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** This scene is much HarsherInHindsight because not only was this Creator/LeonardNimoy's last scene as Spock in a ''Star Trek'' movie; this was his last movie role ''ever''. This means that Nimoy's last movie scene of his lifetime was him as his most iconic character warning his [[IntergenerationalFriendship younger self]] of the hardships he's faced over the years and remembering his own famous HeroicSacrifice. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Truly]] a perfect PassingTheTorch moment and a fitting epitaph to one of the greatest actors of our time.

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** This scene is much HarsherInHindsight because not only was this Creator/LeonardNimoy's last scene as Spock in a ''Star Trek'' movie; this was his last movie role ''ever''. This means that Nimoy's last movie scene of his lifetime was him as his most iconic character warning his [[IntergenerationalFriendship younger self]] of the hardships he's faced over the years and remembering his own famous HeroicSacrifice. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Truly]] a perfect PassingTheTorch moment and a fitting epitaph to one of the greatest actors of our time.


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* No matter how you look at it, this film gets the really sad parts done right. There is nothing said, the music is only there to help create a mood, and then it gets soul-crushing when it vanishes. This film follows "show, don't tell" for the truly sad parts.

** This pic (humorously) [[http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/145/c/8/star_trek__into_darkness__everyone_cries__by_carrinth-d66hwqt.jpg sums it up]].


'''WARNING:''' Spoilers are unmarked.
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** [[spoiler:For a brief second, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Spock drops his stoic face and you can see the fear in his face as he prepares for his death]].]]
* [[spoiler:Thomas Harewood commits a suicide bombing for Khan in exchange for his daughter being cured of her illness.]]
* [[spoiler:Pike's death]]. [[spoiler:It's not even a typical death scene. Pike doesn't give any parting words; no speech, no nothing. He simply stares uncomprehendingly at Spock, clearly scared out of his mind. And then when Spock mind melds with him, the former's normally emotionless facial expression morphs just enough that we get an idea of [[IDontWantToDie what Pike is feeling.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Kirk's reaction is to check Pike's pulse and then [[ManlyTears break down crying]]. Then, still crying, he buries his face in Pike's jacket and clutches his uniform. He's just lost [[ParentalSubstitute the closest thing to a father he had]].]]
*** [[spoiler:You can tell by the look on his face that he's trying to stop crying. Even though he's pretty much heartbroken, he knows he can't sit there mourning. He has to get the son of a bitch who did this.]]
** And then afterwards, [[spoiler:Jim slowly stands up and wordlessly places a hand on Spock's shoulder before walking away]].
** [[spoiler:The scene beforehand when Pike tells Kirk that he deserved a second chance and that he believed in him.]] [[MentorOccupationalHazard The moment he said those words, you knew he was doomed.]]

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** [[spoiler:For For a brief second, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Spock drops his stoic face and you can see the fear in his face as he prepares for his death]].]]
death]].

* [[spoiler:Thomas Thomas Harewood commits a suicide bombing for Khan in exchange for his daughter being cured of her illness.]]
illness.

* [[spoiler:Pike's death]]. [[spoiler:It's Admiral Pike's death. It's not even a typical death scene. Pike doesn't give any parting words; no speech, no nothing. He simply stares uncomprehendingly at Spock, clearly scared out of his mind. And then when Spock mind melds with him, the former's normally emotionless facial expression morphs just enough that we get an idea of [[IDontWantToDie what Pike is feeling.]]]]
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** [[spoiler:Kirk's Kirk's reaction is to check Pike's pulse and then [[ManlyTears break down crying]]. Then, still crying, he buries his face in Pike's jacket and clutches his uniform. He's just lost [[ParentalSubstitute the closest thing to a father he had]].]]
had]].
*** [[spoiler:You You can tell by the look on his face that he's trying to stop crying. Even though he's pretty much heartbroken, he knows he can't sit there mourning. He has to get the son of a bitch who did this.this.
** And then afterwards, Kirk slowly stands up and wordlessly places a hand on Spock's shoulder before walking away.
** The scene beforehand when Pike tells Kirk that he deserved a second chance and that he believed in him. [[MentorOccupationalHazard The moment he said those words, you knew he was doomed.
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** And then afterwards, [[spoiler:Jim slowly stands up and wordlessly places a hand on Spock's shoulder before walking away]].
** [[spoiler:The scene beforehand when Pike tells Kirk that he deserved a second chance and that he believed in him.]] [[MentorOccupationalHazard The moment he said those words, you knew he was doomed.]]



-->'''Bones:''' Ten hours ago, you were in a damn firefight. Now, it's my duty as the ship's...

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-->'''Bones:''' -->'''[=McCoy=]:''' Ten hours ago, you were in a damn firefight. Now, it's my duty as the ship's...



-->'''Bones:''' (''stops Jim in place, looking him right in the eye, obviously meaning [[spoiler:Pike's death]]'') The ''hell'' you are.
-->'''Kirk:''' (''{{beat}}'') I'm fine.
** You could tell Bones is well aware of just how hard [[spoiler:Pike's death]] affected Jim.

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-->'''Bones:''' (''stops Jim -->'''[=McCoy=]:''' ''[stops Kirk in place, looking him right in the eye, obviously meaning [[spoiler:Pike's death]]'') Pike's death]'' The ''hell'' you are.
-->'''Kirk:''' (''{{beat}}'') ''[{{beat}}]'' I'm fine.
** You could tell Bones [=McCoy=] is well aware well-aware of just how hard [[spoiler:Pike's death]] Pike's death affected Jim.Jim.









* Kirk, who has spent all of both movies having every one of his snap decisions, wild guesses, and gut feelings turn out for the best, turns and looks at his crew when he realizes that [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]] isn't going to let any of them live no matter what he says or does. The hopelessness and defeat in his voice is so jarring.

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* Kirk, who has spent all of both movies having every one of his snap decisions, wild guesses, and gut feelings turn out for the best, turns and looks at his crew when he realizes that [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]] Admiral Marcus isn't going to let any of them live no matter what he says or does. The hopelessness and defeat in his voice is so jarring.



* Kirk decides he needs Harrison's help in order to defeat [[spoiler:Marcus]], so goes to talk to him. Spock follows, trying to talk Kirk out of it. Then Kirk admits to what Pike was trying to tell him after the Nibiru mission; that he's not ready to be a captain.

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* Kirk decides he needs Harrison's help in order to defeat [[spoiler:Marcus]], Marcus, so goes to talk to him. Spock follows, trying to talk Kirk out of it. Then Kirk admits to what Pike was trying to tell him after the Nibiru mission; that he's not ready to be a captain.



* There's something to be said for Spock [[spoiler:asking his time-displaced older self about his encounters with Khan in the prime timeline. You can tell even a hundred years later, Spock Prime is still haunted by what it took to defeat him the first time.]]

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* Scotty, who appears in this timeline to be channeling the [[Series/DoctorWho Fourth or Fifth Doctor]], has a genuine moment of anguish when he has to tell a guy [[ThrownOutTheAirlock he's going to do something that will end very badly for the mook]]:
-->'''Scott:''' I'm sorry about this.

* There's something to be said for Spock [[spoiler:asking asking his time-displaced older self about his encounters with Khan in the prime timeline. You can tell even a hundred years later, Spock Prime is still haunted by what it took to defeat him the first time.]]



