- One can't help but feel sorry for the man-pigs, especially when you discover that a number of them are created from the mentally disabled. When the player is given the chance to observe them in their cells, it's heartbreaking to see them clumsily playing with blocks like toddlers or silently weeping.
- And take a closer look at the Mexican-styled pig mask that serves as the cover. While it's lying in a puddle of water, the only moisture on the mask's surface is at the corner of the eye, making it look as though the mask itself is weeping.
- Just about everything about Mandus's relationship with his sons. They are his entire world and he clearly loves them both dearly, he even made the ill-fated trip to Mexico in part to ensure they would not be destitute due to his business's imminent collapse, and all throughout the game he repeatedly shows his willingness to dive head first into the unspeakable horrors of the Machine and the face both the army of Manpigs and the horrible implications of his own guilt in order to save them.... Which makes the revelation that he is not only far, far too late to save them but he himself personally killed them and tore their hearts out to fuel his machine an utter heartbreaker.
- It's also revealed that Mandus has a bit of a love-hate relationship with his sons, since he promised his late wife that he would take care of them - but it's because of them that he's a widower to begin with.
- Even this last factor is impossibly made even more tragic when you find out the main reason he did this. He saw their horrifying deaths in the Battle of the Somme in World War I and was desperate to spare them this agony... so he decided to kill them himself. It is rare to see the concept of Papa Wolf be so horrifyingly and tragically deconstructed.
- I love you my darlings and I am sorry. I am sorry for all I have done. I simply loved you all too much for this world.
- The Engineer's Motive Rant seen in the Quotes Section. While an utterly horrifying entity who has committed terrible crimes against both man and nature and plans to turn the whole world into a stinking charnel house, his final Villainous Breakdown reveals how utterly broken he was by seeing the unspeakably bloody and nightmarish wars and genocides that the 20th century would bring and the countless innocents who will suffer and die because of this and how utterly desperate he is to "save" humanity from this fate.
- Similarly, the first lines of the game are him saying "Daddy, please dont kill me!" as Mandus attempts to shut down the machine which indicate it is still just a child at heart.
- Just think about what he had seen, and this is someone the mindset of a child. This was our coming century."I have stood knee deep in mud and bone, and filled my lungs with mustard gas. I have seen two brothers fall. I have lain with holy wars and copulated with the autumnal fallout. I have dug trenches for the refugees, I have murdered dissidents where the ground never thaws, and starved the masses into faith. A child's shadow burnt into the brickwork. A house of skulls in the jungle. The innocent, the innocent, Mandus, trod and bled and gassed and starved and beaten and murdered and enslaved. This is your coming century! They will eat them Mandus, they will make pigs of you all and they will bury their snouts into your ribs and they will eat. Your. Hearts!"
- The letter◊ from the orphanage describing how a little girl made a tussie mussie of dried flowers for Mandus. It's a saddening story, knowing what actually happened to the orphans in the pipes.
Tear Jerker / Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs