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[[caption-width-right:341:You know you have a sad anime when the eponymous character is crying in the first few seconds of the opening.]]

With a MagicalGirl cast [[spoiler:in a CosmicHorrorStory]] it is no surprise that ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' would have {{Tear Jerker}}s.
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[[folder:General]]
* The despair to which all of the girls die or are [[spoiler: turned into witches.]]
** Mami is killed the moments after she is finally told that she will always have a friend and that her lonely existence will end.
** Sayaka's grief in being able to heal the person she loves but in return finds herself unlovable and unnoticed (in comparison to Hitomi who was already getting love letters and Madoka who is purported to have more talent as a magical girl than Sayaka ever will) and dies together at with Kyouko, who lost her family in attempting to be selfless and became single-mindedly selfish as a result.
** Homura, whose actions in attempting to save and protect Madoka have protected no one at all, culminating in her ultimate despair.
* [[spoiler: Madoka's witch to be heartbreaking as well. Kriemhild Gretchen, the witch of ''salvation'' whose nature is ''mercy.'' "The only way to defeat this witch is to make the world free of misfortune. If there's no grief in this world, she will believe this world is already a heaven." Oh ''Madoka''...]]
* It's bad (and horrifying) enough that ''[[spoiler:[[WorldWarII Anne Frank]]]]'' was a ''Puella Magi''. The theories that the Witch Uhrmann may have been a ''[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman dog]]'' used in an Incubator experiment who just wanted love from humans [[HumansAreCthulhu and couldn't understand why people (and Incubators) did so many terrible things to her]] take this show's tear ([[NightmareFuel and fear]]) quotient [[SerialEscalation continually higher]] ([[FridgeHorror and makes you wonder about Urobuchi's mental landscape]]).
** Another speculation on Uhrmann's identity is worse. [[spoiler: Some think she was a magical who witched out because a dog was receiving more attention than her, and chose the form of a dog to try and attract attention.]]
* [[spoiler:Madoka's sacrifice]] was undoubtedly her defining moment and CrowningMomentOfAwesome but the fact that she was also partly motivated by her [[HeroicSelfDeprecation lack of self-worth]] is hugely depressing. How Kyubey [[BreakTheCutie picks at her insecurities]] to turn this into near-self-''[[DespairEventHorizon hatred]]'' [[spoiler:(and in most timelines, the Witch that destroys the world)]] not only makes you want to [[TheWoobie give her a hug]], but makes you come away from the show thinking dammit, ''[[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre no one deserves]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass to feel that worthless]]''.[[note]] Since most Witches were created out of despair born of cruelty, [[LoveHurts rejection in romance]], obliviousness, and just plain ol' sociopathy, there's a good reason ''Madoka'' is called ''{{Evangelion}}''s SpiritualSuccessor: both shows invoke the [[AnAesop Aesop]] of [[TheGoldenRule treating others the way you want to be treated]], not taking advantage of others like Kyubey and Gendo, and always trying to take time to consider others' feelings and human worthiness. Madoka and Shinji inhabit universes severely lacking in empathy; pray that ours doesn't go the same way. [[/note]]
* The show's possible message is that if something's too good to be true, it probably is; even if you only want to selflessly help someone (or humanity in general). Also the FamilyUnfriendlyAesop that helping others may only hurt you, and that idealistic belief in ThePowerOfLove, ThePowerOfFriendship most certainly ''will''. [[note]] It should be mentioned that even Urobuchi does not think happy endings are impossible. As the show itself demonstrates, idealism can work, but it takes tremendous effort, and sacrifices will be made. [[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers Someone who is genuine in their belief in the worth of all life can weather the despair that is thrown at them.]] [[/note]]
* See this [[http://blamethelag.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/jawsome-japanimation-top-ten-saddest-moments-in-madoka-magica/ top 10 list of saddest moments in Madoka Magica]]
* Homura's magical girl career is a tearjerker itself as [[spoiler:[[FailureIsTheOnlyOption she tries so hard to save to save Madoka from the fate of being magical girls, only to fail and be forced to repeat the circumstances that led them to their demise]], thus turning her into the aloof, stoic girl that we know. Her expressions alone when she tries to keep her cool, stoic nature while deep inside she's actually crying and pleading Madoka to not make the contract for her own good. How her warnings always are ignored by the others, leading to another failed attempt to save them. She sums up her plight with the phrase "Dedication has no reward."]]
