->''What is "a normal conversation"...?''
-->-- '''Kiyotaka Ishimaru''', ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''

For some reason, the character is mostly ignorant of and often confused by common social conventions and behaviors. They usually grasp enough to minimally function around other people most of the time, but any circumstances outside of their limited experience fluster, puzzle, or (at worst) upset or enrage them.

Someone with no social skills is not necessarily ''stupid''--just unfamiliar with how human beings act around each other. Consequently, they will tend to be blunt, straightforward, and [[BrutalHonesty Brutally Honest]]. They will expect everyone else to be totally honest, too. From a writing point of view they are an asset: they say things that everyone is thinking but no one would dare say out loud.

One background that can lead to this trope is to be RaisedByWolves--growing up with animal parents. Alternatively, they may have had an isolated or abused childhood or SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining. Or all three. They may be bamboozled by the opposite sex and ask WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove. Alternately, they may have had social skills in the past, but after being away on TheQuest or some other mission for an extended time, may find themselves unable to reintegrate due to being a ShellShockedVeteran or a StrangerInAFamiliarLand.

Quite often a point is made of stating that this character is very intelligent or "learns fast" to make sure the audience doesn't just write them off as dense and to justify characters trying to help them adjust, or as an excuse for why they've adjusted as well as they did. If done poorly, either of these versions of intelligence can become an InformedAbility.

An extreme form of FishOutOfWater, milder cases may result in CloudCuckooLander, CreepyChild, InnocentFanserviceGirl, or NoSenseOfHumor. HomeschooledKids are usually portrayed this way.

Related to: FriendlessBackground and IJustWantToHaveFriends when the character isn't happy about this situation.

In RealLife, people with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyssemia dyssemia]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonverbal_Learning_Disorder nonverbal learning disorders]] fit this trope. It's a symptom of certain forms of autism, including UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome; a differently wired mind can make it hard to grasp social cues. Media is aware of this but tends to exaggerate its prevalence. A mild form also is common in academia. That said, '''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease'''

Compare NotGoodWithPeople, where a character has more of an affinity for non-human lifeforms. Contrast with TheSocialExpert.


%% Note: while a character with a bad childhood may have No Social Skills as a result, this trope is not bad childhoods, it is No Social Skills.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Because she grew up in the ocean Ika Musume from ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' doesn't know anything about humans when she first comes to the surface.
-->'''Ika:''' What's a military?
* [[Anime/SerialExperimentsLain Lain]] talks in a halted staccato, doesn't seem to understand basic social conventions, and spends most of her time on a cyberpunk version of the internet. The show being what it is, this is less than surprising.
* In ''Manga/CreoTheCrimsonCrises'' we have Kiki, who's never even worn shoes or underwear until she joins the main cast. Her idea of making friends is to [[SkinshipGrope grope]] the first pretty girl that walks by, announcing her intentions, and breaking off a store sign as a gift of friendship.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** L. He's socially awkward, dresses like a bum, and is the greatest detectives on the planet. [[note]]Yes, plural. He's the 'three' greatest detectives, acting as himself and under the pseudonyms [[NoodleIncident of two former detectives he bested.]][[/note]]
** Near is also quite awkward and seems unlikely to get by if he had to fend for himself in the normal world. Oddly, despite their practical problems, they both possess great theoretical knowledge of people. His rival Mello left the Wammy's House orphanage where they were both raised at the age of 14 and is quite street-savvy in comparison.
* Goku in ''Manga/DragonBall'' was raised by his grandfather in the wilderness until he was 12 and said grandfather died. He had been so sheltered that he never truly assimilated into society, and the division was very evident until he was an adult. The worst symptom, however, would have to be his complete inability to assess gender from sight, which led to some [[AccidentalPervert Accidental Perversion]]. Bulma was the first girl he had ever seen in his life up till that point, so she got the worst of it. His grandfather had told him to be nice to girls - but it was apparently up to himself to figure out how.
* Nana from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' is an innocent girl raised in a lab. She knows absolutely nothing about the world outside the complex where she used to live, to the point of burning a "bunch of papers" that turned out to be money. And being gullible enough to believe that the money when kept together would attack her in her sleep.
* Sagara Sousuke from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. He's been in the military since birth. Someone once described Sousuke as that character in a {{Tabletop RPG}} who [[MinMaxing traded in]] all those "worthless" character points in social skills and instead put them into [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining combat abilities.]] He is a nice guy, he just has no concept at all of what's expected of someone in a high school environment. Naturally, the writers put him in a high school environment, often. This turned out to be so popular that an entire season with this as the main premise was produced: ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''.
* Tasuki of ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', the resident JerkWithAHeartOfGold, who was raised by a matriarchal family with a very meek father, a dominant mother and ''five'' sisters, then ran away from home as a teenager and continued to be raised by a gang of thieves. In pretty much any given situation, if there's an insensitive remark, indelicate observation or obnoxious joke to be made, it ''will'' come out of his mouth. Such blunt force honesty also makes him surprisingly credulous for someone [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything who ostensibly rose to the leadership of a gang of thieves]].
* [[FriendlessBackground Kobayashi Sumisugu]] from ''Manga/HarlemBeat'' is a [[TheStoic stoic]] PerpetualFrowner armed with DeathGlare and BrutalHonesty. He either scared people with his aloofness or pissed them off until [[ThePollyanna Imagawa]] and consequently Johnan team befriended him.
* Ruru from ''Anime/HugttoPrettyCure'' doesn't understand normal social conventions and doesn't understand why people would do things inefficiently. She herself notes that due to this, people interacting with her decreased by 80% after a week.
* SexyMentor Shigure Kousaka of ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' is a borderline example. She spent her formative years in the wilderness with her swordsmith father; though he did love her he was so absent-minded that he ''never even bothered to give her a name.'' In the present, Shigure is shown to sometimes lack social graces and speaks very slowly, with a second or so passing between one word and the next, and she rarely ever [[CreepyMonotone reflects any emotion in her speaking habits]] outside of combat.
* Shouko Komi, title character of ''Manga/KomiSanWaKomyushouDesu'', can not talk directly to other people without extreme stuttering. If she's put in an unusual social situation, she freezes up and her mind becomes blank. The series is based on her wanting to make friends despite these issues.
* Lucia in ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', is a [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaid]] in the human world. When she is in mermaid society she has No Social Skills there either! In the manga she was raised on the surface, but in the anime, she was just as clueless about the society that she had been {{retcon}}ned to ''grow up'' in. What's more, she's the princess.
* Mana from ''Manga/MermaidSaga'', having been raised by [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaids]], suffers quite a bit of this.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Naruto is an obnoxious brat who likes to shout and insult people who can blast him away without him as much as feeling it. He can't get obvious behavior signals such as [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale Sakura punching him]]; to Naruto, this isn't a massive hint to back off, it means he should try harder. He didn't understand [[ShrinkingViolet Hinata's shy behavior]] or [[CannotSpitItOut the reasons behind it]]. For him it means "she's just weird". His social ineptness could be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] when you consider the fact that [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer he was always shunned and avoided like the plague]] because of the [[SealedEvilInACan Kyuubi sealed within him.]] Not too much social practice there when you think about it.
** When attempting to be sociable, Sai (who has been raised to suppress his emotions, and the OnlyFriend he had prior to meeting Team 7 died) usually winds up insulting someone. He eventually learns his lesson; people seem to like it when you tell them the ''opposite'' of what you think of them.
** Gaara, thanks to having a similar childhood, is not much better than Naruto--in fact, he might be even worse. ''[[LightNovel/NarutoHiden Gaara Hiden]]'' reveals he was completely unaware of [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Shikamaru and Temari's sexual tension]] (something that even [[ObliviousToLove Naruto]] noticed), and thus was the only one surprised when they got together. Further interactions with his [[spoiler:fiancée]] reveal that as great leader as he is, Gaara has little-to-no idea how to interact with other people on a more familiar level (besides his family).
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Shinji Ikari is a shy, lonely kid with awful social skills. A good part of the drama of the show would have simply not happened if he had realized when someone needed his help -when he was capable of giving it- or when someone cared about him. In fact, [[spoiler:the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt had been averted if [[ObliviousToLove he would have realized]] that his FieryRedhead {{Tsundere}} BattleCouple reciprocated [[HeroesWantRedheads his feelings]].]]
** Asuka Langley Sohryu is a traumatized, insecure kid with no self-esteem that has no idea of how interacting with other people and is frightened of them. So that she resorts to be loud so that nobody ignores her and pretends being obnoxious so that nobody wants to befriend her.
** Rei was raised by Gendo Ikari, leaving her with no idea how humans normally interact.
** Her male counterpart, Kaworu Nagisa, might know a bit more about human interaction, but he is just as oblivious as to how the rules work.
** Gendo's reason for abandoning his son is this: After his wife's death he didn't know how to take care of Shinji because he was afraid of Shinji. His self-hatred made him frightened of the idea that he could be loved by anyone, even his own son; so he foisted Shinji off on other people.
* The title character from ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' qualifies. Having spent thirteen years of mistreatment by a cruel ringmaster, she's suspicious of everybody, detests killing, and adamantly opposed to eating meat. As such, she doesn't know how to interact with other people. She either lashes out in a rage, misunderstands others' actions, and stubbornly refuses to see beyond her calls of judgment. Worse still, she is not able to admit what her problem is and expects her friends to just "read her mind." Nadia becomes a much more sociable and trusting character, however, as a result of her close relationships with Jean (arguably the complete opposite of Nadia), Marie, Grandis, and, to a lesser extent, the ''Nautilus'' crew.
* Eve of ''Manga/BlackCat'' fame was raised (if you can call it that with a straight face) by Torneo Rudman, a weapons merchant who intended to use her as a [[{{Tykebomb}} biological weapon]]. She's another example who would've been better off with the wolves; thankfully, barely three chapters after we meet her she's rescued and effectively adopted by [[PapaWolf Sven Volfield]]. [[TookALevelInBadass She benefits greatly]] [[LittleMissBadass from the experience]].
** Creed Diskenth, the series' BigBad isn't much better off, combining this trope with LackOfEmpathy, NoSenseOfHumour, and EvilCannotComprehendGood for truly awe-inspiring results. He can't understand or relate to other people at all, is an utter failure as a ManipulativeBastard, is prone to {{Freak Out}}s when he doesn't get his way, and honestly doesn't understand why killing TheHero's NotLoveInterest would cause him to hate his (Creed's) guts. He frequently misunderstands people, doesn't get why his BadBoss tendencies are causing his underlings to flee, is oblivious to his [[DarkChick right-hand woman's]] [[LoveMartyr blatant crush on him]], and is convinced that [[TheHero Train]] will realise how much Creed matters to him once [[MurderTheHypotenuse all his friends are dead]]. Unlike many examples on this page, it is ''never'' played for laughs.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': In a small way, Yami Yugi fits this trope. While good at cheering up and supporting Yugi's friends when the occasion arises, he flounders when Yugi forces him into a 'date' with Anzu. Justified in that he sees himself as Yugi's protector, is out of his time, and is sharing a life with someone else.
---> Yami Yugi: 'Yugi! I'm not... you can't...this isn't a duel! (Notices Anzu) ...Hello.'
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Ranma is marked by his HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood and has trouble getting on with people, though he's better off then many other examples of this trope and, in the manga, is actually one of the most manipulative characters. In addition to [[TrainingFromHell dragging him around on the road and through the wilderness his entire life]], [[SinkOrSwimMentor Genma]] used [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique forbidden]] and [[HarmfulToMinors stupid]] techniques. One of them had him essentially raised by cats. Which did NOT end well. [[UnstoppableRage Cat-fu]] indeed.
** Ryu, already motherless, lost his father when he was six years old in an accident at once tragic and stupid beyond belief: his father tried out a spine-snapping bear hug on the only pillar supporting their tumbledown dojo, crushing himself in the ruins.
** Ryoga's [[NoSenseOfDirection issues with direction]] are [[ItRunsInTheFamily hereditary]] on ''both'' sides of the family, so any two members of the family only meet in extremely rare circumstance.
* LonelyRichKid Kagura Tennouzou from ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' is kept isolated from the world, so male lead Saiga has to teach her about it when he frees her from her evil family.
* ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf''
** Holo matches this trope to a glimmering 'T'. She is a wolf spirit/god of the harvest. She's a lot savvier about the way humans live than the others, though. She has lived with humans several times in the past, and spent centuries watching the people of a single village. Indeed, she often understands people better than they understand themselves, and isn't above emotional manipulation when it suits her. She is carefree about certain human conventions, but not because she doesn't understand them -- she just doesn't care. She also goes centuries without interacting with humans, so her social awkwardness often stems from being so out of touch with the times.
** Lawrence's social skills are quite poor as well. While he's adept at communicating at others of his trade in the process of various business deals, he doesn't have much experience with people outside of the field of economics. He's ''especially'' ignorant of the courtship process.
** Lawrence and Holo are good examples of different ways this trope can be applied. Lawrence knows a lot about contemporary society and social institutions, but isn't very savvy about human nature. Horo is the exact opposite, and both are intelligent enough to cover for each other as necessary.
* Nia from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' falls between this and ShelteredAristocrat, having been raised in isolation for her entire life until she was literally [[GirlInABox put in a box]] and left on a landfill. She's completely oblivious to any kind of negative mood... which isn't a good thing when one of the cast members has just died.
* Tres Iqus of ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' displays this trope every now and then in his interactions with Abel. Especially in the manga, he is often heard uttering the phrases like, "Does not compute." Of course, it's questionable if this is because Abel has an extensive vocabulary or simply because he's crazy. However, Tres also fits into the "brutal honesty" classification quite snugly. Considering Tres is a robot, it is more like he is one of the wolves.
* Cheza in ''Anime/WolfsRain'', a "flower maiden" created by blending human and plant DNA, has grown up in a laboratory, spending most of her time semi-comatose in a [[PeopleJars glass vessel]]. Ironically enough, or perhaps appropriately, when she is finally released from the lab she is mutually drawn toward ''real'' wolves (albeit intelligent talking wolves who can pass for human) and leads them on their [[TheQuest quest]] to find Paradise.
* Shana from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''. She [[{{Tykebomb}} was raised for combat]], and her caretakers failed to see the importance of pretty much anything besides that, not even a name. This helps explain why she reacts to romance [[{{Tsundere}} the way she does]]. At one point, she starts asking everyone about kissing and how babies are made, which makes for some ''really'' awkward moments...
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}:''
** ''The Kangaskhan Kid'' was about a kid who was raised by the titular Pokemon. He was [[ParentalAbandonment lost by his parents]] when they were on vacation. One of the first things he does when meeting Ash and the gang is asking Misty ''if he can [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar nurse]] off her.'' This line (obviously) didn't survive in the dub. It was changed to him asking whether they are Pokemon or people, but they left in the shot of him clearly staring at her chest and her hitting him in anger.
** And in a [[Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure loose manga adaptation of the Diamond and Pearl (but mostly Diamond) versions]], the main character was raised by wild Pokémon. The kid was being watched by Professor Rowan, and the good professor decided that the boy should go live with Pokémon because he could sort of communicate with them. Let me rephrase that: ''Rowan sent a small child to live in the wild with Pokémon because he thinks the kid can talk to animals.'' In Rowan's defense, it worked.
* ''Manga/VinlandSaga'': Thorfinn is a violent, apathetic, antisocial JerkAss who can't even have a civil conversation with the man who knew him from before his time growing up in Viking band.
** He got better after the time skip.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Princess Arika spent her whole life confined in the royal palace of Ostia, the result being that her social development was somewhat stunted, turning her into TheStoic. She didn't even know what ice cream was until Nagi showed her.
** Kotaro, a half wolf who was abandoned as a child who has [[BrutalHonesty little sense of being polite]], or ever spent time doing anything normal besides training to fight.
* Sawako Kuronuma from ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' is so unaware of how much other people care about her, she spends the entire 2nd volume of the manga ignoring her friends to preserve their popularity.
* Natsu of ''Manga/FairyTail'' was raised by the Fire Dragon Igneel. While Igneel taught him things like Fire Dragon Slayer magic and speech, he clearly wasn't able to teach Natsu typical human social customs. Then Igneel vanished when Natsu was still little. Natsu was then taken in and raised by the mages of Fairy Tail, and all of ''them'' are to some degree crazy ([[CrazyAwesome awesome]]). Like Rei Ayanami mentioned above, he might have been better off with actual wolves.
** Erza does this a lot as well.
** Gajeel (being [[EvilCounterpart the Vegeta to Natsu's Goku]]) plays the other side of the coin: he acts like a complete {{Jerkass}} on account of being raised by Metalicana (who is hinted to have been a lot more abrasive than Igneel) and ended up with Phantom Lord who put a lot more stock in just being horribly strong and powerful and didn't ever bother to fit in or learn the need for a family. [[HeelFaceTurn From time to time though]] [[HiddenDepths he shows that he cares]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold about his new guild mates]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'', as a defining trait. He was orphaned at a young age, his only remaining family is a full demon half-brother who hates his guts and because of his [[HalfHumanHybrid half-breed status]] is ostracized by both human and demonic society. Small surprise that [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold his personality is coarse]] and is known for [[BrutalHonesty speaking his mind no matter what the situation]]; not to mention a [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption willingness to respond to any perceived slight with his fists.]]
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' - Domon Kasshu spent the latter half of his twenty-year life being raised in the woods by ludicrously badass but eccentric [[OldMaster Master Asia]]. As such he's good at being passionately HotBlooded, ''really'' good at beating things up and...well, [[IdiotHero not much else]].
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'''s Heero Yuy is pretty arguable, given that he grew up a soldier. Anybody who rips up an invite to a girl's birthday party, wipes away the resulting tear, and then states that he will kill her hardly counts as normal.
* Shizuo Heiwajima from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' [[FriendlessBackground grew up with very little]] in the way of positive social contact due to his [[HairTriggerTemper anger]] and impulse control issues. As a result, he does not have much in the way of social graces.
* Shin of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' could pass as a football {{expy}} of FMP's Sousuke because of this trait. He was basically a complete loner until he joined the football team in middle school. It actually makes his dedication to football a rather unintentional CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, it was through football that he was able to make friends.
* Mugi from ''Manga/{{Hitohira}}'', which doesn't prevent other people from [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship being enamored with her]] though.
* In ''Anime/{{Tamayura}}'', Fuu is supposedly very awkward around strangers, but aside from the occasional stuttering and blushing she manages just fine most of the time.
* Natsume from ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends'' initially finds it very hard to open up to people because of his [[ISeeDeadPeople ability to see]] {{youkai}}.
* Boma from ''Anime/HeatGuyJ''. Justified, as he was [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] and tortured in prison back in his home city-state.
* Keima from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' doesn't know certain social basics like how to make friends or cheer someone up, courtesy of a FriendlessBackground. His vast experience of {{dating sim}}s lets him play the suitor, but when it comes to befriending someone, he's at a loss.
* The heroine Eureka from ''Anime/EurekaSeven''. She doesn't have any friends and doesn't open her heart to anyone prior to meeting the protagonist Renton. In the first episode, she did an insensitive thing by burning Renton's house down and she does not seem to comprehend why Renton reacted so miserable about it. She does not even know what is "cool", what love is and how to be pregnant with a baby. It is this lack of social skills that she had a hard time being a mother to her 3 kids. She eventually become a more sociable person towards the end of the series, thanks to the influence of her lover Renton.
* Saori Chiba from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' is both a realistic example and example not PlayedForLaughs or cuteness. She has no friends at the start of the manga, later chapters reveal that she HatesEveryoneEqually, and even when she becomes more friendly her social skills are rather awkward. She CannotTellAJoke and when she's having friendship issues her first thought is to destroy her two-year friendship and ignore that person.
* Tomoko Kuroki from ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' has this as the [[CringeComedy main plot.]] The girl's so socially awkward that she thinks emulating [[EmotionlessGirl anime tropes]] would make her more popular.
* Rei Kiriyama from ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' isn't particularly good at socializing with people, especially at school. He opts out of class events, and every lunch, he eats alone at either the roof or the stairwell leading to it. If it wasn't for his teacher dropping by every now and then, he wouldn't be talking to anyone.
* Mashiro of ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'' [[IdiotSavant knows absolutely nothing but drawing]]. Thus Chihiro-sensei assigns the OnlySaneMan Sorata as her handler.
* [[spoiler:Oswald/Glen Baskerville]] from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' was [[NotGoodWithPeople never much of a talker to begin with]], but the first time he meets [[spoiler:Jack]] really drives his antisocial nature home: He blatantly tells him that he is an unreadable and therefore untrustworthy person right to his face and then is genuinely surprised when [[spoiler:Jack]] retaliates by [[FoodSlap splashing a glass full of water in his face]]. Somehow, the two end of being the best of friends. [[spoiler:That is, until Jack betrays and murders Glen.]]
** [[spoiler:His successor]] Leo wasn't that much better, especially owing to [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer a rather]] [[FriendlessBackground lonely childhood]]. The first time he met [[{{Tsundere}} Elliot]], he snapped at him for disturbing him while reading a book, starts comparing him to the self-centered protagonist of said book, and eventually calls him a bore. Elliot, of course, did not take this very well. As time went on, they became VitriolicBestFriends and Leo got better from this.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Luffy, due to his simple-minded and straightforward thinking. He has a habit of asking random strangers if they poop and calling people idiot to their face. However, he's incredibly charismatic and pure example of a MagneticHero. His lack of social skills is part of his charm.
** Zoro. When he is not in combat, he is fairly shy and awkward in social situations, usually getting frustrated when things get out of his comfort zone. His relationship with Sanji and Tashigi exemplify this.
* In ''Manga/SakiShinohayuDawnOfAge'', Kanna Ishitobi is this, largely as a result of being left at home by herself quite often. After angrily lashing out at her friends over [[SoreLoser losing a game of mahjong to them]] (she had been undefeated before), she overhears them complaining about her, and ends up having to ''look at a website'' to find out how to apologize.
* Homura Akemi of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' initially seems to be a [[TheStoic stoic]], [[DarkMagicalGirl antagonistic]] character. Certainly, her actions cause other characters to see her as creepy or hostile. It turns out Homura has difficulty expressing herself. Part of this is due to her belief that other people cannot understand her, and part of this is due to her FriendlessBackground ([[WordOfDante and possibly]] [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan orphaned background]]). In fact, Homura is [[NotSoStoic a very emotional character who can be visibly seen trying to contain her feelings at various points in the series]]. [[spoiler: She was also a ShrinkingViolet before becoming a magical girl.]]
* Guts of Manga/{{Berserk}} is horrible at talking to people and hates being touched on account of being a loner mercenery with some [[RapeAsBackstory serious trust issues]]. This is before everything [[CrapsackWorld goes to shit]] and he goes on his [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge quest for vengence]]
* Both Yuuto and Kotone from ''Manga/TonariNoKashiwagiSan'' have trouble with interpersonal interactions, which makes their relationship all the more awkward. Yuuto is a little better at it if it doesn't involve [[LoveInterest Kotone]], though.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'' has this in the Schiff. Having been created to be and raised as {{Living Weapon}}s, the very concept of just asking for help or for something they need rather than taking said something by force is completely alien to them.
* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' has two good examples:
** The lead [[AntiAntiChrist Okumura]] [[NiceGuy Rin]] definitely has no clue how to interact with people, especially early on. He tends to miss social clues and be especially blunt about things, though honestly he's a very kind person. This makes sense; pre-series he had no friends and never interacted with his peer group outside of his brother Yukio (when he wasn't off being an exorcist) so it's more like his social skill level is that of an elementary school student despite being a teenager. And then there is the [[StepfordSmiler other]] [[SurvivorGuilt issues]] [[FantasticRacism he]] [[HunterOfHisOwnKind has]] on top of that.
** [[ShrinkingViolet Moriyama]] [[GreenThumb Shiemi]] is more shy than Rin, since she never really left her house due to having been sickly and then being manipulated by a demon. She's faster on the uptake than Rin at times though, being naturally extroverted underneath her shy nature and taking steps herself to move past her awkwardness.
** Yukio is a downplayed example. He's good at faking things, but most normal interactions outside of exorcist business leaves him clueless. Like not understanding he should text ahead that he's going to be late or not knowing the correct response to a joke. Understandable really, since he's always been aloof from his peer group due to being a ChildSoldier and previously a ShrinkingViolet.
%% * ''{{Manga/ReLIFE}}'' has Hishiro, the ClassRepresentative EmotionlessGirl.
* In ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'', Legna has had a sheltered upbringing, with the Senate taking great measures to make sure he has as little contact with people as possible to keep the past events from him. This means that while he is quite competent at his job and organizational affairs, he has no clue about how to deal with people. He also lacks imagination, so his demeanor comes off as blunt and straightforward, however, as soon as those around him realise that he's honest and determined, they tend to warm up to him somewhat.
* Ako in ''LightNovel/AndYouThoughtThereIsNeverAGirlOnline'' is very shy in real life with most people, even to those who are nice to her. She also doesnít understand why Hideki and Akane donít want her talking about their MMORPG in class. Her net game is one of the only places where she is comfortable. Improving this was one of the reasons her guild started the Net Game Club.
* In the beginning of ''Manga/NewGame'', Kou appears to be quite funny and outgoing. But in Chapter 14/Episode 5, it's revealed that she was much less sociable when she started, having IWorkAlone tendencies and an aversion to people, plus a side order of BrutalHonesty and (in Rin's case) ObliviousToLove.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia:''
** [[TheComicallySerious Germany]], to the point that he has to consult books repeatedly just to help him understand his [[ShipTease "special pal"]] North Italy, his {{Foil}} who happens to be [[CuddleBug very physically affectionate]], [[TheDitz ditzy]], and outgoing. Germany is ''[[HairTriggerTemper very tightly wound]]'', and his usual way to solve a problem involves either [[DrillSergeantNasty screaming at and/or threatening the person responsible]] until they back down, and it's clear that he's [[OddFriendship making exceptions for Italy]].
** Russia is [[TheFakeCutie outwardly sweet and kind]], and as a child he was a clear case of IJustWantToHaveFriends, but being bullied and rejected by those around him forced him to make friends [[PsychopathicManchild in other ways]] ("All Will Become One With Russia" indeed...). It's clear even in the present that he doesn't know how to make friends in a non-forceful, non-threaten-people-into-complying manner. At one point, he writes anonymously to [[ChivalrousPervert France's]] radio show for advice how to do so.

