Tear Jerker / Death Battle

  • In general, any episode where your preferred character dies will be this to at least a few people.
  • Especially to those familiar with their canon relationship, seeing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles viciously murdering one another in cold blood is heartbreaking. The lingering pause on Leonardo's face when he collapses after finishing off Raphael is not the look of a winner; it is the face of horrible realization.
  • Goku vs Superman
    • Many whose childhoods went to Goku becomes this somewhere. Especially heartbreaking is the expression on his face and his Death Cry Echo as he's vaporised.
    • Their battle ended up completely destroying the planet Earth. Doubly so for Superman as he ended up destroying what he was sent to protect. His expression and the utter silence at the end of it all really hammers it home.
    • What's worse is just how petty it is. Superman never wanted the fight at all and Goku just wanted a good fight (and to stop what he thought was a possible alien threat), but unfortunately he and Goku just kept getting pushed to the point where they couldn't hold back anymore.
  • Mike Haggar's defeat at the hands of Zangief was this for Boomstick In-Universe. Possibly for Wizard as well, though he focuses on giving the post-battle explanation as he usually does and only joins Boomstick in mourning when asked by a fan if his preferred contestant ever ended up losing as a result of their research.
    • Also Mike Haggar had a daughter and an entire city to watch over. This is a huge loss for both Jessica Haggar AND Metro City.
  • Felicia's defeat means that the orphans she cares for just lost their caretaker.
    • Really the case for any character who has a family/True Companions/In-universe Fanbase that ends up dying. Who knows how they'll react to the news to say nothing of Leonardo and his brothers...
    • Presumably, Luigi goes after Tails because of Mario's death at the hands of Sonic. All he accomplishes is also getting killed and making a child a killer. On top of that, Peach survived her battle and must live without the protection or kindness of the brothers. Another layer there: Link lost Zelda in that fight. Yeesh.
      • Zelda and Link reincarnate. She'll be back. We should be more worried about Link, now armed with whatever Materia he looted from Cloud's corpse, stomping over to the Mushroom Kingdom and decapitating Peach. It leaves her kingdom leaderless and the Mushroom World short three of its seven Star Children.
      • It'll be worse if Bowser's abducted Peach when Link shows up. Why? Because then Link will hunt Bowser down to get to Peach. One, Bowser's affection for Peach is generally portrayed as genuine, meaning he'd be more than willing to fight Link in her defense. Two, Bowser has eight kids, all of which will either be orphaned or slaughtered as collateral damage in the hunt.
      • A little too late now, Ganondorf was able to kill Bowser, and Peach has to deal with an even bigger threat to the Mushroom Kingdom.
  • Fox McCloud vs. Bucky O'Hare is probably one of the most depressing match-ups to date. Fox loses one of his closest friends, Wiz and Boomstick see one of their favorite characters get blasted to smithereens, and Bucky loses just about everything. It's hard to say anyone actually won that fight.
    • Luigi vs. Tails is possibly even more depressing. Although the episode has plenty of Funny Moments, it doesn't change the fact that it's a battle to the death between gaming's biggest Butt Monkey who lost and an innocent kid no older than 11 who won. The worst part is that this all happened right after the Year of Luigi. Right after Luigi finally gets his time in the limelight, he gets defeated in a Death Battle.
    Boomstick: [Sadly] There goes The Year of Luigi.
  • The expression of sheer terror on Venusaur's face as it burns up in Charizard's flames.
    • The Pokemon were leveled up by rare candy instead of being already fully grown. Three kids just fought to the death.
  • The final scene of Tigerzord vs. Gundam Epyon is actually cartoonishly hilarious, but as always, thinking about this battle too hard is...troubling. Zechs/Milliardo has serious emotional issues and Zordon just watched one of his peacekeepers explode along with 3 of their strongest weapons. Nothing good can come from Noin and Tommy's deaths, knowing this.
  • Kirby is quite clearly devastated after his Star Rod is destroyed. It's even worse after Buu launches his Planet Buster and Kirby looks up from crying with tears still in his eyes. He knows that he had to dig deep in a VERY short period of time to counter this. If one of the most powerful weapons in his canon and last moves, his Hypernova form, is thwarted by Buu, then his entire home will be vaporized in return.
  • Guts' backstory is a combination of this and Nightmare Fuel. From being born from a woman hung from a tree during a massacre, to watching his surrogate mother (the whore of a mercenary band) die at age three, to being abused physically, emotionally, and sexually. And when he finally finds friends and a girlfriend, his best friend summons an army of demons who rip apart his friends while being force to watch said best friend (now a bird demon) raped his girlfriend, and then it turns out Casca was pregnant with his child, which was horrifically mutated by the rape. The poor guy just can't hope to catch a break.
