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If you were only one inch tall, you'd ride a worm to school.
The teardrop of a crying ant would be your swimming pool.
— "One Inch Tall", Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

What do you do when a friend cries? Give them a hankie and ice cream, of course! What do you do when a giant cries? Get them the heck out of town, of course! Do you know how much collateral damage their tears can do?! And if a giant is Prone to Tears, may God help the citizens of an area.

When a person that big cries, the tears are big, too. This means that the tears could potentially create a flash flood. Even a Single Tear can be a major disaster. But when the giant isn't literally Crying a River, the tears are usually an inconvenience. In that instance, the characters pull out an umbrella as if they were rained on. A Cute Giant, Gentle Giant, or a Giant Woman may do this. Giant tears can also be a problem for any small animals and people if they encounter a human who decides to have a good cry. This can also happen if a shrunken character comes across a regular-sized person who is huge in comparison. Other bodily fluids such as pee and blood can count as long as the droplets are large enough to drench someone smaller than the source of said droplets. If a giant vomits, there will inevitably be a Vomit Indiscretion Shot. If the fluid in question is saliva, it may result from a *Drool* Hello. Will often result in Covered in Gunge, especially if it's a giant's snot.

This trope is most often utilized in Western Animation, but it can also be used in other media. This trope may also happen in an Alice Allusion (specifically, a reference to the "Pool of Tears" scene).

Part of the Tear Tropes index, This Index Is Not To Scale, Bathroom Tropes, and Bloody Tropes. A Sub-Trope of Casually Powerful Giant. A Sister Trope of Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever. Crying a River and Ocular Gushers may be involved, as will Overdrawn at the Blood Bank when it comes to a giant bleeding. Potty Failure and Potty Emergency can be involved. This trope may also result from Urine Trouble, especially if it's from a Canis Major. Compare to Giant's Knife; Human's Greatsword, which involves weapons. Usually Played for Drama, but can be Played for Laughs as well. If a giant saves a human by using a gross liquid like pee or vomit, it's overlapping with Revolting Rescue.


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A giant's fluids

    Anime & Manga 
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (JP): In "The Pool of Tears", Alice eats a small piece of cake that makes her grow to a very tall height. Worried that she'll never stop growing, she starts to sob and one of her tears splashes onto Benny's head. She then floods the room with her tears and even makes an ocean.
  • Doraemon: In the 2005 anime episode "Big Boys Do Cry", Suneo uses one of Doraemon's inventions to grow big enough to confront Gian, who's stolen his video game. Unfortunately, he grows to the size of an actual giant and goes to Doraemon and Nobita for help. When Suneo accidentally breaks the shrink ray, the main duo helps him run to safety in the forest to avoid being spotted by police cars. Suneo, ever the crybaby, wails about his misfortune and his tears fall on Doraemon and Nobita.
  • How Doraemon: Nobita and the Spiral City ends, when Doraemon use his Enlarging Light on a sentient, animated Manneken Piss statue (yes, one who's always peeing) and sic the statue on Onigoro and the villains. Cue Onigoro and his mooks getting literally washed away by a tidal wave from a urinating giant statue.
  • M78 Love and Peace: When the giant-sized stray kaiju, Seabozu, crashes on chibi-M78 and starts crying because he's homesick, a single tear from Seabozu drenches chibi-Ultraman akin to getting splashed by a small bucket of water.
  • Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution: A strange example. When Ash has turned to stone, all the Pokémon and their clones wail. This includes some bigger ones such as Gyarados, but this is downplayed for the Pokémon who are not gigantic (though still big in their own right), such as Blastoise. Their tears sparkle and float in the air and make a beeline for Ash, restoring him to normal.
  • One Piece:
    • During the raid on Enies Lobby, Usopp hangs back at the entrance and hides beneath the defeated giant gatekeeper, Oimo, while planning how to proceed after everyone ran ahead without him. Usopp notices that he's standing in ankle-deep water, which he mistakes for a sudden flood, but it's actually from Oimo crying over failing his 100-year mission to protect the island.
    • Quite surprisingly, Kaido of the Beast Pirates demonstrates this trope! In Episode 779, he is drunk when he learns of Doflamingo's defeat at the hands of Luffy and Trafalgar Law. Fortunately for his cronies, he becomes emotional rather than outraged. Unfortunately, however, his weeping produces giant tears that soak them as well as the posters of Luffy and Law.
  • Pokémon: The First Movie: A variation. After Ash has been Taken for Granite, all the Pokémon start crying and their sparkling tears float over to him, bringing him back to life. This is downplayed with a few Pokémon (such as Venusaur and Charizard, who aren't giants, but are bigger than humans), but played straight for the larger ones such as Gyarados.
  • Pokémon Journeys: The Series: In "Sobbing Sobble!", a Sobble makes everyone cry Ocular Gushers that are enough to accumulate huge puddles. This is downplayed, however, since Dragonite and Scyther aren't gigantic (but they're still rather big) and Golurk (who is a giant) isn't wailing as much as the others.
  • Sanrio: In the Charmmy Kitty in Wonderland movie, several cats have Charmmy eat a cookie that makes her become gargantuan. Charmmy then begins to weep, and she bawls enough to flood the whole room. She's even washed away in the flood of tears once she goes back to normal size after drinking some milk.

