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  • At the end of episode 3, Tifa is genuinely worried about Cloud falling, considering how she acted towards him in the past, this says much.
  • Aerith and Red XIII so far are the only people who are genuinely nice to Cloud, compared to Barret and Tifa. Though Barret eases up on Cloud by the end of the season, and Tifa could soon follow suit after having been confronted on her Jerkass behavior by Cloud in episode 10's last scene.
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  • When Aerith tells the bodybuilder cultists the reason why they need the wig in episode 5, they just give them the wig, saying "Nobody should be challenged for their lifestyle."
  • In spite of the shit she puts him through, Cloud was genuinely worried about Tifa when he realized where she was going after he and Aerith spotted her being taken to Wall Market. Likewise, when they met up again in Corneo's mansion, Tifa was both extremely surprised and relieved to hear that Cloud had survived his fall. Granted, this is immediately followed by her laughing hysterically at him being dressed in drag for a solid two and a half minutes, but it's still nice to see that they do actually care about each other.
  • Cloud doesn't know yet, but he was never actually in SOLDIER. Despite this, Zack still lets him think that he was, and even pitches in to help him in case something Cloud can't answer about the program comes up. Really brings to mind what Zack's last words to Cloud canon were. note 
  • When Tseng slaps Aerith, Tifa, who has barely concealed her dislike of the other girl, goes off on him.
    Tifa: Oh, I'm gonna f-king slap your shit you slick haired Shinra cock-sucker!
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    • Before that in the same episode, Tifa, just as she did in the game, entrusts Aerith with taking Marlene safely away from Sector 7. Despite her annoyance with her, Tifa knows that Aerith is a good person who can be trusted with rescuing a child from a dangerous situation.
  • Tifa's solution to comfort a grieving Barret is telling him about Cloud's crossdressing, which is mean-spirited to Cloud on one end, but this moment on the other.
    Cloud: You're the salt of the Earth, Tifa.
    • What really makes the moment is their voices. Tifa is quiet and sounds like she's genuinely trying to comfort Barret, whereas Cloud doesn't appear to mind it much, if at all. It works, too, because after he's done laughing his ass off Barret's voice goes right back to his normal, determined baritone.
    • He's even laughing during The Stinger in the YouTube version; that's how much it worked. Good work, Tifa.
  • A minor one from episode 7, considering that AVALANCHE was basically decimated, Barret doesn't blame Cloud, who has been used as a scapegoat.
  • In episode 8, before leaving Marlene, Barret seems friendly to Cloud, only saying one part in anger.
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    • Later, after Scarlet belittles Reeve, Tifa is pissed at her for doing that. Becomes hilarious though when you realize it's Not So Different from how she usually treats Cloud, who lampshades it.
  • In episode 9, Tifa, upon seeing Cloud having a Freak Out! at seeing Jenova, doesn't mock or belittle him, but instead quickly rushes over and comforts him.
    • Likewise, as soon as they bust Aerith out, Cloud quickly goes over and asks if she's alright, complete with her theme playing in the background.
  • Episode 10 has Barret happy over having Red XIII being with him because he's wanted a talking dog ever since he was little.
    • Aerith and Cloud have a small bonding moment in the jail: Aerith apologizes to Cloud for getting him involved, and Cloud replies with "all is forgiven".
    • Tifa stays behind to make sure Cloud gets out alive.
    • When Barret is teamed up with Red XIII and Aerith, and both prove to be just as ineffectual in a fight as everyone else, whilst he is annoyed, he doesn't resort to insulting either of them, even calling Aerith "sweet flower girl" as he screams at her.
    • Barret actually seems to be nicer to Cloud at this point. Which is an improvement.
  • Episode 11 has Tifa's father go on a long-winded rant against Cloud, in which he casually mentions that "for two years she's been asking where you been".
    • While it is mostly played for laughs, Cloud and his mother's shouting match is capped off by the following:
      Mrs. Strife: I'M JUST SAYING THIS BECAUSE I LOVE YOU!!!
