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->''"Just because she's rich, doesn't mean she doesn't have problems."''
-->-- '''Tony Stark''' regarding Whitney Stane, ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures''

If a character is under the age of about 18-21 or so and the parents have a lot of money, it's very likely the character has these problems:

* ''A noticeable shortage of close friends'', for various reasons. They could be a RichBitch or JerkJock, or at least mistaken for one. The character may be leery of friendship overtures because these have turned out to be attempts to take advantage of their wealth. Then there are the rich parents of the rich kid to consider. It could be that parental pressure is toward the character becoming remote and icy because that's what worked for them, all that caste and class nonsense. Politicians' and tycoons' kids often have anti-kidnapping barriers around them that friendlies have just as hard a time getting through as do the unfriendlies.
* ''Some form of ParentalAbandonment.'' Mom and Dad will be either a) dead, b) never around, c) [[ParentalNeglect inattentive and uncaring]], d) inhumanly demanding to the exclusion of actual ''parenting'', or e) [[ParentsAsPeople overwhelmed with all the other responsibilities they need to handle]] or f) some combination of the above. There are seldom siblings around to fill in the gaps.

This one-two punch serves up a lonely kid, one with resources. Unhappy kid + money = trouble, more often than not.

Contrast SpoiledSweet (whose parents are not distant, or maybe they ''are'' but the kid tries not to let it get to them), SpoiledBrat, HeartwarmingOrphan. May overlap with DisneylandDad where an often absent parent tries to make up for it by buying their child really nice gifts or paying for trips to fancy or expensive places.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This is [[RichBitch Mayu Miyuki]]'s FreudianExcuse in ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi''. Her parents are ''never'' around and she only gets to see them counted times, and she met Kaoru when she ran away of her own birthday party ''because her parents didn't come to visit her even then''.
* Aversion: Mihama Chiyo out of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is shown as by far the richest of the girls, and has other reasons that she'd be isolated ... and is of course one of the happiest and most well-liked of her class. Not insanely happy, but generally {{cheerful|Child}}. Granted, the audience never sees her parents, but they're never implied to be ''gone'', just offscreen. Her dad seems to enjoy his life as an extradimensional talking cat secret agent who may or may not be [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/s_true_identity.jpg Santa Claus]].
* Shouko Kirishima from ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts''. The reason why she's {{Yandere}} for Yuuji is because [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe he's the only person who treated her like a normal girl]], whereas everyone was scared to death by her ultra-high social status.
* Himekawa from ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}''. [[spoiler:This is due to the fact that his best friend since kindergarten had betrayed him, and thus he hasn't been able to trust anyone else ever since. He does however seem to be healing now that he has FireForgedFriends with the fellow members of the Tohoshinki, Oga, and their respective subordinates. However, he is also most likely more screwed up as well considering the fact that said best friend that betrayed him lied to him about ''her'' gender and is apparently in love with him. It also doesn't help that they have an agreement between their families for an ArrangedMarriage]].
* Farnese from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Her older siblings were generations apart, her father was always away on business, and her mother took no role in parenting since she was always out partying. Thus, Farnese developed some, [[PyroManiac problems]] ([[ADateWithRosiePalms and urges]]) due to a sense of ParentalAbandonment, and would terrorize her servants and kill pets that didn't reach her expectations. This wasn't made any better when she was given a military position whose [[KnightTemplar purpose was to]] [[KillItWithFire burn people at the stake...]] Princess Charlotte and Theresia count as well, though Princess Charlotte has fared a bit better since [[OnlyFriend she had one friend in her maid Anna]] and Theresia was at least okay when Puck came around and cheered her up, [[BreakTheCutie until her whole childhood was destroyed]]. Basically, if you're an aristocratic female in ''Berserk'', your life is going to be an emotional mess.
* Yukari Fujioka from ''Manga/BillionaireGirl'' is a self made example. She's an 18 year old day trader who has successfully amassed a 170 billion yen fortune, but feels ashamed of her Otaku passion for the business and pretends to be a normal university student, as well as having difficulty making friends because of her wealth.
%%* Kunugi-tan from ''Anime/BinchouTan''.
* Yukio Hans Voralberna from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. [[spoiler: Doubling as a CutePsycho.]]
* Sena Kashiwazaki from ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'' is one. A large part of it is due to the other girls being jealous of her due to her good looks, grades, athleticism, and ample cleavage. As a result, she was often shunned by other girls in group activities, to the point that she had no real friends prior to joining the Neighbors Club.
* Takami "Komo" Komoda from ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', specially in the manga. Her father is a highranked military man, so in grade school Komo either was ignored or ostracized by the other kids until [[OnlyFriend Maki Anou]] came along. As a result, she grew very aloof and slightly emotionally deattached from the world.
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' has some of these:
** El Si Pierre is the son of a French nobleman and tycoon [[http://mangafox.me/manga/captain_tsubasa/v32/c099/103.html who used to be either bullied or sucked up to for his family's riches and prestige.]] He began practising soccer to avert this problem, since in his vew soccer rules are the same for everyone, and this let him forge real friendships with time.
** Mark Owairan is a ''real'' Arabian prince who spent several years locked inside his father's palace and discovered soccer only when he went out of his GildedCage with his bodyguards and saw a bunch of children playing in the streets. He was so fascinated that he started training and playing, rising to the top thanks to his own merits and not to his family's influences.
** The first anime strongly implies that Genzo Wakabayashi is one. He lives in a BigFancyHouse but his family is nowhere in sight, the only adult he interacts regularly with is his coach and BigBrotherMentor Mikami, and a later episode states that his parents are in London (probably due to his father's work) so one of Wakabayashi's reasons to move to Germany is being closer to them.
* Syaoran from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''. While he's more or less well-regarded in his school class, he has very few close friends (barring Meiling from the anime). Tomoyo apparently had some shares of this until Sakura befriended her.
* Tianzi from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Being the figurehead Empress of China meant that she was like a bird in a GildedCage, except the cage was the Imperial Palace and she couldn't properly rule over her country, which was oppressed by her {{Evil Chancellor}}s (who also wanted to either [[ArrangedMarriage marry her off to a much older man]] or get her killed and replaced. Still, she had a devoted protector in TheAce of the series [[IOweYouMyLife whom she once saved from execution]], so...
* Akoya of ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'' has been rich all his life but due to some unpleasant puns regarding his surname and his ability to act like an UpperClassTwit (assumed to be self-protection against the aforementioned puns) he's been short on friends. He did get better after entering his high school's student council, though.
* Tomoko Saeki's FreudianExcuse in ''Manga/DNA2'' is how she's the richest girl at school, but is also desperately lonely. Not helped by how her mother died when she was a child, her dad works abroads, and her boyfriend Ryuuji is a {{Jerkass}}.
* Himeko Shirogane/Princess from ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ''.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** An episode of the first season brings up the kidnapping and murder of a highschool girl named Naoko Takei, who happened to be Shinichi and Ran's classmate. She was [[ShrinkingViolet the shy and quiet daughter]] of a CorruptCorporateExecutive, and in one of the dubs Shinichi/Conan ''literally'' refers to her as "that poor little rich girl". [[spoiler: It turns out Naoko is alive; her captor was her dad's SexySecretary Akiko Hanai, who never intended to kill her... but wanted to punish Mr. Takei, who [[PaterFamilicide drove her dad to kill himself, her mother, and her little brother Masahito]] after causing the family's monetary ruin. Takei was actually such a JerkAss that he didn't really care for poor Naoko's safety, having given a ransom money ''that was all fake''... which Akiko brutally calls him out on when she tries to kill him ''and'' herself as revenge. She even states that she probably would've abandoned the whole plan if he had cared enough to use real money. And in a glorious payback moment, as soon as she was released Naoko ignored her father calling out to her, ran to Akiko ''and forgave her'' for everything, leaving Takei with his hands empty.]]
** Shinichi himself counts to a degree. His parents do love him, but they spend much more time in the USA than in Japan and, until he got shrunk and went to live with the Mouris, they left him alone in their BigFancyHouse. Interestingly, this does ''not'' induce IJustWantToHaveFriends but rather enforced his {{otaku}} image; his not-girlfriend Ran Mouri is pretty much Shinichi's OnlyFriend until he gets shrunk.
* Occurs in the backstory of Lucy Heartfilia in ''Manga/FairyTail''. After her mother Layla's death, she was raised by the staff of her family's manor, as her father Jude, being the {{workaholic}} executive he is, [[ParentalNeglect had no time for her]]. This eventually led to her becoming TheRunaway after pulling a ScrewThisImOuttaHere and joining the eponymous guild after [[WalkingTheEarth living on the road for a year]].
