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Kukuri and her giant eyeball-thing note  save the day through the power of crying.

"Oh, good! Now Karone can just cry on them to restore them all!"

You can fix just about anything by merely dropping a tear on it, or sometimes a few:

It must be the tear actually having an effect, all the better if you can see it spread from the point of impact. Very often comes in the form of a Single Tear.

Interestingly, there is some truth in this: tears contain lysozymes, an enzyme that attacks certain kinds of bacteria. And Now You Know.

A close relative of True Love's Kiss and The Power of Love. May be crystallized when they go from Body to Jewel. In most cases, overlaps with Heal It with Water and Fantastic Medicinal Bodily Product.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Baki the Grappler was nearly killed by Lee Kaiou's poison. As he lay dying, Kozue hovered over him crying. As luck would have it, human tears are the natural antidote to that poison; not only curing Baki but giving him the strength to kick Lee's ass eight ways 'till Saturday.
  • Bleach
    • Parodied - Nel Tu's puke has healing powers. In her defense, she initially thought it was just drool.
    • Discussed and averted as the means to undo Tsukishima's personal Cosmic Retcon.
  • The end of the last Cardcaptor Sakura episode. Sakura starts to cry when she learns that Syaoran, whom she has just realized she's in love with, is moving back to Hong Kong and her tears create a new Sakura Card.
  • In Mahou no Mako-chan, the mermaid heroine transforms into a human by swallowing a pearl that formed from one of her tears.
  • In One Piece: A woman named Viola was granted various vision-based powers by the Glare Glare fruit. Because of a pun, she's also capable of crying tears that transform into whales made of iron as an offensive attack.
  • In the shojo manga Pixie Pop, the final ingredient the little pixie needed to create the potion to bring her to maturity was human tears.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
  • Powerpuff Girls Z: In Episode 36, Bubbles uses her tears to turn her stuffed octopus back to normal after the supervillain Him turned it into a monster.
  • Inverted in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. At the moment when Miki Sayaka finally loses it and becomes a witch, it is her tears that turn her Soul Gem into a Grief Seed.
  • Ranma ˝
    • To make a youth potion for himself, Happosai needs one more ingredient: the tears of a beast that is both male and female. The rest of the chapter involves him chasing Ranma around with onions and tear gas.
    • The Nanban Mirror is a magic mirror that can transport someone to a desired time (and place) and requires teardrops to activate it. They don't need to be emotional tears, though.
  • At the end of Revolutionary Girl Utena, tears open the Rose Gate.
  • Sailor Moon
    • Usagi's tears at Mamoru's first death creates the Legendary Silver Crystal. In the manga, it simply forms from her tears, while in the anime, they cause the rainbow crystals to form it instead.
    • In episode 170, Usagi wanted to fight Neherenia and help Mamoru, but her friends told her it's a trap and, as the heartbroken Usagi cried, her tear landed on her heart-shaped brooch which caused it to turn into an eternal brooch and Usagi herself became Eternal Sailor Moon.
  • Tekken: Blood Vengeance. Towards the end of the movie Ling Xiaoyu sheds a single tear on Alisa Bosconovitch's face after she's ripped apart by Kazuya Mishima and this restarts her circuits.
  • In Toriko, the legendary Mellow Cola is the tears of the Salamander Sphinx. The Mellow Cola's nutritional value is so high that Toriko and Zebra are instantly revitalized after they exhausted themselves fighting a Nitro.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Anzu/Téa (as the Magician of Faith) cried in mourning for Jounouchi/Joey's sacrifice against Bakura and this activated her flip effect. As the Magician of Faith, she can move one magic card from her player's graveyard to his hand.
    • Yami Yugi sheds a Single Tear in the Doma Arc while dueling Dartz after the latter tries to convince the already emotionally exhausted Pharaoh to surrender the duel. The tear then falls onto his Millenium Puzzle, causing it to glow brightly and repel the Seal of Orichalcos, which was about to close in on him and take his soul.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 5 episode 17, a student's tears falling on the hamsters is enough to wake them up after it was thought that somebody had killed them. Smart S. comes up with a possible reason - they weren't dead at all; they were just hibernating.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: In Flying Island: The Sky Adventure episode 42, Wolffy tells Wilie a bedtime story where a princess's tears magically wake up a sleeping prince. Wolffy tells Wilie that this can only happen in fairy tales, not in real life. Later in the episode, Wolffy's tears splashing onto Wolnie and Wilie is what wakes them up from the effects of sleeping flower... or so Wolffy thinks. Turns out the flower's effects wear out by themselves eventually.

