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The reasons for this can vary. Maybe they are [[DyingRace endangered]]. Maybe they are [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch misunderstood]] or [[FantasticRacism discriminated against]]. Maybe they're [[SlaveRace enslaved]] or [[HenchmenRace made into hapless mooks]], [[SympatheticSentientWeapon especially if they're made sympathetic]]. Whatever the reason, the audience and/or characters in-universe feel sorry for them.

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The reasons for this can vary. Maybe they are [[DyingRace endangered]]. Maybe they are [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch misunderstood]] or [[FantasticRacism discriminated against]]. Maybe they're [[SlaveRace enslaved]] or [[HenchmenRace made into hapless mooks]], [[SympatheticSentientWeapon especially if they're made sympathetic]]. Whatever the reason, the audience and/or the characters in-universe feel sorry for them.
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** [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Prometheans]] are {{Artificial Human}}s who due to being unnatural in their very being trigger a HatePlague toward themselves everywhere they go. They also are unwilling {{Walking Wasteland}}s, because even ''nature itself'' reject them, meaning they are forced in a WalkingTheEarth lifestyle due to being unable to settle down or have relationships. The only way out is a long and dangerous quest to learn about humanity in order to improve themselves and BecomeARealBoy- which they can only do by interacting with the very humans who instinctively hate them. On top of that, there is an entire species of monsters out to devour them.

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** [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Prometheans]] are {{Artificial Human}}s who due to being unnatural in their very being trigger a HatePlague toward themselves everywhere they go. They also are unwilling {{Walking Wasteland}}s, because even ''nature itself'' reject rejects them, meaning they are forced in a WalkingTheEarth lifestyle due to being unable to settle down or have relationships. The only way out is a long and dangerous quest to learn about humanity in order to improve themselves and BecomeARealBoy- which they can only do by interacting with the very humans who instinctively hate them. On top of that, there is [[AngelicAbomination an entire species of monsters monsters]] out to devour them.


* The Narns in ''Series/BabylonFive'' and the Bajoran in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' exists to fulfill this trope. They both represent oppressed and exploited peoples, cruelly invaded and enslaved by more powerful alien forces, fighting harshly for regain independence and suffering many setbacks in the reconstruction of their home worlds once freed. Producers of

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* The Narns in ''Series/BabylonFive'' and the Bajoran Bajorans in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' exists exist to fulfill this trope. They both represent oppressed and exploited peoples, cruelly invaded and enslaved by more powerful alien forces, fighting harshly for regain independence and suffering many setbacks in the reconstruction of their home worlds once freed. Producers of


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* Orcs in Literature/TolkiensLegendarium are a whole species of JerkassWoobie, although we normally only see the jerkass side. They're miserable creatures who were literally bred through torture and constantly get used as cannon fodder; they hate the Dark Lord and only serve him out of fear. They're also generally vicious little bastards who enjoy killing and torture for their own sake.

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* Orcs in Literature/TolkiensLegendarium are a whole species of JerkassWoobie, although we normally only see the jerkass side. They're miserable creatures who were literally bred through torture and constantly get used as cannon fodder; they hate the Dark Lord and only serve him out of fear. They're also generally vicious little bastards who enjoy killing and torture for their own sake.

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* ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness'': While few supernaturals in the setting [[BlessedWithSuck could consider themselves lucky]], two especially stand out:
** [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changelings]] are former humans who suffered what might be the worst variation possible of TouchedByVorlons, being abdcuted and forcefully reshaped into faeric beings by TheFairFolk, who then proceeded to use them as slaves, objects or or pets. They escaped and clawed their way back to the human world, only to find out nobody missed them because they had been replaced for years by duplicates. Unable to return to their old lifes due to the time they missed and because of all the alterations they suffered, they end up having to build a new life here, constantly in fear of their former masters coming back for them.
** [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Prometheans]] are {{Artificial Human}}s who due to being unnatural in their very being trigger a HatePlague toward themselves everywhere they go. They also are unwilling {{Walking Wasteland}}s, because even ''nature itself'' reject them, meaning they are forced in a WalkingTheEarth lifestyle due to being unable to settle down or have relationships. The only way out is a long and dangerous quest to learn about humanity in order to improve themselves and BecomeARealBoy- which they can only do by interacting with the very humans who instinctively hate them. On top of that, there is an entire species of monsters out to devour them.


* ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness'': As a whole, supernatural beings in the setting tend to have quite crappy lives, but two especially stand out:
** [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changelings]] are former humans who suffered what might be the worst variation possible of TouchedByVorlons, being abdcuted and forcefully reshaped into faeric beings by TheFairFolk, who then proceeded to use them as slaves, objects or or pets. They escaped and clawed their way back to the human world, only to find out nobody missed them because they had been replaced for years by duplicates. Unable to return to their old lifes due to the time they missed and because of all the alterations they suffered, they end up having to build a new life here, constantly in fear of their former masters coming back for them.
** [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Prometheans]] are {{Artificial Human}}s who due to being unnatural in their very being trigger a HatePlague toward themselves everywhere they go. They also are unwilling {{Walking Wasteland}}s, because even ''nature itself'' reject them, meaning they are forced in a WalkingTheEarth lifestyle due to being unable to settle down or have relationships. The only way out is a long and dangerous quest to learn about humanity in order to improve themselves and BecomeARealBoy- which they can only do by interacting with the very humans who instinctively hate them. On top of that, there is an entire species of monsters out to devour them.


