Aladdin is a peasant who just happens to be skilled in petty thievery. He finds himself tricked into entering the death trap that is the Cave of Wonders, and is hunted by Jafar once he learns that Aladdin still has the magic lamp.
Jasmine is cooped up in the palace, forcing her to sneak out to have any fun. Her father is unwittingly brainwashed by Jafar, and over the course of the movie, is set up in an arranged marriage with him. Dang...
The title character of Bambi quite infamously lost his mother to a hunter when he was a young fawn (page picture). The InterquelBambi II charts his somewhat contentious upbringing by his father, the Great Prince, as well as his rivalry with Ronno, who bullied him and his girlfriend Faline up to their adulthood. The young prince has also survived two injuries from encounters with hunters; one where he fell off a cliff and another where he was shot at.
The Beast from Beauty and the Beast. At first, he's hot-tempered, nasty and really unkind, but then you start to take pity on him, especially when he starts to like Belle. He is even more of a woobie in the musical adaptation of the Disney film, particularly during his "woobie song" "If I Can't Love Her". Plus, being that fuzzy, he's probably not all that terrible to hug. Adding to that is the fact that he willingly lets Belle leave and expects her to never come back, even though it means he'll never turn back to normal and never see the only woman he ever loved again. This is a step up from the fairy tale, when the Beast just gives Belle a three day limit.
Big Hero 6; Hiro Hamada. He loses his older brother - the only family member he looked up to - in a fiery explosion that happened in front of his eyes, is nearly consumed by vengeance and grief when he discovers the truth of Tadashi's death, not to mention his breakdown when Baymax pulls a Heroic Sacrifice. You'd need a personal healthcare companion too if this stuff happened to you.
Youll definitely feel sorry for Koda when you find out that his mother was the bear that Kenai killed.
Rutt also falls into this category. In the first movie, he gets his antler broken after his brother Tuke "totals" a mammoth and after a brief argument, he doesn't want to be Tuke's brother anymore, but Tuke reminds Rutt of why he's there for him. In the second movie, Rutt gets his heart broken when Tuke woos both Anda and Kata, but his Woobie-ness gets Anda and Kata's attention away from Tuke.
Princess Anna has been isolated under the castle and being shut out for Elsa for 13 years without any explanation as to why and upon losing her parents, is left to mourn them alone without her sister to comfort her. Despite this, she continues to love her sister and never gave up hope on reconnecting with each other. Even in the present times, when she got struck in the heart to a painful death by her sister and betrayed by the man she thought was her true love, she retains her caring and optimistic attitude to the point that when given the opportunity between getting a kiss to save herself or saving Elsa from being killed by Hans, she immediate rushes in to save her sister from being killed instead. In the end in spite of all the odds against her, her selfless Act of True Love has not only saved everyone including herself but also allows her to finally reconnect with her sister after being separated for so long.
Elsa also qualifies as a woobie. She was born with powers she couldn't control, and had to live in fear that her powers will spiral out of control. This led to her parents having to isolate her from the outside world in fear that her powers may hurt others or that others might hurt her. Elsa grew up with low self-esteem due to this. When she gets older and her powers get exposed, she accidentally causes an Endless Winter to hit the kingdom, and she runs away in order to protect everybody. She does get better at the end though. After Anna performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save her and the The Power of Love saves Anna at the end, Elsa finally learns to love herself and control her powers and reconnects with her sister in the process. Even more so in "Frozen Fever", when she has to deal with a cold, thanks to her illness interfering with her desperation to make up for Anna's isolated childhood. Best demonstrated when she struggles up the clock tower, edging increasingly into delirium, and then, when Anna saves her from falling off, apologizes for ruining her birthday again.
Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Although particularly woobie-ish in the Disney adaptation he is quite the Woobie in the original novel. Not including the Festival of Fools torture scene, the way that Esmeralda treats Quasimodo after he saves her life is enough to make most any reader give that poor man a hug. Film adaptations following The Hunchback of Notre Dame usually have at least one Woobie moment for Quasimodo as well.
Lilo is barely older than 5, yet she's lost both her parents, has no friends, her "dog" runs away, and she's about to be taken from her sister. By far the Woobiest moment is right before Stitch leaves and she so matter-of-factly says "It's ok if you leave. But I'll remember you. I remember everyone who leaves". And at the point, you just wanna grab the girl and hug her and cry over the injustice of it all.
