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The Longest Journey
- White Mother's death.
- When April sleeps in the Banda village and at night her Evil Twin who is really just a projection of her worst fears appears and belittles her to the point of despair, a projection of Charlie appears and tells April she is not alone on her journey and is loved.
- The entire atmosphere of the second half of the game, when April is risking life and limb in a quest where her reward would be to shut herself off from the entire world for centuries, with no one she'd ever met knowing what had happened to her to be phenomenally depressing.
- The last scene, in which the old Guardian shrugs at April and essentially says, "Oops! Our mistake, you can go home now. Thanks anyway." After all the time spent telling April she's important to the fate of the world(s), it's a Player Punch to see her dismissed like that.
- As part of her final tests before entering the Tower of the Guardian April has to face her biggest fear which she herself might not even be aware of. As it turns out, she is turned into a child and her biggest fear is no other than her creepy, possibly drunken father, obviously ready to abuse April some more. The whole scene is not only surprising as April's difficult relation with her father until that point seemed to be just part of her background with little impact on the actual story,note but it's also very touching as April manages to convince her father that she knows he cares deeply about her even though he has trouble expressing it, as well as to actually forgive him years of abusing.
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
- The ending would be a massive tearjerker if it wasn't such a gigantic Downer Ending that the resulting depression makes it nearly impossible to physically cry.
- The entire story of Faith. She was a result of an experiment to create someone who can manipulate dreams, so she had to spend her childhood in a lab. The experiment went wrong and she died, but her ghost remained inside the Wire, causing interference in electronic communications (called the Static). Zoë's task at the end of the game is to convince her to leave the Wire, which essentially means she really has to die this time.
- The fact that Emma has been searching for April for ten years and refuses to give up on her best friend or believe she is dead while we know they will never meet again is gut-wrenching.
- April Ryan's funeral and seeing the Rebels mourn her, and knowing her friends in Stark may never know what happened.
- Damien's and Olivia's Bus Crash between games, giving us no closure to their stories.
- During Book 2 Kian meets Bip, a young Dolmari. His parents have been sent to Ge'en, with Bip awaiting their return. It's up to Kian to either lie about them coming back or explain a ten-year-old the concept of segregation and that his parents will not return. The worst option is first telling Bip the truth about the prison and then trying to soften the blow by lying when he asks if his parents will return. He will call Kian out on his lie. It gets worse when the actual purpose of Ge'een is revealed in the later books.
Bip (to Kian): Is [your Goddess] brown like you, or are they white like some of the other Azadi? Im pretty sure shes not blue. No gods have skin like mine, theyre all way better.
- Crow's told that April is dead. Gets worse when Zoe talks to him afterwords and he tells her about when he and April travelled in Dreamfall, It didin't feel the same. That too much time had passed, and how she'd changed. Him just accepting that really hammers in just how true that is.
- In Rebels, we discover that the cute little Banda are all dead except for one old woman who mourns her people greatly.
The Mole: Is dark and late, and I will sleep. Sleep and dream of happier day in burrow to the north, when laughter of children fill every tunnel. Dream of friend and of family, while I mourn them all.
- The mole's fate gets worse when you see her again as she decides to return to the place where they were all killed so that she can be with them in death. Although it gets better in Book 4 when there is at least one more left.
- The ending to Book 4. Saga's father, knocking the wall and crying in desperation.
- The sudden and brutal death of Crow, the plucky comic relief character.
- Saga finding Crow's dead body.
- April and Crow walking together on one last Long Journey Home. Seeing them walk off into the afterlife is still heartwrenching especially to long standing fans."Hey funny bird." "Ive missed you, April" "Ive missed you too. Come on, Crow. we have a long journey ahead of us. You ready?" "Yeah, yeah I am."
- Saga's parents being lost and never reuniting with her. Even in Saga's later years she still laments their vanishing, hoping that they at least found each other and spent the rest of their days together, "Someplace green and beautiful." Saga's reaction to her parents dissapearing changes with her age from sadness when she is younger, to almost cold indifference during her adult years to tearfully admiting how much she misses them when she is an old woman.
- The entire Epilogue hearing Lady Alvane reminisce over the various adventures we've seen and have't seen. While she clearly remembers them fondly and has few regrets, seeing her life before her that's now in its twilight years can be rather melancholic.
- The end credits watching the Longest Journey play out in paintings after seeing the story come full circle. It's rather bittersweet.