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Basic Trope: A character, described as a loner, is always with other characters.

  • Straight: Jack, said to be a loner, is always shown hanging out with Tom, or Jill, or Sally, or —
  • Exaggerated: Jack is always in the middle of the party.
  • Downplayed: Jack has been referred to as a loner, but has one or two friends that he hangs out with occasionally.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Suzie is called gregarious and is always seen alone.
  • Subverted:
    • Jack, a loner, is always seen with other people, but the POV character only sees him for small parts of the day.
    • He's always seen with other people, who are only paying attention to other people, never to Jack.
  • Double Subverted: Except that he's not alone the rest, either.
  • Parodied: Jack growls out that he hates people, and wants to be as far away from socializing as possible... to his adoring fan club, Paid Harem, and a large group of assorted friends and family, who are all "ruining [his] loner image."
  • Zig Zagged: It looks like all the talk about Jack being a loner is just hype, he's having a birthday party! Which he threw as a joke, he's dying to get out. Except it's because he's so happy lots of people showed up, but he doesn't want anyone to see him cry.
  • Averted:
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    • Jack is not described as a loner.
    • Jack is seen alone.
  • Enforced: "Calling him a loner makes him edgy, so we don't need to have him alone; besides, it's easier to plot when we can dump exposition in dialogue."
  • Lampshaded: "For a loner, you seem to have a lot of friends."
  • Invoked: Jack spreads the rumor he's a loner to try and seem edgy and get a date.
  • Exploited: Jack makes friends with the people pitying him for "being so lonely".
  • Defied: No one ever calls Jack a loner because they don't want to make him seem cooler than he really is.
  • Discussed: "So how's the asocial lifestyle treating you?" "Great! I get invited to a ton more parties now!"
  • Conversed: "So is anyone who is called a loner actually asocial?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Characters who describe others as loners are indulging in Malicious Slander out of spitefulness.
    • Characters who call themselves loners are actually posing.
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    • Jack, a loner, loses his sanity and kills anyone who dares go within 10 feet of his personal space.
  • Reconstructed: Jack is a Stepford Smiler, he may look and act sociable, but on the inside he feels completely alone.

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