Top Ten Saddest Cartoon Show Episodes

The saddest episodes cartoons have ever shown us.

The Top Ten

1 Jurassic Bark - Futurama

I won't forget this episode. I love Futurama but this episode is so depressing. No spoilers - Jonerman

If you don't cry watching this episode, something is wrong with you!

I cried for like a minute after this

I hate you, Witherspace

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2 I Remember You - Adventure Time

Total trauma. Marceline is the love of my life and when she cries I cry too. Probably she lost her human mother during the war, and where was her demon father? In the nightosphere maybe? How did he have the guts to forsake such a cutie?!? Simon took care of her and that stupid crown ruined everything... I've happened so many times to cry during animated series and movies but this is the thing that damadged me the most even from the physical point of view, I feel bad for 2 days if someone mentions some lyrics of that song at the end. I'm Italian and watch adventure time on boing (not on Cartoon Network because it's pay per view) and the next time this channel airs my trauma I'll unplug my T.V.. My lovely, cute and absolutely important little baby marcy is in my heart and will always be there, she deserves so much love...

Ugh this episode was so sad :'(

I love this show so much. - MabelPinesJessieJ

Ok does anybody else think ice king has mental disorder

3 Have You Seen This Snail? - SpongeBob SquarePants

A lot of people say the episode Dumped is sad but that one just had a plot twist at the end because Gary just wanted a cookie but in this one, Gary actually left, there was a sad song, SpongeBob put papers literally everywhere!

You know this one was sad it made me cry a little A LITTLE!

This episode will strike a massive nerve in people who's had pets run away.

This episodes made me cry a lot

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4 Mother Simpson - The Simpsons

The music at the end makes it really hard for your eyes to stay dry

They force the sadness way far down your throat.

Mother says that homer always had a mother

Excuse me while I go cry in a sink

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5 Pigeon Man - Hey, Arnold!

This was pretty sad.

6 Game of Tones - Futurama

What happened in this episode? And who spelled "thrones" wrong? - Miauzer

What is the plot?

Its tones not thrones

7 Remembrance of Courage Past - Courage the Cowardly Dog

Although Jurassic Bark and Have You Seen This Snail were one of the saddest episodes, Remembrance of Courage's Past made me cry for 4 hours straight. This is heartbreaking that Courage's parents, when he was young, get taken away by the vet, and while Courage tried saving them, he went through the vent amd hopelessly watched his parents get launched to space. But luckily, Muriel came in and helped Courage out of bondage. In the meantime, Muriel and Eustace were going to get launched into space. But this time, Courage helped them just in time. And the vet got launched instead. And it ends with all the dogs that he sent were tougher and stronger, and it even shows their parents still alive, and they beat the vet up. This episode shows you that there is bad and good people in the world. The bad is the vet and the good is Muriel. This lines up to my top 3 favorite episodes and Courage is my favorite show. They put the best to the (second) last episode.

This actually made me cry! It's way sadder than Have You Seen This Snail? ! Gary was being neglected by SpongeBob! If I were Gary, I'd turn myself into a no-kill shelter so I could find a better home. And Courage the Cowardly Dog is tons better than SpongeBob!

It was so sad when Courage's parents got sent to space and all Courage could do was watch helplessly as the rocket was being launched. Thank God Muriel took Courage in. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

He was just a puppy sobs uncontrollably

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8 Tales of Ba Sing Se - Avatar: The Last Airbender

The scene was incredibly real, and relatable.

What happen in this episode?

Leaves from the wine... falling so slow...

A VERY SAD EPISODE. Especially Uncle Iroh's.

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9 Mother's Day - Rugrats

Very depressing Mother's Day episode

Not only the mother but also Chucky died too.(In that theory).

I cried at the poem part - MJfan119

I remember this... sad

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10 Baby Doll - Batman: The Animated Series

Heart of Ice was sadder - MJfan119

Not nearly as sad as Heart of Ice or Two-Face. - BeatlesFan1964

Definitely sadder than Heart of ice.

This should have been higher.

The Contenders

11 Yellowjacket - The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

What happened in this episode?

