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* Animal deaths are sad in every game, but in ''Animal Parade'' you'll be taken to cry over the animal's grave - and if you have any children, they'll stand and cry next to you.



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* The vineyard used to be prosperous but has been dying for years. This has put an emotional strain on Karen, her mother, and her father. Karen and Gotz always argue, Karen wants to run away to the city, and Sasha is depressed. It's possible to fix the vineyard, but it's [[ThatOneSidequest difficult]] without a guide.


!![[VideoGame/StoryOfSeasons2014 Story of Seasons]]
* [[spoiler:Eda]]'s death. Seasoned players of the series may have seen it coming, but unlike [[spoiler:Ellen]] and, to a certain extent, Nina from previous games, this death ''cannot'' be avoided. And the player can actually see the deterioration going on. [[spoiler:She stops coming to festivals from Autumn onwards, as she hasn't had the strength and energy to walk down the mountain anymore, and her last event has her promising to leave her farm to the player character, who inherits it in Winter.]]
* Victoria lamenting that she wasn't there for her daughter enough as a mother because she took over the guildmaster position when her husband died. And she remembers a time when Angela hid her being sick with a cold from her because she didn't want to bother her mother at work, until she got so sick that she fainted. It's an issue that still stings her.


** It's also an in-universe tearjerker for Ellie herself, who reacts very badly to this event. The usually cheerful baker ends up staring off into space and is close to tears for a long time, requiring quite some work of the player to cheer her up.

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** It's also an in-universe tearjerker for Ellie Elli herself, who reacts very badly to this event. The usually cheerful baker ends up staring off into space and is close to tears for a long time, requiring quite some work of the player to cheer her up.


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[[redirect:TearJerker/StoryOfSeasons2014]]The sad side of the farming life, here is a compliation of Tearjerkers for the ''Story of Seasons'' series.

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!!General

* The fact that the player has the ability to screw up a person's love life by doing or not doing things that result in the potential romance to never blossom. This ranges from the character not being around for most of the year and wooing their potential love interest (Kai) or causing them to have to leave town (Cliff), or even shooting themselves in the foot by picking a bad option during a love event.
** Even worse, some of the later games give the player the ability to break up with the love interest they chose to go steady with. The break up scenes involve things such as the character asking [[WhatTheHellPlayer why they have been ignored for so long]] and wondering if they've done something to offend or hurt the player character.
* Animals dying in various games. As odd as it is, the player does end up getting somewhat attached to the cows, sheep, and other animals they might acquire during the course of the game. And time gets spent on increasing their affection, their product levels, and after some in-game years have passed, the animal dies. Hits especially hard for ''Story of Seasons'' with [[spoiler:Hanako]], the first cow the player received as a gift from Eda. [[spoiler:The player loses this one memento they have of the dear old lady.]]

!!VideoGame/HarvestMoon64
* Karen and her homelife, entirely. She's quite a [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl drinker and party-lover]], whose family's vineyard is slowly withering away, and does her best to stay away from her family as she can, wanting to move away to the city. Her father has a very quick temper and is an alcoholic himself, and her mother is very demure and timid. The implications that he beats his child and wife are there.
* [[spoiler:Ellen]]'s death. Partly because it's [[WhamEpisode out of nowhere]], partly because any player of the original ''Harvest Moon'' game realizes [[spoiler:that the friendly, young woman with a love for animals -- a character the player might have married in that game -- is '''dead''']]. The worst part is that most players don't realize that ''[[GuideDangIt their]]'' actions triggered the event. [[spoiler:When Ellen begins to sit in a different spot from her usual one in the garden, don't talk to her!]]
** It's also an in-universe tearjerker for Ellie herself, who reacts very badly to this event. The usually cheerful baker ends up staring off into space and is close to tears for a long time, requiring quite some work of the player to cheer her up.

!!VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature[=/=] [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonFriendsOfMineralTown (More) Friends Of Mineral Town]]
* The revelation that Gotz had a wife and child that died in a storm. Certainly explains his rough, anti-social exterior.
* Cliff is a ball of sadness. The fact that he's running out of money and will have to leave town if he doesn't find a job soon, which the player can [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential purposefully avoid giving him]], is just the tip of his iceberg. There's also a scene in Winter, where the player learns of his estranged family.
* Talking to May reveals that her family life isn't that happy. She's getting raised by her grandfather, with it being mentioned that her mother simply dropped her off and never came back for her. And May is still hoping for her to come back one day.

