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[[caption-width-right:300:[[BeingEvilSucks I cry because I suck.]]]]

A character (sometimes a StepfordSmiler) may be NotHimself and has a [[FreakOut breakdown]] to show this. This may be expressed by [[LaughingMad laughing]], a BrokenSmile, being hunched over, having a twitchy eye, messy hair and the like. In this case a good way to show that a character is experiencing a mental/nervous/emotional breakdown (sometimes with some SanitySlippage attached) is to have them feel tears come to their eyes or outright running down their face, often the climax of a severe BreakTheCutie ordeal.

Different from BerserkerTears in the sense that the character isn't crying out of rage. See also VillainousBreakdown for the villain that does this although it can sometimes overlap. Often results in a TearJerker. Compare/Contrast ManlyTears, TearsOfFear.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]

* Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' (the current page image) is reduced to an uncontrolled sobbing wreck after having to kill [[spoiler:[[WorthyOpponent Father Alexander Anderson]], who had turned himself into a divine monster in order to defeat Alucard.]]
** Seras [[spoiler: during Pip's death scene and when Zorin mind rapes her]].
* Vincent Law of ''Anime/ErgoProxy'' cries quite a bit over the course of the series. After Proxy One forces Vincent to face the reality that he is a Proxy, Vincent can be seen lying on his back, weeping while looking up at the sky.
* Yo Hinomura aka The Freeman in the ''Manga/CryingFreeman'' Anime, Manga and the Live-Action Film cries whilst carrying out the murders he's forced to perform by the post-hypnotic suggestions of the 108 Dragons Triad.
* Nina Einstein does this in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' during her FreakOut moment after learning of [[spoiler: Euphemia's death]].
** Suzaku also does this [[spoiler: during Euphemia's death]] and after [[spoiler: he kills Lelouch]].
* In ''Anime/PerfectBlue'' Mima has a breakdown in her apartment when she returns after filming a rape scene and cries. Rumi also cries as she's watching Mima filming the rape scene, and her tears symbolize her complete descent into the AxCrazy.
* Russia from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' does this when he snaps in the Bloody Sunday strip, after a heartbreaking soliloquy and before opening fire on thousands of innocent civilians.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** At the end of ''The End of Evangelion'', Shinji breaks down crying after [[spoiler:Asuka caresses his face]] while he's in the middle of [[spoiler:strangling her]] (which he stops after the aforementioned act).
** Asuka cried during her MindRape due to being forced to remember [[spoiler:her [[DarkAndTroubledPast childhood traumas]]]] and face [[spoiler:her [[BeneathTheMask deep-rooted]] [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex insecurities]]]], as well as in episode 23 after Hikari comforts her by telling her that she shouldn't hate herself, and that she thinks she's done well.
** Misato breaks down crying after receiving a pre-recorded message from [[spoiler:the recently murdered Kaji]].
* [[{{Yandere}} Kaede]] of ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' does this as she's having her breakdown.
* [[spoiler: Light]] of ''Manga/DeathNote'' in the final episode after [[spoiler: Matsuda]] shoots him. He has a breakdown and cries while musing that [[spoiler: he has no other choice left but to die.]]
** Mikami also has a breakdown upon seeing Light in [[spoiler: such a broken pathetic state]], has tears at the corners of his eyes, and ultimately [[spoiler: commits suicide by stabbing himself with a pen]].
* Vegeta cries in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' due to the fact that Frieza could vanquish him so easily even after everything he did to turn the tables. What he said in Goku's vision during the fight sums it up nicely: ''"I dreamt-- I yearned to be the one to avenge us, yet he battered and broke me just like he did the others. You cannot know the agony of that."'' Can be seen as DramaticIrony given that the ruthless most evil self-absorbed Saiyan AntiHero is begging Goku to empathize with the other Saiyans that tried and failed to defeat Frieza.
