->''"[[ThirdPersonPerson Pedro]]'s tears are once again flowing like waterfalls!"''
-->-- '''Pedro''', ''Anime/ExcelSaga''
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[[caption-width-right:323:[-This is the story of a filly, who cried a river and looked kinda silly...-] ]]

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Just as the human body contains gallons of [[HighPressureBlood highly pressurized blood]], it also contains an equal amount of tears, at a similar pressure. Under the proper emotional stimulus, these tears can emerge as cascading sheets, actual waterfalls, or even firehose-like streams, all emitted from the eyes (of course).

Some characters require less stimulus than others.

As a visual trope, this is OlderThanTelevision; older American animation had a number of minor characters (who were usually minor in the sense of age as well) who would begin high-pressure crying at the drop of a hat (sometimes preceded by PuppyDogEyes, though that was more typically a signal for a poignant single glistening teardrop). Sometimes called the "Fire Hydrant Wail" in the case of the more extreme versions.

Compare SparklingStreamOfTears, ManlyTears, TenderTears.

Contrast TryingNotToCry, SingleTear, InelegantBlubbering (both of which involves rather fewer and rather more realistic tears), FireballEyeballs.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* British advert for Walkers Crisps, playing on footballer Paul Gascoigne's famous tears at the 1990 World Cup, fits him with a couple of hoses for a rare Live-Action version of Ocular Gushers. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8OLuUjXbsI Here you go]].
* In an advertisement for IHOP's endless stack of pancakes, a man is so saddened by his empty plate, a HUGE tear builds on his cheek. It gets sucked back in by the arrival of a new stack.
* The Old Spice commercial [[http://youtu.be/czTip-PbZyU "Tree"]], where several mothers are atop a tree, playing this trope straight.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In Episode 23 of ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'', the entire city of New Townsville [[ExaggeratedTrope literally]] cries a river after the evil comedian impairs everyone with his misery rays.
* In an episode of {{Dragonball}}, when Chi-Chi sees Gohan's blonde hair (at this time, she doesn't know what a Super Saiyan is), she acts shocked and cries because she felt that Gohan became a "punker."
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga''
** Pedro in the anime (as the opening quote attests).
** In [[Manga/ExcelSaga the manga]], this literally happens to Ropponmatsu II; crying caused the little robot girl to spring a leak.
* Also happens in ''Excel Saga's'' SpiritualSuccessor ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi''. "This is making me cry waterfalls!"
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
** Sōun Tendō. In fact, one reading of his name in Japanese means "Crying Man".
** And in the manga, when Happōsai needs Ranma's tears for a FountainOfYouth potion, poking a pressure point on Ranma's back causes him to literally ''blast'' a torrent of tears out his eyes, so that Happōsai has to catch them in a bucket.
* Nearly everyone in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' does this in at least several points of the series. Worth mentioning is Mr. Kimura, who, in the last episode, spouts a literal waterfall of tears that traces down the contours of his suit.
* Randou Rino of ''Anime/BestStudentCouncil'' does this often, usually while [[TheGlomp glomping]] her friend Ayumu.
* The title character in ''Manga/SailorMoon''.
* Kagome's grandfather in ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}''.
* ''Manga/LoveHina''
** Keitarō is well known for this, at the drop of a hat, of the cascading sheets variety, with at least one of firehose-like streams.
** Shinobu comes in second for frequency.
** KenAkamatsu almost always depicts himself in this fashion in illustrations.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
** Occurs occasionally in the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]], even to Alphonse, who has [[http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb161/NGR_album/074.jpg no tear ducts]]. Or eyes, for that matter. Especially gets ridiculous when he questions moments where Ed won't cry for him when they're both in despair.
** In the 25th episode of ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'', May Chang is anxious about her pet Panda after she and it are separated during an intense fight with the enraged homunculus, Gluttony. In one scene, she actually cries a jet of tears which almost puts out the burning coals she used to warm herself.
* Frequently in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', both anime & manga, by Tamaki (almost every other frame) and the Hitachiins in response to any example of Haruhi's "cuteness". Honey also, for Moe points.
* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}''
** Rock Lee and his sensei Might Gai are notorious for the waterfall-of-tears look.
** Naruto and Inari perform some Ocular Gushing when they say goodbye to each other at the end of the Land of Waves arc despite being determined not to.
* Sasami in the ''Anime/PrettySammy'' series on occasion.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' tends to use the cascading water effect when characters are extremely upset. Oddly enough, it uses a somewhat subdued version for dramatic effect. The logical conclusion ends with a giant, whose tears are compared to a deluge.
* Every human who's freed from a Zonder Core in ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' has these. Makes sense, since being purified appears to relieve whatever stress led to them being a Zonder target in the first place.
