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  • The Dierks Bentley song "Settle For a Slowdown". The lyrics almost make the poor guy sound like an abandoned puppy...
  • The girl from Martina McBride's "Concrete Angel" song and video. Full stop.
  • The Decemberists' song "The Chimbley Sweep". Poor, poor kid. And the tune is so frickin' addictive ...
  • The Girl in the Slayer Jacket from the Pig Destroyer song of the same name. Just go read the lyrics, man.
  • Gary Barlow from Take That became a Real Life woobie when he was utterly humiliated by the public and had a massive breakdown when his solo career didn't take off as he'd hoped. While Gary had some initial success, he was quickly overtaken by fellow bandmate Robbie Williams, who took every opportunity to air his grievances in public and humiliate Gary whenever the chance arose. The music press also jumped on the bandwagon, labeled Gary as being a talentless hack, and criticized everything he did simply because he was involved. Gary calls this period his 'wilderness years'. It would be more than a decade before people realized just how much Gary suffered because of their ridicule.
    • Unable to take the humiliation, Gary completely withdrew from public life and fell into depression. He gained a large amount of weight from stress eating during this time, so much so that people wouldn't even recognize him on the street because of the dramatic change in appearance. Once he got his weight under control and started looking like his old self, however, he still wouldn't go out in public without at least wearing a hat and sunglasses because, by his own admission, he wanted to be anyone but Gary Barlow.
    • Gary tried to move forward with his life and decided to focus on being a songwriter and producer, music labels refused to accept his submissions simply because of who he was. Furthering the humiliation, the labels would enthusiastically accept his songs when he submitted them under an assumed name.
    • It wasn't until a retrospective in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Take That's break up did people start to reassess how Gary had been treated and come to admit that it was Gary who was responsible for Take That's success. Since Take That's reformation, public opinion of Gary swung so much in his favor that music journalists have said that if a negative story about him ever came up, they'd have to think very carefully about running it because the public would come after them rather than Gary.
    • To his credit, Robbie Williams has been genuinely apologetic for his behavior towards Gary and they made amends before Take That reformed as a five-piece.
    • Nigel Martin-Smith, Take That's creator and first manager, has said that Gary's initial lack of success was actually to Gary's benefit because while Robbie Williams had immense success, Gary settled down to a genuinely happy marriage and started a family whereas Robbie had an extremely tumultuous public life and has been in and out of rehab. Robbie has also said that he'd have traded his solo success for Gary's family lifenote .
  • Dr. Light in The Protomen's rock opera. That poor man spent pretty much his whole life enduring tragedy after tragedy, the abbreviated list including the death of his love, being framed and arrested for said killing, narrowly escaping the death sentence, getting chased out of town by a lynch mob that believed he deserved the death sentence, sending an innocent teenager to his death for a plan that didn't work anyway, losing his first son to the tyrannical dictator suppressing the city, having to watch his second son kill his first, then watching his second son abandon mankind to it's doom. Someone give the old lump a hug already.
    • On that note, Protoman himself counts. He might not think humanity's worth saving (in fairness, they did just watch Wily's robots 'kill' him) due to their refusal to fight for themselves, but he wants so desperately to be proven wrong. Especially in "The Stand", where humanity proves him right, again, and he's genuinely heartbroken- "They'll watch you die to save their lives! They will not stand here by your side..."
  • The Megas version of Protoman, too, due to some pretty impressive Parental Abandonment issues.
  • The subject of the song "Carry You Home" by James Blunt. The poor kid's apparently never had any friends, and seems to have leukemia or something. The only one with her when she Shuffles Off is James.
  • The runaway girl from Nuclear Death's "Days of the Weak". Also a bit horrifying.
  • The eponymous subject of Blutengel's song "Broken Girl".
  • All three girls mentioned in the song "Runaway Love" by Ludacris and Mary J. Blige.
  • The titular character of The Who's Tommy. First he's rendered deaf, dumb and blind after he witnesses a murder as a young child. Then he gets tortured by his cousin. Then he's given tons of drugs by the 'Acid Queen.' And then he gets molested by his Uncle Ernie. Eventually his sight, voice, and hearing are restored, and he becomes a Messiah figure to the fans he gained playing pinball. His followers turn on him shortly after.
  • Evelyn Evelyn's Eva and Lyn Neville.
  • Richard Marx's song "Hazard" portrays a guy who grew up with his single mother in a town where everybody refused to believe that there was any good in him. Eventually, he meets a woman who sees him for who he really is, but when she is murdered, the whole town naturally blames him. But the music video shows that the sheriff killed her, seeking to blame it on the protagonist and get rid of him for good. Fortunately, they can't prove him guilty, so he is released, and he packs his bags and leaves town for a brighter future.