-->[[spoiler:'''Spock Prime''']]: ...[[HeroicSacrifice At great cost]], yes.
** This scene is much HarsherInHindsight because not only was this [[spoiler:Creator/LeonardNimoy]]'s last scene as [[spoiler:Spock]] in a ''Star Trek'' movie; this was his last movie role ''ever''. This means that [[spoiler:Nimoy's]] last movie scene of his lifetime was [[spoiler:him as his most iconic character warning his [[IntergenerationalFriendship younger self]] of the hardships he's faced over the years and remembering his own famous HeroicSacrifice]]. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Truly]] a perfect PassingTheTorch moment and a fitting epitaph to one of the greatest actors of our time.
* The moment where Carol is pleading to her father [[spoiler:to spare the ''Enterprise'' as she's still on it by forcing him into a SadisticChoice, only for him to sidestep it and teleport her aboard his own ship, the ''Vengeance'']]. The fact that she still pleads even when it's apparent she can't affect anything is just depressing.
** [[spoiler:And she gets her leg broken by Khan and watches her father die right before her eyes. Poor woman needs a hug.]]
* [[spoiler:Kirk going to his death to repair the damaged reactor room ''while Scotty watches on''.]]
* There's also [[spoiler:Spock's reaction when Scotty calls him down to the warp core room]]. He doesn't even know what it is, but [[spoiler:he knows something terrible has happened to Kirk]] and he legs it so fast, he doesn't even give the ''legally required order'' that someone take over. Then you see him running through the halls, and the sheer, utter ''panic'' on his face is something to behold.
** [[spoiler:Spock desperately pleading to Scotty to let Kirk out, but Scotty sadly says he can't do it because it would kill everybody in Engineering.]] Then the two have a final conversation, and [[spoiler:Kirk dies]].
** [[spoiler:Kirk admitting to being scared and asking Spock to help him not be. Spock, who is ''crying'' at this point, tells him that he doesn't know how to anymore.]]
--->'''Kirk:''' [[spoiler:I'm scared, Spock. Help me not to be. How do you choose not to feel?]]
--->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler:(''in tears'') I do not know. Right now, I am failing.]]
--->'''Kirk:''' [[spoiler:I want to tell you why I couldn't let you die. Why I went back for you.]]
--->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler: (''tear falls from his cheek'') Because you are my ''friend''.]]
--->[[spoiler:Kirk nods and puts his hand on the glass, and Spock does the same, mirroring the famous ''Wrath of Khan'' pose, and Kirk dies.]]
*** [[spoiler:It's the famous pose which really drives it home. Those who had been able to hold back their tears until then just ''lost it'' at this point.]]
** [[spoiler:Followed by Uhura showing up just in time to see Kirk take his last breaths. She remains teary-eyed until Spock beams down to catch up to Khan.]]
** [[spoiler:After Kirk dies, you can see Spock's grief turn into pure rage.]]
--->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler:'''''KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!''''']]
** The track for this scene, "Buying the Space Farm." Just...[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6owMBdM4Fq4 listen to it]]. It's Spock's emotions put to music.
*** Not only is it a CrowningMusicOfAwesome, but a FridgeBrilliance as well, as the track for this scene sounds like "Labor of Love," the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0dtrwNse38&list=PL49B7C1E8336DEF06 music when George Kirk was saving the USS Kelvin]] (Kirk's birth!) and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki8AMmZBMko Spock's theme]] put together.
*** Not just put together. It's not just that the scores are over-layed together; they weave in and out with one character's motif taking the lead before it fades back while the other character's comes to the forefront, before finally combining into a single whole.
** [[spoiler:Spock crying. When [[TheStoic the Vulcan]] loses it, ''we don't stand a chance''.]]
** [[spoiler:When Kirk dies, Spock has this very sharp intake of breath, like he still can't believe this just happened.]]
** [[spoiler:Spock's pursuit of Khan. Yes, it's [[CrowningMomentofAwesome awesome]] and incredibly badass, but it's a bullet to the heart. We got a glimpse of this level of rage in the first movie, but seeing Spock lose control so thoroughly and for so long is hard to handle. He even attacks Khan with a mind-meld, using either his physical pain or more likely his own rage and grief to incapacitate his opponent. How many Vulcan laws did he break with that move?]]
* [=McCoy=] seeing [[spoiler:Kirk's body]] and just walking away, sitting at his desk, and breaking down. The look on his face is just so utterly ''heartbreaking''.
** Made even worse when you remember that [=McCoy=] was Kirk's first friend at the Academy, and they were shown to routinely hang out while there. They've spent years together and he's just seen his friend's body, and it's too late to save him [[spoiler:or so he thinks]].
** Worse still when you consider the amount of times [=McCoy=] tells Kirk to be careful or expresses worry for him throughout the movie.
* Scotty, who appears in this timeline to be channeling the [[Series/DoctorWho Fourth or Fifth Doctor]], has a genuine moment of anguish when he has to tell a guy [[ThrownOutTheAirlock he's going to do something that will end very badly for the mook]]:
-->'''Scott:''' I'm sorry about this.
* Harrison/[[spoiler:Khan]] may be the BigBad of the film, but the fact that he's [[ManlyTears crying]] when he recalls how he couldn't save his crew [[spoiler:from Admiral Marcus]] is ''[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds heartbreaking]]''. The [[https://youtu.be/gnZJjNjMg98?t=1m10s music accompanying it (starting at 1:10 and ending at 3:38)]] just makes it ''worse''.
-->'''Harrison''': [[spoiler:Marcus]] took my crew from me! [...] He used my friends to control me. I tried to smuggle them to safety by concealing them in the very weapons I have designed. But I was discovered. I had no choice but to escape alone. And when I did, I had every reason to suspect that [[spoiler:Marcus]] had killed every single one of the people I hold most dear. So I responded in kind. My crew is my family, Kirk. Is there anything you would not do for your family?
** His anguish when he [[spoiler:thinks he's killed them all, too]].
* There's a small moment, when Harrison is confronting his ally [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]], and he's just seething with rage at the betrayal and manipulation. But what does he say? "I will destroy everything you've ever loved?" "I will conquer the stars with your own ship?" No. "[[spoiler:You should've let me sleep]]." Deep down, Harrison knows who and what he is, and how his time has passed, and trying to use him in this new era is a mistake. While he wants to survive, he knows it would be safer, for everyone, if he was just left alone.

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-->[[spoiler:'''Spock Prime''']]: ...-->'''Spock Prime''': ...[[HeroicSacrifice At great cost]], yes.
** This scene is much HarsherInHindsight because not only was this [[spoiler:Creator/LeonardNimoy]]'s Creator/LeonardNimoy's last scene as [[spoiler:Spock]] Spock in a ''Star Trek'' movie; this was his last movie role ''ever''. This means that [[spoiler:Nimoy's]] Nimoy's last movie scene of his lifetime was [[spoiler:him him as his most iconic character warning his [[IntergenerationalFriendship younger self]] of the hardships he's faced over the years and remembering his own famous HeroicSacrifice]]. HeroicSacrifice. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Truly]] a perfect PassingTheTorch moment and a fitting epitaph to one of the greatest actors of our time.
time.

