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* In many ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} continuities, [[PsychoElectro Lightning Lord's]] misanthropy is at least partially attributed to this. His homeworld, Winath, has a population composed mostly of twins. As a single birth, he was apparently treated with pity, disdain and suspicion, and didn't take it well.
* Doctor Doom regards friendship as a sign of weakness. He ''does'' have a handful of people he is relatively close to, but he refuses to call them "friends" because he imagines himself to be entirely self-reliant and superior to other men, and he keeps them at an emotional distance. Said "not-friends" are really his most trusted minions, anyway. He had a long-lost love called Valeria, but when he sacrificed her to a trio of demons for power, that kind of went out the window. He is not entirely asocial though and is AffablyEvil enough to [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine offer his female opponents a feast while their male teammates languish in the dungeons.]] Also, he has an annual dinner with the mercenary Comicbook/SilverSable in her role as ambassador for the neighbouring country- apparently, she looks forward to them as Doom is a very good host. And he truly wants his own people to love and respect him and is relatively nice to them in return. Also, he has a very big soft spot for [[DeadGuyJunior Valeria]] Richards, his god-daughter who he helped deliver (she gets away with calling him "Uncle Doom"), and has placed her under his royal protection (you harm her, he makes you ''pay'').

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* In many ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' continuities, [[PsychoElectro Lightning Lord's]] misanthropy is at least partially attributed to this. His homeworld, Winath, has a population composed mostly of twins. As a single birth, he was apparently treated with pity, disdain and suspicion, and didn't take it well.
* Doctor Doom ComicBook/DoctorDoom regards friendship as a sign of weakness. He ''does'' have a handful of people he is relatively close to, but he refuses to call them "friends" because he imagines himself to be entirely self-reliant and superior to other men, and he keeps them at an emotional distance. Said "not-friends" are really his most trusted minions, anyway. He had a long-lost love called Valeria, but when he sacrificed her to a trio of demons for power, that kind of went out the window. He is not entirely asocial though and is AffablyEvil enough to [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine offer his female opponents a feast while their male teammates languish in the dungeons.]] Also, he has an annual dinner with the mercenary Comicbook/SilverSable in her role as ambassador for the neighbouring country- apparently, she looks forward to them as Doom is a very good host. And he truly wants his own people to love and respect him and is relatively nice to them in return. Also, he has a very big soft spot for [[DeadGuyJunior Valeria]] Richards, his god-daughter who he helped deliver (she gets away with calling him "Uncle Doom"), and has placed her under his royal protection (you harm her, he makes you ''pay'').



* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': After surviving the war and the end of the world in the series, Shinji and Asuka were too soul-weary and emotionally and psychologically damaged to relate to other people. No one wanted to talk to or approach them except to attack them or use them. Later, when they were members of a fleet was being dispatched to fight another war, they insolated themselves and the ship crew gave them a wide berth, not wanting to be caught up in their troubles.



* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': After surviving the war and the end of the world in the series, Shinji and Asuka were too soul-weary and emotionally and psychologically damaged to relate to other people. No one wanted to talk to or approach them except to attack them or use them. Later, when they were members of a fleet was being dispatched to fight another war, they insolated themselves and the ship crew gave them a wide berth, not wanting to be caught up in their troubles.



* Shadow Snark after being in self made isolation for a few years; he has NoSocialSkills.

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* ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'':
** Rhys used to socialise with his classmates until his increasing disillusionment with the world and interest in writing caused him to distance himself from everyone. This eventually led to him being branded an outcast, and he starts the story as a quiet misanthrope with [[FriendlessBackground no friends]].
** Simon is anti-social, moody, and off-putting, much of which can be attributed to his unwillingness to interact with others. He doesn't suffer fools lightly and prefers to be left alone. [[MeddlingParents His mother]] is working to change this, and encourages him to get involved in social situations whenever he can.



* In ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'', spending three days alone is the sample Rank 3 Isolation stress checks, while spending 7 days alone is the sample Rank 5 Isolation stress check. This means that the average character and average rolls will reach a permanent insanity from being alone, and beating the odds leaves said character more than a little weird.



* In ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'', spending three days alone is the sample Rank 3 Isolation stress checks, while spending 7 days alone is the sample Rank 5 Isolation stress check. This means that the average character and average rolls will reach a permanent insanity from being alone, and beating the odds leaves said character more than a little weird.



* Archer of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' chose to never share his ideal with others and simply went from one battle to the next, never seeking the praise or company of others. Because nobody understood why he would choose such a life, nobody trusted him or questioned it when he was made into [[TheScapegoat a scapegoat]] for a war he had tried to stop.



* Archer of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' chose to never share his ideal with others and simply went from one battle to the next, never seeking the praise or company of others. Because nobody understood why he would choose such a life, nobody trusted him or questioned it when he was made into [[TheScapegoat a scapegoat]] for a war he had tried to stop.



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* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'': Lucy's loner preference comes from how she couldn't find acceptance for who she was. Augustus, however, plays this trope straight.
%%* Abel Rewanz from ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' is this trope personified.



* ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'': Red, who's AxCrazy, and the Witch, who's worse. At one point, Perrault suggests to November that they might want to leave Red: the years alone in the woods might have been what drove the Witch crazy, and Red might be well down the same path.



* ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'': Red, who's AxCrazy, and the Witch, who's worse. At one point, Perrault suggests to November that they might want to leave Red: the years alone in the woods might have been what drove the Witch crazy, and Red might be well down the same path.
%%* Abel Rewanz from ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' is this trope personified.



* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'': Lucy's loner preference comes from how she couldn't find acceptance for who she was. Augustus, however, plays this trope straight.



* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick has often admitted to being lonely, and her well-meaning but clueless friends believe her causticness is a result of her hating ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.



* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick has often admitted to being lonely, and her well-meaning but clueless friends believe her causticness is a result of her hating ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.


* ''Film/NowYouSeeIt'': Brooding and antisocial Danny is considered to be strange and friendless, and he mellows out a lot once people start accepting him.

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* ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' : Jaques, the melancholic courtier, frequently shuns or abandons conversations with people and instead sometimes talks to himself or to animals. The other courtiers amuse themselves by spying on him and gossiping about him to Duke Senior.

