!!Movie
* Watching the Giant struggle in pain as the electrical wires he had been trying to eat at the power plant electrocute him.
* [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4dT2eBWI2M The Giant's]] HeroicSacrifice]]: "[[MeaningfulEcho You...stay. I...go. No following.]]"
** "''[[ItMakesSenseInContext Superman...]]''"
*** One wonders what VinDiesel would say to the knowledge that he can reduce grown men to tears with a single word. One that isn't a threat, that is.
*** One also suspects that [[{{Superman}} Kal-El]] would be honored.
* "Souls don't die..."
* The Giant after [[spoiler: believing Hogarth to be dead. Even savvy viewers that knew otherwise got choked up by the Giant grieving for his friend.]]
** If you listen close during that scene, you can hear the Giant whimper, "Hogarth."
** Watching the Giant [[spoiler: succumb to his defense mechanism]] can be a TearJerker as well. Yes it can be a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for some, but it's very much like [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Sulley scaring Boo]]; we've gotten so used to this GentleGiant that seeing him like this is legitimately horrifying, especially since he actually tried to resist his mechanism just a few seconds ago.
*** The expression on the Giant's face once he snaps out of his rage and goes back to normal.
* The deer in the forest and Hogarth's explanation of the concept of death to the Giant.
* The ending where [[spoiler:the Giant is piecing himself back together bit by bit after being blown up is a Tear Jerker of the [[TearsOfJoy joyful]] kind]].
* This exchange of dialogue.
--> [[spoiler:'''Annie:''' Shouldn't we get to a shelter?]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Dean:''' ...it wouldn't matter...]]
** Just the hopelessness and sense of realism in his voice...
* The scene after Hogarth [[spoiler:nearly gets vaporized by the Giant when they were playing a game and the Giant mistook Hogarth's toy gun for a real weapon, and Dean yells at him, calling him "a big gun that walks." Giant then gets a "[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone My God, What Did I Almost Do?]]" moment when he sees a bus with a vaporized hole as Dean tells him, "You almost did ''THAT'' to Hogarth!"]]
** "I- I not gun."
*** Later echoed for a CrowningMomentOfAwesome

!!Meta
* What happens when you combine the Tear Jerker endings of ''Iron Giant'' and ''Disney/WreckItRalph''? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fvLRA2W1wM Cue the waterworks.]]
* [[http://theflyingredpig.tumblr.com/post/56977092828/xombiedirge-you-are-who-you-choose-to Superman.]]