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Tear Jerker: Final Fantasy X
The pain Yuna must have been feeling each time you're forced to kill one of the aeons after it is possessed by Yu Yevon. And then her pain quickly turns to resolve as she prepares to summon the next aeon, only for the party to kill it as well.
Scan each of the Aeons as you fight them. They are, one after another, basically begging for Yuna to kill them and put them out of their misery.
Worst is Anima's, which is 'Thus I atone'.
Tidus being comforted by Valefor after finding out that Yuna will die at the end of her pilgrimage.
Tidus's Jerkass Realization as he remembers the stuff he said about how he and Yuna could go to his Zanarkand after she beat Sin and how she could "just beat it again" if it came back, while she knew the whole time that none of that would ever be an option, since she would be dead. You can practically feel Tidus mentally beating himself up.
The ending, wherein not only does Yuna have to kill every single one of her beloved aeons and Auron must be sent to the Farplane, but Tidus is revealed to be a dream of the Fayth. Yuna tries to keep him from leaving, only to fall right through him in a heartbreaking scene. Before he departs, Tidus takes Yuna into a ghostly embrace from behind (cue the most bittersweet rendition of "To Zanarkand" in the entire game), then dives off the airship and reunites with his father. A montage of all the best moments in the game as seen through Yuna's memories. Yuna's final line: "The ones we have lost, and the dreams that have faded... never forget them". This editor bawled non-stop for at least ten minutes. Most Downer Ending he's ever seen (though some would consider it merely a Bittersweet Ending), mitigated only if you watch the credits to the very end and see The Stinger (or play the sequel). But so elegantly and effectively done, perfectly executed. Damn you, Squaresoft-Enix.
This troper tears up every time when during the above mentioned embrace, the music swells to its highest crescendo, and then as Tidus goes through Yuna, a measure of silence... then it resumes into its dwindling ending as he leaps off the airship.
Adding to this point, the final shot of the remaining party looking on just before Tidus jumps off the airship is particularly sad — especially Yuna; notice how at the very end of the shot, she starts to lose it and stop holding back her tears.
Specifically, the part of the ending where Yuna is standing at the docks whistling feels absolutely heartbreaking, due to the particular significance that had been attached to the action earlier.
Tidus reaching out to Jecht as he falls off a ledge in Zanarkand before becoming Braska's final aeon. This is followed by Jecht resurfacing in his aeon form and Tidus, trying to pull himself together, saying "I promise this will be quick! Hit me with all you got, Dad!"
If the player chooses the 'Talk' option for Tidus during the fight, it will say that Tidus' voice seems to affect Jecht.
After the ship from Besaid fails to stop Sin, you get a cutscene showing a happy, quiet little moment in Kilika. Children playing with their blitzballs, a young mother holding her baby, that sort of thing. Then Sin comes. The blitzball is next seen bobbing up and down amid the wreckage, and when Yuna performs the Sending, you clearly see a minuscule mortuary wrapping among all the others, and that same young mother collapsing to the ground in uncontrollable tears as pyreflies come out of it.
Before that, when Sin appears while you're on the ship, the sailors are preparing to harpoon it. Wakka objects, saying that it'll pull the ship under and you'll all die. The sailors keep going anyway, because this might get Sin to leave Kilika alone. "Our families are in Kilika. Forgive us, Lady Summoner!" Yuna just nods. And then it fails, and Sin goes for Kilika anyway.
The Spring cutscene walks on the thin line between Heartwarming and Tear Jerker. Yuna and Tidus get very excited with their imaginary future together in Zanarkand, having fun and watching the sunrise... and then Yuna cries when she realizes that it will never happen. And we, the players, who know that better than her...
Even though this troper had seen the ending on the Internet, seeing the full ending on her TV after having just beat the final boss... she bawled for the first time in a long while. It doesn't help that the aeons' "enemy descriptions" include "Soon...eternal rest," and "Please, defeat me."