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* ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' : Jaques, the melancholic courtier, frequently shuns or abandons conversations with people and is known to talk to himself or to animals. The other courtiers sneak up on him while he talks to a deer and gossip about him when he isn't around.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': The protagonist has an ever-growing [[TeamSpirit team of friends to support him]], and not do much else. TheRival, on the other hand, doesn't have any, doesn't want any, and consistently fluctuates between bona fide antagonist and intolerable rich snob.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** ''Everyone'' is a loner to some degree, and it does none of them the least bit of good.
** The three pilots are the most lonely: Shinji and Asuka have a very hard time socializing or making friends due to losing their mothers and being abandoned by their parents when they were four, [[spoiler:and at the end are the only people left on Earth]]; Rei because she has been raised in isolation [[spoiler:and is the soul of an ancient alien goddess locked inside the teenager cloned body of Shinji's mother.]]
** ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' has an aversion in the form of [[spoiler:Mari, who outright states that she doesn't like involving others in her plans, deliberately cuts off the intercom when she hijacks EVA 02, and is hardly shown talking with anyone but the protagonist. She still manages to be a very positive, badass character who teaches said protagonist an important lesson.]]
* Sara in ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'', the NewTransferStudent loner, is assumed to be an evil one by the Gambee pilots who need a [[ButtMonkey scapegoat]].
* One of Ash's rivals, Paul, from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', seems to be taking this route. He doesn't even seem to form proper friendships with his own Pokémon. He's only interested in them for their power.
** Also, Ash's Greninja was quite a loner back at the Froakie breeding farm, and he was rejected by the rest as a result. Froakie wasn't necesarily opposed to being friends with the rest, but simply preferred to train in solace. Of course, getting rejected by all the others resulted in Froakie becoming much more disconnected. His interactions with Ash and Ash's team result in him gradually getting more social and friendly.
* On ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', the evil Puppetmon was defeated specifically because he had no friends. In a sense, all of the evil Digimon were destroyed because they were loners. Puppetmon was simply the only one who had it spelled out to him, by both the Digidestined and Cherrymon (his childlike nature also meant that he angrily rejected the notion that no one was his friend).
* The relationship between ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' and Sasuke reeks of this. Sasuke, a loner due to a strong, all-encompassing desire for revenge, and power for the sake of that revenge, ends up becoming a RivalTurnedEvil due to his pride being damaged by both Naruto's ever increasing power and an ass-kicking[=/=]MindRape by his AloofBigBrother Itachi. Though after the time skip [[spoiler:Sasuke seems to be clearly one of the most powerful ninja on the planet.]]
** But [[spoiler:he's also increasingly off his nut and [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope evil]]. This trope in relation to Sasuke was made pretty clear with him sacrificing Karin without a second thought to get to Danzo]].
** Gaara exemplified this before his [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeat by Naruto]]. Constantly ostracized by his village, he had retreated into solitude and gone gradually more insane as doing so only strengthened Shukaku's hold on his mind.
*** Naruto's response to his backstory also fits. His first reaction was to fear Gaara because he thought someone who could willingly accept such loneliness must be incredibly strong.
* Exception: Kino of ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'' is remarkably well adjusted and prefers to travel alone with just a talking motorcycle (yes) for company. Kino doesn't hate people, but doesn't want to form attachments that would hinder the ideal of the Traveler. It helps that most people and societies they encounter are really screwed up.
* The main message of ''Manga/OnePiece'' boils down to "if you don't have any friends, you suck!" It's actually difficult to stay a loner in ''One Piece'' unless you're really a douchebag and therefore, deserving of it. Consider Tony Chopper, a talking, shapeshifting reindeer, who was outcast for his weirdness until Luffy's crew comes along and openly accept him.
** Also, Zoro, Robin and Brooke. Zoro was even alone by choice. Also worth mentioning is Arlong, who cares as much for his TrueCompanions as Luffy, and is a vicious bastard.
** Played straight in a very realistic way by Brooke who's fifty years of complete isolation drove him mad.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' does this in different ways, with L being the most straight-up example of this trope. Light seems to be his [[{{Foil}} polar opposite]], being very popular at school (apparently), and having a ''very'' devoted following for his alter ego, Kira. However, Light doesn't seem to be close to ''anyone'' in his life, and sees his girlfriend Misa as more of a tool to reach his goals. It turns out he and L are really NotSoDifferent.
* The Diclonius in ''Manga/ElfenLied'' are rejected by society. As a result, most are either depressed or (more commonly) sociopathic, sadistic killers. It's worth noting that all of them are psychotic to varying degrees and/or have split personalities.
* The entire premise of ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' is for ThePowerOfFriendship and an adoring group of TrueCompanions to finally dredge loner-protagonist Cloud out of his [[{{Wangst}} mopey-assed, guilt-ridden shell]]. This is exemplified by the scene in which each member of the party (even [[spoiler: the dead one]]) [[FastballSpecial hurls him higher in the air]] while giving words of encouragement so he can single-handedly defeat a summoned dragon god. This carries on from the game: see below.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', [[spoiler: the half-mad main character, Guts,]] finally relents and allows others to follow him after wandering alone battling demons for years. They eventually become TrueCompanions, but he goes off to being a loner again, which is one of the main causes of everything going into shambles since Griffith is obsessed with him. The sad thing is, he only left the Hawks ''because he wanted to be a better friend and peer to Griffith'', and he believed that he couldn't do that unless he could find a dream of his own.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' has Autor, a character who is first introduced by several cameos of him sitting alone in a library, yelling at others to be quiet while employing ScaryShinyGlasses. Once he becomes integrated into the plot, it appears that he doesn't have many friends because he's consumed by his obsession with Drosselmeyer (as well as a belief that he's better than everyone)--although there's occasional hints that he's bothered by his position, including him having an angry reaction to Uzura calling him "Weird Autor". [[spoiler:In the end, he helps give Rue an epiphany using ThePowerOfLove, and also saves Fakir, ''possibly'' hinting that he's come to accept the boy as a friend.]]
* Johan of ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' would be a aversion of this trope, as he's very charismatic... if he didn't kill everyone that ended up being his friend. Though it could be argue that he never considered anyone his "friend." The closest things he has to friends are Tenma and his own sister Nina, the people whose lives he made hell and whom he tries to mindrape into killing him over the course of the series.
* While the heroes of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' slowly gather friends over the course of their bizarre adventures, the BigBad of the series, Dio Brando, ''also'' has an ever-expanding group of friends/minions who are extremely loyal to him. It's even noted by Joseph that this is part of the reason why he's so dangerous (besides the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire powers]] and [[spoiler: [[TimeStandsStill time-stopping]]]]). A more direct example is Part 4 BigBad Yoshikage Kira.
* Sousuke Sagara from ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' ''specifically'' tries not to get too attached to people, mainly because he wants to maintain his business-like, cold way of following orders. Unfortunately for him, people just seem to be [[MagneticHero so attracted to him]] that, even if he doesn't want to, he constantly ends up with groups of TrueCompanions. [[StalkerWithACrush Gauron]] becomes rather angry when he finds out that Sousuke is constantly surrounded by friends, and {{breaking speech}}es Sousuke about how being a loner is a ''good thing'' that makes him strong and unique. Funniest part about it is that Gauron himself kept two [[WifeHusbandry very loyal girls]] by his side, making it more likely that his grand speech had more [[GreenEyedMonster shallow reasons]].
* The plot of ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' is how the protagonist Satou tries to get over his social anxiety and connect with people after he realizes how unhappy he is as a loner.
* Averted in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', oddly enough. The hero himself is [[AllLovingHero a very kind person]], but is also formal and uses Keigo with almost everyone. He tends to be rather distant otherwise. As it's an aversion and not a subversion, he's a loner but has no pathological case of avoiding people, he just doesn't socialize.
** He actively tries not to socialize, because he's a teacher and would like to avoid HotForStudent situations. [[ChickMagnet Not that it helps.]] He also tries to keep his distance because he [[AdventureRebuff doesn't want them getting caught in any dangerous situations because of him]]. [[JumpedAtTheCall That didn't help either.]]
** He also doesn't have a lot of time to socialize because he's constantly going through TrainingFromHell. However, he ''does'' tend to grow closer to the students who are training alongside him.
** He probably uses {{Keigo}} because Japanese is not his first language, and the more formal ways of speaking are generally taught first when someone is trying to learn. Keigo being the first way of speaking Japanese that he learned, he's probably most comfortable using it.
*** This isn't true actually, he knows how to speak in an informal manner and does it with the Kotaro, Takahata-sensei and Anya, as pointed by one of the students.
** It also doesn't help that Negi has a huge helping of survivor's guilt after what happened to his village and wants to keep people away, in case they suffer the same fate as everyone else.
* Being alone is a common factor for 'mad' characters in ''Manga/SoulEater'', right up to the original Kishin who rejected everything and everyone out of fear. Whilst being alone has not been ''explicitly'' stated as being bad, the way the alternative is presented makes the [[MoralDissonance implication clear]].
** Crona [[spoiler: was at the point of becoming a Kishin, did not know how to "deal with" people and their soul was represented as a desolate landscape until Maka intervened. Once Medusa gets her child back, however, things get worse and Crona has recently rejected any reminder of the friends they found at Shibusen.]]
** Black Star [[spoiler: became more detached from people when pursuing a misguided attempt at becoming stronger. He challenged teams without his Weapon partner, becoming increasingly...odd to the point that a comparison was made to his kishin fahter. Tellingly, he got over it by listening to and cooperating with Tsubaki.]]
** Being a lone Weapon is one of the fandom theories regarding [[spoiler:Justin Law]]'s Face Heel Turn, especially considering he appears to have encountered the [[spoiler: Clown whom Maka and Soul 'defeated' through epic team-work.]] In fact, teamwork forms the basis for all of the significant victories of that pair (if not ''all'' of the meister/weapon groups) in the manga.
** [[spoiler: While Stein does get on with people to an extent, he does not exactly seek out company. Marie leaves Death City with Stein because "he is always alone". Spirit was told by Shinigami to keep an eye on Stein, something which he has apparently been doing since childhood.]]
** There is, however, one arguable aversion with the wizard Eibon. In both the manga and anime, he's spent centuries alone [[spoiler: either living in solitude on Lost Island or sealed inside a demon tool]], yet seems no worse for wear because of it (nor is his solitude remarked upon). He even provides assistance to the heroes in story, before (at least, in the manga) choosing to remain a [[TheHermit hermit]].
* Shizuka of ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' is a basement-dweller who writes truly messed-up plotlines, barely acknowledges his beleaguered, well-meaning editor, and regularly sports truly ''terrifying'' facial expressions. When this boy snaps, it'll be something on the order of the [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Staff of the Magi]].
%%* Ichise of ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}''.
* Yukiteru Amano of ''Manga/FutureDiary'' is very much a loner at school, due to his own reclusive and anti-social personality. The other kids consider him to be a freak. He does grow out of it later on and [[LonerTurnedFriend gains a small circle of friends]] after deciding he never liked being alone, but unfortunately for him, [[{{Yandere}} Yuno Gasai]] considers herself the only friend he ''needs''.
* Konata from ''Anime/LuckyStar'', while not being a true loner, often gets berated for her love of solitary activities, like playing video games or watching anime shows.
** Kagami in particular sees Konata as the stereotypical {{otaku}} and/or {{hikikomori}}, and considers Konata as a ''potential criminal''. (To be fair, Konata lacks most stereotypical otaku and hikikomori traits.)
* Tenshi/[[spoiler:Kanade Tachibana]] of ''Anime/AngelBeats'' is placed in this category, but is rather a [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold Boo Radley]]. She's seen as a freak because she doesn't have any friends, but that's only because [[spoiler: She's ''actively'' trying to ''graduate'' those around her, and thus is never really seen with anyone for any length of time.]]
* Averted in ''Manga/{{Amanchu}}''. We never see any of Hikari's friends from before she met Futaba and the rest of the diving club, but she is shown to be cheery and outgoing, although perhaps a bit eccentric.
* In ''Manga/TheWeathermanIsMyLover'' the cheerful but [[StepfordSmiler emotionally detached]] Amasawa considers himself to fall under this. His lover [[LonelyTogether Koganei]] convinces him neither of them needs to be that way.
* All over the place in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Homura doesn't have any friends because [[spoiler:she was hospitalized for a long time]], Mami doesn't have any friends because she must distance herself from others due to her job, Kyouko doesn't give a damn about humans after all she went through, and Sayaka actually become freaks, [[spoiler:[[AndThenJohnWasAZombie in so many ways]],]] when she decides to be a loner. In contrast, Madoka try to connect with them all.
* A major plot point in ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'', where protagonist [[NoSocialSkills Tomoko's]] main goal is to [[IJustWantToHaveFriends be more sociable]] and avert this trope. [[CringeComedy She often fails]] [[HilarityEnsues spectacularly]].
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', [[StalkerWithACrush Shiva]] doesn't want to get close to anyone except Judas and also has a habit of putting down others. He gets treated with suspicion by other angels for his lack of community values.
%%* Anthy of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.
* In ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'', Eishirou Sugata is ''supposedly'' this, complete with living in a '''tent''', by a '''river''', on a FRIKIN' '''mountain'''. And yes, he is weird as hell, according to Tomoki Sakurai, who is weirder, so it's weird coming from him. Though, after meeting Tomoki and co., he kinda started following them around.
* {{Inverted|trope}} in ''Manga/KotouraSan''. Haruka was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer seen as a freak and socially stigmatized]] because of her {{telepath|y}}ic powers, but her being a loner was more due to InternalizedCategorism and NeverBeHurtAgain--as she passed some DespairEventHorizon she started to believe she's ''actually'' a monster like other say and would [[DoomMagnet bring doom on anything she cares about]].
* Played with in ''Manga/FairyTail''. Marakov finds [[TheDragon Gajeel]] bumming around after Phantom Lord was defeated. When Gajeel insists that he is fine by himself, Marakov points out that some people prefer solitude, but no one likes being alone.
* Zig-zagged in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' with the title character. She starts out a loner--no friends, refuses to join any clubs--and is seen as a disruptive weirdo by pretty much everyone. Then she starts the SOS Brigade...and becomes ten times as destructively obnoxious now that she has a team of "friends" to do her bidding. But, after a while, she experiences CharacterDevelopment and becomes less of a jerk thanks to being around other people; although they're trying to pacify her more for the sake of [[RealityWarper the stability of the universe]] than for her own benefit.
* Purple-themed (or has a measure of purple on them) ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' characters tend to be loners with chips on their shoulders due to [[MyGreatestFailure Their Greatest Failures]] that usually need ThePowerOfFriendship beaten into them upside the head.
* [[TheProtagonist Yu]][[IWorkAlone gami]] from ''Manga/YugamiKunNiWaTomodachiGaInai'' is [[TheAce intelligent, the baseball club's ace, and can do just about anything]]. He's also a [[LeaveMeAlone loner]] that proudly proclaims he doesn't need friends. Unlike most examples of this trope, he's neither standoffish nor lonely and enjoys his life, regardless of what others think of him. Though [[GoodIsNotNice not a bad guy]] by any accounts, he's isolated by his classmates due to [[PrinciplesZealot his]] [[BrutalHonesty personality]] (not that he cares, of course). It's not until [[{{Narrator}} Chi]][[IJustWantToHaveFriends hiro]] [[NewTransferStudent transfers]] into the class that it seems like someone's communicating with Yugami properly, but as Yugami and Chihiro will both tell you, that still [[FriendshipDenial doesn't mean they're friends]].
* Shiina in ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'' is a bit standoffish and does things on her own pace. While her mother is understandably concerned about her lack of friends and her being a social misfit, there're no evidence of her being seen as a freak, and she has two friends.
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* ''Literature/SolomonKane'' is the poster child for this trope, spending almost every story tramping around DarkestAfrica all alone except for the WitchDoctor N'Longa, who he sees very infrequently, and various other characters whose main function, generally speaking, is to die violently.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' by Creator/StephenRDonaldson: Thomas Covenant is something of a JerkAss hero.
* Roland Deschain, the protagonist of Creator/StephenKing's magnum opus ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', suffers from this trope: he has been alone for so long in his quest to reach the titular Dark Tower that it is his only reason for living. In the [[Literature/TheGunslinger first book]] he goes so far as to [[AntiHero let a twelve-year-old boy he rescued and bonded with to fall to his death]], just to because his nemesis said it was the only way he'd ever allow himself to be caught, and said nemesis seemed to know about the Dark Tower. Roland's character softens into something a great deal more sympathetic after he forms a traveling party that helps him in his quest -- which includes what amounts to a resurrected version of that kid, who'd have to be insane to follow Roland again under any other circumstances.
** Susannah is clearly thinking of this trope when she thinks about how "the desert made him strange."
* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series makes use of this trope
** A key plot point throughout the series is that Lord Voldemort's lack of understanding of and inability to love another person or thing is one of his greatest weaknesses (he's actually a full-blown sociopath), whereas Harry's ability to love is his greatest strength. That said, Harry is a bit of a loner, of the more harmless variety. In fact, he is often mistaken for a freak, particularly in books [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets 2]] and [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix 5]], and his [[AbusiveParents relatives think he's one too]]. This is due to his lonely childhood and his losses driving him to do everything himself so he doesn't risk others getting involved and losing them. Voldemort was also said to be quite popular when he was younger, and his followers, the Death Eaters, include many people he knew from school, although he tended to dominate his underlings and by the time he comes back its clear that most only hang around him out of sheer terror.
** The young Severus Snape is also depicted as a loner due to his appearance and attitude as well as his aptitude for dark magic. Despite having [[spoiler: Harry's mom, Lily as a friend and in fact him loving her]], his choices drive her away and he ends up alone. He along with Harry and Voldemort are considered to be Creator/JKRowling's three "abandoned boys."
** Myrtle Warren became a "freaky little" nerd when she was teased by a girl named Olive Hornby, a school bully. Before she died, she cried in the bathroom.
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows the last book]], Dumbledore is revealed to be a true loner himself. While adored by the entire wizarding populace, Albus never seemed ''particularly'' close to anyone- the most fondness we see him express over the series is for his old flame Grindelwald and for Harry. Part of this is explained because his genius made him feel isolated, but by the last book, it becomes very clear he didn't trust anyone with all of his secrets, preferring to kill Voldemort with a GambitRoulette. While Dumbledore is adored by all, most of the time, his intense quirkiness can lead to him being seen as a freak, as throughout ''The Deathly Hallows,'' Harry grows increasingly disillusioned as it sinks in how little Albus trusted him. However, this is ultimately a DownplayedTrope with him and we see Harry reconcile with Dumbledore when we see Dumbledore reflect on how this attribute caused him grief. Rowling says on Pottermore that Albus Dumbledore and Professor [=McGonagall=] were quite close, bonding over similarities in their childhoods. Albus and Aberforth Dumbledore were also reported to be relatively close before Grindelwald came and [[spoiler: the Dumbledore boys lost their sister.]]
** Luna Lovegood [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it when she says she has no friends because everyone thinks she's [[CloudCuckooLander weird]]. But in ''the Deathly Hallows'' we see that she has gained five friends; Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville and Ginny.
%%* ''Literature/PeterPaysTribute'' has Matt, who in all fairness is a little strange.
* This is made into a point in [[Creator/DavidEddings David and Leigh Eddings's]] ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Malloreon]]'' series: The heroic Child of Light is surrounded by his friends and family (who also have the luck to be part of a prophetic PlotTailoredToTheParty), whereas the Child of Dark is almost completely alone -- no friends, just minions.
* ''Literature/EndersGame'' [[DoubleSubversion doubly subverts]] this. Everyone intentionally isolates Ender to make him a more efficient commander. Which also makes him an asocial freak that he never really gets over. But useful!
** ''Literature/EndersShadow'' goes back on this a bit, playing up the fact that Ender relied on his army while Bean was the real antisocial genius. Or, to be more accurate, Ender could project all the leadership qualities and bind their loyalty to him but was completely alone himself, except for Bean, who had no idea how to really connect to other people. This is something of a plot point and stated outright: Ender takes down his bogeyman by himself whereas Bean has learned how to form a [[TrueCompanions team]] that may or may not actually like him, but accept him.
*** The subsequent ''Shadow'' books do this even more clearly. Who's the villain? Achilles, who seems to be able to make everyone, except some of the battleschoolers, love him. He feels no attachment to them and is noted by Bean near the end as being empty and unable to understand true bonds. Who're the heroes? Bean, Mr. Antisocial himself, although [[spoiler:it is revealed that his detachment from humanity is more about him caring too much than too little]]. And Peter Wiggin, the terror of his brother's life and the ultimate "I can do it myself" loner. [[spoiler:Until he realizes just how good his parents are to talk to and after he marries Petra.]]
* Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is a loner of the harmless variety. He has a small circle of friends, but he's more or less antisocial, only being immediately nice to pretty girls (not because he's a pervert, he's just the chivalrous type). People treat him as a freak, but not because he's a loner. It's because he publicly advertises his being a wizard and people think he's nuts. This is only really an issue in the first four books. During and following ''Summer Knight,'' Harry finally accumulates enough TrueCompanions that he can no longer really be considered a loner.
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheAndromedaStrain.'' The Odd-Man Hypothesis states that unmarried males should be given command during times of crises, as their lack of attachment allows them to make the most unbiased decisions.
* Played frustratingly straight in the ''Literature/KittyNorville'' series. [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolves]] do ''not'' do well without a pack, and the further from civilization and multiple friendships, the worse the resulting monster becomes.
%%* John Cleaver in ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'' tries to avert this.
* Played with in any Creator/AynRand novel. Typically, villains or idiots believe this trope to be true, and most of the heroes are loners. The loners themselves consider the trope false, although they tend to [[BirdsOfAFeather get along with each other]]. Ultimately, Rand tends to invert this trope, although some of her heroes (Francisco d'Anconia in ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' and Austen Heller in ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' for example) are pretty sociable.
* ''Literature/{{Speak}}'': This is the reason Melinda is spurned by her classmates at school, other than the police-calling incident.
* ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'': Senna Wales. The first book, ''Search for Senna'' notes that she "[[{{Understatement}} was not the most popular girl at school.]]" She doesn't allow anyone to know anything about her personality or motives at first, not even her boyfriend, David Levin. Later in the book it becomes apparent that she is an antisocial, scheming {{witch|Species}} who is running her own plans. And that's the ''first'' thing we learn about her.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Edward d'Eath in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'':
--->It was said later that he came under bad influences at this stage. But the secret of the history of Edward d'Eath was that he came under no outside influences at all, unless you count all those dead kings. He just came under the influence of himself.\\
That's where people get it wrong. Individuals aren't naturally paid-up members of the human race, except biologically. They need to be bounced around by the Brownian motion of society, which is a mechanism by which human beings constantly remind one another that they are ... well ... human beings. He was also spiraling inwards, as tends to happen in cases like this.
** Played with in ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky''. Witches tend to dislike other witches nosing in on their business, and it's repeatedly made clear that witches are not necessarily people people ("among the people, but not of the people"), but it's still important for them to visit each other occasionally to make sure they haven't gone bonkers. Their internal society is often compared to cats; more a set of individuals that tolerate each others company than an actual group.
** Ossie Brunt in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', who is basically the Disc's Lee Harvey Oswald:
--->It was not that Ossie was insane in any way. Friends would have called him a quiet sort who kept to himself, but they didn't because he didn't have any friends. There was a group of men who went to practice at the archery butts on Tuesday nights, and he sometimes went to a pub with them afterwards and sat and listened to them talk, and he saved up once and bought a round of drinks, although they probably wouldn't remember or maybe they'd say "Oh ... yeah ... Ossie." People said that. People tended to put him out of their minds, in the same way that you didn't pay much attention to empty space.
* Boo Radley, of ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', is seen as this by the rest of the town. He is a MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold -- a kind and caring, if not shy person who just happens to have been a recluse.
* Franchise/SherlockHolmes arguably embodies the [[FriendlessBackground loner]] trope, with the exception of Dr. John Watson. That said, he and Watson were introduced by a mutual acquaintance, and Holmes keeps some measure of contact up with his brother. Also, not a lot of police officers seem to like him.
** Mycroft Holmes is a much more standard example. Whereas Sherlock can form some close friendships and be personable when necessary, Mycroft lives alone, works alone and spends his free time at a gentleman's club where so much as acknowledging the existence of another member puts you at risk of expulsion.
* Literature/CAugusteDupin and his anonymous narrator in the works of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe are even more isolated than Holmes and Watson although they still retain certain contacts in the police that allow them to carry out their amateur detective work.
* FrankensteinsMonster. Obviously. In fact, an AlternativeCharacterInterpretation is that ''Victor'' Frankenstein is the villain and the "monster" his victim. The monster himself points out that Victor created him and then immediately abandoned him, never allowing him to know love or affection. It poses a sort of chicken-or-egg question: is the monster a loner because he's a freak or is he a freak because he's a loner?\\
\\
Victor himself was a MadScientist loner-freak when he was busy creating the monster, and was upset to find that when he arrived at university most of the science he studied- really what today we'd call alchemy and the occult- was deemed to be out of date, and took to trying to prove its worth on his own. He notes that he became less and less sociable while creating the monster, and tried to get over his sheer horror of what he had created by throwing himself back into human company and abandoning his research.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}'', Mrs. Duncan worries about Freckles's solitude, appeased only by his friendliness with animals.
-->''My God, mannie, if Freckles hadna the birds and the beasts he would be always alone. It was never meant for a human being to be so solitary. He'd get touched in the head if he hadna them to think for and to talk to.''
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''
** Tobias has a lot of this after he gets [[ShapeshifterModelock trapped in morph]]. He does spend a lot of time with the other Animorphs, but he also has periods as a loner because he struggles with his triple hawk/human/Andalite nature and figuring out where he fits in in the world. It gets taken UpToEleven at least twice when he retreats from everyone and sometimes even lets the hawk take over-right after he gets trapped and after [[spoiler:Rachel]]'s death.
** Arguably, David. He moved around a lot as a human, and eventually gave up on maintaining close relationships. Could explain why he went axe-crazy in the end.
* While Elena is going through Godmother training in ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms The Fairy Godmother]]'', it's brought up that Godmothers need a certain amount of contact with others to keep them from flipping out. This would have been averted for Sorcerers/Sorceresses, who are claimed to spend large chunks of their lives in isolated study (without going bonkers), if it weren't for the fact that the Sorceress with the most page time is Arachnia, and fixing her up with a good man was the cure for her problems.
* Zahrah in ''Literature/ZahrahTheWindseeker'' tends to be introverted and shy, which doesn't help her reputation for being weird since she is already dada (born with dreadlocked hair with vines in it). She faces this stereotype all the time.
* Scott in ''Literature/{{Hobgoblin}}'' wants little to do with his high school peers and they want little to do with him. This also makes him a primary suspect when people start dying.
* In H.P. Lovecraft's short story ''Literature/TheWhispererInDarkness'', countryside folklore has associated the strange space monsters with the recluses around the area.
-->...there are shocked references to hermits and remote farmers who at some period of life appeared to have undergone a repellent mental change, and who were shunned and whispered about as mortals who had sold themselves to the strange beings. ...it seemed to be a fashion... to accuse eccentric and unpopular recluses of being allies or representatives of the abhorred things.
* Christian Ozera from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' is a spooky, slightly violent guy with a shady family and no friends who hangs out at the church. He is treated as a freak and a "Strigoi-wannabe" by his classmates.
* ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'': Mary and Archibald [[MeaningfulName Craven]] are regarded as this at the beginning. The former because she prefers to play by herself, and the latter for living alone in a huge mansion with no visitors and the doors all shut up.
* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'': {{Defied|trope}} by Aya. She [[HatesSmallTalk knows she's a misfit]], so what she does is trying to be a [[ShrinkingViolet wallflower]] and try to avoid drawing attention to herself so as to avoid seen as a weirdo. The latter is a bit hard, given she's friends with some of the local {{Chick Magnet}}s.
* In ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'', the biologist is extremely detached from the rest of humanity and overly-focused on certain details, leading her to get fired from most of the jobs she had and she was considered a poor candidate for the expedition. Which is why the director picked her. She's so intractable and freakishly self-contained that she cannot be hypnotized and possibly caused [[spoiler:her cloning to go wrong, resulting in Ghost Bird retaining far more individuality and memories than the other clones.]]
* ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles'': When Jerome, Saenz, and the local authorities begin looking into the backgrounds of possible suspects, they initially dig up very little on Alex Carlos, the resident community dentist. All they know of him at first is that he is single, works efficiently and keeps to himself (even EatingLunchAlone). [[spoiler:He eventually confirms the investigators' suspicions.]]
* {{Deconstructed}} in ''Literature/TheKingsAvatar'': the protagonist is the face of UsefulNotes/ProfessionalGaming team Excellent Era, but is {{Socially Awkward|Hero}} and a recluse [[HumbleHero with a lack of interest at showing his face in public]]. Doubling with RealityEnsues and TruthInTelevision, as an noted celebrity of a championship winning team, which revolves around public appearances for income, this crippled Excellent Era, a large indicator of his downfall in the organization. Taken to its logical conclusion at the start of the story where management forces him out of the team entirely.