* Kouta of ''Manga/ElfenLied'' does this after he has a FreakOut after watching [[spoiler: Lucy kill his father and sister]].
* Ganta of ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' breaks down crying simultaneous BrokenTears and TearsOfFear in the anime when Tamaki shows Ganta the ropes of Carnival Corpse by strapping him down to a chair, holding his eyes open ''Film/AClockworkOrange''-style and making him watch footage of previous battles.
* Occurs several times in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
** There's Winry when she confronted her parents' murderer.
** Edward after Al [[spoiler: sacrifices his soul to restore Ed's arm and his father asks him to use his life to restore Al's soul]].
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime adaptation]], when Edward broke down into tears after he learned that [[spoiler:Nina died]].
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'': There is a scene where there was a bus crash and Kotomi has a break down, complete with her in a fetal position, crying and muttering "I will be a good girl."
* Kana in episode 8 after being driven to madness as a result of Akito's MindRape in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''.
** Hatori also does this in episode 8 after he erases Kana's memories.
** Tohru in episode 25 and 26 as she's being put through a BreakTheCutie process.
** In the manga, Rin evidences conflicted emotions regarding Tohru. She rejects and harbors resentment towards what she sees as Tohru's interference in the family; Tohru is an outsider and she cannot understand. However, internal dialogue reveals that as early as their first meeting Rin is also possessed by the same desire that many of the Jyuunishi develop; to fall into Tohru's arms and be comforted. Her view of Tohru as a maternal figure manifests to the extent that on the verge of fainting she mistakes Tohru for her mother and responds with utter terror, cowering and pleading for forgiveness before she loses consciousness. Eventually Rin's physical distress, despair and torment culminate in her breaking down sobbing in Tohru's embrace.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' has this happen a few times. Most notable is during [[spoiler: Anthy's suicide attempt in episode 37]], during Wakaba's duel and in episode 9 during Utena's childhood flashback.
* Also occurs often in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', both Minerva and Midnight of Sabertooth and Oracion Seis do this after Erza Scarlet curb-stomps them both.
** Lucy screams and bawls as she [[spoiler: breaks Aquarius's key, meaning she'll never see her again]] while fighting Jackal.
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'' Usagi does this in a phone booth after Mamoru breaks up with her. She also does it in Super, when [[spoiler:Hotaru/Sailor Saturn jumps into Pharaoh 90 to [[HeroicSacrifice kill herself]] to stop the BigBad and Usagi is powerless to help or stop her.]] And she does it again in Stars, when [[spoiler: Chibi-Usa is erased out of existence in her arms]], and later when [[spoiler: not only the Senshi die, but she finds out Mamoru is dead.]]
* In chapter 74 of ''Manga/SoulEater'' the Envy Chapter of the Book of Eibon delivers a harsh TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Maka. It's enough to reduce her to tears.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Sakura breaks down into tears a few times in regards to Sasuke. Naruto also does this a few times as well like when an Itachi look-alike nearly breaks him with MindRape or after he finds out about [[spoiler: Jiraiya's death]]. Considering how often BreakTheCutie tactics are used...
** Heck, even [[TheStoic Itachi and Sasuke]] break down into tears at some point in the series.
* In episode 10 of '' VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' Nanami becomes extremely upset after the School Festival, when [[spoiler: a sex tape of her and her boyfriend is shown to many classmates as a cruel joke from Otome's GirlPosse.]] She lets out a BigNo before collapsing to the ground in tears.
* Orihime of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' does this at times most notably as a result of Ichigo, who she is in love with. If not as a result of Ichigo, it happens when her friends are hurt or she's under too much stress, specially in [[BreakTheCutie the Hueco Mundo and Lust arcs.]]
** Also, Rukia is revealed to have gone through this when [[spoiler: she had to kill Kaien]]. In the third movie, she also cries when [[spoiler: Homura and Shizuku die.]]
