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12th Sep '17 11:48:08 AM MetaFour
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* The self-proclaimed otaku in ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' was one, and spent all his time on ImageBoards discussing trivia and obscure facts. When TheOutbreak starts, he spends his time dedicating himself to researching how to defend yourself from zombies, zombie information, and what Japan would do to protect himself, going so far as to hack into doctors studying the infection for e-fame. He gets so obsessed that it's a long time before he realizes the entire city has been infected.

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* The self-proclaimed otaku in ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' was one, and spent all his time on ImageBoards discussing trivia and obscure facts. When TheOutbreak the ZombieApocalypse starts, he spends his time dedicating himself to researching how to defend yourself from zombies, zombie information, and what Japan would do to protect himself, going so far as to hack into doctors studying the infection for e-fame. He gets so obsessed that it's a long time before he realizes the entire city has been infected.
16th Aug '17 8:44:55 AM SeptimusHeap
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** [[{{Shotacon}} Gasper Vladi]] is one after his introduction in season 2 as [[spoiler: Rias Gremory's other Bishop. Interestingly, this has NOT stopped him from carrying out his duty as a Devil, making and fulfilling contracts over the Internet.]] He is getting better, though, as he is now emotionally capable of going outside (provided he is not alone), and having conversations with people he is close to. But he will still hide in a box if he gets even a little startled.

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** [[{{Shotacon}} Gasper Vladi]] Vladib is one after his introduction in season 2 as [[spoiler: Rias Gremory's other Bishop. Interestingly, this has NOT stopped him from carrying out his duty as a Devil, making and fulfilling contracts over the Internet.]] He is getting better, though, as he is now emotionally capable of going outside (provided he is not alone), and having conversations with people he is close to. But he will still hide in a box if he gets even a little startled.
1st Aug '17 10:16:42 AM JJHIL325
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* One appears in the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "Rebirth", a shut in 22 year old man who has gained airbending and thus the Avatar's attention (since she needs to rebuild the Air Nomads), leading to a hilarious banter as she tries to convince him to leave his house, that ends up in questioning ''her'' life choices. [[SelfDeprecation He's also based on the animation director]].

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* One appears in the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "Rebirth", a shut in 22 year old man who has gained airbending and thus the Avatar's attention (since she needs to rebuild the Air Nomads), leading to a hilarious banter as she tries to convince him to leave his house, that ends up in questioning ''her'' life choices. [[SelfDeprecation He's also based on the animation director]]. The next season reveals that he eventually grew out of this and joined the Air Nomads, with his job being a tour guide for the Spirit Vine Wilds in Republic City.
25th Jun '17 9:27:26 AM ecliptic07
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19th Jun '17 4:28:01 AM ricky_quezada
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* In a [[TearJerker heartbreaking]], real life example ''Creator/GaijinGoombah'' admitted to being this while he worked in Japan in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHIf2IFloAc in this video]] after his ex-fiancee put him through [[KickTheDog "six months of hell" and began]] [[YourCheatingHeart cheating on him]] a week after he left to work there. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Becomes heartwarming]] when he begins talking about how he met his wife and saved him from that lifestyle and made him feel loved again.
30th May '17 10:17:44 PM Pichu-kun
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* Pictured above: Japan from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' refers to himself as a hikikomori in the strip alluding to Commodore Perry's arrival to Japan. Meeting the Americans after 200 years of isolation terrifies him so much that he almost has an HeroicBSOD at the mere idea of speaking to them. [[TruthInTelevision Truth in Television]] here, since Japan shut off all contacts to other countries before the Meiji constitution was adopted.
** The strips with isolationist Japan and Netherlands confirm this, as Japan locks himself in his room constantly and when Netherlands steps in he panics and screams that he doesn't even want the sunlight to touch him. He even automatically [[TroubledFetalPosition curls up in a ball on the floor]] whenever he hears the word "open".

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* Pictured above: Japan from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' refers to himself as a hikikomori in the strip alluding to Commodore Perry's arrival to Japan. Meeting the Americans after 200 years of isolation terrifies him so much that he almost has an HeroicBSOD at the mere idea of speaking to them. [[TruthInTelevision Truth in Television]] here, since Japan shut off all contacts to other countries before the Meiji constitution was adopted.
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adopted. The strips with isolationist Japan and Netherlands confirm this, as Japan locks himself in his room constantly and when Netherlands steps in he panics and screams that he doesn't even want the sunlight to touch him. He even automatically [[TroubledFetalPosition curls up in a ball on the floor]] whenever he hears the word "open".



