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Even a show that is reliant on [[NauseaFuel/SpongeBobSquarePants gross stuff]] and [[SeasonalRot more recently]] [[CringeComedy the misery]] [[SadistShow of its characters]] as well can cause have a few [[TearJerker sad]] scenes.
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* Some moments when [=SpongeBob gets=] ''very'' sad.
** In general, Spongebob's unrequited admiration/affection for Squidward. He [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter thinks that Squidward is the coolest guy around]] and [[NoSocialSkills he's under the delusion that Squidward is his "best friend,"]] but Squiddums wants nothing to do with the guy and finds him intolerably annoying. At the very worst, Squidward's frustration [[TheWoobie confuses and hurts Sponge]] or makes the little yellow guy feel [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone guilty]]. (It's also implied that Spongebob doesn't really have any friends besides Patrick, Sandy, and Gary, because most people find him so annoying.) Not that Squidward's impatience is any easier to watch...
* “Squidward's School For Grownups” has two:
** The first is when Squidward decides that he must separate Spongebob and Patrick because Spongebob is much less mature than Patrick.
** The other example is Spongebob's opera not much later. This troper couldn't hear much lyrics aside from “Dear friend, don't say that it's all over,” but that was enough to pull this troper's heartstrings… Thankfully, a CMOH follows when Spongebob and Patrick hug at the end, as well as a CMOF when Squidward is pelted with fruit for bashing Spongebob's performance and Spongebob and Patrick yell “Food fight!”
* The "Best Friends Forever Ring" in "The Secret Box," and Patrick weeping because Spongebob betrayed his trust.
* “Patrick Smartpants” has Patrick going from his usual dumb self to a genius ([[spoiler: because his head was accidentally replaced with brain coral]]), which eventually alienates Spongebob so much they can't be friends. Then, there's the scene where they look at their old photo albums of each other…
** It's also a point to mention that at the same time, Patrick (after it becomes apparent that his being smart is alienating him from his friends) does the same thing in his rock... and ends up being the one we see cry.
* In the episode where Spongebob, Patrick, Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy go back in time (they were in their cave and were looking at their Locker of Memories), in the Bad Future where Man Ray has taken over the entire town - we see Spongebob and Patrick go to the 'Krusty Krab' and he sees supposedly the Old Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy with their spirits broken...We get this tear-jerker reminder:
-->'''Spongebob:''' But what about the Younger Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy? Surely they refused to go without a fight?
-->'''Mermaidman:''' Don't you get it! We ARE the younger ones! The older ones, bless their souls, have been immortalized in this very restaurant [pan right to grave-site].
-->'''Spongebob:''' I am at a total loss...for yourselves.
** The fact that in "Back to the Past", Man Ray had killed the original Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy and buried them under the Krusty Krab as a reminder of how MM & BB's younger versions failed.
*** This troper assumed that the original versions died of old age.
*** I thought Man ray killed them, they are old and can barely move so it wouldn't be hard.
** Even worse is that older MM's actor died later on.
* So there was finally a ''[[SpongeBobSquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants]]'' episode that can reduce someone to helpless tears instead of helpless laughter: "Have You Seen This Snail?" Like ''SnoopyComeHome'', it touches emotional buttons of pet owners at the heartbreak of them running away and how much they'd miss them. And there just had to be a montage of Spongebob looking for Gary and how much he missed him.
** The song, simply called "Gary's Song", doesn't help the matter either.
** There's surprisingly not a lot of comic relief in this episode. Most of it just consists of Spongebob wandering around, handing out flyers, frantically searching for his lost pet, all while weeping inconsolably.
** In a really meta way, the photo album, because those photos of Spongebob and Gary are drawn in the style of the first two seasons of the show. A pretty nostalgic CallBack to longtime fans of the show.
* The episode with Spongebob's grandma. Spongebob's hysterical rant about how he doesn't want to grow up hits a very tender nerve. More specifically, he spends the entire episode trying to act more grown up around his Grandmother, but then finally snaps and goes into a fit of tears, yelling how he wants to do everything he wanted to do as a kid again, and wants some of the moments back.
