- The Proud Family: In "Tween Town", all the kids miss their parents when Penny wished them all away.
- Garfield and Friends: In "Rolling Romance", Garfield, Odie, and Jon all cry when they reunite two long lost lovers (one happens to be a talking car).
- The Powerpuff Girls
- Everyone in Townsville cries when the girls were first defeated by the Rowdyruff Boys.
- In the episode, "City of Frownsville," Lou Gubrious does this to everyone in Townsville.
- In "Coupe d'Etat", the girls and professor cry after hearing the sad tale of the professor's talking car.
- The Rowdyruff Boys cry in "The Boys are Back in Town" after the Powerpuff Girls shrink them by embarrassing them.
- In the Pinky and the Brain episode "Brain's Song", the Brain did this to everyone on the planet via a tear jerking movie.
- Muppet Babies (1984):
- In the episode, "Raiders of the Lost Muppet", the young Muppets are in tears when they can't find Animal.
- In "Weirdo for the Prosecution", Gonzo is placed on trial for allegedly breaking the cookie jar, and Piggy, serving as Gonzo's defense attorney, manages to move everyone to tears in her closing arguments.
- The Smurfs is the Western Animation KING of this trope; frequently occurring whenever someone leaves, goes missing, or suffers a Disney Death, or just at the drop of a hat in general. Notable Disney Death examples include "Clumsy Luck" (with Clumsy) and "Smurfquest" (with Grandpa).
Vanity Smurf: Poor Greedy! We heard his stomach growl for the last time.Papa Smurf: (crying) And Clumsy will never be able to drop a log on my good foot.
- In Smurfette's debut episode ("The Smurfette"), she cries in remorse after nearly flooding the village, confessing about being a creation of Gargamel's, and laments that she deserves to be punished for her actions. This also causes the other Smurfs to cry in sympathy, including Grouchy who says, "I hate sad!"
- Occurs twice in the episode "The Abominable Snowbeast" during TWO (yes, TWO) Disney Deaths. It first happens when Smurfette falls off a cliff and the mourning Smurfs don't notice when she is caught by the Snowbeast. The other Disney Death occurs when a group of Smurfs are seemingly swept away by a snow slide.
- In "Painter and Poet", Poet Smurf recites a dramatic pity poem for Gargamel to distract him and Azrael while he and Painter free the other captured Smurfs from his cage. The poem causes Gargamel, Azrael, and even the other Smurfs to burst into tears.
- In the episode "Smurf Me No Flowers", Lazy is Mistaken for Dying, so the other Smurfs throw him a party in his honor. After Poet recites his farewell poem to Lazy, he and the rest of the Smurfs (except for a confused Lazy) are in a flood of tears.
- "Smurf the Other Cheek" has the Smurfs weeping over Papa Smurf's departure to find a cure for a kicking curse involving a red spot on the nose. Oddly, the particular shot when this happens shows Smurfette, Vanity, and Handy, but Handy is the only Smurf who doesn't cry.
- There's also a lot of crying in the Last Day to Live episode, "The Comet Is Coming" due to yet ANOTHER misunderstanding, when the Smurfs find a torn message by Papa Smurf and think that the world is ending.
- In "Crying Smurfs", one of Papa Smurf's formulas spills onto an onion, causing the entire village to cry Onion Tears during the majority of the episode. Later during the episode when everyone is cured, everyone cries again when Weepy (having been captured by Gargemel) is supposedly killed off. (Interestingly, even though the episode also focuses on Hefty learning that it's OK for a tough Smurf to cry, he has cried before in previous episodes, including "Hefty and the Wheelsmurfer" as well as the ones mentioned above.)
- Also occurs frequently in Madeline, particularly with the titular character's friends.
- South Park
Stan: God damn, that's like the 12th time that's worked.
- Played for Laughs in the episode "The China Problem": Everyone cries when they remember when they watched Indiana Jones getting raped. First its only the kids, but later the lawyer they hired joined in. Then a police man to who they reported the story cries with them too. In the end the A Plot gets resolved, when an entire police unit starts crying, which allows Cartman and Butters, who were supposed to be arrested, to just walk away.
