- The final scene of "Beneath You". Spike's insanity, guilt and self-loathing are absolutely heart-breaking, and James Marsters acts his bloody heart out.
Why does a man do what he mustn't? For her, to be hers. To be the kind of man who would never... To be a kind of man. And she will look upon him with forgiveness, and everybody will forgive, and love... and he will be loved. So everything's okay, right? Can we rest now? Buffy?... Can we rest?
- It's either a Tear Jerker or scary. But James Marsters definitely wins love and adoration for the impeccable acting.
- For this troper, definitely the best-acted scene in all of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Marsters' performance kills me every time.
- Willow realizing that she wasn't left all alone and that Xander and Buffy came to rescue her in "Same Time, Same Place" qualifies for this troper. Props to Allison Hannigan for having a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming while mumbling thru paralysis.
- "Help". I blame Azura Skye for being so sweet and vulnerable. The end is heartwrenching, along with:
"You think I want this? You think I don't care? Believe me, I want to be here! Do things! I want to graduate from high school and I want to go to the stupid Winter Formal. I have this friend and it'd be fun to go with him, to dance and hear lame music, to wear a silly dress and laugh and stuff. I'd like to go. There's a lot of stuff I'd like to do. I'd love to ice skate at Rockefeller Center, and I'd love to see my cousins grow up and see how they turn out, because they're really mean and I think they're going to be fat. I'd love to backpack across the country or... I don't know... fall in love? But I won't. I just never will".
- I am i the only one who cried when Willow visits Tara's grave for the first time?
- "Selfless" tends to kill this troper a little; Buffy's "I killed Angel" speech, Anya telling Xander to stop trying to save her, and wondering if there's a her left to save, Halfrek's murder, and of course, the end: "What if I'm really no-one?" with Xander and Anya walking away from each other, in tears? God. Anya of The Bunny Song should not create an episode this goddamn heartbreaking.
- When Buffy fights Anya they show "Anya's Lost Song" (I'll Be His Mrs) - This troper always tears up when it cuts off at the end while she's singing and instead shows her lifeless body impaled by Buffy's sword. Luckily, she got better.
- While Anya does survive, this sequence seems designed to make the viewer gasp and think this really is the end for her. In particular, the Smash Cut to a happy scene and then back to Anya's seemingly lifeless body is reminiscent of the Christmas dinner scene in the season 5 episode "The Body."
- All the more tearjerking because her song ("Mrs.") is about becoming Xander's wife, and because it's a flashback, we already know that he left her at the altar, prompting her to turn back into a demon.
Anya: "Just stand aside! Here comes the bride! [walks onto the balcony and is suddenly wearing her wedding dress
] I'll be Mrs! I will be his Mrs! I...will...be..."
- Conversations With Dead People.
CassieThe First: She (Tara) says even though you can't hear her, she still sings to you.
- Jonathan's speech right before being killed:
Jonathan: "I really miss it. Time goes by, and everything drops away. All the cruelty, all the pain, all that humiliation. It all washes away. I miss my friends. I miss my enemies. I miss the people I talked to every day. I miss the people who never knew I existed. I miss 'em all. I want to talk to them, you know. I want to find out how they're doing. I want to know what's going on in their lives."
Andrew: "You know what? They don't wanna talk to you. All those people you just mentioned. Not one of them is sitting around going, 'I wonder what Jonathan's up to right now.' Not one of them cares about you."
Jonathan: "Well, I still care about them. That's why I'm here."
- Willow's bit in that same episode was hard for me. "... and it's not getting better." Oh god...
- May just be this Troper, but "...It's cuz I'm gonna win..." never fails to elicit tears. The sadness in Buffy's voice, knowing that once again, the socializing and having a life will inevitably have to once again take a backseat to the slayage.
- "Sleeper". This troper just refuses to admit anyone with a soul could be unmoved by Spike's final breakdown.
Spike: [holding out his heart for the staking] Just do it quick, okay? [pause] He said you'd do it!
Buffy: Who said?
Spike: Me. It was me. I saw it. I was here the whole time, talking and singing. [sobs] There was a song.
Buffy: What are you talking about?
Spike: I don't know. Please, I don't remember. Don't make me remember. [to invisible person] Make it so I forget again! I did what you wanted!
Buffy: There's something here. [throws away the stake]
Spike: Oh, God, no, please. I need that. I can't cry this soul out of me. It won't come. I killed, and I can feel 'em. I can feel every one of them.
Buffy: There's something playing with us. All of us.
Spike: What is it? Why is it doing this to me?
Buffy: I don't know.
Spike: Will you... Help me. Can you help me?
