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** becomes a bit less so when you remember the guy was an international terrorist who likely caused hundreds of children to be crippled, blinded, or worse, himself. That said, [[ManlyTears Batou's english VA's voice broke at his lines talking to her]].


* In the sixteenth episode of the first season, "Ag2O," the Tachikomas just got shipped off, leaving Batou in a subtle bit of turmoil before he has to investigate a former boxing champion that was a personal hero of his. By the end of the episode the man's been arrested for leaking military info, and Batou, in sheer frustration at the man throwing away everything for more profit when he already had a loving wife and comfortable life as is, practically smashes the liquor the man's wife had given him and furiously throws himself back into training while cursing the man.

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* In the sixteenth episode of the first season, "Ag2O," "[=Ag2O=]," the Tachikomas just got shipped off, leaving Batou in a subtle bit of turmoil before he has to investigate a former boxing champion that was a personal hero of his. By the end of the episode the man's been arrested for leaking military info, and Batou, in sheer frustration at the man throwing away everything for more profit when he already had a loving wife and comfortable life as is, practically smashes the liquor the man's wife had given him and the case of natural oil he'd gotten for his Tachikoma before furiously throws throwing himself back into training while cursing the man.


* Togusa started as a WideEyedIdealist, but by "Solid State Society", he's become a lot more ruthless and cynical. However sad that is, it does not compare to later in "Solid State Society", when he is prepared to shoot himself in the head to stop the Puppeteer from taking his daughter; showing Togusa is still a family man with ideals and ready to even die for his family.
** Using his Mateba to do so, no less. The gun he clung to for the entire series, and supposedly got rid of by the time of Solid State Society.


* In the climax of the first season, when the Tachikomas sacrifice themselves to save Batou, using the very few weapons they have. His personal Tachikoma is the [[HeroicSacrifice last to go]], and it looks to Batou, says, "Goodbye, Mr. Batou..." and cries a ''single tear'' of organic oil. This is especially heartbreaking because of the symbolism of humanity that Batou literally installed by giving the Tachikomas organic oil to begin with. They get better, but the fact that ''robotic armaments being scrapped'' can cause real world tears.

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* In the climax of the first season, when the Tachikomas sacrifice themselves to save Batou, using the very few weapons they have. His personal Tachikoma is the [[HeroicSacrifice last to go]], and it looks to Batou, says, "Goodbye, Mr."Mr. Batou..." [[ItHasBeenAnHonor Goodbye]]" and cries a ''single tear'' of organic oil. This is especially heartbreaking because of the symbolism of humanity that Batou literally installed by giving the Tachikomas organic oil to begin with. They get better, but the fact that ''robotic armaments being scrapped'' can cause real world tears.


* In the climax of the first season, [[spoiler: when the Tachikomas sacrifice themselves to save Batou, using the very few weapons they have. His personal Tachikoma is the [[HeroicSacrifice last to go]], and it looks to Batou, says, "Goodbye, Mr. Batou..." and cries a ''single tear'' of organic oil. That was especially heartbreaking because of the symbolism of humanity that Batou literally installed by giving the Tachikomas organic oil to begin with. They get better, but the fact that ''robotic armaments being scrapped'' can cause real world tears... Wow.]]

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* In the climax of the first season, [[spoiler: when the Tachikomas sacrifice themselves to save Batou, using the very few weapons they have. His personal Tachikoma is the [[HeroicSacrifice last to go]], and it looks to Batou, says, "Goodbye, Mr. Batou..." and cries a ''single tear'' of organic oil. That was This is especially heartbreaking because of the symbolism of humanity that Batou literally installed by giving the Tachikomas organic oil to begin with. They get better, but the fact that ''robotic armaments being scrapped'' can cause real world tears... Wow.]]tears.



* The end of 2nd Gig's "Trans_Parent." The VO who provided the little girl's voice ''earned'' her pay. When you watch the little girl struggle to get out of her wheelchair and try to find her father [[spoiler:only to discover that she's blind AND crippled]] it's hard to fight the tears when you know that she will never hear his voice or receive a gift from him again.
* 2nd [=GiG=] later has two practically back to back, the first is: [[spoiler:Motoko asking Kuze if he can fold cranes using his left hand -- with all the implication that has.]] Then, right after that [[spoiler: hearing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UEkrUVmPIc the Tachikoma sing this cheerful song about butterflies and living things while they send the satellite containing their collective consciousness plummeting into the path of a launched nuke]]]].
---> The earthworm, the cricket,
---> the water snake
---> everything, everything is alive
---> and are friends
---> We all are alive
---> We laugh because we're alive
---> We all are alive
---> We are happy because we're alive
** [[spoiler: "I don't believe it. Do you want to know something? I'd bet anything that all of you have ghosts."]]

