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* Craft [[spoiler: successfully blasts Neo Arcadia.]] Sure, he was doing it to [[spoiler: finally kill Dr. Weil,]] but the action definitely crosses the MoralEventHorizon because there [[spoiler: were people at the area where Craft fired. ''Innocent'' people, humans just trying to survive a tyrannical government.]] The hopelessness of the situation was such that Craft, once a hero by Neo Arcadia's standards, broke down and committed a terrible atrocity to try and make right. [[spoiler: And it was AllForNothing; the body Weil now has is virtually invincible, and he only suffers some minor damage from the blast, wisely deciding to play dead and lie low so that Zero could deal with his traitorous subordinate before taking the reigns again.]]

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* Craft [[spoiler: successfully blasts Neo Arcadia.]] Sure, he was doing it to [[spoiler: finally kill Dr. Weil,]] but the action definitely crosses the MoralEventHorizon because there [[spoiler: were people at the area where Craft fired. ''Innocent'' people, humans just trying to survive a tyrannical government.]] The hopelessness of the situation was such that Craft, once a hero by Neo Arcadia's standards, broke down and committed a terrible atrocity to try and make right. [[spoiler: And it was AllForNothing; the body Weil now has is virtually invincible, and he only suffers some minor damage from the blast, wisely deciding to play dead and lie low so that Zero could deal with his traitorous subordinate before taking the reigns again.]]]] According to [[AllThereInTheManual the manual,]] this kills [[spoiler: ''20 million people.'']]

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* One that's often missed in ''4'' (though understandably so, given just how bitter the BitterSweetEnding is) is that Zero is a lot more emotive in this game. There are a lot of points where the old Zero from the ''X'' series peeks through, as Zero has finally begun to understand the past. He's a lot more willing to crack wise at Mavericks this time (much to the chagrin of Popla Cocapetri and Mino Magnus), and he's a lot more outwardly supportive towards Ciel's feelings. Why is this sad? Because he's also formed certain opinions about himself that only get reinforced throughout this game - Niege stating that he and Craft are no different from [[OmnicidalManiac Dr. Weil]] so long as they continue to fight really hits him hard, even if he doesn't show it, and after being forced [[spoiler: to put Craft down to stop him from killing everyone in Neo Arcadia,]] he [[HeroicBSOD actually agrees with this assessment.]] Though he later states he's only ever fought for what he believes in, there's a real sense that he's been going through what X apparently went through the last one hundred years.
* Craft [[spoiler: successfully blasts Neo Arcadia.]] Sure, he was doing it to [[spoiler: finally kill Dr. Weil,]] but the action definitely crosses the MoralEventHorizon because there [[spoiler: were people at the area where Craft fired. ''Innocent'' people, humans just trying to survive a tyrannical government.]] The hopelessness of the situation was such that Craft, once a hero by Neo Arcadia's standards, broke down and committed a terrible atrocity to try and make right. [[spoiler: And it was AllForNothing; the body Weil now has is virtually invincible, and he only suffers some minor damage from the blast, wisely deciding to play dead and lie low so that Zero could deal with his traitorous subordinate before taking the reigns again.]]

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* The battle against Crea and Prea in ''Zero 3'', especially their last words upon being defeated.


** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETVPH0qDKLY The Remastered Edition adds to the heartbreak by adding Japanese audio]]. Listening to Ciel beg Zero to come back is another punch to the feels.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETVPH0qDKLY The Remastered Edition A fan's remastered edition adds to the heartbreak by adding Japanese audio]]. audio from the drama CDs]]. Listening to Ciel beg Zero to come back is another punch to the feels.feels, followed by a [[spoiler: heart-stopping ''scream'' for [[SayMyName Zero's name]] that truly shows just how heartbroken and horrified Ciel is.]]


** Add to all this the mysterious disappearance of [[spoiler:Ciel]] in ''ZX'' after Serpent went Maverick and the ''ZX'' series of games [[UncertainDoom failing to last long enough to elaborate what happened...]]and things get even ''worse.'

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** Add to all this the mysterious disappearance of [[spoiler:Ciel]] in ''ZX'' after Serpent went Maverick and the ''ZX'' series of games [[UncertainDoom failing to last long enough to elaborate what happened...]]and things get even ''worse.'
''worse''.


* The ending, when Zero makes his [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]], we see [[spoiler:Ciel break down crying]] all the way through the closing credits. [[spoiler:At last she tells him, wherever he is, that she'll follow his example and make the world a better place. "Just come back someday...I...I believe in you!" Cut to Zero's shattered helmet amid the wreckage of the Ragnarok satellite -- he's not coming back, folks.]] Absolutely brutal.

