YMMV / Shin Mazinger Zero

  • Tear Jerker: The Downer Beginning, with Kouji losing literally everything before meeting Minerva-X. To wit: his father was murdered, his girlfriend was raped AND killed, he killed the culprit (his grandfather, of all people), lost an arm... and then not only he became a messed-up Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds, but he and Mazinger ended up literally destroying Earth. And for worse, Minerva witnessed everything and couldn't do anything to help.
    • Hell, any time that ZERO is activated can be considered this. To elaborate this is a monster that was once a hero and guardian of the human race. Sure it was stated that it could become a god or a devil, but most of the time we've been shown the heroic side to it. And then to see it just...degrade itself into what amounts to a selfish all-powerful child who's scared of being forgotten is heartwrenching to say the least.
  • The Woobie: Minerva-X!