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  • The terrifying variation/extension of their Hot Foot Things to Do in Minecraft, which consists in collapsing floor and ceiling around the players, is about as cheerful as you can imagine. Indeed, the game's second round is torn between heart-wrenching death scenes and pure, terrifying Psychological Horror as Ray, Jack and Ryan fall down one after the other to their respective deaths, screaming, while Michael and Gavin do their absolute best to stay together until the very end. This all culminates in both of them getting trapped in a one-by-one space together until, mere seconds after Ryan falls down, they end up getting suffocated in the sand together, bringing the game to an apparent tie (a first for a Things to Do In...). In the end, there's still only one winner, Michael, as Gavin dies a few seconds before, but the whole scene is quite an emotionally wrecking Dying Moment of Awesome, tripling as a Tear Jerker, horrifying nightmare and CMOA.
    • Yes, of course this is Played for Laughs. This is an Achievement Hunter video we're talking about, after all.
  • Though the episode is, for the most part, extremely heartwarming, Gavin's description of his depression over his opportunity to work at Rooster Teeth slipping through his fingers due to the incredibly high requirements to get a work visa is very saddening.
    • Beforehand, he also mentions that while he is now very happy, he lost an entire group of friends owing to the fact that he didn't want to do drugs and they did. For anybody who's had similar problems it's a rather sad thing to imagine, especially for somebody as happy and cheerful as Gavin.
  • Geoff's reaction to the Dead Island trailer, or at least the 20 seconds of it that he could stomach watching before slamming the video off. It was easy to see that he was absolutely pissed about the developers' decision to market the game that way.
    • It should be noted, the trailer starts with looking at a dead girl - which Geoff clearly isn't comfortable with but pushes through. He became visibly upset right away, and once the trailer reveals that it's moving backwards from the girl's death by falling from a window, Geoff immediately shuts off the video.
  • Achievement Hunter releasing a Let's Play for Rainbow Six: Vegas on the day of Tom Clancy's death.
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    • Could also cross with Heartwarming, since it had been mentioned by some AH members earlier that Rainbow Six was one of the Let's Plays they had recorded a while ago in case of a backlog. It's possible they released it in honor of his death.
  • JJ's goodbye montage (he's still working at Rooster Teeth, just not with Achievement Hunter) thanking the fans at the end of "Let's Build - The Twelve Towers".
  • In Episode 93 of Let's Play Minecraft, Ray passes the news of Harold Ramis' death. Their reactions are of pure sadness, and it's pretty heartwrenching to watch.
  • In the Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V episode, "Gavin's Heist", Geoff remains the only survivor. Everybody else was killed by the police or, in Gavin's and Ray's case, blown up. Geoff pitifully cries as he makes his getaway. Played for Laughs, of course.
    Geoff: My best friends are all dead...and I'm broke!
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  • Even though we can't help but look forward to their new office, seeing most of the game case shelves in the AH office cleared of their gubbins in AHWU #209 is emotional.
  • In the "Michael's Heist" episode of Let's Play GTA V, Ray and Ryan kill what must be HUNDREDS of cops while remaining almost completely silent, trying to remain focused enough for the team to finally have a successful heist. When Ryan finally succumbs, Ray's 'last words' are "RYAN! NO!! YOU BASTARDS!" The worst part? The entire scene is set to slow, mournful piano music. (Once again, Played for Laughs.)
    • Geoff responds with "NOT RYAN!"
    • What's even worse is that Michael had been planning for them to die from the start; the police just made his job easier. And Geoff? He was in on it too. Except in the end, he was betrayed, too.
  • The fallout between Gavin and Team Lads after the former's incompetence in Let's Play Grand Theft Auto IV: "Cops 'n Crooks Part 3". This wasn't the typical "God dammit Gavin!" you're accustomed to. From this video all the way to Episode 63 of Let's Play Minecraft, it honestly seemed like Michael and Ray were truly sick and tired of Gavin's failures and legitimately hated him.
    • What made this one just as harsh was that, when Gavin is kicked out in the beginning of "Cannon Ball Run", Gavin just goes silent. He doesn't act silly or goofy or any of that. He's just sounds defeated.
  • "The Grand Heist" episode of Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V: Right after Ray's Heroic Sacrifice to defend their escape, the Fake AH Crew make their way to Mount Chiliad, almost finishing the heist off with only one loss... only for an act of god (the Titan being unable to fly any higher, making it buck down) causing them to crash into a police helicopter and kills the whole team. They were this close, damn it!
  • The end of "GO! #56": Instead of getting a pizza party, Jack is given a printed out picture of a pizza. After being told he can't redeem it for a real one, he crumples it and puts it in his mouth. The last shot of the episode (after "sharing" some with Ryan) is him looking into the camera, paper in mouth. Obviously, Played for Laughs, but still...
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    • And then comes the next episode, where they call back to that scene by cutting to said shot, in monochrome, with sad music playing.
  • The announcement that Ray Narvaez Jr. has decided to leave, in order to pursue livestreaming as a full-time career. While his explanation makes sense, and he has promised to retain his role in X-Ray & Vav and show up in Achievement Hunter videos from time to time, it's still tearjerking to see such a core member of the group leaving.