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!!Main series
* This dialogue:
-->'''X''': "Since you've disappeared I've been fighting this war alone against an uncountable number of Mavericks for nearly a hundred years... Battle after battle...so painful and so sad...but the hardest part was when I discovered that I no longer cared about [[strike: fighting enemies]] the enemies I fought..."
** What makes it worse is that [[MartialPacifist it's X]] we're talking about.
* The ending, when music at the end of the first game, "For Endless Fight", qualifies as this on a meta level.
* The boss refights in ''Zero 2''. Even before that, [[PunchClockVillain they were some of the less villainous members of Neo Arcadia]], defending important military sites, supply chains, nature reserves, or the Baby Elf location, rather than executing innocent reploids. In the refights, [[MindControl they're taken over by Elpizo and the Baby Elves]], and only really wake up after you beat them, leaving them wondering what is going on, and in many cases, [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe why they are cut in half.]]
* [[spoiler:Elpizo destroying X's body]] in the second game. You get a CG close-up of Zero's anguished face watching helplessly as the [[spoiler:last thing keeping his best friend alive]] explodes before his very eyes.
* [[spoiler:The Guardians of Neo Arcadia sacrificing themselves to give
Zero makes his [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]], the opportunity to destroy Omega.]]
* [[spoiler: X's final goodbye to Zero]] at the end of ''Zero 3''. Not only will the sad ambience of it all really tug at you, but the fact that [[spoiler:X won't be around to see the peace he and Zero fought long and hard for]] is made blatantly apparent here.
** The song, "I, 0, Your Fellow" that plays during that exchange, which really hammers the sadness of the moment home. The remix on the official album is even more of a TearJerker.
* In ''Zero 4'', if you talk to the caravan members before going on the final mission, you'll find out that they ALL want you to come back safely and do stuff with them. All those jaded humans and your fellow resistance members are finally closing the gap created by centuries of war, and all want to share their experiences with you as they finally start living in harmony together. This should be in the heartwarming section, but alas...
** There's also Alouette. Zero's [[spoiler:last (optional) conversation with her has the girl extract a promise from Zero that the three of them (including Ciel) should someday explore Area Zero together]]. Oh, and [[spoiler:if her dialogue as Prairie is taken into consideration, it might imply that she's fallen for Zero herself (seeing as she had feelings for Giro, Zero's {{Expy}}, because she herself stated that the man reminded her of Zero.]]
* The ending of the series. [[spoiler:After Zero's HeroicSacrifice]],
we see [[spoiler:Ciel Ciel break down crying]] crying all the way through the closing credits. [[spoiler:At last she tells him, wherever he is, that she'll follow his example and make the world a better place. "Just come back someday...I...I believe in you!" Cut to Zero's shattered helmet amid the wreckage of the Ragnarok satellite -- he's not coming back, folks.]] Absolutely brutal.



*** If you talk to the caravan members before going on the final mission, you'll find out that [[spoiler: they ALL want you to come back safely and do stuff with them. All those jaded humans and your fellow resistance members are finally closing the gap created by centuries of war, and all want to share their experiences with you as they finally start living in harmony together. But alas, [[KilledOffForReal this time you don't come back.]]]]
*** Of course, [[spoiler:all of the above does not necessarily indicate Zero's death. If they [[VideoGame/MegaManX6 inexplicably brought him back]] once, they can do it again.]]

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*** If you talk ** The Japan-only (prior to ''Collection'') vocal intro to the caravan members before going on the final mission, you'll find out that [[spoiler: they ALL ''Zero 4'' credits theme "Promise -Next New World-" translates as follows:
-->''Always overflowing in my heart,''\\
''My feelings for you.''\\
''There is no forever,''\\
''so I
want you to come back safely and do stuff with them. All those jaded humans and your fellow resistance members by my side for now.''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WctXJTxuHj4 The english translation for Freesia]]. What
are finally closing the gap created by centuries of war, and all want to share their experiences with you as they finally start living in harmony together. But alas, [[KilledOffForReal this time you don't come back.]]]]
*** Of course, [[spoiler:all of the above does not necessarily indicate Zero's death. If they [[VideoGame/MegaManX6 inexplicably brought him back]] once, they can do it again.]]
[[LyricalDissonance lyrics]] about? It's about Ciel's [[spoiler:AnguishedDeclarationOfLove]].



