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Despite the fact that the series is blacker than black sometimes, there are quite a few of these in Sin City:

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  • The one-shot "Silent Night", which is almost completely devoid of dialog. It features Marv intimidating his way into a building on a snowy night, heading down a flight of stairs and giving some sleazy worms some cash, and they direct his attention to a metal door with a viewing slit. He looks inside and sees a terrified little girl. He kills the three scumbags, who are now obviously selling this girl for sex, opens the door and says the only line "Your momma's been asking after you, Kimberly. Let's get you home," following by a shot of Marv holding the tiny child to his chest before setting out back into the snow storm. Dirty subject matter, but definitely a CMOH for Marv.
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  • Marv's scene with his mother in The Hard Goodbye is a bit of a Tear Jerker the whole way through. Especially when he tells her he "met a girl." It's pretty creepy and insane that Marv talks about a dead one night stand as if she were his current, living girlfriend but it still manages to be very moving.
  • Wendy being the only visitor Marv receives in prison.
    • "You can call me Goldie".
  • Miho curling up on Dwight's lap and falling asleep during the car ride in Family Values.
  • Every conversation John Hartigan has with Nancy fits this trope to a T.
  • Wallace and Esther leaving Sin City behind at the end of Hell and Back is the only 100% happy ending in any of the major stories. It's definitely up there.
  • Also in Hell and Back we see that Leboweitz, an evil Corrupt Cop, cares very much for his family and is horrified when his son is beaten up.
  • When Leibowitz turns on the Colonel to avenge his son's injury, he could easily just kill the mobster and then walk away. Instead, he risks antagonizing the Colonel's boss by shutting down the entire human trafficking operation and having all of the victims sent to the hospital.
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  • Katie giving Marv a free bottle of whiskey when he gets a broken heart in Just Another Saturday Night.
  • In the short story And Behind Door Number Three we see Wendy wearing Marv's cross necklace.
  • Gail reminding Becky to dry her hair when she gets home or else she'll catch a cold in The Big Fat Kill. Gail really does care about her girls.
  • Any scene involving Marv and his blind mother. He really is a momma's boy at heart.
  • This brief exchange between Shellie and Dwight in The Big Fat Kill:
    Shellie: It was only 'cause I felt sorry for him. And it was only once. I've done some dumb things.
    Dwight: Seeing as how I'm one of those dumb things, I can't give you too hard a time about that, Shellie.
  • Hartigan accepts the entirely unfair circumstances he finds himself in because he chose to help an innocent girl whose attacker had powerful family connections.
    Hartigan: An old man dies. A young woman lives. A fair trade.
  • When Hartigan is framed for Junior's crimes, it's refreshing to see some people believe in his innocence (such as his wife, his lawyer Lucille and his coworker Mort). Lucille and Mort are still willing to try and prove him innocent eight years later.
    • In The Movie, Mort doesn't appear, but his role in picking up Hartigan from prison is filled by Hartigan's treacherous partner Bob, and Bob's The Atoner comments are surprisingly touching.
  • When the Girls of Old Town beat and interrogate Marv while thinking that he's responsible for killing several prostitutes, Becky looks a bit uncomfortable with this after Marv's dialogue makes it clear that he isn't right in the head.
  • In The Long Bad Night, a diner waitress gives Johnny (who's in terrible shape after a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and treatment from a Back-Alley Doctor) a free glass of water, sympathetically saying that times have been tough for everyone. Then, she gives Johnny her meager tip money without being asked, which gets him started on his next winning streak.
    Bertha: (as Johnny turns to leave) Just a second, you. You don't stink of anything I don't like, and you kind of remind me of an old boyfriend, okay?
    She offers him a dollar.
    Bertha: This won't take you very far.
    Johnny: Sweetheart, it's gonna take me to the moon.


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