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23rd Jan '17 2:04:10 PM margdean56
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* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series, Vlad Taltos's jhereg familiar Loiosh, doesn't like physical contact with strangers. In ''Literature/{{Iorich}}'', he thinks it's punishment to be petted by a young boy, and he expresses his distaste for being touched by a sorceress with a mental ''"Ewwwwwww!"''.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series, Vlad Taltos's jhereg familiar familiar, Loiosh, doesn't like physical contact with strangers. In ''Literature/{{Iorich}}'', he thinks it's punishment to be petted by a young boy, and he expresses his distaste for being touched by a sorceress with a mental ''"Ewwwwwww!"''.



* The Bug, who is autistic, in Matthew Reilly's HovercarRacer will only tolerate being touched by his mother and his brother. A crowing moment of heartwarming is when he throws his arms around his very surprised father.

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* The Bug, who is autistic, in Matthew Reilly's HovercarRacer will only tolerate being touched by his mother and his brother. A crowing crowning moment of heartwarming is when he throws his arms around his very surprised father.



* From ''Literature/JackReacher'' we have Francis Neagle, the eponymous character's sergeant when he was in the army, actively avoids touching other people and having them touch her.
* All of the psychics in 'Motherland' are terrified of physical contact. Probably because it inundates them with other people's unwanted memories and drives them insane.

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* From ''Literature/JackReacher'' we have Francis Neagle, the eponymous character's sergeant when he was in the army, who actively avoids touching other people and having them touch her.
* All of the psychics in 'Motherland' ''Motherland'' are terrified of physical contact. Probably because it inundates them with other people's unwanted memories and drives them insane.



** On a lesser degree, Stannis Baratheon doesn't like when his wife Selyse touches him and coldly rebuke her with "Stop clutching me, woman". It is unclear, however, if this is also due to their unhappy married life.

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** On To a lesser degree, Stannis Baratheon doesn't like when his wife Selyse touches him and coldly rebuke rebukes her with "Stop clutching me, woman". It is unclear, however, if this is also due to their unhappy married life.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': The Dursley's have no tolerance for people they don't know touching them, specifically if the person is abnormal or magical in any way. They have big hang ups about magic. In the first book when Mr. Dursley is randomly hugged by a strange man he freezes up and thinks about how uncomfortable it made him feel. Also, Draco and his family are purebloods and thus can't stand if someone who is half-blood, muggle born (mudblood's they call them), or blood traitors touch them. Harry has this reaction to people grabbing him suddenly whether it be Neville in the first book in a SecurityCling or in the third book when Peter Pettigrew grabs his legs prompting Harry to give him a look of disgust. Though having grown up deprived of love he DesperatelyCravesAffection and if its someone he actually likes touching him he's all for it.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': The Dursley's Dursleys have no tolerance for people they don't know touching them, specifically if the person is abnormal or magical in any way. They have big hang ups hang-ups about magic. In the first book when Mr. Dursley is randomly hugged by a strange man he freezes up and thinks about how uncomfortable it made him feel. Also, Draco and his family are purebloods and thus can't stand if someone who is half-blood, muggle born (mudblood's (mudbloods they call them), or blood traitors touch them. Harry has this reaction to people grabbing him suddenly whether it be Neville in the first book in a SecurityCling or in the third book when Peter Pettigrew grabs his legs prompting Harry to give him a look of disgust. Though having grown up deprived of love he DesperatelyCravesAffection and if its it's someone he actually likes touching him he's all for it.
23rd Jan '17 1:57:24 PM margdean56
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} in most of his adaptions. Unless, of course, [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom you touch his knuckles with your face]].

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} in most of his adaptions.adaptations. Unless, of course, [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom you touch his knuckles with your face]].