** ESPECIALLY if you grew up with the show and happen upon the episode again once you're older.
-->'''Spongebob:''' ''I don't wanna grow up!'' I want cookies! And milky! I want a sweater with love in the stitches! I wanna wear diapies! I wanna ride in my wagon! (hugs teddy bear) I wanna cuddle-wuddle with Mr. Snuffykins! I wanna rocky-rock in my seahorsey! (holds up his bruised finger) '''And I want kissy-kissy on my boo-boo!''' (sobs uncontrollably)
-->'''Grandma:''' Take it easy, Spongebob!
-->'''Spongebob:''' (cries inconsolably)
-->'''Grandma:''' Spongebob? Spongebob? (holds Spongebob's lips) You don't have to be a baby to get ol' Grandma's love!
-->'''Spongebob:''' (sniffle) I don't?
-->'''Grandma:''' Of course not. No matter how grown-up you get, you'll always be my little baby boo. (kisses his forehead) And remember, you can kiss your grandma and still be an adult. (hands Spongebob his [[ItMakesSenseInContext sideburns]] and a cookie) Here you go.
-->'''Spongebob:''' (puts on his sideburns and eats the cookie) Thanks, Grandma. Uh, Grandma... could you not mention this to the guys down at the Krusty Krab?
-->'''Grandma:''' No problem. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming (They hug.)]]
** Plus where Spongebob is made fun of for the kissy mark on his forehead.
-->"I have been publicly humiliated ''for the last time! *Runs off crying*''"
* And of course, there's [[spoiler: [=Spongebob=] and Patrick's DisneyDeath]] in TheMovie. Near the end, [[spoiler: as they're slowly drying out under the heat lamp, and [=SpongeBob=] has kind of a lengthy monologue about how they let everyone down, and how they failed (how ''broken'' he sounds at this point doesn't help either), and then they both realize that they at least got to Shell City, and they turn to one another, express their gratitude for having each other as friends, and with the last of their strength start singing the "Goofy Goober Song" together before they die, ending with their tears merging to form a heart shape. Even the pirates in the theater were bawling. Bonus points on making such a cheesy song so heartbreaking.]]
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' [[spoiler: Pat...we ''did'' make it.]]
--> '''Patrick:''' [[spoiler: Yeah...I guess we did.]]
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' [[spoiler: We did alright for a...couple of goofballs. ''(both of them shed a tear)'']]
** [[spoiler:[[FridgeBrilliance And when you realize the so called]] DeusExMachina that saves them is actually a CallBack to Tea at the Treedome]], it is even more tear jerking to long-time fans.
** Also, earlier in the movie, when Spongebob is excited to become manager...then Mr. Krabs turns him down for being [[ManChild a kid]]. He walks away into the sunset ([[MadnessMantra I'm ready...depression...I'm ready...depression...]]) Then later he's over at Goofy Goober's [[BreakTheCutie crying]] because his lifelong dream was ruined.
** The scene of Spongebob in the bar crying was both depressing and hilarious.
* There was also "Welcome to the Chum Bucket", where Plankton wins [=SpongeBob=]'s contract from Krabs. The song [=SpongeBob=] and Mr. Krabs sing while missing each other was just so sad, especially the part where they stare out the window at each other.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aB1AAn23VOs If you can handle it, here is the song.]]
* The ending to "The Clash Of Triton" where Neptune accepts Triton as his son.
* The picnic scene in "Nature Pants" where Patrick begs [=SpongeBob=] to come back.
** [[BadBadActing "Why thank you, Sandy. I would love one.]] [[ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud Take patty.]] [[BadBadActing I sure wish he'd come home. These are his favorite.]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Take...bite..."]]
** Him going berserk and viciously chasing Spongebob, especially when he admits defeat, is just heartbreaking.
* Dying For Pie. "You had to kill 'im. The boy cries you a sweater of tears, and you kill 'im."
** When [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward are watching the sunset:
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' You know, if I were to die right now in some fiery explosion due to the carelessness of a friend, well, that would just be okay. (cut to Squidward quietly sobbing)
** And then, near the end, there's Squidward bawling over how he killed [=SpongeBob=], saying how he at least made his last day meaningful. [[spoiler: It turns out that he never actually ate the pie-bomb in the first place, but still.]]
