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So sad, and yet so adorable.

"How many times do I have to tell you,
Even when you're crying you're beautiful too."
John Legend, "All Of Me"

A character, usually female and often a tsundere, cries. Unlike in cases of Inelegant Blubbering, the crying person will be, if anything, more attractive-looking than they normally are, so that the audience can easily sympathize with them in their moment of emotional vulnerability.

There is an inexplicable phenomenon that the tougher a character is, the more adorable they will be when a Sparkling Stream of Tears pours out of their eyes. The tyrant instantaneously becomes The Woobie, whose endearingly vulnerable sobs and pleas for sympathy makes the coldest of hearts want to hug her till she feels better. This is considered Moe beyond belief by fandom in general, even by those who are not normally into that sort of thing.

Sometimes this moment acts as a roadstop, a turning point in which the character starts to slowly become a better person.


However, other times, having felt embarrassed for daring to be vulnerable, the once adorable woobie will immediately thereafter turn into a tyrant of epic magnitude worse than the mere Tsundere she was to compensate for her brief moment of weakness.

Note that this can also occasionally apply to a male character. What differentiates this from Manly Tears is that whereas Manly Tears shows the sensitive attributes of an already decent male, Cry Cute is usually used on a male character in the Alas, Poor Villain context that humanizes them. Also keep in mind that a character does not necessarily even need to be a tsundere in order to qualify for this trope. See also Tender Tears, where the crier is normally nice and sensitive.

Sometimes includes Biting the Handkerchief.