** [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changelings]] are former humans who suffered what might be the worst variation possible of TouchedByVorlon, being abdcuted and forcefully reshaped into faeric beings by TheFairFolk, who then proceeded to use them as slaves, objects or or pets. They escaped and clawed their way back to the human world, only to find out nobody missed them because they had been replaced for years by duplicates. Unable to return to their old lifes due to the time they missed and because of all the alterations they suffered, they end up having to build a new life here, constantly in fear of their former masters coming back for them.

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** [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changelings]] are former humans who suffered what might be the worst variation possible of TouchedByVorlon, TouchedByVorlons, being abdcuted and forcefully reshaped into faeric beings by TheFairFolk, who then proceeded to use them as slaves, objects or or pets. They escaped and clawed their way back to the human world, only to find out nobody missed them because they had been replaced for years by duplicates. Unable to return to their old lifes due to the time they missed and because of all the alterations they suffered, they end up having to build a new life here, constantly in fear of their former masters coming back for them.

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* ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness'': As a whole, supernatural beings in the setting tend to have quite crappy lives, but two especially stand out:
** [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changelings]] are former humans who suffered what might be the worst variation possible of TouchedByVorlon, being abdcuted and forcefully reshaped into faeric beings by TheFairFolk, who then proceeded to use them as slaves, objects or or pets. They escaped and clawed their way back to the human world, only to find out nobody missed them because they had been replaced for years by duplicates. Unable to return to their old lifes due to the time they missed and because of all the alterations they suffered, they end up having to build a new life here, constantly in fear of their former masters coming back for them.
** [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Prometheans]] are {{Artificial Human}}s who due to being unnatural in their very being trigger a HatePlague toward themselves everywhere they go. They also are unwilling {{Walking Wasteland}}s, because even ''nature itself'' reject them, meaning they are forced in a WalkingTheEarth lifestyle due to being unable to settle down or have relationships. The only way out is a long and dangerous quest to learn about humanity in order to improve themselves and BecomeARealBoy- which they can only do by interacting with the very humans who instinctively hate them. On top of that, there is an entire species of monsters out to devour them.



