Top 10 Saddest Cartoon Moments

The Top Ten
1 Mufasa's Death - The Lion King

I cried the first time I saw this. Poor Simba lost his dad..

Long live the King

Is sad

Gets me every time. F you SCAR

2 Bambi's Mom's Death - Bambi

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

Still sad after all these years.

So sad I can't even read about it, let alone watch it, without envisioning Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Darth Vader, Voldemort, Osama Bin Laden, Cinderella's stepmother, Ted Nugent, Cruella Deville, Ingrid Newkirk, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees crying hysterically at the same time

3 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 to immerse ...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.

Musasa's death should be no. 1 and Bambi was more Scary than sad, but watching Iroh wishing his son happy birthday in the same city where he died fighting while being days away from being betrayed by the only other person whom he treated as a son just has something.

It is simply the most defining point of the series. Until that you saw iroh as a crazy carefree old man with only tea on his mind. A wise one but still crazy. But only at that moment you cone to realize.You see iroh's deep pain and with that the depth of his character

4 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.

When I first started watching Futurama, I never imagined that it would be the type of show that would give me the FEELS. This episode and "Luck of the Fryrish" proved me wrong.
There's a reason this is my favorite show of all time.

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.

5 Little Foot's Mother Dies - The Land Before Time

This was sadder than any other cartoon death. Killed on screen, with her son watching in horror, helpless. No jump to a happy future (Bambi) or surrogate parents to sing everything's fine (lion king). Very real take on depression and loss.

"Let your heart guide you."

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

Kid: So someone cried really hard?

Teacher: Yep.

6 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.

7 Baby Birds Funeral Scene - 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.

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.

It was the original.

8 Terra's Sacrifice - Teen Titans

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

I prefer beast boy and raven but this was sad

It was so sad to watch.

This is so sad!

9 Homer Says Goodbye to his Mother in "Mother Simpson" - 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.

This is second only to Jurassic Bark when it comes to "saddest cartoon ending".

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

10 Chuckie Finster Learning About His Mom's Passing When He Was a Baby - Rugrats


The Contenders
11 Baby Kimba Discovers that his Mother perished in the Typhoon - Kimba the White Lion
12 Cinderella Crying to Her Fairy Godmother After Being Savagely Attacked by Her Evil Stepmother and Stepsisters - Cinderella

Cinderella's crazy stepsisters throw away an old sash and a necklace and then go bonkers when they see Cinderella wearing them in a XXX-rated attack scene? Preposterous!

It's like a Disney version of Jersey Shore

13 Ellie Dies - Up

I would rather Carl died than Ellie. Ellie is way better than grumpy old carl

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

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

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

14 Kenny Dies for Real - 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.

This episode was way too heartbreaking for me. And Kenny is my favorite character.


15 D.W.'s Pet Spanky Dies - Arthur
16 Dot's "Death" in Wakko's Wish - Animaniacs

The way Yakko was reacting during this scene was what really got me. He's the type of character where nothing ever seems to faze him, but he just breaks down crying here after he believes that Dot just died.

Sure it did turn out that she was faking it but that scene was really just sad.

17 Darwin's Love Song - The Amazing World of Gumball
18 Rose Wishes for the Destruction of the Hunt's Clan - 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.

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.

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

19 Brian's Death - Family Guy

I cried for like 3 hours lmao

20 SpongeBob and Patrick Dry Out and Die in Shell City - The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

This should at least be in the top 30

I cried so hard dangit!

Saddest.. moment ever

Well there tears short circuited the lamp and activated the water so they didn't die and this doesn't count

21 "Little Brothers" - 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"

22 Rose's Scabbard - Steven Universe

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

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

23 Gary Come Home - Spongebob Squarepants

Honestly, I did not find this song sad at all. I actually thought it was boring, weird, and corny. The faces spongebob made were not sad at all but rather ugly and a little creepy. The part where spongebob and Patrick die in Shell City was way more sad and actually made me cry. I also feel that part was forgotten because of other spongebob moments that weren’t even sad like this stupid song.

This is top 1 material my dog died and it is really sad

It was super sad.

24 Pops's Death - Regular Show

That was the saddest thing ever I cried for like 2hrs this deserves number 1

This absolutely deserves to be number 1

I teared up at this

25 Optimus Prime Dies - The Transformers: The Movie

Michael Bay learned a lesson from this, never kill off the best, or at least bring them back yo life later on.

I'm cried for Optimus.

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