[[folder: General]]
* [=SpongeBob=]'s unconditional admiration and adoration of Squidward is either this or just really weird (or even a combination of both).
* Pretty much any time we see [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick as babies or little kids. They're sooo cute!
* It's a staple of kid's shows for the protagonist to be annoyed with[=/=]embarrassed by their parents. [[AvertedTrope Not SpongeBob]]. His parents are cute as a button and he's always excited to see them, and always calls them to tell them about his life and accomplishments.
** In return, [=SpongeBob=]'s parents adore him and even offer him a place to stay when he loses his home (even if [=SpongeBob=] seemed a little reluctant to move back in with his parents).
* [=SpongeBob=] is a terrible driver and fails his driving test every year, but he loves his driving teacher Mrs. Puff, has nothing but admiration for her, and is always happy to see her. Even throughout the controversial episode, "Demolition Doofus."

[[folder: Season One]]
* The very first episode, "Help Wanted." [=SpongeBob=] is excited to apply for a job at the Krusty Krab, but gets cold feet and begins to run off when Patrick blocks his way, leading to this exchange:
-->'''Patrick:''' Where do you think you're going?\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I was just-\\
'''Patrick:''' No you're ''not''. You're going to the Krusty Krab and get that job!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I ''can't''! Don't you see?! [[HeroicSelfDeprecation I'm not good enough]]...\\
'''Patrick:''' [[RousingSpeech Whose first words were "May I take your order?"]]\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Mine were...\\
'''Patrick:''' Who made a spatula out of toothpicks in wood shop?\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I did.\\
'''Patrick:''' [[RuleOfThree Who's the-]] ''(strains to think)'' Who's- ''(strains some more, then gets an idea)'' [[CaptainObvious Who's the big yellow cube with holes?!]]\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' ''(determined)'' I am!\\
'''Patrick:''' Who's ready?!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' ''I'm'' ready!\\
'''Patrick:''' Who's ready?!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' ''I'm'' ready!!\\
'''Patrick:''' WHO'S READY?!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' '''I'M''' '''''READY!!!'''''
* "Naughty Nautical Neighbors." After Squidward sabotages [[HeterosexualLifePartners SpongeBob and Patrick's]] friendship, the two then try to make HIM their new best friend, resulting in all sorts of chaos. Squidward finally decides to get them back together, so he stages a dinner between them and it turns into a competition between [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick to see who can get more soda from Squidward. Naturally, Squidward soon runs out of soda, so he tells the two to sit tight and leaves to get more. By this point, [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick have become inflated with the soda bubbles and hiccup some out. They become so amused with this that their friendship is renewed, much to Squidward's relief -- [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and horror, for the bubbles destroyed his house.]]
** What starts the bubble avalanche is [=SpongeBob=] making Patrick chuckle with one of his hiccups, leading them to both burst out laughing. Even in a heated feud, the two still make each other smile.
* In "Opposite Day," Sponge and Pat throw Squidward an impromptu surprise birthday party, complete with balloons, singing, cake, dancing, confetti, noisemakers, pin-the-tail-on-the-seahorse, and presents. (It wasn't actually Squidward's birthday, but it's the thought that counts.)
** In the same episode, [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick's opposite dialogue near the end translates to "Happy Opposite Day, Squidward! We love you!"
* A classic example: "Pizza Delivery." After going through hell and back trying to deliver pizza to the customer, the customer [[UngratefulBastard demands his drink,]] [[NoSympathy which he didn't even order in the first place!]]. [=SpongeBob=] then goes [[TheWoobie all-Woobie]] and sobs miserably, while Squidward, who we all know is a {{JerkAss}} through and through, takes the box and marches right up to the customer. This exchange occurs:
-->'''Tom:''' Another one? Look, I told your little friend I ain't paying for that!
-->'''Squidward:''' Well, this one's on the HOUSE! *[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome shoves pizza in Tom's face]]*
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' *sniveling* Did he change his mind?
-->'''Squidward:''' ''(smiling)'' He sure did. Ate the whole thing in one bite.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' *stops crying* No drink?
-->'''Squidward:''' Nah. Now take me home.
** Squidward saving [=SpongeBob=] from getting hit by a truck.
** [=SpongeBob=]'s sheer dedication to getting the pizza to the customer. He ''really'' cares about making customers happy. He even says "Congratulations!" when he delivers it.
** Even the way Squidward tenderly says "Sponge? ...Sponge?" as [=SpongeBob=] cries is really sweet. In return, throughout the episode, [=SpongeBob=] also refers to him as "Squid".
** Note that he actually tells [=SpongeBob=] it's okay after he bursts into tears. He's been put through so much abuse and spent the whole trip venting his anger out on [=SpongeBob=], but when he finally breaks down when it proved all for nothing, Squidward gently tries to assure him it's no big deal.
* In "Hall Monitor," an ecstatic [=SpongeBob=], much to Mrs. Puff's chagrin, is assigned the position of "hall monitor." When she tries to hand him the uniform, he happily declines and says that he has to give a speech first. After a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny long, drawn-out speech expressing his gratitude and his anticipation of the title]], he declares that he will "put on this hat and uniform as a symbol of my authority," before getting interrupted by the bell signaling the end of the school day. Everyone leaves, and Mrs. Puff says that he overdid it on the speech again. [=SpongeBob=] sadly hands Puff back the uniform and begins to walk home, only for Puff to hand him the uniform and tell him that he can at least wear it for the rest of the day. [=SpongeBob=] is overjoyed. There's something inherently cute about [=SpongeBob=]'s enthusiasm for his position as hall monitor in the episode "Hall Monitor," especially as he's chipperly singing to himself as he's "on patrol."
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Baaaa dee dee-dee-dee-dah, the hall! Baaaah dee dee-dee-dee, monitor!
* "Home Sweet Pineapple." Nematodes destroy [=SpongeBob=]'s house, rendering him homeless. In order to avoid leaving Bikini Bottom and moving back in with his parents, [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick try to make him a new home. All attempts fail miserably. Having no choice, [=SpongeBob=] first takes a pebble (the only remnant of [=SpongeBob=]'s destroyed home) and buries it. He [[TearJerker sheds a tear on it,]] and prepares to leave. Squidward, happy that [=SpongeBob=] is leaving, starts dancing on where [=SpongeBob=]'s house used to be. However, we soon learn that the pebble was actually a seed, and the tear [=SpongeBob=] shed provided its water, allowing it to grow into a new pineapple and eliminating [=SpongeBob=]'s need to leave. [[CrossesTheLineTwice On top of ]] [[ButtMonkey Squidward ]].
** Squidward deserved it for [[KickTheDog being such a jerk]] in that episode.
* In "Culture Shock," Squidward mentions to Mr Krabs that the talent show would bring in a lot of money, as well as make Pearl a star. Mr Krabs, who, as we all know, is obsessed with money, is more happy at the idea of his daughter becoming a star.
** [=SpongeBob=]'s first suggestion for a performance. He blows a bubble in the shape of a large hippo. He and the hippo produce top hats and canes and do a cute little jig, which ends when they shuffle and [=SpongeBob=] say "Ta-daaa!" Also, [=SpongeBob=]'s parents in the episode. This episode has a lot of cute Sponge moments.
* In "F.U.N.":
** [=SpongeBob=] trying to be Plankton's friend by attempting to give him a pep talk, then spending a whole day playing with him and doing fun things together. All because Sponge is such a nice dude.
--->'''Plankton:''' ''[sobbing]'' You don't know what it's like to be a loser!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' ''[patting him on the back]'' Awww, cheer up, Plankton. I think you're a winner.
