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Misha Crying is a series of reaction images that use edits of a gif of Misha Collins, the actor who plays Castiel on the show Supernatural, crying. The edits usually feature texts that describe a situation that brings intense emotion, leading to the point of tears.
On February 25, 2011, the Supernatural episode “The French Mistake” was released, the 15th episode of the 6th season. In this episode, the main characters, Sam and Dean Winchester, are sent to an alternate reality where they find themselves on the set of the show Supernatural, in this world a fictional show like in the real world. There they meet Misha Collins, the actor who plays the angel Castiel in the show, who later on is held at knifepoint by the angelic hitman Virgil. During this scene, Misha begins to cry, as can be seen at 0:50 in the preview clip.
Tumblr user “bbc-sherlock” posted a gif of a scene from the episode that featured Collins crying:
The gif quickly spread throughout Tumblr, and was quickly edited to only include the crying. The second man was also edited out, being replaced with a black background:
Originally, the gif was used as an individual reaction image. However, edits began to appear that featured text on the left side that dealt with specific situations. All instances could only be seen on Tumblr at first, but eventually, other sites began using them as reaction images, as well.