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->''"Up until now, the only friends I had were the ones in my head!"''
-->-- '''Mako Mankanshoku''', ''Anime/KillLaKill''

There are a lot of CharacterizationTropes that can be used to quickly and non-verbally introduce a character, and one of the sadder ones is the Friendless Background. The character will, through fate or choice, be presented as not having any friends, or at least not within easy visiting or communication range. They will be {{eating lunch alone}}, or looking forlornly[=/=][[GreenEyedMonster enviously]] at others with friends and LoveInterests, and usually be found immersed in reading, video games, or some other highly solitary activity.

This is commonly because of a few of the following, sometimes in combination to ''really'' grind the alienation in:
* '''Newcomer''': Be they a NewTransferStudent in a new school, an employee at a new work place, or having escaped their DoomedHometown as a refugee.
* '''The Loner''': Might be because of preference or ostracism. [[LonersAreFreaks Freakishness]] [[FreakyFashionMildMind optional.]] {{Jerkass}}-ness [[SugarAndIcePersonality optional.]]
* '''Homeschooled''': Similar to Newcomer, the character has grown up or lived away from others. May or may not come with interesting psychological quirks.
* '''Trauma''': Some sadness like parental abuse (often seen in {{Dark Magical Girl}}s) or other kind of angst may keep the character from letting anyone close to them, can result in TheWoobie.
* '''[[ShrinkingViolet Shyness]]''': Some characters (like in real life) are insecure of themselves for whatever reason and are not even able to talk to other people (sometimes temporary).
* '''Lack of self-confidence''': Similar to the one above, the character may believe he is not worthy of other people's friendship while [[IJustWantToBeNormal craving acceptance.]] Or possibly [[IJustWantToBeSpecial they want to feel like they're important, but don't]]. Many ShrinkingViolet characters are prone to this.
*'''Incompetence''': A character may simply [[NoSocialSkills lack the social intuition]] required to connect with others, regardless of how willing or confident they are.
* '''Unattractiveness''': The character is [[TheGrotesque physically repulsive]] and avoided or mistreated because of that.
* '''Fear''': The character is either deliberately intimidating or actually dangerous to be around, and others have learned to steer clear.
* '''[[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Active ostracism]]''': The character is actively shunned for whatever reason, be it real, misconstrued, or imagined. May coincide with any of the previous.

The last five types can result in [[GreenEyedMonster envy]] for more extroverted characters (like Misao from ''[[Anime/PrettySammy Magical Project S]]'').

What's curious about this DarkAndTroubledPast (or present) is that it's incredibly easy to fix. "When you have nothing to lose, you stand to gain everything", so to speak. In short order the character will CrashIntoHello, [[DefeatMeansFriendship get in a fight]], [[MeetCute drop their groceries]] or make a new friend through less [[HilarityEnsues quirky]] means. [[IJustWantToHaveFriends Before long they'll make loads more friends]][[note]](Which for some reason usually become a LimitedSocialCircle, but hey, it's easier to keep track of than the CastOfSnowflakes!)[[/note]] or [[SixthRanger join a group of them]]. Despite their lack of social skills or experience they'll [[MagneticHero magnetically gather]] new friends thanks to their at times strange but honest charm and learn to use ThePowerOfFriendship to its fullest.

Of course you can expect the [[InformedLoner "genuine" loners]] who become one of the TrueCompanions to [[VitriolicBestBuds moan]] about being stuck WithFriendsLikeThese -- all while [[HiddenHeartOfGold secretly thanking]] them all.

It should be mentioned that this can become implied against the author's wishes if the character [[ConservationOfDetail never mentions]] or demonstrates having had friends before meeting their new ones, and/or never hangs out with anyone outside their LimitedSocialCircle. {{Fridge|Logic}} Loners, so to speak. If they had any friends, they're kind of like a set of living {{Forgotten Fallen Friend}}s. Of course, this can be fixed by introducing a BeleagueredChildhoodFriend, showing a photo album, or introducing ThoseTwoGuys as friends.

Related to IJustWantToHaveFriends and compare with SocialCircleFiller when an author wants to prevent this initially. Compare AloneInACrowd.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': Haruhi starts off as a loner who finds most people boring; her making friends with the narrator basically kicks off the plot. The difference this makes in her personality [[DefrostingIceQueen is pretty impressive.]] She [[StartMyOwn joins a group]] fairly quickly.
* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' has Natsu, who used to be bullied so much in school that she stopped going to it and was so [[ShrinkingViolet extremely shy and socially awkward]] that she couldn't even easily talk with her family if they were concerned. Her only friend was her ''cat''.
** Matsuri used to have no friends, either, as nobody ever took her seriously and thought she was just a shallow little GenkiGirl. Unlike Natsu, though, she doesn't [[HiddenDepths appear]] to be too traumatized by it.
* ''Manga/ASilentVoice'':
** Ishida Shouya and his entire class in bullied a young deaf girl who transferred into their school badly, ostracizing and tormenting her as often as they could, with the teacher allowing and encouraging it from the background. When confronted by the principal on this, his entire class used him as a scapegoat, feigning innocence and causing him to take the blame for everything. Ishida spent the next ''five years'' being ostracized by his entire school, constantly mocked, beaten and bullied, well also believing he deserved it completely for what he did to the deaf girl years before. He eventually decides his whole life is basically meaningless because of these factors and decides it would be easier and ''better'' to [[DrivenToSuicide just kill himself.]] Thankfully he decides against it and slowly begins developing friends later. Shouya insists he had no friends in prior to the ostracization however elementary portions clearly shows him frequently hanging out with two boys. It's possible he did not consider them "real friends" as they abandoned him when he began being bullied.
** Shouko herself didn't have any friends growing up due to being ostracized because of her deafness. After she met Shouya she began making friends alongside him.
* ''[[Anime/PrettySammy Magical Project S]]'': Besides Sasami, Misao Amano has no friends and is most of the time alone. her parents are always working, which is the main reason that she is very shy. At the end she gets more confident.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' featured Goku, who was raised alone by his adoptive grandfather and never knew anyone until the start of the series. Several characters from that series also qualify, but most of them because they start as dickish villains who eventually [[DefeatMeansFriendship get reformed.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Yugi Motou was one of these before completing the puzzle.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Gaara never had a single person in his village who loved him - not even his own parents - because everyone (including his own siblings) was afraid of [[SealedEvilInACan the tailed beast sealed inside him]]. As a result, he's a complete sociopath by age 12, but an [[DefeatMeansFriendship encounter]] with Naruto [[HeelFaceTurn helped him see the value of other people]]. After his HeelFaceTurn he mends his relationship with his siblings and after the {{timeskip}} it's shown that his village thinks quite favorably of him now.
** Naruto himself started as this, a perpetual [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer social outcast]] who ''[[IJustWantToHaveFriends wanted]]'' to make friends but always failed due to parents telling their children to steer clear of him. Only after he graduated did he finally begin to truly befriend his classmates and others. However, flashbacks from his, Choji's and Shikamaru's point of view showed that they hung out together at times with Kiba as the "Dead Lasts". Shikamaru was Choji's first and only friend before that point, and his parentage didn't enforce Naruto's ostracism like other families did. So, how friendless Naruto (or Choji) was depends on who's telling the story, how close their association can be considered to friendship, and how much the author wants you to think their life sucked compared to who they're fighting. And ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' tried to {{retcon}} this by making Hinata each other's OnlyFriend in childhood.
** In the [[Manga/Naruto1997 prototype pilot]], Naruto is undeniably in this trope. The only person who even professes to be his friend in his village of {{Youkai}} (Naruto '''is''' a Nine-tailed fox in the pilot, rather than host to one) does so in an attempt to get out of Naruto's pit trap, before [[{{Blackmail}} threatening to tell on Naruto if he doesn't let him out]]. As a result of this, the chief (who lost all eight of his friends while fighting Naruto's father) tells Naruto not to return to the village until he brings back a human friend.
** Despite being popular with girls and held in respect for his skills. Sasuke is not close to anyone, even before his family's massacre as the flashbacks to it show. Sasuke didn't hang out or was close to anyone outside of his family. This worsens as the series goes on due to Sasuke's [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn]].
* Lucy of ''Manga/ElfenLied'' was like this during her childhood spent in an OrphanageOfFear where she was frequently bullied by the other children for her horns and emotionlessness. The one person who it seemed like she was gonna become friends with at the orphanage later betrayed her and sold her out to the boys that had been bullying her. She then makes herself an IronWoobie by making two more attempts to reach out to someone else and become their friend. The first ends in [[spoiler:another betrayal]], while the second ends in [[spoiler:her new friend being killed and her being captured]]. After that it's sort of understandable why she stopped trying.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Nehelenia]] reveals that she has no friends in a fight with Sailor Jupiter, who is protecting Usagi. Sailor Jupiter tearfully asks if she has anyone like Usagi to be there for her, and the queen gets angry and blasts her.
