Trigun/Tear Jerker

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  • The death of Wolfwood in Trigun.
    • I remember finding it really sad, but not crying. Then I saw poor Milly and Meryl crying, and Vash quietly and very seriously waiting outside, and I couldn't stop the tears.
      • It always got to me when the big girl cried.
    • After that scene, the song that plays, "Rakuen", is difficult to listen to just on the OST.
      • Let's not forget Wolfwood crying and breaking down prior to all of this, and Milly hugging and comforting him. And maybe some more.. Doubles as Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, as much as the episode allows.
      • This Troper was holding up fairly well until this line: "I'm sorry, honey."
      • And when it doesn't seem like Vash is actually grieving beyond a stoic silence, and it seems like while all the other deaths he's encountered destory him emotionally, Wolfwood's doesn't effect him. Then the beginning of the next episode shows him as he used to be, cheerfully buying donuts and happy as could be, and then suddenly he can't take more than one bite before he absolutely breaks down.
        • Vash crying and praying for God to do him one favor in the manga as he and Wolfwood sit in the ruins of Wolfwood's childhood home and share one last drink before Wolfwood dies. And as the children he just saved fly to safety, they get one last message to him: welcome home.
        • This Troper didn't cry through Wolfwood's death, until the next chapter--Vash's expression when he explains that he's buried Wolfwood.
    • And Vash and Knives's childhood.
    • "These... are really good... * sniff* " I'm not going to be able to eat a donut again anytime soon.
    • And much of the Trigun Maximum manga, especially Tesla's story and its impact on the twins, the post-apocalyptic world that follows Knives's collecting of most of the plants, the past of characters such as Nicholas D. Wolfwood, Livio, and Legato, and the ending of the manga -especially the powerfully symbolic (but potentially Narm-inducing) scene in which Vash and Knives fly away hugging each other.
    • Not to mention the death of Rem.
  • Vash being forced to kill Legato execution-style, in the head, or risk the lives of Milly and Meryl. The look on his face when being forced to, for the first time, willfully and knowingly kill someone was enough to shock this troper into tears, and to this day it comes to her as the most shocking and tense scene in the entire series.
    • Not to mention his horrible screams in the next episode after he realizes what had happened.
  • The episode "Goodbye, For Now," after Vash blows a hole in the Fifth Moon with his Angel Arm and goes to live with Lina. The scene that struck this troper particularly hard was at the very end, when Vash is saying good-bye, and it shows (in a flashback) him in a dark alleyway, completely broken and scared of what he could do after the incident.
  • I don't know why, but when Vash and Knives fight as kids over killing the spider to save the butterfly. Vash's "I wanted to save them both." It just... sums up Vash. And I'm not sure why, but I feel a little teary when I see it.
  • Nothing else in the Trigun movie especially got to me, until the very end, when you find out that not only was Amelia Gasback's daughter, but she was only 19. If Vash hadn't let Gasback escape back then, she would have never been born.
    • This troper was just fine with that...Until her husband mentioned that Amelia knew this, yet still hated the guy who allowed it. What must have happened in her life to make her prefer to have never lived? Guess this is Fridge Horror as well
  • The Seeds ship crashes when the Gungho Guns attack and the people aboard blame Vash. Brad sticks up for Vash and tells everyone it's their own fault because they wouldn't accept reality. Jessica runs up to Vash, it's a puppet, she shoots at Vash, and Brad puts himself between Vash and the puppet. Brad dies for Vash after he distrusted him even when Vash was a child.