->''"I've always been curious as to why Batman -- who has such a reputation for being a lone wolf -- would surround himself with children..."''
-->-- '''Lex Luthor''', ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies''

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A character type that has an InformedAttribute relating to whether or not that character is lonely. The reason for this is generally to invoke the AloofAlly trope or one closely related to it. The idea is simple- [[IWorkAlone aloof, lonely people are different than us]], with different values and ways of looking at the world, caused in part by [[LonersAreFreaks their stunted ability to engage in emotional interaction with others]]. So having one in a story creates obvious CharacterDevelopment issues and conflicts, which in turn can make a story more interesting.

The problem with this trope is that it's difficult to write dialogue for loners, well, because they're [[CaptainObvious alone]]. So by definition, they shouldn't really be acting gabby all the time. Bear in mind, of course, that not all loners are recluses. Some are the type that [[AloneInACrowd can feel lonely even in a crowd]]. But even in that case how much of a "loner" they can really be comes into question if they're initiating half the conversations they take part in and lack any form of social awkwardness.

Note that even if the information comes from characters' talking, InfallibleBabble ensures that it's never a case that they are misinformed, or [[MaliciousSlander spiteful]]. All the characters take his "loner" status seriously in the total absence of any evidence of it.

Not to be confused with IneffectualLoner. For a loner who's more informed than others, try IntelligenceEqualsIsolation.

