Woobie: Star Wars
Star Wars has a great many woobies. Works with their own pages:
- Luke Skywalker. He's a Woobie even while he's a whiny kid, since he's got every reason to whine (never knew his parents, stuck on a dustbowl of a planet, all his friends have left his hometown, he thinks he's never going to achieve his dream and wasn't allowed to pick up some power converters at Tosche Station, he sees his relatives were burnt to crisp). Angsting is all part of being a teenager. Once he grows up, he grows out of it. And his father cut his hand off, as well. Like father, like son, as we discover in the prequels (although if someone had just caved in and given the kid a hug or something, deserved or not, we might have averted a lot of suffering in that Galaxy Far, Far Away). In the Star Wars Expanded Universe books, almost every love interest Luke has had has died. The only notable one who hasn't left him without warning.
- Oola. Lured into slavery with the promise of stardom, she doesn't believe she's in any danger when Luke Skywalker offers to free her. When she realizes the truth, she tries to hold on, but she runs afoul of Jabba and is fed to the rancor a few hours before Luke would have freed her.
- Then there's Obi-Wan Kenobi. His master dies when he's very young and he's plunged into becoming a master when he's not ready. He finally opens up to his apprentice and then his apprentice turns evil and tries to kill him...then he's forced into seclusion and nearly everyone he ever cared for is either dead, a fellow exile or now his enemy. And then, when he comes out of seclusion to try and help the Rebellion... the aforementioned apprentice does kill him - although it was a deliberate Heroic Sacrifice on Obi Wan's part.
- Chewbacca. Where do we begin? He's a loyal sidekick to Han Solo and in some ways contrasts the latter's Jerk Ass-ness. Even though he played as big a part as everyone else in the Battle of Yavin, he is infamously denied a medal (though in all fairness R2-D2 didn't get one either, maybe they only go to ship commanders). Even though a lot of people in-universe (and outside of it) dislike C-3PO, Chewie takes great pains to put him back together in Cloud City. Chewie is also as fond of giving Bear Hug s as he is of ripping arms out of sockets-though the hugs are sometimes violent. Early on in life, Chewie was bullied for not being as big and strong as the other Wookiees. His final act was a Heroic Sacrifice in order to save Han Solo's son, and the comics story "Chewbacca" (in which C-3PO and R2-D2 travel the universe to collect anecdotes and stories about the late Wookiee for his Meaningful Funeral) is likely to have you in tears at the end.
- Then there's the way that Chewbacca became Han's sidekick. The Expanded Universe holds that Han was once an Imperial officer, but was cashiered with a full dishonorable discharge. His crime against military discipline: striking a superior officer and causing the loss of Imperial property. More to the point, clobbering a superior officer who was fixing to kill a Wookiee slave, then aiding in the escape of said slave... named Chewbacca.
- What about Han Solo, eh? Okay, he's a jerk at the beginning (but less of a jerk than a Loveable Rogue by the end of the first movie, and he just got better from there), but come on: He was brutally tortured by Darth Vader (who was using his and Leia's distress to lure Luke to Cloud City), then frozen in carbonite to repay his debt to Jabba the Hutt, then sentenced to die in the Sarlaac pit because Luke defeated the rancor... And how about the times (at least two) when Han risked his own life to save Luke's? Also, when Leia releases him from the carbonite in Return of the Jedi, how could you not want to hug Han as he's shivering, blind and scared, having no clue where he is or (because of Leia's mask) who's talking to him? And those are just his woobie moments from the movies. (His biggest woobie moment in the Expanded Universe? The deaths of Chewie and Jacen.) Also: He's an orphan. Orphans are woobies by default.
- The Han Solo Trilogy pretty much explains his jerk behavior by beating the crap out of his life right up to New Hope.
- So I suppose forcing to watch as her home planet got blown up, tortured while being interrogated by Darth Vader, who turned out to be her own father, and made a slave by Jabba isn't enough to qualify Leia on the list?
- Cliegg Lars. Lost a leg and widowed twice.
- I know nobody wants to hear it (which is sad in and of itself), Jar Jar Binks is a number one candidate for the "Star Wars Woobie Awards". First, he's hated, no he's loathed out of universe simply for being George Lucas's admittedly shaky attempt at making another successful Kid-Appeal Character like R2. He also seems to be almost as disliked in universe (perhaps as a means to appease the fans). The poor guy is mocked in other media as well, where some even wish him dead simply for existing!! Ironically enough, if any character in the series needs a hug, it would have to be Jar Jar.
- The Expanded Universe reveals Greedo to be one. He's basically The Chew Toy and the only reason he was a bad guy was because he wanted to become a famous bounty hunter. He promptly got heckled, abused, and tormented due to his incompetence, forced into danger he wanted no part of, and was nearly killed horribly on multiple occasions (including a time he was almost beaten to death with flowers). And of course the time he finally got a notable job, it ended in him getting casually shot dead by Han Solo. Really, given his past, one could almost consider Han shooting him to be a Mercy Kill.
- All Clone troopers. Born and breed to fight as a slave army for a Republic where the common-folk views them as nothing more then flesh-droids and where they holds not a single legal right. Their training(which included live ammunition) started as soon as they could walk and anyone that showed less then perfection were "removed". To makes sure that the army is ready to fight in time they were genetically engineered to age twice as fast as a normal human, so those who lives through the war have effectively been robbed of half their natural lifespan. Anyone who tries to desert are hunted down and killed (by other Clones) and those who are injured severely enough to never return to active service are terminated as "faulty property of the Grand Army of the Republic". Most Jedi treated them with dignity though, which makes Order 66 even more sad.
- Zuckess and 4-LOM eventually became this. How? Well the two Heterosexual Life-Partners bounty hunters pulled a Heel-Face Turn near the end of the war with the Empire and worked with the Rebel Alliance. But than on a mission 4-LOM got heavily damaged and a distraught Zuckess had to give him a memory wipe as part of the repairs. This took 4-LOM's personality along with it and resulted in him becoming a cold and ruthless droid who only cared about his next paycheck. This inturn utterly destroyed probably one of the closest friendships in the galaxy. We're treated to a tearful goodbye between the two as their ties are severed, with Zuckuss devastated and 4-LOM walking off without even realizing why this is a bad thing. We don't learn if the two ever patched things up but it's doubtful.
- Anakin Skywalker – raised in slavery and separated from his mother at the tender age of nine, he watches her die in his arms when he manages to return for her. Drafted into a war and loosing an arm, he finds solace in his wife. Foreseeing her death upon the birth of their children, he tears the galaxy in an attempt to save her, accidently killing her in the process. A quadruple amputee, burned to the point of having to spend the rest of his life on life support, and with no indication that his children survived his wife's death, he dedicates his remaining years to service of the empire, only to learn upon the discovery of his grown son that he had been lied to and only getting to gave upon his face once as he lay dying.