Tear Jerker / Other
aka: Other Media

Alternate Reality Games
  • The original Maddison Atkins.
  • Hour of Arrival. For this part:
    the stars are blowing out like candles, danny jane
    make a wish make a wish make a wish make a wish make

Asian Animation
  • The Chinese 2009 short animated film, "Miss Daizi", is about an anthropromorphic plastic bag. During use and after being discarded by humans, she established a romantic relationship with a cup. After a period of time in the snow, the cup dies and dissolves, but not the bag, because she can't biodegrade. When Earth is being trashed and when the plastic bag realized that she harmed the environment, she attempts to commit suicide but fails and later in the future, she's hopeless. It ends with the Earth landfilled and the protagonist in solitude forever.
  • Burka Avenger

Manhwa and Manhua
  • Tower of God and Ravages Of Time have their own pages
  • Chapter 28 and 29 (the comic has very short chapters) of Orange Marmalade has Ma-ri, a vampire, have to deal and cope with all the racism around her, coming from all the friends she had been trying so hard to make. It's so heart-breaking when she has to make racist jokes about herself and her family to stop her cover from being blown.

Music Videos
  • The Daft Punk Rock Opera Interstella 5555, specifically Shep's death. How what is basically a extended music video with no dialogue can make you care about one of the characters enough to get choked up when they die is a mystery but somehow they manage it.
    • Reinforced by the next segment, where the band drives out into the countryside to bury Shep. The juxtaposition of the beautiful day, cheery families, and the solemnity of the band in their van drives Shep's sacrifice home.
  • The Ghost of You, oh God. The almost-insane terror on Gerard's face as Mikey dies is absolutely heart-wrenching.
  • No One There by Sentenced. "Let's dance one last dance, my love."
  • When we Die by Bowling for Soup. All of it, but especially the ending.
  • Coffee and TV by Blur. The ending...