* Takiko Okuda aka Genbu no Miko from ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden''. Also Hotohori, as the son of the former Emperor of Konan and his mistress/the local GoldDigger. He later is orphaned and becomes TheEmperor himself, which makes him ''even lonelier'' - so he latches on the legend of the Suzaku No Miko and falls for Miaka when she treats him as a person and not as the leader of the country.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Miho had difficulty making friends as a child because no one else shared her interest in tankery.
* Ayumi Himekawa from ''Manga/GlassMask'' is the rich daughter of two successful actors and is set on the path to follow in their footsteps. She has a lot of peers around telling her how great she is, but no real true friends. It's revealed later on that she was jealous of ordinary Maya Kitajima, not only because of her being naturally good at acting, but because she had true friends by her side encouraging her, while Ayumi had nothing but pressure to live up to her family's legacy, which made her feel alone.
* Extra points for ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'':
** Nanako's parents started out poor and nice and became less pleasant as they got rich. The protagonist solves the family problem without bankrupting them, however. With a sledgehammer.
** A number of characters including Urumi and Miyabi fit the bill as well. While their parents aren't gone [[spoiler: except Urumi, who doesn't know her father as anything more than a sperm donor]], they're emotionally detached from them to the point they act out. Granted they have more issues than just this trope, but ''GTO'' prefers a cornucopia of issues for its characters.
** Another one of the minor characters that Onizuka helps is the son of a Yakuza boss who has become a HikkikoMori because he didn't want to be ostracized by his peers because of his dad. (Later, he gets over it, and uses the fact that Daddy is in the Yakuza as a leverage point against bullies.)
* The [=F4=] boys from ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'' display this trope in ''very'' different ways.
** Domyoji Tsukasa's parents live in New York where their Corporate Empire is headquartered and at the beginning of the plot he states that he hasn't seen them in years. His [[CoolBigSis older sister]] Tsubaki, [[PromotionToParent who had been largely responsible for his upbringing]], leaves Japan to get married sometime before we meet him, leaving him alone in his BigFancyHouse, besides the legions of servants whom he regularly abuses. His ParentalAbandonment is cited by other characters as his FreudianExcuse for bullying/[[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney complete lack of respect for anyone]]/borderline psychopathic fits of rage. And once we meet his EvilMatriarch mother, well...
** Hanazawa Rui is referred to as having an ''extremely'' strict childhood that left him prone to fits of [[HeroicBSOD near-catatonia]] as a child. This was eventually "cured" by ThePowerOfFriendship in the form of his old friend and later girlfriend, CoolBigSis Shizuka Todou, but it left him emotionally dependent on her.
** Nishikado Sohjirou seems at first to be immune from this, but as more of his home life is revealed, he is shown to have parents who are highly emotionally distant and an older brother who abandoned the family business, leaving him to be TheDutifulSon. This is [[FreudianExcuse assumed to be the cause of his inability]] [[TheCasanova to develop lasting relationships]].
** Mimasaka Akira seems to be the only member immune from this despite that, at least in the j-Drama, his father is a {{Yakuza}} boss. In all incarnations, having a childish mother seems to be why he LikesOlderWomen.
* Nagi Sanzennin from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' pretty much gets hit full force by all aspects of this trope. Her parents are mentioned sometimes, but are practically nonexistent (both of them died when she was little). She's hesitant to even go outside her own house because every time she does, somebody tries to kidnap her for her wealth. Pretty much her only friends are fellow {{Lonely Rich Kid}}s, the servants she keeps around (including Hayate), and her pet tiger Tama. [[spoiler: Athena Tennos]] is another, ''specially'' in her backstory [[spoiler: More exactly, when she kicks Hayate out after their fight, but almost immediately falls into despair due to being magically locked in a GildedCage-like mansion.]]
* Ai Shinozaki, the Ojou from ''Manga/HellTeacherNube''. Lampshaded when she reveals her loneliness [[spoiler: that led her to be possessed by a demon]] to Makoto and Nuubee and says it's one of the reasons is how she can't make true friends.
%%* Tatsuki Iizuka from ''Manga/{{Hyakko}}''.
* Amy from ''Anime/IGPXImmortalGrandPrix'', although later her parents manage to make time for her.
* Usami from ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'', until meeting Hiroki. His mother is shown as highly distant, father more or less not present, and his half-brother constantly jealous of him. Misaki says to him "You've got the typical rich boy complex. Am I right? You grew up with a father who was never home and abandoned his parental responsibilities, while your mother indulged herself in her own hobbies. Thus, in your loneliness, you found companionship in my older brother who was in the same boat. You lived life without ever finding true understanding, and hence you strayed from the right path, but found nothing but more loneliness. And on top of that, you own a red sports car and a longhaired dog named Alexander!" To which Usagi replies, "How did you know?"
* Serge Battour in ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'', who is also a HeartwarmingOrphan. His [[BoysLove love interest]] [[YaoiGuys Gilbert]] is also one of these, but that's [[BreakTheCutie the least of his problems]].
* ''Manga/KotouraSan'' has Haruka, whose family apparently came from a landed gentry family. Although the reason of her loneless was her own {{telepath|y}}ic powers, which among others made her friendless and caused both of her parents to disown her.
* Murasaki Kujoin from ''[[LightNovel/KureNai Kure-nai]]'' is born into a very rich family, but at the cost of being locked away from the outside world for the rest of her life [[spoiler: to eventually bear her older brother's children]].
* Kougyoku in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' is a lonely princess most of the time, with her older brothers busy with affairs of the country, her older sisters married off to foreign countries and she is too timid to talk with the approachable Hakuryuu or Hakuei. Not to mention her status as [[spoiler: a bastard child]], making many people avoid her.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'': Victoria Dahlgrun, resident {{Ojou}} and the descendant of a different Ancient Belka royal family, is shown to only live with her butler like several rich characters. That said, she also has quite a few good friends in the tournament scene and frequently tries to reach out to the loner champion.
** ''Anime/VividStrike'': If the scene of her being alone in her room and sadly calling out to Fuka in episode 1 is any indication, Rinne became this after her adoption to the Berlinetta family. [[spoiler: It turns out that she's wasn't this in the beginning, since she was close to her adoptive grandfather before he passed away. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown What she did to her bullies]] who prevented her from [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye being at her grandfather's deathbed]] also may have something to do with her current loner status in school; everyone is cordial to Rinne, but nobody actually is friends with her because they are afraid of her.]]
%%* Usui from ''Manga/MaidSama''.
%%* Chise Umenomori from ''LightNovel/MayoiNekoOverrun''.
* Kaito Doumoto of ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is popular at school and has an InstantFanclub, and hides his lonely brooding behind the mask of a carefree joker instead of a standoffish loner like most of these examples. His parents died in a storm at sea, leaving him with a vast amount of money, and he doesn't like to talk about it. It's only Lucia's perseverance and [[LovesMyAlterEgo his growing suspicion that she might be the mermaid he's looking for]] that allows him to eventually open up to her.
** Also Michal Amagi, an IllGirl whose [[BigBrotherInstinct older brother Rihito]] is pretty much the only person she talks to. Although he pours his riches into making her happy, she's so desperate and depressed that [[HeroicSelfDeprecation she thinks that he's wasting his energy on her]]. When Kaito shows her genuine kindness, she goes all-out ClingyJealousGirl, throwing herself at him, practically chaining him to her mansion, and [[AmnesiaDanger ready and willing to do anything to keep him from remembering Lucia]] because if he knows he has a ''real'' girlfriend, he won't want ''her'' anymore. Her FreakOut when he decides to move back home is both profoundly creepy and heartbreaking.
* Relena Darlian from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' is quite popular at her high-class school but doesn't seem to have any real friends at first, just admirers and would-be suitors. She seems to be aware of her condition, too, and while she's polite to the other kids she doesn't approach them either. Even her beloved father is (unwillingly) distant due to his ''extremely'' demanding job, and while Relena herself understands it she can't help being depressed. At first, her only friend seems to be her grandfatherly butler/chauffeur Pagan... until she meets TheStoic HitmanWithAHeart protagonist and her life starts changing.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'''s AcePilot and BigBrotherMentor Mu La Flaga was one of these as a child, courtesy of being rejected and disowned by his father, [[spoiler: who had himself cloned in order to produce a more worthy heir]]. Also, Flay Alster starts as one of them, as her father George is an important politician whom she barely gets to see and her mother died when she was a little girl.