** The scene where Spongebob gives Squidward a sweater he hand-knitted. Squidward finds it irritatingly itchy and he asks what it's made out of. "Eyelashes!" Spongebob responds cheerfully... only to have Squidward throw the sweater in his face. Spongebob begins to cry, and then he later presents Squidward with a sweater... made from ''tears''.
* It's a small one, yet still heartbreaking:
-->'''Patrick:''' Hey, [=SpongeBob=], wanna go jellyfishing?
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Sorry, Patrick, I can't. I have school today!
-->'''Patrick:''' Well, what am I supposed to do all day while you’re at school?
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I don’t know. What do you normally do while I’m gone?
-->'''Patrick:''' *starts to cry* Wait for you to get back!
* In the episode "A Pal For Gary", a guy with a pet worm walks in and [=SpongeBob=] says pets aren't allowed and they walk away slowly, but Mr. Krabs says he can stay. It's sad until Mr. Krabs allows him to have a pet.
* The episode where Patrick learned the perfect karate move has a part where he thinks he murdered his own best friend. No, not the table sponge one, the one where he found him unconscious and thought he died. He then got vengeful at his own hand and ripped it off.
* Also the episode where Gary becomes friends with Patrick and begins to play with him instead of [=SpongeBob=]. Throughout the episode, [=SpongeBob=] tries to get Gary to come back to him with toys and his favorite snacks. It ultimately ends up with [=SpongeBob=] trying one last time to get Gary to come back by offering things to Gary he wasn't allowed to do before. [[spoiler:Gary goes back to [=SpongeBob=], only because he wanted Patrick for the cookie in his pocket.]]
* [=SpongeBob=] crying in the ChristmasEpisode, mainly because of the very sad face he makes while Squidward continues to torment him over SantaClaus not appearing, which is why SB's crying in the first place. He even manages to make Squidward feel sorry for him and dress up as Santa to make him happy after it's revealed that [=SpongeBob=] made Squidward a present so he wouldn't feel left out when Santa came..
-->'''Squidward:''' What's this?
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' A present. I made it for you so you wouldn't be left out...''WHEN SANTA CAME!!!''
** The absolutely heartbreaking way he says "Santa Claus" after Squidward takes out a camera for a picture. And that horribly sad look on his face. And the fact that Squidward '''takes a goddamn photo of Spongebob when he's crying'''.
-->'''Spongebob:''' I knew this was a STUPID HOLIDAY!! (sobs)
* The song at end of the lost episode that plays [[spoiler: after the jellyfish help [=SpongeBob=] to fly without pants]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyvraRtOGds All you need is friendship.]]
** And then there's the beginning of the lost episode, in which the pirate is distraught over what he ''thought'' was the lost episode, and proceeds to rip apart every single merchandise that he ever owned. An experience some people may have felt after they felt "betrayed" by a work they've invested so much time for.
* I could handle the con artist in Chocolate With Nuts for a while, but I have not been able to watch the part where he [[spoiler:pretends to be badly and shockingly injured (the way he describes it to [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick is enough of a Tear Jerker in itself)]] without tearing up. {{Jerkass}}.
* How about the episode where Mr. Krabs gives [=SpongeBob=] the boots? And then he later steals them back, leaving [=SpongeBob=] sobbing and telling Mr Krabs that he let him down for "losing" them. It's always the characters crying over minor things that make me the saddest.
* The band episode. Sure, it's hilarious, particularly the total lack of good things to say about Squidward, but his utter despair as the band starts...and then the look on his face as it's actually ''good''.
* The episode "Texas", where Sandy becomes very homesick and even sings a song expressing her homesickness (everybody who hears it ends up crying). She then decides to actually return home. Thankfully, Spongebob and Patrick manage to convince her otherwise (through hilarious means, however).
* Oddly enough, the episode "Arrgh!". When SpongeBob and Patrick complain about going on a wild goose chase of a treasure hunt led by Mr. Krabs, he mourns that without a loyal crew, a captain's nothing. This in itself is just a ploy on Krabs' part to get them to stick around, but it works; the tearful way Patrick says "Don't cry, Captain Krabs," just nails me.
