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- In the movie, the reason the Maitlands decide to let the Deetzes stay? Because they like Lydia. So in the end, the Maitlands are acting practically like a second set of parents and use their ghostly powers to play music for her - it's just pure d'aww.
- Doubly so when you remember that in the beginning of the film, it's heavily implied that they'd been trying to have a child of their own. Being dead, they can't do that now, but Lydia fills that void in their lives... er, afterlives.
- When Lydia tells Betelgeuse she wants to die, he is actually concerned. He keeps Lydia from leaving the house, intending to talk her out of it (although he is manipulating her at the same time).
Betelgeuse: You know, you look like somebody I can relate to. Maybe you could help me get out of here, you know, because I got to tell you, this dead thing... it's just too creepy. See, here's my problem. I got these friends I said I'd meet, and it's the kind of thing where I have to be there in person, so could you help me get out of here?Lydia: I want to get in.Betelgeuse: (genuinely surprised) Why? (pause) You know, hey, you probably got your reasons. I can't do anything from here. If you could get me out, then maybe we could talk or something.
- This little moment becomes even sweeter when you remember that originally it was going to be mentioned that Betelgeuse committed suicide when he hanged himself over a woman while he was drunk - and that he botched the job and ended up suffocating painfully instead of a quick snapped neck. That's most likely why he was so genuinely concerned for her, because he's been there himself and he doesn't want her making the same mistake he did.
- Is he genuinely concerned for her, though? He's surprised that she would want to "get in" to the afterlife, but I always interpreted his following line as "But okay, if that's what you want, let me out and I'll help you do it."
- In the scene when Betelgeuse first menaces the Deetzes, he's pretty cruel to Otho and Delia. But when he starts threatening Charles, Lydia begs him to stop. As much as her family situation has had its ups and downs for the girl, she loves her father and doesn't want him hurt.
- The cover art for the handbook for the recently deceased. It depicts a couple holding hands and gazing at a setting sun, obviously symbolising how their time has passed and they're now passing on together. Considering how many people don't get to die alongside their loved ones (well, except for one particular couple), it's quite sweet to look at.
- At the end of the movie, Charles is seen glancing at a companion piece to the handbook that serves as a guide to living people and ghosts co-existing. The fact that there is such a book is heartwarming enough, but the cover is not unlike the first book, but with a living couple also standing outside the cloud.
- After Betelgeuse is pounced upon by the sand worm and everyone seems to be okay, the Deetzes get their first good look at Barbara and Adam as people instead of ghosts, and the four exchange shy smiles in a silent, awkward hello. It's an extremely sweet moment.
The Animated Series
- Pretty much any moment shared between BJ and Lydia, especially if BJ is helping her out. Their entire relationship is just one big Crowning Friendship of Heartwarming. Highlights include:
Lydia: Who's your best friend?Beetlejuice: Well, I... shucks, Lydia, you're my best friend.
- In "Skeletons in the Closet", due to Beetlejuice's compulsive lying, his closet becomes overflowing with ghostly skeletons that are set loose on the Neitherworld, revealing every lie he ever told. It's later revealed that they can only be defeated by telling the truth. Lydia realizes that all he needs to tell is one truth, about anything, so she makes it easy for him.
- In the same episode: the lie one of the skeletons reveals to Jacques? "Beetlejuice really likes you, but he pretends he doesn't."
Alan Airedale: I can't sing without my lute.BJ: Here! *points to the money* Take all the loot you want - just tell me what's happened to Lydia!
- In "Spooky Tree", Lydia chains herself to a tree to prevent it from being chopped down. When she gets tired, Beetlejuice offers to take over for her. It's small, but considering that earlier BJ said he didn't care what happened to the tree, it says a lot.
- Then BJ goes out of his way even further in making the tree come to life, so it can move itself and be saved. The tree causes him a lot of trouble, but BJ keeps on going - all for Lydia.
