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"Every moment I'm awake, I'm in agony. What reason is their to be on this planet anymore, when everything good in my life has been taken away? I am nothing but a soulless corpse, doomed to a life of meaningless nihilism. I lie awake at night, just waiting for the day to come. The day for it all to end."note 
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Don't be fooled by the goofy exterior, SMG4 bloopers can make you shed a tear when when the time calls for it. Some of the time it overlaps with Heartwarming.

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    The Waluigi Arc 
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"I'm going to bring you home, brother."
For a first-ever SMG4 Story Arc, there's a lot of tear-jerking moments...
  • This exchange from "Stupid Mario Tennis Aces":
    Waluigi: Fork guy (Jeeves), let him (Boopkins) join...
    Jevees: What? Why? He lost! Why are you helping him?!
    Waluigi: Why...? Because I know that feeling of rejection too well...
  • "BOOPKINS!"note 
  • Luigi getting turned by T-posing zombies in Mario and the T-Pose Virus. Mario genuinely cries out in grief over his brother being captured by the zombies and falls to the floor reaching out for him as he watches the zombies brutalize Luigi, and then proceeds to have a breakdown as he mercilessly drops Bob (who obstructed the duo from getting to safety and thus was the cause of Luigi getting turned) from the castle in revenge for Luigi's infection. This is a sequence that is decidedly not Played for Laughs like the status quo of the SMG4 universe and goes to show that despite his greedy and egocentric nature, deep down Mario really does care about his brother a great deal.
  • Luigi sacrificing himself to fall in the lava and die so Mario can live in Mario SAW. Mario is crying and begging him not to, but Luigi still does so, telling his brother he loves him. Mario can only watch in horror as his brother falls to the lava. Thankfully, it was really a test, and Luigi is still alive as the "lava" was really just warm watermelon kool-aid.
    • Speaking of Mario SAW, the mysterious figure offhandedly mentions that he, "wished his brother loved him that much,", after Luigi sacrifices himself for Mario, but turns out to still be ok. Once you figure out who the masked figure is, this statement takes a much sadder tone, as it's obvious that Waluigi was referring to Wario, who constantly ignored and mistreated him. The fact that the music went dead silent during this statement makes it even more worse.
  • The final minutes of Mario The Scam Artist, where Wario has been down in the dumps ever since Waluigi went mad. Mario threatens a fight with Wario just to protect his brother. Wario tries to object but then remembers Waluigi, before angrily walking off. The dialog from Wario in the next scene really stings.
    Wario: Stupid Mario Brothers... I don't need them... I don't need anyone! I've got chicken! (is about to eat chicken) W... waluigi would have wanted this chicken... and I would've told him no, piss off. I don't need him! I don't need him!!!! I DON'T NEED HIM!
    (Wario notices Waluigi's hat behind his bucket of chicken. After Wario picks up the hat, flashbacks from "The Mario Hustle", "Wild Wild Mario", and "Doki Doki Mario Club" play.. Cue Manly Tears from Wario.)
    • And the final line of the episode...
  • The Mario Convention seems like a typical Breather Episode after the past couple of episodes in the Waluigi Arc. Then Hideo Kojima pulls out a T-pose mushroom. Meggy pushes Mario out of the way of said exploding mushroom. Turns out Hideo Kojima was actually Waluigi in disguise, and suddenly Mario, Luigi, SMG4, and Fishy Boopkins are seen running out of the convention as Waluigi turns everyone into T-pose zombies, including poor Luigi.
  • During Mario And The Waluigi Apocalypse all Meggy can do while Tari tries to talk sense into her and possibly un-T-Pose her is shed a single tear. This is also the first time we've seen Tari break down in tears.
  • In War of The Fat Italians 2018 Mario, being controlled against his will by Waluigi, gives SMG4 an absolutely brutal beatdown, even with Tari's timely intervention. Then Waluigi tells him to 'finish the job'. As he's forced to walk over to where SMG4 landed, Mario tears up at the thought that he's on the verge of unwillingly killing his friend in what's supposed to be an event that's for fun.