** What got me was the part where he puts the sword like a cross.
* "I can no longer hold onto you little pebble. (Buries the pebble and begins to shed a tear) You hold too many memories. (Cries as tear falls onto the pebble)"
** Also from the episode "Home Sweet Pineapple," Patrick breaking down ''sobbing'' because Spongebob is moving. It's heartbreaking to listen to Patrick cry like that.
** The fact that Spongebob finally appeared to have a place to live, because a sleepwalking Squidward let him sleep in his bed with him... only for Squidward to [[NoSympathy wake up and immediately kick out poor Spongebob]].
* Plankton's Regular as a whole. Just to give Plankton one tiny victory and then have Krabs smash it in his face... It's not funny, just sad.
** Also, the fact that Plankton can't even have so much as ''one'' customer without Krabs trying to ruin him. ''ONE''.
** What this troper thinks is the tearjerking part is that the writers made that PlayedForLaughs. Keep in mind, this troper denies the show ever JumpedTheShark. Thankfully, the writers have dropped the IdiotBall.
* "No more nice warm beds. No more Krabby Patties. No more getting mail. No more Gary. No more movies. No more Squidward. No more Sandy or Pearl or Mr. Krabs, NO MORE ANYTHING!"
* From ''Opposite Day'':
-->'''Spongebob''': Go away! I never wanna see you again!
-->'''Patrick''': (cries) Spongebob doesn't like me anymore!
** It turns out that [[spoiler:it was [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Opposite Day]] and Spongebob was just playing along with it]] but imagine going to your best friend's house (one that you've known ''since you were a baby'') and instantly being rejected for no good reason.
** Squidward clinging to the ankles of the real estate agent, sobbing, "PLEASE SELL MY HOUSE!" He sounds so genuinely heartbroken that it's hard not to feel bad for him. "DON'T LEAVE ME HERE!!!"
* The episode ''Model Sponge'', where Spongebob thinks he's been fired from his job. You don't have to be a long-time fan to know how much Spongebob loves his job, so his reaction is pretty sad. Then, later when he goes to beg Mr. Krabs for his job back, he is in tears and crawling on his knees, promising he'll do better and he doesn't want to go. Of course, Krabs has no idea what he's talking about (remember, Spongebob misinterpreted something Krabs had said earlier), but that makes it no less sad.
* Don't forget "Whatever Happened To Spongebob", where Spongebob's friends drive him away from Bikini by calling him "idiot boy" in a cruel way. And to top it off, Mr. Krabs was the one to tell Spongebob to never come back. But then Mr. Krabs, Patrick, and Sandy feel bad for Spongebob and cry that it's their fault he ran off.
* A little one. From "Patty Hype." Mr. Krabs and Squidward make Spongebob cry by mocking his idea of "Pretty Patties-" vibrantly colored Krabby Patties- along with other ideas Spongebob has of drawing customers and making things interesting. Eventually, Spongebob actually gets angry- something we don't see him do a lot- and says, in an uncharacteristically determined way, "I KNOW this is a good idea! YOU'LL SEE!" He runs out of the restaurant to embark on a solo entrepreneurship. A little later, he starts crying again, having lost confidence. "Maybe Mr. Krabs was right...maybe my idea IS dumb!" He then sobs a little as he says this.
* ''My Pretty Seahorse'', the episode where Spongebob becomes attached to a wild seahorse. At the end of the episode, Mr. Krabs tells Spongebob how it's wrong to keep a wild animal from their natural habitat and lifestyle. Spongebob understands and, with a heavy heart, releases the seahorse (which he named Mystery). The episode can hit harder for kids, considering that Spongebob has a child-like mental state and many children tend to get attached to animals (toys and live, alike) fairly quickly.
** Mr. Krabs backstory in this episode is tear inducing as well. He tells the story that he, as a kid, had received a dollar. They were both the bested of friends, they did all the things together- but on a hot summer day, while at the beach, he was so thirsty that he gave his dollar away for a drink. The way Krabs is telling the story to SB is working, too.
** Although Patrick's feelings weren't hurt, it ''was'' pretty grating when Spongebob said "Just get out of here, you stupid dumb animal, can't you see no one wants you here?!" and Pat thinks that Sponge was referring to him...
