[[folder: The Short Story ]]
* It's a HansChristianAndersen story. It doesn't just jerk tears out of you, it reaches into your eye sockets and claws them out of you. Then it makes you feel guilty for crying.
[[folder: The Original Movie ]]
* Ariel sobbing after Triton destroys the grotto and everything in it. That scene is so sad, it should be illegal (like most other Disney tearjerker moments). [[FromBadToWorse And then Flotsam and Jetsam show up...]]
* Made even worse when, as an adult, you realize that outside of a Disney universe, what Triton did qualifies as straight-up emotional abuse. Destroying your child's property, even in anger, has the potential to scar them for life.
** Sebastian's grief over the whole thing, as he indirectly caused the incident when he accidentally blurted out Ariel's secret.
-->'''Sebastian:''' Ariel, I--
-->'''Ariel:''' ''Just go away.''
** Even [[KnightTemplarParent Triton]] seems to have realized what he has done was too far witnessing her sobbing. His face after seeing what he's done and broken her heart is awful.
* Triton's AdultFear over Ariel and Sebastian's disappearance has "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" written all over it.
* When Ursula wages a deal with Triton to hand the kingdom over to her to get Ariel back. Seeing how his own actions caused this chain of events, he sadly hangs his head down and willingly signs the contract.
* Ariel excitedly running down stairs, only to see Eric being romantic with "Vanessa".
* The ending, where everyone has made up and all is well as a TriumphantReprise of "Part of Your World" sung, though this is more of a case of happy tears.
-->"I love you, Daddy."
[[folder: Return to the Sea ]]
* Ariel finding out Melody ran away.
* This scene from the beginning.
-->'''Ariel:''' This is the only way, Melody can't know anything about merpeople or Atlantica...or even ''you'', Daddy.
* The image of Melody being changed back into a human while in the cave and nearly drowning as a result.
[[folder: Ariel's Beginning ]]
* Triton watching [[spoiler: the death of his beloved queen in a pirate attack]], followed by him throwing away the music box far into the sea (which Sebastian secretly witnessed).
* Sebastian getting arrested.
* Triton lying down all sad with a statue of him and Athena in the background.
[[folder: The TV Series ]]
* The character of Gabriela being based on a real deaf girl who was a fan of the show and died during the first season.