[[folder: Moments On The Show]]
* Michael from ''the Australian Outback'' becoming the first player to be medically evacuated. For those who need a recap; Michael fell into the campfire and severely burned his hands. We're treated to close ups of his burnt hands as well as him screaming in pain, and all his teammates can do is offer moral support. By the time he's evacuated, ''everyone'', including the camera crew, is in shock and disbelief. This was the moment that established that for all the glitz and glamor that the media bestowed on the castaways, this wasn't a vacation. This was truly a ''reality'' show where bad things could happen to ''anyone.''
* Russell Swan's exit in ''Samoa''. The tribe leader who worked himself to death is still fighting Jeff telling him they had to evacuate him when he's extremely close to ''death'' and ''routinely passing out.''
** YMMV on whether or not this is Narm, but Russell Swan losing the fourth and final Matsing Immunity Challenge in ''Philippines'' qualifies. Going from being the leader of one of the most successful tribes in Survivor history before his evacuation in ''Samoa'' to being the leader of one of only two tribes to lose every single immunity challenge visibly breaks his heart. Even worse when you contemplate his LosingIsWorseThanDeath mentality spawned by both his loyalty to God and by a small yet powerfully traumatic incident he had as a child that put him on his guard.
*** The whole fourth episode of Philippines qualifies when you take into account that Matsing is not going to have an epic comeback. It's clear that the three of them are just miserable. Malcolm even said it was the lowest moment of his life, and Malcolm isn't the type that gets affected all that often.
* Jonathan Penner's evacuation in Micronesia. It's enough when the rest of his tribe starts to cry at the news, but when Kathy Sleckman, who's already emotionally on the edge, begs him not to go, it's enough to tip it over the top. Then, cut to the boat where [[BreakTheBadass Jonathan is hunched over sobbing]] and try not to feel sympathy.
* Terry getting pulled out of the game with the news that his son was in the hospital, and both his wife and the doctor said he should come home as soon as possible, with Terry not even hesitating or questioning about doing so. [[spoiler: His son needed a heart transplant, and was fortunately fine after the surgery]].
* All of the evacuations in ''Kaoh Rong'' are heartbreaking to watch.
** The end of the Episode 4 reward challenge in ''Kaoh Rong'', where '''THREE''' people went down after the challenge and the entire production crew getting involved to care for the fallen contestants. It is then deemed that Caleb had to be pulled from the game in a very heart wrenching scene. His tribe members, especially Tai, who really bonded with him, were absolutely distraught. For those who disliked him in [[Series/BigBrother Big Brother]], you can't help but to feel sorry for him, especially since he [[TookALevelInKindness Took A Level in Kindness]] since his time on ''Big Brother''.
** Neal's elimination on episode 7 of Kaoh Rong. His fifteen year long dream was looking promising, but he was medically removed from the game resulting in his ManlyTears. The dream is possibly over and he will never have a clear answer if he would have taken control of the game the next two tribal councils. The episode put focus on his friendship with Aubry, and the potetial foreshadowing that many other players could also be evacuated due to infections.
** At the Final 5 of ''Kaoh Rong'', Joe, after winning a reward challenge despite his old age, came down with constipation and bladder trouble thanks to all of the food he ate. After medical came to camp to check on him, it was deemed that he had to be pulled from the game. For a man his age (he is 72, the second oldest contestant to play) to make it this far and then be pulled due to matters out of his control, it's hard not to shed a tear for him.
* ''All Stars'':
** Jenna Morasca quitting ''Survivor: All Stars'' to be with her cancer-stricken mother. At first this seems like a [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]], until you learn that she passed away merely ''eight days later''.
** Rudy being voted out in ''All Stars''. The 75 year old Navy SEAL veteran was voted out for his age being a burden on the ailing Saboga tribe, despite being respected by all of his tribemates. After Rudy is voted out, Jeff comments on the fact that they didn't want to vote him out, but they didn't have a choice and someone had to go. Jerri is especially in tears.
--> '''Jeff''': Well Tribal Council is an interesting place. Always emotional. Tonight was no exception. How could you not like Rudy? 75 year old former NAVY SEAL, hanging with kids a third of his age. A hero in anybody's book. I know you didn't want to vote him out, and yet, somebody had to go, which is exactly what makes Survivor what it is, complicated.
