Tear Jerker: Angel

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    Season 1 

  • In the Dark (1x03)
    • Angel getting to stand in the sunlight for the first time in over two centuries. Doubles as heartwarming.
  • Sense and Sensitivity (1x06)
    • Kate baring her soul to her father while under the influence of the Talking Stick. Sadly, he was not affected. It's a long speech, but it deserves to be told in full:
    Kate: He forgot how to be anything but a cop a long time ago. And maybe - maybe that's-that's why I became a cop, too. After Mom died, you stopped, you know. It was like you couldn't stand the sight of me. Her face, her eyes looking up at you. But big girls don't cry, right? You said, "Gone's gone and there's no use wallowing." Worms and dirt and nothing, forever. Not one word about a better place. You couldn't even tell a scared little girl a beautiful lie. God, I wanted to drink with you. I wanted you to laugh once with me, the way you laugh with Jimmy here, or Frank. My best friend, Joanne, her mom was soft and she smelled like macaroni and cheese and she would - she would pick me up on her lap and she'd rock me. She said she wanted to keep me for herself, that I was good and sweet. Everybody said I was. Do you realize that you've never told me that I'm pretty? Not once in my life?
  • I Will Remember You (1x08)
    Buffy: (crying) I'll never forget...I'll never forget...
    • Even worse is the Reality Subtext of that scene: Sarah Michelle Gellar was a strong advocate of the "Buffy and Angel are soulmates" perspective, and as such the tears in that scene are real, because she had a breakdown upon realizing how close the two had gotten to a Happily Ever After. At one point, you can even hear David Boreanaz address SMG out-of-character over this.
  • Hero (1x09)
    Doyle: Is that it? Am I done?
  • Parting Gifts (1x10)
    • Cordelia desperately trying to soldier on after Doyle's death, only to break down crying in the middle of an audition.
    • Wesley going into a brief Heroic BSOD when he has his first real moment of self-awareness and realizes just how thoroughly he screwed up back in Sunnydale. His quiet "I'm a fraud," is heartbreaking. All of his cockiness and arrogance melts away, and we're left looking at a man who has no idea where he belongs anymore, after he's spent his whole life thinking he knew his purpose and his place in the world.
      • Then it turns heartwarming with Angel's gentle encouragement and Dare to Be Badass speech, which snaps Wesley out of his despair and inspires him to help Angel find Cordelia.
  • Five by Five (1x18)
    • Faith's brutal fight with Angel turns into desperate pleas for him to just kill her and be done with it.
    Faith: I'm bad! I'm evil! I'm bad, I'm bad! Angel you hear me, I'm bad! Angel, please... Angel, please just do it. Please, Angel, just do it. Kill me. Please, Angel, just kill me.
    • And then Angel holds her as she sobs with remorse and self-hatred and the rain lashes at them both.
      • It's powerful enough that it stops Wesley in his tracks when he bursts into the alley, knife in hand, prepared to kill Faith for torturing him. He drops the knife, and all he can do is just stand there and watch as Faith sobs into Angel's chest.
  • Sanctuary (1x19)
    • Faith's reaction when she sees Buffy.
    Faith: Buffy, I'm sor—
    Buffy: Apologize to me, and I will beat you to death.
    Faith: (very quietly) Go ahead.
    • And then later, we have this:
    Faith: You have no idea what it's like on the other side! Where nothing's in control, nothing makes sense! There is just pain and hate and nothing you do means anything!
  • War Zone (1x20)
    • Angel's offhanded comment to Lenny, the guy he's interrogating:
    Lenny: What do you want?
    Angel: Big question. What do I want? Love, family, a place on this planet I can call my own.
    • Gunn staking his recently-vamped sister.
    Gunn's friend: You aren't going to kill any vamps?
    Gunn: I already did.

    Season 2 

  • Are You Now or Have You Ever Been (2x02)
    • Angel getting hanged in the flashback. We know he survives, but throughout the whole thing he just stares at Judy with a faint air of confusion, like he can't quite believe his new friend threw him to the wolves. Judy is no better, as the knowledge of the severity of what she's done breaks on her. And after, when the demon manifests, taunts Angel about how there's so, so much paranoia and fear in the hotel it's a buffet for him, and asks what he should do. And Angel, who was just betrayed by what was probably the first person in a good long while he's actually started to like, replies:
    Angel: Take them all.
