* Ragna's flashback in the beginning of his ''Calamity Trigger'' story mode. Dear God, no wonder [[JerkassWoobie Ragna]] is the way he is.
* In one path in Rachel's story, where she [[spoiler: realizes it's too late for the world to be saved and she'll be forced to keep reliving the events until Ragna succeeds, she begs Ragna not to give up or accept his fate. She then she travels back in time, lamenting on the fact that she can only continue observing]].
* Lambda-11 is just one big TearJerker from start to finish. You will probably never find such a depressing character in a game.
** Her Story Mode [[spoiler:starts during the events of the Calamity Trigger prologue, from Lambda's point of view, with the varied tests being run on her. She is clearly in pain from the testing, and is screaming in her mind, but she is unable to do anything to stop the procedures. Going through her recovery by Tager from the Ikaruga ruin, to the eventual wipe of her memories and original personality by Kokonoe, and it becomes readily apparent how much of a [[TheWoobie Woobie]] she is; just about every waking hour she had was ruled by pain and helplessness, and she was trapped in that until she functionally died in Kokonoe's lab. All the while, she's crying and begging for help]].
** There's also her Bad Ending. Holy hell, is her Bad Ending a TearJerker. [[spoiler:Trapped in a dimensional void by Hazama and Relius, Lambda must fight [[SNKBoss Unlimited Nu-13]]. If Lambda loses, she wakes up in a strange space with Ragna and begins cheerfully chatting with him, and decides to rest with him. It pans out to reveal that [[AndIMustScream her mind has been utterly shattered beyond repair, and she is stuck like this forever]]. The last you see has Kokonoe futilely calling out to Lambda through the comm-link.]]
** Hell, even her ''gag reel'''s a TearJerker, [[GallowsHumor or extremely dark humour]]. Don't tell me you didn't shed a tear (or laugh, or both) when [[spoiler: Kokenoe accidentally threw away the rare, puppy-like insect she'd adopted and erased her memory of the diversion that caused her to encounter it. The worst part is that if Kokenoe knew about it, she may well have started treating Lambda more like she treats Tager (i.e. more like a subordinate she cares about than an EmptyShell)]].
** Also on the subject of Lambda, we have Relius' opening fight in ''Darkness Visible'' - Relius vs Lambda... at the... Heritage Museum... [[spoiler:The prelude to the fight involves Relius coming upon Tager and Makoto during their meeting, and Kokonoe sends Lambda as interference while the aforementioned bail. The outcome is bad enough - Lambda loses, gets apprehended, and everything goes to hell - but the circumstances make it worse. While Relius had some interest in Tager and his artificial Armagus, the intel Makoto was carrying couldn't be ignored, either, and Kokonoe had to choose whether to sacrifice either of them or Lambda, with [[TakeAThirdOption no fourth "safe" option]]. Having to give up Lambda in exchange for those two was one of the toughest choices Kokonoe had to make in her life, and like ''That Which Is Inherited'' it's going to weigh upon her for the rest of it. And since she may have inherited some of Jubei's longevity, unless she makes a HeroicSacrifice of some sort (fat chance), death is going to take its sweet time in finding her.]]
** Lambda-11's eventual [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice during ''Continuum Shift's'' Final True Ending, where she gets between Hazama and Ragna just as Hazama is about to finish him off. With her dying breath, Lambda gives him her Idea Engine, allowing Ragna to overcome the restrictions Hazama is placing on his Azure and ultimately save the day. Lambda-11 so far is the only playable character to be KilledOffForReal]].
** [[spoiler: It becomes a different kind of TearJerker in the next game. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments She comes back to life in CPEX, and her first thought is to find and see Ragna again.]]]]