* The moment where Carol is pleading to her father [[spoiler:to to spare the ''Enterprise'' as she's still on it by forcing him into a SadisticChoice, only for him to sidestep it and teleport her aboard his own ship, the ''Vengeance'']].''Vengeance''. The fact that she still pleads even when it's apparent she can't affect anything is just depressing.
** [[spoiler:And And she gets her leg broken by Khan and watches her father die right before her eyes. Poor woman needs a hug.]]
hug.

* [[spoiler:Kirk going to his death to repair the damaged reactor room ''while Scotty watches on''.]]
* There's also [[spoiler:Spock's reaction when Scotty calls him down to the warp core room]]. He doesn't even know what it is, but [[spoiler:he knows something terrible has happened to Kirk]] and he legs it so fast, he doesn't even give the ''legally required order'' that someone take over. Then you see him running through the halls, and the sheer, utter ''panic'' on his face is something to behold.
** [[spoiler:Spock desperately pleading to Scotty to let Kirk out, but Scotty sadly says he can't do it because it would kill everybody in Engineering.]] Then the two have a final conversation, and [[spoiler:Kirk dies]].
** [[spoiler:Kirk admitting to being scared and asking Spock to help him not be. Spock, who is ''crying'' at this point, tells him that he doesn't know how to anymore.]]
--->'''Kirk:''' [[spoiler:I'm scared, Spock. Help me not to be. How do you choose not to feel?]]
--->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler:(''in tears'') I do not know. Right now, I am failing.]]
--->'''Kirk:''' [[spoiler:I want to tell you why I couldn't let you die. Why I went back for you.]]
--->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler: (''tear falls from his cheek'') Because you are my ''friend''.]]
--->[[spoiler:Kirk nods and puts his hand on the glass, and Spock does the same, mirroring the famous ''Wrath of Khan'' pose, and Kirk dies.]]
*** [[spoiler:It's the famous pose which really drives it home. Those who had been able to hold back their tears until then just ''lost it'' at this point.]]
** [[spoiler:Followed by Uhura showing up just in time to see Kirk take his last breaths. She remains teary-eyed until Spock beams down to catch up to Khan.]]
** [[spoiler:After Kirk dies, you can see Spock's grief turn into pure rage.]]
--->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler:'''''KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!''''']]
** The track for this scene, "Buying the Space Farm." Just...[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6owMBdM4Fq4 listen to it]]. It's Spock's emotions put to music.
*** Not only is it a CrowningMusicOfAwesome, but a FridgeBrilliance as well, as the track for this scene sounds like "Labor of Love," the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0dtrwNse38&list=PL49B7C1E8336DEF06 music when George Kirk was saving the USS Kelvin]] (Kirk's birth!) and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki8AMmZBMko Spock's theme]] put together.
*** Not just put together. It's not just that the scores are over-layed together; they weave in and out with one character's motif taking the lead before it fades back while the other character's comes to the forefront, before finally combining into a single whole.
** [[spoiler:Spock crying. When [[TheStoic the Vulcan]] loses it, ''we don't stand a chance''.]]
** [[spoiler:When Kirk dies, Spock has this very sharp intake of breath, like he still can't believe this just happened.]]
** [[spoiler:Spock's pursuit of Khan. Yes, it's [[CrowningMomentofAwesome awesome]] and incredibly badass, but it's a bullet to the heart. We got a glimpse of this level of rage in the first movie, but seeing Spock lose control so thoroughly and for so long is hard to handle. He even attacks Khan with a mind-meld, using either his physical pain or more likely his own rage and grief to incapacitate his opponent. How many Vulcan laws did he break with that move?]]
* [=McCoy=] seeing [[spoiler:Kirk's body]] and just walking away, sitting at his desk, and breaking down. The look on his face is just so utterly ''heartbreaking''.
** Made even worse when you remember that [=McCoy=] was Kirk's first friend at the Academy, and they were shown to routinely hang out while there. They've spent years together and he's just seen his friend's body, and it's too late to save him [[spoiler:or so he thinks]].
** Worse still when you consider the amount of times [=McCoy=] tells Kirk to be careful or expresses worry for him throughout the movie.
* Scotty, who appears in this timeline to be channeling the [[Series/DoctorWho Fourth or Fifth Doctor]], has a genuine moment of anguish when he has to tell a guy [[ThrownOutTheAirlock he's going to do something that will end very badly for the mook]]:
-->'''Scott:''' I'm sorry about this.
* Harrison/[[spoiler:Khan]]
Harrison/Khan may be the BigBad of the film, but the fact that he's [[ManlyTears crying]] when he recalls how he couldn't save his crew [[spoiler:from from Admiral Marcus]] Marcus is ''[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds heartbreaking]]''. The [[https://youtu.be/gnZJjNjMg98?t=1m10s music accompanying it (starting at 1:10 and ending at 3:38)]] just makes it ''worse''.
-->'''Harrison''': [[spoiler:Marcus]] Marcus took my crew from me! [...] He used my friends to control me. I tried to smuggle them to safety by concealing them in the very weapons I have designed. But I was discovered. I had no choice but to escape alone. And when I did, I had every reason to suspect that [[spoiler:Marcus]] Marcus had killed every single one of the people I hold most dear. So I responded in kind. My crew is my family, Kirk. Is there anything you would not do for your family?
** His anguish [[BigNo anguish]] when he [[spoiler:thinks thinks he's killed them all, too]].
too.

* There's a small moment, when Harrison is confronting his ally [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]], Admiral Marcus, and he's just seething with rage at the InsaneAdmiral's betrayal and manipulation. But what does he say? "I will destroy everything you've ever loved?" "I will conquer the stars with your own ship?" No. "[[spoiler:You "You should've let me sleep]]." sleep!" Deep down, Harrison knows who and what he is, and how his time has passed, and trying to use him in this new era is a mistake. While he wants to survive, he knows it would be safer, for everyone, if he was just left alone.



* Watch the background as [=McCoy=] walks away [[spoiler: from Kirk's body. A dark-haired, male extra beautifully portrays the disbelief and grief of the crew to his Captain's death.]]

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* Kirk going to his death to repair the damaged reactor room ''while Scotty watches on''.

