History TearJerker / BuffyTheVampireSlayer

1st Oct '17 3:54:57 AM ACW
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-->'''Willow''': I'm not okay. [[ItsPersonal I knew those guys]]. I go to that room every day. And when I walked in there, it... it wasn't our world anymore. They made it theirs. [[CompleteMonster And they had fun.]]

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-->'''Willow''': I'm not okay. [[ItsPersonal I knew those guys]]. I go to that room every day. And when I walked in there, it... it wasn't our world anymore. They made it theirs. [[CompleteMonster And they had fun.]]
27th Sep '17 4:29:46 PM ClintEastwood
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** The moment in Innocence after Angelus shoves Buffy, she stays sitting on the floor, staring at nothing.

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** The moment in Innocence after Angelus shoves Buffy, she stays sitting on the floor, staring at nothing.
22nd Sep '17 11:51:24 AM AFP
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-->'''Willow''': I'm not okay. I knew those guys. I go to that room every day. And when I walked in there, it... it wasn't our world anymore. They made it theirs. And they had fun.

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-->'''Willow''': I'm not okay. [[ItsPersonal I knew those guys.guys]]. I go to that room every day. And when I walked in there, it... it wasn't our world anymore. They made it theirs. [[CompleteMonster And they had fun.]]
16th Sep '17 10:21:06 AM SlackerSpice
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[[folder: Tales of the Slayers]]
* The end of "Righteous" - after saving the town from St. Just, the people respond by declaring her a witch and having her burned at the stake as her Watcher is ForcedToWatch. Driven past the DespairEventHorizon, the unnamed Watcher returns the favor by opening the town gates and letting the rest of St. Just's vampires in.
-->The town made merry, gamboled, dined;
-->They'd nothing now to fear;
-->They burned the darkness from my mind
-->The world at last was clear
-->For God is good and God is kind
-->But He's not welcome here.
* "The Innocent": Claudine lives, but lives with the knowledge that her Watcher has tricked her into committing murder.
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30th Aug '17 4:31:52 PM Scraggle
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* Your Milage May Vary '''''hard''''' based on how you view Buffy and [[BastardBoyfriend Spike's]] relationship in season 6, but the scene in "Dead Things" where a grimacing, tearful Buffy watches from the shadows while her friends all dance and have a good time, as Spike [[QuestionableConsent begins to]] [[DateRape initiate sex with her]] all while [[BreakingSpeech whispering in her ear about how she knows she doesn't belong in her friend's world anymore, that she belongs in the darkness with him]] is hard to watch for many fans. Seeing the normally strong and unbreakable Buffy so depressed and broken just rips this Troper's heart out.

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* Your Milage May Vary '''''hard''''' hard based on how you view Buffy and [[BastardBoyfriend Spike's]] relationship in season 6, but the scene in "Dead Things" where a grimacing, tearful Buffy watches from the shadows while her friends all dance and have a good time, as Spike [[QuestionableConsent begins to]] [[DateRape initiate sex with her]] all while [[BreakingSpeech whispering in her ear about how she knows she doesn't belong in her friend's world anymore, that she belongs in the darkness with him]] is hard to watch for many fans. Seeing the normally strong and unbreakable Buffy so depressed and broken just rips this Troper's heart out. fans.
27th Jul '17 2:49:19 PM ClintEastwood
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* ''The Witch'', especially the scene where Amy tells Buffy and Giles what Catherine has done. Poor, poor girl. This quote in particular:

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* ''The Witch'', "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E3TheWitch}} The Witch]]", especially the scene where Amy tells Buffy and Giles what Catherine has done. Poor, poor girl. This quote in particular:



* In "Nightmares," the conversation between Buffy and her dad. Buffy doesn't even know what's going on yet, that they're just nightmares, and then her dad comes and says that it's her fault he and her mom broke up, and she's so much less than he hoped. And oh, by the way, he doesn't really get much out of these father-daughter weekends, so let's just stop them. First time Buffy made me start to tear up.

