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is smiling, something is going right in the world.
- A rather subtle one going into Vento Aureo concerning DIO of all people. DIO had been shown both while waiting around to do his minions' bidding and later to heal himself; he has been shown to drain female victims dry. This is on top of the various Kick the Dog moments, he did over Phantom Blood and Stardust Crusaders, demonstrating himself to be an irredeemable monster with no humanizing qualities. Yet in spite of this, he allows not only a woman, in addition to a few others as Stone Ocean reveals, to live. Not only that, but had a child with them. This is a rather unexpected, humanizing action from what was considered to a pure evil character, especially one that treated women poorly.
- A violent one, but Giorno really shows that he truly will not let evildoers get their way after Black Sabbath's fight, when he transforms a banana into a gun to murder Polpo for killing an innocent old man who happened to be there. All the while putting himself in danger and doing off with a potential ally. While this definitely makes him a grey character, just the fact that, even though the death of passersby is treated as a minor fact by mafiosos (in the manga and IRL), Giorno will not let it go unpunished, really sets the tone for his beliefs.
- Giorno ending his fight with Bucciarati, after deducing that he's a good man despite being a gangster due to the look Bucciarati gave to an unconscious boy on drugs.
- Bucciarati further cements this nature by kicking a soccer ball (while smiling) back to a group of boys after it accidentally hit him in the back.
- Narancia's flashback of Bucciarati helping him, showing just why he is so loyal to the man.
- In the fight against White Album, Mista's refusal to abandon Giorno after the latter drives the car into the water is pretty sweet.
- During the fight against The Grateful Dead, Prosciutto berates Pesci over losing his cool because Mista took away his personal glass of ice, which would stave off The Grateful Dead's aging effects. However, rather than call him an idiot, he actually sympathizes with Pesci, noting that it's perfectly reasonable to panic in that situation and he's actually only mad at him because he was extremely close to killing Mista with Beach Boy before he dispelled it in a panic. He then spends a chapter or two trying to give emotional support to Pesci, and the manner he does it is incredibly gentle and kind, akin to a big brother giving advice to his little brother. This makes it even more poignant when Prosciutto wills himself to stay alive to assist Pesci in the climax of the fight.
- Another flashback showing Bucciarati's past shows that when his parents divorced, they asked which parent he would live with: his mother, in the city where he could receive an education, or his father in the village where he grew up. At the age of seven, Bucciarati understood that his mother would do fine in the city, but his father would be all alone in the village, and chose to stay with him.
- A major scene where after finding out the Boss plans to kill Trish, Bucciarati decides to betray Passione, and the group is forced to make a major decision; follow Bucciarati and be branded traitors, or stay with the organization. Of the group, only Fugo states he has no intentions to follow. It seems at first that Abbacchio is following suite, listing off the risks that come with betraying the Mafia... then he walks onto to the boat.
- Mista joins them stating that he's next in line for promotion to Capo and taking the Boss' riches, acting nonchalantly as possible and showing complete faith in Bucciarati.
Mista: (To Giorno) Bucciarati's smart. He never goes into a fight that he has no chance of winning. We're gonna strike it rich for sure.
- However, the true moment comes from Narancia, who agonizes over what to do, and begs Bucciarati to decide for him. Bucciarati orders him to stay, since if he can't come willingly, then he shouldn't bother. In the end, the boat drives off without Narancia, leaving him with Fugo. As he watches them leave, Narancia realizes that he and Trish are the same, having been betrayed by someone they trust, and chooses to defy Bucciarati's orders and leap into the water, swimming after the boat while screaming for them to wait as Fugo looks on, stunned.
Narancia: BUCCIARATI!!! I'll go! I'll go, too! I'm coming with you! Don't order me not to go with you! Trish is me! She's me! The wound on her arm is my own!
- Everyone in the boat smiles at Narancia's decision, especially in the anime, where Bruno almost sheds Tears of Joy with the warmest, sweetest smile he's ever had. (See the page image.)
- The anime-exclusive exchange between Narancia and the rest of Team Bucciarati after the former finally decided to follow Bucciarati is nothing short of heartwarming as well.
Mista: Man, you took way too long to make your decision.
Abbacchio: You'd better not hold this against us later on.
Giorno: Narancia, I have nothing but respect for your courage.
Mista: (looking at Fugo from distance) I guess Fugo didn't come after all.
Abbacchio: Well, that was his choice to make.
Narancia: Bucciarati, I... I want to protect Trish! I'll defeat the Boss with you!
- When the anime goes over Diavolo's past, it adds in a scene where Diavolo is shown meeting Donatella, awkwardly asking her out on a date and having a good time. Even (or perhaps especially) considering who he grows up to be, seeing him live like a normal kid can really get a few people in the feels.