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* With the game being very much like ''A Wonderful Life'', Nina dies sometime after the player character has had a child. While the player may expect it this time around, it's nonetheless a hit. Especially since she is the only character to actually age and die.
* Poor Galen, who mourns his beloved Nina. Compared to ''A Wonderful Life'', the little hut near Vesta's Farm was his and Nina's home all along, not just a shack he retired to after her death. He now lives alone in a house he shared with his wife for who knows how many years.
* The player character can get the [[TheMatchmaker rival couples married]] by watching their rival events. But talking to them after they are married, they reveal that they are not really [[HappyMarriageCharade that]] happy. Griffin feels like working with Muffy doesn't flow as well as before, though things have barely changed between them, and that she has an unpleasant jealous streak. Carter reveals that Flora has become stricter on him over various things, as well as that he's scared of her when she's [[BewareTheQuietOnes angry]]. Lumina and Rock still butt heads because she wants him to become more responsible, while Rock laments that he feels like he lost his freedom when marrying her. And Marlin says that Celia has become feisty, but also snippier towards him. The only rival couple that seems genuinely happy are Nami and Gustafa.

!!VideoGame/HarvestMoonAnimalParade
* Gill reaction to the player character rejecting his love confession, in the Japanese version.
--> '''Gill:''' I'm sorry. I wasn't trying to push my feelings on you. If there's someone else, you should tell him how you feel. ...Thanks for today.
* Several of the lines from the Harvest King after marrying him. They really drive home the point of why he was so reluctant to marry the player character because of their [[MayflyDecemberRomance different lifespans]].
--> ''After you are gone... I shall love what you loved... I shall sing the songs that you sang.''
--> ''After you are gone, I will be alone once more. When I think about that, it makes me sad.''

!![[VideoGame/StoryOfSeasons2014 Story of Seasons]]
* [[spoiler:Eda]]'s death. Seasoned players of the series may have seen it coming, but unlike [[spoiler:Ellen]] and, to a certain extent, Nina from previous games, this death ''cannot'' be avoided. And the player can actually see the deterioration going on. [[spoiler:She stops coming to festivals from Autumn onwards, as she hasn't had the strength and energy to walk down the mountain anymore, and her last event has her promising to leave her farm to the player character, who inherits it in Winter.]]
* Victoria lamenting that she wasn't there for her daughter enough as a mother because she took over the guildmaster position when her husband died. And she remembers a time when Angela hid her being sick with a cold from her because she didn't want to bother her mother at work, until she got so sick that she fainted. It's an issue that still stings her.

!!VideoGame/StoryOfSeasonsTrioOfTowns
* The ''Searching for a Star'' picture show revolves around a catboy called Noah looking for a star. The star turns out to be his father, who died recently, and Noah's adventure was him having a sort of coma dream. Noah and his father talk, with him coming to terms with his father's death, but promising to take care of his mother and his [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy future little sister]], too.
* The DLC adding Woofio as a potential love interest, his events take a turn down the darker path of things. [[spoiler:He was spirited away as a child and turned into a living, empty dog suit. There is nothing beneath his dog costume, which has freaked people out that found out his secret in the past. Woofio chose to isolate himself and became closer to animals, learning their language and training them, because he felt nobody would be able to love someone like him.]]