    • Angel forgiving Judy and staying with her until she dies.

    Season 3 

  • Heartthrob (3x01)
    • Fred dealing with the aftermath of the years she spent trapped in Pylea. Three months after being rescued, she's still holed up in her room at the Hyperion, refusing to even come downstairs. Angel comes up to see her and finds her writing "listen" over and over on the walls. He asks what it means, and Fred tells him she's listening for the "click" that’s supposed to come when everything makes sense again, but she doesn't know what she’ll do if she runs out of wall space before she gets that click.
      • What makes the scene even sadder is Angel's obvious concern and disappointment as he realizes that her mental state has apparently gotten worse since Pylea.
  • That Vision Thing (3x02)
    • Cordy suffering from the pain inflicted by the torturous visions sent to her by Wolfram & Hart.
    Cordy: Am I a bad person? Am I just a horrible person? Because I know I can be snippy sometimes.
    Angel: This isn't happening because you're bad - If anything it's because you're strong. Stronger than you realize.
    Cordy: I'm not—I know what I said earlier, but I don't want the visions anymore. I tried to be brave. I did. But I'm just scared now. I'm scared all the time. (does her best not to cry) I mean look at me!
  • Carpe Noctem (3x04)
    • The old man who body-swapped himself with Angel getting Fred’s hopes up, only to turn around and snog Lilah as soon as Fred leaves the room. Fred comes back downstairs and sees what’s happening and just loses it, and Cordelia finds her in the elevator crying a little while later.
  • Fredless (3x05)
    • Fred’s complete breakdown when her parents find her at the bus station, and she reveals that she was trying to run away from them because she didn't want them to see that she'd gone crazy.
    Fred: No! You're not here! Go away!
    Trish: Fred, honey, it's us.
    Fred: You're not them, you can't be them! You're not them cuz they don't know!
    Roger: Sweetie, it mom and dad.
    Fred: Shhh! Stop saying that! You can't be!
    Trish: Honey, don't you remember us?
    Fred: I was—I was—five years and—and so lost and—and at night I would—I was all by myself and you weren't there!
    Roger: Fred, I don't understand.
    Fred: I got lost! I got lost and they did terrible things to me, but—but it was just a storybook! It was just a story with monsters—not real! Not in the world, but—but if you're here and you see me then—then it's real! And it did happen! If you see what they made of me... (sobs) ...I didn't mean to get so lost!
    • And her poor parents...finding out after five years that their daughter is alive, and when they come to find her, they don't know what happened—just that she doesn't want to see them. They're so clearly distraught, wondering if she doesn't remember them, and hearing how their daughter had awful things done to her.
    • Fred's mom hugging her and telling her, "It doesn't matter what they did to you! You're still my little girl! I'll make it all better!"
  • Billy (3x06)
    • Fred coming to see Wesley and entreating him to come back to work, and him being so ashamed about what he did while under Billy's control.
      • The most heartbreaking part is right at the end, when Fred leaves and Wesley closes the door behind her and just leans against the doorframe, quietly crying. Then it cuts to the hallway outside, where Fred stops and turns around and listens to his choked sobs with the most pained look on her face.
  • Offsrping (3x07)
    • When Angel is this close to staking Darla, then he feels the baby's heartbeat. He backs up, staring at her belly and Darla flips the hell out.
    Darla: Do it! Do it! Make it stop! (Angel pins her arms to her sides and pulls her up against his chest.)
    Angel: No it won't, Darla. Darla, listen to me.
    Darla: Make it stop! Make it stop.
    Angel: The child. The child has a heartbeat. It has a soul.
    Darla: No! Not my child! No!
    Angel: Our child. Our child. Our child. That's why you've been craving purer and purer blood. That's why it's been driving you out of your mind. It has a soul!
    Darla: (sobbing) No, it doesn't.
    Angel: It does.
    Darla: It can't.
