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Cry Cute
So sad, and yet so adorable.

How many times do I have to tell you,
Even when you're crying you're beautiful too.
—"All Of Me", John Legend

A character, usually female and often a tsundere, cries. Unlike in cases of Inelegant Blubbering, the crying person will be, if anything, more attractive-looking than they normally are, so that the audience can easily sympathize with them in their moment of emotional vulnerability.

There is an inexplicable phenomenon that the tougher a character is, the more adorable they will be when a Sparkling Stream of Tears pours out of their eyes. The tyrant instantaneously becomes The Woobie, whose endearingly vulnerable sobs and pleas for sympathy makes the coldest of hearts want to hug her till she feels better. This is considered Moe beyond belief by fandom in general, even by those who are not normally into that sort of thing.

Sometimes this moment acts as a roadstop, a turning point in which the character starts to slowly become a better person.

However, other times, having felt embarrassed for daring to be vulnerable, the once adorable woobie will immediately thereafter turn into a tyrant of epic magnitude worse than the mere Tsundere she was to compensate for her brief moment of weakness.

Note that this can also occasionally apply to a male character. What differentiates this from Manly Tears is that whereas Manly Tears shows the sensitive attributes of an already decent male, Cry Cute used on a male character is as a rule in the Alas, Poor Villain context that humanizes an unforgivably evil male. Also keep in mind that an evil male character character does not necessarily need to be a tsundere in order to qualify for this trope. See also Tender Tears, where tears are part of a consistent sensitive depiction.

Notably, this trope's attempts to elicit sympathy has a basis in real life. Women's tears contain pheromones that reduce testosterone levels in males, decreasing aggressiveness and triggering an instinctive response to protect, in addition to lowering sexual arousal. Granted, most media isn't smell-based, but some of the response seems to have invaded our subconscious.

Sometimes includes Biting the Handkerchief.

A Super Trope to Cry into Chest. Contrast with Inelegant Blubbering. Also Contrast with Tender Tears (where the character is normally nice and sensitive).

