* This particular troper was fond of the very last scene from Borneo, the only occasion where the winner got a final confessional after the vote. Richard Hatch is shown sitting alone in Tribal Council, holding the vote that made him the winner, and then footage was put together of him, clean-shaven, leaving the airport back in America and getting into his new car, really selling the idea of only one Survivor that was lost in the normal format of announcing the votes months later at the reunion. All of it is set to a confessional of a clearly shocked Rich explaining that he was proud of his game, that he hadn't lost who he was as a person, and that [[HarsherInHindsight a million dollars would really change his life.]]
** Doubly heartwarming when you realize, for all of his rough edges and flaws, Richard Hatch was integral in changing the way America viewed gay people and how they were portrayed.
* Russell Swan protesting being evacuated from ''Samoa'' despite that even ''Jeff'' was fearing for Russell's life. (His heart rate dropped to 42 beats per minute... within a few minutes.)
* Michael Skupin's evacuation in ''Australia''. It is one of the few episodes of Survivor that actually makes you feel that the show is really dangerous and not for novices.
** Also from ''Australia'', the instant messaging scene where as Rodger points out all the men that are left are far more emotionally affected than than the women. Especially Colby completely collapsing into tears by his mother simply writing "Hi baby."
*** Even further topped off by Keith Famie proposing to his fiance over the IM. For a man [[TheUnfavorite many saw as pretentious or unlikable]], it was nice that he had a humanizing moment.
** The [[IntergenerationalFriendship sweet, platonical friendship between Rodger and Elisabeth]] reached its crescendo when he gave her a heart-shaped rock to give to her boyfriend back home. Notable for being one of the only heart-wrenching moments that wasn't needlessly overdramatised (not to say they're any less heartwrenching than the rest of the examples).
* When NaOnka first wants to quit in the first few days, Chase comforts her, and the conversation turns into one about his father who passed away before the show... and he immediately breaks down into tears.
** This comes full circle when NaOnka gives Chase her immunity idol as a thank-you before she leaves the game. Who would have thought NaOnka would get a heartwarming moment?
* Dan's son in ''Nicaragua'', repeatedly kissing his father's head and acting completely confused at Jeff's surprise at it. "He's my dad!"
* Also from ''Nicaragua'', Holly stepping out of a reward challenge (The ''only one she won!'') so that the rest of the camp could have enough rice to last for the end of the game and a new tarp. This is especially powerful because NaOnka, who planned to quit, refused to step out for Holly's sake. Benry, noting Holly's sacrifice, repeatedly needles NaOnka to take Holly's place, and seems genuinely hurt that NaOnka wouldn't do that for her.
** This comes full circle, as does Holly's whole story arc, when Holly tries to convince Purple Kelly not to quit. Five days into the game after an emotional breakdown, Jimmy Johnson, an early Espada member and NFL Coach, gave her a personal pep talk to keep her from quitting. When Purple Kelly quits, Holly tries to do the same for her. It doesn't work, but she tried.
-->'''Holly:''' Why do you want to quit?
-->'''Kelly:''' I can't take the cold anymore. I'm literally freezing.
-->'''Holly:''' I got you a tarp.
-->'''Kelly:''' I know... but there's also the food issue. I can't keep going off of two spoons of rice a day.
-->'''Holly:''' I got you more rice.
*** A meta example: When Holly writes an inspirational book about her journey, guess who does the foreward for her? Coach Jimmy Johnson.
* A more subtle heartwarming part of Nicaragua's pre-merge is the friendship between Marty and Jill. They start off as a power duo that work hard to establish dominance over Espada. Even when Marty's plans would get out of control and Jill would snark about them in confessionals, they stuck together. After [[DiabolusExMachina the tribal swap]] left them as two against six and Jane would flip on and berate them constantly, they stuck together until the very last tribal vote, where, having no other option, Marty let her get voted out to stay in the game (but still refused to vote for her out of respect). Even then, their goodbye is sweet as are Jill's final words, and the fact that someone as cutthroat as Marty wouldn't cast a vote for Jill out of respect (which almost sent him home instead.)
-->'''Jill''': I hope you go far, Marty. My kids are gonna need someone to root for.
* Pretty much every instance of castaways reuniting with loved ones after four weeks of being cut off from civilization. Particularly heartwrenching is Sandra explaining why her uncle is visiting in ''Heroes vs Villains''.
** From the same season, the ultimate conclusion to the Jerri/Colby rivalry - [[spoiler: when he's voted out, Jerri hugs him and cries]]. Supposedly, there may have been a story in that season about Jerri and Colby reconciling after all this time, but since it didn't fit into the whole "Russell needs to be taken down" theme of the season, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen we'll never know...]]
** Shane reuniting with his son Boston during the ''Panama'' season has the unique distinction of being genuinely heartwarming and sweet(Shane obviously loves his son very much) and laugh out loud funny(due to Shane's over the top bawling at just seeing him and the fact that, due to Shane being an ManChild, Boston coming off as more mature than his dad).
** Sean reuniting with his dad aboard the cruise ship in ''Borneo'', which came as a complete and pleasant surprise to Sean since it was the first season and the "Loved One's Visit" hadn't been set in stone as a tradition yet. Also, when Sean's dad came back to camp the next day, he was carrying care packages from everyone's families with him.
