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Tear Jerker / Goosebumps

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The Movie

  • Hannah joining the other monsters back in the book. And later, doubling with Heartwarming, being re-written back into reality.
  • All of the monsters, to an extent. Being frozen in a tiny prison while a world you can hear, but can't see or touch goes on around you is its own sort of hell. It doesn't justify the destruction they cause upon release, but it's easy to see why they're pissed.
    • Makes it more depressing that Stine locked them all away, so obviously they're enraged that their creator, their father, locked them away because he knew how dangerous they were.

The Books

  • The first book Welcome To Dead House has a bit of one: The whole town is populated by undead who are Weakened by the Light as well as apparently hating their existence. At the end Amanda succedes at knocking down a tree and the sunlight destroys all the undead, who thank her for releasing them from their torment.
    • A more mundane one from the same book but still sad: early in the book (before they discover the supernatural stuff going on) Amanda tells the reader about how she had to leave a lot of friends behind when they moved and, due to their new address being a four hour drive away, she won't get to see them much any more. There's a scene where her friend Kathy comes to visit. The two girls talk for a bit but then when it's time for Kathy to leave they both burst into tears.
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    • Upon discovering that the undead townspeople have been trying to kill her and her family, Amanda feels betrayed by her new "friend" Karen and says "but you seemed so nice!" Karen sadly replies, "I was nice until I moved here ..."
    • The fate of Petey, the family dog. The townsfolk murder him and turn him into a zombie, just because he could sense what they really are. What's worse, unless he was destroyed along with the other undead, he's doomed to forever wander the streets of Dark Falls, never to be loved like a living dog again.
  • The ending of The Ghost Next Door (both the book and the TV episode). The protagonist, after discovering that she was in fact the ghost that the title is referring to and has been dead all along, saves another kid from dying in a fire like she did. Then she rejoins her family in the afterlife.
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  • The Haunted School, especially if you're familiar with several real-life school tragedies. The real kicker is the ending, where Thalia, one of the children who escaped Greyworld, chooses to return there so the protagonist can escape. Then, it's revealed the evil photographer from long ago is still alive, and ready to repeat his crime.
  • In My Hairiest Adventure, Larry's town is full of stray dogs that are left over from previous dog-to-children experiments. After Lily becomes a dog, her parents abandon their former daughter with the others and pretend she never existed. After Larry transforms, his parents, feeling remorse, stay behind to take care of him. This means that out of all the parents in town, they were the only ones who truly loved their assigned "child."
  • The scene in Deep Trouble where Billy and his family are being left to drown. The Comic Adaptation has an extra panel where he realizes how hopeless the situation is.
  • Carly Beth in The Haunted Mask is one of the biggest Straw Loser characters in the earlier books due to how she is constantly teased for being easily frightened. When Jerkass Steve plays a trick on her by getting her to eat sandwich with worms in it, everyone in the lunchroom laughs at her, including her supposed best friend Sabrina. In the TV show adaption, when Carly Beth returns home and finds that her mother made her a duck costume for Halloween, her brother uses it to scare her again. When she's alone, she just starts sobbing and rips the costume to shreds from how tired she is of being mocked. Thankfully, after her horrific ordeal with the Haunted Mask, she becomes much more braver and manages to handle Steve and his friends on her own.
    • If you think about it, the backstory of the masks. They weren't just demonic or evil, they were sentient creatures that were locked away because of their deformities and grew more and more twisted from the isolation. In the TV adaptation, we even hear them begging Carly Beth to be their friend as they chase her...
    • Shep Mooney has it worse in the Ghost of Slappy, in the cafeteria when trying to apologize to Maryjane, Shep becomes speechless, as Slappy in ghost form possesses a bowl of spaghetti to fall on top of him and a plate of custard pie to hit him in his face. Everyone in the lunchroom, including the other students and the teachers laugh, it is not confirmed that they laugh because their feelings towards him, or they just think it is a merely harmless prank, but hopefully the latter. The fact that everyone laughs at him and Slappy raspy chuckles over the laughter makes you think that Slappy is doing mind control to having everyone in the cafeteria do that, though that too is not confirmed. Fortunately, unlike Carly Beth, people do not point at Shep or insult him, but it is still as messed up, though unlike Carly Beth, Shep additionally has it worse, considering the people in his life are also mean towards him merely if mildly, his sister teases him, his parents love him but do not understand him, a former friend bullies him for an accident that happened years ago and Shep even profusely apologized for it, and the only friend Shep has ditches him for ruining his birthday party when in fact it was Slappy, who actually tried to kill Shep in the process (of course, Carlos does not care, and Shep's father even scolds Shep for ruining the party and contemplates the damages that will be paid for), and Carlos is actually the only one in the book who probably believes him about Slappy. Slappy also enslaves Shep in the end. Among the many protagonists in the Goosebumps books, Shep Mooney is actually one of the nicest characters, so all of these terrible things that happen to him are quite mind boggling.
  • In The Curse of Camp Cold Lake, the ghost stalking Sarah is a lonely little girl who wants a friend to take to the afterlife. She had previously tried to do the same to Briana, another camper, but Briana's ghost refused to go with her. When you think about it, her being rejected a second time in years is heartbreaking.
