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10 “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Moments Guaranteed to Make You Cry

Buffy Tear-Merking Moments

Everyone knows that Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans are the best kind of fans. We’re all so nice! My adoration for Joss Whedon’s television series has given me some incredible friends and also helped me through some really difficult times in life. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows in Sunnydale though, as Buffy the Vampire Slayer frequently caused audiences to cry their eyes out over what was happening on their television screens. I know that a list like this has been replicated a thousand times on other websites with several of the same moments included, but I’ve never written one of them so I’m taking this opportunity to say my piece on the subject. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was filled with countless tear-jerking moments, and these are the ten that made me sob the hardest. I’ve also linked to each specific scene (if available) in case you’re feeling masochistic and want to watch it.

***MAJOR SPOILERS for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Below***

Giles Discovers Jenny’s Corpse (Season 2, Episode 17: “Passion”)

It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace.


This is the first time I ever remember crying during Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I know. I didn’t cry the first time she died. I’m soulless). It wasn’t Jenny’s death so much as it was Giles’ reaction to finding her body. You all know the story: Angelus wasn’t satisfied by simply killing Jenny. Oh no, he had to put on display for the man that loved her. Giles walks into his house to the sound of opera music and rose petals leading up the stairs to his bedroom, only to find Jenny’s corpse on the bed. The cherry on top of this was that Angelus left Giles a drawing of her to frame and put on his wall. Don’t even get me started on Buffy having to stop him from trying to kill Angelus. Ugh, this was rough, y’all.

Tear-Inducing Buffy Moments

Buffy Kills Angel (Season 2, Episode 22: “Becoming: Part 2”)

Close your eyes.

-Buffy Summers

Joss Whedon is an expert at tormenting his audience, and by that I mean killing beloved characters. Angel losing his soul and becoming Angelus is one of the greatest twists the show ever pulled off. In the second season finale, Angelus awakens the demon Acathla by pulling a sword out of its chest. He and Buffy get in a totally awesome sword fight and just as she is about to kill him he gets his soul back (thanks Willow). But it’s too late! He has already awoken Acathla and only his blood can prevent the demon from sucking the world into a Hell dimension, so she gives him a final kiss before stabbing him with the sword. If there was ever any doubt that Buffy would “go there,” this scene effectively got rid of them (and this is coming from a show that killed its title character in the first season finale).

Buffy Tear-Inducing Moments

Buffy Summers: Class Protector (Season 3, Episode 20: “The Prom”)

Whenever there was a problem or something creepy happened, you seemed to show up and stop it. Most of the people here have been saved by you or helped by you at one time or another. We’re proud to say that the class of ’99 has the lowest mortality rate of any graduating class in Sunnydale history, and we know at least part of that is because of you. So the senior class offers its thanks and gives you, uh, uh, this. It’s from all of us, and it has written here, “Buffy Summers, Class Protector”. 

-Jonathan Levinson

Not all tear-jerking moments have to be sad, you guys! After three years of saving the world, Buffy finally (finally!) received some recognition in the form of a sparkly gold umbrella. It was a rare win for the Slayer, and provided one of the most cathartic experiences of the series. It also has the distinction of being Sarah Michelle Gellar’s favorite episode of the series.

Buffy Tear-Inducing Moments

Buffy Finds Her Mother’s Body (Season 5, Episodes 15-16: “I Was Made to Love You” and “The Body”)

Mom? Mom? Mommy? 

-Buffy Summers

Is there a better scene in any episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? I would argue not. The rest of the scene, which opens the next episode (aptly titled “The Body”). Filmed without sound and filmed in real time (the first three minutes of “The Body” don’t feature any cuts), Buffy’s discovery of her mother’s body it a truly disturbing piece of television and it feels all too real. If you don’t even slightly tear up while watching Buffy realize that her mother is actually dead, then you have no soul.