    • What happens to Guts at the end of the battle itself can be considered one, if one applies Fridge Horror. While Guts defeats Nightmare and shatters Soul Edge, he had to give in to the Berserker Armour to do so, which will slowly kill him and which he cannot suppress without outside intervention. In other words, while Nightmare might not have succeeded in killing him personally, he likely condemned Guts to an And I Must Scream fate of slowly being driven insane and dying in agony- basically meaning he got posthumous revenge for his defeat.
    • Furthermore, Soul Edge has been shattered and Inferno vanquished before by the blade of Soul Calibur (its intended counter) itself multiple times, and it's always returned. Who's to say that the demonic blade won't just regenerate in time?
      • It might not even take much time. Guts merely cleaves Soul Edge in half and shoots some crossbow bolts at it. It's been able to function just fine as two pieces. In all likelihood, Inferno will just wake up the moment some other poor shmuck picks one of them up. Slam the halves back together, then bam- Nightmare's back and Guts will likely be long-dead by that point.
  • Goku vs. Superman 2 ends with Superman softly, sincerely saying "I'm sorry" right before killing Goku quickly and painlessly with a heat vision bolt through the skull when Goku makes clear he's never going to stop fighting, even though he's clearly overpowered. Given that Death Battle explicitly disregards any moral codes against killing - Superman sure didn't hesitate to put Goku down the first time - it seems Superman's come to respect Goku enough to mourn for his loss over the course of their fights.
    • At one point, Goku yelled to Superman, "Get off my planet!" meaning he still thought Superman was an alien invader.
  • Wolverine VS Raiden. Consider this: If Wolverine won, which he didn't, Rosemary would have become a widow and John would be without a father. If Raiden won, which he did, the X-Men would have lost one of their most valuable members, two of them if you remember Beast's defeat.
  • Hercule Satan VS Dan Hibiki. Poor, poor Dan. The guy's father was killed, nothing ever seems to go right for him, and he's just so pathetic that it's natural to pity him. In his fight with Hercule, he sheds tears when he's about to lose, and he can only whimper "Ohhh mannn" before he suddenly gets killed by a jukebox suddenly exploding out from inside him- which was apparently unintentional on Mr. Satan's part. His death is pretty sad if you can get past the absurdity of it. To top it all off, when he's reunited with his father, he's disappointed in him. That's right- even in death, Dan can't do anything right.
    • To add salt to the wound the crowd is explicitly cheering against Dan during the entirety of the fight. Dude was Chew Toy through and through.
  • Yang Xiao Long VS Tifa Lockhart ends with Yang giving a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Tifa, finishing her off by snapping her neck with the recoil from her Shotgun Gauntlets. After said horrific event, Tifa's broken and lifeless body is shown fading back into the Lifestream.
    • In the live stream for this episode, Barbara Dunkelman- Yang's voice actress- visibly flinched in horror at the deathblow.
    • Worth pointing out that this whole fight really reeks of tragedy. If Tifa won, which she didn't, Tifa would have killed a 17-year-old girl (a high-schooler) and the closest thing poor little Ruby has to a mother figure. If Yang won, which she did, Denzel would be an orphan again and Marlene would lose the closest thing she has to a mother figure, not to mention her and Cloud are Together in Death.
  • Mega Man VS Astro Boy can be considered one of these right off the bat in how it means that much like Gaara VS Toph, one of two undeniably badass, but still undoubtedly child-like androids is guaranteed to die regardless of who wins. They might be robots sure, but their respective AI ages are no older than 10 years old apiece- technically making them both the youngest combatants yet in a brutal fight to the death.
    • On the other hand, they're robots. Destruction is more of an inconvenience than a permanent solution. Heck, how many Robot Masters were destroyed only to be brought back?
  • Since Mega Man has his extra weaponry stolen from defeated [[and killed]] Robot Masters when he enters his fight against Astro Boy, this clearly means that, as the hosts stated before, made Mega Man extremely angry, as well as dangerous with violent oubursts of destruction and changes in personality. Put it in this perspective as the gaining of these weapons turns him from a high-spirited robo-boy version of Captain America, into a trigger-happy(/angry) violence-prone robo-boy version of Batman. With that in mind, Mega Man probably had just gone through a fight or two, has not cleared out his extra weaponry, and as such, became extremely violent and deadly, meaning that he found another robot looking down on a city, and probably thought to follow the part of his brain that might have thought that Astro Boy would be a threat, and, with his wires and processing filled with destructive power and anger,thought it best to just go up to the fellow robo-child, and start attacking him., WITHOUT REASON. All he knew at this point was to either go home and getting his extra abilities taken away and return to normal, or to keep fighting robots and bad guys, making him more violent, and likely to hurt someone in the process.
