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Top 20 Best Introverted Anime Characters Of All Time – FandomSpot

More often than not, I prefer moments of tranquility and solitude over loud fun and big gatherings — and this applies to anime as well.

Introverts in anime aren’t rare at all.

Some are MCs, others are supporting characters. They’re distinct individuals that propel stories and have personalities just as compelling as their more outgoing peers.

And so it’s my great pleasure to present my all-time favorite introverted characters in anime. No chit-chat required.


20. Hinako Sakuragi

Anime: Hinako Note

Studio Passione didn’t exist in my mind until I took note (pun intended) of Hinako Note, featuring a lovely girl who’s had it with being unable to socialize well.

Hinako moves from the countryside to Tokyo to join the theatre club in her new school. However, things don’t go as planned because the club is on a break. She can’t go back home since she’s already attending the new school.

Thankfully, her landlord Chiaki Hagino successfully persuades her to establish her own troupe, composed of other residents.

Hinako has had better interactions with animals all her life, but it’s high time she finds people who’ll help her blossom.


19. Sawako Kuronuma

Anime: Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You

I can’t believe it’s been more than a decade since Kimi no Todoke premiered.

This is still one of the best shoujo romance titles — and Sawako and Shouta are an amazing couple.

In particular, Sawako Kuronuma is a high school student yearning for genuine friendship, but there’s one tiny problem:

She looks a bit like the iconic horror character from The Ring.

As much as Sawako is truly a gentle, diligent, and amazing friend to have, she’s not given the chance to show this side of her because of her unfortunate initial appearance.

This is where Shouta comes in.

Little by little, Sawako gains a foothold in the social sphere, reminding everyone that sometimes introverts just need the right person to come into their world at the right time.


18. Ichimatsu Matsuno

Anime: Osomatsu-san (Mr. Osomatsu)

You can never have too many Osomatsu-san episodes.

With three seasons, the six identical siblings have enraptured fans around the world.

Not many will say this, but Ichimatsu Matsuno is my favorite.

The fourth brother has always been viewed as this antisocial (or sometimes, just asocial) individual. Yet that’s because he had it rough when he was a teenager, trying to maintain this popular, outgoing image.

Now, he’s more okay with cats than people. And I can definitely relate to that. Even if he tries to socialize a lot more again, he just ends up tired.

Like any true introvert, Ichimatsu’s energy for socialization, especially with big crowds and strangers, is far too limited compared to extroverts.


17. Hinata Hyuga

Anime: Naruto

It felt like an eternity, but Naruto fans finally had their dream fulfilled when Naruto and Hinata officially got together — and that coming true is the reason why Boruto exists.

Hinata is easily one of the most popular anime introverts of the past two decades.

Her first appearance already gave off this timid, gentle vibe.

I’m completely okay with her being that way if it was purely her decision, but that wasn’t the case.

Like many people, Hinata had to deal with familial issues, which affected her self-esteem.

The good thing is that she found solace and encouragement not only from Naruto but from her team, allowing her to still be this gentle, caring woman. But one who can capably assert her authority.


16. Yuno

Anime: Hidamari Sketch

Hidamari Sketch remains one of my favorite slice-of-life and seinen titles, especially because of its stellar cast.

And Yuno is an adorable, relatable individual.

See, introversion isn’t about having no friends at all — it’s about preferring to spend time quietly, and if they should socialize, it’s best if it’s with a few close friends.

And so Yuno does move on from her very shy personality, but even more than that, I love that Hidamari Sketch explored the problem of growing up.

Yuno has a knack for art, but she’s unsure which career path to take.

I’ve been there before, and while it’s not an issue exclusive to introverts, it can be highly stressful for them, given that they spend a lot of time with their own thoughts.


15. Shinichi Izumi

Anime: Parasyte -the maxim-

Parasyte remains a miracle.

The manga debuted back in 1989 and ended in 1995. For it to get completely adapted by Madhouse (of all studios) in 2014 is nothing short of stunning.

I thought the series would be another blood-filled title devoid of value — I was wrong.

Shinichi Izumi has one of the most remarkable character developments ever in anime.

This high school kid changed from a glasses-wearing, awkward yet nice guy to someone cool, capable, confident, and ready to take on the world for his loved ones.

