!!Season One

* In the episode "The Fox", when Frank Fielding (a mentally retarded man, who is the brother of one of the first victims) realises that he saw the killer, and misinterpreted his sister saying 'help me' as 'go away'... his cries of anguish as he beats his hands against his head and has to be restrained by four of the BAU agents is just heart-wrenching.
** Tony Todd playing the RedHerring. On the surface its NightmareFuel, because of his behavior around Reid and the fact that it's [[{{Candyman}} Tony]] [[FinalDestination Todd.]] However it's really because he's in anguish that his ex-Wife and children have been slaughtered. A crime he himself was accused of committing.
* The last ten minutes of "Riding The Lightning".
--> '''Sarah Jean:''' If it's not too much to ask...I'd like your face to be the last one I see.
** The last half of that episode should be included here. Particularly that one point where [[spoiler: Sarah Jean begs Gideon to let her be killed in the electric chair in order to give her son, who she claimed she killed to protect him from her sadistic husband, a better life.]] She stood for 15 years in prison and ''died'' to protect her son. This may be the most selfless act evident in the series to date.
** Throughout that whole episode, Sarah Jean is just the nicest and kindest woman on death row ever. She tells Reid that his mother should be proud of his being a doctor so young, she tells Gideon that he has a lovely smile, and she and the Warden get along so well that he's willing to talk to her about his children. And despite the fact that [[spoiler: she was innocent]], she still dies.
* "The Fisher King, Part 1" begins with the team going on vacation (excepting Garcia and J.J.) Elle and Morgan are in a tropical resort, Gideon's in a remote cabin, Hotch is home with his wife, and Reid... is visiting his mother at the sanatorium.

!!Season Two

* "The Fisher King, Part Two". Near the end, Reid comes to tell his mother that [[spoiler: she helped to save the life of a kidnapped girl]], and she doesn't recognise him and thinks she's still working as a teacher.
* "P911". The breaking point is the end, when [[spoiler:the woman sees her kidnapped son for the first time since he was one year old. He introduces her to his action figure, named Jack, and (badly) holding back tears, she says, "Hello, Jack. My name is Jackie."]]
* "Revelations": Especially for all the Spencer Reid fangirls out there who need to run and purchase a box of tissues whenever this episode comes on.
** One moment in particular, that verges on horrific: Gideon is talking to Reid over a one-way video feed, telling him he's strong and he can hold out, and Reid just... stares blankly at the screen, almost catatonic, looking like he's already broken.
** Garcia has been trying to trace [[spoiler: Hankel's]] video feed, and then she ends up having to watch him [[spoiler: torturing and killing Reid]].
* At the end of "Jones", William [=LaMontagne=] Jr talks the woman who's been killing the men down by telling her his name and saying that she knew his father. The woman, who's been close to tears, cries when she finds out that William [=LaMontagne=] Sr died during Hurricane Katrina.
** The Unsub's backstory is heartbreaking. She was raped by two men, and LaMontagne Sr was the only person who believed her, which is why she contacted him. The trauma led to her dropping out of medical school and killing men, writing that they were asking to be stabbed, ripped, killed, just like they claimed she was asking for it.
* "Ashes and Dust":
** While not the most extreme of tearjerkers, the woman in the beginning of "Ashes and Dust" has her own depressingly optimistic moment. She has suffered burns so severe across her body that Hotch tells Prentiss that they should lie about the death of her family, because she will not survive to find out otherwise. Prentiss is barely able to keep up the lie without crying, and the woman passes her final few moments of life believing that she and her family will live HappilyEverAfter.
--->'''Doctor:''' I'm giving her as much painkiller as I can. She asked about her husband and son. She passed out again before I had to answer.\\
'''Prentiss:''' She doesn't know?\\
'''Doctor:''' Whatever you tell her, she won't live long enough to know different.\\
And not much later...\\
'''Mrs. Cutler:''' Where are they? Are they okay?\\
'''Hotch:''' [[BlatantLies They're fine.]] They're just outside in the waiting room.\\
'''Mrs. Cutler:''' I don't want them to see me like this. I'm not ready.\\
'''Hotch:''' Agent Prentiss will tell them. I can stay with you until you're ready.\\
'''Mrs. Cutler:''' I'd like that.
** Might border a little bit on Fridge Heartwarming. If you believe in an afterlife, you could say that her family is waiting for her outside, and that she is about to see them, and that all they're waiting for is for her to be ready. And no, they won't have to see her like this, which is what she was afraid of.
* 2-12 "Profiler, Profiled", Morgan is accused of murder and has been refusing to explain parts of his past that would clear him. The team still believe in his innocence, even when he apparently breaks out of his cell and escapes. Then we find out that [[spoiler: he broke out to go and talk to a boy that is being sexually abused...by the same man that sexually abused Morgan as a child.]]
* "Distress"
** A veteran with PTSD believes himself to be in a war zone. When the cops find him [[spoiler: he sees a young boy and, believing that there is shooting going on, he runs toward the child and is shot when his action is misconstrued. As he dies he can only ask if the boy is all right]].
-->'''[[ShellShockedVeteran Roy Woodridge]]:''' It wasn't safe.
-->'''Gideon:''' I know.
-->'''Roy Woodridge:''' Is the boy all right?
-->'''Gideon:''' Yes, sergeant... yes, the boy's all right.
** Considering that this is one of the episodes where Reid really starts to struggle with the aftermath of his own abduction in a pretty classic PTSD way, this blink-and-you'll-miss-it exchange between him and Hotch takes on a whole new light, too:
--->'''Reid''': He's definitely suffering from PTSD.
--->'''Hotch''': He's trapped in his own head, reliving the worst moment of his life over and over again. He must be terrified.
--->'''Reid''': Y-yeah.
* Depending on where the turns of events in the second half of "Open Season" leave you, the episode can be downright agonizing to watch. The younger [=UnSub=] [[spoiler:dying and Gideon comforting him]]. Him begging Gideon not to hurt his brother because he is all he has left and [[spoiler:him knowing his brother was shot and killed before dying himself]]. Remember he and his brother [[ForTheEvulz kidnapped, hunted and killed people in the woods]].
* Nathan Harris sitting in church, thinking the only way to help people in the future is to [[spoiler: kill himself]] in the episode "Sex, Birth, and Death". At the end of the episode he picks up a prostitute and and, instead of playing out his fantasy, he [[spoiler: attempts suicide to prevent himself from hurting others.]] He fails.