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* ''Literature/SolomonKane'' is the poster child for Music/{{Disturbed}}'s music has this trope, spending almost every story tramping around DarkestAfrica as a theme [[{{Anvilicious}} probably too often]]. A few examples would be "Just Stop", "Divide", and their SignatureSong "Down with the Sickness".
* "A Most Peculiar Man" by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel.
* John Cale's "Half Past France":
-->I'm not afraid now of the dark anymore \\
And many mountains now are molehills \\
Back in Berlin they're
all alone except for the WitchDoctor N'Longa, who he sees very infrequently, and various other characters whose main function, generally speaking, is to die violently.
well-fed \\
I don't care \\
People always bored me anyway
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' by Creator/StephenRDonaldson: Thomas Covenant is something of a JerkAss hero.
* Roland Deschain, the protagonist of Creator/StephenKing's magnum opus ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', suffers from this trope: he has been alone for so long in his quest to reach the
Music/HarryChapin's "Sniper". The titular Dark Tower that it sniper is his only reason for living. In the [[Literature/TheGunslinger first book]] he goes so far as to [[AntiHero let a twelve-year-old boy he rescued and bonded with to fall to his death]], just to because his nemesis said it was the only way he'd ever allow himself to be caught, and said nemesis seemed to know about the Dark Tower. Roland's character softens into something a great deal more sympathetic after he forms a traveling party that helps him in his quest -- which includes what amounts to a resurrected version of that kid, who'd have to be insane to follow Roland again under any other circumstances.
** Susannah is clearly thinking of this trope when she thinks about how "the desert made him strange."
* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series makes use of this trope
** A key plot point
described throughout the series is that Lord Voldemort's lack of understanding of and inability to love another person or thing is one of his greatest weaknesses (he's actually song as a full-blown sociopath), whereas Harry's ability to love is his greatest strength. That said, Harry is a bit of a strange loner, of the more harmless variety. In fact, he is often mistaken for a freak, particularly in books [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets 2]] and [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix 5]], and his [[AbusiveParents relatives think he's one too]]. This is due according to his lonely childhood and his losses driving him to do everything himself so he doesn't risk others getting involved and losing them. Voldemort was also said to be quite popular when he was younger, and his followers, the Death Eaters, include many people he those who knew from school, although he tended to dominate his underlings and by the time he comes back its clear that most only hang around him out of sheer terror.
** The young Severus Snape is also depicted as a loner due to his appearance and attitude as well as his aptitude for dark magic. Despite having [[spoiler: Harry's mom, Lily as a friend and in fact him loving her]], his choices drive her away and he ends up alone. He along with Harry and Voldemort are considered to be Creator/JKRowling's three "abandoned boys."
** Myrtle Warren became a "freaky little" nerd when she was teased by a girl named Olive Hornby, a school bully. Before she died, she cried in the bathroom.
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows the last book]], Dumbledore is revealed to be a true loner himself. While adored by the entire wizarding populace, Albus never seemed ''particularly'' close to anyone- the most fondness we see him express over the series is for his old flame Grindelwald and for Harry. Part of this is explained because his genius made him feel isolated, but by the last book, it becomes very clear he didn't trust anyone with all of his secrets, preferring to kill Voldemort with a GambitRoulette. While Dumbledore is adored by all, most of the time, his intense quirkiness can lead to him being seen as a freak, as throughout ''The Deathly Hallows,'' Harry grows increasingly disillusioned as it sinks in how little Albus trusted
him. However, this is ultimately a DownplayedTrope with him and we see Harry reconcile with Dumbledore when we see Dumbledore reflect on how this attribute caused him grief. Rowling says on Pottermore that Albus Dumbledore and Professor [=McGonagall=] were quite close, bonding over similarities in their childhoods. Albus and Aberforth Dumbledore were also reported [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] as, according to be relatively close before Grindelwald came and [[spoiler: the Dumbledore boys lost their sister.]]
** Luna Lovegood [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it when she says she has no friends because
sniper's thoughts, everyone thinks she's [[CloudCuckooLander weird]]. But in ''the Deathly Hallows'' we see that she has gained five friends; Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville and Ginny.
%%* ''Literature/PeterPaysTribute'' has Matt, who in all fairness is a little strange.
* This is made into a point in [[Creator/DavidEddings David and Leigh Eddings's]] ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Malloreon]]'' series: The heroic Child of Light is surrounded by his friends and family (who also have the luck to be part of a prophetic PlotTailoredToTheParty), whereas the Child of Dark is almost completely alone -- no friends, just minions.
* ''Literature/EndersGame'' [[DoubleSubversion doubly subverts]] this. Everyone intentionally isolates Ender to make
treating him a more efficient commander. Which also makes him an asocial freak that he never really gets over. But useful!
** ''Literature/EndersShadow'' goes back on this a bit, playing up the fact that Ender relied on his army while Bean was the real antisocial genius. Or, to be more accurate, Ender could project all the leadership qualities and bind their loyalty to him but was completely alone himself, except for Bean, who had no idea how to really connect to other people. This is something of a plot point and stated outright: Ender takes down his bogeyman by himself whereas Bean has learned how to form a [[TrueCompanions team]] that may or may not actually like him, but accept him.
*** The subsequent ''Shadow'' books do this even more clearly. Who's the villain? Achilles, who seems to be able to make everyone, except some of the battleschoolers, love him. He feels no attachment to them and is noted by Bean near the end as being empty and unable to understand true bonds. Who're the heroes? Bean, Mr. Antisocial himself, although [[spoiler:it is revealed that his detachment from humanity is more about him caring too much than too little]]. And Peter Wiggin, the terror of his brother's life and the ultimate "I can do it myself" loner. [[spoiler:Until he realizes just how good his parents are to talk to and after he marries Petra.]]
* Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is a loner of the harmless variety. He has a small circle of friends, but he's more or less antisocial, only being immediately nice to pretty girls (not because he's a pervert, he's just the chivalrous type). People treat him as a freak, but not because he's a loner. It's because he publicly advertises his being a wizard and people think he's nuts. This is only really an issue in the first four books. During and following ''Summer Knight,'' Harry finally accumulates enough TrueCompanions that he can no longer really be considered a loner.
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheAndromedaStrain.'' The Odd-Man Hypothesis states that unmarried males should be given command during times of crises, as their lack of attachment allows them to make the most unbiased decisions.
* Played frustratingly straight in the ''Literature/KittyNorville'' series. [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolves]] do ''not'' do well without a pack, and the further from civilization and multiple friendships, the worse the resulting monster becomes.
%%* John Cleaver in ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'' tries to avert this.
* Played with in any Creator/AynRand novel. Typically, villains or idiots believe this trope to be true, and most of the heroes are loners. The loners themselves consider the trope false, although they tend to [[BirdsOfAFeather get along with each other]]. Ultimately, Rand tends to invert this trope, although some of her heroes (Francisco d'Anconia in ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' and Austen Heller in ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' for example) are pretty sociable.
* ''Literature/{{Speak}}'': This is the reason Melinda is spurned by her classmates at school, other than the police-calling incident.
* ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'': Senna Wales. The first book, ''Search for Senna'' notes that she "[[{{Understatement}} was not the most popular girl at school.]]" She doesn't allow anyone to know anything about her personality or motives at first, not even her boyfriend, David Levin. Later in the book it becomes apparent that she is an antisocial, scheming {{witch|Species}} who is running her own plans. And that's the ''first'' thing we learn about her.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Edward d'Eath in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'':
--->It was said later that he came under bad influences at this stage. But the secret of the history of Edward d'Eath was that he came under no outside influences at all, unless you count all those dead kings. He just came under the influence of himself.\\
That's where people get it wrong. Individuals aren't naturally paid-up members of the human race, except biologically. They need to be bounced around by the Brownian motion of society, which is a mechanism by which human beings constantly remind one another that they are ... well ... human beings. He was also spiraling inwards, as tends to happen in cases like this.
** Played with in ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky''. Witches tend to dislike other witches nosing in on their business, and it's repeatedly made clear that witches are not necessarily people people ("among the people, but not of the people"), but it's still important for them to visit each other occasionally to make sure they haven't gone bonkers. Their internal society is often compared to cats; more a set of individuals that tolerate each others company than an actual group.
** Ossie Brunt in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', who is basically the Disc's Lee Harvey Oswald:
--->It was not that Ossie was insane in any way. Friends would have called him a quiet sort who kept to himself, but they didn't because he didn't have any friends. There was a group of men who went to practice at the archery butts on Tuesday nights, and he sometimes went to a pub with them afterwards and sat and listened to them talk, and he saved up once and bought a round of drinks, although they probably wouldn't remember or maybe they'd say "Oh ... yeah ... Ossie." People said that. People tended to put him out of their minds, in the same way that you didn't pay much attention to empty space.
* Boo Radley, of ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', is seen as this by the rest of the town. He is a MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold -- a kind and caring, if not shy person who just happens to have been a recluse.
* Franchise/SherlockHolmes arguably embodies the [[FriendlessBackground loner]] trope, with the exception of Dr. John Watson. That said, he and Watson were introduced by a mutual acquaintance, and Holmes keeps some measure of contact up with his brother. Also, not a lot of police officers seem to like him.
** Mycroft Holmes is a much more standard example. Whereas Sherlock can form some close friendships and be personable when necessary, Mycroft lives alone, works alone and spends his free time at a gentleman's club where so much as acknowledging the existence of another member puts you at risk of expulsion.
* Literature/CAugusteDupin and his anonymous narrator in the works of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe are even more isolated than Holmes and Watson although they still retain certain contacts in the police that allow them to carry out their amateur detective work.
* FrankensteinsMonster. Obviously. In fact, an AlternativeCharacterInterpretation is that ''Victor'' Frankenstein is the villain and the "monster" his victim. The monster himself points out that Victor created him and then immediately abandoned him, never allowing him to know love or affection. It poses a sort of chicken-or-egg question: is the monster a loner because he's a freak or is he a freak because he's a loner?\\
\\
Victor himself was a MadScientist loner-freak when he was busy creating the monster, and was upset to find that when he arrived at university most of the science he studied- really what today we'd call alchemy and the occult- was deemed to be out of date, and took to trying to prove its worth on his own. He notes that he became less and less sociable while creating the monster, and tried to get over his sheer horror of what he had created by throwing himself back into human company and abandoning his research.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}'', Mrs. Duncan worries about Freckles's solitude, appeased only by his friendliness with animals.
-->''My God, mannie, if Freckles hadna the birds and the beasts he would be always alone. It was never meant for a human being to be so solitary. He'd get touched in the head if he hadna them to think for and to talk to.''
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''
** Tobias has a lot of this after he gets [[ShapeshifterModelock trapped in morph]]. He does spend a lot of time with the other Animorphs, but he also has periods as a loner because he struggles with his triple hawk/human/Andalite nature and figuring out where he fits in in the world. It gets taken UpToEleven at least twice when he retreats from everyone and sometimes even lets the hawk take over-right after he gets trapped and after [[spoiler:Rachel]]'s death.
** Arguably, David. He moved around a lot as a human, and eventually gave up on maintaining close relationships. Could explain why he went axe-crazy in the end.
* While Elena is going through Godmother training in ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms The Fairy Godmother]]'', it's brought up that Godmothers need a certain amount of contact with others to keep them from flipping out. This would have been averted for Sorcerers/Sorceresses, who are claimed to spend large chunks of their lives in isolated study (without going bonkers), if it weren't for the fact that the Sorceress with the most page time is Arachnia, and fixing her up with a good man was the cure for her problems.
* Zahrah in ''Literature/ZahrahTheWindseeker'' tends to be introverted and shy, which doesn't help her reputation for being weird since she is already dada (born with dreadlocked hair with vines in it). She faces this stereotype all the time.
* Scott in ''Literature/{{Hobgoblin}}'' wants little to do with his high school peers and they want little to do with him. This also makes him a primary suspect when people start dying.
* In H.P. Lovecraft's short story ''Literature/TheWhispererInDarkness'', countryside folklore has associated the strange space monsters with the recluses around the area.
-->...there are shocked references to hermits and remote farmers who at some period of life appeared to have undergone a repellent mental change, and who were shunned and whispered about as mortals who had sold themselves to the strange beings. ...it seemed to be a fashion... to accuse eccentric and unpopular recluses of being allies or representatives of the abhorred things.
* Christian Ozera from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' is a spooky, slightly violent guy with a shady family and no friends who hangs out at the church. He is treated
as a freak and a "Strigoi-wannabe" by is what sent him on his classmates.
rampage.
* ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'': Mary and Archibald [[MeaningfulName Craven]] are regarded as [[Music/TheMegas Air Man feels this way about himself]], as his only power is "to push others away". "If I can't walk among them, then I will walk the world alone!"
* Suicidal Tendencies (the name is program) "Alone":
-->I scream
at the beginning. The former because she prefers to play by herself, and the latter for living sky, it's easier than crying \\
I'm shyish when I'm shouting out loud \\
I feel so
alone in a huge mansion with no visitors and the doors all shut up.
* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'': {{Defied|trope}} by Aya. She [[HatesSmallTalk knows she's a misfit]], so what she does is trying to be a [[ShrinkingViolet wallflower]] and try to avoid drawing attention to herself so as to avoid seen as a weirdo. The latter is a bit hard, given she's friends with some
room full of the local {{Chick Magnet}}s.
* In ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'', the biologist is extremely detached from the rest of humanity and overly-focused on certain details, leading her to get fired from most of the jobs she had and she was considered a poor candidate for the expedition. Which is why the director picked her. She's so intractable and freakishly self-contained that she cannot be hypnotized and possibly caused [[spoiler:her cloning to go wrong, resulting
people \\
I'm loudist when I'm
in Ghost Bird retaining far more individuality and memories than the other clones.]]
* ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles'': When Jerome, Saenz, and the local authorities begin looking into the backgrounds of possible suspects, they initially dig up very little on Alex Carlos, the resident community dentist. All they know of him at first is that he is single, works efficiently and keeps to himself (even EatingLunchAlone). [[spoiler:He eventually confirms the investigators' suspicions.]]
* {{Deconstructed}} in ''Literature/TheKingsAvatar'': the protagonist is the face of UsefulNotes/ProfessionalGaming team Excellent Era, but is {{Socially Awkward|Hero}} and
a recluse [[HumbleHero with a lack of interest at showing his face in public]]. Doubling with RealityEnsues and TruthInTelevision, as an noted celebrity of a championship winning team, which revolves around public appearances for income, this crippled Excellent Era, a large indicator of his downfall in the organization. Taken to its logical conclusion at the start of the story where management forces him out of the team entirely.crowd \\