    • The sad part in whole, is that he becomes basically evil almost, because he chooses to do so to protect others. Ironically sad in that he destroys evil, while becoming so.
  • Hawkeye's backstory is one traumatic moment after another. He and his brother were frequently beaten by their abusive drunk of a father, and were both orphaned when their parents died in a car crash. The man who adopted them was even worse than their biological parent, and tried to run them over in his truck. They were rescued by a pair of circus performers who took the Barton brothers under their wing and brought them to live and train at the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders... only for the two performers to turn out to be supervillains who were training Hawkeye's brother Barney to be a criminal as well.
    • The deciding blow of the Green Arrow vs Hawkeye fight can be this if you know the significance of GA's diamond tipped arrow. He used it to free members of the Justice League in a move that got him accepted into the team. Then years later he would place the diamond on the engagement ring he would use to propose to his long time girlfriend Black Canary. It is shattered by Hawkeye's Adamantium-tip arrow before it kills him. And then Dinah is shown posing alongside Hawkeye.
  • Pokemon vs Digimon.
    • Regardless of who wins, two best friends will die. In this case, it was Red and Charizard. Wargreymon rips Mega Charizard X apart with his Dramon Killers while Tai beats the hell out of Red. Mega Charizard X falls on top of Red, accidentally breaking his legs. Then Wargreymon nukes them with Terra Force. Even worse, despite having his legs broken, being horribly roughed up, and about to be utterly incinerated, Red's final thoughts are of Charizard, not his own fate. While the bond between the two is mentioned to be one of master and pet rather than as equals in the analysis, it can't be said that Red didn't love Charizard.
    • Red thought they were having a friendly Pokémon battle and didn't learn that Tai and Greymon were willing to kill them until it was too late.
    • Just the final shot can send many Pokemon fans crying like kids again: the sight of Red and Mega Charizard X being reduced to ashes. Even worse was seeing Charizard try his hardest to resist but ultimately falling.
    • This battle can be jarring to those who grew up watching either show since they had a massive Fandom Rivalry back then. Just seeing the mon and trainer you saw grow and become stronger end up dying can leave a hole in your heart. This rivals Goku vs. Superman in that department.
    Boomstick: Ow... my childhood...
  • Bayonetta vs Dante
    • The source of Bayonetta's powers is a contract she made with a demon named Madama Butterfly. In exchange for her powers, her soul is now forever condemned to eternal torture in Inferno from the moment she dies...which is exactly what happens after her gruesome death at Dante's hands.
      • Madama Butterfly herself ends up having her leg sliced off before being nonchalantly decapitated by Dante. Bayonetta's voice cracks when she realizes her sponsor and the only friendly demon she knew has just been killed.
    • In the DBX battle of Trish VS Jeanne, we saw that Jeanne kills Trish. To make it worse, in the original Death Battle Bayonetta was killed by Dante, so both victors, Dante and Jeanne, lose an ally.
  • Bowser vs Ganondorf
    • Just the possibility that Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings might be left completely orphaned after having their father viciously murdered by someone as evil as Ganondorf is a thoroughly unpleasant one. Which ultimately does happen, also leaving the Mushroom Kingdom short of three of its seven Star Children.
  • Flash vs Quicksilver
    • When the battle is over, Magneto appears to mourn his son's death.
  • Meta VS Carolina
    • In Season 13 of Red vs Blue Carolina explicitly states that she treated the other Freelancers as family and their deaths were the reason she didn't want to lose the Reds and Blues. Now she has to not only fight Maine but also try to kill him, which she actually does.
  • Cammy VS Sonya
    • Just the way Cammy thrashes in a desperate attempt to escape death— and similarly, in how despite being heroic in her intentions, what with trying to apprehend Kano without killing him and engaging Sonya on the basis that she used excessive force (by killing him when she was trying to arrest him alive), she's brutally murdered by Sonya as well without an inkling of remorse or humility.
  • Ken Masters VS Terry Bogard
    • While the battle hasn't happened yet, this is a bout between two unquestionably good and friendly warriors with the purest of intentions. Just the idea of having them fight each other to the death, especially when both men have a very large network of family and friends, is upsetting. If Terry dies, he would suffer the same fate as his father— leaving Andy with no family left, costing Mary yet another close friend, and depriving young Rock of the closest thing he has to a parental figure. Likewise, if Ken dies, then Eliza will be left widowed, his son Mel will be left fatherless, and Gouken will have lost both of his students. So, in a sense— no matter who wins, a lot of people will be losing someone very close to them.

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