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Tear Jerker / Digimon Adventure 02

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  • Ken's backstory. Considering the absolute bastard he was as the Emperor, it's amazing that most of the things Ken Ichijoji does afterwards can bring a tear to a viewer's eyes to the point it can be hard watching earlier episodes before his Heel–Face Turn. From his first not recognizing his own mother after coming out of a not-at-all-Heroic-BSOD, to seeing his dead brother in an illusion caused by his own desire to see himself punished for his misdeeds, to Davis yelling that he's not alone anymore while he's struggling with the serious mental and physical pain of trying to close a Gateway to the Dark Ocean that's haunted him since he was seven... This guy really had to earn his happy ending.
    • Wormmon's death. It's just downright heartbreaking.
    Ken: (scoops up the dying Wormmon in his arms) Wormmon, I'm sorry. Don't go. You're my best friend.
    Wormmon: You're my best friend, too. Goodbye, Ken. (disappears into digital code, and fades away)
    Ken: Wormmon, no!
    • This is just after Ken having a heartbreaking breakdown as he realizes that the Digital World isn't a game and all the Digimon he'd been terrorizing and enslaving were real living creatures with emotions instead of game constructs. His Heel Realization coupled with the revelation that because of him Wormmon, who he now knows was a living thinking creature, is now dying causes him to bawl in sorrow as he staggers around and tears his Digimon Emperor outfit apart piece by piece until it dissolves completely and he's just Ken again. What's worse, he starts flashing back to his older brother's death in a car accident as he realizes that he's just made the same mistake again of not knowing what he has until he's lost it. And to really rub salt in his wound it's at that point that his Digidestined Crest comes to him now that he's regained his greatest trait. The Crest in particular? The Crest of Kindness.
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    • The scene where Ken goes into the Digital Nursery and all the Digimon start whining whenever he comes near them and he finds Wormmon's baby form and holds it in his arms and starts bawling his eyes out.
    • The scene depicting Ken's relationship to his older brother. He both resented and admired Sam, an already hard position for a kid. And then, after the boys have a heated argument over the Digivice that came out of Sam's computer, Ken's finally pushed over the edge and in the heat of the moment, spitefully wishes his brother would just "disappear". And then tragedy strikes.
    • Props to the dub for not sugarcoating Ken's backstory and giving it the acting it deserved. Despite Never Say "Die" being in effect, it's painfully clear what happened to Sam and it is heartbreaking to listen to this story unfold.
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    • Also his poor parents, who've already lost one son, reaction after he abandons reality for the Digital World near the end of the Digimon Emperor arc is pure Adult Fear due to his note announcing his permanent departure coming off as a suicide note.
    • The cherry on top? It's very subtly implied that Sam died pushing Ken out of the way of the car.
    • When the Chosen Children are trapped in Malomyotismons Lotus-Eater Machine they're put into illusionary worlds where they all have exactly what they want. They all have rational, sometimes touching and sometimes silly, perfect worlds in mind. Ken's perfect reality, though? Seeing himself as the Digimon Emperor being beaten to death by the Digimon he once enslaved. The kid is twelve.
    • Ken's parents acknowledging the mistakes they made in raising Sam and Ken and their tearful apology, and promise to be better parents, is equally painful and beautiful. Even more profound, considering that many kids in real life face similar circumstances.
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    • The scene where Oikawa is harvesting the Dark Spore to inject it into kids he's tricked is hard to watch since we see Ken the closest to a total breakdown he had been at the point in the series since Wormmon's death.
    Ken: (as another of the children is injected with a Dark Spore) It's not like you think it'll be. You don't want to be like me!
    • It doesn't help that he cries out for Davis/Daisuke and Wormmon during said near-breakdown.
  • Poor little Agumon being placed under the Digimon Emperor's control not once, but twice. The second time is an especially big punch to the gut to Taichi who had just got his best friend back, only for him to be taken away again moments later.
    Tai: I let Agumon down just when he needed me the most.
  • Oikawa's backstory, especially when he recalls when he was offered his Deal with the Devil and how, right before that, he's bawling in despair since his beloved friend Hiroki isn't there with him to see the Digital World they believed in as children.
    Oikawa: (holding up a photo of Hiroki to "show" him the portal) Do you see it? It's the digital world we were supposed to visit together! It's beautiful! (finally breaks down) Why'd you have to do it, Hiroki!? Why'd you have to die and leave me all alone!?
  • BlackWarGreymon's Heroic Sacrifice to save Cody's grandfather after finally realizing the true meaning of friendship in episode 47, WarGreymon sounded like he was about to cry.
