* The earliest {{TearJerker}} of Fairy Tail is Natsu's reaction when he discovers Igneel had vanished. Made even worse by the fact that Natsu was still a young boy...
* Ur's death. Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
** The anime [[UpToEleven amps it up]] with one track. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpnRhiInopA You may cry now]].
* Every time there is a {{flashback}} involving Lisanna, you can prepare yourself to wipe some tears from your eyes, because it is either this or a slightly less depressing CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. The anime [[AdaptationExpansion expands]] her role and only makes it worse.
** Then [[spoiler:her return and her explanation. Especially the reunion between her and her real siblings.]]
** [[spoiler: Natsu and Happy's emotional reactions to seeing her in Edolas...especially in the anime with all the interspersed flashbacks.]]
** In particular, [[spoiler: both versions of Elfman drive this home. The way Edolas!Elfman just holds Lisanna's neck and rests his head on hers with a little smile when she's about to leave combined with how Earthland!Elfman can do absolutely nothing but sob uncontrollably and stare in awe as his little sister returns is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.]]
** The fact that [[spoiler: Edolas!Mirajane and Elfman really did lose their little sister. When the time comes for Earthland!Lisanna to return home, they end up losing her again (but this time, with a proper goodbye).]]
* Lucy's father hires a guild to forcibly drag her back home after she runs away, just so that he can force her into an arranged marriage. Once that's over, Lucy returns home to pretty much tell him, without any hesitation, that she'll fight against him, along with the rest of the guild if he tries that stunt again, and that she no longer considers him family. The idea that a father and daughter can do and say those kinds of things to one another is just ''horrifying'', in a non NightmareFuel way. Made even worse when its revealed that Lucy's father always loved her.
* Erza's [[spoiler: funeral]]. It's AllJustADream, but that doesn't make it any better. Just seeing everyone's reactions, especially Natsu being mad with rage, with Lucy and Gray trying to hold him back, really drives the point home.
** Poor Happy crying made this troper feel sad with grief.
** Even worse, that scene most likely serves as a {{Deconstruction}} of how the people left behind would ''really'' feel after someone's HeroicSacrifice. There's no true "honor celebration" or "his/her heart will live on"; just endless grief and sadness over the loss of a friend. Erza's quote near the end of the arc definitely rams the point home
--> '''Erza:''' You don't ''die'' for your friends; you ''live'' for them!
** The Tower of Heaven arc was essentially just one big TearJerker with some [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming moments]] thrown in between.
*** A particular tear jerker, though, was [[HeroicSacrifice Rob's death.]]
** Also from the Tower of Heaven arc, [[spoiler: Simon's death]] is arguably one of the biggest tear jerkers in the series.
* [[spoiler:Laxus' big sendoff]] during the Fantasia Parade. Especially in the anime, thanks to the CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
** Hell, the moments just before that when [[spoiler:after fighting the Fairy Tail guild for the position of leader, Laxus visits Makarov in the infirmary, and has his first heartfelt talk with his grandfather in years. Makarov expels him from Fairy Tail, and yet the old man turns his back while Laxus leaves after calling him "Grandfather". Makarov is in tears.]]
* [[spoiler:Makarov]]'s [[CurbStompBattle royal thrashing]]. Yes, [[spoiler:[[BadassGrandpa he's old]] and]] we shouldn't be ''too'' surprised, but he's always been there, to the point that something of that magnitude happening to him just seems impossible. And that's not [[EvilMentor even]] [[FallenHero counting]] [[BrokenPedestal how]] [[PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize it]] [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice happened.]]
* [[spoiler: "I won't let you die again."]]
* Episode 68: From [[spoiler:Jellal's arrest (and Erza's breakdown) to the revelation that Cait Shelter was nothing but an illusion.]]
** [[spoiler: "Bury your pain in the arms of your friends..."]]
*** The title of that chapter in the manga is one. [[spoiler: A Guild For The Sake of a Single Person.]]
* [[spoiler: Cana's backstory.]]
* [[spoiler: Simon's HeroicSacrifice and [[KilledOffForReal death]].]]
