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Everybody had to cry. Not a single eye was dry.

They say when you cry, you cry alone. Well, sometimes that's not always the case.

Everybody Cries is where a group of three or more characters (sometimes all the main characters) cry in the same area, whether in one scene or a sequence of scenes. The reasons can vary, but the most common is the loss of someone that everyone in that scene or everyone on the show, cared for a lot.

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For this to work, all the characters have to be crying the same way (small crying sounds or out right bawling; either one works) and/or have tears flowing down the cheeks, not just held within the eyes (or, at least, wiping them from their eyes). And if everyone is Cry Laughing, it is not this trope.

Don't be surprised that you start crying while watching this sort of scene.

Contrast Everybody Laughs Ending. Often happens in the Grand Finale.


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    Films — Animation 
  • Hanna-Barbera's feature film Once Upon a Forest has three young 'uns called furlings journey far afield to retrieve medicinal herbs to heal their mentor's young niece Michelle. Though the three furlings succeed and meet the deadline, morning sees tiny Michelle unchanged and unresponsive. All four characters weep at the loss of one so young and promising.
    Abigail: We were too late.
    Cornelius: No, my furlings, you did everything possible. Everything possible.
    • Fortunately, Cornelius's tears fall on Michelle's face, waking her up and showing that the herbs saved her after all.
  • Alice in Wonderland: When Alice gets lost in the forest and cries during the song "Very Good Advice," all the strange animals around her cry along with her.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The famous scene of all the dwarfs crying around Snow White's bier after she succumbs to the poisoned apple. Notable for being one of the first grief scenes in the history of animation to be Played for Drama and the definitive proof that "a stack of drawings" could be just as moving as live-action.
  • Wakko's Wish: Occurs during Dot's Disney Death.
  • Snoopy, Come Home: Snoopy's going-away party ends with the entire Peanuts cast crying hysterically (except for Schroder who plays "It's A Long Way To Tipperary" on his piano).
  • In The Rugrats Movie, the babies cry, including Angelica, when Spike falls off the bridge while protecting them against a wolf.
  • While the kids and Nigel Thornberry are stuck in a cave in Rugrats Go Wild!, Susie starts to cry when she feels she won't see her family again. It's not long before Chuckie, Phil, Lil, and Kimi also start to cry along with her. Tommy doesn't actually cry, but he does shed a few tears at the moment.
  • In Beauty and the Beast, the Bimbettes are in love with Gaston and are therefore left crying when Gaston announces his intention to marry Belle.
  • A Bug's Life: Francis makes Dot and the other Blueberries cry by snapping at them over the tea party they were holding on top of him. Immediately, he feels bad over his actions and cheers the girls up with a juggling act.
    • Towards the end of the film, when the circus bugs all have to leave, the Blueberries are all crying as they hug Francis goodbye. Francis is seen all choked up and repeatably saying, "I'm not gonna cry. I'm not gonna cry."
  • Return to Never Land has the Lost Boys cry not once, but twice in this movie. The first time is Played for Laughs: when the Lost Boys are tied up to the ship's mast after being captured by the pirates, Peter tells them to not let the pirates see them cry, prompting the boys to sneak behind the mast before bursting into tears. The second time, on the other hand, is Played for Drama: when Jane is about to leave Never Land, the Lost Boys are in tears over her imminent departure.
  • In Dumbo, the crows cry when Timothy calls them out for teasing Dumbo over his ears.
  • This trope is used twice in the Disney anthology movie Make Mine Music during the segment Peter and the Wolf. In the first instance, Peter, Ivan, and Sasha cry over Sonia's apparent demise at the hands of the wolf. In the second instance, Misha, Yasha, and Vladimir burst out crying when it briefly looks like Peter has been eaten by the wolf.
  • In The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, all the pirates in the movie theater cry over SpongeBob and Patrick drying out under the lamp at Shell City.
  • In The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Gromit, Lady Tottington, and all of the rabbits cry over Wallace's Disney Death. The only one who isn't crying is Hutch, whose casual eating of cheese gives Gromit an idea to revive his master.
  • In Jetsons: The Movie, Jane, Rosie, and Astro are shown crying while watching an emotional soap opera involving two robots in love.
    Jane: (weepily) Rosie, be careful. You'll rust up again.
  • Pinocchio: Gepetto, Jiminy Cricket, and Figaro all weep for Pinocchio's Disney Death near the end of the film. The only one who doesn't cry is Cleo, who swims closer to Figaro to comfort him.
  • Dougal and the Blue Cat from The Magic Roundabout has most of the gang (except for Dougal) imprisoned by Buxton's army. Florence sings a sad song about their misfortunes, causing herself and everyone else to cry. Later, the gang (this time, with Dougal), along with a remorseful Buxton, cries again over Brian's Disney Death near the end of the film. In addition, when Brian returns alive and well, he also cries Tears of Joy, moved by Buxton's pleas for forgiveness. The only characters who don't cry during the latter scene are Dylan (who is, as usual, asleep in the background during that moment), Zebedee (who is offscreen, although present), and Mr. Rusty. However, Dylan and Mr. Rusty (who tries to remain hopeful) do shed tears with the others during Florence's sad song, while Zebedee sheds a Single Tear before silently breaking down. Also, the only character who doesn't cry during the dungeon scene is Mr. MacHenry, but he does during the latter scene.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • The first book of the Madeline series has everyone cry as Madeline is taken to the hospital to treat her appendicitis.
  • In the illustrations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz depicts Dorothy and her friends in tears as they say goodbye to her before she returns home. This carries over into the movie as well.
    • When Dorothy first enters into Oz, she's greeted by the Witch of the North and three Munchkins. The Witch tells her she can't help Dorothy get back home and may have to remain on Oz. Dorothy begins to cry, and the Munchkins, who feel sorry for her, begin crying as well.
  • In James and the Giant Peach, the Centipede accidentally falls off the peach into the ocean, prompting James to jump off with the Silkworm to save him. All of the insects immediately fear the worst, and begin to cry as the Old-Green Grasshopper plays the Funeral March on his violin.
    Earthworm: (sobbing) I don't care a bit about the Centipede, but I did really love that little boy.
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    Live Action TV 
  • The entire cast does this during the last few minutes of the grand finale of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
  • In Hannah Montana, Miley, Lily, and Oliver parody the above scene in "Miley Says Goodbye? (Part 2)", with the trio embraced in an emotional huddle, and, not wanting to let go, shuffle toward a tissue box, when Lily needs to blow her nose.
  • On Lost, Jack, Kate, and Hurley all cry as they process that Sayid, Sun, and Jin have all just died within a few minutes.
  • In Sex and the City, the four main girls (with the exception of Charlotte who is full-out crying) are almost in tears during their last dinner, when Carrie has to move to France in "An American Girl In Paris (Part Une)".

