Heartwarming / The Ren & Stimpy Show
The original show may have been filled with Nausea Fuel
, Nightmare Fuel
, and over the top insanity with its humour. But it wasn't without it's "heartwarming" moments. Especially between our two leads!
(Important note: Because the show had the above mentioned things, among others, YMMV on whether or not these actually count as "heartwarming" or not, especially since, during the John K. era, many if not all of the "heartwarming" elements were actually forced on him as part of a compromise
between himself and the network
- Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Love Theme" plays almost anytime they have a heartfelt reunion. The fact that it's a song associated with romance certainly raises eyebrows...
- In "Stimpy's Big Day" and "The Big Shot", Ren is torn apart after Stimpy leaves. Then when Stimpy returns, they have a sweet reunion. It goes to show how much Ren doesn't want a life without Stimpy, and truly does care about him.
- In "Ren's Pecs", Stimpy generously donated some of his body fat in order to create pectoral implants for Ren. All throughout, Stimpy just wanted his best friend to be happy. It reaches Tearjerker territory in the end, but there's a shred of hope when Stimpy starts working for the newly famous Ren.
- Their parting is very heartbreaking, accompanied with sorrowful music. But Stimpy has a moment of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy and lets Ren go. He even gives Ren a muscle shirt he'd knitted for him. Ren puts it on and is quite moved. They touch hands for a brief moment, before Stimpy tries to make their parting less hard on both of them.
- The ending to "Dog Tags" is surprisingly sweet for this show; when Ren can't gain access to his own dog club, Stimpy gets the idea to bring him to a club for cats. Ren (dressed as a cat) and Stimpy sing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" with some other cats and then share a bowl of milk together. Awwwww.
- Not to mention, Stimpy admitted to Ren that the only reason he did want to join the dog club, was because he wanted to be with him. Ren was touched and the two shared a loving hug.
- Earlier in that scene, Ren was about to end it all when Stimpy pulls up with some other dogs. The moment he sees what Ren is about to do, he runs out and grabs him, exclaiming "Don't ever scare me like that again!". Even though Stimpy got carried away and was oblivious to Ren's plight, he dropped everything to be there for him.
- It's one of the few times where Ren is genuinely The Woobie. Everything he goes through in this episode is heartbreaking. Seeing things work out for him is actually satisfying.
- "Ren's Toothache". After Ren wakes up with an unbearable toothache and cries about it to Stimpy, Stimpy offers to tell him a story while stroking his hand comfortingly. Ren replies "Yes... Tell me a story..." in such an adorably helpless, weak, tender voice that it's just bound to make you go "Awww...". Complete with a heartwarming hug.
- Fake Dad. Ren CANNOT bring himself to spank Kowalski at the very end, and is reduced to tears when he's taken back to prison.
- Pilot episode "Big House Blues". Ren and Stimpy get put into shelter by a dog catcher and a little girl chooses Ren for her pet. After he's taken out of the cage, he mumbles at the girl "If you take me, you have to take Stimpy too!".
- "Stimpy's Fan Club". Ren is overjoyed to finally get a fan letter for him, after a stream of fan mail for Stimpy. He gloats about it and shows it off... only to finally read "Love, Your Pal, Stimpy". Extra points as he glances dumbfounded at Stimpy, who despite being verbally and physically chewed out by Ren only seconds prior, just gazes back with a kind, forgiving smile and hugs him.
Stimpy: I meant every word.
(bursting out crying and snuggling up to Stimpy): Look at me! Big
, mean Ren, crying like a baby! Pretty pathethic, huh?!
Stimpy: Oh, peeshaw! No one will ever know. You just cry your little eyes out.
- Even better there's a meta example for this. The next week, Nickelodeon got a truckload of letters from children telling Ren they loved him too. Aww...
- As much of a Jerkass Ren was over getting a single letter, it does show how much he values his fans. Once he gets his first fan-letter, he doesn't complain about how Stimpy still has more than he does.
- "Son of Stimpy". Crowning Moment of Heartwarming combined with a Crowning Moment of Funny, since the whole episode is dedicated to Stimpy's fart, that he happens to believe is his son (originally aptly titled "Stimpy's First Fart"). Stinky (as in, the fart) leaves his home (as in, Stimpy's butt). The whole episode is spent on Stimpy trying to find Stinky, and is sealed with a heartwarming reunion.
- Don't forget Ren. His grief at losing Stimpy and his joy at having him back are downright beautiful, especially considering it's Ren we're talking aboutnote .
- The scene of a completely deflated Stimpy, who Ren vigorously tries to cheer up first with his favorite programs (all of which he has shown nothing but contempt for beforehand), and then with a new catnip mouse he had just gotten for him. He that desperately wants Stimpy to be happy again.
- Unfortunately for Ren, the "heartwarming" part of this moment is subverted when Ren tries to cheer Stimpy up with his favorite litter boxnote :
Stimpy: Stinky...wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAAH!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH!!! AH, HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO! AH-HOO, HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO...
Ren: So THAT's it! YOU'RE still crying about your imaginary BUTT stinkyness!
Stimpy: I'm not, listening to this, anymore! He's real! He's real!! He's REAL!!!
