Playing With / Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds

Basic Trope: The Woobie is driven to villainy as a result of their misfortune.
  • Straight:
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob loses Alice and, despite trying to just move on with his life, becomes sufficiently twisted and embittered that if someone put him in a position to turn his grief into destruction, there's no telling what he'd do.
    • Bob has been bullied so much that he becomes a bully himself.
    • Jerkass Woobie
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Someone shoots a spitball at Bob. He becomes a super villain in response.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Any Omnicidal Maniacs have no particularly good justification; Woobies don't do anything homicidal.
  • Enforced: "We can't just have our Omnicidal Maniac destroy for the lulz!"
  • Lampshaded: "I'LL KILL EVERYONE BECAUSE SOMEONE KILLED ALICE!"
  • Invoked: Claire kills Alice to make Bob join The Dark Side.
  • Exploited: After noticing Bob's newfound angst, the Big Bad's next Monster of the Week is an Emotion Eater.
  • Defied: After Alice's death, Bob gets therapy so he won't engage in any of this type of behavior.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice was a Person of Mass Destruction killed with the support of essentially the entire world, with only Bob who looks up to her. As a result, nobody sympathizes with Bob's rebellion, and it ultimately comes across as pointless and stupid.
    • Bob has already killed the people that have actually gave him so much misery long ago, but doesn't feel satisfied. He still goes on a warpath that paved a trail of so much destruction and casualties that his backstory as a "torture soul" no longer holds any merit, sympathy and justifications for all the horrible things he's done.
  • Reconstructed: Bob has same set of powers, and now, the entire world, explicitly, has pissed him off by killing the one person who could sympathize with/restrain him. Because of Alice, though, he's gained quite a thick skin, so he's not normally easily enraged. This makes him all the more dangerous, because while he's upset, he won't be easily goaded into anything that could prevent him from doing something really, really nasty to the world.


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