!!Season Three

* [[WanderingTheEarth "I guess I'm looking for it again. The belief in happy endings."]] ("I'm holding on... I'm barely breathing...)
* Bit late to the party, but season three's "Seven Seconds" has a pretty major one when [[spoiler:they're trying to revive Katie Jacobs]]
** Not to mention the mother pleading over the mall intercom to get Katie back.
** That one balloon during the speech was truly tearjerking.
* "True Night"
** In one of the few episodes where the [[SympatheticMurderer [=UnSub=] isn't evil]], Frankie Muniz (of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'') plays a comic book artist who [[spoiler:gets caught by a gang and forced to watch as they kill his fiancee, which causes him to have a psychotic break and run around systematically butchering the perps]]. The final scene has him sitting in a padded cell, calling [[spoiler:his dead fiancee's cell phone]] over and over, just so he could listen to the away message. [[spoiler:''Hey, this is Vicky! I can't come to the phone right now because I'm out living my life.]] He thought up the away message for her.
** The [=UnSub's=] trigger: [[spoiler:His fiancee was killed and gang-raped, and she was pregnant, so he not only lost her, but the baby!]] Definitely a SympatheticMurderer The Sixth Street Killers were definitely [[AssholeVictim cruel and heartless killers]]. Rossi said it best: They're Animals.
** The heartwrenching way the [=UnSub=] says "they made me watch".
* Reid's face in "3rd Life" after he watches Jack Vaughn [[spoiler: kill his daughter's kidnapper.]] Like the saddest puppy in the world. It doesn't help by the way he follows it by whimpering, 'I tried... I tried, but I couldn't...'
* "Elephant's Memory"
** The audience is led to believe that [[spoiler: a sympathetic, teenaged [=UnSub=] is about to get cut to pieces in SuicideByCop]]. And then they start playing ''Johnny freaking Cash''.
** In the same episode Reid tells Morgan about a particularly cruel prank played on him high school; while in the library a girl told him that another girl, the prettiest in school, wanted to meet him later. Going to the meeting place Reid found the girls, the entire football team and several other students all there. Stripped naked, Reid was tied to the goal post and despite all his begging no one helped him. When he finally got loose around midnight and went home he discovered his mother, who was having one of her episodes, didn't even notice he was missing. Did we mention he was only twelve at the time?
** Reid, [[BreakTheCutie (poor Reid)]], his speech at the 'Beltway Clean Cops' meeting.
--->'''Reid:''' That kids face is really, uh, stuck in my brain. It's really, uh, I can't... and I ... I wanna forget about him, and... I want to escape. [[note]]Even worse when you realize that the kid he's talking about is the [=UnSub=] from "3rd Life," in the moment mentioned above.[[/note]]
* All of "Penelope". Garcia almost dying on the table. Morgan not picking up his phone and his absolute despair at finding out Garcia's been shot. Battle trying again and Morgan pushing a crying Garcia into the corner and giving her his gun. Garcia talking about how everything has to happen for a reason, and if she stops believing that then nothing makes sense.
* The ending of "Damaged" when Rossi says goodbye to the Galen siblings, having finally caught the man who murdered their parents twenty years earlier. And the arrest of the [=UnSub=] in "Damaged" was difficult to watch. "Daddy!...Daddy!" [[spoiler: It's hard not to feel bad for Joe the clown with the state he's in.]]
** Espcially since Joe had the mental capacity of a young child and the only reason he went to the Galen house was because he wanted to play with the eldest daughter. Unfortunately he went into the parents room by mistake and the father,believing Joe was there to hurt them,attacked in self defense. Joe being a rather a large man with no idea how strong he really is,retaliated out of fear and ended up killing the parents. Then there's the fact that Joe's father(the circus owner) tried to protect him by cleaning up the crime scene ,taking Joe away(likely because he knew Joe would probably never survive prison),and making Joe pick a toy for each of the siblings from the circus booth in an attempt to have Joe make amends to the Galens. Poor Joe and his father.

