is that Ravi doesn't have any friends besides his pet lizard, Mrs Kibblings.

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* A {{Running Gag}} in ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' is that Ravi doesn't have any friends besides his pet lizard, Mrs Kibblings.Mrs. Kibbling.
28th Aug '17 2:09:15 PM fruitstripegum
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** Carol's only two close friends are Jean-Paul and Lex, the latter of whom is a self appointed KnightTemplarBigBrother for whom she is occasionally required to act as a MoralityChain. It's implied that the rest of her football team likes her, but they aren't what you'd call close. As for her family life, her father has a StayInTheKitchen attitude and her mother is doormat. She's close to her CoolUncle, [[Series/StargateSG1 Jack O'Neill]], but he's a Brigadier General and thus busy most of the time.

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** Carol's only two close friends are Jean-Paul and Lex, the latter of whom is a self appointed KnightTemplarBigBrother for whom she is occasionally required to act as a MoralityChain. It's implied that the rest of her football team likes her, but they aren't what you'd call close. As for her family life, her father has a StayInTheKitchen attitude and her mother is a doormat. She's close to her CoolUncle, [[Series/StargateSG1 Jack O'Neill]], but he's a Brigadier General and thus busy most of the time.
7th Aug '17 10:43:01 PM Gamermaster
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* Averted in ''Manga/{{Fullmapla}}''. One would think that Makoto's [[TalkingWithSigns bizarre method of communication]] would mean that she's never had any friends, but it's stated that she did have friends in middle school (they just all went to different high schools).

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* Averted in ''Manga/{{Fullmapla}}''. One would think Kyou initially thought that Makoto's [[TalkingWithSigns bizarre method of communication]] and standoff personality would mean meant that she's she never had any friends, but it's stated that she did have friends in middle school (they just all went to different high schools).



* Haru from ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' spent over a decade of her childhood isolated from her peers due to her RichBitch personality (which resulted in a viscous cycle of her becoming even more self centered as a coping mechanism only for it to isolate her even further). It's only by sheer chance that she ends up in the same class as a boy who is desperate enough for conversation and patient enough to put up with her self centered ramblings that she manages to make friends, shed her arrogant persona, and find love (not necessarily in that order).



* An example of the second sort: if Franchise/{{Tintin}} had any friends at all besides Snowy prior to the start of his adventures, they are never mentioned. However, it does not seem to be from a preference to be alone, a lack of social skills or somesuch as a whole lot of characters Tintin encounters during his adventures become his friends, and some very close ones indeed (Haddock, Chang, Calculus) with no problem. One could theorize that Tintin's schoolmates etc. all got prosaic bourgeois jobs in Brussels which meant that there weren't any real chances of encountering them in Tintin's exciting world of adventure (most of which are set outside Belgium).

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* An example of the second sort: if Franchise/{{Tintin}} had any friends at all besides Snowy prior to the start of his adventures, they are never mentioned. However, it does not seem to be from a preference to be alone, a lack of social skills or somesuch some such as a whole lot of characters Tintin encounters during his adventures become his friends, and some very close ones indeed (Haddock, Chang, Calculus) with no problem. One could theorize that Tintin's schoolmates etc. all got prosaic bourgeois jobs in Brussels which meant that there weren't any real chances of encountering them in Tintin's exciting world of adventure (most of which are set outside Belgium).
7th Aug '17 12:31:56 AM bt8257
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* '''Newcomer:''' Be they a NewTransferStudent in a new school, an employee at a new work place, or having escaped their DoomedHometown as a refugee.
* '''The Loner:''' Might be because of preference or ostracism. [[LonersAreFreaks Freakishness]] [[FreakyFashionMildMind optional.]] {{Jerkass}}-ness [[SugarAndIcePersonality optional.]]
* '''Homeschooled:''' Similar to Newcomer, the character has grown up or lived away from others. May or may not come with interesting psychological quirks.
* '''Trauma:''' Some sadness like parental abuse (often seen in {{Dark Magical Girl}}s) or other kind of angst may keep the character from letting anyone close to them, can result in TheWoobie.
* '''[[ShrinkingViolet Shyness]]:''' Some characters (like in real life) are insecure of themselves for whatever reason and are not even able to talk to other people (sometimes temporary).
* '''Lack of self confidence:''' Similar to the one above, the character may believe he is not worthy of other people's friendship while [[IJustWantToBeNormal craving acceptance.]] Or possibly [[IJustWantToBeSpecial they want to feel like they're important, but don't]]. Many ShrinkingViolet characters are prone to this.
*'''Incompetence:''' A character may simply [[NoSocialSkills lack the social intuition]] required to connect with others, regardless of how willing or confident they are.
* '''Unattractiveness:''' The character is [[TheGrotesque physically repulsive]] and avoided or mistreated because of that.

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* '''Newcomer:''' '''Newcomer''': Be they a NewTransferStudent in a new school, an employee at a new work place, or having escaped their DoomedHometown as a refugee.
* '''The Loner:''' Loner''': Might be because of preference or ostracism. [[LonersAreFreaks Freakishness]] [[FreakyFashionMildMind optional.]] {{Jerkass}}-ness [[SugarAndIcePersonality optional.]]
* '''Homeschooled:''' '''Homeschooled''': Similar to Newcomer, the character has grown up or lived away from others. May or may not come with interesting psychological quirks.
* '''Trauma:''' '''Trauma''': Some sadness like parental abuse (often seen in {{Dark Magical Girl}}s) or other kind of angst may keep the character from letting anyone close to them, can result in TheWoobie.
* '''[[ShrinkingViolet Shyness]]:''' Shyness]]''': Some characters (like in real life) are insecure of themselves for whatever reason and are not even able to talk to other people (sometimes temporary).
* '''Lack of self confidence:''' self-confidence''': Similar to the one above, the character may believe he is not worthy of other people's friendship while [[IJustWantToBeNormal craving acceptance.]] Or possibly [[IJustWantToBeSpecial they want to feel like they're important, but don't]]. Many ShrinkingViolet characters are prone to this.
*'''Incompetence:''' *'''Incompetence''': A character may simply [[NoSocialSkills lack the social intuition]] required to connect with others, regardless of how willing or confident they are.
* '''Unattractiveness:''' '''Unattractiveness''': The character is [[TheGrotesque physically repulsive]] and avoided or mistreated because of that.



* '''[[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Active ostracism]]:''' The character is actively shunned for whatever reason, be it real, misconstrued, or imagined. May coincide with any of the previous.

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* '''[[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Active ostracism]]:''' ostracism]]''': The character is actively shunned for whatever reason, be it real, misconstrued, or imagined. May coincide with any of the previous.
6th Aug '17 1:58:41 PM DaibhidC
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** In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' when Vimes learns Mr A.E. Pessimal's initials don't actually stand for anything, he asks the government inspector what his friends call him. Mr Pessimal looks like this question involves a pretty huge assumption, so Vimes decides to back down on the confrontation a bit.
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