Tear Jerker / Child of the Storm

     Book I - Child of the Storm 
  • How Hela came to be. Oh Loki...
    • As pointed out on the Nightmare Fuel page, from Odin's point of view, this could've been averted if he hadn't been so distant and frightening that Loki would rather run and take his chances than to ask for help. And just to take it Up to Eleven? It's implied that (at least part of) the reason Odin is so emotionally distant is because of his own father, who was definitely not a model parent. Meaning that, when Loki ran away rather than ask for help, Odin must've felt like he was taking his father's place as the frightening one.
    • It's also a tearjerker for Frigga, who, being the loving mother and healer she is, would have certainly done her best to help Loki's wife and daughter.
  • The "Mama loves you, Harry. Mama will always love you," line from a not quite dead, not quite alive Lily Potter. It was designed to reach in and press the button marked 'Feels'.
  • Lily was pregnant when she died, according to Sirius. And she was planning to surprise James with the news after Halloween.
  • Harry's confrontation with Odin, crossing over with Crowning Moment of Awesome.
    Why didn't you want me?
  • Wanda had to give up both her daughter and her godson, the latter the child of two of her best friends-and to a family who would mistreat and abuse him. She says to Sirius that he could not possibly hate her as much as she hates herself-and she's the daughter of the man who wrote the book on hatred. It's also clear that, at this point in time, she is pretty much completely alone.
  • Carol's Senseless Sacrifice in chapter 60, as they were rescued moments later, and the way that Uhtred bursts into tears of guilt shortly afterwards. Thankfully, she's saved by the Winter Soldier, but still.
  • The deaths of Luna Lovegood and Arthur Weasley in Chapter 70.
    • The former should be expanded on a little: Wanda postulates that Luna, a 12-year-old girl who had just gone looking for her shoes, took a bullet to the lung and choked to death on her own blood. And she was found by Sean Cassidy, who was implied to have known her mother, tried to look out for her, and was too choked up to do more than whisper. Oh, boy...
  • Bucky's struggles with himself and his identity in chapter 71. While shaking off his programming was awesome, it's left a real mess behind.
    • And then he gets brainwashed again.
  • Chapter 72: you've got Harry clinging to his godmother and weeping in her arms until he can't cry any more in response to Luna's death and his own and doing much the same with his father. It seems a very long way away from Harry's first hugging of his father 70 chapters or so beforehand, because this Cutie is very much broken.
  • When Carol reveals to Steve that she's his great-granddaughter, he's so shocked at the situation that he pushes her away, which leaves her hurt and confused.
  • Harry having to say goodbye to his mother, after just getting her back, as she has to return to her duties as the White Phoenix of the Crown.

     Book II - Ghosts of the Past 
  • Harry's Heroic B.S.O.D. after he's forced to Mind Rape six Death Eaters in order to save his friends. He's left vomiting to the point of dry heaving, having completely drained himself emotionally.
  • Maddie/Rachel's fate. All of it.
    • Her reaction when Xavier gently reveals to her that she wasn't, as she had believed, simply created whole by Essex. She was born Rachel Grey and was supposed - should have been - raised as a normal teenage girl with loving parents and siblings rather than some Living Weapon. She just... breaks down, and even after calming herself, she sadly admits she cannot be Rachel because she's been Maddie all her life - she wouldn't know where to start.
  • Sinister ensured no one would come for Lorna by wiping her family's and friends' memories about her, so much that her own mother forgot her and thought someone was playing a tasteless joke when the girl tried to call home. Poor Lorna breaks down in Storm's arms afterwards.
    • This is implied to have happened to the other prisoners too.
  • Harry being brainwashed into becoming a Red Room agent and murdering dozens of people in cold blood. Just when you think he hasn't suffered enough... And all that after Maddie tried to protect him, too.
  • Understandably, he completely breaks and starts channelling the Dark Phoenix, which manifests with what Dresden describes as a chilling, agonised scream. It's brief, but heartbreaking nonetheless.
  • The usually cool, calm and collected Maddie being overwhelmed to the point of tears by the way she's being treated (with kindness and concern). As she puts it in something of a bewildered wail, "Everyone's being so kind." Why? Because she's never been treated like this. She's never been treated with such genuine, free kindness and concern, and she has absolutely no frame of reference for it.
    • Also her revelation that she was, in fact, aware that Gambit's original intentions when getting close to her were mainly to pretend to care to use her to get free of Essex, before changing his mind and actively working to coax her away and get her free too, once he realised that she was as much a victim of Essex as he was, and she let it past. Why? Because it was nice to have someone at least pretend to care about her. To underline the point: this is someone so starved of affection that not only did she have trouble with the concept, she was willing to accept affection that she knew was fake and had ulterior motives behind it, simply because it was the closest she could get. Gambit is appropriately stricken.
    • And in chapter 28, the depth of her insecurities and worries about meeting her family, and fearing that she'll be compared to Jean - who is, in her eyes, more or less 'perfect' - and that she'll therefore fall short as a disappointment. Thankfully, Harry, another 'less than perfect' member of the family, is present to help her through it, but even still...
