Heartwarming: Hairspray

  • Wilbur and Edna's duet, "You're Timeless to Me", especially in the film of the play. He starts singing to try to win Edna back after Velma made it look like they were having an affair. (Though YMMV, as Christopher Walken playing Wilbur might make the whole thing Narm to some.)
    • "When I need a lift, time brings a gift, another day with you."
  • Wilbur again, when he bailed Maybelle and her dancers out of jail along with Edna, knowing it would be a financial hit for a little while.
    • And going with that, a deleted scene shows exactly why Edna was arrested. The police officer was originally going to let her go, but then she realizes that he's being nice to her because she's white, while arresting the black women who were protesting. Edna is so angry at this that she insults the police officer until he gives in and arrests her as well.
  • When Tracy and Link share their kiss at the end.
  • Also near the end (in the film, at least), Wilbur encourages Edna to dance. She's been so low in self-esteem for so long that it's heartwarming to see her confident and happy, and the fact that her husband backs her up just makes it better.
  • Maybelle, smiling approvingly when Seaweed and Penny admitted their love for each other, while warning them that not everyone would be so approving:
    Maybelle: So this is love. Well, love is a gift, a lot of people don't remember that. So, you two better brace yourselves for a whole lotta ugly comin' at you from a neverending parade of stupid.
  • The Von Tussles making a Heel-Face Turn in the musical, accepting defeat and the fact that "they can't stop the beat", instead joining in dancing and having fun with everyone else (who unanimously ask them to, which is heartwarmingly generous after all the bad things the Von Tussles had done to them.)
    • In the 2007 film, only Amber undergoes a Heel-Face Turn: first eying a black dancer with interest, then saying that she accepts her loss, and is last seen, after smirking and shrugging at her still disgruntled mother, joining the dance and gleefully jumping into the arms of the black dancer.
  • Wilbur's complete and utter devotion to Edna, who, though a Big Beautiful Woman, has an extreme lack of self-confidence and dresses in frumpy clothing. This is best seen in the 2007 film, which sees Velma trying to seduce Wilbur by putting on an extremely sexy red dress, visiting his joke shop and throwing herself at him, and singing a sexy version of "Big, Blonde and Beautiful." Wilbur not only remains totally unswayed, he actively tries to stop Velma with the various practical joke devices he has in the store. He later admits that his "heart beats only" for Edna. D'aww.
  • Nikki Blonsky was very nervous to meet John Travolta for the first time. When she arrived at the studio Travolta held out his arms to her and said "Come to Mama!"
  • Most everything Corny Collins does in the finale, from knowing little Inez' name to being happy to see Tracy to bringing Maybelle up on stage and telling her: "This is your moment".
    • Also how happy the Nicest Kids in Town all are to welcome Inez on stage and later dance together with the black dancers.
    • The fact that he could rattle off that tiny, tiny loophole off the top of his head gives the distinct impression that he's been looking for a way to integrate the show for a long time.
    • "No, Velma. This is the future." One of the most uplifting Shut Up, Hannibals! ever.