Waaay back in episode three, Sakura telling Sasuke that Naruto is a jerk because he never had parents. Bad enough that Sasuke heard this, but if Naruto, who was impersonating him at the time, heard this, who knows that would do to him?
Land of Waves arc
Inari's backstory (especially, the horrible death of his adopted father) is a punch to the gut. Simple. The manga makes it even worse.
Haku throwing himself between Kakashi and Zabuza near the beginning of the series is also especially gut-wrenching, especially when a dying Zabuza asks to be laid down next to him. In the manga it was even worse, as Haku was killed much more graphically.
Followed by an angry, tear-filled speech by Naruto to a seemingly impassive Zabuza, screaming about how Haku was so devoted to Zabuza, loved him so purely, that he gave his life and dreams up to help him. And it drives Zabuza to tears.
When Sakura discovered Sasuke, lying (apparently) dead on the ground, and, clutching his body and with tears running down her face, recites shinobi saying #25: "A shinobi never shows his feelings no matter what the circumstances. Feelings are a weakness that only cloud his judgment and weaken his sense of duty." Then she begins to wail.
Naruto is clutching his chest and standing there heartbroken at this part of the manga, making it even more heartwrenching. The look of pain and emptiness on his face is a Tear Jerker in itself.
Zabuza's final speech to Haku's corpse while he dies beside it?
And it's set amidst an unexplainable sudden snow, like it would be in Haku's home village.
Zabuza: "Is it you, Haku? Are you weeping? You were always at my side. The least I can do is to be beside you at the end. I know I cannot be, but I wish I could go to where you have gone...How I wish I could join you there...Haku..."
And then a single snowflake lands on Haku's face, melting and rolling down his cheek like a tear. sob.
Chunnin Exams arc
And when Sakura gets her Important Haircut. Because boy, the circumstances and her inner monologues...
Same goes to Hinata's fight with Neji. When Neji warned her that she could end up dead and asked her why did she keep on fighting against fate, and she told him that he was the one who truly fought against his own destiny.
Not sure if this is a tear jerker exactly, but the fact that Shino neither cheered for, nor bothered to check if either of his teammates was alright after there matches comes across as pretty cold, even for Shino. I mean come on! It was Naruto who helped Hinata get over her fear of Neji during her match not her teammate.
The fact that Hinata needed a crash team after that fight, but her only thought was, "Naruto, do you think I changed?"
Rock Lee's sheer will to win during his fight with Gaara, which kept him standing even after being crippled and knocked unconscious, is tearjerking. Guy hugging him brings a few more tears.
And more than this, the chapter/episode when Tsunade breaks to him what his chances are of ever being a shinobi again, and Guy's subsequent speech on the balcony. "And on the one in one thousand, no, one in a million chance something should happen to go wrong, I will die right along with you." Tears welling up just typing that one line.
Cue Lee jumping into Guy's arms and crying uncontrollably while the audience does the same.
When Neji and Naruto were fighting and Neji explains that destiny tells everyone who to be. The reason for this is because he thought is father (who is the twin of Hinata's father, only born 2 seconds later) was killed by the Hyuga clan to give to the cloud village (since the cloud village did not believe the shinobi representative tried to kidnap Hinata and steal the Byakugan's secrets). The truth was that Hinata's father was supposed to be killed because he killed the cloud shinobi to protect Hinata, but Neji's father offered to die in his brother's place (since they're identical twins). He didn't want to do it for the clan or the village, but simply because they're brothers. Even Hinata's dad pointed out how crazy that was, but to no avail. Neji's dad did it of his own free will and it wasn't revealed to Neji until after the Chuunin Exams.
Invasion of Konoha arc
Any time the Sandaime Hokage talks about Konoha. Naruto and every other potential Hokage have big shoes to fill. *sniff, sniff*
Third Hokage: "They are all... my family!"
The entire episode devoted to Gaara's backstory. Along with the scene comparing Gaara's lonely life to Naruto's (eventually) friend-filled one, there's also Gaara being openly treated as a monster and not even able to ask for small favors from his neighbors; even when he is at the peak of misery, his sand-shield prevents him from being able to end it himself; top this all off with the key scenes being accentuated by Sadness and Sorrow, possibly one of the saddest pieces of music ever heard. And of course, after he meets, fights, and is defeated by Naruto, he finally sees that it's possible for people like him to have friends. Cue his Heel-Face Turn to the side of good.
Oh God, when Yashamaru tells Gaara how he REALLY feels about him and that he's a monster and how no one will ever love him...and then he tries to blow him up. Gaara's own uncle tried to kill him for something that wasn't his fault in the first place, after years of tricking him into thinking he was the only person who loved him.
And then it turns out his uncle didn't hate him after all, but was forced to do this by Gaara's father. Ouch!
Book 15 of the manga, where Naruto has an epiphany in the middle of the fight with Gaara. Possibly the most heartbreaking thing I have ever seen is Naruto, as a small boy, looking into the mirror and trying to see what makes everyone hate him so much.
That was the saddest scene in the whole series for me. When Naruto, bloodied and wrecked, is crawling by pulling himself along with his chin and eating dirt with each inch, still tries to fight Gaara who is also lying on the ground. When Gaara starts calling out trying to understand what drives this guy. When they both understand that finally there is someone else out there who is like them, someone who lived a horrible life, excluded from everything because of something they can't control...
After his fight with Naruto, Gaara says to his brother and sister, "Kankuro...Temari...I'm sorry..." Note that his siblings spent most of their lives terrified that Gaara would kill them, and that now Gaara is trying to make amends. Add to this the lullaby-ish piece of music being played at the time, signifying his rebirth into an actual, caring person.
The death of the Third Hokage, Sarutobi Hiruzen. The last thing he sees before passing is Orochimaru screaming at him, which slowly turns to the image of a silentyoung boy watching calmly as his teacher dies. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming as he's choosing to remember his student before things went so wrong.
Episode 80 (the Third Hokage's funeral). That whole episode is one huge Tear Jerker from beginning to end, and if that doesn't fit on this page, nothing does.
Then Shippuden reveals the truth of this scene - he didn't actually mock her. He was, in fact, similarly aggrieved by Nawaki's death. This means that Tsunade and Orochimaru (as well as Jiraiya and Sarutobi) would both rather not remember that they were ever truly good friends and comrades, but rather selectively choose to pretend that Orochimaru had always been deplorably evil - because deep down, Tsunade/Jiraiya/Sarutobi could never confront Orochimaru if they remind themselves of the good times. It hurts them that much...
Made worse in that Kabuto has resurrected her boyfriend Dan as an Edo Tensei zombie soldier, who will be forced to fight the good guys' army while having no control of his body.
Kabuto usually presents himself as this harmless, bumbling oaf with Nerd Glasses, but is in fact in league with the Big Bad Orochimaru, and...well...poor Naruto's look of betrayal when he realizes this is just too much.
Sasuke Retrieval arc
Kakashi's final conversation with Sasuke before the time-skip as a final attempt to stop Sasuke's revenge from destroying himself. These words come to mind:
Sasuke: Maybe if I was to kill the most important people in your life... everyone who's ever meant anything... maybe then I'd listen to you, because maybe then you'd have some idea how I feel!
Kakashi: Hmm... that's an interesting theory, but I'm afraid you're a little late to put it to the test. Everyone you're talking about has already been killed.
When Naruto is getting ready to leave, Sakura is there, and Shikamaru refuses to allow her to go with them. As such she begs Naruto to bring back Sasuke. Despite not showing Naruto's face it is obvious, he is struggling to not show his pain on his face.
No one mentions about Chouji's speech about having finally found his friends in Sasuke Retrieval arc? Maybe I am a sucker for these, I was bawling at that moment.
"Dad...You were right. I made some really great friends." I cried too.
And the message scratched into the tree?
That was anime only; in the manga, it was just a stylized arrow. But still enough for Chouji to realize he has friends who believe... no, who KNOW he would have been able to defeat Jirobo.
If it isn't enough, after Chouji collapses unconscious before the tree, the scene goes back to Shikamaru, and specifically to a butterfly made of chakra that flies near to him, as if it were Chouji's way to say "goodbye and thanks for the memories" to his first and best friend.
Kiba and Akamaru's fight against Sakon and Ukon was Tear-Jerker-ish as well: Akamaru is getting severely beaten, and Kiba isn't far from Death. Kiba, just watching and getting sadder and more frustrated as Sakon and Ukon beat on him and his dog.
