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Tear Jerker / Trauma Center

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Being a medical drama, it certainly has its moments. These examples put the "Trauma" in Trauma Center.


  • The death of Richard Anderson, who falls victim to Pempti. It hits particularly hard because this comes at the end of three attempts at ridding him of Pempti, so despite the best efforts of you and the rest of the staff, the operation ultimately ends in failure. Victor, who had been assisting you with these operations, is so distraught that he locks himself in the lab to refine his treatments so that such a situation never happens again.
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  • Though it's on the Narm page as well, the Game Over screen for Trauma Center: Second Opinion.
  • The Game Over screen for Under the Knife can be much more effective than the other Game Over sequences. No melodramatic narration or resignation, just Derek walking the streets contemplating his failure.
  • When they are not Nightmare Fuel implying the death of Derek, the Game Over screen for Under the Knife 2 can be quite the tearjerker:
    Chapter 1: A few days later, Derek Stiles left Camp Zakara... alone. Not even the gifted surgeon of Caduceus could bear the harsh realities of this foreign land...
    Chapters 2, 3, 4-1, 4-2: A few days after the surgery, Derek Stiles disappeared from Caduceus USA. His resignation letter, left of the Director's desk, said he would never hold a scalpel in his hand again... He was unable to withstand the pressure and burden of wielding the Healing Touch. Derek's whereabouts are unknown to this day....
    Chapter 4-4, 4-5, 4-7, 4-9: Derek Stiles left Hope Hospital without saying a word. After losing the Healing Touch and even the ability to perform a standard surgery, Derek couldn't go on as a doctor. No one knows what happened to him after that...
    Chapters 5, 6-1, 6-3, 6-7, 7-1, 7-3, 7-4: The next day, Derek Stiles did not show up at Caduceus USA. It was only one mistake... But its consequences were more than he could bear. Possessing the Healing Touch made it all the more difficult to accept.
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  • In Under the Knife 2, the death of Emilio, just when things are getting better...
  • The diagnosis segments in Trauma Team has two as well: Phase 3 of the Patient Zero diagnosis (all of it) and in The Simplest Truth Joshua didn't even recognize his own father, just calling him "Doctor" like every other doctor he's been to.
    • The latter was already bad enough, but what made it worse is what Joshua was suffering from. In short, he has Wermer’s Syndrome and to translate that from medical jargon, it’s a genetic disease possibly given to him by Gabriel himself. This alone explains why after the episode, Gabe destroys his office in a subsequent meltdown, saying that he can’t "make him happy as a father" and later ends his relationship with his wife. It’s also one of the very few moments when Gabe's Chew Toy status took a turn for the worse.
  • Claire's near-death in Trauma Team, after the freak mall shooting. Thankfully, she got better.
  • Near the end of Trauma Team, where Samuel Trumbull is practically at death's door and he goes on about how Gabe should continue the diagnosis for the sake of all the people who will ultimately fall ill to the same disease affecting him. Made even sadder with the last questioning session not being so much about diagnosis as it is trying to tell him he'll be able to see his family again. And he's one of the nicer people you diagnose, too.
  • While the theme of the Forensics mode in Trauma Team is sad in general, some of the missions are especially painful.
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    • The Second Mission: A young girl falls ill with a disease that slowly destroys her from the inside and out, to the point where she has no friends remaining and her parents are terrified of her violent outburst to the point that they lock her up in her own room. She dies in horrible pain, clawing her hands at the locked door until they are bleeding, and calling desperately for mom and dad to comfort her pain, a call that's never answered.
      • Some people feel more sorry for the parents; the girl's mother was so badly injured in one of the girl's outbursts that her sight was permanently damaged. Naomi treating them as the villains in the case seems extremely sour, but the fact that Naomi herself is about to die in a possibly similar painful way is context that should not be ignored. It is also heavily implied that the parents let their daughter die on purpose because they just wanted the problem to go away. Naomi probably shouldn't have been that hard on them, but it's not like they did nothing to deserve it.
    • The Third Mission: An elderly woman is infected with a tumor that causes hallucinations. She ends up sincerely believing that the world has been condemned by God. She kills her daughter to save her immortal soul, then tries to kill her husband in the same manner, but fails and dies in the following struggle. Her daughter's last words is the desperate plea for her mother to flee and save herself. The woman's last words suggest the sincere belief and regret that she couldn't "save" her husband. And the old man himself sits alone, wanting nothing more than for his wife to be remembered as the good woman she was.
    • The Last Mission: A young girl has a special virus within her that is dangerously lethal, and which her loving adoptive father hopes to convert to a cure for many of the diseases of the world. But he gets infected with the virus, and as the disease eats away at his sanity, he ends up killing his adoptive daughter in the hope to end the virus with her. And yet in doing so, he gave the virus a means to spread. Naomi herself admits that their story ended in the most tragic way possible.
  • The last bonus scene from Trauma Team. The previous six were pretty humorous incidents in each of the doctors' lives after the events of the game. The seventh is of Rosalia and Professor Sartre. Rosalia is planning out the flowerbed which she died in and is talking about how she hopes that her brother (CR-S01) and "big sis" (Maria) can come visit them. Obviously, Sartre has doubts about CR-S01 wanting to even look him in the eye after what he did to him, but Rosalia reassures him that he'll forgive him. Rosalia never get to see her brother and big sis again, and Sartre never lives to hear CR-S01's forgiveness.
  • CR-S01's life in general. Framed for a crime he did not commit by his own father, he is given a life sentence and imprisoned when he was only a teenager. The psychological strain and the peculiar nature of his cell left him physically unable to smile until the very end of the game. During Patient Zero, he finds out that the only two people he could ever call his family are both dead. And despite his heroic actions, he still went back to jail at the end of the game. It's enough to make you just want to give the poor guy a hug.

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