History TearJerker / DCAU

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12th Sep '11 7:12:15 PM PaulA
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* ''Superman: The Animated Series'', [[spoiler:when Dan Turpin is killed]]. It's just so freakin' senseless, petty, and above all completely [[WhamEpisode out of nowhere]].
--> "Good-bye, old friend. In the end, the world didn't need a Superman...just a brave one."
* The otherwise [[NightmareFuel nightmare-inducing]] Toyman's [[SuperHeroOrigin pop-up book,]] which details how his innocent, kind-hearted father was tricked into being arrested for mob activity, forcing his son to live a ruined and lonely childhood.
--> "The boy moved from foster home to foster home, like a toy that nobody wanted."
* This show had quite a few more of its own- as early as the first episode, with Krypton's destruction, which is made even sadder and poignant by the beautiful soundtrack. There's also the reactions to [[FakingtheDead Clark being dead]] in "The Late Mr. Kent".

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* ''Superman: The Animated Series'', [[spoiler:when Dan Turpin is killed]]. It's just so freakin' senseless, petty, and above all completely [[WhamEpisode out of nowhere]].
--> "Good-bye, old friend. In the end, the world didn't need a Superman...just a brave one."
* The otherwise [[NightmareFuel nightmare-inducing]] Toyman's [[SuperHeroOrigin pop-up book,]] which details how his innocent, kind-hearted father was tricked into being arrested for mob activity, forcing his son to live a ruined and lonely childhood.
--> "The boy moved from foster home to foster home, like a toy that nobody wanted."
* This show had quite a few more of its own- as early as the first episode, with Krypton's destruction, which is made even sadder and poignant by the beautiful soundtrack. There's also the reactions to [[FakingtheDead Clark being dead]] in "The Late Mr. Kent".
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12th Sep '11 7:08:56 PM PaulA
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12th Sep '11 7:05:40 PM PaulA
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* "Meltdown". [[spoiler:Mr. Freeze's]] final line: [[spoiler:"Believe me, you're the only one who cares."]].
** Hell, the music alone would do it for that episode.
*** And it's somehow made worse by how worried Bruce sounds as he orders Terry to, "Get out of there, now!" right before the music swells.
** The entire premise of the episode is a tear jerker. Finally, after suffering for so long [[spoiler: Freeze is, through cloning, given a human body and a second chance at living a normal life.]] Truely repentent, he tries to live his new life to the fullest, even starting a charity named after his former wife. Then it goes downhill [[spoiler:with his body slowly deteriorating back to needing sub zero temperatures.]] After being betrayed by Mr. Powers (who wanted to perform an autopsy on him for his own 'illness,' [[spoiler:Freeze escapes and, after a short battle with both Batman and Powers, once again crosses the 'DespairEventHorizon' and remains behind as the building collapses on him.]] His final words seem all the more tragic in context...
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD6q4C_2hPc=watch here, just make sure your tissues are available]]
* In the pilot, "Rebirth", after much silence, Terry [=McGinnis=] finally [[HeroicBSOD breaks down]] after his father's death.
* The last part of [[spoiler: the original Joker's death scene]] in ''Return of the Joker''. Not because of who died, but because of how the events that led up to it completely ''destroyed'' the Bat-family. [[spoiler: Specially when the de-brainwashed Tim starts laughing madly after the Joker's death... then he starts crying and screaming, and poor Batgirl can only hug him...]]
** For this troper, it was Batgirl's reaction and her attempt to comfort [[spoiler: Tim]].
--> '''Batgirl:''' It's okay, [[spoiler: Tim]]. It's okay.
** And to drive home the TearJerker in this scene, imagine what's going through Bats' head at that moment. Over the course of B:TAS, Batman's sense of empathy has become impaired by his personal scars and years of battling personal tragedy after personal tragedy. By this point in his career, it's doubtful that Bats can feel much emotion at all without being driven to his breaking point. Now which is the greater TearJerker in this scenario: the Joker mindraping poor [[spoiler:Robin]] through sheer torture, or Batman knowing he SHOULD feel something, but feeling nothing, and spending the rest of his life feeling even MORE helpless to save the people he cares about?
* This troper ''despises'' [[spoiler: Talia Al Ghul]], and ''still'' got misty at the final line of "Out Of The Past":
-->'''Bruce:''' Rest well, beloved.
