History Woobie / ComicBooks

19th May '18 11:35:30 PM darkemyst
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** Seemingly being a Woobie is one of the prerequisites to be a ComicBook/{{Robin}}. Take Damian Wayne, the sociopath son mentioned above. He's a small child grown up to be an unstoppable killing machine, and later, upon his granddad Ra's Al Ghul's death, a replacement body for the old man. Escaping from his own mother, the only person he was ever shown affectionate with, Damian lands in Batman's care. If you're thinking about how cool it can be being Batman's son, think of the ComicBook/BatmanRIP storyline. Yes, in an amazing series of unfortunate events, Damian barely manages to grow jealous of Tim Drake's deeper connection to Damian's biological dad before seeing said dad dead. At the start of his career as the new Robin, upon Dick Grayson-as-Batman's tutelage, he's refused and sent away by his own mother, severing every tie with him and frankly stating that when she'd want an obedient and useful son, she'd rather [[ReplacementGoldfish have another one gene-engineered]] than take Damian back with her. Despite being Badass and obnoxious enough to make a fairly good Robin to Dick Grayson, it's no wonder that as a mere kid he's so glum and lonely to move even Stephanie Brown, the then-Batgirl, to tears, playing her maternal side and prompting her to give the poor kid a hug and teach him how to play in a moonbounce. Even his role-mandatory stint with the Titans [[spoiler: is cut abruptly short as he's just deemed too insufferable for their standards, prompting Damian, on his own accord, to give his seat back to Tim]].
** Stephanie Brown at times - used and abused for 15 years, views of her competence changing every month, being told to give up. Not even to mention that time she got tortured to death, impregnated, had her supervillain father die, and her mother is a former drug addict.

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** Seemingly being a Woobie is one of the prerequisites to be a ComicBook/{{Robin}}. Take Damian Wayne, the sociopath son mentioned above. He's a small child grown up trained to be an unstoppable killing machine, and later, upon his granddad Ra's Al Ghul's death, a replacement body for the old man. Escaping from his own mother, the only person he was ever shown affectionate with, to show him affection, Damian lands in Batman's Bruce's care. If you're thinking about how cool it can be being Batman's son, think of the ComicBook/BatmanRIP storyline. Yes, Unfortunately in an amazing series bit of unfortunate events, bad timing, Damian barely barley manages to grow jealous display his jealousy of Tim Drake's deeper connection to Damian's biological dad his father before seeing said dad dead. dead in ComicBook/BatmanRIP. At the start of his career as the new Robin, upon Robin under Batman Dick Grayson-as-Batman's tutelage, Grayson's tutelage he's refused rebuffed and sent away by his own mother, severing who severs every tie with him and frankly stating states that when she'd want she wants an obedient and useful son, she'd rather [[ReplacementGoldfish have another one gene-engineered]] than take Damian back with her. Despite being Badass and obnoxious enough to make a fairly good Robin to Dick Grayson, it's no wonder that as a mere kid he's so glum and lonely enough to move even Stephanie Brown, the then-Batgirl, then-Batgirl who he's rude and obnoxious to, to tears, playing her maternal side and prompting driving her to give the poor kid a hug and teach him how to play in a moonbounce. Even his role-mandatory stint with the Titans [[spoiler: is cut abruptly short as he's just deemed too insufferable for their standards, prompting Damian, on his own accord, to give his seat back to Tim]].
** [[ComicBook/Batgirl2009 Stephanie Brown Brown]] at times - used and abused for 15 years, views of her competence changing every month, being told to give up. Not even to mention that time she got tortured to death, impregnated, had her supervillain father die, and her mother is a former drug addict.
19th May '18 11:16:53 PM darkemyst
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** Poor [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]]. During his tenure as Robin he lost both his parents, one at a time unlike Wayne and Grayson who got to deal with it in one shot, watched as his girlfriend "died" on the operating table, had his [[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} best friend]] die, had the city he'd evacuated his stepmother to flattened, had his ''other'' [[ComicBook/{{Impulse}} best friend]] die, had his girlfriend return only to have left him thinking her dead for years while she faked her death and then she betrayed his trust on orders from Batman, and to top it all off, after he gets adopted by Batman it turns out Batman has a son who tries to kill him and deems him worthless, his adoptive sister gets drugged and repeatedly attacks him, and his predecessor-another of his adoptive siblings-makes an almost successful attempt on his life. Then Batman died, making that 4 dead parents. And now Batsy's homicidal sociopath son? Took over Tim's job as Robin forcing him to pick a new hero ID. The poor kid...

