Oh what are you so happy about?
"Smile when you're happy, cry when you're sad...and do both when you're happier than you've ever been in your life."
To many, tears are an expression of sadness or weakness. Sometimes it can even indicate ultimate Badassery
, since only the hardest Badasses
can get away with shedding them. In any case, tears are always connected to emotions too strong to contain and are to be used sparingly and wisely, else the character passes off as wangsty
or just plain weak
, even if they're female
Still, there is one instance when tears are never looked down upon and accepted from anyone
Crying for joy is the uppermost expression of happiness and ecstasy and is the best indicator of a Crowning Moment of Awesome
or a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
: the villain has at last received comeuppance, The Quest
is finally over, the Starcrossed Lovers
are reunited for good...
Often witnessed in Real Life
during similar moments, making this a Truth in Television
are a good source of this.
Not to be confused with the Tearful Smile
which meaning is more ambiguous. Sometimes overlaps with Tender Tears
Compare Manly Tears
. Contrast Tears of Remorse
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- Happens in X-Men at Scott and Jean's wedding. At the reception, she saves the last dance for Xavier, which would seem awkward since he's in a wheelchair, but she uses her telekinesis to lift him up and they proceed to share a proper dance. A few of the X-Men shed joyful tears watching them.
- Cornelia and Irma from W.I.T.C.H. give us one on the cover of season 1, issue 12◊
- In the Doom comic, this is Doomguy's reaction to acquiring the BFG 9000.
- Evangelion 303: Asuka was crying in happiness after managing telling Shinji what she loved him.
- Kanae in the Haruhi Suzumiya fanfic Kyon Big Damn Hero when she truly realizes, after begin lost traveling though worlds escaping from an Alien Invasion for years, she doesn't have to keep running anymore because she has the SOS Brigade to help her.
- The page quote comes from a Neon Genesis Evangelion fic called The Second Try, during a scene where Asuka and Shinji have been reunited with their daughter, whom they thought they had lost forever.
- Several times in Dragon Age: The Crown Of Thorns. Faren,the dwarven commoner, experiences this after he is smacked out of his Fade Demon-induced nightmare. More shocking is when Trian Aeducan, of all people breaks down though.
- In Game Theory, Precia sheds these when Alicia finally wakes up.
- In Stallionsof Harmony Verse, Blueblood sheds them when he sees the rest of the Stallion Six still alive, and later when he's reunited with Princess Celestia.
- In the Mork and Mindy fanfic Mork And Mindys Twenty Fifth Anniversary, Mindy begins crying when Mork tells her how Orson has fixed his Merlin Sickness, meaning that their relationship will not have to change.
- In John C. Wright's The Golden Transcedence, when Helion has paid off Phaethon's debts by way of an apology, and they meet again, Helion offers Phaethon a legal document. Phaethon knocks it aside to embrace his father, and Helion uses the paper to dry his "joy-wet" eyes before remembering to give it to Phaethon, who deeply appreciates it even in its less than pristine state.
- In Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40,000 Gaunt's Ghosts novel His Last Command, the sight of Gaunt makes Zweil's eyes well up before he declares that it has given him the most joy of anything in his long life.
- In Robert E. Howard's The Hour of the Dragon, when Conan the Barbarian appears alive,
"Oh, but Trocero will weep tears of joy to see you, sire!" cried one.
"Aye, and Prospero!" shouted another.
- In Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest, Jennifer cries for joy on being reunited with Rupert.
- From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, doubles as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming:
But Harry had eyes only for the man who stood in the largest portrait directly behind the headmaster's chair. Tears were sliding down from behind the half-moon spectacles into the long silver beard, and the pride and gratitude emanating from him filled Harry with the same balm as phoenix song.
- In L Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero Regained, when Mab does something that requires a soul, Miranda weepts for joy.
- In Teresa Frohock's Miserere: An Autumn Tale, Lucian feels he could shed these after Lindsey rejects Catarina for him — until Catarina resorts to force instead.
- From P. G. Wodehouse's Thank You, Jeeves, after Jeeves has bailed the hysterical Bertie out of trouble yet again. Granted, Bertie expresses gratitude towards Jeeves Once an Episode, but this moment is especially significant given that Jeeves quit working for Bertie at the beginning of the book, and Bertie tried to replace him with another valet who just didn't compare:
'Jeeves,' I said, and if there were tears in the eyes, what of it? We Woosters are not afraid to confess honest emotion, 'there is none like you, none.'
- In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero Regained, Miranda starts to cry when her siblings take over her duties at Prospero Inc., so she can go off with Astreus and spread the news of their freedom among the elves.