    Comic Books 
  • The Powerpuff Girls: In the DC comic "Big Bubbles Blues", Bubbles and Talking Dog have become huge. Bubbles fears that they'll never go back to normal size and begins crying. Talking Dog follows suit and their tears splash down, nearly soaking several citizens.

    Fan Works 
  • A comic dub featuring the Cup Bros from Cuphead has them in an Alice in Wonderland AU. When Cuphead starts fretting about how he and Mugman will never go home, he cries a torrent of tears that ends up flooding the room until it reaches the brothers' waists.
  • In this piece of Clifford the Big Red Dog fanart, Clifford floods Emily Elizabeth's room with his urine.
  • Pony POV Series: After 1,000 years of Discord's reign, Spike has now grown into a massive adult dragon. When he realizes Twilight has regained her memories and turned back to her old self, he drenches her with Tears of Joy.
  • This piece of Steven Universe fanart shows Blue Diamond flooding Homeworld with her tears because she misses Pink Diamond, much to Yellow Diamond's annoyance. All the Diamonds are gargantuan, and Blue's Prone to Tears. Do the math.
  • In the Super Mario Bros. fanfic A Giant Problem, Luigi becomes enormous due to an experiment from Professor E. Gadd. Luigi is so stressed out that he begins wailing, and it's noted that his tears splash onto the ground.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • George of the Jungle:
    • Shep the dog-like elephant lifts his leg and very nearly pees on several gorillas. They get out of the way just in time, and he unleashes a torrent of piss on the trees.
    • Near the end of the movie, the hunters are locked in a cage. George tells Shep to "let 'er rip" and the latter lifts a leg in the direction of the hunters as they all let out a Big "NO!". The scene then cuts away before we get to see Shep mark his territory on them.
  • Jurassic Park: As Grant and the kids admire the wondrous sight of a Brachiosaurus herd grazing peacefully, one of them sneezes, leaving Lex Covered in Gunge from head to toe.
    Tim: God bless you!

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: When Alice grows nine feet tall, she bursts into tears. The tears quickly form a pool that is four inches deep and spans halfway down the hallway. Then when she shrinks again, she becomes so small that the pool is like a river, and she ends up swimming in it, along with a mouse, a dodo bird, and various other animals.
  • Alphabet Mystery: When the little letters enter a castle, a Giant M comes in, ordering Crooked I to make soup out of them. Little x tells Giant M that their friend Charley needs them all to surprise his mother for her birthday. Giant M then starts sobbing because it reminds him of his own mother. In the illustration, his tears are splattering all over the letters.
  • The BFG: When Sophie is telling the BFG about her life in the orphanage, he begins to cry and it's noted that he shed a tear that was enough to fill a bucket.
  • Captain Underpants: In "Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000", after Captain Underpants spanks the Turbo Toilet 2000, the latter bawls his eyes out. Since he's huge (at least in comparison to Captain Underpants), one of his tears lands on Captain Underpants's head, turning him back into Mr. Krupp.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Discussed in "Dog Days" when Li'l Cutie asks his father if rain is caused by God sweating.
  • The online story "The Giant Who Cried Waterfalls" concerns a young girl named Bonnie, who is curious about where her village's twin waterfalls come from. She soon finds a giant sitting on the top of the mountain, crying his eyes out because he's the Last of His Kind. Bonnie then goes on a years-long journey to find other giants. She succeeds when she finds a giantess crying from the top of a mountain as well. As soon as the two giants find each other, they go off to search for more of their kind.
  • Gus the Dinosaur Bus: When Gus gets fired from being the bus because he's caused a lot of damage in the city, he hides in the gym and starts crying. It's noted that "just one of Gus's tears could fill a bathtub". It's even enough to create a new swimming pool.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998): Downplayed in the book "A Little Monstrous Problem". The Girls meet a baby monster that isn't ginormous per se, but is still rather big compared to them. Buttercup tries to blast him with her Eye Beams and he runs away crying, which floods the city.
  • The Seven Chinese Sisters involves a dragon kidnapping the youngest sister in the hopes of eating her. When her big sisters come to the rescue, the dragon cries as he explains that he's hungry. His tears form two streams that trickle down the mountainside.
  • Timbuctoo: In Squeak's story, a wizard magically turns Squeak into a giant. Squeak unintentionally scares his friends off, so he starts to cry "huge, puddle-sized tears".
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Upon being un-petrified by Aslan, the good giant Rumblebuffin comments that the sudden spring heat is making him sweaty. Lucy offers her handkerchief, before realizing a human-sized handkerchief isn't going to do a giant much good, and it is thoroughly soaked in seconds. Rumblebuffin still appreciates the gesture.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Yo Gabba Gabba!: In a few episodes, one of the transition segments shows some kids and Muno trying to dodge a giant GoGo's tears. One of the kids then gives him his pacifier, calming him down.
  • A weaponized version. The kaiju Okariyan from Ultraman Taro can fire explosive boogers from his nose as projectiles, which he repeatedly demonstrates against the ZAT defense force and later against Ultraman Taro. Against the humans, the boogers have the same impact as a hand grenade.
  • Ultraman X: A variation with the Space Cat Kaiju Mu. When her affections toward the titular Ultraman (who doesn't remember her due to memory-erasing flatulence) are rebuffed, she turns on the waterworks to such an extent that to people on the ground (like Wataru, who's going through his own romantic issues), it makes for an effective Grey Rain of Depression.