Tough to watch for any long-time pet owner...the biggest gut punch was when Akamaru didn't try to eat the food pill Kiba offered him and Kiba nearly broke down in tears right there. Any pet owner can tell you that it's a very bad sign when your animal doesn't want to eat...
Kimimaro's Death in the Limelight reveals that he went through more or less the same as Haku, and as a result displays the same level of devotion to Orochimaru that Haku demonstrated to Zabuza. The first (and last) time he shows signs of emotions is when Gaara states that he has been brainwashed and is nothing but a pawn, which he denies, saying that Orochimaru was the only one ever to understand him. It gets sadder than Haku's case by the fact that Orochimaru ultimately doesn't care about his death.
Kimimaro: I am not his pawn! He is the one, the only one who ever gave my life meaning! But how could the likes of you ever understand that!?
Regardless of what he's like now, the flashbacks to the Uchiha massacre are pretty horrible. Especially the one with Sasuke mistaking a noise in another room for his mother, running in... and it's only a cat. It ends with Sasuke sitting alone next to a lake and wishing to know the nice things his father would tell his mother about him, only to realize at that moment his childhood has been stolen and he declares his existence in pursuit of revenge.
The death of Obito in Kakashi's past.
The bit after the final attack of the Naruto vs. Sasuke when we see both of them as children holding hands and smiling.
Made even sadder with the revelation in chapter 538 that the way they shook hands is an old Konoha tradition of showing that two ninjas are still comrades after a battle *sniff*
That entire fight, really. "When I'm with you... I wonder if this is what it feels like to have a brother..."
When Sasuke impales Naruto with his Chidori, and Naruto starts crying at the realisation that his best friend really would kill him. Naruto goes ninetails and heals himself, causing Sasuke to ask, "What the hell are you?" to which Naruto replies, tears streaming down his face, "Your friend."
The entire Valley Of The End battle between Naruto and Sasuke former teammates and friends, Sasuke doing everything in his power to kill Naruto, and Naruto crying Berserker Tears while stating that he's willing to break the bones in Sasuke's arms and legs in order to keep him from going to Orochimaru.
The aftermath of the Sasuke Retrieval Arc. Shikamaru's first mission as a team leader is a dismal failure. Every member of his team (including his best friend) was hospitalized, some uncertain to survive, some (including himself) probably would have died if the Sand siblings hadn't come to their rescue, and on top of that, the objective was failed. Sitting outside the room where his team mates are being operated on, he resolves to quit being a ninja. His father chews him out for giving up so easily, especially in front of a girl, but he shrugs it off. Just then, the doors burst open; everyone's going to be okay. Shikamaru, lazy, lazy Shikamaru, breaks down into tears, swearing to become a better ninja and leader so he can keep his friends alive in front of his father and Temari.
Chiyo's reaction to seeing Kakashi, thinking he was his father. Heartbreaking because of what happened to Sakumo, heartbreaking because of why she reacted so violently. And then there's the way it affected her grandson...
The flashbacks to Sasori and Chiyo's backstories in Shippuuden, as well as their death scenes, can be pretty emotional. The sad version of Chiyo/Sasori's theme that plays adds to the effect.
Sasori having to be hugged by puppets of his parents because Kakashi's father killed them. Even if you're not a big fan of Sasori, it's hard to not want to give the kid a massive hug.
Just before the groups pair off to fight, Deidara decides to indulge in a little dog kicking by sitting atop Gaara's corpse and taunting Naruto with the fact that they'd arrived seconds to late to save Gaara, simply to confirm whether or not he was the Jinchuuriki. Also, his absently slapping Gaara in the face even got me angry enough to want him dead!
Gaara and Naruto are shown, each standing by themselves in the middle of a dry, barren field to represent the way jinchuuriki are treated by others. Gradually, people begin to join Naruto, until the barren field becomes grassy and he is surrounded by friends and allies... while Gaara remains totally alone.
And no one mentions the scene in Naruto Shippuden when Sakura can't revive Gaara, and Naruto freaks out?
Perhaps I'm just soppy, but for me it was the scene afterwards, when Gaara wakes up in a field completely surrounded by Sand shinobi. The stunned look on his face, successive Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming followed by the fade to grey as Naruto discovers that Granny Chiyo is dead— *SOB*
Sasuke and Sai arc
The Naruto vs Orochimaru fight, and Sakura's reaction at the four-tailed fox version of Naruto is just heartbreaking, especially when she starts running towards him screaming "Naruto, stop! It's okay; I can rescue Sasuke! I'm begging you to stop this right now! Please... Naruto, please stop!" Oh, god, it's painful, and it really shows how the hero having a Superpowered Evil Side can affect those around him.
What made that scene even worse was that Naruto tries to kill her right after she says that.
In Naruto, when Sakura stared at the picture of Team 7 taken before Sasuke's Face-Heel Turn on them and started to cry softly.
Hidan and Kakuzu arc
The death of Asuma. It came way out of left field, and seeing Kurenai's reaction was even sadder. In this editor's opinion, there was no greater moment in Shippuden than watching Shikamaru kick Hidan's ass.
The death itself was awful enough, but worse was Shikamaru immediately thereafter taking Asuma's lighter, putting a lit cigarette in his mouth, and then lamenting that he always hated Asuma's smoking because it stung his eyes. He was so stricken that he felt the need to do this when it was already raining.
Episode 82 of the anime manages to make this hit home solidly: Shikamaru and his father Shikaku are playing Shogi in the middle of the night after Asuma's funeral. During a long unbroken camera shot of them moving pieces, Shikamaru's father attempts to praise his son's efforts, but when he brings up Asuma's death, Shikamaru knocks over the Shogi board, scattering the pieces across the room, screaming that he is a useless coward. Shikaku looks at him, tells him to "let it out" and walks away. He closes the door behind him just as Shikamaru lets out the most heartwrenching cries of grief ever heard in anime, saying quietly, "I'll pick up the pieces".
The fourth Shippuden opening itself. If you know that Asuma dies it becomes one of the saddest songs ever made. Especially the part when the singer sings "You know the closer you get to something, the tougher it is to see it, and I'll never take it for granted..." in English
Itachi Pursuit arc
Jiraiya's death. It was even sadder after seeing Naruto's reaction.
"Now, I suppose it's about time I put down my pen."
Naruto Shippuden episode 133, Jiraiya's death scene, and his flashback to Kushina and Minato. The significance of that event, and the music playing in the background as Minato spoke to Jiraiya, drove me to tears.
"In the shinobi world, it's not how you live; it's how you die. A shinobi's life is not measured by how they lived, but rather it's measured by what they managed to accomplish before their death. Looking back, my life has really been full of nothing but failure. Continually rejected by Tsunade, unable to stop my friend, and unable to protect either my student or my mentor. Compared to the great and celebrated deeds of the Hokage, my actions are trifling, insignificant things indeed. I wish that I could have died like each of the Hokage. A tale is only as good as its final turn of events, the plot twist, and mistakes are an important part of the plot, too! I've lived my life always believing that the lessons I've learned are what honed me. I swore I would accomplish a deed so great that it would obliterate all my failures; I'd die a splendid shinobi. At least, that's how it was supposed to go. But this... my plot twist... my tale ending like this... The Great Lord Elder prophesied that I would be the one to guide a revolution: A person who will make a great choice that will bring either peace or destruction to the world of the shinobi. I thought I would defeat Pain, stop the Akatsuki and save the world from destruction, but in the end, I failed that, too. How pitiful, how sad that this will be the ending twist to 'The Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant.' What a worthless story it turned out to be."
It will only get worse when Naruto and Tsunade find out. Jiraiya's death was inherently badass, but the reaction of the two people who cared for him most wasn't. It was heartwrenching in the manga, I can't imagine how bad the anime will make me feel.
The worst part of all is Tsunade's reaction. Throughout the entire deal, she seems to be keeping a rather level head. Then, in Chapter 405, she blows off Shikamaru and steps out of her office, seeming to simply need some air after a trying few days. She doesn't even make it down the hallway before collapsing against a wall, her mind swarming with memories of her oldest living acquaintance, from their last meeting all the way back to their very first. The last panel of the chapter is of tears flowing down Tsunade's face, while she silently curses him for going off against Pain alone, showing that Jiraiya's death has left her absolutely heartbroken. And it carried a heck of a punch when Naruto paused at her door and said that if Jiraya had been Hokage he would never have let her go on such a dangerous mission alone.
