* From ''Chapter 6: A Handful Of Dirt''
** Given how Annie usually acts, seeing her break down emotionally [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=93 like this]] is very upsetting. In this case, it's important that that's where her emotions (''all'' of them) started flooding back, period. That's bound to go a little differently.
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=815 This page]] from Chapter 31 makes [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=95 the penultimate page]] of this one even sadder.
* From ''Chapter 8: Broken Glass and Other Things''
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=136 Muut's worry]] about Annie's shunning the guides. It's a feeling familiar with most [[AdultFear parents]].
---> ''"Still such anger."''
* From ''Chapter 13: A Week For Kat''
** The ending ([[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=249 starting from here]]) can hit pretty hard, particularly [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=257 this strip]].
* From ''Chapter 18: S1''
** Thanks to later developments, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=414 some previously sad pages]] become much worse.
* From ''Chapter 19: Power Station''
** Zimmy's [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=464 breakdown]]
* From ''Chapter 21: Blinking''
** The idea that Annie [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=530 had to]] be the Guide for her mother is highly sniffle-worthy. Kat's reaction on the next page helps somewhat. The fact that Tom Siddell didn't add a little snippet of wit at the bottom and instead just left it blank lends to how sad that page really is.
* From ''Chapter 25: Sky Watcher And The Angel''
** Pretty much the entirety of the chapter, where we learn the details behind [[ArcWords she died and we did nothing]].
** Skywatcher's monologue at the end of that chapter:
---> "I continue to turn my face upwards, measuring the same temperature, the same humidity, radiation and thousands of other variables. But now a new metric has been added. The number of angels I have seen is "one". And I will keep watch for more."
** The Bookends around the most directly depressing section do a good job of showing how context is the difference between {{Narm}} and Tearjerker.
*** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=646 A sad face!]]
*** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=660 The saddest face!]]
** Especially when coupled with Chapter 30.
* From ''Chapter 26: The Old Dog's Tricks''
** There's something very [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=671 quietly]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=672 heartbreaking]] about Ysengrin's body, and the way it has withered away from the proud wolf he once was. And more than that, Ysengrin seems to be deeply resentful of his own physical weakness without the suit of bark armor he wears. To see such a proud figure filled with such self-loathing is, in its own way, quite painful. In Coyote's own words, he seems so... ''pathetic'' despite his anger, pride and hate.
* From ''Chapter 30: The Coward Heart''
** How Jeanne was [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=779 trapped in the ravine]].
* From ''Chapter 31: Fire Spike''
** Rey and Annie's fight in chapter 31. Rey finds out [[spoiler: Surma tricked him into thinking she loved him]] and Annie finds out [[spoiler: her mother's death is indirectly her fault]]. [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=806 It's horrible.]]
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=814 A flashback which turned out to be Annie dreaming of]] [[spoiler:her parents. Looks like they actually loved each other.]] And becomes absolutely horrible by what is implied [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=813 on the next page:]] [[spoiler: that Annie's father may blame her for Surma's death.]]
--->[[TheRant Annie always wondered about the]] [[spoiler: [[TheRant "still."]]]]
* From ''Chapter 33: Give And Take''
** [[spoiler:Kat "deactivating" the robot at his request]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=899 at the end]].
*** Then there's the next page after that...
---->'''Robot:''' Let it be known. In this tomb of ancients, the angel called forth a spirit of the dead. You see how easily she gave life, and how easily she took it away.
* From ''Chapter 35: Parley and Smitty Are In This One''
** [[spoiler:Shadow 2 was kicked out of the forest by his own family for not hating the people of the court]].
** Robot, as he's laying damaged in Kat's workshop, unaware if [[spoiler:Shadow is going to be okay or not]]
--->'''Robot:''' Why didn't I realise it before? [[spoiler: I love my good friend, Shadow.]]
