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Tear Jerker: Shrek
From the first film:
The Twist Ending of Shrek, which this troper had always wanted to see in this sort of fairy tale: "...I'm supposed to be beautiful..." "But you are beautiful."
And don't forget the scene after Shrek and Fiona split up, and everything's going as planned, but both are completely miserable. What really pushes it into tearjerker territory is the heartbreaking "Hallelujah" playing in the background.
That particular version of "Hallelujah" gets my tear ducts going like no other song ever recorded.
This troper still finds the misunderstanding where Shrek overhears Fiona saying, "Who could ever love a beast so hideous and ugly?" painfully hard to watch.
Extra points for being depressing both from Fiona's side and Shrek's side of the conversation.
From the second film:
Shrek's Despair Event Horizon. He's left skulling shots ofmilk in the Poison Apple, and lamenting why he even saved Fiona in the first place, alongside Donkey and Puss. It's the lowest we've seen Shrek get, and it is depressing.
At the climax, where Shrek and his allies all raid the castle. Mostly, it's just full of the crowner moments for nearly every character but it's the giant Gingerbread Man that gets the tearducts flowing during this scene. His "be good" line was especially tearjerker-worthy...
Why'd you say that? I cried as a child when he fell. I kept saying, "Get up buddy..." You've made this unbreakable troper cry now...
From the third film:
King Harold's death
Artie explaining about his father abandoning him.
When Shrek get captured by Charming and has to lie to keep Artie from being killed. The music that plays afterwards is on par with Hallelujah in terms of sheer emotion
From the fourth film:
At the end, there's an extended amount of time where it appears that Shrek failed. And, technically speaking, he was dead for a while. This movie being Darker and Edgier than the others, it wasn't unbelievable that they'd do it.