* There's also Spock's reaction when [[NeverGiveTheCaptainAStraightAnswer Scotty calls him down to Engineering]]. He doesn't even know what it is, but he knows something terrible has happened to Kirk and he legs it so fast, he doesn't even give the ''legally required order'' that someone take over. Then you see him running through the halls, and the sheer, utter ''panic'' on his face is something to behold.
** Spock desperately pleading to Scotty to let Kirk out, but Scotty sadly says he can't do it because it would kill everybody in Engineering. Then the two have a final conversation, and Kirk dies.
** Kirk admitting to being scared and asking Spock to help him not be. Spock, who is ''crying'' at this point, tells him that he doesn't know how to anymore.
--->'''Kirk:''' I'm scared, Spock. Help me not to be. How do you choose not to feel?
--->'''Spock:''' ''[in tears]'' I do not know. Right now, I am failing.
--->'''Kirk:''' I want to tell you why I couldn't let you die. Why I went back for you.
--->'''Spock:''' ''[tear falls from his cheek]'' Because you are my ''friend''.
--->''[Kirk nods and puts his hand on the glass, and Spock does the same, mirroring the famous ''Wrath of Khan'' pose, and Kirk dies.]''
*** It's the famous pose which really drives it home. Those who had been able to hold back their tears until then just ''lost it'' at this point.
** Followed by Uhura showing up just in time to see Kirk take his last breaths. She remains teary-eyed until Spock beams down to catch up to Khan.
** After Kirk dies, you can see Spock's grief turn into pure rage.
--->'''Spock:''' '''''KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!'''''
** The track for this scene, "Buying the Space Farm." Just...[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6owMBdM4Fq4 listen to it]]. It's Spock's emotions put to music.
*** Not only is it a SugarWiki/CrowningMusicOfAwesome, but a FridgeBrilliance as well, as the track for this scene sounds like "Labor of Love," the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0dtrwNse38&list=PL49B7C1E8336DEF06 music when George Kirk was saving the USS Kelvin]] (Kirk's birth!) and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki8AMmZBMko Spock's theme]] put together.
*** Not just put together. It's not just that the scores are overlayed together; they weave in and out with one character's motif taking the lead before it fades back while the other character's comes to the forefront, before finally combining into a single whole.
** Spock crying. When [[TheStoic the Vulcan]] loses it, ''we don't stand a chance''.
** When Kirk dies, Spock has this very sharp intake of breath, like he still can't believe this just happened.
** Spock's pursuit of Khan. Yes, it's [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments awesome]] and incredibly badass, but it's a bullet to the heart. We got a glimpse of this level of rage in the first movie, but seeing Spock lose control so thoroughly and for so long is hard to handle. He even attacks Khan with a mind-meld, using either his physical pain or more likely his own rage and grief to incapacitate his opponent. How many Vulcan laws did he break with that move?

* [=McCoy=] seeing Kirk's body and just walking away, sitting at his desk, and breaking down. The look on his face is just so utterly ''heartbreaking''.
** Made even worse when you remember that [=McCoy=] was Kirk's first friend at the Academy, and they were shown to routinely hang out while there. They've spent years together and he's just seen his friend's body, and it's too late to save him (or so he thinks).
** Worse still when you consider the amount of times [=McCoy=] tells Kirk to be careful or expresses worry for him throughout the movie.
**
Watch the background as [=McCoy=] walks away [[spoiler: from Kirk's body. A dark-haired, dark-haired male extra beautifully portrays the disbelief and grief of the crew to his Captain's death.]]
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* [[spoiler:Pike's death]]. [[spoiler:It's not even a typical death scene. Pike doesn't give any parting words; no speech, no nothing. He simply stares uncomprehendingly at Spock, clearly scared out of his mind. And then Spock does a mind meld with him, and Spock's face morphs just enough that we get an idea of what Pike is feeling.]]

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* [[spoiler:Pike's death]]. [[spoiler:It's not even a typical death scene. Pike doesn't give any parting words; no speech, no nothing. He simply stares uncomprehendingly at Spock, clearly scared out of his mind. And then when Spock does a mind meld melds with him, and Spock's face the former's normally emotionless facial expression morphs just enough that we get an idea of [[IDontWantToDie what Pike is feeling.]]]]]]


* Watch the background as McCoy walks away [[spoiler: from Kirk's body. A dark-haired, male extra beautifully portrays the disbelief and grief of the crew to his Captain's death.]]

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* Watch the background as McCoy [=McCoy=] walks away [[spoiler: from Kirk's body. A dark-haired, male extra beautifully portrays the disbelief and grief of the crew to his Captain's death.]]


* Harrison/[[spoiler:Khan]] may be the BigBad of the film, but the fact that he's [[ManlyTears crying]] when he recalls how he couldn't save his crew [[spoiler:from Admiral Marcus]] is ''[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds heartbreaking]]''. The [[https://youtu.be/gnZJjNjMg98?t=1m10s music accompanying it (starting at 1:10 and ending at 2:35)]] just makes it ''worse''.

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* Harrison/[[spoiler:Khan]] may be the BigBad of the film, but the fact that he's [[ManlyTears crying]] when he recalls how he couldn't save his crew [[spoiler:from Admiral Marcus]] is ''[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds heartbreaking]]''. The [[https://youtu.be/gnZJjNjMg98?t=1m10s music accompanying it (starting at 1:10 and ending at 2:35)]] 3:38)]] just makes it ''worse''.



* Watch the background as McCoy walks away [[spoiler: from Kirk's body. A dark-haired, male extra beautifully portrays the disbelief and grief of the crew to his Czptain's death.]]

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* Watch the background as McCoy walks away [[spoiler: from Kirk's body. A dark-haired, male extra beautifully portrays the disbelief and grief of the crew to his Czptain's Captain's death.]]


* Harrison/[[spoiler:Khan]] may be the BigBad of the film, but the fact that he's [[ManlyTears crying]] when he recalls how he couldn't save his crew [[spoiler:from Admiral Marcus]] is ''[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds heartbreaking]]''. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM8NlifC4xU music accompanying it (starting at 1:10 and ending at 2:35)]] just makes it ''worse''.

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* Harrison/[[spoiler:Khan]] may be the BigBad of the film, but the fact that he's [[ManlyTears crying]] when he recalls how he couldn't save his crew [[spoiler:from Admiral Marcus]] is ''[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds heartbreaking]]''. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM8NlifC4xU [[https://youtu.be/gnZJjNjMg98?t=1m10s music accompanying it (starting at 1:10 and ending at 2:35)]] just makes it ''worse''.

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** [[spoiler:Spock's pursuit of Khan. Yes, it's [[CrowningMomentofAwesome awesome]] and incredibly {{badass}}, but it's a bullet to the heart. We got a glimpse of this level of rage in the first movie, but seeing Spock lose control so thoroughly and for so long is hard to handle. He even attacks Khan with a mind-meld, using either his physical pain or more likely his own rage and grief to incapacitate his opponent. How many Vulcan laws did he break with that move?]]

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** [[spoiler:Spock's pursuit of Khan. Yes, it's [[CrowningMomentofAwesome awesome]] and incredibly {{badass}}, badass, but it's a bullet to the heart. We got a glimpse of this level of rage in the first movie, but seeing Spock lose control so thoroughly and for so long is hard to handle. He even attacks Khan with a mind-meld, using either his physical pain or more likely his own rage and grief to incapacitate his opponent. How many Vulcan laws did he break with that move?]]


-->'''Scott:''' I'm so sorry.

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-->'''Scott:''' I'm so sorry.sorry about this.


-->'''Bones:''' (''looks Jim right in the eye, obviously meaning [[spoiler:Pike's death]]'') The hell you are.

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-->'''Bones:''' (''looks (''stops Jim in place, looking him right in the eye, obviously meaning [[spoiler:Pike's death]]'') The hell ''hell'' you are.

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** Also making it worse is Uhura's gasp at Kirk's defeated apology, showing just how hopeless the situation is.


* The Nibiru volcano scene. While it's a ForegoneConclusion that Spock survives, the looks on the crew's faces, especially Uhura's, as he tells them to forget him are heart-tugging.
** Spock telling the ''Enterprise'' to leave him to die:
--->'''Kirk:''' What would Spock do if I was there and he was here?
--->'''[=McCoy=]:''' He'd let you die.
** [[spoiler:For a brief second, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Spock drops his stoic face and you can see the fear in his face as he prepares for his death]].]]



