Tear Jerker / Criminal Case

Sorrow-inducing moments in Criminal Case:
  • The ending to Case 6, specifically the moment when you have to arrest the not-corrupt cop.
    Jones: ...(player's name), can you handle the arrest, please? I don't have the heart to read him his rights.
    • It's even worse when it's revealed that the cop had killed his partner in the heat of the moment, and he was extremely upset for doing so. He regretted leaving his partner's children without a father, and having to spend time in jail meant that he'd also be away from his family. Since he pleaded guilty to the crime, though, he only has a four year sentence with parole eligibility in two years but he likely would never have a job as an officer again.
  • The revelation of One-tooth Sam's back-story in Case 11, especially the death of his wife which led him to renounce his former wealth.
    One-tooth Sam: My wife got sick, and even all the money in the world couldn't save her.
  • Case 18 becomes this when you have to arrest a young boy who killed his friend by accident. The boy is in tears over what he's done, and Jones gets upset as well.
  • Case 21's victim Rachel Priest died standing up on truth and justice moments before her death, all while scattering clues for you to find knowing that she's not long on this earth. Jones is upset and goes It's Personal the entire case, knowing that despite Rachel was incredibly nosy, stubborn, troublesome, and a little callous to her co-workers in several previous cases, he knows that she's a loyal and diligent defender of justice whose death is largely because of her cameraman sold her life work to her murderer. When a later case reveals her murderer gets out of the jail with $ 5000 because of "procedure violation", Jones quickly demands Chief King why the murderer is free once again, but Chief says police is powerless against judicial bureaucracy.
  • Case 23's victim was one of the few victims in this series to completely avert Asshole Victim. His only "fault" was his desire to leave Grimsborough and travel, yet someone still finds a reason to kill him. This is Lampshaded by Jones and a few other characters as well.
    Jones: I don't know about you, <player>, but this case's quite bummed me out. All Daniel wanted to was travel the world and not restrict himself to our little town. But Lily was so attached to her roots that she couldn't bear the thought of Daniel not wanting the same life as she did...
  • Case 28's Motive Rant, when you arrest the killer. Her husband, the victim, had caused their infant child's death by negligence, and then tried to cover it up by saying the house was haunted and that that was what killed the child.
    Killer: Whatever punishment you give me cannot be worse than the cruel fate of losing your child!
  • The reaction of James Savage, the local Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold, when his dog is killed in Case 31.
    Savage: I met that dog when it was just a puppy. It'd been thrown in a ditch. I saved his life, and it rewarded me by staying by my side for 10 years. It never bit anyone, never growled at people. And now... now my best friend is dead!
    • Case 31 is just heartbreaking for anyone who loves animals, especially dogs.
  • The ending of Case 51, in which Chief King gives the player character a tearful farewell before shooting himself after being outed as the killer, despite Jones begging him to put the gun down.
    King: Goodbye, (player's name). Working with you has been a great honor. BANG
  • The ending of Case 56 brings quite a lot of tears in the fans' eyes as they are to part with the Grimsborough team because the Player Character is moving to Pacific Bay.
  • Case 29 of Pacific Bay. Not only does the victim, unusually for Criminal Case, completely avert being an Asshole Victim, her death was a horrible accident, and her last words are directed at the player character, pleading them to find her killer. On top of it all, she was a close friend of Amy.
  • In the finale of White Peaks, Amy remarks that the killer couldn't be her mother, because she loves her and Duncan. Then she revises it, and says she only loves Duncan.
    • In the climax of that very same case, during the confrontation with the killer, Amy was so deep in denial that she almost concedes when the killer tried to convince her that this is a false arrest, until Hannah arrives with a video footage of the murder itself. Note that when her high school sweetheart tried to pull the same trick two Cases before, she angrily rebuffs his attempts to lie by saying that the [Player Character] is never wrong.
  • Some murders are Accidental Murder, and at times, the murderers genuinely regret their deed. Some of them were even crying or look saddened when they're arrested, such as the murderer in Case 48 "Good Girls Don't Die".
  • Case 56 of Pacific Bay is entitled "A Killer Among Us". As the case name implies, there's an unrest in the PBPD as someone from the team is hinted to be a traitor. 4 team members are flagged as suspects for Danny Moto's murder and Frank Knight was ultimately revealed as the killer.
  • All three cases of The Wastes are tearjerkers. First one's victim was just trying to stop the killer from doing experiments that can destroy the city. Secondly, Karen Knight is murdered, and while we hated her, she was good, all along, and helping us. And the last case has our beloved partner, Frank Knight as the victim. And it is the last case as well, so say your goodbyes to Pacific Bay.
  • Three words. The Final Countdown. The victim was Frank Knight, who at the ends, realized his mistakes and gives his life for Pacific Bay. More so, we found a recording of him addressed to us, where he said he tried very hard to fix his mistakes. Amy remarked that it was as worse as seeing Frank being murdered in the camera. Also, one of the clues was Frank's police badge. He kept it all the time with him, Amy remarked that he was a cop at heart all that time.
