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Basic Trope: A character is ignorant of and confused by social customs, usually due to an isolated or neglected upbringing.

  • Straight: Alice has below-average social skills and prefers to be alone to being with other people.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice acts like an animal in every way, including eating grass and walking around naked all the time.
    • Wild Child
  • Downplayed: Alice has a decent grasp on most overt social nuances but is blind to subtle cues and implied meanings, and so takes everything at face value.
  • Justified:
    • Alice has autism or Asperger's and really does have a hard time grasping social cues.
    • Alice isn't from around here.
    • Alice was Raised by Wolves.
    • Alice just isn't interested in being around people.
  • Inverted: The Social Expert
  • Subverted: Alice prefers to spend time alone, but when she actually talks to people, her behavior is relatively normal.
  • Double Subverted: ... Because she was in a good mood. When she is unhappy, her communication skills shoot downward.
  • Parodied: Alice is the Funny Foreigner.
  • Zig Zagged: A partial knowledge of social skills makes her waver between quite sociable and being completely asocial.
  • Averted: Alice was raised in an isolated tower by her paranoid mother. Despite all that, she eventually comes into contact with society and has no trouble interacting with people.
  • Enforced: "Everyone has said or done the wrong thing at the wrong time at least once. So why not make a character who does it all the time?"
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  • Lampshaded: "Alice is so rude. Was she Raised by Wolves?"
  • Invoked: Alice considers social customs to be silly, so she chooses not to learn them.
  • Exploited: Alice's lack of adherence to social standards makes it much easier for her to stand out in a crowd when the need arises.
  • Defied: Alice's parents don't want her to be out of place, so they send her to school.
  • Discussed: "Alice is a bit odd, isn't she? I mean, with the never wanting anything to do with other people and odd behavior and what not. Should we ask about her home situation?"
  • Conversed:
    • "Well, look here, it's another weirdo character! They're going to reveal that her parents are cavemen or something, aren't they?"
    • "Everything anyone says steps on SOMEONE'S toes somewhere, whether they know it or not. I'm not going to bend over backwards trying to please everyone: I'm going to do and say what I feel like. At least then I GET something out of it.
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  • Deconstructed: Alice suffers neglect and ostracism, and is considered a second-class citizen due to her strangeness.
  • Reconstructed: ...only to then make a unique contribution to society by bringing together everything she's learned from her experiences.
  • Played For Drama: Alice unintentionally alienates her friends and gets shunned by them as a result of her lack of social skills.

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