    Angel: Yes, it does. It does.
  • Lullaby (3x09)
    • Darla realizing that the only reason she loves her baby is because his soul is inside of her...at least while she's pregnant. She breaks down because she realizes that the soul will go away when the baby is born:
    Darla: Angel, I don't have a soul. It does, and right now, that soul is inside of me. But soon, it won't be, and then—
    Angel: Darla...
    Darla: ...I won't be able to love it. (begins sobbing) I won't even be able to remember that I loved it. And I wanna remember! (breaks down in Angel's arms)
    • And then later, Darla, completely broken, makes Angel promise to protect the baby from her.
    • Darla staking herself to give birth to Connor.
    • The flashback scene where Holtz kills Sarah, his five-year-old-daughter-turned-vampire. At the start of the scene, Sarah is cowering in a corner to avoid the sunlight. Holtz comes over, picks her up, and throws her outside where she burns up.
  • Waiting in the Wings (3x13)
    I don't dance. I echo.
    • The look of absolute, crushing despair on Wesley’s face when he sees Fred kissing Gunn.
      • Then the last scene, where Fred glances over her shoulder and smiles innocently at Wesley, completely oblivious to the fact that she’s just broken his heart, and he just sits there with the most quietly devastated look on his face.
  • Loyalty (3x15)
    • Angel's hockey speech becomes pretty sad in hindsight, precisely because you know he’ll never get to see any of the things he talks about so excitedly here.
    Angel: I know it's a little bit too early to be thinking about stuff like this, but I -I can't wait to watch him, you know, grow up. For him to lose his first tooth. Learn how to ride a bike. Ha. I want to help him pick out a tux for his senior prom. I just can't wait to see who he's gonna to be. I know it's mushy, but it's just... He makes me so happy...I think Connor? He's gonna be center, you know?
    • This episode is full of painful speeches.
    Angel: It scares me. You know? If anything like that ever happened to Connor, I don't know what I'd...I love my son.
    Wesley: Love can be a terrible thing.
    Angel: I used to think that. I thought love was—something that swallowed you whole, ripped you up inside, but, you know, what I feel for Connor, even that fear...Wes, it's-—it's not terrible. It's beautiful.
    • After hearing that, Wesley starts laughing with relief and talking about how life is funny, and for one brief moment, as he sees how much Angel loves Connor, Wes decides that he was worried for nothing. His reprieve is short-lived however, because immediately after that, he witnesses all three of the portents the Loa warned him about happen in rapid succession, and the episode ends with Wesley looking on with horror, more certain than ever that Angel is going to kill Connor.
    • Angel’s "love is beautiful" speech gets so much worse when you rewatch it and realize that Connor isn't coming back. You're watching Angel at his happiest, only now it's with a heaping dose of Foregone Conclusion, and instead of the intended heartwarming all you feel is pain.
  • Sleep Tight (3x16)
    • At the end, when Angel has to let Holtz take Connor in order to keep him away from Wolfram & Hart, and then Holtz jumps into the portal to Quor’toth, sealing it behind him and leaving Angel lying on the ground, crying for his son.
    • While everyone else just walks away:
    Commander: Should we do something about... (indicates Angel, still staring in shock at where the portal just disappeared)
    Lilah: (looks back at Angel) Yes, we should. We should let him suffer.
    • And consider what Connor meant to Angel: aside from being his son, he represented everything about Angel that was good. He proved to Angel that past be damned, Angel could literally create something with a soul. He made Darla feel love. He was someone that Angel could raise to be truly good, a chance for Angel to prove himself as something more than just the monster people remembered. Connor was a major step on Angel’s road to repentance—and then he was gone and there went Angel’s redemption, quite literally into Hell.
      • To make it even worse, look at Angel’s face in the Buffy episode "Bad Eggs" when he tells Buffy that vampires can’t have children. There is pain in those puppy-dog eyes. And remember one of the reasons he gives for breaking up with Buffy in “The Prom” was so that she should find a man who can have children with her. Buffy is askance at that bit (“I killed my goldfish!”), but Angel holds firm. This vampire actively wants kids. And then, within the space of a few episodes, Angel learns that he’s going to have a son, proves himself to be an amazing (and fairly dorky) dad, and then proceeds to lose his son to treachery, bad parenting in a Hell dimension, and for-Connor’s-own-good memory wiping.
