Tear Jerker / The Karate Kid

Original films:

  • Mr Miyagi's entire backstory, from leaving the one he loved to leave a death fight, to marrying but forced to go to war thanks to racial prejudices, only to lose his wife and unborn baby to childbirth while in combat.
  • Miyagi's father's death scene, the last thing he wants from both Miyagi and Sato is to not fight each other. And Sato, who is a massive Jerk Ass, can't bring himself to say no.
  • Miyagi trying to make peace with Sato. He asks an Armor-Piercing Question to his old friend when he ruthlessly rebuffs attempts. It's a powerful tear jerker because you can see both Miyagi's concern and Sato's pain from his long belief that his old friend hurt him. It is also the first and only time Miyagi talks to anyone without his trademark broken english or referring to himself in third person.
    Miyagi: What has happened to you?!
  • The torment Daniel goes through in the first movie: he is beat up at beach party, losing the friends he just made. Then he's banned from soccer after picking a fight with a guy who tripped him. It culminates in a savage beating from Johnny and his friends, that Mr. Miyagi has to save him from.
  • A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in the third film (which overlaps with Heartwarming). Miyagi takes out a picture of himself and Daniel, who has been drifting away from him lately and has confessed that he feels 'confused.' Miyagi looks at the photo and softly utters two lines:
    Miyagi: Hope confusion end soon, Daniel-san. Miyagi heart empty without you.