There are certain moments in popular culture that feel so right where something happens in stories that feels so good and so appropriate in the story, that you can't help but be moved by it.

They could include a character helping another when it was especially needed, or when a villain finally has a real change of heart in response to the earnest efforts of the hero.

That is where the Heartwarming Moments come in, when the writers actually pull off a glowing scene that makes the whole audience say, against their better judgment, "Aw."

Tears, if any, are primarily tears of joy and/or emotional relief, not sadness.

Some examples include tears shed at weddings, when babies are born, when parents come home from wars, when your kids graduate, when lost kids at the mall find their parents, when the world has gone to hell and someone holds you and tells you it will be okay, etc.

It has got to fit the story's narrative and tone. It can't come out of the blue as something tacked on.


  • Marlin and Nemo finally reunite.
  • Charlotte gives her final heartwarming and heart wrenching moment to Wilbur before she dies.
  • Kevin and Kate McCallister hug after she came back.
  • Mrs. Leary giving Andrew Waltrip hugs and kisses.
  • Jason Johnston and Gunther Gibson reunite with their parents and forgive each other after the evil Maroone is thrown in jail.
  • Steven and Lars embrace each other after Lars redeems himself and allowing Steven to return to Earth on his own.


(Lars Barriga: No, no, look. I get it. Everyone just go, and I'll stay here. There's no other way out. I'm it. The Earth is way better than this. There's no robots flying around. Just seagulls that fly in front of the sunset and it's beautiful! Just go, you'll see. I took it for granted, so don't pass up this chance.) (Rhodonite: Well, if you insist.) (Rhodonite walks forward, but the Rutile Twins stop her.) (Fluorite: We won't do it. Not if it means leaving you behind.) (Lars Barriga: What?! I'm trying to perform a beautiful act over here.) (Fluorite: We know this planet. We've been hiding in these tunnels for eons. You'll need us to help you get around. Besides, us off colors stick together.) (Rutile: We'll get to Earth another way. We'll find an alternate route.) (Lars Barriga, pointing at Steven: But you've got to go back.) But it doesn't feel right to just leave you here. (Lars Barriga: You said yourself that everyone on this planet is out to get you. You won't be safe until you're back on Earth.) But, Lars- (Lars cuts him off.) (Lars Barriga: Don't argue with me! You're always trying to help me. You brought me back to life. Just let me be somebody who deserved it.) (Steven reluctantly decides to return to Earth on his own.) All right, I'll tell everyone you're okay. I'll be back. I can bring whatever you need. Be careful, okay? (Fluorite: We Will.) (Padparadscha: We can't leave without Lars!) (Rhodonite: We'll see you on Earth, I hope. No, no, no. We will!) (Steven places his hand on Lars, knowing that he will come back and meet with Lars again someday. Lars then pushes Steven's hand out of the way and hugs him and embracing him in return.) Um, if you could just... (Lars Barriga: Oh, yeah.) (Steven goes into Lars' head and makes his way back to Earth.)
~ Steven and Lars embrace each other after Lars redeems himself and allowing Steven to return to Earth on his own.