** [=SpongeBob=] has a ton of SimpleMindedWisdom moments, including the classic "Fun Song" courtesy of storyboard director and writer Sherm Cohen, and this line:
--->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' [[MotorMouth Wooow, a magic shop! Are you a magician? One time, I saw a magician, and he did this thing, and...]] and then he said, "If you believe in yourself, and with a tiny pinch of magic, all your dreams can come true!"
** Really, the whole episode, considering that the plot is just [=SpongeBob=] trying to be friends with Plankton.
--->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Fun is when you... fun is... it's like... it's kind of... sort of like a... What is fun? I... Let me spell it for you! (singing) "F" is for friends who do stuff together! "U" is for you and me! "N" is for anywhere at any time at all, down here in the deep blue sea!\\
'''Plankton:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny F is for fire that burns down the whole town, U is for uranium... BOMBS! N is for no survivors WHEN YOU]]--\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Plankton! Those things aren't what fun is all about! Now do it like this. ''[singing]'' F is for friends who do stuff--\\
'''Plankton!:''' Never! That's completely idiotic.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Here, let me help! ''[holding Plankton, making him dance]'' F is for friends who do stuff together, U is for you and me, TRY IT!\\
'''Plankton:''' ''[singing]'' N is for anywhere at any time at all!\\
'''Chorus:''' Down here in the deep blue sea!\\
'''Plankton:''' I don't understand. I feel all... tingly inside.... Can we stop?\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' No, that's how you're supposed to feel!\\
'''Plankton:''' Well I like it! Let's ''do it again!''\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Okay!\\
'''Both:''' F is for frolic through all the flowers, U is for ukulele, N is for [[VisualPun nosepicking]], chewing gum and sandlicking, here with my best buddy! Hahahahahahahaha!
** This line:
--->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I bet if he had just one friend, he wouldn't be such a meanie.
* In "Texas," the Texas-themed party that [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick arrange for Sandy after hearing her pine for her home.
* In "Valentine's Day," [=SpongeBob=] gives a personalized Valentine's gift to ''everyone'' in Bikini Bottom, [[ThrowTheDogABone even a dejected looking Plankton]].
* In "Walking Small," [=SpongeBob=] realizing how much of a jerk he's been, and making everyone's day happy again. Especially when he cleans off the little girl's ice cream with "butterfly kisses" and gives it back to her, and she beams.
** [[ManChild SpongeBob]] in general in this episode was just ''adorable'', even the way he eats ice cream and "steps on the beach" is endearing somehow.
* Basically any time Mr Krabs is nice to [=SpongeBob=] in season 1. Starting in season 2, Mr Krabs became more [[TookALevelInJerkass callous]] and mean-spirited. Because of this, it's rather sweet to watch an episode like Squeaky Boots, where he's trying to comfort a crying [=SpongeBob=] after the little yellow guy "lost" the boots, or Suds, where Mr Krabs is actually concerned about [=SpongeBob=] when he's sick, and sends him home to get some rest. (In later seasons he really doesn't seem to care for the well-being of his employees.)
* In "Suds," from what we can understand of the conversation, Gary is trying to persuade [=SpongeBob=] that he's too sick to go to work. Later, Gary suddenly appearing at the Krusty Krab is treated as a joke, but it's pretty sweet that Gary followed [=SpongeBob=] to work to alert his boss of his illness. And in the following scene, when [=SpongeBob=] is resting in his armchair, Gary is sitting nearby, as if to keep him company. Though Gary can be aloof, he ''does'' look out for [=SpongeBob=]'s well-being sometimes.
** In the same episode, it's pretty sweet that Patrick is looking out for [=SpongeBob=] and trying to help him get better. [[MoodWhiplash That is, until his "treatments" become genuinely harmful...]]
** The genuine concern in Sandy's voice when [=SpongeBob=] first calls her to tell her he needs her to take him to the doctor.
* In "Fools in April," [=SpongeBob=] fools Gary into thinking that they're becoming peasants and have to eat clam shells. Gary starts crying, and [=SpongeBob=] says, "April fools! Here you go, pal!" as he gives back Gary's food bowl.
** [=SpongeBob=] giving his ([[BigLippedAlligatorMoment somehow alive]]) fake tongue a hug.
** When Squidward is upset by the prank Sponge pulled on him, [=SpongeBob=] apologizes and tells him that he'll leave alone, because "there's plenty of other willing participants."
** The Bikini Bottomites feeling sorry for [=SpongeBob=] when he tearfully runs out of the Krusty Krab due to being hurt physically and emotionally by Squidward's mean prank, and becoming angry at Squidward for it.
** Squidward apologizing for being an ass, and saying, with heart-wrenching sincerity, that he likes [=SpongeBob=] and everything about him:
-->'''Squidward:''' All right, all right! I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I admit it, I'm sorry! I didn't mean to hurt you, in fact, I like you! I like living next door, I like your foghorn alarm in the morning and your high-pitched giggling at night!
** This line:
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' What would we do without Squidward?
* Sandy gets credit for jumping in to defend [=SpongeBob=] when he gets fired for his excessive karate-ness in "Karate Choppers." Especially considering they only met like a few episodes ago.
** [=SpongeBob=] was just so adorable in this episode. His "karate dance", his reaction to the hot sauce threat and telling Sandy that victory is hers, him and Sandy at the park, and the ending were cute.
* [=SpongeBob=]'s innocent, one-sided crush on Sandy, which is a bit more prevalent in season one than in other seasons. He even brings her flowers at a few points.
* "Pickles" has one for Mr. Krabs, who acts concerned towards [=SpongeBob=] when he gets stressed at work. Also a minor one for [=SpongeBob=] himself at the end, who cheers for Squidward when no one else does.
* [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick's unbridled, barely suppressed glee when they get to meet Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy for the first time, in the episode that introduced the characters.
* Mermaid Man letting [=SpongeBob=] go "on patrol" with himself and Barnacle Boy in "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy II," as well as Mermaid Man comforting [=SpongeBob=] after the latter has started crying.
** From the same episode, Mermaid Man saying with complete sincerity, "For a pain in the neck, he's a pretty nice kid!"
* In "SB-129," after Squidward goes crazy from the isolation, he sobs about how he even misses [=SpongeBob=]. The time machine ends up taking him back to the past. The exchange between Squidward and the two is very heartwarming, even though it's downplayed at the end when Squidward refuses to go jellyfishing with the duo.

[[folder: Season Two]]
* The majority of "Dying For Pie," in which Squidward accidentally gives [=SpongeBob=] a pie-shaped bomb, which will explode at sunset, so Squidward tries to give [=SpongeBob=] the best day of his life.
** The ending scene in particular, in which [[spoiler:Squidward watched the sun set with [=SpongeBob=]]] is very emotional, despite the fact that [[spoiler: [=SpongeBob=] doesn't really end up dying, as he hadn't eaten the pie yet]].
* "Christmas Who?" Especially when [[spoiler:Squidward dresses up as Santa and gives out his stuff to appease the people of Bikini Bottom]].
** Also when Squidward begins to feel bad when [=SpongeBob=] gets depressed because he "ruined" Christmas.
** At the end of the episode, where [=SpongeBob=] gives Squidward a handmade wooden clarinet.
** [[spoiler:"Thank you, Santa...for bringing Christmas to Bikini Bottom!" "I didn't bring Christmas to Bikini Bottom, [=SpongeBob=]. ''You'' did."]] Keep in mind that this is [[spoiler:''[[{{Jerkass}} Squid]][[DeadpanSnarker ward]]'']] saying this.