Or Nani, for that matter. She too seems rather isolated (David's the only guy her own age she really interacts with) and struggles with a part-time job and deals with a number of social workers, all to prove that she's fit to be her sister's legal guardian. And then she loses her job and tries like crazy to get a new one, because otherwise she doesn't have a chance of keeping Lilo. Towards the end, when Cobra Bubbles tells her he's sorry but he's going to have to take Lilo, Nani's expression is just so sad!
Mufasa. The poor guy got betrayed by his own brother and than brutally murdered.
Simba may be an annoying little kid, but he loses his father, Mufasa, and is convinced for years that he caused his death. His Woobie-ness increases in the sequel, when he has a nightmare where he can't save his father. Even as an adult, knowing that Mufasa's death was never his fault, he is still haunted by it and he still feels guilty.
Zazu. The poor thing goes through so much and still manages to remain dignified.
Shenzi, Banzai and Ed may be helping out the villian, but they're only doing it because of the way they've been treated. They're basically considered monsters by everyone just because they eat to survive.
Also, there's Nala, who had to grow up under Scar's rule, and perhaps the biggest victim was Sarabi, who lost her husband and son in one day, had to live through Scar's reign, and got slapped into near unconsciousness by him.
A rare evil example, Nuka ends up being this for the sequel, the unpopular son of Zira, who is scolded and ignored constantly when he just wants a chance. He goes so far to please his mother it ends up killing him. This eventually leads Zira to finally notice him and is reflected upon in a deleted scene.
Nuka: Well, I finally got your attention, didn't I?
The title heroine of Mulan would initially seem out of place in this trope, seeing as she's got a fantastic reputation of being the strongest Disney female character and an Action Girl to boot. And yet, she gets an entire song about how much she doesn't belong and how afraid she is of disappointing her family.
Oliver the cat from Oliver & Company. Left out in the rain, getting chased by big, vicious dogs, ending up trying to get food from a hot dog vendor and kicked into the wall, and then when he gets help from a dog named Dodger to steal them, Dodger keeps them all for himself and goes back home. Oliver follows Dodger, despite being put through a variety of pranks along the way, and when he gets to Dodger's home, he is surrounded by a gang of dogs who hate him and want him dead. And all this is just early on.
Jenny as well, to a lesser extent, being a Lonely Rich Kid who gets a cat only for him to be taken away pretty quickly, then getting kidnapped herself.
Fagin himself is nearly a Jerkass Woobie for his shadier actions. For one thing, he has his dogs commit crimes on his behalf, and for another, he writes a letter to a wealthy cat owner saying to bring ransom or never see the cat again. But when you consider what a vicious loan shark is putting him through, you inevitably realize that he's the lesser of evils.
Tiana from The Princess and the Frog has devoted her entire life to buying a mill to set up her planned restaurant in. The very day she gets enough money for it, the Jerkass owners tell that she was outbid, too bad for her. And when she pleads with them to take pity on her, as she worked so hard to get what she had, what do they say? "A woman in your...position, well you're better off staying where you're at". Ouch. Add in the theory that they themselves lied about or orchestrated the outbidding and it's very hard to not to feel sorry for the poor girl.
Despite being a Handsome Lech and kind of a Spoiled Brat, it's easy to feel bad for Naveen when he admits that without his money, he doesn't know how to do anything for himself, which he only discovered when his parents cut him off.
The king and queen from Sleeping Beauty, who tried for years to have a baby, and then once they had her, had to send her to live with the Fairies and didn't see her again until she was 16.
InThe Sword in the Stone, Merlin turns himself and Wart (whose real name is Arthur) into squirrels, and they are chased by real-life squirrels who have a crush on them?! Remember the reactions of the real squirrels when Merlin changes them back to humans, especially the tearful younger squirrel who chases Wart?!? Yeah, woobies.
Wart (Arthur) has his moments, too, especially when Kay disparages him and Sir Ector punishes him unfairly.
Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled, especially at the end, when Rapunzel finds out that the woman she called mother actually kidnapped her in infancy and Flynn is stabbed and literally dies so Rapunzel can be freed.