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* In the pilot of ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', Henry's boss tells him to bring a date to his daughter's wedding, saying its weird how he's always alone.
* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'': Most of the time this trope is in full gear.
** When Lucy tells her mother about a girl in Habitat For Humanity who's a loner, Annie actually says she believes nobody really enjoys being "alone," and that there always must be some problem behind it. Sure enough, the withdrawn girl had been molested by her mother's ex-boyfriend.
** Simon tries to help a loner kid at school who threatens to shoot a bunch of bullies because of their teasing. Unsurprisingly, the kid brings a gun to school, but luckily the police arrive at school before anything could happen.
** Almost every character who is single goes from relationship to relationship quickly, presumably because of this trope.
* An interesting inversion of the trope can be found in the British spy series ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'', which features an unrepentant, mildly misanthropic loner as its protagonist. Instead of being seen as a liability, the character's "loner-ness" and drive towards individualism is the ''only'' thing keeping him sane. It's also the only weapon he has against the shady government officials who want to brainwash him and turn him into an obedient and conformist government servant. It's played straight in one episode, however, in which Number Six manages to make contact with other subversives within the prison; however, because they're all confident-but-intensely-secretive and insular types, they all think each of them is a double agent and end up scuttling their own escape. If they'd just trusted each other, they'd have gotten away.
* Dr. Cox from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' applies to this trope as well, but a subversion occurs in the second episode of the first season. JD reaches out to the curmudgeonly doctor with pizza and beer, and just when it appears he's on the brink of a breakthrough, Dr. Cox replies, "I can braid your hair. I know the couch isn't very deep, but we could move the back cushion and spoon." Not only has he been sarcastic this whole time, he's got friends coming over to watch the game -- they just don't include JD. This is the only time we see Doctor Cox with friends over - an episode later in the show sets up the same premise, but closes on Cox alone in his apartment with a six-pack... However, he is occasionally seen out in the bar with the other members of the cast, or just his ex-wife. And a few episodes have him hanging out with old friends from before he became a doctor- in fact, part of the reason he is a loner is that his best friend, Ben, died of leukemia in the middle of the show (and had been travelling the world alone to boot). As the series rolls on he also strikes up a friendship with ArchEnemy Kelso, going to FriendlyEnemy to mentor (after Cox get's Kelso's job) and finally just to friends. He's fairly friendly with Carla and gets on well enough with everyone else, and JD eventually manages to trick him into admitting that he thinks of them as friends as well. Cox wants people to ''think'' he is a JerkAss loner, but in truth he has a decent circle of friends.
* ''{{Series/Sherlock}}'':
** Ironically, the ''only'' two people that call Sherlock a freak are Anderson and Donovan. [[FriendOnTheForce Lestrade]], [[LivingEmotionalCrutch John]], [[CoolBigSis Mary]] and [[TeamMom Mrs. Hudson]] don't. Though Sherlock and John ''did'' play the [[FriendlessBackground loner]] part straight, before they met each other.
** Most likely played straight with Moriarty. He most likely doesn't have friends or want any, possibly has [[ArchEnemy Sebastian Moran]] [[TheDragon as his bodyguard]], and would most likely care less if he died, whereas, in contrast to Sherlock, who ''would'' [[NotSoStoic panic]] [[LivingEmotionalCrutch if John died on him.]] Understandable, he [[FriendlessBackground had no friends at all.]]
** Mycroft could play this trope straight as well, despite that he loves his little brother. He doesn't seem to want friends at all, and never bothered to make any friends-not even with John.
* Averted in ''Series/VeronicaMars'', where the titular heroine is a loner in season 1. Later seasons acknowledge the trope's effect, however, as Veronica sporadically feels guilty about the fact that she really operates better alone.
* In season 1 of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Rory is criticized by her headmaster for being too much of a loner.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', obviously, where all loners turn out to be crazed mutants, though a fair number of popular kids in that show turned out to be evil too. It lacks even the tiniest bit of sympathy for anyone who isn't attractive and outgoing. While popular party-going types do sometimes go bad, the show has never featured a real geek or nerd or loner as anything other than a hideous loser with serious issues or hideous deranged monster.(Chloe does not count, due to her failing the "unattractive" test by a country mile)
* Parodied in a sketch on ''Series/{{Jam}}'', in which a desperately lonely woman goes to increasingly sinister lengths to make friends (from setting traps for cyclists to dressing as a police officer, telling a woman that her son died in an accident, then inviting the grieving mother to the theatre that evening)
* Ned from ''Series/PushingDaisies'' walls himself off from contact, both because of ParentalAbandonment in his past and because his [[BlessedWithSuck freakish ability]] is based on touch.
** Played with in the episode "Frescorts" where Ned insists that just because these people are lonely it doesn't mean that they're freaks. Emerson thinks it does.
*** In the same episode, a visible inversion occurs: [[spoiler: Buddy killed Joe because he (Joe) decided to quit to be with his girlfriend, which Buddy saw as abandonment. HoYay + [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous Boy]] = Uh oh.]] Also, in the end, Randy tells Ned that Joe had taught him that there's nothing wrong with being by yourself.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In Reginald Barclay's first appearance, he is shown as very much the Loner and his re-creation of members of the crew in the Holo-Deck is regarded as somewhat freakish. During the show, as he gains respect from his colleagues, he becomes less of a loner and deletes almost all of his Holo-Deck programs.
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' sometimes plays this trope straight ([[spoiler:Eddie Orlofsky, Felicia Tillman]]), sometimes it averts it. There's Karen [=McCluskey=], who is first introduced as an insufferable old loner, but then we find out that she still suffers for her son's early death.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' plays with this trope in every permutation. Sometimes the unsubs are revealed to be loners or anti-social people, sometimes they're perfectly sociable. In one episode, the BAU investigate a triple murder that seems to be perpetrated by a Satanic cult [[spoiler:and turns out to be one of the popular kids at the high school framing the Satanists.]]
** Played with in one scene where Elle is profiling an arsonist:
-->'''Elle''': This guy doesn't go on dates, doesn't go to parties, doesn't feel comfortable in front of groups...\\
''(The team's socially awkward BadassBookworm, Reid, gives Elle a strange look.)''\\
'''Elle''': ''(quickly)'' And of course he's a total psychopath.\\
'''Reid''': Of course.
** Given an interesting twist in "Solitary Man" where the killer essentially went crazy from loneliness, and that's what turned him murderous.
* Simon Bellamy from ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has no friends, and he's portrayed as mentally unstable, obsessive, nerdy, and a bit of a pervert. To be fair, he does actually ''want'' friends and genuinely tries to reach out to people, it's just that [[DarkAndTroubledPast years of bullying and isolation]] have left him painfully shy and socially inept. Plus he's actually shown to be far more kind, sensitive and empathic than most of the show's more extroverted characters, and his SanitySlippage is mostly due to the [[TheWoobie traumatic things that happen to him]] and the fact that no one really offers him emotional support (or even acknowledges his existence most of the time).
* Series/{{House}} and Foreman are sometimes accused of this, especially by {{The Chick}}s (Cameron and Thirteen).
* As a result of his father's training, [[Series/{{Dexter}} Dexter Morgan]] is aware of this, and goes out of his way to cultivate a "reserved but sociable" persona to keep from being thought of as an emotionally withdrawn loner. It works on everyone but [[OnlySaneMan Sgt. Doakes]].
* A case of "Loners become freaks" in ''Series/{{Life}}'', where Charlie is clearly a well adjusted guy with a job and a wife and friends until he spends an ungodly amount of time (unspecified, but measured in years) in solitary confinement. When they let him out again, [[CloudCuckooLander he's kind of crazy.]]
--> "The first six months in solitary, I did push ups, and I did not talk to myself. The next six months in solitary, I'll admit, I talked to myself. You don't want to know what I did after that."
* Parodied in the Buckwheat assassination episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. A series of people who knew the assassin, John David Stutts, all say the same thing about him--"He was a quiet guy, a bit of a loner, but he always talked about wanting to kill Buckwheat." The caption under his high school yearbook photo reads, "Most Likely to Kill Buckwheat."
* Ranger Gord on ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' is a tragicomic example, in that being posted to a lonely tower to watch for forest fires and then forgotten by his head office has meant that he's lived all alone in the woods since about 1979. Being all alone out there has made him into a full-blown CloudCuckooLander, something {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Red on multiple occasions.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** The episode "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E11OutOfMindOutOfSight}} Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight]]" was about a girl who'd magically turned invisible from social ostracization and set out to take violent revenge on everyone she deemed responsible.
** Also implied to be why Buffy is such an effective Slayer. Her ties to the world give her something to fight for, while other, more isolated, Slayers tend to have far shorter lifespans.
* Also in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', the titular character has a lot of this in his backstory, due to his guilt and not wanting to risk attacking anyone. He came out of it for most of the series, though he sank back into it in season 2 in an attempt to protect everyone from his darkness like before.
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' has Rick. He was constantly bullied by the likes of Spinner and Jay. And when he was abusive toward Terry (which may or may not be associated with a mental illness), the amount of hate toward him skyrocketed. It got to the point where, after being humiliated at a ''televised'' academic competition, he brings a gun to school, and shoots Jimmy in the back, causing him to be paralyzed.
** Worst, the show made ''him'' out to be a bad guy, even though he was obviously ridiculed by the rest of the characters. After accidentally shooting himself dead, and shooting Jimmy, his one friend Toby disassociated himself with him.
** It got a better example with Connor, who suffered from Aspergers. Once his violent outbursts were explained, even Ally stood up for him. In fact, the amount of suffering he got from the principal was made public, and got Shepard fired.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the Winchester boys (Sam in particular) often had trouble fitting in due to having to move around so often. This led to a great deal of IJustWantToBeNormal on Sam's part that eventually caused him to have a falling out with his father. The fact that being called a freak is his BerserkButton is just icing on the cake.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Mulder is a loner, due to his crazy ideas about aliens and government conspiracy. He's a joke to the FBI and is mocked by his peers, nicknamed "Spooky" (however, that nickname originated as a sign of respect). He doesn't seem to mind too much, though. He doesn't go out of his way to make friends and likes to work alone; the first half of the first season is him just messing with Scully to try and annoy her enough to get her to leave. It doesn't work, and she ends up being his defender of sorts to others in the FBI. He has exactly four friends, including her, three of which are just as odd as he is. His loner tendency may stem back to his childhood, in which his parents emotionally abandoned him after the abduction of his sister. He noted that it "tore the family apart", and he is never seen to have a close relationship with his parents, who divorced soon after the incident.
* Toyed with in ''Series/DarkOracle''. Lance is an antisocial gaming geek, but is one of the main protagonists. His CloudCuckooLander girlfriend Sage is similarly weird and isolated, but a very pleasant girl. [[BigBadWannabe Vern]], [[EvilCounterpart Blaze]], and [[EvilTwin comic!Sage]] on the other hand, cross in Loners Are Freaks territory and stay there.
* ''Series/MyMadFatDiary'': Chloe says this to Rae:
--> '''Chloe''': Look, you're not going to make friends if you're sitting on the sidelines all the time.\\
'''Rae''': Are people talking about that?\\
'''Chloe''': They might be. Look, you don't want people thinking you're ''weird'', do you? You don't want people thinking you're not ''normal''?
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** Subverted in the episode "Dark Victory", when Frasier delivers a rousing speech in defense of introverts everywhere.
** Played straight in "The 200th Episode" by Frasier's biggest fan who quit his job to devote his ''life'' to listening to, recording, ''and'' transcribing Frasier's show.
* ''Series/GhostWhisperer'': Melinda when she was a teenager and a girl called her a freak because she sees ghosts no one sees. She was talking to a boy and a girl says "Who are you talking too?" and then laughs at her. The flashbacks were shown in "Mean Ghost".

