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This is the story of a filly
Who cried a river and looked kinda silly...

"Pedro's tears are once again flowing like waterfalls!"
Pedro, Excel Saga

Just as the human body contains gallons of highly pressurized blood and saliva, it also contains an equal amount of tears, at a similar pressure. Under the proper emotional stimulus, these tears can emerge as cascading sheets, actual waterfalls, or even firehose-like streams, all emitted from the eyes (of course).

Some characters require less stimulus than others.

As a visual trope, this is Older Than Television; older American animation had a number of minor characters (who were usually minor in the sense of age as well) who would begin high-pressure crying at the drop of a hat (sometimes preceded by Puppy-Dog Eyes, though that was more typically a signal for a poignant single glistening teardrop). Often called the "Fire Hydrant Wail" in the case of the more extreme versions.

Compare Sparkling Stream of Tears, Manly Tears, Crying a River, Tender Tears. Drool Deluge is the saliva equivalent. Contrast Trying Not to Cry, Single Tear, Inelegant Blubbering (both of which involves rather fewer and rather more realistic tears), Fireball Eyeballs.



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  • British advert for Walkers Crisps, playing on footballer Paul Gascoigne's famous tears at the 1990 World Cup, fits him with water being sprayed from two plastic tubes for a rare Live-Action version of Ocular Gushers. Here you go.
  • In an advertisement for IHOP's endless stack of pancakes, a man is so saddened by his empty plate, a HUGE tear builds on his cheek. It gets sucked back in by the arrival of a new stack.
  • The Old Spice commercial "Tree," where several mothers are atop a tree, playing this trope straight.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Almost every Hayao Miyazaki film has at least one scene where a character will cry massive gobs of tears the size of golf balls.
  • Asteroid in Love:
    • Mai's Heroic BSoD for being unexpectedly named the club president mainly involves crying in this way, represented by two lanes of tears as wide as her eyes.
    • This is the default way Mira cries. For example, during the fourth episode, the club watches a video while visiting JAXA Space Center at Tsukuba. While the astronomy enthusiasts of the club are moved to tears at the end of it, only Mira does this — Ao, Mari, and Endou-sensei are all shown to have a Single Tear. It'd be a rather serious business if she doesn't cry like this; her immediate response to Ao's reveal that the latter is moving is crying with Single Tear.
  • Azumanga Daioh: Nearly everyone does this in at least several points of the series. Worth mentioning is Mr. Kimura, who, in the last episode, spouts a literal waterfall of tears that traces down the contours of his suit.
  • In the manga of Battle Royale, this is a constant occurrence with practically every character. Generally the steady stream of thick rivers of tears.
  • Best Student Council: Randou Rino does this often, usually while glomping her friend Ayumu.
  • Bleach:
    • The administrator at Ichigo's school, who called several students in anime episode 11 to berate them for their misbehavior at Don Kanonji's TV show filming in episode 10.
    • Kon and several of Ichigo's male student friends (especially Keigo) have done this repeatedly.
  • Romio Inuzuka from Boarding School Juliet after Juliet Percia accepts his Love Confession, although he insists it's not his tears flowing out.
  • Being the light-hearted parodies of the Nasuverse they are, these show up in Carnival Phantasm and its predecessor Take Moon from time to time. For example, when Rin Tohsaka finds out she wasted ten years of her life preparing for a Holy Grail War that's now a Japanese game show.
  • Doraemon:
    • Whenever something bad happens to him, Nobita often cries like this, often combined with hysterical Inelegant Blubbering. Other characters such as the titular character himself also tend to play this trope.
    • Doraemon: Nobita and the Castle of the Undersea Devil have Doraemon gushing tears visibly after believing Gian and Suneo had drowned after the Resistance Light's effects had worn off, never mind the fact that the entire story takes place Under the Sea.
    • Doraemon: Nobita and the Green Giant Legend have the gang returning to earth after escaping from the Green Planet, intending to warn humanity of the Plant Aliens' intention of terraforming the entire galaxy, only to discover they are too late - the Green Planet nuke has hit Tokyo, and the entire world is now overgrown with vegetation that reaches to above the Tokyo Tower. Everyone breaks down in tears, while Gian tells everyone to stay strong, but when he remember his mother and sister are likely among the nuke's victims, Gian finally lets out his gushers.
  • Dragon Ball: In one episode, when Chi-Chi sees Gohan's blonde hair (at this time, she doesn't know what a Super Saiyan is), she acts shocked and cries because she felt that Gohan became a "punker."
  • Excel Saga:
  • FLCL. During the final episode "FLClimax", Commander Amarao has one of these during the final confrontation between Atomsk!Naota and Haruko.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • At one point, local water mage Juvia starts crying and nearly drowns several mages around her.
    • Lucy does this in the episode when she becomes invisible.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Occurs occasionally in the 2003 anime version, even to Alphonse, who has no tear ducts. Or eyes, for that matter. Especially gets ridiculous when he questions moments where Ed won't cry for him when they're both in despair.
    • In the 25th episode of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, May Chang is anxious about her pet Panda after she and it are separated during an intense fight with the enraged homunculus, Gluttony. In one scene, she actually cries a jet of tears which almost puts out the burning coals she used to warm herself.
  • GaoGaiGar: Every human who's freed from a Zonder Core has these. Makes sense, since being purified appears to relieve whatever stress led to them being a Zonder target in the first place.
