History Woobie / VideoGames

21st Sep '16 5:09:14 PM nombretomado
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* Reese Worthington of ''BackyardSports''. Tortured ''just for being a massive nerd''.
* In ''BatenKaitos'', it's only the power of love that stops Kalas from becoming a WoobieDestroyerofWorlds. Murdered little brother and grandfather. Also Lyude, especially at the Phantom Goldoba, where all his past insecurities come back to break him down HARD. And then, to an extent, there's Xelha. [[spoiler: She carries the ocean inside her, so when the group finally saves the world, she has to release that ocean back into the world. As in, she must sacrifice herself. She gets better, but still...that must be a huge burden for a 17-year-old young woman.]]

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* Reese Worthington of ''BackyardSports''.''VideoGame/BackyardSports''. Tortured ''just for being a massive nerd''.
* In ''BatenKaitos'', ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', it's only the power of love that stops Kalas from becoming a WoobieDestroyerofWorlds. Murdered little brother and grandfather. Also Lyude, especially at the Phantom Goldoba, where all his past insecurities come back to break him down HARD. And then, to an extent, there's Xelha. [[spoiler: She carries the ocean inside her, so when the group finally saves the world, she has to release that ocean back into the world. As in, she must sacrifice herself. She gets better, but still...that must be a huge burden for a 17-year-old young woman.]]
13th Sep '16 10:01:31 AM Somethingwhatever
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* Menos in Evoland 2. First he is [[spoiler: enslaved by the humans and forced to fight in an arena to the death, then his people are massacred, then he gets sent into the future and is unable to return home, then his son is revealed to be one of the main villains of the game, then he tries but fails to stop his people from being massacred in the past, and to top it all off, he finds out that his people, the Demons, were actually just manufactured by humans. As if all this wasn't bad enough, the ending also reveals that he fathers Ceres, the main antagonist in the game and that he will be killed while Ceres is still a child.]] It would be hard to make Menos' life suck more than it already does.
19th Aug '16 3:33:01 PM TheGreatUnknown
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** Ellen was a promising young engineer, who suffered a miscarriage, and the depression destroyed her marriage. She later recovered and started a new career, only to be [[spoiler: brutally raped by a psychopath in a yellow suit.]] AM forced her to [[spoiler: relive this experience. It's satisfying to see her [[EarnYourHappyEnding overcome this fear]]]]

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** Ellen was a promising young engineer, who suffered a miscarriage, and the depression destroyed her marriage. She later recovered and started a new career, only to be [[spoiler: brutally raped by a psychopath in a yellow suit.]] AM forced her to [[spoiler: relive this experience. It's satisfying to see her [[EarnYourHappyEnding overcome this fear]]]]fear]].]]
11th Aug '16 8:02:01 PM PsyckoSama
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* Corvo Attano, the protagonist of ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored}}'', fails to prevent the Empress he was sworn to protect (who may also be his [[BodyguardCrush lover]] and the mother of his child) from being murdered. He is then framed for her murder and spends the next six months in prison awaiting execution, all the while being periodically tortured by the men ''really'' responsible for her murder in an attempt to extract a false confession. And then just when he's been broken out of prison and is working toward restoring the rightful heir to the throne, [[spoiler:his supposed allies betray and try to kill him. He's left for dead in an open sewer, and then picked up and imprisoned by the gang of assassins who killed the Empress]]. Just to top it off, as the outcome depends on gameplay, it's also possible for the final mission to feature him [[spoiler:receiving an absolutely brutal WhatTheHellHero from the only one of his former allies who truly had his back, who basically calls him a monster, and then end the whole thing by seeing the rightful heir to the throne (who, lest we forget, is probably his daughter) fall to her death]].