* Practically everybody in ''Anime/LuckyStar'' fall into this trope at the drop of a hat.
* Virtually everyone in ''Manga/ElfenLied'' ... at least while they are not violently disemboweling someone. Considering [[BreakTheCutie what happens to everyone throughout the story]], it's not surprising.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** This happens occasionally with the Team Rocket trio whenever they witness the Pokémon they're supposed to catch face hardship or do something emotionally significant, such as when Pikachu almost agreed to evolve into a Raichu with the Thunderstone in hopes of winning against Gym Leader L.T. Surge's Raichu.
** This is a RunningGag for Ash's Torkoal.
** One of Pikachu's cuter moments was after its [[TrademarkFavoriteFood ketchup bottle]] got slashed open by a Scyther. The next scene showed it doing this, holding the open bottle.
** Cute crybaby Ash tends to do this a lot in the early seasons.
* ''Anime/{{Saikano}}'' has this happen to most characters dozens of times in every chapter. No-one is resistant to this trope. The most notable gusher is actually the robot girl/[[PersonOfMassDestruction "Ultimate Weapon"]] Chise, who seems to cry even when she's simply surprised.
* At one point in ''Manga/FairyTail'', local water mage Juvia starts crying and nearly ''drowns'' several mages around her.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** The administrator at Ichigo's school, who called several students in anime episode 11 to berate them for their misbehavior at Don Kanonji's TV show filming in episode 10.
** Kon and several of Ichigo's ''male'' student friends (especially Keigo) have done this repeatedly.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. Chief Technology maid Ikuyo Suzuki is prone to these. Taro does it in episode 13 and 14 and ''La Vérité'' episode 7.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''
** [[MoeAnthropomorphism Italy]] pulls this off several times, with tears literally spraying out in all directions. Notably in episodes 3 and 8, when he is faced with [[DrillSergeantNasty Germany]], and [[LethalChef England's]] cooking respectively.
** His [[BlatantLies manlier]] older brother Romano also does this once or twice as well.
** Ukraine's tears.
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'':
** Keima at one point claims he's not crying, he's enjoying a hot spring! Complete with Keima suddenly being in a small hot spring filled by his tears. [[ImagineSpotting Which other characters apparently see and comment upon.]] Unless he really made one instantly...
** In Chapter 78, Keima cries a river after [[spoiler: losing to Diana in a shogi match]].
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''. During the final episode "[=FLClimax=]", Commander Amarao has one of these during the final confrontation between Atomsk!Naota and Haruko.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** In the ''Sonic'' OVA, Sara does this when wrongfully accused by Knuckles of piloting the Black Eggman robot. It is rather unfortunate that Robotnick/Eggman is sitting in the path and attempts to jump away from the cascade.
** Or, if you are watching [[Fireball20XL Sonic Bastardized]], accused by Knuckles for GoingCommando.
* Hale of ''Anime/JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu'' has to put up with so much grief from the titular AdorableAbomination, it's no wonder he does this at the drop of a hat.
* Being the light-hearted parodies of the Nasuverse they are, these show up in ''Anime/CarnivalPhantasm'' and its predecessor ''Manga/TakeMoon'' from time to time. For example, when Rin Tohsaka finds out she wasted ten years of her life preparing for a Holy Grail War that's now a ''Japanese game show''.
* Certain SuperMarioBrothers manga books would usually have certain characters do this over silly things.
** An example is in [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/041e19b1c135e5bf06bee00e3761cf8b/tumblr_miyh6rTIQO1rrftcdo1_500.jpg this panel,]] where Yoshi, because of his grown weight, makes Mario, Peach, Luigi, and even his ''mother'' do one.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Almost every Creator/HayaoMiyazaki film has at least one instance where a character will cry massive gobs of tears the size of golf balls.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing''
** Timon and Pumbaa. At any slightly emotional moment.
** In the sequel, ''Simba's Pride'', they cried at the marriage festival between Kiari and Kovu until they drenched a disgruntled Zazu.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Happens in ''Literature/TheLegendOfRahAndTheMuggles'' when the title character's brother sails away with a band of miscreants, to the extent that ''a flood is triggered that swamps the boats''. Intended as a TearJerker, came out as just {{Narm}}.
* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' has a chapter called "The Pool of Tears". When Alice becomes a giant after eating the cookies marked "Eat Me", she starts crying piteously, flooding the room with her tears. When she drinks from the bottle marked "Drink Me", she shrinks so small that she nearly drowns in the pool of tears she shed as a giant.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' uses this trope during its episode on recycling, parodying the "crying Indian" PSA with a statue of a Native American ''spraying'' water out of its eyes all over the place.
