Believe it or not, as campy as the show could be, the 1960's live-action television series did manage to squeeze out this little gem. Upon escaping yet again from an over-the-top Death Trap, Batman and Robin have this exchange:
As corny as that line is, Adam West just says it in such an awwww inducing way.
The ending of The Killing Joke is a bizarre combination of this trope and horror, in which the Batman makes a genuine offer of help, which the Joker almost tearfully refuses. He then explains why he said no in the form of a joke which actually makes the Batman laugh.
The Made of Wood arc of Detective Comics has Batman acting unusually accommodating to the Golden Age Green Lantern, Alan Scott. He never criticizes the help given, makes sure to include him in all his investigations and everything goes great between them. After saying their good-byes after returning to the Batcave, we see Batman placing a new souvenir in his collection alongside a black and white picture of Alan Scott and a young boy shaking hands, signed "To my biggest fan and junior guardsman, little Tommy Wayne".
In Gotham Knights, Bruce Wayne at long last legally adopts◊ Dick Grayson. The fact that Batman is nervously stuttering makes it all the more heartwarming. And the last page where we see the paper that finalizes the adoption, with both Bruce and Dick's signatures on it makes one all warm and fuzzy inside.
During Infinite Crisis, Kal-L tries to convince Batman that he's playing for the wrong team, that if he helps him, the world will be perfect again, as no one on Earth-1 was as good as their counterpart on Earth-2. It seems like he may succeed, until Batman asks if Dick Grayson is a worse person here than he is there. Kal-L admits that he's a good man on both worlds. Since Bruce has said outright that Dick was the only thing he ever did right, he's convinced that the world is worth saving. If only because Bruce Wayne is a proud daddy.
The Batgirl miniseries has a rather sweet moment. Batman watches his Broken Bird protege fight her abusive and psychotic assassin father until he's hanging by his fingertips from a ledge. Despite all he's done to her and her temptation to leave him to his fate, Batgirl tries to save him from falling at the last minute. Batman stops her father from falling and offers "what he should have offered a long time ago." He offers to adopt her and give her a real family.
For as long as he lives Bruce Wayne will remember that night three weeks ago... and the bat-winged creature that swooped down from the sky saving the lives of himself and his parents. That night Bruce learned what death was... and he learned it could be averted... at least temporarily. Years from now he will make a decision... Choose a direction for his life... And when he does, it will not be a decision born of grief, or guilt, or vengeance... but of awe... and mystery... and gratitude.
This, where Batman takes care of a baby. Knowing everyone wants the child and there isn't anyplace or anyone safe enough to leave the baby with, Batman takes the baby with him on his outings, leading to a few funny moments. In order to protect the baby, Batman used his blood, tricking the FBI into thinking that it was the baby's blood. Batgirl asks him why risk his identity.
Batman: If I had to choose between my identity becoming known or [the baby] having a normal life with his parents... that's no choice at all.
One issue of the (dubiously canon) anthology series Batman: Black and White focuses on the gargoyles on Gotham's rooftops, where it's revealed that Bruce uses one gargoyle as a secret hiding place, holding spare costumes, equipment, civilian suits, etc. He calls it Clark.
In this comic, as Batman and a retired Jim Gordon were talking, the Bat signal goes on and they both rush to the roof, only to see that there was a man that Batman and Gordon had saved years ago. He had tried everything he could think of to try to communicate with them and had finally resorted to using the Bat signal. But it was the conversation with Batman and his young daughter that truly sealed the scene.
Daughter: (with a child-like wonder) You're not too scary. Not at all. Batman: (with a genuine smile) No, I guess not.
During Tim's first Father's Day as Bruce's adopted son, he was buying a watch for him. Then, there was trouble and Tim goes off, making him late for dinner. Bruce claims he isn't worried, though as the night progresses, he tells Alfred that he is going off on patrol and if he runs into Tim, it is purely coincidence (which Alfred doesn't buy). Just then, Tim returns, handing Bruce his gift. Only to realize it was broken. Feeling very bad, he apologizes about how he ruined Father's Day for Bruce. Bruce simply smiles and tells him that Tim coming home safe made Father's Day perfect for him.