    • The Let's Play Minecraft episode that aired (to the public) on Ray's last day is called "Brown Out" and is, basically, a trip down memory lane about Ray's victories, with casual conversation all the way. It ends with Ray being sent into the mysterious tunnel between Michael and Gavin's houses, while everyone is silent, after they all said their goodbyes and he has roses in hand. And then the remaining five demolish his house.
    BrownMan has left the game.
    • The whole "demolish his house" thing is Heartwarming in Hindsight given that the very next episode revealed that they're not just getting rid of Ray's house, they renovating it and making it nicer than ever.
  • Their seventh anniversary video. Geoff and Ryan look just so dejected, especially since it seems that no one else is around!
  • The ending to The Trojan Bar Heist. Michael is the only one still standing, and after driving the police vehicle he tried to get away in into the water, he sounds legitimately panicked as he tries to get his dead friends to say something. Played for Laughs when Geoff bursts out laughing.
  • In Dead by Daylight Part 3, Geoff is attempting to rescue Jeremy during the third round and, just as he reaches him and goes to pull him off, Jeremy is gutted and killed. Both Jeremy and Geoff were stunned by the turn of events.
  • While also very funny, the Let's Play - Destiny 2: Leviathan Raid - Emperor Calus (Finale) does get fairly sad during the crew's darkest point. Seeing these friends we've watched play games for years viciously attacking other can be rather rough. Thankfully, Michael, for once playing the Team Dad, assures the audience that they're still good friends (despite Geoff's assertion that they're "definitely...coworkers.")
  • As of November 16th, 2017, Geoff and Griffon announced that they were getting a divorce. While the split appears to be amicable, it's still sad to see for them and Millie.
  • Early on (3:22) in Fore Honor- Infinite Minigolf - More Matt Maps (#6), Geoff, as usual, tries to bring up some experience from his life and relate it to what they are talking about. However, just when he starts to say "my wife", he audibly pauses for several moments as he struggles to correct himself, finally settling on "my divorcing wife Griffon."
  • While played for laughs, in "7 Days to Die: Mysterious Sign (#11)" Gavin and Jack made it their mission to get to the top of a tall building, and while they made progress, at one point they encountered a horde of Zombies and split up to get away. Gavin made the unfortunate mistake of swinging his axe at a Barrel while battling a zombie and it exploded, killing him instantly. Jack, in Horror, Cried out his name.
  • The iconic Achievement City map file has been corrupted. Downtown may be gone for good.
  • Hearing about Gavin and Meg having their home broken into by a Loony Fan (emphasis on "Loony") with a firearm is horrifying enough, but how close it was that we could be hearing about how close we all were of losing them as more information is coming out about this fan's intent to harm and kill Gavin and possibly Meg as well.
  • While also pretty funny at the same time, after forty one episodes of sky factory, the team accidentally destabilize a Draconic Reactor causing the whole world to explode. Made all the more poignant when Gavin asks if everyone remembers when the world used to be one tree.
  • At the end of A Way Out, both Michael and Gavin are very reluctant to fight each other. Michael gets the gun in the final gameplay sequence and initially refuses to shoot Gavin, in the hope that there's an option to spare him and/or an ending where they both make it out alive. There isn't. Michael later states that he was actually angry that the game forced him to kill Gavin's character.
  • Ray coming back for Off Topic #177 is one of happiness for old fans of Achievement Hunter. Especially hearing Geoff mentioning trying everything in his power to get Ray to stay.
  • Several days after Etika's tragic passing was formally announced, Geoff took the last 15 minutes of Off Topic #187 to address the subject, especially since Fiona had been a very close friend of Etika's and made her statement about his passing. Geoff's voice can be heard audibly breaking as he commented on how wonderful Etika had been when he visited the AH offices and how serious mental illness is. He pleaded with the audience that if any of them are struggling, to please seek out help and know that there are still people who still care. Fiona also addressed the fact that people's words online do have an effect on others, stating that she will always be resentful and angry at people mocking Etika's breakdowns while his friends and family were trying to get him legitimate help.
  • On September 12, 2019, Rooster Teeth initiated layoffs for the first time in the company's existence, letting go of 13% of the team (about 50 people). While Achievement Hunter was among the least affected, long-time alum and fan-favorite Andy did not make it through, as well as Haunter director Daniel Fabelo.
  • At the start of June 2020, amidst the furore over the death of George Floyd, former Achievement Hunter member Mica Burton opened up over how no one in Rooster Teeth had stood up for her after massive backlash over comments she made on Off Topic #27 about being a black bisexual woman in America. This effectively lead to a massive My God, What Have I Done? for the entire company, realizing that by staying silent, they were complicit to the hate their on- or off-screen personalities were getting. Here's what the Achievement Hunters had to say about it on Off-Topic #236 days later:
    • Geoff tearfully admitted that he'd failed Mica in her hour of need, because at the time, his marriage was disintegrating and his alcohol dependency was getting out of hand. Geoff then vehemently castigated himself for being so blinded by his own pain to notice what was going on, and reiterated that his own life issues didn't excuse his lack of support for Mica at all.
