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Inelegant Blubbering

"There's a reason God makes you ugly when you're grieving; so people will leave you the hell alone."
Titus

A character cries. It is not pretty. It tends to be loud. Expect the character to, afterwards, need to blow his nose and have red, puffy eyes. If any make-up is involved, expect it to run -- badly.

A literary trope, mostly, since we do not have to see the character sobbing. Often lampshaded. Plus actors can more easily mimic tears than the full effect.

Note that this may occur for any motive for which someone can cry.

May be done by a Hysterical Woman. Contrast Cry Cute.

Liable to turn drama into unintentional comedy if mishandled. This can be done intentionally, as a form of Bathos.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Eiichiro Oda took this trope to a whole new level with One Piece. Everyone in One Piece has done this, though male characters more often than female. The artist just loves drawing rivers of tears mixing with rivers of snot and saliva, apparently. It's Oda's signature move really.
    • Franky and Chopper are especially prone to this. Luffy's had his moments too, both sad (Ace's death) and happy (reuniting with Usopp after Enies Lobby, the picture up top).
      • His way of drawing tears and crying facial expressions really hits home when it comes to Tear Jerker moments, where the grimacing facial features really strike you as painful to watch.
      • This is probably why, way back when, the entry here used to say "But without it, One Piece would really be lacking."
      • Only averted with Robin's famous "I wanna live" line in the Enies Lobby arc. That is more into the Cry Cute territory.
  • Naruto plays this straight with several characters, both in the manga and the anime. (For instance, the scene where Naruto cries over Gaara's death in Shippuuden is very well done.)
  • Miseng and Wangnan from Tower of God after they failed the test to advance to the next floor.
  • Rossiu gets a moment like this in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. He's got a stoic face for the crowds the whole time he's planning to sacrifice some of them to save all of them. But in private (as revealed by someone close to him), he was crying his heart out into his bed. It may have been the hardest thing he ever had to do, but he was going to do it.
  • In ROD the TV this often happen to Anita.
  • In D.Gray-Man, this happens every time anyone cries for real.
  • In The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Mikuru engages in this in the last episode of of "Endless Eight." It's one of the few times she's not very cute-looking in the series as she has twin trails of snot running down her face
  • In Welcome to the NHK Sato bursts out into screaming, tortured wails at the end of episode 13. Although mostly off-screen, what we see is not at all pretty, and the voice acting in both the sub and the dub is both heartbreaking and uncomfortable to sit through.
  • Whenever Miyoshi cries in Bakuman。, it starts with Cry Cute and devolves into this - for example, when Mashiro and Takagi get their first serialized manga.
  • Chrono Crusade: Although most of the tears tend to fall in-between the two extremes of Inelegant Blubbering and Cry Cute, Rosette has a full-blown snot-dripping sob fest towards the end of the manga in the afterlife when she realizes that she's dead and admits "Chrono! I don't want to leave you!"
