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30th Apr '16 5:42:45 AM MacronNotes
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'' (the ThreeDMovie that plays at Ride/UniversalStudios), newlywed Fiona is crying because her carriage is an onion. It's also referenced in the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie during the "ogres are like onions" scene -- Donkey suggests, "They make you cry!" as one of the possible connections.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'' (the ThreeDMovie UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie that plays at Ride/UniversalStudios), newlywed Fiona is crying because her carriage is an onion. It's also referenced in the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie during the "ogres are like onions" scene -- Donkey suggests, "They make you cry!" as one of the possible connections.
24th Nov '15 10:15:52 PM IncoG5nito
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* The 1980's run of ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' often had the "World's Largest Crying Towel" as one of the {{Zonk}}s, which usually featured the announcer or model sitting at it cutting a bucket of onions.
24th Nov '15 10:12:25 PM IncoG5nito
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* "Crying", one of the episodes in the reboot of ''[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Beavis and Butt-Head]]'', finds Beavis tearing up after biting into an onion; while his reaction is along the lines of what would naturally happen, Butt-Head proceeds to ''never'' let him forget this... [[spoiler:even ''80 years later'' when they are old and decrepit in a nursing home.]]
5th Nov '15 5:24:37 PM nombretomado
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* One episode of ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma½]]'' involved a mirror that could allow whoever held it to travel through time if their tears fell on it (which appeared in a previous episode). Genma tries to invoke this by shoving onions in Ranma's face.

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* One episode of ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma½]]'' ''Anime/RanmaOneHalf'' involved a mirror that could allow whoever held it to travel through time if their tears fell on it (which appeared in a previous episode). Genma tries to invoke this by shoving onions in Ranma's face.
28th May '15 7:57:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'' (the ThreeDMovie that plays at Ride/UniversalStudios), newlywed Fiona is crying because her carriage is an onion. It's also referenced in the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie during the "ogres are like onions" scene -- Donkey suggests, "They make you cry!" as one of the possible connections.
* In ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', Stromboli takes a bite of an onion and talks close to Pinocchio giving him tears.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'' (the ThreeDMovie that plays at Ride/UniversalStudios), newlywed Fiona is crying because her carriage is an onion. It's also referenced in the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie during the "ogres are like onions" scene -- Donkey suggests, "They make you cry!" as one of the possible connections.



* In ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', Stromboli takes a bite of an onion and talks close to Pinocchio giving him tears.
28th May '15 7:56:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted in ''{{Diva}}'' with hipster-outlaw Gorodish, who uses a diving mask and snorkel when he chops onions in his kitchen.

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* Averted in ''{{Diva}}'' ''Film/{{Diva}}'' with hipster-outlaw Gorodish, who uses a diving mask and snorkel when he chops onions in his kitchen.



* Mentioned in ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', where the LemonyNarrator uses peeling an onion as a metaphor for reading his tragic books-- as you peel off more and more papery layers, tears flow from your eyes. In TheFilmOfTheBook, Count Olaf does something akin to the anime fake-crying mentioned -- he turns around and squirts eyedrops into his eyes, which the audience sees but the person being fooled apparently doesn't.

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* Mentioned in ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', where the LemonyNarrator uses peeling an onion as a metaphor for reading his tragic books-- as you peel off more and more papery layers, tears flow from your eyes. In TheFilmOfTheBook, Count Olaf does something akin to the anime fake-crying mentioned -- he turns around and squirts eyedrops into his eyes, which the audience sees but the person being fooled apparently doesn't.



* There was a ''ThreesCompany'' where Janet used the fact that Jack was chopping onions to make Larry think Jack was crying over a fight they'd had.
* On ''TheMuppetShow'', Rowlf sings a song about cutting up onions and ends up bawling.

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* There was a ''ThreesCompany'' ''Series/ThreesCompany'' where Janet used the fact that Jack was chopping onions to make Larry think Jack was crying over a fight they'd had.
* On ''TheMuppetShow'', ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Rowlf sings a song about cutting up onions and ends up bawling.



* Subverted in an episode of ''TheBradyBunch'' when it first appears that Alice is genuinely crying out of emotion. It turns out that she was only "crying" because she really was cutting an onion.

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* Subverted in an episode of ''TheBradyBunch'' ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' when it first appears that Alice is genuinely crying out of emotion. It turns out that she was only "crying" because she really was cutting an onion.



* A SaturdayNightLive sketch had Kevin Nealon playing a TV interview show host whose sole purpose was to make the interviewee cry over an emotional admission - at one point he's interviewing Burt Reynolds (Norm [=MacDonald=]) who remains stoic and straight-faced until Nealon waves an onion under his nose.
* Elliot Stabler from ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' sometimes brings pieces of onion into the interrogation room to feign sympathy with the perpetrators.
* On an early episode of ''The Paper Chase,'' a scene opens with a close-up of Hart weeping as he describes how mean Prof. Kingsfield is; camera pulls back to show him chopping up a bunch of onions.