Buffy Tear-Inducing Moments

Anya’s Fruit Punch Speech (Season 5, Episode 16: “The Body”)

I don’t understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I mean, I knew her, and then she’s- There’s just a body, and I don’t understand why she just can’t get back in it and not be dead anymore. It’s stupid. It’s mortal and stupid. And-and Xander’s crying and not talking, and-and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch ever, and she’ll never have eggs, or yawn or brush her hair, not ever, and no one will explain to me why! 

-Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins

This episode aired on my birthday, you guys. My birthday. Does this need any more explanation? Anya was typically used as the comic relief on the series (and Emma Caulfield excelled at it), but this is the first time we had ever seen Anya truly show human emotion. She had spent so much time as a demon that she forgot what it was like to lose someone close to her. The speech is almost child-like, and it proved to be one of the most memorable moments in what is arguably Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s best episode.

Buffy Tear-Inducing Moments

Buffy’s Sacrifice (Season 5, Episode 22: “The Gift”)

The hardest thing in this world is to live in it.

-Buffy Summers

Buffy already died once. Surely they wouldn’t kill her again, right? Wrong. The final episode to air on the WB before it moved to UPN served as the first series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (like its titular heroine, the show would die twice). Another apocalyptic ritual requires Summers blood to stop it. Buffy realizes that she can be the sacrifice instead of Dawn, meaning that death is her gift. Could you imagine if this had actually been the series finale? I know seasons 6 and 7 have their detractors, but it would have killed me if this would have been the end of the series. It was traumatizing to lose Buffy again, but at least she got a great epitaph on her tombstone: “She saved the world. A lot.”

Buffy Crying Moments

Dawn Cuddles With the Buffybot (Season 6, Episode 1: Bargaining, Part 1)

That’ll put marzipan in your pie plate, bingo!


Dawn is frequently the figurative punching bag of Buffy fans, but she does have her moments (unless she wants you out of her room). Seeing her crawl into bed with a charging Buffybot as a method of coping with her sister’s death is so pitiful that you can’t help but empathize with her. It’s unhealthy but so, so human, and anyone who has lost someone close to them could relate. Rather than move on, you want to hang on to anything that reminds you of the person you lost. This is one of those subtle moments that is deeply affecting to watch.

Buffy Cry Moments

Anya is Left at the Altar (Season 6, Episode 16: “Hell’s Bells”)

I, Anya, promise to love you, to cherish you, to honor you, ah, but NOT to obey you, of course, because that’s anachronistic and misogynistic and who you do you think you are, like a sea captain o-or something?

-Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins

I bawled my eyes out over this. Bawled. It was the moment when I started hating Xander as a character (him supporting the Potentials kicking Buffy out of the house in Season 7 sealed the deal). Look, I get that he was worried he was going to turn into his father and ruin his life with Anya, but those visions he saw were fake! He had no reason to leave her at the altar. The dissolution of Anya and Xander’s relationship will always be one of those moments that makes you want to strangle Whedon because it’s so soul-crushing.

Buffy Cry Moments

Xander and the Yellow Crayon (Season 6, Episode 22: “Grave”)

I love you. I love crayon-breaky Willow and I love scary veiny Willow. So if I’m going out, it’s here.

-Xander Harris

The final three episodes of season 6 are some of the strongest episodes the show has ever put out, and while Tara’s death is incredibly sad, it was Xander reaching out to Willow and ending her reign of terror that truly started the waterworks. By referencing the day they met, when Willow broke a yellow crayon in kindergarten and didn’t want to tell anyone about it, he taps into regular Willow (thanks to the magic Giles used on her earlier in the episode) and is able to use his love to drain the dark magic out of her. It’s less cheesy than it sounds. Seriously though after three episodes of watching Willow lose it after Tara’s death, this was an incredibly cathartic moment that allowed viewers to break down with her.

Buffy Cry Moments

Anya’s Death (Season 7, Episode 22: “Chosen”)

Bunnies! Floppy, hoppy, bunnies!

-Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins

Can you tell I have a soft spot for Anya? She occupies three slots on this list for a reason, you know? We all knew Spike was going to be resurrected later that year on Angel so his death, while sad, doesn’t hold a candle to the finality of Anya’s death. After a long, long life of avoiding battle, Anya finally joined in on the fight. What does she get for it? A quick, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it death. Xander doesn’t even find her body! We just get that awful shot of him looking for her with a glimpse of her corpse under the rubble.

