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Tear Jerker / Pokémon: The First Movie

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How many of you didn't cry in the theater when this happened?

  • If you've ever seen the short The Birth of Mewtwo/The Uncut Story of Mewtwo's Origin, then it's absolutely gut-wrenching for Mewtwo to lose his childhood friends and only human companion (who was a clone of Dr. Fuji's daughter). What makes this tragic is that he loses his memories of her right after she dies.
    Amber/Ai: (Giggles) I think it's almost time for us to say goodbye., all right? I'm sure living is wonderful.
    Mewtwo: Ai..I..I'm in the the water, but water is flowing from my eyes...what is this?
    Ai: (Giggles) That's probably..tears.
    Mewtwo: Tears?
    Ai: Papa said all living things don't shed tears unless their bodies hurt. And the only ones who shed tears because they're sad are humans...Mewtwo...
    Mewtwo: Huh?
    Ai: ...Thank you for your tears. But Mewtwo, don't cry. You're going to live. And I'm sure that living is wonderful.
    Mewtwo: Ai, they won't stop...The tears..what should I do? Ai, answer me...
    • Mewtwo is left alone screaming and crying for Amber to come back, in what is essentially The Nothing Before Life. His grief gets so out of control, the scientists have to heavily sedate him to make him forget everything that happened, but this also damages Mewtwo, and does not allow him to come to terms.
    • Life is wonderful...but...why?
    • In a flashback, it is revealed that Dr. Fuji's wife left him when she couldn't bear to watch him keep trying to revive Amber through cloning. She left her wedding ring and house key in front of a family photo of them with a note explaining why. After reading the note, Dr. Fuji touches the glass tank containing his daughter's soul light and whispers, "I'll do anything to see you again."
    • After Dr. Fuji's stupid moment when he tells Mewtwo he's "simply" an experiment, Mewtwo destroyed the lab in his very pissed off moment. Not only does it appear that he's killed all of the scientists in the lab, but he also destroyed what's left of Amber/Ai (but after what he said, at least he's with his daughter now).
  • Pikachu's attempt at escaping Mewtwo's Shadow Pokéballs. His sheer terror and fear at escaping from something in he fears a lot is pretty frightening to witness.
  • The trainers all desperately trying to keep their Pokémon from being captured by Mewtwo. They had just seen one of their Pokémon beaten within seconds by Mewtwo’s clones and taken away by his special Pokéballs. Now they’re forced to watch the rest of their team be taken while they fruitlessly try to swat the balls away.
  • Meowth's clone telling Meowth that they don't have to fight. They have a lot in common: the same earth, the same air, the same sky. If they could look at what's the same instead of what's different...well, who knows.
  • Ash's petrification and Pikachu crying over his petrified body along with the rest of the fighters, clones included.
    • Hell, even Team Rocket are stunned by it.
    • Charizard, of all Pokémon, ends up shedding tears at Ash's sacrifice.
    • Even Mewtwo, of all characters, is affected by it; after spending his whole life believing that Humans Are the Real Monsters, seeing one trying to stop the fight is enough to bring some sanity into him.
      • It also ultimately kickstarts his Heel–Face Turn, as he realizes that humans can't all be evil if one was willing to give his life for the safety of others, most of whom were either clones or Pokémon Ash had never met before coming to Mewtwo's challenge.
    • The music during the scene is what really hits it home. According to the English DVD commentary, the creators went to America to see it with an American audience and were moved to tears during that scene.
    • Pikachu doesn't start crying until he realizes that even though he's a Magical Defibrillator, his Thundershocks do absolutely nothing about petrification. He still kept shocking Ash, desperately trying to revive him, even though his Thundershocks were doing nothing. There's a good reason that Pikachu crying supplies the page image for the Tearjerker page under the Pokémon franchise.
    • After Ash turns to stone, Pikachu gently shakes him and says "Pi-ka" as if asking him Please Wake Up.
      • In the Japanese version, the implications are even worse—Pikachu's "Pika-Pi" there was meant to mean "Satoshi" (Ash's Japanese name). Pikachu was repeatedly calling his seemingly deceased friend's name.
    • Pikachu hits Ash over and over with electricity in an attempt to revive him, and continues until he simply can't produce any more electricity. His last attempt to shock him back to life doesn't even reach him, he's so drained.
    • Misty's voice practically breaking when she faintly utters "Please, no..." as they all realize the worst has happened.
      • At the same, Brock's dead silence throughout. Remember that Brock spent most of his life in a Promotion to Parent and it's highly unlikely that the resulting mind set went away when he started traveling with the much younger Ash (10 to Brock's 15). Add in the fact that Brock didn't stop Ash from running into the blast zone (Not that he could have but still) and it's clear Brock just essentially saw his little brother die in front of him.
  • Pikachu just standing there taking hits from his clone refusing to fight is pretty heartwrenching too. The clone gets more desperate for Pikachu to fight back or fall down...only Pikachu to keep coming as it does neither, and he catches his clone when it drops from exhaustion.
    • Additionally, the clone Pikachu actually starts crying in frustration as he slaps Ash's Pikachu again and again. Tears are still visible in his eyes when he collapses in the original's arms.
      • You don't even need subtitles to hear the clone going "Fight back!" with each slap and Pikachu's quiet and gentle but still firm "I won't".
    • Despite the slight Narm of the scene, (and the song "Brother My Brother") watching the two groups of Pokémon practically killing each other to prove which deserved to live was way different from watching a normal match between pokémon. The whole thing was pretty brutal.
      • It led to Jessie and James seeing the horror of a There Can Only Be One fight to the death in the process.
        James: Now I know how terrible fighting really is.
      • In the exchange that follows, Jessie and James tearfully resolve to never fight with each other again. Doubles as a somewhat funny heartwarming moment.
      • In the Japanese version, Jessie and James liken the clone fight as attempting to fight ones past, thus killing your future. As good people who do bad things via matters of circumstance and who both have a Dark and Troubled Past, they know what they’re talking about.
  • There's a pretty sad scene in "Pikachu's Vacation" with Charizard. The main Pokémon try their best and fail to get him unstuck from a pipe, and you know things are desperate when Charizard, who we all know as one of the strongest Pokémon out there, starts to cry hopelessly, of all things.