Some may argue he cheated because a parasitic alien enhanced his physical capabilities, but it’s hard to say that when you see the horrors (and philosophical conundrums) he has to go through with Migi.


14. Armin Arlert

Anime: Attack on Titan

Shingeki no Kyojin is already ending — and what a ride it has been.

It’s easily my favorite shounen so far, and I’m not ashamed to have given each season a perfect score.

Armin Arlert is downright phenomenal.

His character development has been superb. He’s always been apprehensive, partially because he isn’t physically strong or great in actual combat (at least compared to Mikasa and Eren).

But Armin is one of the best strategists in the entire series. I love it when people acknowledge both the strengths and weaknesses of others.

Armin has always had the potential, but his resolve to be of greater help to his friends (and humanity) required others to see his worth and push himself further.


13. Mio Akiyama

Anime: K-On!

I have a soft spot for K-On. It’s one of the shows that introduced me to Kyoto Animation — and this is Naoko Yamada’s directorial debut.

Like any top-tier slice-of-life title, K-On has well-written characters.

Mio Akiyama is just as shy as Azusa Nakano.

But this doesn’t mean she barely speaks. K-On understands that introverts aren’t always quiet.

Sure, Mio doesn’t like getting attention. It’s why she picked up the bass instead of the guitar.

But if she’s in the club room with her few but beloved friends, she’ll speak more and express herself better.

Mio is the band’s songwriter, and I’m sure introverts can relate. Often, you need a creative outlet to let your feelings and thoughts out.


12. Anri Sonohara

Anime: Durarara

I love Durarara — and I most definitely love Anri Sonohara. Brain’s Base adapted this light novel with flying colors.

Anri’s character design is simply perfect:

Short black hair, well-endowed, glasses, and a school uniform that highlights her feminine assets.

Her facial expressions are similarly excellent and help express her introverted nature.

Like many entries on my list, Anri does find awesome pals that accept her for who she is. But she’s still very shy.

She’s had a terrible childhood, and she deserves all the personal space and social comfort she wants. Plus, I love the reveal of her secret identity.


11. Legoshi

Anime: Beastars

Legoshi and Kimi ni Todoke’s Sawako Kuronuma share the same dilemma of having appearances that ruin their chances of making friends — or at least looking sociable.

He’s a gray wolf, a carnivore.

In a setting where different anthropomorphic animals live and work together, it’s understandable why some steer from Legoshi.

Just like in the real world, his world has its fair share of prejudice and discrimination.

But Legoshi isn’t that kind of person.

In sheer contrast to what he’s experienced, this socially awkward wolf treats others with respect. He’s empathetic and always tries to view things from others’ perspectives.

Legoshi is a fantastic character. One who doesn’t add fuel to the fire of societal ills, but is also someone who must come to terms with his identity (or identities).


10. Kaoru Nishimi

Anime: Kids on the Slope

Another individual I can personally relate to is Kaoru Nishimi.

And no, I’m not good with the piano at all.

But I know how it feels to move from one place to another. How you lose contact with friends in your neighborhood and school, and how it won’t be the same even if you keep in touch online or by phone.

So Kaoru’s introversion feels more realistic than merely manufactured for the plot.

His story, from how his extended family behaves to how the lively Sentarou becomes his friend, shows that the lives of introverts are significantly shaped by others. No matter how much they want to be by themselves most of the time.


9. Mitsuya Majime

Anime: The Great Passage

I honestly prefer the live movie adaptation of Fune wo Amu, but the anime adaptation is also worth your time.

It’s appropriate that the MC Mitsuya Majime is on my list because the world of The Great Passage, which involves the quiet yet arduous (taking years and years) process of making a new dictionary, fits right into the world of introverts.

To say that Mitsuya loves books and language would be an understatement.

He lives and breathes them, so much so that he’s initially very awkward in social gatherings, affecting his chances of becoming a reputable, dignified figure at work.

But he does come out of his shell.

Mitsuya is still largely reserved, yet he becomes a man well aware of his responsibility at work, at home, and in life.


8. Chizuru Hishiro

Anime: ReLIFE

ReLIFE could’ve taken on a more childish, fanservice-y route for this tale of a young man tired of life who gets the rare opportunity to go back to high school and set things right.

