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[[caption-width-right:310: [- "YouAreNotAlone, [[AntiVillain King Dedede...]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and you'll never be.]]" -] ]]

For ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' moments, see [[TearJerker/KirbyTripleDeluxe here]]. For the anime moments, see [[TearJerker/KirbyRightBackAtYa here]].
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* The Bad Ending music from ''Kirby's Block Ball''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl4LUJrPXaQ Listen to it, I dare you.]]
* ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'' has a Sad Ending if you did not collect all the Rainbow Drops. Although Kirby succeeds in defeating King Dedede,[[spoiler: there is no indication that [[GreaterScopeVillain Dark Matter]] has left the possessed Dedede, nor is he able to form the [[EleventhHourSuperPower Rainbow Sword]] without all the Rainbow Drops. With that, Parasol Kirby and his friends are shown [[GreyRainOfDepression walking back in the rain]] with very downbeat music playing throughout, ending with Kine looking to the sky and sensing that something is not right]].
* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' -- in ''Revenge Of Meta Knight'', after the heavily-damaged [[AirborneAircraftCarrier Halberd]] begins to crash and the [[DirtyCoward former]] [[SmugSnake captain]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere abandons ship]], Meta Knight tells the rest to leave for their own sake. But they refuse, saying they will try to [[NeverSayDie finish off]] Kirby and then [[TrueCompanions all escape together afterward]]. In the non-Japanese SNES version, Meta Knight thinks about it and agrees, [[UndyingLoyalty thanking them for their loyalty]].
-->'''Meta Knight:''' Hmm... it's dangerous, but it's worth a try. Thank you, guys.
** In the Japanese version and the DS/Virtual Console localization, however:
-->'''Meta Knight:''' ...you are all about to perish. Do as you please.
-->'''Meta Knight:''' [[AFatherToHisMen (...I'm sorry.)]]
** The ending to ''Revenge of the King'' in ''Ultra'' was an AlasPoorVillain moment for King Dedede. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Even after losing to Kirby, the Waddle Dees followed him. Dedede was still their king.]]
** Not to mention... [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome the awesomely]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v29q0zFFDnI&feature=related somber rendition of Dedede's theme playing in the background]].
** While playing throughout the mode, King Dedede even spares Bandana Dee's life, regardless of his own intentions, the dialogue says it all.
-->'''King Dedede:''' (...we're done for... only one option...) ...O-Ok then. I guess it's your turn.
-->'''Bandana Dee:''' B-but, Great King, I can't do it alone!
-->'''King Dedede:''' ...fine, you can go. You've been spared.
-->'''Bandana Dee:''' Don't go, King!
-->'''King Dedede:''' (...I'm sorry.)
** Despite this fact, Bandana Dee [[JokeBoss still chooses to battle Kirby.]] Sure, he's super easy, but it's a sure sign of loyalty.
** In Meta Knightmare Ultra, it's pretty hard to get a game over with him because of his strength and healing abilities, but if you do... he's got his back to you, the player. If you select "Quit", he doesn't even move as the hand lifts him and places him on the Moon, and he gives off this aura of shame and anger, that he was too weak. It's pretty guilt-inducing, especially if you're a MK fan.
* In ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'', your FairyCompanion, Ribbon, [[{{Understatement}} ends up going through a lot]]; she loses her home planet of Ripple Star to Dark Matter, who also ends up destroying the very MacGuffin that can defeat them. When she wakes up, all she sees for a brief moment is a single small Crystal Shard, with the remaining ones scattered across the galaxy. Until Kirby offers to help, as far as Ribbon was concerned, she'd most likely failed.
** This hits hardest as the group is finally about to head to Ripple Star; the entire place is engulfed in Dark Matter, which [[BreakTheCutie sends Ribbon to the brink of crying]]. Sure, it's immediately followed by a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]], but that doesn't change the fact that she saw her entire planet in such a sorry state. [[TheWoobie Poor girl...]]
* The ending of ''VideoGame/KirbyAndTheAmazingMirror''. It's a HappyEnding, as in all the other Kirby games, since the BigBad Dark Mind has been defeated and the four Kirbys go home, but the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl9f3TPJ4s0 music...]]''