* Litchi and Tsubaki [[spoiler:both performing a FaceHeelTurn at the end of ''Continuum Shift'']]. And um, why is it TearJerker? [[spoiler:First, considering that before signing her FaceHeelTurn, Litchi has been thinking of her happy times with Tao and Bang, you know she clearly dislikes turning her back on them AND hates Hazama, but not only Arakune's situation, but her degrading condition basically [[ForcedIntoEvil forced her into it]]. As many would say, if you put yourself in Litchi's shoes, you know it's a sad and heavy decision, even for her... not a happy choice based on selfish obsession. As of Tsubaki, first she just realized that her superior Hazama was utter evil bastard, just for her blindness to kick in, and then when she tried to find consolation with Jin during her encounter in his story, Jin wasn't even giving the answer, which culminated with Phantom possessing her and finalizing her turn.]]
** To compound the matters for Litchi, [[spoiler:she has actually asked Kokonoe for help, but Kokonoe just flat out refused, too busy of thinking to kill Terumi by her own hands. [[FridgeBrilliance When you squint it]], it just looks like a DamselInDistress (she mentally is, needing help to cure her corruption and dependance over Arakune) who is refused of the only help she knows and the only path for her is to act on herself with the remaining option to stay alive. No matter what you say, if you're a DamselInDistress and when you ask for help, the response you got was "Go away, I'm busy.", it is a pretty depressing thought. Making matters worse for her, when she tried to justify her distress and desperation to Rachel, Rachel's response was pretty much not helping and calling her stupid for accepting NOL/Terumi's offer]]. Damn it, somebody please give Boobie Lady a hug for a change, rather than calling her selfish, obsessed and stupid.
** Arakune's bad ending in ''Continuum Shift's'' story mode. [[spoiler: He finally remembers Litchi and realizes that his subconscious memory of her has been one of the few things keeping him from truly losing it (well, more so anyway). He then cures her of the erosion that would've turned into something like himself (if it didn't kill her) and erases her memory of him so she can move on with her life. Just goes to show that there's still something of a heart in that blobby mass, which MAY count as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}... until it is realized that considering Litchi's other bad end... it turns out because Litchi will degenerate into a mess at best and is incurable, not even by Kokonoe.... which means... Arakune just committed a SenselessSacrifice due to him not knowing the true nature of the Boundary corruption fully. Way to poison the heartwarming, Arcsys - you'd have to be [[FanDumb a total jackass]] to think succumbing to an Alzheimer's facsimile is preferable to risking a thick, but still cleanable, stain upon your morality!]]
* Oh God, Hakumen running into Tsubaki, the story "Old Man's Tale." The stone-hearted warrior lightens for the first time. The first moment of heart-cracking comes when he asks to see Tsubaki's face, which is covered by a hood and a mask. After she reveals it, Hakumen touches her face like a lover. This is the man who claims to be the reaper of the sins of this world. He speaks from experience, trying to warn Tsubaki against the use of the Izayoi. Hakumen then tells a beautiful story about how he fell in love with an old childhood friend, how he left her side, and how she followed him only to die at his side. She changed his life so much, that he named a technique of his combat style for her. [[spoiler: That woman was an alternate Tsubaki, and Hakumen hasn't seen her in nearly a century.]] Watch it and cry.
** And if that doesn't get you crying, the Drama CD's reveal that [[spoiler: Jin was basically forced to [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice watch Tsubaki die]] and it was at the hands of Nu-13's [[StormOfBlades Legacy]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Edge]], who was in a rampage of unjustified jealousy thinking Ragna was "cheating" on her with Tsubaki. Depicted [[http://i.imgur.com/rzCS1YH.jpg here]] for your viewing displeasure.]]
** Hakumen actually ''wills'' himself into this timeline and runs into Hazama and Relius, eventually picking a fight with them. [[spoiler:Shortly in, Hazama is screaming for Relius to help as Hakumen beats his ass, and when Relius eventually sends Ignis in, Hakumen rocks her as well. All is good until he is eventually dragged back into the Boundary, leaving the two villains to clean up and be on their way. Losing Tsubaki once was bad enough, but being cheated of the opportunity to save her like that, knowing she is going to die and he can do naught about it? Geez, it ''sucks'' to be Hakumen.]]