** Even ''Ichigo'' falls into this once, [[spoiler: at the height of his BreakTheCutie process in the X-Cution arc.]]
** Momo does this during her BreakTheCutie ordeals, and Rangiku when [[spoiler: Gin dies.]]
* ''Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay'': Many a character does this in this anime, leading to a lot of sad moments.
* ''LightNovel/MirageOfBlaze'': Naoe's breakdown in the OVA.
* Yuno of ''Manga/FutureDiary'' being so AxCrazy frequently has tearful breakdowns of this nature, usually when Yuki is involved.
** Tsubaki also does this during the brief flashback [[spoiler: where she was going to be gang-raped.]]
* ''Manga/YuGiOh'': The only time Yami ever cries is when Yugi gets his soul stolen. Yugi also makes speeches about how sad he will be when Yami has to leave him which often ends in tears.
* Luffy does this in ''Manga/OnePiece'' during his breakdown after [[spoiler: Ace's death]].
** And Nami, when she completely loses hope in the Arlong arc and begs Luffy for help.
** Similarly, when [[spoiler:the Gorgon Sisters]]'s horrifying past is revealed, one of them ([[spoiler:Sandersonia]]) breaks down screaming and crying. [[spoiler: Hancock]] herself sheds tears as well.
* ''LightNovel/{{No6}}'': Throughout episode 10, Shion begins to shed his Pollyanna status and become more hard-hearted, no longer crumbling at the deaths around him. Nezumi displays a veritable laundry list of heartbreaking expressions as he realizes this...ending in a full fledged breakdown when Shion coldly shoots a guard.
** There's also that one scene where Shion has a breakdown after surviving the birth of wasp and saying "I want to live..."
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': During the horrific finale of the Eclipse, [[spoiler: Griffith as Femto rapes Casca (Guts' lover) in full view of Guts who's held down and forced to watch it happen]]. Guts understandably has tears come to his eyes and fall down his face as he's forced to watch [[spoiler: the closest thing he's had to a friend]] utterly betray him and it's the last sight [[EyeScream his right eye sees]].
** Casca cries too [[spoiler:throughout her entire horrible ordeal, not only being raped, but being put through supreme agony because of her Brand being in very close proximity to a newly-minted member of the Godhand, one of the five most powerful and evil demons in the entire ''Berserk'' universe]].
* Aoshika of ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'' does this as she's having a breakdown [[spoiler: as Haguro and his goons rape her]] and afterwards as well.
** And Inugami was ForcedToWatch all of this happen via video, helplessly, reducing the normally TallDarkAndSnarky werewolf into [[HeroicBSOD a complete sobbing wreck]]...
** Haguro after Inugami shows him his werewolf form which destroys what remaining sanity he had left.
* Gon does this after finding out that [[spoiler: Kite is dead and can't be brought back to life]] in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' and Killua does this in regards to Gon and has a complete breakdown in the middle of a life-threatening fight.
* Leo of ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' does this frequently following [[spoiler: Elliot's death]].
* Jeremy, for like, half the story in ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns''.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': Rena breaks down in tears after winning an IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight against [[spoiler: Keiichi, realizing that she doesn't want to kill him]]. Luckily, this permanently snaps her out of her [[HatePlague rage-induced madness]].
--> '''Rena:''' The match is over now, right?\\
[[spoiler:'''Keiichi:''']] No, it's not. Until you swing [that cleaver] down, it's not over.\\
'''Rena:''' No... [Beat] No- I don't want to!
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[spoiler:the Female Titan, aka Annie, sits in the forest defeated and crying after she failed her mission to capture Eren]]. Shortly after, Eren himself ends up outright sobbing when he comes back from his first mission in the survey corps. With what happened, it's not hard to blame him.
