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25th Mar '17 5:09:26 PM HawkbitAlpha
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** PlayedForLaughs in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euO-6Z1Vxsw#t=11m37s his review of]] ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'':
-->'''Critic:''' [[{{Angrish}} YOU REALLY...I...WHA...I...JU...GE...JU...UH...OOOHHH!]]...I'm sorry. I can't get through this in one sitting. If you'll excuse me, I've gotta take the occasional break to look at myself in the mirror and cry.
-->''(cut to him doing that exactly, accompanied by music from ''Film/LordOfTheRings'')''
11th Mar '17 11:37:36 AM nombretomado
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*** Echoed in ''MetalGearSolid4'' during [[spoiler:his own death scene]], once again at the grave site of [[spoiler:The Boss. He sheds a single tear as he tells his son to live for his own sake and enjoy the freedom from the servitude of a soldier, and as he thinks back to The Boss's last words to him before her death, 50 years ago.]]

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*** Echoed in ''MetalGearSolid4'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' during [[spoiler:his own death scene]], once again at the grave site of [[spoiler:The Boss. He sheds a single tear as he tells his son to live for his own sake and enjoy the freedom from the servitude of a soldier, and as he thinks back to The Boss's last words to him before her death, 50 years ago.]]
28th Feb '17 9:20:26 AM AthenaBlue
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* ''Film/ActOfValor''. A reluctant female jihadist does this before [[ActionBomb blowing herself up with an explosive vest]].
* In the film version of ''Theatre/BellBookAndCandle'', when Gillian's {{familiar}} Pyewacket is running away from her and she runs into the street, a tear starts running down one side of her face, which is significant because witches aren't supposed to be able to cry. A subsequent cut shows that she has been crying for some time, but it's the close-up of Creator/KimNovak's face that counts.



* Anakin Skywalker, after murdering hundreds of Jedi and all the helpless separatist leaders, showed that there is still humanity and decency inside him as he sheds one of self-hatred in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
** Anakin also sheds a tear earlier in the movie as he stands in the Council Chamber looking towards Padme's apartment.

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* Anakin Skywalker, after murdering hundreds of Jedi ''Film/DejaVu'':
** At the end [[spoiler:Claire does this when she
and all the helpless separatist leaders, showed that there is still humanity and decency inside him as he sheds one of self-hatred in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
** Anakin also sheds a tear earlier
Doug are in the movie as he stands in car with the Council Chamber looking towards Padme's apartment.bomb and she's certain she's going to die]].
** After Doug's interrogation of the terrorist responsible for the bombing, he lets out a single tear after he confides in Doug his belief that [[BecauseDestinySaysSo everything is inevitable]].



* Oren Ishii cries a single tear at her mother's murder in ''Film/KillBill'''s "The Origin of Oren Ishii". She probably would have cried more, but then the bed started weeping blood...

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* Oren Strangely enough, ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'s'' Michael Myers has a Single Tear moment in [[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers the fifth film]]... before reverting back to his evil self.
* In ''Film/{{Hannibal}}'', Clarice Starling sheds one single tear when [[spoiler: she is up against the fridge and Hannibal Lecter kisses her.]]
* The King of Qin in ''Film/{{Hero}}'' sheds a single {{manly tear|s}} when he realizes the man who most understands him is his most hated enemy.
* Claire Dearing in ''Film/JurassicWorld'' sheds one after a severely injured ''Apatosaurus'' dies in front of her and Owen, realizing that the dinosaurs are not just attractions but living beings.
* O-Ren
Ishii cries a single tear at her mother's murder in ''Film/KillBill'''s "The Origin of Oren Ishii". She probably would have cried more, but then the bed started weeping blood...blood...
* In the film ''Film/{{Legion}}'', Gabriel sheds one after killing [[spoiler: Michael. Don't worry, he gets better.]]



* The King of Qin in ''Film/{{Hero}}'' sheds a single {{manly tear|s}} when he realizes the man who most understands him is his most hated enemy.
* In ''Film/VelvetGoldmine'', the stone-cold pretty boy Brian Slade (Creator/JonathanRhysMeyers) sheds one single tear after breaking up with his boyfriend Curt Wilde (Ewan [=McGregor=]), at the end of his performance of "Bitter-Sweet".