* The goddamn April Fools special, "Fools in April." It's pretty funny, up until the scene where Squidward viciously pranks Spongebob, to everyone else's disgust. It goes straight into tear jerker territory as Squidward laughs during the prank, while Spongebob is yelling in fear the whole time. It gets worse as Spongebob runs away in tears, and everyone calls out Squidward for his jerkassery. "April Fools, jerk!" Later, he gives a disheveled, depressed Spongebob an insincere apology to ease his own conscience. After that, he flashes back to everyone else's reaction to the prank. "It must have been pretty good to make him CRY like that," Patrick says. Eventually, a hallucination of Squidward's own MOTHER appears to scold Squidward for being such a bastard. That leads to the kicker - Squidward collapses before Spongebob's door and breaks down, apologizing for the prank, and says how much he actually LIKES Spongebob despite how annoying he is, and how he appreciates everything about him. Happy tears ensue for the audience when Spongebob opens the door, and is completely back to his old self, cheerfully smiling, haven completely forgiven Squidward.
** [[spoiler: And then the whole thing turns out to be an April Fool's joke on Spongebob's end...]]
* From "Suds." Something about how desperate Spongebob is in this scene makes it really sad for some reason:
-->'''Spongebob:''' Ya gotta help me get better, Patrick! (sniffle!) Please? Would you like to be my doctor, Patrick?
* A small example, but in the episode ''Growth Spout'', when Mrs. Puff was sleeping, she mutters out that she must protect her garden, and that it's the only thing worth living for. This comes into effect when you remember that most of her life would be boat driving with [[IdiotHero SpongeBob]] and nearly getting killed by him.
* "One Coarse Meal." Lets just say TheBadGuyWins and leave it at that.
** In case you aren't sure, the bad guy is [[spoiler: Mr. Krabs this time around]]
*** [[EsotericHappyEnding Yeah...]] [[DesignatedHero sure.]]
* A meta-example: the death of Ernest Borgnine, the voice of Mermaid Man, a character who has been around since season 1.
** They then, without any advertisement, put on a small two hour marathon containing the numbered Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy episodes, ''Back to the Past'', ''The Bad Guy Club For Villains'', and ''Mermaid Man Begins.''
** Not from the show itself, but shortly after Borgnine passed, there was an [[http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss287/Tom501_2009/tumblr_m6vtbvtmt91qc0ud3o1_400.jpg illustration]] circulating Facebook simply showing a teary Barnacle Boy at the grave of Mermaid Man. If you find it, I DARE you not to get choked up.
** Also, Pat Morita, the voice of Udon, died when his only appearence came out. Charles Nelson Riley, the voice of the Dirty Bubble, is also deceased.
* Spongebob talking to Patrick on the phone and begging him for help in ''The Bully''; by the end of it, he's actually crying. Anyone who's ever been bullied as a child or has ever comforted a bullied child would have a hard time not tearing up with the poor guy.
-->'''Spongebob:''' Please Patrick! I'm so scared it feels like I'm going to throw up!
* The following moment from the Season 1 episode "Karate Choppers". The setup is that after Spongebob acts so paranoid over Sandy jumping him that he attacks customers, Mr. Krabs tells Spongebob to never perform Karate again, or else he'll be fired. Keep in mind Spongebob's passion for his job and for the Krusty Krab.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': No more Karate? How am I gonna tell Sandy?
-->[=SpongeBob=] is jumped by Sandy
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': Sandy wait, I can't! Mr. Krabs said I have to give up karate!
-->'''Sandy''': Uh-huh, sure [=SpongeBob=]!
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': No, really Sandy, stop!
-->'''Sandy''': I'm not falling for it, [=SpongeBob=]!
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': No really! ''Please stop!''
-->Mr. Krabs walks out to the window, and sees Sandy attacking [=SpongeBob=].
-->'''Mr. Krabs''': What the?! [=SpongeBob=]!
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': AAAAAAAHHH!! Mr. Krabs!
-->'''Mr. Krabs''': What did I ''just'' get through telling ye, lad?
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': But, I, she-!
-->'''Mr. Krabs''': [=SpongeBob=]! You're '''''FIRED!!'''''
-->'''Sandy''': Huh?