* [[spoiler: Almost all of Chapter 241.]]
* During the very end of Episode 89 (Edolas arc), where the [[spoiler:Dragon Chain is launched into the island with Magnolia's lacrima]], we have a shot at Happy's reaction: trembling, bursting into tears, and his voice breaking. His [[RieKugimiya Seiyuu]] conveys his distress really well.
* Chapter 251. When Cana finally tells Gildarts [[spoiler: that she's his daughter.]] Gildarts has a flashback of all the times he saw Cana while she was growing up (coincidentally, she always looked sad), and he has an absolutely heartbroken expression on his face when he realizes that this whole time, she was suffering because of him. What happens next also moves this moment into the [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Heartwarming]] section.
* Chapter 252 has [[spoiler: Makarov fighting off Acnologia and giving the others his final orders as their master to run to the ship for safety. The tearful looks on everyone's faces tells it all.]]
** [[spoiler: The fact that Laxus is the first one to understand his grandfather's action and take action to save the others really hits home. He really is a changed man. Even more heartbreaking is when Natsu looks at Laxus and he can see the older man's grief clear as day.]]
* Chapter 253. The entire thing.
** Episode 122 takes it UpToEleven.
* The next chapter shows us what happened to the [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen Fairy Tail guild]] after the [[spoiler: seven year timeskip.]]
* You know how after Lucy saw the reunion between father and daughter at Tenrou Island she began to think that she'd like to go see her own dad? Well, she's finally able to in Chapter 256, [[spoiler: only to find out he died one month earlier.]]
* The entirety of Chapter 257. Also doubles as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
** [[spoiler: To my beloved daughter, Happy Birthday, From Dad.]]
*** "Lucy, I've always loved you."
* Lucy's [[spoiler:defeat against Flare Corona]] during Chapter 272: [[spoiler: Flare [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty cheats, threatening the life of Asca Connell in order to persuade Lucy to give up]]. Lucy lets herself be harmed and wants to surrender. Except that Flare won't let her surrender; she gags Lucy with her hair, and is ready to tattoo her guild's sigil onto Lucy's, [[PsychoForHire all the while enjoying herself]]. Fortunately, Natsu overheard her threat, discovers Flare's hair, and severed it, allowing [[HopeSpot Lucy to counterattack]]. She then summons Gemini, and [[CombinationAttack casts her most powerful spell along with her double]]: Urano Metria. But the spell is cancelled, obviously absorbed by a member of Raven Tail. Lucy, exhausted, fall onto the ground. Flare is declared the winner, and rejoices. The public mocks Fairy Tail. Lucy bursts into tears. After all of this, Fairy Tail members '''and''' the readers share the same feeling: They want to see Raven Tail lose ''hard'' and ''burn in hell!'']]
** The worst part about all this? [[spoiler: This occurred on July 1; her ''birthday''.]]
* In Chapter 281, [[spoiler: Yukino is thrown out of her guild for losing.]]
** [[spoiler: Made worse by how she is [[HumiliationConga berated, forced to undress, and is mentally abused]] right in front of everyone. Even Rogue, TheStoic, had a very uneasy look and later questioned if Sabertooth is really a true guild.]]
*** To hammer it in, [[spoiler: Sabertooth is portrayed as a guild of [[SmugSuper Smug Supers]] and [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]]. When this event occurred just about every single one looked pretty unhappy. Even Sting seemed displeased and described Jiemma as "extreme".]]
* Thought Lucy's [[spoiler:defeat against Flare]] early on was bad? Chapter 291 makes it worse by having Minerva [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown mercilessly beat Lucy up in the next match clearly enjoying her suffering]] [[MoralEventHorizon while Orga and Sting smugly laugh at the other Fairy Tail members clearly amused watching the horrific beatdown.]] If there was any doubt they were complete assholes before...
** Made worse given they did it within the rules and maximized the cruelty potential in those five minutes compared to the [[spoiler: cheating Raven Tail did. It makes a lot of sense Makarov doesn't consider his son a enemy given they were being covert and petty in their callousness in comparison to Minerva who was [[BreakTheCutie disarming Lucy and pounding her mercilessly right in front of the crowd]]. This is a rare case of a TearJerker involving tears of sadness ''and rage''.]]