Thankfully it presented the hardships of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood with genuine heart — and it wouldn’t have been possible without Chizuru Hishiro.

While I’m more of an An Onoya fan simply because An has glasses, Chizuru is this intelligent girl who has problems socializing with others.

Chizuru even has problems smiling or conversing in a casual tone.

But then you get to know more about her and why she’s like that: that her current demeanor wasn’t her own decision, and that there are various factors to be considered.

Ultimately, like any human, Chizuru also needs help.

No matter how independent she seems to be.


7. Shinji Ikari

Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Some will think that Shinji doesn’t belong on this list. They’ll argue that he’s more of a depressed and downright broken teenager than an introvert.

But here’s the thing:

There’s no mutual exclusivity between depression (or any other extreme psychological, emotional, or mental state) and introversion.

Shinji often being in a state of utter confusion, despair, anger, loneliness, and self-loathing doesn’t mean he’s not an introvert as well.

Isn’t his habit of listening to music to drown out the world and his own thoughts a familiar activity for many introverts?

Also, people become the way they are for different reasons.

Sometimes, the causes are terrible: abuse, bullying, social exclusion, betrayal, living in a loud and chaotic neighborhood or household for years.

Neon Genesis Evangelion has been the subject of much praise and scholarly discussions (and memes) for decades, and Shinji’s complex, detailed life offers viewers a ton of meaningful material to ponder on.


6. Shigeo Kageyama

Anime: Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100 has two outstanding seasons — and I wish I could say the same for One Punch Man.

The meek MC Shigeo Kageyama has to keep his emotions in check because of his psychic abilities. He doesn’t always succeed, but that’s understandable given his situation. Everyone naturally experiences negative feelings anyway.

And even if life doesn’t treat him well sometimes, Shigeo remains compassionate.

I was happy when he became more comfortable with expressing his opinions.

Also, I truly understand how he felt when he went on stage to give his speech for the student president elections.

I’ve only had to speak in front of entire classes a couple of times, but I’ve always left the stage regretting what I said (or didn’t say). Cheer up, Shigeo.


5. Tanaka

Anime: Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

I love Tanaka.

This 12-episode masterpiece is the reason why I took a liking to Studio Silver Link and got onto the Non Non Biyori comfy train shortly after.

Each episode makes me so envious of Tanaka.

He can sleep almost all the time, even in school, because his classmates understand how lazy, listless, and sleepy he gets.

Plus he has a reliable best friend (and lover of sweets), Oota, to carry him around.

Tanaka’s school and neighborhood adventures are comfortingly mundane.

He’s exactly the kind of guy you’d see for the first time — and you’d immediately know he’s an introvert.

Sure, he’s sometimes frustratingly sleepy and uninterested. But he does realize his bad habits now and then and tries to make an effort to be more affable.

I know it’s impossible to live like him in reality. But that’s just more reason for Silver Link to announce a second season.


4. Hachiman Hikigaya

Anime: My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

Interestingly, the reception toward Hachiman (and the series itself) can be extreme.

I’ve seen high praise for the MC and the two main girls, but I’ve also seen much hatred for them.

Well, I’m one of those who appreciates Hachiman.

He’s apathetic (like other entries on my list) and has a cynical view of youth and society in general. His teacher understandably didn’t take his pronouncements lightly, so Hachiman is ordered to become a member of the Volunteer Service Club.

Thanks to the anime having three excellent seasons, you get to see how Hachiman begins to confront his long-held beliefs.

I’ve been there before: putting up an image of total independence and always refusing help from others, being okay with the thought of having no friends, and feeling superior for no good reason.

But Hachiman eventually realizes that people do matter, and caring (and being cared for) is actually cool.


3. Tatsuhiro Satou

Anime: Welcome to the NHK

Like Shinji Ikari, Tatsuhiro Satou is an individual that highlights just how different introverts can be to each other. Despite their shared preference for peace and minimal social engagement, their lives are shaped by a multitude of factors.

Tatsuhiro isn’t just an introvert — he’s a NEET.

He had a panic attack back in college. Since then, he’s lived a life of social exclusion.

Living alone in his apartment, relying on his parents’ allowance, and escaping into the world of video games.

