Despite the Nightmare Fuel that the planes often have, Magic: The Gathering proves time and time again that is is A World Half Full.
- Timbermare was created as a tribute to pro player Jamie Wakefield's wife Marilyn (nicknamed "Lovely Mare"), who died of ovarian cancer. Keep in mind that Magic sets are designed about a year in advance, and Planar Chaos came out about a year after her death, meaning that the card was designed almost immediately after the tragedy. The full story.
- Being the creator of a multi-billion dollar game allows Richard Garfield to create some nifty cards. But there's more! The art of the first card was left undocumented by Garfield's request, which was for the longest time honored by the entire Internet (but can now be seen here◊). The second card speaks for itself, and if you don't get the art for the third, consider why the artist put four plates on the table.
- This. Makes you feel sorry for that guy.
- Terese Nielsen talks about the inspiration for the art of Descendant's Path, and how her family figured in it.
- In Emenberry Red, Erebos helping Pavios in the only way he can. Pity it's tragic...
- When Elspeth has been cast out as a scapegoat for Xenagos' ascension and turned against by seemingly all of Theros, including Heliod, Ajani comes looking for her and becomes her companion on the quest to slay Xenagos, along with the leonin of Theros. Cemented by Solidarity of Heroes.
- Even amidst the Downer Ending of Godsend, there's heartwarming to be found. Elspeth's breath slowed as he took her beyond the boundary of Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and laid her upon the bare earth. He wouldn't let her die at the feet of the gods. Even in Elspeth's last moments, Ajani is still there for her.
- Likewise, the trailer for Journey Into Nyx seems to cast Erebos in an almost-fatherly light, reciting a litany of comfort and respect for Elspeth, as if to tell her how proud he is of her.
- Reviving Melody, which depicts about a woman rescuing her husband from the Underworld, telling him "Listen to my song, and you need never forge a golden mask to return to me."note
- The flavor text on Ogre Resister:
He didn't have a word for "home," but he knew it was something to be defended.
- Nahiri's defiance of Sorin's cynical take on their resistance against the Eldrazi
Any hope is better than none. Always.
- Ojutai's So Proud of You moment as his student Narset surpasses him. Even if it could be argued he has ulterior motives of wanting to keep the truth of his subjugation of the former Jeskai and the existence of Ugin hidden when he implicitly exhorts Narset to planeswalk.
- The Mardu's acceptance of Alesha is a Tear Jerker for transgender players.
- The Dromoka of Tarkir, in the new timeline, are basically a big, giant familial meritocracy in which dragons have a bunch of 'children' adopted, and everyone is welcome. Unlike most of the other Dragonlords, Dromoka has nothing but respect and protection for her subjects, and really, just look at the art for Dromoka's Gift. She's just so proud of the brave warrior to have earned one of her scales, like a parent at a child's graduation.
- Another thing to consider in the Dromoka is that unlike any other clan, the dragons and non-dragons freely speak to each other, with mutual respect. Not even the Ojutai can claim that.
- Still, the meritocracy angle, as pointed out here, is a bit depressing, considering that Dromoka is a social darwinist, if a bit nicer than most.
- Sarkhan, upon arriving at the new dragon-filled Tarkir, runs and flies around as happy as can be, kid-in-a-candystore style, only briefly stopping to give hugs to a goblin he once knew in the old timeline.
- Zendikar Resurgent, from Oath of the Gatewatch. Finally, after all the horror of the Zendikar storyline, all the torment and suffering brought on by the Eldrazi, Zendikar is finally safe. Ulamog and Kozilek are gone. Zendikar can heal. The nightmare is finally over, and we have the Gatewatch on standby to take down Emrakul and anyone or anything else who dares threaten the safety of the Multiverse.
- In a particularly odd version of this trope, some of Emrakul/Emeria's dialog in The Promised End implies that she gives Tamiyo the power to seal herself into the moon because some part of her is aware that the inhabitants of Innistrad don't want to be remade in her image.
Emeria: "This is all wrong. I am incomplete, unfulfilled, inchoate. There should be blossoms, not barren resentment. The soil was not receptive. It is not my time. Not yet."
- At the end of Homesick, the Gatewatch has been informed by Dovin Baan of Chandra's less-than-legitimate past, and the incident that cost her her family. Dovin tries to justify himself by explaining how dangerous pyromancers are on Kaladesh. Jace, Gideon and Nissa don't give a damn, and instead collectively decide to go after her, just to make sure she's safe. Because she may be impulsive and her powers may be destructive enough to take down Eldrazi, but she is one of them and, as Gideon says, her heart is the size of the moon.
- Earlier before, in a surprisingly selfless moment, Liliana providing emotional support to Chandra after she storms off, even leaving her have a necromancer joke and planeswalking with her to Kaladesh.
- Cathartic Reunion, from Kaladesh. Chandra and her mother Pia are finally reunited after 12 long years of believing each other to be dead.
- In Release, Ajani finds Chandra, Nissa and Oviya Pashiri being gassed to death and leaps at a guard, swinging his axe at the man's throat in Unstoppable Rage. But then he sees the guard's life with his empathetic abilities and, while in the middle of the attack and desperate to save his friends, he alters the swing's angle so that it lands a non-lethal blow on the man's chestplate instead. Because the guard isn't a Planeswalker or a villain, he's just a man with a family.