  • Haikyuu!! usually portrays realistic crying, but there's one notable example of Ocular Gushers: when Shimizu, the team manager, digs up Karasuno's old banner and wishes the team good luck in the upcoming tournament. The 3rd and 2nd years just stare blankly for a moment... then tears suddenly start splurting out. It must be seen to be believed.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Team. Chief Technology maid Ikuyo Suzuki is prone to have tears flow out freely. Taro has a large tearfall in episodes 13 and 14 and La Verite episode 7.
  • Haré of Haré+Guu has to put up with so much grief from the titular Adorable Abomination, it's no wonder he does this at the drop of a hat.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • Italy pulls this off several times, with tears literally spraying out in all directions. Notably in episodes 3 and 8 when he is faced with Germany, and England's cooking respectively.
    • His manlier older brother Romano also does this once or twice as well.
  • Inazuma Eleven: Kabeyama is prone to tears when he gets overly emotional. At the beginning of Season 2, after Raimon win the Football Frontier championship, he cries a river.
  • Kill la Kill: Mako takes this to its logical extreme at the end of her fight with Ryuko by having her entire eyes turn into pools of water before spewing forward like a busted hydrant. Like everything in that anime, even the crying is done to the extreme.
    • She does it again when Gamagoori gets knocked out protecting her, making an otherwise dramatic scene fairly Narm-y.
  • Love Hina: Keitarō is well known for this, at the drop of a hat, of the cascading sheets variety, with at least one of firehose-like streams.
  • Lupin III: Alcatraz Connection: Zenigata bursts into these after Lupin calls him his most Worthy Opponent.
    Lupin: Sheesh. You cry at anything, Pops.
  • Izuku Midoriya, the protagonist of My Hero Academia, often turns this trope Up to Eleven. In one instance, his tears shot upwards with so much pressure that his feet were buried into the ground from the recoil. His mother is also equally prone to crying upnote  literal rivers while watching the tournament on TV; apparently she fainted five times during the tournament, two of those times being from dehydration!
    • The fact that this is turned Up to Eleven has made fans joke that Izuku isn't actually quirkless and his ability to do this trope IS his quirk.
  • Naruto:
    • Rock Lee and his sensei Might Gai are notorious for the waterfall-of-tears look.
    • Naruto and Inari perform some Ocular Gushing when they say goodbye to each other at the end of the Land of Waves arc despite being determined not to.
  • No Game No Life: Kurami, after losing to Sora in the Real-Time Strategy equivalent of a chess game, cries in this matter. It's oddly adorable too.
  • One Piece tends to use the cascading water effect when characters are extremely upset. Oddly enough, it uses a somewhat subdued version for dramatic effect. The logical conclusion ends with a giant, whose tears are compared to a deluge.
  • Frequently in Ouran High School Host Club, both anime & manga, by Tamaki (almost every other frame) and the Hitachiins in response to any example of Haruhi's "cuteness". Honey also, for Moe points.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • This happens occasionally with the Team Rocket trio whenever they witness the Pokémon they're supposed to catch face hardship or do something emotionally significant, such as when Pikachu almost agreed to evolve into a Raichu with the Thunderstone in hopes of winning against Gym Leader L.T. Surge's Raichu.
    • One of Pikachu's cuter moments was after its ketchup bottle got slashed open by a Scyther. The next scene showed it doing this, holding the open bottle.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Sōun Tendō. In fact, one reading of his name in Japanese means "Crying Man".
    • And in the manga, when Happōsai needs Ranma's tears for a Fountain of Youth potion, poking a pressure point on Ranma's back causes him to literally blast a torrent of tears out his eyes so that Happōsai has to catch them in a bucket.
  • Saikano has this happen to most characters dozens of times in every chapter. No one is resistant to this trope. The most notable gusher is actually the robot girl/"Ultimate Weapon" Chise, who seems to cry even when she's simply surprised.
  • Sailor Moon: Usagi will do this at the drop of a hat, but the most common trigger is being called dumb, usually by her mom, Shingo or Rei. The very first episode of the anime is called "The Crybaby: Usagi's Beautiful Transformation"!
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, Sara does this when wrongfully accused by Knuckles of piloting the Metal Robotnik robot. It is rather unfortunate that Robotnik is sitting in the path and attempts to jump away from the cascade.
  • Certain Super Mario Bros. manga books would usually have certain characters do this over silly things.
    • An example is in this panel, where Yoshi, because of his grown weight, makes Mario, Peach, Luigi, and even his mother do one.
  • In the Tamagotchi show, there's many characters seen crying their eyes out exaggeratedly especially Memetchi and Chamametchi who are total crybabies, in one episode the former have pulled a April fool's joke on all her friends saying she's moving away and made it very serious despite it being just a prank. After everyone was celebrating a "going away party" for her, Memetchi couldn't take it anymore and told the truth while crying which causes all her friends (except Kuromametchi) to start crying a fountain of tears in the sad thought of missing her.
  • Variable Geo: Invoked by Yuka during her opening scene, when she realizes she's outgrown another of her uniform's shirts because her DD-cup breasts are still growing.
  • The World God Only Knows:
    • Keima at one point claims he's not crying, he's enjoying a hot spring! Complete with Keima suddenly being in a small hot spring filled with his tears. Which other characters apparently see and comment upon. Unless he really made one instantly...
    • In Chapter 78, Keima cries a river after losing to Diana in a shogi match.