Three of the main characters from Wreck-It Ralph certainly qualify for Woobie status:
First off is the titular character. In the story of the game he's in, he was forced to live in the dump when his original home was bulldozed to make way for apartment buildings. He goes on to destroy said buildings, but has to be stopped by Fix-It Felix Jr. When the player wins, Ralph gets thrown off the building. Outside the game? He doesn't get any sort of respect from the other residents of the game and really does live in the dump. In fact, he isn't even invited to his game's 30th anniversary party, despite being integral to the game's plot. The movie's plot begins when he decides he wants to be the hero for once.
The second is Sergeant Calhoun. She was apparently programmed with "The most tragic backstory ever": The one time she didn't do a perimeter check was her wedding day. Then a Cy-bug crashed it and devoured her soon-to-be husband Brad. There are two things that make this sort of story more sad: Cy-bugs take on the appearance and characteristics of what they eat, including other characters. This means that she was forced to gun down her lover immediately after watching him being eaten alive. Another thing is that it's heavily implied that he never existed in the first place since this is supposed to be a programmed backstory, so now she has PTSD for no real reason, despite knowing that Brad was never technically real.
Finally, the biggest Woobie of all is Vanellope Von Schweetz. She was apparently Dummied Out from the game she was native to and is considered a mistake and subsequently treated like dirt by the rest of its inhabitants. She's unable to do what she was supposed to be programmed for (racing) and lives alone on an unfinished track. Worse yet, her "glitching" is treated in the same way as a mental/neurological disorder, like Tourette's Syndrome. Due to being a "glitch", she's also unable to leave her game. It turns out that this was all orchestrated by a character from another game who purposely hacked her game so that he could be the main star and not her.
If you think about it, you could even include the fourth main, Fix-It Felix Jr. himself, to the list. Sure, he has a much better life than any of his three comrades, but he's a Nice Guy who tries to be friendly to Ralph (and is the only character in their world who even attempts to treat Ralph with respect), but his kindness is manipulated by the other citizens of the game into excluding Ralph when he's clearly not comfortable with it (note the bewildered look on his face when the Nicelanders demand that Felix get rid of Ralph when he shows up at the game's 30th anniversary party). In general the guy's life is fine, and he's certainly not treated badly like Ralph is, but the people who supposedly adore him manipulate him into excluding someone who is just as much a part of the game as he is, and even if he never before realized just how badly Ralph was being treated, it still has to hurt to know that he's so nice that he's being forced to not be nice to someone he'd consider a friend!
Zootopia's Nick Wilde originally had a dream of becoming a cub scout. Unfortunately, his peers wrapped a muzzle around his snout because of an unwarranted fear of him snapping and eating them alive. This was among the numerous reasons why people would willingly ship Judy and Nick, because she ended up sympathizing with him and finding a bit of herself in him. Even with her screwing up her press conference and turning predators and prey against each other, and the threat of Bellwether and her night howlers, they did not allow these obstacles stand in the way of not only their hopes and dreams, but also their relationship with each other, earning them both positions in the Zootopia Police Department.
Queen Elinor of Brave gets turned into a bear by her daughter Merida. She becomes confused and terrified while struggling for her humanity, making it painful to watch. It gets worse when she loses her humanity and starts lashing out as a permanent bear.
Mater of Cars apparently took the highway bypass of his hometown harder than anyone. In the flashback, he's an optimistic, 1950's pale baby blue color, but by the present, he's totally rusted. While everyone stares depressed at the empty closed down shops in town in the flashback, He's the first to hang his head low, back up and leave. You just wanna hug the poor little guy after seeing that.
Mater of Cars 2 was badly mocked and hated and laughed at mercilessly by EVERYONE while going around the world with Team Mc Queen just for being very different from the other cars and just for being himself. At one point in Tokyo, Japan, after the 'leaking oil' incident on the stage it seemed like 'Team Mc Queen' betrayed Mater because they thought that he was no good anymore. The evil lemons and the rest of the car people who laughed at him the whole time just wanted him dead or killed and wanted nothing to do with Mater. Sadly, as Finn put it later on in the film, "Just apply the same level of dedication you been using to play the "idiot tow truck" and you'll be fine." And "No one realizes they're being fooled because they're too busy laughing at the fool." The most heartbreaking and important part for Mater in Cars 2. Not to mention that when Mater tried reasoning with the and told the lemons at the end of the movie that everybody's been making fun of and abusing him his whole life, too. He fits a woobie to a T. Poor poor little guy.