** Boston Rob and Lex's fight in ''All-Stars''. Going into the game the two were very good friends and were reported to have had one of the tightest friendships between former players at the time. Although they went into the game intending on aligning with each other they ended up on different tribes and eventually came into conflict. And unlike in future seasons where players return and have pre-existing relationships, ''All-Stars'' was the first of its kind and there was no precedent in place for how to balance friendship and the game. As a result, Rob and Lex permanently ended their friendship. While the conflict and their behaviour is ''extremely'' controversial and divisive in the fanbase, the fact remains that for the first time the game ruined a pre-existing relationship and there was basically no way either player could have been prepared for it.
** All Stars in general is a very dark season. All of the players were really tight and close with each other, and friendships were put on the line when they played the game. This culminates at Final Tribal Council, where pretty much the entire jury is bitter towards the two finalists. As Jerri said at the reunion, "it's not worth it."
** The bullying of Shii-Ann was ''horrible''. Throughout the merge, especially after losing Kathy, she was treated like garbage by nearly everyone. They made no secret she was next to go - and when she won immunity they still kept up their terrible treatment, sneering at her victory and outright ignoring her as they targeted each other. The only consolation from her treatment was that Amber gave her a car after the show for being the swing vote that won her the million dollars, but is it no wonder Shii-Ann decided not to return after that?
* Episode 8 of Thailand is often overlooked or seen by some as Narm, but it is truly affecting to see the last 4 Sook Jais so distraught over having no choice but to vote someone out. Jake, in particular, felt extremely guilty for having lost the Immunity Challenge for the tribe. They spent most of their last day as a tribe together, comforting each other. Even sadder when you realize that there is nowhere for them to hide and they are going into the late merge down in numbers 5-3, and [[DownerEnding all of them will be Pagonged.]]
* While it was highly entertaining and a signature moment in the entire series, Brandon's meltdown in ''Survivor: Caramoan'' has to make you feel at least a little sympathy for Brandon. He is clearly mentally unstable and suffering from the pressure his family puts on his shoulders.
** Brandon in general has many tendencies of mental illness and seeing them, the show's treatment and possible exploitation of it, and the derisive reactions of the viewers can be very triggering to people with mental illnesses who watch Survivor.
* Kat in ''Survivor: One World'' is lucky to be alive and may not live very long after she was eliminated. Not only did she have surgery several occasions in the past, but she has to undergo surgery ''again'' after the season and she could die.
* In the Nicaragua family visit, Chase has promised to take Fabio on the family reward from early on in the game because [[MommasBoy they bonded over how close they were to their mothers]], but when Chase and his mother wins it, Chase decides to pick Sash and Holly. The look on Fabio's face is one of pure heartbreak, [[KickTheDog and he's bawling as he calls Chase out.]]
-->'''Dan:''' He's a scumbag.
** Not only that, but Jane, who was also left unpicked, said that this summer was the last time she would get to see her daughter before she left for college.
* Lillian being voted out in ''Survivor: Pearl Islands'', if only for one line:
--> '''Jeff:''' They don't want you to leave.
--> '''Lil:''' Yeah, right.
* In general, Lil is just a truly pitiful case. After being isolated from her tribe and voted out third, she returns via the Outcast Twist, but is drastically in over her head. Constantly emotional to the extreme, Lil would go through the entire merge being lied to, hurt, and demeaned. While she had [[TookALevelInBadass an epic moment taking down Fairplay in the FIC]], she would go into Final Tribal Council only to be completely brutalized by the jury (according to outside sources, including the man himself, [[JerkAss Fairplay delivered an inhumanely hateful speech that couldn't be aired]] solely to make her life hell) and she ended up getting slaughtered in the final vote (6-1). To add insult to injury, when the jury said in the reunion that they would vote for her over Fairplay, they had only done so because producers tipped them off to lie in order to keep Lil from crying during the reunion. And not only that, in the DVD commentary, it was revealed that she was only voted back into the game not because she was the most deserving, it was because the pre-jurors didn't want her around during their pre-merge vacation, so essentially she was voted out of the Outcasts! Regardless of what you might feel about her, there's no denying that it is very hard to have as miserable of a Survivor experience as Lil did (although [[TheWoobie Woobies]] like Bobby Jon Drinkard and Kathy Vavrick O'Brien give her a run for her money.)
