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* When [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Metapod evolved into Butterfree in a big burst of light and]] [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic the electric guitar wailed out into earshot]], you cannot deny that [[HolyShitQuotient a chill shot down your spine and]] [[SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing the tears began to flow.]]

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* When [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Metapod evolved into Butterfree in a big burst of light and]] [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic the electric guitar wailed out into earshot]], you cannot deny that [[HolyShitQuotient a chill shot down your spine and]] and [[SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing the tears began to flow.]]


** Ash actually ''does'' die here. Listen closely and you'll hear him stop breathing just before his tear freezes.

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** Ash actually ''does'' die here. Listen closely and you'll [[HesDeadJim hear him stop breathing just before his tear freezes.]]


* Ash and Iris arguing in the episode The Path That Leads To Goodbye. Their arguments started over petty mistakes the two unintentionally made towards each other, and you can see Pikachu and Axew desperately trying to get their respective trainers to calm down. The argument gets so serious to the point that Iris calls off her friendship with Ash. This is also one of the few times that Iris’ catchphrase towards Ash wasn’t PlayedForLaughs like it usually is. * When it seems as though Dragonite finally decided to obey Iris in the latter’s match with Ash, it stops doing so after Ash’s Krokorok evolved into Krookodile. Dragonite again loses faith in not only Iris as a trainer, but itself, which led to it throwing a massive tantrum and it suffering a humiliating loss to Ash’s Krookodile.
After the humiliating defeat, Iris wasn’t in the mood to get into her usual petty squabbles with Georgia when the latter revels in Iris’ demise. Iris even wonders what went so wrong that Dragonite just decided to disobey her out of nowhere again, only for Cynthia to tell Iris that Dragonite doesn’t have much faith in her as a trainer. After this, Iris takes her loss in stride vows to become a better dragon trainer for her dragon Pokemon.

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* Ash and Iris arguing in the episode The Path That Leads To Goodbye. Their arguments started over petty mistakes the two unintentionally made towards each other, and you can see Pikachu and Axew desperately trying to get their respective trainers to calm down. The argument gets so serious to the point that Iris calls off her friendship with Ash. This is also one of the few times that Iris’ catchphrase towards Ash wasn’t PlayedForLaughs like it usually is. * When it seems as though Dragonite finally decided to obey Iris in the latter’s match with Ash, it stops doing so after Ash’s Krokorok evolved into Krookodile. Dragonite again loses faith in not only Iris as a trainer, but itself, which led to it throwing a massive tantrum and it suffering a humiliating loss to Ash’s Krookodile. \nAfter the humiliating defeat, Iris wasn’t in the mood to get into her usual petty squabbles with Georgia when the latter revels in Iris’ demise. Iris even wonders what went so wrong that Dragonite just decided to disobey her out of nowhere again, only for Cynthia to tell Iris that Dragonite doesn’t have much faith in her as a trainer. After this, Iris takes her loss in stride vows to become a better dragon trainer for her dragon Pokemon.


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* When it seems as though Dragonite finally decided to obey Iris in the latter’s match with Ash, it stops doing so after Ash’s Krokorok evolved into Krookodile. Dragonite again loses faith in not only Iris as a trainer, but itself, which led to it throwing a massive tantrum and it suffering a humiliating loss to Ash’s Krookodile. After the humiliating defeat, Iris wasn’t in the mood to get into her usual petty squabbles with Georgia when the latter revels in Iris’ demise. Iris even wonders what went so wrong that Dragonite just decided to disobey her out of nowhere again, only for Cynthia to tell Iris that Dragonite doesn’t have much faith in her as a trainer. After this, Iris takes her loss in stride vows to become a better dragon trainer for her dragon Pokemon.

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* In the fifth episode, Scorbunny wants to be Go's partner, inspired by Go's speech to expand its horizons. Go accepts...until he remembers that promise to make Mew his partner. Scorbunny is absolutely ''crushed'', believing that going after Go was for nothing.


* ''Anime/PokemonTheMovieBlackAndWhite'' -- after trying so hard to get Victini free, those pillars clouded around him, and all seems hopeless Ash apologizes for not being able to keep his promise, then sheds a tear that shatters from the cold air before nearly dying. [[spoiler:Victini then pulls off a HeroicSacrifice, making it a DisneyDeath at the end of the movie.]]

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* ''Anime/PokemonTheMovieBlackAndWhite'' -- after trying so hard to get Victini free, those pillars clouded around him, and all seems hopeless hopeless, a shivering Ash apologizes for not being able to keep his promise, then sheds a tear that shatters from the cold air before nearly dying. freezes in midair, and seemingly dies. [[spoiler:Victini then pulls off a HeroicSacrifice, HeroicSacrifice that wakes Ash up, making it a DisneyDeath at the end of the movie.]]]]
** Ash actually ''does'' die here. Listen closely and you'll hear him stop breathing just before his tear freezes.

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* The premiere has two -- an AdultFear moment as the mother Kangaskhan tearfully hugs her baby after it almost died, and Pichu realizing his weight was slowing her down and had to leave what he considered a surrogate family.


** Mimikyu fights Pikachu one more time, but stops when it sees its own reflection while hovering over Melemele Sea. It drops down into the water and sulks. After Ash and Pikachu pull it out of the water, it wanders away, no longer interested in the fight, with the drawn-on face of its Disguise smeared as if it were crying. Meowth eventually finds it, and finds out it had suffered a WhatHaveIBecome moment because it was tired of hating Pikachu. Meowth cheers it up by saying it had plenty to look forward to in the future.

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** Mimikyu fights Pikachu one more time, but stops when it sees its own reflection while hovering over Melemele Sea. It drops down into the water and sulks. After Ash and Pikachu pull it out of the water, it wanders away, no longer interested in the fight, with the drawn-on face of its Disguise smeared as if it were crying. Meowth eventually finds it, and finds out it had suffered a WhatHaveIBecome moment because it was tired of hating Pikachu. Meowth cheers it up by saying it had has plenty to look forward to in the future.


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** Mallow being left behind in Alola as each of her friends departs on their respective journeys, with even her Shaymin flying off once Ulu presents it with some Gracedia flowers.


* In [=SM146=]: Ash is on the plane leaving for his home, then all of a sudden you see his Alolan friends and Pokemon bid him one last farewell, with tears in his eyes, Ash says goodbye to Alola.

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* In [=SM146=]: the Alola series finale, [=SM146=]:
** Mimikyu fights Pikachu one more time, but stops when it sees its own reflection while hovering over Melemele Sea. It drops down into the water and sulks. After Ash and Pikachu pull it out of the water, it wanders away, no longer interested in the fight, with the drawn-on face of its Disguise smeared as if it were crying. Meowth eventually finds it, and finds out it had suffered a WhatHaveIBecome moment because it was tired of hating Pikachu. Meowth cheers it up by saying it had plenty to look forward to in the future.
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Ash is on the plane leaving for his home, then all of a sudden you see his Alolan friends and Pokemon bid him one last farewell, with tears in his eyes, Ash says goodbye to Alola.

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* In [=SM146=]: Ash is on the plane leaving for his home, then all of a sudden you see his Alolan friends and Pokemon bid him one last farewell, with tears in his eyes, Ash says goodbye to Alola.

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* In episode 140, Bewear is ''in pain for the first time.'' Stufful is thrown off her back while fighting Guzzlord and she deliberately puts herself in front while Guzzlord starts brutalizing her.


* ''The Kangaskhan Kid". The titular Kangaskhan kid is a young boy who was dropped in the Safari Zone when he was a toddler. His parents frantically searched for him, but they were unsuccessful for years. When they finally reunite with him, he doesn't recognize them at all. He's also declared himself the protector of the Kangaskhan, which puts him in a dangerous situation with Team Rocket. To protect their long-lost son, his parents [[HeroicSacrifice fly their helicopter into Team Rocket's vehicle]], which seemingly kills them. The boy, now accepting the truth about his origins, weeps over his parents' "death". Don't worry, [[DisneyDeath all turns well in the end.]]

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* ''The Kangaskhan Kid".Kid''. The titular Kangaskhan kid is a young boy who was dropped in the Safari Zone when he was a toddler. His parents frantically searched for him, but they were unsuccessful for years. When they finally reunite with him, he doesn't recognize them at all. He's also declared himself the protector of the Kangaskhan, which puts him in a dangerous situation with Team Rocket. To protect their long-lost son, his parents [[HeroicSacrifice fly their helicopter into Team Rocket's vehicle]], which seemingly kills them. The boy, now accepting the truth about his origins, weeps over his parents' "death". Don't worry, [[DisneyDeath all turns well in the end.]]



-->'''Misty:''' Togetic... I love you."

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-->'''Misty:''' Togetic... I love you."


* ''Anime/PokemonTheMovieBlackAndWhite'' -- after trying so hard to get Victini free, those pillars clouded around him, and all seems hopeless Ash apologizes for not being able to keep his promise, then sheds a tear before nearly dying. [[spoiler:Victini then pulls off a HeroicSacrifice, making it a DisneyDeath at the end of the movie.]]

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* ''Anime/PokemonTheMovieBlackAndWhite'' -- after trying so hard to get Victini free, those pillars clouded around him, and all seems hopeless Ash apologizes for not being able to keep his promise, then sheds a tear that shatters from the cold air before nearly dying. [[spoiler:Victini then pulls off a HeroicSacrifice, making it a DisneyDeath at the end of the movie.]]


* Ash and Iris arguing in the episode The Path That Leads To Goodbye. Their arguments started over petty mistakes the two unintentionally made towards each other, and you can see Pikachu and Axew desperately trying to get their respective trainers to calm down. The argument gets so serious to the point that Iris calls off her friendship with Ash. This is also one of the few times that Iris’ catchphrase towards Ash wasn’t PlayedForLaughs like it usually is. When it seems as though Dragonite finally decided to obey Iris in the latter’s match with Ash, it stops doing so after Ash’s Krokorok evolved into Krookodile. Dragonite again loses faith in not only Iris as a trainer, but itself, which led to it throwing a massive tantrum and it suffering a humiliating loss to Ash’s Krookodile.
* After the humiliating defeat, Iris wasn’t in the mood to get into her usual petty squabbles with Georgia when the latter revels in Iris’ demise. Iris even wonders what went so wrong that Dragonite just decided to disobey her out of nowhere again, only for Cynthia to tell Iris that Dragonite doesn’t have much faith in her as a trainer. After this, Iris takes her loss in stride vows to become a better dragon trainer.