* Liz Lemon of ''ThirtyRock'' developed the ability to cry waterfalls after some off-brand laser surgery from [[BackAlleyDoctor Dr. Spaceman]]... [[SubvertedTrope except that]] [[BodyHorror the tears came out of her]] ''[[BodyHorror mouth]]''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* ''Absolutely ([[RefrainFromAssuming Story of a Girl]])'' by Nine Days, "This is the story of a girl/who cried a river and drowned the whole world."
* In the Music/{{Genesis}} song, "Squonk", the title character, weeping for its own ugliness and ostracization, dissolves into a "pool of tears" while captured in a huntsman's sack. The myth of the Squonk [[ShownTheirWork involves this trait]].
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[[folder:Religion]]
* As a literary trope, Ocular Gushers go back to Literature/TheBible. The prophet Jeremiah ''wants'' this, saying, "Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!" (Jeremiah 9:1) Both his books (Jeremiah and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Lamentations]]) are somewhat depressing.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* This seems to be based on a Japanese bunraku puppet technique used to show mourning, in which ribbons would flow from the eyes. It was also used in the musical version of ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'', where this is an ''ability''. To clarify, its main use is to let you run really fast, but you can water buds that grow into gigantic vines with your tears. Without any negative effects from all the salt in those tears!
* Luigi does this often in the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' has Dan Hibiki, who has them when happy almost as often as when sad.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}''-style MMO ''VideoGame/GunBound'' has certain vehicles (particularly the Triceratops) that will cry like this if they are defeated and respawning is not enabled.
* Rise of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' does this a ''lot'', but only when it's tears of relief, so it helps [[PlayedForLaughs lighten the mood]]. When Teddie started crying like this too, they hugged each other for support... until Teddie tried to cop a feel and Rise decked him.
* Several cases in the MMORPG ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'':
** The Dumpling Kid's death animation doesn't really involve its death ... just this trope.
** The /sob emote displays a word balloon (not so) smiley face crying two streams of tears, with a torrent of teardrops falling down.
* In VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan, the titular team sports a MANLY version of this in the break scenes of each game's final stage.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Larry Butz from the ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' games has a tendency to do this.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Peach does the full-on Fire Hydrant Wail after the recounting of [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'s tragic BackStory in ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ''.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline''-based {{webcomic}} ''[[http://www.adultimum.net/rw/ Ragnarok Wisdom]]'' has Zelse, whose constant stream of tears is his defining trait. In fact, not only have his tears [[http://www.adultimum.net/rw/108.htm flooded the world]], but on one occasion, he used them to ''[[http://www.adultimum.net/rw/114.htm attack someone.]]'' [[http://adultimum.net/rw/297/ One April Fools' flash]] even sees Zelse [[spoiler:and [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Kakashi]]]] flood the ''universe'' this way.
* ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'': [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/laughing-her-ass-off/ Jin]].
* Ma-ri cries like this in ''Webcomic/OrangeMarmalade'' when she's injured and Jae-min is carrying her to the hospital. Due to her vampire nature, she's acting like she's drunk because she's weak.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'', Sasha has, as the episode title puts it, [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/03/01/eyes-like-faucets/ "Eyes Like Faucets."]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Creator/FreddieWong does a hilarious live-action version of this at the end of the action short "Gun Size Matters" when the ActionGirl played by Shenae Grimes [[DidNotGetTheGirl leaves him]] for a guy who pulled a 360 No Scope on the last {{Mook}} with a Barrett sniper rifle before landing into his car. According to the Behind the Scenes vid for the movie, Freddie and crew used a garden hose for this effect, primarily inspired by the old Bugs Bunny cartoons.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Occasionally seen in ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'' and, in the case of Pucca herself, her waterfall tears possess waterfall ''force'' which sends anybody she looks at while crying flying away from her. There is actually a moment where Garu walks up to a waterfall looking for Pucca, looks up, and it turns out the waterfall is really ''Pucca's tears''.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''
** Numbuh Three has broken down crying, complete with OcularGushers, more than a few times during the series, usually as a way of working on another character's sympathies.
** And in "Operation: C.L.U.E.S.", it's revealed that this is a trait she shares with her father, Kani Sanban.
** Lizzy sometimes indulges in this too, usually to guilt-trip Numbuh One into going out with her.
** Toiletnator opens the gushers in "Operation: F.L.U.S.H." after being denied by the other villains.
** In "Operation: P.O.O.L.", the MirrorUniverse counterpart of Father, the series' BigBad, also does this on one occasion.
* ''WesternAnimation/DudeThatsMyGhost''
** Frequently a large part of Billy's diva tantrums, although whether it's a side effect of being a ghost (he tends to be more cartoony than the other characters) or he's always been able to do it has yet to be shown.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' tends to play with this trope a lot, producing such ocular-gushing gems as:
** [=SpongeBob=] spraying Ocular Gushers into a mug, then drinking the contents before spraying again, spraying teardrops like a garden sprinkler, complete with sound-effects, and a few which seem to have the force of a firehose on full blast.