  • Deconstructed in Soul Eater when, during a very serious fight, Medusa going on about parental abandonment/abuse prompts Deathscythe to exit weapon mode and personally threaten his opponent. However, even as he grabs her by the scruff, he chokes on his words and can't get anything out other than "Why, you...!" and "You little..." Medusa calls him pathetic for not preparing his words properly, and throws him away.
  • In Negima!, Kotarou goes into this after he's defeated in the Mahora Tournament after promising to meet Negi in the finals.
  • Played for laughs in Chibi Vampire Karin. Karin is not attractive when she cries. Most characters tend to look pointedly away when she does.
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time: Played heartbreakingly straight. Every time Makoto cries could qualify as a Crowning Moment of Sadness.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam, the White Base crew do this after the death of Guntank co-pilot Ryu Jose, complete with Bright Noah collapsing on all fours and sobbing "It's All My Fault!". It was considered such Narm, especially in light of the much more restrained and touching salute they gave the late Matlida Adjan, that the compilation movie version completely redid the scene.
  • Stardust Crusaders: Polnareff sheds some very un-manly tears after Abdul's (apparent) death.
  • A staple of Studio Ghibli movies. Boths kids in Grave of the Fireflies, Chihiro in Spirited Away, Sophie in Howl's Moving Castle...
  • Happens to nearly all the characters at various points in Rave Master. It's not always handled so well, and quickly becomes Narm when you see the more macho and stoic characters bawling like toddlers in places where Manly Tears would have been more appropriate.
  • Narrowly avoided in Kimi ni Todoke when Sawako was about to cry because her best friends helped her get ready for a New Year's date with love interest, Kazehaya. Ayane and Chizu realized the ultra-sensitive Sawako was about to cry because she was so happy to have such great friends, and quickly pleaded with Sawako to hold it in. Sawako stopped herself from turning on the water works just in time to save her makeup from becoming a godawful mess.
    • This is played straight on several other occasions, though; when crying characters in this series don't just look adorably sad or hilarious, this does happen.
  • Nearly every book owner or mamodo (save Brago resident Bad Ass ) ever breaks out into these in Gash Bell
  • Literature Girl in Daily Lives of High School Boys had one in the skit High School Boys and the Way We Are, breaking down crying like a little child after a humiliating string of Epic Fails.
  • In Saint Beast, Maya's tears tend to go along with full on tantrums, which work really well on his brother.
  • In Mai-HiME, Aoi's crying is apparently quite dreadful to hear, and when she pretends to be on the verge of tears, her roommate Nao and Nao's Arch-Enemy Natsuki actually put aside their differences as she demands.
  • Gakuen Babysitters makes it clear in the first few chapters that crying, especially from children, is loud, undignified, and annoyance to the people around. Save for a few important moments, it's almost never portrayed as cute whenever the children cry en masse.
  • At the end of the second episode of Highschool of the Dead, Saya breaks down after killing her first zombie and collapses sobbing into Saeko's arms. The sounds she makes are heart-wrenchingly realistic.
  • Rebuild of Evangelion, in the third film, Shinji bursts into a bout of this, letting loose a flood of tears along with the remainder of his sanity, when he realises that Kaworu is about to kill himself to stop Fourth Impact.
  • Bleach, anime episode 21. After Ichigo defeats the giant Soul Reaper gate guard Jidanbō by destroying his axes, Jidanbō starts crying uncontrollably and lamenting their loss.