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** Poor [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]]. During his tenure as Robin he lost both his parents, one at a time unlike Wayne and Grayson who got to deal with it in one shot, watched as his girlfriend "died" on the operating table, had his [[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} best friend]] die, had the city he'd evacuated his stepmother to flattened, had his ''other'' [[ComicBook/{{Impulse}} best friend]] die, had his ''civilian best friend'' develop cancer, had his girlfriend return only to have left him thinking her dead for years while she faked her death and then she betrayed betrays his trust on orders from Batman, and to Batman. To top it all off, after he gets adopted by Batman it turns out Batman has a son who tries to kill him and deems him worthless, his adoptive sister gets drugged and repeatedly attacks him, and his predecessor-another of his adoptive siblings-makes an almost successful attempt on his life. Then Batman died, making that 4 dead parents. And now Batsy's homicidal sociopath son? Took over Tim's job as Robin forcing him to pick a new hero ID. The poor kid...
19th May '18 11:13:21 PM darkemyst
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** Poor [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]]. During his tenure as Robin he lost both his parents, one at a time unlike Wayne and Grayson who got to deal with it in one shot, watched as his girlfriend "died" on the operating table, was torn between the girl he was in love with who was in love with his [[spoiler:then]] dead best friend, and to top it all off, after he gets adopted by Batman it turns out Batman has a son who berates him and deems him worthless. Then Batman died, making that 3 dead parents. And now Batsy's homicidal sociopath son? Took over Timmy's old job as Robin. The poor kid...

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** Poor [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]]. During his tenure as Robin he lost both his parents, one at a time unlike Wayne and Grayson who got to deal with it in one shot, watched as his girlfriend "died" on the operating table, was torn between had his [[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} best friend]] die, had the girl he was in love with who was in love with city he'd evacuated his [[spoiler:then]] stepmother to flattened, had his ''other'' [[ComicBook/{{Impulse}} best friend]] die, had his girlfriend return only to have left him thinking her dead best friend, for years while she faked her death and then she betrayed his trust on orders from Batman, and to top it all off, after he gets adopted by Batman it turns out Batman has a son who berates tries to kill him and deems him worthless. worthless, his adoptive sister gets drugged and repeatedly attacks him, and his predecessor-another of his adoptive siblings-makes an almost successful attempt on his life. Then Batman died, making that 3 4 dead parents. And now Batsy's homicidal sociopath son? Took over Timmy's old Tim's job as Robin.Robin forcing him to pick a new hero ID. The poor kid...
28th Apr '18 2:43:44 PM LordGravy
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* That poor unnamed traveler from ''Delphine''. Seriously, all the guy wanted to do was to meet his old lover, the titular Delphine, again[[spoiler:-- and based on flashbacks with her, she may not have even loved him anymore]]. Instead, he's taken deeper into the woods by very creepy locals, [[SanitySlippage who psychologically torture him as he goes along the way.]] Once he finally finds Delphine, [[spoiler: she had already been put into a permanent coma by her pious WickedStepmother, and then she, along with many of her followers, murder the traveler without mercy]].