** Not helping is the FridgeHorror of seeing her confrontations with Mami in the earlier episodes. Mami used to be [[spoiler:the senior she looked up to, just like she is with Madoka]].
* Like most things in this show, equal parts heartwarming and tearjerking is: [[spoiler: Ultimate Madoka's existence, in light of Madoka using Sayaka's grief seed to save Homura, and then begging her to go back and prevent Madoka from becoming a magical girl. When Madoka finally does make the contract she says that if someone tells her it's wrong to have hope, she'll tell them they're wrong every time, but we know that she's only able to say that because Homura erased the timeline where Madoka regretted ever making her wish and becoming a magical girl in the first place, and fell to despair. It wasn't what she wanted, but Homura ''really did save her''.]]
* Everything gets worse when you realize that the main characters in this series are ''middle schoolers.''
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[[folder:Episode 3]]
* [[spoiler:Mami's death]], as well as any mention of it in the subsequent episodes. Madoka crying the next morning during breakfast because she's so lucky to be alive is particularly heartwrenching.
* [[spoiler: Mami's advice to Madoka before she fought Charlotte and died]] got her, as it was seen as [[spoiler: Mami's last words and wishes to Madoka before her heartwrenching death]].
* [[spoiler: Her final thoughts make her death even more heart wrenching. As she fought her way to Charlotte, she was very happy now that she did not have to fight alone and thus finally ending her long solitary fight against witches. Sadly, it was not meant to be.]]
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[[folder:Episode 4]]
* The scene with Kyosuke and Sayaka in Episode 4 really heartwrenching. We learn how bitter poor Kyosuke is for no longer being able to do something that meant the world to him, and our hearts go out to Sayaka as she desperately tries to console him. The scene ''really'' punches you in the gut when you find out what happens to Sayaka later in the series.
* After [[spoiler: Mami's death]], Madoka swears that she'll never forget her (since Magical Girls don't leave a body if they die in the witch's barrier, and [[spoiler: Mami]] had nobody to remember her by). That by itself is depressing, but the exchange after that is even ''[[HarsherInHindsight harsher]]'' in retrospect:
---->'''Homura:''' "Those words must make [[spoiler: Mami Tomoe]] very happy. ...I'm jealous."
---->'''Madoka:''' "I won't forget you, either, Homura! I'll never forget how you saved us that day!"
** It's also HeartwarmingInHindsight: [[spoiler:this time, Homura won't have to reset the GroundhogDayLoop.]]
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[[folder:Episode 6]]
* When Madoka and her mother talk into the night and her mother asked her to grow up faster so they can drink alcohol together... *sniff* It becomes even ''[[HarsherInHindsight sadder]]'' when you consider what happened in the final episode. *sob* [[spoiler:They will ''never'' get to drink together...]]
** Scenes with Madoka and her family become tearjerkers when you watch the end and [[spoiler: you realize just what she was giving up when she made her wish to erase every witch from the past, present and future, and [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascend to a higher plane of existence]] at the cost of retconning her from existence.]] In this CrapsackWorld these are the only times we ever see a parent-child interaction since the rest of the girls' parents are either dead or missing: Mami's and Kyouko's parents are dead [[spoiler: in Kyouko's case, her father went crazy and killed the rest of the family before committing suicide]], Sayaka's are never shown [[spoiler: until her funeral in Episode 11]] and Homura is implied to be an orphan as no mention of her parents is ever made.
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[[folder:Episode 7]]
* Episode 7, beginning with [[spoiler:Sayaka in the bed, holding her soul.]] She is so broken here.
--> '''Sayaka:''' "I'll never be able to hold him with these arms, or kiss him with these lips..."
* It's one thing to [[LoveHurts lose the one you love to someone else]] and quite another to believe you ''can't'' have him/her anymore because something's happened to you that you fear would {{Squick}} that person out, hence you feel "unlovable". Disabled and disfigured people can relate easily.
* Kyoko's backstory. Her father was so disgusted/scared of her for being a magical girl, that he killed his entire family. He didn't kill her - because she wasn't family.