    Comic Books 
  • Elongated Man: E. Man, over his wife. Think Monkey D. Luffy during the scene when Ace dies and combine that with spontaneously losing control over his stretching powers and you'll get something like this. A very nice touch seeing as how truly distraught E. Man is over his wife dying.
  • Wonder Girl in Teen Titans: Year One.
  • Empowered manages to cross this with Stepford Smiler, with a dash of Frozen Face, in a horrifically tragic way. Poor Sistah Spooky...
  • Artist Sara Pichelli seems to excel at portraying this. Her stint on Runaways included scenes of both Molly Hayes and Klara Prast crying in an ugly fashion.
  • In The Pulse, Jessica and Luke have a minor argument — really more like a discussion — about her working for the Daily Bugle, but the pregnancy throwing her hormones out of whack causes this.

    Fan Fiction 

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Murder by Death. Sam Diamond and Tess Skeffington are locked in a room with a hidden, ticking Time Bomb.
    Sam: I got an idea. I don't know whether this is gonna work or not. Quick, turn around!
    Tess: I'm turned, Sam.
    Sam: Whatever you do, baby, don't turn back.
    Tess: But Sam, if anything...
    Sam: Do as I say, angel!
    Tess: I will, Sam.
    Sam: Good. Because I think... I'm gonna cry. (starts sobbing pathetically offscreen)
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Roger blubbers inelegantly after he's told his wife is playing around. This scene is an almost exact remake of the opening from Chinatown.
  • The Wizard of Oz: The guard on the Wizard's audience chamber.
  • The hero in Gladiator when he discovers that his wife and child are dead. There's even snot involved. This was an actor and director decision, and invoked intentionally. And it totally works.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Cedric Diggory's father. A case of Tropes Are Not Bad, because the scene mentioned is agonizing.
  • Every time Neytiri cries in Avatar.
  • Laura's honking in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.
  • One of the best parts of Funny People was when Seth Rogan's character just starts doing this in the middle of a crowded restaurant during dinner with Adam Sandler's character.
  • Stevo in SLC Punk! when Heroin Bob dies.
  • Played for laughs with JP in Grandma's Boy. There were multiple strings of spit coming from his mouth, and his eyeliner was smudged as well.
  • Marty in Bully when he was telling Lisa about Bobby.
  • In Rocky III, Rocky does some of this just after Mick dies.
  • Moulin Rouge!'s Christian does this when Satine dies but because it sounds almost like he's laughing hysterically, it potentially kills the mood.
    • Justified (perhaps) in the director's commentary where it's suggested that only a completely devastated person cries like that, because whether or not they sound silly is the last thing they're concerned about.
  • The Blair Witch Project features this. It makes the scene especially realistic.
    • And ripe for many, many parodies.
  • At the end of Schindler's List, Oskar Schindler does this as he says that he could have saved more Jews if he had sold his belongings (the blubbering grows from the repeated phrase "I could've gotten more...")
    • Which, if you're aware of the hardship that was a constant feature of his life after the fall of the Third Reich, is almost too heartbreaking to stand.
  • Christopher Eccleston is particularly good at this, and does so in Jude, Flesh & Blood and in a scene that got cut from The Second Coming. (Observe. )
  • The Fountain. Tommy Creo breaks down after the death of his wife.
  • Basically the last few minutes of Reservoir Dogs is this, as a subversion of the awesome manliness the film had up to that point.
  • Anne Hathaway's performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" in Les Miserables (2012)
    • Also from the film version Eddie Redmayne's performance of "Empty Chairs At Empty Tables.".
  • John Conner in Terminator 2: Judgment Day completely loses it when he realizes that, in order to prevent Judgement Day, his guardian, friend, and father figure will have to perform an Heroic Sacrifice. He is just a kid, though.
  • Matt's reaction to Bald Pete's death in Ronja the Robber's Daughter. See attached
  • Barbra in the remake of Night of the Living Dead. A very accurate depiction of hysterics. She's half laughing, half crying when Ben shakes her.
  • ¡Three Amigos!. After the title characters realize that they aren't putting on a show but are facing a real bandit gang, they start crying and whining like babies.
  • Helen in Bridesmaids has this. Her rival Annie sees how flushed and snotty she looks and can't help but smile.
  • Nicolas Cage in both Deadfall and Vampire's Kiss:
    • In Deadfall he openly bawls. He also has his tongue hanging out and his sobs sound like chuckling.
    • In Vampire's Kiss he actually says "BOO HOO!". Twice!
  • Pulled off beautifully by Stallone in First Blood.
    We were in this bar in Saigon and this kid comes up, this kid carrying a shoe-shine box. And he says "Shine, please, shine!" I said no. He kept askin', yeah, and Joey said "Yeah." And I went to get a couple of beers, and the box was wired, and he opened up the box, fucking blew his body all over the place. And he's laying there, he's fucking screaming. There's pieces of him all over me, just... like this, and I'm tryin' to pull him off, you know, my friend that's all over me! I've got blood and everything and I'm tryin' to hold him together! I'm puttin'... the guy's fuckin' insides keep coming out! And nobody would help! Nobody would help! He's saying, sayin' "I wanna go home! I wanna go home!" He keeps calling my name! "I wanna go home, Johnny! I wanna drive my Chevy!" I said "With what? I can't find your fuckin' legs! I can't find your legs!"