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, the generally stoic Riza freaks out when she thinks Lust has killed Roy and, after putting a dozen bullets in her body (to no effect), slumps down in tears. Lampshaded later on when Roy fondly remembers Riza crying and tells her he'd like to see her "pure tears" again.
  • Kaname Chidori, resident Defrosting Ice Queen of Full Metal Panic! has more than one moment when she breaks down crying, probably to keep her sympathetic despite her abrasive personality.
  • Evangeline of Mahou Sensei Negima!, Thousand-Year-Old Vampire-Tyrant and Evil Sorceress, cries adorably as she asks Nagi to pat her on the head like a little girl one last time at the end of the Mahora Budokai Tournament.
  • C.C of the Code Geass franchise, when her Deadpan Snarker facade slips and she shows her Sugar and Ice Personality.
  • Aunt Haruka, Narusegawa Naru and Aoyama Motoko of Love Hina.
    • Especially Aoyama Motoko, in accordance with the Toughness/Tears inverse relationship mentioned above.
  • The death of Prince Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z is the definitive male example that makes you cry for a villain.
  • Asougi Rin of Mnemosyne.
  • Also voiced by Noto Mamiko, Asagami Fujino of Kara no Kyoukai.
    • Also, Ryougi Shiki herself in the finale of the seventh movie.
  • Every girl (especially Nagi, voiced by Rie Kugimiya) and Hayate himself of Hayate the Combat Butler.
  • Even mega Tsundere Hiiragi Kagami can be The Woobie of woobies on the few times she cries in Lucky Star.
  • Words Worth: Maria invokes this in response to being molested by Stallion, and as part of a ploy to get him to return her ring to her. It works. Then she shows him her "thanks".
  • The Gundam franchise has several:
    • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED's resident Tsundere, Cagalli, ends up crying in Kira's arms after her father's Heroic Sacrifice.
    • An earlier (and rare male) example is Universal Century's Commander Bright Noa, during Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam as he watches a video from his wife Mirai and his children Cheimin and Hathaway, in which they tell him how they're doing on Earth as he and the AEUG fight in space, and finish with words of affection and encouragement.
    • In G Gundam, Domon Kasshu is a Hot-Blooded Jerk Ass... but the few times he spends tears are a sight to behold. Specially when he finds his master again and explains his trouble to him not knowing about his Face-Heel Turn, and much later when he must give his brother a Mercy Kill right after finding out the truth about him and almost immediately afterwards he fights his Master for the last time and the old man dies in his arms, asking for forgiveness.
    • Gundam Wing has Lady Une, who breaks into sobs (and we cry too) when Relena tells her that she shouldn't wish for death anymore and refuses to kill her as punishment for having killed her adoptive father.
      • Also Dorothy Catalonia, after Quatre manages to get to her and then Trowa rescues him and calls her out.
  • Along with the aforementioned Nagi, Rie Kugimiya's characters do this a lot:
    • Pictured above: Louise of Zero no Tsukaima. Too bad she needs to be under the influence of a love potion to allow herself to be so emotionally honest.
    • The roar of a wounded tiger in Episode 8 of Toradora!: "Ryuuji is mine!!! Everyone stay off him!!!" And also: by Episode 19 Taiga realizes she does love Ryuuji, but thinking it's too late once she sent Ryuuji off to meet Minori, runs outside crying; and by Episode 24 the normally cheerful Minori finally breaks down after sending Ryuuji and Taiga off, upon recognizing her affection for both Ryuuji and Taiga.
    • Rizel of Rizelmine also does this a lot, though she is a fairly cute character most of the time anyway. Moreover, those tears are also Made of Explodium.
    • Even a battle-hardened Action Girl like Aria H. Kanzaki cannot help but break down crying in the middle of the street after a visit to her mother, imprisoned on false charges of being a serial bomber, ends with said mother having to be dragged back to her prison cell. She tries to fight back her tears in front of Kinji, who joined her visit, only to give in to her soul-crushing grief.
  • Misato from Neon Genesis Evangelion, after a bitter, love-hate relationship with Kaji, succumbs to this in Episode 21 with him in mind. She weeps after hearing a phone message left by Kaji, who did so with the knowledge of his imminent death clearly in mind and intent.
  • Miu of Strawberry Marshmallow, though she's more of a Jerkass than a Tsundere.
    • When she forces Nobue to decide whether she likes her or Ana better, and Nobue chooses Ana. Miu's display is such that Nobue chooses to tell her that it was a poor attempt at a joke, that she likes Miu best, and have her share her bed rather than risk making it worse or longer. She doesn't put a stop to her Jerk Ass tendencies, but in the meantime...
  • Vita crying in Hayate's arms during the finale of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's.
  • For all her attempts playing cool-headed and reasonable, Azusa Nakano finally breaks down crying in front of her senior bandmates after Graduation Day, venting out all her pent-up feelings since they hit third-year (and she second-year) of melancholy and loneliness, begging them to not leave her all alone.
    • In a more comical variant, Mio Akiyama frequently ends up in tears whenever her attempts to look cool and/or bring some sanity to the band backfires spectacularly on her.
  • Blue when confronted by Ho-oh in Pokémon Special. And immediately after that, when Silver is captured. The first crying was all just an act...
    • Blue's crying is more believable when you realize that she was kidnapped by Ho-oh at a young age as part of the Mask of Ice's recruitment program. The fact that she was using Fake Tears was not only part of the act, but also a demonstration that she has, in fact, come to control her ornithophobia. Cue CMOA and Will and Karen in an awkward situation.
    • Brock's Sudowoodo in the Pokémon anime, when using Fake Tears. A spotlight comes down on it and maudlin music plays in the background.
      • Another example is Ash's Gligar, whose trait carries over even after it evolved into Gliscor. For those unaware, these Pokémon are Scary Scorpions, but this specific Gliscor's habit of crying has made it into the Ugly Cute category!
      • Bianca after losing to Cameron in the BW series. [1] Just try not to go give her a hug, I dare you!