** Or, Kyoko did get killed. Then she woke up from her healing factor with everyone dead around her.
** The worst thing about this is, elaborated on in the PSP game, that the reason Kyouko's father went insane is not because Kyouko became a Magical Girl, it's because ''he'' now has a CompellingVoice and is horrified by the implications of it.
* The way Kyoko reacts when Sayaka throws away an apple. The way she tears into that apple when she gets upset. The way she reacts when Sayaka asked where she got the apples. You can tell she was deeply scarred from the time when her family was starving.
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[[folder:Episode 8]]
* The bit where Sayaka claims that Homura doesn't give a damn what happens to her, only Madoka...and Homura confirms it.
* After Sayaka contracts and [[spoiler:she's hit with misery absolutely equal to the happiness that Kyosuke will have thanks to her wish]]. This is what ultimately [[spoiler:leads her to become a Witch]].
-->''[[DespairEventHorizon "I've been such a fool..."]]''
** Aforementioned quotation, along with [[spoiler: a tear dropping into her soul gem, breaking it and turning into a grief seed, was too poignant, even when you were expecting it.]]
** Creator/EriKitamura, Sayaka's voice actress, said in an interview that she and {{Aoi Yuki}} (Madoka's voice actress) sobbed during the episode's recording.
** At the beginning of the episode, Madoka tries to convince Sayaka to stop fighting recklessly, resulting in the latter snapping at her for claiming to sympathize with her while doing nothing and tells her to become a MagicalGirl if she really wants to understand what she's going through before storming off. This scene is tragic for a couple of reasons: 1) Up to then, Sayaka had been adamant about Madoka not contracting which shows just how much the stress of being a MagicalGirl has gotten to her. 2) Madoka's HeroicSelfDeprecation worsens as a result of this because her best friend told her she's useless. [[spoiler: 3) This is the last meeting between Madoka and Sayaka before she turns into a witch so there is no reconciliation.]]
* Homura's absolutely ''heartbreaking'' breakdown after she [[spoiler: saves Madoka from [[DealWithTheDevil making a contract with Kyubey]]. "Why... Why must you always sacrifice yourself?"]]
** Even worse, Madoka runs away during her breakdown. It's partly because she wants to find Sayaka and partly because she is ''freaked out'' by Homura's words and how they're coming from TheStoic of the cast. This leads to Homura ''begging'' for Madoka to come back.
** HarsherInHindsight (see Episode 10 below). [[spoiler:"''Always''". Homura has already seen Madoka die at least four times; no matter how hard she tries to change Madoka's mind again and again it always ends the same way. The word Kyubey and Homura use is... countless.]]
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[[folder:Episode 9]]
* Kyoko desperately tearing into her food, as if everything will be alright if only she eats enough. There was a time in her life when everything being all right depended on her eating enough. She eats more in this one episode than she does in the entire series.
* Kyoko used to believe in stories about courage and love triumphing against all odds. Somewhere along the line, she forgot about them.
* [[spoiler:Madoka's reaction to Sayaka's death, leaning over the body and crying into her chest.]]
* Kyouko desperately [[spoiler: trying to preserve/revive Sayaka before Kyubey plants the idea of resurrection in her head.]]
* [[spoiler: We see Madoka trying desperately to reach out to Oktavia von Seckendorff by reminding her of the ideals she once had only for her to be rewarded by her former friend attempting to crush her in turn. This is more jarring when you remember her first act as a MagicalGirl was saving Madoka from a witch herself.]]
* [[spoiler: Kyouko's HeroicSacrifice[=/=]MercyKill on Oktavia von Seckendorff, saying she understands how horrible it is to be alone, and she won't let Sayaka die that way.]]
* [[spoiler: Kyouko's thoughts as she's falling: "Please {{God}}...if this is how my life ends, show me a happy dream for once." *sniff* This is the first time in a long time that Kyouko's cared about anyone other than herself. The last time she did a selfless deed was to sign her life away as a Puella Magi in exchange for granting her father followers; it resulted in PaterFamilicide. Now that her attempt to change Sayaka back to normal has failed, she's dealing with the fact that she brought Madoka to a death trap and someone is going to die because of her again. The music makes it more depressing.]]
