"Now don't you cry... Boys don't cry, do they?"
— Alkaid to Haseo, as she's becoming a Lost One
- Watching the End of the World documentaries amidst through playing the .hack//GU series after reading the Legend of Twilight manga sub/gaiden series, one heartbreaker will reverberate likely to long time fans of the series. Upon the incidents regarding Project GU, ultimately culminating in the destruction of 80% of The World's servers, CC Corp pulls the plug on the game entirely after realizing that a majority of the data was lost, but not without a final farewell event planned for all of their devoted players, luckily having the PC data intact, on the very day before the release of The World's replacement installment. Jun Banshouya, the lead commentator and host of End of the World, wandering about the streets of Mac Anu on the heart heavy, tear filled, and lamentious day, with players about saying their good byes and reminiscing about their fun filled adventures with their friends, or outright cursing their woes at CC Corp, he eventually comes in contact Zefie, the daughter of Aura. Explaining to him that Aura was satisfied with being a goddess, and went back to being a normal AI to avoid attention, the effects brought about the attention of being a deity, and out of the want to be a normal being, she then vanishes herself, stating she must return to the winds as well. Her own fate is ultimately known beyond that point, and is the last time in the series she is ever seen.
- In the context of Legend of Twilight, to such a happy story, giving light to an epilogue of the original trilogy, that would seem that The World would last in the hands of peace and happiness in the hands of Aura, who would have a family and seem to send off the .hack series on a good light, it appears that the world moves on, and happily ever afters never truly last forever. Since watching this, this troper is always broken by Zefie's immediate disappearance and her symbolism, as good times, and even the world, has to come to an end sooner or later in this life.
- The scene in Vol.2 where Alkaid is turning into a Lost One. Haseo's reaction about stabbed this troper in the gut.
- For anyone that grew to love Phyllo during Roots, Antares using Phyllo's character to impart the knowledge of the sealed weapons to Haseo, and Haseo's subsequent reaction to seeing Phyllo "alive" again.
- Having to fight an AIDA infected Atoli, after learning of her real-life circumstances (her parents harass her over her grades and "unladylike" behavior and she's borderline suicidal). Gets turned Up to Eleven during the fight, one of her attacks starts with her saying "I want you to look at me!" and should you escape the attack her Avatar seemingly wilts in on itself a bit while she practically howls "NOBODY EVER LOOKS AT ME!"
- At home, Bo is so horrifically abused by his mother that it's seen as a GOOD thing for him to keep having a split personality, Saku, because she's able to soak up the psychological damage.