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  • The Trope Namer is the children's story (later song) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The title character is mocked by his fellow reindeer for his luminous red nose, until Santa turns up asking Rudolph's help as a navigation light for his sleigh. All of the other reindeer quickly change their tune when Santa chooses him because they realize his nose is a gift as well as an oddity, and unanimously declare Rudolph will go down in history.
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  • My Heart and Other Black Holes: Aysel is isolated by everyone at school because of what her dad did.
  • Tobias in Animorphs, who was bullied and shunned in school before becoming a hawk nothlit.
  • The teenage main character of Stephen King's Carrie, whose torment at school and at home from her Moral Guardian zealot mother leads her to burn down the building at prom and later her own house with both her and her mother still in it.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Snape was unpopular at school, and the victim of many — including Harry's own father.
    • This is taken to the next level during Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Thanks to the Ministry of Magic, most of the Wizarding World believes that Harry's crazy and dangerous, and that the return of Lord Voldemort in the previous book is a lie, just because his scar hurts and he's a Parselmouth. At the end of the book, however, Harry is vindicated after the Ministry of Magic arrive just in time to witness Voldemort themselves.
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    • Subverted in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when Dudley, who's been bullying Harry most of the series, stops doing it after Harry saves his life from the Dementors, and at the end thanks him for it, and believes in what he says about Voldemort. Until then, the Dursleys enforce this attitude towards Harry, telling everyone that he was a freak and deranged. The first book mentions that Harry has no friends at school because no kid wants to antagonize Dudley.
    • Luna Lovegood.
    • Myrtle before she died. She was teased for her glasses and everyone threw a book at her.
  • Drizzt Do'urden, for not being Always Chaotic Evil like his fellow Drow.
  • Mat Cauthon and most female characters in The Wheel of Time. Sort of subverted in that after three major characters continue mistreating him after he breaks into the most secure fortress in the world to try to rescue them, two other female characters force the first three to apologize.
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  • In Graham McNeill's Warhammer 40,000 Horus Heresy novel False Gods, Magnus the Red thinks on how he retreated to Prospero to research sorcery away from prying eyes and wishes he could show the glories of the warp to his persecutors. On the other hand, he also thinks that the warp makes such antiquated notions as good and evil fall away, so the question of how unjustly he is treated remains.
  • Rudyard Kipling's poem Tommy perfectly illustrates this trope.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events. The first book alone has them moving in with their Illegal Guardian Count Olaf who falsely promises to "raise these orphans as if they were actually wanted." Thus, the Baudelaires are forced to become servants for Count Olaf, who gives them a great number of difficult chores. They are also called names/ridiculed by Olaf and his troupe, and various other characters throughout each book. The fifth book especially is absolutely made of this.
  • In Hiccup: The Viking Who Was Seasick, the children's picture book that started off the How to Train Your Dragon series, this is virtually called out by name:
    Vikings were enormous roaring burglars with bristling moustaches who sailed all over the world and took whatever they wanted. Hiccup was tiny and thoughtful and polite. The other Viking children wouldn't let him join in their rough Viking games.
  • Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic series features four main characters who are each initially rejected by others for being: the lone survivor of a shipwreck and thus the ultimate of bad luck; a thrice convicted thief marked with X tattoos on his hands; a girl who is overweight and possessing immense but unrecognized weather magic; and a noble who moves a lot, disregards conventional noble classism, is obsessed with thread and weaving, and is also an orphan and sole survivor of a plague.
  • Andre Norton. All the time. Fortunately, they always get away somewhere else.
    • In Star Man's Son, a young mutant tries to get himself accepted as a Star Man despite the flagrant proof of his mutation, his hair.
    • In Ice Crown, the heroine is not taken seriously by her family.
    • In The Stars are Ours!, those of "Free Scientist" blood flee Earth into interstellar space
    • Humanity is treated like this in Star Guard by alien races.
    • In Catseye, Troy's refugee status causes embarrassment all around.
    • In The Zero Stone, Jern is isolated aboard the Free Trader ship because the crew all stick together.
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, we have Dorsk 81, an alien from a planet where they reproduce by cloning. Despite being supposedly genetically identical to his older clones, he has access to Force powers. Guess how the other clones treat him?
  • In The Wave, as the eponymous student movement sweeps the school, the few kids who don't join up find themselves victims of harassment, insults and physical assaults from their peers.
  • William Shakespeare was fond of using this trope for his Big Bads. The title character of Richard III. Edmund in King Lear. Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.
  • In Skinned by Robin Wasserman, Lia is treated this way because she is a mech, or a person who died and had their brain uploaded into an android.
  • Star Trek: Ex Machina. The Vulcans in that novel demonstrate this trope in how they respond to Spock's newfound philosophy of balanced emotion. Despite his admirable personal and professional traits, other Vulcans on the Enterprise crew reject him entirely for failing to follow their cultural customs exactly. At least one requests a transfer rather than live with his presence.
  • In the Starfleet Corps of Engineers stories, Nasats treat P8 Blue and other "Quiets" like this. P8 Blue was regularly dismissed by her fellows and viewed as freakish or deformed. In fact, her differently-wired brain is a trait that lets her play a vital role in establishing relations with another race living on the Nasat homeworld. Naturally, P8 saves the day.