    Comic Books 
  • In the fifth issue of the BOOM! Studio's Darkwing Duck comics, After Darkwing sadly apologized to the brainwashed Morgana for leaving her to keep her safe and to live a normal life, his single tear dropped onto her beak and it broke the brainwashing curse on her.
  • One of the Vishanti from Doctor Strange, Agamotto, was born from a single tear of another member Oshtur when she witnessed the unbridled joy of a blind child at play.
  • The Incredible Hulk: One story (Incredible Hulk #302-303) has the heroic monster stuck in what appears to be a typical Fairy Tale world: an evil ruler holds a princess (whose tears create flowers) hostage while his minions enslave the populace. Not only is Hulk completely helpless in this world (it is never explained why) but the princess realizes she can use her tears to create plant monsters... and uses them to massacre the bad guys.
  • In Metal Men #16, the robot heroes are accidentally turned into immobile toys and given to a blind boy. When the boy cries, his tears restore the Metal Men.
  • In a twist on Norse Mythology (see below), Marvel Comics' The Mighty Thor (back when the title was still Journey Into Mystery) had Loki trapped forever in the form of a tree unless someone cried for him, but he was such a dick that not even his wife shed a single tear. After a few millennia of experimenting, he discovered that he could make his leaves fall off, and managed to get one to drop into somone's eye. The resulting tear freed him, and the Marvel Universe has never been the same since - among many other deeds, he was indirectly responsible for The Avengers getting together.
  • The Sandman (1989): Duma, angel of silence, speaks at Dream's funeral. His speech is a manifest miracle that lets every listener know that their life is meaningful, among other things. The speech consists of a single tear.
  • In one issue of The Superman Adventures, a comic based on the 1990s animated series, Supergirl contracts an Argoian illness. One of the ingredients is Element X, an unknown element — while saying good-bye to Supergirl, Superman cries. It turns out Kryptonians tear contain Kryptonian salt.

    Fairy Tales 
  • Cinderella's godmother appears when she's crying; the Grimms' version has her cry on a lifeless twig, and it magically grows into a living tree.
  • In The Feather of Finist the Falcon, we have tears as magical laundry detergent: the heroine cries over her lover's bloody shirt, and so gets the blood out of it.
    The servant answered: "It is a shirt of Finist the Falcon, who in three days will wed my mistress, but it is so stained with blood that I can by no means make it clean." The girl thought, "It is a garment my beloved wore after he was so cruelly wounded by the knives in my window!" And taking it from the other's hands, she began to weep over it, so that the tears washed away every stain and the shirt was as white as snow.

