To many, tears
are an expression of sadness or weakness
Sometimes it can even indicate ultimate Badassery
, since only the hardest Badasses
can get away with shedding them.
In any case, tears are always connected to emotions too strong to contain and are to be used sparingly and wisely, else the character passes off as wangsty
or just plain weak
, even if they're female
Still, there is one instance when tears are never looked down upon and accepted from ANYONE: joy.
Crying for joy is the uppermost expression of happiness and ecstasy and is the best indicator of a Crowning Moment of Awesome
or a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
: the Complete Monster
has at last received comeuppance, The Quest
is finally over, the Starcrossed Lovers
are reunited for good...
Most times used at the end of the show.
Often witnessed in Real Life
during similar moments, making this a Truth in Television
Not to be confused with the Tearful Smile
which meaning is more ambiguous.
Compare Tender Tears
, Manly Tears
, Water Works
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