And just before that, when you know what's coming and you can hear the tone of the music behind Six staying behind to give the Autumn cover, it made This Troper's eyes leak during the second playthrough.
Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you remember the only other time that music is played is during Jorge's sacrifice, the destruction of the Long Night of Solace, and the arrival of the rest of the Covenant Fleet. Subtly telling you that yes, Six is not going to make it, but s/he has managed to do something monumental with his/her sacrifice.
"I looked up at the sky and saw the last traces of the Pillar of Autumn as she escaped into the heavens. I gazed out at the barren landscape where my fallen brothers lay. I was alone. Covenant drop ships were beginning to swarm around me, I could hear shouts and roars of Elite soldiers approaching in the distance. Death seemed inevitable at this point. There was no escape. No, I thought. This is not my time to die. As I grabbed my rifle, I told myself, "There'll be another time..." - Youtube comment
Even more heart wrenching is that Six never even realizes just how important their sacrifice was and how much they actually did make a difference
The Deliver Hope trailer. Not so much the visuals, but dear god, the soundtrack... Thom (the original Noble Six) dies in the trailer, carrying a tactical nuclear weapon inside a Covenant cruiser. Kat and Carter think they failed him. Holland thinks he was an idiot. They're all wrong.
Even worse, right after the new Covenant fleet appears, Six lands, wounded on re-entry. With nothing but a pistol, s/he makes it up a hill and spots a large city, mostly smoldering, with a huge Covie ship floating above, while some of the most heart-wrenching music in the entire series plays (Up to 1:28 on this vid.) YMMV on this, but this moment nearly caused a Heroic BSOD for me.
Even right before Jorge's sacrifice, there's a wham moment where the frigate that was escorting you for the entire mission (and whose slipstream drive was cannibalized to make the bomb you're carrying) suddenly gets torn to shreds right in front of your eyes. The music goes solemn right at that moment and stays that way as you're about to assault the corvette's bridge. Yeah, Jorge was the best, but hundreds of people just got vaporized simply to give you a chance of finishing your mission, and it turns out that their deaths were all just as senseless as Jorge's.Cue the blue-screen.
Far from senseless. Destroying that Supercarrier killed so many Covenant and such a powerful and expensive ship that it's doubtful they could have died in a more meaningful and useful way. Just imagine if that Supercarrier had been present in the battle for Earth, or the battle at The Arc.
Made even more upsetting when you find out through the game's Director's Commentary that Kat and Carter had a relationship prior to the events of Reach, which explains why he ends up being the one carrying her body...
If you have subtitles on, it only goes downhill from there. NOBLE Team are not the only ones in that bunker. As shown by the subtitles, civillians have gone in earlier to escape the glassing. They try and comfort each other, but realistically, they're probably terrified for their lives, even as they soothe their companions. When the team is extracted, no one else is there. Make of that what you will.
Civillian: I don't want to die! Please, let me live!
Civillian: Shh, I'm here. It's okay.
For what it's worth... that Field Marshal is probably the same one you fight at the end of The Pillar of Autumn. It won't bring her back, but... killing him gives you, if not some small amount of Schadenfreude, then at least satisfaction.
"I'M READY! HOW ABOUT YOU?" Sayonara, ya crazy bastard...
Understanding of the Halo universe will have some Fridge Tearjerker. Dr. Halsey's hostility towards the SPARTANs's was engendered by suspicion, since they weren't "her" SPARTANs. Her attitude change is tearjerking stuff, especially her final farewell to Noble Six.