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Hou Yi and Chang'e, the original Star-Crossed Lovers.


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     Miscellaneous Myths 
  • Odysseus' dog Argus dying of old age right after getting to see his master one last time. Red certainly thinks so, given that there's a cutaway to her openly crying and letting out a Big "WHY?!"
  • In the second interpretation of the "Hou Yi and Chang'E" myth, neither of the freshly-mortal couple want to take the single dose of immortality elixir and regain their divinity, since this would mean abandoning their partner, as gods cannot interfere with mortals. Then, one of Hou Yi's apprentices hears of the elixir, and attacks Chang'E while Hou Yi is away. Chang'E, not wanting this selfish man to attain immortality, sacrifices her happiness by drinking it instead, becoming a goddess once again. She goes to the moon, closer to earth than heaven, but they can still never see each other again. Even though this is the "good ending", it isn't exactly cheerful, as Hou Yi, still mortal, eventually dies, leaving Chang'E alone on the moon.
    Chang'E: :(
  • "The Five Suns" has Chalchiuhtlicue being accused by Tezcatlipoca of only doting on her humans because she's such a "poser" and doing it for the attention. This hurts her feelings so badly that she cries blood for over 50 years and winds up inadvertently annihilating the civilisation she loved so much.
  • Theseus firmly establishes himself as a massive asshole worthy of Zeus by abandoning his wife on a desert island for no reason (although later myths retconned it into Divine Intervention). Red draws her crying on the beach, until Dionysus kindly offers her a drink.

     Journey to the West 
  • Sun Wukong being nearly burned to death by the True Fire of Samādhi wielded by Red Boy, the son of the Bull Demon King, in Journey to the West Part 6. Seeing the invincible Monkey King being consumed by ethereal blue fire and faced with one of the few things in existence that could actually kill him is simultaneously disheartening and terrifying. Even the celestial army sent to aid them - the same heaven that Wukong wrecked, mind - is thrown into disarray by his fall. Sandy's horrified face as he holds Wukong's unconscious body is sad as well.
    Soldier: Marshal Canopy! Curtain-Lifting General! The Great Sage is down!
    • Showing that he has undergone character growth is Wukong's reaction to his failure. The warrior who at the beginning of the journey impulsively abandoned Tripitaka without a second thought, and had to be forced to stay, is more distraught over not being able to rescue his mortal friend than over the fact that he almost died. Even when so injured he can barely move, let alone fight, he does his best to push past the pain and exhaustion to aid his allies with what strength he has left.
    • If you take into account that Sun Wukong is representative of the human mind, it's basically a graphic depiction of extreme depression.

    Classics Summarized 
  • In "The Inferno", Red lampshades the implications that if Dante's hell were canon, poor Odysseus (who already went through hell and back to be reunited with Penelope) spends the rest of his existence literally burning in hell.
  • In "Frankenstein", there's the rendition of how broken and depressed poor Elizabeth looks after Justine is unjustly found guilty and sentenced to death, because (to quote Red) "she can no longer see beauty in a world that let her basically-sister die so cruelly." Helped by the more than apt background music.
    • The illustration of Victor (selfabsorbed and jerkish though he may be at times) steadily gaining stark white hair instead of pitchblack, starting with a whisp of white locks due to the strain of allnighters during the Creature's creation and each tragedy adding more and more white to his hair.
  • In Don Quixote Cardenio's reaction to Luscinda apparently going back on her word to kill herself rather than marry Fernando (who had tricked her parents into accepting marriage between himself and Luscinda). After the whole fiasco, Luscinda is pretty clearly distraught at how much her plan had hurt Cardenio.

     Modern Classics Summarized 
  • In the All Quiet on the Western Front video, Red describes the beginning, interlude, and end of Paul's journey through the First World War in a much more solemn tone than usual— which really drives home how serious the issue of war really is in both the book and in real life.
    Red (after a deep breath): Don't do war, kids.
    • After this, the ending song is the appropriately fitting "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream", a solemn and sweet anti-war song about how great it would be if everyone agreed to end war forever. I'm not crying, you're crying...
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