* ComicBook/{{X 23}} is this, to the extent of lashing out with her claws when a friend touches her shoulder, and generally shows an aversion to physical contact, especially from those she's not close to (which is a very short list), justified by the abuse she suffered under the facility (see Real Life below). Laura has also described herself as "not a hugger" in ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'', [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness which shows just how badly she's handling things]] when Laura is shown [[TheGlomp throwing herself into O5 Cyclops's arms]] to stop from entering a HeroicBSOD after being confronted with Arcade's footage of herself in a Trigger Scent-induced rage while in [[ComicBook/AvengersArena Murderworld]]. This becomes a bit of CharacterDevelopment when she initiates one to try and comfort Teen!Scott, who is overwhelmed by Jean's kidnapping by the Shi'Ar, and the revelation his father is alive (Scott was brought to the future from a time before he learned his father was SpacePirate Corsair). Amusingly, Laura rejects a relieved hug from Teen!Warren later in the series for the same reason. Despite the fact they ''may'' have [[DidTheyOrDidntThey slept together]].

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* ComicBook/{{X 23}} is this, to the extent of lashing out with her claws when a friend touches her shoulder, and generally shows an aversion to physical contact, especially from those she's not close to (which is a very short list), justified by the abuse she suffered under in the facility (see Real Life below). Laura has also described herself as "not a hugger" in ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'', [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness which shows just how badly she's handling things]] when Laura is shown [[TheGlomp throwing herself into O5 Cyclops's arms]] to stop from entering a HeroicBSOD after being confronted with Arcade's footage of herself in a Trigger Scent-induced rage while in [[ComicBook/AvengersArena Murderworld]]. This becomes a bit of CharacterDevelopment when she initiates one to try and comfort Teen!Scott, who is overwhelmed by Jean's kidnapping by the Shi'Ar, and the revelation that his father is alive (Scott was brought to the future from a time before he learned his father was SpacePirate Corsair). Amusingly, Laura rejects a relieved hug from Teen!Warren later in the series for the same reason. Despite the fact they ''may'' have [[DidTheyOrDidntThey slept together]].
23rd Jan '17 1:54:23 PM margdean56
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This is a character who simply doesn't like to be touched, whether it be by a stranger or someone they know. In fact, it is their BerserkButton. They may be this way as a result of a [[DarkAndTroubledPast bad]] [[RapeAsDrama experience]], simple shyness, or because they just don't have the tolerance/patience for such things. Sometimes there's something wrong with them in a [[JekyllAndHyde dangerous way]] and they know it. There's a good chance that they may be something of a loner as well. Sometimes they change for the better later on, sometimes they don't and sometimes the fact that they don't like to be touched isn't treated as a problem in the first place.

If it is treated like a problem, expect their LoveInterest to attempt to fix it at some point. Most of the time, [[ThePowerOfLove they succeed]] but the amount of blunders and time it takes depends greatly on the genre and nature of the story. At other times, they may already have a special person whose touch doesn't trigger any averse reaction, indicating a [[PowerOfTrust particularly trusting relationship]].

In real life, this is called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensory_defensiveness tactile defensiveness]], and is common in abuse victims and people with conditions like ADHD or autism spectrum disorders, and especially with OCD or if the person is TerrifiedOfGerms, but even then, some people just ''don't like it'' and can't explain why. The ''perception'' that someone hates being touched can also come as a result of a CultureClash: if someone believes that touching is an intimate gesture to be shared among close friends and lovers, then the American custom of shaking hands with someone the first time you meet them would be overly-intimate, akin to walking up to a complete stranger, grabbing their face, and Frenching them. Depending on culture and personality, attempting to touch the person could result in a HandshakeRefusal, the person stepping back to regain some sense of personal space, or an attack on the PersonalSpaceInvader; however, adequately befriending them will usually remove the touch taboo in this case.

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This is a character who simply doesn't like to be touched, whether it be by a stranger or someone they know. In fact, it is their BerserkButton. They may be this way as a result of a [[DarkAndTroubledPast bad]] [[RapeAsDrama experience]], simple shyness, or because they just don't have the tolerance/patience for such things. Sometimes there's something wrong with them in a [[JekyllAndHyde dangerous way]] and they know it. There's a good chance that they may be something of a loner as well. Sometimes they change for the better later on, sometimes they don't don't, and sometimes the fact that they don't like to be touched isn't treated as a problem in the first place.