Buffy Cry Moments

You have no idea how difficult it was to narrow this list down to just 10 moments (and maybe I’m biased towards Anya). I’ve cried way more than 10 times watching this fantastic series so there was no way to do it justice by just limiting it to 10 moments, which is where you all come in. Which Buffy the Vampire Slayer moments made you cry the hardest? Let me know in the comments below!



  • Poopsmith McUnty

    great show :,(

  • ChasingTheGhost

    The Body & Anya’s death 🙁

  • Justin McGill

    I actually kinda if lost it at JUST the description of the breaky yellow crayon.. that scene is just a punch in the gut. Same with the sacrifice.

  • Richter Belmont

    “If you don’t even slightly tear up while watching Buffy realize that her mother is actually dead, then you have no soul.”

    I have no soul.

    • Priest015

      I didn’t tear up either. My gut was on the floor and I had crazy crazy tingles though.

  • kluu

    When Buffy tells Willow that Angel is a vampire, always tears me up. Anya’s speech in the Body, tho is the saddest and most tear causing thing I have ever heard.

  • CB Punk

    None of these compare to the 8th episode of the first season of Angel, I Will Remember You. Buffy shows up in LA after the events of Pangs and Angel becomes human. Only to give it up sand revert back to his vampire form with Buffy remembering nothing and him remembering everything.

    • Adam

      I’ll never forget, I’ll never forget, I’ll never forget…

  • Josh Deen

    I always thought that Giles’ death on the series finale of Angel was a sock to the gut. Between the two shows, he had a great character arc.

    • Heather Thompson Schuh

      That was Wesley who died on Angel not Giles FYI.

      • Josh Deen

        Ah, entirely my bad. Thought Wesley, typed Giles. Thanks for catching that! I think I shall run for Mayor of Dumbassville now!

        • Steven Leitner

          Except Angel does kill Giles while possessed by Twilight in the comics.

    • Adam

      Holy crap that was sad. When Ilyria asked Wesley if he wanted her to lie to him and then became Fred….

      • High Per Bowlee

        In her apartment, Fred and Wesley Kiss:

        Fred: would you have loved me?
        Wesley: I’ve loved you since I’ve known you. No, that’s not… maybe even before…

        Fred: “Please, Wesley, why can’t I stay?”
        Wesley: (whispering) Please…. please…

        I BAWLED.

    • Priest015

      Do you mean Wesley?

      • Josh Deen

        I got called out earlier, so I changed my comment. Good looking out though, Man! Cheers!

        • Priest015

          Yeah I saw it further down below but couldn’t find an option to delete my comment so it wouldn’t bug you lol!

  • Alessia Augusta Chinello

    when buffy sleep with angel,they make love and the day after he became angelus and sais that he doesn’love her…it’s so sad

  • Steven Ruck

    Class Protector is the only thing that has ever made me happy cry.

    • I snuffle some more when Giles says, “I had no idea children en masse could be… gracious.”

  • The Body really was such a punch to the gut… Even just thinking about it now, it’s so heavy.

  • Admiral Gustav Quackenspiel

    Not necessarily crying but Once More With Feeling always hits me hard in the feels because there’s so much foreshadowing

    • Kayla Keplinger

      I don’t know, Buffy’s big reveal at the end of Once More With Feeling was pretty tear inducing.

  • Mr. Dry

    The Body AKA one of the saddest episodes on TV history.

  • dave o

    Great list, I cried at every single one. The Body is probably the most honest account of loss I have ever seen.

    A few more I’d add

    • Kendra’s death in Becoming Part I
    • Tara’s death in Seeing Red
    • Giles leaves in Tabula Rasa
    • Cassie’s fate in Help

    • John Skelly

      I like all these too

    • High Per Bowlee

      “Good-bye to You”… everything about the end of Tabula Rasa.

