Woobie Species
Sometimes, an entire species or race of people need a hug.


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The Woobie is an individual who suffers. This trope is The Woobie on a wider scale, applying to an entire group. In particular, woobieness happens to be a trait of an entire species (alien or otherwise) or fantastic race. The reasons for this can vary. Maybe they are endangered. Maybe they are misunderstood or discriminated against. Whatever the reason, the audience and/or characters in-universe feel sorry for them. As with many tropes of this nature, Your Mileage May Vary.

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Examples:

Anime And Manga

Film
  • The Ewoks from Star Wars.
  • The Na'vi from Avatar exist to make us feel sorry for the plight of indigenous peoples.
  • In Titan A.E., humans could be seen as this, as Earth was destroyed by the Drej, making humans galactic drifters.
  • The alien "prawns" from District 9 are another racism-related example combined with What Measure Is a Non-Cute?.

Literature
  • Many aliens in Animorphs apply.
    • The Yeerks are the misunderstood variety...for the most part. They are basically blind, sentient slugs who only take hosts to compensate for their biology. Only those in power and those seeking power can be said to be really evil, as most of them are either swept up in the propaganda or afraid to challenge superiors.
    • The Taxxons suffer from terrible Horror Hunger.
    • The Hork-Bajir were nearly wiped out in an attempt to deprive the Yeerks of hosts.
    • Gedds seem to be inferior to many species in just about every way. And they are the basic Yeerk host.
  • The House elves in Harry Potter.
  • In David Brin's Uplift saga, humans themselves are presented as a Woobie Species. Most aliens despise or hate them as an upstart rogue species that never had a proper upbringing, but even in-universe a few view them as The Woobie.
  • In A. E. Van Vogt's Slan, the titular species, hated and hunted by ordinary humanity, bore a striking resemblance to the smart kids who get picked on at school, the primary demographic of most science fiction of the time.

Live-Action TV

Video Games
  • The Demi-humans in Chrono Cross are discriminated against and exploited by humans.
  • The Spathi from Ur-Quan Masters. They are pantophobics and are born in such numbers that they receive no attention from their parents. They had a chance to have a protective bubble put around their planet, but due to a mix-up, they are now Reluctant Warriors for an alien dictatorship.
    • Also from Star Control we have the Utwig, who are horribly depressed because they accidentally broke their Ultron, which is the most important MacGuffin (or Magic Feather, Your Mileage May Vary depending on your interpretation) in the history of their society. Of course, there is a quest where you can fix it.
    • The ultimate woobies in the Star Control franchise, of course, are The Ur-Quan.
  • Dragon Age's elves have not had it easy, that's for sure. Their original homeland was invaded by the Tevinter Imperium, and they were enslaved. They were freed after they helped Andraste overthrow the Imperium and established a new homeland. This was invaded by the Chantry (which was founded by Andraste's followers) because they didn't help stop the blight that was going on at that point, and are now either second class citizens living in walled off alienages in the cities, or in the forests, where they try to reclaim their heritage, and even then are often seen as troublemakers.
  • The Mudokons in the Oddworld saga. The utter woobieness of the main character as he tries, in his hapless way, to free his fellow woobies from a lifetime of slavery is the main appeal of these games.
  • Gorons and Zoras from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Ganondorf starves the Gorons when their leader refuses to hand over the Goron's ruby, and later tries to feed them all to a dragon in the fire temple as a warning to those who would defy Ganondorf's rule. Also, the Zoras are frozen under ice after Ganondorf takes over; they get better, but in real life this is the kind of thing that would kill you.

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Real Life
  • Endangered species.
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