The key to writing great characters is viewers investing in them.
What better way to determine how invested we are than when we break down into tears if they feel threatened, sad, or if one of them (God forbid) shuffles off this mortal coil?
Scroll through the gallery below for the moments that caught us by surprise and left us dabbing out eyes.
Share your sullen memories in the comments!
This Is Us Season 1 Episode 16, "Memphis"
The "Memphis" episode of This Is Us, especially William's line, "The two best things in my life were the person in the very beginning, and the person at the very end." I can't even think about it without bursting into tears all over again.
Abby Dying on Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan has been struggling creatively for a few years now, but I never thought it would try to right the ship by offing the female lead. It was a heartbreaking season, and it only made it worse that we got to witness her struggle through flashbacks.
Mack and Hope in the Framework on Agents of SHIELD
Poor, poor Mack. In the real world, his daughter Hope only lived for a brief four days following her birth. In the Framework's illusory world, she grew and thrived. Despite the fact that this Hope wasn't actually real flesh and blood, Mack formed such a connection with her that he actually refused to leave the virtual reality on Agents of SHIELD Season 4 Episode 20. It's only after the Framework started shutting down two episode later and the virtual Hope vanished that a heartbroken Mack could bring himself to return to the real world.
Jackson's speech/Ellis' return on Grey's Anatomy
Who wasn't bawling when Jackson gave his speech on behalf of Meredith after she won the Harper Avery? All of Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Episode 7 was a throwback for the fans, but in his speech he mentioned all the hardships and loss that Meredith has suffered over the years, and how she overcame it all. If we weren't crying enough after mentions of Derek and Lexie, the surprise cameo of Kate Burton as Ellis standing in the gallery clapping her hands would have pushed anyone over the edge.
Martin Stein's Death on Legends of Tomorrow
No one could have prepared me for the devastation I felt when Martin Stein died on Legends of Tomorrow. He was the pretentious guy that occasionally got on my nerves but had the sweetest paternal relationship with Jax. Firestorm is barely on my radar most of the time, but then he had his final moment with Jax and I was a mess. I'm still mourning.
Jesus' Sad Moments on The Fosters
Jesus has been having the absolute worst time on The Fosters and that's saying something given he lives with Callie, but finding out the truth about Emma's pregnancy and abortion after being lied to for so long was a sad moment. It was one of many sad moments for the teenager currently struggling with a TBI and other siblings who need their attention too.