      Cloud: I LOVE YOU TOO, MOM. I COULDN'T IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT YOU!!!
  • Episode 12 has Aerith once again healing the enemy but this time, it’s because she noticed that the beast was in pain. Thanks to Aerith’s kindness, the Zolom stops attacking the party.
    • Earlier, Aerith is sincerely delighted when she thinks Tifa is saying she's a princess. Sadly, Tifa was being sarcastic and lets Aerith know it with her aggravation. Aerith gets her revenge shortly afterward, though.
  • Episode 14 has a nice little moment in the beginning with Barret and Red sharing a room and snuggling together "Avalanche style" like a bunch of little kids at a sleepover. They even have a little warning sign on the outside of their door that Red drew to keep intruders out.
    • After Tifa, Cloud, and Aerith fail to plant the bomb, Aerith worries about Barret being mad. As it turns out, he doesn't get pissed at Cloud for failing, saying that "TSUNAMI'S plan failed," while the group got what they wanted.
  • In Episode 15, despite all the crap he got from Barret in prior episodes, Cloud makes no intentional attempt to play Barret's backstory for snark or Black Comedy, even sympathizing with him when it was burned to the ground.
    Cloud: How long did it last?
    (flashback shows everything on fire three days later)
    Cloud: Yours too, huh?
    • Yuffie's The Friend Nobody Likes status seems to be lifting, as Tifa (in the throes of drunkenness) admits that, even though Yuffie annoys the hell out of her, she's like a little sister to Tifa (albeit a very irritating one.) Yuffie is delighted.
      • A small one, but during the walking scenes, Aerith actually looks genuinely concerned about Tifa after how much she had to drink, even though she claims to hate Tifa.
    • After Barret reveals his backstory, Tifa appears genuinely sympathetic. Unsurprising, considering she went through something similar...
    • Throughout the episode, Red XIII continues to express concern for Barrett's well-being and behavior after getting off the boat.
  • In Episode 16, Tifa and Yuffie actually do go on a ton of rides at Gold Saucer, since Yuffie is the only one with GP to spend. While Tifa does punch Yuffie in the face (again) and give her a black eye by accident, they do seem to have a lot of fun, even sharing a high five and cheering "Best day ever!" together.
    • Prior to that, Yuffie offering to let Red come with her and Tifa on the rides to cheer him up after Barret's outburst leaves him depressed.
  • Barret, still depressed from the previous episode, wants to be alone. Aerith talks to him and tells him that the Correl incident wasn't his fault. Barret feels better and genuinely thanks Aerith for her words of comfort. Too bad Cloud immediately ruined it by telling Barret to get over it. Oops.
    • A meta example from that scene: after Barret lashes out at Red, calling him a bad dog and yelling that he (Barret) has no friends, Red takes it pretty hard. The comment section for Episode 16 is filled with viewer reactions in the vein of "Is Red going to be OK??" and "Red is a good boy, he didn't deserve this!"
  • When Aerith asks Cait Sith if she will always be remembered, there's his immediate response before he even gives the fortune. As a member of Shinra, the line could sound creepy given the implications, but given that Reeve is the only non-asshole member of the board of directors, it sounds more reassuring.
    Cait Sith: Trust me honey, you're far too important to ever be forgotten.
  • Cait Sith and Cloud bond over both being the No Respect Guy of their respective organizations.
    Cait Sith: Let me ask you something, Cloud. When we're drowning in the tumultuous sea that is life, how do we stay afloat?
    Cloud: I... I don't know.
    Cait Sith: With a friend who understands your pain.
    Cloud: ... Do you... want to come with us?
    Cait Sith: I thought you'd never ask!
    Aerith: Yay! But what about your job here?
    Cait Sith: Screw this job! Can you believe they force people to buy fake currency with real currency?
    Cloud: I f*cking love you!