!!Season Four

* Morgan and Garcia on the phone in "Mayhem", when [[spoiler: Morgan is in the ambulance with the bomb about to go off]]:
-->'''Morgan:''' There's something I really want you to know, Garcia.
-->'''Garcia:''' Save it! Just get out!
-->'''Morgan:''' No, no, no, I'm not quite there yet.
-->'''Garcia:''' Morgan!
-->'''Morgan:''' Just listen to me.
-->'''Garcia:''' Morgan, please!
-->'''Morgan:''' You know what you are, Garcia? {[[spoiler: the bomb goes off]]}
-->'''Garcia:''' Derek?!
-->'''Morgan:''' {[[spoiler:having jumped out at the last minute]]} Garcia? I'll tell you what you are to me. You're my God-given solace. Woman, you promise me one thing - whatever happens, don't you ever stop talking to me.
-->'''Garcia:''' [crying] I can't right now, cause I'm mad at you.
-->'''Morgan:''' That's all right. I can wait.
** From the same episode: when Hotch finds Kate Joyner after their car exploded, she's [[NotSoStoic so distressed and babbling about her purse]] and [[ICantFeelMyLegs can't feel her legs]].
** And she [[MauveShirt doesn't make it]]. [[TheWoobie Poor Hotch]].
* "Pleasure Is My Business": The ending unites AlasPoorVillain and SympatheticMurderer.
-->'''[[HighClassCallGirl Megan]] [[MonsterSobStory Kane]]:''' You're the first man who didn't let me down. Will you stay with me?
-->'''Hotch:''' Yes.
-->'''Megan Kane:''' Promise?
-->'''Hotch:''' I promise.
* The ending of "Demonology", with Prentiss standing outside the church while the snow falls. It becomes even more [[SnowMeansDeath poignant]] with her quote from Joyce's ''The Dead''.
* The entire last half of "The Big Wheel" is one big tearjerker. Especially when Vincent gives the speech to Stan [[spoiler: before dying]],and when Stan finds out that [[spoiler: Vincent was the one who killed his mother,]] and how innocent and caring Vincent really is. This becomes especially painful when you realise that Vincent was so traumatised by his mother's death that he was forced to relive it - to take on his father's role - over... and over... and over...
** This exchange is especially heartbreaking, particularly when you take into account the fact that the team has figured out that Vincent is devolving because something happened to make him realize how terrible the things he was doing were -- and the fact that Stan is blind.
--> Vincent: You said that you wished you were dead. You can't ever think that. [...] You're going to hear some things about me soon. You're going to hear some bad things. But you can't ever wish to be dead. You can't do that. Because you're special.
--> Stan: How am I special?
--> Vincent: Because you helped me to see.
* Adam/[[spoiler:Amanda]] in "Conflicted". Abused by his step-father until he developed DID. The second personality, Amanda, regards it as her job to protect him and takes over when she realises that, if he can be found competant, he'll go to jail for the crimes she committed. Reid's desperate 'Adam?' and Morgan replying 'He's gone' is heartbreaking.
** And then you find out that the FramingNarrative has been Reid talking to [[spoiler: Amanda]], the whole time. Some time has past, and [[spoiler: she]] is clearly still keeping Adam locked away.
* "Amplification" has Reid leaving a recorded message for his mother to hear in the event that his being [[spoiler: infected with anthrax]] proves fatal. Understandably, he has trouble keeping it together, as does the audience.
--> '''Reid:''' Hi Mom, this is Spencer. I just, um, I just really want you to know that I love you and I, I need you to know that I spend every day of my life proud to be your son.

