History Woobie / ComicBooks

24th Sep '16 6:29:47 PM nombretomado
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* Matt [=McLimore=] from ''DorkTower''. He is part of a gaming group that drives him nuts with their insane tactics, anything he enjoys is instantly discredited as outdated or dull, his blog gets ''zero'' hits, his attempts at self-publishing have yet to succeed, the girl he has a crush on is only vaguely aware of his existence, and his on-again off-again girlfriend is a ClingyJealousGirl who belittles everything he does and everyone he associates with.

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* Matt [=McLimore=] from ''DorkTower''.''Webcomic/DorkTower''. He is part of a gaming group that drives him nuts with their insane tactics, anything he enjoys is instantly discredited as outdated or dull, his blog gets ''zero'' hits, his attempts at self-publishing have yet to succeed, the girl he has a crush on is only vaguely aware of his existence, and his on-again off-again girlfriend is a ClingyJealousGirl who belittles everything he does and everyone he associates with.
3rd Aug '16 6:09:21 AM demiurgent
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** Even Tony's potential JerkassWoobie nature manages to get played into his being a straight up Woobie -- for example, Tony (long after becoming Iron Man) actually fires a hardworking employee on stage during a Stark International Keynote as a function of the app said employee wrote purely (and admittedly) to impress a girl he wanted to sleep with... which we learn when Tony, having lost everything (again) is putting together a new company with new goals and needs to hire that same former employee -- and somehow it is ''Tony'' we want to comfort and give a hug during the situation.
2nd Aug '16 6:26:09 PM nombretomado
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* Comicbook/CaptainAtom in his Charlton Comics period was a fairly average stock hero. Upon being incorporated into TheDCU, Captain Atom started closely fitting the trope. His heroic Charlton past rewritten as a Metafictional story baked for the general public, young soldier Nathaniel Adam was framed for a crime he never committed. Desperate to get back to his family, Nathaniel agreed to be strapped to an atomic bomb, acting as a guinea pig for an alien alloy. Upon waking up as a superpowered powerhouse, twenty years later, he finds that his Jerk superior, Colonel Wade Eiling (the same dude framing him, by the way) had married his beloved wife, who died sadly of old age believing Nathaniel dead, and a traitor. Due to Nathaniel having been pronounced dead after his disappearance, Eiling never got his pardon sent, thus he becomes a pawn in his hands, forced to act as a mole in the superhero community for his power-hungry commanding officer. From there, Captain Atom's life becomes a never ending series of pain and suffering, briefly summarized in: his only son, raised by his worst enemy, hating him as a traitor to everything the All-American boy Adam used to stand for, being constantly blackmailed into obedience by Eiling, getting married again, and dumped, by a Canadian Terrorist, sacrificing his life to save the universe without ''anyone at all caring about'', save for Superman and Batman, getting shunted into a parallel dimension of Jerks (the {{Wildstorm}} universe) and becoming a Big Fat ResetButton for that reality, being shunted back to his Earth, getting [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds enough battleaxe crazy to amass an army of enslaved superheroes to take back the Multiverse]], falling into a coma, being enslaved by a magic evil chick from another world, and getting back to normal just to find how everyone hates his guts now. Just to make his life more miserable, during the ComicBook/BrightestDay storyline [[spoiler: Captain Atom finds out that his quantum energized body is still evolving, so he's NotEvenHuman anymore]].