Ren: Look, man! It's time to get over this fantasy of yours. Let the wound heal. C'mon, man. I'll help you. Together, we'll get through this. Okay, buddy?
Stimpy: I don't care.note
Ren (is reaching the boiling point of his patience): FINE! SIT HERE AND WALLOW! YOU, YOU FAT...YOU STUPID...YOU...[grunts]... WHO NEEDS YA?!!
- The end of Stimpy's bedtime story "The Littlest Giant". The eponymous giant saves a village from a terrible drought. In return, he gets what he always wanted: a friend.
- "Mad Dog Hoek": During Stimpy's "I like Darren!" rant, he goes nuts. It was rather heartwarming seeing Ren who's normally rather crazy and rude try to calm Stimpy down.
- In the episode Aloha Hoek, when Ren and Stimpy are marooned and Ren first runs into the whale's corpse, his reaction is to jump into Stimpy's arms and hold him while squeaking in an adorably pathetic and panicked manner. Yes, Ren can be cutenote . 
- The beginning to Man's Best Friend (Yes, the one that got John K. fired), where George Liquor sees Ren and Stimpy in the pet shop, asleep on top of each other. And it's incredibly cute. Liquor ruins the moment, though. They do it again in the fish bowl.
- It could be said that Man's Best Friend's ending was just as heartwarming. Just after Ren beats the heck out of George Liquor, George grabs him by the head in unbelievable rage. Then all of a sudden, they chew rubber doggie treats while dancing to Raymond Scott Music.
- "I Was A Teenage Stimpy" has Ren looking at old home movies of Stimpy as a child, with fond nostalgia. One of the few times in the Games Animation era note Ren clearly cared about Stimpy.
- "Egg Yolkeo":
- In the episode, "My Shiny Friend," Stimpy continuously watches TV, to Ren's irritation. Now, throughout most of the episode, Ren seems to try to stop Stimpy from watching TV for, give or take, selfish reasons (such as getting irritated when he and the firemen eat Ren's dinner, or just getting annoyed at the phrase, "What are ya?!"). But when Stimpy "overdoses" on TV, Ren holds him, and weeps rather sadly, and says something surprisingly rare for a Games episode.
"There, there, old pal. We'll have to put you somewhere, where you can't hurt yourself any longer!"
- "Hermit Ren"; Ren returns home after (apparently) ten years of being a hermit and we get this exchange from the duo:
Stimpy: (Excitedly) Ren! You're back!
Ren: So, I turn my back for ten years and you find yourself another chihuahua!
Stimpy: Ahem. But Ren...
Ren: (Embarrassed) Oh. Hehe. Sure. Well, it's great to be back! Buddy!
(The two happily embrace, as do their meat counterparts.)
- It's a rather nice moment in an otherwise demented episode.
- "It's A Dog's Life" actually has two brief moments that show how Ren truly isn't heartless. Even in the Games era of the show.
- One scene consists of Ren and Stimpy attempting to go to sleep, where Stimpy falls right to sleep. Ren smiles at him, then gives him a pillow for his butt.
- Stimpy ends up choking on food, to which Ren attempts giving him the Heimlich maneuver with no hesitation.
- "Haunted House" had the cut Bloody Head Fairy scene. While Ren is panicking over the dimes in his ear, Stimpy strokes his face in a soothing manner as he helps extract the dimes. Even after the fact, Stimpy is still stroking his cheek while Ren freaks out.
- "Nurse Stimpy" is a great display of Stimpy's Undying Loyalty to Ren. Throughout the entire period of Ren being sick, Stimpy works to the bone to help Ren get better. It's incredibly sweet, especially when you see all the worry he has throughout the process.
- Even Ren has his moments. The bubbly sponge bath sequencenote is not only oozing with Ho Yay, but Ren sweetly acknowledges how good Stimpy is to him. In a later scene, he says a couple of these gems:
"I don't deserve you.''
"I'm sorry I'm all the time mean to you."
"God bless you, Stimpy."
- You would think that the episode Double Header would have one of these, but let's face it. While it's true that one should be grateful to be alive after an accident, would YOU be happy with an arrangement where your head was sewn on right above somebody's...posterior, especially when that other person decides to have barbecued Boston baked beans?...
- Ren trying to soothe himself in "Space Madness" can be considered a meta one. In a show that prides itself on making its audience sick, it means a lot that they'd throw in some appealing imagery.
- This page in one of the comics is so precious. ◊ Ren and Stimpy are digging graves in a graveyard, which leads to Stimpy talking about their inevitable "Big Sleep". He says he's prepared for when it happens and shows Ren his tombstone. Then he asks Ren to show him his, which Ren refuses out of embarrassment. After some begging, Ren finally relents. His tombstone simply says "I'm weeth stupeed" with an arrow pointing to the left. Ren, in his own way, shows how he truly loves Stimpy and wants to be buried next to him when they pass away. Stimpy realizes this and hugs him while exclaiming "Awwwww!"
