The ''{{Metroid}}'' series indeed has its [[TearJerker moments of sadness.]]
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* ''Super Metroid'' has several, mostly dealing with the Giant Metroid (the adult form of the baby Metroid that imprinted on Samus in ''Metroid II'').
** The first time we see it, it swoops out of nowhere in Tourian, latches onto Samus, drains almost her entire energy reserve... and then lets go and floats away. As it does so, it lets out several confused sounds, and you realize that its cries mean something very close to "Mommy?"
*** The part that does it is that the Metroid only lets go when Samus' low-health alarm starts beeping. Remember Ridley's assault on the research lab? The ''last'' thing the baby Metroid remembers about Samus is Ridley attacking her [[FridgeBrilliance and setting off her low-health alarm]] (unless you're a preternaturally good player, but still.)
** During the final battle with Mother Brain, Samus is nearly killed by its penultimate attack, injured to the point where she can't even stand upright. As Mother Brain prepares to finish her off, the Giant Metroid bursts into the room and grabs it, sucking the life out of it to save its mother. It then settles onto Samus, restoring her health... at which point the NotQuiteDead Mother Brain gets up and attacks, as the Metroid takes the blows. Gamers find themselves [[PlayerPunch heartbroken]] by the death of an alien jellyfish... and relieved when the resulting MamaBear moment from Samus lets them make Mother Brain pay [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome by blowing its head off of its neck.]] With [[EleventhHourSuperpower a weapon so powerful]] that Mother Brain's remains crumble to dust before your eyes.
*** [[spoiler:This scene was recreated ''in full [=3D=] graphics complete with Samus's horrified expression'' in the introduction of ''Metroid: Other M'' as a flashback sequence. It also adds in her ''reaching out to the baby as it's mortally wounded in a futile attempt to do anything''.]]
* In ''Metroid Fusion'', Samus proposes her plan to stop the GovernmentConspiracy from abusing the [[TheVirus X Parasites]] and the [[EvilTwin SA-X]], by ColonyDrop-ing the Biologic Space Labs. With herself still aboard.
-->'''Samus:''' The X must not escape this station. I must send them all to oblivion. Them, the station... [[HeroicSacrifice and myself...]] [[TakingYouWithMe if I have to.]]
** The penultimate conversation with the AI Adam was an even bigger Tear Jerker:
--->[[spoiler:'''Adam:''' Did this "Adam" care for you? Would he sit in a safe command room somewhere and order you to die?]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Samus:''' He would understand that some must live and some must die... He knew what it meant. He made that sacrifice, once.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Adam:''' So he chose life for you? Our fair warrior? Your Adam gave his life so that you might keep yours... for the sake of the universe...]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Samus:''' (long pause)]]
--->...Leading up to [[TheReveal the big reveal]]:
--->[[spoiler:'''Adam:''' Samus, this is your last mission. Go to the Operations Room and alter the station's orbit path to intercept [=SR388=]. Set the self-destruct, return to your ship and escape. Move quickly, and stay alive... ''[[AsYouWish Any objections, Lady?]]'']]
* ''MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'' has one of the greatest ones. It's bad enough that you're forced to kill your three fellow bounty hunters, but Rundas' fight is especially bad because of the music that plays. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nMFLquJeCc Try to listen to it without a few tears wetting your eyes.]]
** Also, the 75% ending of Corruption is incredibly sad, with the usual "Samus takes off her helmet" scene, but instead being triumphant, it shows Samus sitting all alone in Skytown, reminiscing about all of the other hunters she was forced to kill, and gazing off into the horizon, looking very wistful and unhappy.
** Ghor's death is also sad, due to the fact that Samus is ''shooting away at Dark Samus in a futile attempt to save him''.
** Which leads into Gandrayda's death. Gandrayda staggers back, [[ShapeshifterSwanSong losing control of her shapeshifting]], and eventually settles into ''Samus''' form. When Dark Samus appears, Samus doesn't even try to shoot Dark Samus this time. She knows that there's absolutely ''nothing'' she can do to save Gandrayda. All Samus can do is stand there, with a fist clenched in silent fury as Gandrayda dies.
* ''Prime 2'' has couple in the form of logs, but one always stood out for me; a not-even-logged scan of a female Luminoth dead near a gate. The scan indicates she died of malnutrition, adding the note "She remained at her post, despite the fact that she was starving to death."
** The name of the area you find her in? Path of Honor.
* The final log of the GFS ''Tyr''. They're damaged but manage a landing, everything's going fine, and then... "''INCOMING!!'' They're closing in fast... I need backup... ''I need backup!!''" Followed by fifteen seconds of horror as an army of Dark Splinters proceed to rip the Marines limb from limb. The true Tear Jerker comes at the end, though; as the log ends, Samus looks out at the crash site, shaking her head at the futility of their deaths, and then kneels next to Captain Exeter's body and [[DiesWideOpen closes his eyes]] through his broken visor.
* YMMV, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCozG1RXkCI the last moments of Adam Malkovich.]] That last conversation between Samus and Adam...
** Or the playable epilogue. You go back through the ship to retrieve an item that "cannot be replaced." It turns out to be Adam's helmet. Samus picks it up, and then reminisces of Adam in the control room watching her as she plans to go to Sector Zero. Adam is like "No! Samus!" with a pained and worried expression on his usually neutral face, and runs off to go to intercept her, leaving his helmet behind. After this, it cuts back to Samus, who then ''hugs'' the helmet. Then out of nowhere, it's time for the escape sequence! This is all done with NO monologue either. And the music...
* Even a boss gets a Tear Jerker moment. After beating the Draygon, she'll drop to the floor and her three children will mournfully bury her. Samus had inadvertantly orphaned three sea creatures. NiceJobBreakingItHero.
** "Innocent"? Their siblings have tried to kill you throughout Maridia.
*** One could also view it as the children beginning to devour the corpse...
* The fate of Bryyo, especially the last Science Lord, who realized the damage they had done to their planet and desperately attempted to merge magic and technology and find an heir to keep the newfound technology alive and trying to keep the rest of the planet from dying...then the rest of those who practiced the old ways found him.
* One bit of Other M's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53PSPFE07Hw live action trailer]] shows Samus as a little girl. This would be adorable, but at the moment Kid!Samus is screaming in fright as ''Ridley swoops towards her to try and kill her.''
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