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Playing With: I Just Want to Have Friends
Basic Trope: Self-explanatory.
  • Straight: Eric is sad to have no friends.
  • Exaggerated: Eric has no one to trust or confide in and this makes him feel worthless.
  • Downplayed: Eric has one friend (maybe a pet) but would like to have several friends, like everyone in his life does.
  • Justified:
    • Eric has been picked on for being a loner.
    • No human being really gets along without other people and he wonders what is wrong with him for not having any friends.
  • Inverted: Eric judges his friends as worthless and wishes to be alone.
  • Subverted: Eric seems to get along without friends just fine.
  • Double Subverted: Except deep down somewhere there's still that longing.
  • Parodied: Jerk Jock Eric cries and whines that he doesn't have any friends. His ninety-seven close friends all miss the irony and comfort him simultaneously.
  • Zig Zagged: Eric lost his best friends in tragic circumstances, for which he blames himself; being around other friends or attempting to make new ones merely reminds him how much he'd rather still have the ones he lost. New friends are unsatisfying and pale substitutes for the friends he lost, as well as something he doesn't feel he deserves: his isolation is both penance and paying respect to his fallen friends.
  • Averted:
    • Eric really is perfectly content in being alone.
    • Eric has friends and he's perfectly happy with his social life.
  • Enforced: "Our heroes are a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits. Let's throw in a lonely kid."
  • Lampshaded: "Why doesn't Eric have friends? It's not like he's been bullied or anything."
  • Invoked: Sarah, who wishes to be Eric's friend, tries to get him to admit his desire for it so he'd let her close.
  • Exploited: Jim manipulates/persuades Eric to do something by his wish of getting friends.
  • Defied: Eric denies wanting friends.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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