** Add to all this the mysterious disappearance of [[spoiler:Ciel]] in ''ZX'' after Serpent went Maverick and the ''ZX'' series of games [[UncertainDoom failing to last long enough to elaborate what happened...]] and things get even ''worse.''
* Don't forget about [[spoiler:the Guardians of Neo Arcadia, who sacrifice themselves to give you the opportunty to destroy Omega.]]
* Nor about [[spoiler:Elpizo destroying X's body. You get a close-up of Zero's face as he could only watch helplessly as the last thing keeping his best friend alive explodes before his very eyes.]]
* [[spoiler: X's final goodbye to Zero at the end of Mega Man Zero 3. Not only will the sad ambience of it all really tug at you, but the fact that X won't be around to see the peace he and Zero fought long and hard for is made blatantly apparent here.]]
** The song, "I, 0, Your Fellow" that plays during that exchange, which really hammers the sadness of the moment home. The remix on the official album is even more of a TearJerker.
** Before that, there was [[spoiler:Zero's own goodbye after the Elf Wars' over; he was going to seal himself before X comes in. The poignant talk - and, in the end, X's anguished scream - makes it all sadder. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALsaI1vyW4Q Watch it here.]]]]
* The Japan-only (prior to ''Collection'') vocal intro to the ''Zero 4'' credits theme "Promise -Next New World-" translates as follows:
-->''Always overflowing in my heart,''\\
''My feelings for you.''\\
''There is no forever,''\\
''so I want you by my side for now.''
** Accompanying [[spoiler:Ciel crying alone under a tree]], as the song becomes entirely instrumental. BittersweetEnding indeed...
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WctXJTxuHj4 The english translation for Freesia]]. What are the [[LyricalDissonance lyrics]] about? It's about Ciel's [[spoiler:AnguishedDeclarationOfLove]].
** And after that, [[spoiler:she believes that Zero is still out there, and will be waiting for him to come back. What comes next? Zero's broken helmet lying in the desert, indicating he's been KilledOffForReal.]]
* This dialogue:
-->'''X''': "Since you've disappeared I've been fighting this war alone against an uncountable number of Mavericks for nearly a hundred years... Battle after battle...so painful and so sad...but the hardest part was when I discovered that I no longer cared about [[strike: fighting enemies]] the enemies I fought..."
** What makes it worse is that [[MartialPacifist it's X]] we're talking about.
* There's also Alouette. Zero's [[spoiler:last (optional) conversation with her has the girl extract a promise from Zero that the three of them (including Ciel) should someday explore Area Zero together]]. Oh, and [[spoiler:if her dialogue as Prairie is taken into consideration, it might imply that she's fallen for Zero herself (seeing as she had feelings for Giro, Zero's {{Expy}}, because she herself stated that the man reminded her of Zero.]]
* The boss refights in ''Zero 2''. Even before that, [[PunchClockVillain they were some of the less villainous members of Neo Arcadia]], defending important military sites, supply chains, nature reserves, or the Baby Elf location, rather than executing innocent reploids. In the refights, [[MindControl they're taken over by Elpizo and the Baby Elves]], and only really wake up after you beat them, leaving them wondering what is going on, and in many cases, [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe why they are cut in half.]]
* The music at the end of the first game, "For Endless Fight", qualifies as this on a meta level.