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* The end of 2nd Gig's "Trans_Parent." The VO who provided the little girl's voice ''earned'' her pay. When you watch the little girl struggle to get out of her wheelchair and try to find her father [[spoiler:only only to discover that she's blind AND crippled]] crippled it's hard to fight the tears when you know that she will never hear his voice or receive a gift from him again.
* 2nd [=GiG=] later has two practically back to back, the first is: [[spoiler:Motoko Motoko asking Kuze if he can fold cranes using his left hand -- with all the implication that has.]] has. Then, right after that [[spoiler: hearing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UEkrUVmPIc the Tachikoma sing this cheerful song about butterflies and living things while they send the satellite containing their collective consciousness plummeting into the path of a launched nuke]]]].
---> The
nuke.]]
-->The
earthworm, the cricket,
--->
cricket,\\
the water snake
--->
snake\\
everything, everything is alive
--->
alive\\
and are friends
--->
friends\\
We all are alive
--->
alive\\
We laugh because we're alive
--->
alive\\
We all are alive
--->
alive\\
We are happy because we're alive
** [[spoiler: "I don't believe it. Do you want to know something? I'd bet anything that all of you have ghosts."]]"



** From the moment [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfC-Yp7yvBA&feature=related I Do starts]] to the big boom, I could feel my throat tighten.

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** From the moment [[https://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfC-Yp7yvBA&feature=related I Do starts]] to the big boom, I could feel my throat tighten.Do]]".



** It got me at "She is probably still looking for the first boy she ever loved" I was watching the sub, so I read the text and was instantly in tears before Motoko's VA even stopped speaking.
** What does it for this troper is the part where she ends making a mistake and tearing the paper crane she was making. You can clearly see how much effort she's putting in it, the sound of that tear might as well be the sound of her young heart breaking.
** Cue the song ''Take a Little Hand'', and this troper consequently bursting into tears.
* [[spoiler: "Motoko! MOTOKOOOO!"]]

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** It got me at "She is probably still looking for the first boy she ever loved" I was watching the sub, so I read the text and was instantly in tears before Motoko's VA even stopped speaking.
loved."
** What does it for this troper is the The part where she ends making a mistake and tearing the paper crane she was making. You can clearly see how much effort she's putting in it, the sound of that tear might as well be the sound of her young heart breaking.
** Cue the song ''Take "Take a Little Hand'', and this troper consequently bursting into tears.
Hand".
* [[spoiler: "Motoko! MOTOKOOOO!"]]MOTOKOOOO!"



* The end of the episode "Excavation" is definitely a gut-wrencher.
** The state of New ''Tokyo'' looks so incredibly sorry. Whatever that happened during the war must be really bad...
* Togusa started as a WideEyedIdealist, but by Solid State Society, he's become a lot more ruthless and cynical. However sad that is, it does not compare to later in Solid State Society, when he is prepared to [[spoiler:shoot himself in the head]] to stop the Puppeteer from taking his daughter; showing Togusa is still a family man with ideals and ready to even die for his family.

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* The end of the episode "Excavation" is definitely a gut-wrencher.
**
gut-wrencher. The state of New ''Tokyo'' looks so incredibly sorry. Whatever that happened during the war must be really bad...
* Togusa started as a WideEyedIdealist, but by Solid "Solid State Society, Society", he's become a lot more ruthless and cynical. However sad that is, it does not compare to later in Solid "Solid State Society, Society", when he is prepared to [[spoiler:shoot shoot himself in the head]] head to stop the Puppeteer from taking his daughter; showing Togusa is still a family man with ideals and ready to even die for his family.



* Episode 7 of 2nd Gig has Section 9 helping a group of soldiers transport plutonium through an impoverished city. Some desperate refugees show up looking to rob the convoy, and Godha comments to the a panicking soldier that a refugee is carrying a pistol. This starts a shoot out which kills most of the refugees. We see afterwords that the refugee was just carrying a bent pipe, and the entire shoot out could have likely been avoided.