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* Ash and Iris arguing in the episode The Path That Leads To Goodbye. Their arguments started over petty mistakes the two unintentionally made towards each other, and you can see Pikachu and Axew desperately trying to get their respective trainers to calm down. The argument gets so serious to the point that Iris calls off her friendship with Ash. This is also one of the few times that Iris’ catchphrase towards Ash wasn’t PlayedForLaughs like it usually is. * When it seems as though Dragonite finally decided to obey Iris in the latter’s match with Ash, it stops doing so after Ash’s Krokorok evolved into Krookodile. Dragonite again loses faith in not only Iris as a trainer, but itself, which led to it throwing a massive tantrum and it suffering a humiliating loss to Ash’s Krookodile.
* After the humiliating defeat, Iris wasn’t in the mood to get into her usual petty squabbles with Georgia when the latter revels in Iris’ demise. Iris even wonders what went so wrong that Dragonite just decided to disobey her out of nowhere again, only for Cynthia to tell Iris that Dragonite doesn’t have much faith in her as a trainer. After this, Iris takes her loss in stride vows to become a better dragon trainer.trainer for her dragon Pokemon.


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** Dedenne being sad about the group's split can count.



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* The end of the Indigo Conference arc. Watching a recap of Ash's entire experience of all the battles he went through, all to the glorious sound of the Pokémon Theme. It makes you feel like he really did give his all to get as far as he did. You feel proud that he did so well. And afterwards he stands in the middle of the stadium, and reasserts his vow to become a Pokémon Master. The Pokémon League may be over for Ash, but his journey has only just really begun.
* The climax to the first episode, "Pokemon, I choose you!" Try not to get a knot on your throat when you see Ash [[GoThroughMe eager to be pecked to death]] for an insubordinate Pokémon he only just met.

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* The end of the Indigo Conference arc. Watching a recap of Ash's entire experience of all the battles he went through, all to the glorious sound of the Pokémon Theme. It makes you feel like he really did give his all to get as far as he did. You feel proud that he did so well. And afterwards he stands in the middle of the stadium, and reasserts his vow to become a Pokémon Master. The Pokémon League may be over for Ash, but his journey has only just really begun.
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* The climax to the first episode, "Pokemon, I choose you!" Try not to get a knot on your throat when you see Ash [[GoThroughMe eager to be pecked to death]] for an insubordinate Pokémon he only just met.



* The first movie has Meowth's clone telling Meowth that they don't have to fight. They have a lot in common: the same earth, the same air, the same sky. If they could look at what's the same instead of what's different... well, who knows.



** The original has the first movie's theme, "Kaze to Issho ni", playing over the release. And let's face it -- it's the first time Jessie's broken down like this. Watching her crush Dustox's Poké Ball under her foot in tears is heartbreaking, and a rare soft moment from the Team Rocket trio's leader.

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** The original has the first movie's theme, "Kaze to Issho ni", playing over the release. And let's face it -- it's the first time Jessie's broken down like this. Watching her crush Dustox's Poké Ball under her foot in tears is heartbreaking, and a rare soft moment from the Team Rocket trio's leader.



* Speaking of Togepi... Meowth after losing the battle to get Togepi in [=EP050=]. At least he wasn't dealt the further embarrassment of being sent blasting off, the sobbing Pokémon instead dragged off by Jessie and James.

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* Speaking of Togepi... Meowth after losing the battle to get Togepi in [=EP050=]. At least he wasn't dealt the further embarrassment of being sent blasting off, the sobbing Pokémon instead dragged off by Jessie and James.



* Tepig's background story is just as bad. After Tepig loses a battle, his trainer abandons him in a rather cruel way; the porker is tied to a fencepost and forced to watch his trainer walk away on him. To make matters worse, he still loves his trainer; Tepig literally breaks down into tears and tries to chase after the guy. Before Don George can free him, however, Tepig shoddily bites through the rope and promptly sets off to find said ex-trainer. Oh, and some of the rope gets caught around his snout. When Ash finds him, Tepig is on the verge of starving to death.
** Even worse, Tepig doesn't harbor any ill will towards his old trainer: [[spoiler: when he meets him again, Tepig goes up to him and acts friendly towards him. [[KickTheDog His old trainer then proceeds to grab him and throw him]].]] Then we discover that [[spoiler: the trainer's ''modus operandi'' is to ''[[MoralEventHorizon pretend to be sad whenever he abandons Pokémon who don't live up to his standards, just so they won't follow him]]'' - Tepig was the first to ever break this cycle, and he doesn't care a wit for its devotion.]] It's enough to make you cry... [[spoiler:and then the ''triumphant'' tears start flowing when Tepig evolves, defeats his old trainer's team, and defiantly roasts the {{Jerkass}} in the face.]]
** Another sad thing is that Tepig still had some issues to overcome after it was abandoned. When it would win battles, Tepig would be overjoyed. When it lost battles, however, it would become sad due to fear of being abandoned. Poor porker. Thankfully, Tepig overcame this problem when it evolved into Pignite.
* Iris's backstory is basically a long BreakTheCutie: after meeting Drayden and being spirited away to Opelucid City to get an education, she quickly finds out that she doesn't fit in with the more sophisticated city-dwellers, and does poorly in a school environment. (It's also implied by her issues with books that she may have been near-illiterate, or at least very unfamiliar with books.) She grew despondent and made no friends, and would often run away to hide at the top of a tower to be alone. She eventually couldn't handle the city life and went back home. In the series proper, her return to Opelucid City treats her to bittersweet memories.
** While Iris and Cilan’s send off episode wasn’t as tear jerking as the other send offs, what makes it sad is that you never see the two appear again in the series (apart from their Japanese-exclusive episodes).



* Some people can't watch the prequel short on the ''Mewtwo Returns'' DVD without crying, and tears up just at the ''sound'' of "Chiisaki Mono" from the sixth movie.
** The short in the first movie can also be quite hard to see, especially with young children. Watching Charizard screaming and thrashing about while trapped, and then seeing his utter despair as he realises he can't free himself is pretty heartbreaking. Of course, the it turns into a different sort of tear jerker as all the other Pokemon work together to save him.
* During the second movie, Team Rocket's attempt at [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice when they let go of Lugia so as not to slow him and Ash down. Their "last lines" are just too priceless: "Let's not say goodbye/Let's just say/We're gonna die." Of course, they live, but still...]]
** [[spoiler:Don't forget their variation on their usual send off as they fall: "Team Rocket's blasting off for gooooood...!"]]
* And then, not long after that, when Lugia is zapped by Lawrence, it falls into the sea with Ash and Pikachu. Pikachu and Ash surface, and Ash is unconscious. Misty and Tracey fish them out of the sea, and Misty [[CPRCleanPrettyReliable has to give Ash CPR]].
* The scene in the 8th movie where [[spoiler: Lucario sacrifices himself to save the Tree of Beginning.]]
** Also, during the aforementioned scene when [[spoiler:Lucario discovers that Aaron only trapped Lucario so that he wouldn't follow him and [[HeroicSacrifice suffer the same fate.]]]] And during the ending credits, [[spoiler:Lucario and Aaron eating the bar of chocolate Max gave Lucario earlier in the movie.]]
* Celebi's "death" in the fourth movie. Ash and Sam's reactions were bad enough, but seeing Celebi's shriveled, lifeless body pushed it over.
* Also from Movie 8, [[spoiler: Ash calls out all of his Pokémon as he's being absorbed by the energy orb-gunk and, in the dub at least, he says goodbye to Pikachu and tells him he loves it as he gets fully absorbed. The sight of Pikachu and all of Ash's Pokémon at the time crying, including Grovyle(!) was like "Mewtwo Strikes Back" all over again. Then when Ash, and everyone else comes back, Pikachu, with tears in its eyes, hugs Ash. Then Ash gets glomped by Phanphy and Corphish while Grovyle and Swellow watch. ]]
-->Ash: [[spoiler: Pikachu, you can't save me! Just take care of yourself, and all the others! I'll miss you, buddy. I LOVE YOU!]]
** And just the way he says it all as fast as he possibly can while still being coherent. Just knowing that you have about ten seconds to say everything you need to, to say good-bye...



* In the first movie, Mewtwo is convinced by his clone that they don't have to fight. Doubles as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.
-->'''Meowth:''' You're right, we do have a lot in common: the same earth, the same air, the same sky.
-->'''Clone!Meowth:''' Mreow.
-->'''Meowth:''' Maybe if we started lookin' at what's the same instead of always lookin' at what's different... well, who knows.
* Also from the first movie, [[spoiler:Ash is [[TakenForGranite Taken For Granite]], and Pikachu goes up to his lifeless body and [[PleaseWakeUp tries again and again to wake him up via electrocution]], until he runs out of energy and can do nothing except cry, and for added measures, [[EverybodyCries the other Pokémon, not only Ash's, but every single one of the trainers' Pokémon, not to mention Mewtwo's clone Pokémon, cry as well]]. [[SwissArmyTears He gets restored by their tears]] at the end, but it doesn't make it any less sad.]]
** What makes Pikachu's actions even worse is the implication behind them. [[spoiler: He turns himself into [[MagicalDefibrillator a living defibrillator]], and it doesn't work.]] Possibly doubles as FridgeBrilliance.
** Just listen to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH0008o-6cs Tears of Life]] from the movie and see if you don't visualize the scene mentioned above and start sobbing hysterically.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkHki1CkMWg Miracle Tears]], from the Japanese release counts as well.
** The song If Only Tears Could Bring You Back by Midnight Sons represents this scene in the CD.
*** "If Only Tears Could Bring You Back" might also sum up Mewtwo and Ai/Amber as well, from the Mewtwo's Origin short that got cut out of the English dub.
** The biggest punch, though, is [[spoiler: Misty's reaction. Ash has been harmed in many ways throughout the first season, but a Pikachu shock always revived him, and Misty and Brock just laughed and moved on. After Pikachu's attempts to revive Ash fail again and again, and the believed finality of Ash's demise hits both the characters and the audience, the mood of the scene continually drops, until all Misty can mutter is a pained, "Please, no." It's the only major human reaction we see, and the only one we really need to see. Sure, the Pokemon crying is touching to our childhoods, but looking back as adults, it's clear Misty speaks not only her voice but the voice of the audience. "Please, don't let it end like this."]]
* For some, it's [[spoiler:James' farewell to Chimecho, especially his line in the dub: "It's just...I don't know how to ''deal'' with this!" Some of the same people also tear up ''every time'' they see May tearing up after losing the Kanto Grand Festival]]



* The ending of ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea'' qualifies.
** "Love...you...Mama. Love...you...May."
* Mewtwo's entire life. He has to watch all of his friends die before he's even born, which is so traumatic for him that the scientists have to wipe his memory in order to keep it from killing him, too. Then, when he is given his first taste of the real world, he discovers that his entire reason for being is to have tests run on him, like a lab rat. Once he breaks out, he discovers that every other Pokémon is either in the wild or under the ownership of humans, who make the Pokémon do their bidding. He goes berserk at this point, and has to be forcibly taught that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters not all humans are bastards]]. He and the Pokémon clones that he created then go to live out their lives in a place apart from those who would harm them. But Giovanni comes and threatens to execute every last one of them unless Mewtwo submits to him, and has to be bailed out by Ash and company. The last we see of him, he and the Pokémon who depend on him are still hiding from humans, probably terrified that they will be found again. Can you really blame him for going berserk several times?
** Well, maybe not quite in hiding. Mewtwo is alone the last we see of him, and one of his inner struggles in ''Mewtwo Returns'' was deciding to protect his clones, or let them go. In the end, he releases them to live new lives, whether in the wild or with a trainer. The last shot in the special of him gazing at the moon overlooking a human city is a powerful testament of how far along he's gotten in becoming more accepting of the world, and who he is. It also counts (possibly) as an EarnYourHappyEnding or BittersweetEnding if you read more into the context.
* Speaking of Pokémon, the capture of Pikachu by Mewtwo's evil Poké Balls in the first movie. It's been established that Pikachu does '''not''' like being in a Poké Ball. Many times. Ash is beaten half to death by evil Poké Balls and robotic arms in a chase all over Mewtwo's fortress. He does all he can do to save his buddy, and in the end, he fails. Pikachu has been captured by the BigBad, his freedom stripped away. He gets rescued, but still...
** Related to Pikachu's Poké Ball phobia, Ash demanding Pikachu get into one in "Snow Way Out" so he won't die from the blizzard they're stuck in. As if to prove Pikachu's point that he won't leave his trainer's side, his other teammates come out of ''their'' Poké Balls and hug Ash...
---> '''Ash''': You win. Guess we'll all be cold together.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6TWUjtbb9E The music that's playing in the background at the time makes that scene all more powerful.]]
*** Also from that episode, the flashback to Jessie's childhood. She was so painfully poor that a meal entirely made of snow was a delicious meal to her.



