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Heartwarming: Naruto
It might be just a cover page, but it sure is adorable.

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Part 1

    Introduction Arc 
  • From the very first volume: Naruto's tears as he hears Iruka say that he doesn't just see Naruto as the demon fox. Just Iruka's line: "He is Naruto Uzumaki... of the Village Hidden in The Leaves!" Cue Naruto sobbing his little heart out.
  • At the end of Team 7's very first test with Kakashi, the latter showed them a memorial with the names of ninjas fallen in the line of duty carved on it to show them the importance of teamwork. He mentioned that his best friend's name was on it. 230+ chapters later, we find out he was talking about Obito. Doubles as Tear Jerker when we find out Obito wasn't dead at all.

    Land of Waves 
  • One of the first ones, between Zabuza and Haku. Haku has just died to protect Zabuza, and he tried to CUT THROUGH HAKU'S BODY to reach Kakashi. Gato, the one who hired Zabuza, shows up with a bunch of thugs and declares their deal off. He sees Haku (who broke his arm) lying dead on the ground, and KICKS HIM IN THE FACE. Naruto gets pissed off, asking Zabuza if he cared. Zabuza replies that Haku was just his tool. Cue long speech from Naruto, telling Zabuza, "Why you... you ungrateful... after everything he did for you... Haku lived for you! You were the most important thing in the world to him, and he meant nothing to you?! Nothing at all?! While he was sacrificing everything for you, you felt nothing at all to him?!". Zabuza replies, "You talk too much." He looks up and we see that he is crying. "Your words cut deep, deeper than any blade." He goes on to mention how shinobi are supposed to be able to kill their emotions, and how he seems to have failed. He asks Naruto for a kunai, which he catches WITH HIS MOUTH, as both of his arms were paralyzed by Kakashi, and dashes STRAIGHT THROUGH GATO'S CRONIES, taking multiple stab wounds, until hitting Gato with the kunai, and being stabbed multiple more times. Gato screams, seeing Zabuza for the "demon" he is and RIPS GATO'S HEAD OFF WITH THE KUNAI. The other cronies turn tail and run once the entire village, led by Inari, show up. Zabuza's last request to Kakashi is to be put by Haku's side. It starts snowing, and Zabuza silently asks, "Is it you, Haku? Are you weeping? You were always at my side. The least I can do is to be beside you at the end. I know I cannot be, but I wish I could go to where you have gone...How I wish I could join you there...Haku..." and dies while brushing Haku's face, and we see a bit of snow fall on Haku's face and melting, looking like one last tear drop. Naruto has tears pouring down his face, and mentions that, where Haku is from, "it was always snowing." Kakashi then replies, "Of course, his spirit was as pure as the snow. You never know, Zabuza. Maybe you will join him there; who's to say?" This troper cries everytime he sees this scene, and teared up while writing this.
    • It's not just that - Haku is made of this trope. His backstory is another tearjerker, especially his relationship with Zabuza. His own dream (bear in mind that every other ninja in Naruto has one) is nothing but to make Zabuza's dreams come true. He knows he's a tool, and he doesn't care - because Zabuza gave him his reason to keep on living, after he had lost everything. When he is defeated by Naruto, he wants to die, because it means he's no longer useful to Zabuza. Also, this troper was particularly tearjerked by Zabuza's words to Gatou as he's slicing him with the kunai he's holding between his teeth. (paraphrased)
      Gatou: You crazy fool! If you're so eager to join your friend, go ahead, but you're not taking me...not this time!
      Zabuza: I won't be joining Haku. Where he's gone I cannot follow. We wouldn't be welcome where Haku's gone to. Hell's where we're going, Gatou!
    • The effect is amplified if you had previously seen a similar scene in Rurouni Kenshin where the Kirk Summation had no effect on Shishio.
      • On a side note, both Shishio and Zabuza are voiced by Steve Blum.
    • And even Kakashi went teary-eyed during this scene...
    • This event was later revisited when Haku and Zabuza were forcibly resurrected. Kakashi revealed that even though Zabuza had been about to cut Haku's corpse in half, for a brief moment he had hesitated. For a battle-hardened shinobi who was trained to know no emotion, this spoke more about his feelings for Haku than any spoken confession.
  • Early in the story, Sakura giving candy to a street urchin. There were earlier hints that Sakura wasn't all bad, but this is arguably her first true big fat Pet the Dog moment.

    Chunin Exams 
  • Sakura being willing to declare Team 7's forfeit from the Exam when it seems certain to her that Naruto will fail and lose his chance of ever becoming Hokage but is also too prideful to quit himself. Considering that she previously expressed kind and confident thoughts for Naruto almost exclusively through her repressed "inner" self and did little more than what might win her Sasuke's approval, this is a pretty big step forward in how she regards and treats him.
  • Naruto cheering Hinata in her match after watching Neji's attempt at verbally abusing her into giving up.
  • Before that, we have Sakura, who had previously been nothing but a Jerkass towards Naruto, openly cheering him on during his fight with Kiba and refusing to lose faith in him, even when everyone else refuses to believe that Naruto even has a chance.
  • And shortly after Naruto wins, Kiba's sensei Kurenai, who had been doubtful of Naruto throughout the fight, helps Hinata give him some healing ointment. She also silently thinks that Kiba, although he lost, doesn't have anything to be ashamed of; Naruto was just a Worthy Opponent.
  • After a truly epic fight scene between Naruto and Gaara, when both lie on the ground absolutely powerless, and Gaara muttering on how he will not allow himself to cease existing (having been established earlier that Gaara kills others to validate his existing), Naruto actually crawls while using only his chin to move, while telling Gaara that he can see where he's coming from and understands what he's gone through (as we are treated flashbacks of both of the characters' cruel past) but that he could never let anyone hurt his True Companions, and as Gaara screams at him in rage at how much he's willing to sacrifice for strangers, Naruto replies they're everything to him. Eventually Sasuke intervenes and lets Naruto know Gaara's already completely powerless, at which point Naruto finally stops crawling. Gaara's teammates show up and pick him up, at which point Gaara says (and bear in mind that up until this point he treated his teammates like complete trash and threatened to kill them regularly, while meaning it): "Temari... Kankurou... I'm sorry". Thus signaling his first step to understanding that The Power of Friendship is what truly validates one's existence, and marking the first step in his Heel-Face Turn.
    • Note that Gaara's teammates who he previously treated so badly are also his siblings. Who lived in fear that Gaara would kill them too. And all Kankuro can say is, "Don't worry about it." D'AWWW
  • Young!Gaara doing the Finger-Suck Healing to his uncle Yashamaru. It's adorable.
  • Also Naruto and Sakura's "if you so and so, you're a disgrace to all men/women" thing during the Chunin Exams. Very obviously meant to be affectionate and encouraging.
  • And Ino and Sakura's childhood friendship and eventually reconciliation. Really, really, really nails Sakura and Ino's natures as Jerks With Hearts of Gold.
  • During the fight with Gaara, Sasuke tells Naruto to save Sakura and run and that he'd (Sasuke) hold Gaara off while they escape. Sasuke goes on to state that he doesn't want anyone to die on him ever again.
  • Kiba cheering for Naruto in his fight against Neji. Despite being hostile towards him, it's nice to se he harbors no ill-will for his defeat. Though, it could be possible that he's rooting for Naruto because of what Neji did to Hinata, showing him just how much he cares about his team mate.
  • Naruto feeling a little down on himself the morning before his Chunin match with Neji, Hinata shows up and Naruto confesses he might not actually think he can win, but Hinata tells him he inspires her because even when he fails he tries again calling him a "proud failure". Naruto jumps right back to his usual self while thanking her.
  • The Third Hokage declaring to the academy students, his most precious persons are his grandson and the entire Leaf Village.
  • The flashbacks of Rock Lee being a hopeless ninja and Might Guy training him to believe in himself.

    Search for Tsunade Arc 
  • During Naruto and Jiraiya's trip to find Tsunade, Naruto is taking a stroll in some village. He sees someone buy ice cream for his little kid, which makes Naruto sad, since he has been an orphan since birth. Later, Jiraiya brings the same icecream and gives one half to Naruto.
  • At the end of the arc, Naruto challenges Tsunade to another fight, as a Meaningful Echo to their first encounter. Tsunade claimed that she could defeat him with one finger just like before, while easily flicking his forehead protector off his head. Naruto flinched, thinking she would send him flying. But when he opened his eyes, he found that Tsunade gave him a kiss on his forehead instead.
    Tsunade: You'll grow up to be a fine man. (thinking) And a great Hokage, too..

