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Woobie: Western Animation

"I should have known! You stole my life AND ruined my home! That's it! You and me, Mouse! Right now, c'mon! I've been waiting for this for years! This is gonna be my moment!"
Oswald when Mickey Mouse reveals to him that he was the reason Wasteland became what it is.

Even cartoons have characters who desperately need a hug.

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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Examples of This Trope:

  • Ace Lightning - the title character has his moments (what with discovering he's really a videogame character and everything he thought was real is nothing more than an elaborate plaything for kids, you can't blame him), as does his human "sidekick", Mark.
  • Adventure Time:
    • Finn, for all his optimism and determination is a very sympathetic character. As a baby, he was abandoned and sat in his own crap for three days until somebody saved him! Not to mention he is apparently the last known human alive, his parents are dead (at least his mother as of the end of Season 5), and he's had his little heart broken so many times now that it's a wonder he hasn't pulled a Face-Heel Turn yet out of sheer angst. Not to mention the huge responsibility he has as the champion of all of Ooo.
    • The Ice King definitely is a Woobie (or at least a Jerkass Woobie). He's lived for hundreds of years alone, getting excited about any type of company but still being too incompetent to know how to handle social interactions. He's driven to kidnapping by this neglected need for companionship, and no one ever bothers to try and help him. Simon Petrikov, also known as the Ice King before receiving his title was a completely normal, intelligent, and successful human being, And then upon purchasing an old crown to study, his life is unexpectedly changed forever when he loses control of his actions (driving away his beloved "princess" fiance) and sees illusory visions as a result of wearing what turned out to be an evil, magical crown. Once his transformation is complete and his mind is essentially gone, cue the afoementioned centuries of loneliness, and all the while all that's left of Simon is a vain desire to be with his "princess."
    • Princess Bubblegum is also a very sympathetic character in her own right. She has the huge responsibility of ruling over the whole Candy Kingdom and making sure her citizens are safe from all the calamities that tend to occur on a frequent basis, which leaves her with no time for a personal life. She also has to stay vigilante in trying not to get kidnapped by the Ice King. She was also possessed and nearly killed by The Lich, and exhibits many signs of having post-traumatic stress disorder from this, and behind her peppy smile and scientific curiosity lies a crippling fear of dying and leaving her beloved kingdom and subjects under the awful leadership of Lemongrab. And while her treatment of Lemongrab was morally questionable until "You Made Me" showed she does regret how her mishandling the situation caused his misery, Lemongrab and his clone are shown to shamelessly blame Princess Bubblegum for every problem that they encounter in their lives, and most of the time, she is not even at any fault. This woman lives an exceedingly stressful, and sometimes thankless, life of caring for so many people. Bubblegum has also been revealed to be several centuries old, meaning she's likely outlived many of her old friends. On top of that, Lemongrab, the kinda-sorta son that she tried to fix bridges with, went completely off the deep end, and if "We Fixed a Truck" and "Apple Wedding" are of any indication, it doesn't seem like people really respect her either. This poor girl needs a break.
    • Marceline, especially knowing of her harsh childhood as a survivor of the Great Mushroom War. To wit, her mother died (either from natural causes or during the Mushroom War). Her biological father is Satan (or the closest thing thereto) who was absent for most of her childhood and ate her fries when she was a teenager. And yes, that IS worse than it sounds - said fries were the only food in the area and her father didn't need them. Her adoptive father was a wonderful, caring man who lost his mind and now doesn't even recognize her. Her only known boyfriend was a bastard who sold her Tragic Keepsake, and something happened between her and Princess Bubblegum that ended badly. It's not surprising she's not exactly "good" or eager to make friends after all that...
  • Zach and Annie from Adventures from the Book of Virtues. Even if they care about everything, they always get so disappointed upon having issues with other children and their parents, ultimately fail at something they tried to study, and sometimes have arguments with each other, especially at the beginning of each episode. They learn to get much better in the end.
  • You could say Klaus from American Dad! is a woobie sometimes due to his desperation for attention, especially since he was once a human being before the CIA switched his brain with a goldfish.
  • Rose from American Dragon Jake Long is probably the closest thing to a Woobie in the series. She was kidnapped at birth by the Huntsclan because she was born with a birthmark that makes her a born slayer, was told by the Huntsclan that her parents died and that they adopted her, all while being brainwashed into believing that magical creatures are "sick and nasty". Fortunately, Jake enters her life.
  • Animaniacs:
  • Woodhouse on Archer. Despite saving Archer within hours of his birth, raising him for 5 years by himself and caring for him ever since then, Malory and Archer treat the old man like garbage every chance they get. Archer even discourages his guests from treating Woodhouse with kindness, lest he come to expect it.
  • Poor little Shifty Dingo from Blinky Bill. One of the sweetest, clumsiest, most timid residents of Greenpatch and he always gets treated badly just cause he's a dingo. He is constantly bullied by Marcia and shunned by many adults and really really REALLY needs a big hug to make him feel all better. And then of course, you have Nutsy who lost her mother.
  • The title character of Bonkers tries so hard to be a good cop yet is often underestimated due to his eccentric behavior and being a toon. He's very sensitive and cries easily. In the pilot episode, he was pretty much kicked out on the street. His Heroic Bsod in New Partners On The Block when he thinks Lucky is dead and bawls his heart out several times is enough to earn him sympathy from the audience. Despite his cheerful personality, he's one bobcat in need of a warm hug and some cuddles.