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* Corvo Attano, the protagonist of ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored}}'', fails to prevent the Empress he was sworn to protect (who may was also be his [[BodyguardCrush lover]] and the mother of his child) from being murdered. He is then framed for her murder and spends the next six months in prison awaiting execution, all the while being periodically tortured by the men ''really'' responsible for her murder in an attempt to extract a false confession. And then just when he's been broken out of prison and is working toward restoring the rightful heir to the throne, [[spoiler:his supposed allies betray and try to kill him. He's left for dead in an open sewer, and then picked up and imprisoned by the gang of assassins who killed the Empress]]. Just to top it off, as the outcome depends on gameplay, it's also possible for the final mission to feature him [[spoiler:receiving an absolutely brutal WhatTheHellHero from the only one of his former allies who truly had his back, who basically calls him a monster, and then end the whole thing by seeing the rightful heir to the throne (who, lest we forget, is probably also his daughter) fall to her death]].
3rd Aug '16 1:39:19 PM Dravencour
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* The Girl of VideoGame/AsurasWrath fits this trope to a T. Upon first meeting her all she is trying to do is protect the small infant, who may or may not be a relation. She is forced to watch helplessly as Asura defends her from Gohma and the armies of the gods. When he loses his arms in the fight against [[spoiler:Augus]] she desperately tries to stop Asura from continuing fighting, only for the player to be forced to perform a quicktime event to shove her away and run off to battle. She tries to follow but is unable to keep up. Later, she re encounters Asura and attempts to help him again but ultimately [[spoiler: dies under Olga's orbital bombardment.]] Asura, upon recovering, [[spoiler: sees her corpse]] and flies into such a rage that [[MightyRoar his roar of fury destroys ships in orbit!!!]][[RoaringRampageOfRevenge The player is then treated to a wonderful sequence of]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill fuckmurdering]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge the people who caused it.]]
** Asura himself is one of these. Underneath all of that rage is an unbearable pain that the world around him just won't let cease. What happens in Episode 12 is the greatest example: it was not only rage that drove Asura into his [[spoiler: Berserker form]], but absolute despair, to the extent that rage was all he had left. You can hear it in his screams of anguish. It really motivates the player to stop Asura's pain as soon as possible by completing the game...only to find that [[spoiler: God himself]] won't let Asura's pain end...
* There are those who find Shirou from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' a woobie, though it's a little odd. In the present, his life seems mostly normal but as a child [[spoiler:he was the sole survivor of the battlefield that destroyed a large section of Fuyuki. His parents were killed and he saw hundreds of people die in front of him before being saved by Kiritsugu.]] In the present, this has left scars on him that even he is only marginally aware of that drive his entire life [[spoiler:leading him to have a rather casual attitude towards death and having no sense of self preservation at all]]. Whether or not this is truly pitiful is a matter of opinion: The manner in which he deals with his life is much more proactive than the standard woobie.

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* The Girl of VideoGame/AsurasWrath fits this trope to a T. Upon first meeting her all she is trying to do is protect the small infant, who may or may not be a relation. She is forced to watch helplessly as Asura defends her from Gohma and the armies of the gods. When he loses his arms in the fight against [[spoiler:Augus]] she desperately tries to stop Asura from continuing fighting, only for the player to be forced to perform a quicktime event to shove her away and run off to battle. She tries to follow but is unable to keep up. Later, she re encounters Asura and attempts to help him again but ultimately [[spoiler: dies under [[spoiler:dies when her village is assaulted by Olga's forces in order to "purify" them, culminating in an orbital bombardment.bombardment aimed to destroy Asura and everyone with him.]] Asura, upon recovering, [[spoiler: sees her corpse]] and flies into such a rage that [[MightyRoar his roar of fury destroys ships in orbit!!!]][[RoaringRampageOfRevenge orbit!!!]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge The player is then treated to a wonderful sequence of]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill fuckmurdering]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge every last sorry bastard responsible for the people who caused it.bombing.]]
** Asura himself is one of these. Underneath all of that rage is an unbearable pain that the world around him just won't let cease. What happens in Episode 12 is the greatest example: it was not only rage that drove Asura into his [[spoiler: Berserker form]], but absolute despair, to the extent that rage was all he had left. You can hear it in his screams of anguish. It really motivates the player to stop Asura's pain as soon as possible by completing the game...only to find that not even [[spoiler: God himself]] won't will let Asura's pain end...
* There are those who find Shirou Emiya from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' a woobie, though it's a little odd. In the present, his life seems mostly normal but as a child [[spoiler:he was the sole survivor of the battlefield that destroyed a large section of Fuyuki. His parents were killed and he saw hundreds of people die in front of him before being saved by Kiritsugu.]] In the present, this has left scars on him that even he is only marginally aware of that drive his entire life [[spoiler:leading him to have a rather casual attitude towards death and having no sense of self preservation at all]]. Whether or not this is truly pitiful is a matter of opinion: The manner in which he deals with his life is much more proactive than the standard woobie.



