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  • After Kyle gets his Ion powers and finally gets the hang of them he meets the original, Hal Jordan, who has become the Spectre after his death. At the moment Kyle outpowers even him and is basically a god. He tells Hal that he could go back in time and stop the nuking of Coast City, Hal's nightmare and what drove him to the breaking point. Hal, with the Spectre's infinite wisdom, plays the "when does it end" card and asks Kyle when he'll stop, would he become a true god and stop all the pain that's ever happened throughout time. Hal questions what will stop him and basically says that eventually he'll do the same for everyone. Kyle clearly says without hesitation that he won't and it's just for Hal that he'd do it.
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  • More Kyle and Hal: During the Sinestro Corps War, Hal and the other Lanterns try to figure out how to free Kyle from Parallax. Hal mentions that when he broke free, he had the Spectre, one of the most powerful forces in the universe, with him. Turns out all Kyle needed was Hal to tell him You Are Not Alone.
  • From Green Lantern Rebirth: Sinestro insults Kyle Rayner repeatedly by calling him alley rat and such. Hal Jordan gets upset and screams "You show him respect! He carried the light when no one else could!" Considering all the Hal/Kyle debates in the fandom, it served as a meta CMOH too.
  • For Hal Jordan Green Lantern himself, the CMOH happened at the climax of Tales of the Green Lantern Corps #3 when Jordan went to the netherworld of Nekron and just distracted him enough for the Guardians to drive back Krona and his undead horde and reseal the dimensional portal. Just as Jordan's ring about to fail, the spirit of his predecessor, Abin Sur, pushes him back to his universe while saying how proud he is of him. Back there, he is among his fellow Lanterns, with their rings about to be exhausted, and bracing to die together in the hard vacuum of space. However, at that moment, the Guardians respond "No, there has been too much death." as they project a containment field around their Green Lanterns and take them safely back to their headquarters on Oa for a victory celebration and ring recharging.
    • Add one more moment of heartwarming from that mini-series: As the Lanterns goes to the main power battery on Oa to recharge; ALL of them recite Hal's oath in tribute to the Earth Green Lantern. When it was over Hal was unashamedly crying. (As one who remembers reading that mini-series he wasn't the only one who got choked up.)
  • Coast City gets one during the Sinestro Corps War by its citizens refusing to leave their newly built home and instead shine green lights in their windows to support the Green Lanterns, even Hal's overly cautious brother, Jim, refuses to flee with his family. It mixes with crowning moment of awesome too.
    • The bit in GL #25 with the newscaster announcing not a single person had evacuated the city.
    • "Kick his butt Uncle Hal!"
  • In Green Lantern #9, one of the last issues of the newly relaunched Green Lantern book before Infinite Crisis and the One Year Later Jump, had Hal, still newly getting used to being alive and a GL again, team up with Batman, who had been established in Rebirth as being very pessimistic about Hal's return. Towards the end of the issue, Hal offers Batman his ring, to show he's willing to rebuild their former camaraderie, which pretty much died when Hal became Parallax. After using the ring to build constructs of his parents, Bruce is told by Hal that he can let go of his anger and grief (much like what Hal did during his Secret Origin story). Bruce refuses, but he shows his gratitude by returning to a First-Name Basis with Hal.
    • This also is reflected in Infinite Crisis itself, as Bruce invites Hal to join him and other heroes to bring down Brother Eye. When the Eye tries to take Bruce down with it Hal goes back and rescues Bruce from the satellite before it crashes, choosing his old friend who once lost himself to evil over his creation that he made when he lost faith in his peers.
    Brother Eye: (While holding Bruce in robotic cables to prevent him from escaping the decaying satellite) WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME, CREATOR? YOU CAN TRUST ME TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT. YOU CANNOT TRUST THEM. YOU CAN NEVER TRUST THEM AGAIN AFTER ALL THEY HAVE DONE. (Hal bursts into the room)
    Batman: I'll take my chances. (Bruce grabs Hal's hand and they escape the satellite before it enters the atmosphere)
    • The incident is implied to have more serious ramifications than that. If not for his friendship with Jordan, Batman would have been recruited into the Sinestro Corps.
  • In Larfleeze's Christmas special, he spends the entire issue raging against Santa for not bringing him any presents. He starts trying to melt the North Pole, and Hal Jordan takes him aside and tells him to look over his mile long Christmas list and ask himself if he really needs any of it. Later, Larfleeze is in his cottage, and we him staring mournfully at the words "My Family" on his list.
    • Hope Spot: It turns out his family is alive, and they miss him. And guess what told him this? The Blue Entity of Hope, of course!
    • In the epilogue of "Wrath of the First Lantern," it is said that he did find his family, and gave up all his possessions just to get them back! Even if the orange light of avarice drove him to start stealing things again, he still got a rather happy ending.
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    • The long awaited reunion finally happens during the end of his series wherein he discovers that G'nort is his fourteenth cousin twice removed. Larfleeze is so overjoyed at this revelation that it drives him to tears and despite spending the better part of an issue beating each other up, the two former combatants walk into the distance and talk about the misadventures they're going to have. If that wasn't heartwarming enough, Larfleeze goes so far as to gently hold and chummily throw his arm around G'nort which is rather significant as Larfleeze Hates Being Touched and his physical gestures are usually aggressive.
  • Glomulus telling Larfleeze to spare Kyle, as Kyle is his friend. Aww.