** On another note, at least in the movies, it's shown at least twice that all of the Inner Senshi had little to no friends before Usagi befriended them. However, the movies may be separate from the anime continuity. Anime episode 54 suggests that Rei is pretty popular at her school (she attends a different school from the others).
** Hotaru is similarly isolated until [=ChibiUsa=] follows in her mother's footsteps and makes pals with the other girl.
* In ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends'', Natsume spent most of his childhood friendless because everyone (including his many foster parents) didn't believe that he [[ISeeDeadPeople could see spirits]] and assumed him to be a creepy pathological liar.
* Medaka from ''Manga/MedakaBox'' since she was so awesome that other people were intimidated by her. For a long time Zenkichi was her only real friend. Which is why she drags him along with her, she is desperate not to be alone again. Abnormals in general seem to have this sort of background; their Abnormalities make it nearly impossible for them to form connections with other people. "Minuses" also have these backgrounds, except they don't want friends either. The Abnormal Hinokage has it the worst though: [[spoiler: people can't even remember him...''because he is so awesome they forget him out of sheer fear''.]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'''s [[UnstoppableRage Shizuo Heiwajima]] spent the majority of his childhood with a grand total of one [[VitriolicBestBuds friend]], as most people either were either terrified or resentful of him.
** Shinra and Izaya are in a similar situation. The only person Izaya was ever close to in his life was Shinra. Shinra had his obsession with Celty to keep him from caring that he has no friends outside of Shizuo and Izaya (both of whom are pretty lousy friends whatever their intentions, especially when in the same room.)
* Miharu from ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' deliberately acts cold and indifferent to discourage people from making friends with him. Weirdly, his classmates all seem to adore him anyways.
* Sawako from ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' starts the series as never having had a friend in her whole life, due to [[ShrinkingViolet being very shy]] and looking (and unintentionally acting) like a classic StringyHairedGhostGirl.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** How about [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Mr. Friendless England]]? He was bullied and beaten up as a child, (which probably have something or another to do with the current MeanBrit and {{Tsundere}} stance he projects) and was even subjected to humiliation and exclusion by his own [[TheUnFavourite brothers]] according to WordOfGod. Then he met America, a kid who didn't know anything about him before but who was the first to be friendly with him and happy to see him... and see how ''that'' [[TheAmericanRevolution turned out...]]
** [[PsychopathicManChild Russia]] UsedToBeASweetKid bullied by everyone. He even got rejected by ''[[UpToEleven a hamster.]]''
** Iceland was born and spent his younger years alone, with only vague sensations of an "older brother" that he dismissed as "his own delusions." In ''World☆Stars'', Finland even mentions that he never really met Iceland until the 18th century. His [[ShrinkingViolet discomfort at receiving attention]], [[BlatantLies denial of his own loneliness]], and [[SugarAndIcePersonality aloof nature]] may stem from this.
* Homura from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' never had any friends because [[spoiler:she was very sick and spent most of her time in the hospital]]. It's probably why she [[spoiler:goes to such extreme lengths to protect the one friend that she makes]].
** Meanwhile, Mami is [[spoiler: an orphan, and has to distance herself from people because she's magical.]]
* Barnaby Brooks Jr. from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has always been too preoccupied with revenge to develop any significant relationships, and was a complete loner until he was paired up with Kotetsu. Kotetsu is literally the first friend he's ever had.
* ''Kodomo no Jikan'': As seen in a flashback, Rin started out completely friendless, as well as mute (due to the trauma of her mother's death [[spoiler:combined with her blaming herself for it]]). By the time the manga/anime starts, she, Kuro and Mimi are TrueCompanions.
* Saori from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' has been shown several times to have no friends before she met Nitori. She has NoSocialSkills and found boys to be too rambunctious but girls to be too snobby. Afterwards she makes a small group of friends however procedes to more-or-less ruin all but one of said friendships within three years of creating them. By the end of middle school they're close again but due to going to separate high schools she loses track of most of them besides Takatsuki.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': No one of the three main characters has friends at the beginning of the story, although Shinji forms some tentative friendships once he moves to Tokyo-3, and Asuka and Rei feel attached to Shinji.
* Kio from ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'' claims to be [[BrokenBird Soubi]]'s first and, ntil the manga begins, only friend. And given Soubi's background -ParentalAbandonment, [[spoiler: physically psychologically and sexually abused as a child]], essentially a slave to his sacrifice- this is hardly unlikely.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', thanks to FantasticRacism Kira and Maya grow up in the shrine away from other angels. After they grow up Maya instantly makes friends with Gai who has a similar temperament and no prejudices whereas Kira [[IneffectualLoner attempts to stay a loner]].
* From ''Anime/{{tsuritama}}'', up until Haru basically stalked/mind-controlled him into friendship Yuki had always been alone thanks to a combination of crippling social anxiety issues, the [[FaceOfAThug frighteningly ugly face]] he pulls whenever scared, and need to constantly switch schools because of his grandmother's job.
* Tsubomi of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' started out like this, due to the fact that, like Misao above, her parents were constantly working, so she'd end up staying with her grandma and was so shy, she'd only consider the flowers she'd like to tend to her only friends. It isn't until she moves to Kibogahana that she starts making friends. Even if her first is a loud-mouth JerkAss.
* Kitano of ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' doesn't have friends at the start because he looks like a walking waking nightmare, and rumours painted him as a violent drug addict. The joke is he's a sweet, kind boy who always tries to think the best of people, even when he's being beat up. His parents love him though. Averted in flashbacks to his old school though. Before his transfer, Kitano was actually very well-liked and highly regarded by both the faculty and student body of his old school. Its only transferring to Heikiku High that his friendlessness starts.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** L refers to Light as his 'first-ever friend' (although [[spoiler: he may have been lying]].) Either way, he has never had a friend prior to the Kira case.
** Light himself may qualify. Although he's popular at school, he doesn't seem that close to anyone.
* In ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', Rei does not have any childhood friends within his normal life outside of shogi, and was, as he narrates, "always the kid that got bullied." He implies that his teenage years were not that much different when he specifically requests that Hayashida not say anything about his professional career to his classmates. Later volumes elaborate on this.
* Kotonoha Katsura of ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' has difficulty making friends due to her shyness and attractive appearance; all the boys in her class fight over her and force each other to stay away from her, which alienates the girls in her class.
* Haruka Kotoura from ''Manga/KotouraSan'' as seen in the first half of the first episode. Her telepathic powers plus InnocentlyInsensitive nature causes everyone to hate her, ''together with her parents''. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/K-s-1-1_8156.jpg The first scene of the anime looks like this.]]
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Yukari had no friends while growing up because she was obsessively interested in tanks and could not find anyone who shared her interest. The "Little Army" prequel manga reveals that Miho had a similar problem while she was in elementary school.
* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' has two (and possibly three) main examples. First is [[ShrinkingViolet Shiemi]] due to the Home Schooled reason. Second is [[AntiAntiChrist Rin]] due to AllOfTheOtherReindeer. [[BigLittleBrother Yukio]] also qualifies as due to being a) a ShrinkingViolet CuteBookworm when young and b) being Rin's younger brother, made it difficult for him to get any friends even ''before'' he started training [[ChildProdigy early]] to be an Exorcist. [[DefrostingIceQueen Izumo]] also counts, as the only other friend she had before the Cram School was [[NiceGirl Paku]]; in fact, she originally didn't ''want'' any other friends, she just got dragged into it.
* All of the members of ''LightNovel/{{Haganai}}'''s Neighbors Club have varying incompetency in making friends.
* While it hasn't been explained, in ''Manga/SakuraTrick'', Haruka reflected she has always been alone and Yuu was her first friend. It may be the reason why she's so clingy to Yuu.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Before Tsukune came along, Yukari was often a victim of FantasticRacism at Yokai Academy for being a witch, though her tendency to [[ScrewySquirrel pull nasty pranks]] certainly didn't help matters.
* Haru Sakamoto of ''Manga/HanaTheFoxGirl'' had no real friends growing up. Much of the issue is that she was a snake in human form who was RaisedByHumans. This caused some of her behavior, such as catching frogs barehanded or attracting snakes to her on a field trip, to freak out her childhood classmates. Fortunately, through the Shimashima coffee shop in general and Fu in particular, Haru makes friends before starting class at Fu's school.
* Yuki of ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'' is a ShrinkingViolet with little skills in communication. At the time she was properly introduced, her "friends" include a cat and a bird.
* Hishiro of ''{{Manga/ReLIFE}}'', resulting in her [[NoSocialSkills lack of social skills]].
* This turns out to be the thing uniting nearly all the humans-turned-Legendary-Warriors of ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' prior to their arrival in the Digital World. They all have different flavors, too: Kouji is the Loner, Izumi is the Newcomer, Junpei is socially incompetent, Tomoki is overly sheltered by his parents a'la "Homeschooled," and [[spoiler: Kouichi is implied to be shy on top of feeling alienated from his family after learning he and Kouji had been SeparatedAtBirth.]] Only Takuya doesn't seem to have this problem, which may be why he becomes [[TheLeader the glue that holds the team together as they gradually becomes friends.]]