** Akito, the head of the Sohma family appears to be cultivating this in the rest of the family. [[spoiler: And she is one as well.]]

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** Akito, the head of the Sohma family family, appears to be cultivating this in the rest of the family. [[spoiler: And she is one as well.]]












* The Pokémon Sewaddle (Japanese Name: Kurumiru) evolves into Swadloon (Kurumaryu), the appearance of which is based on the Hikikomori archtype (specifically, of the "Hikikomori hiding under a blanket" stereotype). Swadloon specifically eats fallen leaves, much like the "fed by slices of food slid under the door" stereotype of severe Hikikomoris. Furthering/cementing the comparison, it evolves into Leavanny ('''Haha'''komori) via ''happiness'', which is one of this generation's CuteMonsterGirl Pokémon (much like Lopunny is in Generation IV).

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': The Pokémon Sewaddle (Japanese Name: Kurumiru) evolves into Swadloon (Kurumaryu), the appearance of which is based on the Hikikomori archtype (specifically, of the "Hikikomori hiding under a blanket" stereotype). Swadloon specifically eats fallen leaves, much like the "fed by slices of food slid under the door" stereotype of severe Hikikomoris. Furthering/cementing the comparison, it evolves into Leavanny ('''Haha'''komori) via ''happiness'', which is one of this generation's CuteMonsterGirl Pokémon (much like Lopunny is in Generation IV).
23rd May '17 10:58:42 PM jamespolk
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* In the Music/PinkFloyd album ''Music/TheWall'', the main character Pink shuts himself in his hotel room half way through the album, after his wife leaves him. Although this is darkly subverted when his manager literally breaks down the door to force him to perform that night, casing him to crack and lose what little sanity he had left and [[ANaziByAnyOtherName become even worse.]]
* The SimonAndGarfunkel song "I Am A Rock" is basically the Hikikomori ''theme song.''
* Music/{{Nerdcore}} artist Ultraklystron has [[http://ultraklystron.bandcamp.com/track/hikikomori a single devoted to this]].
* Music/EntertainmentForTheBraindead portrays herself this way in some of her song lyrics. In "Resolution" she has to resolve to "leave the house at least once a day", and in "Relapse" she says, "I don't plan on leaving the house this year / If by then you still remember me, you'll find me here".
* The song ''Flowers On The Wall'' is apparently about someone who is afraid to come out of his room.

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* In the Music/PinkFloyd album ''Music/TheWall'', the main character Pink shuts himself in his hotel room half way through the album, after his wife leaves him. Although this is darkly subverted when his manager literally breaks down the door to force him to perform that night, casing him to crack and lose what little sanity he had left and [[ANaziByAnyOtherName become even worse.]]
* The SimonAndGarfunkel song "I Am A Rock" is basically the Hikikomori ''theme song.''
* Music/{{Nerdcore}} artist Ultraklystron has [[http://ultraklystron.bandcamp.com/track/hikikomori a single devoted to this]].
* Music/EntertainmentForTheBraindead portrays herself this way in some of her song lyrics. In "Resolution" she has to resolve to "leave the house at least once a day", and in "Relapse" she says, "I don't plan on leaving the house this year / If by then you still remember me, you'll find me here".
* The song ''Flowers On The Wall'' is apparently about someone who is afraid to come out of his room.



* "Isolated" by Chiasm is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* Alison Moyet - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8CeAHfAD2w "Invisible"]], [[ReclusiveArtist which reflected her real life situation for many years]].
* The video to Kim Wilde's ''Kids in America'' is about an agoraphobe, despite the song's lyrics.
* Music/OingoBoingo's song "Private Life" is about a man who wants someone to save him from his room, his lack of friends, and his PornStash.
* The Pub Rock song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SECVGN4Bsgg "Who Can It Be Now?"]] by Men At Work. When getting a knock on his door, the singer makes excuse to why he shouldn't answer or actively sneaks around to make others think he's not home. He caresses his "childhood friend" (a guitar amplifier) while insisting that [[BlatantLies his mental health is fine]].
* Music/DanielAmos's "My Room" (from ''Music/{{Alarma}}'') is about a man who locks himself in his room, except for one day a week when he locks himself in a bigger room with other shut-ins. The song is a {{satire}} of Christians who don't socialize with anyone outside their church.

