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Tear Jerker / This Bites!

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Just like in canon, this story has some hard hitting moments.

  • When he finally confesses to hiding his knowledge of future events from the crew, Cross breaks down crying as he begs them to let him continue being a Straw Hat.
  • Ace learns what will happen if he battles Teach one-against-one and is horrified when Cross reveals his capture would lead to Whitebeard dying and Luffy being so traumatized by his inability to save him he almost renounces his lifelong dream to become the Pirate King.
  • The entire scene where Vivi finds out she got a bounty on her head.
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    • This also adds a meta-layer for fans. Many fans have dreamed of Vivi officially joining the Straw Hats, but being forced to leave her homeland without a choice was not the ideal method.
  • When Cross manages to see her klabautermann, Merry reveals that while the Straw Hats were docking at Jaya, the other ships cruelly bullied her for being of East Blue—thus making her unprepared for Grand Line's conditions—and for daring to have a dream of her own, saying that she ought to sink herself to not condemn her crew to die with her. The worst thing? Merry thinks they're right.
  • Despite their best efforts, Merry is still doomed.
    • Said revelation drives the entire crew (minus Zoro, Sanji, and Boss) to tears, including Robin.
  • The reason Robin always wore cowboy hats was to help her stay strong by reminding her of Jaguar D. Saul.
  • The Boa sisters' Heel Realization that killing anyone who found out their secret out of sheer fear and hatred made them too much like the World Nobles they despised.
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  • During the SBS broadcast in Chapter 39, when Robin tells of the destruction of Ohara, Tashigi says that she has to go out and kill something, because she has been so exposed to the horrors and atrocities that the WG is willing to commit that she can't even express disgust anymore, only anger. After she leaves, Smoker laments that she broke the very first order he gave her: To never lose the plucky smile she wore when she first enlisted, and to never wear the Jade-Colored Glasses as he has.
  • Not only do old friends Tsuru and Sengoku have a heavy argument about the actions by the Marines that Sengoku has condoned, but when Tsuru leaves the office, a picture including the two of them falls to the floor, and the glass breaks between Tsuru and Sengoku.
  • Facing the Buster Call against Enies Lobby triggers the traumatic memories about Ohara's destruction and poor Robin is left a trembling wreck, confronted to the atrocious possibility of once again losing her whole universe, the first friends she found in twenty years.
  • Abundant in Chapter 42:
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    • When it's Cross who begs Luffy to get up after Lucci puts him down the first time.
    • When Merry finally shatters under the strain for saving them, just the image of the entire crew supplicating to Iceburg and Galley-La to fix her up and give her that last chance of survival.
    • Merry in her human girl form begging to remain a Straw-Hat.
  • The ending of Chapter 43: Ace, Squardo, and Whitey have been beaten by Blackbeard and captured by the Marines, meaning that the Paramount War is still on course. Why is this a Tear Jerker? Because Cross just took a look at Ace's intact Vivre Card (Ace is above water and kept in a drug-coma, so he's not injured), and fully believes that he has succeeded in saving him.
  • When she hears Thriller Bark's "voice", Merry is horrified. Because Thriller Bark started to develop a soul of its own, but has never received any love or care from its crew. It's even not considered a ship, because everyone sees it as an island or a hellhole. A livid Franky even notes that between he and Iceburg, anybody who brought such a neglected ship to Water 7 "never did it again."
  • Sanji learns his post-timeskip attack "Hell Memories" and uses it on Absalom, by calling up horrific memories that enrage him to the point of him bursting into flames. One of those memories? An iron mask.
  • Margarita the maid calling the SBS to reveal how she had spent a decade without her shadow, and how her friend and fellow victim perished to the sun.
  • Unlike most pirates, Perona (rightfully) has so little trust in her crew that she only leaves her body while it's in her room which she keeps heavily barricaded so none of the others can get to her.
  • Long John Silverteeth is nothing but an asshole, but it will tug your heartstrings the tiniest bit when he laments about how his crew deprived him of a death as a pirate.
  • Lola panics when Raphey sees her using Armament Haki and begs the dugong to keep it secret, as Haki-users are so rare in Paradise she would be traced and her family would find her. And it would be really, really that bad.
    Lola: If I never see most of my family again before I die, then I will die very happy.
    • Word of God, stated in a later chapter as well, is that while Lola believes her mother won't do anything to her, she wouldn't put it past her siblings.
  • One has to think about Moria's situation. He went into a battle with Kaido, got all his crewmates killed, and had to crawl away in god-knows-what condition. Now, he's just been woken up to find his new immortal zombie army decimated, and he couldn't do a thing about it. With the flashbacks to having your whole crew wiped out twice, no wonder the guy Awakened his Devil Fruit.
    • In Chapter 51, we see how Moria remembers that day: rushing to save his crew as each of them is brutally slaughtered and eventually finding their horribly mangled corpses.
    • Worse still, Moria can't even remember his crew's names. He mentally identifies them only by their dying words. The revelation of this fact when Soundbite manages to translate Moria's Black Speech elicits horror and a touch of sympathy even from the Straw Hat Pirates.
    • When battling Moria, Luffy lays the harsh truth down: Moria died that day. Now he's merely sailing because he's in pain and lashing out at the world for a tragedy he refused to move on from.
  • As horrible as taking Cross's pain was, to the point she tried to kill herself and even started clawing open her own body, Nami states it doesn't compare to "eight straight years sitting in that damn room wishing for death."
  • Soundbite has to confide with Lasso and Funkfreed with something he didn't tell everyone else: that before taking on Luffy and Cross's pain, Zoro and Nami stated that their dreams were worthless compared to Luffy's dreams of becoming Pirate King and Cross's vision of changing the world. Soundbite is left emotionally torn apart holding this secret, because he knows that if everyone else learned this, the clash of opinions would tear the entire crew apart so irrevocably that it would outright destroy the crew.
  • In Chapter 52, a double helping occurs. Tsuru reveals to Lola that one of her sisters tried to follow her example of leaving Totland. However, before she could get that far, Prometheus burned her to a crisp...which could only happen on Big Mom's orders. Not only is it a horrifying act, but it also shatters Lola's belief that her mother wouldn't harm her for running out on her Arranged Marriage.
  • Perona insisting that creepy toys are cute gets a Cerebus Retcon, when she confesses to Nami her family thought it was creepy and so was she for enjoying them, repeatedly abusing her in an attempt to make her "stop being an embarrassment to them". Moria may have been an asshole only interested in her powers, but at least he wanted her to be herself.
    • Perona gets a couple of moments in the Strong World Arc. One doubling as heart warming is when she reunites with Nami after she tries fighting Shiki on her own. Perona distracts Shiki and tackles Nami in tears. She begins going through an emotional breakdown as she keeps asking why it hurts. Why does it hurt when the others were hurt? Why is she so concerned about the others?! And Nami's response? Because they're friends.
  • Cross telling the confidants of the crew that they are going to be split apart very soon by Kuma, and they 'cannot' avoid it if they hope to survive in the New World.
  • You have to give a hand to the fanfic for making us feel for Kuroobi and Chew of all people. First, they learn that their queen was not assassinated by a human like they heard, and instead had been killed by a young fishman that looked up to them, then they learn that their speeches to Hody and his friends about hating humans is what turned them into monsters, and finally, Koala, the only human they really cared for, flat out tells them that they are no longer friends. While it's true that they asked for a Trauma Conga Line, this was a bit much.
  • Cross despairing over the fact a whole generation was ruined by petty grudges and senseless hatred. So much potential wasted by fools poisoning people against each other.
  • When Popora uses his memory powers to refresh Cross' mind, he forces him to relive Ace's death. When Cross awakes, he's crying in Troubled Fetal Position, and Luffy immediately intuits why.
  • Funkfreed comes clean about the fact that the World Government willingly sought to place Flevance on quarantine and raze the country, only because a D. bloodline was hiding there. Law is furious.
  • During her No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of Vice Admiral Strawberry, Koala admits that not only did she hate her own parents for selling out Fisher Tiger to save her, but she briefly considered that it would have been better if she'd never been freed from slavery.
  • Shakky and the Straw Hats listen in to various conversations around Sabaody pertaining to the slave trade when she asks Cross about their mission there. First, they hear a slaver about a little boy they're going to sell, then another musing about a former escapee and debating on crippling her legs, the next is of a family that is being torn apart by being sold separately, followed by an innocent getting kidnapped and prepared to be sold, and finally, and most chilling of all, a slave actually getting branded along with the sounds of the iron searing flesh and a scream. It sickens and enrages everyone present.