*** And then [=SpongeBob=] glomps Squidward so enthusiastically that a heart appears.
*** [=SpongeBob=] gives Squidward a wooden clarinet, because he didn't want him to feel left out. Squidward is moved to tears, and remarks that it's the nicest gift he's ever gotten.
*** Squidward's little smile when [=SpongeBob=] hugs him is heart-meltingly sweet.
* In "No Free Rides," [=SpongeBob=] and his parents surprise Mrs. Puff with a huge cake when (they all thought) that [=SpongeBob=] had finally passed his driving test. They were all so grateful for not giving up on Spongie.
** In that same episode, [=SpongeBob=]'s parents give him a new boatmobile as a present. [=SpongeBob=] is so overjoyed that he actually faints. Later in the episode, [=SpongeBob=]'s mom tucks him into bed and tells him that he can drive his new boat in the morning.
* The best friends forever ring.
* "Band Geeks." You know what scene we're talking about. There's a reason this episode is universally regarded as one of the, if not THE, best episodes of the series.
** Honorable mention to [=SpongeBob=]'s RousingSpeech to the dysfunctional band. It shows how much [=SpongeBob=] truly cares for Squidward.
** A comparatively less impressive moment, but pay attention to the group shot of everyone arguing just before the big fight. Patrick's defending his friend by fighting with the lady who just senselessly called [=SpongeBob=] a "talking cheese".
** [=SpongeBob=]'s "eager" face (and dance). It looks cute in its own right, and it's even more heartwarming to look at once you consider what happens afterward. He was excited because he ''knew'' very well that they were going to make Squidward proud.
* In "Grandma's Kisses," after [=SpongeBob's=] [[OcularGushers temper tantrum]], his grandmother tells him that he doesn't need to be a baby to get his grandma's love, and that no matter how old he is, he will always be her baby boy. It's a sweet moment, even if it's somewhat downplayed by [[KarmaHoudini Squidward and the Krusty Krab customers]] laughing at them through the window at the end.
* In "Welcome to the Chum Bucket", after losing a bet with Plankton, Mr. Krabs sends [=SpongeBob=] to the Chum Bucket. The song they sing afterwards, titled "This Grill is not a Home" is very heartwarming, and shows the [=SpongeBob=] and Mr. Krabs really do need each other.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' A stove is a stove, no matter where you go.\\
'''Mr. Krabs:''' A patty is a patty, that's what I say...\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' A grill is a grill, this is surely so-oo...\\
'''Mr. Krabs:''' And fries should be fries, either way..\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' But this grill is not a home, this is not the stove I know...\\
'''Mr. Krabs:''' I will trade it all away, if you came back to stay!\\
'''Both:''' This kitchen's not the same without you!\\
'''Mr. Krabs:''' It's just a greasy spoon.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Just a greasy spoon...\\
'''Both:''' Without you....
* Squidward is very caring for [=SpongeBob=] in "Graveyard Shift," and when he thinks he's going to die, he says he's always been OK with him. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Then SpongeBob goes off topic]].
** It's pretty telling that, when Squidward believes that he and [=SpongeBob=] are going to be killed, he actually picks up [=SpongeBob=] and hugs him close, as if attempting to protect him. [[BigBrotherInstinct And this is coming from the guy who normally hates when SpongeBob hugs him]].
* Prior to [=SpongeBob=]'s Squirrel Jokes making everyone legitimately make fun of Sandy, we get this exchange backstage after [=SpongeBob=]'s first show using them.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Oh hey, Sandy!
-->'''Sandy:''' Howdy, [=SpongeBob=].
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Did you enjoy the show?
-->'''Sandy:''' Well, ac-actually [=SpongeBob=], no. Those jokes are hurtful and you know it.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Come on Sandy, I was just ''joking''. I mean, everybody knows that you're the smartest one in Bikini Bottom.
-->'''Sandy:''' Well, I can't argue with that.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' We all gotta laugh at ourselves once in a while. I do it all the time! ''(Holds up a mirror and laughs excessively into it. Sandy chuckles)''
-->'''Sandy:''' You're right, [=SpongeBob=]. I was being a little too sensitive. ''(Both hug)'' No hard feelings.
* At the beginning of "Sailor Mouth," [=SpongeBob=] performs two nice gestures towards Squidward. The first is standing up for him when he thinks Mr. Krabs called him garbage (he was referring to the bag Squidward was holding), and the second is when [=SpongeBob=] sees that someone wrote "Squidward smells" on the dumpster, and adds the word "good" to the end, turning an insult into a compliment.
** Keep in mind he merely [[ComicallyMissingThePoint thought the quote hadn't been finished.]] He can't comprehend the idea that someone could say something nasty about Squidward.
* This exchange in "Life of Crime".
-->'''Patrick:''' And we owe it all to you!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' What are you talking about? [[ItMakesSenseInContext Taking the balloon was your evil plan]]!\\
'''Patrick:''' Naw, I'm nothing but a lot of talk! You're the one with the sticky fingers!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' ''[blushing]'' Aww, Patrick! You're the best bad influence ever!\\
'''Patrick:''' You too!\\
''[they both hug]''
** Near the beginning of the episode, Mr Krabs giving [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick a fatherly talk about why stealing is wrong, and then giving them a big hug before shooing them out of the restaurant, was rather adorable.
* Just how damn close Sandy is to [=SpongeBob=] in "Prehibernation Week". The idea she'll be asleep for months without him breaks her heart and thus [=SpongeBob=] agrees to spend the remaining time with her. When she overdoes this and [=SpongeBob=] tries to hide, she begins a frantic search party for him. Crazy, yes, but endearing also.
* The ending to "The Smoking Peanut" where [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are proved innocent and Clamu is reunited with it's pearl, in actuality an egg, which hatches into an affectionate baby clam. As the two embrace, Clamu, no longer sobbing, makes a visible smile.
* [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick making up in "The Fry Cook Games" is equal parts hilarious and heartwarming.
* Patrick reuniting with his (real) parents in "I'm With Stupid."
* Patrick getting angry at an entire movie theater for being "afraid to look ugliness in the face" in Something Smells.

[[folder: Season Three]]
* "Club SpongeBob." When Squidward is getting denied food by the Magic Conch, Patrick tries to ask the conch if Squidward could eat. As soon as he eats the sandwich, he apologizes to Squidward since he couldn't have it, which shows that Patrick is still trying to be thoughtful of Squidward when he was being denied to eat.
* "Idiot Box." When Squidward believes [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick were caught in two avalanches, he is deeply worried and concerned for them [[spoiler:though the two were actually fine and it was just their imagination.]] Still, despite the fact that [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick often annoy him, Squidward does deeply care about their wellbeing.
* "Mermaidman and Barnacleboy V." Barnacle Boy gets fed up with how Mermaid Man treats him like a sidekick and [[FaceHeelTurn decides to join Man Ray and the Dirty Bubble, and form EVIL.]] Later on, Mermaid Man asks [=SpongeBob=], Sandy, Patrick, and Squidward to help him save the world and defeat EVIL, by putting on the costumes of the original IJLSA, and in the process, [[FragileSpeedster gain]] [[InvisibilityCloak each]] [[RubberMan costume's]] [[KillItWithFire superpowers.]] The two sides engage battle with EVIL, who end up winning. The ending (and the heartwarming) starts when Barnacle Boy confronts Mermaid Man, and demands three things: [[spoiler:one, to be treated like a superhero and not a sidekick; two, to be called Barnacle ''Man''; and three, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking to get an adult-sized Krabby Patty.]]]] The demands being used to make amends is enough, but the clincher comes in the next scene:
-->'''Barnacle Boy:''' ''[extends a hand]'' [[HeelFaceTurn Need a hand... superpal?]]\\
''[both Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy have tears in their eyes; they grab hands, and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming a card that says "FRIEND"]] pops up]''\\
'''Mermaid Man:''' Good to have you back on the side of justice, Kyle. Let's go get you that Krabby Patty.
