* The ending. Just about the last ten minutes of the film is one long string of happy, but the best part is when [[spoiler:Ponyo flips out of the bucket in her little bubble, she and Sosuke kiss, and she turns into a real human girl. The last shot of the movie is a freeze-frame of her happy face]].
* When the old ladies [[spoiler:are shown to be able to walk again, and are ''racing'' each other across a field. They're just so ''happy''.]]
* The morse-code scene, where [[MarriedToTheJob Sosuke's father]] tells his son "I'm sorry and I love you" becomes a lot nicer when you learn about the RealitySubtext. That was a message from Miyazaki to ''his'' son.
* "Ponyo loves Sosuke!"
* Fujimoto is human in appearance only, and basically every action he makes draws attention to how completely ''inhuman'' he is. However, it's finally shown that he truly does care for Ponyo, very deeply, and is only trying to make sure both her ''and'' the world are safe. A surprisingly complex character for a kid's movie, and probably why he's an EnsembleDarkhorse.