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* In "Nightmares," "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E10Nightmares}} Nightmares]]," the conversation between Buffy and her dad. Buffy doesn't even know what's going on yet, that they're just nightmares, and then her dad comes and says that it's her fault he and her mom broke up, and she's so much less than he hoped. And oh, by the way, he doesn't really get much out of these father-daughter weekends, so let's just stop them. First time Buffy made me start to tear up.



* Cordelia's main purpose in season one was to appear, trade a few zingers, and scream. But in the episode "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," she gets a sudden burst of CharacterDevelopment, in seeing her speak with Buffy about how she DOES feel alone, but she'd rather be alone in the crowd than alone on her own. It's the first glimpse of Cordy behind the AlphaBitch routine, and we see the scared, lonely, teenage girl she is:

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* Cordelia's main purpose in season one was to appear, trade a few zingers, and scream. But in the episode "Out of Sight, "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E11OutOfMindOutOfSight}} Out of Mind," Of Mind, Out Of Sight]]", she gets a sudden burst of CharacterDevelopment, in seeing her speak with Buffy about how she DOES feel alone, but she'd rather be alone in the crowd than alone on her own. It's the first glimpse of Cordy behind the AlphaBitch routine, and we see the scared, lonely, teenage girl she is:



* Anything capable of reducing Buffy to tears is a TearJerker. For example, the scene in "Prophecy Girl" where she learns of her imminent death:

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* Anything capable of reducing Buffy to tears is a TearJerker. For example, the scene in "Prophecy Girl" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E12ProphecyGirl}} Prophecy Girl]]" where she learns of her imminent death:



* Willow in ''Prophecy Girl'', when Buffy's at her side after the AV club massacre.

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* ** Willow in ''Prophecy Girl'', when Buffy's at her side after the AV club massacre.



* A minor, overlooked one from the season 2 premiere, where Buffy shows off just how ''not okay'' she is by destroying the Master's bones, then completely breaking down in Angel's arms.
* In ''School Hard'', when everyone is locked in different parts of the school, hiding from the army of vampires, Giles starts to panic, considering going out into the halls to find Buffy, despite Ms. Calender's warnings. The emotion in his voice is quite touching.

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* A minor, overlooked one from the season 2 premiere, "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E1WhenSheWasBad}} When She Was Bad]]", where Buffy shows off just how ''not okay'' she is by destroying the Master's bones, then completely breaking down in Angel's arms.
* In ''School Hard'', "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E2SomeAssemblyRequired}} Some Assembly Required]]", when everyone is locked in different parts of the school, hiding from the army of vampires, Giles starts to panic, considering going out into the halls to find Buffy, despite Ms. Calender's warnings. The emotion in his voice is quite touching.



* The fate of the real Ampata in "Inca Mummy Girl". he was only supposed to be in Sunnydale for a couple of weeks. Instead, he is killed as he stepped off the bus and stuffed into his own trunk. I'd hate to be the one to tell his parents about his fate.

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* The fate of the real Ampata in "Inca "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E4IncaMummyGirl}} Inca Mummy Girl".Girl]]". he was only supposed to be in Sunnydale for a couple of weeks. Instead, he is killed as he stepped off the bus and stuffed into his own trunk. I'd hate to be the one to tell his parents about his fate.



* The ending of "Lie To Me" as well. Buffy asks Giles if life ever gets easy and tells him to lie to her.

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* The ending of "Lie "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E7LieToMe}} Lie To Me" Me]]" as well. Buffy asks Giles if life ever gets easy and tells him to lie to her.



* A small one. In ''Ted'' Buffy is wigged over her mother's new boyfriend. There's something really off about him, and when she fails trying to voice her concerns and makes herself look like a heel she's swinging pensively on a swing, waiting for something to slay.

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* A small one. In ''Ted'' "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E11Ted}} Ted]]" Buffy is wigged over her mother's new boyfriend. There's something really off about him, and when she fails trying to voice her concerns and makes herself look like a heel she's swinging pensively on a swing, waiting for something to slay.



