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17th Mar '18 7:47:46 AM annette12
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* There's a bonafide ChildProdigy who becomes one of ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub''s charges. [[HilarityEnsues Naturally]], she's paired with [[BookDumb Claudia]] [[AsianAirHead Kishi]].

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* There's ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'': Very common in this series.
** Claudia's sister Janine is
a bonafide TeenGenius with an IQ of 196 who frequently confuses the others with her SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. She has not much of a social life and spends most of her time on her computer. She's secretly jealous of her less intelligent sister Claudia because she has a lot of friends.
** Charlotte Johanssen. In the third book it's revealed that she's ostracized and bullied by her classmates for being so smart. They make fun of Charlotte and call her a TeachersPet. She gets to skip a grade, which resolves the issue.
** Rosie Wilder is a
ChildProdigy who becomes one of ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub''s charges. [[HilarityEnsues Naturally]], not just at academics (she's as smart as Janine), but extremely talented at everything. However she's paired also a BrokenAce hated by all her classmates. It helps that, unlike the two examples above, Rosie is kind of an obnoxious {{Jerkass}} and as a result no one gets along with her, not even fellow genius Janine. Until she forms an OddFriendship with [[BookDumb Claudia]] [[AsianAirHead Kishi]].Claudia]].
14th Mar '18 8:36:47 PM DVB
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} is often shown with a dismissive attitude towards other heroes, as if they were children playing at adult matters. It is shown that Bats has crippling intimacy issues due to the whole "shaping my entire life around having watched my parents' murder as a child" thing, so it's not just intellect for him. After his parents died he grew up in a big hurry, and flashbacks of his childhood after it happened show him as having been too serious and somber to play with other children.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} is often shown with a dismissive attitude towards other heroes, as if they were children playing at adult matters. It is shown that Bats has crippling intimacy issues due to the whole "shaping my entire life around having watched my parents' murder as a child" thing, so it's not just intellect for him. After his parents died died, he grew up in a big hurry, and flashbacks of his childhood after it happened show him as having been too serious and somber to play with other children.children.
** Furthermore, he is painfully aware of these attributes and while he often doesn't have the best relationship with his fellow heroes, he does care about him and there are some that he is quite close with, such as Superman.
8th Mar '18 8:37:16 PM Gamermaster
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* Kaguya from ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai'' is fully aware of this trope, which is why she never puts more than 60% effort in anything she does (''except'' when it comes to academics).

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* Kaguya from ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai'' ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' is fully aware of this trope, which is why she never puts more than 60% effort in anything she does (''except'' when it comes to academics).
6th Mar '18 10:34:03 AM MsCC93
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* An example of an immature introvert would be one who plays this trope up and fancies themselves as the OnlySaneMan in a world of [[PopularIsDumb airheaded extraverts]]. Such a person doesn't ''want'' friends, claiming to dislike most people.
24th Feb '18 1:13:32 PM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler:Iris]] in ''{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' becomes a complete sociopath because of this.

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* [[spoiler:Iris]] in ''{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' ''{{VideoGame/Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' becomes a complete sociopath because of this.
23rd Feb '18 3:34:01 AM SeptimusHeap
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* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic examples:

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* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic examples:



* Gates from ''{{Rollbots}}'' has no friends other than Aria. Justifiable, considering that he's not pleasant to be with.