- Early One Morning. Sure, it contributes heavily to Spike's already terrible Badass Decay, but the realization of why the trigger works is what sets this troper off. It's frequently assumed to be magic, but it's not. It's the First using Spike's soul against him. The titular song is the one Spike's mother sang to him as William, and when William became a vampire, his first thought was that he could save his mother from her gradually worsening painful death. Instead, she became a monster. The song reminded him that his love of his mother is what damned her, and the knowledge of it is what drove him to be Spike instead of William: a merciless killer instead of a momma's boy. The song provoked that memory violently every time he heard it.
- A mild one is "Never Leave Me", where Spike keeps telling Buffy to kill him. Oh you poor, screwed up thing. :(
- The end of "Showtime" when Buffy rescues Spike and he touches her shoulder to make sure she's real. She is and he just can't believe that she'd come for him.
- The climax of "The Killer In Me", when Willow-in-Warren's-body breaks down over Tara's death:
(To Kennedy) It was your fault, slut! You tricked me! It was just for a second, but I kissed you... I let her go. She was here all the time. And I let her be dead. (Now directing her comments at Tara) I'm sorry! Please baby, I'm sorry, come back! Please baby, come back!
- Despite later developments in the cannon follow-up comics, this troper saw the climax of that scene as Warren and Willow begging for forgiveness (Warren for accidentally killing the girl he loved after she left him again, which was his crossing of the Moral Event Horizon before he got serious about being a villain). Note how Kennedy takes on her appearance during the kiss to break the spell? It sure doesn't redeem him, but it's a touching display of human grief and vulnerability even coming from the guy who puts the "monster" in Humans Are the Real Monsters.
- "Storyteller" had Anya & Xander's break up.
- This bit from "Storyteller" gets me. The Mood Whiplash only makes it worse:
Buffy: When your blood pours it might save the whole world? What do you think about that? Does that buy it all back? Are you redeemed?
Andrew: No. Because... I killed him. Because I pretended I thought it was Warren, but I knew that it wasn't. And now you're gonna kill me, and I'm gonna die, and I'm scared, and... this is how Jonathan felt.
- Followed by Andrew, who's been Breaking the Fourth Wall as a Running Gag throughout the entire episode to distance himself from everything, sitting down alone with the video camera.
Here's the thing. I killed my best friend. There's a big fight coming, and I don't know what's going to happen. I don't even think I'm going to live through it. That's, uh... (Beat
) Probably the way it should be. I guess I'm... (Beat
) [Turns the camera off].
- The scene in "Empty Places" where Willow and Xander try to act normal and makes jokes about Xander losing his eye and Willow starts crying... This troper's getting dusty eyed just writing about it.
- Oh gods, yes. Especially how he just looks away, and says flatly. "Willow. Please don't," and you can tell he's this far from falling apart.
- The series finale, when in the middle of Spike's Heroic Sacrifice Buffy finally says that she loves him, and he tells her that no, she doesn't.
- Confession time: Call it cheesy, but the "Every girl a slayer" speech gets me every single time. I think it's the music there.
Buffy: From now on, every girl in the world who might be a Slayer, will be a Slayer. Every girl who could have the power, will have the power, can stand up, will stand up. Slayers... every one of us.
- Andrew telling Xander about Anya's death
"She was incredible. She died saving my life."
"That's my girl. Always doing the stupid thing."
- Made all the sadder by the fact that he's lying.
- "Chosen" had me in puddles. At first it was happy tears all the empowerment, all the Potentials gaining so much power then, pure sadness: Spike and Anya dying. It all hit me right at the end, as that smile crept Buffy's face. I was a MESS.
- Buffy's speech to the Potentials before the final battle. Little narmy but empowering nonetheless
- Spike's Heroic Sacrifice.
Buffy: "I love you."
Spike: "No, you don't. But thanks for saying it."
- "I want to see how it ends."
- This troper never cries, but it does feel like stabbing when Spike, obviously in agony, is forcing himself to laugh as he bursts into flame.
- You bastards, you're making me well up just reading those quotes!
- Jonathan's story arc in general. Everything Jonathan does until the end of season six is because he's so desperately lonely that he's willing to put up with torment from his peers, leap blindly at the hope that a woman might like him, and he's genuinely touched when Buffy stops him from killing himself. He's thankful to her for the remainder of the series, giving her an award, wanting desperately for her to think he's a good person to the point where he rewrites reality to do so, and gives THAT up when he realizes the cost, though he knows it ostracizes him further. He joins the Trio out of a sense of companionship more than boredom or a desire for power or money. When he realizes that Warren's not just a goofball friend, but a seriously twisted bastard, Jonathan pushes for the Trio to turn themselves in to the police, and spends the rest of his time trying to save Andrew from following Warren. He does his best to aid Buffy surreptitiously while doing so, and only abandons his plan of going back to prison to pay for his crimes out of raw fear of Willow. His reward for trying to stand up and do the right thing, even at considerable risk to himself? His best friend murders him.
- And Principal Wood was the only one decent enough to bury him. Far as I know, nobody visited Jonathan's grave.