* [[spoiler:Looking at [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/And_I%27m_Home the translated lyrics]] for Sayaka and Kyouko's duet (which is the special ending theme for this episode in the DVD version) will make you cry all over again.]]
* The image shown at the end of the episode while the song plays is devastating too. They are both submerged underwater. Sayaka, unconscious, is drowning and Kyouko holds her hand and looks at her with a faint smile. They're going down together. [[spoiler: It perfectly captures the events of the episode.]]
* [[spoiler: Oktavia's barrier is a cavalcade of meaningful tearjerkers. An armoured mermaid with physical armour where she had no emotional ones. The posters crying out for someone to notice her. Kyousuke hidden underneath the opulent front of the concert all to do with her, standing in a corner with his violin but never playing it the way she wants him to--for her.]]
* Kyouko's surname is Sakura, or Cherry Blossom. Aside from the red motif there was a small piloted missle employed by the Japanese during WW2 nicknamed Cherry Blossoms that were used for Kamikaze attacks against American battleships. [[spoiler: considering how Kyouko went out there's an odd parallel.]]
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[[folder:Episode 10]]
* [[spoiler: We see Homura constantly trying to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong to save her friends from Kyubey and Walpurgisnacht, but fail every time so far. In most of these timelines, all of them die before her eyes. In the third timeline, not only does Sayaka become a witch and die, but Mami [[GoMadFromTheRevelation cracks and kills Kyouko by shooting her Soul Gem off because she's unable to handle how they'll become witches sooner or later...]]. Madoka has to shoot HER so she doesn't kill Homura. Then, not only do she and Homura fail to stop Walpurgisnacht without horribly corrupting their Soul Gems in the process, but she uses her last Grief Seed [[HeroicSacrifice to drain the darkness from Homura's Soul Gem]] and asks for a MercyKill before she turns into a witch. The sound Homura makes before shooting her best friend to death is utterly heartbreaking.]]
* The fact that Homura, in one of the earlier episodes, mentions that she's seen countless magical girls die. With episode 10's [[spoiler: [[GroundhogDayLoop endless]] [[HaruhiSuzumiya recursion of time]] coming to light, we can see from the separate timelines that]] the only magical girls that Homura comes into contact with are the one's we personally know: Madoka, Sayaka, Mami, and Kyouko. [[spoiler: Based on the timelines shown to us, we have a death count of 9]]. [[spoiler: On top of failing to save Madoka and consistently witnessing the deaths of her friends, ''just how many times'' did Homura travel back in time in order to bring these four girls to death? WordOfGod is "approaching 100".]]
* [[spoiler: If you look at the clues it seems the Grief Seed she uses to save Homura was Sayaka's. Madoka carried it around with her all that time rather than use it.]]
* [[spoiler: In the original timeline, Mami shows up, complete with CrowningMusicOfAwesome, JustInTime to save Homura from the witch who was trying to lure her to suicide. Knowing exactly what happened to Mami back in Episode 3 turns this from a triumphant entry to an absolutely gut wrenching one. Seeing Madoka and Homura grieving over Mami's lifeless body just some minutes later... *sniff*]]
* [[spoiler: Seeing Homura before any of the events of the show took place, you can quickly piece together that the episode is going to be about how she is broken into the way she is in the present. You know it's going to be sad but it's hard to be prepared.]]
* [[spoiler: After seeing everything she's gone through trying to protect Madoka, it's absolutely gut-wrenching to think of what she must be feeling when the girls that she was best friends with in previous timelines reject her advice...]]
* Episode 10 makes the [[SoundtrackDissonance peppy opening theme, 'Connect']] a tearjerker...simply by using it as the ending instead. [[spoiler:Take a look at the lyrics, and you realize that the song is all about Homura and her resolve to finally save Madoka after all the failed recursions.]]
* A retroactive Tear Jerker. [[spoiler:Notice that when they rescue Homura, Madoka and Mami appear to be working together as a team]]. Remember their conversation in Episode 3? [[spoiler:Where Madoka promised to become a Magical Girl and fight by Mami's side, right before the latter died?]]
* The moment when [[spoiler:Homura's [[AdrenalineMakeover changes start.]] From TaremeEyes to TsurimeEyes, [[TheGlassesGottaGo fixing her eyes,]] [[ShakingHerHairLoose undoing her braids...]] Those scenes give impression that, yes, [[FanNickname Moe]][[{{Adorkable}} mura]] is ''[[ThatManIsDead dead]]''.]]
