Heartwarming: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • If you play through the tutorial, you can get a scene of Geralt living in blissful domesticity with Yennefer and Ciri. He's surrounded by his fellow witchers, safe, and secure with nothing on the horizon to ruin their lives. So, of course its just a dream.
  • Geralt can do something no Witcher has ever done in the history of his profession and refuse payment for killing monsters. This may not seem like a large deal but given how few of the peasantry can afford his services, it can mean a major difference in their lives. Most of them are genuinely stunned when this happens.
    • One of the earliest missions has a man offering his daughter's dowry money to Geralt (because he, indirectly, saved her life). Geralt can say, "I'm not likely to get married any time soon."
  • The general reaction to Geralt clearing out areas of monsters. The locals who come to inhabit them tend to react with more love and adoration than the rest of the game combined.
    • One of the most heartwarming? "I will name my first born son Geralt."
    • Similarly, "The next bloke that tells me that Witchers are cold, heartless scoundrels will get my fist down his lying gullet."
    • It's possible to end up with entire islands praising Geralt in Skellige, if you do right by their clans and liberate their hamlets.
  • One of the first few quests you get in White Orchard revolves around a Temerian peasant having apparently lost his brother in a battle near the village. Geralt agrees to help him and after a short search they find his shield. You then follow the trail to an isolated, abandoned house where the brother is alive...along with a Nilfgaardian soldier that saved his life. Though his brother is less than amiable to the soldier for being part of The Empire that's invading his homeland, Geralt can persuade him to allow the man, a deserter from Nilfgaard, to live with them in gratitude.
  • At one point, we find a scene of Ciri running, scared for her life, from what is presumably the Wild Hunt. She's not eaten for days and has slept even less. Her first reaction upon seeing a child in danger? To rescue the child then make sure she's seen safely home. The amazing thing? Ciri's act of kindness doesn't rebound on her in any way. The little girl gets a job in the Baron's kitchens where she's a lot happier than she'd be at home.
  • The Baron refuses to let you kill the Botchling that his unborn child turned to. As terrified as he is of being killed by the monster, he agrees to the ritual which requires him to dig her grave as well as carry the monster to it before burying her. When he does, the Baron gives up drinking and proceeds to become a somber sober figure who seems aware of just what he's done to his life.
  • In Velen, there are various hidden sidequests Geralt can stumble upon, including a houseful of children (west of the bridge to Novigrad) being menaced by a wild dog. After killing the dog, the kids reveal that they hadn't eaten in a week - if Geralt gives them food or money, he'll be given a book and a doll in gratitude.
  • Outside of Oxenfurt, Geralt can get a job from an old woman who believes a werewolfhas made off with her chickens. Following the footprints leads to a small camp of children, orphaned by the war. After a brief talk with them, Geralt will go back to the woman and tell her it was the kids, and can convince her to take them in. She'll tell you she'll think about it. If you go back later, she does.
  • The troll outside of Oxenfurt, who was recruited by the Radanian army to look after a bunch of peasant boats the army stole. He asks for your help in letting people know that the area he is guarding is a fort now. If you ask where the soldiers are, he'll tell you he accidently killed the soldiers and peasants trying to separate them, then ate their corpses in a stew. If you hold off on attacking him, and continue with his task, he will ask that you bring him some paint to put the army official colors up on the fort. You can paint your self, or have him do it. Either one ends with him thanking you for helping him, and him telling Geralt that he is so much nicer than most people.
  • The Baron's men are some of the most scummy people in the world with many of them being very unkind to women. When you get a flashback to Ciri, you find...they respected her, liked her, and considered her a comrade-in-arms. Of course, slaying a werewolf on your way in helps.
    • It seems that they are illy-disposed to peasants in general (with occasional dialogue like 'Let's flog a peasant for laughs after our watch') and seem to authentically respect anyone who can pull one's weight in combat. Being a personal guest of The Bloody Baron does not hurt, either.