- After Abbacchio's death, he's shown to be eating in an unfamiliar place, and he hears a strange scraping noise which turns out to be a police officer searching through some broken glass to find clues. After speaking to the man for a few minutes, Abbacchio realizes he knows this man...as his dead friend from when he himself was a cop, who died due to Abbacchio taking a bribe. Abbacchio stands up and begins walking towards a bus parked across the street, with the intention of returning to his friends... Given how cold-hearted he was to the others, especially Giorno, the line has a lot of impact.
Where are you going, Abbacchio? Abbacchio:
I'm getting on that bus. I'm starting to remember... That's right! I have to go! I need to get back to my friends! Officer:
Did you forget, Abbacchio? You came here on that
bus. (Abbacchio stops)
This is the last stop. You can never return. Abbacchio: (glancing at the officer, realizing he's his partner)
Y-You're...! That's right! You're... You're the one who died because I took that bribe! Abbacchio's Partner:
Abbacchio, you did very well. Abbacchio: (is now so unbelievably at a loss for words that the only thing he can do is shed tears) Abbacchio's Partner:
That's right. So well that I can say I'm proud of you.
- After dealing with his Survivor Guilt, Fugo spends most of Purple Haze Feedback wondering why he didn't get in the boat with the rest of Bucciarati's group. He comes to the conclusion that while his teammates (especially Bucciarati and Narancia) had some empathy for Trish's situation, Fugo was unable to form any empathy or connection towards her. He gets better after learning to care for his new partner, Sheila E, which gives him the strength to evolve his Purple Haze. Doubles as a Moment of Awesome.
- The overall camaraderie each gang has for one another.
- Team Bucciarati, despite their squabbling, truly care about each other. Narancia and Fugo immediately apologize to one another after their fights, they along with Mista can easily synchronize dance, and even Abbacchio indulges in their dumb conversations.
- Their complete respect for Bucciarati is endearing as well. Abbacchio says he feels at peace with him and Narancia considers him his hero. Hell, Mista leapt out of a window from the sixth floor to ensure that Rolling Stones won't touch Bruno and kill him. Bruno saved all of their lives years ago and they all look up to him.
- Similarly, La Squadra Esecuzioni/Hitman Team are very close and were obviously affected by Sorbet and Gelato's death not just by how gruesome it was but because they were friends not just associates. Their deaths are always on the back of Risotto's mind and because another reason why he wants to find the boss.
- The most notable example are between Prosciutto and Pesci where Prosciutto acts like a Cool Big Bro to him and mentors him throughout the fight. And when Pesci is fighting Bucciarati he not only swears to avenge Prosciutto but also Formaggio and Illuso as well.
- Even Cioccolata of all people gets one in the anime. When Secco listens to his voicemail, Cioccolata tells him that he values him as a partner and that he loves him, and the voice actor really makes him sound sincere when he says it (even though whether not he actually means it is left ambiguous as Cioccolata treats Secco more as a pet rather than a fellow human being). It sort of makes Secco look even more like a Jerkass when he reveals he never cared for him after finding out he died.
- As they're on their way to meet the man at the Colosseum, Bucciarati sincerely offers Trish a place to live in the suburbs of Naples, mentioning a great restaurant and a school, which she deserves after going through all this... what makes it so bittersweet is that Trish never hears this, and Bruno only mistakes Doppio for her due to his condition.
- In the anime adaptation, one of recurring tender piano motifs "Legame" ("Ties"/"Bonds") that accompanies scenes of decency and humanity fills your heart with warmth and hope, reminding us that being a story of mafiosi notwithstanding, Golden Wind is ultimately a story about kindness, caring, and making the world a better place.
- Trish laughing along with Mista after defeating Diavolo. A funny moment, but heartwarming when you consider that she's mostly been aloof and quiet for most of the story. Not simply because of personality, but because she was legitimately terrified of the whole situation she was brought into by the Mafia. And now that it's finally over, she finally gets to relax and breath.
- The very end of the anime shows Giorno as the new head of Passione. When we get a shot of Polnareff/Coco Jumbo, we see a vase with the same flowers Giorno used to cover Abacchio and Narancia with when they were killed. Then at a second shot, we see a zipper as well, which symbolizes Bruno. Even though the three are gone, it's heartwarming that Giorno not only memorializes them, but they "live on" in part of Giorno's new rule as the leader of Passione.
- In addition, the bottle of champange/sparkling wine there in the same brand as the wine Abbacchio was drinking during the memetic beatdown scene. Giorno never forgot about him either, despite their differences.