* The protagonist of ''Manga/{{Mouse}}'' was one for two reasons: one, his ''very'' old-fashioned family didn't have servants, it had slaves, and even when young [[NiceGuy Sorata]] was freaked out by that, and two; Sorata's...[[PhantomThief hobby]]...and meek personality (as, obviously, he never had to assert himself for any reason) made befriending 'normal' people difficult. Sorata's social skills improved after he became a teacher.
%%* Mikawa Kai of ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid''.
* Hiroko "Hiro-chan" Kaizuka from ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'' is particularly a tragic case. Her [[AbusiveParents parents]] cared more for her grades in school than her emotional well-being (although her bullies wanted to lower her learning curve) and her father cut ties with her only friends when said grades didn't get better. So it's no wonder the [[BewareTheNiceOnes girl]] [[{{Yandere}} snapped]] once they and her bullies [[BreakTheCutie broke her]] and she [[spoiler:went on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge and kills [[SelfMadeOrphan both her parents]] ''and'' her bullies.]]
* The AlphaBitch Miyuki from ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' is rich and has a lot of friends but is shown to feel lonely because her father [[WhenYouComingHomeDad is distant due to work and rarely has time for her]].
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'':
** Hazuki Fujiwara's father was a famous movie director and her mother is a popular fashion designer, but as much as they ''do'' genuinely care for her, they're so absorbed in their work that Hazuki's more usual companions are her landlady and the other Ojamajos.
** The local AlphaBitch, Reika Tamaki, also hits this trope to some degree. Her dad spoils her because he doesn't want to make her cry, but that shapes her into a spoiled Alpha Bitch [[HeroicBSOD who has a complete emotional meltdown]] when she starts doubting if her dad ''really'' loves her.
** Averted with [[DarkMagicalGirl Onpu Segawa]], who, when confronted with an empty house and a cold plate of plastic-wrapped food (on Christmas!) just went out to have fun with the other girls.
* Haru Jigokumeguri from ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' was like this for most of her life [[spoiler: due to her original friends shunning her for her social status]]. It played a major role in why she acts [[RichBitch the way she does]]. The story starts off with her meeting Tsurezure, who goes on to be her first friend [[spoiler: and eventual boyfriend.]]
* Sabo from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a partial case. He grew up in a rich noble family and states to his orphan friends that even though he had parents, he felt more lonely than them. However, it was not as much that he was lonely as that he just didn't have someone who cared about him.
* Tamaki Suoh from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', who has few friends outside the Club. Double because he's [[spoiler: an HeroicBastard as well]]. Because of this, his EvilMatriarch of a grandmother makes him live in a smaller manor funded by but separate from her and his father, with an army of servants and a nanny, but no real family.
%%* Oz from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' is this in spades.
* Isabella from ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'' was raised by her butler, and also had the issues you'd expect from a little {{Ojou}} [[{{Transsexual}} trapped in a little rich boy's body]].
* James in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has this as part of his {{backstory}} - he grew up in the lap of luxury, but only had a Growlithe for a friend. He eventually ran away to escape an ArrangedMarriage.
%%* ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'': Played straight with Platinum, averted with Gold.
* Mawata Awayuki from the anime ''Anime/{{Pretear}}'' is a subversion of sorts, in that at first she seems to be lonely for no particular reason: her family is with her, but she distances herself from them; she is popular at school, but doesn't seem to have close friends. It's only later in the series that the ''real'' reasons for her loneliness are revealed -- not only she was quite affected by her father's demise when she was a little girl, she just doesn't think people can understand her true feelings, and so is unwilling to open up to anyone. [[spoiler: Of course, her issues remain unnoticed long enough to turn into a real problem, when the BigBad seizes her and turns her into a DarkMagicalGirl]].
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'':
** Karen of ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5''. Her parents are always traveling abroad, and she doesn't even get to see them in the ChristmasEpisode, despite that being the only time they come home. She does have one friend, Komachi, but manages to isolate herself anyway by being resolutely determined not to open up to her or anyone else.
** Karen's ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' [[{{Expy}} predecessor]], Honoka, has a nearly identical backstory, but it takes long enough for the series to get into her head that it's hard to say whether she actually fits the trope.
** While Hibiki from ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' is not really rich, she is a lot wealthier than her teammates. Her father is a busy musician, while her mother is a world travelling pianist. On top of having no siblings, she gets lonely very easily.
* Kuno from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' could be considered a bizarre variation even though he's rarely sympathetic. He lives in a mansion occupied by no one but his sister Kodachi and only has one unpaid servent (and only in the anime). He's estranged from his dad, behaves in a Outdated fashion, and appears to have no real friends.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' had three Sailor Senshi in this situation:
** Ami "Sailor Mercury" Mizuno was not only the smartest girl in all of Japan, but the daughter of a very rich doctor. However, she was [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation believed to be haughty]] for her grades and riches, when in reality [[ShyBlueHairedGirl she was too shy to approach others.]]
** Rei "Sailor Mars" Hino was the Golden Girl of her all-girls school, plus (in the manga and tyhe live-action) the daughter of one of the most important politicians in the country. However, despite her beauty and high social rank, she was also seen as a freak for her PsychicPowers.
** Hotaru "Sailor Saturn" Tomoe was the daughter of a famous and rich professor (and MadScientist), but her classmates rejected her for her [[HealingHands healing powers]] and her quiet nature.
* ''Manga/SakuraNoIchiban'': Before meeting Asami and Misao, Tsukiko was not allowed to go outside and was very sheltered. The "friends" she had then only wanted her wealth.
* ''Anime/SakuraWarsTV''
** Sumire Kanzaki's father and grandfather were so absorbed into work that she was left emotionally scarred and doubtful about their love for her. [[spoiler:Reversed later, when her dad appears and is revealed to be a rather decent guy otherwise and even apologizes to Sumire for not being able to spend more time with her. She forgives him.]]
** Vicomtesse Iris Chateaubriand's parents were so scared of her enormous PsychicPowers that they locked her away in her fancy bedroom, and her only company were her dolls and teddies until Ayame Fujieda recruited her; Iris became [[ShrinkingViolet extremely withdrawn and scared of everyone]] as a consequence, holding on her teddybear Jean-Claude as a SecurityBlanket. There's [[ADayInTheLimelight a whole episode dedicated to her]], where Iris' backstory is revealed and the troupe struggles to give her her first birthday party ever.
* Sanka Rea of ''Manga/{{Sankarea}}'' has a ''massive'' list of problems. It says a lot that dying and coming back as a zombie is an '''''improvement'''''.
* Eri Sawachika from ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' is an archetypical example (as well as an archetypical {{Tsundere}}, and TheOjou.)
* Mikogami Hayato from ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'' was this before becoming an Ashikabi, combining IntelligenceEqualsIsolation with a huge dose of ParentalAbandonment. That he's also a {{Jerkass}} doesn't help matters, so he [[TheCollector collects]] a harem of {{Magical Girlfriend}}s (and boyfriend) to make up for his lack of family or friends.
* Keisaku Satou in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''. He's not a totally straight example (as he does have a friend in Eita), but otherwise he fits. He's rich as hell, bored and slightly depressed with it, and feels like he has no purpose. Then [[MsFanservice Margery]] [[ActionGirl Daw]] enters his life, and he falls for her, and unlike Eita, who eventually decides to gracefully decline further service to her mission as a Flame Haze, he still helps her for no benefit to himself, mostly because her presence in his life is removing the "Lonely" from the trope title. In fact, even after she catches on and tries to tell him her DarkAndTroubledPast to keep him at arms length, it only draws him closer to her. [[spoiler: And in the light novels and the third season of the anime, she eventually breaks down and they become an OfficialCouple]]
* ''Anime/ShamanKing'' has Kana Bismarch, a membress of the ''Hanagumi'' Team, who used to be this in the past. The poor girl was isolated in her family's BigFancyCastle until her parents died and her greedy relatives appeared and took everything away, leaving Kanna desitute. Hao arrived and killed them all and invited her to join his team.
* Christopher "Chris" Thorndyke in ''Anime/SonicX'' - or at least, the show's writers try to play him as this, but it doesn't really hit home when he does actually have some genuine human friends and his grandfather is almost always at home even if his parents (who definitely love him) aren't. This parents are both horribly neglectful and smothering in the first two seasons; rarely seeing their son for more than a few hours at a time before having the disappear for some reason but at the same time demanding to know where Chris is at all times and conducting a world search if he's missing for more any period of time. They do apparently get better at the end of the second season.
* The entire main cast of the anime ''Manga/SpecialA'' qualifies thanks to various relationship traumas during their childhood.
* Minto Aizawa from ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', who initially JumpedAtTheCall but refused the built-in gang of TrueCompanions out of snobbery. She gets better, though, especially when Zakuro shows up and her {{fangirl}} side kicks in.