    Sasuke Retrieval Arc 
  • Lee is conflicted about undergoing an operation that has a 50-50 chance of either restoring his body to ninja levels or killing him. He's paralyzed into indecision by, after living dedicated to hard work, having to wager his future on blind chance. Guy breaks him out of his funk by explaining that he believes the effort Lee has put into achieving his dream has earned him the luck to make the surgery go perfectly. And, if on the extremely long chance it does go wrong, Guy is willing to die alongside Lee.
  • Both Neji and Kidomaru lie on the verge of death, and Kidomaru taunts him that Sasuke will fall into Orochimaru's hands, but Neji has absolute faith Naruto will save him. Why? Because Neji says Naruto saved him from the darkness.
  • Sasuke's flashback during his first major battle with Naruto. After bending over backwards for years to get his father's attention but always being overlooked in favor of his brother Itachi, Sasuke finally gains his father's respect when he masters the Fireball Justsu.
    Fugaku Uchiha: Now, then. That's my boy. You've done well. Work hard and you're bound to soar high and bring honor to that crest you wear on your back.
    Young Sasuske: I will!
    Fugaku Uchiha: From now on, walk your own path. Not in the footsteps of your brother.
  • Chouji's fight with Jirobou, which also doubled as a Crowning Moment Of Awesome when he laid the final blow following this speech:
    Chouji: He was my best friend, and you insulted him! How dare you. You can steal the very last bite of my very best food, you can mock me all you want, but when you insult my best friend, I will obliterate you!
    • That scene showed just how loyal Chouji is to Shikamaru, made all the more heartwarming during his flashbacks when we see HOW they came to be such good friends. It also turns into a Tear Jerker when he's too exhausted to catch up with the rest of the team, but stumbles across the the tree where everyone had left directions for him, and their own words of encouragement. He realizes then that he's made lots of friends since he was a kid, and is just so happy that he starts crying, only to collapse against the tree seconds later, presumably dead.
  • Episode 220 when Naruto is leaving the village with Jiraiya, he turns to the Fourth Hokage's monument and says, "Just you watch." Keep in mind this was before he knew that Minato was his father.
  • From Kakashi Gaiden, a small moment when Obito's sharingan activates after Kakashi loses an eye. Later on, we learn that the sharingan awakens when an Uchiha loses something important, which means that seeing his friend lose his left eye was traumatizing enough to Obito to awaken his sharingan. This shows how much Obito really did care about Kakashi.
    • Obito's trying to act nicer towards Kakashi after Minato tells him of Kakashi's tragic Back Story.
    • When Kakashi reminisces about his dead father. Minato mentioned Kakashi's father went through a prolonged depression before committing suicide in front of his son, yet Kakashi still remembers him as standing tall and proud as a true hero of Konoha.
    • And when Obito and Kakashi were having their big argument for saving Rin or following mission protocol, just as Kakashi admits a shinobi is a tool and the mission comes first, he is seen conflicted of his father's memory and really just doesn't want to make the same "mistake" he made, right there Obito calls the white fang a true hero for saving the lives of his comrades.

Part 2

    Kazekage Rescue Arc 
  • A Konohamaru scene oddly enough. When he mentions he wants to be the 7th Hokage and everyone's curious. I mean, Tsunade's the fifth so what, can't this kid count? I wanna be the 7th, after Naruto. Awww.
  • During the fight between Gaara and Deidara, you can actually hear the Sand villagers cheering for Gaara as he fights, showing that he has gone from a feared pariah to a well-loved figure.
    "Come on Gaara!"
    "We're with you!"
  • Considering how Axe Crazy Gaara was when he and Naruto fought, the fact that Naruto deeply cares about Gaara three years later despite the two never interacting with each other during that time says a LOT about how empathetic and forgiving he is.
    • In anime filler and a few manga flashbacks it's shown that the pair actually kept in touch.
  • There's another one at the end of the first Shippuuden arc. Gaara, after being resurrected, (and after we've been treated to several dream sequence of him and Naruto where he was crying and lonely and Naruto runs up to him) wakes up to to realize he's surrounded not only by the Konoha ninja who rescued him, but by his family and several Suna ninja have come to rescue him. The look on his face is priceless. Then, to make it cuter, two Suna girls fangirl over him and Temari blocks their way. Squee!
    • Made even better that one of the fangirls is Gaara's first student. The only person brave enough to try and get training from him. Said girl was captured in part 1 and Gaara runs to her rescue and saves her life.
    • What about the person who brought Gaara back? No heartwarming for her renewed faith?
    • To This Troper, the most heartwarming part wasn't that, but the episode where Kankuro rushes out to rescue Gaara with little regard for his own safety. Remember, three years ago, he lived in mortal fear of the guy. Now he's risking life and limb to save his beloved brother.
    • He provides two more over the next few days (in the story timeline). Like when he was thinking about how much Naruto helped to change Gaara, he sees an image in his mind of Gaara and Naruto standing side-by-side. Naruto looks like his younger self, arms behind his head wearing a big grin. While the Gaara of the present looks at him with friendly curiosity in his eye's.
      • When he says "Naruto, save my little brother, will you?".
      • During the emergency meeting, when he says this to someone who is not too fond of Gaara: "I dare you to say one more word about Gaara!".
    • At the end of the same arc right before the Kohona nin are leaving Gaara uses his sand to lift Naruto's hand to his for a handshake. Can't help but smile at that.

    Sasuke and Sai Arc 
  • The final picture in Sai's book being him and his brother holding hands and smiling.
    • Followed by Sai's first 'real' smile during the arc.
  • Sai's scroll unrolling to show him going to his friends with the word "Comrade" as a sort of title.

    Hidan and Kakuzu Arc 
  • When Asuma's ghost appears behind Shikamaru as he throws his lighter at Hidan.

    Itachi Pursuit Arc 
  • Jiraiya's death is a lovely combination of Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and Tearjerker. The reason, we get to see Naruto's parents in the flesh and together for the first time (well we saw the Fourth in the Gaiden but still...). They give Jiraiya a pat on the back when we find out both how Naruto got his name and why he loves Ramen. But nicest bit it when Jiraiya says that both of them would have been proud to see their kid as he is today (it also ties in with the book scene above).
    Jiraiya: Naruto, now that I think about it, you're just like that novel's main character. You inherited Minato and Kushina's wishes.
    • Even more so when you remember that 'The Tale of the Gutsy Ninja!' is based on Jiraya's own life and the main character is based on him.
    • Not just that Minato named his son after the main character, but he also reminded Jiraiya just how much he respects him in that scene. In his dying moment the only compliment Jiraiya remembered, while being saddened over his failures, was his student telling him he's a perfect example anyone should follow as a ninja.
    • Another solid dose of heartwarming is while dying, Jiraiya considers his life a waste due to his many failures until he remembers his words to Orochimaru about Naruto's determination making him a good ninja and says a student's path should be the master's too. He then wills his heart beating again and gives Fukasaku the key to beating Pain before being hit by Asura Path's missile. This time, as he dies, he considers it a much better death and thinks about his book.
      Jiraiya: Now, I suppose it's about time I put down my pen. Oh... that's right... What should I name the sequel? I wonder... let's see... The Tale of Naruto Uzumaki. Yes, that has a nice ring to it.
  • Naruto Shippuden 153: Naruto is depressed because of Jiraiya's death. While wandering at night, he meets Iruka who talks with him: "All Jiraiya ever had was praise for you. He always boasted about you. He kept saying that you were like his own grandchild. It's true; he had faith that you were the one who'd inherit his will, and he truly believed that you would become a wonderful Hokage one day. He's still watching, and he always will be... even at this very minute." This monologue brought this troper to tears.
    • Then comes Shikamaru "So I think it's time for us to step up... to stop being students and become teachers. Eventually, you'll be the one paying for the ramen, and someone will be calling you Naruto Sensei. After all, we can't stay brats forever... not if we wanna become cool shinobi, like the type of shinobi that Asuma and Jiraiya both were.". Manly Tears indeed!
  • Naruto Shippuden 152: Naruto meets up with Itachi who asks why he showed so much interest in Sasuke, a traitor to Konoha. Naruto replied that he was more of a brother to Sasuke than Itachi had ever been, and that he would do whatever it took to bring Sasuke home. Itachi then asks if he would always feel that way, even if Sasuke attacked Konoha. Naruto replied only that, if that happened, he would stop Sasuke without killing him and protect the village. Itachi's smile at the end of that was lovely; it also means that he entrusts his goal of protecting Sasuke to Naruto and is grateful at Naruto for his devotion to help Sasuke. It was just so heartbreaking to see Itachi give a genuine smile in response to Naruto's determination and kind-heartedness. Made all the more heartbreaking because Itachi was gonna die soon after that too.
  • I don't know about any of you guys, but I literally shed tears when Sasuke remembered that on the night of the massacre he saw Itachi crying.
    • Also can't forget the part where Itachi poked Sasuke's forehead before he dies saying 'Forgive me, Sasuke, but this is it.'

