Lonely Doll Girl
A friendless female character who, to ease her loneliness, spends her time making or collecting dolls. Seeing her kneeling or sitting surrounded by her dolls, with a sad look on her face, adds to her Woobie factor. Not always a child; in some cases she's an adult with a Kitsch Collection. Though if she is a child, she might have doll tea parties to make up for the fact that she has no real friends to invite. She might be in the Princess Phase because she's a Lonely Rich Kid or imagining that she and the dolls just have to wait until her hero on his White Stallion would come to rescue her or she has a Changeling Fantasy of how her parents are actually royalty. May or may not be dark and disturbing. See Marionette Master, Living Doll Collector for when the Lonely Doll Girl takes it too far. If you were looking for lonely girls with a "doll-like" quality, you may be looking for the Rei Ayanami Expy.
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Anime and Manga
- Juvia from Fairy Tail had no friends as a child because it would always rain when she was around. In a few rather woobifying scenes, she's shown making dolls. Justified as the dolls are Teru Teru Bozu, which are supposed to stop rain.
- A darker version in Witch Hunter Robin: the girl in question was a witch with multiple personalities manifesting through her dolls, personalities which considered any slight to her "unforgivable!"
- Miranda Lotto from D.Gray-Man would collect broken dolls and fix them back when she lived in her hometown. Being a Butt Monkey who was seen as useless, she hated to see things get abandoned. She certainly gives off a Lonely Doll Girl image here.
- Another somewhat darker version, in the Sailor Moon anime is lonely Ill Girl Hotaru Tomoe (Sailor Saturn) who is supposed to be the Apocalypse Maiden who will destroy the world. She is often seen being taken over by the Mistress 9 persona in a dark room surrounded by stuffed animals and dolls as her Mad Scientist father talks to her. At least once she would grab a stuffed animal and rip it apart while speaking.
- The bount's symbol in the first filler arc of the Bleach anime.
- Sunako from The Wallflower has two anatomical dolls that she considers to be her friends.
- Anju Maaka from Karin.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kirsten is a Hikikomori witch with two doll familiars.
- Strawberry Panic!: Kagome and her teddy bear Percival.
- Nomu from Kuragehime; her dolls are her children and everyone else is a "worthless little worm" (though she does help the protagonists).
- Rei "Hana no Saint Juste" Asaka from Oniisama e..., to a degree. We don't see her carrying dolls around 25/7, but the only "company" of sorts that she has in her apartment is her porcelain doll "Poupee-chan". Which doubles as a Tragic Keepsake as it's a gift from her abusive half-sister Fukiko, whom she's obsessively in love with.
- Genderflipped in Slayers NEXT. There's a legend about an abandoned tower where a handsome doll maker lived only in the company of the dolls he crafted and sold; after he fell in love obsessively with a Girl Next Door named Anne, he made a Deal with the Devil and transfomed Anne into his personal Creepy Doll. Decades later, Lina and her group must enter the tower in search of the Bible of Clair, fighting the demon-ized man and Anne the Creepy Doll in a series of contests and riddles. In a subversion, the legend is actually a lie: the doll was the real demon, and the man that claimed to be the the dollmaker is a puppet controlled by said demon doll.
- One was featured in the "Solomon Grundy" chapter of Godchild; because of her heart condition, she lived alone with only the dolls she made for company until she took in an amnesiac young man, who she soon fell in love with. This being Godchild, it ended badly for both of them.
- Creepy Child Laetitia from Madlax is first seen holding on her handmade doll, and she's shown with it several times.
- In the OP of the Yami No Matsuei TV series, there's a Rare Male Example. A young boy is seen touching a porcelain doll's face, picking it up and hugging it to his chest like a Security Blanket, and we can also see many other similar dolls in the background. Said boy is a pre-teen Dr. Muraki, and the dolls are a part of his mother's enormous collection.
- Sophie Montgomery from Lady Lady!, who cuddles with a pretty doll that's a gift from her emotionally-abusive mother.
- In Sakura Taisen, Iris Chateubriand was a little Lonely Rich Kid with massive Psychic Powers, locked away in her room by her parents. When Ayame Fujieda went to recruit her, she found the kid all alone in her 'room and rodeated by her plush dolls, which were her only company until then. Even now, Iris is shy and withdrawn and often carries around her favorite teddy, Jean Paul, as her Security Blanket.