* Another tiny one in ''Bad Eggs,'' when Angel confesses to Buffy that vampires can't have children.
* The scene in "Innocence" where Buffy takes off the claddagh ring, curls up in bed, and cries.
** Stealth Tear Jerker. Buffy, left devastated and shellshocked is on the couch with her mother, and it dawns on her (and us, the audience) that it's still Buffy's birthday. Joyce asks Buffy about her day; due to TheMasquerade, Buffy can only respond "I got older". Joyce lights her cupcake and, instead of making a wish, Buffy opts to just "let it burn." It's only when you watch the series in its entirety that it becomes so clearly obvious just how shattered Buffy is in this moment. TearJerker indeed.

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* Another tiny one in ''Bad Eggs,'' "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E12BadEggs}} Bad Eggs]]" when Angel confesses to Buffy that vampires can't have children.
* The scene in "Innocence" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E14Innocence}} Innocence]]" where Buffy takes off the claddagh ring, curls up in bed, and cries.
** Stealth Tear Jerker.TearJerker. Buffy, left devastated and shellshocked is on the couch with her mother, and it dawns on her (and us, the audience) that it's still Buffy's birthday. Joyce asks Buffy about her day; due to TheMasquerade, Buffy can only respond "I got older". Joyce lights her cupcake and, instead of making a wish, Buffy opts to just "let it burn." It's only when you watch the series in its entirety that it becomes so clearly obvious just how shattered Buffy is in this moment. TearJerker indeed.



* How about Giles discovering Jenny's corpse at the end of what looks like a setup for a romantic encounter?

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* How about Giles discovering Jenny's corpse at the end of what looks like a setup for a romantic encounter? encounter in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E17Passion}} Passion]]"?



*** They also have a brief clip of the exact moment Angel ''snaps Jenny's neck''' in the title sequence. Because we want to be reminded of that every time we see an episode, apparently.
** Seeing the reactions of Buffy and Willow through the window in "Passion" when they find out about [[spoiler:Jenny Calendar's death]].
** The same applies for the swelling music when Giles finds [[spoiler:Jenny on the bed with her neck snapped]]. The ''O Soave Fanciulla'' aria from Puccini's ''Theatre/LaBoheme'' is a CrowningMusicOfAwesome and already a TearJerker in itself, but the use in this scene is heartbreaking.

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*** They also have a brief clip of the exact moment Angel ''snaps Jenny's neck''' neck'' in the title sequence. Because we want to be reminded of that every time we see an episode, apparently.
** Seeing the reactions of Buffy and Willow through the window in "Passion" when they find out about [[spoiler:Jenny Calendar's death]].
her death.
** The same applies for the swelling music when Giles finds [[spoiler:Jenny her on the bed with her neck snapped]].snapped. The ''O Soave Fanciulla'' aria from Puccini's ''Theatre/LaBoheme'' is a CrowningMusicOfAwesome and already a TearJerker in itself, but the use in this scene is heartbreaking.



* Jenny's death in 'Passion' actually manages to ''retroactively'' make any prior scene with her difficult to watch. Especially since she and Giles go through so many problems and hold-ups in their relationship, it's hard not to wish they would just get it together to be happy in what little time they have left.
** Notably the scene at the end of 'The Dark Age', when Jenny breaks off her budding relationship with Giles after being possessed by a demon from his youth. Actually, even without knowing her eventual fate, that scene is pretty tearjerking. He tells her he wants to help, but when he reaches out to touch her arm, she pulls away, and it's clear that something has irrevocably broken between them.

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* Jenny's death in 'Passion' "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E17Passion}} Passion]]" actually manages to ''retroactively'' make any prior scene with her difficult to watch. Especially since she and Giles go through so many problems and hold-ups in their relationship, it's hard not to wish they would just get it together to be happy in what little time they have left.
** Notably the scene at the end of 'The "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E8TheDarkAge}} The Dark Age', Age]]", when Jenny breaks off her budding relationship with Giles after being possessed by a demon from his youth. Actually, even without knowing her eventual fate, that scene is pretty tearjerking. He tells her he wants to help, but when he reaches out to touch her arm, she pulls away, and it's clear that something has irrevocably broken between them.