* Yuki from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' has been shown to have had no friends besides her teacher Megu-nee prior to the ZombieApocalypse. She was made fun of due to her cutesy looking NiceHat and general oddities. Thanks to the apocalypse she is a part of a close-knit team alongside three (later more) other survivors. Yuki has hallucinations that she is going to school normally instead of being stuck in a zombie infested school, and in these delusions she's very popular instead of being friendless.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** In the season finale of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', [[DarkMagicalGirl Fate]] admits that she has no idea how to be friends with someone. In fact, prior to her encounters with Nanoha, Fate had never even ''met'' someone her own age.
** Hayate is an orphan who spent most of her childhood in and out of the hospital, so the only people she interacted with on a regular basis (before meeting the [[AntiVillain Wolkenritter]]) were doctors.
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', Mako claims that the only friends she ever had were in her head, seeming to be a case of incompetence. Meanwhile, Ryuko makes no mention of any friends before coming to Honnouji, and as she references having been a drifter, she was likely a recurring case of the newcomer along with a bit of the loner.
* In ''Manga/MagicOfStella'', Yumine when she was a child, mainly due to her status of an IllGirl. This has gone so much that she became pretty cynical to the idea of friendship, but Tamaki helped her overcoming that.
* Rinichi Sagara of ''[[Manga/KanojoNiNaruHi Kanojo Ni Naru Hi Another]]'' is an instructive subversion: At the start of the story he ticks practically all of the boxes: he's a deeply troubled loner with NoSocialSkills and a DarkAndTroubledPast who has deliberately cultivated [[JapaneseDelinquents a tough reputation]] to compensate for [[DudeLooksLikeALady his girly looks]] and [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer to keep his classmates at arms length]] to protect his DarkSecret. His classmates (particularly TheHeart, the ClassRepresentative,and even TheGadfly) rally to his defense anyway at the behest of TheRival.
* Averted in ''Manga/{{Fullmapla}}''. Kyou initially thought that Makoto's [[TalkingWithSigns bizarre method of communication]] and standoff personality would meant that she never had any friends, but it's stated that she did have friends in middle school (they just all went to different high schools).
* ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''
** Kobayashi grew up staying at home playing video games, while her parents were always busy working. As an adult, she used to live alone with only one friend she spent evenings getting drunk with. While she never resents her life, it took Tohru's arrival for her to realize how empty it was before.
** Implied with Saikawa, given that [[NewTransferStudent Kanna]] is her OnlyFriend.
* Haru from ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' spent over a decade of her childhood isolated from her peers due to her RichBitch personality (which resulted in a viscous cycle of her becoming even more self centered as a coping mechanism only for it to isolate her even further). It's only by sheer chance that she ends up in the same class as a boy who is desperate enough for conversation and patient enough to put up with her self centered ramblings that she manages to make friends, shed her arrogant persona, and find love (not necessarily in that order).
* ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'' has Shin-ah who grew up shunned by his village. The only one who would have anything to do with him was Ao, the previous Seiryuu who was a pretty harsh and damaged guy due to the shunning and the "curse" of the Dragon's Eyes. Shin-ah desperately wanted friends, but was repeatedly told by Ao how impossible that was. Ao died when Shin-ah was four, and the little boy spent the next 14 years all alone.
* ''Anime/FireworksShouldWeSeeItfromtheSideOrTheBottom2017'': Nazuna's mother and the new fiance discuss how Nazuna won't be missed because she has few friends and definitely no boyfriend.
* Kaoruko of ''Manga/ComicGirls'', because she's [[ShrinkingViolet social phobic]]. Her editor suggests that her lack of storytelling skills in the SchoolgirlSeries genre comes from this.

* [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] was portrayed as being fairly isolated throughout his high school years (not so much [[SheIsAllGrownUp later on)]]. Adaptations that make Harry, Gwen, or Mary Jane his longtime friends tend to ignore that Pete didn't meet any of them until college.
* ComicBook/{{Huntress}}; particularly emphasized in certain issues of ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey''; a somewhat unusual example, in that she did have family, some of whom genuinely cared for her (although they were all evil), but until she teamed up with the Comicbook/BlackCanary, she never had even one friend. There's some FridgeLogic to this: making friends with the daughter of a Mafia don is all very well, but if there's a serious falling-out, your face might appear on a milk carton. Although it really had more to do with the fact that the mafia assassins who raised her, the Asaros, deliberately kept her isolated.
* An example of the second sort: if Franchise/{{Tintin}} had any friends at all besides Snowy prior to the start of his adventures, they are never mentioned. However, it does not seem to be from a preference to be alone, a lack of social skills or some such as a whole lot of characters Tintin encounters during his adventures become his friends, and some very close ones indeed (Haddock, Chang, Calculus) with no problem. One could theorize that Tintin's schoolmates etc. all got prosaic bourgeois jobs in Brussels which meant that there weren't any real chances of encountering them in Tintin's exciting world of adventure (most of which are set outside Belgium).
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''
** Xavin has outright said that their parents did not allow them to have any friends growing up, and their arrogance and chauvinism did not help them in making friends after joining the team.
** Before joining the team, Klara had been disowned by her family, and her only source of human companionship was her [[{{Squick}} husband]]... who horribly, horribly abused her and saddled her with a lot of trust issues. She ''did'' have the ability to talk to roses, and they would talk back, but her husband kept cutting and selling the roses for booze money. Molly Hayes appears to have been her first real friend, and incidentally, she is fiercely protective of Molly.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** In ''Comicbook/SupermanBrainiac'', Clark is worried about her cousin because Kara feels very alone.
--->'''Clark:''' She was so frightened. And she feels so alone.
** [[ComicBook/Supergirl2011 Post-Flashpoint Supergirl]] had this issue for a while. She was stranded in a strange planet, her family and acquaintances were all dead, she didn't trust her [[Franchise/{{Superman}} cousin]], she had no friends and she felt very lonely and isolated. Her situation led to a DespairEventHorizon combined with a RageBreakingPoint and her becoming a ''[[Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton Red Lantern]]'' for a while.
** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Linda felt very alone and without friends until she met Lena.
--->'''Linda:''' It's just... I'm so alone, y'know? It's so hard to make friends... and I'm not sure I even like the people in this school anyway.
* In the original comic, Will Vandom of ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' lost literally ''all'' her friends a year before the series due [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer finding out what they really thought of her parents being divorcing]] by [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead accidentally reading their minds]] and freaking out (losing even the one who, having divorced parents herself, was thinking "So what?"), also influencing her mother into moving to Heatherfield. In the series she has some friends aside the other Guardians, but the only one who isn't linked to her being a Guardian or the other girls is a childhood friend that moved to Heatherfield before the freak-out.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Both Germany and Japan have these because they distrusted other countries too much to get close to them—and their siblings don't count. Until they met [[{{Keet}} Italy]].
* While Harry himself is not this by the start of ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', he didn't have any friends growing up. Wanda kept a watch out for him, and managed to intervene once, but to do any more would have put him in danger. [[spoiler: His cousin Jean took him under her wing when her family visited, but Sinister acted to ensure that Harry wouldn't be taken from the Dursleys and thus HappilyAdopted by the Grey family in order to maintain his experiment]]. He also tends to attract people like this.
** Carol's only two close friends are Jean-Paul and Lex, the latter of whom is a self appointed KnightTemplarBigBrother for whom she is occasionally required to act as a MoralityChain. It's implied that the rest of her football team likes her, but they aren't what you'd call close. As for her family life, her father has a StayInTheKitchen attitude and her mother is a doormat. She's close to her CoolUncle, [[Series/StargateSG1 Jack O'Neill]], but he's a Brigadier General and thus busy most of the time.
** Jean-Paul's only friend at all prior to meeting Harry is Carol and possibly [[spoiler: his possibly crazy twin sister]].
** [[spoiler: Diana]], the Olympian ward, happens to be a [[LittleMissBadass remarkably talented]] [[GirlyBruiser warrior]]. She also had to endure Hera's repeated attempts to kill her due to her being a daughter of Hercules (which is why she's in Asgard in the first place as Hercules begged Athena and Loki to help him protect her) and tends to unsettle people thanks to her [[PsychicPowers empathic]] [[PsychicChildren abilities]], which tend to make her come off as a more down to Earth and even more disturbingly insightful version of Luna Lovegood.
** Uhtred is implied not to have many friends due to his obsessive desire to stand out from his family and ArrogantKungFuGuy attitude, which he later drops.
* When Vera is hospitalized for poisoning in ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'' Apollo, Klavier and Trucy are the only people that visit her because her only family is dead and she was a {{Hikikomori}}, she doesn't have any friends.
-->Trucy: It's not like she has any friends besides us!
-->Apollo (thinking): You mean she has any friends ''including'' us.
* ''FanFic/TheyreNotPussywillowPixies'': Poet is more or less friendless, being a, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin poet]] in a village where no one else is really interested in or cares about poetry.