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': *tiny voice* Fired? *face disappears like water in a drain*
-->'''Sandy''': ...[=SpongeBob=]?
-->[=SpongeBob=] bursts into tears and runs away screaming
* The end of the Season 1 episode "Pizza Delivery" goes off as this until [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Squidward takes matters into his own hands]]. After spending all day (and night, presumably) lost in the wilderness, [=SpongeBob=] doggedly keeps the pizza through tornadoes and starvation so that the customer can get the order he wants. But when they get there, the customer believes he ordered a drink, and rejects his entire order in anger. The actual stinger comes when the guy who ordered it says
-->'''Recipient''': *shoves the pizza in [=SpongeBob=]'s face* Didn't you ever ''once'' think of the ''customer?!''
** Spongebob responds to this by slowly walking away from the door, and stopping in his tracks, trembling and smiling a BrokenSmile. Squidward worriedly asks him if he's okay, saying "Sponge?" a couple times. Spongebob literally collapses on the ground and sobs a giant puddle of tears. Poor little feller...
* "Giant Squidward". The bit where he goes to sleep on a mountain, finds the troublesome duo, Spongebob and Patrick, in his bellybutton, angrily throws him out and has a breakdown.
* This screenshot from "Enchanted Tiki Dreams" defines Seasons 4 to 6 perfectly; it's Squidward curled up under a chair in a pool of tears. [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=400660526642610&set=a.147404425301556.25799.147101001998565&type=3&theater It's a strong image]].
** If you're wondering why Squidward is crying, it's from getting annoyed by SpongeBob and Patrick both at home and work. At the moment of the screenshot, he asks the world why he can't have one day of relaxation... and Patrick pokes him with a stick. It makes you realize that Jerkass as he is, Squidward's neighbors have put him through so much torture that he can't ever escape for even a little while. Counts as in-universe TearJerker, because SpongeBob and Patrick feel so terrible seeing Squidward like this that they decide to do something nice for him.
*** The part where Squidward sees his Tiki Dreamland and thinks it's a mirage counts too. Even if happiness is right in front of him, he can't bring himself to believe it. But he soon finds himself relaxing and the episode [[ThrowTheDogABone even has a satisfying ending for him]].
* In "Pickles" where SpongeBob is so [[HeroicBSOD shook up]] from getting a Krabby Patty order wrong that his mind becomes completely dysfunctional. The poor guy can't even form sentences in the proper order and is nailing food the wall when Mr. Krabs finds him. [[TheWoobie Did anyone else just want to hug him?]]
* Spongebob's reaction to getting fired in "Spongebob, You're Fired!" is actually portrayed very realistically. It's very sad.
** Not just from the Krusty Krab, but from his temporary jobs. He made food between two buns because that was how he had done it for many years. Upon seeing it, all his bosses (save for the Taco Man) [[{{Jerkass}} fire Spongebob on the spot without seeing if his food was any good.]] Then, when he pleaded to keep his job, he impulsively acts as if he was fired from the Krusty Krab...
* Seeing poor Squidward bawl like a broken man in "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?", the poor bastard having just lost his home, job, paintings, everything. The way he sobs is absolutely heart-wrenching. Especially when he sobs, "I lost my home, my job... '''EVERYTHIIING!!!'''" He then admits that no one would buy his paintings, so he had to ''eat'' them. He breaks down sobbing, and Spongebob responds by [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming comforting him and saying that Squiddie can live with him and sleep in his own bed]].
** The sad violin music is gut-wrenching.
* The scene in "Naughty Nautical Neighbors" where Spongebob and Patrick "break up." Spongebob says that he has plenty of other friends. He draws little faces on his fingers and tearfully says "The gang's all here," before actually breaking down and crying. The implication that Spongebob really doesn't have any friends other than Patrick is just... ''sad''.
* The scene in "Hooky" where Mr Krabs thinks that Sponge and Pat were taken by the hooks. Of course the boys were alive, but the way Mr Krabs is crying is pretty heartbreaking, especially for [[AdultFear an adult]] watching it [[HarsherInHindsight again]].
-->'''Krabs:''' Wait, wait! Boys! I wasn't quick enough... They're gone! (sobs) If I could only hold them in me arms again!