This video takes it to a whole other level of tearjerking. It perfectly sums up Jiraiyas life.
In Naruto, I'm not much of a romantic - but the Jiraiya-Tsunade relationship was something I so wanted to succeed - so it broke my heart when Jiraiya died, especially after the bet he placed with Tsunade. Ironic in more ways than one. His line "The pursuit of happiness isn't for men" really brought a tear to my eye. What made it even more crushing was that the only reason he lost was that he didn't know about the other bodies of Pain
Orochimaru's death got to me, in a way that some of the much more heroic characters' haven't, especially in the anime, as we see how he got to be that way, and that all his claims of never having been friends with Tsunade and Jiriya were bullshit. It's not so much the death itself that got to me, but all that wasted potential. Those flashbacks really show that he could have been a hero with just a few different life choices.
The death of Itachi in the manga, when he seems about to take Sasuke's eyes, but instead performs one last act of brotherly affection before succumbing to his wounds.
I'm sorry, Sasuke... This is the last time..." and with a smile, too. Waah!
This quote should also be mentioned, for some reason this editor can't explain:
Itachi: I'm always going to be there for you even if it's only as an obstacle for you to overcome. Even if you do hate me, that's what big brothers are for.
I don't care what you say about Itachi being a good guy, but seeing him FREAKING CRY in the flashback Sasuke had... my god. This is ITACHI we're talking about. EMOTIONLESS FREAKING ITACHI. Add that to him SMILING as he DIED, and you have yourself whole new depths. I mean, just the revelation that it gives you... because just imagining everything up until then, knowing that it actually affected him... and then SASUKE CRIES TOO. Sand. In. My. EYE. I don't even live anywhere where there's significant amounts of sand. BUT IT IS IN MY EYE.
in retrospect, Sasuke's flashbacks before facing Itachiwere strong foreshadowing of his true affiliation
Invasion of Pain Arc
Kakashi's death, as well. Especially when he meets up with his dad around the campfire in the afterlife, confirming that it wasn't only a flesh wound and that he really was dead. But he recovered.
Chapter 429, when Pain destroys Konoha, was like a punch to the gut.
And that fact is made worse if you think of it this way. That may of been the first time someone has told that to Naruto or the first time he can remember it being said to him, depending on when Kushina died.
...It's taken Up to Eleven in the anime...Hinata actually lands a hit on Pain, and breaks some of the rods holding Naruto down. Pain just keeps beating her...and she continues to get up and fight...even crawling over to Naruto to try to yank the rod out after all the punishment she had already taken. I...began to tear up. And then that final Shinra Tensei...
Oh god, that scene... Naruto screaming Hinata's name, the absolute silence as she slowly, agonisingly tries to force herself to her feet, slipping and falling with a pained gasp, then rising again... one arm hanging limp at her side, the other gripping her stomach, limping and stumbling across the space that separates her from Naruto, then falling to the ground again... rising again, blood trickling down her face, as Naruto begs her to stop... and then that music as the flashbacks begin... collapsing again only a few feet away from Naruto, forcing herself to crawl on her hands and knees to reach him, Pain watching, unable to comprehend why she's fighting so hard, even knowing she'll die... Hinata wrapping her hands around the stake pinning Naruto's hands to the ground... and then, that line:
Hinata: I never go back on my word... because... that's my Ninja Way...
Line delivered while Naruto, who had his face buried in his arms, looks up slowly, realizing Hinata is uttering his very own creed. The look on his face when they look at each other is PRICELESS!
And then all sound vanishes as Pain drags her into the air, smashes her to the ground and impales her with one of his stakes...
At that moment, Naruto became shocked and emotionless to the point where he can't even blink. All the tragedy he witnessed since he learned of Jiraiya's and Sakura's injuries, courtesy of Naruto's 4-tailed formhas been bottling up inside him up to this point...
And frankly, Pain didn't even have anything against Hinata personally. His desire for revenge was against the older generation, who was responsible for turning the Land of Rain into a battlefield for their wars. He just stabbed Hinata because he wanted Naruto to be Forced to Watch the girl who just confessed her love for him bleed to death in front him.
Chapter 439: The Fourth Hokage's trapped soul finally, finally making his appearance within Naruto's mind, to prevent his pushed-to-the-limit son from breaking the seal... and to declare that although he never wanted to see the Kyuubi again, being able to meet Naruto more than makes up for that.
Chapter 440: Naruto's conversation with the Fourth Hokage counts as one of these; especially the beginning when he wants to know why the Fourth Hokage seal the Kyuubi inside his own son. While the manga only devoted a few panels to it, the anime takes it up a couple notches with Naruto's angst-ridden speech that he yelled through tears.
Naruto: Dad... Why did you seal the Nine-Tails inside your own son?! Do you know what I went through because of that?! All the grown-ups looked at me with contempt and I couldn't make any friends. I wanted people to accept me, so I trained really hard to become strong. Then I met Iruka-sensei and Kakashi-sensei and Pervy Sage and I was happy because they helped make me stronger! But because of that, a group called the Akatsuki came after me, so I had to train even more. I got to be even stronger, but the Akatsuki still killed my friends. But... huh? What am I saying? Damn it! Am I supposed to be happy or mad?! I don't know anymore!
And then after hearing Pain's backstory, Naruto's decision.
Naruto: You may be right. Truth is... I think the same way you do.
Pain: ...I see.
Naruto: But even if I understand you now, that doesn't change how I feel. There's no way that I can forgive you. I still hate you!
Pain: Then you want to settle things with me?
Naruto: I do, but Pervy Sage believed in me and wanted me to continue his quest, and for those reasons... I choose to believe in him and follow what he taught me. So that's it; that's my answer. That's why... I'm not gonna kill you guys.
Does it count as a tearjerker if you're muttering 'thankyou thankyou thankyou' at the same time? See chapter 449 for details.
what about Nagato's bond with Chibi? both felt lost, abandoned and hungry until they met Konan and Yahiko but in the happiness is cut short when he was was caught in the crossfire of war?
Nagato is forced to kill his best friend Yahiko to save Konan. Not only that, he understandably hesitates, only for Yahikoto push himself onto the Kunai in Nagato's hand. This is a guy who genuinely wanted to help end war with his friends, to ensure no-one had to endure the pain they did; yet those warmongering fools robbed him of sympathy with their cold power lust and were about to murder them both having forced him to kill his other. The way Naruto was brutally treated in his youth, he could well have ended up just the same. You can certainly understand why he had no faith in humanity after witnessing such barbarity.
The recent events in chapter 457 in which Naruto practically begs the Raikage to spare Sasuke's life and then says "I know what I'm asking may sound ridiculous to you, but this is the only way I really know how to say it! Sasuke is my friend, and I can't just stand around and watch my friend get killed! And Besides, I don't want Leaf and Cloud ninja killing each other because of Sasuke. I don't want my friends or yours to get lost in their need for revenge!" And when he sees that the Raikage is ignoring him Naruto drops down to his knees begins to cry, and screams at the top of his lungs, "LOOK, I'M BEGGING YOU!! I DON'T WANT US TAKING EACH OTHER DOWN FOR VENGEANCE ANYMORE!!! Sasuke has always been all about vengeance! He's obsessed with it; it changed him! Vengeance drives you mad! It turns you into someone you don't even recognize! I don't want anyone else to become like Sasuke! I don't want the Leaf and Cloud to kill each other! And that's why...!" However the Raikage flat out refuses with "No matter what, we will dispose of Sasuke! You all ought to hold your ground, afterwards!" He then reprimands Naruto with "Shinobi shouldn't lower their heads so easily! You bow your head for a criminal and beg mercy to keep your comrade safe? In the shinobi world, that is not friendship!" and spells out the harsh truth "The history of mankind is a history of war! Those who are weak are trampled!" Finally, the Raikage and his group leave with "A shinobi world is not so indulgent as to suffer fools." and Naruto just remains there curled up on the ground in a sobbing wreck.
This moment hits twice as hard if you're up to speed in the manga And have seen the flashbacks to Hashirama bowing his head to the other Kage in an effort to secure peace. The Raikage himself takes his words back, stating that the Hokages all seem eager to bow their heads for how powerful they are, so maybe lowering one's head was okay after all.
