Heartwarming / Kingdom Hearts I


  • Watching Sora willingly jump off the plank of Captain Hook's ship because he believed he'd be able to fly was heartwarming enough. Moments later we get to see his faith rewarded as he soars away before the crocodile can eat him.
  • Watching Sora and Donald happily reunite thanks to Tarzan, sure it's quickly spoiled by a CMOF, but it's a sign of things to come.
  • "This boat runs on happy faces."
  • Sora is too afraid to tell Kairi how he feels. How does he show he cares for her? By going to the murals they made for each other as children and scratching in a Paopu fruit. At the end of the game, Kairi does the same thing.
  • Jasmine has been captured, and Aladdin only has one wish. Genie tells him that he can just use that wish to get Jasmine back, safe and sound. He chooses to free Genie instead.
  • The conclusion to Sora's last visit to the Hundred Acre Wood has him, Pooh, and all their friends looking up at the big, beautiful moon together on a hill, before Sora waves goodbye, and the cover of the book changes to a drawing of Sora holding Pooh's hand as they walk side-by-side.
    "Sora, don't forget. We shall always be here. If you'd like to visit again, that is."
  • Kairi bringing Sora back from the darkness and transforming him from a heartless back into his normal state by hugging him.
    Sora: Kairi... thank you.
    Kairi: Sora!
    • Not to mention Donald and Goofy's happy reaction upon seeing Sora turned back to normal.
  • The cutscene of Sora summoning Bambi, complete with the teen giving the fawn a pat in the head. Twice as adorable in Halloween Town, because of Sora's vampire garb, which shows a lot.
  • How the Beast joins the party. Sora is left alone, with no way to defend himself, let alone save Kairi, and what does the big guy do? He tells this heartbroken and defeated kid that he's never even met before to keep fighting, no matter what, and protects him from every single heartless that tries to attack him on their journey through the castle.
    • Beast loves Belle enough that he ripped apart the fabric of the universe to get from his castle to her. And, to add to it, his castle is being engulfed by Darkness at that point - Beast's love for Belle is that strong that all of that light from his love for her is enough to save him from Darkness and the ocean between, which both Mickey and Aqua were unable to do.
  • Goofy defects from Riku's side. The first thing he does after saving Sora's life? Ask Donald to apologise to Mickey for the fact that he is disobeying his orders.
    • Donald declares they can do it together and defects himself.
      • Sure, looking back, we know that Mickey would definitely agree with them, but they don't know that: Mickey is their friend, but also their King - he could chop off their heads if they defy him. And they still do it.
  • When Mickey goes out in the Realm of Darkness, when he locks himself away, with no way out, what is the last thing he does? Thank his friends.
  • Belle is freed with the other Princesses. Does she go with them and stand around before you fight Riku? No. She goes back to her beloved books. Which is exactly where Beast finds her. And then, to top it all off, they dance.
  • One that we don't learn until Re:Coded but applies to this game. Pluto follows Mickey through a Corridor of Darkness from Traverse Town. Yes, Pluto can tell Mickey's whistle apart from anyone else's whistle and knows that following it will make sure that he is safe. No wonder Mickey trusted him with the super important letter of super important importantness at the beginning and end of the game. He's a good loyal dog.
  • Ariel's friendship with Sora is pretty heartwarming. They hit it off straight away and become fast friends - notably if you keep Ariel as a party member, she frequently heals everyone in battle. They're Like Brother and Sister for the most part, and Ariel is the only one of the Disney characters to worry about never seeing Sora again.
  • Mickey leaves without saying goodbye, but leaves Pluto behind to protect Minnie. Pluto is a good dog, and Mickey knows it and Minnie probably does too, so he leaves Pluto behind to keep his wife safe.
  • Minnie never loses faith that her husband will come home to her. Even though he's vanished without a trace to search for the Heartless, she knows he'll come back to her.
  • While looking for Riku and Kairi, Tarzan repeatedly answers Sora's questions about them with "*&&X%". Jane later translates this as "heart". Sora interprets this answer as "your friends are always in your heart" and is disappointed. But towards the end of the game, it's revealed that Kairi's heart has ALWAYS been inside Sora. Tarzan was always aware of this and tried to tell Sora in the best way he could!