* Makoto's bad ending. [[spoiler:Trying to locate Jin when he goes missing, Makoto loses her way and runs headlong into Relius. The two fight, and things don't go well for Makoto, with Relius instructing Ignis to pin Makoto down, [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty leaving her at his mercy]]. Relius [[MindRape begins reaching into her mind]] and torturing her by forcing her to relive all her worst moments, like the racist abuse she suffered at the military academy, all while Makoto is screaming and desperately pleading for mercy. [[HeroicBSOD Injured, paralysed and humiliated]], she can do nothing to stop Relius from mockingly laughing as he begins to rebuild her soul and turn her into a weapon like Ignis and Nirvana.]]
** Even worse, [[spoiler:there is a section of the ending where the character portraits disappear, and all we can hear is Makoto's sobbing and pleading, with Relius [[ToThePain describing in detail]] what he's doing to her. This whole thing amplifies the effect that there is something ''[[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil horrible]]'' happening offscreen]].
* Ragna's bad ending in ''Continuum Shift''. [[spoiler: He finally loses control over the Azure Grimoire, transforming him into a new Black Beast. Apparently unaware of what's going on and drifting in a half-conscious state, Ragna kills Jin and goes on a [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt world-destroying rampage]] before being stopped by Noel and Hakumen. Waking up paralysed and on the verge of death, he can only look up and ask Rachel to stop crying as she gives him a tearful goodbye. Ragna dies alone and in agony, blissfully unaware to the extent of his failure.]]
* Tsubaki's bad ending in ''Continuum Shift'', [[spoiler:in which she begs Noel for forgiveness for her secret jealousy, all the while going blind due to using too much of the Izayoi's power, eventually passing away in Noel's arms]].
** Not to mention the ending to the ''Wheel of Fortune'' drama CD, which ends almost the same way. [[spoiler:Except Hazama turns up, laughs at Tsubaki for dying, and then ''kicks her dead body'' afterwards.]]
* And yes, there's also a TearJerker when you play Arcade mode. Play as Mu-12, get beaten by Makoto and you'll get a win quote involving Makoto sobbing and desperately trying to get Noel (not Mu) to wake up, even promising to let her play with her tail as much as she wants. Oh, and getting up means you get Mu to beat the crap out of Makoto and possibly kill her. Drat.
** If you lose to Tsubaki, she will recognize Mu as Noel and insists that she's dreaming and begs for someone to wake her up. Litchi will recognize her and will apologize for not being able of doing anything. Sena will recognize her and then asks Mu why she looks like she's about to cry. Hell, the whole Noel-becomes-Mu incident is gut-wrenching AND terrifying! With enough MindRape, BreakTheCutie, BreakThemByTalking and [[TheReveal awful truths]] Hazama turns Noel, a {{sh|rinkingViolet}}y yet [[NiceGirl kind woman]] into a DeathSeeker, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds hateful machine]]. And judging by Noel's reaction after regaining conscience in the anime, it's HEAVILY implied that Noel [[AndIMustScream was aware of what was happening and could do nothing to stop it]].
* All of Carl's bad endings. [[spoiler: Nirvana, who is actually his sister Ada, gets ripped apart in both. In CT's Carl Bad ending, Litchi doesn't show up (Because Tao never beat Carl, and he never showed up in Litchi's clinic.) So Ada protects him from Nu's attacks. In CS, Hazama brutally rips her apart, while Carl cries, and begs him to stop.]]