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* Comicbook/CaptainAtom in his Charlton Comics period was a fairly average stock hero. Upon being incorporated into TheDCU, Franchise/TheDCU, Captain Atom started closely fitting the trope. His heroic Charlton past rewritten as a Metafictional story baked for the general public, young soldier Nathaniel Adam was framed for a crime he never committed. Desperate to get back to his family, Nathaniel agreed to be strapped to an atomic bomb, acting as a guinea pig for an alien alloy. Upon waking up as a superpowered powerhouse, twenty years later, he finds that his Jerk superior, Colonel Wade Eiling (the same dude framing him, by the way) had married his beloved wife, who died sadly of old age believing Nathaniel dead, and a traitor. Due to Nathaniel having been pronounced dead after his disappearance, Eiling never got his pardon sent, thus he becomes a pawn in his hands, forced to act as a mole in the superhero community for his power-hungry commanding officer. From there, Captain Atom's life becomes a never ending series of pain and suffering, briefly summarized in: his only son, raised by his worst enemy, hating him as a traitor to everything the All-American boy Adam used to stand for, being constantly blackmailed into obedience by Eiling, getting married again, and dumped, by a Canadian Terrorist, sacrificing his life to save the universe without ''anyone at all caring about'', save for Superman and Batman, getting shunted into a parallel dimension of Jerks (the {{Wildstorm}} universe) and becoming a Big Fat ResetButton for that reality, being shunted back to his Earth, getting [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds enough battleaxe crazy to amass an army of enslaved superheroes to take back the Multiverse]], falling into a coma, being enslaved by a magic evil chick from another world, and getting back to normal just to find how everyone hates his guts now. Just to make his life more miserable, during the ComicBook/BrightestDay storyline [[spoiler: Captain Atom finds out that his quantum energized body is still evolving, so he's NotEvenHuman anymore]].
15th May '16 8:37:03 PM Willbyr
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14th May '16 1:12:36 AM Doug86
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* To be a member of The ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, one must have 3 things: An X-Gene, a need to learn how to control their abilities and use them to better mankind, and a very depressing origin story. Name ONE character who's an X-Man but not a woobie, Name ONE! Hard, ain't it? Even [[TheScrappy the scrappies]] and Creators pets are woobies.

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* To be a member of The ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, the ComicBook/XMen, one must have 3 things: An X-Gene, a need to learn how to control their abilities and use them to better mankind, and a very depressing origin story. Name ONE character who's an X-Man but not a woobie, Name ONE! Hard, ain't it? Even [[TheScrappy the scrappies]] and Creators pets are woobies.
13th Apr '16 8:59:31 AM Morgenthaler
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** That's true, but also highlights a real problem at the heart of nearly all alleged Misaimed Fandoms: at the end of the day, they come not from the fandom making a "mistake", but from the writer confusing his own opinions with everyone else's opinions. Rorschach touches a chord with many people for various reasons (This Troper respects his courage and discipline, for example) with the exception of Alan Moore...who seriously believed that just because ''he'' disliked Rorschach ''everyone else'' would too. [[DeadpanSnarker We should have a trope called Misaimed Author]].
*** No, MisaimedFandom is about misunderstanding what the author intended, and Alan Moore never intended Rorschach to be completely unsympathetic and have everyone hate him. It's about an audience misunderstanding that a complex character can be both despised and pitied. What Alan Moore hated were people who saw Rorschach's philosophy as good and righteous without realizing the problems with the character.
*** Most fans who see Rorschach as a Woobie know what exactly Moore was going for - they just don't agree with him, for all the reasons stated above. This is not, in fact, impossible.
2nd Apr '16 3:55:24 PM troodos
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** Her successor, [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]], if anything, surpasses her. TrainingFromHell (to the point of shooting her [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower until she learned to get out of the way]]) in isolation from human language, made all the more horrifying by starting from birth and only ending when she ran away at about eight, would be more than enough. The kicker is that she has yet to fully grasp on an emotional level that her upbringing was ''that'' bad aside from the killing thing (which was what prompted her to bolt).

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** Her successor, [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]], if anything, surpasses her. TrainingFromHell (to the point of shooting her [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower until she learned to get out of the way]]) in isolation from human language, made all the more horrifying by starting from birth and only ending when she ran away at about eight, would be more than enough. The kicker is that she has yet to fully grasp on an emotional level that her upbringing was ''that'' bad aside from the killing thing (which was what prompted her to bolt). And even after becoming Batgirl, she doesn't have an easy life, including losing two love interests, (seemingly) her best friend, and a whole city under her protection!
13th Jan '16 12:48:01 AM Doug86
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* Very oddly, {{Superman}} got all the major, obvious sources of woobitude in his life ''taken away'' when he was [[ReBoot rebooted]] for UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}}. Previously, his perfect memory meant that he could remember Jor-El and Lara and Krypton very well even though he was only a toddler, and he mourned them deeply; Ma and Pa Kent died of a rare disease just as he went off to college, and he learned even his abilities have limits when for all his power, there was nothing he could do to cure them; one of his best friends became [[ComicBook/LexLuthor his worst enemy;]] and to distract attention away from his Superman identity, he voluntarily spent his entire life since childhood as an awkward nerd, getting shunned and picked on for it. After the ComicBook/PostCrisis reboot, Krypton was [[RetCon RetConned]] to have been a dystopia unworthy of mourning even if he could remember it; Ma and Pa Kent were still alive and well; Luthor was still evil, but had no past connection to Clark; and Clark had now grown up as a popular football jock. Readers then spent the Dark Age complaining that they couldn't identify with Superman because he had no problems.

