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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.
Abyssisabyssinia4077 on February 28th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
...I do not expect to see a lot of women showing up in this poll.

I was just thinking that too. I can't think of any I would even consider for the role.
lilacsigil: elektra assassinlilacsigil on February 28th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Kitty Pryde has moments of woobie-dom. Maybe Faith from Buffy?
Abyssisabyssinia4077 on February 28th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
I don't know Kitty Pryde, but I can't shake the feeling that Fath would cut you if you tried to woobie-fy her. Though I don't know how Buffy fandom handles her.

London Clockworkpolaris_starz on February 28th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Maybe Tara, from Buffy?
Malmalnpudl on February 28th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
I'd think Tara is... too zen for woobiedom? Maybe?
London Clockwork: woobiefacepolaris_starz on February 28th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
I dunno, I think season six Tara definitely qualifies. Maybe even season five, with the mindfuckery and all.
Spectacles H. Decolonizinglolaraincoat on February 28th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Definitely season 5. She got brain-fried! Woobie!

... on the other hand, my first thought about what to post in response to this poll was Xander from Buffy, so lilacsigal has a point.