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->"''What's this? Those sparkles... they're my tears.''"
-->-- '''Trowa Barton''', after destroying Duo Maxwell's Gundam Deathscythe, episode 20, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''

When a [[MenDontCry girl]] (or, occasionally, a sufficiently {{Bishonen}} boy) has been upset and runs off while crying, the same mechanism responsible for OcularGushers ejects her tears with sufficient force that they become a visible trail in the air behind her, each one sparkling like a gem.

A SubTrope of EverythingsBetterWithSparkles.

Compare TenderTears. Contrast InelegantBlubbering, SingleTear.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Played for laughs in ''Anime/MetalFightBeyblade''. Tetsuya is locked up by [[MagnificentBastard Daidoji]] because he thinks that Tetsuya [[spoiler: crushed Ginga's bey point counter]], and he cries sparkling tears which he uses to draw a crab on the wall of his cell.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''
** Kaname Chidori in one of the later episodes. On seeing this, even HandsomeLech Kurz Weber is angry at the person responsible.
** Tessa in one of the biggest TearJerker scenes in ''The Second Raid'', though she's actually sitting still.
--->'''Tessa''': "It would be some much easier on me if you just came right out and said it: 'I WANT TO BE WITH KANAME! SO STAY OUT OF THE WAY!'"
* Eve in the "Give Me Secret" music video sequence during the climax of part 2 of ''Anime/{{Megazone 23}}''.
* Mai in the [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mai_gem_tears.png opening credits]] of ''Anime/MaiHime''.
* Hitomi from ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne''.
* Alice from ''Manga/PleaseSaveMyEarth''.
* Eren Yeager of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' sheds sparkling tears as he's carried away with Mikasa and forced to watch helplessly [[spoiler:as a Titan eats their mother.]]
* Another opening credits example: Mikuru in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. At least she has a reason, given what she's subjected to by Haruhi.
* Meru does this in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', [[ACupAngst after she was insulted on her small bust size]].
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s Ash does this occasionally when he releases a member of his team, and Dawn when she doesn't make it to the battle round of a Contest.
** Seen in episode 12, ''Here Comes the Squirtle Squad'', when Ash tries to get the Squirtle Squad to untie him so he can go to a nearby store to buy a Super Potion for his injured Pikachu.
*** Occurs rampantly in the first movie. If anything gets mention for sparkling streams of tears, the climax of that movie gets it. Not only are there a few '''dozen''' sparkling streams of tears, they are ''magical, moving'' sparkling streams of tears!
* In the ''[[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries Yu-Gi-Oh!]]'' Toei anime, Yugi cries sparkly tears when Jonouchi reminds Yugi that he and the others are going through Kaiba's theme park of {{Death Trap}}s with him [[TrueCompanions because they're friends.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'': When [[{{Bishonen}} III]] turned away from Yuma after saying he didn't want them to be friends anymore before going off to fight Mizael, he shreds these. He only attempted to sever their friendship because he was planning on sacrificing himself and didn't want to cause Yuma more pain.
* In episode 12 of ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'', Mahoro leaves a SparklingStreamOfTears behind her as she flies Suguru home. Played straight, as Mahoro has just promised to stay with Suguru forever, but she hasn't told him that she will stop functioning in just under 300 days.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Shinji Ikari. All the time, particularly in the earlier episodes, the most "glaring" example being at the end of his encounter with Touji and Kensuke at the the train station, in Episode 4.
* Haruhi in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' gets one of these in one of her dreams.
* Rena in the opening of the second season of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' Kai.
** Also Satoko, to a point, in the first season's opening. [[spoiler:And tons of times within the actual show]]
** And Keiichi in the very first arc, combining this with BerserkerTears.
* Ayeka in the final episode of ''Anime/TenchiUniverse''.
** In the OVA, Ryoko's double, Zero, sheds a few of these too right after [[spoiler:she fails to kill Tenchi.]]
* Trowa (after destroying Duo's Gundam Deathscythe) and Quatre (after destroying a colony with Wing Zero) in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''. Somewhat more plausible here, as they take place in zero-G.