* The eponymous character in ''Film/CryBaby'', as well as several others over the course of the film. It's mainly used for [[RuleOfFunny comedic effect]].
* Strangely enough, ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'s'' Michael Myers has a Single Tear moment in [[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers the fifth film]]... before reverting back to his evil self.
* In ''Film/{{Hannibal}}'', Clarice Starling sheds one single tear when [[spoiler: she is up against the fridge and Hannibal Lecter kisses her.]]
* In ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', Sam sheds one when [[spoiler:it seems like he's about to be forced to watch Bumblebee, who's probably his closest friend in the world, be executed by Soundwave right in front of him. Fortunately, [[BigDamnHeroes this doesn't happen]].]]

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* The eponymous character in ''Film/CryBaby'', as well as several others over the course of the film. It's mainly used for [[RuleOfFunny comedic effect]].
* Strangely enough, ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'s'' Michael Myers has a Single Tear moment in [[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers the fifth film]]... before reverting back to his evil self.
* In ''Film/{{Hannibal}}'', Clarice Starling ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'', after Victoria tells Sally that she and Jack are no longer an effective team, she sheds one single tear when [[spoiler: she is up against the fridge from her left eye ... and Hannibal Lecter kisses her.]]
* In ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', Sam sheds
then one when [[spoiler:it seems like he's about to be forced to watch Bumblebee, who's probably his closest friend in the world, be executed by Soundwave right in front of him. Fortunately, [[BigDamnHeroes this doesn't happen]].]]from her right.



* At the end of ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'' [[spoiler:Bill Haydon, having been exposed as TheMole, is assassinated by Jim Prideaux, his former lover and colleague, with a small calibre bullet through the head. Before Haydon collapses a single teardrop of blood runs down his cheek, matching the single tear shed by Jim.]]



* In the film version of ''Theatre/BellBookAndCandle'', when Gillian's {{familiar}} Pyewacket is running away from her and she runs into the street, a tear starts running down one side of her face, which is significant because witches aren't supposed to be able to cry. A subsequent cut shows that she has been crying for some time, but it's the close-up of Creator/KimNovak's face that counts.

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* In ''Franchise/StarWars'': Anakin Skywalker, after murdering hundreds of Jedi and all the film version of ''Theatre/BellBookAndCandle'', when Gillian's {{familiar}} Pyewacket helpless separatist leaders, showed that there is running away from her still humanity and she runs into the street, decency inside him as he sheds one of self-hatred in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
** Anakin also sheds
a tear starts running earlier in the movie as he stands in the Council Chamber looking towards Padmé's apartment.
* At the end of ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'' [[spoiler:Bill Haydon, having been exposed as TheMole, is assassinated by Jim Prideaux, his former lover and colleague, with a small calibre bullet through the head. Before Haydon collapses a single teardrop of blood runs
down his cheek, matching the single tear shed by Jim.]]
* In ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', Sam sheds
one side of her face, which is significant because witches aren't supposed when [[spoiler:it seems like he's about to be able forced to cry. A subsequent cut shows that she has been crying watch Bumblebee, who's probably his closest friend in the world, be executed by Soundwave right in front of him. Fortunately, [[BigDamnHeroes this doesn't happen]].]]
* In ''Film/VelvetGoldmine'', the stone-cold pretty boy Brian Slade (Creator/JonathanRhysMeyers) sheds one single tear after breaking up with his boyfriend Curt Wilde (Ewan [=McGregor=]), at the end of his performance of "Bitter-Sweet".
* Andrew Neiman in ''Film/{{Whiplash}}'' at one point invokes this trope after being brutally verbalized by his harsh musical instructor
for some time, but it's the close-up first time. Upon seeing this, the instructor grows even more incensed, mocking Andrew for his lack of Creator/KimNovak's face that counts.emotional endurance.



