Tear Jerker: All-Star Superman

  • Superman is ultimately unable to convince Lois that he and Clark Kent are one and the same.
  • The utter infuriating on Clark's face near the end of the 5th issue as he implores Luthor to try and reform. He had been very polite and unassuming for the entirety of the story, but Lex's stubbornness causes his mild-mannered facade to shatter in rage.
  • When Jonathan Kent suffers a heart attack, Superman rushes to him so fast that his hair catches on fire from the friction, but he's still too late.
  • The Unknown Superman's comment to Jonathan Kent, "It all works out in the end." Becomes one retroactively.
    Superman: Pa? Why can't I hear his heartbeat?
    • This simple line from the Prime Superman of DC One Million: "This is an indestructible rose from New Krypton. For him. From all of us. In remembrance of all that we are. And all that we will be."
  • Superman: I love you, Lois Lane. Until the end of time.
  • In-Universe with Lex Luthor openly weeping at all the pain and anguish that he can hear now that he has Superman's powers.
    "It's a cruel joke. The mechanistic clockwork of reality, hinging on a precious, impossible defiance of entropy. On Life. And the clockwork doesn't care. It's like... (growing realization) It's like it's all just us, in here, together. We're all we've got."
    • Really needs to be viewed for the full impact. The way Lex's voice just cracks on that last line seals it.
  • The film actually manages to out-Tearjerk the comic in the ending, thanks to Christopher Drake's amazing score.