  • Jazmine in The Boondocks TV series - a Wide-Eyed Idealist embodiment of Children Are Innocent surrounded by Black and Grey Morality characters who are all full-time cynics prone to Cluster F Bombs. The time she set up a lemonade stand during a heatwave only to be incorporated and then screwed over by Corrupt Corporate Executive Ed Wuncler is the foremost example though.
  • Everyone except Margo in Brandy & Mr. Whiskers. ESPECIALLY Ed Otter and Lola Boa. In one episode Ed even stated "I cannot see your face, stranger for I must hide my own in disgrace but if you have come from distant lands, feel free to ridicule me as you would your own" after being embarassed by having whipped cream on him. In another episode, Brandy cuts Ed from the coco ball team. His reaction? Silent, painful tears. And let's not forget the episode where Mr.Whiskers verbally abused Ed and made him cry when all Ed wanted to do was help. Lola Boa has very low self-esteem, too. Also, both Brandy and Gaspar count as Jerkass Woobies. Brandy has trouble adjusting to jungle life, being all pampered and Mr.Whiskers practically drives her crazy.
  • Max from Capitol Critters is a sweet, adorable little mouse with Puppy-Dog Eyes. In the first episode, he watches his family die from exterminators and he goes to live with his cousin in the white house. Exterminators arrive again and he has a PTSD flashback. In another episode, he falls in love with a girl mouse and saves her from a cat but feels awful and breaks down in tears when he thinks he killed the cat and in another episode, he is nearly murdered by a gang member who forces caffine pills down his throat causing him to become unconcious. And despite all these horrible things happening to him, he's easily the nicest character on the show. Poor little guy needs a BIG hug.
  • Eugene, a one shot skunk character from the Chucklewood Critters episode "Scenter Of Attention" IS this trope. First a wildfire forces him to evacuate his home then he starts crying cause he misses his parents then he stinks up everyone's homes by accident and feels terrible about it. On top of that, he's a Shrinking Violet who speaks in a really soft-spoken southern accent. That episode is just pure Tear Jerker.
  • Cleveland Jr. from The Cleveland Show and Family Guy. Once a fast, hyper kid, he is now slow, fat, and speaks in a calm sounding voice. He is totally broken up by his parents' divorce and became Super OCD as a result (that was later fixed) and his belief that God would never forgive his mom for cheating on his dad turned him into a non-theist.
  • Actually, the Cleveland Jr. from The Cleveland Show isn't, apparently, the real one.
  • Al Capone in "The Clownfather" takes up the clown trade (and forces his underlings to do so too) to prevent any clowns from ruining the birthday of his son or any other children, after a clown ruined his fifth birthday. Tuddrussel weeps after hearing his story.
  • Jerry in Code Monkeys has to put up with all kinds of crap that would probably drive a lesser person to want to kill himself. Of course, being a Black Comedy, it doesn't look like things are going to get much easier for the poor guy.
  • Donald Duck, from the Classic Disney Shorts, may be THE Disney Chew Toy...Yet some fans do feel for him greatly, mostly because in quite a number of the shorts his bad luck is there...because it has to be. In the comics by Carl Barks you even feel more sympathy towards Donald.
  • Danny Phantom:
    • Danielle has lived in a world where she thought Vlad adored her like a daughter only to find out she was nothing but an inferior tool for his true goals (creating a perfect clone of Danny). Then she's on the run for the better part of a season, knowing she could melt into ectoplasm at any time. Valerie then proceeds to trick her, and despite being cured, and returning to help Danny, she's still left on the run. How could you not just want to hug her?
    • If you want to get technical, Danny would fit this bill, too. Being half ghost, Danny is stuck at a cross point where both humans and ghosts would shun him for his freakish state. Not to mention for a season and a half, Danny is either ignored or insulted by nearly everyone outside of his closest companions and settled with the responsibility to save his hometown on a constant basis despite the community viewing him as nothing but their most hated enemy. This is truly one of those Earn Your Happy Ending thing that Danny went to get where he is now.
    • Also Vlad in Alas, Poor Villain fashion. By the end, Vlad realizes all the evil he's done, but it's too late for him to repent. After years of fearing loneliness, he has the cold, dark depths of space staring back at him. Cue upside down smile. Not only that, but the last few minutes of the episode consist of his getting smashed into by a giant meteor.
    • Somehow, Dark Danny gets this, not so much from canon itself, but from the fandom. Fans tend to forget he's a mass murderer, has wasted what is implied to be a good chunk of the Earth, and has crippled/completely ruined several ghosts, and instead focus on the tragedy of the Nasty Burger accident before he became an Ax-Crazy maniac, trying to sympathize and justify his actions through his mourning.
  • Nessie from the Disney animated short, 'The Ballad of Nessie''. She was forced from her home pond by a land developer and constantly gets kicked out of the places she finds, all the while fighting back the urge to cry because everyone keeps telling her not to until she finally breaks down bawling like a baby.
  • Sancho Panda from Don Coyote And Sancho Panda, mainly due to being a Moe sidekick and a Butt Monkey.
