Heartwarming: Questionable Content
Note: examples are sorted in numerical order — please insert new examples in their corresponding places. Exceptions may be made when a sequence of strips is nominated collectively.
- Pintsize giving Faye $400 in donations after an AnthroPC Housewarming Party in order to help her decorate her room. Faye is speechless, while Marten resists making the obvious remark.
- Strip 509. Simple and effective:
Faye: Why would you want me to get better if you weren't planning on waiting for me so we could date?
Marten: Because I CARE about you, dammit.
- Dora finally kissing Marten in If You Need Me I Can Always Be Found?
- One for Hanners. Sven and Faye go out to a karaoke bar, and take Hannelore with them. She works up the courage to get up on stage and perform the only song she knows.... "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." The entire audience sang along.
- After Faye got a concussion and then made an ass of herself in front of him, Sven comes to the coffee shop to give her a "Get Well" card.
- Marten passes his "Worry Hat" on to Hannelore.
- Hanners giving Marten the hat back in I'll Be By Your Side.
- This Speed Beer strip. Goddamn, it's about time something good happened to Hanners.
- Shut up and kiss me, you dolt.
- The shut-in Marigold gets one in these three strips, when Marten invites her for an evening of hanging out.
- They came back to visit!
- Hannelore is such an adorable Woobie that not even Faye's status as a Deadpan Snarker ruins this strip about being poked.
- On her date with Sven, when she is cold, he lends her his hoodie.
- And the growth of Hannelore continues: we go from "Hugging Hannelore Heralds Heavy Hyperventilation" to, well, huggles. One can even see the exact moment of transition in this strip, panels 3 and 4.
- And now we have this hug. It's the first time she's ever hugged her father
- Marten is a true friend.
- It may lead into a poop joke, but Hanners waiting happily to start her first day of real work, replete with adorable happy kitty lunchbag, is instant Cuteness Proximity.
- The strip I Bless the Rains where a discussion about guilty pleasures turns into a kiss between Faye and Angus.
- The one immediately after is pretty damn cute too.
- In U Stream, Jeph was drawing Hanners giving a Sven a hug. It was basically d'awwww inducing. Made even better when it appeared in the comic. Aww.
- Faye hugs Dora while bluring the line between empathy and rage, and offers to get Dora some help.
- Veronica Reed finally drawing a smile out of her son. Because, sometimes, you need to know it's going to be alright.
- As odd as this comic is, it's sweet that Pintsize is concerned about Marten in his own weird way.
- As disturbing and bizarre as it is, the sentiment behind this is weirdly touching, too. Pintsize really is trying to help in a...misguided way.
- Only 'cause I know you like it.
- Strip 1889. You just walked in on the guy your roommate hooked up with dancing around your apartment with nothing on but a condom? Yes, the proper reaction is to put up a banner, get some party hats, and throw confetti.
- Momo's new chassis. Judging by the nosebleed, Marigold is going to be eating ramen for longer than she lets on to pay it off. It establishes Momo is more than some kind of surrogate pet/comic relief character (the way Pintsize or Winslow are usually portrayed); Marigold cares for her pretty deeply.
- Fridge Heartwarming: With those twin ponytails the chassis she chose looks a lot like Marigold.
- In fact, that is shaping up to be an entire crowning arc of Heartwarming, combined with a straight-played Become A Real Girl for Momo.
- "The least we could do is invite them to the party, and perhaps offer them some champagne."
- Not only was this just in time for Christmas, but Jeph actually wrote the entire fictional speech, of which he only used an excerpt in the comic, which somehow makes it even more heartwarming. It can be found here.
- Double CMoH; The AI on Hannelore's Dad's space station apologizes to someone he played a cruel prank on by giving her some shares in Ellicott-Chatham Technologies. The fact that he owns shares in the first place reminds us that AIs really are humanity's equals. The second part comes when he says the shares she now owns are worth 4.6 Million US Dollars. Her ponytail comes undone from the shock.
- Hannelore's words of encouragement to Marigold. They become even more touching in retrospect as the next few strips show how much Hannelore is speaking from her own heart about having come through to the other side of that day herself.
Someday, everything is going to go right for you, and it will be so wonderful you won't even know what to do.
- On that note, Hannelore admitting that she loves Station.
- Nevermind it took 2213 strips, but finally, for the first time ever since the first strip, the "I hate my job" topic comes full circle.
- Claire already trusting Marten enough to tell him she is transgender.
- And in connection to the above, Clinton is really protective of Claire. Not just protective, but SUPPORTIVE.