  • In Novigrad, you have a mission to investigate a haunted house. Inside, you find out the "ghost" is a godling who is tormenting a sorceress with bad dreams. The godling fails to realize the sorceress is a dream-mage and this is terrifying to her. If you help the godling keep her home then the dream mage will be free. Said mage comes back, moves in, and becomes the godling's surrogate mother. It becomes doubly heartwarming when you realize the "haunted house" is the perfect home for a mage on the run.
  • Priscilla's ballad, singing of the love between Geralt and Yennefer, gets even Geralt to become introspective.
  • The romances are surprisingly sweet, partially because they juxtapose quite nicely against the Darker and Edgier atmosphere.
    • With Triss, it can be rekindled at a Masquerade Ball, which she even notes is a major departure from her usual hangouts in the sewers of Novigrad while trying to evade the Witch Hunt going on, and culminates at a kiss beneath fireworks while at the party.
      • Later, after helping Triss get all the mages out of Novigrad, Geralt can give her a Love Confession... only for her to get on the boat anyway. Sigi offers his condolences and, if indulged, an anecdote - only to pause halfway through to say "Geralt, turn around." Triss had gotten off the boat, and Sigi graciously takes his leave. The ensuing playful banter is the icing on the cake.
    • With Yennefer, it involves Yen asking Geralt for help to find a genie. At first she doesn't tell him why she wants to look for it, but as the quest progresses, she finally tells Geralt her reason. Turns out it's about Geralt's wish in the final part of the Witcher novel The Last Wish. Geralt's final wish to the genie is to bind Yennefer and Geralt together forever, so that no matter where they are, they will always be together and love one another in the end. She doesn't want this and she wants to break the spell to find out if Geralt and her truly love one another even without the spell. After finally finding the genie and breaks the curse that binds them on a shipwreck on top of an ice mountain, turns out nothing has changed between them afterwards. They don't become total strangers once the spell has been lifted. They really are truly in love after all. The dialogue afterwards is truly heartmeltingly sweet.
    Geralt: Djinn mighta cheated us after all...
    Yennefer: Why?
    Geralt: Cause I don't feel that anything's changed either. I love you, Yen.
    Yennefer: And I love you. (then they kiss)
    Geralt: Strange. Done that so many times, but... it felt like our first kiss to me.
    Yennefer: It was in a way. Besides, once you say 'I love you', a kiss must taste differently.
  • The snowball fight is particularly adorable.
  • In Skellige, Geralt can pick up a contract to banish the wraith of Ulle the Unlucky, an arena combatant who never won a single match until, infuriated by a Jarl's Unsportsmanlike Gloating, stabbed him in the back, earning a curse to "lose for all eternity". The only way to banish him is to Sheathe Your Sword and let him win.
    Ulle: What's that? I hear... I hear... laughter and joyous cries... the clanking of chalices... And a voice... summonin' me to the feast of heroes.
  • While helping Ciri recover from her wounds, Skjall becomes smitten with her. If the player chooses, Ciri can give Skjall his first kiss from a woman. One of the dialogue options even implies that Skjall was about to lose his virginity to Ciri, but the Wild Hunt attack interrupts them before anything can happen.
  • Combined with a Tear Jerker. If you allow Ciri to return to Skjall's grave, she finds that he's been thrown in a pit. Ciri promptly reburies him respectfully. When the villagers come to harass her over it, she proceeds to PUNCH ONE IN THE FACE then give a massive The Reason You Suck speech about Skjall's heroism. Not only saving her but leading the Wild Hunt away from the village. The villagers then have a collective My God, What Have I Done? moment when they realize that not only did they dishonor one of their clansmen but they led to his death. They agree to leave the grave alone from that point on.
  • Pretty much any interaction between Geralt and Ciri that underscores their closeness despite the lack of biological ties.
  • When Geralt finally brings Ciri to the Emperor, he brings forth a hundred gold pieces for Geralt, who can choose to refuse. Ciri is pretty offended if you take the money, but rejecting causes her and Geralt to quickly hold hands during the scene.
    • As well, the Emperor immediately gives Geralt a fine horse instead, as it's implied he feels like he can't let Geralt go without some reward.