Detective Comics #726 (not to be confused with the Paul Dini Christmas story; that's #826): The Joker combines this trope with a hefty dose of Crowning Moment Of Awesome and Magnificent Bastard. To explain: He's used morse code to coerce the guy in the cell next to his to escape, kidnap a small girl, and hide her somewhere. By the time Batman's on the case, the guy's already offed himself, so Batman's only chance of saving the girl is The Joker himself. After a less-than-informative conversation, The Joker realizes that Batman really isn't in the mood for a mind-game, and flat-out tells him where the girl is: in the trunk of a half-submerged car. After fighting his way through an ARMY of thugs, Batman finally does find the girl, and saves her just before she suffocates. Later, Batman returns to Arkham and asks why Joker came clean, to which the Ace of Knaves gives this response:
Joker: Why? Just... Because. I know you, Batman. When you approach a hostage situation like the one I put you in tonight... you probably assume the victim is already dead. Oh, sure. You do everything in your power to save them anyway, because that's you. But you don't really dare hope, do you? After tonight, though...
(Cue Batman lifting the alive, cheerful child out of the water, the rising sun in the background)
Joker: You'll never be able to do that again, will you?
One short in the Batman: No Man's Land arc, drawn in DCAU style, has Batman and Batgirl (Cass) trailing a mob assassin carrying a "violin case" through the broken city. At one point, the guy is stopped by a gang, who asks him to "pay". Cass is ready to leap to their defense, but Batman stops her. The killer opens the violin case and takes out... a violin. The gang leader: "It's been six weeks since the walls went up. Six weeks since we've heard any real music. Play us something. A little 'Danny Boy', maybe?" The Reaction Shot may be the best use of Cass' Expressive Mask ever.
One of the major crises hitting Gotham during No Man's Land is the lack of rain. With no clean water for drinking, sanitation or agriculture, the city's suffering heavily because of the drought. Batman, a flesh and blood man, can't really do anything about it... but a Man Of Steel can. It goes into CMOH territory when Batman looks up at the rain and does a half-smile. A half-smile from Batman would be a glowing one for anyone else.
A surprising example from Batman's Bane in Secret Six after Batman's death. To honor his foe, Bane, Catman and Ragdoll go around stopping a group of assassins who are targeting certain people, including children. It speaks volumes that despite Bane and Batman not seeing eye to eye, Bane was doing this out of respect for him. "The Batman. The Batman saved your child, Mr Cooper."
The Paul Dini-written Batgirl Adventures #1 features Harley Quinn having to resort to forming a team with Batgirl in order to rescue Poison Ivy, which is heartwarming in itself to see the lengths Harley would go for Ivy. While the issue is memorable for certain innuendo, the real moment of heartwarming comes when Harley arrives to untie Ivy, including a big hug and "Hi, Baybee!" greeting, much to Ivy's surprise and amazement as she believed Harley was killed when Kit abducted Ivy.
The conclusion of Batman's "Fear of Faith" arc (itself a part of the larger "No Man's Land" crossover). To summarize: dozens of citizens, a great many of them immigrants, have taken shelter in the lawless, earthquake-ravaged Gotham inside a church run by two stubbornly pacifistic priests. Said priests' stubborn equal treatment of all who come their way leads to the Penguin using the church as an illegal arms storehouse, as well as the Scarecrow walking amongst the refugees and corrupting their minds. By the end, the refugees have just barely managed to avoid an all-out gang war, realize that Scarecrow's manipulations had led them down that path, and prepare to kill him. One of the priests, however, begs Huntress (the one vigilante who had placed it on herself to watch over the church) to stop them:
Huntress: Couldn't stop them if I wanted to. Revenge is human nature, after all. Father Papaleo: It is also human nature to bend to the force of a superior will. Please! I've seen you do things I would have thought impossible, Huntress. I know you can help. I believe in you.