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* Laura Kinney, AKA ComicBook/{{X 23}}, is the [[OppositeSexClone female counterpart]] to ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. She is an example of the "synthetic" subtrope. She was cloned in large part from incomplete samples stolen from the Weapon-X project and raised as an assassin-for-rent. She is literate, multilingual, and a superb actress -- when she sees the need. However, her post-escape attempt to go to ground at her aunt's place did not work out at first. Her first day at school was marred by faux pas and attempts to discuss matters far outside her peers' experience. She also failed to even pretend to be intimidated when called in to the Principal's Office.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}:
** Cassandra Cain, AKA ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' II, is pretty dysfunctional. The first eight years of her life was spent in a bunker [[TrainingFromHell learning the killing arts]] in isolation from spoken language. The next nine were spent on the streets, unable to comprehend spoken language and fleeing the man who raised her. It shows, even after telepathic intervention enabled her to speak and she got over [[DeathSeeker her death wish]].
---> '''Cassandra:''' (''speaking into an audiorecorder/diary'') "They say you are supposed to... dress up for parties," (''looks at conservative business suit in mirror'') "But this is just... wrong."
** Damien Wayne -the fourth ''Comicbook/{{Robin}}''- falls into this as well, especially during the earlier part of his tenure as Robin. Having been raised by the League of Assassins his whole life, adjusting to life as part of the Batfamily was rather difficult, especially trying to drill in the ThouShaltNotKill policy. He was often aloof, headstrong, and rebellious. He did get better eventually.
** In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'' Barbara Gordon alias ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' makes main universe Batman seem psychologically stable in comparison. She is rude, harsh and tactless, and she doesn't work well with other people (with the exception of Bruce Wayne and ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'').
* Vlad in ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' was abandoned as a baby due to his deformity and brought up in seclusion by a kindly but reclusive Czech-American butcher, causing him to be [[GentleGiant innocent]], very good with [[WeaponOfChoice cleavers]], and [[YouNoTakeCandle not very good at English]].
* Velma in ''ComicBook/ScoobyApocalypse'', being Velma. Being neglected and put down by her father all her life didn't help.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' - Rorschach is an extreme case. He never bathes, he thinks it's socially acceptable to break into people's houses and steal their stuff and has the nerve to tell Laurie that her mother almost getting raped by the Comedian could have been a moral lapse. Even Dan has problems dealing with him to the point where he finally lashes out at Rorschach. This leads to a handshake that Rorschach finds very awkward. The only time Rorschach feels at ease with anyone is when he's breaking people's fingers. He at least has the decency to try to avoid doing shit like that in front of children (probably because of his own past experiences with AbusiveParents). It's made clear to the reader that while Rorschach is ultimately a good person and genuinely wants to help others, his total lack of proper social skills and his abundance of disorders will probably end up destroying him. [[spoiler: In the end, he sacrifices himself before that possibility ever comes up.]]
* ''ComicBook/SpiderWoman'' - The original Creator/MarvelComics version of Jessica Drew Spider-Woman had her raised among the [[MadScientist High Evolutionary's]] menagerie of PettingZooPeople and [[BeastMan Beast Men]] -- meaning that she had no idea how to interact with normal humans when she finally entered the outside world, and tended to creep out everyone she met. The recent {{Retcon}} version of her origin [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks eliminates this, though.]]
* ''ComicBook/SecretSix'' - Most of the Six had unusual/horrendous upbringings, and as such have no gauge for what is "normal".
-->Upon discovering the body of an assassin that one of their friends has just tortured to death:\\
'''Deadshot''': Okay, [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry I don't know what normal people think:]] Is this ***ed up?\\
'''Scandal''': [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Thomas hates traps and torture]]. Yes, it's ***ed up.\\
'''Ragdoll''': Why is everyone so sad? [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Are you hungry? Is that it?]]
* Marv in ''ComicBook/SinCity'' admits to having little to no social skills. Dwight once mentioned that [[BornInTheWrongCentury he would've gotten along with people if he was born in an ancient battle field]], though.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The protagonist of Jael.Rice.1's ''Literature/HungerGames'' fanfic ''Fanfic/TheBombshell'', Ada, has this as a pretty big part of her character. She had a complete breakdown when her mentor/resident AlphaBitch, Liana, chews her out for not jumping on joining an alliance, kick a girl for surprise hugging her when she was in kindergarten, and plenty more. She has an autism-spectrum AmbiguousDisorder.
* Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi: Jadite has shades of this, admittedly most of it is WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove. But if his description of the Dark Kingdom is anything to go on, it's a bit of RaisedByWolves as well. Snyder, a Light acolyte and Ami's advisor on wards and the Gods, is a straighter example in many ways. Particularly involving women, and ''Particularly'' involving Venna.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'':
** When they open up in chapter 1, Shinji and Asuka remark that neither of them has social skills due to their childhood trauma and growing up with no friends. Asuka realizes that is the reason that Shinji never got her hints.
** When the three pilots are ordered to spend time together Asuka -and Shinji- finds out that Rei is weirder and socially-unaware that she previously thought: she does not understand the concept of modesty, does not know what a double entendre is, does not know any thing about relationships between boys and girls... and she has never known her mother. Oh, and NERV is drugging her. Rei's social awkwardness is what leads Shinji and Asuka to suspect that NERV is up to something real bad.
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'':
** Shinji and Asuka never got any social skills, but their capability to interact with other people got even worse in the post-apocalyptic world. They were nearly completely withdrawn and insolated when Daniel met them.
** Later they use this to their advantage as they are plotting against their former boss: they remain locked into their cabin and order the ship crew to not bother them. Since the crew knows they are not sociable people, they leave them alone and never suspect anything.
** Rei's nonexistent social skills later pose a problem because she believes Asuka hates Shinji, so she refuses to help when they need her assistance or at least her non-interference. Shinji guesses that she still has a hard time understanding other people's emotions, even after Instrumentality.
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': While they open up during the Obon festival, Asuka and Shinji talk about how she pushes people away and Shinji runs away from them because they are two lonely kids, frightened of getting hurt by other people.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Shinji is meek, introvert and not good interacting with other people (especially pretty girls who are apparently taking an interest in him). He admits that in chapter 4:
-->''Shinji Ikari was not a people person. He lacked severely in people skills. This went doubly so for girls that showed signs that they liked him. With Asuka's arm entwined with his and her warm tone of voice, his mind turned to mush. "Um, well, you see..."''
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': After returning to the past the three pilots talk about how they are so socially inept that they run away from other people (Shinji), push them away (Asuka) or don't know how interacting with other persons (Rei). However they agree to try to get better at socializing.
* ''Manga/Evangelion303'':
** [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]] comes across like abrasive and irritating due to poor social skills. She is not good socializing or relating to other people. [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/918665/042/ In one scene she admits that she is not good at getting used to new people]].
** Shinji is not much better. Due to growing up [[MissingMom without]] [[ParentalAbandonment parents]] and moving continuously he is not good at treating with other people or making friends, and sometimes he does not even realize [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/907462/022/ when he is getting someone mad]].
* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Adult Shinji and Asuka are functional but they still have a hard time socializing and understanding other people, and they are very dependent on each other. Shinji's self-flagellating habits and Asuka's hot temper don't help matters.
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'':
** Asuka never was good with people, and her social skill got poorer after getting disfigured by the MP-Evas, since she became angrier, more hostile and more resentful.
** Shinji was never at socializing either. After the Angel War he had few friends and no girlfriend, and he spent most of time trying to reconnect with Asuka.
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': Neither of the three main characters -Shinji, Asuka and Rei- has social skills whatsoever. And their new teacher Kaoru is determined to change that.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': Shinji is shy and quiet, but he is somewhat better at socializing than his canon counterpart because his altered backstory. So, when Asuka comes along, and she is as socially inept as her canon self, he is better prepared to deal with her mood shifts and see the real Asuka under the "leave me alone" mask. Even so he completely misses many clues hinting Asuka's feelings.
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': Due to CharacterDevelopment Shinji grows a spine and some few social skills before returning to the past. His attitude utterly befuddles his father, since Gendo expected him being meeker and more pliable. However Shinji keeps being bad with people and a bit introvert. It comes up several times, such like Shinji realizing -too late- he might have given several female classmates hints he was interested in them, or blurting out to Hikari that he knows she likes Touji.
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'':
** Shinji knew he was not good with people, but he thought Asuka was more sociable. However he slowly realizes he is very, very wrong: Asuka is popular but she has never dated anybody, has very few real friends and has a hard time to open up.
** Rei is lonely and asocial at the beginning. After opening up to Shinji she gets better and she even makes some friends (she eventually befriends Asuka).
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': At the beginning Asuka is the most popular girl in her school, but in reality she is frightened of other people, so that she uses her anger as a shield to keep and drive everyone away. However she changes during her super-heroine tenure, becoming a little more sociable with a bit of Shinji's help.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Progress}}'', Luna has poor social skills thanks to a combination of guilt and being a FishOutOfTemporalWater.
* ''Fanfic/AHero'' takes Homura Akemi's lack of social skills and runs with it. To the point that Dalek Sec, the resident [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Imperialistic Space Nazi]], is considered to have the better social skills of the two of them.
* Jade Chan from ''Fanfic/WebWork'' still acts like a child much of the time despite spending eight years [[spoiler: in a demon dimension slowly turning into an Oni/ Jorogumo hybrid]], Because her teachers had more important things to focus on at the time than teach her how to talk to people and act like an adult, and realises this may present a problem to their future plans.
* In ''Shadow Snark'', due to [[LonersAreFreaks self caused isolation]], the titular character has no way to gauge his normality.
-->'''Shadow Snark:''' My desire to run out of here screaming and possibly causing over-the-top violence is barely contained.
-->'''Rainbow Dash and Rarity:''' ...
* Several of the characters in ''Fanfic/{{Brainbent}}'' to varying degrees. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Karkat]] has a decent amount of social insight, but his HairTriggerTemper trips him up a lot in his interactions with others. Jade was raised in the middle of the woods by her survivalist grandfather and has very little experience with modern mainstream culture or interacting with more than one person at a time. [[UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome Nepeta]] is a very nice girl, in an eccentric sort of way, but has difficulty keeping up with social conventions. [[TheStoner Gamzee]] is also very nice for the most part, but doesn't have much sense of personal space, is prone to InnocentlyInsensitive moments, and curses like a sailor even when he doesn't intend to.
* [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Marina]] and [[CloudCuckooLander Riko]] in ''Fanfic/TwilightPrettyCure'' have this in varying degrees due to their [[FriendlessBackground friendless backgrounds]]. Marina does have some social insight in regards to normal people, but not with autistic people, and her HairTriggerTemper tends to get the better of her. [[UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome Riko]] is a very nice girl in her own eccentric way, but she tends to be InnocentlyInsensitive and has trouble understanding and keeping up with social conventions, which has [[KidsAreCruel caused a lot]] [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer of problems]] [[BreakTheCutie when she was younger]]. It doesn't help that she grew up in a closed-minded city that didn't want to properly understand her, so they just assumed she was a bad kid and constantly treated her as such.
* Armani at first in the ''Fanfic/BrokenBow'' series, so much so that he ''strips'' right in front of some of the girls in the second book.
-->'''Annabeth:''' Are you really that dense?\\
'''Thalia:''' He ''is''.
* Zephyros Veloi Sonic, in [[SonicBoomBeyondTheBlackHorizon Sonic Boom: Beyond the Black Horizon]]. He's spent thirteen of his eighteen years living a solitary life in the forest, and the only person he's ever interacted with up until the beginning of the story is Dr. Eggman. The first time Sonic's approached by friendly people (namely Amy, Knuckles, and Tails), he locks up and retreats for his house; even as he adjusts to their presence, there's some things he has trouble wrapping his head around--for instance, Sonic manages to startle the bejeezus out of Knuckles ''twice'' (first by sneaking up on him, then jumping onto his doorstep via someone else's roof) without understanding how or why.
* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', Shinji had no social skills whatsoever before being raised and trained by his teacher. Asuka and Rei were horrible at socializing, and their inability to talk with each other was the origin of a massive disaster that the main characters had to fix after the TimeSkip.
* In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', Shinji and Asuka had no social skills whatsoever. Ironically, they got better at socializing after all remaining humans were gone.
** Near the end of the story, Shinji comments that he and Asuka were so bad, that [[spoiler:despite spending the first three years of her life with only her parents for company, their daughter Aki makes more friends on her first day of school than either of her parents ever had]].
* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'' Shinji, Asuka and Rei are awful at socializing. They had gotten a little better at interacting with others at the beginning of the War, but as their traumas piled up, their mental scars got worse. At the beginning of the story they're barely functional and they have to relearn how open up to other people.
* Mako Tsunami from ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' is portrayed as having very bad social skills, as his obsession with the ocean and enjoyment of throwing harpoons at people earned the nickname "Freaky Fish Guy". In fact, when Mako first met Yugi and his friends, he threw a harpoon at them because he ''wanted them to stay and didn't know how else to get their attention''.
* Some examples from ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'':
** In Ash's group, there's Iris, [[ParentalAbandonment who was abandoned by her birth parents as a baby]] and [[RaisedByWolves raised by a family of Dragon-type Pokémon.]] As a result, she doesn't ''quite'' know how to interact with humans, and can be quite blunt on how she says things. One of the biggest examples is asking Misty, without any kind of preamble or subtlety, what was her relationship with Ash, then stating that she plans to put the moves on Ash once she figures out how human courtship works, depite knowing that Misty has indeed a crush on him as well (albeit in her defense, Iris thought that, like with Dragonites, poligamy is the norm with humans).
** Red as well. He's a bit of loner and doesn't seem to like getting too close to people more than necessary, and as a result he lets Yellow handle the talking for him.
* In ''Fanfic/XMenTheEarlyYears'', ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} doesn't know what is this "social skills" thing everyone harps on about but he's sure he hates it.
-->'''Scott:''' I don't do one-night stands and I don't have time for a relationship. I almost have too much on my plate with school, community-service hours, and saving the world from evil mutants. Figuring out women takes too much time and energy. That, and most people just manage to irritate me.

