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->''They're sharing a drink they call loneliness''\\
''But it's better than drinking alone.''
-->-- '''Music/BillyJoel''', "Piano Man"

Misery loves company.

Characters with nothing in common except their loneliness band together -- as many or as few as are lonely. Anything from brief moments of AFriendInNeed as they offer moral support to the formation of a RagtagBunchOfMisfits from the PowerOfFriendship can ensue. Couples may get all the way to the PowerOfLove starting from here.

May justify PairingTheSpares. Contrast AloneAmongTheCouples. Compare with its cousin BreakfastClub, for a gang of lonely and miserable people that are together because of it, and CommonalityConnection. See also TwiceShy.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Kind of a running theme in ''VisualNovel/WhiteAlbum''.
* [[MoeAnthropomorphism England and Japan]] form an alliance at one point in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' because of this. The strip featuring this event is even titled "The Anglo-Japanese Alliance Between Two Lonely People".
** Due to their histories of being isolationist, some fans have started to group America, England and Japan together as the [[OT3 "Lonely Trio"]].
** In fandom, the [[PsychopathicManchild Russia]]/[[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld China]] pairing gets this, as the two are, in canon, the more outcast of the Allied Forces. It also helps that they were about the only major Communist forces during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and pretty much banded together against the rest of the world (for some time, at least).
** [[LonelyAtTheTop Prussia]]/[[TheUnfavorite Canada]] also gets this, as many fans like the idea of the lonely ex-nation finding a sympathetic ear in the forgotten nation and vice versa.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', despite their contrasting personalities, [[spoiler:[[BrilliantButLazy Starrk]] and [[LittleMissBadass Lilynette]] -- two Arrancars that had been split from the same Hollow -- have stayed with each other ever since out of their loneliness and desire for friendship. They even (possibly) ''[[AlasPoorVillain died together]]'' while a flashback of when they met for the first time is shown]]
** Turns out this is how Gin and Rangiku met and became friends, too. Both of them were orphans from the [[WrongSideOfTheTracks Rukongai]] parts of Soul Society, Gin saved Rangiku from starving to death, Rangiku was the first person who treated him as a friend...
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': None of them will ''ever'' admit it, but this is one of the biggest reasons the crew of the Bebop stay together.
* ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'' is a series exactly based on this trope, starring [[DysfunctionJunction seven social losers]] under the banner of the Neighbor Club, whose ostensible purpose is to help them open up to society.
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', this is how Kikyou and Inuyasha got together in the past. Kikyou was a very respected TeenGenius {{Miko}}, but people tended to not see beyond this facade and thus, save for her little sister Kaede, she was very lonely. On the other hand, Inuyasha was a half-{{Youkai}} and thus was ostracized ever since childhood by both humans and {{youkai}}s. Kikyou treated Inuyasha with kindness, Inuyasha treated Kikyou without making distinctions... therefore, they started to fall in love and decided to wish on the Shikon no Tama so he would become a human, which would allow them to stay together. [[FromBadToWorse Then Naraku happened...]]
* In the manga version of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Viede guesses that [[EmotionlessGirl Fiore]] and [[PsychopathicManchild Joshua]] might care for each other so much because they're both "missing something" -- that is, they've both been separated from a beloved sibling ([[spoiler: Satella]] for the former, Rosette for the latter).
* A rather popular "interpretation" for [[spoiler: Doumeki and Kohane]] in ''Manga/XxxHolic''. It does make sense: [[spoiler: they got along decently, they both loved Watanuki in their own ways]], and it's likely that [[spoiler: they chose to marry because he wanted to leave behind descendants to watch over Watanuki as [[IWillWaitForYou he waits, unaging, for an untold amount of time for the chance to meet Yuuko again]], and she probably agreed with his sentiments]].
* In ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'', Ryou and Shiina started their lunch sharing through this trope; they are the only people that are EatingLunchAlone in the CramSchool they attend.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' and Sasuke's bond is this, both knowing how painful it is to have no one else waiting for you at home and no friends to share your burdens with.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''ComicBook/PowerPack'', when their mother was in the hospital, Katie invited several characters they had met to have Thanksgiving with them. This infuriated her brothers and sister, and at the climax she explained that when they met the Morlocks, her sister had told her how she had realized it was better to be alone and miserable together, and so she had invited everyone else who had no one else to celebrate Thanksgiving with. Her older brother declares that they can have a party, if they're going to be miserable at it.
* In a recent issue of ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'', Diana and her frequent opponent, Giganta, take a brief time out in fighting to discuss their respective man troubles. As much as Giganta hates Diana, she does offer advice all the same.
* ComicBook/UltimateMarvel: In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Gwen Stacy suddenly turned out an orphan: her mother run away, his father was killed by a criminal, and her mother refuses to come back for her. So May welcomed her in the Parker's house. She confessed during psicology that she did not did so just because of being a good person, she kept her because Peter is usually out, the quiet house reminds her of the people she lost, and having Gwen around prevents the house from being quiet.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Asuka and Shinji were in this situation at the very beginning of the story. They were drawn to each other since they were teens but they had been unable to open up and reach out to each other back then. After several years surviving in a post-apocalyptic world and being two dictators' plaything Asuka was so torn and soul-weary that she did not dare to love anybody (and she thought she was not worthy of being loved by anyone). However they stuck together because they were kindred spirits and thought nobody else in the world could understand their pain. However their relationship was very fragile and they expected and feared that it would eventually collapse. From that point the fic narrates how they and their relationship get gradually better.