    Literature 
  • Discworld:
    • In Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals, Glenda's crying is explicitly described as not being like a romance heroine's.
    • In Raising Steam, Harry King cries the fat, blubbery tears of a hard man who would never let anyone see them.
  • Hermione in the Harry Potter books is prone to this. In the fourth book she abruptly bursts into tears and hugs Harry and Ron when the two of them make up after a fight. In the fifth book she pretends to do this to fool Umbridge. This adds a bit of Narm when you realise that about three pages pass of Hermione convincing Umbridge about the weapon in the forest - and she's supposedly got her arms covering her face pretending to sob the whole time. The movie naturally drops this from the scene.
  • In The Secret of Drumshee Castle Grace is so overwhelmed by her cousin giving her a beautiful horse for her birthday, she collapses on the floor crying. Her cousin mistakes this for her not wanting the horse and Grace realises how undignified she was acting.
  • In The Belgariad, Ce'Nedra sees Garion with another woman, spits poison at him, and runs off to cry. Polgara tracks her down to let her know that woman was his cousin and clean her up a bit, because she does not look pretty after crying. Not the only time this observation is made: Also happens when she's trying to lead a war and gets hit with the enormity of the fact that most of the people she's just rallied to battle are going to die.
    • And again in The Mallorean, after she has a period of deep depression and weeping over her baby's kidnapping:
    Polgara: "You really shouldn't cry in public, dear. You haven't the coloring for it."
  • In Derek Robinson's novel Piece of Cake, a pilot breaks down crying next to the adjutant who is made very uncomfortable and observes that it's a shame that, when men need comfort the most, God makes them look like monkeys.
  • In Lewis Carroll's Sylvie and Bruno after Ugugg got his ears boxed,
    Uggug (who was blubbering his loudest, in the hope of attracting notice)
In Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, when they catch a thief of apples, he blubbers.
  • The narrator's sister in Carroll's Melancholetta is portrayed this way:
    My dismal sister! Couldst thou know
    The wretched home thou keepest!
    Thy brother, drowned in daily woe,
    Is thankful when thou sleepest;
    For if I laugh, however low,
    When thou'rt awake, thou weepest!
    • And later, when he tries to cheer her up by inviting "three gay young dogs from town" for dinner
    "Hounds IN FULL CRY I like," said she:
    (Oh how I longed to snub her!)
    "Of fish, a whale's the one for me,
    IT IS SO FULL OF BLUBBER!"
  • In Henry Zhou's Warhammer 40,000 novel The Emperor's Mercy, after aristocrats are rounded up in a raid, the women are crying with their black make-up running, and the men are worse.
  • In Song of the Lioness, when Alanna is crying after a tiff with Liam, Thayet comes in to console her and remarks that "some women can cry and look pretty. You and I can't."
  • In Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novel Only In Death, Ludd's tears leave his eyes red.
  • In Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, Door collapses into tears —afterward, she has red eyes and looks as if she had vigorously blown her nose and scrubbed tears from her face.
    • During the ordeal, the Jessica cries so that her make-up runs.
  • In Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games, Katniss is afraid of this after she volunteers; it would make her look weak. After she shoots the apple out of the mouth of the Gamemakers' roast pig in anger and walks away undismissed, she sobs inelegant Tears of Remorse for fear they will harm her family over it and give her a bad score, meaning she will do poorly after she promised she would try to win.
    • She does it again (complete with Lampshade Hanging) in "Catching Fire" when she thinks Peeta is dead.
  • In Neil Gaiman's Stardust, when Tristran finds the star, her eyes are raw and red with weeping.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Jewels Of Gwahlur" not exactly wise for an imposter goddess.
    Wipe your face. A goddess doesn't cry like a whipped schoolgirl.
  • Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus series:
    • In The Lost Hero, Piper tries to invoke this, but since Aphrodite decided to bless her with beauty, beautiful she remains.
    • The Earthborn. "Yay-son! Where Yay-son? Kill Yay-son!"