Compare CoolLoser and HollywoodDateless.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' has Hana think to herself that she has always been somewhat of a loner and having difficulty making friends, because she tends to easily get into fights with people. This comes dozens of chapters ''after'' we have been told about her happy relationship with her boyfriend and have seen that everyone in her Team, along with several people in the ''other'' Teams, have really grown fond of her, with at least ''two'' guys [[ChickMagnet having fallen in love with her]] and Hana was often seen with Fujiko and Chisa together.
* Lampshaded in ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}''. Paraphrased:
-->"Aren't you the kind of guy with no friends?"\\
"Yeah, I used to be but there was sort of a paradigm shift last spring."
** Justified in the light novels in that he actually was alone, saying things like "Friends lower your value as a human" with a straight face. Hanekawa was the first to actually acknowledge him after he accidentally saw her panties, and they became definite friends after "the vampire incident."
** ''Owarimonogatari'' offers more justification, as Koyomi was shown to be ChildhoodFriends with Sodachi Oikura. However, she later moved away without telling him, which most likely set him down his friendless path.
* For people who repeatedly say they only have friends because of the main character, the cast of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' sure know a lot of [[VictimOfTheWeek Victims Of The Week]] from early childhood...though these victims were [[CanonForeigner only created for the 90's anime]] in order to provide {{Filler}}, and in the manga there are much stronger indications that many of the Sailor Senshi were loners before meeting Usagi.
* Played with in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Madoka claims that she feels lonely at times due to thinking that she is weak and useless, but the anime clearly shows that it's all in her head as she has a loving family and caring friends.
* Being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' deconstructs this trope with Megumi, who sincerely believes she has no friends even when she hangs out with her LimitedSocialCircle. FridgeBrilliance when you realize that Megumi is TheBully[=/=]SchoolYardBullyAllGrownUp, and her definition of friend is: ''someone who Megumi can manipulate into beating Miki''. Since nobody wants to do that, Megumi feels she has no friends.
-->''' Kayahara Sensei:''' ''This isnít bullying, itís just mutual aggression.''\\
''' Megumi:''' ''[[ThisCannotBe How did it turn out like this?]] [[WoundedGazelleGambit It was just supposed to curse Onimaru-san]], [[OutGambitted but now Iím getting involved too]]. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It makes no difference it itís this world or the next]]. [[LargeHam I am all alone. Iím, SO PITIFUL!!!!]]''
* The titular character of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a FriendlessBackground due to having the Nine-Tails Fox sealed inside him. He suffered ostrasization due to this, and his loud, ClassClown image didn't help him around the other kids. Despite this Naruto has several flashbacks showing that he lazed off with Shikamaru, Kiba, and Chouji while going to the ninja academy. They may not have been close friends yet but at least they bonded well enough. However, many of those flashbacks were {{Filler}}, so how much of it is actually canon is still left up in the air.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** For a guy who is torn by emotional isolation living eternally in the darkness, the guy has a ridiculously long [[Characters/{{Batman}} character page]] full of his constant allies. This is hardly even mentioning that his relationship with Robin was so close during UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} that you didn't need to be part of a [[MoralGuardians censor board]] to interpret some HoYay going on there.
** In fact, the Bat Family is probably the largest in the DCU. There's at least currently a Batman, a Robin, a Nightwing, a Red Robin, a Red Hood, Catwoman, Batgirl, Batwoman, Orphan, Spoiler, and Alfred in this loner's gang. He's also taken on a new sidekick, Duke Thomas. And that's just the ''central'' Bat-family, never mind the other, wider Bat-family which includes an ''army'' of Batmen from around the world! Though to be fair, he does mostly work alone where feasible and leaves the others to their own devices.
** For ''17 years'' this supposed loner starred in a book whose premise was to team him up with ''everyone else in the DC Universe''. Now with Batman Inc, (Loads and Loads of Batmen!) the writers might as well stop kidding themselves. Ever since Grant Morrison started writing Batman regularly, they have. Bruce even specifically calls ''himself'' out on it.
--->'''Batman:''' The first truth of Batman... It had to be one I don't like to admit. The gunshots left me alone. For years I was alone in the echoing dark of that well. But something else defined the exact moment Batman was born. The first truth of Batman... The saving grace. I was never alone.
** One ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' story parodied this when two children argued about which hero was cooler. Both agreed that neither hero had much use for the Justice League; Superman, because [[SuperpowerLottery he's more powerful than the rest of the League combined]], and Batman because he's a loner, except when he's working with his own sidekicks and the Outsiders. Even children ''in-universe'' don't buy Batman's "loner" act.
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} claims to be a loner, and does honestly seem to attempt to do so, but his [[WolverinePublicity track record]] seems to prove otherwise. To a degree it works for Wolverine; by temperament he'd be a [[TheDrifter drifting]] KnightErrant [[KnightInSourArmor in Sour Armor]], which involves lots of helping people and then leaving and not seeing them again for several decades. In a slightly different genre he'd very reasonably say ButNowIMustGo. Look at that trope page; fully half the links in the description apply to him. (For example, until he regained his memories, his JourneyToFindOneself was a big part of his character.) All that being said, it becomes ridiculous to call Wolverine a loner when he is officially a member of three superhero teams at once, due to [[WolverinePublicity him publicity]]. Being a loner is in character, but the Marketing department wins, especially in a SharedUniverse. He also has had a girl sidekick following him around for most of the past thirty years. (Shadowcat, Jubilee, Armor...)