    Mythology & Religion 
  • This is zigzagged with Dodola, the Slavonic goddess of rain. The rain can either be her tears or spilled milk from her celestial sheep (clouds).
  • The Maori creation myth centers around Ranginui the sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother. They loved each other so much that their closeness was squashing their children. Eventually, one of their sons mustered all of his strength to separate them. As a result, Ranginui's tears act as rain whenever he pines for his love.
    • Implied with the legend of Mount Taranaki. The mountain was once part of a battle to win the favor of marrying Pihanga. In the end, Tongariro came out victorious, driving a wounded Taranaki away. When Taranaki came to his current home, he would cover himself with rainclouds whenever he wept for Pihanga.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Barbarian and the Troll: The episode "When Dragons Cry" focuses on the gang's quest to obtain dragon tears to upgrade Axe. Though the dragon refuses, he sends the gang to the gnome marketplace to get ingredients for a stew that brings him to tears. However, it turns out that the dragon wants to eat the gang as well. As the friends prepare to be eaten, they lament about their situation and Brendar confesses about her lonely life after her brother was taken by a demon. Moved by their words, the dragon starts crying and Axe uses the downpour of tears to get upgraded.
  • The Puzzle Place: Julie shares a story about Paul Bunyan in order to teach Ben and Skye that it's okay for boys to cry, too. In the story, Babe the Blue Ox gets sick, leading Paul to cry over her and form a lake with his tears...twice!

  • Referenced in the The Clouds when Strepsiades, a farmer of Attica with traditional religous beliefs, seeks out Socrates in order to learn philosophy. He is astonished to hear Socrates explain that the gods do not exist, and that various metereological phenomena, such as rain and thunder, are caused not by gods, but by the clouds. Strepsiades admits that until now, he used to believe that rain is Zeus "pissing through a sieve."

    Video Games 
  • Breath of Fire IV: The Wind Dragon only drops a single tear in its summon animation, which then turns into a powerful torrent that rains on enemies.
  • CarnEvil: At one point when you're fighting Junior the giant evil baby (or Deaddy the huge Killer Teddy Bear), you have to hide in a dollhouse. Junior/Deaddy tears off the roof and vomits all over you. You'll have to protect yourself by shooting his puke.
  • Cuphead: Ollie (a huge onion who is a literal case of Onion Tears) attacks with his Ocular Gushers. You have to move Cuphead or Mugman out of the way so they don't get drenched.
  • The Legendary Starfy: In the third game, Evil (the rather large demon) weaponizes this in his boss battle by unleashing a huge wave of Waterfall Puke that is like a Wave-Motion Gun and Starfy (a small star-shaped creature) is forced to deflect it.
  • Monsters vs. Aliens: In one level, Susan/Ginormica is falling, and Insectosaurus (who is even more colossal than she is) snorts out a huge thread of snot, allowing Susan/Ginormica to swing to safety.
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse: In the aptly named Saliva Island stage, Shantae comes across a sleeping dragon-like being called Giga Lummox. Next to it, you can read a sign that states that the Giga Lummox might wake up if it picks up the smell of ham. When you drop down two screens below, you'll find two girls, lamenting that the pool they wanted to take a bath in is completely dry. You need to hit the ham that the girls set up on a grill and catch its scent into Shantae's Magic Lamp. When you release it near the Giga Lummox, it will start to drool so much that it'll look like one of the regular waterfalls you can see everywhere around the stage. When you come back to the girls, you'll see them happily playing in the pool, now filled by Giga Lummox's saliva. They don't seem to notice that what they're bathing in isn't actually water- They do note that the substance is "warm and viscous" and that it smells like bath salts.
  • Super Princess Peach: Near the end of the boss battle with King Boo (who is one of the biggest Boos), King Boo cries Ocular Gushers that extinguish the lanterns and candles, forcing Princess Peach to go into her Rage vibe to light them again.