* In ''Manga/TonaGura'', Nina Isokawa is a sweet but annoying example, and as a result is very devoted to her friends, the Arisakas and Kaguras. Her extreme early-bloomer bustiness freaks Yuuji out, but at no time does he try and exploit her obvious crush on him. Her GenkiGirl nature always freaks Marie out.
* Eddie from ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' is a rich kid, whose parents work a little too much and often leave him alone on his birthday, along with the presents they give him and celebrates his birthday with his friends alone. He [[StepfordSmiler claims that he doesn't mind his parents missing]], but deep down, he misses them and wishes they could spend more time with him.
* Slightly subverted with Seto Kaiba in ''Anime/YuGiOh''. Granted, the guy doesn't act or appear friendly, but then again, who would when he had to endure the type of pain Gozaburo inflicted on him as a child? He doesn't have any friends, but he spends more time with his Yugi, his band of misfits, and his kid brother than anyone else.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[Comicbook/XMen Charles Xavier]], founder of the X-Men, was one.
* [[Freanchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] is portrayed as being one after his parents' death. Before, he wasn't, and was friends with Tommy Elliot, Roman Sionis and Zatanna Zatarra, the the future supervillains Hush and Black Mask; and superheroine Zatanna, respectively. He was also loose acquaintances with Kate Kane, the future Batwoman and his cousin, and Oswald Cobblepot, the future Penguin, due to those two being his age and part of the founding families of Gotham.
* Tim Drake, the third Robin, had exactly this kind of 'rich kid abandoned' childhood, at least up until the part where his father died and Bruce Wayne finally adopted him. But even before that, it took 125 issues of [[ComicBook/RobinSeries his solo title]] before his father finally noticed that his son was leading a double life, and even then he practically had to be handed the revelation on a silver platter by the plot. And that was after their relationship ''improved''. Initially Tim's parents paid him so little attention that he focused on ''Batman'' (who he had seen exactly once, to boot) as a parental substitute.
* Cecilia from ''ComicBook/YokoTsuno'', a sheltered and naive Scottish noblewoman who was pretty much locked away in the family castle after the death of her mother.
* ''ComicBook/GeminiStorm'' has Julia Hamilton, so lonely she doesn't know anyone who attends her birthday parties.
* Lord Snooty in his first ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' strip - then he slipped away from Bunkerton Castle and made friends with the Ash Can Alley Gang.
* This was more or less the original premise of the ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' comic books published by Creator/HarveyComics -- the covers even referred to him as "The Poor Little Rich Boy." But over the past half-century Richie has acquired so many devoted friends that he doesn't really qualify any more.
* Harry Osborn from ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' often was shown to have this background before he met Peter Parker.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Many ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' fics depict the eponymous detective this way when writing about his childhood. It makes some sense, as this version of the Holmes family seems to come from old money, and it works well with Sherlock's {{Friendless Background}}. Whether or not Sherlock was actually interested in ''[[LonersAreFreaks getting]]'' friends during childhood is unknown.
* Tsuruya's backstory in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' portray her like that. She's afraid to let [[IJustWantToHaveFriends people close to her]] because of [[{{Yakuza}} her family business]].
* While it's implied in the series, the NeonGenesisEvangelion fanfic ''[[https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/amarantos-nge-au.30227/ Amarantos]]'' makes it explicit that Shinji and Asuka are this.
* Blaine in ''FanFic/HuntingTheUnicorn'' is shown to be this--though he has [[TrueCompanions the Warblers]], [[ParentalSubstitute Greg]], and [[OfficialCouple Kurt]], his father is [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]], his mother is [[ValuesDissonance extremely old-fashioned,]] and his siblings are [[WhenYouComingHomeDad traveling constantly or studying in California]]. It's a CerebusRetcon of his [[RelationshipSue canon portrayal]], which turns him into a LoveMartyr [[ExtremeDoormat who goes along with everything Kurt says]] because he doesn't want yet another person to leave him. [[spoiler: Like the first guy he slept with.]]
* Alfred's backstory in ''Fanfic/PartRightHalfWrongAThirdCrazy''. His father was incredibly rich, and also emotionally distant/neglectful to the point of pretty much replying to any of Al's attempts to form a relationship between them with "I don't have time for that shit". He's also implied to not have had any real friends until college, and even then they were more people he got high with than people he actually talked to and/or liked.
* Usagi in the AlternateUniverseFic ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfHistories''. After her mother's passing, her father has mainly focused on climbing the political ladder over spending any time with her. On top of this, she's been made painfully aware of the fact that she's not a perfectly poised, model daughter, resulting in her developing a massive GuiltComplex and believing his ParentalNeglect is [[ItsAllMyFault all on her]].
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' technically has Harry, the technically coming in because though he's rich (and doesn't really use it much) he is developing a circle of friends. A much straighter example from the same fic is Lex Luthor.
* ''Fanfic/IfImInLovePLEASESHOOTME'' has sweet, innocent little Veronica Webbs suffering the ParentalAbandonment kind.
* It's shown in the ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Ripples}}'' that when Prince Phobos was a child, he had no true friends or courtly companions stimulating enough for him. His mother Weira knew from experience how difficult it is for a member of the Escannor lineage to make genuine friends. Phobos meets Van Rivers (the new identity of Will Vandom who's TrappedInThePast and [[FountainOfYouth turned younger]]) [[NakedFirstImpression when she's skinny dipping]]. The bold and apathetic way she acts towards him despite his title both angers and intrigues him. With his mother's permission, he takes Van as a companion, making her his OnlyFriend.
* ''WebAnimation/GravityFallsDeepWoods'' explores this trope in ''Quest for the Northwest'' with [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Pacifica Northwest]] (who's already mentioned in the Western Animation folder). It uses the theory that she doesn't have any real friends [[spoiler:(outside of Dipper and Mabel)]]. Her parents favor their responsabilities and the maintenance of the family's good name over her. They often drag her at the parades they throw to boost their reputation, but force her to only wave at the crowd and look pretty in order to give the impression that their family is perfect; something they later use for commercials.
-->'''Pacifica:''' "And my parents drag me to these big publicity things where all I'm supposed to do is wave and watch everyone else have fun..."

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Jenny from ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''. Her parents were too busy to come home for her birthday, but when Jenny met Oliver and took him in, she perks up.
* Kiara from ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''.
* Cecilia in ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory''.
* Anna and her older sister Elsa are this in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. Anna and Elsa used to play together all the time, but after Elsa almost kills Anna with her ice magic by accident, Elsa isolates herself from Anna to keep that from happening again. The time during "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" still has Elsa fit the age requirement. Anna spends most of this song alone and desperately trying to reconnect with her sister. It is implied that she doesn't spend as much time with her parents either, since they have to devote extra time to trying to help Elsa control her powers. After their parents die at sea in a freak storm, both girls become this even more at the ages of 15 and 18 respectively, with their only other human contact being the castle servants. Upon her official coronation as queen at 21, Elsa turns into a rich IneffectualLoner.
* Winnie Portley-Rind from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls'' seems to have no friends until she meets Eggs, and emotionally-distant parents. This is especially true of her father, who is too obsessed with his NiceHat and fancy cheeses to [[NotNowKiddo pay her any mind at all]].
* Prince Lír from ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'' described himself as "never having any friends" before meeting Schmendrick and Molly Grue.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The cinematic GrandFinale of ''Film/OurMissBrooks'' has Connie Brooks tutor friendless Gary Nolan, a Lonely Rich Kid who's deliberately failing in English so as to spite his neglectful father.
* Justified in ''Film/TheStudentPrinceInOldHeidelberg'', because Karl Heinrich is the crown prince of his kingdom, which means he can't go out and play with the other little boys.
* Eric from ''Film/TheToy'' is a lonely kid deep down, but it's hard to notice that since he tries to get attention by acting like a horrible little bastard.
* Ridley in ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead''.
* The movie version of ''Film/RichieRich''.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Arthur}}'', Arthur Bach has been a Lonely Rich Kid all his life. By the time the film begins, he's [[Creator/DudleyMoore a middle-aged man]] and ''still'' is a Lonely Rich Kid. The 2011 remake dials his age back to mid-30s due to casting [[Creator/RussellBrand a younger actor]], but the trope still applies. The soundtrack album for the 1981 film includes a whole song jumping off of this theme, "Poor Rich Boy".
* ''Film/{{Lucas}}'' in the film of the same name paints himself as this, explaining that his parents are "superficial" people who take no interest in him, don't meet with other parents, and don't want him inviting friends over or giving out his phone number. At the end, one of his friends reveals that he lives in a trailer with an alcoholic father.