When Gaara confronts Sasuke, Gaara is crying. Just crying wouldn't do it... except this is Gaara we're talking about.
The picture of Team Seven breaking in Chapter 474.
Sai revealed to Naruto that all of his teammates are planning to join together in the hopes of getting rid of Sasuke and how Sakura means to kill Sasuke herself because she loves him and wants to prevent him from living a life of evil. The picture breaking held significance in that sense because Naruto had tried so hard to get Sasuke back and keep team seven together, and he's steadily losing hope because it's becoming clearer to him, as much as he tries to deny it, that it's not possible. More than Sasuke and Naruto's fight at the Valley of the End and Itachi's death, this chapter is one of the most heartbreaking moments in Naruto, because of how everything seems to have gone to hell and how its seems that Naruto is the only person in Konoha or most of the ninja world for that matter who doesn't want Sasuke dead. So, in that sense, it really is him against the world now because Naruto will not kill anyone, he still considers Sasuke to be his best friend, and even though Sakura tried to get Naruto to forget about the promise, we all know that Naruto does NOT go back on his word EVER. Plus, he said it himself to Sakura that he was hoping to bring Sasuke back not just for her sake but for his sake as well.
Even though he was seen as a giant bastard throughout much of his time in the series, Danzou's death (topped with the revelation that he really did care for the village and truly respected the 3rd) tugged at quite a few heart strings. Especially his final words:
"Hiruzen... It's my turn next. Just as you gave your life to protect the Hidden Leaf Village, this time I will, too. I will stop them, but in the end, I never got to be Hokage. No matter how far I ran, I could never catch up to you... You were a tree leaf upon which light shone. I... was nothing but a foundation hidden in darkness. So, what do you think of me, eh, Hiruzen? ...What was I to you?"
Chapter 483: Alright I may not agree with Sasuke's actions in the manga as of recently but I can't deny it tugged at my heartstrings to see him making a serious attempt to kill Sakura and tell Kakashi right to his face that he's been itching to kill him for a long time. Just to see them going from being a team who looked out for each other and put their lives on the line for one another to actively trying to kill each other is the most heartbreaking thing in the series thus far.
Even worse is if you try to imagine exactly what Kakashi must be going through. His heart's gotta be breaking at all this.
I personally found Sasuke challenging Kakashi to a deathmatch in the state he was in to be hilariously absurd. What dragged this scene into Tear Jerker territory was, as the above note mentioned, the sense of what Kakashi's going through. Point: As he comes to the tragic realization that Sasuke has fallen irredeemably low and prepares to take him out, he laments that he now knows how the Third Hokage felt, in that no matter how low Orochimaru fell, he still loved him. Excuse me, there's Sand in My Eyes...
Chapter 484: Sakura. Her face was just heartwrentching while she was healing Karin. The tears. And when Karin starts to cry after seeing this. What tops it off was when Sakura almost got Sasuke with the poisoned kunai. She goes in ready to attack, but then has the flashbacks, and the very last thing she remembers is that "Thank you." before he leaves. She's visibly trembling and oh man, her tears when she says "I thought I could do this." Sasuke means too much to her for her to go through with it.
The most tragic thing of all is that they both don't know. Sasuke didn't know about this hesitation, and Sakura didn't know about the situation with Itachi. As far as both are concerned, one wants to kill him and the other is killing without reason. And then he goes and chokes her, never knowing that despite it all, her feelings for him...
In chapter 486, Naruto tells Sasuke that he'll bear the burden of his hatred and they'll die together the next time they fight. Sasuke asks Naruto why he cares about him so much and Naruto responds by smiling and saying "Because I'm your friend." Sasuke's reaction to this line makes it all the more heartwarming and teardrop-inducing.
Chapter 488: Shizune crying when Tsunade wakes up from her coma, but in a good way.
"Shizune... You're squeezing too hard..."
Confining the Jinchuuriki Arc
The end of chapter 497 brought forth tears of the happy kind. Kushina appears as Naruto's fighting and losing himself to Kyuubi's darkness and says "No...you need to stay here, Naruto." In the following chapter Naruto realizes Kushina is actually his mother, cries as he hugs her, and has a chat with her about things, which includes them laughing together and Kushina telling Naruto about how she came to fall in love with Minato. At the end of the chapter she tells Naruto she loves him and Naruto gives an adorable smile in response.
And then it goes to sad when, after finally meeting her and defeating the Kyuubi, he turns to her, seemingly about to ask what now, she cuts him off and basically happily tells him that she can now go be with Minato. In other words, she is going to die.
In episode 247 of the anime, the look on Naruto's face after he absorbs the Kyuubi's chakra and he realizes that he will now have to say goodbye to the mother he just met.
Tears somewhere between the sad variety and the enraged variety have the potential to be shed at chapter 500. As it is, it has revealed that Tobi/Madara is entirely, purposefully responsible for literally every bad thing that happened to Naruto in his life. Not just his father's Heroic Sacrifice, not just Jiraiya's death due to Pain, and not even stopping at causing the entire conflict with Sasuke, Tobi has been revealed as being the person responsible for Kushina's death and Naruto ever being a jinchuuriki in the first place because he threatened Naruto's life mere moments after birth as an ultimatum to Minato and Kushina. Just thinking about the fear and heartbreak that Minato and Kushina must have felt as their first and only son's life was in danger right after they had looked forward to the event for nearly a year is sad enough.
Even worse once you go back after The Reveal of Tobi's true identity ( Obito Uchiha). Finding out that the boy who inspired Kakashi to defrost and stop being such a stickler for rules, the Uchiha!Naruto, the crybaby, Minato's student, the guy who said "those who abandon their comrades are worse than trash", is the same person threatening a newborn child - his sensei's son is incredibly heartbreaking.
Chapter 501: The panels of Kushina laying next to baby Naruto after Madara took the Kyuubi out of her, and cuddling him while crying and muttering "Naruto..."Just look◊.
What's worse is that she's slowly dying at this point. This is the only time she'll be able to do this.
Seeing baby Naruto and baby Sasuke in this chapter being cradled by their loved ones (mom and dad in Naruto's case and a child Itachi in Sasuke's case) is pretty sad since we know just how utterly awful things are going to get for both of them.
Seeing young Itachi holding Sasuke made me realize that I'll never be able to look at Itachi again without nearly tearing up.
Chapter 503 is quite sad as well. Between the cover and everything from page 14 to the end. In order:
The cover is a picture of the life and family that Naruto could have had, and was robbed of by Madara's machinations.
Kushina tells Minato that she will reseal the Kyuubi inside of herself and die along with it.
Minato tells her that he will seal part of the Kyuubi in Naruto, and part into himself.
Minato and Kushina resign themselves to death.
Minato activates the Death God Seal.
What Kushina says to Minato is utterly heartwrenching: " If I try to imagine surviving and the three of us...living together...I can't think of anything...beyond "I'd be so happy.""
The deaths of Iruka's parents, particularly when Iruka watches his mother get wounded, apparently fatally, while protecting him.
It's not the event itself of Kakashi and the rest of his age group (note that Rinis absent) haplessly being told to stand down, but if you think about it in hindsight how Kakashi is, and how this is likely the night he lost not only his sensei but his last teammate, and he didn't even take part in the battle...Time to visit the Memorial Stone.
Chapter 504 isn't much better, and is arguably worse finishing off everything from 503. The biggest tearjerker, though, is Kushina's last words to Naruto before she dies and the Kyuubi gets sealed into him, as she tells him the entire list of things a mother usually says to her child over the course of his life... all at once.
In fact, most of the chapter is Minato and Kushina discussing how they won't be there for Naruto, and angsting over whether its morally justified.
And its anime counterpart : Episode 249 - I'm not gonna cry. I'm not gonna cry.
This is made much worse with the recent revelations; remember how Tobi threatened to kill baby 1 minute old Naruto and sic the Nine Tails on Kushina leading to her and Minato's death. That was OBITO's doing.
I can't be the only one who found Kisame's death in chapter 508 to be somewhat tragic, can I?
No you aren't brother, no you aren't...
And I shall second that...
