History Woobie / TabletopRPG

7th Nov '16 11:07:26 PM narm00
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** In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', the Bastet had a Gift called "Kitten's Cry" that basically made them ''look'' like an adorably cute Woobie on command.
** In ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'', those of the Innocence creed could gain a similar power to the "Kitten's Cry" called "Staredown." It only worked in combat, but when an Innocent refuses to fight the monster that's about to rip into him, ''something'' in the latent humanity of the monster stops them from attacking because it has suddenly realized that harming this wonderful, innocent person would just be a travesty against all things right and beautiful, blah, blah, blah. It is justified, in a manner of speaking, because one has to embody the Innocence creed pretty closely to attain this power, whereas there is no such thing as a Bastet that is not dangerous.

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** In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', the Bastet had have a Gift called "Kitten's Cry" that basically made makes them ''look'' like an adorably cute Woobie on command.
** In ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'', those of the Innocence creed could can gain a similar power to the "Kitten's Cry" called "Staredown." It only worked works in combat, but when an Innocent refuses to fight the monster that's about to rip into him, ''something'' in the latent humanity of the monster stops them from attacking because it has suddenly realized that harming this wonderful, innocent person would just be a travesty against all things right and beautiful, blah, blah, blah. It is justified, in a manner of speaking, because one has to embody the Innocence creed pretty closely to attain this power, whereas there is no such thing as a Bastet that is not dangerous.



** The race of shadow elves, from the Mystara setting, are a deliberate subversion of D&D's own Subterranean Elf = Chaotic Evil Drow trope. The product that introduces them gives their culture a history steeped in Woobieism -- driven underground by nuclear disasters (yes, ''plural'' nuclear disasters), harried by horrific monsters at every turn, cold-heartedly exploited by [[spoiler: their own Immortal patron]], and branded as evil freaks by surface elves -- the better to subvert gamers' expectations about deep elves.

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** The race of shadow elves, from the Mystara TabletopGame/{{Mystara}} setting, are a deliberate subversion of D&D's own Subterranean Elf = Chaotic Evil Drow trope. The product that introduces them gives their culture a history steeped in Woobieism -- driven underground by nuclear disasters (yes, ''plural'' nuclear disasters), harried by horrific monsters at every turn, cold-heartedly exploited by [[spoiler: their own Immortal patron]], and branded as evil freaks by surface elves -- the better to subvert gamers' expectations about deep elves.
25th Sep '16 4:13:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* Lampshaded in an ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' sourcebook where they discourage relying too heavily on this trope: "If your character is taunted by classmates everyday, and every night is beaten and/or raped by his alcoholic father while his mother sits around dosed to her eyeballs on tranquilizers, you're laying it on kind of thick." In the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', such a person would have a ''better'' life than most of the games's player characters, though there's nothing that says you can't have a happy ''back''story. [[PrometheanTheCreated Prometheans]], on the other hand, would look at that mortal and [[BlessedWithSuck ask if they can trade lives]].