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** Add to all this the mysterious disappearance of [[spoiler:Ciel]] in ''ZX'' after Serpent went Maverick and the ''ZX'' series of games [[UncertainDoom failing to last long enough to elaborate what happened...]] and ]]and things get even ''worse.''
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!!Supplementary Material
* Don't forget about [[spoiler:the Guardians of Neo Arcadia, who sacrifice themselves to give you the opportunty to destroy Omega.]]
* Nor about [[spoiler:Elpizo destroying X's body. You get a close-up of
Zero's face as he could only watch helplessly as the last thing keeping his best friend alive explodes before his very eyes.]]
* [[spoiler: X's final goodbye to Zero at the end of Mega Man Zero 3. Not only will the sad ambience of it all really tug at you, but the fact that X won't be around to see the peace he and Zero fought long and hard for is made blatantly apparent here.]]
** The song, "I, 0, Your Fellow" that plays during that exchange, which really hammers the sadness of the moment home. The remix on the official album is even more of a TearJerker.
** Before that, there was [[spoiler:Zero's
own goodbye after the Elf Wars' Wars is over; he was going to seal himself before X comes in. The poignant talk - and, in the end, X's anguished scream - makes it all sadder. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALsaI1vyW4Q Watch it here.]]]]
* The Japan-only (prior to ''Collection'') vocal intro to the ''Zero 4'' credits theme "Promise -Next New World-" translates as follows:
-->''Always overflowing in my heart,''\\
''My feelings for you.''\\
''There is no forever,''\\
''so I want you by my side for now.''
** Accompanying [[spoiler:Ciel crying alone under a tree]], as the song becomes entirely instrumental. BittersweetEnding indeed...
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WctXJTxuHj4 The english translation for Freesia]]. What are the [[LyricalDissonance lyrics]] about? It's about Ciel's [[spoiler:AnguishedDeclarationOfLove]].
** And after that, [[spoiler:she believes that Zero is still out there, and will be waiting for him to come back. What comes next? Zero's broken helmet lying in the desert, indicating he's been KilledOffForReal.]]
* This dialogue:
-->'''X''': "Since you've disappeared I've been fighting this war alone against an uncountable number of Mavericks for nearly a hundred years... Battle after battle...so painful and so sad...but the hardest part was when I discovered that I no longer cared about [[strike: fighting enemies]] the enemies I fought..."
** What makes it worse is that [[MartialPacifist it's X]] we're talking about.
* There's also Alouette. Zero's [[spoiler:last (optional) conversation with her has the girl extract a promise from Zero that the three of them (including Ciel) should someday explore Area Zero together]]. Oh, and [[spoiler:if her dialogue as Prairie is taken into consideration, it might imply that she's fallen for Zero herself (seeing as she had feelings for Giro, Zero's {{Expy}}, because she herself stated that the man reminded her of Zero.]]
* The boss refights in ''Zero 2''. Even before that, [[PunchClockVillain they were some of the less villainous members of Neo Arcadia]], defending important military sites, supply chains, nature reserves, or the Baby Elf location, rather than executing innocent reploids. In the refights, [[MindControl they're taken over by Elpizo and the Baby Elves]], and only really wake up after you beat them, leaving them wondering what is going on, and in many cases, [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe why they are cut in half.]]
* The music at the end of the first game, "For Endless Fight", qualifies as this on a meta level.
]]

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** Add to all this the mysterious disappearance of [[spoiler:Ciel]] in ''ZX'' after Serpent went Maverick and the ''ZX'' series of games [[UncertainDoom failing to last long enough to elaborate what happened...]] and things get even ''worse.''


** The Remastered Edition adds to the heartbreak by adding Japanese audio. Listening to Ciel beg Zero to come back is another punch to the feels.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETVPH0qDKLY The Remastered Edition adds to the heartbreak by adding Japanese audio.audio]]. Listening to Ciel beg Zero to come back is another punch to the feels.

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** The Remastered Edition adds to the heartbreak by adding Japanese audio. Listening to Ciel beg Zero to come back is another punch to the feels.


[[caption-width-right:350:Oh, ''[[TheWoobie Ciel]]'']]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Oh, ''[[TheWoobie Ciel]]'']]Ciel]].'']]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Oh, ''[[TheWoobie Ciel]]'']]


*** If you talk to the caravan members before going on the final mission, you'll find out that [[spoiler: they ALL want you to come back safely and do stuff with them. All those jaded humans and your fellow resistance members are finally closing the gap createby centuries of war, and all want to share their experiences with you as they finally start living in harmony together. But alas, [[KilledOffForReal this time you don't come back.]]]]

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*** If you talk to the caravan members before going on the final mission, you'll find out that [[spoiler: they ALL want you to come back safely and do stuff with them. All those jaded humans and your fellow resistance members are finally closing the gap createby created by centuries of war, and all want to share their experiences with you as they finally start living in harmony together. But alas, [[KilledOffForReal this time you don't come back.]]]]


*** Has anyone talked to the caravan memmbers before going to the final mission, :[[spoiler: they ALL want you to come back safely and do stuff with them, all those jaded humans and your fellow resistance memmbers, are finally closing the gap created by centuries of war, and all want to share with you their experiences as they finally start living in harmony togherter. but alas, [[KilledOffForReal this time you don't come back]]]]

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*** Has anyone talked If you talk to the caravan memmbers members before going to on the final mission, :[[spoiler: you'll find out that [[spoiler: they ALL want you to come back safely and do stuff with them, all them. All those jaded humans and your fellow resistance memmbers, members are finally closing the gap created by createby centuries of war, and all want to share with you their experiences with you as they finally start living in harmony togherter. but together. But alas, [[KilledOffForReal this time you don't come back]]]]back.]]]]


*** Of course, [[spoiler:all of the above does not necessarily indicate Zero's death. If they inexplicably brought him back once, they can do it again.]]

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*** Of course, [[spoiler:all of the above does not necessarily indicate Zero's death. If they [[VideoGame/MegaManX6 inexplicably brought him back back]] once, they can do it again.]]

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*** Of course, [[spoiler:all of the above does not necessarily indicate Zero's death. If they inexplicably brought him back once, they can do it again.]]

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