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* The destruction of Lindblum is the most devastating scene in the game. It's made even worse by the aftermath. Where any other form of media would have an implied holocaust or only talk about it, in [=FF9=] you're forced to walk around a destroyed Lindblum, while the citizens give you short but horrific anecdotes about the attack and the Alexandrian soldiers waver between MyGodWhatHaveIDone and bragging about their superiority. The stories include a little girl in the very first screen asking for her (absent, probably deceased) mother not to leave her alone, the synthesist's father having lost the use of his hands, the pickle selling woman having been blinded, and that's only three out of dozens of potential conversations. The entire Industrial District was wiped out. Just think about how many people that would be and what that means.

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* The destruction of Lindblum is one of the most most, if not ''THE'' most, devastating scene in the game.game, doubles as a NightmareFuel. It's made even worse by the aftermath. Where any other form of media would have an implied holocaust or only talk about it, in [=FF9=] you're forced to walk around a destroyed Lindblum, while the citizens give you short but horrific anecdotes about the attack and the Alexandrian soldiers waver between MyGodWhatHaveIDone and bragging about their superiority. The stories include a little girl in the very first screen asking for her (absent, probably deceased) mother not to leave her alone, the synthesist's father having lost the use of his hands, the pickle selling woman having been blinded, and that's only three out of dozens of potential conversations. The entire Industrial District was wiped out. Just think about how many people that would be and what that means.


* "How did you survive...?" "I didn't have a choice. I had to live. I wanted to come home to you. So... I sang your song. Our song." Oh goddammit. *sob* (qualifies also as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}). This is then immediately followed by the [[AwesomeMusic/FinalFantasy hauntingly beautiful]] ''Melodies of Life'' over the game credits. And did we mention that they also reshow key parts of the [=FMVs=] over the credits to jog your memory? Your stream of tears is now a gushing river of tears.

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* "How did you survive...?" "I didn't have a choice. I had to live. I wanted to come home to you. So... I sang your song. Our song." Oh goddammit. *sob* (qualifies also as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}). This is then immediately followed by the [[AwesomeMusic/FinalFantasy hauntingly beautiful]] ''Melodies of Life'' over the game credits. And did we mention that they They also reshow key parts of the [=FMVs=] over the credits to jog your memory? Your stream of tears is now a gushing river of tears.memory.

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* A smaller TearJerker is near the end of the game, where you learn that Morrid, the CoolOldGuy who helped you earlier in the game and collected rare coffee, had died in an earthquake caused during the course of the game. However a villager girl mentions that he died happy, having tasted the rare coffee that you got for him at last. Morrid also stated that he was ready to join his departed wife, which means they're now TogetherInDeath.

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* A smaller TearJerker is near the end of the game, where you learn that Morrid, the CoolOldGuy who helped you earlier in the game and collected rare coffee, had died in an earthquake caused during the course of the game. However a villager girl mentions that he died happy, having tasted the rare coffee that you got for him at last. Morrid also stated that he was ready to join his departed wife, which means they're now TogetherInDeath. However, if you did not get him all the rare coffee beans, he will have died without knowing the pleasures of drinking the finest coffee. Speaking with Morrid's grand daughter will have her tell you that her grandfather died in depression.


* Don't forget the ending: Not just a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. Seeing Garnet basically say "screw everything, you're alive" in action rather than words has inspired many TearsOfJoy.

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* Don't forget the ending: Not just a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}. Seeing Garnet basically say "screw everything, you're alive" in action rather than words has inspired many TearsOfJoy.

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* TheReveal of Garnet's origins also makes Queen Brahne a whole lot more tragic. We already know that she was once a kind and benevolent queen until [[TheLostLenore she lost her husband]]. But she lost her young daughter as well when she was no older than six. And chances are she could never speak about her lost daughter to anyone else (except her husband and possibly Dr Tot) in order to keep the charade up. Perhaps [[BelievingTheirOwnLies she even convinced herself that Sarah was her biological daughter after all]].


* "Freya, you say? I believe this is the first time we have met..." Ouch. Followed by Vivi's innocent, "What's the matter, Freya? Are you crying?"

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* "Freya, you say? I believe this is the first time we have met..." Ouch. Followed by Vivi's innocent, "What's the matter, Freya? Are you crying?"crying?" It's capped off by Freya's lament:
--> '''Freya''': Hahaha...what irony. To find the man about whom I have dreamt endlessly...only to discover that he cannot even remember who I am!

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** And before that, there is an Active Time Event where you see Vivi being yelled at by a Burmecian family who escaped from the destruction of Burmecia. The father blames Vivi for the death of his father before calling him a "bastard". The wife and kids follow suit, also calling him a "bastard". All the while, Vivi is saying that he wouldn't hurt anyone. By the time Zidane sees him, Vivi is huddled against a wall, trembling.