* From ''Chapter 37: Microsat 5''
** It starts right from the beginning, with Annie's [[NotSoStoic reaction]] to [[spoiler: being called by her father]]. Then, it gets ''worse'' when she learns that [[spoiler: he was just using a code, with Annie's name as part of the code - in other words, he wasn't even calling ''her''.]]
* From ''Chapter 39: The Great Secret''
** While Annie was living in the forest, she formed what seems to be a pretty strong friendship with Ysengrin. Which makes it pretty heartbreaking that [[spoiler:he's willing to do [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=1082 this]] as soon as he even ''suspects'' she might think of him as inferior to humans]].
** Made even worse when he finally calms down [[spoiler: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=1090 and is horrified by what he tried to do.]]]] And [[spoiler: he won't remember any of it thanks to Coyote. It's one thing to have done something terrible and realize it, but he will never be able to make amends so long as the memory is gone.]]
* From ''Chapter 40: The Stone''
** Some of the flashbacks. The taglines for some of the pages really tug at the heartstrings.
---> [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=1101 Mr. Eglamore whistles, "Do all their teachers look like that?" and Mrs. Eglamore playfully slaps him. There are tears in her eyes]].
---> [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=1102 Emma becomes Jones]].
---> [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=1103 Everything is taken from her]].
** Jones denying that she is immortal because "to avoid death, one must first be alive." She doesn't truly think of herself as a real person. Even ''robots'' in this story do that.
* From ''Chapter 44: Crash Course''
** Ysengrin [[spoiler: ''knows about the holes in his memory.'' He doesn't know why they're there, but only that they appear over times when he's "misbehaved."]] [[NotSoStoic And he looks absolutely]] ''[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1239 terrified]]'' [[NotSoStoic about it.]]
* From ''Chapter 45: Thread''
** Annie admits why she ran away [[spoiler: when she saw Kat and Paz kissing,]] and we again gain some insight into her... [[ParentalAbandonment issues.]]
--->'''Annie:''' That's when it really hit me... that you will one day leave me.
* From ''Chapter 47: See Ya!''
** [[spoiler: Mort expressing his desire to be taken to the ether, and how he seems to have long ago accepted the idea of this.]]
--->[[spoiler: '''Mort:''' I want to help you! And… I've had enough. You guys have been really great friends… But, you're getting older, and I never will. I think it's time for me to move on.]]
** Jones went out to feel the might of the German bombs during the Blitz, which unintentionally resulted in a boy getting caught in the blast when he tried to help her find a shelter: [[spoiler:Mortimer]]. [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1328 Page 7]] of the chapter is a technical diagram for an SC 50, the clear implication of the [[VisualPun exploded diagram]] is that this image is a tasteful way of depicting his death.
** [[spoiler: [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1327 "It is too late for you."]]]]
** Annie leads him to the afterlife, and she kisses him goodbye. He blushes and says "Thank you...miss." He's already forgotten about Annie and Kat and the rest of his friends.
** At the end, Kat, who had been fighting back tears, voices her admiration for the strength that Annie has displayed. [[NotSoStoic Annie's response is to collapse into her arms]].
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1353 Bonus page 47]], TheStinger. [[spoiler: ''Pro patria mori, Silenti, Dulce et decorum est.'' "To die for your country, be silent, it is sweet and fitting." After everything we learn about Mort the phrase just becomes all the more heartwrenching. Somehow, with just a few panels of props and hallways, Gunnerkrigg Court feels ''more'' haunted despite the fact it has one less ghost.]] Especially if you recognize the reference to [[spoiler:Wilfred Owen's [[http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/175898 "Dulce et Decorum Est,"]] a poem that condemns World War I. The entire point of the poem is that if more people witnessed the horrors of war, they "would not tell with such high zest / To ''children'' ardent for some desperate glory, / The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est / Pro patria mori."]]
