Heartwarming / Todd in the Shadows

  • Most, if not all, of his Magfest 2011 Vlog, where he meekly thanks his fans and all the reviewers he met while there. It almost seemed like he was close to tearing up half the time. Aw.
  • The end of his joint review of Head with Pushing Up Roses and Paw Dugan, where they sing "Daydream Believer" while Todd plays it on his keyboard. It really cements the image of the TGWTG Team being one giant group of True Companions.
  • The little spazflail Todd does in the Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 2010 when he realizes he can use the lyrics from "Nothin' On You" to win Obscurus Lupa over. Though it doesn't QUITE work out...
  • In his "Ask Todd In The Shadows" thread, when asked if he likes hugs, he proclaimed himself an "epic hugger". Aw...
  • After Lupa declared on her Twitter that she felt worthless and insignificant, Todd replied: "Yeah, you matter to a lot of people. Whatever else you worry about, don't worry about that." So sweet, especially considering Todd's on-camera relationship with Lupa.
  • Also from Twitter, is his tweets from on his birthday. He references his sad birthday shown in the Hannah Montana video and says how loved and happy he is this year. He just seems so... very happy with life. Also extra sweet since in-character Todd seems quite a depressed fellow.
    • And after that, any time he mentioned his relationship (even more when she tweets...)
  • After gay marriage equality passed in New York, Todd tweeted, "Gay marriage passed in NY. Against my better instincts, I'm throwing "Born This Way" onto the stereo." And then, immediately after, "And you know what, f**k it, I'm gonna throw it on a second time." Nice to see Todd will be supportive with a song he must be warming up to.
  • In the Vlog for Captain America: The First Avenger, there's a few times when Todd strokes Lindsay's back and shoulder. It's so sweet, especially with how happy and relaxed in general he looks.
  • His defense of Michael Vick in his "Turn Up The Music" review saying that unlike Brown, Vick has paid his debt to society, and given how Todd is a huge dog lover, it makes it even more heartwarming for him to defend Vick.
  • There's a line in his Glitter review about pretty girls who can sing and live in New York. Apply a bit of Reality Subtext and it's fairly clear who he's talking about.
  • This is possibly the most adorable moment between Lindsay and Todd yet. She's sitting at his keyboard, sounding like Beaker doing "Party Rock Anthem".note 
    • Listen closely at the end, he calls her "babydoll"!
    • He and Lindsay, out of character, review Les MisÚrables. Lindsay says that everyone should read the book. He says "I've heard that... a lot!" It's obvious that his teasing Lindsay for her love of the book is affectionate, which is further supported by a kiss on her forehead.
  • While filming a scene for the "Give Me Everything" review, Lindsay's pet puppy attempts to chase off Todd after he gets a little too close to Lupa. The three of them find this both hilarious and cute.
  • Todd being upset about how the couple from the "Take On Me" music video had their relationship end in the "Sun Always Shines on TV" music video due to the comic book sketch person reverting back into a comic book sketch. He really cared about that couple and was upset about how it ended.
  • A record number for Todd in "We Are Young/Somebody That I Used To Know". Then there was the cut other songs in the top 5, but it was nice to see Todd, who's had to put up with songs like "Sexy and I Know It", finally getting a moment of happiness.
    • Subtle one: Todd spent the majority of the review pronouncing Gotye's name wrong (FYI, it's GO-tee-ay), but at the end, after checking out more of his music, Todd finally gets his name right, showing that he's come to really respect, perhaps even LIKE him.
    • Basically the last 5 minutes were one long Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and Awesome.
    • As it turned out, not only did Todd add "Somebody That I Used To Know" to his top list of that year; but he also declared that Gotye should be the next King of Pop. It's a sweet thought and a nice moment of recognizing a great talent in music that needs more love.
  • The last minutes of "One Hit Wonderland - Come On Eileen".
  • Todd made a tweet about how he finds that dogs are made of love. While it could be applied to most dogs, it's most likely he's referring to Lindsay's Boston terrier.
