->''"Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion."''
-->'''Truvy''', ''Film/SteelMagnolias''

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Someone smiles while crying -- usually after the tears start.

May be an attempt to paper over the grief, especially to fool a child, but often indicates a -- complicated emotional state. As when NoOneCouldSurviveThat is succeeded by NotQuiteDead so quickly that the characters suffer emotional whiplash. (Compare AngerBornOfWorry.) Sometimes a character will lie about crying, invoking SandInMyEyes.

Compare GoOutWithASmile and TearsOfJoy, a less ambiguous expression of happiness. See also CryLaughing, a similar expression of mixed emotion.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Misty from the ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime gets a tearful smile when Ash and Pikachu come [[BackFromTheDead back to life]] thanks to a friendly Ghastly, Haunter and Gengar after being accidentally killed by a falling chandelier. Pikachu also gets one in the first movie after Ash is restored from being [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]].
* Casca from ''{{Berserk}}'', several times throughout the series, but most notably during the Eclipse. While helping [[spoiler:a mortally wounded]] Judeau walk, she is reminded by him that Guts loves her, and smiles. The tears in her eyes are barely noticeable, but prompt Judeau to say "You cry a lot when you're alone, don't you?" as his final words before falling to the ground.
* Vash the Stampede in ''{{Trigun}}'' does a bit of this, being prone to complicated emotional states. (See chapter 32 of ''Maximum'', 'Colourless Emotions.') Though mostly when he's ''really'' sad he [[UnableToCry goes right past tears]] to the ThousandYardStare, and more often cries out of [[TenderTears relief, frustration, sympathy,]] occasionally [[TearsOfRemorse guilt]], or as a gag.
* In the After Story arc of ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', [[spoiler:after reconciling with Ushio and promising to take care of her, Tomoya finally begins telling her about her deceased mother, Nagisa. He starts out composed, but scarcely gets past the story of how they met before beginning to cry and smiling as he remembers his late wife. ]]
* At the end of the ''SaintBeast'' [=OVA=], Maya wakes up Shin from a HappyFlashback turned FlashbackNightmare and asks why he's crying. Shin responds that he's crying over happy memories, and when pressed further, explains it's because he's sad that those times are now over.
* In ''DigimonTamers'', Henry does this when [[spoiler: Terriermon and the rest of the Digimon were forced to leave and return to their Digital World.]] [[TearJerker *sniff*]]

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* Then there's [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ16/DisplayOQ16.html this]] ''ElfQuest'' cover. Cutter was grievously wounded in the previous issue, and Leetah's expression here is deliberately ambiguous.
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', both Lois and Clark do this as they say goodbye after Lois breaks off their engagement and decides to leave Metropolis.
-->'''Clark''': You're free now, Lois. Take care of yourself.

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* Roleplay/DCNation : The mood whiplash hits hard at the end of the Olympics plot. Troia and Omen restored to life as per Arsenal's bargain with Hades. Unfortunately, Arsenal and Nightwing were killed in the process. As this is a limnal space between the living and the dead, the Titans and Arrows are saying farewell to their own. Athene wrests another condition from Hades; Troia will be allowed to choose which family she wants to bring back to life and stay with. Her choice is to restore her close friends Nightwing and Arsenal or [[SadisticChoice her son and stepdaughter by Terry Long]]. After seeing her own children are terrified of her, she declares without hesitation to restore her teammates. Made all the more bittersweet because TheFlash lost his kids before they were born, Arsenal has a young daughter, Tempest has a young son, and Nightwing had a yet-unborn daughter.
-->''From grief. To shock. To euphoria. To realization. And back to grief. Connor races down to help Roy to his feet. "She...She chose you, Roy. You...you and Dick. I can't..."''

