Tear Jerker / Metroid

The Metroid series indeed has its moments of sadness.
  • Super Metroid has several, mostly dealing with the Giant Metroid (the adult form of the baby Metroid that imprinted on Samus in Metroid II).
    • The first time we see it, it swoops out of nowhere in Tourian, latches onto Samus, drains almost her entire energy reserve... and then lets go and floats away. As it does so, it lets out several confused sounds, and you realize that its cries mean something very close to "Mommy?"
      • The part that does it is that the Metroid only lets go when Samus' low-health alarm starts beeping. Remember Ridley's assault on the research lab? The last thing the baby Metroid remembers about Samus is Ridley attacking her and setting off her low-health alarm (unless you're a preternaturally good player, but still.)
      • Also, after releasing Samus, the Metroid will hover around for a bit, then eventually fly away (reminiscent of it hovering around Samus at the end of Metroid II.) If you shoot it, however, it immediately flies away, like a scolded child.
    • During the final battle with Mother Brain, Samus is nearly killed by its penultimate attack, injured to the point where she can't even stand upright. As Mother Brain prepares to finish her off, the Giant Metroid bursts into the room and grabs it, sucking the life out of it to save its mother. It then settles onto Samus, restoring her health... at which point the Not Quite Dead Mother Brain gets up and attacks, as the Metroid takes the blows. Gamers find themselves heartbroken by the death of an alien jellyfish... and relieved when the resulting Mama Bear moment from Samus lets them make Mother Brain pay by blowing its head off of its neck. With a weapon so powerful that Mother Brain's remains crumble to dust before your eyes. This scene was recreated in full 3D graphics complete with Samus's horrified expression in the introduction of Metroid: Other M as a flashback sequence. It also adds in her reaching out to the baby as it's mortally wounded in a futile attempt to do anything.
  • In Metroid Fusion:
    • Samus proposes her plan to stop the Government Conspiracy from abusing the X Parasites and the SA-X, by Colony Drop-ing the Biologic Space Labs. With herself still aboard.
      Samus: The X must not escape this station. I must send them all to oblivion. Them, the station... and myself... if I have to.
    • The penultimate conversation with the AI Adam was an even bigger Tear Jerker:
      Adam: Did this "Adam" care for you? Would he sit in a safe command room somewhere and order you to die?
      Samus: He would understand that some must live and some must die... He knew what it meant. He made that sacrifice, once.
      Adam: So he chose life for you? Our fair warrior? Your Adam gave his life so that you might keep yours... for the sake of the universe...
      Samus: (long pause)
      ...Leading up to the big reveal:
      Adam: Samus, this is your last mission. Go to the Operations Room and alter the station's orbit path to intercept SR388. Set the self-destruct, return to your ship and escape. Move quickly, and stay alive... Any objections, Lady?
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption:
    • It's bad enough that you're forced to kill your three fellow bounty hunters, but Rundas' fight is especially bad because of the music that plays. Try to listen to it without a few tears wetting your eyes.
    • Also, the 75% ending of Corruption is incredibly sad, with the usual "Samus takes off her helmet" scene, but instead being triumphant, it shows Samus sitting all alone in Skytown, reminiscing about all of the other hunters she was forced to kill, and gazing off into the horizon, looking very wistful and unhappy.
    • Ghor's death is also sad, due to the fact that Samus is shooting away at Dark Samus in a futile attempt to save him.
    • Which leads into Gandrayda's death. Gandrayda staggers back, losing control of her shapeshifting, and eventually settles into Samus' form. When Dark Samus appears, Samus doesn't even try to shoot Dark Samus this time. She knows that there's absolutely nothing she can do to save Gandrayda. All Samus can do is stand there, with a fist clenched in silent fury as Gandrayda dies.
  • Prime 2:
    • The game has couple in the form of logs, including a not-even-logged scan of a female Luminoth dead near a gate. The scan indicates she died of malnutrition, adding the note "She remained at her post, despite the fact that she was starving to death." The name of the area you find her in? Path of Honor.
    • Aether was a beautiful place according to the Luminoth lore entries. However, on the day the meteor hit the planet, a parallel dark world to Aether was opened up and from it, came the Ing,invasive monsters who's goal was corrupting the world to their own twisted image and they would kill or corrupt anything that stood in their way. The poor Luminoth who are essentially a peaceful people, were forced to create weapons of war to combat the Ing, and it still wasn't enough. Even their ultimate weapon, the Quadraxis was stolen by the Ing. Most of the Luminoth had no choice but to go into hyper-sleep with the hopes that either their remaining sentinels can find some way to turn the tables and win, or a new hero will come to stop the invading force and save them. and by the time Samus has come, the Ing have already stolen the last energy controller. Samus managed to steal it back but what would've happened if things played out a little differently?
    • One can only imagine what is going through Samus' mind during the events of Echoes. U-Mos tells her to go to Agon Wastes and the ruins look similar to the Chozo Ruins on Talon IV. It's possible to interpret this as Samus being reminded of her own people. She couldn't save the chozo but she'll be damned if she lets anyone else suffer the same fate.
  • The final log of the GFS Tyr. They're damaged but manage a landing, everything's going fine, and then... "INCOMING!! They're closing in fast... I need backup... I need backup!!" Followed by fifteen seconds of horror as an army of Dark Splinters proceed to rip the Marines limb from limb. The true Tear Jerker comes at the end, though; as the log ends, Samus looks out at the crash site, shaking her head at the futility of their deaths, and then kneels next to Captain Exeter's body and closes his eyes through his broken visor.
  • The last moments of Adam Malkovich. That last conversation between Samus and Adam... Or the playable epilogue. You go back through the ship to retrieve an item that "cannot be replaced." It turns out to be Adam's helmet. Samus picks it up, and then reminisces of Adam in the control room watching her as she plans to go to Sector Zero. Adam is like "No! Samus!" with a pained and worried expression on his usually neutral face, and runs off to go to intercept her, leaving his helmet behind. After this, it cuts back to Samus, who then hugs the helmet. Then out of nowhere, it's time for the escape sequence! This is all done with NO monologue either. And the music...
  • Even a boss gets a Tear Jerker moment. After beating the Draygon, she'll drop to the floor and her three children will mournfully bury her. Samus had inadvertantly orphaned three sea creatures. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!.
  • The fate of Bryyo, especially the last Science Lord, who realized the damage they had done to their planet and desperately attempted to merge magic and technology and find an heir to keep the newfound technology alive and trying to keep the rest of the planet from dying...then the rest of those who practiced the old ways found him.
  • One bit of Other M's live action trailer shows Samus as a little girl. This would be adorable, but at the moment Kid!Samus is screaming in fright as Ridley swoops towards her to try and kill her.