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Tearjerker / Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

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  • The fate of Kephallonia if you spare the victims of the Blood Fever. The plague rages out of control throughout the island and more or less wipes the entire population out.
    • There's a moment even if you make the right decision where you have to explain to Phoibe why her friend had to die.
    Eagle-Bearer: Sometimes... good people die for no reason.
  • The Family ending where only you and Nikolaos survive. The conversation they have at home is incredibly somber and depressing.
    • It's even worse if no one from your family ended up surviving, especially Deimos killing Myrrine as she tries to get you both to stop fighting.
  • The death of Phoibe. After seemingly catching a break in Athens working under Aspasia, of course the Cult has to come and kill her. It's particularly heartbreaking as the Eagle Bearer puts the good luck charm Phoibe gave them in her hands. At the least, Hippokrates and Sokrates give her a proper burial.
    • It becomes Harsher in Hindsight if during the conclusion of the Blood Fever quest, the Eagle Bearer opted to tell her that "Sometimes, good people die for no reason".
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  • The Reveal of Skoura being the mystery challenger in the Arena, where he explains that his daughter has been dead for years, and that he wishes the Eagle Bearer to kill him in honorable combat, so he may go to her proud of himself once more.
  • The Reveal concerning the Mythical Creatures. They were all normal humans that were transformed by the Precursor Artifacts into their monstrous forms to serve as guardians of said artifacts. The Sphinx clearly hints at it but it is the last one who reveals it, with Bryce's lover having been transformed into Medusa. It is also hinted that many heroes came to defeat these monsters... only to then replace them.
    • Bryce and Ligeia are particularly heartbreaking. Bryce was just late one night, trying to find a rose for her lover, only for her to have been transformed into a Medusa. Her desperation, her cries as she runs towards Ligeia, begging her not to forgive her but to just find her are so painful, and made even more still when she discovers the awful truth and Ligeia kills her. The ending shot of the Eagle Bearer looking forlornly at a rose that Bryce was trying to find really hits hard.
    "Someone, I tell you, in another time will remember us."
    • Ardos has been camping outside the Minotaur's Labyrinth and waiting for his father to come out for years. The boy's been in denial for all this time, surviving all on his own, stealing to survive, holding a grudge against his Caretaker, the one person who still cares about him, simply because he can't accept that his father is already dead. It ends happily, when the Eagle Bearer both slays the Minotaur and helps them reconnect, but Ardos' heartbroken lines about not wanting to forget his father really hit home.
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  • The end of the Atlantis arc. After a life full of loss and hardship, followed by 2,400 years of safeguarding the secrets of Atlantis from the rest of the world, the Eagle Bearer finally finds The Chosen One they've been waiting for so long: Layla. They pass on the torch to her, speak one last prayer in Ancient Greek and die peacefully with a smile on their lips as their immortality ends and their millenia-long vigil comes to an end.
  • That fateful night on the mountain is an enormous one from beginning to end. To start, the Eagle Bearer and Myrrine are held back by soldiers as the priests declare that their baby sibling must die, and Nikolaos stands by, clearly torn but held fast by his duty to Sparta. The Eagle Bearer breaks away and tries to stop the priest...only to accidentally shove both him and their sibling off the cliff. They fall to their knees, horrified at what they've done, while the remaining priests demand their death for the sacrilege. Nikolaos steps forward, and the Eagle Bearer runs to him and hugs him; their expression makes it clear that they're frightened, they don't know what to do, but they're sure pater will fix this, he'll make everything better, just like he always does right? As the priests command Nikolaos to kill the Eagle Bearer, Nikolaos is literally tearing himself in half on the inside, between following his duty as a Spartan, and comforting his own child. He makes his decision, seizing the Eagle Bearer by the arm and carries them to the cliff, his expression beyond the realm of soul-wrenching pain. The Eagle Bearer can only utter a shocked and terrified "Pater?!" before he tosses them over, sparking off the events of the entire game in a very tearjerking manner.
  • The "secret" family ending; in order to achieve it, you need to promise Myrrine that you'll bring Deimos home, but still choose to fight them on the top of Mount Taygetos. After you kill them, Myrrine will be so distraught that you broke your promise that she will order you to leave Sparta herself, saying that all she sees when she looks at you is death (if you don't promise to bring Deimos home, she'll still be upset but will understand that nothing could be done). She'll then stagger away, leaving her remaining child alone on the mountain. Just the way that the Eagle Bearer says "Leave Sparta?" in an utterly broken voice is enough to crush the souls of players. You've worked so hard to reunite with your mother, but by the end, your actions have made even Myrrine want nothing to do with you.
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    • There's a small tearjerker in the ending itself. When Deimos has their My God, What Have I Done? moment, they fall to their knees and Myrrine embraces them. They can only whimper the line "I've done terrible things" to which Myrinne responds with "We all have". When the Eagle Bearer looks them in the eye, Deimos gives them a tearful look that really says "I'm sorry...". It's even more effective coming from Kassandra because the tears in her eyes make her look like a child who can't believe what they've done.
  • To some players, Brasidas and the way that he meets his fate can be one. Brasidas is one of the few characters in the game that is consistently helpful to the Eagle Bearer, and to see him go out the way he does can be gut-wrenching.
  • From the modern day segments, reading Layla's e-mails show the team who were in Uprising have not taken all the events there very well, but Galina's probably the worst. She responded to Charlotte's fate by drinking heavily. And while they Never Found the Body, the Assassins are pretty sure she's dead because Otso Berg made sure there was nothing left to search.
