Another Star Wars example: X-wing: Iron Fist. The death of Ton Phanan. Aaron Allston is really good both at funny and tears. The author said on his site: "Although he feared death, although he struggled against it, Ton Phanan, deep down, didn't want to live." Also, a little earlier, when he is confessing to Face that he feels like his Emergency Transformation ate his future, and he's getting farther and farther from who he once was.
- Come on! That's all you could find from Star Wars? To writ: Corran dies in Wedge's Gamble (he gets better); in The Krytos Trap it's Mirax (who also gets better) and Diric (who doesn't) that tear people up. Also, Tycho's Return monologue at the ruins of Alderaan.
"I am Tycho Celchu, son of Alderaan, now orphan of the galaxy. I have come to this place of my birth to pay homage to who I was and those I knew. And those I loved and love still. It is my wish that when life abandons me, I am returned here to be among you, so that for eternity we may be together as we should have been in life. These gifts are but insufficient tokens of the love for you all that still burns within me. This fighter is another. It bears the colors of the Alderaanian Guard and transmits their code. It is my pledge to you, not of vengeance, but of vigilance. I hope you rest well knowing you will rest alone, because it is my life's work to see to it that no one else suffers as you have. I won't rest until this quest is complete. Rest easy. I miss you all."
- Jesmin's death in Wraith Squadron, and also Falynn's for its effect on Donos. Same book, Kell bugging out of a fight, returning only because of Tyria. Phanan dying in Iron Fist, but also Dia's meltdown when she shoots Castin (who's probably already dead). Donos/Lara's and Gavin/Asyr's "resolutions" in Solo Command and Isard's Revenge respectively (both got more resolution later. One was better. One... wasn't). Wedge's speeches, including all of them in Starfighters of Adumar, but especially the one to Iella about the "two reasons nothing's going to happen to [him]". Chewie dying in Vector Prime, Karrde's fight for Yavin IV (including an in-universe example, when he thinks Shada is dead). Order 66 redux, when the Vong start Jedi-hunting. The fall of Coruscant, complete with impassioned speech from Leia. Wedge's supposed-to-be-suicidal stand at Borleias, when it almost become truly suicidal for him. Anakin dying. Jacen dying, Jacen coming back. Oh, and Pellaeon giving Han and Leia the painting at the end of The Unifying Force.
- So, long story short: Star Wars? Good at emotions in any media.
- Also, The Cestus Deception, in which a clone is given a real name, learns to think of himself as more than just part of the army, then gives up his newly valued life to save millions, leaving behind the woman he'd fallen in love with, with a message including the following: "Know that more than anything else in the world, I was a soldier. And know that you, and no one else in the galaxy, held this soldier's heart in your hands."
- "But, it was so artistically done...." Cue tears.
- That's not a tearjerker, it's a crime.
- There's this exchange in the Hand of Thrawn duology:
Pellaeon: Thrawn wasn't human, you know, no matter how human he might have looked. He was an alien, with alien thoughts and purposes and agendas. Perhaps I was never more to him than just one more tool he could use in reaching his goal."
Ardiff: * hesitates, reaches out and touches Pellaeon's arm* "It's been a long road, sir. Long and hard and discouraging. For all of us, but mostly for you. If there's anything I can do..."
- Zannah's ordeal with the death of Laa. Made almost worse by the fact that the Jedi she immediately kills were only trying to protect her. And that they killed the only sane Bouncer left on Ruusan.
- 'Order 66', which is amazing considering it's the sequel to a series about Mandalorians. The bit just after Etain dies after being cut down accidently by a panicking Jedi Padawan who then falls victim to Skitira going berserk with rage , when everyone's dealing with what happened and trying not to break down completly. Darman's reaction and Skitira torturing himself afterwards with how badly he treated her.
- The young Jedi Scout from "Yoda: Dark Rendezvous" wasn't strong in the Force, but she believed in her cause and tried to make up for it in other ways. Being a Jedi - everything about her boiled down to that, and Yoda's little speech about not giving up on one who burns so brightly could qualify for this trope. "Order 66" tells us that after her culture was annihilated/driven underground she got scooped up and most likely converted by the Mandalorians, who hate Jedi and are antithetical to them... well, she's not Scout after that. She's just another smug Mandalorian; the core of her being is gone. Sure, it's never stated that she got converted, and it can be hoped that she found other Jedi and left. But it's so sad to think of Scout losing herself and being another Proud Warrior Race Guy - the line referring to her implies that she thinks the Jedi thought she was of little value so she was rejecting them, and that was not true. Don't write her anymore, Traviss. Don't do that to her.
