Tear Jerker / The Powerpuff Girls

Oh, Bubbles...note 

The Powerpuff Girls Movie

  • Anytime Bubbles cries. Seeing such an adorable and likable character upset is always a huge gut-punch, the most notable instances being "Octi Evil" and "All Chalked Up".
  • Whenever Professor Utonium gets put through Adult Fear is pretty sad.
  • Buttercup, full-stop, if you think about it long enough. First of all, the professor had no good reason officially to name her Buttercup other than that it begins with "B". Second, she has no unique power (and tongue-rolling doesn't count). Finally, nobody really pays her any attention, and even when they do, it's usually when she's in trouble. Even some fans never seemed to care much, instead opting to exploit her misery and attitude for kicks and giggles. Especially since she tends to be remembered as "the bitchy one".
    • In addition to all of that, Buttercup tends to be the victim of Disproportionate Retribution, despite that most of her misbehavior is typical of children her and her sisters' age.

The Show
  • The episode "Twisted Sister" is utterly heart-wrenching. The girls try to make a fourth Powerpuff Girl, and because they substitute some ingredients, their new sister Bunny turns out a little... special. She tries very hard to fight crime, but never gets it right... until the end, where she saves her sisters and then explodes. The other three girls feel horrible, because the last thing they told her was "Bunny do bad!" and that she wasn't cut out to be a Powerpuff Girl. Even The Narrator cried as he was closing the show, complete with a heartrending sad version of the Powerpuff Girls outro playing in the background.
    Bubbles: She was good after all. [voice shaking] We were the ones who were bad.
    • This particular tear-jerker was so potent that it was even used in Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi as part of Blossom's Dark and Troubled Past.
    • Also one of two examples of Killed Off for Real (along with "Knock It Off," mentioned below).note 
    • It's made even worse with the death of Bunny's voice actress, Christine Cavanaugh, in 2014.
    • Most explosions in this series are loud. Not Bunny's, though. It's very heartbreakingly silent.
  • The ending of the episode "Knock It Off". The Professor bursts into Dick's factory as he's slowly killing the girls by draining their Chemical X. He desperately pleads for the lives of his daughters, but Dick just decides to kill all of them! As his army of grotesque, monstrous clones take the Professor away, he tearfully tells the girls that he loves them, and they weakly manage to say, "We love you, too," before passing out. After seeing this heartwrenching good-bye, the clones turn on Dick, release the girls, and tell the Professor to run before the factory burns down. He escapes as the factory explodes in the background, killing all of the deformed clones, and cries over the apparently dead bodies of his daughters before they come around.
    • The part where the clones gang up on Dick. As creepy and misshapen as they were, they didn't deserve to be mistreated by Dick so much...
    Blossom clone: You never gave us love!
    Buttercup clone: Where was our love!?
    Dick: Get back! I am your MASTER!
    Bubbles clone: Only a master of evil, Dick!
    Dick: NO, NO, NOOOOO! (collapses onto a piece of machinery and bursts into flames)
    • One moment that stands out was a bit earlier, when the Professor challenges Dick to fight him. It doesn't go over so well.
    • When the professor cries, it doesn't sound like someone acting; it sounds like a father crying over losing his daughters. It sounds so, so realistic. Major props to Tom Kane.
  • In "Tough Love", when Him replaces the town's love for the girls with hate. When the girls (who were then unaware) came to see the Professor, well...let's say it wasn't pretty.
    • The entire episode is hard to watch, actually. Seeing the city, which normally is incredibly friendly despite all that it goes through, torment the girls is heartbreaking. It's especially bad when The Narrator, who is probably one of the nicest, happiest characters on the show, snaps at them. The horror and shock on the girls is all too evident.
    The Narrator: "Oh for crying out loud, would you three shut up for once!? Always crying and moaning about something... sheesh, you give me a headache!"
  • There's one moment in "Octi Evil" when Blossom and Buttercup are arguing and it slowly pans over to Bubbles crying alone in their room.
    Bubbles: Oh, I don't like arguing. Why can't we all just get along, instead of just fighting and arguing? [cries Ocular Gushers]
  • "Helter Shelter", when Bubbles says goodbye to the baby whale. Thankfully, she gets over it pretty quick, knowing that the whale will be with its family again.
    Bubbles: I now understand this wasn't meant to be. (sniffling and hugging the whale) But I'm sure gonna miss you anyway.
