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We all love toys, don't we? You can cuddle up next to them, play games with them or even hold them for comfort.

They also get lost rather easily making us rather upset.

Expect a character who's Prone to Tears to react this way.

Truth in Television, as it's part of the process of growing up.


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    Advertising 
  • In this commercial for Duracell batteries, a little girl has to leave the park during a rainstorm, and accidentally leaves her toys, the Duracell Bunny and a toy duck under a tree. She spends most of the commercial depressed over having left them behind and is delighted when they make their way back home to her.

    Asian Animation 
  • The Cubix: Robots for Everyone episode "Klank" involves Dr. K coming across Klank who was the first robot he invented and the closest he had to a teddy bear and he ends up getting so distraught that he breaks down in tears when it's damaged beyond repair during a fight with the botties to the point where he doesn't care about the battle anymore and orders everybody to retreat.
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    Comic Strips 
  • In a Calvin and Hobbes strip, a big dog steals Hobbes and Calvin says, "I wonder what I did to deserve this. Whatever it was, I'm sorry already!!".
    • Calvin loses Hobbes (his maybe-real maybe-imaginary stuffed tiger) while out in the woods. His parents have to go out looking for it, with his mom actually calling for Hobbes before realizing what she's doing.
    • One arc has Calvin's family go to a wedding, but Calvin forgot Hobbes under the bed. When they come back, the house has been burgled... and Calvin's first thought is that Hobbes was kidnapped.
    • In another arc, Calvin steals Susie's doll Binky Betsy and Susie retaliates by stealing Hobbes.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Despicable Me, Agnes gets sad when Edith accidentally disintegrates her toy unicorn and demands Gru fix it. When he says it can't be fixed, she gets angry and holds her breath to demand a new one.
  • Toy Story:
    • In the original movie, Andy gets very upset when Woody and Buzz go missing and fears they'd be left behind when he moves.
    • In Toy Story 4, Bonnie immediately becomes very attached to Forky and gets upset quickly whenever she can't find him, so when he tries to run away while the family is on vacation, retrieving him for Bonnie becomes the main plotline.

    Literature 
  • The Miffy story Miffy Is Crying involves her crying over her teddy bear going missing.
  • Shirley Hughes' story "Dogger" has Dave become rather desolate when the titular toy dog ends up lost.
  • The Mr. Men story Adventures With Minibeasts opens with Little Miss Tiny crying after her thimble (which is probably the closest thing she has to a toy) goes missing.
  • Played for Drama in A Song of Ice and Fire: A young Gregor Clegane noticed his six-year-old brother Sandor playing with one of Gregor's old toys, so he grabbed Sandor's head and held it in the fire, giving Sandor a hideous scar and a lifelong fear of fire. Their father covered it up by telling everyone Sandor's bedding had caught fire somehow, and Gregor repaid him by murdering him for his inheritance.
  • John Betjeman's autobiography Summoned By Bells relates an incident when his teddy bear Archibald was taken away:
    One dreadful day
    They hid him from me as a punishment:
    Sometimes the desolation of that loss
    Comes back to me and I must go upstairs
    To see him in the sawdust, so to speak,
    Safe and returned to his idolator.

    Web Videos 
  • In the SuperMarioLogan episode, "Bowser Junior Loses Thomas!", Junior plays with his Thomas the Tank Engine toy and loses it behind the couch. When his friends, Joseph and Cody come over to play, Junior notices that Thomas has gone missing and goes into a deep depression when he can't find him. Chef Pee Pee searches for Thomas, and even tries to buy Junior a new one (the train he gets is a blue one, but it doesn't have a face). He eventually manages to find Thomas when he cleans behind the couch, and this makes Junior happy again... at least until Junior notices that his dinosaur toy has also gone missing.

    Western Animation 
  • Horrid Henry: Peter spends a good chunk of Horrid Henry And The Time Capsule crying over his toy bunny going missing after Henry had placed it in the time capsule.
  • In the Little Bear episode "Lucy's Okay", the protagonists pretend to have a funeral for Emily's doll Lucy, but then start crying because they forget they're just playing pretend.
  • The episode of the Mr. Bean cartoon "Chocks Away" ends with Mr. Bean crying in bed when he thinks that Teddy was blown up when a remote control plane he bought caught fire and exploded. Thankfully it turns out that Teddy was ejected from the plane and he lands safely in Bean's fireplace.
  • In Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, the second dimension counterpart of Dr. Doofenshmirtz was motivated to become the successful tyrant of the second dimension Tri-State Area all because he lost a toy train when he was growing up. The prime Doofenshmirtz, who suffered one of the most extreme examples of a Hilariously Abusive Childhood in Disney animation, is completely and utterly flabbergasted that this is all it took for the other Doof to become such a (comparatively) uber-competent villain. In the movie's climax, prime Doofenschmirtz manages to make his second dimension counterpart stand down and surrender by giving him his own version of the toy train, which he never lost. Then, in the tie-in episode Phineas And Ferb Tales From The Resistance, Charlene-2 frees Doof-2 from prison and tosses away his new toy train to make him evil again.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • Bubbles will often get very distraught if Octi goes missing. In "Octi-Gone" it goes from sadness to anger.
    • Buttercup of all characters goes through this in "Cover Up" when Blossom and Bubbles take away her blanket and ends up being reduced to a sobbing mess.
  • Happens multiple time for Angelica in Rugrats everytime Cynthia goes missing. At one point in "The Seven Voyages of Cynthia", she even held a funeral when she believe she truly lost her forever. This attitude extends to her in All Grown Up!. When Cynthia gets accidentally donated Angelica is devastated.
  • In The Simpsons, Mr. Burns uses goes to great lengths to recover his teddy bear, Bobo, who after decades of being lost in the Arctic, somehow found its way into a bag of ice at the Kwik-E Mart and into Maggie's hands. He uses his wealth to turn the townsfolk against the Simpson family, who only realized what they were doing when Maggie was on the verge of tears. Mr. Burns backs off for now, but promises to get Bobo back again in the future.
  • In "The Amazing World of Gumball", the episode "The Detective" has a heartbroken Anais looking for Daisy the Donkey after she went missing.
    • An earlier episode "The Quest" centered around Anais getting Daisy back from Tina, after she watched her plushie get thrown off the school bus by Tobias.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! episode "Sean's Robotic Arm", Sean loses his prized Neil Armstrong figure in a narrow crevice, and is very upset about it since the toy is very important to him and has accompanied him in his many journeys. The rest of the episode is dedicated to the kids constructing a robotic arm to rescue the Neil figure.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Lost and Found", a small boy cries and screams after he loses his teddy fish at the Krusty Krab, forcing SpongeBob to go into the lost and found to find it.
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