"If it's always once upon a time in New York City, why does nightfall find you feeling so alone?"
- Queen Elinor of Brave gets turned into a bear by her daughter Merida. She becomes confused and terrified while struggling for her humanity, making it painful to watch. it gets worse when she loses her humanity and starts lashing out as a permanent bear.
- Mater of Cars apparently took the highway bypass of his town harder than anyone. In the flashback, he's a sky blue color, but by the present, he's totally rusted. While everyone stares at the empty road in the flashback, He's the first to hang his head and leaves. You just wanna hug the poor guy after seeing that.
- Alfredo Linguini from Ratatouille. Poor guy.
- In the Pixar Short, Partly Cloudly, both the cloud and stork deserve hugs. The cloud because no one wants to pick his baby animals (which include such things as alligators and porcupines), and the stork because he has to.
- ALL the main characters in Toy Story 3. The whole film is about them weighing their options about whether they want to be thrown in the trash and be compacted/killed in the garbage system, stored in the attic for God-knows-how-long until their owner's own kids play with them again (if they're lucky), OR be donated to a day-care center! All while facing the fact of how their loving owner will never see them again. And don't forget that toys DO NOT AGE. Living in a world where everyone else changes and you don't is not fair, and it just makes you wanna' keep playing with your toys and love them forever!
- It's also not hard to feel bad for the toys, such as Wheezy and Bo Peep, who had been sold or given away before the start of the film since they've experienced what the others fear most. Equally troubling is not knowing what actually became of them.
- Also, Big Baby. His previous owner abandoned him, albeit unwittingly, and then he was lied to by Lotso and forced to do the bear's dirty work.
- Come on... give a poor trash-compacting robot a hug. You could practically call the titular robot WOOB•E. He's like a pure, undiluted example of this trope. Besides, he's provided the image for the main Woobie page. Particularly interesting is how WALL•E develops into WOOB•E; in the first half of the movie, seeing him get hurt is usually funny, as he's the Butt Monkey until M-O appears. By the end of the movie, however, it's not funny at all — and suddenly it never was.
- Special mention should go to BURN-E, who suffered mishap after mishap in his own bonus-content special just trying to replace a light post on the Axiom. After experiencing a 2001-esque acid trip, getting baked in the Earth's atmosphere, and smashed into the dirt in an escape pod, he finally gets the light post turned back on... only to have it promptly smashed by the rogue door to the escape pod. Some days it just don't pay to get out of bed. Whether he's a Woobie or a Butt Monkey is often up to the viewer; it could easily go either way depending on how sorry you feel for him.
Other Animated Films
- Manolo from The Book Of Life. Imagine if you were shoved into something you had no interest in, while everyone in your family AND village spat on your true ambition. And to make it worse, you're pretty much tricked into suicide because two gods placed a bet to see whether you or your best friend/love rival would marry the girl of your dreams and the god betting against you is a Sore Loser of the highest order. At least it gets better.
- Coraline has the Other Father and Other Wybie.
- Other Wybie is mute, but very polite and friendly. The Other Mother sewed his face into a permanent grin when he frowned, and he still helps Coraline. It's implied that he was killed for this, with his awesome coat being hung on the house like a sick victory flag.
- Other Father wasn't mute, but he was a very upbeat dude and just plain sweet guy. He's steadily being punished for trying to help Coraline, is beaten up by his own piano, and is forced to fight Coraline, trying his best to hold himself back so she can run, all while shouting "I'm so sorry, I can't stop!" in a disoriented voice. Falls into a bottomless pond and drowns near the end of the film, though the drowning at least allows him a Heroic Sacrifice ending, as he throws Coraline one of the objects she has to find to win against the Other Mother as he's going under. And the Other Mother makes him slowly mutate into a pumpking-thing. Seriously!
- The ghost children could count. They were lured away from their homes, had their souls stolen by a monster and were locked up in a closet for decades, forced to live with the knowledge that if they hadn't given in to their greed, they wouldn't have been trapped.
- Po in Kung Fu Panda starts off a bit as a Butt Monkey in the first movie, but later in the movie when he shows just how insecure he is about being the Dragon Warrior, or how doubtful he is about being anything more than a noodle maker's fat panda son, you start to realize he had to go through a lot of crap for most of the movie. Sure, he gets to meet his idols, The Furious Five, but Shifu and them treat him awfully just about the entire movie. During those scenes you just want to hug him, and cheer for him as he gets up again and again even after all the hits and insults thrown at him. The sequel also has moments where you just want to hug him. First off there's how bothered he is about how he doesn't know what happened to his real parents, and the flashbacks he gets with Shen. Then comes when he finds out that Shen slaughtered all the pandas in China, and Po has to come to terms that he's probably the only Panda left in the land. But you find out at the end of the movie that his father and other pandas are still living somewhere.
- The Land Before Time: Poor, poor Littlefoot. No one should have to watch their mom die before their eyes like he did. The scene later on where he's crying in her footprint just makes it worse.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- Sally. All the things she does for someone who doesn't seem to (at first) return her feelings is heart-breaking. Add in that she's The Cassandra and has an unhappy home and she's definitely a woobie.
- Jack himself is one too. A guy who gets tired of his job might sound whiny, but not when you consider that he lives in a town where it's all about said job. Put that on top of the fact that a lot of the responsibility for Halloween is on his shoulders, and all you have to say is "That's rough, buddy". Also since Jack is Dem Bones he might be Really 700 Years Old, who knows how long he was doing the same thing every year. 10 years? 50 years? 100 years? Since Halloween was created? And he's also the biggest in-universe celebrity. That's got to be exhausting.
- 5 from 9, hands down. Especially directly after the scene where 2 gets his soul sucked out by the Fabrication Machine and 5 is reduced to a whimpering mess, pulling his legs against his chest, rocking back and forth, and coming as close to crying as a stitchpunk possibly can. Poor little guy needs a hug, really.
- Mrs Brisby from The Secret of NIMH almost certainly deserves a place here, going through all manner of hell to save her dying son. It doesn't help she's clearly terrified of everything she meets.
- Melman from Madagascar is a Woobie when he learns his girlfriend Gloria was taken by Moto Moto. That's not all, the other giraffes thought he was going to die., leading him to become gullible enough to listen to King Julien and nearly fall into the volcano. Be thankful Gloria saved his life.
- Norman in Paranorman. He's just trying to fix everything, is way over his head, and most of the town ostracizes him. Seeing him receive what is basically a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Agatha with electricity is really heart-rending.
- Emmet in The Lego Movie. He's a very friendly guy but then the fact that a lot of people he considered friends don't really care much about him or even remember who he was. No wonder he wants to be special.
- There's also Unikitty, as she watches the destruction of Cloud Cuckoo Land.