Playing With: No Social Skills

Basic Trope: A character is ignorant of and confused by social customs, usually due to an isolated or neglected upbringing.
  • Straight: Alice has below-average social skills and prefers to be alone to being with other people.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice acts like an animal in every way, including eating grass and walking around naked all the time.
    • Wild Child
  • Downplayed: Alice has a decent grasp on most overt social nuances but is blind to subtle cues and implied meanings, and so takes everything at face value.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Alice's social skills are far better than those of the average human.
    • The Social Expert
  • Subverted: Alice prefers to spend time alone, but when she actually talks to people, her behavior is relatively normal.
  • Double Subverted: ... Because she was in a good mood. When she is unhappy, her communication skills shoot downward.
  • Parodied: Alice is the Funny Foreigner.
  • Zig Zagged: A partial knowledge of social skills makes her waver between quite sociable and being completely asocial.
  • Averted: Alice was raised in an isolated tower by her paranoid mother. Despite all that, she eventually comes into contact with society and has no trouble interacting with people.
  • Enforced: "Everyone has said or done the wrong thing at the wrong time at least once. So why not make a character who does it all the time?"
  • Lampshaded: "Alice is so rude. Was she raised by wolves?"
  • Invoked: Alice considers social customs to be silly, so she chooses not to learn them.
  • Exploited: Alice's lack of adherence to social standards makes it much easier for her to stand out in a crowd when the need arises.
  • Defied: Alice's parents don't want her to be out of place, so they send her to school.
  • Discussed: "Alice is a bit odd, isn't she? I mean, with the never wanting anything to do with other people and odd behavior and what not. Should we ask about her home situation?"
  • Conversed:
    • "Well, look here, it's another weirdo character! They're going to reveal that her parents are cavemen or something, aren't they?"
    • "Everything anyone says steps on SOMEONE'S toes somewhere, whether they know it or not. I'm not going to bend over backwards trying to please everyone: I'm going to do and say what I feel like. At least then I GET something out of it.
  • Deconstructed: Alice suffers neglect and ostracism, and is considered a second-class citizen due to her strangeness.
  • Reconstructed: Alice suffers neglect and ostracism, and is considered a second-class citizen due to her strangeness. She then makes a unique contribution to society by bringing together everything she's learned from her experiences.

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