** The sad violin music in that scene just makes it.
* The scene in "Just One Bite" where Squidward sarcastically says "Next I suppose you'll want me to go squaredancing with Patrick!" Cue Patrick actually dressed as a cowboy- Spongebob says, "Sorry pal," and Patrick moans sadly, walking away.
** Squidward's long angry (fake) tirade about how much he hates Krabby Patties, which leads to Spongebob walking off in tears. At first one may assume that Spongebob is tearful because he failed in getting Squiddie to like Krabby Patties. But then you realize that Krabby Patties are Spongebob's ''life'', and he gets so much joy out of making them and he works hard at it, too. Spongebob brings this up in the following scene, although Squidward is too distracted to hear him:
-->'''Spongebob:''' I want to apologize for before. I was only trying to make you happy. But I guess deep down inside, I was trying to make myself happy.
* From "Walking Small:"
-->'''Spongebob:''' You ''used'' me... For ''LAND DEVELOPMENT!'' [[CryCute That wasn't nice!]]
* The climax of the classic "FUN" episode, in which Spongebob cries because Plankton betrayed his trust. The whole scene, before the anticlimactic ending where Plankton proclaims evil to be "too much fun," is pretty gut-wrenching, especially with the sad music.
-->'''Spongebob:''' (crying) HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE IT?!
* Spongebob's sad reaction to Mrs Puff revoking his position in "Hall Monitor," and his reaction to Puff scolding him at the end of the episode. He figuratively (and almost literally) melts.
* The scene in "Squid on Strike" in which Spongebob is sobbing because he's lost his job. He's leaning against the door of the Krusty Krab, sobbing inconsolably. It's one of those times when his crying sounds too realistic to be funny. He also looks so distraught that you just want to hug him and squeeze him and never let him go!
-->'''Spongebob:''' (sobbing) Oh-oh, Squidward, I think I'm gonna be si-i-ick!
* In "The Chaperone," Spongebob takes Pearl to the prom (as requested by Mr Krabs.) Spongebob's klutziness leads to everything getting ruined. He pulls out a list near an angry Pearl and reads it off, saying, "We can still do...! Oh, wait, I broke that..." He frantically runs through the list, and starts shouting, "Don't cry, Pearl, don't cry, whatever you do, don't.." Then he starts sobbing loudly, runs into the bathroom and locks himself in there to cry. Even Pearl's friends feel bad for him, prompting one to say "Wow, what did you ''do'' to him? Poor little guy." Pearl knocks on the door Sponge cries because he "messed everything up" and "All I wanted was to have a good time."
* Squidward being a jerk to Spongebob in "Culture Shock" by not letting him in the talent show. '''DAMMIT, SQUIDWARD'''.
** The saddest part is that Spongebob was looking forward to the talent show because he wanted to make his parents proud. And all they saw Sponge do was mop up the stage ''after'' the show. [[{{Adorkable}} Spongebob's parents]] were proud of him [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming anyway]], but it ''still'' was kind of sad, given that Spongebob's original idea for an act was an adorable little tap-dance routine with a bubble hippo, with top hats and canes.
* Overall "A Day Without Tears" was a ''really'' [[ActuallyPrettyFunny funny]] episode that totally deconstructed Spongebob's FragileFlower nature, with Spongebob, ever the DramaQueen, having one of his "off" days where everything sets him off and Squidward getting sick of it. Sponge drops a Krabby Patty on the floor and cries, and Squidward scolds him to shut him up. Spongebob cries more, and when Squid demands to know why he's still crying, Spongie says, "You yelled at me!" Geez, little guy...
** In the episode, Squidward comes into Spongebob's house, to try to make him lose the bet. (Spongebob thinks that Squidward is just stopping by to be nice.) Squidward helps Spongebob with his mail, to find a postcard from Spongebob's parents, who were on vacation at the time. Squidward deliberately tries to make Spongebob cry by reading the postcard to him, and it ends with "We miss you very much." This ''almost'' makes Spongebob cry, and he does actually tear up, just because he loves his parents that much.
* Spongebob crying in "I Was A Teenage Gary" because Gary is sick. Hits a little too close to home for pet-lovers.
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