12th Sep '11 6:52:38 PM PaulA
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* We can ''not'' forget "Heart of Ice" from ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. The scene where Batman himself is ''horrified'' when [[spoiler: he finds the video recording that tells him (and the viewers) how Victor Fries became Mr. Freeze via CorruptCorporateExecutive?]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VfVTWGwLFo&feature=related The ending]], where [[spoiler: Freeze tearfully apologizes to the small dancing doll that represents Nora in his Arkham cell, for not being able to save her]]? * sooooooooob*
-->"I have failed you. I wish there was another way I could say it. I cannot... I can only beg your forgiveness, and hope that you can hear me somehow... someplace... where a warm hand waits for mine..."
* The TearsOfJoy variety come in the movie ''Sub Zero'' where, having discovered his wife is alive, Freeze sets out to make an organ transplant to save her from her illness. In the end, after Freeze is thought to be dead, a news report tells us that Nora is not only alive and well, but it was Freeze's own research that was credited with saving her life. As Freeze, [[NotQuiteDead watching from a window]], cries in joy, so do we.
* Freeze’s final appearance in TAS could also count as one. After the events of Sub Zero, Nora [[spoiler: is cured of her disease but, believing her husband to be dead, remarries and leaves Gotham forever.]] This, along with [[spoiler:his body slowly deteriorating to the point where he is only a HEAD ]]causes him to cross the ‘DespairEventHorizon’ and decides that if he can’t have a happy ending, no one can.
* Also from TAS: poor, poor Mary aka Baby Doll. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUtLTxBYZHw "''Why couldn't you just let me make believe?!''"]]
** [[MeaningfulEcho "I... didn't mean to."]] ''Sob''.
* Yet another one from ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' is "Growing Pains", where Robin helps a scared amnesiac girl, Annie, run away from a superstrong man. [[spoiler: Turns out the man is Clayface, and she's actually]] ''[[spoiler:a part of him]]'' [[spoiler:that he's trying to have merge back with him. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4EGflRVQpY He succeeds.]]]]
** "Any other charges?" "...yeah. Murder." ...* sniff*
*** It was worse if you actually read the comics at the time. At that point, Tim Drake/Robin was still early in his solo series, and he had a love interest his age for whom Annie was a dead ringer, and who had a similar name. For someone watching who thought the show was bringing her from the comics to the screen, the ending is an even ''bigger'' shock.
* Really, "Batman: TAS" was very good at this. Other especially sad episodes include "Mad as a Hatter", "Mudslide", "Home and Garden", "Deep Freeze", "His Silicon Soul", and "Robin's Reckoning". Additionally, it is very hard to think of a character on the show who '''doesn't''' have a backstory that's ''really'' sad. Except Riddler, ''maybe''.
** Like you said, whether or not Riddler has a backstory that's sad is a case of [[YourMileageMayVary YMMV]], as This Troper can definitely relate to his situation: having a crappy boss and not being able to do much about it. That being said, as a Troper said below, Joker's probably the only character in the B:TAS that doesn't have a tragic backstory.
*** But the Joker does speak of his abusive father. The way he tells it made it pretty sad for this troper. [[spoiler: [[MultipleChoicePast Too bad]] [[UnreliableNarrator he's probably lying.]]]] And lets be honest, anyone as messed up as the Joker MUST have a sad and tragic backstory.
** To elaborate a little on the MadHatter - he pines after Alice, feeling that he's not good enough for her, and she has a boyfriend. They break up, and Tetch sees an opportunity to finally woo her, ''succeeds'' at it (albeit toeing the MoralEventHorizon by using Mind Control to get others to help impress her), but is then shut down when Billy comes back in the picture. Enraged, he crosses the Horizon firmly [[spoiler: by mind-controlling her beau into breaking off the engagement, eventually abducting her and getting bested by Batman. Then, as he's lying beneath the [[ItMakesSenseInContext claws of the Jabberwocky]], he's ''forced to watch'' as [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Alice run into Billy's arms]], moaning out very softly...]]
---> Tetch/Hatter: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9Ia2XjGLzU Would not, could not - would not, could not... oh, could not join the dance.]]
** That's okay; Riddler definitely gets his turn in the limelight in TheBatman. Seriously, the guy's life was completely made for TearJerker.
*** We'll always have [[TheJoker this guy]] to despise. ''He's'' the one with no tragic backstory whatsoever. And he's responsible for half the stuff in this folder.
**** Well, he ''might'' have a tragic backstory... but he's gone through so [[UnreliableNarrator darn many of them]], no one [[CryingWolf would believe him if he told the truth]].
