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  • This moment:
    Mal: I never had a sister.
    Evie: Well, now you do.
    • This is especially sweet when you realize that Mal used to bully Evie but now Evie considers Mal her sister.
  • Belle doesn't exactly approve of her son's choice, but since her son has thought it all through and is only going for a few children she takes his side and supports him in his decision, like a good mother would.
  • Doug standing up for Evie's intelligence in Chemistry class, and then Evie getting a B+ on her test without using the Magic Mirror.
    Evie: For the first time, I feel like more than a pretty face.
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  • The kids deciding to be good in the end, even though they're still scared of their parents' reactions.
  • Evie's mom, the Evil Queen, being excited when she hears her daughter announced as the designer of Mal's dress. Especially since EQ’s parenting is about pushing her own personal goals onto Evie to fulfill, but as far as the anyone knows, designing clothes was not part of her plan.
    • While Cruella and Jafar are gawking and confused at the start of Set it Off, The Evil Queen is smiling happily at the events taking place. Somewhat subverted when you realize that the Evil Queen's happiness is mainly because Evie is acting out her dreams of glory, and not following her own.
  • Carlos finding out that dogs aren't always scary.
    • That fact that he bonded enough with Dude to stand up for the dog when Cruella remarks Dude would make excellent earmuffs is sweet too.
    • Also helps that Dude was given to him by Ben, who knew that Cruella was doing something to her son and wanted to help him out. It's basically Ben showing the role of Big Good that he establishes himself to be.
  • Mal and Audrey smiling and exchanging curtsies at the end, showing a willingness to put the bad blood between their parents behind them.
    • Before that, Mal apologizing to Jane for what she did to her, and adding that Jane is beautiful inside and out.
  • Jay insisting that Carlos be put in the tourney game with him, and them working with Ben to win the game.
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    • This is even more heart warming when you consider what led up to it. Throughout the movie, it was clear that Jay and Carlos were best friends, but with Jay being a bit brusque and sometimes a little cold to Carlos. (Shoving away his offer to help him up in the museum, fighting in the limo, shoving him down in tourney, etc.) After the talk with his coach about teamwork, he appears to think about it a bit. Telling his coach to put Carlos in the game is his way of paying him back and being a good friend.
    Jay: Coach, you said yourself a team is made up of different parts.
    Carlos: Jay, I'm not that good.
    Jay: Well, he's kind of like my brain.
    • For that matter, just seeing how happy Jay is about being a Tourney player. Superficially, his behavior up to then has been that of a trouble-making kleptomaniac, yet the very day he's given the opportunity to re-direct his competitiveness and energy to something more socially-approved, he starts having second thoughts about continuing the VKs' take-over-the-world mission. How many Real Life inner-city boys like him find a similar outlet for their aggression in sports?
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  • Ben coming up with the idea of bringing in the four villain kids, and keeping to his reasoning throughout the movie that the children of the villains did none of the things their parents were imprisoned for.
  • When several people get on Evie's case after she essentially maces Chad for threatening Mal, Jay immediately gets in their way, shooing the girls off and throwing their assailants a Death Glare.
  • It's a bit subtle, but when Jane steals the wand and it starts shooting magic off everywhere, Mal moves forward to take it. Instead of thinking that Mal might be trying to do something wrong, Belle's first instinct is to warn her to be careful, which shows off Belle's forgiving nature and her willingness to give a second chance.
  • While it leads to a Tear Jerker, the idea that Mulan is a very caring mother to Lonnie is something that's good to hear. Despite what the Matchmaker said about Mulan not being a good wife, it's good to see that Lonnie had a mother that clearly loved her enough to want to cheer her up when she's down. It's kinda implied also that the other Hero parents are decent parents all around, which makes sense in hindsight with many of them.
    • Hell, the fact that the Matchmaker, who everyone in China sent their daughters too, was proven to be wrong. Mulan must be doing a dance... probably involving her middle fingers.
      • Or at least smiling quietly. The Matchmaker was right by the standards of the time — and Mulan was so much more than a wife.
  • Maleficient is only over open to Mal, despite how clearly self-involved she is; she never falters on Mal being by her side. Also, in the coronation scene She goes from outright attacking the kids to returning to a mere staring competition when Mal takes point. It may have ended differently had literally anyone else been directly in front of her She might have gotten "itty-bitty" but considering everything it seems like a fair bit of the love she had to give was directed at Mal
    • Possibly this was what made her blink... Interesting when you consider her earlier comments about love being a weakness.
    • Also when Mal started to stand up to her mother and said that she's not evil like her, Maleficient reassured her that of course she not evil like her; she's young. She'll get there eventually. Even in her own evil way, she had faith that her daughter would grow up to be just as evil as her.
  • During the final dance number "Set It Off", Jane sits alone on a bench obviously feeling guilty about what she did, even if it was an accident. Then Carlos and Jay step in and bring her into the fun, and Carlos dances with her.