- There are a number of episodes, including "Laugh of the Party" and "Stage Fright," which include scenes where Beetlejuice looks at Lydia with what can only be described as an adoring gaze. Usually this happens when she's not looking, but since it's animated, this is clearly intentional. Whatever his faults, he dotes on his Morality Chain.
- In "Keeping Up With the Boneses," Lydia gets taken as 'collateral' to make BJ pay his credit card bills. He doesn't have the money, so his only recourse is to return everything he bought. There's a brief debate about whether to listen to his head (which tells him to "Run away!") or his heart (which urges him to "Save her!"). Unsurprisingly, his heart wins.
- Beetlejuice gets essentially cloned during the episode "Spitting Image." It's heartwarming enough that both sides fight for Lydia's attention; but then after spending the episode bickering, the two agree to merge into one - because they realize Lydia's not happy and they just can't have that. She hugs him in response.
- In "Worm Welcome," just look at the expression on his face when he realizes Lydia's in trouble. He even helps her save a baby sandworm, creatures he hates above all else.
- In "It's A Wonderful Afterlife," Beetlejuice wishes away his afterlife, and everyone's lives seem leagues better due to the fact that he's not around. Everyone, that is, except Lydia, who is absolutely miserable without him. Just seeing her like this - and learning that he can never see her again - makes Beetlejuice want his old life back. And he was pretty much OK with everything else up until that point.
- "Robbin Juice of Sherweird Forest" shows Beetlejuice as his greedy old self, wanting to keep the money he stole. However, when Lydia is kidnapped, Beetlejuice is willing to give up this same money - yes, all of it - in order to find her.
Beetlejuice: *fondly* You gotta love her.
- In "Pest O' The West," BJ is on the fence about taking on Bully the Crud - but the moment Bully makes a move towards Lydia, BJ gets serious.
- BJ then pulls a Big Damn Heroes in storming into the wedding between Bully and Lydia (unwilling on her part), grabbing Lydia and getting her as far away from Bully as possible, placing himself in front of her.note
- "Out Of My Mind" reveals that Beetlejuice has a huge shrine to Lydia in his head. It's heartwarming... and a little creepy.
- This episode is also the one and only time in the series that they fight, which is how Lydia finds out about the shrine in the first place. Prior to this, she had told Beetlejuice she would never speak to him again. He had become absolutely inconsolable, even weepy, and very nearly apologizes in the end (which, for him, is a big deal).
- Notice that whenever Beetlejuice pulls a prank on Lydia, it's harmless and borders more on teasing, which they both just laugh off. This is common in any friendship, but remember that this is Beetlejuice we're talking about here.
- When BJ is upset about not receiving any awards in "Awards to the Wise," Lydia makes him a best friend trophy. Later, when his neighbors decide to honor him as being the "Most Hated Guy in the Neitherworld," he pulls out her trophy, saying he's already received the greatest honor he could ever get.
- In "A Ghoul and His Money," Beetlejuice receives a massive amount of cash in exchange for agreeing to never 'juice' anyone again. He takes Lydia to dinner at a very fancy restaurant, which requires him to magic them into some appropriate clothes; he looks a bit dorky (and actually somewhat resembles his brother Donny), but he puts her in an extremely flattering red gown. The rich jerks who patronize the restaurant enjoy taunting him since they know he can't retaliate without giving up all the money, and he grits his teeth and puts up with it. The kicker which finally sends him over the edge? One of them insults her.
- In the episode "In the Schticks," both BJ and Lydia get sentenced to centuries of labor after they try to pull a scam. When Lydia's sentence is read, BJ freaks out and begs the judge to let her go (he even says please); when this doesn't work, he pleads with her to "juice yourself home" and let him take the fall alone. She refuses, so he spends most of the rest of the episode fighting to rescue her. It's the most selfless we see him be in the entire series.
- Lydia, thanks to an obnoxious commercial, has a bit of anxiety over her appearance in "Beauty and the Beetle," and point-blank asks Beetlejuice if he thinks she's ugly. The expression on his face shows that he is clearly baffled that she would ask him that, and he regrets to tell her that "you're not even pretty ugly."
