Heartwarming: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

  • Combined with one of the biggest Tear Jerker moments ever, John's breakdown when he realizes that the T-800 has to destroy himself to prevent the creation of Skynet. The kid has been through hell the entire movie, and its here that he completely loses it at the thought of losing not just his bodyguard, not just his friend, but the closest thing he has ever had to a father.
    "I order you not to go. I order you not to go! IorderyounottogoIorderyounottogo!"
  • One scene stands out in T2: "Hey wait, you swore!" "Trust me."
    • And when he drives away the police with a gatling gun and a grenade launcher, the T-800 scans the area. The screen from his view reads "Human Casualties: 0.0". He did learn.
  • Sarah's last piece of narration: "The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it for the first time with a sense of hope, because if a machine, a Terminator, can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too."
  • Sarah's realisation that the T-800 is actually the best possible father John could have.
  • When John tells the Terminator to reveal himself to the Dysons, he takes their son Danny away to see his room and spare him more trauma. It's especially sweet when you consider that John didn't have much of a childhood himself and would rather not have an innocent child caught up in this any further.
  • The T-800's backup power activating becomes one in the special edition, thanks to the scene of Sarah and John removing his block on learning and developing. This makes it clear that what's actually happening here is that he's no longer just following his programming, but actually cares about John and Sarah and is going to do whatever he can to save them.
  • The scene where John laments to The Terminator about his life up to meeting him. It's pretty heartwarming that he can confide to a machine who at the time didn't understand human emotion, but was willing enough to listen.