  • The Dresden Files: Jim Butcher does not like Cry Cute. He does not like it at all. While the female characters are rarely weepy, on the times when they do cry, it is always described as incredibly unflattering. Of course, the protagonist being who he is, that only pisses him off even more. He's fully aware of this flaw, and is getting better about overcoming it. And Harry himself does not weep manfully — he curls into a ball of whatever misery has currently landed on him and sobs his heart out.
  • Joan Foster, the narrator of Lady Oracle, admits in the first chapter that she is prone to this sort of crying; her eyes get as red as "cooked tomatoes," her nose runs, she clenches her fists, snorts and moans. "Decorous weeping was another of those arts I never mastered, like putting on false eyelashes."
  • In Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder's Except the Queen, crying like this is one of the multiple indignities heaped on Serana by her exile.
  • In Amelia Takes Command, Amelia fears doing this after she gets bullied, because, according to her, people tend to have chins that crinkle up or mouths that look like rubber bands when they cry. At the end, the bully, Hilary, dissolves into all-out bawling after Amelia finally tells her off. She's described as having "a rubber-band mouth and a crinkly chin."
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: In The Silver Chair, Jill Pole is doing this when the book opens. Also, young Digory Kirke in The Magician's Nephew. Both times, the author spends quite a bit of time on how unattractive it is.
  • Invoked in Stephen King's Dreamcatcher where one of the boys cries so hard snot drips out of his nose. Also happens to "Duddits", a mentally challenged boy with Disability Superpowers, when a group of bullies beat him up and force him to eat a dried dog turd.
    • It happens at least twice to the title character in Carrie. Both times also involve dripping snot.
  • Scout in Yoda: Dark Rendezvous is described as having a soaked sleeve and a slimy face while still sniffling after a bout of tears.
  • Lanen of Tales of Kolmar observes that she's seen women who only looked more beautiful when they cry, but her eyes go bright red and puffy and her nose runs.
  • From Heralds of Valdemar: When Winterhart breaks down, Amberdrake observes that her eyes are swollen and bloodshot, her nose a brilliant pink, she looks horrible - and he wants to hold her in his arms and protect her from the rest of the world.
  • Played for laughs with Margaret Twiss, courtesy of some amusing sound effects, in A Leader in the Chalet School:
    “B-but it was me!-hurp-hurp!-it was!" Margaret wept loudly, her words so mixed up with her sobs that none of the girls could make head or tail of what she was saying and even the Head, with all her experience, could gather only a little here and there. “I-I s-saw Miss A-andrews-hurp!-p-put the snake-hurp-hurp!-snake into the d-drawer and I never-hurp!-said anything-hurp-hurp!-even when the rest b-blamed Jack-hurp!-for it!-hurp-hurp-hurp! Wah-hah-hah!”
  • The title character of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Mrs. Fox's Wedding does this in the first part when Mr. Fox plays dead because he feels that he was unfaithful to her. She does this again in the second part when Mr. Fox finally dies.
  • In her Memoirs, the Duchess of Abrantès characterized her late husband - General Junot - as being extremely prone to this.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Happens on Titus when the titular character finally breaks down over his mother's death... in an airplane bathroom.
  • In Winter Sonata, a drunk Oh Chelin loses it after she proposes that "the jilted ones" (she and Sang-hyuk) start dating. She's the sole blubbering mess while everyone else in the series cries so carefully.
  • Lilly in Hannah Montana is all about this trope when she cries.
  • M*A*S*H: Happens with some frequency — lots of really red eyes and folks breaking down completely.
  • Grace from Will and Grace is a champ at this, completely with incoherent high-pitched talking.
  • Doctor Who has a few of these, all with fairly good reason.
    • Rose at the end of series 2 — the Doctor is fairly composed; she's bawling her eyes out.
    • The Doctor when the Master dies at the end of series 3.
    • And in human form in "The Family of Blood" ("God, you're rubbish as a human!").
    • "The Angels Take Manhattan" has Eleven a blubbering mess.
  • A fleeting example in Merlin 3x05 - after Arthur is shot and Merlin thinks he won't be able to save him, he's briefly shown in tears, completele with running nose, as he washes the blood off his hands.
    • Guinevere in 4x09. When Arthur confronts her about kissing Lancelot on the eve of her wedding to Arthur, Gwen is on the verge of hysteria considering she was under a spell at the time, didn't understand what she was doing, and can't provide Arthur with a coherent explanation.
