Heartwarming / Warframe

  • Rescued hostages will sometimes say 'I knew you would come. Thank you.' in a very sincere voice, which makes a nice change from shrieking clones and burbling corporate cyborgs. Especially heartwarming as the Alert missions sometimes label the Rescue missions as "Abducted Civilian" or "Detained Diplomat Located". Maybe the Tenno aren't as monstrous as they seem.
  • Evacuating a mission invaded by the Grustrag Three results in the Lotus saying 'The mission was aborted, but you are safe, and that means we won today.' Well, unless she's just worried about losing a valuable resource. Hard to tell really, it's that sort of game.
    • If the players manage to defeat them, she scolds them for disobeying her—and putting themselves in danger. At the end of the mission, she says she is just happy they're all safe.
    • The concern in her voice as she tells the players to run away is equal parts Heartwarming and utter Nightmare Fuel because what could possibly scare the Lotus?
    • If you get captured by the G3, but your team stays to help you instead of getting out of there (when the one that captured you gets killed, you are freed from the cage). Many thankful messages ensue.
    • This all makes sense with the updated prologue missions - Vor even outright says he's trying to 'steal [the Tenno] from their mother's [Lotus] embrace'. Perhaps she cares deeply for them.
      • The Natah quest confirms this in an almost tear-jerking fashion: Lotus is a Sentient agent sent through the barrier to carry out a mission, the last stage of which was to destroy the Tenno. Rendered sterile by the transition but wanting children of her own, she instead defied her orders and sent the Tenno into "the second dream", adopting them as her own. Far beyond merely being a Mother to Her Tenno, she literally sees the Tenno as her children. You may doubt her intention, but do not question that Lotus loves you.
  • Putting yourself in danger to save a downed teammate can easily be this in the right situation.
    • Or the flip side of this, seeing someone running to save you.
      • To elaborate, in public matches, with people from all walks of life being able to play, people tend to Kill Steal alot,and run through objectives as quick as possible. In effect, these people have probably no reason to help you as it will just slow them down. But that doesn't matter apparently, as going in full force to them is clearly more important then just breezing through the mission.
  • Since Update 14 was released, the Tenno have been able to create domesticated Kubrows (dog-like creatures), take care of them as they grow up, and show them affection to keep their spirits up before bringing them on missions, including petting and scratching them. It really shows there's more to the Tenno than just being deadly space ninjas that kill everything in their path without a second thought; they actually have a soft side.
    • Not just that, we also have Ordis. Though he expresses distaste at the thought of the mess the Kubrows would make, it starts to warm up to them significantly, not that it would ever say so. In the end, it asks you make sure to take care of them, a pretty big request considering any mess it makes is essentially pissing all over the inside of its body.
  • A meta example- in the wee hours of the morning of June 18, 2014, the devs posted a video of what to expect in the update coming out later that day- an update that had been delayed many weeks by that point, much to many player's annoyance. The general reaction to said video? Concern that the devs looked extremely overworked in the video, and a petition that they all should get some sleep and save working on the update for next week.
  • In the updated prologue, Lotus pulling all stops to make sure you get off Earth alive. "I can't lose another one" indeed.
  • Update 15 brings us Syndicates, smaller organizations separate from Grineer or Corpus with their own goals and agenda. Some Syndicates' aims may be quite heart-warming, for example:
    • Steel Meridian, led by a Grineer defector, wants to protect small human colonies that are unable to stand for themselves.
      • It's pretty inspiring to see a Grineer, of all people, totally casting off the whole genetic-superiority thing in favor of a firm and unrelenting creed to protect the innocent (especially since, being a clone, the Steel Meridian leader could be suffering from the hereditary psychosis and degeneration). Reaching a high enough rank actually leads to her commenting "I was wrong about you. You're a hero to these people. And to me."
    • The Perrin Sequence, a group of Corpus merchants who, instead of profiting off the conflict, use their trade to restore order and bring prosperity to the system.
    • New Loka, whose goal is to restore planet Earth and the human race from their current degraded state.
  • Minor NPC activities in Relay can make you feel a bit fuzzy when you look at them.
    • In Steel Meridian syndicate room, there is a former Grineer soldier who is working but occasionally glances at a potted plant. Eventually he goes straight to the greenery and pets a leaf with a small smile. It's heartwarming to know that the Grineer can care deeply for plant life, especially after the Cicero Crisis.
    • In the Perrin Sequence syndicate room, one of their supporters seems to be reprogramming a MOA without a shred of emotion... until he pets it on the "head". Then the robot begins to act as an adorable puppy.
  • Ordis declaring that he is first and foremost the Operator's Cephalon during The New Strange quest.
    • "I am Ordis, Ship Cephalon. I serve the Operator. I make new memories."
  • Update 17 which contain major overhaul of movement system comes with this message from Digital Extreme.
  • The last moments of The Second Dream quest in Update 18 feature The Lotus herself arriving to save your Tenno - who, by the looks of it, is no older than 15 even if they have lived in stasis for centuries from the Stalker, comforting them and asking them to stay strong. Even with a network of soldiers spanning the system, and knowing she could be followed by assassins, she still came in person to rescue you.
    Lotus: My child. So beautiful to behold.
    • The battle right before that is rather ambiguous, but it's heartwarming either way: after Stalker severs the link between Zariman child and Warframe, and shoves the War sword in the 'frame's chest for good measure, and starts choking the life out of the Zariman child, your 'frame sits back up and with the last of its strength, tears War in half, defeating Hunhow and forcing Stalker to flee. Some think Lotus herself controlled your 'frame, others think the 'frame itself is self-aware, but either way it's touching to think they gave their all to save you.
    • Margulis, an Orokin researcher, went against the law to cure the children of their Void rampancy, even if it finally costs her life.
    • It makes certain interactions heartwarming in hindsight, like the Halloween event culminating in essentially an adopted mother comforting her child after a nightmare.
  • The history of Inaros. The Orokin kidnapped children from primitive Phobos colonists. Inaros was pissed at this, and slaughtered the Orokin (possibly at the same time the rest of the Tenno were doing much the same). He appointed himself as king of the Sand People, not as a tyrant but as their benevolent Protector, and they were all too happy to worship him in return. According to the legend, he defended them for years. One day the Infested came... but Inaros didn't defend them this time — presumably he was caught up in the whole "Lotus sent all the Tenno to cryosleep" thing. That is, until the last possible moment, when Inaros, against all odds and the Lotus's wishes, arrived and tore into the horde, saving the last few families and banishing the last traces of the Infested from the moon for centuries. Inaros's shattered warframe was found in the desert later, and the surviving Sand People gave him the most proper of burials they could in gratitude.
    • As the player is learning this, they're also learning that the narrator is Baro Ki'Teer's mother. The Grineer killed his parents, and he's repressed the memories to the point that he loathes Phobos and the dead Sand People. That is, until he hears the voice of his mother. At first he begs for the voice to stop, but two missions later he's begging the voice to keep talking.
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