Created By: ParadiscaCorbasi on January 21, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on March 17, 2015

CryMouth

Visual cues using the mouth to indicate someone is about to cry.

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There are a lot of Eye Tropes to indicate someone is going to cry.

There's Quivering Eyes. There's showing the eyes welling up. There's the multiple blink-blink of blinking back tears.

But there are also mouth cues to indicate someone is about to cry.

There's the lower lip or chin quiver which is pretty much the same motion as a pout, but with the quivering in the lower lip instead of the eyes.

The second is more common to animated fare, and instead of the lower lip quiver, their mouth is drawn as a single squiggly line to indicate someone is about to cry but is trying not to.

And then there's biting or chewing on the lip.

Seen It a Million Times.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Pikachu has done the quivering mouth in Pokémon.

Literature
  • In a number of Robert A. Heinlein stories characters about to cry would exhibit "chin quivering".
    • Thorby in Citizen of the Galaxy when he fears his adoptive father Baslim the Cripple is dead.
    • John Thomas in The Star Beast, when he and Betty have been captured and he's trying to hold back tears.
    • Time Enough for Love. Lazuli and Lorelei Long repeatedly threaten to use chin quivering if people won't do as they say.
    • To Sail Beyond the Sunset. When Marian comes to talk to her mother Maureen, she does it before talking to her.

Western Animation
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • Frequently seen on the Apple family who are very open about their feelings.
    • In "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", Rainbow Dash gets cry mouth when she is denied a cup of apple cider for the second day in a row after rushing to get some and standing in a long line.
  • The Powerpuff Girls also tends to display this trope now and again.
  • The Simpsons has a scene where Chief Wiggum consoles a Ralph whose mouth is quivering with sadness.

Video Games

Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • January 21, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    How about Quivering Mouth? No, that's not a snowclone, as the mouth is also actually quivering.
  • January 21, 2012
    troacctid
    • The Powerpuff Girls occasionally uses a squiggly-line mouth for characters who are about to cry.
  • January 21, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Your laconic hints at what might be a good title: Crying Cue.
  • January 21, 2012
    BOFH
    Video Games
  • February 4, 2012
    Arivne
    Literature
    • In a number of Robert Heinlein stories characters about to cry would exhibit "chin quivering".
      • Thorby in Citizen of the Galaxy when he fears his adoptive father Baslim the Cripple is dead.
      • John Thomas in The Star Beast, when he and Betty have been captured and he's trying to hold back tears.
      • Time Enough For Love. Lazuli and Lorelei Long repeatedly threaten to use chin quivering if people won't do as they say.
      • To Sail Beyond the Sunset. When Marian comes to talk to her mother Maureen, she does it before talking to her.
  • February 19, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    No other examples? Is this so rare?
  • August 27, 2012
    Noah1
  • August 27, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
  • August 27, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    And at the risk of some whining about supposed overexposure, this pic of Fluttershy from My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic should do as a page picture.
  • August 27, 2012
    Zachzab
    This could be called "Not-So-Stiff Upper Lip", however that might be too specific as the means of cry mouth. I can't remember the specific episodes otherwise I would list several examples I know in Western Animation and Anime.
  • October 13, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Donna Noble in her last appearance on Doctor Who had quivering lower lip before the tears.
  • March 2, 2013
    Noah1
  • March 10, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Film Animated
    • Queen Uberta's lower lip quivers in The Swan Princess when her son, Prince Derek, refuses to attend a fete filled with eligible princesses. This is lampshaded by Derek: "Mom, no, not the lip thing."
  • March 10, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Stewie on Family Guy has done the quivering-lip thing a few times (can't recall specific instances at the moment).
  • March 10, 2013
    MsCC93
    This is done a lot in Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends.
  • March 10, 2013
    Chernoskill
    Web Video

    • In the second The Angry Video Game Nerd Batman episode, the Joker played by Mike Matei makes this face along with curling his fists next to his eyes to simulate tears to mock Batman when the Nerd plays Batman: Return of the Joker on NES.

    AVGN: "And how do you like this? You can actually get blocked by a power-up. But [the enemy] can still shoot through! That's not fair!"
    Joker: "Oooh-Hoooh, it's so unfair!" [Makes crying noises]
  • March 13, 2013
    randomsurfer
    On The Simpsons Lisa gets cry-mouth when her attempts at doing her "subversive cursader" thing backfire on her during the peewee football episode.
    Lisa: What position have you got for me? [crowd gasps] That's right. A girl want to play football. How about that.
    Coach Ned: Well, thats super-duper, Lisa. We've already got four girls on the team.
    Lisa: [let down] You do?
    Ned: Ah huh. But we'd love to have you onboard!
    Lisa: Well... football's not really my thing... after all... what kind of civilised person would play a game with the skin of an innocent pig?!
    Ned: Well, actually, Lisa, these balls are synthetic!
    Janey: And for every ball you buy, a dollar goes to Amnesty International!
    Lisa: lips quivering I've gotta go!
  • March 16, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump?
  • March 17, 2015
    Arivne

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