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27 February 2010 @ 06:56 pm
Woobies Wanted  
[profile] brown_betty and I have been discussing woobies. Further research - for the good of science! - is now required, and so I come to you for help. I need a list of woobies.

TVTropes has a great page on woobies [Warning: [profile] cherry_ice and I have determined that TVTropes is a black hole. If you click on this link, there is a chance you will never escape from the website. Leave a message for your loved ones before you click. Also it's a good idea to pack a lunch.], which features this definition:

"[The woobie] is that character you want to give a big hug, wrap in a blanket and feed soup to when he or she suffers so very beautifully."

And there is, of course, a huge long list of woobies attached, but a lot of those people are woobies in canon more than in fan fiction, and I want the fannish ones. I'm looking for the person in a given fandom who is always being hurt (and then comforted), the person who you just know is going to have a secret shame or a secret trauma or a secret disease, probably while he is being raped and beaten in prison by Nazis with spiky boots. In other words, I want to know who, in your fandom, is the character who you'd immediately think of if you read this header:

Title: Recovery and Revelations Part 7, 1/???
Series: Hold Me Tight Tonight (Confronting the Darkness)
Author: I <3 Woobies!
Summary: To protect the ones he or she loves, Character X sold his or her body to evil slaver alien wizards. Now Character X is finally back home. Can the [team/family/friends/loved ones/etc.] help him or her recover?
Warnings: Noncon, dubcon, torture, past child abuse and incest, betrayal, cutting, slavery, underage sex, involuntary drug use, porn, some swears.

In the future, there will be a poll. But first, I need the names to go in the poll. So tell me: in your fandom, who is the woobie? To make this extra-challenging, especially for you people in Harry Potter and Supernatural: you can only nominate one person per fandom. I want to hear about the Woobiest in All the Land.
Olivia Woodolivia_wood on February 28th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
John Crichton (Farscape)
Donna Noble (Doctor Who)
Morgana (Merlin)
Neil Caffrey (White Collar)
Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter)
Wade Wilson (Deadpool)
Tim Drake (Robin)
Rodney McKay (Stargate Atlantis)
Jim Kirk (Star Trek Reboot)
Tony Stark (Iron Man)
Lex Luthor (Smallville)
Parker (Leverage)
Bryce Larkin (Chuck)
Alec (Dark Angel)
Harry Dresden (The Dresden Files novels)

Hmmm... this is kind of reading like a list of my favorite characters...
Olivia Woodolivia_wood on February 28th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
Herro Yuy (Gundam Wing)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)
Faith (Buffy)
Ray Kowalski (Due South)
Naruto (Naruto manga)
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Katie: spn: just too prettyktnb on February 28th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
While everyone else is stuck on Dean, I'm also going to throw Sam Winchester in here (from Supernatural). I think both brothers are equally woobieable, depending on which one you like more.
lilacsigil: yellow eyed demonlilacsigil on February 28th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
I agree that they're equally woobieable, but Dean has a lot more underage prostitution/rape stories (and permanent injury stories) than Sam! Then again, Sam seems to do a lot more drugs...
(no subject) - ladyvyola on February 28th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC) (Expand)
possesedangelpossesedangel on February 28th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
Veronica Mars - Logan Echolls and Veronica Mars both tie for first
Harry Potter - Remus Lupin, bar none :(
Tenipuri - in fic, Fuji Syuusuke
Angel - Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Criminal Minds - Spencer Reid
possesedangelpossesedangel on February 28th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
ST Reboot - Jim Kirk, just look at the movie!
(no subject) - innocentsmith on February 28th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
shayheyred: MangaUniverseshayheyred on February 28th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
I think you need some anime and manga:

Bleach - Ishida Uryuu (repeated beatings! Emo-ness! Getting shot in the chest by his own father!)
Gorgeous Carat - Florian (rape! forced opium addiction! slavery! whipping! Being called "Amethyst Eyes" by everybody!)
Samurai Champloo - Jin (mysterious past emo-dom! bleeding! Hopeless fights! Dealing with Mugen!)
Loveless - Oh, geez, so many of them - and certainly both main characters, Ritsuka and Soubi. Seriously, the woobiness is epidemic here.
Princess Tutu - Mytho. His whole story is one huge pit of woobie.
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Doctor Science: cheer up emu kidmecurtin on February 28th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Zuko from Avatar The Last Airbender.

HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN HIM? It's like they ordered him from WoobieCentral, checking "all of the above" under "features requested"!!

No, really!:

1. only parent who truly loved him is dead

2. the other parent scarred his face

3. his emo!pain is constant as the tide

4. everyone thinks he's the bad guy

5. every victory turns to ashes in his mouth

6. he Needs Love! with Love he could be a Good Person, we know it!!

You're right, he's up there with Lex Luthor on the Woobie scale.
David Hineshradzka on February 28th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
Snape, Snape, Snape, Snape, Snape, Snape, and Snape. Spike, in BTVS. Dick Grayson, in DCU, though I don't think he approaches the woobieness of either of the previous two. To me, it's not just that woobies suffer; it's that they *are terribly misunderstood while suffering,* and possibly even have to do really terrible things for reasons that nobody else but the fanfic writer really understands and empathizes with AND THEY FEEL SO GUILTY ABOUT IT.

(SMALLVILLE's Lex Luthor, of course, is The Canonical Woobie.)

I suspect that there are no female woobies, and that woobiedom is inextricably intertwined with manpain.
seekergeekseekergeek on February 28th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
... woobiedom is inextricably intertwined with manpain.