  • Doug's constant teasing, awkward shyness, and fears that he won't fit in with everyone else makes you feel sorry for him.
  • Dragon Tales:
    • Zak, who must constantly endure his sister Wheezie's wild behavior- because they're a two-headed dragon. He also seems to be the show's target for comic abuse from any of a number of avenues.
    • Also Cassie, due to her shyness and inability to easily speak up. Plus, even on the very rare occasions where she gets jealous, it's hard to lose sympathy for her.
  • Frizz and Nug of The Dreamstone. Compared to Zordrak or peers such as Urpgor and Sgt Blob (who themselves are pretty valid Jerkass Woobies), these two Urpneys are cowardly idiots who have little interest in giving the Sleeping World nightmares and are often sent kicking and screaming into an upteenth dangerous mission to steal the Dreamstone, with threat of death otherwise. This is often treated with complete apathy from the heroes (par Spildit on occasion), who treat them as any villain and punish them mercilessly, with another Cool and Unusual Punishment from Zordrak often awaiting them at home. It's not hard to end up actually rooting for them to win after only a few episodes.
  • Fenton Crackshell from DuckTales, who pretty much is a suspiciously similar substitute to Donald, was this also. He was extraordinarilly good at counting, and he did become the super hero Gizmoduck. But he also had an extreme case of bad luck. Not to mention that he was stuck dating Gandra Dee, who often was ungrateful or cold-hearted towards him.
  • Peter Puppy from the Earthworm Jim cartoon. Seriously, he was picked on by all the neighborhood dogs for being a coward and then he finally faced his fear of the vacuum and got cursed with the ability to transform into a monster when upset. In the pilot episode, he was shown bawling his eyes out, begging for Jim not to leave him. Watch "The Origin Of Peter Puppy", then watch "Sidekicked". If you don't have the urge to just give the poor puppy a hug after that, you've got no soul.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy has a few, including the Eds for starters:
    • Ed has to put up with his little sister's crap. He also has to deal with a father who doesn't give a care about him, and a mother who spoils said little sister rotten while treating Ed like crap. Not only that, but despite Ed being clearly too dumb to tell the difference between right and wrong, his mother still punishes him just for being too loyal a friend to not go along with Eddy's scams. Meanwhile, she lets Sarah, who routinely beats up other kids, including Ed himself, get off scot free.
    • Edd, compared to the other two Eds, is polite, meek and sensitive, but usually suffers no less. Although his parents seem to be relatively normal, they're never there for him, communicating exclusively through sticky notes and leaving him to do all the houserwork while they're off doing their jobs, presumably. He is also often given penalties along with Ed and Eddy, even if he hasn't done a damn thing to deserve it! In the movie, he finally snaps because of it, only remaining with them because...
    • Eddy himself is revealed to be one in The Big Picture Show. As it turns out, Eddy's father is a used car salesman and a bad example, his mother seems to be completely unable to do anything, and Eddy's brother is a total bastard who beat up Eddy just for fun for his entire life. And his parents did nothing to stop him.
    • Jimmy is the poster boy for this trope in the show. It even drove him into framing the Eds for ruining Friendship Day after Eddy gives him a wedgie.
    • Really, all three of the Kankers could fall into this. Yes, they are temperamental, possessive, rude and unhygienic, but there have been moments that show they DO care for each other. They have barely any physical traits in common and it's heavily implied their mother Really Gets Around and they have three different Dads who aren't around anymore, so as such they latched on to the Eds because that's all they know how to do. Notably, after spending most of the series violently pursuing, the Movie shows them actually doing their best to protect the Eds from the wrath of the rest of the Cul-de-sac; it can be inferred that dubious ways of going about it, they do genuinely have feelings for the Eds.
  • Kariel from El Arca. She indirectly killed four characters (her parents, her sister,a hippo) and is mistreated by Xiro.
  • The Fairly Oddparents.
    • Tootie has the world's most sadistic babysitter as a big sister and fails to win the boy she loves, plus is bottom of the barrel on the social ladder and, unlike Timmy, seems to have no friends outside the Cream Puffs, who seem unwilling to even attend her birthday party.
    • Timmy can be seen as a Woobie himself. Parental Neglect, sadistic babysitter, villainous teacher (who despite his ineptitude would be a more nurturing parent than Timmy's own), constantly belittled for his appearance, and let's not forget the small fact that he was shown with explicit detail how pretty much the entire world would be far better off without him, which was reality essentially giving him a Reason You Suck Speech. How could you NOT want to hug the poor little guy and just make everything better?
  • Family Guy:
    • Meg Griffin, anyone? There are dozens upon dozens of examples of abuse being heaped on Meg. Apparently, the writers think it's funny. Not to mention many of the fans also consider it funny, too.
    • What about Brenda Quagmire? Abused by her jerkass boyfriend Jeff and has to constantly live in denial with the abuse. The abuse was so bad, that Joe agreed with Peter and Quagmire to kill him. Could you imagine if Brenda actually went through with marrying him?
    • There's also Death, is this and a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds. The poor guy is despised and treated like shit by everyone for doing his job and can't form a good human relationship. Even Peter takes pity on him.
