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* Chris Thorndyke in ''Anime/SonicX'' is written as a LonelyRichKid whose parents are often neglectful due to being [[{{Workaholic}} workaholics]] who barely have time for their only son. However, he's hardly considered lonely when he lives with a butler, a maid, and even a grandfather who acts as a surrogate parent to Chris, and all three of them collaborate to work around the mansion. On top of all that, Chris is actually shown to have three friends, which renders his relationship with Sonic and the other main characters rather redundant to say the least.


The problem with this trope is that it's difficult to write dialogue for loners, well, because they're [[CaptainObvious alone]]. So by definition, they shouldn't really be acting gabby all the time. Bear in mind, of course, that not all loners are recluses. Some are the type that [[AloneInACrowd can feel lonely even in a crowd]]. But even in that case how much of a "loner" they can really be comes into question if they're initiating half the conversations they take part in and lack any form of social awkwardness.

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The problem with this trope is that it's difficult to write dialogue for loners, well, because they're [[CaptainObvious alone]].alone. So by definition, they shouldn't really be acting gabby all the time. Bear in mind, of course, that not all loners are recluses. Some are the type that [[AloneInACrowd can feel lonely even in a crowd]]. But even in that case how much of a "loner" they can really be comes into question if they're initiating half the conversations they take part in and lack any form of social awkwardness.


** In fact, the Bat Family is probably the largest in the DCU. There's at least currently a Batman, a Robin, a ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, a ComicBook/RedRobin, a Red Hood, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, Batgirl, ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, Orphan, Spoiler, Duke Thomas and Alfred in this loner's gang. And that's just the ''central'' Bat-family, never mind the other, wider Bat-family which includes an ''army'' of Batmen from around the world! Though to be fair, he does mostly work alone where feasible and leaves the others to their own devices.

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** In fact, the Bat Family is probably the largest in the DCU. There's at least currently a Batman, a Robin, a ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, a ComicBook/RedRobin, a Red Hood, ComicBook/RedHood, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, Batgirl, ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, Orphan, Spoiler, [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Orphan]], [[ComicBook/Batgirl2009 Spoiler]], Duke Thomas and Alfred in this loner's gang. And that's just the ''central'' Bat-family, never mind the other, wider Bat-family which includes an ''army'' of Batmen from around the world! Though to be fair, he does mostly work alone where feasible and leaves the others to their own devices.


* The titular character of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a FriendlessBackground due to having the Nine-Tails Fox sealed inside him. He suffered ostrasization due to this, and his loud, ClassClown image didn't help him around the other kids. Despite this Naruto has several flashbacks showing that he lazed off with Shikamaru, Kiba, and Chouji while going to the ninja academy. They may not have been close friends yet but at least they bonded well enough. However, many of those flashbacks were {{Filler}}, so how much of it is actually canon is still left up in the air.

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* The titular character of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a FriendlessBackground due to having the Nine-Tails Fox sealed inside him. He suffered ostrasization due to this, and with his loud, ClassClown image didn't help not helping him around the other kids. kids who didn't know of his secret. Despite this this, Naruto has several flashbacks showing that he lazed off with Shikamaru, Kiba, and Chouji while going to the ninja academy. They may not have been close friends yet yet, but they at least they bonded well enough. However, many of those flashbacks were {{Filler}}, so how much of it is actually canon is still left up in the air.


* Captain Falcon of ''VideoGame/FZero'' is a man shrouded in mystery, cast away from the common eye for their own safety. And yet, there he is, trying to enjoy a drink at a bar in Mute City ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEUMMekS8Gs Chapter 3]] of ''GX''[='s=] Story Mode) in the company of ''half of the cast''. Another racer(Jack Levin) even toasts to him like they're good pals.

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* Captain Falcon of ''VideoGame/FZero'' is a man shrouded in mystery, cast away from the common eye for their own safety. And yet, there he is, trying to enjoy a drink at a bar in Mute City ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEUMMekS8Gs com/watch?v=5M8XeFEHRCI Chapter 3]] of ''GX''[='s=] Story Mode) in the company of ''half of the cast''. Another racer(Jack Levin) even toasts to him like they're good pals.

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* Captain Falcon of ''VideoGame/FZero'' is a man shrouded in mystery, cast away from the common eye for their own safety. And yet, there he is, trying to enjoy a drink at a bar in Mute City ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEUMMekS8Gs Chapter 3]] of ''GX''[='s=] Story Mode) in the company of ''half of the cast''. Another racer(Jack Levin) even toasts to him like they're good pals.