** [[spoiler:One 6 meter aberrant Titan with blond hair and blue eyes notable breaks down crying when Ilyse Yagner yells at him after he displays the ability to talk. Breaches TearJerker once you realize that he could likely still have some conscious left as he did not have SanitySlippage and this trope in affect until after she tells him that the humans are terrified of Titans and do not understand why they eat them.]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
** Sayaka breaks down completely at the end of Episode 3, just after [[spoiler:seeing Mami get eaten alive, and being on the receiving end of a biting speech from Homura]].
** Madoka goes into inconsolable sobbing after [[spoiler:Sayaka loses her Soul Gem, becoming an EmptyShell]]. She does it again in Episode 9 when [[spoiler:Sayaka (now KilledOffForReal) is presented to her again]].
** Episode 10, one of the series' many {{Wham Episode}}s, has [[spoiler:Timeline 3 Mami unable to handle the revelation that Magical Girls are doomed to become Witches. Having just defeated Sayaka-turned-Oktavia with the help of the other girls, she immediately goes to MercyKill them all, binding Homura to neutralize her TimeStandStill powers before shooting Kyoko's Soul Gem. As she aims her rifle at Homura, her very inelegant sobbing conveys the utter despair she has, reasoning that it would be better to die than turn into ''that''. Madoka has to Mercy Kill Mami to stop her, and then ''she'' breaks down crying tears like this and Homura has to comfort her.]]
** In the final episode of the series, [[spoiler:''Homura'' breaks down when Madoka - now a mere concept - reveals she now remembers all of the timelines; everything Homura did to save her]].
* ''Anime/SpiritedAway'': Chihiro/Sen has a breakdown during her first morning in the spirit realm, after seeing her parents transformed into pigs, being surrounded by [[TheGrotesque odd creatures she doesn't understand]] and seemingly tricked by Haku into signing away her freedom. The breakdown is triggered when Haku takes her to see her parents and offers her some food. The LonelyPianoPiece playing over the scene doesn't help matters. Luckily, [[PluckyGirl she recovers very quickly]].
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'':
** For a brief few moments in Episode 7, we get a few shots of Ene breaking down into tears when [[spoiler:Kano, posing as Haruka, tells her that he died the same day she did]].
** During the second half of Episode 11, [[spoiler:Kano has a spectacular breakdown at Ayano's grave, lamenting that no matter what he does, the Wide-Open Eyes Snake (possessing his father, Kenjirou) will kill them all]].
** At the end of the same episode, [[spoiler:Ayano finally lets herself go when Shintaro arrives and asks her to come back with him, breaking the facade of strength she had been showing to everyone who had met her previously]].
* Numerous [[BreakTheCutie main characters]] in ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'' do this. Most notable is Yuu at the beginning when Ferid maims Mika and kills his family. He responds by crying during while shooting Ferid in revenge and after when falling to his knees.
* ''LightNovel/ReZero'' protagonist Subaru sheds broken tears often, as his powers allow him to revive and loop back in time after being killed. He has witnessed his own death and failures in saving his friends countless times.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'': Tears can be seen streaming down Hayate's face during her SkywardScream [[spoiler: after two people disguised as her friends [[ForcedToWatch kill Vita in front of her]].]]
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' is primarily a tragedy story so numerous people do this during their BreakTheCutie moments, with one notable one being Hinami as she's being put through the emotional wringer by Mado who had killed her parents.
* Exa does this near the end of ''Manga/SuperiorCross'' [[spoiler:after discovering that the demon queen that razed his home village and the woman he loves are the same person.]] Also counts as BerserkerTears.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', Supergirl weeps when she [[spoiler:discovers the corpse of her murdered baby [[Franchise/{{Superman}} cousin]],]] and she cries again while she buries him.
** In ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'', Kara sheds them twice: when everyone is treating her -an orphan who has just lost her home and landed in another world where everyone is a jerk to her and her only living relative turns her down because he doesn't know who she is- as a dumb, crazy girl; and when she is told she has to return to her own timeline... where she will eventually die.