* Sophie's massive DefrostingIceQueen moment in the South Pacific finale can be hard to watch, especially seeing it come from someone as tough and controlled as her. After Ozzy and her get into a fight at the F5 Tribal Council, she tries to brush off Ozzy's statements that everyone on the jury hates her, but slowly begins to break down into tears and then sobs. The jury is visibly stunned.
** Especially heartbreaking is this exchange:
---> '''Jeff''': Do you see this as any kind of opportunity, if you survive tonight's vote, of thickening the skin?
---> '''Sophie''': I mean, I would say that I learn more from my weaknesses from my strengths. I would think that when I came out here that I would have much tougher skin, so I don't think I'm building skin out here, ''I think I'm losing it.''
* A bit of an underrated sad moment is Frosti getting voted out 7-1 in Survivor: China. He's such a likable character that even Todd, a strategist who had no problems before and after cutting the throats of allies, says he finds it hard to vote him out. When Frosti gets the votes the expression on his face is pure rejection, and every vote comes up for him with a small drawn frown-face. After he leaves to go, no one seems even remotely happy that they had to vote him out.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cEumRGTnHo This secret scene from Aras]] about his former drug addict brother Vytas.
* Kass, the resident villain and shit-stirrer of her season, [[https://youtu.be/XjzWLdP72bg?t=9m35s winning the Final 4 immunity to the elation of her husband]] can be a happy tearjerking moment. For one, she made a massive comeback from being long abandoned on the perch twenty minutes after everyone was on the puzzle. To see her pull out the unexpected win while her husband cheers on ecstatically is an unforgettable moment, made even sweeter by the fact that she admits that she needed him there.
* Shirin explaining her past and how her family was torn apart by domestic abuse. Made even worse by Will continuously interrupting her and accusing her of playing the victim.
** HarsherInHindsight, as in Cambodia, Shirin shares an antagonistic relationship with Abi-Maria that ends with her laughing at Abi's complaints, who tearfully laments that the reason she wanted to side with Shirin was because she understood what she went through in her season.
* In one episode of Cook Islands, the Aitus find a bird's nest and Cao Boi pokes it with a stick to see if there are any eggs to be eaten. Then they knock it out of the tree and see that there are none, Penner looks into the bush that the nest had fallen into and finds a baby bird. It was literally less than a day old, as Penner tearfully mentions how it still has the gunk from the inside of its shell still on it. They (most likely futilely) put it back in the nest and hope for the best.
* Janu's storyline in ''Palau''. Throughout the entire game, she was made fun of by her Koror tribemates. In episode 10, she is sent to Exile Island, where she finally has some peace alone on the island, away from her tribe, which she claims was the best part of her experience. At the end of the episode, she decides that she has had enough and decides to throw a wrench in her tribe's plans by [[ThanatosGambit quitting the game to save Stephenie.]] Who knows what else happened to her that wasn't shown on screen? It's hard not to feel bad for her.
* The ending of the Tocantins auction is this and doubles as a [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming Crowning Moment of Heartwarming]]. Jeff puts up the last item up for bid- video messages from home, and allows people to pool money. Everyone begins to give their money to Taj, who left her newborn baby at home to play Survivor, and she is clearly in tears. Even Jeff comments on their generosity in such a cutthroat game. After watching the video, Taj is in tears and is very emotional when she finds out that her husband is there. Jeff then says that only she will be able to see her loved one unless she sends herself to exile island to meet her husband there so everyone can see their loved ones. As a thanks to her tribemates, she sends herself to exile. Truly an emotional scene.
