History TearJerker / CourageTheCowardlyDog

13th Nov '16 7:15:22 PM heartauthor
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\n* The Stitch Sisters (and their enchanted quilt) slowly breaking [[BreakTheCutie Muriel]] in "The Quilt Club." All she's trying to do is impress them so she can join the club, but in reality, the Sisters are making her another energy source for the quilt's {{Fountain Of Youth}} properties. Even worse, as the ending shows, ''they've done this to other people throughout the centuries''.
-->'''First Sister:''' How badly do you want to belong?
-->'''Muriel:''' (frazzled and desperate) Uh huh, uh huh, uh huh!
-->'''Second Sister:''' More than you belong with Eustace?
-->'''Muriel:''' [[WhamLine Who?]]
* "Angry Nasty People" is an especially cringe-worthy episode, especially if you've been the victim of verbal abuse. By the time Courage comes up with an idea involving [[ItMakesSenseInContext a quicksand pit]], Muriel is so broken that when it looks like Courage is going to throw her in, ''she offers absolutely no resistance''.
-->'''Muriel:''' Go on, Courage. This is just what I deserve.

4th Oct '16 8:56:06 AM OffTheDeepEnd
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** This is particularly HarsherInHindsight when said older-looking gentleman ''becomes a VillianOfTheWeek'' in "Curtain of Cruelty".



** This one is a BIG one for people who think [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods cephalopods]] are some of the [[UglyCute cutest animals on Earth]].

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** This one is a BIG one for people who think [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods cephalopods]] are some of the [[UglyCute [[WhatMeasureIsNonCute cutest animals on Earth]].



* Most of "Courage Vs. Mecha Courage", starting with the moment Courage sees as Muriel sits in her rocking chair while Mecha-Courage sits on her lap instead of himself, causing Courage to cry. And it just gets worse from there, as Courage takes the beating of his life to defeat the mechanical enemy...
* DownerEnding's from the episode "The Great Fusilli". Sure, the episode's grim ending is played for laughs, as per usual, but when you really think about it, it's actually pretty TearJerker: In It, Courage fails to stop Muriel and Eustace from being turned into puppets. But as the show has a NegativeContinuity, everything will return to normal.

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* Most of "Courage Vs. Mecha Courage", starting with the moment Courage sees as Muriel sits in her rocking chair while Mecha-Courage the robot sits on her lap instead of himself, causing Courage to cry. And it just gets worse from there, as Courage takes the beating of his life to defeat the mechanical enemy...
* DownerEnding's from the episode "The Great Fusilli". Sure, the episode's grim ending is played for laughs, as per usual, but when you really think about it, it's actually pretty TearJerker: In It, Courage fails to stop Muriel and Eustace from being turned into puppets. But as the show has a NegativeContinuity, everything will return to normal. Of course, that hasn't stopped it from provoking tons of dark theories...



** What makes this even sadder is the fact that after all the times Courage has actually saved Eustace despite how badly the old man treated the poor dog, how does Eustace repays him? By hiring Courage's past foes (all of whom Courage had saved from Eustace) to finally ''kill'' him and not only does Eustace enjoys Courage's pain without the slightest bit of sympathy, he's also very ''eager'' of the foes about to kill the poor dog.
** The rest of the episode becomes an even bigger tearjerker as it moves along. Seeing poor Courage, defenseless and whimpering while getting brutally wounded by his enemies is just heartbreaking to watch. It's even worse when you realize Courage has managed to get out of horrible situations before. But here, he doesn't shapeshift or do anything to defend himself, and the tense/dramatic music really makes it seem like it is truly ''the end'' of Courage.

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* Robot Randy has the titular villain conquering the farm to prove he's not a failure to his fellow robots. At night in the barn he's seen whittling wooden reindeer and actually sounding happy, only to curl up on the ground when thinking what the other robots would think of him and throwing the reindeer he just made with such care out the window. Someone being forced to throw away something that gives them such joy because of the cruel mockery of the world around them. There's also the scene in the episode where Randy grabs Eustace and Muriel and tries to ''crush'' them with his own metallic hand, and Courage begs him not to harm them, and begins to cry while doing so.
** What Back to "Ball of Revenge"...what makes this it even sadder is the fact that after all the times Courage has actually saved Eustace despite how badly the old man treated the poor dog, how does Eustace repays him? By hiring Courage's past foes (all (''all'' of whom Courage had saved from Eustace) to finally ''kill'' him and not only does Eustace enjoys Courage's pain without the slightest bit of sympathy, he's also very ''eager'' of the foes about to kill the poor dog.
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dog. The rest of the ''entire'' episode just becomes an even bigger a tidal wave of a tearjerker as it moves along. Seeing poor Courage, defenseless and whimpering while getting brutally wounded by his enemies is just heartbreaking to watch. It's watch; the similarly depressing and brutal "Courage Vs. Mecha-Courage" suddenly almost looks tame by comparision. But it's even worse when you realize Courage has managed to get out of horrible situations before. [[DarkestHour But here, he doesn't shapeshift or do anything to defend himself, and the tense/dramatic music really makes it seem like it is truly ''the end'' of Courage.Courage]].



* Robot Randy has the titular villain conquering the farm to prove he's not a failure to his fellow robots. At night in the barn he's seen whittling wooden reindeer and actually sounding happy, only to curl up on the ground when thinking what the other robots would think of him and throwing the reindeer he just made with such care out the window. Someone being forced to throw away something that gives them such joy because of the cruel mockery of the world around them.
** There's also the scene in the episode where Randy grabs Eustace and Muriel and tries to ''crush'' them with his own metallic hand, and Courage begs him not to harm him, and begins to cry while doing so. This shows the dog's deep affection for his family
3rd Oct '16 9:56:25 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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* There's a very sad moment in "Courage Vs. Mecha Courage", where Courage watches as Muriel sits in her rocking chair while Mecha-Courage sits on her lap, causing Courage to cry.