A Super-Trope to Cry into Chest. Contrast with Inelegant Blubbering.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Bakuon!!: Rin, after she saved the two foxes when she was speeding in an empty road in Hokkaido in Chapter 13/Episode 5.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, the generally stoic Riza freaks out when she thinks Lust has killed Roy and, after putting a dozen bullets in her body (to no effect), slumps down in tears. Lampshaded later on when Roy fondly remembers Riza crying and tells her he'd like to see her "pure tears" again.
  • Kaname Chidori, resident Defrosting Ice Queen of Full Metal Panic! has more than one moment when she breaks down crying, probably to keep her sympathetic despite her abrasive personality.
  • Evangeline of Mahou Sensei Negima!, Thousand-Year-Old Vampire-Tyrant and Evil Sorceress, cries adorably as she asks Nagi to pat her on the head like a little girl one last time at the end of the Mahora Budokai Tournament.
    • She's not the only one. Deadpan Snarker and Tsundere-turned-Sugar and Ice Personality Chisame breaks down and cries when Rakan dies.
    • Now Shiori, the fake Asuna, tears up upon being exposed, due to the feelings she absorbed by copying Asuna. It's not possible to feel unsympathetic for her.
    • The normally stoic Chachamaru breaks down while worrying about worrying about whether or not she has a soul. Even though it's technically oil, Negi uses the tears as proof that she does.
    • And then there's Ayaka. It's the only proper reaction to your best friend trying to make light of the fact that they'll be gone for 100 years. Her crying is one of, if not the saddest moment in the entire manga.
    • Asuna's cries after finding out that she's 130 years in the future, everyone she ever loved is dead and she would have been able to see Ayaka one last time if she hadn't overslept.
  • In another of Akamatsu's series, Love Hina, each of the girls gets one of these scenes, including seemingly being drawn better in those panels.
  • C.C of the Code Geass franchise, when her Deadpan Snarker facade slips and she shows her Sugar-and-Ice Personality.
  • Every girl (especially Nagi, voiced by Rie Kugimiya) and Hayate himself of Hayate the Combat Butler.
  • Even mega Tsundere Hiiragi Kagami can be The Woobie of woobies on the few times she cries in Lucky Star.
  • Words Worth: Maria invokes this in response to being molested by Stallion, and as part of a ploy to get him to return her ring to her. It works. Then she shows him her "thanks".
  • The Gundam franchise has several:
    • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED's resident Tsundere, Cagalli, ends up crying in Kira's arms after her father's Heroic Sacrifice.
    • An earlier (and rare male) example is Universal Century's Commander Bright Noa, during Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam as he watches a video from his wife Mirai and his children Cheimin and Hathaway, in which they tell him how they're doing on Earth as he and the AEUG fight in space, and finish with words of affection and encouragement.
    • In G Gundam, Domon Kasshu is a Hot-Blooded Jerkass... but the few times he spends tears are a sight to behold. Specially when he finds his master again and explains his trouble to him not knowing about his Face–Heel Turn, and much later when he must give his brother a Mercy Kill right after finding out the truth about him and almost immediately afterwards he fights his Master for the last time and the old man dies in his arms, asking for forgiveness.
    • Gundam Wing has Lady Une, who breaks into sobs when Relena tells her that she shouldn't wish for death anymore and refuses to kill her as punishment for having killed her adoptive father.
      • Also Dorothy Catalonia, after Quatre manages to get to her and then Trowa rescues him and calls her out.
    • Kidou Senshi Gundam San has Garma as a in-universe Butt-Monkey subject to Char's Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, here, it's cranked Up to Eleven and Char puts Garma into a Rain of Pun until he becomes this trope.
  • Along with the aforementioned Nagi, Rie Kugimiya's characters do this a lot:
    • Pictured above: Louise of The Familiar of Zero. Too bad she needs to be under the influence of a love potion to allow herself to be so emotionally honest.
    • The roar of a wounded tiger in Episode 8 of Toradora!: "Ryuuji is mine!!! Everyone stay off him!!!" And also: by Episode 19 Taiga realizes she does love Ryuuji, but thinking it's too late once she sent Ryuuji off to meet Minori, runs outside crying; and by Episode 24 the normally cheerful Minori finally breaks down after sending Ryuuji and Taiga off, upon recognizing her affection for both Ryuuji and Taiga.
    • Shana of Shakugan no Shana cried when Yuuji chased Yoshida Kazumi instead of her in the episode 17 of the season 1.
    • Rizel of Rizelmine also does this a lot, though she is a fairly cute character most of the time anyway. Moreover, those tears are also Made of Explodium.
    • Even a battle-hardened Action Girl like Aria H. Kanzaki cannot help but break down crying in the middle of the street after a visit to her mother, imprisoned on false charges of being a serial bomber, ends with said mother having to be dragged back to her prison cell. She tries to fight back her tears in front of Kinji, who joined her visit, only to give in to her soul-crushing grief.
  • Misato from Neon Genesis Evangelion, after a bitter, love-hate relationship with Kaji, succumbs to this in Episode 21 with him in mind. She weeps after hearing a phone message left by Kaji, who did so with the knowledge of his imminent death clearly in mind and intent.
  • Miu of Strawberry Marshmallow, though she's more of a Jerkass than a Tsundere.
    • When she forces Nobue to decide whether she likes her or Ana better, and Nobue chooses Ana. Miu's display is such that Nobue chooses to tell her that it was a poor attempt at a joke, that she likes Miu best, and have her share her bed rather than risk making it worse or longer. She doesn't put a stop to her Jerkass tendencies, but in the meantime...
  • Vita crying in Hayate's arms during the finale of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's.
  • For all her attempts playing cool-headed and reasonable, Azusa Nakano finally breaks down crying in front of her senior bandmates after Graduation Day, venting out all her pent-up feelings since they hit third-year (and she second-year) of melancholy and loneliness, begging them to not leave her all alone.
    • In a more comical variant, Mio Akiyama frequently ends up in tears whenever her attempts to look cool and/or bring some sanity to the band backfires spectacularly on her.
  • Pokémon:
    • Blue when confronted by Ho-oh in Pokémon Adventures. And immediately after that, when Silver is captured. The first crying was all just an act...
      • Blue's crying is more believable when you realize that she was kidnapped by Ho-oh at a young age as part of the Mask of Ice's recruitment program. The fact that she was using Fake Tears was not only part of the act, but also a demonstration that she has, in fact, come to control her ornithophobia.
    • In the Pokémon anime:
      • Brock's Sudowoodo when using Fake Tears. A spotlight comes down on it and maudlin music plays in the background.
      • Another example is Ash's Gligar, whose trait carries over even after it evolved into Gliscor. For those unaware, these Pokémon are Scary Scorpions, but this specific Gliscor's habit of crying has made it into the Ugly Cute category!
      • Bianca after losing to Cameron in the BW series. As seen here.
  • Captain Tsubasa: Carlos Santana. That's all. He has been searching for his birth mother for years and near the end of the WYC arc, she finally shows up and they have a happy reunion, which leads to Santana shedding Tears of Joy.
  • The Prince of Tennis:
    • Hiyoshi Wakashi, after losing to Ryoma in the manga.
    • And Ryoma himself in the anime, when his beloved cat Karupin is brought by home after spending a whole day outside.
      • He cries again after playing a then-last time with Tezuka in the end of the TV series.
    • Tomoka, normally a Plucky Girl Tsundere, tears up in Sakuno's arms after Ooishi and Eiji lose a match despite all of their efforts. Similarly, in the manga An cries when Shinji and Kamio lose badly to Kenya Oshitari and Gin Ishida.
    • And at the end of the OVA's, Kirihara (of all people) breaks down in tears after Yukimura loses to Ryoma, which seals Seigaku's victory in the Nationals and the end of Rikkai's winning streak.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia
    • Italy is prone to this as he breaks down crying a lot.
    • England is a diehard Tsundere (and extremely heavy on the 'tsun', especially when America is around), but his tears in "Cleaning Out the Storage" tagged him as an Defrosting Ice Queen.
    • And in one of his birthday strips, America is the one who cries when England shows up.
    • Russia does this in the Hetalia Bloodbath 2010, when he saw General Winter being defeated.
  • Ouran High School Host Club
    • Haruhi Fujioka manages to do this due to a contact lens almost coming out. Tamaki thought it was moe.
    • She did it for real in the anime, when the Queen of Hearts from the dream episode turns out to be her Missing Mom Kotoko.
  • Fakir of Princess Tutu spends the first half of the series being an Ineffectual Loner; it's not until he cries by the lake (admittedly hugging the duck didn't hurt) that he starts to become a sympathetic character.
  • All of the main female characters in Boku No Tsukuru Sekai manage to include this trope.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry has an example, after Rena reveals Keiichi's Dark and Troubled Past. Luckily for his fandom, Rena does this in such a brutal manner that Keiichi breaks down almost instantly into Tears of Remorse. Rena's refusal to forgive him leaves him just crying on the ground pitifully, which is even more sympathetic. Rena gets her own instance of this at the end of the chapter, although Keiichi's reaction is quite different.
  • Rossiu in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann becomes a Well-Intentioned Extremist after the Time Skip, even going as far as ordering Simon's execution. And yet, all it took to make him sympathetic again was to show that he cried and mulled suicide after doing it.
  • Akane Tendo from Ranma ½. Sure, she's uptight, hot-tempered, emotional, and catapults to conclusions far too much for her own good... but when she cries, even Ranma can't help but think this way.
    • But careful (because that only applies whenever Ranma makes Akane cry): if someone else makes Akane cry, Ranma will hunt down and crush whoever is responsible. Given that he's generally a forgiving guy who rarely holds grudges, the fact that he went on a humiliating Martial Arts and Crafts contest purely to pay back the cheerleader Mariko for making Akane cry (and pay her back in combat) is certainly cause for alarm.
    • Ranma and Akane's first (and for a long time, only) relationship upgrade occurred the first time he succeeded in making her cry and realized he didn't like it.
  • Even unstoppable ultra-badass Dark Action Girls are not immune to this. In Black Lagoon, during the first Roberta arc, Roberta looks at Garcia with a pair of adorably sad eyes as she's hanging off Dutch's car with a trench knife — after she had just overtaken the vehicle at a full sprint Terminator-style.
  • Both Berg Katse and Raoul break down crying in Ai no Kusabi after Riki and Iason go Together in Death.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Usagi was on the ground crying over her transformation and Hotaru sacrificing herself, Michiru and Haruka are in the background watching her with tears in their eyes. Enjoy it, because this will be the only time you'll ever see it. A more common one is Makoto's more often breakdowns over her friends.
    • Episode 172. Usagi withstands Chibiusa's erasure from reality and Nehelenia's Breaking Speech-like recollection of her past, and offers Nehelenia to let her kill her in exchange of letting the frozen-in-mirrors Senshi go. Not only Haruka and Michiru were openly weeping, but also Setsuna, Hotaru, ''every single Senshi'', Mamoru.
  • Toward the end of the final episode of Time of Eve, Sammy has two adorable seconds of this.
  • Although a boy, Mikael from I'm Gonna Be an Angel! gives an epic cry after Raphael in the final episode together with blushing cheeks and tears streaming down his face. And it was all after becoming evil and turning his back on said Raphael.
    • Also Silky after being hugged by Noelle in the final episode.
  • In the animated version of the incident where Haruhi Suzumiya treats Mikuru worse than she ever did and finishes it by referring to her as "her toy", when Kyon almost hits Haruhi and Koizumi stops him from doing so, Haruhi actually realises how wrong she was... and shows her remorse by looking away from him with tears in her eyes.
  • In the spin-off anime, The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Kyon goads Ryoko Asakura into “challenging" Haruhi and Kouyouen Academy in an attempt to complete a math problem that’s beyond her ability. This scene is a great example of why this version of miss Asakura is very different than her original counterpart.
  • Oniisama e...
    • Mariko gets a moment like this when Kaoru shows gratitude and happiness upon Mariko's worry for her well-being.
    • Also Fukiko, when Rei dies.
    • And in the anime, Mona Lisa Komabayashi, when she has her Heel Realization.
    • Takashi does this during his sister Rei's funeral, after he begs people to allow his other sister Fukiko to spend a few minutes with her in the chapel. After that, he pretty much collapses sobbing on Takehiko's shoulder.
  • Both Junjou Romantica and Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi use this trope on the tsundere characters to show how adorable or sympathetic they can be. Most noticeably used by Misaki of the Junjou Romantica pairing, Hiroki of the Junjou Egoist pairing and Ritsu in the Nostalgia pairing.
    • In Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi, Yanase starts crying after being rejected a second time by Chiaki. Well, while he did deserve the punch that was handed to him for forcing himself on Chiaki (but at this point, it was desperation for him to acknowledge that he had feelings instead of treating it like it was all a joke) you can't help but pity him especially when Hatori barges into his house and makes the situation worse.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: An interesting variant occurs with Homura. When she breaks down crying in Episode 8 after shooting Kyubey full of holes with a Beretta 92-FS to prevent Madoka from contracting, it's adorable, sad and REALLY STRANGE since up until now she's been the Emotionless Girl. Then comes Episode 10, and suddenly it all makes sense.
  • Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai has this trope Played for Laughs with Sena Kashiwazaki, a Rich Bitch who loves lording herself over her male schoolmates at the school her father runs. This is usually triggered by her Sitcom Archnemesis, resident Jerkass Bully Yozora Mikazuki, saying or doing something outright mean to her. This is followed by Sena retorting with childish insults before running away crying. And there's another one at the end of Episode 11, courtesy of Yozora herself, after Kodaka finally recognizes her, with her hair cut short, as his long-lost childhood friend "Sora", after after a few months they spent together with Kodaka none the wiser as to who she is.
  • Last Order: Final Fantasy VII: Tifa breaks down after her father dies in her arms, during Sephiroth's attack on Nebelhiem. She quickly shifts from being grief-stricken to wanting revenge and decides to go after him alone.
  • Vandread:
    • Dita loses it due to the fact that Hibiki seems a bit too friendly and close to Misty, when he himself seems to be really bothered anytime Dita is around.
    • In Misty's case, since Dita is part of the ship's crew and they hate seeing Dita miserable, she says she was "bored" and just wanted have some fun, largely to avoid ostracizing the entire crew. But later she goes to the park alone and starts to cry since she knows she's going to be the Romantic Runner-Up in the Love Triangle. Fortunately Meia shows up and tells her that she's not alone.
  • A number of them in Fairy Tail. Lucy gets one first, when everyone is hurt because of her having joined the guild. Carla also gets one in the Edolas arc when she's told her purpose in life was to harm the person who is most precious to her, prompting Happy to stand up for her, which leads to her finally being nice to him and becoming a likable character. The oddest example would probably be Zeref. Despite being the (supposed) villain of the series and without a doubt the one at fault, at least indirectly, for almost everything that goes wrong there's something endearing about him crying when he sees Natsu. The scene where he cries is enough to give him woobie status, despite him being the one to finally take Fairy Tail out of Nobody Can Die teritory.
  • Hana no Mizo Shiru: Misaki cries in several scenes. His tears after his grandfather's death spur Kawabata to kiss him - and then Arikawa also kisses him when he's crying at the train station later. Arikawa outright thinks at one point that Misaki's teary face is adorable.
  • Madoka, the otherwise energetic Plucky Girl, at the end of the first season of Rinne No Lagrange, when Lan and Muginami leave Earth, with only the vaguest of intentions of ever returning.
  • Joe Yabuki from Ashita no Joe cries Tears of Joy after his friends throw a party for him when he gets out of juvenile prison. He holds them back during the party itself, but cries when he's in bed.
  • Bleach: Sui-Feng reaches her emotional breaking point at the end of her fight with her former mentor, Yoruichi:
    Sui-Feng: (voice breaking, as she begins to tear up) "Why... why didn't you take me with you... Yoruichi-sama...?"
    (falls to her knees, then slumps to the ground crying as Yoruichi watches silently)
  • Maken-ki!: Celia begins to cry after Takeru's Maken ability shorts out her Inversion, which caused her to revert to male form. So she thought he would hate her now that he knew the truth and says she wasn't trying to deceive him. But he puts her fears to rest when he says he's cool with it and still thinks of her as a friend.
  • Ichiko Sakura of Binbō-gami ga!, otherwise a selfish, haughty Rich Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, has already broken down crying many times throughout the series: when she fears her butler and Parental Substitute Suwano could die after suffering a heart attack, after finding a box containing Suwano's letters since she "dismissed" him in the middle of a large landfill after they were mistaken for garbage, after humiliating herself by wetting her bed while staying with the Tsuwabuki siblings (whose elder brother Keita was her crush), and recently after being restored to her teenage form after said stay stuck in child form (implying that she will miss her happy days with them).
  • In her introductory chapter, Inomata from Gakuen Babysitters has a moment of this kind when she realizes and admits in an emotional state that she's studied so much in her school life that she knows little else in terms of socializing. This is what allows the daycare children to be able to sympathize with her after she's been (as they perceive it) mean to them.
  • In To Love-Ru after Mea is revealed to be a human weapon to Nana and breaks off their friendship, Nana sheds these while Rito is comforting her.
  • Shizuku from Omamori Himari pulls a big one when Yuuto convinces her to stop trying to kill a descendant of the demon-slaying family that killed her entire race, by telling her that she's part of the family now.
  • Rita of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou breaks down in tears in Mashiro's arms in Episode 10 after the latter allays her fears of being unneeded by confessing that she feels complete when painting with Rita.
  • Senjougahara in Nekomonogatari White when she finds Hanekawa after spending the entire night searching the town for her.
  • Rin Matsuoka from Free! does this twice in the last episode, once when he finds a message Haruka writes for him to remind him of his childhood days, and again when he is reunited with his former friends in Iwatobi and he and his friends give each other a big hug.
    • He does so on a few other occasions in the second season as well.
  • Attack on Titan usually deals with Inelegant Blubbering, but several notable examples stand out.
    • Emotionless Girl and resident badass Mikasa shows little vulnerability or emotion, right up until she is reunited with Eren after his supposed death. Her stoic mask finally breaks, and she cries while holding him in her arms, showing her softer side for the first time.
    • After The Reveal that he is the Colossal Titan, it seemed as though quiet Bertolt Hoover was the only villain without any remorse over his actions. But when his former friends push him hard enough, he suffers a Villainous BSoD and begins to cry hysterically while alternately admitting he knows his actions are unforgivable and stating that his time as their comrade was the only time he was genuinely happy. This breakdown is sufficient to defuse Mikasa's Roaring Rampage of Revenge and earn the offer of a Last-Second Chance from the others. His statement that he can't do that, while crying and begging someone to "please find us", reveal him to not be the soulless monster the audience expected.
  • Highschool of the Dead: Rei tries calling her dad, while she and Takashi have barricaded themselves on the school roof. But her phone signal goes out, cutting the call short. The worst part being, that her dad hadn't recognized her voice. It's the first time Rei ever cries.
    Rei: (tearing up at Takashi) "Takashi, my dad... he... he didn't even know it was me..."
  • Kano of Mekakucity Actors is has absolutely every reason in the world to cry, and when he finally does it's both absolutely adorable and heartbreaking.
    • Kido has a moment of this in the manga after Kano is shot and killed by Kuroha she runs to him, holding his lifeless body while screaming and crying. It's especially hard to read as, up until this point, she's never completely dropped her "tough" persona.
  • Sure, her facial features aren't the prettiest, but you can't help but feel sorry for her when Tomoko Kuroki of No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular! cries to the point of thinking how adorable she looks, when her mask of indifference breaks...
  • In Tonari no Kashiwagi-san this is what originally caused Kazuki to fall in love with Sayaka, which isn't revealed until they're already going out (although only on a trial basis).
  • Ranjou does this in Seiken Tsukai No World Break after her humiliating loss to Isurugi during a practice match.
  • Sonico does this in episode 4 of Super Sonico: The Animation when Toma tells Sonico she's leaving for overseas.
  • Haru from Ojojojo does this when she asks Tsurezure to be her boyfriend.
  • In Black Butler season II of the anime the three Trancy siblings comment that they find Alois's crying to be cute.
  • Seraph of the End: Fans have been said to agree with Ferid when he blushes at seeing Yuu's attractive crying face and when he says he now knows why Mika is so attached to Yuu.
  • Kanna from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid fits this trope down to a T, especially in episode 2, after Kobayashi lets her live in her home.
  • One Piece:
    • Nico Robin has the iconic "I want to live!" scene, where the normally stoic Robin broke down upon seeing just how far her friends were willing to go for her. It sticks out even more than usual since One Piece is well known for it's use of Inelegant Blubbering.
    • And Nami, despite acting like a massive jerk for the first half of the Arlong arc, it's next to impossible not to gain sympathy with her when she breaks down crying due to Arlong's betrayal. She also has several moments in the Water 7/Enies Lobby arc, especially regarding Usopp.
  • Kaguya from Kaguya-sama: Love Is War has three of these moments regarding her inability to attend a firework viewing with her friends in the two-parter "I can't hear the fireworks", all three of which fill up at least half the page.

