Amongst all of the drama in [[{{Anime}} anime and manga]], [[TheWoobie there are some characters that you would really want to comfort.]]

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* Belldandy from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', perfectly fits this trope when she starts crying, usually because she sees Keiichi being in any way physical with another girl...
* Misuzu from ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'' obtains a certain level of woobie-ness in the last few episodes of the series, when she finally [[spoiler:gets overcome by her curse and, after a lot of pain, [[GoOutWithASmile dies beautifully]] in the arms of her adoptive mother]].
* Tetsuo from ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' is considered one. He largely wants revenge on the city after years of being subjected to ParentalAbandonment and KidsAreCruel, and looked down upon by everyone else in his gang including his best friend. The scenes from his backstory really make you feel for the guy, in part because he made a ''very cute'' kid.
** Kaori, Tetsuo's girlfriend also qualifies. Her Woobie status is achieved by being the only truly kind and innocent character in the entire setting, yet being mocked, ignored, almost raped and eventually [[spoiler: crushed to death by the then-mutating Tetsuo.]] Granted that's all only in the movie, but in the Manga she's still [[spoiler: made into a sex slave, develops stockholm syndrome, and is then shot.]] The only consolation is that in the latter, it can be seen that Tetsuo genuinely cared about her.
* Kanou Taisuke of ''Manga/AliveTheFinalEvolution'' is a prime example. A happy-go-lucky individual, it turns out the reason he has superpowers is because [[spoiler:He feels guilt over his parents' death. They died in a car accident, apparently caused by a drink can under the brakes. Before he left the car, he was drinking orange juice, left it on the divider between seats, and only saw it later in a plastic bag being taken away by police. Being a grade schooler, he attributed this to be entirely his fault.]]
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'' has Angel. [[http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/2111/angelbulliesepisodeguid.png She is nothing short of tortured by the protagonists for upholding the rules.]] As an anonymous forum poster said:
-->I didn't think Angel Beats was supposed to be taken literally.
** [[TearJerker And then you find out why she's always alone.]]
* Victorique from ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}''. A tiny girl, frail, cute, looking like a doll and with a harsh past. See her cry and feel the impulse to take her in your arms while saying "there, there, everything'll be all right". And enjoy the cathartic effect when it happens in-anime !
* Misaki from ''AngelicLayer'' [[spoiler: in episode 25 of the anime, a HUGE Tear Jerker episode, when she sees that her mom is the champion of Angelic Layer and jumps to multiple conclusions on why her mom never went to see her. She blames herself thinking that she was a bad girl and then all of her repression of her feelings from the entire show comes out and she runs away because she can't face her mom. Finally when her mom finds her she just bursts out crying and you want to scream "HUG HER ALREADY!" to her mom.]]
* The fact that Fumi from ''AoiHana'' has to come to terms with the fact that she's a lesbian gets aggravated by her woefully bad taste in lovers.
** Kyouko has some of this as well, since she [[HopelessSuitor just can't give up on Yasuko]], who keeps giving her the cold shoulder.
* Mei and Gabu from ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'', a goat and wolf, respectively, who just want to be friends and live in peace without contempt from either of their clans. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, [[YouCantGoHomeAgain they end up running away from home]] [[FightingForAHomeland to find a new land where they can live peacefully]] and it is [[EarnYourHappyEnding one long journey.]] Not to mention, [[BreakTheCutie they both nearly starve to death]] throughout the journey.]]
* ''Anime/AstroBoy'' from ''Astro Boy/Tetsuwan(Mighty) Atom'' may be "The Woobie" perfection. Not only is he incredibly cute, but his origin is that he only exists to replace a scientist's dead son, when he is unable to fill this void, the scientist (Dr. Tenma) simply discards him, selling him to a circus but rescued by the head of the ministry of science (Dr. Elefun) but even after that, Astro Boy goes through his entire series dealing with [[FantasticRacism intense robot racism]]. The Woobie element is only increased in the original Manga when [[spoiler:the Manga reveals Dr. Tenma was once married. When their son dies and Tenma replaces him with Astro, the wife is reluctant but as she begins to grow attached to him and even loving him like her own son, Tenma starts to hate Astro for not being like his dead son. Tenma starts drinking a lot and in a drunk rage selling Astro to the circus with his wife divorcing him shortly afterward. After that, the only time she gets to see him is far in the back of the circus audience until she becomes terminally ill with her last request to be seeing Astro one last time. The Ring Master not only refuses, but does not tell Astro she is dying so he won't leave so she dies alone without Astro ever knowing.]] Many more cruel acts follow at the circus including Astro [[spoiler:being forced to kill other robots, and being tortured if he doesn't]]
* Almost every single nation-tan in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has more than one woobie moment
** Toris (aka Lithuania) takes the absolute cake because of all the YankTheDogsChain moments he has to go through.
** Also, Canada. The unappreciated country never noticed, or when actually noticed, being mistaken (i.e. beaten up by Cuba) for America. His own brother can't even remember his name. But he at least gets his CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he gives America an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
** China also qualifies. He's constantly ordered around by his fellow allies, he's picked on by numerous other characters, including his younger siblings; not to mention the strip where France, Russia and England help him get his land back after he was beaten up by Japan after the first Sino-Japanese war, but proceed to divide it amongst themselves. [[FateWorseThanDeath Their means of comfort don't seem to work either]].
** {{Tsundere}} [[TheMeanBrit Mean Brit]] England also has a number of Woobie moments. [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} His]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} older]] [[{{UsefulNotes/Ireland}} brothers]] have hated him ever since he was small and he's never had any friends in Europe (not that there are no reasons for all that), and apparently he feels genuinely sad about this, not to mention lonely. Finally he found America, someone who cared for him and whom England loved very much, until America eventually [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution declared independence]] and broke his heart. And if this wasn't enough, all his attempts at getting closer to a now grown-up America end with [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage America gleefully shooting him down]] - even when England is on his [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt death bed]]. ''Twice.''
*** Unfortunately, this does mean that, like Canada or South Italy, occasionally more rabid fangirls turn England's siblings into a RonTheDeathEater, (especially Scotland, for some reason), and often use this interpretation to make England ''very'' OOC. It also seems pretty unlikely that his siblings ''really'' hate him that much outside of SiblingRivalry like America/Canada or the Italies, especially when you take in the UK's [[VitriolicBestBuds actual attitudes towards each other]].
** Latvia is pretty much on his own and the universe seems out to get him... he was even [[spoiler: eaten by a sheep!]] Come on!
** Poor Romano, who was an inferiority-complex stricken kid [[ParentalAbandonment whose grandfather abandoned]] [[ParentalFavoritism him in favor of his younger brother]], who was deathly worried that Spain and France only wanted him for his grandfather's inheritance and that he had nothing to offer, [[TheUnFavorite and is often disliked in favor of his much-loved younger brother]]. Too bad Romano fangirls take it the other way [[RonTheDeathEater and bash Veneziano to make him "look better"]].
** Ukraine. The girl is a crybaby who was forced to leave her younger brother Russia, who she cares for and who [[PetTheDog genuinely cares for her too]], to join the EU and try to become stronger... but none of the other countries will be friends with her. Plus she's incredibly poor and had to raise her younger siblings by herself, and her sister [[{{Yandere}} Belarus]] actually ''get jealous'' of her because of the attention she gets from Russia. Not to mention that she's a crybaby with huge... tracts of land.
** Japan has his moment of woobieness when FridgeHorror sets in about his terrified reaction to Italy hugging him. This man is two thousand years old, and his reaction implies that he's NEVER been hugged. No wonder he's emotionally repressed.
** Poor little Liechtenstein was dying in an alley in the rain when Switzerland found and saved her. WordOfGod was that she'd been through a lot of traumatic events before that, and she mentions having no food because of a depression.
** Nation-tans in general. They live as long as their country exists, have to hurt or fight friends and family during war, are forced into marriages or alliances, eventually lose every human they become close to...
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'':
** Chiyo-chan [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Wanla9UK8 most definitely qualifies]]. Fans don't want to admit it, but they enjoy cooing over her being tortured by Yukari's driving, getting abused relentlessly in gym class, and being teased for her youth by most of her friends. Osaka also has elements of this, though most of her distress comes from her own [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} spaciness]].
** Osaka was tricked into eating extremely spicy food by Yomi (in a moment of uncharacteristic {{jerkass}}ery) after saying she couldn't handle anything spicy. Additionally if you translate Osaka's first image song into English, her woobie levels go ''waayyy'' up, since she's basically singing about how she realizes she's a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, but is unable to do anything to fix it.
** Sakaki also counts, thanks to her social awkwardness and constant bad luck with the cats she obsesses over. The only problem in her case is that most other characters think she's an aloof and cool badass, even though she's really just shy.
** Kaorin may also count, due to her unrequited crush on Sakaki, who is totally oblivious. Then [[DirtyOldMan Kimura]] gets fixated on ''Kaorin'', and the poor girl's life ''really'' becomes an emotional roller-coaster.
* Czeslaw Meyer from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. He is [[spoiler:tortured to death several times throughout his life, including by his trusted guardian, and Vino]]. He seems to suffer the most out of any character in the series, [[spoiler:without much of a happy ending]].
* The ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' universe is rough on pretty much everyone.
** Guts and Casca, the StarCrossedLovers of the series have it especially bad. While Guts has shades of JerkassWoobie, his lover is more of a [[TheWoobie a complete woobie.]] Casca was sold by her parents to a noble who wanted a new serving girl, only for her to learn that he wanted her for sex, not cooking and cleaning. She was saved from being raped only by the arrival of Griffith. The two had it relatively easy during their time with the Band of the Hawk and things take a rare, optimistic turn for them when they admit their love for each other...until the Eclipse went down, and it all went to hell. [[spoiler:Griffith sacrificed the Hawks, leaving them to get slaughtered by countless monsters. Casca lost everyone under her command, and was ultimately raped when Griffith, who had become the fifth member of the Godhand, Femto, [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty got his hands on her]]. Guts took down a multitude of demons and even chiseled off his own left arm in a furious bid to save her, but in the end, [[SenselessSacrifice it was all for nothing]]]]. And things only got worse for them after the Eclipse, with Casca [[spoiler:miscarrying and giving birth to a corrupted child as a result of Femto's rape tainting the child that she and Guts conceived]] and her [[GoMadFromTheRevelation traumatized post-Eclipse state in general]] being a source of [[HeartbrokenBadass serious heartbreak]] for Guts, to the point where at times one doesn't know which of the two to feel worse for. And that's not even mentioning the SuperpoweredEvilSide that Guts has which is now working against him and which wants Guts to kill Casca so that he can get back to his vendetta against Griffith. All in all, the Berserk universe has made it its mission to ensure that these two ''never'' find happiness.
* Hinako Aikawa suffered excessive sexual abuse from her stepfather that had gotten her pregnant ''twice'' before the age of 15. This troper was hooked on ''Manga/BitterVirgin'' primarily because he wanted to see her be happy at the end. And even then, the main characters' [[{{Emo}} hyper negativity]] makes them skeptical that they'll [[spoiler:be able to stay together forever]], so it's hard to determine if the ending was really that happy...
* ''Manga/BlackButler'':
** Alois's maid Hannah from the second season. She has an eye gouged out by Alois...and later that night, she's right back to her maid duties, a large bandage covering half of her face. Even the "mysterious stranger" who is actually Sebastian takes what could be interpreted as pity on her. And then Alois walks in, hearing what the "mysterious stranger" said. Alois then smacks the tray out of her hands, gives her a hard slap across the face, and calls her a whore, mocking the pity given to her by the "mysterious stranger". He later chucks a costume crown at her face, causing her to bleed, and forces her to strip in front of him, Claude, and anyone who might be walking by just so he can use her dress to disguise himself. She doesn't really show any reaction to it, but she's probably used to that treatment by now.
** Snake also counts, after his character got explored a bit. Poor guy is painfully shy because most people shun him for his appearance. He is also adorable, has tea parties with his snakes ([[FriendlessBackground who for most of his life were his]] ''[[FriendlessBackground only]]'' [[FriendlessBackground friends]]), and every single "friend" he has ever made has either been using him or working for someone who was. The friends he had from the Noah's Arc circus (the first people who ''ever'' accepted him as a person) that he has been looking for since they have gone missing [[spoiler: kidnapped children for a man they knew would murder them, got him out of the freak show he was in just so he and his snakes could act as their personal guard dogs, and are all dead]] and Ciel only took him in to neutralize the threat Snake posed to him since [[spoiler: he and staff were the ones responsible for killing the Noah's Arc crew]].
* Garcia of ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Getting kidnapped is never a pleasant experience, not to mention that he lost his mother at a young age.
** And then [[spoiler: he goes on to lose his father, and his favorite maid ends up shooting him. Poor kid can't catch a break.]]
* From ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' there's [[ActionGirl Otono]]-[[LadyOfWar Tachibana]] [[BrokenBird Makie]]. The only non-soul crushingly tragic things about her life is that she's [[TheGift the best]] [[TheAce fighter in]] [[WorldsStrongestMan the whole world]] and the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman to boot... Oh, no, wait, wrong of me; her being the best fighter in the whole world was ''[[DeconstructedTrope precisely]]'' [[BlessedWithSuck why her life became nothing but a series soul crushingly tragic events]] and the only "good" her good looks brought her was a successful life in prostitution.
* Killy of ''Manga/{{Blame}}''. He goes through the entire series getting the stuffing BLOWN out of him with semi-nuclear weapons, various bladed weapons, gigantic monsters and had a great deal of his skin burned off [[{{Determinator}} see here]], and he never, ever complains. He just gets up, and walks onward. It's almost painful to read by the end of the series, as the massive physical trauma he has taken throughout the series is obviously beginning to take it's toll. A missing leg and completely blinded eye being the most obvious injuries. But still, [[IronWoobie he soldiers on...]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Nemu Kurotsuchi, the [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter daughter/creation]] of ruthless and sadistic MadScientist Mayuri Kurotsuchi, who abuses and humiliates in the Soul Society Arc. He's been toned down since his first appearance and hasn't beaten her since the Soul Society Arc, but he's still apathetic about her safety. To make matters worse, [[spoiler:look what the Syazel Aporro Granz does to her...]]
** [[TheMedic Orihime]] has lived alone since her brother died, had to suffer bullying throughout her school years and suffers from [[HeroicSelfDeprecation major self-esteem issues.]] Not to mention the whole reason she lived with her brother in the first place was because her parents were such abusive assholes that an eighteen-year-old boy took off with his three-year-old sister to raise her by himself. Her problems are only magnified after she not only has problems with the BarrierWarrior powers she was bestowed and ''specially'' with her HeroicSelfDeprecation, is forced into a SadisticChoice by an {{Omnicidal Maniac}}'s servant and taken into a CrapsackWorld. [[FromBadToWorse Things only got worse from there]], and it took her quite a bit to get better.
** Ichigo tries to play the StoicWoobie, but [[EpicFail epically fails.]] For the longest time, he blamed himself for his mother's death, and became a {{Determinator}} who wouldn't let anything hurt his family or friends. Oh, and he UsedToBeASweetKid. [[spoiler:He reached the point of a woobie. Just look at what Tsukishima's done to him! And Ginjou's revelations to Ichigo only made things much worse. It took a '''massive''' intervention to get him back to a funcional state.]]
*** It gets even worse as the new enemy Vandenreich [[spoiler: a group of Naziesque Quincies]] are keeping him in a cell of energy and are forcing him to listen to the screams of the Soul Society as the new enemy is tearing them all apart.
** Momo Hinamori, the sweet and gentle lieutenant whose obsession over her captain ([[spoiler:Aizen]]) not only [[spoiler: was groomed carefully by him]], and eventually led to her near-death and coma. Her lack of briefing on the matter led her to believe that the one responsible ([[spoiler:Aizen again]]) was thoroughly innocent for a long while, and right [[HopeSpot as she had managed]] to start getting over with it [[HesBack and return to the battlefield]], [[spoiler: Aizen tricks others into ''stabbing her''.]] [[HopeSpot Eventually, she got a new captain and this new captain has been really kind to her that she became a lot more stable.]] Then the Vandenreich invasion happened and it looks like she could pull herself together, but unknown to her, [[spoiler:her best friend Hitsugaya has been zombified and fighting for the enemy's side.]] Really, it's one disaster after another for Momo.
** [[TheMedic Poor Hanataro]], who just gets dragged around by the more powerful shinigami to help them out when they're about to fall over.
** Arisawa Tatsuki, [[ChildhoodFriend Ichigo's childhood friend]] who is forced to attack her best friend Orihime by Numb Chandelier, is the only survivor among her karate teammates who were killed by Yammy's Gonzui, is coldly dismissed by Ichigo after she confronts him over Inoue's disappearance and his spiritual activities, and being chased by Aizen when his spiritual pressure alone could crush her in his Hogyoku state. The poor girl has gone through a lot.
* Arguably, Tamaki from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. He's forced to leave France to go live with his father because his IllGirl mother is frail and needs the money. His grandmother ''hates'' him ''and'' the rest of the club. AND he [[spoiler: gets stuck in an arranged marriage, though the girl ultimately calls it off.]] For a rich kid, he's had it pretty rough.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'' is full of these. It seems that just about everyone, even the villians, have been hurt by someone stronger, lost loved ones, or generally suffered endlessly. [[spoiler:Except maybe Amshel.]]
