Heartwarming / Team Fortress 2

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Ah, my petite chou-fleur.

It may be a war-themed hat simulator filled with goofy violence and over-the-top physics, but it's also about teamwork.


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    Official Videos 
  • In "Meet the Spy", there's something sweet about the RED Spy shifting through the photos of him acquainting himself with the BLU Scout's mother to find a rather sweet one of them Holding Hands and putting it in his pocket with a genuinely fond smile on his face.
    RED Spy: Ah, my petite chou-fleur.
    • What makes that moment even sweeter is that of all pictures he could've kept, he chose the tamest one of the bunch; this in turn proves that he didn't just seduce her to spite the BLU Scout, but that he is genuinely in a romantic relationship with her.
      • Combining with Fridge Brilliance, his reaction as the BLU Scout may have been a combination of keeping in character and his own outrage over his lady love being photographed. Or even a genuine shock over getting caught.
      • Even more Fridge Brilliance: When it cuts to the logo, he is heard stabbing BLU Soldier and Heavy multiple times. Seems a bit odd for quick, efficient Spy... Unless he was pissed off at them for ogling the pictures of her earlier.
  • Neat little background detail in "Meet The Medic": When Heavy's on the operating table, look towards the back. Sasha gets her own gurney!
    • Just the fact that Medic's not as grumpy as he usually seems is heartwarming on its own. And between the video and the outtakes, the sense that they really wanted to show that he's trying to improve his teammates' lives and keep them safe is awesome.
      • In addition, the fact that Heavy and Medic are so relaxed, happy, and trusting with each other, even as Medic gives Heavy information that the latter could use to ruin his life and Heavy lets Medic muck around in his organs. It's so sweet that even in the middle of a war-zone, deep and true bonds like that can form and flourish.
  • At the start of "Meet the Medic", a badly injured scout and a wheelchair-bound Demoman are trying to make a run for it. It seems like the Scout should still be faster and likely able to run ahead to safety, but he's sticking with the Demoman and urging him on.
  • A outtake of "Meet The Sandvich" had Heavy beating Soldier to death. Somehow hearing SCOUT of all people plead with Heavy to stop killing Soldier is this and Tear Jerker. Even the Simpsons reference couldn't save it for sorrow.
  • An outtake of "Meet The Medic" had the Soldier holding a dying Sniper's hand... before they both get run over by the Medic's train.
  • So, the Pyro. Yes, he/she/it may be a killing machine that burns everything in sight...but all he wants to do is spread happy rainbows to all of his friends! That's really sweet! (But also scary.)
  • In "Expiration Date", when it looks like the Team has less than three days to live, Spy tries to set up a bucket list so everyone's greatest desire can be fulfilled before they die.
    • Even though everyone likely has their own dying wishnote , all of them are willing to drop them to help Scout learn how to woo Miss Pauling.
    • Later Spy agrees to spend his final hours training Scout in the art of seduction so Scout can go on a date with Miss Pauling, despite what a Jerk Ass Scout is to him. And the other team members chip in.
      • Not to mention how the Scout does genuinely like Miss Pauling, even going so far as to swallow his pride to ask Spy for help, as mentioned above.
      • Plus, despite their mutual loathing, Spy actually stops Scout during the big fight at the end, encouraging him to try and salvage what remains of the horrendously botched date attempt while the rest of the team fend off the bread monster.
      • And before that, despite calling Scout a failure and Scout proceeding to rant at him, Spy points at his watch to remind Scout that he's running out of time to go ask Pauling out. And then joins Demo and Soldier to watch how it goes. It seems that Spy can't help looking out for his teammates.
      • When Spy reassured Scout that the date seemed to be going well, he wasn't lying; while he's watching Scout through the monitors, he's actually nodding in approval at Scout's approach.
      • After Miss Pauling asks Scout for another date, Soldier can be seen in the background smiling when Scout agrees.
      • Scout and Spy's interactions can be seen in an even sweeter light after the comics reveal that the Spy is actually Scout's father, and the entire time he was helping his son get a date. The fact that this implies that the Spy approves of Miss Pauling as well is even better.
    • Despite their imminent deaths, the Medic and Engineer don't decide to spend their last hours screwing around. Instead, they devote all their time finding a cure.
  • In the "Mann vs. Machine" video, Medic gently pets one of his doves before joining his teammates.
  • In the "Sound of Medicine" video, when Medic is about to fire up his shield and orders everyone to get behind him, Heavy seems to be shielding Scout with his body.

