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16th Jun '16 1:10:17 PM Keybreak
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** The three pilots are the most lonely: Shinji and Asuka have a very hard time socializing or making friends due to lose their mothers and be abandoned by their parents when they were four, [[spoiler:and at the end are the only people left on Earth]]; Rei because she has been raised in isolation [[spoiler:and is the soul of an ancient alien goddess locked inside the teenager cloned body of Shinji's mother.]]

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** The three pilots are the most lonely: Shinji and Asuka have a very hard time socializing or making friends due to lose losing their mothers and be being abandoned by their parents when they were four, [[spoiler:and at the end are the only people left on Earth]]; Rei because she has been raised in isolation [[spoiler:and is the soul of an ancient alien goddess locked inside the teenager cloned body of Shinji's mother.]]
15th Jun '16 11:17:20 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Played with ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky''. Witches tend to dislike other witches nosing in on their business, and it's repeatedly made clear that witches are not necessarily people people ("among the people, but not of the people"), but it's still important for them to visit each other occasionally to make sure they haven't gone bonkers.

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** Played with ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky''. Witches tend to dislike other witches nosing in on their business, and it's repeatedly made clear that witches are not necessarily people people ("among the people, but not of the people"), but it's still important for them to visit each other occasionally to make sure they haven't gone bonkers. Their internal society is often compared to cats; more a set of individuals that tolerate each others company than an actual group.
13th Jun '16 9:57:39 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''The Song of the Cardinal'', the young cardinal, for all his {{Pride}}, is wistful about a mate.
-->''The Cardinal was left boasting and strutting in the sumac, but in his heart he found it lonesome business. Being the son of a king, he was much too dignified to beg for a mate, and besides, it took all his time to guard the sumac; but his eyes were wide open to all that went on around him, and he envied the blackbird his glossy, devoted little sweetheart, with all his might. ''
13th Jun '16 7:32:59 PM PaulA
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* SherlockHolmes, arguably embodies the [[FriendlessBackground loner]] trope, with the exception of Dr. John Watson. That said, he and Watson were introduced by a mutual acquaintance, and Holmes keeps some measure of contact up with his brother. Also, not a lot of police officers seem to like him.
* Dupin and his anonymous narrator in the works of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe are even more isolated than SherlockHolmes and Watson although they still retain certain contacts in the police that allow them to carry out their amateur detective work.

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* SherlockHolmes, Franchise/SherlockHolmes arguably embodies the [[FriendlessBackground loner]] trope, with the exception of Dr. John Watson. That said, he and Watson were introduced by a mutual acquaintance, and Holmes keeps some measure of contact up with his brother. Also, not a lot of police officers seem to like him.
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* Dupin Literature/CAugusteDupin and his anonymous narrator in the works of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe are even more isolated than SherlockHolmes Holmes and Watson although they still retain certain contacts in the police that allow them to carry out their amateur detective work. work.
26th May '16 7:04:42 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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%%* Ichise of ''{{Texhnolyze}}''.

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%%* Ichise of ''{{Texhnolyze}}''.''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}''.
5th Apr '16 2:02:51 AM MasoTey
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A loner can also GoMadFromTheIsolation. Humans learn how to be human through social interaction. And there are many social skills that can only be learned in person -- isolation can lead to NoSocialSkills. When you're raised in isolation, you behave differently. Many psychological disorders originate from a deficit in human interaction. Then that person will be shunned, isolating him further in a vicious cycle, putting him closer to the DespairEventHorizon.....

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A loner can also GoMadFromTheIsolation. Humans learn how to be human through social interaction. And there are many social skills that can only be learned in person -- isolation can lead to NoSocialSkills. When you're raised in isolation, you behave differently. Many psychological disorders originate from a deficit in human interaction. Then that person will be shunned, [[LonersWillStayAlone isolating him further in a vicious cycle, cycle]], putting him closer to the DespairEventHorizon.....
31st Mar '16 7:51:57 AM ChaoticNovelist
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There are exceptions, as with all other tropes: [[TheHermit the crusty old hermit]] or WitchDoctor who rebuffs the villains and helps out the heroes is a fairly popular stock character. And both of those are frequently portrayed at the very least as eccentric. The MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold is a subversion. TheSnarkKnight [[GenreSavvy deliberately]] seeks to defy this trope.

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There are exceptions, as with all other tropes: [[TheHermit the crusty old hermit]] or WitchDoctor who rebuffs the villains and helps out the heroes is a fairly popular stock character. And both of those are frequently portrayed at the very least as eccentric. The MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold is a subversion. TheSnarkKnight [[GenreSavvy deliberately]] seeks loner who is ''thought'' to defy this trope.
be a freak but is a truly NiceGuy.
5th Feb '16 5:14:33 PM KingLyger
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Similarly, if a writer is going to create a sympathetic AntiHero, they often choose to make the character a brooding and friendless loner. Introversion seems to get used much more often than other epic or humanizing flaws like {{pride}}, addiction, [[GreeneyedMonster jealousy]] or {{lust}}. Perhaps this is because showing a complete ''lack'' of a social life as opposed to a self-destructive one is much easier to accomplish. A quick establishing shot of a character [[EatingLunchAlone sitting alone in a social setting]] is an easy way to alert the audience that something isn't quite right.

Fiction also doesn't seem to draw a distinction between being asocial, and ''anti''-social. A loner character usually is more than just socially awkward, they'll have a number of serious psychological issues too. [[ItsAllAboutMe Arrogance, selfishness,]] and [[LackOfEmpathy mental]] [[AxCrazy instability]] are all fairly common. At worst, they're portrayed as evil since their refusal to socialize is proof that others are not worthy of their presence and that the only person they could ever care about is themselves. [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Right]]? When fiction doesn't make a distinction between being a loner by choice or being driven to it, this is the attitude at work.