* In ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'' (which takes place after the events of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'') a young brush farmer named [[NiceGirl Avalina]] ends up [[OddFriendship befriending]] his jailer, the [[ResurrectedForAJob resurrected]] [[VillainProtagonist Horned]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent King]] and his [[SycophanticServant lackey]] [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Creeper]]. She's pretty much [[MoralityPet the first friend]] for both of them. The Horned King has spent his about a thousand years lasting existence [[CardCarryingVillain doing evil for his own benefit]]. If he's ever had any friends, he has forgotten them. As for Creeper, he has [[FreudianExcuse been abused by everyone for his entire life]].
* In ''Fanfic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree'', Sunset Shimmer had never bothered to make friends despite Celestia's pestering, which ended up leaving her without anywhere to go after getting kicked out of Celestia's castle.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The titular alien of ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' (with the sole exception of Minion, his NonHumanSidekick). Early scenes show his attempts to gain friends, all of which backfire miserably (in a combination of bad luck and FantasticRacism), culminating [[ThenLetMeBeEvil in his decision to become a supervillain]].
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'', it has been implied that Melody did not have any friends and the only person she talked to was Sebastian. Also, she's shown to be mocked for talking to sea creatures.
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Anna and Elsa were raised in seclusion their whole lives and didn't have any friends throughout their childhoods. This may be why Anna was so naive to the point that she was willing to marry Hans, a guy she just met [[spoiler:who turned out to be an usurping scumbag]].
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'': Hiccup is ostracized and bullied by his ''entire community'' for being weak and relying on his brain rather than brawny. Even his own father openly tells him he has to change. The closest he has to a "friend" is ParentalSubstitute Gobber, who still views him as a nuisance most of the time and tells him it's what's on the inside of him that causes problems. His first true friend is Toothless, the titular dragon. [[spoiler: Of course, as it's a forbidden friendship, Toothless's attachment only serves to make him more of an outcast.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Film/TheHeat: Ashburn. She grew up in foster care and then as an adult FBI agent, her need to demonstrate her intellect at the expense of others alienates them.
* Doc Holliday in ''Film/{{Tombstone}}''.
--> '''Turkey Creek Jack Johnson''' Why are you doin' this, Doc?\\
'''Doc Holliday''' Because Wyatt Earp is my friend.\\
'''Turkey Creek Jack Johnson''' Friend? Hell, I got lots of friends.\\
'''Doc Holliday''' I don't.
* In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Rey was alone on Jakku for over a decade, and appeared to spend most of her time scavenging the wrecks old ships. Based on her initial reaction to having her hand grabbed by Finn, she was not used to being touched either
* Near the end of ''Film/TommyBoy,'' Richard confesses he thinks of Tommy as friend, even after all their misadventures.
-->'''Richard:''' It may not mean much to you, since you have so many... but I don't.
* ''Film/SinCity'' has Marv, who fits the unattractive type in this trope. He mentions that, due to his looks, he was never even able to buy a woman. It may also have something to do with him being AxCrazy as well.
* ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'': After Jessica establishes that Maya does not have a boyfriend, she asks Maya if she has ''any'' friends. Maya says nothing.
* ''Film/AllOfMe''. Edwina.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Since Raven Darkholme is explicitly stated to be Charles Xavier's oldest and only friend, that means prior to their meeting in 1944, 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.
** ''Film/TheWolverine'': Mariko had difficulty making friends while she was younger.
* ''Film/PumpUpTheVolume'', Mark just moved to Arizona, coming from East US, and doesn't manage to make friends (unless when he is HHH). He is even EatingLunchAlone.
* ''Film/TheWeddingRinger'', Both Jimmy and Doug suffer from this. Doug's family constantly moved around when he was a kid, while Jimmy was just a loner. [[spoiler: They end up becoming best friends and go on a trip to tahiti on Doug's first guy trip at the end of the movie.]]
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has Starlord [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this when he's chewing out Drax and Rocket for starting a bar fight, citing their AxCrazy {{Jerkass}} mentalities as the reason they're friendless (and by extension, the rest of the group as well). [[OnlySaneMan Starlord doesn't exactly have what would traditionally be considered friends either, but is still the most socially adjusted of the group.]]
--> '''Starlord:''' (after Rocket as threatened to kill them ''again'') You see!? That's exactly why none of you have any friends!

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Jerin Whistler doesn't have any male friends, as boys are very rare, and he doesn't like the neighbour's boy, Balin Brindle. The only non-related woman he has close contact with prior to the plot is his teacher. She's a kind of family friend, and Jerin had a crush on her. When he meets the young nobleman Cullen, they become friends immediately, as both of them are thrilled to finally have someone their own age to talk to.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward starts the story without any friends, which is mostly due to his ObfuscatingStupidity for the past seven years, which even estranged his younger brother.
* From what we see of Hans's life before coming to Arendelle in ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', he didn't seem to have anyone except his family. Within his own clan, he was the proverbial BlackSheep and ExtremeDoormat -- his father and eleven of his older brothers saw him as a "weakling" and an incompetent coward who couldn't stand up and fight back at the abuse they throw at him, and would either shun him or bully him. In fact, three of his brothers even pretended he was nonexistent for ''two years'', not to mention throwing ''glass'' at him just for daydreaming, being the victim of countless pranks, losing countless fistfights against his brothers, being shoved in the mud or tossed off moving carts. And by the time he's an adult, Hans has chosen to give up fighting, but this only worsened their abuse. The closest to support he had were Lars and his mother, but neither of them were close enough to help him get through life. Being neglected all his life, combined with the fact that [[WellDoneSonGuy he wanted to be recognized as a good son]] despite being ignored and belittled by his family, wound up [[FreudianExcuse becoming the source of his issues.]]
* Gerard Freeman in ''Literature/TheGhostWriter'' has very few, if any, friends since childhood.
* Bella Swan of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Her best friend back in Arizona was her mother (or so she says.)
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry himself. Prior to going to Hogwarts, he's an outcast at his Muggle school, partly because of the tatty hand-me-downs and broken glasses he wears, but mostly because his cousin Dudley is the school bully and no-one wanted to befriend Harry (his primary target) and become targets of his bullying too. Dudley's gang frequently beats him up, referred to as "Harry Hunting." He is absolutely friendless until Hagrid shows up in his life.
** Ron is mocked for being poor by the Slytherins, and of course is perpetually in Harry's shadow, so he's an outcast to an extent. WordOfGod indicates many wizarding children, including the Weasleys, are homeschooled before starting Hogwarts, so it seems they conveniently don't have much chance to make friends before they're eleven. You'd think the Weasley kids would have made friends with Luna considering how close she lives to them, but book 5 seems to be the first time she and Ron meet. No wonder Ginny got so entranced in that diary -- she literally had no one to talk to other than her older brothers and parents.
** And Hermione... well, she was a stuck-up prissy know-it-all in the first book. To misquote Ron, "No wonder she hasn't got any friends!" But probably Neville has it worst in their year, until book 4 or 5.
** Luna also seems to suffer heavily from this trope. Being somewhat strange, she is heavily teased or just ignored. She loved being part of the DA because "it was just like having friends". When the trio happens upon her room they see that she hand-painted a magical mural of [[Heartwarming/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Neville, all interlocked by a moving golden chain of "friends" repeated over and over]].
** Remus Lupin is another character who suffered from this trope in his early years. As a result of his [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthropy]] and the FantasticRacism prevalent in the wizarding world, his parents had to hide and move him around a lot while they attempted to find a cure and keep him from infecting anyone else. It's the main reason why he was unable to prevent his friends' bullying of Severus Snape during their school years: he was so grateful to finally have friends that he didn't want to do anything that would turn them against him.
* 'Cita in the second ''Literature/{{Petaybee}}'' book. She grew up as a member of a cult that gave children names like "Nightsoil" and "Goat-dung", and even by that standard, she is was an outsider.
* ''Literature/TheSecretGarden's'' protagonist Mary Lennox has gone through life with no friends because she is shown to be spoiled and sour and has NoSocialSkills. A good portion of her character growth involves her gaining friends. At one point she's talking about the number of people she likes, and says, "I never thought I should like five people." One of those five is a robin.
* ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'': Anne Shirley has one of these, having spent her childhood in and out of orphanages and foster homes. She is so lonely that she invents imaginary friends, to Marilla's horror.
* Chichikov in ''Literature/DeadSouls''. He's more interested in making money than making friends.
* As children, both Vlad Dracula and Elizabeth Bathory in ''Literature/CountAndCountess''.
* At home on Alderaan before ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', Tash Arranda didn't have ''no'' friends - at least, other kids would let her play on their speed globe teams - but it was noted that she was closest to her parents and had trouble making friends, since her untrained Force-Sensitivity made her [[CreepyChild seem strange]].
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Brienne of Tarth is treated pretty poorly by the men she meets, as they scoff at her for acting manly, but laugh on the rare occasions she's forced to act feminine. Brienne says that the women are worse. One of the reasons she falls so hard for Renly is because he was nice to her, [[FireForgedFriends and this goes double for Jaime]].