In the Pixar Short, Partly Cloudly, both the cloud and stork deserve hugs. The cloud because no one wants to pick his baby animals (which include such things as alligators and porcupines), and the stork because he has to.
ALL the main characters in Toy Story 3. The whole film is about them weighing their options about whether they want to be thrown in the trash and be compacted/killed in the garbage system, stored in the attic for God-knows-how-long until their owner's own kids play with them again (if they're lucky), OR be donated to a day-care center! All while facing the fact of how their loving owner will never see them again. And don't forget that toys DO NOT AGE. Living in a world where everyone else changes and you don't is not fair, and it just makes you wanna' keep playing with your toys and love them forever!
It's also not hard to feel bad for the toys, such as Wheezy and Bo Peep, who had been sold or given away before the start of the film since they've experienced what the others fear most. Equally troubling is not knowing what actually became of them.
Also, Big Baby. His previous owner abandoned him, albeit unwittingly, and then he was lied to by Lotso and forced to do the bear's dirty work.
Come on... give a poor trash-compacting robot a hug. You could practically call the titular robot WOOBE. He's like a pure, undiluted example of this trope. Besides, he's provided the image for the main Woobie page. Particularly interesting is how WALLE develops into WOOBE; in the first half of the movie, seeing him get hurt is usually funny, as he's the Butt-Monkey until M-O appears. By the end of the movie, however, it's not funny at all — and suddenly it never was.
Special mention should go to BURN-E, who suffered mishap after mishap in his own bonus-content special just trying to replace a light post on the Axiom. After experiencing a 2001-esque acid trip, getting baked in the Earth's atmosphere, and smashed into the dirt in an escape pod, he finally gets the light post turned back on... only to have it promptly smashed by the rogue door to the escape pod. Some days it just don't pay to get out of bed. Whether he's a Woobie or a Butt-Monkey is often up to the viewer; it could easily go either way depending on how sorry you feel for him.
Up: Practically everyone in the main cast. Carl lost his wife and his spirit of adventure with her, Russel has to deal with Parental Neglect from his father and it's implied that his stepmom hates him, Dug the talking dog is ostracized by the other dogs he used to work with and abused by his owner and Kevin the bird is a mother separated from her babies and being hunted by an Egomaniac Hunter.
Inside Out: Sadness. Being literally the incarnation of sadness probably already qualifies her, but there's also the fact that she's spent the first eleven years of her life being dismissed as useless and harmful by her peers, none of whom have any idea what she's even good for (nor does she) and never being allowed to do anything.
Also Bing-Bong, whose entire character-arc revolves around coming to terms with how he has no place in Riley's life anymore... culminating with him performing a Heroic Sacrifice to get Joy out of the Memory Dump and being forgotten and erased from Riley's mind forever (as well as possibly the emotions', judging by how he is never mentioned again after the fact) as a result.
The Good Dinosaur: Arlo, the main character, was born a runt, is bullied by his older brother Buck, loses his father to a flood, constantly fails to earn his mark, is very cowardly, and gets separated from his family when he tries to avenge his father by killing Spot. By the end of the film, you just want give the adorable dinosaur a hug and comfort him.
Dory starts out as an adorable little tyke, fretting that shed eventually forget her parents. She ends up lost and alone, frantically asking other fish if they could help her. Eventually she does forget her folks, but her memory of them is triggered after the events in Finding Nemo. Dory is later told that her parents never made it back from Quarantine, meaning that they died. This fortunately turned out not to be true but when she finally does find them, she is overwhelmed with guilt for losing them in the first place and feels she doesnt deserve their forgiveness.
Gerald the sea lion is seen as this by some viewers since he is verbally abused by the other sea lions.
Webby. Even though the boys allow her around and demonstrate that they really do care about her (sometimes), they often brush her off when she wants to join their project-of-the-week.
Fenton Crackshell was extraordinarily good at counting, and he did become the super hero Gizmoduck. But he also had a big case of bad luck and a tendency to screw things up, and he was beaten up by the Beagles four times in one episode alone. And he lived with his trailer trash mother, who would often care more about watching TV than listening to what her only son had to say. Not to mention that he was stuck with dating Gandra Dee, who often was ungrateful or cold-hearted towards him. Of course, we're still talking about a relatively light-hearted cartoon, and plenty of this was played for laughs. But the poor guy deserved all of the breaks that he could ever catch...