Hank supposedly gets killed by a costumed figure named Yellowjacket who is going around killing super villains. Wasp goes to great lengths to have her revenge, until she finds out that Yellowjacket is actually Hank, who was severely mentally damaged in the incident in which he appeared to have been killed. Wasp tries to prove this to the others, but they don't realize until she takes his mask off. At the end, Hank returns to the team as Yellowjacket and he and Wasp decide to be just friends from now on. This episode deals with how a mental disorder can destroy a relationship, and the true pain of it as shown in Wasp, and this single element is one of the saddest things I've seen on television. - LordofGeek

12 How Long Is Forever? - Teen Titans

Should be higher. The first episode of Teen Titans that I watched and it was a pretty dark episode to start with. When Starfire saw a broken down, old version of Cyborg, I almost shed a tear. Great episode with a nice message

Guys there's this dude who keeps saying "What is the plot" or "what happened in this episode" Dude can you just watch it yourself without bugging people

Old Cyborg, I could live with. But old Raven and old Beast Boy really got to me. At least Robin became a total badass. - BeatlesFan1964

The first episode from Teen Titans - Gabo147

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13 The Luck of The Fryrish - Futurama

Excuse me while I go cry my eyes out

14 Kenny Dies - South Park

God this episode is so sad. It made me cry! But at least the ending is pretty funny.

One of the only episodes of South Park that isn't comedy gold but sad

A very sad episode it is Matt stones and Treyd parker's best episode

15 So Long Spanky - Arthur

This episode reminds me how I felt when my dog died from cancer

Poor bird :. (

16 Weirdmageddon Part 3 - Gravity Falls

The ending is breathtaking and tragic. But summer lives on in our hearts. R.I.P. Gravity Falls.

Because of the ending! - PeeledBanana

Legit bro bros I almost cried too

I cried. - Miauzer

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17 Yuri and the Bear - We Bare Bears

Ice Bear is my favorite cartoon character. This episode is so deep. It even hints that Ice Bears parents were KILLED by the hunters. And the ending made me tear up.

I teared up - yk1ll3r

18 Life of Brian - Family Guy

This episode was sad... because it was so awful! Man, this episode is terrible!

It is sad because of Brian’s last words

19 Blue Cat Blues - Tom and Jerry

This is a very depressing and dark episode

Tom and Jerry succeed in suicide. And this is a kid's show?

This episode was so depressing. I think I know suicide now and people need to learn too.

How isn’t this 20? It should at least be in the top 5! - AliciaMae

20 Feed the Kitty - The Bugs Bunny Show

so sad

21 I'm Eggscellent - Regular Show

As much as I love this episode I don't understand how it's sad?

The only Regular Show episode that made me cry.

I love this so much. - MabelPinesJessieJ

I loved this episode, really sad episode

22 A Tale of Two Stans - Gravity Falls

Love this episode so much. - MabelPinesJessieJ

23 The Hero - The Amazing World of Gumball

This made me cry the my little ones song made me shed tears

When Richard started singing I was actually crying

What is the plot

Very tragic. - MabelPinesJessieJ

24 So Many Birthdays - Steven Universe

Sad that they have no birthdays 😑

25 The Titanium Ninja - Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Has anyone seen this? Come on guys! SPOILERS AHEAD: Zane sacrifises himself to save the lives of his brothers and friends, his brothers and friends were all helplessly calling for him to stop but he knew what was best, he had to destroy the Overlord or the Overlord's rain of terror would continue, he saved all of Ninjago, there were flashbacks of the moments he had with his father, his brothers, his friends, the best moments of his life while playing sad music and then he smiled with ice power all around him and then destroyed the Overlord and destroyed himself. Parts of his body (he's a robot so don't get grossed out) were all over the ground, his processer, parts of his human face. There was even a whole funeral at the end where they built a huge statue of him, the whole Ninjago's citizens were all there mourning his loss, Kai went up and said a speech at the end which is really sad.

Seriously?! 46? This should to be at least in top 10 - Raluca47

26 Find Her, Keep Her - The New Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh

This episode really stood out from the rest of the series. It's by far the most emotional episode in the entire Winnie The Pooh franchise, but it's one of the most clever at the same time. It's one of the many reasons Winnie The Pooh was so successful.

Kessie only made the series better.

27 Tickled Pinky - Rocko's Modern Life
28 Arnold's Christmas - Hey Arnold

So sad! I watched this episode at 4 AM on TeenNick on Christmas 2017. I cried so hard. That ending where the guy meets his daughter was so emotional!

29 Mr. Butt (Teen Titans Go)

Everyone knows Teen Titans Go! Sucks but I hate this. Losing interest... - MabelPinesJessieJ

Starfire's Sister's Flashback

Starfire's sister

This isn’t sad

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30 Rad Dudes with Bad Tudes - Teen Titans Go!

