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* Leopard of ''Anime/SoraOKakeruShoujo'' has the distinction of being anime's first hikikomori AI.

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* Leopard of ''Anime/SoraOKakeruShoujo'' ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughSpace'' has the distinction of being anime's first hikikomori AI.
21st Apr '16 9:51:23 AM inuyasharules31
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* Amanuma Shinichi from ''Manga/MekkoRarekko'' became one after [[spoiler: he was tortured by a group of students because he turned one into the teachers. This caused him to believe that everyone has a dark side to them that they were hiding and when he transferred to Taishou's class, he tortured him just like when they were in first grade.]]
28th Mar '16 3:18:56 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Mejiro of ''Manga/{{Kuragehime}}'' is an unseen resident of the Nunnery whose social anxiety disorder means she never leaves her room and only communicates with the other girls via written notes she slips under the door.

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* Mejiro of ''Manga/{{Kuragehime}}'' ''Manga/PrincessJellyfish'' is an unseen resident of the Nunnery whose social anxiety disorder means she never leaves her room and only communicates with the other girls via written notes she slips under the door.
19th Mar '16 12:12:25 PM nombretomado
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''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.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''TheBigBangTheory'' ''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.
12th Mar '16 7:27:04 AM Prfnoff
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* Takumi in ''ChaosHead'' game, as mentioned in the Anime/Manga section.

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* Takumi in ''ChaosHead'' ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead'' game, as mentioned in the Anime/Manga section.
7th Mar '16 6:06:37 PM Pichu-kun
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* Natsu from ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' was one before being cryogenically frozen. She stopped leaving her home and going to school because she was bullied.

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Natsu from ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' was one before being cryogenically frozen. She stopped leaving her home and going to school because she was bullied.



* The ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'''s characters pretty much out-hikky everyone else. This trope is built into the premise of ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' (where "NHK" stands for the Japanese equivalent of "Japanese Hikikomori Association" instead of "Japan Broadcasting Corporation"), whose lead suffers from the condition, to the point that almost every major character in the show represents a specific symptom of the Hikikomori-condition! Much like the other characters, this is used for both hilarious BlackHumor and [[TheWoobie audience sympathy]].
** It also does a good job in showing why people become Hikikomoris. One character had severe untreated social anxiety, another was relentless bullied in school, and a third has a DarkAndTroubledPast.
* Jun from ''Manga/RozenMaiden'', although he denies it, and we don't learn the reasons why he mysteriously isn't in school until much later in the story (at least in the anime).
** He does develop out of this role through the anime, and by the second season he has soundly resumed his studies. A similar development can be seen in the manga, and it is given a passing mention when he meets the alternate version of himself in which he remained a hikikomori through most of junior high as he notes that he wasn't at all so optimistic back then.
* Nagi in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''. This is not immediately obvious since she covers it up by being a cute girl and being 'homebound' involves her enormous family estate, but Hayate almost immediately observes that she's not very socialized and has an unusual obsession with video games and manga, and makes a point to get her out of her house.

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* The ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'''s characters pretty much out-hikky everyone else. This trope is built into the premise of ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' (where "NHK" stands for the Japanese equivalent of "Japanese Hikikomori Association" instead of "Japan Broadcasting Corporation"), whose lead suffers from the condition, to the point that almost every major character in the show represents a specific symptom of the Hikikomori-condition! Much like the other characters, this is used for both hilarious BlackHumor and [[TheWoobie audience sympathy]].
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sympathy]]. It also does a good job in showing why people become Hikikomoris. One character had severe untreated social anxiety, another was relentless bullied in school, and a third has a DarkAndTroubledPast.
* Jun from ''Manga/RozenMaiden'', although he denies it, and we don't learn the reasons why he mysteriously isn't in school until much later in the story (at least in the anime).
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anime). He does develop out of this role through the anime, and by the second season he has soundly resumed his studies. A similar development can be seen in the manga, and it is given a passing mention when he meets the alternate version of himself in which he remained a hikikomori through most of junior high as he notes that he wasn't at all so optimistic back then.
* Nagi in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''.''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'':
** Nagi.
This is not immediately obvious since she covers it up by being a cute girl and being 'homebound' involves her enormous family estate, but Hayate almost immediately observes that she's not very socialized and has an unusual obsession with video games and manga, and makes a point to get her out of her house.



* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' has its own hikikomori student, [[PunnyName aptly named]] Kiri Komori. After being forced to leave her room at home, she secludes herself in various rooms at the school. However, instead of the social ineptitude characteristic of hikikomoris, Kiri shows symptoms of extreme agoraphobia; she quite happily interacts with her fellow students and teachers, but constantly shuts herself in tiny, cooped spaces, and is almost never seen without a quilt that she crouches under. The series seems to like playing with the idea of her never leaving the school. She shows up at Nozomu's home in season one on account of it being a school vacation, and it's later ret-conned that Nozomu lives on school property, so she wasn't actually leaving the school itself. Later in the series, Kiri shows up at a BeachEpisode, and Nami [[LampshadeHanging wonders if she should really be there]]. Then, it turns out that it's not a real beach, but was instead set-up at school. However, it's DoubleSubverted, since it's at a different school than the usual one, and Nami isn't completely convinced by Kiri's rationalization that she's a "school hikikomori".
** Interestingly, like Japan (see above), Kiri was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrMqi2ZVFnY also opened by Commodore Perry]].
* The head of the Sohma family in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' appears to be cultivating this in the rest of the family. [[spoiler: And she is one as well.]]

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* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' has its own hikikomori student, [[PunnyName aptly named]] Kiri Komori. After being forced to leave her room at home, she secludes herself in various rooms at the school. However, instead of the social ineptitude characteristic of hikikomoris, Kiri shows symptoms of extreme agoraphobia; she quite happily interacts with her fellow students and teachers, but constantly shuts herself in tiny, cooped spaces, and is almost never seen without a quilt that she crouches under. The series seems to like playing with the idea of her never leaving the school. She shows up at Nozomu's home in season one on account of it being a school vacation, and it's later ret-conned that Nozomu lives on school property, so she wasn't actually leaving the school itself. Later in the series, Kiri shows up at a BeachEpisode, and Nami [[LampshadeHanging wonders if she should really be there]]. Then, it turns out that it's not a real beach, but was instead set-up at school. However, it's DoubleSubverted, since it's at a different school than the usual one, and Nami isn't completely convinced by Kiri's rationalization that she's a "school hikikomori".
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hikikomori". Interestingly, like Japan (see above), Kiri was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrMqi2ZVFnY also opened by Commodore Perry]].
* The ''Manga/FruitsBasket'':
** Akito, the
head of the Sohma family in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' appears to be cultivating this in the rest of the family. [[spoiler: And she is one as well.]]



* Ken in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' appears to be one of these to {{Muggles}} for a time, but the reality is much worse (he's the BigBad and it wouldn't do for his parents to see him go into his room, not be there, and mysteriously be absent for days, so he keeps the door locked.)
** Eventually, he doesn't even bother and decides to stay in the Digital World, effectively running away from home. [[spoiler: After his Digimon partner dies and he realizes it's not a game, Ken spends some days in an HeroicBSOD state inside his room... then he gets out, hugs his parents and starts working on his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* A serious example, taken to extremes, is Takumi, the protagonist of ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead''. He lives in a shipping crate surrounded by anime figures, is deluded enough to see anime girls talking to him, and is paranoid to the extreme. The effects of his personality and lifestyle on the characters and situations he (reluctantly) encounters are the major part of the story.
** [[spoiler: Of course Taku is also not a real person and suffers from a mental condition known as [=Gigalomania=]]].
** He's actually best described as a "borderline" case. He still makes sporadic appearances at school, and has even made a "minimum attendance shift chart" to ensure that he can obtain enough credits to graduate. Not exactly something to be proud of, but admittedly a step higher than many of the cases on this page.

