Tear Jerker: Etrian Odyssey

Etrian Odyssey/Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl

  • Your Guild being forced to slaughter the forest folk in order to advance, for no other reason than to defend the town's tourism industry.
    • Changed in the remake so that it's more to protect the town and the other non-infected forest folk from a spreading pandemic.
  • The fifth stratum, revealed to be the ruins of Tokyo, which is where the whole concept of "dungeon crawler in a fantasy setting" begins to fall apart.

Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard/Etrian Odyssey II Untold: Knight of Fafnir

  • Discovering the fate of Guild Beowulf. Not only did three of them suffer Death by Origin Story, by the time you reach the fifth floor, you discover that Flausgul is already dead at the Chimaera's claws, and Kurogane is fatally wounded. The Trust Band he gives you becomes a Tragic Keepsake.
  • Scylla's Backstory.

Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City

  • Depending on how you handle the Sadistic Choice, Hypatia or Agata's death. The only way to avoid this is by deliberately invoking What Happened to the Mouse?; otherwise, Agata either gets himself killed following your directions, or gets Hypatia killed investigating on his own.
  • Seyried dying as himself in the Armoroad ending. After spending the entire game ranting and raving that his own sister is "nothing but a Deep One" and "must be destroyed", seeing him beg her for forgiveness with his last breath is pretty somber. Even Yggdrasil, the entity that turned him into the Knight Templar he was as the Abyssal King, feels sorry for him.
  • Really, unless you unlock the Golden Ending, the endings you can normally get are very somber compared to the previous games. Whether you side with Armoroad or the Deep City, you're ultimately forced to kill people you once considered friends, and who genuinely believe they were doing the right thing. Whether its Flowdia tearfully begging Seyfried to just remember his life before becoming the Abyssal King in the Armoroad path, or your party desperatly begging Kujura to stand down in the Deep City path, its clear that your victory came at a great cost...

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan

  • Once you're near the end of the Post-End Game Content, the people from Tharsis will start realizing that soon there will be no reason for you to stay on Tharsis, and your guild will leave. In other words, they know you'll stop playing the game. And they straight out say they'll miss you and some even beg you to come back. Yeah, go on, turn off your 3DS, you monster.