- An odd example exists in "Ghost Writer in the Sky," when Beetlejuice writes an autobiography filled with lies about his friends and neighbors. The exception is Lydia, who isn't mentioned at all. She's angry about the omission, naturally, but Beetlejuice is forced to admit that the reason he didn't write about her was because he couldn't think of a single negative thing to say about her - not even a lie.
- In "Time Flies," they cause Grandfather Time to stop and screw up the flow of time. BJ is thrilled, since this lets him play pranks on helpless victims who can't retaliate. But then Lydia explains that if they don't set things right, time will cause them to have never met. Aghast at the idea of forgetting "my Lydster," he immediately agrees.
- In "Oh Brother," she very nearly convinces BJ to tell his brother Donny that he loves him. He doesn't like "the L-word;" what he actually ends up saying is that he doesn't hate him, which is closer than he gets with anyone (except once). But the only reason he even does that much is because she asked. As he puts it, "Anything for you, Babes."
- Lydia pulls out all the stops to save Beetlejuice in "The Neitherworld's Least Wanted," getting her own Big Damn Heroes moments as she works to rescue his assorted parts from the enemies who have stolen them. It's probably not a coincidence that she's taken prisoner near the end of the episode and tied up right next to the glass case containing his heart.
- In "Brinkadoom," Lydia walks around playing a loud, obnoxious musical instrument to keep the residents of the eponymous village awake so the place doesn't vanish. Beetlejuice is extremely amused by her efforts.
- Multiple episodes show that they keep pictures of each other on hand. Lydia is seen taking several of BJ, and has at least one in a frame. Taking the series in total, BJ seems to have a picture of Lydia in every room of his house, as well as a full size poster of her in his jacket.
- The episode "Ghost To Ghost" reveals that despite his various pranks on them, Beetlejuice has a soft spot for Lydia's parents. This is reiterated in "How Green Was My Gallery," where he seems genuinely eager to help Delia with her art career, and goes to great lengths to help Lydia rescue her when she gets into trouble.
- In "Beetlejuice's Parents," Beetlejuice introduces Lydia to his mother and father. His mother, Bee, immediately adores Lydia, which is cute by itself. Later in the episode, Beetlejuice kisses his mother on the cheek; he's a big tough ghost, sure, but he loves his mom. He loves his dad too - setting aside his terror of sandworms to save him from one. When the episode ends with both of his parents demonstrating that they've learned to spin their heads just like him, he's absolutely delighted.
- "A-Ha!" proves just how much BJ cares about Doomie. He loses his composure when he thinks Doomie's been stolen, and even finally admits to Lydia that he's worried about their Cool Car.
- "Doomie's Romance" rather explicitly paints BJ and Lydia in the roles of Doomie's parents. (This does make a certain amount of sense, since they built him together.) BJ is a stern, oddly disciplinarian father while Lydia is more of a nurturing, encouraging mother. They bicker like an old married couple over how they're raising their child, but BJ can't hold out against the joint effect of Lydia and Doomie's sad faces. At the end, when all goes well for their "son," the pure joy on both their faces as they hug is adorable.
The Comic Books
- In "This Is Your Lice," Beetlejuice is devastated when a hypnotist alters Lydia's personality to the point where she doesn't remember him or anything about their friendship. But she finally remembers that she always has fun with him "because you really like me, and I guess I like you too!" It's almost impossible not to smile at how completely overjoyed he is by this.
- In "Scuzz-O," something Charles says has Lydia and Beetlejuice thinking that he's going to sell the house and she'll have to move away. Beetlejuice persuades Lydia to buy a Neitherworld lottery ticket with a prize of fifty million dollars - and, to ensure that she wins and can stay in her house, he sells himself into two thousand years of labor for the devil. She voids the contract on a technicality, but thanks him for going to such extremes to help her, calling the gesture "very sweet."
- Beetlejuice kissing Lydia on the cheek under the "missile toad" in "Get Me to the Church on Slime" could be seen as this. He's so grateful to her for saving the day that he can't come up with a better way to express it, and she just kind of giggles.