  • Forgiving (3x17)
    • The look on Wesley’s face as Angel is pulled off of him after trying to kill him is equal parts terrified and utterly heartbroken. Wesley sacrificed everything to try to keep Connor safe, and all he got for his trouble was a slit throat from his enemy and pure hatred from the people he loved.
  • Double or Nothing (3x18)
    • Fred going to see Wesley in the hospital and telling him that the prophecy was a lie and that what he did was All for Nothing, and telling him not to come back to the hotel because Angel still wants to kill him. Wesley can’t even talk in this scene, but the pain in his eyes speaks volumes.
    • Later, a nurse comes in and tells Wesley he's going to be released that day, and asks if he has any friends or family who could pick him up. He doesn't respond, but you realize that at this point he has completely alienated every single friend he has, and he’s got no one.
      • A few scenes later, he walks into his apartment and leans against the wall and just stands there in the dark, and you really start to get a sense of how alone he truly is.
    • The scene where Angel starts dismantling Connor's cot may well be one of the saddest moments in television history.
  • The Price (3x19)
    • When the team is helping Angel fix the damage the earthquake caused in his room, he finds a snowglobe he had bought for Connor.
    Angel: Don't know why I bought this for him. A whim, I guess...thought he'd like to look at it. The snow. Doesn't ever snow in Southern California.
    Cordelia: Did, once.
    • That probably wasn’t the only time Angel thought he'd finished putting away Connor's things, only to find something lurking under a couch cushion or somewhere.
    • When Gunn goes to him for help, Wesley, finally able to talk again, explains that the only thing that gave him the will to live and the strength to keep fighting after getting his throat cut was the thought of his friends. That would be heartwarming, if not for the fact that his friends all hate him now.
  • Benediction (3x21)
    • There’s a brief scene where Wesley is at home with his dinner table impeccably set, candles lit, but he's all alone and eating a microwave dinner. I've never seen a show communicate so effectively just how low someone has fallen.
  • Tomorrow (3x22)
    • Even as Connor is sealing him in a metal box and preparing to drop him to the bottom of the ocean, all Angel can do is keep repeating "I love you," and saying he forgives Connor for what he’s doing. The strength and the depth of Angel’s love for his son outweighs even the worst things Connor could possibly do.

    Season 4 

  • Am I the only one who found the opening of "Ground State" absolutely heartbreaking? Forget all about Gwen later on; here she's just a scared little girl being left at a strange new school, with parents who obviously love her deeply but don't have the slightest clue how to deal with a girl who they can't even hug. Then as she's being led away towards the school she looks back towards her parents, they turn to leave, and she tries to take the teachers hand for comfort, but the woman just smacks her hand away and says "No, Gwen." And now I think I have something in my eye....
  • "Spin the Bottle." Amazing how one of the funniest episodes in the series has one of the most depressing endings in television history. Lorne's speech at the end and the pan shot of the empty lounge is too heartbreaking to watch.
  • The ridiculously depressing scene in "Salvage" where Wesley talks to his hallucination of Lilah after her death. Alas, Poor Villain does not begin to cover it.
    Lilah: Why so glum? It is kinda what you wanted, isn't it? I mean, deep down. Me out of the picture utterly, finally. You can't get outer than this. It makes your life simpler, doesn't it? Cleaner?
    Wesley: I didn't want this.
    Lilah: Come on, what are you worried about, Wesley? You hated yourself for being with me. Or maybe you just hated yourself for loving being with me. (laughs) Hey, semantics. In any case, we both knew, sooner or later, it would come to a messy end. For one of us, anyway. (pulls him to face her; she touches his face and arms) So ease up on that furrowed brow. You're free now. No longer encumbered with the secret shame of our relationship.
    Wesley: It wasn't a relationship.
    Lilah: There's a signed dollar bill in your wallet I think proves different. You knew how I felt.
    Wesley: You don't feel.