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* "Isolated" by Chiasm is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* Alison Moyet - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8CeAHfAD2w "Invisible"]], [[ReclusiveArtist which reflected her real life situation for many years]].
* The video to Kim Wilde's ''Kids in America'' is about an agoraphobe, despite the song's lyrics.
* Music/OingoBoingo's song "Private Life" is about a man who wants someone to save him from his room, his lack of friends, and his PornStash.
* The Pub Rock song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SECVGN4Bsgg "Who Can It Be Now?"]] by Men At Work. When getting a knock on his door, the singer makes excuse to why he shouldn't answer or actively sneaks around to make others think he's not home. He caresses his "childhood friend" (a guitar amplifier) while insisting that [[BlatantLies his mental health is fine]].
* Music/DanielAmos's "My Room" (from ''Music/{{Alarma}}'') is about a man who locks himself in his room, except for one day a week when he locks himself in a bigger room with other shut-ins. The song is a {{satire}} of Christians who don't socialize with anyone outside their church.



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* Laura in ''TheGlassMenagerie''.
* Princeton becomes this at the end of Act 1 of ''Theatre/AvenueQ''. The second act opens with his friends coming to get him... after two weeks. Good to know they care.
* ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'': Between Collins' departure and the "one magic night" Roger has barely left his house if at all.
* In the third scene of ''Vanities'', Kathy has holed up in an unidentified friend's apartment after a [[HeroicBSOD nervous breakdown]] due to [[SuperOCD her obsession with "an organized life"]]. She copes with it by reading all the books she was assigned but never read in college, which leads her to become a novelist in the final scene of TheMusical.
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23rd May '17 10:53:51 PM jamespolk
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* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Bella Swan is like this in ''New Moon'' after [[SatelliteLoveInterest Edward]] moves away [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim to protect her]].



* The Millenium saga, by Stieg Larrson, has a recurring secondary hikikomori character with the class-A hacker Plague, who suffers from social seclusion at a point that he is officially recognized as "socially incompetent" by the State and given a disability allowance.
* Mommy is one in the beginning of ''Literature/TheFireUsTrilogy''. This causes problems when the family has to leave home.
* The Protagonist in ''The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant'' is an example of this, hiding himself away from the world after developing leprosy.
* In the backstory of ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters Unnatural Issue]]'', Richard Whitestone [[TheMourningAfter spends the bulk of his widowerhood]] in his chambers and library on the second floor of his country manor. He would have remained comparatively harmless[[note]](an Earth Master in that state of mind [[FisherKing would have done the local countryside absolutely no good]] were a mage of comparable strength not sealing the house off with wards)[[/note]] had he not [[FromBadToWorse gotten fixated on bringing his wife]] ''[[{{Necromancer}} back]]''.
* In ''Literature/AMacabreMythOfAMothMan'', Ozzy is agoraphobic and refuses to leave the home he set up after escaping the lab. He monitors the world through a TV he rigged up, and has Moth-Man run various favors for him. Brett also stayed indoors quite a lot before dating Nina, because of a skin condition that made him sunburn very easily. After he discovered [[spoiler:being out in the sun caused him to contract Melanoma]], he stayed inside to such an extreme that his friends became very worried.
* This is the lifestyle of choice for Spacers of Solaria in Isaac Asimov's ''Literature/TheNakedSun''. Each Solarian inhabits his or her own nation sized 'estate' physically remote from their fellows. Husbands and wives share estates but have separate quarters and meet only on rare and uncomfortable occasions. All this is enabled by highly advanced holographic communications and innumerable robots.
* Two of the top five players in OASIS are directly described as being this in ''Literature/ReadyPlayerOne''. It takes one of them [[spoiler:getting killed by the CorruptCorporateExecutive]] to get the other to leave his home and find safety.
* Miss Havisham in ''Literature/GreatExpectations'', who reacts to being jilted on her supposed wedding day by locking herself away in one room of her house for thirty years.
* Victoria Victrix from the ''Secret World Chronicles'' by Creator/MercedesLackey became one of these through a combination of being betrayed by a lover and set on fire by a crazy relative. Her writing career allowed her to make a living without needing to leave her apartment for anything other than the horrifically stressful ordeal of grocery shopping, which she has to steel herself to perform for days, and does as early in the morning as possible so that she doesn't have to encounter many people. She starts opening up more after becoming a superheroine, but [[MissionControl her]] [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection duties]] to her team are still arranged so she can perform them without leaving home, and her idea of hanging out with her teammates is to send an elemental to the bar where the others are hanging out to pick up drinks while she chats with them over the radio.
* ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict''
** Karma never leaves her house, which is secured and armoured like a fortress, to the point Nikita nicknames it Castle in her narration. She's rather antisocial, tolerating only Nikita and Ilya (her caretaker) in her vicinity, and spends most of her time in front of the computer.
** Kosma never leaves his library and tries to limit his interactions with other humans to a minimum, as he's afraid that any factor of his life that he cannot control will cause his [[UnstoppableRage berserk spirit]] to manifest. [[spoiler:As of the end of the second book, he's starting to overcome it with Nikita's help.]]



