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[[folder: Series One]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:A rather deserved ThousandYardStare.]]
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorTheNationalAnthem The National Anthem]]''
** Callow's horror and distress at the realization that he'll have to go through with the kidnapper's demands and his trauma throughout and after the event. For a premise that sounds darkly comical, it turns just plain dark pretty quickly.
** [[spoiler:The final scene shows Callow and his wife returning home after making a public appearance and she immediately gets cold, turning away from him when he tries to talk to her. The princess may be safe and Callow's even actually gotten a boost in his approval ratings, but it's clear his marital life is irreparably destroyed.]] BittersweetEnding indeed.
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorFifteenMillionMerits Fifteen Million Merits]]''
** Abi's fate, and her nasty treatment at the hands of the judges prior to it.
** Bing smashing his screens and breaking down into tears after seeing Abi in a porn commercial.
** Bing's impassioned rant against the shallow and superficial system that's taken everything good from him, and the fact that [[spoiler:in the end, he becomes a sell-out too (albeit in a TheManIsStickingItToTheMan kind of way)]].
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorTheEntireHistoryOfYou The Entire History of You]]''
** [[spoiler:Liam finds out that Ffion really did cheat on him and his child might not even be his. He kicks both of them out of the house and wanders around the empty house, replaying happy memories of them all together, before sloppily cutting out his own grain, as memories of Ffion literally flash before his eyes.]]
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[[folder: Series Two]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:"It's not fair..."]]
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorBeRightBack Be Right Back]]''
** Martha abruptly losing her partner. On top of that, she finds out she's pregnant.
** Due to the stress, Martha, after initially angrily rejecting it, decides to utilize the virtual service just to feel like she's talking to Ash again, which delays her bereavement process and ends in her [[ReplacementGoldfish getting a clone that matches Ash]]. [[spoiler:However, its inability to understand inside jokes and memories that she and the real Ash shared undercut the experience and remind her of her loss, but she's unable to destroy or return the clone, and ends up stowing him away.]]
** If you believe that the artificial Ash has emotions, then his ultimate fate is very sad. From his point of view, he is unable to satisfy his loved one (the one thing he was programmed to do), and if that wasn't enough, add that [[spoiler:he's all but stated to have spent ''years'' in the attic, alone]].
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorWhiteBear White Bear]]''
** Seeing [[spoiler:Jemima's real parents on the news crying as they plead for the safe return of their daughter]].
** Victoria's sobs during TheReveal. Though it does depend on how you view Victoria after it's revealed that [[spoiler:she helped to kidnap and film the murder of a little girl, and if she really is indeed remorseful for it all]]. Then again, the fact that she may never get a chance to come to terms with her sin...
*** [[OnceMoreWithClarity Watching it the second time, knowing what is going to happen.]]
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorTheWaldoMoment The Waldo Moment]]''
** Jamie is given flak for everything Waldo does, but he doesn't have any choice in the matter. If he refused to do anything, he'd be fired and lose the rights to his original character.
** Jamie has a breakdown after being publicly humiliated in front of everyone, and his tirade and anger is only greeted with laughter. He pours his heart and soul into his speech, on the verge of tears and venting out his frustrations, and no one takes him seriously. He's a big joke to everyone and he can't do anything about it.
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[[folder: White Christmas]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:She's ''her own slave.'']]
* Cookie!Greta's entire existence revolves around serving the original's every whim. She initially tries to resist, but is broken after [[GoneMadFromTheIsolation going mad from the isolation]].
* Joe's story. [[spoiler:One day, he found out that his girlfriend Beth was pregnant, but she doesn't want the baby. A fight erupts and she blocks him. One day, he sees Beth out on the town, and sees she's keeping the baby. He tries to talk to her, which ends in her taking out a restraining order on him and leaving town. He sends letters to her father's house to reach her, but she never responds. Joe remembers that she visits her father at Christmas time, so he waits there outside the restraining order's range. He sees that she had the baby, but the baby is blocked too. So, for the next several years, he keeps coming back to her father's at Christmas time, watching his child grow up from a distance. Then one day, Beth dies in a train accident. This removes the block. He goes to her father's at Christmas time with a snowglobe for a gift and sees that the little girl is... [[ChocolateBaby obviously not his]]. Distraught, he walks into Beth's father's house, softly demanding to see his daughter while trying (and failing) to deny the realization that Beth cheated on him. Beth's father tells him he threw away the letters, reiterates he never liked Joe, and that he should leave. Joe hits Beth's elderly father with the globe, and the man dies. Joe runs off and Beth's daughter realizes days later no one will help, so she goes out in the blistering winter to find help. She froze to death.]] And this is all ''before'' we find out [[spoiler:the Joe recounting this story is a Cookie, taken from the real Joe to elicit a confession. After that confession is out, the detectives condemn Cookie Joe, now remorseful about his actions and reliving the memory fresh, to [[YearInsideHourOutside experience 1000 years per every real world minute]]. [[AndIMustScream He's stuck in the cabin where Beth's father died and her daughter is dead right outside the window for quasi-infinity.]]]]
** The last shot featuring Cookie!Joe giving up and screaming is sad to watch.
* Despite being a huge scumbag, it's kinda hard not to feel sorry for Matt and the fate he receives. He manages to successfully interrogate Joe into confessing for his crime and is free from his charges of both illegal seduction coaching and failing to report a murder; however, soon after, he is forced to be registered as a sex offender and ends up being blocked by humanity, meaning that he won't be able to interact and talk to anyone for the rest of his life until he either dies or until the block is removed (which is likely impossible). [[FridgeHorror How is he supposed to buy things for starters?]]
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[[folder: Series Three]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:"[[spoiler:KIDS]], KENNY!"]]
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorNosedive Nosedive]]''
** [[spoiler:Lacie's breakdown at Naomi's wedding is sad to see, though it's way lighter than other tearjerker moments in the series.]]
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorPlaytest Playtest]]''
** The ending, [[spoiler:when Cooper's fears switch from surreal horrors to the realistic sensation of having lost your memories and watching a loved one lose theirs]].
** [[spoiler:Cooper's mother never getting to hear from him, and her worried attempts at getting into contact with him accidentally kill him, just a year after her own husband deteriorates and dies.]]
** [[spoiler:Cooper's abrupt, gut-punch death in general, especially because he was one of the few Black Mirror protagonists who seemed to genuinely just be a good, friendly, and affable person, and only a moment of greed (taking a picture of the testing equipment in order to sell it later) coupled with his reluctance to return his mother's calls ends up killing him. Even worse, one of his fears is revealed to be never being able to see his mother again...]]
** The song played at the end credits doesn't help.
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorShutUpAndDance Shut Up and Dance]]''
** [[spoiler:After it's revealed that Kenny was masturbating to child pornography,]] it's sad to hear his mom calling him on the phone, screaming and pleading with him to tell her that it can't be true. It's likely that the whole family will have a shadow cast upon them because of his horrific crimes. All Kenny can do is hold the phone to his ear and silently cry without saying a word back before hanging up.
--> ''[[spoiler:What did you do Kenny? They're saying it's kids! That you've been looking at kids! And Lindsey saw it. There's a video of you. All of her friends have got it! KIDS, Kenny! Tell me it's not--]]''
** Even after TheReveal, it's still hard to not feel sorry for [[spoiler:Kenny]] after all is said and done. The fact remains that even though he [[spoiler:was looking at child porn]], the demands that the hackers made him there were outright sadistic, going from [[spoiler:bank robbery to being forced into killing a guy]]. By the end of the episode, [[spoiler:he is limping out of the woods, his mother is tearfully screaming at him over the phone after his pedophilia is leaked, and his reaction to the police arriving is pure shock and shame as he tries to walk away before being arrested]].
** [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic The use of]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50rlHVe6g9Q Exit Music (for a film)]] by Music/{{Radiohead}} at the end of the episode.
-->You can laugh \\
A spineless laugh \\
We hope your rules and wisdom choke you \\
Now we are one, in everlasting piece \\
We hope that you choke, that you choke...
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorSanJunipero San Junipero]]''
** The ending, but for completely different reasons. [[spoiler:For once in ''Series/BlackMirror'' history, the episode ends on a happy uplifting tone. Kelly agrees to pass onto San Junipero and spend her afterlife with Yorkie. Just the final scene of their consciousnesses with those of the inhabitants of San Junipero blinking with life can move even the hardest of hearts to tears of joy and hope.]]
*** [[spoiler:Especially when you consider the song played at the end, Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth". Specifically these lyrics:]]
--> [[spoiler:They say in heaven, love comes first \\
We'll make heaven a place on Earth]]
** The ending also was especially impacting for LGBT viewers for, as [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2016/10/27/black_mirror_upends_tv_s_bury_your_gays_trope.html many]] [[http://www.pride.com/netflix/2016/10/24/black-mirror-episode-san-junipero-gives-middle-finger-dead-lesbian-trope critics]] pointed out, utterly ''dismantling'' [[spoiler:the BuryYourGays trope by using the death of two same-sex lovers as a way of literally letting them live together forever in an artificial afterlife]]. Considering how [[{{Gayngst}} few and far between]] [[spoiler:happy endings for gay romances are on television]], ''San Junipero'' was a lifeline for many queer fans of the series.
** [[spoiler:Which implies that technology has created heaven on earth which allowed the love between Kelly and Yorkie to "come first". Instead of a means of destruction and misery, technology in this episode allows something beautiful to emerge and grow.]]
** As a more straightforward tearjerker, Yorkie asks Kelly to join her in San Junipero permanently and Kelly is reluctant to do so, as she had promised her late husband she would pass on naturally like he did. Yorkie callously writes this off as meaningless, and Kelly slaps her, angrily pointing out that they were {{happily married}} for almost fifty years, and tells her how they had suffered through [[spoiler:[[OutlivingOnesOffspring their daughter dying]] before the San Junipero technology was created and her husband refused to become a permanent resident because their daughter never got their opportunity (while also vaguely hoping to some extent that maybe they could be [[TogetherInDeath reunited in a traditional afterlife]]). The pain in her voice as she describes this, and her [[CessationOfExistence belief that they're completely gone]] and she'll never see either of them again (despite hoping that maybe that's not the case),]] is just heartbreaking.
** TheReveal [[spoiler:that the reason Yorkie insisted that Kelly wouldn't like her in real life was because ''she's been in a coma for 40 years'']]. Even more so when Kelly softly kisses her on the forehead.
-->'''Kelly:''' Hello, stupid.
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorMenAgainstFire Men Against Fire]]''
** TheReveal that [[spoiler:the "Roaches" are [[{{Dehumanization}} regular humans]] [[FinalSolution who are actually being hunted down]]. Men, women, and even [[WouldHurtAChild children]] will get mercilessly gunned down]].
** The horrific MindRape Stripe is put through in order to break him down. Poor guy...
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorHatedInTheNation Hated in the Nation]]''
** [[spoiler:Garrett Scholes's plan succeeding and close to 400,000 people dying just for using a hashtag. We see one warehouse full of bodybags from the incident, knowing it's one of ''many''.]]
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[[folder:Series Four]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Monkey needs a hug."'']]

* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorUSSCallister USS Callister]]''
** Digital Walton's tragic revelation of how Daly broke him: [[spoiler:he was {{forced to watch}} the death of his six-year-old son, whom Daly had copied into the game, ''then shoved out an air-lock.'']] The reason he seems so gung-ho about playing the coward to Daly's hero in Infinity is out of fear that Daly will do so again, in increasingly sadistic ways.
** Daly's ultimate fate. [[spoiler:He's brain-dead in the real world while his mind is trapped inside the game he made with no way out]]. Sure, he was [[AssholeVictim a massive jerk]], but even still, that's pretty hellish.
** Imagine poor Nanette's reaction to hearing of Daly's death. She clearly idolized the man and was nothing but nice and sweet to him. Not to mention the fact that she had a hand in it due to calling a pizza to be delivered to him on her cellphone and leaving her fingerprints behind when stealing the digital crews' DNA samples in Daly's room which will make her suspicious to the police. Also, her photos will probably be left for other people to use as blackmail. Poor girl will be an utter wreck.
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorArkangel Arkangel]]''
** Seeing an injured and bloodied Marie screaming and sobbing for her daughter Sara after she runs away is hard to watch. Sure she's overbearing but it's hard not to feel sorry for her.
** Even before, this is her painful beating by her own daughter. Marie desperately tries to explain to her about her recent actions but her daughter only ends up getting increasingly angry before beating her face up with the tablet. Hearing her wailing while she's being beaten to a bloody pulp is sad to see let alone hear.
** It's also hard not to feel sorry for Trick when Marie understandably yet furiously orders him to stay away from Sara lest she decides to show the police videos she has on Arkangel of him doing cocaine and having sex with Sara (who was underage). Poor dude looks utterly terrified at this point.
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorCrocodile Crocodile]]''
** Mia is so desperate to keep her successful career and happy family life with her son... [[spoiler:that she ends up murdering not only her old boyfriend but also ''an entire family,'' including a baby boy. And in the end it turns out the infant's murder was pointless, since he was born blind.]]
** The lead up to Mia [[spoiler: murdering Shazia is this in spades. As Mia realizes that she has seen too much and will go to the police if she releases her, Shazia does everything in her power to save herself, even lying by saying she wouldn’t be able to tell authorities what she saw even if she wanted to, and when she can’t do that, she tries to protect her husband, only for Mia to use the recall device on her. In the end, all Shazia can do is pray as Mia bashes her head in with a log.]]
* The collateral damage that [[spoiler: Rolo Haynes]] ended up causing in [[Recap/BlackMirrorBlackMuseum Black Museum]].
** First off, [[spoiler: Dr. Dawson, who ends up becoming a pain junkie thanks to Rolo's tech, destroying the man's career as a doctor, losing his girlfriend and driving him to become a sadist and a murderer and eventually rot in a hospital in a persistent vegetative state. The tragedy was that the technology had allowed him to save people's lives.]]
** [[spoiler: Rolo using pre-cookie technology on a couple that leads the wife, Carrie, to end up in a stuffed monkey that can only say two phrases and eventually get thrown out and displayed as an exhibit in Rolo's museum. Thanks to the law, she can't even be put out of her misery by deletion. Nor does Rolo make any effort to move her to a better vessel.]]
** [[spoiler: After getting fired for that last fiasco, Rolo ends up purchasing Clayton Leigh's consciousness, a (wrongfully) convicted murderer on death row, with the money going to his family to help keep them afloat. However, Rolo never explains to Clayton exactly ''what'' he was planning to do with him. Clayton's fate is to be the crowning exhibit of his Black Museum and be electrocuted by Rolo's museum patrons over and over again leaving patrons with a little living copy of Clayton in agony.]]
** [[spoiler: Eventually, thanks to efforts by Clayton's wife to clear her husband's name, patronship drops. Unfortunately, it only made things ''worse'' for Clayton. The only audience left were sadists and closeted racists who reveled in watching Clayton's consciousness suffer. Eventually, it leaves him an empty shell. "A Docile Animal" as his wife said.]]
** [[spoiler: It then gets even ''worse'' when Clayton's wife eventually comes to visit him. While she had hope during her fight to clear her husband's name, seeing him as an empty shell utterly broke her and drove her to suicide. Her daughter is one who ends up finding her.]]
** [[spoiler: Nish is clearly teetering between heartbreak and anger toward Rolo as she tells her side of the story, filling in details that Rolo left out or lied about, being the only one in her family left alive (as in not uploaded) to pick up the pieces.]]
*** [[spoiler: Fortunately things perk up considerably as Clayton's daughter, Nish, takes revenge on Rolo. Throughout the episode, she plays him like a fiddle. She poisons him, gives him a beautiful reason you suck speech, transfers his consciousness inside Clayton's (like Rolo had done with Carrie) and throws the simulated switch one last time, which ends Clayton's suffering and traps Rolo's mind inside the same trinket that other patrons had taken, leaving him in agonizing pain forever. She even rescues Carrie from the museum and managed to save her mother, with her living inside her mind and proud of her daughter's actions. As they leave, the museum burns to the ground.]]
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Series One]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:A rather deserved ThousandYardStare.]]
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorTheNationalAnthem The National Anthem]]''