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* ''VideoGame/StarControl'':
** The entire [[spoiler:[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Ur-Quan]]]] civilization was enslaved by tyrannical [[TheHypnotoad Hypnotoads]] and reclaimed their freedom only after a lengthy campaign of mind control-disrupting self-torture. Small wonder [[spoiler:half of them became control freaks and the other half became {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s.]] Even with more perspective the [[spoiler: Ur-Quan]] are very unfortunate. They evolved largely solitary, with an inborn dislike and fear of each other, and had to learn to suppress and control their own territorial instincts to come together into a society. When leaving their homeworld they attacked the first alien ships they saw, but the Taalo were patient and they stopped, and found to their shock that these rock-shaped aliens didn't set off their territorial instincts at all in person, even if other aliens did. They entered into galactic civilization ''again'' suppressing their nature, eager to find ways to participate and contribute that didn't involve too much direct contact with aliens that they instinctively hated, but the Sylandro describe them as "great friends". And then they found the Dynarri, who discovered that they were highly susceptible to mind control and took over galactic civilization. The Taalo were immune to mind control, so the Dynarri had the [[spoiler: Ur-Quan]] wipe them out, and the sentient species of the galaxy were viciously pruned back, any who made less able slaves wiped out. ''Twenty five centuries later'', after being bred into two distinct subspecies, the discovery that Dynarri released their control on someone dying or in excruciating pain was made, and [[spoiler: Kzer-Za]] injected himself with a nasty poison so he could [[HeroicSacrifice spread this knowledge before dying in agony]]. [[spoiler: Ur-Quan]] everywhere immediately started hacking off their own limbs, stabbing themselves with broken glass, et cetera so they could rush and try to kill their masters. When they had cleared enough to be able to organize they developed devices they could plant in their own brains to cause immense, constant agony without harming their bodies, and so leave them able to fight without fear. They did this for ''years'' and were terrified of being enslaved again, guilty about the Taalo, and fearful of all the species that in previous eras they would have carefully worked with. The relative patience and civility of even [[spoiler: the more genocidal Ur-Quan]] is remarkable.
** The Androsynth, although they are not, strictly speaking, a separate species: they are humans, just like the Earthlings. First, they get enslaved by the rest of humanity. Then, after they finally escape and settle a planet of their own, they get enslaved again, this time by the Ur-Quan Kzer-Za. Then, when they start doing research into inter-dimensional fatigue (looking for a way to escape slavery again? Remember, they escaped from slavery the first time by discovering hyperspace, the first humans to do so), the Ariloulaleelay, who had worked so hard to protect humanity from the Orz, do nothing to warn them of the dangers. Sure enough, they break the dimensional barrier and unleash the Orz, who proceed to wipe them out in some mysterious manner. The games hardly acknowledge how tragic and unfair their fate was. In the second game, Earth seems perfectly happy to welcome the Orz to the New Alliance, never mind that the Orz had already wiped out half the human race.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'''s elves have not had it easy, that's for sure. Their original homeland was invaded by the Tevinter Imperium, and they were enslaved. They were freed after they helped Andraste overthrow the Imperium and established a new homeland. This was invaded by the Chantry (which was founded by Andraste's followers) because they didn't help stop the blight that was going on at that point, and are now either second class citizens living in walled off alienages in the cities, or in the forests, where they try to reclaim their heritage, and even then are often seen as troublemakers. It gets worse in ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'' with TheReveal that [[spoiler:everything they knew about their homeland was wrong. The Elven Empire was just as bad, if not ''worse'' than Tevinter and Orlais, with an immortal nobility that enslaved lower class elves.]] The blood-writing the Dalish put on their faces to honor their gods? [[spoiler:Those were originally ''slave brands'' nobles put on their slaves to honor the gods.]] The final nail in the coffin is [[spoiler:an Ancient Elf]] admitting that [[spoiler:the Elven Empire destroyed itself in a civil war. Tevinter simply scavenged the remains.]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** The [[BenevolentPrecursors Protheans]] got wiped out in a galactic genocide over the course of centuries, the only survivors a few scientists who sacrificed themselves [[spoiler:so they could FlingALightIntoTheFuture]]. Then it's revealed that some of them are still around, [[spoiler:mind-controlled and warped into BeePeople]]. However, statements made by [[spoiler:Javik]] show them to be also a JerkassWoobie species.
** Despite being the main enemy species in the first game, the geth. In the infancy of their sapience, the quarians attempted to destroy them all simply for having become self-aware. Despite the situation, [[spoiler:they remained almost depressingly cooperative and friendly to the quarians before the war over Rannoch broke out. Even afterwards, they are still more than willing to make peace, but are forced into siding with the Reapers in self-defense because the quarians are trying to exterminate them ''again''.]]
** Speaking of the quarians, whether you see them as committing unjustifiable genocide on the geth, or simply trying to stop them before they could [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters turn against their masters]] in a spat of WrongGenreSavvy, it's hard to deny that their current lives aren't easy. They live on a giant fleet, that has limited resources, and could be crippled by destroying the few liveships they get all their food from, are probably the biggest victims of FantasticRacism in the series, seen as outcasts and troublemakers by the rest of the galaxy, are blamed for creating the geth (even though every single person actually involved in those events has been dead for centuries), are frequently enslaved, and must spend all their time in their [[LatexSpaceSuit environmental]] [[BubbleBoy suits]] or become very sick and possibly die.
** The drell. Even more of an endangered species than the quarians and would have gone extinct altogether if the hanar hadn't come to their aid. Unfortunately the environment of the hanar homeworld isn't compatible with drell biology, the high humidity causing an incurable, progressive and ultimately fatal condition called Kepral's Syndrome which is the leading cause of death among drell.
** The [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Krogan]] are a [[JerkassWoobie complicated case]]. They are all infected with a SterilityPlague that has driven them roughly over the DespairEventHorizon as a species, and most of them have given up on fighting honorably and have become bounty hunters and {{Death Seeker}}s. However, the SterilityPlague was released [[GreyAndGrayMorality after the Krogan started a galactic war]] in attempts to conquer the galaxy. So, in a way, they are responsible for the situation they are in. Also, the Genophage is designed so that the Krogan can overcome it and survive should they learn to stop fighting. [[spoiler:However, this trope becomes more straight when it is revealed through talking with Mordin that they were able to wreak the havoc they did only because the Salarians "uplifted" them by giving them space-faring technology that [[YouAreNotReady they weren't ready to have]] to help fight a war for them]]. The main reason they were trying to conquer so much was not just out of power-thirst, but because they'd [[DeathWorld made their homeworld nigh-uninhabitable.]] And in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' [[spoiler:it's revealed that they were on the brink of cultural renaissance before the Rachni Wars.]]
** [[ScaryDogmaticAliens The Batarians]] were only shown as [[WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture slavers]], mercs and terrorists in the first two games. But in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' [[spoiler:the Reapers steamrolled through their home systems]], turning their entire civilisation into refugees; batarians encountered in this game are a lot more pathetic and pitiful.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The Gerudo gradually turn out to be this. They're introduced in ''Ocarina of Time'' as a race of DesertBandits ruled by Ganondorf, but they're revealed to be pretty nice once freed from his influence. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' reveals that the harshness of their desert homeland is what drove Ganondorf to TakeOverTheWorld in the first place. By the time of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', they openly consider his origins as one of their own to be a shameful blemish on their tribe's history. On a more comedic level, the fact that they're a OneGenderRace means that they have some serious troubles interacting with men without intimidating them.
** The Sheikah in ''Breath of the Wild''. The backstory establishes that after their {{Magitek}} was used to help defeat Calamity Ganon, the other peoples of Hyrule banished them from the kingdom out of fear that the technology would be used against them afterward. Even after this, 120 Sheikah sealed themselves up in the Shrines for 10,000 years waiting to help the future Hylian Champion fight Ganon once again. This is also [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal the reason]] the Yiga Clan decided to ally themselves with Ganon.
* Half-elves in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', who are the outcasts of society, rejected by both humans and elves. The fact that the evil organization that's rounding up humans into concentration camps is made up entirely of half-elves certainly doesn't help the race's image, either. It gets to the point that [[spoiler:the two half-elves in your party have to pretend to be pure-blooded elves just to have a decent life, and the BigBad is a half-elf trying to bring about an AssimilationPlot to end racism by making everyone the same race of lifeless beings.]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** The Dunmer have a long series of hardships throughout their history, but the absolute worst comes by the time of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', where their homeland is buried by an erupting volcano and invaded, forcing them to disperse into other lands as refugees... only to be discriminated against and looked down upon by the natives there.
