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- Zigzagged with Mei Misaki in the horror novel Another and it's manga and anime adaptation. Misaki is a mysterious member of class 3-3 who is apparetnly invisible to everyone except Kouichi Sakakibara, and due to her mother's work she lives in a creepy doll store. In reality, Mei has a fairly good relationship with her peers, but she was chosen to be the annual "One Who Does Not Exist" to prevent the deaths of her class mates from the curse. Plus the kids from other classes aren't affected by the course so she can talk to them.
- In the OP of the Descendants of Darkness 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 see many other similar dolls are in the background. Said boy is a pre-teen Dr. Muraki, and the dolls are a part of his mother's enormous collection.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Anju Maaka from Karin, the titular Karin's little sister, is a vampire girl who has a doll... a fairly creepy one, of course.
- Sophie Montgomery from Lady Lady!, who cuddles with a pretty doll that's a gift from her emotionally-abusive mother.
- Creepy Child Laetitia from Madlax is first seen holding on her handmade doll, and she's shown with it several times. She's implied to take the doll with her when she's Happily Adopted as (her "creator") Margaret's little sister.
- 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.
- Nomu from Princess Jellyfish; her dolls are her children and everyone else is a "worthless little worm" (though she does help the protagonists).
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kirsten is a Hikikomori witch with two doll familiars.
- The spinnoff Puella Magi Kazumi Magica had Mirai Wakaba, who's only friends growing up were her teddy bears.
- 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. In the original anime 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.
- In Sakura Wars TV, Iris Chateaubriand 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 with only her plush dolls for company. Even now, Iris is shy and withdrawn and often carries around her favorite teddy, Jean Paul, as her Security Blanket.
- It's implied in School-Live! that Cool Big Sis Yuuri has begun hallucinating a teddy bear is her little sister following her Sanity Slippage.
- 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.
- Strawberry Panic!: Kagome and her teddy bear Percival.
- Sunako from The Wallflower has two anatomical dolls that she considers to be her friends.
- 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!"
- Strongly hinted at in The Second Try. Being the child of the last two humans left alive on Earth after Third Impact, Aki Ikari doesn't really have anyone to talk to except her parents and her ragdoll Kiko. Mercifully averted after the events of the last chapter.
- Alice Margatroid is often portrayed like this in Touhou fanwork.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- 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.
- Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens: Heroine Rey has a doll dressed as a Rebel pilot in her home. Given that she's lived on her own since she was a child, and had no friends before the events of the movie, that doll was probably the only thing she could really talk to.
- 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).
- Fear Street Sagas had one in the form of Lucy, although while she looks like a little girl, she's in fact a physically stunted 17 year old. She also owns multiple copies of the same doll, girls with black hair and dresses, and they're all named after her. She altered one doll into a boy she names after Tyler Fier, and she owns one with blonde hair and blue eyes, but the doll was damaged because "The others didn't like her." But ultimately, Lucy is sick of her dolls because she's tired of Tyler treating her like a child, and in a massive temper tantrum she destroys them all.
- One is mentioned in the Goosebumps book The Headless Ghost. After Spoiled Brat Andrew Craw was murdered, his sister went insane and spent the rest of her life inside her room, doing nothing but playing with her dolls up until the day she died.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- George Bluth. Sr., is a rare male version in Season 2 of Arrested Development as a result of being cooped up in an attic while he's a fugitive.
- "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.
- Creepy version in The Twilight Zone (2002) 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.
- Dorothy from Rune Factory and her stuffed doll Fern, who speaks for her(?) when she doesn't feel brave enough.
- Iris in the Sakura Wars games isn't quite as withdrawn as her anime counterpart, but she still grew up with only her plush dolls for company, and continues to carry around her teddy bear as a Security Blanket.
- A common interpretation of Touhou Project's Alice Margatroid.
- Eri in Nameless has parents who seldom visit and her grandfather, who brought her up, recently died. She deals with the loneliness by collecting BJDs. Then they become human, starting the plot.
- 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. To make matters worse, Rosa's declaration that "SAKUTARO IS DEAD NOW" practically destroys Maria and convinces her he really is dead. Operating on the logic that, since Rosa created Sakutaro, Rosa is the only one who can revive him.
- The manga adaption of EP 8 reveals Rosa herself was one when she was little, since her siblings were much older than her and she spent most of her time on her family's island. She was particularly attached to a stuffed rabbit doll that served the same function Sakutaro did for Maria. And like Sakutaro this rabbit doll was ripped to pieces because the siblings thought Rosa was pathetic for clinging to it. When Rosa, as an adult, remembered what happened to her doll, she automatically remembered what she did to Sakutaro, and was horrified by her actions. In at least one way to atone for that, Rosa plays with Maria and tells her, through the rabbit doll, that they can play with Sakutaro as a means to rescind her previous statement.
- 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.
- In King of the Hill, Hank's mother Tilly collects little glass statues figurines. Hank is annoyed by this until he realizes that her hobby was one of the few things keeping her sane during her marriage to Hank's father Cotton.
- In one of the Madeline cartoons, there was a girl named Giselle, who had something wrong with her leg (polio?) and her doctor recommended that she get out and play with friends...which she doesn't have, because she can't keep up with other kids. So the doctor recommends that her mother buy her a doll. Meanwhile, Madeline and her classmates visit a doll factory, and the eponymous character gets packaged as a doll, and decides to keep up the charade when purchased for Giselle. Giselle is heartbroken when she learns the truth about her "doll," but the girls arrange a playdate/picnic for her, and she gets a new doll.
- 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).
- On South Park Cartman had a doll tea party.
- A later season episode, 1%, does a dark examination of Cartman's toys. He uses his dolls to assure himself that he is "Awesome and kewl" after the kids at school express their anger at him, especially after they tell him to grow up. Then it looks as if someone is destroying his dolls as revenge for making the school fail the President's physical fitness exam because he's so out of shape. Cartman acts as though they're literally being murdered, holding a funeral for Clyde Frog and bursting into tears when Peter Panda is destroyed in a fire. It's then revealed Cartman is the one destroying them, but doing so by pretending that his other doll, Polly Prissypants, is the one responsible. Because this is the only way he can "grow up," as his horrifically warped mind can't imagine any other way of getting rid of his toys. It all culminates in Cartman performing a Mercy Kill on Polly Prissypants, sobbing the entire time, while his friends and mother look on in shocked, disturbed confusion.