* ''Film/BarneyMiller'' once had one of these. He didn't respond to a jury duty summons, and they hauled him out of his apartment. He had a huge greenhouse and all kinds of things to take care of himself. He nearly faints upon seeing a woman. He's been locked in his apartment for so long that he doesn't know who won UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and is mildly pertubed when the Japanese-American Yemana says, "We did."



* Curtis from the Canadian series ''Twitch City'' can be interpreted as a Western example. He's an agoraphobic Canadian TV {{otaku}} who never leaves his Toronto apartment if he can possibly help it.
* The title character of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Detective Adrian Monk, was a complete shut-in immediately after his wife's death. The canon story was that while he was always a neurotic freak, Trudy Monk was the one person who helped him keep his anxieties at bay and function normally. Once she died, he had a HeroicBSOD and shut himself up in his San Francisco home, not leaving for three years straight. It isn't until the arrival of his nurse Sharona that he starts transitioning back into society -- well, transitioning as best as Mr. Monk can. Even as the series progresses, Mr. Monk is still getting used to simple things like going outside.
** Later on it's revealed that his brother Ambrose has the same condition, though Ambrose hasn't gotten over his. [[spoiler: He's eventually forced outside by Monk because his house was on fire.]]



* In ''Series/{{K9}}'', Professor Gryffen becomes this after having accidentally [[spoiler: killed his wife and children in a science experiment. He manages to overcome this in ''Eclipse of the Korven'' at the end of season one.]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification." Sheldon becomes obsessed with extending his life expectancy. Deciding that the outside world is too dangerous, he shuts himself in his room and builds a remote-controlled "Mobile Virtual Presence Device," equipped with a monitor, camera and speakers so that he can interact with others.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'' concerns a morbidly obese man who hasn't left his trailer for a very long time. It turns out that he actually isn't morbidly obese anymore, but he still sees himself as fat. At one point, the protagonist Jaye admits to him that a part of her envies the Hikikomori lifestyle, and that she'd be tempted to try it if she thought her family would leave her alone.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' has Harold Smith, whose secluded nature is due to agoraphobia (a fear of open spaces).
* An episode of ''Series/ThePretender'' had Jarod helping a woman who had not left her home since being raped a second time. This was actually intentional on the rapist's part, as the second rapist was actually the ''first'' rapist, who attacked her again because she had been recovering from the first assault.
* Stephen Kepler in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' is this, [[spoiler: or so it would seem...]]
* Dorothy has a run-in with one in an episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' when she's helping Sophia with Meals on Wheels. Martin Mull plays a hikikomori who hasn't left his apartment since the '60s because it's "just too hard out there".
* Mollwitz in ''Literature/{{Fame}}''. He's 38 and living with his mother, who doesn't allow him to talk to women. He has an office job, but refuses to actually do work or talk to people.
* On ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'', the VictimOfTheWeek was a woman who had been raped ''several'' times in her life, and in particular was being stalked by her rapist as well, and as a result, she almost never leaves her house. She has a neighbor pick up groceries for her, and works from home (only stopping by the office once a week to deliver paperwork).

