- The Black Hole level of the original Star Fox. To be fair, there isn't much to the level as it only serves as a shortcut to 3 possible stages depending on which exit ring Fox flies through. However, there's one detail that Pepper brings up in the mission briefing: it's where Fox's father disappeared. Fox doesn't encounter him, and he's completely alone, much like in the Out of This Dimension stage. One wonders what Fox must have been feeling as he flew through the barren null space.
- The Game Over in Star Fox 2 if you let Corneria fall. It shows Andross' fighters attacking Corneria City. But the most heartbreaking part is when the distress call goes out, with an unnamed woman saying "Emergency. Emergency. Incoming enemy fighters. Coming f-". Then, an explosion cuts to the game over with some creepy music.
- The cutscene after you accomplish the final mission in Star Fox 64 after playing the HARD route. The final boss had been defeated, but the complex was exploding with Fox still inside... Then his father appears and leads him to safety before vanishing. To underscore it, if Peppy was not shot down in the battle with Star Wolf, when Fox is looking around trying to figure out where his dad went, Peppy asks Fox if there's a problem. Fox stammers, "N-nothing. Nothing's wrong." but with the original Japanese audio, you can tell Fox is fighting back tears. This scene also gets used in the ending of Star Fox Zero (this time regardless of how you get to Andross), and this time around, the English audio manages to make it clear that Fox is having a hard time holding himself together.
- During the escape sequence, one of James' lines to Fox is "Never give up. Trust your instincts." After hearing Peppy say those words of encouragement throughout the entire game, it's put in a much more emotional light when you realize he's echoing the words of his lost friend.
- In Star Fox Adventures: Krystal's salvation from her crystal confines and Fox catching her a split second from plunging to the bottom floor of the Krazoa Palace can be considered this.
- From Star Fox: Assault: Peppy and Rob's Heroic Sacrifice. Particularly the part where Fox says: "Peppy... you mustn't."
- General Pepper's fate during the Corneria stage in Assault. The guy spends the entire game doing his best to guide Star Fox so they can stop the aparoids. Sometime when they were off saving Sauria, Corneria is invaded and Pepper's forced to watch most of the planet's defenses be slaughtered. As he's in the middle of calling to Star Fox for help, he loses the connection and presumably is captured by the enemy. And at the end of the stage? We see that the aparoids have infected his flagship... while he's still inside. He spends the entire battle shouting for Star Fox to kill him so he won't be fully assimilated and forced to work for the aparoids. He survives, but still!
- And then the Aparoid Queen uses the voices of the affected characters above to taunt Fox... and then uses James' voice. This exchange sums up the entire weight of the scene.Falco: Don't listen to her, Fox, you know your father's—Fox: I KNOW!
- Say what you will about it, but the ending melody to the nine endings of Star Fox Command is heart-bending and tear-worthy, especially considering that most of the endings are very bittersweet or outright depressing. The humble melody invokes a feeling that someone is saying good-bye for the last time, or that hope is fading... Or, if you get the "Good-bye Fox" ending where Fox and Krystal retire, marry, and have a baby, the tearjerking melody actually feels happy.
- Star Fox 64 3D has a theme the original didn't have (Credits Theme 2), and it makes you feel so good if you played the original first and then this version.
- Blink and you'll miss it, but in Star Fox 64, Falco's reaction ("I can't believe they did this...") to Zoness' pollution by Andross' experiments seems a bit more personal than the rest of the team. Considering how out-of-character it is for his usual cocky attitude, it makes you wonder if he knew what the planet was like before it was ruined...
- When Slippy calls the place a dump, Falco just responds "I hear ya, Slippy" in the most resigned tone possible.
- Add on Peppy's reaction, "THIS is Zoness?" as a result of an All There in the Manual piece of lore where Peppy and his wife Vivian (named in 64 not Command) had their honeymoon on Zoness.
- On a similar note, on the first mission when you enter the ruined city of Corneria Falco simply mutters grimly "This is horrible".
- For most of 64, if Fox falls in battle, his wingmen scream for his life. However, during the final sections of either Venom path, when he's taking on Andross alone, if he dies, you hear ''his'' screams instead. It's a pretty heartwrenching incentive to stay alive.
- This tribute message to Satoru Iwata in the credits of Zero:This game is dedicated to our wingman who fell in battle.
Tear Jerker / Star Fox