* The end of "Normal" is gut-wrenching at least. The [=UnSub=] [[spoiler: has a psychotic break after his youngest daughter died after being hit by a car and was convinced everyone blamed him]]. The climax of the episode has him forcing his family to get into his car to run away where his motive is revealed, and he snaps and crashes his car at high speed after his wife screams at him for killing their little girl. He's caught when he gets out of the wreck and tells the police his family are still inside and he [[spoiler: realizes they were dead all along, he'd already killed them]]. He [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone completely breaks down]] when he remembers and is arrested screaming "I'm sorry, I'm sorry".

* The ending of ...And Back had a very powerful impact when Hotch narrated the cost of the murders. The killer ([[spoiler: who was manipulated by his quadriplegic brother into killing and had the mentality of a child so he didn't understand what he was doing]]) was gunned down by the cops, a victim's brother ([[spoiler: a disabled war vet who crashed into a guard station just to get the FBI to actually look for the victims, including his sister]]) will go to prison for avenging his sister's death, and the surviving victim ([[spoiler: a teenager who befriended the man-child just before the police gunned him down]]) has to live with the trauma of what happened and lost the last of her innocence. When the team was flying home, you knew that the case affected them deeply.

* Rewatching "A Shade of Gray" once you know TheReveal. Those scenes at the beginning become absolute wetworks. [[spoiler:The family holding a press conference, asking for the return of their son that they ''know'' will never come back. The way the mother leaves the interview with Prentiss, saying only "I have to lie down." The husband and wife embracing each other the whole time, trying to keep up their act while hiding the grief in their hearts.]] One more thing that could possibly be terrifying instead is [[spoiler: \watching the reactions of their other son throughout the episode. The way he abates his gaze at the press conference, or leaves the room to go play during the interview... they seem poignant at first, but once you know he's the [=UnSub=], the sadness becomes something else. This kid has absolutely no remorse for his actions, and his innocent kid brother died meaninglessly. Seeing the callous actions of the surviving brother just makes the victim's death more horrible to stomach.]]

!!Season Five

* The part when Hotch had to say goodbye to Jack at the end of "Nameless, Faceless."
** The entire episode itself is one of the saddest.[[spoiler: The [[=UnSub=]] is one of the most tragic in the show, a grieving father who blames the doctor he's targetting for his son's death (his son was brain dead and on life support when he arrived). He tries to commit {{suicide by cop}}]]
* Hotch watching Jack playing in the playground ''through a webcam'' in the beginning of "Reckoner". Oh, ''Hotch''. Also when [[spoiler: Garcia choked back tears as Hotch says "Happy birthday, buddy", to Jack on the camera]].
* The soldier in "Outfoxed" coming home from the war to discover that his whole family has been murdered while he as away.
* "100". All of it. Especially [[spoiler:THAT phone call, where Hotch listens to Foyet torturing his ex-wife and son, and as Foyet kills Haley]]. If you weren't crying then, you sure were when [[spoiler: Hotch gets to the house, finds Haley's body, and [[DespairEventHorizon beats Foyet to death with his own hands]], then sobs over Haley's body while Morgan holds him back]]. The entire episode seems to delight in ripping your heart out through your chest. May also cause OcularGushers.
* "The Slave of Duty" takes things to an extreme for [[spoiler:Hotch and Jack.]] Especially [[spoiler: the funeral, Hotch's eulogy and quoting from "Pirates of Penzance", the team having to leave the funeral to work a case, and Jack watching the home movies of himself and Haley, so he doesn't forget her.]]
* "Mosley Lane": [[spoiler:"He was alive yesterday?!"]]
** Just the way [[spoiler:Stephan's father says it as it dawns on him that his son had been alive all those years, only to die just before the children were rescued.]]
** Let's face it, the whole end of that episode. Dry eyes are impossible.
* "Exit Wounds"
** Garcia, [[spoiler: when one of the victims dies in her arms, and later, when she and Morgan discuss if her being able to handle blood in person means she's losing her humanity]].
** This episode has one of the ''[[{{Woobie}} woobiest]]'' [=UnSubs=] ever [[spoiler:who kills people who leave town because of SEVERE abandonment issues]] and has a home life that redefines 'terrible'.
** Also, when suspect Josh is told that while he had been locked up, the serial killer struck again, which means it's not him. Unfortunately, the victim [[spoiler: was his mother, his lone surviving relative]]. Kudos to [[GenerationKill Eric]] [[Series/TheKilling Ladin]] (Josh).
* The entire ending dialogue in "Uncanny Valley", culminating in one of many [[Awesome/CriminalMinds Crowning Moments of Awesome]] for Reid:
-->'''Samantha:''' "Don't leave me."
-->'''Victim:''' ''(just recovering from paralysis)'' "Let us go."
-->'''Samantha:''' "I can't."
-->'''Reid:''' ''(walking into the room)'' "Samantha? Hi. My name's Spencer. I'm with the [=FBI=]. Listen, I know what your father did to you, and I want you to know that he can never ever hurt you again."
-->'''Samantha:''' ''(mechanically)'' "He never touched me, he's a good father, he loves me."
-->'''Reid:''' "I know that he probably forced you to say those things. Punished you if you got it wrong, send you to the 'room with the lightning'?"
-->'''Samantha:''' "Yeah."
-->'''Reid:''' "The dolls that your father gave you, after he hurt you, what would happen to them?"
-->'''Samantha:''' "He... he kept them in his office with the other toys."
-->'''Reid:''' "And that's where he let you play with them?"
-->'''Samantha:''' "When I moved out, I had to take my friends with me, I couldn't... leave them behind."
-->'''Reid:''' "Of course. So you went to get them. What did... what did you find?"
--> ''*Flashback of adult Samantha walking into her father's office, seeing him stroking the hair of a little girl holding her dolls*''
-->'''Reid:''' "Yeah. He gave them to another girl, didn't he? ''(Samantha nods)'' ...[[Heartwarming/CriminalMinds do you want them back?]]"
-->'''Samantha:''' "He couldn't. He said they were gone for good."
-->'''Reid:''' "He lied. He's been lying to you for a very long time. Do you want to see them?"
-->'''Samantha:''' "... Can I?"
-->'''Reid:''' "Yeah! Yeah, do you want to play with them?"
-->''* Reid wheels out a child's suitcase and opens it, showing Samantha's dolls. She walks over with such a smile of childish delight as to inspire ManlyTears. She picks one up and starts to cry while cops and paramedics stream in.*''
-->'''Reid:''' "Listen, Samantha? You need to go with these men. But your friends can go with you, okay?"
-->'''Samantha:''' "N-No one'll take them away?"
-->'''Reid:''' "I promise, no one will ever take them away again."
* In "Roadkill", Coakley realising that [[spoiler:he was respomsible for his wife's death, resulting in him driving off the cliff. As he goes over the edge, he thinks he's holding his wife's hand again.]]
* In "Risky Business", when the teenaged [=UnSub=] [[spoiler:who turns out to be the real [=UnSub=]'s most tortured victim and fully intends on killing himself to escape it all]] Christopher gives Garcia his earring.
* The [=UnSub=]'s backstory in "Devil's Night". [[spoiler:Everyone he knew and loved, including his girlfriend, abandoned him after a fire left half of his body horribly disfigured. At the end, he discovers that he and his girlfriend had conceived a child before the accident, and seeing his son is what gets him to surrender.]]
** Shortly before this, we have this dialogue during the stand off.
-->'''Hotch''': You move, you die.
-->'''[=UnSub=]''': I'm ''already'' dead!