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* Very oddly, {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} got all the major, obvious sources of woobitude in his life ''taken away'' when he was [[ReBoot rebooted]] for UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}}. Previously, his perfect memory meant that he could remember Jor-El and Lara and Krypton very well even though he was only a toddler, and he mourned them deeply; Ma and Pa Kent died of a rare disease just as he went off to college, and he learned even his abilities have limits when for all his power, there was nothing he could do to cure them; one of his best friends became [[ComicBook/LexLuthor his worst enemy;]] and to distract attention away from his Superman identity, he voluntarily spent his entire life since childhood as an awkward nerd, getting shunned and picked on for it. After the ComicBook/PostCrisis reboot, Krypton was [[RetCon RetConned]] to have been a dystopia unworthy of mourning even if he could remember it; Ma and Pa Kent were still alive and well; Luthor was still evil, but had no past connection to Clark; and Clark had now grown up as a popular football jock. Readers then spent the Dark Age complaining that they couldn't identify with Superman because he had no problems.
27th Nov '15 6:06:07 PM nombretomado
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*** Things seemed to be looking up for him after Shatterstar returned and they attempt a proper relationship, but with Star's interest in AnythingThatMoves and Rahne telling him that he's the father of her baby when he's not, promise for some delayed angst in Ric's future. And then he was the first mutant to get his powers back when the penitent ScarletWitch attempted to reverse her spell...

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*** Things seemed to be looking up for him after Shatterstar returned and they attempt a proper relationship, but with Star's interest in AnythingThatMoves and Rahne telling him that he's the father of her baby when he's not, promise for some delayed angst in Ric's future. And then he was the first mutant to get his powers back when the penitent ScarletWitch ComicBook/ScarletWitch attempted to reverse her spell...
14th Nov '15 2:25:25 AM Koolkev
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* Almost every character in ''ComicBook/{{Circles}}'' counts, but the biggest four are Douglas, Arthur, Ken, and Paulie.
** Douglas was a humble man and met his girlfriend Linda. [[spoiler:He unknowingly had a son with her and felt awful for not being there when he grew up.]] He dumped Linda when he realized that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Paulie. He knew what he was getting himself into [[spoiler:by staying with Paulie despite his HIV]] and he knew the consequences. When the fateful day arrived however, it still hurt him like hell. He gave up on everything and lost hope to the point where if he didn't have his friends and family around him, he would have likely been DrivenToSuicide.
** Arthur is a kind man who is an aspiring artist. He met John and Paulie in the 70's and they stayed close together. However, when their friend Keith came home with Paulie and Arthur, they were all too drunk to know any better and Arthur passed out. [[spoiler:Paulie contracted HIV from Keith that night and because Arthur was supposed to have sex with Keith at first, he feels extremely guilty and blames himself for getting Paulie sick.]] Douglas steps into the picture and only makes it worse for him. Paulie know it's not his fault but it took years for Arthur to come to terms with that and finally rekindle with Paulie, Doug, and John.
** Ken had a [[{{Understatement}} very rough childhood.]] He grew up poor and his mother worked all day. He spent time with his Uncle Davis [[spoiler: but he turned out to be sexually abusive to Ken. Uncle Davis threatened him to keep it a secret. He kept quiet about it for all of these years until he finally told Paulie because he was the only one he trusted and thought of as a father.]] The reason he pushed everyone away is because he didn't want to get close to someone like he did with Uncle Davis.
** Poor, poor Paulie. [[spoiler:He is living with HIV]] due to a tragic mistake and is ironically the least deserving of such a fate. He is a kind and noble spirit who treats everyone with open arms and a warm heart. The worst part is that he hardly did anything inherently bad in his life with the only thing being [[spoiler:dropping school and experimenting with alcohol and drugs in his college days]]. He never hurt anyone or did harm to anybody in the past. It's no wonder he is hailed as a hero by others [[spoiler:and why his death left such a huge impact on everyone.]]
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