Tear Jerker / BlazBlue
- Ragna's flashback in the beginning of his Calamity Trigger story mode. Dear God, no wonder Ragna is the way he is.
- In one path in Rachel's story, where she 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 Tear Jerker from start to finish. You will probably never find such a depressing character in a game.
- Her Story Mode 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 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 Tear Jerker. Trapped in a dimensional void by Hazama and Relius, Lambda must fight 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 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 Tear Jerker, or extremely dark humour. Don't tell me you didn't shed a tear (or laugh, or both) when 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 Empty Shell).
- Also on the subject of Lambda, we have Relius' opening fight in Darkness Visible - Relius vs Lambda... at the... Heritage Museum... 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 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 Heroic Sacrifice of some sort (fat chance), death is going to take its sweet time in finding her.
- Lambda-11's eventual Heroic Sacrifice 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 Killed Off for Real.
- It becomes a different kind of Tear Jerker in the next game. She comes back to life in CPEX, and her first thought is to find and see Ragna again.
- Litchi and Tsubaki both performing a Face–Heel Turn at the end of Continuum Shift. And um, why is it Tear Jerker? First, considering that before signing her Face–Heel Turn, 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 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 for Tsubaki, first she just realized that her superior Hazama was an 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 culminates with Phantom putting her under mid-control and finalizing her turn.
- To compound the matters for Litchi, she has actually asked Kokonoe for help, but Kokonoe just flat out refused, too busy of thinking to kill Terumi by her own hands. When you squint it, it just looks like a Damsel in Distress (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 Damsel in Distress 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 the 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. 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 Heartwarming Moment... 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 Senseless Sacrifice due to him not knowing the true nature of the Boundary corruption fully. Way to poison the heartwarming, Arcsys - you'd have to be 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, in 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. 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 Jin was basically forced to watch Tsubaki die and it was at the hands of Nu-13's Legacy Edge, who was in a rampage of unjustified jealousy thinking Ragna was "cheating" on her with Tsubaki. Depicted here◊ for your viewing displeasure.
- Hakumen actually wills himself into this timeline and runs into Hazama and Relius, eventually picking a fight with them. 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.
- Central Fiction decides to add Sadistic Choice into the mix. At the end of Act 3, Hakumen has defeated Tsubaki in her Izayoi form after she refuses to use it against Noel. Hakumen tries to convince her to use her weapon "for the world's sake", but not only Tsubaki refuses again, she tells him that he will have to kill her and take Izayoi with him if he wants to kill Noel. The mighty leader of the 6 Heroes ends up saying the following, which results in Tsubaki realizing he's Jin.
Hakumen: This is my original sin. You mean should I repeat once more this sin which I couldn't erase, no matter how many times things repeated?
- Didn't think it could get worse? Hakumen is killed by Terumi, his own soul cruelly destroyed by the latter. Made even worse by the fact that Tsubaki was there in person, so she saw Hakumen's death with her own eyes.
- Makoto's bad ending. 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, leaving her at his mercy. Relius 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. 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, 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 describing in detail what he's doing to her. This whole thing amplifies the effect that there is something horrible happening offscreen.
- Ragna's bad ending in Continuum Shift. 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 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, 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. Except Hazama turns up, laughs at Tsubaki for dying, and then kicks her dead body afterwards.
- And yes, there's also a Tear Jerker 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.
- All of Carl's bad endings. 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. On top of being beaten by Rachel, she was brutally told by Rachel the consequence of insisting on saving Arakune and joining the NOL: Kokonoe considered her crossing her Moral Event Horizon and declared her an enemy that she can kill, and her act of 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 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 Bang Shishigami breaking down, witnessing that Litchi has remorsefully sided with Relius to create a world where Lotte Carmine lives, meaning that every one of his fantasies of her being a perfect Purity Sue were shattered, hard, and he couldn't even lift a finger to defend from Litchi's attack. Then it was also compounded with Carl, his 'Apprentice #2', also throwing his lot to Relius just for the cure of Ada. And not just 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 have been too invested in their goals, 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, supposedly dies against Terumi outside his sight, meaning that there's only Tao remaining that he knew as his Apprentice...
