And if you're an Eliwood/Ninian shipper, it's even worse: imagine killing the one you love and not realizing it until it's too late... In fact, if you have the Eliwood/Ninian A-level Support, the music becomes that much sadder, while her Famous Last Words becomes sadder and more poignant. If they don't have it, Ninian just smiles and tells him she's glad he's unharmed. If they do, she also begs him to protect her beloved Elibe. Gaaaaah.
At least she gets better by the final battle. And she kicks some fire dragon ass along the way, although the Dragons weren't evil at all, they only wanted to see Elibe one last time, hence why they answered the call. Ninian lampshades this by crying for them as she kills them and saying she's sorry several times.
Yet another tearjerker from the same character. If Eliwood and Ninian have an A-support, she stays with him in Elibe... at the cost of a drastically shortened lifespan. In other words, she's dead! Oh no! But wait, she came back to life! Hooray! And now in a few years she's dead again, this time depriving a child of a mother. In this ending, Nils has to go back alone and the ending specifically says everyone remembered the tortured look on his face as he left his sister behind. Damn it game!
The death of Hector and Lilina's reaction in Fire Emblem 6. In the 6th game, you barely know Hector. Then you play the 7th game... Many Americans may have started with the 7th game. If they get interested in the series and want to play the previous game for back-story, they're in for a nasty surprise.
Fa and Sophia from FE6 have a heart-wrenching support conversation: Fa was crying due to the fact her lifespan is longer than Sophia's, and she didn't want Sophia to die before her and leave her all alone. Her conversation with Ingrine is just as saddening: she mistook Ingrine explaining to her that her friend, Ingrine's daughter, was dead because she said "she went somewhere far away". Fa thought that she did something to make her daughter mad, and if she was good, she'd come back.
The former is kind of subverted by the grace that Sophia could probably live for a few more centuries...
All of Serra's A supports, but especially the Hector/Serra one, where Serra explains to Hector how she was abandoned at the abbey and ends up crying as she tries to convince herself that her parents will come back for her some day. Seeing the Rich Bitch reveal herself as a Stepford Smiler, and then Hector tells her she's a part of his family... it was very special and very well done.
Serra and Lucius' A support: Lucius reveals that his parents died, he is a far cry from nobility, and that the other children made fun of his extremely feminine looks. And what does Serra do? Reject him? Mock him? No. She bawls and hugs him.
On the note of Legault, if you take him to the final battle against Nergal, he says a few rather depressing lines to the Morphs of Lloyd, Linus, Uhai, and Brendan. Something about his quote at the beginning of Light really hits home. And don't even get started on Legault's supports with Nino...
Legault: "My oh my... Fools aplenty. That includes me, too."
Nino: "Linus... I'll...see you again... I'm sure you're angry, but... Please be my friend...again..."
Legault's and Isadora's ending. Good news: they fall in love. Bad news: they go their separate ways. Worse news: years later they end up fighting each other on opposite sides of a war.
Most Star-Crossed Lovers people in Fire Emblem Elibe do end up here. Especially Miledy and Gale in the 6th game (it's especially tearjerking when you actually let Miledy kill Gale in one of the last levels - just check the conversation they'll have), also Priscilla and Heath in the 7th game. Guy also adheres to this, but his relationship doesn't go as much Tear Jerking as the Heath-Priscilla A Support...
Sain and Priscilla's A support is severely depressing, partially because how jarring it is to see the happy-go-lucky, comic relief Sain actually sad. Priscilla is just a magnet for melancholy. The Sain/Priss supports actually start in a rather cheerful mood, with him trying to be her Knight in Shining Armor and her being all weirded out ("you're such an odd fellow").. and then BAM! Almost at the end of their A support, Sain is in tears, and Priscilla is the one trying to calm him down.Mood Whiplash or what? (Though the latter is slightly subverted by Priscilla finally getting her happy ending (and a Heartwarming Moment) with Erk.)