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* That poor unnamed traveler from Richard Sala's ''Delphine''. Seriously, all the guy wanted to do was to meet his old lover, the titular Delphine, again[[spoiler:-- and based on flashbacks with her, she may not have even loved him anymore]]. Instead, he's taken deeper into the woods by very creepy locals, [[SanitySlippage who psychologically torture him as he goes along the way.]] Once he finally finds Delphine, [[spoiler: she had already been put into a permanent coma by her pious WickedStepmother, and then she, along with many of her followers, murder the traveler without mercy]].
28th Apr '18 2:41:02 PM LordGravy
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* That poor unnamed traveler from ''Delphine''. Seriously, all the guy wanted to do was to meet his old lover, the titular Delphine, again[[spoiler:-- and based on flashbacks with her, she may not have even loved him anymore]]. Instead, he's taken deeper into the woods by very creepy locals, [[SanitySlippage who psychologically torture him as he goes along the way.]] Once he finally finds Delphine, [[spoiler: she had already been put into a permanent coma by her pious WickedStepmother, and then she, along with many of her followers, murder the traveler without mercy]].
25th Apr '18 3:12:00 PM Malady
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%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * ''ComicBook/HeroSquared'': All of the characters at some point, but surprisingly Caliginous might just be the biggest out of all of them.
24th Apr '18 6:38:08 PM WillBGood
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* In her earlier appearances, Rogue was one. Abandoned by her parents, she put her first love into a coma when she was maybe 13 when her powers activated, and then she was more-or-less kidnapped by a emotionally-manipulative woman who preyed on her desire for love to con her into joining a team of supervillains. [[FromBadToWorse She picked a fight with Ms. Marvel only to end up with split-personality syndrome and a raft of]] [[ExpansionPackPowers new powers]]. Then, Mastermind nudges her into defecting to Xavier as a means of revenge against Mystique. The X-Men are greatly ticked off by her showing up on their doorstep and deliver a CurbStompBattle before Xavier gets them to calm down. She only finally gains the trust of the X-Men by [[BodyHorror risking her life by taking on a warped-and-frozen steel form so that Colossus can be healed]]. Then, after the X-Men return from Japan, she becomes completely unhinged and Ms. Marvel takes over to rescue an old boyfriend (of Ms. Marvel's, that is). And she's framed for a murder she didn't commit. There are numerous panels in her earliest appearances which show Rogue broken down in tears -- really, you just wanna give her a big hug (as long as she's covered up). Creator/ChrisClaremont seemed to have set Rogue up as the team woobie at least until after her and Wolverine's first visit to Genosha, when she starts to mature a bit in reaction to the horrific experience there.

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* In her earlier appearances, Rogue was one. Abandoned by her parents, she put her first love into a coma when she was maybe 13 when her powers activated, and then she was more-or-less kidnapped by a emotionally-manipulative woman who preyed on her desire for love to con her into joining a team of supervillains. [[FromBadToWorse She picked a fight with Ms. Marvel only to end up with split-personality syndrome and a raft of]] [[ExpansionPackPowers [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new powers]]. Then, Mastermind nudges her into defecting to Xavier as a means of revenge against Mystique. The X-Men are greatly ticked off by her showing up on their doorstep and deliver a CurbStompBattle before Xavier gets them to calm down. She only finally gains the trust of the X-Men by [[BodyHorror risking her life by taking on a warped-and-frozen steel form so that Colossus can be healed]]. Then, after the X-Men return from Japan, she becomes completely unhinged and Ms. Marvel takes over to rescue an old boyfriend (of Ms. Marvel's, that is). And she's framed for a murder she didn't commit. There are numerous panels in her earliest appearances which show Rogue broken down in tears -- really, you just wanna give her a big hug (as long as she's covered up). Creator/ChrisClaremont seemed to have set Rogue up as the team woobie at least until after her and Wolverine's first visit to Genosha, when she starts to mature a bit in reaction to the horrific experience there.
9th Apr '18 6:54:28 PM Malady
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* Even before ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'', [[TeenTitans Lian]] [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Harper]] qualified for this trope. Sure, she has an incredibly loving father (Arsenal) and is the surrogate niece of many in the superhero community, but naturally things have not been easy for this girl. Her mother is Cheshire, a PsychoForHire responsible for nuking the country of Qurac and laughing as she did, who has also proved that she is willing to forsake Lian's life as long as she has a replacement child handy. Lian also ''knows'' what her mother has done to Qurac, and even at a young age feels incredibly guilty about it when her babysitter reveals that her grandparents died during the devastation. Lian was also scared her babysitter was going to hate her now because of it. Aside from this, Lian has been targeted by people who want to get at her parents. She's been held hostage, she's been stricken with a disease that would've killed her, she's been poisoned with Joker venom, ''and'' she's been abducted by a child slavery ring which permanently branded her. Despite all that though, Lian's still been able to smile and carry on with her life, even to the point where she demonstrates how much she's able to understand her father's depression. Then, during ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'', her babysitter just leaves her by herself to go after a supervillain, and Lian is then violently crushed to death while Star City is destroyed thanks to Prometheus' malfunctioning machine. Her death is then used as a justification for her father becoming a violent AntiHero and for resuming his old heroin addiction. At the very least ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'' managed to undo her death and restore the bond between her and her dad.