  • In A Night in Terror Tower, Morgred the sorcerer makes an emotional confession that he failed his king when he promised to protect the king's children, Edward and Susannah of York, from execution by their usurperous uncle. The High Executioner caught him before he could rescue them. Especially in the TV adaptation, where he nearly breaks down in tears when he tells them the truth.
  • The Night of the Living Dummy series has the children being blamed for things that the dummies in each of their respective books have conspired. But the one that fits this territory the most is easily the second book. The protagonist, Amy, is The Unfavorite one of the family, and towards the second half of the story, she gets accused of vandalizing her sister's room and her family immediately believes she's crazy. It doesn't even end there either. During a three-year-old's party, Slappy injures the former's hand and ruins the party by frightening the other guests, causing Amy to break out in tears as she runs back home. Keep in mind that this was a day before she was accused of painting her name on her sister's bedroom wall and gets blamed for it again! Not only is she double punished for something she didn't do, her family even go as far to get her a doctor, thinking she needs help. When you begin to think about it, Slappy is torturing Amy psychologically by having her whole family turn on her and believe she's gone nuts, causing her to alienate them. It's rather depressing really. Fortunately Amy has the honor of being the only kid in the living dummy saga where the parents find out the truth about Slappy and their name is cleared.
    • There's also a sub-plot about how all throughout the book Amy is jealous of Sara for being The Ace. At the end we find out Sara is in fact jealous of Amy since she doesn't have to prove herself all the time, which is why she didn't tell the truth about Slappy at first. At the end the two of them have a tearful moment where they hug and forgive each other.
  • The big plot twist of Ghost Beach. The kids that the two main characters met their first day are ghosts, 300-year-old Pilgrim children that died the first winter in the New World.
    • And on that note, the trio's words to Jerry and Terri as this is revealed are genuinely heartrending, especially for this series:
    Louisa: We never had a chance. That first winter, so long ago...
    Sam: We sailed here with our parents to start a new life...But we all died in the cold!
    Nat: It wasn't fair! We barely had a life at all!
  • A more subtle one in The Cuckoo Clock of Doom: Michael is pretty obviously The Unfavorite to his Annoying Younger Sibling, and nothing he does is ever good enough for his parents, especially his father. Worse, as he goes back in time, the reader can see that it's been like this his whole life. As a twelve-year-old? His little sister torments him and his parents don't do jack shit about it, even calling him a liar when he tries to tell them. As a kindergartner? He ties his shoes for the first time (as he's mentally twelve it's easy, but apparently he'd been having trouble at that age) and all his dad says is, "Took him long enough." Even as a baby, at a stage where you can't really expect much of a kid, his dad complains that he's "slow" because his friend's kid is learning how to talk faster than his. Good thing the Twist Ending is happy for once - his sister is Ret Gone from existence and he is treated much better by both parents.
  • The Werewolf of Fever Swamp: Grady's dad preparing to put down Wolf after he's suspected of the Fever Swamp murders. Grady's reaction can hit home for anyone who's lost a beloved pet that way.
    • When you think about it, the revelation that Will is a werewolf. He didn't choose to be one and was presumably abandoned by his parents because of it. As a human, he seemed to genuinely want to be Grady's friend. In the TV episode, he even warns Grady to stay away because he doesn't want to hurt him. Because of this, he could be considered a sympathetic Designated Villain.
  • The entire backstory of Hill House in The Headless Ghost. Andrew was a horrid kid, but he didn't deserve to have his life ripped away and his family die in despair.
  • The ending of Let's Get Invisible! where it's implied that the protagonist's younger brother is trapped in the mirror world forever and was replaced by a mirror clone. Luckily, the TV episode has the mirror repair itself so that the protagonist can go get him one day.
  • In Ghost Camp, upon discovering the truth about the ghosts, Harry angrily confronts Lucy about all the horrible things the kids did to scare him and his brother. Lucy replies with a sad little speech about how they were just trying to have a little fun, since they'll never grow up or achieve their dreams now.

The TV Show

  • As cheesy as it may seem now, the TV adaptation of The Werewolf of Fever Swamp has two particularly sad revelations: The Swamp Hermit was trying to hunt down the monster that killed his family. He dies trying to save Grady. Later, the werewolf partially changes back, revealing it to be Grady's friend Will, who is distraught by his transformation and warns Grady to stay away. Grady tries to find help for him, but Will realizes it's too late and dies after becoming a monster again.
  • The TV episode of Night of The Living Dummy III has Rocky, Slappy's right-hand dummy, pull a Heel–Face Turn after realizing he loves his human family more than serving Slappy. He gives up his life to destroy the tyrannical dummy, and the kids thank him for his sacrifice.
  • A relatively minor example, but unlike the original book, Amy's parents never shown to find out the truth about Slappy like they did in the original book, implying that she was permanently wrongly accused.
  • The Television version of Piano Lessons can be Murder has Dr. Shreek act like a kindly old man, even going so far as to say his hands 'weren't what they used to be' when he fudged a music note on a piano, until something happens and he chases after Jerry Hawkins screaming 'Beautiful Hands!'. The sheer emotion the actor used when he said the part about his hands failing can actually bring a tear to one's eye because it actually sounds real.


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