- Lilo & Stitch: Lilo has one home-made doll, whose appearance freaks out the other girls. Later she is seen making Voodoo Dolls of her friends and dipping them in pickle juice. ("My friends need to be punished.") The main doll may or may not be intended to be a "menehune" (Hawaiian dwarves).
- Claudia in Interview with the Vampire has a whole bunch of dolls. Which, while she was growing up, she used to camouflage the fact that she'd kept the corpse of a woman she killed out of envy for the woman's adult body.
- The title character in May has a doll that she considers her only friend. She eventually becomes a Living Doll Collector after enduring the events of the movie.
- Alice of The People Under the Stairs makes a doll to commemorate each person who dies in her house.
- Barbara Barry (played by Shirley Temple) does this in Poor Little Rich Girl (1937). She has several dolls in national costumes. She has a loving father, he's just busy or away all the time.
- In Stephen King's Needful Things, Myrtle likes to be alone with the dolls she collects because they don't call her stupid, whereas her abusive husband Danforth does.
- The Killing Doll by Ruth Rendell centres around Dolly, a disfigured girl who's too shy to go out and make friends. When her father gets remarried to a less-than-pleasant woman, Dolly feels like a stranger in her own home, and starts making dolls. Including an effigy of her stepmother, which she uses as a Voodoo Doll...
- Sara Crewe of Francis Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess gets two fancy dolls at critical stages: one when her father leaves her at boarding school, and one at the birthday party when she finds out her father has died. Sara treats them as though they were alive.
- The Heritage of Shannara has the Mole, a Rare Male Example. He's an extremely hairy man who lives underground and collects discarded toy animals, thinking of them as if they were real.
- In The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin, student Magdalene Chase—who is bullied and perhaps abused by other schoolmates, including her older sister—is never seen without her porcelain doll. the doll turns out to be alive and her only protector.
- Twelve-year-old Trudl Ehrenteil in Doris Orgel's A Certain Magic has traveled alone from her home in Austria to England to escape the Nazis. She left her dolls behind, wanting to reassure her mother that she was "grown-up". The daughter of her English foster family has a splendid doll, Felicity, which she pretends to be too old for. Trudl, feeling awkward and alien, covets Felicity and writes a beautiful story of bringing her to life and taking her on nighttime adventures. Years later, when Trudl's niece Jenny discovers the tale, she goes to nervewracking lengths to locate the English family and the doll.
- Willie Connolly in J.R. Lowell's thriller Daughter of Darkness could be assumed to be this as she is a Child Prodigy with an immense IQ and no friends her own age, and she does collect dolls, but uses them as poppets ("voodoo" dolls).
- Linda Nielsen in Alfred Bester's novella They Don't Make Life Like They Used To is this. She's one of the last humans on earth After the End, and is competent and practical, but cherishes her dolls as companions.
Live Action TV
- Creepy version in The Twilight Zone episode "The Collection": Danielle, a lonely little girl, has a strangely lifelike collection of dolls. They're babysitters she turned into dolls because she didn't want them to leave.
- "The Uncanny Valley" episode of Criminal Minds gave us Samantha Malcolm, who was molested and abused by her father leading to a sad, lonely life. She used to have tea time with her favourite dolls before her father took them away from her, forcing her to kidnap women, drug them and dress them up as surrogates for the dolls at the tea time. She does eventually get the dolls back at the end.
- Due to having no friends at school, Maria Ushiromiya from Umineko: When They Cry is this, making her toys into Imaginary Friends. Sakutaro, a stuffed lion that her mother Rosa gave her, was the most important one to her though unfortunately, Rosa tears him apart during a massive argument.
- Eri in Nameless has parents who seldom visit and her grandfather, who brought her up, recently died. She deals with the loneliness by collecting BJ Ds. Then they become human, starting the plot.
- On South Park Cartman had a doll tea party.
- Meg Griffin probably would be this ... except all of her dolls and stuffed animals ran away. One fell behind the rest and chose to jump in front of an oncoming truck rather than return to Meg's room.
- On Moral Orel, Nurse Bendy had a small group of teddy bears as a substitute family.
- In the Recess Direct-to-Video movie, Recess: All Growed Down, it's revealed that Spinelli used to be one as a kindergartener (surprisingly)