Tear Jerker / Big Nate

  • In one of the earlier strips, Nate being dumped by his first girlfriend... right before Valentine's day no less.
    • Strip afterward continues this by having him stare at a picture of her before ripping it up in anger. He stares at the pieces dejectedly before going to the art teacher and asking for some tape. A pretty painful gutpunch to say the least.
  • Nate's Heroic B.S.O.D. after learning Artur let him win in a chess game he beat him in.
  • In a 2013 arc, Jenny moves. Jenny breaking the news to Nate gives us one of the heartbreaking lines ever:
    Jenny: Last month, my mom told me there was a 50% chance we'd move to Seattle. Then last week, she told me it was more like 80%. Then yesterday she said it was 100%.
    Nate: 100% never sounded so bad.
  • When Nate had a new girlfriend named Trudy, these mixed with Crowning Momentof Heartwarming would show up.
  • The third panel of this Christmas strip; look closely at Nate's wish list and you'll see that the list says: 1. Dog, 2. Dog, 3. Dog.