    Comics and Other Supplemental Material 
  • From the "WAR!" Soldier vs. Demoman update comic, we have the BLU Soldier initially refusing to kill his best friend, the RED Demoman, even after the Administrator made it very clear that they'd kill him if he refused.
    Soldier: "Then I guess you'd better take me out to that gravel pit and shoot me, lady. 'Cause if you ever ask me to kill my best friend again, I will put my boot so far up your ass it will be on the news!"
    • And then, after they fake the Demo agreeing to kill him for weapons:
      Soldier: "Ahhhh, but dammit, it doesn't matter what he said in that weird robot voice I've never heard him talk in before. Once you've taken a man out for whiskey and ribs... then fought him... then fought the police with him... Well, you have forged a friendship thicker than any soup you can buy. That's not girl talk either. That is just facts."
      • Let us stress the fact that, up until his Berserk Button was pushed, THE SOLDIER of all people, was willing to DIE rather than kill his best friend. The command angers him so much that he stomps his barricade into splinters. Now that is true friendship.
      • Goes for both of them, really. For them to fight, one needs to be Possessed, and the other needs his Berserk Button smashed with a sledgehammer.
    • There are also some unused bits of audio from the update which show that even though they're forced to fight, they're still good friends.
    Demoman: DOMINATED! But yer a good man and I love ya.
    Soldier: DOMINATED! I cherish these moments we spend together.
  • Also in the WAR! comic. The Demoman sits down to have tea with his blind mother, and they both briefly talk about how they miss his father every day.
  • Robin Walker giving a heartfelt speech thanking id Software for pretty much everything ever in regards to codifying the FPS genre of games.
  • In the Halloween comic, a kid trick-or-treating as Saxton Hale comes up to Heavy and Heavy sneers at the idea of spending the money he works so hard to earn for his family on some kid's candy, then proceeds to call the kid fat. When the kid starts crying, Heavy realizes how much he hates being called fat, asks him to stop crying, and gives him $7,000. Also the fact that the RED Soldier, of all people, is the one taking the three kids trick-or-treating in the first place!
    • Also, When Heavy, Spy, and Scout answer the door. Two of them regard the kids with contempt, but the Scout actually gets down to eye level with one of the kids, shows him his bat, and then gives the kid a molar he beat out of a guy while using said bat. Had a very "Cool Big Brother" vibe to it.
    • If the Soldier's line about being on the lam with the children for four days is indeed just a attempt to get some candy out of the team, then it's quite touching to see the merciless military man putting on a goofy costume and taking some kids trick or treating with him.
  • Some of Valve's Christmas cards are both heartwarming and hilarious. Special mention goes to the BLU Medic presenting a huge multilayer sandwich to a delighted Heavy and the Pyro getting excited over receiving coal as gift. Also, RED Heavy presenting RED Engineer with a giftwrapped BLU Spy, saying "Engineer is credit to team!", and even the BLU Sniper giving the RED Scout a hand-knit sweater (albeit one with a target on it.)
  • In "True Meaning," Engineer reading the story of Australian Christmas to Pyro, who is watching with rapt attention. The friendships between teammates can often be quite sweet.
    • Part 2 features "Old Nick", a figure born of Australian Christmas who kidnaps children. It shows the mercenaries engage in actual teamwork for once, which is rare in the supplementary material, especially against an enemy other than the opposing team. The Spy teaches some random kid how to stab him in the neck. Their conversation afterward boils down to "Were you afraid?" "Yep." "Are you still afraid?" "Nah."
      • Even more heartwarming is the Scout and Soldier fighting against Old Nick. They only have a few Christmas items to use as weapons, but they're effectively risking their own lives in an attempt to stop him from kidnapping the children.
      • And, there's Spy giving the kid a piggyback ride at the end. Spy being friendly with a small child is especially heartwarming, even if it is just after he trained the child to kill a Bad Santa.
    • In a strange sort of way, Scout's "Single Mothers/Everyone Else" lines for the mall Santa is this... as this would imply that either A) they were set up and he's just enforcing them (the least heartwarming possibility), B) He set them up just to help single mothers make sure their kids get to see Santa (with the "pretty single mom" comment being an added compliment for good measure), or C) another play on Scout's Casanova Wannabe tendencies (and even then, it says something that his "type" is "has a kid").
  • In "Blood Brothers", Barnabus Hale shows that true men can at least mourn.
    • It's also heartwarming to see Redmond and Blutarch not arguing for once. Even if they are discussing potential incestuous mpreg.
  • In "Doom-Mates", Merasmus proclaims that he's going to murder everyone Soldier cares about. The scene switches to Soldier explaining why he's murdering them all to Scout and Spy. This basically means that Soldier views all of his teammates as his best friends!
  • In the "Mann vs. Machine" trailer, the BLU Medic is seen petting one of his doves reassuringly before going out to war.
    • The sheer fact that RED and BLU are finally getting along in the trailer is heartwarming as well. Especially the grins Heavy, Soldier, and Demoman give each other when they realize the former isn't going to do them any harm.
      • Heck, Soldier and Demoman getting along at all, considering the events of WAR! (Even if it was the other team's Demoman.)
      • Even better; Valve added some scrapped files from the War update to the game for their robotic counterparts. Whether this was intentional or not is unknown. All that we know is that it shows just how close they were.
  • In "Shadow Boxers", Miss Pauling wants to be taken to Gray Mann's hideout by the Soldier. Initially, everyone else doubts the Soldier actually knows what he's talking about and decide to head home. However, the Heavy stays behind and agrees to go with both of them. Why? Because he legitimately doesn't want Miss Pauling to get hurt.
    Heavy: If Miss Pauling goes, I go.
  • Just how happy everyone is to be reunited in "Ring of Fired" is sweet to see. The panels where Soldier isn't smiling can be counted on one hand, Pyro comes running the second s/he sees Soldier and Miss Pauling's beacon fire, and Demo is ecstatic to be offered his job back, even though he doesn't know what it's even going to entail, outside of Putting the Band Back Together.
  • You would not expect to find Zepheniah Mann on this page and, indeed, his last will and testament is a diatribe of curses he inflicts on the world in general and his sons in particular. Amidst all this, however, are the wishes made to his dearest maid, Elizabeth, and to his faithful aide, Barnabas Hale; the former shall be given his estate, along with all deeds and accounts, and the latter shall be given complete control over Mann and Sons Munitions Concern, all given in thanks for their services.
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