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* Episode 7 of 2nd Gig has Section 9 helping a group of soldiers transport plutonium through an impoverished city. Some desperate refugees show up looking to rob the convoy, and Godha comments to the a panicking soldier that a refugee is carrying a pistol. This starts a shoot out which kills most of the refugees. We see afterwords afterwards that the refugee was just carrying a bent pipe, and the entire shoot out shoot-out could have likely been avoided.


** Using his Mateba to do so, no less. The gun he clung to for the entire series, and supposedly got rid of by the time of Solid State Society.

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** Using his Mateba to do so, no less. The gun he clung to for the entire series, and supposedly got rid of by the time of Solid State Society.Society.
* Episode 7 of 2nd Gig has Section 9 helping a group of soldiers transport plutonium through an impoverished city. Some desperate refugees show up looking to rob the convoy, and Godha comments to the a panicking soldier that a refugee is carrying a pistol. This starts a shoot out which kills most of the refugees. We see afterwords that the refugee was just carrying a bent pipe, and the entire shoot out could have likely been avoided.


* In the sixteenth episode of the first season, the Tachikomas just got shipped off, leaving Batou in a subtle bit of turmoil before he has to investigate a former boxing champion that was a personal hero of his. By the end of the episode the man's been arrested for leaking military info, and Batou, in sheer frustration at the man throwing away everything for more profit when he already had a loving wife and comfortable life as is, practically smashes the liquor the man's wife had given him and furiously throws himself back into training while cursing the man.

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* In the sixteenth episode of the first season, "Ag2O," the Tachikomas just got shipped off, leaving Batou in a subtle bit of turmoil before he has to investigate a former boxing champion that was a personal hero of his. By the end of the episode the man's been arrested for leaking military info, and Batou, in sheer frustration at the man throwing away everything for more profit when he already had a loving wife and comfortable life as is, practically smashes the liquor the man's wife had given him and furiously throws himself back into training while cursing the man.

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* In the sixteenth episode of the first season, the Tachikomas just got shipped off, leaving Batou in a subtle bit of turmoil before he has to investigate a former boxing champion that was a personal hero of his. By the end of the episode the man's been arrested for leaking military info, and Batou, in sheer frustration at the man throwing away everything for more profit when he already had a loving wife and comfortable life as is, practically smashes the liquor the man's wife had given him and furiously throws himself back into training while cursing the man.

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** The state of New ''Tokyo'' looks so incredibly sorry. Whatever that happened during the war must be really bad...

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* The manga adaptation of "Testation" is one, especially after the Major jacks into Kago's cyberbrain.
** The track "Beauty is Within Us" also hammers Kago's intention with the episode.


* While much of "Time of the Machines" is played for laughs. Kusanagi's reservations regarding the Tachikomas and eventual decision to have them dismanteled is not. Not to mention the poor Tachikomas lack of understanding about her concerns. The poor things think that she's ''mad'' at them and attempt to avoid punishment by hatching a bizarre scheme to appeal to her and prevent their removal. And when they (understandably) spy on her and Batou's conference, they are lead to believe that she was actually angry at him and not them. So they decide to throw him a party to make him feel better, [[DownerEnding they all get shipped back to the lab a few days later...]]

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* While much of "Time of the Machines" is played for laughs. Kusanagi's reservations regarding the Tachikomas and eventual decision to have them dismanteled dismantled is not. Not to mention the poor Tachikomas lack of understanding about her concerns. The poor things think that she's ''mad'' at them and attempt to avoid punishment by hatching a bizarre scheme to appeal to her and prevent their removal. And when they (understandably) spy on her and Batou's conference, they are lead to believe that she was actually angry at him and not them. So they decide to throw him a party to make him feel better, [[DownerEnding they all get shipped back to the lab a few days later...]]


* Togusa started as a WideEyedIdealist, but by Solid State Society, he's become a lot more ruthless and cynical. However sad that is, it does not compare to later in Solid State Society, when he is prepared to [[spoiler:shoot himself in the head]] to stop the Puppeteer from taking his daughter; showing Togusa is still a family man with ideals and ready to even die for his family.

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* Togusa started as a WideEyedIdealist, but by Solid State Society, he's become a lot more ruthless and cynical. However sad that is, it does not compare to later in Solid State Society, when he is prepared to [[spoiler:shoot himself in the head]] to stop the Puppeteer from taking his daughter; showing Togusa is still a family man with ideals and ready to even die for his family.family.
** Using his Mateba to do so, no less. The gun he clung to for the entire series, and supposedly got rid of by the time of Solid State Society.


* Most of "A Tachikoma Runs Away" breaks this troper into pieces.

