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Tear Jerker / The Adventures of Dr. McNinja

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  • In the middle of the weirdness and hilarity, we get this. Holy shit, Mongo.
  • Future Tradings, has quite a bit of this thanks to the Bad Future focus on it.
  • Here, Mitzi misses with both sais at ridiculously short range. She cannot bring herself to kill her own son, even if his soul has been devoured by the ghost wizard. (Happily, it has not.)
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  • The death of Herschel is a surprisingly touching panel. Even if it's completely brushed off by King Radical.
  • The death of Grandpa McNinja. The Ironic Echo is just painful.
    • Rather tellingly, the alt text for this particular strip basically says that they honestly couldn't think of anything funny to say.
    • Almost worse is the next page.
    Dan: Where's dad?
    • Doc's final thoughts for the arc are depressing as all hell. Sitting on that exact cliff years later, he just says one thing.
    Doc: I hate magic. I hate ghosts.
  • Doc imprisonment by King Radical., he is tapping with his finger until it bleeds and then knocks out a tooth when he realized he can't go on with his finger. That is not one of his Crazy Awesome moment, that's him desperately trying to find a way out and slowly going insane.
  • "Base". Doc's look of pure defeat after finally coming back to his blown up office.
  • Dr. McNinja's clone Old is actually breaking down due to the fact that the technology used to make him wasn't made for clones to last as long as he did. He lamented, and it's hard not to see why: he was thrown out of his own life and forced to live in hiding because he thought people wanted to kill him, and he lost his girlfriend because his original broke up with her. Even when he tried infiltrating the McNinja household to try and be himself again, he couldn't talk to his own parents without going through a breakdown. All he does before escaping with a smoke bomb is to shed a tear.
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  • Doc being forced by King Radical to leave an unconcious kid with Paul Bunyan's Disease to die in a room filling up with poison gas. Especially since he was the one who knocked the Paul Bunyan out in the first place. If King Radical hadn't crossed the Moral Event Horizon before, he definitely has now.
  • Several times in the final chapter, Doc has been showing doubts of surviving the gauntlet his villains are forcing him through. One occasion has him unconsciously referring to himself in the past tense, and another has him looking uncomfortable when Gordito mentions making up for all the times Doc has left him behind, once this battle is over. What makes this especially heartbreaking is that Doc doesn't seem to fazed about actually dying, as if he's starting to think of it as a foregone conclusion.
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  • Again in the final chapter, Doc's parents are faced with one hell of a Sadistic Choice, with Dracula threatening to kill Gordito unless they lead Doc into a trap. They choose to save Gordito, but they obviously aren't happy about it. And then when Doc realizes the trap, on top of all the other crap King Radical has put him through, he pretty much breaks down.
  • The death of Old McNinja. Doc takes it pretty hard, and it's hard not to see why. He wasn't able to save the lumberjack child, he wasn't able to save Gordito, his own parents betrayed him, and in the end, he wasn't even able to save his own clone.
    • Adding to the forgone conclusion note above, Old McNinja's death means, even though there were two of him, he literally couldn't save himself.

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