History Woobie / ComicBooks

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.]]
12th Nov '15 5:45:02 PM nombretomado
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** Seemingly being a Woobie is one of the prerequisites to be a {{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]].
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** Seemingly being a Woobie is one of the prerequisites to be a {{Robin}}.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]].
9th Nov '15 10:14:56 AM StFan
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* ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' turned former Generation-2-toy-only-character-that-was-only-available-in-Europe-and-Australia Ironfist into this. Considering the bios of Generation 2 toys are just big {{Badass Boast}}s... that's something. * ComicBook/{{Runaways}} is what happens when you have a ''team'' of woobies. ParentalAbandonment is sort of built into the premise - the original kids all found out their parents were supervillains, although most of them could at least pass as decent parents (except for the Steins). Later additions include the son of Ultron, an [[ChildSoldier alien child soldier]] and a child abuse survivor from the early 1900s.
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* ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' turned former Generation-2-toy-only-character-that-was-only-available-in-Europe-and-Australia Ironfist into this. Considering the bios of Generation 2 toys are just big {{Badass Boast}}s... that's something. * ComicBook/{{Runaways}} ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' is what happens when you have a ''team'' of woobies. ParentalAbandonment is sort of built into the premise - the original kids all found out their parents were supervillains, although most of them could at least pass as decent parents (except for the Steins). Later additions include the son of Ultron, an [[ChildSoldier alien child soldier]] and a child abuse survivor from the early 1900s.
6th Nov '15 3:43:54 PM nombretomado
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* Knives Chau from ScottPilgrim would've made this list from her incident in "The Infinite Sadness" story arc where she, Scott, Ramona and Scott's band Sex Bob-Omb meet Clash at the Demonhead and 2/3 members are the exes of Scott and Ramona. Knives, a big fan of CatDH, tells them that she reads the band's blog and gets a cold glare. When Envy Adams (Scott's Ex) talks to Ramona about Scott, Knives screams "I've kissed the lips that kissed you!", she gets a response from the drummer, a bionic girl who punches her in the face so hard, her highlights fall out. When she and YN are at Tim Hortons later, he tries to comfort her and she's so despondent she refuses his comfort. And in the preceding story, "Scott Pilgrim VS The World", Scott breaks up with her to be with Ramona just as she announced she loves him. * [[TheQuestion Renee Montoya]]. She was a hard working cop in the Gotham Police Department, one of the few in the force who wasn't corrupt. In the span of the ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' series, Two Face wreaks havoc on her life by revealing she's a lesbian (something that gets her disowned), she loses her police partner to a corrupt CSI, and when she tries to kill said CSI she gets disgusted with herself and quits the force. After that series, she becomes an alcoholic and drifts from woman to woman. She picks up a new mentor, who's dying of lung cancer as he trains her to be his replacement. When he dies she's left alone again, and later one of the people she cares most for is central to a prophecy which involves her death. Renee saves her with Nightwing's help, and for a little bit it looks as though she might get a happy ending. But then comes her part in the same prophecy, and she's got the Religion of Crime after her to lead them, and when she refuses they come after her to kill her. And let's not talk about what happened to her in her ComicBook/FinalCrisis miniseries...
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* Knives Chau from ScottPilgrim ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' would've made this list from her incident in "The Infinite Sadness" story arc where she, Scott, Ramona and Scott's band Sex Bob-Omb meet Clash at the Demonhead and 2/3 members are the exes of Scott and Ramona. Knives, a big fan of CatDH, tells them that she reads the band's blog and gets a cold glare. When Envy Adams (Scott's Ex) talks to Ramona about Scott, Knives screams "I've kissed the lips that kissed you!", she gets a response from the drummer, a bionic girl who punches her in the face so hard, her highlights fall out. When she and YN are at Tim Hortons later, he tries to comfort her and she's so despondent she refuses his comfort. And in the preceding story, "Scott Pilgrim VS The World", Scott breaks up with her to be with Ramona just as she announced she loves him. * [[TheQuestion [[ComicBook/TheQuestion Renee Montoya]]. She was a hard working cop in the Gotham Police Department, one of the few in the force who wasn't corrupt. In the span of the ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' series, Two Face wreaks havoc on her life by revealing she's a lesbian (something that gets her disowned), she loses her police partner to a corrupt CSI, and when she tries to kill said CSI she gets disgusted with herself and quits the force. After that series, she becomes an alcoholic and drifts from woman to woman. She picks up a new mentor, who's dying of lung cancer as he trains her to be his replacement. When he dies she's left alone again, and later one of the people she cares most for is central to a prophecy which involves her death. Renee saves her with Nightwing's help, and for a little bit it looks as though she might get a happy ending. But then comes her part in the same prophecy, and she's got the Religion of Crime after her to lead them, and when she refuses they come after her to kill her. And let's not talk about what happened to her in her ComicBook/FinalCrisis miniseries...
3rd Nov '15 8:44:28 PM nombretomado
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* God, poor [[IncredibleHercules Hebe]]. Her husband leaves her, everyone (''especially'' her mother) convinces her it's her fault, she spends eons trying to catch up to him, only to just keep missing him, all the while aware of his womanizing, then she ends up getting stuck working for [[EvilMatriarch the aforementioned mother]], who later blasts her out of a thirtieth story window for trying to protect her husband, ''then'' she can't even contact the Avengers to try and convince them to help her meet with him, because they think she's just some insane groupie after she shows up at the ruins of the old mansion, and she ends up wandering off to join an enclave of homeless people. Things finally start looking up for her from there, but as this is Marvel, it can be expected for her to get chucked downhill (or off a cliff) again soon.
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* God, poor [[IncredibleHercules [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules Hebe]]. Her husband leaves her, everyone (''especially'' her mother) convinces her it's her fault, she spends eons trying to catch up to him, only to just keep missing him, all the while aware of his womanizing, then she ends up getting stuck working for [[EvilMatriarch the aforementioned mother]], who later blasts her out of a thirtieth story window for trying to protect her husband, ''then'' she can't even contact the Avengers to try and convince them to help her meet with him, because they think she's just some insane groupie after she shows up at the ruins of the old mansion, and she ends up wandering off to join an enclave of homeless people. Things finally start looking up for her from there, but as this is Marvel, it can be expected for her to get chucked downhill (or off a cliff) again soon.
17th Oct '15 9:55:05 PM nombretomado
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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 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}} 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 PostCrisis 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.
25th Sep '15 4:54:28 PM nombretomado
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* Cassie Hack of ''[[HackSlash Hack/Slash]]''. Abandoned by her father, relentlessly bullied, raised by an overbearing, somewhat unstable and possibly abusive mother who committed suicide in front of her when it was discovered she was a SerialKiller, with Cassie later being forced to personally kill her (by ''shooting her in the face'') when she returned as an undead monster. Oh yeah, and when she finally does meet her father and learns DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou, he gets killed... by her resurrected mother... who she is forced to kill again. Really, its no wonder she's a bit of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
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* Cassie Hack of ''[[HackSlash Hack/Slash]]''.''ComicBook/HackSlash''. Abandoned by her father, relentlessly bullied, raised by an overbearing, somewhat unstable and possibly abusive mother who committed suicide in front of her when it was discovered she was a SerialKiller, with Cassie later being forced to personally kill her (by ''shooting her in the face'') when she returned as an undead monster. Oh yeah, and when she finally does meet her father and learns DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou, he gets killed... by her resurrected mother... who she is forced to kill again. Really, its no wonder she's a bit of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
24th Sep '15 6:08:26 PM nombretomado
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* Even before ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'', [[TeenTitans Lian]] [[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 Lian]] [[GreenArrow [[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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