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Charlie Brown in ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' goes in and out of this - everyone supposedly hates him, yet he seems to hang around with people like Linus, Lucy, and Schroeder a lot. In this case this was probably at least a little deliberate--Charlie Brown is more insecure than a loner. His insecurities just lead him to feel lonely and Lucy's verbal abuse can't help. In the earliest strips, the other characters are in fact shockingly cruel to Charlie Brown. (The first has him literally just walking by, and Shermy saying "[[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1950/10/02 Good ol' Charlie Brown. How I hate him!]]") This motif is softened over time.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' parodies this in regards to Batman in ''Sh*t Batman Says'', in which the title character starts to make a big deal about working alone... and immediately afterwards thanks Alfred, Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and the Justice League for their help.
* ''Roleplay/DCUnitedWeStand'': After the events of ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', Batman has more or less shed this. He still patrols by himself a lot, but he no longer considers himself to be a loner.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'', among pretty much everything else, [[AffectionateParody mercilessly prods]] Batman's alleged [[BuffySpeak loner...ness]] (see comic books, above) by making Batman an overly compensating jerk who tries way too hard to make everyone around him think he's the coolest thing around when really he's desperately lonely and has NoSocialSkills. [[spoiler:He gets better in the end]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': For someone always looking out for his own interests, Han Solo has what seems to be quite a close (if {{vitriolic|BestBuds}}) friendship with Chewie, and a whole entourage by the end of ''Film/ANewHope''. In fact, part of the reason Chewbacca was created is because they needed someone for Han to talk to when he was off on his "own", as InnerMonologue wouldn't fit with the film's style and having him talk to himself would just be weird. This is also the reason why Chewie can't talk, at least not in a dialect the audience can understand -- he's just there to be a soundboard for Han.
* Invoked in ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'', when Pee-wee tries to brush his would-be girlfriend off by claiming to be a loner, in spite of having hordes of friends.
* In ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' Miss Spider claims to not know what it's like to have friends, as it's "in the other bugs nature to fear her". Despite this, she's ''clearly'' NotSoAboveItAll: she's never shy about joining in on the fun or singing and dancing with them, and said bugs never seem to show even a hint of fear around her.