    Lilah: The only true thing I ever - "
    Wesley: You didn't love me! You couldn't.
    Lilah: We'll never know now, will we? I know what it is. The reason you're having such a hard time with this. Why you're taking so long to - you know..." (makes a creaking noise as she gestures across her throat with her hand) The awful truth: you couldn't save me. And this is the exclamation point.
    Wesley: Saved you from the Beast, for all the good it did.
    Lilah: Wesley, you know that's not what I'm talking about. You couldn't save me from me.
    Wesley: Is that what you thought?
    Lilah: Me? (laughs) Lover, I'm not even here. I'm just a figment in your devilishly handsome head. So, clearly, it's what you thought. For all your supposed darkness, edge of the razor mystique, there was always a small part of you that thought you could pull me back from the brink of my evil, evil ways. Help me find redemption.
    Wesley: Redemption?
    Lilah: Angel's influence, I suppose. The whole not giving up on someone, no matter how far he - or she - has fallen. Oh, well. Too late for me. Let's just get it over with. That body's not gonna dismember itself, you know.
    Wesley: I'm sorry, Lilah.
    Lilah: Oh, Wes, we don't have that word in our vocabulary. Not people like you and - "
    (the axe swings forward)
  • "Inside Out": Darla comes back as a ghost and tries to persuade Connor not to listen to Evil!Cordelia and perform a Virgin Sacrifice. In the end, he chooses Cordelia and screams, "You're not my mother!", causing Darla to disappear.
  • It's hard not to feel badly for Jasmine while she despondently wanders the streets of Los Angeles as the city riots.
  • Not to mention the entire Cordelia/Angel relationship, particularly when she comes back with amnesia.
    Angel: "Were we in love?"
    Cordelia: "We were."
  • The scene in the season 4 finale, where Wesley burns Lilah's contract to try and free her - and it doesn't work. It's both heartbreaking and heartwarming, to see Lilah, Magnificent Bitch extraordinaire, that obviously moved.
    Flames wouldn't be eternal if they actually consumed anything... But it means something, that you tried.
  • For me, all of the above, plus, the season four finale: Angel looking in at the happy, laughing Connor with his different family. That expression on his face, of love and bitter bitter pain...not that I'm tearing up just thinking about it or anything. Damn you and your incredible writing skills combined with a tendency towards ruthlessness towards your characters, Joss. The only show I ever cried at before yours was Babylon 5, and you made a regular waterworks out of me.

    Season 5 

  • The very end of "Just Rewards", when Spike confesses to Fred that each time he disappears, he is getting pulled into hell. The way he realizes that after all he's done, winning back his soul and sacrificing himself to save the world, he still can't save himself, you can't help but feel sorry for him.
    • Still not as bad as during "Hell Bound." Spike agreeing that he deserves to go to Hell; the look of pure terror on his face as he experiences most of the episode; and of course the ending. God, the ending.
  • Lineage. Wesley's whole life is pretty much fodder for this page, but excepting Fred's death, this was it. Wesley spent his entire life fearing and trying to prove himself to his father, who cynically downplayed all his son's accomplishments. At the episode's climax, his father threatens Fred, and Wesley guns him down mid-sentence, revealing his "father" as a cyborg duplicate. Fred tries to comfort Wesley, to tell him that somehow Wesley knew it wasn't him... but Wesley rejects that, and says he was certain it was. He was willing to kill his own father to save the woman he loved, and it wasn't some kind of chivalrous moment — it was a sign of how far he'd fallen, that even his love for Fred provoked such darkness from him. Quietly desperate, he calls his father up, just to talk, but the man rebukes his son for calling him too late at night and waking him.
    • The bit in that episode that always gets me is when — after all his Character Development, after all the frankly amazing things he's done since joining Angel Investigations — he walks into that woman and makes her drop her papers, all because his father's there and he can't help but regress to the person he used to be. That's the moment that it really sunk in just how atrocious a father Roger Wyndham-Pryce must've been, and how horrible Wesley's childhood was.