** The Orcs are an IronWoobie Species. They were turned the way they were by their patron god being devoured, they've faced oppression and racism from just about every other race - particularly the Bretons and Redguards, their immediate neighbors - and every time they manage to carve some land for themselves and found a nation of their own, it doesn't last. But they take this all in a stride, and have become all the stronger because of it.
** Argonians have a long history of being enslaved and marginalized by the other races, especially the Dunmer. As of ''Skyrim'', they've become a little less deserving of sympathy when they invade the Dunmers' homeland of Vvardenfall, though it's arguably payback for what the Dunmer did to them.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** [[http://www.halopedia.org/Huragok Engineers]], initially TrueNeutral pacifist critters who just like fixing technology, late in the war many of them end up defecting to the UNSC because of how the Covenant has been mistreating them, such as having bombs strapped to them.
** [[http://www.halopedia.org/Unggoy Grunts]] are just SlaveMooks that mostly have no real qualm with humanity. Usually they're too tiny and weak to be a threat. [[GoddamnedBats Usually]]. Plus, they can be really funny to listen to, [[http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/-d7IiiyukTc&rel=1 like here]].
* The enslaved whales in the Dolphins' Nightmare section of ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin: Defender of the Future''. The two Ecco meets are being used [[PoweredByAForsakenChild to power the Hanging Waters]]. In the same reality, the Outcast dolphins come across as a species of {{Jerkass Woobie}}s - they're jerks to the other marine life as much as all dolphins are in that reality ([[ItMakesSenseInContext since their ancestors had Compassion stolen from them]]) but are constantly abused by the Clan dolphins.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** Fairies are far at the bottom of the social and power hierarchies of Gensokyo, treated as laughingstocks and disposable {{Mooks}} to blast through on the way to the real objective, and because of TheFogOfAges they're perpetually children [[ImmortalImmaturity no matter how old they get]]. That same childishness means they [[AngstWhatAngst never dwell on their lot in life]], but it's not pleasant being a fairy most of the time.
** The Underground is a FantasticGhetto where all the {{youkai}} who are despised by other youkai are sent. Most of them don't want anything to do with the surface dwellers and much prefer the new arrangement... except for the [[{{Telepathy}} satori]], who are shunned even by their fellow exiles and hated and feared by all. One of them, Koishi, essentially ''lobotomized herself'' because it was so bad.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** [[TheCassandra Absols]] can sense when natural disasters are about to occur and try to warn people about it, but the fact that they can't vocalize mean that they were mistaken as the ''source'' of said disaster, and often get abused and chased out of the area they're living in as a result. ''X and Y'''s pokedex entry uses the past tense regarding that rumor though, so maybe the myth has died off.
** Cubone is the original Pokémon Woobie, and appears to have been designed to harp on this trope as hard as possible. Cubones are orphans, having been separated from their mother at a young age (and, in a just-a-bit-creepy development, wear said mother's skull as a helmet). They avoid interacting with others and at night, they can be seen staring at the moon and crying, since it reminds them of their mother. Their species name is "Lonely Pokémon."
* [[spoiler:Shades]] from ''VideoGame/{{Nier}}'' [[spoiler:were infected with White Chlorination Syndrome, watched their world get destroyed, gave up their human bodies]]. Some of them went insane, forced into cryogenic sleep, and then treated as monsters by their clones and slaughtered.
* ''VideoGame/WarCraft'':
** The Blood Elves (formerly High Elves) originally were a powerful kingdom until they suffered an invasion from [[TheUndead the Scourge]], which resulted in a good chunk of their population being slaughtered, and their source of magic energy, the Sunwell, being corrupted. Turned out they had developed a [[AddictiveMagic drug-like addiction to magic]], so after losing their source, they started suffering a devouring thirst. They tried to join the Alliance in the effort to fight the Scourge, only for their human allies to [[ScrewYouElves treat them with disdain]], with their prince almost getting executed by his [[FantasticRacism particularly bigoted]] superior. In despair, [[TragicVillain said prince ended up joining a demon in an attempt to save his people from their magic addiction,]] [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget only to end up corrupt as a result and turning against the same people he tried to protect.]] Only at the end of ''Burning Crusade'' do things start to finally get better for them.
** The Draenei had the large majority of their species willingly turn into demons through a DealWithTheDevil, while they were forced to abandon their homeworld and spend the rest of their lives running away from said demons, who want them dead for having the guts to refuse the deal (in fact, their very name mean "the Exiled" in their language). They eventually found a new home on a world they named Draenor, where they started to cohabit relatively peacefully with the native Orcs, [[YankTheDogsChain only for the Demons to eventually find them again and corrupt the Orcs, turning them into bloodthirsty barbarians who proceeded to almost exterminate them]]. ''Then'' Draenor was destroyed and reduced to a floating wasteland, and a good chunk of the surviving Draenei ended up corrupt, turning into parodies of themselves. Even in an alternate timeline where the Orcs' corruption was prevented, the Draenei ''still'' ended up almost slaughtered by them because the one who prevented said corruption happened to be an Orc supremacist.
** The Forsaken were former members of the Scourge, but regained their consciousness after the Lich King lost some of his power. Many of them have memories of devouring their loved ones as mindless undead. Even after their faculties were restored, they couldn't understand Common anymore because of the rot affecting their minds, almost like a stroke victim. Any of the surviving humans rejected them in understandable horror, since the Scourge had nearly wiped humanity off the planet. They were forced into an uneasy alliance with their former enemies, the Horde. Ultimately this is played with though; they're more of a JerkassWoobie species thanks to their BlackAndGreyMorality.
* ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'':
** Goblins are a SlaveRace who have been forced to work in a gold mine under terrible conditions with little to no compensation. Fortunately, a goblin named Ruckus learned how to repurpose a mining MiniMecha into a war machine and rebelled against his enslavers.
** Ska'drin are a demon-like species who are looked down upon by every other species who see them as evil monsters. They've almost been wiped out at least twice and most ska'drin live in fear, resorting to filing off their horns and tucking their tails to hide their true identity. However, one young ska'drin named Talus is proud of his heritage and strives to show others that ska'drin are good people.
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** The Blood Elves (formerly High Elves) originally were a powerful kingdom until they suffered an invasion from [[TheUndead the Scourge]], which resulted in a good chunk of their population being slaughtered, and their source of magic energy, the Sunwell, being corrupted. Turned out they had developped an drug-like addiction to magic, so after losing their source, they started suffering a devouring thirst for magic. They tried to join the Alliance in the effort to fight the Scourge, only for their human allies to [[FantasticRacism treat them with disdain]], with their prince almost getting executed by his particularly bigoted superior. In dispair, [[TragicVillain said prince ended up joining a demon in an attempt to save his people from their magic addiction,]] [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget only to end up corrupt as a result and turning against the same people he tried to protect.]] Only at the end of ''Burning Crusade'' do things start to finally get better for them.
** the Draenei had the large majority of their species willingly turn into demons through a DealWithTheDevil, while they were forced to abandon their homeworld and spend the rest of their life running away from said demons, who want them dead for having the guts to refuse the deal (in fact, their very name mean "the Exiled" in their language). [[YankTheDogsChain They eventually found a new home on a world they named Draenor, where they started to cohabit relatively peacefully with the native Orcs, only for the Demons to eventually find them again and corrupt the Orcs, turning them into blood-thirsty barbarians who proceeded to almost exterminate them]]. ''Then'' Draenor was destroyed and reduced to a floating wasteland, and a good chunk of the surviving Draenei ended up corrupt, turning into parodies of themselves. Even in an alternate timeline where the Orcs' corruption was prevented, the Draenei ''still'' ended up almost slaughtered by them because the one who prevented said corruption happened to be an Orc supremacist.
** The Forsaken, Though they are more of a JerkassWoobie species.