- In "It's Christmas in Canada", Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny all start crying after a guard denies them permission to see the Prime Minister of Canada to retrieve Ike. Immediately, the guard also breaks down and relents.
- In "Good Times With Weapons", Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny use a sob story, complete with Crocodile Tears, to convince a vendor at the county fair to sell them their ninja weapons. Apparently, they've done this to get their way 11 times prior.
- The entire cast of Peanuts cries at the end of Snoopy's going away party (including Snoopy himself) while Schroeder plays, "It's a Long Way to Tipporary" on his piano in Snoopy, Come Home. (Interestingly, Schroeder is the only character who doesn't cry throughout the entire party scene, even when he presents his gift to Snoopy.)
- Subverted in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode, "Tanks for the Memories". When Rainbow Dash sobs knowing that Tank has to leave her to hibernate, the others join in....except for Twilight and Applejack. We then learn from Pinkie Pie that she was crying because Twilight wasn't and that Applejack "cries on the inside."[nearly every pony cries when we see Applejack taking off her hat]
Twilight: You, too?!
Applejack: Nope, I'm good.
- In "The Last Crusade," the Cutie Mark Crusaders find out that Scootaloo might be moving away, so they spend their supposedly last Crusaders meeting crying in their clubhouse.
- In the final episode, "The Last Problem," the mane six all cry when they start to believe that they'll all drift apart after Twilight is crowned the new ruler of Equestria.
- In the first American Dad! episode that spoofs James Bond, Tear Jerker's evil plan is to make a movie that is so sad that everybody cries to death. The movie is about a mentally handicapped Jewish boy who became an alcoholic during World War II in Poland whose puppy died of cancer. His plan seems to work perfectly—except in Tehran, where everyone just starts laughing.
- Steven Universe:
- Steven loves watching the Crying Breakfast Friends, a Show Within a Show where every breakfast item cries perpetually. It's a bit of Self-Deprecation, since the characters in Steven Universe are quite prone to crying themselves (although everyone crying is rare).
- In the penultimate episode, after feeling remorse for hurting Steven in various ways, the Crystal Gems, the Diamonds and Spinel all break into tears.
- The Penguins of Madagascar: In, "I Was a Penguin Zombie," Skipper gets a broken wing. In an attempt to escape the hospital room, it triggers a series of events which make Skipper sound like he's dying. When the other penguins hear this, Kowalski says they'll honor him by going on like men. Jump cut to this.
- The Loud House: All of Lincoln's ten sisters cry in the episode, "The Green House", when Lincoln convinces them to lower their energy use, by using a poster of an adorable polar bear to arouse their sympathies. They also cry together (this time, with Lincoln) in the episode "Pets Peeved" when their pets go missing.
- All of the kids are shown crying at Speedy's funeral in "Speedy, We Hardly Knew Ye".
- The main gang cry from peeling onions as part of their punishment for accidentally breaking the statue of Thaddeus T. Third III in "The Biggest Trouble Ever".
- All of the residents of Nearbug cry when it appears CatDog is gone forever in "CatDog Doesn't Live Here Anymore". They even sing a Dark Reprise of the show's theme song.
- The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: In "Party Poohper", Piglet invokes this trope onto Rabbit's 500 relatives by reading a Downer Ending version of Jack and the Beanstalk. The rabbits cry so loudly that they end up shaking up Rabbit's house and causing a mess!
- Hey Arnold!
- "Ms. Perfect" involves Lila refusing to attend school after being the victim of a prank courtesy of Helga, Phoebe, Rhonda, Nadine, and Sheena. When the girls arrive at Lila's house to drop off her homework, they discover that Lila and her father are suffering from financial issues. The moment Lila's father breaks down crying when he is told he has been rejected as a job candidate, Helga and the other girls start to feel remorse over their treatment of Lila and start shedding tears too.
- In "School Play", when P.S. 118's production of Romeo & Juliet comes to a close, there is hardly a dry eye from anyone who had watched the play.
- In "Full Moon", Harold, Sid, and Stinky are all crying as they confess to Principal Wartz to mooning him in order to clear Arnold's name.
