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Crying is cleansing. There's a reason for tears, happiness or sadness.
Dionne Warwick

Some viewers are impassive when it comes to what they watch. They've seen it all. No fictional death, sacrifice, emotional display or confession can move them.

Except these.

Since most of these involve death scenes, shocking twists, or something just as major, expect many spoilers. However, they can also be as simple as the right imagery, tone, and music coming together - for the sole purpose of working those tear-ducts.

This being one of the YMMV items, one person's Tear Jerker may be another's Narm, which is often a failed attempt to induce this. Comments such as "If you didn't cry at _____, you have no soul" are not welcome here. Some tearjerking moments, especially of deaths, can wind up being traumatizing.

Contrast Heartwarming Moment, which can induce tears for more positive reasons.

Tropes that often result in Tear Jerker moments:

Many Downer Endings and Bittersweet Endings include tearjerking moments. Either way, make sure to bring the Kleenex. If you want to avoid them altogether, then you might want to consider heeding the Snicket Warning Label.

Examples from works:

RotoscopingEastern Animation TropesWartime Cartoon
Nightmare FuelEmotional TorqueRule of Cool
Playing with SyringesNightmareFuel/Suppression    
Swiss Army TearsTear TropesTearful Smile
Death TropesSadness TropesTear Tropes
Respawn of the DeadUgly CuteRadiohead
SquickJustForFun/Tropes of LegendTrope Codifier
Up to ElevenOverdosed TropesMoment of Awesome
Take That, Scrappy!YMMVTestosterone Brigade
Take That, Scrappy!YMMV/Home PageTestosterone Brigade
Red DwarfDramedyRemington Steele
Suicide DareAdministrivia/No Real Life Examples, Please!That One Player

alternative title(s): Crowning Moment Of Sadness; Something In My Eye
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