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  • A major plot point in Madou Monogatari: Chaotic Final Exam, is when Schezo, later Arle and Rulue, have a Hopeless Boss Fight against Phantom God. Arle is severely injured, Rulue is seriously hurt too, and Schezo is barely active enough to try and save at least Arle from certain death. Schezo ends up taking the brunt of Phantom God's magic, and is the last thing Arle sees before ending up in another labyrinth. While Arle managed to escape her fate, she feels alone. She doesn't have Rulue to back her up, and she witnessed Schezo die in front of her. The belief is broken at the end, but for a time, Arle was genuinely scared and lonely.
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  • The first Puyo Puyo's second-to-last opponent is Rulue (or Lulu, in the English arcade version), who blocks Arle (or Silvana) to win the heart of the Dark Prince. In the Japanese script, Arle is simply confused about her behavior and it's played for laugh, but in the English version, she seems genuinely torn over having to fight her own friend, even begging Rulue to "come to her senses".
  • Rulue's Spring Break delves into the titular heroine's past in the "Explore the Wonderful Land" route, revealing Rulue's growth into the temperamental woman she is. Partway into her adventure, she encounters a music box that makes her reminisce about a promise with her grandma. As a child, she always loved viewing the cherry blossoms, and was promised a cherry blossom music box for her birthday from her grandma, even pinky-swearing on it. She didn't get exactly the right one, shattered it out of spoiled rage, never forgiving her grandma for breaking a promise. She's hung up on that incident to this day, regretting she ever said that.
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  • Klug's depressive fit during his story in 20th Anniversary, crying to Amitie over everything he's had to deal with. While it initially is played for comedy, his wallowing does weigh heavily when he's basically crying over how much his studies, which is what he's best known for, are meaningless.
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris' ending. For a crossover between two puzzle franchises, Ringo's line to Tee when he and his crew have to go back to the Tetris dimension with no way of knowing if they'll ever see their new friends again is surprisingly heavy. Puyo Champions only makes it worse; while it's perfectly understandable why the Tetra crew aren't in it, it just further reinforces for many fans that they and the Puyo cast will, in all likelihood, never see each other again.
    Ringo: I want our last memories to be smiles.
    • The beautiful closing credits and especially the ending message of "Thank you for playing!" are also bound to turn on the waterworks.
    • This eventually turns Heartwarming, though, with Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 as she will indeed meet Tee again.
  • At the end of Schezo's story in Puyo Puyo Tetris, Schezo has defeated Sig, and Sig decides to give Schezo his demon hand. Before Schezo takes it, Sig says good-bye to the family of bugs living in his hand. He asks Schezo to take care of them since they're his now.
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