* [[spoiler:Latios']] final goodbye to [[spoiler:Latias]], in the fifth movie. [[spoiler:The way the now-translucent Latios takes Latias' hand, and then Latias realizes, confirmed with Latios simply nodding, before the two's grip breaks, and Latias is pushed away, this heartbroken look on her face.........]] It's really not helped by the scene a few minutes on, which shows [[spoiler:the Earth/world e.g. what Latios is seeing, through his psychic connection with Latias, for the final time]].
** Especially since the creator of Pokémon always used the word "faint" to describe defeated Pokémon so that kids wouldn't have to hear about death. This makes the first on screen Pokémon death even more moving considering that [[spoiler: Latios sacrificed himself to save his little sister Latias, and the town they lived in]] and explains in the games why [[spoiler: Latias learns Wish and Latios learns Memento.]]



* The end credits to the third movie, partially because of the song playing ("To Know The Unknown"), and partially because of one scene that shows the return of Molly's long-lost mother.
** Also from the third movie, the part when Ash is falling into the pit, and suddenly Charizard, the Pokémon that previously hated him and refused to ever do what he said, swoops out of nowhere and saves him.
** Molly's parents both disappearing, one leaving her family, the other being dragged into another reality. Also, the whole part about rejecting her reality in favor of living in her dreams. The entire OST of the movie emphasizes the isolation and loneliness Molly experiences.
** During the very vicious tussle between Entei and Charizard, Molly begins doubting her actions. However, it is right when Entei is about to deal the killing blow to Charizard that she breaks down in tears, begging him to stop and return everything to normal. This itself has sad conclusions since it means all the friends she imagined, including Entei itself, must disappear from existence.
* The entire "Team Shocker!" episode is a huge tear jerker. Dawn, the resident [[TheCutie cutie]] is [[BreakTheCutie broken]] all of a sudden, after 2 lost appeals. Soon after, it cuts to a scene where her mom Joanna is shown disappointedly glancing at a wall full of photos of both her and daughter participating in contests. Next, Jessie goes and '''rubs''' her victory in Dawn's face. And Dawn later cries herself to sleep..
** It was so upsetting that Ash himself was on the exact same emotional wavelength.
** It's made even worse. For around a dozen episodes,the broken self esteem'd Dawn doesn't want to enter in contests anymore, thinks she's failing her Pokémon ''and'' tries to [[StepfordSmiler fake happiness]].
*** The first time she loses the appeal round is pretty bad too, as Dawn runs outside and bursts into tears. It's also the ''very'' first time it's ever happened.
* "A Poached Ego" gave us Team Rocket's SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome at the cost of a few tears. TR comes across a poacher who has captured a bunch of wild Ekans and Koffing, the pre-evolutions of their main Pokémon: Arbok and Weezing. In an EvenEvilHasStandards moment, TR attempts to free the captured Pokémon, but the poacher tries to stop them. In the climax of the episode, Meowth manages to free the Ekans and Koffing from their cages. When the poacher sends his Tyranitar after them, all three Rockets throw themselves at it. The battle is completely one-sided as the Tyranitar beats them mercilessly, all while Jessie and James are shouting at Arbok and Weezing to take the Ekans and Koffing and run far away.
** The look Arbok and Weezing have on their faces shows that they'd clearly like nothing more than to go back and battle to protect their masters. But just as they always had for the entire series to that point, they obeyed that final order.

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* The end credits to the third movie, partially because of the song playing ("To Know The Unknown"), and partially because of one scene that shows the return of Molly's long-lost mother.
** Also from the third movie, the part when Ash is falling into the pit, and suddenly Charizard, the Pokémon that previously hated him and refused to ever do what he said, swoops out of nowhere and saves him.
** Molly's parents both disappearing, one leaving her family, the other being dragged into another reality. Also, the whole part about rejecting her reality in favor of living in her dreams. The entire OST of the movie emphasizes the isolation and loneliness Molly experiences.
** During the very vicious tussle between Entei and Charizard, Molly begins doubting her actions. However, it is right when Entei is about to deal the killing blow to Charizard that she breaks down in tears, begging him to stop and return everything to normal. This itself has sad conclusions since it means all the friends she imagined, including Entei itself, must disappear from existence.
* The entire "Team Shocker!" episode is a huge tear jerker. Dawn, the resident [[TheCutie cutie]] is [[BreakTheCutie broken]] all of a sudden, after 2 lost appeals. Soon after, it cuts to a scene where her mom Joanna is shown disappointedly glancing at a wall full of photos of both her and daughter participating in contests. Next, Jessie goes and '''rubs''' her victory in Dawn's face. And Dawn later cries herself to sleep..
** It was so upsetting that Ash himself was on the exact same emotional wavelength.
** It's made even worse. For around a dozen episodes,the broken self esteem'd Dawn doesn't want to enter in contests anymore, thinks she's failing her Pokémon ''and'' tries to [[StepfordSmiler fake happiness]].
*** The first time she loses the appeal round is pretty bad too, as Dawn runs outside and bursts into tears. It's also the ''very'' first time it's ever happened.
* "A Poached Ego" gave us Team Rocket's SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome at the cost of a few tears. TR comes across a poacher who has captured a bunch of wild Ekans and Koffing, the pre-evolutions of their main Pokémon: Arbok and Weezing. In an EvenEvilHasStandards moment, TR attempts to free the captured Pokémon, but the poacher tries to stop them. In the climax of the episode, Meowth manages to free the Ekans and Koffing from their cages. When the poacher sends his Tyranitar after them, all three Rockets throw themselves at it. The battle is completely one-sided as the Tyranitar beats them mercilessly, all while Jessie and James are shouting at Arbok and Weezing to take the Ekans and Koffing and run far away.
** The look Arbok and Weezing have on their faces shows that they'd clearly like nothing more than to go back and battle to protect their masters. But just as they always had for the entire series to that point, they obeyed that final order.



* ''Odd Pokemon Out!'' has Grovyle falling in love with a Meganium after the latter heals him after he lost his battle with a Tropius. Grovyle goes off to fight Tropius again, this time defeating it, and spots Meganium running towards him. He expects that she was going to congratulate him... [[spoiler:but she doesn't. She runs straight past him to Tropius, heals him, and then nuzzles up to him, which was when Grovyle found out that Meganium never loved him, but she loved the one that kicked his ass earlier. Ouch.]]
** And not too long after that, [[spoiler:he evolves into Sceptile, only to be unable to use any of his moves. It was a real kick in the face watching Team Rocket's Pokemon knocking him around like it was nothing.]]
* Ash's Chimchar got this while being owned by Paul. [[AbusiveParents He pretty much abused it]] so it would get stronger from its UnstoppableRage induced Blaze ability.
** The episode Tears for Fears. You will be bawling by the end, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments for more reason than one]].
* In the 10th movie when [[spoiler: Darkrai couldn't block Dialga and Palkia's attacks anymore and they strike him, which ends up killing him. Thankfully, Palkia is able to restore him along with everything else at the end.]]
** Darkrai's (and no doubt by extension ''all'' Darkrais') backstory. Being reviled by everyone just because you have a power you can't control...
** Considering what he does is basically an '''uncontrollable self-defense mechanism'''... it is. [[spoiler:Well, except that one Darkrai who almost succeeded at plunging world into eternal darkness. He gets better after his memory is accidentally wiped out, though.]]
* In "True Blue Swablu", near the end when just as Swablu is about to join May's team on her journey, its family comes back. The music, May desperately trying not to break down and Max's questions about why she's letting Swablu go back to its family despite it wanting to come with their group in the first place.
* The ninth movie had a lot. [[spoiler: First, May realized she had to part ways with Manaphy which makes it even sadder because Manaphy thinks of May as its mother. Then, the ending where they had to part ways. Manaphy says May's name which it learned all on its own. As May tearfully says good-bye to Manaphy, its last words were "Bye, Love you May" (In the Japanese version it was 'Sayonara, Haruka'.)]]



* The part when Ash [[spoiler:had that crushing loss to Paul -- the fact that Chimchar evolved into Monferno and tried so hard to pull another win for Ash and the fact that for the last bit of that episode you do not see Ash's eyes at all...]]
** And then the next episode...Ash's in a depression. Not only has Paul defeated his pokemon, but his philosophy and beliefs in what brings out a strong pokemon. He has to watch all of his Pokémon get treated, then lays on the side of the hill, remembering the battle over and over and ''over''. He was in a depression for a good 25 minutes of the episode! Not even ''GARY'' beat him that hard. Thank goodness his friends cheered him right back up, and good thing it was soon, because Team Rocket tried to insult him AFTER he recovered.
* "Do I Hear A Ralts?" [[spoiler:Plot: Max finds a sick baby Ralts by the side of the lake. He has to take it to a Pokémon Center but several things are getting in his way, including Team Rocket, the severity of the fever, and the distance to the Center...but he clears all the barriers and manages to get Ralts to the Pokémon Center without knowing if it will live. The next day, it is completely cured, but has to be returned to its family, Kirlia and Gardevoir. Ralts does not want to leave Max, telepathically telling him to promise that he'll come back for it when he's a Trainer, and Ralts teleports away as the episode ends.]]
** Insert in there one of the most genuinely touching sibling moments in any anime. After Max gets to the Pokémon Center, as Nurse Joy works on Ralts, the other twerps arrive. Max breaks down and runs crying to May. She consoles him, and expresses her pride that he had saved Ralts.
** While Max’s crying over his father losing to Ash veers into {{wangst}}-territory due to him overreacting, his BrokenPedestal can come off as tear jerking. Max seen his father as his idol, someone who is perfect and can never lose or make mistakes. Seeing his father lose and not showing any sadness about it must have triggered Max into getting upset and taking Ash’s badge away, due to being in denial of his father losing. This also may be the implied reason as to why Norman doesn’t allow his kids to watch his gym battle. Thankfully, everyone gets Max to face reality and realize that losing is a part of being a gym leader.
** The send off episode with May, Max, and Brock is also sad. Max is crushed the most and revealed about how he’s jealous of May traveling due to him not wanting to go back home. You can’t help but feel sorry for the kid.
* "Chiisaki Mono" (the ending theme for the 6th movie) Same for "One" (the ending for the 11th movie). "Soko ni Sora ga Aru Kara" has the same effect.
* James having to give up Cacnea so it can learn Drain Punch. Sure it was a Team Rocket Pokémon that was often used as a punching bag for the protagonists, but you can't really help but root for the cactus Pokémon in his departure episode. Watching it being battered while trying to master Drain Punch can make some people tear up.