** Sam has it even worse. Oh sure, he got along with his mother and sisters, but his soft, gentle demeanor was not only mocked by essentially everyone but was also [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent a source of serious abuse]] from [[AbusiveParents his father]]. Then he goes to [[ReassignedToAntarctica the Wall]] where he becomes fast friends with Jon Snow and all of Jon's friends.
* Various characters in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series fit the trope in various ways.
** Rincewind seems to have made very few friends, except perhaps the exasperating Twoflower, if only because he's usually running too fast to get away from some kind of danger. (He says that his parents ran away from home before he was born.) Even once he settles down, he's something of a loner, if only because his new colleagues regard him with amiable contempt and ''use'' him for various purposes.
** Susan makes a couple of friends at school, but they're fellow loner/outsider types. Even at that stage, it's clear that she's a bit too weird and a bit too intelligent to get close to normal human beings. Once she learns that she's the granddaughter of Death, with all that implies, fighting the dangers of isolation becomes a full-time issue for her -- though she manages.
** The trope is ''really'' central to the whole species of noble dragons, however. "Noble dragons don't have friends. The nearest they can get to the idea is an enemy who is still alive." Of course, they don't care.
** In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' when Vimes learns Mr A.E. Pessimal's initials don't actually stand for anything, he asks the government inspector what his friends call him. Mr Pessimal looks like this question involves a pretty huge assumption, so Vimes decides to back down on the confrontation a bit.
* The background of quite a few ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' characters. Briar was part of a gang as a kid, but they seemed more like 'allies' then friends with any really degree of concern for one another. Sandry also had a lot of trouble making friends; her parents moved continiously, other noble parents didn't want their children associating with such a strange family, while commoner kids regarded her with great suspicion. This made her just very, ''very'' determined to make friends. Tris, however, was by far the worst off, being neglected by her relatives and bullied by almost all her peers.
* In ''Literature/WhyWeTookTheCar'', Maik is stated to have no friends at all. Tschick appears to have no friends either when he enters Maik's school, and never makes any there.
* In Literature/{{Rolitania}}, Samuel is friendless in either timeline. In the first timeline, the equally lonely Kuro befriends him. In the second timeline, a more friendly, (and friendless no more) Kuro befriends him in a more ''[[FirstKiss unconventional]]'' way.
* In the ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'' series, Emily left nothing she valued or missed behind on Earth (relationship wise), such as a loving family or friends. In fact, she feels like her life only just got started now that she's left Earth behind.
* Christian Ozera from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' had no friends until warming up to Lissa and Rose. Went with his status as a social outcast.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and its sequels, a friendless background is par for the course for the Salmissras - it's very hard to make friends in a court where everyone is trying to poison everyone else in order to increase their own power and influence, and the royal pharmacologists (who are the real power behind the throne) prefer to keep their queens lonely and codependent so that they'll constantly seek to get drugged out of their gourds.
* Ishmael from ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael'' is bullied and doesn't have any friends at school until NewTransferStudent Scobie makes him join the debate team.
* Aya in ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'' can't, and HatesSmallTalk. This pretty much means her social circle is limited to the KZ and Sunahara.
* Michael, protagonist of ''Literature/TheTraitorGame'', was bullied at his old school and had no friends until he met Francis.
-->'''Francis:''' Do you always hit people? Is that how you make friends?
-->'''Michael:''' I don't know. I don't have any.
* ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'': The biologist is an extreme introvert who'd much rather observe plants and animals than interact with people and has never had any friends. The closest thing she had to that was knowing the friends of her husband.
* ''Literature/WingsOfFire'': Peril has no friends due to the fact just touching her causes severe burns. When she meets Clay, the only dragon who doesn't act fearful towards her and who can handle her touch, she becomes [[ClingyJealousGirl very attached towards him]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Brienne of Tarth is ostracized by Westerosi society due to her unattractiveness, large size, and her pursuit of a traditionally masculine occupation.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Faith. Her parents were worthless and the only person who never treated her badly died before she showed up in Season 3. This leads to her becoming evil after her tough girl act makes her push Buffy away when they accidentally kill a guy.
** Genevieve, due to being homeschooled.
* Most of the main characters on ''{{Series/Community}}'', for various reasons: Britta is a hypocritical buzzkill, Abed is [[AmbiguousDisorder weird]], Annie was an awkward nerd in high school, Pierce is a {{Jerkass}} and Chang is certifiably insane.
* ''Series/ICarly'':
** During the flashback that showed how Carly came to know Sam, Carly was eating alone. Probably justifiable since Carly had moved to Seattle from her existing home in California. Not friendless before that though, as she had Missy, her best friend back in California.
** Freddie apparently came to know Carly and Sam either during the last year of elementary school, or their first year of middle school. Whatever friends Freddie had must have moved to different schools, as it was shown in the earlier episodes his only real friend was Carly. Eventually, he started joining various school clubs and became friends with a handful of other students.
** Sam was a bully, even in her younger years, and her only 'friend' was likely to be her twin sister Melanie, who left on a boarding school scholarship, as well as being a grade ahead due to Sam falling behind. Carly pushed back when Sam stole her sandwich, and their friendship was born.
* Spock in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. It's mentioned in the series (and shown in both [[WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]] and [[Film/StarTrek the 2009 movie]]) that he was bullied as a child, and it's implied that Kirk is his first real friend. In the episode "The Naked Time" he mentions being ashamed of his friendship with Kirk, so it's possible Vulcans don't generally ''have'' friends in the way humans do.
** Though they do at least have ''some'' variety of friendship; in "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", Spock formally identifies Kirk and [=McCoy=] as his friends to T'Pau, and mentions a legal right to have them present for his wedding in that capacity. General consensus is that he didn't have any friends because of his [[ChildrenAreCruel mixed]] [[HalfBreedDiscrimination racial heritage]].
* This seems to initially be the case for Brian Krakow in ''Series/MySoCalledLife.'' The closest things he has to friends are Angela and Sharon, who are both often rude to him and who he doesn't seem to be very close to anymore. [[spoiler:This changes later as he seems to develop a close friendship with Rickie, and the last few episodes seem to foreshadow a possible new friendship with Jordan.]] An apparent friend named Brad is mentioned once, but only in a lie Brian is telling his parents, so it's not clear if Brad even actually exists.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' half-willingly ejected herself from her own social circle and plummeted down to the bottom-most rung ([[AcceptableTargets outside of freshmen]]) at Neptune High after her father, at the time the sheriff, accused the father of her murdered friend Lilly of killing her. She remained there until Wallace Fennel arrived, and she helped him down from the flag pole...
* Lex Luthor from ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. The most poignant scene is actually very short, but drives home the point that Lex has been a loner all his life, probably because he was considered a freak by the other kids (not to mention his twisted upbringing): Adult Lex flashes back to his childhood, to a birthday party where he sits alone at a table surrounded by cakes and paper streamers, crying silently.
* Beth from ''Series/CriminalMindsSuspectBehavior''. She's been kicked off multiple anti-terrorism taskforces in the past for [[BrutalHonesty being too blunt]], and when she joins the team, she has nobody to put down as an emergency contact until Cooper volunteers himself.
* Sherlock Holmes in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. Until [[OnlyFriend John]] comes along, he didn't have any friends at all -- Mrs Hudson being more of a ParentalSubstitute and Lestrade a FriendOnTheForce of sorts who, while quite a nice man, isn't willing to be the CloudcuckoolandersMinder that any friend of Sherlock's inevitably ends up becoming. IntelligenceEqualsIsolation combined with his ByronicHero persona are the likely causes, though he makes little effort towards befriending anyone anyway. As [[AloofBigBrother Mycroft]] points out in the very first episode:
-->'''John:''' I'm guessing you're not friends.
-->'''Mycroft:''' You've met him. How many ''friends'' do you imagine he has? ''(...)'' I am the closest thing to a friend Sherlock Holmes is capable of having: an enemy.
** Or, as [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Sherlock himself]] puts it:
--> '''Sherlock''': [[SugarAndIcePersonality I don't have "friends." I've just got one.]]
** [[TearJerker To an extent,]] [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife John]] as well. At the beginning of the show he's living alone in a depressing little flat after being invalided home from the Afghan war, he hardly even talks to his sister (from whom he is estranged for reasons that aren't specified, but may be related to the drinking problem that gets literally {{Sherlockscan}}ned in the pilot), and the only friend (or even ''acquaintance'') of his we see is [[OneSceneWonder Mike Stamford,]] towards whom he acts rather aloof (though Mike himself is affable enough); and that was merely a chance meeting. Before Sherlock, he also appears to have been entirely alone in the world, as stated by him during his one-sided conversation with [[spoiler:Sherlock's headstone]]:
-->'''John:''' [[TearJerker I was so alone]], and [[AllTakeAndNoGive I owe you]]...[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming so much.]]
** Sherlock also admits this in that [[CrowningMomentofFunny bloody-awful]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming best man's speech]] for [[HeterosexualLifePartners John.]]
