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(io9)   Twenty moments in science fiction and fantasy that will make absolutely anyone cry. All those moments that will be lost in time, like tears in rain   (io9.com) divider line 294
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2013-08-07 05:46:12 PM  
Apparently I have a heart of stone.

/that or the fact that I'm older than 10.
 
2013-08-07 05:55:04 PM  
The end of Flowers for Algernon.
 
2013-08-07 05:56:48 PM  
FFS! Jurassic Bark is NOT sad!  Seymour lives a long happy life with Fry. He dies in a painless instant.  We should all be so lucky.
 
2013-08-07 06:56:23 PM  
16 movies and four books, two of which (maybe 3?) are graphic novels. Was the website perhaps not aware SF existed in printed form?
 
2013-08-07 07:14:27 PM  
That Van Gogh episode kills me every time.
 
2013-08-07 07:41:18 PM  
How about where Tom Cruise sacrifices his clone self for another clone self in Oblivion?

/ not sure if serious
 
2013-08-07 07:42:45 PM  
Sorry, nothing comes close to Blade Runner (Director's Cut).  Best Sci-Fi movie of all time (sorry Star Wars fans).
 
2013-08-07 07:47:17 PM  
As expected, that one was in there.
 
2013-08-07 07:47:17 PM  
I actually think the scene in LOTR:RoTK where Aragorn bows to the Hobbits is more emotional than Frodo and Sam on the mountain. More emotional STILL is the scene at the Grey Havens
 
2013-08-07 07:47:53 PM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFfBuzddUMk

This was my original internal monologue when I met my now wife.
 
2013-08-07 07:48:01 PM  
Ehh the only one that ever got me was the loss of Artax (the Horse) in The Neverending Story.
 
2013-08-07 07:48:09 PM  
Goddamnit,

At least 5 those are not sci-fi
 
2013-08-07 07:48:35 PM  

exick: That Van Gogh episode kills me every time.


Same. I made the mistake of watching the video on the site.

/goes to get a tissue
 
2013-08-07 07:48:44 PM  

Speaker2Animals: 16 movies and four books, two of which (maybe 3?) are graphic novels. Was the website perhaps not aware SF existed in printed form?


Author can't write about what they didn't read. And you can't link video to a book.
 
2013-08-07 07:49:26 PM  
I agree with one of the comments in the link about the scene with the dog dying in the movie I Am Legend. Not the best movie but that scene farking wrecked me.
 
2013-08-07 07:50:25 PM  
going by the article title and not the fark submission by the way

Galaxy Quest got me though.
 
2013-08-07 07:55:31 PM  
I caught excalibur on the tee vee the other night for the first time in years and years. I did not get sad as much as I thought 'damn, helen mirren, the unspeakable things I'd do to you are probably still illegal in most southern states.'
 
2013-08-07 07:56:35 PM  

slayer199: Sorry, nothing comes close to Blade Runner (Director's Cut).  Best Sci-Fi movie of all time (sorry Star Wars fans).


Nope. Not yours. Brade Runnah number two. Inner Light number one.

/ya srly!
 
2013-08-07 07:59:43 PM  
I get why they went with mostly movies and TV shows, they wanted it to be a list a majority of people visiting the site would recognize.
That said, I will never understand why people keep dragging out Jurassic Bark, like it was the next coming of Grave of the Fireflies or something. It was mildly sad at best. You want a gut wrencher for a Futurama episode? Go with Luck of the Fryish.

I'll definitely agree with their Buffy pick. Dear gods that episode was heart wrenching, and had some great performances by everyone involved.
 
2013-08-07 08:00:22 PM  
Maes Hughes funeral in Fullmetal Alchemist is extremely sad to watch. His daughter asking his wife why they're burying him, crying and telling them to stop so her daddy can get up... heart wrenching.
 
2013-08-07 08:04:20 PM  

meat0918: Goddamnit,

At least 5 those are not sci-fi


i.imgur.com


What's worse, it's the same farking author who doesn't know the definition of "breaking the fourth wall."
 
2013-08-07 08:08:54 PM  
Thank you, submitter, for adding "and fantasy" to your headline. Apparently the writer of the article doesn't know there's a difference between the two.
 
2013-08-07 08:12:07 PM  

Honest Bender: FFS! Jurassic Bark is NOT sad! Seymour lives a long happy life with Fry. He dies in a painless instant. We should all be so lucky.


Depends how you look at it. If the clone creates an offshoot timeline then one does and one sits in front of Panucci's for 12 years waiting.

/ fry's brother's grave
 
2013-08-07 08:13:01 PM  
Okay...The Iron Giant one gets me every time.  Can't even explain why.