[[folder: Film ]]

* The theme of ''Mozart And The Whale'' .
* ''Film/LostInTranslation''. [[Creator/BillMurray Bob]], the over-the-hill movie star, and [[Creator/ScarlettJohansson Charlotte]], the tag-along wife of a busy photographer, have nothing in common except insomnia and loneliness. If they didn't happen to be staying at the same hotel, they'd never have met.
* ''Film/TheStationAgent'' is an essay on this trope, showing us characters who are all lonely but in ''completely different ways''. Train enthusiast [[Creator/PeterDinklage Finn]] has been so thoroughly mocked and belittled for his dwarfism that he's emotionally isolated himself, and jumps at the chance to ''physically'' isolate himself when he inherits an abandoned train depot in the middle of nowhere and promptly moves in. He strikes up a reluctant friendship with Olivia, who is battling depression after the death of her young son, and Joe, who was forced to leave his life in Manhattan to care for his sick father and run his food truck.
* ''Film/TheYellowHandkerchief'' has three strangers becoming friends over the course of a road trip. They're all lonely at the start of the film, which is why they're drawn together.
* ''Film/MySummerOfLove'''s two protagonists are neglected by their families and start an affair over it.
* ''Film/FromHereToEternity'' has Lorene invoke this trope with Prew. She says they won't be married or have kids, but they're good for now because they both need each other. She's a HookerWithAHeartOfGold who wants to be respectable one day, and he's a soldier ostracised by the rest of his men.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* Creator/PoulAnderson's "Losers' Night": The Old Phoenix, the InnBetweenTheWorlds, has a night where all the guests are failures. Unusually for the inn, this night allows people to magically understand each other -- so they can commiserate.
* In an ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' novel, Claire and Lord John got married and slept together because they both thought Jamie was dead.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight" Olivia uses this on Literature/ConanTheBarbarian.
-->''"You are a barbarian, and I am an outcast, denied by my people. We are both pariahs, wanderers of earth. Oh, take me with you!"''
* This is how Creator/PGWodehouse's Literature/{{Psmith}} got his start as a character; he and pre-existing character Mike Jackson were pulled out of their respective schools and exiled to an obscure school called Sedleigh. Wodehouse also used this trope in his romantic fiction to set up young couples; ''[[Literature/BlandingsCastle Something Fresh]]'' is a good example.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' has a FriendshipMoment like this near the end: [[TheHero Harry]] is mourning the death of [[spoiler:[[ParentalSubstitute Sirius]]]] and doesn't feel like being around anyone. He runs into [[CloudCuckooLander Luna]], who is basically [[FriendlessBackground friendless]] and currently looking for items stolen by other students. They take a minute to [[BondingOverMissingParents talk about losing loved ones]], marking the first time that Harry really thinks of her as someone other than "that weird girl."
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Katniss and Madge (the mayor's daughter) are loners at school and so end up partnered together for school events and projects by default.
* Initially when Semi and Miranda become close in ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'' it's partly this. They were friendly before, and Semi needed Miranda, but it's when the third member of their party vanishes and they are otherwise completely alone that they really end up close, and finding that there are similarities after all.
* The ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has the human Seerdomin and the Tiste Andii Spinnock Durav who meet every evening in Scour Tavern to play Kef Tanar, get drunk and be miserable together. When Spinnock falls in love with a human priestess Seerdomin even calls him a fool for not acting on his feelings, but it still amounts to nothing.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Arya proposes Gendry the offer of becoming his family; ironically, he responds saying that he is too lowborn for her.
--> '''Gendry:''' These men [the Brotherhood] are brothers, a family; I never had a family.
--> '''Arya:''' I can be your family!
--> '''Gendry:''' You wouldn't be my family; you'd be ''my Lady''.
* From ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', after J.D. and his girlfriend realise their incompatibility;
-->'''J.D.:''' So I guess...this is over.\\
'''Danni:''' Why?\\
'''J.D.:''' So, you'd rather hang out with someone you don't even like than be alone?\\
'''Danni:''' Yeah, pretty much.\\
'''J.D.:''' Yeah, me too. I mean, come on, how many couples out there actually have fun together?
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': [[spoiler:Sylar and Peter]] as of Season 4 episode 18 (or around there), The Wall. Rather forced on them since spending [[spoiler:five years with only each other as company]] would suck pretty badly, especially if it's with the guy who [[spoiler:killed your brother]]. It appears that their reluctant alliance will last into [[spoiler:the real world]].
* On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', after a story arc where they both gain significant others, Tony and Ziva note that no matter what happens, at the end of the day, they're always the ones sharing drinks alone in a bar together.
* Happened once in ''Series/That70sShow'', when Jackie was lonely, Hyde suggests that she find someone to spend time with (specifically, Donna, or someone that's not him). However, Jackie mentions that ''he's'' alone a lot too, before stating:
-->'''Jackie:''' You're alone. I'm alone. We could be alone together!
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler and Monica have a moment in Season 4. Chandler is in love with Joey's girlfriend, and Monica is boyfriendless and ill. On finding each other wearing pajamas and wrapped in blankets, they curl up miserably together.
* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', Lennier and Vir are shown sitting at a bar commiserating on a number of occasions, having similar concerns about their jobs and various ongoing situations. It is implied that this is something they actually do on a regular basis, despite their bosses spending a significant portion of the show on opposite sides of the larger conflict.
* Comes up a few times in ''Series/{{Cheers}}.'' In particular the episode ''Thanksgiving Orphans,'' where the gang can't be with their loved ones on Thanksgiving and instead eat dinner at Carla's. In the end, they declare they're thankful for all the people they miss, (Norm's wife, Cliff's mother, the recently-deceased Coach) since it does mean they have people they care about.
-->'''Coach:''' Y'know, loneliness is a great thing to share.
* Series/ViudasEHijosDelRockAndRoll: Piojo is a complete loser, so much that he's still a virgin. Estela is another loser, who can't even get 10 people to go to her birthday, and even those leave one by one. But, as Pipo points out, she will not be left alone, he will left her with Piojo, and, [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn as the background music says]], "''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC_XR8iLY8c hay química entre los dos]]''"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor's relationship with his companions often starts from here; whether it be platonic or romantic, most of the people he travels with are loners (we never even saw any companion's family members until the revival series in 2005), and many are explicitly depicted as lonely. As for the Doctor: there is a reason why one character refers to him as the Lonely Angel.