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  • Ben and Mal's romantic slow dance in "The Night is Young."
  • "Slumber Party" is full of Friendship Moments as the girls play would-you-rather. Highlights include Mal and Audrey being dance partners and Freddie giving Jane a big hug.
    • The thumbnail on YouTube is of Mal and Audrey back to back. It goes to show that despite their differences, they've come a long way.
  • When Mal's behavior starts going very wrong, Evie tries to do damage control and when Audrey snaps and banishes Mal from the upcoming celebration, she, Jay and Carlos are immediately worried about everything that's been going on.
  • When Mal breaks into the museum to steal Jafar's staff, Jane goes after her to investigate. Rather than rat her out to an adult or the Auradon Kids and create a whole issue out of a big misunderstanding, she tells the VK's about it so they can deal with it. Doubles as a Moment of Awesome.
  • "Trapped" contains a heartwarming What You Are in the Dark moment for Audrey without any of the Villain Kids around. Audrey admits that as much as she didn't trust the VKs, and even there was a little bit of self-interest involved, she wanted to bring everyone, even the VKs together. She really cared that much about their friendship.
    • Additionally, once Ally tells Audrey what really caused Mal to act evil, Audrey admits she royally screwed up by being so hostile to Mal and banning her from the event. Audrey felt terribly guilty that she really wants to make things right between herself and Mal. It all comes to show that even though Audrey comes off as rude and self-absorbed, she really means well and feels bad whenever she realizes she hurt others. The fact that Audrey didn't even ask for more proof shows she hasn't completely given up on Mal, despite her hostile behavior previously.
  • When Audrey is turned into a duck, Mal is the one who turns her back.
  • During the ceremony, Audrey sincerely apologizes to Mal who graciously accepts. The moment kinda gets interrupted when CJ shows up, only for her not to interfere, which, considering her role in the story, is very sweet.

Descendants 2

  • How stammeringly-overjoyed both Jane and Carlos are when he finally works up the nerve to ask her to the upcoming dance.
  • Everything about this scene is cute; Carlos has to try a few times but when she finally understands Jane is so excited about the whole thing and lists all the amazing things about him and how she’s the luckiest girl in the world. Then when she hugs him Carlos is surprised, but returns the hug with a content sigh.
  • At the dance Jane tells her mom that Carlos is her date. Instead of disapproving the Fairy Godmother is happy for both of them.
  • Pretty much everything Dizzy says rates as this trope. Just the fact that anyone so bubbly could be that way despite living on the Isle does too, for that matter. Her invitation to live in Auradon warrants many a sigh of relief.
  • Jay finding a way to let Lonnie join the boys' swordsmanship team, and every other team member - even Chad, albeit reluctantly - accepting her as their new Captain.
    Lonnie: Wait till I tell my mom.
    • Noticeably Chad is the only one who objects to Lonnie joining the team, both before and after she becomes their Captain. All the other boys were okay with having a girl, let alone one who defeated all of them, play their team.
  • Ben apologizing to Uma for failing to bring the other villains' children from the Isle, explaining that he intended to start with four to prove it could be done and then bring more but got too caught up in his responsibilities as king.
    • Then he keeps going in the final battle's aftermath. Evie asks for a single transfer, little Dizzy (who she describes as "like a little sister to me"), to which he says "Of course she should come." Then Evie cautiously suggests making a list of every Isle kid she can think of who should be brought to Auradon, which Ben outright insists be done.
  • Ben asking Jane to put Mal's green villain eyes in a stained glass window of her, to show that he accepts her as she is.
  • Despite their apprehension about Mal in the first film, it is clear that Ben's parents have grown very fond of her. When Mal is heartbroken and tries to leave after Ben announces Uma his new love, Belle stops Mal to say that she is so sorry and that they had no idea what Ben had done, and her husband promises to talk to his son about it. Even after they have seen Mal using dark magic to turn into a dragon to fight Uma, Belle's only comment about Mal is that they are all in good hands with her being with Ben.
  • Harry is constantly protective of Uma:
    • Chastising Gil whenever he calls Uma "Shrimpy".
    • Threatening the crew member who squared up against Uma in "What's My Name".
    • Leaving Ben on the plank to go stand beside Uma when Mal is advancing.
  • It's a small moment, but during the dock battle, Uma stops chasing Mal to help Harry out of the water. Any run-of-the-mill villain would just ignore their minion, but, even though she's the revenge-thirsty villainess and he's an Ax-Crazy nutcase, the two of them really are loyal friends.
    • Also, Harry himself deserts a battle he's clearly enjoying to dive in and save his signature hook, which his opponent had dropped off the dock. For all that he's the most sadistic VK we've yet seen, his emotional attachment to an object that emulates his father implies that Captain Hook, at least, has earned some genuine loyalty and esteem from his child.