***** Which, in itself, is actually kind of sad.
** To elaborate on ''Robin's Reckoning'', while Dick's parents' death is pretty strong, what's ''really'' strong is Bruce and Dick's flashback talk near the end of part one, when Bruce sees quite a bit of himself in the acrobat.
-->'''Bruce''': You keep thinking... "If only I've done something differently. If only I could've... warned them". But there isn't anything you could've done. There isn't anything either of us could've done.
-->'''Dick''': (''looking at Bruce's parents' portrait''): Your mom and dad?
--> ''(Bruce nods)''
-->'''Dick''': Does the hurt ever go away?
-->'''Bruce''': I wish I could say "yes". But it will get better in time. For you. That I promise.
-->''(The two hug.)''
** "Old Wounds" is one of the worse tearjerkers in the DCAU as it shows the events leading up to the original Robin's split from Batman. The worst part is if you go back and watch the entire series from the beginning you can actually see their relationship slowly break down over time due not only to the clash in their personalities and idealoligies, but also Bruce's growing obsession and struggle with his own inner darkness. Truth be told, by the time Dick returns to moonlight in Gotham as Nighwing he's NotSoDifferent from Bruce, but it's too late to salvage any relationship they had and he's mostly seen working with Tim and Barbara or else on his own, and then Batman Beyond reveals that Bruce and Dick ''never'' truly reconcile [[spoiler: until ''Retrun of the Joker'']], and while Bruce will occasionally reminisce about past adventures with Barbara and Tim he ''never'' talks about Dick.
* In "Perchance to Dream", already a highly emotional episode if ever there was one, ends with TheMadHatter launching a tirade against Bats when he asks the Hatter why he trapped him in a [[LotusEaterMachine ideal dreamworld]]. Of course, the Hatter is [[TheMadHatter quite]] [[CaptainObvious mad]], but it's delivered with such anguish...
-->'''Batman:''' Why. ''Why did you do it?'' Why?
-->'''The Mad Hatter:''' '''You''', of ''all people'', have the '''gall''' to ask me that?! '''You ruined my life!''' I was willing to give you ''any life you wanted''... just to keep you out of mine!
* The entire episode "See No Evil", aside from being prime NightmareFuel. We have a creepy ex-con whose former wife and young daughter have a restraining order against him. [[spoiler: So he steals some material that allows him to make an invisibility suit, poses as his daughter's imaginary friend Mojo, swipes valuable jewelry for her to gain her trust, and finally attempts to kidnap her.]] Batman intervenes, he's exposed and foiled, and the episode ends with the girl [[spoiler: telling Batman that she and her mother are going to move away, where Daddy will never find them.]] The whole episode is heartbreaking.
* It's impossible not get teary eyed in the ending of the episode (and TropeNamer) "MadLove". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCI50aAdudA Poor Harley Quinn.]]
--->'''Harley Quinn''': My fault...I didn't get the joke.
** The tear jerker value of ''any'' episode featuring the Joker mistreating Harley will be increased after seeing ''Mad Love.''
** What's even sadder is that [[spoiler:the above video has been removed for "Terms Of Use Violation", so we'll never get to see it and understand the sadness]].
*** To aid in that, here's a brief summary. [[spoiler: Harley [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1bmM7Ihv0Y manages to abduct Batman on her own]]. After he laughs at her naivete, he explains how "he's got a million of them" when she yells that Joker had told her "secret things, things he's never told anyone!" She starts to lower him into the tank, but he convinces her that Mr. J won't believe her without his body as evidence. She then calls the Joker, who's ''infuriated'' at her, [[DontExplainTheJoke providing the picture and line for this]]. He then ''pushes her out a 3rd story window'' onto some crates in the alley below. After a few lines of dialogue between him and Batsy, the camera then pans onto Harley's broken body, where she utters the aforementioned line.]] Never before has such a frank look at an abusive relationship been on television (something that the average LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek ''wishes'' it could so).
*** And [[ItGotWorse it gets worse]] - at the end of the episode, it looks like Harley is about to swear off the Joker for good and reform... only to find a flower in her cell saying "Feel better soon - J."
--> '''Harleen Quinzel''': Never again. No more obsession, no more craziness, no more Joker. I finally see that slime for what he is: a murderous, manipulative, irredeemable...\\
(''notices the flower on the nightstand'')\\
'''Harley Quinn''': ... Angel!
* Bruce's guilt-fueled dream in "Two Face Part II".
