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Basic Trope: Out of a sense of honor, a character will not cry as he or she face a personal event where it's only human to cry. So his or her friend(s) cry in his place, instead.

  • Straight: Bob stoically mercy kills his infected daughter Anna and then simply walks away from the scene. Charlie cries for the tragedy that has befallen his friend.
  • Exaggerated: After Bob kills Anna, the entire surviving cast shows up on his doorstep, sobbing their eyes out.
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  • Downplayed: We don't see Charlie cry, only Bob thanking him as Charlie discreetly wipes his eyes.
  • Justified:
    • Bob knows that if he cries, the morale of the other survivors will fall.
    • Bob is a Vulcan.
  • Inverted: Bob cries while Charlie watches stoically.
  • Subverted: Bob didn't cry when he killed Anna. But when he is alone...
  • Doubly Subverted: Bob sheds a few tears, but then wipes his face and goes back outside, where Charlie is crying.
  • Parodied: Bob's mom told him to throw away his prized comic books collection. Bob did so without question. But when his buddy Charlie heard about Bob's "tragedy", Charlie begin to wail and lament.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob didn't cry. But his best friend Charlie cried. Then Bob begins to cry... except that it's just sand in his eyes. And then we found out Charlie's tears are fake, because he's The Mole planted by the zombie virus research labs. At which point, Bob begins to cry. But not for Anna, it's for the evil of humankind. And then Dan begin to cry for Bob's multi-layered tragedy.
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  • Averted: Bob cries for himself.
  • Enforced: A close friend of the author faced a difficult decision related to euthanasia.
  • Lampshaded: "Why are you crying, Charlie? It's not your loss."
  • Invoked: Dr. Evulz constantly throws personal tragedies at Bob to break him fast, knowing that the psychological weight will soon be unbearable for him.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Charlie encourages Bob to cry, because Bob needs to let out his feelings.
  • Discussed: "Charlie is such a caring friend to do that."
  • Conversed: "Why does the hero always need someone else to do the crying for him?"
  • Deconstructed: Years of tragedy and misfortune have caused Bob to be insecure about showing emotion.
  • Reconstructed: Bob lets out all his pent-up anger on the zombie hordes, and then breaks down and cries once it's all over.
  • Played For Laughs: It's not just Charlie and the rest of the survivors who cry, even the zombies cry!

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