  • When Geralt and Lambert are getting drunk in Kaer Morhan, the player can get Geralt to tell Lambert that he's a jackass, but loves him like a brother. And Lambert, who hates the fact that he is a Witcher and all that's done to his life, will call Geralt and blowhard and say he would go to Hell and back for Geralt and try to give him a Man Hug. The fact that they are both drunk only diminishes the sweetness slightly.
  • The surprise last-minute hookup of Lambert and Keira Metz, should she survive, not only somehow manages to work, but is also quite sweet in and of itself, with an embittered self-deprecating witcher and an egoist sorceress finally finding their share of happines in the otherwise bleak world. Judging from anytime you bring up the topic, either with her or with any other onlooking NPC, it seems to be working out well for both of them. Geralt and everyone else's slight bewilderment pushing it to the funny territory makes it even sweeter.
  • In the DLC quest 'Where the Cat and Wolf play,' you end up finding a little girl, who's the lone survivor of a massacre. At first she's terrified of Geralt because he's a Witcher, like the one who slaughtered her village. However, if Geralt is kind to her, when he takes her to her aunt in a near-by village, the girl asks if she can ride on her shoulders. Geralt's reply: 'As long as you promise not to pull my hair.'
  • The DLC quest 'Skellige's Most Wanted' rewards you for staying your blade in a rather satisfying manner, when Geralt lists the names of monsters he has spared throughout his journey, claiming Witchers are protectors of both worlds rather than just the realm of men. The fact that your opponents recognize some of those you mention doubles the feeling, when you realize that by being merciful, you spared someone's friend, acqaintance or partner.

     Ending-related 
  • Geralt and Ciri's meeting on the Isle of Mists, the first time they've seen in years, after a long time not knowing whether the other is dead or alive. That scene is just handcrafted to be as emotionally powerful as possible.
  • Right near the end, Ciri is facing down the White Frost's origin point, and on the verge of death... until she remembers how supportive Geralt can be, finding the strength to persevere and succeed.
  • The Witcher Ciri ending. After spending years running from the Hunt and from her father, Ciri finally finds respite from both. Geralt gives her a new silver sword, and together they embark on adventure, with Geralt finally completing her training. Ciri walks the Witcher's Path, and becomes known throughout the land.
  • While bittersweet, Ciri leaving Geralt behind to become Empress of Nilfgaard counts as this, since she's doing it in the hopes of improving the lives of as many people as possible, and Geralt will reassure her that she'll do a great job, and can promise that they'd be able to keep in touch.
    • This entire ending is laced with heartwarming moments as Geralt and Ciri make up for lost time together. Of note is when Ciri reminsces on how Geralt never gave her piggyback rides at Kaer Morhen. For a moment, Geralt goes silent and looks sad...only for Ciri to unexpectedly tackles him and climb atop his shoulders. Geralt then promptly runs around in circles as though he's giving a small child a piggyback ride, laughing the whole time.
  • The endings Geralt can have with either Yenn or Triss. With Yenn, Geralt finally finds freedom from politics and lives happily with Yenn in a small remote village. With Triss, he finds steady income and happiness with her, as she secures an advisors position in Kovir.
    • The setup to the latter is especially sweet, as Geralt finds out when she performs a bit of Hydromancy, which always shows the inner-thoughts of the mage casting the spell before solidifying on the actual target. Triss didn't know how to broach the topic, and Geralt can tell her "Of course I'll go", or say that he needs time to decide - a fact she supports and even shows ambivalence about taking the position, as her priority is being with Geralt, which is enough to convince Geralt to go along with it.
  • Restoring Temeria's statehood is heartwarming as well, as the peasants who suffered for a year as pawns in a war-torn no-man's land are finally free to go about their lives in peace.
  • Even the Downer Ending has its moments. Despite his gruff and uncaring treatment of the werewolf named Berem, once they locate the Crone, Geralt foregoes killing the supposedly weakened beast. He turns down Berem's offers for help and urges him to take his last cub, go somewhere far away, and live. The werewolf does not comply and eventually joins Geralt in finishing the Weavess off.