  • Carlos Santana. That's all. He has been searching for his birth mother for years and near the end of the WYC arc, she finally shows up and they have a happy reunion, which leads to Santana shedding Tears of Joy.
  • The Prince of Tennis:
    • Hiyoshi Wakashi, after losing to Ryoma in the manga.
    • And Ryoma himself in the anime, when his beloved cat Karupin is brought by home after spending a whole day outside.
      • He cries again after playing a then-last time with Tezuka in the end of the TV series.
    • Tomoka, normally a Plucky Girl Tsundere, tears up in Sakuno's arms after Ooishi and Eiji lose a match despite all of their efforts. Similarly, in the manga An cries when Shinji and Kamio lose badly to Kenya Oshitari and Gin Ishida.
    • And at the end of the OVA's, Kirihara (of all people) breaks down in tears after Yukimura loses to Ryoma, which seals Seigaku's victory in the Nationals and the end of Rikkai's winning streak.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia
  • Ouran High School Host Club
    • Haruhi Fujioka manages to do this due to a contact lens almost coming out. Tamaki thought it was moe.
    • She did it for real in the anime, when the Queen of Hearts from the dream episode turns out to be her Missing Mom Kotoko.
  • Fakir of Princess Tutu spends the first half of the series being an Ineffectual Loner; it's not until he cries by the lake (admittedly hugging the duck didn't hurt) that he starts to become a sympathetic character.
  • All of the main female characters in Boku No Tsukuru Sekai manage to include this trope.
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni has an example, after Rena reveals Keiichi's Dark and Troubled Past. Luckily for his fandom, Rena does this [in such a brutal manner that Keiichi breaks down almost instantly into Tears of Remorse. Rena's refusal to forgive him leaves him just crying on the ground pitifully, which is even more sympathetic. Rena gets her own instance of this at the end of the chapter, although Keiichi's reaction is quite different.
  • Rossiu in Gurren Lagann becomes a Well-Intentioned Extremist after the Time Skip, even going as far as ordering Simon's execution. And yet, all it took to make him sympathetic again was to show that he cried and mulled suicide after doing it.
  • Akane Tendo from Ranma ˝. Sure, she's uptight, hot-tempered, emotional, and catapults to conclusions far too much for her own good... but when she cries, even Ranma can't help but think this way.
    • But careful (because that only applies whenever Ranma makes Akane cry): if someone else makes Akane cry, Ranma will hunt down and crush whoever is responsible. Given that he's generally a forgiving guy who rarely holds grudges, the fact that he went on a humiliating Martial Arts and Crafts contest purely to pay back the cheerleader Mariko for making Akane cry (and pay her back in combat) is certainly cause for alarm.
    • Ranma and Akane's first (and for a long time, only) relationship upgrade occurred the first time he succeeded in making her cry and realized he didn't like it.
  • Even unstoppable ultra-badass Dark Action Girls are not immune to this. In Black Lagoon, during the first Roberta arc, Roberta looks at Garcia with a pair of adorably sad eyes as she's hanging off Dutch's car with a trench knife — after she had just overtaken the vehicle at a full sprint Terminator-style.
  • Both Berg Katse and Raoul break down crying in Ai no Kusabi after Riki and Iason go Together in Death.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Usagi was on the ground crying over her transformation and Hotaru sacrificing herself, Michiru and Haruka are in the background watching her with tears in their eyes. Enjoy it, because this will be the only time you'll ever see it. A more common one is Makoto's more often breakdowns over her friends.
    • Episode 172. Usagi withstands Chibiusa's erasure from reality and Nehelenia's Breaking Speech-like recollection of her past, and offers Nehelenia to let her kill her in exchange of letting the frozen-in-mirrors Senshi go. Not only Haruka and Michiru were openly weeping, but also Setsuna, Hotaru, every single Senshi, Mamoru, and the audience.
  • Toward the end of the final episode of Eve No Jikan, Sammy has two adorable seconds of this.
  • Although a boy, Mikael from Tenshi Ni Narumon gives an epic cry after Raphael in the final episode together with blushing cheeks and tears streaming down his face. And it was all after becoming evil and turning his back on said Raphael.
    • Also Silky after being hugged by Noelle in the final episode.
  • Many, many of the ukes- or just whichever person is more vulnerable in reversable pairings- in BL manga.
  • In the animated version of the incident where Haruhi Suzumiya treats Mikuru worse than she ever did and finishes it by referring to her as "her toy", when Kyon almost hits Haruhi and Koizumi stops him from doing so, Haruhi actually looks away from him with tears in her eyes.
  • Oniisama e...
    • Mariko gets a moment like this when Kaoru shows gratitude and happiness upon Mariko's worry for her well-being.
    • Also Fukiko, when Rei dies.
    • And in the anime, Mona Lisa Komabayashi, when she has her Heel Realization.
    • Takashi does this during Rei's funeral, after he begs people to allow Fukiko to spend a few minutes with her in her coffin. After that, he cries on Takehiko's shoulder.
  • Both Junjou Romantica and Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi use this trope on the tsundere characters to show how adorable or sympathetic they can be. Most noticeably used by Misaki of the Junjou Romantica pairing, Hiroki of the Junjou Egoist pairing and Ritsu in the Nostalgia pairing.
    • One of the more heartbreaking examples in Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi is when Yanase starts crying after being rejected a second time by Chiaki. Well, while he did deserve the punch that was handed to him for forcing himself on Chiaki (but at this point, it was desperation for him to acknowledge that he had feelings instead of treating it like it was all a joke) you can't help but pity him especially when Hatori barges into his house and makes the situation worse.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: An interesting variant occurs with Homura. When she breaks down crying in Episode 8, it's adorable, sad and REALLY STRANGE since up until now she's been the Emotionless Girl. Then comes Episode 10, and suddenly it all makes sense. *sob*
  • Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai has this trope Played for Laughs with Sena Kashiwazaki, a Rich Bitch who loves lording herself over her male schoolmates at the school her father runs. This is usually triggered by her Sitcom Archnemesis, resident Jerkass Bully Yozora Mikazuki, saying or doing something outright mean to her. This is followed by Sena retorting with childish insults before running away crying.
    • And there's a heartwarming version at the end of Episode 11, courtesy of Yozora herself, after Kodaka finally recognizes her, with her hair cut short, as his long-lost childhood friend "Sora", after after a few months they spent together with Kodaka none the wiser as to who she is.
  • Misty and Dita in Vandread.
    • For Dita, it's the fact that Hibiki seems a bit too friendly and close to Misty, when he himself seems to be really bothered anytime Dita is around.
    • In Misty's case, since Dita is part of the ship's crew and they hate seeing Dita miserable, she says she was "bored" and just wanted have some fun, largely to avoid ostracizing the entire crew. But later she goes to the park alone and starts to cry since she knows she's going to be the Romantic Runner-Up in the Love Triangle. Fortunately Meia shows up and tells her that she's not alone.
  • THE iDOLM@STER - Let's see... Haruka, Yayoi, Chihaya, Yukiho... a third of the idols.
  • One Piece has a few examples, like Robin breaking down in tears after finally screaming that she wants to live.
  • A number of them in Fairy Tail. Lucy gets one first, when everyone is hurt because of her having joined the guild. Carla also gets one in the Edolas arc when she's told her purpose in life was to harm the person who is most precious to her, prompting Happy to stand up for her, which leads to her finally being nice to him and becoming a likable character. The oddest example would probably be Zeref. Despite being the (supposed) villain of the series and without a doubt the one at fault, at least indirectly, for almost everything that goes wrong there's something endearing about him crying when he sees Natsu. The scene where he cries is enough to give him woobie status, despite him being the one to finally take Fairy Tail out of Nobody Can Die teritory.
    • Two words. Mavis. Vermillion.
  • Hana No Mizo Shiru: Misaki cries in several scenes. His tears after his grandfather's death spur Kawabata to kiss him - and then Arikawa also kisses him when he's crying at the train station later. Arikawa outright thinks at one point that Misaki's teary face is adorable.
  • Madoka, the otherwise energetic Plucky Girl, at the end of the first season of Rinne no Lagrange, when Lan and Muginami leave Earth, with only the vaguest of intentions of ever returning.
  • Joe Yabuki from Ashita no Joe cries Tears of Joy after his friends throw a party for him when he gets out of juvenile prison. He holds them back during the party itself, but cries when he's in bed.
  • Suifeng from Bleach, after she's defeated by Yoruichi.
  • Ichiko Sakura of Binbougami ga!, otherwise a selfish, haughty Rich Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, has already broken down crying many times throughout the series: when she fears her butler and Parental Substitute Suwano could die after suffering a heart attack, after finding a box containing Suwano's letters since she "dismissed" him in the middle of a large landfill after they were mistaken for garbage, after humiliating herself by wetting her bed while staying with the Tsuwabuki siblings (whose elder brother Keita was her crush), and recently after being restored to her teenage form after said stay stuck in child form (implying that she will miss her happy days with them).
  • In her introductory chapter, Inomata from Gakuen Babysitters has a moment of this kind when she realizes and admits in an emotional state that she's studied so much in her school life that she knows little else in terms of socializing. This is what allows the daycare children to be able to sympathize with her after she's been (as they perceive it) mean to them.
  • In To Love-Ru after Mea is revealed to be a human weapon to Nana and breaks off their friendship, Nana sheds these while Rito is comforting her.
  • Shizuku from Omamori Himari pulls a big one when Yuuto convinces her to stop trying to kill a descendant of the demon-slaying family that killed her entire race, by telling her that she's part of the family now.
  • Rita of Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo breaks down in tears in Mashiro's arms in Episode 10 after the latter allays her fears of being unneeded by confessing that she feels complete when painting with Rita.
  • Senjougahara in Nekomonogatari White when she finds Hanekawa after spending the entire night searching the town for her.
  • Rin Matsuoka from Free! does this twice in the last episode, once when he finds a message Haruka writes for him to remind him of his childhood days, and again when he is reunited with his former friends in Iwatobi and he and his friends give each other a big hug.
  • Attack on Titan usually deals with Inelegant Blubbering, but several notable examples stand out.
    • Emotionless Girl and resident Badass Mikasa shows little vulnerability or emotion, right up until she is reunited with Eren after his supposed death. Her stoic mask finally breaks, and she cries while holding him in her arms, showing her softer side for the first time.
    • After The Reveal that he is the Colossal Titan, it seemed as though quiet Bertolt Hoover was the only villain without any remorse over his actions. But when his former friends push him hard enough, he suffers a Villainous BSOD and begins to cry hysterically while alternately admitting he knows his actions are unforgivable and stating that his time as their comrade was the only time he was genuinely happy. This breakdown is sufficient to defuse Mikasa's Roaring Rampage of Revenge and earn the offer of a Last-Second Chance from the others. His statement that he can't do that, while crying and begging someone to "please find us", reveal him to not be the soulless monster the audience expected.
  • Rei Miyamoto of Highschool of the Dead looks absolutely adorable when she cries. Unfortunately for her, the world is very quick to give her reasons to do so.
  • Kano of Mekakucity Actors is has absolutely every reason in the world to cry, and when he finally does it's both absolutely adorable and heartbreaking.