- And in a meta-example, the fan response to it and Jeph's reaction to it, especially considering it occurred about a week after he'd had a Creator Breakdown due to Fan Dumb.
Jeph's Twitter: I wish I could share some of the emails I'm getting about Claire with you guys. They are amazing.
- And later, after getting an email about how QC has an "agenda" now,
Jeph's Twitter: Also got literally 1500+ emails expressing happiness about recent QC events so I guess PROJECT AGENDA is working.
- Pintsize tells Momo that he was Marten's only friend for two years before he met Steve and Faye, and that he's happy that Marten has friends and a life now. He even tells Momo that there are different ways for them to do their jobs. Of course, he won't tell Marten that, as he defaults to his normal behavior when Marten asks what's up.
- What started as a throwaway gag earlier on in the story evolved into a rather touching moment. Marten's dads' (yes, plural) wedding arc culminated in Martin's Mom delivering a rather heartwarming speech during the dinner showing that there is no love lost between them.
- Words cannot express how cute this is. Marten wakes up in the night to Claire cuddling him, and he simply accepts it, with no fuss.
- Despite her Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies, when Emily catches what she thinks is a fairy, she immediately wishes for world peace. Sure, it's Played for Laughs, but the point stands.
- Blogpost for comic 2510: Jeph links to his first kickstarter for a Deathmøle album with a goal for $9,500 in one month. Blogpost for comic 2511: goal has already made its goal and then some: 38,911
Jeph's: Holy CRAP you guys, the response to the Deathmøle Kickstarter has been WAY bigger than I had ever dared hope! We're over 300% funded 24 hours in, which is AMAZING. Thank you so much! But it is not over yet! We are hammering out some extremely cool stretch goals and should be posting them in the next day or two, so keep your eyes peeled. Thank you, again, for your support. I am tremendously thankful.
- Dale and Marigold become friends.
- May wants to watch the stars.
- Emily went and got her ears pierced after Claire did. Why? Because she looks up to Claire. Little more mild than some other examples on this page, but still great.
- What makes it more special is that it helps build up to this moment since it gives structure to this relationship. Emily doesn't care that Claire is transgender either and thinks she's so cool.
- Specials: You are very special. It's more subtle, but subtle does the trick.
- Since Sam considers Marten family now she bring to him a frog as a friendship offering. Martin returns the favor by offering to take her out for a gathering excursion, much to her delight.
- Marten and Claire are adorable.
- Bizarre as the circumstances are for this comic, it definitely counts because for someone who is transgender to have a supportive parent, IS actually a huge thing.
- The last panel of this strip.
- And the entire following strip. "I like you, and I think you like me, and I want to see where this takes us."
- And the one after that. "So I think we can take it as it comes. And we'll talk to each other, and figure out what needs figuring out."
- Strip 2832. Veronica's reaction to seeing that her son Marten is dating again is hilariously smile-inducing.
- Strip 2837. Marten and Claire making puns. I can't help but find this little bit to be hilariously adorable.
- Pretty much their entire first date is a crowning moment of heartwarming.
- Like strip 2839. It's like Jeph Jacques, after years of using Marten as his (and our) chew toy, is delighting in giving him a positive update in life.
- "I got you a bear at the gift shop. I don't know if that's appropriate in this situation, but that's what I did." Poor Hanners is clearly out of her element in dealing with this, but goddamn is she trying.
- It's a mix between this and a tearjerker, but Dora is willing to have the insurance company pay for Faye's alcohol-related breakdown. Why is it still a tearjerker? Because Dora is still firing her, and is still too upset from their last encounter to tell Faye in person. So she leaves it to Hannelore.
- "You're beautiful." Even more so considering how often the bodies of transgender people and the reaction to them are used as a cheap punchline/source of disgust.
- "Nice to meet y'all."
- "Dude, your girlfriend is a dork." "I know!" Marten's adorably pleased face is just PERFECT.
- Marten may be pretty passive sometimes, but he will stand up to his friends if they need it.
- In the wake of Faye getting fired, Pintsize helps her get a job completely unasked for. Sure, it's a job fixing contestants in a semi-illegal robot fighting ring, but the fact that he cares enough to offer his help without any of his usual joking around is remarkably reminiscent of the first example on this page.
- Dora finally makes some amends with Sven. Doubles as an awesome moment for Dora because it's a change in her attitude: She realizes that you can't just give so many strikes to throw somebody out, so she's resolved to have them work together to become better people.