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** The Blood Elves (formerly High Elves) originally were a powerful kingdom until they suffered an invasion from [[TheUndead the Scourge]], which resulted in a good chunk of their population being slaughtered, and their source of magic energy, the Sunwell, being corrupted. Turned out they had developped an developed a [[AddictiveMagic drug-like addiction to magic, magic]], so after losing their source, they started suffering a devouring thirst for magic. thirst. They tried to join the Alliance in the effort to fight the Scourge, only for their human allies to [[FantasticRacism [[ScrewYouElves treat them with disdain]], with their prince almost getting executed by his [[FantasticRacism particularly bigoted bigoted]] superior. In dispair, despair, [[TragicVillain said prince ended up joining a demon in an attempt to save his people from their magic addiction,]] [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget only to end up corrupt as a result and turning against the same people he tried to protect.]] Only at the end of ''Burning Crusade'' do things start to finally get better for them.
** the The Draenei had the large majority of their species willingly turn into demons through a DealWithTheDevil, while they were forced to abandon their homeworld and spend the rest of their life lives running away from said demons, who want them dead for having the guts to refuse the deal (in fact, their very name mean "the Exiled" in their language). [[YankTheDogsChain They eventually found a new home on a world they named Draenor, where they started to cohabit relatively peacefully with the native Orcs, [[YankTheDogsChain only for the Demons to eventually find them again and corrupt the Orcs, turning them into blood-thirsty bloodthirsty barbarians who proceeded to almost exterminate them]]. ''Then'' Draenor was destroyed and reduced to a floating wasteland, and a good chunk of the surviving Draenei ended up corrupt, turning into parodies of themselves. Even in an alternate timeline where the Orcs' corruption was prevented, the Draenei ''still'' ended up almost slaughtered by them because the one who prevented said corruption happened to be an Orc supremacist.
** The Forsaken, Though Forsaken were former members of the Scourge, but regained their consciousness after the Lich King lost some of his power. Many of them have memories of devouring their loved ones as mindless undead. Even after their faculties were restored, they are couldn't understand Common anymore because of the rot affecting their minds, almost like a stroke victim. Any of the surviving humans rejected them in understandable horror, since the Scourge had nearly wiped humanity off the planet. They were forced into an uneasy alliance with their former enemies, the Horde. Ultimately this is played with though; they're more of a JerkassWoobie species.species thanks to their BlackAndGreyMorality.