* "Over the Edge", period - [[spoiler: even though it's AllJustaDream, it is still possibly the most emotionally intense episode. From Batgirl's death to Gordon and Bruce's reactions, to Bruce telling a teary-eyed Tim to leave for his own good. And in the last scenes of the dream, seeing how broken both Batman and Jim had become only upped the sadness.]]
* "Feat of Clay".
--> "I'm not an actor anymore, Teddy. I'm not even... a man."
* "Second Chance". The end. Just watch it without a small drop.
* The show even makes you care about villain-of-the-week characters who never show up again. In "Tyger, Tyger", you're introduced to a deranged geneticist and his creation, a cat-man hybrid named Tygrus. The scientist has Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) kidnapped to be transformed into his mate. You're largely indifferent towards the creature until you find out he's sentient and capable of speech: he thinks of the doctor as his father and the only reason he's an antagonist in the episode is because the doctor lied to him, telling him that Selina would grow to love him once Batman was out of the way. He's eventually persuaded that Batman isn't his enemy, but this angers the doctor, and in an ensuing struggle with Batman, he dies. Upon being confronted once and for all with the crushing reality that Selina definitely ''does not'' want to remain a cat-person, he forks over the antidote to her and bids her goodbye. Selina tries to persuade him to come with them, saying there's nothing for him on the doctor's island anymore. His response is terribly depressing:
--> "There's nothing for me ''anywhere''".
** Now imagine the power if they had produced a ''{{Shazam}}'' series and they introduced Mr. Tawky Tawny, a well mannered humanoid tiger who refused to bow to such isolating despair and was able to join human society with Captain Marvel's help.
12th Sep '11 6:36:54 PM PaulA
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* Jason Blood's backstory is even more tragic in the DCAU universe than the DCU universe. First he's tricked (most likely bewitched) by Morgan le Fay into betraying Camalot. Then Morgan stabs him in the back! Then, instead of letting him die for it. Merlin decides to get ''vindictive'' and bind him with the dark and brooding Etrigan.
31st Aug '11 11:39:07 PM IndyBull
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** And to drive home the TearJerker in this scene, imagine what's going through Bats' head at that moment. Over the course of B:TAS, Batman's sense of empathy has become impaired by his personal scars and years of battling personal tragedy after personal tragedy. By this point in his career, it's doubtful that Bats can feel much emotion at all without being driven to his breaking point. Now which is the greater TearJerker in this scenario: the Joker mindraping poor [spoiler:Robin] through sheer torture, or Batman knowing he SHOULD feel something, but feeling nothing, and spending the rest of his life feeling even MORE helpless to save the people he cares about?

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** And to drive home the TearJerker in this scene, imagine what's going through Bats' head at that moment. Over the course of B:TAS, Batman's sense of empathy has become impaired by his personal scars and years of battling personal tragedy after personal tragedy. By this point in his career, it's doubtful that Bats can feel much emotion at all without being driven to his breaking point. Now which is the greater TearJerker in this scenario: the Joker mindraping poor [spoiler:Robin] [[spoiler:Robin]] through sheer torture, or Batman knowing he SHOULD feel something, but feeling nothing, and spending the rest of his life feeling even MORE helpless to save the people he cares about?
31st Aug '11 11:37:49 PM IndyBull
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** And to drive home the TearJerker in this scene, imagine what's going through Bats' head at that moment. Because of his own personal scars, Batman often has trouble in areas involving empathy. Seeing someone close to him traumatized that horribly and being unable to comfort him is as painful a torment as anything the Joker put [[spoiler:Robin]] through.

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** And to drive home the TearJerker in this scene, imagine what's going through Bats' head at that moment. Because Over the course of B:TAS, Batman's sense of empathy has become impaired by his own personal scars, Batman often has trouble scars and years of battling personal tragedy after personal tragedy. By this point in areas involving empathy. Seeing someone close to him traumatized his career, it's doubtful that horribly and Bats can feel much emotion at all without being unable driven to comfort him his breaking point. Now which is as painful a torment as anything the greater TearJerker in this scenario: the Joker put [[spoiler:Robin]] through.mindraping poor [spoiler:Robin] through sheer torture, or Batman knowing he SHOULD feel something, but feeling nothing, and spending the rest of his life feeling even MORE helpless to save the people he cares about?
27th Aug '11 11:19:15 PM IndyBull
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** And to drive home the TearJerker in this scene, imagine what's going through Bats' head at that moment. Because of his own personal scars, Batman often has trouble in areas involving empathy. Seeing someone close to him traumatized that horribly and being unable to comfort him is as painful a torment as anything the Joker put [[spoiler:Robin]] through.
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