->''"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 20 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 what worked for them, all that caste and class nonsense. Politician's and tycoon's 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 [[ParentalAbandonment a) dead, b) never around,]] c) [[ParentalNeglect inattentive and uncaring]], d) inhumanly demanding to the exclusion of actual ''parenting'', or e) 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, HeartwarmingOrphan.

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* 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]]
* Fujioka Yukari from ''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.
* Karen of ''Anime/YesPrecure5''. 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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]].
* Extra points for ''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.)
* Occurs in the backstory of Lucy Heartfilia in ''FairyTail''. After her mother's death, she was raised by the staff of her family's manor, as [[ParentalNeglect her father had no time for her]]. This eventually led to her [[TheRunaway running away from home]] and joining the eponymous guild after living on the road for a year.
* 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]].
* Kaito Doumoto of ''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.
* Mawata Awayuki from the 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]].
* 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...
%%* Both Ami Mizuno and Rei Hino in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' (specially the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]]), until they join the Senshi.
* The entire main cast of the anime ''SpecialA'' qualifies thanks to various relationship traumas during their childhood.
* ''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.
* Ai Shinozaki, the Ojou from ''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.
* 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.
* Hazuki Fujiwara from ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi''. Her 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.
* Eri Sawachika from ''SchoolRumble'' is an archetypical example (as well as an archetypical {{Tsundere}}, and TheOjou.)
* 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.]]
* Amy from ''[[IGPXImmortalGrandPrix IGPX]]'', although later her parents manage to make time for her.
* Himeko Shirogane/Princess from ''DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ''.
* The [=F4=] boys from ''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.
* Sumire Kanzaki in ''SakuraTaisen''. Her 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.]]. However, there's a rich kid who's even ''more'' lonely in the group: Vicomtesse Iris Chateaubriand. Her 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. The anime episode where her backstory is revealed and the troupe struggles to give Iris her first birthday party ever is one of the biggest {{Tear Jerker}}s in the series.
* In ''CaptainTsubasa'', El Si Pierre is the son of a French nobleman and tycoon who is ''not'' willing to have others treating him like a [[ShelteredAristocrat a frail White Prince]], like it happened in his early years (some manga panels show young Pierre sitting with his books while the kids around him seem too scared to get close). So, to prove to others that he's just like them and he doesn't want any privileges, Pierre starts practising soccer. Similarly, 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's so fascinated that he begins training and playing, rising to the top thanks to his own merits and not to his family's influences.
* Tatsuki Iizuka from ''{{Hyakko}}''.
* This is RichBitch Mayu Miyuki's FreudianExcuse in ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi''.
* Kunugi-tan from ''Anime/BinchouTan''.
* 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.
* Isabella from ''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]].
* 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]].
* In ''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.
* Usami from ''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?"
* Mikawa Kai of ''SetoNoHanayome.''
* 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.
* Chise Umenomori from ''MayoiNekoOverrun''.
* Takiko Okuda aka Genbu no Miko from ''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.
* Hiroko "Hiro-chan" Kaizuka from ''{{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. 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.]]
* Sanka Rea of ''{{Sankarea}}'' has a ''massive'' list of problems. It says a lot that dying and coming back as a zombie is an '''''improvement'''''.
* An episode of the first Manga/DetectiveConan 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.
* Oz from PandoraHearts is this in spades.
* Usui from ''Manga/MaidSama''.
* Tamaki Suoh from {{Ouran}}, who has few friends outside the Club. Double because he's [[spoiler: an HeroicBastard as well]]. Because of this, his 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.
* 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}}.
* Farnese from ''{{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.
* 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.
* Yukio Hans Voralberna from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. [[spoiler: Doubling as a CutePsycho.]]
* Shouko Kirishima from ''LightNovel/BakaToTestToShoukanjuu''. The reason why she's {{Yandere}} for Yuuji is because he's the only person who treated her like a normal girl, whereas everyone was scared to death by her ultra-high social status.
* 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/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'':
** Einhart Stratos is the main descendant of a well-known Ancient Belka royal family and is shown to be utterly alone in her life until she meets Vivio.
** 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.
* Sabo from ''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.
* 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]].
* ''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.
* ''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.
* Mikogami Hayato from {{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.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Miho had difficulty making friends as a child because no one else shared her interest in tankery.
* Slightly subverted with [[Anime/YuGiOh Seto Kaiba]]. 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.
