Playing With / I'm Not Here to Make Friends

Basic Trope: A character/individual, often on reality show, states that they're not there to make friends.
  • Straight: Jane states in a confessional that everyone in the game thinks they're making all these great friends, but she's not there to make friends, she's there to win.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Jane not only doesn't want to make friends, she wears a button to that effect and actively eschews friendly relationships.
    • When Jane is not actively competing, she goes around breaking other contestants' friendships.
    • Jane deliberately seeks out people who have become friends and sabotages them so they won't win.
  • Downplayed: Jane isn't there to make friends, but she's not mean about it and acts reasonably polite and sociable.
  • Justified:
    • Avoiding deep friendships really does get Jane further in the game, or whatever her goal might be.
    • Jane believes that making friends would only cause her to let her guard down, leading a more opportunistic character (maybe even the friends themselves) to stab her in the back.
    • Jane is asocial and very straight-forward.
    • Jane is very competitive and the game is starting to get to her.
    • Jane feels she might have to betray the other contestants to win. So to make herself feel better about it, she tries not to think of them as her friends.
    • Jane wants to appear serious about winning. She chooses against any actions that'll help her make friends because she's afraid doing so will make her appear less serious.
  • Inverted:
    • Jane is there to make friends and couldn't care about winning the game or whatever else might be at stake.
    • Jane isn't there to make enemies, she's there to win. And maybe make some friends.
  • Subverted:
    • Jane is specifically cast for the show because she's a friendly person and won't show this type of behavior.
    • "I'm here to win... But making friends would be a nice bonus."
    • Jane has No Social Skills; she's not here to make friends because she doesn't actually know how to make friends!
  • Double Subverted: ...but the game gets to Jane and she ends up acting this way anyway.
  • Parodied:
    Bob: That kinda defeats the whole point of this exercise, don't you think?
    • Or Jane says that she's not here to make friends on a Reality Show where all the competitions revolve around being able to make friends.
  • Zig Zagged: Jane is nice and friendly one minute, but in the next displays Not-Here-To-Make-Friends sort of behaviors.
  • Averted: Everybody on the program is reasonably sociable and understands that this sort of behavior can come to no good end.
  • Enforced: The show's producers deliberately manipulate and manage events to encourage this kind of behavior.
  • Lampshaded: The contestant's behavior is mocked by other contestants in confessionals.
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: The contestant is featured in most footage because the producers think the behavior makes for good ratings.
  • Defied: The contestant is cast for this purpose, but does everything to avoid it, and if portrayed this way in confessionals, argues it later.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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