- In Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, after an entire book of keeping her emotions in and not reacting to anything, when Elinor learns Edward's able to marry her after all, she runs out of the room crying "tears of joy, which she at first thought would never cease."
- In Michael Flynn's Spiral Arm novel On The Razor's Edge, Podiin, when Gidula agrees not to free him.
- In the Anne of Green Gables series, Anne explains why she's not a big fan of diamonds and would rather have pearls for her engagement ring. Gilbert points out that pearls symbolize tears, and Anne in turn mentions the several times she cried tears of joy.
- At the end of Selfie episode "Here's This Guy", Henry comes to support Eliza as she introduces a keynote speaker at Pharmacuticon, even though they've had a falling out. She's glad to see him, and the two reconcile, with Henry gently reminding Eliza that she still needs his help and he's happy to do so. She's so happy she starts to tear up a little, and he kindly offers her his handkerchief.
- In one of the climaxes of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Takeru just barely got out alive after a death duel with Juzou, thanks to his friends. When he tried to leave again, since he was actually the clan lord's Body Double and he felt extremely guilty for tricking his friends, all his friends made him listen that they'll always stay by him, even if he's fake, because their experience together aren't fake and he is the 'lord' in their eyes and the lord that they pledged their loyalty to. As an ultimate expression of how glad he is that he still got friends, Takeru had quite the heartful cry.
- Colin Morgan as the titular character of Merlin is the master of this. Just try not to get choked up yourself when he cries with joy at being reunited with his first love, or when he watches his best friend get crowned Queen of Camelot.
- At the end of the Firefly pilot, River is crying in relief and happiness when she hugs Simon, after he rescued her.
- Sherlock: The guests and John do this in "The Sign of Three" when that bloody-awful best man's speech turns out to be very sweet.
- At the end of the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, amidst the Cooldown Hugs and Tear Jerker, Buffy cries these tears to the shock of Dawn whom thought she'd wanted the world to end as she'd spent the season in a walking depression as she coped with being alive again.
- The Doctor Who episode "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" has the Doctor repeatedly notice this in other people and remark on how it's a strange human thing: "Happy tears. Humany-wumany". The ending reveals he's full of it when he starts doing it himself.
- In the series Legendofthe Seeker, when Cara discovers the kind little creature u pon which the universe's destiny rests, and which she is trying to save and help giving birth after this creature witnessed an horrible event, is dying, she is understandably sad. After laying her on a flower on a place in which the Nightshade (the creature) had to give her babies birth, she turns back and hears a strange sound, while the light lowers around her, and when she turns back again, she sees that her babies have just been born, and fly around, understands that she did not fail, that they are going to live and that she has just saved everyone with them, the usually collected Cara cries tears of joy. Later, she meets the injured Kahlan, help her to climb and begins answering Kahlan's inquiries about the creature' s situation by uttering, with a beam (possibly bordering tears of bliss again), she wishes she (Kahlan) would have been there, because it is the most beautiful thing [she] (Cara) [has] ever seen.
- In many game shows, it is not unheard of for a contestant that wins a grand prize (money, a trip, a car, etc.) to break down crying in absolute joy since they won something they could never get on their own.
- In a 1973 telecast of The $10,000 Pyramid, celebrity player Bernadette Peters helped a contestant win $10,000. The camera got a close-up of Bernadette's face. She was crying tears of joy for the contestant.
- House of Anubis, a few times.
- Fabian does this when he finds Nina, after an entire episode spent getting desperate and crazy searching for after he had sent her down the hole during Senet.
- Mara, when she finds out that Jerome is putting someone- his father in this case- before himself for once.
- Jerome, when he gets the gem back, and sees his father freed from prison.
- Pretty much everyone when Joy is saved from dying in the Season 2 finale.
- Likewise, everyone when Eddie turns out to be alive at the end of Touchstone Of Ra.
- Patricia seemed close to this when she finally got to talk to Joy again.
- In Breaking Bad's Grand Finale, after spending months as a slave to the neo-nazis and Todd, Jesse drives a car at full-speed through the gate of their compound to freedom, crying and laughing the entire time.
- Arcade Fire, especially in their first album, are basically this in musical form.
- In Prickly City, when Kevin the Lost Bunny of the Apocalypse, predicts a chorus of weeping, Carmen "explains" as tears of joy for a renewable energy source.
- Later Kevin learns that Carmen and Winslow had just left him in prison. He weeps with pride at how well they had learned from him.
- Happens a few times whenever a superstar accomplishes something big, such as winning their first World Title.
- The audience's reaction to CM Punk's debut match on WWE against Justin Credible was so great that it reportedly moved Punk to tears backstage.
- Dan Hibiki in the Street Fighter Alpha series upon winning.