      • TuxedoCartman

        That song is inseparable from that scene for me. It came on in the grocery store a few weeks back, and I stopped in the middle of the aisle and was like, “Aww… Willow and Tara. *sniffle* Sad lesbian song is sad.”

        • High Per Bowlee

          I’d never heard the song until I saw the episode, and for quite some time, i thought it was written for the episode.

    • Priest015

      Ah man “Help” was a great great episode and she did such a great job as Cassie and coming back to try to lure Willow to suicide as The First….

  • Name

    Giles finding Jenny was bad enough but when Willow gets that phone call… ugh. game over.
    and that season 2 ending, I can never hear Sarah McLachlan’s “Full Of Grace” without getting something in my eye and wanting to give Buffy a big long hug.

  • John Skelly

    Actually this list isn’t that bad. I wouldn’t use the end of season 6 though.Ithought that was a weak ending. It’s a shame because I really love most of that season,and most of the series. If I could change a few things. The first one would be easy, at the end of 3 just say the mayor was a shape shifter,or something. Why would anyone want to be a giant snake? Even for immortality. Half of episode 20,and 21 of season 5 could be improved(spiral,weight of the world). No need for those monks. And the end of the last episode of season 6. Other than that I wouldn’t change much. Great show some episodes were better than others,but that’s the case with everything.

    • Priest015

      I dunno, I thought it was a great change in having Xander and Willow be the focal point and him legitimately saving the day. His and WIllow’s relationship was one of the strongest things in the series.

      • John Skelly

        Yeah agreed. I just though the ending was a little stupid. And I really thought up until the extreme ending it was really good.Episodes 19-20,and to a lesser extent 21 I thought were setting up for a very good ending.

        • Priest015

          F*ck, Willow flaying Warren. Fricking crazy.

          • John Skelly

            I love Willow flaying Warren. I hate them hugging at the end and Xanders love saving the day. It’s cool he had his turn,but he could of done it in a different way. I loved most of it. I love, or like 95% of all seven seasons,but that ending was bunk!

          • Priest015

            Well it’s not like he’s proficient at martial arts or has some secret magical power or something. That was one part I really appreciated in Season 7 when Xander confronts Caleb. “So, you’re the one that sees everything…” (or something like that). To me it was pretty perfect for his character. Generally Xander is fairly moral and very grounded which is important throughout the series and that’s what he brings to the table. He’s like the glue that holds the scoobies together.

            I get that is was a strange way for a season finale to end but it made sense for him.

          • John Skelly


  • JT89

    Great list. I will say much of Season 6 wasn’t so much treat-jerking as it was depressing. Anya being eft at the alter in Hell’s Bells kinda peaking that list.

    Id’ve put Buffy’s Prophecy Girl breakdown in there. It’s gut wrenching and really sums up the early years of childhood and destiny. Plus Buffy throws shit and rips off Angel’s cross necklace. Amazing: “Read me the signs! Tell me my fortune! You’re so useful sitting here with all of your books. You really are a lotta help…Giles, I’m sixteen years old. I don’t wanna die.”

    I always enjoyed the “Goodbye to You” montage in Tabula Rasa. Buffy so rarely gave us a montage.

    • Count Geekula

      Agreed. “Giles, I’m sixteen years old. I don’t wanna die.” Gets me every time. Perfect line and perfectly delivered by SMG to a just as great Tony Head.

  • ultrazilla2000

    Anya’s death angered me more than saddened. I loved her character, and felt she deserved more of a eulogy than just a few quips from Xander.

    • High Per Bowlee

      Anya’s death came across as barely an afterthought. I would have been so much better, if she had time to process what was happening to her, and she could have said something about it, like telling Andrew, “It hurts. But don’t tell Xander I said so — I want him to think I’m brave. And strong. So he’ll always remember what he could have had.” Or something Anya-ish, like that.

      • Matt_Salton

        OMG THAT almost made me tear up. 🙁

        • High Per Bowlee

          If you watched “Downton Abbey,” I also wrote a much better death scene for Matthew, too.