[[folder:Films - Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'''s Buzz Lightyear makes a lot of ''faux pax''s because [[FishOutOfWater he has no idea he's a toy]]. This was so popular that a new Buzz Lightyear doll was introduced in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' to highlight the personal growth of the original while having an excuse to keep the NoSocialSkills humor on tap.
** As seen in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', it turns out that Buzz's lack of social skills stemmed from him being in "demo" mode.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': [[BrutalHonesty Blunt, grumpy]] Kristoff, who decidedly prefers his reindeer Sven to humans, and was [[RaisedByWolves raised by trolls]]. They even [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]] it during "Fixer Upper" when one of the trolls calls him "socially impaired" while covering his ears.
** To a lesser degree, Anna, who stumbles over her first conversation with a boy ([[{{Adorkable}} adorably]]) and believes it is perfectly acceptable to marry said boy, even though she's only known him for a day. This too is {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d several times.
--->'''Anna:''' This is awkward...not you're awkward, but just because we're--I mean, awkward. You're gorgeous. [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud Wait, what]]?
* Eggs from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls'', was raised by Boxtrolls. Due to this, social skills are completely alien to him (i.e licking a person's hand while doing a handshake), and overall comes across as socially awkward.
* Mater from the Pixar ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' films. He's socially awkward and socially inept. He has a hard time communicating his thoughts and feelings to others and doesn't know what topics to talk about in front of other people. He has a hard time with others' opinions too, either not understanding them or thinking that if they don't like his friend McQueen they must be bad people. He sometimes says inappropriate things at the wrong times and unintentionally embarrasses his friends in public places when talking to new people. It's been speculated that he might be on the autism spectrum.