* 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.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Several comic book characters, including but not limited to [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] and [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Charles Xavier]]. And in ''{{Smallville}}'', Lex Luthor. But not [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]], who grew up surrounded by social types and was quite the unrepentant ladies' man once grown to adulthood.
* DC Comics example -- 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.
* [[http://www.indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3429 Gemini Storm]] 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.
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[[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]].
* 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 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.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* 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 [[BlessedAreTheCheesemakers fancy cheeses]] to [[NotNowKiddo pay her any mind at all]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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 of the film, he's a middle-aged man and still is a Lonely Rich Kid.
* ''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.
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* 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 ''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 ''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''.
* 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 ''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''.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Logan Echolls from ''Series/VeronicaMars''.
* Dr. Robert Chase from ''Series/{{House}}''.
* Brett Aspinall from ''WaterlooRoad'', at least when he was first introduced.
* Greg from ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' had this kind of childhood.
* As mentioned, most of the F4 from ''HanaYoriDango'', despite the fact that [[TrueCompanions their mutual friendship]] would seem to make them immune from the loneliness aspect.
* Olive Snook from ''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 ''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.
* ''{{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 their wealth (erotic writer and drag performer) was a cause for mockery rather than admiration. And maybe because of his strained relationship with them, 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, over-paid 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 ''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]].
* Steve Wilde from ''RunningWilde'' was a lonely rich kid who grew into a lonely rich adult.
* Martin from the Swedish TV series ''Ebba och Didrik''.
* Stevie Van Lowe on ''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 ''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''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The premise of the BritneySpears song "Lucky."
* The song "Poor Little Rich Boy" by ReginaSpektor.
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* Ijuuin Enzan (Eugene Chaud) of ''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.
* For all her academic and Shadow-fighting prowess, Mitsuru Kirijo of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' seems to be somewhat cursed socially. She and her father rarely talk, she rarely has any free time whatsoever, she takes 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]].
* Nanjou Kei in ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' -- the only person in his household who ever paid attention to him was his butler, Yamaoka [[spoiler:who dies while protecting him very early on in the game]].
* Flora from the ''ProfessorLayton'' series. Both her rich parents died and she lives on top of a tower where no one dares to go.
* Luca Milda from ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence''. The loneliness is more a result of his reserved, introverted personality and not that much of his financial status.
* 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 ''EienNoAselia'' you learn that [[spoiler:big bad(ish) Shun]] was one of these. It explains a lot.
* Prince Lyon from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''. When he met the teenaged 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 well be an example, 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 prospect consort]] Olivia, who actually ''runs away from him'' when he tries to approach her.
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* The Ushiromiya cousins from ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' 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, if you ask Maria, she's perfectly happy because she has friends like Beatrice and Sakutaro...
** And then there's poor, poor [[spoiler:Beatrice Ushiromiya]].
* In ''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 competivness and awkwardness end up driving nearly the everyone else on the council, including her cousin Lilly, away.]]
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* Parodied in [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=060929 this]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip.
* Head cheerleader Alexandra King from ''{{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 ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', Rahan, Quentyn's childhood bully and minor nemesis, is implied to be this, despite his toadies and hangers-on.
* Mia of 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 ''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 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 {{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.
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* 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.]]"
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* Jonas from ''{{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.
* Cassidy Cain in ''GrandmasterOfTheft'' fits. Her own is self-inflicted by her perfectionism, choosing to spend far more time worrying about self-mastery needed to be a MagnificentBitch than getting close to many people.
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* 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.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Remy Buxaplenty from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' counts. In fact, [[AbusiveParents his workaholic and billionaire parents's EXTREME neglection of him]] is Remy's FreudianExcuse as well as the reason why he's got a fairy godfather in the first place. 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, whose [[EmoTeen dark view of the world]] and [[EmotionlessGirl emotional repression]] are 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.
* 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 became rich, but it turned out they never paid any attention to him once they had money, so he went back to the past and undid the change.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' gives a variant with [[TokenMinority Token]], who went through one episode feeling lonely because he lacked any [[strike:black]] rich friends he could relate to. 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 SelfDemonstrating/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.
* Dakota from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Revenge of the Island'', whose AttentionWhore attitude is really a cry to be loved.
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[[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. So was 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.
* Every single children 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. A possible exception being King George VI's children, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. King George VI (better known 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.)
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