* [[spoiler:The volcano scene. While it's a ForegoneConclusion that Spock survives, the looks on the crew's faces, especially Uhura's, as he tells them to forget him are heart-tugging.]]
** [[spoiler:For a brief second, Spock drops his Stoic face and you can see the fear in his face as he prepares for his death.]]
* [[spoiler: Pike's death]].
** [[spoiler: The scene before hand when he tells Kirk that he deserved a second chance and that he believed in him.]] [[MentorOccupationalHazard The moment he said those words, you knew he was doomed.]]
** [[spoiler: It's not even a typical death scene. Pike doesn't give any parting words; no speech, no nothing. He simply stares uncomprehendingly at Spock, clearly scared out of his mind. And then Spock does a mind meld with him, and Spock's face morphs just enough that we get an idea of what Pike is feeling.]]
** [[spoiler: Kirk's reaction is to check his pulse and then break down crying. Then, still crying, he buries his face in Pike's jacket, and clutches his uniform. He's just lost the closest thing to a father he had.]]
*** [[spoiler: You can tell by the look on his face that he's trying to stop crying. Even though he's pretty much heartbroken, he knows he can't sit there mourning. He has to get the son of a bitch who did this.]]
** And then afterwards, [[spoiler: Jim slowly stands up, wordlessly places a hand on Spock's shoulder before walking away.]]

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* [[spoiler:The volcano scene. While it's a ForegoneConclusion that Spock survives, the looks on the crew's faces, especially Uhura's, as he tells them to forget him are heart-tugging.]]
** [[spoiler:For a brief second, Spock drops his Stoic face and you can see the fear in his face as he prepares for his death.]]
* [[spoiler: Pike's death]].
** [[spoiler: The scene before hand when he tells Kirk that he deserved a second chance and that he believed in him.]] [[MentorOccupationalHazard The moment he said those words, you knew he was doomed.]]
** [[spoiler: It's
[[spoiler:Pike's death]]. [[spoiler:It's not even a typical death scene. Pike doesn't give any parting words; no speech, no nothing. He simply stares uncomprehendingly at Spock, clearly scared out of his mind. And then Spock does a mind meld with him, and Spock's face morphs just enough that we get an idea of what Pike is feeling.]]
** [[spoiler: Kirk's [[spoiler:Kirk's reaction is to check his Pike's pulse and then [[ManlyTears break down crying. crying]]. Then, still crying, he buries his face in Pike's jacket, jacket and clutches his uniform. He's just lost [[ParentalSubstitute the closest thing to a father he had.had]].]]
*** [[spoiler: You [[spoiler:You can tell by the look on his face that he's trying to stop crying. Even though he's pretty much heartbroken, he knows he can't sit there mourning. He has to get the son of a bitch who did this.]]
** And then afterwards, [[spoiler: Jim [[spoiler:Jim slowly stands up, up and wordlessly places a hand on Spock's shoulder before walking away.away]].
** [[spoiler:The scene beforehand when Pike tells Kirk that he deserved a second chance and that he believed in him.]] [[MentorOccupationalHazard The moment he said those words, you knew he was doomed.
]]



-->'''Bones:''' Ten hours ago you were in a damn firefight. Now, it's my duty as the ship's...

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-->'''Bones:''' Ten hours ago ago, you were in a damn firefight. Now, it's my duty as the ship's...



-->'''Bones:''' ''[looks Jim right in the eye, obviously meaning [[spoiler: Pike's death]]]'' The hell you are.
-->'''Kirk:''' ''[Beat]'' I'm fine.
** You could tell Bones is well aware of just how hard [[spoiler: Pike's death]] affected Jim.
* Spock telling the Enterprise to leave him to die in the opening:
-->'''Kirk:''' What would Spock do if I was there and he was here?
-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' He'd let you die.
* It's brief, but look at the expression on Spock's face when Uhura offers to confront the Klingons herself.
* Kirk, who has spent all of both movies having every one of his snap decisions, wild guesses and gut feelings turn out for the best, turns and looks at his crew when he realizes that [[spoiler: Admiral Marcus]] isn't going to let any of them live no matter what he says or does. The hopelessness and defeat in his voice is so jarring.

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-->'''Bones:''' ''[looks (''looks Jim right in the eye, obviously meaning [[spoiler: Pike's death]]]'' [[spoiler:Pike's death]]'') The hell you are.
-->'''Kirk:''' ''[Beat]'' (''{{beat}}'') I'm fine.
** You could tell Bones is well aware of just how hard [[spoiler: Pike's [[spoiler:Pike's death]] affected Jim.
* The look on Scotty's face when Kirk accepts his resignation. He's just been utterly dismissed by his captain, and lost his ship and his career, all for trying to do the right thing.
*
Spock telling the Enterprise to leave him to die and Uhura's argument about his apparently not caring if he died in the opening:
-->'''Kirk:''' What would
volcano in the opening scene. Spock do if I was there and is eventually driven to admit that he forced himself not to feel anything when it seemed he was here?
-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' He'd let you die.
doomed, as he never wants to feel even a fraction of his emotional reaction to the destruction of Vulcan again.
* It's brief, but look at the expression on Spock's face when Uhura offers to confront the Klingons herself.
herself.
* Kirk, who has spent all of both movies having every one of his snap decisions, wild guesses guesses, and gut feelings turn out for the best, turns and looks at his crew when he realizes that [[spoiler: Admiral [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]] isn't going to let any of them live no matter what he says or does. The hopelessness and defeat in his voice is so jarring.