I suspect that you might be right.
svollgasvollga on February 28th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
Ianto Jones, Torchwood. (The Duracel Bunny of ANGST!)
Severus Snape, Harry Potter.
The Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who. (Have you seen David Tennant all beaten up? I don't know ANY person who wouldn't want both to comfort him and to have him beaten up yet again, at the same time!)
Dean Winchester, Supernatural.
travels_in_time: DW--Master--listentravels_in_time on February 28th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
I don't know ANY person who wouldn't want both to comfort him and to have him beaten up yet again, at the same time!


The Master agrees with you as well. :D
(no subject) - zee on February 28th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Karita Wyrkaritawyr on February 28th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
I's agree with Daniel Jackson for most of the run of SG-1. However, for the final two seasons I'd suggest Cameron Mitchell.
Abyssis: SG1 - Daniel and the replicatorabyssinia4077 on February 28th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
I was thinking that too. Daniel is very woobie, but the last few seasons he kinda hardens and Mitchell picks up a fair bit of it in his place.
Rosalita: Daniel - spacemonkey43iamrosalita on February 28th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
I can't decide who's woobier: Daniel Jackson or Wesley Wyndam-Pryce. It's a damned close call. Daniel died more, but Wes actually stayed dead.

And then there's Fox Mulder who is the woobiest woobie who ever did . . . woob.
Cesperanzacesperanza on February 28th, 2010 05:48 am (UTC)
Bwee--I voted Fox and am now scanning up the list to see who else there is sensible! But this story description--

To protect the ones he or she loves, Character X sold his or her body to evil slaver alien wizards. Now Character X is finally back home. Can the [team/family/friends/loved ones/etc.] help him or her recover?

zee on February 28th, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
LOL, I ♥ you, IV.

AI RPS, Adam Lambert. Kris Allen gets his share, but Adam, man. Adam can't catch a break in fanon unless it's a bone.
Dresden Files (novels), Harry Dresden. The wizard gives good woobie.
Doctor Who, Ten. Poor, poor Ten.
... BRB, making soup for Ten.

Supernatural, Dean Winchester.
Psych. Fandom loves to torture Shawn Spencer. Which is odd, considering that the source material is a comedy.
SGA. Such a toss-up between McKay and Sheppard ... Enh, McKay.
Lord of the Rings, Legolas just barely edges out Strider, I think.

squeeze me, stomp me,  make me wine: Denis - smoke 'em if you got emmoosesal on February 28th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
Wow. I think people have pretty much hit most of mine. I have to agree to Lex Luthor, Spencer Reid, Dan Rydell, Xander Harris, and Tony DiNozzo. I'll add...

Dawson's Creek -- Pacey Witter
Fringe -- Peter Bishop
Gossip Girl -- Chuck Bass

(We could throw in Charlie from the Mighty Ducks to give Joshua Jackson 3 noms, but if anyone is writing Mighty Ducks torture fic, I don't want to know about it.)
squeeze me, stomp me,  make me winemoosesal on February 28th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
I would like to add Richard Hammond (Top Gear RPS), Ianto Jones (Torchwood), and Jack (Kings).
ravenbellravenbell on February 28th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
I think pretty much the whole [i]moe[/i] concept from anime fits into this - cute little girls who are meant to evoke protective, fuzzy feelings in guys. Some of these would include:

Rei Ayanami - Neon Genesis Evangelion
Sakura Kinomoto - Card Captor Sakura/Tsubasa
The entire casts of Lucky Star, Strawberry Marshmallow, Poptan, etc.

In Western shows I can only think of a couple:

Sierra - Dollhouse
Kaylee and River - Firefly

Maybe I've just been watching too much Joss Whedon?
Sally M: avon 4sallymn on February 28th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
Okay, most of mine have probably been mentioned...

Blakes 7 - Kerr Avon (never mind that if you tried he would KILL you...)
Magnificent 7 - two of 'em, Ezra Standish and Vin Tanner :)
The Sentinel - Blair Sandburg
Primeval - Connor Temple
Criminal Minds - Spencer Reid
Stargate SG1 - Daniel Jackson
cupidsbowcupidsbow on February 28th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
OMG, I think Avon got raped in every B7 fic I ever read... except the ones where he comforts Tarrant or Vila after they are raped (sometimes by him).
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jenna_marianne: punk kittenjenna_marianne on February 28th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
American Idol RPF: Kris Allen
Buffy: Xander Harris
Criminal Minds: Spencer Reid
CSI: Nick Stokes
due South: Benton Fraser
Fast and the Furious: Brian
Harry Potter: Remus Lupin
Heroes: Peter Petrelli
Angel: Wesley Wyndam-Price
Highlander: Methos
Magnificent 7: Ezra Standish
Man from UNCLE: Illya Kuryakin
NCIS: Tony DiNozzo
Oz: Tobias Beecher
Sentinel: Blair Sandburg
SG1: Daniel Jackson
SGA: Rodney McKay
Smallville: Lex Luthor
Star Trek DS9: Julian Bashir
Star Trek Reboot/XI: Jim Kirk
Star Trek TOS: Spock
Star Wars Prequel Trilogy: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Supernatural: Dean Winchester
Torchwood: Ianto Jones
X-Files: Fox Mulder
X-Men: Scott Summers
strina: harry - toxic {saibakato}strina on February 28th, 2010 06:43 am (UTC)
I second ALL BUT ONE OF THESE. Because after seeing 3243276 stories where the Dursleys keep Harry in a CAGE and RAPE HIM and FEED HIM FROM A DOG BOWL and ALSO HE HAS A LEARNING DISORDER and A HEART CONDITION and THEN HE GOES TO AZKABAN, Remus can only ever be the woobie silver medalist for me. But hey, a Potter fandom silver medal is, like, platinum in most other fandoms!
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Alexis: autographjapanimecrazed on February 28th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
Shuuichi Shindou from Gravitation. I cannot think of a character more abused in fanon.