* A great majority of "Can You Spare A Dime?" qualifies. When Squidward becomes homeless and desperate, [=SpongeBob=] unhesitatingly brings Squiddy into his house and lets him sleep in his own bed, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming tenderly kisses him goodnight]], makes him breakfast in bed, feeds him, and gives him massages. ''D'aaaaw...'' [[BewareTheNiceOnes Well, until Squidward turns into a lazy jerk and starts taking advantage of him, that is.]]
** Near the beginning of the episode, when Squidward throws down his hat and storms out of the restaurant, [=SpongeBob=] follows him, almost completely drops the goofy/happy act, and tries to persuade him as seriously as he can to come back to work- in a lower, solemn voice we don't hear him use often. A very genuine moment.
* At the end of "The Great Snail Race," Patrick's pet rock somehow wins the race. In a surprising display of thoughtfulness, Patrick has the trophy engraved to Squidward instead, knowing how much he wanted to win. Squidward is genuinely touched. The fact that this time, Squidward actually just ''[[ActuallyPrettyFunny laughed it off]]'' after his name was misspelled on the engraving makes it better.
** The entire ending of that episode; first, [=SpongeBob=] has a HeelRealization when Gary gets severely injured on the track and apologizes to him tearfully. Then, Snellie gives up the race to help Gary. And finally, when Rocky wins, Patrick is so happy that he [[TearsOfJoy laughs until he cries]].
** Before Gary even crashes, Spongebob instantly deflates when he notices Gary's in trouble and concernedly tells him he can stop racing.
** The fact that Patrick, in contrast with [[SmugSnake Squidward]] and [[DrillSergeantNasty SpongeBob]], is happy to let Rocky go when he feels like it rather than telling him to win.
* In "Born Again Krabs," Mr. Krabs trades [=SpongeBob=] to the Flying Dutchman for 62 cents. Squidward, to his own surprise, is indignant.
-->'''Squidward:''' [[HypocriticalHeartwarming Mr. Krabs, I can't believe I'm saying this,]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold but how could you trade [=SpongeBob=] for sixty-two cents?!]]\\
'''Mr. Krabs:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint You think I could've gotten more?]]\\
'''Squidward:''' [[WhatTheHellHero He stuck up for you and you sold him out?!]] ''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech You should be ashamed of yourself!!!]]''
* This exchange from "New Student Starfish":
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' What do you usually do when I'm gone [at boating school]?\\
'''Patrick:''' ''[tearing up]'' Wait for you to get back.
* "Clams" has Mr. Krabs taking Squidward and [=SpongeBob=] out on a fishing trip to show his appreciation of them.
* Seeing all of [=SpongeBob=]'s friends in "[=SpongeBob=] Meets the Strangler" celebrating his perfect on-time percentage at work, and later his birthday, is heartwarming enough, but then you see characters like [[{{Jerkass}} Squidward]] and [[BigBad Plankton]] got invited too. Neither of them show ANY visible signs of hesitance whatsoever. Now, that's a REAL surprise.

[[folder: The First Movie]]
* The part when [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are [[spoiler:dying from dehydration under a lamp, lamenting that they never got to Shell City, or retrieved King Neptune's crown. Suddenly, they see a sign that reads "Shell City" and see the crown not too far away from them. Overjoyed that they actually reached Shell City, they begin to sing their favorite song, "I'm a Goofy Goober," until they dry up completely. The cinema-going pirates are by now in bits. However, a single tear made up of two they each shed trickles down the wire, short-circuiting the lamp's socket. This creates a puff of smoke that sets of the water systems and revives them. This triggers tumultuous applause from the entire audience.]] What makes the scene even more effective is that [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick have all along been trying to prove they were men, not kids. However, if they hadn't been so emotional, [[spoiler:they would've died]].
** [=SpongeBob=]'s speech at the end:
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I've been through a lot in the last six days, five minutes, twenty-seven-and-a-half seconds, and if I've learned ''anything'' during that time, it's that you are who you are. And no amount of mermaid magic, or managerial promotion, or [[RuleOfThree some other third thing]] can make me any more than what I really am inside: a kid. But that's okay! Because I did all the things they said a kid ''couldn't do!'' I ''made'' it to Shell City, and I ''beat'' the cyclops, and I ''rode'' the [[AdamWesting Hasselhoff]], and I brought the crown ''BACK!'' So, yeah, I'm a kid! And I'm also a goofball, and a wingnut, and a Knucklehead [=McSpazatron=]! But most of all, I'm... I'm... I'm... [[AC:I'm a Goofy Goober!]] [[[ThePowerOfRock rock music starts]]]
* While Patrick sometimes acts as TheMillstone, he spends the whole movie comforting, defending, and adventuring with his best friend [=SpongeBob=].
** Really, the whole movie is HeartwarmingInHindsight if you were a kid when it came out, and you watch it again as an adult. The message of the whole film is that just because you're an adult, doesn't mean that you have to stop being a kid. The message, for kids, is also "just because you're a kid, doesn't mean you can't be the hero." For the record, [=SpongeBob=] was in his twenties when the film came out, so the message is inspiring to both kids ''and'' adults!

[[folder: Season Four]]
* Gary and [=SpongeBob=]'s reunion at the end of "Have You Seen This Snail?"
** Before then, Patrick genuinely comforting [=SpongeBob=] during his grief. They're sitting on [=SpongeBob=]'s couch and Pat has his arm around a crying Sponge's shoulders. No comic relief, no idiocy, just Patrick giving his friend a shoulder to cry on, it's really sweet:
-->'''Patrick:''' Just let it out, buddy. That's right.
* [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick giving Squidward a "Sorry For Bugging You So Much" cake in "Good Neighbors."
** Unlike the same scene in "Squidville," the scene is not diminished by Patrick shoving the cake in his pants.
* In "Funny Pants," Squidward blows out his laugh box and he's hospitalized, and has to undergo surgery. When he wakes up, he's informed that his laugh box had to be cut out, due to it being shriveled. The doctor informs Squidward that he'll still be able to laugh, because someone donated part of their laugh box to him. Squidward looks around the room at the guests in his hospital room, from Sandy, Patrick, Mr Krabs, who all tell him that they weren't the donors. Then the camera pans over to [=SpongeBob=], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming who just smiles sweetly and tugs down his shirt, to reveal two small bandages from his surgery]].
** Made even more heartwarming when you realize that Squidward kind of treated [=SpongeBob=] like garbage throughout the whole episode. [=SpongeBob=] is just that nice.
* In "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture", not only do [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick convince Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy to make a movie together, they all even enjoy it by the end. In spite of what the fact that the rest of their audience obviously appear unamused with the resulting movie would lead you to expect, they instead feel proud of what they've made together and have an EverybodyLaughsEnding.
* The ending of "Best Frenemies." [[HeartwarmingInHindsight Especially]] after seeing Mr. Krabs and Plankton's past in season five's "Friend or Foe."
* The second-to-last scene in "New Leaf" where Mr. Krabs and Plankton spend the day at a carnival, [[spoiler:even though the final scene turned out to be a trick Plankton pulled throughout the whole episode.]]
* Brief moment, but in Krusty Towers, Squidward genuinely doesn't seem to mind letting [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick share his pool. Considering his [[{{Jerkass}} normal nature]], that's pretty surprising.