[[folder:Films - Live-Action]]
* Up until she came to the school, Cady from ''Film/MeanGirls'' lived in Africa and was homeschooled, thus winding up with absolutely no clue about how things worked in "Girl World". Her parents appear to be clueless every time they appear:
-->'''Mom:''' Where's Cady?
-->'''Dad:''' She went out.
-->'''Mom:''' She's ''grounded''.
-->'''Dad:''' Are they not allowed out when they're grounded?
* Stéphane from ''Film/TheScienceOfSleep'' is an odd example. He uses his imagination to cope with a lot of the outside world but does have some friends, equally as strange as him, but when meeting Stéphanie it becomes clear he lacks some very basic social interaction. He goes into StalkerWithACrush mode in sincere innocence, unaware that he's doing anything bad.
* ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' is an odd example: despite being taught by his inventor about manners and politeness, the title character has no idea whatsoever how to live outside his castle. On top of that, while he is very kind and gentle, his understanding of ethics is a bit...sketchy. Edward's "father", for lack of a better word, actually intended to fully educate him and would have left him with a workable, if outdated, method of interaction with people. Sadly, he died before Edward's education was finished. It didn't help that, being a MadScientist (or at least highly eccentric), he thought teaching him manners took precedent over ''giving him proper hands''.
* The eponymous character of ''Film/{{Nell}}''. Raised completely isolated with only her mother, who had a speech impediment due to a stroke, she spoke a language called "Nellish" that was almost unintelligible to anyone else. Initially, she was completely terrified of strangers, but she gets better.
** [[spoiler:The anthropologists studying her eventually figure out "Nellish" is just English, garbled by the speech impediment and years of living completely alone. Once they figure this out, the ability to treat it as a cipher instead of a completely unique language makes communication much easier. It also reveals that, language barrier aside, Nell can be quite eloquent when she wants to be.]]
* The title character in ''Film/{{Starman}}'' is an alien who [[HumansThroughAlienEyes doesn't know very much about Earth and its inhabitants]].
* Danny in ''Unleashed'' aka ''Film/DannyTheDog'' was raised like a dog--locked up in a cage and with a leash around his neck. He has no social skill whatsoever other than some basic English language skills.
* Played straight-ish in ''Film/HumanNature'', where one of the main characters was raised by a human who ''thought'' he was an ape. It's a weird movie.
* Princess Rosalinda from ''Film/PrincessProtectionProgram'' was raised by royalty and has no experience with the behavior of American teenagers.
* [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Leeloo]] in ''Film/TheFifthElement''.
* ''Film/GriffTheInvisible'': Both Griff and Melody. Griff's very shy and childlike, so basic daily interaction with other people is quite a struggle for him, and he's so wrapped up in his own world that he's usually barely paying attention to anything else anyway. Melody's more confident, but has very little comprehension of social rules or other people, which makes it hard to communicate, or understand what others are feeling or why they're acting a certain way.
* ''Film/{{Shine}}'': David after his breakdown--one notable example being that he thinks nothing of groping the breasts of the elderly lady who is looking after him in church while she is playing the organ (getting understandable stares from those present).
* In ''Film/{{Soldier}}'', Sergeant Todd was raised from birth to be a completely obedient, emotionless soldier. When he is left for dead by his superiors he tries to reintegrate into a small community, but ultimately can't due to his underdeveloped social skills. He barely talks and except for some fleeting moments is a paragon of stoicism and actually dangerous to be around.
* Simon in the film ''Film/TheDouble''. He's incredibly timid and has trouble speaking to other people at all. [[{{Foil}} This is to contrast]] with [[TheSocialExpert James]], who is great with social situations and getting people to like him.
* ''Film/TempleGrandin''. With the title character being autistic, the movie is just exploding with this trope.
* The Franchise/{{Terminator}}s might look human, but it's only so they can infiltrate and murder people. Thus they struggle to [[DeceptivelyHumanRobot actually behave like humans]], often [[TheComicallySerious with hilarious results]] given they [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption prefer aggressive solutions]] ([[Film/TheTerminator the first]] even felt the best response to a heckler was a PrecisionFStrike) and are prone to SpockSpeak.
* Ludlow in ''Film/{{Pixels}}'' is absolutely terrible with people, with others' reactions to him ranging from "what the hell is wrong with this guy?" to "uh, get him away from me!"
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Something that Haymitch frequently mocks Katniss Everdeen over is her lack of people skills.
* ''Film/{{Replicant}}'': The Replicant clearly has no experience with social customs and is rather childlike in his behavior, having only been born a few days prior.
* In ''Film/TheTwoFacesOfDrJekyll'', Jekyll spends so much time in his lab he has little in the way of social skills or manners.
* ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'':
** In ''Film/Ghostbusters1984'', one frequently gets the feeling that Egon Spengler is more comfortable with the machinery he invents and the "spores, moulds and fungus" that he apparently collects than with human interaction. Ray Stanz isn't as bad, but his {{Adorkable}} ManChild enthusiasm can at times override his social skills.
** In ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'', while neither Erin, Holtzmann or Abby excel all that much at social interaction, Erin appears to have this trope worst, mainly because she tries hardest to appear normal and socially well-adjusted while simultaneously being terrible at being either. Holtzmann is in theory the one with the least apparent awareness of acceptable social mores, but she's both more disinterested in them to begin with and naturally quite charming and cheerful regardless, while Abby is naturally more confident in herself and assertive / aggressive towards others.

* Adelia in ''Literature/MistressOfTheArtOfDeath'' is blunt to the point of rudeness, often abrasive, and honest even when it would be ''much, much'' safer to lie.
* Chris in ''Literature/TheCuriousIncidentOfTheDogInTheNighttime''. The author has said that the book is not about Asperger's Syndrome and Chris' condition is not stated (although it's known that he attends a special school), but the blurb of the book commonly refers to high-functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome. Chris doesn't have any friends and he can't understand facial expressions.
* Princess Ida from Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series was accidentally left with the nymphs by the stork. As a result (due to the magic surrounding the nymph territory that wipes the previous day's memories away), she has absolutely no memories past her 12th birthday, at which she was rescued and raised by the (never mentioned again) Otterbees (basically sentient otters with a typically punnish name). Other than her lack of knowledge about human culture (mostly courtship and mating), she's stunningly well-adjusted.
* In Kelley Armstrong's ''Literature/WomenOfTheOtherworld'' series, Clayton Danvers was bitten and Changed into a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] when he was five years old. He spent two years as a WildChild in Louisiana's bayous before being domesticated by another [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]]. He eventually relearned human customs such as "privacy" and "physical contact", but does not understand them and chooses not to observe them unless absolutely necessary. His thoughts are more wolfish than those of other [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], as he was Changed at five instead of fifteen. As a child, he was often assumed to be mentally handicapped since he rarely spoke and even then rarely in complete sentences.
* The eponymous character in J.M. Barrie's ''Literature/PeterPan'', having been raised by TheFairFolk, is an occasionally-[[SociopathicHero sadistic]] {{Trickster}}.
* In Brooks' ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', this phenomenon becomes a lingering social problem after the ZombieApocalypse which ravaged western society, as orphaned children who were separated from their parents (by death [[AFateWorseThanDeath or worse]]) and who managed to survive in the wild grow up feral.
* The eponymous character of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'': Valentine Michael Smith. His naïve approach to society makes him a strange saintly figure. He's coming to it all cold: as a baby was the only survivor of the first crewed mission to Mars, and was subsequently raised by [[StarfishAliens Martians]].
* The narrator of Karen Hesse's ''Literature/TheMusicOfDolphins'' was the only survivor of an airplane crash in the Caribbean as a very young child, and was taken in by a pod of dolphins. She's reasonably healthy when she's found by (aside from minor considerations, such as having ''barnacles'' all over her) and, unlike other {{Wild Child}}ren in the center that's taking care of her, she can connect with people and understand language, because [[FriendlyPlayfulDolphin dolphins are that awesome]]. However, the betrayals and confused feelings from the scientists studying her turn her away from them, and eventually she is allowed to return to the sea and her dolphin family.
* In the ''Literature/FirekeeperSaga'' novels, the eponymous character was RaisedByWolves, talking intelligent ones. She never manages to fully master elementary grammar, writing, or table manners, but elsewhere she's far from naïve.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': Shannon Forakner is seriously clueless in the social department.
* Dondi Snayheever from Creator/TimPowers' ''Literature/LastCall'' is socially incompetent. He was walled up inside a giant Skinner box by his father for virtually his entire childhood, surrounded by over-sized paintings of playing cards and books about poker. His father was trying to condition his child to be the ultimate poker player, but lack of human contact left Dondi unable to judge other players' intentions.
* ''Literature/FindingSnowflakes'' deconstructs this trope. The main character, a teenager so socially awkward he barely holds a conversation, far from being seen as adorable because of this is avoided at all costs, and he is also to blame. He has problems filtering his thoughts and thus ends up with many cases of BrutalHonesty, some funny, some downright destructive. He doesn't seem to empathize as well with others for the same reason, despite him being kind. And there is also no "magical" cure for him getting social skills: gaining this is something he has to work, and with great effort, over the course of the book.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Stanley from ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' is very, ''very'' good at doing things by the book, but doesn't think along normal social lines at all. He was {{raised by|Wolves}} ''peas''.
** Mr. Nutt from ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''. He once, when asked by his friends if he was ill, said that he wasn't and had indeed had a normal bowel movement that morning. Prior to the age of seven, he [[WildChild wasn't raised by anyone]] at all, and after that spent most of his time reading, so you can probably understand why he's got problems understanding what constitutes TooMuchInformation. He also has a tendency to [[SpockSpeak speak in formal paragraphs]] when he's not [[ExtremeDoormat terrified someone's going to object to his very existence]], and has a tendency to get SidetrackedByTheAnalogy ("There appears to be so much I might inadvertently pull!").
** [[AC:Death]] (TheGrimReaper) is notable, particularly in the later novels, for his fascination with and (often hilarious) attempts to imitate humans.
** Jeremy Clockson in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' is very similar to Stanley, except that instead of Post Office Regulataions and pins, his defining obsession is building very accurate clocks, and he doesn't really know how to relate to anyone who doesn't grasp this, including other clockmakers. At one point, the narrative notes that he considers Mr Soak the milkman to be a friend, because they exchanges brief sentences once every few weeks.
** Susan Sto Helit, at least in [[Discworld/SoulMusic her first appearance]], has very few friends because she has no patience and doesn't hesitate to explain to others why they're wrong about things. In later books, she's still got aspects of this but, much to her own surprise, has turned out to be very good with kids.
** Granny Weatherwax is an interesting example; she's the mistress of "headology", which means she probably has a better understanding of human beings than anyone else on the Disc. But that doesn't mean she can ''relate'' to them. In fact, quite the reverse; she knows how silly and easily led the people around her are, and they know she feels that way.
* The appropriately-named Hunter in the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series. [[spoiler:After accidentally killing a friend with his mutant powers, he is brutally hit in the head by Zil, leaving him partially brain-damaged. Because of this, he slurs his words a lot and doesn't understand some things]]. He is trained by the nearby coyotes (who are mutant, and can speak somewhat) on how to hunt, so he's the primary food bringer for Perdido Beach along with Quinn and his fishermen.
* ''Literature/{{Petaybee}}'': Cita, a character in the second book, was raised by members of a cult and, for months after being freed, refers to herself as "goat-dung".
* Jenna in Jane Yolen's ''Literature/GreatAltaSaga''. She was raised in Seldan Hame, which, unlike the rest of the Dales, is largely untouched by the "superior" culture of the Garunian invaders.
* In Kit Whitfield's ''In Great Waters'' Henry/Whistle is Raised By [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Deepmen]]. His lack of adjustment once on land isn't helped by the fact that he's also a HalfHumanHybrid.
* Spider Robinson's ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' series: Reverend Tom Hauptmann from the short story "The Time Traveler". Hauptmann had spent more than a decade in a Central American prison; the decade in question was the 1960s, and upon his rescue/release, he was completely unprepared for the complete and bewildering sea-change the United States had undergone in that time.
* Oskar in ''Literature/ExtremelyLoudAndIncrediblyClose''. Sometimes when they played "Reconnaissance Expedition," his father would deliberately set up missions in which Oskar was forced to talk to people, because his father wanted him to get better at it.
* ''Literature/SisterhoodSeries'' by Creator/FernMichaels: Harry Wong most certainly has this problem. He is rather rude, impatient, and violent. One time, he went to his pal Jack Emery's house in the middle of the night, knocked on Jack's door, kicked it in when Jack didn't answer it fast enough, causing an alarm to blare for the whole neighborhood to hear...and then simply punched out the alarm system to make it stop.
* In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series, Roland spent a very long time[[note]]exactly how long is unknown, especially since space and time are rather fluid concepts in Mid-World, but it's implied to have been years, if not decades[[/note]] alone in the desert, obsessing over the tower and chasing the Man in Black. This causes him to forget how to deal with people. {{Lampshaded}} in an incident where he is being charming and funny while talking to some elderly villagers, and Susannah wonders if this is what he was like "before the desert turned him strange".
* In ''Literature/RallyRoundTheFlagBoys'', Captain Walker Hoxie spent his whole childhood being abused by civilians, explaining why he treats "feather merchants" with undisguised contempt.
* August from ''Literature/OfFearAndFaith''. His attempts to fraternize with his comrades at first prove to be so painfully awkward that it [[INeedAFreakingDrink drives him to drink]].
* Parn Barre of ''[[Literature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShore Gifts]]'' by Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin. Her gift is AnimalTalk, and she's much more interested in that than socializing with people or being affectionate towards her daughter Gry, although she's good for quiet company.
* Pascal from ''LightNovel/DaybreakOnHyperion''. Due to a combination of growing up with very few companions of his own age and IntelligenceEqualsIsolation, he's aware of the formal manners required of his noble rank but has trouble grasping the little social graces that make interaction with his peers go smoother. Correcting this issue is an ongoing project for his familiar Kaede.
* Literature/{{Julian}}'s uncle Constantius is this despite being Emperor of Rome. He is very shy and very dull and can only interact with others as an emperor.
* ''Literature/KindlingAshes'': Giselle's only companion for over a decade was the dragon soul living inside her head so she has trouble relating to people living outside it. Sara had a time and a half teaching her how to say "thank you".
* ''Literature/DetectiveLaneMysteries'': Colin Weaver, aka Dr. Fibre, is a brilliant forensic scientist with the face of a male model and no idea how to interact with other human beings.
* Reed Lazar from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' did not socialize. In gathering he either stayed silent or said very rude things.
* Alistair in ''Literature/HeartOfSteel'' has spent the last ten years on a remote island up to his eyebrows in mad science and plans for world conquest, with no company that he didn't build himself. Needless to say, his attempts to woo Julia, the first woman he's seen in that time are...spectacular failures.
* ''The Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy'' has Kirsty, who isn't good at making friends and considers this to be a character flaw ... [[ItsAllAboutMe in everyone else]]. Extremely intelligent, she has a tendency to [[InsufferableGenius explain to people how stupid they are]] until they wander off. (Johnny doesn't wander off because he ''knows'' how stupid he is.)
* In ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'' we have Dr. Lauren Hackenhoek who mostly listen but don't say a whole lot, unless you want her to [[TechnoBabble explain to you how neuroscience and neurosurgery works]], there's no problem there.
* Ignatius in ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael'' is blunt, more interested in sciences than people and often rattles off [[EncyclopaedicKnowledge random facts]] that have nothing to do with the conversation the others are having. His mother makes him join the debate team so he will develop social skills, but he doesn't get much better over the course of the series.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Something that Haymitch frequently mocks Katniss over is her lack of people skills.
* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds'', [[EnergyAbsorption Vince]] and [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Chad]] are both severely lacking in the social department, partly due to them having SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining. Vince has spent much of his life as a vagrant and hasn't had any meaningful interaction with anyone after his adopted father's death. His father has also spent much of the time training him in hand-to-hand combat. As a result, Vince is an AllLovingHero, who can't comprehend someone else being dishonest (except by necessity). After [[spoiler:his father's murder at the hand of his best friend]], Chad has devoted his time to training to become the best Hero ever. His power of total body and mind control allows him to train his body to be the ultimate fighting machine and to focus his mind, blocking off emotions he considers unnecessary and eschewing normal human contact. When his mother visits him at Lander, she is worried that he has zero friends. The boys he hangs out with are his sparring partners, nothing more. When Angela expresses an interest in him, all her hints and cues go right over his head, as he takes everything at face value. As does Vince, when Chad explains to him the stated reason why Angela invited him to a club (i.e. she didn't want to invite anyone who would grope her all night long). When Vince's friends find out that both Vince and Chad both honestly believe her reason, they are speechless for a few seconds before trying to figure out how it's possible for there to be two such clueless guys. Vince doesn't understand what they mean, and Nick points out that this just underscores their point. They both get better, though, with Chad even starting to come out of his shell and trying to do more with his friends than exercise and spar.
* The central joke of ''Oh, the Humanity: A Gentle Guide to Social Interaction for the Feeble Young Introvert'' is that someone who qualifies for this trope has [[TheBlindLeadingTheBlind written a book on social skills]]. A ''[[FauxToGuide self-help]]'' book on social skills.
* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'':
** Aya zigzags this trope to the point that viewers aren't really sure if she's really lacking in social skills. Her FriendlessBackground is basically due to being on a "different bandwidth" of her classmates, and her inability to sustain small talk, which indicates this trope. On the other hand, she doesn't really have any problem handling the rest of [[TheTeam Detective Team KZ]]...
** [[{{Adorkable}} Kozuka]] is a straight example when he was younger; he had a hard time communicating with his peers, especially girls; although he seems to have improved at PresentDay.
** Nanaki is still this at PresentDay, but then [[JustifiedTrope one should expect this]] from a person who live most of his life as TheShutIn.