* Giles so desperate to believe the poltergeist in "I Only Have Eyes For You" is Jenny, against all the evidence and his usual careful self - it's wrenching. When he finally accepts the truth his expression is so very bleak.

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* Giles so desperate to believe the poltergeist in "I "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E19IOnlyHaveEyesForYou}} I Only Have Eyes For You" You]]" is Jenny, against all the evidence and his usual careful self - it's wrenching. When he finally accepts the truth his expression is so very bleak.



* Drusilla in ''Becoming: part 1''? In this episode we see a flashback to a sane, human, ''innocent and well-intentioned'' Drusilla back in 1860, thinking she is performing confession to her priest- who is actually Angelus in disguise. She confesses about her terrifying and agonising visions, and you see just how scared and utterly helpless she is. pre-soul Angel then goes on to tell her that she is the spawn of the devil and that for her, there is no salvation. The way that she begs him for his help is absolutely heartbreaking, especially seeing as you know what Angel does to her [[YouKilledMyMother further]] [[RapeAsDrama down]] [[ColdBloodedTorture the]] [[MindRape line,]] and what [[FaceMonsterTurn he turns her into.]] At the very worst, Drusilla is a JerkassWoobie.
* Becoming part 1. We get Buffy that is off to fight Angel while everyone else is still at the library with the spell to restore Angel's soul, only at this point vampires start popping up and taking everyone out from Willow to Xander to Giles, and then Drusilla comes in and offs Kendra. Aside from Buffy (who actually gave herself up to The Master last season instead of losing to him in a fatal fight), this is the first time we've really seen a vampire slayer lose in a fight - and their life. What follows is Giles being taken away by Drusilla and Buffy arriving back at the school all too late, with the music that had been playing throughout this whole scene finally coming to an end, with Buffy running back to the library in slow motion and we even hear the sound of Kendra's heartbeat fading and stopping just as Buffy gets there.
* [[spoiler:Angel's death]] in "Becoming, Part Two".

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* Drusilla in ''Becoming: part 1''? "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E21BecomingPart1}} Becoming, Part 1]]"? In this episode we see a flashback to a sane, human, ''innocent and well-intentioned'' Drusilla back in 1860, thinking she is performing confession to her priest- who is actually Angelus in disguise. She confesses about her terrifying and agonising visions, and you see just how scared and utterly helpless she is. pre-soul Angel then goes on to tell her that she is the spawn of the devil and that for her, there is no salvation. The way that she begs him for his help is absolutely heartbreaking, especially seeing as you know what Angel does to her [[YouKilledMyMother further]] [[RapeAsDrama down]] [[ColdBloodedTorture the]] [[MindRape line,]] and what [[FaceMonsterTurn he turns her into.]] At the very worst, Drusilla is a JerkassWoobie.
* Becoming part 1. ** We get Buffy that is off to fight Angel while everyone else is still at the library with the spell to restore Angel's soul, only at this point vampires start popping up and taking everyone out from Willow to Xander to Giles, and then Drusilla comes in and offs Kendra. Aside from Buffy (who actually gave herself up to The Master last season instead of losing to him in a fatal fight), this is the first time we've really seen a vampire slayer lose in a fight - and their life. What follows is Giles being taken away by Drusilla and Buffy arriving back at the school all too late, with the music that had been playing throughout this whole scene finally coming to an end, with Buffy running back to the library in slow motion and we even hear the sound of Kendra's heartbeat fading and stopping just as Buffy gets there.
* [[spoiler:Angel's death]] in "Becoming, "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E22BecomingPart2}} Becoming, Part Two".2]]".



** The music accompying it (Full of Grace by Sarah Mclachan) makes it even ''worse''.
*** Full of Grace is just the icing on the sad cake. Before that we get the return of the Buffy/Angel love theme which had been weaving through the early season, then had been absent for the most part (I believe after Innocence). That theme playing again was like a dam breaking.