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* Ken in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' appears to be one of these to {{Muggles}} for a time, but the reality is much worse (he's the BigBad and it wouldn't do for his parents to see him go into his room, not be there, and mysteriously be absent for days, so he keeps the door locked.)
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) Eventually, he doesn't even bother and decides to stay in the Digital World, effectively running away from home. [[spoiler: After his Digimon partner dies and he realizes it's not a game, Ken spends some days in an HeroicBSOD state inside his room... then he gets out, hugs his parents and starts working on his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* A serious example, taken to extremes, is Takumi, the protagonist of ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead''. He lives in a shipping crate surrounded by anime figures, is deluded enough to see anime girls talking to him, and is paranoid to the extreme. The effects of his personality and lifestyle on the characters and situations he (reluctantly) encounters are the major part of the story.
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story. [[spoiler: Of course Taku is also not a real person and suffers from a mental condition known as [=Gigalomania=]]].
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[=Gigalomania=]]]. He's actually best described as a "borderline" case. He still makes sporadic appearances at school, and has even made a "minimum attendance shift chart" to ensure that he can obtain enough credits to graduate. Not exactly something to be proud of, but admittedly a step higher than many of the cases on this page.



* In ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'', Yuuko essentially forces one of her clients to become one when the price of the wish is that she never allow her image to be captured on film (ItMakesSenseInContext).

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* In ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'', ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'':
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Yuuko essentially forces one of her clients to become one when the price of the wish is that she never allow her image to be captured on film (ItMakesSenseInContext).



* Tomohiko Yamada of ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' hasn't left his house in three years, and rarely leaves the comfort of his statue, book, and video filled room. Even his mother recognizes that he fits this trope: ''"Tomohiko has that rather popular condition, right? What is it? Hi... hi... hiki-..."''
** When he does leave the house he ended up vomiting, though he was fine otherwise.

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* Tomohiko Yamada of ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' hasn't left his house in three years, and rarely leaves the comfort of his statue, book, and video filled room. Even his mother recognizes that he fits this trope: ''"Tomohiko has that rather popular condition, right? What is it? Hi... hi... hiki-..."''
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"'' When he does eventually leave the house he ended up vomiting, vomiting due to the stress, though he was fine otherwise.otherwise fine.



* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', the novelist Hideomi Nagato became this after, as a highschool student, [[TwoFaced he was horribly disfigured]] in a fire while trying to rescue a little girl trapped in there. [[spoiler: A fire that ''he'' and his friend Mitsuaki caused... and which killed the parents of the girl he saved, Miyuki Hyuuga. When Miyuki, now his dad's SexySecretary, falls for him and asks him to marry her ''despite what has happened''... Hideomi commits suicide out of guilt.]]

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* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', the ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
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novelist Hideomi Nagato became this after, as a highschool student, [[TwoFaced he was horribly disfigured]] in a fire while trying to rescue a little girl trapped in there. [[spoiler: A fire that ''he'' and his friend Mitsuaki caused... and which killed the parents of the girl he saved, Miyuki Hyuuga. When Miyuki, now his dad's SexySecretary, falls for him and asks him to marry her ''despite what has happened''... Hideomi commits suicide out of guilt.]]



* Yuki in ''Manga/WanderingSon'' became one of these in middle school and high school, after she dropped out. Saori [[spoiler:and later Mako]] became dangerously close to becoming one.

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Yuki in ''Manga/WanderingSon'' became is shown to have been one of these in middle school and high school, after she dropped out. out due to being bullied by [[{{transsexual}} being forced to wear a]] SailorFuku. By age 20 she's shown to have gotten better.
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Saori [[spoiler:and later Mako]] became dangerously close to becoming one.this. Saori was coaxed out of it by Takatsuki. [[spoiler:Mako]] paralleled Yuki's reason - [[spoiler:she was embarrassed when her crush caught her outside as a girl]] - but when [[spoiler:Oka mentions he didn't even know that was her]] she goes back to high school.



* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', X was once a cheerful, up-and-coming trainer, but is now a depressed shut-in who refuses to leave his room despite his childhood friend Y coming by daily to plead to him to come out. It is all but outright stated that he had an extremely bad experience with the paparazzi. Despite the fact that [[spoiler: his house got destroyed when Team Flare went after his Mega Ring and now]] he's forced to be outside to get the plot going, he's somehow put together a make-shift mobile room for himself that Y's Rhyhorn has to carry around on its back.