- The resolution as well. Ragna has finally destroyed Gigant: Takemikazuchi and even saved Nu-13 from its core! Well... cue the cruelest Yank the Dog's Chain 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 can do is to urge Jin, Noel and Celica to run off as he eventually wgoes completely 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 likely have to be put down for good by the next game... our hero, ladies and gentlemen. Damn it, Ragna...!
- To twist the knife even further: 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.
- And then an added scene to the ending in Extend reveals that Ragna has somehow emerged from the Embryo...with no memory of where he is or who he is.
- 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 Nine; no wonder she's acting this way.
- 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 Fallen Hero 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.
- And then Story Mode reveals why she wants to restart everything. The entirety of Act 1? That was her getting to know the innermost desires of the cast members. The Story Mode reveals that she's not a Fallen Hero after all, but rather a Well-Intentioned Extremist. Nine hates Amaterasu because it's done absolutely nothing to help the suffering of others, yet it gets to continuously reset everything because it never gets her desired outcome, which is eventually revealed to be Ragna saving it because it contains a part of Saya's soul. Simply put, it's a god Powered by a Forsaken Child, and that child only cares about one thing while not caring about anything else. Nine is fed up with there not actually being any god, and wants to kill Amaterasu to replace it with a secret 11th Nox Nyctores named Gaisou: Requiem. It's not Take-Mikazuchi, but rather a replica that runs off of Nine's own life force so she can perform Phenomenon Interventions on the scale of Amaterasu. As the new god of the world, she intends to give everyone a happy life free of suffering. This puts her at odds with Ragna, who, rather than kill Amaterasu, wants to save it by denying its desire, as well as the desires of everyone else so that the passage of time can finally move forward. The two clash, and Ragna fatally wounds her. Nine finally sees the error of her ways and asks Celica not to heal her. Nine then pulls a Heroic Sacrifice that will buy Ragna one extra week to stop Izanami by using her remaining life force to power Gaisou: Requiem.
- Ragna 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. The vision is suddenly twisted back into harsh reality, and 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...Except Act 3 crosses this over into Nightmare Fuel, as it's shown Carl would happily kill Noel without a second thought if it would bring Ada back.
- And when Bang hears this intent in his own Arcade at Act 3, the reaction was just also equally sad: Carl pretty much has embraced the fact that Bang has been so far ineffectual with his 'justice', and none of the notions of 'good and evil' matter anymore to Carl, his justice has become '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 of the restoration of Ikaruga as his own desire that he failed to actually help those two, and 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 the lowest situation Bang fell into: Not only had he failed to save those close to him, he even failed his country.
- What's even sadder? Carl doesn't even have a happy ending by the end of Central Fiction. In the end, he became the person he absolutely hated, he's cut off ties with the two adults he considered to be good, and he isn't even close to returning his sister back to normal. Which means his father basically still won in the end. Fuck you, Relius Clover.
- The way Ragna screams Saya's name when using Overdrive against Izanami. Unlike Jin and Terumi, whose names he yells in anger, he desperately and pitifully cries out for her, trying to wake her up from Izanami's control.
- Hell, 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...
Izanami: Brother... Saya is here... Brother...
- It all comes to a head in his Act 2 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 My God, What Have I Done? moments.
- 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...
- 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 more than 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 won't 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...
- 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. 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 Jump Scare cut to the Nightmare Face from the Act 3 preview, with Izanami stating that her desire is to grant death to this world where destiny is predetermined.
- Come the actual story mode proper, and we finally know the truth about the former Imperator. She is Saya. Well, a Soul Fragment of her anyway. When Terumi and Relius tortured Saya, they broke her soul apart into three fragments, with each ending up developing their own will. The original Saya is the girl in the Master Unit, who continues to reset and destroy everything because Ragna doesn't come for her no matter the possibility. Noel is all of the good aspects of Saya, who represents Saya's desire to see her brother again, and is the one closest to her original personality. But while Noel represents all of Saya's positive aspects, there must also be a counterbalance. Enter Izanami, who represents all of Saya's negative emotions, essentially acting as her "will" the same way Terumi is the will of Susanoo. Izanami represents Saya's pain and hate towards Terumi and Relius forcing her into repeating everything, and wants to destroy this world that she's forced to recreate over and over again. Izanami's last moments as Noel begins to absorb her, while awesome because it means that Saya will essentially be reborn, are still quite sad. She's scared shitless over Noel absorbing her, and when it finally does happen, her last words are a terrified "Brother...!" before she fades away into Noel's subconscious.