* Madoka [[spoiler:in the third timeline. After she loses Sayaka, itself too much for her to take, she then sees Mami freak out, kill Kyoko and ready to kill Homura. This forces her to shoot her dead. All this after learning the AwfulTruth about magical girls. Yikes!]]
-->'''Madoka:''' [[spoiler:I don't want this! I can't take it anymore!]]
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[[folder:Episode 11]]
* Near the end of the episode... [[spoiler: Homura laments her inability to defeat Walpurgis Night. Lying in defeat she prepares to turn back time again... only to stop after remembering what Kyubey told her. Each time she goes back, she only makes things worse by making Madoka stronger, and thus her Witch. Kyubey has finally broken her by revealing that in attempting to protect Madoka, she has been ruining her. She can't stop because doing so would mean accepting that there is no hope, but if she goes on, she intensifies Madoka's descent and the destruction of the world. In the end, she loses hope...]] The music that plays during the scene takes this from a tearjerker all the way up to ''heart wrenching.''
* [[spoiler:Sayaka's funeral. Though sad it's not so much the funeral itself as it is the reality behind it.]] [[spoiler:It shows us for sure that yes, Sayaka is dead.]] [[spoiler: Consider also that funerals for {{Magical Girl}}s are rare events since they don't leave a body when they die in the witch's barrier or that their bodies are never recovered when they become witches. Both Mami and Kyouko are dead too, but only Madoka and Homura are aware of it and so neither gets a send off. Sayaka only managed to get one due to Kyouko carrying her body out of the barrier after she became a witch.]]
* The conversation between Madoka's mother and teacher in this episode, combined with the conversation between Madoka and her mother in episode 6. It really hits home how unfair it is that the characters have to suffer so much, when they're still children. These are not the stakes they should be playing with.
* Homura confessing to Madoka that [[spoiler: she's lived this last month over and over again trying to save her, but has failed every time. She sobs and hugs Madoka, saying she knows none of this makes any sense since, from Madoka's perspective, Homura is a stranger]]. Creator/ChiwaSaito (Homura's voice actress) confesses in the audio commentary that doing this scene made her cry.
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[[folder:Episode 12]]
* [[spoiler:You are all but guaranteed to cry when you see Madoka giving her heartfelt goodbye to Homura before she ceases existing on the physical level.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Madoka:''' "Goodbye, Homura... [[TitleDrop My best friend]]."]]
* The fact that [[spoiler:Tatsuya and Homura are the only people who remember Madoka, not her other friends or parents, and that Homura is the only one who knows of her sacrifice and grieved for her]]. It's even worse if you stop to think about it for a while. [[spoiler: Madoka made the biggest sacrifice in history. Because of her every magical girl who ever existed will be allowed a peaceful death, but in order to obtain that she must fight her own witch for all of eternity. Despite all of the pain she had to suffer in order to make that wish and all of the pain she has to go through to uphold it no one will ever know about what she did. Only Homura and her brother, who will forget it when he grows up, can remember her and Homura is the only one who knows of the sacrifice she made. Homura must now live AloneInACrowd. To add insult to injury, we are shown Mami and Kyoko's confusion at Homura crying over some girl named Madoka. They will never know what Madoka did for them or remember the friendship they all once shared.]] That is the saddest thing of all.
* [[TheScrappy Even if you hate Hitomi]] you have to admit [[spoiler: it's sad how she lost her two best friends; one who she can't remember and never will, and another who died fighting in order to keep the city safe. She's the only one of the original trio who survived the series. She's all alone now and she will never know why that is.]]
** Look at [[http://fuzzleyan.tumblr.com/post/34863834304/madokas-childhood-now-imagine-every-single-one these pictures.]] [[spoiler: [[RetGone It never happened and it never will.]] Madoka never existed so those photos were never taken. Her room isn't being used, everything she ever owned was never bought in the first place, her parents probably don't ''know'' who Hitomi and Sayaka are, Madoka never played with her little brother after he was born, and that last photo of Madoka simply walking hand-in-hand with her parents was never taken.]] [[HarsherInHindsight What was once heartwarming has now been turned into a tearjerker about]] [[spoiler: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen what could have been.]]]]