* Sabato-chan from ''LightNovel/{{Bludgeoning Angel Dokurochan}}'' is a parody of TheWoobie in that every scene involving her usually ends with her being ridiculously destitute and suffering enormous injury (though, this is NOTHING compared to what the main character[=/=]ButtMonkey[=/=]ChewToy Sakura has to go through on a regular basis).
* Amon from ''The Boy Who Saw the Wind''. First his family has to run away from the supposed government because of his powers. THEN [[spoiler:he gets into a car crash which kills both of his parents. THEN it turns out the woman his parents worked with and he trusted was with the bad guys (the aforementioned supposed government). He ran away from her and eventually lived in a small seaside village with a nice family. Who promptly all get killed off a few months later, aside from one of his friends. They run away to some other place to live for a while. THEN his friend gets kidnapped. THEN so does he. THEN he's used to attempt to make something along the lines of an atomic bomb. He's rescued eventually and incites an entire city to rebel. After that, they go in and save the day, THEN he gets shot and he dies.]] And he's not even a teenager yet.
* Meet Okumura Rin, the main character of ''Manga/BlueExorcist''. He was constantly [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer harassed by]] [[BullyingADragon other children]] when he was young, called a [[BerserkButton demon]] because of his temper and SuperStrength. When he's fifteen, his father reveals to him that - surprise! - Rin is ''actually'' a demon (the [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demon son of Satan and a human woman]], to be specific). His powers have been mostly suppressed by being sealed in a sword called Koumaken. If he unsheathes Koumaken, Rin will lose his humanity forever. Rin flips out at his father when he finds out, which catches his dad off guard. Satan takes this opportunity to possess Rin's adoptive father and meet his son. Rin's father's body can't take the strain, and he dies. Of course, Rin has to draw Koumaken and loses his humanity shortly after. Then, at his father's funeral, a "family friend" who he was told to rely on gives him three options: Die the easy way, die the hard way, or kill the people trying to kill you. Rin [[TakeAThirdOption takes a fourth option]] and chooses to become an exorcist. He goes to exorcist school, where he finds out that his younger twin brother Yukio has known about Rin's powers before Rin did and is a teacher at the school (he had been training to be an exorcist since he was seven). Said brother tells him that he should either turn himself over to headquarters "or just die, please". Even though they reconcile, it still had to hurt. As Rin slowly makes friends with exorcist classmates, he finally has something to be happy about. [[spoiler:Then his half-brother shows up and starts [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping his friends]], forcing Rin to expose his true nature to them.]] Things get... awkward, to say the least.
** And it gets worse: [[spoiler: Turns out he has ''serious'' SurvivorGuilt about the above incident with his foster father and is a SERIOUS Type A StepfordSmiler. Even when he's about to executed and firmly believes that [[IAmAMonster he is a monster]] who ''deserves'' to [[DeathSeeker die]], he ''will'' smile and fake being okay and happy, just for the sake of his ''friends''.]]
** His brother Yukio isn't much better being a ChildSoldier who constantly questions what his and his brother purpose is in all of this, is a BrokenAce who is secretly [[GreenEyedMonster envious]] of his elder brother and even on some level ''hates'' him...but hates '''himself''' even more and, on top of that, [[spoiler: he just might not be completely free of being a [[HalfHumanHybrid child of Satan]].]]
* [[Manga/CardCaptorSakura The Nothing Card]]. The second movie's AntiVillain, it was the one card that possessed "negative energy" power, to serve as a balance between all the positive energy power of the other cards. She considered all the other cards to be her friends, and they were happy. Then Sakura unleashed the cards, and she ended up buried under a house for ''years'' without anyone knowing she was there. Then she had to sit there and realize that all of her friends were being reunited and she still was still stuck under the same house. She finally got free, and began "vanishing" landmarks and people, stealing all of the Sakura Cards over the course of the movie. Anytime someone tries to stop her, or threatens to seal her away/take her friends back, she flips out. And the climax...well.
-->'''Sakura:''' I will seal you away again.
-->'''Nothing:''' [[BigNo NOOOOO!]] *makes the steps around Sakura vanish, stranding her* I've been alone all this time! Sealed away, trapped forever in a cold, dark place...I was so lonely! And now I have all my friends back, so why are you coming between us?!
-->'''Sakura:''' ''They're not your friends the way you took them!'' [[LoveHungry Forcefully making someone yours]] isn't even ''close'' to making friends -- it's not right at all! [[AndThatsTerrible It's totally wrong!]]
--> *all the cards move away from Nothing, circling her*
--> '''Nothing:''' You all...why are you all abandoning me? [[VillainousBreakdown Is it that you hate me? Am I no longer a friend to you all? Please tell me why you're doing this!]] *the cards return to Sakura, leaving Nothing to fall to her knees and ''bawl.''*
* Touma Kamijo from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. The entire reason Touma [[spoiler: ever came to Academy City in the first place]] makes him a woobie. His right hand giving him bad luck is the entire premise for the show, but some [[spoiler: people came to believe that being around him was enough to get affected. When he was a kid, a man blamed Touma and his right arm for his business failing and tried to stab the poor kid.]] To top it all off, a [[spoiler: TV agency]] caught wind of this and decided to [[spoiler: run a special program on little Touma and his arm.]] Adding insult to injury, [[spoiler: they released photos of Touma without his parents' permission.]] And if THAT wasn't enough, you also find out that the head of Academy City [[spoiler:'''orchestrated all of that to ensure that he would end up in Academy City in the first place!''']] Talk about a GambitRoulette.
* Chrono in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' goes through hardship after hardship, both emotional and physical, including [[spoiler:the death of one love interest]] and the impending death of his partner--thanks to a debilitating injury which leads him to have to [[DealWithTheDevil drain away her soul]] [[DeadlyUpgrade to use his powers]]. Azmaria and/or Joshua may count as well, depending on who you ask.
* Several ''Creator/{{CLAMP}}'' characters have risen to Woobie status within their own series, most notably Subaru Sumeragi of ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' and later ''Manga/{{X1999}}'', and even later Fay from ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', who shares TheMultiverse with just about every other Woobie CLAMP has created.
** Kohane of ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'' in the style of LoveMartyr for her mother. Her parents split up, possibly because of her. Her mother hasn't used her name since then. Her mother won't touch her, let others touch her, cook her food ''or'' let her eat anything she thinks is 'unclean' since it might take her power away. Then she has to go on TV, exorcise spirits and because she happens to be better at it than other mediums, she's called a fake and gets some [[SeriousBusiness rather nasty abuse]] including being pushed down stairs, possibly losing an eye and having her house covered with graffiti sporting charming slogans such as EVIL, LIAR and DIE. See also: Watanuki, although quite a lot of it is his own fault or is genuinely good for him.
** Even the extremely up-beat and idealistic ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' has its Woobies. Most prominent is Yukito/Yue, the former due to the lead-up and TomatoInTheMirror reveal of the latter's existence as a SplitPersonality, and the latter because of how broken up he was when Clow died.
* If you appear in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' and have so much as a ''name'', you qualify for this trope. Everybody either has a tragically lost relative(s)/loved ones, health problems, social problems, broken dreams or any combination of them.
* Life sucks if you have a name in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Examples include:
** Nunnally Lamperouge. At the age of six or seven or so, she's crippled when her home is attacked by supposed terrorists. She is struck by forty-odd pieces of shrapnel, costing her the use of her legs, and witnesses the death of her mother, who then collapses on top of her. This psychological trauma renders her blind. She and her brother Lelouch (who is about nine at this point) are then sent to Japan to be political hostages, where they are both frequently bullied for being Britannian. They are then abandoned and left to die when Britannia declares war on Japan. It gets worse once we move on from the backstory to the actual series. Despite all this, Nunnally maintains to cheerfully smile for those around her, seemingly willfully ignoring her brother's slow descent into darkness. [[spoiler:Until Season 2, that is...]]
** Her brother Lelouch, the show's protagonist, could also qualify, seeing as the universe (or at least the writers) seem to love kicking him when he's down. Or up. Or anywhere in the middle.
** [[NaiveEverygirl Shirley Fenette]]. After she finally works up the courage to ask her classmate and crush Lelouch on a date, later that day she learns her dad was an innocent civilian killed by collateral damage from the WellIntentionedExtremist Zero's guerilla war. Later, she finds out her beloved "Lulu" is none other than Zero himself. Before she confronts him about it, she gets [[MindRape mind-raped]] by Geass-user Mao into almost killing Lelouch, and to undo the psychological trauma she's suffered, her crush [[LaserGuidedAmnesia erases all of her memories about him]], hoping to [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies protect her from]] [[ItsNotYouItsMe himself]]. [[spoiler:She gradually falls in love with him again over the next year, and just when they officially become [[RelationshipUpgrade more than friends]], someone from Zero's past shows up and restores all of her lost memories. She spends the next episode struggling to [[GambitPileup figure out what's really going on]], eventually comes to terms with her feelings, realizes how lonely Lelouch is under his mask, decides she wants to be with him no matter what sins he's committed... and is promptly [[StuffedIntoTheFridge murdered by someone]] loyal to Lelouch.]]
** There's also C.C., after her backstory is revealed and [[spoiler:her mind is reverted to when she was a 10-year-old slave before she got the power of Geass.]]
** Jiang Linhua/Empress Tianzi of the Chinese Federation. While not as central to the plot as the other characters mentioned, she's pretty much designed to raise protective feelings in the viewers - a young, albinic teenage girl used as a political pawn by the corrupt High Eunuchs, completely dependent on her servants, and utterly clueless about the real world... [[PluckyGirl yet still touchingly determined to do the right thing whenever given the chance.]]
** Euphemia is one of the kindest characters in the series, having good intentions and good means to achieve them, but due to [[spoiler:DiabolusExMachina, she ends up causing a massacre and Lelouch [[MercyKill is forced to kill her.]] After that, she is remembered as "Massacre Princess".]]
** Kallen Kouzuki is half-Japanese, half-Britannian due to her father's relationship with a Japanese woman, her mother, which of course is looked down upon by the Britannian elite. While she has to cope with the death of her brother, who was a member of the Japanese Resistance, her mother turns to a drug called Refrain, which regresses the mind and allows them to relive happy memories in her grief. Due to her mother's inability to parent, she's sent to live with her father and stepmother, who hates her. She herself chooses to join the resistance to fulfil her brother's dream of a free Japan, while putting up the fašade at school as a weak sickly Britannian girl. After the Resistance starts working with Zero, she falls in love with Zero, who she finds out the hard way is Lelouch, and after all that, near the end of Season 2, when Lelouch declares war on the world, her feelings for him, and whatever feelings he had for her culminates and is out to rest when they kiss, then part because of opposite sides of war. Even through all this, she's one of the ones who remain at the end and gets a slightly happy ending.
* ''MangaDGrayMan'':
** Allen Walker has his parents abandon him because of his freakish left arm, his adoptive father dies ''twice'', once by his own hand, his [[TricksterMentor teacher]] racks up debts of astronomical proportions and forces him to work to pay off said debts (keep in mind he's about elementary school age around that time); yet he still manages to stay [[AllLovingHero one of the nicest characters in the entire series]].
** [[ActionGirl Lenalee's]] [[ThePollyanna sunny disposition]] and the [[TrainingFromHell horrible]] [[BreakTheCutie psycho-conditioning]] they made her endure to get her into a properly Exorcist frame of mind make her another woobie.
** Lavi could possibly qualify for this. He was exposed to so much death and violence that by the age of sixteen he's emotionally barren and considers all humans to be mindless war-mongering idiots. Then after finally getting somewhat attached to the other Exorcists, his best bud Allen "dies". Then, even later, due to MindRape from [[LittleMissBadass Road]], the embodiment of his sixteen-year-old self takes over Lavi's body and going on a murderous rampage to get rid of all Lavi's distractions, i.e friends.
** Also Krory. Spent years shunned by the local villagers, felt his only purpose in life was to protect his grandfathers posessions, had his teeth suddenly fall out and teeth made of Innocence instantly grow in, killed the woman he loved, found out that his loved one was an Akuma, and genuinely believed that he was a monster, but really didn't want to be. Seriously, how 'bout we label the entire Black Order as a DysfunctionJunction?
** Miranda grew up [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer relentlessly mocked by everyone she knew]], got fired from 100 jobs even though she kept trying her best, developed a severe inferiority complex, wanted nothing more than to be helpful to others but didn't think she could, got stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop after [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wishing "tomorrow would never come" in the presence of an Innocence]]... and even after becoming an exorcist, she's no less of a woobie. Her Innocence lets her heal any recently-inflicted wounds and repair broken objects, but as soon as she deactivates it, the damage returns... not to mention using it puts a massive strain on her. She constantly pushes herself to her limit, cries whenever she has to return somebody's injuries, and blames herself for everything that goes wrong. As if that wasn't bad enough, when she's too tired to use her full recovery power, she can ''feel when her comrades die''.
* Aoi Hidaka from ''Anime/DancougarNova'' is quite a Woobie under her BadassDriver FieryRedhead exterior. Heavily implied to be [[spoiler:a test tube baby with no parents]], she has believed herself to be alone and unwanted for all of her life. Her fellow Dancougar pilots (Johnny, Sakuya and Kurara) were the first true friends she ever had, after getting past their differences. [[spoiler:And just when she has finally found a place where she can feel accepted, the evil alien computer Moon Will totals the Dragon's Hive, apparently killing everyone. Luckily, it later turns out to be a DisneyDeath, and she gets an happy ending after literally [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punching out Cthulhu]]...]]
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' earns the special distinction of having probably the only woobie character in all of fiction who EatsBabies. Yes, you read that right. Havok probably had [[PersonOfMassDestruction the single highest body count of any Contractor]], and her remuneration for using her incredibly violent powers was to ''drink children's blood''. But when we meet her, she's been {{depower}}ed, and whatever caused it also restored her feelings to normal instead of Contractor-ish LackOfEmpathy. She's [[VillainousBSOD broken]], despairing, hates herself for what she's done, and mostly just wants to be left alone to live in peace and [[TheAtoner help people in what few ways she can]]. But she willingly puts herself at a huge risk in order to help Hei and [[IronWoobie asks him to kill her if she goes back to what she was]]. [[spoiler:And then November 11 kills her, just when it looked like she was going to make it out okay.]]
* Although ''Manga/DeathNote'' edges toward the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, it does contain a few genuine woobies:
** The entire Yagami family suffers from Light's actions. Ryuk even ''says'' at one point that they are the unluckiest family in the world - and yet their whole purpose was to add a little innocence into what is otherwise a dark, mayhem-and-murder-filled series. In the LiveActionAdaptation, Soichiro is made the Woobie even more in it simply by ''[[SparedByTheAdaptation surviving]]''.
** The Shinigami Gelus, who [[spoiler: fell in love with Misa, and because of this he died protecting her from a crazed stalker. And nobody even ''cares'' about his death; Rem only shows a little sympathy, and Misa herself is only interested in the fact that Shinigami can die.]] The fact that he's rather UglyCute only adds to his woobieness.
* Ganta from ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' is quite a major woobie. Having his life turned upside down after everyone with the exception of himself killed and framed for the real perpetrator, the "Red Man," and sent to the madhouse known as Deadman Wonderland. Shiro counts too, ''especially'' in chapters 45 and 46.
* Haraken of ''Anime/DennouCoil'' deserves a mention here. Before the series even starts, his childhood friend and crush Kanna is killed in a car accident, which she is blamed for because the car's navigation systems are supposedly foolproof. Convinced that the mysterious Illegals were responsible, Haraken picks up Kanna's independant research on the creatures to prove his theory and [[spoiler:speak to her one more time. This leads to a strange disease that makes his heart beat irregularly, at least one coma and no less than three life-threatening situations that involve his soul being separated from his body]]
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** The titular character, Conan, is a woobie. Despite his energy and brains, you can't help but want to hug him every time he gets thrown out of the way of something (usually at the hands of Kogoro, but there was also at least one occasion where Heiji picked him up, and several occasions where he was caught in a bomb blast). Also, the fact that he even has an alias in the first place - he has to keep the truth hidden from so many people, including the one person who means the most to him. He's constantly frustrated by the fact that he's stuck using a voice modulator to get his agendas accomplished (and is initially frustrated about having to resort to using gadgets instead of his own abilities).
** He also fits this trope in his adult form, as Shinichi. He goes through a tremendous amount of pain every time he changes back and forth, and he never knows how much time he'll stay as a teenager. In particular, there's [[spoiler:The Desperate Revival Arc where he actually has some time with Ran, but gets interrupted by a case, changes back at the end, and has to reappear to her as Conan]]
** Conversely to Shinichi's case, there's of course Ran. He leaves her alone at the end of episode 1, and it's a few ''days'' in story-time before he gets his first gadget (the voice changer), during which time she's worried sick about him. She seems to always be waiting for him somewhere, and when she comes close to discovering the truth he somehow finds a way to distract her attention.
** At the time the audience meets Ai, her parents and sister have died, leaving her alone... and on top of that, she's taken the same poison that was given to Shinichi, as a last-ditch effort to escape the Black Organization. If that wasn't enough, Professor Agasa found her laying face-down in front of the Kudo residence... in the rain. And... every time she and Conan cross paths with her former colleagues, she hunches over panicked, trying to hide herself.
* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise has at least one in every adaptation:
** Gatomon (aka Tailmon) had it rough since her birth: separated from the others while still an egg and spending most of her youth alone, she was eventually taken under the wing of Myotismon, whose name is synonymous with BadBoss. She spent a lot of time being beaten and tortured simply for her 'defiant eyes.' She eventually leaves Myotismon, but there's a high price: her only close friend, Wizardmon, is killed by Myotismon for turning as well.