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* Lampshaded in an ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' sourcebook where they discourage relying too heavily on this trope: "If your character is taunted by classmates everyday, and every night is beaten and/or raped by his alcoholic father while his mother sits around dosed to her eyeballs on tranquilizers, you're laying it on kind of thick." In the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', such a person would have a ''better'' life than most of the games's player characters, though there's nothing that says you can't have a happy ''back''story. [[PrometheanTheCreated [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Prometheans]], on the other hand, would look at that mortal and [[BlessedWithSuck ask if they can trade lives]].
30th Jan '15 3:46:48 PM A.vonZiggurat
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** Then there's the Lamenters, proof that an entire legion of Space Marines can still be incredibly sad. They were founded in the Cursed 21st, with their focus being that they were Blood Angels successors but didn't have to worry about the Black Rage... then the Black Rage came back. In their first major engagement, they were abandoned in the field out of mistrust, but stayed behind to protect civilians, getting reduced from one thousand to two hundred. Then when returning home, they got lost in the Warp and had to fight their way out (which other Marines found suspicious). Then they decided to fight alongside one of the few legions [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe to be friendly to them,]] the Astral Claws, and lost most of their men a second time in a resulting civil war... and at the end of the war, they discovered the Astral Claws had turned traitor. This forced them to undergo even further scrutiny, getting "let off" with a sentence of a century-long Penitent Crusade, during which they couldn't recruit or replenish their men. They followed this up, while still possessing only 300 men, by engaging a planet that had been taken over by orks and millions of humans captured. They won the battle handily, inflicting massive damage to the Ork war machine, but [[PyrrhicVictory lost two-thirds of their men and nine-tenths of the prisoners in the process.]] When Marneus Calger of the Ultramarines offered them high honors for their victory, they turned him down because they felt they had failed to protect the people, which the Ultramarines took as an insult. Finally, the Lamenters decided to try to leave behind the internal squabbles, and took their few remaining Marines to guard the borders of the Imperium... at which they then ran into Hive Fleet Kraken. Despite all this, they still fight, and they have never fallen to Chaos, always prioritizing the people of the Imperium above all else.
17th Oct '14 4:29:00 PM TwoGunAngel
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* Lilith in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. Let's put it this way: 3000 years in the heart of [[PrimordialChaos pure insane chaos]] did less psychological harm than her marriage to Desus did.

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* Lilith in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. Let's put it this way: 3000 years in the heart of [[PrimordialChaos pure insane chaos]] did less psychological harm than her marriage to the monstrous Desus did.
13th Apr '14 5:57:39 PM MasterOfAntics
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** Szarekh, the Silent King of the Necrons is a major one. Seeing the Necrontyr empire collapse during the war with the Old Ones, he [[DealWithTheDevil struck a deal with]][[EldritchAbomination the C'tan]] in order to let the Necrontyr win. He was tricked by the C'Tan, who turned his people into the soulless automatons known as the Necrons. After the war with the Old Ones ended, he turned on the C'Tan, and blasted them into shards, but the efforts to stop the C'Tan left the Necrons exhausted, unable to keep their empire running. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone He then went into a self-imposed exile in intergalactic space, as penance for his actions.]] Guy seriously needs a hug.

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** Szarekh, the Silent King of the Necrons is a major one. Seeing the Necrontyr empire collapse during the war with the Old Ones, he [[DealWithTheDevil struck a deal with]][[EldritchAbomination with]] [[EldritchAbomination the C'tan]] in order to let the Necrontyr win. He was tricked by the C'Tan, who turned his people into the soulless automatons known as the Necrons. After the war with the Old Ones ended, he turned on the C'Tan, and blasted them into shards, but the efforts to stop the C'Tan left the Necrons exhausted, unable to keep their empire running. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone He then went into a self-imposed exile in intergalactic space, as penance for his actions.]] Guy seriously needs a hug.
13th Apr '14 5:57:01 PM MasterOfAntics
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** Szarekh, the Silent King of the Necrons is a major one. Seeing the Necrontyr empire collapse during the war with the Old Ones, he [[DealWithTheDevil struck a deal with]][[EldritchAbomination the C'tan]] in order to let the Necrontyr win. He was tricked by the C'Tan, who turned his people into the soulless automatons known as the Necrons. After the war with the Old Ones ended, he turned on the C'Tan, and blasted them into shards, but the efforts to stop the C'Tan left the Necrons exhausted, unable to keep their empire running. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone He then went into a self-imposed exile in intergalactic space, as penance for his actions.]] Guy seriously needs a hug.
16th Oct '13 7:34:56 AM ragnarok235
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** The Eldar Healing Goddess Isha, practically the ''only'' kind and loving Warp-entity there is. So of course, loads of bad shit happens to her. She created the Eldar, only for [[AxCrazy Kaela Mensha Khaine]] to start wiping them out after he saw a prophecy that they'd one day kill him. When she went to Asuryan to get him to stop, Asuryan's response was basically "cry me a river", and that's exactly what she started to do. Eventually Asuryan relented and ordered the other Gods to stop interacting with the Eldar. Isha cheered up a bit until she found out that he meant ''all'' interaction. So Isha began meeting her little creations in secret, but Khaine found out about it and had her imprisoned. When The Fall happened, Slaanesh killed her husband Kurnous and tried to eat her, but Nurgle saw her, fell madly in love with her and saved her from Slaanesh. That's good, right? Well, no. Nurgle is the Chaos God of Pestilence, [[AbhorrentAdmirer so chances are he is utterly disgusting to look at]], and if that's not all, he keeps her locked in a cage next to his big disease-stirring cauldron and uses her a guinea pig for his creations. Fortunately, she's the Goddess of Healing so she can recover from them, [[AndIMustScream but that therein is the problem]]. So... Yeah, she's stuck there, being fed horrible diseases without any hope of reprieve, and her only solace is that she can use moments of Nurgle's distraction to whisper the cures for his diseases to the mortal races she loves so much. Poor, poor Isha.
9th Oct '13 6:09:46 AM ragnarok235
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:: Why yes, they're a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheShining'' turned UpToEleven. If you're looking for someone to pity in ''Warhammer 40,000'', try, oh I don't know, [[CrapsackWorld damn near everyone else with the slightest redeeming quality]]. Most of the [[RedshirtArmy Imperial Guard]] probably count. In [[CrapsackWorld one of the darkest settings ever created]], [[TearJerker the few heroes stand out all the more]].