** Callow's horror and distress at the realization that he'll have to go through with the kidnapper's demands and his trauma throughout and after the event. For a premise that sounds darkly comical, it turns just plain dark pretty quickly.
** [[spoiler:The final scene shows Callow and his wife returning home after making a public appearance and she immediately gets cold, turning away from him when he tries to talk to her. The princess may be safe and Callow's even actually gotten a boost in his approval ratings, but it's clear his marital life is irreparably destroyed.]] BittersweetEnding indeed.
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorFifteenMillionMerits Fifteen Million Merits]]''
** Abi's fate, and her nasty treatment at the hands of the judges prior to it.
** Bing smashing his screens and breaking down into tears after seeing Abi in a porn commercial.
** Bing's impassioned rant against the shallow and superficial system that's taken everything good from him, and the fact that [[spoiler:in the end, he becomes a sell-out too (albeit in a TheManIsStickingItToTheMan kind of way)]].
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorTheEntireHistoryOfYou The Entire History of You]]''
** [[spoiler:Liam finds out that Ffion really did cheat on him and his child might not even be his. He kicks both of them out of the house and wanders around the empty house, replaying happy memories of them all together, before sloppily cutting out his own grain, as memories of Ffion literally flash before his eyes.]]
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[[Tearjerker/BlackMirrorSeriesTwo Series Two]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:"It's not fair..."]]
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorBeRightBack Be Right Back]]''
** Martha abruptly losing her partner. On top of that, she finds out she's pregnant.
** Due to the stress, Martha, after initially angrily rejecting it, decides to utilize the virtual service just to feel like she's talking to Ash again, which delays her bereavement process and ends in her [[ReplacementGoldfish getting a clone that matches Ash]]. [[spoiler:However, its inability to understand inside jokes and memories that she and the real Ash shared undercut the experience and remind her of her loss, but she's unable to destroy or return the clone, and ends up stowing him away.]]
** If you believe that the artificial Ash has emotions, then his ultimate fate is very sad. From his point of view, he is unable to satisfy his loved one (the one thing he was programmed to do), and if that wasn't enough, add that [[spoiler:he's all but stated to have spent ''years'' in the attic, alone]].
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorWhiteBear White Bear]]''
** Seeing [[spoiler:Jemima's real parents on the news crying as they plead for the safe return of their daughter]].
** Victoria's sobs during TheReveal. Though it does depend on how you view Victoria after it's revealed that [[spoiler:she helped to kidnap and film the murder of a little girl, and if she really is indeed remorseful for it all]]. Then again, the fact that she may never get a chance to come to terms with her sin...
*** [[OnceMoreWithClarity Watching it the second time, knowing what is going to happen.]]
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorTheWaldoMoment The Waldo Moment]]''
** Jamie is given flak for everything Waldo does, but he doesn't have any choice in the matter. If he refused to do anything, he'd be fired and lose the rights to his original character.
** Jamie has a breakdown after being publicly humiliated in front of everyone, and his tirade and anger is only greeted with laughter. He pours his heart and soul into his speech, on the verge of tears and venting out his frustrations, and no one takes him seriously. He's a big joke to everyone and he can't do anything about it.
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[[folder: White Christmas]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:She's ''her own slave.'']]
* Cookie!Greta's entire existence revolves around serving the original's every whim. She initially tries to resist, but is broken after [[GoneMadFromTheIsolation going mad from the isolation]].
* Joe's story. [[spoiler:One day, he found out that his girlfriend Beth was pregnant, but she doesn't want the baby. A fight erupts and she blocks him. One day, he sees Beth out on the town, and sees she's keeping the baby. He tries to talk to her, which ends in her taking out a restraining order on him and leaving town. He sends letters to her father's house to reach her, but she never responds. Joe remembers that she visits her father at
[[Tearjerker/BlackMirrorWhiteChristmas Christmas time, so he waits there outside the restraining order's range. He sees that she had the baby, but the baby is blocked too. So, for the next several years, he keeps coming back to her father's at Christmas time, watching his child grow up from a distance. Then one day, Beth dies in a train accident. This removes the block. He goes to her father's at Christmas time with a snowglobe for a gift and sees that the little girl is... [[ChocolateBaby obviously not his]]. Distraught, he walks into Beth's father's house, softly demanding to see his daughter while trying (and failing) to deny the realization that Beth cheated on him. Beth's father tells him he threw away the letters, reiterates he never liked Joe, and that he should leave. Joe hits Beth's elderly father with the globe, and the man dies. Joe runs off and Beth's daughter realizes days later no one will help, so she goes out in the blistering winter to find help. She froze to death.]] And this is all ''before'' we find out [[spoiler:the Joe recounting this story is a Cookie, taken from the real Joe to elicit a confession. After that confession is out, the detectives condemn Cookie Joe, now remorseful about his actions and reliving the memory fresh, to [[YearInsideHourOutside experience 1000 years per every real world minute]]. [[AndIMustScream He's stuck in the cabin where Beth's father died and her daughter is dead right outside the window for quasi-infinity.]]]]
** The last shot featuring Cookie!Joe giving up and screaming is sad to watch.
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* Despite being a huge scumbag, it's kinda hard not to feel sorry for Matt and the fate he receives. He manages to successfully interrogate Joe into confessing for his crime and is free from his charges of both illegal seduction coaching and failing to report a murder; however, soon after, he is forced to be registered as a sex offender and ends up being blocked by humanity, meaning that he won't be able to interact and talk to anyone for the rest of his life until he either dies or until the block is removed (which is likely impossible). [[FridgeHorror How is he supposed to buy things for starters?]]