[[folder: Manhua ]]

* The reason for Lu Xiao's desire to be with Long Wei in ''Manhua/InfinityGame'', as he's just as cripplingly lonely as she is, but she never has the courage to tell him.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/BillyJoel, "Piano Man," as seen in the page quote.
* Owl City, "The Christmas Song"
-->''I don't have anyone at home to talk to\\
And you don't have anything to do\\
So I'll spend my Christmas with you''
* The Music/BarryManilow song "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Lonely Together]]" could possibly be the TropeNamer, although the song is really PairTheSpares. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-a7j1l3dt4 Video here]].
* Harry Chapin, "A Better Place to Be". The refrain says it all: "If you want me to come with you then that's all right with me / 'cause I know I'm going nowhere and anywhere's a better place to be."
* The main characters of Get Set Go's song "Lonely World" don't particularly care about each other, but they're lonely, and they can get together, so why not.
* Air Supply's "Even the nights are better" is about two persons who first got together due to loneliness and then fell in love for real.
* "Alone Together" by Justin [=McRoberts=]
* Masked Intruder's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGWLJz0a0YA I Don't Wanna Be Alone Tonight]]", predictably.
* Music/FallOutBoy's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=996nDRrFa64 "Alone Together"]]. "I don't know where you're going, but do you have room for one more troubled soul..."
* {{Subverted}} in Music/{{Moby}}'s music video of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VASywEuqFd8 Are You Lost in the World Like Me?]]," which depicts an [[InkblotCartoonStyle old-timey cartoon world]] where modern technology addiction exists to dystopian levels. Given the title, you'd assume that the two main characters--a boy desperately trying to connect to people and a girl whose humiliating video went viral--would meet and comfort each other. Instead, they only "meet" in the sense that [[spoiler:the boy witnesses the girl's [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]]]].
* The music video for ''Music/HayleyKiyoko'''s "One Bad Night" tells the story of a miserable valet and a woman down on her luck who meet after both are injured in a mugging. They wind up sharing a meal at a diner together and having a good time, and she even helps him flirt with a waitress he likes.
* The opening lyrics of "Sharing The Night Together" has the male singer, approaching a lonely woman in a bar and describing himself as lonely too, looking to alleviate that for even one night.

