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Basic Trope: A character goes mad after spending time in isolation for too long.

  • Straight: Bob loses his sanity after spending time at home by his lonesome for months.
  • Exaggerated: Bob instantly goes insane only after a full day of complete alone time.
  • Downplayed: Bob can bear with being alone for an extended period of time, but nevertheless makes the effort to interact with others once in a while.
  • Justified: Bob can't stand the thought of being by his lonesome for long periods of time.
  • Inverted:
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    • Bob goes mad from being surrounded by company for too long.
    • Bob embraces isolation as a form of enlightenment.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob has spent alone time at home for months, but keeps his sanity in check by preoccupying himself with other activities.
    • Alice is Bob's first human contact after a long time without activities or people. She thinks he's gone crazy, but he was just teasing her.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Bob was perfectly sane while talking to Alice, but he becomes a nervous wreck the instant she turns away from him.
  • Zig-Zagged: Bob's sanity wanes and waxes in his alone time.
  • Averted: Bob doesn't go insane from spending time alone for extended periods of time.
  • Enforced: Bob is sentenced to solitary confinement, and from there, his sanity deteriorates as time progresses.
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  • Lampshaded: "I've lost it! I can't take this total separation any more!"
  • Invoked: Bob is being wrongfully isolated, he knows it, and he can't stop thinking about it or convince anybody of that.
  • Exploited: In Bob's absence, Mike takes over his life.
  • Defied: Bob goes to public places every day so he'll be surrounded by company and not feel alone.
  • Discussed: "I don't want to be alone for too long. I could go mad."
  • Conversed: "Boy, isolation did a bigger number on Bob than it did on Alice."
  • Implied: Bob is rather more prone to blank, Thousand-Yard Stares after his period of absence than before.
  • Deconstructed: Everybody else thinks (erroneously) that Bob is The Hermit and wants to be alone, so they forget he ever existed.
  • Reconstructed: ...all except his old Love Interest Cathy, who sustains him psychologically with periodic visits.
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  • Played for Laughs: Bob tells himself progressively stranger jokes to try to ward off insanity, ultimately coming to laugh at his own jokes and making himself Laughing Mad.
  • Played for Drama: Bob is Driven to Suicide in his insanity.
  • Plotted a Good Waste: The whole point of the story is to show what a toll complete isolation would take on somebody like Bob.

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