    Fan Works 
  • Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: After Germany pulled out a Browning Hi Power against Japan and Japan pulled out his katana on Germany during the climax of their cock fight, Italy had had enough. He broke down crying before fleeing the scene.
  • Faith spends the first several chapters of Marching Orders being distant if not outright hostile to everyone, especially Xander. But after the teddy bear he bought her gets its ear ripped off by a vampire, she breaks down crying, wondering if Xander will be mad that it got damaged.
  • This Bites!: Averted. When Robin breaks down in tears at Enies Lobby, Cross calls it "messy, loud, and ugly" but insists it was absolutely beautiful for it's complete and undeniable sincerity.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines:
    • In Chapter 16, Iris is bent on chasing Hunter J to rescue her family of Dragon-types. Ash's Pokédex points out that doing so will only result in getting herself killed, and to get the point across, it commandeers Ash's Charmeleon in a battle against Iris' Excadrill. This causes her to break down in tears, knowing she's not strong enough to rescue them.
    • In the Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden sidestory, Serena, who isn't happy about being in the titular camp, gets nervous while trying to bathe a Poliwag and it splashes her in the face. The other kids laugh at her and she runs off to cry alone, until Ash goes after her.
  • The Cuphead fan comic from DeviantArt, "Cagney Is a Carnation" by fuyuflowga, is rife with this. The title page has Cagney Carnation's eyes glistening with silent tears. But it doesn't stop there, as he often cries at some parts whenever he feels rejected and unloved since he reluctantly signed the Soul Contract in his Deal with the Devil to save his adoptive flower children. However, his crying looks a bit hideous in his monster form when he reluctantly kills Mugman during the battle for the contract. Mugman often cries in his ghost form at one point, and Cuphead also cries at the loss of his brother before hitting his Rage Breaking Point.
  • Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness: Yuuka Kazami. One of Gensokyo's oldest and mightiest youkai, if not the mightiest. Has no qualms with trying to reduce Megas to dust. Is the type of person to make jokes about violence and genocide... and, after being given some packets of sunflower seeds after the Garden of the Sun's pieces are blown across Gensokyo, is surprisingly adorable when she's trying not to cry. "Youkai moe", indeed.
    Reimu: "Look at this. This is the most pathetic thing I've seen in years. Someone with her strength isn't supposed to look so... helpless!"