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* [[spoiler:[[WhamEpisode Eda's death]]. In fall of your first year, she starts complaining about her aches and pains, and throughout the entire season she stops visiting town and attending festivals. When winter arrives, she dies. Seeing the cheeky, energetic grandmother who helped you get started slowly and quietly succumb to illness is both shocking and depressing, especially since there's [[RealitySubtext nothing you can do about it]].]]
** Notably, it's also [[spoiler:the first death in the ''Harvest Moon'' series [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife since Nina]].]]
** And afterward, [[spoiler:you become the owner of her farm - where her headstone sits quietly by the river, perpetually decorated in flowers. You can visit it by walking up and pressing the A button. "Eda... I'm taking good care of your farmland."]] Sob.
** If you somehow manage to speed-romance someone and get married [[spoiler: before Eda dies, she'll tell you she can't wait to see the baby.]]
* Breaking up with your LoveInterest is always various shades of sad. The winners are Fritz, who looks like a kicked puppy as he wishes you well, and Lillie, who sadly says she knew she wasn't good enough for you and thanks you for being her FirstLove.
** Lillie's is especially tear-jerking, as the poor thing thinks she did something wrong and that's why you've been ignoring her. And the worst part? The break-up options for everyone else are "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin I want to break up]]". For ''her'', though, it's "[[VideoGameCrueltyPotential I don't love you anymore."]] [[WhatTheHellHero You essentially let her believe something's wrong with her before dumping her in the cruelest way possible.]] YouBastard.
** Nadi's line to you post break up can basically be a punch to the gut because he doesn't appear to hold you breaking up with him against you, and instead asks for you to be happy with someone else....while basically putting himself down. [[BrutallyHonest Considering]] [[SugarAndIcePersonality the]] [[HatesSmallTalk person]] Nadi normally is, this coming from him makes it more heartbreaking.
-->'''Nadi:''' You should find a better man next time. Not some loser like me... Best of luck in the hunt...
* Less jarring, but still quite sad, is little Melanie's face in the "Playing Cupid" scripted event when she tells you that she wants her dad to get married. If you see Nadi's first flower event beforehand, where he talks about how she must be lonely since there are so few children to play with her, it's even more heart-wrenching.
--> '''Melanie:''' ...I'd really like a mommy.
* Angela's pink flower event in itself is this. The sad part comes when Veronica starts speaking about the time Angela caught a cold, a little while after her husband passed away and she took over the guild. When she came home much later that night, she found Angela passed out at the table with a dinner set out... because it was Veronica's birthday and, despite her illness, Angela not only worked to make the food, but even tried to stay up waiting for her to come home. The fact that Veronica blames herself for why Angela kept hiding her illness (so as not to bother her) can be both heartbreaking and hitting a bit too close to home for some players.
-->'''Veronica:''' But did I? No, yet again, I did not. Truly, I am a failure as a mother.
* Less upsetting than the first example on this page, but still quite distressing: [[spoiler:all of your livestock will eventually die of old age. Yes, this includes Hanako, your MementoMacGuffin from Eda herself.]] It takes about five in-game years, approximately, from the time of acquisition to the time of loss. A minor example of RealLifeWritesThePlot, since this does of course happen in the real world too, but it's a painful jolt - especially ''if you don't know it's coming.''
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* [[spoiler:[[WhamEpisode Eda's death]]. In fall of your first year, she starts complaining about her aches and pains, and throughout the entire season she stops visiting town and attending festivals. When winter arrives, she dies. Seeing the cheeky, energetic grandmother who helped you get started slowly and quietly succumb to illness is both shocking and depressing, especially since there's [[RealitySubtext nothing you can do about it]].]]
** Notably, it's also [[spoiler:the first death in the ''Harvest Moon'' series [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife since Nina]].]]
** And afterward, [[spoiler:you become the owner of her farm - where her headstone sits quietly by the river, perpetually decorated in flowers. You can visit it by walking up and pressing the A button. "Eda... I'm taking good care of your farmland."]] Sob.
** If you somehow manage to speed-romance someone and get married [[spoiler: before Eda dies, she'll tell you she can't wait to see the baby.]]
* Breaking up with your LoveInterest is always various shades of sad. The winners are Fritz, who looks like a kicked puppy as he wishes you well, and Lillie, who sadly says she knew she wasn't good enough for you and thanks you for being her FirstLove.
** Lillie's is especially tear-jerking, as the poor thing thinks she did something wrong and that's why you've been ignoring her. And the worst part? The break-up options for everyone else are "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin I want to break up]]". For ''her'', though, it's "[[VideoGameCrueltyPotential I don't love you anymore."]] [[WhatTheHellHero You essentially let her believe something's wrong with her before dumping her in the cruelest way possible.]] YouBastard.
** Nadi's line to you post break up can basically be a punch to the gut because he doesn't appear to hold you breaking up with him against you, and instead asks for you to be happy with someone else....while basically putting himself down. [[BrutallyHonest Considering]] [[SugarAndIcePersonality the]] [[HatesSmallTalk person]] Nadi normally is, this coming from him makes it more heartbreaking.
-->'''Nadi:''' You should find a better man next time. Not some loser like me... Best of luck in the hunt...
* Less jarring, but still quite sad, is little Melanie's face in the "Playing Cupid" scripted event when she tells you that she wants her dad to get married. If you see Nadi's first flower event beforehand, where he talks about how she must be lonely since there are so few children to play with her, it's even more heart-wrenching.
--> '''Melanie:''' ...I'd really like a mommy.
* Angela's pink flower event in itself is this. The sad part comes when Veronica starts speaking about the time Angela caught a cold, a little while after her husband passed away and she took over the guild. When she came home much later that night, she found Angela passed out at the table with a dinner set out... because it was Veronica's birthday and, despite her illness, Angela not only worked to make the food, but even tried to stay up waiting for her to come home. The fact that Veronica blames herself for why Angela kept hiding her illness (so as not to bother her) can be both heartbreaking and hitting a bit too close to home for some players.
-->'''Veronica:''' But did I? No, yet again, I did not. Truly, I am a failure as a mother.
* Less upsetting than the first example on this page, but still quite distressing: [[spoiler:all of your livestock will eventually die of old age. Yes, this includes Hanako, your MementoMacGuffin from Eda herself.]] It takes about five in-game years, approximately, from the time of acquisition to the time of loss. A minor example of RealLifeWritesThePlot, since this does of course happen in the real world too, but it's a painful jolt - especially ''if you don't know it's coming.''
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* Less upsetting than the first example on this page, but still quite distressing:
[[spoiler:all of your livestock will eventually die of old age. Yes, this includes Hanako, your MementoMacGuffin from Eda herself.]] It takes about five in-game years, approximately, from the time of acquisition to the time of loss. A minor example of RealLifeWritesThePlot, since this does of course happen in the real world too, but it's a painful jolt - especially ''if you don't know it's coming.''

