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- In a timeloop that he died, he made a promise with Rachel to fight as a human being until the very end. In another timeloop that he survived... yes, he remembers it!
- He actually met Taokaka when they were both little. During the flashback chronicling it, it was a pretty sight of him playing with kitten Tao, even if he kinda forgot her in the present.
- Back in CT, when he first encounters Arakune and was kicking his ass, Litchi stopped him and begged him not to kill Arakune so he can be saved. Ragna argued with her, talking down about how Litchi is in denial, but in the end, he backs down and promises that if he meets Arakune again, he'll just run off, since he Wouldn't Hit a Girl. A very relieved Litchi told him that he's actually a very kind person despite the rumors, cementing his Jerk with a Heart of Gold status.
- The many many moments of when either he's saved by Noel (CT) or he saves Noel (CS). He may get annoyed at her constantly calling him "STUPID", but it's clear he cares about her.
- To further elaborate on the latter, Ragna, despite being told that the only way to stop the now Brainwashed and Crazy Noel is to kill her, Ragna instead chooses to sacrifice his left arm in order to bring her back. Given the unfriendly terms on which they parted at the start of Continuum Shift, it wouldn't be all that surprising if he chose to kill her, but instead, he committed his most selfless act so far. Together with the Lambda-11 incident mentioned below, it shows just how far Ragna has grown beyond being motivated solely by revenge.
- In the climax of CS, Lambda-11 butts into his losing battle with Terumi and promptly gets herself killed, shielding Ragnar in the process. All of the sudden... Ragna cries, a good enough sign that he's still a good guy... but that didn't end there. With her body flinging to Ragna's arms, he saw the spirit of Nu-13, promising that she'll always be with Ragna. Instead of rejecting her like usual, Ragna apologized...and what follows is a brutal beatdown against Terumi, in the name of Nu-13.
- And there's his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Yukianesa in Jin's CS story. Jin, badly injured and unable to use Yukianesa, and very determined to beat up his brother, looks to be on the verge of a mental breakdown. Ragna's response? "Hey Yukianesa, if you have an ass, you'd better watch it."
- A lot of his interactions with Jin could qualify. Ragna blames Jin for Saya's death and is prepared to fight to the death against him. But he can never use his full strength against his little brother. And he tells an unconscious Jin at one point that if the time for him to die comes, he'll let his little brother kill him.
- Ragna's interactions with Rachel tend to be fraught with Belligerent Sexual Tension, but her bad ending in Continuum Shift has Ragna tearing a hole in the fabric of reality, through what appears to be nothing more than Heroic Willpower, in order to save her from the darkness in which Terumi has sealed her. Given the games' tendency toward Serial Escalation, one wonders what sorts of things he'll be pulling off in the future for her sake.
- Episode 8 of the Anime is basically him showing off the heart of gold he has. In an adaption of Lambda's gag reel; after she gets lost from Kokonoe's lab, Ragna saves her from Arakune and basically cares for her through the episode. Up until this point, he's shown nothing but hatred towards the Murakumos, but seeing how innocent Lambda is really cooled him down. He also gives what's possibly his warmest smile yet.◊
Ragna: Hey Noel... I lectured you a lot about being an idiot and stuff like that. But I really appreciate your good and straight ways... Despair, you say? You IDIOT! Don't get despaired alone! If you saw the evil in the world then you must have seen its opposite, right? The few days since I met you, to me they weren't that bad!Ragna: Hey Noel, remember! Even if it's just those around you, they aren't to be thrown away, right?Ragna: Idea System/Engine: Reverting connection! Wake up for once and for all! Don't run away! You have to make destiny yourself, Noel!
- The anime had its flaws but damn! His speeches to Noel were downright heartwarming.
- And the one that really takes the cake:Ragna ( smiling ): I could hear you... Your voice asking for help that time...
- Not that she remembers a second of it, but Noel's Anger Born of Worry towards Ragna when she saves him from falling into the cauldron and repeating the timeline in Calamity Trigger is nothing short of adorable. She even falls asleep on him afterward - to which Ragna's response is to stay there and let her do so until she wakes up.
