Created By: EpicEbi on July 8, 2012 Last Edited By: EpicEbi on July 30, 2014

Villains Love Tears

The good guy cries and the bad guy loves it.

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So the hero of the story is getting thrashed by the villain. He's tried all of his best attacks, his Superpowered Evil Side even kicked in, but also got its ass whooped, and the villain hasn't got as much as a scratch on him!

Sometimes, the hero should just cry. Everything he's done has been for nothing, after all. So why not let it all out?

But when he does, the villain takes pleasure in seeing the hero in this state, and will most likely lead onto a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.

This is where the hero is backed into a corner by the villain with literally no way out, shows how afraid or ashamed he feels about not succeeding (in this case, he can cry or look frightened), and the villain will find it highly amusing and probably call the hero out on it. It cannot be used as a Stock Phrase; it's meant to be for a situation in a story. However, there's nothing wrong with a character saying it.

Can be associated with "The Reason You Suck" Speech, in that the villain will continue to rub his incoming victory into the hero's face. Kick the Dog would be a great way to obtain this straight off the bat. Also look at Heroic Second Wind and Big Damn Heroes for when the hero somehow gets out of trouble.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • July 8, 2012
    Nope, it cannot be used as a Stock Phrase. See No New Stock Phrases.
  • July 8, 2012
    Perhaps Villains Love Tears

    • South Park's Eric Cartman at the end of Scott Tenorman Must Die; "Yes, Scott, let me taste your tears!"
    • The Jet Li vehicle, Kiss Of The Dragon has a Kick The Dog moment where the villain forcibly injects a woman with heroine and laughs as she cries and begs him not to.
  • July 8, 2012
    I like Villains Love Tears. And the examples you provided were a good way to show this trope in work. Okay, I'll edit it. Thanks.
  • July 10, 2012
    Live Action TV
    • The Twilight Zone TOS episode "The Obsolete Man". While the prosecutor is in Mr. Wordsworth's room he urges him to cry to show his fear of his upcoming execution.
  • July 10, 2012
    • "When You're Evil" by Voltaire plays this incredibly straight.
      "Your tears are all the pay I'll ever need"
  • July 10, 2012
  • July 10, 2012
    In an episode of Hill Street Blues Buntz and another cop get kidnapped by a multiple murderer. Buntz knows that his MO includes terrorizing his victims - he doesn't kill them until they start crying and begging for their lives. He keeps his cool, but the other cop cracks at which point he's killed.
  • July 11, 2012
    • By far the biggest Kick The Dog moment for Dr. Kelso on Scrubs was when he tried to get Elliott to quit by abusing her at work, including specifically trying to get her to break down in tears in front of her colleagues. Fortunately just as Elliott is on the verge of tears Dr. Cox steps in and lands a Hey You Haymaker on Kelso.
      Why am I not leaving, Dr. Reid? Because I don't want to miss you breaking down and weeping in front of everyone! Oh, here it comes, great big tears. Great big crocodile tears!
  • July 18, 2012
    I'm kind of embarassed to say this, but...

    Does anyone know how to make this page more fleshed out? Like adding the examples to this and stuff? I can only do so much by myself, and I'm kind of a noob at all of this. I only know how to add examples and highlight trope names. Like so. That's all I can really do.

    Also, we should try getting some hats for this.

    And @abk0100: I don't think it quite captures what the trope tries to describe. Thanks for helping out, though.
  • August 9, 2012
    Well, if you look in the first blue section above the article, you'll see a book and a pencil. If you click on the pencil, that allows you to edit and change the description in the main YKTTW article. Similarly, the pencil to the side of each reply allows you to either edit replies, or in a much more useful application, copy the text from a reply with the markup intact and edit it into the main article.

    For more in depth stuff on markup and the like, check some of the helpful links on the left side of your screen, like Welcome To Tv Tropes, Text Formatting Rules, Page Templates, etc. There are plenty of pages to help get you on your feet and get an idea of how to set up a page for a trope or work.
  • June 4, 2014
  • June 4, 2014
    ^ I was about to say that...

    Compare also Emotion Eater. Contrast Swiss Army Tears.
  • June 19, 2014
    In the theatre version of The Little Mermaid, Ursula expresses her desire for crying and despair in the song "I Want the Good Times Back":

    I want to taste their tears!
    I want the special rush you get from crushing hopes and dreams!

    Also, from "When You're Evil"

    Your tears are all the pay I'll ever need.
  • July 29, 2014
    • Beth Phoenix and Lay Cool found mocking Mickie James funny, after it was revealed she was more prone to crying that the rest of the roster. They eventually teamed up to shame her out of WWE.
    • Beth Phoenix and Natalya Neidhart made a point of punishing the "barbie doll" divas until they cried during their "Pinup strong/Divas Of Doom" phase. Beth specifically mentioned it being "Time for some tears." after squashing Alicia Fox.
    • Variation, Alberto Del Rio likes beating up Rey Mysterio so he can see all the children who are fans of Rey cry about it.
  • July 29, 2014
    Western Animation

    • In the South Park episode "Scott Tenerman must die!", Cartmann tricks Scott into eating a chili made from his killed parents. After reavealing this fact to him, Scott understandable has an emotional breakdown and starts crying. Cartman savors the tears with his tongue to show that in the end, he got his revenge for Scott's plan to make Cartman eat a chili made from teenager pubic hair.
  • July 29, 2014
    Is this ever updated? Can I grab this?
  • July 30, 2014
    This should be the page quote:

    Cartman: Yes! Oh, yes! Let me taste your tears, Scott. Tears of unfathomable sadness. Yummy!