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A woobie is a beloved fannish character (often a BSO) who evokes in fans the desire to wrap him (usually him) up in a blanket and cuddle him and comfort him. If a character is hard-working, and/or endures difficult circumstances bravely, and/or is often at the "h" end of the H/C spectrum, odds are good that fans consider him a woobie.
Woobies, especially if they're the smaller/shorter member of a slash pairing, have a higher risk of becoming feminized and/or infantilized. In fact, some people within fandom think that the process of woobification equates to infantilization and/or feminization of a male character.
Popular Woobies in Fandom
- Lex Luthor from Smallville may be the original character to be called a woobie.
- Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter
- Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries
- Sam Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings
- Legolas from The Lord of the Rings
- Blair Sandburg from The Sentinel
- Peter Venkman from Real Ghostbusters
- Spike from the Buffyverse
- Daniel Jackson from Stargate: SG-1
- Rodney McKay from Stargate Atlantis
- Ben Linus from Lost
- Dean Winchester (sometimes referred to as "D:ean" when he is especially angsty or sad face) from Supernatural
- Jensen Ackles in Supernatural RPF/J2 stories
- Ianto Jones from Torchwood
- Iron Man a.k.a. Tony Stark from Marvel Comics and the movieverse
- Loki from Thor
- Guy of Gisborne from Robin Hood (BBC 2006)
A 2010 discussion re who is the woobiest also names both Mulder and Krycek from The X-Files, Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds, Dick Grayson from DC Comics and a host of other stoic white men with manpain.
- Are woobies necessarily male? Comment discussion started 2 Feb 2010 at thefourthvine's "Woobies Wanted" post. (Accessed 25 Aug 2013)
- "A woobie (named for a child's security blanket) is that character you want to give a big hug, wrap in a blanket and feed soup to when he or she suffers so very beautifully." TheWoobie entry at TVTropes (accessed 28 Feb 2010)
- "The Bad Boy Woobie (BBW) is a particular type of character that has become increasingly popular over the past few years (I can think of several older teen shows that did not have a single BBW among the cast regs: Dawson's Creek, The O.C., the early years of Buffy--and I wouldn't be surprised if there were more that I just happen to have missed. Nowadays, though, almost every show I know has a woobie in the cast.)" Field Guide: How to Recognize a Bad Boy Woobie. meta post by 12-12-12, 2 Jan 2012. (Accessed 5 Jan 2012)
- "For certain fans for various television shows, movies or books, woobie means something else entirely. It was popularized by several vocal Smallville viewers who thought all Lex Luthor needed was a good hug. Or something." Dee Stiffler, Gapers Block, "Let Go of the Woobie", posted 1 Aug 2005 (Accessed 28 Feb 2010)
- On the fandomwank wiki entry on Woobie, Lex is referred to as the "ur-woobie" (Accessed 28 Feb 2010)
- "historical background" comment referencing Smallville origins on the history of woobies by mecurtin at 12-12-12's "How to Recognize a Bad Boy Woobie" post, 2 Jan 2012 (Accessed 5 Jan 2012)
- "I am going to assume that I don't need to say Daniel Jackson or Ianto Jones, right? Those are sort of a baseline." comment by dragojustine, 28 February 2010, at thefourthvine's "Woobies Wanted" post.
- Explanation of "D:ean" from a 2011 thread at Fail-Fandomanon
- "For the most popular trope, OH NO POOR TONY, see most of the fandom." from the Popular Tropes section of the Steve Rogers/Tony Stark fanlore page. (Accessed 1 Jan 2012)
- Woobies Wanted post by thefourthvine, mirror on LJ, 27 Feb 2010. Accessed 1 March 2010, at which point: 9 pages of comments.