    Specials 

Christmas Special

  • While the Christmas Special is, for the most part, wall-to-the-wall Heartwarming, it does have two moments:
    • First, when Cross, Vivi, Carue, Sanji, and Nami all realize that they're away from their loved ones for Christmas. Luckily, Soundbite doesn't let the mood last.
    • Second, and far more heartwrenching, is Brook: still trapped in the Florian, dreaming of his old crew before waking to reality. Even his skull joke is melancholy.

Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island

  • Breathing in Lily Carnation's spores slowly drive the crew to turn on each other, all while the SBS listeners hear their loved ones and one of the best pirate crews in the world slowly self-destruct.
  • The sheer fact that not only did 17 out of 19 of the Straw Hat Pirates succumb to the horror that is Lily Carnation, the whole damn world listened to the entire event. Loved ones included.
    • And then Soundbite's Snail Transceiver managed to transmit a VIDEO of the monstrosity to anyone with an available screen.
  • In spite of him having up to this point the most unwavering upbeat and snarky attitude of the entire crew no matter how much danger they were in, when it seemed like everyone in the crew was dead and absorbed into Lily Carnation, including his best friend Cross, and it looked like Luffy had given in and died, for quite a long time the only thing the SBS broadcasted was audio of Soundbite openly weeping and sobbing out of sheer terror and despair.
    • And to make things worse, whose memories should come rushing back when he sees Luffy seemingly about to die? That's right, Sabo. It's every bit as heartwrenching as you'd think.
    The entire room gasped as they saw every arrow, every last one of the thousands of arrows scattered beneath the blood-red moon, begin to soar towards Luffy. And the worst part was that Luffy didn't run; he only slowly began to turn towards the storm of complete death that soared towards him. Actually, no. The worst part was the glimpse of his face everyone caught. Dull. Lifeless. The arrows... they were merely finishing a job already complete. It was a face they were all far too familiar with.
    And as one of their number took in the sight, something in his brain snapped, and he realized exactly what he was seeing.
    "LUUUUUUUFFYYYYYYY!" Sabo screamed as the arrows struck.
  • Shanks himself calls the SBS at the end of the special, and he can barely stop sobbing long enough to fill the Straw Hats in on what memories were ripped out of their heads.
  • It's an example that overlaps with Fridge Horror, but Buggy visited the Secret Island with a crew of his own before... and saw Lily Carnation eat them all. He was the only survivor. As he mentions whilst trying to warn the Straw Hats by phoning in to SBS, nobody deserves that. It gets worse when you make the logical deduction that the trauma of this event is most likely why he gave up on trying to find his former captain's treasure and instead sequestered himself in the comparative safety of East Blue.
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