** In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'':
*** Kara bursts into tears after wandering over the streets of Gotham.
*** Superman weeps when he sees [[spoiler:her cousin turned into ashes]]. Even if [[spoiler:he knows it is a decoy, the mere sight of Kara being disintegrated]] brings him to his knees.
** ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'': Supergirl cries when she [[spoiler:her dying best friend in her arms.]]
** In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Supergirl Vol. 5]]'' issue #34 Kara sheds bitter tears upon finding out that the Daily Planet is slandering her.
** In ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', the eponymous Bizarro cries blood tears upon realizing she killed an innocent man.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} cries in ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'' when he believes his battle with his Sandman doppelganger has destroyed the world.
* ''ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga'' ComicBook/JeanGrey goes through this once the Dark Phoenix overtakes her, and she's trying hard to let the real Jean out. She finally sheds more tears minutes before she dies at her own hands, while ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} watches in horror.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Japan sheds these [[spoiler:after Germany is revealed to be Holy Rome. He thought he had no chance with Italy. Thank goodness he was wrong.]]
* Happens to all but one main heroine in ''[[{{Fanfic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles}} Ace Combat: The Equestrian War]]''. Each of them has a good reason to cry.
* Discord breaks down in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', after he realises he ruined his own plan.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': [[BattleCouple Shinji and Asuka]] often cried when they were under enormous emotional distress:
** [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1487118/004/ Shinji]] after seeing [[spoiler:[[LoveInterest Asuka's]] [[CoolPlane war plane]] crashing down.]]
** [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1487141/027/ Shinji]] after seeing that she [[spoiler:survived the crashing]].
** [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1660761/048/ Shinji returns to his home]] after spending several whole days [[spoiler:keeping watch over a comatose Asuka, not knowing whether she will wake up.]] When he notes how dark, empty and quiet the place is now [[spoiler:without her]], he breaks down crying.
** [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1748457/070/ Asuka has them]] after [[spoiler:her dead friend]] tells her that she can not reunite with her yet when Asuka is trying to find her again.
** [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1769987/036/ Asuka also cried]] failing another mission and [[HeroicBSOD she was falling completely apart.]]
** After several months of immense [[BreakTheHaughty emotional distress]] [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1795217/053/ Asuka breaks down and cries]] when Shinji [[spoiler:proposes to her]].
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Shed by Asuka in chapter 2 after a nightmare where she relived her worst memories (her most humilliating defeats, her MindRape, her almost death...) and the feelings of being alone, worthless and unloved that came with them.
-->''Asuka screamed and bolted up in bed. Dream. Again. Breathing fast, shallow. Heart pounding. Cold sweat. Lightning flashed outside of the apartment's window. Hands over her face, she began to cry.''
* In the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'', Tenten breaks out into these while strangling Naruto [[spoiler:and demanding to know why the Kyuushingai, of which he was a part, [[ParentalAbandonment killed her parents]]]].
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': Asukaís first battle was supposed to be her big debut. She had been waiting her whole life for that moment, training hard and rigorously since she was a child. She almost got killed, had to be rescued, and the Commander ordered she got punished by something was not her fault. When she was home she slammed her bedroomís door, threw herself down on her bed and sobbed.
* Blaine is a wreck in ''FanFic/HuntingTheUnicorn'' during the chapter ''The Red Bull.'' He has a concussion that's completely shot his logic and ability to communicate, and he's stressed from hiding with Kurt in an abandoned hotel [[spoiler: from Blaine's StalkerWithACrush. Said stalker later tries to ''strangle Kurt'' when he finds them]]. He also thought [[TrueCompanions his best friends Wes and David]] were ''dead'' until they managed to find him. Once the paramedics load him up, he breaks down crying, and the others are just surprised he didn't do it ''sooner.''
* ''Fanfic/TheInfiniteLoops'': Ares the Admin, after his quadrillionth attempt to get ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' Looping fails due to a minor technicality. Given what he did to wind up with that job, he kinda has it coming.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': After [[spoiler:being raped,]] Asuka sobs and cries uncontrollably.