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Grant Ward. Maria Hill gave him the lowest rating in this department, even drawing a small porcupine (which Coulson mistook for a "little poop with knives sticking out of it") on his assessment sheet.
* Gary Bell from ''Series/{{Alphas}}'', [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as he is outright stated to be autistic. He can be very [[{{Adorkable}} sweet]], but tends towards BrutalHonesty, [[LiteralMinded literal-mindedness]], and he CannotTellALie...though he's working on the latter.
-->'''Gary:''' I do lie, I've been practicing. It's a social skill. Like the other day when I said I was gonna have a pudding pop, I was lying 'cause I don't like pudding pops...that was a lie, I do like pudding pops. I just knew we didn't have any.
** Taking the above a step further, ''Series/BigBrother'' had [[MsFanservice Bonnie Holt]], from Leicester, East Midlands, United Kingdom, who may or may not have UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome, but her behavior indicates traces of it, if the Website/YouTube footage of her is anything to go by.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Fred. She did live in Pylea for a few years.
** Illyria. Can't talk to me during your meeting? Then I'll kill everyone at the meeting.
* Most of the humor in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is about how utterly inept the four main characters are at functioning outside their own nerdy society. Leonard is probably most well-adjusted but still has serial foot-in-mouth tendencies, Sheldon [[AmbiguousDisorder shows some autistic tendencies]] and is also a {{Jerkass}}, Raj [[CannotTalkToWomen cannot speak around attractive women]] unless drunk, and [[CasanovaWannabe Wolowitz is best left unsaid]]. [[note]]CharacterizationMarchesOn; later in the series, Wolowitz drops the more pervy tendencies once he gets married and Raj eventually learns to talk around women without being hammered.[[/note]]
** Fast forward a bit in the series and you have Sheldon's DistaffCounterpart Amy, who doesn't quite understand that making weird pseudo lesbian comments about her "bestie" Penny is a tad bit uncomfortable for her, and Leonard's mother who is also just like Sheldon--the irony being that she's a psychologist and frequently calls out social problems in others.
** Sheldon's mother, too, in her own way. She's the sweetest, kindest, most caring person on the planet--but she lives so much in her own little bubble that she doesn't realize how offensive the things she says are. (To her credit, when the offensiveness of something she says is pointed out to her, she'll try to avoid saying it, although it is clear she doesn't quite understand why.)
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
** Temperance Brennan is a loner, a workaholic, and completely ignorant of pop culture (she responds to most movie and television references with "I don't know what that means"). Her grasp on social niceties is also tenuous, but she sets herself apart from most TV characters by being willing and able to learn how to deal with people. She seems to be a combination of a mild degree of Asperger's and an academic detachment from reality.
** Zack Addy is another one with No Social Skills, a textbook loner nerd who understands that social politics are ''occurring'', but can't figure out what to do with this information[[note]]In the {{Pilot}} episode, Zack acted more like a very smart but slightly awkward young guy, and even made sarcastic jokes and used slang[[/note]]. He also exhibits Asperger's Syndrome; which made [[spoiler:the revelation that he was Gormagon's apprentice completely and totally out of character]].
* Saga from ''Series/BronBroen'' is an extreme ByTheBookCop with no apparent understanding of jokes, unwritten laws or comforting lies. She refuses to promise a missing girl's relative that they'll find her alive, picks up a guy in a bar by asking [[DoYouWantToCopulate if he wants to have sex]], and has no idea why her partner's weirded out when [[spoiler:his eighteen-year-old son spends the night at her place. She doesn't even get why she should tell him they didn't actually have sex until a co-worker suggests it -- at which point she explains in front of everyone.]]
* When it comes to anything outside of work (and even inside it at times), the detectives in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' run the line from "functional but have some slightly odd quirks" to "don't appear to understand how humans work at times". Each character has their own eccentricities which tend to interfere with social interaction; Jake is an immature CloudCuckoolander, Captain Holt is an [[TheStoic impassive robot]] with several odd tastes, Amy is easily flustered and tends to babble nervously, Rosa combines Holt's offbeat impassivity with added anger issues, Charles has no verbal filter and seems determined to find [[CreepyGood the creepiest way to express every thought he's ever had]], Gina is a {{Narcissist}} with no interest in anyone else whatsoever, and Scully and Hitchcock basically live in their own odd, rather stupid world. About the only character who seems capable of interacting with other adults with a consistent level of social competence is Terry, which frequently puts him in the OnlySaneMan role when it comes to social interaction.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Anya was very much one of these characters. She was a 1000-year-old demon trying to learn how to be a passable human. At least, at first it was that simple; later on, it was revealed that she was born human (1,000 years ago in Sjornjost). Still later, it was shown that she'd ''always'' talked and acted like an eccentric, even in her original human life.
** [=BuffyBot=] also exhibited this behavior, though, obviously, it was because her programming was too limited to give her natural responses.
* Spencer Reid in ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has a hard time fitting in with people other than the team, being a mix of an InsufferableGenius and ChildProdigy. However, his knowledge of pop culture is varying and extensive, though he doesn't know about ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. (Lucky Spencer!)
* DI Helen Morton from ''Series/DCIBanks'', to the extent that she asks Banks' advice on how to better fit in with the team, and then takes notes as he is talking. She is gradually getting better, but it is a slow process.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor has moments of acting like this, more so in some [[TheNthDoctor incarnations]] than others. It's partly ObfuscatingStupidity, partly the fact that a time-travelling alien can hardly be expected to understand the social mores of every time and place he visits, and sometimes just the way he is:
*** The First Doctor is like this in a more subtle way -- instead of coming across as demented, like later Doctors, he comes across generally as a [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior very rude]] GrumpyOldMan, but we slowly realize that he's making a real effort to be nice to people, and just isn't very good at it. His gestures tend to be very small and shy compared to later Doctors, and when he tries to reconcile with Ian after nearly getting everyone killed in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction "The Edge of Destruction"]], there's a brief scene where he reaches out to touch him affectionately, but then has second thoughts and just lets his hand drop, staring at Ian awkwardly. At the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E7TheSensorites "The Sensorites"]], Ian makes one sarcastic comment about the Doctor's driving skills, and the Doctor [[{{Tsundere}} loses his temper and]] tries to drop Ian off at a random point in time, but soon realizes this was an overreaction. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E1PlanetOfGiants "Planet of Giants"]], he spends a whole scene snapping at Barbara for no reason, but goes up to her at the end of the conversation and apologises for being so rude, explaining he misjudged his own tone. And then there's the scene in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs "The Aztecs"]] where he gets accidentally engaged to someone...
*** The Fourth Doctor ''pretends'' to have no social skills as ObfuscatingStupidity and offers people jelly babies as a kind of social litmus test but actually has a very calculating social intelligence, and is just a bit of a weird person, with a [[TheGadfly nasty sense of humour]]. Generally, when he does react in a completely inappropriate way to a situation, it is BlueAndOrangeMorality or [[RebelliousSpirit disgust with the idea of behaving appropriately in general]].
*** Particularly strong with the Eleventh Doctor -- his interpersonal skills are actually very, very good, especially by Doctor standards, but his understanding of human culture and what kind of behavior is inappropriate in the setting is minimal. For a classic example, see [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]].
*** The Twelfth Doctor is even worse than the Eleventh, by some magnitude. For starters, unlike the Eleventh Doctor, he tends to be unintentionally very rude to people and has extreme difficulty saying encouraging words or apologizing (Clara issues him with cue cards; they don't help). He doesn't understand how faces work and he has trouble recognizing people if they have changed their clothing or hairstyles, thinking that putting on an orange coat instead of a blue one would make him unrecognizably disguised. He treats humans with occasional naked contempt and sees no point in hiding the fact that he's an alien. He doesn't understand why, if someone asks you to get them coffee, you don't give it to them a week later. He is by far the least socially human incarnation yet -- as if this was now the time to stop pretending he could ever be anything other than a Time Lord. It was intentional: the Eleventh Doctor spent nine hundred years on one planet prior to his regeneration, outliving the people he knew there again and again, being strongly reminded he wasn't human, and he let that show through in his next incarnation. However, by Series 10, at least seventy-odd years into this incarnation, he's apparently learned how to deal with faces and his social skills have developed to the point he now comes off as a stern but compassionate old man.
** First Doctor companion Steven Taylor was living in a PeopleZoo, cut off from anyone of his own kind, with only a [[CompanionCube stuffed panda toy]] and emotionless, faceless robots for company for two years, and his social skills have suffered. Though he's good at bluffing people, when he's himself he repeatedly struggles to phrase reasonable opinions in non-confrontational ways and tends to interrupt people or accidentally upset them. His skills notably improve as his run goes on, until he's eventually PutOnABus as a mediator between two feuding groups on a distant planet.
* Jayne in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Creator/JossWhedon compared him to [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Anya]] in that they both said things that everybody else might be thinking but would not dare say out loud.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'''s Dr. Harrison Wells, despite being a popular and seemingly well-loved celebrity scientist (before the particle accelerator explosion, that is), was described in his biography as "arrogant, prickly, brusque [and] at times contemptuous". He admits to Barry that he's not very fond of the vast majority of people, but he does describe Barry, Caitlin and Cisco as his "closest friends". (Although, given his lack of anything approaching a social life, it's likely that they're his ''only'' friends.) [[spoiler:In fact, this Wells is really Eobard Thawne, the Flash's enemy. However, the real Wells from Earth 2 actually fits this description.]]
* Walter Bishop in ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' is awkward as a central character trait: he's locked up in a mental institution, completely isolated from the world for the past seventeen years. And he is missing key parts of his brain -- that he had ''someone else'' take out.
* Hymie the robot from ''Series/GetSmart''. Despite having superhuman abilities, he has the tendency to follow orders too literally.
* Roy and Moss in ''Series/TheITCrowd'', being rather "standard nerds" running an IT department, naturally fall into this trope more often than not, Moss in particular. Jen is ''supposed'' to subvert this, seeing as her role is supposed to be the sociable one who can help the other two actually connect with other people, but actually [[NotSoDifferent she's just as socially inept, awkward, and consumed with her obsessions as the other two]]. The only real difference is that Jen's obsessions are considered more socially mainstream, which enables her to get away with it more.
* The eponymous protagonist of ''Series/KyleXY''. In the first episode, he awakens naked in the middle of the woods with no memories or social skills.
* Parker from ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. Quite possibly the world's greatest cat burglar; requires cheat sheets and extensive coaching to carry on a passing-for-normal conversation, and doesn't see ''why'' her male teammates freak out whenever she whips her shirt off in front of them to execute a quick-change. As a child, she thought that being buried alive was an appropriate way to get over her fear of the dark. As an adult, she compared it to Eliot locking himself in a shed for a few nights to get over his claustrophobia. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "That's NOT the same thing. What's wrong with you?"]]
** WordOfGod is she has Asperger's, explaining her behavior.
** In the show itself, it's mentioned that Parker is capable of acting relatively normally (such as a wine-dispensing member of the wait staff at a formal party), but only when she's fully aware that it's an act designed purely to deceive a mark.
* Charlie Crews in ''Series/{{Life}}'', having spent the last twelve years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. The most common is his unfamiliarity with things like cell phones and instant messaging.
* Dash in ''Series/MinorityReport2015''. He's only come into the public world in the past few weeks - and the fact that he was imprisoned for most of his life and never saw anything but visions of murder certainly didn't help matters.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' struggles to have a normal conversation even ''with'' cue cards. A few episodes have subverted this, though, by showing that he can actually be reasonably personable at times, it's just buried under layers of neuroses. For example, a large part of the plot of "Mr. Monk Is On The Air" is devoted to Monk's concerns about his deficient sense of humour. The episode ends with him watching his wedding video, and in it, he's laughing uproariously. It doesn't help that Monk's mother is shown to have been far more obsessive compulsive, and raised her sons to fear and obey her obsessions. Monk's father left the family because of her obsessive behavior, leaving the two sons to be RaisedByWolves.
** His brother Ambrose is even worse, to the point of being a shut-in.
** Interestingly, there are rare times when Monk seemingly forgets his phobias and awkwardness and just acts like a normal person. However, this happens rarely, and he has no memory of it. This is revealed when a rapper (played by Music/SnoopDogg) shows up to ask for Monk's help in clearing his name. Monk starts acting gangsta and eagerly accepts the case. After the rapper leaves, Monk goes back to his old self and assumes he said "no".
* ''Series/MrBean'': Mr. Bean himself lacks a knowledge of social conventions, never demonstrates normal human thought processes, and even occasionally shows a lack of natural fear (shushing people while he's on a rollercoaster). In one set of titles he is beamed down from space, but possibly this is metaphor for his unearthliness.
* There was one ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' episode where he found a guy he left out in the woods who seemed completely wild (even though he was a full grown adult when it happened). Part of the reasons for his behavior was eating berries in the forest, and things had gotten so bad that he married a raccoon. It drew comparisons between him and Tarzan, until the end when it turns out that the man had [[spoiler:an acute case of schizoid or avoidant personality disorder and would never be able to assimilate into regular society without drugs. Earl decided the best thing to do would be to release him into the wild where he was happiest]].
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Ziva David is ridiculed by moviephile [=DiNozzo=] for her unfamiliarity with pop culture references and idioms: she once wanted to take a quick "bat nap" and referred to a rare mistake as "once in a blue lagoon". It's hinted in one of the later seasons that she actually is learning these idioms, but keeps it up as ObfuscatingStupidity, leading people to underestimate her.
* Many of the characters on ''The Office'' are... awkward, but on [[Series/TheOfficeUS the American version]], Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute seem tangentially acquainted with human society at best. Michael was clearly raised by pop culture, and expects everything to work out in real life the way it does in movies and on television. Dwight was raised on an insular beet farm without most of the niceties of civilization:
-->'''Dwight:''' She introduced me to so many things. Pasteurized milk. Sheets. Monotheism. Presents on your birthday. Preventative medicine.
** Dwight's cousin Mose is even worse. On the [[Series/TheOfficeUK original]], David Brent isn't quite as bad as Michael Scott. Gareth Keenan is almost as bad as Dwight, though more militant than rural.
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "The Human Operators", a sentient spaceship keeps a lone human man as a slave to repair and maintain it when needed. One day, a female slave is brought on board and the ship orders them to mate and beget the next generation of slaves. The man, having lived on the ship his whole life, has no idea what to do and has to be coached by the female. There's a scene where, after the woman guides his hand over her breasts, the man double takes and looks down at his first erection.
* Mark Corrigan in ''Series/PeepShow'' is a neurotic mess in social situations of any kind. His flatmate Jez is much better when compared to Mark, but has plenty of neuroses of his own which can also lead to this trope kicking in for him from time to time.
* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' has Doctor K, who was raised in a top-secret government think tank where her entire life consisted of research ever since she was a toddler. It shows.
** Tyzonn from ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'', though he becomes less awkward as the series goes on.
* Jarod, the eponymous character from ''Series/ThePretender'', is a super-genius who was raised in a lab. When he escapes, he has to learn about common everyday things like Pez at roughly age 35. While his talents include picking up new skills quickly, he tends to be over-analytical about things like ''The Three Stooges'' (which he eventually decided was funny anyway).
* Maura Isles of ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' is very much this trope. She's also very sweet. Luckily, she has her street smart [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friend]] Jane Rizzoli to help:
-->'''Jane:''' Did you ever like the same boy as your best friend?\\
'''Maura:''' No.\\
'''Jane:''' Did you ever ''have'' a best friend?\\
'''Maura:''' ''[beat]'' No.\\
'''Jane:''' ''[laughing]'' You would tell me if you were a [[Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan cyborg]], wouldn't you?\\
'''Maura:''' ''[thoughtfully]'' No, I don't think I would.
* Luke Smith from ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' is at a loss in social situations. Thankfully he becomes more sophisticated so as time goes on. After all, he's being raised in a "normal" high school environment and is a quick learner due to both his age and his genes. He was grown by aliens: human but created to be a "Human Archetype" so that they could do tests on him. He has the absorbed intelligence of the thousands of people but not their social skills.
* The four supergeniuses who comprise two-thirds of the cast of ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'' have enough brain power for seven ordinary people and enough social skills for maybe one.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': The main character himself. Although handsome, [[InsufferableGenius intelligent and insufferable about it]] and [[GreatDetective the world's greatest detective]], he's [[NotGoodWithPeople no good at dealing with other people]], even [[TrueCompanions his friends]], at times. However, he awkwardly (and genuinely) acknowledges his friend's bravery after the whole bomb vest thing.
* On ''Series/SiliconValley'', billionaire investor Peter Gregory is portrayed as this. He thinks on a completely different level from other people and doesn't seem to care about how they react to him. He loudly hacks if anything goes even the slightest bit out of whack. Additionally, most computer programmers are portrayed as being either overly abrasive or overly timid with little in between.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Data's android "daughter" Lal. She was well-versed in "book learning", but not in social interaction. When she saw a couple kissing in Ten Forward, she exclaimed "That man is biting that female!" Data had No Social Skills himself, during the early series.