* At the end of Patrick Smartpants, we learn that the reason Patrick suddenly became so smart after getting his head knocked off was because [[spoiler:he put brain coral on instead of his actual head.]] He and [=SpongeBob=] find his real head, and we get this moving exchange right before he puts it back on.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Are you sure you want to give up being smart and sophisticated to be my friend again?\\
'''Patrick:''' Knowledge can never replace friendship. I would rather be an idiot!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Not just an idiot, you're also my pal!
* In Best Day Ever, as much as Squidward despises [=SpongeBob=] most of the time, it's nice that Squidward put [=SpongeBob=] on the VIP list during the former's concert.
* The ending of The Pink Purloiner. Throughout the episode, [=SpongeBob=] thinks Patrick stole his jellyfishing net. It's revealed that Patrick made [=SpongeBob=] a new net, and it turns out [=SpongeBob=] left his on the bus. When the bus driver returns it, [=SpongeBob=] gives it to Patrick. It's heartmeltingly sweet.
-->'''Patrick:''' Wanna go Jellyfishing? I just got a new net!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' So did I! My best friend made it for me!
* Remember in "Rule of Dumb" when Patrick goes mad with power, and he has that altercation with his reflection, and he realizes what he's done, and tries so desperately to get the crown away? Doubles with Tear Jerker once you think of what a prick he's become.
* "The Gift of Gum": [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick have an entire holiday to celebrate their friendship. Aww.
** When [=SpongeBob=] starts crying because he doesn't think his gift (a robot butler) is as good as Gummie, Patrick assures [=SpongeBob=] that he loves it.

[[folder: Season Five]]
* In "The Two Faces of Squidward," [=SpongeBob=] straight-up tells Squidward "I love you," and ''hugs'' him! ''D'aaaaaw!''
** Squidward doesn't even mind, either- he just smiles!
* "A Flea in her Dome" opens with [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick throwing Sandy a welcome home party when she comes back from her convention in Texas.

[[folder: Season Six]]
* The song from "Truth or Square" about the Krusty Krab.
** The wedding too, even if it was just a play. [=SpongeBob=] looks so happy.
* Mr. Krabs' grandfather still loving him despite the fact he lied about being a pirate in "Grandpappy the Pirate."
* "Porous Pockets" has [=SpongeBob=] gain an enormous amount of cash, and shares it generously with his friends and complete strangers (who blatantly milk it). Patrick, for once gaining the SmartBall, attempts to warn him he'll lose everything at this rate, though by this time [=SpongeBob=] has let the popularity go to his head and ignores him. When the money (and as a result his new "friends") inevitably vanishes, Patrick near instantly forgives him and lets him play with his new volleyball (in fact a huge diamond).
** Before then, the montage of Sponge and Pat having fun at the mall. They don't buy anything (except at the end, when they spend a bunch on a lifetime's supply of strawberry gum,) and they just spend the montage goofing around and playing.
* [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick making it up to their titular neighbor in "Giant Squidward" by making him a giant clarinet, showing how bad they feel sometimes for pestering him. Shame it doesn't last long.
* No mention for "Overbooked!"? The episode focuses on [=SpongeBob=] overbooking himself with Mr. Krabs (who he was suppose to help with a toy car set up), Patrick (for their usual hi jinks, though this day was special in that it was his birthday), and Sandy (for a science presentation). While it leads to usual silliness (and a GettingCrapPastTheRadar joke), eventually the truth comes out and Patrick, Sandy, and Mr. Krabs confront Sponge about it. When he reveals he had made plans with them ''at'' the same time to not disappoint them, ''surprisingly enough'' in the middle of the show's controversial SeasonalRot, the three ''show legit kindness'', Sandy seeing [=SpongeBob=] overextended himself, Krabs asking why he didn't just say that in the first place, and ''even Patrick'' saying they could have worked something out. It's surprising and heartwarming [=SpongeBob=]'s friends understood and even the ending [[spoiler: reveals Sandy's new invention was a cloning device, allowing [=SpongeBob=] to ''literally'' be in 3 places at once]].
* As cringe-inducing as "The Splinter" is, especially in how Squidward trolls [=SpongeBob=] later, he writes this little note for the first order of the day. "Two Krabby Patties. P.S., [=SpongeBob=], you're an idiot. Love, Squidward." For a guy that regularly dislikes [=SpongeBob=] and even just insulted him in the same note, it was oddly touching that he drew a heart too.
* In general, No Hat for Pat is a major CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming for Patrick, especially since it came around the time he was becoming the most unlikable character in the cast.
** SpongeBob, for once, does not act like an ExtremeDoormat to Mr. Krabs and wants him to stop using Patrick as a publicity stunt act lest he suffer worse injury.
** After Patrick gets fired and loses the hat, he starts crying because he'll likely never get an opportunity to work at the Krusty Krab again. SpongeBob comforts him by lending him his hat, [[WebVideo/PieGuyRulz symbolically putting them on the same level]]. Definitely a moment that best defines the relationship between these two.

[[folder: Season Seven]]
* "Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle," After seeming like such a heartless jerk for so long, when Mr. Krabs see's [=SpongeBob=] feeling weak due to a lack of [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Krabby Patties]], he is incredibly worried and instantly [[ItMakesSenseInContext asks the giant vacuum cleaner to spare one for him]].
* "Kracked Krabs." After Mr. Krabs loses the cheapest crab award, [=SpongeBob=] helps him get it back and they both show semblances of their old personalities. They lose it again but they don't care because they still love each other.
** The whole scene where they "exaggerate" things is both this and a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* While "Stuck in the Wringer" of all episodes isn't exactly an episode that the majority of the fanbase would expect a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming from, it is sweet how Patrick gives [=SpongeBob=] a pep talk to get him excited about the day at the beginning, even in spite of the latter's problem. Even though it turns out to not be enough to help with the mess that Patrick caused, he was at least willing to give [=SpongeBob=] words of encouragement (and he even succeeds for at least a few minutes).
* In "[=SpongeBob=]'s Last Stand," Patrick and Sponge fight tooth-and-nail to save Jellyfish Fields from being turned into a highway.
** Later, when his plans are unsuccessful, he faints with grief, and Squidward catches him and holds him gently until he comes to.
** After that, '''everyone''' teams up with him to save Jellyfish Fields. Also doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
*** Though most of the Bikini Bottomites advocated the construction of the highway, and really only agreed to help so that the Jellyfish would leave them alone.
* In "A Day Without Tears," Squidward makes a bet with [=SpongeBob=] that Spongie can't go a day without crying. If Squidward wins, then he'll make [=SpongeBob=] do his yard work and cleaning. [=SpongeBob=] claims that if ''he'' wins, then Squidward will come over to his house for a slumber party. [=SpongeBob=] wins the bet, and the episode wins with [=SpongeBob=] and Squiddie on Sponge's couch- Squidward is sobbing in despair and [=SpongeBob=] is gently hugging him, telling him to cry it out. It was a really odd combination of funny and genuinely sweet, on [=SpongeBob=]'s part.
** [=SpongeBob=], ever the sentimentalist, looks at an [[AwesomeArt utterly gorgeous sunset]] and is visibly welling up with tears because it's so beautiful. Later, he does the same thing when he sees how cute Gary looks when he's asleep. [=SpongeBob=], you're ''so cute!!''
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' ''[with big sparkly eyes]'' Awww! He looks like a little ''angel''! ''[eyes get bigger and sparklier]''
** It was also interesting to see what [=SpongeBob=] would do if Squidward came over to his house uninvited. When [=SpongeBob=] does this to Squidward, it's infuriating, but when Squiddie follows [=SpongeBob=] home, [=SpongeBob=] is a gracious host, serving him drinks and making him feel welcome.