          I really love the way Joss Whedon and company tell a story, but every now and then they just miss the mark, and it always surprises me when they do, because when they do, they REALLY miss it.

  • Count Geekula

    Great list from a great show. My fave TV show ever. Long live the Buffster!

  • Erika Hartley

    Xander’s speech to Dawn in the Potential (you’re extraordinary) and when Buffy cries in Tara’s lap after finding out she’s “fine”. Kills me!!

  • Dahli6

    I cried at all of those. I will never forget what Xander said after learning that she died saving Andrew, “That’s my girl, always doing the stupid thing.”

  • RLPulliam

    And yet nothing for the most tormenting moment of all….the one where Buffy confesses to Spike that she had been in heaven and was all peaceful and calm before her friends ripped her out of there and brought her back…and that everything was harsher and brighter…and that they must never be told what they did.

  • Canuck 703

    When Spike collapsed @ the end of The Gift got to me. It was the first time you really got to see his human side. And when Tara died, she was one of my fave characters !!

  • Rae Ann McCardell

    The one that always makes me cry, no matter what, is technically an Angel episode, but its Buffy and Angel “I Will Remember You” Season 1 Episode 8 of Angel. They are so happy, and Angel sacrifices it all and Buffy never knows.

    • Yes that is such a heart breaking episode it gets me everytime!

    • High Per Bowlee

      I was literally nearly hysterical the first time I saw that episode. I cried for about 2 hours, because I felt such a connection with Angel’s sacrifice — I had some something for someone I loved, that cost me a lot, and he never knew — and therefore, never cared.

    • khalil

      Yea but Angel wouldn’t like it as a human

    • Priest015

      That was the single most entirely gut wrenching episode of the Buffy-verse

  • Claudette UK

    Once Wesley kidnapped Angel’s child. All bets were off for him in my opinion

    • TuxedoCartman

      That scene in the hospital, where Angel is all soft voice and smiles, saying, “It’s me, Angel; not Angelus, you know that, right Wesley? It’s important that you know that.” …then proceeds to try and kill him? Damn. Just… damn!

    • Heather Thompson Schuh

      Wesley misinterpreted the prophecy though and was just trying to do the right thing and was concerned because the prophecy said that Angel would hurt his son. I can’t blame him for a mistake like that myself plus I think he got his punishment for that when Justine slit his throat, IMO.

  • Jim Ashton

    Personally, would Xander’s “You’re extraordinary” speech to the list of “happy cry” moments

    • Stacy Plowman-Pennock

      Yes! That one always gets me!

  • Mario Zelaya

    I didn’t cry, but I did start tearing up. <:',( </3
    "There was no pain. No fear, no doubt, till they pulled me out, of heaven."

  • Steven Leitner

    Buffy trying to catch up to Riley before he leaves town but arrives to late.

    • Jennifer Gilbert-Potts

      Oh God yes, awful.

  • Ammie Straub

    Spike’s speech to Buffy when he finds her after the potentials kick her out of her own house.. loved that scene- tears all the way down my face and neck! Also when Spike dies. And especially when Spike cries seeing Buffy dead at the end of The Gift. I love Spike.. all these other scenes made me cry as well.

    • TuxedoCartman

      Speaking of Spike, the scene in The Gift where he’s trying to rescue Dawn, but the creepy old dude gets the better of him; and right before he’s flung off the tower, he and Dawn make eye contact, and you could see in his face he knew he’d failed, and this was going to be the last time he saw her. Damn…

      • Priest015

        Mmmm I remember that well, thought the same thing.

    • khalil

      Spike had some great moments like when he saved Fred’s life and genuinely cared for her on Angel , when he tried to give flowers for Joy , forgiving Tara when she accidentally hurt him , talks about him being scared to fade away as a ghost

  • katydid579

    I admit, I didn’t cry, but I numbly watched “The Body” as a rerun very shortly after my own mother died. I completely identified with it until Dawn tried to see her dead mother (my mother died while I was there).

  • Omg, now I have to watch it again. Cried for months she she killed Angel and when she died in season 5.