    Asian Animation 
  • TuTu and XiaoGuai both do this in an episode of Big Ear Tutu when they are reunited after XiaoGuai (TuTu's pet cat) gets lost. The steady stream of tears wash off XiaoGuai's dirty body.
  • In Happy Heroes, most of the time when a character cries, they produce a waterfall of tears. Sad S. in particular utilizes this as a weapon.
  • In Motu Patlu, anytime a character cries, their tears gush out of their eyes like raindrops.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, upset characters might cry tears that look like waterfalls.

    Comic Books 
  • In a rare case of ocular gushers being Played for Drama, Batwoman has La Llorona, a constantly sobbing ghost who drowns her victims in her abundance of tears.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Alice in Wonderland had something similar, though it's a bit more reasonable as Alice is in a giant form while crying about her plight.
  • The Lion King:
    • Timon and Pumbaa. At any slightly emotional moment.
    • In the sequel, Simba's Pride, they cried at the marriage festival between Kiara and Kovu until they drenched a disgruntled Zazu.
  • Daredevil Dan from Foodfight! projectile "cries" (supposedly) chocolate tears in an early scene, but the terrible animation makes them look like... something else.
  • In Pixar's Inside Out, Bing Bong, Riley's imaginary friend cries candy 3 times in this movie.
    • When he breaks a leg while dancing:
      Bing Bong: (he cracks his leg) Aaaaah! Ow! Ow!
      (Bing Bong crying tears of candy)
      Joy: Are you okay?
      Bing Bong: I cry candy. Try the caramel, it's delicious.
    • When he hugs Sadness after he's upset about Riley's rocket,
    • and when he's trapped in a cage made with balloons on Jangles the Clown's belly.
      • Sadness played this trope when she jumped onto a cloud while Joy was searching for her.
      • She also plays this trope in short clips (e.g. Sadness cries a lot of tears after Joy shows a flower to her.).
  • In The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, The sprinkler variant is used twice, but the gushers are hand-drawn while the rest of the movie are in Claymation:
    • Lady Tottington does this after she saw Wallace turn into the titular monster.
    • The little rabbits also do this during Wallace's Disney Death.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Last Circus: The movie opens with a clown act in which one of the clowns gets his costume ripped off revealing that he's in drag, at which point he bawls with water spraying from the sides of his face.
  • The Wildcat: Pepo wants his beloved to be happy, so he tries to resolve the Love Dodecahedron by nobly stepping aside so Rischka can pursue Alexis. Rischka comes home to find that Pepo has created a literal river of tears due to his bawling after she left.
  • The Tin Man from The Wiz cries like this, and it's used as a Chekhov's Skill to wake up and save the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and Toto after they got poisoned by the Poppy women.
  • The guard in The Wizard of Oz also cries like this when he overhears Dorothy sobbing that she wants to go home to her Auntie Em.

  • An Older Than Feudalism example from the Confessions. When her son abandons her and moves to a different continent, St. Monica is said to have "rivers flowing from [her] eyes," a huge amount of water that will only dry upon her son's baptism.
  • Alice in Wonderland has a chapter called "The Pool of Tears". When Alice becomes a giant after eating the cookies marked "Eat Me", she starts crying piteously, flooding the room with her tears. When she drinks from the bottle marked "Drink Me", she shrinks so small that she nearly drowns in the pool of tears she shed as a giant.
  • When The BFG hears about Sophie being locked in the cellar at her orphanage, he sheds a tear that would fill a bucket, which makes quite a puddle.
  • Happens in The Legend of Rah and the Muggles when the title character's brother sails away with a band of miscreants, to the extent that a flood is triggered that swamps the boats. Intended as a Tear Jerker, came out as just Narm.
  • In the picture book You Get What You Get, the main character Melvin imagines himself crying these after he lets slip to his family the school rule "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit" and his parents decide that it's a good rule for home as well. However, he ultimately doesn't because, well, you get what you get and you don't throw a fit.
  • In the picture book You'll Be Sorry, the main character, a little girl mouse named Samantha, hits her brother despite being told she'll be sorry if she did. When she does this, her brother cries massive waterfall tears, which then they flood the entire town.