    The black serving-woman took the shirt back to the Tsar's daughter, who asked her how she had so easily cleansed it, and the woman answered that a beautiful maiden, alone on the sea sand, had wept over it till her tears had made it white. "This is, in truth, a remarkable thing," said the Tsar's daughter; "I would see this girl whose tears can wash away such stains."
  • The titular Green of the Green Angel duet has her vision restored after a cathartic and long-overdue bout of grieving for her deceased family, who were caught in an explosion at the story's beginning.
  • Rapunzel's tear cures blindness in her prince charming.
  • In The Snow Queen, Gerta's tears wash the ice/mirror shard out of Kai's eye; her kiss melts the lump of ice around/in his heart.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Bartok the Magnificent, the witch Baba Yaga tells Bartok the Bat that the final ingredient she wants for her potion is something from himself. When Bartok pulls out his own hair, thinking that it's what she wanted, Baba laughs at him. This angers Bartok and makes him chew her out, saying that it's no wonder everyone hates her before he storms out of her house... only to hear Baba crying, come back, and apologize to her, crying in turn. This gives Baba the final ingredient she wanted: tears that came from Bartok's heart. She puts Bartok's tear in her cauldron and completes a potion to transform someone into becoming on the outside what they are on the inside. It turns the villain into a dragon.
  • Disney seems to like this trope.
    • Belle brings back the Beast by weeping over him in Beauty and the Beast.
    • In Fantasia 2000, at the end of the firebird sequence when the forest was burned, the sprite's tears made the grass grow back. Though the sprite had to use her magic to make the rest of the trees, flowers, and grasses grow back before she disappeared.
    • Parodied in Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. After they are too late to save Stitch from his malfunction and he shuts down, Lilo's tear brings him back to life. It's parodied by the fact that Pleakley asks Jumba for the scientific explanation. Jumba proudly states (as if he knew any other way to state things) that there is no possible scientific explanation, declares it a miracle, and celebrates.
    • Bambi II, the Great Prince sheds a Manly Tear for his injured son, who is quickly revived.
    • In Tangled, Rapunzel brings Flynn/Eugene back to life with her tears. Her magical hair was gone, but the magic was still inside of her.
    • Frozen is a notable aversion, since the movie is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, and stories based on that often use this trope because the original does. In this story, an Act of True Love is the only thing that can save Anna from being frozen solid. It's implied that Anna protecting her sister through sacrificing her own life is what melts Anna's frozen heart and breaks the curse.
  • Felix the Cat: The Movie: When her kingdom is invaded by the Duke of Zill's forces, Princess Oriana tries to summon The Chosen One, but is captured before she can finish. However, one of her tears starts glowing and promptly finishes the job — activating the machine by entering several codes, including a voice command, then tracks down Felix and lures him back through the portal.
  • Near the end of Filmation version of Journey Back to Oz, where all of Mombi's magic was dying with her and Oz turned back to normal when she was defeated, Dorothy and her friends rejoiced until she saw her friend Pumpkin Head dead (since he was created by Mombi, he died along with Mombi and her magic), but Dorothy's tear dropped on Pumpkin Head's forehead and brought him back to life.
  • In The Legend of the Titanic, Elizabeth's tears, mixed with a net of magical moonbeams, allow her to talk to dolphins.
  • In Once Upon a Forest, Michelle is still unconscious even after she receives the medicine; it is only Cornelius' tears that cause her to awaken. It could be argued that the medicine kicked in as Cornelius began to cry, and the trope was only evoked for Rule of Drama.
  • How Frank recovers in Osmosis Jones. Justified, as Ozzy, who has the MacGuffin needed to help him, hitches a ride in one of Shane's tears.
  • Shrek 2: The Fairy Godmother had business cards that would summon her if anyone shed tears on them. Fiona shed tears, and got her, complete with the musical number. When Puss stomped on Donkey's hoof to make him shed a tear, they got voicemail.
