Tear Jerker: Gunnerkrigg Court

  • From Chapter 6: A Handful Of Dirt
    • Given how Annie usually acts, seeing her break down emotionally like this is very upsetting. In this case, it's important that that's where her emotions (all of them) started flooding back, period. That's bound to go a little differently.
    • This page from Chapter 31 makes the penultimate page of this one even sadder.
  • From Chapter 8: Broken Glass and Other Things
    • Muut's worry about Annie's shunning the guides. It's a feeling familiar with most parents.
      "Still such anger."
  • From Chapter 13: A Week For Kat
  • From Chapter 18: S1
  • From Chapter 19: Power Station
  • From Chapter 21: Blinking
    • The idea that Annie had to be the Guide for her mother is highly sniffle-worthy. Kat's reaction on the next page helps somewhat. The fact that Tom Siddell didn't add a little snippet of wit at the bottom and instead just left it blank lends to how sad that page really is.
  • From Chapter 25: Sky Watcher And The Angel
    • Pretty much the entirety of the chapter, where we learn the details behind she died and we did nothing.
    • Skywatcher's monologue at the end of that chapter:
      "I continue to turn my face upwards, measuring the same temperature, the same humidity, radiation and thousands of other variables. But now a new metric has been added. The number of angels I have seen is "one". And I will keep watch for more."
    • The Bookends around the most directly depressing section do a good job of showing how context is the difference between Narm and Tearjerker.
    • Especially when coupled with Chapter 30.
  • From Chapter 26: The Old Dog's Tricks
    • There's something very quietly heartbreaking about Ysengrin's body, and the way it has withered away from the proud wolf he once was. And more than that, Ysengrin seems to be deeply resentful of his own physical weakness without the suit of bark armor he wears. To see such a proud figure filled with such self-loathing is, in its own way, quite painful. In Coyote's own words, he seems so... pathetic despite his anger, pride and hate.
  • From Chapter 30: The Coward Heart
  • From Chapter 31: Fire Spike
  • From Chapter 33: Give And Take
    • Kat "deactivating" the robot at his request at the end.
      • Then there's the next page after that...
        Robot: Let it be known. In this tomb of ancients, the angel called forth a spirit of the dead. You see how easily she gave life, and how easily she took it away.
  • From Chapter 35: Parley and Smitty Are In This One
    • Shadow 2 was kicked out of the forest by his own family for not hating the people of the court.
    • Robot, as he's laying damaged in Kat's workshop, unaware if Shadow is going to be okay or not
      Robot: Why didn't I realise it before? I love my good friend, Shadow.
  • From Chapter 37: Microsat 5
    • It starts right from the beginning, with Annie's reaction to being called by her father. Then, it gets worse when she learns that he was just using a code, with Annie's name as part of the code - in other words, he wasn't even calling her.
  • From Chapter 39: The Great Secret
    • While Annie was living in the forest, she formed what seems to be a pretty strong friendship with Ysengrin. Which makes it pretty heartbreaking that he's willing to do this as soon as he even suspects she might think of him as inferior to humans.
  • From Chapter 40: The Stone
  • From Chapter 44: Crash Course
  • From Chapter 45: Thread
    • Annie admits why she ran away when she saw Kat and Paz kissing, and we again gain some insight into her... issues.
      Annie: That's when it really hit me... that you will one day leave me.
  • From Chapter 47: See Ya!
    • "It is too late for you."
    • An odd example on page 7. While around ninety percent of the page just looks like a technical diagram for an SC 50, the clear implication of the exploded diagram is that this image is a tasteful way of depicting Mort's death.
    • Mort expressing his desire to be taken to the ether, and how he seems to have long ago accepted the idea of this.
      Mort: I want to help you! And… I've had enough. You guys have been really great friends… But, you're getting older, and I never will. I think it's time for me to move on.
    • Kat fighting back tears as they prepare to send off Mort.
    • Annie leads Mort to the afterlife, and she kisses him goodbye. He blushes and says "Thank you...miss." He's already forgotten about Annie and Kat and the rest of his friends.
    • At the end, Kat voices her admiration for the strength that Annie has displayed. Annie's response is to collapse into her arms.
    • Bonus page 47, The Stinger. Pro patria mori, Silenti, Dulce et decorum est. "To die for your country, be silent, it is sweet and fitting." After everything we learn about Mort the phrase just becomes all the more heartwrenching. Somehow, with just a few panels of props and hallways, Gunnerkrigg Court feels more haunted despite the fact it has one less ghost.
      • Possibly worse if you recognize the reference to Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est," a poem that condemns World War I. The entire point of the poem is that if more people witnessed the horrors of war, they "would not tell with such high zest / To children ardent for some desperate glory, / The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est / Pro patria mori."