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22nd Jan '16 8:38:18 AM LancelotG
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* Wirt from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' frequently manages to take heroic action in the Unknown, despite the fact that he is, in Beatrice's words, "a real loser back home." [[spoiler:It turns out that he ended up in the Unknown in the first place while fleeing in embarrassment after his crush got her hands on the the poetry recordings he'd made for her.]]
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* Wirt from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' frequently manages to take heroic action in the Unknown, despite the fact that he is, in Beatrice's words, "a real loser back home." [[spoiler:It turns out that he ended up in the Unknown in the first place while fleeing in embarrassment after his crush got her hands on the the poetry recordings he'd made for her.]]]] In general, he fears imminent danger far less than the threat of, for instance, social humiliation at a party.
22nd Jan '16 8:36:43 AM LancelotG
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* Wirt from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' frequently manages to take heroic action in the Unknown, despite the fact that he is, in Beatrice's words, "a real loser back home." [[spoiler:It turns out that he ended up in the Unknown in the first place while fleeing his crush and her friends after she got her hands on the love poetry he'd written for her. Death itself was less terrifying to him than embarrassment.]]
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* Wirt from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' frequently manages to take heroic action in the Unknown, despite the fact that he is, in Beatrice's words, "a real loser back home." [[spoiler:It turns out that he ended up in the Unknown in the first place while fleeing in embarrassment after his crush and her friends after she got her hands on the love the poetry recordings he'd written made for her. Death itself was less terrifying to him than embarrassment.her.]]
22nd Jan '16 8:35:48 AM LancelotG
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* Wirt from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' frequently manages to take heroic action in the Unknown, despite the fact that he is, in Beatrice's words, "a real loser back home." [[spoiler:It turns out that he ended up in the Unknown in the first place while fleeing his crush and her friends after she got her hands on the love poetry he'd written for her. Death itself was less terrifying to him than embarrassment.]]
8th Jan '16 10:54:14 AM Iris
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* Harry [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden]] practically owns this trope. Despite having a crush on Murphy, it took him until the end of ''Changes'' to actually broach the topic. That's more than a ''decade'' in real-world time. He has a major chivalrous streak that gets him in all kinds of trouble, though he's mostly set it aside. In his own words, he's essentially a magic nerd. There is also other key issues. As Harry is about 6'9" tall, he must move carefully or hurt someone. He can short out any technology from a radius of 100 feet on a ''bad'' day, and so spends a lot of time avoiding electronics. To avoid soulgazes, he never looks anybody directly in the eye. In a side story from Murphy's point of view, she mentions he gives the impression of being mildly autistic.
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* Harry [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden]] practically owns this trope. Despite having a crush on Murphy, it took him until the end of ''Changes'' literal ''years'' to actually broach the topic. That's more than a ''decade'' in real-world time.subject. He has a major chivalrous streak that gets him in all kinds of trouble, though he's mostly set it aside. In his own words, he's essentially a magic nerd. There is also other key issues. As Harry is about 6'9" tall, he must move carefully or hurt someone. He can short out any technology from a radius of 100 feet on a ''bad'' day, and so spends a lot of time avoiding electronics. To avoid soulgazes, he never looks anybody directly in the eye. In a side story from Murphy's point of view, she mentions he gives the impression of being mildly autistic.

** While definitely an example of the trope, Harry and Murphy had realized their mutual attraction to one another some time after the events of ''Death Masks'' (as Murphy was "dating" Kincaid by then), but neither acted on it as they were rarely both single at the same time and didn't want to jeopardize their friendship.
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** While definitely an example * [[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson]] is a survivor of not one but two major supernatural wars, a savant with a sword, and has been speculated to be the trope, Harry most powerful [[HalfHumanHybrid demigod]] alive in modern-day. He also can barely speak to his crushes and Murphy had realized their mutual attraction to one another some time after is so socially obtuse that he regularly [[InnocentlyInsensitive ignores other people's feelings simply because he can't fathom the events of ''Death Masks'' (as Murphy was "dating" Kincaid by then), but neither acted effect he has on it as they were rarely both single at the same time and them.]] This can be blamed in part on his [[FriendlessBackground lonely childhood]]-he didn't want to jeopardize their friendship.cultivate social skills because he was too busy growing an iron spine so that bullying wouldn't bother him so much.
18th Dec '15 2:09:15 PM galaxyeyes
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* Harry Vanderspeigle, alien protagonist of ''ComicBook/ResidentAlien'', can be rather socially awkward, especially after living with little outside contact for three years in order to protect his identity as an extraterrestrial. He's slowly overcoming it, though, as he interacts with the townspeople more.
