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Tear Jerker / Sanders Sides

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  • In Accepting Anxiety Part 2, we see Virgil confessing to the others that he feels like Thomas is better off without him and that he's making Thomas's life miserable.
    Virgil: I actually think you were right to not want me around. I've always aimed to protect you, but feels like I've been keeping you from doing anything.
  • The Moving On two-parter. The first part starts with Thomas and the rest of the Sides going to Patton's room to reminisce on all the nice memories from his past in order to distract himself from the hurt he feels in the present. The second part starts after Logan leaves the room and Virgil starts having a panic attack, forcing Thomas to address the problem. He recalls moments when he and his ex were sad and confused and angry, and eventually had to acknowledge that weren't able to have each other in their lives. And despite all that, Thomas admits (you can hear it in his voice that he's actively tearing up) that he never stopped loving him. It ends with no concise explanation on how to actually deal with a break-up, because there isn't one. Then we get a montage of Thomas sort of gliding through scenes from the relationship, an instrumental version of "The Things We Used to Share" playing in the background, until he arrives in his bedroom and lies down alone in the bed. It's one emotional ride, to say the least.
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  • In "Learning New Things About Ourselves", Virgil confesses how his life had been before Accepting Anxiety, especially how he was pretending all the time to be mean to bring Thomas' guard up, and how he lo... cared for the others all of the time, so all the bad remarks they made on him were deeply hurting him all of the time, but he chose to sacrifice himself and take it all because he thought that was what he had to do for Thomas' own good. That makes Virgil's moved smile in "Accepting Anxiety" much more powerful in hindsight because it was the first time all of them honestly made good remarks on him and treated him as a friend, including Roman.
  • Thomas's dilemma in "Selfishness v. Selflessness" is pretty sad as he has to deal with the fact that Deceit is a part of him for a reason and that he is capable of lying. This line he says to Patton is sure to break hearts.
    Thomas: I don't want to be a bad person.
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  • The moment in "Dealing with Intrusive Thoughts" when Virgil finally confesses to Thomas that he used to be a Dark Side is literally full of tears, both in and out of universe. First Virgil's face of slight horror to Thomas' reaction when he says it, then how he almost starts crying after seeing Thomas' silent face of shock and slight disappointment over the news and has to sink down quickly, presumably to go to cry alone in his room. Thomas said in a public live stream that the way he portrayed Virgil in that moment had the same energy as someone "coming out" of the closet. The hints of tears, as he said were real because he felt a really strong, powerful emotion while delivering that line.
  • Patton screaming "I… DON'T… KNOW!" when faced with one too many moral dilemmas in "Putting Others First," finally reaching his breaking point as his own rigid moral code proves to be quite flawed in itself — and clearly not good for Thomas.
    • In fact, this breakdown seems to have started in Selfishness vs. Selflessness, when Patton outright told Thomas that he didn't know if he was a "naturally honest person." This is notable because Patton doesn't seem to make a moral judgement of Thomas being good or bad due to Deceit's presence, and he only continued due to Thomas's request. Had Patton been given time and space to process the information he'd suddenly become aware of, rather than having to regress into black-or-white morality in order to continue the court case and reassure Thomas, the following episodes may have turned out very differently.
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  • When both Deceit's and Patton's HP counters get reduced to zero, and the names both change into "Thomas' mental health".
  • As Thomas and Patton seem to get more and more on board with Janus' points at the end, Roman gets increasingly scared and annoyed. Until Janus finally reveals his name and this happens:
    Janus: [raising his hand with his glove off] My name is Janus.
    [Thomas and Patton give him a little smile]
    Roman: [snorts] Janus? [laughs] What are you, a middle school librarian? [Janus looks at Roman, lowering his hand slowly with a face of huge hurt] It's a stupid name.
    Janus: [hurt and angry, there are hints of tears in his human eye] Oh, Roman, thank God you don't have a mustache! [Roman's smile drops immediately] Otherwise, between you and Remus, I wouldn't know who the Evil Twin is!
    [Roman scoffs, speechless, then he looks at Thomas and Patton and notices their faces of sad disappointment]
    Roman: [slight face of horror and disbelief] Are you guys seriously going to take his side?
    Thomas: [mumbling] No, I...
    Roman: [hand on his chest in disbelief] Over me!?
    Patton: [also mumbling] Well, he...
    Roman: Thomas!
    [Thomas looks at Roman. Roman makes a pause, then puts his hand on his chest, feeling betrayed and in pain]
    Roman: I thought I was your hero.
    Thomas: You are!
    [Roman looks at Janus for confirmation. Janus nods with a weak smile of assurance, trying to tell him that Thomas is telling the truth. Roman instead reads that Thomas is lying]
    Roman: [scoffs in disbelief] Wow!
    [Roman quickly puts his hand on his nose, desperately trying to fight tears]
    Roman: I can't believe this!
    [Janus' little smile drops, and he shows a slight face of Oh, Crap!, realizing Roman misunderstood him]
    Roman: [yelling] Did you forget that he's evil!? You're not...! [fighting tears again] You're not supposed to be! You're supposed to be good! You can't...!
    Patton: Roman!
    [Roman looks at Patton, his face with a grimace of anger and pain]
    Patton: [soft voice of assurance] Everything's gonna be okay, kiddo.
    [Roman's lips tremble in pain, he's on the verge of sobbing]
    Patton: We love you.
    Roman: [not believing him, with a low voice, looking down avoiding everyone's look] Right...
    [Roman sinks down and Thomas, Patton and Janus look at the empty place in shock and pain]

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