- Except that none of that happened. Aside from Yoda and her master, Jai Maruk, she really wasn't very well liked by the Jedi, and Mace Windu suggested sending her off to the Agricultural Corps (where weak-with-the-Force, failed Jedi go). She was telling the truth. And once rescued by the Mandalorians and brought to Mandalore, Scout was offered the chance to become a Mandalorians if she wanted to and she turned them down.
Scout:"Oh, thanks, but I'm a Jedi. I can still be a Jedi, can't I? It's all I ever wanted to be."
Mij Gilamar (Mandalorian)
:"Of course you can.
- And in Traviss' notes for the now canceled Imperial Commando 2, she stated that Scout would have remained a Jedi with Jedi Master Djinn Altis' sect of Jedi in-hiding. The only thing that would have changed is Scout being adopted by the aformentioned Mij Gilamar as his daughter, and not a problem in Altis' family-friendly Jedi sect.
- Some people hate Karen Traviss's Republic Commando series and some people love them. But the whole series was full of tearjerkers. Her version of the clones are wildly tearjerking. Especially Skirata's boys. And their backstory. Even if they are psychopaths.
- More examples are probably redundant - yes, Star Wars rocks at this - but this editor would like to add the farewell and attempted suicide of Depa Billaba at the end of Shatterpoint in a brief moment of sanity after the war broke her to pieces, as well as Mace Windu's monologue at the end; the death of Jai Maruk in Yoda: Dark Rendezvous as well as Yoda's speech about loss: "Do you think Yoda's wisdom comes at no cost?"
- The ending of Outbound Flight. Lorana and Thrass die to save the last survivors, and no one ever knows what they did.
- There's a quiet one in Allegiance, when the Emperor's Hand Mara Jade "buries" her companion, a smuggler she was working with and had promised a pardon to, out in space as he'd requested. He'd come to trust her. Typically of Zahn, it briefly and economically hints at her character, emotional state, and her hidden awareness that Palpatine is bad, for all that she thinks of him as a "good and wise man" in his presence.
The Emperor had little patience with memorials, Mara knew, with extra contempt for the practice of saying words over the fallen. Mara said a few words anyway, half remembered ones from her childhood, before consigning Tannis's body to the emptiness of space.
- The end of the novelization of Revenge of the Sith. Starting from "This is how it feels to be Anakin Skywalker, forever," until the end.
- Oh god. That entire passage.
And then in one blazing moment you realise that there was no dragon. There was no Vader. That there was only you. Only Anakin Skywalker. That it was all you. Is you. You did it. You killed her. ... It is in this blazing moment that you finally understand the trap of the dark side, the final cruelty of the Sith...
Because now yourself is all you will ever have.
- No, Anakin's death at the end of RotJ. Anakin's death scene is mostly told from his point of view, emphasizing both his guilt and horror at what he's done, while also his wonder at feeling, seeing, and tasting for the first time in twenty years without the aid of his suit.
Yes, there...he felt a raindrop on his lips. He licked the delicate droplet...but wait, it wasn't sweetwater, it was salty, it was...a teardrop. He focused on Luke once again, and saw his son was crying. Yes, that was it, he was tasting his boy's grief-because he looked so horrible; because he was so horrible. But he wanted to make it all right for Luke, he wanted Luke to know he wasn't really ugly like this, not deep inside, not all together...
- The prologue in Revenge of the Sith novelization - with the dispirited populace and the children saying "Skywalker and Kenobi will come". Also meta because if you're geeky enough to be reading the novelization, you know what's coming later and the entire section talking about what their brotherhood means to everyone is all the more powerful. Doubles as heartwarming and awesome (when they actually do come)... and awesome even more because this is the moment when you know the novel is going to be as awesome or better than the movie.
- When Obi-Wan finds out the full extent of Order 66 in the novelisation of Revenge of the Sith, he spends more than a page-and-a-half shaking uncontrollably with grief and despair before he pulls himself back together again. In fact, pretty much any time Obi-Wan allows himself to react to the tragedy is a guaranteed tearjerker, as he is obviously heading towards the Despair Event Horizon. And it only gets worse when he discovers Anakin's involvement...
- A lesser example, but the novelization gives us a look inside the head of General Grievous and reminds us that once upon a time, the General was an actual living being who had things to care about. "He remembers joy. He remembers sorrow and he remembers hate. He doesn't actually feel any of them. Not anymore. He's not designed for it."
- In Death Star, you get into the mind of the gunner that destroyed Alderaan. Turns out, he hated himself for not having the guts to say no to such a massive atrocity. He died delaying the Death Star from firing. Gives new meaning to the phrase "Stand by".