** "Suddenly Human" featured a human boy raised by aliens with a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy violent culture]] who couldn't fit in with human society.
** In his youth, Worf was unskilled when visiting his family in the Klingon Empire, after being raised by humans. He's apparently gotten better as an adult, but is still considered rather uptight and overly serious. When he acts according to Federation values (like mercy, democracy, humility, etc) he tends to get odd looks and confused reactions though. He also learns about Klingon culture largely by reading about it, which shocks him when he starts to interact more with actual Klingons, who are far less noble, honorable, and stoic than he expects. During the Klingon civil war, he has trouble grasping the idea of sharing a drink with the other side's soldiers in the lull between the fighting.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''--Seven of Nine definitely had No Social Skills, as she was assimilated by the Borg when she was six. Many a situation of HilarityEnsues.
** Earlier, there was the Holodoc, whose bedside manner in the early seasons could be boiled down to "Please identify type of pain: burning, stabbing, stinging..."
** Icheb is even worse than Seven, having been assimilated as a baby. When working close with B'Ellana, he misinterprets her behavior and several physiological readouts as indications that she wants him. Later, when she faints, he scans her with a tricorder and diagnoses her with a parasite of some sort. Seven (slightly more versed) explains that this "parasite" is called a fetus.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': The episode "Charlie X" featured a human child raised by incorporeal aliens who has no concept of how to interact with his fellow humans, especially women.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Castiel is an angel who hasn't spent a lot of time down on earth, so he tends to lack basic knowledge of human etiquette, as well as failing to grasp the concepts of sarcasm, rhetorical questions, and metaphor when he's first starting out. He also doesn't quite get the point of goodbyes or even of ending conversations in a conclusive manner. Once he's done saying what he wants to say, he goes ''poof'', even if the other person isn't done yet. And he takes it the other direction, too -- popping up next to people or behind them, or often in the passenger seat of Dean's car ''while Dean is driving'', consistently ignoring the startled reactions to his sudden appearances.
** Jack is [[YoungerThanTheyLook a newborn that looks like a teenager]]. Because of his looks, people assume he can be interacted with normally. But because of his actual age and life experience, he doesn't understand slang, subtlety or pop cultural references which results in very literal and awkward responses. He often mimics those around him as he tries to figure out the appropriate response, sometimes with comical effect.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has several characters lacking basic social skills. Most of them are either not human or haven't had much interaction with people during their childhood. Examples are:
** Sion in ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'', an alien who was raised on Earth in a laboratory. He has a strange sense of what's socially appropriate, including, in one memorable incident, stating that he "loves" Domon--right in front of a crowd of girls that Domon was trying to pick up.
** Jan Kandou from ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', raised by pandas and tigers. He calls himself a "tiger boy" and demonstrates incredible strength, such as having a tree fall on him with no effect. It takes him a few episodes to master the concept of things like doors. His defining trait, though, is that, while he can speak proper Japanese, he colors it with made-up babytalk words such as "nikiniki" (happy) and "zowazowa" (danger).
** The Gosei Angels in ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' suffer from this to some extent, though the Landicks are slightly less affected than the other three. They come from different sort of reality and didn't get to interact with people so much before being stranded on Earth. They get better through their stay.
** Hiromu Sakurada in ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'', who is blunt, rude and BrutallyHonest often with no idea that he's said or done anything wrong; and has little idea of how to interact with others. Interestingly, he is the only team member who grew up outside of EMC, whereas Ryuji and Yoko (who have spent most of their lives there) are fairly normal. However, they do show occasional signs of this, such as in one episode where they don't seem to know how to dress outside of uniform and wear very outdated clothes to go to an amusement park.
** ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'' has two examples, both dramatic and hilarious:
*** Naga Ray, who comes from Spock expy race that supressed their emotions to achieve peace. Naga himself ''wants'' to have emotions and tries to learn how to express them and be as good with people as his partner, [[SilverTongue Balance]]. He practiced smiling in the mirror and tried to match up the correct expressions and feels to the situation at hand. The effort payed off in the [[CharacterDevelopment end]].
*** Stinger. Suicide mission? No problem. Apologize to his team? Impossible without stuttering and looking like anxiety eats him from inside out. He UsedToBeASweetChild, but being bullied by other tribesmen and watching his formerly kind brother slide towards becoming a power hungry BloodKnight messed him up a bit even before the ''really'' bad stuff happened. Opening up to his team and spending time with them helped him become less akward as time passed.
* Cameron from ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', since she is a terminator. Skynet's human disguise program: hot on the visuals, crap with the chat.
** Interestingly, in the pilot, before she is revealed as a RobotGirl, she seems like a normal teenage girl, trying to make friends with John Connor. Then in the next episode Cameron is electrocuted and given a forced reboot, awakening as [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] and socially awkward, meaning [[CameBackWrong she possibly forgot how to behave convincingly]].
*** Cameron's shown the ability to fake human interaction long enough to get information out of people. It's only when she's being herself that she struggles.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' contains several examples. Olly, himself book-smart but not streetwise, asks hapless press officer [[TheDitz John Duggan]] "I'm not being horrible, but are you actually autistic?". Further along the autism spectrum is [[InvisiblePresident unseen Prime Minister]] Tom Davis, whose social skills are so lacking that the press officers doubt that they should let him out in public.
* Artie of ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' has spent so much of his career in the [[ArtifactCollectionAgency Artifact Warehouse]] that he is often considered uncouth by the new agents Pete and Myka. One episode reveals that he deliberately gives himself appendicitis every year in order to see a doctor he likes, until it nearly kills him and he finally has the guts to ask her out properly.
** Claudia also has a lot of social awkwardness and has no idea how to behave with a boy she likes. Being locked up in a mental institution for years probably has something to do with it, as well as her being a genius.
* An episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' features the monster of the week as an entire feral family. It's hinted that the family has lived down through the centuries like this, and are the source of the legend of the JerseyDevil.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In a week-long ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' storyline Jon fell in love with a woman in a rec center who had been RaisedByWolves. She had only been in civilization for a week and she had tendencies like scratching her head with her foot, messily devouring her food, trying to bite off her foot when her shoe was too tight, and howling at the moon.
* Cartoonstock.com has a number of single-panel cartoons on the subject, including one about a guy who was raised by a pack of wolves, and the cleaning lady who came in twice a month. That's right, in an ''apartment''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', one breed of [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Garou werewolves]], the lupus-born, are actually wolves who can take human form, with all the foreseeable consequences when they try to blend into human society. Oddly enough, it's usually assumed that after their first transformation most of them can automatically speak whatever language was prevalent in the country were born in, just as human-born [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]] instinctively know wolf language, but they can't necessarily speak it well. It's a lot of fun to tell a ''Werewolf'' NPC that the Lupus was raised by wolves when he shows a distinct indifference to conventional standards of politeness. Or hygiene.
** The degrees to which Lupus Garou assimilate human customs and language vary with the individual. Red Talons, a human-hating all-Lupus tribe, are generally the least knowledgeable about humans and prefer to stay that way. The other tribes all include both Lupus and Homid Garou.
** The other shapeshifting Changing Breeds also get their share of this, as all of them include animal-born members as well. Given the Changing Breeds include rats, reptiles, spiders and sharks, things can get...interesting.
* In the Arthaus TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} product ''Heroes of Light'', a caliban (mutant) paladin born with a tiger's head was abandoned at birth in a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Japanese-themed domain]], and was raised by the ''kami'' animal-spirits that found him. Although they taught him the idealized conduct of a samurai and holy man, they couldn't teach him how to deal with the less-than-ideal behavior of ordinary folk.
* AI characters and the occasional transhuman in ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' have the Real World Naïveté trait, which causes them to hugely misunderstand ordinary events.
* In a bit of an inversion, at tables whose [=GMs=] insist that every (important) social interaction be roleplayed out without involving dice or other mechanics, it's potentially quite possible for one or more ''characters'' to formally have no social skills whatsoever without that making any difference in practice because they're just using those of the ''players'' instead.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Yuuki Terumi from ''Franchise/BlazBlue'' is a [[SirSwearsAlot crass, crude, rude,]] [[EvilIsHammy loud]] and ''extremely'' [[ItsAllAboutMe self-absorbed]] PoliticallyIncorrectVillain who's also pretty outspoken about his [[HopeCrusher rather]] [[ToCreateAPlaygroundForEvil controversial]] [[OmnicidalManiac goals.]] All of this kinda, sorta, totally gets in the way of his attempts to be a ManipulativeBastard, but he's also aware enough of his flaw that he has an artificial human made for him that he then takes DemonicPossession of, allowing the construct to speak for him while filtering out most of his unpleasantries.
* The Silencers from the ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}'' games may like this. Depending on which version of their creation and training is true, they may be either taken from their parents in their youth and trained in a completely isolated facility or grown in vats, and then raised ''and'' trained in a completely isolated facility.
* Victor von Gerdenheim, of the ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' series of fighting games, is a FrankensteinsMonster who was barely raised ''at all'' before the Doctor's untimely death. Victor is so unacquainted with the very concept of death that he takes his "father"'s unmoving silence to be disappointment, and is extremely perplexed at his "sister" Emily's refusal to wake up. In the comics, Victor and Emily both mistake the Professor's lack of movement and silence as sleeping, then after a few months feel it must be sickness.
* Rozalin from ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'', due to her being raised in complete isolation from the real world. [[spoiler:Which was intentional on the part of the BigBad so she would remain a social idiot completely devoted to him for her entire life]].
* Several of the main cast members of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' spent at least part of their childhoods in the training academy of a mercenary company. The ones who enrolled around the age of ten or so got away with relatively mild emotional issues, but Squall, who enrolled at about the age of five or six, [[ThereAreNoTherapists was given no help getting through his separation trauma]], and immediately began a form of training which eroded his long-term memory, might as well have been RaisedByWolves. Atypically for the trope, Squall is perfectly aware (and frankly doesn't care) that he's not behaving according to social norms...but, having never bothered to learn how to act like a normal human being, when he tries, he's generally horrible at it.
* The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior of Light]] from ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' is a {{downplayed|Trope}} example. Since he has no memory of a life before the war, [[spoiler:being that he was a manikin created during the cycles]], this is less than surprising.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'': Ike. He's a common mercenary raised by his father Greil to be honest and treat others equally, which is all very good until he arrives at Begnion with its divided classes and strict customs. He ultimately ends up yelling at their beloved apostle before the entire senate without even knowing the gravity of his actions. Fortunately his RaisedByWolves nature makes him one of the few beorc to gain the laguz's trust.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'': To a degree, Lyndis aka Lyn is this. Being the daughter of a Lorca chieftain and a Lycian princess, she found herself at quite the loss after meeting her Lycian grandfather and staying with him in court. more information is in her supports with Eliwood.
* At one point in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', Duncan comments to the PC that the latter's foster father Daeghun is so inept at dealing with such things as "people" and "emotions" that the PC might have been better off if he/she had been RaisedByWolves. In this case the trope may or may not apply to the PC, who adhere to it depending on background choices such as "WildChild" or subvert it with other, more socially adept ones that the player can choose during character creation, but without a doubt applies to Daeghun.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** ''VideoGame/Persona3'': It's never exactly clear ''how'' Elizabeth was raised, but she has no idea how the world outside the Velvet Room functions when you take her out on dates in ''FES''. Among other things, she thinks you're supposed to ''kill'' the people on a WantedPoster, believes a manhole is a pitfall trap, and gets trapped inside a jungle gym when she tries to play on it. Her younger brother Theodore in ''Persona 3 Portable'' is similarly clueless; it's indicated that neither sibling is human to begin with, considering that Theo can drink a can of machine oil with no ill effects and tell to the degree the temperature of water by dipping his hand in it. In contrast, their eldest sister Margaret in ''VideoGame/Persona4'' seems well aware of how the world works, although she only leaves the Velvet Room once, to speak to the protagonist in private (whether her savviness is due to greater experience with the world or whether Elizabeth and Theodore are simply quirky by nature is left open to WildMassGuessing).
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'': Futaba Sakura is a recovering {{Hikikomori}} who's been relying solely on the Internet for any socialization. As such, she's awkward and withdrawn around most people, and tends to be incredibly tactless whenever she ''does'' try to socialize. Her Confidant revolves around her learning to be a part of society again.
** On the whole, characters whose Personas are aligned with [[TarotMotifs the Emperor Arcana]] tend to be socially lacking. This is pretty ironic since the major traits of the Emperor tarot card are excelling as a leader, wisdom, and fatherly/brotherly behavior. The sole exception thus far is the protagonist of the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'', who was a HeroicMime in his game and was socially competent in his spinoff appearances.
*** ''VideoGame/Persona3'': Akihiko Sanada. As a result of his misguided need for power, his only real relationships are a professional one with [[PlatonicLifePartners Mitsuru]] and a heavily strained friendship with childhood friend [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Shinjiro]]; the latter in particular is [[spoiler:killed late in the game, and due to [[PoorCommunicationKills a lack of communication]] on both their parts, their friendship never really recovered before then]]. As [[BeachEpisode the Yakushima trip]] and early game interaction shows, he's aloof, [[ObliviousToLove completely oblivious to both his popularity in school and to the girls who fawn over him]], and when casual conversation comes up, he'll either be the game's ExpositionFairy or talk about obscure fitness facts. The PSP re-release has a new social link that the female protagonist can get with him, and he gets ''really'' tongue-tied around her, which escalates if you choose him to be her LoveInterest.
*** ''VideoGame/Persona4'': Kanji Tatsumi, albeit not nearly as much as the others on this list. His extremely brutish personality is a facade hiding [[BeneathTheMask deeply-rooted insecurities]] over [[RealMenWearPink his talent for handicrafts]]; said talent made him a bully magnet and, to a lesser extent, made him [[AmbiguouslyBi question his sexuality]]. He's very much aware that his behavior is off-putting, but he has a hard time dropping it and tends to either accidentally scare people off or [[ButtMonkey be on the wrong end of his friends' jokes]].
*** ''VideoGame/Persona5'': Yusuke Kitagawa, which can be partially attributed to his upbringing - he had been raised by his elderly mentor, an artist named Madarame, since the age of three, and said mentor is [[GoodOldWays very old-fashioned]] in many respects. Art is pretty much one of the only things on Yusuke's mind, to the point that he stays with the Phantom Thieves not necessarily to help others, but because ''the other world they raid will provide new subjects for him to paint''. He has no tact in public, tends to be insensitive to others, and some of his antics when painting tends to scare off other people. Not surprisingly, he and the above-mentioned Futaba tend to bicker whenever they're around each other.
* N Harmonia from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' is like this [[spoiler: due to being raised in nearly complete isolation from other people.]]
* Fina from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' fits this perfectly, having no concept of things like shopping. [[spoiler:Her big brother, Ramirez, ends up suffering some pretty tragic consequences due to his similar upbringing]].
* A few characters from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' have shades of this, especially ArtificialHuman Lamia Loveless. In a milder example, AscendedFanboy Ryusei is occasionally shown to have trouble getting his head around things that don't involve HumongousMecha, but he might just be an aspie.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'', Jay was raised by a ninja, and then hundreds of talking otters. He's an antisocial "information dealer".
* Morrigan of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' was raised alone in a swamp by her mother Flemeth the Witch of the Wilds. Flemeth taught her two things: 1) Shapeshifting, and 2) that she could trust nobody except herself [[spoiler:in order to make it easier for Flemeth to [[GrandTheftMe steal Morrigan's body]]]]. Small wonder Morrigan isn't very good with people (to put it lightly).
** If you earn high approval with Morrigan as a male character but do not romance her, she will comment that she literally did not know it was possible to befriend a man.
* Merrill in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is a Dalish elf with absolutely no experience with humans. She is somewhat socially inept among her own people, but among humans with no grasp of concepts like 'laws' she has a lot of trouble. It doesn't help that she's casually using BloodMagic.
** Fenris of the same game spent the entirety of his life, as far as he remembers, as a slave to one of the horrifically evil Tevinter Magisters and only recently escaped. As such, he has difficulty relating to other people at best, plus a lot of rage issues, especially with mages. This is most evident with his often hostile interactions with Merrill.
* Cole from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is a spirit-like entity that spent most of his existence being unable to interact with others. Most people who talk with him forget about him shortly after, with only vague recollections of speaking to someone. Small wonder that he lacks understanding of social norms, like not blurting out people's hidden hurts and traumas in an awkward attempt at helping them.