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[[Tearjerker/BlackMirrorSeriesThree Series Three]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:"[[spoiler:KIDS]], KENNY!"]]
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorNosedive Nosedive]]''
** [[spoiler:Lacie's breakdown at Naomi's wedding is sad to see, though it's way lighter than other tearjerker moments in the series.]]
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorPlaytest Playtest]]''
** The ending, [[spoiler:when Cooper's fears switch from surreal horrors to the realistic sensation of having lost your memories and watching a loved one lose theirs]].
** [[spoiler:Cooper's mother never getting to hear from him, and her worried attempts at getting into contact with him accidentally kill him, just a year after her own husband deteriorates and dies.]]
** [[spoiler:Cooper's abrupt, gut-punch death in general, especially because he was one of the few Black Mirror protagonists who seemed to genuinely just be a good, friendly, and affable person, and only a moment of greed (taking a picture of the testing equipment in order to sell it later) coupled with his reluctance to return his mother's calls ends up killing him. Even worse, one of his fears is revealed to be never being able to see his mother again...]]
** The song played at the end credits doesn't help.
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorShutUpAndDance Shut Up and Dance]]''
** [[spoiler:After it's revealed that Kenny was masturbating to child pornography,]] it's sad to hear his mom calling him on the phone, screaming and pleading with him to tell her that it can't be true. It's likely that the whole family will have a shadow cast upon them because of his horrific crimes. All Kenny can do is hold the phone to his ear and silently cry without saying a word back before hanging up.
--> ''[[spoiler:What did you do Kenny? They're saying it's kids! That you've been looking at kids! And Lindsey saw it. There's a video of you. All of her friends have got it! KIDS, Kenny! Tell me it's not--]]''
** Even after TheReveal, it's still hard to not feel sorry for [[spoiler:Kenny]] after all is said and done. The fact remains that even though he [[spoiler:was looking at child porn]], the demands that the hackers made him there were outright sadistic, going from [[spoiler:bank robbery to being forced into killing a guy]]. By the end of the episode, [[spoiler:he is limping out of the woods, his mother is tearfully screaming at him over the phone after his pedophilia is leaked, and his reaction to the police arriving is pure shock and shame as he tries to walk away before being arrested]].
** [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic The use of]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50rlHVe6g9Q Exit Music (for a film)]] by Music/{{Radiohead}} at the end of the episode.
-->You can laugh \\
A spineless laugh \\
We hope your rules and wisdom choke you \\
Now we are one, in everlasting piece \\
We hope that you choke, that you choke...
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorSanJunipero San Junipero]]''
** The ending, but for completely different reasons. [[spoiler:For once in ''Series/BlackMirror'' history, the episode ends on a happy uplifting tone. Kelly agrees to pass onto San Junipero and spend her afterlife with Yorkie. Just the final scene of their consciousnesses with those of the inhabitants of San Junipero blinking with life can move even the hardest of hearts to tears of joy and hope.]]
*** [[spoiler:Especially when you consider the song played at the end, Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth". Specifically these lyrics:]]
--> [[spoiler:They say in heaven, love comes first \\
We'll make heaven a place on Earth]]
** The ending also was especially impacting for LGBT viewers for, as [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2016/10/27/black_mirror_upends_tv_s_bury_your_gays_trope.html many]] [[http://www.pride.com/netflix/2016/10/24/black-mirror-episode-san-junipero-gives-middle-finger-dead-lesbian-trope critics]] pointed out, utterly ''dismantling'' [[spoiler:the BuryYourGays trope by using the death of two same-sex lovers as a way of literally letting them live together forever in an artificial afterlife]]. Considering how [[{{Gayngst}} few and far between]] [[spoiler:happy endings for gay romances are on television]], ''San Junipero'' was a lifeline for many queer fans of the series.
** [[spoiler:Which implies that technology has created heaven on earth which allowed the love between Kelly and Yorkie to "come first". Instead of a means of destruction and misery, technology in this episode allows something beautiful to emerge and grow.]]
** As a more straightforward tearjerker, Yorkie asks Kelly to join her in San Junipero permanently and Kelly is reluctant to do so, as she had promised her late husband she would pass on naturally like he did. Yorkie callously writes this off as meaningless, and Kelly slaps her, angrily pointing out that they were {{happily married}} for almost fifty years, and tells her how they had suffered through [[spoiler:[[OutlivingOnesOffspring their daughter dying]] before the San Junipero technology was created and her husband refused to become a permanent resident because their daughter never got their opportunity (while also vaguely hoping to some extent that maybe they could be [[TogetherInDeath reunited in a traditional afterlife]]). The pain in her voice as she describes this, and her [[CessationOfExistence belief that they're completely gone]] and she'll never see either of them again (despite hoping that maybe that's not the case),]] is just heartbreaking.
** TheReveal [[spoiler:that the reason Yorkie insisted that Kelly wouldn't like her in real life was because ''she's been in a coma for 40 years'']]. Even more so when Kelly softly kisses her on the forehead.
-->'''Kelly:''' Hello, stupid.
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorMenAgainstFire Men Against Fire]]''
** TheReveal that [[spoiler:the "Roaches" are [[{{Dehumanization}} regular humans]] [[FinalSolution who are actually being hunted down]]. Men, women, and even [[WouldHurtAChild children]] will get mercilessly gunned down]].
** The horrific MindRape Stripe is put through in order to break him down. Poor guy...
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorHatedInTheNation Hated in the Nation]]''