    Web Animation 
  • Happy Tree Friends: In "Get Whale Soon", Russell and Lumpy end up inside a whale. Russell impales the whale's uvula with his hook-hand, and the whale vomits, completely drenching them in puke.
  • Overly Sarcastic Productions: In the "Miscellaneous Myths" video "Thoth Gambles With The Moon", Ra forbids Nut from giving birth on any day of the year. This distresses her so much that she starts crying. Since she's the embodiment of the sky, this means that her tears are akin to rain.
  • PONY.MOV: In "SWAG.MOV", after Discord has been beheaded, a huge tsunami of blood erupts from his neck and floods all of Ponyville. Later, Apple Bloom even uses his blood to paint a barn.
  • Super-Villain-Bowl!: One of the many, many villains participating in the battle is King Kong, who towers over most of the participants and upon being turned to stone by Jadis the White Witch, randomly cries a tear... which splashes on the Wicked Witch of the West and melting her on the spot.


    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Downplayed in "Big Daddy". Boom-Boom the baby gorilla isn't as big as his father, but he's definitely massive in comparison to Sonic and Coconuts. He's also very prone to crying Ocular Gushers. At one point, Sonic even has to cover himself with an umbrella to shield himself from Boom-Boom's tears.
  • Adventure Time:
    • In "Another Way", Finn punches a colossal Cyclops in the eye, causing him to start wailing in pain, and some of his tears land on Finn. Because cyclops tears have healing properties, Finn regains his clothes and his injured foot is functional again.
    • In "The Enchiridion!", after a colossal ogre has eaten Jake, Finn kicks the ogre in the groin, causing the latter to puke Jake out. The vomit stream is so huge that Jake runs on it.
    • A variation in "Memories of Boom-Boom Mountain". Finn and Jake hear someone sobbing on a mountain as several boulders are falling down from above. The boulders very nearly fall on them. They find out that the boulders are actually the sentient mountain's tears.
  • Aladdin: The Series: Downplayed with the Genie in the episode "In the Heat of the Fright". Though he's usually giant-sized, he can appear human-sized at will. When fire cats terrorize and begin burning a village, the Genie watches Bambi to get the waterworks going. His tears then rain on the fire cats (which makes them dissipate) and the burning village (which douses the flames).
  • Amphibia: In the episode "Maddie and Marcy", Maddie gets fed up with her triplet sisters constantly annoying her, telling them to "grow up". As a result, the sisters resort to using Maddie's spellbook to create a growth potion in hopes of becoming older. However, the potion works too literally and they grow into giants. Due to the instability of the potion having been brewed incorrectly, the girls realize that they're growing too much and cry Ocular Gushers that drench the citizens of Wartwood.
  • Animaniacs (2020): Downplayed in "Gold Meddlers". Nils Niedhart isn't exactly a giant, but he's a tall Top-Heavy Guy. At the end of the episode, when he bawls over losing the gold medals to the Warners, he makes a small puddle with his tears.
  • Archie's Weird Mysteries: "Attack of the 50-Foot Veronica" centers around the titular character being hit by Dilton's growth ray and gradually growing to giant size. When she goes on a rampage throughout the city, she comes to her senses when she sees the small dresses she's plucked from a department store. She bursts into tears over not being able to wear such pretty clothes. When Jughead comes onto the scene, Veronica cries again, this time about the woes of being a giant. Though Jughead has an umbrella, he still tries to dodge her gigantic tears.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: At one point in "The Boy in the Iceberg", Appa (an enormous flying bison) sneezes on Sokka and the latter ends up being covered from head to toe in mucus. Sokka is understandably disgusted.
  • Baby Huey: Downplayed with the title character. He's a literal big baby, but he's not ginormous (though he's pretty huge in comparison to the other ducks). In one episode of The Baby Huey Show, he wails about how the other young ducks don't want to play with him, making several puddles. The ducks even carry umbrellas to keep themselves safe from his tears.
  • Care Bears (1980s): In "One Million CB", Grams and Brave Heart try to get a tear from No Heart Saurus (who is a large dinosaur) so they can cure Hugs and Tugs' Bobo Poxnote . Since Beastly's convinced that he has Bobo Pox as well, he smashes No Heart Saurus's foot with his club, causing the latter to shed a Single Tear in pain. This tear is enough to fill up a small hole in the ground, and Beastly drinks it.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog: In "Clifford and the Beanstalk", Emily is rehearsing for her role in a Jack and the Beanstalk play. When she's saying goodbye to the "cow" (played by T-Bone), Clifford (who is, of course, a big red dog) begins to weep. His tears splash onto the ground and one of them splatters on T-Bone.
  • In the Dennis the Menace episode "Big Baby", Dennis is tasked with looking after Sylvester, the infant son of Mrs. Atkins, when Alice has to go to the grocery store to buy him some more baby food. Around this time, PeeBee comes to Dennis' house to show him his super growth formula, which he keeps in a baby bottle since just one drops makes things grow to an enormous size. When Sylvester gets ahold of PeeBee's bottle, he drinks the formula, becoming a giant as a result. When the giant Sylvester plays with a real car like a toy, Dennis scolds him for it, causing him to cry. As Sylvester cries, Dennis runs off to get an umbrella to avoid being rained on by Sylvester's tears.
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
  • Dragon Tales: There is one straight example and one downplayed example.