* Béluga of ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' has such poor social skills that even just asking the locals simple questions ends up with them all mad at him. However, when interacting with his teammates, he doesn't seem all that awkward. [[spoiler:Once he does his HeelFaceTurn, he decides to leave missions involving socialization to Red and Elh]].
* Lucia from ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts: Covenant'' has a tendency to say awkwardly rude things without understanding how they'll affect people. It's not so much a matter of how she was raised (she's actually quite good at ColdReading) as [[TheDitz her having the IQ of a sock monkey]].
* In ''VideoGame/ShopHeroes'', Nya is rather odd in her interactions with you ó an unsuccessful attempt at complementing her causes her to talk about your disturbing aura, and even a successful compliment still causes her to call you strange.
* ''VideoGame/UnderNightInBirth'':
** Vatista is an ArtificialHuman from ages past who's really, ''really'' out of touch with the norms of the modern world. You know, norms like [[InnocentFanserviceGirl wearing clothes]] [[NoNudityTaboo for instance.]] It's to the point that she only really put some clothes on to make [[{{Protagonist}} Hyde]] happy... and then immediately undressed again when he was no longer around. And whenever she and Hyde encounter a second female character she [[RunningGag has to ask if Hyde forced them to wear clothes, too.]] It all comes across as rather funny and cute.
** Carmine's lack of social skills, however, are anything ''but'' funny and cute. He's an AxCrazy, [[SirSwearsAlot foul mouthed]] {{Jerkass}} with zero tolerance of [[BoredomMontage boredom]] (which is unfortunate since he gets bored ''very'' easily) and a HairTriggerTemper, accentuated by the fact that he's pretty much incapable of interacting, expressing, and explaining himself to others, and tends to resort to violence when words fail him... and also [[BloodKnight whenever he damn well feels like it, which is roughly all the time]]... All of this would qualify Carmine as one of the most unpleasant villains in fiction if it weren't for the fact that he's, first of all, [[WildCard unaffiliated with the actual villains of the game]], and, secondly, fully aware of his own social ineptitude and, beneath all the {{Maniacal Laugh}}s, doesn't have too well of an opinion of himself.
* The Players in ''VideoGame/{{Magicka}}'' grew up in an isolationist School of Magick supposed to keep wizards away from sane people. Their lack of ANY kind of social skills expresses itself in them being silent protagonists, which causes three of the Boss fights when they are unable to mention that Vlad sent them with an errant and instead slaughter their way through the servants of their Allies. Vlad even complains about it.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Arcueid Brunestud, the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] princess in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', has an abnormal way of interacting socially. She was created as a living weapon. Despite living for centuries, she's only been awake for a year or so; and she tended to erase her memories when going back to sleep. While she does get some cultural information via psychic osmosis, she remains awkward.
* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', Natsume Rin is incapable of having anything even remotely resembling a conversation with anyone except her brother and ChildhoodFriends, and even then, her behaviour seems extremely awkward at times. When someone who isn't her brother or childhood friend attempts to talk to her, she will either try to hide behind [[TheProtagonist Riki's]] back or run away. If you make the right choices, however, she can get better.
** For a subtle example, [[GenkiGirl Haruka]] tends to act very wild and weird and insensitive to other people. She admits in her route that this is because [[spoiler:she hardly ever met any other kids her own age when she was a child, being forbidden from going to school]], so she finds it hard to understand how she's expected to act in social situations.
* In ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'', Toad and Snake Halls are reserved for "strange" characters, including melodramatic goths and basement-dwellers fascinated by watching mold grow. The semi-SecretCharacter Big Steve appears completely unable to deal with social situations or even talking to people unless it's about one of his odd favorite topics. Like coffee.
* Vera Misham from ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' is a {{hikikomori}} of the highest caliber. She and her father have lived in their apartment for all of her life. He only ever went outside when it was ''absolutely necessary'', and she had never been outside her apartment except for one time when she was taken to see a troupe of performing magicians. As a result, she usually expresses her very basic emotions by drawing them in the form of a smiley face on her art pad.
** Of the main cast, Miles Edgeworth is this--he's [[BrutalHonesty blunt]] and tactless to almost everyone, Maya has to teach him that the appropriate reaction to someone [[spoiler:getting you acquitted of murder]] is to say "thank you", and [[ObliviousToLove wouldn't notice someone hitting on him if his life depended on it]].
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'':
** Maria Ushiromiya. She acts much younger than her age of nine years, keeps using a VerbalTic that annoys her mother and causes her to be bullied and friendless at school, and is a firm believer in the occult to the point that her [[CreepyChild bizarre reactions]] to the murders greatly disturb everyone else. Of course, she thinks that [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans everyone will just be revived in the Golden Land later]], but still. However, despite her strange behaviour she isn't actually evil, just ''very'' socially maladjusted.
** A scene in [=EP8=] shows Bernkastel fretting with the simple act of calling someone with a phone, and how to speak with someone over it. This is at stark contrast with the overall much more serious mood of the scene, and particularly since she has always been shown as being in control and competent throughout the rest of the series.
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'':
** As shown in the page quote, Ishimaru is so wrapped up in being a good student that he's inexperienced with regular social interaction and makes his first real friend at his new school. [[spoiler:It's too bad that friend is convicted of murder soon afterward]].
** In fact, you could make a case for a lot of the students not having any. [[NervousWreck Toko Fukawa]] has a bad habit of thinking the worst of people [[{{Hypocrite}} while accusing them of thinking the worst of her]]. [[TheSmartGuy Celestia Ludenberg]] has difficulty relating to people and actually treating them like... well, people. [[BadassBiker Mondo Owada]] has a HairTriggerTemper which makes it hard to make friends [[spoiler:and ends very tragically]]. You could even argue that [[{{Jerkass}} Byakuya Togami]] is a case of this, given his inability to [[EvilCannotComprehendGood understand]] why [[spoiler:Asahina would try to get herself convicted of her best friend's "murder", which would result in the execution of her and everyone else]]. And the less said about [[{{Otaku}} Hifumi Yamada]], the better.
* Ironically, in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' both [[TheBeastmaster Gundham]] [[TroubledButCute Tanaka]] and [[TheEngineer Kazuichi]] [[{{Adorkable}} Soda]] are both like this, but choose to handle it entirely differently, with Gundham being a hammy {{Chuunibyou}} who talks in an extremely melodramatic fashion and dresses like a goth, while Kazuichi dresses like a delinquent and tries to act cool to cover up his dorky, [[NervousWreck easily-startled]] personality. The fact both of them have a DarkAndTroubledPast and were bullied in their youth is a large contributing factor.
* In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpaV3'', Shuichi Saihara is good at reasoning and all that, but he isn't too good with socializing with others.[[spoiler: Which also led to his fear of revealing the truth about murders.]] He makes friends, but he is still a SociallyAwkwardHero. [[spoiler: Of course, that friend of his was unjustly executed in the first trial.]] You also have [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Miu]] [[TheLadette Iruma]] who tends to give everyone insulting nicknames, [[TheTease makes constant sex jokes]] and doesn't understand at all how to talk like a normal person. Despite this, she's [[InnocentlyInsensitive not actually malicious]] and is using her rowdy, LargeHam persona to [[PaperTiger cover up the shy weakling she used to be.]] Then there's Ki-bo, who is a robot and thus rather oblivious to confusing human customs and tends to be treated as MyFriendsAndZoidberg despite his friendly personality.
* Frank Doyle of the ''Podcast/ThrillingAdventureHour's'' "Beyond Belief" segments is typically rude to anybody except his beloved wife Sadie. In the first episode he says to an old friend's face that he never bothered to try to remember his name and several episodes have him trying to shoo whatever supernatural threat visits their apartment out of the door.
* Kent from ''[[VideoGame/AmnesiaOtome Amnesia: Memories]]'' is [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation highly intelligent but so utterly lacking in social skills]] that he consults guidebooks on how to act in a romantic relationship, thinks a math workbook is a good gift for a girlfriend, and [[InnocentlyInsensitive genuinely didn't realize]] that telling the girl he liked that it was her fault that her dog died and that death is an inevitable outcome not worth getting upset over might make her mad at him.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', Princess Luna is a [[StrawFan parody of awkward fangirls]]. She's clingy and over-affectionate to ponies she's just met, and her idea of socializing is forcing others to look at her fan fiction and fan art.
* In ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', Princess Luna is a NightmareFetishist who shouts "Blooooooooood!" at everyone she meets, without even realizing that she's doing it. When pressed to say something normal, her first attempt is ''"I will devour your soul!"'' And when she finally does make some friends, she has no idea how she did it: "Wait, I don't know what I did! What did I do?!"
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Ruby Rose is hilariously awkward, especially when it comes to introducing herself to new people. She has to be forced to interact with other people when she's first enrolled at Beacon (although it probably doesn't help that the people she's forced to interact with happen to be [[TheQuietOne Blake]] and [[AlphaBitch Weiss]]), and her reaction to being informed that she'll have to find a partner during the initiation borders on "OhCrap". Really, the only people she's able to engage with to any degree are Yang (who's her older sister, so naturally) and Jaune (who's just as clueless in social situations as she is, so presumably there's common ground).
** By season 3, Ruby seems to have gotten fairly comfortable around her own team and Jaune's, but when we see her trying to socialize with someone outside of her comfort zone (Weiss's sister Winter) the result is a hilariously inappropriate attempt to sound sophisticated while Weiss tries and fails to cue Ruby to shut up.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** Grace spent most of her life in a laboratory, where she was treated as a something between an experimental animal and a [[{{Tykebomb}} weapon project]] by most of the scientists (as were her brothers). After Damien 'freed' them, she spent several more years more or less imprisoned in an underground base. She is [[ThereAreNoTherapists implausibly well-adjusted]] despite this, but is unfamiliar with many aspects of mainstream culture, and is often quite naïve.
** Side character Noah also doesn't seem to grasp social convention. He doesn't really comprehend the concept small-talk, and he doesn't understand appropriate conversation topics for a person you just met. His [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1074 first conversation with Elliot]] was more than a little awkward. The audience hasn't yet learned what kind of background he had to result in this.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pandect}}'', almost all the Ace characters from wild animal species are like this at first.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''
** Antimony spent her childhood, up to about age eleven, wandering Good Hope Hospital while her mother was bedridden. Her only company was her parents [[spoiler:and [[TheGrimReaper various incarnations of Death]]]]. As a result, upon beginning school at the Court, Annie has more difficulty engaging in normal small-talk with students her own age than she does dealing with mythological beasts and other weirdness.
** Red is ignorant of haircuts and words like "chair" and "room", due to being a [[FairyTaleMotifs fairy]] for most of her life. However, it's implied that she would be able to fit in had she paid better attention during her "So You're a Human Now" orientation classes.
** Zimmy was forced to raise herself in the back alleys of Birmingham, due to the immense psychological trauma her uncontrolled powers can inflict on the people around her.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' Ash tends to blame her failure to grasp even basic social dynamics on the fact that she's [[GenderBender not really a girl]] but that doesn't even begin to cover it. Then there is Rumisiel and Vashiel, but of course [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels are different]].
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' Aylee is a {{Justified|Trope}} case since she ''is'' an alien from another dimension. Her social blunders range from the awkward: thinking that women check out guys' butts because they want an efficient pooper, to the highly dangerous: forgetting that humans need to breathe, or thinking that driving a car works like the video game ''VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Galatea was raised as a lab specimen by a MadScientist who never showed her any affection. When she escaped, she was wildly paranoid and her social skills were non-existent.
* Faevv of ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}'' has been an outcast her whole life, and as a result she seems incapable of acting nice.
* Flik, and Akhana to an extent, in ''Webcomic/ParaTen''.
* The eponymous ''Webcomic/DawnOfTime'': her behavior is far more primitive than other humans in her time period. One strip implies that she was raised by a Neanderthal.
* ''Webcomic/BlackAdventures'' plays N this way. He's never heard of Christmas and isn't doesn't understand how to deal with jealousy.
* Jade Harley, Nepeta Leijon and Gamzee Makara in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Though in Gamzee's case it might just be the effects of Faygo and sopor slime. [[spoiler:Though he's [[AxCrazy much]] [[MonsterClown worse]] when he doesn't have the slime...]]
** Also, Meenah, who is the BrutallyHonest type. Rose lampshades this in the first Act 6 Act 3 Intermission walkaround flash by telling her that she isn't very good with other people, is she, but admits that she isn't really as well, though that might just have been politeness. Either way, Meenah completely ignores the comment. Aranea could be seen as this as well, given that she admitted she never really had any friends other than Meenah because she was kind of a wordy show-off who always turned conversation back to herself.
** Jake is similar to Jade due to their near identical upbringings, but Jake's tendency to ramble on about his own problems and remain oblivious to other's feelings is to the point that it resembles some sort of disorder and colossally annoys the people around him to an extent never seen with Jade.
** Kankri, who is completely oblivious to the way his preaching grates on the other players in his session.
* Taku from ''Webcomic/MitadakeSaga'' has no tact whatsoever. Not to mention he continues to pop up at the most inopportune of times.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', Tangerine [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-09-15 steals shoes]] and [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-09-16 puts them on]], throughly demonstrating this trope.
* According to WordOfGod, [[Webcomic/{{Sakana}} Genji Sakana]] would love to not be a complete jerk to his family, but he has no idea how to be not a complete jerk to ''anyone''.
* In ''Webcomic/CestLaVie'', the possibly autistic/Aspergers Michael.
* Dina in ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge''. She doesn't understand human interactions at all, and needs coached on things like "how to show sympathy via light physical contact". At one point she befriends Riley, because Riley has "simple, identifiable desires", but fails to recognise that Riley is a pre-teen. Interestingly, this seems to give her greater insight in ''very specific situations'' where most people's knowledge of human behaviour lead them to making incorrect assumptions. [[spoiler: For instance, all the behavioural tics that tell everyone Amber can't possibly be Amazi-Girl? She doesn't see any of them, just two women who look identical, only one's wearing a costume.]]
* In ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', Mary gives her player character this as a flaw to get some extra points for her agility stat.
* Asia Ellis from ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' is completely oblivious to simple social conventions to the chagrin of her fellow captives. There have been significant hints dropped as to what caused her to be this way.
* ''Webcomic/{{Bomango}}'': Gogo speaks in broken English and has a tendency to act like a gross jerk. [[http://vanheist.deviantart.com/art/laughter-in-the-dollhouse-166716595 She also doesn't seem to know that a talking plushie of herself saying "I paw at mine crotch in public" among other things is embarrassing.]]
* Brian from ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' plows through life oblivious to the chaos he leaves in his wake, and how much he confuses and terrifies people, missing every clue hurled his way with great force.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'':
** Lalli doesn't like spending much time around other people and managed to get a job as a night scout that let him do just that, which causes him to be lost in social situations due to a mix of lack of practice and his AmbiguousDisorder. This leads to a lot of BrutalHonesty, InnocentlyInsensitive moments and generally having a behaviour that takes a little getting used to for people who meet him for the first time.
** Emil has trouble hitting a middle ground between overthinking things and letting the self-centered RichJerk habits he acquired before his family's RichesToRags episode bleed out profusely. The worst part is that he actually means well behind all of it and is actually a quite caring and patient person. He actually ends up in an OddFriendship with ''Lalli'', with whom he doesn't share any language on top of everything else, of all people.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', there are several characters who demonstrate their incompetence at interpersonal stuff, but the case that stands out the most is Rachel Lindt -- an neglected and abused foster child who ends up gaining dog-related powers and becoming the supervillain Bitch. (Her social incompetence is exacerbated by the way [[spoiler:her power overwrote her human social instincts with canine]].)
* David of ''WebOriginal/YouCouldMakeALife'' [[MarriedToTheJob devoted virtually all of his energy and passion to his NHL career]] and hence had very little time or interest in having a social life or hobbies outside of hockey. The result being that he struggles to come up with ''anything'' when he's asked about what he likes/does other than hockey and assumes that Jake having sex with him is just a "buddy" thing he does with everyone.
* The entire cast of ''WebOriginal/TheGuild'' have various social quirks either caused by their video game obsession or enhanced by it. In no particular order:
** Codex: On medication for depression and cannot form relationships not related to the game. In the first episode her therapist fires HER for not being able to make any progress.
** Zaboo: Funny, loyal, and cares deeply about Codex - as only a stalker could. His personal knowledge of her definitely required some illegal hacking which he considers harmless homework.
** Vork: The oldest member of the group who cannot refer to anybody by their real names. His every word is in game-speak. Is also a hoarder.
** Clara: Seems fine in most circumstances, but only because she forgot she's a mother of three again. Where she left her husband and kids is a recurring distraction.
** Bladezz: All the charm of a slacker teenager. Does not know how to politely talk to women and doesn't seem interested in learning.
** Tinkerballa: Sarcastic, vindictive, and doesn't want to be talk to her teammates in the real world. She may be the most well-adjusted of the group.