** Gabumon from the first ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' also qualifies to some extent. When he was talking with Matt in one episode, he admitted that he had no friends before he met him. Imagine a nice, warm-hearted Digimon like Gabumon alone, sad and friendless. The fact that he already makes PuppyDogEyes frequently is enough to score him woobie points. Also, Tai tends to tease Gabumon about his pelt quite a bit, though he thankfully stopped eventually. Poor guy.
** Another character that fits this trope perfectly is Ken from ''Anime/{{Digimon Adventure 02}}''. His eventual rise and redemption are all the better for the hell that the second half of the series puts him through.
** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': 10 year-old Jeri Katou, originally the PluckyComicRelief''/''[[LoveInterests Love Interest]], is one of the only humans to have her Digimon ''permanently destroyed'', by watching him be ''impaled and eaten'' by Beelzemon. Whom she still spares from death because she doesn't want more people to die in front of her AND for Takato/Giulmon/Gallantmon to go off the deep end. She is then kidnapped by a modern day {{Eldritch Abomination}}, and [[MindRape psychically tortured]] for several weeks so her angst and unhappiness fuels up said monstrocity. YEOWCH.
** Ruki Makino/Rika Nonaka, also from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', is a lesser one once you explore her character. Abandonment issues from her Father walking out on her mother, her Mom's a good person but is more interested in her career and oblivious to her needs in the beginning, thus leading her to pushing people away until it's almost too late.
** Kouichi Kimura from ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' is as good an example as every other SixthRanger in the series. The last thing his dying grandmother tells him is that he has a twin brother, [[SeparatedAtBirth whom he's never met]]. He goes looking for said brother and can't get to courage to go talk to him. When he finally ''does'' work up the courage, he misses the elevator and falls down the stairs, [[spoiler:ending up either unconscious or dead (it's never really explained) Either way, his soul is separated from his body and]] he winds up in the Digital World, where he is [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] into the EvilTwin (or maybe [[MoreThanMindControl not]]) and made to fight his brother and his brother's new-found friends until he's brought to his senses by ThePowerOfFriendship.
** Ikuto, from ''Anime/{{Digimon Savers}}'', also is given some of the woobie treatment. First, his foster mother is killed right in front of him. Then his friend, Gotsumon, deems him a traitor (because he's human) and tries to kill him. Next, he meets his real father, who ''wants no part of him at first'' as he might bring back some serious emotional issues his mother suffered from. Once he does meet his mother, she's arrested. Then an entire fleet of digimon, headed by Gotsumon, declares war on Earth unless he's turned over to be executed. After that, his foster father is killed right in front of him, and suffers quite a bit while it happens. Hell, that's not even taking in his whole identity complex either.
** There's also Touma from ''[[Anime/DigimonSavers Savers]]''. First, his mom was hit by a truck and died on their way to a festival, so he was sent to live with his rich Austrian father. Touma's dad is a good guy, but spineless, so he did nothing when Touma's grandmother basically refused to acknowledge him either for being half-Japanese or [[HeroicBastard illegitimate]]. ''Then'', we find out he has a younger sister who's very ill, and that the reason he's been working himself so hard that he's a licensed doctor at age 14 is to cure her. And that's not to mention the [[spoiler:FakeDefector bit he pulled, which involved him nearly killing Ikuto and Yatagaramon, and indirectly killing Agumon.]]
* Some fans of ''Manga/DNAngel'' feel this way towards Satoshi, and the series does seem to set him up this way sometimes -- particularly his assertion that he can't let anyone close to him for fear that his SuperpoweredEvilSide will harm them.
* ''Manga/DragonBallZ''
** Future Trunks, what with being the only hope left in an apocalyptic hellhole of a BadFuture where the villains could kill him at most any time and just leave him alive to toy with him for roughly twenty years [[spoiler:until he finally turns the tables and it was awesome]].
** Future Chi-Chi. [[TearJerker She ends up losing her husband to the heart virus and then ends up losing her son to a battle with the Androids.]]
** Chi-Chi also qualifies. While she can be annoying, overprotective of Gohan, and can sometimes be selfish when it comes to her priorities, she's shown many times that she loves her family very much, yet fans ignore her good qualities and portray her even ''[[RonTheDeathEater worse]]'' in fanfictions, possibly bordering on MoralEventHorizon treatment of Goku and her sons. Also, in the show, she had to go through watching Goku (who was her fiance at the time) almost getting ''murdered'' by Piccolo, who was his mortal enemy. She also had to go through dealing with her son Gohan getting kidnapped by Raditz and then Piccolo. Is it any wonder she was so angry when Gohan said he wanted to go to Namek to revive Piccolo? Not to mention, she has to deal with a lot of stress because of her son and husband getting put in dangerous situations. This may be why she wants Gohan to become a scholar, because she feels that [[EducationMama education is the only way to survive,]] and she may not want Gohan to depend on fighting forever.
** Gohan is also a woobie for having to go through witnessing his father die ''twice.'' He never was a fighter at heart and ever since he was 4, his childhood has been nothing but struggle. In the Cell Arc, [[HeroicSelfDeprecation he's shown to have a lot of self-esteem issues.]] During his battle with Cell, it was hard for fans to watch Gohan turn from a NiceGuy into a homicidal manic that would make Frieza proud. Considering all the things Cell did, it's kind of hard to blame him. He does get better in the later Arcs.
** Android 18 has some of woobieness in the Cell Saga. She was a human forcibly converted into an android and programmed to kill Goku, and was in the middle of the saga being chased and stalked by Cell, got to see her brother eaten, and got absorbed herself on the verge of death.
** [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Fat Buu]]. He just can't win against another form of himself. First, Evil Buu quickly beats him into submission, not even really toying with him. Then Mr. Buu defends Hercule and helps buy time in facing the final BigBad, Kid Buu. This version is in all likelihood vastly stronger than the lean, grey earlier version, but takes his sweet time mercilessly slaughtering Mr. Buu and eventually causing the latter to depleting his ki reserves. It takes a freakin' lot to ellicit that feeling between two amorphous blobs which usually take shape, when it probably doesn't make sense how the match is even possible. (It doesn't affect him on a deeper level, but when you have *fanfare* "The Woooorld Champiooon" on your side, what will?) But he's far from the first in the series.
* Saki from ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast''. From constantly being ditched by Akira (whether at the airport for five minutes or during a movie) to [[spoiler:being told in a job interview that her opinions are not interesting because they coincide with the status quo, leading to her getting a bowl of ramen dumped on her by her prospective employer and being made fun of for it when she was in the bathroom]] to [[spoiler:being so disappointed in herself not getting a job that Ryosuke, the man she loves, set up an interview for]] along with much more that she deals with because of Akira...every time Saki cries, you just want to give her a hug.
* The Diclonii from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' all fall under WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, but Nana, with her conviction to never kill anyone, even in self-defense, ''despite'' the horrible experiments she had to live through, is a definite woobie. Tack onto that that even in the fights she is forced into (usually trying to defend her compatriots or loyally carrying out an order from her adoptive father), she manages to lose ''every single one'', and usually winds up a bloodied, crying (and, more often than not, [[MissFanservice naked]]) mess by the end of it. Not that these losses seem to dampen her eternally optimistic {{Determinator}} mindset, which just adds to the Woobieness.
* Vincent Law from ''Anime/ErgoProxy'' tends to hover between this and ButtMonkey, depending on how seriously the situation is presented. Either way, you know his fate is gonna suck.
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'':
** One episode parodies this. It features a subplot about a 7-year old girl who, after being orphaned and have various unpleasant things happen to her, was picked up by a mysterious organization and trained to be an [[EnfanteTerrible unthinking, unfeeling assassin]]. In the climax of the episode, all this prompts an emotional breakdown so severe that the Great Will of the Macrocosm (a character who is literally a multi-purpose DeusExMachina) re-writes reality itself to give her a normal, happy life.
** There's also Pedro, who died and became a ghost who was forgotten by his "sexy wife" and son, Sandora.
** Menchi. She's so adorable, yet she has to put up with all of Excel's craziness. And her attempts to [[EatTheDog EAT HER.]]
* Unsui from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' was a pretty big woobie. From the day he was born he was constantly compared to his naturally talented younger twin brother, Agon, who is a {{jerkass}} to say the least. No matter how hard he works (and boy does he work), he's only a good player while his brother is considered a once-in-a-century prodigy without even trying. Just when he thinks his efforts are finally acknowledged, it turns out people just mistake him for his younger brother. Ouch. And even after his {{Heroic BSOD}}, he still continues to work his ass off, only now it's to selflessly help his brother reach his full potential, despite the fact that Unsui has every reason to resent him. What does his younger brother do? He looks down on him, regularly insults him, and is a general ass to him.
* There are plenty of woobies in ''Manga/{{Gangsta}}'', but the most notable is Nicolas Brown, who as a child was [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/99354/gangsta_ch13_by_easy-going-scans/9 diabetes inducing]]. He was also horribly mistreated due to {{fantastic racism}}. Treated like an animal by the people he was dependent on, (literally they held on to the drugs that kept him from going into withdrawl due to being a Twilight) he was constantly beaten and ridiculed, and was used as a child soldier due to his powers as a Twilight. Did I mention that he's deaf? He instinctively sits on the floor instead of in a chair or a bed, and when Worick starts teaching him how to read and use sign language, the cuteness levels skyrocket. The urge to hug is overwhelming.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has quite a few. Notable ones are: Kagura, who's mother died, leaving her with an absentee father and psychotic brother. She constantly fights against her Yato instincts, which when awoken cause her to go nuts and start slaughtering her opponents. And Gintoki: Who was found as a child in a field of corpses stealing food off of their dead bodies. He's taken in by Yoshida Shouyou, who teaches him how to use a sword, among other things. Then his teacher is taken by the government, so Gintoki goes to war with several other students in order to save him. After years of fighting he is finally rewarded with his teacher's severed head in a bag. Shouyou was more of a father to Gintoki than a teacher, which makes it even worse.
* Pretty much the entire cast of ''Manga/FairyTail''.
** Wendy has more than a few reasons to feel sorry for her, Her life seems to be nothing but highs and tear jerking lows: She's either orphaned or abandoned as a infant; she's taken in by a Dragon, the dragon then abandon's her; she makes one friend in the whole world, he leaves her; she finds a guild that takes her in and is happy there, the guild turns out not to be real and she's abandoned again.
** Erza is an unsympathetic hardass until her back story hits us in the face. Not only was she raised as a slave and watched her friends get tortured and die on a regular basis, but as soon as she manages to win her freedom her best friend banishes her and threatens to kill everyone if she ever returns.
** Jellal was either a slave or possessed his whole life, then as soon as he manages to cast off his possessor he's imprisoned. All he wants to do is be with Erza, yet his fugitive status won't allow it.
** Gray was left orphaned at a young age then watched his teacher die and it was kind of his fault.
** Natsu, like Wendy, was abandoned by his parents, then his foster dragon disappeared without a word. Then his second father figure Gilart leaves and best friend/possible girlfriend Lisanna dies.
** Speaking of Lisanna, Mirajane and Elfman lost their parents at a young age, then when all they had left was the three of them, Lisanna dies (and it's kind of their fault) [[spoiler: then Lisanna has to deal with lossing, literally, her entire universe and starting from scratch in a new one... twice]].
** Even Lucy has started drifting towards this territory more and more [[spoiler: after the TimeSkip]]. First, [[spoiler: She finds out that her father died while she was away. She's not only targeted by an organization with Zeref, but suffers two humiliating defeats, one from Raven Tail, the other from Sabretooth. The latter is a particularly brutal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown which completely renders her unconscious]].
** Pretty much the whole Guild is like this, comprised of mostly orphans and abandoned children.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** [[GentleGiant Alphonse Elric]] lost his mother at a young age. His attempt to bring her back resulted in him losing his body, and his soul was trapped in a suit of armour. And that was just the beginning.
** His brother Edward has it just as bad, as he blames himself for their failure and Alphonse's lost body. He only gets more Woobie-ish as the series progresses.
** The Elrics' childhood friend, [[WrenchWench Winry Rockbell]]. She seems like a [[PluckyGirl cheerful girl]], despite being [[HeartwarmingOrphan an orphan]]. Then we find out [[InnocentBystander her parents']] [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished backstory.]] And who killed them. Her reaction doesn't help.
** The anime version of Wrath. Having died at birth and then offered to the Gate after his mother (Izumi Curtis) failed to revive him, he is a tortured soul filled with denial and a longing for maternal love. His naivety and innocence before he is awakened as a homunculus makes him even more pitiable.
** Hohenheim doesn't have it easy either; in the manga, he was an illiterate slave until a [[EldritchAbomination homunculus]] taught him how to be a functioning human being capable of reading; and more importantly, alchemy. Turns out it's a villain with a major AGodAmI [[spoiler: who uses him unwillingly to destroy his own country Xerxes and then gives him a FateWorseThanDeath by making him nearly immortal by implanting some of the people of the country within him as a sick gesture of "thanking him"]]. This is so traumatizing that he can't bring himself to be ever truly happy, even many years later when he has a family, because he honestly believes he is a monster.
** Mrs. Bradley is the most noticeable woobie among the minor characters in the manga. [[spoiler:At the end of the series, she had to cope with the fact that her husband and adopted son, both of whom she loved more than anything else in the world, were homunculi who were just using her to forward their plan. However, she manages to gain her adoptive son back, who no longer retains his memories as a homunculus.]]
** Hell, almost every character in the series is a major woobie. Between the main characters, who you just want to hug all the time, all the characters haunted by memories of the war in Ishbal, the homunculi who just want to become human, and pretty much everyone who has to deal with the CrapsackWorld they live in, it would be shorter to list the characters who aren't woobies. And that list is basically just Kimblee. Special woobie points go to Al, though, for being the scariest looking character who you just want to give a hug and a lollipop to. [[TearJerker But he can't eat lollipops because he's a suit of armor.]]
* Despite the general tone, ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' actually has quite a few woobies in it.
** Takeshi is a toddler who lives with a neglectful mother and her abusive boyfriend in a rundown apartment. Said abusive boyfriend ''beats him to death'' just for eating his pudding while his mother does nothing to stop him. If that wasn't enough, he gets teleported into the Gantz room upon his death and forced to play a game of kill or be killed where people ''constantly die in the worst way possible'' by things that previously only existed in his nightmares, thus ensuring that he'll never grow up to be a normal, productive member of society.
** Kei Kishimoto and Reika both suffer a severe case of unrequited love- Kishimoto [[spoiler:died to protect Katou]] and Reika [[spoiler:gave up her chance to be free of the Gantz game in order to allow Kurono to go free]].
** But it's Kurono's girlfriend Tae Kojima who romps home with the prize, especially at the parts where [[spoiler:she dies in Kurono's arms while trying to protect him -when ''he'' was fighting to protect ''her''-]] and when she's [[spoiler:crying over the love for Kurono that she lost when her memory was reset without even knowing why]]. Such is the power of Tae's woobie-ness that it even rubs off on {{Jerkass}} Kurono himself!
* Mamoru from ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''. In the TV series he's a first grader that not only has a strange and unexplained power to fly as well as purify Zonder cores and turn them back into Humans, he's made a member of a secret UN organization and is given the responsibity of helping to deal with these machine monsters, if that wasn't enough, yet more powerful Zonders come, known as Primevals, which he can't detect, but his Red Planet counterpart, Kaidou, can. After feeling useless in not being able to help against the primevals, he goes to Galeon, the robot lion that took him to earth as a baby. when he touches the G-Crystal "black box" he finds out that...he's an alien, created to balance out the universe by destroying the Zonders. This goes into a CrowningMomentofHeartwarming with his human parents, and him finally being able to help 3G again.
* The unfortunate Joe Asakura in ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]]'' is a tough, jaded and heavily scarred version of this. Though to be fair, everyone on the team has their moments of being this, especially Ken and Jinpei. Even Katse could be seen as one given hir unfortunate fate.
* Batou from the ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' franchise fits this trope beautifully, especially in [[GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex the TV series]]. If there's an episode featuring him as the central character, you can bet that by the end, some aspect of his humanity will have been stomped thoroughly into the ground and you will want to give him an enormous hug. Even when he's not being actively emotionally tortured, there's still the matter of [[AllLoveIsUnrequited the girl he likes]]...
* ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' begins with the two main characters losing their mother in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and moving to their aunt's house. It only gets worse from there. Their struggles to survive during the time of war are one woobie-ish moment after the other, to the very end.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge Gundam AGE]]'':
** Two words: Kio Asuno. At the tender age of ''thirteen'', he becomes a Gundam pilot. Because he spent much of his childhood playing battle simulators under the watchful eye of his grandfather, however, he has ''no'' idea of the realities of the war he's entering into. His WideEyedIdealist nature and ChronicHeroSyndrome causes him to undergo one of the most painful [[TraumaCongaLine Trauma Conga Lines]] in entire ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise. To start, he takes lessons with his mentor Shanalua, who, as a war orphan who hates killing, is horrified by the poisonous beliefs Kio learned from his grandfather about the enemy. [[spoiler: Later, he finds out that she is TheMole for Vagan, but believes that explaining about how she's a nice person to the crew would bring her back. Shanalua flatly refuses because she would be executed for treason and sacrifices herself when Vagan mobile suits attack. Not long after painfully losing his mentor, he finds out that his father is alive as the Captain of the Bisidian pirates. Even so, Flit tells his grandson to forget it ever happened and believe his father is still dead, sowing his gradual detachment from his grandfather.]] [[FromBadToWorse But the poor kid can't even rest then.]] In Episode 35, [[spoiler: having barely avoided death from his sheer lack of experience, Kio gets caught into a Vagan trap while the Diva was en route to retrieve the EXA-DB. While he did escape an episode later, he saw his grandfather try to shake off the Vagans in his outdated AGE-1 and, due to his tendency to follow his heart than his orders, dives right back in to save his grandfather. What ensues is him being captured by [[FatBastard Zanald]] and being brought to Second Moon.]] But what truly seals the deal are Episodes 37 and 38. [[spoiler: Upon his arrival, he gets transferred to Lord Ezelcant's palace, if only because he resembles Ezelcant's dead son Romy. Even with his fairly luxurious imprisonment, Kio realizes that Vagans are forced to deal with rampant poverty and/or the traumatic and deadly diseases from Mars Ray exposure. This is brutally driven home when he is brought to Deen's house after being pickpocketed. Kio finds that Deen's sister Lu (who is a [[TheWoobie woobie]] in her own right) takes an immediate liking to him. Not long after a simple dinner, however, he also learns that she is terminally afflicted by the Mars Ray disease and that she wants nothing more than to have something remotely close to a normal life, such as going outside, in the little time she has left. Growing close to her, this realization triggers a HeroicBSOD. This causes him to bring the condition that he could receive medicine for Lu (even though it only relieves the symptoms and doesn't actually cure the disease) when Ezelcant asks him to unlock the AGE system's security protocols. Having grown attached to Lu and having won her brother's trust, Kio found happiness during his imprisonment in Vagan, so it seems like the kid's finally going to get a break, right? Nope. In the middle of his father's rescue attempt, Kio returns to Lu's house one more time to deliver more medicine. [[TearJerker What he finds instead is her brother mourning her peaceful death and a diary of all the memories she could have had with Kio.]] And as he escapes Vagan in his damaged AGE-3, [[LoveHurts he breaks down]] and finally realizes that there are others in Vagan that are just like Lu.]] Man, [[WallOfText looking at all this text above,]] I'm not sure his Woobie status is YMMV.
** Speaking the Vagans, Lord Ezelcant's wife Dorene. [[spoiler: Having already endured losing her child Romy, which is easily the worst thing a parent can endure, she finds that Kio reminds her greatly of him in both appearance and personality. Then, her husband Fezearl, [[HappilyMarried whom she genuinely loves,]] [[YourDaysAreNumbered tells her he's only got six months no thanks to the same disease that killed their son.]] All in all, practically any scene she's in will bring you to the verge of tears because of all the hell she has to go through.]]
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'':
** Saji Crossroad [[spoiler:His older sister is murdered (and ''may'' have been raped by her killer), his girlfriend is badly injured and later stops contacting him (and becomes a DarkActionGirl), and he inadvertantly leaks information that causes the deaths of many Cathara members. And to regain what he has lost and repair the damage he's done, he must go through Heaven and Hell and then back; namely by taking part in combat and fighting for the same organization he blames for what happened to him.]]
** It's not hard to feel sorry for Allelujah after learning his backstory. Raised solely to fight, Allelujah [[spoiler: has to abandon Marie in order to escape the colony to avoid termination. During his escape with fellow children designated to be killed, Al's AxCrazy SplitPersonality takes over and kills and eats his friends when food starts to run out. And then poor Al is forced by Hallelujah to pull the trigger and kill every child inside the facility when he returns with his Gundam, before finding out in the first season's finale that his archrival was Marie all along.]]
** Soma Peires/[[spoiler: Marie Parfacy]] can be seen as one as well. Born through artificial scientific methods, [[spoiler: Marie spent most, if not all, her childhood trapped in a glass container being constantly experimented on. In the process of making her telepathic, the HRL scientists stripped her senses of touch and sight, making her very lonely. Although the scientists let her bond closely with Allelujah, Marie eventually loses contact with her only friend as he has to escape to avoid termination. This makes her optimism and strong faith in God rather inspiring and ironic at the same time, as anyone else would surely be anything ''but'' optimistic or spiritual.]]
** After learning their full backstory, one has to feel sorry for [[spoiler:the ELS. Their homeworld was annihilated in a supernova, and the flashback showing this shows swarms of them flying about in confused, panicky patterns, obviously not knowing what to do in the face of this gigantic wall of fire bearing down from the sky. They then head out into unknown space to find new homes, and when they meet humanity, they started getting shot at and destroyed in large numbers simply for trying to ''talk'' to humans (they were unaware that the assimilation process was both extremely painful and usually lethal to humans).]]
* In terms of actual suffering, the pilots from ''Anime/{{Mobile Suit Gundam Wing}}'' are pretty hard to rank, but they all go through some tough stuff:
** Heero Yuy goes through a DeathSeeker period.
** Chang Wufei's home colony blowing up.
** Trowa Barton's inexplicable self-blowing-up and his HeroicSacrifice.
** Quatre Winner's psychotic destructiveness after his home is blown up and the fact that it climaxed in his 'killing' his Practically Canon LoveInterest put them pretty high on the woobie scale.
** Duo Maxwell has it easiest during the actual series run, but his backstory makes him a woobie as well. He lived on the street from a very young age, but the gang he ran with died due to a plague, including his idol Solo. After he gets taken in by the Maxwell church, the church gets occupied by terrorists who demand a mobile suit or they'll kill everybody in the church, so Duo goes and steals a suit, only to find that the church was razed to the ground while he was gone. He took his nickname, "Shinigami" because everybody who got close to him died, and he gave himself his name from Solo and Father Maxwell from the Maxwell church, so he could never forget that he failed to save them.
* Mika from ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}''. Almost every single episode she's in, she breaks down crying because a horrible and mentally scarring thing has happened. There are so many points where she just needs a hug.
* A number in ''Anime/GurrenLagann'':
** [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Viral]] is for some strange reason this due to his infamous DiminishingVillainThreat though mostly to [[MrFanservice fangirls]]. After the timeskip and [[spoiler:his HeelFaceTurn]] he became just outright awesome. Then near the end his vision in the LotusEaterMachine is [[spoiler: him playing with a wife and daughter he'll never have. He mentions before being freed that he was just "dreaming a sweet dream"]]. Cue [[TearJerker tears]] from the entire fandom.
** Also from TTGL, you have [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess]] [[{{Moe}} Nia]] [[{{Kawaisa}} Teppelin]]. Abandoned by her father and left to die for asking a goddamn question, she ends up finding the love of her life and has to fight her own father. Then, seven years later, before she and Simon can get married, she's torn away by the [[spoiler:[[BigBad Anti-Spiral]]]] and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy forced]] [[MoreThanMindControl to]] [[MindRape be]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide his]] [[ApocalypseMaiden messenger]]. Then, right when she snaps out of it, he decides to [[spoiler: MindRape/[[MoralEventHorizon actually rape]] her]]. Then, after the battle is over, she gets to wed Simon... But [[spoiler: dies at the altar, fading away into nothing, because she was created as an Anti-Spiral.]]
** Yoko Littner. Let's just say this woman's attempts at a love life are tragic as hell (especially the first time). After spending the first part of the series being in love and later part dealing with the death of said loved one, she then witnesses the death of [[spoiler: Kittan]] who admits his crush on her beforehand.
* Oh, Hayate from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''. [[AbusiveParents Poor]], [[CosmicPlaything poor]] [[{{Moe}} Hayate]]... Okay, so we're usually [[TheChewToy laughing at his pain]], but sometimes it's just impossible to get through the episode without developing the overwhelming urge to hug him and coo that it'll all be okay. Episode 14, for example...
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'s'' Seras Victoria, at least up through the seventh volume of the manga, just goes through one bad day after another. You know a girl's going to have it rough when she ''dies'' before the first chapter is even finished. By the end of the seventh volume, she's been repeatedly berated by Alucard for her weaknesses, repeatedly impaled with holy bayonets, [[spoiler:been dismembered and blinded, was [[MindRape mindraped]] (in which she relived the murder of her parents and getting shot by the killers) ''and'' was forced to drink the blood of one of the only decent people she knew.]] Fortunately, that last bit had some... [[TookALevelInBadass side effects.]]
* If you're a main character in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', you are screwed.
** Issei Hyoudou. A perverted kid and a HaremSeeker, he generally becomes happy when he gains a pretty girlfriend and pulls out all the stops for their date. How does she repay him? By spearing him in the chest. Turns out the girlfriend was a FallenAngel who was just getting close enough to kill him for his Scared Gear. After he get's revived as a Devil, he ends up fighting his now ex-girlfriend who mocks him from being a quote "boring boyfriend". This hits him hard for several chapters, believing himself to be low class girlfriend material despite the UnwantedHarem that ironically grows around him.
** Rias Gremory. She was forced into a marriage that she wanted no business with and was forced to surrender after her now ex-husband to be threatened to kill Issei. Even after her marriage managed to be nullified, she often views herself as a failure of a King.
** Asia Argento. A former nun who was booted out of TheChurch for the crime of healing a Devil. She is taken in by the same Fallen Angel Issei went out with who planed to use Asia for her own personal gain. This plot resulted in Asia's death and no sooner than that she was revived as a Devil. And despite all she was through, she remains faithful to God. [[spoiler:And the worst part? The Devil she healed planed for all of that to happen to her!]]
** Akeno Himejima. [[spoiler:Before becoming a Devil, she was a human/Fallen Angel hybrid, born from the result of a priestess and a Fallen Angel. When enemies of her father learned of her birth they tried to kill her, but her mother pulled a YouShallNotPass instead. It's implied that Akeno went through a lot of abuse from Devils and Fallen Angels alike before she met Rias.]]
** Yuto Kiba. [[spoiler: He was to be a Super Solider along side several other children in order to create artificial Holy Sword users. But they all turned out to be defective and were scheduled to be disposed of. The children Yuto was friends with sacrificed themselves to help him escape so that there was a chance for the experiments to never happen again. Hadn't Rias not approached him at the time, he would have died as well.]]
** Koneko Tōjō. [[spoiler: Her older sister committed an offensive crime after becoming DrunkWithPower. She was thought to soon share the same fate and was nearly killed if not for the interference of the Gremorys. She fears that if she uses the same powers as her sister, she would become just like her.]]
** Gasper Vladi. He's a [[{{Dhampyr}} dhampyr]], so he is often mocked at and ridiculed by other vampires. His backstory even states that he was murdered by Vampire Hunters before Rias found him. He also has very low self-esteem. Poor kid.
* Marie Moriya, the main character of ''Manga/HiganbanaNoSakuYoruNi'', who is bullied by her classmates and her homeroom teacher.
* Anyone who is even remotely sympathetic in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''. Special mentions go to:
** Satoko Houjou slides between a BrattyHalfPint and a Woobie who is [[AbusiveParents horribly abused]] by her uncle.
** ''Mion'' effectively becomes a woobie in Meakashi. More so in the manga though.
* [[FragileFlower Nazuna]] in ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' is an ''in-universe'' example; it has been explicitly stated that she has a DudeMagnet ''because'' she invokes the instinct to be cared of.
** Yuno can also be one when she's low on self-confidence.
** Natsume. Her painful UnrequitedLove-turned-{{tsundere}} attitude makes the word "woobie" consistently {{pothole}}d to "poor girl" and applied to her before the YMMV rules.
* Akuto Sai from ''LightNovel/IchibanUshiroNoDaimaou''. Ever since he was told he was going to be the demon king, everything he does is interpreted as a malicious attack or an attempt to take over the world. It's hard not to feel sorry for him after it happens so many times to him.
* ''manga/InuYasha'' gives almost everyone a tragic pitiful backstory.
** Inuyasha himself was bullied and tormented his whole life, he lost his mother at a young age, then when he finally found someone he loved, she betrays him.
** Shippo not only watches his family get killed, but at one point sees his father's skin worn as a wrap.
** Miroku watched his father get torn to pieces and sucked into his own hand and grew up knowing he would have the same fate.
** Sango not only has to see her father and comrades die by her brother Kohaku's hands (though against his will), and watch him being killed immediately afterwards, but her whole clan was decimated the same night. Adding insult to injury, [[BigBad Naraku]] revives Kohaku and has him under his control for most of the series, much to Sango's dismay. And if that wasn't enough, she ends up falling in love with Miroku, who basically has the [[{{curse}} magical counterpart of a terminal disease]].
** Kohaku is nothing but tragic, having to deal with the blood of his family, along with countless innocents, on his hands. He also has to deal with long periods of memory loss when he doesn't know who he is. [[spoiler: Once he gets his memory back, not only does he have to deal with the guilt of what he did, but also knowing that he has to die in order to end Naraku's reign.]]
* Kotoko from ''Manga//ItazuraNaKiss'', especially whenever she cries during the first season.
* ''Anime/JinkiExtend''...Aoba Tsubaki; she's a total model mecha fan who gets thrust into piloting the actual thing by a mother who appears not to care for her at all. [[spoiler: Of course, the final revelation that the mother actually does care, but that Aoba was the child of a rape between her and the apparent BigBad doesn't make you less inclined to glomp Aoba.]]
* ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}''. Yes, you'll want to hug him, seeing him lose in a devastating manner, seeing him crying manly tears. Most likely one of the main factors that make the show so great. However, Kaiji is actually a very odd/interesting kind of woobie, as he also manages to be very badass at the same time. No, not in the "Badass with DarkAndTroubledPast" way. You'll see him losing everything, crying, until he get's up in an outburst of badassness and does things like [[spoiler:cutting off his own ear to win a manipulated game]].
* Kurusegawa Himeko from ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' would count towards this as well. After being orphaned at a young age, stuck with abusive foster parents who kicked the self esteem out of her, she's [[spoiler:raped by her best friend and forced to kill her, even after realizing that she loves her]].
* ''Manga/{{Karin}}'', living a non-vampire life in a family of vampires. Her little sister is taken away from her when they believe they'll still have at least a few years. And in the end [[spoiler: she gets her mind wiped against her will]]
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'':
** Gokudera. Although he's incredibly aggressive and violent, his soft spot for his boss results in many, many touching woobie moments for him. The fact that he's willing to (and many times ''does'') go through hell and high water for Tsuna makes many people just want to give him a big hug. Moreover, his past has been scattered with sad stories. he never knew his mom for five years since he was an illegitimate child. He ran away when he found about his parentage. He became a loner for the rest of his life, getting into gang fights frequently. His life was rough until he met Tsuna. There's no way he can't be ungrateful to the person who gives him a more peaceful life. Of course, one of his biggest and more famous woobie moments was [[spoiler:when he's shown 10 years later, giving one of the most heart wrenching expressions when he sees Tsuna in the coffin]].
** Chrome Dokuro is another example of this trope. Half her organs are missing because her mother refused to go through surgery for her, and the people she's closest to constantly belittles her. Or so she thinks...
* Both Serge and Gilbert are these in ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta''. Mostly Gilbert, though, because his life has seriously ''sucked''.
* Sawako from ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke''. It's practically the central premise of the series.
* Alice from ''Manga/KingOfThorn''. As a child she was abused by her family, developed dissociative identity disorder as a result and then had her entire family killed by Medusa, the experience causing her to ''literally give birth'' to her imaginary friend Laloo via her back. Frightened by this, she then burnt down the house killing Laloo in the process, and afterwards was taken away and used as a guinea pig in Medusa-related experiments in constructing images from a dream-world. When the experiments failed, her body was ruined in the process until only her head and a small part of her torso remained. Oh, and she's ''never aged'' during all of this, remaining a little girl, with her only companion being a large, automated white rabbit. And after all this, even surviving an army attack and [[CatFolk Zeus' race]], she doesn't get happy ending, as [[HeroicSacrifice she burns up her life in order to help Marco survive]] after he [[LikeABadassOutOfHell comes back to life]].
* Yuka/Yuuka in ''LightNovel/KyouranKazokuNikki''. Abused as a child? Check. Bullied by her schoolmates? Check. Emotional ''and'' physical scars? Check. Needlessly adorable, withdrawn, tries to stay strong for her family, and even rides a protective older brother-lion? Check, check, check. When driven to the brink, writes a "Farewell, cruel world" letter? Oh, check.
-->"I'll teach you a spell I used myself, when I was with the Himemiya and was hated by my good friend! [[SurvivalMantra 'I am alone anyway. I was born alone and will die alone. So I'm not lonely. Not lonely at all.']] Let's do it, Teika-kun. Say it with me, and you'll simply feel better!"
* Anyone who can watch poor, adorable little Alvis Hamilton from ''Anime/LastExile'' cry when so many atrocities happen to and around here without feeling the woobie effect either has had their heart turned to stone or never had one to begin with.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'':
** Some found themselves wanting to just hug Kagami on several occasions, particularly at the end of the class trip episode.
** Same applies to Tsukasa, even more so than her sister. In fact, sometimes it seems the plot goes out of its way just to mess with her. (It doesn't help that she has [[{{Tareme Eyes}} big, cute, and expressive eyes]] unlike [[{{Tsurime Eyes}} her sister]]).
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'':
** Ranka Lee. Even [[{{Shipping}} devoted fans]] of [[TheOjou Sheryl]] in the series' LoveTriangle find Ranka's many, ''many'' difficulties sad and heartbreaking.
** Sheryl got Woobified too, in a big way, [[spoiler: especially after learning about her disease, seeing fans laughing her off (and her albums in a ''bargain bin''), and then seeing her poster as garbage in the street...]]