** [[{{TenderTears}} In the episode, SpongeBob isn't just crying because of his own misfortunes. He also begins to cry when he hears about the misfortunes of ''other people'', and animals. Just shows how much of a sweet, tender little guy he is.]]
** There's also that TV program Squidward and [=SpongeBob=] watch, where a dad is going to work, when his son asks if he can stay to play a game of catch with him. The dad wearily says he can't, as he's already late for his job, but just as the son looks down in disappointment, the dad comes back, deciding that he can stay to catch a few throws. The exchange between the two is as touching as it is a cliche. It's no wonder [=SpongeBob=] threw the TV out the window (to avoid crying).
* In "Enchanted Tiki Dreams," [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick have one of those moments where they realize how miserable they've made Squidward and vow to make it up to him. They spend the entire night creating a paradise for him and making sure he has a wonderful time. Then, even after it all falls apart, they help him continue to relax. After all the crap he has been put through as the series goes on, [[ThrowTheDogABone it is nice to see him actually WIN for a change.]]
* [=SpongeBob=] saving Gary from Mr. Krabs in "The Scent of Money." After seeing [=SpongeBob=] as a YesMan to Mr. Krabs, who got worse and worse each season, this is refreshing to weary fans. It also redeems him for his shocking behavior towards Gary in "A Pal for Gary."
* The end of "Love That Squid," where Squidward, after being designated to being a luckless [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] for the bulk of the show, outright succeeds in getting a date with a girl. If that isn't the writers deciding to give Squidward a PetTheDog moment, who knows what is?
** A great majority of the episode, actually. [[NiceGuy SpongeBob]] spends the whole episode trying to help Squidward get ready for his date, which was pretty nice of him, and even Squidward appreciates the gesture. At the end, Squidward finaly snaps at [=SpongeBob=]'s weird, annoying ways, and blows up at him. Squid's date sees, and Squidward dejectedly assumes that the gal no longer likes him. But she said, with admiration, that she appreciates a man who "doesn't suffer fools," and they proceed to go on their date.
* As awful as "A Pal For Gary" is, it does have ''one'' moment of heartwarming: when [=SpongeBob=] is nearly eaten by Puffy Fluffy, Gary's first response is to immediately come to his rescue, even after all the crap [=SpongeBob=] put him through during the episode. Now ''THAT'S'' UndyingLoyalty.
** There's another: Though even those who don't believe that [=SpongeBob=] ever [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]] can't deny that this episode is one of the worst, who wouldn't want to help a pet not feel lonely?
** Someone wrote [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9380443/1/A-Pal-For-Gary-Alternate-Ending an alternate ending]] to the episode. It's really sweet.
* Much of "Sponge-Cano!" counts, and it mostly has to do with [=SpongeBob=]'s love for Squidward. He tries to help Squidward, volunteers to take his place as a sacrifice to the volcano, saves him from falling into the lava, and then [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming gives him a place to stay when he's lost his house]]. The episode ends with the two of them sharing [=SpongeBob=]'s bed, looking all cozy. Squidward is obviously annoyed at [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace SpongeBob]] gently teasing him, but it's still so damn cute to see how much [=SpongeBob=] cares for his friend -- '''especially''' despite all of the mean crap Squiddie does to him.
* There was something oddly genuine about this moment from "The Great Patty Caper" on Patrick's part, (with Pat acting like a kindly big brother,) because of the nonchalant way he avoided making [=SpongeBob=] feel bad about it:
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' The key! Patrick! Where in the ocean's depth did you find it?\\
'''Patrick:''' I found it when I was cleaning your shorts from your little "accident" earlier.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Well, that is great news.\\
'''Patrick:''' ''[yawns]'' Anyways, I'm gonna hit the sack. I'm pooped. I'm sure you can relate.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Uh, yeah, me, too. ''[bashful laughter]''

[[folder: Season Eight]]
* Near the end of "Restraining [=SpongeBob=]", Patrick and Squidward are in a physical fight, and [=SpongeBob=] must choose between following the restraining order, or stopping his two best friends from beating them up. He chooses to pull them apart, and then Squidward asks for the restraining order. No, the episode does not take the route "A Pal For Gary" did. Instead, Squidward seems grateful that the yellow sponge managed to get Patrick off his chest, and [=SpongeBob=] is taken off the restraining order. The whole thing doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* The end of "Free Samples" with Mr. Krabs letting [=SpongeBob=] make money angels with him in the big pile of money. Made more nice when you consider how Mr. Krabs [[JerkAss ac]][[{{Greed}} t]][[MoneyFetish ed]] in the past few seasons.
* Karen forgiving Plankton at the end of "Karen 2.0." After the fight, Karen loses all of her power and is deactivated - and Plankton, instead of going for the formula, ''removes the battery from Karen 2 and uses it to restore his wife''. If that doesn't prove he loves his wife, nothing does.
* In "Treats!" [=SpongeBob=] sleeps next to the pet store to get a can of Gary's beloved Snail Bites as soon as they open. Then, when it turns that they're all out, he goes on a world-wide search for the last few cans of Snail Bites just so Gary can be happy. After watching the infamous "A Pal for Gary," it's refreshing to see their loving relationship restored.
** The second plot of the episode involves [=SpongeBob=] trying to overcome his ExtremeDoormat ways by saying "no" to Gary. Because he loves Gary so much, he's having trouble telling Gary "No," so Patrick gives him some much-needed advice and tells him to just ''say'' it. [=SpongeBob=] sits down near Gary and has a little talk with him, and actually ''does'' say "no," gently but firmly. The scene plays out suspensefully, and we have no idea what Gary's reaction will be. But Gary just calmly wanders off, and [=SpongeBob=] is relieved.
** Unlike season 1's "Walking Small," this is an episode where someone tells [=SpongeBob=] how to assert himself correctly while still being nice, and it ''works''. Kind of meta, but throughout the majority of the show, [=SpongeBob=] has a problem of being a doormat to other people and keeping his frustration bottled up until he ends up being a jerk. In this episode it appears that he's actually ''learned'' something. Good for you, Spongie!
* In the season finale, "Hello Bikini Bottom": the "Giving Up" duet between [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward, where [=SpongeBob=] tells [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Squidward]] that they can be successful on tour and Squidward seems to like him. The Bikini Bottomites who hear it end up loving it.
** In a meta example, this was Aaron Springer's final episode before he moved on to ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. Springer had a turbulent career in Season 5-7, but he also wrote greats like Karate Choppers, Band Geeks, and more recently Treats!. Once you realize that he had been with [=SpongeBob=] since Season 1 (13 years) and this heartwarming episode is his finale, it qualifies as a TearJerker.
* In a bizarre way, Squidward finally finding a happy memory in "Are You Happy Now?" -- chainsawing every Paper Mache [=SpongeBob=] in sight.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' ''[dreamy sigh]'' He's so handsome.
* In "Frozen Face-Off", [=SpongeBob=] decides to let everyone ride on his sled despite it being a race. Everyone (even Mr. Krabs and Sandy) also hugs Squidward when he gets un-frozen, and they go back to save him when he gets left behind.

[[folder: Season Nine]]
* Plankton getting a happy ending with his new pet amoeba Spot in "Plankton's Pet." After all the failure he went through, it seems that even Plankton deserves a special reward.
* "[=SpongeBob=], You're Fired!":
** [[spoiler:SQUIDWARD of all people saving [=SpongeBob=] and even admitting to him how much the Krusty Krab needs him. After everything he's put him through, too! Squidward, dude, you've won me back my heart]].