Batman gets many in Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?Batman has died and all of his friends and enemies are telling different versions of his death.
Clayface:He died sssaving the city. No that's not true... he sssaved the city, yes... but he died sssssaving me. I ssssaid, "I'm not worth it." He said, "everyone's worth it."
Another one for the Bat-group, this time Harvey and Montoya get a turn: Here.
Issue #32 of Gotham Knights, in which we see all the assorted non-superhero things that Batman does as Bruce Wayne to try and improve Gotham, and the lives of people Batman has helped.
Pretty much this, with plenty of father and son moments in Batman, whether it's between Bruce and Alfred or Bruce with Robin, from Dick to Tim and including briefly even Jason Todd.
There are so many with the dad & son moments between Batman and Alfred, but the biggest one - which is also a tremendous Tear Jerker, is this exchange in Battle for the Cowl:
Superman: Are you alright? Alfred: Am I alright, sir?... No, I'm not... My son has died.
Tommy Elliot's funeral in "Hush"; with all those close to Bruce in attendance.
At the end of "Heart of Hush", Bruce Wayne looks over Selina Kyle and blames himself for Hush cutting out her heart (she got better). He tells her that after so many years of shutting out people, he could never shut her out, that Catwoman is the only person to ever hold his heart. Batman finally admits, that no matter what happens, he will always love her.
Joker, of all people, gets one in Emperor Joker. Having achieved ultimate Cosmic Power, he decides to unmake the universe because anyplace that would let a monster like him exist must be broken. Harley Quinn approaches him and begs him to spare her. He actually takes pity on her and, for all her "tears of service," transforms her into a constellation, promising she'll have the best seat in the house.
In "The Resurrection of R'as Al Ghul", Dick Grayson returns to Gotham to protect Batman's bratty son, Damian, and finds a thousand of R'as Al Ghul's ninjas attacking Wayne Manor. He questions why he has to do all this for Damian, "a kid that no one likes", before remembering that Tim is in there too, at which point he throws himself into the fight. Awwww.
Dick: No. It's for Tim. For him, a thousand ninjas is just the beginning of what I would do.
From Batgirl #5, especially considering everything's she's been through.
Steph: Everything doesn't have to be about fear. There's room in our line of work for hope too.
In Red Robin #17, Bruce has returned and is having a rooftop conversation with Tim. He states that since coming back, he has forgotten to do one thing. Cue the next page where the two hug.
Red Robin #9: Tim finally reunites with his friends and family. The most touching would have to be his reunion with Superboy. He stands in stunned silence as Superboy teases him about his costume change until he finally hugs Superboy in relief.
Superboy: Tim? Buddy? If you're trying to be all dark and grim now, this isn't going to help.
A Death in the Family sneaks in a CMOH into the scene where Superman and Batman are informed that since the Joker now has diplomatic immunity, Batman is banned from doing anything to him. When they're alone, Supes rather apprehensively (Batman had punched him in the face earlier that day in a fit of rage) calls Batman "Bruce", asks if Jason was Robin, and mentions that he thought he was a really nice kid. All the anger and growling and vengeance that Batman had been caught up in since Jason's death immediately dissolves into grief as he says "Yes, he was. Jason was the best."
Batman and Robin #20 - The entire family gathers to watch The Mark of Zorro.
Batman saves an inmate from committing suicide at Dead Man's Point on Arkham Island. Awww!
In Issue #6 of the New52 Batman & Robin:
Nobody: I was setting you free. Why would you throw away all I had to offer?
Damian: Why? Because he's my father, you idiot.
The Riddler's conversation with The Penguin in Gotham Underground #9
Riddler: Look Ozzie... I'm not really good at this. I don't really have many friends to speak of. But... but thank you for being the one person who I could actually converse with on an equal level and for—
Penguin: Eddie... enough already. You don't want to still be here when Intergang finally shows up.
Riddler: Yes... well in that we're in total agreement. See you in the next life, my friend.
"Do you remember your parents? Do you remember their smiles? Do you remember the way they made you feel safe?"