  • The Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie: SpongeBob and Patrick are captured by a diver who makes souvenirs out of dried-up sealife and placed under a heat lamp. As they await their fate, they each shed one tear that joins to form a heart. That one heart-shaped tear then drips down the power cord into the outlet, causing it to short out the heat lamp and activate the sprinkler, which revives our heroes and all the other creatures as well.
    Captain Bart: Look! It be the tear of the Goofy Goobers!
  • In Underdogs, after Ace destroys the bar and the table, Jake sheds tears which falls on his only rescued foosball player, Skip, giving him and his companions life.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • At the end of The Adventures of Pinocchio Geppetto tells the protagonist that he still remains his own beloved son regardless of him being a puppet, causing Pinocchio to shed a tear on his wooden heart that finally transforms him into a real boy.
  • The end of Battlefield Baseball, Jubeh sheds a tear that causes cherry blossoms to fall that resurrect all the people that were gunned down by an evil Gedo player.
  • In the film Fat Albert, the cartoon characters are able to enter the real world when Doris' tear hits the remote control.
  • Downplayed in Takashi Miike's The Great Yokai War: The Hero Hero was forced to kill a Yokai-friend that had been transformed into a monster. His tears restore its true form in its dying moment but do not heal it. The Yokai-friend recovers by the end of the film.
  • Harry Potter:
    • In The Chamber of Secrets Dumbledore introduces Harry to the phoenix Fawkes, explaining that the tears of his species have healing powers. After the final battle, Fawkes saves Harry from dying of Basilisk venom poisoning by shedding tears on his wound, which heals up.
    • In The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Snape's tears can be used in the pensieve to see his memories.
  • Near the end of The Last Mimzy, a tear falls on said Mimzy, a stuffed rabbit, who stores inside and brings it back to its creator in the future. This allows said creator to fix the Bad Future.
  • The end of The Neverending Story II movie. Tears allow for 'wishing from the heart' instead of the mind and grant Bastion an extra wish.
  • Nutty Professor II: The Klumps has Sherman's Love Interest for this movie (played by Janet Jackson) fix things with a tear. When Sherman needs to reabsorb the arrogant Buddy Love back into his body or otherwise lose his intelligence, and Buddy is breaking down into liquid Buddy reaches a fountain before drying up leaving Sherman stuck without his intelligence. Till Jackson's character's single tear drops through Buddy's remains and carrying them into the fountain allowing Sherman to get his smarts by drinking the fountain water.
  • In Osmosis Jones, When Frank is dying, his daughter cries and drops a tear in his mouth, and while it seems like the tears made a "miracle" in reviving Frank, it was actually Osmosis who went along the tear that made a difference.
  • Peter Pan: A malicious example is demonstrated with Captain Hook. When he sneaks into Peter Pan's lair to kill him, he tries to use his hook. However, he cannot reach him through the roots lining the lair. Thus, he resorts to tainting Peter's medicine with a poison he always carries with him. The poison is said to be produced from his tears when he was "weeping from the red of his eye".
    Narrator: Lest he should be taken alive, Hook always carried upon his person a dreadful poison, distilled when he was weeping the red of his eye. A mixture of malice, jealousy, and disappointment, it was instantly fatal and without antidote.
  • In Pinocchio (2022) Geppetto is the one getting a Disney Death after escaping Monstro, and is revived by a magical tear from Pinocchio crying over him.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, mermaids' tears are a necessary ingredient to mix with the water of the Fountain of Youth.
  • Ultraviolet (2006) has the heroine Violet weep over the prone body of the littlest plague carrier as he dies in her arms. However, being a hemophage, her tear infects him and turns him into a hemophage, thus giving him both immunity to the plague and a Healing Factor to reverse the damage. It takes her a while to realize her crying would have that effect though.
  • We Can Be Heroes (2020): At one point in the film, the kids end up imprisoned on the alien ship, and Guppy gets her water source taken away from her. It briefly appears that Missy has given up hope, causing some of them to cry... then it's revealed that the reason she's doing this is so that Guppy can use their tears to create a key and free them from their cell.
  • The Wiz: The Tin Man's over-the-top crying with Ocular Gushers turns out helpful to awake Dorothy, Toto, and the Cowardly Lion after they got poisoned by the poppies (here depicted as Poison Ivy-like prostitutes).

