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A "woobie" is a name for any type of character who makes you feel extremely sorry for them. Basically, the first thing you think to say when you see the woobie is: "Aw, poor baby!" Woobification of a character is a curious, audience-driven phenomenon, sometimes divorced from the character's canonical morality.

A story with the Woobie allows the audience to vicariously experience relief from some pain by fantasizing about relieving the Woobie's pain. (No, not ''[[IntimateHealing that]]'' way! Well, okay, [[RuleThirtyFour sometimes]].) Woobification can also tie into a disturbing hurt/comfort dynamic, in which fans enjoy seeing the Woobie tortured so they can wish the hurt away. This is often explored in HurtComfortFic.

An important aspect of the Woobie is that their suffering must be caused by external sources. A character who suffers as the result of their own actions is a TragicHero and does not qualify.

The difference between the Woobie and such SickeninglySweet characters as the LittlestCancerPatient is that the audience actually finds the Woobie compelling rather than pathetic. Where you draw the line is sometimes a matter of opinion.

Sometimes a Woobie goes OmnicidalManiac and seeks to destroy the world in a bid to make the pain stop, in which case you're dealing with a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. Sometimes it's possible to bring such a woobie back from the edge, but other times, only his or her destruction in a ShootTheDog moment will stop things.

In LighterAndFluffier fiction, the Woobie can sometimes [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn their happy ending]].

In many versions there is also something about the Woobie's suffering that is notably heroic or noble. In this case the character is an IronWoobie. When the Woobie does not show much outward emotion about their hurts (or anything else, for that matter), they are a StoicWoobie.

In {{anime}}, the Woobie makes up a large part of {{Moe}} characters. Part of their appeal can come from them constantly striving against [[YankTheDogsChain their chains]]. Can be taken to the point of BreakTheCutie, and if the amount of misfortune seems too great it may result in DeusAngstMachina.

If the character is TheChewToy or a {{Jerkass}}, he is not the Woobie ([[JerkassWoobie unless the character is also meant to be sympathetic]]). If the character doesn't let bad events faze him, he is not the Woobie. A small, one-off bad event does not make the character the Woobie, though it may qualify as a TearJerker.

If in your opinion the character desperately needs to die, that's likely DamselScrappy. Should '''not ever''' be confused with ButtMonkey. However, a Butt Monkey can often become a Woobie if abused too mercilessly.

Subtropes include WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, IronWoobie, StoicWoobie, JerkassWoobie, MonsterSobStory, and WheelchairWoobie. If you're listing a character as one of these subtropes, do not link to the main trope (The Woobie).

Not to be confused with a species of [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Wookiee hairy bipedal humanoids that inhabit the planet Kashyyyk.]], or [[http://wubi-installer.org/ a Linux installer]].

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[[index]]
* Woobie/{{Advertising}}
* Woobie/{{Anime}}
* Woobie/ComicBooks
* Tearjerker/{{Documentary}}
* Woobie/{{Fanfiction}}
* [[Woobie/AnimatedFilm Film - Animated]]
* [[Woobie/{{Film}} Film - Live-Action]]
** Woobie/StarWars
* Woobie/{{Literature}}
** Woobie/HarryPotter
** Woobie/TheDresdenFiles
** Woobie/WarriorCats
* Woobie/LiveActionTV
** Woobie/CriminalMinds
** Woobie/DeadliestCatch
** Woobie/DoctorWho
* Woobie/NewspaperComics
* Woobie/{{Other}}
* Woobie/ProfessionalWrestling
* Woobie/ReligionAndMythology
* Woobie/SoapOperas
* Woobie/TabletopRPG
* Woobie/{{Theater}}
* Woobie/VideoGames
* Woobie/WebComics
* Woobie/WebOriginal
** Woobie/SCPFoundation
** Woobie/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers
* Woobie/WesternAnimation
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