* Most half-human and half-demon hybrids in ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'' count for this considering that both humans and demons refuse to accept them most of the time.
* The Diclonii from ''Manga/ElfenLied''. Bonus points for the bulk of them going down the WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds road.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' have [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination the Witches]], former Puella Magi that have gone past the DespairEventHorizon and became monsters]]. After this is revealed killing them becomes less about saving people and more about performing a MercyKill.



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* ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' has humans themselves, because Earth was destroyed by the Drej, making humans galactic drifters.
* Mice in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', where they are made to represent oppressed minorities and are subjugated by [[CatsAreMean cats]].
%%* [[spoiler: The Grungies]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons Movie''.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' has [[spoiler:the dragons themselves, when it's revealed they're enslaved by the Red Death, forced to wage war against Vikings to get her food (resulting in thousands of deaths) and get hardly anything to survive on themselves. No wonder [[{{TheWoobie}} Hiccup]] was so drawn to them.]]
* While it's a bit of a stretch to call them a "species", the various creations of the [[BigBad Other Mother]] are all likely to garner a few tears from the audience since they are bound to her and forced to do her bidding whether they want to or not. Both Other!Wybee and Other!Father genuinely care for Coraline and both [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice themselves]] to help her, while the others like Other!Bobinsky seem to be ObliviouslyEvil at best.
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* The Ewoks from ''Franchise/StarWars'' are a Subversion. Sure, they look like cute little teddy bears, they live on a DeathWorld, and the Empire's set up shop there for their latest superweapon. However, those cute little teddy bears are a race full of BadassAdorable, CuteAndPsycho {{KillerRabbit}}s who are more than capable of handling themselves if given reason.
* The Na'vi from ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' exist to make us feel sorry for the plight of indigenous peoples.
* The alien "prawns" from ''Film/{{District 9}}'' are another racism-related example combined with WhatMeasureIsANonCute.



** Gedds seem to be inferior to many species in just about every way. And because they're the basic Yeerk host, almost none of them are free.



* In Creator/AEVanVogt's ''Literature/{{Slan}}'', the titular species, hated and hunted by ordinary humanity, bore a striking resemblance to the smart kids who get picked on at school, the primary demographic of most science fiction of the time.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Of all the intelligent humanoids on the Disc, FantasticRacism may hit the goblins the hardest - they face poverty and social marginalization wherever they live, and in many areas aren't legally considered people and can be murdered and enslaved with impunity.
** Orcs are considerably less pathetic than the goblins, but it's not as if they ''wanted'' to be bio-engineered cannon fodder in someone else's war. The only named orc character is a woobie in his own right.

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* In Creator/AEVanVogt's ''Literature/{{Slan}}'', the titular species, hated and hunted by ordinary humanity, bore a striking resemblance to the smart kids who get picked on at school, the primary demographic of most science fiction of the time.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
**
''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Of all the intelligent humanoids on the Disc, FantasticRacism may hit the goblins the hardest - they face poverty and social marginalization wherever they live, and in many areas aren't legally considered people and can be murdered and enslaved with impunity.
** Orcs are considerably less pathetic than the goblins, but it's not as if they ''wanted'' to be bio-engineered cannon fodder in someone else's war. The only named orc character is a woobie in his own right.
impunity.



* The Acharis in ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'', hideous worm-like creatures who hate themselves for being so ugly and who spend their lives crying as a result.



* The Newcomers from ''Series/AlienNation'' basically exist to teach us AnAesop about racism.



** The Ood were enslaved, exploited, and had their natural telepathic field dampened, for 200 years. Fortunately the Doctor arrived to help, and they made strides to repair their culture and civilisation.



** ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'': The Roidmudes are a species of android designed by a scientist by the name of Dr. Banno. Banno corrupted the Roidmudes by influencing them with negative human emotions, thereby forcing them into conflict with humanity. With no means to reproduce, their numbers dwindle as the series goes on, and their eventual extermination is treated as a tragedy that could have been avoided had Banno not abused them.
* The Narns in ''Series/BabylonFive'' and the Bajoran in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' exists to fulfill this trope. They both represent oppressed and exploited peoples, cruelly invaded and enslaved by more powerful alien forces, fighting harshly for regain independence and suffering many setbacks in the reconstruction of their home worlds once freed. Producers of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' explicitly said that the Bajoran represents historically oppressed peoples like the European Jews during Nazism and the modern day Palestinians. The similarities with the Native Americans can't be overlook either.
* Species native to Westeros in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' like the Children of the Forest and the Giants have this; they were gradually expelled from their natural lands, forced to live in the most inhospitable areas and slowly extinguishing.

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** ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'': The Roidmudes are a species of android designed by a scientist by the name of Dr. Banno. Banno corrupted the Roidmudes by influencing them with negative human emotions, thereby forcing them into conflict with humanity. With no means to reproduce, their numbers dwindle as the series goes on, and their eventual extermination is treated as a tragedy that could have been avoided had Banno not abused them.
them. [[note]]The sole exception is Paint Roidemude, who manages to disgust even other Roidemudes.[[/note]]
* The Narns in ''Series/BabylonFive'' and the Bajoran in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' exists to fulfill this trope. They both represent oppressed and exploited peoples, cruelly invaded and enslaved by more powerful alien forces, fighting harshly for regain independence and suffering many setbacks in the reconstruction of their home worlds once freed. Producers of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' explicitly said that the Bajoran represents historically oppressed peoples like the European Jews during Nazism and the modern day Palestinians. The similarities with the Native Americans can't be overlook either.
* Species native to Westeros in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' like the Children of the Forest and the Giants have this; they were gradually expelled from their natural lands, forced to live in the most inhospitable areas and slowly extinguishing.



* TabletopGame/{{Promethean|TheCreated}}s in the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness. Depending on your definition of "species", TabletopGame/{{Changeling|TheLost}}s may also qualify. Life really, really sucks for both of them.



* The Demi-humans in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' are discriminated against and exploited by humans.



** The Spathi are pantophobics and are born in such numbers that they receive no attention from their parents. They had a chance to have a protective bubble put around their planet, but due to a mix-up, they are now {{Reluctant Warrior}}s for an alien dictatorship.
** The Utwig are horribly depressed because they accidentally broke their Ultron, which is the most important MacGuffin in the history of their society. Although, there is a quest where you can fix it.
** The entire [[spoiler:[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Ur-Quan]]]] civilization was enslaved by tyrannical [[TheHypnotoad Hypnotoads]] and reclaimed their freedom only after a lengthy campaign of mind control-disrupting self-torture. Small wonder [[spoiler:half of them became control freaks and the other half became {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s.]]
*** Even with more perspective the [[spoiler: Ur-Quan]] are very unfortunate. They evolved largely solitary, with an inborn dislike and fear of each other, and had to learn to suppress and control their own territorial instincts to come together into a society. When leaving their homeworld they attacked the first alien ships they saw, but the Taalo were patient and they stopped, and found to their shock that these rock-shaped aliens didn't set off their territorial instincts at all in person, even if other aliens did. They entered into galactic civilization ''again'' suppressing their nature, eager to find ways to participate and contribute that didn't involve too much direct contact with aliens that they instinctively hated, but the Sylandro describe them as "great friends". And then they found the Dynarri, who discovered that they were highly susceptible to mind control and took over galactic civilization. The Taalo were immune to mind control, so the Dynarri had the [[spoiler: Ur-Quan]] wipe them out, and the sentient species of the galaxy were viciously pruned back, any who made less able slaves wiped out. ''Twenty five centuries later'', after being bred into two distinct subspecies, the discovery that Dynarri released their control on someone dying or in excruciating pain was made, and [[spoiler: Kzer-Za]] injected himself with a nasty poison so he could [[HeroicSacrifice spread this knowledge before dying in agony]]. [[spoiler: Ur-Quan]] everywhere immediately started hacking off their own limbs, stabbing themselves with broken glass, et cetera so they could rush and try to kill their masters. When they had cleared enough to be able to organize they developed devices they could plant in their own brains to cause immense, constant agony without harming their bodies, and so leave them able to fight without fear. They did this for ''years'' and were terrified of being enslaved again, guilty about the Taalo, and fearful of all the species that in previous eras they would have carefully worked with. The relative patience and civility of even [[spoiler: the more genocidal Ur-Quan]] is remarkable.