    Mario: I'm so sorry SMG4...

    The Rapper Bob Arc 
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The Lighter and Softer nature of this arc doesn't mean that it can't be sad...
  • The ending of "The Mario Concert", where the cutie is thoroughly broken. Bob delivers a humongous Motive Rant on how his career is destroyed because of what Fishy Boopkins accidentally did and how he set up events to boost his popularity with the masses, reveals he pushed Boopkins into the well in "Mario And... The Well" and was never his friend, and caps it off by calling him a pushover, leaving him in the alleyway. All while Boopkins is left crying in denial.
  • "The Melancholy Of Fishy Boopkins" has Boopkins rejecting anime. He clearly took Bob's Breaking Speech hard...
    • It gets worse when the cast tries to cheer him up. While most of their failures are strictly comedic, the girls' attempt to cheer him up is definitely not. Meggy, Saiko and Tari decide to cheer up Boopkins...by taking him to one of Bob's concerts. And since they weren't in "The Mario Concert" they don't know about what Bob did to Boopkins and are left confused when it doesn't work and Boopkins breaks down in tears at seeing Bob being so successful despite the awful things he admitted to doing.
  • "Mario and the Diss Track" puts Bob in Jerkass Woobie territory. Yes, he did make a diss track about all his friends, and seemed like he did not care one bit about them. But by the end of the episode, he is just alone. He was so desperate to be a rap star that he turned his back on everything important to him. Even his own friends. No one cares when Bob tries to reconcile with them. Not even Boopkins.
    • What makes this moment worse? At the beginning of "The Mario Purge", Fishy Boopkins is the one who opens the door for Bob, saving him from the Teletubbies, and in response Bob calls him "his best friend". At the end of "Mario and The Diss Track", after Bob loses all of his fame, he asks Boopkins if they're still friends. Boopkins shuts the door on him, leaving Bob all alone.
    • Going back to Bob's diss track, Meggy seems to take it the hardest, after Bob insults her voice.
  • The beginning of "SMG4 Christmas 2018: The Most Important Thing" has Bob trying to redeem himself by buying gold statues of himself and all his friends, but after what he did throughout the arc, the others pretend not to notice him and after he pesters them Mario just snaps at him. While being greeted with the words "Nobody cares" set to Beethoven's Fifth,SMG4 tells him the harsh truth why everyone is treating him this way:
    SMG4: Sorry Bob...we just can't trust you anymore...
    • Even with it being deserved, Bob takes this hard: he leaves, goes to the garbage dump, and lays in the garbage bags, believing himself to be nothing more than the trash of the earth.
    Bob: I see how it is. (drops his Santa Hat and beard) You will never hear from me again. Hopefully, that's a good enough Christmas present.
    • For an added layer of sadness, pay attention to the rest of the cast. Some of them clearly don't want to do this; Boopkins looks devastated, Tari's rather upset and even Meggy sounds reluctant to ask him to leave despite taking his diss of her very personally. Bob may have been a terrible friend and they're completely in the right for cutting ties with him...but he was still a friend and cutting ties with even a bad friend can leave you pretty conflicted.
    • ..and that's before we get to how they look after Bob announces his true redemption. Aside from Mario, SMG4 and Bowser (who are weirded out, confused and trapped under a store sign respectively), they look like they're now regretting ditching him. Even Toad feels pretty bad about it! Compare that to what he was like at the start of the video.

    The Anime Arc 
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And no, she doesn't survive this.
Welp, this arc is Darker and Edgier that any previous Arcs, so be expecting many examples.
  • Saiko having to leave the Mushroom Kingdom after the anime ban in "Mario's Illegal Operation". Whatever you may think of her, it can't be denied that she's genuinely tried to reform her character and will always help out Mario and the gang when the chips are down (though she'd never admit it). It hits harder when you remember her backstory, and how Saiko has been dealing with being rejected all of her life.
