Woobie / Animated Films
aka: Animated Film

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Disney Movies

  • The title character of Bambi quite infamously lost his mother to a hunter when he was a young fawn. The Interquel Bambi II charts his somewhat contentious upbringing by his father, the Great Prince, as well as his rivalry with Ronno, who bullied him and his girlfriend Faline up to their adulthood. The young prince has also survived two injuries from encounters with hunters; one where he fell off a cliff and another where he was shot at.
  • The Beast from Beauty and the Beast. At first, he's hot-tempered, nasty and really unkind, but then you start to take pity on him, especially when he starts to like Belle. This of course contrasts with Jerk Ass suitor Gaston, who is virtually impossible to have sympathy on. The Beast is even more of a woobie in the musical adaptation of the Disney film, particularly during his "woobie song" "If I Can't Love Her". Plus, being that fuzzy, he's probably not all that terrible to hug.
    • Adding to that is the fact that he willingly lets Belle leave and expects her to never come back, even though it means he'll never turn back to normal and never see the only woman he ever loved again. This is a step up from the fairy tale, when the Beast just gives Belle a three day limit.
  • Big Hero 6; Hiro Hamada. He loses his older brother - the only family member he looked up to - in a fiery explosion that happened in front of his eyes, is nearly consumed by vengeance and grief when he discovers the truth of Tadashi's death, not to mention his breakdown when Baymax pulls a Heroic Sacrifice. You'd need a personal healthcare companion too if this stuff happened to you.
  • Brother Bear:
    • You’ll definitely feel sorry for Koda when you find out that his mother was the bear that Kenai killed.
    • Rutt also falls into this category. In the first movie, he gets his antler broken after his brother Tuke "totals" a mammoth and after a brief argument, he doesn't want to be Tuke's brother anymore, but Tuke reminds Rutt of why he's there for him. In the second movie, Rutt gets his heart broken when Tuke woos both Anda and Kata, but his Woobie-ness gets Anda and Kata's attention away from Tuke.
  • Dumbo is scorned and mocked by pretty much EVERYONE and loses his mother when she tries to stick up for him.
  • Tod the fox of The Fox and the Hound is orphaned as a baby, then chased, shot at, disowned by his best friend, and left in a wildlife refuge, alone in the world.
  • Frozen:
    • Despite being cheerful and optimistic, Anna definitely qualifies as a woobie. As a child, she had to deal with her sister Elsa almost killing her by accident, and is forced to stay away from Elsa because of fear that she may harm her again. This leads to Anna singing a sad reprise of "Do You Wanna Build A Snowman." Worse, her parents end up getting killed during a storm. This may be why she was willing to marry Hans, a guy she barely knew. What's worse is that Hans was evil and ended up betraying Anna, which led to Anna questioning herself if she even knew what love was. She does get better at the end though when she performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save her sister, and The Power of Love in that sacrifice brings her back to life. Anna later gives Hans his just desserts and she and Kristoff get to do their Big Damn Kiss and become an Official Couple.
    • Elsa also qualifies as a woobie. She was born with powers she couldn't control, and had to live in fear that her powers will spiral out of control. This led to her parents having to isolate her from the outside world in fear that her powers may hurt others. Elsa grew up with low self-esteem due to this. When she gets older and her powers get exposed, she's accidentally causes a never ending winter to hit Arendalle, and she runs away in order to protect everybody. She does get better at the end though. After Anna performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save her, it is her grieving and the Power of Love that saves Anna at the end, and Elsa finally learns to love herself and control her powers. Even more so in Frozen Fever, when she has to deal with a cold, thanks to her illness interfering with her desperation to make up for Anna's isolated childhood. Best demonstrated when she struggles up the clock tower, edging increasingly into delirium, and then, when Anna saves her from falling off, apologizes for ruining her birthday again.
  • Hercules:
    • Despite having godly strength, the eponymous character of Hercules is one of these, especially when he's younger and he gets the All of the Other Reindeer treatment when he just wants to help.
    • And of course, there's Megara. Why is she a Broken Bird? Because she sold her soul to Hades to get her boyfriend back from the dead, and what does said boyfriend do? He runs off with another girl!
  • Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Although particularly woobie-ish in the Disney adaptation he is quite the Woobie in the original novel. Not including the Festival of Fools torture scene, the way that Esmeralda treats Quasimodo after he saves her life is enough to make most any reader give that poor man a hug. Film adaptations following The Hunchback of Notre Dame usually have at least one Woobie moment for Quasimodo as well.
  • Lady from Lady and the Tramp goes through a number of unfortunate situations:
    • She gets ignored a lot during the time her owners are focusing on their son (Well if you were an expectant mother you would probably want to take care of yourself, however, it was exaggerated).
    • She nearly gets muzzled by Aunt Sarah just because she believed that she messed up the house (When it was actually her Siamese Cats). Any Aunt Sarah moments with her is basically a Woobie Moment.
    • She also gets sent to the pound. Viewers will feel sorry for all of the dogs during the scene when we're introduced to the pound.
  • Lilo & Stitch
    • Lilo is barely older than 5, yet she's lost both her parents, has no friends, her "dog" runs away, and she's about to be taken from her sister. By far the Woobiest moment is right before Stitch leaves and she so matter-of-factly says "It's ok if you leave. But I'll remember you. I remember everyone who leaves". And at the point, you just wanna grab the girl and hug her and cry over the injustice of it all.
    • Or Nani, for that matter. She too seems rather isolated (David's the only guy her own age she really interacts with) and struggles with a part-time job and deals with a number of social workers, all to prove that she's fit to be her sister's legal guardian. And then she loses her job and tries like crazy to get a new one, because otherwise she doesn't have a chance of keeping Lilo. Towards the end, when Cobra Bubbles tells her he's sorry but he's going to have to take Lilo, Nani's expression is just so sad!
  • The Lion King:
    • Mufasa. The poor guy got betrayed by his own brother and than brutally murdered.
    • Simba may be an annoying little kid, but he loses his father, Mufasa, and is convinced for years that he caused his death. His Woobie-ness increases in the sequel, when he has a nightmare where he can't save his father. Even as an adult, knowing that Mufasa's death was never his fault, he is still haunted by it and he still feels guilty.
    • Zazu. The poor thing goes through so much and still manages to remain dignified.
    • Shenzi, Banzai and Ed may be helping out the villian, but they're only doing it because of the way they've been treated. They're basically considered monsters by everyone just because they eat to survive.
    • Also, there's Nala, who had to grow up under Scar's rule, and perhaps the biggest victim was Sarabi, who lost her husband and son in one day, had to live through Scar's reign, and got slapped into near unconsciousness by him.
    • A rare evil example, Nuka ends up being this for the sequel, the unpopular son of Zira, who is scolded and ignored constantly when he just wants a chance. He goes so far to please his mother it ends up killing him. This eventually leads Zira to finally notice him and is reflected upon in a deleted scene.
      Nuka: Well, I finally got your attention, didn't I?
  • Ariel of The Little Mermaid could this trope when her father destroys her collection of human knick-knacks just because she doesn't agree with him that Humans Are the Real Monsters. (Flounder, being an in-universe woobie, probably qualifies, too.)
  • The title heroine of Mulan would initially seem out of place in this trope, seeing as she's got a fantastic reputation of being the strongest Disney female character and an Action Girl to boot. And yet, she gets an entire song about how much she doesn't belong and how afraid she is of disappointing her family.
  • Oliver the cat (page picture) from Oliver & Company. Left out in the rain, getting chased by big, vicious dogs, ending up trying to get food from a hot dog vendor and kicked into the wall, and then when he gets help from a dog named Dodger to steal them, Dodger keeps them all for himself and goes back home. Oliver follows Dodger, despite being put through a variety of pranks along the way, and when he gets to Dodger's home, he is surrounded by a gang of dogs who hate him and want him dead. And all this is just early on.
    • Jenny as well, to a lesser extent, being a Lonely Rich Kid who gets a cat only for him to be taken away pretty quickly, then getting kidnapped herself.
    • Fagin himself is nearly a Jerkass Woobie for his shadier actions. For one thing, he has his dogs commit crimes on his behalf, and for another, he writes a letter to a wealthy cat owner saying to bring ransom or never see the cat again. But when you consider what a vicious loan shark is putting him through, you inevitably realize that he's the lesser of evils.