  • Forest Friends gives us Leon the hungry wolf, a one shot character from his self-titled episode. He was separated from his parents and is cold, lost, scared, alone and hungry. When he arrives in the village, most of the adults shun him just because he is a wolf. He even overhears the adults spreading rumors about how he ate the rabbit twins so he storms off in tears and becomes stranded on an island on a frozen river until he finally gets rescued.His shyness, soft-spoken voice and street urchin look just add to his woobiness.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
    • Wilt, badly injured in the past and then abandoned by his creator, he does his best to help out everyone with a smile, often with little or no thanks—partially because he's desperate for approval. His Catch Phrases are "I'm sorry!" and "Is that okay?"
    • Don't forget Frankie. That poor girl puts up with loads of crap that would drive a lesser person to complete insanity. Her "Woobie" status rises to an extreme in the episode, "Imposter's Home for Um...Make 'Em Up Pals", where an "imaginary friend" comes in and looks like he's obviously a human with a rubber nose. She has to do everything for him. What makes it worse is that at the end, the imaginary friend turns out to be real.
    • Also, Mac is occasionally on the receiving end of some pretty major torment. His mom is hardly around, his older brother constantly beats him up, his dad never makes an appearence (Word of God says he's dead), his imaginary friend is a Jerk Wad, and he doesn't have any real friends (besides Frankie and Goo). If he was an imaginary friend and was up for adoption, he needs to be adopted quickly.
    • World, the toy box friend from the special, Destination Imagination, is probably the biggest woobie in the show. Having been separated from his creator by the kid's parents, all his time spent alone has driven him nearly insane. When the other characters try to take Frankie from his imaginary world, he has an emotional breakdown that literally breaks his entire world apart. "She has to stay! Without her my world is empty, and I'm nothing!"
    • All excellent examples, but what about sickeningly adorable Foofy Wuggums from Good Wilt Hunting? Accidentally left all alone at a train station lost-and-found for several months, leaving her to believe that her creator doesn't want her anymore? Aww... and she even speaks in Baby Talk!
  • Todd the fox from The Foxbusters. Just watch the episode "Winging It" and you instantly want to hug him. "I guess I screwed up again. Oh well, least I'm consistent. I always do the wrong thing, heh. If I was in a prop cartoon, I bet I'd find myself on a clifftop right about now singin a sad song about how I don't fit in...."
  • Futurama:
    • Though the Chewtoy's poster-boy, Zoidberg from Futurama is indeed seen as a Woobie by a section of the show's fanbase, who'd love nothing less than to comfort him.
  • Tinny Tim, the ridiculously over the top and adorable parody of Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol. Nearly every scene featuring him has him suffering some kind of misfortune despite basically being a crutch armed, kind-hearted orphan (I know) robot.
  • Kif, could an alien possibly scream Woobie more than this guy? Not only does he receive grief in nearly every episode he appears in, he also has to go through an unplanned male pregnancy when Amy freaks out and runs out on him in "Kif Gets Knocked Up A Notch".
  • Leela falls into this a few times, mostly when her upbringing in the orphanage is alluded to, or when she laments her lack of parents.
  • Fry living under Leela's shadow makes him qualify for this, and then some. Trying to keep up with the futuristic times, not being as smart or mentally stable as his fellow employees (save for Zoidberg), and suffering the consequences despite noble intentions and a heart of gold. It's enough to get you upset at anyone who berates him for his antics and shortcomings not matter how accurate or deserved.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • How about Porky Pig in The Looney Tunes Show? Doomed to the status of a Butt Monkey at the hands of Daffy Duck, despite the fact that he is the nicest character in the show. While original Looney Tunes shorts and media play his abuse more for laughs, there are some occasions what he goes through is outright heartbreaking (watch "Porky's Romance" or "Bah Humduck, A Looney Tunes Christmas" for key examples).
    • Wile E. Coyote. Continuously failing in his one goal in life: catching that friggin' Road Runner. Many people have felt sorry for him and wished he caught that bird just once.
    • Sylvester. While he does misbehave, he is one of the more sympathetic Designated Villains along with Wile E., mainly because his punishments tend to be disproportionate and inconsistent.
  • Sunil Nevla from Littlest Pet Shop. He's pretty much a timid Nervous Wreck with poor self-esteem. The other pets sometimes ridicule his magic tricks as well. His woobiness reaches it's peak during the Stay Here Forever song where he bursts into tears over Blythe leaving to fashion camp.
  • Arnold, of The Magic School Bus fame. Helped that he was in some cases the voice of the audience, who would quite rightly be terrified of rafting on a magma floe regardless of how "safe" it was.
  • Marion, Mr. Milk, heck, just about all the regular supporting characters on Making Fiends, due to constantly living in (justified) fear that Vendetta is going to do something awful to them. She has all of them under her thumb.
  • The eponymous character from The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. He lives in perhaps one of the creepiest fictional towns ever, is always selfishly manipulated by Cap'n K'nuckles, and is constantly subjected to terror, yet he's perhaps the most optimistic and friendly character on the show. In the episode "Jar She Blows," Cap'n K'nuckles tricks Flapjack into squeezing himself into a bottle and sent out adrift where he is lost for days at sea.