* Amy Farrah Fowler of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is this trope personified. She has a preoccupation with friendship activities, especially with Penny, because this is the first time in her life she's been able to experience anything of the sort. Sheldon didn't have any friends back home either, but he's less concerned about it. (Perhaps because his family, even though they didn't understand him, loved him. We don't know anything about Amy's family.)
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' ironically. Although by the time the series starts the gang - in their early twenties - have formed their tight-knit TrueCompanions, several of them are hinted to have been this growing up. In particular Chandler never mentions any friends from when he was younger and is upset he has hardly anyone to invite to his wedding.
** Subverted concerning Rachel and Monica. In high school Rachel was the popular LovableAlphaBitch and Monica, her FatBestFriend, was implied to be this trope. However, during the series Monica mentions or even dates several friends, including her fellow FormerlyFat friend Will (played by ''Brad Pitt''), her childhood friend who helps Chandler enter advertising, Lewis Posin her "fifth grade best friend", an exchange student whose mom gave her food, and two cousins she was close to growing up. By comparison, all of Rachel's wealthy "friends" ditch her early on and everyone from their old school seems to hate her. It's also worth mentioning that Monica is the rock of the gang who brought them all together, and it was only because of her they accepted Rachel initially. Ultimately it's the awkward Monica rather than the outgoing Rachel who made real friends, despite her apparent unpopularity.
* A {{Running Gag}} in ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' is that Ravi doesn't have any friends besides his pet lizard, Mrs. Kibbling.
* ''Series/DoctorWho:'' While it isn't mentioned too often, The Doctor himself apparently had a very lonely and miserable childhood. He once remarks on the unpleasantness of being "the only kid left outside", and when asked if he knows what that's like emphatically replies that he does. In fact, all indications suggest that he had a grand total of one friend his own age growing up, and that was The Master.
* ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' never mentions any friends from his childhood, and when he dies and Death gathers all the people who care about him to sing their goodbyes it includes his ex-girlfriend Madalena, now an evil queen who despises him, and "some random guy", seemingly included to stop the song being too short.
--> ''''Galavant:''' What happened, I just ran out of friends?

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Unlike most professional wrestlers, Seleziya Sparx had no prior athletic background. She didn't identify with any group growing up and continued to struggle to make friends in her chosen profession, though she found a group very eager to bring her into Wrestling/RingOfHonor: The House Of Truth. Unfortunately the HOT were not just made up of bad people but were already on the path to collapse. Her efforts to appease HOT's top prospect Matt Taven [[UngratefulBastard were taken for granted]] and she drifted in the promotion without the purpose Truth Martini's stable gave her until she again found a group eager to take her in, the DarkerAndEdgier PaintItBlack second coming of the HOT.[[/folder]]

* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'''s Elphaba Thropp:
-->'''Dr. Dillamond:''' Miss Elphaba, don't worry about me, go along and enjoy your friends.
-->'''Elphaba:''' (breezily) Oh, that's all right, I have no friends.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The manga for ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' fleshes out [[HelloInsertNameHere the protagonist's]] character quite a bit, and depicts him as friendly and polite, but distant. Because his parent's work causes them to move around a lot, he tries to avoid getting attached to other people, so he won't disappoint them when he leaves, essentially like a perpetual "Newcomer" version of this trope. Naturally, a large part of the game involves him getting over that and forming social links with various people around Inaba.
* Geo from ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' is also one (being a combo of types 3,4 and 6).
* According to the Official Fanbook, ''VideoGame/{{Raidou|KuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy}} [[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon Kuzunoha]]'' grew up friendless, since he never had spare time or energy from his training everyday. He consequently became a HeroicMime because he cared little for his own emotions and never thought his words would be worth hearing.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins,'' Morrigan may be the most horrific example of the home-schooled variant (to the point of being nightmarish). She explicitly says, if you get close to her (either platonically or romantically), that she is unused to such things as friendship, but is grateful for yours.
** Alistair even lampshades this:
-->'''Alistair:''' Oh, let me guess, this is the part where we find out you've never had a friend in your entire life--
** Alistair is from something of a FriendlessBackground himself. Until he joined the Grey Wardens, he was ostracized his whole life; everyone he knew near his age either disdained him for being a [[HeroicBastard bastard]] or thought he was [[LonelyRichKid stuck up because he was treated with favor and protected by the local nobleman]]. And then AFTER he joined the Grey Wardens, [[spoiler: they all got killed at Ostagar.]] [[TheWoobie Poor guy.]] It's for this reason that he has so much UndyingLoyalty to the PC; s/he is the only other Warden left in the entire country.
* Invoked by Dorian in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' if he's in your party when you find an abandoned fortress in the middle of a jungle.
--> '''Dorian:''' Ah, Tevinter architecture. Doesn't it just scream "I hated my parents and had no friends as a child"?
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has probably every variety of the trope you can find:
** Jack grew up in an experimental facility, and after escaping actively avoided making friends.
** Grunt was grown in a tank, only being 'born' when you recruit him.
** Garrus lost all his friends to a mercenary attack.
** Thane and Samara never bothered making friends, both being MarriedToTheJob.
** Miranda ran away from home, cutting ties with everyone she knew. [[spoiler:And the one person she trusted betrays her on her loyalty mission and ends up getting killed]].
** The majority of the options in Shepard's MultipleChoicePast leave him/her with few friends and family.[[labelnote:Details]]Earthborn grew up an orphan running with gangs and left them all behind by joining the Alliance, Colonist had his parents and almost all of his/her friends killed or kidnapped by batarian slaves, Spacer was a MilitaryBrat and grew up all over the galaxy ([[AvertedTrope But at least his/her mother is still alive]]), Sole Survivor say his/her whole squad die on Akuze, Ruthless sent most of his/her squad on Torfan to their deaths. The only background where this isn't implied is the War Hero one, where Shepard rallied the colonists on Elysium against raiders and almost single-handedly saved the colony.[[/labelnote]]
* When Laharl fom ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' was asleep for two years people just assumed that he was dead or simply forgot about him. No one cares beyond that, except Etna who wanted to use him for her own gain, and one of his vassals who expressed disappointment that she didn't get to use the grave she dug for him. Granted, everyone are demons and thus clearly aligned Evil, it's only in their nature to abuse, backstab and use each other. Laharl doesn't even care for his own father aside from disappointment that he found out too late that his father died and thus the competition for his father's Overlord position had been going on for quite some time before he woke up.
* [[NiceGirl Marona]] in ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' never had friends in her life because [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer the way society treats her]] and only have [[DeadToBeginWith Ash]] in her own life. So it's really heartwarming when Marona made her first friend in her life with [[IllGirl Castile]].
* Marche in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' is a new transfer student, shy, and lacks confidence in himself. He is mostly quiet on his first day at the new school, but he does become friends with two other kids. Marche is also not sure of himself during his time in the fantasy Ivalice, but he sheds his shyness and confidence issues as the game progresses and becomes more determined to achieve his goals. It is revealed in the story that Marche didn't have many friends to due always having to take care of his sick brother.
* Your partner in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity''. Interestingly, he notes that he was part of the problem, as he were worried he would end up making a FalseFriend.
* Kiyotaka Ishimaru from ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has difficulty making friends prior entering high school (and meeting Mondo Oowada) because of his overtly serious attitude due to him spending time on studying and encouraging school rules and student's behavior.
** He's not the only one. [[WorldsStrongestMan Sakura Oogami]] was ostracized because of her [[FaceOfAThug frightening and intimidating appearance]], outright saying [[spoiler: in her suicide note]] that the other students were the first real friends she'd ever had. [[TheEeyore Touko Fukawa]] was severely bullied her whole life (leaving her with a severe [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex persecution complex)]]. And depending on how canon you consider the manga adaptation to be, [[ElegantGothicLolita Celes]] might have had one, seeing as [[spoiler: she was so plain (even her name, Taeko Yasuhiro, was ordinary) that she was completely ignored in school, only taking on her sophisticated persona of Celestia Ludenberg after discovering her skill as a gambler.]]
* The Courier of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' appears to be from such a background.
** Of course, since The Courier is the player avatar, this depends on how the player wants their background to be.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bombshell}}'''s protagonist, Shelly, was a deliberate example in her youth, due to "prioritizing success over sociability". Later, however, she became close to her bomb team, thinking of them as family.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Hitman}} Agent 47]]'' grew up in a lab with his only social interactions being mostly fighting other clones. He did have a few pets, however, something that the other clones never did.
--> '''Agent 47:''' ''"Names are for friends, so I don't need one"''

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoRakuen'''s Prologue of Grisaia Yumiko spends the entirety of the story thinking of everyone as mere classmates because she's never had a real friend before, so when she realizes how much she cares about them and how much they care about her she actually cries with happiness.