    • Played straight in "One Big Wish", Max is tired of being small and makes a wish in a wishing well to become big. Unfortunately, the wish works too well and Max eventually grows to twice Sid Sycamore's height. When Max accidentally breaks the baseball bats, he cries in frustration. Zack and Wheezy open an umbrella to shield themselves from Max's tears.
    • Downplayed with Ord. He's not a giant per se (though his parents definitely are), but he's the biggest of his friends. In "The Forest of Darkness", he's too nervous to get through the titular forest and turns invisible while crying Tears of Fear. He's quickly found when the others find a river. Then it's revealed the "river" is actually Ord's tears. Emmy even comments that Ord's going to flood Dragon Land if he keeps this up.
  • Duckman: The episode "The Amazing Colossal Duckman" has the titular character drink an odd combination of chemicals that makes him grow every time he's angry. Eventually, he grows so large that he goes into exile. When he arrives on a desert island, he bemoans his fate and weeps in sorrow. It's ultimately subverted when none of his tears create a river nor rain on his associate Cornfed.
  • DuckTales (1987): "Attack of the Fifty Foot Webby" has Webby fall into a mysterious jungle pool that makes anything gargantuan. Though her wish to be noticed is granted, she soon grows tired of it and weeps out of frustration. The triplets run from her tears as she's crying and tell her to stop.
  • Esme & Roy: Snugs - one of the monster toddlers the eponymous duo babysits - often cries Ocular Gushers and sometimes inflates due to stress. However, both occur in "The Case of the Missing Cuddles", when his favorite stuffed toy Sir Cuddles disappears. This results in his streams of tears being a little over Esme's size. Luckily for Esme, they never drench her when she comforts Snugs.
  • Futurama:
    • In "Anthology of Interest I", Bender (in a what-if where he's 500 feet tall) is hanging out with Fry when Fry decides to spit off the side of a bridge. Bender, copying him, lets out his best attempt at a drool... which is a glob of oil the size of a truck, and crushes a number of cars when it hits the street below.
    • In "Three Hundred Big Boys", Mushu the whale vomits violently, filling up a good chunk of his tank in the process.
  • Goldie & Bear: In "Big Bear", Bear eats a magic bean that makes him enormous. After he realizes he can no longer fit inside his house, he starts weeping and his tears very nearly soak Goldie. She agrees to help him get back to his former height and he flicks away another tear, which does soak Goldie (much to her annoyance).
  • Henry Hugglemonster: In "Big Baby", this is discussed when Estelle quips that her baby brother Hugo "cries big, big tears". Note that Hugo is an Enormomonster and he's even bigger than even a regular adult-sized monster.
  • Infinity Train: The Season 4 episode "The Pig Baby Car" concerns the duo and Kez trying to make the perfect dessert for a giant pig baby. Since Kez accidentally microwaved a good portion of the butter once before, she has to hide her identity. When she gets discovered, however, Pig Baby becomes very upset and starts crying. His giant tears nearly splatter Cow Creamer, his caretaker.
  • Jelly Jamm: In "The Great Student", Rita's become the size of Mina's house thanks to a formula landing on her head. Overwhelmed by the stress of having nowhere to sleep and the fact that she can't hug Princess, she starts bawling the usual Ocular Gushers in the series. Mina has to shield herself with a book so she won't get soaked by Rita's tears.
  • In the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode "Donald and the Beanstalk", Willie the Giant trades his beans for Donald's Boo-Boo Chicken. When Donald gets the chicken back, Willie cries, prompting Goofy to pull out an umbrella.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • Nerds and Monsters: In episode 9, Vink literally pisses himself laughing. Since he's a huge monster, the others nearly get swept away in a torrent of urine.
  • Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures: In "Pac to the Future", Pac scolds a baby version of himself for eating one of his Power Berries. Since the berry Baby Pac ate was one that causes growth, he becomes a giant and starts bawling. His tears don't soak Pac, but they splatter the ground.
  • Papyrus: Subverted. Though the episode title is "Tears of the Giants", the giant colossuses (that is, statues) at the destroyed temple simply bellow in sorrow for Egypt's suffering.
  • Peter Potamus: When Peter Potamus and So-So Monkey travel back to the age of the dinosaurs in "Pre-Hysterical Pete", they encounter a dinosaur with a thorn in its foot. They initially mistake its tears for a downpour before they look up to see the behemoth bawling.
  • Phineas and Ferb: In "Attack of the 50 Foot Sister", Candace becomes a giant and cries that she'll never be a model for Flawless Girl cosmetics. Ferb gets an umbrella to protect himself and Phineas from her giant tears.
  • Pixar Shorts: There are two shorts in which the tears act as literal rain:
    • In the short "Partly Cloudy", a cloud named Gus creates babies for less-than-cuddly creatures, which causes injury to his bedraggled stork Peck. When it appears that Peck has chosen to deliver for another cloud, Gus cries rain until he discovers that Peck only got football gear to protect himself for their deliveries together.
    • The short "Lava" centers on a volcano that yearns for a romantic companion. As the years roll by, his lava gradually cools to stone. By the time his lady love appears on the surface with her back to him, he is unable to sing his song for her because his mouth is covered by the ocean. This leads to him crying until he sinks beneath the ocean.
      Lyric: He filled the sea with his tears / And watched his dreams disappear
