Tear Jerker / The Brave Little Toaster

Alas the day and woe is me! I tremble in such misery As never flower knew before. If you must go, let me implore One parting boon, one final gift: Be merciful as you are swift And pluck me from my native ground Pluck me and take me where you’re bound. I cannot live without you here: Then let your bosom be my bier.

  • After the car, which the appliances believed to be the return of their beloved Master, drives by the cottage, a crushed Blanky shuffles upstairs and caresses his photo before bursting into tears. The ensuing fight between him and Kirby over the photo has some passing dialogue indicating that this has been going on for quite some time.
  • Blanky takes the possibility that the appliances might never again see their Master, Rob, the hardest of any of his companions.
    Blanky: I don't want a new master! I want our Master!
  • A Narcissus falls in love with its reflection in the Toaster, but he quickly rejects the flower, and then sees the Narcissus wilt and die from his rejection.
    • Right when Toaster realizes the flower is wilting, the music gets very intense for a moment.
    • The flower is Blanky's exact shade of yellow, which symbolizes that Toaster was so regretful of what happened to it that it decided to be nicer to Blanky afterward.
  • Lampy's highly convincing Disney Death by lightning. The camera lingers on his smoking, very dead-looking body for several moments until a fade to black occurs.
  • A lot of the old cars' stories in "Worthless" can tug on the heart strings.
    • The old race car reflects on his run in the Indianapolis 500:
      I must confess, I'm impressed how I did it
      I wonder how close that I came
    • The hearse provides another example.
      I took a man to a graveyard
      I beg your pardon it's quite hard enough just living with the stuff I have learned!
    • The truck sings this bit...
      I worked on a reservation
      Who would believe they would love me and leave on a bus back to old Santa Fe?
      Once in an Indian nation,
      I took the kids on the skids with a Hopi.
      I was happy 'till I heard him say
      "You're worthless."
    • And then it just drives on to the conveyor belt, which shocks even the magnet!
    • Karen Lee Schmidt's illustration of the appliances lying in a pile of scrap metal is almost as powerful as the song itself.
  • The air conditioner resents the Master for abandoning him and the rest of the objects, so much that he accidentaly commits suicide by blowing up in a breakdown, but later on the Master comes back and fixes him. The face of the air conditioner after being repaired is full of joy and sadness, so much that tears appear in his eyes.
    • Compounding this even further is that he was very clearly jealous of the other appliances for being able to actually interact with the Master and the straw that broke the camels back for him was Toaster's remark that "the Master never played with [him]". One of his last lines before self-destructing was "I can't help it if the kid was too short to reach my dials!" So when the Master finally does return and not only fixes him, but also takes a moment to bask in his cooling air along with giving him a pat on the head, the look on Air Conditioner's face is enough to get anyone a little misty-eyed. More of a heartwarming tearjerker to be sure, but it still counts.
  • Toaster's desperate calls for Blanky when Blanky is blown away in the thunderstorm.
  • While not as heart-wrenching, Rob is clearly sad that his family is giving up their beloved cottage. He's looking forward to having a nice romantic afternoon as he shares this personal nostalgia with his girlfriend, so one can imagine his heartbreak when his last memory of this place is seeing it a mess, thinking that someone ransacked it and stole his favorite appliances. And while Chris doesn't exactly give him much empathy at first, she still puts her arm around him to comfort him when the leave.