Other examples include "Extinguish me", "Let it end here", and (from Anima) "Thus I atone."
The scene with Luzzu after Gatta is killed at the Djose Temple is hard to take. For that matter, the sheer shock of witnessing Gatta's lifeless body slump to the ground; or, if Luzzu is killed, Gatta screaming that Sin "tore him apart." The worst part about this is that if you don't know what triggers itnote Telling Luzzu to stay on the back of the battle, as Gatta orders him ; encouraging him to go to the front lines will get him killed instead of Gatta, you unknowingly choose which of these scenes you will witness.
"Dad?... I hate you." The inability of so many characters in this game to communicate with each other leads to several very sad and painful moments in this troper's opinion, but this scene by far takes the teary cake in respect to this.
*chuckle* "I know, I know."
That Jecht sphere... It starts off with Jecht asking Auron if the latter caught the Blitz game, and ends with an emotional-and-trying-to-hide-it Jecht telling Auron to turn the sphere off. Jecht was crying? Hell, and throw in that toxin-spurred shot of Jecht standing in the doorway of their home back in Zanarkand.
"You know... for the first time... I'm glad to have you... as a father."
How about the memories in Zanarkand, where we see Auron trying to plead with Jecht and Braska to not go through with the Final Summoning? And after the scene, to hear Auron's cracked-and-sorrow-filled voice saying "And the cycle went on." AND see a flashback about his desperate attempt to get revenge on Yunalesca while being in a grief-fueled rage.
This troper got so many teary chills during that scene. Having to "live" (if you can call it that) with that knowledge for the next ten years — knowing the truth of what actually happened to two friends to whom he'd trusted his life during their pilgrimage, while everyone in Spira thinks he's a Big Damn Hero — really brought home just why he was so cynical, why he always seemed to know more than he was letting on, why he hated himself and beat himself up so much during the game.
What did me in the most was Auron slashing away with his sword at the image of his younger self. Seeing Auron break down like that, so full of self-loathing for what he couldn't do and over the friends he couldn't protect.... It was incredibly powerful, even beautiful in a way.
A minor one earlier in the game, when Tidus barges into the Bevelle Fayth room to see Yuna making a pact with the Fayth. Auron gives Tidus a quick refresher on how a summoner gains an aeon. But then afterwards Auron just...storms out the room with a look of utter sadness and disgust on his face.
Jecht also has his moment when he offers himself up for the Final Summoning. To see a person feel so powerless that he would give up his life for it to be worth something to him is really sad to hear, especially when he looks so tough on the outside.
The destruction of Home. The Al Bhed, whose only crime is the salvage and use of "forbidden" machina note a crime Yevon is equally guilty of, as you find out upon reaching Bevelle, is the most hated and disenfranchised race in Spira. They never even had a nation or a homeland until Cid built Home on the sands of Bikanel Island. Then the Guado and the Church of Yevoninvade it and kill everyone in it with hordes of fiends. When Cid takes whatever survivors he can find and escapes with them on the Fahrenheit, he orders his own son to destroy Home to avoid pursuit. And as the missiles fly, all Al Bhed on board sing the Hymn of the Fayth, both in honor of their dead as well as to soothe their own hearts.
One more thing: Cid, the leader of the Al Bhed — High Summoner Braska's brother-in-law. The Church of Yevon didn't like Braska before he defeated Sin once he married Cid's sister, and their opinion didn't change after he defeated Sin; they just pretended that whole fiasco with the Al Bhed never happened.
Even before Home has destroyed, when Rikku explains the significance of their base, and how it brought the Al Bhed together again, she eventually cracks and just buries her face in Wakka's chest, while the destruction continues to rage on around the party.
The Al Bhed in general are pretty sad. They just want to live a peaceful existence and yet they are treated like they aren't even human and sometimes even hunted down by Yevon. They've already lost at least one other Home in Rikku's own memory and she's only a teenager. Being Al Bhed is suffering.