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* In ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'', Isabelle likens [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Kyousuke]] to a baby, with little empathy or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Object_permanence object permanence]]: he makes friends easily but the fact that they are friends doesn't quite register in his mind due to his DarkAndTroubledPast.
-->'''Isabelle:''' I don’t think he knows how to maintain a connection with other people. Not even a small-sized amount. Whether you’re talking about a parent, a sibling, a friend, or a lover, he does not think the connections between people can or should ever change. […] And at the same time, he does not think ‘merely’ saving someone can create such powerful bonds. Yes, he does not think even that can change things. So when the incident is over, he always severs his contract with the vessel [[ButNowIMustGo and irresponsibly returns them to the world they left behind]].


* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} claims to be a loner, and does honestly seem to attempt to do so, but his [[WolverinePublicity track record]] seems to prove otherwise. To a degree it works for Wolverine; by temperament he'd be a [[TheDrifter drifting]] KnightErrant [[KnightInSourArmor in Sour Armor]], which involves lots of helping people and then leaving and not seeing them again for several decades. In a slightly different genre he'd very reasonably say ButNowIMustGo. Look at that trope page; fully half the links in the description apply to him. (For example, until he regained his memories, his JourneyToFindOneself was a big part of his character.) All that being said, it becomes ridiculous to call Wolverine a loner when he is officially a member of three superhero teams at once, due to [[WolverinePublicity him publicity]]. Being a loner is in character, but the Marketing department wins, especially in a SharedUniverse. He also has had a girl sidekick following him around for most of the past thirty years. (Shadowcat, Jubilee, Armor...)

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* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} claims to be a loner, and does honestly seem to attempt to do so, but his [[WolverinePublicity track record]] seems to prove otherwise. To a degree it works for Wolverine; by temperament he'd be a [[TheDrifter drifting]] KnightErrant [[KnightInSourArmor in Sour Armor]], which involves lots of helping people and then leaving and not seeing them again for several decades. In a slightly different genre he'd very reasonably say ButNowIMustGo. Look at that trope page; fully half the links in the description apply to him. (For example, until he regained his memories, his JourneyToFindOneself was a big part of his character.) All that being said, it becomes ridiculous to call Wolverine a loner when he is officially a member of three superhero teams at once, due to [[WolverinePublicity him his publicity]]. Being a loner is in character, but the Marketing department wins, especially in a SharedUniverse. He also has had a girl sidekick following him around for most of the past thirty years. (Shadowcat, Jubilee, Armor...)

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* Ashley's theme in the ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' series includes the phrase "I don't have as many friends as you". But [[https://twitter.com/MarioBrothBlog/status/1027976446961242118 as Supper Mario Broth explains]], ''[=WarioWare=] Gold'' clearly shows her to have at least 9 friends -- according to polls, this is above average for most age groups.


* From his frequent internal monologues, you would think Hachiman Hikigaya of ''LightNovel/MyTeenageRomanticComedySnafu'' is a completely friendless person who is as repulsive to others as they are to him. However, he's shown in practice to be fairly socially apt and gathers a circle of friends ([[HaremSeries most of them girls who also seem to have crushes on him]]) in short time. Some, like [[TheAce Hayama]], [[GenkiGirl Yui]], and [[DudeLooksLikeALady Saika]] can be excused because they're friendly with everyone, but even more abrasive characters like [[IceQueen Yukino]], [[WiseBeyondHisYears Saki]], [[AlphaBitch Yumiko]], [[ChristmasCake his teacher]] take an eventual liking to him, and [[SenpaiKohai Iroha]] ends up idolizing him before they even met due to his ''reputation'', a far cry from the loathed social outcast he frequently refers to himself as. By the end of the series it's pretty clear that the only thing holding Hachiman back from being a social butterfly is his own self-defeatist, cynical attitude.

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* From his frequent internal monologues, you would think Hachiman Hikigaya of ''LightNovel/MyTeenageRomanticComedySnafu'' ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySnafu'' is a completely friendless person who is as repulsive to others as they are to him. However, he's shown in practice to be fairly socially apt and gathers a circle of friends ([[HaremSeries most of them girls who also seem to have crushes on him]]) in short time. Some, like [[TheAce Hayama]], [[GenkiGirl Yui]], and [[DudeLooksLikeALady Saika]] can be excused because they're friendly with everyone, but even more abrasive characters like [[IceQueen Yukino]], [[WiseBeyondHisYears Saki]], [[AlphaBitch Yumiko]], [[ChristmasCake his teacher]] take an eventual liking to him, and [[SenpaiKohai Iroha]] ends up idolizing him before they even met due to his ''reputation'', a far cry from the loathed social outcast he frequently refers to himself as. By the end of the series it's pretty clear that the only thing holding Hachiman back from being a social butterfly is his own self-defeatist, cynical attitude.