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* Less upsetting than the first example on this page, but still quite distressing:
distressing: [[spoiler:all of your livestock will eventually die of old age. Yes, this includes Hanako, your MementoMacGuffin from Eda herself.]] It takes about five in-game years, approximately, from the time of acquisition to the time of loss. A minor example of RealLifeWritesThePlot, since this does of course happen in the real world too, but it's a painful jolt - especially ''if you don't know it's coming.''


** If you somehow manage to speed-romance someone and get married [[spoiler: before Eda dies, [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything she'll tell you she can't wait to see the baby]].]]

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** If you somehow manage to speed-romance someone and get married [[spoiler: before Eda dies, [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything she'll tell you she can't wait to see the baby]].baby.]]


* Less upsetting than the first example on this page, but still quite distressing:[[spoiler:all of your livestock will eventually die of old age. Yes, this includes Hanako, your MementoMacGuffin from Eda herself.]] It takes about five in-game years, approximately, from the time of acquisition to the time of loss. A minor example of RealLifeWritesThePlot, since this does of course happen in the real world too, but it's a painful jolt - especially ''if you don't know it's coming.''

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* Less upsetting than the first example on this page, but still quite distressing:[[spoiler:all distressing:
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of your livestock will eventually die of old age. Yes, this includes Hanako, your MementoMacGuffin from Eda herself.]] It takes about five in-game years, approximately, from the time of acquisition to the time of loss. A minor example of RealLifeWritesThePlot, since this does of course happen in the real world too, but it's a painful jolt - especially ''if you don't know it's coming.''


* Less upsetting than the first example on this page, but still quite distressing:
[[spoiler:all of your livestock will eventually die of old age. Yes, this includes Hanako, your MementoMacGuffin from Eda herself.]] It takes about five in-game years, approximately, from the time of acquisition to the time of loss. A minor example of RealLifeWritesThePlot, since this does of course happen in the real world too, but it's a painful jolt - especially ''if you don't know it's coming.''