  • Iroque/Indigo-1, formerly The Sociopath, who had Heel–Face Brainwashing forced on her via the Indigo ring, voluntarily wants to rebuild the Indigo Tribe, who were all The Sociopath without their rings, because she found that she liked Good Feels Good more than just being heartless, and restarts the Power Battery with a spark of compassion.
    • It comes back in the Epilogue of Wrath of the First Lantern, when we find out Iroque completed her Heel–Face Turn and was able to part with her ring since it had completed its job. Her words are, "Thank you, Abin." and the Book of Oa refers to her as Iroque, the Redeemed.
  • Just about anything involving Guy Gardner and Ice. Special mention goes to his first meeting with her post-revival.
  • At the climax of the "Wrath of the First Lantern" arc, Hal and Sinestro go head-to-head when the latter absorbs the power of Parallax and sets off to kill the Guardians. When Hal catches up to him, Sinestro demands to know if Hal really thinks that they can be redeemed after all the mistakes they've made. Hal's response, over the next few panels:
  • Sinestro, knowing what loss truly is after Korugar is destroyed, plans for Ganthet and Sayd to have a life together.
    • As well as the implication that he later rejoined the Green Lanterns, and became keeper of the Book of Oa.
  • Before either of those two things, Sinestro, fresh off the act of slaughtering the Guardians for their repeated abuses of power and disastrous mistakes, vows to give up the power of Parallax and depart the known universe. But before he goes, he asks Hal what he was planning to ask him back on Ysmault when they were both facing death. The following exchange is both heartwarming and tear-jerking:
    Hal: Were we ever truly friends?
    Sinestro: That's the tragedy of all this, Jordan. Hal. We'll always be friends.
  • The Red Lantern Corps, despite being blood-spewing, murderous bundles of nigh-unstoppable anger, are mostly like that because their lives have been, in one way or another, absolutely ruined through the actions of others. The rings found their way to the members to give them the power to take revenge on the people who caused their suffering.
  • Saint Walker. The guy lives up to his title.
  • The Badass Creed of the Blue Lantern Corps:
    In fearful day, in raging night
    With strong hearts full our souls ignite
    When all seems lost in the War of Light
    Look to the stars - for hope burns bright
  • In Green Lanterns #3, Bleez tries to infect Simon with Rage. Instead, he actually realizes that holy crap, is this sensation what she has been saddled with? That's AWFUL! And goes Beyond the Impossible to heal her of her Rage, fix the damage the Red Ring has done to her and even gives her back her wings...all because he felt empathy for her. When her resulting Heel Realization makes her instantly try to commit suicide, Simon - a former criminal himself, albeit on a much smaller and less harmful level - talks her out of it. So heartwarming that a number of people have said that scene alone made them ship them together, that's how sweet it was to see Simon treat her that way, wanting to help her, instead of as just another enemy like you might expect.
  • In Green Lanterns #14, Simon and Jessica manage to bring Phantom Lantern down, but are left with his uncontrollable ring, which anyone can use and carries the power of the entire Emotional Spectrum. Faced with the risk the Ring represents, Jessica puts it on, knowing that for anyone who doesn't know how to use it, it will take them on a ride through the seven Lantern colors until it finds the one that applies the most to the wielder. As expected, her uniform begins to shift and change into the different Corps' suits, with Jessica terrified she will turn into a Sinestro Corpsman... until it settles on WILL, telling her in definite terms that no, she did not receive the green ring by mistake. The revelation leads her to joyfully soar through the air for a minute. Even a seething Simon, who was contemplating using the Phantom Ring for his own purposes, chooses to ignore the temptation of power once he sees Jessica's glee at her confirmation as a Green Lantern.
  • In the last issue of Green Lanterns, the Guardians are moving the corps of Mogo to give it time to heal, and go back to the rebuilt Oa. Before leaving, Jessica builds a statue of Penelops, a green lantern who died defending their homeworld. Jessica insisted that the lanterns postponed their pursuit of the Ravagers to evacuate the remaining inhabitants, since the planet had become inhabitable.

Live Action Film
  • When Abin Sur's ring summons Hal Jordan. Although scared and disoriented from the trip, as soon as Hal sees the guy in the sinking spaceship, he immediately runs to him, pulls him out of the water, and tries to revive him, not even questioning Abin's appearance.
    • That moment is slight Fridge Brilliance when you realize that's exactly why the ring chose Hal. Anyone who would have run away, freaked out or tried to profit from discovering Abin Sur wouldn't be fit to join the Corps.
    • He even buries Abin after he dies before leaving. (Sure, his body is dug up for an autopsy later, but the thought is still there)
  • When Hal Jordan joins Tomar-Re on an aerial tour of Oa. There is a wonderful element of welcome to the scene where Jordan realizes the full beauty of his recruitment with a whole new way to fly with a newfound friend he never expected to have.
  • After all the contempt, numerous deprecating lectures, and What the Hell, Hero? moments going BOTH ways, who pulls a half-conscious Hal out of the sun's gravity well? Sinestro. Then he takes him back to Oa and extolls his virtues to the Guardians and the rest of the Lantern Corps. Of course, everyone knows he's going to end up with the yellow ring eventually, but it's nice while it lasts.
  • A crowning meta example: despite the film's tepid reception and the intense apathy Ryan Reynolds has for it, he and Blake Lively began their relationship during the film's production and are still together now.

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