[[folder: Musicals ]]

* In the musical ''Theatre/PromisesPromises'', Chuck and Marge, acquaintances from work, sing "A Fact Can be a Beautiful Thing" while hanging out in a bar on Christmas. (I'll add more info after I get the libretto out again. It's been a while.)
* A song in ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'' titled "I'm All Alone" starts with King Arthur singing about how alone he is, and Patsy reminding him that he's right there, while the king is singing the song. Then the chorus comes in and sings "We're all alone," leading to:
--> '''King Arthur:''' We must be lonely side-by-side. It's a perfect way to hide.


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* In ''{{Peanuts}}'', Charlie Brown once befriended a lonely boy at camp.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'' in White Wolf's World of Darkness. It doesn't matter if you can barely stand your Throngmate... he's not trying to kill you just for existing!


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* If you choose Otacon's ending in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', it's basically this. Otacon has no friends because he's a painfully unlucky {{Otaku}} and Snake has no friends because he killed them all. In later games, [[TheyFightCrime they fight Metal Gear proliferation]].
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', Kindred was once the singular incarnation of Death, before splitting itself into Wolf and Lamb so that it could always have a friend.


[[folder: Visual Novels]]

* ''VisualNovel/TheLastBirdling'' centers around an InterspeciesFriendship between Tayo, a human child, and Bimonia, a Birdling child. Neither of them have ever had any friends their own age, Tayo due to her "unladylike" interest in archery and Bimonia due to being one of the last members of her species, and thus the two take to each other very quickly.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=40 explicitly invoked]]. And [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=900 another attempt.]]
* In ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'', Winston [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01196.htm considers the problems he and Florence might have]], but [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01197.htm concludes they might as well spend the rest of their lives alone, together.]]
* This is what really drives the bond forming between Lydia and Betelgeuse in ''Webcomic/CobwebAndStripes''. She comes from a FriendlessBackground and he's arguably the least liked person in the entire Neitherworld. Helping to ease her loneliness is forcing him to acknowledge how lonely he's been too.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', Lillian befriends Mary while the later is locked up undergoing debriefing at Radham Academy, where Lillian, a scholarship student who gets her credit hours by acting as TheMedic for the Lambsbridge Gang, is isolated from both the other Lambs and her fellow students, and Mary has lost the semblance of a family created by the man who cloned her after he left her to die.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'': "Whaddya say we both be independent ''together''?"
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'''s "Xmas Story" (The TropeNamer):
-->'''Leela''': You didn't need to buy me a present, Fry.\\
'''Fry''': I just wanted to do something to make you happy. I mean, I miss my family but you never even had a family.\\
'''Leela''': It's OK. You're lonely and I'm lonely. But, together, we're lonely together.\\
''[They hold hands]''\\
'''Fry''': Merry [[YouMeanXmas Xmas]], Leela.\\
'''Leela''': Merry [[YouMeanXmas Xmas]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hereafter", Vandal Savage and a time-displaced-and-depowered Superman are stuck on a barren future Earth devoid of all other human life. The [[BoredWithInsanity driven-to-sanity]] Vandal Savage is overjoyed to meet a fellow person, even if he is an old enemy, and invites him to his house for lunch. And to show him all the self-help books he's read over the millennium to cure his megalomania.
* A group of villains in ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', [[Music/TheBeatles the Lonely Hearts Club Gang]], are based entirely around this. Their goal, apparently, is to make everyone in Tremorton as miserable and loveless as they are.
* The Thanksgiving episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' does this to Helga and Arnold, even though they have families, they feel alone like they've never truly celebrated Thanksgiving before, so they bond with each other as they try to find the perfect Thanksgiving.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Rugrats}}'' reveals that Chuckie's mother died not long ago, and Chuckie barely remembers her. Chaz is reluctant to show him her things until this exchange.
--> '''Chaz:''' I'm just afraid he'll miss her.
--> '''Didi:''' Then you can miss her together.
* On ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama Revenge of the Island]]''--[[NaiveEverygirl Zoey]] and [[BubbleBoy Cameron]] both have {{Friendless Background}}s and become close friends over the course of the season. It's only PlayedWith, however, since they both also get other friends (and in Zoey's case, a boyfriend) over the course of the season.
* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' and his agent Princess Carolyn have maintained an on-and-off personal and professional relationship for ''decades'' because it beats being alone. Even though they both know it's not going anywhere. [[spoiler:Bojack eventually fires her, so this isn't an option for either of them anymore.]]