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* Even before ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'', [[TeenTitans [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Lian]] [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Harper]] qualified for this trope. Sure, she has an incredibly loving father (Arsenal) and is the surrogate niece of many in the superhero community, but naturally things have not been easy for this girl. Her mother is Cheshire, a PsychoForHire responsible for nuking the country of Qurac and laughing as she did, who has also proved that she is willing to forsake Lian's life as long as she has a replacement child handy. Lian also ''knows'' what her mother has done to Qurac, and even at a young age feels incredibly guilty about it when her babysitter reveals that her grandparents died during the devastation. Lian was also scared her babysitter was going to hate her now because of it. Aside from this, Lian has been targeted by people who want to get at her parents. She's been held hostage, she's been stricken with a disease that would've killed her, she's been poisoned with Joker venom, ''and'' she's been abducted by a child slavery ring which permanently branded her. Despite all that though, Lian's still been able to smile and carry on with her life, even to the point where she demonstrates how much she's able to understand her father's depression. Then, during ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'', her babysitter just leaves her by herself to go after a supervillain, and Lian is then violently crushed to death while Star City is destroyed thanks to Prometheus' malfunctioning machine. Her death is then used as a justification for her father becoming a violent AntiHero and for resuming his old heroin addiction. At the very least ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'' managed to undo her death and restore the bond between her and her dad.
29th Jan '18 9:08:22 PM nombretomado
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* Poor [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark's]] never-ending train of life-suckitude is probably second only to that of ComicBook/SpiderMan, especially before the ModernAge, living through kidnapping, torture, heart problems, evil girlfriends, murderous ex-friends, alcoholism, brainwashing, terrible luck, and dozens of plots to make his life a living hell that would put Daredevil's iconic torment by the Kingpin to shame, all sprinkled with SurvivorsGuilt. Oh, and once he was mind-controlled by Kang and forced to murder a whole bunch of innocent people and some Avengers teammates. And later he was mind-controlled and forced to blow up a commercial jet full of about 200 innocent people.\\\

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* Poor [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark's]] never-ending train of life-suckitude is probably second only to that of ComicBook/SpiderMan, especially before the ModernAge, UsefulNotes/{{the Modern Age|of Comic Books}}, living through kidnapping, torture, heart problems, evil girlfriends, murderous ex-friends, alcoholism, brainwashing, terrible luck, and dozens of plots to make his life a living hell that would put Daredevil's iconic torment by the Kingpin to shame, all sprinkled with SurvivorsGuilt. Oh, and once he was mind-controlled by Kang and forced to murder a whole bunch of innocent people and some Avengers teammates. And later he was mind-controlled and forced to blow up a commercial jet full of about 200 innocent people.\\\
1st Oct '17 4:46:56 PM WillBGood
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** It gets worse for her in ''ComicBook/BatmanEternal'' as both her father ''and her mother'' are trying to kill her, forcing her on the run.

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** *** It gets worse for her in ''ComicBook/BatmanEternal'' as both her father ''and her mother'' are trying to kill her, forcing her on the run.
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