    • Merlin in A Lesson in Vengeance, once again because it appears that his spell has failed to heal Arthur. Partially done to contrast with Gwen, who was brainwashed the episode before and has spent the entire episode crying Crocodile Tears to get everyone to follow her.
    • Merlin revealing his magic to Arthur in the series finale almost doesn't come to pass since Merlin is crying so much.
  • This happens with Monica and Rachel in Friends when they are saying goodbye because Rachel is moving to Paris. Her blubbering becomes so unintelligible that Monica can't understand what she's saying.
  • A recurring sketch in Man Stroke Woman is a man whose girlfriend has just dumped him, causing him to blubber incoherently while his friends hazard increasingly bizarre guesses as to what he's trying to say.
  • SCTV - resident primadonna celebrity Johnny La Rue (John Candy) goes into pathetic blubbering, pleading fits when station higher-ups deny him his perceived perks.
  • Debra Morgan in Dexter, when she returns to the spot where Frank Lundy was killed.
  • In Kamen Rider Fourze, Gentaro does it after Jerk Jock Shun Daimonji breaks down in tears and tells him about how much pressure and stress his father puts on him to be the "King" of the school. It's hilarious.
    • He does this again in the Hyper Battle Video DVD when he thinks Kamen Rider Amazon stood him up.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Jean-Luc Picard is twice reduced to this: once while expressing Sarek's repressed anguish and a long Vulcan lifetime of regrets, and once when he finally breaks down over what the Borg did to him, and how he wasn't strong or good enough to stop them.
  • Ianto from Torchwood is a rather ugly cryer.
    • Gwen also cries like this when Rhys dies in the Season 1 finale.
  • Marshall from How I Met Your Mother does this hilariously in "The Chain of Screaming" after being yelled at by his boss. The others have a very hard time not making fun of him for it.
    • Also, Ted is notorious for doing this during toasts at all his friends' weddings, which earns him a lot of flack and a youtube video. However, when he's being mocked for it at Punchy's wedding in the 7th season premiere, Marshall stands up and furiously admonishes everyone at the reception, pointing out that Ted's only crying because he's overcome with joy after Lily announced she was pregnant.
  • Highlander. When Duncan accidentally kills Richie at the end of season 5, Joe Dawson literally breaks down crying on Methos' shoulder. Duncan is slightly more subdued (probably due to shock) but is still whimpering pretty hard as he walks off. A case of Tropes Are Not Bad, as it's really emotionally painful to watch and hammers in the impact of the scene.
  • Boardwalk Empire. Normally calm and controlled, Margaret becomes a hysterical wreck by the end of "A Man, a plan". Finding your lover, with whom you intended to elope, murdered and delivered to your house in a box does this to people...
  • Horatio Hornblower, "The Frogs and the Lobsters": The usually stoic Horatio sheds somewhat inelegant Manly Tears, with mucus and everything, when he contemplates the results of British participation on side of the Royalists in French revolution. He's also a bit shattered as his French lady friend died a vain death.
  • Billie does this in the series finale of Charmed after she's forced to kill her sister. Most fans noted how she sounded uncannily like a seal - yet the scene is still very sad.
  • Willow was a pro at this on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In "Confessions" when she's weeping in the bathroom over Xander and Faith sleeping together, in "Wild at Heart" when Oz leaves her and especially in "The Gift" where Buffy dies. Another one is "Passion" where we get a Big NO and she collapses gasping in Joyce's arms when she hears Jenny has been murdered. Genuine Tear Jerker every time.
  • Jax Teller does this a couple of times on Sons of Anarchy, once in "Laying Pipe" when he watches his best friend beaten to death and once in "A Mother's Work" when he finds his wife dead on their kitchen floor. His face turns bright red, tears smeared everywhere, full body shaking, the whole deal.
  • Three words to describe Rocky Lockridge's loud bawling in Intervention: Best. Cry. Ever.
  • Sam from Supernatural is an ugly crier and gets much less crying scenes compared to his brother (Jensen is a master of "the single perfect tear"). When he does, he dissolves into this and it is heartbreaking each time. See the beginning of season 2 when his dad dies or the send of season 3 when Dean dies.