* The scene in the twelfth movie [[spoiler:where Arceus saved Michina from the meteor. You ''know'' he gets better, but seeing him lying there in the snow, with all of the other Pokémon cuddling up to him and trying to keep him warm... And then, when Damos uses his special ability to see the hearts of Pokémon, Arceus is just grey... like the rocks he's lying on...]]
** [[spoiler:It is worse when you remember what Arceus is. A creature akin to a god is dying. A ''god''. Is. ''Dying''.]]
** And on top of that [[spoiler:everyone from the future is fading - because they might not even exist if Arceus dies here! Ash is the last to go, and he ''just'' manages to get the Jewel of Life to Arceus before disappearing completely. Thank goodness the process is reversed with Arceus' survival.]]
*** Before that, the BigBad [[spoiler:starts his (modified) plan to kill off Arceus in the past, using its weaknesses to Lightning, Water, and now Metal. Seeing Arceus, at this point compassionate to humans, being ravaged by the attacks and slowly ''drowned'' in ''molten silver'']] is a gut-wrenching thing to experience... and is no doubt intended to be seen as such.
*** The look on Ash's face when he finally [[spoiler: brings the jewel to Arceus and fully realizes the state it's in]]. The poor thing [[spoiler: looks like it's already dead, with nothing but a faint glow of red left in its eyes]].
* The [[spoiler:end of the Team Galactic]] arc. Saturn has remained his usual, cold, fierce self, but then [[spoiler:stops Mars from going into the portal]]; and at the end when they're [[spoiler:taken away]], the fact that Mars, who had previously been extremely spring-loaded, occasionally bordering on annoyingly insane, was [[BreakTheCutie just so quiet and didn't put anything in to the conversation]]. Of course, that scene turned (sort of) into NightmareFuel with how coldly and fiercely Saturn tells Jupiter that [[spoiler:Cyrus got away]].
** Some fans think [[spoiler:he ''survived''.]] Imagine what that would mean [[spoiler:for him, [[FateWorseThanDeath drifting forever in a void]], completely powerless for eternity.]]
*** If you know [[spoiler: (and sympathise with) Cyrus' backstory]] and believe it applies in the anime universe (the verdict's out on whether it does or doesn't), then it becomes even worse.
** [[spoiler:Mars' reaction when Cyrus tells her he'll be the only one in his perfect world. Once she puts two and two together, the [[BigNo way she screams]] and then she runs after him as the portal's closing. Saturn stops her from going in after him.]]
* In [=DP074=], Pikachu takes a Hyper Beam from a Raichu at point-blank range, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPZONKnC4Lk and almost dies.]] All Ash (and Team Rocket) can do is watch desperately from behind a glass window.
* The final episode of the Diamond-Pearl series, [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/DP191 "Memories are Made of Bliss!"]]. Brief summary: "[[spoiler: Ash, Dawn and Brock arrive back in Twinleaf Town, and while waiting for a ferry back to Kanto the gang become depressed knowing they'll soon be going their separate ways. While everyone tries to keep their sadness at bay, it proves to be too much for Piplup...]]"[[spoiler: Piplup]] takes it very badly. Since [[ResetButton the party just can't move from a region to another without splitting]], ''there is no way this is gonna end well.''
** [[spoiler:Piplup breaking down in front of Pikachu...indeed; the realization of leaving one of his best Pokémon friends became too much for Pikachu as well, and the TeamMom Togekiss has to comfort them both.]]
*** And while that's happening, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6TWUjtbb9E&feature=related this]] music plays, which in and of itself is a bit of a tear jerker for fans of the old seasons.
** And if you watch the Japanese version, you see [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvTHnt8mPsE this tribute]] during the ending credits. It's a simple, but beautiful sequence which [[spoiler: farewells Dawn and Brock from the regular series]] and reaffirms the series' themes of friendship. The song playing, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTvCDLAulpE&feature=related In Your Heart, Lalala]], itself counts as a major tearjerker, especially if you know the lyrics.
* The Junior Cup arc has a lot of minor tearjerkers: Caitlin has a moment of doubt in her abilities up against Cynthia (which is a bit more melancholy if you take her backstory in the games into account), Trip [[spoiler:loses to Alder and is genuinely frustrated and disappointed, having worked hard to get there]], and Dawn departs Ash's company for the second time.
* A minor one in Best Wishes when Dawn leaves Unova after the Junior Cup. Piplup is about to say goodbye to Meloetta, when Oshawott pops out. They confront each other tensely, then both tear up, and they hug each other sadly. They'd spent eight episodes at each other's throats over Meloetta, and it's like they realized they wasted their time on something silly and missed a great opportunity to truly be friends.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzwHs9PhJwY "Your heart's beating around the clock... Time ticking away, it doesn't stop."]]
* Ash [[spoiler: beats Paul. Infernape wins.]]
* We hear a lot of Paul's treatment of Chimchar, but remember Paul's crushing defeat by Brandon. When he heard that Ash defeated Brandon, Paul was in shock, even his brother was never able to defeat him, but Ash, the one trainer who at this point, never came close to beating Paul, did. Paul was in his absolute best against Brandon, and while Brandon did take the fight seriously, he defeated Paul with total ease. It is also the fight that we see why Paul is the way he is. He was there when Reggie lost to Brandon, and it's here that he decided that power was the only way to win battles, and to his credit, he got results and became an exceptional trainer. Just to see him lose one pokemon after another, losing his cool in the process, only for it to come down to his Magmar going up against Regirock, the battle was already over. Just to see Paul, the most powerful rival Ash has ever met by this point, being backed up to a corner and lose, especially with the background music, you feel nothing but pity for him, coming in demanding a fight, only to basically be put in his place. He at least took his defeat with stride.
* Lawrence in the end of the second movie. Sure he was greedy, but he never came across as evil, and to see him wandering aimlessly in the ruins of his collection only to find the one scrap left. He picks it up and stares blankly over the ocean. To add onto it, that collection of his was made of ancient artifacts. That's ''world history'' that just got vaporized.
* The scene in ''[[Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions]]'' where [[spoiler: Zoroark dies after risking everything to save and protect her baby boy, Zorua. To elaborate, Zorua has gone through an ''endless amount of pure crap'' and has gotten shocked to the bone, kicked around, and almost ''killed'' by the villain, and Zoroark has done everything in her power to protect him (and trust us, she is '''VERY''' powerful). And then she just can't take it anymore and falls to the ground, dead as a doornail. Thankfully, [[DisneyDeath she gets better]].]]
** Made worse when [[spoiler:Zorua spends the next few minutes trying desperately to [[PleaseWakeUp wake her]] and finally bursts into tears. He then makes an illusion of their home, begging his mother to wake up so they can finally go home and be together again, finally ending by screaming his pet name for her at the top of his lungs, heartbroken. And even more, Ash's voice actually cracks with grief when he tries to wake her as well.]]
*** To add punch in a guts: in the Russian dub Zorua calls Zoroark "Bulya" which is short from "babulya", Russian for "grandma". So, if she's his granny and he lives with her... then what happened to his parents? Given how desperate Zorua was to [[spoiler:wake her up]], it could only mean that his parents are dead...



** It's even more sad because Pidgeotto ([[OutOfFocus while never getting much focus like most of Ash's Pokémon]]) was always considered by just about everyone to one of Ash's most loyal and reliable Pokémon.

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** It's even more sad because Pidgeotto ([[OutOfFocus while never getting much focus like most of Ash's Pokémon]]) was always considered by just about everyone to one of Ash's most loyal and reliable Pokémon.



* James being forced by Jessie and Meowth to trade away his Victreebel for a Weepinbell in "Here's Looking at You, Elekid!" He just seemed completely and utterly distraught by losing his beloved Pokémon, and then later in the episode when his new Weepinbell evolved into a new Victreebel, Jessie sends the Pokémon flying, never to be seen again.
* ''Anime/PokemonTheMovieBlackAndWhite'' -- after trying so hard to get Victini free, those pillars clouded around him, and all seems hopeless Ash apologizes for not being able to keep his promise, then sheds a tear before nearly dying. [[spoiler:Victini then pulls off a HeroicSacrifice, making it a DisneyDeath at the end of the movie.]]
* An early novelization by one of the anime's major writers talks about Ash's father. They fell in love, married at age eighteen, and he ran off onto his journey. To top it all off her mother had just died and Delia was left with a restaurant and a newborn. He's been missing ever since and has achieved little to nothing. Ash's mother has exaggerated his father's legacy, not wanting to ruin Ash's perception of him. He was a mediocre trainer.
** The same books say that being a gym leader is a terrible career. They are disqualified when they lose three times in a row, so they often bribe challengers to let them win. It costs a lot of money and the government doesn't give them enough. Brock's siblings have many fathers. They kept on running away and so Brock's mother had to marry again and again, having multiple kids. Eventually she ran away herself. Brock is so love-struck because he wants a woman to help take care of his family. The book states Misty's parents ran away but it doesn't give much info about them.
** Note that these books are most likely no longer canon, as these details contradict many things in the anime proper.
* Bianca's reaction to [[spoiler:losing to Cameron]] in [=BW104=]. It was obvious how excited she was at being able to compete in the Unova League tournament, and [[spoiler:to have all of that taken away from her so quickly... It ''really'' doesn't help that this is the first time we've ever seen her actually cry on-screen, not just have tears well up in her eyes, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness especially considering how upbeat and cheerful she is normally]]. Luckily she gets over it, but still...]]
* In the Johto episode "Forest Grumps", Jessie [[ItMakesSenseInContext (who is sleeping in a cave with Ash and Brock)]] remembers talking with a woman when she was a child, telling her she wanted to be a Trainer and a celebrity when she grew up. The woman tells little Jessie, "It sounds like you're going to have a very interesting life!" The sad part kicks in with [[TheWoobie Jessie's realization]] that her time on Team Rocket is miserable and not anything like what she dreamed.