!!Season Six

* Just a little thing, but Morgan shouting at Garcia for not doing well enough in "The Longest Night". Scary and saddening because he'd ''never'' done that before, and it showed just what a bad place Morgan was in. He makes up for it later, though, by [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming begging for her forgiveness.]]
** JJ's speech to Billy Flynn, revealing his FreudianExcuse. Especially how he realizes [[HeelRealization what he has done]].
* The last ten minutes of "JJ." Seriously, show? Did you really have to [[spoiler: have JJ have a heart-to-heart with Garcia, with both of them crying, and then go to a montage that was basically "Why JJ Is Awesome"?]] *cries*
** Also the bit after the teen girl is rescued,and we learn from her mother that she's been blaming herself for getting kidnapped even though she is in no way to blame.
* "Into the Woods" One Word: Sad. Sad made even worse by [[spoiler:the [=UnSub=] getting away.]]
** The scene after the little girl is found by Emily's team. She's sitting in her mother's lap sobbing as she tells them that she left her brother behind at his own request so that she could escape and the mother,also sobbing,holds her tight and tells her she did the right thing.
* "Coda": for some reason, [[spoiler: Ali Sparks's breakdown over her husband's body]] was especially heartwrenching. [[spoiler: Dead bodies]] are pretty common on this show, but this one just made this troper lose it.
** Not to mention seeing [[spoiler: Sammy]] at the end of this episode.
* "Valhalla": Emily's tearful, surreptitious departure from the BAU. Also, she has a few sweet interactions with her teammates, including the following exchange with Garcia:
-->'''Garcia:''' Are you okay?
-->'''Emily:''' Oh... um... yeah. I'm good.
-->'''Garcia:''' I'm not a profiler, but...
-->'''Emily:''' Don't start. (sees Garcia's hurt look) I'm sorry. I'm--I'm gonna be all right.
-->'''Garcia:''' Okay. I'm just really worried about you. The flu is going around... (new thought) Are you pregs?!
-->'''Emily:''' (laughs) No. No, I just... I'm not sleeping. I'm having this nightmare. It's a recurring nightmare. There's a hill and there's a little girl on top of the hill... She's, like, six years old, dark hair... and she's just dancing in the sun. But somehow I know she's waiting for me, so I start to walk up the hill, but the hill gets steeper and steeper, and by the time I climb to the top, the little girl's gone. And I, I look everywhere for her, and when I can't find her, I start to panic, and I panic because I know what's waiting out there for her. I know what the world can do to a girl who only sees beauty in it. Like you. (Garcia is taken aback, touched.) Somehow, you... you always make me smile. And I don't think I've ever thanked you for that.
* "Lauren." Just... "Lauren." To explain, [[spoiler: Emily goes rogue to keep the team safe, hunting down a terrorist she believed she'd put away years ago. She's captured by Doyle, branded, tortured, and almost killed, but Morgan gets to her in time. The team (with the exceptions of Hotch and JJ) are told that she died on the operating table, in order to put her into Witness Protection. The ending where we see the team at her funeral physically hurts to watch.]]
** The moment when it dawns on them why Prentiss has been keeping quiet about this problem:
--> Reid: Why didn't she tell us? We're her family. We could have helped her!
--> Rossi: Doyle has been KILLING families...
** The team's reaction, particularly when Reid tried to leave and J.J. stops him.
--> '''Reid:''' I didn't get to say good-bye. (JJ embraces him; he starts sobbing on her shoulder)
** Also, during her one-woman stakeout, Prentiss chokes up to hear the following voicemail message:
--> '''Garcia:''' Come home. Please. God, Emily, what did you think? That we would just let you walk out of our lives? I am so furious with you right now! But then I think about how scared you must be, hiding in a dark place all alone. But you're not alone, okay? You are not alone. We are in that dark place with you, we are waving flashlights and calling your name, so if you can see us, come home. If you can't, then...then you stay alive. Because we're coming.
** This is made a million times more touching simply because of how REAL it is. For anyone who's ever had a friend in danger you can't contact, or a missing person... It just hit the nail on the head so devastatingly perfectly. This Troper nearly had a hyperventilating nervous breakdown because of that little bit there. And she's still waving a flashlight.
* "Hanley Waters". Sad in the parts revolving around the team elaborating grief for [[spoiler: the events of ''Lauren'']]. Sadder when the [=UnSub=] has [[spoiler: her husband express his grief for their son's death]]. Extremely sad when the [=UnSub=] finally breaks down when Hotch talks to her about [[spoiler: her child]].
** Reid's reaction to grief counseling is particularly gutting. "I mean, what are we doing? If we can't even protect one another, then what's the point of it?" Of course protecting one another is their first priority.
** As well, the title is quite poignant. Everyone remembers the [=UnSub=] but never the victims.