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In the pilot of ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', Henry's boss tells him to bring Literature/TheBible has a date to his daughter's wedding, saying its weird how he's always alone.
* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'': Most of the time
few scriptures that concerns this trope is in full gear.
trope:
** When Lucy tells her mother about a girl in Habitat For Humanity who's a loner, Annie actually says she believes nobody really enjoys being "alone," and that there always must be some problem behind it. Sure enough, the withdrawn girl had been molested by her mother's ex-boyfriend.
** Simon tries to help a loner kid at school who threatens to shoot a bunch of bullies because of their teasing. Unsurprisingly, the kid brings a gun to school, but luckily the police arrive at school before anything could happen.
** Almost every character who is single goes from relationship to relationship quickly, presumably because of this trope.
* An interesting inversion of the trope can be found in the British spy series ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'', which features an unrepentant, mildly misanthropic loner as its protagonist. Instead of being seen as a liability, the character's "loner-ness" and drive towards individualism is the ''only'' thing keeping him sane. It's also
In [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis 2:18]], the only weapon he has against the shady government officials who want to brainwash him and turn him into an obedient and conformist government servant. It's played straight thing that God declared something in one episode, however, in His creation "not good" is that Adam is all alone, which Number Six manages He Himself says that "it's not good for man to make contact with other subversives within the prison; however, because they're all confident-but-intensely-secretive be alone." And this is why God took a rib out of Adam and insular types, they all think each created Eve to keep him company.
** One meaning
of them [[Literature/BookOfProverbs Proverbs 18:1]] is that a double agent and end up scuttling person who separates themselves from others in seeking their own escape. If they'd just trusted each other, they'd have gotten away.
* Dr. Cox from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' applies to this trope as well, but a subversion occurs in the second episode of the first season. JD reaches out to the curmudgeonly doctor with pizza
desires and beer, and just when it appears he's on the brink of a breakthrough, Dr. Cox replies, "I can braid your hair. I know the couch isn't very deep, but we could move the back cushion and spoon." Not only has he been sarcastic this whole time, he's got friends coming over to watch the game -- they just don't include JD. This is the only time we see Doctor Cox with friends over - an episode later in the show sets up the same premise, but closes on Cox alone in his apartment with a six-pack... However, he is occasionally seen out in the bar with the other members of the cast, or just his ex-wife. And a few episodes have him hanging out with old friends from before he became a doctor- in fact, part of the reason he is a loner is that his best friend, Ben, died of leukemia in the middle of the show (and had been travelling the world alone to boot). As the series rolls on he also strikes up a friendship with ArchEnemy Kelso, going to FriendlyEnemy to mentor (after Cox get's Kelso's job) and finally just to friends. He's fairly friendly with Carla and gets on well enough with everyone else, and JD eventually manages to trick him into admitting that he thinks of them as friends as well. Cox wants people to ''think'' he is a JerkAss loner, but in truth he has a decent circle of friends.
* ''{{Series/Sherlock}}'':
** Ironically, the ''only'' two people that call Sherlock a freak are Anderson and Donovan. [[FriendOnTheForce Lestrade]], [[LivingEmotionalCrutch John]], [[CoolBigSis Mary]] and [[TeamMom Mrs. Hudson]] don't. Though Sherlock and John ''did'' play the [[FriendlessBackground loner]] part straight, before they met each other.
** Most likely played straight with Moriarty. He most likely doesn't have friends or want any, possibly has [[ArchEnemy Sebastian Moran]] [[TheDragon as his bodyguard]], and would most likely care less if he died, whereas, in contrast to Sherlock, who ''would'' [[NotSoStoic panic]] [[LivingEmotionalCrutch if John died on him.]] Understandable, he [[FriendlessBackground had no friends at all.]]
** Mycroft could play this trope straight as well, despite that he loves his little brother. He doesn't seem to want friends at all, and never bothered to make any friends-not even with John.
* Averted in ''Series/VeronicaMars'', where the titular heroine is a loner in season 1. Later seasons acknowledge the trope's effect, however, as Veronica sporadically feels guilty
aren't concerned about the fact that she really operates needs of other people fit under this category.
** [[Literature/BookOfEcclesiastes Ecclesiastes 4:9-12]] shows how two is
better alone.
* In season 1 of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Rory is criticized by her headmaster for being too much of a loner.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', obviously, where all loners turn out to be crazed mutants, though a fair number of popular kids in that show turned out to be evil too. It lacks even the tiniest bit of sympathy for anyone who isn't attractive and outgoing. While popular party-going types do sometimes go bad, the show has never featured a real geek or nerd or loner as anything other
than a hideous loser with serious issues or hideous deranged monster.(Chloe does not count, due to her failing the "unattractive" test by a country mile)
* Parodied in a sketch on ''Series/{{Jam}}'', in which a desperately lonely woman goes to increasingly sinister lengths to make friends (from setting traps for cyclists to dressing as a police officer, telling a woman that her son died in an accident, then inviting the grieving mother to the theatre that evening)
* Ned from ''Series/PushingDaisies'' walls himself off from contact, both because of ParentalAbandonment in his past
one and because his [[BlessedWithSuck freakish ability]] is based on touch.
** Played with in the episode "Frescorts" where Ned insists that just because these people are lonely it doesn't mean that they're freaks. Emerson thinks it does.
*** In the same episode, a visible inversion occurs: [[spoiler: Buddy killed Joe because he (Joe) decided to quit to be with his girlfriend, which Buddy saw as abandonment. HoYay + [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous Boy]] = Uh oh.]] Also, in the end, Randy tells Ned that Joe had taught him that there's nothing wrong with being by yourself.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In Reginald Barclay's first appearance, he is shown as very much the Loner and his re-creation of members of the crew in the Holo-Deck is regarded as somewhat freakish. During the show, as he gains respect from his colleagues, he becomes less of a loner and deletes almost all of his Holo-Deck programs.
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' sometimes plays this trope straight ([[spoiler:Eddie Orlofsky, Felicia Tillman]]), sometimes it averts it. There's Karen [=McCluskey=], who is first introduced as an insufferable old loner, but then we find out that she still suffers for her son's early death.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' plays with this trope in every permutation. Sometimes the unsubs are revealed to be loners or anti-social people, sometimes they're perfectly sociable. In one episode, the BAU investigate a triple murder that seems to be perpetrated by a Satanic cult [[spoiler:and turns out to be one of the popular kids at the high school framing the Satanists.]]
** Played with in one scene where Elle is profiling an arsonist:
-->'''Elle''': This guy doesn't go on dates, doesn't go to parties, doesn't feel comfortable in front of groups...\\
''(The team's socially awkward BadassBookworm, Reid, gives Elle a strange look.)''\\
'''Elle''': ''(quickly)'' And of course he's a total psychopath.\\
'''Reid''': Of course.
** Given an interesting twist in "Solitary Man" where the killer essentially went crazy from loneliness, and that's what turned him murderous.
* Simon Bellamy from ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has no friends, and he's portrayed as mentally unstable, obsessive, nerdy, and a bit of a pervert. To be fair, he does actually ''want'' friends and genuinely tries to reach out to people, it's just that [[DarkAndTroubledPast years of bullying and isolation]] have left him painfully shy and socially inept. Plus he's actually shown to be far more kind, sensitive and empathic than most of the show's more extroverted characters, and his SanitySlippage is mostly due to the [[TheWoobie traumatic
things that happen to him]] and the fact that no one really offers him emotional support (or even acknowledges his existence most of the time).
* Series/{{House}} and Foreman are sometimes accused of this, especially by {{The Chick}}s (Cameron and Thirteen).
* As a result of his father's training, [[Series/{{Dexter}} Dexter Morgan]] is aware of this, and goes out of his way to cultivate a "reserved but sociable" persona to keep from being thought of as an emotionally withdrawn loner. It works on everyone but [[OnlySaneMan Sgt. Doakes]].
* A case of "Loners become freaks" in ''Series/{{Life}}'', where Charlie is clearly a
won't end well adjusted guy with a job and a wife and friends until he spends an ungodly amount of time (unspecified, but measured in years) in solitary confinement. When they let him out again, [[CloudCuckooLander he's kind of crazy.]]
--> "The first six months in solitary, I did push ups, and I did not talk to myself. The next six months in solitary, I'll admit, I talked to myself. You don't want to know what I did after that."
* Parodied in the Buckwheat assassination episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. A series of people
for those who knew the assassin, John David Stutts, all say the same thing about him--"He was a quiet guy, a bit of a loner, but he always talked about wanting to kill Buckwheat." The caption under his high school yearbook photo reads, "Most Likely to Kill Buckwheat."
* Ranger Gord on ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' is a tragicomic example, in that being posted to a lonely tower to watch for forest fires and then forgotten by his head office has meant that he's lived all alone in the woods since about 1979. Being all alone out there has made him into a full-blown CloudCuckooLander, something {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Red on multiple occasions.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** The episode "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E11OutOfMindOutOfSight}} Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight]]" was about a girl who'd magically turned invisible from social ostracization and set out to take violent revenge on everyone she deemed responsible.
** Also implied to be why Buffy is such an effective Slayer. Her ties to the world give her something to fight for, while other, more isolated, Slayers tend to have far shorter lifespans.
* Also in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', the titular character has a lot of this in his backstory, due to his guilt and not wanting to risk attacking anyone. He came out of it for most of the series, though he sank back into it in season 2 in an attempt to protect everyone from his darkness like before.
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' has Rick. He was constantly bullied by the likes of Spinner and Jay. And when he was abusive toward Terry (which may or may not be associated with a mental illness), the amount of hate toward him skyrocketed. It got to the point where, after being humiliated at a ''televised'' academic competition, he brings a gun to school, and shoots Jimmy in the back, causing him to be paralyzed.
** Worst, the show made ''him'' out to be a bad guy, even though he was obviously ridiculed by the rest of the characters. After accidentally shooting himself dead, and shooting Jimmy, his one friend Toby disassociated himself with him.
** It got a better example with Connor, who suffered from Aspergers. Once his violent outbursts were explained, even Ally stood up for him. In fact, the amount of suffering he got from the principal was made public, and got Shepard fired.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the Winchester boys (Sam in particular) often had trouble fitting in due to having to move around so often. This led to a great deal of IJustWantToBeNormal on Sam's part that eventually caused him to have a falling out with his father. The fact that being called a freak is his BerserkButton is just icing on the cake.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Mulder is a loner, due to his crazy ideas about aliens and government conspiracy. He's a joke to the FBI and is mocked by his peers, nicknamed "Spooky" (however, that nickname originated as a sign of respect). He doesn't seem to mind too much, though. He doesn't go out of his way to make friends and likes to work alone; the first half of the first season is him just messing with Scully to try and annoy her enough to get her to leave. It doesn't work, and she ends up being his defender of sorts to others in the FBI. He has exactly four friends, including her, three of which are just as odd as he is. His loner tendency may stem back to his childhood, in which his parents emotionally abandoned him after the abduction of his sister. He noted that it "tore the family apart", and he is never seen to have a close relationship with his parents, who divorced soon after the incident.
* Toyed with in ''Series/DarkOracle''. Lance is an antisocial gaming geek, but is one of the main protagonists. His CloudCuckooLander girlfriend Sage is similarly weird and isolated, but a very pleasant girl. [[BigBadWannabe Vern]], [[EvilCounterpart Blaze]], and [[EvilTwin comic!Sage]] on the other hand, cross in Loners Are Freaks territory and stay there.
* ''Series/MyMadFatDiary'': Chloe says this to Rae:
--> '''Chloe''': Look, you're not going to make friends if you're sitting on the sidelines all the time.\\
'''Rae''': Are people talking about that?\\
'''Chloe''': They might be. Look, you don't want people thinking you're ''weird'',
do you? You don't want people thinking you're not ''normal''?
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** Subverted in the episode "Dark Victory", when Frasier delivers a rousing speech in defense of introverts everywhere.
** Played straight in "The 200th Episode" by Frasier's biggest fan who quit his job to devote his ''life'' to listening to, recording, ''and'' transcribing Frasier's show.
* ''Series/GhostWhisperer'': Melinda when she was a teenager and a girl called her a freak because she sees ghosts no one sees. She was talking to a boy and a girl says "Who are you talking too?" and then laughs at her. The flashbacks were shown in "Mean Ghost".
things alone.