- Colette tends to do it a lot in the optional cutscenes in Tales of Symphonia.
- If certain steps are taken, Junpei gets these when he learns that Chidori is alive.
- Follow the good ending and girls do this in Persona 4 when Nanako is revealed to have been successfully resuscitated.
- Umineko no Naku Koro ni Episode 6. Combined with The Glomp. From Beato.
- In the Tokimeki Memorial series, numerous girls shed those when their confession of love get reciprocated by the protagonist in their Happy Ending. To cite a few of them : Shiori, Hikari, Nozomi, Saki (in the Drama Series), Yuu, Maki, and Itsuki.
- Isabella in Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, after Will comes to rescue her.
- In Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, Aqua sheds these tears after learning that Sora, who was just an ordinary young boy when she met him, has grown into the one who will restore balance to the multiverse.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- In The Wind Waker, Orca cries, apparently for the first time in a long while, after Link masters the sword technique he never could.
- Zelda cries tears of joy in Skyward Sword after Demise is defeated.
- Groose also sheds these, twice: the first time when Link informs him that Zelda is on the Surface, but she's okay. The second time when Zelda wakes up from her thousand-year sleep, but this time he full-on blubbers like a baby.
- In The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Hilda cries out of strong gratitude for Link and Zelda's Selfless Wish to restore Lorule's Triforce.
- Yuna cries these at the end of Final Fantasy X-2 if you get the good ending and she is reunited with Tidus.
- Fate/stay night: In Realta Nua's unlockable epilogue to the Fate route, Saber lets her tears fall after finally reuniting with Shirou.
- Final Fantasy IX: Garnet in the ending, upon being reunited with Zidane, who she believed to be dead for a year. Combined with Anger Born of Worry and The Glomp too.
- Truelove Junai Monogatari has Yumi-sensei shedding those in her ending, when the Player Character proposes to her with a handmade ring.
- Naoki Yoshida, the director of Final Fantasy XIV, was tasked to salvage the game after the previous director botched the project so bad that Square-Enix was nearly ready to shut the game down for good if it didn't pick up. After working countless hours in the span of 2 years, the game was retooled and ready to launch. Yoshida held a launch event on the game's launch date and as he gave his speech, he broke down halfway through the speech and was unable to hold back his tears of joy. For a man who helped bring a dying online game back to life and gaining tons of support from fans, the tears were well earned.
- In Slice of Life, this is Pinkie Pie's reaction the first time she eats a real cupcake (that is, one not made with rocks).
- Jake cries these after he introduces Finn to his puppies in Adventure Time, and so did everyone in the audience who saw this scene.
- The Air Conditioner after he is repaired and brought back to life by Rob in The Brave Little Toaster.
- Lots of times in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Always heartwarming.
- Arguably, the most moving example would be the reunion between Zuko and Iroh. Try not to cry yourself, we dare you.
- In the Grand Finale of Sequel Series Legend Of Korra the final three minutes in which the long awaited Fan-Preferred Couple of Korra and Asami was finally made canon caused many fans to weep in unbridled joy. A compilation of some of these reactions can be found here (Spoilers obviously).
- Gus Griswald in Recess during his first episode. He begins crying tears of joy after the other main five gave him a tour of the school and making friends with him, telling them about how in all of the schools he's been at in the past six years, he's never had any friends, and is glad that they're so nice to him.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Princess Luna sheds one in "Elements of Harmony" upon being welcomed back by her sister. Pinkie Pie sheds these in "Baby Cakes" upon hearing Pound and Pumpkin Cake's first words: "Pinkie" and "Pie" respectively.
- Kyle does this in the South Park episode "Crack Baby Athletic Association" while watching an episode of Terrence & Phillip with Stan, right before a Mood Whiplashing commercial.
- Played for Laughs in "Cartmanland": Cartman does this when he's having the time of his life, completely alone, at his own personal amusement park. "I'm so happy!" *sniff* "I'm so-ho-ho ha-happy-yy!!"
- Beetlejuice: In "Doomie's Romance," Lydia cries happily when Doomie's tears revive Pinky, the Mayor's former pink convertible. Beetlejuice does so as well, but he uses the old excuse that he had something in his eye.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: In episode 50, Daphne cries when Fred kisses her and tells her he loves her. Velma cries when she witnesses it.
- Charlie Brown's All-Stars: Charlie Brown after the gang presents him with his own sweater that reads "Our Manager."
- In The Powerpuff Girls episode "Buttercrush," Buttercup cries tears of joy—she's buying Gangreen Gang leader Ace's sob story.
- Marge in The Simpsons episode "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" when Homer gives her the last porkchop out of generosity. The family is visibly freaked out by her tears.