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Tear Jerker / Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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  • The sheer amount of regret the Prince expresses in his narration throughout the game; sometimes when he enters a new area of the palace, he'd describe what the place was like before the sands were unleashed, and the carnage that had befallen it. At no point does he deny his responsibility for the whole thing.
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  • The Prince being forced to fight (and kill) his sand monster father. Even though King Sharaman spearheaded the invasion of her kingdom, Farah still has the heart to offer her sympathies, knowing what it's like to lose a father. In a state of tranquil fury, the Prince tells her that was not his father, pretty much the only thing he can do to reconcile himself with what he had to do.
  • The Prince's greatest mistake after unleashing the Sands of Time: distrusting Farah's instructions to seal the Hourglass when they reach the treasure vault. Troubled by a reoccurring vision of Farah stealing the Dagger of Time, he chooses the worst possible moment to doubt her, giving the Vizier the chance to intervene and blast them out of the Tower of Dawn into a tomb at the structure's base. This not only leaves Farah furious with him, if only briefly, it also causes her to feel that she can no longer trust him to complete the quest. While he's unconscious, she steals the dagger and runs off to reascend the tower, fulfilling the prophecy that had caused the Prince to hesitate in the first place.
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  • Farah's death, the ultimate consequence of the Prince's decision to distrust her at the last moment. Having run off to complete the mission herself, Farah reaches the chamber right above the treasure vault, only to be ambushed by sand creatures and left dangling over the edge of a hole overlooking the vault. Despite the Prince's efforts to save her, she chooses to fall to her death rather than risk the dagger being lost; muttering 'Kakolookiyam,' she lets go of the dagger and plunges to her death. When the distraught Prince goes to rewind time, he discovers the dagger's sand tank is empty.
  • Still reeling from Farah's death, the Prince enters the final sand vortex, formed by the deaths of the sand creatures who killed her, to see what the future has in store; what he sees is the empty chambers of the palace, silent and devoid of life. A grim reminder that even if he succeeds in sealing the Hourglass, an entire kingdom has still been desolated, hundreds of thousands of people dead or transformed, all because of his own mistakes. Upon coming out of the vision, the Prince almost has a Despair Event Horizon, punctuated by his final narrated line:
    Prince: Bravely I had fought and slain my enemy. Honor and glory were mine. But though I fight until the desert sands themselves were red with blood... I could not bring back the dead.
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  • Though the Prince is able to use the Hourglass to rewind time and ensure that the entire tragedy, including Farah's death, never happens, a Bittersweet Ending is reached when we see that Farah no longer remembers him, despite the love that had built up between the two. Accepting this, the Prince returns the dagger, utters 'Kakolookiyam' one last time and walks out of her life forever, at least until the events of The Two Thrones.

Film

  • When Dastan has to make the Sadistic Choice between saving the world or Tamina, she makes the choice for him by letting go of his hand.
    • When Tamina lets go of Dastan's hand and is about to fall you can clearly see how terrified she is, yet she is still willing to do it to save the world.
  • Sheik Amar and Dastan's sad Ironic Echo.
    Sheik Amar: Have I told you about the Ngbaka?
    Dastan: Yes, you have.
    • There's some Fridge Brilliance here. The sands reset everything. The happiest part of the ending? Seso is alive!
  • The deaths of both Garsiv and Tus are very heartwrenching. The death of Tus was worse though, he didn't even get a single shot in on his treacherous uncle before he drops down dead.
  • The death of Dastan's father Sharaman, you can clearly see the anguished expression on Dastan's face as Bis tries to drag him to safety.
    • The death of Bis shortly after, quick but painful to watch. All he'd ever done was try to help Dastan.
  • He plays the Evil Chancellor straight throughout the movie, but at one time, Nizam and his brother genuinely cared about each other. The former saved his brother's life when they were children while the latter would go on to tell that story to his children, even after he became king. It was clear that Sharaman was truly grateful and never forgot what his brother did for him that day, and the fact that Nizam would become bitter enough to not only assassinate his own brother, but then try to go back in time to avoid saving him makes you wonder what the hell happened to him to shatter such a bond to pieces like that.
    Dastan: (to Nizam, after reversing time) You had what every man could ever dream of. Love, respect, and family! But that wasn't enough for you, was it?
  • After everything's gone to hell, Dastan and Tamina are left alone, with the latter stating her informed opinion of him... until she mentions the assumption that he's born royalty. The paraphrased answer:
    Dastan: I wasn't born royalty! I was born in the slums, in the streets! There I fought to eat, and to live!
    Tamina: (taken aback) Then how were you... made a prince?
    Dastan: The king, he- he came into the market one day, and he... I dunno, he... he found me. He took me in. Gave me a family, a home. (beat) What you're looking at, is the walk of a man who's just lost everything.

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