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* James being forced by Jessie and Meowth to trade away his Victreebel for a Weepinbell in "Here's Looking at You, Elekid!" He just seemed completely and utterly distraught by losing his beloved Pokémon, and then later in the episode when his new Weepinbell evolved into a new Victreebel, Jessie sends the Pokémon flying, never to be seen again.
* ''Anime/PokemonTheMovieBlackAndWhite'' -- after trying so hard to get Victini free, those pillars clouded around him, and all seems hopeless Ash apologizes for not being able to keep his promise, then sheds a tear before nearly dying. [[spoiler:Victini then pulls off a HeroicSacrifice, making it a DisneyDeath at the end of the movie.]]
* An early novelization by one of the anime's major writers talks about Ash's father. They fell in love, married at age eighteen, and he ran off onto his journey. To top it all off her mother had just died and Delia was left with a restaurant and a newborn. He's been missing ever since and has achieved little to nothing. Ash's mother has exaggerated his father's legacy, not wanting to ruin Ash's perception of him. He was a mediocre trainer.
** The same books say that being a gym leader is a terrible career. They are disqualified when they lose three times in a row, so they often bribe challengers to let them win. It costs a lot of money and the government doesn't give them enough. Brock's siblings have many fathers. They kept on running away and so Brock's mother had to marry again and again, having multiple kids. Eventually she ran away herself. Brock is so love-struck because he wants a woman to help take care of his family. The book states Misty's parents ran away but it doesn't give much info about them.
** Note that these books are most likely no longer canon, as these details contradict many things in the anime proper.
* Bianca's reaction to [[spoiler:losing to Cameron]] in [=BW104=]. It was obvious how excited she was at being able to compete in the Unova League tournament, and [[spoiler:to have all of that taken away from her so quickly... It ''really'' doesn't help that this is the first time we've ever seen her actually cry on-screen, not just have tears well up in her eyes, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness especially considering how upbeat and cheerful she is normally]]. Luckily she gets over it, but still...]]
* In the Johto episode "Forest Grumps", Jessie [[ItMakesSenseInContext (who is sleeping in a cave with Ash and Brock)]] remembers talking with a woman when she was a child, telling her she wanted to be a Trainer and a celebrity when she grew up. The woman tells little Jessie, "It sounds like you're going to have a very interesting life!" The sad part kicks in with [[TheWoobie Jessie's realization]] that her time on Team Rocket is miserable and not anything like what she dreamed.



* Basically, anytime Tears, After the Cloudy Weather plays. You just know it's going to be one of those moments whenever it plays. To hear it in its entirety, go [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFUi9DITLRI here]].
* The Espurr's backstory in "Seeking Shelter from the Storm!". It had been cared for by an old lady, but she fell ill and died. Espurr didn't realize she had passed away, and was waiting at her mansion so that it could show her its gratitude. Fortunately, the woman's granddaughter befriends it, tells it the truth, and offers it the chance to pay its respects at the woman's grave.
* The aftermath of Serena's first Showcase. [[spoiler:She appears to take it well, congratulating Shauna on her win...but the next morning, she breaks down crying over her first-round loss. The fact that said loss was caused by a simple oversight (not cutting Fennekin's ribbon so it wouldn't trip) makes it that much more tragic.]]
* Takeshi Shudo's novelizations depict the world of the anime as a CrapsackWorld, with Gym Leaders being fired if they lose three matches, 10-year-olds being legal adults and having to pay taxes, go to jail, or marry, and many, many fathers and grandfathers leaving their families only to get nowhere on their Pokémon journey.
** Shudo apparently wanted Pokémon to end with a revolt or rebellion of the Pokémon, who made Pikachu their leader and Meowth some ambassador or translator, and Ash would realize his dream of becoming a Pokemon Master was a childish dream that he needed to wake up from.
* [[spoiler:Goodra's departure in "Beyond the Rainbow!"]] can't help but make you want to shed tears.
** TheReveal that [[spoiler: the antagonistic Florges was merely trying to heal its baby Floette. It turns into a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment when Team Rocket betray her, leaving her with no way to save her infant and knowing she helped innocents get kidnapped.]]
* "Pika Pika Massaichu", the Japanese ending theme to the first Pikachu short, can make one feel very nostalgic for summer vacation and childhood, especially when you read the translated lyrics.
* Everything from the ending of "The Tiny Caretaker". Bonnie rescued a hurt Tyrunt that had been stolen by Team Rocket. She helps clean it, feed it, play with it, and the two become close. When Tyrunt, Bonnie, Dedenne and Bunnelby get abducted by Team Rocket, Bonnie is the one who is able to defend the Pokemon through wit and guile, Tyrunt even evolving into Tyrantrum. She asks to keep it, only to find out it belongs to someone else. It breaks her little heart to see she has to give it up; and the others can only reassure her it will be better for everyone.



* A very brief but effective one; in "Get This Show On The Road", Pikachu is in a feverish state and Ash is informed that if Pikachu's condition worsens, he could end up ''[[KilledOffForReal exploding]]''. After a ([[http://www.filb.de/content/anime/ag/001/118.jpg thankfully not gory]]) ImagineSpot, Ash has the [[http://www.filb.de/content/anime/ag/001/119.jpg same look on his face that any ten-year-old would if they were told that their pet was dying]].
* In the XY-era film ''Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction'', it's Pikachu's turn to die. He had been barely clipped by Yveltal's Oblivion Wing attack, and ended up turning to stone [[PietaPlagiarism in Ash's arms]]. After a brief moment of grieving, Xerneas emerges and engages a HeroicSacrifice to restore Pikachu and everyone else afflicted by Oblivion Wing (including Team Rocket), as well as restoring an entire forest, at the personal cost of turning into a tree.
* At the end of "Facing the Grand Design", the good Malamar pull James's Inkay, the hero of the episode, into their group to celebrate with them. James [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy thinks he would be happier with his own kind]], so he prepares to set Inkay free. Inkay pointedly tells James (via Meowth) that he wants to stay with Team Rocket, and [[EverybodyCries they all start crying together]]. The moment takes some cues from "Pikachu's Goodbye".



* "Meowth's Song"; an image song used in the Japanese original. While it is briefly used in the dub with completely reinterpreted lyrics about trying to impress Meowsie (which itself is rather tragic), the original full song has Meowth lamenting over his constant loneliness as he philosophizes under the moon. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4lACo2RvHo Here]] it is with translated lyrics.
* After getting outright ''destroyed'' by Wulfric in their Gym Battle, Ash becomes depressed. This isn't your run-of-the-mill depression at losing a battle, however. Ash, seeing (and due to their bond, ''feeling'') the pain Greninja endured, feels guilty and actually starts contemplating if he really can help Greninja reach its full potential, not just doubting their bond, but his abilities as a whole. Bear in mind Greninja chose Ash after rejecting ''dozens'' of other trainers, because it thought of Ash as its one true trainer. Also bear in mind that this is the guy who has lost ''five'' tournaments and still has a go-getter mentality. Ash is the kind of guy who can be down 5-1 in a Pokémon battle and retort by turning his hat and giving it his all, and yet this manages to utterly break him. The episode ends with a sullen Ash leaving into the snowfall at night, alone. The tone is actually so depressing the next episode preview doesn't even have any words (other than the episode name) or music.