    Music 
  • Albert Collins' hard luck blues story ''But I Was Cool''
  • Depressive Black Metal has a lot of these cries formed into vocals. They're so painful to hear you'll want to cry too. Example at about 5:55.
  • The extended version of The Temptations' "Runaway Child, Running Wild" features a little boy crying for his mother, just after the regular version would've faded out. It's only for about five or six seconds, then the instrumental takes over, as if to say "No one can hear you, Little Boy."

    Role Playing Games 
  • Manly Tears are not common in Dino Attack RPG. Instead, expect red eyes, runny noses, and uncontrollable sobbing. Hertz, Frozeen, and Rex are all victims of this trope.

    Theatre 
  • Rodolfo traditionally does this after Mimí's death at the end of La Bohème. This might be the reason for the above-mentioned Moulin Rouge! example, since that film draws considerable inspiration from this opera.

    Video Games 
  • Professor Layton and the Unwound Future: "Now Luke, you know a gentleman never makes a scene in public" "I'm sorry professor, but I'm not a gentleman yet!"
  • Katawa Shoujo: In Hanako's route when Hanako and Hisao climatically reconcile their feelings for one another with all the pain and loss both have experienced in their pasts.
  • In Super Paper Mario , Emotionless Girl Nastasia goes into a blubbering fit when she learns that Count Bleck is gone forever. She recovers her dignity with equal abruptness.
  • Splicers cry a lot in Bioshock. This is hardly surprising, given how badly they're broken. When they start crying, there's nothing elegant about it - it's full of sobbing and groaning, and it tends to last for quite some time.
  • Queen Brahne while watching the play "I Want To Be Your Canary" in Final Fantasy IX. As the play is performed every year, she's likely just getting into the spirit of it (it's a tragedy). She pauses for a moment to wonder where her daughter has wandered off to before resuming bawling over the heroine's death.
  • Tidus in Final Fantasy X does some very undignified crying when he discovers the truth about Yuna and the Final Aeon. His line near the end of the game "I hate you, Dad" is a little more dignified.
  • Kiyotaka Ishimaru from Dangan Ronpa does this (complete with tears and sweat) after Mondo Oowada is revealed as the murderer of Chihiro Fujisaki in Chapter 2 and he is executed at the end of the second trial. The scene is intensified in the anime version, where little puddles of tears are added to the effect.

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy:
    • Stewie does this near the end of the episode "New Kidney in Town". Brian even makes mention of how gross it is when Stewie tries to hug him.
    • Joe Swanson does it at the Drunken Clam in an earlier episode, after trying to catch a thief who stole money raised for a boy's surgery. (He got the money, but lost the perp.) This actually causes the other guys to slowly exit the bar through increasingly-unlikely ways to get clear of him.
  • In the classic short film Feed the Kitty, Marc Anthony goes into a massive blubbering fit after believing Pussyfoot has been baked into a cookie. He goes into yet another one when he's handed a cookie in the shape of a kitten. Thankfully the kitten turns out to be safe.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender , Azula's last appearance is this overlapping with Broken Tears (the character in question provides the current page image for it, so spoiler alert if you follow that link). At first there was incoherent, furious screaming, but within seconds it devolved into sobbing.
  • Bolin does this in The Legend of Korra "The Spirit of Competition." Ocular Gushers, rivers of snot, the whole deal. And then he runs away from the offending sight.
  • Mitch Mitchelson from The Powerpuff Girls does this in the episode "Gettin' Twiggy With It," when he pleads with the girls not to take the classroom hamster Twiggy away from him.
  • Skippy Squirrel bawls inelegantly as he watches the death of the title character's mother and the wildfire scene in "Bumbie the Dearest Deer" (a parody of "Bambi") in Animaniacs. He does this again after Slappy explains that no one gets hurt in cartoons, when they fly to Tumcumcari, New Mexico to meet Veena Waleen (who acted as, well, Bumbie's Mom), and when they watch an in-flight movie of an "Old Yeller" parody named "Old Yellow.".
    (Skippy sniffles, wiping his nose with his paw.)
    Slappy: Ohhhh (handing tissue), use a tissue.
    (Skippy, shown with red, puffy eyes and runny nose, blows hard on the tissue, which covers him.)
  • South Park's Eric Cartman does this at the end of "Breast Cancer Show Ever" after Wendy annihilates his manhood and "coooool"-ness by beating him in a fight.
  • Alice from Alice in Wonderland which is prompted by worrying that she'll never be the right size to fit through the door. She's gigantic when this happens so her tears end up creating a river. When she shrinks, she nearly drowns and snarkily remarks "I do wish I hadn't cried so much". She does some more bawling that sounds very much like laughter midway through the film when she worries that she's not going to find her way home.
  • Billy does this in the The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy episode "Tricycle of Terror," when some boys teases him about his tricycle.
  • In an episode of The Boondocks, Jazmine does this out of guilt after Grandad sneaks her, Huey and Riley into a movie without paying. After watching a guilt-slinging anti-piracy ad she has tears and snot running down her face.
  • Mr. Krabs does this in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Clams", to the point where his eyes become literal faucets.

    Real Life 
  • North Koreans have to follow and obey their leaders - even worship them. So when they die, they have to openly mourn for them (read: wail and cry as if they really mean it) or else they will be imprisoned or worse. News coverage of the leader's followers once they had died has some people wondering if it's all fake or not for that matter.
    • In 1994, when Kim Il Sung died, they did just that. News reporters, factory workers, tough male soldiers, etc all pounded the pavement, wrung their fists and wailed loudly. Here's an example of this.
    • They did so likewise when Kim Jong Il died on December 2011. Again, it was mandatory (which make some viewers of footage of them inconsolably wailing think that they are feigning it). Those who didn't bawl hysterically were sent to labor camps.


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