    • Saiko being forced out is made even worse by the fact that unlike other times when there's a good reason why she's been ostracized, she didn't even do anything. She's not an otaku — she doesn't even watch anime. Even with her origins as a dating sim character brought to life, Saiko is by all counts just a regular human being who happens to be Japanese.
    • Even SMG4, who had joined the Anime Secret Service and served as an antagonist for a majority of the video, was angry when he finds this out!
    SMG4: I would never have joined the A.S.S. if I knew they were banning actual people...
  • "Meggy's Bootcamp" has Meggy going crazy with Splatfest training as usual with Tari, Mario, and Luigi. It's a fairly comical episode... right up until she gets aggravated by their incompetence and yells at them for not trying. One Heel Realization later leads to Mario finding her on a rooftop in the midst of a Heroic BSoD.
    Mario: Hey Meggy...
    Meggy: Go away, Mario...
    Mario: Come on Meggy... Why don't you tell Mario what's wrong?
    Meggy: You remember when we first trained all those years ago Red? We sat right here on this rooftop that very day... I told you I was an "upcoming star" and we were going to own the splatfest... But it has been two years since then and I still haven't won a single Splatfest. [as she starts shedding tears] I'm...I'm just a big disappointment.
    Mario: You can't disappoint Mario. I have no expectations of anything.
    Meggy: The worst thing is... I've been so mean to you and the others... I feel like I'm losing sight of who I am. (starts sobbing hysterically)
  • Overlapping with Guards N Retards, "Mario Saves Anime" features a scene where Chris nervously runs up to a badly damaged Swagmaster following an explosion created by Luigi and Bob. Swagmaster tells Chris that he doesn't feel so good, however the only damage done is that the A.S.S. button is removed. Afterwards Chris tells Swagmaster that they're jobless once again. Sure a lot of it is pretty humorous, but for those who worry about the two guards, it could be quite heart-wrenching for what would happen next now that they have no jobs. Thankfully, they're revealed to be fine and team up with Mario & co. in "The Inkling Disappearances"!
    • Axol revealing his backstory... And it isn't the best. Little Inklings act like jerkasses towards him just because of his love for anime. And it shows why he created Inkweaver; he wanted to have friends.
  • The thumbnail for "The Splatfest Incident". Mario is cradling Meggy's weapon in his arms, he's covered in her ink, and there is nothing but darkness surrounding him. The message it shows is...upsetting, making it look like she died. Look closely and you can even see that Mario's crying. Of course, what actually happened isn't much better...
    • One of the lockers at Splatfest has a picture dedicated to Satoru Iwata.
    • Why does Desti think that Axol kidnapped Meggy? He had motive.
  • The opening to "The Inkling Disappearances" is frankly just distressing, in this way and another. It's Callie, doing an Emergency Broadcast, clearly terrified of the state of Inkopolis and urging all remaining Inklings to stay indoors at all costs. Quite upsetting to see Callie this scared, especially if you're a fan of her... and then it ends with her on her knees, crying and pining for Marie. Yep, that's right, whoever got Meggy and half of Inkopolis kidnapped Marie too. Bear in mind that this is very likely taking place after Splatoon 2, so now Callie is going through the same Adult Fear that Marie did when Callie got kidnapped herself.
  • The revelation in "Mario and the Experiment" that Francis was behind the Inklings' and Axol's kidnappings is bad enough, but he's also revealed to be an Ungrateful Bastard that now sees Axol as a fool. Axol fought tooth and nail to get anime unbanned, and succeeded, only to get kidnapped, mocked, and called a disappointment by someone who once idolized him, to the point of said idolizer even saying that Axol doesn't deserve his power, making this a cruel inversion of the Broken Pedestal.