  • Frank's funeral is guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye especially after everything that happened in The Wastes. After everything that's happened within the last cases, Chief Marquez still takes care of his funeral arrangements and the team comes together one last time to lay him to rest and share their sentiments.
  • Case 20 of World Edition. Not only was the victim a goodhearted cop, but the killer turned out to be his beloved sister, who shot him by accident when she thought she was going to get mugged by a stranger. When she realized what she'd done, she breaks down in tears and tries to avoid going to jail because that wasn't what her brother would've wanted. Judge Adaku gives her a lenient sentence, but the guilt of the crime would stay with her for life.
  • Case 21 of "World Edition" opens with Jack complaining that he feels utterly useless against the plague and how worried he is for Angela and Lars. Lars coming in utterly sleep-deprived doesn't help.
    • And in the same case, it's heartbreaking to see Lars infected by the virus and only has a few hours at best. The reaction of Angela and Jack make it worse; both of them are crying.
  • The entirety of Sanjay's appearance in Case 24 of World Edition. The player finds him in Tibet, which he ran off to after his pet elephant was killed in an accident. He is penniless and all alone, and gets caught in an avalanche when trying to find a job. He is taken to the Bureau to recover, but in the AI it's never revealed where he went afterwards. note 
  • The "Shaggy Dog" Story of the Tsukeda siblings. Chieko moves heaven and earth to find her brother Hiroshi, only for him to be killed before they could meet.
  • At the end of Case 32, Elliot is kidnapped by a SOMBRA agent. The entire team is frantic to get him back and both Lars and Carmen look literally sick at the idea that he's dead, with Carmen outright cutting Lars off before he can finish his assessment on why the kidnapper would have discarded the gag he was using.
    • There's also Marina asking Sanjay about his memories with SOMBRA to help find Elliot's kidnapper. Sanjay is upset at having to relive those times, and worries about Elliot and whether he'll be taken away too. Marina tries to be as comforting as possible, but it's clear that she doesn't want to trigger his bad memories either.
  • The entire district of Africa may be one, since the AI is called "The Enemy Within" and the Bureau finds out that a member of their team had given a hitman orders to crash their plane to Kenya. What makes this especially saddening is the fact that the entire Bureau (especially the player) had formed strong bonds with each other through fighting SOMBRA and going through hell in the previous cases, and someone from the team still betrayed them despite that. Elliot, who had been the one to discover this, is outright depressed when he breaks the news to the rest of the team.
  • All of case 42, the district finale of Africa. Most of The Bureau are suspects, including Jack and Carmen, and even Chief Ripley. It ends up with Angela being revealed as a SOMBRA agent, leaving Lars devastated.
    • When Carmen is suspected of being the mole, Sanjay bursts in afterwards and tearfully begs the player to not take her away from him. When they refuse, he gets angry until Marina takes care of him.
      • Again with Sanjay, he calls Carmen his mom while asking, in floods of tears, to see her while she's in custody.
    • Elliot does not take being flagged as a suspect, and being interrogated by Michelle very well. He gets upset that the lawyer who defended his kidnapper is the one accusing him of murder, and he is legitimately hurt by the player's refusal to help him, to the point where he confines himself in the library, refusing to speak to anyone. Dupont notices, and worries about him.
    • Angela and Lars's conversation in the AI. Lars is forced to accept that his wife is the mole, and when he talks to her in jail he questions whether she ever cared about him or their children. Angela explains that while she had loyalty to SOMBRA since she was 8 years old, she loved Lars so much that she disobeyed SOMBRA by marrying him, and created the Spring Angels because she was disgusted with what the organization did to children. After leading him to a video of the day their children were born, she sadly says that she doesn't think they'll ever see each other again. Lars is understandably upset and decides to go on leave, wondering how he'll break the truth to their daughters.
  • After one of the clues is found in Case 43, Jack tells the player to send it to Lars, only to sadly remember that Lars had gone home to deal with the aftermath of the SOMBRA mole. He then laments about Lars's emotional state and decides to call him.
  • In "Murder, He Wrote", Lars returns but he's in still in a very bad way after Angela's betrayal. And at the end of the second chapter, he threatens suicide. Pitching Ace 88 outright refuses to read Lars' dialogue in the scene and is so shaken by the turn of events he loses track of what chapter he's on.
  • The death of Michelle Zuria in Case 48. Even in the end, the characters are devastated.
  • Ice Queen Ingrid used to be married, and the end of it was so devastating she can't compose herself. When her ex-husband is trying to contact her because of some serious problems the Bureau needs to be aware of, she breaks down and runs away.
  • All of Case 56, the finale of World Edition.