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** The music accompying accompanying it (Full ("Full of Grace Grace" by Sarah Mclachan) Music/SarahMcLachlan) makes it even ''worse''.
*** Full "Full of Grace Grace" is just the icing on the sad cake. Before that we get the return of the Buffy/Angel love theme which had been weaving through the early season, then had been absent for the most part (I believe after Innocence). That theme playing again was like a dam breaking.



* "Dead Man's Party" was probably the worst episode of the season, but this exchange hurt me somewhere deep inside.

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* "Dead "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E2DeadMansParty}} Dead Man's Party" Party]]" was probably the worst episode of the season, but this exchange hurt me somewhere deep inside.



* In "Homecoming", this speech:

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* In "Homecoming", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E5Homecoming}} Homecoming]]", this speech:



* The first breakdown came during the final scene of "The Wish", with the sad music playing as Buffy stakes Evil!Xander, Oz kills Evil!Willow and then Buffy [[spoiler: gets her neck broken.]] All interspersed with Giles.

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* The first breakdown came during the final scene of "The Wish", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E9TheWish}} The Wish]]", with the sad music playing as Buffy stakes Evil!Xander, Oz kills Evil!Willow and then Buffy [[spoiler: gets her neck broken.]] All interspersed with Giles.
24th Jun '17 11:02:43 PM moonypadfootprongs
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* The entirety of Buffy and Spike's relationship. Finally, when Buffy is at her lowest--when she is traumatized, depressed, isolated from her friends, and doesn't have [[ParentalSubstitute Giles]] there to protect her--Spike sees an opening for him to swoop in and [[DomesticAbuser use Buffy's aforementioned trauma and mental illness]] to coerce her into starting up a sexual relationship with him. He knows that she would only ever consider being with him when she is at her lowest point, so he does everything he can to [[{{Gaslighting}} convince her]] that she CameBackWrong and thus can only find solace in him. On a meta level. And poor Buffy is too mentally beaten down to stop him. It's especially disheartening to hear that Sarah Michelle Gellar found Buffy's relationship with Spike to be degrading.
24th Jun '17 10:05:12 PM moonypadfootprongs
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** From the same episode, Buffy is sitting in her room with a very large stake and garlic hanging from the windows to ward off Spike, but he had already put his poison in her and from now on, she'll come to him. Seeing how much Buffy hates herself for allowing Spike to abuse her is gut-wrenching.

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** From the same episode, Buffy is sitting in her room with a very large stake and garlic hanging from the windows to ward off Spike, but he had already put his poison in her and from now on, she'll come to him. Seeing how much Buffy hates herself for allowing "allowing" Spike to abuse her is gut-wrenching.
24th Jun '17 10:00:16 PM moonypadfootprongs
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** From the same episode, Buffy is sitting in her room with a very large stake and garlic hanging from the windows to ward off Spike, but he had already put his poison in her and from now on, she'll come to him. It's sad for Buffy because of how much she hates herself for allowing Spike to abuse her.

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** From the same episode, Buffy is sitting in her room with a very large stake and garlic hanging from the windows to ward off Spike, but he had already put his poison in her and from now on, she'll come to him. It's sad for Buffy because of Seeing how much she Buffy hates herself for allowing Spike to abuse her.her is gut-wrenching.
24th Jun '17 9:59:01 PM moonypadfootprongs
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** From the same episode, Buffy is sitting in her room with a very large stake and garlic hanging from the windows to ward off Spike, but he had already put his poison in her and from now on, she'll come to him. It's sad for both Buffy and Spike, Buffy because of how much she hates herself for allowing Spike to abuse her.

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** From the same episode, Buffy is sitting in her room with a very large stake and garlic hanging from the windows to ward off Spike, but he had already put his poison in her and from now on, she'll come to him. It's sad for both Buffy and Spike, Buffy because of how much she hates herself for allowing Spike to abuse her.
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