  • Chuck Norris' tears can cure cancer. Too bad Chuck Norris never cries.

  • In Terry Pratchett's early novel The Carpet People, looking into a termagant's eyes turns people to stone, while its tears will turn them back again.
  • A phoenix tear in Fancy Apartments has several uses, including being a protective charm, a booster for anti-dark spells, etc.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: "Phoenix tears have healing powers." They cure basilisk poison in seconds.
  • In Stephen Hunt's The Kingdom Beyond the Waves from the Jackelian Series, a craybarian's tears are instrumental in conveying her immunity to poison to Amelia.
  • At the end of Land of Oz's The Cowardly Lion of Oz, the title character is turned to stone, and the tears of all his friends bring him back to life ("For tears are more magic than anything else, when it comes to melting stone").
  • In The Land of Stories: in the first book, one of the items Alex and Conner needed for the wishing spell to go back home were fairy tears but later on, the vial of fairy tears broke on them and they found out that Alex herself had fairy tears after it activated the wishing spell when the Evil Queen captured them and took the wishing spell from them to save her boyfriend from her magic mirror and they found out later they were half humans, half fairies.
  • The New Jedi Order. The alien Jedi Vergere's tears are naturally complex organic compounds that she can modify further with the Force. They can heal, among many other things (she frequently uses them as a paralytic poison).
  • In The Silmarillion, Lúthien Tinúviel's tears have healing properties. (Presumably as a result of her half-Maia ancestry.)
  • Inverted in Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis. It's Farhad's tears that turn Nittish to stone.
  • In The Velveteen Rabbit, the velveteen rabbit's real tear landed on the ground and it made the fairy appear.
  • In the Xanth novel Yon Ill Wind, Demon X(A/N)^th (yes, his name is a mathematical formula) makes a complicated bet that can only be won by getting the first Xanth resident he meets to shed a tear for him. (If he loses the bet, Xanth itself will be destroyed — or lose its magic, which is as close as makes no difference.) Unfortunately, said resident turns out to be Chlorine, who has already cried all the tears she has but one and would go blind if she shed that last one. She does, he wins, and Xanth is saved.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Much of season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer revolves around a seal over the Hellmouth that's opened with by spilling blood on it. It's eventually revealed that to close it requires the tears of the person originally responsible for spilling the blood.
  • The Series 10 Season Finale of Doctor Who, "The Doctor Falls", has these prove vital to the "Ray of Hope" Ending. First, thanks to companion Bill Potts sobbing over the Doctor's apparently dead body, her true love Heather — a human who had merged with sentient starship fuel — returns to her from the season premiere, having secretly left her with a sort of tracking device in her tears. From there, Heather frees Bill of her Cyberman body and turns her into a similar creature, whereupon they take the Doctor back to the TARDIS. And then the trope is doubled-down when Bill's augmented tear left on his brow before the women leave effectively jump-starts his body! "Where there's tears, there's hope."
  • In Kamen Rider Wizard, a tear revives Dragon and forms the Infinity ring.
  • Occurs in episode 4 of Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger. In this instance, a child in the Continent of Despair who fears his mother to be dead begins to lose hope, and, due to the nature of this realm, turns into stone. His mother's tears, when they are reunited, return him to normal.
  • In the series finale of Legend of the Seeker, Richard is fatally stabbed by Kahlan, after fulfilling one of the prophecies and accidentally giving the Stone of Tears to the Keeper. Kahlan cries, and her tear falls on Richard, turning into another Stone of Tears. Power of Love, indeed. Despite the common usage of the trope, Richard isn't healed by the tear or the Stone; Cara revives him, and Zedd heals his eyesight.
  • A couple of examples are shown in Once Upon a Time:
    • In a second season episode, the good guys are searching for an MIA Regina and go to Gold for help. He is able to take one of Snow White's tears and mix it into a spell so that Snow sees and experiences what Regina is experiencing, allowing them to figure out where she is.
    • In season four, Rumplestiltskin needs the tear of a person who was tempted by their inner darkness and turned away from it to break past the final enchantment and open the Sorcerer's Hat.
    • A tear of broken love was used to trap Merlin in a tree and another tear of the same kind was later used to free him.
    • Gideon uses the tears Emma cries into a napkin to keep Hook from coming back to Storybrooke. Her tears are also said to have powerful magic.
  • Power Rangers
    • In the final episode of Power Rangers in Space, Andros cries at the sight of an apparently dead Astronema/Karone. The tear trickles down his cheek and lands on Astronema's face, reviving her. It's widely believed to be a delayed reaction to Zordon's purification wave.
    • In an episode of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, Karone comes across a warrior she fought and turned to stone back when she was Astronema, and she cries on him, restoring him. This must be a magical power for the residents of KO-35.
    • In Power Rangers S.P.D., a tear is responsible for allowing a nasty bad guy to escape... sorta. (He could travel through reflective surfaces. Naturally, nothing remotely shiny was allowed near his prison, but one Hannibal Lecture to Sky later, there's a Manly Tear...)
  • Lampshaded on an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Sabrina's mother was turned into a ball of wax. When she melted after Sabrina left her next to an iron she left on, Sabrina cried on her and she turned back. Her Aunts then run in and tell her that they finally found out that Sabrina can turn her mother back by melting her and mixing her with her tears, before noticing she figured it out herself.
  • Savaged in Six Feet Under when Billy and Brenda watch an animated version of the series of books they were obsessed with as children and are dismayed at the Adaptation Decay they encounter.
    Billy: A tear? He saves Isobel's life with a fucking tear?!
    Brenda: How does it happen in the book?
    Billy: Mouth to mouth resuscitation! Which makes sense!
  • Smallville: Chloe's healing powers were tear-activated the first time.
  • The Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Elaan of Troysius" has a race of Green Skinned Space Babes who have mind-controlling tears. Kirk makes one cry and decides to wipe her tears away with his bare hand. Bad idea.

    Myths & Religion 

    Tabletop Games 

  • Another doll line, PJ Sparkles, had a one-off pilot for an animated series. P.J. starts to die because she is hit with a hate beam by the movie's villains, but her new powers also cause her to die if she has no more love in her heart. The tears of a broken-down orphan declaring that he loves her revive her.
  • This trope was the origin story for the 1980s doll line Rose Petal Place. The resident family of a Victorian-style house moved away, and the little girl took one last stroll through its garden, weeping, before they left. Her tears changed some of the flowers into little maidens, and their houses, cars, etc. were similarly transformed toys and gardening implements. Each doll/accessory was thus marked with a "crystal" tear. Apparently, the magic was neutral, because it also transformed a spider into Nastina, Rose-Petal's Arch-Enemy. When Nastina killed her in the first of two animated TV specials by locking her in a room with almost no light (deadly for a flower woman), the tears of Rose-Petal's friends landed on her crystal, bringing her back to life.