Priscilla seems in fact to get every male character she can talk with in love with her, except Raven and Lucius (understandable) and Oswin, and her supports with Oswin are pretty sad too. The girl embarked in that journey to learn what happened to her parents, and he has to tell her they're gone. Even Oswin, who borders on The Stoic, is depressed.
Astol: ... I'm sorry to say this to you, but... That guy is dead. He was devoured by the quicksand of Nabata. All this stuff about spies and whatnot... It's just your imagination. Or perhaps you saw an illusion in the desert heat.
Igrene: ... I... see... Then... I must have been dreaming... I must have had a dream of a short period of happiness...
Astol: ... Igrene... No... Sorry, forget it.
Astol: Just... forget it all... Please.
Limstella really died a damn tragic death. She was an incredibly loyal character to the very end. Sure, she was a morph and so she just had to be loyal, but look at Sonia or Ephidel. Both weren't exactly happy about dying. But Limstella? Nergal gave her so much magic power before sending her against the lords that she would die, even if she had won. But did she feel hesitation to go into death for Nergal? Not at all. Still, despite she seems to have no emotions and just does what Nergal says, she was not completely without personality. She knew she was not human and her life was not worth anything (at least this is Nergal's opinion) and still, in her dying breath, she actually shows that she can feel something morphs do not have: emotions. In this case, it is sorrow. Sorrow, that the lords may be powerful enough to defeat Nergal. Even in her last moments she only thought of her master. Now that's loyalty and love. Nergal really did not deserve such a subordinate.
Leila's death in FE7, and Matt's little speech before he re-joins the game.
Hector: …Now she doesn’t look so…abandoned… I’m sorry, Leila. This is all I can do for now. I’ll take you to Lycia with me if I can… I’ll bury you beside Matthew…
Eliwood: Matthew? Was she…
Hector: They never told anyone.
Matthew and Jaffar's conversations are really damn depressing. Most of the time Matthew is a cheery thief, but every time he talks to Jaffar, her murderer, all he can talk about is killing him. It's sad because Jaffar is a Empty Shell who is finally coming around thanks to Nino and in the end, Matthew spares him because of Jaffar's love for Nino, who Matthew claimed to have as a prisoner. Then Jaffar tells Matthew that Leila's last words were of him.
If Matthew dies during Hector's first chapter, you'll see this alternate conversation, and all mention of him is subtly removed from Hector's reunion with Eliwood's company.
Hector: Is it...over? Oh, no... I can't...... ..........
(Hector closes his eyes and pauses briefly.)
Hector: I can't mourn you now. Matthew... If I turn back now... Your... Your death will... It will be for naught.
Also from FE7: Chapter 32x: The Value Of Life. Everything about it. Kishuna is possibly the greatest woobie in the entire game, an artificial creature rejected by his creator.
Nino seems to exist for two reasons: to be a great mage if raised correctly, and to out-Woobie Kishuna. Let's see: as an infant, her entire family was slaughtered by Sonia. She was taken in by the Black Fang in the hopes of raising her to be a powerful mage. When that failed, she was intentionally sent on a mission she had no hope of completing, to either be killed by enemy forces or assassinated by Jaffar. After that, you are forced to fight against, and kill, her adopted family, all of whom loved her as if they were blood-related. Finally, if you bring her to the last chapter, she gets to see the corpses of said family reanimated with the intent of killing her and her friends and letting Nergal destroy the world. Note that Nino is a 14-year-old girl. Fun fun fun.
Not to mention the A-support with Canas revealing him to be her uncle, nor forgetting he has only one ending, in which he dies, too.
Several of Nino's endings involve her running away and vanishing. The ending with Nino and Erk involve them both vanishing when bounty hunters come to kill Nino. Which adds another layer of Tear Jerker for Nino... She never gets to see her twin sons again, leaving them in the care of an orphanage...that eventually gets destroyed.
