- The fact that Dana, despite the bitter breakup between her and Peter, retains close friendships with Egon, Ray, and Winston.
- In and out of canon, the Ghostbusters, using the uplifting energy of the song "Higher and Higher", bring the Statue of Liberty to life and commands her to shatter the armor of hate that Vigo encased the museum in. The sight was so inspiring that it united the normally cynical and hateful New Yorkers, and such was the concentration of their love and hope that it weakened Vigo enough to allow the Ghostbusters to defeat him.
- The rallying speech that Ray gives which inspires this plan is also a great moment.Ray: You know, I just can't believe things have gotten so bad in this city that there's no way back. I mean, sure, it's messy, it's crowded, it's polluted, and there are people who would just as soon step on your face as look at you. But come on! There's gotta be a few sparks of sweet humanity left in this burned-out burg. We just gotta find a way to mobilize it!
- And the assembled crowd breaking out into Auld Lang Syne as the clock ticks midnight, weakening Vigo enough for the Ghostbusters to finish him off. That wasn't part of the Ghostbusters' plan, the citizens did that all on their own. They had no way of knowing how the battle was going, that the Ghostbusters were seconds away from losing big-time. It was just New Year's Eve, and that's what you do in New York on New Year's Eve: sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight surrounded by complete strangers. Ray was absolutely right: there are sparks of sweet humanity left.
- The rallying speech that Ray gives which inspires this plan is also a great moment.
- I think one of the most heartwarming things in the second movie is watching brave little Louis Tully in a Ghostbuster uniform standing infront of the hate-slime covered museum. You can tell he's really scared at first, but a second later he goes into full on Badass Hero Mode.Louis: I'm here with you guys!
- And after that he fires his Proton Pack's blaster at the shell and it shatters (of course he had a lot of help, but don't tell him that).Louis: I did it! I'm a GHOSTBUSTER!!!
- He may well have done some actual good. Appearing to single-handedly dispel the shell may have boosted the spirits of the watching New Yorkers, allowing them to more easily neutralize Vigo's slime.
- I think most people forget the scene where Slimer helps Louis out by driving him to the museum.
- And the fact that the bystanders all start cheering and congratulating Tully after the shell is destroyed.
- The romance between Janine and Louis was one of the brighter spots of the film.
- And after that he fires his Proton Pack's blaster at the shell and it shatters (of course he had a lot of help, but don't tell him that).
- When once Janine had to assure callers that the Ghostbusters were serious, now she tells them that yes, they're back.
- Also the fact that after five years, apparently they couldn't go back into business without Janine at the desk.
- In the years since saving the world, the Ghostbusters got shafted as frauds and publicity hounds by a lot of people. Not entirely during the trial, though.Peter: There are some things in this world that go way beyond human understanding, things that cannot be explained, things that most people don't wanna know about. That is where we come in.
Prosecutor: So, what you're saying is that the world of the supernatural is your exclusive province.
Peter: Kitten, I think what I'm saying is that sometimes, shit happens, someone has to deal with it, and who ya gonna call?
[People in court start cheering and applauding]
- Venkman's first moment alone with Oscar in which he tells the baby, "I could have been your father." For a brief moment Venkman's mask of cynicism slips and he seems genuinely disappointed that he's not.
- He initially slips up and says "I should have been your father." Which makes almost reach TearJerker levels.
Heartwarming / Ghostbusters II