Tear Jerker / Penny Arcade

For a webcomic that focuses heavily on adult humor and gaming and nerd culture, Penny Arcade does have its moments of sadness.

  • The last panel of the conclusion to Armadeaddon.
    • To explain: The guy standing with Gabe and Tycho in the photo is Jim, an old friend of theirs. Jim came back as a skeleton in the story arc, so Tycho is remembering all the good times they had with him back when he was alive.
  • "A Ring and a Prayer", when a despairing Sonic (in his Sonic Boom garb) begs Gabe, who is in tears, to shoot him at point blank range in the head if he really loves him. He complies.
    Sonic: Do it. If you ever loved me, you'll do it.
  • The end of the "Seventh Spring" arc.
  • When you realize what happens to the two of them, this strip turns on the waterworks.
  • Some of Tycho's words after the birth of his daughter are tearjerking and heartwarming at the same time.
    "I need you to be thus armed because I fear your mother and I have played a trick on you; we have brought you to a place where hidden weaponry is sometimes necessary. In our defense, and I recognize that it may be insufficient, this was the only world available to us."
  • Part 1 of the story arc Ripped From Today's Headlines, the last panel is pretty heartwrenching. Tycho holding his dead wife in his arms, realizing that he just killed her, and feeling really bad for it.
    Tycho: Oh my god. Oh my god. Please don't leave me.
  • This news post.
  • Anti-anxiety medicine. Half Tear Jerker, half Nightmare Fuel.
  • Gabe teaching his son about Online Safety can really hit home to any parent watching their kid grow up.
  • This strip (and the post for it) from Tycho on playing The Last of Us. Talk about Adult Fear.
  • Tycho's 10/09/13 news post, full stop. In essence, he's talking about his father and the divided relationship with him. On one hand, he has always been used as an example of how not to be and on the other hand how he helped form Tycho's love of games and his current life in general. Then we reach the final paragraph; "I was angry at him for twenty years, but I canít be mad at the bent up shape on this bed. He isnít the right size; he looks like a boy. I tower over him and it is hard to understand how that could ever be. There is a button he can push when it hurts him, and he is always pushing it."
    • It got worse. Much worse. A little less than a year later, Tycho's father finally passed away, after a long, horribly painful fight against a virtually incurable cancer type. Tycho's description of his father as a withered, tortured mass of flesh is both tear jerking, and borders on Nightmare Fuel. On top of all this, now Tycho's own son now requires medical aid due to an unspecified chronic disease, and its clear that the author nears the end of his rope. Things are not looking good.
  • What can be pieced together about the real Tycho's childhood. It wasnt physically abusive as is the case of the comics Tycho, but instead consisted of an intelligent, book-obsessed boy being raised by religious fundamentalists. The fact that his parents were actually doing what they thought was best actually makes it WORSE, they werent doing this to him because they were cruel or sadistic, they did it because they thought it was right.