These characters need a hug. Badly. But don't expect them to ask for one. A subtrope of The Stoic, unlike other woobie characters, they won't cry, angst, or outwardly show how much they're suffering at all. (Internally is another story). They don't want your pity, and in a great number of cases, will deny having emotions at all. Don't be fooled. The plot has heaped complication after complication on them, and silently, internally, they're suffering. They may inadvertently show their suffering for a moment, in which case they are Not So Stoic, or they may just have Past Experience Nightmares. If they are lucky they will find a Manic Pixie Dream Girl to comfort them and live happily ever after as a reward for their stoicism.
- Cyclops, leader of the X-Men. Even though some think he acts like a Knight Templar dick, you have to pity this guy. Starters he lost his family in a plane crash where he and his brother were the only known survivors; said brother would then be adopted and taken away from him, leaving him alone in a Crapsack of an orphanage where he was bullied by other children and tortured/experimented on by Mister Sinister. He cant control his powers. His first two wives turned crazy and evil with one of them resurrecting and dying again. He's been Mind Raped a number of times. Yet he never complains, ever.
- X-Wing Rogue Squadron:
- Wedge Antilles. Pirates killed his parents when he was sixteen or seventeen. Imperials killed his girlfriend only a few years later. In both cases, and in plenty after that, he "luckily" survived. But he takes care to only express feelings of anger and helplessness when there's no one there to see - he takes being a Reasonable Authority Figure seriously. Must be part of the reason he and Tycho get on so well - they've both been hurt terribly, they've both had to pick up and keep going and have healed, more or less, even if there are scars.
- Tycho's wife keeps her emotions very tightly under control most of the time, leading some in-universe (as well as some fans) to see her as an ice queen, but underneath it all, she is a caring person, she just has to keep her emotions tightly under control after her home planet (Alderaan) was destroyed because thanks to her eidetic memory she remembers every single detail of what she lost.
- X-23. For all the hell she's put through, Laura seldom actually talks about it. This is mainly because her emotionally-abusive upbringing left her with a poor understanding of how to deal with her feelings. As a result, her main form of expression over the pain in her past is cutting herself with her claws, and when she does break down, she's prone to bouts of severe if not suicidal depression.
- Monster X is portrayed this way in The Bridge. He may be an antagonist, but isn't an amoral character who's at worst a Punch-Clock Villain. Yet it seems like everything that could go wrong with his early life did, and is coming back to haunt him.
- Mercury from the Inheritance Cycle fanfic series "A Dance of Shadow and Light" by Ocadioan is a definite case of this. Traumatic, cruel and hellish childhood? Check. Repeated being used as the universe's chew toy? Check. Losing his few friends and loved ones one by one? Check. It is telling that as the story continues and the author's physical abuse of him lessens, the mental abuse just keeps escalating. At the end, Mercury have been wishing for and planning his own death for 400 years.
- The person sung about in "Trouble me" by 10,000 Maniacs seems to be someone like this. One of the protagonist's lines is "Why are you building this thick, thick wall to defend me?"
- The subject in "Shadows Of The Night" by Pat Benatar. He's someone in a lot of pain who tries to keep it hidden. in response she tells him she's there for him and it's ok for him to cry and the like.
- Miles Edgeworth from the Ace Attorney series was trapped with his father in an elevator by an earthquake as a young child. After hours in the dark, he was rescued, but his father was found dead of a gunshot wound, the third man with them was falsely accused, and Edgeworth secretly blamed himself. He was taken in by the man who actually committed the murder, who raised him to be a heartless prosecutor. His adult persona is the very picture of refined self-control, but earthquakes completely wreck him — he panics, often faints, and kicks himself afterward for being so 'weak.' You just want to pat him on the back and tell him it's not his fault.
- Henri Lambert from Piofiore No Bansho. As a child, his sister was driven insane and likely murdered by the mafia, after which he was sent away to a branch mafia family and repeatedly physically abused. He was not given enough food and would have died, but was helped by an older girl in the manor who demanded sexual acts in return. If he did a good job pleasing her, he would get some food and ultimately developed a severe aversion to touching people or eating food. In 1926, he is even taunted by the villain that it is his fault that he was sexually abused because he is too beautiful. Despite all this, he shows little anger or sadness to others, and is noted as someone who has exceeding control over his emotions.
- Ange Ushiromiya from Umineko: When They Cry. The poor girl grew up in a Bad Future where one entire side of her family (including the half-brother she hero-worshipped) died, with the exception of a now Ax-Crazy aunt, who loathes and resents her for still being alive while her child died on Rokkenjima (And later it turns out it's not true, and the truth that her "crazy" aunt hid from her is FAR worse). She got sent Off to Boarding School, where she was bullied and treated like a freak, and her only remaining relative on the other side of the family is an even more Ax-Crazy aunt who actively tried to kill her. And as icing on the angst-cake, Bernkastel manipulated all of these events specifically so she could bring Ange back in time with the false hope of fixing her world and then kill her, purely to torment the aforementioned brother, himself an Iron Woobie. You wouldn't know any of this from talking to her, though; she's a Deadpan Snarker who keeps to herself and rarely shows any expression except for a vague frown.
- RWBY's Blake Belladonna is the gruff, cynical Deadpan Snarker of the eponymous team, and has a habit of rebuffing people who try to befriend her (i.e. Ruby Rose, Yang Xiao Long and Sun Wukong). Her near unflappable, anti-social personality possibly stems from her painful past. She was born a Faunus, a Little Bit Beastly race of people who face a great deal of discrimination from other humans. She was born a member of the White Fang, a Faunus rights activist organization, and watched the White Fang turn into a violent, chaotic terrorists who used force to get what they wanted from people, and couldn't bear to be part of such an immoral group. She left the place she was born and all the people that had been with her for her whole life. She spends pretty much the entirety of Volume 2 in a prolonged Heroic BSoD, from closing herself off from her team and brooding over the events of Volume 1's finale, to working herself half to death trying to track down Torchwick who was using the White Fang for his own ends, to hating herself for running away from the White Fang. She desperately needs emotional support from the people around her, but she refuses to let anyone get that close to her.
- Susan of El Goonish Shive seems to fit quite well. She rarely shows any emotion or talks about her problems despite the fact that both she and her mother have been rather messed up after her parents went through a nasty divorce because her dad was cheating. On top of that, Susan discovered the cheating by walking in on her dad at a rather young age. And if that wasn't bad enough she had to kill a very human-like monster at the age of 14.
- Dante from The Story of Anima. An Animus so powerful that the Bloody Flames were instructed specifically not to engage him. Of course, he grew up under an abusive clan head that was only interested in cultivating his brother's Animus, who then focused on him after his brother gauged out his eye in a fit of rage and was subsequently banished. It's amazing he's still one of the more genuinely kind characters in the comic.
- In the Neopets "Tale of Woe" plot, Bruno is a handsome, if gangly, young Gelert. When Mr. Krawley offers him a potion that will make him stronger, he accepts it because he is desperate to impress his love interest. Unfortunately, he was tricked as the potion came with the side effect of turning him into a grotesque monster. At the end, when an antidote is found, it does not work on him. It is assumed that this is because he's been under the effects of the potion for too long. He accepts his fate, saying that he is used to the way he looks now.