Top Ten Saddest Cartoon Moments


The Top Ten

1 Mufasas Death From The Lion King

Gets me every time. F you SCAR - ToptenPizza

Long live the King


Is sad

2 Brave Soldier Boy - Avatar The Last Airbender

No matter how you look at this, this is by far the saddest cartoon moment. While he was still an active general for the Fire Nation, he attempted to conquer the Earth Kingdom capitol Ba sing se along with his only son. He managed to break through the outer wall after roughly 600 days, but as he was trying to get through the inner wall, his son was killed in the front lines of battle. He withdrew from the siege and spent a long time grieving for his son. Here we are several years later with the easy going, comical, retired general Iroh in Ba sing se. His son's birthday comes up and he spends the day in the very city he tried conquering, wishing his son a Happy Birthday through his tears as he sings "Leaves From The Vine (Brave Soldier Boy)". Think about it, he must blame him self wholly for the loss of his son, as it was his own decision to attempt a siege on Ba sing se. I mean sure, the death of Mufasa and Bambi's mom was sad, but here we have a character with a lot of time ...more

This is by far the saddest thing I ever seen, animated or otherwise. It took me a minute to process, and once I had, it broke me. Mako's frail voice just brought so much feeling to the words. Like Johnny Cash singing "Hurt". I haven't ever been able to wipe that scene from my memory, and I hope I never do.

This was really sad, to make it even sadder, those were Iroh's voice actor's last words and they named his son who died in the show Mako to honor the voice actor. - PeeledBanana

Seeing a character like Iroh like this just broke my heart D:

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3 Bambi's Mom's Death From Bambi

I am the only one that does not find it sad

Still sad after all these years. - ZZDOORAL

I agree, but I think the iron giant deserves to be here

4 Little Foot Mother Dies From The Land Before Time

"Let your heart guide you."

Teacher: And that, my students, is how Niagra falls was created

Kid: So someone cried really hard?

Teacher: Yep. - Mewbosses

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5 Homer Says Goodbye to his Mother from "Mother Simpson" From The Simpsons

Homer reunites with his long lost mother and finds out the reason she left was because she was a fugitive who help destroy Mr. Burns germ lab near the end of the episode Mr. Burns invades the Simpson home and tries to capture but thanks to tip from chief Wiggum Homer and his mom escape in time and Homer and his Mother have this heart to heart talk as he watches her leave. - egnomac

Pretty sad he just stood waving in the Credits so sad.

6 Terra's Sacrifice From Teen Titans

It happened in the comics, so if you bring Terra into the show, they have to make all that crap happen in the show too - BeatlesFan1964

I prefer beast boy and raven but this was sad

This is so sad!

Screw Raven and BB, Terra was amazing, and by things change, the ending ripped me apart

7 Ellie dies in UP

When I watched this movie in theaters, the whole audience (including me) were crying our eyeballs out when we saw this scene

When I watched this film, I didn't understand what was happening, now I do and it's quite heart-wrenching - RickyReeves

I'm sorry this should be 2 Ifeel like the only reason stopping it is through popularity, however I still feel avatar young soldier boy should be 1

8 Snow White's Funeral Scene - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Seeing Grumpy trying not to grieve but finally breaks down and sobs uncontrollably was the pinnacle moment of the film.

9 Jurassic Bark - Futurama

I don't think I've ever cried more about anything. After watching this and hearing Fry's speech about his dog, I cried for three hours straight. When I thought I'd cried everything out, I went downstairs to tell my mum about it, and ended up slumped in front of the fireplace, sobbing. I literally cried my eyes out - I had to have drops in them that night.

Saddest moment ever in a cartoon even thinking about it is making my eyes water

The Simpsons might be better, but no scene in the Simpsons was sadder.

That scene made me mourn for a dog I don't even have

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10 Kenny Dies for Real From South Park

The episode "You're getting old" is 10x sadder. Especially for me because Stan is my favorite character.

