What is a Whumper?
How many of you have gone a’ hunting on pin interest for witting prompts and come across some awesome prompts with strange words. Whumper & Whumpee I instantly understood as hero and villain, it certainly sounded right, but then they started adding words like carer. Is that the sidekick? The hero’s best friend, maybe?
In this article, we will explain whumper, whumpee, hero, villain, carer, and any other identifying mark we came across so you will have the full writing prompt glossary at the ready.
We will also share with you some of our favourite Whumper, Whumpee finds!
If you were to ask google ‘what is a whumper?’ you would see a definition along the following.
The term whump (or whumping) generally refers to a form of Hurt/Comfort that is heavy on the hurtfanlore.org
Is it just me, or does this sound a bit puzzling? Heavy on the hurt? An interesting turn of phrase you’d have a sarcastic, simple or cocky character say in your book. Believe it or not, you have actually stumbled on the answer.
Take the following writing prompt for an example (from Robins-whump:
The Whumpee gasped, fingers scrabbling at the collar locked around their neck. They arched their neck to relieve the pressure on their throat as a finger hooked through their collar and yanked them closer.
They took hitched, trembling breaths in between sobs, trying to form words. “T-take it off,” they begged. Their eyes were squeezed shut, as though this would erase the tight, constricting presence around their neck.
“No can do, sweetheart.” The Whumper grinned as Whumpee struggled to breathe. They finally let up, watching as the Whumpee fell to their knees, hyperventilating and shaking.
“Not when I’ve finally found a way to keep you in line.”robins-whump
So, yes, Whump referes to a form of hurt. Whumper referes to someone givig this hurt. Whumpee refers to someone recieving this hurt.
Whumper and Whumpee are identifying markers of hurt giver and hurt taker in writing prompts that deal with physical or psychological pain giving situations. In these situations, the Whumpee is not always the main hero.
Also known as the caregiver or caretaker (which means exactly the same thing despite sounding like opposites. English makes me flip out some times and I was born with the language!) Often seen in Whumper, Whumpee situations. Who is the carer?
The carer can be many a character in a Whumpee Whumper prompt. This really depends on what you want, what you see in your story. Again, let me explain with two examples.
Example on the Left makes me see the carer as a sidekick, a friend, someone who cares. Example on the right makes me see the carer as the hero.
Whumpee wakes up in the hospital and immediately tries to claw the oxygen mask off their face. They’re positive the Whumper is drugging them. Caretaker gently catches their hand, though, running their thumb over the back of whumpee’s hand. “It’s okay,” they say. Whumpee’s eyes widen as they place caretaker’s voice. “That’s there to help you. you’re not /there/ anymore, you’re safe. Just relax. I’ve got you.” Whumpee smiles lightly and squeezes caretaker’s hand, already falling back asleep.
It’s raining and the Whumpee is slowly walking to their place. They shiver and cough as they drag themselves to the front door and knock. The caretaker opens and gasps at the sight of the Whumpee.
Coughing and wheezing the Whumpee steps one foot into the house and collapses immediately.
The caretaker lays a hand on their forehead and realizes the Whumpee has a dangerously high fever.
Bottom line. These are generally written in such a way that you can decide who your carer is.
I love Hero villain writing prompts. They can be so unexpected. Obviously, the hero is the hero of the story and the villain is the villain of the story but don’t forget, one person’s hero is another person’s villain.
Looking up at the man about to kill me I realized something. I wasn’t the hero in this story. I was the villain. and no one would mourn me when I was gone. They would dance and sing on my grave.marismckay.com
Hero and villain can also be seen as Antagonist and Protagonist. Good guy and Bad guy. These make for some cut a dry writing prompts that one could really have fun with.
“You’re such a complete disaster,” groans the villain, scooping the unconscious hero of the sidewalk. “Like, how does anyone let you out of their sight. Stop picking fights with people you aren’t ready for.”corvidprompts.
Person A, Person B
Person a, b, c is a great way to read a writing prompt without any real identifiers. This could be a group of villains talking, it could be good and bad guys in debate, it could be a hero with his/her gang of friends. It could be a family dinner with both the hero and the villain at the dinner table trying to to know who they are sitting with.
Read this next quote with a mindset of Hero as person A and sidekick as person B. Then read it with mindset as Villain as person A and Hero as person B. You see what I mean?
“Can you stand?” A asked. B nodded shakily, trying to pull themselves to their feet.
Just as soon as they managed to get upright, their knees buckled. B’s vision went blurry as they tried to grab the wall, or anything really, to stop them from-
A catches them before they hit the ground, helping B sit back down. “S-sorry,” B stutters. “I-“
“It’s okay.” A slips a hand under B’s legs and another behind their back and picks them up easilly. “It’s okay. I got you.”Impuremetals
What can one honestly say about the sidekick. We all know who the sidekick is. It’s the closest person to either the hero or the villain. They can be the dark silent type, the comic relief, or the one we come to rely on more then the hero / villain.
Here is an awesome side kick writing prompt.
“Finally,” the sidekick sighed. It wasn’t that they liked to see the Hero hurt – of course not – but the freedom to finally act without worrying about them was giddying. They didn’t have to hold back their power.
When the Hero stirred the sidekick was knelt dutifully at their side. “You did it,” Sidekick said, with wide-eyed amazement. “Are you okay?”
“You don’t remember? They were like POW – and you were like SMASH not this time!- and it was totally cool. Look.” They point to the unconscious villain.waywardlion
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