    Live-Action TV 
  • FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman: This mostly happens to Ruff whenever he cries.
  • Mirai in Ultraman Mebius streams tears when Ryuu speaks about how much their team has grown from being a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits to a Badass Crew, and it's hilariously epic.
    Ryuu: Mirai, you dork.
  • Penn & Teller: Bullshit! uses this trope during its episode on recycling, parodying the "crying Indian" PSA with a statue of a Native American spraying water out of its eyes all over the place.
  • Liz Lemon of 30 Rock developed the ability to cry waterfalls after some off-brand laser surgery from Dr. Spaceman... except that the tears came out of her mouth.
  • On the Sesame Street game show sketch: "The Crying Game Show". The contestant who cries harder will win the game. Originally, Pierre Blue cried harder than the others and was the winner and wins The Sonny Friendly Teddy Bear. But Sonny gets upsets about it and cries even harder than him and made Sonny Friendly the winner. And caused Pierre Blue and the other contestant sob in failure after the announcer blurts that There is no consolation prize.
  • Parodied and invoked at one point in the French Canadian series Le cœur a ses raisons, with Ashley who is seen "crying with the intensity of a character of a Japanese cartoon", as she puts it.

  • Absolutely (Story of a Girl) by Nine Days, "This is the story of a girl/who cried a river and drowned the whole world."
  • In the Genesis song, "Squonk", the title character, weeping for its own ugliness and ostracization, dissolves into a "pool of tears" while captured in a huntsman's sack. The myth of the Squonk involves this trait.
  • "Lost In The Harbour" by Tom Waits from Alice.
    And then I will fill the ocean back up with my tears
  • "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" of Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay certainly invokes this trope.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Ten Brothers Chinese myth takes this trope Up to Eleven - the youngest brother can literally cry a river. The details of the story (including the number of brothers) vary, depending on the version, but the story revolves around a set of brothers with superpowers fighting against an evil antagonist and trying to avoid causing their youngest brother to cry.
  • As a literary trope, Ocular Gushers go back to The Bible. The prophet Jeremiah wants this, saying, "Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!" (Jeremiah 9:1) Both his books (Jeremiah and Lamentations) are somewhat depressing.

  • This seems to be based on a Japanese bunraku puppet technique used to show mourning, in which ribbons would flow from the eyes. It was also used in the musical version of The Lion King.

    Video Games 
  • Hatty Hattington of BattleBlock Theater provides a shining example of this after his Heroic BSoD.
  • Super Princess Peach, where this is an ability. To clarify, its main use is to let you run really fast, but you can water buds that grow into gigantic vines with your tears (without any negative effects from all the salt in those tears) and aids in defeating a boss.
  • Luigi does this often in the Mario & Luigi series. This ends up being a plot device (though focused on Baby Luigi as opposed to adult Luigi) at the very end of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time .
  • Toads in Paper Mario: Sticker Star cry that way.
  • Street Fighter has Dan Hibiki, who has them when happy almost as often as when sad.
  • The Worms-style MMO Gun Bound has certain vehicles (particularly the Triceratops) that will cry like this if they are defeated and respawning is not enabled.
  • Rise of Persona 4 does this a lot, but only when it's tears of relief, so it helps lighten the mood. When Teddie started crying like this too, they hugged each other for support... until Teddie tried to cop a feel and Rise decked him.
  • Several cases in the MMORPG Ragnarok Online:
    • The Dumpling Kid's death animation doesn't really involve its death... just this trope.
    • The /sob emote displays a word balloon (not so) smiley face crying two streams of tears, with a torrent of teardrops falling down.
  • In Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, the titular team sports a MANLY version of this in the break scenes of each game's final stage.
  • In The Binding of Isaac, two items can achieve this effect: the Sad Onion and the Torn Photo. The Sad Onion is obvious enough, while the Torn Photo is a more classic emotional example, with less pronounced gushers than the Onion.
  • In Snoopy's Grand Adventure, after Snoopy defeats King Totem in the "Temple of Bunnies" world, King Totem cries so hard, he floods the temple with his tears. This gives Snoopy the opportunity to swim in them up to Linus so he can rescue him.
  • In Holy Umbrella, numerous characters, including the Big Bad, spray jets of water out of their eyes when saddened.
  • Such fate befalls the Miis afflicted with the "Crying" status in Miitopia. Some enemies like Banshees can also do as such in order to inflict said condition on the player's party. It can also appear outside of battles as (exaggerated) expressions.
  • Happens whenever Moe cries in The Legendary Starfy.
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Larry Butz has a tendency to do this.
    • Blaise Debeste in Ace Attorney Investigations 2 keeps filling up his goggles with accumulated Crocodile Tears, requiring him to empty them constantly. They are useful when he accidentally sets fire to his beard with his lighter, which happens often.
    • Detective Bobby Fulbright in Dual Destinies does this in the final case when he's (correctly) accused of being an emotionless international spy known only as the phantom. Therefore, his exaggerated emotions make sense since he's overcompensating. Apollo lampshades this by pointing out that "he's literally crying us a river over there."
    • Ellen Wyatt, the defendant in the Spirit of Justice DLC case "Turnabout Time Traveler," also does this often. She actually carries a frying pan with her to catch the tears before they hit the ground!
  • Baby Miis from Tomodachi Life do this whenever they're crying. In addition, they shoot out far more tears than they do in real life, the tears are twice as large, and there's even thunder bolts accompanying the tears.
  • Bubble Man in the Mega Man fangame Mega Man Maker does this if he is placed on a tile outside of water. He'll start throwing Bubble Lead after a short pause, but otherwise just sits there and cries.
  • In the Botanic Panic level on Cuphead, Ollie Bulb's attack is this. While he does this, various teardrops fall out of the stream as obstacles.note 
  • The "Sorrow" reaction from Animal Crossing: New Horizons has this when your villager feels like you're going to cry.