Tatsuhiro is cynical, self-loathing, selfish, traumatized, and painstakingly lonely.

There’s something he can do about it. But he’s reached a point where awareness of this isn’t enough to push himself out of his own prison.

But help does come along eventually.

His journey to self-improvement is far from smooth. It’s aggravating, tiring, and seemingly hopeless at times.

Yet you eventually see the progress, no matter how meager it is, compared to what others in his age bracket have already achieved.

Welcome to the NHK broke my heart many times.

But it’s also been key to my introspection and attempts at changing for the better as well. Bless Tatsuhiro.


2. Rei Kiriyama

Anime: March Comes In like a Lion

Who knew that Sangatsu no Lion would be so heart-wrenching, yet heartwarming at the same time?

It’s only gotten better with the second season — and I’m sure a third is well-deserved.

Rei Kiriyama is a young, socially inept, yet highly skilled professional shogi player.

However, this isn’t about sports.

Yes, you’ll see Rei play shogi. But March Comes In like a Lion is an examination and exploration of hurt, depression, trauma, and the long process of healing.

The series is filled with realistic characters all dealing with their own personal troubles (that highlight social issues). And it would be an understatement to say that Rei’s story won’t go down as one of the best in anime history.


1. Houtarou Oreki

Anime: Hyouka

When I think of anime introverts, the first person that comes into mind is Houtarou Oreki.

In particular, I think of the GIF where he’s at school, lazily clapping while looking outside the window.

Kyoto Animation has mastered the art of character design and animation — and Oreki is one of its most prominent MCs.

Similar to Tanaka from Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, Oreki wants nothing more but to preserve energy.

They’re seemingly apathetic, always sleepy, but these two introverts can showcase their cognitive and empathetic brilliance if they choose to do so.

But while Tanaka lives the ordinary school life, Oreki is thrown into the world of (non-life-threatening yet fascinating) mysteries by the curious Chitanda and the rest of Classic Literature Club.

Hyouka is one of the better slice-of-life shows out there. And Oreki can conserve his energy now, with the knowledge that he’s still my favorite introvert in anime.

10 Strong Introverted Anime Characters

Extroverted anime characters are the types to consistently stay motivated in order to achieve their desired goal and usually remain positive in the direst situations. More so, the louder ones certainly feel gratification in announcing their formidable strength at any given moment. However, despite being less obvious and more humble in their approach when it comes to their strength, introverts should never be underestimated, because more often than not, they show time and time again that they're the deadliest of them all.

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Additionally, introverted anime characters are better at strategizing because they are more likely to observe and think before they act. Plus, because they're less vocal, their fighting style is unpredictable meaning their opponent will never truly know what they're thinking, or how they'll strike next.

10 Giyu Tomokia Is The Strong But Silent Water Hashira (Demon Slayer)

Giyu is known for his reserved personality and serious but emotionless facial expressions. And while he demonstrated anger and sorrow toward Tanjiro during their first encounter and his backstory provides a deeper insight into his emotional side, he's remained his introverted self throughout the series. He even stayed true to his introverted personality in his response to Shinobu Kocho when she announced that the other Hashira disliked him.

Despite keeping to himself, Giyu is one of the strongest characters of the series, and his Hashira status is a testament to his genius swordsmanship. Akaza, who holds the position of Upper Rank Three in the Twelve Kizuki, even noted how Giyu's techniques are something he'd never seen before in the previous Water Hashira he fought.

9 Shoto Todoroki May Be Aloof, But He's A Force To Be Reckoned (My Hero Academia)

Shoto had a complicated and abusive upbringing as a result of his family dynamic, which comes as no surprise considering his father originally tried to use him as a tool to surpass All Might. Though he eventually began to open up to his classmates, his demeanor remained reserved, unemotional, and serious for quite some time.

As the son of Endeavor who possesses the incredibly powerful Hellflame Quirk and his mother Rei Todoroki who was born with an ice Quirk, Shoto was born a hybrid and uses a Quirk that is a combination of both, Half-Hot Half-Cold. He remains one of the strongest characters of the series.

8 Saiki K Thrives For An Average Life, But His Powers Are Too Great (The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K.