  • Popeye: "Swee' Pea Through the Looking Glass" concerns Swee' Pea walking through a mirror to find himself in a strange Wonderland-esque world. Much like the classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland book, Swee' Pea drinks a potion that enlarges him. Since he is now too big to leave the small shack he's in, he bawls torrents of tears that subsequently flood the room. After he drinks the shrinking potion, the stream of tears flowing out of a small window carries him outside.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998):
    • In "The City of Frownsville", the whole city is bawling due to the effects of Lou Gubrious's Miseray. The Professor says the Girls will need to make the citizens laugh or Townsville will be flooded with tears in ten minutes. Cut to a giant monster crying Ocular Gushers, and the Professor says now it'll be five minutes.
    • In "Down 'n Dirty", a huge elephant-like monster floods the town with snot and covers Buttercup with it.
    • Mojo Jojo grows the Powerpuff Girls to giant size in the episode "What's the Big Idea?". When the girls try to apprehend the villain while they're gigantic, the crowd jeers at them for causing damage to the city. This upsets Bubbles and she cries giant tears that make big splashes upon impact.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: "The Littlest Giant" sees Stimpy in the role of the eponymous character. After running away from home on account of being bullied by the other giants, Stimpy finds himself on Ren's farm and cries near a dried-up well. His tears refill the well, thus enabling the farm to thrive again.
  • Rugrats: In "Three Jacks and a Beanstalk" from the Tales from the Crib DTV series, a giant version of Angelica wails enough to make several puddles (which Giant Harold has to mop up) because she's all alone on her birthday.
  • The Simpsons: In "Simpson Tall Tales", the retelling of the legend of Paul Bunyan has Paul (Homer) drooling when he sees that his flapjacks are done, turning into a flood that sweeps away several people.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In the episode "Giant Squidward", Squidward's kelp growth fertilizer accidentally enlarges him to the size of a giant. After he's chased off by the citizens of Bikini Bottom, Squidward lies down on a mountain range and bemoans his fate. When he finds SpongeBob and Patrick sleeping in his belly button, he forces them out and breaks down crying as he tells them how they ruined his life. His tears form a river that carries the two friends away from him.
    • Downplayed with Pearl. She's not a giant, but she's pretty big, being a whale and all. And whenever she cries— which is often— she gets huge Ocular Gushers that tend to flood rooms. It's worth noting that she's already underwater. It's most noticeable in "The Algae's Always Greener" where Plankton is caught in one of said Ocular Gushers.
    • Also downplayed with Patrick's sister Sam. She doesn't quite qualify for giant status, but she is taller than most of the main cast. Despite not being a giant, though, she cries huge tears that batter the neighborhood and send Squidward and SpongeBob flying.
    • A rare CGI-example occurs towards the end of the third movie, King Poseidon (though not a giant, but he's a big mermaid king) starts crying Ocular Gushers after SpongeBob realizes that he has no friends. And some citizens of Atlantic City grab their umbrella to shield Poseidon's tears.
  • Steven Universe: Subverted with Blue Diamond. She is a giant, but surprisingly, no one gets caught in the downpour of her Ocular Gushers. However, in the episode "Legs from Here to Homeworld", Yellow Diamond of all people flicks away a tear that gets the Gems and Connie wet. In her defense, it's mainly shed as a response to Blue's emotional powers and she's annoyed with it.
  • Steven Universe: Future: The episode "I Am My Monster" has the Gems and Steven's human family try to help Steven after he turns himself into a massive pink kaiju from emotional turmoil. When they hold him in a hug, Steven is so moved that his pink tears fall into the ocean and mix with the essences of the Diamonds standing with him to heal him.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987): "Attack Of The 50-Foot Irma" concerns the titular character accidentally growing to giant size and causing damage to the city due to her clumsy nature. When the turtles catch up to her, she tearfully pours her heart out to them. Donatello dodges her rain of tears while telling her that he just had his shell waxed.
  • The Tick: Omnipotus's tears are so big that one is enough to soak The Tick.
  • True and the Rainbow Kingdom:
    • A very strange example in "Mount Huffinpuff". The titular volcano has a tree stuck in one of its pores and it sheds waterfall tears made of lava, flooding the valley.
    • A downplayed example in "Where's Cumulo?". Cumulo the cloud isn't gigantic, but she's big enough for True and Bartleby to ride on together. In this episode, it's shown that she rains (which is treated like crying) when she's sad, and when she floats away in tears after True doesn't let her help, she leaves several puddles behind.
  • Wakfu: After turning into a hulking giant by the six Dofus, Ogrest suffers heartbreak when he is rejected by the living doll Dathura and is subsequently abandoned by his adoptive father Otomai. He then goes to Mount Zinit to cry for his losses. This isn't helped by the fact that his tears can multiply exponentially, thus flooding the whole world until only archipelagos remain.
  • Wander over Yonder: In the episode "The Ball," the inhabitants of Ballzeria 9, a planet that looks like a tennis ball, are under attack from a giant dog who is oblivious to the fact that his favorite toy is an entire planet. When he slobbers, it means a whole flood for the planet's inhabitants.
  • Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Throughout "Goo Goo Grief", a baby Giant Goo-Goo wails tears that splatter the ground whenever she doesn't hear the sounds of Walden's Hoopty-Horn.