    Films — Animated 
  • In Cars, Lightning McQueen experiences this just before he departs for California, not to mention this is the first time he actually broke down as a result of his Character Development taking effect due to staying in Radiator Springs and befriending the locals. He immediately wanted to leave upon getting stuck there, but after spending so much time, he's upset and is reluctant to go. You can actually see the tears at the bottom of his windshield during this scene.
    • Lightning does this again in the sequel as he reads Mater's farewell note and feels bad for lashing out at him for making him lose the Tokyo race of the World Grand Prix. Ditto for Fillmore, Sarge, Luigi and Guido, the last two being the saddest (and cutest) ever during that scene.
  • In Shrek, a dragon, of all things, manages to pull this off (yes, the flying reptile kind, not the other kind) while feeling sorry for herself by a pond after having her love interest run away.
  • Wreck-It Ralph sees Vanellope break down sobbing after Ralph smashes her car to pieces. At the same time, Ralph looks to barely be holding back waterworks of his own.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Kick-Ass 2 Mindy does this after being left in the woods by the Alpha Bitch after Mindy was able to beat her on the dance team. She arrives at Dave's house in tears. It is one of the only times in the movie that she actually appears vulnerable.
    Mindy: (in tears) I just wanted to see my Robin...
  • Played for drama in Guardians of the Galaxy as the Foul Mouthed Jerkass Cyborg Racoon Rocket holds the bundle of sticks that remains of his sentient-tree-man friend Groot (it's that kind of movie) after his Heroic Sacrifice, and finally resembles the adorable Racoon he should be as he weeps bitterly like a child.
  • Leslie Mann does this a lot in her movies, such as Knocked Up, Funny People, and The Other Woman (2014).
  • Played for Heartwarming-Laughs in Avengers: Endgame with Thor. When the Thunder God was caught by Frigga, his mother, during his quest for the Reality stone travelling back in time, he thought she would be ashamed of him because he is now an overweight alcoholic shut in. Instead assures him she still loves him, and encourages him pick himself up and be the best person he can be, instead what others expect him to. This causes the former god of thunder to adorably weep like a little boy as his mom lovingly hugged him.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Smallville, Chloe has the tendency to look very cute when crying. She rarely does it all-out and instead settle for trying to blink away the tears, but when she loses it and starts sobbing uncontrollably (Progency, for example), it is adorable.
  • In Gotham, Oswald Cobblepot/the Penguin tends to look adorable when he cries, mostly due to Adaptational Attractiveness. Despite being a hardened criminal that will stab, shoot, and betray people without a second thought, he's one of the most openly emotional characters on the show, and frequently tears up when he's upset or even happy; his happy tears are especially innocent and endearing. Even when he's full-out sobbing, there's something heartbreakingly vulnerable in it that just makes you want to give him a big hug. The one exception is when his beloved mother is killed, and his tears are a terrifying Villainous Breakdown.
  • Arguably Faith in the episode of Angel she first appears in, though a much more extreme example.
    • Faith is more of a woobie. Rewatch Buffy Season 3, particularly Faith's first appearance and the Christmas episode "Amends."
  • Subverted, lampshaded, deconstructed or... something... by Vala Mal Doran in an episode of Stargate SG-1. Daniel accuses her of using sex as a weapon, and she starts looking hurt and crying, but about halfway through a very heartfelt apology, Daniel realizes that she's just messing with him. She doesn't deny it.
    Daniel: You'd better not be messing with me.
  • Jade's breakdown in Victorious after she and Beck break up.
  • Annie's "Disney face" in Community.
    Jeff: Now she is going to make the Disney face: her lip is going to quiver and her eyes will flutter but they won't ever actually close, but do not feel sorry for her!
  • Punky Brewster was good at this. Noticeably the pain she experiences when she sees the Space Shuttle Challenger explode on TV was based on the pain series star Soleil Moon Frye recalled when it actually happened.
  • Tate in American Horror Story: Murder House.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959): In "Two", after taking a shot at the man, the woman spends the night in the barber's shop and cries slightly because of her loneliness.

