I had heard the phrase, but never understood what it truly stood for. Then last night I watched Thor on DVD, and now I know exactly that is meant by the fandom word “woobie”. Oh dear me, the characterisation of Loki. It’s as if the scriptwriters took every single cliché that fandom adores about a certain type of superficially “complex” character*, mixed them together, and gave them to a decent actor* who proceeds to play the character in the style of Rory Bremner’s Tony Blair: “Ambiguous suggestion, sympathetic nudge, big eyes, wobbly lip”.
* See also abused!leather pants!Draco.
**Actually, all the acting is really rather good, which is what elevates the film from mere entertaining tosh to really rather good entertaining tosh. It helps that it is fairly short - I can forgive a lot in 1 hour and 40 minutes that I can't forgive in two hours and a half.