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Basic Trope: A child from a wealthy family, who is also very lonely.

  • Straight: Alice's father is a multi-millionaire, but Alice herself has few friends, including her butler.
  • Exaggerated: Alice has no one to interact with except her own reflection.
  • Downplayed: Alice is the only member of the main cast who has a Limited Social Circle, and her parents always seem to be busy.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is a Shrinking Violet whose parents just won the lottery and just moved to a Big Fancy House in a new neighborhood.
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    • Alice is an Ill Girl, who doesn't get to go out and play
    • Alice's wealth alienates her from the other kids, who aren't as well-to-do (or attracts only people who want to get a piece of her money and status)
    • Alice is a Mafia Princess, whom everyone else is warned to stay away from because of her father's connections, even if she herself is a kind and all-around good person.
    • Alice is a Spoiled Brat that no one wants to be around.
    • Alice is a Spoiled Brat with very poor people skills, as most of her interactions are either with her servants (whom she is usually ordering around, whether politely or not) or her parents (whom she rarely sees).
    • Alice was born because it was expected, with this never hidden from her, but she has few friends because most of the kids around Alice assume that those things just don't happen in rich families, so she must be making it up.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice is a rich Alpha Bitch in charge of a fairly large clique of "friends".
    • Alice is from a middle-class or working-class background, and lonely.
    • Alice lives in extreme poverty, but she is surrounded by many friends.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice is rich and has lots of friends.
    • Alice is a loner and doesn't mind being alone.
  • Double Subverted: But few of them are, in fact, true friends; most are fair-weather friends, who only like Alice because she's rich.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice has only piles of money to hang out with.
    • Alice is actually rich enough that she can somehow actually buy genuine friendship. The reason she's lonely right now is that she Forgot to Pay the Bill so her friendship has been disconnected.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice's parents win the lottery, and her Girl Posse is happy, then worry about her becoming the Alpha Bitch and dump her before she can leave them for richer (and snobbier) friends. Then they feel bad about giving her the cold shoulder, and become her friends again. Only to leave again when they find that she's become a Spoiled Brat, and return when she starts treating them better.
  • Averted:
    • Alice is wealthy, but also has lots of genuine friends.
    • Alice is poor.
  • Enforced: The writer wants to teach An Aesop that money ≠ happiness.
  • Lampshaded: "The only friends I have are my Christian Dior shoes and my Prada bag!"
  • Invoked: Upon acquiring wealth, Alice alienates herself from all of her peers, fearing that they will be after her family's money.
  • Exploited: Barbara uses her connections to arrange a major financial windfall for Alice's parents, in hopes that the sudden disparity will drive a wedge between Alice and her friends.
  • Defied: Alice goes out and makes new friends in her new neighborhood, and is careful to choose as friends only genuine people who like her for her (not her wealth).
  • Discussed: "I hear Alice is rich. Rich kids are supposed to be stuck up, but I don't see it..."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Rich girl Alice always seems to be by herself when she's not with the other major characters, sometimes contrasted with scenes of other characters hanging out with 24-Hour Party People.
  • Deconstructed: Alice doesn't have many friends because her wealth alienates her from her peers (who usually aren't as well-to-do); they assume she's going to be the Alpha Bitch and avoid her and/or are jealous that she can afford things they can't. (And those that don't avoid her only like her because she's rich; they don't care at all about her.) And it doesn't help if her parents are jet-setters who are always away, or are feared because of their connections, or just seem to forget she even exists. (It also doesn't help if she really is the Alpha Bitch, which tends to drive people away.)
  • Reconstructed: Alice's family decides to move. They, and Alice, end up in a rich neighborhood where Alice finally finds friends.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice sincerely asks her parents if she can buy some friends. When they ask why, she tells them she is lonely and friends seem like very nice things to have. Their response?
  • Played For Drama: Alice's loneliness and inability to really enjoy her affluent lifestyle, causes her to fall into depression and all kinds of self-destructive behavior.

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