** ''Owarimonogatari'' offers more justification, as Koyomi was shown to be ChildhoodFriends with Sodachi Oikura. However, she later moved away without telling him, which most likely set him down his friendless path.

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** ''Owarimonogatari'' offers more justification, as Koyomi was shown to be ChildhoodFriends with Sodachi Oikura. However, she later moved was framed for a test cheating incident, where he tried to speak up for her but was ignored even though he knew she couldn't have done it. Seeing her being forced to move away without telling him, which most likely set with her reputation in tatters while the real culprit got away with it scot-free led him down his friendless path.to become a misanthrope until he ended up meeting Hanekawa.


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* From his frequent internal monologues, you would think Hachiman Hikigaya of ''LightNovel/MyTeenageRomanticComedySnafu'' is a completely friendless person who is as repulsive to others as they are to him. However, he's shown in practice to be fairly socially apt and gathers a circle of friends ([[HaremSeries most of them girls who also seem to have crushes on him]]) in short time. Some, like [[TheAce Hayama]], [[GenkiGirl Yui]], and [[DudeLooksLikeALady Saika]] can be excused because they're friendly with everyone, but even more abrasive characters like [[IceQueen Yukino]], [[WiseBeyondHisYears Saki]], [[AlphaBitch Yumiko]], [[ChristmasCake his teacher]] take an eventual liking to him, and [[SenpaiKohai Iroha]] ends up idolizing him before they even met due to his ''reputation'', a far cry from the loathed social outcast he frequently refers to himself as. By the end of the series it's pretty clear that the only thing holding Hachiman back from being a social butterfly is his own self-defeatist, cynical attitude.


** In fact, the Bat Family is probably the largest in the DCU. There's at least currently a Batman, a Robin, a ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, a ComicBook/RedRobin, a Red Hood, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, Batgirl, ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, Orphan, Spoiler, and Alfred in this loner's gang. He's also taken on a new sidekick, Duke Thomas. And that's just the ''central'' Bat-family, never mind the other, wider Bat-family which includes an ''army'' of Batmen from around the world! Though to be fair, he does mostly work alone where feasible and leaves the others to their own devices.

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** In fact, the Bat Family is probably the largest in the DCU. There's at least currently a Batman, a Robin, a ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, a ComicBook/RedRobin, a Red Hood, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, Batgirl, ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, Orphan, Spoiler, Duke Thomas and Alfred in this loner's gang. He's also taken on a new sidekick, Duke Thomas. gang. And that's just the ''central'' Bat-family, never mind the other, wider Bat-family which includes an ''army'' of Batmen from around the world! Though to be fair, he does mostly work alone where feasible and leaves the others to their own devices.


* Lampshaded in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' on Lilly's route.

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* Lampshaded Lilly gently rebukes Hisao in one conversation in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' on Lilly's her route.



'''Lilly:''' I don't think that's true either. I've seen how gentle and caring you are around Hanako, and you get along marvelously well with others, even those whom you hardly know. I think you're quite adept at social situations.

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'''Lilly:''' I don't think that's true either. I've seen how gentle and caring you are around Hanako, and you get along marvelously marvellously well with others, even those whom you hardly know. I think you're quite adept at social situations.


** In fact, the Bat Family is probably the largest in the DCU. There's at least currently a Batman, a Robin, a Nightwing, a Red Robin, a Red Hood, Catwoman, Batgirl, Batwoman, Orphan, Spoiler, and Alfred in this loner's gang. He's also taken on a new sidekick, Duke Thomas. And that's just the ''central'' Bat-family, never mind the other, wider Bat-family which includes an ''army'' of Batmen from around the world! Though to be fair, he does mostly work alone where feasible and leaves the others to their own devices.

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** In fact, the Bat Family is probably the largest in the DCU. There's at least currently a Batman, a Robin, a Nightwing, ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, a Red Robin, ComicBook/RedRobin, a Red Hood, Catwoman, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, Batgirl, Batwoman, ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, Orphan, Spoiler, and Alfred in this loner's gang. He's also taken on a new sidekick, Duke Thomas. And that's just the ''central'' Bat-family, never mind the other, wider Bat-family which includes an ''army'' of Batmen from around the world! Though to be fair, he does mostly work alone where feasible and leaves the others to their own devices.

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