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* Gates from ''{{Rollbots}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Rollbots}}'' has no friends other than Aria. Justifiable, considering that he's not pleasant to be with.
7th Feb '18 8:25:13 PM darkemyst
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* ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'': People around the palace consider Ryuu creepy because of his high intelligence at a young age and his interest in poisonous plants and tend to avoid him. Later, in part thanks to his friendship with Shirayuki, he gets a few friends and becomes less isolated. Ryuu is also not the most social of people to begin with, as an introvert who with NoSocialSkills.
* Towards the end of ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'', it turns out that Minamoto was like that when he was a kid, due to being a Child Genius... he just wanted to go to a normal class and have normal friends, but his obvious superiority 'bothered' people, so he was put into a Special Education Program. This revelation puts a whole new significance to the lengths he went to to give The Children a chance to go to school like normal children.... basically, he gave them the childhood that was denied him.
* Kiyomaro "Kiyo" Takamine in ''Manga/ZatchBell'' - he'd basically stopped going to school or caring about anything else because his fellow students were so hostile to his smarts. Except Suzu, the one student who was a girl at the absolute other end of the smarts scale, and he had not befriended her yet. It got to the point where it was going both ways, his fellow students treated him with hostility but he'd grown so used to it he was acting as stuck up as everyone thought he was. After meeting Gash he lightens up and once he starts being genuinely nice again his classmates do as well easily bonding with him through his intelligence with things like helping them study and providing advice.
* Tamami in ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}''.
* Sakurako Amamiya has been the textbook brainy loner ever since she's been drawn into the madness of ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'', shutting herself from everyone so as not to let anyone else be damaged by it. We know she hasn't always been like this because, just as she is introduced, Ageha remembers a time when, as a child, she was much more joyful and open to the world.
* Yukimitsu from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. [[EducationMama His parents]] forced him into CramSchool and he became extremely sheltered, envying the sports teams from his room. Due to his years of being in school, he lacked physical strength, and could never play for more than half a game.
** But no worries here. Because of his awesome eyesight and brain power, he's able to [[AwesomenessbyAnalysis find the perfect option route]], a place no one is guarding.
* A recurring trope in ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', where both the protagonist and the villain feel solitude and isolation despite the physical presence of others. In Johan, this is manifested in an extreme way in his "Landscape of the End" (though, admittedly, there are factors aside from intelligence that figure in here).
** Nina/Anna and Johan are a little unusual: their natural intelligence and trauma-induced solitude don't seem to be related. Runge would fit this trope better, but even in his case it's not really intelligence but workaholism that isolates him, to the point that his family abandons him. [[spoiler: Until the end, where he's in contact with his kid again.]]

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* ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'': People around the palace consider Ryuu creepy because of his high intelligence at a young age and his interest in poisonous plants and tend to avoid him. Later, in part thanks to his friendship with Shirayuki, he gets a few friends and becomes less isolated. As an introvert with NoSocialSkills Ryuu is also not the most social of people to begin with, as an introvert who with NoSocialSkills.
* Towards the end of ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'', it turns out that Minamoto was like that when he was a kid, due to being a Child Genius... he just wanted to go to a normal class and have normal friends, but his obvious superiority 'bothered' people, so he was put into a Special Education Program. This revelation puts a whole new significance to the lengths he went to to give The Children a chance to go to school like normal children.... basically, he gave them the childhood that was denied him.
* Kiyomaro "Kiyo" Takamine in ''Manga/ZatchBell'' - he'd basically stopped going to school or caring about anything else because his fellow students were so hostile to his smarts. Except Suzu, the one student who was a girl at the absolute other end of the smarts scale, and he had not befriended her yet. It got to the point where it was going both ways, his fellow students treated him with hostility but he'd grown so used to it he was acting as stuck up as everyone thought he was. After meeting Gash he lightens up and once he starts being genuinely nice again his classmates do as well easily bonding with him through his intelligence with things like helping them study and providing advice.
* Tamami in ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}''.
* Sakurako Amamiya has been the textbook brainy loner ever since she's been drawn into the madness of ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'', shutting herself from everyone so as not to let anyone else be damaged by it. We know she hasn't always been like this because, just as she is introduced, Ageha remembers a time when, as a child, she was much more joyful and open to the world.
* Yukimitsu from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. [[EducationMama His parents]] forced him into CramSchool and he became extremely sheltered, envying the sports teams from his room. Due to his years of being in school, he lacked physical strength, and could never play for more than half a game.
** But no worries here. Because of his awesome eyesight and brain power, he's able to [[AwesomenessbyAnalysis find the perfect option route]], a place no one is guarding.
* A recurring trope in ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', where both the protagonist and the villain feel solitude and isolation despite the physical presence of others. In Johan, this is manifested in an extreme way in his "Landscape of the End" (though, admittedly, there are factors aside from intelligence that figure in here).
** Nina/Anna and Johan are a little unusual: their natural intelligence and trauma-induced solitude don't seem to be related. Runge would fit this trope better, but even in his case it's not really intelligence but workaholism that isolates him, to the point that his family abandons him. [[spoiler: Until the end, where he's in contact with his kid again.]]
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* Satoshi Hiwatari from ''Manga/DNAngel'' is a 14-year-old college graduate who goes back to middle school [[spoiler:so he can follow the main character]]. Although he's greatly admired by the girls in his school because of his cool, aloof attitude, most of the boys think he's a CreepyChild because of how adult he seems, and he rarely relates well with others. Of course, like many examples on this page, part of his problem is that his background has also made him desperate not to let anyone too close [[spoiler:for fear of losing them, like he lost his mother]].
* Nemuro from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' was a Professor by the age of 18, and completely friendless. His fellow students planned to use his intelligence and throw him away once their project is complete. He was so withdrawn that he was described as a "computer-like man". The tropes is somewhat subverted with Miki, a TeenGenius who is pretty popular amomg his peers.
* Averted by Miyabi "Professor" Oomichi of ''Manga/GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'' . As her nickname means, she is much more knowledgeable in art theory than an arts-stream high school student and is also highly talented, but she has her share of friends.
** She herself also [[DefiedTrope defied]] this trope in in the chapter about typography accreditation. She is likely to get higher a higher level of typography qualification (Class C or even B, compared to her classmates' D), but decided to just get a Class D instead ''because'' she still wants to be with her friends.