    Web Animation 
  • Peach does the full-on Fire Hydrant Wail after the recounting of Sonic's tragic Back Story in Super Mario Bros. Z.
  • In RWBY Volume 2 Episode 2, Ruby does this after Yang kicks her butt at a Magic: The Gathering-style card game. Weiss later joins in after Yang creams her as well.
  • In the DEATH BATTLE! episode White Tigerzord vs Epyon, After defeating Tommy, Zechs is shown crying over the remains of Noin and the Gundam she was piloting as she was accidentally blown up by Tommy Oliver's White Tigerzord before the battle. Zordon also cries like this so hard his tank starts flooding, and he isn't even aware of it.
  • Battle for Dream Island: In BFDIA 5c, after Pencil yells at Ruby, Ruby starts to cry, and first it's single tear drops... then insane waterfalls.
  • In Hanazuki: Full of Treasures, characters would cry two sheets of tears whenever they're upset.


    Web Original 
  • Freddie Wong does a hilarious live-action version of this at the end of the action short "Gun Size Matters" when the Action Girl played by Shenae Grimes leaves him for a guy who pulled a 360 No Scope on the last Mook with a Barrett sniper rifle before landing into his car. According to the Behind the Scenes vid for the movie, Freddie and crew used a garden hose for this effect, primarily inspired by the old Bugs Bunny cartoons.
  • The "Your tears are delicious" meme usually depicts people or characters enjoying getting blasted with streams of water, implying that the recipient of these images is doing some gushers.
  • HowToBasic, offscreen, Tries to cut an onion without crying. Tries.
  • Many variants of the "Loudly Crying Face" emoji depict a face with waterfalls of tears streaming from its eyes, sometimes forming a pool beneath.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • In the first episode Super Special Sonic Smash & Search Squad, Dr. Robotnik briefly does this after Sonic pulls at his moustache.
    • In the episode "Big Daddy" Boom-Boom the baby gorilla does this throughout the episode.
  • Aladdin: The Series: In "In the Heat of the Fright", when the fire cats terrorize and begin burning a village, Genie watches Bambi so he can cry at the iconic scene where Bambi's mother is shot and killed, using his tears to rain on the fire cats and make them dissipate as well as put out the village fire.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • In "The Catfish", Gumball acts like he doesn't care when he finds out Grandpa Louie doesn't have any online friends. Darwin insists that Gumball let out his feelings... before Gumball unleashes ocular gushers that are Up to Eleven on him.
    • In "The Friend", Gumball and Darwin demand the Chimera to explain why he's on the run from the police with a stern look on their faces. He later explains that he's been wandering around since his creator died and everyone is afraid of him. After that, Gumball and Darwin sadly cry streams of tears while their faces remain stern.
    • In "The Money", After The Watersons realize that they're broke, they sadly cry streams of tears, but they realize that they can't afford to waste water and start drinking their tears.
  • In Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, characters who get upset cry tears that gush out of their eyes like a sprinkler, with the exception of Princess Holly in "Holly's Magic Wand", where she cries normal tears instead.
  • In "Get the Gimmies" on the PBS Kids The Berenstain Bears series, young Papa Bear cried these to get his parents to get him a toy truck he wanted, though he ended up donating it to a boy in a needy family.
  • Lots of people cry like this in Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Numbuh Three has broken down crying, complete with Ocular Gushers, more than a few times during the series, usually as a way of working on another character's sympathies.
    • And in "Operation: C.L.U.E.S.", it's revealed that this is a trait she shares with her father, Kani Sanban.
    • Lizzy sometimes indulges in this too, usually to guilt-trip Numbuh One into going out with her.
    • Toiletnator opens the gushers in "Operation: F.L.U.S.H." after being denied by the other villains.
    • In "Operation: P.O.O.L.", the Mirror Universe counterpart of Father, the series' Big Bad, Daddy, also does this on one occasion.
  • The Crumpets frequently has a character cry like this. Specific examples include Caprice at her self piteous moments and in "Going Viral" due to depression and her grandmother announcing Caprice's "death", Ms. McBrisk in "The Courting of Ms. McBrisk" and "Ice Lust" due to her apparent failures to maintain a relationship with a celebrity Cardboard Pal she thinks is an actual person, and Grownboy when he loses his pets in most of his episodes.
  • A Running Gag on the PBS animated Curious George series involves George imagining Bill crying these due to being upset about some mischief that he caused.
  • In the Dennis the Menace episode, "Big Baby", Dennis looks after a baby named Sylvester, who grows to an enormous size after accidentally drinking PeeBee's super growth formula, due to PeeBee keeping said formula in a baby bottle. When Dennis scolds Sylvester for playing with a real car like a toy, Sylvester cries, and Dennis gets an umbrella to avoid being rained on by Sylvester's tears.