  • Throughout Episode 2 of Legacy of the First Blade, you encounter a woman called The Tempest, who is treated as the Order of the Ancient's answer to Deimos. Like Deimos before her, choosing the right dialogue options slowly but surely chips away at the Tempest's brainwashing, and when the time comes for the final confrontation and you did everything right, you expect to redeem her just like Deimos, right? Wrong. Instead, an Order soldier cuts down the Tempest's mother in frustration, driving the Tempest mad with grief and forcing the Eagle Bearer to mortally wound her. In her final moments, she lays beside her dead mother and bitterly notes that this is the fate all Tainted Ones can expect to share. And this is the best ending of the episode.
  • The beginning of episode 3 of Legacy of the First Blade. After a year with Darius and his kid, the Eagle Bearer is attacked by the Order of Ancients, who kill their partner and make off with their son. Every parent's worst nightmare.
    • Making it worse, the Eagle Bearer blames themselves because they went to save Darius from getting skewered by Order goons.
    • Making it worse, a flashback later on shows how their partner got killed - as they were hiding, the baby started crying, giving their position away to the guards.
  • The ending of Legacy. Knowing that the Order will never stop chasing after them or their baby, the Eagle Bearer gives them to Darius and has him take them away, while they stay in Greece, to draw the Order's attention.
  • The quest "Life for a Life" in Fate of Atlantis. Persephone approaches the Eagle Bearer with an offer - she will revive one of their lost loved ones, either Phoibe or Brasidas, and all the Eagle Bearer has to do is kill Leonidas. Their grandfather, who they just met again in Elysium, and persuaded to join the rebellion. If they accept, and go talk with Leonidas, there follows a scene as he, the badass leader of Sparta, just calmly asks if his grandkid would like to go fishing. While they're doing so, he reveals he knew all along his grandkid had come to kill him.
    • If you refuse to kill your character's granddad, the Eagle Bearer tries to Take a Third Option, and reveal someone they previously helped was The Mole, one of Leonidas' former advisers. If you attack him, he'll ask why the Eagle Bearer is doing this, since they're family. And if the Eagle Bearer does kill him / knock him unconscious and bring him to Persephone, she's not remotely grateful either way, and refuses to honor her end of the deal. So, you either kill your grandfather, or betray a friend to death or worse for nothing. Jeez...
  • The reunion with Phoibe in Fate of Atlantis. The Eagle Bearer finds her in Tartaros, completely amnesiac thanks to the Lethe water. The kid who adored the Eagle Bearer has absolutely no idea who they are. And when you help Phoibe regain her memory, she starts to recall her own death, prompting a What the Hell, Hero? for not being able to save her in time. The Eagle Bearer at least can apologize, tearfully at that, and get accepted, making it a slightly happy tearjerker.
    • The ending of the questline is not much better. The Eagle Bearer has to convince Phoibe, after having gone through Hell to try and rescue her from the Cyclops, to go to Elysium to try and find her birth parents, promising that one day (though with the acknowledgement that for them, it will be a long way off) they will be reunited again. Phoibe hesitates because she wonders if her birth parents will even like her. The Eagle Bearer can either say she should give them a chance anyway, or tell her that of course they'll love her.
  • The reunion with Brasidas, also in Fate of Atlantis. The Eagle Bearer starts off helping him find his way to Elysium. However, they eventually realized that Brasidas commited war crimes while he was alive. When Hades asked the Eagle Bearer to decide Brasidas's fate, both outcomes are tearjerkers.
    • If Brasidas is convinced that he's earned his entry to Elysium, Hades grudgingly agrees, but as a stinger, he forces Brasidas to forever carry the urn containing the ashes of the unborn baby he's killed in the above-mentioned war crimes. Should he let go of the urn, he'll return to Tartaros forever. The player can literally see the dismay and anguish in his eyes. Oh, and Hades sends him away just before the Eagle Bearer is able to shake his hand for a proper farewell.
    • If Brasidas is convinced that he should stay in Tartaros, Hades taskes him to reunite families separated by war. While he at least doesn't seem to be upset by the task, and the Eagle Bearer gets to shake his hand for a proper farewell, it is heartbreaking to see a warrior being denied the rest he deserved because of one mistake.
  • In a way, having to kill Cerberos since this is actually Persephone's dog Ros corrupted by a Piece of Eden. Especially as in the first episode he'd been a Big, Friendly Dog (though not nearly as big as he would be later) whom the Eagle Bearer had clearly grown fond of judging by their interactions with him.
    • Further tearjerker as you consider... We have never seen a case where the Piece of Eden corruption is reversed - Persephone intentionally corrupted Ros, and, even if she expected him to win the ensuing fight, she still subjected him to that transformation, pretty much solely for the sake of a show.
      • And then there's one of the diaries in the Isu vaults from Hades, where he laments about Ros's death at the Eagle Bearer's hands, and how Ros was probably the one thing he and Persephone, his wife, still had that they both loved.
  • As forgone a conclusion as the Fate of Atlantis was, the destruction of the Isu city is moving in its tragedy. The humans run in panic as the horns sound, while the Isu in the city know what it means, several being shown simply resigned to their fate.
    • There's a brief shot of one of the Isu encountered in a sidequest, who had admitted that she liked humanity and wanted to protect them from her fellows, to truly underscore the fact that all the Isu, even the ones who were relatively decent (particularly in comparison to certain other well known examples of Those Who Came Before), are suffering this fate.

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