* Mikael from ''Anime/ImGonnaBeAnAngel'' is a textbook example of an intelligent loner - in the first season, he is mostly seen alone with his Book of Chaos and only occasionally talking to Noelle. [[spoiler: In the second season, it's slightly subverted, but only because Raphael makes him go out more and actually interact with people (well, in this case, just Noelle's family]. Still, his favourite pastime seems to be... studying. His isolation doesn't do him much good, as evident later in the series]].
* In ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', Ryou Shirogane experienced this in his childhood. His OnlyFriend back then was Keiichiro Akasaka, who worked for Ryou's father, and who befriended him at his boss's suggestion. It doesn't help that Ryou is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold whose jerk side is more easily seen.
* The anime short ''Anime/{{Kigeki}}'' is about a mysterious swordsman who lives alone in an isolated castle and reads books all day. It's explained that in the past certain knowledge was forbidden and many books were burned, so moving into the castle was the only way the swordsman could get to read in peace.
* This is the one of the aspects of Yuki Nagato from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. When we're first introduced to her, she's sitting in a room by herself reading a book.
** Kyon gets pissed at her creator, the Data Overmind in the Disappearance novel/film because of this trope. While another humanoid interface, Ryoko Asakura, was a perfectly normal, popular teenager who was good at class and sports [[spoiler:before attempting to kill Kyon to try and get a reaction from Haruhi]], he wondered why it created Nagato to be a reclusive bookworm who seemed to always be alone.