- In "Synchronized Swimming", Coach Wittenburg talks about his emotional experience watching a movie called "Come Back, Wayne", particularly the ending. By the time he has finished talking about his experience to his synchronized swimming team, he and most of his team are in tears. The only ones who don't cry are Arnold and Gerald, although Gerald's lips do quiver at one point.
- "On the Lam" has Harold, Sid, and Stinky once again crying together. Only this time, not only does it involve them thinking they blew up a police station, but they all cry twice in one episode! The first time is when they confess to Arnold about their "actions" in his basement and the second time is when they confess to everybody on live TV near the end.
- In Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie, when Eduardo breaks the news to the Green-Eyed Girl Queen that the Corazón, which was needed to cure Arnold's parents and the Green-Eyed adults of their sleeping sickness, had been lost during the battle with Lasombra, she reacts by crying, which causes the other Green-Eyed children to cry as well. Moments later, not even Arnold can hold back from crying.
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- In "Arrgh!", after hearing SpongeBob and Patrick's complaints about feeling tired and hungry, Mr. Krabs laments that he would be nothing without a loyal crew and starts crying. This makes SpongeBob and Patrick feel so guilty that they start crying too.
- In "Texas", Sandy's song about her homesickness for Texas causes a short montage of SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and two Krusty Krab customers bursting into tears from listening to the song.
- In "Krabs vs. Plankton", during Plankton's lawsuit against the Krusty Krab, Plankton testifies to the court about how he had promised his grandmother to run a marathon and is now unable to fulfill his promise due to his (fake) injuries, using Crocodile Tears throughout. The jury is so convinced by Plankton's testimony that they end up bursting into tears. Even the judge and SpongeBob became close to tears.
- Mr. Krabs, Patrick, Sandy, and Squidward all cry at the end of the special "Atlantis Squarepants" when they all have to return to Bikini Bottom and leave all of their desired luxuries behind. The only one who doesn't cry is Spongebob himself, who sings a cheery song, eager to go home.
- Slightly subverted in the episode "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?": After Patrick and Sandy show SpongeBob's runaway note to Mr. Krabs and Squidward, the former two begin to cry, regretting having been mean to their friend for the accidents he caused. It seems like Squidward is about to cry too, but he resorts to his typical joy over SpongeBob being gone. The only other character who doesn't cry is Mr. Krabs, who, after a brief moment of remorse, hastily shoves out the customers and closes the Krusty Krab until SpongeBob is found.Mr. Krabs: (panicked) What am I going to do without me fry cook?
Patrick: What am I going to do without my best friend? I should never have been mean to you! (sobs)
Sandy: I should have never kicked you out of my house! (cries, with her tears filling up her helmet)
Squidward: (near tears) If I knew that was the last time I've seen SpongeBob (happily) I would have slammed the door in his face even harder! (laughing)
- At the beginning of "Broken Alarm", when SpongeBob doesn't show up for work Mr. Krabs jumps to the conclusion that he has passed away, causing all the customers to cry. He then amends this by assuming SpongeBob is just seriously injured, only to realize that is still bad and start crying along with the customers. The only one who doesn't cry is Squidward, who is indifferent as usual.
- Rocko's Modern Life
- In "Boob Tubed", there is a montage of Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt watching different movies together on Rocko's new TV. One scene in said montage involves the trio being reduced to floods of tears by a Spanish-language melodrama. Even Rocko's dog Spunky joins in with them!
- A fake crying variant briefly occurs in "Old Fogey Froggy" when Rocko, Heffer, Filburt, and Mrs. Bighead pretend to cry while holding a fake funeral for Mr. Bighead to cure his midlife crisis.
- Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: In the flashback episode "Rookie Monsters", after the flashback of their first day at the academy and their first meeting ends, Ickis, Krumm, and Oblina are all crying as they make up with each other after their earlier argument while they are stuck in the garbage compactor.
- Family Guy
- A Tears of Joy variant occurs in "Back to the Woods" when Peter, Quagmire, Joe, and Cleveland cry with happiness and excitement during the Barry Manilow concert.
- "Dog Gone" has the Griffins left crying after Brian fakes his own death in order to find out whether they care about him.