** Wanna make it worse? At the beginning of the movie, Pike had berated Kirk for his recklessness, insubordinate attitude and arrogance, telling him that it was only his blind luck that had kept him and his crew alive. Now Kirk knows [[BreakTheHaughty he was right all along]].
* [[spoiler:Kirk going to his death to repair the damaged reactor room, ''while Scotty watches on''.]]
* There's also [[spoiler: Spock's reaction when Scotty calls him down.]] He doesn't even know what it is, but [[spoiler:he knows something terrible has happened to Kirk]] and he legs it so fast he doesn't even give the ''legally required order'' that someone take over. Then you see him running through the halls, and the sheer, utter ''panic'' on his face is something to behold.
** [[spoiler:Spock desperately pleading to Scotty to let Kirk out, but Scotty sadly says he can't do it because it would kill everybody in Engineering.]] Then the two have a final conversation, and [[spoiler:Kirk dies]].
** [[spoiler:Kirk admitting to be scared and asking Spock to help him not feel scared. Spock, who is ''crying'' at this point, tells him that he doesn't know how to anymore.]]
-->'''Kirk:''' [[spoiler: I'm scared, Spock. Help me not to be. How do you choose not to feel?]]
-->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler: '''(in tears)''' I do not know. Right now, I am failing.]]
-->'''Kirk:''' [[spoiler: I want to tell you why I couldn't let you die. Why I went back for you.]]
-->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler: '''(tear falls from his cheek)''' Because you are my ''friend.'']]
-->[[spoiler: Kirk nods and puts his hand on the glass, and Spock does the same, mirroring the famous Wrath of Khan pose, and Kirk dies.]]
** [[spoiler: It's the famous pose which really drives it home. Those who had been able to hold back their tears until then just ''lost it'' at this point.]]
** [[spoiler: Followed by Uhura showing up just in time to see Kirk take his last breaths. She remains teary-eyed until Spock beams down to catch up to Khan.]]
** [[spoiler: After Kirk dies, you can see his grief turn into just pure rage.]]
-->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler: '''''KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!''''']]
** The track for this scene. Just.... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6owMBdM4Fq4 listen to it]]. It's Spock's emotions put to music.
*** Not only is it a CrowningMusicOfAwesome but a FridgeBrilliance as well as the track for this scene sounds like the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0dtrwNse38&list=PL49B7C1E8336DEF06 music when George Kirk was saving the USS Kelvin]] (Kirk's birth!) and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki8AMmZBMko Spock's theme]] put together.
*** Not just put together. It's not just that the scores are overlayed together, they weave in and out with one character's motif taking the lead before it fades back while the other character's comes to the forefront, before finally combining into a single whole
** [[spoiler: Spock crying. When [[TheStoic the Vulcan]] loses it, ''we don't stand a chance''.]]
** [[spoiler: When Kirk dies, Spock has this very sharp intake of breath like he still can't believe this just happened.]]
** [[spoiler: Spock's pursuit of Khan. Yes it's [[CrowningMomentofAwesome awesome]] and incredibly badass, but for this troper it was a bullet to the heart. We got a glimpse of this level of rage in the first movie, but seeing Spock lose control so thoroughly and for so long is hard to handle. He even attacks Khan with a mind-meld, using either his physical pain or more likely is own rage and grief to incapacitate his opponent. How many Vulcan laws did he break with that move?]]
* [=McCoy=] seeing [[spoiler: Kirk's body]] and just walking away, sitting at his desk, and breaking down. The look on his face is just so utterly ''heartbreaking.''
** Made even worse when you remember that [=McCoy=] was Kirk's first friend at the academy, and they were shown to routinely hang out while at the academy. They've spent years together and he's just seen his friend's body, and it's too late to save him [[spoiler: or so he thinks.]]
** Worse still when you consider the amount of times McCoy tells Kirk to be careful or expresses worry for him throughout the movie.
* Harrison may be the BigBad of the film, but the fact that he's [[ManlyTears crying]] when he recalls how he couldn't save his crew [[spoiler: from Admiral Marcus]] is ''[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds heartbreaking]]''. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM8NlifC4xU music accompanying it (starting at 1:10 and ending at 2:35)]] just makes it ''worse''.
-->'''Harrison''': ''[[spoiler: Marcus]] took my crew from me!..... He used my friends to control me. I tried to smuggle them to safety by concealing them in the very weapons I have designed. But I was discovered. I had no choice but to escape alone. And when I did, I had every reason to suspect that [[spoiler: Marcus]] had killed every single one of the people I hold most dear. So I responded in kind. My crew is my family, Kirk. Is there anything you would not do for your family?''
** His anguish when he [[spoiler: thinks he's killed them all, too]].
* Scotty, who appears in this timeline to be channeling the [[Series/DoctorWho Fourth or Fifth Doctor]], has a genuine moment of anguish when he has to tell a guy [[ThrownOutTheAirlock he's going to do something that will end very badly for the mook]]:
--> '''Scott:''' I'm so sorry.
* The moment where Carol Marcus is pleading to her father [[spoiler:to spare the ship as she's still on it by forcing him into a SadisticChoice, only for him to sidestep it and teleport her onboard his own ship]]. The fact that she still pleads even when it's apparent she can't affect anything is just depressing.
** [[spoiler: And she gets her leg broken by Khan and watches her father die right before her eyes. Poor woman needs a hug.]]
* There's a small moment, when Harrison is confronting his ally, [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]], and he's just seething with rage at the betrayal and manipulation. But what does he say? 'I will destroy everything you've ever loved'? 'I will conquer the stars with your own ship'? No. "[[spoiler:You should've let me sleep]]." Deep down, Harrison knows who and what he is, and how his time has passed, and trying to use him in this new era is a mistake. While he wants to survive, he knows it would be safer, for everyone, if he was just left alone.
** Although, considering Harrison's rage during that scene, one could easily have taken the unstated above as implied, which pushes it from TearJerker to NightmareFuel.
** Take a note of his last scene. Harrison is smiling. He may be a horrific monster, but he is back with his family, and at peace.
* There's something to be said for Spock [[spoiler: asking his time-displaced older self about his encounters with Khan in the prime timeline. You can tell even a hundred years later, Spock Prime is still haunted by what it took to defeat him the first time.]]