- During Chapter 12 of Chronophantasma, when Noel is sealed in her own room with Arakune trying to devour her, Ragna is right outside trying to break in along with Makoto and Kagura. When Noel returns to this plane (thanks to Rachel), she cries out for her "brother" to save her (an echo of the remnants of Saya in her consciousness); he wastes no time toppling the door despite Celica being there with him. For as short a moment as this, it shows that he really does care for her.
- One particular moment of Central Fiction see's Ragna and Rachel having a conversation alone. Having begun to walk away Rachel turns away sadly only for Ragna to call out to her and pick her up by the waist. Rachel's initial reaction can only be described as a surprised squeak before trying to put on her usual routine and demand to be put down only to melt in Ragna's arms mid-sentence when he hugs her and thank her for everything. Her only response is to hug him back and pull herself as close as she can, burying her face in his shoulder.
- The entire ending of Central Fiction, without question, is his greatest heartwarming moment. After finally stopping everyone with plans to destroy the world, he bids one final, tearful farewell to his siblings and Rachel before creating the new "possibility." And when he does, he erases everyone's memory of him. He sacrificed his entire existence so that no one would have to suffer anymore or be sad about losing him.
- The group hug between Ragna, Jin, and Noel in Central Fiction as shown on the Tear Jerker page. That is all.
- Litchi's relationship with Linhua. Litchi came to Orient Town, while Linhua was lost and confused and nobody was taking the poor girl in. Instead of ignoring her when she should've been concentrating on researching Arakune's cure, kindly offered her hand and made Linhua her apprentice in doctorate and acted as her mother figure, teaching her many things.
- Her treatment to the Kaka clan is generally this. Trying her best to protect them from Arakune's rampage helped with Taokaka, teaching the kittens valuable lessons and trying to help the repopulation problems of the clan, and this is despite Elder Kaka saying that they're doomed anyway. The top of the moment, however, is chronicled at her CT story, when Elder Kaka asks if she would leave them alone after she finds what she's looking for. For someone like Litchi who could've gained much more fame if she didn't stay at a backwater town, hanging around with ignored ones, you could think she'll move away. But her response was instead that she'll stay in Orient Town, as the people needs her and she's grown too attached to them. She didn't care for glory, she only wants to help those in need.
- Also in her CT story, when she thought Bang was a stalker and knocked him away, she ended up in Ronin-Gai and met some children whom she befriended and these children... told heavily dramaticized stories of Bang. Litchi can just reveal the truth on how much of a stalker Bang was, but she instead agreed with the children on how great Bang is. Her eventual treatment in Bang after CS would count as well, when nearly everyone else has been treating him like a joke, Litchi always treats him with respect (though not as much as lovers) and of all people, Bang was amongst the people she thought highly of, his presence is what passed her mind when she's making that heavy decision to join NOL, showing how much she treasured their friendship.
- In Carl's story in CT, she appears and continues to show concern to the poor child, even if he's constantly driving her away. This eventually culminates in her sacrificing her life to protect him from Nu's wrath. When Carl, in distraught, asked why she'd throw away her life for some stranger, she utters this line before her death: "Do we need a reason to help other people?" While the event becomes non-canon, it speaks a lot about her personality.
- In CS Extend, Platinum's story, the mere sight of her chatting nonchalantly with Jubei about Kokonoe pisses the hell of Luna, and jealous over "Boobzilla" out of a massive case of A-Cup Angst, beating her and then proceeds to bawl on Jubei on how he could be a boobmonger that not even Jubei can calm her down. Does Litchi hold a grudge? No - instead, she kneels down, pats Luna's head sweetly and explains to Luna that she and Jubei were merely talking about adult things (not that kind, she swears) and that she doesn't think ill of Luna or Sena. This was enough that Luna for once stops being a jerk. Also in Platinum's Gag Reel, despite being dreamed of as an Evil Overlord, when she woke up, Litchi is there, treating her wound kindly and reprimanding Tager for walking the wrong way and knocking Platinum out.
- Taken Up to Eleven in Central Fiction's ending. Litchi adopts Platinum and becomes the foster mother of Luna and Sena!