** It's much more melancholic than anything. Sure we could say it's showing the sadness that the adventure is over, but... [[FridgeHorror it isn't really over... is it?]] [[spoiler:It's not, as elements from this game return in ''Triple Deluxe'' and ''Team Kirby Clash Deluxe''. It goes to show that there really ''is'' a buried story, here.]]
* ''VideoGame/KirbyMassAttack'':
** The GameOver screen. Whilst the other Game Over screens in the series tend to be relatively tame, showing Kirby still alive and with a relatively upbeat ''"come on, just one more try!"'' feel to them, [[http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/pIi7efaJJGc/hqdefault.jpg this one]] pulls no punches. [[TotalPartyKill After all your Kirbies die]], the heroic heart fades away -- and it cuts to a scene of one lone deceased Kirby (complete with [[WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath angel wings]] and [[UndeathlyPallor his usual bright colours faded to a dull grey]]) in a dark void, floating motionlessly in a column of light with very [[SimpleScoreOfSadness forlorn, mournful]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kme8fdAX7Vg music]] playing. With the general light-hearted, positive tone of the other Game Over screens in the series, it's quite the PlayerPunch to see Kirby's broken and lifeless form just floating there, [[ItsAWonderfulFailure really driving in the sense that you've failed]].
*** Worst part is, since this game is centered around death, it's an [[FridgeHorror implication]] that you've [[PlayerPunch well and truly]] killed Kirby off [[KilledOffForReal for good]].
** A meta example: [[EndOfAnEra this is the final Kirby game to use sprites]]. Not that 3D models are new or anything (''Kirby 64'' was released about a decade before this game), but some may miss the nostalgic feeling of pixels when playing future games.
* ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'' - Landia's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3ZHgU86eNw&feature=related battle theme]] already gives off the vibe of a battle [[spoiler: that shouldn't happen]], but just try to listen to it without context.
** It's even worse when you're fighting Metal General EX. As he busts out [[spoiler:HR-D3's second form]], this music plays. Metal General's job is to protect Egg Engines. This song gives a vibe that says he knows he'll eventually fall to Kirby, but he desperately won't give up until one of them goes down. And Kirby just won't die.
* ''VideoGame/KirbyAndTheRainbowCurse'' has a quick but powerful one. After defeating Claycia, she falls to the floor, and as Kirby moves in to take a closer look, Elline appears and [[PleaseWakeUp cries over her body]]. [[spoiler:Claycia wakes up a few seconds later.]]
** Kirby doesn't look particularly happy when he finds his beloved apple has been drained of all its color in its opening.
* ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot''
** The ending. After defeating the FinalBoss for good [[spoiler:by [[ThisIsADrill drilling through it]] with his Robobot Armor, Kirby is unconscious and his own mech moves its arm to grab Kirby and throw him back to Pop Star, while it floats aimlessly in space and [[TearsFromAStone sheds tears]]. It sacrificed itself for the safety of its driver.]]
** [[RetGone What ends up happening]] to [[spoiler:President Haltmann]] doubles up as both this and NightmareFuel:
*** [[spoiler:After reactivating the ancient supercomputer and [[PhysicalGod Galactic NOVA]] Star Dream, he wishes for it to resurrect his daughter Susie, who died in an accident many years ago.]] Although it apparently [[spoiler:[[CameBackWrong brought her back to some extent]]]], he's not aware of it, and [[TragicVillain he's ultimately driven mad by his own grief and loneliness]], from then on only focusing on the prosperity of his company and his machines.
*** After he does reveal [[spoiler:Star Dream]] to Kirby and is about to activate it himself, [[spoiler:[[TheStarscream Susie]] betrays him by stealing the helmet he uses to control it -- causing him to be assimilated into the supercomputer, which takes his other wish for eternal prosperity of his machinery and company [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor as a command to erase all organic life in the Universe]]. Then, Star Dream Soul OS eventually proceeds to [[DeaderThanDead completely erase him from existence]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness after it's done hijacking his consciousness]]. There's literally ''nothing'' left of him.]] It's particularly exemplified by the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpLdQcwtjac tragic, hopeless-sounding boss music]], and [[spoiler:his last monologue]] in the FlavorText screen for the final boss, when he's fully aware of what's going on.
-->'''[[spoiler:Haltmann]]''': [[spoiler:Why did I reactivate such a terrible machine? Oh, I remember... I wanted to see her just one last time.]] How foolish! [[AlasPoorVillain I should have known]] that [[spoiler:no machine could make such a dream come true]].
