Created By: Ardiente on February 15, 2011 Last Edited By: ChaoticDreams on March 28, 2012

Tears of Despair

When there is no hope left, and you are powerless, it's okay to curl into a corner, and cry.

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In their Darkest Hour, when a character thinks they have reached the Despair Event Horizon and Resistance Is Futile, when the Bolivian Army Ending is near or when there is simply no hope for the future... when they feel utterly cornered... a character will cry. They may shed A Single Tear, or abandon all dignity [[hottip:What good will it do? Especially in situations where it has been utterly destroyed, such as rape]]. For this trope to be played correctly, the audience has to sympathize with the character, who has to be established to have at least a measure of bravery. When children and Emo Teen do this, given their self-centered, (relatively) unintelligent, inexperienced, uninformed, unenlightened worldview where every problem is a tragedy and every frustration is insurmountable, while from this perspective it is this trope, from an outside viewer's it is simply Water Works. Same with older characters who happen to be self-centered or cowardly.

These tears aren't Manly Tears: they don't express manliness. They aren't Tears of Fear: fear has an element of doubt and hope. Here, the character is certain of what the future holds.

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  • February 15, 2011
    MartineBrooke
    Is this Tears Of Fear?
  • February 15, 2011
    Grain
  • May 6, 2011
    Ardiente
    ^Defintely not.

    ^^Nope. Fear is when there is still hope. Is Cinderella afraid when she cries alone at night? No, but she is hopless.
  • May 7, 2011
    Ardiente
    The Forever Alone guy in the Rage Comics is this trope incarnate.

    What makes it comical is that he's overreacting a little, even though he has a bad case of Failure Is The Only Option.
  • May 10, 2011
    Ardiente
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  • May 13, 2011
    Ardiente
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  • May 19, 2011
    Ardiente
    bump
  • May 19, 2011
    jaytee
    I have a problem with the Elfen Lied example. It actually manages to be worse than X Just X.
  • May 20, 2011
    Ardiente
    Actually I was hoping for someone's memory to be triggered...
  • May 21, 2011
    Ardiente
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    In A Song Of Ice And Fire, due to the Crapsack World setting, the Despair Event Horizon happens quite a few times. Sansa and Robb and Arya are particularly common offenders, but almost everyone gets their little moment.
  • May 23, 2011
    Ardiente
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  • May 23, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
    (You can bump your own YKTTW just by clicking the edit button and hitting "send", even without making any changes.)

    • From The End, the last book in A Series Of Unfortunate Events:
      There is a kind of crying which I hope you have not experienced, and it is not just crying about something terrible that has happened, but a crying for all of the terrible things that have happened, not just to you but to everyone you know and to everyone you don't know and even the people you don't want to know, a kind of crying that cannot be diluted by a brave deed or a kind word, but only by someone holding you as your shoulders shake and your tears run down your face.
  • June 23, 2011
    Ardiente
    bump
  • March 28, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    "In that situation, she can't help but quietly cry in despair. Neither can the viewers."

    Cut the last sentence. It's an opinion.
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