[[folder:Music]]
* Music/{{Disturbed}}'s music has this as a theme [[{{Anvilicious}} probably too often]]. A few examples would be "Just Stop", "Divide", and their SignatureSong "Down with the Sickness".
* "A Most Peculiar Man" by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel.
* John Cale's "Half Past France":
-->I'm not afraid now of the dark anymore \\
And many mountains now are molehills \\
Back in Berlin they're all well-fed \\
I don't care \\
People always bored me anyway
* Music/HarryChapin's "Sniper". The titular sniper is described throughout the song as a strange loner, according to those who knew him. [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] as, according to the sniper's thoughts, everyone treating him as a freak is what sent him on his rampage.
* [[Music/TheMegas Air Man feels this way about himself]], as his only power is "to push others away". "If I can't walk among them, then I will walk the world alone!"
* Suicidal Tendencies (the name is program) "Alone":
-->I scream at the sky, it's easier than crying \\
I'm shyish when I'm shouting out loud \\
I feel so alone in a room full of people \\
I'm loudist when I'm in a crowd \\

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[[folder:Music]]
[[folder:Podcasts]]
* Music/{{Disturbed}}'s music has this as ''Podcast/EdictZeroFis'': Nick Garrett is a theme [[{{Anvilicious}} probably too often]]. A few examples would be "Just Stop", "Divide", and their SignatureSong "Down gifted profiler, but is a loner with the Sickness".
* "A Most Peculiar Man" by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel.
* John Cale's "Half Past France":
-->I'm not afraid now of the dark anymore \\
And many mountains now are molehills \\
Back in Berlin they're all well-fed \\
I don't care \\
People always bored me anyway
* Music/HarryChapin's "Sniper". The titular sniper is described throughout the song as a strange loner, according to those who knew him. [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] as, according to the sniper's thoughts, everyone treating him as a freak is what sent him on his rampage.
* [[Music/TheMegas Air Man feels this way about himself]], as his only power is "to push others away". "If I can't walk among them, then I will walk the world alone!"
* Suicidal Tendencies (the name is program) "Alone":
-->I scream at the sky, it's easier than crying \\
I'm shyish when I'm shouting out loud \\
I feel so alone in a room full of people \\
I'm loudist when I'm in a crowd \\
an intentionally-annoying personality. Of course, [[DarkAndTroubledPast he has a]] [[FreudianExcuse good reason]].