The sad part here is the fact that it turned Kisame from Affably Evil to Well-Intentioned Extremist. If any, knowing his background as one of consistent murder and betrayal makes us understand why he would want the "world of truth" promised by Madara's Eye of the Moon Plan. The fact that he remembers learning about life from his dear partner Itachi doubles the impact.
I think the part that got me was that Samehada began crying after Kisame's death.
Additionally, even Naruto notes that Kisame, while a ruthless enemy, truly did care for his comrades, and wasn't just in pursuit of his own ambitions.
Kisame: It seems, in the end, I'm not so terrible after all.
The above quote was what really struck home to me.
For me it was Guy Sensei, the same guy that the series lightly played up as Kisame's possible rival and yet despite meeting several times, Guy couldn't even remember Kisame's name to the aggravation of Kisame and to the point of hilarity, said these words.
Guy: That was admirable though he was my enemy, the measure of a shinobi's life is determined by their death. Hoshigaki Kisame, I swear to remember that name for the rest of my life.
Lets just say anytime Man of the World starts playing, you know your gonna start bawling.
While it is probably too minor to add at this point, I suppose Konan's last battle with Madara should also count due to Character Development that came too late. Knowing the circumstances behind why she would be willing to stay in the background while Nagato and Yahiko were doing the Bad Ass stuff (simply because she sees herself as the pillar supporting their dreams to peace - aside from being obviously already falling for Yahiko). That she finally learned how to stand and rationalize for herself in a hopeless last stand against the psychopathic Big Bad amplifies the impact of what was supposedly a Satellite Character's demise.
"We'll all come home. And the three of us will celebrate a job well done! We'll have to call Jiraiya-sensei, too..." *SOB*
Minor? That's the only time I felt sad at all for those three, it was the only emotional part of that story that actually worked.
Shinobi World War Arc
517: Sai seems... distressed when he sees Shin.
We can only imagine what will happen when Shikamaru encounters Zombie!Asuma...
However, Shin's soul is released from the jutsu after seeing the picture Sai drew that he never go to see. Which makes it more sad yet beautiful.
The anime episode, 263, drives the entire thing home even more with flashbacks to Sai and Shin training in ROOT and their relationship. Seeing younger Sai actually genuinely smile is actually heartbreaking.
519: Sasori's death is this as well, if only because of his dying flashback and his request to Kankuro.
Though in a weird way, it's kind of heartwarming too. Kankuro talks him down and Sasori seems to come to an epiphany and disintegrates with a smile on his face.
522: The return of zombie Haku and Zabuza. It starts with Haku expressing regret that if Zabuza was also summoned, then clearly he was a failure as a tool. If Kakashi's line "he didn't just view you as a tool" superimposed over the image of Zabuza's final moment, followed by a completely shocked Haku didn't get you, then Zabuza - still unable to admit emotion even in death - telling Kakashi to shut up probably will. And more! Haku's tearful "Thank you" followed by the complete stripping of consciousness.
530: After meeting again Kakuzu, The Ino-Shika-Chou trio is stunned to see their master Asuma on the enemy side. Shikaku decides that it will be their task to deal with him. Shikaku's advice? "Don't get emotional. This is war. Failure is not an option".
535: Iruka's letter to Naruto. Especially "Come back alive, Naruto!"
Episode 211 of Shippuden had Danzo's death. His last words and the way in which they had been spoken were absolutely heartbreaking.
547: Karura's death scene, and the revelation that she really did love her son, enough that death itself couldn't stop her from protecting him, just like she'd promised. This doubles as a Crowning Moment because it is known that the One-Tail can control sand, but it's Karura's love that's protecting Gaara. To put it simply, her love for her son was so strong that she could force the One-Tail's chakra to protect him, and when the One-Tail was removed, that bit of it's power never left. Just as bad is when we're told that Yashamaru never truly hated Gaara, because it takes Gaara's crappy/non-existent childhood and makes it ten times worse. That absolutely devastated expression Gaara's wearing in the last few pages is completely justified.
Revealing that he was also born prematurely just made it even worse; seriously, he's so small he can fitin the palmsof human hands! Coupled with the knowledge Shukaku was sealed in that tiny body and it's virtually impossible to not feel bad for Gaara this chapter.
Gaara's flashback to the time when Yashamaru taught him about love and talked to him about Karura, the Kazekage admitting that he was a shitty father and explaining what we know already about his wife and brother-in-law to Gaara, and later the Kazekage crying as he's defeated and sealed away, his last thoughts being of the Sand Village and asking Gaara to protect it.
Made all the more effective because Gaara isn't normally given to displaying his emotions, unlike Naruto. That it shows on his face is fairly telling. This also doubles as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, when Gaara shows that he truly learned from Naruto's example, ignoring all the absolute shit his father put him through his whole life and thanking him instead for the one good thing he ever did for Gaara. Consider all that you've seen over the past two chapters and during the Chuunin Exam and ask yourself if you could have done that.
What got this troper about that scene wasn't any of that. It was that without the Shukaku within him, Gaara's "absolute defense" is able to take on its true form: not a wall of sand that jumps at his command, but his mother's hands, shielding him from all harm. It kills this troper every time he looks at the page where the sand image of Kurara is looming over her son, letting him cry in private while protecting him.
Kabuto's Edo Tensei is already Nightmare Fuel considering how it renders those revived, then doubles as a Tear Jerker when you realize that although unable to control their own actions, they are able to inform the opponents of what move they're about to make.
568: No one ever bothered to ask the Kyuubi its name.
Or treat him with anything even approaching kindness. Think about how old the Kyuubi must be, and how Naruto was apparently the first human he'd ever met who didn't want to control him.
571: Kakashi sees Naruto's new Tailed Beast form and thinks for a moment that his sensei, Minato, might have returned.
572: We see a flashback with the Sage of Six Paths and the nine Tailed Beasts. He tells them he's dying soon and that they all have their own names and must find what real strength is. We see a younger Kurama cry over this, and then find out that Kurama called the Sage "old man" like Naruto did the 3rd Hokage.... It was a very moving moment.
All of chapter 576. Sasuke crossing paths with the resurrected Itachi, who won't talk to him because he has "more important things to do". Ouch. And Itachi, unable to talk to his brother because he feels he's messed up so badly with Sasuke already and he needs to go stop Kabuto's resurrection technique as fast as he can.
Ending 21 in the anime Very tragic... YMMMV because it's basically also a pairing ending, but this is a filler arc that replays the past events and gives more thought and insight on Naruto and Sasuke's thoughts on the other. So that's why this ending made such an impact.
Shippuden 261. There's a flashback to a younger Deidara blowing up Iwa, and Kurotsuchi standing watching. The expression on her face is sad enough, but remember that it's not just because her village is being destroyed- it's because Deidara is the one doing it and leaving the village, the guy she addressed as her nii-san.
583: Kabuto's mother not knowing who Kabuto is even with her glasses on.
That doesn't even begin to do it justice. He was spying on Iwagakure when he was attacked by the woman who had taken him in, as she was undercover and failed to recognize him. He inflicted lethal injuries on her before he realized who she was, and he tried to heal her but failed, and she did not remember him even as she died. This caused Kabuto to feel as if his life had been meaningless, as the reason he had decided to become a ninja was to repay her for her kindness.
As well as the end of the chapter where he looks into a body of water at his reflection and states that he doesn't recognize himself and that it isn't him staring back at himself.
Or how Kabuto's mother was brainwashed to see Kabuto as a stranger to assassinate and another boy as Kabuto.
Chapter 585: This image of young Kabuto in the rain looking terrified, hugging himself, and crying.
Chapter 586: Despite everything and Kabuto's resolve, He falls under Izanami regardless and is trapped in an endless loop. It was sad that despite his efforts he still lost.
Chapter 587: Kabuto thinking that all he wanted was for someone to notice him. He just wanted to be acknowledged.
In a way, a random conversation between a Shinobi Alliance soldier and the medic at the end of the chapter becomes one when it's revealed that the medic was one of Kabuto's "brothers" at the orphanage, who is still hopeful he'll return one day after the war ends, completely oblivious to how far has "brother" has fallen since he left, and is in fact, one of the reasons why the war is taking place. It gets worse when you consider Kabuto's perspective that all of what he's done since that day is to be noticed by someone. It seems the orphanage still remembers him as he was, but as far as Kabuto knows, he'll probably never know he is acknowledged and loved, and the medic has no idea what a monster he became because of it.