* Chapter 292 also had some tearjerking moments. Lucy wakes up after having passed out; the first thing she does is attempt to apologize to everyone for losing. They are all quick to assure her that she did great and actually got second place. With tears in her eyes she asks for her Spirit Keys, which were taken from her during the fight against Minerva. Happy gives them to her and she smiles and thanks him before falling asleep, still smiling and cuddling her keys to her chest. [[TheWoobie Poor girl.]]
* Chapter 300: If [[spoiler:Yukino]] being thrown out of the Sabertooth guild for losing a match wasn't bad enough, [[spoiler:Sting and Rogue]] had it worse, especially [[spoiler:Sting when Lector, after the latter tried to stand up for Sting, got blasted into oblivion by Jiemma right in front of Sting. Sting responds in kind with a full blast of a White Dragon's Punch [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice right through Jiemma]]]].
** It's pretty much implied that the both of them [[KilledOffForReal died]].
* Episode 150: Cobra finally is reunited with [[spoiler:Cuberos/Kinana]] only to for Doranbolt and Lahar to come and arrest him.
** Cobra actually let himself to be caught because Doranbolt and Lahar was going to arrest [[spoiler:Cuberos/Kinana]] as they thought she was associated with Cobra. Cobra let himself to be arrested so that his best friend can roam freely, shows that he really cared for his friend.
* Chapter 304: The cover page of this chapter shows Frosch holding two ice cream cones with a sad expression on his face as he feels lonely for the very first time since [[spoiler: Lector's death]].
* Chapter 305: When Sting [[spoiler: gets the drop on Bacchus and drops him out of the fight in a single attack]], there is a single image showing his facial expression: He ''isn't'' sporting a SlasherSmile or any enjoyment of the fight at all, and he enjoys a fight. It's safe to say he was mentally focused on [[spoiler: the loss of Lector]] more than the event taking place, which makes the depressed feeling Sting is displaying much more saddening.
* Chapter 312: [[spoiler: Future!Lucy's crying as she meets with her old Guild for the first time in God knows how long. We're already aware the future she comes from is quite possibly a CrapsackWorld, or the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, given Levy's ApocalypticLog, it is really difficult not to feel saddened by the tears she's shedding, knowing the shit she has most likely been through.]]
* Chapter 322: [[spoiler:Sting and Lector's heartfelt reunion after Fairy Tail wins the [[TournamentArc Grand Magic Games]]]]. Also doubles as a gigantic CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
* Guard Captain Arcadias, the supposed "Big Bad" controlling the Grand Magic Games, is betrayed by the princess he was deeply loyal to when he realizes what's really going on. [[spoiler: In attempting to escape the underground dungeon and a special Execution Squad that seeks to take their heads, Arcadias, Future!Lucy, and Yukino cross a huge moat of boiling lava. As Yukino is about to fall from the weak ledge she grabbed, Arcadias JUMPS into the lava to push her higher onto the ledge (with Future!Lucy trying to pull her up) so that she can climb up. After Yukino is saved, Arcadias "supposed" last words before he's consumed by the lava...talk about a BADASS!!!]]
* Chapter 324: [[spoiler:Future!Lucy's HeroicSacrifice.]]
** It was particularly jarring because this was the first time we've seen Lucy completely ''lose it.'' She didn't just cry, she ''screamed'' at [[spoiler: Future!Rogue]] and even used profanity (at least in Mangastream's translation) for the first time ever.
** Natsu bursting into BerserkerTears after [[spoiler:the group realizes that Future!Lucy lost her right arm, which was not helped with his flashback of Lucy showing off her new Fairy Tail mark to him.]]
---> '''Natsu:''' [[spoiler: [[ItsPersonal "You stole something precious to me, in front of my eyes."]]]]
* Chapter 333: In a flashback (after Lucy & Co. have left the scene), we see Natsu crying over [[spoiler: Future!Lucy's body]]. When asked if Future!Rogue is an enemy, Natsu simply replies:
--> '''Natsu:''' [[spoiler: "Lucy was... He's my enemy."]]
