Heartwarming: El Goonish Shive
- The second last strip of Hammerchlorians storyline: Susan runs up and hugs the soon-to-be-dead Immortal Jerry. It ends with both of them in tears, as well as any and all who read it.
- The conclusion of "Red Alert" for a lampshaded example.
- A part of the drama in the story has been of Nanase being afraid to come out, to her family in particular, and the difficulties that this has caused, including insisting that the relationship be kept secret. When her partner's life is in jeopardy, however, she literally risks her life to save said partner; this is not, however, the Heartwarming Moment itself. Later, while she lies in the hospital, recovering from her brush with death, her partner by her side and in tears, and having just being told that it may be months before she can again use magic, having burnt herself out in defense of the one that she loves, we have the following exchange between her and her partner:
"Small price to pay. You're alive, that's all that matters.""I... You know what I want to say, but I know you wouldn't want me to say it in public...""I love you too, Ellen."
- And then in later strip, when Nanase thinks her mother is okay with her lesbian relationship ... but subverted as it turns out she just doesn't take it seriously, thinking they'll eventually grow out of it.
Nanase's Mother: Shh... We have all the time in the world to argue.
- And her next line immediately after that. She is able to put her disagreement aside and remember that her daughter could very well have died that evening.
- The comic with Tedd's birthday presents for Grace deserves mention on this list.
- Part IV of Grace's Birthday Party could be listed as a whole. Especially the final page.
- When Nanase is stressing out about coming out to her strict mother, she has a small rebellious outburst that causes her to be denied dessert. However: Best. Cookies. Ever.
- Towards the end of the Painted Black Arc, Grace thinks she's going to die. Her final words? "I love you Tedd!"
- At the very end of the same arc, when Grace and Elliot return home safe, and Tedd embraces them both with tears in his eyes.
- The final strip in the Painted Black Arc: Mr. Verres' letting go of his dislike for Grace, coming to consider her more than what her origins were, will bring tears to any reader's eyes.
- I think it's more of the fact that Tedd and Grace are sleeping together in the sofa. He's about to wake them up, but Grace's whimper prompts him to change his mind.
- How can you possible not want to give Noah a hug?
- "I know she's not real. She's like some weird magic, semi-autonomous puppet thing...But I like her."
- The last line in this comic, which is better in the shy/It's Not You, It's My Enemies context: "There will be dancing."
- This page shows Nanase's mother genuinely happy that shy, little Tedd has a girlfriend; yet again proving that while Nanase's mother may be Jerkass-ish in certain ways, she still has her moments.
- This comic. To see the formerly shy Tedd so firmly defend what was essentially a big string of screw ups is rather smile-inducing.
- Especially his choice of words: "If you're the result of my mistakes, then they were the best mistakes I ever made." Awwwww...
- These strips at the end of the Sister plot arc are both a heartwarming and awesome moment for Elliot. Why do you think Ellen is so protective of everyone? Keep in mind that just before this, Ellen thought that she was going to die and had told Elliot that she was going to do nothing but cause trouble for him, yet he still sticks up for her.
- This comic. Ellen and Nanase. That is all.
- "This is the fifty-sixth day we've been together." "You know how many days we've been together?" "...Maybe."
- This. Just think about it: Tedd could choose ANYONE for his bridge crew. He could have tons of different women in short skirts and Star Trek shirts, but instead he wants them all to look like Grace. Awwww.
- Ice cream.
- Doubles as a Tear Jerker. Near the end of Sister II, as Angel!Nanase has Abe in her grip, she makes her tell him what he promised, but not what he said. She reminds him that he promised to protect innocents, and, despite being born of the Dewitchery Diamond, Ellen was an innocent. The look on Abe's face as he realizes that he can't harm Ellen (especially since he was very reluctant to do so in the first place), and his exclamation of relief just pulls at the heartstrings, especially when he instantly swears not to harm Ellen when told to.
Abraham: You're...right...Oh, thank God, you're right!
- Although it's probably going to come back to bite them, Susan telling her boss that Elliot knows Cheerleadra in order to get him hired is an excellent contrast to her normal Spock behavior.
Elliot: What the hell, Susan? I thought you were smart.
Susan: You're my friend. He wasn't going to hire you. I wanted to help.
- Being single is not the same as being alone.
- Nanase has been sent to her room with no cookies for talking back to her mother. She's left alone to mull over her thoughts when the door creaks open and her little sister slips her some cookies on the sly.
Nanase: Best. Cookies. Ever.
- A little while after this depressing scene comes this.
- This strip where Susan comforts Justin after he reveals the story of his traumatic outing and his unrequieted crush on Elliot.
Justin ...I'm alone, and I just don't see that changing...
Susan: You're not alone, Justin.
Susan: You have Nanase, Ellen, Tedd, Grace, Sarah, me, and even Elliot. You haven't known all of us for very long, but we're all your friends. Being single is not the same as being alone. It may suck that you can't be romantic with the one you love, but you have people who care about you, and they like you for who you are.
- Susan's adorable face when she is explaining why she loves Star Trek. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny when she realizes that the review is still going.
- On the next page, Susan bitterly asks if he thought her fangasm was funny, but Elliot states that he liked it because she expressed such passion.
- Elliot's brief summary of what went through his mind when Ellen was created by the Dewitchery Diamond. It was an unbelievably disorienting experience for Ellen, but for Elliot...
Elliot: I've never been this confused before.
Ellen: Oh, sure you have. What about after you touched the diamond?
Elliot: That was pretty simple, actually.
Ellen: Really. The spontaneous creation of a female twin with all of your memories. That was simple.
Elliot: "She's family. Help her." Not that complicated.
- Susan being protective
Susan: Mean girls? What mean girls? Who's been mean to you?!
- Susan entering a full-on Crush Blush mode is dangerously adorable.
- When Ashley and Elliott get together, adorableness ensues.
- When Susan discovers that Tom's friendly overtures towards her were actually part of his attempts to manipulate her into asking him out, she calls him out on it, takes him down a peg and completely obliterates his attempt at justifying his actions. After the altercation, Sarah asks her if she's okay. Susan's reaction: spontaneous hugging.
- It's made even more adorable when you compare it to her earlier attempt to get over her aversion to friendly physical contact.
- Near the end of the "Identity" arc, when Diane receives Susan's thank-you message and realizes: "This is from my sister." Her expression in the last panel combined with the realization is what really sells it.
- A subtle one in this comic. George, who usually is completely apathetic, gives advice to Sarah in their game (while several people have been treating her with derision for "pretending" to be a geek chick), and he does it without being condescending or mean. It's understated but there.
- "There's a name for it..."
- Pandora gave Tedd a magic mark, apparently. Granted, it was without any permission similar to Dex, but why did she do it? Because it was "nice" and he's her grand god-son.