    Invasion of Pain Arc 
  • Chapter 416. Naruto is reading Jiraiya's book: The Legend of the Gutsy Ninja, where he has a flashback to when he was training with Jiraiya during the timeskip. The two are bickering about Jiraiya's books:
    Jiraiya: [in flashback] But I haven't given up on doing it myself just yet, you know! I still plan to change this world with my books!
    Naruto: With those books you don't sell, you mean?
    Jiraiya: Fool! They'll be bestsellers before you know it, and when the day finally arrives, I won't autograph your copies even if you beg me to!
    Naruto: I don't want your stupid autograph, anyway!
    Naruto: while reading Jiraiya's book, I don't want that anyway... (thinking) 'cause you gave me something much more valuable. Thank you.
  • There was another much more recently, in chapter 426. From the very beginning of the show, Naruto's entire purpose in becoming the Hokage is to gain respect from an entire town that hates and ignores him. Later, these same people are willing to give their lives to protect his whereabouts from the Big Bad, followed by a touching montage of how their views of him have changed as he continually puts his life on the line to help them.
    • The best part of that in my opinion was that when Konohamaru nearly was killed by Pain, Ebisu drew his attention to himself so that Konohamaru could escape. When Pain asked him for Naruto's location, Ebisu, having come to think highly of Naruto, refused at the risk of his life. This quote says it all.
    Ebisu: Naruto is one of us, a comrade of the Hidden Leaf Village! Ask all you want, I have no intention of telling you Akatsuki anything about him at all!
    • Which also makes the earlier scene, where two unnamed Leaf ninja said almost exactly the same thing, even more of a Tear Jerker since the Big Bad does indeed kill them for refusing to divulge Naruto's whereabouts. Thankfully though both men would be revived later.
  • In chapter 437, Hinata Hyuuga rushes Pein, and Naruto, who is down for the count, tells her to GTFO or Pain'll kill her. She responds that she's not afraid to die protecting him... because she loves him. Doubles as a Crowning Moment Of Awesome
    • Even better in the anime where we get to see flashbacks as she is deciding to save him and as she confesses her feelings. She is actually somewhat effective, it also lampshades Can't Catch Up- as despite the differences in her and Naruto's power she is the only one who stands beside him, stating that she wanted to stand side by side with him.
    • Near the end, Hinata uses whatever strength and determination she has left to crawl over to Naruto and attempt to remove the spike impaling his hands. Pain asks her why she refuses to leave Naruto alone despite the fact that Pain will kill her, and she replies with the exact same words as Naruto. What happens next... belongs in another page.
  • In the anime. Neji is the first of Team Guy to protest Naruto's going after the one controlling all the Pain's by himself. In fact, he's quit adamant about it. It's certainly a big change to how he felt towards Naruto during the Chunin exams.
    Neji: But why would he do something so reckless? Please Guy Sensei, we have to follow him!
    Guy: Right!
    Katsuyu: Wait! Naruto says he doesn't want any help.
    Guy: What! He doesn't?
    Neji: I don't care! He's done enough alone!
  • Chapter 450, page 2. Naruto is carried back to Konoha by Kakashi to find -everyone- out cheering for him. He has finally achieved his dream of being accepted by the village.
    • Not to mention gets a hug from his long-time crush/friend whom is a lady.
      • The anime episode of these scenes induced Manly Tears in this viewer even though he was sure it wouldn't. It's hard to pinpoint a specific moment: the kids rushing up to ask Naruto questions, the flashbacks showing the village's changing opinion of Naruto as he grows as a ninja or Sakura's smack on the head-turned-embrace ("You're always so reckless...") for Naruto, but the staff nailed this to the wall. Our little prankster grew up right before our eyes.
      • Shippuden Episode 175 was just recently dubbed...amazing to watch.
    Third Hokage: (in flashback) The final wish that the Fourth Hokage made...was for Naruto to one day be seen as a hero.
    Iruka: (tearing up) Lord Third...Lord Fourth...there is a hero...right before our eyes.
    • That and listening to the whole villages' changing opinion of Naruto over the years. They all started off disapproving of him and not even using his name. To voicing both pride and concern over the years.
      "And that fox brat! He shouldn't be a ninja!"
      "That's for sure. What is Lord Hokage thinking?"

      "That Team Kakashi, I hear they defeated the terrorist Zabuza!"
      "Seems that Nine-Tails boy was at the center of it."
      "No way, that kid's a total loser. I bet it was all Kakashi's doing."

      "You know that Nine-Tails kid? Well, he made it to the finals of the Chunin Exam."
      "Wow, he did? Guess he's more skilled than I thought."
      "Huh! Just hope the demon fox doesn't go on a rampage."

      "That's the Nine-Tails kid?"
      "I can't believe he defeated a Hyuga."
      "Awesome match!"
      "Wow, I never expected that. I didn't think the fox brat had it in him."
      "Yeah, he's not bad at all."

      "Word is he defended the village from the Sand Jinchūriki."
      "Who did?"
      "Naruto Uzumaki! You know, that child."

      "I'm glad the fifth Hokage's been decided. We can all rest easier."
      "Thanks to Lord Jiraiya and Naruto."
      "Did they really battle Orochimaru?"

      "I heard he couldn't bring Sasuke Uchiha back."
      "Boy, I hope Naruto's doing okay..."

      "And now a group called the Akatsuki is going after all the Jinchūriki."
      "Does that mean Naruto's a target, too?"
      "Is he alright?"
      "Don't worry. Lord Jiraiya's watching over him."

      "Hey, did you hear? They say that Naruto rescued the Sand's Kazekage from the Akatsuki!"
      "Wouldn't it be great if this results in an alliance between the Leaf and the Sand?"

      "The Akatsuki killed Lord Jiraiya!"
      "How's Naruto taking it?"

  • How has Naruto finally meeting with his dad, the Fourth Hokage, not been mentioned yet? Specifically Naruto's expression after learning that Minato was his dad and Minato telling Naruto he believed in him.
    • Even more touching is his last words to Naruto before restoring the seal: "I know you can do it; I have faith in you."
  • Kakashi saving Iruka's life from Deva Path Pain, as the latter struggled to help a fallen comrade.
  • Kakashi meeting his father in the afterlife. Especially his father's remark about how now that he's talked to Kakashi, he can leave limbo and join Kakashi's mother.
  • Chapter 448, including Volume 48's content.
    Naruto: My name is a precious heirloom that has been handed down to me by my master! There's no way that I'm just gonna give up and dishonor my master's gift! I will become Hokage! And I will bring peace to The Hidden Rain! I will! I'm asking you to believe in me!
    Pain: ... Why should I? How can you stand there and tell me that you will never change your mind? Do you really think you will never stray from that ideal no matter how much pain befalls you? You think you will always believe in yourself? Can you guarantee it? How can you possibly have that much faith that life won't change you?!
    Pain (After several flashbacks): We are sibling students... sharing the same sensei. We ought to be able to understand each other. When I said that to you earlier, I meant it as a joke. You really are a curious fellow. You remind me of myself when I was much younger.
    Konan: Nagato...
    Pain: I wasn't able to continue believing in Jiraiya's ideas, nor could I keep believing in myself... but... you give me a vision of a future that shows a different path from the one I've walked. I think I shall believe in you, after all... Naruto Uzumaki...