Saiki K was born with an array of powerful psychic abilities, and although he's an introvert who's desperate for an average life, his powers forbid him from living quietly and he often finds himself in troublesome situations.

He hates nothing more than being the center of attention, rarely uses his voice and communicates via telepathy, and adores only one thing in life, coffee jelly.

7 Ken Kaneki Was An Awkward Bookworm Until A Life-Changing Encounter (Tokyo Ghoul)

Ken Kaneki was a quiet, awkward, and endearing young man with a strong love for books who was constantly teased by his louder best friend, Hide for being so shy in nature.

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After Rize's kakuhou was transplanted into his body, his world changed forever. Although he retained his introverted demeanor after becoming half-ghoul and half-human, Kaneki is considered an anomaly as a result of his unfathomable strength and abilities.

6 Kanao Tsuyuri Is A Quiet Girl Who Possesses Superhuman Strength (Demon Slayer)

Kanao Tsuyuri is a character of very few words, but her superhuman strength and overall abilities make her a potential further member of the Demon Slayer Corps' Hashira.

Due to her difficult past, Kanao struggled to show any kind of emotion or make decisions for herself. But after she was trained by the Kocho sisters and met Tanjiro, she eventually became able to express her emotions more openly.

5 Hinata Was Extremely Shy & Struggled To Believe In Her Own Strength (Naruto)

Hinata is the former heiress of the Hyuga clan and notoriously known for being really timid. Although her gentle personality means she's very polite, it often hindered her performance.

But over time, Hinata proved she was truly worthy of her Hyuga title as a result of her strength and bravery, particularly when she fiercely defended Naruto during his battle against Pain. Hinata was even recognized by Hamura Otsutsuki as the Byakugan Princess.

4 L Lawliet Is A World Renowned Detective Despite Keeping To Himself (Death Note)

L Lawliet is an intellectual genius and a world-renowned detective known for solving every case he's ever been assigned to.

He is extremely secretive, to the point where he chooses to only communicate to the world through his assistant Watari. In fact, only a handful of people have ever met him in person. He even asks the Japanese Task Force to refer to him as Ryuzaki for extra secretive measures.

3 Armin Arlert Is Naturally Timid But Proves To Be An Incredible Leader (Attack On Titan)

Armin was initially introduced as a timid boy who was unable to defend himself against anyone, so he often relied on his close friends, Eren and Misaka, to fight his battles for him.

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But since he enrolled in military training and joined the Survey Corps after graduating, his character progression has propelled him to incredible heights. Despite being psychically weak, he's known for his intelligence and is a strategic genius, eventually becoming the 15th commander of the Survey Corps. He also inherited the Colossus Titan after he took the power of the Titans from Bertholdt Hoover.

2 Megumi Fushiguro Is Far Less Excitable Than His Teammates, But His Power Shouldn't Be Underestimated (Jujutsu Kaisen)

Megumi Fusiguro is an easily irritable reserved guy who often expresses frustration at both his teammate's extroverted demeanors and his teacher's playful personality.

Despite being the introvert of the group, Megumi's overall abilities are highly respected in the jujutsu world, and he's able to use remarkable techniques such as the Ten Shadows Technique. He's also been acknowledged by the king of curses himself, Sukuna.

1 Levi Ackerman Is Quiet & Rational, As Well As Humanities Greatest Soldier (Attack On Titan)

Levi Ackerman is a quiet character who rarely shows emotions and has a tenancy to be blunt in his speech. He thinks before he acts and is far more rational than his fellow comrades.

His strength, however, is much louder than his personality, and he's widely known as humanity's greatest soldier. Even the Beast Titan, who managed to wipe out the majority of the Survey Corps and cause great destruction and chaos to Paradis Island, is no match for Levi Ackerman.

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14 Deadly Anime Introverts - Animania

Dangerous guys are always like that. Okay, not always. Often noisy talkers are no less dangerous and bloodthirsty. However, sometimes even quiet guys are like that. They do not throw words to the wind. They don't know how to monologue before a battle, but they know how to fight pretty well. If you're looking for deadly anime introverts to become your spirit animal, we've listed a few of them.