Small creatures and normal-sized fluids

    Comic Books 
  • Looney Tunes: In "A Cheesy Afternoon" from DC issue #185, Hubie and Bertie have become suicidal after the cheese factory is closed down. They try to get Sylvester Jr. to eat them, but he breaks down in Ocular Gushers, unable to go through with it. Hubie even pulls out an umbrella to shield himself from the "downpour". Sylvester Jr. isn't a giant, but being a cat, he's bigger than Hubie and Bertie, who are mice.
  • Robert Crumb's story "East Side Sorrows With the Old Pooperoo" starts with a poor man sitting at a table weeping tears. A fly happens along and takes a bath in one of the tears. When the fly gets home his wife is pleased he smells so clean. He says, "All thanks to the Old Pooperoo!"

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animated 
  • In A Bug's Life, after failing to chase off the Grasshopper gang with their giant false bird puppet at first, Flik and the rest of the ant colony stand up to Hopper and his gang, chasing the majority of them off. The trope is followed when just before humiliating Hopper and driving him off for good, a freak rainstorm begins, which is akin to a meteor shower strike due to the insects' sizes. Hopper chases Flik and Atta through a grass forest, all the while having to dodge the enormous water droplets, with Flik and Atta even having to desperately pull themselves out of one because of the surface tension when they get hit.
  • The Ant Bully: Discussed when Zok mentions that Lucas (a human who is enormous in comparison to an ant) peed on the ants' hill.
  • Blackie & Kanuto: Kanuto the dog pees on several spiders. Cue Knee-High Perspective and it's shown that the spiders see the stream as a river, and they're all swept away into a drain.
  • Cinderella (Jetlag Productions): Cinderella may be human size by our standards, but where her tiny fairy godmother is concerned, she's a giant! It's no surprise then that when Cinderella cries over not being able to go to the ball, her godmother gets soaked by one of her tears.
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Earl (a human) sheds a Single Tear of manliness, which lands on a sentient blueberry (which is naturally much smaller). It then grows chest hair and cheers.
  • Metegol: When Jake is sobbing about the bar and the foosball table being destroyed, one of his tears slides down on Skip (one of the foosball figures), bringing him to life. Jake is a human, and is naturally massive in comparison to a foosball figure.
  • Noel: Herman sheds a Single Tear of joy upon hearing that he's become a grandfather. This tear lands on Noel (a Christmas tree ornament that is much smaller than a human) and grants him sentience.
  • Osmosis Jones: Every bodily fluid a human has is significantly larger to the sentient cells in this film. Even Shane's tear is gigantic enough for Osmosis to hitch a ride back to Frank's body with the DNA chain Thrax had stolen.
  • Pinocchio: When Stromboli locks Pinocchio in a cage and Jiminy's unable to pick the lock, Pinocchio starts to sob and one of his tears splatters onto Jiminy's hat. Pinocchio isn't a giant, but he's a puppet that's about the size of a human child, and Jiminy's a cricket who is much smaller.
  • The Tale of Despereaux: When Despereaux tries to get the King's attention, the King is shedding Manly Tears, still pining over his deceased wife. Since Despereaux is a mouse and the King is a human, the latter's tears are huge in comparison to Despereaux and Despereaux nearly gets soaked.
  • Toy Story 3: Lotso shows the toys around Sunnyside Daycare and Mr. Potato Head slips on something while they're in the bathroom. Lotso then says they should watch out for puddles. Considering the ages of some of those kids, it's quite likely that the puddle was pee (and of course, being humans, they're huge compared to the toys).

