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When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that.
Gertrude Stein

Physical solitude, or mental (which can be worse in a crowd) — and its causes, and its consequences.

A total lack of human contact can leave the character isolated even if surrounded by non-humans; and sometimes they have to be specific kinds of humans (caring friends and family), and sometimes, if a character is facing depression, no one can keep them from feeling isolated.

Compare Introversion Tropes. Contrast Ensembles, Power Trio and Duo Tropes. See The Singles Index, which deals with romantic solitude.


Quite a crowd of them, isn't there?

Alternative Title(s): Loneliness Tropes