  • Oikawa's death scene, where, for the first time since his possession by Myotismon, he wakes up long enough to see the Digital World finally. Then he finally gets to meet Daitirimon, his partner Digimon just seconds before he dies, dissolving into energy and using that to heal the damage Myotismon did. Both Cody's plea for him to hang on, and his partner Digimon's line "Are you leaving now? But we've only just met!" are particularly effective. Poor Daitirimon disappears seconds later.
    • And even worse, according to Hiroyuki Kakudo says if a human dies, his Digimon also dies, so Datirimon dies shortly after Oikawa's death.
  • Mummymon's Villainous Breakdown following Arukenimon's death at the hand of MaloMyotismon. It's hard to feel sorry for a villain, even if they are part of the resident Team Rocket squad, but to see his emotional meltdown and subsequent death as well makes you really feel sorry for him.
    • Although she's not a very sympathetic character, Arukenimon's death is nonetheless painfully hard to watch, in both ways. Just the look in her eyes as she pleads not to die is enough to induce tears of pain, especially considering that Mummymon, who's usually The Ditz, feebly tries to attack Malomyotismon and fails. Especially considering having Arukenimon think bad thoughts on her possible death.
      • To compare, imagine James watching Jessie be tortured to death by Giovanni...after she hand-delivered him a Pokémon he wanted, and then being brutally murdered himself when he tries to avenge her. It's painful and heartbreaking.
  • Gomamon's torture from the episode "Old Reliable", and his weakened state afterwards is enough to bring any Gomamon fan to tears.
    • The fact that had Yolei not dropped her hand warmer, they may not have even FOUND Gomamon, who was unconscious from his injuries and buried in the snow. It's just lucky he's implied, by his later stages, to be an arctic-aquatic Digimon, meaning he could survive being buried under frozen water.
  • The illusions TK and Cody had in the series finale, as their deepest desires are impossible to ever come true. Cody just wants to be with his dad and show him the Digital World, while TK wants his family reunited. While Kari and Ken got what they wanted eventually, Cody and TK have to cope with the fact that their own dreams couldn't be reality (although TK's parents are on civil terms, they don't seem to want to get remarried and live together like he wants).
  • Wormmon's image song, "The Future You Dreamed Of, The Future I Dreamed Of."
  • After Wizardmon's ghost comes back, Gatomon tries to touch his hand, but they can't, and they're visibly heartbroken over it as Wizardmon floats away. Then Gatomon thanks Wizardmon for the new life he allowed her to have and promises it wouldn't be in vain. Even the other DigiDestined are saddened by it, Kari moreso when she comforts her.
    • Her damn face when she realizes they can't touch hands. And Wizardmon's reaction? He looks at his hands, and with such a broken tone in his voice, can only say, "I'm sorry."
    • A small detail, but Kari is carrying flowers during this whole moment, it's especially noticeable after she comforts Gatomon. Seeing the thoughtful and kind person that she is, she probably bought those flowers in remembrance of their fallen friend.
    • Oh, most definitely... Especially when he and Gatomon try to hold hands. Her hand passes right through his...he looks sad, and whispers "I'm sorry," before vanishing, leaving her and Kari in tears. The new Digidestined ask who that was, because they, of course, have no clue.
      Gatomon:...a friend.
  • In the "Double Tamer" crossover, there's something extremely depressing about the fact that Daisuke believes that no one would care or miss him if he never went home. He is shown to legitimately believe that his teammates don't want him around and that he has absolutely no purpose on the team. Compounding this is that since the story is set between the Kaiser's fall and Ken becoming a Sixth Ranger, the audience could make the unpleasant leap that Ken might have succeeded in his suicidal attempt to destroy his former base since Daisuke wouldn't have been around to stop him and the rest of the kids might not have been bothered.
  • Just how broken Cody sounds when the employee he's asking about Joe tells him that Joe can only leave his exam if someone's in danger of dying and he says "But someone might be..." (paraphrased) while imagining the state his teammates must be. And even though he saved everyone, he still can't believe he deserves Reliability because he told a lie.
  • Yolei's utter horror when LadyDevimon is killed. Yes it was a necessary evil and it saved her life - but that is still a twelve-year-old child witnessing a friend killing something. It's not unlike a child seeing an animal being killed in front of them.
    "You...vaporized her."
    • It also highlights just how easy the 02 kids have had it up until that point. For them, they've either been freeing Digimon from Control Spires or destroying artificial Digimon like Kimeramon or the Control Spire Digimon. The original kids didn't. They were fighting full on Digimon and killing them near their entire careers as Digidestined. It makes it clear that despite being the same friendly people they were in Adventure, the Digidestined were hardened by the forces of evil forcing them to.


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