Being an introvert doesn't simply mean being shy, rather it refers to those who are energized by alone time. While most TV characters seem to exist for the very purpose of interacting with others, there are a few who are more into the inner world of their mind than the hassle of socialization. Here are 8 denizens of the small screen, who are perfect examples of what it means to be an introvert.

Daria Morgendorffer, "Daria"

Daria was exhausted by human interaction and occasionally bored by it. People might call her "too intense," but she'd rather observe the world around her than make a phony effort to participate in it. She could easily feel alone at a pep rally, but she needed that time to think of her classic, snarky comments.

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Gale Boetticher, "Breaking Bad"

Content to use his wealth of genius to cook meth underground, Gale was a man most satisfied when equipped with loose tea leaves, classic poetry, and some home-recorded karaoke. We can safely assume that (SPOILER) if he'd survived season three, Mr. Boetticher would have been even more inclined to stay tucked away in favor of quiet nights in his plant-filled apartment.

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Dexter Morgan, "Dexter"

Dexter's psychological profile definitely extends beyond introversion. Although, the very last place our morally ambiguous protagonist would want to be is some overwhelming social situation. When his colleagues encouraged him to "come out of his shell," maybe they didn't know exactly what they were asking.

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Wilson, "Home Improvement"

From behind his wall of wood, Wilson could chat with Tim Taylor, but also easily retreat and recharge with some alone time. It'd be great if there could be a fence between us and pesky small talkers at all times.

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Buster Bluth, "Arrested Development"

The youngest Bluth child didn't go to parties to meet people, but instead, to check if there might be unlimited juice. He was most fulfilled when he was left home alone and/or focusing his mental efforts on an arcade claw game.

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Alex Dunphy, "Modern Family"

Alex is sometimes concerned by her extreme introversion, but she's mostly preoccupied with being the smartest person in any given room. Once she's won a few more academic trophies, maybe prom will find its place on the agenda.

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Raj Koothrappali, "Big Bang Theory"

As an astrophysicist at Caltech, Raj is pretty much overwhelmed by his own brilliance. He hides from social interaction with a hefty dose of selective mutism. Unless there is alcohol involved, Raj is most comfortable whispering into his BFF Howard's ear.

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George Costanza, "Seinfeld

Many introverts date extroverts and while George was rarely dating anyone, having Jerry as a best friend was close enough. He found himself tired by social mores (like telling the truth or being a grown man living with his parents), but he was able to get on quite well, when he really applied himself.

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  • TV Critics Picks: 2013-2014 TV Season

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  • Worst New Show: "Dads"

    "Dads" premieres Tues., Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

  • Worst New Show: "We Are Men"

    "We Are Men" premieres Mon., Sept. 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

  • Worst New Show: "Sean Saves the World"

    "Sean Saves the World" premieres Thurs., Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

  • Worst New Show: "Ironside"

    "Ironside" premieres Wed., Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

  • Worst New Show: "Welcome to the Family"

    "Welcome to the Family" premieres Thurs., Oct. 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

  • Worst New Show: "Reign"

    "Reign" premieres Thurs., Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

  • Worst New Show: "Back In the Game"

    "Back In the Game" premieres Wed., Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

  • Worst New Show: "Betrayal"

    "Betrayal" premieres Sun., Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

  • Favorite Returning Show: "Game of Thrones"

    "Game of Thrones" Season 4 premieres Spring 2014 on HBO.

  • Favorite Returning Show: "Scandal"

    "Scandal" Season 3 premieres Thurs., Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

  • Favorite Returning Show: "Parks and Recreation"

    "Parks and Recreation" one-hour Season 5 premiere airs Thurs., Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

  • Favorite Returning Show: "New Girl"

    "New Girl" Season 3 premieres Tues., Sept. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

  • Favorite Returning Show: "The Walking Dead"

    "The Walking Dead" Season 4 premieres Sun., Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

  • Favorite Returning Show: "Homeland"

    "Homeland" Season 3 premieres Sun., Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.

  • Favorite Returning Show: "Boardwalk Empire"

    "Boardwalk Empire" Season 4 premieres Sun., Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

  • Favorite Returning Show: "The Mindy Project"

    "The Mindy Project" Season 2 premieres Tues., Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

  • Favorite Returning Show: "Sons of Anarchy"

    "Sons of Anarchy" Season 6 premieres Tues., Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

  • Favorite Returning Show: "Orphan Black"

    "Orphan Black" Season 2 premieres April 2014 on BBC America.

  • Favorite Returning Show: "The Good Wife"

    "The Good Wife" Season 5 premieres Sun., Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

  • Favorite Returning Show: "Arrow"

    "Arrow" Season 2 premieres Wed., Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

  • Favorite Returning Show: "Glee"

    "Glee" Season 5 premieres Thurs., Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

  • Favorite Returning Show: "American Horror Story: Coven"

    "American Horror Story: Coven" Season 3 premieres on FX.

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  • Favorite Star: Chelsea Peretti

    "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" premieres Tues., Sept. 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

  • Favorite Star: David Walton

    "About A Boy" premieres midseason 2014 on NBC.

  • Favorite Star: Stephen Merchant

    "Hello Ladies" premieres Sun., Sept. 29 at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO.

  • Favorite Star: Dermot Mulroney

    "Crisis" premieres midseason 2014 on NBC.

  • Favorite Star: Dylan McDermott

    "Hostages" premieres Mon., Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

  • Favorite Star: Tom Mison

    "Sleepy Hollow" premieres Mon., Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

  • Favorite Star: Lizzy Caplan

    "Masters of Sex" premieres Sun., Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

  • Favorite Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar (left) & James Wolk (far right)

    "The Crazy Ones" premieres Thurs., Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

  • Favorite Star: Clark Gregg

    "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premieres Tues., Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

  • Favorite Star: Anna Faris

    "Mom" premieres Mon., Sept. 23 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

  • Favorite Star: Parker Young

    "Enlisted" premieres Fri., Nov. 8 at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.

  • Best New Drama: "Masters of Sex"

    "Masters of Sex" premieres Sun., Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

  • Best New Drama: "Reign"

    "Reign" premieres Thurs., Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

  • Best New Drama: "The Blacklist"

    "The Blacklist" premieres Mon., Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

  • Best New Drama: "Hostages"

    "Hostages" premieres Mon., Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

  • Best New Drama: "Sleepy Hollow"

    "Sleepy Hollow" premieres Mon., Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

  • Best New Drama: "Almost Human"

    "Almost Human" premieres Mon., Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

  • Best New Drama: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

    "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premieres Tues., Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

  • Best New Comedy: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

    "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" premieres Tues., Sept. 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

  • Best New Comedy: "Enlisted"

    "Enlisted" premieres Fri., Nov. 8 at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.

  • Best New Comedy: "Hello Ladies"

    "Hello Ladies" premieres Sun., Sept. 29 at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO.

  • Best New Comedy: "Mom"

    "Mom" premieres Mon., Sept. 23 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

  • Best New Comedy: "Trophy Wife"

    "Trophy Wife" premieres Tues., Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

  • Best New Comedy: "The Crazy Ones"

    "The Crazy Ones" premieres Thurs., Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

  • Best New Comedy: "About A Boy"

    "About A Boy" premieres midseason 2014 on NBC.