* A sort of underrated sad moment in ''Kaoh Rong'' is the lead up to Debbie's blindside. Throughout the episode, Debbie is nothing but supportive towards the women's alliance, actively cheering on the other girls to succeed in challenges and very motherly towards them, and she absolutely trusted Aubry - saying that the remaining Brains were like [[TrueCompanions The Three Musketeers]], how she'll never vote out Aubry and Aubry will never her, and even outright saying to Joe at Tribal Council that she "loves that girl". She put so much love and trust into her alliance that, despite how kooky she is, it's actually uncomfortable to watch her get voted out.
* After Cydney loses the firemaking challenge in ''Kaoh Rong'', she talks about how she wanted to use the money to help herself and her parents to pay their mortgage. It really is a tearjerking moment.
* One of the first tearjerkers in the show's history came during ''Borneo'': A post-merger reward challenge had the castaways compete in an archery contest. The reward was home movies from the loved ones of the castaways. It's all pretty heartwarming to see their families wish them well...until Jeff informs Jenna they never received a tape from hers. Jenna ''instantly'' breaks down, and everyone tries to comfort her.
** The winner of the challenge would get to record their own video message to send back to their family. And Jenna ''loses that too.'' While the rest of the castaways join Greg in making the video, we see Jenna solemnly shooting at the target so many times that the bow and arrow leaves scars on her, complete with a tearful voiceover about how much she misses her kids. Her breakdown was so bad that the tribe nearly voted her off ''out of pity.''
** Thankfully all this sets up a nice heartwarming moment in the next episode: the reward was letters from the castaway's families, including Jenna's. Colleen wins the challenge, but then Jeff tells her that she can select another castaway to share the reward. She immediately picks Jenna.
* In ''Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X'', Adam find a hidden Immunity Idol. At first it's triumphant, until he starts crying and reveals that his mother is also a huge fan of survivor and has stage four lung cancer. He's feeling both his dreams and nightmares coming true at the same time. He also adds that he hopes his mother can watch him on the show, and that it'll bring her some happiness in her terrible time...but unfortunately, Adam's mother passed away before the season aired, making this pre-recorded moment even more devastating.
** Adam getting a letter from his mother in episode 10. He burst into tears even before he read it, and was smiling as he read that his mother had been well enough to go see a ballet.
* While somewhat understated due to her over-the-top nature, it is made clear that Michaela is genuinely hurt by Jay's betrayal. The look she gives Jay as her torch is snuffed screams that she is trying to decide between being enraged and heartbroken.
** Even before that, the look she gave him after her BigWhat and his admittance. She looks as though she's tearing up.
* Adam trying to defend himself from Taylor and Jay's accusations and insults was eerily reminiscent of watching a kid get bullied. Every time he tried to speak up, they would cut him off or laugh at him. And when he started getting upset, they would mock him by asking him "why are you getting so defensive?". For anyone who was bullied growing up, this scene was uncomfortable and emotional. You definitely felt Adam's frustration and hurt.
** This scene sort of happens again in episode 10, but instead it was David and Hannah who were being verbally abused by Zeke and Bret, who mocked them for their anxiety and neuroticism. Like above, it hit home for anyone who struggled with anxiety and have been made of for it. Some people online have grimly noticed the irony in the fact that it was two LBGT+ people degrading other people for something they couldn't help.
*** This is especially brutal since Bret admitted to Zeke he stayed closeted because he was fearful that his tribe wouldn't accept him as gay, a very valid fear considering they were from the generation before and dripping with machismo. However, he targeted the least one for having a condition he was unable to help (and had been shown struggling with throughout the full two-hour episode)- and while the two are very hard to compare in severity otherwise, it was still unkind of Bret, who appeared to be supportive of him in the earlier parts of the episode. Then again, in the first episode, Bret mocked David in confessional for, of all things, "having less testosterone than the women"- which indicates that he is not macho like Bret felt the rest of the tribe was. Not only is it very harsh, it also makes one wonder about what Bret has been through and how deep his mask is when dealing with his generation.
* Not a US version, but the Australian Survivor 2016 finale, the FIC is Hands on a Hard Idol. Kristie, knowing she is by far the underdog against challenge-competent couple Lee and El, begs Lee tearfully to take her to the Final 2. While she does so, she dissolves into sobs, and eventually tells Lee that he reminds her of her dad, who she promised as an eight year old watching the first season that she would make the show to. [[spoiler: Lee falls shortly after on his own accord, and Kristie wins.]] As she can't walk on her own, she begs her father to carry her, crying the entire way.