  • Tiana from The Princess and the Frog has devoted her entire life to buying a mill to set up her planned restaurant in. The very day she gets enough money for it, the Jerk Ass owners tell that she was outbid, too bad for her. And when she pleads with them to take pity on her, as she worked so hard to get what she had, what do they say? "A woman in your...position, well you're better off staying where you're at". Ouch. Add in the theory that they themselves lied about or orchestrated the outbidding and it's very hard to not to feel sorry for the poor girl.
    • Despite being a Handsome Lech and kind of a Spoiled Brat, it's easy to feel bad for Naveen when he admits that without his money, he doesn't know how to do anything for himself, which he only discovered when his parents cut him off.
  • The king and queen from Sleeping Beauty, who tried for years to have a baby, and then once they had her, had to send her to live with the Fairies and didn't see her again until she was 16.
  • InThe Sword in the Stone, Merlin turns himself and Wart (whose real name is Arthur) into squirrels, and they are chased by real-life squirrels who have a crush on them?! Remember the reactions of the real squirrels when Merlin changes them back to humans, especially the tearful younger squirrel who chases Wart?!? Yeah, woobies.
    • Wart (Arthur) has his moments, too, especially when Kay disparages him and Sir Ector punishes him unfairly.
  • Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled, especially at the end, when Rapunzel finds out that the woman she called mother actually kidnapped her in infancy and Flynn is stabbed and literally dies so Rapunzel can be freed.
  • Three of the main characters from Wreck-It Ralph certainly qualify for Woobie status:
    • First off is the titular character. In the story of the game he's in, he was forced to live in the dump when his original home was bulldozed to make way for apartment buildings. He goes on to destroy said buildings, but has to be stopped by Fix-It Felix Jr. When the player wins, Ralph gets thrown off the building. Outside the game? He doesn't get any sort of respect from the other residents of the game and really does live in the dump. In fact, he isn't even invited to his game's 30th anniversary party, despite being integral to the game's plot. The movie's plot begins when he decides he wants to be the hero for once.
    • The second is Sergeant Calhoun. She was apparently programmed with "The most tragic backstory ever": The one time she didn't do a perimeter check was her wedding day. Then a Cy-bug crashed it and devoured her soon-to-be husband Brad. There are two things that make this sort of story more sad: Cy-bugs take on the appearance and characteristics of what they eat, including other characters. This means that she was forced to gun down her lover immediately after watching him being eaten alive. Another thing is that it's heavily implied that he never existed in the first place since this is supposed to be a programmed backstory, so now she has PTSD for no real reason, despite knowing that Brad was never technically real.
    • Finally, the biggest Woobie of all is Vanellope Von Schweetz. She was apparently Dummied Out from the game she was native to and is considered a mistake and subsequently treated like dirt by the rest of its inhabitants. She's unable to do what she was supposed to be programmed for (racing) and lives alone on an unfinished track. Worse yet, her "glitching" is treated in the same way as a mental/neurological disorder, like Tourette's Syndrome. Due to being a "glitch", she's also unable to leave her game. It turns out that this was all orchestrated by a character from another game who purposely hacked her game so that he could be the main star and not her.
    • If you think about it, you could even include the fourth main, Fix-It Felix Jr. himself, to the list. Sure, he has a much better life than any of his three comrades, but he's a Nice Guy who tries to be friendly to Ralph (and is the only character in their world who even attempts to treat Ralph with respect), but his kindness is manipulated by the other citizens of the game into excluding Ralph when he's clearly not comfortable with it (note the bewildered look on his face when the Nicelanders demand that Felix get rid of Ralph when he shows up at the game's 30th anniversary party). In general the guy's life is fine, and he's certainly not treated badly like Ralph is, but the people who supposedly adore him manipulate him into excluding someone who is just as much a part of the game as he is, and even if he never before realized just how badly Ralph was being treated, it still has to hurt to know that he's so nice that he's being forced to not be nice to someone he'd consider a friend!
    • The Qbert family as well. Their game got unplugged prior to the start of the movie, and all of them are broke and homeless. They are reduced to the video game equivalent of simple beggars, stuck looking for any form of work. Worse, because their game is unplugged, if they die then they're gone for good.