  • We finally learn why Wanda dropped Constantine: he felt that the knowledge of the Zataras, of how to merge wanded and wandless magic, was potentially incredibly dangerous if it fell into Voldemort's hands, and that while they'd never give it up willingly, Voldemort had his methods. So he took steps - specifically, secretly enchanting them both without their knowledge or consent, turning them into bombs that would go off if Voldemort ever captured them and broke into their minds, hopefully killing Voldemort in the process, making it look like Death Curse of the Taking You with Me kind. That was exactly what happened when Voldemort captured Sindella Zatara. Voldemort survived, albeit badly injured. And it gets worse: a grieving Giovanni Zatara - still reeling from his wife's death and seeking revenge was told by Constantine that he could find the wounded Voldemort. However, Giovanni wasn't stupid, and knew Constantine's growing reputation, and was hesitant about trusting him and ambushing the Death Eaters, so asked Wanda if Constantine was trustworthy. She checked with Constantine about the plan, then said that he was. Voldemort turned out to be healthier than expected, and Giovanni died, killed with a killing curse. Which left the explosive enchantments intact. Which Wanda discovered. She then she confronted Constantine, demanded to know why he did it, he said: "Casualties of war, love. Casualties of war." Casualties of war. You have dick moves, and then you have that.
  • Surtur's backstory establishes he was a brilliant mage-scientist from an extremely advanced world. However, it was dying and he was so desperate for a way to save his people that he managed to summon and beg the Phoenix for help. The Phoenix took pity on him and made him one of Her hosts to let him fulfil his aims. And it worked - Surtur repaired and improved the planet, even kickstarting his people's evolution. But. He then thought, "Why stop there?" and started altering his people on a grand scale without their consent, making them 'better'. They rose up against him and the Phoenix came to reclaim Her power - he begged to keep it, to be allowed to finish what he had started. She refused, rebuking him for misusing it, and Surtur... snapped. He'd spent decades studying the power he'd been given, so managed to separate it from the main Phoenix, which fled in agony and confusion, then obliterated and enslaved the spirits of his people, transforming them into Fire-Giants, becoming the first Dark Phoenix. He then resolved that he was the Only Sane Man in an insane, flawed universe, and that it was up to him to burn it all down and rebuild it better. It ends up with him locked away for a million years. Tragic Villain indeed.
  • Stephen Strange grew up in Camelot after being orphaned as a baby. Yes, that Camelot. And even now, after 500,000 years, he still refuses to forgive himself for too late in arriving at Camlann, thinking he could have struck Mordred down and saved King Arthur. It still haunts him. After all that time. And it's hinted that the reason he refuses to forgive himself is because he's terrified of Jumping Off the Slippery Slope and starting to dismiss such things as 'the cost of doing business.' No wonder he's so messed up.
    • He still regards as another regret the circumstances leading to Surtur's binding, since one of his friends, Frey, had to sacrifice himself. Frey was young, and kind, and he was about to become a father, and Strange couldn't find a way to spare him which spared the universe too. Frey knew it and thanked Strange for trying, only asking Strange to walk with him while he left for his last battle.
    • When being threatened by an angry Thor, Strange remarks that any torture the latter has in mind would be amusingly quaint, if not cathartic, and that he honestly wouldn't mind if he did die. What kind of hell has that man been through?
    • Additionally, what happened with Arthur and Mordred and his being too late to stop the tragedy explains why he drove himself mad trying to do everything he could to save Maddie/Rachel - he failed her the exact same way as he failed Arthur, by being too late, something he vowed after Camlann to never, ever be.
      • And on top of that, as he informs Uhtred when on the verging of totally flipping out, he never breaks his word, because it's just about all he has left. The prospect of being forced to break his word, which likely had very real magical consequences on top of the very obvious psychological ones, nearly destroyed him.
  • While having powers is awesome, Jean-Paul discusses with the Kents the downside of being born a mutant-there are many beings and organizations out there who would love to use a super-powered minion, and if you don't keep your powers hidden or have protection like Xavier, the Avengers, SHIELD, etc, they will come for you, and your loved ones will be helpless to intervene. All because you just happened to be born with powers you didn't ask for.
  • Pretty much everything about Ruth-at around 12 years old, her psychic powers were just starting to develop when she got hit by the side-effects of Harry and Maddie's psychic brawl. Her powers went out of control, the sheer amount of possibilities she could see drove her mad, and she was reduced to begging on the streets (which implies that, for whatever reason, her parents aren't around/didn't care for her, either).
  • Harry's Motive Rant in chapter 28 really shows just how weary and broken Harry is from Forever Red and everything else, sounding like a combination of weary old man and petulant teenage boy who just wants to spend time with his friends and family without someone trying to kill him.
    "I. Have had. Enough. All I want is to have a normal school year, and to be left alone. I mean...is that really too much to ask?"
  • In chapter 29, Steven 'Stevie' Danvers, Carol's younger brother, lays out what he's noticed about what's been going on (a lot, considering that he's Locked Out of the Loop), including that there was something fishy about their father suddenly getting a job that keeps him far away from his family (because he tried to get Harry to alter Carol's mind). He then notes that their youngest brother, Joe junior, who's 9, doesn't understand what's going on, just that something is off and that his daddy is gone - he doesn't know why, much less understand (that there's a good reason for it), and therefore tends to cry himself to sleep whenever he thinks his older siblings aren't around (and Carol, to his line of thinking, seldom paid attention anyway, a remark she, a little ashamed, doesn't rebut). In general, it serves as a little reminder that what's good for the main cast has ramifications for other characters.
    • Later on, Stevie being absolutely terrified of Dracula's strike team - he is, after all, surrounded by monsters that are pretty open about how they have no use for him other than possibly as a snack, and his only protection is his superpowered big sister, who the monsters are clearly more powerful than, and the fact that they're only sparing him as long as he can serve as a hostage for Carol's good behaviour. While Carol's not especially fazed by vampires etcetera, having had practise fighting monsters, Stevie is completely out of his depth and understandably terrified. Another little set of ramifications.