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:: ** Why yes, they're a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheShining'' turned UpToEleven. If you're looking for someone to pity in ''Warhammer 40,000'', try, oh I don't know, [[CrapsackWorld damn near everyone else with the slightest redeeming quality]]. Most of the [[RedshirtArmy Eldar Guardians, Tau Fire Warriors and Imperial Guard]] probably count. In [[CrapsackWorld one Guardsmen and Conscripts, especially the last one, because at least the others actually want to go out and fight.
** Corax, the Raven Guard Primarch. His legion was so horribly slaughtered after the Isstvan V Drop Site Massacre that they were thrown out
of the darkest settings ever created]], [[TearJerker fighting for most of the few heroes stand out all Horus Heresy, and Corax had to rebuild. He resorted to desperate measures, but in the more]].end he was left with the majority of the recruits mutated into horrific monstrosities. After personally and reluctantly {{Mercy Kill}}ing the marines his orders had created, he was [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone overcome with grief and remorse]], and locked himself in a room and didn't leave for over a year, praying for both their souls and his. When he emerged, he took his ship and flew it straight into the Eye of Terror, his last recorded words being "[[ShoutOut never more]]".
16th Sep '13 10:05:03 PM CountDorku
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* Characters with Aww!, Offering you Comfort, or Thumbs-Up Emotion XP in ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'' tend to fall under either this or one of the subtypes. The pregen character who best defines this rather than [[JerkassWoobie any]] [[StoicWoobie subtropes]] would be Seizhi/Suzy, the Best Friend, who is very stressed out over not being real and kind of needs a hug.
3rd Nov '12 11:08:55 PM VandalHeartX
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** In ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'', those of the Innocence creed could gain a similar power to the "Kitten's Cry" called "Staredown." It only worked in combat, but when an Innocent refuses to fight the monster that's about to rip into him, ''something'' in the latent humanity of the monster stops them from attacking because it has suddenly realized that harming this wonderful, innocent person would just be a travesty against all things right and beautiful, blah, blah, blah. It is justified, in a manner of speaking, because one has to embody the Innocence creed pretty closely to attain this power, whereas there is no such thing as a Bastet that is no dangerous.

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** In ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'', those of the Innocence creed could gain a similar power to the "Kitten's Cry" called "Staredown." It only worked in combat, but when an Innocent refuses to fight the monster that's about to rip into him, ''something'' in the latent humanity of the monster stops them from attacking because it has suddenly realized that harming this wonderful, innocent person would just be a travesty against all things right and beautiful, blah, blah, blah. It is justified, in a manner of speaking, because one has to embody the Innocence creed pretty closely to attain this power, whereas there is no such thing as a Bastet that is no not dangerous.
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