    Film 
  • In Kick-Ass 2 Mindy does this after being left in the woods by the Alpha Bitch after Mindy was able to beat her on the dance team. She arrives at Dave's house in tears. It is one of the only times in the movie that she actually appears vulnerable.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Smallville, Chloe has the tendency to look very cute when crying. She rarely does it all-out and instead settle for trying to blink away the tears, but when she loses it and starts sobbing uncontrollably (Progency, for example), it is both adorable and extremely heartbreaking.
    • Lana, on the other hand, usually ruins the scene by crying with a really screwed-up, over-the-top expression. On another extreme, sometimes you don't notice until you notice the tears.
  • Arguably Faith in the episode of Angel she first appears in, though a much more extreme example.
    • Faith is more of a woobie. Rewatch Buffy Season 3, particularly Faith's first appearance and the Christmas episode "Amends."
  • Subverted, lampshaded, deconstructed or... something... by Vala Mal Doran in an episode of Stargate SG-1. Daniel accuses her of using sex as a weapon, and she starts looking hurt and crying, but about halfway through a very heartfelt apology, Daniel realizes that she's just messing with him. She doesn't deny it.
  • Jade's breakdown in Victorious after she and Beck break up.
  • Annie's "Disney face" in Community.

    Literature 
  • In Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files novel Small Favor, Harry demands of Rosanna how many knights she's murdered with her trick of getting her eyes to well up with tears and looking helpless.
    • He also explicitly invokes this trope with great detail before saying that it doesn't describe Elaine when one of their charges gets assassinated by a vampire despite their efforts.
  • Many other female characters are jealous of Elayne in The Wheel of Time for being able to look pretty while crying.
  • Teela Brown in Ringworld: "Her lips, he saw, were perfect for pouting. She was one of those rare, lucky women whom crying does not make ugly."
  • In The Black Company you are treated to the final humanizing moments of the up till this point nigh omnipotent and borderline eldrich abomination of a sorceress queen through use of this trope.
  • In Belgariad this trope is pointedly averted. When the initially waspish Ce'Nedra finally breaks down in tears, Polgara tells her it's best that she doesn't cry like that in the future as she doesn't have the complexion to pull it off.
  • Older Than Feudalism: Classical Mythology states that the monstrous Gorgon Euryale cried mournfully when her sister Medusa was slain by Perseus.