"That's what you hold onto. That's what you can do for other people. You can give them safety. You can show them that they're not alone. That's how you make the world make sense. And if you can do that, you can stop the world from making more people like us. And no one will have to be scared anymore."
In The Long Halloween, Batman, after being reluctantly forced to have to beat up Solomon Grundy on Thanksgiving, later leaves him a nice, whole turkey to eat.
If there's one thing the New 52 has done well, it's Batman. As such, these are everywhere. One such example appears in Batman: Dark Knight. Scarecrow's returned and he's been up to his usual shenanigans, kidnapping children and mentally breaking them. One specific little girl, the most recent, gets a personal visit from Batman. He asks her for information on what happened, and who did this to her. She, obviously, can't respond. But Batman seems to understand what she needs. So he sits next to her, silent, and holds her hand through the night. Overlaps with Tear Jerker.
The War of the Robins storyline had some issues (namely becoming the B-plot to a villain's scheme) but it was made of heartwarming. Damian decides to do battle with the other three male former Robins, to prove he's the best, and take a trophy from each. He beats Tim in the Batcave, making Tim admit Tim has wanted to kill villains before, meaning that he shouldn't hold Thou Shalt Not Kill over Damian so much. In his fight with Jason, he points out that he beat the Joker with a crowbar, but both he and Jason have had lousy parenting in their backgrounds. Essentially, he's lampshading his similarities with his brothers, albeit through violence. When he gets to Dick... Dick hands him an escrima stick as a trophy and says they don't need to fight, since Damian's the "one with the R on his suit" now. We're then quietly reminded that Dick made Damian Robin, and so of course believes in him.
Even though the series from the 60's was campy as Hell, it had a genuinely sweet moment. When a villainess (played by Zsa Zsa Gabor) assumed that Robin must be Batman's son, Batman stated that though Robin was not his son, he would be proud to call him such.
Possibly THE most heartwarming moment ever for Batman occurred in Batman And Robin #14:
In the final volume of the Black and White collection, "I'm Watching You". A janitor named David Thompson was the last to be caught in a crime bust and begged Batman for a second chance. Batman took his license and let him go. From then on, Thompson always felt Batman was watching. While going to bed with his cat, Thompson concludes that Batman had probably never checked on him again, but appreciates how the encounter had turned Thompson's life around. Batman, watching through binoculars, ticks his name off a mental list with a smile.
Also in the Black and White collection, "Hide and Seek": Batman is investigating a train crash in the subway with Gordon, spots a shred of evidence, then rushes to track someone. Gordon and his crew initially assume Batman is looking for a villain, but it turns out a child was hit by the train and wandered off. The boy is dazed and frightened, but alive, and Batman carries him off to get medical attention.
At the end of Flashpoint, The Flash gives Batman a hand-written letter from his father, Thomas Wayne (who had become Batman in the alternate timeline, after Bruce was killed). It is a letter that reminds Bruce of the love his father has for him and how proud he is of his son. Cue the Manly Tears from Bruce, and thanking Barry for being one hell of a messenger.
The adventure begins with Oswald Cobblepot's latest parole hearing. Batman has requested an appearance to speak out against allowing his enemy his freedom, only to find that he's not exactly welcome. The Penguin is paroled and Batman is none too pleased. He decides to keep his eye on the bird and takes note when Cobblepot opens an umbrella factory. As time passes, Batman discovers that the factory is manned... by ex-cons. The Penguin's time isn't all spent on work however, he meets up with a woman named Dovina Partridge whom he corresponded with while in prison and who isn't too happy when Batman pays her a visit. Night after night, Batman keeps an eye on the Penguin's factory, finally deciding to make a move when he recognizes his employees as former criminals. With Robin, the two break into the warehouse and fight his men as Penguin watches. When the battle ends, Penguin walks up to his foe.