Assassination Classroom

Nagisa is perhaps the epitome of silence and vanity. Who would have thought that this meek child, hiding his pain behind a smile and a frivolous hairstyle, is a very promising killer. According to his sensei, he is especially adept at hiding his intent to kill, which means you won't even know you're the target until it's too late.


Tokyo Ghoul

Kaneki is proof that everyone has a dark side. It just takes a little bit of suffering for it to show up. Initially, Kaneki is a shy, sweet guy, but suddenly he becomes a ghoul who can only eat human flesh. And even then he resists his newfound nature. It wasn't the ghoul inside him that really made him the killer - it was the man.


Bungou Stray Dogs

Akutagawa's favorite image on the internet is the pose with his hand over his mouth. And it suits him, given his quiet fury. The vicious nature of this social Darwinist, who believes that only the strongest should survive, makes him a rather successful member of the mafia, who does not need to constantly shout about how strong he is.


Attack on Titan

Mikasa is the type of girl you want to have on your side. Mikasa is truly special, although she is a girl of few words, she is one of the strongest characters in the entire anime. Stronger than even the main character. nine0003


Attack on Titan

Stoicism seems to be a family trait of the Ackermans, because Levi, like Mikasa, is a man of few words and incredibly strong.


Sailor Moon

Nobody expected good old Sailor Saturn to be able to destroy entire planets, but here we are. She is incredibly timid, but probably one of the most powerful people in the universe. nine0003


Demon Slayer

Tomioka's reticence makes him almost a boring character, but he can be understood. He is silent because he has relationship problems with others and feels incredibly inferior to others. However, he is still Hashira and it's not because he wasn't a regular demon slayer.


Mob Psycho 100

Why even be one of the most powerful clairvoyants in the world if you're not going to brag about it? But okay. This is Mob. He talks quite quietly even about his personal issues, being a guy who is very much on his own. nine0003



Of all the characters in Naruto , you are probably the least likely to hear Hinata's voice. She doesn't often have much to say other than the occasional "Naruto-kun" so we don't forget who her crush is here. However, even as one of the worst Byakugan heirs, her fighting skills are still quite dangerous.



It's not like we saw his life before his right hand became an alien who couldn't gain control over his body, but it's safe to assume that before Shinichi was a rather quiet guy. In fact, who do we see in this character? A guy who lives in constant fear: his own hand tells him that there are aliens all around - aliens who will try to kill him if they know he still retains his human mind. And although most of all the violence is not committed by Shinichi himself, but by Migi, he himself becomes quite cool by the end of the anime. nine0003


Akame ga Kill

We can say that Akame herself fits this image well, but perhaps Shel is a more interesting case. Most of the time, she is cheerful, clumsy, and friendly enough, but not as noisy as her other comrades. However, when the time comes, she changes, becoming cold as steel and practically indifferent.



Mikado starts out as a young boy who is just moving to the big city. He's not much of a talker, but he definitely leads a different life online. All you need to know about The Mikado, without spoiling the anime too much, is that behind his bland appearance is a real adrenaline junkie.


Yu Yu Hakusho

Kurama's classic bisenen boy is silent charm and cuteness. Even more attractive is his demon personality, but both can be attributed to this quiet and cool type who tears people to pieces with a rose vine whip. nine0003


Vivid Strike

A classic story, Rinne was viciously bullied by her classmates. She endured this until their antics got in her way at a critical moment. Then she responded with overwhelming violence. This event made her a great fighter, but made her even more aloof.

In what other anime can you find silent but deadly introverted characters?

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20 great movies that introverts will be delighted with

Introverts are often misunderstood, mistakenly considered boring and uninteresting loners. But in most cases they are simply underestimated.

Extroverts are more successful in communicating with other people and in expressing their thoughts and feelings. Introverts are known to be reserved and indecisive.

These films can be useful for extroverts who want to understand people of the opposite type and see the world through their eyes. Find out what causes sometimes behind introversion, and how people deal with them. nine0003

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The films listed in this list reveal the interesting world of introverts, whose energy is not directed to external objects, but is focused on internal mental activity. The main characters are more immersed in the world of imagination and reflection.

