Georges Remi, who wrote under the nom de plume Hergé, authored the adventures of Tintin — both Remi and his itinerant reporter cartoon hero were Brussels natives.
Tintin is depicted here, his tears running the colors of the Belgian flag.
French rapper and member of hip-hop group, Suprême NTM, Joeystarr participated in the trend, tweeting the following image of Tintin crying into the lap of another central character, Captain Haddock. Joeystarr accompanied the picture with a hashtag that translates to "they wont have us."
That same character, Captain Haddock, can be seen below saying, "Ah, these bandits!... Ah! These pirates!... Ah! If I had them, those rogues, billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles! I would break them like... like.... like..."
Below the drawing, Twitter user JL Mas wrote, "I know, Captain Haddock, I know."
This picture of Tintin crying alongside his faithful friend, Snowy, was retweeted nearly a thousand times with the Twitter user simply writing "tristesse" — "sadness" — below.
French political cartoonist Joann Sfar did his own recreation, depicting a teary Captain Haddock in an astronaut suit, while Tintin says, "Me too, Captain, I sometimes want to move to the moon."
"My heart is in Brussels," Sfar captioned the Instagram of his drawing.
March 23, 2016, 11:00 a.m.: This story has been updated.