Pixar Films

  • 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 hometown harder than anyone. In the flashback, he's an optimistic, 1950's pale baby blue color, but by the present, he's totally rusted. While everyone stares depressed at the empty closed down shops in town in the flashback, He's the first to hang his head low, back up and leave. You just wanna hug the poor little guy after seeing that.
  • Mater of Cars 2 was badly mocked and hated and laughed at mercilessly by EVERYONE while going around the world with Team McQueen just for being very different from the other cars and just for being himself. At one point in Tokyo, Japan, after the 'leaking oil' incident on the stage it seemed like 'Team McQueen' betrayed Mater because they thought that he was no good anymore. The evil lemons and the rest of the car people who laughed at him the whole time just wanted him dead or killed and wanted nothing to do with Mater. Sadly, as Finn put it later on in the film, "Just apply the same level of dedication you been using to play the "idiot tow truck" and you'll be fine." And "No one realizes they're being fooled because they're too busy laughing at the fool." The most heartbreaking and important part for Mater in Cars 2. Not to mention that when Mater tried reasoning with the and told the lemons at the end of the movie that everybody's been making fun of and abusing him his whole life, too. He fits a woobie to a T. Poor poor little guy.
  • 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.
    • Losto himself to an extent even most of the things he does are inexcusable, but it's hard not to have SOME sympathy for him once you find out, he was abandoned by mistake by his owner and was replaced sometime after that, turning him into the monster he is now. Had that never happened he would have never became evil.
  • WALL•E:
    • 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.
  • Inside Out: Sadness. Being literally the incarnation of sadness probably already qualifies her, but there's also the fact that she's spent the first eleven years of her life being dismissed as useless and harmful by her peers, none of whom have any idea what she's even good for (nor does she) and never being allowed to do anything.
    • Also Bing-Bong, whose entire character-arc revolves around coming to terms with how he has no place in Riley's life anymore... culminating with him performing a Heroic Sacrifice to get Joy out of the Memory Dump and being forgotten and erased from Riley's mind forever (as well as possibly the emotions', judging by how he is never mentioned again after the fact) as a result.
  • The Good Dinosaur: Arlo, the main character, was born a runt, is bullied by his older brother Buck, loses his father to a flood, constantly fails to earn his mark, is very cowardly, and gets separated from his family when he tries to avenge his father by killing Spot. By the end of the film, you just want give the adorable dinosaur a hug and comfort him.
  • Finding Dory:
    • Dory starts out as an adorable little tyke, fretting that she’d eventually forget her parents. She ends up lost and alone, frantically asking other fish if they could help her. Eventually she does forget her folks, but her memory of them is triggered after the events in Finding Nemo. Dory is later told that her parents never made it back from Quarantine, meaning that they died. This fortunately turned out not to be true but when she finally does find them, she is overwhelmed with guilt for losing them in the first place and feels she doesn’t deserve their forgiveness.
    • Gerald the sea lion is seen as this by some viewers since he is verbally abused by the other sea lions.

Other Animated Films

  • Mr. Centipede in James and the Giant Peach the 1996 Tim Burton film, is hated and abused by all the other bugs all the time, particularly by Mr. Grasshopper. By the middle end of the movie, the other bugs turned because they counted on him to lead the way to New York after he bragged that he had been there before, but he failed because he fell asleep and lost sense of direction.
  • Hubie the Adelie Penguin from the movie, The Pebble and the Penguin.
  • Although it's completely Played for Laughs, the scene in Beavis And Butthead Do America where Beavis gives a long, tragic speech about how he's "never gonna score" after being (falsely) promised sex with an attractive arms dealer. Most young men can relate to him in this scene at one point or another.
  • 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 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, don't wanna hurt you!" 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.
    • Coraline herself counts, as her parents never have any time for her and she clearly really misses her friends back home. The Other Mother preys upon her loneliness and resentment of her parents to create the "perfect" world in an attempt to make her want to stay forever. When Coraline resists, the Other Mother kidnaps her parents, dismantles Other Wybie and nobody in the real world believes her, leaving Coraline alone and with no idea where her parents have gone.
  • The title character of the Korean short film Doggy Poo. It spends most of the movie pondering its purpose in life and crying its little eyes out. It does get a happy ending where a dandelion sprout asks to be fertilized by it.
  • 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: Littlefoot, anyone? 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.
    • And then there's poor, poor, Petrie, as lampshaded by the characters.
  • 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.
  • Michelle from Once Upon a Forest, who falls into a life-threatening coma after being exposed to chlorine gas. She does recover, but finds out shortly after that her parents weren't so lucky.
  • 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.
  • The LEGO Movie:
    • Emmet. 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.
  • Private in Penguins of Madagascar. For what we know, his family lost his egg and didn't attempted to look for it. And that's just beginning! He was totally unappreciated by other members of team, then he was captured by Dave and had to watch his adoptive brothers getting mutated into monsters. Combine this with his Nice Guy personality and cuteness and you got A-Grade woobie.

Alternative Title(s): Animated Film