** [[spoiler:Garrett Scholes's plan succeeding and close to 400,000 people dying just for using a hashtag. We see one warehouse full of bodybags from the incident, knowing it's one of ''many''.]]
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[[Tearjerker/BlackMirrorSeriesFour Series Four]]
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* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorUSSCallister USS Callister]]''
** Digital Walton's tragic revelation of how Daly broke him: [[spoiler:he was {{forced to watch}} the death of his six-year-old son, whom Daly had copied into the game, ''then shoved out an air-lock.'']] The reason he seems so gung-ho about playing the coward to Daly's hero in Infinity is out of fear that Daly will do so again, in increasingly sadistic ways.
** Daly's ultimate fate. [[spoiler:He's brain-dead in the real world while his mind is trapped inside the game he made with no way out]]. Sure, he was [[AssholeVictim a massive jerk]], but even still, that's pretty hellish.
** Imagine poor Nanette's reaction to hearing of Daly's death. She clearly idolized the man and was nothing but nice and sweet to him. Not to mention the fact that she had a hand in it due to calling a pizza to be delivered to him on her cellphone and leaving her fingerprints behind when stealing the digital crews' DNA samples in Daly's room which will make her suspicious to the police. Also, her photos will probably be left for other people to use as blackmail. Poor girl will be an utter wreck.
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorArkangel Arkangel]]''
** Seeing an injured and bloodied Marie screaming and sobbing for her daughter Sara after she runs away is hard to watch. Sure she's overbearing but it's hard not to feel sorry for her.
** Even before, this is her painful beating by her own daughter. Marie desperately tries to explain to her about her recent actions but her daughter only ends up getting increasingly angry before beating her face up with the tablet. Hearing her wailing while she's being beaten to a bloody pulp is sad to see let alone hear.
** It's also hard not to feel sorry for Trick when Marie understandably yet furiously orders him to stay away from Sara lest she decides to show the police videos she has on Arkangel of him doing cocaine and having sex with Sara (who was underage). Poor dude looks utterly terrified at this point.
* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorCrocodile Crocodile]]''
** Mia is so desperate to keep her successful career and happy family life with her son... [[spoiler:that she ends up murdering not only her old boyfriend but also ''an entire family,'' including a baby boy. And in the end it turns out the infant's murder was pointless, since he was born blind.]]
** The lead up to Mia [[spoiler: murdering Shazia is this in spades. As Mia realizes that she has seen too much and will go to the police if she releases her, Shazia does everything in her power to save herself, even lying by saying she wouldn’t be able to tell authorities what she saw even if she wanted to, and when she can’t do that, she tries to protect her husband, only for Mia to use the recall device on her. In the end, all Shazia can do is pray as Mia bashes her head in with a log.]]
* The collateral damage that [[spoiler: Rolo Haynes]] ended up causing in [[Recap/BlackMirrorBlackMuseum Black Museum]].
** First off, [[spoiler: Dr. Dawson, who ends up becoming a pain junkie thanks to Rolo's tech, destroying the man's career as a doctor, losing his girlfriend and driving him to become a sadist and a murderer and eventually rot in a hospital in a persistent vegetative state. The tragedy was that the technology had allowed him to save people's lives.]]
** [[spoiler: Rolo using pre-cookie technology on a couple that leads the wife, Carrie, to end up in a stuffed monkey that can only say two phrases and eventually get thrown out and displayed as an exhibit in Rolo's museum. Thanks to the law, she can't even be put out of her misery by deletion. Nor does Rolo make any effort to move her to a better vessel.]]
** [[spoiler: After getting fired for that last fiasco, Rolo ends up purchasing Clayton Leigh's consciousness, a (wrongfully) convicted murderer on death row, with the money going to his family to help keep them afloat. However, Rolo never explains to Clayton exactly ''what'' he was planning to do with him. Clayton's fate is to be the crowning exhibit of his Black Museum and be electrocuted by Rolo's museum patrons over and over again leaving patrons with a little living copy of Clayton in agony.]]
** [[spoiler: Eventually, thanks to efforts by Clayton's wife to clear her husband's name, patronship drops. Unfortunately, it only made things ''worse'' for Clayton. The only audience left were sadists and closeted racists who reveled in watching Clayton's consciousness suffer. Eventually, it leaves him an empty shell. "A Docile Animal" as his wife said.]]
** [[spoiler: It then gets even ''worse'' when Clayton's wife eventually comes to visit him. While she had hope during her fight to clear her husband's name, seeing him as an empty shell utterly broke her and drove her to suicide. Her daughter is one who ends up finding her.]]
** [[spoiler: Nish is clearly teetering between heartbreak and anger toward Rolo as she tells her side of the story, filling in details that Rolo left out or lied about, being the only one in her family left alive (as in not uploaded) to pick up the pieces.]]
*** [[spoiler: Fortunately things perk up considerably as Clayton's daughter, Nish, takes revenge on Rolo. Throughout the episode, she plays him like a fiddle. She poisons him, gives him a beautiful reason you suck speech, transfers his consciousness inside Clayton's (like Rolo had done with Carrie) and throws the simulated switch one last time, which ends Clayton's suffering and traps Rolo's mind inside the same trinket that other patrons had taken, leaving him in agonizing pain forever. She even rescues Carrie from the museum and managed to save her mother, with her living inside her mind and proud of her daughter's actions. As they leave, the museum burns to the ground.]]
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** The horrific MindRape Stripe is put through in order to break him down. Poor guy...



