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A [[IJustWantToHaveFriends friendless]] [[AlwaysFemale 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 KitschCollection. 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 PrincessPhase because she's a LonelyRichKid or imagining that she and the dolls just have to wait until her hero on his WhiteStallion would come to rescue her or she has a ChangelingFantasy of how her parents are actually royalty.

May or may not be [[LonersAreFreaks dark]] and [[CreepyDoll disturbing]].

See MarionetteMaster, BabyDollBaby, and LivingDollCollector 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 ReiAyanamiExpy.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Zigzagged with Mei Misaki in the horror novel ''{{Literature/Another}}'' and it's manga and anime adaptation. Misaki is a mysterious member of class 3-3 who is apparently invisible to everyone except Kouichi Sakakibara, and due to her dollmaker mother's work she lives in a creepy doll store. [[spoiler: In reality, Mei has a fairly good relationship with her peers (the only one who straight-up dislikes her is [[TsunDere Izumi]]), 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 curse, so she can talk to them freely.]]
%%* The bount's symbol in the first filler arc of the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime.
* In the OP of the ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'' TV series, there's a RareMaleExample: [[http://youtu.be/lnVKagzRP1U?t=53s A young boy]] is seen touching a porcelain doll's face, picking it up and hugging it to his chest like a SecurityBlanket, and see ''many'' other similar dolls are in the background. [[spoiler: Said boy is a pre-teen Dr. Muraki, and the dolls are a part of his mother's ''enormous'' collection.]]
* Miranda Lotto from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' would collect broken dolls and fix them back when she lived in her hometown. Being a ButtMonkey who was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer seen as useless]], she hated to see things get abandoned. She certainly gives off a Lonely Doll Girl image [[http://www.mangareader.net/210-15115-1/dgray-man/chapter-24.html here.]]
* Juvia from ''Manga/FairyTail'' 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 TeruTeruBozu, which are supposed to stop rain.
* One was featured in the "[[IronicNurseryTune Solomon Grundy]]" chapter of ''[[Manga/CountCain Godchild]]''; because of her [[IllGirl 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 ''Manga/{{Karin}}'', the titular Karin's little sister, is a vampire girl who has a doll... [[CreepyDoll a fairly creepy one, of course.]]
* [[spoiler:Sophie Montgomery]] from ''[[Manga/{{Lady}} Lady Lady!]]'', who cuddles with a pretty doll that's a gift from [[spoiler:her emotionally-abusive mother.]]
* CreepyChild Laetitia from ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' is first seen holding on her handmade doll, and she's shown with it several times. [[spoiler: She's implied to take the doll with her when she's HappilyAdopted as (her "creator") Margaret's little sister.]]
* Rei "Hana no Saint Juste" Asaka from ''Manga/OniisamaE'', 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". [[spoiler:Which doubles as a TragicKeepsake as it's a gift from her abusive half-sister Fukiko, whom she's obsessively in love with.]]
* [[DefrostingIceQueen Sabrina]] was this in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' anime. She turned Misty and Brock into dolls, just so she'd have some company, and carried around a doll that represented an innocent, childlike, and playful part of her personality.
* Nomu from ''Manga/PrincessJellyfish''; her dolls are her children and everyone else is a [[HatesEveryoneEqually "worthless little worm"]] (though she does help the protagonists).
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Kirsten is a {{Hikikomori}} witch with two doll familiars.
** The spinnoff ''PuellaMagiKazumiMagica'' had Mirai Wakaba, who's only friends growing up were her teddy bears.
* Another somewhat darker version, in the ''Manga/SailorMoon'' anime is lonely IllGirl Hotaru Tomoe (Sailor Saturn) who is supposed to be the ApocalypseMaiden [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds who will destroy the world]]. In the original anime she is often seen [[SplitPersonalityTakeover being taken over by the Mistress 9 persona]] in [[RoomFullOfCrazy a dark room full of stuffed animals and dolls]] as her MadScientist father talks to her. At least once she would grab a stuffed animal and ''rip it apart'' while speaking.
* In ''Anime/SakuraWarsTV'', Iris Chateaubriand was a little LonelyRichKid with massive PsychicPowers, 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 [[ShrinkingViolet shy and withdrawn]] and often carries around her favorite teddy, Jean Paul, as her SecurityBlanket.
* It's implied in ''Manga/SchoolLive'' that [[spoiler:CoolBigSis Yuuri]] has begun hallucinating a teddy bear is [[spoiler:her little sister]] following her SanitySlippage.
* Genderflipped in ''LightNovel/{{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 GirlNextDoor named Anne, he made a DealWithTheDevil and [[LivingDollCollector transfomed Anne]] into his personal CreepyDoll. Decades later, Lina and her group must enter the tower in search of [[MacGuffin the Bible of Clair]], fighting the demon-ized man and Anne the CreepyDoll in a series of contests and riddles. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'': Kagome and her teddy bear Percival.
* Sunako from ''Manga/TheWallflower'' has two ''anatomical'' dolls that she considers to be her friends.
* A darker version in ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin:'' the girl in question was a witch with multiple personalities manifesting through her dolls, personalities which considered any slight to her "[[ThisIsUnforgivable unforgivable!]]"