- Occurs when Brian actually dies in "Life of Brian", particularly during the scene where the rest of the Griffins are with Brian during his final moments alive
- "Death is a Bitch" has the Griffins (sans a gleeful Stewie) tearfully saying goodbye to Peter when Death comes to claim him.
- The T.U.F.F. Puppy episode "Toast of T.U.F.F." has Dudley, Kitty, and the Chief crying over Keswick's Disney Death.
- Camp Lazlo:
- In "Tree Hugger", the Bean Scouts start crying when Scoutmaster Lumpus insists on having the Migrating Mulberry Tree cut down.
- In "The Big Cheese", Lumpus and the Jelly Bean Scouts cry after the former believes he's going to die from eating potentially-deadly cheese. The only Jelly not crying is Lazlo, who went out to get a plunger to remove the cheese from Lumpus.
- Seven Little Monsters: In "The Mystery of the Missing Five", Four breaks down in remorse when Five runs away, causing his siblings to cry as well.
- Occurs again in "Runaway Mom" when the monsters' mother goes missing, and they go to the police station, thinking it's their fault.
- In The Jetsons, the family cries in the episode "Millionaire Astro" when Astro is sent to live with millionaire J.P. Gottrockets.
- When George gets drafted into the space army in "G.I. Jetson", the family briefly bursts into tears, until George snaps them out of it, claiming their crying has nearly got him doing it.
- In Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, the Boo Brothers' story about being orphans causes Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy to break into tears.
- The Fairly OddParents: In "Timmy's Secret Wish", everybody does this twice: the first time when Timmy is presumably trapped in the Hocus Poconos forever, and then again during Timmy's heartfelt speech claiming how much he doesn't want to lose Cosmo, Wanda, and Poof.
Mr. Turner: (sobbing) One of the birds bit my ear!
- In "Meet the OddParents", Timmy, Cosmo, Wanda, and Poof do this twice when it seems like Jorgen is about to take away the fairies from Timmy forever, after being exposed to his parents. Mr. Turner also cries, but oddly, for different reasons.
Timmy: (in tears) OK, now I'm crying because Jorgen's cracking my ribs!
- In "The Fairy Beginning", Timmy, Cosmo, Wanda, and Sparky cry when it seems that Timmy is about to lose his fairies again, due to Cosmo losing his paperwork, costing him of his fairly diploma. Immediately beforehand, Jorgen warns them not to get emotional, because it will get him crying too. Of course, this fails and he joins in. It happens again, this time with Tears of Joy, when Cosmo gets to keep his job.
- In "Love Struck!", after Timmy wishes for the world to be separated by gender, Mrs. Turner and the other women start crying when they don't have anything to "fill their void", to the point where they flood the Colosseum they are in with their tears.
- In "Pixies Inc.", after the pixies overtake Fairy World, Timmy, Cosmo, Wanda, and the pixies hold a golf tournament in which the fairies can regain leadership should they win. When it looks like the pixies have won the tournament, Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda respond by crying.
- In "Dad Overboard", Timmy and his family are stranded on an island while Timmy's class go on a field trip to the military base that has a monitor observing the island. When Timmy's class thinks that Timmy and his family have been blown up by a discovered bomb on the island while watching on the monitor, Timmy's classmates all start crying while Mr. Crocker celebrates, even declaring the field trip his "best tour ever"!
- In The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2: When Nerds Collide, Cosmo, Wanda, Carl, Sheen, and Libby cry when it looks like Timmy and Jimmy have been vaporized by Jorgen.
- The Simpsons: In "Pygmoelian", Moe believes himself to be ugly when he discovers his picture on the Duff calendar has been covered up. Carl tries to reassure him by pointing out Homer, Lenny, and Barney's flaws in comparison to Moe's. This results in Homer, Lenny, Barney, and Moe breaking down in tears. Carl lampshades the situation, Breaking the Fourth Wall in the process:
Lenny: Oh God, I miss Lisa's cat so much!
- In "A Star Is Torn", after Lisa sings a brief depressing song about the death of the late Snowball I ("My Kitty Died"), she and the entire audience (including Lenny) start crying.
