Top 10 Saddest Cartoon Episode Endings

This list will be focusing more on how sad the ending of a cartoon episode rather than the episode as a whole, these are the endings from cartoon series that instead of giving a traditional happy ending ends up leaving the audience in tears.

The Top Ten

1 You're Getting Old - South Park

By far the saddest ending for a South Park episode what makes it even sadder is the song "Landslide" playing as we get a montage of Randy and Sharron splitting up and Stan and Shelly moving away meanwhile a friendship forms between Kyle and Cartman while Stan is alone completely alienated from all his friends as the episode just ends. - egnomac

2 Mother Simpson - The Simpsons

And then comes an even sadder episode where(spoilers ahead) she comes back to visit Homer. Homer holds a grudge of his mother escaping and by the time he decided to forgive her, she was already dead and the only way he could say that is by stopping Mr Burns from launching nuclear waste into the Amazon. Sadly, the real Amazon burned down.

After finally reuniting with his mother and learning about why she had to leave they're reunion is cut short with Mr. Burns shows up at the Simpsons house to arrest her only for Homer to be tipped off by Chief Wiggum and Homer is forced to say goodbye to his mother not knowing if they will ever see each other again. - egnomac

3 I Remember You - Adventure Time
4 Bye Bye Butterfree - Pokemon

Ash is forced to say goodbye to the very first Pokemon he ever caught so it could start a family of its own - egnomac

I’m NoT cRyInG YoU ArE

5 The Luck of The Fryrish - Futurama

The end was so emotional after Fry attempts to retrieve his lucky clover then finds out that the Philip J Fry who he thought was his brother Yancy who took his name and took his dreams was actually his nephew who Yancy had named after him following his disappearance followed by a flashback of Yancy naming his newborn son Philip J Fry in memory of Fry, the episode then ends with Fry leaving the clover at his nephew's grave as the song "Don't You Forget About Me' plays in the background. - egnomac

6 Baby Doll - Batman: The Animated Series

It's a really sad and tragic episode with the main villain Mary Louise Dahl aka Baby Doll who was diagnosed with a condition that kept her from growing making her look like a little girl for the rest of her life a former child star who tried to break into acting after her show was canceled and her career tanked, she would go on to kidnap all the actors from her show so she could have "her family" back as it was the only time that she ever felt any real happiness at the end of the episode while escaping from Batman she ends up at fun house then comes across a hall of mirrors and sees one mirror of how she believes she should look without her condition then goes berserk blasting all the mirrors until she runs out until only one mirror is left the one with a reflection of her self as her older self she then breaks down in tears before surrendering. - egnomac

7 Jurassic Bark - Futurama

The rest of the list cannot even touch "Jurrasic Bark" as the most sad episode ever. If you do not cry over the final 2 minutes you do not have a heart.

Just the scene of Seymour continuing to wait for Fry up until he became fossilized just made the episode all the more sadder - egnomac

8 Gang Wars - Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids

After Fernando is killed while trying to save his brother while trying to prevent a gang war, the next day Fat Albert and the gang unveil the new park which they named after Fernando in honor of his memory and Fat Albert delivers a heartfelt speech that Fernando was suppose to give in the speech he mentions how Fernando joked about he wouldn't forget them when he became famous and now they won't forget about him and his courage of trying to stop a gang war. - egnomac

Mah bruddah Tito! - Spicygarlic

9 The Crossroads of Destiny - Avatar: The Last Airbender

The episode and the previous one the Guru play out like the ending from Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back as Aang abandons his training with the guru after getting visions of Katara in danger back in Ba Sing Se, in the final moments of the episode Azula manipulates Zuko into aiding her along with the Dae Li Agents Aang is forced to go into the avatar state meaning that he would have to let go of his attachment to Katara but just as he is about to do so Azula shots him in the back with lighting causing him to fall and also cutting of his ties with his past lives Katara manages to save thme and are saved by Iroh who holds off the others so she and Aang can get away - egnomac

10 Homecoming - American Dragon Jake Long

A very touching ending Jake meets up with Rose after wishing that she had never been taken by the Huntsclan and of course erasing any memory she ever had of him their meeting is brief as Rose tells him that she is moving to Hong Kong with her parents meaning that she and Jake won't be able to see each other anymore. - egnomac

The Contenders

11 Rose's Scabbard - Steven Universe

I thought this was the saddest episode so far...

12 Starcrushed - Star vs. The Forces Of Evil
13 Blue Cat Blues - Tom and Jerry
14 Adventure Time - Come Along with Me

It was a good show

The end of a saga.

If you want to get into this cartoon please watch only the first 6 seasons because the miniseries mi-stakes turned it into mis-adventure time.a marceline who's got a heartbeat isn't the marceline I knew and fell in love with.

15 The Titanium Ninja - Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Zane sacrifices himself to destroy the digital overlord perishing in the process. He was then honoured by the entire city for his sacrifice and the episode ends with a tinge of hope that he may still be alive

I think I have this episode somewhere.

16 The Last Crash of the Sunchaser! - DuckTales (2017)
17 The Great Fusilli - Courage the Cowardly Dog
18 Pony Puppy - My Little Pony - 1987
19 Meanwhile - Futurama
20 Life of Brian - Family Guy

The ending wasn't sad it was a happy ending that vinny became friends with Stewie, and Stewie will save Brian in a christmas episode one day.

21 A Fearless Friend - Sonic x (Japanese Version)
22 Cats, Girls and Spaceships: Outlaw Star
23 Changing Nature - Dinosaurs
24 A Fearless Friend - Sonic X

This was A Sad Ending by the way

Tails has to kill his romantic interest, Cosmo in order to save the planet.

P.S There's an English Dub for this but in Japanese is way more emotional because 4Kids do not understand Death.

25 Astro vs. Atlas - Astro Boy (2003)

The ending was sad that Atlas saved his father and tells him to go to the moon it was really a sad episode to see Atlas floating away in space.

26 Code of Hero - Beast Wars

The Ending was a emotional ending that Dinobot dies after defeating Megatron and his soldiers to save The Beast Wars Transformers' life

27 Kenny Dies - South Park
28 Twisted Sister - The Powerpuff Girls
29 Heart of Ice - Batman: The Animated Series

Mr. Freeze learns that his wife Nora Fries had been shrinked into a snowglobe and it was a tearjerking episode of Batman: The Animated Series.

30 Epilogue - Justice League Unlimited
31 Operation I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S - Codename: Kids Next Door

This episode made me cry at the end.

32 Rad Likes Robots - O.K. K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
33 Rock N' Roar - Tiny Toon Adventure
34 Scavenger Pants - Spongebob

It’s Not Sad By “Sad” Standerds,It’s Sad By “Character Gets Punished For Terrible,If Any,Reason” Standerds.

35 Gone - Spongebob

Again,”Character Gets Punished For Terrible,If Any Reason” Standerds

36 Bon Bon the Birthday Clown - Star vs The Forces of Evil

That ending was EXTREMELY CRUEL to Star!

37 The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker! - Fairly Odd Parents
38 Homeward Bound - Tiny Toon Adventures
39 Game Over - Reboot
40 The Hero - The Amazing World of Gumball
41 Son of Stimpy - The Ren and Stimpy Show
42 Tanks for the Memories - My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
43 Game of Tones - Futurama
44 Mother's Day - Rugrats
45 Dreamland Falls - Disenchantment
46 Stan's Best Friend - American Dad
47 So Long Sonic - Sonic X
48 A New Start - Sonic X
49 The Greatest Surprise - Dragon Ball GT
50 Operation G.H.O.S.T - Codename: Kids Next Door
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