  • "Little Miss Interprets": Upon thinking the Professor wants to replace the girls with new ones, we see Blossom and Bubbles crying. However, seeing tough-as-nails Buttercup shed a Single Tear after fighting the urge to break down really sells it.
    Blossom:[sobbing] Bubbles was right. He is making new girls.
    Bubbles: [also weeping] Why doesn't he love us anymore?
    Buttercup: [voice cracking] You heard him. He doesn't think we're perfect anymore. [turns head away and a Single Tear is shed]
    • The following line from Bubbles:
    Bubbles: (to the Professor) But...I love you...DAD!
  • "The City Of Frownsville" has an In-Universe and out example of all of the city crying after Lou Gubrious sets his sadness ray on them.
  • The beginning of "Mommy Fearest" which shows that the Professor, much as he loves his girls, is a very lonely man.
    • And later when the Professor reluctantly grounds the girls. You can just feel the tremor in his voice. You can't help but feel sorry for him too.
  • "Speed Demon". The moment it kicks in for the girls that Townsville being in ruins was ultimately THEIR fault for being gone so long...
    Buttercup: No...NOOO!
    Bubbles: (grabbing both of her pigtails and crying) WHYYYYY???!!!
    Blossom: (sounding absolutely heartbroken) Wh-what have we done?
    • Especially as the citizens' chant, "It's all your fault!" over and over again in a Creepy Monotone.
    • The state the citizens are in isn't any prettier.
      • Professor Utonium is desperately trying to recreate the girls and when he sees them right in front of him, he mistakes them for hallucinations, implying that he regularly hallucinates that his missing daughters have returned to him.
      • Ms. Bellum is crying in the ruins of town hall, holding the Mayor's hat and sash and recounting over and over how she begged him to call the Girls during HIM's takeover. It's implied that the Mayor was murdered (presumably right in front of Ms. Bellum) by HIM. At this point, she's so far gone that she doesn't even recognize the Girls and demands that they stay away from the Mayor's remains, screaming that the Mayor is "hers and hers alone".
      • Ms. Keane is left standing where she stood when the girls left, chanting "I was just standing there waving goodbye and they raced off..." over and over and over again...before ending it with "...for fifty years...fifty years...fifty years..."
  • The girls' Disney Death in "The Rowdyruff Boys", arguably peaking when the narrator can't believe it.
    Narrator: No... no... say it isn't so... say it isn't true... say anything, girls... (voice breaking) But please don't say goodbye...
    • The girls coming back to life and telling everyone that they're no longer fit to be heroes because they failed to stop the Rowdyruff Boys and decide that they have no choice but to leave Townsville. Fortunately, Ms. Bellum convinces them to stay.
  • A scene from "Neighbor Hood" where Blossom and Buttercup reveal to Bubbles that her favorite TV show is nothing but a set and actors.
  • In the "Boys Are Back in Town" the Rowdyruff are revived by him and being immune to the Powerpuff Girls kisses, they proceed to beat the crap out of them until they are in too much pain to move. The Rowdyruff Boys then go one step too far and put a giant slug down Bubble's dress. After they do that she is clearly suffering and tries to keep from crying which was really sad. On the bright side this is what motivated Buttercup to find the Rowdyruff Boys' new weakness.
  • The episode "Buttercrush". It's a little hard not to feel bad for Buttercup when she realizes Ace was toying with her feelings all along. Even during her No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to them, you can tell she's truly heartbroken.
    • Even worse, the ONLY thing she says in the ENTIRE episode is "I'm sorry." And that's at the very end to Bubbles and Blossom.
  • Did anybody wanna hug all three girls in "Sweet 'N Sour" when the Fluffy Bunch managed to turn all of Townsville against them with their "adorable" crimes, since the girls were the only ones who saw through the animals' cute exterior?
  • The ending of "Candy is Dandy"; the girls' addiction to candy has become so extreme that they pummel Mojo Jojo worse than they'd even beaten him before, to the point where even Mojo was crying and whimpering in terror for his life! Cue a MASSIVE My God, What Have I Done? realization from the Girls.
  • The ending of "A Very Special Blossom". Even though it was wrong for Blossom to steal the golf clubs and she did have to be punished for it, you can't help but feel sorry for her.
    Professor Utonium: It's my fault. I put too much value into material items, instead of the love of you girls! Oh Mayor, please go easy on Blossom, she's sorry.
