Heartwarming: The A-Team

For an 80s action series, this show had a surprising number of heartwarming moments.
  • Scary Black Man B.A. Baracus, perhaps ironically, got the most heartwarming moments of any of the cast, particularly when he goes into Gentle Giant mode, showing that he can be both the mucle and the heart of the team.
    • In ''Children of Jamestown", the team is captured by an insane cult leader and told they will be put to death soon. When he realizes that Amy isn't going to be able to handle the fear of death, B.A. soothes her by promising he'll protect her no matter what.
    • When (in "The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing") Murdock is panicking after being blinded, B.A. promising that he (Murdock) will be alright and that he (B.A.) would get him out of the situation.
    • Also, in Bad Time on the Border, B.A. asking a little lost Mexican girl, "Do you want to be my friend?" and she nods "yes". Makes this troper melt just thinking about it...
    • B.A.'s mom saying about how she used to worry about B.A. being on the run without any family around him until she received a picture from him that was a photograph of him and the rest of the team and she realising that B.A. was with his family.
      • Also, B.A.'s mom saying at the end of the episode that she considers Murdock her son and would legally adopt him if she could.
    • In "The Duke of Whispering Pines", Hannibal needs to melt down one of B.A.'s gold necklaces as part of a plan. B.A. at first refuses, saying that necklace has a very special meaning to him. It's soon revealed that the necklace was a Christmas gift from Murdock.
  • In "The Only Church in Town", Face's and Leslie's last farewell. It is so bittersweet and heartwarming that it needs to be seen to be believed.
  • Most of Family Reunion.
    • Even Face and Murdock's fight is this, because in a strange way, it shows just how much they really care about each other.
    Murdock: There's one thing about you and me that I've always liked, and that's our fights. Cuz we don't have to...stumble over our - our lips...apologizing.
    • The fact that their whole fight is only two minutes long speaks volumes about how deep their friendship runs. Of course, when you've been on the run with someone for fifteen years, after fighting a war and going through a Vietnam prison camp together, even the most serious fight can't really be expected to last very long.
  • Murdock's concern when Face is shot in Without Reservations. To see the fun-loving, happy-go-lucky Cloud Cuckoo Lander turn so deadly serious is absolutely jarring. The look of pure hatred he gives the man responsible...shudder.
    • And then at the end when Murdock finally gets his hands on the guy who shot Face and starts relentlessly pounding him, and literally has to be pulled off of him. It really shows what Murdock is capable of when someone he cares about is hurt, seeing as he's usually the least violent of the team. I would not want to get on Murdock's bad side.
      • The tag scene for that episode is also quite cute. Murdock brings Face a 'get well' pizza...aaaww.
  • Face and Murdock's whole friendship is heartwarming when you think about it. Face grew up in an orphanage, and as a result he has serious trust and commitment issues. He's always kind of guarded, but when he's around Murdock he's a lot more willing to let loose and act silly. Murdock also seems to know more about Face than anyone else does - he frequently mentions things that Face likes (his favorite foods, etc.), and he's the only one of the team that you ever see Face fighting with (whether playfully or seriously) onscreen.
  • Murdock getting shot protecting Hannibal in "Curtain Call", the fact he doesn't even hesitate. Then the aftermath, BA looking after him in particular, Murdock (when Decker is closing in) begging Hannibal to leave him and get the rest of the team to safety and Hannibal refusing ("We go out together, or not at all"), Face telling Tawnia that without the first aid kit Murdock is dead so it doesn't matter if they get captured. Hannibal willingly surrendering to Decker to save Murdock also counts.
  • Murdock and Kelly in Bounty. The entire relationship, but especially the "pretty girl" moment. Made all the more heartwarming by the fact that Dwight Schultz and Wendy Fulton are still married after being together 30+ years.
  • Hannibal reassuring Murdock that he appreciates his uniqueness and prefers Murdock to be himself when Murdock tries to "conform to a more socially acceptable norm" for an episode (after getting tired of B.A. ragging on him all the time) and is completely miserable.
  • "I want you to be my role model, someone I can look up to when the purple wobblies start to wobble."
  • At multiple points during the shows run, they accent the fact that the team has a strict "No man's left behind"policy. And boy do they stick to it. Even when three of them are about to be shot by a firing squad, Murdock does everything in his power to get them back.

from The Movie:

  • At the start of the movie, Hannibal holds up BA to hijack his van, and notices BA's Ranger tattoo. BA warns Hannibal not to talk shit about his old battalion, and joins in when Hannibal recites the Ranger Creed as a Trust Password. And when Hannibal asks for his help to rescue a brother Ranger, BA jumps in with no hesitation. BA may be a thug right now, but deep down inside he still believes in the cause.
    • And later, after they rescue Face, he starts half-playfully giving BA a hard time about how he helped with the rescue after Hannibal shot and carjacked him. BA shows Face his Ranger Tattoo, and he immediately thanks him for his help.
  • After finding out they've been betrayed by General Morrison, they ask, "Could you ever do that to us?" Hannibal replies "Never in a million years."
    • In the extended edition he adds: "I'd rather be shot by a firing squad first."
  • During the court martial, Hannibal tries to take full responsibility so the others can get off easier. The others all immediately refuse to accept the offer to be tried separately.
  • When Face is doubting his plan towards the end of the film, Murdock points out that he's got the most on the line here & he's still putting his faith in Face, before reassuring him that whilst he's crazy, he's not that crazy.