Descendants 3

  • Unlike with all the other VKs and Disney Villains we've seen, Celia and Dr. Facilier are shown to have a very close, caring relationship with each other. When Mal reveals she had planned to permanently close the barrier, Celia is distraught because it meant she would never get to see her father again.
    • Even more touching: when the opportunity to return to the Isle before its closure arises, Celia chooses to go back there. As much as she's loved her time in Auradon, she loves her father more.
  • When the core VKs are announcing which new four Isle kids get to go to Auradon, the other Isle residents present, including some of the other kids not chosen, happily cheer in support for the ones that were (Dizzy, Squeaky, Squirmy and Celia). This being a far contrast from the reactions after the Core Four were chosen to attend Auradon note , implies that changes were slowly happening and starting to look up for Isle kids.
    • The other Isle kids all cheer intensely when the second of the Smee twins is chosen. They're clearly fond of the brothers and agree that it'd be unfair to break up the pair of them, even knowing that this means their own odds of being chosen have dropped and only three Isle families, not four, will get to send their kids to the mainland this semester.
  • Mal and Uma. We get to see what the two of them were possibly like together before their falling out and what could have been had they stayed friends on the Isle.
  • Gil in Auradon. His extended onscreen time shows that while he may be simple-minded he also doesn't seem to care much about revenge or antagonizing anyone, and gets genuinely giddy over simple things not on the Isle like fresh fruit, flowers, and dogs. He also tries Evie's (at the time) failed icebreaker attempt to get the two VK crews to be nice to each other, which leads to him being the first to form a real friendship bond with the four core VKs.
    • It's also another example of how a VK can inherit their parents' better qualities rather than their worst: Gaston was also fond of the wilderness, even if his competitiveness and aggression led him to hunt its creatures rather than admire its beauties like Gil can.
  • Smee kisses both his twin sons' foreheads before they leave for Auradon and the boys are promised that they can see him again.
  • Dizzy and Celia bonding over cake.
  • At the end, when the barrier is taken down permanently, we finally get a look at the Isle when it's not enshrouded by constant overcast. And all that graffiti and signage that'd looked so glum and ominous in shadow is beautiful - bright and colorful and creative — in the full light of day.
  • True Love's Kiss confirming that Evie and Doug really are in love and are worthy partners for one another.
  • Even though the plot gets in the way so Jane never sees it, Carlos put a lot of time and effort into a surprise picnic and even baking a cake (that everyone but Jane eats during the course of the movie.)
    • Made even sweeter if you’ve read the books and seen the deleted scene; In a deleted scene Jane was worried that Carlos would forget her birthday and in the books, Carlos was determined to do something special.
  • In another deleted scene Carlos asks Jay and the Smee twins what he should get Jane. It’s Jay who suggests that Carlos make her something, saying he knows Jane and she’d like that. This shows that Jay sees Jane as a friend and took the time to learn her interests.
  • In the same scene the boys have a bonding moment where they admit they’ll miss each other when Jay goes to college.
  • When Jane and Carlos are reunited both run to each other with they biggest smiles they can muster and after going on about how worried they were about the other they embrace. Carlos keeps his smile even as they hug.
  • While funny, it’s also nice to see that Harry thought Jane was "ravishing" when you remember that Jane has always struggled low self confidence. It's nice to see that others think she's attractive despite this.
    • What makes it better is that Carlos agrees that Jane is beautiful, but makes it clear to Harry that she’s taken.
  • Carlos gives Jane a “jarlos” necklace he made her himself with his printer. Jane is so happy with the gift and the fact he remembered her birthday.
    • She even shows the necklace to her mom later even though the godmother was turned to stone at the time.
  • When Ben splits Jane and Doug into teams Uma immediately suggests they take some muscle with them. While this may be a pragmatic act, it could also be her worried that Jane and Doug (who are NOT fighters) might be in danger. Gil volunteers right away, to which everyone agrees to. It's also sweet that Carlos and Evie are willing to trust their significant others to someone who had been their enemy earlier that day.
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