  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The infamous ending to "Papa's Got A Brand New Excuse" where Will goes of on in anger fueled rant about how he didn't need his deadbeat father before collapsing in his Uncle Phil's arms sobbing. According to Shelly Jensen, who directed this episode, most of the cast and crew didn't know about Will's planned monologue until the day it was shot. As a result, many of them, including Karyn Parsons (Hilary) and Jensen himself, were crying offscreen. While James Avery (Uncle Phil) was visibly close to breaking down himself.
  • Kenan & Kel: In "Bye Bye Kenan, Part 1", Kenan and his family are about to move to Montana after Kenan's father gets a new job as a mountain ranger. At Rigby's, Kenan breaks the news to Chris, who rushes off crying just as Kel arrives. When Kenan also breaks the news to Kel, both of them try to be strong, but they end up crying and hugging each other. Moments later, Chris reappears and joins them in the hugging and crying.
  • iCarly: In "iQuit iCarly", after being rescued from falling from the apartment building while trying to film an iShorts video in a window washer platform, Carly and Sam (who spent most of the episode having a fight) claim that they were brave and didn't cry the whole time...only to start crying moments later as they reconcile, prompting Spencer to guide them into a hug with each other. Seeing Carly and Sam's emotional moment causes Dave and Fleck (who also spent most of the episode having a fight) to start crying as well as they hug and reconcile. After seeing the others hugging and crying, Freddie and Spencer happily decide to share a hug as well. A moment later, the janitor of the apartment building, Morris, arrives with harnesses for Carly and Sam's iShorts video and is left confused when he sees all the hugging and crying.
  • The Saddle Club: In the episode "Herdbound", when Lisa's mother prepares to have Lisa removed from Pine Hollow and enrolled at Wentworth Academy, a boarding school that is far away, Carole and Stevie give Lisa a box of souvenirs to help her remember the time she had at Pine Hollow. This soon culminates in the girls breaking down in tears.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Sesame Street:
    • The final moments of the famous "I'll Miss You, Mr. Hooper" scene, where Big Bird finally comes to terms that his beloved Mr. Hooper isn't coming back and, as the camera pulls back, the adults embrace Big Bird. Those tears from the adult cast members shed in those moments were very real ... and if they hadn't already, it showed the audience (especially children) that even adults sometimes cry and that in real life, indeed often is the case where everybody in the family cries, often together, when a loved person dies.
    • Episode 3626 is a play called, "The Princesses and the Stick" which two princesses (played by Gaby and Rosita), two baseball players (Lexie and Louis), a guy who juggles hats (Carlos),and a fisherman (Telly) all cry (eventually all together) because they can't find the single stick that was used to solve their problem before.
      • And if that wasn't enough, the narrator (Celina) starts to get emotional when she goes further into the sad parts of the story.
    • All three contestants (Luke Warn, Ida Normer, and Pierre Blue) of The Crying Game Show with Sonny Friendly after the announcer blurts that there is No Consolation Prizes And they end up Sobbing in Failure as Sonny Friendly remarks "I guess we can't all be winners".
    • We're three big kids, tough as rocks, meanest dudes on the whole block...
    • To see this trope in action on the Island of Emotion, go to Weeping River.
    • In one of the "Monster Clubhouse" segments, the young monsters of said club pretend to do this for fun, as part of the "Furry Feeling of the Day".
  • The entire Muppets and the audience (including Statler and Waldorf) does so with Sylvester Stallone as he and The Muppets sings a sad tale of A Bird in a Gilded Cage on The Muppet Show
  • Occurs in the Fraggle Rock episodes "Catch a Tail by the Tiger" and "A Friend in Need". The latter occurs upon Gobo's Disney Death.
  • Between the Lions: Occurs in the episode "A King and His Hawk" when everybody in the library was reading sad stories, no less.
    [as Theo is reading The Old Man and the Sea]
    Theo: Oh, that poor fish!

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    Real Life 
  • Really, any emotionally overwhelming situation or event - a graduation, the final performance of a play, a funeral, a wedding, or even just a really sad scene in a movie or play - will result in the majority getting choked up.
  • This is how Socrates' friends reacted at his execution when they witnessed him drink the fatal cup of hemlock. Socrates finally had to ask them to restrain themselves so he could die in peace.
  • Everybody in Manhattan NY during the 9/11 terrorist attack.

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