The one from Angel gets me.  Amy Acker is one of the most heartbreakingly lovely things I've ever seen.

As for the one from Buffy....If you've ever had anyone you care about die, that one pretty much eviscerates you....
 
2013-08-07 08:15:04 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: I get why they went with mostly movies and TV shows, they wanted it to be a list a majority of people visiting the site would recognize.
That said, I will never understand why people keep dragging out Jurassic Bark, like it was the next coming of Grave of the Fireflies or something. It was mildly sad at best. You want a gut wrencher for a Futurama episode? Go with Luck of the Fryish.

I'll definitely agree with their Buffy pick. Dear gods that episode was heart wrenching, and had some great performances by everyone involved.


I submit that the Trilogy of Tears for Futurama is Luck of the Fryrish, Jurrassic Bark, and Leela's Homeworld. Depending on your life experiences, at least one of them can hit almost everybody hard.

Honorable mention to the end of Time Keeps on Slippin'.
 
2013-08-07 08:15:40 PM  
I love the episode of Farscape called "The Locket". In a time anomoly, John and Erin get trapped on a planet and live out their whole lives together. But he arrives decades later in the time stream. She is already married and has grandkids when he arrives, then they grow old together but only a friends because she started this whole life.

She wears this locket she never removes and never displays. He always teases her that its him in the locket photo, not her husband. She tells him that he knows good and well who it is, its her true love, implying its her husband in the locket photo, not John.

After 50 years they finally realize they can escape the time barrier and they make it back to Moya but she dies of old age (natural, heart failure) in the flight up to Moya. As he is crying over her body he looks in the locket and ... Its John after all.

/dusty in here
 
2013-08-07 08:15:57 PM  

CapnPlaty: Maes Hughes funeral in Fullmetal Alchemist is extremely sad to watch. His daughter asking his wife why they're burying him, crying and telling them to stop so her daddy can get up... heart wrenching.


That and also the episode with Nina and Alexander.  That whole episode was made just to mess with you so they could tear your heart apart at the end.
 
2013-08-07 08:15:58 PM  
Blatantly missing from the list:

The guy with the red shirt getting killed in that one episode of Star Trek. I cried so much that I almost died of dehydration
 
2013-08-07 08:17:05 PM  

Fano: I submit that the Trilogy of Tears for Futurama is Luck of the Fryrish, Jurrassic Bark, and Leela's Homeworld. Depending on your life experiences, at least one of them can hit almost everybody hard.


The Sting and The Devil's Hands
 
2013-08-07 08:17:07 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-08-07 08:22:38 PM  
Oh, and if we're going to include fantasy:

b.vimeocdn.com
 
2013-08-07 08:25:33 PM  
"I never saved anything for the swim back."

"Did I ever tell you about my Son?"

And the launch/incinerator scene.

/You know the movie
 
2013-08-07 08:25:41 PM  
Spock at the end of Star Trek II gets me.  Mostly because of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.
 
2013-08-07 08:27:21 PM  

NutWrench: The end of Flowers for Algernon.


this

also add the end of "the Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
 
2013-08-07 08:28:23 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: I get why they went with mostly movies and TV shows, they wanted it to be a list a majority of people visiting the site would recognize.
That said, I will never understand why people keep dragging out Jurassic Bark, like it was the next coming of Grave of the Fireflies or something. It was mildly sad at best. You want a gut wrencher for a Futurama episode? Go with Luck of the Fryish.

I'll definitely agree with their Buffy pick. Dear gods that episode was heart wrenching, and had some great performances by everyone involved.


Luck of the Fryrish does nothing for or to me. It's a '*shrug* eh, nothing else is on' episode for me. Jurassic Bark comes on? Oh HELL no. Can't deal. Even seeing the title gets me.

And I know what's coming: no, I don't have any brothers. But I can see how Luck would affect someone who does.
 
2013-08-07 08:31:12 PM  

exick: That Van Gogh episode kills me every time.


I'm a stereotypical man, not immune to emotion but expect myself to control it.

Watched that Van Gogh episode while vising the rents. Almost farking cried in front of my dad.

Just a powerful scene. Bill Nighy comes off as so intense when he doesn't even appear to be trying. The shock on Vincent's face, the music. All of it. Then sealed with the sad bookend you know is coming.

TV at it's absolute best.

You see the last 15 minutes of that episode and you don't even remember nor care what the preceding 2/3's of the episode was about.

SPOILERS?

As for bladerunner, I always wanted Deckard to attack right when Rutger gets all weepy. "GET HIM WHILE HE'S DOWN!!!"

The saddest parts of Blade Runner are
-Sebastian's sad realization that Daryl Hannah has been taking advantage of his naive kindness
-and when you see that Rachael suspects what she is but is so afraid to say it out loud and simultaneously Deckard realizes he's not playing with a robot but being cruel to a living soul.