** To make it worse, Ultear may [[spoiler: or may not kill Present!Rogue in order to remove the future one. It's heart-wrenching to see someone like [[TokenGoodTeammate Rogue]] get killed all because his of his future self's actions]].
*** And speaking of heart-wrenching, it was pretty sad to see Present Rogue's reaction [[spoiler: and breakdown to the news about his future self and what he has done.]]
**** Which only makes the fact that someone is about to come after him for it that much worse.
* Chapter 334: Assuming that it's not a fake out like other teased main character deaths shown so far, it looks like [[spoiler: Gray]] will be our first main character to die.
** [[spoiler: Juvia's]] reaction, whether or not the above scene was a fake out, is still heartbreaking to look at.
* Chapter 335: Ultear, thinking she is beyond redemption, casts [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique "Last Ages"]]. [[spoiler: It only turns back time by ''one minute'' at the cost of her life, making her believe that her HeroicSacrifice was a SenselessSacrifice while dying. In reality, Ultear has ''no'' idea she saved the lives of countless people doing it and will never know]].
** [[spoiler: However, this has been subverted as of Chapter 339]].
** Before that, Juvia's HeroicBSOD as she blankly stared at [[spoiler: Gray's]] body with tears in her eyes...who knows what would have happened if [[spoiler: Ultear hadn't hit the magic ResetButton.]]
** Also Lyon's frantic screaming for Chelia to come and heal [[spoiler: Gray]], trailing off when he talks about the last blow to hit, which he knows has to be fatal. You can see practically hear the desperation in the calls only to see the devastation in Lyon's face as he says [[spoiler: Gray is...They hit his head]].
* Chapter 337: Before leaving [[spoiler: due to the destruction of the Eclipse Gate]], Future!Rogue gives Natsu some parting words and a warning for his present self: [[spoiler: Protect Frosch because she will be killed in a year's time. Not died, but ''killed''. Worse is that Rogue never was able to specify the culprit]].
** Have you forgotten what's shown after that: [[spoiler: Future!Lucy reuniting with her other friends in heaven.]]
* Chapter 339: As it turns out, [[spoiler: Ultear didn't die from the spell, but instead aged rapidly, leaving her with literally only a short time to live. Meaning that while her actions saved countless lives and she knows it, she can't go back to her friends since her magic is useless now. With this in mind, she bids Jellal and Meredy a final farewell]].
** [[spoiler: Gray recognizes the elderly Ultear and realizes the sacrifice that she made for him]].
* Chapter 341: Directly following the Grand Magic Games, when Lucy and the girls are in full furo scene at the newly-restored Fairy Tail hall, a repentant Flare Corona appears and tells Lucy how sorry she was for what she did to her during their match. Flare mentions that she left Raven Tail and has nowhere to go, but wanted to make amends before she leaves town. Cue a heartwarming scene of Lucy, Wendy, Lisanna, Mirajane, and Levy (who are all naked, btw) all hugging Flare and telling her that she's forgiven and is welcome at Fairy Tail.
** The Sun Village Arc expands on Flare's background, showing how she grew up in the village of giants who treated her as one of their own. When Flare returns to the village to find it and all the giants completely frozen, she tearfully begs Lucy for her help because everything and everyone she knew is encased in near-unmeltable ice. During the arc's resolution, the giants explain that although the orphaned Flare was human and tiny compared to them, they accepted her and when she came of age, wanted her to travel the world and meet other people like her. Unfortunately, she met with Ivan and Raven Tail and was taught that only strength matters, which drove her to be twisted and sadistic. Cue another big heartwarming hug from Lucy and Wendy at the end!
* Chapter 356: [[spoiler: Tartaros attacks the council and massacres everybody except Doranbolt. The tearjerker comes when you remember that Doranbolt's dream was to see Lahar make it to the top of the council someday. All of the hope he had for that dream goes down crashing in one fell swoop when Lahar makes it into the list of casualties.]]