  • A minor one, but one of Angel's hallucinations in "Soul Purpose" definitely qualifies. Angel dreams that Spike saves the world and becoming human again as a reward. Angel is the mail-cart guy, and can only stand in silence as his rival receives everything he (Angel) ever wanted. The absolutely crushed look on his face as he leaves and pushes his cart away is pretty damn sad.
  • The end of season five episode, Damage; after Dana the insane slayer has been carted off, Angel and Spike have a sombre discussion in the latter's hospital room about the nature of evil, finishing up with the absolute heartbreaker:
    Spike: The tingling in my forearms tells me she's too far gone to help. She's one of us now. She's a monster.
    Angel: She's an innocent victim.
    Spike: So were we, once upon a time.
    Angel: Once upon a time.
    • Spike spends the bulk of the episode telling Dana that she's got the wrong guy. Eventually he realizes that it doesn't matter, because even though he never did anything to her, he's done plenty worse to other people.
  • Angel and Cordelia's final scene ever in "You're Welcome"
    • Specifically * Cordelia's farewell. "Oh, and you're welcome." Bawl.
    • What always kinda got me about this one too was that Angel and Cordelia were the last characters from the first season of Buffy still around.
    • It's worse on DVD. During the original airings, you had a whole month to recover from Cordelia's death before Fred's. On video, both episodes are on the same disc. The Disc of Pain.
    • Interspliced with Smile Time, AKA the Puppet episode. AKA The most gratuitous Mood Whiplash ever created. Brings you up after Cordy's death, only to punch you in the face with Fred's. OUCH.
  • "Why We Fight" is an incredibly low-key yet tragic episode. The villain is a man that Angel sired during World War II when he was enlisted to help men on a submarine. The man Sam Lawson was mortally wounded while the submarine was damaged, and Angel had to sire him since he was the only one able to repair it and get them to the surface. Since we get to know Sam throughout the flashback, we see that he was just a young man that wanted to serve his country and find a purpose in life. Angel is clearly still troubled by having to do this, allowing him to go free after he's saved everyone. But it's revealed that, since Angel had a soul when he sired him, Lawson can't get any pleasure from killing. So this puts him forever in a limbo between good and evil, unable to be either.
    • He describes his dying thoughts when he was first stabbed. He says that he expected to remember good memories - such as his mother or his best friends. Instead he says his only thoughts were "well, this sucks."
    • It's also heavily implied that he came to see Angel looking for a Mercy Kill. His final words are "Give me another mission, chief." Also shortly before this, Lawson asks if he has a soul too because Angel does. Angel sadly says "I don't think it works that way" and it's also the only time he uses Lawson's first name Sam.
  • "A Hole In The World". The whole damn thing. Especially Fred's death.
    Fred: (crying) I need you to talk to my parents. Th-they have to know I wasn't scared, th-that it was quick. That I wasn't scared. Oh, God. I'm not scared. I'm not scared. I'm not scared. Please, Wesley. Why can't I stay?
    • Oh god, "Please, Wesley. Why can't I stay?" breaks me every time. Sniff.
    • It's not even so much Fred's death that gets me every time (although that was beautifully done) as much as her crying out for Feigenbaum, her stuffed rabbit, during "A Hole In The World" and then the indescribably lovely montage of everyone remembering her set to that beautiful song at the end of "Shells." It made my dad, an otherwise fairly tough guy, cry like a baby. Not to mention me...
    • What makes her pleas for Feigenbaum especially heartbreaking is that she doesn't remember who he is any more, just she needs him. It's not just that she's dying, or that she's dying painfully, it's that as it happens, everything about her is going away, forever, not even leaving her soul behind.
    • The song is "A Place Called Home" by Kim Richey, and is a Tear Jerker in its own right, especially since lyrically it's so damn hopeful. Combined with Fred's death? This Troper just bawls any time it plays.
    • What got me was Wesley using the templates (books that could become any book in the world) to read children's stories to her and comfort her as she lay dying.
    • Spike’s “there’s a hole in the world” speech from which the episode draws is name is especially moving. It’s just so profound in its simplicity.
      • What makes it so powerful is the way he says it, speaking with an almost childlike wonder. Joss Whedon specifically points that out in the commentary, and acknowledges that it was completely intentional.