27th Nov '15 7:59:17 PM nombretomado
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* Marv from ''SinCity'' is a [[AntiHero Socially Awkward Anti-Hero]]. Ignoring his [[SociopathicHero violent tendencies]], even in his more civilized moods, he is socially inept, particularly when it comes to women -- and being ugly as sin didn't really help his case either. This is why he [[AManIsNotAVirgin was a virgin until late in life.]]
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* Marv from ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' is a [[AntiHero Socially Awkward Anti-Hero]]. Ignoring his [[SociopathicHero violent tendencies]], even in his more civilized moods, he is socially inept, particularly when it comes to women -- and being ugly as sin didn't really help his case either. This is why he [[AManIsNotAVirgin was a virgin until late in life.]]

* ScottPilgrim is this trope. He has shown fighting enemies here and there, being evil ex-boyfriends of Ramona, or mooks, and he's always shown to be a confident, if incompetent, musician in his band. Whenever Stephen Stills [[OnceAnEpisode has a nervous breakdown]], Kim and Scott always are holding the helm of the band. But put it on talking of his past, or about relationships, or even the future, and his awkwardness gets over the mark, with stutters, avoiding themes and generally being an ADHD kid. He's maturing out of this, of course. [[spoiler: There's also the possibility that he's an unreliable narrator.]]
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* ScottPilgrim ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' is this trope. He has shown fighting enemies here and there, being evil ex-boyfriends of Ramona, or mooks, and he's always shown to be a confident, if incompetent, musician in his band. Whenever Stephen Stills [[OnceAnEpisode has a nervous breakdown]], Kim and Scott always are holding the helm of the band. But put it on talking of his past, or about relationships, or even the future, and his awkwardness gets over the mark, with stutters, avoiding themes and generally being an ADHD kid. He's maturing out of this, of course. [[spoiler: There's also the possibility that he's an unreliable narrator.]]
17th Nov '15 8:50:58 PM SausageMahoney
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** Likewise, in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[TheAce Mako]] grew up on the streets of Republic City, doing everything he could to protect himself and his little brother, Bolin. As a result, he's very brash and dismissive of people he doesn't know, and isn't the best at conversation. He's not exactly in-touch with his feelings, either, not even noticing his growing crush on Korra until Asami, [[LoveTriangle his girlfriend at the time]], calls him out on it. Like Zuko, he does get better, but it takes a few seasons.
12th Nov '15 1:06:08 PM Kakai
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* In ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'', both main characters have signed up to become people who have to work under constat threat of monster attacks, but have tremendous problems with social interaction. ** Alice, living a sheltered life right until the story starts, often has no idea how to react to people; it's most visible when GirlPosse latches onto her. ** Edith is downright terrified of interacting with anyone. Considering the FantasticRacism she has to put up with on daily basis, it's not surprising.
11th Nov '15 3:56:08 PM nombretomado
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--> '''[[RiffTrax Ms. Witwicky:]]''' ''And remember, son: if you meet any girls, make sure to stammer and act as awkwardly as possible around them. Model-hot women inexplicably find that attractive in the movies - it worked for [[SayAnything Lloyd Dobbler]]! Bye!''
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--> '''[[RiffTrax '''[[Podcast/RiffTrax Ms. Witwicky:]]''' ''And remember, son: if you meet any girls, make sure to stammer and act as awkwardly as possible around them. Model-hot women inexplicably find that attractive in the movies - it worked for [[SayAnything Lloyd Dobbler]]! Bye!''
31st Oct '15 12:58:26 PM Llygodenfawr
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A Socially Awkward Hero is a heroic character who shows tremendous courage in the face of life-threatening danger... but becomes overwhelmed with knees-knocking fear in ordinary social situations. For such a character, confronting a legion of sociopaths and a chainsaw-wielding maniac is ''far'' more preferable to meeting his girlfriend's family or making idle chitchat at a cocktail party. Extremely common in shows for the kid and teen audiences, since viewers of that age often feel socially awkward themselves.
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A Socially Awkward Hero is a heroic character who shows tremendous courage in the face of life-threatening danger... but becomes overwhelmed with knees-knocking fear in ordinary social situations. For such a character, confronting a legion of sociopaths and a chainsaw-wielding maniac is ''far'' more preferable to meeting his girlfriend's family or making idle chitchat at a cocktail party. Extremely common in shows for the kid and teen audiences, since viewers of that age often feel socially awkward themselves.
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