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* Less upsetting than the first example on this page, but still quite distressing:
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distressing:[[spoiler:all of your livestock will eventually die of old age. Yes, this includes Hanako, your MementoMacGuffin from Eda herself.]] It takes about five in-game years, approximately, from the time of acquisition to the time of loss. A minor example of RealLifeWritesThePlot, since this does of course happen in the real world too, but it's a painful jolt - especially ''if you don't know it's coming.''


** Nadi's line to you post break up can basically be a punch to the gut because he doesn't appear to hold you breaking up with him against you and instead asks for you to be happy with someone else....while basically putting himself down. [[BrutallyHonest Considering]] [[SugarAndIcePersonality the]] [[HatesSmallTalk person]] Nadi normally is, this coming from him makes it more heartbreaking.

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** Nadi's line to you post break up can basically be a punch to the gut because he doesn't appear to hold you breaking up with him against you you, and instead asks for you to be happy with someone else....while basically putting himself down. [[BrutallyHonest Considering]] [[SugarAndIcePersonality the]] [[HatesSmallTalk person]] Nadi normally is, this coming from him makes it more heartbreaking.



* Less jarring, but still quite sad, is little Melanie's face in the "Playing Cupid" scripted event when she tells you that she wants her dad to get married. If you first see Nadi's first flower event, where he talks about how she must be lonely since there are so few children to play with her, it's even more affecting.

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* Less jarring, but still quite sad, is little Melanie's face in the "Playing Cupid" scripted event when she tells you that she wants her dad to get married. If you first see Nadi's first flower event, event beforehand, where he talks about how she must be lonely since there are so few children to play with her, it's even more affecting.heart-wrenching.



* Less upsetting than the first example on this page, but still quite distressing, [[spoiler:all of your livestock will eventually die of old age. Yes, this includes Hanako, your MementoMacGuffin from Eda herself.]] It takes about five in-game years, approximately, from the time of acquisition to the time of loss. A minor example of RealLifeWritesThePlot, since this does of course happen in the real world too, but it's a painful jolt - especially ''if you don't know it's coming.''

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* Less upsetting than the first example on this page, but still quite distressing, distressing:
[[spoiler:all of your livestock will eventually die of old age. Yes, this includes Hanako, your MementoMacGuffin from Eda herself.]] It takes about five in-game years, approximately, from the time of acquisition to the time of loss. A minor example of RealLifeWritesThePlot, since this does of course happen in the real world too, but it's a painful jolt - especially ''if you don't know it's coming.''


** Notably, it's also [[spoiler:the first death in the ''Harvest Moon'' series [[HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife since Nina]].]]

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** Notably, it's also [[spoiler:the first death in the ''Harvest Moon'' series [[HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife since Nina]].]]


* Angela's pink flower event in itself is this. The sad part comes when Veronica starts speaking about the time Angela caught a cold, a little while after her husband passed away and she took over the guild. When she came home much later that night, she found Angela passed out at the table with a dinner set out... because it was Veronica's birthday and, despite her illness, Angela not only worked to make the food, but even tried to stay up waiting for her to come home. The fact that Veronica blames herself for why Angela kept hiding her illness (so as not have to bother her) can be both heartbreaking and hitting a bit too close to home for some players.

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* Angela's pink flower event in itself is this. The sad part comes when Veronica starts speaking about the time Angela caught a cold, a little while after her husband passed away and she took over the guild. When she came home much later that night, she found Angela passed out at the table with a dinner set out... because it was Veronica's birthday and, despite her illness, Angela not only worked to make the food, but even tried to stay up waiting for her to come home. The fact that Veronica blames herself for why Angela kept hiding her illness (so as not have to bother her) can be both heartbreaking and hitting a bit too close to home for some players.


** If you somehow manage to speed-romance someone and get married [[spoiler: before she dies, Eda is still alive, [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything she'll tell you she can't wait to see the baby]].]]

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** If you somehow manage to speed-romance someone and get married [[spoiler: before she Eda dies, Eda is still alive, [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything she'll tell you she can't wait to see the baby]].]]

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