Tear Jerker: X-Men: First Class

  • The scene in which young Erik watches his mother coldly gunned down by Shaw is utterly heartbreaking. For a villain that has been shown as an asshole for the previous 3 movies in which the character was in, it's almost impossible to not sympathize with the child who at this time is innocent. The subsequent implication of Shaw's further action towards the boy at the end of the scene is tragic.
  • The first time Charles and Erik meet. Erik's expression and the way he says "I thought I was alone!" was just heart-wrenching. He finally meets someone like him in the world and it's just so emotionally overwhelming for him. This has a double meaning too. Erik has already said earlier in the movie, in reference to the Nazi Gold he was holding, that his people were wiped out for this, implying that he was the only survivor.
  • When Charles is paralyzed thanks to Erik. It's an accident, but both of their reactions are heartbreaking, especially Erik's. "I want you on my side."
    • "I can't feel my legs... I can't feel my legs..." Even though you knew this would happen, it doesn't stop it being tragic.
    • The fact that Erik leaves before he even learns that Charles is paralyzed. If he'd heard Charles say "I can't feel my legs", don't you think he might've stayed? The way he said it was absolutely heartbreaking...
    • Charles telling him squarely, "You did this." when Erik tries to blame Moira for the injury. You can see their relationship unraveling.
  • Many of Mystique's scenes. For instance, the scene when Mystique leaves Charles to go with Erik all the more heartbreaking. She kisses him on the forehead and leaves. Dear GOD, what might have been....
  • Alex watching Darwin burn from the inside out. It's the way they look at each other until they can't.
    • Keep in mind, as the base is attacked, Darwin was always standing in front of the group, trying to shield them from anyone who might have tried to hurt them. That's what he was still doing when he was killed. He was a teenager living an ordinary life, and then he died to save some friends who were like him.
    • Alex has to live with the knowledge that his power killed one of his friends. He once voluntarily went into prison solitary to prevent himself from hurting someone, and now it's happened.
    • While nothing comes of it, sadly. The look on Angel's face right after shows she's just as horrified by what happened as the others.
  • Hank is skeptical about mutants being accepted and delivers an appearance "cure" to Raven just as she's begun to take pride in her appearance. It's one more hair-line split that will lead to the X-Men vs Brotherhood feud.
  • The Foregone Conclusion of Mystique's storyline. She is loyal to Erik for many, many years, doing whatever he asks. Including, in the first film, poisoning Charles. Then, in X3, he abandons her the moment she loses her mutation and she sells him out to the American government.
  • The Man in Black's rather unceremonious death at Azazel's hands when the base is attacked. Poor guy gets dropped to his death from high in the sky, and later, nobodies seen mourning him.