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Fantastic Voyage: A crew of scientists is shrunk in order to remove a blood clot from the brain of Dr. Benes, a scientist who's defected from the Soviet Union. To exit the body, they must make their way to the one of the patient's tear ducts. The supervising scientists then see the miniaturized crew swimming in Benes's tears like they're in a pool.
  • Gulliver's Travels (2010): When the Lilliputians' castle is set alight and King Theodore and Jinks are trapped inside, Gullivernote  reluctantly solves the problem by peeing on the fire. And then he accidentally pees on Edward...
    Gulliver: Oh, no! Oh, no! Sorry about the smell, I've been drinking sewer water.
    Edward: (incensed) THIS IS GROUNDS FOR EXECUTION!
  • Peter Pan: After Tinker Bell drinks the poison meant for Peter, Peter tries desperately to revive her by chanting, "I do believe in fairies! I do, I do!" As he does so, one of his tears falls on her near-dead body and splashes on her.

  • Gulliver's Travels: When the Lilliputians' castle is set on fire, Gulliver urinates on it to put it out. Gulliver's not actually a giant, he's a human, but the Lilliputians are a race of very small people.
  • My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: In the first book, Frankie the titular zombie goldfish seemingly dies. Samina (a human girl who is much bigger than him) begins to cry, and a Single Tear goes down her face and drips off her runny nose. This tear falls on Frankie and revives him.
  • In the French kids' book Pipi dans l'herbe, a young girl pees in the grass and several bugs get drenched in the "river". She puts a blade of grass on the puddle for the ants to get across and saves a ladybug from the puddle using a twig.
  • The Tale of Despereaux: When Despereaux comes to inform the King that the rats have captured Princess Pea, it is noted that the King (who is not a giant, but is gargantuan in comparison to Despereaux, a mouse) has cried so much over his daughter's disappearance that a puddle has formed from his tears. At one point, one of the King's tears splashes onto Despereaux, washing off the flour covering his fur.

  • Seussical: During the song "How Lucky You Are", the Cat in the Hat sneezes on the clover he's holding and by extension the Whos whose world is perched on the flower. They end up being Covered in Gunge.

    Web Animation 
  • Medusa: The Stone Kingdom: In the video's predecessor, the snake who acts the most like Medusa's mother gets decapitated by a wandering hero. The hero then places the snake's eyes in a shield to turn his enemies to stone so he could rise to power. Years later, Medusa and the snakes on her head discover his secret and the snakes flare up with rage. Medusa tries to stop them from hurting anyone in their path, but they bite Medusa's hands in their blind anger. It's only when her tears land on their heads that they realize that they've hurt their friend and wrap her wrists in bandages.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: In "Jimmy Goes to College", Hugh Neutron tries to deal with his Empty Nest syndrome by getting a flea circus, and names each flea Jimmy. He quickly drowns the fleas in his tears when he thinks about the real Jimmy.
  • Chowder: Discussed in "The Vacation". Chowder's belly has enlarged to the point where he's become enormous due to a Potty Emergency. Mung points out that if Chowder pees himself, they could drown in the explosion.
  • Darkwing Duck: This is the case with Comet Guy, who's human-size compared to the more animal civilians of St. Canard. In his debut episode "Smarter than a Speeding Bullet", Darkwing scolds him for letting Steelbeak and his cohorts escape justice. Comet Guy then weeps as he explains how he's a subpar superhero in need of training. He sheds so many tears that Launchpad and Darkwing need to shield themselves from the "downpour".
  • Futurama: Happens in "Godfellas", where Bender poses as a giant god to a group of tiny settlers on his torso. At one point, Bender is moved to tears, unwittingly causing a great flood for the inhabitants (as pictured above).
  • Grossology: At the start of "Frankenbooger", Lab Rat (who is a human) sneezes and his snot lands on Hermes the rat, resulting in the latter getting Covered in Gunge.
  • Rugrats: In "Incredible Shrinking Babies", Chuckie dreams that he and babies have shrunk and Dil's drool very nearly splatters on Chuckie.
  • South Park: In "Britney's New Look", one of the humiliating videos in Britney's Look shows Britney Spears peeing in the forest, completely drenching a ladybug with her urine.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton is sometimes on the receiving end of this trope. In addition to the above example involving Pearl, one other example is in the episode "Married to Money", in which he disguises himself as a talking wad of money in order to court Mr. Krabs into telling "her" the secret Krabby Patty formula. At the honeymoon suite, Krabs gets emotional about disclosing the formula to his "new wife" and one of his tears falls into "Cashina's" mouth and short-circuits Plankton's controls.



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