** Relena does this in two instances: in episode 48, after [[SayMyName crying out Heero's name]] after he takes off in Wing Zero to fight Zechs, and in the [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] OAV, ''Operation Meteor II: Odd Numbers'', as [[http://aboutgundamwing.com/SC/OM2Odd.htm shown here]].
** Catherine demonstrates this in in episode 13 (the aptly-titled "Catherine's Tears"), after she punches Trowa in the face, preventing his self-destruction attempt. She does this again in episode 38, "The Birth of Queen Relena", when Quatre confronts her.
** Wufei does this [[spoiler: after killing Treize]].
* Not really tears (or even water, for that matter), but the Exia is shown with one of these in the opening sequence of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon''. For example at the end of season S after [[spoiler:triggering her emergency transformation to save Sailor Saturn]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Rukia gets one of these during a flashback in the Soul Society arc, when Renji pretends to be happy that she's being adopted by the Kuchiki clan. She thanks him for letting her go, and then...[[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles *sparkle*]]
** Orihime has this as well: [[spoiler: her tears sparkle as they fall while she's crying over the [[DudeShesLikeInAComa unconscious Ichigo]] after her inability to kiss him]].
** The Arrancar Dondochakka Bilstin does this whenever he's upset.
** Keigo Asano has been known to do this, such as in anime episode #229 when Ikkaku and Yumichika arrive to stay with him.
* Miaka of ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' has a couple of these moments (though she has many more "realistic tears" moments).
* A rather unusual version of this is used in ''Anime/SpiritedAway''. [[spoiler: Upon learning Haku's real name (the Kohaku River) Chihiro/Sen and Haku go into a freefall, both crying in happiness, leading to a beautiful, glittering, stream of tears... going ''upwards''.]] Although to be fair, [[spoiler: Haku's]] nature as a river-spirit would naturally [[FridgeBrilliance have odd effects on water.]]
* Lynn gets one in the first opening sequence to ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.
* Polly/Pururun does this in the episode "The Big Comet Caper, Part 2" in ''Manga/SamuraiPizzaCats'', when Speedy/Yatarro takes off by himself to destroy the comet.
* Risa of ''Manga/LovelyComplex'' does this at one point.
* During the fifth opening in ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'', Winry and Riza are shown doing this while set to the theme, ''Rain''.
** In episode 34, when Ed and Al tease that he's just received his last promotion, 2nd Lieutenant Falman runs away while performing this trope. And they're up in the far north, it's so cold there that his tears ''turn to snow''.
* Variation: at one point in the opening of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', Yuri displays a stream of tears going forward rather than behind her.
* Done hilariously in the ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' anime during one of the School Festival episodes. The person running around in the cat suit is revealed to be [[spoiler:Mr. Kimura.]] Cue Sakaki turning dramatically, sparkling tears streaming from her eyes... and then [[HilarityEnsues running away at a ridiculous speed.]]
* Cue N's first appearance in the BW arc of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. And he does it again during his battle with Black.
* Mew Lettuce (Lettuce Midorikawa) does this in at least one episode of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''.
* In ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', Lum does this when she catches Ataru in her arms and flies away with him.
* The characters of ''Manga/TheRowsOfCherryTrees'' have ''very'' sparkly tears, to the point where they're more sparkle than tear.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Akane gets this after she becomes disappointed and sad because of her failure at learning how to swim.
** Happens in one of Ranma's dreams. Ranma turns into a frog and Akane runs away with a sparkling stream of tears.
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' - Kotori, whenever she gets out of one of her [[ImagineSpot Imagine Spots]].
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Yusuke and Yomi have matching streams of fat tears as they charge for the final strike, apparently at having to end a fight in which they've each rediscovered themselves and come to greatly respect each other.
* Goku did this in the original Manga/DragonBall. After Krillin is killed by one of Piccolo's children, Goku runs out to avenge him. As he leaves, he leaves a twinkle of tears behind.
* Combined with CryCute in ''Manga/OnePiece'' during Robin's iconic "[[WorthLivingFor I want to live!]]" scene. Bonus points for the fact that it was caused by her merely leaning forward rather than running.
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited'' has Kaze and Aura doing this in a {{Flashback}}. While standing still. With Aura being TheFaceless.