    • Angel and Spike having to deal with the fact that they chose not to save her, because the cost would have been too great. They had to stand there and let Fred die because it was the right thing to do, as horrible as it was.
    • Except for the cavemen vs. astronauts debate, which lifted our spirits just so they would have a longer way to fall and die. And what started out as a joke in the beginning of the episode, gave us one of the saddest lines at the end:
    Fred: "Cavemen win. Of course the cavemen win." Damn this episode...
  • Shells (5x16)
    • Gunn approaching the evil-medical-law-guy to try and undo the damage:
    Gunn: Take it back. All of it, the law language, take it back. Take more! Leave me a vegetable! I don't care, just bring her back!
    • Later, when Harmony goes to see him:
    Harmony: Why'd you do it?
    Gunn: Because I was scared. Because I didn't want to lose it. Because I didn't want to go back to being just the muscle. Because of a million reasons that don't mean a damn thing because she's gone.
    • It gets worse when the normally airheaded Harmony simply acknowledges his sadness and comforts him.
  • Even Lorne gets a heartbreaking scene at the beginning of "Underneath," when he's reading the bartender at the bar where he's drowning his sorrows.
  • Origin
    Connor: You gotta do what you can to protect your family. I learned that from my father.'''
  • Wesley's death in the final episode, including the part where Illyria turns back into Fred for him.
    Illyria: Would you like me to lie to you now?
    Wesley: Yes. Thank you, yes.
    • Personally, it's the fact that he asks her to lie to him. This is after demanding that she never do such a thing again after she did so earlier. But for his last moments, he wanted the lie.
    • The fact that when Illyria is talking to Wes as Fred as he dies, and comforts him by assuring him that they'll be together soon, she's lying. Fred's soul was entirely destroyed when she died, so there's nothing left of her, even in the afterlife.
    • What choked up this troper about the scene is when Wesley dies , Illyria is sobbing "oh my love." That doesn't sound like Fred inside Illyria talking, it's the grief of the demon-king itself for a mortal love. Thank you, Mayfly-December Romance and Joss Whedon, thank you, you've brought down Cthulhu!
  • And then this. The demon-king grieves.
    Illyria: Wesley's dead. I'm feeling grief for him. I can't seem to control it.
  • Also in the season 5 finale...it's so silly to say it but my tears started flowing when we saw Spike in that little cafe reciting his poetry. It was really kind of sweet that that's what he wanted to do with what might've been his last day on earth.
  • Lorne's finale - Although a member of team Angel, he's always been a pacifist, and then he kills Lindsey. Worse, he says that he read this fate for Lindsey when he sang. Lorne had known for YEARS that he would be the one to kill him.
    Lorne: That's all, folks.
  • Quite possibly the only example on this page that doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome: The series finale, where Angel and the remnants of the group stand there, waiting to take on the incoming army. Knowing damn well there's no way they're going to survive and Angel closing the series with "Let's get to work," and the show ending with swords clashing.
    • If it makes you feel any better, the canon follow-up comics reveal that they survive.
  • To say the least, this is one of the most tragic shows ever created. ''Nobody'' gets a happy ending.
  • I mean, this is nothing compared to all the epic deaths that fill this page but the opening music gets This Troper every time. The music just sums up exactly what Angel is about. Grief and pain and suffering and the fact that it never ends but someone has to fight for it to continue because that's life.
  • From After the Fall
    • When Angel is dying, and, later when Connor does. Also when Jeremy dies in Spike: After the Fall.
    • Wesley's final goodbye to Angel is this, though Spike quickly ruins the moment.
    Spike:"What was that? If he (ghost!Wes) wasn't see-through, you would have kissed wouldn't you? I got that vibe."
    • One scene has Illyria getting angry about those she cares about dying as Ghost!Wes disappears; a few panels later, a sign is shown with "Doyle" written on it.
    • When Angel is reunited with Connor who had previously died, it's not a sad moment, but Angel is so happy that he's crying.
    • Gunn just wanting to die after what he's done.
    • Drusilla getting a soul again, it's only for a few moments but her despair and guilt is very visible.