    Five Kage Summit Arc 
  • In the scene where Naruto is being beaten up by Karui Sai shows up to physically stop one of Karui's punches and tells Naruto "Naruto, There's no need for you to be beaten on Sasuke's behalf. Sasuke keeps causing you so much pain. If I were you..."
    • In the scene following that he even sits by Naruto's side and personally tends to the injuries he got from Karui's beating.
  • Chapter 485 has a scene where Sasuke told Naruto to shut up after the latter told him he understood the reason behind his actions. In response, Sakura gets pissed and defends Naruto with "No matter what we hear you've done, he still considers you a comrade! When everyone wanted to turn on you, Naruto alone stood up for you and wanted to rescue you, even now..." It's heartwarming for this troper especially when you consider Part I where Sakura would put Naruto down and speak highly of Sasuke. It just goes to show how positively her character has developed.
  • In chapter 486 Naruto tells Sasuke that he'll bear the burden of his hatred and they'll die together the next time they fight. Sasuke asks Naruto why he cares about him so much and Naruto responds by smiling and saying "Because your my friend." Sasuke's reaction to this line makes it all the more heartwarming and teardrop-inducing.
  • Chapter 488: Shizune crying when Tsunade wakes up from her coma, and then hugging her.
    • "Shizune... you're crushing me..."
  • Chapter 489: Sakura running to Naruto to tell him the news. Look at that smile! There's been so few reasons for any of the characters to smile in part II that it makes seeing that expression on her face all the sweeter.

    Confining the Jinchriki Arc 
  • Chapter 497 Naruto being filled with the Kyuubi's hatred, and is pretty much losing, even though he was able to conquer his own last time. Kushina appears and says (the words he probally wanted to hear all his life) "No...you can't stay here, Naruto." The ending quip sums it up nicely. "At the bottom of the Kyuubi's hatred...Naruto found his mother!"
    • Taken to Up to Eleven in the following chapter when Naruto realizes Kushina is actually his mother, cries as he hugs her, and has a chat with her about things, which includes them laughing together and Kushina telling Naruto about how she came to fall in love with Minato. At the end of the chapter she tells Naruto she loves him and Naruto gives an adorable smile in response.
      • The aforementioned love story between Minato and Kushina which involves a Big Damn Heroes moment not unlike that of Nagi and Arika simply overflows with Squee.
      • Also? Naruto apparently got his Verbal Tic from Mom: "Oh, you said -ttebane! You're excited!" "MORE LIKE FLUSTERED -TTEBANE!" "You said it again!"
      • Also, Naruto doesn't need Kushina to finish her sentences to know what's going on. Genre Savvy + Mother-Child-Bond= Squee.
  • Chapter 501: The chapter cover featuring Baby Sasuke and Baby Naruto. That is all.
  • The exact moment of Naruto's birth, specially due to Minato ("I... I finally am a father") and Kushina ("I finally get to see you, Naruto!") crying Tears of Joy at the sight of their baby. Too bad it got worse almost immediately afterwards.
  • At the end of the chapter where we see Baby!Sasuke we see younger!Itachi holding Baby!Sasuke in his arms.
  • Kushina was going to kill herself and the fox, so that Naruto and Minato could live together.
    • Minato sealed the fox into his son, so that he could make sure that Kushina could do the one thing she would regret, not being able to do. See Naruto grown up.
    • Same chapter also had a cover one third heartwarming, one third hilarious, and one third Tear Jerker. It featured Naruto, Kushina and Minato in the life they would have had if the Kyuubi attack never happened.
  • Naruto talking to his mother after hearing the story of the day he was born. Good god that kid knows how to make me well up a bit.
  • The ending of Chapter 504.
    Naruto: "I know there was love inside me, before the Kyuubi was. So I'm happy! I'm glad you guys were my parents!"
    Kushina: Minato... did you hear that?! Our love reached him! "Naruto... Thank you for making me your mother. Thank you for making Minato your father. Thank you for being our child. Thank you so much!
  • Shippuuden 247 goes a little further into Kushina's pregnancy, including the reactions of herself and Minato when they realise they're going to be parents. Equal parts Heartwarmer and Tear Jerker with the knowledge of what happens, but their excited babbling ("A mother, you know!" "I'm going to be a father") is beyond cute.
  • Killer Bee's childhood friend Motoi admitting to Killer Bee that he tried to kill him years ago. Bee's response? " Oh, did you?" (Holds out hand for fist bump)

