Tear Jerker / Spider-Man: The Animated Series

  • After finally being freed from his imprisonment outside of the normal spacetime in "Enter Electro", Captain America willingly traps himself and the Red Skull again. And this time, there may be no way to free him again...
  • Eddie Brock getting sucked into a black hole like vortex in "Carnage", just after saving the only person he's ever cared about more than himself, ouch...
  • Morbius, already a living vampire, Taking the Bullet for Felicia and becoming mutated into a humanoid bat creature. It doesn't help that he does this while yelling "I will love you - ALWAYS!"
  • The last shot of "Attack of the Octobot", in which it's revealed that the "house" Spider-Man has visited Taina in is actually a hospital for terminally ill children. Taina's courage and bright outlook even when she's fully aware of her condition even makes Spidey call her "a bigger superhero than I'll ever be."
  • The death of Mary Jane's clone near the end of "The Return of Hydro-Man" is pretty heart-wrenching, as is Spidey's Big "NO!" that follows it. Christopher Daniel Barnes gave his all in that scene.
    Mary Jane Clone: If any part of me is like the real Mary Jane. She loves Peter Parker more than anything in the world. More... than... anything.
    • This also makes it the SECOND time that Spider-Man watches her die. The first one's heartbreak doesn't have time to set in before the Nightmare Fuel of Spider-Man legitimately ready to kill the Green Goblin.
  • Spider-Carnage's talk with the still-alive Uncle Ben from another reality to talk Spider-Carnage out of destroying the multiverse near the end of the "Spider Wars" arc. The speech moves him so much he actually starts crying, and subsequently performs a Heroic Sacrifice after realizing the Carnage symbiote still won't let him go and it hurts so much to try.
    Spider-Carnage: No it, it can't be!
    Alternate!Uncle Ben: Peter, its me. Uncle Ben.
    Spider-Carnage: Uncle Ben?
    Alternate!Uncle Ben: I've been told everything.
    Spider-Carnage: Is it really you?
    Alternate!Uncle Ben: I know you've had a very bad time. But in this dimension, I'm here for you. And no matter what, I love you.
    Spider-Carnage: (shows his true face) I love you too Uncle Ben. I... love... you... too! (breaks down crying)
    Alternate!Uncle Ben: Do you remember what I taught you about, great power?
  • Spider-Man takes it pretty hard in "The Mutant Agenda" when Professor Xavier informs him that he can't help with his Neogenic disease. After Spidey swings off to angst, Beast tracks him down to suggest a place he can go for help.
    Spider-Man: Why are you going out of your way for me?
    Beast: No man can turn his back on another's pain. I may be a mutant, but I'm still human.
    Spider-Man: Well, that's where we're different. I'm not sure I still am. [swings off]
    Beast: How sad. We are all alone until we accept our need for others.
  • In that same two-parter, the mutant-hating Doctor Landon's assistant Genevieve at first appears a similar Knight Templar as her employer. Some of her "villainous" lines then become retroactively heartwrenching when it is revealed that she is a hidden mutant.
    Hank: Why are you helping this madman?
    Genevieve: Mr. Landon is not mad. He wants to eliminate the mutant condition. The suffering they must endure.
    Hank: No! He wants to eliminate mutants!
    Genevieve: If they don't exist, then they can't suffer. Maybe it's the only way...