Nashi put his arms around the giant, but couldn't reach even halfway. "It's all right to let it out," he said. "We all got you."
- From the same story, while Ajani is visiting Tamiyo on Kamigawa, he tells Elspeth's story to the children Tamiyo looks after, confessing that he feels that he should have died instead of Elspeth:
Ajani's shoulders bent and shuddered. He covered his eyes with one hand.
The rain began to fall.
The children sat with him, around him, a forest of hands on his shoulders and arms and back and knees. Saying nothing. Just breathing.
It rained for a very long time.
- Amidst the emotional rollercoaster that is Burn, there are some particularly heartwarming moments. For starters, Gideon's support of Chandra as she suffers from an emotional turmoil, comforting her as she sees herself as a Failure Hero who, in her own words, "always screws up", and even gives her a hug when she (clumsily) asks him for one. Then there's Nissa backing Chandra during her fight against Baral and later calming her down as she nearly performs a suicide attack to take him down. Finally, Gideon - again - lets her have some time alone with her mother, who has been busy planning and commanding the rebellions and couldn't afford to spend time with her.
- In his own way, Dovin Baan, Lawful Neutral that he is, gives his own moment in this chapter, dressing down Baral and highlighting how, no, the punishment he dealt out to the Nalaar family did not fit the crime at all, and in fact was extremely excessive and illegal. Finally, it seems that justice is being given to the Nalaars, and by a man of the Consulate at that.
- In a stark contrast to heaviness and uncertainty of the end of Eldritch Moon, Renewal ends Kaladesh on a remarkably positive, if Tear Jerker filled, note. To hit a few high points:
- Pia is instated as a member of the Consulate in an attempt to root out the corruption and better serve the citizens of Kaladesh.
- Pia and Chandra face Baral once more to let him know that his mage hunts are over, and that he will be left to rot in his cell rather than being given the glory of a public execution.
- Ajani, still grappling with his grief over Elspeth's death, joins the Gatewatch.
- Ajani's Gatewatch oath is perhaps the most touching and sad so far: "Until all have found their place, I will keep watch." Previously he had said that all Elspeth wanted was a home, and the oath he swears to the Gatewatch is to stand beside them until everyone has that simplest of things.
- Yahenni gets their penultimate party, and faces their death with poise and dignity. And Oviya gets a new car out of the deal.
- Nissa has a touching moment with Yahenni when she reveals to them the nature of the multiverse.
- Pia and Chandra make up for some bonding time, and Pia gives Chandra the freedom to be true to herself as a Planeswalker, declining for Chandra, the free spirit she is, to remain on Kaladesh.
- Chandra and Nissa grow closer, possibly hinting at the potential of a relationship.
- While teaching Chandra a meditation, Nissa reaches the reborn spirit of Yahenni, showing that they may have died, but they are certainly not gone, and takes they time to greet the new life to the world like a loving mother.
- Endure: Planswalkers' spark are usually ignited during life or death situations or intense mental trauma. What made Samut's spark ignite? Hazoret being proud of her and the sheer euphoria that ensured.
"...But even as the great trespasser rained destruction down upon the ruins of Naktamun, Hazoret, the God-Survivor, mother and protector of the mortals of Amonkhet, shepherded her children from certain ruin. And so it was, and so it shall be, divinity and mortals marching into an unknown future."
- The ending of Endure in general. Samut and Djeru successfully rescued Hazoret, killing the Scorpion God in the process, and even though the goddess is wounded, she is safe. Hazoret then expresses her pride in Samut for having seen through the lies and darkness and for saving her life when she was meant to be the one defending mortals. This causes Samut's spark to ignite. Hazoret finally takes the survivors of Naktamun with her, vows to protect them in the desert and leaves the ruined city behind as Djeru swears to return the favor. The chapter ends with these words:
- Jace, Alone: Jace's sheer glee at rediscovering his magic and realizing he is a mage. It makes him behave as happy as a kid in a candy store... then goes straight into Tear Jerker when it comes to him that, even with them, he is completely alone.
- The stories The Talented Captain Vraska, Something Else Entirely and The Race, Part 2 chronicle Vraska's newfound affection towards amnesiac Jace.
- First, upon seeing his amnesia makes Jace a totally different person from her Arch-Nemesis the Guildpact, Vraska can't bring herself to kill him and takes him among her crew. In return, Jace helps her and the crew to the best of his skills, repairing tools, cloaking their ship in invisibility and using his illusions to help in fights.
- Jace isn't remotely scared of Vraska, not even when she petrifies a vampire before him, and compliments her on her abilities, calling her "talented".
- When Vraska mentions her past, Jace actually sympathizes with her and offers her kindness and understanding, something that takes Vraska off-guard. After that, they also have a few more heart-to-heart talks where each show their best side to the other.
- Vraska then muses about taking Jace on a date once their mission is over. D'awww...
- The mini comic Gift of the Necromagi (A "Gift of the Magi" Plot, basically) is part Black Comedy and this: A necromagus bought a presumably rare rhox corpse for her Mad Scientist boyfriend for experiment, only to find out that he has sold his vivisection tools to buy her a pricey Tome of Eldritch Lore, which she can't use now that she has sold her sacrificial altar to buy said corpse. They later Take a Third Option.