  • Tifa and Yuffie continue to bond in Episode 17, having fun playing an arcade game together and Tifa genuinely complementing Yuffie's skills.
  • From Episode 17, Red and Barret reconciling after Barrets outburst, revealing just how much their friendship means to each other.
    Red XIII: Barret. You told me that when you were but a wee lad, everyday, you would go to your church and pray to whatever god would listen. And you didn't care if you lost your arm, your friends, or the home in which you slept. All you wanted... was a talking dog best friend. (Red Starts tearing up) Now here you stand... Armless and homeless... But not talking dog best friendless!
    Barret: Red ... I... (Barret starts crying) I'M SORRY, RED! I'M SORRY I CALLED YOU A BAD DOG AND PUSHED YOU AWAY! I JUST DON'T WANT THE PEOPLE I LOVE TO KEEP DYING!
  • After Cloud tells how Zack died like a punk bitch, Tifa tells him to apologize to Aerith. We remind you Tifa and Aerith absolutely hate each other.
    • It extends to the map screen, with Tifa looking kind of worried to Aerith.
  • Episode 19 is full of heartwarming moments across the entire cast:
    • Barret (somewhat misguidedly) decides to be Red XIII's new surrogate father to teach him that fathers can be good people too. He ultimately accepts that it takes far more than this to heal such deep wounds.
    • Red XIII, conversely, accepts Barret as a good friend and not one of those bad fathers he hates.
    • Cloud is more aware of his insensitive side and takes some distance from Aerith, lest he hurt her again. He also manages to sincerely apologise to her for what he said in the previous episode, having not realized that Zack was such an important person to her.
    • Though we never hear exactly what she said, Tifa shares some words of comfort with Aerith, which she in turn appreciates. Tifa even says that she empathizes with Aerith's situation. After a whole series of bickering, maybe this shows that they can be friends after all.
      • And indeed, if episode 22 is any indication, it seems that they have in fact become friends.
  • Episode 20 starts with Tifa of all people giving Cloud a pep talk to cheer him up after the loss of the buggy. And it works! At least until they notice that Nibelheim is inexplicably not burned to the ground.
  • Episode 21 turning Cid and Shera's dynamic into one about BDSM (at least behind closed doors) is hilarious, but also much healthier than their canonical relationship. It's a more equal pairing, consensual - which is one of the key things that's often forgotten in how BDSM is perceived - and obviously the two are enjoying themselves, what with Shera's giggled response to Cid's "threat" of making her take him to the basement. It also lets Cid vent his otherwise legitimate resentment towards Shera without actually becoming abusive or hurting her, which preserves his iconic crassness without sacrificing his heart of gold. The fact that Shera tells Cid to "let [his frustrations] all out" during one of their sessions seals the deal on what the BDSM's purpose is.
  • Cid thinks his dream of going to space is dead after Rufus shuts his rocket program down, but Cloud and Tifa cheer him up and tell him there's still hope. Tifa in particular has one of the best quotes in the series thus far...
    Tifa: Dreams don't have an expiration date.
    • Earlier, Cid congratulates Cloud on having achieved his dream of becoming a SOLDIER and meeting Sephiroth, and immediately (and whole-heartedly) says "Fuck that guy!" upon being informed that Sephiroth destroyed Cloud's village.
  • While Episode 22 mostly focuses on Tifa's relationship with Yuffie, it also shows that her relationship with Aerith has significantly improved. Aerith is the one to insist they go after Tifa when she chases Yuffie, and is generally very supportive of her throughout the episode. She's come a long way from pretending to be out of mana to not cure Tifa of the Zolom's poison.
  • While she traps them shortly after, Yuffie's Motive Rant is rather moving.
    Tifa: Stealing our materia and using it against Shinra is-
    Yuffie: "a dumb idea"? I know, but what else was I supposed to do?! My dad let Shinra turn our village into a joke, so it's up to me to fix it! I just thought if I had enough materia... that I'd be strong enough to...
