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 Jerk Ass, 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. Eventually, Mac unleashes 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 and Bloo's name is not Chester and Mr. Herriman is not a badger, you play checkers oddly, 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 Book Ends 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.