This is when a character just can't seem to bear the thought of being left alone under any circumstances. Whether it be from a Friendless Background
or a belief that Loners Are Freaks
, he or she may frequently want to be assured they are not alone
by others, such as by seeking out company the moment they realize they're by themselves. Ironically, these characters still tend to lack friends for some reason or feel the effects of solitude despite all their efforts not to. Since they are not usually isolated by choice, they will often hate Eating Lunch Alone
, will probably never use the phrase Leave Me Alone
(although saying Please Don't Leave Me
is certainly likely), and may even prefer walking Alone in a Crowd
rather than staying at home and being reminded they have no one to talk to or hang out with. In cases where the character does have either a Limited Social Circle
or only one friend
, expect them to cling to any of their friends (including pets/plants
) like a lifeline
in order to escape their feelings of desolation.
Characters who have experienced severe isolation, Parental Abandonment
, All of the Other Reindeer
, or one of the obvious downsides
can often develop into this. Shy characters
can fall victim to this as well. May lead to a case of Lonely Together
, if the character finds nobody but other lonely people for company. It also tends to be a common justification for I Just Want to Have Friends
. Contrast The Hermit
or any introvert
for that matter.
Definitely Truth in Television
since humans are social creatures by nature, although many of us share a similar desire for privacy as well. In fact, Go Mad from the Isolation
is a well-documented occurrence for people who have become truly isolated for an extended period. Otherwise, people who suffer too much from this may be diagnosed with dependent personality disorder
or separation anxiety disorder
Anime & Manga
- In one Garfield storyline, which ran the week before Halloween in 1989, is unique among Garfield strips in that it is not meant to be humorous. It depicts Garfield awakening in a future in which the house is abandoned and he no longer exists. According to the author Jim Davis :
During a writing session for Halloween, I got the idea for this decidedly different series of strips. I wanted to scare people. And what do people fear most? Why, being alone. We carried out the concept to its logical conclusion and got a lot of responses from readers. Reaction ranged from 'Right on!' to 'This isn't a trend, is it?'
- Spotlight: Hoist reveals that the title character's greatest fear is being left completely alone. This fear stems from a traumatic accident from before the war.
- Gentaro in Horseshoes And Hand Grenades after being resurrected from death. He was brainwashed by Ophiuchus to believe that his friends deliberately left him to die, but Tears to Shed states that he doesn't like being trapped in his loneliness. This is prove in Tears-6 as he states that he would like servants to talk to (but will insist that it is not friendship).
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series Kid Fic Insontis, Mc Coy is forced to leave baby!Kirk alone for twenty minutes due to a medical incident. He returns to find him sobbing in a corner.
- Tsuruya in Kyon Big Damn Hero is portrayed that way. Having lived all her life as a Lonely Rich Yakuza Princess and just recently finding not only friends but True Companions she reacts strongly to anything which may threaten them or her relationship with them. This comes to a head in when she (almost desperately) seeks for a way to make amends for something that Haruhi will later admit it was just her own bottled up jealousy getting the better of her.
- The One I Love Is: The three Children suffered of this in the original series, but it greatly increases cause the events of the fic. Rei no longer wants to be alone, and Shinji and Asuka (who was good pretending otherwise) hate it now. The former tells he was used to be alone before, but after being in a Love Triangle he can not stand it. And the latter sobs to Shinji she is sick of being alone during a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to herself.
- The Second Try: This was a big part of Shinji and Asuka's personalities in the original series: they hated being hurt by other people but they also hated loneliness. At the same time, it was one of the hindrances to their relationship. Now they have finally got over their fear to each other, their fear to loneliness has intensified, and spending any lapse of time not knowing what has happened to each other drives them crazy.
- In Frankenstein, the Creature at one point approaches and earnestly begs of his creator Victor Frankenstein, who had abandoned him out of disgust for his grotesque appearance, to create another monstrous being like himself (except female this time) because he can no longer bear his continued isolation and constant rejection by other humans at the mere sight of him.
- Christopher Boone from The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime is an inversion of this trope since he states several times in the novel that he prefers being alone. This is because he cannot relate well to other people, owing to his Asperger's syndrome.
- In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, there's a variation where Harry tells Dumbledore he's figured out that he can't just lock himself away and mourn Sirius, because Sirius would hate Harry to be alone.
- In Priest-Kings of Gor Vika of Treve, a slave of the Priest-Kings, hates being alone even though she must be alone most of the time. She's a chamber slave and cannot leave her chamber, where she is the slave of any man assigned the chamber as his temporary quarters.
- Tash Arranda shows signs of this early in Galaxy of Fear. She's bookish and likes some quiet, but becomes anxious when she's left alone. This is explicitly because she's an Alderaanian orphan and half believes that when people leave her, she's not going to see them again. As the series progresses she becomes more comfortable with it.
- Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. While he eventually takes some measures to avoid his loneliness and become "a person like other people", he outright laments this fact in his narrative:
Loneliness has followed me my whole life. Everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man.
- An episode of Red Dwarf saw the crew meeting alternate reality versions of themselves. The Cat, as expected, met a humanoid Dog who would get nervous anytime he was left alone.
- A lesser example is the main character Lister. It is explained that humans hate being alone and since Lister was the only known survivor of the accident that wiped out the crew, the ship's computer decided to bring back his bunkmate as a hologram.
- Perhaps Dean Winchester from Supernatural. His main fear is that everyone will eventually leave him, likely stemming from seeing his mother killed by a demon when Dean was a young child.
- Friends: Its hinted Chandler is this. When Joey moves out he's openly distressed and quickly finds a new roommate despite admitting he can afford his apartment by himself. He also worries that all the other Friends will get married and leave him behind, begging to be allowed to come over for holidays when this happens. This probably stems from his unorthodox and neglectful parents who divorced when he was a child and sent him to boarding school, so the friends were the first stability he'd ever known.
Chandler: You'll see, you guys are all gonna go off and get married, and I'm gonna end up alone. Will you promise me something? When you're married, will you invite me over for holidays?
- Doctor Who has this as one of the primary character traits of the Doctor, right back from the very first days - the First Doctor has a Heroic BSOD in "The Massacre" when he thinks his companions have all left him to continue wandering the cosmos alone. While the degree to which the Doctor hates being alone - and the reasoning why - fluctuates between incarnations (some mourn the loss of a Morality Chain, others find solo travel pointless and boring, others get insecure without constant attention, etc.), stories where the Doctor has no official companion invariably go Darker and Edgier and show the Doctor performing much more morally questionable actions - "The Waters of Mars" and "The Deadly Assassin" are two particularly extreme examples.
- Strongly implied for Sparadrap in Noob. His attempts to get new people in the guild include players from enemy factions and more than one Non-Player Character. He misses people that have left the guild despite the fact that they have performed a Face-Heel Turn. The novel has him admit to having his in-game pets keep him company when his guildmates happen to not be playing.
And the opening lines are:
I'm sleeping my way out of this one/With anyone who will lie down
- The Reba McEntire song "The Fear of Being Alone."
So don't say that word
Not the one we both heard too much
You may think you do but you don't
It's just the fear of being alone
- Fuzzy from Sam and Fuzzy hates being abandoned, left out of the loop, ignored, overlooked or in any ways being alone with no-one to depend on (especially if it's due to 'betrayal' by the other person, which is his Berserk Button due to his Mysterious Past).
- The Nostalgia Critic has got a bad case of it, even going so far as to think a care home where you're abused is better than spending your dying days isolated.
- The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: Lydia Bennet seems to have a touch of this, most obviously in Life of the Party, where she'd rather drive to her sister's house in LA (implied to take all night) than face being by herself.