Near the end of season 5 Kenny gets killed off for good then brought back at the end of season 6. - egnomac

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The Contenders

11 Brian's Death From Family Guy

I cried for like 3 hours lmao

12 Rose Wish's for the Destruction of the Hunts Clan From American Dragon Jake Long

Right before the Hunstman could make the wish that would destroy all magical creatures Rose snatches the Aztec skull and wishes for the destruction of the Hunts Clan which means she would be destroy as well, she does all this to protect Jake and his family, and in return Jake wishes that she was never taken by the Huns Clan but by doing so it also means they never met and everything that had happened between them would be erased, he see's her again the next day only to find out that she and her family are moving away to Hong Kong. - egnomac

She sacrifices her own life to save Jake and his family and then he Sacrifices his own happiness to insure that she has a life without the Hunts Clan with own parents. - egnomac

They could have at least had more seasons where they eventually ended up getting married and having kids! Cutest couple ever!

13 Baby Birds Funeral Scene From Song of the Birds

This is from an very old cartoon most of you probably never heard of its about this little kid with a toy gun who shoots down this little bird and then worries that he may have accidentally killed this bird, the mother and father bird show up and try to revive him but when he doesn't wake up they think he's dead and then it moves to this scene of the baby bird funeral where all this birds are singing very sadly and it show the little boy crying and then suddenly the bird wakes up and everyone's all happy and the kid makes peace with the birds, just watch it and you'll understand. - egnomac

There were two versions of Song of the Birds the original version and the Famous Studios remake starring Little Audrey. The Original was better with the hauntingly beautiful funeral song sung by the birds in grieving during the funeral scene.

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14 Ron Moves Away From Kim Possible: A Stitch In Time
15 Spongebob and Patrick dry out and die at Shell City

This should at least be in the top 30

Saddest.. moment ever

I cried so hard dangit! - Heyo_Simba

16 Rose's Scabbard from Steven Universe

"...Well, I think you're pretty great."

One of the saddest cartoon scenes I've seen in a while

17 "Little Brothers" From Phineas and Ferb

Whither you like Phineas and Ferb or not it does have its fair share of moments one such is when Candice finally busts Phineas and Ferb and they get send to this special camp even though she's finally been able to bust them her victory feels totally hollow and begins missing them all the while her friend Staci singing the song "Little Brothers" - egnomac


18 Pops's Death from Regular Show

This absolutely deserves to be number 1

I teared up at this

Pops died? - Heyo_Simba

19 The Debut of Dora the Explorer

This was super sad. - Goatworlds

How is that sad?

Because the show excisted

20 Tom and Jerry Commit Suicide from Tom and Jerry

Blue Cat Blues was a classic and the darkest Tom & Jerry cartoons ever. Told as a Point of View by Jerry Mouse (Voiced by Paul Frees) about Tom falling for a Gold-digger Kitten who falls in love with Butch (Tom's Rich Rival) and how she betrayed Tom in marrying his rival and how Jerry thought why Tom's girl wasn't like his girl who was loyal and faithful until she betrayed him by marring another mouse and how Tom & Jerry decided to end it all by sitting on the tracks and waiting for the express train to end their miserable lives.

It was sad, not one moment, the entire episode of "Blue Cat Blues". Tom fails to get a dame's love, he drinks, later sitting on the train tracks, waiting for a train. Jerry watches his girlfriend drive off with another mouse. He joins Tom.. the episode ends with... a train horn.. due to this, it was barely aired. Ever.

Very Depressing

That was actually just wrong Y U DO DIS MGM!

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Top Remixes

1. Brave Soldier Boy - Avatar The Last Airbender
2. Ellie dies in UP
3. Mufasas Death From The Lion King
1. Snow White's Funeral Scene - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
2. Bambi's Mom's Death From Bambi
3. Little Foot Mother Dies From The Land Before Time



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