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[[folder:Advanced Generation]]
* "Meowth's Song"; an image song used For some, it's [[spoiler:James' farewell to Chimecho, especially his line in the Japanese original. While it is briefly used dub: "It's just...I don't know how to ''deal'' with this!" Some of the same people also tear up ''every time'' they see May tearing up after losing the Kanto Grand Festival]].
* ''Odd Pokemon Out!'' has Grovyle falling in love with a Meganium after the latter heals him after he lost his battle with a Tropius. Grovyle goes off to fight Tropius again, this time defeating it, and spots Meganium running towards him. He expects that she was going to congratulate him... [[spoiler:but she doesn't. She runs straight past him to Tropius, heals him, and then nuzzles up to him, which was when Grovyle found out that Meganium never loved him, but she loved the one that kicked his ass earlier. Ouch.]]
** And not too long after that, [[spoiler:he evolves into Sceptile, only to be unable to use any of his moves. It was a real kick
in the dub face watching Team Rocket's Pokemon knocking him around like it was nothing.]]
* In "True Blue Swablu", near the end when just as Swablu is about to join May's team on her journey, its family comes back. The music, May desperately trying not to break down and Max's questions about why she's letting Swablu go back to its family despite it wanting to come
with their group in the first place.
* "Do I Hear A Ralts?" [[spoiler:Plot: Max finds a sick baby Ralts by the side of the lake. He has to take it to a Pokémon Center but several things are getting in his way, including Team Rocket, the severity of the fever, and the distance to the Center...but he clears all the barriers and manages to get Ralts to the Pokémon Center without knowing if it will live. The next day, it is
completely reinterpreted lyrics cured, but has to be returned to its family, Kirlia and Gardevoir. Ralts does not want to leave Max, telepathically telling him to promise that he'll come back for it when he's a Trainer, and Ralts teleports away as the episode ends.]]
** Insert in there one of the most genuinely touching sibling moments in any anime. After Max gets to the Pokémon Center, as Nurse Joy works on Ralts, the other twerps arrive. Max breaks down and runs crying to May. She consoles him, and expresses her pride that he had saved Ralts.
** While Max’s crying over his father losing to Ash veers into {{wangst}}-territory due to him overreacting, his BrokenPedestal can come off as tear jerking. Max seen his father as his idol, someone who is perfect and can never lose or make mistakes. Seeing his father lose and not showing any sadness
about it must have triggered Max into getting upset and taking Ash’s badge away, due to being in denial of his father losing. This also may be the implied reason as to why Norman doesn’t allow his kids to watch his gym battle. Thankfully, everyone gets Max to face reality and realize that losing is a part of being a gym leader.
** The send off episode with May, Max, and Brock is also sad. Max is crushed the most and revealed about how he’s jealous of May traveling due to him not wanting to go back home. You can’t help but feel sorry for the kid.
* A very brief but effective one; in "Get This Show On The Road", Pikachu is in a feverish state and Ash is informed that if Pikachu's condition worsens, he could end up ''[[KilledOffForReal exploding]]''. After a ([[http://www.filb.de/content/anime/ag/001/118.jpg thankfully not gory]]) ImagineSpot, Ash has the [[http://www.filb.de/content/anime/ag/001/119.jpg same look on his face that any ten-year-old would if they were told that their pet was dying]].
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* The entire "Team Shocker!" episode is a huge tear jerker. Dawn, the resident [[TheCutie cutie]] is [[BreakTheCutie broken]] all of a sudden, after 2 lost appeals. Soon after, it cuts to a scene where her mom Joanna is shown disappointedly glancing at a wall full of photos of both her and daughter participating in contests. Next, Jessie goes and '''rubs''' her victory in Dawn's face. And Dawn later cries herself to sleep..
** It was so upsetting that Ash himself was on the exact same emotional wavelength.
** It's made even worse. For around a dozen episodes,the broken self esteem'd Dawn doesn't want to enter in contests anymore, thinks she's failing her Pokémon ''and'' tries to [[StepfordSmiler fake happiness]].
*** The first time she loses the appeal round is pretty bad too, as Dawn runs outside and bursts into tears. It's also the ''very'' first time it's ever happened.
* Ash's Chimchar got this while being owned by Paul. [[AbusiveParents He pretty much abused it]] so it would get stronger from its UnstoppableRage induced Blaze ability.
** The episode Tears for Fears. You will be bawling by the end, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments for more reason than one]].
* The part when Ash [[spoiler:had that crushing loss to Paul -- the fact that Chimchar evolved into Monferno and tried so hard to pull another win for Ash and the fact that for the last bit of that episode you do not see Ash's eyes at all...]]
** And then the next episode...Ash's in a depression. Not only has Paul defeated his pokemon, but his philosophy and beliefs in what brings out a strong pokemon. He has to watch all of his Pokémon get treated, then lays on the side of the hill, remembering the battle over and over and ''over''. He was in a depression for a good 25 minutes of the episode! Not even ''GARY'' beat him that hard. Thank goodness his friends cheered him right back up, and good thing it was soon, because Team Rocket tried to insult him AFTER he recovered.
* James having to give up Cacnea so it can learn Drain Punch. Sure it was a Team Rocket Pokémon that was often used as a punching bag for the protagonists, but you can't really help but root for the cactus Pokémon in his departure episode. Watching it being battered while
trying to impress Meowsie (which itself is rather tragic), master Drain Punch can make some people tear up.
* The [[spoiler:end of
the original full song Team Galactic]] arc. Saturn has Meowth lamenting over remained his constant loneliness as he philosophizes under usual, cold, fierce self, but then [[spoiler:stops Mars from going into the moon. portal]]; and at the end when they're [[spoiler:taken away]], the fact that Mars, who had previously been extremely spring-loaded, occasionally bordering on annoyingly insane, was [[BreakTheCutie just so quiet and didn't put anything in to the conversation]]. Of course, that scene turned (sort of) into NightmareFuel with how coldly and fiercely Saturn tells Jupiter that [[spoiler:Cyrus got away]].
** Some fans think [[spoiler:he ''survived''.]] Imagine what that would mean [[spoiler:for him, [[FateWorseThanDeath drifting forever in a void]], completely powerless for eternity.]]
*** If you know [[spoiler: (and sympathise with) Cyrus' backstory]] and believe it applies in the anime universe (the verdict's out on whether it does or doesn't), then it becomes even worse.
** [[spoiler:Mars' reaction when Cyrus tells her he'll be the only one in his perfect world. Once she puts two and two together, the [[BigNo way she screams]] and then she runs after him as the portal's closing. Saturn stops her from going in after him.]]
* In [=DP074=], Pikachu takes a Hyper Beam from a Raichu at point-blank range,
[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4lACo2RvHo Here]] com/watch?v=HPZONKnC4Lk and almost dies.]] All Ash (and Team Rocket) can do is watch desperately from behind a glass window.
* The final episode of the Diamond-Pearl series, [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/DP191 "Memories are Made of Bliss!"]]. Brief summary: "[[spoiler: Ash, Dawn and Brock arrive back in Twinleaf Town, and while waiting for a ferry back to Kanto the gang become depressed knowing they'll soon be going their separate ways. While everyone tries to keep their sadness at bay,
it proves to be too much for Piplup...]]"[[spoiler: Piplup]] takes it very badly. Since [[ResetButton the party just can't move from a region to another without splitting]], ''there is with translated no way this is gonna end well.''
** [[spoiler:Piplup breaking down in front of Pikachu...indeed; the realization of leaving one of his best Pokémon friends became too much for Pikachu as well, and the TeamMom Togekiss has to comfort them both.]]
*** And while that's happening, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6TWUjtbb9E&feature=related this]] music plays, which in and of itself is a bit of a tear jerker for fans of the old seasons.
** And if you watch the Japanese version, you see [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvTHnt8mPsE this tribute]] during the ending credits. It's a simple, but beautiful sequence which [[spoiler: farewells Dawn and Brock from the regular series]] and reaffirms the series' themes of friendship. The song playing, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTvCDLAulpE&feature=related In Your Heart, Lalala]], itself counts as a major tearjerker, especially if you know the
lyrics.
* The Junior Cup arc has a lot of minor tearjerkers: Caitlin has a moment of doubt in her abilities up against Cynthia (which is a bit more melancholy if you take her backstory in the games into account), Trip [[spoiler:loses to Alder and is genuinely frustrated and disappointed, having worked hard to get there]], and Dawn departs Ash's company for the second time.
* A minor one in Best Wishes when Dawn leaves Unova after the Junior Cup. Piplup is about to say goodbye to Meloetta, when Oshawott pops out. They confront each other tensely, then both tear up, and they hug each other sadly. They'd spent eight episodes at each other's throats over Meloetta, and it's like they realized they wasted their time on something silly and missed a great opportunity to truly be friends.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzwHs9PhJwY "Your heart's beating around the clock... Time ticking away, it doesn't stop."]]
* Ash [[spoiler: beats Paul. Infernape wins.]]
* We hear a lot of Paul's treatment of Chimchar, but remember Paul's crushing defeat by Brandon. When he heard that Ash defeated Brandon, Paul was in shock, even his brother was never able to defeat him, but Ash, the one trainer who at this point, never came close to beating Paul, did. Paul was in his absolute best against Brandon, and while Brandon did take the fight seriously, he defeated Paul with total ease. It is also the fight that we see why Paul is the way he is. He was there when Reggie lost to Brandon, and it's here that he decided that power was the only way to win battles, and to his credit, he got results and became an exceptional trainer. Just to see him lose one pokemon after another, losing his cool in the process, only for it to come down to his Magmar going up against Regirock, the battle was already over. Just to see Paul, the most powerful rival Ash has ever met by this point, being backed up to a corner and lose, especially with the background music, you feel nothing but pity for him, coming in demanding a fight, only to basically be put in his place. He at least took his defeat with stride.
* James being forced by Jessie and Meowth to trade away his Victreebel for a Weepinbell in "Here's Looking at You, Elekid!" He just seemed completely and utterly distraught by losing his beloved Pokémon, and then later in the episode when his new Weepinbell evolved into a new Victreebel, Jessie sends the Pokémon flying, never to be seen again.
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* Tepig's background story is just as bad. After Tepig loses a battle, his trainer abandons him in a rather cruel way; the porker is tied to a fencepost and forced to watch his trainer walk away on him. To make matters worse, he still loves his trainer; Tepig literally breaks down into tears and tries to chase after the guy. Before Don George can free him, however, Tepig shoddily bites through the rope and promptly sets off to find said ex-trainer. Oh, and some of the rope gets caught around his snout. When Ash finds him, Tepig is on the verge of starving to death.
** Even worse, Tepig doesn't harbor any ill will towards his old trainer: [[spoiler: when he meets him again, Tepig goes up to him and acts friendly towards him. [[KickTheDog His old trainer then proceeds to grab him and throw him]].]] Then we discover that [[spoiler: the trainer's ''modus operandi'' is to ''[[MoralEventHorizon pretend to be sad whenever he abandons Pokémon who don't live up to his standards, just so they won't follow him]]'' - Tepig was the first to ever break this cycle, and he doesn't care a wit for its devotion.]] It's enough to make you cry... [[spoiler:and then the ''triumphant'' tears start flowing when Tepig evolves, defeats his old trainer's team, and defiantly roasts the {{Jerkass}} in the face.]]
** Another sad thing is that Tepig still had some issues to overcome after it was abandoned. When it would win battles, Tepig would be overjoyed. When it lost battles, however, it would become sad due to fear of being abandoned. Thankfully, Tepig overcame this problem when it evolved into Pignite.
* Ash and Iris arguing in the episode The Path That Leads To Goodbye. Their arguments started over petty mistakes the two unintentionally made towards each other, and you can see Pikachu and Axew desperately trying to get their respective trainers to calm down. The argument gets so serious to the point that Iris calls off her friendship with Ash. This is also one of the few times that Iris’ catchphrase towards Ash wasn’t PlayedForLaughs like it usually is. When it seems as though Dragonite finally decided to obey Iris in the latter’s match with Ash, it stops doing so after Ash’s Krokorok evolved into Krookodile. Dragonite again loses faith in not only Iris as a trainer, but itself, which led to it throwing a massive tantrum and it suffering a humiliating loss to Ash’s Krookodile.
* After the humiliating defeat, Iris wasn’t in the mood to get into her usual petty squabbles with Georgia when the latter revels in Iris’ demise. Iris even wonders what went so wrong that Dragonite just decided to disobey her out of nowhere again, only for Cynthia to tell Iris that Dragonite doesn’t have much faith in her as a trainer. After this, Iris takes her loss in stride vows to become a better dragon trainer.
* Iris's backstory is basically a long BreakTheCutie: after meeting Drayden and being spirited away to Opelucid City to get an education, she quickly finds out that she doesn't fit in with the more sophisticated city-dwellers, and does poorly in a school environment. (It's also implied by her issues with books that she may have been near-illiterate, or at least very unfamiliar with books.) She grew despondent and made no friends, and would often run away to hide at the top of a tower to be alone. She eventually couldn't handle the city life and went back home. In the series proper, her return to Opelucid City treats her to bittersweet memories.
** While Iris and Cilan’s send off episode wasn’t as tear jerking as the other send offs, what makes it sad is that you never see the two appear again in the series (apart from their Japanese-exclusive episodes).
* Bianca's reaction to [[spoiler:losing to Cameron]] in [=BW104=]. It was obvious how excited she was at being able to compete in the Unova League tournament, and [[spoiler:to have all of that taken away from her so quickly... It ''really'' doesn't help that this is the first time we've ever seen her actually cry on-screen, not just have tears well up in her eyes, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness especially considering how upbeat and cheerful she is normally]]. Luckily she gets over it, but still...]]
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[[folder:X And Y]]
* The Espurr's backstory in "Seeking Shelter from the Storm!". It had been cared for by an old lady, but she fell ill and died. Espurr didn't realize she had passed away, and was waiting at her mansion so that it could show her its gratitude. Fortunately, the woman's granddaughter befriends it, tells it the truth, and offers it the chance to pay its respects at the woman's grave.
* The aftermath of Serena's first Showcase. [[spoiler:She appears to take it well, congratulating Shauna on her win...but the next morning, she breaks down crying over her first-round loss. The fact that said loss was caused by a simple oversight (not cutting Fennekin's ribbon so it wouldn't trip) makes it that much more tragic.]]
* [[spoiler:Goodra's departure in "Beyond the Rainbow!"]] can't help but make you want to shed tears.
** TheReveal that [[spoiler: the antagonistic Florges was merely trying to heal its baby Floette. It turns into a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment when Team Rocket betray her, leaving her with no way to save her infant and knowing she helped innocents get kidnapped.]]
* Everything from the ending of "The Tiny Caretaker". Bonnie rescued a hurt Tyrunt that had been stolen by Team Rocket. She helps clean it, feed it, play with it, and the two become close. When Tyrunt, Bonnie, Dedenne and Bunnelby get abducted by Team Rocket, Bonnie is the one who is able to defend the Pokemon through wit and guile, Tyrunt even evolving into Tyrantrum. She asks to keep it, only to find out it belongs to someone else. It breaks her little heart to see she has to give it up; and the others can only reassure her it will be better for everyone.
* At the end of "Facing the Grand Design", the good Malamar pull James's Inkay, the hero of the episode, into their group to celebrate with them. James [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy thinks he would be happier with his own kind]], so he prepares to set Inkay free. Inkay pointedly tells James (via Meowth) that he wants to stay with Team Rocket, and [[EverybodyCries they all start crying together]]. The moment takes some cues from "Pikachu's Goodbye".
* After getting outright ''destroyed'' by Wulfric in their Gym Battle, Ash becomes depressed. This isn't your run-of-the-mill depression at losing a battle, however. Ash, seeing (and due to their bond, ''feeling'') the pain Greninja endured, feels guilty and actually starts contemplating if he really can help Greninja reach its full potential, not just doubting their bond, but his abilities as a whole. Bear in mind Greninja chose Ash after rejecting ''dozens'' of other trainers, because it thought of Ash as its one true trainer. Also bear in mind that this is the guy who has lost ''five'' tournaments and still has a go-getter mentality. Ash is the kind of guy who can be down 5-1 in a Pokémon battle and retort by turning his hat and giving it his all, and yet this manages to utterly break him. The episode ends with a sullen Ash leaving into the snowfall at night, alone. The tone is actually so depressing the next episode preview doesn't even have any words (other than the episode name) or music.



