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Tear Jerker: Tsukihime
Kohaku: I see...I guess it was only an illusion after all. It hurts. That's why...I wanted to become a doll...

If one is softhearted enough, Tsukihime seems to run on these, with each route having one or two. Quite appropriate for a story focusing on death as a central theme.
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     Tsukihime Visual Novel 
  • Traditionally, Arcueid's True Ending and Satsuki's story (during Akiha's path, at least) are the most well-known ones.
    • Roa kills Arcueid by cutting her in half, and watches as she bleeds out in Shiki's arms. The sheer power of Arcueid's last request, a simple kiss rather than the life energy that would allow her to regenerate, makes this one of the most moving parts of the entire game. The fact that Roa took a flying leap over the Moral Event Horizon by killing Arcueid makes the following "World of Cardboard" Speech and Crowning Moment Of Awesome from Shiki even more badass and memorable.
      • The Manga's rendition of that scene and the following ending count as well. Arc's farewell is pretty poignant, and poor Shiki's reaction is likely to mirror the reader's.
    • Satsuki's death early in the Far Side routes, especially Akiha's. "Well, my house is this way." Despite being a small part of said routes, it tends to stick in the reader's mind easily.
  • Ciel's path, (specifically, the "How can you not hate me?" scene).
  • Hisui's True Ending features a powerful double-whammy: First, Akiha dies protecting Kohaku from SHIKI. This is pretty terrible on its own, since it shows that she cares for someone other than just Shiki, and because if it hadn't been for Shiki's appearance, she wouldn't have been distracted enough to let that attack happen. In other words, it's your fault that she dies. Killing SHIKI lacks any real satisfaction or closure, as a result.
    • However, the real impact comes afterwards. After SHIKI reveals with his last words that he didn't recognize him, Shiki comes to the realization that he must have had someone to aid him throughout the route. Putting everything together, he (and the reader, if they've been sharp enough) realizes that Kohaku must have helped him. Confronting her, she confesses at length that she essentially put into motion the entire plot of the game, all because she was sexually and emotionally abused by Tohno Makihisa ever since she was brought to the Tohno Mansion. It's an avalanche of revelations, the final piece of the puzzle that the reader needs to realize how events can change so much from one route to the other, and filling in any inconsistencies. Kohaku then kills herself, having fulfilled her goal of taking revenge. Even though Shiki and Hisui have each other, it's still pretty bleak.
  • Fridge Tearjerker, but the Epilogue states that eventually Shiki's glasses will no longer be able to seal off his Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, coupled with the strain that his power takes on his mind and body makes it so that he only has a few years to live at best. Shiki's okay with it, accepting that death comes to all things, but its still pretty tragic, not to mention how his death would affect those that love him.
  • Special mention for the music. If you've played the game, this will make you cry.

  • Young SHIKI has just been posessed by Roa and he fears that he will invert. So he asks his best friend to give him a Mercy Kill if he ever inverts, since as a Nanaya he can easily kill things. Shiki refuses to do it, because they're friends. When the time comes and SHIKI inebitably inverts, Shiki decides to Take a Third Option and protects Akiha at the cost of his life.
    Shiki: I didn't want it to dissapear...I didn't it to become just a memory...I didn't want to kill it, but...but in the end I...

     Kagetsu Tohya 
  • The sidestory Dawn. A girl who wants to walk back home to reunite with her sister Akemi happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets devoured by Nrvqsr Chaos, but she gains some of his powers. The girl ends up dying at the hands of Shiki, unaware of anything other than her nature as a vampire. She dies happily in Akemi's arms.
  • Drinking, Dreaming Moon is pretty heartwarming because Shiki and SHIKI discuss past and present on friendly terms. The sad thing is that poor Shiki is crying the whole time as they talk, because he knows that everything is All Just a Dream and the real SHIKI was Killed Off for Real and still feels bad for killing his friend.
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