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Tear Jerker / Super Mario Bros.

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

What are some great colorful games about a mustachioed plumber going on adventures and stomping on turtles without its share of sorrowful events?

"Mario...was I...of...assist...ance?"

The Games

  • 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.
  • The credits sequence in Mario Kart 64. There's just something about the music and the panoramic views of the tracks that makes the tear ducts flow...
  • Super Mario 64 had unused animations for Mario crying, presumably about Peach.
  • Super Mario 64 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 in the level that will take her, and the mom penguin doesn't offer to look after her. It's pretty sad and dark.
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  • Super Mario RPG's credits, which not only has the music but also scenes of people you've met throughout your journey getting their wishes finally granted. And just when you think it's over, the main Super Mario Bros. theme starts playing on a music box.
  • 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.
  • In Super Mario Sunshine Fludd's Disney Death: "Mario...was I...of...assis...tance?"
    • The kicker? Mario didn't even get a chance to say "Yes". On top of that, if you look closely, Mario appears to be crying right after FLUDD dies. Even if FLUDD was a machine, Mario still viewed him as a friend.
    • If you aren't too wrapped up in the fight, you'll notice that FLUDD's dialog starts out normal, then gets increasingly broken. Considering a few things, like the fact that it doesn't look like he ever actually got hit during the fight, this implies either that he was steadily breaking throughout the entire game, or that Mario was handling him much rougher than he could take during the boss fight. And FLUDD was either too concerned with the task at hand (or at least helping Mario), or didn't know he was breaking until the last minute.
  • 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!
    • Fridge Tearjearker when you realize this was the End of an Age for both 2D Mario games and 2D platformers in general for many years.
    • The ending of Yoshi's Story. Not so much the ending itself as the music, which ends on the tearjerkingest 13 notes ever. Or something akin to them, anyway. Just listen for yourself.
    • And the ending of the Yoshi's Island DS has the birth of Yoshi. Our Yoshi.
  • The music during the ending of Mario Party 3.
  • The ending of Mario Party 5 as dreams are restored to normal and you see the characters and the boards floating in a sea of lights in the night sky.
  • As one commenter put it, after hearing this "I'll never skip World 2-2 anymore".
  • Perry's flashback-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. To wit:
    • 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.
    • In Toadstool Tour, Luigi gets shocked and admittedly 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 Bowser Jr. starts throwing an epic temper tantrum, kicking his legs and screaming inconsolably. The sound is also used in Mario Kart Double Dash when he gets 4th or lower. World Tour instead has him try to attack the camera with his Magic Paintbrush, only to fall on his hands and knees.
    • 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.
    • 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 doesn't take her loss very well, and quickly pushes both Toads out of the way and runs away crying.
    • 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.
  • This Tear Jerker has more to do with the final issue of Nintendo Power, but it also concerns Mario. Remember the cover of the first issue? Readers of this magazine for the past 25 years will likely shed a nostalgic tear or two as the final issue's cover pays homage to the first.

The Film

  • The scene where Luigi and Daisy say goodbye. Especially when Mario has to pretty much drag him back through the portal.
    Mario: (to Luigi) She's trying to tell you, she can't leave here until she knows where she belongs. And if you loved her, you'd understand that.
  • Early in the movie, Daisy's mother dies. Later on, it's implied Daisy finds and appraises her fossil at the dig site and doesn't even realize it.
  • Lena stabbing poor Yoshi. Hard to say she didn't cross the line there. Daisy is horrified when she sees what happened to him.
  • When Mario and Luigi are Forced to Watch as Toad is de-evolved.
  • Daisy learns that her mother died smuggling her to Brooklyn, while her father was de-evolved into a mushroomy goop which is still sentient. He gets turned back by the end.


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