* In the film ''Film/{{Legion}}'', Gabriel sheds one after killing [[spoiler: Michael. Don't worry, he gets better.]]
* In ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'', after Victoria tells Sally that she and Jack are no longer an effective team, she sheds one tear from her left eye ... and then one from her right.
* ''Film/ActOfValor''. A reluctant female jihadist does this before [[ActionBomb blowing herself up with an explosive vest]].
* ''Film/DejaVu'':
** At the end [[spoiler:Claire does this when she and Doug are in the car with the bomb and she's certain she's going to die]].
** After Doug's interrogation of the terrorist responsible for the bombing, he lets out a single tear after he confides in Doug his belief that [[BecauseDestinySaysSo everything is inevitable]].
* Andrew Neiman in ''Film/{{Whiplash}}'' at one point invokes this trope after being brutally verbalized by his harsh musical instructor for the first time. Upon seeing this, the instructor grows even more incensed, mocking Andrew for his lack of emotional endurance.
* Claire Dearing in ''Film/JurassicWorld'' sheds one after a severely injured ''Apatosaurus'' dies in front of her and Owen, realizing that the dinosaurs are not just attractions but living beings.



* In the KoreanDrama ''Series/BadBoy'', most of the main characters, male and female, do this on occasion.



* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "Fever", a single tear slides down Chloe's cheek when Clark, in his delirium, muttered [[SatelliteLoveInterest Lana]]'s name when she is alone by his bedside.
** In "Phantom", [[spoiler:she does it again and it falls on a badly wounded Lois' forehead, [[EmpathicHealing healing]] her completely.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** The clue that Sarek has Vulcan Alzheimer's was he was moved to one tear while listening to a (Mahler?) recital.
** Also, when Picard is in the process of getting Borgified, a single tear shows that he is still there underneath the Borg uni-mind that has suppressed it.
* Dean Winchester of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Heck, there's even a drinking game based on each time this happens.
** Not only that, the crew has a name for it. They call it the One Perfect Tear.
** In the MusicalEpisode they wrote a song for it titled "A Single [[ManlyTears Man Tear]]".
* Jim Series/{{Profit}} cries a single tear when he [[spoiler: [[Theatre/OedipusRex kills]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything his father]]]] in the pilot. Justified because he's a SociopathicHero who [[WhatIsThisFeeling does not understand these strange human things called emotions]].

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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "Fever", an episode of [[Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury Buck Rogers in the 25th Century]] called "The Return of the Fighting 69th", an evil [[AlphaBitch villainess]] takes a slave child's memory globe of her parents and [[KickTheDog breaks it in front of her]] [[ForTheEvulz out of pure wickedness]]. Cue the heartbroken girl with this trope.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Nine's Single Perfect Tear in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld "The End of the World"]] when [[PlantAliens Jabe]] tells him she knows where he's from.
** The Doctor, at [[{{Tearjerker}} the end]] of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday "Doomsday"]]. Well, he had more than
a single tear slides down Chloe's cheek when Clark, in his delirium, muttered [[SatelliteLoveInterest Lana]]'s name when she is alone by his bedside.
** In "Phantom", [[spoiler:she does it again and it falls on a badly wounded Lois' forehead, [[EmpathicHealing healing]] her completely.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** The clue that Sarek has Vulcan Alzheimer's was
there, though he was moved to crying silently.
** Also Amy, near the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]].
** At the very end of [[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"]]. Humany-wumany.
** Eleven sheds
one tear while listening to a (Mahler?) recital.
** Also, when Picard is
during his BadassBoast in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten "The Rings of Akhaten"]].
* ''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'', "Albi
the process Racist Dragon":
-->"And at that, Albi cried a single tear, which turned into a jelly bean all the colours
of getting Borgified, the rainbow!"
* In the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "The One where the Stripper Cries", in a flashback to 1987, Chandler, for comedic effect, sheds
a single tear shows upon learning that he is still there underneath the Borg uni-mind that has suppressed it.
* Dean Winchester
Ross broke one of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Heck, there's even a drinking game based on each time this happens.
** Not only that, the crew has a name for it. They call it the One Perfect Tear.
** In the MusicalEpisode they wrote a song for it titled "A Single [[ManlyTears Man Tear]]".
* Jim Series/{{Profit}} cries a single tear when he [[spoiler: [[Theatre/OedipusRex kills]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything his father]]]] in the pilot. Justified because he's a SociopathicHero who [[WhatIsThisFeeling does not understand these strange human things called emotions]].
their college pacts.