-->And then the memories came, and all Asuka could do was curl into a ball and cry.
* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'':
** As he visits Asuka in the hospital, Shinji cries after realizing that she is in a coma because he never helped her.
--->"I'm...sorry, Asuka." The feeling of sickening self-disgust rolling through him choked his words and a gloomy, heavy silence enveloped the room once again, broken intermittently only by the EKG's electronic heartbeat and his quiet sobbing.\\
Shinji didn't try to call for Asuka again, and rushed out of her room moments later, still in tears.
** And after the FinalBattle, he cries when [[spoiler:Asuka is apparently dead.]]
* ''Fanfic/{{Quicken}}'': After Emma has told Taylor how she had to fight thugs and rapists, and even dig her way out of her own grave in order to survive... her best friend hugs her, and Emma bursts into tears.
-->I was stunned, unable to react, simply allowing myself to be held. My eyes grew hot and a low moan escaped my throat. I tried to stop myself, but I felt so tiredónot in body, but perhaps in spirit. I began bawling, putting my arms around Taylor, releasing myself to the tears. There was no dignity or restraint: it was the sort of crying an infant or a toddler might produce. I felt as though the tears would tear out gouges down my cheeks and I cried and cried. I donít think I had ever cried this hard before.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/SpiderMan1'': Peter Parker has BrokenTears when [[spoiler:Harry dies]] and when Mary Jane breaks up with him.
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': Occurs when Rose is almost DrivenToSuicide.
* Casey (played by Drew Barrymore) does this in the infamous opening of the first ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}'' movie where she is being stalked and harassed by the killer. She has a breakdown and cries simultaneous TearsOfFear and BrokenTears.

* In Lisa Scottoline's novel "Come Home" Abby and Jill do this after learning of Abby's father's death.
* The [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Kantrishakrim]] of {{Literature/Tales Of Kolmar}} are creatures of Fire. Most instances of strong emotion are marked by having them spout bursts of flames from their mouths. However, in the greatest extremities of grief and despair they will shed tears that are noted to be painful and hiss down their faceplates. Shikrar sheds one in ''The Lesser Kindred'' as his grief for his beloved Yrais is rekindled, and his dialogue with his best friend and his son proves that for the moment at least, he is well and truly wrecked. They were noted as being exceptionally close, even for their kind.
* In ''The Highland Twins at the Literature/ChaletSchool'', Joey Maynard does this during her HeroicBSOD [[spoiler:after getting a telegram saying that her husband Jack has been killed in action.]] When Madge, her sister, comes to see her, she finds Joey with a BrokenSmile, saying that it's 'the fortune of war' and that she can't cry or think straight. Then Jem, Joey's brother-in-law, brings her young triplet daughters into the room, and Joey breaks down in tears and has to be sedated.
* ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' (a novella of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): [[spoiler:Nale]]'s VillainousBSOD is underlined by him breaking down into tears as he realizes just how badly he screwed up.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'': The series codifier came in the season opener of the final season. It took until 1972's "Forever" for Little Joe -- he wasn't so little anymore -- to display this after his wife, Alice, whom he just married weeks earlier, is killed in a tragic fire. Tragic? Yes, but unknown to him when he (and his father, Ben) absolutely break down in tears is that Alice (pregnant with their first child) was brutally murdered by a professional gambler out to collect a debt from her brother. Until Joe learns the truth about his wife's death, he is a broken man, content with aimlessly drifting through life. In interviews years later, Mitch Vogel -- who, along with Tim Matheson remains as the lone surviving main actors from the show -- recalled how the scene was actually a release of grief for Michael Landon and Lorne Greene, as their fellow actor Dan Blocker (Hoss Cartwright) had died just two months before filming of the episode took place in July 1972.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Continuing the tradition of Michael Landon being good at showing deep emotion and ManlyTears:
** For Landon, his character Charles Ingalls -- along with Caroline -- show this best when they barely can tell eldest daughter Mary that she will lose her eyesight due to a series of illnesses she has suffered. And when it comes to the day she wakes up and screams, "'''''I CAN'T SEE!!!! I CAN'T SEE, PA!!!!'''''" ... and there's nothing they can do about it.
