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Tear Jerker / Hawkeye

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  • In his first limited series, it turns out that his girlfriend has been manipulating him all along. The worst part is the way she tells him after having him thrown into a pit which they then begin to fill with industrial waste to try and kill him and Mockingbird.
    Sheila: Yes. They paid me. I was pretty convincing, wasn't I? You never had the slightest idea that I could sooner love a dog than a cornball Romeo with delusions of adequacy like you.
    • The entire story itself is essentially everything Clint fears about himself: he's not good enough at his job (he doesn't realise that he's being tricked), he'll never find a woman who loves him (his girlfriend turned out to be working for the villains), and he almost kills Mockingbird near the end of the story, thanks to Crossfire's tech. Thankfully, at the end he wins, Mockingbird isn't dead, and they even get married.
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  • When his wife, Mockingbird, died in his arms at the end of West Coast Avengers #100. He was so heartbroken that he spent a long time in the middle of nowhere and only went back when one of his old mentors told him that Bobbi wouldn't have wanted him to live that way. Sure, the Mockingbird who died turned out to be Skrull, but that doesn't make the panel any less painful.
  • House of M is sad enough, but it gets even worse if you've read House of M: Avengers and see Clint in a relationship with Bobbi before she leaves for Wakanda. This means that when he gets his memories back, not only does he discover that he's dead in the real world, he discovers that the woman he loves has been dead for years.
    • Even more heart-wrenching now. Clint and Bobbi being together is their ultimate happy ending, was that even when she was dead, and now it looks like they won't even get that in a universe where they're both alive at the same time.
  • At some point when they were West Coast Avengers, Bobbi got pregnant, and she and Clint were really looking forward to having a kid, to the point where they worked out when the kid would have been born.
    Bobbi: Before all of this, when we were Avengers, a couple of years ago... I-I had a miscarriage. We didn't tell anyone. Me and my husband, we figured his or her birthday would have been October 12th. We really wanted that kid. And October 12th... That... would have been a nice day.
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  • The moment in the first post-Secret Invasion crossover as Clint presses Bobbi on getting back together, citing how they'd agreed to end the divorce. Bobbi has to break it to Clint that it was the Skrull imposter who called the divorce off and as far as she remembers, she and Clint were still splitting.
  • That panel in Hawkeye & Mockingbird where Clint and Bobbi realise that, due to their current PTSD and adjustment problems, neither of them are in a place where they can be in a relationship with the other. After everything they've gone through, all the times they've worked on their relationship, seeing it end there is awful.
    • Even sadder, the series was intended to be an ongoing that got cancelled despite positive reception, and judging from Widowmaker, which was intended to be an arc but used as a plot thread tier-uper, looked like they still had strong feelings for one another; its likely that, had it continued, they'd move past their issues and get back together eventually. Never has an Aborted Arc been so sad.
  • The ending of Hawkeye 9. It's brutal and not something you see coming.
    • And in a Kick the Dog moment for the reader, it replays the ending of Issue 9 for Issue 10.
    • Even before the ending, Hawkeye #9 delivers a gut punch with Clint's defeated little comment when Kate is trying to convince him that he isn't a complete screw-up.
    Clint: Look at me. Look at all these things I've done.
    • Even more upsetting is the implication that he isn't just talking about messing up his relationship with Jessica, but his relationship with Bobbi as well, and bringing his friends and neighbours into a mess that had led to him guarding the building.
  • Issue #11: Kate has finally had enough of Clint's crap and she finally leaves him (though it might have something to do with parents turning into evil monsters around her). Lucky decides to follow her.
  • Secret Avengers Vol 2 # 15-16, first he finds Bobbi, who's mind is currently breaking thanks to what Forsden did to her memory, not only have no memory of either herself or him, but then finds the idea that they were married funny, which is visibly traumatic for him. Then once they've nearly got her out of there, he watches her seemingly get shot and bleed out in his arms, only to turn out to be Yelena, with Bobbi having slipped the camo tech onto her while they were fighting. In the end, his ex wife is now out there, missing, with him having no idea if she's alive or dead, and if she is alive (which she is, thankfully) he has no idea if she even remembers him or if they could ever find her. While she's thankfully safe and with Bucky and Daisy, the whole experience is enough to make him quit SHIELD in disgust. Its even more painful when you remember that Clint and Bobbi didn't break up because they didn't love each other (and even after their breakup, its made clear a lot that they DO still love each other a lot), but because of other issues, and that, because of the memory tech, he won't even know what happened while he's not working with SHIELD.
  • Issue 21 of Volume 4. Good Lord Issue 21. Barney dies in Clint's arms, which is sad enough on its own, but Clint's internal monologue and the panels leading up to it are heartbreakingly disoriented as he tries to make sense of what's happening. "Barney's gonna HURT". Cue waterworks.
  • Old Man Hawkeye is a prequel to Old Man Logan and shows Clint, knowing he's going blind, having to handle this dark world.
    • The flashbacks to when the villains took over show that when the attacks began, Hawkeye led a team that included the Thunderbolts, ignoring Black Widow's suspicions as he trusted them. In the middle of the fight, the T-Bolts turned on the heroes with Atlas killing Black Knight as Moonstone and MACH-1 nailed Falcon. To Hawkeye, the true horror is how the crooks he truly thought he'd turned around can turn on him like this.
    • It's also explained how Clint survived the purge of the heroes: He was let go because the villains didn't think he was worth killing. A horrific panel has Clint just snarling for them to do it and they scoff "why? We killed all the real heroes." Cue a two-page spread of a battered Clint amid the corpses of the various Avengers.
  • Clint and Karla's relationship is a slow-burn one, as they start off with a somewhat simple Dating Catwoman situation, with Karla falling hard for Clint due to his good nature and willingness to forgive her past villainy. His influence ends up genuinely changing her for the better, but the result triggers the innate subconscious of the gemstone that gives her her powers, causing a Good Powers, Bad People situation where the gemstone creates an artificial conscience that is so against Karla's natural nature it causes her to suffer an emotional breakdown. She recovers after some help from the gem's creator, but after being separated from Clint when he goes to jail in order for her to get a pardon, she struggles with making good decisions, ultimately choosing to break up with him despite the fact she'd fallen genuinely in-love, in order to prove that she can be a good person for the sake of being good, not just to impress him. One year later, she suffers another mental breakdown and loses control of her powers, nearly killing the Thunderbolts and the Avengers, forcing Clint to shoot her to save both teams and rendering her comatose, leaving him heartbroken and guilt-ridden, and when she recovers, she's firmly given up on her attempts at heroism or changing.