- Pig Goat Banana Cricket: In "Hotel It on the Mountain", Pig, Goat, Banana, and Cricket all cry when they think they are going to get evicted from their treehouse after they fail to make enough money to pay their rent before their hotel got destroyed.
- Harvey Beaks: Towards the end of the episode "The End and the Beginning", Harvey, Fee, and Foo briefly cry together when Fee and Foo prepare to move away with their recently-found parents.
- In the Breadwinners episode "A Crustmas Story", SwaySway, Buhdeuce, T-Midi, Ketta, Oonski, and the Bread Maker turn their waterworks on when they think that Santa Crust will be unable to visit due to the blizzard.
- In the Fanboy and Chum Chum episode "A Very Brrr-y Icemas", when Fanboy accidentally removes Mr. Mufflin from his Man-Arctica costume, the incident causes the witnessing crowd in the Frosty Mart to burst out crying.
- Maya & Miguel: In "Chrissy's Big Move", Maya, Maggie, and Chrissy spend 20 minutes in Maya's bedroom crying over Chrissy and her family moving away to Hong Kong.
- In the Unikitty! episode "Hide n' Seek", Richard seemingly falls off a cliff, causing a tearful Unikitty, Dr. Fox, Puppycorn, and Hawkodile to throw a funeral in his honor. The latter three are so overwhelmed with grief that they end up blowing their noses on the same handkerchief.
- Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July has Lilly and Laine Loraine, Crystal, Milton, Milly and Chilly mourning over Frosty's Disney Death, when he sacrifices his magic hat to Winterbolt. The only ones who cry are are Laine, Milly and Chilly.
- Beetlejuice In "The Unnatural", the game comes down to the final play. But before the umpire can make the call, Olivia keeps interrupting him and gives a rousing speech on good sportsmanship. This causes everyone in the stands to cry. The crowd makes so much tears that the umpire declares a rainout and there is no winner.
- The Flintstones: In "Dino Disappears", Pebbles, Wilma, and eventually Fred start crying when they find out that Dino has run away from home. Barney arrives on the scene in a cheerful mood, but shortly starts crying with the others as well. He then stops and asks what everyone was crying about.
- Strawberry Shortcake: In the episode "Strawberry's Berry Big Parade" from the Berry Bitty Adventures series, all the Berry girls Cry Cute when Strawberry has disappeared, believing that their selfishness and arguing over said parade drove her away.
- Baby Looney Tunes: Happens in some episodes, In Mothers Day Madness, the babies get angry and fight on the Mothers Day cards and start crying. Takers Keepers has this too, When Tazs toy is gone, he starts crying and the other babies (save Daffy) all cry for backup. In Move It, They cry at the end when they think they will really move
- Total DramaRama: In Harold Swatter and the Goblet of Flies, Izzy, Noah, Owen, and Beth all cry when they think Harold who they thought was a fly was dead.
- In "Moving Away," Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, and Angelica all cry together when they think Angelica is going to move away.
- In "Chuckie's Wonderful Life," Howard and Betty are crying their eyes out at seeing Phil and Lil wrecking the house when Chas drops by to say that he wishes he had a kid. Then when Chas realizes that he's all alone, with only his sock puppet to talk to, he, Howard, and Betty all burst into tears.
- A Tears of Joy variant occurs in Let Them Eat Cake, where Didi, Chas, and Charlotte all cry at Ben and Elaines wedding.note
- At the end of "Mixel Moon Madness," all the Series 4 mixels (except Flamzer, who has an unimpressed expression) start crying hysterically when hearing that they don't exist, and Burnard and Meltus continue to cry from the end.
- Near the end of "Nixel, Nixel, Go Away," all the mixels weep over Booger's Disney Death.
- ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks:
- In the episode "The Fugitives", Alvin, Simon, & Theodore all start crying because they miss Dave after they escape responsibility for breaking a TV.
- Big City Greens: The family dog Pheonix runs away in "Pheonix Rises" after failing to find Pheonix. Cricket breaks down crying, which leads to the whole family tearing up as well.
Everybody Cries / Western Animation