    Video Games 
  • In The Binding of Isaac, Isaac's tears are his main weapon. Various items can give his tears the ability to, among other things, poison enemies, set things on fire, home in on enemies, go through walls, petrify enemies, and even temporarily make enemies fight for you. And these abilities stack on top of each other, meaning by the time you reach the endgame Isaac may be crying flaming homing poisonous intangible enemy taming tears.
  • In the Wii version of A Boy and His Blob, in the second to last level the boy's tears not only return the blob to life but also allow him to unlock the Mecha transformation.
  • In Brütal Legend, the Sea of Black Tears is a source of power, and evil.
  • Subverted and downplayed in Cookie Run Kingdom. Cotton loses her friend Sherbet to a terminal illness, and cries over the spot where his body once was (as it disappeared as he died). The tears don't bring Sherbet back to life, but it instead enables him to have the strength to turn into a spirit that, to this day, still watches over Cotton, even over 50 years later, without her knowledge.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy VI, the petrified princess of the underground castle can shed a tear that upgrades the Magicite remains of her Esper suitor.
    • In Final Fantasy XI it is said that the goddess Altana created the Zilart, but once they were destroyed she wept five tears down on the world that resulted in the creation of the Standard Fantasy Races.
  • In Free Realms the Druidess Queen Ayani goes one better. Her tears form rivers and lakes and where her tears touched the ground flowers and trees began to grow.
  • Used in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. The cure to the Shroob infection that devastated Mushroom Kingdom in the past was Baby Tears. Though it was somewhat subverted in that Professor E. Gadd whipped up a 'chemical equivalent' to do the job en masse.
  • Three examples in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess; the Tears of Light, which are used to give the Light Spirits back their powers, the Great Fairy tears Link can drink to heal him and increase his strength, and Midna using her magic tear to shatter the Mirror of Twilight before returning to her own world and separating both her and Link's world. That last one involves regular tears as well.
    • Midna's magic tear carries over to her true form's appearance in Hyrule Warriors, where she can use it to shatter reality.
  • Inverted and also used in Legend of Mana. Anyone who cries for a Jumi (basically Elves) will turn to stone, but the Jumi's own tears have healing powers. Both of which actually happen at the end of the Jumi arc.
  • In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, one of Fortune's tears brings Vamp back from a bullet to the head, but it's implied that contact with any water source can do this.
  • The angelic realm of Elysium in Nexus Clash is full of hoarded Angel Tears, which have the power to cure the pure of heart of even otherwise uncurable debuffs and melt any demons dumb enough to drink them.
    • There's even a skill that grants the ability to create Angel Tears through suffering, but it's universally regarded as the single worst skill choice in the entire game.
  • In Sam & Max: Ice Station Santa, elf tears make plants grow.
  • A justified case in Splatoon 3. Near the end of the story, Cuttlefish ends up stuck in squid form, in a dehydrated state. Captain 3 cries over his body, which causes him to get back up. Since the issue was dehydration, tears helping does make sense, due to them providing moisture.
  • Strawberry Shortcake: There is a GBA game titled "Strawberry Shortcake: Ice Cream Island Riding Camp". In this game, the lead character must find out why Ice Cream Island is experiencing tremors and flooding. Near the end of the game, Strawberry's butterfly friend Marmalade must carry her to the top of the Sundae Mountains to seek Raven, a raven who's the accomplice of the culprit. The way up is a maze in itself, with the option of using Raven's tears to restore the player's Life least, partially. The reason for said tears comes from Raven's worry over his friend being stuck in a flood.
  • In Super Princess Peach, when you choose Peach to cry, her tears can make plants grow to climb on, make her run faster, make water wheels go around, and also defeat bad guys.
  • In episode five of Tales from the Borderlands, Rhys tries to drop some of his tears onto a mortally wounded Sasha, but since the scene is a genuine Tear Jerker, this trope is played as a Deconstructive Parody, making an already tender scene bittersweet in a way that makes you sadly chuckle.
    Sasha: What are you doing?
    Rhys, sniffling: There are all these stories where...where someone's tears heal people. I really feel like that's a thing.
    Sasha, wiping his tears away: Yeah, well...this isn't one of those stories.
  • In Undertale, Napstablook uses their tears as an attack, but can also use them to...make a top hat for them to wear.