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* A SaturdayNightLive ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch had Kevin Nealon playing a TV interview show host whose sole purpose was to make the interviewee cry over an emotional admission - at one point he's interviewing Burt Reynolds (Norm [=MacDonald=]) who remains stoic and straight-faced until Nealon waves an onion under his nose.
* Elliot Stabler from ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' sometimes brings pieces of onion into the interrogation room to feign sympathy with the perpetrators.
* On an early episode of ''The Paper Chase,'' ''Series/ThePaperChase,'' a scene opens with a close-up of Hart weeping as he describes how mean Prof. Kingsfield is; camera pulls back to show him chopping up a bunch of onions.



* ''PrivateEye'' uses the device "''[Takes out onion]''" to indicate/allege that a character (real or fictional) in its satires is insincere in his/her sorrow.

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* ''PrivateEye'' ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' uses the device "''[Takes out onion]''" to indicate/allege that a character (real or fictional) in its satires is insincere in his/her sorrow.



* In a ''{{Mafalda}}'' comic strip, Mafalda's mother is tearing up while peeling onions, and her precocious child (who is always worried about the situation of the world) brings her a terrestrial globe "so that she can cry for something more altruistic than an onion".
* In a ''{{Kudzu}}'' sequence parodying Jimmy Swaggart's prostitution scandal, Reverend Will B. Dunn started crying on his show. The last frame revealed that he was using this method.

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* In a ''{{Mafalda}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}}'' comic strip, Mafalda's mother is tearing up while peeling onions, and her precocious child (who is always worried about the situation of the world) brings her a terrestrial globe "so that she can cry for something more altruistic than an onion".
* In a ''{{Kudzu}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Kudzu}}'' sequence parodying Jimmy Swaggart's prostitution scandal, Reverend Will B. Dunn started crying on his show. The last frame revealed that he was using this method.



* ''LoadingReadyRun'' plays with this concept in [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/276/man-cooking the first Man Cooking]].

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* ''LoadingReadyRun'' ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' plays with this concept in [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/276/man-cooking the first Man Cooking]].



* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ("My Pretty Seahorse"). Squidward appears to be crying at Spongebob's story about his sea horse, but he's actually reacting to a bowl of onions that someone has left on the counter. This becomes a RunningGag, and on the [[RuleOfThree third time]], Squidward is loading off the onions to someone else.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'':
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Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ("My "My Pretty Seahorse").Seahorse". Squidward appears to be crying at Spongebob's story about his sea horse, but he's actually reacting to a bowl of onions that someone has left on the counter. This becomes a RunningGag, and on the [[RuleOfThree third time]], Squidward is loading off the onions to someone else.



* There's a Harveytoon of ''LittleAudrey''. She sings a sad song to get people crying, and then she cuts up onions to encourage even the hardhearted to cry.

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* There's a Harveytoon of ''LittleAudrey''.''WesternAnimaton/LittleAudrey''. She sings a sad song to get people crying, and then she cuts up onions to encourage even the hardhearted to cry.



* Happens in ''TazMania'' with Constance Koala and Mr. Thickley in the episode "Heartbreak Taz".
* A vintage {{Popeye}} cartoon has him and Bluto trying to cheer up a bawling Swee'Pea. Naturally it escalates into fighting, and while Bluto is pummeling Popeye like a speed bag, Popeye reaches for a can of spinach, and grabs a can of onions instead. Very soon, Popeye, Bluto, and Olive are all wailing loudly, which causes Swee'Pea to laugh uproariously.
** Canned onions are cooked already and would be about as likely to make you cry as a Patton Oswalt routine.

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* Happens in ''TazMania'' ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' with Constance Koala and Mr. Thickley in the episode "Heartbreak Taz".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'':
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A vintage {{Popeye}} cartoon has him and Bluto trying to cheer up a bawling Swee'Pea. Naturally it escalates into fighting, and while Bluto is pummeling Popeye like a speed bag, Popeye reaches for a can of spinach, and grabs a can of onions instead. Very soon, Popeye, Bluto, and Olive are all wailing loudly, which causes Swee'Pea to laugh uproariously.
** Canned
uproariously. (Canned onions are cooked already and would be about as likely to make you cry as a Patton Oswalt routine.)



* In one episode of ''TheWildThornberrys'', the family becomes stranded in the desert without any water. Marianne becomes so desperate with thirst that she attempts to make herself cry with onions so she can drink her tears.

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* In one episode of ''TheWildThornberrys'', ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'', the family becomes stranded in the desert without any water. Marianne becomes so desperate with thirst that she attempts to make herself cry with onions so she can drink her tears.