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** The Spathi are pantophobics and are born in such numbers that they receive no attention from their parents. They had a chance to have a protective bubble put around their planet, but due to a mix-up, they are now {{Reluctant Warrior}}s for an alien dictatorship.
** The Utwig are horribly depressed because they accidentally broke their Ultron, which is the most important MacGuffin in the history of their society. Although, there is a quest where you can fix it.
** The entire [[spoiler:[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Ur-Quan]]]] civilization was enslaved by tyrannical [[TheHypnotoad Hypnotoads]] and reclaimed their freedom only after a lengthy campaign of mind control-disrupting self-torture. Small wonder [[spoiler:half of them became control freaks and the other half became {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s.]]
***
]] Even with more perspective the [[spoiler: Ur-Quan]] are very unfortunate. They evolved largely solitary, with an inborn dislike and fear of each other, and had to learn to suppress and control their own territorial instincts to come together into a society. When leaving their homeworld they attacked the first alien ships they saw, but the Taalo were patient and they stopped, and found to their shock that these rock-shaped aliens didn't set off their territorial instincts at all in person, even if other aliens did. They entered into galactic civilization ''again'' suppressing their nature, eager to find ways to participate and contribute that didn't involve too much direct contact with aliens that they instinctively hated, but the Sylandro describe them as "great friends". And then they found the Dynarri, who discovered that they were highly susceptible to mind control and took over galactic civilization. The Taalo were immune to mind control, so the Dynarri had the [[spoiler: Ur-Quan]] wipe them out, and the sentient species of the galaxy were viciously pruned back, any who made less able slaves wiped out. ''Twenty five centuries later'', after being bred into two distinct subspecies, the discovery that Dynarri released their control on someone dying or in excruciating pain was made, and [[spoiler: Kzer-Za]] injected himself with a nasty poison so he could [[HeroicSacrifice spread this knowledge before dying in agony]]. [[spoiler: Ur-Quan]] everywhere immediately started hacking off their own limbs, stabbing themselves with broken glass, et cetera so they could rush and try to kill their masters. When they had cleared enough to be able to organize they developed devices they could plant in their own brains to cause immense, constant agony without harming their bodies, and so leave them able to fight without fear. They did this for ''years'' and were terrified of being enslaved again, guilty about the Taalo, and fearful of all the species that in previous eras they would have carefully worked with. The relative patience and civility of even [[spoiler: the more genocidal Ur-Quan]] is remarkable.



* The Mudokons in the ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'' saga. The utter woobieness of the main character as he tries, in his hapless way, to free his fellow woobies from a lifetime of slavery is the main appeal of these games.



** Gorons and Zoras from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. Ganondorf starves the Gorons when their leader refuses to hand over the Goron's ruby, and later [[spoiler: tries to feed them all to a dragon in the fire temple as a warning to those who would defy Ganondorf's rule]]. Also, the Zoras [[spoiler:are frozen under ice after Ganondorf takes over; they get better, but in real life this is the kind of thing that would kill you]].



** Each Yamask apparently WasOnceAMan. That mask they carry around? It was their face when they were human. [[TearJerker They cry when they look at it.]]



* The Ferin from ''Webcomic/{{Terinu}}'' are genetically engineered slaves with built-in dyslexia and incapable of refusing a direct order by their masters.



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* Wiki/SCPFoundation has SCP-955 ("Mr. Sillybug"), who just wants to be your friend, but with [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-955 a face like that]] and a startle reflex that involves spraying highly corrosive mucus everywhere, that tends to end poorly.
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* The title characters of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had their species nearly driven to extinction in the ''first episode'', and spend the series fighting against threats of exploitation or death from all sides.
%%* The Beast-Men in ''WesternAnimation/{{ThunderCats|1985}}''.



* It's impossible not to feel bad about the poor Blub Blubs in ''WesternAnimation/StarStreetTheAdventuresOfTheStarKids''; ruled by a glutton man child psychopath like Momo, who is nor even of his own species.



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* Endangered species, though which species is given the most sympathy varies greatly. If the animal is cute and cuddly, like the Panda, then millions of dollars will be spent to ensure that they breed and are well taken care of, if it isn't, [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute then people might not really care about it that much]].
* Dinosaurs, though they're rarely given credit for it by documentaries, which traditionally portray their extinction as a good thing (MostWritersAreHuman after all). Discovery Channel's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Day_of_the_Dinosaurs "The Last Day of the Dinosaurs"]] plays them up as woobies fairly well, showing what a catastrophic event the asteroid impact was.
* Sharks. Thanks to [[Film/{{Jaws}} a certain movie]] they have [[TheDreaded an irreparably horrible reputation]], despite killing fewer people than dogs and the vast majority of species are harmless to humans. Around a hundred million sharks are killed every year for no good reason, and most people don't see anything wrong with this. Not helped at all by humans who like talking about how cute and harmless the animals known to tear sharks and other animals apart [[ForTheEvulz for fun]] are (dolphins and orcas).
* Humans, to a degree. For one, we have the ability to suffer in ways no other animal can (e.g no other animal worries about the future as for as we know, and no other animal is aware of its inevitable death.)
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* To some extent, the ''{{Pathfinder}}'' version of halflings tends to be this : way too nice for their own good, often working for humans and easily taken advantage of, even enslaved on a wide scale in half the nations where their population is significant. No wonder most halfling adventurers tend to be of the GuileHero type, with racial bonuses that truly help with that.

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* To some extent, the ''{{Pathfinder}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' version of halflings tends to be this : way too nice for their own good, often working for humans and easily taken advantage of, even enslaved on a wide scale in half the nations where their population is significant. No wonder most halfling adventurers tend to be of the GuileHero type, with racial bonuses that truly help with that.

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