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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.
worryingly jolly batman: mars again!labellementeuse on March 1st, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
OK, I see where you're coming from now.
Especially in light of this: you *do* have to sort of assume for the moment that the Lone Power was at least partly in the right and there's something seriously awry with the other Powers, at least in his universe.

I like the idea of Daniel as agent-of-change, which is certainly an aspect of the LP in one of his less malevolent incarnations - Sa'Rraah, maybe, or the snake in the Garden (so sue me, I just happen to think that 'hey, have some knowledge!' is not a really compelling Evil, since what is wrong generally seeks to constrain knowledge). It's just that the Daniel-goes-to-Heaven-and-comes-back-with-illicit-knowledge thing has always spoken more of Prometheus to me, who I believe is explicitly identified with Peach/the Champion/the Winged Defender in the books. I think that particular Power can be cast in a highly ambivalent/dangerous light.

I guess where I'm struggling with this is the idea that the Ancients have much in common with the Powers that Be and the Ones who give power to wizards in YW canon, because wizardry is so explicitly in the service of life, growth, change, and anti-stagnation even where stagnation is more painless. I mean, the end of HW is really that in a nutshell - the mobiles are the Ancients, seeking to ascend out of a painful world, but in fact trapping themselves and everyone around them (and seriously, the Ancients don't seem to me to have really joyfully left the universe to work for higher purposes. All they do is hang around and annoy everyone.) Or c.f. the Alaalids, who I think also have a lot in common with the Ancients at the end of their time in the physical world, except the Ancients weren't lucky enough to have Nita, Kit, and Ponch come along to shake them up.

On the other hand, the Alaalids and the mobiles are two examples in the books where the LP is working at Its most ambivalent, and where the potential positives of the LP's gift are made most apparent... so.. I still sort of see where you're going, I just can't quite follow you. OTOH, I've read plenty of fic where the Powers, esp. the One, are portrayed as being stagnant/tyrannical - it's almost a pre-requisite if you want to write a fic where you can actually feel sorry for the LP - so, yeah, I see your point.