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** Wanna make it worse? At the beginning of the movie, Pike had berated berates Kirk for his recklessness, [[LeeroyJenkins recklessness]], [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight insubordinate attitude attitude]], and arrogance, [[{{Pride}} arrogance]], telling him that it was only his blind luck that had kept him and his crew alive. Now Kirk knows [[BreakTheHaughty he was right all along]].
along]].
* [[spoiler:Kirk going to his death to repair the damaged reactor room, ''while Scotty watches on''.]]
* There's also [[spoiler: Spock's reaction when Scotty calls him down.]] He doesn't even know what it is, but [[spoiler:he knows something terrible has happened to Kirk]] and he legs it so fast he doesn't even give the ''legally required order'' that someone take over. Then you see him running through the halls, and the sheer, utter ''panic'' on his face is something to behold.
** [[spoiler:Spock desperately pleading to Scotty to let
Kirk out, but Scotty sadly says decides he can't do it because it would kill everybody in Engineering.]] Then the two have a final conversation, and [[spoiler:Kirk dies]].
** [[spoiler:Kirk admitting to be scared and asking Spock to help him not feel scared. Spock, who is ''crying'' at this point, tells him that he doesn't know how to anymore.]]
-->'''Kirk:''' [[spoiler: I'm scared, Spock. Help me not to be. How do you choose not to feel?]]
-->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler: '''(in tears)''' I do not know. Right now, I am failing.]]
-->'''Kirk:''' [[spoiler: I want to tell you why I couldn't let you die. Why I went back for you.]]
-->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler: '''(tear falls from his cheek)''' Because you are my ''friend.'']]
-->[[spoiler: Kirk nods and puts his hand on the glass, and Spock does the same, mirroring the famous Wrath of Khan pose, and Kirk dies.]]
** [[spoiler: It's the famous pose which really drives it home. Those who had been able to hold back their tears until then just ''lost it'' at this point.]]
** [[spoiler: Followed by Uhura showing up just in time to see Kirk take his last breaths. She remains teary-eyed until Spock beams down to catch up to Khan.]]
** [[spoiler: After Kirk dies, you can see his grief turn into just pure rage.]]
-->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler: '''''KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!''''']]
** The track for this scene. Just.... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6owMBdM4Fq4 listen to it]]. It's Spock's emotions put to music.
*** Not only is it a CrowningMusicOfAwesome but a FridgeBrilliance as well as the track for this scene sounds like the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0dtrwNse38&list=PL49B7C1E8336DEF06 music when George Kirk was saving the USS Kelvin]] (Kirk's birth!) and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki8AMmZBMko Spock's theme]] put together.
*** Not just put together. It's not just that the scores are overlayed together, they weave in and out with one character's motif taking the lead before it fades back while the other character's comes to the forefront, before finally combining into a single whole
** [[spoiler: Spock crying. When [[TheStoic the Vulcan]] loses it, ''we don't stand a chance''.]]
** [[spoiler: When Kirk dies, Spock has this very sharp intake of breath like he still can't believe this just happened.]]
** [[spoiler: Spock's pursuit of Khan. Yes it's [[CrowningMomentofAwesome awesome]] and incredibly badass, but for this troper it was a bullet to the heart. We got a glimpse of this level of rage in the first movie, but seeing Spock lose control so thoroughly and for so long is hard to handle. He even attacks Khan with a mind-meld, using either his physical pain or more likely is own rage and grief to incapacitate his opponent. How many Vulcan laws did he break with that move?]]
* [=McCoy=] seeing [[spoiler: Kirk's body]] and just walking away, sitting at his desk, and breaking down. The look on his face is just so utterly ''heartbreaking.''
** Made even worse when you remember that [=McCoy=] was Kirk's first friend at the academy, and they were shown to routinely hang out while at the academy. They've spent years together and he's just seen his friend's body, and it's too late to save him [[spoiler: or so he thinks.]]
** Worse still when you consider the amount of times McCoy tells Kirk to be careful or expresses worry for him throughout the movie.
* Harrison may be the BigBad of the film, but the fact that he's [[ManlyTears crying]] when he recalls how he couldn't save his crew [[spoiler: from Admiral Marcus]] is ''[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds heartbreaking]]''. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM8NlifC4xU music accompanying it (starting at 1:10 and ending at 2:35)]] just makes it ''worse''.
-->'''Harrison''': ''[[spoiler: Marcus]] took my crew from me!..... He used my friends to control me. I tried to smuggle them to safety by concealing them in the very weapons I have designed. But I was discovered. I had no choice but to escape alone. And when I did, I had every reason to suspect that [[spoiler: Marcus]] had killed every single one of the people I hold most dear. So I responded in kind. My crew is my family, Kirk. Is there anything you would not do for your family?''
** His anguish when he [[spoiler: thinks he's killed them all, too]].
* Scotty, who appears in this timeline to be channeling the [[Series/DoctorWho Fourth or Fifth Doctor]], has a genuine moment of anguish when he has to tell a guy [[ThrownOutTheAirlock he's going to do something that will end very badly for the mook]]:
--> '''Scott:''' I'm so sorry.
* The moment where Carol Marcus is pleading to her father [[spoiler:to spare the ship as she's still on it by forcing him into a SadisticChoice, only for him to sidestep it and teleport her onboard his own ship]]. The fact that she still pleads even when it's apparent she can't affect anything is just depressing.
** [[spoiler: And she gets her leg broken by Khan and watches her father die right before her eyes. Poor woman
needs a hug.]]
* There's a small moment, when Harrison is confronting his ally, [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]], and he's just seething with rage at the betrayal and manipulation. But what does he say? 'I will destroy everything you've ever loved'? 'I will conquer the stars with your own ship'? No. "[[spoiler:You should've let me sleep]]." Deep down, Harrison knows who and what he is, and how his time has passed, and trying to use him in this new era is a mistake. While he wants to survive, he knows it would be safer, for everyone, if he was just left alone.
** Although, considering
Harrison's rage during help in order to defeat [[spoiler:Marcus]], so goes to talk to him. Spock follows, trying to talk Kirk out of it. Then Kirk admits to what Pike was trying to tell him after the Nibiru mission; that scene, one could easily he's not ready to be a captain.
-->'''Spock''': I cannot allow you to do this! It is my function aboard the ship to advise you in making the wisest decisions possible, something I firmly believe you are incapable of doing in this moment.
-->'''Kirk''': You're right! What I am about to do, it doesn't make sense, it's not logical; it's a gut feeling! I
have taken the unstated above as implied, which pushes it from TearJerker no idea what I'm supposed to NightmareFuel.
** Take a note of his last scene. Harrison is smiling. He may be a horrific monster, but he is back with his family,
do. I only know what I ''can'' do. The ''Enterprise'' and at peace.
her crew needs someone on that chair who knows what he's doing. That's not me. It's you, Spock.
* There's something to be said for Spock [[spoiler: asking [[spoiler:asking his time-displaced older self about his encounters with Khan in the prime timeline. You can tell even a hundred years later, Spock Prime is still haunted by what it took to defeat him the first time.]]



-->[[spoiler: '''Spock Prime''']]: ...[[HeroicSacrifice At great cost]], yes.
** This scene is much HarsherInHindsight because not only was this [[spoiler:Leonard Nimoy]]'s last scene as [[spoiler: Spock]] in a Star Trek movie, this was his last movie role ''ever.'' This means that [[spoiler: Leonard Nimoy's]] last movie scene of his lifetime was [[spoiler: him as his most iconic character, warning his [[IntergenerationalFriendship younger self]] of the hardships he's faced over the years, and remembering his own famous HeroicSacrifice.]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Truly]], a perfect PassingTheTorch moment and a fitting epitaph to one of the greatest actors of our time.
* Kirk decides he needs Harrison's help in order to defeat [[spoiler:Marcus]], so goes to talk to him. Spock follows, trying to talk Kirk out of it. Then Kirk admits to what Pike was trying to tell him after the Nibiru mission; that he's not ready to be a captain.
-->'''Spock''': I cannot allow you to do this! It is my function aboard the ship to advise you in making the wisest decisions possible; something I firmly believe you are incapable of doing in this moment.
-->'''Kirk''': You're right! What I am about to do, it doesn't make sense, it's not logical; it's a gut feeling! I have no idea what I'm supposed to do. I only know what I ''can'' do. The ''Enterprise'' and her crew needs someone on that chair who knows what he's doing. That's not me. It's you, Spock.
* The look on Scotty's face when Kirk accepts his resignation. He's just been utterly dismissed by his captain, and lost his ship and his career, all for trying to do the right thing.
* No matter how you look at it, this film gets the really sad parts done right. There is nothing said, the music is only there to help create a mood, and then it gets soul crushing when it vanishes. This film follows "show, don't tell" for the truly sad parts.