** Other characters were adept at this, and they were for different reasons:
*** Jonathan Garvey was the codifier of the personal loss variety in the 1980 episode "May We Make Them Proud." Jonathan and Alice had their differences to be sure and sometime they bitterly quarreled, but deep down they loved each other and couldn't survive without one another. Then Alice is killed in a tragic fire at the Harriet Oleson School For the Blind ... and Garvey is shocked like no other into heartbreakingly agonizing grief. In fact, at one point, he begs Rev. Alden, "No pine box. Do you hear me, Reverend? No pine box!"
*** Even if you absolutely hated Mrs. Oleson, you had to feel for her after her precious Nellie moved to New York with her new family (to take over her father-in-law's hotel and restaurant business after his death). She is to a point where she can't even get out of bed, and Nels is genuinely and deeply concerned. [[note]]Put in perspective: In the 1880s, when someone moved cross-country (such as what Nellie did, from Minnesota to New York), this was often the last time the parents would see in person their children in their lifetimes; transportation was limited to rail (and not always convenient, the mail sometimes took weeks to reach the intended recipient and the telephone was in its infancy.[[/note]]
*** Fitting the loss of family and friends due to alcoholism and other mistakes, this happens to Mr. Edwards in "A Promise To Keep." He had just learned his wife, Grace, filed for divorce due to his drinking. This, coming on the heels of his best friend, Charles, breaking off their friendship after Edwards caused an accident that could have been deadly for Albert (fortunately, Albert suffers only minor injuries). When he tries to break into the Mercantile to steal some alcohol, he sees the church instead, is drawn to it and after walking in breaks down at the altar, a broken man and admitting he made some very big mistakes that perhaps can never be repaired and needs help to get him through his darkest hour.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': As intended, "Richie Almost Dies" in a memorable January 1978 episode (after suffering head injuries in a motorbike accident) and for Fonzie, the mere thought of his best friend on the brink of death horrifies him. He makes a tearful plea to God but cannot finish, absolutely bawling by the scene's end. Famously, however, this came down as {{Narm}} as critics and fans believed the whole scene to be cheesy and over-the-top ... a tearful (and very 1970s-sounding) ballad performed by otherwise rock singer Suzy Quattro didn't help.
* ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace'': For all the grief he put upon the Dingbat, Archie truly loved his wife and feared that one day he'd be living without her and would bury her. That worst nightmare comes true in the 1980-1981 season opener "Archie Alone." After spending most of the episode in deep denial and refusing to even talk about it, the pent-up grief comes up in one memorable speech, where Archie berates Edith one last time, noting "You had '''''NO''''' right to leave me like that ... " and then the tears come ... "without ... giving me a one last chance to say, "I love you!" And then the bawling starts, that of a man truly in grief.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Sansa after she hears about the Red Wedding.
* Spock in the ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode "The Naked Time", after he's affected by an [[MindVirus emotion virus]]. He never told his mother he loved her.
* In the ''Series/FamilyTies'' episode "A, My Name Is Alex", Alex breaks into tears at the height of his nervous breakdown over his friend's death.
* Sun in ''Series/{{Lost}}'' when [[spoiler: she thinks Jin died]].
* River Tam of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' often falls into sobbing fits during her worst mental breakdowns and panic attacks, particularly in TheMovie.
* Thomas Barrow of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' after his ordeal at he end of series 3.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Walt breaks down crying after [[spoiler: Jack Welker shoots and kills Hank right in front of him]].