Robin hugging his imaginative parents😢

31 Mr. Greg - Steven Universe

It's over isn't it and the song after that made it sad

So sad deserves to be in top 10

32 I Remember Melville - Rugrats

Poor pill bug

33 Stuck in the Wringer - SpongeBob SquarePants Stuck in the Wringer - SpongeBob SquarePants

Poor SpongeBob. They should add Sandy to remove the wringer from him

34 A Canterlot Wedding - Friendship is Magic
35 Lend A Paw - Mickey Mouse Cartoon
36 Pony Puppy - My Little Pony

The original one, not FIM one

37 Cookie Chomper III - Alvin and Chipmunks

Ugh, when I was little I cried every time this episode was on. My mom told me that the kitten ran away to his family. But no... I looked it up and the kitten got hit by a CAR. Then the chipmunks have a heartbreaking moment about their dead pet. If you ask me, its pretty depressing for a kid's show. Poor kitten. Its always so tragic when a pet dies.

Reminds me of Snowball the cat from the Simpsons

Saddest chipmunk episode that ever happend, poor kitty😢

38 Father Come Home - Nifty Nineties Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Reminds me of Snowball the cat from the Simpsons

That was Father Dear Father

Sorry wrong item

39 Troodon Night Train - Dinosaur Train

How is Dinosaur Train sad! This is a terrible show! - cosmo

What happen in this episode?

40 Bart Gets an F - The Simpsons

This episode is not even sad

This episode shucks.

41 Rose of Noonvale - Redwall

Rose of Noonvale, the last episode of the Redwall T.V. series, was also the saddest episode in my opinion. Rest in peace, Rose. That was the saddest ending to any T.V. series I've ever seen, especially since it's supposed to be for younger viewers (unlike the books).

42 Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future - Gravity Falls

This was one of my first episodes. Poor mabel...

How tragic. - MabelPinesJessieJ

What happend in this episode

Please stop hogging this list with "what happened in this episode" go watch it -_-

43 Ugly Duckling - Walt Disney Cartoon
44 Not What He Seems - Gravity Falls
45 One Coarse Meal - SpongeBob SquarePants

It's sad, because this is the worst SpongeBob episode ever. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Its sad because Plankton tried to commit suicide. - Catacorn

It's sad because Plankton almost killed himself

Too sad. - MabelPinesJessieJ

46 Amending Fences - My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic

Seriously, Moon Dancer breaking down into tears makes me cry just THINKING about it! :'( - TylertheTitan

I actually literally cried when I watched this episode

Just love this episode to death.

47 Helga on the Couch - Hey Arnold!

We get to hear Helga's backstory and boy, is it a doozy. Her home life sucks! Her parents barely acknowledge her existence. Her dad constantly addresses her by her older sister's name, 'Olga', whom her parents favor big time and who is considered the perfect daughter and someone Helga can never measure up to (in her parent's eyes). Her mother is an implied alcoholic who is always passed out on the couch or slurring her speech. They don't even care enough about her to pack her lunches and take her to school! She has to do all that herself, starting in preschool. I read a fan-theory somewhere that speculated Helga was an accidental pregnancy and that her parents didn't want her. Wow. That's some serious crap in a children's show. Lastly, we see why and how she developed a crush on Arnold. He was the only person who ever showed concern for her and was kind to her. It really is moving emotionally. This episode really shows how Helga is one of the best developed characters to come out of ...more

This made me cry, even though I didn’t watch the episode. Helga’s parents never pay attention to poor Helga, but instead give all their attention to Olga, the supposed “Perfect Girl”. It’s also very sad when Helga is bullied just for liking Arnold. - IceFoxPlayz

48 Welcome to the Chum Bucket - SpongeBob SquarePants

For some reason, this episode of SpongeBob makes me cry. - anonygirl

49 Parents Day - Hey Arnold

How is this not higher on the list? - PeeledBanana

50 Off Colors - Steven Universe

Spoiler - Lars dies after his own sacrifice

At least Lars comes back

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Top Remixes

1. Game of Tones - Futurama
2. Jurassic Bark - Futurama
3. Mother's Day - Rugrats
1. I Remember You - Adventure Time
2. Jurassic Bark - Futurama
3. Mother Simpson - The Simpsons


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