** On one memorable occasion, [=SpongeBob=] cried so hard that the tears flooded his house, and when Squidward opened the front door, the resulting stream of water knocked him over.
** When his grandma ignored and didn't coddle him because he wanted to be treated as an adult, he eventually snapped and cried until his tears flooded her entire house. Later Grandma pulls a plug on her house's floor to drain the tears away.
** ''The [=SpongeBob SquarePants=] Movie'' includes a scene in which [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are spraying streams of water directly into each others' mouths, much to the disgust of Princess Mindy.
** And in another scene where Mr. Krabs loses his millionth dollar to a giant clam, he cries so much in one scene he literally forms faucets from his eyes.
** Also Pearl. An early episode use the waterfall example when Pearl approaches her father in tears flooding the Krusty Krab after her prom boyfriend dumped her.
** Occurs with Sandy when she cries: her helmet gets all filled up and she pulls the handle to flush her tears.
** ... and keep in mind that this is all ''underwater''.
* Eduardo, the [[TheMcCoy highly emotional]] GentleGiant from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', does this often.
* Surprisingly, this happened to ''Batman'' in an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians]]'' when the Scarecrow forces him to have a flashback of his parents' death.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''. Stimpy cries so hard his EYES POP OUT OF HIS SKULL!
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Illustrated above: in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony "Friendship is Magic, Part 2"]], Pinkie Pie is so touched by the reunion of Princess Celestia and her newly reformed sister, her tears form twin waterfalls... until she realizes this is the [[LifeOfTheParty perfect opportunity for a party]], that is. [[MoodWhiplash She's completely back to her old self before the last of her tears hit the ground.]]
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes "Baby Cakes"]], Pinkie agreed to babysit her bosses' twin babies. After [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter spending an entire episode trying to be responsible]], it becomes too much for her and she breaks down crying.
** Pinkie does it again in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000"]] when it looks like the Apples have lost their farm.
** And again in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E23PonyvilleConfidential "Ponyville Confidential"]], when the column claims that "Pinkie Pie is an Out of Control Party Animal." She breaks down and screams, "It's true! I do have a problem!"
** Fluttershy does the same thing in the episode after being humiliated by an articles which claims she gets tail extensions.
** Sweetie Belle does this in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E4OneBadApple "One Bad Apple"]] when Babs Seed, Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon take over the Cutie Mark Crusader clubhouse. Apple Bloom even breaks out an umbrella to shield herself from Sweetie Belle's tears.
** Poor Pinkie Pie gets another one in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagics3E5MagicDuel "Magic Duel"]] after Trixie removes her mouth and she is unable to eat cupcakes.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'':
** Ruel's Gobbowl friend, Tolot, springs a leak in Season 1 Episode 10.
** Lady Glagla also sports a pair of gushers in Season 2 Episode 14.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "The City Of Frownsville" has Lou Gubrious, a very miserable scientist who cries fountains of tears channeling his sadness into a ray set upon Townsville that makes everyone--even the Powerpuff Girls--cry tears to the point where it threatens the city. Upon being the happiest person in Townsville at that point, he changes his name to Hal Larious, only to succumb to tears again after Bubbles (in a vain attempt to make a crying pigeon laugh) drops her banana and Hal slips on it, causing everyone to laugh at him.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddnEddy:'' Ed bawls like this after he realizes Rolf took back his animals in "Who's Minding the Ed?"
-->'''Ed:''' I MISS MY FURRY FRIENDS, GUYS!!\\
'''Eddy:''' Aw, you're better off without 'em, blubberpuss!
* Justified in a way in ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel''. Ocular gushers come from a disease that keeps the person constantly crying like this. Weasel cures the disease, but this has the side effect of drying up all the rivers and oceans, so he purposefully gives himself the disease to keep a constant supply of water up.
* Laney Penn of ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' does this in the episode "One-Plant Band" when Corey calls her out on always being right while he's under the influence of a parody of [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors Audrey II]].
* A RunningGag with Penny Ling in the 2012 ''[[WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012 Littlest Pet Shop]]'', the first and most noticeable time being in "Penny For Your Laughs" when she has a breakdown when Pepper makes the mistake of targeting her for her insensitive comedy routine.
** It's managed to carry over into the toys, as in the franchise's Spring 2014 line there's one set that comes with a figure of her with molded, transparent streams of tears.
* Guy Hamdon of ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'' when his sister Kelly takes him to see a chick flick. It's so intense that he briefly floods the theatre.
* Happens at the end of the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] cartoon "The Coo-Coo Nut Grove" (1936, Freleng).
* Happens to Bimbo in the ''WesternAnimation/ScreenSongs'' cartoon "My Gal Sal", complete with his eyes turning into faucets.
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