* In a post-[[UnCanceled UnCancelation]] episode of ''BeavisAndButthead'', Beavis cries from exposure to a slice of onion found in his chili dog, and Butt-Head makes fun of him for it, much to Beavis's frustration. Cut to 80 years later, and Butt-Head is ''still'' mocking Beavis for his Onion Tears before he finally dies.
* ThePowerpuffGirls episode "Him Diddle Riddle" has Him posing the challenge to the girls to "bring tears to the eyes" on Townsville's people, so Bubbles and Buttercup set about making people cry which Blossom finds is wasting time. Blossom gets doused with puddle water from a passing car, with visual result making Bubbles think she'd been crying. It gives Blossom the realization that bringing tears to their eyes didn't mean to make everyone cry, so in a dark cloud, she uses her static electricity power to create a thunderstorm. The raindrops are the tears brought to the eyes of the people.

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* In a post-[[UnCanceled UnCancelation]] episode of ''BeavisAndButthead'', ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', Beavis cries from exposure to a slice of onion found in his chili dog, and Butt-Head makes fun of him for it, much to Beavis's frustration. Cut to 80 years later, and Butt-Head is ''still'' mocking Beavis for his Onion Tears before he finally dies.
* ThePowerpuffGirls ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Him Diddle Riddle" has Him posing the challenge to the girls to "bring tears to the eyes" on Townsville's people, so Bubbles and Buttercup set about making people cry which Blossom finds is wasting time. Blossom gets doused with puddle water from a passing car, with visual result making Bubbles think she'd been crying. It gives Blossom the realization that bringing tears to their eyes didn't mean to make everyone cry, so in a dark cloud, she uses her static electricity power to create a thunderstorm. The raindrops are the tears brought to the eyes of the people.
16th May '15 2:30:59 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Used in "Overture To Death" by NgaioMarsh. [[spoiler:The murderer's plan depends on everyone thinking she's in a great deal of pain. She uses a hidden onion to provide the tears as she "sobs".]]

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* Used in "Overture To Death" by NgaioMarsh.Creator/NgaioMarsh. [[spoiler:The murderer's plan depends on everyone thinking she's in a great deal of pain. She uses a hidden onion to provide the tears as she "sobs".]]
5th Apr '15 7:11:32 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in an episode of ''SpongebobSquarepants'' ("My Pretty Seahorse"). Squidward appears to be crying at Spongebob's story about his sea horse, but he's actually reacting to a bowl of onions that someone has left on the counter. This becomes a RunningGag, and on the [[RuleOfThree third time]], Squidward is loading off the onions to someone else.

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* Parodied in an episode of ''SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ("My Pretty Seahorse"). Squidward appears to be crying at Spongebob's story about his sea horse, but he's actually reacting to a bowl of onions that someone has left on the counter. This becomes a RunningGag, and on the [[RuleOfThree third time]], Squidward is loading off the onions to someone else.



* One episode of ''DrawnTogether'' showed Captain Hero's poor emotional state by showing him crying in the shower, crying while playing video games, and [[SubvertedTrope whistling cheerfully while chopping onions.]]

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* One episode of ''DrawnTogether'' ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' showed Captain Hero's poor emotional state by showing him crying in the shower, crying while playing video games, and [[SubvertedTrope whistling cheerfully while chopping onions.]]



* In ''HeyArnold'', when Sid thinks his voodoo-doll he carved out of soap has actually succeeded in killing the principal, one of the contrived coincidences keeping him in that illusion is someone coming to the door crying, which is immediately revealed to the audience to be caused by onion-chopping.

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* In ''HeyArnold'', ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', when Sid thinks his voodoo-doll he carved out of soap has actually succeeded in killing the principal, one of the contrived coincidences keeping him in that illusion is someone coming to the door crying, which is immediately revealed to the audience to be caused by onion-chopping.
1st Apr '15 1:18:21 AM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In the episode "Tears for Mr. Boynton," Mrs. Davis advises Miss Brooks that she has to appear more vulnerable to attract Mr. Boynton. Davis hides onions in Miss Brooks' purse. In fact, the sobbing Miss Brooks is very successful in getting sympathy from Mr. Conklin and Walter Denton. She even gets Mr. Boynton [[SeriesGoal to propose]] . . . [[FailureistheOnlyOption almost.]]
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30th Mar '15 4:48:39 PM cybertoy0
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* Referenced in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Minor antagonist Wanze is a chef who wears goggles. A reader asked why, and WordOfGod is that Wanze wears them to protect his eyes when he chops an onion. Another reader later pointed out that the it's the smell of the cut onion that causes tearing, and Oda explained that this was because Wanze is an idiot.
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