1. It's good to be quiet / The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Written and directed by Steven Chbosky, author of the novel of the same name, based on which the film was made. It tells about an introverted teenager Charlie, who writes letters to an unknown recipient about all his experiences. He is unable to recover from the death of his aunt and the strange suicide of his best friend. The hero learns to build relationships, finds friends among peers and changes his views on the world. nine0003

2. Amélie (2001)

A film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet about an eccentric French girl named Amélie (Audrey Tautou). As a child, she was mistakenly diagnosed with heart problems, so her parents raised Amelie in isolation from other children. Loneliness and curiosity led the heroine to fantasize her own world. At the same time, she manages to change the lives of different people, gives them happiness and paints the world around her with bright colors.

3. Station Agent / The Station Agent (2003)

Tom McCarthy's comedy-drama about the life of Finbar McBride, a dwarf who lives alone in an abandoned railroad depot. After the death of his only friend, he quits his job and decides to retire. But gradually, Fin becomes closer to his neighbors: Joe the hot dog vendor and Olivia, an artist. Three completely different and lonely people become friends when they learn more about each other.

4. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Oscar-nominated Wes Anderson comedy-drama with legendary cast about the Tenenbaum family. Three adult children come to their parents' nest to spend some time with their father who is supposedly dying of an incurable disease. In childhood, they were known as child prodigies and achieved success, and now everyone in their own way suffers from an uncomplicated life.

5. Pi / Pi (1998)

Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller about the gifted mathematician Max Cohen, who leads a secluded life and suffers from paranoia. He devotes himself entirely to finding a digital code that predicts changes in stock prices. At the next calculation, the computer he designed produces a set of numbers that can not only predict the behavior of the stock exchange, but also find out the real name of God. Now Max is being pursued by both Wall Street analysts and fanatics from a secret religious sect. nine0003

This black and white film is Aronofsky's first feature film. Despite the budget of only 60 thousand dollars, the film captures the storyline, perfectly conveys emotions with the help of lighting and music.

6. The Quiet (2005)

Directed by Jamie Babbitt, an independent drama thriller about a deaf-mute teenage girl Dot. After the death of her father, she moves into the family of her godparents, who have their own high school daughter. This family seems ordinary at first, but troubling problems are soon discovered as the characters reveal their secrets to the deaf-mute Dot one by one. An orphaned girl tries to adjust to life in a new family and it turns out that silence can be a powerful means of communication. nine0003

7. The Way Way Back (2013)

This tragicomedy was the directorial debut of Nat Faxon and Jim Rush. The main character, 14-year-old Duncan, spends his summer holidays on the beach with his mother and her oppressive boyfriend. The film shows the stages and events through which a teenager goes through as he grows up: he meets new people and makes friends, experiences personal and family problems, and finally falls in love for the first time.

8. Donnie Darko / Donnie Darko (2001)

Mystical thriller with the idea of ​​a parallel reality, built on the principles of magical realism. High school student Donnie is only kept alive thanks to the prophecies of the giant rabbit Frank, which affects the fate of several characters in the film. The plot allows you to look at the version of what is happening from the position of "what if".

9. Taxi Driver (1976)

Martin Scorsese's film about a mentally unstable taxi driver named Travis. The protagonist, superbly played by Robert de Niro, lives on his own, suffers from insomnia, and works at night. He's a sociopathic Vietnam War veteran thrown to the sidelines of life. Every night, Travis wanders alone, sees thieves, prostitutes, pimps. .. and at some point decides to "clean up" the city. nine0003

The film shows the true human drama of the hero, who, out of desperation, throws down a merciless challenge to society and the system.

10. Lars and the Real Girl / Lars and the Real Girl (2004)

Comedy drama directed by Craig Gillespie about a guy named Lars, played by Ryan Gosling. The painfully shy protagonist orders a sex doll over the Internet, with whom he becomes romantically involved. He names her Bianca and introduces her to her anxious family. The doctor advises them to support Lars in his delusional disorder and gradually the whole town is involved in the game. nine0003

Despite the eccentricity, this is a story about love, kindness and understanding, giving hope for humanity.

11. American Beauty / American Beauty (1999)

Directed by Sam Mendes, this 5-Oscar-winning psychological drama tells the story of 42-year-old Lester Burnham, who is going through a midlife crisis. His wife annoys him, he hates work, his daughter moves away from him. Out of the blue, Lester falls in love with his daughter's best friend. nine0003

12. Adam / Adam (2009)

Romantic drama written and directed by Max Mayer, which unfolds the fascinating love story of Adam and Beth. He is an electronics engineer who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, which makes it difficult for him to communicate with other people. She works in a kindergarten, writes books for children and lives next door.

