Tear Jerker / Splatterhouse

  • In the end of the fifth stage of the original Splatterhouse from 1988, Rick's beloved Jennifer (roughly) uttered the words "Help, my darling.", and then mutates into a hideous clawed beast. It crackles an insidious laughter before fighting Rick. During the fight, Jennifer reverts to her normal self and begging Rick to save her before the monster could take over. After the battle, Jennifer tragically dies in Rick's arms.
  • All three of the bad endings of Splatterhouse 3. While Rick saves the world from the chaos the Terror Mask intended to unleash, he's still devastated by his failure to save his wife and/or son, and the Terror Mask twists the knife by reminding Rick that it will return as long as he is suffering.
    • Failing to save Jennifer in time while succeeding in saving David ends with Rick a single father having to explain to his son that his mother is dead.
    • If you succeed in saving Jennifer, but not David, Jennifer will ask Rick where their son is and react to Rick's answer with "No!".
    • Should you fail to save both of them, Rick is implied to be driven insane by the loss of his family.