!!Season Seven

* Morgan's eyes during [[spoiler: Prentiss's return.]]
* Reid acting horribly cold towards JJ in "Proof", because he feels like she betrayed his trust. And then we find out how he reacted to [[spoiler: Prentiss' death.]]
--> '''Reid:''' I trusted you. I came to your house ten weeks in a row, crying over losing a friend. And not once did you have the decency to tell me the truth.
--> '''JJ:''' I couldn't.
--> '''Reid:''' You couldn't, or you wouldn't?
--> '''JJ:''' No, I couldn't.
--> '''Reid:''' What if I had started taking Dilaudid again? Would you have let me?
--> '''JJ:''' But... you didn't.
--> '''Reid:''' Yeah. [[WhamLine I thought about it.]]
** Especially shocking because Reid never, ever says the word "Dilaudid" out loud. The whole team knows that he's in recovery, but he NEVER talks about it.
** And later, [[spoiler: Prentiss:]]
--> "You mourned the loss of a friend. I mourned the loss of six."
* From the same episode, Matt as he talks to Cy and learns just what a PsychopathicManchild he is (he knew Cy was mentally handicapped, but always thought he was completely harmless). Cy tells him (in his usual cheerful, childish voice,) how he "did things" with Matt's daughter and then burned away her ability to feel with sulphuric acid, and makes it clear that he's always hated his supportive and patient brother. When Matt eventually asks why Cy didn't hurt him instead, Cy then tells him that he planned to burn away his hearing, after making him listen to his daughter and wife's screaming. Ultimately, Matt forces himself to watch the tape Cy made of torturing his daughter, and tries to close his eyes and cover his ears when Cy burns her hands.
* In "Dorado Falls", the [=UnSub=], Luke Dolan, was a highly decorated Navy [=SEAL=] who had gotten out of the service but had walked into his former [=CO's=] tech business and executed everyone in the building. He then kidnaps a high-ranking General and behaves like he's suffering from a paranoid delusion that there is a massive government conspiracy that only he can unravel. He later visits his parents, but kills them after he believes that they are imposters. Reid deduces that he has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capgras_delusion Capgrad Syndrome]] after suffering head trauma in a recent car accident, which makes him believe that everyone he sees is an imposter or fake. He is talked down by his wife and daughter via intercom [[hottip:*:The delusion works visually; hearing the "real" person's voice does not trigger the believe in an imposter]] and he surrenders peacefully. He is convinced to keep his eyes closed and is ready to be blindfolded to head to the hospital when his daughter enters the room and speaks to him. He opens his eyes and sees his wife and daughter and instantly believes them to be imposters. He is then dragged from the room kicking and screaming. It is heavily implied that now that the [=UnSub=] has connected his family into his delusion that it will be almost impossible for him to ever see them as "real" again.
* The revelation of the [=UnSub=]'s motive in "Painless". If only the school principal had chosen him to appear on TV. If only the survivors had the balls to tell the truth that it was the [=UnSub=] who had saved their lives during the original bombing. If only the bomb had not made the [=UnSub=] unable to feel pain. If only the girl had invited him to join the survivors.
** Those Top 10/9/8? You mean those who hid the truth from BAU on their first chance? You see the way that girl disowns the [=UnSub=] on the way to restaurant? They are not innocent, otherwise they'd have come clean ten years ago already. The [=UnSub=] saved their lives, all right; they owe him that much. Would it hurt if they at least thank him? Drop their pretense? Give him the credit he deserves?
* The last scene in "From Childhood's Hour." [[spoiler: Rossi's first wife reveals that she has ALS, and she asks him to be the one to pull the plug when the time comes. Especially jarring for Rossi since the case they just finished working dealt with an un[=UnSub=]sub who thought he was helping children by killing their mothers.]]
** Even more poignant and heartbreaking when you remember that [[spoiler: Rossi is Catholic. Suicide, even assisted suicide, is a mortal sin. He's now faced with a hell of a SadisticChoice; does he watch the woman he loves die and do nothing to help her, or does he commit a mortal sin and help kill her?]]
* The third mother in "From Childhood's Hour", saying truly awful things to her teenage daughter to provoke the girl into killing her, because she believes it's the only way the [=UnSub=] won't kill them both. She's in tears even as she does it.
