- Jules' final speech sums up the movie perfectly: "I'm trying real hard to be the shepherd." The movie's theme across all stories is about bad people and criminals trying to do the right thing.
- When Butch, having escaped from some rapists, decides to go back and save Marsellus from them. Even though Marsellus is a mob boss who was out to kill him less than a hour ago (and nothing guarantees that he won't keep trying to do the same afterwards).
- Marsellus's reaction to the rescue has a subtle example: when Butch asks, "Now what?" Marsellus goes into a rant about the agony that awaits the rapists. When Butch clarifies that he meant between the two of them, Marsellus takes a second to remember that they had been trying to kill each other prior to the rapists interfering and promptly tells Butch that they are even (so long as they never see each other again).
- Just as Butch is about to leave, he looks back at Marsellus, who gives a backwards wave. Like he's saying goodbye to a friend, even though he has to act on the fact that Butch took his money.
- Butch isn't a hero; he barely even counts as an Anti-Hero. He's a violent, brutal thug. But he does have a conscience and when he loses his temper he's ashamed of not being able to control his impulses. Just because he is abusive to Fabienne that doesn't mean he doesn't care.
- Being high as a kite and overdosing unpleasantness aside, the outing between Vincent and Mia is quite sweet. Vincent, scared of the idea of being out with her after hearing what happened to Tony Rocky Horror, is adamant to Jules he's going to be indifferent to Mia, but is charmed by her over the course of dinner. There's a sense of tenderness when their crazy night is over and he holds her hand in agreement never to share the events with Marsellus, then blows a kiss to her departing figure.
- There's even a tag in Butch's story: when Marsellus goes off to talk, Vincent hangs back to make sure Mia's doing okay and she thanks him for saving her life.
- Yolanda's panicking when Jules holds Ringo at gunpoint makes you realize just how much she cares about him. And when Jules allows them to leave peacefully, they both leave clutching each other like they're about to burst into tears.
- And it seems Ringo cares just as much, as when they leave the diner, he's got his arm around her shoulders and is clearly trying to comfort her.
- Although it's Played for Laughs, the fact that Jules and The Wolf actually really seem to care about cleaning up the mess before Bonnie gets home, and therefore saving Jimmie's marriage, is really quite sweet.
- Jimmie himself is more concerned with losing the woman he loves than going to jail for aiding criminals in hiding/removing evidence.Jimmie: There's nothing that you're gonna say that's gonna make me forget that I love my wife, is there?!
[Jules silently stares in a sort of "I really can't argue with that" way]
- While The Wolf is abrupt and curt with Jules and Vincent (especially Vincent), he is unfailingly patient and polite with Jimmie, knowing he is an unwilling part of the situation and sympathizing with him.
- Jimmie himself is more concerned with losing the woman he loves than going to jail for aiding criminals in hiding/removing evidence.
- Jules' Heel Realization: "But I'm trying, Ringo. I'm trying real hard to be the shepherd." And he lets Yolanda and Ringo go.
- Not only does he let them go, he ensures that they leave with enough money to potentially establish normal, non-criminal lives.
- Everything to do with Butch and Fabienne. Between the murderous criminals, hard drugs, and homosexual rapists of the rest of the film, their uncomplicated romance scene is an incredibly effective pallate cleanser smack dab in the middle of it all, eased in and out by the relatively clean comedy of Butch's dream and the mild shock of the next morning - and even the latter is a bit of a bait and switch starting out like it's going to take a very dark turn, only for Butch to stop, sit calmly, and comfort Fabienne before he leaves to get his watch. The subtlety of the acting shows it all, Fabienne isn't portrayed as battered like some may think, but concerned, both during the outburst and when he returns on the chopper, and Butch is incredibly pissed at her throughout the sequence, but still loves her deeply and refuses to go any further than yelling at her. Expanding out to their greater characters and interactions with the world around them, mainly Butch, it becomes clear that the both of them just don't belong in the crazy kind of film where they're asked by random cab drivers what it feels like to kill.
Heartwarming / Pulp Fiction