    Video Games 
  • Unbelievably, Caim of Drakengard when his pact partner Angelus is being turned into the Barrier Maiden of the world, and Caim thinks he'll never see her again. He's wrong, but...it doesn't work out at all...
  • The King of Fighters: Poor Elisabeth does this when Ash says goodbye to her... before being Ret Goned.
  • In BioShock 2, it is revealed in one of the recordings left by Gil Alexander, one of the head scientists on the Big Daddy project, that in the event that an Alpha series Daddy lost its Little Sister, it become suicidal. He describes one time that he saw a Big Daddy who had lost its Sister kneeling in front of a Gatherers' Garden, crying. This certainly gives a great deal of insight into the motivation of the protagonist.
  • Even when Ragna is utterly exhausted, his left arm destroyed, and would probably like a good long rest after changing Mu-12 back into Noel, its not going to stop Noel from crying, screaming, and calling him stupid at the top of her lungs.
  • Serra from Fire Emblem Elibe, during her A supports with either Hector (when she tries to convince him and herself that the parents who abandoned her will return), Oswin (upon believing that he hates her despite how muchy she admires him) and Lucius (when he tells her his own Dark and Troubled Past and she sees that they're Not So Different). Fan interpretation suggests this happens in her A support with Erk as well (as they end up admitting their mutual feelings), which considering the circumstances may not be that far from the truth.
  • Similarly, Ephraim from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones isn't a jerk, but an odd mix of The Ace and Blood Knight. And then he cries openly in his own route, when his and Eirika's Big Bad Friend Lyon dies. L'Arachel does this too in her B support with Eirika, when she confesses that she cannot remember her parents, who died when she was a little girl.
  • Also Soren from Fire Emblem Tellius, in his A support with Ike. Normally cold and taciturn, the tears start before telling Ike about his Branded nature. He does one better in the second game, with a difficult to unlock conversation about his first meeting with Ike that ends with him outright bawling.
  • Severa in Fire Emblem Awakening gets one with potential love interest Owain, and in her A support with each of her parents.
    • Gerome sheds tears during the end of his talk with his mother Cherche in the Future Past DLC.
    • Similarly, Laurent tears up in his A support with any of his fathers. Inverted with Cynthia, who accidentally makes any of her own fathers cry upon explaining that she does understand how Time Travel work and that she clung to him to make beautiful memories before she leaves to build her own life.
  • Kyosuke Kagami from Rival Schools collapses screaming and crying when his twin brother Hyo dies in the sequel's Taiyo school ending.
    • In the sequel, Akira can be seen crying twice. If some conditions are met in the Gedo route, Daigo will die and the last screen will show her weeping over him while his teammates swear revenge. If we choose the Seijyun path instead, then she'll cry Tears of Joy upon Yurika's return to the school.
    • Also, in the sequel's Gorin path Momo cries too when Shoma saves her from Kurow's You Have Outlived Your Usefulness despite all that she did to him and others as The Mole, and tells her to choose between Justice or Gorin. She'll obviously choose Gorin out of gratitude, and then the final battle will start.
      • She was already crying a little before that, when Kurow not only told her "You Have Outlived Your Usefulness", but totally trash talked her. Momo's reasons to be an asshole to the Gorin students was that she loved Kurow and wanted to do everything in her power to help him, so learning that her beloved "boss" never ever cared for her and was willing to kill her completely broke her heart.
  • Even Vert of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory has this. When she lost to the power of the four CPU's Purple Heart, Black Heart, White Heart and Iris Heart.
  • Meet Catiua, sister of Denam from Tactics Ogre. She's haughty, possessive, manipulative and ultimately performs a Face-Heel Turn. She's not completely lost yet, though: if Denam manages to talk sense into her, the floodgates open and suddenly the bitchy older sister transforms into a vulnerable little girl who begs for forgiveness for all that she has done. It's a turning point in her characterization.
  • Victorine's weeping makes her even more beautiful in Dark Tales: The Premature Burial, but she's nothing even remotely approaching a Tsundere. Not to mention her tears are pretty justified, seeing as her husband sealed her alive inside a tomb.

