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Tear Jerker / Super Mario Bros.

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"Oh, how sad."
Toad, Mario Party 7

Super Mario Bros. may be about a mustachioed plumber going on adventures and stomping on turtles, but it still has its share of sorrowful events.


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  • To some, saving Princess Toadstool for the very first time in the original Super Mario Bros..
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 turning out to be All Just a Dream, particularly with the music. Most likely, Mario and company had great times kicking the butts of Wart and his forces together, but those adventures never actually happened and only Mario will remember them. That is, assuming you don't count BS Super Mario USA.
  • Super Mario 64:
    • The credits. The music, Mario, Peach, and some Toads waving goodbye to you...and you will burst into tears when Mario can be heard saying this immortal line:
    • There are unused animations for Mario crying, presumably about Peach.
    • The game has two lost penguin chicks; the one that belongs to the mother penguin is far away, and the one that's closer isn't hers. If brought to her, the mom penguin says, "That's not my baby! Her parents must be worried sick!" There are no other penguins on the level that will take her, and the mom penguin doesn't offer to look after her. It's pretty sad and somewhat dark if you think about it.
  • The Background Music (a slowed-down remix of the "Good Egg Galaxy" level music from the first Super Mario Galaxy game) that plays on the World 1 map from Super Mario Galaxy 2.
  • The Yoshi's Island credits theme, specifically with the slow reprise of the Level Clear theme from the original Super Mario Bros. This remix is also sad.
    Heroes are born!
  • The music during the ending of Mario Party 3.
  • The ending of Mario Party 5. As the dreams are restored to normal, you can see the characters and the boards floating in a sea of lights in the night sky.
  • Perry's dreams in Super Princess Peach. Especially the final one.
  • The ending of Super Mario 3D World really makes you feel proud and accomplished, but also sad that the adventure is over.
    • A Koopa Troopa's reaction to losing its shell. It chases after it in panic and becomes depressed if you steal or destroy it.
  • Some of the character reactions to getting a bogey or a double bogey in the Mario Golf series are sometimes very depressing to watch, especially in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Mario Golf: World Tour.
    • In Toadstool Tour, Mario reacts by running in circles and covering his eyes crying, until he trips on the ground and accepts his loss. In World Tour, he sobs quietly before getting hit on the head by a Koopa shell, turning into Small Mario in the process. However, the way he cries is different in those games: in Toadstool Tour, the way he sobs is rather cartoony and hard to take seriously, especially with his rather dramatic reaction, but this is not the case in World Tour, where he sobs in a broken voice, resulting in Mario crying more realistically than usual.
    • In Toadstool Tour, Luigi starts crying before calling himself a loser. World Tour has him break down in a flat-out Corner of Woe (with Boos ambushing him if he gets a double bogey or worse).
    • In Toadstool Tour and World Tour, whenever Peach gets a double bogey, she collapses to the ground and starts crying. For someone as sweet as Peach, it's really upsetting to see her so heartbroken.
    • Waluigi breaks down quite dramatically in Toadstool Tour, reaching skywards and letting out a Big "WHY?!" in agony. In World Tour, he swoons theatrically before a hole appears out of nowhere underneath him, causing him to fall into the abyss.
    • When she gets a double bogey in Toadstool Tour, Birdo gets distraught and cries. It's even more upsetting in World Tour, where she spits out balls at the camera until one of them hits her in the face, causing her to flip onto the ground and cry, clearly heartbroken.
    • Toadette yells in shock and then falls on the ground and begins sobbing. A Yellow and Green Toad quickly run up to her and try to calm her down. However, Toadette just tearfully runs off, pushing them both out of the way.
    • While he responds somewhat decently from getting a bogey in Toadstool Tour, when he gets a double bogey, Bowser absolutely breaks down, letting out a roar of emotional agony as he kneels down, before pounding the ground in rage. In World Tour, after punching the camera out in a Funny Moment, he starts to walk away and then just falls over, weakened and exhausted.
    • In Toadstool Tour, Bowser Jr. starts throwing an epic temper tantrum, kicking his legs and screaming inconsolably. World Tour instead has him try to attack the camera with his Magic Paintbrush, only to fall on his hands and knees.
      • The sound is also used in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! when he gets 4th or lower.
    • Ella, a character that can be transferred from the Game Boy Advance game Mario Golf: Advance Tour also has an animation in Toadstool Tour. Her double bogey animation has her sob and fall to her knees before sniffling and circling the ground, saying, "Golf's hard..." under her breath. It's just heartbreaking to see a child cry over their misfortune.