A touching and instructive story about unconditional love, despite barriers in communication, about overcoming fears and problems for the sake of happiness and love. nine0003

13. Stoker (2013)

This psychological thriller is directed by Park Chan Wook. It tells about a lonely and inquisitive girl India Stoker. In a mysterious car accident, her father, whom she considered her only friend, dies. Now India is alone in the house with her emotionally unstable mother and an unexpectedly visiting uncle whom she had never heard of before. The story with each scene becomes more complicated, intriguing and draws us deeper into the world of India. nine0003

14. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

A strange young man Edward (Johnny Depp) lives alone in a castle. Here it was created by an elderly scientist who, before his death, did not have time to finish the hero's hands. A caring woman who met him invites Edward to her home. In the new environment, he is timid and cautious. The protagonist wants to join the team, become part of society, feel like belonging to the family and make friends. He is ready to do anything to please them. nine0003

This fantasy film by Tim Burton has become a cult classic. A charming and sad story that one should not judge inner beauty by physical appearance.

15. Napoleon Dynamite / Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Comedy film by Jared Hess causes the most unpredictable reaction from the audience: from complete delight to absolute rejection. It tells about a high school student named Napoleon, a school outcast who lives with his older brother and uncle. Napoleon doesn't care what people think of him. This makes him free to express himself. Napoleon decides at all costs to help his only friend win the school presidential election, where the most popular school girl, Summer, is running. nine0003

16. Garden State (2004)

The story centers on Andrew Largeman, a quiet young man who, after a ten-year absence, returns home to attend his mother's funeral. He has a strained relationship with his psychiatrist father, who makes his son feel guilty about his mother's accident.

Depressed by bitter memories, Andrew meets a girl who turns his life upside down. He begins to look at everything from a new perspective, to find and appreciate real happiness and freedom. The movie turns not just into a romantic comedy, but into the story of two broken people helping each other to recover and begin to appreciate themselves. nine0003

17. Cashback (2006)

Aspiring artist Ben experiences a bitter breakup with his girlfriend Susie, from which he suffers from insomnia and gets a job at night at a local supermarket. There are few clients on Ben's shift, so he can be creative at work as well. In the unbridled imagination of the artist, time stops, people in the supermarket stand motionless, and he can walk among them, look at them, enjoy the beauty of women and use them as models. Screenwriter and director Sean Ellis reveals to the viewer the hidden thoughts, desires and emotions of a hero who meets a new love. nine0003

18. Speak (2004)

Directed by Jessica Scharzer, an independent drama about a 15-year-old girl named Melinda (Kristen Stewart). For some reason, all her classmates hate her. Melinda hides a truth that could justify her to her former friends, but she doesn't even try to defend herself.

The lesson that can be learned from the film is indicated in the title itself - to speak. It is worth showing courage, facing your fears, overcoming them, despite pressure and doubts. nine0003

19. Harold and Maude (1971)

Black comedy film by American director Hal Ashby about a young and rich Harold Chazen (Bad Cort), who is obsessed with death. He attends other people's funerals and puts on elaborate dramatizations of fake suicides to get the attention of his mother (Vivian Pickles).

One day he meets 79-year-old Maud (Ruth Gordon, winner of an Oscar, an Emmy and two Golden Globes), who also goes to someone else's funeral, but for a different reason. She is not afraid of death. Her love of life contrasts with his morbid outlook. Their relationship is developing rapidly, Maud becomes the closest person to Harold, and he falls in love with her. nine0003

Harold & Maude was ranked #9 on AFI's Top 10 Romantic Comedies list.

20. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Swedish director Lasse Hallström's poignant film about life in a provincial town. Gilbert Grape is the eldest son in the family, played by Johnny Depp. He has to take care of a mentally ill younger brother (Leonardo DiCaprio), their obese mother and two young sisters.

Gilbert, who works in a grocery store to feed his loved ones, is consumed by a sense of the meaninglessness of life.

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