Sasuke is not happy that technically winning against Kabuto will mean that Itachi dies again. And Itachi seems to have decided not to try and convince Sasuke to change himself, but just trust Naruto...
Even sadder since this just makes Sasuke hate Konoha even more.
In chapter 589 Sasuke tells Itachi "When I'm with you I remember the past. The feelings from my childhood spent together with the brother I loved."
The last few pages show a crumbling Itachi reaching out for Sasuke to give him one last poke to the forehead.
It looks like he's going to give him a poke on the forehead. In the next chapter, instead of his trademark poke, Itachi reaches out, places his hand on the back of Sasuke's head, and presses their foreheads together.
Jiraiya has Heroic Self-Deprecation near-pathological, even in his last moments he believes that his life was a complete waste and that he was a loser. His only goal in life was to have an awesome death. He managed it.
590. Even though Itachi chose to side with Konoha and kill his clan, his father and mother fully accepted his decision. They only asked him to promise them one thing, to take care of Sasuke.
Fugaku telling Itachi that he's proud of him until the very end.
Fugaku: Don't hesitate; it's the path you chose. Our pain will only last an instant, unlike yours. The way we think may be different, but I'm still proud of you.
Itachi breaking down into tears upon hearing this.
Itachi's final words to Sasuke...
Itachi: You don't have to forgive me. No matter what you decided to do from now on, I will always love you.
Chapter 591: Dan, Tsunade's old lover appears to her in chapter 591 before disappearing for good and tells her while holding her face. "I've only caused you hardship. I'm sorry. I'll be waiting on the other side. Please don't come for another while. Because you are my dream itself." He then kisses her forehead. Also heartwarming.
The Tsuchikage mentions that whoever undid Edo Tensei is a hero to the whole world. Tears ensue because it's Itachi and the world will never know and he'll still be considered the guy who massacred his family For the Evulz by most of the world.
Ten Tails Revival Arc
599. The official confirmation that Tobi's true identity is... Obito Uchiha. Specially because it's at the end of a massive whole episode flashback showing us his, Kakashi and Rin's past as well. Lotsa people saw it coming, but it still hurt as fuck.
598 and 599 deliver the punch hard. Basically, 598 opens with Kakashi suddenly realizing that it might be Obito behind the mask. Gai tells him he's thinking it too, but to press on. 599 is a silent montage of smiling, idealistic, kind hearted Obito, before cutting back to the present to reveal him with the mask shattered. The scars and cold look on his face must be torture to Kakashi.
For this troper, it was heart wrenching. You keep reading the flashback, from young, humble beginnings, to bittersweet memories, to a tearjerking end. And as you continue to read, you slowly but surely come to the bitter realization of just who Tobi is, and what Tobi has done - and as it finally reveals what you've known all along, it becomes nothing more than a pure Tear Jerker.
Triple Whammy when you realize that out of EVERYONE (read: Gaara, Nagato and Sasuke), HE is the strongest parallel to Naruto of them all. This is someone who Naruto ''could have become if he'd snapped far enough pull a Face-Heel Turn!!
The look on Kakashi's face when he sees the truth. Broken Pedestal doesn't even begin to describe it.
When you really think about it, you realize how deeply Obito affected the plot. Had he never "died", he would have never become Tobi. Then not only would both his sensei (who he, for all intents and purposes, KILLED) and his wife would still be alive, Naruto would have had a much happier life, the Uchiha Clan would be intact, and Kakashi would have never lived a life of regret. Ultimately, Obito became the catalyst for the fate of the world-and he chooses to plunge into a terrible war, loses all sense of idealism he once had, disillusioned by the horrors of the shinobi life. It's a tragedy.
He pretty much already has...and it's just as heartbreaking as one would expect.
Then there's Obito's reasoning for doing all this: Rin's death. As you continue to read the chapter, you can notice how the flashback does not focus on Obito's relationship with Kakashi and focuses on his relationship with Rin, the girl he was in love with. Since Kakashi confirmed that she has died, you realize that her death was probably what caused Obito to become Tobi. Chapter 600 later confirmed this, and it's saddening to see Kakashi ask why he doesn't just blame him, and that Obito loved Rin enough to be willing to destroy a reality that she is no longer a part of, just because of her untimely passing.
Chapter 601 gives us the five Kage, all about to die. Tsunade pulls a Heroic Second Wind, instead of healing her own grievous wounds, summons Katsuyu and asks to bring the other Kage to her, so that she can save them. It is directly hinted that Tsunade won't make it...
Naruto: What happened to everyone there?
Madara: I wonder... I guess they are... not doing so well.
Chapter 602 shows that even after having an entire side of his body destroyed by the rocks that crushed him, all Obito thought of was getting back to his friends and his village. A determination so strong that he actually tried to leave Madara's cave, despite being specifically told that not only was there no exit, but that the White Zetsu material stopping him from dying was fragile and could tear free with any strenuous movement, resulting in his instant death. It doesn't work of course and after finally collapsing from a mixture of exhaustion and pain, all Obito can do is plead mentally for Kakashi and Rin to wait for him because he is still alive. Which of course makes his eventual fate all the more devastating.
604: At the end, Obito sees that Kakashi has just stabbed poor Rin through the heart with Chidori.
It becomes even worse when you realize that if Obito had left even a few weeks earlier, he might have been able to get his happy ending, and this entire story might have taken a different path.
605: "I know where I am now. I...am in Hell." You can just see the moment idealistic Obito dies and nihilistic Tobi is born....
608: Obito beating up Kakashi and Kakashi just not fighting back. He didn't even try to defend himself. Also, this: Kakashi: 'It's true as you say, I'm trash. But Obito, you were always.. a hero to me.' Cue the waterworks
That's not all, as you see Kakashi getting beaten around, you can just feel how much he's hurting from all this. Each blow must have felt a hundred times worse than anything he took in his entire life.
613: Shikaku, Inoichi, and Ao face their impending deaths via Tailed Beast Ball. They decide to go out by performing their duties to the end. Seeing Shikamaru (trying to be stoic but obviously hurting) and Ino (quietly shedding Tender Tears) face the fact their parents are doomed is just heart-rending.
614: Neji diving in front of a wood jutsu spear to save Naruto and Hinata.
Then the seal on his forehead disappears, signifying beyond any doubt that Neji is dead which one is especially heartbreaking when one realizes that he's the first of the Konoha 12 to die, and gets to the point of inspiring rage when it hits that Obito's "I thought you weren't going to let me kill any of your friends?" comment is there for no other reason than to spite Naruto.
From Bad to Worse. Take a look at Obito's face while he says that. It almost looks.... angry. In a previous chapter, Obito remarked that Naruto was similar to how he, Obito, had been at one point. On some deep level, Obito may have truly wanted Naruto to prove his nihilistic worldview wrong. With Neji's death, Obito believes Naruto has failed..
Look back at chapter 103, page 14, and then read Neji's last words. The mirroring breaks this tropers heart.
616: Lee's utterly broken expression upon getting to Neji and confirming beyond any doubt that yes, his teammate, his ally, and his best friend is gone. Made worse by Guy and Tenten's reactions; Tenten can barely speak, and Guy throws out some motivational bullshit to keep from breaking down himself.
What, no mention of Shikaku and Inoichi's sort-of last talks with Shikamaru and Ino?
Inoichi's last talk with Ino was probably one of the most poignant moment in the series. Shikaku's talk would qualify here, but, a funny moment happened.
And now that this has happened, two of Naruto's most loyal friends have some idea of the pain he feels in not having any parents, even just by losing one of theirs. What Irony.
619: The Second Hokage's revelation of the real nature of the Sharingan and the "curse" of the Uchiha clan. The popular belief is that the Uchiha are doomed to produce monsters like Madara and (possibly) Obito because they reject putting any value on love and friendship. The truth is that they feel these emotions far more deeply than any other people alive, and are so much more affected by their loss that they near-inevitably spiral into rage and nihilism. The Sharingan is the expression of the Uchiha's anguish and despair over the loss of anyone they love, and the longer this pain consumes them, the more powerful their eyes become (and the more their sanity deteriorates). Madara is the ultimate villain of this series because that's how deeply his love for his brother wounded him when he lost Izuna.
Adding that to the sad confession of The Third Hokage, confirming Tobi and Danzou's revelations of Itachi to Sasuke. You can see in Hiruzen's look that he's not proud of himself. My Greatest Failure, anyone?