* Litchi's Arcade run and eventually in ''Chronophantasma''. [[spoiler:On top of being beaten by Rachel, she was brutally told by Rachel the consequence of insisting on saving Arakune and joining NOL: Kokonoe considered her crossing her MoralEventHorizon and declared her an enemy that she can kill, and her acts fighting Bang enabled Relius to snatch his Rettenjou and quicken the Day of Destruction, since it is capable of creating an anti-Seithr ''nuke'', and it's mostly Litchi's fault for being insistent. Even if Rachel [[JerkassHasAPoint had a point]], it's still too much for poor Litchi, learning that she hurts more than she helps, she was played for chumps by evil, she ruined her bonds with her other friends that cared for her (especially Kokonoe)... and the scene ends with Litchi on all four, genuinely crying out of remorse.]] It's times like this you may be tempted to give Boobie Lady a hug... her allegiance be damned.
* The climax of the Chronophantasma story, it's ''hard'' to watch [[spoiler:Bang Shishigami breaking down witnessing that Litchi has remorsefully sided with Relius to create a world where Lotte Carmine lives, meaning that every of his fantasies of her being a perfect PuritySue was shattered, ''hard'', and he couldn't even lift his finger to defend from Litchi's attack. Then it was ''also'' compounded with Carl, his 'Apprentice #2', ''also threw his lot to Relius'' just for the cure of Ada. And not just from Bang, you'll also feel sorry for both Litchi and Carl having to beat up Bang despite apologizing as they already considered him a great friend, but they have been too invested to their goal which ''had to lie in Relius' palms'' of all things that they can't stop. Though Bang managed to persevere, succeed his mission and later both Litchi and Carl could reverse their misfortune of being manipulated by Relius, it's pretty sad that their friendship could never be the same again... And to compound this on Bang? His 'Apprentice #3', Platinum, ''died'' against Terumi outside his sight, meaning that there's only Tao remaining that he knew as his Apprentice...]]
* The resolution as well. [[spoiler:Ragna has finally destroyed Gigant: Takemikazuchi and even saved Nu-13 from its core! Well... ''cue the cruelest YankTheDogsChain to commence'': Nu rises back and ''backstabs'' him and the Imperator uses a trigger word that turns Ragna into a beastly abomination nearly similar to his CS Bad End form, and all he could do is to urge Jin, Noel and Celica to run off as he eventually went complete berserk, and attacks Jin and Noel who stayed to stave him. All that's known was that Jin was heavily wounded to the point of bedridden and Noel was thankfully just lightly wounded. But Ragna's gone, now a mindless beast and probably a core of the Imperator's Takemikazuchi Embryo and will have to be put down for good by the next game... [[CosmicPlaything our hero, ladies and gentlemen]]. Damn it, Ragna...!]]
** To twist the knife even further: [[spoiler: This is after Ragna vowed not to use the Azure Grimoire's power as much and become a protector as Celica suggested. So for him to not only succumb to his fate against his will, and hurt people, just makes it sting further.]]
** [[spoiler: And then an added scene to the ending in ''Extend'' reveals that Ragna has somehow emerged from the Embryo...[[LaserGuidedAmnesia with no memory of where he is or who he is]].]]
* [[spoiler: Nine's motivations, as revealed in ''Central Fiction''. She wants to destroy the world and recreate it like many of the other villains we've seen in this story. Terumi wants a decadent world where people sin for his amusement. Relius wants a world where he could start humanity anew by killing everyone and replacing them with his "perfect" dolls. Izanami wants the world destroyed, leaving a desolate wasteland where nothing can survive. All of their desires require that the Amaterasu unit be destroyed. What does Nine want? Retribution for what the Amaterasu unit has done to her family. Her father Shuichiro Ayatsuki's life became consumed by its presence, causing him to develop a machine that used his own daughter, Nine's sister (Celica), to power it. She herself was killed by Terumi, who killed her sister later in life, causing her to be cloned and technically reborn by her daughter Kokonoe, who is consumed by hate and a desire for revenge against Terumi. And to top it all off? Her husband Jubei is now a wanted fugitive, framed by Terumi in order to keep his betrayal of the Six Heroes a secret. One of her comrades, Hakumen, found out about Terumi's betrayal and sacrificed himself in an attempt to end Terumi, causing him to be reborn in a very fragile state which could result in his erasure from existence. You thought Ragna's backstory was tragic? After reading this, you can't help but feel sympathy for why Nine is acting this way.]]