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* Most of "A Tachikoma Runs Away" breaks this troper into pieces.Away".



*** The oil tear is what killed this troper. Full-grown man crying like a little girl? Yeah. It happens.
* The third episode of the first season, "Android and I". This troper found the end of that episode particularly moving when he realized that the android, Jeri, admitted to being in love with the Canadian ambassador's son who was willing to die to keep them from being captured. When Togusa watches the movie "Breathless" at the end and asks his wife where the extra lines are at the end of the movie, she replied that there were none (because the Jeri repeated the lines verbatim before they were caught).
* This troper adopts a quivering expression identical to Batou's, only more so, at the end of 2nd Gig's "Trans_Parent." The VO who provided the little girl's voice ''earned'' her pay.
** Agreed; when you watch the little girl struggle to get out of her wheelchair and try to find her father [[spoiler:only to discover that she's blind AND crippled]] it's hard to fight the tears when you know that she will never hear his voice or receive a gift from him again.

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*** The oil tear is what killed this troper. Full-grown man crying like a little girl? Yeah. It happens.
* The third episode of the first season, "Android and I". This troper found I", especially the end of that episode particularly moving when he realized that the android, Jeri, admitted to being in love with the Canadian ambassador's son who was willing to die to keep them from being captured. When Togusa watches the movie "Breathless" at the end and asks his wife where the extra lines are at the end of the movie, she replied that there were none (because the Jeri repeated the lines verbatim before they were caught).
* This troper adopts a quivering expression identical to Batou's, only more so, at the The end of 2nd Gig's "Trans_Parent." The VO who provided the little girl's voice ''earned'' her pay.
** Agreed; when
pay. When you watch the little girl struggle to get out of her wheelchair and try to find her father [[spoiler:only to discover that she's blind AND crippled]] it's hard to fight the tears when you know that she will never hear his voice or receive a gift from him again.



** This 32yo troper gets instant wet eyes and a rush of joy every time someone even mentions that scene (yeah, it just happened while I read this article): the mix of noble sacrifice and adorable cuteness, the cheerful song, the emotional attachment built throughout the seasons, it's all just... unbearably awesome :,D


* While much of "Time of the Machines" is played for laughs. Kusanagi's reservations regarding the Tachikomas and eventual decision to have them dismanteled is not. Not to mention the poor Tachikomas lack of understanding about her concerns. The poor things think that she's ''mad'' at them and attempt to avoid punishment by hatching a bizarre scheme to appeal to her and prevent their removal. And when they (understandably) spy on her and Batou's conference, they are lead to believe that she was actually angry at him and not them. So they decide to throw him a party to make him feel better, they all get shipped back to the lab a few days later...

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* While much of "Time of the Machines" is played for laughs. Kusanagi's reservations regarding the Tachikomas and eventual decision to have them dismanteled is not. Not to mention the poor Tachikomas lack of understanding about her concerns. The poor things think that she's ''mad'' at them and attempt to avoid punishment by hatching a bizarre scheme to appeal to her and prevent their removal. And when they (understandably) spy on her and Batou's conference, they are lead to believe that she was actually angry at him and not them. So they decide to throw him a party to make him feel better, [[DownerEnding they all get shipped back to the lab a few days later...]]



* In the climax of the first season, [[spoiler: when they sacrifice themselves to save Batou, using the very few weapons they have. His personal Tachikoma is the [[HeroicSacrifice last to go]], and it looks to Batou, says, "Goodbye, Mr. Batou..." and cries a ''single tear'' of organic oil. That was especially heartbreaking because of the symbolism of humanity that Batou literally installed by giving the Tachikomas organic oil to begin with. They get better, but the fact that ''robotic armaments being scrapped'' can cause real world tears... Wow.]]
* The [[spoiler: death of the Tachikomas. Goodbye Mr. Batou. * cries* ]]

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* In the climax of the first season, [[spoiler: when they the Tachikomas sacrifice themselves to save Batou, using the very few weapons they have. His personal Tachikoma is the [[HeroicSacrifice last to go]], and it looks to Batou, says, "Goodbye, Mr. Batou..." and cries a ''single tear'' of organic oil. That was especially heartbreaking because of the symbolism of humanity that Batou literally installed by giving the Tachikomas organic oil to begin with. They get better, but the fact that ''robotic armaments being scrapped'' can cause real world tears... Wow.]]
* The [[spoiler: death of the Tachikomas. Goodbye Mr. Batou. * cries*
]]

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