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'':
** Fate Testarossa. She unconditionally loves her mother who neglected and abused her for not [[spoiler: having a personality like her dead daughter that Fate was cloned from]]. Also, she suffers TheFinalTemptation despite not being the main character of the series. Even when she's visibly angry, her voice stays huggably soft(of course, she still has to yell her attacks). Many of the most popular {{Moe}} characters of the series are Woobies.
** And the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS third season]] give to us little FieryRedHead Agito. A sentient [[FunSize Unison Device]] whose rude behavior is more or less the result of her [[spoiler:having lost her original master(her kind feel despair without a master), being used as a guinea pig by scientist FOR YEARS without any kind of consideration for her, found some little happiness by finding a new master but living worried for him cause he was working for a MadScientist of dubious reliance, got the knowledge that her beloved master was actually a clone dying of genetic degeneration, saw him die IN FRONT OF HER EYES but the killer is an honorable LadyOfWar that did it in fair combat and took Agito under her wing, giving her a warm place to belong and a new purpose in life]]. After that Agito seems to be recovered and even her rude attitude becomes more playful and happier ...and then comes the [[Anime/NanohaForce fourth season]] where [[spoiler:she saw her current master, whom she has developed really strong and heartwarming bonds whith during the TimeSkip, being near killed right in front of her AGAIN, suffered seeing her in recovering and is now constantly worried since her master isn't fully recovered yet and the enemy who near killed them is still free and wreaking havoc]]. This trope wanted to give this poor little creature a big hug several times.
* Minawa from ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' is a clear Woobie with her perpetual failures for which she always feels sorry -- the trademark "Gomenasai" -- even though the failures [[spoiler:were designed into her by Professor Kane]]. She actually goes as close as possible to the brink of WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds in a sense when [[spoiler:she tries at the same time to kill and not kill Mahoro and Suguru]]. She eventually [[spoiler:recovers from being the Woobie by gaining confidence in that she indeed has a heart.]]
* There are a few characters in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' who fall into this:
** Ako Izumi's character arc is based around it. First, as a bit of setup, she was apparently rejected by the boy she liked before the beginning of the story and is enormously self-conscious about the scar on her back. She has a minor breakdown during her first DayInTheLimelight chapter, which Negi helps her recover from in the guise of Nagi, his imaginary cousin, gaining a crush on him at that time. After she and her friends accidentally get dragged into the magic world with Negi, she contracts a nasty disease, forcing her and her two friends to sell themselves into slavery to buy a cure. Nagi shows up to rescue her and unwittingly charms her to an extreme extent, making her grow extremely emotionally reliant on him. Everyone around her knows Nagi's real identity while they scramble for a way to resolve the issue, she finds out and goes through a ShowerOfAngst, though in the end she does a fairly decent job of accepting the truth.
** Negi himself is definitely the woobie and brings most of the girls who know him at the time to tears when they learn of his backstory where he [[DoomedHometown saw his entire town get]] [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] [[HarmfulToMinors at age 4]]. Following this, he grew up more or less alone, as the one living family member (his cousin Nekane) had to take care of her education. He's never known his [[DisappearedDad father]] and [[MissingMom isn't even sure of his mother's identity]].
*** Though quite frankly he got what was essentially the best out of the situation. Not only did no-one he cared about died, his father showed up and protected him; not to mention the fact that none of the villagers actually DIED, they were merely petrified and no-one ever said that the petrification was ever irreversible. In fact, early in the manga, it was shown to BE reversible. So while his town did burn down and was overrun by demons, Negi got the best out of a situation that could have been WAY worse
** Chachamaru's character arc tends to focus on whether or not she even believes she has a soul or is a person at all. Negi helps her get over it with a pactio and unlike many characters she puts this plot point behind her.
* Erstin Ho from ''Anime/MaiOtome'' just can't catch a break. First, she's assaulted by a tentacle monster during swim class. Later, she's trapped in the woods as her survival equipment gives out, and then bitten by a snake with little hope of recovery... and then ends up TakingTheBullet for Arika when someone tries to kill her. It finally culminates with [[spoiler:Erstin being revealed as a Mole for Schwarz (though she really doesn't want to hurt anyone), since [[ItRunsInTheFamily it runs in the Ho family]], and ultimately [[KilledOffForReal dying]] when Nina accidentally slices through her [[{{Synchronization}} Slave]]]].
* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' has Akito Tenkawa, ship's cook. Orphaned? Check. DoomedHometown razed right in front of him as he was trying to rescue a little girl? Check. Press-ganged into military service and later almost-assuredly lethal test piloting? Check. BFF with TheObiWan? Check. On the plus side, his sheer Woobieness apparently makes him [[ChickMagnet irresistible to women]].
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': This series had plenty of Woobies:
** Shiro Kabuto, {{The Hero}}'s little brother. His parents died when he was barely a toddler. His grandfather Juuzo took them in, but he hired a maid to raise them because he was barely in home. Several years later, in one single day, Rumi - the maid; he treated her like a a kind of older sister - was murdered, his grandfather was murdered (and Juuzo died right in front of his grandsons), and his older brother Kouji nearly stomps him under the foot of an HumongousMecha. We see during the series he is sad because he don't have parents to hang with, and Koji, Boss, and Sayaka are most likely busy fighting a [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beast]]. He had a crush on a cute kid called Lorelei, but she [[spoiler:died]]. And in one of the last episodes, [[spoiler:Dr. Hell created a robot looked right like Kouji and Shiro's mother. She managed to convince him she was his real mother and tried to manipulate him to blow up the Jet Scrander. Later he had to shoot her, in spite of he was not sure of she was not his real mother.]] Have I mentioned he was only ten-years-old when the series began? Later, in ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' Kouji and Sayaka travel to America and he stays in Japan. Several times he complains he finds himself alone, his older brother does not write letters, and he even wishes upon a star Kouji returns soon. Jun tried to act like his CoolBigSis because she was real sorry for him. And later in the series, he found out [[spoiler:his father was not dead. And he had let his sons believed during years he was dead.]] And then, shortly after [[spoiler:Shiro forgave him and they made up, his father Kenzo died. [[KilledOffForReal For real, this time]].]] Also, in ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' Kouji Kabuto shows up, but Shiro does not, so it is fair wondering who was taking care of him. I guess the most obvious answer is Tetsuya and Jun [[spoiler:-since they were his adoptive siblings and they were not underage-]] or Prof. Yumi -since he had been a ParentalSubstitute for Kouji and Shiro in the original series. It definitely suckes to be him. Although, on the other hand, [[IronWoobie he does not constantly whine about it]].
** Yuri, Sayaka's cousin, was an annnoying, cranky, demanding BrattyHalfPint. She acted like that because her parents were too MarriedToTheJob to take care properly of her and they never were in home. Also, she is a disabled IllGirl needs to use a wheelchair, and she refuses to undergo therapy to walk again because she is afraid of everyone will leave her alone again.
** Mitsuo, a child attended Shiro's school was a fat, shy kid wore glasses. Needless to say, bullies targeted him, and he hardly had friends. Shiro scared the bullies away once, but he told Mitsuo he could not help him and be his friend if he did not learn to stand up for himself. All that piled-up abuse was the reason that he pulled a TooDumbToLive stunt.
* Yukki from ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' could be considered this. At the start he is a shy and introverted young boy, and then he gets shoved into a [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne duel to the death]] with a bunch of psychopaths. His only consistant ally is the craziest of them all, the ''biggest'' StalkerWithACrush {{Yandere}} ''ever'', who, at one point, [[spoiler: chians him up and imprisons him, so that no one would get in the way of their love]]. Poor guy.
* While the protagonists of the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' franchise seldom get off easy, usually as an illustration why it's a ''bad idea'' to put a teenager in the middle of a war zone, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' stands out by going out of its way to make the lead character Uso's life a living hell. Forced to pilot the eponymous Gundam against his will by leaders who honestly only value him for his skill, Uso and the Gundam develop a repuation by the enemy as an unholy terror that needs to be destroyed as quickly as possible. Uso does not take it well. "Stay away! You won't be killed if you stay away!" quickly becomes his... er... battle cry".
* ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' has a few:
** Kenzo Tenma and Nina Fortner. By the time you're halfway through the series, you're not hoping that [[BigBad Johan Liebert]] gets a bullet through his head so much as you're just praying to God that both of those two come out of it all alive, safe, and ''sane''.
** Grimmer, the ultimate Woobie in this series, with that constant smile of his. He was subjected to the horrors of Kinderheim 511 and developed a SplitPersonality...but he's one of the nicest people in the series.
** Dieter's adoptive father attempts to MindRape him after abusing him for some time, all to find a replacement for Johan.
* Akira Sakura from ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}''. Extremely shy and depressed as a result of being sexually abused by her father, she has nightmares while wide awake, gets bullied at school, witnesses gruesome deaths, is kidnapped and held hostage by a dangerous highschooler, gets her head messed with by creepy sociopaths... and the list goes on and on.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** It can be argued that the title character of is subject to a form of Woobiefication, mostly for the hard life he was able to overcome at the start of the series.
** Rock Lee, who is unable to perform anything other than martial abilities, has been training night and day since a young age and continues doing so rigorously even when [[spoiler:his arm and leg are crushed by Gaara]]. Because of how powerful he's become due to that training, he is one of the characters who suffer from the WorfEffect the most in this series.
** Hinata Hyuuga inspires two kinds of reactions from people: those who are frustrated with her repeatedly fainting, her virtual inability to even remotely articulate her feelings to Naruto, and... oh heck, just look up [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avoidant_personality_disorder Avoidant Personality Disorder]], you'll practically find Hinata's picture there. The ''other'' kind of reaction is from people who can empathize with how crippling shyness is a curse, and to them, she's totally a Woobie.
* ''Manga/NatsumeYuujinchou'' has Takashi Natsume, the boy who was passed from family to family , isolated, and bullied for most of his life, just because he ''"said weird things"''.
* Poor Kirika from ''Anime/{{Noir}}'': "I can kill people so easily. Why then don't I feel sad?" Awwww.
* Ian from ''Manga/NotSimple''. He's separated from his beloved older sister at a very young age when she is sent to jail for armed robbery, leaving him alone with his distant and verbally abusive father, and his alcoholic mother. When his parents divorce, his mother takes him to far away England where she takes up beating him and forcing him to do odd jobs to pay for her booze habit. When that doesn't prove to be enough money, she even [[spoiler: pimps him out]] for it. When his sister is finally released from prison, they get separated ''again'', after which he vows to WalkTheEarth to find her. During this journey he discovers that his sister [[spoiler: is his REAL mother]], and all of his horrible abuse was out of the other woman's desire for revenge. To top things off [[spoiler: he never finds his mother/sister, who dies from aids after contracting it from the guy Ian was pimped out to as a child... meaning that Ian has the disease as well. Then he commits suicide when he finds out that the woman he was in love with, whom he left behind to search for his sister, has died in the interim.]]
* Let's begin with the titular character of ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'', shall we? A [[BrattyHalfPint little sister]] who acts like she's the older sister, has lots of boyfriends despite not even being in elementary school yet, and is better than you at just about everything? Check. Your mom pushing you too hard in trying to teach you how to play the piano when you're a toddler? Check. Getting called out by your friends and family when you accidentally make their situation worse even though you were just trying to help? Check. Often late for school and acquire poor grades? Check. [[ButtMonkey Accident prone]] because your're one of the show's comic relief characters? Check. Any chance you have at eating [[TrademarkFavoriteFood steak]] is cruelly snatched away? Check. Realize that upon your elementary school graduation that you and your friends are going seperate ways and you won't see them again for a long time? '''Check'''.
** Momoko had to move from Japan to America at a young age and intially had trouble fitting in. Majo Monroe offered to help her adjust to her new life and taught her how to bake until Momoko accidentally discovered Majo Monroe's true identity and turn her into a green blob. She became a witch apprentice to try turning Majo Monroe back to normal, but by the time she was a full fledged witch, Majo Monroe was on the verge of death and left her earring behind for Momoko. Momoko then had to move back to Japan leaving behind her American friends and relearn her native language and culture. On her first day of school, she was asked to take off her earring since wearing jewlery in school was against school rules even though it was her most prized possession. Fortunately, things got better for Momoko.
** Aiko was supposed to have an younger sibling who unfortunately her mother had a miscarriage resulting in her sibling's death which partially contributed to her parents divorcing and for a while assumed the divorce was her fault and often tries to persuade her parents to get back together.
** Majo Rika spends almost the entirety of the series as a magic frog, but her status as a woobie is midway through the first season when her rival Majo Ruka shows up and takes over the magic shop and being seen as a witch frog was rather difficult for her. Doremi and Lala even lampshade this. Fortunately Majo Ruka eventually gets turned into a magic frog as well and eventually [[HeelFaceTurn turns over a new leaf]].
** Seki-sensei's father died when she was a child, and the death of said father caused her to be rejected from a position as a teacher at a private school so she had to settle for a public school. Also while she loves her students and the feelins is mutual, there are times when they don't make her job easy.
** Each classmate has at least one moment where you couldn't help but feel sorry for them and wanted to cheer them up.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has tons of them, including the whole main cast. Having a tragic backstory is almost a requirement for joining the Straw Hats.
** Luffy apparently never knew his parents (or at least his father, though he don't seem to care) and was raised by mountain bandits and an abusive, but well intentioned, grandfather. He still had a great time though, mostly because of his two "brothers" Ace and Sabo. Then, Sabo, in Luffy's flashback, [[spoiler:gets murdered at the whim of a World Noble]] and Ace [[spoiler:dies in Luffy's arms after the latter has gone through hell(almost literary, with it being the theme of Impel Down) and sacrificed 20 years of his life span to save him]].
** Zoro's childhood friend and rival got killed by falling down a set of stairs, the day after they had promised each other than one of them would become the world's best swordsman.
** Nami was orphaned as an infant, and raised in relative poverty by a loving adoptive mother. Who was then murdered by Arlong in front of her eyes to save Nami and her sister.
** Usopp's mother was dying from sickness, and he made up stories of his pirate father returning with a miracle medicine to cheer her up. After she died, he continued to tell the stories.
** Sanji lost the entire crew of his original ship to a storm. He was then stranded at a rock in the sea with a bag of food and the captain of a pirate crew who had raided mentioned crew before the storm struck, for many weeks, almost starving to death, until he was finally rescued.
** Chopper was always bullied by the other reindeers for his blue nose, and it really hit the roof when he ate a Devil Fruit which gave him the ability to transform into a "human". Rejected by both reindeers and humans(his human form resembled an abominable snowman), he was brought in and raised by a quack doctor - who then was killed in front of Chopper's eyes. See a recurring theme?
** Robin was raised by an abusive aunt and indifferent uncle, and was constantly bullied by other kids because of her Devil Fruit powers, making her a "monster." She befriended a cheery giant, who died trying to save her, and a group of historians, who was killed along with the entire rest of her home island for researching forbidden subjects. Oh, and her mother finally returned after many years the day the genocide took place.
** Franky ran away from home and lived in a scrapyard, before he was taken in by a shipwright, who later was (you guess it) murdered in front of his eyes.
** And finally, Brook, the only one actually being a grown-up when this happened, is the sole survivor of a very close and friendly pirate crew who died around him of poisoning while playing their favourite song. He survived because of his Devil Fruit, but seeing as the steering mechanism of his ship was broken, and he was in the middle of the One Piece equalent of the Bermuda Triangle, he spent several decades drifting alone in the eternal mist.
* ''Manga/OniisamaE'' has a lot of them, specially Nanako, Rei and Mariko. Several characters (such as Kaoru and [[RichBitch Aya]], in the anime adaptation at least) and minor characters like Junko has their woobie moments.
* Mesousa from ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' [[TheChewToy only exists so that bad things can happen to him.]] It's usually played for comedy, but sometimes you just can't help but feel sorry for him.
* [[http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/6761/grhdn.jpg Gretel]] of ''Anime/OtogiJuushiAkazukin'' spends much of the series trying to earn the respect of her [[OneeSama "Onii-sama"]], hoping to regain some small shred of the loving big brother he used to be, before they were taken in by the [[BigBad Big Bad]]. This coldness reaches it's peak when Hansel [[spoiler:is ordered to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kill her]]. She flees during a momentary resistance to the big bad's mind control.]] The scene where she finally breaks down crying in male lead Souta's arms is heart-wrenching despite the resulting squabbling of the two [[ClingyJealousGirl clingy jealous girls]] standing nearby. To drive the point home, her [[ADayInTheLimelight day in the limelight episode]] is appropriately titled [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming "Lonely Gretel."]]
* Elliot Nightray from ''Manga/PandoraHearts''. In a series filled with Woobies, Elliot deserves a special mention. As if his family being ostracized for being branded "traitors" [[spoiler:and being the target of a mysterious headhunter]] wasn't enough, he also suffers from [[RecurringDreams Recurring]] BadDreams. Then, [[spoiler:it turns out that the reason why he has these dreams in the first place was because of his illegal contract with Humpty Dumpty, whose purpose involves protecting the current Glen [[PoisonousFriend by controlling the contractor into killing anyone who threatens his life]]... who just so happens to be his servant/best friend, whom his two brothers, sister and mother (who happened to be [[SanitySlippage going off the deep end at that point]]) threatened to kill at different intervals, in front of Elliot. Which means, in effect, Elliot himself is the Headhunter. And by the time he learns this, his incuse has already reached that point in which rejecting his chain would kill him. Since the other alternatives were to get killed by either his big brother Vincent or his friend Oz, or to keep living without solving the current problem and eventually get dragged into the Abyss, he just chose to reject the chain. And the Humpty Dumpty thing would have been avoided if his father actually put his family's well-being before his family's honor enough to destroy Humpty Dumpty early on.]]