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[[folder:Film]]

* At the end of ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', Data and Counselor Troi are searching the wrecked [[spoiler:Enterprise]] for survivors, and discover Data's pet cat, Spot alive under some rubble. Data begins to cry and wonders if his [[PersonalityChip emotion chip]] is malfunctioning, but Troi assures him it's working fine.
* Creator/CharlieChaplin cries tears of joy at the very end of ''Film/CityLights''.
* The end of ''KillBill'', where [[spoiler:Beatrix is reunited with her daughter]] has the main character crying in the bathroom before it turns into tearful laughter.
* Near the end of Ang Lee's ''Film/SenseAndSensibility'', Elinor dissolves into tears when she hears that [[spoiler:Edward is NOT married to Lucy]]. Since this is actually the release of tension and despair that she (and the audience) had been holding for nearly the entire film, she soon smiles.
* Hermione does one of these at the end of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' in the infamous "there's no Hogwarts without you, Hagrid" scene.
* Joe and Ann during the press conference in ''Film/RomanHoliday''.
* In ''Film/{{Babe}}'', Mrs. Hoggett hasn't finished crying with horror and embarrassment because she thinks her husband has gone crazy for entering a pig in a herding contest, before she begins laughing because [[spoiler: he won]].

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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', when Nutt says they can leave to go back to the city, cutting off her chance to speak, Glenda bursts into tears. Then, minutes later, she manages to smile on top of it.
* In Carole Nelson Douglas's ''Six of Swords'' when Irissa has lost her powers and gone blind, she starts to cry. Kendric is cruel to her and leaves, taking the horses, causing her to sob. Then Kendric returns and Irissa finds her vision returning, and she sees that the tears were solid and colored; she regains both her sight and her powers, and smiles even as she weeps the last of the problem away.
* In T. H. White's ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', after Lancelot and Guinevere quarrel and make up
-->''The Queen dried her tears and then looked at him, smiling like a spring shower.''
* In Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', when Elinor learns that Edward is free:
-->''She almost ran out of the room, and as soon as the door was closed, burst into tears of joy, which at first she thought would never cease.''
* [[spoiler: Lyra]] at the end of ''HisDarkMaterials.''
* In JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Phoenix Exultant]]'', Daphne both when she is recovering from her tears at remembering Phaethon's exile and seeing what a mess she made, and when she meets him again, and he remembers that she is Daphne Tercius, not Daphne Prime.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Jerin [[TenderTears feels like crying]] when he's about to leave home to get married, but knows that actually letting tears fall will make his [[PromotedToParent little siblings]] even more upset than they already are, so he forces cheer. Later he's upset because he's too modest to enjoy [[BeAWhoreToGetYourMan wearing tight clothing to appeal to women]] but knows no one wants to marry a crying boy, so he doesn't. His Eldest sister knows, all the same, and [[{{Heartwarming/ABrothersPrice}} tries to console him]].
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* In ''{{Smallville}}'', Chloe does this when Clark saves her in ''Crush'' and ''Obscura''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Miranda in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' [[DefrostingIceQueen smiles tearfully after meeting her adult sister for the first time]] if Shepard encourages her to introduce herself.
* In the end of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'', [[spoiler:Shanoa did this per Albus' [[LastRequest final request]].]]
* ''Videogame/EarthBound'''s famous song, "Smiles and Tears".
* [[spoiler:Aqua]] in the secret ending of ''BirthBySleep'' when [[spoiler:Ansem the Wise]] tells her [[spoiler:Sora]]'s name.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'':
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=310 Antimony's]] when meeting a friend after vacation
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=416 Anja trying not to distress her daughter]] -- somewhat complicated by the way InelegantBlubbering left her eyes red.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0333.html Durkon's]], on hearing that [[DueToTheDead his dead body will be returned home for proper burial]].
** And much later, [[spoiler:he dies with a tearful smile on his face]].
* Both Sarah and Tedd in [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2004-06-23 this]] ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive.''

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''TransformersAnimated'': Sari after Optimus's FirstEpisodeResurrection.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a lot of this, with one of the most memorable being when [[spoiler: Iroh and Zuko are reunited in the finale.]]
* A somewhat depressing example occurs in the sequel, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', with [[spoiler: [[BigBad Amon,]] [[AlasPoorVillain right before his death.]]]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', Moses has one after his first encounter with God, where he is tasked with leading the Hebrews out of Egypt.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Twilight Sparkle does this in the series pilot upon realizing that these five quirky ponies, who insisted on accompanying her on her journey to find the elements, are indeed her friends.
** Rarity also does this when she [[spoiler:cuts off Spike's AnguishedDeclarationOfLove, silently revealing that she knew about his crush on her all along.]]

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