* In an episode of [[Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury Buck Rogers in the 25th Century]] called ''The Return of the Fighting 69th'', an evil [[AlphaBitch villainess]] takes a slave child's memory globe of her parents and [[KickTheDog breaks it in front of her]] [[ForTheEvulz out of pure wickedness]]. Cue the heartbroken girl with this trope.

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* In an a Halloween episode of [[Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury Buck Rogers in ''Series/{{MASH}}'', as wounded are brought to the 25th Century]] called ''The Return 4077th, one had already been declared dead. At the end of the Fighting 69th'', an evil [[AlphaBitch villainess]] takes episode, Father Mulcahy received word that the dead soldier was Catholic, and stopped the truck taking him to the morgue so he could perform last rites. As he's doing so, he notices a slave child's memory globe of tear rolling down the soldier's face. Realizing he isn't dead, they rush him to get medical attention.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' sheds a single tear when he kisses Freya for the first time.
* On ''Series/MondayMornings'', Dr. Tina Ridgeway sheds one perfect Single Tear when she and Dr. Wilson talk [[spoiler:about
her parents break up with her husband.]] He hugs her and [[KickTheDog breaks it in front of her]] [[ForTheEvulz out of pure wickedness]]. tells her he wants to be there for her (which is the least he could do, considering that it's their affair that led to this). Cue the heartbroken girl show's favourite close-up shot of the doctor's gorgeous eyes, and one tear flowing down her face.
* ''Series/{{Outlander}}'': In “Wentworth Prison” Jamie sheds a single tear after being left alone
with Black Jack, [[spoiler:who has made it very clear he plans on torturing Jamie]]
* Jayden does
this trope.every so often in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''.
* Jim Series/{{Profit}} cries a single tear when he [[spoiler: [[Theatre/OedipusRex kills]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything his father]]]] in the pilot. Justified because he's a SociopathicHero who [[WhatIsThisFeeling does not understand these strange human things called emotions]].



* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The Doctor, at the end of "[[{{Tearjerker}} Doomsday]]". Well, he had more than a single tear there, though he was crying silently.
** Another example is Nine's Single Perfect Tear in "The End of the World".
** Also Amy, near the end of "Victory of the Daleks".
** At the very end of "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe." Humany-wumany.
** Eleven sheds one during his BadassBoast in "The Rings of Akhaten".
* In the KoreanDrama ''Series/BadBoy'', most of the main characters, male and female, do this on occasion.
* In the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "The One where the Stripper Cries", in a flashback to 1987, Chandler, for comedic effect, sheds a single tear upon learning that Ross broke one of their college pacts.
* ''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'', "Albi the Racist Dragon":
-->"And at that, Albi cried a single tear, which turned into a jelly bean all the colours of the rainbow!"
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' sheds a single tear when he kisses Freya for the first time.
* Jayden does this every so often in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''.
* On ''Series/MondayMornings'', Dr. Tina Ridgeway sheds one perfect Single Tear when she and Dr. Wilson talk [[spoiler:about her break up with her husband.]] He hugs her and tells her he wants to be there for her (which is the least he could do, considering that it's their affair that led to this). Cue the show's favourite close-up shot of the doctor's gorgeous eyes, and one tear flowing down her face.
* In a Halloween episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', as wounded are brought to the 4077th, one had already been declared dead. At the end of the episode, Father Mulcahy received word that the dead soldier was Catholic, and stopped the truck taking him to the morgue so he could perform last rites. As he's doing so, he notices a tear rolling down the soldier's face. Realizing he isn't dead, they rush him to get medical attention.
* ''Series/{{Outlander}}'': In “Wentworth Prison” Jamie sheds a single tear after being left alone with Black Jack, [[spoiler:who has made it very clear he plans on torturing Jamie]]

