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27th Nov '16 3:17:50 PM bt8257
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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.

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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 [[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.
22nd Nov '16 10:50:26 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'': Thomas Covenant - {{StephenRDonaldson}}'s entry for least likeable main character. Something of a JerkAss hero.

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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'': ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' by Creator/StephenRDonaldson: Thomas Covenant - {{StephenRDonaldson}}'s entry for least likeable main character. Something is something of a JerkAss hero.
22nd Nov '16 6:39:16 PM PaulA
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* Played with extensively in Creator/GordonRDickson's ''Literature/ChildeCycle'' series of novels. The "main character" of the series, Donal Graeme, finds he cannot accomplish his goal of uniting humanity alone; he not only has to travel in time (though not in the same body) to not only set historical events in motion, but ''to change their significance in history'' so that not only events but people are in place for a FinalBattle. The trope listed here is also subverted in ''Soldier, Ask Not'' where a newspaperman with the power to influence people is thwarted in his attempts to bring down a entire race by one person of Faith, acting as he sees fit; and played to a extreme in the short story ''Brothers'' - about a set of twins that embody this trope. When one is killed, the story follows the other in his pursuit of the murderers, and leads to one of the most powerful scenes I have ever read, at the end.
19th Nov '16 9:56:29 AM themanwithathousandtabs
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* In ''Film/ApartmentZero'' Adrian's neighbors are suspicious of him because he is a neurotic loner who avoids them as much as possible. They aren't exactly wrong.

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* In ''Film/ApartmentZero'' Adrian's neighbors are suspicious of him because he is a neurotic loner who avoids them as much as possible. They aren't exactly wrong. Given his behavior, [[ProperlyParanoid their mistrust is not unwarranted.]] But they are so focused on him that they don't notice that something far worse is lurking under their noses.
19th Nov '16 9:37:09 AM themanwithathousandtabs
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* In ''Film/ApartmentZero'' Adrian's neighbors are suspicious of him because he is a neurotic loner who avoids them as much as possible. They aren't exactly wrong.
18th Nov '16 4:35:07 PM kataangluvr
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* Marina from ''Friend Request'' appears to be this as some of her interests are pretty dark and opposite of most people's norm. Despite this, though, she ''really'' [[IJustWantToHaveFriends wants some friends]].
15th Nov '16 3:42:18 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/OnDangerousGround'': Due to his BrokenAce status, Jim Wilson isolates himself from the world and becomes extremely violent because of it.
5th Oct '16 11:46:33 AM DouglasFir
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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.

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** Played with in ''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.
31st Aug '16 1:34:23 AM Manw0name
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** There is, however, one arguable aversion with the wizard Eibon. In both the manga and anime, he's spent centuries alone [[spoiler: either living in solitude on Lost Island or sealed inside a demon tool]], yet seems no worse for wear because of it (nor is his solitude remarked upon). He even provides assistance to the heroes in story, before (at least, in the manga) choosing to remain a [[hermit The Hermit]].

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** There is, however, one arguable aversion with the wizard Eibon. In both the manga and anime, he's spent centuries alone [[spoiler: either living in solitude on Lost Island or sealed inside a demon tool]], yet seems no worse for wear because of it (nor is his solitude remarked upon). He even provides assistance to the heroes in story, before (at least, in the manga) choosing to remain a [[hermit The Hermit]].[[TheHermit hermit]].
31st Aug '16 1:32:23 AM Manw0name
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** There is, however, one arguable aversion with the wizard Eibon. In both the manga and anime, he's spent centuries alone [[spoiler: either living in solitude on Lost Island or sealed inside a demon tool]], yet seems no worse for wear because of it (nor is his solitude remarked upon). He even provides assistance to the heroes in story, before (at least, in the manga) choosing to remain a [[hermit The Hermit]].
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