Tear Jerker / Galaxy Quest

  • The cast of the Galaxy Quest television show suffering from I Am Not Spock and Dude, Where's My Respect? at the beginning of the movie despite it meant to be semi-humorous, lamenting over how the fame they gained from the show even after its cancellation destroyed their acting careers due to being remembered for just that show. Even during their appearances at conventions or store openings, they at first lament the way they were embraced. Gwen DeMarco is treated as a Ms. Fanservice for every fanboy's perverted wet dream despite being a skilled actress, while Alexander Dane gets the worst of it, as he was a respected Shakespearian actor before his unwanted Breakout Role that only limits his fans to fans of his television role much to his dismay and the fact he lives in a dingy run-down apartment in contrast of the luxury lifestyles of his co-stars Gwen and Jason. Fortunately, by the end of the film, their experience at least regain their faith in their fandom and revived their acting careers.
  • Quellek's death always starts the waterworks. This innocent alien fanboy has considered serving Alexander Dane to be an honor, since he has followed the latter's character's culture and philosophy for his whole life. Alexander has to watch his fan die in his arms, and for the first time, he delivers his hated signature line with sincerity:
    Quellek: You'll forgive my impertinence, sir, but even though we had never before met, I've always considered you as a father to me.
    • Hell, it's sad enough seeing him earlier in the film, meeting his genuine hero, only for his hero to turn around and snarl at him when he was only trying to be nice. Brings to mind many meltdowns from celebrities meeting over-enthusiastic fans, but what makes it worse is that Quellek genuinely didn't know any better, considering the entire Thermian species are fans of the show
  • Jason explaining being forced to explain the true nature of Earth television and fiction to the naive Mathesar. It's like watching a slow, hard breakdown of a child discovering that there's no such thing as Santa (it even hits harder as Jason's actor played a Santa). He looks absolutely devastated.
    Mathesar: [weakly whispering] ...buuuut whyyyyyyy?
    Jason: God, I am so sorry.
    • The varying looks of guilt on the other actors' faces hurt too (even Guy looks ashamed), despite most of them initially resenting their television roles.
    • Not to mention Mathesar's cheerful face as he tries desperately to hold on to his belief in the show, vainly attempting to counter Jason's statements about how the "ship" is actually only an inch long.
    • It's even painful how Jason finally manages to get through to Mathesar. As mentioned before, his species doesn't understand the concept of fiction and playing pretend (which is usually not malicious in intent) but through their interactions with creatures like Sarris they now understand the concept of lying. Jason tries to break it to him gently by saying that he's an actor and that they were merely pretending, but Mathesar doesn't understand, forcing Jason to use language the Thermian does understand: "We lied." Mathesar visibly flinches at the word as if he's been stabbed.
    • This scene is gutting on many levels, but Sarris makes it even worse: dripping with utter contempt, he cements his status as an utter dick by demanding that Jason "Explain... as you would a child."
  • The entire scene when Sarris sneaks onto the bridge and starts killing everyone off. Even if you already know Jason's going to activate the Omega 13. It's still an amazingly horrific scene.
  • Both Jason's outburst at Brandon and ignoring him when they knock into each other and their communicators get mixed up can hit really hard for anyone who has looked forward to meeting a celebrity they admire, only to be severely disappointed, especially when coupled with the feeling that they somehow messed up.
    • Heck, there's a reason that Shatner's appearance on Saturday Night Live, the infamous "Get a life!" scene, is still considered so devastating this many years on. To actually love and enjoy something, to make it a part of your life because you appreciate and treasure it, and then to have one of the people that made it happen tell you it doesn't matter..