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* Literature/TheBible has a few scriptures that concerns this trope:
** In [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis 2:18]], the only thing that God declared something in His creation "not good" is that Adam is all alone, which He Himself says that "it's not good for man to be alone." And this is why God took a rib out of Adam and created Eve to keep him company.
** One meaning of [[Literature/BookOfProverbs Proverbs 18:1]] is that a person who separates themselves from others in seeking their own desires and aren't concerned about the needs of other people fit under this category.
** [[Literature/BookOfEcclesiastes Ecclesiastes 4:9-12]] shows how two is better than one and things won't end well for those who do things alone.

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* Literature/TheBible has For some reason, a few scriptures that concerns this trope:
** In [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis 2:18]], the only thing that God declared something in His creation "not good" is that Adam is all alone, which He Himself says that "it's not
good for man to be alone." And this portion of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'''s version 4 are loners. Whether or not it is why God took a rib out of Adam and created Eve to keep him company.
** One meaning of [[Literature/BookOfProverbs Proverbs 18:1]] is that a person who separates themselves
played straight, though, varies from others in seeking their own desires and aren't concerned about the needs of other people fit under this category.
** [[Literature/BookOfEcclesiastes Ecclesiastes 4:9-12]] shows how two is better than one and things won't end well for those who do things alone.
character to character.



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* ''Podcast/EdictZeroFis'': Nick Garrett is a gifted profiler, but is a loner with an intentionally-annoying personality. Of course, [[DarkAndTroubledPast he has a]] [[FreudianExcuse good reason]].

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* ''Podcast/EdictZeroFis'': Nick Garrett In ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'', spending three days alone is a gifted profiler, but the sample Rank 3 Isolation stress checks, while spending 7 days alone is the sample Rank 5 Isolation stress check. This means that the average character and average rolls will reach a loner permanent insanity from being alone, and beating the odds leaves said character more than a little weird.
* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', Geniuses of high Obligation (Morality) might transgress just from avoiding people for too long. Same
with an intentionally-annoying personality. Of course, [[DarkAndTroubledPast he has a]] [[FreudianExcuse good reason]].[[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost changelings]], but that's because they have ''issues''.
* A DiscussedTrope in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace: High Frontier'': In describing "Virts", people who do all their interaction through virtuality, it notes "Many Virts are somewhat secretive about their true nature, especially since several popular [=InVids=] depict Virts as either [[LackOfEmpathy dangerous sociopaths]], [[TheCracker criminal hackers]], or as pathetic and terrified losers.



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* For some reason, a good portion of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'''s version 4 are loners. Whether or not it is played straight, though, varies from character to character.

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* For some reason, a good portion of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'''s version 4 are loners. Whether or not it is played straight, though, varies from character to character.From Toys/{{Bionicle}}:
-->'''Kopaka''': IWorkAlone.\\
'''Pohatu''': What, by choice? Or just because nobody else can stand you?



[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'', spending three days alone is the sample Rank 3 Isolation stress checks, while spending 7 days alone is the sample Rank 5 Isolation stress check. This means that the average character and average rolls will reach a permanent insanity from being alone, and beating the odds leaves said character more than a little weird.
* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', Geniuses of high Obligation (Morality) might transgress just from avoiding people for too long. Same with [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost changelings]], but that's because they have ''issues''.
* A DiscussedTrope in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace: High Frontier'': In describing "Virts", people who do all their interaction through virtuality, it notes "Many Virts are somewhat secretive about their true nature, especially since several popular [=InVids=] depict Virts as either [[LackOfEmpathy dangerous sociopaths]], [[TheCracker criminal hackers]], or as pathetic and terrified losers.
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* From Toys/{{Bionicle}}:
-->'''Kopaka''': IWorkAlone.\\
'''Pohatu''': What, by choice? Or just because nobody else can stand you?
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** Ironically, the ''only'' two people that call Sherlock a freak are Anderson and Donovan. [[FriendOnTheForce Lestrade]], [[LivingEmotionalCrutch John]], [[CoolBigSis Mary]] and [[TeamMom Mrs. Hudson]] don't. Though Sherlock and John ''did'' play the [[FriendlessBackground loner]] part straight, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming before they met each other.]]

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** Ironically, the ''only'' two people that call Sherlock a freak are Anderson and Donovan. [[FriendOnTheForce Lestrade]], [[LivingEmotionalCrutch John]], [[CoolBigSis Mary]] and [[TeamMom Mrs. Hudson]] don't. Though Sherlock and John ''did'' play the [[FriendlessBackground loner]] part straight, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming before they met each other.]] other.

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* {{Deconstructed}} in ''Literature/TheKingsAvatar'': the protagonist is the face of UsefulNotes/ProfessionalGaming team Excellent Era, but is {{Socially Awkward|Hero}} and a recluse [[HumbleHero with a lack of interest at showing his face in public]]. Doubling with RealityEnsues and TruthInTelevision, as an noted celebrity of a championship winning team, which revolves around public appearances for income, this crippled Excellent Era, a large indicator of his downfall in the organization. Taken to its logical conclusion at the start of the story where management forces him out of the team entirely.


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%%* Anthy of ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.

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%%* Anthy of ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.



* Averted in ''Comicbook/{{Asterix}} and the Roman Agent'': while everyone else is bickering thanks to the titular spy's influence, the bard Cacofonix isn't, since he, besides being aphonic at the time, usually keeps to himself and thus keeps away from the agent's jealousy- and paranoia-inducing influence. This isn't necessarily a personal choice--as per his name, Cacofonix is an enthusiastic but [[DreadfulMusician absolutely horrendous musician]].

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* Averted in ''Comicbook/{{Asterix}} and the Roman Agent'': while everyone else is bickering thanks to the titular spy's influence, the bard Cacofonix isn't, since he, besides being aphonic at the time, usually keeps to himself and thus keeps away from the agent's jealousy- and paranoia-inducing influence. This isn't necessarily a personal choice--as choice -- as per his name, Cacofonix is an enthusiastic but [[DreadfulMusician absolutely horrendous musician]].



* ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} definitely fell under this in his early years, along with a hefty dose of AllOfTheOtherReindeer. DependingOnTheWriter, it's deliberately ambiguous how much of this was genuinely because of bullies like Flash and how much of it was in his own head.

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* ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} ComicBook/SpiderMan definitely fell under this in his early years, along with a hefty dose of AllOfTheOtherReindeer. DependingOnTheWriter, it's deliberately ambiguous how much of this was genuinely because of bullies like Flash and how much of it was in his own head. head.
* In the prequel comic of ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', Captain Hammer, JerkJock nemesis of the VillainProtagonist, states that goths and kids that are good at science and math should be reported to the police as they are all potential supervillains. And, as Dr. Horrible works on his Death Ray, he also stops meeting with Penny or Moist.



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* The Joker from ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
-->'''Batman''': He must have friends.\\
'''Maroni''': Friends? Have you ''met'' this guy?
** However, he does run with a pretty large gang, and seems to pick up new members out of nowhere and know where all the criminals meet. It's noted that a good chunk of his men broke out from Arkham in the previous movie, and he also seems to absorb the lower ranks from the other mobsters he kills into his own gang, which would give him a) intel on the other criminals and b) underlings who aren't completely AxCrazy. Just mostly.

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* The Joker from ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
-->'''Batman''': He must have friends.\\
'''Maroni''': Friends? Have you ''met'' this guy?
**
''Film/TheDarkKnight''. However, he does run with a pretty large gang, and seems to pick up new members out of nowhere and know where all the criminals meet. It's noted that a good chunk of his men broke out from Arkham in the previous movie, and he also seems to absorb the lower ranks from the other mobsters he kills into his own gang, which would give him a) intel on the other criminals and b) underlings who aren't completely AxCrazy. Just mostly.mostly.
-->'''Batman:''' He must have friends.\\
'''Maroni:''' Friends? Have you ''met'' this guy?



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* In ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'', spending three days alone is the sample Rank 3 Isolation stress checks, while spending 7 days alone is the sample Rank 5 Isolation stress check. This means that the average character and average rolls will reach a permanent insanity from being alone, and beating the odds leaves said character more than a little weird.
* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', Geniuses of high Obligation (Morality) might transgress just from avoiding people for too long. Same with [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost changelings]], but that's because they have ''issues''.
* A DiscussedTrope in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace: High Frontier'': In describing "Virts", people who do all their interaction through virtuality, it notes "Many Virts are somewhat secretive about their true nature, especially since several popular [=InVids=] depict Virts as either [[LackOfEmpathy dangerous sociopaths]], [[TheCracker criminal hackers]], or as pathetic and terrified losers.

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* In ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'', spending three days alone ''Podcast/EdictZeroFis'': Nick Garrett is the sample Rank 3 Isolation stress checks, while spending 7 days alone a gifted profiler, but is the sample Rank 5 Isolation stress check. This means that the average character and average rolls will reach a permanent insanity from being alone, and beating the odds leaves said character more than a little weird.
* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', Geniuses of high Obligation (Morality) might transgress just from avoiding people for too long. Same
loner with [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost changelings]], but that's because they have ''issues''.
* A DiscussedTrope in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace: High Frontier'': In describing "Virts", people who do all their interaction through virtuality, it notes "Many Virts are somewhat secretive about their true nature, especially since several popular [=InVids=] depict Virts as either [[LackOfEmpathy dangerous sociopaths]], [[TheCracker criminal hackers]], or as pathetic and terrified losers.
an intentionally-annoying personality. Of course, [[DarkAndTroubledPast he has a]] [[FreudianExcuse good reason]].



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* From Toys/{{Bionicle}}:
-->'''Kopaka''': IWorkAlone.\\
'''Pohatu''': What, by choice? Or just because nobody else can stand you?

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* From Toys/{{Bionicle}}:
-->'''Kopaka''': IWorkAlone.\\
'''Pohatu''': What, by choice? Or just because nobody else can stand you?
For some reason, a good portion of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'''s version 4 are loners. Whether or not it is played straight, though, varies from character to character.



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* In ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'', spending three days alone is the sample Rank 3 Isolation stress checks, while spending 7 days alone is the sample Rank 5 Isolation stress check. This means that the average character and average rolls will reach a permanent insanity from being alone, and beating the odds leaves said character more than a little weird.
* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', Geniuses of high Obligation (Morality) might transgress just from avoiding people for too long. Same with [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost changelings]], but that's because they have ''issues''.
* A DiscussedTrope in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace: High Frontier'': In describing "Virts", people who do all their interaction through virtuality, it notes "Many Virts are somewhat secretive about their true nature, especially since several popular [=InVids=] depict Virts as either [[LackOfEmpathy dangerous sociopaths]], [[TheCracker criminal hackers]], or as pathetic and terrified losers.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* From Toys/{{Bionicle}}:
-->'''Kopaka''': IWorkAlone.\\
'''Pohatu''': What, by choice? Or just because nobody else can stand you?
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video
Games]]



* In the prequel comic of ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', Captain Hammer, JerkJock nemesis of the VillainProtagonist, states that goths and kids that are good at science and math should be reported to the police as they are all potential supervillains. And, as Dr. Horrible works on his Death Ray, he also stops meeting with Penny or Moist.
* For some reason, a good portion of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'''s version 4 are loners. Whether or not it is played straight, though, varies from character to character.

