Tear Jerker: Game Grumps

  • "Ode to Jon". It has its funny moments, but it's still rather bittersweet, seeing Jon suddenly leave.
    • It's a depressing sight watching everyone huddled around the empty seat on the couch that Jon used to sit on, with Arin crying and rubbing the empty seat as though a close friend had died.
  • In-Universe: Sad Hoshi.
    • At least until it turns out he's a pedophile.
  • All of The Wind Waker: Episode 19. Essentially the entire episode revolves around Danny revealing his past where he struggled with Mono, depression, and OCD.
  • Danny seems genuinely sad when he realizes they've finished Kirby's Epic Yarn, especially during the scene when Prince Fluff says goodbye to Kirby.
  • Jon reminices about his time with Danny, and how the two used to laugh about Wolfjob together.
    Jon: I miss Dan. I really do.
  • Many fans feel this way about the longest playthrough the Grumps ever did, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). It was done in by Jon's departure and Left Hanging at part 108. It stops at the very end of Silver's campaign with the Grumps about to beat Iblis's final form, and they had already cleared Sonic's and Shadow's campaigns, which would have launched them into the Last Episode to beat Solaris in an epic conclusion to the game. Jon himself had said it would be an incredible finale... then left Game Grumps. Afterwards, Arin said that the playthrough was over for good, because they had gotten to a point where there wasn't much more to do near the end, and Danny felt he wasn't there for the journey and it would feel like an intrusion to pick up where Jon left off and continue only a smidgen of the game.
    Arin: Like I keep saying, man. Sonic 06 is a character study on us. As people. We grow with the game, we grow as friends. Maybe we fight a couple times, but we always come back. Because we know...
    Jon: [laughing] We know there's more to be had.
  • In Part 13 of Katamari Damacy, Dan recalls his first day of nursery school. Mixed with Heartwarming, he says how he cried after saying goodbye to his mom, and was so fussy as a result he threw blocks at kids.
  • Shadow of the Colossus naturally brings a few of these out, as Danny keeps saying how bad he feels about killing the Colossi.
    • Agro's death. Danny is "so sadmad right now."
    • Not helped when he reflexively whistles for Agro after defeating a Colossus... and she's not there. Danny accidentally makes himself sad.
    • What makes it worse is that Arin managed to trick Danny into gushing about Agro right before her death.
    • During the whole ending, Danny seems like he's about to start crying, and even begs Arin to cut out his shtick of pretending he doesn't know what's about to happen. He ends up declaring that he might need to take a couple weeks off before he's up to doing the next game.
  • Their Wind Waker Finale. Especially their final words:
    Arin: Wanna play a Sonic game?
    Danny: Yeah, those are short.
  • Danny's run of bad luck playing Dokapon Kingdom.
  • Arin reaching his breaking point after being repeatedly rejected by Helena in Dead or Alive Xtreme 2, bursting into tears, and crying into Dan's lap.
  • Coming across an "RIP Robin Williams" message while playing Super Mario 3D World. And note that this was after they learned his daughter Zelda is a fan of theirs.
  • In Mario 3D World Part 18, Arin suddenly becomes very quiet and irritated after a blank Miiverse post appears. The general consensus is that the Miiverse post told the grumps to acknowledge Jontron and Barry covered it up. Arin muttering what sounds like "I don't care about him anymore" as well as Jon making a Reddit post denying Arin's claim that he didn't want to be associated with Game Grumps, adds weight to the rumors that the two had a falling out.
    • Just the entire implication that Jon and Arin had a fall out adds more sadness to the fact that they seemed like such great friends, many fans even considered them brothers. To see so much dishonesty and any lack of information about what happened (which has frustrated fans alike about Jon's abrupt departure from Game Grumps) is basically this. It doesn't help that Arin barely acknowledges Jon anymore on the show, and while understandable due to several reasons to not upset the fan base, it leaves a heart breaking feel that Arin doesn't speak about his old friend anymore.
    • It was actually disproven that the Miiverse post was a message about Jon, and he didn't actually say 'I don't care about him anymore', but still.
    • It makes worse when it's been recently proven by fans that the Miiverse post was in fact censored (Just not the one fans thought it was...), making the whole feel of Arin and the other Grumps (except Ross and Dan...) don't want to bother speaking about Jon anymore..
    • This post was apparently a violation of a non-disclosure agreement that was in place until a certain time between his departure was up. The last mention of Jon was in the very first episode of Steam Train in the beginning of the derided Hotline Miami playthrough (neither Danny or Ross impressed the viewers much because they hadn't eased into making their videos yet and didn't impress many people with their awkward gameplay), which was set to air before Jon decided to leave and unfortunately got undue flak for airing right after Jon officially left.
  • Regardless of debates, fans cried tears of joy when this picture regarding Jon and Arin meeting up at Magfest 2015 puts some tension aside.
  • Monty Oum's passing. Both Arin and Ross made incredibly touching and provocative posts to honor the spirit of one of their best friends and the hardest-working man that either of them have known.
  • This one is tears of joy, because in part 109 of their Pokémon FireRed playthrough, they finally, FINALLY mentioned Jon BY NAME. The comments section EXPLODED.
  • During the "Thank You" video Danny and Ross filmed to celebrate their two years on the channel, Ross shared a story about the negative reaction to the first episodes of "Steam Train". He saw the dislike bar and the comments section, and (trying to not let it get him down) he decided forget working and spend the day at the beach with Holly. Unfortunately, he got stung by a bee on his hand and the pain caused all of his pent-up frustration he had to come out in one echoing "FUCK!!!" that shocked all the nearby swimmers and surfers. He got it patched up quickly by the lifeguards and the channel obviously sorted itself out soon after, but it's sad to hear that the negative reception to him and Danny's first appearances really DID get to them in one way or another.
  • Ross and Dan are genuinely utterly CRUSHED when Achaka dies in Kings Quest 2015.