    Visual Novels 
  • The trope is discussed before eventually being subverted in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. After Yamada is seemingly killed, Asahina cries over his body, with Naegi musing that if this were a fantasy story, her tears would bring him back to life. Then the victim wakes up, turning out to be Not Quite Dead, but still has no hope of salvation, and dies for real seconds later after naming the killer.
  • Deconstructed by Kanon. Mai Kawasumi cures her mother with her tears, and people eventually learn that her tears have the ability to rejuvenate anything, even after it has died. Unfortunately, since she's living in a modern setting, she gets swept up in a media circus that publicizes her powers, is persecuted by the people around her for being different, and is eventually forced to leave her town.

    Western Animation 

  • The Amazing World of Gumball: A single tear from Darwin was enough to revive a pet turtle that dried out in the sun. But since this particular turtle was a nigh-unstoppable terror driven by an obsessive need to bite, Gumball has a different theory: It feeds on misery.
  • Amphibia: At the end of the big final battle of "All In", Marcy gets freed from being the host of the Core, but seemingly drops dead. Only after her friends Anne and Sasha have cried on her face she regains consciousness. Although, similar to the aforementioned Once Upon a Forest example, in-universe it's very likely just a matter of timing, but the trope was definitely alluded to for dramatic effect.
  • Care Bears (1980s),
    • No Heart creates a raincloud that washes away one's color. When the Care Bears and one of the humans confronted him, the rain wound up hitting Wish Bear. Dale, the human boy she was protecting, cried on her, and his tear hit her tummy symbol, undoing the effects and allowing her to break the impasse.
    • Hugs and Tugs fake having a chicken-pox-like disease. When they clean themselves up and try telling Grams Bear, she sees them and think that the disease is in its second stage, at which point only a teardrop from the Big Bad can provide the cure.
  • Classic Disney Shorts: The short "Goofy and Wilbur" center on Goofy and his pet grasshopper Wilbur as they go fishing, with Wilbur willingly acting as bait. However, one such venture results in him being swallowed by a frog. As Goofy chases the frog, it inadvertently gets swallowed by a stork, which then lays an egg before flying off. Goofy - alone with the egg - laments losing Wilbur and wails that there'll never be another one like him. His tears fall on the egg and seemingly cause it to hatch into Wilbur, safe and sound. However, like with Once Upon a Forest and Amphibia, it may just be a matter of timing.
  • Cartoons That Never Made It: "Salt 'n' Slug" is about a rather unorthodox Interspecies Romance between a salt shaker and a slug. Salt predictably ends up accidentally killing Slug, but Slug is miraculously resurrected when her mortal remains are hit by Salt's tears.
  • In Courage the Cowardly Dog, it's Eustace's drops of sweat that save the day and prove he's a capable farmer by finally growing a flower.
  • In the pilot episode of The Dreamstone, Amberley has been turned to stone by Zordrak, and a single tear from Rufus is enough to reverse the spell.
  • In the DuckTales (2017) episode "A Nightmare On Killmotor Road" the triplets, Webby and Lena spend time in a shared lucid dream. Unbeknownst to the others, Magica has been stalking Lena throughout. Her goal is to reclaim her lost powers. This culminates with the cast involved in a literal tug of war with Magica (Who has seized Lena by the neck.) Even forming a chain does little to help, until Webby's tears land on Lena.
  • One episode of Dungeons & Dragons (1983) has Sheila break the spell on a cursed king when she cried a Single Tear of gratitude over him for helping to save her brother.
  • Ewoks: In the second season episode, The Wish Plant, Kneesaa revives the plant by crying on it.
  • In The Fairly Oddparents special Fairy Idol, when Norm the Genie crosses the Moral Event Horizon by brutally crushing Cosmo and Wanda with a giant wrecking ball, Timmy ends up in tears, depressed at how crappily he had treated him earlier in the special, prompting them, in their full body casts, to float up to the air, as if to demonstrate a straight example of this trope, only to end up becoming a subversion when they disintegrate into fairy dust. Even THEN, though, they reveal themselves to have already gotten better by themselves, thus double subverting this trope.
