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Tear Jerker: Kick-Ass
Big Daddy's death.
After utterly destroying John G and the rest of his goons, Hit Girl finally breaks down.
Hit Girl: Would you give me a hug? My daddy just died.
Issue 5 of volume 2: Dave's father takes the fall for him for being Kick-Ass and is later murdered in prison. The funeral was what really made this heart-breaking, seeing a brief flashback with him playing with Dave as a child.
Made even more gut-wrenching in the movie because after Mr. Lizewski finds out that Dave is Kick-Ass, Dave coldly tells him that nobody will remember him (his dad) when he's gone. He acknowledges his regret in saying that at the funeral.
Earlier, Red Mist SHOOTS A BUNCH OF LITTLE KIDS IN THE FACE. IN BROAD DAYLIGHT.
Not to mention he also raped Katie, right AFTER he shot her father in the head.
Volume 3: Issue 2 shows that Angie Genovese became a social outcast because of Chris's actions in Volume 2. This shows when a relative of one of the people killed in Chris's rampage confronts her for it and spits in her face. This gets so bad that she contemplates killing Chris to prevent him from escaping from prison.
Near the end of Issue 2, a guard ( later revealed to be Colonel Stripes in disguise) notices Chris watching X-Men. He questions why Chris would watch that, considering his moral stances. He then casually reveals that he used to adore the X-Men as a child to the point where he would dress up as Wolverine on a daily basis. It makes you wonder how he turned out the way he did.
Volume 3: Issue 5. The deaths of Insect-Man and Doctor Gravity.
Volume 3: Issue 7. Chris's Redemption Equals Death moment. He reveals the reason why he helped Mindy was because he felt guilty for making his mother a social pariah for his actions. Before he dies, he tells Mindy to apologize to his mother for him and asked her if she forgives him for his horrible acts. Mindy's answer was rather ambiguous, but it implies that she forgave him.
Might not resonate with some, but when Kick-Ass comes home aftera failed night of crime-fighting, he collapses into tears on his bed. While this might be Played for Laughs, it can feel pretty harsh when you think about how genuinely hard this guy is trying to save people, and the resulting hopelessness in his failure. It's a depressing sight.
The saddest part is when he tries hardly to speak to his daughter while he's horribly burned.
Three words: *Show's over, motherfuckers*
Mindy never got to have her hot chocolate with her father...*sniff*
A minor one in the first movie, when Dave approaches Chris at the beginning to invite him over to their table only to be brutally rebuffed by Chris' hulking bodyguard. Although it's played for laughs, the briefly hopeful expression on Chris' face when he sees Dave walking towards him is what lends it tragedy, along with the realization of how many times such a scene must have occurred in the past, resulting in Chris' isolation from other kids his age.