In many episodes of The Simpsons, Lisa’s main motivation has been to grow to be standard or develop lasting friendships. While she’s an enthusiastic and good lady, Lisa is usually portrayed as being lonely and disconnected from her friends — discovering extra in widespread with Disney villains than most youngsters her age. A fan idea for the long-running present suggests this could be partly her fault, nonetheless. While Lisa could be ostracized on quite a lot of ranges all through The Simpsons, components of her personal persona may clarify why she does not have main friendships of her personal.
Throughout the course of The Simpsons, Lisa has been continuously portrayed as an neglected and lonely little lady, determined for friendship. Despite her mind and candy deposition, it is not unusual for episodes to deal with Lisa’s incapability to kind lasting bonds. While she might make a brand new pal like Alison in Season 6’s “Lisa’s Rival” or Isabella in Season 25’s “The Kid Is All Right,” by the subsequent episode she’s alone once more. Her most constant friends are sometimes proven to be brazenly antagonistic to her (like Sherri and Terri), whereas her closest pal — Janey — has by no means been given a highlight of her personal within the present.
As famous by a idea within the WMG page of TVTropes for the collection, Lisa’s incapability to keep up friendships with different ladies won’t be as one-sided because it’s offered. While different ladies are sometimes proven choosing on Lisa, different episodes, like Season 10’s “Lard of the Dance,” see Lisa becoming in simply with the opposite ladies her age. Occasional Bart love pursuits Sherri and Terri may even been seen in some episodes opening as much as Lisa, as in “Season 17’s “The Last of the Red Hat Mamas,” solely to be rebuffed.
The idea argues that the opposite ladies might have stopped hanging out with Lisa as a consequence of her personal habits and actions. Lisa’s frequent crusades and private missions drive her, but additionally kind of lower her off from anybody else who would wish to spend time along with her, and the few instances she does grow to be standard, as in Season 6’s “Bart of Darkness” or Season 27’s “Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles,” she turns into stuck-up and aggressive immediately.
Lisa all the time focuses on how lonely she is and the way nobody desires to share her pursuits, however Lisa isn’t proven attempting to know or have interaction the pursuits of her friends. Episodes like Season 18’s “Marge Gamer” have proven Lisa looking for her “new thing” in soccer, solely to desert any new ardour simply as rapidly as she discovered it. When she’s provided a spot on the peewee soccer workforce in Season 9’s “Bart Star,” Lisa is not proven eager to play for friendship or develop bonds along with her teammates, however solely so she might be the main focus of consideration.
The idea argues that Lisa finally ends up inviting a lot of this loneliness on herself, turning down potential friendships as a result of individuals do not share her passions or cannot maintain her consideration. This would provide a intelligent method to clarify in-universe why Lisa by no means maintains her friendships with the varied visitor stars who’ve performed her new buddies.
In the actual world, it is as a result of these characters are sometimes portrayed by celebrities who cannot seem on the present usually, however in universe, it may very well be the results of the opposite ladies getting uninterested in Lisa’s fixed missions to avoid wasting the world or episodic obsessions with a brand new ardour. It provides a layer of complexity to Lisa, sometimes held up as one of many present’s ethical facilities — giving her a personality flaw that reinforces the concept Lisa simply must develop up and discover individuals she will relate with to be joyful.
While the whole city of Springfield might admire her, each go to to a potential future has implied Lisa will go away the city and any buddies who remained there when she grows up. It’s an attention-grabbing idea that performs into Lisa’s established progress because the collection has gone on, and even provides some layers to the opposite ladies who typically appear to disregard Lisa.