* Digital Walton's tragic revelation of how Daly broke him in [[Recap/BlackMirrorUSSCallister USS Callister]]: [[spoiler: he was forced to watch the death of his six-year-old son, whom Daly had copied into the game, ''then shoved out an air-lock.'']] The reason he seems so gung-ho about playing the coward to Daly's hero in Infinity is out of fear that Daly will do so again, in increasingly sadistic ways.
** Daly's ultimate fate. Braindead, trapped inside the game he made with no way out.
** Imagine poor Nanette's reaction to hearing of Daly's death. She clearly idolized the man and was nothing but nice and sweet to him. Not to mention the fact that she had a hand in it due to calling a pizza to be delivered to him on her cellphone and leaving her fingerprints behind when stealing the digital crews' DNA samples in Daly's room which will make her suspicious to the police. Also her photos will probably be left for other people to use as blackmail. Poor girl will be an utter wreck.
* In [[Recap/BlackMirrorArkangel Arkangel]] seeing an injured and bloodied Marie screaming and sobbing for her daughter Sara after she runs away is hard to watch. Sure she's overbearing but it's hard not to feel sorry for her.

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* ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorUSSCallister USS Callister]]''
**
Digital Walton's tragic revelation of how Daly broke him in [[Recap/BlackMirrorUSSCallister USS Callister]]: [[spoiler: he him: [[spoiler:he was forced {{forced to watch watch}} the death of his six-year-old son, whom Daly had copied into the game, ''then shoved out an air-lock.'']] The reason he seems so gung-ho about playing the coward to Daly's hero in Infinity is out of fear that Daly will do so again, in increasingly sadistic ways.
** Daly's ultimate fate. Braindead, [[spoiler:He's brain-dead in the real world while his mind is trapped inside the game he made with no way out.
out]]. Sure, he was [[AssholeVictim a massive jerk]], but even still, that's pretty hellish.
** Imagine poor Nanette's reaction to hearing of Daly's death. She clearly idolized the man and was nothing but nice and sweet to him. Not to mention the fact that she had a hand in it due to calling a pizza to be delivered to him on her cellphone and leaving her fingerprints behind when stealing the digital crews' DNA samples in Daly's room which will make her suspicious to the police. Also Also, her photos will probably be left for other people to use as blackmail. Poor girl will be an utter wreck.
* In [[Recap/BlackMirrorArkangel Arkangel]] seeing ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorArkangel Arkangel]]''
** Seeing
an injured and bloodied Marie screaming and sobbing for her daughter Sara after she runs away is hard to watch. Sure she's overbearing but it's hard not to feel sorry for her.