Even worse, when Hiruzen confirms this, Sasuke gets an incredibly pained expression on his face. That was incredibly painful to see. After all, this is Sasuke we're talking about - the two emotions he's mostly been showing have been rage and indifference.
And now we understand better why Obito snapped - his pain at losing Rin really did cause him more emotional anguish than most people. Really, now that we know that the Uchiha Clan's tendency for nihilism and self-destructive behaviour truly isIn the Blood, it's all the sadder for it.
Just finding out that Madara and Hashirama both actually started out with more than one younger brother...Hashirama had 2 and Madara had 4. No wonder they were willing to work together to make Konoha.
Also, the scene where Hashirama and his brothers are talking. Tobirama reveals that he thinks shinobi should have no emotions...it sounds eerily like Danzou, except instead of coming from a veteran it's coming from a preteen. It breaks the heart.
Then the worst possible scenario occurs for them: their fathers and younger brothers about to kill each other.
After this chapter, I kind of understood why Hashirama was so willing to reach out to the Uchiha: in his eyes, the Senju were Not So Different.
Going with the above, it seemed the two clans were indeed Not So Different, despite Tobirama's claims of evil being in the Uchiha blood: both Hashirama and Madara's fathers aimed kunai at the other's youngest son as a diversion. Not terribly tear inducing, but then when both Hashirama and Madara deflect the kunai aimed at their brother, Madara instantly turns on his new best friend, and then awakens his Sharingan while threatening Hashirama.
Look at the images of Izuna as a kid, so proud of his big brother. Then, look at him after Tobirama slashes him. All he can think about is telling his brother to stay at war with the Senju.
And Madara keeps to those wishes. Hashirama has him near death and refuses to kill him. Despite this show of mercy, Madara demands that Hashirama either commit suicide or kill Tobirama to secure peace.
After striking Madara down during their battle, Hashirama starts to talk about their dream. Then, he stops midsentence and corrects himself. He talks about his dream, finally acknowledging that his friend was no more.
Hell, everything about Hashirama and Madara's backstory counts as this.
635: It is depressing that in the end Sasuke hasn't really changed. We all hoped that Sasuke was an ally. If anything this chapter just shows us that the idea of Team 7 truly coming together is impossible. Sakura herself stopped trusting Sasuke
636: Kakashi fatally pierces a huge hole in Obito's chest, probably taking at least a piece of his old friend's heart - in the process, Obito also stabs Kakashi. All of this is compared to a flashback of the young Kakashi and Obito, back when they were teammates, having a sparring match.
Kakashi: Naruto... you will never lose your way. You're stronger than me. You are unique in many ways. This is the only thing I can do now. I will do what I can. To protect the past Obito... I need to... kill the current Obito!
637: This entire chapter is a Tear-Jerker for Minato, as he comes to realize that it was Obito who attacked that night. Who threatened his son, attacked his home, hurt his wife, and ended so many lives, including his. He has a devastated look on his face as he realizes the truth and cuts Obito down.
642: Minato's tragedy digs deeper as he realizes he could have prevented the death of his wife, the burden of his child and the current war had he recognized Obito during the Nine-Tail's attack on Konoha. It's already awful to take your sacrifice and hopes twisted but the real kicker comes from your former student blaming you for it.
646: Despite Naruto's efforts, the Ten Tail's reaches it's final form and annihilates the alliance in one fell swoop, the face Naruto makes, nearly breaking in tears as he stands drained before those he failed to protect is a testament of how awful the situation has become.
647: As Ino conveys the images from Naruto's memories into the minds of the ninja alliance, we see a flashback scene from Asuma's funeral, and the next panel shows the reanimated Hiruzen: not visibly upset, but his expression clearly implying that he's just now finding out that his son is dead.
Every one of those flashbacks are heartbreaking. Seeing the reactions of the living/existing shinobi at their dead comrades just makes me want to hug everyone.
651: Pushes Obito even further into Tragic Villain territory. Right before falling in battle to Naruto and Sasuke, Obito gets bombarded with a vision of what his life would have been like if he had not turned to darkness. The vision included him moving on from Rin's death, joining his comrades in battle, and eventually becoming Hokage.
Just the tiniest thing, but during the What If? scenario, Obito is standing with all the other Konoha jonin. If you look behind him, Ibiki has no scars, implying that Obito could have stopped whatever happened to him.
652: Even in-universe, what happened to Obito is a tear-jerker. When Naruto leads the chakra tug-of-war against him, he accidentally briefly links minds with Obito and sees the guy's past, and it actually makes him shed a tear for his enemy.
655: Naruto and Sasuke have defeated Obito and the latter goes to deal the killing blow. Kakashi gets to Obito first, stating that it's his responsibility as Obito's teammate and friend to deal the killing blow. Just then, Minato grabs Kakashi's arm to keep him from killing what's left of Obito, stating that maybe Rin in heaven somehow had something to do with their reunion happening the way it did. He also says that Rin wouldn't have wanted this and that Kakashi should understand Obito the most. Kakashi describing the despair he felt at Obito, Rin, and Minato in the span of a year and Obito's subsequent description of Rin as his only ray of light in the world doesn't help very much.
Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc
Chapter 656: Just as Obito is about to perform the Rinne Tensei, to perform a Redemption Equals DeathHeroic Sacrifice, Madara has Black Zetsu hijack the jutsu to revive himself. It comes across as a huge Heel Face Door Slam in the eyes of Obito who was trying to atone for what he had done.
Chapter 660: We learn why in Part I Gaara thought the Shukaku was an old monk. We learn that the old monk was one of the Shukaku's previous jinchuriki, and he was treated as a monster. He was locked in a cell, given only bread and water and was treated with utter disdain. Refusing to call him his real name, instead calling him the Shukaku. It does show how society has changed and does make sense why the Tailed Beast hate humans so much.
Kurama is sealed. The look on Naruto's face really seals the deal.
Chapter 662: Gaara manages to bring a dying Naruto back to the Medical Ninja. When Hinata uses the Byakugan to see Naruto's fading heartbeat, she desperately runs to him and collapses (don't know if she tripped or if it was from exhaustion). The devastated look on her face seals it.
As if she was the only one breaking down there, Sakura's and Karin's reaction to Naruto's and Sasuke's dying moments are painful to watch. IT'S THE PEARL HARBOR OF ALL NARUTO SHIPS!
Chapter 665: Sakura's look of absolute despair when Madara took down Kakashi, Minato and Gaara and the Black Zetsu controlled Obito was walking towards him. She literally was powerless, if she tried to fight Naruto would have died, but if she doesn't do anything his death was just a matter of time.
Chapter 667: Guy decides to use the Eighth gate. Which will kill him
Chapter 668: It's mostly a chapter of Guy with his dad, Might Dai. His dad is revealed to be a mere genin despite already being old enough to have a preteen son. Because of this, he is openly mocked. When Guy fights the older ninjas who're demeaning his dad, he is beaten up and has to stay at a hospital. There, his dad reveals that a true victory is not beating a strong opponent, but protecting something precious to you. Fast-forward a little later where Dai teaches Guy the Eight Gates technique and tells him to use it only when he is protecting what's important to him. He is last seen activating all Eight Gates to protect Guy and his team from none other than ALL SEVEN NINJA SWORDSMEN OF THE MIST, thereby explaining his death. The last scene in the chapter is Guy protecting his longtime friend and rival, Kakashi, and his own student, Lee, from Madara by activating the same technique his dad did.
Also a Tear Jerker for Rock Lee. Poor guy lost his best friend to Madara earlier in the fighting, when Neji died to protect Naruto and Hinata. Now, he has to watch the first and nearly only person who ever believed in him go out in a Dying Moment of Awesome to protect the world.
Then subverted in the next chapter as Lee declares he will not look at this as a tearjerker since showing pity to Gai when Gai is going out in a moment of awesome to save everyone would be horribly rude towards Gai's sacrifice. Though it is played straight in that he is sad he cannot open the eighth gate too to back Gai up, and Minato has to help him rally.