That second one, that brief scene both encapsulates the entire film and escalates it from a scifi jaunt to the psychological examination Ridley Scott was building to.

Roy's scene is just the bookend, the introduction to the ending and Deckard's character's new beginning. It simply serves to seal Harrison's fears. That being; this humanity is in all the replicants, even (or especially) those that appear the most cruel.

It takes him from wondering about what is and isn't human and his questions about himself to realizing life is simply life, no matter the form, the answers don't matter, only living while you can.

(yeah, I'm a bit of a fan of bladerunner :P)

/ARTAX? fark, that farking shiat ripped out my 7 year old heart and just stomped on it over and over and over and over. I feel bad just thinking about it.
 
2013-08-07 08:31:49 PM  
Dumbo's mom snuggling him while locked inside the cage.  Still can't watch that with the kids.  Have to maintain some dignity and respect around the house.
 
2013-08-07 08:32:41 PM  
Fark you, Iron Giant...  made me look like a damn cry baby in front of my woman back in the day.
 
2013-08-07 08:35:17 PM  

sinanju: "I never saved anything for the swim back."

"Did I ever tell you about my Son?"

And the launch/incinerator scene.

/You know the movie


YES! One of my favorite movies. I don't know how many times I've watched it at this point, but I still can't get through it without crying at least a little bit.
 
2013-08-07 08:38:09 PM  
If there's a Doctor Who episode that gets me everytime it's " The Girl in the Fireplace." Or when Rose finally "dies". Or when Donna gets her mind wiped.
 
2013-08-07 08:41:19 PM  
The end of T2 was so overwrought and ham-fisted that I didn't want to cry, i wanted to kick Cameron's nuts out his ears. Ruined an otherwise good movie.
 
2013-08-07 08:42:39 PM  

maxpower007: If there's a Doctor Who episode that gets me everytime it's " The Girl in the Fireplace." Or when Rose finally "dies". Or when Donna gets her mind wiped.


these and Vincent

I show people who have never seen DR WHO the girl in the fireplace
it leaves them begging for more, to which I answer, sorry, that was the only good one
 
2013-08-07 08:42:42 PM  

maxpower007: If there's a Doctor Who episode that gets me everytime it's " The Girl in the Fireplace." Or when Rose finally "dies". Or when Donna gets her mind wiped.


Girl in the Fireplace and Vincent destroyed me.

The fireplace it is right when he goes back the last time and can't find her and you freaking know what is coming. And then they show the carriage leaving just crushes.
 
2013-08-07 08:42:43 PM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: Dumbo's mom snuggling him while locked inside the cage.  Still can't watch that with the kids.  Have to maintain some dignity and respect around the house.


GOD DAMMIT!

/dusty in here
 
2013-08-07 08:43:07 PM  
The scene in the last episode of Space: Above and Beyond when Vansen says "Nathan, take her home." tears me up every time.
 
2013-08-07 08:43:51 PM  
#14 at the end: "You bow to no one."  If that scene doesn't get to you, you're not human.

/not a fan
//but it still gets damn dusty during that scene
 
2013-08-07 08:43:58 PM  
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Also,

legendary fool: CapnPlaty: Maes Hughes funeral in Fullmetal Alchemist is extremely sad to watch. His daughter asking his wife why they're burying him, crying and telling them to stop so her daddy can get up... heart wrenching.

That and also the episode with Nina and Alexander.  That whole episode was made just to mess with you so they could tear your heart apart at the end.


Those are both pretty good episodes, but I'd cast my vote for the scene with Winry deciding to heal Scar (instead of attacking him) because that's what her parents would have done. On the surface, it's not quite as sad as the other two, but Winry's decision is pivotal to Scar realizing what he's turning into and serves as a major point of character development for everyone involved.
 
2013-08-07 08:45:14 PM  

meat0918: Goddamnit,

At least 5 those are not sci-fi


In that case:  That Futurama episode....yeah, break out the Kleenex.

/Also: "Grave of the Fireflies"
 
2013-08-07 08:46:36 PM  

exick: That Van Gogh episode kills me every time.


Those moving final scenes when he sees that the world appreciates his genius.  God, that was awesome.
 
2013-08-07 08:46:43 PM  
I'm glad someone else got hit hard by that Galaxy Quest scene.

For the record though the saddest moment in Return of the King is where Frodo leaves Sam on the steps. And even that pales in comparison to Sam's speech about stories at the end of Towers. And Boromir coming to grips with what he's done as he's dieing. Damnit those movies are full of those moments.

For what it's worth I thought the Iron Giant was predictable crap.
 
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