* [[TheGrimReaper Death]] from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. Again, he's got his own supporting cast.
* Bella from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' spends the first two chapters whining about how no-one would ever like her and how she has never had any friends. She spends every other chapter whining about how people just won't leave her alone. And from the moment she sits down in school (her literal first class), she starts making friends with no effort on her part and boys start asking her out. Yes, [[SarcasmMode she's clearly unpopular.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Played with the title character of ''Series/{{House}}''. While he is often curmudgeonly and rude (particularly to patients), he also seems equally unable to function unless there's people nearby who he can make rude comments to. In episodes where he's deprived of his team, he is shown to be struggling without them. He refuses to admit this, even when he resorts to asking a janitor to help out on a differential diagnosis and dealing with families in his stead. (Who's he? Oh, uh, Dr... Buffer.)
* In an early episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Kate gives Sawyer some advice, starting with the words: "from one island outcast to another..." Kate practically runs [[FanNickname Craphole Island]], and has relationships with all the major characters. It doesn't help that all of the backstory shown for her doesn't seem to line up with her personality, motivations, etc. Whereas many of the other characters (Locke, Sawyer, Jin) become more understandable and sympathetic once you know their histories, her history is a complete mess of motivations and doesn't really connect the dots well with the way she acts in the present.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Tenth Doctor had elements of this. He had loads of friends, allies, acquaintances, etc., who all love him dearly, but chose to {{wangst}} instead of say, stopping by for tea now and again. Lampshaded by Sarah Jane in "Journey's End":
--->'''Sarah Jane:''' You know, you act like such a lonely man but look at you! You've got the biggest family on Earth!
** One of the Fourth Doctor's gimmicks is that he's more of a loner than the other Doctors, but in practice this is mostly demonstrated with the occasional bout of {{Jerkass}} or StayInTheKitchen behavior when the writers remember he's supposed to be like this, and he takes on companions just as readily as any other Doctor.
* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' Rory is initially portrayed as an awkward teenager who is more interested in books than people... too bad every person she meets instantly adores her and falls at her feet. (To the point she even gets elected student body president despite being a so-called geek.).
* An amusing example in ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''. Paris, an agent, claims to work alone. She works with a tight-knit team whom she literally ''lives'' with in a pair of huge trucks.
* In the series four finale of ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', Arthur goes after Merlin and tells him: "you're the only friend I've got." Except for Gwen, who's travelling with them. And Hunith, whose house he recovered from his injuries in. And the Knights of the Round Table, who are currently trying to make their way back to him. And Tristan and Isolde, both about to thrown in their lot with him. And Gaius, back in Camelot.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Angel. Partly justified in that he did spend many, ''many'' years alone and isolated off-screen, but he always had Buffy in the first series, and on his own show he seemed entirely comfortable having Cordelia, Wesley and the others around at all times -- he might have been reserved and occasionally unemotional, but he regularly joked around with them and went out socializing with them. There was the brief exception when he kicked everyone out in season two, but that went badly to say the least.
** The Slayers themselves. They are supposed to be entirely divorced from the world, yet they always have a Watcher to guide and help them, and we know at least several have maintained family connections as well.
** Subverted with Buffy; she can occasionally feel like a loner, but being truly isolated is one of her greatest fears, and many foes have acknowledged that having family and friends around made her much more dangerous.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Raven in ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'' tells you that she doesn't have any friends ([[spoiler:because she is afraid that her "curse" will make them disappear]]). However, on every Holiday and Festival you see her walking around with Karina and Sofia. One of her heart events will acknowledge this: She makes gifts for Karina and Sofia, thanking them for being her friends. They both express surprise this was ever in question.
* In ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town]]'', when you're introduced to Doug and Ann, Doug expresses hope that you'll be friends with his daughter, Ann, since she doesn't really have any friends and is lonely. But during the normal course of the game, you'll see her hanging out at the hot springs every morning, with Popuri. Does Popuri not count?
* Noire in later games in the ''Franchise/{{Neptunia}}'' series. She constantly hangs out with the other [=CPUs=] when she's not busy, but she's also referred to as a loner by many characters. In actuality, it's not that she's a loner, but that she's constantly ''lonely'' if she's not around someone and isn't distracted by her work.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Lampshaded in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' on Lilly's route.
-->'''Hisao:''' To tell the truth, though, I do prefer solitude to being surrounded by others. I don't think I could maintain a social circle like you do.\\
'''Lilly:''' I don't think that's true either. I've seen how gentle and caring you are around Hanako, and you get along marvelously well with others, even those whom you hardly know. I think you're quite adept at social situations.
* Early in ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', Riki says that he feels uncomfortable in large crowds and prefers to be where it's quiet. This never comes up again, despite him spending large portions of the game surrounded by the other 10 main characters, many of whom are ''very'' loud.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Dangeresque from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' works alone, except when he works with Renaldo. Which is all the time.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' Monica has an episode where she wonders if she is a social misfit [[http://www.wapsisquare.com/d/20030721.html]] until she meets someone who truly doesn't have any social life, and she ends up giggling over her self. [[http://www.wapsisquare.com/d/20030926.html]].
* Davan of ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' is the kind of misanthrope you would expect this of... except he has a sprawling group of friends, both close and distant, which grows and changes over time. Even Mike managed to get a lot of new friends thanks to his [[HeelFaceTurn Jerk Face Turn]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'': Version 4 character Brendan Wallace is introduced as a somewhat cynical [[LandDownUnder Australian]] NewTransferStudent with social anxiety. However, by the end of [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters pre-game]] he is a member of an activist club, previously had a SecretRelationship with one character, is currently in a relationship with another, has a ManicPixieDreamGirl best friend, and is a tech guy for a band. However, this can be justified by CharacterDevelopment / CharacterizationMarchesOn very easily.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', despite appearing to be an isolated loner, is actually on good speaking relationships with most of the other characters in her class, interacting with them fairly often. Granted, she tends to do so in a [[TheSnarkKnight fairly ironic way]]. At the same time, Daria does try to avoid interacting with most of them; usually they track her down for some reason, or events force her into human interaction. To some extent, this seems to be a result of her actively avoiding socialisation unless absolutely necessary or among her few friends; she's considered "safe" amid the minefield of high school drama, and somewhat respected for her apparent wisdom. Possibly overlapping with IneffectualLoner in a social sense.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': The title character tries to pull off being a loner at times, but it's a bit hollow given that he has [[LoveInterest Morgana]], [[HeterosexualLifePartners Launchpad]], and [[HappilyAdopted Gosalyn]] around, as well as being a member of the Justice Ducks.