** Sakura, who is probably the most woobie of them all, is [[spoiler:separated from her family and adopted by a family of former Magi against her will, and is "trained" to become the successor by being sent into a room full of worms every night implant themselves inside her every night since she's ''five'' years old. Her adoptive brother, who's not quite right in the head himself, physically, mentally, and sexually abuses her every day.]] This all comes back to haunt the cast in the route she is Heroine in, Heaven's Feel. Lets just say that karma is a bitch...

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** Sakura, And then there's Sakura Matou, who is probably the most woobie of them all, is all of the cast. She's [[spoiler:separated from her family and adopted by a family of former Magi against her will, and is "trained" to become the successor by being sent into a room full of horrible worms every night implant themselves inside her every night since she's ''five'' years old. Her adoptive brother, brother Shinji Matou, who's not quite right in the head himself, physically, mentally, and sexually abuses her every day.]] This all comes back to haunt the cast in the route she is Heroine in, Heaven's Feel. Lets just say that karma is a bitch...
3rd Aug '16 1:26:46 PM Dravencour
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** Ellen was a promising young engineer, who suffered a miscarriage, and the depression destroyed her marriage. She later recovered and started a new career, only to be [[spoiler: brutally raped by a psychopath in a yellow suit.]] AM forced her to [[spoiler: relive this experience. It's satisfying to see her [[EarnYourHappyEnding overcome this fear]]. ]]

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** Ellen was a promising young engineer, who suffered a miscarriage, and the depression destroyed her marriage. She later recovered and started a new career, only to be [[spoiler: brutally raped by a psychopath in a yellow suit.]] AM forced her to [[spoiler: relive this experience. It's satisfying to see her [[EarnYourHappyEnding overcome this fear]]. ]]fear]]]]



* The titular Isaac from ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' is an almost over-the-top example; a small, naked child on the run from his religiously homicidal mother, while constantly crying (to the point of [[SwissArmyTears weaponizing his tears,]]) and regularly being shown in the TroubledFetalPosition (especially on vs. Boss screens.) Power-ups [[BodyHorror tend to maim and mutilate him to varying degrees]], and [[spoiler: it's heavily implied in some endings that the poor kid has been DeadAllAlong.]]

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* The titular Isaac from ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' is an almost over-the-top example; a small, naked child on the run from his religiously homicidal mother, a religious fanatic mother that wants to murder him for her God, while constantly crying (to the point of [[SwissArmyTears weaponizing his tears,]]) and regularly being shown in the TroubledFetalPosition (especially on vs. Boss screens.) Power-ups [[BodyHorror tend to maim and mutilate him to varying degrees]], and [[spoiler: it's heavily implied in some endings that the poor kid has been DeadAllAlong.]]
15th Jul '16 6:26:46 AM Willbyr
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* Prince Tolten from ''LostOdyssey''. In fact, ''everyone'' from ''Lost Odyssey'' not named Gongora.

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* Prince Tolten from ''LostOdyssey''.''VideoGame/LostOdyssey''. In fact, ''everyone'' from ''Lost Odyssey'' not named Gongora.
10th Jul '16 12:10:52 PM nombretomado
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** The sequel really ups Tali's woobie factor. [[spoiler: She finds her father dead at the same time she finds out he was doing illegal experiments on Geth, making him a war criminal against the quarians. And unless you do some fast talking during her trial, she potentially could be exiled forever from the one home she's ever known. Not to mention that, if you pursue her romance path, several conversation options imply that she's had feelings for Shepard since the events of ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' two years ago.]] With all this, is it any surprise that one of the Paragon interrupts is to give her a comforting hug and let her cry in your arms? (Very nice of BioWare to put this in, considering that is exactly what a person would want to do when confronted with a Woobie. Now you finally have the option to do it in-game.)