* The GrandFinale of XYZ, full stop. [[spoiler: Ash decides to return home before beginning a new phase in his journey, Clemont aims to continue improving his skill as an inventor, Serena decides to go to Hoenn to take part in Pokémon contests, and Bonnie hopes to one day become a Pokémon Trainer. While their separation was inevitable, seeing the group bond over the XY series makes it the most bittersweet finale of a Pokémon series yet. Even if what lies ahead may be uncertain, it's clear they will always cherish the time they spent together over the course of their journey. It's truly compounded by the above-mentioned Greninja watching his friend [[AndTheAdventureContinues fly into the sunset overhead towards a new beginning.]]]]
* In the XYZ special "The Legend of X, Y, And Z," while Xerneas was able to return life back to Jan's homeland and, with some work on Jan's part, would probably return its former glory, Jan's beloved Aila was never revived. Jan stayed near her statue until the end of his days and the statue is still there in present day, which is discovered by Professor Sycamore and Alexa.

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* The GrandFinale of XYZ, full stop. [[spoiler: Ash decides to return home before beginning a new phase in his journey, Clemont aims to continue improving his skill as an inventor, Serena decides to go to Hoenn to take part in Pokémon contests, and Bonnie hopes to one day become a Pokémon Trainer. While their separation was inevitable, seeing the group bond over the XY series makes it the most bittersweet finale of a Pokémon series yet. Even if what lies ahead may be uncertain, it's clear they will always cherish the time they spent together over the course of their journey. It's truly compounded by the above-mentioned Greninja watching his friend [[AndTheAdventureContinues fly into the sunset overhead towards a new beginning.]]]]
* In the XYZ special "The Legend of X, Y, And Z," while Xerneas was able to return life back to Jan's homeland and, with some work on Jan's part, would probably return its former glory, Jan's beloved Aila was never revived. Jan stayed near her statue until the end of his days and the statue is still there in present day, which is discovered by Professor Sycamore and Alexa. Alexa.
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* Lillie clearly loves Pokémon and has an encyclopedic knowledge on them, but her phobia prevents her from physically interacting with them. While its usually played for laughs, it's also shown to be pretty debilitating when it comes to joining in activities with her friends. She is shown to make progress on this though.

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* Lillie clearly loves Pokémon and has an encyclopedic knowledge on them, but her phobia prevents her from physically interacting with them. While its usually played for laughs, it's also shown to be pretty debilitating when it comes to joining in activities with her friends. She is shown to make progress on this though.



** Suddenly, just when Team Rocket is ambushing Ash, Litten puts Ember on them and frantically runs to Ash, meowing desperately at him. It takes Ash and Pikachu back to the underpass where they live, where they find Stoutland collapsed. Ash carries it to a Pokémon Center. Nurse Joy tells Ash that this isn't sickness or injury, and [[NeverSayDie though she's cut off by the door closing]], it's clear that Stoutland is simply nearing the end of its life. That can hit pretty close to home for anyone with an aging pet.

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** Suddenly, just when Team Rocket is ambushing Ash, Litten puts Ember on them and frantically runs to Ash, meowing desperately at him. It takes Ash and Pikachu back to the underpass where they live, where they find Stoutland collapsed. Ash carries it to a Pokémon Center. Nurse Joy tells Ash that this isn't sickness or injury, and [[NeverSayDie though she's cut off by the door closing]], it's clear that Stoutland is simply nearing the end of its life. That can hit pretty close to home for anyone with an aging pet.



** Later, Ash and his Pokémon join Litten again, keeping watch over it in a scene similar to a wake. Eventually the clouds break, and a rainbow appears. The last leaf, which had landed on the couch Stoutland laid on, blew away. Litten saw the breaking clouds outside, and it looked like Stoutland. Litten cheered up, and challenged Pikachu to a battle before agreeing to go with Ash.

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** Later, Ash and his Pokémon join Litten again, keeping watch over it in a scene similar to a wake. Eventually the clouds break, and a rainbow appears. The last leaf, which had landed on the couch Stoutland laid on, blew away. Litten saw the breaking clouds outside, and it looked like Stoutland. Litten cheered up, and challenged Pikachu to a battle before agreeing to go with Ash.



* [=SM048=] ends with [[spoiler:Lillie being unable to touch any Pokémon once again. Fortunately, she gets better in the very next episode.]]