* Chapter 358: Even after Laxus performs an awesome act that nearly kills him to save everyone [[spoiler:over a hundred people are still killed by Tempesta's poisonous mist and the village was rendered completely uninhabitable.]] When Fried feebly asks Makarov if everyone was saved, Makarov [[BlatantLies says yes.]]
** And at the end of the chapter, Natsu declares war. Everyone else in the guild is emotionally drained/broken by the attack, and Natsu is the only one currently willing to do anything. It's oddly heartbreaking to see characters like Gajeel so utterly apathetic.
* Chapter 362: A minor one occurs when [[spoiler: Natsu, Lucy, Wendy and Carla believe Happy performed a HeroicSacrifice to stop Jackal's TakingYouWithMe. Carla in particular is starting to cry. Though MoodWhiplash sets in when Happy is shown to have survived with only his fur messed up into an afro.]]
* Chapter 363: Elfman is ForcedToWatch as [[spoiler: his body is manipulated into strangling Lisanna. The poor man already had to shoulder the guilt of thinking that he killed Lisanna for years and now he may have to do so for real this time.]]
** Good news and bad news: [[spoiler:Good news is, Lisanna is alive. Bad news is, to save her life, Elfman had to make a DealWithTheDevil with Seilah. His BigBrotherInstinct and Lisanna's previous 'death' caused him to literally sell his soul to save her life. He [[ThickerThanWater loved his little sister enough]] to undergo DemonicPossession and is rampaging through Fairy Tail now because of it.]]
** It's worse than that. [[spoiler:Elfman is being forced to implant a lacrima bomb ''500'' times more powerful than [[WaveMotionGun Jupiter Cannon]] to instantly vaporize Fairy Tail]]. The kicker? [[spoiler:He's kept fully aware of what he is doing, but because of Seliah's magic he is unable to stop it]].
* Chapter 368-369: [[spoiler:Though it turned out to be an illusion, Meredy's reaction to Zero killing Jellal. She'd already lost her other guildmate/foster mother with no word of her actual fate; seeing her remaining comrade ''blown to bits'' visibly traumatized her]].
* Chapter 381: [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer The Strauss siblings' backstory]]. Not only were they orphaned, they were chased away from their village by a [[TorchesAndPitchforks mob of people]] who feared Mirajane's [[DarkIsNotEvil Demon Take-Over]], ''[[UngratefulBastard even after she'd used the Take-Over to protect those villagers]]''. Mirajane was even cursed at and had rocks thrown at her head. Young Mirajane [[IJustWantToBeNormal resented her Take-Over]] so much after that, a while after she'd joined Fairy Tail, she actually tried to leave, thinking she'd only bring them misfortune. No wonder Mirajane and Elfman are so protective over their family.
* Chapter 384: Lucy [[spoiler:breaking the Key of Aquarius to summon the Spirit King]]. Twisting the knife even further, the fact that it works proves that deep down [[spoiler:Aquarius]] and Lucy really loved each other. And now, barring another miracle, they will never see each other again.
** What hurts is the flashback. [[spoiler: Little Lucy sees Aquarius for the first time screaming, "A mermaid! A mermaid!" and looking so excited to have a partner in the Celestial Spirit.]]
* TheReveal in Chapter 390 has a bit of FridgeHorror in it that doubles as what can arguably be called one of the biggest {{tearjerker}}s yet in Fairy Tail. [[spoiler:Silver of Tartarus is none other than Deliora, the massive EldritchAbomination of a demon that carved a path of destruction through the north, killing Gray's parents and causing Ur to use [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Iced Shell]] to seal it. Deliora then possessed Gray's father, Silver Fullbuster, with the help of Tartarus, meaning the demon responsible for just about everything bad in Gray's life is NotQuiteDead, and turns Ur's use of Iced Shell into a textbook SenselessSacrifice. That's right: Gray's beloved teacher and Ultear's mother '''[[ShootTheShaggyDog died for nothing]].''']] No wonder Gray flew into an UnstoppableRage.
** [[spoiler:Deliora joy-riding in Silver Fullbuster's corpse]] has to be sad and horrifying for Gray on so many levels.
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