** Also from Borneo is Jenna, desperately missing her two kids, is informed that while the others received video tapes from their loved ones as part of a reward challenge, her family never sent one out. Later in the episode, while Greg and the tribe were watching his home video, Jenna was out alone in the rain, drearily shooting arrows at the target used in the Reward Challenge. At one point, she makes the bullseye and sighs. A masterfully done scene.
* Rob's reaction to Amber being swapped over to the new Chapera tribe in ''All-Stars'' ("I don't care that they're in our camp...I don't even care that they have all our food...but they've got my girl."), and his joyous reaction when he sees that she wasn't voted out in the following episode. Even Jenna starts crying when she sees her.
** Rupert's interview when he reads the personal letter from his wife and daughter (which itself is tie-dye, just like his shirt).
--> "They think I'm the meanest, toughest son of a bitch...even though I'm not. That gives me inner strength."
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNMzRwfqe00&t=7m48s end of the auction]] in ''Tocantins'' definitely counts. Jeff introduces the last item available to bid on; the chance for one person to watch a video message from their loved ones. Being incredibly homesick, especially for the newborn baby she left at home, Taj starts to tear up. Jeff opens the bidding, and ''everyone'' hands their money to Taj so that she can see her family. Even Jeff comments on the tribe's generosity, especially in such a cutthroat game.
* Thailand of all seasons has a lot of them.
** On the day Helen missed her twentieth wedding anniversary so she could compete on the show, her tribe secretly made her a tiara and threw a party for her to make up for it. Helen had thought the entire time that the run around she got all day meant her tribe was intending to vote her off.
** In Episode 6, after a quarrel over a misunderstanding, Ken takes Robb under his wing and becomes a sort of BigBrotherMentor to him, teaching how to better relate to his tribe. This calmed down the normally very unpredictable Robb into having an epiphany about himself and suddenly becoming much nicer to his tribe mates.
** Later on in the season, Helen's husband was the lucky person who got to hang out with the tribe for twenty-four hours. He [[OnlySaneMan immediately]] sees Brian as the guy who is really running things, and tries to convince Helen to vote him out. She doesn't listen to him, but at least he tried.
* One World had quite a few towards the end:
** Christina wanting to make her father proud because he only had a few years left to live, and making it all the way to the final 4.
** Alicia and Colton apologizing for their behaviour on the show at the reunion.
** Kat's jury speech, all about how short life was and seizing the day.
** Tarzan and his wife, Terri's relationship - he was so desperate to see her that he ended up making deals that only brought him to the loved ones visit, just so he could see her.
* No fan expected that the most sympathetic and heartwarming contestant of the entire season of ''Heroes vs. Villain'' would have been Jerri, the TropeCodifier of the female villain. Let's recap:
** Played a much nicer, less malicious and angry game than her first two seasons
** Respected the Heroes after the merge, in contrast to Russel and Parvati, who both made fun of them constantly. In fact, supposedly, Jerri and Colby's reconciliation after ten years was going on, and was left on the cutting room floor.
** She was much stronger in challenges, even winning an Individual Immunity
** The best, though, was in the reunion. As oppose to her first two where she was heavily booed (to the point of leaving early in the one for ''All-Stars''), as soon as Jeff brings her up and asks her a question, the entire audience cheered and applauded her for her season.
* Rupert thanking Sandra for trying to save the Heroes in ''Heroes Vs. Villains'' during his jury speech and apologizing for [[CassandraTruth not believing her about Russell]]. He then goes on to tell Parvati, who is clearly emotional and has been getting put down for her alliance with Russell throughout the final Tribal Council, that even though she did not align with the right person, she worked for and deserved her spot in the Final Three.
* Malcolm getting the merged tribe named after his mom in ''Caramoan''. Apparently he went back home to watch that episode and his mom threw a big party, and when she found out he named the tribe after her, she went running out to fix her eye makeup.
* In the first few minutes of ''Blood vs. Water'', Rupert's wife Laura was voted out of her tribe. Then Jeff starts making a deal.
-->'''Jeff''': Rupert, you're a chivalrous guy. You love your wife. What if I said you could swap places with her?
-->''Rupert began moving to take her place at "if".''
** And in the second episode, after Rupert loses the Redemption Island duel, Jeff asked Rupert if he regretted taking Laura's place. His response?
-->'''Rupert:''' I love Survivor, but I love my wife more.
** In the third episode, Tyson's interaction with his girlfriend Rachel after she lost the Redemption Island duel, asking if she had fun while she was in the game. Also, his confessional about it afterwards where he tears up.
** Brad Culpepper, after going through the wringer with the players in the game, with a sweet goodbye to his wife.
-->'''Brad:''' Monica, I came into the game wanting to be your rock. Somewhere along the way I became your anchor. You're free now. Sail. Sail hard.
** Jeff Probst, of all people, gets in some kind words to Laura Morett after she loses the final Redemption Island duel. She's crushed that she failed just at the last moment and Jeff tells her something akin to "isn't the lesson you're giving your daughter not that if you lose you're a failure, but if you give it your all and don't stop fighting then you've still got something to be proud of?"
** In case you thought the few times that Tyson crying in the game was fake or overdramatic, he, of all people, is the first person to not only break down weeping profusely as he wins the season, but before all the votes are even read. That's a huge step up from [[IronicEcho "I Love Seeing People Cry When You Crush Their Dreams"]] from Tocantins.