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[[folder:Movies]]
* The first movie has Meowth's clone telling Meowth that they don't have to fight. They have a lot in common: the same earth, the same air, the same sky. If they could look at what's the same instead of what's different... well, who knows.
* Some people can't watch the prequel short on the ''Mewtwo Returns'' DVD without crying, and tears up just at the ''sound'' of "Chiisaki Mono" from the sixth movie.
** The short in the first movie can also be quite hard to see, especially with young children. Watching Charizard screaming and thrashing about while trapped, and then seeing his utter despair as he realises he can't free himself is pretty heartbreaking. Of course, the it turns into a different sort of tear jerker as all the other Pokemon work together to save him.
* During the second movie, Team Rocket's attempt at [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice when they let go of Lugia so as not to slow him and Ash down. Their "last lines" are just too priceless: "Let's not say goodbye/Let's just say/We're gonna die." Of course, they live, but still...]]
** [[spoiler:Don't forget their variation on their usual send off as they fall: "Team Rocket's blasting off for gooooood...!"]]
* And then, not long after that, when Lugia is zapped by Lawrence, it falls into the sea with Ash and Pikachu. Pikachu and Ash surface, and Ash is unconscious. Misty and Tracey fish them out of the sea, and Misty [[CPRCleanPrettyReliable has to give Ash CPR]].
* The scene in the 8th movie where [[spoiler: Lucario sacrifices himself to save the Tree of Beginning.]]
** Also, during the aforementioned scene when [[spoiler:Lucario discovers that Aaron only trapped Lucario so that he wouldn't follow him and [[HeroicSacrifice suffer the same fate.]]]] And during the ending credits, [[spoiler:Lucario and Aaron eating the bar of chocolate Max gave Lucario earlier in the movie.]]
* Celebi's "death" in the fourth movie. Ash and Sam's reactions were bad enough, but seeing Celebi's shriveled, lifeless body pushed it over.
* Also from Movie 8, [[spoiler: Ash calls out all of his Pokémon as he's being absorbed by the energy orb-gunk and, in the dub at least, he says goodbye to Pikachu and tells him he loves it as he gets fully absorbed. The sight of Pikachu and all of Ash's Pokémon at the time crying, including Grovyle(!) was like "Mewtwo Strikes Back" all over again. Then when Ash, and everyone else comes back, Pikachu, with tears in its eyes, hugs Ash. Then Ash gets glomped by Phanphy and Corphish while Grovyle and Swellow watch. ]]
-->Ash: [[spoiler: Pikachu, you can't save me! Just take care of yourself, and all the others! I'll miss you, buddy. I LOVE YOU!]]
** And just the way he says it all as fast as he possibly can while still being coherent. Just knowing that you have about ten seconds to say everything you need to, to say good-bye...
* In the first movie, Mewtwo is convinced by his clone that they don't have to fight. Doubles as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.
-->'''Meowth:''' You're right, we do have a lot in common: the same earth, the same air, the same sky.
-->'''Clone!Meowth:''' Mreow.
-->'''Meowth:''' Maybe if we started lookin' at what's the same instead of always lookin' at what's different... well, who knows.
* Also from the first movie, [[spoiler:Ash is [[TakenForGranite Taken For Granite]], and Pikachu goes up to his lifeless body and [[PleaseWakeUp tries again and again to wake him up via electrocution]], until he runs out of energy and can do nothing except cry, and for added measures, [[EverybodyCries the other Pokémon, not only Ash's, but every single one of the trainers' Pokémon, not to mention Mewtwo's clone Pokémon, cry as well]]. [[SwissArmyTears He gets restored by their tears]] at the end, but it doesn't make it any less sad.]]
** What makes Pikachu's actions even worse is the implication behind them. [[spoiler: He turns himself into [[MagicalDefibrillator a living defibrillator]], and it doesn't work.]] Possibly doubles as FridgeBrilliance.
** Just listen to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH0008o-6cs Tears of Life]] from the movie and see if you don't visualize the scene mentioned above and start sobbing hysterically.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkHki1CkMWg Miracle Tears]], from the Japanese release counts as well.
** The song If Only Tears Could Bring You Back by Midnight Sons represents this scene in the CD.
*** "If Only Tears Could Bring You Back" might also sum up Mewtwo and Ai/Amber as well, from the Mewtwo's Origin short that got cut out of the English dub.
** The biggest punch, though, is [[spoiler: Misty's reaction. Ash has been harmed in many ways throughout the first season, but a Pikachu shock always revived him, and Misty and Brock just laughed and moved on. After Pikachu's attempts to revive Ash fail again and again, and the believed finality of Ash's demise hits both the characters and the audience, the mood of the scene continually drops, until all Misty can mutter is a pained, "Please, no." It's the only major human reaction we see, and the only one we really need to see. Sure, the Pokemon crying is touching to our childhoods, but looking back as adults, it's clear Misty speaks not only her voice but the voice of the audience. "Please, don't let it end like this."]]
* The ending of ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea'' qualifies.
** "Love...you...Mama. Love...you...May."
* Mewtwo's entire life. He has to watch all of his friends die before he's even born, which is so traumatic for him that the scientists have to wipe his memory in order to keep it from killing him, too. Then, when he is given his first taste of the real world, he discovers that his entire reason for being is to have tests run on him, like a lab rat. Once he breaks out, he discovers that every other Pokémon is either in the wild or under the ownership of humans, who make the Pokémon do their bidding. He goes berserk at this point, and has to be forcibly taught that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters not all humans are bastards]]. He and the Pokémon clones that he created then go to live out their lives in a place apart from those who would harm them. But Giovanni comes and threatens to execute every last one of them unless Mewtwo submits to him, and has to be bailed out by Ash and company. The last we see of him, he and the Pokémon who depend on him are still hiding from humans, probably terrified that they will be found again. Can you really blame him for going berserk several times?
** Well, maybe not quite in hiding. Mewtwo is alone the last we see of him, and one of his inner struggles in ''Mewtwo Returns'' was deciding to protect his clones, or let them go. In the end, he releases them to live new lives, whether in the wild or with a trainer. The last shot in the special of him gazing at the moon overlooking a human city is a powerful testament of how far along he's gotten in becoming more accepting of the world, and who he is. It also counts (possibly) as an EarnYourHappyEnding or BittersweetEnding if you read more into the context.
* Speaking of Pokémon, the capture of Pikachu by Mewtwo's evil Poké Balls in the first movie. It's been established that Pikachu does '''not''' like being in a Poké Ball. Many times. Ash is beaten half to death by evil Poké Balls and robotic arms in a chase all over Mewtwo's fortress. He does all he can do to save his buddy, and in the end, he fails. Pikachu has been captured by the BigBad, his freedom stripped away. He gets rescued, but still...
** Related to Pikachu's Poké Ball phobia, Ash demanding Pikachu get into one in "Snow Way Out" so he won't die from the blizzard they're stuck in. As if to prove Pikachu's point that he won't leave his trainer's side, his other teammates come out of ''their'' Poké Balls and hug Ash...
---> '''Ash''': You win. Guess we'll all be cold together.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6TWUjtbb9E The music that's playing in the background at the time makes that scene all more powerful.]]
*** Also from that episode, the flashback to Jessie's childhood. She was so painfully poor that a meal entirely made of snow was a delicious meal to her.
* [[spoiler:Latios']] final goodbye to [[spoiler:Latias]], in the fifth movie. [[spoiler:The way the now-translucent Latios takes Latias' hand, and then Latias realizes, confirmed with Latios simply nodding, before the two's grip breaks, and Latias is pushed away, this heartbroken look on her face.........]] It's really not helped by the scene a few minutes on, which shows [[spoiler:the Earth/world e.g. what Latios is seeing, through his psychic connection with Latias, for the final time]].
** Especially since the creator of Pokémon always used the word "faint" to describe defeated Pokémon so that kids wouldn't have to hear about death. This makes the first on screen Pokémon death even more moving considering that [[spoiler: Latios sacrificed himself to save his little sister Latias, and the town they lived in]] and explains in the games why [[spoiler: Latias learns Wish and Latios learns Memento.]]
* The end credits to the third movie, partially because of the song playing ("To Know The Unknown"), and partially because of one scene that shows the return of Molly's long-lost mother.
** Also from the third movie, the part when Ash is falling into the pit, and suddenly Charizard, the Pokémon that previously hated him and refused to ever do what he said, swoops out of nowhere and saves him.
** Molly's parents both disappearing, one leaving her family, the other being dragged into another reality. Also, the whole part about rejecting her reality in favor of living in her dreams. The entire OST of the movie emphasizes the isolation and loneliness Molly experiences.
** During the very vicious tussle between Entei and Charizard, Molly begins doubting her actions. However, it is right when Entei is about to deal the killing blow to Charizard that she breaks down in tears, begging him to stop and return everything to normal. This itself has sad conclusions since it means all the friends she imagined, including Entei itself, must disappear from existence.
* In the 10th movie when [[spoiler: Darkrai couldn't block Dialga and Palkia's attacks anymore and they strike him, which ends up killing him. Thankfully, Palkia is able to restore him along with everything else at the end.]]
** Darkrai's (and no doubt by extension ''all'' Darkrais') backstory. Being reviled by everyone just because you have a power you can't control...
** Considering what he does is basically an '''uncontrollable self-defense mechanism'''... it is. [[spoiler:Well, except that one Darkrai who almost succeeded at plunging world into eternal darkness. He gets better after his memory is accidentally wiped out, though.]]
* The ninth movie had a lot. [[spoiler: First, May realized she had to part ways with Manaphy which makes it even sadder because Manaphy thinks of May as its mother. Then, the ending where they had to part ways. Manaphy says May's name which it learned all on its own. As May tearfully says good-bye to Manaphy, its last words were "Bye, Love you May" (In the Japanese version it was 'Sayonara, Haruka'.)]]
* "Chiisaki Mono" (the ending theme for the 6th movie) Same for "One" (the ending for the 11th movie). "Soko ni Sora ga Aru Kara" has the same effect.
* The scene in the twelfth movie [[spoiler:where Arceus saved Michina from the meteor. You ''know'' he gets better, but seeing him lying there in the snow, with all of the other Pokémon cuddling up to him and trying to keep him warm... And then, when Damos uses his special ability to see the hearts of Pokémon, Arceus is just grey... like the rocks he's lying on...]]
** [[spoiler:It is worse when you remember what Arceus is. A creature akin to a god is dying. A ''god''. Is. ''Dying''.]]
** And on top of that [[spoiler:everyone from the future is fading - because they might not even exist if Arceus dies here! Ash is the last to go, and he ''just'' manages to get the Jewel of Life to Arceus before disappearing completely. Thank goodness the process is reversed with Arceus' survival.]]
*** Before that, the BigBad [[spoiler:starts his (modified) plan to kill off Arceus in the past, using its weaknesses to Lightning, Water, and now Metal. Seeing Arceus, at this point compassionate to humans, being ravaged by the attacks and slowly ''drowned'' in ''molten silver'']] is a gut-wrenching thing to experience... and is no doubt intended to be seen as such.
*** The look on Ash's face when he finally [[spoiler: brings the jewel to Arceus and fully realizes the state it's in]]. The poor thing [[spoiler: looks like it's already dead, with nothing but a faint glow of red left in its eyes]].
* Lawrence in the end of the second movie. Sure he was greedy, but he never came across as evil, and to see him wandering aimlessly in the ruins of his collection only to find the one scrap left. He picks it up and stares blankly over the ocean. To add onto it, that collection of his was made of ancient artifacts. That's ''world history'' that just got vaporized.
* The scene in ''[[Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions]]'' where [[spoiler: Zoroark dies after risking everything to save and protect her baby boy, Zorua. To elaborate, Zorua has gone through an ''endless amount of pure crap'' and has gotten shocked to the bone, kicked around, and almost ''killed'' by the villain, and Zoroark has done everything in her power to protect him (and trust us, she is '''VERY''' powerful). And then she just can't take it anymore and falls to the ground, dead as a doornail. Thankfully, [[DisneyDeath she gets better]].]]
** Made worse when [[spoiler:Zorua spends the next few minutes trying desperately to [[PleaseWakeUp wake her]] and finally bursts into tears. He then makes an illusion of their home, begging his mother to wake up so they can finally go home and be together again, finally ending by screaming his pet name for her at the top of his lungs, heartbroken. And even more, Ash's voice actually cracks with grief when he tries to wake her as well.]]
*** To add punch in a guts: in the Russian dub Zorua calls Zoroark "Bulya" which is short from "babulya", Russian for "grandma". So, if she's his granny and he lives with her... then what happened to his parents? Given how desperate Zorua was to [[spoiler:wake her up]], it could only mean that his parents are dead...
* ''Anime/PokemonTheMovieBlackAndWhite'' -- after trying so hard to get Victini free, those pillars clouded around him, and all seems hopeless Ash apologizes for not being able to keep his promise, then sheds a tear before nearly dying. [[spoiler:Victini then pulls off a HeroicSacrifice, making it a DisneyDeath at the end of the movie.]]
* In the XY-era film ''Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction'', it's Pikachu's turn to die. He had been barely clipped by Yveltal's Oblivion Wing attack, and ended up turning to stone [[PietaPlagiarism in Ash's arms]]. After a brief moment of grieving, Xerneas emerges and engages a HeroicSacrifice to restore Pikachu and everyone else afflicted by Oblivion Wing (including Team Rocket), as well as restoring an entire forest, at the personal cost of turning into a tree.

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* An early novelization by one of the anime's major writers talks about Ash's father. They fell in love, married at age eighteen, and he ran off onto his journey. To top it all off her mother had just died and Delia was left with a restaurant and a newborn. He's been missing ever since and has achieved little to nothing. Ash's mother has exaggerated his father's legacy, not wanting to ruin Ash's perception of him. He was a mediocre trainer.
** The same books say that being a gym leader is a terrible career. They are disqualified when they lose three times in a row, so they often bribe challengers to let them win. It costs a lot of money and the government doesn't give them enough. Brock's siblings have many fathers. They kept on running away and so Brock's mother had to marry again and again, having multiple kids. Eventually she ran away herself. Brock is so love-struck because he wants a woman to help take care of his family. The book states Misty's parents ran away but it doesn't give much info about them.
** Note that these books are most likely no longer canon, as these details contradict many things in the anime proper.
* Takeshi Shudo's novelizations depict the world of the anime as a CrapsackWorld, with Gym Leaders being fired if they lose three matches, 10-year-olds being legal adults and having to pay taxes, go to jail, or marry, and many, many fathers and grandfathers leaving their families only to get nowhere on their Pokémon journey.
** Shudo apparently wanted Pokémon to end with a revolt or rebellion of the Pokémon, who made Pikachu their leader and Meowth some ambassador or translator, and Ash would realize his dream of becoming a Pokemon Master was a childish dream that he needed to wake up from.
* "Pika Pika Massaichu", the Japanese ending theme to the first Pikachu short, can make one feel very nostalgic for summer vacation and childhood, especially when you read the translated lyrics.
* "Meowth's Song"; an image song used in the Japanese original. While it is briefly used in the dub with completely reinterpreted lyrics about trying to impress Meowsie (which itself is rather tragic), the original full song has Meowth lamenting over his constant loneliness as he philosophizes under the moon. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4lACo2RvHo Here]] it is with translated lyrics.
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