Mere months after a child is born, they master the art of crying for attention. These "crocodile tears" are something that most kids grow out of, but some adults on TV are still seen producing fake tears to get attention.
Sometimes these characters get away with it, but more often than not, these fakers are caught in their lies. Here are some TV characters who are famous for faking their tears in order to get their own way.
Walter White, "Breaking Bad"In the Season 5 episode "Dead Freight," Walter White shows just how manipulative he can be when he pretends to sob in Hank's office. Hank, uncomfortable with Walt's display of emotion, leaves the office to get some coffee. Once Hank is gone, however, Walt seizes the opportunity to plant a bug in Hank's office in order to spy on him. His tears were all just a clever ruse.
The really crazy thing? Walt uses this exact same tactic to get Hank to clear out of his office several episodes later, in order to retrieve the bug before Hank notices it's there. Walt may be good at faking emotions, but he's not great at coming up with cover stories.
Matt Chambers, "Dexter"In the second episode of the first season, Dexter stalks habitual drunk driver Matt Chambers. This careless drunk driver had been brought to court multiple times (under different assumed names) but got off scot-free every time.
The reason? He'd turn on the waterworks, pretending that he was sorry for the injuries and deaths he'd caused. The judges would be lenient, thinking that it was Matt's first offense. Dexter saw through Matt's crocodile tears and put an end to Matt's drunken ways -- permanently.
Eric Cartman, "South Park"Cartman is one of the most manipulative characters in TV history. He is constantly trying to bend others to his will by faking a crying fit. Cartman uses crocodile tears to get what he wants in episodes such as "Cartman Sucks," "Breast Cancer Show Ever," and "HumancentiPad" -- all of which show just how scheming he can be.
To be fair, Cartman is only a kid and doesn't really know any better. The only reason he uses fake tears to manipulate the people around him is because his mother encourages this behavior. Other characters, such as Scott Tenorman and the Succubus, have also used this tactic. However, no one on "South Park" uses crocodile tears as deftly as Eric Cartman.