* The moment where Queen Brahne dies on the beach outside her lifeboat. Yes, she might have gone mad with greed and killed thousands of innocent people, but that's still a young girl losing her mother and the only family she has left.

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* The moment where Queen Brahne dies on the beach outside her lifeboat. Yes, she might have gone mad with greed and killed thousands of innocent people, but that's still a young girl losing her mother and the only family she has left. Her last act is to stroke Garnet's hair and apologize, saying that [[SoProudOfYou the kingdom will be better under her rule.]]


* A smaller TearJerker is near the end of the game, where you learn that Morrid, the CoolOldGuy who helped you earlier in the game and collected rare coffee, had died in an earthquake caused during the course of the game.

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* A smaller TearJerker is near the end of the game, where you learn that Morrid, the CoolOldGuy who helped you earlier in the game and collected rare coffee, had died in an earthquake caused during the course of the game. However a villager girl mentions that he died happy, having tasted the rare coffee that you got for him at last. Morrid also stated that he was ready to join his departed wife, which means they're now TogetherInDeath.


* "How did you survive...?" "I didn't have a choice. I had to live. I wanted to come home to you. So... I sang your song. Our song." Oh goddammit. *sob* (qualifies also as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}). This was then followed by the [[AwesomeMusic/FinalFantasy hauntingly beautiful]] ''Melodies of Life'' over the game credits. And did we mention that they also reshow key parts of the [=FMVs=] over the credits to jog your memory? You may let the tears flow now.

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* "How did you survive...?" "I didn't have a choice. I had to live. I wanted to come home to you. So... I sang your song. Our song." Oh goddammit. *sob* (qualifies also as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}). This was is then immediately followed by the [[AwesomeMusic/FinalFantasy hauntingly beautiful]] ''Melodies of Life'' over the game credits. And did we mention that they also reshow key parts of the [=FMVs=] over the credits to jog your memory? You may let the Your stream of tears flow now.is now a gushing river of tears.


* "How did you survive...?" "I didn't have a choice. I had to live. I wanted to come home to you. So... I sang your song. Our song." Oh goddammit. *sob* (qualifies also as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}). This was then followed by the hauntingly beautiful ''Melodies of Life'' over the game credits. And did we mention that they also reshow key parts of the [=FMVs=] over the credits to jog your memory? You may let the tears flow now.

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* "How did you survive...?" "I didn't have a choice. I had to live. I wanted to come home to you. So... I sang your song. Our song." Oh goddammit. *sob* (qualifies also as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}). This was then followed by the [[AwesomeMusic/FinalFantasy hauntingly beautiful beautiful]] ''Melodies of Life'' over the game credits. And did we mention that they also reshow key parts of the [=FMVs=] over the credits to jog your memory? You may let the tears flow now.


* "How did you survive...?" "I didn't have a choice. I had to live. I wanted to come home to you. So... I sang your song. Our song." Oh goddammit. *sob* (qualifies also as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}). This was then followed by the hauntingly beautiful ''Melodies of Life'' over the game credits. And did we mention that they also reshow certain FMVs over the credits? You may let the tears flow now.

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* "How did you survive...?" "I didn't have a choice. I had to live. I wanted to come home to you. So... I sang your song. Our song." Oh goddammit. *sob* (qualifies also as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}). This was then followed by the hauntingly beautiful ''Melodies of Life'' over the game credits. And did we mention that they also reshow certain FMVs key parts of the [=FMVs=] over the credits? credits to jog your memory? You may let the tears flow now.


* "How did you survive...?" "I didn't have a choice. I had to live. I wanted to come home to you. So... I sang your song. Our song." Oh goddammit. *sob* (qualifies also as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}).

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* "How did you survive...?" "I didn't have a choice. I had to live. I wanted to come home to you. So... I sang your song. Our song." Oh goddammit. *sob* (qualifies also as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}). This was then followed by the hauntingly beautiful ''Melodies of Life'' over the game credits. And did we mention that they also reshow certain FMVs over the credits? You may let the tears flow now.

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* Two more messages can be found on the Eidolon Wall, these two directed at Eiko. Even those who survived the initial attack ultimately did not last long, and as they were dying, they were well aware of what it meant for the last Summoner to be born.
--> "Eiko. You are a treasure born to a dying village. We are dying, and there is little we can do for you. We will return to the stars with one wish in mind. If legends are not born of Eidolons, and eidolons but born out of legends, let us leave this place with one wish: if we can give birth to a legend, it shall create an Eidolon that is a friend and protector of humans."
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--> "Eiko, my lovely child. Until you turn 16 and have your own Eidolon to your control, stay in this village. Then build strong friendships with others. I wish for your happiness from far away."

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