** Oz, from the same series. [[spoiler:He's neither the real Oz Vessalius, nor is he an actual human. Turns out that he began his existence as a pair of rabbit dolls owned by Alice and the Will of the Abyss one hundred years ago who was wished to life, and he's actually the B-Rabbit, a powerful Chain that was used to kick off the Tragedy of Sablier against his will by a certain blonde, green-eyed guy called [[EvilAllAlong Jack]]. After [[HeroicSacrifice Alice killed herself to save Oz from Jack's control and stop Jack's plan]], Jack and Oz were somehow tangled together after being sucked into the Abyss and spent the next hundred years being reincarnated and aging backwards over and over again, until Jack's soul was too worn down to keep control of his own body. And that was when the Oz as we know him was born. It's just that ever since then, Jack's been gaining strength and repeatedly possessing Oz, [[OhCrap until he's ready to kick off Sablier 2.0]]. And just when it's getting better for Oz with Gilbert reaffirming his resolve to always be with him, good ol' uncle Oscar coming to their help, Jack being subdued and Alice coming back, said beloved uncle ends up killed as they escape and the poor boy is in denial.]] [[TraumaCongaLine With the manga still on-going and the way it is, it's highly likely this isn't even the end of it.]]
** Then we have Leo. [[spoiler:Plagued with HearingVoices and seeing lights when he shouldn't, he ended up [[FriendlessBackground being avoided by everyone in his village]], calling himself "the weird one" and invoking BlindingBangs by growing them out as an attempt to block out those lights and voices.]] When his mother died, he was sent to the [[OrphanageOfLove House of Fianna]], where he also met [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ell]][[OnlyFriend iot]] by the time [[spoiler:his being "the weird one" as a problem was long forgotten]]. Looking good so far, until [[spoiler:an encounter with [[EldritchAbomination Humpty Dumpty]] caused Elliot to be [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stabbed]] right in front of his eyes, and Leo had to get him to form an Illegal Contract with the aforementioned Chain, if it meant keeping him alive. No matter how much poor Leo was assured that that incident was [[AllJustADream All Just A]] [[BadDreams Bad Dream]], [[OrWasItADream he still had his doubts]], which caused him to think himself as strange again. To make things worse, the children at the orphanage, whom he grew to care for, start dying one by one, and nobody but him remembers they even existed.]] Fast-forward to later chapters, [[spoiler:Elliot is dead and Leo [[ItsAllMyFault blames himself]] [[FreakOut heavily]] for it. Three days later, he learns that he is [[TheChosenOne the current vessel of Glen Baskerville]] ([[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne which isn't something to be happy with), which was the reason why he kept HearingVoices and seeing lights everywhere in the first place. One of his duties as Glen just so happened to be [[ShootTheDog getting rid of Oz]], who would also be the only close friend he has left by that point. Right in the middle of his fight with Oz, who was trying to reason with him, he gets [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stabbed]] and [[GrandTheftMe taken over by Glen]], and by the latest chapter, [[HeroicBSOD he's much too out of it to do anything about it.]]]] Poor kid needs a freaking break.
* ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime:
** Chimchar. Just...Chimchar. Watch the Tag Battle episodes and "Tears for Fears." This troper dares you not to cry. Also demonstrated in the episode "Chim-Charred."
** The Team Rocket trio fits this trope well. James grew up in a rich family. Sounds great, right? No. Being born in high class society, he had to partake in activities he had little interest in, and his fiancee ([[IdenticalStranger who looks like Jessie, but acted far worse]]) was incredibly overbearing and tried to teach him to do things properly. The only friend he had in his childhood days was a loyal Growlithe who he left behind when he joined Team Rocket. Sometime during the Battle Frontier arc, his Chimecho became sick and he had to leave it with relatives, something that was clearly heartbreaking for him to do. He does get a Mime Jr. in exchange though. Meowth grew up as an alley cat and fell in love with a [[RichBitch wealthy, but snooty female Meowth]] who rejected his feelings since he had nothing to give her. Meowth then tried to walk on his hind legs and talk like a human to make himself more unique. Unfortunately, this backfired since the rich Meowth then saw him as a freak.
*** How can people forget Jessie? Her mother was a member of Team Rocket in order to pay for Jessie's education, so she left home when Jessie was 5, in order to search for Mew in the Andes under Madame Boss's commands (Team Rocket's then leader). She never came back. Jessie lost her mother and had to live in a foster home without money at all, where she usually had to eat snow to survive.
** [[BreakTheCutie Dawn]], especially when on a losing streak.
** Ash after his full battle with Paul. In a case of irony, the only one that was able to cheer him up was Dawn, who went through something very similar as stated above.
** How in the name of Ho-Oh's saggy ol' foot has Mewtwo not been mentioned? To recap: the guy had all his childhood playmates die and his memories of them wiped ''before he was even born''; when he awakens, he learns he's a clone of Mew created solely for experimental purposes; after he blows up the lab because of this, he gets taken in by Giovanni, the leader of ''freaking Team Rocket'' who sees him as only a tool; upon finding this out, Mewtwo blows up the gym and returns to his island of birth, deciding to (rather understandably) kill all humans. Mewtwo was ''the'' original woobie.
** Larvitar, from near the end of the Johto saga. [[WhamEpisode "Address Unown"]] reveals the full story [[spoiler: of how, as an egg, he was stolen by a greedy Pokemon poacher (using, from his perspective, a ''terrifying'' machine to take his egg), and he could only watch as his mother was injured trying to save him. Expounded by all this being shown in his mind to Ash and Co., complete with sounding like a terrified little boy. When he hatches, he's so terrified of humans it takes a courageous deed to get Ash to trust him, and a heartwrenching IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight to trust other humans, including Misty and Brock.]] Thank goodness he gets to [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn his happy ending]].
-->'''Larvitar''' : "Scared... so scared... [[TearJerker Mommy... mommy... MOMMY!]]
** Misty having to put up with Ash's inexperience in the first season led to her bike getting destroyed and having to constantly tutor him. Being the youngest of 4 sisters gave her a bit of an inferiority complex even though she's a more competent Pokemon Trainer than they are, especially as time progresses. Said sisters also pawn off gym responsibilites to her so they can take a world trip. Being forced to take care of a Psyduck that's not exactly smart and can't even swim appears to have caused her some slight SanitySlippage moments. Not to mention having to keep Brock in check everytime he falls in love with a pretty girl. Also having to separate from a baby Pokemon you cared for as if it were her own child because said Pokemon has evolved/grown up and needs to stay in a foreign country/alternate dimension to look after other babies of its species which also works as a tear jerker.
** Max regularly filled the Woobie role. Notable examples include saving and then leaving Ralts, seeing Ash defeat his father, and finding out May was going to Johto without him.
* Emerald from ''Anime/PokemonSpecial''. His parents died and his relatives might as well be playing hot potato with him, each of them trying to dump him somewhere else. Because he's a midget, he couldn't do much of anything on his own and was picked on for it. As soon as some nice Pokemon try to help him out, said bullies mock him that he can't do anything without his 'tools'. He then resolves to do everything he can by himself, further alienating himself. If he had never seen Crystal and her selfless attitude, who knows what could've happened to him?
** Also Blue and Silver for being kidnapped as children by a self-centered monster and only getting better because they escaped from him years later.
** Most of the legendary pokemon for being {{living macguffin}}s, enslaved by various baddies, etc
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' characters have plenty of woobie characters - the DefrostingIceQueen Karen from ''Anime/YesPrecure5'', the HeelFaceTurn Cures Setsuna of ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' and Ellen of ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'', InnocentFlowerGirl Tsubomi and BrokenBird Yuri of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrecure'', and especially CowardlyLion [[Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure Hime.]]
* Misao, Rumiya and Sasami from ''Anime/PrettySammy''.
** Sasami even more in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. Imagine going 700+ years thinking that [[spoiler:you're not the real thing, that the real Sasami died when she was four and that all you are now is just a vessel for a powerful goddess and, if the others found out about it, they might turn against you and shun you.]] It's no wonder she was such a StepfordSmiler there.
* The main cast of ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' has elements of this. Fakir might be the most tragic example, considering he's fated to die unable to protect Mytho, not to mention the fact that [[spoiler:his powers lead to the accidental death of his parents, and the girl he loves is really a duck--and unable to return to her girl form at the end of the series]]. Rue has a dark, sad backstory as well but she's often not as popular with fans--sometimes because they thing she needs to get over it, and sometimes because [[spoiler:[[DieForOurShip she got Mytho instead of Ahiru]].]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica.'' Whilst we could just go blanket and say "everyone," special mention goes to [[spoiler: Sayaka]]. Starts off with the best intentions, apparently succeeds... falls ''hard''. With [[spoiler: Kyouko]], this has already happened, though she recovered. [[spoiler: Sayaka? '''[[DespairEventHorizon Not]] [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie so]] [[MercyKill much]].''']] Other examples:
** Mami. {{Badass}} mentor figure, has been completely alone [[spoiler:since her parents died in the same accident that forced her to make a contract to save her life]], and is doomed to fight and die unloved and unremembered. [[spoiler: Which she does.]]
*** If anything, the 3rd Drama CD ups Mami's woobiedom value. [[spoiler:She used to be Kyouko's friend as a [[LovelyAngels duo of Magical Girls fighting Witches]], the only friend Mami could ever have. Then... Kyouko's tragedy changed her to a cynical girl and decided to break up. Mami's attempt to make her stay was met with an ass-kicking to her, and she could only cry seeing that the only person she could get along with left her to be all alone again...]]
*** The PSP game ups this. [[spoiler:So she survived the battle with Charlotte? Nice... but then Madoka-Homura made her look like getting abandoned again and depending on the choices, she continues fighting solo and grew further miserable due to loneliness... to the point that she becomes a Witch for it. [[MemeticMutation "Lonely Mami is Lonely"]] [[FunnyAneurysmMoment doesn't sound so hilarious now...]]]]
** Kyouko. [[spoiler: Unwittingly sent her preacher father insane when she used her wish to try to get him more followers after his excommunication, to the point of [[PaterFamilicide trying to kill her and his entire family, along with himself]].]] As a result, she believes in only working for your own benefit. And she's one of the more ''well-adjusted'' characters.
** Homura. Probably the most heartbreaking of them all: [[spoiler:Her wish was to go back in time to protect Madoka. Unfortunately, because of this, she's stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop where she has to watch Madoka and her friends die (or turn into witches) over and over again, including one heartbreaking instance where she had to MercyKill Madoka herself to keep her from turning into a Witch after she drained the darkness from Homura's Soul Gem]]. Only time will tell if she'll be able to [[spoiler:save Madoka and ScrewDestiny this time]].
** Despite being an antagonist [[spoiler:that ended up killing Mami ''horribly'' during the events of the anime]], Charlotte the Witch of Desserts has virtually attained this status in the eyes of the fandom [[spoiler:after it became known that all witches that aren't ex-familiars are former magical girls manipulated by Kyubey into crossing the DespairEventHorizon; the various subsequent speculations on the reasons behind her obsession of cheese have only served to fuel this sentiment. To wit: she's often said to have been a LittlestCancerPatient (hence the hospital imagery in her barrier). Cancer patients often can't eat dairy products... And chances are that the other witches wouldn't be much (if any) less sympathetic, either.]]
*** [[spoiler:Charlotte's actual wish is later revealed in a Guidebook, and it just makes her more of a Woobie. Turns out it was Charlotte's ''mother'' who was ill and in the hospital. Charlotte wanted to share a cake with her mother before she died, so when Kyubey came to make a contract with her that is what she wished for, a piece of Cheesecake. Her mother died soon after she became a Magical Girl, and Kyubey asked why Charlotte didn't just wish to save her mom. This pushed her past the DespairEventHorizon and turned her into a Witch]].
** And finally... Madoka. Is watching all the above take place to everyone else, trying to keep everyone together and sane, but about the only option she has to ''really'' save everyone [[spoiler:involves selling her soul.]] And it's strongly implied by [[spoiler: Homura]] that this will ''actually make things worse'', since [[spoiler:all magical girls eventually turn into witches, and Madoka turning into a witch will ''end the world'']]. She does eventually find a way to end this cycle of misery, by [[spoiler:using her wish to rewrite reality so that no magical girl, in this or any other time or world, will become a witch]], though this doesn't come without a cost: [[spoiler:becoming a goddess and [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending into a higher plane of existence]]]].
* ''Anime/RahXephon'' has a few, but the one that stands out most is Hiroko Asahina. The episode that focuses on her is some kind of deluxe TearJerker supreme, with a side order of DramaticIrony.
* Depending on both versions and your own opinions, any of the main teen characters from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fit this trope. The anime versions of the majority of the cast tend to be more sympathetic- Mousse is the only one who looks better in the manga, and whether manga-Ryoga or anime-Ryoga is more sympathetic is a matter of personal opinion. For some setting-neutral examples of reasons for Woobiedom...
** Ranma: a deep psychological trauma due to TrainingFromHell in [[HarmfulToMinors early childhood]] that makes him [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes afraid of a common pet]], [[AbusiveParents abusive parental figures]] (not only his mother and father, but both potential fathers-in-law, the grandmaster of his style, and his potential great-grandmother-in-law), a [[UnwantedHarem quartet]] of {{Clingy Jealous Girl}}s who are perfectly fine with manipulating, deceiving and pounding him despite their proclaimed intent to marry him, a [[GenderBender curse]] that earns the lecherous intentions of anyone who isn't aware of his true nature (and one opponent who knows and can't care less), and absolutely no friends whatsoever beyond his rivals and his fiancees.
** Ryoga: [[NoSenseofDirection he literally can't go to the bathroom without getting lost]], [[BalefulPolymorph he turns into a small and delicious-looking pig]], the girl he loves is not only [[LoveTriangle engaged to his worst enemy]] but [[ObliviousToLove completely unaware of his feelings]], said girl would also likely tear him apart if she discovers he's been masquerading as her pet, he has almost no friends except for the aforementioned girl and [[FriendlyEnemy enemy]], and one of his most powerful attacks is fueled by ''how unbelievably depressed he is'' about all of the above. The only true bright spot in the miserable darkness that is his life is a quasi-RelationshipSue who not only ''adores'' his piglet form ('cause she raises pigs in her farm), she tried to make herself ''hate pigs'' when she realized he hated his curse.
*** The reason why some argue that anime!Ryoga may be more sympathetic than manga!Ryoga? In the manga, Ryoga at least ''gets'' the aforementioned girl. In the anime, the character who Akari Unryu (the girl in question) was [[{{expy}} inspired by]] showed up in a {{filler}} episode... and Ryoga left her. He admitted to himself that she loved him and he loved her back, he commented that he had never felt so happy or at peace as he did while he was on her farm, he noted that he might not ever find the place or be so happy again if he left... and he ''still'' couldn't seperate himself enough from his quest to defeat Ranma Saotome or get Akane Tendo's heart to accept this relief.
** Akane: she's engaged against her will to a [[NoSocialSkills socially-unskilled jock]] who threatens her feminity both with [[CompassionateCritic derogatory comments]] and a curse that lets him [[GenderBender change genders]] so he can literally be more of a girl than she is, [[OvershadowedByAwesome she's gone from the most powerful and respected martial artist in her hometown]] [[CantCatchUp to a second-string joke]], her mother is dead, her father is a wimp, she's a total disaster at acting feminine, her fiancee has a trio of other girls after him who are all "sexier" and better at being "womanly" than she is, and she has no proof whether or not the fiancee she has come to be attracted to returns her feelings in any way.
** Ukyo: her childhood crush and fiancee abandoned her after their engagement was decided, after a decade spent [[WholesomeCrossdresser pretending]] to be a [[{{Bifauxnen}} guy]] she discovers that her target A: wasn't truly responsible, B: didn't even know about the engagement, and C: wasn't even aware of her gender.
** Mousse: the girl he loves and has loved since childhood has never once shown even the slightest sympathy towards his efforts at wooing her, no matter what [[StalkerWithACrush extent]] he goes to.
*** In the manga she did give him a pity date, but he ruined it by [[WhatAnIdiot bringing her to a gore filled horror flick on a date]].
** Shampoo: she is constantly pursued by an obnoxious childhood friend who refuses to accept her blatant dislike for his efforts at wooing her, she never even got the chance to enjoy becoming the winner of the tournament before being disgraced, she has been effectively exiled from her homeland until she manages to get her fiance to accept their engagement, she has no friends beyond said aforementioned reluctant fiance and annoying would-be suitor.
*** All of these characters may actually be more accurately described as {{Jerkass Woobie}}s, given that they are, at the same time, both pitable and [[ComedicSociopathy deranged]] in a way that could make them all [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist monsters in the real world]].
**** Ryoga is the closest thing to being pure hearted of them and even he has his jerkass moments -- such as his [[NeverLiveItDown notorious]] attempt at trying to murder Ranma after accidentally making him/her fall in love with him (long story).
* Although with the possible exception of when he has a very short breakdown in the final battle, Lucia from ''Manga/RaveMaster'' is mostly just a homicidal maniac... but in any flashback remotly related to him you want nothing more than to rescue him from the universe that exists to screw him over. Admit it, even if he's racked up a high enough death count to rival Hitler, you still have to be upset that the government forced him to witness a masacre that included his mothers murder then threw him in a high security prison 66 floors underground for no other reason than being the wrong guy's son WHEN HE WAS 5!
