Created By: KronosfromLUJuly 11, 2013 Last Edited By: KronosfromLUJuly 16, 2013

She Cries, You Die

The trope in which a certain character cannot allow a single tear to fall, otherwise destruction ensues.

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So, we've got a person, usually a girl, that everyone seems overly nice to. No one hits them, no one insults them, no one even ignores them.

Why?

Because if they cry, you die. It might cause a demon to be unleashed, they might have highly corrosive or poisonous tears, but not matter what happens, if that character cries, chances are you're not going to get out unscathed.

Examples

Video Games:
  • There's a handful levels in the original Earthworm Jim where you escort Peter Puppy who turns into a ravenous bloodthirsty monster that hunts and tries to eat you whenever he's hit.
  • Elise in Sonic The Hedgehog 2006 does this. If the said person cries, Iblis will be unleashed onto the world, and as we see in Silver's storyline, that already happened. Mephelis kills Sonic (AKA The Iblis Trigger) to make this happen, so taht he can join with Iblis and become Solaris once again.

Live action TV:
  • Maya Herrera's power from Heroes is quite literally this trope. If she cries, black tears fall from her eyes and those around her, killing them all. She once killed her brother's entire wedding reception because she got so distraught over finding his wife cheating on him, that her abilities manifested and she cried. Her power was her power was stolen from her by Arthur Petrelli, after she asked Mohinder to get rid of her powers for her.

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Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • July 11, 2013
    DracMonster
    Um, do you have examples?
  • July 12, 2013
    rcmerod52
    I believe Sonic The Hedgehog 2006 has an example. I believe that if Elise sheds a tear, that causes the Iblis Trigger to be released--which is why Mephiles killed Sonic in the first place, to force Elise to cry. Correct me if I'm wrong, I don't know the plot of the game very well.
  • July 12, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    This'll have to be differentiated from the common heroic Berserk Button about those who make their friends/those they love cry.
  • July 12, 2013
    Indalecio
    Sounds like that one Twilight Zone(Was it a Twilight Zone episode? Might've been Outer Limits) episode where this kid is a Reality Warper and sends anyone who makes him mad out into the cornfield.

    Not sure this is a trope in itself. The original example sounds likes Barrier Maiden or Apocalypse Maiden.
  • July 12, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^Its A Good Life, short story-turned-Twilight Zone episode.
  • July 12, 2013
    DAN004
    Does "If you make her cry, I won't forgive you" or similar threats count? Or are they just related?
  • July 13, 2013
    MiinU
  • July 13, 2013
    GKaiser
    There's a handful levels in the original Earthworm Jim where you escort Peter Puppy who turns into a ravenous bloodthirsty monster that hunts and tries to eat you whenever he's hit.
  • July 15, 2013
    DAN004
    @ Miin U - then that trope should be related.
  • July 16, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    @DAN 004 - That was the main issue that I had with this, as mentioned in my Berserk Button post above.
  • July 16, 2013
    Larkmarn
    That Earthworm Jim example really isn't an example. At all.
  • July 16, 2013
    Duncan
    Parodied in Weird Science with "He pukes, you die".
  • July 16, 2013
    GKaiser
    Larkmarn - why? Character X is injured, cries, terrible things happen to the protagonist. Is it because Peter is a male puppy?
  • July 16, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Well first off, crying isn't mentioned at all. Secondly, it's just a character going berserk when it gets damaged. Doesn't seem connected to this YKTTW.
  • July 16, 2013
    m8e
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