[[folder:Web Video]]
* ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'': Jane Eyre, the protagonist of this SettingUpdate web series. She's really shown to behave a bit strangely around people, and she openly acknowledges it to camera when she's shooting. She has troubles to come up with a good opening line.
-->'''Jane:''' First I'm awkward to people, now I'm awkward to inanimate objects, too...

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** The Earl of Lemongrab definitely fit this trope. Lemongrab has no social skills because he's mentally unadjusted from being the product of a failed science experiment.
** The Ice King is insane. His only friends are penguins, and even Finn and Jake, the main characters, find him to be an obnoxious jerk even though they have a grudging friendship.
* Zuko and Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' were raised in a royal court and have little experience with casual interaction. Zuko, mainly through CharacterDevelopment, is better off, but Azula is far worse, to the point that it's almost [[JerkassWoobie painful]] to watch -- she has NO ability to socially function outside of a battle or when not manipulating others.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Korra, Avatar [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang's]] reincarnation, was whisked away to a compound deep in the south pole where she could master the four elements in complete safety and security. The only problem? After coming to Republic City with only her best friend Naga (a Polar-Bear Dog), she is almost completely tactless when it comes to dealing with the locals of the city and proves to be InnocentlyInsensitive when she winds up involved in a LoveTriangle. A lot of people are able to influence her because of this.
** While Zuko is much OlderAndWiser, he still has his moments, as shown in season three where he talks about the time he hired the [[HavingABlast Combustion Man]] to kill the former Avatar... in front of the current Avatar's father.
-->'''Zuko''': ... It didn't work.
* The trio that is ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. All three are social outcasts who have difficulty mingling with the other kids.
** Ed is just plain stupid, but a sweet guy. Even that can annoy people, especially his little sister and Eddy.
** Edd is somewhat better, but he can't seem to stop talking without using complicated words,and sometimes coming off as condescending a result. Not to mention, he can't talk to girls without sweating or stuttering.
** Eddy seems to think that he'll be popular if he acts like a jerk and scamming people will earn him respect. It has the opposite effect, though, as it leads to him often getting beaten up or humiliated.
** Rolf too, due to immigrating from another country and taking his exotic culture with him.
** Johnny as well. He has a hunk of wood for a best friend, after all.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[AlphaBitch Pacifica Northwest]] has never heard of the concept of ''sharing.''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Twilight Sparkle starts out like this due to her voluntary asocial lifestyle. Half the reason she's ''in'' Ponyville is so she can learn about friendship. She needed a ''book'' to tell her what a slumber party was and how to throw it! In the episode "Baby Cakes", she casually (and {{innocently|Insensitive}}) tells Pinkie Pie that she pretty much expected Pinkie would be out of her depth caring for twin babies. She doesn't appear to notice that Pinkie is offended by this statement even as Pinkie kicks her out of Sugarcube Corner. She [[CharacterDevelopment gets better]] as the series goes along.
** And then you've got Princess Luna, though that can be excused for being [[FishOutOfTemporalWater sealed in the moon for a thousand years.]] Hard to keep up with modern etiquette in a situation like that.
* One episode of ''Film/PoliceAcademy: [[RecycledTheSeries the Animated Series]]'' featured a young man who was literally RaisedByWolves. Most of the episode has been spent by the heroes teaching him human behavior or trying to find his parents.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' features Heffer the steer, who has constant trouble with social conventions. He was literally RaisedByWolves, in this case a dysfunctional family of lupine suburbanites.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', [[spoiler:[[SixthRanger Peridot]] has incredibly poor social skills in regards to humans and the Crystal Gems due to being new to the planet. She's revealed to not understand why she feels bad (small) when she accidentally hurts someone's feelings. She also doesn't understand why Garnet chooses to stay fused or why the others don't treat Pearl as she was taught a member of her SlaveRace should be treated. Though it's shown that this is a result of her conditioning on Homeworld, as she quickly learns all of them spending time with the Crystal Gems.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has Starfire. She is from another planet. So all Earth culture is new to her. She is a quick learner, but she misses details some of the time.
* [[HomeschooledKids Ezekiel]] from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama.''
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'':
** Ice Bear almost never directly speaks to the other characters and is typically mute for most of the time.
** Charlie is unable to fully understand social cues due to the fact that he has always had to fear and run away from people all his life.
* ComicBook/{{Superboy}} from the animated series ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' is a clone of Franchise/{{Superman}} who was grown in 16 weeks and fed information via telepathic genomorphs. Suffice to say he finds it difficult to deal with people, particularly his new teammates, when he's just beginning to adjust to life outside of CADMUS.
** Also, M'Gann who [[AliensStealCable had learned about Earth by watching TV]] and is ignorant of more common social behaviours and struggles to learn what is appropriate with regards to telepathy and privacy. This comes up with an in-universe case of ValuesDissonance when [[spoiler: M'Gann shapeshifted into Black Canary while kissing Conner. J'Onn says that it's common to shape-shift for a partner since everyone can read minds and wouldn't be confused. Black Canary was still very upset.]]