  • See the top of the page for Olympic Games and The World Cup.
  • Watch this video. Lots of great sports moments, with a great song.
  • Jimmy Valvano.
  • John Cappelletti's Heisman Trophy speech. He dedicated his award to his younger brother Joey, who was battling leukemia. Joey would pass away a few years later.
  • Lou Gehrig, the star first baseman of the New York Yankees, was forced to retire after being diagnosed with ALS. The disease is now sometimes referred to with Gehrig's name. As a segment of his retirement speech:
    Gehrig: ... and some people might say that I've been given a bad break... but today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
  • Watching Muhammad Ali get pummeled around the ring in 1980, so far past his prime, already suffering early symptoms of Parkinson's and weakened by the prescriptions given to him by a quack doctor, by his Spiritual Successor and former protege Larry Holmes moved many boxing fans to tears. Even Holmes, who has a bit of a Jerk Ass reputation and a huge chip on his shoulder about getting respect, was disturbed and sought Ali out after the fight in tears saying how sorry he was and that he'd never wanted to hurt Muhammad.
    • ... repeated at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • Similar to the Ali anecdote, any fight in mixed martial arts where it's shown that a legend either just doesn't have it anymore, or has actually been surpassed by the sport. Here's some sad examples, among which Cro Cop's probably takes the cake for the saddest (especially when reading his critical self-examination afterward) while Sakuraba's is the ugliest... because since he went unscathed in early October against a boxer so shot that he was barred from The Contender he's supposed to fight again before the end of October.
    • In the unfortunate case of Chuck "Iceman" Liddell, after the Evans KO he reportedly changed his partygoing ways to train hard for a fight with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, as he had to not only win but win big in order to continue, and showed up looking fit. Unfortunately, in the first round both of them threw a left hook almost simultaneously, their right hands well below their unprotected right cheek... but Shogun had his chin tucked, was lunging forward (Liddell was standing upright/slightly rearward), and landed first.
    • Speaking of the Shogun, Shogun lost to Forrest Griffin when he debuted in the UFC in 2007 in a fight that many people thought was a giveaway victory. Then when he finished his rehabilitation from blowing out his ACL (which could potentially end a career) not once, but twice - only to barely win a fight against Mark Coleman at UFC 93, many people thought that his best days were behind him, and he wasn't even 30 yet. Then he came back and beat Chuck Liddell in April of 2009, winning impressively and showing a glimpse of the Shogun that plowed through PRIDE. With this fight, he earned the title shot against the LHW Champion Lyoto Machida. He spent months training hard for this title fight, not being able to tend to his wife who was pregnant with his unborn daughter. That October, the Shogun that fought Lyoto Machida came out in the best shape of his life and exposed weaknesses in Machida's karate style, but at the end of the fight it was Machida's hand that was raised in victory - in a judge's decision that shocked, upset, and enraged the vast majority of those who watched that fight. Even the UFC President, Dana White - was so shocked at the decision that he offered Shogun an immediate rematch. Shogun, one of the most dangerous men in the world, was reduced to sobbing into his hands backstage in his locker room - robbed of the victory that many felt he deserved.
      • Cheer up — Dana White had the UFC cover the taxes on Shogun's purse (leaving his family with more money for their now-newborn daughter), and even Lyoto's own father — who'd developed the Machida family style — complimented Shogun on his successes against that style.
      • So much for that, he knocked Machida out cold in their rematch on May 13th, 2010.
    • Ken Shamrock's fall from grace as the "World's Most Dangerous Man". In particular the Ken Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz "trilogy", which was essentially three straight fights of Tito Ortiz beating the hell out of Ken Shamrock.
    • Courage - MMA Is Just A Sport. Possibly the greatest and most touching highlight video ever to a fan of PRIDE-era MMA.
    • The scene in HBO's documentary "The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Extreme Fighter Mark Kerr", where he's in the hospital after he overdoses on narcotics. His old friends joke with him about the experience for a second... and then tell him how badly they want him to get help for his drug addiction, very emotionally. Seeing this giant of a man, a guy nicknamed "The Smashing Machine", who you grew up watching him EARN this nickname, break down in tears is heartbreaking.
  • The entire last minute of game six of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. Even moreso with what happened in game seven.
  • On April 1, 1996, the Cincinnati Reds as tradition played their first game of the season at home. Seven pitches into the game, home plate umpire John McSherry called time and signaled for one of the other umpires to replace him. Suddenly, McSherry collapsed on the field with efforts to resuscitate him unsuccessful; he died at a nearby hospital within the hour. The remaining umpires tried to continue but the grieving players and managers (Ray Knight had to console umpire Tom Hallion) convinced them otherwise and the game was postponed. To have anyone pass away like John McSherry did would hit anyone close to home.
