- Mayor Bartlett pleading with Sepulcher, his dead son, whom he killed - before being mercilessly crushed.
- "She loves dollies..." And the door leading into Scarlet's boss room, with things like "Daddy, I love you" and "I want to die" written in blood on it.
- Made even more heartbreaking by the fact that her father loved her and spoiled her to make sure she had a happy life before he was forced to murder her. He's so scarred by it that he can't stop cutting himself, and when Scarlet rises as a monster, she cradles him for a moment...before literally biting his head off.
- Elle's theme at first sounds a little sad, but then you find out what happened to Nora.
- The scene with Alex and his mother in the prison. It goes from heartbreaking to downright traumatizing if you decide not to mercy-kill her.
- Alex forgiving his father in the church is both this and a Heartwarming Moment. The revelation that he did love Alex, but tried his best never to show it due to knowing he would have to sacrifice him eventually doesn't help. Neither does him asking Alex to forgive him before being brutally killed by Pyramid Head.
Alex: If you truly want forgiveness, then you already have it.Alex: I promise you, whatever hell awaits you, it won't be long before you see it.
- Because of the nature of the choice, the player gets the feeling of there being a "good" and "bad" choice, but not a right choice. Which one is deserved? All of the suffering Alex has endured up to this point comes to a head in this quiet meeting. Either one can produce tears of the appropriate extreme, anger or sadness.
- Further, Alex's next line, no matter the choice, is the same ("I don't need anything from you."), but the delivery and meaning behind it is completely different. For one choice, the delivery is quiet, as if to say "No, that's all right; you don't need to do this if you don't want to." For the other choice, the delivery is angry, and an outright rejection.
- The scene with Josh after the final battle.Alex: No, I can still save him. I can save him. I can save him...
- Alex tearfully coming to terms with what he did over a manifestation of Josh's dead body, including giving back his necklace and flashlight to his little brother.Alex: I'm sorry, Josh. I never meant for this to happen. Here buddy... take this. I forgot... Josh... I'm sorry...
- The Bogeyman/Judgement ending can come across as Alex Jumping Off the Slippery Slope even though Alex's reward of becoming a Pyramid Head isn't what he had in mind. Similar to the sacrificial children, Alex has transformed into a vengeful monster and will presumably terrorize people who have done horrible deeds but it appears Vengeance Feels Empty (not forgiving key people near the end of the game).
Tear Jerker / Silent Hill: Homecoming