The Woobie: All races have their moments be it in-game or in the lore, but Forsaken possibly take the cake. They were killed by either Kel'Thuzad's Plague of Undeath, the Scourge, or Arthas himself after he became a Death Knight, and then reanimated as mindless slaves to the Lich King. After they regained their consciousness and free will, they were driven away from their old homes, lost everything they knew and loved, and left with no place to call home until Sylvanas claimed the Undercity as their home.
- A quote from Forsaken writings sums this up.
"When I clawed my way out of the grave, I thought my family would welcome me with open arms. Instead, they drove me out of the village, screaming in a language I could no longer understand."
- Undead Death Knights double this up. As humans, they contract the plague and die, come back as a mindless zombie, wrest their self control back and join the Forsaken, are killed again, brought back again, mind-wiped and enslaved again, and have to fight for their freedom AGAIN. They are hated and reviled by all their former loved ones with each iteration and have to rebuild their lives from scratch. It's little wonder they're so bitter.
- The draenei have been running for their lives for 25,000 years, have seen the destruction of countless planets, were almost killed off entirely, and when it seems they finally catch a break in retaking the Exodar, the blood elves crash it. And most of them were alive for all of it.
- Also, voidwalkers, if you listen to their quotes. For instance, upon being summoned: "I don't like this place...", or being dismissed: "Release... at last..."
- Garona. Literally her entire life sucks from beginning to present.
- Jaina. Just look at how much she lost: Homeland, lovers ( two of whom spectacularly went insane, turned evil, and died), mentor, father, any hope of peace... And now her new homeworld of Theramore; the casualties include her bodyguard Pained, her apprentice Kinnidy, and Rhonin, who saves her life at the cost of his own. Goddammit Garrosh. Not to mention that it potentially gets worse, as seen in the Bad Future that is End Time - her immortal soul is trapped forever in the incinerated ruins of the world, and is only freed when killed by the protagonist's party. Mercifully averted if you complete the final boss of Cataclysm (which, canonicly speaking, happens), so thank goodness for small favours. But then the Fall of Theramore Happens. This finally snaps her and makes her outright despise the Horde. She stops short of destroying Orgrimmar, but is no longer the person she used to be.
- Worth noting that Lady Jaina was one of the few people in all of Azeroth who was both loved and respected by both factions and still fighting for peace between the Horde and the Alliance. Not so much now the latter, thanks to Garrosh.
- In Mists of Pandaria, her efforts to help the Kirin Tor remain neutral get derailed by the Sunreavers using Dalaran's portal network to escape with the stolen Divine Bell, causing her to feel betrayed. Her expelling the Blood Elves from Dalaran and coldly shrugging off the What the Hell, Hero? reaction from Varian puts her into Jerkass Woobie territory.
- Aethas Sunreaver falls into this in Mists of Pandaria, suffering a brutal Humiliation Conga and seeing his life's work go down the drain in front of him.
- Kael'thas. He and his people were pretty much Azeroth's Chew Toy in Frozen Throne... And then Burning Crusade took away pretty much everything that made him sympathetic.
- How often do you pity a dragon? Kalecgos loses the girl he loves, and he watches his ruler go batshit.
- Anveena. She's abducted by almost every villain with a lust for power, she finds out that her parents were never real, and she has to sacrifice herself (and give up her love for Kalecgos) to help the party defeat Kil'jaeden. The poor girl never seems to catch a break.
- Sunwalker Dezco went to Pandaria after his wife saw visions of Garrosh leading the horde to ruins, only to lose her in childbirth, then he loses his blood brother to a mogu's spiteful last attack, And even his infant children weren't safe, he's now lost both his sons, one dead, the other taken by the golden lotus, unable to see his family again until he's grown. And depending on how the fallout of Siege of Orgrimmar goes, Taran-Zhu may chase him and the Horde out of the Vale, even after Dezco swore to his Wife's spirit that he'd give his life to protect it.
- Primordius, the 8th boss in Throne of Thunder. He's an unintentional creation of the Mogu, a result of Saurok experiments within the pools of Flesh-Shaping substance going unattented for a long time. Since the chambers beneath Lei-Shen's palace had been sealed off some time after the death of the Thunder King, it's safe to assume he's been in there, cold, confused and alone for a long time. Also, through the fight he gains evolutions that boosts his power via the flesh-shaping substance, but doing so causes him to start screaming in horrible pain as his body mutates. To hammer it home, as he dies he does not curse the adventurers with his final breath as so many a boss has done, but goes out with a hopeless, saddening whimper.
"Again.. We are torn apart.. Again.. Back to the cold darknes.."
- Feng the Accursed was framed by an underling for stealing from the Mogu'shan Vaults and cursed to death by the Emperor then was later betrayed and cursed to death again by four or five more Emperors.... The fact that it was stated that his body was destroyed each time indicates that they ressurected him to aid in their coups than killed him upon ascension to the throne. After the last Mogu Emperor died the door out of the Mogu'shan Vaults was sealed shut keeping him from freedom until we came along and killed his ghost so that it would not escape the Mogu'shan Vaults.....