  • In Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files novel Small Favor, Harry demands of Rosanna how many knights she's murdered with her trick of getting her eyes to well up with tears and looking helpless.
    • He also explicitly invokes this trope with great detail before saying that it doesn't describe Elaine when one of their charges gets assassinated by a vampire despite their efforts.
  • Many other female characters are jealous of Elayne in The Wheel of Time for being able to look pretty while crying.
  • Sherlock Holmes does this three times. Once when writing a final note to Watson, second when he feels guilty for lying to him for being dead, and again when his friend is wounded.
  • Teela Brown in Ringworld: "Her lips, he saw, were perfect for pouting. She was one of those rare, lucky women whom crying does not make ugly."
  • In The Black Company you are treated to the final humanizing moments of the up till this point nigh omnipotent and borderline eldritch abomination of a sorceress queen through use of this trope.
  • In Belgariad this trope is pointedly averted. When the initially waspish Ce'Nedra finally breaks down in tears, Polgara tells her it's best that she doesn't cry like that in the future as she doesn't have the complexion to pull it off.
  • Older Than Feudalism: Classical Mythology states that the monstrous Gorgon Euryale cried mournfully when her sister Medusa was slain by Perseus.
  • In World After, soon after Raffe realizes Penryn is alive, for one of the few times in the series he doesn't hide his emotions and cries.

