Tear Jerker / Kirby

For Kirby: Triple Deluxe moments, see here. For the anime moments, see here.
  • In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, your Fairy Companion, Ribbon, ends up going through a lot; she briefly loses her home planet of Ripple Star to Dark Matter, who also ends up destroying the very MacGuffin that can defeat him. When she wakes up, all she sees for a brief moment is a single small Crystal Shard, with the remaining ones scattered across the galaxy. Until Kirby offers to help, as far as Ribbon was concerned, she'd most likely failed.
  • The ending of Kirby & the Amazing Mirror. It's a Happy Ending, as in all the other Kirby games, since the Big Bad Dark Mind has been defeated and the four Kirbys go home, but the music...
    • It's much more melancholic than anything. Sure we could say it's showing the sadness that the adventure is over, but... it isn't really over... is it? It's not, as elements from this game return in Triple Deluxe and Planet Robobot. It goes to show that there really is a buried story, here.
  • The ending to Revenge of the King in Kirby Super Star Ultra was an Alas, Poor Villain moment for King Dedede. Even after losing to Kirby, the Waddle Dees followed him. Dedede was still their king.
    King Dedede: (...we're done for... only one option...) ...O-Ok then. I guess it's your turn.
    Bandana Dee: B-but, Great King, I can't do it alone!
    King Dedede: ...fine, you can go. You've been spared.
    Bandana Dee: Don't go, King!
    King Dedede: (...I'm sorry.)
    Meta Knight: Hmm... it's dangerous, but it's worth a try. Thank you, guys.
    • In the Japanese version and the DS/Virtual Console localization, however:
    Meta Knight: ...you are all about to perish. Do as you please.
    Meta Knight: (...I'm sorry.)
    • In Kirby Super Star Ultra, you can play as Meta Knight. It's pretty hard to get a game over with him because of his strength and healing abilities, but if you do... he's got his back to you, the player. If you select "Quit", he doesn't even move as the hand lifts him and places him on the Moon, and he gives off this aura of shame and anger, that he was too weak. It's pretty guilt-inducing, especially if you're a MK fan.
  • Kirby's Return to Dream Land - Landia's battle theme already gives off the vibe of a battle that shouldn't happen, but just try to listen to it without context.
    • It's even worse when you're fighting Metal General EX. As he busts out HR-D3's second form, this music plays. Metal General's job is to protect Egg Engines. This song gives a vibe that says he knows he'll eventually fall to Kirby, but he desperately won't give up until one of them goes down. And Kirby just won't die.
      • (Probably) even worse still, this song plays when you fight Galacta Knight in the first half of the battle. If you remember him, he was the greatest warrior who ever lived until Meta Knight, who wished him back, kicked his ass- as well as Kirby who was en route to facing Marx Soul. With the way he fights, in which his battle style is lackluster compared to last time, his self-esteem has to be shattered by the time you fight him again in the True Arena, and considering the events that happened in Kirby Super Star Ultra, he's probably out for blood.
  • The Bad Ending music from Kirby's Block Ball. Listen to it, I dare you.
  • Kirby's Dream Land 2 has a Sad Ending if you did not collect all the Rainbow Drops. Although Kirby succeeds in defeating King Dedede, there is no indication that Dark Matter has left the possessed Dedede, nor is he able to form the Rainbow Sword without all the Rainbow Drops. With that, Parasol Kirby and his friends are shown walking back in the rain with very downbeat music playing throughout, ending with Kine looking to the sky and sensing that something is not right.
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse has a quick but powerful one. After defeating Claycia, she falls to the floor, and as Kirby moves in to take a closer look, Elline appears and cries over her body. Claycia comes to a few seconds later.
    • Kirby doesn't look particularly happy when he finds his beloved apple has been drained of all its color in its opening.
  • The Game Over screen for Kirby Mass Attack. Whilst the other Game Over screens in the series tend to be relatively tame, showing Kirby still alive and with a relatively upbeat "come on, just one more try!" feel to them, this one pulls no punches. After all your Kirbies die, the heroic heart fades away — and it cuts to a scene of one lone deceased Kirby (complete with angel wings and his usual bright colours faded to a dull grey) in a dark void, floating motionlessly in a column of light with very forlorn, mournful music playing. With the general light-hearted, positive tone of the other Game Over screens in the series, it's quite the Player Punch to see Kirby's broken and lifeless form just floating there, really driving in the sense that you've failed.
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot
    Haltmann: Why did I reactivate such a terrible machine? Oh, I remember...I wanted to see her just one last time. How foolish! I should have known that no machine could make such a dream come true.
    • Perhaps the worst part? The problem wasn't with Susie. She wasn't dead, merely trapped in Another Dimension. Star Dream may have had limited capability to recreate life, but it can teleport things just fine. The problem was that Haltmann had tried wishing on Star Dream so much that his own memories were being wiped out, to the point where when she actually does return, he doesn't even remember having a daughter.
    • It gets a lot worse when you battle Star Dream Soul OS in the True Arena. If you listen closely when Star Dream changes form in Phase 2, you can hear Haltmann wail in pain. Not only is he fully aware of what is happening, but he feels the pain the Mother Computer is feeling. And at this point, he has no control of dodging or blocking the shots fired, so he just has to sit there and die painfully, as part of Star Dream's Operating System.
  • Alternatively, Star Dream's fate is tragic since it was all for nothing. Upon gaining Haltmann's soul, it becomes sentient and tries to accomplish its goal in the way that its system can understand. Once it inhales Kirby during its Soul OS fight, it eventually loses its new-found sentience and regresses back into a mindless killing machine.
  • The ending image from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. While Bandana Dee, Magolor and the Kirbys are happily waving to the player, Taranza is sadly looking at and holding a flower from the Dreamstalk in his hand — almost like he's contemplating how nice it would have been if things were different between himself and Queen Sectonia.