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The Most Emotional Moments in Comics 

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Updated June 14, 2019 56.5k votes 9.1k voters 5.4M views 30 items

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Fans of comic books usually look towards their favorite series for excitement, action, and escapism. However, there are those brilliantly written pieces that tug at our heartstrings and can make us cry. This list collects the most emotional moments in comics, those moments in superhero stories that left you devastated and crying.

Almost all of the major heroes have ventured forth into the great beyond at one time or another. It kind of comes with the job. However, when written delicately, these deaths transcend the medium and become actual news. People all over the world mourned the death of Superman and Captain America. People recoiled when told about Robin's brutal demise.

For some, the tragedy isn't the event, but watching the fallout as beloved characters sink into depression and despair over their loss. The reality that gets injected into comics sometimes feels so real that it's hard to separate one's self from it. It's only when both the heroes and the audience are able to look at death, acknowledge its ever-presence in our life, and continue forward, that they are able to obtain heroism. 

So grab that box of tissues and your security blanket - these are the most emotional events in comic book history. Most of these entries are tears of sadness, but a few are tears of happiness or relief.
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Batman and Ace
Batman and Ace is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Emotional Moments in Comics
Photo: Warner Bros.
Amanda Waller recants to Terry McGinnis a tale of Batman's compassion in a later Justice League Unlimited episode. Ace, the ultra powerful child in the Royal Flush Gang, has her powers of manipulation grow out of control. Waller has deduced that the only way to stop the girl is to put her down. Sparing the other League members, Batman opts to confront Ace. When he reaches her, she is just a frightened child swinging on a swing set. Instead of killing her, Batman holds her hands until she passes naturally. 
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Gwen Stacy's Death
Gwen Stacy's Death is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Emotional Moments in Comics
Photo: Marvel
Peter Parker's life is normally circling the toilet bowl. However, one of the cruelest moments in the webslinger's life hits when love interest Gwen Stacy has her neck snapped. Although it's unclear if she was already dead when the Green Goblin tossed her from the top of that bridge, it is generally accepted that when Spidey caught her on the way down, her neck was snapped by the pull of the webbing.
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Tony Stark on Captain America's Death
Tony Stark on Captain Am... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Emotional Moments in Comics
Photo: Marvel
It's easy to paint Iron Man as the bad guy in Marvel's Civil War story - especially when Captain America is assassinated at the conclusion of the event. However, Tony gets his moment alone with the deceased Captain America, where he tearfully breaks down the reasoning for his actions and remorse at Cap's passing. 
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Barbara Gordon's Maiming
Barbara Gordon's Maiming... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Emotional Moments in Comics
Photo: DC
Barbara's maiming and sexual assault in front of her father by the Joker is a dark moment in comics. Alan Moore's Killing Joke is a seminal work in modern comics, but even the high quality of the work by Moore and artist Brian Bolland can't distract from watching Batgirl writhe in pain. 
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