- And to top of it all, even if she has joined NOL... when she met Carl who was pissed off at either her in league of NOL or for being an adult at all, Litchi's response to him was to let him beat her up until he calms down a little, and when he's left in distraught, she gave him a genuine sweet Cooldown Hug and lets him cry into her chest, calming him down eventually... until Relius comes in and attempts to kill Carl for calling him out. Does Litchi start obeying her new boss (because he has the secret of the cure)? No. She instead calls out on his parenting skill, enough for Relius to eventually try to subject her into Disproportionate Retribution of attempting to kill her too, until she and Carl are bailed out by Nirvana. This event was important enough that Carl eventually starts admitting that all adults are not bad, especially Litchi and Bang, and wishes he'd grow up like Litchi.
- There's a minor, easy to miss, but equally heartwarming one in casual plays. If you set the round to be more than one in a match, and you had Litchi beat down Noel, her victory pose involves looking concerned and gave encouraging words that Noel shouldn't lose hope. Which means, yes, even if the world is out to pick on Noel all the time, Litchi would still give her support, and she wasn't supposed to know Noel that deeply compared to her other friends.
- In her normal ending, Kokonoe, previously refusing to help her with Arakune, becomes a doctor & dedicates her life to saving Litchi's. Essentially making Litchi her own Arakune in a Heterosexual Life-Partners kind of way.
- A minor one, but in Centralfiction, when using option to change the normal narrator's voice to one of the characters, only Litchi and Tager call Arakune "Roy".
As the Morality Pet for both Jin and Hakumen, as well as a potential Love Interest for the former, the red-headed Valkyrie has her share of heartwarmers. Again, eventual allegiance with the Imperator and uber jealousy with Noel be damned.
- The cold, mean, emotionless Hakumen, suddenly becoming sensitive when seeing Tsubaki. He asks to see her face up close, and he tells her a story of his lost love: an alternate version of her, before the timeline changed.
- Not to be forgotten is the part where he mentions how one of his techniques (which is usable in-game) is named for her... "Tsubaki".
- Not to mention Tsubaki's interactions with Jin. Pretty much all of them, but especially the one where she defeats him in her story mode counts. After defeating him, she demands he go back to the NOL. The normally aloof and uncaring Jin gives a wry smile and says "yeah, if I break my promise, I'll have to give you my soul, right?", showing that he hasn't forgotten the promise he made to her when they were both kids. Just goes to show that even colossal jerks have loved ones.
- In Tsubaki's story mode, after being manipulated by Hazama into thinking Noel stole her place to be with Jin, she tracks Noel down and angrily attempts to kill her. After defeating her and leaving her helpless, Noel lies there, closes her eyes, and awaits the final blow. However, the blow never comes: unable to kill her friend, Tsubaki breaks down into tears. Even though Hazama's Mind Rape leads Tsubaki down the dark path anyway, it cements the fact that, like Litchi, she works for the bad guys, but definitely isn't a bad girl.
- When you replay the Arcades after the Story mode, you can get other insights that could be Heartwarming. In Tsubaki's case, in case she beats Litchi, she tells her that she's a good person and will let her guard the citizens (of Orient Town) while she's off doing whatever. How is this Heartwarming? This means, corruption by Terumi and Relius aside, NOL is also a damn genuine organization that wants the people they rule to be in peace, not to oppress them for power and personal gain.
- The exchange between Noel and Tsubaki in Heart to Heart where Tsubaki teases Noel, who spent the rest of the story apologising over trivial things and meekly talking to Tsubaki as a noble. Noel gets increasingly embarrassed and indignant until she snaps, and Tsubaki says "See? That's how friends should speak to each other."
- After being freed from the Imperator's control, she breaks down crying in Jin's arms thanking that she didn't kill him, while apologizing. Then she apologizes to Noel and Makoto for trying to kill them as well; Makoto seems to try to play it cool at first, but eventually all three girls eventually break down crying being glad that they've been reunited after all of the grief they went through. The crying is quite loud and ear grating, but it also really helps sell the heartwarming aspect, so it works.