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* There's a very sad moment in Most of "Courage Vs. Mecha Courage", where starting with the moment Courage watches sees as Muriel sits in her rocking chair while Mecha-Courage sits on her lap, lap instead of himself, causing Courage to cry.cry. And it just gets worse from there, as Courage takes the beating of his life to defeat the mechanical enemy...
2nd Oct '16 7:03:11 PM Minni128
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* The AU comic ''Alseep'' [[http://c2ndy2c1d.tumblr.com/post/70836997952/asleep-part-1]] [[http://c2ndy2c1d.tumblr.com/post/71698723231/asleep-part-2]] is this and NightmareFuel, as concerns a terminally ill and widowed (Eustace died of his injuries due to a car accident) Muriel in her final weeks of life, while she worries about what will happen Courage after she dies, leading [[spoiler: her to contemplate and come close to ''killing'' him because, as far as she knows, he'd be "better off with her". She backs out of killing him but wakes him up, leaving him to find her at the toilet]].

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* The AU comic ''Alseep'' [[http://c2ndy2c1d.tumblr.com/post/70836997952/asleep-part-1]] [[http://c2ndy2c1d.tumblr.com/post/71698723231/asleep-part-2]] is this and NightmareFuel, as said comic concerns a terminally ill and widowed (Eustace died of his injuries due to a car accident) Muriel in her final weeks of life, while she worries about what will happen Courage after she dies, leading [[spoiler: her to contemplate and come close to ''killing'' him because, as far as she knows, he'd be "better off with her". She backs out of killing him but wakes him up, leaving him to find her at the toilet]].
2nd Oct '16 7:02:00 PM Minni128
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* [[http://moviepilot.com/posts/3867140 The 2016 passing of Eustace Bagge's voice actor, Arthur Anderson.]]

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* [[http://moviepilot.com/posts/3867140 The 2016 passing of Eustace Bagge's voice actor, Arthur Anderson.]]]]
*The AU comic ''Alseep'' [[http://c2ndy2c1d.tumblr.com/post/70836997952/asleep-part-1]] [[http://c2ndy2c1d.tumblr.com/post/71698723231/asleep-part-2]] is this and NightmareFuel, as concerns a terminally ill and widowed (Eustace died of his injuries due to a car accident) Muriel in her final weeks of life, while she worries about what will happen Courage after she dies, leading [[spoiler: her to contemplate and come close to ''killing'' him because, as far as she knows, he'd be "better off with her". She backs out of killing him but wakes him up, leaving him to find her at the toilet]].
-->''' Muriel''' (internally): ''And that's what saddens me the most...''
27th Aug '16 2:15:55 PM LOVEBUG53
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** There's also the scene in the episode where Randy grabs Eustace and Muriel and tries to ''crush'' them with his own metallic hand, and Courage begs him not to harm him, and begins to cry while doing so. This shows the dog's deep affection for his family
27th Aug '16 2:12:40 PM LOVEBUG53
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--> The rest of the episode becomes an even bigger tearjerker as it moves along. Seeing poor Courage, defenseless and whimpering while getting brutally wounded by his enemies is just heartbreaking to watch. It's even worse when you realize Courage has managed to get out of horrible situations before. But here, he doesn't shapeshift or do anything to defend himself, and the tense/dramatic music really makes it seem like it is truly ''the end'' of Courage.

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--> ** The rest of the episode becomes an even bigger tearjerker as it moves along. Seeing poor Courage, defenseless and whimpering while getting brutally wounded by his enemies is just heartbreaking to watch. It's even worse when you realize Courage has managed to get out of horrible situations before. But here, he doesn't shapeshift or do anything to defend himself, and the tense/dramatic music really makes it seem like it is truly ''the end'' of Courage.
27th Aug '16 2:11:55 PM LOVEBUG53
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--> The rest of the episode becomes an even bigger tearjerker as it moves along. Seeing poor Courage, defenseless and whimpering while getting brutally wounded by his enemies is just heartbreaking to watch. It's even worse when you realize Courage has managed to get out of horrible situations before. But here, he doesn't shapeshift or do anything to defend himself, and the tense/dramatic music really makes it seem like it is truly ''the end'' of Courage.
-->'''Eustace''': ''Stupid Dog! This is it!!''

27th Aug '16 2:00:05 AM Spinycemb
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** Due to the episode's undertones on dealing with depression, it can also be assumed that the rat represents people who aren't sad, per se. Just unable to feel ''anything'' because something caused them to wall themselves off from their emotions. The fact that the rat's first reaction to being hit with an antidepressant cannonball is to cry says he may have been bottling something up pretty bad.
19th Aug '16 8:52:53 PM BunnyStar
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* Eustace, by all means the biggest selfish jerk ever portrayed on any Cartoon Network show. Consider that Eustace was seeing this through a mirror that was meant to show one's true self. Sure, it was broken beforehand, but it may have been showing that Eustace is, deep down inside, a sad man who lashes out at everyone due to a painful childhood.

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* Eustace, by all means the biggest selfish jerk JerkAss ever portrayed on any Cartoon Network show. Consider that Eustace was seeing this through a mirror that was meant to show one's true self. Sure, it was broken beforehand, but it may have been showing that Eustace is, deep down inside, a sad man who lashes out at everyone due to a painful childhood.
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