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* The Baker and his wife's grief when the Witch tells them that they can never have children. The wife cries out ''"No!"'' and when she and her husband reach out for each other, the Witch just [[KickTheDog pushes their hands apart with her staff]], all while cackling.


* First there's "The Witch's Lament" when [[spoiler: Rapunzel gets crushed by the Giantess]]:

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* First there's "The Witch's Lament" when [[spoiler: Rapunzel gets crushed by the Giantess]]:Giantess:



* Rapunzel's entire history. Locked up in a tower, banished to the desert, betrayed by her prince and then [[spoiler: crushed underneath the Giantess]]. It's hard not to shed a little tear for her.
* The [[spoiler: ghost of the]] Baker's Wife's entrance just before the reprise of "Children Will Listen".

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* Rapunzel's entire history. Locked up in a tower, banished to the desert, betrayed by her prince and then [[spoiler: crushed underneath the Giantess]].Giantess. It's hard not to shed a little tear for her.
* The [[spoiler: ghost of the]] the Baker's Wife's entrance just before the reprise of "Children Will Listen".



* The last half hour or so is just a non-stop tearjerker.



* The fact that the last conversation the Baker and his Wife has is a fight.

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* The fact that the last conversation the Baker and his Wife has have is a fight.



* "No More" the tragically beautiful song between the Baker and his father is cut, but we still have the Baker alone sobbing over [[spoiler: the scarf he gave his wife right before she died]].

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* "No More" the tragically beautiful song between the Baker and his father is cut, but we still have the Baker alone sobbing over [[spoiler: the scarf he gave his wife right before she died]].died.


** To be fair, her actions before her transformation did result in Rapunzel's rejection.


!!Theater



** In the 2014 movie, there's the part where Jack learns that his mother is dead. The Baker has to tell this child that he's alone in the world and then explains that the Steward did it. Jack immediately starts planning to kill the Steward for what he did. What really sells it is how Jack talks. While he acts tough, you can tell he's doing his best to fight off tears. After he chokes out, "What the Steward did was wrong!" you can make out that he really ''is'' crying. The fact that Jack is actually played by an actual child and not an older actor doesn't help matters at all.



** Averted in the 2014 movie, where she is last seen riding off with her faithful prince. While still ''less'' sad than in the play, it still manages to be sad for a completely different reason.



* When The Baker leaves the rest of the survivors, and then the duet with his father's ghost.
** The song is cut from the 2014 movie, but we still have the Baker alone sobbing over [[spoiler: the scarf he gave his wife right before she died]].



* In the 2014 movie, Rapunzel reuniting with her prince.
* The 2014 movie's version of "Cinderella at the Grave." Especially the background music as Cinderella's iconic dress and slippers are formed by magic.
** Also, Cinderella crying just before her dress and slippers form. Creator/AnnaKendrick did a pretty good job. You can just see the pain in her eyes.
* In the 2014 movie, the Baker's Wife finding out about the curse is heart-wrenching, no matter how brief that sob was. The poor woman just got told that because of something she had nothing to do with, something that wasn't her or her husband's fault, her greatest desire will never, ever be a possibility.
* In the 2014 movie when the Witch briefly thinks the Baker and his wife failed to get the right ingredients. In most productions the Witch is pissed, but in the movie she sits down and breaks into tears. Creator/MerylStreep said in interviews she felt the Witch's only motivation in the movie was to prevent losing her daughter, and it comes across here.



-->''No more giants waging war\\
Can't we just pursue our lives with our children and our wives\\
'Til that happy day arrives how do you ignore?''



** ''No more giants waging war/Can't we just pursue our lives with our children and our wives/'Til that happy day arrives how do you ignore?''


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!!Film
* The Baker's Wife finding out about the curse is heart-wrenching, no matter how brief that sob was. The poor woman just got told that because of something she had nothing to do with, something that wasn't her or her husband's fault, her greatest desire will never, ever be a possibility.
* "Cinderella at the Grave" with Cinderella crying just before her dress and slippers form. Creator/AnnaKendrick does a pretty good job as you can just see the pain in her eyes. Especially with the background music as Cinderella's iconic dress and slippers are formed by magic.
* When the Witch briefly thinks the Baker and his wife failed to get the right ingredients. In the stage productions the Witch is pissed, but in the movie she sits down and breaks into tears. Creator/MerylStreep said in interviews she felt the Witch's only motivation in the movie was to prevent losing her daughter, and it comes across here.
* Rapunzel reuniting with her prince.
** While Rapunzel's crushing death is averted in the film, she is last seen riding off with her faithful prince. While still ''less'' sad than in the play, it still manages to be sad for a completely different reason.
* "No More" the tragically beautiful song between the Baker and his father is cut, but we still have the Baker alone sobbing over [[spoiler: the scarf he gave his wife right before she died]].
* The part where Jack learns that his mother is dead. The Baker has to tell this child that he's alone in the world and then explains that the Steward did it. Jack immediately starts planning to kill the Steward for what he did. What really sells it is how Jack talks. While he acts tough, you can tell he's doing his best to fight off tears. After he chokes out, "What the Steward did was wrong!" you can make out that he really ''is'' crying. The fact that Jack is actually played by an actual child and not an older actor doesn't help matters at all.