--> '''Kristie:''' If I could get this immunity, you are making a young, eight-year-old girl's dream come true.
--> '''Lee:''' ...I'm so proud of you. [[spoiler:*falls*]]
* Jessica's exit from the game in ''Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X'', is heartbreaking. She really didn't want to draw rocks but she went to do so believing that it is her only shot at winning the game. As she ended up pulling the black rock, she was crying on her way out of tribal council, and in her final words she broke down again mentioning that if she flipped she wouldn't be sitting there. Not only that, but many of the cast members were crying at her sudden elimination- even Jay, who had a history of being brutal and hardcore and had no allies.
* The loved ones visit is this and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]]. From everyone crying and smiling, to everyone talking about how much their loved one meant to them. David crying and saying how he wished he was as brave as his dad, Hannah comforting her mom, Bret and Zeke breaking down, and Adam meeting his brother. Especially Adam meeting his brother, since he's so, ''so'' desperate to hear how his mom is doing and is tempted to use the advantage... but he doesn't. Because he can't take that away from everyone. And through the challenge, he struggles so desperately and apologizes to his brother as he fails. And it would have been so horrible, if not for Jay showing kindness and taking Adam on the reward.
* Jay and Adam finally put their antagonism to rest in the most heartbreaking way possible. After Jay and Adam argue with Jay telling him he'd take Adam to the end if Adam wouldn't turn on him, Adam remorsefully declines before tearfully telling Jay about his dying mother, which leads to Jay breaking down in tears and admitting he's afraid one day his own mother will die because of her brain aneurysms. It's a very powerful and tragic scene of two boys who had been on opposites sides bonding together through the pain of their ill loved ones, and afterwards Jay admits he can't hate Adam anymore after hearing what he was going through.
* In the finale, Ken was forced to turn against his closest ally in the game because he was too much of a threat. When confronted with it at the Final Tribal Council, he broke down clearly regretting decision saying he had to do it because his daughter means everything to him.
* Malcolm's final words in ''Survivor: Game Changers''. He clearly didn't expect to go out pre-merge, was trying (and failing) to hold back tears as he lamented his fate, and sounded very hurt by what he saw as a betrayal from J.T. Poor guy...
** And then J.T. and Michaela's exchange when J.T. is eliminated;
--> '''Michaela''': "Tell Malcolm you sent him home."
--> '''J.T.''': "[[MyGreatestFailure I will]]."
* Debbie's apparent mental breakdown in episode 5 is just as sad as it is bizarre, terrifying, and oddly humorous. What makes it worse is that her anger at Brad and Hali is completely misplaced; both of them like her.
* Seeing Sandra's torch get snuffed for the first time is heartbreaking. The fact her tribe applauds her in respect and her final words were nothing but love and respect for the game that changed her life for the better makes the feeling all the more bittersweet.
* The entirety of the ''Game Changers'' episode 7 Tribal Council. Varner had no one in his corner and saw an opportunity to make everyone flip their trust on Zeke by painting him as untrustworthy, but took it a step too far by indicating he was secretive of a fact that he didn't want to be shared- he was once a female. After Varner outed Zeke as transgender in an effort to save himself, the entirety of the tribe turned against him, as what he did was a personal attack that went way beyond the game. What makes it even worse is when Jeff hammers in the fact he was not just telling the tribe this- he just made this public knowledge to ''millions'' of people watching the show, [[DidNotThinkThisThrough as if he got so caught up in the game play within the tribe he forgot it was being filmed for an at-home audience]]. In fact, there was absolutely no mention of this information in Zeke's previous appearance on the show- his sexual orientation was the only thing viewers knew, but the vast majority would not have realized this was just the tip of the iceberg without intimately knowing Zeke or doing some morally questionable digging into his personal history. In short, he ignored Zeke's confidentiality, did so in front of Tai, who himself is homosexual, made Sarah break down crying, and set a tremendously bad example of what one must ''never'' do on a competition- inflict irreparable damage to someone's personal life beyond the game so bad that it will never be the same when they go back to it- that will go down in infamy. Jeff even warned him of the ripple effect it would have on the LGBT community as well. Varner basically resigns from the game and the vote is completely skipped because everyone else on the tribe is unquestionably united in ousting him from the competition. When he says his parting words in the post-elimination confessional, Varner is in tears with his hands over his face in shame, knowing he's going to bear a mark of disgrace for the rest of his life.
