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The Woodsman, also known as Woody, is a minor antagonist in the Fables comic book series and a major antagonist turned anti-villian in its prequel video game The Wolf Among Us.
Like all of the other Fables, The Woodsman is forced to leave his homelands and flee to New York City in the mundane world. He like many others become residents of Fabletown, a magically protected part of New York, where all the displaced fairy tales can live safely. Woody is the woodsman that rescued little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother from the Big Bad Wolf he was considered a hero for this. However, shortly after arriving at Fabletown Woody become a temperamental, insecure, violent, and destructive drunk, while the wolf he had fought centuries before, became Bigby Wolf, The Sheriff of Fabletown, this role reversal, and his ever shrinking popularity, has caused him to have a lasting enmity with the wolf he had once squared off with.
After getting drunk and paying for the services of a Fable hooker, named Faith, The Woodsman goes on a drunken rampage through his apartment tearing up his furniture and beating the woman who accompanied him, simply because she did not recognize him or his role in the Fable realm. Eventually, the landlord of the building, Mr. Toad, called Fabletown's sheriff Bigby Wolf. Once Bigby arrives and witnesses Woody smacking the prostitute a brawl between the two legends ensues.
Woodsman has the upper hand at first until Bigby breaks his jaw. The Woodsman however, pulls himself back to his feet, re inserts his jaw and tackles Bigby out of the apartment window, sending the Woodsman falling to the sidewalk and Bigby onto Toad's car. Before Bigby can recover from the fall Woody grabs him and begins violently choking him, wanting him to bring out the Wolf within, before this can happen though, Faith cleaves Woody's own axe into the back of his head, which incapacitates him. Woody is able to escape the scene however, before Bigby can detain him. The Woodsman flees to his favorite bar, The Trip Trap, where he slowly sobers up.
Bigby tracks Woody down at the bar after the prostitute he had been with earlier was found murdered. The two mortal enemies conversate, Woody admits that he had originally intended to rob Red Riding Hood and her grandmother but Bigby had shown and ruined his plans by eating them and the only reason Woody cut them out of his stomach was because he thought it would bring him a reward. He then tell Bigby he had nothing to do with the hooker's murder, before his friend Grendel interrupts and begins a brawl with Bigby which results in Grendel possibly losing an arm. After the fight Bigby has the choice of arresting Dee Tweedle or The Woodsman as they both attempt to flee the scene.