** Perhaps the worst part? [[spoiler: The problem wasn't with Susie. She wasn't dead, merely trapped in Another Dimension. Star Dream may have had limited capability to recreate life, but it can teleport things just fine. The problem was that Haltmann had tried wishing on Star Dream so much that ''his own memories'' were being wiped out, to the point where when she actually does return, he doesn't even remember having a daughter.]]
** It gets a lot worse when you battle [[spoiler: Star Dream Soul OS in the True Arena. If you listen closely when each of the pillars holding its "heart" is destroyed, you can hear Haltmann wail in pain. Not only is he fully aware of what is happening, [[FateWorseThanDeath but he feels the pain the Mother Computer is feeling.]] And at this point, he has no control of dodging or blocking the shots fired, so he just has to sit there and die painfully, as part of Star Dream's Operating System.]]
** Alternatively, [[spoiler:Star Dream]]'s fate is tragic since [[ShaggyDogStory it was all for nothing.]] [[spoiler:Upon gaining Haltmann's soul, it becomes sentient and tries to [[OmnicidalManiac accomplish its goal]] in the way that [[LiteralGenie its system can understand.]] Once it inhales Kirby during its [[TrueFinalBoss Soul OS]] fight, it eventually loses its new-found sentience and regresses back into a mindless killing machine.]]
* The ending image from ''Team Kirby Clash Deluxe''. [[spoiler:While Bandana Dee, Magolor and the Kirbys are happily waving to the player, Taranza is sadly looking at and holding a flower from the Dreamstalk in his hand -- almost like he's contemplating how nice it would have been if things were different between himself and Queen Sectonia.]]
* ''VideoGame/KirbyStarAllies''
** If you play The Ultimate Choice in Soul Melter difficulty, go read the FlavorText for [[spoiler:Void Termina's 2nd phase and then Void Soul. The former says that the darkness that Hyness gathered conflicts with Void Termina's newly forged soul, while the latter says that Void Soul can potentially be reborn as a friend. So it's likely that while Void Termina has always been a chaotic, destructive being, it's not always an evil one - but Hyness is (currently) forcing him to be one. It at least helps that Kirby understands the friend potential... but whenever he throws a Friend Heart at Void Termina's core (or Void Soul), it'll take damage instead. There are many ways this can be interpreted, but it likely isn't pretty]].
** The way the three Jambastion Mages, Francisca, Flamberge and Zan Partizanne are treated by their [[BadBoss boss]] can ''really'' [[AlasPoorVillain make you feel sorry for them.]] [[spoiler:[[BigBad Hyness]] is shown kicking Zan out of the way after she begs for help, on-screen with utter coldness. Later in his own fight, Hyness absorbs their life energy and [[GrievousHarmWithABody uses their bodies as clubs]] and a [[HumanShield shield]]. Then after Kirby beats him, he [[HumanSacrifice throws their unconscious bodies to power up the Jamba Heart.]] And yet, in spite of everything, [[UndyingLoyalty all three are completely loyal to him.]] The only arguable consolation is that you do at least last see them alive when you free them from Void Termina's core, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse but what happens to them afterward besides that remains a mystery.]]]]
*** Adding onto this is the Ultimate Choice contains the "Song of Supplication" hidden in the last few boss' pause info which makes the Jambastion Mages even more pitiable.
--> '''VS Fransisca:''' [[spoiler:In spite of all, cold as ice! In spite of all, hard as stone! in spite of all, hear our plea! In spite of all, all alone! In spite of all, we reconcile! In spite of all, we pass the trial! In spite of all, hear us three! We beg of thee! We beg of thee!]]
--> '''VS Flamberge:''' [[spoiler:In spite of all, we sing to you! Please hear our plea and help us too! In spite of all, sadness rose! In spite of all, yearning grows! We call to you! We dream of you! In spite of all, this is true!]]
-->'''VS Zan Partizanne:''' [[spoiler:In spite of all, cold as ice! In spite of all, hard as stone! In spite of all, it would seem... In spite of all, we're but a dream. Hear our plea, you must! (You Must!) Please return our hearts to us!]]
** Fransisca and Flamberge's rematch pause screens focus on how much they miss the other.

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