Chapter 670: How the Sage of Six Paths reacts to the idea that he created ninjustu. It makes sense in retrospect, the Sage wanted to create peace and instead his legacy is one of war. If one considers it, he was a failure despite his strength and knowledge. He wanted peace, and created ninshu to do so. Instead ninshu was corrupted to ninjustu that restarted and intensified the wars, his mother stopped. Along with creating a war between his sons, that is still going on between his sons's reincarnations. The Tailed Beasts were manipulated by humans their whole life, causing a very justified hatred for humanity. And the sage has gone through time to meet his sons' reincarnations, so he knows how badly he messed up.
675: Obito's whole life was manipulated and crushed by Madara and the reason he did so was because Obito was truly a kind and loving person whose fall would make him hate the world...
It's especially bad for Obito, knowing that the man he (somewhat) trusted was manipulating him and was most likely not going to give a crap about world peace while Obito was a Well-Intentioned Extremist. Madara just did it for the power... Boy, I sure hope Obito and Team 7 kick Madara's butt!
676: Obito was killed and Black Zetsu is using his corpse
Sakura gets the message loud and clear Sasuke doesn't care if she lives or dies
677: Hinata being caught in the Infinite Tsukuyomi, her last free thoughts being about Naruto.
After waiting and complaining about his absence for ages, Yamato fans get to see their favorite character again. Only the poor man was being manipulated into attacking the very people he cares for by Madara, and now he to is another victim of the Infinite Tsukuyomi.
678: The depiction of Gaara's dream within Infinite Tsukuyomi was utterly heartwrenching when letting it sink in. The way his entire family was together, being able to live a normal, happy childhood. He was even having Naruto as a childhood best friend. The contrast between his dream and the reality of what happened with him and his family had this troper tearing up very quickly.
Tenten's dream and Tsunade's dream are pretty bad as well. Tenten's is just normal life for Team Gai, which is heartbreaking when you consider that Neji's dead and Gai could be very badly incapacitated. Tsunade's involves all her deceased alive - Dan is Hokage, Jiraiya, Orochimaru and Nawaki are hanging around and... sniff. Also the background moments in Shikamaru's and Ino's dreams - Shikamaru's watching his mum and dad bicker while Asuma and Kurenai look after their baby and Ino's dad is smiling at how popular she is and just... sob.
What really makes Tenten's dream sad is the fact that while everyone else is dreaming about romance or achieving some great feat, Tenten's dream is for Gai and Lee to stop being annoying. She has no ambitions or desires other than this and wishing Neji wasn't dead.
Hinata's dream too. In it, she's leaning against Naruto while Neji and Hanabi spy on them. Considering the last thing Hinata did before entering her dream was cry for Naruto and Neji's death, this makes it even worse.
I'm slightly dreading the moment that the Infinite Tsukyomi is undone because when everyone wakes up and realizes that they're dreams didn't happen... Ugh.
681: The Reveal that Black Zetsu edited the Uchiha tablet to use the clan as his pawns is really depressing. All of the conflict in the series: the ruined lives, the shattered families, the broken friendships, and countless deaths were caused by a huge lie.
How does Obito die, by selflessly putting himself in danger by pushing the half-blind Kakashi out of harms way...
Kakashi's desperate and futile attempts to get the boulder off Obito. A moment later he just breaks down crying right on the spot while berating himself for not coming along with Obito from the beginning.
Obito's last words.
Obito: Just when Kakashi and I were starting to get along. I never got to tell Rin, I love her. I just wish, I could have spent more time with everyone...
You know what's worse than all of that? Obito didn't die that day. Kakashi, Rin and Minato left him behind...and none of them ever even knew it.
MOVIES AND OTHER MEDIA
Although filler, Episodes 176-178 show Naruto's background in detail. It is heartbreaking. Everything Naruto does is met with hate and ignorance. He even does something he feels is stupid, just so he can have friends.
In Naruto: Road to Ninja, due to the premise of the movie there are lot of tear jerkers as well.
The beginning of the movie, when Naruto can only look at his friends' happy families and as he walks home, he sees more families, before returning to his dirty and dark apartment alone.
It is truly heartwrenching watching Naruto surrendering to his emotions and hugging Kushina.
Sakura gets this as well, after spending time in the alternative world with her parents dead, she gets lonely. She realizes what it must have been like for Naruto growing up and goes to his house to talk about how to get back to their world, only to see how happy Naruto is. She leaves wondering if should it would be right to force him to leave.
When Naruto has to go back to the real world, he thanks his parents for letting him know what having a family was like.
When Naruto looks through the photo album. It's a tearjerker because you get to see how happy his life would have been like if the Kyuubi never attacked Konoha.
The episode "The Unbreakable Mask and the Shattered Bubble" follows up on an anime filler arc that the manga didn't. As Naruto and Killer Bee come face to face with Tobi. The masked man unleashes his reincarnated jinchriki, and Naruto happens to recognize one of them as his new friend Utakata. Then, using his bubble jutsu, Utakata is somehow able to fight his Mind Control enough to create a fantasy world. He then sadly brings Naruto up to speed on the fact that he to is a jinchriki, and what happened to him after they parted. While Naruto does not shed a single tear, it's easy to tell he's devastated.
Never has a filler follow-up episode been so heartbreaking.
During the end credits of episode 344, where shown clips of Obito's life up to the current battle. But we never see his face, he's always facing away from the screen. Except when he now an adult sees a vision Rin. He tries to reach out to her but his hand passes right through her as she walks through him. A very heartbreaking scene.
Made worse by the lyrics Obito recalls his entire struggle for acknowledgement and his constant string of failures with a hopeful tone until the moment Rin dies, after that point he considers everything useless and decides that Rin shouldn't have died and he will complete the Moon Eye Plan (his future over the rainbow) at all costs.
Episode 347 and 348 of the anime further develop the origins of Akatsuki and it's fall to darkness. It first depicts the Rain Orphans early victories and idealistic contributions to peace until Danzo royally screws them up and then reality further kicks them down when Obito kills all other core members before they have a chance to prevent the trap set up for Yahiko and Nagato. What's most heartbreaking though is when Yahiko (now Deva Path) shows at the end and Nagato states that he will always be the leader of Akatsuki.
Episode 349 tells how Hiruzen stops being Hokage he resings after making peace with the Stone after a gruesome war, making all the death of Konoha Ninjas useless. Danzou recommends Orochimaru while Hiruzen recommends Minato.
Kakashi's life post Rin's death isn't really good either, he keeps washing his hand but he still can feel his hand piercing Rin. That, and the nightmares.
The "Shadow of the ANBU Arc", starting around episode 353 Captain Yamato's background is delved into. Considering all the Nightmare Fuel he went through while fully conscious of his surroundings, watching in horror as other children died from failed experiments while still practically an infant. It's downright amazing he grew up into the well adjusted man he is today, not that he's doing so well at the moment. Seems the hard luck story that's Yamato's life continues.
The Tenten filler ep in Shippuden really made her one-sided loss in the Chunin Exams a heartbreaker in retrospect. She idolized Tsunade and tried to emulate her, but she didn't have the natural talent for taijutsu or medical ninjutsu like Tsunade. She learned a good lesson out of the whole effort: It's fine to look up to someone, but you have to figure out what YOU'RE good at. She discovered her talent as a weapons expert and progressed to the point that she qualified for the Chunin Exams...and after all that, she got curbstomped by Temari. That had to be a punch to the gut for her. At least she did eventually become a chunin over the timeskip.
Orochimaru's minions. The genin and the Sound Four— all dying horrible deaths, with the oldest one being no more than fifteen. That's right— when kids in our world were talking on their cell-phones and wondering who was dating who, or what's for dinner, these kids were ready to risk their lives to kill for Orochimaru, whom they obviously felt respected them but really could only care if their deaths furthered his plans, or did not hinder them. And some— such as Dosu— understood, but still followed orders. WHY?! It's worse than the usual child-soldiers just because how obviously dark their stories are.
We're having more heart-wrenching Jinchuriki tragedies courtesy of the anime: Utakata's (the jinchuriki of the Six-Tailed Slug) death right after he promises to help train Hotaru, the only person who trusted him in the last episode of the Anime Filler Arc. To have been deprived of your life at just about the moment it begins to take a turn for the better... *SOB*
EVERYTHING that has ever happened to Itachi and Sasuke! Just... EVERYTHING!!!
Gaara as well.
Nagato, Yahiko and Konan also count.
Naruto's backstory is just depressing. He was alone since he was an infant, never knew his parents at all. With every adult just hating him.