    • The player finds the body of Natasha Romanova, leading to some conflicting emotions from her daughter, Marina. While she had helped arrest Natasha for treachery and still believes that she's evil, it's clear that she still wants to grieve for her mother. However, she doesn't get much time to grieve as she's immediately arrested for being related to Natasha (who had kidnapped the US President).
    • One of the suspects in the President's kidnapping is Baxter Fraser, who is still as stressed as the last time we saw him and panics at the mere sight of the player. He claims to have mental breakdowns, and later on, not only is he revealed to be telling the truth, but they were caused by the Vice President taking advantage of his previous brainwashing, leading him to believe that he'll always be a monster. note 
    • Angela also returns as a suspect, and her presence stirs up emotions in both Jack and Lars. Both are angry that she would show her face at the Bureau after all she did to them, and are fiercely protective of each other in her presence. When she detonates a bomb that nearly kills Jonah and Jack, Lars confronts her while she states that all she wanted was to see her family again. She is later proven innocent of kidnapping and murder, but shares one last conversation with Lars. Lars admits that after she was arrested, all he wanted was for her to have a change of heart and be in love with him again, and while she confirms that she still loves him, Lars coldly remarks that he knows who she really is and only loves the woman he thought he knew. After he denies Angela's request to see their daughters again, she tearfully bids him and the player goodbye.
    • When it's time to arrest the killer, Armand Dupont asks if he could help Jack and the player do the honors. They corner the Vice President, and she takes a shot at Jack. When it doesn't kill him, she takes another shot at him...only for Armand to jump in front of Jack and take the bullet. Jack then shoots the VP dead in retaliation, and Armand is rushed to the hospital, where he only has a few more hours to live. Jack tearfully apologizes for not being able to protect him, but Armand reassures him that he had great adventures with the Bureau, and made peace with the fact that he would die saving the world. He gives the player his ancestor's notebook (the key to Season 4), and thanks them for always listening to his ramblings. After seeing the UN Peace Award they won, he passes away peacefully, and the entire Bureau has heartfelt things to say to him during his funeral.
    • Chief Ripley's last appearance. The only time she appears in this case is at Dupont's grave, after everyone had left. She apologizes to him for having to end his life this way, and bids farewell to her old friend.
    • Unlike the previous two seasons, where the player merely leaves the police force they worked with, The Bureau is disbanded after they fulfilled their purpose of putting an end to SOMBRA. Everyone is shocked at this, especially since the Bureau had been the most close-knit of the three police forces seen, and states that they'll miss each other. The season ends with everyone reflecting on the adventures and relationships forged during the player's tenure, then Jack opens Dupont's journal and reads it out loud to everyone.
  • The Mysteries of the Past case "Let Me Down Gently" features Lucrezia Capecchi who is dismissed and disparaged by just about everyone including her sister for her facial burns, had some painful Enforced Method Acting from a bitch of a movie director, and ultimately died when she was to meet her correspondence partner at a lighthouse party, who didn't want to be involved with her. When she grabbed him to stay, he reacted and she fell out of the lighthouse to her death. Poor judgment, but still a tragic end to an even more tragic story.
  • The final case of Mysteries of the Past which sees Charles Dupont shot and killed by none other than Diego Del Lobo. Maddie's reaction and everybody else's is just heartbreaking.
    • Coupled with the fact that since the events take place in the late 19th century, all the characters of the season, the player character included, are of course long dead.
  • The first case of The Conspiracy the the death of Nathan Pandit who was the coroner of the first season. It's tearjerking as it's the first case in and a death of a friend has already occurred.
  • Brad Price, the victim of Conspiracy Case 4, strung along two people who adored him and are clearly heartbroken. Not to mention killing his best friend's service dog, the only thing that was helping the poor guy's depression, and didn't feel remotely sorry. AND he ruined the life of his killer and didn't even remember her.
  • The Conspiracy's fifth case, "Too Cruel for School", sees the return of Julian Ramis from the first Grimsborough arc, who is ostracized due to accidentally killing his friend five years ago and has untreated depression as a result. When he first sees the player character again, he thinks they've come back to ruin his life.
    • The very next case has Edward Ramis, Julian's dad as the victim of the Rocket Cow Killer. Not only is Julian devastated when the player breaks the news to him, but he reveals that he had an argument with his dad right before he died, which prompted the killer to target him in the first place. Not helping matters is the fact that Edward was mostly a loving and supportive father to Julian, and was implied to be the only support he had left after the Accidental Murder five years ago.
  • A missing person's case for a social worker named Zoe comes through the department, and surprisingly, the data on it is missing. It's revealed that for some reason, Jones was the last person to talk to it. When Gloria and the player confront him, he's evasive, chalking it up to a failure on his part. However, digging deeper, the truth is realized: Zoe is Jones's girlfriend, his first serious encounter after his flirting with Rachel Priestnote  The player tracks down the disappearances throughout the Additional investigation. She's found in the penultimate case, but she has amnesia. To the point where she no longer remembers Jones.[[/note