* The ending to episode 30. Jaden has beaten Darkness and saved Syrus and Chumley from being killed in the volcano. Darkness was revealed to be [[spoiler: Atticus, and Alexis was in tears when she found out.]]
* And another first season TearJerker: [[spoiler: Zane's sacrifice to save Syrus from Camilla, as a slow, tinkly music box version of Genkai Battle plays in the background.]]
* Aster's memory of the night he found his father murdered. He picks up the Destiny Hero Dreadmaster card realizing those cards are all he has left of his father while crying.
* [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight In Jaden's duel to save]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Chazz from the Society of Light]], Ojama Yellow, beaten and bruised from repeated attacks, breaks down into tears.
** Turns into a heartwarming moment when Chazz breaks free from the mind control and uses his Ojamas again.
* Chazz, Alexis, Hassleberry and Atticus all being sacrificed by Brron and seemingly killed off. Along with Jaden watching in horror.
* Jaden trapped in the mind of the Supreme King. The happy-go-lucky hero who's reaction to immensely powerful harbingers of doom and darkness have ranged from comedic to inspirational is trapped in a perpetual DespairEventHorizon where he's unaware of [[spoiler: the horrible things the Supreme King is using his body to do]], and where [[spoiler:he can only wallow in self-loathing as he blames himself for his friends' apparent deaths.]]
* The above entry is so traumatic for him that he spends almost the entirety of the final season as a cynical HurtingHero. He rarely spends time with his friends, almost never smiles, only duels--his passion and most joy-inducing pastime--when doing so is absolutely necessary when it comes to saving the world.
* The other BrokenAce, Ryou/Zane, was just as heartbreaking. Used to be respectful despite his stoic and aloof behavior, he finally [[FreakOut snapped]] after a humiliating loss and became [[BloodKnight willing to do anything]] to [[SeriousBusiness achieve victory]] even at the expense of [[KickTheDog his little brother]]. Syrus is left heartbroken that he couldn't save his big brother.
** His [[KickTheDog duel against Syrus]] in season 2 gets even more heartbreaking when you realize that Syrus only kept hold of his ideals because Jaden was there to support him. If Zane had had ''one single person'' who still believed in him by the time he ended up in the Underground, he might not have broken.
** Ryo is more mentally balanced in season 3, but he suffers ''physically'' throughout it. He spends most of the season trying to find a perfect duel that will take everything he has, [[DeathSeeker fully aware that he may not survive it]]. His heart condition takes a massive toll on him before the duel with Yubel even starts, and he collapses more than once, but he [[SecretlyDying refuses to tell anyone]] because he [[DontYouDarePityMe doesn't want to be rescued]]. His determination and refusal to give up before the end of that final duel is both his CrowningMomentOfAwesome and a TearJerker of the highest order.
** His death scene somehow takes it even further, especially when Jaden promises that he'll "shine even brighter and make a miracle", and Zane responds, "I'm sure... everyone who died... wanted that too". In the dub, Jaden futilely tells him to hold on, saying that Syrus needs his big brother, and Zane replies that "he's got one" before telling Syrus that he's proud of him. Add that to the images of him that appear in the sky (Hell Kaiser, then him at Duel Academy, and finally him as a child), and Syrus's sobbing going on and on...
** He only appears in two episodes of Season 4, but it's painful to watch him in his condition. His heart condition has finally caught up with him, and even the powerful will that let him [[{{Determinator}} fight through it]] last season can't keep him on his feet. Not to mention the reveal later in the season that his brother apparently resents the living hell out of him for needing a caretaker.
* Syrus in season 3. After losing his big brother emotionally, he now faces the same situation with his best friend.
* Jim [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight trying to save]] Jaden from the [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Supreme King]]. Jim knows Jaden is NotHimself and desperately tries to reach Jaden inside. Why? Because Jaden was his honest and simple friend. Despite Jim's {{Determinator}} attempts and a fierce duel, the Supreme King cruelly kills Jim without any remorse.
* In season 3, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Aster is the only person concerned about getting the rest of the group to Duel Academy safely.]] When Adrian shows up, [[TheDulcineaEffect Aster refuses to allow Echo to be forced against her will as a sacrifice]] and challenges Adrian in a duel to the death. During their duel, [[UnwantedRescue Echo confesses she knows what she's doing for Adrian and doesn't want to be rescued because everything is for the best so Adrian can be king.]] Adrian is able to defeat Aster with Exodia and Aster is only able to say farewell to Jaden before the group was involved in the blast as he is defeated.
* The flashback of a young Yusuke Fujiwara losing his parents at the morgue and Honest appearing to embrace him.
* The end of Hassleberry and Professor Satyr's duel is this and a heartwarming moment, when Hassleberry figures out that he pulled the scheme to pull the Ra's at the Red Dorm back out of loneliness, because he didn't want to be alone in the dorm anymore.
* [[spoiler: Jaden's reconciliation with Yubel]] at the end of Season 3. After laying everything bare in a MotiveRant, the [[spoiler: gut-wrenching embrace they have at the end]] isn't that far-fetched, really.
* Professor Viper's backstory is heartbreaking, despite how he had been, you feel for him when his adopted son dies. [[spoiler: And then Yubel lied about resurrecting him.]]
* From Season 4, Episode 178: Yubel being forced [[spoiler: to attack Juudai head-on by Darkness]]. The look on her face as she's forcibly dragged across the arena an inch at a time is absolutely heartbreaking. Followed by a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming when Juudai [[spoiler: takes her hand and vows "I'll get you back, no matter what!"]]
* Fubuki [[spoiler: screaming for Asuka after she's lost to Darkness]].
* From the manga, when Midori [[spoiler:realizes she has to sacrifice the possibility of getting information on her younger brother Koyo's coma out of Reggie to prevent Judai from having to duel her, accompanied by a mental vision of Koyo telling her she's doing the right thing. She's unable to win, though, and collapses, comatose in front of Judai]].
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