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Tear Jerker / Flashpoint

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Tearjerkers for the comic book Flashpoint:

  • Project: Superman:
    • Subject 2. Poor Krypto.
    • After Kal-El and Lois Lane meet as children in Project: Superman #2, and after General Sam Lane and Subject Zero are sent into the Phantom Zone, General Adam puts Kal in a tiny cell and basically tells him that he has to agree to be a living weapon or he will be kept there forever. As if that weren't heartwrenching enough, the final scene of the issue is Kal-El carving a little scribble of Lois into the cell wall with his heat vision, knowing very well he will never see her again. And when he actually does, years later, she dies in his arms.
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  • Dick Grayson losing his mother, then his father, in the aftermath of an Amazon strike-force sent to get the Helmet Of Nabu.
  • Batman: Knight of Vengeance:
    • The entire dynamic between Batman and the Joker is chilling and tragic. Both parents survived the shooting, and Batman has to fight his own wife, who went mad and became the Joker after Bruce's death. This probably goes a long way toward explaining Thomas' brutality.
    • Batman asking the Joker whether he should help the Flash rewrite their timeline and restore the true one. Thomas Wayne is asking his wife whether they should sacrifice their lives to save their son. In a touching and intimate moment, where Martha acts temporarily sane, she agrees. But when Thomas has to admit to Martha that Bruce will become Batman, she runs off crying and screaming while Thomas is trying to catch her. She throws herself into the Batcave to die in the fall because she can't live with that knowledge.
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  • To restore the timeline, Barry must let his mother die again.
  • Barry taking a letter from Bruce's father to Bruce in the 'normal' timeline. While Bruce is initially dressed in full costume, he takes the cowl off and reads the letter as Bruce, not Batman.
  • Booster Gold losing his memory of Alexandra when the timeline is restored.
  • The end of Kid Flash Lost. Bart makes the ultimate sacrifice, and no one will ever know that he did.

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Tearjerkers for the TV series Flashpoint:

  • Parker talking to the subject in "Who's George?": an ordinary guy who lost his job and is desperate to get money to pay for his wife's retirement home. And to make matters worse she suffers from Alzheimer's. And then, despite Parker's every attempt to prevent it, the suspect succeeds in pulling Suicide by Cop, so that the insurance payout will take care of his wife.
  • Some of the episodes have tragic examples of Miscarriage of Justice, notables being "Never Kissed A Girl" and "Team Player".
    • Subverted in "Collateral Damage" , where the suspect is proven to be innocent at the end of the episode before actually being placed in jail.
  • For people getting bullied or were bullied in high school, Perfect Storm can be very gut-wrenching.
  • Lewis's death. When it becomes clear that any attempt to rescue him would most likely endanger the life of another officer, he waits until Spike has walked away to try to get more equipment for an attempt everyone thinks is risky and steps off the landmine, followed by a slow-motion close-up of Spike's face as the land mine goes off — startled, then confused, then slowly fading into pure anguish. The reaction of the team makes it a hundred times worse; the image of Parker cradling a crying Spike is just heartwrenching to see.
  • The reveal that Wordy has Parkinson's disease, and his subsequent decision to leave the team.
  • The ending of "He Knows His Brother". At the beginning of the episode, Sam received the news that one of his army buddies was dead, and to make matters worse, it was a suicide, and he, Sam, and several others had made a pact to turn their backs on anyone who committed suicide (as a way to discourage it). He struggles throughout the episode with balancing that pact with his feelings for his friend, and finally decides to break the pact and go to the funeral procession anyway. The final shot of Sam in the episode is him watching the hearse go by with tears in his eyes.
  • In "Severed Ties", the mother got through her prison sentence believing she'd get her daughters back once she was out and could provide a stable home, only to be told that her children were adopted out because she didn't have anyone to keep them for her and the state didn't want to just hold the kids in foster care indefinitely. It's probably to the children's benefit that they were allowed to be adopted, but it's still heartbreaking for the mother, and making matters worse, they didn't even tell the mother right away (which would have given her a chance to process it). Instead, they let her go on believing she'd get them back and then sprung the truth on her right as she was preparing for the expected reunion.
  • "Broken Peace", oh boy. Ed has to kill an 18 year old girl after she opens fire on the subject (who was her father) in an attempt to protect her mother. The resulting has a Villainous Breakdown from the father (whose daughter is now dead because of his violent actions to try to see her), a team wide Heroic BSoD and Raf leaving the team at the end of the episode. Ultimately, one of the more heartbreaking moments in the series.
    • Ed again confronting his PTSD with his psychiatrist in the episode "Fit for Duty" is just as heartwrenching. The events listed in the episode above are revisted.
  • Parker talking about his time when he was The Alcoholic, hitting rock bottom, and how he couldn't stop and it made him lose his wife and son. And after eight years, his son refused to see or speak with him, sending back unopened letters and not coming out of the house to see him.
    Parker: "I took a leave from the job. Holed up at home, case of vodka and a promise: either I finish these bottles or they finish me."
    • This in turn creates several Tear Jerker moments in "Jumping at Shadows", the episode in which Parker is finally reunited with his son, Dean. First it's tears of joy when Parker sees Dean for the first time in almost a decade. Then absolute heartbreak when Parker confides in Ed that Dean only showed up to ask Parker to stop trying to contact him. Then the moment when Dean asks Winnie to let him listen in because "he's my father." And then Parker arrives back at the station to find Dean still waiting for him, having decided that he wants a relationship after all. (And that's not even counting the Tear Jerkers in the actual primary plot of the episode, which is good for at least one or two itself.)
  • "Haunting the Barn". A veteran SRU member (and Ed's mentor) cause a fake bomb threat, so he can kill himself in the briefing room over guilt, from an incident that happened 20 years prior.
  • "Behind the Blue Line". After Sam spends the majority of the episode trying to talk down, a former soldier suffering from PTSD over the death of his friends in Afghanistan, Sam is helpless to stop him from essentially instigating what is suicide by cop.
  • In "Run To Me", two teenage girls had plotted to kill the gang leader who was forcing them to commit crimes for him, but he manages to turn the tables on one girl and seriously injures her. The other girl, Sarah, tries to finish the job but can't bring herself to kill him. When the SRU arrives, she sobs to Jules about not being able to do it, even for her friend. Jules replies, "You know what that means?" and tells Sarah that she'll be able to visit her friend in the hospital, which wouldn't have been allowed if she had been arrested for murder. In the ending montage, Sarah is seen sitting by her friend's bed and talking to her.
  • The Grand Finale has plenty of heartbreaking moments:
    • Moments after rushing to the scene of the explosion at a Health and Wellness Center, Jules discovers the lifeless body of a boy outside the building. She somberly says "I'm sorry" and places a death tag
    • The discovery that Ed's son was severely injured during another explosion at Toronto city hall. Ed's desperate look on his face makes it all the more sad.
    • Donna's Heroic Sacrifice death at the end of the first part of the finale. She and other Team Three members are violently killed in yet another explosion when they discover the teacher with the explosions was used as a patsy.
      • What makes it worse was that the SRU members were too busy handling other dangerous situations to mourn her loss.
    • After Ed shoots the accomplice, he runs to cradle a wounded Parker tearfully pleading him not to die. Meanwhile, Dean is listening in at headquarters and is also begging his father via the radio to hold on, miles away and unable to do anything else.
    • The final scene of the finale where the SRU members have one final toast dedicated to Lou and Donna. May also count as a Heartwarming Moment.
    • Lastly, the montage at the conclusion of the the finale highlighting key moments of the series.

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