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Tear Jerker / Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew

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  • Aaron's final monologue, which ends with Lucario breaking down in tears at the fact that Aaron thought of him as a friend and everything he thought about him was wrong.
    • Right after that, Lucario dies in Ash's hands and disappears into the afterlife after he transfered all of his Aura into the Tree Of Beginning to save it. It also doesn't help that Ash was helping him in doing so, but halfway through, Lucario realizes that Ash will lose his life if he keeps this up and pushes him back to stop him from draining all of his Aura and dies in his stead. Even though Ash knows that Lucario is gone but not forgotten via their Aura, he still couldn't believe that he died, begging him to stay with them and hold on, but his semi-transparent body disappears in front of him, causing his demise. One has to wonder if when Ash finally got a Lucario of his own, it reminded him of that Lucario.
  • James' first instinct when being devoured by the Tree's defenses is to release Chimecho (Cacnea was already out from his futile attempt to save Jessie) so his Pokémon wouldn't suffer his fate.
    • The heroes follow his selfless example when they get eaten, as well:
      • Brock saves Forretress and Mudkip
      • May saves Combusken, Squirtle, and Munchlax.
      • Kidd, after fighting the defenses off several times, finally has to save her two Weavile before she's taken
      • Finally, Ash has to call out Phanpy and Swellow (Grovyle and Corphish were already out)
    • The circumstances of their getting eaten are pretty tragic too. First you have Jessie getting eaten right in front of James, who is unable to save her and even gets a Big "NO!" in as she "dies" before he is eaten as well. Then May gets to see her little brother and Brock get eaten right in front of her, and - again - she gets a brief moment of despair before being taken as well. And finally there's Ash; Pikachu, Grovyle, and Phanpy try desperately to pull him out before he disappears completely.
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    • The look on James' face when Jessie is eaten is pretty heartbreaking as well, especially if you're a Rocketshipper. Even if you're not, he just watched his best friend die (from his POV, anyway), and all he can do is just stare at the ground where she was, looking completely devastated.
    • Jessie didn't think to release her Pokémon before she was eaten. She ended up taking Wobbuffet, Seviper, and Dustox with her.
  • The Pokémon's anguish when they thought they lost their trainers from the Tree Of Beginning's "white blood cells".
  • Ash's final words to Pikachu before getting eaten will feel like a stake in your heart.
    Ash: Pikachu! You can't save me! Just take care of yourself and all the others! I'll miss you, buddy! I love you!
    • And then all of Ash's Pokémon mourning him. Phanpy's is most hearbreaking next to Pikachu. Not even Grovyle could contain his emotions.
    • Pikachu's reaction to the ordeal is just awful. The poor Pokémon is crying his eyes out after he desperately tries to save Ash and fails. Mew tries to cheer him up by bringing what was left of Ash (his hat) to Pikachu, but the latter rejects it in tears. Pikachu is so very upset that it motivates Mew to reverse the immune system's actions.
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  • Shortly after Ash and the gang are released, Mew tries to give Ash his hat back... and then it suddenly drops onto the ground, before the blue crystals around them turn red and begin disintegrating. The fact that the entire place is put into jeopardy simply by saving the humans is sad, especially considering there are many Pokémon that call the Tree of Beginning their home and Mew is also adversely affected due to its connection to the Tree.
  • Mention also has to go to Lucario's NON Disney Death. Special mention goes to his final words:
    Lucario: I have to go, Ash. waiting for me.
  • For fans who grew up with the 4Kids era, this is the last Pokémon film with the original dub cast of Veronica Taylor as Ash and May, Eric Stuart as Brock and James, Amy Birnbaum as Max, Rachael Lillis as Jessie, and Maddie Blaustein as Meowth. Way to go out on a high note.