  • In the Futurama episode "My Three Suns", the solution to Fry drinking an emperor, an alien made up of liquid, is to have Fry cry out him out. After he has trouble making himself cry, the rest of the crew pretend Leela is being killed because of his actions. Until Leela arrives alive ruining this plan, but she beats up Fry to make him weep in pain. While Leela, and later the rest of the crew, are beating the crap out of him, he's still thanking them profusely. They continue beating on him after the Emperor has recovered. Even the Emperor himself thanks him for crying him out before beating him with a chair.
  • Harley Quinn (2019): In the Season 1 finale, Harley thinks the tears she shed on Ivy's grave made her come back to life. Ivy reminds Harley they aren't in a Disney movie, but concedes that the tears maybe helped to placate her.
  • In Justice League, Metamorpho is brought Back from the Dead when his fiancee Sapphire Stagg cries into the puddle that used to be him.
  • In the Grand Prix-winning Rene Laloux short Les Escargots, A down-on-his-luck farmer discovers that crying on his lettuces makes them grow large and healthy. Unfortunately, it has the side effect of attracting snails the size of Mack trucks which go on a rampage in the nearby town once they've picked his field clean...
  • In Mia and Me, unicorn tears have healing properties, which comes in handy on several occasions.
  • In the Oh Yeah! Cartoons short "The Feelers", Mitzi Moth appears to die after she is hit with a flyswatter. After Mo sheds some tears at his fellow bandmate not being alive to see their recorded song being played in front of Mr. Katzeneisner, the tears hit Mitzi and revive her.
  • In the end of the final Peter Pan & the Pirates episode: Never land was disappearing and everybody was falling because Peter Pan grew up to an old man and he didn't believe in never land and forgotten about Tinker Bell. Tinker Bell convinced Peter as an old man to believe in never land and become young again and after Peter remembered Wendy's laugh and Tink herself and realized he made a mistake about growing up. Tink's tear landed on Peter and Tink's tear changed him back into a young boy and everything turned back to normal.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998): The girls are brought back (from death?) by tears in "The Rowdyruff Boys" and "Knock It Off". They're also brought back from an Unstoppable Rage by Mojo Jojo's tears after they give him an especially brutal beating for stealing the candy that they've become addicted to. What have they done?
  • The Ren & Stimpy episode "The Littlest Giant" has Stimpy the "Little Giant" leaving the giant country in exile and sob all over and filling farmer Ren's dried up well with his tears. They both become friends as a result.
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Home Sweet Pineapple", SpongeBob loses his pineapple home after nematodes drink it dry, leaving a little "pebble" behind. Near the end of the episode, he plants it in the ground, and a single tear falls on it, restoring it back to normal (on top of Squidward).
  • In the She-Ra: Princess of Power episode "My Friend, The Enemy", Hordak was disappearing to death from eating the doomberry pie Skeletor gave him, but Hordak was saved by She-Ra's tears.
  • Parodied in the South Park episode "Bloody Mary" — a statue of the Virgin Mary is crying blood from her ass, and Randy Marsh thinks it'll cure his alcoholism.
  • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!: Nova's tears plus a Love Confession break Sprx out of the Object of Hate's control.
  • In Steven Universe, Rose Quartz had this ability, and when Amethyst's gem is cracked in "An Indirect Kiss", Steven tries to access the same power to heal her while the others try to reactivate Rose's magic crying fountain. The end of the episode reveals that Steven doesn't have healing tears, but does have healing spit. However, much later during the episode "Off Colors", Steven's tears are able to resurrect Lars and give him the same powers and pink color that Lion has. Even later, in the Steven Universe: Future episode "Fragments", he uses his tears to heal Jasper, who he accidentally shattered.
  • In Season 3 of Winx Club, Stella had been turned into a monster and her friends have to get to the mirror of truth to break the spell. It didn't break the spell on its own but then Stella's tears touched the mirror and it shattered into a lake and after she got a gift from Brandon, Stella was touched and her other tear landed on the lake and changed her back into a human. Love changed her back and it was expressed through her tears.
  • In Wizards (2020), after Jim turns to stone and seemingly dies, it is Claire's tears that bring him back to life and restore him to his human form.

    Real Life 
  • Human tears contain Lactoferrin, a protein that has been found to fight various infections.


Phoenix Tears

Fawkes cries on Harry to heal his basilisk wound.

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