The show carefully avoids drawing attention to this, but Huey, Dewey, and Louie were already orphaned by their biological parents (the original 1930s cartoons show them abandoned on Donald's doorstep) when Donald decides to up and abandon them to his elderly, initially uncaring uncle to pursue a career in the navy. Glimpses of the future suggest that he never returns to them, and over time he stops being mentioned at all. Luckily Scrooge quickly warms to them and does his level best to be a good caregiver, but still, that's a pretty sad back story.
Doofus Drake. While he's typically used as comic relief, what the show reveals about his life isn't very positive. On top of being saddled with a cruel name, he's bullied at school by the Beagle Boys' younger brother and out of it by the Junior Woodchucks. Even Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby aren't above taking digs at him and don't seem to really like him, despite letting him hang around; only Launchpad seems genuinely attached to the poor kid.
Launchpad. While some of Scrooge's vitriol comes from his more destructive aspects, he also sometimes treats him harshly due to being in a bad mood, even though Launchpad might have done nothing to justify the behavior. Furthermore, despite his apparently confident manner, the pilot has a severe insecurity complex regarding being good enough. This led to him running away from home in his teens and freaking out the first time he saw his parents again, because all he could focus on was how ashamed he believed they were. It also gives a sadder undertone to occasions in the series when he feels in danger of being replacednote like "Armstrong" and "Where No Duck Has Gone Before".
Another example is Webby, who spent her whole life cooped up in the mansion without anyone to hang out with. Even when the triplets arrive, she's afraid they'll eventually ditch her because she's not normal like them.
Dewey, after seeing just how much learning about Della's disappearance has started getting to him. When he discovers that she could have betrayed Scrooge and Donald it ends up leaving him reluctant to continue finding out the truth, out of fear that she may not be who he thought she was.
Lena is revealed to be this at the end of "Jaw$!", being enslaved to do her evil aunt's bidding, with Magica not giving a damn about her wellbeing. It gets even worse in subsequent episodes, as it becomes clear that Magica is an abusive psychopath, and when Lena tries to resist her and tell Scrooge the truth, Magica stops her by hijacking her body.
As it turns out, Scrooge himself. He was responsible for building the Spear of Selene and not talking down Della when the latter stole it to go up in space. He nearly bankrupt himself and sent many men to their doom trying to save her only to fail. To rub salt in the wound, when the triplets find out about the situation they think he didn't care to search for her because of his greed and and didn't talk her down because of his adventure lust. The bitter old man we saw at the beginning was all because Scrooge never moved on.
There's something about the way Goliath carries the weight of the world on his shoulders (even without considering his tragic backstory) that just makes you feel sorry for the poor guy, for all that he is an epic badass. The main villain from the same series, Demona, alternates back and forth between Woobie and Omnicidal Maniac with disturbing ease, particularly in the episode "City of Stone", which revealed her tragic backstory.
Ron Stoppable from Kim Possible in the first three seasons. He's always made fun of, seems to never fit in with the other students, is ridiculed by Kim herself, never is shown any importance, the list goes on. Just watch him in "A Sitch in Time" when his family ends up having to move to Norway when he's away from Kim, and him throughout a lot of "So the Drama", especially during the "Why Don't you Kiss her?" montage with Kim and Eric.
Phineas and Ferb: Poor Carl; he works hard as an unpaid intern for a boss who 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 "Minor Monogram", and even having him turn horribly evil in the season finale cliffhanger episode "Where's Perry?". Throw in the fact that he's an adorable geek, you cannot POSSIBLY get any more Woobie than Carl.
Lilo & Stitch: The Series makes Gantu and Reuben into Woobies. Both have to work with a cruel employer in order to survive, only to be berated and unappreciated for all of their efforts.
Tangled The Series adds Varian to the cast. During a time of crisis where his father gets encased in crystal, Rapunzel ignores him and never checks to see if he's okay. This starts his HeelFace Turn where he attempts to save the kingdom by any means necessary, only to fail, never seeing his father safe.
Disney Animated Shorts
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. Which actually solves her problem, because her tears create a nice new pond for her to live in.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, as we get to see in Epic Mickey 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 Antihero. 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.