  • Dude, That's My Ghost!: Frequently a large part of Billy's diva tantrums, although whether it's a side effect of being a ghost (he tends to be more cartoony than the other characters) or he's always been able to do it has yet to be shown.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Any time Ed cries turn out like this. In "Who's Minding the Ed?", for example, Ed bawls like this after he realizes Rolf took back his animals.
    Ed: Come back little ones! I MISS MY FURRY FRIENDS, GUYS!!!!!!
    Eddy: Aw, you're better off without 'em, blubberpuss!
    Ed: Don't talk to me.
  • Esme & Roy uses this trope in almost every episode whenever every little monster cries. And Esme shows the glitter jar to calm each little monster down.
    • Fig cries these in "Stroller Derby" after throwing a tantrum about not wanting to go in her stroller because she's a big girl.
    • Snug cries them in "The Inside Job" because of being upset about having go inside to get out of the cold, instead of being allowed to stay outside and play.
    • Snugs also cries them in "The Case of the Missing Cuddles" because of missing his favorite stuffed toy, Sir Cuddles. Also, because he's inflated to a big size because of being upset, the gushers are correspondingly huge.
    • Snugs is also shown crying them in the show's opening sequence after dropping an ice cream cone. Esme shows him the glitter jar to calm him down.
    • Simon cries these in "Simon's Sleepover" when he can't sleep because he misses his family.
    • In "Top Dog," Simon cries them because he's upset about not being able to teach his dog a trick. Somehow, they actually pool at the bottom of his glasses before simply disappearing.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum: Every time someone cries, the tears stream from their eyes like a sprinkler. They shoot out bigger and twice as many tears than a normal human ever could, and there's even a sprinkler sound effect accompanying the tears.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • Eduardo, the highly emotional Gentle Giant does this often.
    • In "Emancipation Proclamation", when Foster's becomes overcrowded with imaginary friends, Li'l Lincoln gets the idea to market them. One imaginary friend cries this way when he sees that all the other imaginary friends all have something unique and special about them, making him feel unimportant. Wilt suggests that he use his tears to wash cars, and that's exactly what the imaginary friend is seen doing in a later scene.
  • Laney Penn of Grojband momentarily does this in the episode "One-Plant Band" when Corey calls her out on always being right while he's under the influence of a parody of Audrey II.
  • Justified in a way in I Am Weasel. Ocular gushers come from a disease that keeps the person constantly crying like this. Weasel cures the disease, but this has the side effect of drying up all the rivers and oceans, so he purposefully gives himself the disease to keep a constant supply of water up.
  • If a character cries on Jellystone!, they'll cry fountains.
  • Almost any time on Kaeloo when somebody cries, they'll have Ocular Gushers.
  • Older Than Television: This Ko-Ko Song Car-Tune, entitled "Darling Nellie Gray," has the dog character crying in this manner during the lyric "And I'm weeping all the day."
  • A Running Gag with Penny Ling in the 2012 Littlest Pet Shop, the first and most noticeable time being in "Penny For Your Laughs" when she has a breakdown when Pepper makes the mistake of targeting her for her insensitive comedy routine. It's taken Up to Eleven as her tears literally flood the day camp area and almost drown Pepper. It's managed to carry over into the toys, as in the franchise's Spring 2014 line there's one set that comes with a figure of her with molded, transparent streams of tears.
  • In "Llama Llama Shopping Drama" on Llama Llama, after Llama Llama has his tantrum in the middle of the store, in front of all the shoppers, a hedgehog kid cries these and an adult male deer standing next to him immediately does so as well.
  • The Loud House:
    • In "11 Louds a Leapin'", Lisa cries this way after Lincoln tells the girls about how Mr. Grouse is unable to see his family for Christmas.
    • Lily does this, toonote , particularly on the title screen of "The Crying Dame" and in "Baby Steps" when Clyde is unable to help her (or the other little sisters).
    • In The Casagrandes spin-off, Frida does this all the time, most notably in "Grandparent Trap" and "Achy Breaky Art." In both cases, her tears flood the apartment.
  • Mickey Mouse cartoons:
    • In The Nifty Ninties, Minnie Mouse cries massive gobs of tears while watching an emotional slideshow.
    • Minnie also did this in Mickey's Surprise Party after she failed to bake cookies for Mickey.
  • Middlemost Post: Parker's tears are shown to flood the entire Post. It's implied that it's because he's a cloud, and thus he "rains" instead of crying.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: Jenny is shown to cry this way in the episode "Raggedy Android".
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Illustrated above: in "Friendship is Magic, part 2", Pinkie Pie is so touched by the reunion of Princess Celestia and her newly reformed sister, her tears form twin waterfalls... until she realizes this is the perfect opportunity for a party, that is. She's completely back to her old self before the last of her tears hit the ground.
    • In "Dragonshy", the dragon's tears are about average-sized to him, but for the ponies below it might as well be raining heavily.