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' has [[EmotionlessGirl Mio]] and [[GenkiGirl Haruka]]. Mio because, as a child, she preferred escaping into other worlds through [[CuteBookworm books]] and make-believe [[spoiler:and then ended up meeting a not-so-imaginary friend Midori she dedicated herself to as an older sister. After a while her parents became worried and took her to a therapist, giving her medication to stop seeing Midori. Years later, she suddenly remembered Midori, and was so upset that she became determined to live a life of solitude in penance for her sin, ultimately trading places with Midori and letting her live instead.]] Haruka because [[spoiler:her family abusively kept her under their control as the 'lesser' twin, including forbidding her from going to school. Beyond that, for whatever friends she could have made her wild, socially awkward personality didn't drive away, her crippling insecurity probably did the job.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', there are a few cases of this.
** Hisao loses touch with all his old friends, including the girl with whom he shared a mutual crush, during his stay in the hospital, and as such, has no friends upon entering Yamaku.
** Hanako had a few friends before the house fire that scarred her and claimed the life of her parents, but [[KidsAreCruel they abandoned her because of how she looked]]
** Shizune has difficulty keeping friends from communication problems related to her deafness and her tendency to come off as overbearing and abrasive.
** Surprisingly, [[spoiler:Misha]], who gets along well with most of the other students, says she has no friends from her previous schools whom she misses or hopes to reconnect with, and vaguely hints at being bullied for [[spoiler:being a lesbian]].

* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' - Twenty-fifth Baam had absolutely no human contact before he met Rachel, even the name he was given by somebody refers to his birthdate. His loneliness is what made him so caring about human beings and eager for friendship, while it also makes him quite the stalker.
* ''Webcomic/{{Magisa}}'' - [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119174 Eman Cruz]] has no friends. And if he gets one, they either leave him or die.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob:'' Galatea, who was raised as a lab specimen, was like this when she first escaped.
* Oddly induced in ''Webcomic/TheGoodWitch''; in her original timeline as a transgirl, Angel had one friend, Tommy. In her new timeline as a genetic girl, Angel has ''no'' friends, with Tommy barely even knowing her (apparently a warning sign about her personality)--so she uses her magic to turn him into her new best friend Molly.
* ''[[http://www.tnemrot.com/ Tnemrot]]'' has almost all its main characters like this. Dae was a homeless scavenger all on his own, Mia was sheltered in her father's home and never received much attention and Angel was a slave unable to move a muscle without her owner's say so.
* Abel of ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' is shown to have grown up this way in his origin comic, having been shunned by the other people in the town he was born in because of his wings, [[spoiler: neither he nor his mother knowing that his father was actually an Incubus, growing up thinking he was a normal Being who just happened to have been born with wings, possibly due to magic his father had encountered as an adventurer.]] It seems like the only people who cared about him in his hometown were his parents and babysitter, his babysitter being a young woman who was similarly shunned for having a third eye-on her hand. The local school won't even allow him to enroll because of him being different. This prompts his parents to move to a demon-run city, where he seems to make several close friends and feel accepted, until [[spoiler: his headwings come in, causing his father to reveal his real self and take him to SAIA, where the only friend he seems to have was his guide Mink due to the crushing depression he felt at having to abandon his home and mother, along with having seen one of his best childhood friends-and some not so close ones- murdered right in front of him and learning that everything he thought he was is a lie causing him to be distant with everyone.]] The fact that he is the last of his clan doesn't help either.
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', this is a bonding point between many of the main cast:
** Hannelore grew up on a space station, surrounded by scientists and military personnel and developed crippling SuperOCD at an early age. It becomes apparent that she only really bonded with the space station's sentient AI. When she becomes friends with Marten & Co., she seems genuinely surprised at having friends and is not sure if her parents paid them to hang out with her.
** Also [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2298 the case]] with Emily. She seems no worse for wear about it, though. Presumably because [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} her brains have been keeping her company]].
** Pintsize reveals that Marten [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2332 was this]] for years before finding his feet in a new social group.
** Marigold is an {{otaku}} and full-time video game geek who has to be coaxed out of her apartment by her RobotBuddy.
* Antimony Carver of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is a combination of the first three. She grew up with and was taught by her mother in a hospital due to her mother's illness, starts attending school in the Court in the middle of the school year, and does not do a very good job of making friends simply due to her temperament. In fact, even after she makes friends with Kat, she remains her only friend for most of her first year. Although Kat is the {{Red Oni|BlueOni}} to Antimony's Blue, there are [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=403 signs]] that Kat was [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation fairly solitary]] as well before befriending Antimony.
* Ruby, the {{nerd}}y [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation business major]], BrokenBird, and [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry troublesome]] [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling younger sister]] figure of ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'', has a generally spiky attitude and a [[DoesNotLikemen suspicion of men]], and her social relationships are initially limited to family (and she's comically bad at "bonding with her sister") and a favorite teacher (who. it's rapidly pointed out, seems to have been abusing her trust). [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/help_you_buy_a_new_one She is quite surprised when someone offers to do her a favor.]] [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/low_on_funds It turns out]] that she apparently lost the one friend she had at school to [[KidsAreCruel a couple of bullying contemporaries]], and even after at least two other cast members have declared themselves her friends, [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/celebrating_with_a_friend she remains uncertain if she has any.]]
* Asia Ellis of ''[[{{Webcomic/morphe}} morphE]]''. She was raised under very abnormal circumstances. Once her adoptive father attempted to normalize her and bring her to public school she was [[http://asia-ellis-understoods.tumblr.com/image/46632393343 not received warmly.]] It took her until she was in college before she was comfortable enough to meet people without the presence and guidance of her guardian.
* Herz from ''Webcomic/FriendsTillDeath'' is this. He is an EldritchAbomination with a slightly unusual appearance. His shy disposition doesn't do much to dispel the students fear of him either. This changed, however, when Jura and Vanilla befriended him.
* In ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'', both main characters:
** Alice was raised by the Queen and the Rabbits, meaning she had no real contact with anyone of her age before entering Phanty U.
** Edith stands out as one of the few people who didn't go to the Phanty U with friends they've known since childhood. She does apparently have siblings working at the Uni, though.
* Lydia reveals herself to have one of these in ''Webcomic/CobwebAndStripes''. It's half the reason (the other half being ParentalObliviousness) that she became so attached to the Maitlands; with them gone, she more or less only has Betelgeuse, who isn't winning any popularity contests either.
* Qiu Tong from ''Webcomic/TheirStory'' admits to Sun Jing that she hasn't had many friends in her life, due to not [[NoSocialSkills knowing how to interact with other people]]. Because of this, she's grateful that Sun Jing actively sought her out to befriend her (though unbeknownst to her, this was because Sun Jing not only wanted to be friends, but also [[ClosetKey had a crush on her]]).
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'':
** Emil seems to have a combination of the HomeschooledKids and the LonelyRichKid cause. While he mentions being taught by a PrivateTutor early in the story, the LonelyRichKid one gets hinted at in a dream depicting his childhood circumstances, when his nanny seems happy that he "finally" made a friend upon noticing an intruding dream-walking Lalli.
** There are a few hints of the natural loner type mixed with NoSocialSkills on Lalli's side of things. There is also a possible fear factor, considering how abrasive he can get when he's in a bad mood.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Alexis from ''Literature/AGreyWorld''
* Part of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's backstory. Although, not to defend the evil of kids and teenagers, it's been established that he was a seriously TroubledChild. Sounding like he needed a hug immediately yes, but not the best to hang around with.
* [[Literature/{{Noka}} Abel]] lived alone in a house for his entire childhood with effectively no contact with the outside world until his later teens. The upside? It gave him enough free time to absorb an unearthly amount of information through books and, later on, the internet. The downside? His social skills were limited to what little contact he had with a temporary tutor he spoke with at a very young age. As for the reason of his isolation, [[spoiler: both of his parents were underground crime bosses that didn't want their son growing up to be like them. [[TearJerker They succeeded, but died before getting a chance to see Abel grown up and self-sufficiently independent.]]]]
* Kurai from Literature/LandGames.
* Tim of ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' apparently had no friends until college, thanks to [[spoiler:spending most of his life up till then in a psychiatric hospital.]]
* ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'': Jane had one true friend Helen who died of cancer when they were at school. She doesn't have any other friends of her age and her step-aunt's family and other people at school were abusive. Poor Jane expects this trend will continue and in some of her vlogs her longing to have friends is painful to watch. She doesn't even have a place she could call home. It's implied she uploads her entries as a safety net of evidence, because she can't ask anyone else for help or advice, and there are some seriously weird things happening in the Rochester household.
* Parodied in ''WebAnimation/TsukiDesu''. The protagonist mentions having no friends only for directly afterwards her best friend Sakura pops up and greets her.
* Jane Dean in ''WebVideo/TheVeronicaExclusive'' outright states she doesn't have any friends. Even after she gets with Veronica, she doesn't seem to interact with anyone else (unless she's assaulting or murdering them). Whether this is a result of her moving around so much or her psychopathy is up for debate.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': In the past, Izane and Jasmine had no other friends. Thus, they are unfamiliar with some of the concepts of friendship.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. Despite being a hot, popular [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders cheerleader]] and involved in just about every activity in the school, Kim has no real friends outside of Ron and Monique, and she meets Monique during the series. Ron on the other hand, despite being a LoserProtagonist, seems to be able to run in multiple circles with friends all over the school, and he has no less than ''three'' {{Action Girl}}s after him, though he spends most of his time with Kim.
