Heartwarming: Shantae

  • At the end of the first game, Shantae is offered a place as a full genie, but would have to leave her human friends behind. She refuses, sticking by her friends instead.
  • At the end of Risky's Revenge, Scuttle Town's mayor is the first to accept Shantae as Scuttle Town's Guardian Human. Even if she needs help from her friends, she will always have a place in Scuttle Town.
  • In Pirate's Curse there's a sidequest dedicated to helping Rottytops and Shantae and Rotty's afterlife-bound human soul all become True Companions. Even Rotty's gruff brother Abner takes a liking to Shantae just from how much happier Rotty is.
  • In the True Ending for Pirate's Curse, the Big Bad threatens to kill Risky Boots unless Shantae hands over the dark magic that she's been collecting for most of the game. Considering all the trouble that Risky's caused for her in the past, Shantae would have every reason to leave her arch-nemesis to her fate. But when the player has the chance to decide, both options indicate that she's going to hand it over anyway.
    • On a related note, when the Sadistic Choice is presented, Risky Boots urges Shantae not to go through with it, never mind that it's her own life on the line.
  • And in the end, after the Big Bad is vanquished, it's implied that Risky has developed a healthy respect for Shantae, as opposed to her former outright hatred.
    • There's this gem, something that Shantae would have never known herself: 'Your mother...you're just like her. Only shorter. And more annoying."
  • The credits for Pirate's Curse are pretty sweet, as various slides are shown of the events after the end, such as:
    • The petrified couple on Saliva Island being alive again (and hanging out with Squid Baron and his children).
    • human!Rottytops, the manly shade and Wobble Bell having captured Hexer.
    • The red, blue and green creatures from the Village of Lost Souls gambling in Scuttle Town.
    • Shantae, Rottytops, the two girls from Ammo Baron's army and various other characters lounging in a bath house and having fun.