You have to kill Lloyd, and rather had him to join. It's especially sad when you let Nino talk to him in chapter 27, right before he dies.
Chapter 27 is pretty depressing with either of the Reed brothers, since Nino is about to lose her only remaining family. It is particularly depressing with Lloyd, though, since he was the more reasonable one and seemed more likely to join you.
They actually give a tantalizing hint to who the father of Nils and Ninian is? Of all people...NERGAL.
Nergal himself is a pretty tragic character. He lost his wife, supposedly, and both his children, supposedly, was dejected and assaulted by the only man he considered his friend, went absolutely insane, ruined countless people's lives, and then when you finally face him down and defeat him, he's so delusional he can't even remember his name. He's almost like a fantasy counterpart to Dr. Frankenstein.
"Canaswas killed by continuity errors!" indeed. Canas had a son and mother that appeared in the 6th game. He was already dead in that game and it is very possible that he survives the 7th game, which is a prequel. The only way to save the continuity was to Drop A Bridge On Him. "Oh hey, everything's great, everyone gets their happy ending. By the way, Canas is dead." Thanks game... It doesn't help that he has three brothers. All of which are brain dead due to elder magic. Yep, his son doesn't even get any uncles to cheer him up.
Matthew and his lover who was spying on Nergal (who he was planning to propose to) from FE7. Ephidel orders Jaffar to kill her once they discover her being a spy, then leaves her corpse as a welcome gift to Eliwood's forces as they arrive on the Island. Matthew suspects Jaffar of the crime after he joins, in their 'support' conversations. In their 'A' support Matthew finds it in himself to forgive Jaffar because he was under Nergal's complete control and over Ephidel's orders, and Jaffar reveals the last thing she said was 'Matthew'
In Fire Emblem 7, Hector and Eliwood's A support is pretty tragic when you know the plot of FE6. They are talking about the warrior's oath to each other that they took when they were children. Hector, at one point in the conversation, tells Eliwood, "I don't want to hear any excuses about not being able to come help when we're old men." Eliwood then agrees and says, "Stay alive, Hector." In FE6, Eliwood becomes dreadfully ill and can't come to help Hector himself in the war on Bern, and Hector is killed in the war. That makes this conversation, which would ordinarily be a heartwarming display of loyalty and friendship, tragically ironic.
The ending to Fire Emblem 7 can be sad enough due to watching Nils and Ninian say goodbye forever, but if you maxed out Eliwood and Ninian's support, you watch Nils say goodbye... even to his own sister. If you were a fan of Nils, this is heartrending enough, but if you were on Hector's story and got the obscurely ridiculous-to-get hidden 19xx stage... You also watch Nils break down as a part of him realises he just watched his dad die. Get both conditions together, and...
Really, the fates of pretty much all the significant villains in Blazing Blade, excepting Kenneth, Jerme, and Ephidel. Arguments can even be made for Darin (his death quote makes it fairly obvious that he's realized he's become a liability and that he gave up his son, army, and country for all of nothing) and Sonia (who is unceremoniously booted out of the Black Fang with the information that, no, she's not a perfect being, she's just a crazy Morph who thought she was).
Sonia's is very debatable, as she flaunted her being a "perfect being" at Limstella's expense and mocked her for being a lowly Morph. Limstella killing her while informing her of the truth of her existence is more or less poetic justice.
Lord Elbert's death scene in Fire Emblem 7. What's shocking about Elbert's death is that he had a genuine chance of surviving the events of the story, unlike most of the fathers in the series, who usually die very early in the storyline. This character, in contrast, lasted a good third of the overall story, showed a more complex personality than many an FE styled Sacrificial Lamb, and even had a Dying Moment of Awesome by stabbing Nergal and greviously injuring him, even as he lies dying. But the real tragedy comes here:
Elbert: ...Eliwood. Be prepared. He will return... Eliwood: All right, but for now... Let's leave this island... Let's go home. Elbert: No, my son... I'm done here. You, Eliwood... You must finish this. Eliwood: Don't say that! Mother is waiting in Pherae... She's waiting for you, Father! Elbert: Ah... Eleanora... She will be cross with me. Eliwood... Your mother... I'm sorry... Tell her... I'm... sorry... Eliwood: Father?... no... Please, not now... Not after all we've done to find you again... Father... Please... Open your eyes..... Faaatherrrrrrrr!!!!