    Visual Novels 
  • Fate/stay night in its Unlimited Blade Works route has Rin doing this after Shirou stumbles out of bed after getting nearly chopped in half the day before, only to look around for her in a pained stupor and risk his life to save her when he does find her.
  • In Tsukihime, Ciel does this at the end of her route's true end.
  • Claire from the Fading Hearts Visual Novel manages this in most scenarios, when she's not putting up a tough front with Ryou.
  • Franziska Von Karma at the end of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All.
  • Caius from Frozen Essence completely breaks down in his Light path after Mina almost dies saving him, pinpointing the moment where he goes from a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk to a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Tsugumi in Ever17 as an example where the character genuinely stops being a jerkass. There were signs beforehand that she wasn't, sure, and they were even getting more common. Seeing her cry makes you forget her doing stuff like pretending to push Takeshi down an elevator shaft for shits and giggles or randomly sucker punching him at the beginning, though. Mostly applicable to Takeshi's routes so they could spring a whole bunch of surprise reveals on you by letting her stay a jerk in The Kid's.
  • Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai has two notable examples:
    • Momoyo, while definitely a hero, is a Badass Blood Knight whose soft side is strictly limited to flirting with cute girls, but in one of the routes when her sister Wanko runs away and Momoyo meets up with her, she cries for probably the only time in the entire series. Everyone is surprised. She's not all that happy about Yamato praising her for it, though.
    • Kokoro Fushikawa is a haughty ojou, but one time when she cries in the anime, Yamato calls her cute. Her reaction, quite unlike Momoyo, is shown as a shot by a Cupid's arrow.
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni. Beatrice in just a few scenes in Episode 3, manages not just to trick Battler but also the readers. Lambdadelta lampshades it later. Although it was only partially an act.
    Lambdadelta: A single tear from a woman can make a man's heart waver. Truly efficient and economical.
  • Katawa Shoujo gives us several examples, and the ones who are the most heart-rendering ones are Emi (because this is catharsis after she has NOT allowed herself to grieve for her Disappeared Dad and let peopleget close to her and Shizune (because this happens in her Bad Endingas she breaks up with Hisao because she believes she's pushing him away from her)