  • Cody Osburn

    I wish Tara would have been on the list when the episode she died in aired I remember feeling just pissed off I loved Tara and willow together!

  • Stephenmhall

    The very end of season 2 as she leaves on the bus, she just saved the world by killing Angel and has been thrown out of the house and has nothing, NOT FAIR!

  • John Conolley

    I don’t know if it was The Body or the subsequent episode, but when Buffy explains to Dawn why she’s flying around organizing everything and not feeling anything, and Buffy says (roughly) “When I stop, she’ll really be dead.”

  • Jennifer Gilbert-Potts

    When Oz betrays and then leaves Willow. I’ve rewatched Buffy so many times, but rarely that episode, because I can’t stand her pain.

    • Michelle Smith

      “my whole life, I’v never loved anything else.” waaaaaaah

  • Michael Lang

    It was of course “the Body” The part that hit me the hardest was when Buffy walked into the school to tell Dawn, the look the teacher gave Dawn right before Buffy walked in has my going now

    • khalil

      It was so sad when the whole class just looked on even if the cheerleaders felt bad

    • Priest015

      Brutal, tore me apart.

  • Jeff M

    Normal Again.

    • HowLongs

      Was going to post exactly just that.

    • sudden_eyes

      The episode I cannot bear to rewatch.

  • TuxedoCartman

    How about the scene where Tara’s family come to collect her, and Buffy, Dawn, and the Scooby’s all rally around her. Being someone with a rather motley patchwork family as well, that one kinda hit me in the feels.

  • “Hey, I’m well aware of how lucky I am. Like, lottery lucky. Buffy’s like nobody else in the world. When I’m with her it’s like … it’s like I’m split in two. Half of me is just … on fire, going crazy if I’m not touching her. The other half … is so still and peaceful … just perfectly content. Just knows: this is the one. But she doesn’t love me.”

    Yeah, I know it’s Riley. It still punches me in the gut.

    • Priest015

      Mmmmmm good call. That was a really REALLY good scene. I remember seeing that and being like “How the hell do you deal with that?”

  • Also: Buffy playing Buffybot and kissing Spike, as thanks for getting himself beat to shit to save Dawn: the moment that Spike realizes it’s actually she and not it.

  • The most horrible moment in the whole dead-Joyce sequence is when Buffy hollers at Giles, “We’re not supposed to move the body!” and then immediately realizes she just referred to her mother as “the body” and… yeah, I’m a mess.

  • Bryan Colbert

    Joyce’s death definitely created an echo effect of tearjerker moments through Season 5. I get choked up every time I watch the final scene of “Forever” when Buffy and Dawn fight and then end up crying in each other’s arms at the front door. Also, Buffy’s speech to Giles in the training room on “The Gift” when she says, “I just wish my mom was here.”

  • Sarah Needham

    All of these get me, but one that wasn’t mentioned at all was the scene from “Storyteller” when Andrew finally owns up to killing his best friend, ” Because I killed him. Because I listened to Warren, and I pretended I thought it was him, but I knew—I knew it wasn’t. And I killed Jonathan. And now you’re gonna kill me. And I’m scared, and I’m going to die. And this—this is what Jonathan felt.” Honorable mention from that episode is when Andrew videotapes Xander and Anya talking about how they still love one another.

  • Matt Liechty

    Um, how is the scene in Season 6 when Tara tells Buffy that Spike just has a little “glitch” and Buffy ends up repulsed and weeping in Tara’s lap, “please don’t forgive me!” not on this list? That scene kills me. Oh, and when Buffy-bodied Faith and beating the crap out of Faith-bodied Buffy and screams, “you’re disgusting…” That really gets me, and made me start caring about Faith.

    • Priest015

      I loved Faith’s character from the get-go. Her relationship with the Mayor was probably my favourite part of season three.

  • Jane

    Uhm, NO. I **CHEER** when Buffy kills Angel/Angelus. HOW isn’t Spike’s death scene in this list?! Seriously?? Just wow.

