- The deaths of the microbes here is strangely sad. Their utter incomprehension of their imminent demise...though obviously the googly eyes are mere poetic license.
- "Nope. Not done crying."
- Though all protagonist deaths are sad, the death of Pronto here (spoilers, obviously) was particularly bad. Look at Panel 9...Brad visibly sways on his feet, and Nick falls to his knees in shock.
- "The End." Quite possibly the most heart-wrenching strip of the comic's entire run.
- "Please get this right. I really miss him."
- For all that s/he might have deserved it, and in spite of the fact that s/he was clearly at peace with it, Mako's death is pretty tragic. "Maxim 20: If you're not willing to shell your own position, you're not willing to win."
- "We failed to preserve galactic civilization and culture beyond the boundary...."
- One would think that the technology to replace someone upon their death would render most tearjerkers moot. Captain Tagon is not one such man.Tagon: That man who carried a ship-killing warhead into the engineering bay? He was not me. Yeah, we were close. We grew up together. We lost our family together. We served together for thirty years. In all that time, we never once left each others side. And then we did. I got frozen in time, and he got vaporized in a millisecond. I'm not the one you should be asking about survival; he is.
- It's never a good thing when a hostile force hacks into your ship. It's even worse when they hack into your friends.
- While the destruction of the Maxim 39 is a tearjerker in and of itself, the reaction of Para's suborned Soshiko is particularly heartbreaking.
- Elf gets an award, but isn't in the mood to appreciate it."Hey, Elf. You left before dinner showed up. Can I bring you anything?"
"A pulse? ... It's for a friend..."
Tear Jerker / Schlock Mercenary