Top Ten Saddest Cartoon Show Episodes

The saddest episodes cartoons have ever shown us.

The Top Ten

1 Jurassic Bark - Futurama

I thought this was the saddest thing I've ever seen... until I read a story about a real life dog who did the same thing!

It is a really sad episode

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!

2 I Remember You - Adventure Time

This episode was really deep. The song included in it made it even sadder. I recommend people who haven't watched it to watch it. Both Marceline and the Ice King/Simon have really sad backstories.

There are... sadder episodes in seasons 8-10

Ok does anybody else think ice king has mental disorder

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...

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.

Before this episode, kids like me were laughing all the time with spongbob. But then the creators hit us with this tear jerker. And Gary's song is the saddest song ever used in a cartoon. Period.

4 Mother Simpson - The Simpsons

One of the most powerful endings to a show I have ever seen.

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

Excuse me while I go cry in a sink

They force the sadness way far down your throat.

5 Pigeon Man - Hey, Arnold!

L am impressed by this episode.

This was pretty sad.

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

Extremely powerful

The scene was incredibly real, and relatable.

What happen in this episode?

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

7 Game of Tones - Futurama

Its tones not thrones

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

What is the plot?

8 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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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

10 Baby Doll - Batman: The Animated Series

Definitely sadder than Heart of ice.

Heart of Ice was sadder - MJfan119

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

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 The Luck of The Fryrish - Futurama

Excuse me while I go cry my eyes out

13 How Long Is Forever? - Teen Titans

The first episode from Teen Titans - Gabo147

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

14 Kenny Dies - South Park

Why is this only #11. This seriously should be #1. Whoever did not cry even a little bit at this episode is heartless. Especially the fact that Kenny was a real person.

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

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

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

15 Weirdmageddon Part 3 - Gravity Falls

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

Legit bro bros I almost cried too

Because of the ending! - PeeledBanana

Awesome! - MabelPinesJessieJ

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16 So Long Spanky - Arthur

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

Poor bird :. (

17 Life of Brian - Family Guy

Only voting this because the author told me not to

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

It is sad because of Brian’s last words

18 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

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 The Hero - The Amazing World of Gumball

The song gets me every time I sobbed the first time I heard it

I remember when you were still little
My little ones
I was the giant who picked you up
When you fell down
And life was just one funny riddle
My little ones
We laughed every day as the world went around
I was the hero who tought you how to talk
I was the hero who tought you how to walk
And now you're no longer so little
My little ones
You'll see so much more than I will ever see
And though I'm just Dad, not a hero
My little ones
Being just dad's good enough for me

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

When Richard started singing I was actually crying

23 The Titanium Ninja - Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

It was incredibly touching. It can make even the toughest of hearts sob endlessly. Even if you see it coming it's just heart and gut-wrenching. Zane was innocent, kind, brave, sweet and incredibly good to everyone. There's no way he deserved what had happened to him. And it haunts me to think that the Titanium Ninja is a mere copy, and that the real ice Ninja, his soul died for real that day.

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

24 So Many Birthdays - Steven Universe

Sad that they have no birthdays 😑

25 A Tale of Two Stans - Gravity Falls

Love this episode so much. - MabelPinesJessieJ

26 Bart Gets an F - The Simpsons

After all Bart did, and he actually tried, he still failed. And he cried, as it was the one time he actually tried.

At the very least, Mrs. Krabappel was kind enough to give him an extra point for applied knowledge. - KalloFox34

SPOILERS AHEAD:sad bart's teacher dies😭

Mrs. Krabappel didn't die until Season 25 (this was a second season episode). - KalloFox34

This episode is not even sad

This episode shucks.

27 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.

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

The part with Mr. Hyunh having his daughter taken away from him in Vietnam was sad. - KalloFox34

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!

30 Not What He Seems - Gravity Falls

Abosolutely crying at the end.

31 Boys of Bummer - The Simpsons Boys of Bummer - The Simpsons
32 Mr. Butt (Teen Titans Go)

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

This isn’t sad

Starfire's Sister's Flashback

Starfire's sister

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33 Rad Dudes with Bad Tudes - Teen Titans Go!

Robin hugging his imaginative parents😢

34 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

35 I Remember Melville - Rugrats

Poor pill bug

36 A Regular Epic Final Battle Part 2 - Regular Show

Pop's death was very depressing! Man, wished he was alive!

37 Stuck in the Wringer - SpongeBob SquarePants Stuck in the Wringer - SpongeBob SquarePants

I found this episode more infuriating than sad. - KalloFox34

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

38 Off Colors - Steven Universe

Spoiler - Lars dies after his own sacrifice

At least Lars comes back

39 A Canterlot Wedding - Friendship is Magic
40 Lend A Paw - Mickey Mouse Cartoon
41 Pony Puppy - My Little Pony

The original one, not FIM one

42 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😢

43 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

44 Troodon Night Train - Dinosaur Train

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

What happen in this episode?

45 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).

46 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 -_-

47 Ugly Duckling - Walt Disney Cartoon
48 One Coarse Meal - SpongeBob SquarePants

After all Plankton went through here, it's nearly impossible to root for Krabs at this point. - KalloFox34

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

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49 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.

50 Last of the Starmakers - Courage the Cowardly Dog
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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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