    Shinobi World War Arc 
  • Chapter 516: Gaara's entire speech to the army about how Naruto saved him and how he will protect him. He stopped ninja who have been enemies for DECADES from fighting amongst themselves and finally, TRULY uniting against the common enemy.
  • Chapter 518: Sai being forced to fight his 'brother', knowing that he is being used by Kabuto. Him getting angry at this and instantly drawing two super-sized men and defeating deidara and sasori. But the clincher is when he is knocked back by one of deidara's bombs he drops his book that opens to the finished page where Sai and his 'brother' are smiling together causes his 'brother' to see it and states that since he seeing that picture brought closure to his ties to the earth and he dies again gracefully.
  • Chapter 521: When the resurrected Zabuza and Haku clash with Kakashi and Sakura, the first thing the pair do is ask how Naruto is doing; when they find out what has happened since they died, they comment apreciatively on how he's grown as a ninja before begging Kakashi to kill them.
    • Chapter 522: Haku when he finds out that Zabuza regards him as more than a mere tool.
  • Chapter 526 - Seeing Neji, the former Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy, fighting Back To Back Bad Asses style with his cousin that he used to hate, Hinata, would have been awesome enough as a sign of how far they've come since the beginning of the manga. What made it Crowning Moment of Heartwarming was the juxtoposition of the scene with a scene of their fathers talking about the fact that they're comrades and how this is just about protecting each other because of that, rather than the family's rule of Branch House protecting Main. Awww!
  • Chapter 528 - We get to see the most stone-cold Bad Ass A, the Fourth Goddamn Raikage, tell his subordinate Darui this gem worthy of any A Father to His Men type. For someone we thought a Jerk Ass when we first saw him, it's charming:
    Darui: I'm so sorry boss... I was supposed to be guarding you and you lost your left arm -
    A: There's no reason for you to be upset. I have no regrets about my left arm. Because I still have both my right arms.
    Darui: Both?
    A: Yes. This one... (points at Darui) and you.
    Darui: (smiles) So can we include C and make it three arms?
    A: Why not? You can never have too many right arms.
  • Chapter 533 - Choji's flashback, in which his dad Choza explains to him about the bonds between the Nara, Akimichi and Yamanaka clans, and the symbolism of the hoop earrings he wears. And then Choza gives him a pair of earrings from Asuma and tells him to have more confidence, and makes Choji swear to protect the next generation of the Akimichi clan and Konoha. Cue Choji growing butterfly wings on his own, without having to take the red pill.
    • And before that was the panel featuring Kurenai holding her newborn baby. Awwwww.
  • Chapter 535 - Iruka to Naruto: "You're like a little brother to me."
  • Chapter 536 weaves with Killer Bee's Mr. T antics some really charming statements for Iruka:
    ''If this guy can't stop him... then no one can play that part.
    I've been seeing you this whole time, in Naruto's heart.
    I dunno what you did for him, but that kid thinks the world of you.
    Unlike my raps... that damn foo'.
    Everything you've taught him is still inside, even today.
    Your words have protected him, all the way!
  • Chapter 539 has Naruto pretty much tells the Kyuubi he's worth saving(from his hatred). The look on the demon's face pretty much says that NO ONE has ever said that to him before.
    • And indeed, nobody had! In chapter 568, Kurama (which is the fox's name) bitterly remembers all the people who have controlled him in the past, noting how when they give their reasons for doing so, it usually amounted to "obey me!" Then along comes Naruto saying (paraphrased): "I want to do something about all that hate inside of you!"
    • Tells a lot how much he values Kyuubi (who we are still not discounting for being a malicious asshole) when Ch. 545 shows Naruto practically agreeing that Madara Uchiha is irredeemable. Yes, malevolence made flesh can be saved, but not a man seeking to be malevolence incarnate.
      • It's not really a double standard. The Kyuubi didn't have a choice in becoming evil, Tobi decided to do so of his own free will.
    • Naruto's compassion pays off in the long run, in 561 the real Madara Uchiha shows up, and the Kyuubi outright tells Naruto that if it's a choice between staying in the boy or being controlled by Madara, he chooses Naruto, and willingly lends him his chakra to fight. The demon fox even cheers Naruto on!
  • Chapter 541 has the Raikage talking with Naruto about The Fourth Hokage, saying he can't be here to help them now because he failed against the Kyuubi, and Naruto can't afford to be as reckless as he was. Naruto flashes back to his talks with his father and mother, and angrily tells the Raikage that his father did ''not'' fail.
    • There's also a nice moment flashing back to the Raikage and Bee's first meeting; Bee's not the Raikage's younger brother at all, but they were compatible enough to perform the Double Lariat they'd earlier used to kill Kisame('s clone). The Raikage-to-be then fist-bumps a young Bee (not even a jinchuuriki yet), declaring they're brothers from now on. It makes the Raikage's Big Brother Instinct even more touching when you realize Bee is only his brother in spirit; Naruto's not the only one whose family exceeds bonds of blood!
  • Chapter 542, continuing the flashback, A tells Bee he is about to become a Jinchuuriki. He then says no matter what happens, Bee doesn't have to hide it, because Bee is special to him.
  • Chapter 547, while fighting his resurrected father, it's revealed that it's not Shukaku that protected Gaara with the sand. It's his mother protecting him out of love.
  • Chapter 551: The third and final part is her, wrap it all up! Be so stellar that everyone forgets how horrible the second part was!
    • Naruto, Bee and Itachi fighting together and even pulling off an All Your Powers Combined maneuver. It could only have been more heartwarming if Nagato and Sasuke was fighting with them against Madara. *sniffles*
  • Chapter 552: Do not forget your friends.
    • Also Killer Bee reminding Naruto that he swore to protect him. He won't let him fight the war alone.
  • Chapter 557 Thanks to both parents, Gaara is able to defeat the second Mizukage and protect his troops.
  • Chapter 558: Naruto goes Big Damn Hero yet again, this time, to save Hinata from certain death! Could this lead to something, will Naruto raise the anchor of that ship or finally sink it? Oh Kishimoto, you troll...
    • Another minor one from 558, if indirect: Hinata is apparently killed, with Neji going to full-panic mode. Even though it turns out "Hinata" was just a White Zetsu doppelganger, Neji's reaction is yet another testament to his massive Character Development from Part I.
  • Chapter 559: He doesn't do it with words, but Naruto finally tells Hinata how he feels. He tells her he's grateful for her help and how awesome she is. He doesn't mention her confession specifically, but he mentions the encounter and thanks her.
    Hinata: Thank you.
  • In chapter 564 when Tobi tries to explain that Naruto and Killer Bee must understand the how miserable the world is, Naruto simply tells him that having a tailed-beast sealed inside him isn't so bad. Cue the Kyuubi looking up in surprise from his seal.
  • In Shippuden episode 232, Neji is chosen to lead the Hyuuga in the field by Hiashi, since Hiashi will be heading a rear guard and Hanabi is too young. This decision is made over several protests that Hinata should do it instead, since she has gotten stronger. Cue Neji's flashback: he was the one who trained her in Gentle Fist over the time-skip.
    • And when one complainer goes directly to Hiashi, he rebukes them by saying Neji is a better leader, regardless of his Branch Family status.
  • The flashback to Gaara's birth. After being told his mother cursed him as she died, he finally found out that she actually loved him. Add to that the fact that baby Gaara was about the size of your average kitten, and this troper's heart melted.
    Karura: He's so small... *smiles* I'll always protect you... Gaara!
  • Chapter 570. Naruto to the Nine-Tailed Fox: "You are not a monstrous fox anymore. You are my partner of the hidden leaf. You are Kurama."
    • Note that this is happening as Naruto opens the fox's cage so the two can finally fight together as equal partners.
    • It's also a direct callback to the very first chapter, specifically Iruka's heartwarming speech where he reaffirms that Naruto isn't a monster, but a valued member of the Hidden Leaf.
  • The flashback in chapter 572. It turns out the Sage of the Six Paths was a Parental Substitute to the newborn Bijuu whom he personally named, and that he wanted them to lead happy lives.
    • Also, his reason for naming them counts. Because he didn't want them to be seen as tools of war, or just masses of energy, but because he wanted them to be seen as individuals with actual personalities and feelings. Basically, as living creatures.
  • Hearing Kurama refer to the Sage of Six paths as "Grandpa" just so casually. He really cared about his old man, just like Naruto did.
    • The baby Tailed Beasts are so adorable they'll make you go "Aww!"
    • Roshi telling the Four-Tails, Son, that the two of them might have been able to go down the same path as Naruto and Kurama, back before they were captured and sealed/killed. This is pretty much him apologizing to Son for treating him like a monster for the entire time they knew each other. Just before they fade away, Son asks Roshi to call him by his real name...and Roshi obliges him, calling him "Son" for the first and last time.
  • Chapter 573: Hinata really is determined to not only help Naruto on the battlefield, but also to walk hand-in-hand with him after the war is over. You Go Girl!
    • Hell, everyone thinking about how they're going to give it their all because Naruto and Bee are is just awesome. Especially where, after a brief exchange with Lee, Sai has a bit of an epiphany and thinks that he can finally tell Naruto that he knows what friends are.
  • Chapter 578: Sasuke rebukes Itachi's habit of always being "later, later" when it comes to him and that it was all lies anyway. Itachi acknowledges that, but says since one only keeps their nature until they've died, and he's already dead, he'll keep his word and talk with Sasuke after they beat Kabuto. Weirdly both heartwarming and tearjerking, since it reminds you that after Itachi stops Edo Tensei, he'll die too.
    • Not quite. The point of this battle for Itachi and Sasuke is to find out how to end the Edo Tensei. Whether to cancel it right away or have Sasuke's questions answered first is a whole different matter.
    • The fact that Sasuke and Itachi are working together and fighting as brothers against Kabuto is quite heartwarming as well, as it goes to show that Sasuke still cares for Itachi well after Itachi's death.
  • Chapter 580 is called "Brotherly Time." Trust Itachi and Sasuke to consider battle a bonding moment—and trust Kishimoto to make it work.
  • Chapter 587 : Itachi shows sympathy to Kabuto of all people. He uses Izanami on Kabuto to make him realize he's on the wrong way, and that, unlike Itachi, he should change this before his death.
  • In chapter 589 Sasuke tells Itachi "When I'm with you I remember the past. The feelings from my childhood spent together with the brother I loved."
  • 590, doubling as a Tear Jerker. Even though Itachi chose to side with Konoha and kill his clan, his father and mother fully accepted his decision. They only asked him to promise them one thing, to take care of Sasuke.
    • Fugaku telling Itachi that he's proud of him until the very end.
    Fugaku: Don't hesitate; it's the path you chose. Our pain will only last an instant, unlike yours. The way we think may be different, but I'm still proud of you.
    • Itachi's final words to Sasuke...
    Itachi: You don't have to forgive me. No matter what you decide to do from now on, I will always love you.
    • The worst (or best?) thing about those final words is that during all the previous pages, we see Itachi getting closer to Sasuke, trying to give him one last poke on the forehead... and on the last page, as he says these words, his hand goes beyond, he grabs the back of Sasuke's neck, and pulls him forward to give him a headbutt of brotherly love. *sob*
  • Dan, Tsunade's old lover appears to her in chapter 591 before disappearing for good and tells her while holding her face. "I've only caused you hardship. I'm sorry. I'll be waiting on the other side. Please don't come for another while. Because you are my dream itself." He then kisses her forehead.