    Video Games 
  • Unbelievably, Caim of Drakengard when his pact partner Angelus is being turned into the Barrier Maiden of the world, and Caim thinks he'll never see her again. He's wrong, doesn't work out at all...
  • The King of Fighters:
    • Leona is seen almost sobbing in her team's 97 ending, after her father Gaidel's spirit tells her to keep on living.
    • Poor Elisabeth does this in XIII, when Ash says goodbye to her... before being Ret Goned. It's implied in her team's ending, but the Climax OP sequence confirms it towards the end.
  • In BioShock 2, it is revealed in one of the recordings left by Gil Alexander, one of the head scientists on the Big Daddy project, that in the event that an Alpha series Daddy lost its Little Sister, it become suicidal. He describes one time that he saw a Big Daddy who had lost its Sister kneeling in front of a Gatherers' Garden, crying. This certainly gives a great deal of insight into the motivation of the protagonist.
  • Even when Ragna is utterly exhausted, his left arm destroyed, and would probably like a good long rest after changing Mu-12 back into Noel, its not going to stop Noel from crying, screaming, and calling him stupid at the top of her lungs.
  • Serra from Fire Emblem Elibe, during her A supports with either Hector (when she tries to convince him and herself that the parents who abandoned her will return), Oswin (upon believing that he hates her despite how muchy she admires him) and Lucius (when he tells her his own Dark and Troubled Past and she sees that they're Not So Different). Fan interpretation suggests this happens in her A support with Erk as well (as they end up admitting their mutual feelings), which considering the circumstances may not be that far from the truth.
  • Similarly, Ephraim from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones isn't a jerk, but an odd mix of The Ace and Blood Knight. And then he cries openly in his own route, when his and Eirika's Big Bad Friend Lyon dies. L'Arachel does this too in her B support with Eirika, when she confesses that she cannot remember her parents, who died when she was a little girl.
  • Also Soren from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, in his A support with Ike. Normally cold and taciturn, the tears start before telling Ike about his Branded nature. He does one better in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, with a difficult to unlock conversation about his Forgotten First Meeting with Ike that ends with him outright bawling.
  • Severa in Fire Emblem Awakening gets one with potential love interest Owain, and in her A support with each of her parents.
    • Gerome sheds tears during the end of his talk with his mother Cherche in the Future Past DLC.
    • Similarly, Laurent tears up in his A support with any of his fathers, as he finally manages to explain what he felt in the years he spent completely alone.
    • Inverted with Cynthia, who accidentally makes any of her own fathers cry upon explaining that she does understand how Time Travel work and that she clung to him to make beautiful memories before she leaves to build her own life , but she herself manages to stay mostly calm.
    • Lucina cries at the end of Chapter 13 when she's reunited with her father Chrom.
  • Fire Emblem Fates has several cases of this:
  • Kyosuke Kagami from Rival Schools starts screaming and crying when his twin brother Hyo dies in the sequel's Taiyo school ending.
    • In the sequel, Akira Kazama can be seen crying twice. If some conditions are met in the Gedo route, Daigo will die and the last screen will show her weeping over him while Gan and Edge swear revenge. If the Seijyun path is chosen instead, then she'll cry Tears of Joy upon Yurika's return to the school.
    • Also, in the sequel's Gorin path Momo Karuizawa cries when Shoma saves her from Kurow's You Have Outlived Your Usefulness despite all that she did to him and others as The Mole, and tells her to choose between Justice or Gorin. She'll obviously choose Gorin out of gratitude, and then the final battle will start.
  • Even Vert of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory has this. When she lost to the power of the four CPU's Purple Heart, Black Heart, White Heart and Iris Heart.
  • Meet Catiua, sister of Denam from Tactics Ogre. She's haughty, possessive, manipulative and ultimately performs a Face–Heel Turn. She's not completely lost yet, though: if Denam manages to talk sense into her, the floodgates open and suddenly the bitchy older sister transforms into a vulnerable little girl who begs for forgiveness for all that she has done. It's a turning point in her characterization.
  • Victorine's weeping makes her even more beautiful in Dark Tales: The Premature Burial, but she's nothing even remotely approaching a Tsundere. Not to mention her tears are pretty justified, seeing as her husband sealed her alive inside a tomb.
  • In GrimGrimoire Margarita Surprise eventually winds up on the wrong side of Opalneria, who, being an expert necromancer, has some pretty nightmarish punishments for misbehaving students. Margarita, who - up until that point in the game - had been shown as a fairly strong character, is reduced to a terrified, blubbering wreck and it's hard not to feel sorry for her.