- The Christmas special. Ren is following Stimpy when he leaves the house, suspecting he's buying something. To his surprise, he discovers that Stimpy is buying a sled. For him. Ren is touched and becomes ashamed of himself. He's determined to get a Christmas gift for Stimpy, namely a log, knowing that's what he wants. Ren works a few odd jobs to save up the money to buy the gift for Stimpy. Ren, of all people, is selflessly working his tail off just to get his best friend a gift. Awwwww!
- The log he buys ends up being destroyed by an oblivious Mr. Horse, much to Ren's chagrin. He goes nuts and starts destroying the Christmas decorations in their house. Stimpy comes into the room and is shocked to discover the mess, only to then find Ren has a log. Which is the remains of their tree. Stimpy is overjoyed and hugs Ren, who feels a lot better. Then Stimpy points out that they're under the mistletoe. Ren goes on full tsundere mode and proceeds to smack him.
- Another issue features Stimpy dressed as Elvis Presley, trash-talking Ren on television. Ren does the same thing, to which the two insult each other back and forth. They then burst into tears, Ren exclaims how much he misses Stimpy, and then they run into each other's arms.
Adult Party Cartoon
For as vulgar and mean-spirited as it is, there are a couple of surprisingly heartwarming moments.
- "Onward and Upward" has Stimpy demurely ask Ren if he could carry him across the threshold of their new home. Ren smiles cutely, bats his eyelashes, and then obliges before hopping into Stimpy's arms.
- The title card is surprisingly cute and silly.
- Despite their previous altercation, there's a brief moment where Ren is cuddling up to Stimpy while they're asleep.
- Stimpy offers Ren an alternative shampoo to use, which Ren accepts. In an adorably cutesy voice that's so unlike him in this series. Stimpy slaps his hand again, and Ren pouts at him in a cute manner. It manages to be funny and quite sweet in its own way.
- While they're getting ready for bed, Stimpy asks Ren if they could have sex (cutting him self off, but it's obvious). But stops midway, thinking he's too tired (like he was earlier in the episode). Ren, however, has other plans. He calls Stimpy, then is revealed to be decked out in a baseball uniform while gazing at him seductively. All before asking, "Are you ready for a speedball, my little blumpkin pumpkin?" Despite the wording, his tone and smile indicates it's meant to be affectionate.
- "Ren Seeks Help" is disturbing, sad, and full of Nightmare Fuel. Ren's recent Noodle Incident has left Stimpy to the breaking point, and Ren genuinely feels horrible. He promises Stimpy that he'll do something about it and get help.
- "Fire Dogs 2" has the Fire Chief (played by and designed after Ralph Bakshi) taking Ren and Stimpy under his wing. Despite his absolute horrid behaviour all throughout, the boys do try their hardest to put up with it. They may be it in for a certain gain, but the effort they put in to accommodate the Fire Chief is pretty sweet.
- In "Naked Beach Frenzy", the points definitely go to Stimpy. Around the end, Ren ends up getting stuck in a man's behind and begs Stimpy for help. Stimpy, despite everything Ren put him through, still goes out of his way to save him. He pulls Ren out, smothers his face in kisses with relief, and asks if he's okay (albeit worded differently).
- "Altruists" consists of the boys going out of their way to help a homeless widow and her handicapped son that fell on hard times. Granted, they commit multiple crimes and other felonies in order to help her, it ends up being strangely sweet of them.
- Even the homeless widow gets a special mention, as she clearly cares very much about her son (despite that he has no head). She had even given up her brassiere just so that she could buy him a neck.
- In that same scene, Ren tells Stimpy to give her his (Stimpy's) bra. Stimpy balks at the idea, but not out of any sort of greed. But because the bra is special to him since Ren gave it to him on their anniversary. However, Stimpy relents and gives it to her.
- "Stimpy's Pregnant", while it is usually considered more disgusting than heartwarming, manages to have a few moments.
- During Ren's relatively understandable freakout, Stimpy is trying to calm him down and offers sweet assurances about the situation. On top of that, he refers to the baby as their love child.
- When Ren finally comes around to the idea of being a father, he happily talks to the baby and coaxes it to come out. All while a bunch of animal couples observe from the window.
- Stimpy's Undying Loyalty throughout the whole thing.
- When Mr. Horse discovers the actual problem, he hesitates telling them that Stimpy isn't actually pregnant. The camera then pans over to Ren and Stimpy, who are actually having a genuinely loving moment. Ren is sweetly assuring him that everything is going to be okay while petting him and kissing his nose. It's quite possibly the sweetest he's ever been in the Adult Party Cartoon. (With the exception to the ending of "Onward and Upward")
- Throughout the episode, Ren's Jerkass meter was pretty much Up to Eleven. However, it's during the hospital scene that he's actually supportive and worried for Stimpy, right down to holding his hand while Stimpy pushes.
- There's plenty of Squick in regards to their baby, considering what he's made of, and understandably so. However, the immense joy Ren and Stimpy share as they relish their newborn can be considered sweet.
- Ren asks Stimpy what they should name him. Stimpy thinks about it for a few moments, then comes up with Little Ricky, to which Ren is touched and is thrilled by the name.
- The final shot of the three of them together as a family is sweet . When it fades out, a silver heart appears with "The I Love Stimpy Show" written on it.