    • In "Baby Cakes", Pinkie agreed to babysit her bosses' twin babies. After spending an entire episode trying to be responsible, it becomes too much for her and she breaks down crying.
    • Pinkie does it again in "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" when it looks like the Apples have lost their farm.
    • And again in "Ponyville Confidential", when the column claims that "Pinkie Pie is an Out-of-Control Party Animal." She breaks down and screams, "It's true! I do have a problem!"
    • Fluttershy does the same thing in the episode after being humiliated by an article that claims she gets tail extensions.
    • Sweetie Belle does this in "One Bad Apple" when Babs Seed, Diamond Tiara, and Silver Spoon take over the Cutie Mark Crusader clubhouse. Apple Bloom even breaks out an umbrella to shield herself from Sweetie Belle's tears.
    • Poor Pinkie Pie gets another one in "Magic Duel" after Trixie removes her mouth and she is unable to eat cupcakes.
    • It appears to run in Sweetie Belle's family; Rarity also does this in "The Cutie Map" when she realizes that her tastes in curtains have changed.
    • "To Where and Back Again – Part 2": Several of the changelings disguised as Fluttershy produce cascading streams of tears to better guilt-trip Discord.
    • Rainbow sheds massive gobs of tears (although not in the waterfall variety) in "Tanks for the Memories" when she doesn't want Tank to hibernate.
    • Spike in "Over a Barrel" after it seems that Chief Thunderhooves died from a pie to the face.
  • On PB&J Otter, Baby Butter cries these in "Baby Butter's Bankie" after her favorite blanket ("bankie") gets ripped to tatters after getting trapped in a closed window and she tries to pull it out.
  • On Peg + Cat, the small purple alien Richard, who is prone to self-esteem issues, sometimes cries these.
  • Peppa Pig:
    • These are the norm for the toddler kids and the babies when they're really upset or scared about something. Their tears would gush out of their eyes like a sprinkler. If there was a prize based on this trope, George would win it, where his seem to erupt from his eyes in the manner of a garden hose!
    • Peppa is a rare non-infant example, where she cries in a similar fashion to them in "The Golden Boots" after her golden boots are stolen by Mrs. Duck.
  • In the Popeye cartoon "Swee' Pea Through the Looking Glass," Swee' Pea bawls torrents of tears after growing too big to leave the surreal room he's in.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • The episode "The City Of Frownsville" has Lou Gubrious, a very miserable scientist who cries fountains of tears channeling his sadness into a ray set upon Townsville that makes everyone--even the Powerpuff Girls--cry tears to the point where it threatens the city. Upon being the happiest person in Townsville at that point, he changes his name to Hal Larious, only to succumb to tears again after Bubbles (in a vain attempt to make a crying pigeon laugh) drops her banana and Hal slips on it, causing everyone to laugh at him.
    • Bubbles cries these pretty often.
    • Buttercup of all people cries until she makes a puddle in "Cover Up" after her blanket was lost.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (2016):
    • Bubbles wept massive gobs of tears in "Little Octi Lost" after Octi was stolen by Packrat.
    • Bubbles wailed waterfall tears in "Tiara Trouble" due to stage fright, as a possible nod to the "bawling" Emoji.
    • Bubbles cried waterfall tears of happiness in "Princess Buttercup" after Buttercup comes to save her and Blossom.
  • Project G.e.e.K.e.R.: more of a sprinkler effect than a firehose, but Geeker does this in "Smell of the Wild" after even the animals reject him.
  • Occasionally seen in Pucca and, in the case of Pucca herself, her waterfall tears possess waterfall force which sends anybody she looks at while crying flying away from her. There is actually a moment where Garu walks up to a waterfall looking for Pucca, looks up, and it turns out the waterfall is really Pucca's tears.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show. Stimpy, being the "eediot", that he is, cries so hard his EYES POP OUT OF HIS SKULL!note  Subverted in "Son of Stimpy" where he cries like this after Ren presses his, er..."trauma" buttonnote  after trying to cheer him up with his "nice and stinky" litter box. However, there are no tears—ocular gushers, or otherwise—at all, despite previous episodes showing Stimpy to do this when he (violently) cries.note 
  • One episode of Rocko's Modern Life has Bev Bighead doing this in her bedroom all night after she discovers that her "dog" (who is really a hypnotized Rocko taken by Heffer and Filburt) has come up missing, flooding the house to a point where her husband Ed had to use a rowboat just to get to her by the next morning.
  • Happens to Bimbo in the Screen Songs cartoon "My Gal Sal", complete with his eyes turning into faucets.
  • Guy Hamdon of SheZow when his sister Kelly takes him to see a chick flick. It's so intense that he briefly floods the theatre.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants tends to play with this trope a lot. Keep in mind that this is all underwater.
    • In "Karate Choppers", SpongeBob sprays Ocular Gushers into a mug, then drinks the contents before spraying again.
    • A few instances of SpongeBob's Ocular Gushers seemed to have the force of a firehose on full blast. For instance, in "A Day Without Tears", Squidward bets SpongeBob that he can't go a whole day without crying, so he spends the whole episode holding back tears until midnight, then blasts them out of his eyes, knocking Squidward against the wall and flooding Bikini Bottom.