- Episode 14 in general is both this and awesome. From Jin's tolerating Noel to his and Makoto's confessions to Tsubaki to the scene mentioned above, the effort everyone involved goes through to break the Mind Eater curse and make it stick is a labor of love that serves as the brightest point in the Chronophantasma story, both because of the work put into lifting the curse and the effort put into keeping Takamagahara and Izanami from ruining it.Noel: Tsubaki, I promise...
Makoto: ...that we will...
Jin: ...save you.
- Episode 14 in general is both this and awesome. From Jin's tolerating Noel to his and Makoto's confessions to Tsubaki to the scene mentioned above, the effort everyone involved goes through to break the Mind Eater curse and make it stick is a labor of love that serves as the brightest point in the Chronophantasma story, both because of the work put into lifting the curse and the effort put into keeping Takamagahara and Izanami from ruining it.
- The Extend backstory Military Academy: Heart to Heart, detailing how Noel, Tsubaki and Makoto became friends in the NOL Academy, was one long heartwarming moment. A major plot point focuses on how much Makoto suffers through racism and abuse, but eventually finds companionship and acceptance among Noel and Tsubaki.
- Makoto and Rachel both score a heartwarming moment in the ending of Slight Hope, Makoto's Extend Story.
Rachel: So what will you do now?Makoto: What do you mean?Rachel: You just got to peek behind the curtain - it's a place not many get to espy. I suppose your options have... broadened, correct? Or am I mistaken?*Makoto glances back into the coffin, and after a long Beat, grins to Rachel*Makoto: I'm going to fight like hell and protect my friends! Duh!
- While she's haughty throughout Calamity Trigger and most of Continuum Shift, Rachel took Makoto's case very seriously, only jesting about one scenario and being not the least bit obstructive, but what really sells it is her Dare to Be Badass when tempting Makoto to "peek behind the curtain". Considering this all took place slightly before the events of Continuum Shift, this display of genuine kindness and respect might be Foreshadowing Rachel's Character Development later on, losing her haughty and aloof attitude.
- As for Makoto herself, after facing that said Dare to Be Badass, it takes her but one last glimpse upon one of the broken dolls to remind her what she's fighting for, and she affirms Rachel's evaluation of her moxie in the below quote. But what really cements the heartwarming is the final act: before leaving, Makoto takes one last moment to say a silent farewell to them, in essence praying for what remained of their souls.
- Makoto gets a two-for-one on heartwarming during Relatives. When Carl gets too aggressive in his interrogation of Tsubaki, she chooses to drop down and pulverize the aggressor - while she craters the ground at Carl's feet due to a last-minute dodge, she ceases aggressions once she realizes who it is, and when Carl turns his gaze on her, she grabs Tsubaki and bails without a fight.
- The heartwarming with Tsubaki is obvious: not only did she save her friend from a roided-up Nox-wielding vigilante, she even chose to counsel her afterwards and try to convince her to leave (it failed, but she tried).
- The heartwarming with Carl is less obvious, but noticeable when linked with other stories: thanks to Noel in Desperation, she learned that Carl is traveling with a Nox he treats like his sister, and in Darkness Visible she got a last-minute glimpse of Relius and Ignis fighting Lambda, and Kokonoe and Tager briefed her on what he's like. Not only did Makoto refuse to fight Carl out of concern for his safety, but she chose not to mention Relius' whereabouts so Carl wouldn't get hurt by him. While Carl goes looking for trouble on his own and finds it anyway (via the aforementioned Relius), it shows that despite being out of touch for more than two years, Makoto still cares about him. The Arcade quotes confirm that this isn't one-way.Carl (CS): It's been long since last we met. I'm relieved to see your happy-go-lucky demeanor hasn't diminished over the years.
Makoto (CS): Carl, don't push yourself so hard. Don't worry about a thing. I'll take really good care of you.
Carl (CP): You haven't changed at all, have you, Miss Makoto? To be honest... that makes me a little jealous.
- The sentiments carry over into Chronophantasma arcade as well.
Makoto (CP): Carl, you can't blame yourself for everything. You owe that much to yourself... If there's anything I can do to help, just let me know.
- The vocal version of Makoto's theme song, Butterfly Sky, is Awesome Music, but the lyrics also count as a heartwarming moment. It's clear that no matter what the world thinks of beastkin, she will always be cheery, friendly, optimistic, and there for the people she cares about. Daaaawwwww.
