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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.

For this to work, all the characters have to be crying the same way (small crying sounds or outright 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, Contagious Laughter, and Reactive Continuous Scream. Often happens in the Grand Finale.

Also, even though it includes the titular trope in its lyrics, "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. isn't an example (it's about how You Are Not Alone).

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    Asian Animation 
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: The other goats are seen crying at the end of episode 3, believing Paddi to have died to Wolffy. Thankfully, he didn't.

    Comic Books 
  • Archie Comics: In "The Vigil", Jughead's friends, his mother, and his pet dog all cry when he enters a coma after getting clonked on the head by a big box flying out of a car.

    Fan Works 
  • This happens quite often in the Avantasia Protag AU series, especially when the main characters find themselves in a dire situation.
  • In Lost Latte, the Healin' Good Precures and the Healing Animals cry together after they believe they lost Latte for good.

    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 full-on cry, but he does shed a few tears during 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 mocking the idea of Dumbo flying.
  • 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 (justified because she's a fish underwater), 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, even when Brian returns), 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.
  • The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses: Petrie, Ducky, and Spike all cry Tears of Remorse after giving Littlefoot a "The Reason You Suck" Speech and the cold shoulder for lying about the Tinysauruses knocking off all the tree-sweets, which caused Littlefoot to walk out on them in frustration. The only one who doesn't cry is Cera when she shows up, instead voicing her disapproval at the sight of her friends crying before getting them to decide that they must apologize to Littlefoot.
  • In The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, when Emmet ruins the wedding between Batman and Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi, everyone who participates starts crying like little children.
  • In The Prince of Egypt, after the Angel of Death took away all the firstborn children's lives, all the Egyptian mothers begin to wail after seeing their dead children, breaking the silence of the night. Rameses mourns for his own son silently. After Ramses tells him to leave and that he lets his people go, Moses sits against a wall and breaks down along with the sounds of the wailing mothers. Not because he lost a firstborn child, but because he lost his relationship with his foster brother and nephew, not to mention all the destruction in Egypt that happened due to Rameses's stubbornness and pride.
  • In Piglet's Big Movie, when it looks like Pooh and Piglet have fallen down the waterfall, the main gang mourns their supposed fate, with Tigger and Rabbit breaking down in tears. After Pooh and Piglet are revealed to be alive and well, Pooh approaches Tigger and Rabbit and, unaware of why they're crying, joins in with the crying himself.
  • In Sleeping Beauty, the good fairies are left in tears after Aurora is put into a deep sleep.
  • Near the end of Wreck-It Ralph, All of the Sugar Rush racers start crying after Vanellope (in her princess form) announces that they'll be executed. Thankfully, she was only joking.
  • Near the end of Smurfs: The Lost Village, After Papa Smurf can't find the ingredients to bring Smurfette back to life, all of the smurfs cry over Smurfette's Disney Death but the other smurfs in the Village and the Selfie-Bug join in the crying as well.
  • In the third Swan Princess movie, The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure, Speed, Puffin, Jean Bob, and Whizzer all cry Tears of Joy and make up with each other for their bickering after Odette is brought back to life, and Derek tells her he loves her.
  • In Turning Red, after Mei initially refuses to turn into a panda at Tyler's birthday party, Miriam, Priya, and Abby volunteer to stay with Mei and not to attend the 4*Town concert, since neither of them have enough money for 4 tickets. However, immediately after doing so, the three of them—even Priya—are on the verge of tears, showing how clearly upset they are about it.
    • Later, when they all attend the concert, the three girls dissolve into excited Inelegant Blubbering, this time with Mei and Tyler, when the band starts performing.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Invoked in The Addams Family, where Morticia tells a kindergarten class her version of Hansel and Gretel, where she gives graphic insight into the witch's death. The poor kids didn't take it well and simultaneously burst into tears.
  • In Beethoven, Ryce, Ted, and Emily cry just before Beethoven is sent to be put down after Dr. Varnick fakes a dog attack in order to label Beethoven as a dangerous dog.
  • It happened in the Laurel and Hardy silent short Big Business after they blow a fuse on selling Christmas trees.
  • The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas: After getting sent to jail, Fred and Barney break down crying over losing Wilma and Betty respectively. Gazoo tries to calm them, claiming that the alien race he comes from had gone for ages without expressing emotions, but it's not long before he joins in with the crying too.
  • In The Grizzlies, the students of the Inuit lacrosse team cry as they mourn Zach and talk about the suicides in their families and community.
  • In both the book and the film of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the entire Fellowship cries after losing Gandalf.