    • Priest015

      Because people knew he was going to be resurrected for Angel. Doesn’t hit that hard when you know its for naught. It was bad ass though.

      • Angie Švubová

        Actually I didn’t know and it was the worst/saddest scene for me. Well OK maybe on the same level as when buffy killed Angel. But still, even when I found out, this was like really heartbreaking scene.

        • Priest015

          I thought it was well done, affecting, and super bad ass but yeah it had nothing on when Buffy had to kill Angel or when Buffy sacrificed herself in The Gift. But my biggest heat wrending episodes have to be from Angel. When Buffy shows up, Angel gets made human, then has to give it up and he tells Buffy. OMFG. And when Fred dies, some of the best acting in TV I’ve ever seen. Get the chills just thinking about that scene.

  • Kestrel

    Lie to Me, S2… Buffy, right after staking her childhood crush: Does it ever get easier?

  • Tamara Carlyle

    You included Xander and Dark Willow, but not Willow when Tara’s killed? D= Like, I insta-lost it when it happened.

  • Marysocontrary

    It wasn’t because it took Summer’s blood to close the portal, but the blood of the key who had been made human, and Buffy had realized that the monks had essentially used part of her to make the key into Dawn.

    I’d add Buffy revealing that she had been at peace after she died in Once More With Feeling. I teared up before she even mentioned it because I knew that had to be where she was going with her song and how it was going to affect her friends hearing that.

    • Paul S.

      I thought for sure that Once More With Feeling scene would be on this list.

  • pillybilly

    i think the worst moment is when willow becomes lesbian.

  • Wow, you’re really going to leave Tara’s death out? When will the hets stop?

    • It was either Tara’s death or Willow’s Yellow crayon breakdown. I chose Willow’s breakdown. Seeing a character I love break down into tears is more likely to make me cry more than a character’s death.

  • Henry Fortune

    I would add Buffy’s reveal of being in Heaven in Once More With Feeling, and Willow in The Killer In Me when she says, “I let her go. I didn’t mean to.” That literally brought tears to my eyes, and I’m an grizzled, unfeeling old man.

    • High Per Bowlee

      “I let her go. I didn’t mean to.”

      Moments like that showcase Alyson’s superb acting. Her delivery was a gut-punch.

  • khalil

    I always thought it was sad yet uplifting when Buffy saved Jonathan from his suicide in the tower at school

  • In Wild at Heart, when Willow’s heart is breaking and she says, “Oz, don’t you love me?” That nearly tears me in half.

    It might not be a tear-jerker, but it’s a pretty hard-hitting moment when Buffy is talking to the monk, and she says, “She’s not my sister?” and the monk tells her, “She doesn’t know that.” The look on Buffy’s face.

  • Matt_Salton

    Anya was my favourite character too. Emma Caulfield is an exceptional actor and brought so much to that character. However I would argue that because the series finale was so jam packed with tying up loose ends that Anya’s death was more shocking (and frankly anger-inducing) than sad. I feel like if it was Whedon’s plan to kill her anyway he should have done it in Selfless (season 7 episode 5) which I think deserves the recognition in the top 10. The jump cut from musical flashback Anya in her wedding gown so joyous and happy to her impaled on the sword by Buffy was devastating.

  • One of the absolute best shows of all time and one of the only shows where I actually “cared” about the characters.

  • Priest015

    For me with Wesley’s arc and losing Fred the way he did, it almost seemed (and I think you could see it in his face at the end) it was kind of a release. It was brutal to watch. “Would you like me to lie to you now” Uggggghhhh the feels….

  • Tara McNeany

    i have a few that should of been on there, sleeper when spike take buffy to the house the old lady he killed owned and he realises he did kill those people, and he’s in the corner crying cause the first is telling him he failed now he’s going to get killed, and spikes speech to buffy after their night together and of course taras death 🙁 and i also always tear up in the ep sleeper when buffy gets him and pushes him out of bed accusing him of killing the girls and the hurt in his face as he says the chip they did to me but the soul i got on my own, so yer i go out and talk to people but thats al it is, cause god help me buffy its still all about you 🙁

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