  • In his "Monster Mash" review, he becomes completely fascinated by the life of Bobby "Boris" Pickett, and when the time comes for the usual "Did he deserve better" segment, he declares that the guy had one of the most amazing lives he's ever heard of.
  • In several tweets, he has referred to Lindsay's dog Kali as his own. They're officially a couple now.
    • Todd often brings up Kali's small size as a thing to admire/ponder on Twitter. Which can be seen as either really cute, or really creepy. Possibly even both.
  • Todd's episode dedicated to Semisonic's "Closing Time," which was essentially a love letter to a band who had an influence on who he is today.
  • The video on "It's Raining Men," where he defends the song as being Narm Charm incarnate, and even manages to make clear that none of his fat jokes about the Weather Girls are anything but good-natured.
  • After being hard on two of Flo Rida's songs - "Club Can't Handle Me" and especially "Whistle", seeing "I Cry" on his Best Hit Songs of 2012 list was rather nice of him.
    • Likewise, after how he certainly wasn't nice to Pitbull's "Back in Time", putting "International Love" on his honorable mentions list was also giving some good credit, even if Chris Brown's act in it was disappointing to him.
  • In his review of "We Are The World", he makes it clear that there will be absolutely no jokes about the disaster in Haiti and says that, however narmy they may seem, he has nothing but respect for musicians who try to make a difference with their art. Best summed up with:
    "I will take an insincere display of charity over a genuine display of apathy any day of the week."
  • Title card for his "Who Let the Dogs Out" review, which features a smiling Todd surrounded by happy dogs.
    • And he uses Lindsey's dog, Kali, a couple of times, fussing over it like a father fussing over a baby.
  • In his "You Light Up My Life" review, he says that despite his distaste for Debby Boone's music, he thinks that she is one of the nicest people in the world.
  • Todd warming up to One Republic, saying that they were "off the shit list" (of course, it was at the expense of Imagine Dragons).
  • Even though he's pointed out the Unfortunate Implications of their music several times, Todd does believe the members of One Direction are genuinely nice people and is glad to see them take over the Teen Idol Crown from Justin Bieber.
  • Him relating The Neighborhoods' "Sweater Weather" to putting puppies in sweaters in his Top 10 Best Songs of 2013 was pretty nice in its own way.
  • Just how happy he was to talk about his favorite songs of 2013, especially in regards to "#Beautiful", "Suit and Tie", "Treasure", and "Get Lucky".
  • The day that JewWario (Justin Carmical) committed suicide, Todd posted the following tweets:
    Anyone who knows me knows I'm not good with emotional shit. Which is why not many people know me. I wanna say something, I don't know what.
    But the common thread you'll see in all the memorials to Justin is this: He made people happy. He was just a joy to be around.
    And I know so many people, so very many, who Justin offered a shoulder to cry on during rough times. He was that kind of a guy.
    And all of us, me, you, everyone, could stand to be more like Justin in that regard.
    • The opening bits of his Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2013 were recorded soon after the incident. There's visible subtext in Todd's drinking, and he admitted on Twitter that even the cameos were likely drunk when recording their footage. Which only adds strength to Kyle's insistence that he continue to acknowledge the positive elements of the year's music, as well as his friends and fans.
  • Sometime in 2014, Todd contracted MRSA again and it appears as though he could have persister bacteria, meaning he could get MRSA over and over again. He asked his title card artist on Twitter if he was going to die and his fans flocked to support him when it seemed like he was genuinely terrified about what might happen to him.
  • Much like how he grew to admire Pickett despite knowing little about him at first, his newfound adoration of Biz Markie while reviewing "Just a Friend." As technically bad as the song is, Markie himself is just a tremendously lovable teddy bear, and Todd completely goes with it.
  • Despite his distaste for "All About That Bass," he makes clear that he has nothing but support for its message.
