Created By: Earnest on April 29, 2010 Last Edited By: Earnest on May 1, 2010

Friendless Background

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The character(s) have no friends, and quickly build friendships with the rest of the (also friendless) cast. However, they aren't loners, weren't ostracized by their peers, or grew up away from other kids. They simply didn't have, or allude to having had, friends prior to the start of the story.

This is a stock, implicit but rarely stated background to many characters. Much like Forgotten Fallen Friend, they never mention old friends or being in activities/groups with others. This is often justified by having the characters move around a lot, or go from home to someplace completely new. It does however facilitate them wanting to make new friends and get the plot rolling.

Oddly, this "zero to popular" burst is often followed by getting stuck in a Limited Social Circle. Of course, The Power of Friendship is strong with them, and a Sixth Ranger or enemy might join later.

Occasionally this background is explored with the introduction of a Beleaguered Childhood Friend later, or the old childhood sweetheart.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • April 29, 2010
    Bella Swann. Her best friend back in AZ was her mother. Or so she says.
  • April 29, 2010
    Arguably, Harry Potter. Harry is friendless until Hagrid shows up in his life, we never hear about any of Ron's wizard friends, and Hermione...well, she was a stuck-up prissy bitch in the first book. To misquote Ron, "No wonder she hasn't got any friends!"
  • April 30, 2010
    I think Ron is ostracized for being poor, so he's an outcast to an extent, and I think in the first book there's a mention of Harry being bullied at school because of the tatty hand-me-downs and broken glasses, and if he did make any friends the Durseleys probably wouldn't have let him go hang out with them anyway. And yeah, Hermione was nerdy and stuck up.
  • April 30, 2010
    • iCarly: Carly Shay appears to have had 3 friends in her entire life. The first, Missy, who she had to leave when she moved to Seattle. 2, Sam Puckett, who pushed her down and stole her tuna sandwich, and 3, Fredward Benson, who is the Dogged Nice Guy to her Girl Next Door.
      • Freddie is even worse with this. He's never mentioned having any friends besides the 2 girls, and probably only spent time with his crazy My Beloved Smother.
      • Sam was a bully, even in her younger years, and her only 'friend' was likely to be her twin sister Melanie, who left on a boarding school scholarship. Carly pushed back when she stole the sandwich, and their friendship was born.
    • Victorious: Tori switched schools in about a day. A girl like her wouldn't be unpopular, so she's probably leaving behind at least a few friends, and probably a couple guys who had a crush on her.
    • Kim Possible is arguably this. Despite being a hot, popular cheerleader, she has no friends outside of Ron, and Monique. Ron on the other hand, despite being a You Suck Loser Guy, seems to be able to run in multiple circles with friends all over the school.
  • April 30, 2010
    This happens due to Conservation Of Detail.
  • April 30, 2010
    Oddly induced in The Good Witch; in her original timeline as a transgirl, Angel had one friend, Tommy. in her new timeline as a genetic girl, Angel has no friends, with Tommy barely even knowing her (apparently a warning sign about her personality)--so she uses her magic to turn him into her new best friend Molly.
  • May 1, 2010
    Yugi Motou Was Show to be this before Completing the puzzle
  • May 1, 2010
    Yugi was an actual loner, this is when they're not supposed to be loners but are when you think about it. Fridge Loners I guess, but please don't name it that.
  • May 1, 2010
    Though I think a different name than the one I put up would be in order to avoid the confusion. Ideas?