- You may be wondering, at the end of everything, will Ragna finally get his happy, deserved ending? 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 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 bidding farewell to the world he knows, but 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.
- The ending of Central Fiction. All of it. The world is reverted back to normal, and almost all the characters have a happy ending and are living normal lives again. The catch? Ragna decides to become the new core of the Master Unit, and retreats back into the Boundary, erasing everyone's memory of him. Rachel is later seen standing at his grave, with his sword on the ground. She then proceeds to tear up, and ties one of her ribbons on Ragna's sword. In the end, the world got a happy ending, but they won't ever know who was the reason behind it.
- Ragna's final fate: He no longer exists. He uses his last moments of living in this world to single-handedly stop every single one of the villains. He wounds Nine and makes her see the error of her ways, with her eventually succumbing to her wounds while helping him. He kills Izanami, but also saves her because it's revealed that she's a fragment of Saya, who Noel merges with to complete her revival as Saya. He faces Terumi, who is actually the demon god Takehaya Susanoo and the sworn enemy of the Amaterasu unit, and ends him once and for all. But after everything is said and done, his corruption begins to take over. He settles the score with his brother Jin at long last, before bidding his siblings and Rachel goodbye. In his last moments, he meets with Amane and has one last conversation with him before entering the Azure Gate and creating a new "possibility." He overcame everything thrown at him and saved the world, but in becoming doing so, he took away everyone's memories of him just so they wouldn't suffer or be sad about losing him. Rest in peace, Grim Reaper. You've earned it.
- That final shot; the group hug you see as the page image? It gets worse when you factor in the context. Ragna, Jin and Saya (now Noel) had finally been reunited after years of tragedy after tragedy: Terumi manipulating the fire that initially separated them, Saya being split and the creation of Noel and Izanami and Ragna and Jin's rivalry over their shared loss. Chronophantasma saw their reunion come into motion with their alignment against the Imperator, but it was not until Central Fiction where Saya would finally return through Noel, and by then her brothers have put aside their feud for the common good. That hug you see is one of the first and last acts they share together as a family, compounded by Ragna delivering some brotherly advice to Jin and Noel, who tearfully and desperately wish that he could stay with them.
- There's also Jin's final attempt at killing Ragna. He explains that it is his own attempt to preserve Ragna's existence and memory instead of having it disappear with him into the Boundary. Gone was the murderous and psychotic rage that fueled Jin in Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift, and in its place is a desire to hold on to his brother at all costs.
- Would you have believed before CF that Hazama, of all people, would end up being a tragic character? Now that he's separated from Terumi, we finally get to see what Hazama is really like when his personality isn't being overridden. Because he's an Artificial Human created solely as a storage unit for Terumi, Hazama is essentially a Blank Slate. Since Terumi had control over his body, he didn't really give a damn about Hazama's well-being, so long as he functioned properly. While Terumi was in control, Hazama watched as his host indulged in sadistic pleasures without ever understanding pain or emotions himself. When Trinity stabbed him, however, Hazama suddenly felt alive, and that pain becomes his motivation in Central Fiction. He gains his own ambitions and starts to take after his creator, Relius Clover, moreso than his former host. Hazama's goal is to know every aspect of pain and emotion, which is why he starts manipulating and experimenting with people such as Hibiki.
- You know how throughout the series, Ragna would always threaten to make Rachel cry after she pissed him off? By the end of Central Fiction, he succeeded. And what's worse is that she can't even remember who the person that's making her cry is.