  • In "All Chalked Up" when Buttercup destroys the chalk. Bubbles's reaction is super tragic and horrifying. Her loud, scary sounding Inelegant Blubbering sounds NOTHING like it normally does. It sounds like real actual crying. A lot of fans did not take that well. It even provides the page image. Try watching it without feeling bad for Bubbles.
    • What really makes it so depressing is that at first Bubbles's blubbering is extremely loud and at first, but later her sobs get much quieter as she hides in the forest, which is really how real crying sounds like. Tara Strong, you really can act....
    • You also can't see Bubbles's face at all during the aforementioned "bursts into tears" scene. One can't help but wonder that she may not have been just sobbing wretchedly, but also may have looked pretty unpleasant too.....
    • If you look in the background, all the kids plus Blossom look completely shocked at what just happened. But to make things worse, Buttercup is smirking the entire time Bubbles is wailing. That episode might have been what solidified Buttercup haters' hate for her.
    • A meta example, good luck finding anyone who's forgiven Buttercup for that incident. If you're a Buttercup lover, you really won't be happy about how much resentment Buttercup got after that.
    • A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment of Bubbles's sad face right before she breaks down crying.
  • In "Ploys R Us' when the Professor seemingly dies after being shot. The girls' reaction to this is so sad!
    Girls: (sobbing) It's our fault! It's all our fault!
    Mayor: And just what is that supposed to mean?
    Blossom: [trembling voice] We knew it was the Professor.
    Bubbles: But the toys!
    Buttercup: And we couldn't stop.
    Bubbles: And all the toys!!
    Blossom: And now he's....he's...gone!
  • In "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey", the Girls are fighting all of the villains. They get easily defeated by them. So when The Powerpuff Girls sing this really sad song called "Rain". Also, it's a little difficult to notice at first because of the rain, but if you look closely at the Girls during the song, you'll notice that they are crying.
    • It becomes even worse when you find out that Townsville is hardly ever peaceful for long, and the Girls just need a break from this madness.
  • The 2009 special "The Powerpuff Girls Rule" has the scene where Mojo Jojo gives up on trying to conquer the world and chooses to shut down his volcano lair and move out of Townsville while we hear him singing the Tears for Fears song "Everybody Wants to Rule the World". It's pretty depressing to see Mojo feel so defeated and hopeless.
  • The girls getting a pet called Beebo in "Pet Feud", but the Professor warns them to only feed him once. The girls misunderstand and each of them feed him separately. Beebo gets bigger and bigger and out of control until he eats too much and explodes. The girls say a very sad, "Beebo went boom..."
  • The episode "Super Friends." Watching Robin in all of her loneliness as the Powerpuff Girls ditch her to save the day is enough to bring a tear to your eye, especially if you were a kid who had been abandoned by friends before.
  • A small one, but when the judge starts sentencing the Powerpuff Girls to one million years in Townsville Correctional Facility for bank robbery in the What a Cartoon! short "Crime 101", he is visibly distraught when the girls sadly plead guilty and confirm that they really did rob the bank (which they only did to teach the Amoeba Boys how to do so properly) and clearly wishes he didn't have to punish the girls for their crime. Fortunately, the Amoeba Boys end up taking the blame.
  • In "Beat Your Greens", when all the adults have passed out from the aliens' spell because the families only ate meat and no vegetables is both sad and horrifying, especially with all of their children finding their parents like that. Arguably, the worst scene is with the Mom who's passed out on the kitchen floor in front of her little boy and his older sister as they're holding each other while sobbing and having no idea what to do. Fortunately, after the children ate the vegetable aliens, they broke the spell and both revived and happily reunited with their parents, but still.
  • "The Mane Event"
  • Blossom's Heroic B.S.O.D. in "Not So Awesome Blossom". Even more sad, Blossom runs away.
  • The Professor admitting to the Girls that he may be unable to save Bullet the squirrel in "Stray Bullet". Thankfully, Bullet gets better.
    Bubbles: But Professor, I don't want to have saved her just to lose her...[begins to cry]
  • Seeing Blossom get laughed at after her Humiliation Conga in "A Made Up Story" is a bit sad.
  • "Cover Up" is a huge Buttercup torture porn.
  • The scene in "Bought And Scold" when Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are quietly sobbing over Princess making crime legal.

Alternative Title(s): Powerpuff Girls