* From ''Chapter 51: The Tree''
** Starts in the first page and goes on from there after the reveal that [[spoiler: Anthony Carver, Annie's father, has returned to the court and is teaching Annie and Kat's biology class. So what are the first words Tony says to his daughter after three years? "Go to the rest room and wash off that ridiculous makeup." It becomes worse when you remember that that's the same kind of make-up Surma used to wear. He continues to upbraid her in front of the class.]]
** [[spoiler: Annie stealing Kat's homework is finally revealed, and the shocked and dejected looks on Kat's face when she hears Anthony call Annie out on her behavior just proves that, no, Annie ''never'' asked Kat if it was okay for her to do that.]]
** After class, [[spoiler:the first proper conversation he has with his daughter--who is obviously desperate for some kind of affection given that he left without explanation almost immediately after her mother's death--is lecturing her about her school habits, and attempting to remove her from the life she's made for herself]]. The whole scene is drawn out by the comic schedule itself, and it's one of the most painful things that has happened so far.
** If you take into account everything [[spoiler:Anthony]] does – [[spoiler:forcing her to not only move out of Kat's dorm, but room by herself for the sake of “less distractions,” cutting her off from the forest, and ''ordering her to pass control of Reynardine to him'' – it feels uncomfortably like he's isolating her, which is a common tactic of abusers]].
** The straw that breaks the camel's back (at least for Kat)? [[spoiler: Seeing Annie's flowing mane -- the one that can explode gloriously into flame -- lopped off into the same haircut that Annie wore as a ''child.'' Her dad has completely and utterly undermined her confidence, and the strong minded young woman has regressed into being a lost little girl totally under her father's control. Annie's hair grew long and wild while she was in the forest...and now that he's "cut her off" from it, her hair reflects that.]]
** After that tender moment between Kat and Annie? [[spoiler:All of Annie's classmates come back to the dorm, seeing how much her father has changed her, and can only look on in sadness as Kat gives one sorrowful look, before Annie is taken to the Year 9 dorms.]]
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1507 The bonus page.]] No words, no panels, just a single image which encapsulates the tragedy of the entire chapter.
* From ''Chapter 52: Sneak''
** Followed on from the previous chapter, Annie assumes immediately that the card the boys in her year made for her means they are making fun of her. One can only look on in sorrow to see how much Annie's self-esteem has fallen.
** Furthermore, it turns out that she's now living in a completely blank white room, reminiscent of a hospital room, with nothing but a bed, a dresser and desk (all grey) and no decoration or personal adornment ''at all''.
** [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1512 Annie's new opinion of herself.]] After years of her building her confidence, her pained smile as she talks about what she assumes is the opinions of her new classmates, is heart-wrenching. It's not even subtle at this point that [[spoiler:her father]] has wrecked her confidence and reduced her back to the child who would never answer back.
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1511 Annie]] is wearing ''shoes'' in her room, when she's happily gone barefoot everywhere of late.
** How ridiculously childish Annie looks next to Kat. A few weeks ago she was a confident young woman, expressing her individuality through her own unique style, with a sense of curiosity and purpose. Now she's a little girl in a smock, over-eager to please and desperate for [[spoiler: daddy's]] approval. Any more "mature" aspects of her design are gone -- even her facial expressions are more juvenile (up to and including avoiding eye contact). Up against the rather snazzily-dressed and assertive Kat, it's devastating. It's as though Annie's been put back far more than a single year -- emotionally and physically.
** When Kat mentions her parents, it's clear that their parent/child relationship is maturing and respectful; she can talk to them about her worries and they'll listen. Kat is able to speak to them with confidence, and we know they respect her skills and maturity. Anja and Donald have been present throughout the story, and their relationship with their daughter has evolved to accommodate Kat's new status as a young woman. Compare that to the effect [[spoiler: Anthony]] has had on [[spoiler:Annie]].
** [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1523 Something about how]] Annie follows behind [[spoiler:Anthony]] without saying a word and like a child is quietly heartbreaking.