    Webcomics 
  • In Girl Genius, Bangladesh Dupree of all people starts crying and actually collapses in Gil's arms when he confronts her for not being there when the Great Hospital was attacked and his father apparently killed- which she reveals was at the Baron's own orders. She does threaten to kill him for making her cry, but it seems to be more for form's sake than anything else.
  • Karkat Vantas. It's revealed relatively early, however, that he does care deeply for his friends, and has since ended up the character to cry the most throughout the comic.
    • Terezi has one of these as well, when she dooms Dave to die in an alternate timeline.
  • The aptly named Moé the ninja-girl in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! is made of this trope. Poor kid cries a lot. Note that the main gag with the ninjas is that, under their masks, they are the only characters in the comic who are drawn in manga style.

    Western Animation 
  • Ren of The Ren & Stimpy Show used to have these moments fairly often. Although it was not John Kricfalusi's attempt to make the character more sympathetic, but rather a case of Executive Meddling. They requested for a softer side to Ren, which John K criticized from the beginning (in the Adult Party Cartoon episodes, unsupervised by Nickelodeon, he changed Ren's personality into a Jerkass with no redeeming qualities - it didn't turn out well). However, the show undeniably benefitted from this change, thus creating several Heartwarming Moments that the audience and executives were very pleased with.
    • As an example, perhaps the most notable one is "Stimpy's Fan Club", where Ren is miserable upon discovering the fact that Stimpy is a more well-liked character than him and is jealous of the tons of fanmail that he receives. After having pondered murder and several other less radical methods of making himself more popular, Ren eventually gets a fan letter himself and starts rubbing it in Stimpy's nose... before realizing it was from Stimpy himself. Ren breaks down into tears and cries on Stimpy's chest, sobbing about how pitiful his actions were.
    • "Ren's Toothache" is a very good example too. While the conclusion isn't quite as heartwarming as the episode mentioned above, it has a breakdown scene when all of Ren's teeth fall out.
    • "Son of Stimpy" also featured Ren crying immensely after Stimpy had left for his search for his fart... I mean, son, Stinky.
  • In one episode of Taz-Mania, Digeri Dingo uses this tactic as a kid for Taz to get his ball that he kicked off a cliff.
  • June from KaBlam! is usually portrayed as an adorable Tsundere...but when Henry left in "Won't Stick to Most Dental Work!", she was in tears because she really missed him.
  • In the season 1 finale of Wakfu Evangelyne has two adorable moments like this, one in episode 25, one in 26. But while the first is a Heartwarming Moment, the second is a Tear Jerker. She's talking to the same person, but with one big difference...
    • Male Humanizing variant: Nox is heard sobbing at the beginning of episode 13, though like most of his Pet the Dog moments, it's deeply unsettling.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls episode "Buttercrush," the girls confront the Gangreen Gang, who have been tormenting some kids. Blossom and Bubbles are poised ready to kick bully tuchus. Buttercup, however, is buying Ace's insincere apology and is crying with a smile on her face.
  • Male example: Ziggy, the titular genie from Trust Me Im A Genie is often reduced to tears whenever the third wish fails and often looks adorable when he cries.

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