** Just...[[spoiler: Junko asking Homura who Madoka is ("Is she an anime character or something?") after she recognizes Tatsuya's drawing of her. ''That'' was the moment that completely broke this troper's heart and brought her to tears. It was shown all series that Madoka just had ''such a great relationship'' with her mother, and now Junko doesn't know she ever had a daughter and never will because of Madoka's HeroicSacrifice. All of those wonderful times Madoka had with her mother, her father, and her brother...they're all [[LostForever gone forever]].]]
* The one with the green-haired girl who Madoka saved. Just looking at her, all alone and sobbing in despair, and makes you think of how many things like that are still happening in the world.
* [[spoiler:Homura using a bow instead of her guns in memory of Madoka.]]
* According to Urobuchi, Homura technically [[spoiler:''failed.'']] [[spoiler:She didn't save Madoka; Madoka is the one who saves her. Again.]] To make it even worse, [[spoiler:Madoka finally understands just how much Homura sacrificed for her, but only after she AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. This makes her unable to repay, or hell, ''comfort'' Homura properly, as she can only spend so little time with her.]] [[EveryoneHasStandards Even Urobuchi thinks that he is harsh towards them.]]
* [[spoiler: The last conversation Madoka has with her mother before she disappears from history and existence. Think of how close they were. Think of Madoka's last words. Junko will not only never see her daughter again, but she'll forgetshe ever ''had'' one.]]
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[[folder:PSP Game]]
* The PSP game reveals [[spoiler: Mami's witch form. One word: '''Candeloro.''' It's heartwrenching to realize that even ''Mami'' succumbs to despair in one timeline or another. The fact that her familiars strongly resemble Madoka and Kyouko make it so much worse.]]
** HarsherInHindsight when you realize that [[spoiler:one of the reasons Mami's dark side tempts her into becoming a witch is that she can create familiars that will never abandon her like the real Sayaka and Kyouko did.]]
* [[spoiler: Kyouko's witch form is named Ophelia. Considering the original Ophelia drowned and Sayaka's witch is a mermaid, the connection makes it all the more tragic.]]
* [[http://youtu.be/aEXxu2zdLpw Now you can watch it in action!]] Poor [[spoiler: Mami.]] She needs a hug. Badly.
* Poor [[spoiler: Kyouko]]. [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/muW6nQ5yvw0 "Sayaka, I understand now what you said before. This is...real..despair.."]]]]
* You can even turn [[spoiler: ''Homura'']] [[ItsAWonderfulFailure into]] [[PlayerPunch a witch]] [[DespairEventHorizon now!]]
* Watching Kyouko and her family spending time together, when you know the [[PaterFamilicide tragedy]] that's about to unfold.
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[[folder:Other]]
* The first drama CD [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Madoka_Magica_Drama_CD_1:_Memories_of_You Memories of You]]. Especially the ending.
* The third drama CD, [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Madoka_Magica_Drama_CD_3:_Farewell_Story Farewell Story]][[note]]A majority of this drama CD has been adapted in the first half of the spinoff manga, The Different Story[[/note]], gives us the details on the past relationship between Kyouko and Mami and it's ''really'' heartwrenching even on observation alone. [[spoiler:Kyouko used to be an idealistic Magical Girl and the only friend Mami had. Then Kyouko's tragedy happened and she grew cynical and argued with Mami... until she decided to go on solo, then Mami desperately tried to make Kyouko stay with her. It ends with Kyouko beating the crap out of Mami, leaving her battered and crying over their broken friendship and her being all alone again...]]
** It's more tragic considering the fact that [[spoiler: Mami died a gruesome death... and ALL while probably thinking that her friendship with Kyouko will remain unrepaired, and Kyouko herself has become dismissive on her existence and death.]]
** [[spoiler: Listening to the Drama CD, young Kyouko sounds alot like Sayaka when she first started: an altruistic and idealistic PluckyGirl who looked up to Mami in the same way Sayaka did, except for the CallingYourAttacks. It's pretty depressing to listen to Kyouko energetically talk about how she wants to use her powers to protect everyone around her (at one point, she even questions if it's so strange to make a SelflessWish), then flash to after the PaterFamilicide to hear her bitterly proclaim how those attacked by familiars aren't worth saving and that she intends to only use her power for herself. The contrast between Kyouko's past self and present is heartwrenching.]]