** It's also hard not to feel sorry for Trick when Marie understandably yet furiously orders him to stay away from Sara lest she decides to show the police videos she has on Arkangel of him doing cocaine and having sex with Sara (which was underaged sex due to Sara being 15 despite it being consensual). Poor dude looks utterly terrified at this point.
* In [[Recap/BlackMirrorCrocodile Crocodile]] Mia is so desperate to keep her successful career and happy family life with her son... [[spoiler:that she ends up murdering not only her old boyfriend but also ''an entire family,'' including a baby boy. And in the end it turns out the infant's murder was pointless, since he was born blind.]]

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** It's also hard not to feel sorry for Trick when Marie understandably yet furiously orders him to stay away from Sara lest she decides to show the police videos she has on Arkangel of him doing cocaine and having sex with Sara (which (who was underaged sex due to Sara being 15 despite it being consensual).underage). Poor dude looks utterly terrified at this point.
* In [[Recap/BlackMirrorCrocodile Crocodile]] ''[[Recap/BlackMirrorCrocodile Crocodile]]''
**
Mia is so desperate to keep her successful career and happy family life with her son... [[spoiler:that she ends up murdering not only her old boyfriend but also ''an entire family,'' including a baby boy. And in the end it turns out the infant's murder was pointless, since he was born blind.]]