** Musica witnessed a massacre too, of everyone he was related to rather than a large group of random people, but Lucia was clearly much more traumatized by his past.
*** Well, to be fair, Musica was found and taken in by a FatherFigure who raised him while Lucia was, as mentioned above, thrown into a dark, high security prison cell 66 floors underground apparently butt naked and left there until he escaped simply because he just happened to be King's son.
*** Of course, Lucia wasn't completely alone the whole time. The only company he had during the decade in jail was one of the most powerful [[ArtifactOfDoom Dark Brings]] in the world, a piece of the Mother Dark Bring Sinclair. The way he speaks to the (non-sentient) ArtifactOfDoom, it really seems like he thinks of it as a surrogate mother figure. He (and the world) probably would have been better off alone.
* [[AnIcePerson Mizore Shirayuki]] of ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' gets forced into an ArrangedMarriage, is the victim of AttemptedRape ''twice'', had her first (human) love reject her out of fear that she'd ''eat him'' when he found out she was a [[CuteMonsterGirl snow girl]], and is hopelessly in love with Tsukune with pretty much no chance of it being requited. Oh yeah, she's got plenty of this.
* Oscar, Andre and Rosalie in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', though several others in the main cast and a few secondaries/bit characters fit this as well.
* Suiseiseki from ''manga/RozenMaiden''. The fact that she loves her sisters too much to fight them for the title of Alice makes you feel sad for her when her sisters start dying right in front of her very eyes in the second season.
** Most of the dolls hit on this at some point or another. With the exception of Barashitou/Krakashitou, who doesn't want to give one of these poor girls a hug after learning about how [[spoiler:they were designed to fight each other to the death]].
** And even Kirakishou hits this in the manga, of a far a [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds far more lethal variety]]. The main reason she is considered evil is because she has been left alone inside the N-field since her creation, and by that has spend hundreds of years alone in isolation, making it hard not to feel sad for her when you consider that she has had nobody to love and in turn love back. This is part of her motivation for attacking the other sisters, out of a deranged view of wanting to be together with them, and with her dying words are "hold me more" while crying, it really casts some doubt on whether or not she truly is evil, but just very, very insane.
* All of the main and supporting cast of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' make you want to alternately hug them or [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan hit them until they get over themselves]]. Young Kenshin, [[StepfordSmiler Soujirou]], and Enishi elicit the biggest Woobie reactions.
** Tomoe, Kaoru, Megumi, Tsubame and Fuji. ''Specially'' Fuji.
* Several ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' characters, to varying degrees.
** Usagi applies at several times - she's been to Hell and back since becoming a sailor soldier (literally, she's died several times).
** Makoto lost her parents in a plane crash, no one wants to approach her because she has a manly physique. Her preclusion to beat up people causes others to be afraid of her, and she apparently has had her heart broken once (twice in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]). Plus, as Sailor Jupiter, despite being the physically strongest scout, she is often the first to be knocked out.
** Hotaru completely blows the rest of them out of the water though. Lost her mother when she was young, was mortally injured by her father's mad science, became the host of the third season's BigBad, was ostracized by her peers for her healing powers and because the BigBad occasionally made her hurt her friends against her will, became an IllGirl because of the BigBad's corruption of her body, was marked for death by [[WellIntentionedExtremist Uranus and Neptune]], was forced to ''eat her best friend's soul'' by her SuperpoweredEvilSide, nearly destroyed the world, then died to save it and only gets brought back as an infant. And this is only in the third season. Subsequent seasons are much better about Hotaru's treatment, but only because [[PutOnABus she hardly ever shows up at all.]] When she does come back, she gets about two scenes in [=StarS=] before getting stabbed in the back ''[[WhatTheHellHero by her own adoptive parents]]'' as part of a poorly thought-out BatmanGambit that failed anyway. And the kid still wants nothing but friendship...
** Sailor Pluto. Installed at the Time Gate by her father Chronos at a very young age, she's got a large but unknown number of years of loneliness under her belt. When the other scouts realized that she has to stay there watching life go by, it makes them cry. Sailor Moon is just Usagi with a costume on, but Sailor Pluto doesn't know how to just be Setsuna and has to make up a civilian persona. It's no wonder she's so guarded.
** If you can get past her brattiness for a moment, Chibiusa, especially in her first season (Sailor Moon R). She's a five-year-old kid who has the responsibility of restoring the future and is being chased by a team of villains who are out to kill her. In the S season, she returns for training, but longs to be able to return home because she feels like she doesn't belong. And of course, there's the episode where a possessed Hotaru (who became her best friend) steals her heart crystal ''while she's still awake and breathing''.
* ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'':
** Rei, due to his many personal problems the story reveals through its narrative. He struggles integrating into society, has issues with his foster siblings, and has conflicting feelings toward the very game he became a professional player in.
** Starting from Volume 4, [[spoiler: Hina becomes one as she starts falling victim to relentless bullying]].
* Maria in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', quite deliberately. Played for laughs because she has a distinct mischievous side that only comes out when nobody is paying attention, for example pressing her foot on another girls weight scale to increase her apparent weight.
** Kobushi Abiru (initially) subverts this trope and (lately) plays it straight.
* Pasifica from ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'', not only does most of the world want her dead because she may be the ApocalypseMaiden. But she herself is not sure whether or not she should live and a couple of points asks her own brother to kill her because she feels so guilty about the people who died because of her
* Minazuki Sanae in ''Sweet Ninja Girl Azuki''. He's an orphan, he has no friends, there are mooks after his life and the bodyguard his grandfather hired, well, she might be even worse than all the above combined! Let's put it like this: he has a near-death experience every single chapter.
* Kotonoha Katsura is more-or-less deemed as the only ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' character that actually deserves a bit of pity, despite the IdiotPlot and all. [[spoiler:She was cheated on by her "boyfriend" and their "Cyrano", bullied by a semi-Libby and her GirlPosse, raped by a StalkerWithACrush, coldly dumped by the "boyfriend" the day after that... [[BewareTheNiceOnes and that causes her to go on a killing spree]]. What else do you want?]]
** And Sekai had it almost as bad. Whichever one you like better will probably be the Woobie for you.
* Lain of ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'', who decides that the thing most wrong with the world is that [[spoiler:she was ever born/created in the first place]].
** She qualifies for {{Woobie}}dom primarily when she starts to have to confront different aspects of her fracturing identity. And then when [[spoiler: she has to admit to herself that [[AGodAmI she is in fact a Goddess/Avatar]], she is [[LonelyAtTheTop so alone in a world that no longer even knows she exists]].]]
* Sylphiel in ''LightNovel/TheSlayers''. When we first meet her, it's clear she's infatuated with Gourry, whose density can outmatch lead and thus doesn't notice it at all. She's also a [[ProperLady delicate, shy young woman who seems incapable of raising her voice]], in stark contrast to Lina. By the end of the series, her hometown has been wiped off the map ''unintentionally'' by the BigBad, and her beloved father killed. She reappears in ''Slayers NEXT'' when the group returns to her hometown of Sairagg, which has been rebuilt and repopulated by the imprisoned souls of its dead population via the new BigBad's power. She ''does'' get a brief reunion with her father, before the entire town is, again, killed off (or returned to being dead, whichever). Furthermore, [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend any hopes of a romance with Gourry]] are smashed by his last second realization of love for Lina.
** There's also a bit of this attached to Amelia, though in a far more disturbing, StuffedIntoTheFridge sort of way; due to the fact that she's energetic, optimistic, cute, chaste, and all around endearing, the production staff use her quite a bit in order to convince us that [[KickTheDog the villains are indeed villainous]]. A particularly chilling example is The Hellmaster ripping out her soul while she writhes in pain in her friend's arms. Rather than just [[{{Squick}} be revolting]], however, it makes you want to [[{{Moe}} leap to her defense and give her a big protective hug]], or that's the intention anyway. When this is done twice in three episodes, it feels a little forced.
** Zelgadiss. Apart from his curse angst, social troubles, self confidence seesaw etc., he also suffers from the Worf effect -- if Zelgadiss starts BLEEDING you know you're in deep trouble.
* Tails gets a few of these moments during ''Anime/SonicX'', not least when he spends roughly [[TenMinuteRetirement twenty minutes or so]] angsting about letting Sonic and Knuckles get hurt during a pretty awful attack.
** While the ''Sonic X'' ball is in play, Cosmo has to be the most woobified Sonic character to ever exist in any medium, having gone through so much (death of her entire family and destruction of her home leaving her the last remaining member of her species, spending months trying to deal with the ever complex bonds of DefeatMeansFriendship in the Sonic crew, plus the fact that [[spoiler:she later discovers she's been used as a spy for the Metarex all along and the only solution is to either kick Metarex butt -a nigh impossible task- or destroy her vision and hearing]]) it's no wonder she has so many tearing up scenes.
** [[spoiler:And then, as if things couldn't possibly get any worse, Tails, who had developed an immense crush on Cosmo, is forced to [[ShootTheDog kill her]] in order to save the world. The scene in which he struggles to pull the trigger is an infamous TearJerker]].
* Crona from ''Manga/SoulEater'' is practically the living definition of this trope. Has a horrific backstory (it starts with having [[AmbiguousGender his/her]] {{Jerkass}} EquippableAlly implanted in his/her body and [[TrainingFromHell goes on]] [[MaximumFunChamber from there]]) and is a painfully shy, perpetually bewildered bundle of nerves. The entire fandom seems to be united in the desire to give him/her a hug and/or beat the tar out of [[AbusiveParents Medusa]]. Not to mention half way through the anime series (and early in the manga) when s/he had [[spoiler: befriended the main cast, Medusa re-appeared and brought back all the abuse with the added "bonus" of making hir betray hir new friends]]. Poor Chrona. It now looks as though Medusa is planning to [[spoiler: send Crona against Shibusen ''again'' (she still wants Maka dead, likely amongst other things) and if Ragnarok's appearance is anything to go by, they're back taking human souls.]]
** Eruka Frog could also be one, considering that she is working for Medusa ONLY because of snakes inside her body, and more later on [[spoiler: she gets captured by shibusen, and an explosive collar put on her neck to enfore her help. One is worried what will happen considering Medusa can see everything Eruka sees, and [[DeadManWalking Medusa could kill her to ruin Shibusen's plans]].]]
* Kagura Tennouzou from ''Anime/SpeedGrapher''. In her introductory episode we learn that Kagura's mother Shinsen, the wealthiest woman in the city, starves her own daughter out of jealousy. And that's just the start...
** And the villians have this as well. Yeah, even Shinsen, [[spoiler: whose husband left her while she was pregnant: the real reason she was starving poor Kagura.]] Not to mention the BigBad himself, Suitengu, who lost his family, and Tsujido who was horribly treated by a bunch of rich puncks.
* Holo from ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'' is this, to such a degree that it very much defines the plot. In public, she acts either calm and composed or [[{{moe}} cutely innocent]], depending on the situation, but because she's {{really 700 years old}}, she has a fair amount of angst and loneliness, and she was heartbroken when the village she had been caring for no longer needed or desired her. She's become very attached to Lawrence, who they both know [[{{Mayfly December Romance}} she will outlive by far]]. Then she finds out that [[spoiler:her homeland might not exist anymore]], completing her woobie transformation.
* Mikuru Asahina in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. Think about it: She gets uprooted from her friends, family and timeline, is thrown into a culture alien to her without any of the technology she's used to in the future, where she is constantly manipulated, kept out of the loop and emotionally abused by none other than [[spoiler: her future self.]] Add to this the fact that before being sent back in time, she underwent mental conditioning preventing her from ever revealing anything details of her old life to any of her new friends, no matter how much she might want to. And all of this abuse came from the people she's supposed to be saving.
** Not to mention she cant form any romantic relationships with anyone from the present timeline and any friendships she makes will be short-lived as she will eventually have to go back to the future. Her adult self pretty much states that she doesnt see the SOS Brigade for years.
** Another ''big'' woobie is [[spoiler:Yuki Nagato]]. Starting at and especially in ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'' (both the novel and movie.)
* ''Manga/TenjouTenge'': Masataka Takayanagi is a pretty nice guy who has a crush on Aya Natsume, and is a fellow member of the very small Juken Club, making them fairly tight-knit teammates. Aya has a crush on Souichiro Nagi, the [[BloodKnight street punk protagonist]]. Souichiro treats Aya as an annoyance. Very early on, Souichiro picks a fight with Masataka, with Aya soon showing up to watch. Masataka, being a fairly well trained and experienced super-powered martial artist, easily knocks Souichiro around, and the latter is soon incapacitated. Aya cuts in angrily and tells Souichiro to get up, declaring that its not befitting of her lover to lose to such a subpar martial artist. This causes Masataka to go berserk and give Souichiro a brutal beatdown. Cue woobie status and popularity for Masataka, and a part of the early foundations for the Soichiro and Aya {{Hatedom}}s.
* Any sympathetic character in ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}'', but the main character Ichise may be the worst though.
* Barnaby from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny.'' At first he comes across as a [[StoicWoobie cold,]] [[JerkassWoobie selfish and arrogant young man]], but we later learn about the DarkAndTroubledPast which he has spent ''twenty years'' trying to deal with. By episode 13 things are starting to look up for him and he becomes genuinely happy and contented...but then everything falls apart again.
** Ivan counts as well, once we find out what he's like [[BeneathTheMask behind his flashy costume]]. And Kotetsu in later episodes, especially once his [[spoiler:powers begin to fail him.]]
* Kotone Himekawa from ''VisualNovel/ToHeart'' was introduced with a pretty sad backstory: her parents are never around, she's got PsychicPowers that cause people to avoid her, since getting close to her supposedly gives you bad luck because she can [[SpiderSense foresee]] any unfortunate events that would occur to anyone close to her.
* Jonah Matsuka in ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'' ''never'' catches a break. You know it's bad when the only truly happy moment the poor guy has in the entire series is when he's [[spoiler:half-dismembered and dying]] because at least now he knows that [[AntiVillain Keith]] feels sorry for him.
* Vash the Stampede from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''. Aside from being officially classified as a natural disaster, his name is generally feared and he's hunted for the unprecedented bounty on his head throughout much of the series. A good day for him is one on which he doesn't get shot at. And that's before we start to learn his backstory.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' has several as well:
** Battler, what with that whole "FateWorseThanDeath" issue, has a very sucky lot even compared to the characters who die all the time.
** Maria; with [[AbusiveParents a household like that]], is it any wonder she's [[CreepyChild disturbingly obsessed with magic and witches]]? [[spoiler:Of course, Maria loses a lot of Woobie-credit in [[SelfMadeOrphan the fourth arc...]] and it's regained in one line: But Sakutaro won't be fixed, right? Because Mama, who created Sakutaro, won't accept him. Mama also created me and won't recognise me. So the broken Maria won't be fixed either.".]]
** And, of course, Ange. She had her entire family killed, was physically and verbally abused by her aunt, and was bullied to the point of absolute misery by girls at her school, and then [[spoiler: got turned into hamburger, AKA being torn apart by red hot pliers. And then, in the human world, probably was shot by her bodyguard, the person she currently trusts most. And then Bernkastel brings her back only to reveal that the "truth" that Ange's parents were the culprits, and her mom hated her, and it was Eva who really loved her. And then she gets turned into hamburger. ''Again.'']]
** Natsuhi, whose misery is so complete that the song discolor is pretty much the "Natsuhi's life is falling to pieces" theme song.
* Zero Kiryu from ''Manga/VampireKnight'' gets the razor sharp end of a burning stick so many times that the author must seriously get huge amounts of glee from torturing him. He's one of those rare characters that has justified angst. Nearly his whole family was brutally murdered before his eyes, creating a deep resentment towards vampires within him. Then that attacker ''bit'' him, [[AFateWorseThanDeath dooming him to eventually become that which he hated most]]. He then spends the next years of his life slowly warming up to Yuki, the female protagonist, who he has an [[AllLoveIsUnrequited unrequited love]] for. Of course, that's not bad enough, so there'll naturally be TheReveal where his [[spoiler:twin brother]] survived that attack, but then willingly ''joined'' the murderer of their family out of jealousy of [[spoiler:his brother]]. Oh, and Zero's also descending into madness because of his bite, so in spite of his wishes, he [[spoiler:has to drink the blood of his murderer and Kaname, whom he also hates, to save himself]]. He then finds out Kaname is planning to manipulate him to free himself, and is only keeping him alive because of this and his friendship towards Yuki, basically [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown making the guy feel even more crappy about himself]]. He's then imprisoned by the hunter organization for simply being a vampire, despite his service to them. His aforementioned [[spoiler:brother]] then goes to him and essentially ''kills himself'' in front of him (that's ''all'' his family dying in front of him now), and ''shoots him'' so that Zero will have to ''eat his flesh''. Then he finds out the only person he's ever come to care for is a [[spoiler:vampire]] too.
* [[Manga/VinlandSaga Thorfinn]] you poor, pathetic bastard. Watching your dad get murdered, having everyone who is ever kind to you butchered, losing your worst enemy/surrogate father figure, the kid just can't catch a break.
* ''Anime/VoicesOfADistantStar'': Mikako in spades - she's a 15 year old girl drafted into a war against a mysterious alien invader. Her only contact with her boyfriend Noboru is via text message on a cell phone. As she gets further away from Earth, the messages take longer to reach him. The crowning TearJerker moment comes on Agartha when, lonely and heartbroken, she falls apart sobbing, eight whole light years away from home.
