Tear Jerker: Revenge of the Sith

  • The whole story of Anakin's betrayal and what it did to the people he loved.
    • The moment Anakin and Obi-Wan talk at the spaceport before Obi-Wan leaves. Anakin apologizes for his arrogance and not being grateful for Obi-Wan and Obi-Wan smiles to reply he's proud of Anakin no matter what. It's heartbreaking as we know the next time they see each other, it'll be as enemies for that brutal battle. That final smile they share is the last happy moment either of them will know and one of the worst losses of the saga.
    • Anakin's entire downfall is so very, very sad. Sad because he's killing so many, but also because he's not the ultimate embodiment of evil: he's a good person who's gone way too far, and he fails to save Padme. He actually brings about her death by trying.
    • There's also the lengths that he goes to in order to remain true to the Jedi - he's scared about his dreams of Padme's death and goes to Yoda. Yoda tells him to let go of what he fears to lose, which he can't. Palpatine starts dangling the idea of how to save Padme in front of him. Finally, he reveals he's a Sith and Anakin goes running to Mace Windu. He's clearly conflicted, but he tries to follow the order to remain at the temple. When he finally breaks and goes, he finds Mace Windu, about to kill an unarmed Palpatine, and begs Windu not to kill him, first playing the 'he's a criminal who needs to stand trial' card, then revealing that he needs Palpatine alive, and finally attacks Windu, cutting off his hands so he can't deliver the killing blow, but leaving him alive. THEN Palpatine blasts Windu out the window with Force Lightning, and Anakin realizes that he's been played. The Despair Event Horizon has been crossed and the only thing that he feels he even can do is give himself over to Palpatine.
    • That scene in Coruscant with Padme standing on the balcony, talking to Anakin about how she wants to go back to the lake country and raise their kid (at this point they don't know it's twins yet) in peace, in a room by the garden, having a nursery done up, and you know that it isn't going to happen.
    • Order 66, once again aided with its quiet, dignified, sorrowful use of music.
      • The scene is particularly brilliant because it's the first time in the movies that we've seen just how big and diverse the Galaxy really is - with a montage of all the different planets the Jedi were fighting on. And all of them are about to fall under the iron rule of the Empire.
    • The saddest line during the entire destruction of the temple? "Master Skywalker, there are too many of them. What are we going to do?"
      • The worst part? This is the first time someone wholeheartedly addressed Anakin as "Master".
      • Don't forget that he was once an innocent child like the children and Padme was expecting their first child. The look on his face sells it; he doesn't want to do it but feels he has no other choice.
    • The scene on the bridge. Ki-Adi-Mundi is fighting along side his troops, raises his lightsaber to rally them for the charge, and as he runs towards the enemy, he just has enough time to comprehend how alone he is on that battlefield...
      • All the more heartbreaking if you've read some backstory on that guy. His name is Ki-Adi-Mundi. He had adventures with a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits type crew of droids. He's got a family. He's got kids. ...All of whom were killed in the bombing of his homeworld, a few months before he died. The actor playing him also played the Ood in Doctor Who.
      • To add to the heartbreak, watch as he slowly looks around at the clones, as if trying to comprehend the fact they're about to kill him before they do. Then he realizes, and his expression changes to one of wounded betrayal a second before he is gunned down by his friends and allies.
      • It's worse if you played some of the games. Here's what a trooper has to say about Aayla Secura's murder: "When her death came, I pray it was quick. She earned as much."
      • When the music reaches its peak, and Yoda drops his gimer stick. You can tell, that little green muppet is in agony; he felt the deaths of every single one of his Jedi.
      • Realizing that the clones themselves really don't have a choice in the matter.
      • "Why did the order have to come in AFTER I gave him the damn lightsaber?"
      • What really makes it feel wrong is that the clones knew about the plan the entire time and yet carry it out efficiently with absolutely no emotion. Not only did the clones know about Order 66, but they had been fighting alongside the Jedi as friendly comrades moments before they were told to gun them down. Damn it, George Lucas, that's just evil. "Aayla Secura told us we were the absolute best soldiers she'd ever worked with. It was a good thing we were wearing helmets, because none of us could bear to look her in the eye." Manly Tears.
      • Order 66 of the Republic Commando Series explains that some clones were aware that Order 66 was always going to be initiated (most notably the 501st Legion, among which was that unnamed clone who mourned Aayla Secura), but others were unaware and assumed it was simply an emergency order unlikely to be initiated. The latter were generally the older Kaminoan clones.