** While he was a jerk who deserved his fate it's hard not to feel a small amount of pity for Daly when he dies.

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** While Daly's ultimate fate. Braindead, trapped inside the game he was a jerk who deserved his fate it's hard not to feel a small amount of pity for Daly when he dies.made with no way out.



** Hell, even before this is her painful beating by her own daughter. Marie desperately tries to explain to her about her recent actions but her daughter only ends up getting increasingly angry before beating her face up with the tablet. Hearing her wailing while she's being beaten to a bloody pulp is sad to see let alone hear.

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** Hell, even before Even before, this is her painful beating by her own daughter. Marie desperately tries to explain to her about her recent actions but her daughter only ends up getting increasingly angry before beating her face up with the tablet. Hearing her wailing while she's being beaten to a bloody pulp is sad to see let alone hear.


** [[spoiler: Nish is clearly teetering between heartbreak and anger toward Rolo as she tells her side of the story, being the only one in her family left to pick up the pieces.]]

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** [[spoiler: Nish is clearly teetering between heartbreak and anger toward Rolo as she tells her side of the story, filling in details that Rolo left out or lied about, being the only one in her family left alive (as in not uploaded) to pick up the pieces.]]


** [[spoiler: It then gets even ''worse'' when Clayton's wife eventually comes to visit him. While she had hope during her fight to clear her husband's name, seeing him as an empty shell utterly broke her and drove her to suicide. Her daughter is one who ends up finding her. Nish is between anger and heartbreak as she tells her side of the story.]]

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** [[spoiler: It then gets even ''worse'' when Clayton's wife eventually comes to visit him. While she had hope during her fight to clear her husband's name, seeing him as an empty shell utterly broke her and drove her to suicide. Her daughter is one who ends up finding her. ]]
** [[spoiler:
Nish is clearly teetering between anger and heartbreak and anger toward Rolo as she tells her side of the story.story, being the only one in her family left to pick up the pieces.]]


** [[spoiler: It then gets even ''worse'' when Clayton's wife eventually comes to visit him. While she had hope during her fight to clear her husband's name, seeing him as an empty shell utterly broke her and drove her to suicide. Her daughter is one who ends up finding her.]]

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** [[spoiler: It then gets even ''worse'' when Clayton's wife eventually comes to visit him. While she had hope during her fight to clear her husband's name, seeing him as an empty shell utterly broke her and drove her to suicide. Her daughter is one who ends up finding her. Nish is between anger and heartbreak as she tells her side of the story.]]


** First off, [[spoiler: Dr. Dawson, who ends up becoming a pain junkie thanks to Rolo's tech, destroying the man's career as a doctor, losing his girlfriend and driving him to become a sadist and a murderer and eventually rot in a hospital in a persistent vegetative state.]]

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** First off, [[spoiler: Dr. Dawson, who ends up becoming a pain junkie thanks to Rolo's tech, destroying the man's career as a doctor, losing his girlfriend and driving him to become a sadist and a murderer and eventually rot in a hospital in a persistent vegetative state. The tragedy was that the technology had allowed him to save people's lives.]]


** [[spoiler: Rolo pre-cookie technology with a couple that leads the wife, Carrie, to end up in a stuffed monkey that can only say two phrases and eventually get thrown out and displayed as an exhibit in Rolo's museum. Thanks to the law, she can't even be put out of her misery by deletion.]]

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** [[spoiler: Rolo using pre-cookie technology with on a couple that leads the wife, Carrie, to end up in a stuffed monkey that can only say two phrases and eventually get thrown out and displayed as an exhibit in Rolo's museum. Thanks to the law, she can't even be put out of her misery by deletion. Nor does Rolo make any effort to move her to a better vessel.]]


** [[spoiler: Rolo also ends up using the same technology with a couple that leads the wife, Carrie, to end up in a stuffed monkey that can only say two phrases and eventually get thrown out and displayed as an exhibit in Rolo's museum. Thanks to the law, she can't even be put out of her misery by deletion.]]

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** [[spoiler: Rolo also ends up using the same pre-cookie technology with a couple that leads the wife, Carrie, to end up in a stuffed monkey that can only say two phrases and eventually get thrown out and displayed as an exhibit in Rolo's museum. Thanks to the law, she can't even be put out of her misery by deletion.]]


** [[spoiler: It then gets even ''worse'' when Clayton's wife eventually comes to visit him. While she had hope during her fight to clear her husband's name, seeing him as an empty shell utterly broke her and drove her to suicide. Her daughter is one who ends up finding and saving her.]]

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** [[spoiler: It then gets even ''worse'' when Clayton's wife eventually comes to visit him. While she had hope during her fight to clear her husband's name, seeing him as an empty shell utterly broke her and drove her to suicide. Her daughter is one who ends up finding and saving her.]]

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