  • Metalocalypse:
    • Charles Foster Ofdenson has to put up with Dethklok on a constant basis, a task which would have driven a lesser man to insanity or suicide. What's worse is that their reasons for abusing him are completely invalid; they view him as being the opposite of all that they stand for, but in reality, his mercilessness and brutal competence make him one of the most metal characters on the show. The band eventually grow to care for Charles more openly from Season 2 onward, even being seen interacting with him in a casual and friendly way. Too bad he gets beaten up by a thug and mind-poisoned to death by an Eldritch horror. He got better, but still. Poor dude.
    • Also, at first glance, Toki Wartooth seems to be one of these - sure, he's in the most brutal death metal band ever and is a sociopath like the rest of the members, but he has a naive, childlike nature, and seems to be one of the only genuinely likable people on the show. Not to mention, he's adorably foreign. Of course, this makes him the band's resident Butt Monkey. You start to feel bad for him... Then he finally snaps. Most people lose their desire to hug him when he dresses in an outfit covered in spikes. Then there was that stuff with his dad: a life time of abuse and the moment he finally forgives him, WHAM! Dead under the ice. Oh and there's the fact that everyone he loves dies.
    • Even Dr. Rockzo gets treated sympathetically in some episodes, particularly in "Cleanzo," where his drug problems are extremely evident, and the band helps him to get clean out of sympathy for him. Of course, due to the popularity of the character, his clean streak couldn't last long, ending in the next episode he appears in.
    • Hell, many characters fulfill the qualifications for Woobieness in Metalocalypse. Murderface's many emotional issues, Skwisgaar's neglectful childhood, Pickles' parents favoring his conman leech of a brother over him... Need I go on?
  • Several of the characters from The Mr. Men Show are considered Woobies. Some fans feel bad for Mr. Grumpy, though he doesn't get it as bad as the latter characters. Mr. Quiet and Miss Calamity due that they get bad luck. Mr. Bump due that he always get hurt, and even Mr. Happy from some of the fans. Whenever he feels sadness, anger, anxiety, etc, he hides it behind a smile so other people will still be happy, making him suffer in silence the most out of anyone in the show, without most of the Mr./Misses knowing.
  • Rufus Hyena from the My Gym Partners A Monkey episode "The Mighty" is easily the biggest woobie on the show. The only episode he was ever in, he suffered from severe Break the Cutie. Once Adam insulted him and his laughter, he stormed out of the bathroom in tears and actually went into a Troubled Fetal Position at one point. He was in a constant state of Ocular Gushers and Adam barely felt any remorse for having hurt his feelings. Not once did Adam feel the need to apologize to Rufus, even THREATENING him to stop crying at one point. Also, Nurse Gazelle terrorizes him for no reason by trying to shave off his fur while he's in his tearful state. The only amount of sympathy Rufus even got was Windsor cuddling him and Jake feeling concerned about him. Adam, Principal Pixiefrog and Nurse Gazelle treated him like garbage, not giving a damn about his hurt feelings.
    • Vice Coach Horace Ferret, who may be being used by Coach Gills only as a means of transportation and she may not care about his feelings.
    • Ingrid Giraffe, due to being the tall awkward girl in the class.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot:
  • Oscar from Oscars Oasis most definitely fits this, considering he's a Chew Toy who is only trying to get by in life. Harchi the hyena has his woobie moments as well, like when he gets frightened by something and starts crying.
  • Poor, poor Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, as we get to see in Epic Mickey. Wanna know why? First, he was abandoned by his own father over a budget dispute with Charles Mintz, and when Walter Lantz took over the cartoons, Walt openly approved of Lantz using Ozzie. And it only got worse when Oswald's half-brother Mickey Mouse usurped his original popularity, which, coupled with Lantz's change of the character, as well as the gradual rise of Screwy Squirrel characters over cute funny animals in the early 1940s (including Universal's own new character, Woody Woodpecker) sent Oswald to his grave in 1943, after limping by for the last several years. You would think that in the world for forgotten Disney characters, he would have finally gotten the happy ending he deserved. But nope, things got even WORSE for him — said half-brother just happened to accidently spill a jug of paint thinner onto Yensid's world, which would up ruining the whole place by turning it into a savage wasteland, as well as unleashing the Shadow Blot upon the place, which would lead the entire world into even more mayhem and ruin, forcing Oswald and any remaining resistance underground—the lowest point of his life would be seeing his own wife, Ortensia the Cat, frozen into stone, the experience eventually degenerating him into a distrusting, bitter Anti-Villain. And on top of that, he's manipulated by the Blot into becoming jealous and hateful of Mickey so he can be used to its advantage. That said, he DOES finally get his happy ending when Wasteland is restored and he finally bonds with Mickey. Things are getting better for him in Real Life as well. In 2004, Japan had a gigantic craving for rabbit and toy companies began churning out Oswald plushies which were insanely popular. Not to mention in 2006, Disney literally traded a human being (sports caster Al Michaels) to NBC in exchange for Oswald, showing that they still truly care for him and that they want him to return home. And if you haven't yet cried for Oswald after hearing his story, try watching this and see if you can keep a dry eye.
  • Trembly Paw from Paw Paw Bears. He's a Nervous Wreck and whenever he sees something actually happen the other characters don't believe him and some even laugh at him about it. There's also the fact that he is one of the only Paw Paws without a plush doll. Had the show been more popular, he'd probably sell many plushies due to being a woobie.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar:
    • Maurice. Poor guy bends over backward for King Julien day and night, and barely gets any thanks for it. And how can you watch the pilot episode and not want to give him a big hug? The fact that his species is one of the greatest examples of an Ugly Cute / Woobie animal alive certainly doesn't hurt (see here)=> (Ugly Cute because, well, just look at one, and Woobie because they are often killed by Madagascar natives because of superstitions about them.) I personally consider the episode "Kingdom Come" to be Maurice's Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
    • Stefano is good at Wangst, but we see him display this adorable set of Puppy-Dog Eyes when he thinks Vitaly is missing.
  • Phineas and Ferb
    • Another villain example: Dr. Doofenshmirtz whenever he gives a backstory. I mean, his parents didn't even attend his own birth. It helps that the reason they never came to his birth was because they just didn't even bother
    • What about poor Carl? He works hard as an unpayed intern for a boss who pretty much blames him for everything. The thirds season seems to play up his Woobie status by having him get captured while in a squirrel suit, having his relationship with Monogram (his boss), strained in an upcoming episode, "Minor Monogram", and even having him turn horribly evil in the season finale cliffhanger episode "World Without A Platypus". Throw in the fact that he's an adorable geek, you cannot POSSIBLY get any more Woobie than Carl.
  • Pinky from Pinky and the Brain. Despite his cheerful personaity, he undergoes Break the Cutie quite a bit. In the Christmas episode, Brain makes him cry and he's also broken down in tears of pain during the Halloween Special, The Pink Candidate, That Smarts, Inherit The Wheeze, The Family That Poits Together Narfs Together and Operation Sea Lion to name a few episodes. Who wouldn't want to hug him after all the heartache he's been put through?
  • Both Snitter and Rowf from The Plague Dogs. Snitter's master is killed by jumping in front of truck to save Snitter's life. Snitter is blamed for his master's death and sent to animal research lab, where this poor terrier receives experimental brain surgery. Rowf is drowned and then revived by "the whitecoats" simply so they can measure his will to survive. Even though, Rowf hates and fears "the whitecoats" he still believes it is a dog's duty to serve people. And on top of all this, every time you think something good will finally happen to Snitter and Rowf, something twenty times worse than what you can imagine happens. And even worse, they don't get the happy ending they had in the book (in which Snitter's owner is alive and adopts them both). No, the last we see of them is that they're swimming out into the ocean with the faint hope of finding an island they can be safe on, but probably instead are just going to drown. GAH!!!
  • Yipper from the Pound Puppies (2010) episode "The Yipper Caper" spends most of the episode depressed because he thinks nobody want him. At least he gets his happy ending at the end of the episode.
  • Gus Griswald from Recess. Being a Military Brat, his family always has to move from state to state, he has a Friendless Background, and he's always picked on by the other kids at school.
  • Rocko from Rocko's Modern Life sure is one. He lives in a world where even his own friends would neglect him, or simply use him for their own ends, and everyone is out to trample him for just being so short.
  • Misery from Ruby Gloom is quite Woobie-ish. She always looks sad and she's super cute and bad things always happen to her. Misery is an unusual case of Woobie and Chew Toy actually overlapping. Her misfortune is nearly always played for laughs, her ability to shrug it off is a major part of her personality, and yet she still has moments where you just want to give her a hug.
  • Who can forget Samurai Jack, who spends practically every other episode almost finding a way to transport back in time so he can stop the evil demon/wizard Aku from turning earth into the hell that it has become (as well as save his family and entire nation) only to have victory snatched away from him time and time again. How can you not sympathize with that lone samurai trapped in a world that is not his own? Nothing he can do but pack up and find another way back. And he never stops trying.
  • Scaredy from Scaredy Squirrel seems to be a mix of this and The Polly Anna, considering the way Nestor treats him. He rarely breaks down crying but when he does....
  • The Simpsons:
    • Frank "Grimey" Grimes. Yeah, probably intentionally played for laughs, but a good portion of fans also felt sorry for him: he was abandoned by his own parents when he was four, had a difficult childhood, had a lot of bad luck in his life, knowing Homer's stupidity does not support it, to some extent that goes crazy and accidentally electrocuted.
    • Ol' Gil, who is constantly shown to be struggling, gets fired or is unemployed in most episodes he appears in and generally has the demeanor of someone who just can't be happy anymore although he would naturally be cheerful.
    • And Moleman who ends up in life-threatening situations over and over again. Poor guy.
    • Before Flanderisation set in Ned Flanders used to be a Woobie too. A happy, helpful, non-judgemental man who wants to help everyone, but is constantly bullied and mistreated by Homer.
    • Waylon Smithers, who craves for acknowledgment and sexual attention of an evil old man who just doesn't care about him and isn't homosexual anyway. And who killed his father!!
    • Milhouse is this and the Butt Monkey, mostly played for laughs. Milhouse is always bullied at school, his only friend is Bart who always takes advantage of him, and his parents gotten divorced at least more than once while they always fought in front of him. It's pretty much safe to say that Milhouse is pretty fragile after all he went through.
    • Bart, if you look closely. He gets abused physically by his father, constantly humiliated, and isn't close to being as popular as he thinks he is. His only close friend is Milhouse, who usually only hangs around because he has no other options and leaves when Bart needs him on several occasions. He's constantly teased for lack of intelligence despite being innately clever, and has probably got his heart crushed more than any character on the show.