** [[spoiler: Act 2 just makes matters worse. Hakumen confronts her and asks why she's enacting her plan to destroy Amaterasu. Nine says that she's tired of her and Celica being used like pawns, and is going to destroy the current world for Celica's sake. It seems well-intentioned, but then she mentions that in the new world she creates, only Celica and herself will know happiness. Nine cements herself as a true FallenHero by revealing that she's gone completely mad from everything she's been through, and has become a vengeful revenant fixated only on protecting her sister, not caring about Celica's say in the matter.]]
* Ragna [[spoiler: crying when Lambda (and Nu, controlling her body) dies at the climax of ''Continuum Shift''. For being a stoic smartass, hearing him sobbing and demanding to know why she sacrificed herself for him is painful.]]
* Carl's arcade ending in Act 2 of CF is quite tragic. Izanami gives Carl a fragment of the Azure, which shows his desired world - being together with his sister again. [[spoiler: The vision is suddenly twisted back into harsh reality, and [[ForegoneConclusion she gets turned into Nirvana anyway]]. Izanami says that his desires are being overruled by a higher-ranked Entitled, and that in order for his wish be granted, he must kill that Entitled - Noel Vermillion. (that's one of his former FRIENDS, by the way). Poor kid can't catch a break...]][[spoiler:Except Act 3 crosses this over into NightmareFuel, as it's shown Carl would ''happily'' kill Noel without a second thought if it'll bring Ada back.]]
** And when Bang hears this intent in his own Arcade at Act 3, the reaction was just also equally sad: [[spoiler:Carl pretty much has embraced the fact that Bang has been so far ineffectual with his 'justice', none of the notions of 'good and evil' matter anymore to Carl, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality his justice 'Whatever methods that can save Ada']]. Bang just failed as a master overall, and what makes things worse, Carl happily and eerily hints that Litchi is probably thinking the same as him (except replace 'Ada' with 'Roy'), meaning that Bang ''failed'' to redeem his love again, and deep down you just know why he failed: He focused too much on his noble duty on the restoration of Ikaruga as his own desire that he fails to actually help those two that they went astray. And to rub the salt in the wound? In his final battle, he got sucker-punched by Nu while fighting Nine, and then had the hope of Ikaruga, the Phoenix Rettenjou, snatched right in front of his eyes. All in all, that was ''really'' [[DarkestHour the lowest situation Bang fell into]]: Not only he failed to save those close to him, ''he even failed his country.'']]
* The way Ragna [[spoiler:screams Saya's name when using Overdrive against Izanami. Unlike every character, whose name he sames to yell in anger, he desperately and pitifully cries out for her, trying to wake her up from Izanami's control]].
** Hell, [[spoiler:Ragna vs. Izanami altogether! Ragna's Overdrive scream, Izanami's constant switching between Izanami and Saya's voice, the versus theme even has an air of sadness in the chorus! And then there's Izanami's win quote...]]
--> [[spoiler:Izanami: Brother... Saya is here... Brother...]]
** [[spoiler: It all comes to a head in his ending, where he rushes Izanami, sword at the ready...and then Izanami lets herself be stabbed. She then congratulates him for actually doing it. All while he's now undergoing the mother of all MyGodWhatHaveIDone moments.]]
* [[spoiler: And then there's the overall conclusion of Act 2. Izanami has told almost all of the main cast that in order to make their desires come true, ''they have to kill Noel'' (the girl inside Amaterasu). Naturally, a lot of characters are horrified at this revelation (mainly Makoto, Tsubaki, Bang, and Kagura) that they have to turn against the poor girl who's suffered so much throughout the entire series. '''''Damn you, Izanami!''''' Of course, this is presuming she's telling the 100% God's honest truth on this...]]