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* In the prequel comic of ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', Captain Hammer, JerkJock nemesis of the VillainProtagonist, states that goths and kids that are good at science and math should be reported to the police as they are all potential supervillains. And, as Dr. Horrible works on his Death Ray, he also stops meeting with Penny or Moist.
* For some reason, a good portion of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'''s version 4 are loners. Whether or not it is played straight, though, varies from character to character.
This ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' article: "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-misleading-assumptions-you-make-about-quiet-people/ 6 Misleading Assumptions You Make About Quiet People]]."
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* This ''{{Website/Cracked}}'' article: "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-misleading-assumptions-you-make-about-quiet-people/ 6 Misleading Assumptions You Make About Quiet People]]."
* [[Podcast/EdictZeroFis Nick Garrett]] is a gifted profiler, but is a loner with an intentionally-annoying personality. Of course, [[DarkAndTroubledPast he has a]] [[FreudianExcuse good reason]].



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' had Spongebob trying to make friends with Plankton, to try to help him become a better person. It hilariously didn't work: "[[EvilFeelsGood Being evil is just too much fun]]!"

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' had Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] trying to make friends with Plankton, to try to help him become a better person. It hilariously didn't work: "[[EvilFeelsGood Being evil is just too much fun]]!"



* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime.''

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime.''''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':



** Lemongrab. He's a science experiment gone wrong, and is socially awkward and isolated- and a huge jerk. Apparently, he prefers to be alone... not that anyone would really desire his company, anyway.

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** Lemongrab. He's a science experiment gone wrong, and is socially awkward and isolated- isolated -- and a huge jerk. Apparently, he prefers to be alone... not that anyone would really desire his company, anyway.



* Played straight and subverted in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Twilight Sparkle, the main character, is seen this way by the denizens of Canterlot, but on the other hand, the overly friendly ponies of Ponyville strike Twilight Sparkle as rather crazy.
** Loners barely even seem to exist in the show; friendship is, quite literally, one of the fundamental forces of that universe. The biggest loner so far shown is Zecora (a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture faux-African]] witch doctor living alone in the dark woods), and she's a very sympathetic character - the first episode featuring her is all about how she's ''not'' a freak. On the other hand, even she is not a complete loner, as she keeps friendly relations with the main characters, doesn't mind visits to her hut and sometimes helps out with celebrations in Ponyville.
** One of the themes in "A Friend In Deed" is that some people just want to be left alone, and that's okay. It does hint at the difference between alone and lonely, since Crankey, the donkey Pinkie tried to befriend was both. She managed to help him by finding his lost love and while he may not lonely, he and Matilda still enjoy their privacy.
* Mr Freeze from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' is another example: where Batman has Robin, who he treats as a teammate, Mr Freeze is completely ruthless when one of his henchmen gets accidentally frozen.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
**
Played straight and subverted in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.episode. Twilight Sparkle, the main character, is seen this way by the denizens of Canterlot, but on the other hand, the overly friendly ponies of Ponyville strike Twilight Sparkle as rather crazy.
** Loners barely even seem to exist in the show; friendship is, quite literally, one of the fundamental forces of that universe. The biggest loner so far shown is Zecora (a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture faux-African]] witch doctor living alone in the dark woods), and she's a very sympathetic character - -- the first episode featuring her is all about how she's ''not'' a freak. On the other hand, even she is not a complete loner, as she keeps friendly relations with the main characters, doesn't mind visits to her hut and sometimes helps out with celebrations in Ponyville.
** One of the themes in "A Friend In in Deed" is that some people just want to be left alone, and that's okay. It does hint at the difference between alone and lonely, since Crankey, Cranky, the donkey Pinkie tried tries to befriend was is both. She managed manages to help him by finding his lost love and while he may not be lonely, he and Matilda still enjoy their privacy.
* Mr Mr. Freeze from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' is another example: where Batman has Robin, who he treats as a teammate, Mr Mr. Freeze is completely ruthless when one of his henchmen gets accidentally frozen.


* The main message of ''Manga/OnePiece'' boils down to "if you don't have any friends, YouSuck!" It's actually difficult to stay a loner in ''One Piece'' unless you're really a douchebag and therefore, deserving of it. Consider Tony Chopper, a talking, shapeshifting reindeer, who was outcast for his weirdness until Luffy's crew comes along and openly accept him.

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* The main message of ''Manga/OnePiece'' boils down to "if you don't have any friends, YouSuck!" you suck!" It's actually difficult to stay a loner in ''One Piece'' unless you're really a douchebag and therefore, deserving of it. Consider Tony Chopper, a talking, shapeshifting reindeer, who was outcast for his weirdness until Luffy's crew comes along and openly accept him.


* ''{{Series/Sherlock}}'': Ironically, the ''only'' two people that call Sherlock a freak are Anderson and Donovan. [[FriendOnTheForce Lestrade]], [[LivingEmotionalCrutch John]], [[CoolBigSis Mary]] and [[TeamMom Mrs. Hudson]] don't. Though Sherlock and John ''did'' play the [[FriendlessBackground loner]] part straight, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming before they met each other.]]

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* ''{{Series/Sherlock}}'': ''{{Series/Sherlock}}'':
**
Ironically, the ''only'' two people that call Sherlock a freak are Anderson and Donovan. [[FriendOnTheForce Lestrade]], [[LivingEmotionalCrutch John]], [[CoolBigSis Mary]] and [[TeamMom Mrs. Hudson]] don't. Though Sherlock and John ''did'' play the [[FriendlessBackground loner]] part straight, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming before they met each other.]]


* Various examples in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', for example Soran and Khan are loners. Also the {{Evil Twin}}s are usually loners: Lore was abandoned on a planet for a long time, and Thomas Riker lived 8 years alone on an outpost.
** Soran is not the best example, considering it was the loss of his family and desire to get back to them that made him go la-la.
** Khan wasn't really a loner; more so just the burden of being a MagnificentBastard caused him to always be just slightly above everyone else. He had his wife on Ceti Alpha V for a while, and throughout the movie, he's seen conversing with Joachim as a good friend, [[spoiler:even promising to avenge his death (though he ignored the fact that Joachim himself blamed his death on Khan's obsessive quest for revenge, not on the ship firing at them in self-defence).]]
** Thomas Riker's kind of a questionable example as well. Most of the conflict in the episode he appears in comes not from having been alone for so long, but from his resentment of Will for having lived those years while he was trapped. Neither is he really "evil" when he appears in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''; he's working for the Maquis, sure, but that's morally ambiguous; and again, he doesn't seem to have joined them because of his time alone so much as to differentiate himself from Will.
** Reginald Barclay might be a better example. In his first appearance, he is shown as very much the Loner and his re-creation of members of the crew in the Holo-Deck is regarded as somewhat freakish. During the show, as he gains respect from his colleagues, he becomes less of a loner and deletes almost all of his Holo-Deck programs.
** But on the other side, the power of collective is often described as evil as well, like Borg Collective and the Great Founder Link.

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* Various examples in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', for example Soran and Khan are loners. Also the {{Evil Twin}}s are usually loners: Lore was abandoned on a planet for a long time, and Thomas Riker lived 8 years alone on an outpost.
** Soran is not the best example, considering it was the loss of his family and desire to get back to them that made him go la-la.
** Khan wasn't really a loner; more so just the burden of being a MagnificentBastard caused him to always be just slightly above everyone else. He had his wife on Ceti Alpha V for a while, and throughout the movie, he's seen conversing with Joachim as a good friend, [[spoiler:even promising to avenge his death (though he ignored the fact that Joachim himself blamed his death on Khan's obsessive quest for revenge, not on the ship firing at them in self-defence).]]
** Thomas Riker's kind of a questionable example as well. Most of the conflict in the episode he appears in comes not from having been alone for so long, but from his resentment of Will for having lived those years while he was trapped. Neither is he really "evil" when he appears in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''; he's working for the Maquis, sure, but that's morally ambiguous; and again, he doesn't seem to have joined them because of his time alone so much as to differentiate himself from Will.
**
''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In Reginald Barclay might be a better example. In his Barclay's first appearance, he is shown as very much the Loner and his re-creation of members of the crew in the Holo-Deck is regarded as somewhat freakish. During the show, as he gains respect from his colleagues, he becomes less of a loner and deletes almost all of his Holo-Deck programs.
** But on the other side, the power of collective is often described as evil as well, like Borg Collective and the Great Founder Link.
programs.


* Dr. Cox from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' applies to this trope as well, but a subversion occurs in the second episode of the first season. JD reaches out to the curmudgeonly doctor with pizza and beer, and just when it appears he's on the brink of a breakthrough, Dr. Cox replies, "I can braid your hair. I know the couch isn't very deep, but we could move the back cushion and spoon." Not only has he been sarcastic this whole time, he's got friends coming over to watch the game -- they just don't include JD. This is the only time we see Doctor Cox with friends over - an episode later in the show sets up the same premise, but closes on Cox alone in his apartment with a six-pack...
** However, he is occasionally seen out in the bar with the other members of the cast, or just his ex-wife. And a few episodes have him hanging out with old friends from before he became a doctor- in fact, part of the reason he is a loner is that his best friend, Ben, died of leukemia in the middle of the show (and had been travelling the world alone to boot). As the series rolls on he also strikes up a friendship with ArchEnemy Kelso, going to FriendlyEnemy to mentor (after Cox get's Kelso's job) and finally just to friends. He's fairly friendly with Carla and gets on well enough with everyone else, and JD eventually manages to trick him into admitting that he thinks of them as friends as well. Cox wants people to ''think'' he is a JerkAss loner, but in truth he has a decent circle of friends.

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* Dr. Cox from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' applies to this trope as well, but a subversion occurs in the second episode of the first season. JD reaches out to the curmudgeonly doctor with pizza and beer, and just when it appears he's on the brink of a breakthrough, Dr. Cox replies, "I can braid your hair. I know the couch isn't very deep, but we could move the back cushion and spoon." Not only has he been sarcastic this whole time, he's got friends coming over to watch the game -- they just don't include JD. This is the only time we see Doctor Cox with friends over - an episode later in the show sets up the same premise, but closes on Cox alone in his apartment with a six-pack...
**
six-pack... However, he is occasionally seen out in the bar with the other members of the cast, or just his ex-wife. And a few episodes have him hanging out with old friends from before he became a doctor- in fact, part of the reason he is a loner is that his best friend, Ben, died of leukemia in the middle of the show (and had been travelling the world alone to boot). As the series rolls on he also strikes up a friendship with ArchEnemy Kelso, going to FriendlyEnemy to mentor (after Cox get's Kelso's job) and finally just to friends. He's fairly friendly with Carla and gets on well enough with everyone else, and JD eventually manages to trick him into admitting that he thinks of them as friends as well. Cox wants people to ''think'' he is a JerkAss loner, but in truth he has a decent circle of friends.


* An interesting inversion of the trope can be found in the British spy series ''Series/ThePrisoner'', which features an unrepentant, mildly misanthropic loner as its protagonist. Instead of being seen as a liability, the character's "loner-ness" and drive towards individualism is the ''only'' thing keeping him sane. It's also the only weapon he has against the shady government officials who want to brainwash him and turn him into an obedient and conformist government servant. It's played straight in one episode, however, in which Number Six manages to make contact with other subversives within the prison; however, because they're all confident-but-intensely-secretive and insular types, they all think each of them is a double agent and end up scuttling their own escape. If they'd just trusted each other, they'd have gotten away.

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* An interesting inversion of the trope can be found in the British spy series ''Series/ThePrisoner'', ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'', which features an unrepentant, mildly misanthropic loner as its protagonist. Instead of being seen as a liability, the character's "loner-ness" and drive towards individualism is the ''only'' thing keeping him sane. It's also the only weapon he has against the shady government officials who want to brainwash him and turn him into an obedient and conformist government servant. It's played straight in one episode, however, in which Number Six manages to make contact with other subversives within the prison; however, because they're all confident-but-intensely-secretive and insular types, they all think each of them is a double agent and end up scuttling their own escape. If they'd just trusted each other, they'd have gotten away.

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