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Tear Jerker / The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

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  • The whole island is revealed to be part of the Wind Fish's dream, and when you wake him up so Link can leave the island, everyone you got to know in the game blinks out of existence — with the scene hanging on Marin singing for a few moments before ending.
    • It becomes even worse with the Grim Reaper and his last words upon his defeat in the Eagle Tower, who claims that Link himself will also be erased though that turns out to be untrue.
    • The music that accompanies it, the Ballad of the Wind Fish, is incredibly melancholy. Listen to it here; the actual ending is more embellished, but Marin's version is haunting.
    • And your very last image of Tarin is him beaming and holding up a mushroom as he slowly fades out of existence.
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  • If you beat the game without dying, then Marin turns into an angel or a seagull, depending on the version, at the end instead of disappearing into nothingness.
  • After Marin realizes that Link is going to leave the island, and hints that perhaps she had realized the true nature of her existence, her only request was for Link to never forget her or her song. Marin was never referenced in any other Zelda game except the non-canon Hyrule Warriors. Moreover, the song you use to wake the Wind Fish and erase the island is the love song that she taught you.
  • The ghost revisiting his old home.
  • Everything sad about Link's Awakening is worse in the manga adaptation. Throughout the first half, Link is convinced that he's fighting monsters to bring peace to the island. When he finally discovers that waking the Wind Fish will end the island and the lives of everyone on it he's grown to care about, he's mortified. It's at this point we find out that Felicia the fairy was reluctant to tell him the truth, and that the Owl was part of the Wind Fish's spirit and also knew the whole time. He outright abandons the entire thing, deciding to leave the island with Marin, so she can fulfill her dream of seeing the world. However, when Link tries to leave, he sails for days without getting any further away. He gives up and returns to the island, and has a conversation with Marin where she discusses the island as a pleasant dream she wants to wake up from so she can see the world. She leaves and the owl appears, saying that she knows Link was sent to destroy her world and accepts it. This renews Link's hope in the quest and leaves him to do it all for Marin.


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