** Jesse has a complete emotional breakdown when [[spoiler: he's ForcedToWatch Todd kill Andrea]].
* Mitsuzane Kureshima is rendered complete wreck after falling over the last of all his [[DespairEventHorizon Despair Event Horizons]] in the finale of ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''.

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* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'':
** Kate Bishop's defining characteristic, starting with her being locked in Wallace Bishop's office in the XERRD Fortress.
** Rex after [[spoiler:Amanda's death]]. After recovering from his HeroicBSOD, these tears turned into BerserkerTears.
** A downplayed example for Amanda. After Trigger tried to reveal her identity as Silencia Venomosa combined with steadily-increasing evidence pointing to her as being TheMole, Amanda went to the back of the lounge and cried to herself when no one was around, feeling that her DarkAndTroubledPast was catching up to her and there was nothing she could do to stop it.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Sora finally breaks down in tears after spending a majorly of the game as a StepfordSmiler when [[spoiler: he is reunited with Riku, now taking on the appearance of Ansem, Seeker of Darkness (aka, Xehanort's Heartless)]]. He almost broke down into tears earlier when [[spoiler: Saïx [[KickTheDog denies him]] the option to reunite with Kairi]].
* Like the example just above, Vanille of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' breaks down when [[spoiler: she is exposed as the reason why Sazh's son, Dajh, is a l'Cie]].

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' Ep 8, [[spoiler: Sayo "Yasu" Yasuda]] is shown [[http://umineko.wikia.com/wiki/File:Yasunoooo.png with these]] due to the stress of [[spoiler: Battler's absence, his/her massive loneliness and possibly realizing that the lack of development of "her" body is because ''she'' might actually be ''biologically male''.]]

[[folder: WebOriginal]]
* Creator/ChrisCrocker in his infamous "[[MemeticMutation Leave Britney Alone!]]" video.
* Donnie [=DuPre=] from WebVideo/DemoReel breaks down when he's been kidnapped from a convention, left to die in a forest during winter, and when all his attempts at getting himself food have failed. Let's be real here, [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass you'd be sobbing too]].
* In ''Film/SonOfTheMask'' and ''WesternAnimation/FoodFight'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic crumbles on the floor and sobs painfully. Neither instances are about the movie.

[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'': Tim does this after he [[spoiler: kills the Joker]], his MindRape [[spoiler: at his hands]] hitting him fully and he breaks down laughing madly before sobbing.
* Azula of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' does this at the end of her VillainousBreakdown.
** Korra of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. "I've never felt like this before. I don't know what to do!"
* ThePunisher {{Expy}} from WesternAnimation/TheTick cries while going on shooting sprees and wondering aloud why Mommy never loved him. (A rare time this trope is PlayedForLaughs.)
* Occurs during Patrick's BreakTheCutie moment in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Nature Pants".
* Stimpy does this in ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' "Adult Party Cartoon" episode "Ren Seeks Help". He cries to the point that the house is flooded with tears and calls Ren a "monster". We never do find out what horrible thing Ren did to Stimpy too.
** Ren does this at the beginning of "Stimpy's Fan Club".
** Stimpy also does this as Ren is being taken away from him in one of the earlier episodes.
** Stimpy in the music video for "Ren's Pec's".
* Brenda at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Screams Of Silence."
** Meg in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is sometimes shown as emotionally fragile and disturbed, out of a desperation for love and affection and sometimes cries as a result. For example, in one episode she ran off in tears in the midst of a breakdown when she described gifts from her imaginary boyfriend Prince William. And Connie does this in "Barely Legal" [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech after Brian tells her off]].
* Eric Cartman in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Kenny Dies", after seeing Kenny, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin dying]] in the hospital. He even ''cries on Kyle's shoulder''.
** [[{{Determinator}} Kyle]] does this at the end of the first half of "Cartoon Wars" after [[TheRival Cartman]] leaves him on the road after they smash into each other on their big wheel bikes.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Baby Doll" with the titular character once.