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Similarly, if a writer is going to create a sympathetic AntiHero, they often choose to make the character a brooding and friendless loner. Introversion seems to get used much more often than other epic or humanizing flaws like {{pride}}, addiction, [[GreeneyedMonster jealousy]] or {{lust}}. Perhaps this is because showing a complete ''lack'' of a social life as opposed to a self-destructive one is much easier to accomplish. A quick establishing shot of a character [[EatingLunchAlone sitting alone in a social setting]] or [[IWorkAlone an insistence that they be left to their own devices]] is an easy way to alert the audience that something isn't quite right.

Fiction also doesn't seem to draw a distinction between being asocial, asocial and ''anti''-social. A loner character usually is more than just socially awkward, awkward; they'll have a number of serious psychological issues too. [[ItsAllAboutMe Arrogance, selfishness,]] and [[LackOfEmpathy mental]] [[AxCrazy instability]] are all fairly common. At worst, they're portrayed as evil since their refusal to socialize is proof that others are not worthy of their presence and that the only person they could ever care about is themselves. [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Right]]? When fiction doesn't make a distinction between being a loner by choice or being driven to it, this is the attitude at work.



Even more unfortunately, there is ''some'' [[TruthInTelevision historic basis]] for this; humans are social animals. Cooperation along with the invention of language is how we survived and those who were alone often weren't able to reproduce or hand over their innovations to the next guy. Through most of human history collective action was the only practical means of survival; being extremely selfish, hiding all the time, or being shunned/banned/exiled/cast out was very often a precursor to slow death by starvation and predation. Thus a person condemned to DyingAlone was almost certainly alone because of a problem he'd had fitting into another group and thus he should be avoided.

A loner can also become a freak through isolation. Humans learn how to be human through social interaction. And there are many social skills that can only be learned in person -- isolation can lead to NoSocialSkills. When you're raised in isolation, you behave differently. Many psychological disorders originate from a deficit in human interaction. Then that person will be shunned, isolating him further in a vicious cycle, putting him closer to the DespairEventHorizon.....

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Even more unfortunately, there is ''some'' [[TruthInTelevision historic basis]] for this; humans this. Humans, after all, are social animals. Cooperation along with the invention of language is how we survived survived, and those who were tried to go it alone often weren't able to reproduce or hand over their innovations to the next guy. Through most of human history history, collective action was the only practical means of survival; being extremely selfish, hiding all the time, or being shunned/banned/exiled/cast out was very often a precursor to slow death by starvation and predation. Thus a person condemned to DyingAlone was almost certainly alone because of a problem he'd had fitting into another group and thus he should be avoided.

A loner can also become a freak through isolation.GoMadFromTheIsolation. Humans learn how to be human through social interaction. And there are many social skills that can only be learned in person -- isolation can lead to NoSocialSkills. When you're raised in isolation, you behave differently. Many psychological disorders originate from a deficit in human interaction. Then that person will be shunned, isolating him further in a vicious cycle, putting him closer to the DespairEventHorizon.....
29th Dec '15 9:03:38 AM Tropetastic1995
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** Also, Ash's Greninja was quite a loner back at the Froakie breeding farm, and he was rejected by the rest as a result. Froakie wasn't necesarily opposed to being friends with the rest, but simply preferred to train in solace. Of course, getting rejected by all the others resulted in Froakie becoming much more disconnected. His interactions with Ash and Ash's team result in him gradually getting more social and friendly.
29th Dec '15 6:22:01 AM Anddrix
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* SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom regards friendship as a sign of weakness. He ''does'' have a handful of people he is relatively close to, but he refuses to call them "friends" because he imagines himself to be entirely self-reliant and superior to other men, and he keeps them at an emotional distance. Said "not-friends" are really his most trusted minions, anyway. He had a long-lost love called Valeria, but when he sacrificed her to a trio of demons for power, that kind of went out the window. He is not entirely asocial though and is AffablyEvil enough to [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine offer his female opponents a feast while their male teammates languish in the dungeons.]] Also, he has an annual dinner with the mercenary Comicbook/SilverSable in her role as ambassador for the neighbouring country- apparently, she looks forward to them as Doom is a very good host. And he truly wants his own people to love and respect him and is relatively nice to them in return. Also, he has a very big soft spot for [[DeadGuyJunior Valeria]] Richards, his god-daughter who he helped deliver (she gets away with calling him "Uncle Doom"), and has placed her under his royal protection (you harm her, he makes you ''pay'').

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* SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Doctor Doom regards friendship as a sign of weakness. He ''does'' have a handful of people he is relatively close to, but he refuses to call them "friends" because he imagines himself to be entirely self-reliant and superior to other men, and he keeps them at an emotional distance. Said "not-friends" are really his most trusted minions, anyway. He had a long-lost love called Valeria, but when he sacrificed her to a trio of demons for power, that kind of went out the window. He is not entirely asocial though and is AffablyEvil enough to [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine offer his female opponents a feast while their male teammates languish in the dungeons.]] Also, he has an annual dinner with the mercenary Comicbook/SilverSable in her role as ambassador for the neighbouring country- apparently, she looks forward to them as Doom is a very good host. And he truly wants his own people to love and respect him and is relatively nice to them in return. Also, he has a very big soft spot for [[DeadGuyJunior Valeria]] Richards, his god-daughter who he helped deliver (she gets away with calling him "Uncle Doom"), and has placed her under his royal protection (you harm her, he makes you ''pay'').
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