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* Satoshi Hiwatari from ''Manga/DNAngel'' is a 14-year-old college graduate who goes back to middle school [[spoiler:so he can follow the main character]]. Although he's greatly admired by the girls in his school because of his cool, aloof attitude, most of the boys think he's a CreepyChild because of how adult he seems, and he rarely relates well with others. Of course, like many examples on this page, part of his problem is that his background has also made him desperate not to let anyone too close [[spoiler:for fear of losing them, like he lost his mother]].
* Yukimitsu from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. [[EducationMama His parents]] forced him into CramSchool and he became extremely sheltered, envying the sports teams from his room. Due to his years of being in school, he lacked physical strength, and could never play for more than half a game.
** But no worries here. Because of his awesome eyesight and brain power, he's able to [[AwesomenessbyAnalysis find the perfect option route]], a place no one is guarding.
* Averted by Miyabi "Professor" Oomichi of ''Manga/GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'' . As her nickname means, she is much more knowledgeable in art theory than an arts-stream high school student and is also highly talented, but she has her share of friends.
** She herself also [[DefiedTrope defied]] this trope in in the chapter about typography accreditation. She is likely to get higher a higher level of typography qualification (Class C or even B, compared to her classmates' D), but decided to just get a Class D instead ''because'' she still wants to be with her friends.
* This is the one of the aspects of Yuki Nagato from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. When we're first introduced to her, she's sitting in a room by herself reading a book.
** Kyon gets pissed at her creator, the Data Overmind in the Disappearance novel/film because of this trope. While another humanoid interface, Ryoko Asakura, was a perfectly normal, popular teenager who was good at class and sports [[spoiler:before attempting to kill Kyon to try and get a reaction from Haruhi]], he wondered why it created Nagato to be a reclusive bookworm who seemed to always be alone.
* Mikael from ''Anime/ImGonnaBeAnAngel'' is a textbook example of an intelligent loner - in the first season, he is mostly seen alone with his Book of Chaos and only occasionally talking to Noelle. [[spoiler: In the second season, it's slightly subverted, but only because Raphael makes him go out more and actually interact with people (well, in this case, just Noelle's family]. Still, his favourite pastime seems to be... studying. His isolation doesn't do him much good, as evident later in the series]].
* The anime short ''Anime/{{Kigeki}}'' is about a mysterious swordsman who lives alone in an isolated castle and reads books all day. It's explained that in the past certain knowledge was forbidden and many books were burned, so moving into the castle was the only way the swordsman could get to read in peace.
* Tamami in ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}''.
* A recurring trope in ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', where both the protagonist and the villain feel solitude and isolation despite the physical presence of others. In Johan, this is manifested in an extreme way in his "Landscape of the End" (though, admittedly, there are factors aside from intelligence that figure in here).
** Nina/Anna and Johan are a little unusual: their natural intelligence and trauma-induced solitude don't seem to be related. Runge would fit this trope better, but even in his case it's not really intelligence but workaholism that isolates him, to the point that his family abandons him. [[spoiler: Until the end, where he's in contact with his kid again.]]
* Towards the end of ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'', it turns out that Minamoto was like that when he was a kid, due to being a Child Genius... he just wanted to go to a normal class and have normal friends, but his obvious superiority 'bothered' people, so he was put into a Special Education Program. This revelation puts a whole new significance to the lengths he went to to give The Children a chance to go to school like normal children.... basically, he gave them the childhood that was denied him.
* Kiyomaro "Kiyo" Takamine in ''Manga/ZatchBell'' - he'd basically stopped going to school or caring about anything else because his fellow students were so hostile to his smarts. Except Suzu, the one student who was a girl at the absolute other end of the smarts scale, and he had not befriended her yet. It got to the point where it was going both ways, his fellow students treated him with hostility but he'd grown so used to it he was acting as stuck up as everyone thought he was. After meeting Gash he lightens up and once he starts being genuinely nice again his classmates do as well easily bonding with him through his intelligence with things like helping them study and providing advice.
* Sakurako Amamiya has been the textbook brainy loner ever since she's been drawn into the madness of ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'', shutting herself from everyone so as not to let anyone else be damaged by it. We know she hasn't always been like this because, just as she is introduced, Ageha remembers a time when, as a child, she was much more joyful and open to the world.
* Nemuro from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' was a Professor by the age of 18, and completely friendless. His fellow students planned to use his intelligence and throw him away once their project is complete. He was so withdrawn that he was described as a "computer-like man". The tropes is somewhat subverted with Miki, a TeenGenius who is pretty popular amomg his peers.
* In ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', Ryou Shirogane experienced this in his childhood. His OnlyFriend back then was Keiichiro Akasaka, who worked for Ryou's father, and who befriended him at his boss's suggestion. It doesn't help that Ryou is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold whose jerk side is more easily seen.
7th Feb '18 8:20:17 PM darkemyst
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* ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'': People around the palace consider Ryuu creepy because of his high intelligence at a young age and his interest in poisonous plants and tend to avoid him. Later, in part thanks to his friendship with Shirayuki, he gets a few friends and becomes less isolated. Ryuu is also not the most social of people to begin with, as an introvert who with NoSocialSkills.
24th Dec '17 9:46:25 PM Gamermaster
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* Kaguya from ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai'' is fully aware of this trope, which is why she never puts more than 60% effort in anything she does (''except'' when it comes to academics).
18th Nov '17 7:03:03 AM Zerostylinx
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* Gamu Takayama from ''Series/UltramanGaia'' is this. Being one of the TeenGenius of Alchemy Stars, he is always ostracized as a boy due to his classmates envying him. However, that doesn't mean he has NoSocialSkills, as he tends to be portrayed as an AllLovingHero.
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