The Grand A-Z List of Whump 3/3
This list contains 194 items listed R to Z
As always, I heavily encourage people to research topics thoroughly when writing. Whump is generally a 'dead dove' sort of topic, however it is important to avoid stereotypes/misinformation. This lists intention is to not glorify/romanticise sensitive topics in any way.
This is a comprehensive list of injuries, Illnesses and tropes - including those from the Whumptober 2023 trope vote!
All submissions are listed in italics, and those who wanted to be tagged will be included at the end. If you have any more submissions: please send them via DM/my ask box.
List below the cut:
Reducing breaks or dislocations (bonus: out in the field with no painkillers available)
Reminded of trauma
Repressed trauma resurfacing
Rescued by the enemy
Rescues gone wrong
Running fingers through hair (maliciously or comfortingly)
Running Out of Air
Second impact syndrome
Self esteem issues
Self induced injury to escape
Self-inflicted injury (to escape)
Setbacks in recovery
Shot (gun, arrow, dart, etc...)
Sick/injured at a party
Sleeping in the cold
Smashing their head into a wall
So sick they can barely even stand or stay awake
Significant other taking care of wounds
So weak they have to hold on to something or someone to walk
Special object being ruined/torn apart
Spinal Cord Injury
Stabbed (sword, spear, knife, TRIDENT!, etc...)
Stabbed through the back by the only person the whumpee trusted
Stings (insect, creature, plants)
Stoic/Rude/Harsh Reluctant Caregiver!Mentor & Ball of Sunshine Hurt!Mentee (platonic)
Stomach Ulcers (a cause for vomiting up blood)
Strangulation resulting in bruised or swollen vocal chords and loss of voice + the process of regaining your voice and everything that comes with that trauma.
Stress (this could induce headaches/general illness)
Sucking chest wound
Super glued to toilet
Surgery gone wrong
Swollen Lymph Nodes
Taking the bullet
TBI (traumatic brain injury)
Team as a family
Team has a certain amount of time to get to their Whumpee before they’re killed
Team teaming up to take care of sick teammate
Temporary Loss of Sense(s)
The Final Straw
Thrown from an explosion
Tooth knocked out
Torn Ligaments - Achilles, Meniscus etc.
Touch Aversion/Touch Starved
Trapped (whether this is after an explosion, car accident, natural disaster…)
Undead (vampires and ghosts and zombies, oh my!)
Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms
Upper respiratory infection
Used as bait
Usually big, strong and boisterous whumpee becomes quiet and weaker as the whumper conditions them.
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)
Very badly hurt and on life support - with slow recovery
Vocal chord paralysis
West Nile virus
Whumpee being psychologically tortured via fake escape scenarios so when they are actually getting rescued they don't believe it. bonus point if they still don't think anything is real.
Whumpee dreams of a loved one happily inviting them “home” (They're actually dying IRL)
Whumpee getting the upper hand over whumper.
Whumpee stabbing whumper or beating their head into the ground over and over while sobbing, even when they’re clearly dead because they NEED to take their emotions out.
Whumpee turned Whumper
Whumpee watches caretaker take a bullet/hit/poison for them.
Whumper turned Caretaker
Whumper turned whumpee
Whumper with a crush
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Withholding Medical Treatment
Witnessing. (Whumpee sees someone die in a brutal way. Whumpee sees someone get possessed/turned into a zombie/some other horrifying thing and they just stare horrified.)
Working for the enemy
Working through injury/illness
Working to Exhaustion
Wrists rubbed raw
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
Xeroderma. (Extreme sun sensitivity)
XMRV is a newly identified human retrovirus that is similar to a group of mouse retroviruses (called murine leukaemia viruses, or MLVs)
Zombie virus, etc.
Zoonotic illness (It’s a disease carried or transmitted by animals to humans like tularemia or psittacosis)
Zygomycosis (Fungal infection)
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I love the "came back wrong" trope but from the opposite side.
Imagine you are dead. And then you are RIPPED from the embrace of decay into the world of the living again. Your memories are hazy and you don't recognize any of these people, but they act like they're close to you? Like they love you? So you try to get your memories back, to act like you belong here, but everybody tries to forget you died. And you can't. It is omnipresent. And just trying to grapple with that fact pushes the people who "love" you away, and they're incapable of understanding, and they're so confused, what's wrong N̶̄̀O̶͛͗T̷̉́ ̷͋͝Y̴̎̌Ȍ̴̈U̸̓R NÄM̴̃͑E̵̾̇? And you just need them to understand, you aren't that person! You aren't! You don't know who that person is! You don't know why any of this is happening, but they're unwilling to bend, they keep insisting you are that person, your memories will come back, everything will be normal again, and you want to scream and cry and claw yourself open to show them you're different. Your existence as a being wholly separate from whoever you "used to be" is a sin unto itself. All you can do is scrabble for life and to them, you're killing whoever they loved to do it.
just. lots of fun in that concept, you know?