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-->[[spoiler: '''Spock -->[[spoiler:'''Spock Prime''']]: ...[[HeroicSacrifice At great cost]], yes.
** This scene is much HarsherInHindsight because not only was this [[spoiler:Leonard Nimoy]]'s [[spoiler:Creator/LeonardNimoy]]'s last scene as [[spoiler: Spock]] [[spoiler:Spock]] in a Star Trek movie, ''Star Trek'' movie; this was his last movie role ''ever.'' ''ever''. This means that [[spoiler: Leonard Nimoy's]] [[spoiler:Nimoy's]] last movie scene of his lifetime was [[spoiler: him [[spoiler:him as his most iconic character, character warning his [[IntergenerationalFriendship younger self]] of the hardships he's faced over the years, years and remembering his own famous HeroicSacrifice.]] HeroicSacrifice]]. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Truly]], Truly]] a perfect PassingTheTorch moment and a fitting epitaph to one of the greatest actors of our time.
* Kirk decides he needs Harrison's help in order The moment where Carol is pleading to defeat [[spoiler:Marcus]], so goes to talk to him. Spock follows, trying to talk Kirk out of it. Then Kirk admits to what Pike was trying to tell him after her father [[spoiler:to spare the Nibiru mission; that he's not ready to be a captain.
-->'''Spock''': I cannot allow you to do this! It is my function aboard the ship to advise you in making the wisest decisions possible; something I firmly believe you are incapable of doing in this moment.
-->'''Kirk''': You're right! What I am about to do, it doesn't make sense, it's not logical; it's a gut feeling! I have no idea what I'm supposed to do. I only know what I ''can'' do. The
''Enterprise'' as she's still on it by forcing him into a SadisticChoice, only for him to sidestep it and teleport her crew aboard his own ship, the ''Vengeance'']]. The fact that she still pleads even when it's apparent she can't affect anything is just depressing.
** [[spoiler:And she gets her leg broken by Khan and watches her father die right before her eyes. Poor woman
needs a hug.]]
* [[spoiler:Kirk going to his death to repair the damaged reactor room ''while Scotty watches on''.]]
* There's also [[spoiler:Spock's reaction when Scotty calls him down to the warp core room]]. He doesn't even know what it is, but [[spoiler:he knows something terrible has happened to Kirk]] and he legs it so fast, he doesn't even give the ''legally required order'' that
someone take over. Then you see him running through the halls, and the sheer, utter ''panic'' on his face is something to behold.
** [[spoiler:Spock desperately pleading to Scotty to let Kirk out, but Scotty sadly says he can't do it because it would kill everybody in Engineering.]] Then the two have a final conversation, and [[spoiler:Kirk dies]].
** [[spoiler:Kirk admitting to being scared and asking Spock to help him not be. Spock, who is ''crying'' at this point, tells him
that chair he doesn't know how to anymore.]]
--->'''Kirk:''' [[spoiler:I'm scared, Spock. Help me not to be. How do you choose not to feel?]]
--->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler:(''in tears'') I do not know. Right now, I am failing.]]
--->'''Kirk:''' [[spoiler:I want to tell you why I couldn't let you die. Why I went back for you.]]
--->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler: (''tear falls from his cheek'') Because you are my ''friend''.]]
--->[[spoiler:Kirk nods and puts his hand on the glass, and Spock does the same, mirroring the famous ''Wrath of Khan'' pose, and Kirk dies.]]
*** [[spoiler:It's the famous pose which really drives it home. Those
who knows what he's doing. That's not me. had been able to hold back their tears until then just ''lost it'' at this point.]]
** [[spoiler:Followed by Uhura showing up just in time to see Kirk take his last breaths. She remains teary-eyed until Spock beams down to catch up to Khan.]]
** [[spoiler:After Kirk dies, you can see Spock's grief turn into pure rage.]]
--->'''Spock:''' [[spoiler:'''''KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!''''']]
** The track for this scene, "Buying the Space Farm." Just...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6owMBdM4Fq4 listen to it]].
It's you, Spock.
Spock's emotions put to music.
*** Not only is it a CrowningMusicOfAwesome, but a FridgeBrilliance as well, as the track for this scene sounds like "Labor of Love," the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0dtrwNse38&list=PL49B7C1E8336DEF06 music when George Kirk was saving the USS Kelvin]] (Kirk's birth!) and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki8AMmZBMko Spock's theme]] put together.
*** Not just put together. It's not just that the scores are over-layed together; they weave in and out with one character's motif taking the lead before it fades back while the other character's comes to the forefront, before finally combining into a single whole.
** [[spoiler:Spock crying. When [[TheStoic the Vulcan]] loses it, ''we don't stand a chance''.]]
** [[spoiler:When Kirk dies, Spock has this very sharp intake of breath, like he still can't believe this just happened.]]
** [[spoiler:Spock's pursuit of Khan. Yes, it's [[CrowningMomentofAwesome awesome]] and incredibly {{badass}}, but it's a bullet to the heart. We got a glimpse of this level of rage in the first movie, but seeing Spock lose control so thoroughly and for so long is hard to handle. He even attacks Khan with a mind-meld, using either his physical pain or more likely his own rage and grief to incapacitate his opponent. How many Vulcan laws did he break with that move?]]
* [=McCoy=] seeing [[spoiler:Kirk's body]] and just walking away, sitting at his desk, and breaking down. The look on Scotty's his face when Kirk accepts his resignation. He's is just been so utterly dismissed by ''heartbreaking''.
** Made even worse when you remember that [=McCoy=] was Kirk's first friend at the Academy, and they were shown to routinely hang out while there. They've spent years together and he's just seen
his captain, friend's body, and lost it's too late to save him [[spoiler:or so he thinks]].
** Worse still when you consider the amount of times [=McCoy=] tells Kirk to be careful or expresses worry for him throughout the movie.
* Scotty, who appears in this timeline to be channeling the [[Series/DoctorWho Fourth or Fifth Doctor]], has a genuine moment of anguish when he has to tell a guy [[ThrownOutTheAirlock he's going to do something that will end very badly for the mook]]:
-->'''Scott:''' I'm so sorry.
* Harrison/[[spoiler:Khan]] may be the BigBad of the film, but the fact that he's [[ManlyTears crying]] when he recalls how he couldn't save
his ship crew [[spoiler:from Admiral Marcus]] is ''[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds heartbreaking]]''. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM8NlifC4xU music accompanying it (starting at 1:10 and ending at 2:35)]] just makes it ''worse''.
-->'''Harrison''': [[spoiler:Marcus]] took my crew from me! [...] He used my friends to control me. I tried to smuggle them to safety by concealing them in the very weapons I have designed. But I was discovered. I had no choice but to escape alone. And when I did, I had every reason to suspect that [[spoiler:Marcus]] had killed every single one of the people I hold most dear. So I responded in kind. My crew is my family, Kirk. Is there anything you would not do for your family?
** His anguish when he [[spoiler:thinks he's killed them all, too]].
* There's a small moment, when Harrison is confronting
his career, all for ally [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]], and he's just seething with rage at the betrayal and manipulation. But what does he say? "I will destroy everything you've ever loved?" "I will conquer the stars with your own ship?" No. "[[spoiler:You should've let me sleep]]." Deep down, Harrison knows who and what he is, and how his time has passed, and trying to do use him in this new era is a mistake. While he wants to survive, he knows it would be safer, for everyone, if he was just left alone.
** Although, considering Harrison's rage during that scene, one could easily have taken
the right thing.
unstated above as implied, which pushes it from TearJerker to NightmareFuel.
** Take a note of Harrison's last scene. Harrison is smiling. He may be a horrific monster, but he is back with his family, and at peace.

!!Meta
* No matter how you look at it, this film gets the really sad parts done right. There is nothing said, the music is only there to help create a mood, and then it gets soul crushing soul-crushing when it vanishes. This film follows "show, don't tell" for the truly sad parts.



* Spock and Uhura's argument about his apparently not caring if he died in the volcano. Spock is eventually driven to admit that he forced himself not to feel anything when it seemed he was doomed, as he never wants to feel even a fraction of his emotional reaction to the destruction of Vulcan again.

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