    Ten-Tails Revival Arc 
  • This moment in Chapter 598 between Kakashi and Gai. During the battle against Tobi, Kakashi is slowly but steadily succumbing to the latter's Hannibal Lecture, along with the increasing amount of evidence that he might actually be Obito, due to his possession of Obito's eye and the bitterness with which he spoke about Kakashi's failures to save his friends. However Gai manages to snap him out of it by confessing that he is having the same thoughts, but reminding him that his student is going all out against the Big Bad, which means that as his teacher he should back him up. It works, and Kakashi coming back to himself along with the reminder of the friendship he shares with his "rival", made this troper smile.
    • Which becomes a Tear Jerker once Chapter 599 reveals just who Tobi really is.
  • Obito's joking around with the Zetsu prototypes in 603. Despite being artificial beings created by Madara and sent to guard him as he heals from his injuries, it kindles a bit of a warm spot in the heart as you see him slowly but surely regaining the use of his body, while the two Zetsu cheer him on with each new accomplishment with what seems like genuine caring. But the truly heartwarming bit is when Zetsu recognizes Kakashi and Rin as two ninja surrounded by Hidden Mist Shinobi and warns Obito, going as far as to let him wear one of them like a battle-suit because his own body is still far too injured. Bad guys they might be, but the friendship they seem to have kindled seems just as real as those on the protagonists side.
  • Chapter 611. All of it. Every single spare member of the the Shinobi Alliance has arrived to back up Naruto, Bee, Kakashi, and Gai just as they start to collapse from exhaustion. And practically each and everyone of them cheers them all on for having fought against the Tailed Beasts by themselves for so long.
  • Chapter 614: Hinata finally gets to fight side-by-side with Naruto, just like she wanted. Too bad it turns into a Tearjerker of the highest order...
    • And even then, the outcome is unbelievably moving on its own, with Neji's Heroic Sacrifice and Famous Last Words displaying possibly the most powerful Character Development in the series. That stoic Neji Hyuga was happy enough in his fate to Go Out with a Smile speaks wonders of the boy who was once one of the most hateful characters in the story.
    • Specifically, he's perfectly happy to sacrifice himself to save the main character that he once saw as complete trash and the cousin he had hated before for being a part of the Hyuuga Main family (and for indirectly causing his father's death). He really has come a long way since his first appearance.
    Hyuuga Neji: Because...I was called....a genius.
  • Hinata snaps Naruto out of his Heroic BSOD with a gentle slap, reminds him of their nindo and tells him not to waste Neji's Heroic Sacrifice by giving into Obito. Then he grasps her hand, thanks her...and prepares to charge into battle with her at his side.
    • No mention of the Held Gaze Naruto and Hinata give each other before Naruto gets his Heroic Second Wind and thinking about all the people who've died or fought for him before our Determinator gears up to fight?
    • Not to be outdone in the kindness department, Kurama, the Nine-Tailed Fox himself, went out of his way to remind Naruto that the burden of saving everyone is not in his shoulders alone, for he is sitting right there inside him. Let's face it, getting a verbal Bright Slap from an Eldritch Abomination should shake you out of your funk.
  • Sasuke Uchiha is all of the following: a member of the Uchiha clan, someone who has the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan, someone who has admitted to wanting to destroy the Leaf Village. Recently, he brought about the revival of the First Hokage. It turns out that by reviving him at full power, Hashirama can now break free of Edo Tensei. Does he open up a truly epic can of whoopass on Sasuke? Nope. Instead he gently tries to talk some sense into Sasuke. This guy and Naruto are definitely related.
    • When you consider that this guy can crush Sasuke like a puny insect anytime he wants to, it just makes the moment all the better.
    • Not to mention that when this happens, Hashirama is fully aware that there is a war going on with his archnemesis Madara leading one side. Even though he would logically have the most reason to want to go out there and stop things, he insists on taking the time to sit down with Sasuke and speak to him on an equal level, promising to answer Sasuke's questions to the best of his ability and then letting him decide what to do with them for himself. That is the kind of man the First Hokage is.
  • It may just be me, but Orochimaru stating specifically that his loyalty lies with Sasuke, is oddly touching, considering the manipulative relationship they used to have, and that even with the threat that Madara presents capable of being felt from miles away, he won't let the reanimated Hokage leave until they've answered Sasuke's questions.
  • As a child, part of Hashirama's motivation for pursuing peace between the Uchina and Senju clan was out of fear that his younger brothers would die needlessly in the conflict.
    • In the same chapter, Tobirama defends his older brother when their father is about to hit him for protesting against the senseless war against the Uchiha clan. Considering the usual Bokeand Tsukkomi Routine they go through and his usual position as The Stoic, it's kinda nice to see that he does care.
  • A small one, but in Hashirama's flashback, the scene where he and Madara are kids and they warn each other that their fathers and brothers are trying to kill the other one was kind of heartwarming. Unless this flashback is the first time you've read Naruto at all though, this is an instant Tear Jerker since you know what Madara grows into.
  • After the building of the Leaf Village is complete, the Land of Fire wants them to choose a leader. For the candidate of First Hokage, Hashirama nominates Madara Uchiha.
    • It's much more than that when you look at it. Hashirama is doing everything right. He's partnering with Madara, giving him a position of importance to keep him sated, and trying to keep him involved in all the decisions. Hashirama doesn't want Madara to stray into the dark again, and is doing everything to prevent that. He even let Madara name the village.
    • It's much more than keeping Madara sated. It was about giving Madara a new family and something precious to protect after his losses.
  • In chapter 627, Sasuke ultimately sides with Konoha, refusing to let the village his brother sacrificed himself to protect die.
    • Orochimaru himself agrees to join the fray with Sasuke and the four Hokage, and does so with a smile. And at the end of the chapter, all four of the past Hokage prepare to protect their village just one last time.
    • While they are preparing for the above, Minato the Fourth Hokage is looking forward to seeing his son Naruto again.
  • Chapter 630: Minato and Naruto finally meet face to face in real life
  • Chapter 631: Team 7 reunites to fight the Juubi.
  • Chapter 634: Apparently Naruto and Hinata holding hands in 615 was more than just transferring chakra and Ship Tease. It, along with Neji's encouragement, actually empowered Hinata, giving her the determination to move forward.
  • Chapter 635: Naruto's first thought after lighting the Juubi on fire with an Amaterasu is for Sasuke to extinguish the flames when the Juubi is weak enough to save the other biju. Naruto really is the Sage's successor.
    • Katsuyu is willing to listen to Orochimaru if it means having Tsunade live. Orochimaru even lampshades how nice she is
    • Tsunade survives and is able to save all the current kages.
  • Chapter 641: The last page which shows Naruto and Sasuke smiling in between the panting after their combination attack successfully impacts on Juubito. Ho Yay subtext aside one feels nostalgia seeing them together again and flashbacks of when the two were teammates.
  • Chapter 643: The fact the Yin half of the Kurama was very nice to Minato was surprising. But it works, it shows that Kurama always had a nice side to him
    • Or that Minato thought to himself and Kushina, that Naruto has grown up well.
  • Chapter 644: Naruto can understand his father's love without Minato saying anything.
  • Chapter 649: Naruto unconsciously uses his Chakra to heal Shikamaru, because he refuses to let any more friends die. His peers realizing the lengths he would go to help them counts as an in-universe Moment Of Heartwarming.
    • Shikamaru feels Naruto trying to keep him alive, and has an epiphany about everything Naruto has endured over the years, alone, for the sake of the everyone else and realizes that he wants to be there for him so that he won't feel like that anymore. And in the future when Naruto is Hokage, he won't have a hyper-Intelligent brother like the Shodai did... so he has to live, so that he can be Naruto's adviser!
    Shikamaru: Unlike the First Hokage... Naruto doesn't have a smart brother willing to be his adviser... so...well... I guess... when he becomes Hokage... I'll have to stay at his side! I'm sorry Dad, I cant go there yet. No one could be a better adviser for Naruto than me!
  • Chapter 651: Naruto calls on all his friends to lend a hand to break Obito's barrior with nine Rasegans by diving into the Kyuubi/Susano'o. Lee unable to use Chakra doubting if he can use it just for Naruto to say 'It's ok'.
    Kakash: Obito... Even if initially they treat him as an idiot... When people see someone who tries harder then anyone else...They eventually ... Want to lend him a hand... That's because people eventually realize they can fill the holes in each other's hearts...And those whose hearts are filled by their friends...Are strong.
  • Chapter 653: Naruto verbally beating Obito down with one of his best speeches ever, offers Obito a chance to at least not go down in history as a monster. Obito instead tries to strangle him, claiming to regret nothing. In the end, Naruto literally grabs the mans hand and drags him forward. Totally shaking Obito up.
  • Chapter 654: The entire Alliance putting their own lives on the line to save the Bijuu, showing that Naruto's changed them from what they thought the Biju were before.
    • Not long after Obito finally comes to understand why Nagato made the decision to sacrifice himself, and opts to make the same choice...
  • Chapter 667: Itachi's feelings for Sasuke was so strong that it moved Kabuto to save Sasuke's life.
    • The Second happily telling Kabuto how to save Sasuke
    • Kabuto finally discovering who he is, and his home. The orphanage that he lived as a child.