Almost Fridge-y, but for this troper, all it takes is Seymour offhandedly calling Kimahri the last Ronso.
Related to this, upon playing through the game again, the scene at Gagazet where all the Ronso first tell Yuna they will bar Yevon's way and prevent anyone from attacking her party, and then sing the Hymn of the Fayth in her honor. First time around it was brave, noble, a possible Offscreen Moment of Awesome that proved how truly heroic the Ronso were, and the song was powerful and poignant. Upon second viewing, knowing they truly did sacrifice all their lives (rather than just the possibility it might happen) turns the whole thing tragic and heartbreaking, with the hymn becoming their own funeral dirge.
"Suteki Da Ne" can really tug at your heartstrings.
Especially when you translate "Suteki Da Ne" to find out that, in English, it's "Isn't It Wonderful?" This troper bawled the next time he heard the song with the title's implications.
The lyrics are worse. "Isn't it beautiful / To walk together in each other's hands / I do so want to go / To your city, your house, into your arms."
Operation Mi'ihen. This troper has a hard time getting through that section of the game. Seeing the tower that, as we see seconds before, still had people in it EXPLODING when their attack against Sin backfires. The corpses of people are littered across the battlefield after the fight ends. Depending on what you chose, you see a horrified Tidus as he tries to wake up a dead Gatta or see Gatta totally lose it because of the battle aftermath. The implications that Kinoc retreated his faithful followers so that only the Al Bhed and excommunicated would perish (an act that makes this troper hate Kinoc more than Seymour) makes it so much worse. The whole event is horrific and a Tear Jerker, all rolled up into one!
If you can handle more than that, you can choose to walk up to each soldier's corpse and have their deaths confirmed for you via on-screen text. It's incredibly sad.
The best kind of bittersweet tears for his exit, however. As he fades away, it's clear that he finally has peace. Sin is dead, Yevon has been exposed as a lie, Jecht's torture is over, and while he wasn't able to save his friends, he was able to avenge them and save their children. And he tells the surviving party "this is your world now" before finally letting go. A fitting exit for one of the most wonderfully written characters to walk across a game console.
The whole bombshell of a cutscene that is Yuna's audio-will. The way she describes love as both wonderful and painful at the same time - only to quickly get embarrassed say she'll record over that part later - just tugs at your heartstrings.
Lulu and the Cavern of the Stolen Fayth side event. Lulu in her younger years was a Guardian of a summoner named Ginnem, but due to Lulu being young and inexperienced, Ginnem died there. This tragic event has haunted Lulu for years. When the party reaches the heart of the Cavern, they are confronted by the tortured soul of Ginnem, who Lulu comments on as having no trace of humanity left. As the party begins to battle Ginnem's version of Yojimbo:
Lulu: This is my last duty for you. My last as your Guardian.
Lulu finally letting go of Chappu in the Farplane.
Auron's blunt rejection of Wakka calling him "legendary guardian" in reference to his previous guarding of Braska. It's just so clear that he doesn't see himself as worthy of a title like that:
Auron: Hah! 'Legendary Guardian?' I was just a boy. A boy about your age too. I wanted to change the world too, but I changed nothing. Thatismystory.
Yuna finally reuniting with her uncle Cid on the airship, after never having found contact with him since her childhood from Bevelle to Besaid Island with Wakka, Lulu, and Kimahri. For all of his bravado and rough exterior, Cid is unable to make eye contact with his niece without breaking into tears, ashamed of not having made contact with Yuna sooner.
Thanks to the happy, sad, sentimental or otherwise emotional scenes and areas it accompanies, the audio track 'Wandering Flame' can pretty much be described as a musical tear jerker from both ends of the spectrum.
Think about the whole story from Wakka's perspective: He was a devoutly religious man. He believed wholeheartedly in the principles laid down by Yevon and that if humanity followed the teachings and became better, then Sin would stop plaguing them. Over the course of the story, everything he believed in, everything he basically founded his whole way of living on, was proven to be a pack of lies. Poor guy.