  • "World War Mario" has a number of these:
    Desti: (smiles) You better win Splatfest for me, okay?
    • And to cap it off, the ending card is gray instead of the usual blue and there's no cheery music, only dead silence.
  • "Final Hours", perhaps SMG4's saddest video:
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    The YouTube Arc 
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Being the second darkest SMG4 story arc yet with the biggest bodycount, this were expected...
  • "Mario's Spicy Day" ending with SMG3 continuing to be evil after SMG4 got his production studio destroyed.
  • Yet another character is Killed Off for Real in "Stupid Mario Arcade", this time being Greg. Worse still, this death is used to manipulate Mario by SMG3.
  • Crosses with Nightmare Fuel, the trailer for War of the Fat Italians 2020 is filled with as much dread as possible, surpassing the trailer for WOTFI 2018 in a large margin. It starts with Mario and SMG4 preparing to battle as their friends and the fans cheer. However, SMG4 and Tari start glitching, as if something went wrong, before the latter vanished seemingly from existence. This was followed by everyone else sans Mario and SMG4 disappearing before the latter, looking nervous and scared, been replaced by SMG3, with SMG3's Snitch Production crew taking over where the whole Glitch Production gang once stood. Sitting sinisterly on his throne, SMG3 then proceeds to delete Mario as well, having served his purpose of helping him stealing the YouTube Remote.
  • "Deleted.", full stop. The entire episode is one huge Shout-Out to Avengers: Infinity War, involving SMG3 using the remote to allow his crew to go into the videos where each of the main characters made their debut to prevent Mario from meeting them, thus erasing them via Ret-Gone. The worst part? HE SUCCEEDS. Though, as "A Totally Normal S̷͍͖͉̙͚͎̑̃̿͑̆̇̚͠M̸͇͇̦̮̌̿Ğ̴̫̗̖͎͔̳4̶̞͇̰̎̀́̚ Episode" reveals, not for long...
    • Even worse is how some of them go out; some like Luigi, Bob and Saiko are darkly comedic. Tari, Meggy and SMG4 himself? Not so much. Tari sobs from her failure and weeps that she doesn't want to go before dusting in front of a truly horrified Mario. Meggy collapses to the floor, stretching out a hand to the plumber who changed her life for the final time before she too succumbs. And finally, SMG4 solumnly mourns his teammates before vanishing himself, also in front of Mario. It ends on Mario's face, and he is BROKEN.
    "I'm sorry...I couldn't save them."
  • In "A Totally Normal S̷͍͖͉̙͚͎̑̃̿͑̆̇̚͠M̸͇͇̦̮̌̿Ğ̴̫̗̖͎͔̳4̶̞͇̰̎̀́̚ Episode", we get a look at SMG3's treatment of the supporting cast during the episode he makes...and it's outright abusive. He constantly pushes them to follow the script of his episode, verbally eviscerates Whimpu when he couldn't match Saiko's personality, and OUTRIGHT TORTURES BELLE WHEN SHE CALLS HIM OUT. They must be really regretting being on his side by now...
    • On top of all this, look at JubJub. He's absolutely devastated for what he did to his brother, and he's too sad to carry out the lines SMG3 gave him.
    • The beginning is no slouch either: after Mario discovers the whole A Glitch in the Matrix scene (see Nightmare Fuel for more info), he learns that SMG3 was behind all this, as he cruelly tells the plumber that his friends are all erased. Cue heartbreaking images of all of Mario's smiling friends as he grieves over their deaths (or so he thinks...), from his brother, best friend and surrogate sister up to even people like Bob or Saiko. Said grief turns into fury as a rip-roaringly angry Mario lunges at SMG3, but the latter pauses him mid-air and walks to restart the episode his own way. Thankfully, he finds out they were only banished to the Internet Graveyard, but it's still a pretty bleak beginning for an episode.
  • "War of the Fat Italians 2020" has a couple:

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