  • While reviewing Dick Tracy for "Cinemadonna", he pauses in his bashing of the film to note that in the middle of all the crappiness, Madonna herself is a shining beacon of talent and gives easily the best performance of her acting career.
  • Admitting that he doesn't hate Shawn Mullins' "Lullaby" nearly as much as you'd think given his thoughts on certain similar songs.
  • Even though it becomes a subversion, seeing his enthusiastic support for "Blank Space" is rather nice. And he still holds out hope that the song (officially a parody of Swift's media portrayal) has some honest Reality Subtext about herself, even after her statements call the song a joke.
  • Much like how he was happy after talking about the songs from 2013 that he enjoyed so much, after having to endure 2014, a year he considered even worse for music, it was great seeing how thrilled he was to talk about how 2014 had a very happy ending with the song that made the #1 spot on his Best Hit Songs of 2014 list, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk".
  • His tweet early in 2015 where he states he already has 3 songs contending for the best song of 2015, followed by "I love music". It's nice to see that he is enjoying pop music again after the terrible years 2013 and 2014.
  • His "relationship" with Katy Perry can be seen as this. At the beginning of Todd's career, Katy Perry was a guilty pleasure of his. In 2012 when he was ready to just submit to, she released numerous songs he couldn't get into at all, which Todd attributes to her divorce from Russell Brand at the time. Todd declares at the beginning of 2013 that he has "divorced" Katy Perry because he doesn't enjoy her new music. He found himself being very scathing of Perry throughout 2014, but then came crawling back in 2015 to declare Birthday one of his favorite songs of the previous year. Almost like a real couple. But in pop music form.
  • Todd's willingness to accept Chris Brown, a person he had previously harshly berated for his infamous assault of Rihanna, back into the pop music world at the beginning of his "Deuces" review. That is of course, before he realizes that "Deuces" is one of the douchebaggiest songs he's ever heard.
  • Literally the one good thing he has to say about The Next Best Thing is how great it is to see a film made in 2000 that takes the issues faced by homosexuals seriously and portrays a gay man as a loving father.
  • He starts his list of the worst songs of 2015 by saying he didn't actually want to make it, as the new music of the year was such a pleasant surprise after how horrible the last two years were and he just wants to focus on the good stuff.
    • Then, come the best list, he is ecstatic over how enjoyable the music of the year is (especially his top 5), more so than even his happiest best-of lists.
    • Putting "Hello" as an honorable mention on his best list because, while he didn't love the song, he's grateful for the singer and can't understand what humanity did to even deserve an Adele in the first place.
  • On Todd's Twitter, for a few weeks he had some mysterious tweets regarding an "Amy". Well, wonder no longer.
    • Todd quickly grew to love Amy so much that his Twitter quickly became 140-character existential crises pondering the nature of dogs, whether or not Amy realized she was a dog, why he loved Amy so much when she, as a dog, could never fully comprehend his love, and so forth. He also now posts pictures Amy and Lindsay's dog Kali on play-dates.
  • Despite his hatred of the song "Mickey", he clearly has a ton of respect for Toni Basil, from her physicality in the video despite pushing 40 at the time, to the surprising breadth of everything else she's accomplished in her life. When it comes time to decide "Did she deserve better?", he's pretty sure that Toni herself would just laugh at the idea that she deserved more than the incredible life she's had.
    • Also: chastising the movie Bring It On for using the word "retarded" and stopping himself from saying it accidentally, which is considerate of him.
  • While reviewing "Eve of Destruction", he gets into Barry Maguire's move to Christian rock in the '70s, a genre he's been very clear on his utter contempt for. But he actually ends up liking several of Maguire's songs from the era, discovering that back then the music could actually give real messages in an engaging way rather than the bland platitudes it's been reduced to today.
  • Although Lindsay posted a blog offhandedly mentioning that she and Todd were no longer together, it's very clear that this hasn't affected their friendship.