* In ''Film/TheLastEmperor'', Pu Yi who has the eponymous title cannot leave the Forbidden City despite being curious about the outside world; his tutor R.J. said, "I think the Emperor is the loneliest boy on earth."
* In one of the ''Film/{{Eloise}}'' movies, Eloise befriends a child at the plaza named Leon, who is actually a prince. He isn't used to having friends because royalty and his father isolated him, so in an effort to keep friends he does not reveal his status to Eloise.
* The film adaptation of ''Film/IronMan'' has Tony Stark, [[ChildProdigy genius]] [[FictionFiveHundred billionaire]] [[MillionairePlayboy playboy]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold philanthropist]]. He had a father who--in [[WellDoneSonGuy Tony's]] opinion--[[ParentalAbandonment never cared about him]]; was shipped off to boarding school at an early age; and graduated MIT [[TeenGenius when he was seventeen.]] As of the first movie he has exactly two friends (not counting his [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] AI and the ParentalSubstitute who [[spoiler: betrays and tries to kill him]]).
* Deconstructed in ''That Championship Season''. Phil was this as a kid, and now is almost 40 but he still doesn't know if people like him for who he is or for his money.
* Unlike in the comics, Red Mist from ''Film/KickAss'' was played more sympathetically with this trope.
* Add "neglected" and "emotionally abused" to "lonely", and you've got Cameron Frye from ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', since Raven is explicitly stated to be Charles' oldest and only friend, that means prior to their meeting, he had difficulty connecting with other children despite growing up in the lap of luxury. ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' elaborates on this a little further by revealing that Xavier was considered to be "crazy" in between the ages of 9 and 12 due to the voices in his head, and was therefore a social pariah among his peers.
* Based on her conversations with ''Film/{{Annie|2014}}'', Grace grew up in the lap of luxury with few to no friends.
* Adam Banks in ''Film/TheMightyDucks'' trilogy, most evident in the first film. Banks had formerly played on [[OpposingSportsTeam the Hawks]] until late in the regular season because district lines were redrawn only in the previous year and no one noticed Banks should have been on the Ducks until Coach Bombay threatened to have the Hawks forfeit all its remaining games for playing someone ineligible (even after [[DisproportionateRetribution Bombay was fired from his law firm for refusing to compromise by withdrawing his protest]]) -- this made his inclusion onto the Ducks roster rocky at first in a SnobsVsSlobs way (especially for Jesse Hall), Banks being the only one from a relatively affluent suburb. Banks, for his part, really just wants to play hockey and, with support from Bombay and Charlie, is able to fit into the team by the end.
* ''Film/TheHandmaiden'': Hideko is miserable as an heiress living on an estate, with no friends and under the control of her uncle. Her true misery does not stem from being rich itself, but from [[CreepyUncle her uncle]]'s sadistic and torturous control over her life, exploiting her for his own sexual gratification and as a prop in his pornographic industry.

* TeenGenius VillainProtagonist ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' fits this quite well, though his lack of friends seems to be by choice, and [[spoiler:his ParentalAbandonment is actually remedied as the series goes on.]] This is played straight in the beginning of the ''Artemis Fowl'' series, but increasingly averted as the series progresses. Oh yes, and the reason he was hunting fairies in the first place was to rebuild the lost family fortune, for the expressed purpose of locating his missing father. [[spoiler:Which he finally succeeds at in the Arctic Incident.]]
%%* Holden Caulfield in ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye''.
%%* Prince Brat in the novel ''Literature/TheWhippingBoy''.
* Chance the Gardener in ''Literature/BeingThere'' is a variation. He was raised by a wealthy man but was forcibly confined to the townhouse ''all his life'' due to his mental retardation. So as the story opens, Chance is middle-aged but otherwise he fits the trope: he's attended to by a maid; he spends his days eating, sleeping, tending to a garden, and watching television; and he has no friends. Perhaps luckily, he doesn't ''know'' he's not living a normal life. When he's forced to leave the house after the master's death, he winds up befriending and enriching the lives of Eve and Ben Rand, a married couple who also serve as adult versions of this trope.
* In ''Literature/HatingAlisonAshley'' Erica, already dissatisfied with her middle-class family, is very jealous of the rich new girl, Alison Ashley. It takes her the whole book to realise that maybe having parents who bother to turn up to the school play you are starring in is more important than a fancy house and your own room.
%%* Terisa Morgan in ''Mordant's Need''.
%%* Alek, prince of the Austria-Hungary empire in ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}''.
* Lila Fowler of the ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' series is normally proud of her status as the richest girl in town and unafraid to flaunt how awesome and cool she is, but she's had her moments of crying over how she hardly ever sees her busy, emotionally distant father and has a MissingMom and being envious of the Wakefield twins for having the perfect family. [[CharacterDevelopment She got better]] when her mom and dad remarried later in the series.
%%* Hanno Buddenbrook in Thomas Mann's ''Literature/{{Buddenbrooks}}''.
* Colin from ''Literature/TheSecretGarden''. The fact that he can't go outside contributes to the problem, as he's an only child, and too rich to play with the servant kids.
* This trope is used a lot in Literature/HarryPotter.
** Harry himself - he's very wealthy, but the tragedy just rolls on and on and on, especially when it comes to ParentalAbandonment. Not only do ALL his parental figures end up dead, but his illusions about them are also shattered. Harry is forced to face their past sins and suffer for them even when they don't seem bothered by them at all.
** Sirius Black - also from a very wealthy family, but clearly had a terrible home life and ended up running away at the age of 16. His HeterosexualLifePartner is murdered when they're still very young and he spends almost his entire adult life in prison for the murder, even though he didn't commit it. [[spoiler: And then he dies.]] Judging from the memories Harry sees, he had a cruel streak and helped his best friend bully other students, and apparently his popularity was primarily based in shallowness and his friendship with James. We also know that he didn't trust Lupin during their years in the Order together.
** Draco Malfoy - despite being a racist bully, it can't be denied that he gets most of that smugness battered out of him in the later books. Parental abandonment in the form of imprisonment, and he never seems to have any close friends that he considers his equal.
* In ''Literature/LittleWomen'' Marmie says of Great Aunt March, their grumpy but wealthy aunt...
--> "Her blessings became a burden because she had none to share them with"
* Danny Saunders in ''Literature/TheChosen'' isn't rich but he does have a prestigous father and he is the ultimate in loneliness.
* Eldie Porter of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. She's five years old and her family is prestigious, but [[spoiler: preoccupied with treason]]; the siblings/aunts closest in age to her are in their teens and not interested. Sometimes she gets to play with her "aunt" Ren's little sisters, but not as often as she'd like. [[spoiler: When she's HappilyAdopted by the Whistlers she gets to be part of a larger family with more kids around her age, and she's content with it.]]
* In Creator/LauraAmySchlitz's ''Literature/SplendorsAndGlooms'', Clara's life was happier before her brothers and sisters died, but since then, her parents' wealth has let them isolate her in a house engulfed with remembering the dead. She is so lonely she conspires to invite Lizze Rose and Parsefall to tea, despite their being the children who helped the marionette performer at her party.
* Sandry from Literature/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series starts this way, as her parents' globetrotting ensured that she would have no permanent friends and very few of the people they met could get past the gulf in class to ''let'' their kids befriend a clehame.[[note]]countess[[/note]] She finds TrueCompanions at Winding Circle, but she feels lonely and isolated again in ''The Will of the Empress'' because the trip to Namorn is all ''about'' her status. That, along with the things that happened in their travels, partly alienates her friends.
* Jacob in ''Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren''. At the beginning, he has exactly one friend, who is quickly proven to be a pretty [[{{Jerkass}} shitty]] [[FairWeatherFriend excuse for a]] [[WithFriendsLikeThese friend]]. Luckily, once Jacob meets the titular children, things get better for him.
* Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt has a few examples. And yeah, they also have to face abuse and parental neglect.
** Beatrice and Sofia in Literature/{{Overenskommelser}} have each other and their companion Mary, but that's it.
** Illiana Henriksdotter in "Betvingade" was unloved by her own parents and seemingly had no friends.
** Gabriel and his sisters in "De skandalösa" seem to have been in this situation as well. But at least they had each other.
%%* Ana, the protagonist of ''Literature/TheGlimpse''.
* In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', during Jake's original life in New York, his rich parents don't pay much attention to him. They leave him with their employees, like the housekeeper Ms. Shaw, who's the only person he has a real connection with. It's mentioned that Jake has no real friends at school, and that girls find him good-looking but are driven away by his "professional" way of talking (inherited from his parents).
%%* Kevin in ''Strider'' by Creator/BeverlyCleary.
%%* Madge Undersee in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.
