Tearjerker / Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

  • In general: Mac's mom is always at work, we never see his dad, he's constantly tortured daily by his older brother, it's implied that he doesn't have any friends at school and is a common target for bullies, his imaginary friend is a huge jerk to him yet he's so sweet that he still visits him every day.
  • The pilot movie is actually very sad. Back before Bloo became a Jerkass, it was heartbreaking to have to watch him and Mac be split apart. Also, the whole concept of Fosters in general is a bit depressing, seeing as how the main cast only stay there because none of the kids that come in ever want them.
  • The series finale. Looks like Mac's moving away! Well he did move. Just to the apartment next to his because his mom needed a larger working space.
  • Good Wilt hunting reveals Wilt's past. Wilt ran away from his kid when they lost a basketball game, and thought that he could never forgive him. Turns out, this hurt him more than anything, and the flashback scene at their reunion is heart-wrenching.
  • You can't help but feel sorry for Frankie missing the concert in "Imposter's Home for... Um Make 'em up Pals".
  • The episode that first introduced Goo. She spends most of the episode being loud, talkative, clumsy, and obnoxious, incessantly accidentally creating countless imaginary friends which became residents of the house, leading to the house getting overcrowded. Mac tries to get her to stop, but she is oblivious to the fact that she is causing problems. And as everyone believes it's Mac who keeps letting her into Fosters and has a crush on her (in both cases, it's really Bloo) when the house eventually becomes so crowded they main cast has to sleep on bus, Frankie and Mr. Herriman sympathetically but firmly tell Mac that he is no longer allowed at Fosters because he "can't stop bringing Goo there". Then everyone gives Mac a sad look (except Bloo who gives an apologetic look, since he was really responsible.) Mac then releases a shocking "The Reason You Suck" Speech... which leads to Goo's eyes welling up with tears, and the girl just leaves. Mac later finds Goo in a room crying, and she tearfully admits that the reason she creates so many imaginary friends is because she has no real friends. She then verbally abuses herself for being such an annoying screw-up. This leads to a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when Mac takes back everything he said, apologizes, and comforts the poor girl, telling her that he likes her and appreciates her imagination and niceness. Goo then responds by giving Mac a big hug.
    • The speech from Mac itself is acidic enough:
      Mac: I don't like you! (Beat) Don't you get it? Nobody likes you! You're annoying and weird and you talk too much and Bloo's name is not Chester, Mr. Herriman is not a badger, that's not how you play checkers, and protein doesn't come from bananas, it comes from nuts, which you don't need to eat more of because you are nuts! You're chock full of nuts! You're so nuts, you drive ME nuts! (Jumps in Goo's face) Get it? Get it? Get it? Get it? Get it? Get it? Get it?! Everybody thinks you're a nuisance and they all want you to just GO HOME!!!
  • The Bookends finale shot. After years of seeing the house be drawn as part of the opening title sequence, the cast of the show finally say goodbye by un-drawing the house in the final shot.
  • "Why everyone hurt Red?"
    • "Red kill flowers..."
  • In "The Sweet Stench of Success", there's a scene where Mac and Bloo are sad about being away from each other, and a montage plays over their sadness.
  • In "Who Let The Dogs In", when Eduardo says goodbye to the puppies and one of them snuggles into his arm before Frankie takes him away. The look on his face afterwards is heartbreaking.
  • In "Affair Weather Friends", a sugar-crazed Mac's acting out of an imagined conversation between him and Bloo where he imagines Bloo insulting him, saying he doesn't need Mac, and leaving for good. It shows that his biggest fear is losing his best friend.
  • Mr. Herriman's verbal beatdown of World in "Destination Imagination". It's the scolding every kid dreads, and World looks like he's having a freakin' panic attack!