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The Doctor, at the end of "[[{{Tearjerker}} Doomsday]]". Well, he had more than
In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "Fever", a single tear there, though slides down Chloe's cheek when Clark, in his delirium, muttered [[SatelliteLoveInterest Lana]]'s name when she is alone by his bedside.
** In "Phantom", [[spoiler:she does it again and it falls on a badly wounded Lois' forehead, [[EmpathicHealing healing]] her completely.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** The clue that Sarek has Vulcan Alzheimer's was
he was crying silently.
moved to one tear while listening to a (Mahler?) recital.
** Another example Also, when Picard is Nine's Single Perfect Tear in "The End of the World".
** Also Amy, near the end
process of "Victory of the Daleks".
** At the very end of "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe." Humany-wumany.
** Eleven sheds one during his BadassBoast in "The Rings of Akhaten".
* In the KoreanDrama ''Series/BadBoy'', most of the main characters, male and female, do this on occasion.
* In the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "The One where the Stripper Cries", in a flashback to 1987, Chandler, for comedic effect, sheds
getting Borgified, a single tear upon learning shows that Ross broke one of their college pacts.
* ''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'', "Albi
he is still there underneath the Racist Dragon":
-->"And at
Borg uni-mind that has suppressed it.
* Dean Winchester of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Heck, there's even a drinking game based on each time this happens.
** Not only
that, Albi cried a single tear, which turned into a jelly bean all the colours of crew has a name for it. They call it the rainbow!"
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' sheds
One Perfect Tear.
** In the MusicalEpisode they wrote
a single tear when he kisses Freya song for the first time.
* Jayden does this every so often in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''.
* On ''Series/MondayMornings'', Dr. Tina Ridgeway sheds one perfect
it titled "A Single Tear when she and Dr. Wilson talk [[spoiler:about her break up with her husband.]] He hugs her and tells her he wants to be there for her (which is the least he could do, considering that it's their affair that led to this). Cue the show's favourite close-up shot of the doctor's gorgeous eyes, and one tear flowing down her face.
* In a Halloween episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', as wounded are brought to the 4077th, one had already been declared dead. At the end of the episode, Father Mulcahy received word that the dead soldier was Catholic, and stopped the truck taking him to the morgue so he could perform last rites. As he's doing so, he notices a tear rolling down the soldier's face. Realizing he isn't dead, they rush him to get medical attention.
* ''Series/{{Outlander}}'': In “Wentworth Prison” Jamie sheds a single tear after being left alone with Black Jack, [[spoiler:who has made it very clear he plans on torturing Jamie]]
[[ManlyTears Man Tear]]".
19th Feb '17 7:41:46 PM contrafanxxx
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* Episode 40 of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' ends with Orga doing this upon finding out about [[spoiler: Naze's death.]]
5th Feb '17 2:10:27 PM kazokuhouou
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* William Murderface cries one single tear [[TearsOfBlood of blood]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' when he learned that his bandmates, who he thought didn't care for him at all, got him the car Kennedy was shot in, along with the chair Lincoln was shot in, explicitly for Murderface to destroy in a demolition derby. (He likes the idea, don't worry.)
28th Jan '17 2:13:32 PM Kartoonkid95
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* After UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump signed his "Muslim ban" order, the cover of the ''[[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers New York Daily News]]'', which is vigorously anti-Trump, depicted the Statue of Liberty shedding a single tear, alongside the headline "CLOSING THE GOLDEN DOOR".
22nd Dec '16 11:40:37 AM Segal991
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* Buttercup of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' sheds one in "Little Miss Interprets" when she wrongly thinks that she along with the rest of her sisters will be ditched by the Professor.

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* *''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
**
Buttercup of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' sheds one in "Little Miss Interprets" when she wrongly thinks that she along with the rest of her sisters will be ditched by the Professor.Professor.
** Robin cries a single tear in "Super Friends" during the "Signal in the Sky" song.
18th Dec '16 11:31:46 AM Tron80
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} cries one teardrop after her cousin talks about how much he loves Earth.
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15th Nov '16 10:39:28 PM Segal991
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* The king in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' cries a single tear.

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* The king in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' cries a single tear.tear whilst he is releasing the lanterns for the first time.


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* Buttercup of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' sheds one in "Little Miss Interprets" when she wrongly thinks that she along with the rest of her sisters will be ditched by the Professor.
24th Oct '16 9:59:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheOnion'''s editorial cartoonist Kelly likes to use the image of the Statue of Liberty shedding a single tear.

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* ''TheOnion'''s ''Website/TheOnion'''s editorial cartoonist Kelly likes to use the image of the Statue of Liberty shedding a single tear.
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