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Basic Trope: Characters who spend the majority of their time alone are considered to be social deviants.

  • Straight: Alex spends the vast majority of his time alone, and he's considered to be an outcast and freak.
  • Exaggerated: Alex spends the vast majority of his time alone, and he's considered to be a villain who schemes against others.
  • Downplayed:
    • Although Alex has only a few friends, he is still considered a bit weird whenever he's alone.
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    • Although others don't mind Alex's solitary nature, they are a bit concerned about him.
  • Justified:
    • Humans are social animals, and the others are naturally inclined to assume that Alex is mentally unbalanced.
    • Alex is a recluse who lives off the grid in a cabin in the woods outside of town, hunts and grows his own food, has no job, and wears animal skins he made himself. He's actually a friendly guy, but nobody wants to talk to him due to his bizarre lifestyle.
    • Society strongly values on making friends and socialization, but Alex just feels comfortable in being alone. Others take his preference in being alone as an offense.
    • Alex is tired of being ignored, so he acts bizarrely in order to get people to notice him. Unfortunately, his bizarre behavior drives people away, perpetuating the cycle.
    • Alex is a Shrinking Violet with severe social anxiety.
  • Inverted:
    • Alex is admired by many people because he spends so much of his time alone.
    • Alex has a lot of friends, and because of this, loners consider him weird.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: ...or so he'd seem to anyone first getting to know him. He's actually even more of a freak than anyone guessed when he still spent all his time alone.
  • Parodied:
    • Alex is treated as an almost imaginary figure amongst other people.
    • Alex is given cold unfriendly glares from everyone because he doesn't have a Facebook page.
    • The people are portrayed as ultimate paragons of virtue because they use The Power of Friendship to overcome obstacles while Alex is portrayed as a irredeemable villain because of his preference of solitude.
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  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes, others treat Alex with disdain and suspicion whenever he's alone, and sometimes, they relent when Alex doesn't cause any trouble, although that doesn't stop others from continuously discouraging his behavior.
  • Averted: No one thinks of Alex as a freak.
  • Enforced:
    • "People think loners are freaks, and we need a stock freaky character. Let's make Alex not talk to anyone."
    • The writer wants to create a solitary character for the sole sake of viewers learning a moral lesson which discourages the enjoyment of being alone and that everyone needs to make friends whether they like it or not.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Look at that guy Alex. He thinks he's so good, he doesn't need anyone."
    • "Something tells me you need to be around people more often."
  • Invoked: Alex used to have several friends, but for various reasons the friendships all fell apart. So...
  • Exploited: Mark, a villain, makes nasty rumors about a solitary Alex planning to commit genocide on the planet so that everyone can look up to him.
  • Defied: "He may be a loner, but I'm pretty sure he's not some freakish monster."
  • Discussed:
    • "Why in the world that all of these loners in the world have such serious problems?"
    • "Why does everyone think that being alone is such a bad thing?"
  • Conversed: "If I was Alex, I'd stop being such a weirdo and join the heroes already."
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alex gets over the preconceptions that he is a freak and even if he will still live the solitary life, he tries to understand others.
    • While Alex is still considered a freak by society, there are some people who are willing to accept him as a loner. Thus, Alex lives a happier life.
    • But as others notice Alex's altruistic qualities, they all stop labeling him as a freak/sociopath and accept him for who he is, albeit grudgingly.
    • But for some time now, those who don't mock Alex managed to get him to open up to people while not minding him in being a loner.
  • Played For Drama: Alex spends most of his life alone, which garners the attention of society whom one half ridicules and criticizes him while others plot to kill him because they believe him to be a serial killer. Alex struggles for the rest of his life to survive an unkind society as well as staying alive only by himself.

Look at that guy. He's always alone. And as we all know, Loners Are Freaks.

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