Heartwarming: I, Claudius

  • The Roman historian Pollio treating Claudius with nothing but respect, including giving him perhaps the greatest advice of his life:
    Pollio: Do you want to live a long and busy life, with honor at the end of it?
    Claudius: Yes.
    Pollio: Then exaggerate your limp, stammer deliberately, sham sickness frequently, let your wits wander, and play the fool as much as you like.
  • Early on, we see Augustus chastising Postumus, Claudius' best friend and Augustus' adopted son. Why? He threw a palace guard into a fountain for laughing at Claudius.
  • Of all the Imperial family, Claudius' brother Germanicus never treats him with anything but kindness and compassion.
  • Agrippina the Elder, the wife of Germanicus, likewise treats Claudius with respect, treating his grief at Germanicus' death as no less than her own.
  • "Go on playing the fool, Claudius". This is a twin moment, both for Claudius, who treats the woman who has scorned and humiliated him with kindness and love in her dying days, and for Livia. She finally comes to realise that her bumbling grandson is perhaps the smartest of the bunch.
  • Any happy moment Claudius has, which are few and far between, especially as the fate of Rome and his family sink further despite his efforts.
  • In a curious moment, following the assassination of Caligula the Praetorians (who are angry at now being out of a job) are ransacking the palace and one of them finds Claudius hiding behind a curtain (afraid of being assassinated himself). The Guardsman thinks he's one of the assassins and makes to kill him, before his Sergeant stops him, helps Claudius to his feet and treats him very kindly, even ordering two of his men to go with him and keep him and his wife safe. ..Then they figure out they can keep their jobs by making him Emperor and it all goes sideways .
  • Claudius doesn't show any anger when Appius Silanus tries to murder him. He just wants to know why on earth Silanus would kill the man who raised him up. When Silanus (truthfully) starts badmouthing Messalina, on the other, he flies into a royal rage. Poor Clau-Clau-Claudius actually becomes intimidating.
  • The senate praising Claudius, expressing sorrow at the possibility of his death, and wishing him well, showing that he has finally gained admiration and respect from those who once shunned and mocked him.
  • Pretty much every scene between Claudius and Augustus.Standing out from most of his family, Augustus openly loves his grandson (not even caring too much or blaming the boy when Claudius's disabilities ruins his point of a speech trying to get several nobles to marry so to father better children for Rome) and is the only one not to underestimate him. Even in Claudius's final hallucination, amongst the others more cynical and uncaring speeches to him, Augustus alone happily congratulates him on his successes and becoming emperor as he suggested he might all those years earlier.