This Troper was holding up fairly well until this line: "I'm sorry, honey."
And when it doesn't seem like Vash is actually grieving beyond a stoic silence, and it seems like while all the other deaths he's encountered destroy him emotionally, Wolfwood's doesn't effect him. Then the beginning of the next episode shows him as he used to be, cheerfully buying donuts and happy as could be, and then suddenly he can't take more than one bite before he absolutely breaks down.
Vash crying and praying for God to do him one favor in the manga as he and Wolfwood sit in the ruins of Wolfwood's childhood home and share one last drink before Wolfwood dies. And as the children he just saved fly to safety, they get one last message to him: welcome home.
This Troper didn't cry through Wolfwood's death, until the next chapter—Vash's expression when he explains that he's buried Wolfwood.
And Vash and Knives's childhood.
"These... are really good... * sniff* " I'm not going to be able to eat a donut again anytime soon.
And much of the Trigun Maximum manga, especially Tesla's story and its impact on the twins, the post-apocalyptic world that follows Knives's collecting of most of the plants, the past of characters such as Nicholas D. Wolfwood, Livio, and Legato, and the ending of the manga -especially the powerfully symbolic (but potentially Narm-inducing) scene in which Vash and Knives fly away hugging each other.
Not to mention the death of Rem.
Vash being forced to kill Legato execution-style, in the head, or risk the lives of Milly and Meryl. The look on his face when being forced to, for the first time, willfully and knowingly kill someone was enough to shock this troper into tears, and to this day it comes to her as the most shocking and tense scene in the entire series.
Not to mention his horrible screams in the next episode after he realizes what had happened.
Episode 16. Just seeing Meryl so distraught after Vash ended up destroying the city of Augusta. She cries for a good half of the episode, and it's this point how clear it is she has feelings for him. The slow pans to everyone else Vash has helped in past episodes looking upset at the news is heartbreaking as well.
The episode "Goodbye, For Now," after Vash blows a hole in the Fifth Moon with his Angel Arm and goes to live with Lina. The scene that struck this troper particularly hard was at the very end, when Vash is saying good-bye, and it shows (in a flashback) him in a dark alleyway, completely broken and scared of what he could do after the incident.
I don't know why, but when Vash and Knives fight as kids over killing the spider to save the butterfly. Vash's "I wanted to save them both." It just... sums up Vash. And I'm not sure why, but I feel a little teary when I see it.
Nothing else in the Trigun movie especially got to me, until the very end, when you find out that not only was Amelia Gasback's daughter, but she was only 19. If Vash hadn't let Gasback escape back then, she would have never been born.
This troper was just fine with that...Until her husband mentioned that Amelia knew this, yet still hated the guy who allowed it. What must have happened in her life to make her prefer to have never lived? Guess this is Fridge Horror as well
The Seeds ship crashes when the Gungho Guns attack and the people aboard blame Vash. Brad (who'd been a bit of a Jerkass toward Vash when he first arrived aboard ship) sticks up for Vash and tells everyone it's their own fault because they wouldn't accept reality. Jessica runs up to Vash, it's a puppet, she shoots at Vash, and Brad puts himself between Vash and the puppet. Brad dies for Vash after he distrusted him.
In the fifth episode, after decades of planning her vengeance, Elizabeth gets her chance to shoot Vash for Lost July... but finds that she can't. And it's then that she realizes that Vash had been the savior who sheltered her when she was orphaned.
Of course, Rem's death. Imagine that the woman that's the closest thing you have to a mother just sacrificed herself to save you, your brother, and the entire race? ...Now imagine that the reason she had to do it was because of your brother. Knives, you bastard.