    • Geoff also noted that the culture of silence that Rooster Teeth had adopted ultimately stemmed from the old adage of "don't feed the trolls", after a barrage of backlash aimed at RT Comics in the company's infancy which included personal shots fired at Geoff and his family. Seeing Geoff reduced to a guilt-ridden, sobbing wreck over a culture of silence which he helped create in response to his own hurt is painful to watch, let alone hear.
    • Fiona then explained that she'd suffered much the same treatment that Mica had copped, to the point that she was getting stalked online in GTA V and suffering death threats for not knowing the ins and outs of a game she'd never played before getting hired by the company. Geoff admits that he didn't even know about the death threats until now, and his reaction sounds like a mixture of regret and quiet fury.
    • As for the others, Jack confessed to Fiona that he knew all too well what it was like to be shat on by others in the community, what with his Butt-Monkey status during the company's infancy, and also voiced regrets over how Mica and Fiona's treatment went unobserved by him and the rest of the staff. Then Gavin flat-out admitted he didn't deserve to call Mica a friend after the debacle.
  • In October 2020, both Ryan and Funhaus personality Adam Kovic became involved in multiple scandals of inappropriate behavior towards fans, which ultimately resulted in both men leaving the company. Although the full details of these are best not discussed here, it led to a lot of turmoil and nasty arguments among the RT community, and then crossed personal boundaries when Ryan's family—victims in their own right—became subject to death threats and harassment with one member of the community even doxxing his wife's practice.
    • Amidst the scandal and Ryan's abruptly controversial exit from RT, that week's AHWU video was posted to YouTube with all of Ryan's footage erased and edited out. Unfortunately, this also had the effect of completely erasing community manager Steffie (who only appeared in group shots alongside Ryan) from the video, ironically in an AHWU that's supposed to be about announcing a Steffie Week of videos focusing on her.
    • Even more heartbreaking are the Twitter responses from the various personalities within Achievement Hunter. They just weren't co-workers, they were friends and family and this was a major blindsiding betrayal for them.
      • After Jack had been silent on the matter for several days, his wife Caiti came forward and revealed that he was silent because she had actually become borderline suicidal, and Jack had spent his time balancing taking care of her and his work life for nearly three weeks.
    • It did not escape many people's notice that the game the group streamed that Friday was Dead by Daylight, one of Ryan's favorite games. The video constantly bounces between feeling like they're taking the game back for themselves and feeling like something is missing.
    • It was later announced that all future videos involving Ryan that were recorded and ready to release will not be uploaded in the wake of the scandal, and the channel went silent throughout the timeframe they were supposed to come out. Even though it's understandable why, a lot of hard work and fun laughs that went into those videos will now be laid to waste due to reasons outside the rest of the group's control. In a double whammy to Steffie, not only did she get edited out of her own "Steffie Week" announcement (see above), that week of videos is probably a casualty to affairs now.
    • The first livestream since the news broke. It opens with Jack looking utterly miserable, and it is very hard not to blame him with recent developments regarding Ryan's conduct at the company. He makes it quite clear that he had no idea he was doing this, refers to him as “that monster.” He and Michael make it clear that all the AH Crew are all for removing as much content involving Ryan from all platforms as possible from their near decade-long video library, and stating that he will never be welcomed back. Not once during the entire video do they refer to Ryan by name. Seeing people as strong and energetic as Jack and Michael being near tears for twenty straight minutes is absolutely gut-wrenching from start to finish.
      • In the stream, he goes out of his way to mention Geoff, saying that he's so overwhelmed that he has no intention of making a public statement and has asked to be alone. Geoff was one of the people who hired Ryan, so even if we haven't seen any public reaction to the news it's impossible to imagine it's anything other than complete shock and depression.
    • Despite Jack saying he wouldn't, Geoff wrote a lengthy statement on the Rooster Teeth subreddit, refuting his old accusation allegations against him that he himself was sexting fans and may have known about Ryan's affairs. In it, he revealed some more heartbreaking details about his breakup with Griffon. For example, they realized their marriage was falling apart for far longer than they let on, and tried to go through a number of steps to salvage it, one of which was eventually polyamory. They attempted an open relationship (Geoff stresses that they had full communication during this time and had multiple therapists guiding them through it), but that eventually led to an allegation that he was cheating on his wife with a fan, which he has since refuted. He also mentions an unknown family incident that caused a nervous breakdown back in June, explaining why he has been absent from Rooster Teeth affairs for a while now.
    • In the same week that Geoff wrote his statement, Trevor had to release a 10-page statement refuting abuse allegations against him, revealing that it was himself that was being emotionally abused for the duration of his previous relationship. Even as he attempted to end the relationship with the support of his friends and moved on to a happier relationship with Barbara, his ex continued to stalk and harass him and kept spreading abuse allegations against him that he attempted to resolve privately until the scandals forced him to reveal such personal details.
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