** It becomes a meta-Tearjerker for Varner. What he essentially did was nothing short of privacy invasion and crossed the [[MoralEventHorizon line between forgivable and inexcusable]]. He violated Zeke's by publicizing sensitive information that he didn't want others to know to avoid drawing attention to himself, and Zeke is uncomfortable with people questioning this aspect of his life and probing for the whole story. Even worse, this is a rampant issue [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doxxing on the Internet]] as well as real life. Varner basically opened the door for the ''world'' to know this, and [[DespairEventHorizon the poor man was so torn up over realizing what he did, he went suicidal for a while and had to undergo therapy]]. The fact that this episode went to air probably doesn't help his plight one bit. It also comes as a stark reminder not to take a game show too seriously, because greed can drive people to reprehensible actions that can never be taken back, or as Jeff Probst so clearly put it, "[[AnAesop You can't un-ring the bell.]]"
*** It gets [[FromBadToWorse even worse]] when you find out that Varner was fired from his real estate job due to the negative backlash, because some fans of Survivor had contacted his work and demanded they fire him. Not only did he damage Zeke's life, but his own as well. Many fans are worried that he'll relapse in depression and become suicidal again and are trying to get his work to rehire him. [[CryForTheDevil You can't help but pity a man who's life is in shambles after an ill thought-out mistake that he clearly regrets.]]
* Zeke's betrayal of Andrea in episode 8 is especially hard to watch. The two of them are friends in real life, and seeing Andrea's reaction to his betrayal makes that even more disheartening, especially since she was the one to immediately jump to his defense when he was outed by Varner.
[[folder: Moments Off of the Show]]
* As if Jenna's mother passing away wasn't bad enough, we later learn that ''Survivor: Africa'' winner and Jenna's fiance, Ethan Zohn has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Doubling as a TearJerker for Ethan and Jenna ''again''. The poor girl just can't catch a break.
** And they broke up, after a decade.
* In June 2014, Blood vs. Water contestant's Caleb Bankston's death due to a train he was working on derailing, apparently only weeks before he was to be married to his fiance, Colton Cumbie.
** On the day Caleb and Colton were supposed to be married, Colton posted [[https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10151434_722696731145561_6499271372481279803_n.jpg?oh=5def381dc38174a0820e55b49300b5ce&oe=54F7E64D&__gda__=1421786001_c6fa1927f1833a6d03493cfdf925baff this]]. Try not to cry.
** The death of any Survivor is truly awful. B.B. Anderson from Borneo passed away in 2013 after succumbing to brain cancer, and Jennifer Lyon from Palau died from breast cancer in 2010, just ten days after visiting the ten-year survivor reunion.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/j7qc8Oz.jpg On March 17th, 2016, Josh and Reed broke up.]]
* After ''China'' winner Todd Herzog won the show, he started to have an drinking problem. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPIwPrvwoQs He made an appearance on Dr. Phil]] where he could barely walk and was clearly miserable. It's hard not to feel bad for the guy.
** Unfortunately, things have only gotten worse for Todd. He's set to appear on Dr. Phil again, as his drinking problem has gotten so bad that he's in a wheelchair and has seizures - and is shown in commercial to possibly have one while on the show. Poor guy...
* Adam's mother passed away shortly after filming wrapped on Millennials vs. Gen-X. Fortunately, he was able to subvert NeverGotToSayGoodbye, as he made it home an hour before her time came. He even got to tell her that he knew he won.
* On December 31 2016, Gabon contestant Dan Kay [[http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/daniel-kay-obituary?pid=1000000183289986 unexpectedly passed away.]]
* For those who don't hate Richard Hatch, his financial issues after the show could be considered this.