- Just when you thought Ragna couldn't be more of a tragic character, piecing together several critical plot details of the Central Fiction story mode reveals that he has had absolutely no control over his own life and destiny, and the cruel wheel of fate forced him into becoming the bitter, hateful, vengeful Anti-Hero we were introduced to in CT. He is the titular "Central Fiction". That is to say, he's the hero of the story Rachel told him in CP. The girl who wants to be saved is Amaterasu herself, the Origin, a godlike being Powered by a Forsaken Child who desires only to see the person who matters to her the most again, but in her hysteria due to not getting her wish continued to make the timeline and suffering of everybody else repeat for eternity. To her, only Ragna mattered, and the rest of the cast have suffered because of her wish. The monster and villain of the story? Susanoo, AKA Yuuki Terumi. Ragna and Susanoo were destined to be enemies from the very beginning. Because of Susanoo's hate and spitefulness towards Amaterasu, he actively went out of his way to target the person she wanted to save her. At long last, the reason Susanoo really has a bone to pick with Ragna is finally revealed: because he's the one that his sister has designated to kill him, he devoted himself to making Ragna suffer. It's immensely satisfying to see his ultimate plan to kill Amaterasu and become the new, evil god of the world go horribly awry due to the very monster he shaped, but Susanoo's legacy still lingers like a curse from beyond the grave. His actions turned an innocent boy who only wanted to live in peace with his family and protect them into a sad wreck of a man writhing with bitterness and hate, who is eventually forced to suffer, struggle, and eventually die for the sake of the world, sacrificing his own chances at happiness so that the world of the people he's come to know and even love, which has eased his pained heart and soul, can live on without fate fucking them over.
- Sadder still? Ragna actually did have a friend whose circumstances paralleled his own, and could have perhaps been on his side under different circumstances: Nine. She met Ragna in the past, back when he had amnesia and was known as Bloodedge, and made a promise with him that resulted in Celica's life being saved from being sacrificed and the world's destruction being halted. She had gratitude towards him for his aid. That all went to shit when Susanoo killed Nine and threw her into the Boundary, where she learned that the man who helped save her sister Celica and helped prevent a world-ending calamity was the apple of a god's eye. A god that she hated because its inaction resulted in her family and friends suffering, and the world taking a dark turn at the hands of the god's Evil Counterpart. This single revelation made her hate the ally she once placed absolute faith in to save the world.
- Hakumen's death. Yes, many flags were tripped and it was heavily foreshadowed, but he goes out in one of the most undignified and cruel ways imaginable - getting backstabbed by Terumi's Hihiirokane-enhanced Ouroboros, having his soul yanked out of them, and then crushed in Terumi's palm. Terumi essentially ripped out Hakumen's "heart" and destroyed it right before his eyes, and there was absolutely nothing he could do about it. Worse still is that this came right after Hakumen redeemed himself. He saved Tsubaki, whom he failed to save before at the hands of Nu, and beat the ever-loving shit out of Nu until she was comatose, making his demise A Death in the Limelight. Tsubaki herself took this especially hard, seeing her idol die in front of her.
- Celica's second death. Anyone who reads this story will know Celica as one of the sweetest and kindest souls who ever existed period. Despite being brought to a time by her niece where her "original" self is long dead, Celica acclimates just fine into the world and does the best that she can to aid others, even if that calls for self-sacrifice. Ragna, demonstrating a surprising amount of intuition, correctly guesses that the more Celica uses her powers to heal, and the more intense that healing is, the greater the likelihood of her just winking out of existence on the spot. This later comes to pass near the end of the story where, after being forced to watch her older sister die defending them from Izanami, she uses the remainder of her powers to boost Rachel's dwindling powers to teleport herself, Ragna, Jin, Noel, Kokonoe to safety. After spending some time in a church that matches the childhood home of Ragna and his siblings, Celica has one last conversation with Ragna under the stars but ultimately couldn't bring herself to telling him the true nature of her feelings. The next morning as the group prepares to teleport back to prepare for the final battle, Celica starts to slowly glow and, channeling her "original" self, encourages her "children" to do their best and never give up, before disappearing in a swirl of light. Noel is devastated. Ragna can barely hold in his sadness but resolutely plows on...Pass the tissues.
Celica: (starts disappearing)...Noel, Jin, Ragna. I was really happy to see your world. It was fun being with all of you. Painful and sad things might happen. But you're all strong, kind, and "good children". Don't look back, and don't stop. Just keep looking ahead, and walk forward. Do your best, and don't lose. Take care. (gives one last smile and "dies", disappearing for good)
Noel: (shocked) Celica...!
Ragna: (quietly) Let's go.
Noel: (tearfully) But Ragna...Celica...!
Ragna: (more quietly and filled with grief) Keep looking ahead...and walk forward.
Kokonoe: Where's Celica?
Ragna: Celica "went home"
Kokonoe: ...I see.