      • There are so many conflicting opinions on the subject we'd need confirmation from George Lucas himself on whether or not the clones knew anything about the order before it was implemented.
      • According to EU, not all of the clones obeyed the order and killed their commanders. Some even helped them escape from other clones. Not that it mattered, mind you. Most, if not all, of them were lost in the Great Jedi Purge save for a select few.
    • With the reveal of the organic chip implanted in their brain that makes Order 66 a must-do, it is actually not a shock that most clones did it; it was more of a shock now that some clones fought against what is essentially programmed in their brains. Hell, even those who knew Order 66 didn't think it could override their behavior, turning them essentially into droids. The clones are victims just as much as the Jedi are.
    • The giant iguana creature that Obi Wan was riding getting killed in the commotion. While it only had a few scenes, you could tell that there was a bond between the two.
      • Its death-cry coming in at the exact same time that the music takes a turn really hammers home the loss Obi Wan must have felt.
    • Think about Order 66 from the Jedi's perspective. You're fighting a war, and after all your struggles together with your troops, you can see the end in sight. Then, suddenly, your soldiers, your brothers-in-arms, your friends, all have their blasters pointed at you. Across the galaxy, pretty much everyone you've ever known from childhood are being slaughtered, now enemies of both the droid and clone armies. The Chosen One, your greatest hope, is killing defenseless babies and is now apprenticed to the seemingly-benign Chancellor, really the most evil man on the planet. In seconds, you've gone from war hero to reviled villian. Imagine how that would feel.
  • Padme standing in her Coruscant apartments, just after the Order 66 sequence, and she just starts crying, and it's awful. Because if you think about it, everything she has ever worked for in her entire life is about to go up flames - her marriage, democracy, the Republic, her people, the Jedi, her children, and her own life.
    • The music makes the whole thing worse. Seeing the Jedi in the Temple die was sad, and then there's that little Padawan kid (played by George Lucas' son) who tries to escape and almost makes it, but the clone troopers shoot him anyway. Bail Organa witnesses the whole thing but can't do anything about it.
      • What really makes that scene worse is the fact that that particular Padawan was actually holding his own. He only died because he protected Organa from the troopers when they knew he figured out what was going on. That boy was a true Jedi, putting the needs of others before his own.
    • There's also the death of Whie Malreaux (the boy seen in the holovid Obi-Wan and Yoda watch of the destruction at the temple). First seen in the novel Dark Rendezvous, Whie has prophetic dreams of being killed by Anakin. When he's rescued from his ancestral home by Anakin and Obi-Wan, he exclaims in a relieved tone "I'm so glad you're not here to kill me!" Then, along came Order 66...
    • Yoda's farewell to Chewbacca and Tarfull, as he says he will miss them, and a deleted scene which was included on the DVD release - Yoda's escape pod lands in Dagobah, he steps out, looks around him and sighs. It's a very poignant 30 seconds, and you can see him prepare himself for the solitude that will follow.
    • The scene of Anakin after killing the Separatists where it shows him standing alone, weeping in complete and total self-hatred. He knows full well what he's become, but feels he's beyond redemption already.
    • How about when Obi-Wan and Yoda are in the Jedi Temple after the purge, and Obi-Wan decides to look at the security feed? Yoda trying to stop him, to protect him from the knowledge that it's Anakin who led the slaughter, gets this editor every time - let alone the bit where they actually watch it.
      Obi Wan: (quivering) It can't be... it can't be...
      • And then the bit where Yoda says that they must destroy the Sith:
      Obi-Wan: Send me to kill the Emperor. I will not kill Anakin.
    • One of Anakin's few lines before his climactic lightsaber duel with Obi-Wan, coupled with Obi-Wan's rebuttal, considering that, after all he's done, Anakin is still driven by his love of and his manic desire to save his wife from death:
      Anakin: You will not take her from me!
      Obi-Wan: Your anger and your lust for power have already done that.
    • This clip. Particularly Obi-Wan's anguish as he yells "You were the Chosen One! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!" and finally: "You were my brother, Anakin... I loved you!" speech (at 1:05), the pain in Anakin's eyes, the conflict in Obi-Wan seeing how far his best friend has fallen.
      • And Anakin's response is to scream "I HATE YOU!!!"