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* In ''Series/{{K9}}'', Professor Gryffen becomes this after having accidentally [[spoiler: killed his wife and children in a science experiment. He manages to overcome this in ''Eclipse of the Korven'' at the end of season one.]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification." Sheldon becomes obsessed with extending his life expectancy. Deciding that the outside world is too dangerous, he shuts himself in his room and builds a remote-controlled "Mobile Virtual Presence Device," equipped with a monitor, camera and speakers so that he can interact with others.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'' concerns a morbidly obese man who hasn't left his trailer for a very long time. It turns out that he actually isn't morbidly obese anymore, but he still sees himself as fat. At one point, the protagonist Jaye admits to him that a part of her envies the Hikikomori lifestyle, and that she'd be tempted to try it if she thought her family would leave her alone.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' has Harold Smith, whose secluded nature is due to agoraphobia (a fear of open spaces).
* An episode of ''Series/ThePretender'' had Jarod helping a woman who had not left her home since being raped a second time. This was actually intentional on the rapist's part, as the second rapist was actually the ''first'' rapist, who attacked her again because she had been recovering from the first assault.
* Stephen Kepler in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' is this, [[spoiler: or so it would seem...]]
* Dorothy has a run-in with one in an episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' when she's helping Sophia with Meals on Wheels. Martin Mull plays a hikikomori who hasn't left his apartment since the '60s because it's "just too hard out there".
* Mollwitz in ''Literature/{{Fame}}''. He's 38 and living with his mother, who doesn't allow him to talk to women. He has an office job, but refuses to actually do work or talk to people.
* On ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'', the VictimOfTheWeek was a woman who had been raped ''several'' times in her life, and in particular was being stalked by her rapist as well, and as a result, she almost never leaves her house. She has a neighbor pick up groceries for her, and works from home (only stopping by the office once a week to deliver paperwork).
23rd May '17 10:48:14 PM jamespolk
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* In ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'', Johnny Truant becomes one, after working on The Navidson Record for a while. It has an unhealthy effect on any reader's sanity... including ''yours'', dear reader.
* Eri Asai from Haruki Murakami's novel ''After Dark''. After being deprived of a normal childhood because of her hectic modeling career, she abruptly locked herself in her room and went into deep periods of sleep, awakening only to eat and use the bathroom.
* OlderThanRadio: Ilya Ilyich Oblomov, the protagonist of [[Literature/{{Oblomov}} the eponymous novel]] by Ivan Goncharov (1859), goes in a self-imposed exile from public life, not leaving his [[UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia Saint Petersburg]] apartment for ''years''. What's most interesting here is that such behavior wasn't seen as something really extraordinary for a wealthy Russian landlord -- a class that had such high proportion of oddballs and weirdos that you might seem out of the line if you ''didn't'' have any eccentricities.
%%%* The main character of Creator/FyodorDostoevsky's ''Notes from Underground.''
* [[WellIntentionedExtremist Rodion]] [[AxCrazy Romanovich]] [[TheAtoner Raskolnikov]] from Dostoevsky's ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment''. The unhealthy amount of time he spends in his cramped, dingy apartment ([[EmpathicEnvironment emulating his mental state at the time]]) is theorized to be a contributing factor to the [[spoiler:murders he commits]].
* Except to purchase food (and the next copy of Misery's romantic escapades, of course), Annie from Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' rarely if ever leaves her secluded cabin.
* In the short comic "The Forever Box" by Sarah Mesinga (anthologized in ''Flight''), the main character shuts herself in a magical time machine box with her books, laptop, and DVD's after the death of her brothers.
* The Once-ler from Creator/DrSeuss's ''Literature/TheLorax'' is most definitely this, although he does tell his story for a small fee.
23rd May '17 10:45:06 PM jamespolk
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* The Glutton victim from ''Film/{{Se7en}}''. He even had his groceries delivered.
* Columbus in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'', prior to the ZombieApocalypse.
* ''Film/CastawayOnTheMoon'' is about a suicidal man turned castaway, because he can't swim off a tiny island in the middle of Seoul. The only person who notices him there is a young hikikomori woman, who eventually risks the outdoors to communicate with the man on the island (with elaborate schemes to get out unnoticed by anyone in the dead of night).
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