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* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', X was once a cheerful, up-and-coming trainer, but is now a depressed shut-in who refuses to leave his room despite his childhood friend Y coming by daily to plead to him to come out. It is all but outright stated that he had an extremely bad experience with the paparazzi. Despite the fact that [[spoiler: his house got destroyed when Team Flare went after his Mega Ring and now]] he's forced to be outside to get the plot going, he's somehow put together a make-shift mobile room for himself that Y's Rhyhorn has to carry around on its back.



* In ''LightNovel/MushokuTensei'' Rudeus was this in his previous life. After being made a social pariah at school he spent nearly twenty years locked up in his parents' house. The plot kicks off when they die and his siblings, unwilling to support him, disown and beat him.
** In his second life Rudeus didn't leave his parents' house for six years due to the trauma from his previous life. He is grateful when Roxy takes him outside against his will as it allows him to put the fear behind him, which was more than anyone in his past life had done for him.

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* In ''LightNovel/MushokuTensei'' ''LightNovel/MushokuTensei'':
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Rudeus was this in his previous life. After being made a social pariah at school he spent nearly twenty years locked up in his parents' house. The plot kicks off when they die and his siblings, unwilling to support him, disown and beat him.
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him. In his second life Rudeus didn't leave his parents' house for six years due to the trauma from his previous life. He is grateful when Roxy takes him outside against his will as it allows him to put the fear behind him, which was more than anyone in his past life had done for him.


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* Elsa and Anna from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' are this way in the prologue. Due to [[AnIcePerson Elsa]] accidentally almost killing Anna as a child their parents decided to keep them locked in the castle. Elsa in particular apparently ''very'' rarely ever left her bedroom in the span of thirteen years. The real plot starts at Elsa's coronation, where her and Anna break out of this.
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* 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.
2nd Feb '16 3:33:49 PM rjd1922
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* In the fourth ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' game, Vera Misham has spent over seven years living alone with her father in an art studio. Their only contact with the outside world is through a mailbox. When Vera is forced to leave, she is extremely quiet and shy: when the protagonist tries to meet her, she hides out of his sight for a half hour before he realizes she's there.
* Geo Stelar in ''MegaManStarForce'', though only for the first game.

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* In the fourth ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' game, ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', Vera Misham has spent over seven years living alone with her father in an art studio. Their only contact with the outside world is through a mailbox. When Vera is forced to leave, she is extremely quiet and shy: when the protagonist tries to meet her, she hides out of his sight for a half hour before he realizes she's there.
* Geo Stelar in ''MegaManStarForce'', ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'', though only for the first game.



* Henry Townshend of ''SilentHill4'' was TheQuietOne even before he woke up one morning and found himself literally locked in his own apartment. While his shut-in-ness is supernaturally enforced by a malevolent spirit, none of his neighbors show much concern that they haven't seen him for days.

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* Henry Townshend of ''SilentHill4'' ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' was TheQuietOne even before he woke up one morning and found himself literally locked in his own apartment. While his shut-in-ness is supernaturally enforced by a malevolent spirit, none of his neighbors show much concern that they haven't seen him for days.
28th Jan '16 8:03:05 PM WillBGood
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* 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 porn magazines.

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* 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 porn magazines.PornStash.
27th Dec '15 4:20:04 PM nombretomado
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* Aeon from ''{{Skullgirls}}'' universe is said to be a shut-in otaku. This example is particularly amusing because she's the game's ''goddess of time''. [[spoiler:We actually get a preview of her hikikomori tendencies in the end of Double's story mode, where she's revealed to have a bunch of doujin magazines and [[BreakingTheFourthWall a copy of ''Skullgirls'']].]]

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* Aeon from ''{{Skullgirls}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' universe is said to be a shut-in otaku. This example is particularly amusing because she's the game's ''goddess of time''. [[spoiler:We actually get a preview of her hikikomori tendencies in the end of Double's story mode, where she's revealed to have a bunch of doujin magazines and [[BreakingTheFourthWall a copy of ''Skullgirls'']].]]
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