  • The titular character of Steely Dan's song "Charlie Freak".
  • Len from Vocaloid. There's hardly a song without him dying in some way, like in the Story of Evil series, for example.
    • His sister, Rin, has the same problem, although in her case she tends to be a Jerkass Woobie at best.
    • Haku Yowane was pretty much designed to be this, with her inferiority complex toward Miku and her alcoholism.
  • From the songs of David Bowie:
    • The "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" (Space Oddity) is an innocent "missionary mystic of peace/love", but feared, imprisoned, and sentenced to hang by the denizens of a village simply for his oddness. He accepts this fate, but the titular mountain sends down an avalanche to save him, despite his cries for it to stop — he lives, but the village is destroyed and he's in tears as he heads home.
    • The protagonist of "Jump They Say" (Black Tie White Noise) is a mentally ill man who is Driven to Suicide by — depending on how the lyrics are interpreted — the voices in his head and/or a society that doesn't understand him or care what becomes of him. The video expands on this by establishing him as a businessman (played by Bowie) who has done no one any harm, has not rocked anyone's boat, yet is taken captive by his peers and subjected to shock therapy...paving the way for his fateful jump. (Reality Subtext: This song was inspired by the suicide of Bowie's schizophrenic half-brother.)
  • Julie, one of the protagonists of the '70s pop song "Run Joey Run" by David Geddes. Her dad finds out she and the eponymous Joey have been up to things that the dad doesn't approve of and beats the crap out of her. Then when Dad goes hunting for Joey, rifle in hand... things got worse for poor Julie. The song's a bit on the manipulative side, but oh, how the listener feels for Julie! (And — the hell? This song was performed on "Glee"?)
  • The title character of the 1970 hit "Jennifer Tomkins" by Street People. She's abandoned by her alcoholic father, her mother dies, she's forced into child labor, then when she grows up she dates a jerk.
  • The old country standard "Nobody's Child". It's about an orphan. An orphan that no one wants to adopt. Because he's blind.
  • The title character from Donovan's "Laléna".
  • Tuomas Holopainen while composing "The Poet And The Pendulum."
  • The titular character in "Little Susie" by Michael Jackson.
  • The Beatles:
    • The title character in "Nowhere Man".
    • "The Fool On The Hill", the main character of the song of the same name from Magical Mystery Tour. No one likes him, no one accepts the fact that he's wise, and no one listens to what he has to say.
  • 2D of Gorillaz: when he was nineteen, he was run over, put into a coma, and left with a fractured eyeball by Murdoc. Murdoc then got stuck as his caregiver (and the Slash Fic writers have some rather horrible ideas about what may or may not have happened during that time - Murdoc probably is enough of a bastard to pull a stunt like that if he knew nobody would find out). A year later, Murdoc ran 2D over again, bringing him out of the coma and fracturing his other eyeball. 2D's birth name is Stuart Pot, a.k.a. Stu-Pot, which is a bad enough Punny Name in itself, but Murdoc nicknamed him 2D, short for "Two Dents", after what happened to his eyes. Murdoc then stole 2D's girlfriend Paula, ruined his later relationship with Rachel Stevens, and regularly uses him as a verbal and physical punching bag. Despite all this, 2D never lost his sunny disposition and never seemed to harbour any real resentment. The band broke up for a while before "Demon Days", and 2D apparently went a bit wild during that time; he was told later via email that he'd fathered ten illegitimate children, and the lawyer who told him asked for his autograph in the same email. He was also being held captive by Murdoc on Plastic Beach.
  • Lala, the lead singer of Japanese virtual band わたしのココ (Watashi No Koko), largely due to the fact that she's an Anthropomorphic Personification of LalaVoice, a long-abandoned software similar to Vocaloids of today. The band's lyrics, sung from her own perspective, tend to revolve around the feeling of being forgotten, broken, the despair of not being heard, and a longing for death.
  • Melanie Martinez's Concept Album "Cry Baby" is about a woman named Cry Baby, loosely based on Melanie herself. Her story is really messed up. To start things off she had a really crappy family life which ended in her mother murdering her husband and his mistress. She's had an unlucky love life and after having a One-Person Birthday Party she snaps.
  • Camilo, the young boy in Said The Whale's Camilo (The Magician). He falls in love with a girl by the end, though.
  • The person being sung to in "The Angel Song" by Great White, described as a "fallen angel, ripped and bruised". Other lines that demonstrate this include "Life is rude, treats you bad, tears your wings away" and "The streets are hard, they're mean and scarred".