- Partial translation from the Blazblue wiki available here.
- During Chapter 12 of Chronophantasma, Makoto is trying to break into Noel's room with Ragna and Kagura at her side while Arakune is trying to feast on her. When Ragna topples the door, she and Celica go right to Noel's aid and pull her from Arakune's grasp while Kagura lures it out and goes to town. Even after, Makoto stays awake with Celica to ensure Noel gets her strength back for tomorrow. While this is usual fare for Makoto, what amplifies it is that, given Makoto's relationship with Noel, one can believe without a word said that were she not on relief duty, she'd be at Kagura's side painting the walls with Arakune.
And then there's- Hold on a sec! Tao has her heartwar... warm... nice moments, too, ya know? Keep looking down for more info, meow!
- Taokaka's bad ending in Continuum Shift; specifically the scene where Torakaka carries the battered and bruised Taokaka piggyback while gently chastising the latter for not being strong but moments later encouraging her to become strong.
- Taokaka meets Lambda during her story mode, and starts talking to Kokonoe through Lambda's communication Ars. Taokaka thanks her for the candy Kokonoe gave her... and Kokonoe starts getting flustered. And after the battle, Tao says that she and Kokonoe are now friends. Kokonoe's response is freaking adorable, and a little bit sad; apparently, as one of the chief scientists at Sector Seven, she doesn't have all that many friends...
- Two simple words: Kitten. Taokaka. Daaaaaaaawwwwww... <3
- In CF Tao's 'dream' is for the Kaka clan to eat as much as they want, nap as much as they want, and otherwise live a peaceful idyllic life. This is heartwarming enough on it's own but when we actually get a peak into this 'dream' we can see Ragna's just off screen and eating with all the Kakas. In a world that's seems to revolve around making his life a living hell it's nice to know that at least one person will always offer him a place to call home.
- Lambda-11 in Continuum Shift has one in Arcade Mode. After beating Ragna, Kokonoe orders her to kill him for standing in the way of her goals, but Lambda doesn't follow her orders. Instead she breaks down crying and refuses to kill him, hinting that some of Nu's memories are still intact and that she still harbors feelings for him. (Although CPEX hints it might go further than even that.)
- In BlazBlue: Alter Memory, the first episode (The Red Rebel) really showcases how much of a Nice Girl Noel can be. She sees Ragna, a complete stranger and a wanted criminal, sleeping. Instead of taking him into custody, she rests his head on her lap, checks to see if he has a fever and tries to get him to a doctor before he bolts.
- In Chronophantasma during one of the Gag endings, Ragna ends up with the Spectacles of Eros again. Celica, however, is completely unaffected by them because she already loves Ragna that much.
- Ironically enough, Litchi's bad end in Continuum Shift gives Kokonoe one of these. When Litchi kills Arakune, she begins losing her memory and it's hinted she may become like Arakune. Kokonoe, who spends most of the game teetering on the edge of the Moral Event Horizon takes over Litchi's clinic while watching over her along with Tager. At the end, she states that she WILL save Litchi, mirroring Litchi's attitude towards Arakune. After seeing her actions in the rest of Continuum Shift, this helps prove she does still have a heart.
- In Chronophantasma when Kagura sets up a meeting with Bang, who is still driven to the fact Kagura was a traitor for going to the NOL, unaware of Tenjo's orders for his abdication. The ensuing meeting of Bang and Homura made this troper smile, considering it had helped Bang regain trust in his comrade, as well as complete his mission of finding the lost heir to Tenjo's legacy.
- For those who think Kokonoe is too cold to invoke one, during the whole Azrael fiasco, she notices that Tager is losing focus during Bullet's "fight", which is interfering with her trap. Her response is to reconfigure the trap; after Kagura manages to ire the Mad Dog, Kokonoe proceeds to teleport Azrael away, but not before warning Tager that "he has two seconds" - at which point Azrael pops out in front of him, Tager nails him in the gob, and Azu-nyan is tossed into his interdimensional cell. Kokopuffs then explains that the whole Bullet incident was the entire reason she gave Tager that opportunity. It shows that she does care about her subordinate enough that she's willing to plop a confused maniac in front of Tager just so he can punch him in the face for some quick catharsis.