** [[spoiler:Let's go over Makoto's deal for a bit: the girl's had to stare down racism's ugly head for years, Noel's one of the first people to accept her as a ''person'', she's had a boss who made at least one attempt on her life, said boss has made life miserable for her and Noel whenever possible, and now Izanami is telling Makoto to kill the girl. If it were just that, it'd be nothing special, but Izanami explicitly states that, since the Noel in the Master Unit is overwriting the desires of the other Entitled, Makoto's wish - to live a peaceful, happy life with her friends and family - is nothing short of a '''''paradox'''''. If Makoto is crying in any capacity after that, it's due to either anguish or, more likely, unbridled '''rage'''. Knowing Makoto, she's wont to do everything in her power to fulfill her wish without sacrificing either Noel, but if Izanami's statement turns out to be reality after all...]]
** [[spoiler:Of course, all of the above only applies if you're Entitled in the first place; tragically enough, Izanami pointed out that Litchi is '''not''', and is merely part of the game of destiny because of Roy's backup invitation. Said invitation's name: ''Lao Jiu''. Yes, it turns out the only reason Litchi hasn't disappeared in the midst of Doomsday is all because of that little panda she's been carrying around this whole time, which so happens to have a mere part of Roy's soul in it, and she was never meant to be on the board in the first place. It will be a miracle if she hasn't flown across the Despair Event Horizon at terminal velocity after this...]]
* For all the shit that Izanami has pulled, Rachel's ending reveals a shocking truth about her that casts her in a rather sad light. [[spoiler: Izanami is actually a being called "Drive-existence", which is someone's Drive manifested into a corporeal form. She was merely programmed with the personality and powers of a Goddess of Death, leaving her to wonder if she's even real. For all of her buildup as the main villain, she's revealed to be just another puppet in a grander scheme, and now she has lost her sense of identity. And to top it all off? ''Saya, her body, is beginning to deteriorate because of the strain she's putting on it by fighting.'' Her entire Act 3 story is her researching the nature of souls, and wondering if a being like her even has a soul. She eventually beats Relius and is told that because she has a desire, she does have a soul. Cue an immediate JumpScare cut to the NightmareFace from the Act 3 preview, with Izanami stating that her desire is to grant death to this world where destiny is predetermined.]]
* You may be wondering, at the end of everything, will Ragna ''finally'' get his happy, deserved ending? [[spoiler: NOPE! Act 3 continues the sad, vicious cycle of "Ragna's Life '''Sucks'''". How? After encountering Amane, Ragna is offered the chance to be observed by him in Rachel's stead since she is 1.) no longer an Observer and 2.) dying. Doing so would allow Ragna's eventual breakdown into the Black Beast to be postponed and let him make peace with himself before he eventually dies as well. Ragna's response? ''He refuses'', as it is because of Amane's proposition that he finally figured out the answer as to why the Amaterasu unit is looping time over and over again: the desires of the Entitled. Every single member of the cast wants the world changed, but to suit their own selfish wants, whether it be to remake the world as a bright or dark place, or to simply undo a mistake or decision they once made. Unless the cast can accept their losses and the truth, there will never be change. Ragna's ultimate decision is to fully embrace what it means to be "the enemy of the world". He pulls a [[Franchise/CodeGeass Zero Requiem]] and decides to devour and destroy all of the Entitled's wishes, and then Amaterasu's as well, despite the fact that by doing this, he has no choice but to sever the ties he made with the majority of the cast in ''Chronophantasma'', and may even have to seriously hurt or worse, kill them, including his own brother Jin. The saddest part about this is that he will most likely succeed in saving everyone from themselves, which will subsequently save the world in the process, at the same time possibly dying himself or [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence bidding farewell to the world he knows]], '''but [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold no one will ever know why he did what he did]]'''. They'll just see him as a cruel, treacherous bastard who has crushed their dreams for no reason, no different from Terumi.]]
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