    • On one occasion, SpongeBob cried so hard that the tears flooded his house, and when Squidward opened the front door, the resulting stream of water knocked him over.
    • In "Grandma's Kisses", When SpongeBob's grandma ignored and didn't coddle him because he wanted to be treated as an adult, he eventually snapped and cried. SpongeBob squirted tears into his own mouth, then sprayed teardrops like a garden sprinkler, complete with sound effects. Eventually his tears flooded Grandma's house. She pulled a plug on her house's floor to drain the tears away.
    • The movie includes a scene in which SpongeBob and Patrick are spraying streams of water directly into each others' mouths, much to the disgust of Princess Mindy.
    • In "Clams", Mr. Krabs loses his millionth dollar to a giant clam, which makes him cry so much in one scene he literally forms faucets from his eyes.
    • Pearl also tends to play the waterfall version of this trope on most occasions. Sometimes, her tears would flood the building she's in. For instance, in "The Chaperone", Pearl approaches her father crying waterfall tears that flood the Krusty Krab after her prom boyfriend dumped her.
    • Occurs with Sandy when she cries: her helmet gets all filled up and she pulls the handle to flush her tears.
    • SpongeBob once made Squidward a sweater out of his own tears. It Makes Sense in Context (not a whole lot of sense, but some).
    • Mrs. Puff and Karen, despite the latter being a computer, both cried fountains of tears simultaneously in "Girls' Night Out" after venting their frustrations with SpongeBob and Plankton, respectively. Karen even shows an image of a waterfall on her monitor when she starts crying, and one of a valve being turned when she stops. Mrs. Puff, on the other hand, ends up with her mascara running down her face.
    • In "Opposite Day", after SpongeBob tells Patrick he never wants to see him again (he's joking, but Patrick doesn't get it at first), he starts crying and his tears flow out of his eyes like waterfalls.
    • In "Mr. Krabs Takes a Vacation", Mr. Krabs cries heavily when he sees money being shredded at the Bikini Bottom Mint. First his eyes squirt tears upward, then his nose and arms are replaced with tear spouts, and he floods the building. SpongeBob has to turn a valve on Krabs' pants to stop his crying. He does it again after Pearl takes his custom dollar bills, with SpongeBob putting on a raincoat, life preserver, and umbrella hat in preparation.
    • A CGI-example occurs in the third movie anytime when someone cries.
      • When SpongeBob realizes that his pet snail Gary has been snailnapped by King Poseidon, he starts crying waterfalls, and it caused his waterfalls to fly up and then it goes down.
      • Near the end, After SpongeBob denies King Poseidon for snailnapping Gary, King Poseidon starts crying massive gobs of tears, causing the visitors of Atlantic City to use their umbrellas to shield themselves from his tears.
  • Steven Universe is another show that draws a lot of inspiration from anime, including Ghibli style tears of ludicrous size.
  • In "Baby Takes the Cake" from the 2003 version of Strawberry Shortcake, all of the babies in Apple Dumplin's Imagine Spot in which she's an adult wail and cry these when she gets angry and tells them that they can't help her. She then starts crying these herself and, seeing this, they stop and calm down.
  • Surprisingly, this happened to Batman in an episode of The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians when the Scarecrow forces him to have a flashback of his parents' death.
  • Being Animesque, Totally Spies! is rather prone to this. The biggest example occurs here in the second-to-last episode of Season 5.
  • Tuca & Bertie: Used frequently, varying between waterfalls of tears to giant, golfball-sized gobs of tears. "The Jelly Lakes" includes a gag where Tuca and Bertie have a post-make-up cry, which floods their entire car with tears. In "The Promotion", when Bertie is upset that she may have blown her promotion, Tuca whips out an umbrella.
  • Unikitty! has these as well, thanks to the star. In the episode "Sparkle Matter Matters", Unikitty, Puppycorn, and Dr. Fox have escaped from Richard, whose extreme joy thanks to the happy serum that went awry and now threatens to destroy their castle. When Unikitty thinks using some negative sparkle matter would reverse the effects, Dr. Fox tries to get this by having her watch a video of a sad kid who was now eating alone because nobody came to his birthday party. When the sad kid is shown to be Puppycorn, Unikitty goes into a literal Heroic BSoD with a Big "NO!" and she starts crying waves with tons of negative sparkle matter coming from her; she only stops after Puppycorn trips over a negative sparkle matter bit and jabs her in one eye, causing her to go into a shut-up-and-die rage.
  • Wakfu:
    • Ruel's Gobbowl friend, Tolot, springs a leak in Season 1 Episode 10.
    • Lady Glagla also sports a pair of gushers in Season 2 Episode 14.
  • Happens occasionally in Zig & Sharko mostly to Marina after something has upset her, also sometimes to Zig when his plans fail one too many times.


Alternative Title(s): High Pressure Tears, Fountain Tears, Ocular Gushing


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