* Both title characters in the animation for grown-ups, ''Mary and Max''.
* Sari Sumdac from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' is the home-schooled type ([[spoiler:her Dad was probably afraid she'd accidentally find out she wasn't quite human]]). The only kids who come to her birthday parties are the ones whose parents work for her Dad, and they aren't very happy about it. Of course, she gets to be the TagalongKid [[spoiler:and later sixth ranger]] to the Autobots, so it works out.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''
** Lemongrab is HEAVILY implied to be this. WordOfGod states that he doesn't have any friends, and that he lives in an isolated castle outside of the kingdom walls. His reason for being friendless? He's a mentally/emotionally unadjusted jerk with an almost total inability to read social cues. It's only partially his own fault; on one hand, he has serious mental problems. On the other hand, he's a sourpuss, and mean as hell to everyone he talks to.
** The Ice King. Although he has Finn and Jake as friendly rivals, and his penguins, he's actually very lonely, because his insanity has resulted in his social skills being more or less flushed down the toilet. Although he probably had friends as Simon Petrikov, considering he had a fiance.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Zuko has the emo/parental abuse/woobie type background. For the first two seasons, the only person he could trust was Iroh, and he wasn't even very nice to him most of the time. Flashbacks suggest he didn't have many friends as a kid, and for the first part of the third season, the only person keeping him in the Fire Nation was his VictoriousChildhoodFriend Mai. Fortunately for both of them (and Ty Lee), [[spoiler: turning good tends to earn you true friends.]]
** Also Toph Beifong, for the first twelve years of her life. She was [[GildedCage confined]] to her BigFancyHouse, with her existence kept a complete secret by her parents, due to her blindness. However, this is remedied quickly, when she joins the protagonists at the end of the episode she is introduced in.
--->'''Toph''': ''(to her parents)'' You were doing it to protect me, but I'm twelve years old and I've never had a real friend.
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' grew up in an isolated compound (located in the South Pole) populated only by guards and teachers. Her only friend before arriving at Republic City was her polar bear dog.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The loner background seems to be the case for Twilight Sparkle, who starts off as being too wrapped up in her studies to make friends. Before the series starts, her social circle was limited to her older brother Shining Armor, her assistant Spike, her mentor Princess Celestia, her old baby-sitter/surrogate-sister Princess Cadence (who she likely saw rarely to begin with), and a few other ponies including Minuette and Moondancer (though she hardly associated with them). In fact, the entire series is kicked off when her mentor, Princess Celestia, tells her to "stop reading those dusty old books" and go make some friends already. ([[spoiler:Granted, this was part of a gambit to stop Nightmare Moon, but still...]])
** This is outright stated as part of [[spoiler: Discord's]] backstory, as he himself states that Fluttershy is the first friend he's ever had. In his case though, [[spoiler:he was a jerkass always out for himself who never stopped to consider the feelings of others - it was Fluttershy's determination to reach out to him despite his rougher traits that taught him to appreciate how ''good'' having a friend is, and when he pushes her too far he realizes how important her friendship is to him.]]
** Sunset Shimmer from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' may also qualify, because [[spoiler:at the end of the movie after being defeated, she admits that she doesn't know anything about friendship, implying that she never had any real friends prior to the movie.]]
** This is a part of Cheese Sandwitch's [[spoiler: back-story in the episode "Pinkie Pride." It's shown that his only companion was his rubber chicken, and as a colt, he had to deal with a lot of bullying and wasn't happy until he saw Pinkie Pie.]]
** Moondancer from "Amending Fences" had an insubstantial social life before her birthday party, which occurred at the very start of the series. Twilight's skipping the party basically turned her into a recluse who did nothing but study... pretty much like Twilight would have been if she never moved to Ponyville. [[spoiler:Worse, Moondancer believed that she didn't have any value or true friends, something she tearfully reveals to Twilight at the end. Fortunately, Twilight convinces her to try friendship once again.]]
** Starlight Glimmer's backstory is all about this. [[spoiler: As a filly, her friendship with Sunburst, another unicorn, broke apart because he received his cutie mark, and was sent to Canterlot by his parents to study magic, effectively abandoning her. This left her so scarred that she never made friends again out of fear of losing them to cutie marks as well. Instead, she warped into a fanatical cutie-mark hating dictator who manipulated others into giving up their cutie marks under a false guise of friendship. Starlight never truly understood friendship until she is befriended by the Mane Six and is taken in as Twilight's new student.]]
*** Starlight Glimmer is also a deconstruction of this trope. [[spoiler: Because she barely had friends growing up, her self-esteem, sanity, and social skills deteriorated terribly. After her HeelFaceTurn, episodes focusing around her seem to attempt to reverse these effects.]]
* Gus Griswald from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. Due to constantly moving from town to town (not to mention also being very shy), he was never able to make any friends at any of his schools (and it's also been suggested that he was bullied a lot in the past as he is now)...until he moved to town in his introductory episode (1B, "The New Kid"), and got [[TrueCompanions the best friends he could ask for]].
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' unless you count WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead or [[StrawFan Amelia]]. Probably [[CoolLoser Jane]] as well.
* Neither Max Goof nor PJ Pete on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' had any real friends before meeting each other. Max got along okay by having a [[GoodParents loving, supportive home]] nonetheless run by a [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} very strange father]]... PJ was not so lucky, being strictly controlled by [[AbusiveParents an emotionally abusive father]]. They are initially apprehensive of each other, but become best friends almost instantly after Max uses LoopholeAbuse to help give PJ a chance to play, and when PJ's dad tells them they aren't allowed to see each other, Max is ''determined'' to find a way for them to stay friends. [[HeterosexualLifePartners They boost each other up, tell each other the truth about themselves, and help each other out of tough situations for no fewer than seven years]]. Even when ostracized by everyone else, [[TrueCompanions they are totally committed to each other, and later, Bobby too]].
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'' has made it into a RunningGag of sorts, where occasionally the scene will cut to a young Sterling sitting alone on a bench hours after winning the big lacrosse game, showing both his lack of real friends and Malory's total neglect of her own child.
* Skips' cousin, Quips, from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', constantly tell terrible and unfunny jokes that he absolutely has no friends. But in season five, "Bachelor Party! Zingo!!", he managed to find a woman who can tolerate his jokes and they are planning to get married. But because he has no friends, Skips is only his best man for this reason and he has a bachelor party with just Skips, Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man, and Hi-Five Ghost, despite the four latter hesitating at first.
-->'''Quips''': ''(asking a request from Skips)'' At the end of the night, I want to eat wings on a hill with my best buds! Well, your best buds. Can I borrow your best buds? Just to reiterate, I don't have any friends.
* Cosmo from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. He was bullied a lot in high school, and Wanda was the only one that signed his yearbook.
* [[spoiler:Stanley Pines]] from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. His only friend was his [[spoiler: twin brother, Stanford]], and after [[spoiler:an accident in high school]], their bond was shattered and [[spoiler:Stanley]] became homeless with practically no family or friends. Even as an old man, he still has no friends. This explains why he's so protective of [[spoiler:his family]]. It's the only thing he has left, and he's afraid ''he'll lose it again!''
* Implied for ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko's'' Yumi Ishiyama in the prequel; when she and Ulrich break up their sparring match, he remarks that his friends ([[NotSoDifferent newly gained ones]]) will be wondering where he is and suggests the same is true for her. She replies "I don't have any friends."
** In "Echoes", Jeremie states this was true for him before finding the Supercomputer, saying he didn't have even one friend. [[TearJerker It's why he doesn't want to turn off the Supercomputer; he's afraid the others will abandon him]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' gives us Connie, who has apparently ''never had a single friend in her life.'' This only changes when she meets Steven.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' reveals in the episode "Tsst" that [[FatBastard Eric Cartman]] is constantly spoiled by his mom as a way to [[IJustWantToHaveFriends look for a friend in him,]] [[FriendlessBackground because she has no friends otherwise.]]
* True of both Herry and Odie in ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans''. Herry is a FarmBoy who had a somewhat isolated upbringing in the care of his grandmother. Odie's specific background isn't discussed, but in an episode where the seven teens are preparing to separate, he gloomily notes that "All my friends are in this room."
* Camillot from ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' was raised in royalty in preparation to be heir to the throne, leaving him stuck in the castle for his entire life, to the point his only companion was Paladum, his pet horse. This makes him incredibly awkward throughout his journey through public school, where his biggest wish is to ''just make new friends''. Eventually, he succeeds through Booger and Jamzy becoming his new friends.

[[folder:Real life]]
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15231_7-reasons-21st-century-making-you-miserable.html This article]] from {{Website/Cracked}}.com exposes how this is very common in real life, where one out of four people do not have anyone to trust and some people have a very limited trust circle.
* Typical for Avoidant Personality Disorder.