[[folder: Fanfic ]]

* The title page of the ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'' fan comic from Website/DeviantArt, "[[https://fuyuflowga.deviantart.com/gallery/64893285/Cagney-is-a-Carnation Cagney Is a Carnation]]" by [[https://fuyuflowga.deviantart.com/ fuyuflowga]], has the title character [[https://fuyuflowga.deviantart.com/art/Cagney-is-a-Carnation-717397125 spreading out a sparkle of tears silently]] while he's trying to stay calm.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Sakura and Rin in the second opening of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' example. If you fail to nurse Cid back to health and he dies, Celes cries a SparklingStreamOfTears both when she realizes he's dead, and shortly after when she attempts to commit suicide by jumping from a high cliff into the ocean.
* This happens to Haruko in one of the last episodes of ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'', during the dramatic scene at the beach when she runs towards Misuzu.
* For certain reason, in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'', SparklingStreamOfTears is involved when Setsuko Ohara finally receive her upgrade, as if those tears evolved her HumongousMecha.
* At the end of case 4 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' this happens when [[spoiler: Maya Fey]] [[PutOnABus leaves]].
* A non-human one now: In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' after you defeat [[KillerRabbit The Fury]] in the [[BonusDungeon Necrohol of Nabudis]], his death animation includes one of these.
* Rise Kujikawa will cry these if she loses a round by time-out in ''VideoGame/Persona4ArenaUltimax''.
* In the opening to ''Namco x Capcom'', Valkyrie is standing on a windswept cliff with tears welling in her eyes. When the wind picks up and she suddenly turns her head, the tears fly into the air, producing the glittering trail.
* Zelda in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' does this after [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice Byrne sacrifices himself]] to save her life.]]
* Dante's tears are quite sparkly in the first ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' game when [[spoiler: Trish (supposedly)sacrifices herself.]]
* In ''{{VisualNovel/Yarudora}} series vol.2: VisualNovel/KisetsuODakishimete'', main heroine Mayu does this while running towards, and tackling a drunken geezer, as[[spoiler:, as the (unbeknownst to her at that point of the storyline due to IdentityAmnesia) [[NatureSpirit Spirit of the Cherry Trees]],]] she feels [[spoiler: the]] pain [[spoiler: of the cherry tree]] when the geezer starts breaking and shaking cherry tree branches in a drunken fit of rage.
* Litchi Faye-Ling from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' invokes this trope more and more as the story progresses. [[spoiler: She cries in her ''CP'' arcade ending (where she learns Kokonoe is doing her best to save Roy, too), in the ''CF'' game opening (where she's fighting Arakune), in her Act 3 Arcade ending (waking up from a dream where she talked to Roy once again) and towards of the ''CF'' story arc after meeting Roy for the last time]]. She'll also shed these should she lose by time-out during a round.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Fighter in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' gets one when [[spoiler:Black Mage]] [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/02/14/episode-384-rdmbst/ dies]].
* Tedd in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' leaves a stream of tears while glowing and leaping to embrace Grace after learning about [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-08-09 "...the sweetest, most twisted thing anyone's ever done for me..."]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-04-20 when challenged to out-emo Monique, Squigley, with this, talks about how people eat pigs.]]


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4MRo4QONQ4 Here's a rare example]] of this happening in RealLife.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' pilot "Meat Fuzzy Lumkins," sweet little Bubbles exhibits this trope after receiving a TraumaticHaircut courtesy of the bad guy's Meat Gun. [[BerserkerTears But not in a "run away crying" sort of way]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess "Secret of My Excess"]] has Rarity displaying this as [[spoiler:she and Spike are falling]].
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Lisa makes Music/LadyGaga cry.
-->'''Lisa:''' Are you crying glitter?\\
'''Lady Gaga:''' Tiny diamonds. [[EyeScream Hurts like hell.]]