  • Madeline: The first book of the series has everyone cry as Madeline is taken to the hospital to treat her appendicitis.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The illustrations depict 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.
  • 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.
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: The entire Fellowship cries after Gandalf's Heroic Sacrifice in the Mines of Moria.
    Grief at last wholly overcame them, and they wept long: some standing and silent, some cast upon the ground.
  • The Railway Children: When Mother finds out how the children asked the Old Gentleman for the hamper, she is at first very angry, then she cries, and so do the children; and it all became a huge crying party.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Electric Company (1971):
    • A Season 2 skit featuring a baseball player (Skip Hinnant) who is called out on a play at the plate and doesn't take it too well, to say the least. Neither do the umpire, the catcher... or the radio announcer (Jim Boyd)!
  • 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)".
  • Free To Be... You and Me: The 1972 TV special featured the song "It's All Right To Cry," a Tearjerker ballad by former Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Rosie Grier, whose lyrics imply just that... everyone cries at some point for one reason or another.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The infamous ending to "Papa's Got A Brand New Excuse" where Will goes off on an 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), Jensen himself and even Ben Vereen who played the dad, 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: Near the end of "iQuit iCarly", Carly and Sam (who spent most of the episode having a fight) have just been rescued from falling from the apartment building while trying to film an iShorts video in a window washer platform. They claim that they were brave and didn't cry the whole time... only to start crying moments later, prompting Spencer to guide the girls into a hug with each other as they reconcile. This causes Dave and Fleck (who also spent most of the episode having a fight) to start crying as well as they hug and reconcile too. After seeing those unfolding moments, Freddie and Spencer happily decide to share a hug themselves while remaining composed. A moment later, the janitor of the apartment building, Morris, arrives with harnesses for Carly and Sam's video and is left confused when he sees all the hugging and crying.
  • The Jeffersons: In “Lunch With Mama”, George, Louise, and Mother Jefferson attend a funeral for whom they thought was an old family friend of Louise’s. Mother Jefferson, upset that her lunch date with George was canceled because of the service, begins bawling loudly. This leads to George, Louise and almost everyone else in the chapel to start crying as well. However, it turns out they went to the wrong service and that the deceased at that one wasn’t well liked.
  • 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.
  • The Golden Girls: The final scene of the series is of Sophia, Blanche, and Rose all breaking down into tears and hugging after Dorothy moves out of the house to live with her new husband.
  • In an early episode of Supernatural, Heart, Sam is forced to kill his Love Interest Madison before she becomes a werewolf. Madison and Sam are both in tears, and Dean sheds a Single Tear.
  • NCIS: Everyone on Team Gibbs cries when Mike Franks is killed. Tony and Ziva share a tearful hug in the elevator; when the door opens, McGee and Abby are doing the same thing. Tony extends a hand and says "Bring it in." Cue tearful Group Hug.
  • Married... with Children: As Al, Peg, Jefferson and Marcy spend an evening together watching Beachesnote , their minds wander into how disappointing their lives have turned out to be, until they start mentally singing "The Way We Were" in perfect synchronization. At the end of the song, they all erupt in tears.
  • One episode of Brotherly Love has a B-plot of Claire and Lou watching and sobbing over Love Story and other sappy romance movies that all end with the heroines dying. The episode's final scene shows Claire, Joe, Matt and Andy watching a virtually identical movie about a man and his dog that ends with the dog dying, and all four of them end up bawling.

    Puppet Shows 
  • 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!
  • Occurs in the Fraggle Rock episodes "Catch a Tail by the Tiger" and "A Friend in Need". The latter when Boober, Wembley, Red, and Mokey see Sprocket playing with Gobo's hat and think Sprocket has eaten Gobo.
  • 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
  • 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 Gabi and Rosita), two baseball players (Lexine and Luis), a guy who juggles hats (Carlo), 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 Warm, 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".

    Tabletop Games 
  • Pathfinder: Lampads can invoke this through their Weep ability to cry bitterly, causing anyone in earshot to pass a will save or to spend the next turn unable to use their own abilities due to being too busy weeping and sobbing along with her. Lampad queens have a stronger version where their targets are unable to do anything at all due to the strength of their despairing sobs.

    Video Games 
  • Persona 4: The main gang all cries when Nanako (temporarily) dies.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, after the third trial, Himiko, having lost her two closest friends, Angie and Tenko, within hours of each other, breaks down and cries, and it's noted that everyone else nearby followed suit.

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