--->'''Squidward:''' [=SpongeBob=]?\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Yes?\\
'''Squidward:''' You know I hate you, right?\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' ''[smiling]'' Yes, yes I do.\\
'''Squidward:''' Well, I hate the smell of burning Krabby Patties even more. Please come back and fry cook again!
** Also, Gary getting slightly un-Flanderized, and caring for [=SpongeBob=].
** Simultaneously, [=SpongeBob=] feeding Gary despite being completely broken up about being fired.
--->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' What's that, Gary? You need me? Oh, the unconditional love of a pet. ''(Gary gives a somewhat guilty look before showing [=SpongeBob=] his empty food bowl)''... Oh, I'm sorry. Here I am wallowing in my own misery when it's past your dinner time.
** Which is then later one upped when, seeing that they are out of store bought snail food, he proceeds to make Gary some from scratch. It's a long, elaborate scene in which he gets out a bunch of fresh vegetables and cooks them, blends them, and then puts them in a tin can, even putting a label on the can. He opens the can with a can opener and pours the food in Gary's bowl. Gary loves the food, which leads to [=SpongeBob=] looking happy for the first time in the episode, prompting him to say, "What's that, Gary? You say this is the best food you've ever tasted?"
** Later, a bunch of people come into [=SpongeBob=]'s house and ''they'' all like the food, too, and [=SpongeBob=] feels appreciated as a cook again.
** In the beginning, when [=SpongeBob=] is sitting inside his house crying because he lost his job, Patrick looks into his window... and starts crying, too. [=SpongeBob=] walks over to the window and asks him why he's crying, and Patrick says that he was crying because [=SpongeBob=] was crying, and it "made him sad." ''[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Awww...]]''
*** For those who don't like Patrick's {{Flanderization}} into the brain-dead thing he was, him punching his [[ItMakesSenseInContext mutated second head]] for badmouthing [=SpongeBob=] is truly a sight to behold.
* In "Squirrel Record", [=SpongeBob=] telling Sandy he wants her to stop trying to break dangerous records because he doesn't want to lose her.
* A small moment from "Yeti Krabs," when [=SpongeBob=] says that he and Squidward "are as close as brothers!" A cute statement, and possibly a callback to his "We're like brothers...only closer" line from the season 3 episode "Can You Spare A Dime."
* In "Tutor Sauce" Pearl asks Mr. Krabs for some money and he actually gives her some without any reluctance at all. It's a small thing, but with how greedy he's been in the past seasons, this is both surprising and sweet.
* Patrick's interactions with the kid with the broken foot in "What's Eating Patrick?" are adorable, especially when Patrick says that he is the one motivating him to win the competition. It's relatable to anyone who's met their longtime hero who's especially passionate about their fans. It's even more heartwarming when you consider [[{{Jerkass}} the way Patrick had acted in past few seasons]].
* In "The Sewers of Bikini Bottom", Squidward ends up joining [=SpongeBob=] in flushing stuff down the toilet and clearly has fun. It's actually quite touching to see Squidward join in on [=SpongeBob=]'s antics instead of berating him for them.
* Quite a lot of "Two Thumbs Down" qualifies.
** Near the beginning, Squidward snarkily asks if [=SpongeBob=] has a thumbs up for him. [=SpongeBob=] says that he doesn't, and starts to walk away...before revealing that he has TWO thumbs up for Squidward. Squidward actually seems ''pleased'' (and a little confused) by this.
** Everyone shows sympathy for [=SpongeBob=] when his thumbs break. Squidward even offers to help him when his injured thumbs prove to make patty flipping impossible.
** Everyone giving [=SpongeBob=] a thumbs up at the end after he wins the thumb war with Patrick to get his job back.
* "Goodbye Krabby Patty?"
** Patrick and [=SpongeBob=] genuinely love and appreciate one another, going jellyfishing and shopping together. Even when Patrick becomes famous for advertising frozen patties, this doesn't change him at all (a breath of fresh air compared to previous episodes), and he fondly remembers the times before he was so overbooked and forced to hang out around rich people he doesn't even know, wishing things would go back to normal. And, at the end, he runs to [=SpongeBob=] and happily eats a freshly made patty he created, and even helps him make the patties after he reveals to the world that the frozen patties are bad for one's health.
** [=SpongeBob=] politely making everyone free patties after the frozen patties were recalled.

[[folder: Season Ten]]
* "Whirly Brains"
** [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick give their Whirly Brain propellers to the Angry Old Timer, after he tearfully tells them how he was jealous and wanted to experience flight. The episode ends with him flying happily (the man has the propellers attached to his butt).
** Mrs. Puff and Mr. Krabs are apparently still dating -- even after [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick startle them with a prank, they're still happy and their date isn't ruined.
* In "Mimic Madness", in addition to Sandy, Plankton, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward helping [=SpongeBob=] overcome his inability to remember who he is, Patrick takes great exception to Plankton and Squidward submitting that they kill [=SpongeBob=].
* In "Snooze You Lose", Squidward collapses from exhaustion in [=SpongeBob=]'s house. But [=SpongeBob=] quickly slides under him and shapes himself into a mattress. Patrick and Gary climb on top and fall asleep too. [=SpongeBob=] is perfectly fine with this.
* In "Krusty Katering", the birthday kid threatens Mr. Krabs to use fireworks on him if he doesn't get his birthday cake. Krabs quickly swipes them away saying that they are dangerous to play with. The kid then says that no one has ever cared enough to explain something like that to him and begins to see Mr. Krabs as his own father. He then hugs him, which Krabs seems to be okay with.
* In "Lost and Found", when the lost aged kids reunites with their parents.
* In “Patrick’s Coupon” not only does Squidward (of all people) stop Mr Krabs from swindling Patrick out of his free ice cream coupon, he outright calls Mr Krabs out on how dishonest and low it is to try, even for him.
* In "Mermaid Pants", when [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick show up at the Krusty Krab dressed as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, Mr. Krabs, of all people, reveals himself to be a closet comic book geek and closes down for the day just so he and a relucant Squidward can play with them.
* In "Out of the Picture", [=SpongeBob=] assisting Squidward with his deliveries, helping him when Mr. Krabs [[ItsaLongStory tries to harm him]], and him and Squidward having a good laugh after an off-screen party with [=SpongeBob=]'s friends from [[CallBack Rock Bottom]].
-->'''Squidward:''' Oh, get off of me.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I'll never get off of you Squidward. Not until you're safe.
* [=SpongeBob=], Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Mrs. Puff, Squidward, Pearl, and Larry throwing a birthday party for Sandy in "Feral Friends".
** And while it does raise a few... [[{{Mind Screw}} questions about the canon,]] Sandy's friendship with [[{{Interactive Narrator}}the French Narrator]] is very sweet, with him keeping [[{{It Makes Just As Much Sense in Context}} a picture of her on his desk,]] and her even [[{{Affectionate Nickname}} nicknaming him]] "Frenchie." Similarly, the French Narrator also seems to be good terms with Patchy and Potty, taking his time to warn them about [[spoiler:Neptune's Sun.]]


[[folder: Season Eleven]]
* In "The Legend of Boo-kini Bottom", when the Flying Dutchman makes a remark about [=SpongeBob=] being a lousy friend by leaving Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Squidward, Plankton, Gary, and Sandy to their fate, Patrick indignantly tells the Flying Dutchman that he can't talk about [=SpongeBob=] like that.
