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  • The five bloody fingers "renewing their blood oath" is a peculiar mixture of heartwarming, Tear Jerker and Nightmare Fuel.
    • Also, it's shown in the climax of Five Bloody Fingers that Yamada really does love his daughter....despite being a massively cruel asshole to nearly everyone else.
    • The mere fact that there is a group of characters who are basically Zombie Apocalypse Survivor!versions of the Big Hero 6 that can still exist in this universe is pretty heartwarming in itself.
  • There are several moments hidden through the series that aren't just HopeSpots but genuine litte statements. This trope found the panel of the wolves at the end of chapter 5 to be one of the most touching panels in comic book history.
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  • Cindy's revealed 'origin'. Characters spend the series wondering how she came to be so determined, knowledgeable and fierce about surviving and protecting herself and her son, even making up fancy backstories ('She's a green beret!'). The truth is far less cliché and a lot more thoughful;
    There's nothing special about me. My grandfather taught me guns. He was old-fashioned, but he thought women out to learn to protect themselves. I got married to an asshole because I was stupid and blind. He beat the shit out of me until I saw no one was going to stop him, so I had to do it myself. After that I had to keep running, moving on to somewhere else small and quiet. I had to teach myself the discipline for it. Not get lazy, not get comfortable, go. But that's all. That's everything there is to me. No mystery.
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  • Stan befriending the stray dog, especially if you consider that the domestication of dogs has been one of the first signs of human civilization.
  • Patrick's final summary of what they went through; it wasn't all for nothing - because, in the face of a world of violence and depravity, they chose to value each other.
    I think... Everything we did... Everything... Was for each other. And some of us got killed, but that doesn't mean the things we did for them were wasted.
  • Shaky and Sofia together watching the aurora borealis, right before the latter's suicide.
  • Future telling Mustaqba that she loves him. Even though it's made a bit Narm-y because of the Future Slang in the arc's language, it's still rather touching considering the fact that it seemed like their relationship was straining because of recent events, that and the fact that this was the first time Future has directly said her love for him.
    Future: Mustaqba...
    Mustaqba: <praying> Shh..
    Future: I heart you
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  • The fact that Future reads "wishful fiction" (pre-Crossed science fiction and fantasy) in Crossed +100. Even after what is arguably the worst possible apocalypse, there are still people who can and do appreciate the works of JRR Tolkien, Isaac Asimov and other authors.
  • An example occurs in the end of the "Dead or Alive" webcomic arc. We hear most of the story from the point of view of an Unreliable Narrator. He views the group keeping him alive as useless or worse, and acts like a parasite. In the end, his goal of staying with them only until they "outlive their usefulness", then leaving and killing as many as possible to avoid their revenge is what does him in. The survivors note that it has been their willingness to work together as a group and to support each other through weakness that has kept them alive for so long. Then, because this is a story in the Crossed franchise, they leave him with a gun to kill himself when the Crossed show up.
  • The ending of "Lesser of Two Evils" seems to be building towards a full-on Downer Ending as the two girls explain to Tyree they were deliberately trying to destroy the group from within because it's what their survival guide said. With everyone else presumed dead, Tyree recognizes he's doomed... until several now-Crossed members of the group show up to the bridge and manage to get across with grappling hooks. Tyree and the girls put them down but Morgan gets blood in her mouth. While she claims to Olivia she's not infected, Tyree jumps off the bridge into the water below. Morgan turns out to be infected after all and joins the rest of the Crossed in brutalizing Olivia. The heartwarming part? Tyree manages to survive the jump and as he leaves the river he is pulled out of the water by his father, who had been presumed to have been killed much earlier by being shoved off the bridge in the beginning of Olivia and Morgan's manipulations. A surprising ray of hope from this series.
  • Smokey's relationship with the sailor in the last few issues of Badlands' final arc. Unlike the other humans who made a deal with Smokey and regretted it, the sailor actually develops a near-friendship with Smokey and is protected by him for 13 years. In the very last issue, Smokey even tells him to go north and join a survivor community, setting him free. The sailor is very grateful (for obvious reasons, he never expected to be let go) and tells Smokey that he was his best friend, even taking into account the time before the Crossed. Smokey says "Me too." Then he goes and snaps the sailor's neck. This also still counts as heartwarming when one considers that it appears to have been a Mercy Kill since Smokey knew his (more sadistic) wives were waiting in the woods. The sailor died happy and in a less brutal way than usual

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