    Visual Novels 
  • Fate/stay night in its Unlimited Blade Works route has Rin doing this after Shirou stumbles out of bed after getting nearly chopped in half the day before, only to look around for her in a pained stupor and risk his life to save her when he does find her.
  • In Tsukihime, Ciel does this at the end of her route's true end.
  • Claire from Fading Hearts manages this in most scenarios, when she's not putting up a tough front with Ryou.
  • Franziska von Karma at the end of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All.
  • Caius from Frozen Essence completely breaks down in his Light path after Mina almost dies saving him, pinpointing the moment where he goes from a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk to a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Tsugumi in Ever17 as an example where the character genuinely stops being a jerkass. There were signs beforehand that she wasn't, sure, and they were even getting more common. Seeing her cry makes you forget her doing stuff like pretending to push Takeshi down an elevator shaft for shits and giggles or randomly sucker punching him at the beginning, though. Mostly applicable to Takeshi's routes so they could spring a whole bunch of surprise reveals on you by letting her stay a jerk in The Kid's.
  • Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! has two notable examples:
    • Momoyo, while definitely a hero, is a badass Blood Knight whose soft side is strictly limited to flirting with cute girls, but in one of the routes when her sister Wanko runs away and Momoyo meets up with her, she cries for probably the only time in the entire series. Everyone is surprised. She's not all that happy about Yamato praising her for it, though.
    • Kokoro Fushikawa is a haughty ojou, but one time when she cries in the anime, Yamato calls her cute. Her reaction, quite unlike Momoyo, is shown as a shot by a Cupid's arrow.
  • Umineko: When They Cry: Beatrice in just a few scenes in Episode 3, manages not just to trick Battler but also the readers. Lambdadelta lampshades it later. Although it was only partially an act.
    Lambdadelta: A single tear from a woman can make a man's heart waver. Truly efficient and economical.

  • In Girl Genius, Bangladesh Dupree of all people weeps uncontrollably and actually collapses in Gil's arms when he confronts her over her failure to protect his injured father. This is definitely the O.O.C. Is Serious Business variety of the trope, since Bang is the most chirpy, upbeat mass-murderer in the whole setting.
    Bang (sniffling): You have made me cry. For this I will kill you.
    Gil (comfortingly): Yes, yes.
  • Karkat Vantas. It's revealed relatively early, however, that he does care deeply for his friends, and has since ended up the character to cry the most throughout the comic.
    • Terezi has one of these as well, when she dooms Dave to die in an alternate timeline.
  • Kevin gets depressed without Chad around in Comic #9 of Kevin And Chad
  • The aptly named Moé the ninja-girl in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! is made of this trope. Poor kid cries a lot. Note that the main gag with the ninjas is that, under their masks, they are the only characters in the comic who are drawn in manga style.
  • Ink from Lost Nightmare is a little kid prone to crying. Jasper counts too.
  • Trixie Vs During a flashback, we get filly!Trixie crying over deceased gold fish.