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** What is the lead in to the song? Red saying "Mother will be so disappointed." The first line of the song is from Cinderella (''Mother cannot guide you, now you're on your own''). She lost her own mother when she was probably Red's age...and it's clear that she might be remembering her own mother.

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** ''No more giants waging war/Can't we just pursue our lives with our children and our wives/'Til that happy day arrives how do you ignore?''


** In the 2014 movie, there's the part where Jack learns that his mother is dead. The Baker has to tell this kid that he's alone in the world and then explains that the Steward did it. Jack immediately starts planning to kill the Steward for what he did. What really sells it is how Jack talks. While he acts tough, you can tell he's doing his best to fight off tears. After he chokes out, "What the Steward did was wrong!" you can make out that he really ''is'' crying. The fact that Jack is actually played by a kid and not an older actor doesn't help matters at all.

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** In the 2014 movie, there's the part where Jack learns that his mother is dead. The Baker has to tell this kid child that he's alone in the world and then explains that the Steward did it. Jack immediately starts planning to kill the Steward for what he did. What really sells it is how Jack talks. While he acts tough, you can tell he's doing his best to fight off tears. After he chokes out, "What the Steward did was wrong!" you can make out that he really ''is'' crying. The fact that Jack is actually played by a kid an actual child and not an older actor doesn't help matters at all.


** In the film, there's the part where Jack learns that his mother is dead. The Baker has to tell this kid that he's alone in the world and then explains that the Steward did it. Jack immediately starts planning to kill the Steward for what he did. What really sells it is how Jack talks. While he acts tough, you can tell he's doing his best to fight off tears. After he chokes out, "What the Steward did was wrong!" you can make out that he really ''is'' crying. The fact that Jack is actually played by a kid and not an older actor doesn't help matters at all.

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** In the film, 2014 movie, there's the part where Jack learns that his mother is dead. The Baker has to tell this kid that he's alone in the world and then explains that the Steward did it. Jack immediately starts planning to kill the Steward for what he did. What really sells it is how Jack talks. While he acts tough, you can tell he's doing his best to fight off tears. After he chokes out, "What the Steward did was wrong!" you can make out that he really ''is'' crying. The fact that Jack is actually played by a kid and not an older actor doesn't help matters at all.



* When the baker finds Cinderella silently kneeling over the destroyed remains of her mother's grave. The tree that granted all of her wishes was killed, and her dreams crushed.

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* When the baker Baker finds Cinderella silently kneeling over the destroyed remains of her mother's grave. The tree that granted all of her wishes was killed, and her dreams crushed.



** Averted in the 2014 film, where she is last seen riding off with her faithful prince. While still ''less'' sad than in the play, it still manages to be sad for a completely different reason.

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** Averted in the 2014 film, movie, where she is last seen riding off with her faithful prince. While still ''less'' sad than in the play, it still manages to be sad for a completely different reason.



** The song is cut from the film, but we still have the Baker alone sobbing over [[spoiler: the scarf he gave his wife right before she died]].

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** The song is cut from the film, 2014 movie, but we still have the Baker alone sobbing over [[spoiler: the scarf he gave his wife right before she died]].



* In the 2014 film, Rapunzel reuniting with her prince.
* The film's version of "Cinderella at the Grave." Especially the background music as Cinderella's iconic dress and slippers are formed by magic.
** Also,Cinderella crying just before her dress and slippers form. Creator/AnnaKendrick did a pretty good job. You can just see the pain in her eyes.
* In the film, the Baker's Wife finding out about the curse is heartwrenching, no matter how brief that sob was. The poor woman just got told that because of something she had nothing to do with, something that wasn't her or her husband's fault, her greatest desire will never, ever be a possibility.
* In the film when the Witch briefly thinks the Baker and his wife failed to get the right ingredients. In most productions the Witch is pissed, but in the film she sits down and breaks into tears. Creator/MerylStreep said in interviews she felt the Witch's only motivation in the film was to prevent losing her daughter, and it comes across here.