      • The utter heartbreak on Obi-Wan's face as he is forced to cripple and abandon his best friend and then when Padme dies in front of him is one of the saddest parts in the whole saga.
    • Obi-Wan's expression when he returns to the ship after leaving Anakin for dead. He just sighs and sits there in silence, contemplating what he's just done.
    • The most heartbreaking use of John Williams' "The Force Theme", as the greatest warrior in the galaxy could only watch helplessly as a young mother dies, holding her orphaned babies in his arms. Made all the worse by Padme's last words: "Obi-wan, is Anakin all right? There's still good in him, I know it..." And Obi-wan just has this heart-broken look on his face knowing what he did to him...
    • Seeing the deceased Padme holding the necklace Anakin gave her in The Phantom Menace. This was the most (comparatively) subtle and effective Tear Jerker moment in the saga.
      • The whole funeral procession scene, really - even Jar Jar looking solemn for once. It's very sad seeing Padme's parents and family walk behind the casket, but especially so after watching some of the deleted scenes included in the Episode II DVD - one subplot that was cut was of Padme bringing Anakin home to meet her lovely parents and family, as her mother remarks that this was the first boyfriend she had ever brought home.
      • There's a fridge tearjerker in there. It would take about fifty years for Luke and Leia to learn who their mother was. So their grandparents and aunt went to their graves without ever knowing about them.
    • The shot of the Death Star under construction and the Imperial officer in the background who was clearly a young Governor Tarkin.
    • At the end, an infant Leia is delivered to Alderaan. The planet is beautiful, and we see Bail Organa happily handing the baby to his wife, the Queen. The scene becomes hard to watch when you realize the next time that planet is seen in the films is when it's being blown up in now grown-up Leia's face.
    • The two hours of despair and tragedy of Revenge of the Sith, with a galaxy being changed for the worse, were made better by the last shot of the movie — Beru and Owen clutching baby Luke as they look out into Tatooine's sunrise as the Galaxy waits for him and Leia to create a New Hope. Which is a beautiful Call Forward to Luke standing in the exact same spot, gazing at the sunset, being tied down by duty but wondering when he will leave Tatooine to live his life. And the exact same piece of music is played.
  • So much subtler than any of the above, but Padme's line when the Republic became the Empire hit just the right note in the face of it all.
    "So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause."
  • The moment when Anakin is struggling to decide whether to obey his orders or to pursue Mace Windu and Palpatine. He stares out the window, and at the same moment so is Padme, both thinking of each other. They don't have any lines, but their despair, especially Anakin's, is palpable. Anakin sheds a single tear - perhaps knowing he is about to make a decision that will change EVERYTHING, and all out of love for his wife - before he departs. The music especially sells it.
  • The fact that the first person Anakin used the Force choke on was Padme, his own wife, is utterly devastating.
  • The first appearance of Darth Vader in his iconic armor is made incredibly tearjerking with just three little words from James Earl Jones: "Where is Padme?" What a heartbreaking way to link the two trilogies...
    • This short scene is made all the worse when you think about it. Vader is in agony. He's had all three of his organic limbs hacked off by Obi-Wan. He's been lying on the bank of a lava river so long he's suffered third and fourth-degree burns across his entire body. His lungs have been so damaged from the heat and from inhaling the smoke off of his burning flesh that he can't breathe regular air anymore, he needs a hyper-oxygenated environment to survive. His eyes have been damaged due to being dried out, impeding his vision. His eardrums have partially melted, damaging his hearing. He's had cybernetic reconstructive surgery without anesthetic. His Bad Boss has deliberately chosen a poor reconstruction job; his life-support systems irregularly make noises that disrupt his sleep, his armor snags and pulls on his tender flesh, his new limbs are crude and clunky things that rob him of his former grace. All of this... and the very first thing he does when he comes out of surgery? He asks where his wife is, hoping that she's safe. All the pain he's in doesn't matter to him, so long as she's alright.
    • The subsequent Big "NO!" may be kind of Narmy, but it still doesn't really kill the anguish it shows in that scene.
    • The scene's ending is incredibly powerful. Having learned that everything he did was all for nothing, Vader just falls to his knees. All around him, the entire room starts ripping apart as his Mind over Matter goes berserk. Surgical equipment shatters, medical droids implode, the very structure buckles with Vader's grief, and all the while Palpatine watches with a sickening grin on his face. It's at this point where it really hits you that the Anakin you watched for the entire prequel series is gone.