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** The sequel really ups Tali's woobie factor. [[spoiler: She finds her father dead at the same time she finds out he was doing illegal experiments on Geth, making him a war criminal against the quarians. And unless you do some fast talking during her trial, she potentially could be exiled forever from the one home she's ever known. Not to mention that, if you pursue her romance path, several conversation options imply that she's had feelings for Shepard since the events of ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' two years ago.]] With all this, is it any surprise that one of the Paragon interrupts is to give her a comforting hug and let her cry in your arms? (Very nice of BioWare Creator/BioWare to put this in, considering that is exactly what a person would want to do when confronted with a Woobie. Now you finally have the option to do it in-game.)
5th Jul '16 4:55:13 PM nombretomado
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* AliceMadnessReturns makes the title character out to be one a lot more than the original AmericanMcgeesAlice did. To wit - when she was 8 years old, her house was burnt down, killing her entire family,[[spoiler:after witnessing her older sister being raped. She then spent a decade nearly comatose in an [[BedlamHouse insane asylum]] undergoing [[MedicalHorror 'treatments']] that would be considered both illegal and inhumane by today's standards. By the time the game starts she has been out of the asylum for a year and seems to have a pretty decent life, although she is still haunted by flashbacks and hallucinations, but then her quest for the truth reveals that her 'therapist' was the one responsible for the fire (and everything else that happened that night), and that he's been trying to erase her memories so she can't call the cops on his ass, and then sell her as a prostitute, as does with his other 'patients']]. And that's not even going into what happens to her in [[BattleInTheCentreOfTheMind Wonderland]]... And in the end, [[spoiler: she just goes fully insane and can no longer tell reality from her delusions]], in what is the biggest BittersweetEnding of forever.

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* AliceMadnessReturns ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'' makes the title character out to be one a lot more than the original AmericanMcgeesAlice ''VideoGame/AmericanMcgeesAlice'' did. To wit - when she was 8 years old, her house was burnt down, killing her entire family,[[spoiler:after witnessing her older sister being raped. She then spent a decade nearly comatose in an [[BedlamHouse insane asylum]] undergoing [[MedicalHorror 'treatments']] that would be considered both illegal and inhumane by today's standards. By the time the game starts she has been out of the asylum for a year and seems to have a pretty decent life, although she is still haunted by flashbacks and hallucinations, but then her quest for the truth reveals that her 'therapist' was the one responsible for the fire (and everything else that happened that night), and that he's been trying to erase her memories so she can't call the cops on his ass, and then sell her as a prostitute, as does with his other 'patients']]. And that's not even going into what happens to her in [[BattleInTheCentreOfTheMind Wonderland]]... And in the end, [[spoiler: she just goes fully insane and can no longer tell reality from her delusions]], in what is the biggest BittersweetEnding of forever.
4th Jul '16 2:08:07 AM Morgenthaler
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** Robin in Sanctum of the Archmage is something of an IronWoobie, who has had to watch his/her entire family destroyed and his/her country taken over and oppressed, and who states more than once that if he/she lets go of his/her anger he/she won't have the strength to carry on. Also the player character, whose entire town [[DoomedHometown was destroyed by demons in the prologue]] and whose [[TheObiWan surrogate father figure]] was [[MentorOccupationalHazard killed by demons]] at the start of the opening chapter.

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** Robin in Sanctum of the Archmage is something of an IronWoobie, who has had to watch his/her entire family destroyed and his/her country taken over and oppressed, and who states more than once that if he/she lets go of his/her anger he/she won't have the strength to carry on. Also the player character, whose entire town [[DoomedHometown was destroyed by demons in the prologue]] and whose [[TheObiWan [[ParentalSubstitute surrogate father figure]] was [[MentorOccupationalHazard killed by demons]] at the start of the opening chapter.
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