* Nanaki in ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'' is an {{exaggerated|trope}} example, as he's supposed to inherit his family fortune [[OnOneCondition on the condition]] of [[MinorLivingAlone being cloistered]] at a LargeFancyHouse until he reaches majority.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Shallan's father sheltered her a great deal, she didn't get out much until the events of the story. She had absolutely zero friends when she left home.
* Defied in ''{{Literature/Dune}}''. Paul's official biographer points out that a lot of people assume Paul was this. Said biographer points out that while Paul had no friends of the same age because of the security risks involved, he had close and warm relationships with his tutors Thufir Hawat, Duncan Idaho and Gurney Halleck. It is also clearly shown that while Leto and Jessica were not as present as they could have been (they were the ruling couple of a planet, after all), they were very much loving and supportive parents.
* Susan Sto Helit in ''Discworld/SoulMusic''. Her parents love her and try to show it, but, as RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething, are always away signing treaties, and have developed a fixation that encouraging her to become a FlatEarthAtheist is a good idea to shield her from [[TheGrimReaper her grandfather]]'s world, with the result that she's a bit of a StrawVulcan and the other girls see her as standoffish. (And then they die in a coach crash.) She has exactly two friends, who are also outsiders, being a dwarf and a troll.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* PsychopathicManchild and budding serial killer Dandy Mott from ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' is one of these, so much so that his [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] takes to buying and hiring him friends (including a terrifying MonsterClown), without much success. Given that he murdered one of the few children willing to play with him, it's hard to feel too sorry for him.
* Logan Echolls from ''Series/VeronicaMars''.
* Dr. Robert Chase from ''Series/{{House}}''.
* Brett Aspinall from ''Series/WaterlooRoad'', at least when he was first introduced.
* Lex Luthor from ''Smallville'' was one.
* Greg from ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' had this kind of childhood.
* As mentioned, most of the F4 from ''Series/HanaYoriDango'', despite the fact that [[TrueCompanions their mutual friendship]] would seem to make them immune from the loneliness aspect.
* Olive Snook from ''Series/PushingDaisies'' had this type of childhood.
* This was how Summer Landsdown from ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' was until her butler died in her arms trying to get into the city of Corinth.
* Wes from ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' also was one of these until he joined the Power Rangers. As well as his ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' counterpart, Tatsuya.
* Leonard Hofstadter from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' also had this kind of childhood.
* Sylvester Le Fey and Lady Cutler's son Benjamin, in the ''Series/JonathanCreek'' episode "The Scented Room". His parents were constantly fighting, fired the nanny because she was "spoiling" him, and were so clueless about the concept of "fun" that when he said he wanted a treehouse, they built him one with an elevator so he wouldn't spoil his clothes. When he restores the stolen painting, Maddie suggests to Lady Cutler that he could use her reward money to buy something he really needed ... like a life.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler Bing. His parents divorced when he was 9 and left him with the house boys before sending him to boarding school. He also never mentions having any friends from his childhood. As an adult, he has the least contact with his family out of the gang (and considering the DysfunctionJunction that are his TrueCompanions, that's saying ''a lot''.) Interestingly, he's not a SpoiledBrat or RichInDollarsPoorInSense at all. In fact he's the nicest, most easy-going of the gang and the most economically savvy as well. His parents probably [[{{ParentalNeglect}} ignored him too much to spoil him]], and the sources of their wealth (erotic writer and drag performer) were a cause for mockery rather than admiration. It may be because of his strained relationship with them that he never turns to them for help, determinedly supports himself ''and'' Joey, hates borrowing anything, and works a boring 9-5 office job as different from their flashy, overpaid careers as you can get.
* Elliot Reed from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. At least she had a Hispanic nanny to give her "cheer-up hugs".
* Really, three out of four members of ''Series/GossipGirl'''s [[TrueCompanions Non-Judging Breakfast Club]] could qualify. Nate might be an arguable case, since his mom seems to at least have been the stay-at-home type (even if she's not exactly Mother Of The Year material). But Blair's father left her to move to France with his gay lover and her mother was absent a lot (and when present, drove Blair to an eating disorder). Chuck's father kind of hated him for having [[DeathByChildbirth killed his mother]]. Also Serena and her younger brother Eric. Their father abandoned them when Serena was four and their mother was very frequently away, and dated and got married frequently caring more for her significant others than her children. This trope applies very well with Eric because in a deleted scene from the first season after Eric suicide attempt he tells Serena that he and his mother moved into the Palace hotel while their home was being renovated and he felt really lonely prompting the suicide attempt.
* Steve Wilde from ''Series/RunningWilde'' was a lonely rich kid who grew into a lonely rich adult.
* Strong fanon across many multiple works in "Series/Glee" that Sebastian Smythe fits this trope to a T. Same for Blaine Anderson (although he's probably more [[Spoiled Sweet]]).
* Martin from the Swedish TV series ''Ebba och Didrik''.
* Stevie Van Lowe on ''Series/TheParkers'' had this type of childhood. She frequently says that the help were better parents than her own mom and dad who didn't spend any time with her. She's quite bitter about it and would have been a RichBitch if she didn't have her friends and school to fall back on.
* Henry Mills from ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is described by Regina as "not having any friends and being kind of a loner."
* Inverted in ''Series/H2OJustAddWater''. [[spoiler: Rikki Chadwick]] is a Lonely Poor Kid with rich friends. She hides her home life from them at first because she is ashamed of it.
* Dr. Maura Isles from ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles''.
* Jeb and Sport Shawrewood from ''Series/TheTwlightZone'' episode "The Bewitchin' Pool."
* Seth Cohen in TheOC.

* The premise of the Music/BritneySpears song "Lucky."
* The song "Poor Little Rich Boy" by Music/ReginaSpektor.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ijuuin Enzan (Eugene Chaud) of ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' gets this treatment in the third game, where his heartfelt, touching moment at the end was... being allowed to eat with his father. Actually, he rarely mentions any angst over it and, normally, is seemingly himself too busy to care that his father is wrapped up being the CEO of the biggest technology corporation ever, and the game makes it perfectly clear that his lack of friends is due more to his being a combination of TheRival, AloofBigBrother and SeriousBusiness. Ayanokouji Yaito aka Yai, likewise, seems to have an army of young maids (and her Navi) as her only company and we never see her parents once in three fairly long-running forms of media. She seems well adjusted enough, if a bit [[TheOjou bratty and spoiled]], and indeed is one of the original TrueCompanions. So there's two aversions, "I can eat with you?" notwithstanding.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** For all her academic and Shadow-fighting prowess, not to mention her family's wealth, Mitsuru Kirijo of ''VideoGame/Persona3'' seems to be somewhat cursed socially. She and her father rarely talk, she rarely has any free time whatsoever, she carries the burden of guilt for [[spoiler: her grandfather's creation of the Shadow threat]], and her sheltered upbringing means she's [[FishOutOfWater often lost in everyday situations others take for granted]]. It's no wonder she [[HeroicBSOD collapses]] after [[spoiler: her father is murdered by Ikutsuki]].
** Kei Nanjo in the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' -- the only person in his wealthy household who ever paid attention to him was his butler Yamaoka, [[spoiler:who dies while protecting him very early on in the game]].
** Haru Okumura from ''VideoGame/Persona5'' lives in a GildedCage where her father dictates her life down to the letter, and she has trouble trusting others because she realizes that many people are only interested in her for her family's wealth. As such, she's seen as something of an eccentric loner at school.
* Flora from the ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' series. Both her rich parents died and she lives at the top of a precarious tower. [[spoiler:Said tower is in a village filled with {{Ridiculously Human Robot}}s, meaning that there's literally no one around who ''could'' be her friend. No wonder she's so happy to be adopted by the Professor.]]
* Luca Milda from ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence''. The loneliness is more a result of his reserved, introverted personality and not that much of his financial status.
* Eventually, two in ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'':
** After being nice to her at every chance you get throughout the game, [[spoiler:Victoria Chase]] is revealed to have some quite heavy social and emotional burdens.
** After only one or two glimpses into an underlying softness, [[spoiler:Nathan Prescott]]'s character is run back near the end of the game rather haphazardly to explain where his mean streak apparently comes from.
* In contrast, Richard from ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' is a prince, and is implied to be very lonely. His very first scene begins with him rejecting the kind invitation of children his age, believing that like everyone else, they only want to hurt him. Of course, ThePowerOfFriendship changes him very early.
* Etoile of ''Videogame/RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure''
* Yusuf Amir from VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV is a rare adult example. He is rich enough to own a [[BlingBlingBang gold plated attack helicopter]] and live in the lap of disgusting luxury. But one gets the impression that at heart, he is an awkward man who yearns for a good friend and all his antics are his way to show that he is a cool guy.