  • Gushing about The Darkness, and how despite being formed as a novelty joke band, they were good enough to make it as a genuine heavy metal act (and he thinks their big mistake in their later work was leaning too far into the parody elements).
  • Despite being slightly uncomfortable with its subject matter, Todd gushes about how great "I Touch Myself" is and how talented the Divinyls are. He also sincerely states that he thinks Chrissy Amphlett was a great singer and unrecognized talent when he acknowledges her passing.
  • This bit from his review of I'm Going to Tell You A Secret for Cinemadonna:
    "I say this, Madonna, if you're listening, your children are adorable."
  • Really, any time he states that a band or artists featured on One Hit Wonderland deserved better. A recent example being Midnight Oil, where he clarifies that they were more than successful in their native Australia, but deserve a much bigger audience stateside.
  • That Todd is considerate enough to (briefly) tone down his hatred of Christian rock and Jars of Clay's religious music out of respect for the person who requested the review (a reverend). He even sounds almost apologetic when he talks about how he doesn't know much about traditional church music either.
  • Todd's speech at the end of the "Black Beatles" review about how important and wonderful The Beatles are. Even after all that's been said about them in the past, it still manages to reinvigorate the love people have for the group.
  • Todd's justification for calling "Closer" the best hit song of 2016: in a year as bleak as that one, he needed at least one song that made him happy, no matter how many faults it had. When so many pop songs just reminded him of how bad the world was, this was one of the few that made him happy every time.
    • In fact, the whole goal of the list is to include the year's happier songs as antidote for how awful the year itself was (and how 2017 is looking to be). He even gives honorable mentions to songs he finds kind of lame just because they were at least trying to be happy, and even spared one of his least favorite artists because she was upbeat and at least had a personality.
  • At the end of his "Something Just Like This" review, it gets to the point where Todd usually has a premature verdict and the song does something to let him down. Instead, it's exactly the opposite - Coldplay including a guitar solo during an EDM drop is enough to make Todd bump his rating up a few notches, leaving the review in high spirits.
  • While he originally covered D 4 L's Laffy Taffy on One Hit Wonderland as a quick episode, when he discovered that one of the defunct group's members, Shawty Lo, died last year, he tried to give some dedication to him before going into Laffy Taffy. After talking about it and their only other charting song, he went more into Shawty Lo's discography, and discovered he was pretty decent as a solo artist after creating his solo album! Considering that he didn't want to talk shit about the guy while the guy was still being mourned, it was quite the nice moment there.
  • In his OHW episode for "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors, Todd makes it clear that he thinks the fact that the lead singer became a lawyer for the musician's union, helping other artists out, is actually really cool. He also says that the idea of a former rock star becoming a lawyer to help out the little guy and prevent other musicians from being screwed over by "the man" would make a great TV show.
    Todd: He could be played by James Spader...
  • In his One-Hit Wonderland for "Give It To You" by Jordan Knight, Todd isn't too happy to find that Knight covered "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" (and ends up hating the cover when it turns out to be a slowed-down ballad instead of the original's Lyrical Dissonance). The heartwarming part is when Todd explains that "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" is his favorite Prince song, and while he admits that there are a ton of good Prince covers out there, he'd rather this song be left alone because it means too much to him. He then says something that music lovers everywhere can agree with:
    Todd: God, I miss Prince.
    • Todd also re-appraises the discography of New Kids on the Block and even though he finds some of it So Bad, It's Good, he actually thinks some of their stuff is genuinely pretty good, and that they were a surprisingly eclectic group. And at the end of the episode, Todd says that Knight absolutely deserved better because, even if he doesn't really care for a lot of his music, he admits that he's a talented guy who proved surprisingly influential for the future of a good chunk of pop music.
  • Todd being decent enough to not jump to any conclusions about Taylor Swift's personality and whether or not she's the snake in the grass she's painted as by some. He doesn't care at all about the gossip surrounding her and even says that he leans more toward her side, even if he doesn't care for "Look What You Made Me Do."