    Web Original 
  • RWBY: When Blake Belladonna has an explosive falling-out with Weiss and is subsequently ousted as a Faunas and former White Fang member, she runs off and has a cry. While she's not a Jerkass or Tsundere, it's certainly extremely out of character.
  • When the titular character of "Cloud" cries after her ice cream drops, she turns into a raincloud and rains.
  • Kiazuki breaks down in tears when forced to admit she's sad in the Season 1 finale of Hanazuki: Full of Treasures.
  • The Most Popular Girls in School:

    Western Animation 
  • Ren of The Ren & Stimpy Show used to have these moments fairly often. Although it was not John Kricfalusi's attempt to make the character more sympathetic, but rather a case of Executive Meddling. They requested for a softer side to Ren, which John K criticized from the beginning (in the Adult Party Cartoon episodes, unsupervised by Nickelodeon, he changed Ren's personality into a Jerkass with no redeeming qualities).
    • As an example, perhaps the most notable one is "Stimpy's Fan Club", where Ren is miserable upon discovering the fact that Stimpy is a more well-liked character than him and is jealous of the tons of fanmail that he receives. After having pondered murder and several other less radical methods of making himself more popular, Ren eventually gets a fan letter himself and starts rubbing it in Stimpy's nose... before realizing it was from Stimpy himself. Ren breaks down into tears and cries on Stimpy's chest, sobbing about how pitiful his actions were.
    • "Ren's Toothache" has a breakdown scene when all of Ren's teeth fall out.
    • "Son of Stimpy" also featured Ren crying immensely after Stimpy had left for his search for his fart... I mean, son, Stinky.
    • In "Fake Dad", Ren takes on a 'big brother' style program, only to end up adopting a behemoth Adult Child convict! Despite spending most of the episode enraged by the lummox's behaviour, when the program is finished and it is time for Kowalski to say his goodbyes, Ren can't hold back the tears. Sometimes daddies need to cry too.
  • In one episode of Taz-Mania, Digeri Dingo uses this tactic as a kid for Taz to get his ball that he kicked off a cliff.
  • June from KaBlam! is usually portrayed as an adorable Tsundere...but when Henry left in "Won't Stick to Most Dental Work!", she was in tears because she really missed him.
  • In the season 1 finale of Wakfu Evangelyne has two adorable moments like this, one in episode 25, one in 26. She's talking to the same person, but with one big difference...
    • Male Humanizing variant: Nox is heard sobbing at the beginning of episode 13, though like most of his Pet the Dog moments, it's deeply unsettling.
  • The Powerpuff Girls
    • In the episode "Buttercrush," the girls confront the Gangreen Gang, who have been tormenting some kids. Blossom and Bubbles are poised ready to kick bully tuchus. Buttercup, however, is buying Ace's insincere apology and is crying with a smile on her face.
    • The Rowdyruff Boys did this in "The Boys Are Back In Town" after the girls embarrass them.
    • Sedusa in "Something's A Ms." after her hair was rendered useless due to being wet.
    • Mojo Jojo in "Child Fearing" while he's trying to make the Girls go to bed.
    • Princess Morbucks on two occasions; at the end of her debut episode and "Boy Toys" when the Rowdyruff Boys wouldn't let her join their team.
    • Blossom in the 2016 series episode "Poorbucks." She and Princess Morbucks (who had lost all her money) become friends but after Princess steals Blossom's lemonade formula and renounces their friendship, it breaks poor Blossom's heart.
    • Buttercup in the 2016 series episode "Princess Buttercup" when the Derby-Tants reveal to her they were paid to be her friends. Buttercup doesn't audibly sob, but there are shown to be tears in her eyes, and it makes her all the more sympathetic, even though she Took a Level in Jerkass in this incarnation of the Powerpuff Girls franchise.
    • Buttercup yet again in "Painbow" during her Jerkass Realization. Like the above example, it is silent crying, though, but it's cute nonetheless.
  • Male example: Ziggy, the titular genie from Trust Me, I'm a Genie is often reduced to tears whenever the third wish fails and often looks adorable when he cries.
  • In Pinky and the Brain, the Brain of all people has bouts of this. Despite being a Villain Protagonist and his usually abusive treatment of Pinky, Brain has some degree of scruples and conscience, and it comes out rather poignantly at times.
  • Almost all of the main ponies in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic have powerful tearful moments. Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash tend to lean more strongly into this trope however. While not jerks outright, they are frequently arrogant, cold natured and unwilling to express weakness, and their breakdowns nearly always occur when their prideful act has finally been broken down. Discord of all people even has a moment to mark his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Commander Peepers in Wander over Yonder is given to this.
  • Beetlejuice: Lydia in "Doomie's Romance" brushes tears from her eyes when the experiment to bring Mayor Maynot's disowned car "Pinky" to life fails and Doomie just bawls over it. Suddenly goes to Tears of Joy when Doomie's tears bring Pinky to life.
  • Hey Arnold!: Helga in "Ms. Perfect" once she realizes that Lila, the new girl that she and the other girls tormented, lives in a rundown apartment with a single, unemployed father and is incredibly poor and depressed. It's one of the few times that she has outwardly expressed any regret for her actions.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Star in "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown" cries while hugging Marco after Ludo kidnaps Glossaryck.
  • Gary from Final Space is usually a jolly Cloud Cuckoolander Anti-Hero, but when he cries, it's utterly adorable. this is especially shown in Chapter 8 after he witnesses his father's death yet again, this time in a time loop.
  • Pidge of Voltron: Legendary Defender is prone to this trope such as when she finds out that her brother Matt was attacked by his teammate Shiro to protect him, when a flashback showed classmates mocking her as a "nerd" and when she's finally reunited with Matt.
  • General Skarr from Evil Con Carne cries very adorably in "The Right To Bear Arms".
  • Bender in Futurama is prone to this. And also to Inelegant Blubbering, sometimes at the same moment.
    Bender: So lonely. Poor, sad Bender.


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