If it is treated like a problem, expect their LoveInterest to attempt to fix it at some point. Most of the time, [[ThePowerOfLove they succeed]] but the amount number of blunders and the time it takes depends greatly on the genre and nature of the story. At other times, they may already have a special person whose touch doesn't trigger any averse adverse reaction, indicating a [[PowerOfTrust particularly trusting relationship]].

In real life, this is called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensory_defensiveness tactile defensiveness]], and is common in abuse victims and people with conditions like ADHD or autism spectrum disorders, and especially with OCD or if the person is TerrifiedOfGerms, but even then, some people just ''don't like it'' and can't explain why. The ''perception'' that someone hates being touched can also come as a result of a CultureClash: if someone believes that touching is an intimate gesture to be shared among close friends and lovers, then the American custom of shaking hands with someone the first time you meet them would be overly-intimate, overly intimate, akin to walking up to a complete stranger, grabbing their face, and Frenching them. Depending on culture and personality, attempting to touch the person could result in a HandshakeRefusal, the person stepping back to regain some sense of personal space, or an attack on the PersonalSpaceInvader; however, adequately befriending them will usually remove the touch taboo in this case.
23rd Jan '17 1:03:50 PM Malady
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* ''[[Fanfic/Domoverse]]'': Estelle, because she wasn't used to being touched as she was cursed to be unable to be touched by her parents.

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* ''[[Fanfic/Domoverse]]'': ''Fanfic/{{Domoverse}}'': Estelle, because she wasn't used to being touched as she was cursed to be unable to be touched by her parents.
* ''Fanfic/{{Quizzical}}'': ''Thweet Geniuth'' - The Trial of Quizzical Greystone:
--> She then went to Quiz, and enveloped the little filly in a huge hug. “Thank you, Quiz. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us.”
--> Quiz went stiff as a board. “Well… um… oh, dear me… you are… welcome… Miss Bon Bon.”
--> “Yes, I know, you hate to be touched. I’ll let you go, now,” said Bon Bon.
7th Jan '17 7:38:40 PM Xelloss08
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* In ''Literature/VoidCity'', due to sexual abuse as a child, Greta hates to be touched and tends to instinctively lash out with her vampiric speed and strength in response.
6th Jan '17 8:34:37 PM nombretomado
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* Techrat from ''{{Jem}}''

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* Techrat from ''{{Jem}}''''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}''
29th Dec '16 2:55:57 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/TheOA'': After Prairie returns from a seven-year disappearance, she hates being touched, which is eventually revealed to stem from [[spoiler:being held captive in a cell for seven years and never touching another human being during all that time]].
27th Dec '16 7:08:03 AM Troperinik
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* Mr. Cat from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', to the extent that one episode had him threaten to [[DisproportionateRetribution kill Kaeloo and Stumpy with a bazooka and a knife respectively]] if they touched him.
** Ironically, in [[CharacterDevelopment the Season 3 premiere]], [[spoiler: when Stumpy is about to erase him, Kaeloo and Quack Quack from existence, he [[HoldingHands holds onto Kaeloo's hand]] and [[PetTheDog puts an arm around Quack Quack's shoulder]], and had no qualms with participating in a GroupHug near the end of the episode]], which suggests that it may just be a part of his JerkassFacade.
11th Dec '16 11:34:54 AM Nazetrime
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* Downplayed by Lalli in ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent''. Shoulder touching and grabbing is okay if one is not a complete stranger, but ''the older cousin who raised him'' [[http://www.sssscomic.com/comic.php?page=330 has to make a last-second switch from Bear Hug to shoulder-patting when reunited with him via mage dream-space]].
30th Nov '16 1:18:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} in most of his adaptions. [[{{Badass}} Unless, of course]], [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom you touch his knuckles with your face]].

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} in most of his adaptions. [[{{Badass}} Unless, of course]], course, [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom you touch his knuckles with your face]].
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