    Infinite Tsukuyomi arc 
  • Chapter 660: Although the Shukaku's past was depressing, we do have nice part. The old monk that was a past jinchuriki of the Shukaku's and despite his horrible treatment by his village, he never held it against the Shukaku. It caused the Shukaku to say the monk was similar to the Sage of Six Paths, causing the monk to cry tears of joy.
    • In the modern day, we see Gaara doing everything to protect the Shukaku, saying as he is no longer the jinchuriki, he can be the Shukaku's equal. As well as the Shukaku's effort to protect Gaara and before he is sealed, he compares Gaara to the Old monk, Bunbukou.
  • Chapter 663: Just how dedicated Sakura and Karin are to keeping Naruto and Sasuke alive respectively
    • Sakura using her last bit of chakra to make a chakra scapel and open Naruto's chest, so she can massage his heart, while giving him CPR. All the while thinking that about Naruto's Part I boasts and how they are coming true, so he can't die. That she won't let him. Shipping aside this is a great example of just how strong Naruto and Sakura's friendship is
    • Karin going berserker and damaging Spiral Zetsu's statue using chakra chains, that Orochimaru compares to Kushina's.
    • Kurama last's words to Gaara were focused on how to keep Naruto alive. It really is heartwarming much Naruto and Kurama relationship grew from mutual hatred to finally friendship.
    • The fact that the other half of Kurama can save Naruto is heartwarming in the future. Minato undeniably blames himself for Naruto's childhood, yet Minato alone is able to save Naruto. He is able to give Naruto the greatest gift a father can possibly give to his son, his life. Allowing Minato to clean his guilt and allow Minato to do his fatherly duties as he stated in chapter 504.
    "Dying to make a better life for his son.... That's the stuff you let the father handle"
  • Chapter 665: After chapters and chapters of things getting worse and worse. There finally is a positive moment when Obito is able to prevent Black Zetsu from going to Madara and come back to the side of good, because of Naruto's words.
  • Chapter 666: Obito and Kakashi are able to work together and give Naruto the Yin side of the Kyubi. With Guy arriving to save Kakashi.
  • Chapter 667: Itachi's feelings for Sasuke were so strong that they influenced Kabuto to save Sasuke. Brotherly love there.
    • A shot of Naruto and Sasuke being healed by Obito and Kabuto respectively. Showing how much the two masterminds of the war have changed
    • Rock Lee pulling a big damn heroes moment to save an exhausted Guy.
  • 668: This chapter is a tear jerker, a heart warmer, and a moment of awesome all rolled into one. With all hope seemingly lost, as Kakashi and Minato are incapable of putting a dent in Madara's defense, Guy makes the ultimate sacrifice without a moment's hesitation by opening the the 8th Gate: The Gate of Death. Guy describes it as a technique to be used only when you have someone so precious that you'd be willing to lay down your life for them, and this context is illustrated by a flashback where Guy's father sacrificed his life for his son. In Guy's context Kakashi, his best friend and rival, and Lee, his beloved student, are his precious people that he wants to protect. And when Madara dismisses the blood aura emitted by Guy as being that of rotting leaves Guy's rebuttal illustrates once and for all that Konoha's philosophy is the right one and that Madara's is hollow and empty; Guy explains that even though he represents the dying leaves of the old generation, those leaves will not rot but will instead nourish the next generation of leaves (like Lee his student, and other young people like him) and provide an example of love and hope that will guide them as they gain the power to usher in the next Spring. That's why Guy's red aura is able to shine so beautifully because this is the embodiment of his Spring Time of Youth, and consequently the embodiment of the Will of Fire. The chapter ends with Madara being caught off guard and is made a fool of by Guy when he rushes him so fast that he couldn't keep up with his movements.
  • Chapter 669: Gaara asking what Gai just did, Kakashi explains that Gai just opened the eighth gate, a stronger version of what Lee did during their battle, but it's fatal. Causing Gaara to remember Gai saving Lee. Gaara asks if Lee is ok. Showing how much Gaara has changed from the monster that couldn't understand why Gai would save Lee's life.
    • When Lee opens the sixth gate, and curses his inability to open the eighth gate. Minato tells he shouldn't feel bad, as Lee is one of the young lives Gai is dying for. It mixes with Tear Jearer.
  • Chapter 670: When Naruto met the Sage of the Six Paths, the Sage was incredibly humble. He never acted like he was superior to Naruto despite a very large power difference and an obvious intellect difference.
    • When the Sage reveals that Naruto is his son reincarnated, it shows how much the sage loves his son to visit one of his reincarnations long after his death. Based on his words he already done this multiple times.
  • Kakashi's flashback to meeting Guy as a child. His father warns Kakashi not to underestimate Guy, and in the present Kakashi acknowledges that Guy's skills.
  • Chapter 673: Sakura although not forgiving Obito, thanks him for saving Naruto.
    • Gaara telling Naruto, that once he becomes Hokage, that they should be allies.
  • Chapter 675: Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura and Kakashi stand together against Madara. Team 7 has truly returned
  • Chapter 676: The amount of worry that Naruto and Kakashi have for Sakura. When she is stabbed by Madara. They are horrified. Naruto runs to protect her. In comparison, Sasuke couldn't care
  • Chapter 677: Hinata, now trapped in Infinite Tsukuyomi, cries out mentally for Naruto. He hears her!
    • Sasuke acting quickly to protect Team 7 from the effects of Infinite Tsukuyomi.
  • Half of the Infinite Tsukuyomi dreams are hilarious. The other half are adorable.
    • Particular mention has to be given to both Tsunade's and Gaara's. Tsunade sees herself reunited with Dan and Nawaki, but more moving is the fact that both Jiraiya and Orochimaru are there, showing that despite all the time Tsunane has tried to convince herself that Orochimaru was never their friend, she does still miss what they were. Gaara's depicts him as a child, reunited with his family and his father acting as a father and Naruto showing up and asking for Gaara to come out and play with him.
  • Chapter 682: Naruto revives Obito, the very same man who has not only killed thousands of people and ruined many lives for his mad quest for world peace and revive Rin, but also killed his parents and lead to him being orphaned. What struck this troper is the smile he gave Obito while placing his hand on his chest. The kid's most definitely a saint and have taken several levels in kindness to so casually do the deed, considering that he was at his limit when he forgave Nagato committed the same crime on a lesser scale.
  • Obito promising to help Naruto bring back Sasuke even if it costs him his life. THAT'S Character Development!
  • Sasuke catching Sakura as she collapses from exhaustion in Chapter 685.
  • Chapter 686: Kakashi intends on Taking the Bullet for Naruto and Sasuke, only for Obito to use Kamui in order to save him at the cost of his own life, just like how he intended to do all those years ago. His last words to Kakashi?
    Obito: "Kakashi, you stay here for now...and don't come after me any time soon either!"

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    General 
  • Crosses over with Tear Jerker in some instances, but this Troper was moved after having gone back and reread portions of the Shinobi World War arc. The vast majority of the revived ninja go out of their way to help the living, telling their weaknesses and powers, trying to warn them, and generally hoping that the world they left behind is strong enough to stop them. These are ninjas who were mortal enemies with each other and many of their opponents in life, but in death, all they want is to see the world safe and sound, to be returned to the grave where they belong.
  • There's been one recently, too. "Hawk", who for all intents and purposes just joined as allies of convenience, honestly begin respecting each other, saving each other, and protecting each other. And this is the group led by Sasuke of all people!
    • His first "Amaterasu" was sparked by wanting to protect his new team and the memory of his old team. He may divide the fanbase and may have crossed the Moral Event Horizon but that was a touching moment.
      • Turned Tear Jerker with Sasuke abandoning two of them and later trying to kill Karin because she's no longer useful. Moral Event Horizon all over again. How many can one guy cross and still have fangirls?
  • The opening "Diver" from Naruto Shippuden shows Naruto falling into and sinking in the ocean like something out of Kingdom Hearts as the Akatsuki stand leering at him in a Fieldof Blades. Sasuke appears above him and attacks him with a Chidori as Naruto struggles and the scene is consumed by angry red light... until Sakura's hand touches his back and the red changes to cool blue. Then Kakashi's hand joins hers, then Sai's and Yamato's, and Shikamaru's, Ino's, Ten Ten's, Hinata's, Lee's, Gai's, Iruka's and Neji's join theirs to push Naruto out of the ocean and into the air. Naruto flips in midair and stares down at the whirlpool he came out of and sees Sasuke sinking at the bottom like Naruto was. Tying his headband on, Naruto dives back down to save his friend. While some anime TitleSequences can be hard to figure out the symbolism in this one was plain as day and awesome as hell.
  • Crosses over with CMoA, one Shippuden opening (I can't remember what it was called) had Naruto, Sakura, and Sai preform a syncronized hand-sign combination attack on Tobi while they're seemingly flying through the air straight at him. While it didn't happen in the actually manga or anime (yet?) it was touching watching the three of theme working together so cohesively.
  • Any of Team Seven's interactions in Part I and in the fillers especially when you consider their current state in Part II.
    • Specifically, the one about Kakashi and the woman who had a crush on him called Hanare. The funny thing is, the flashback takes place before Kakashi told an angry Sasuke that all the people he cares about are all dead. But she's still alive by the end of the flashback episode. I guess that means he fibbed twice.
  • The fact that Naruto taught Gaara how to escape the hell of being utterly alone and rejected. Love.
  • In the second Shippuden ending much emphasis is put on Naruto and Sasuke holding hands as Sasuke helps Naruto up from the ground.
  • The splash art for chapter 579 qualifies if for no reason than to show the change in Kurama. Until the current arc, every image of Kurama showed it with bared fangs, an evil roar, or a sinister grin. Now, the giant fox is sleeping lazily in the middle of the village with drool sliding down its muzzle and a sleep bubble in its nose.
  • The one-shot preview to the Road to Ninja movie is one big Heartwarming moment with Naruto's loneliness being cured by his friends (even if just for a day).
  • Much earlier in the manga, it was noted that the Ino-Shika-Cho bond goes back 16 generations, as does their clans' relationship with the Sarutobi clan. We later find out that before the founding of the hidden villages, which only happened in the time of Hashirama and Madara and therefore less than 16 generations back (going by Hashirama as Tsunade's grandad and Tsunade as old enough to be a grandmother logic), almost all clans were always at each others' throats. Sort of a "Heartwarming in Hindsight" about how those clans did manage to get along.
  • Naruto and Jiraiya's relationship is probably one of the most heartwarming mentor relationships in the series. Although it starts in oddly, they soon grow attached to each other. This is best shown when Naruto love for Jiraiya allows him to forgive Nagato for everything that he has done.