** There's also the scene with [[spoiler:Kyouko's family. Not only does the fact that they seemed so happy make their final fate even more tragic, but there's also the knowledge that while they were around, they gave Mami a brief taste of the happiness of having a family when they had her over for dinner, which proves that Mami also suffered as a result of the PaterFamilicide]].
** Because of a few changes, ''Different Story'' explores different elements to the Mami/Kyouko's dynamic. [[spoiler: Like the reason that Kyouko, despite the bad break-up, is extremely protective of Mami. Kyouko sees Mami [[LikeBrotherAndSister like family, specifically an older sister]], and is willing to do a lot to see her survive... that includes the HeroicSacrifice[=/=]SenselessSacrifice Kyouko makes latter on. This is shown via a flash back before she fights Oktavia von Seckendorff; of a time when the two were a team.[[note]]If this sounds heart-warming, that because it is but it's also a set-up... all this flashback highlights is how Kyouko [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore can't go back. That is how destructive Kyouko and Mami split has been...]][[/note]]]]
*** ''Different Story'' shows why Mami was better off dying in episode 3. The series consists of events (and Kyubey) conspiring to [[BreakTheCutie break her in every way possible]], culminating in Mami [[spoiler:succumbing to her inner demons and nearly becoming a witch, with Kyouko pulling a HeroicSacrifice to prevent it. Later, Mami is DrivenToSuicide because she simply can't cope with the life of a magical girl any more.]]
* The {{fanvid}}s and other fan-content for Madoka also have their sorrow-filled moments.
** [[http://youtu.be/n1AlWRIdV9g Case in point]]: ''魔法少女に花束を'', or more commonly, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxDCw_5o6tE A Bouquet of Flowers for a Magical Girl (English Subtitles)]]. KOKIA's powerful vocals coupled with the abstract, symbolic imagery will fill you with sadness. The simple little glimpses of Madoka breaking into tears makes you simply want to join her in crying. The [[http://youtu.be/i2qNHV_RRC0 sequel]], ''私の太陽'', translated as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JDgstUj3I0 My Sun]], once again leverages KOKIA's voice and the imagery of Homura visibly breaking down over missing Madoka, and will make your tears into a waterfall.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvu6wReTvKI This third]] video ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNnlYBWRwaI English Subs]]), ''【まどかマギカ】水底のマギカ【KOKIA】'', featuring "I Believe" by KOKIA, will make you weep for Sayaka and Kyouko.
** [[http://youtu.be/hvyALjmAVgM This]] fan rendition of Madoka's Goddess theme from episode 12 will tug at your heart, especially more so if you've watched the episode.
** [[http://youtu.be/fJ8JRfsurt4 This award-winning AMV]], ''Mahou Shoujo Requiem'', combines its powerful lyrics with some of the more emotionally powerful moments, all but certain to make you realise you still have a few more tears to shed. Little wonder it won so many "Best Of" awards from so many anime conventions.
** [[http://youtu.be/YnD819dufUI Rolling Homura]] is so fitting to poor Homura's plight, you just want to hug her and cry for her. You'll still cry for her sake when Madoka hugs her in your stead in the end.
** This MAD called ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQp8GWdpYug Walpurgisnacht]]'', initially comes off as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, showing a much less bleak possible route of Homura's many time loops. However, things don't end well... [[spoiler: Every one dies (except Homura of course), and despite slight twists, all the deaths are depressingly familiar to those who have finished the show.]]
* SimonAndGarfunkel's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTNjf1d4a04 Scarborough Fair]]" is already a rather poignant song. Add ''PMMM'' to it and you will have something in your eyes. "She once was a true love of mine..."
* Music/ChristinaPerri has a song, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtOvBOTyX00 A Thousand Years]]," that is absolutely heart-breaking if you hear it right after you watch episode 10. Check the lyrics. Listen to the song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAijAurVQn8 watch the AMV]]. Cry away!!
* [[http://shewhostepsincake.tumblr.com/post/55691264857/cries-giant-sobs-of-feels This]] short doujin set in October 2017, six years after the series ends.
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