* In a NewGamePlus for ''VisualNovel/EienNoAselia'' you learn that [[spoiler:big bad(ish) Shun]] was one of these. It explains a lot.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** Prince Lyon from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''. When he met the teenage Eirika and Ephraim, he specifically mentions that he doesn't have friends.
** Similarly, Maribelle from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' had no friends due to her lack of social skills, until Lissa and later Chrom reached out to her.
*** Ironically, Chrom might also be one, himself. He has one of the smallest support pools in the game (comparable with [[ShrinkingViolet Sumia]]), [[CannotTalkToWomen makes a fool of himself when talking to most women]], and his status as Ylisse's Prince[[spoiler:/High Exalt after Emmeryn's death]] means that some of the other Shepherds find him hard to approach -- like [[spoiler: his prospective consort]] Olivia, who actually ''runs away from him'' when he tries to approach her.
** Princess Azura from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' is naturally introverted, so she would already have had a hard time going out and making friends...and then you learn that [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer she's been ostracized by her peers]] her entire life [[FantasticRacism for one reason]] [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold or another]], and is desperately lonely as a result. It's no surprise she's [[UndyingLoyalty so loyal]] to [[CanonName Corrin]], the first friend she's ever actually had.
* Sumire and Iris in the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' games aren't as extreme about this as their anime counterparts, but they still led fairly lonely lives before they joined the Teikoku Kagekidan; Sumire saw little of her busy parents, and Iris spent most of her days locked up in her room with only her stuffed animals for company.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The Ushiromiya cousins from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' mostly avert this: George is a perfectly sociable adult, and Jessica and Battler have plenty of friends − despite a rather tense relationship with their parents, and those parents having issues with their ''own'' father.
** However, as far as outright ParentalAbandonment is concerned, Ange probably gets the truckload - by the time we meet her, her entire family save one is dead. And said remaining relative, George's RichBitch mother Eva, was hardly the best caregiver, [[spoiler:due to Bernkastel's intervention ''and'' her SilentScapegoat position]]. Ange is also very isolated at school; unusually, it's not so much because she's rich (since it's a boarding school for rich girls), but because [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer her classmates]] don't like her gloomy personality. And to complement it, after said last relative's death, she inherits all of her dead family's fortune, leading to her step-family [[spoiler:[[BodyguardBetrayal and her own bodyguard]]]] wanting to [[DeadlyEuphemism serve tea]] to her. ''And'', in the last Episode, we learn that [[spoiler:her brother Battler, who she loved the most, had survived the Rokkenjima incident but lost his memories; by the time he got them back (some 10 years later), [[ThatManIsDead he could no longer accept his old identity]] and deliberately refused to meet Ange.]]
** Maria Ushiromiya is also this, but may be a subversion. She has no human friends not because she's rich but because she's a [[CreepyChild bit]] [[NightmareFetishist weird.]] However, Maria herself says she's perfectly happy because she has friends like Beatrice and Sakutaro...
** And then there's poor, poor [[spoiler:Beatrice Ushiromiya]], who was raised in an immense and luxurious mansion but had no friends [[spoiler: because she was the illegitimate child of Kinzo Ushiromiya, who later [[ParentalIncest sexually abused her]].]] In fact, she managed to make ''one'' sort of friend ([[spoiler: the younger Rosa, aka Maria's mother, and unknowingly to her, her half-sister]])... and then [[spoiler: she fell off a cliff and died.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo,'' [[spoiler:Shizune is revealed to be one of these in her route. A combination of her deafness and her AbusiveDad mean that she actually has a very difficult time making friends and forming relationships with other people. One of the main reasons she joins the Student Council was so that she could do things around the school to make people happy [[IJustWantToHaveFriends so that people would like her]] but in the end, her own competitiveness and awkwardness end up driving away nearly everyone else on the council, including her cousin Lilly.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Weiss Schnee from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. Being the heiress to a Dust company at war with a [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]] organization called the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters White Fang]] "[[AbusiveParents made for a]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis very... difficult... childhood.]]"

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/FriendshipIsMagic'', [[spoiler: Applejack comes from a well off family business. But she refuses to make friends as it's implied the ones she had in the past only did so due to her wealth]].
* Parodied in [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=060929 this]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip.
* Head cheerleader Alexandra King from ''Webcomic/{{Cheer}}''. Makes her cling fiercely to to her fellow cheerleaders now and implied to be what made her a bullying JerkJock back when [[GenderBender she was a boy.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', Rahan, Quentyn's childhood bully and minor nemesis, is implied to be this, despite his toadies and hangers-on.
* Mia of ''Webcomic/DomainTnemrot'', whose mother is in a coma, has a father that ''despises'' her and a large staff that largely ignore her outside of caring for her basic needs. She ends up forming deep bonds with Dae and Angel, two of her ''slaves''[[note]] She is a very nice owner [[/note]] because of this, with the two being the larger part of a very small list of people that even care about Mia.
* Niccolo in ''Webcomic/BoyAurus'' due to his father's riches being from organized crime.
* Ashley Madder in ''Webcomic/TalesOfGnosisCollege'' has a wealthy (and thuggish) Senator for a father who regards her as an ornament to his political career. She seems to have trouble making real friends and acts out.
* Miranda in ''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson'', whose ParentalAbandonment comes in multiple flavors. As a child, she has [[spoiler: a [[WhenYouComingHomeDad workaholic mother]] and a DisappearedDad]]; as a teenager, she has a MissingMom and an ArchnemesisDad.
* Hope Avelina of ''[[http://www.aiacrowd.com Alone In A Crowd]]'' starts out as a young girl living in a spacious mansion, the only child of multimillionaire jet-setting parents. Those parents have all but abandoned her, and when the mansion is sold, she ends up living with Sara and Faith. Hope's backstory starts [[http://aiacrowd.com/archives/91 here.]]
* Damien from ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}'', at least until he meets his current friends, Sahara and Addison.
* What we saw from Jareth's background in ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' he was a one of these as a child (abusive and neglectful EvilMatriarch winning the custody battle and all), added that his family belongs to the SupernaturalElite.
* Jamie, from ''Webcomic/TheSettlers''. He is the richest kid of town, but he's reclusive and as of the beginning of the story, only has one friend whom he is only shown to text.
* It is implied that his loneliness is the reason why Vlad, from ''Webcomic/BramAndVlad'', became friends with vampire-hunter-in-training Bram.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'':
** A dream showing Emil's pre-RichesToRags life literally starts with his nanny telling him that his father won't be home for dinner because he has too much work. Emil's reaction heavily implies that it's far from the first time this has happened.
** Later, the nanny notices Lalli, and happily comments that Emil "finally" made a friend, hinting to the FriendlessBackground aspect of the trope as well.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Jonas from ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15''. He lives in a big house, which he has all to himself, because his parents vanished at sea. He has no close friends prior to meeting the protagonists, and you get the impression that he's very lonely. He soon joins their circle of friends and becomes both a central character and a love interest for another central character.
* Seiki from ''Literature/SailorNothing'' lost his parents at an early age, and is now pathologically afraid of being alone. He isn't a loner, but otherwise fits the trope to a tee.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick grew up in the richer part of Tennessee and got spoiled enough to become a bit of a GoldDigger, but she was also felt isolated and abused.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has plenty of money and whines all the time after Christmas because he didn't get ''one'' specific pressie out of millions, but his childhood, while over the top, is practically built out of AdultFear.
* ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'': Adele Rochester is an AdorablyPrecociousChild. Their house is ultra-modern and lavishly decorated, and her father is the CEO of their successful family business; however, Mr Rochester comes with serious issues and ParentalNeglect towards Adele. She has her personal tutor, Jane Eyre, and loads of extracurricular courses and activities with some additional private tutors, e.g. for fencing. However, she has no play dates; no teddy bears; crayons are new to her, and no friends of her own age are mentioned. Jane, her new nanny/tutor, says she gets the feeling that Adele is lonely. You think, Jane? Grace Poole ''does'' mention that some of Adele's activities are chosen for social reasons. So Adele might have snatched some friends while attending Advanced Marine Zoology or at an Applied Physics boot camp.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Remy Buxaplenty from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' counts. In fact, [[AbusiveParents his workaholic and billionaire parents' EXTREME neglection of him]] is Remy's FreudianExcuse as well as the reason why he's got a fairy godfather in the first place. It almost makes Timmy Turner's home life seem normal in comparison. This is, also, an AlternativeCharacterInterpretation of [[AlphaBitch Trixie Tang]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Mr. Burns is shown in flashbacks to have been offered the choice between warm, loving parents or a heartless billionaire. He chose the billionaire, making him a Lonely Rich Kid by ''choice''. Though the only thing he regretted is leaving his teddy Bobo behind.