* The end of "Epilogue", where [[spoiler: Rossi's ex-wife Caroline takes the assisted-suicide decision out of Dave's hands by revealing [[YouAreTooLate she did it ten minutes ago]]. She dies in his arms, which is what she wanted.]]
** The heartwrenching continues when Caroline asks Dave "will he be there?" Dave tells her yes, but it's not until the final scene [[spoiler: of Dave at her grave]] that it's revealed that the "he" she's speaking of is [[spoiler: their son who died in infancy. Their graves are next to each other]].
*** There's a callback in 8x02 'The Pact' where he remarks that [[spoiler: the loss of a child]] either brings a couple together or breaks them apart. He would know.
** Also from 'Epilogue,' Prentiss' revelation that when she briefly died the previous year, she didn't see anything but darkness and cold. Given her very complicated history with religion -- and the fact that Reid remembers warmth and bright light from his near-death experience, even though the place he died wasn't warm or bright -- it's clear that the implications are scaring her.
* JJ telling her son a bedtime story over the phone, because she's trapped in Kansas overnight as a result of the weather.
** And she's got it entirely memorized. Not just the gist, but word for word.
* In "Hope", the episode begins with Garcia talking about her parents' death. [[spoiler: They were killed by a drunk driver while out looking for her. She had broken curfew again.]] It is interesting to know that the happy character has such guilt weighing on them.
** That whole episode was a huge tear jearker(with heaping helpings of nightmare and nausea fuel as well). Just the fact that Monica never gave up looking for Hope only to learn that she's dead. And then there's the circumstances of Hope's death. She was kidnapped,raised by said kidnapper, when she hit her teens he started raping her with the intention of getting her pregnant,and when she did get pregnant she killed herself to escape the misery and the shame. Then there's the scene where Monica finds Hope's mummified body. *cries*
* "The Bittersweet Science": Hotch is in the room while the [=UnSub=] [[spoiler:tells his cancer-stricken son that it is okay to "let go" of the pain and die]]. Hotch's eyes water, and then he sheds a single tear. It's especially tearjerking when you realize that [[spoiler: Hotch shows emotion the most around his son Jack, and watching another man lose his son might be hitting Hotch closer to home than his single tear lets on.]]
* "True Genius". Reid's self-doubt throughout the episode is utterly heartbreaking.
--> 'I just... don't know why I'm in the FBI.'
* Morgan and Angel, the escaped victim in "Foundation". Angel has been mute, after the trauma of being abducted and held captive by a sadistic killer, and attempted suicide. Morgan tells Angel the story of fighter pilots in World War II, how they knew each other when taken captive by the coins they carried, and the first words Angel speaks are to ask what happened to them. It takes a turn for the heartbreaking when Morgan tells Angel about Carl Buford (from "Profiler, Profiled"), the man who raped and abused him. He confesses that he thought about suicide himself, and that while he wished the shame could go away, he and Angel are the only ones who can punish men like Buford and the man who took Angel.
* The ending of "Heathridge Manor" is a truly heartbreaking HopeSpot. After the [=UnSub=] is defeated, we see his sister Lara in their home. She is putting away all of her mothers old costumes, she's wearing white pastels, the sun is shining outside, and the mood is fairly calm and relaxed. Then the doorbell rings... [[spoiler: "I've been waiting for you for so long, Lara. You have to come with me now."]] Also doubles as major nightmare material.
* In "Profiling 101", after making a deal with the [=UnSub=] to get the names of all his victims, Rossi personally goes to each family to report the tragic news. It is a rough scene to watch.
** He gets those names ''on his birthday.''
** In a FridgeHorror kind of way, all of those killings could have been avoided had the [=UnSub=] been in a better family and was treated with love and affection instead of being relentlessly abused for his whole entire life, especially since the person abusing him was pretty much an AxCrazy maniac who did things like put him in a dress, shove him through glass, beat him relentlessly, tell him he's a curse and that he shouldn't have been born, probably worse. His real mother, who died giving birth to him, probably would have treated him better, and had she lived, he might have come out differently. (Not only that, his grandmother may have blamed him for his mother's death)
* "The Company" is a rare tearjerker on the positive side. [[spoiler:Morgan reuniting his presumed dead cousin, Cindi, with her family after eight years. The scene at the end and Morgan tearing up is the clincher.]]