Lyn's and Eliwood's talks with Hector in the final battle of Fire Emblem 7. It's the very ultimate final boss, and yet it's so touching to see how concerned the two of them are for their friend. Eliwood delivers a truly wonderful speech.
Eliwood: When Lord Uther was in trouble, you weren't there by his side. You're angry with yourself...It's true, isn't it? I was the same way. I couldn't save my father... I couldn't save Ninian... Over and over, I blamed myself. But, you know, that's just a way of running from the sadness of loss. I think you've realized that already. Lord Uther...and Oswin... They were thinking of you above all else. You must see that, but if you continue to pretend you do not, you will lose sight of something terribly valuable. ...That's all I have to say.
And as if that wasn't enough, Lyn follows up with her He Will Not Cry, so I Cry for Him moment. The heartbreaking part is when you realize how similar the two are: he is completely alone, with no family left and nobody waiting for him back at Ostia - just like Lyn was after bandits slaughtered the rest of her tribe. Seeing her reaching out to him, crying for him, coupled with the boat scene and that music...
The implied death of Guy between FE 7 and FE 6. In his A support with Blood Knight Karel, master and student agree to meet in one year and test their swords against one another. In FE 6, Karel appears, while Guy does not, implying that he was killed in their duel.
Made worse by the title Karel has taken up by the time of the sixth game. "Sword Saint," aka, the title that Guy was given in his ending in the seventh game.
In the sixth game, Karel has mellowed out significantly and lost his blood lust. He quickly downplays his title, stating that it is a lie. He tells the younger Blood Knights that there is more to life than just fighting, and by the time he figured it out, he lost something important. It's not clear if he's referring to his sister Karla, who he did not visit as she lay dying from disease, or Guy, his peer and friend who he may have killed for a simple title.
Nino's A support with Florina. Nino confides in Florina about her guilt over her brothers, and both are driven to tears. Florina then promises she'll always be there for her.
Zealot and Noah's supports in Sword of Seals, about the dangerous lives of mercenaries and the letters they write to give to their loved ones when they die. It ends poignantly.
Zealot: ...A letter arrived today. It was your comrade's...Grant's will.
Noah: ... I see.
Zealot: Would you like to read it?
Noah: ... No.
Zealot: Alright. Then let's go.
Hold on, how are we not mentioning anything about Lord Uther? First of all, the guy is Hector's brother, but is implied to be more like his father figure after both of their parents died from a terrible illness, and then he's found out to have that same illness, but doesn't want Hector to know because he knows that Hector would hate himself whether or not he came back to help Uther, or if he stayed with Eliwood knowing that his brother is dying. So he doesn't tell him, because he doesn't want him to make that choice.
Also, Uther's entire note to him in Chapter 31: Battle Preparations in Hector's mode.
The fact that he actually dies sometime after Chapter 25, and before Chapter 29, but no one tells Hector that, probably means something.
Lloyd's entire relevance in the plot, really. While nowhere near as hurtful if you fight him in Chapter 23, if you fight Linus first ...
Chapter 27 happens. His conversation with Nino is a Tear Jerker in itself, but his conversation with Legault isn't anything to be ignored. Essentially, he and Legault have a classic moment of addressing each other, before Lloyd expresses confusion as to why Legault is with them. Pretty much, Legault tries to convince him not to fight, but Lloyd wants to avenge his brother more than anything in the world.
Also, Lloyd's boss conversation with Hector where Lloyd brings up his brother Linus, and even compares the two, and Hector doesn't even remember who that is.