* In "Teacher's Pests", when Mrs. Puff tells Mr. Krabs and Plankton to follow [=SpongeBob=]'s example, [=SpongeBob=] is touched by Mrs. Puff using him as an example of good driving and even comes over to hug her.
* In "Chatterbox Gary", when Gary can talk through a communicating device around his shell, he calls [=SpongeBob=] "[=PapaBob=]". Naturally [=SpongeBob=] is moved to tears.
* In "Moving Bubble Bass", while a very funny scene altogether, what with the over-the-top animation and Patrick's hilariously frightening {{Nightmare Face}}, in the scene where Bubble Bass reveals he ate the food he promised them, Patrick just snaps, saying things will get crazy if "my friend SpongeBob doesn't get his free lunch". Not "I get my free lunch." It's if ''[=SpongeBob=]'' doesn't get ''his'' free lunch. It's a small moment, but it shows how much Patrick cares about [=SpongeBob=], and that [=SpongeBob=]'s happiness is more important than his own, especially since he spent the entire episode obsessing over said free lunch.
* It's a mostly silly episode, but "My Leg!" has the reveal that Fred keeps hurting his leg ''on purpose'' because he has a crush on his nurse and getting injured is a convenient excuse to keep visiting her. Probably not the ''best'' idea, but it's kind of sweet in a weird sort of way.
** The episode ends with Fred singing a heartwarming song about how he fell in love with the nurse, ending with the nurse carrying and kissing him. And do note that the nurse is a textbook example LadyLooksLikeADude that [=SpongeBob=] and the others were all freaked out by her appearance. Fred just thinks she's an angel.

[[folder: Comics]]
* In "Not So Great Expectations", [=SpongeBob=] invites Squidward to a theme park called Blockville, and Squidward only agrees to go so he can secretly relish [=SpongeBob=]'s disappointment. It is indeed [[SuckECheeses an awful theme park]]. The staff are rude, all the rides are closed except for one that breaks, and they're all out of confectionary. But [=SpongeBob=] has the time of his life and at the end he explains why: because he gets to spend the day with his friend. Squidward is so touched by this that he's moved to tears.
* In one comic, [=SpongeBob=] shows off his shellphone to Squidward, which drives the latter nuts and finally causes him to smash his phone in frustration. [=SpongeBob=] feels bad and offers his own. The feeling doesn't last long but Squidward appears to be genuinely grateful for the gesture.
* "Calls in the Wild" ends with a clarinet duet between Squidward and the Mulligor.
* [=SpongeBob=] squeeing over the adorable little krill who had found his way into his home. It's also very sweet when he agrees to re-unite the krill with his family... even if it happens to be a krill mound in the Krusty Krab.
* [=SpongeBob=] sticking up for Sandy when her species is misrepresented in a "landquarium".
* In "Great Grandma", Squidward gets along remarkably well with [=SpongeBob=]'s grandmother. She compliments his dancing and his art, and when he tries to visit her again, he notices in the window that she's painting a portrait of ''him''.
* "Untidaled" has plenty of heartwarming moments involving Pearl in the final part:
** Pearl tells Mr. Krabs not to worry about her when the kraken tries to make an offer with him in exchange for Pearl's freedom.
-->'''Pearl:''' Don't worry about me, daddy!
-->'''Mr. Krabs:''' I won't, sweet baby!
-->'''[[TokenEvilTeammate Plankton:]]''' '''[[WhatTheHellHero WHHAAAT?]]'''
-->'''Mr. Krabs:''' [[VerbalBackspace I mean, I will! I WILL!]]
** Plankton reveals why he devised the plan that started the arc in the first place: [[spoiler:He only planned the whole singing contest to distract Mr. Krabs so that he could steal the formula, ''because he thought Krabs cared about Pearl enough to leave the formula unguarded.'']]
-->'''Plankton:''' Don't you get it, you chitinous cretin?! [[spoiler:You were supposed to go with her!! [[WhatTheHellHero What kind of father doesn't want to hear the musical call of his own offspring? How could I know you'd be such a colossal jerk!?]]]]
** SpongeBob gives Mr. Krabs a heartwarming speech on how he sees Mr. Krabs as a father figure.
-->'''SpongeBob:''' I've already got a daddy, but if I could have more, I'd want the third or fourth one to be just like you, only more thoughtful!
-->'''Mr. Krabs:''' Ahhh, Pearl don't want nothin' to do with an old hard-shell like me.
-->'''SpongeBob:''' Then give her a reason to.
** [[spoiler:''[[VillainousRescue Plankton]]'']] of all people rescues Pearl. The reason? [[spoiler:He needed the "redemption."]]
** The ending is one big CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. [[spoiler:A few days after things are returned to normal, Mr. Krabs holds a concert staring Pearl. She ends up breaking the window behind her when she starts singing, leaving Krabs in tears.]]
-->'''SpongeBob:''' [[spoiler:Aww, don't worry about it, Mr. Krabs. It won't cost you anything! I've been saving my tips for some new windows.]]
-->'''Mr. Krabs:''' [[spoiler:That ain't why I'm cryin', boy.]]

[[folder: Not In The Show Itself]]
* The end of the song "Where's Gary" (on the Best Day Ever album) [[spoiler: in which [=SpongeBob=] and Gary are reunited]] in the end.
* Several evangelical Christian groups in America criticized the show for advocating homosexuality after a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnD8BYjZiW0 music video]] featuring [=SpongeBob=] was supported by the ''[[http://www.wearefamilyfoundation.org/ We Are Family Foundation]]'' ([[{{WAFF}} coincidence]]), an organization dedicated to mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation of cultural diversity - which [[NamesTheSame shares its name with a similar organization that supports gay rights]]. Although [[WordOfGod Stephen J. Hillenburg said [=SpongeBob=] was asexual]], John H. Thomas, the United Church of Christ's general minister and president, said the United Church would welcome [=SpongeBob=] into their ministry:
-->"Jesus didn't turn people away. Neither do we."
* Creator/ErnestBorgnine, who has voiced Mermaid Man since season one, passed away in 2012. What did Nick do? They ran a completely un-advertised Mermaid Man marathon, with every episode from the original "Mermaid Man" to the final "Mermaid Man Begins," in his honor.
** Additionally, the second [=SpongeBob=] movie, Sponge Out of Water had the superhero gimmick as a homage to Borgnine's work as Mermaid Man. The film is even dedicated to Borgnine at the end of the credits.
* After Music/DavidBowie's death, Nickelodeon put up a clip of his guest appearance in "Atlantis Squarepantis" on the front of the ''[=SpongeBob=]'' homepage.
* In the book "Camp [=SpongeBob=]," the little flashbacks of kid [=SpongeBob=] spending summer time with his grandma--she teaches him how to knit sweaters and they make cookies together. They both look so happy!
* After the death of Squidward's German voice actor, Eberhard Prüter, the German Spongepedia briefly put a tribute to him on their website, that loosely translated to, "Thank you very much for making something good out of Squidward's bad mood."
* In the [=iOS=]/Android game for ''Sponge Out of Water'', if you get a Game Over [=SpongeBob=] has many different lines that he'll say in no particular order. One of these lines is him [[IfIDoNotReturn asking the player]] to tell Sandy that he loves her. It's just a really sweet thing to hear. Listen to it [[http://youtu.be/th1N938evb8?t=4m24s here.]]
* In the online game [[http://www.nick.com/games/spongebob-dancin.html Dancin' Tentacles]], the goal of the game is to play as [=SpongeBob=] and protect Squidward from being hit by items in the crowd. It's oddly sweet, in a way, watching Squidward looking happy and dancing to his heart's content, without any idea that the crowd hates him or that [=SpongeBob=] is trying to save him from being humiliated.