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* In the 2014 film, movie, Rapunzel reuniting with her prince.
* The film's 2014 movie's version of "Cinderella at the Grave." Especially the background music as Cinderella's iconic dress and slippers are formed by magic.
** Also,Cinderella Also, Cinderella crying just before her dress and slippers form. Creator/AnnaKendrick did a pretty good job. You can just see the pain in her eyes.
* In the film, 2014 movie, the Baker's Wife finding out about the curse is heartwrenching, heart-wrenching, no matter how brief that sob was. The poor woman just got told that because of something she had nothing to do with, something that wasn't her or her husband's fault, her greatest desire will never, ever be a possibility.
* In the film 2014 movie when the Witch briefly thinks the Baker and his wife failed to get the right ingredients. In most productions the Witch is pissed, but in the film movie she sits down and breaks into tears. Creator/MerylStreep said in interviews she felt the Witch's only motivation in the film movie was to prevent losing her daughter, and it comes across here.


* In the film when the Witch briefly thinks the Baker and his wife failed to get the right ingredients. In most productions the Witch is pissed, but in the film she sits down and breaks into tears. Meryl Streep said in interviews she felt the Witch's only motivation in the film was to prevent losing her daughter, and it comes across here.

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* In the film when the Witch briefly thinks the Baker and his wife failed to get the right ingredients. In most productions the Witch is pissed, but in the film she sits down and breaks into tears. Meryl Streep Creator/MerylStreep said in interviews she felt the Witch's only motivation in the film was to prevent losing her daughter, and it comes across here.


** Also,Cinderella crying just before her dress and slippers form. Anna Kendrick did a pretty good job. You can just see the pain in her eyes.

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** Also,Cinderella crying just before her dress and slippers form. Anna Kendrick Creator/AnnaKendrick did a pretty good job. You can just see the pain in her eyes.


* The Witch's words to Rapunzel after she becomes beautiful again. "This is the real me!" She just sounds so ''happy'', like she genuinely believes that her appearance was all that was causing problems with their relationship.

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* The Witch's words to Rapunzel after she becomes beautiful again. "This is the real me!" She just sounds so ''happy'', like she genuinely believes that her appearance was all that was causing problems with their relationship.relationship.
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**Also,Cinderella crying just before her dress and slippers form. Anna Kendrick did a pretty good job. You can just see the pain in her eyes.


* The fact that the last conversation the Baker and his Wife has is a fight.

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* The fact that the last conversation the Baker and his Wife has is a fight.fight.
* The Witch's words to Rapunzel after she becomes beautiful again. "This is the real me!" She just sounds so ''happy'', like she genuinely believes that her appearance was all that was causing problems with their relationship.


* This conversation:
-->'''Little Red Riding Hood:''' A wolf and a person aren't the same thing.

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* This conversation:
conversation, right after Little Red Riding Hood comments that the group has repeatedly watched people die:
-->'''The Witch:''' Since when are ''you'' so squeamish? How many wolves have you carved up recently?
-->'''Little Red Riding Hood:''' Red:''' A wolf and a person aren't wolf's not the same thing.thing--



* "No More" is especially heartbreaking. The Baker is trying to cope with his wife's tragic death, but he can't handle it. Instead, he tries to run away, [[IronicEcho just like his father]] had done and is stopped by his father's ghost. His father voices what it was like for him when he ran away, trying to dodge responsibility and figure out how he was going to survive.

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* "No More" is especially heartbreaking. The Baker is trying to cope with his wife's tragic death, but he can't handle it. Instead, he tries to run away, [[IronicEcho just like his father]] had done and is stopped by his father's ghost. His father voices what it was like for him when he ran away, trying to dodge responsibility and figure out how he was going to survive.survive.
** "No More" adds a whole new dimension to the Mysterious Man/Baker's Father, who spends the whole first act of the show as a kind of TricksterMentor. He's jolly and riddling, often speaking in silly rhymes...only for this song to reveal that he spent at least thirty years absolutely hating himself for what he'd done to his family, and was never able to make peace with his actions or resolve his pain.
* Throughout the whole musical, the phrase "I wish," along with a two-note motif, keeps reappearing; it opens the first and second acts, and characters use the phrase many times. But the recurring theme becomes absolutely heartbreaking during "No One is Alone." Little Red Riding Hood, who has just discovered that her Granny--that is, her last living relative--is dead, is suddenly forced to change her whole understanding of morality, good and evil, and justice by helping the survivors kill the Giantess. As Cinderella sings, Little Red manages to choke out the phrase "I wish..." as the two-note motif plays lightly on a flute. The poor girl sounds so ''destroyed.'' And we can only imagine what she might be wishing for--for her mother and grandmother to still be alive, to somehow fix everything that went wrong...but these wishes can never come true.
* The fact that the last conversation the Baker and his Wife has is a fight.


* Actually, just about every character death in the second act, excluding the Narrator and the Giantess.

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* Actually, just about every character death in the second act, excluding the Narrator and the Giantess. ''Hell,'' even then they're sad in their own way.

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