    • Lisa too. She seems to be the only both highly intelligent and compassionate person in Springfield, but feels alienated by everyone. She has no real friends at school and has a brain dead father she often feels embarassed for. Matt Groening once said she is the only character that provides hope, because she "might" be able to escape that horrid town in the future.
    • Scratchy: who suffers horrible mutilations and death in every cartoon he's in!
  • South Park:
    • Butters is constantly mistreated and abused both by the boys and by his authoritarian parents (who punish him horribly for things he hasn't done, has had no control over, or shouldn't be considered as bad at all). And yet he still keeps a fairly sunny disposition. Even when he finally loses it and becomes supervillain Professor Chaos, his schemes are so endearingly pathetic (like stealing erasers and trying to flood the earth with a garden hose) that you still want to just give him a big hug and make him feel better.
    • Anyone remember Pip? You know, that British orphan kid that disappeared somewhere between the sixth and seventh season? He's a huge woobie, considering that he's constantly bullied and picked on by his peers for being different. And then he reappeared in the 201st episode...and got stepped on by Mecha-Streisand.
    • Stan and Kyle also suffer from the effects of living in a Crapsack World like South Park. Stan lives with, aside from a decent sensible mother, an abusive older sister a Man Child father, and a suicidal grandfather, but the highest points of Stan's Woobie status were when Wendy broke up with him for four seasons, and the Drama Bomb-laden "You're Getting Old". Kyle's life might be slightly worse than Stan's considering what happens to him in more recent episodes, and not only that, but his parents are an over-bearing Mama Bear and an Amoral Attorney that shifts between being a decent father or, on occasion, treating Kyle like a "Well Done, Son" Guy.
    • And now, we have Kip Drordy from You Have 0 Friends. Only someone with a heart of stone doesn't melt at this poor third grader's quest for Facebook friendship. It's very telling when a fan page created for him swells to 30,000 fans overnight.
    • Kenny is a woobie too. He's poor and lives in constant poverty, his parents drink, do drugs and fight all the time to the point that he's completely desensitized to it. Not to mention that he can't ever stay dead anytime he dies and is the only one who remembers every single death he's had and no one believes him.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man:
  • The titular character of SpongeBob SquarePants is definitely one. He's a child-like, naive Fragile Flower with No Social Skills, doesn't realize that everyone thinks he's annoying, and is so sensitive that he'll cry at the drop of a hat.
  • Taz-Mania.
    • Wendell T. Wolf. He's the Last of His Kind and his personality and voice are nearly identical to Woody Allen, he is mistaken for a silly-looking dog and has become very clingy towards Taz due to his loneliness. And to make him even more of a Woobie, he was orphaned as a child and constantly bullied, having his stuffed animals ripped apart.
    • Also Axel, considering how Bull Gator treats the poor guy.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • What do you get when you put an Adorkable Teen Genius through hell? Donatello. Yes, that Donatello. He's the one who gets captured by aliens, sent to a Bad Future, mutated beyond recognition and, generally, gets the short end of the stick. On top of everything, he's a Technical Pacifist and a reptile of science, which, respectively, conflict with the fact that he also happens to be a ninja and a mutant. There are some episodes where you just can't help wanting to give him a hug.note 
    • Leatherhead from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) incarnation. He was a pet as a regular alligator, until his owner's parents found him and flushed him. He was then captured by the Kraang and subjected to experiments and Cold-Blooded Torture that left him experiencing fits of Unstoppable Rage at hearing the word Kraang that he can't control and causes him to do things he's horrified with after he snaps out of it.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • Peter Sam, especially around Season 4. For proof of his adorable Woobie-dom, see here and here. It doesn't help that he looks really cute with his Giesel ejector-style funnel.
    • Percy gets in on this at times, due to the excessive number of accidents he suffers (only a few being his own fault). He's also one of they younger, more naive engines and frequently gets dismissed or bullied around because of it.
    • Toby becomes one in later episodes, where he suddenly gains a huge inferiority complex and is rather meek and cowardly. He is also occasionally picked on for his outdated build and being a tram.
    • Thomas himself in later seasons. He is extremely loyal to his friends and insists on making them happy and being useful, however his naivete and carelessness almost always leads to him making matters worse, setting up a Break the Cutie moment by getting chewed out by the Fat Controller or upsetting one of the other engines.
  • Time Squad:
    • You had Otto Osworth. Otto was living in a horrible orphanage where a nun named Sister Thornly often singled him out to force him to do hard labor type chores a 7 year old couldn't possibly do by himself, all because he broke one of her big rules: no reading. It's impossible for this kid to not read, and for someone that just wants, mind you loves to read history for the fun of it, it’s really sad that he would be ostracized and berated for something so innocent, and pretty endearing. Also when he is finally with a closest thing to a 'family', Tuddrussel and Larry aren't always to the task. Like when they completely ABANDON him on a desert island and he had to find for himself, living off sand and salt water and almost getting killed by monkeys; all because Tuddrussel and Larry were having a petty argument. And that isn’t the only time they’ve done that to him ether, and all for very stupid reasons.