  • The main character in Susan Shwartz's "Beggarman", a kid named Jommy who was born and lived on a space station but had dreams of making the damaged Earth properly inhabitable again, was mocked and tormented by the other "Spaceborn" for wanting to live on a "dirtball." While hiding from them he encountered a visiting Earthman named George Isherwood Stewart who said that they were "both named for loners" and asked him to help with an experiment concerning the characteristics of plants grown in low G and Earth G. After several of the other children vandalized the labs and he had a meltdown that threatened to ruin his chances of attending an off-station school called McAuliffe, Stewart, who'd been revealed as Earth's Minister of Education, offered him on-planet schooling.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, the populace of Westeros treats Tyrion Lannister as evil incarnate mostly because he's an ugly dwarf. Granted, his rampant drinking and whoring, his Deadspan Snarking, and his more ruthless actions don't help his case either. This trope also seems to be Stannis Baratheon's fate, both as a child and when he tries to take the Iron Throne. Justified, in that he is the middle child stuck between two extremely charismatic brothers, and his own Brutal Honesty and humorless demeanor aren't exactly endearing.
  • In Ruth Frances Long's The Treachery of Beautiful Things, when Jack tells her no one will believe her about the Land of Faerie, Jenny goes Laughing Mad for a while. She knows that: she told people (truthfully) that the woods had swallowed her brother Tom, and they talk about her behind her back and laugh.
  • In Victoria Forester's The Girl Who Could Fly, Piper before the institute.
  • Caitlin Smith from Mockingbird. While she does find a friend later on, he's younger than her. All the kids her age don't like her and call her a freak because of her strange behaviors and think she's an insensitive and selfish brat (though it's really due to her Autism, which makes it hard for her to show emotions, as she doesn't quite understand the concept of empathy and often says the wrong thing, which leads to kids yelling at her and calling her out on it, not quite getting that she's causing problems).
  • This is Sunny's life in a nutshell in Akata Witch, due to being both albino and American in Nigeria.
  • Lucien Morel from Treasures Of The Snow becomes a pariah after the townspeople hear about him hurting Dani's leg to the point of it never being able to heal. He suffers greatly for it, even more so due to Dani's sister, Annette, deliberately making things hard for him with her irrational grudge. This is toned down in the anime to make it more subtle.
  • In Why We Took the Car, Maik is harassed and looked down upon by his classmates. It's implied that Tschick isn't treated much better.
  • In Dora Wilk Series, Bogna used to be shunned by her fellow students because she had no problem being alone with the dead. It stopped, quite obviously, when she started studying pathology rather than medicine.
  • Reynie from The Mysterious Benedict Society is bullied at his orphanage for not acting like a "normal" child. He's a Child Prodigy who prefers studying and reading over watching television, and is mocked for casually using words like "enjoyable". Reynie thus has no friends besides his tutor, Miss Perumal, until he meets Kate, Constance, and Sticky.
  • The titular Varjak from Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue cat; however, he is ostracized amongst his family for having brown eyes instead of the characteristic green eyes of the breed. It turns out, though, that the first Mesopotamian Blue had brown eyes.
  • Aeduen from The Witchlands has been ostracized by others since he was young because of his powers, which are stereotypically associated with demons. By the time the readers meet him, this has been going on for long enough that he decided he's just fine where he is and doesn't want to be part of the society.
  • Fallocaust:
    • Ellis is the only female chimera, so she's something an outsider in the family, and the only one who doesn't have sex with the others. However, she's also the only chimera Silas has a truly paternal relationship with, and she's shown to be relatively well-adjusted.
    • Reaver and Sanguine both experienced this growing up, due to being chimeras raised around humans, with all the murder and bloodlust that implies.
  • Warrior Cats: Fireheart's nephew Cloudkit was bullied and ostracized even by adults because he was a kittypet. Even though he was only a moon old when he came to ThunderClan and doesn't even remember his birth mother, Cloudkit was looked down upon by many of his Clan. He was also looked down upon for being white-furred. Completely white-furred cats are rare in ThunderClan (most are 'forest colours' like red, black, and brown).
  • The titular character of A Boy Named Queen is immediately made the subject of mockery by his peers (except Evelyn) when he announces it at school.
  • Leslie from Bridge to Terabithia is the "weird" New Transfer Student who moved from the city. The other kids don't like her because she stands out like a sore thumb. How she is weird differs between incarnations:
    • In the original book and its 1980s made-for-TV film. Leslie is a tomboy who lives in a 1970s/1980s rural town where it's still seen as odd for girls to wear pants, nevermind looking like a boy. Leslie's Hippie Parents are also very well-off compared to most of the other parents. Leslie was raised secular, which clashes with the heavily Christian town she lives in. Aside from Jess, Leslie's classmates ignore her.
    • By the 2000s film, tomboyishness had lost much of its weirdness. Leslie is still an oddball atheist rich kid, but her fashion sense and personality changed. She's less sarcastic and more plucky, which weirds out the other kids, and her girly fashion sense sticks out amongst her country-raised classmates.
  • Rama II - Richard was alone as a kid, though it doesn't seem anyone teased him, he retreated into Shakespeare from his father. As an adult he's pretty affable (e.g. with his crewmates), except for when he's in a relationship and has to be an emotional father. He took his girlfriends' adultery pretty hard because she was the only other thing (at the time) that he valued. When he nearly killed her and thankfully was stopped, then wanted to kill himself, he decided instead he valued science to stay alive (and swore off further violence, which is part of why he got kidnapped by aliens...).
  • Miles Taylor And The Golden Cape: Miles is the new kid at Chapman Middle School, and because of that, is avoided by everyone. He ultimately does make friends in Henry and Josie.
  • Fish In A Tree: Ally is an outcast at her school because of her dyslexia. Thankfully, she becomes friends with Keisha and Albert.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer: While she isn't considered an outcast, the book continues the popular adaptational modification of having Diana feel ostracized by how different she is from the other Amazons, especially because of how she was born.
  • A Frozen Heart: In this tie-in novel to Frozen, Prince Hans feels "out of place" in his abusive family, as except for his mother and Lars (the only one of his 12 older brothers who didn't ill-treat him), his father and older brothers frequently belittle him for being a pushover.

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