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Tear Jerker / Lupin III

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If Zenigata only knew Lupin had faked his death...
  • The Secret of Twilight Gemini: Lara is trapped in quicksand, and will soon drown. Each of Lupin's attempts to get her out fail, he's run out of ideas, so Lara tells him to go on without her. Instead, he charges up the dune, then back again and hops with her. When she asks why, he tells her that he couldn't leave her to die alone. They both sink together.
  • The second TV series had the episode "The Rose and the Pistol" ("Shot Through the Heart" in English) In it, Jigen, of all people falls for a Spanish dancer. Sadly, she's just acting as part of the villain's plot to kill Jigen and Lupin. In the resulting car chase, Jigen is the one to fire the bullet that sends the bad guys' car into the ocean, killing one of the few women he ever loved.
  • Chapter 40 of the second manga series (English title: the Rest is Silence) is a No-Dialogue Episode beginning with Lupin receiving a challenge from the samurai leader of the Nezumi Clan. A series of flashbacks show that Lupin and the samurai were childhood friends who both fell in love with a wheelchair-bound woman. Then, as young adults the samurai attacked Lupin, who appeared to be dating the woman, in a fit of jealously, which caused the accidental death of the woman. When the two meet up in present day, Lupin quickly kills the samurai, only to discover that the samurai's weapon was unloaded, implying he was a Death Seeker who wished to atone for what he did.
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  • The episode "The Woman the Old Man Fell in Love With" (English title: Zenigata Getcha Into My Life), where Zenigata finds someone he genuinely cares for and then she's shot and killed right in front of him when he tries to protect her. Seeing the stoic but goofy Zenigata cry in genuine grief is heartbreaking.
  • Elen's death at the end of Lupin III: Island of Assassins, noting that for the first time in her life she's actually felt free? Cue the water works.
  • The ending of the second manga series counts, especially if you've been reading since the beginning. A group of killers trap Lupin and the gang on a deserted island, then leave. Lupin discovers a huge bomb underneath the surface, and after a brief conversation, they all accept their fate with a smile. Turns out the villains were actually an Interpol task force, and their leader was Zenigata in disguise. Pops admits that Lupin always lived for the challenge and that he probably saw through the disguise. He hits a button, and the island explodes. The last few pages of the manga, show Zenigata watching the dust settle and the debris fall, not saying anything, just staring.
  • The episode "Lupin Dies Twice" (English Title: "Lupin the Interred") has Jigen and Goemon so upset when Lupin is apparently killed by an assassin and upon seeing his "corpse", they vent their grief.
    • Later in the same episode, this happens to Zenigata as well.
  • In Part 5, Fujiko reveals to Ami that she and Lupin were briefly married. They tried everything a normal settled-down couple would do, but it got too boring and dreary for them, and so they parted. They just couldn’t stay together, despite their best efforts to commit and make it work, because they were too much danger-lovers and gamblers to take a stable, content life.
    • Later on, she sadly asks Lupin if she’s become a means for him to get killed. She couldn’t help wondering if she’s turned Lupin into a Death Seeker, and it shows that she cares for him enough that she doesn’t want him to get killed.
  • The ending of the Lupin feature film Farewell to Nostradamus ends with Lupin and Julia having a laugh, then a Mood Whiplash occurs with the Douglas Building crumbling to pieces with everyone somberly watching the building fall apart, while a song (“Ai no Tsuzuki”, about going on even though the past is gone) plays through the closing credits.
    • In context, this was the last Lupin film Yasuo Yamada worked on, and he died before it was completed. The ending reflects that one of the main Lupin cast has gone.
  • In The First, Lupin thinks he's going to die, so he gives out one last smile and addresses his late grandfather.
    Lupin: It's finished, grandfather.

See also: TearJerker.TheCastleOfCagliostro


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