!!Season Eight
* The ending of Zugzwang. Poor Spencer Reid. Talk about a YankTheDogsChain.
* The [=UnSub=][[spoiler:'s father]] in "All That Remains" is a walking Tear Jerker. The man grew up with an alcoholic father and became an alcoholic himself. He started to get help when he got married and had two daughters, then found out his wife was having an affair and fell OffTheWagon. Shortly after that, his wife disappeared during a blackout [[spoiler:where his other personality emerged]]. Then, one year later, he wakes up one morning to find his daughters missing. The police are fairly certain it's him, and they soon find his youngest daughter's body. As the police prepare to arrest him, his oldest daughter is found. When they talk, she blames him for the death of her sister and accuses him of killing her mom as well. Then at the end, we learn that [[spoiler:both his wife and younger daughter were killed by his older daughter, who planned the entire thing and framed him.]]
* "The Replicator." Pretty much all of it. [[spoiler: Strauss]] is killed by the Replicator, which pretty much breaks [[spoiler: Rossi]], who had been seeing her, for the entire episode. [[spoiler: At one point he, in tears, pulls a gun on Morgan when evidence implicates him, then hallucinates Strauss being in his office because he ends up poisoned with a lower dosage of the same poison that killed her]].
** [[spoiler: Strauss]]'s death scene is just so heartwrenching. [[spoiler: She's crying about how she doesn't want to [[DyingAlone die alone]] and how she loves her kids and how she really does love them all equally, despite what Hotch claimed. Seeing Hotch and Strauss, usually composed, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness just frantic is absolutely gutwrenching.]] And then she begs Hotch to [[StayWithMeUntilIDie stay with her]], so she won't [[DyingAlone die alone]]]].
** In the same episode, the normally composed Penelope's FreakOut when the Replicator breaks into her systems. Being MissionControl is what she does, and now she can do nothing. Not to mention:
---> '''Penelope:''' *''With a SingleTear''* He was in my ''house''.
* The killer in "Broken." He's killed six people, and at the end of the episode he [[spoiler: tries to murder his father for the abuse he suffered after coming out, and then getting sent to [[CureYourGays a conversion camp]]. Later on he tries to make his best friend rape his father, to "turn him gay" in retribution for the abuse he suffered at the camp.]] In the struggle with his best friend for the handgun, the killer accidentally shoots him. He immediately regrets it, shoots his father almost as an afterthought, then starts clutching his friend's body and crying as he puts the gun to his own head. He's so horribly conflicted and desperate when the team arrives to talk him down that very few wouldn't sympathize with him. [[NightmareFuel Especially with what he suffered at the conversion camp.]]

!!Season 9
* Reid's reply to a comment that he's good with kids is that [[spoiler: he wanted to have some with Maeve. While he is assured there's still a chance for him to be a dad, his expression shows that he doesn't think so.]]
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