    Movies 
  • The final battle in In Naruto: Shippuden Movie, when Naruto comes to rescue Shion. About to see her prediction of his death come true, she uses her power to save him at the last second, intending to kill herself and the Big Bad Moryo in order to protect him. Then Naruto manages to interupt her Dying Moment of Awesome, again telling her that he promised to protect her and together, they destroy Moryo once and for all.
  • In the movie "Inheritors of the Will of Fire" the ending has Kakashi once again smile as he again thinks about the similarities between Obito and Naruto. Unfortunately Naruto and the Konoha 11 takes the smile the wrong way. Kakashi hurriedly denies their assumptions while Naruto panics and tries to flee. Kakashi then chases after him trying to explain himself. A very nice lighthearted ending to a suspenseful story.
  • In Naruto Shippuden Movie: Blood Prison when Ryuzetsu sacrifices her life so that Naruto might live,counts also as a Tear Jerker,poor Ryuzetsu
  • A lot of Naruto: The Road to Ninja is like this.
    • It starts with after konoha 11 returning home after fighting Akatsuki, all their parents say how proud they are of their children. It crosses into tearjearer as Naruto is left standing there, alone.
    • After Naruto meets his still alive alternative world parents, he spots an album of their life together. It shows many of Naruto's moments alone in the series, now him smiling with his parents.
    • After Kushina is hurt protecting Naruto, at first it looks like she is about to hit him again; she instead runs to hug him.
    • After a mission, Naruto runs home at full speed to his home, and finally enters his house with the lights on and someone to greet him.
    • As Naruto lies defeated and with his memories wiped, he looks at the Red Moon Scroll. Slowly, he remembers his training with Jiraiya and suddenly he stands, confidence and memories restored. His cry as he charges to battle? My name is Naruto Uzumaki.
    • After the big battle, Tobi tries one more attack, and Sakura pushes Naruto out of the way to protect him.
    • After returning home Sakura runs to hug her parents with tears in her eyes.
    • When Naruto return to his apartment, he expects it to be lonely. He instead finds Iruka and they share a cake.

    Filler 
  • Minor CMOHs: From the Iruka's Ordeal flashback mini-arc:
    • Kakashi: "Your eyes were so full of life back then..."
    • Iruka's happy dance at being accepted as a teacher.
    • Iruka saying of Naruto: "It's the bad ones you get attached to." Also: "I will protect Naruto, whatever it takes."
  • The lullaby sung by Sumarus mother called Natsuhiboshi. The lullaby in the dub is just as good as the original thanks the the singing talent of the voice actress.
  • The conclusion of the "Trap Master Arc", it was very satisfying to watch the Konoha 11 all working together so cohesively.
    • The fact that it was Naruto's uncanny resemblance to old man Genno's son is what ultimately saved the village is also very heartwarming.
  • Throughout the Three Tails arc, Guren's relationship with a little boy named Yukimaru has gradually started to become motherly until finally, at the end of the arc, Yukimaru tells Guren he loves her... And she responds with "I love you too." This is even better because Kabuto has just told Yukimaru that it was Guren who was responsible for his mother's death. And instead of letting out a grief-stricken rage - which was the intent - he forgives Guren instantly! It was so heartwarming, my eyes started to well up! In fact their entire relationship - starting from Guren considering Yukimaru a kid she's "babysitting" to becoming a surrogate mother to him - is adorable!
  • In Shippuden episode 238, Sai after learning more about what it means to have bonds draws a picture of himself, Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke holding hands.
  • Shippuden Episodes 246 and onward, which are the anime adaptations of chapters 498 and on, mentioned earlier on this page. While most of the heartwarming content is the same, the anime adds at least one extremely heartwarming scene in Episode 247: Kushina announcing to Minato that she's pregnant. The sheer awe and joy the two parents-to-be radiates almost taste like diabetes.
  • After the Pain arc in the anime Naruto returns to the village after beating Pain and Ino is shown looking at Naruto with much adoration after never noticing him before and saying "I could fall for him."
  • The pre-timeskip filler arc moment where Naruto caught Hinata after her battle and complimented her on her new jutsu and fighting skills. After spending all her time withdrawn and shy, she just looked so HAPPY to hear that from him.
  • In Shippuden 182, Naruto's team (before Sasuke left) is paired up with the only recently reformed Gaara and his team of newbies Yaoki and Korobi for a joint mission. Despite Naruto's initial distrust of Gaara, he not only charges to the rescue when some sand ANBU try to kill Gaara. He also scolds the rookies for running away when their "friend" (not knowing any better) needed their help. In the end, Yaoki and Korobi come back to help rescue Gaara and became some of his first real friends, aside from Naruto at this point. But the best part of the episode? If you look closely near the end of the Kazekage Rescue Arc, you'll see two Shinobi who look like a lot like Yaoki and Korobi happily crying in relief to find him alive.
  • In Shippuden 186, Naruto decides to go out and find a rare flower that he believes will be the cure to heal Rock Lee of his injuries.
  • A few moments in episode 237:
    • Gaara carrying Lee back to the village.
    • Lee and Gai crying Manly Tears as they embrace and Gai tells Lee how proud he is that the surgery was a success and he recovered.
    • Tenten helping Lee with his training and smiling all the way at the end.
  • Shippuden 238: This painting Sai drew.
  • In Shippuden 306, it's a flashback to just after the Chunin Exams. Hinata, having overused her eyes during training with Neji, is unable to see. Neji spends his time shadowing Hinata and helping her without her knowledge (eg. taking things out of her path, moving things closer to her so she doesn't have to feel around for them). After finding out that she won't be able to see a big fireworks festival, he goes out into a dangerous valley n the middle of the night to attempt to find a rare herb to cure her temporary blindness.
  • In Shippuden 311, Prologue to Road to Ninja : Rock Lee is accused of peeping on the girls during their bath. Lee tries to defend himself by saying that he got stuck on something and that he lost balance during his training. Naruto comes and sees Lee crying over being accused of something he never did. Naruto does a rousing speech to the girls saying that if he says he is innocent, then he is.

    Other/Outside of Canon 
  • This tribute video to Minato and Kushina. While it does contain spoilers, it is an amazingly beautiful, heartwarming and tearjerking video. The choice and timing of the clips, the way it tells the story of their entire relationship - starting from the day they met (where Kushina wasn't too impressed with him) to the day Naruto was born, Tobi screwed things up, Kurama attacked Konoha and the two of them die protecting Naruto and the village - while being set to Richard and Donna's song "At the Beginning"... It's just incredible... And the emotions really overwhelm you when the credits roll and you see some fanart of Minato and Kushina, either sleeping or dead, surrounded by flower petals and smiling peacefully while holding hands... Wow...


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