History Woobie / Film

10th May '16 1:16:24 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* Norman Bates, from ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. His mother isolated him from the outside world, making him totally dependent on her, and then mentally abused him. No wonder poor Norman goes a little mad sometimes. He practically exudes neediness and awkward sweetness. Plus, he's played with boyish charm by the handsome Anthony Perkins. He's in even more need of a hug in ''Film/PsychoII'', where the vulnerable Norman has to tolerate {{gaslighting}}.

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* Norman Bates, from ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. His mother isolated him from the outside world, making him totally dependent on her, and then mentally abused him. No wonder poor Norman goes a little mad sometimes. He practically exudes neediness and awkward sweetness. Plus, he's played with boyish charm by the handsome Anthony Perkins. He's in even more need of a hug in ''Film/PsychoII'', where the vulnerable Norman has to tolerate {{gaslighting}}. Counts as a JerkAssWoobie as well, since he murders a couple of people in the first movie alone.



* Park Gang-du from ''Film/TheHost''. Massive, ''massive'' Woobie. His father was always too busy to raise him properly, so as a child he was always left alone to fend for himself, and the lack of protein he got from seo-ri made him grow up into a clumsy, stupid man whose younger siblings look down on him and even his daughter gets annoyed with him. Then when his daughter gets captured by a giant monster and he learns that she's still alive, the authorities refuse to believe him.

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* Park Gang-du from ''Film/TheHost''. Massive, ''massive'' Woobie. His father was always too busy to raise him properly, so as a child he was always left alone to fend for himself, and the lack of protein he got from seo-ri made him grow up into a clumsy, stupid man whose younger siblings look down on him and even his daughter gets annoyed with him. Then when his daughter gets captured by a giant monster and he learns that she's still alive, the authorities refuse to believe him. In one notable scene, an American doctor finally seems to believe him, but asks him why he didn't tell the police, the military or a human rights organization, causing Gang-du to burst into tears and insist correctly that nobody ever listens to him.
** His missing daughter, Hyun-seo, is just as much of a Woobie, especially when she's trapped in a sewer by the creature, cold, wet, filthy, hungry and scared.
10th May '16 12:57:05 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* Park Gang-du from ''Film/TheHost''. Massive, ''massive'' Woobie. His father was always too busy to raise him properly, so as a child he was always left alone to fend for himself, and the lack of protein he got from seo-ri made him grow up into a clumsy, stupid man whose younger siblings look down on him and even his daughter gets annoyed with him. Then when his daughter gets captured by a giant monster and he learns that she's still alive, the authorities refuse to believe him.
6th Mar '16 5:58:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''PansLabyrinth'': Ofelia ''epitomizes'' this trope while [[BrokenBird her mother]] and [[PromotedToParent Mercedes]] aren't far behind, to say nothing of the various unnamed extras. And the worst part is that, unlike many of the examples on this page, ''these things actually happened''. Maybe these specific people didn't ''technically'' exist, but Ofelia represents any number of children living through the Spanish Civil War.
* RingoStarr in ''AHardDaysNight''. It gets even worse when you find out that his "acting" in some of the shots [[RealLifeWritesThePlot wasn't actually acting]]--[[SadClown the poor kid was hung over and legitimately depressed]].

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* ''PansLabyrinth'': ''Film/PansLabyrinth'': Ofelia ''epitomizes'' this trope while [[BrokenBird her mother]] and [[PromotedToParent Mercedes]] aren't far behind, to say nothing of the various unnamed extras. And the worst part is that, unlike many of the examples on this page, ''these things actually happened''. Maybe these specific people didn't ''technically'' exist, but Ofelia represents any number of children living through the Spanish Civil War.
* RingoStarr in ''AHardDaysNight''.''Film/AHardDaysNight''. It gets even worse when you find out that his "acting" in some of the shots [[RealLifeWritesThePlot wasn't actually acting]]--[[SadClown the poor kid was hung over and legitimately depressed]].
23rd Jan '16 1:00:12 PM Coenobium
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* Creator/DomhnallGleeson has had a successful career thus far playing a variety of woobies, including jerkass ones (''Film/{{Frank}}'') baddass ones (''Film/{{HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows}}'') and heartrendingly cute ones (''Film/{{Dredd}}''). The pattern makes his casting as General Hux feel like the odd one out.

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* Creator/DomhnallGleeson has had a successful career thus far playing a variety of woobies, including jerkass ones (''Film/{{Frank}}'') baddass ones (''Film/{{HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows}}'') and heartrendingly cute ones (''Film/{{Dredd}}''). The pattern makes his casting as [[Film/TheForceAwakens General Hux Hux]] feel like the odd one out.
23rd Jan '16 12:55:33 PM Coenobium
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* Creator/DomhnallGleeson has had a successful career thus far playing a variety of woobies, including jerkass ones (''Film/{{Frank}}'') baddass ones (''Film/{{HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows}}'') and heartrendingly cute ones (''Film/{{Dredd}}''). The pattern makes his casting as General Hux feel like the odd one out.
14th Jan '16 10:17:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* Lars of LarsAndTheRealGirl is this trope personified. Mother died giving birth to him, father pretty much blamed him for it and became emotionally distant, older brother (probably the only stable person in his life) skipped town for several years and left him behind. He's so traumatized from his past that he feels ''physical pain'' when touched by others. He cannot have a normal relationship with the opposite sex (despite a co-worker practically throwing herself at him) and is so self conscious that the only one he can bring himself to connect with is a rubber sex toy. Yet, despite all that, he's still the sweetest, most innocuous guy ever.

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* Lars of LarsAndTheRealGirl Film/LarsAndTheRealGirl is this trope personified. Mother died giving birth to him, father pretty much blamed him for it and became emotionally distant, older brother (probably the only stable person in his life) skipped town for several years and left him behind. He's so traumatized from his past that he feels ''physical pain'' when touched by others. He cannot have a normal relationship with the opposite sex (despite a co-worker practically throwing herself at him) and is so self conscious that the only one he can bring himself to connect with is a rubber sex toy. Yet, despite all that, he's still the sweetest, most innocuous guy ever.
29th Nov '15 4:58:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* Brandon Teena in BoysDontCry. 'Nuff said.

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* Brandon Teena in BoysDontCry.Film/BoysDontCry. 'Nuff said.



* Jamal, from SlumdogMillionaire. And every non-villainous character associated with him.

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* Jamal, from SlumdogMillionaire.Film/SlumdogMillionaire. And every non-villainous character associated with him.
8th Nov '15 6:18:16 PM nombretomado
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* RequiemForADream. Seriously, try to watch the final scene without wanting to give every character a big squishy hug.

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* RequiemForADream.''Film/RequiemForADream''. Seriously, try to watch the final scene without wanting to give every character a big squishy hug.
27th Oct '15 10:31:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheBoyInThePlasticBubble Todd growing up in [[BubbleBoy incubator]] doesn't really build social skills.
* Michael from ''TheBlindSide'' is so much the Woobie that the Tuohys take him in and [[spoiler: eventually adopt him]].

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* TheBoyInThePlasticBubble ''Film/TheBoyInThePlasticBubble'': Todd growing up in [[BubbleBoy incubator]] doesn't really build social skills.
* Michael from ''TheBlindSide'' ''Film/TheBlindSide'' is so much the Woobie that the Tuohys take him in and [[spoiler: eventually adopt him]].
25th Oct '15 12:32:38 PM AsForMyHandle
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