  • The end of Michael Jordan's basketball career. In his final game against the Philidelphia 76ers, Jordan only scored 13 points before getting benched with 4 minutes and 15 seconds left in the third quarter. The crowd at the First Union Center, basically began chanting for Jordan to get back in the game. He did, and he was intentionally fouled by 76ers player Eric Snow, just so he could step to the foul line one last time. After making both shots, and with 1:45 left in the fourth quarter, Jordan stepped off the court for the final time, earning him a three minute standing ovation from everyone in the stadium. Signaling the end of an era for basketball fans everywhere.
  • The 2004 World Series. After 86 years of heartbreak and disappointment, the Boston Red Sox finally reclaimed their champion status. Tears were shed throughout New England, and there were news reports of fans going to their loved ones' graves leaving copies of the Boston Globe with the victory headlines.
    • Joe Buck's quote as the camera pans the 2004 Red Sox team celebrating their World Series title. "It has been 86 years, generations have come and gone and for the first time since 1918 the Boston Red Sox are champions of baseball"
    • The 2004 ALCS where the Red Sox shook off the ghosts and defeated their most heated rival, the New York Yankees, by coming back from a 3-0 series deficit. On the same night where they won Game 7, a student was accidentally shot by Boston police. The Red Sox were shaken by this with one member saying he would have gladly given up that game if she could live again.
  • The finish to the Plano East Panthers/John Tyler Lions Texas high school football game on November 26th, 1994 John Tyler had decimated Plano East throughout the game and with 3:00 left in the fourth quarter, led 41-17. Then Plano East began a miraculous comeback in which they scored four touchdowns, recovered three onside kicks and somehow managed to take the lead, 44-41, with just 24 seconds left in the game. Then on the ensuing kickoff following the go-ahead score, the John Tyler returner ran the ball back for a touchdown, nullifying the incredible comeback and giving John Tyler a 48-44 victory that moved them ahead in the playoffs.
  • Michael Irvin's induction speech at the 2006 Pro Football Hall Of Fame ceremony.
  • On December 17, 2009, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry was killed in a car accident. His mother made the decision to donate his organs, and his corneas, lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas were transplanted. Four lives were saved as a result of this donation. Around Thanksgiving 2010, Henry's mother met with the families of those her son's organs saved.
  • Bernard "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion was a Montreal Canadiens (the New York Yankees of hockey for the uninformed) legend from the 1950s dynasty who was known as one of the originators of the use of the slap-shot. The Canadiens announced that his number 5 would be retired on the night of March 11, 2006. Sadly, Geoffrion died that exact same morning. With heavy hearts, the banner-raising ceremony went on as planned, with Geoffrion's surviving family in attendance, including his wife Marlene, the daughter of former Canadiens legend Howie Morenz, who tragically died in 1937 due to injuries sustained during a game (Morenz's number 7 was the first number the Canadiens ever retired). If all that wasn't enough, here is how Geoffrion's banner was raised to the rafters.
  • The 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, just... all of it, Friday Qualifying to the end of the race was a complete tragedy.
    • To elaborate:
      • Friday: Rubens Barrichello's car flew into the air and crashed into the tire barrier, rolling many times before stopping. He suffered a broken nose and arm. He was lucky.
      • Saturday: Roland Ratzenberger, in only his third race, lost control of his car and crashed, dying of a basal skull fracture.
      • Sunday: A crash between two cars at the beginning of the race injured nine spectators with flying debris. After the race restarted, three time world champion Ayrton Senna crashed at Tamburello corner-the site of accidents before. Debate still ensues on what caused his crash and when specifically did he die. The tragically ironic part was that in response to Ratzenberger's death the day before, the drivers reformed the Grand Prix Drivers Association (a safety organization) with him as leader. To make things even worse, Senna had been carrying an Austrian flag with him in the car - intending to wave it after he won the race, in memory of Ratzenberger (who was Austrian).
  • Dan Wheldon's death was bad enough, but adding to the tearjerking nature of it was how ESPN announcer Marty Reid signed off after everything was over:
    Marty Reid: Many people ask me why I sign off 'til we meet again.' It's because goodbye is so final. Goodbye, Dan Wheldon.
  • The entire end of the 2001 Daytona 500. What should have been a celebration for Michael Waltrip as he got his first victory in 462 consecutive cup races — and it was the Daytona 500 — turned to tragedy very quickly as emergency personnel rushed to the car of Dale Earnhardt, who had hit the wall in turn 4 on the final lap. And then the press conference after, where we learned what happened: "We've lost Dale Earnhardt." Going back and watching the crash as it unfolded, especially listening to Darrell cheering his brother on and then suffering the Mood Whiplash, is heart-rending.
  • After what was considered one of the worst off-seasons in hockey (3 deaths of recent NHL players from suicide and the loss of an entire KHL team, most of whom had NHL connections), the NHL provided a tribute video to be played before the first game in each arena. It that wasn't enough, during the entry draft, the New York Rangers had the brother of one of the deceased players to make their draft selection.
  • Mario Lemieux's comeback game against the Phildelphia Flyers after he was diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma, he recieved a standing ovation from the Flyers fans (Who hate the Pittsburgh Penguins).
  • An Australian Rules Football example

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