- In one of Chronophantasma's gag reels, Relius and Hazama get transported to an alternate world where Relius is actually a really good dad. Oh, and Hazama is his mild-mannered and polite butler. As strange and hilarious as the whole thing is, it's oddly sweet to see them both acting nice for a change. At the end, Relius even says part of him doesn't want to go.
- The continuation of this gag reel in Chronophantasma EXTEND gives some to...wait for it...HAZAMA. Yes, him! Aside from him starting to actually care for the parallel world's Carl and wanting to let him help with dinner preparations, when parallel Carl and Ada bake him a cake to celebrate his five years of working for them, he takes that as his cue to leave the world, as since he's not actually the Hazama of their world, he feels he doesn't deserve the cake. Aww, dude!
- In Lambda's CPEX arcade mode, it's revealed that Noel and Rachel are helping Lambda regain her self and memories (while searching for Ragna as well). Noel's reason? Because they're (technically) sisters, and Noel sees a lot of her Continuum Shift situation in Lambda. The description can't quite do justice to how sweet a moment it is.
- Oddly enough, Azrael gets one in the Teach Me! Segments. When he believes Litchi is bullying Luna, while the latter is simply being a brat, his first instinct is to call Litchi out on it. While it may be a case of Even Evil Has Standards Azrael simply showing a willingness to stand up for a child while being the type to fight just about anything and anyone.
- Despite it being questionably canon, the sheer volume of effort Ragna and Makoto put into planning out Celica's First Errand in the titular gag reel to help her develop a sense of direction goes to show how much they actually worry and care about her. The myriad contingencies Makoto put in place show that she is capable of channeling her best work for people other than Noel and Tsubaki, and the fact Ragna insisted on being indirect about it and actively making sure Celica didn't notice anybody was guiding her is actually pretty amazing coming from the usually too frank Grim Reaper. Even Rachel gets a moment for consoling Celica despite her tardiness in the affair.
- For what it's worth, seeing enemies who would tear each other's eyes out interact in a friendlier manner during the gag reels can warm a person's heart... provided said heart hasn't stopped because of all the laughing. A notable example is Ragna and Terumi's volatile friendship during the band gag reel. Also heartwarming in that the gag reels genuinely did happen in canon, thanks to the possibilities of the continuum shift.
- The epilogue of Central Fiction is filled with these. After all the hell theyve gone through we see most of the cast living happily. Noel is taking care of her sisters Lambda and Nu in the rebuilt church. Despite never being able to fight again, Jin is working alongside Kagura in the reformed NOL lead by Homura. Bang has returned to his homeland and has begun leading the reconstruction of Ikaruga. Amane returns to his dance troupe and continues travelling the world. Litchi adopts Platinum while Jubei smiles as he watches. Tao returns to the Kaka Village, reuniting with the kittens and Torakaka. Bullet has begun truly working alongside her former captain Tager in Sector Seven. Naoto reunites with Raquel in his own world. Finally, despite having no memories of Ragna, Rachel can still remember his will to never give and the possibility she cherished and no matter what hell she must face for her hope she is determined to find him. She even leaves her trademark rabbit-ear ribbons tide to his sword.
- One of the illustrations one can unlock in Centralfiction is a selfie taken by Nine of her and Jubei on their wedding day.◊ You'd be hard pressed to find a picture of Nine with a warmer smile on her face without it being one that has her and Celica in it.
- Lambda's victory quote against Jubei in Centralfiction is a fine example. She analyzes Jubei's data, recognizing him as Kokonoe's father, and her response is to immediately disengage her combat mode!
- Terumi/Susanoo's vs intro against Relius has him thank him for all the help he has given him throughout the years! And if he wins, he actually SPARES him! That's a unexpected show of gratitude from someone like Terumi
- Jin defending Noel from Ragna attempting to erase himself from her memories. After all the times he's been nothing but a Jerkass towards her for the entirety of the series, he has now evolved into Big Brother Instinct.