  • Tifa giving Yuffie the validation that she herself could have used as a child, which followed on the heels of her realizing they're Not So Different.
    Tifa: ...My mom died when I was a kid. That left me confused and angry, and I didn't know how to process it. So I covered up my sadness and started acting all big and tough, like nothing ever bothered me. Then when Sephiroth destroyed my town and killed my dad, I blamed it all on Shinra. And all that anger I held inside just... burst out. I tried to get revenge, but in the end, it almost got me killed! I think that... if I just had someone who understood and would talk to me, things could've been different. It's too late for me, but it's not too late for you. You're a dumb kid, Yuffie, but... so am I! So what do you say? Wanna be dumb kids together?
    • Even Don Corneo starts crying after Tifa's speech, about to relate his own crappy childhood... until Rude hits him with an invisible shuriken and knocks him off the ledge.
    • The episode ends with a Group Hug centered on Yuffie, at Tifa's suggestion, after the former realized that they were a Family of Choice.
  • While they will most likely become Harsher in Hindsight once the game reaches a certain plot point, the highlights of Cloud's and Aerith's date are still incredibly sweet to watch. Likewise, when Cait Sith offers to read Aerith and Cloud's fortune one more time, he tells them they'll always be together.
    • Very minor one early in the episode when the gang finds the railcar broken down, meaning they're stuck in Gold Saucer for a while, and Cloud politely refuses the offer to have fun and instead hang back at the hotel, while it's a setup for Tifa's intention to get utterly plastered, the fact that she calls Cloud's decision responsible says something about their improving relationship and her Character Development, especially from the last episode.
    • Speaking of improved bonds, Tifa and Yuffie are shown to be enjoying the Gold Saucer together all throughout the episode like the sisters they've definitely come to be after the previous episode, especially when Tankceratops is involved.
  • Dio's a real piece of work, but there's something nice about how after losing his life's work and all of his money to his ill-advised Loot Saucers scheme, Dio chooses to go out and see the world and never look back.
  • While Episode 25 is tragic, there are some truly touching moments:
    • When Cloud is worried Sephiroth will take control of him and make him hurt Aerith or the others, Tifa says she'll do him a solid and make sure it doesn't happen.
    • Everyone in the team happily greets Cloud when he comes to take their lead to go search for Aerith.
    • Barret finally gives Cloud some respect after hearing that his last name is Strife, admitting that it's a badass last name.
    • One of the last things Aerith says to Cloud before she gets killed by Sephiroth are words of encouragement on not losing himself. Despite her jealous tendencies, she was always kindhearted and selfless to the end.
    • For once, Zack doesn't troll and is actually encouraging of Cloud. He then helps Aerith psychically sit in on the conversation, giving her a chance to say goodbye to both of them.
    • The team's reaction to Aerith's death and the respect each one pays to her.
      • Tifa's reaction is caressing Aerith's face and then running off in tears, is kept fully intact.
      • Despite how funny it can come across given his utter deadpan tone, Vincent needs some credit for his Big "NO!" in calling out Cloud to break him out of his mind-controlled state. Horrifying as he can be, and lackadaisical as he sounds all the time, Vincent is capable of more emotions than just deadpan and monstrous fury at Hojo. In fact, the part of his mourning that is kept is him going up to Aerith.
      • While the part of her crying into Cloud's arms is cut, possibly to give Tifa's more emphasis, as hinted above, Yuffie open bawling is still kept intact.
      • Red howls out in sorrow.
      • When all of this is over and the team is moving out, Tifa going back to the Forgotten City and leaving a bouquet of flowers for Aerith. Doubly heartwarming when you remember that Tifa was the party member Aerith clashed with the most: although we'd already seen their relationship improve throughout the show, this moment hammers in how much the two of them had come to mean to each other.
  • In the blooper reel for season 3, Kira finds herself in a moment where after reading her line of Aerith promising to bring Cloud back if he ever loses himself, she considers such a line to be so sweet.
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