Penguin: I hope you're satisfied. You've ruined me. My one true love will be forever lost to me- Batman: Then you shouldn't have gotten back into crime. Penguin: Ah, but I didn't dear fellow. This business is quite legitimate. Batman: Then why the heavily armed guards? Penguin: To keep prying eyes out. Batman: Of competitors? Penguin: No! Of yours - and the police! You see, most of my employees are like me - ex-cons who couldn't get a break! And flocking together with such birds of a feather puts me- Batman: (sadly) In violation of parole.
Oswald Cobblepot is returned to prison and this time, Batman speaks on his behalf. Once again however, things don't go the way he'd like.
Parole Board Member: Sympathetic as we might be to Mr. Cobblepot's good intentions, he is still in violation of his parole. Next case.
And again, Batman leaves their office in a foul mood, slamming the same door he had earlier.
Robin: That bad, huh? Batman: Poor Penguin sits in his cell brooding over his lost love and it's all my fault...
Cut to Cobblepot sitting in his cell, a tear rolling down his cheek as he looks forlornly at a picture of the woman he loved. He's interupted by a guard who tells him he has a visitor. It's Dovina Partridge.
Penguin: So you will marry me? You do realise my heart was in the right place? How? Dovina Partridge: A little bat told me.
Oh, Bruce. It's a pity the woman would die off-panel in another comic, but that doesn't negate the sweetness gesture.
Before the New 52, whenever Bruce and Steph interacted...it usually wasn't very pleasant. So, the times when Bruce is NICE to Stephanie, well, they instantly become these. For example, Gotham Knights #22, when no one else is up for working with Bruce, he calls Steph. And when Steph thinks she might be annoying him and apologizes, "Don't Apologise. And don't turn it off. I...Don't mind the company.
While it lead to War Games, Steph's time as Robin actually showed that she would have been a great Robin had they gave her the chance. Throughout the three issues, Bruce genuinely sounds impressed and proud of her when she does good, from thinking on the fly to take down a criminal to planting a tracker on Scarab while getting her ass kicked by her. While Bruce ultimately fires her for a pretty silly reason and breaks her heart, these moments are what make it clear that, given the chance, Steph could have been a good partner, and Bruce does ultimately like the girl; he just wishes she's stay out of this.
In one story from the late 1980's, Batman encounters an orphaned brother and sister who learn they would have been placed in separate foster homes and chose to live one the streets rather than be split up. He takes him in as Bruce Wayne until he's able to locate their aunt over in Florida.
A Christmas Special features Superman and Batman fighting the Toyman who goes after a former protege of his who he's felt has betrayed him by trying to pitch a toy idea to another company. The Toyman is caught, but in the process he's able to destroy the man's house, leaving him and his family homeless. Batman just seems to brush things off since at least they still have one another, much to Superman's annoyance. However, not long after Supes repairs their house and gives their son a gift of his own to make up for his presents getting destroyed, Alfred shows up revealing that not only has Mr. Wayne accepted the pitch for the father's toy idea but that Bruce has also sent their son a Christmas gift as well. Of course, it winds up ending on a bit of a Tearjerker as well.
Superman: Your employer's very generous, Mr. Pennyworth. I don't think some people realize how compassionate, um, Bruce Wayne really is!
Alfred: Perhaps you're right sir. But I assure you, ever since Mister Wayne was a child no one knows what it's like to have nothing at Christmas more deeply than he.
(Cut to a scene of Bruce standing solemnly in front of a portrait of his mother and father)
Bruce: Dick, listen, I know it must have been hard, finding out that you were meant to be a Talon, to be one of the owls.
Dick: Well, thank you, b—
Bruce: I'm not done. I know it might have seemed like I saved you from that destiny. But you could have never been one of them. Never. They might have seen something in you, back then. But so did I. And the truth is, I didn't save you from some dark fate, those years ago. You saved me from one. And you still are saving me, every day.
A blink if you miss moment, but after the Joker assassinates Benny in the film and drives away waving at a bewildered Bruce who last seen him drop into the chemical vat as Batman; Knox shouts for Wayne to get down so he wouldn't get shot in the gunfire. Knox may not like Wayne, but he's at least not an over all jerk to him.