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* Strongly hinted at in ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry''. [[spoiler: 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 [[{{Flanderization}} portrayed like this]] in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanwork.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': Lilo has one homemade doll named Scrump, whose appearance freaks out the other girls. Later she is seen making {{Voodoo Doll}}s of her friends and dipping them in pickle juice. ("My friends need to be punished.") Scrump may or may not be intended to be a "menehune" (Hawaiian [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves]]).
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Claudia in ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'' 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 ''Film/{{May}}'' has a doll that she considers her only friend. She eventually becomes a LivingDollCollector after enduring the events of the movie.
* Alice of ''Film/ThePeopleUnderTheStairs'' makes a doll to commemorate each person who dies in her house.
* Barbara Barry (played by Creator/ShirleyTemple) does this in ''Poor Little Rich Girl'' (1937). She has several dolls in national costumes. She has a loving father, [[ParentsAspeople he's just busy or away all the time.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars: Episode VII -- Film/TheForceAwakens'': 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 [[FriendlessBackground no friends]] before the events of the movie, that doll was probably the only thing she could really talk to.
* Hideko in ''Film/TheHandmaiden'' never left the mansion of her uncle for years, substituting friends with her doll that she had since childhood. In the extended version, the doll is implied to be a confidant. She's 25 according to Word of God and still carries it around. [[spoiler: This might or might not be part of the ruse, as she genuinely appears to carry it.]] Sook-Hee meanwhile jokingly remarks how ladies are nothing but big dolls to dress up for their maids.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* 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 ChildProdigy with an immense IQ and no friends her own age, and she does collect dolls, but uses them as poppets ("voodoo" dolls).
* ''Literature/FearStreet 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 ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''The Headless Ghost''. After SpoiledBrat 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.
* ''Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara'' has the Mole, a RareMaleExample. He's an [[TheGrotesque extremely hairy]] man who lives underground and collects discarded toy animals, thinking of them as if they were real.
* ''TheKillingDoll'' by Ruth Rendell centres around [[MeaningfulName 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 VoodooDoll...
* Sara Crewe of Francis Hodgson Burnett's ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' 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 Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/NeedfulThings'', Myrtle likes to be alone with the dolls she collects because they don't call her stupid, whereas her abusive husband Danforth does.
* In ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin 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. [[spoiler: the doll turns out to be alive and her only protector.]]
* Linda Nielsen in Creator/AlfredBester's novella ''They Don't Make Life Like They Used To'' is this. She's one of the last humans on earth AfterTheEnd, and is competent and practical, but cherishes her dolls as companions.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* George Bluth. Sr., is a rare male version in Season 2 of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' as a result of being cooped up in an attic while he's a fugitive.
* "The Uncanny Valley" episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' 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. [[spoiler:She does eventually get the dolls back at the end.]]
* Creepy version in ''Series/TheTwilightZone2002'' episode "The Collection": Danielle, a lonely little girl, has a strangely lifelike collection of dolls. [[LivingDollCollector They're babysitters she turned into dolls because she didn't want them to leave.]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bAPlojfgO0 music video]] to Music/MelanieMartinez's SanitySlippageSong "Pity Party" Cry Baby sends out invitations to her birthday party but [[OnePersonBirthdayParty no one comes]]. She ends up throwing a party with her stuffed animals but loses it and by the end everything is trashed and her toys ripped apart.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* Dorothy from ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' and her stuffed doll Fern, who speaks for her(?) when she doesn't feel brave enough.
* Iris in the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' 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 SecurityBlanket.
* A common interpretation of ''VideoGame/TouhouProject'''s Alice Margatroid.
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[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* Eri in ''VisualNovel/{{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 ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' is this, making her toys into [[ImaginaryFriend Imaginary Friends]]. Sakutaro, a stuffed lion that her mother Rosa gave her, was the most important one to her [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: this rabbit doll was ripped to pieces, because the siblings thought Rosa was pathetic for clinging to it. When the adult Rosa remembered what happened to her doll, [[RememberedtooLate she automatically remembered what she did to Sakutaro]], [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone and was horrified by her actions]]. In at least [[MustMakeAmends 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.]]
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[[folder: Web Comics]]
* [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=1464 This]] old episode of ''Webcomic/CatAndGirl'', as something of a continuation of [[http://catandgirl.com/?p=1462 the previous comic]].
* Happens in [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/280 this]] comic and the few proceeding it in Webcomic/{{Loserz}}, with a slight touch of craziness from isolation.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy 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 ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', 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 [[JerkAss Hank's father Cotton]].
* In one of the ''WesternAnimation/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', Nurse Bendy had a small group of teddy bears as a substitute family.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' DirectToVideo movie, ''Recess: All Growed Down'', it's revealed that Spinelli used to be one as a kindergartener (surprisingly).
* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' 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 [[spoiler: 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 MercyKill on Polly Prissypants, sobbing the entire time, while his friends and mother look on in shocked, disturbed confusion.]]
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* Creator/MarilynMonroe's first husband described her as behaving this way during their marriage.
* Presumably the guy who started [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18830_the-6-creepiest-places-earth-part-2.html Isla de las Muñecas,]] the Island of the Dolls, though he thought it was the ghost of a dead girl who'd be lonely.
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