** Noboru has his moments, too, though he's more of a StoicWoobie. "It's just that... I will become someone who only waits for Mikako's mail."
* Shuuichi Nitori and Yoshino Takatsuki are the male and female protagonists of ''Manga/WanderingSon'' who [[{{Transsexual}} wish they were the female and male protagonists]] of ''WanderingSon''. Shuuichi moreso because, while both are sympathetic, Shuu is frequently hit harder by the DoubleStandard of a [[WholesomeCrossdresser wholesome crossdressing]] boy being a deviant versus a [[WholesomeCrossdresser wholesome crossdressing]] girl being a {{Tomboy}}.
* Satou from ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' is a bit of a Woobie. He is a good person deep down. He is just not sure what to do with his life for most of the series.
** You think he has it bad, Misaki has it worse, '''''FAR WORSE!!'''''
* Aoshika Akiko from ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest''. DEAR. LORD. [[CooldownHug This woman needs a hug]]. BADLY. From her preteen years, her life sucked, having been the victim of sexual assault [[SoBeautifulItsACurse because of her body.]] She married early because she was convinced that [[DefiledForever no other man would want her,]] but the marriage broke apart. She's now an under-appreciated middle school teacher, but she still cares about her students, especially Inugami. However, since Inugami is a DoomMagnet, things do not get any better for Aoshika. What do we mean by that? Well, [[spoiler: Inugami has a attracted the attention of [[FoeYay class sociopath Haguro,]] who [[AttentionWhore tries to get Inugami's attention]] to no end and gets [[{{Yandere}} insanely jealous whenever he doesn't.]] After doing some truly horrific things to his right hand man for ''just chatting with Inugami,'' Haguro plans his final [[DisproportionateRetribution revenge]] against Inugami by having Aoshika kidnapped, molested, and then rapes her and makes Inugami watch the video of it. BUT IT DOESN'T STOP THERE because after raping Aoshika himself, he gets his Yakuza goons to '''''gang rape her for several hellish hours.''''' '''BUT IT STILL DOESN'T STOP THERE''' because while they're raping her, Haguro injects Aoshika with a drug that made her loopy to the point where it made her enjoy being gangraped in EVERY WAY POSSIBLE. AND he video taped it. AND he made Inugami watch the act happen live. AND he released the video on the internet to insure that Aoshika's life was over.]] We told you that she needs a serious hugging marathon.
* Toboe in ''Anime/WolfsRain'' gets bullied a lot by the other wolves, particularly Tsume. This is partly because [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Tsume's just that way]], but also because as the smallest and youngest, Toboe is the pack omega (which means he also acts realistically as peacemaker between Tsume and Kiba). Before joining Kiba's pack he befriended a young human but accidentally killed her pet bird, then dropped his human disguise, causing her to regard him as an evil monster. It is later revealed that before ''that'' he was owned by an old woman, until [[spoiler:he accidentally killed her]]. In spite of all this Toboe never becomes bitter or cynical, and has his own CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[spoiler:when he manages to fight and kill a huge walrus that had defeated the other wolves]] (or three crowning moments, if you also count both of his attempts to save the life of Quent, the ''wolf hunter'', [[spoiler:the second of which failed and cost both of them their lives]]).
* ''Manga/YamiNoMatsuei;; has enough backstory, subtext, and unnecessarily cruel plot twists to make everyone some variety of woobie, but the winners are-
** Hisoka Kurosaki - Locked away by his parents for his telepathic powers [[spoiler: and partially to make sure he won't be prey of a demon tormenting them]]; at 13 witnessed a murder, and the murderer decided to get him to keep quiet by raping him and cursing him to die a horrible death; said curse manifested itself as an incurable (and probably very painful) illness for the next three years, died and came back as a shinigami, got kidnapped by aformentioned murderer/rapist/sorcerer to use as blackmail, fell in love with a girl and had to shoot her, and had to stop his HeterosexualLifePartner from commiting suicide a few times. All whilst having a massive inferiority complex and being (at most) 16 years old.
** Princess Tsubaki - Was a LonelyRichKid with a [[IllGirl heart problem]], which was bad enough. She made friends with an InnocentFlowerGirl called Eileen, who disapeared under mysterious circumstances, and fell in love with her doctor. She then finds out that said doctor murdered Eileen and transplanted her heart into Tsubaki, and starts to hallucinate that Eileen's ghost is possessing her, which her doctor is subtly [[MindRape mind-raping her into believing.]] And she still loves him, while being aware of how horrible he is. It's almost a relief when she pulls an ICannotSelfTerminate and gets Hisoka to kill her.
** Even compared to those two, Tsuzuki takes the cake. Ostracized from everyone as a child because of his PurpleEyes (believed to be a sign of the devil), he lived practically comatose in a hospital for 6 years before finally killing himself... only to get resurrected and gain a StalkerWithACrush who constantly tries to kill/rape him. He also keeps accidentally killing people, and feels [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone absolutley awful]] about it, the guilt leading him to try commiting suicide again, only to fail repeatedly as he is now effecivley immortal. It doesn't help that he's this cute, hyperactive, slightly tragic, adorkable little thing that needs cuddles.
*** The little girl Kazusa in the Demons trill arc she is an orphan but not only that her [[spoiler:own father sold her life to the devil in order to become a famous violinist so Tsuzuki, Hisoka and Hijiri go to great lengths to stop this she ends up dying after saving Hijiri from a falling pillar]]
* Sho Marufuji of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''; being nearly ''killed'' by your AloofBigBrother after challenging him for a chance to redeem him and magically forced to hate your BigBrotherMentor will do that to a guy.
** Fubuki Tenjoin should also qualify for Woobie status, having been [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by an EldritchAbomination that was originally summoned [[spoiler:by his [[HoYay best friend]] who he can't remember]], returned to find that he's been gone for two years and... this is only what happens before the series actually starts. Somehow, after all of that, he's still one of the more well-adjusted characters in the entire series.
*** Never mind that. I can't have been the only one who got huge [[{{Woobie}} Woobie]] vibes from [[Anime/YuGiOh Bakura Ryou.]] [[{{Bishonen}} A sweet-tempered, kind, pacifistic, brave teenager]] who's been 'enslaved by an evil spirit' since he was eight years old? [[EstrogenBrigade No wonder he has such a huge following!]]
*** Mokuba, who has had his soul stolen, been possessed and manipulated by a virtual version of his dead adopted brother, and (in the original series) watched his brother's steady descent into total lunacy (not to mention deal with his egotistical attitude all the way throughout the series)?
**** Mokuba should get special mention for all the crap he has to go through ''simply because he is Kaiba's brother!'' His kidnappings include: being chained in a dungeon, having his soul stolen, ''being dangled from a helicopter'', being mind-raped and briefly possessed by Noa, and being pummeled by an evil version of one of his friends to lure Kaiba into a duel. With the exception of Duelist Kingdom (where Pegasus was after the key to Kaiba Corp that Mokuba hid, at first anyway) each one of his increasingly terrifying kidnappings was for the sake of manipulating Kaiba (and in Noa's case, just tormenting him). Also in the manga, his brother, at the height of his lunacy, subjects him to the "Experience of Death" penalty game known to cause heart attacks and insanity (though Yugi quickly saves him), and afterwards he is left to take care of his comatose brother and the company by himself (setting up the Duelist Kingdom kidnapping). You really have to wonder how the [[CheerfulChild kid]] stays so [[AngstWhatAngst upbeat]]...
*** Though he's a self centered asshole with MisaimedFandom, it's hard not to feel for Kaiba with his backstory (which explains a lot about why he is the way he is, though it doesn't excuse it) and his devotion to his little brother. He did get put through a lot of abuse and he forced himself through it mostly for his brother--not to mention the many, many times Mokuba is kidnapped he gets all super desperate and self-sacrificing (not desperate enough to accept any help ever, but that's Kaiba for you). Plus, he opened a park that lets underprivelaged kids in free. Awww.
*** Then, he should go into either StoicWoobie or JerkAssWoobie.
** For that matter, why has nobody mentioned YUGI? Who's had his soul stolen, his friends and family messed with, the skin probably all but burned off his hands, had his life threatened more times than can be counted all for the sake of [[SeriousBusiness a children's card game]], been used as a punching bag by ''everyone in Japan''...
*** ...been betrayed by his [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friend]], been tied up and forced to watch his soul deteriorate, watched his crush [[LoveTriangle fall in love with his alter-ego]], technically died once or twice... Yes, yes. Also, he [[http://www.kokorononaka.net/Image/Yuugi/Yuugi-ep03-78-Jounouchikunnobakas.jpg looks like this.]]
*** Both Shizuka Kawai/Serenity Wheeler and Katsuya Jonouchi/Joey Wheeler. Separated from a young age by their parents' divorce. Shizuka/Serenity, as of the beginning of the Duel Monsters storyline starts to go blind, and is the focal point of her big brother's struggle as a novice in the game in the Duelist Kingdom tournament who hopes to win the cash prize in order to pay for the operation to treat her condition. Jou/Joey, since his estrangement from his sister, has been living alone with his drunken gambler of a father whose debts he has to pay off with multiple after-school jobs (he is a noted exception to his school's rule against this) and appearances on game shows, not to mention his aforementioned predicament during the early part of the Duel Monsters franchise. While he improves and makes some impressive feats in the game, he nonetheless ends up as Kaiba's personal ChewToy and suffers a few near-fatal losses, most notably when he tries to save Mai. And let's not even get into the [=KaibaCorp=] Grand Prix arc, where he becomes the butt of a joke based upon a card in Yugi's deck (Which even ''his friends'' laugh about). [[ButtMonkey Poor guy]] [[OvershadowedByAwesome can't catch a break]] [[HardWorkHardlyWorks for trying]].
*** Mai Kujaku/Valentine is one as well, from her [[BrokenBird lonely childhood]], to the [[MindRape penalty game Yami Malik inflicts on her]], which in the anime is followed by [[HeroicBSOD post-traumatic stress in the form of nightmares of still being under Yami Malik's clutches]], and leads to [[MoreThanMindControl Dartz goading her into]] [[DealWithTheDevil joining]] [[{{Cult}} Doma]] to conquer her fear of dying by loss of a duel, but instead [[HeelFaceMindScrew ends up pushing her to the dark side]], and [[{{Irony}} is in danger of what she feared the most, and must be saved again, this time from herself]]. [[TraumaCongaLine Eep]].
*** Seriously, no mention of Ryou Bakura? He has a dead sister (and it's presumed that his mother is dead too), his father's either always away at work (anime) or just not living with him (manga), and he has one of the worst psychopaths ever to grace the series as his alter ego. He's constanty posessed and forced to do some pretty squicky stuff, all of which he can't remember doing, but damn he know's it's bad...and since the focus is on his evil alter ego and his villainous deeds, he's always put on the bus when he "isn't needed". His mates are perfectly fine hanging out with him, and they genuinely like him, but the rest of the time (in the anime, anyway), it's like he doesn't exist. If you think of this in terms of plot, then his friends pretty much abandon him in favour of saving the world, leaving him to deal with the SuperPoweredEvilSide on his own. No wonder it's such a popular fanfiction plot [[BreakTheCutie for him to finally snap and need professional help...]]
**** Not only that, the only friends he's ever had have been turned into figurines for his favorite game! And, according to Yami Bakura, he's been picked on relentlessly by other kids ever since he was little!
**** Not only THAT, but he's gotten picked on by his own [[SadistTeacher gym teacher!]] It's no wonder he's [[NightmareFetishist into the Occult]]!
**** According to WordOfGod, Bakura had a little sister. Note that the qualifier [[KilledOffForReal "had"]] was used in that sentence...
**** To answer the first question, yes, he has already been mentioned on this page. He's the first woobie listed from the original series, actualy. Quite the woobie indeed.
*** In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Aki's backstory makes her this.
*** Yuusei himself is a good example; [[spoiler:his parents both die in the Zero Reverse incident his father was desperate to stop from happening and tried to shut down the project, he ends up in Satellite where he learns this at some point, carries the guilt around for 17 years and feels he's responsible for his friends losing their parents and previous lives. About two years before the series starts, he loses a good friend, who went mad by trying to give himself up to Security as Kiryu, who deems him a traitor]] and another friend who stabs him in the back to get to Neo-Domino. Two years after that, he gets to Neo-Domino, only to endure physical torture, branded as a criminal for getting out of Satellite and forced to take part in the Fortune Cup for the sake of his captured Satellite friends (during said tournament, he gets thrown around like a rag doll by Aki). Then he has to face Kiryu in a life-or-death duel, where [[spoiler:he's almost killed by Kiryu's Earthbound God and left for dead]]. Because of the experience, he's left with a fear of Earthbound Gods and doubts his ability to fight on. Even when he does regain his fighting spirit, he loses two more people (including the woman who raised him from a baby) in one go because of the man [[spoiler:responsible for Zero Reverse, has to kill Kiryu]] and finally breaks down during his second duel with Rudger. [[spoiler:With that out of his system, he literally plummets to Hell when Rudger blows up the bridge they're duelling on when Yuusei wins.]] With the second half of the series, he develops a new fear of the Machine Emperors, flips out when Placido begins to destroy the city, has his childhood guilt reborn which revents him from finally achieving Clear Mind and in the form of Lucciano claiming that his 'curse' isn't yet over. The guy needs a break.
** Yubel, people. Y'know, [[spoiler:the monster who had Judai/the Supreme King proclaim his undying love for [[AmbiguousGender him/her]], only for him to abandon him/her (well, his reincarnation) to the depths of space and make him/her suffer the Light of Destruction? Yeah, it drove him/her crazy to the point that s/he thought love was pain. And then s/he came back to Earth to see that Judai had forgotten all about him/her. S/he still dished out a lot of pain. (Remember, love=pain to him/her. That means s/he still loved Judai. Aww.)]]
** Judai, too. [[spoiler:His parents are hardly ever home, and his only solace is Duel Monsters. And then his opponents start going into irreversible comas because of Yubel. He, suffering in silence but wholeheartedly believing it was for the best, sends Yubel, his favourite card, up into space so that s/he could absorb some positive energy with his newly designed Neo-Spacians. Later on, Judai starts suffering nightmares of Yubel getting tortured. They're so horrible that he had to have his memory erased of Yubel. About 8 years later, he sees Yubel again, he regains his memories back, and he despairs over how s/he actually took in the Light of Destruction which made her insane (bonus points for the fact that he already defeated the LoD last year, only for it to come back.). After the Johan vs. Yubel vs. Judai duel, Johan gets sent to the other dimension. Then, Zwinkstein finds a portal to the dimension, which Judai and co. take to save Johan. The next thing you know, most of his friends are "killed", Sho betrays Judai, and then he takes up the "evil can only be destroyed by evil" policy. He wakes up after his reign of terror only to find out that he killed Jim and Axel, along with quite a few of the residents of that universe for Super Polmeryzation. Again, traumatized enough that he can't even fuse monsters without breaking down. The last straw is when he sees that Yubel has possessed Johan.]]
***** Let's face it, a good 80% of the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' cast qualifies for Woobie status at some point or another.
* Akari from ''Manga/YuruYuri''. Starting from about the second episode on, the show goes out of its way to make sure that the poor girl is either neglected, miserable, or both. The fact that her own friends seem to ignore her at times makes things even worse.
* Mitarai Kiyoshi/Seaman from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' was bullied to the point of physical and mental torture by his classmates, [[spoiler:watched the infamous Chapter Black tape (featuring the most horrendous acts performed by humans) thanks a guy who said he was the Messiah, and then was given special powers that involved cutting himself and using his own blood to create monsters...]] Holy shit.
* Many characters from ''Manga/ZatchBell'' fit this trope. The title character has no memories of his previous experience in the mamodo world (Makai) and [[spoiler:is the son of the world's previous king and has a twin brother who hates him]]. His partner is a genius who starts the series out disliked by everyone, although he eventually becomes a popular student. There's Sherry Belmont, who has to battle against her best friend who was brainwashed by a mamodo. And of course the lovable losers that everyone likes to root for, Parco Folgore and Kanchome. [[spoiler:Even Folgore gets a tragic past in the manga where it's revealed that his parents disowned him and he used to be a ruffian before becoming a pop star.]]
** We can't forget to mention Kolulu, she was given a JekyllAndHyde personality so that she would fight in the Mamodo war, fearing her SuperpoweredEvilSide she had Zatch burn her book even though it meant she'd be separated from her human partner Shiori/Lori and the two considered themselves sisters. And if that isn't Woobie enough for ya this is how she first appeared on the show: standing in the streets in the rain all alone crying her eyes out and no one was doing anything about until Lori found her. The ending of her episode was a big TearJerker for everyone.
--> '''Kiyo''': (''with tears running down his face'') Ah man, now she's got me doing it.
** The one good thing coming from Kolulu's predicament was that it was the driving force that encouraged Zatch to become a good and kind king.
* ''Manga/ZombieLoan'' has its fair share of Woobies, but to this troper none stand out more than the golem girl. Rather simple-minded, and not much use in combat, she's considered a defective failure by her creator, Yoshizumi, and even abused onscreen/panel by him. After she shows affection for Shito while he's captured by Yoshizumi, he resolves to take her back with him and take care of her [[spoiler: ...until [[DiabolusExMachina suddenly she's shot dead by Yoshizumi's lackey]], who saw her as just another monster to get rid of.]]
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