** In the episode "Burns' Heir," Bart went through the temporary version.
* Whitney Stane from ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' fits both main types perfectly. She has a terrible relationship with her busy CEO father (commenting she has to now make appointments just to see him) and being an outcast at the school she goes to. The other kids act like she's a RichBitch for doing things like eating lunch alone on the roof, but that's only because none of them are willing to befriend her due to who her father is. Her only real friend is Tony Stark, who would often brush her off until he found out just how bad her home life was.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Mai's [[EmoTeen dark view of the world]] and [[EmotionlessGirl emotional repression]] are the results of a combination of this, her mother's obsession with etiquette and respectability, and becoming an [[TheUnfavorite Unfavorite]] after her brother Tom Tom is born. One of her few close friends is the horrifically evil Azula. [[spoiler:At least, until she turns her back on her.]] Fortunately, one benefit of a [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]] is acquiring lots of ''new'' friends.
** [[AllThereInTheManual Supplementary information]] indicates that not only was [[CuteBruiser Toph Beifong]] kept hidden from the world and [[GildedCage confined to her parent's estate]], but her parents left the bulk of her actual care/interaction to servants. No wonder she sneaked out enough to become defending champion at the local pitfights.
** [[WellDoneSonGuy Zuko]]. [[MissingMom Zuko]]. [[TheUnfavorite Zuko]]. [[CosmicPlaything Zuko]]. [[TheWoobie Zuko]]. Enough said.
** It's this trope that Zuko and Mai fell for each other.
** In the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Asami Sato. Though never brought up specifically, it's clear she has no friends besides Korra, Mako and Bolin, and it's implied to some extent that she suffers a bit from it. It also makes her similar to Korra herself, who also had no friends growing up besides her polar bear dog.
** Korra herself wasn't rich in her own right or her family's right, but since the Order of the White Lotus provided for her every need, complete with a GildedCage that served as her home and training center, she still qualifies because she was sufficiently sheltered and well-provided-for. She wasn't allowed outside the complex without permission, and the only people she ever interacted with in the complex were her bending masters and sparring partners.
* Alexis on ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' is an unapologetically spoiled RichBitch celebrity who seems to hate other kids as much as they hate her. Still, she confesses to Superman that she just wants to have friends and [[IJustWantToBeNormal be normal]], not the richest girl in the galaxy. It turns out she ''really'' never learned to take 'no' for an answer, though: When Superman makes it clear he can't just drop everything and spend time with her whenever she wants, she figures the solution is donning a suit of PoweredArmor to [[MurderTheHypotenuse kill all of Superman's friends in the Legion to eliminate the competition]]. And then, in the end, she realizes that she ''doesn't'' want to be normal after all, and that being a supervillain is her true calling. Er, yay for a happy ending? [[spoiler:It's shown on her prison uniform the name Luthor, which explains everything.]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', Jimmy changed the past so that his parents accepted an investment offer that would have made them extremely wealthy so that he can afford an outrageously expensive encyclopedia set, but finds that his rich parents have no interest in him (or anyone other than themselves for that matter), so he sets the timeline back to normal.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' gives a variant with [[TokenMinority Token]], who went through one episode feeling lonely because he lacked any rich friends to whom he could relate. He eventually realized that the other South Park kids still liked him anyway.
* Jordan Hill from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' is the son of Gotham City's mayor, and his dad is so into his politics that he even used the kid's birthday bash as a political reunion. Jordan is so upset that he hides in the truck of the clown that the Hills hired for entertainment... not knowing that said clown was ComicBook/TheJoker under a disguise.
* Eric from ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' is hinted to have been like this in the past. Might explain quite a bit of his behavior, if you look at it closely.
* Eddie from ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000''. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnYzUqG65VM A Richer Shade of Blue]]" pretty much sums it up.
* Hinted at a few times with Gem in ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries''. In the ChristmasEpisode she realises that nobody cared enough to be with her on Christmas Day; when Sabrina trades lives with her, she realises her father is MarriedToTheJob and the mother is never off the phone. Also when Gem loses her money in "Stone Broke," she wonders if she was ever truly happy when she was rich and of course her "friends" flat out abandon her when they find out she has no money. Of course, being [[AlphaBitch Gem]], she somehow makes it work.
* Julie Kane in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'' is probably this, which may or may not be the reason she joined the Burners. Only three people know she's Kane's daughter (which presumably includes Claire and Tooley).
* In ''WesternAnimation/AngelsFriends'', both Helen and Julia [[spoiler:(Raf's newly assigned Earthly Ones)]] are upset because people only hang out with them because of their wealth.
* Lorenzo in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' was this until Arnold introduced him to the gang. In future episodes he was often seen with Sid.
* Angelica Pickles from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''.
* Dakota from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Revenge of the Island'', whose AttentionWhore attitude is really a cry to be loved.
* Theresa is implied to be this in ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans''; her father is a wealthy workaholic who buys her things and gives her plenty of spending money, but doesn't really spend any time with her, and it's hinted that her mother is dead. She isn't indicated to have any friends outside of the team of heroes, either.
* Pizzazz from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is this trope [[GoneHorriblyWrong gone horribly, HORRIBLY wrong]]. A [[MissingMom Missing Mother]] + a Father [[MarriedToTheJob too busy in his work]] = an attention-starved little girl who grows into a spoiled, sociopathic, screaming, manipulative, and raging [[AlphaBitch superbitch]].
* Pacifica Northwest from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is both a RichBitch and an AlphaBitch, but this seems to be in great part due to her parents (who are way worse in that regard than she is, and that's an accomplishment) actively encouraging her to look down on anyone who is less well-off than she is, as well as pressuring her to be perfect at all times. Judging by how much Pacifica fears them, they might well be outright AbusiveParents as well, [[spoiler: which is proven true when we learn that they've used Pavlovian conditioning to make her obey at the sound of a bell, like a dog]]. While she is popular for her wealth, she does not seem to have any real friends [[spoiler: until [[ShipTease Dipper]] and [[FireForgedFriends Mabel]]]].
* Sarah Whitney from ''WesternAnimation/{{Horseland}}''. When she first arrived, everyone assumed she'd be another mean snob like Chloe and Zoey, but they find out she's really friendly and not mean at all.
* Adrien Agreste and Chloe Burgeouis from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' both fit this trope.
** Played straight with Adrien. As stated in the second Origins episode, before he went to school [[spoiler:his only friend was Chloe.]] This causes a bad first impression to everyone in class, since they all hate Chloe. When he finally manages to explain his friendless background to Nino and Marinette, both are moved and befriend him (well, [[spoiler:Marinette falls for him]]). His social status seems to be slowly changing after this, given that his classmates all treat him well. As far as we know, though, his social circle is still small.
** Justified in Chloe's case, since she's a self-absorved AlphaBitch who treats everyone poorly - even her supposed best friend Sabrina. She's unaware of this, though, as she firmly believes everyone loves her.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Hutton Barbara "Poor Little Rich Girl" Hutton]] is the TropeCodifier.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina_Onassis Christina Onassis]], daughter and heiress of the Onassis fortune. Brother died early, mother killed herself, dad married Jackie Kennedy (whom she hated) and later died. In the end, she became a successful businesswoman but her lonely childhood made her an horribly love starved BrokenBird, and died at age 37 because of a pulmonary edema caused by the physical consquences of her former drug abuse.
** This was also the case for her daughter, the show jumper [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athina_Roussel Athina Russel]]. At least Athina was luckier and is now HappilyMarried.
* Poor [[Creator/TomCruise Suri Cruise]]. When she celebrated her fifth birthday, her parents had to invite staff because no other child came.
* Gloria Vanderbilt.
* Doris Duke.
* Every single child of royalty and nobility up to the 1950s, as per the usual childrearing practices of the time. After birth, the baby is immediately fobbed off to an army of nannies, wet nurses, tutors, etc. and you only really met your parents on special occasions. There was a possible exception in the case of King George VI's children, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. King George VI (known familiarly as "Bertie") and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, tried to raise their daughters as normally as possible, and it reportedly crushed the former Prince Albert when his daughters curtsied upon greeting him when he was crowned king. (His elder daughter Elizabeth is of course now known as Queen Elizabeth II.)
** [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]] was determined to avoid this trope. She and Prince Philip were very hands-on parents (to the point of changing nappies and bathing their children) and insisted that the children be sent to primary school to get a traditional education rather than being taught privately at home by tutors.