** It's long been established that Annie has somewhat of an insecurity when it comes to her intelligence, leading to her copying off of Kat's homework for such a long time. When they visited the Donlans for dinner contrast [[spoiler: Anthony's]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1524 criticizing Antimony's cheating]] with his [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1525 politely paying Kat a compliment]].
* Sidecomic "The Traveller" deserves mention here. [[spoiler: It features Pat taking a dog, whose back two legs are paralyzed, into her care. They go out into the ocean on a boat together, and the dog jumps out. Despite Paz's attempts to get him back, the dog swims into the distance and disappears from sight.]]
* From Chapter 53: [[spoiler: The fact that Annie was so traumatized from her father's unexpected return that she ''separated'' from her Fire Elemental self, because her emotions - primarily, her hurt and fury - were threatening to overwhelm her.]]
** The fact that Antimony considers [[spoiler: lopping off parts of her personality rather than deal with her emotions in a productive manner, like looking for a sympathetic party with which to share her woes, to be a valid idea]] certainly counts.
** Another one from the latest comic: [[spoiler: The Court ''knew'' where Anthony Carver was the whole time he was gone, and kept this information from Annie, choosing to let her think that she'd been abandoned by her father because of whatever work he was doing for them.]]
** Seeing [[spoiler: Anthony remove his fake hand and become visibly relaxed and somewhat happy around Donald. From the way Annie stares, it's obvious that she's never seen this side of her father in her life.]]
*** After he leaves, Donald even tells her that using her blinker stone was the only way she would be able to see [[spoiler: her father]] like that.
** [[WhamLine "How could she live with the man who]] [[spoiler: [[WhamLine killed her mother?]]]]" [[spoiler: Anthony reveals that he's never blamed Annie for Surma's death- [[MyGreatestFailure just the opposite, in fact.]]]]
** The desperation on [[spoiler: Anthony]]'s face when he's talking about [[spoiler: seeing Surma again. He truly loved her, and the implication is that the psychopomps are [[UnwittingPawn going to use that love against him.]]]]
*** [[spoiler: Anthony stating that he was unable to answer Annie directly when relaying his message. All he could do was listen to her repeatedly ask him where he was.]]
** The fact that [[spoiler:Anthony]] considers [[spoiler: lopping off parts of his body rather than deal with his emotions in a productive manner, like looking for a sympathetic party with which to share his woes, to be a valid idea]] certainly counts. [[spoiler: [[GenerationXerox Like father, like daughter]], in the most tragic way possible.]] Now [[spoiler:he]] is permanently maimed, unable to do the things that [[spoiler:he]] prided himself on.
** The worst part? [[spoiler:''It was a trick.'' The 'antenna' didn't really bring Surma back. It just tore out the fire that was reincarnated in Antimony and reshaped it to look like Surma. This was worse than a failure -- he not only failed to bring Surma back, he nearly killed their daughter in the process.]]
** And then, this is said.
--> [[spoiler:'''Anthony:''' Haha! My ''daughter!'' [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone My own daughter! I almost...]] I never wanted to come back... I didn't deserve to see her again. [[ThatManIsDead Her father died out there,]] [[IHaveNoSon in those caves.]]]]
* And the real knife in the gut: [[spoiler: The Court knew about all of Annie's activities, even the ones in the Forest. They were going to kick her out upon graduation, and used that to force Anthony to come back.]]
** There's also the flip-side to this situation: [[spoiler: the fact that Anthony was so guilt-ridden about his actions that he was willing to die in the wilderness. If the Court hadn't been tracking him, Annie would have lost ''both'' of her parents in the span of just three years.]]
** His admission that when he [[spoiler: saw Annie again, she looked so much like Surma that "I almost lost my mind right there." And then he starts crying because he knows what he did to Annie afterward was terrible.]]
** In a harsh call-back to [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=95 this page,]] Annie is still justifying Anthony's actions toward her in the previous chapters, despite both Kat and Donald's argument that it doesn't.
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