    • Then there's Larry 3000, a sophisticated, sensitive robot that was once serving kings and presidents and worked as an ambassador for Earth until world peace was ultimately accomplished, then everything went downhill. Without a job and considered almost useless he went to work for Time Squad and got saddled with Buck Tuddrussel, while a lot of Ho Yay goes on in the show you can't help but feel sorry for a robot that's reduced to cooking and cleaning for two humans without so much as a thank you and is often reduced to tears because of Tuddrussel's Jerk Ass attitude towards him.
  • Furrball and Fifi from Tiny Toon Adventures. Furrball is usually homeless or one of Elmyra's pets, and is often abused. Fifi lives in the junkyard and is usually lonely and upset due to every male running away from her because she is a skunk, and usually isn't much better off than Furrball, often also being abused and ignored.
  • Tom and Jerry:
    • The ducklings that Jerry helps. The first one is the duckling in "Just Ducky". He can't swim, which separates him from his mother and siblings, and Jerry tries to get him away from a ravenous Tom. But when Tom nearly drowns in the pond, the duckling learns how to swim in order to save him. The second one is the mallard duckling from "The Duck Doctor". He gets shot in the wing by Tom in hunter garb, and Jerry takes care of him, but the cat keeps shooting at the poor thing. Lastly, there's the duckling in "Downhearted Duckling". He laments on how "ugly" he is, and wants Tom to eat him for that reason. Jerry tries to boost the duckling's self-esteem, but all attempts failed. But the duckling gets out of his funk when a female duckling calls him "cute".
    • Tom. Sure, he's a Jerk Ass sometimes, but every episode he's put through everything cartoon violence has to offer. One episode was when Tom's family went on a trip, leaving Tom with canned fish to eat. The problem? Jerry has stolen the can opener, for no reason other than to tick Tom off. If you have ever had an annoying little brother, you can relate to the poor cat.
  • Transformers:
    • Beast Wars had Transmutate, a malformed, mentally challenged Robot Girl who died in a battle between Silverbolt and Rampage, the only ones who cared for her, when she tried to stop them from killing eachother. She was a case of a Woobie and horror in one.
    • Skywarp from Transformers Animated. Maybe it's the pantophobianote , maybe it's the likelyhood that he gets picked on the most out of all the clones. Whatever it is, you just wanna give the guy a BIG hug (of course, he'd probably be scared of that too.).
    • Sari Sumdac becomes one in the second and third seasons, starting when she gets kicked out of her home by the Corrupt Corporate Executive that had taken over her father's company and being told there's no legal proof she even exists. Ouch.
    • Poor Blurr, whose boss turns out to be an undercover 'Con (Shockwave, no less), and who immediately becomes a Woobie when Shockwave apparently murders Blurr by crushing him into a cube!
  • A good deal of characters from Total Drama Island suffer this. Notable ones include Tyler, who is constantly kicked around during his time on the show and is seen crying after his elimination due to his fear of chickens, and Cody, primarily in "Paintball Deer Hunter" where he is brutally mauled by a bear.
  • Kitty Katswell on T.U.F.F. Puppy, due to the numerous Amusing Injuries she suffers.
  • Luxor from Tutenstein. It must really suck being a servant to a Jerk Ass pharaoh, but his most woobie-ish moment is in Something Sphinx where he thinks he's being replaced by a monkey servant and is so sad about it he walks away, not even bothering to pick up his ball of yarn.
  • Koala Man of Ugly Americans. They guy chokes in the first episode and Mark is the only one who moves to help him. He can't reach the elevator button on his own—too short. He gets picked out as a possible problem when Honest Abe comes to town, and the cops tell him he is "in for a world of hurt," as he whimpers. It gets you cheering when he steals a plate of cookies, though.
  • The latter in the Wallace & Gromit relationship, receives a fair amount of ill-treatment in "A Matter of Loaf and Death", "The Wrong Trousers" and "A Close Shave".
  • Corneil from Watch My Chops fits this nicely. He tries to keep being a talking dog a secret between he and Bernie. Bernie often jeopardizes this and the poor guy is on the edge of a panic attack.
  • The rat from the What A Cartoon short O Ratz: Rat In Hot Tin Can. All he wants to do is stay warm and yet he is constantly getting beaten, abused and hurt by people and run over by cars.
  • Moosel from The Wuzzles. There are times where you just want to wrap the poor moose-seal hybrid in a big hug and tell him everything will be okay. The fact that his voice actor passed away thus ending the series somehow only amplified his Moe factor. In the Hollywuz episode, Hoppo pretty much treats the poor little guy as a doormat and in Moosel's Monster, the other Wuzzles yell at him for his over active imagination causing him to slowly waddle home. With tears in his eyes, Moosel laments that no one would want to be his friend with his overactive imagination not even himself.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: Jack Spicer, the resident Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
  • X-Men: Evolution:
  • One episode is devoted to Scott being kidnapped by Mystique, knocked out, and waking up in Mexico with his glasses stolen, leaving him forced to stumble around blindly, being attacked by wolves, falling off of cliffs, and being beaten up by Mystique. And she implies that she intends to keep knocking him out and abandoning him in even more remote places.
  • H.E.L.P.eR on The Venture Bros.. Similar to Woodhouse on Archer, H.E.L.P.eR is the long-suffering domestic servant who essentially raised the show's protagonists, but is generally treated as a broken-down machine without feelings. He frequently suffers terrible mishaps and is often broken and all but destroyed, with few of the characters batting an eyelash.

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