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It's great to be home.

"Do you know why Ren and Stimpy is popular? It's not because of the gross stuff. It's because they love each other."
Howard Beckerman (paraphrased)

The original show may have been filled with Nausea Fuel, Nightmare Fuel, and over the top insanity with its humour. But it wasn't without it's "heartwarming" moments. Especially between our two leads!

(Important note: Because the show had the above mentioned things, among others, it is very much YMMV on whether or not these actually count as "heartwarming", especially since many if not all of the "heartwarming" elements were actually forced on John K. as part of a compromise between himself and the network.note )

  • At the end of "Big House Blues", the dog catcher gives Ren to a girl that mistakes him for a poodle and Ren is excited to leave alive. Then, realizing Stimpy is left alone in the cell and that they'll be separated, Ren explains to the girl that he can't go unless she takes Stimpy too. Ren is then seen praying aloud, hoping the girl will say yes. The girl accepts, resulting in a happy Stimpy jumping on top of Ren.
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  • Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Love Theme" plays almost anytime they have a heartfelt reunion. The fact that it's a song associated with romance certainly raises eyebrows...
  • In "Stimpy's Big Day" and "The Big Shot", Ren is torn apart after Stimpy leaves. Then when Stimpy returns, they have a sweet reunion. It goes to show how much Ren doesn't want a life without Stimpy, and truly does care about him.
  • In "Ren's Pecs", Stimpy generously donated some of his body fat in order to create pectoral implants for Ren. All throughout, Stimpy just wanted his best friend to be happy. It reaches Tearjerker territory in the end, but there's a shred of hope when Stimpy starts working for the newly famous Ren.
    • Their parting is very heartbreaking, accompanied with sorrowful music. But Stimpy has a moment of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy and lets Ren go. He even gives Ren a muscle shirt he'd knitted for him. Ren puts it on and is quite moved. They touch hands for a brief moment, before Stimpy tries to make their parting less hard on both of them.
  • The ending to "Dog Tags" is surprisingly sweet for this show; when Ren can't gain access to his own dog club, Stimpy gets the idea to bring him to a club for cats. Ren (dressed as a cat) and Stimpy sing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" with some other cats and then share a bowl of milk together. Awwwww.
    • Not to mention, Stimpy admitted to Ren that the only reason he did want to join the dog club, was because he wanted to be with him. Ren was touched and the two shared a loving hug.
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    • Earlier in that scene, Ren was about to end it all when Stimpy pulls up with some other dogs. The moment he sees what Ren is about to do, he runs out and grabs him, exclaiming "Don't ever scare me like that again!". Even though Stimpy got carried away and was oblivious to Ren's plight, he dropped everything to be there for him.
    • It's one of the few times where Ren is genuinely The Woobie. Everything he goes through in this episode is heartbreaking. Seeing things work out for him is actually satisfying.
  • "Ren's Toothache". After Ren wakes up with an unbearable toothache and cries about it to Stimpy, Stimpy offers to tell him a story while stroking his hand comfortingly. Ren replies "Yes... Tell me a story..." in such an adorably helpless, weak, tender voice that it's just bound to make you go "Awww...". Complete with a heartwarming hug.
  • "Fake Dad". Ren CANNOT bring himself to spank Kowalski at the very end, and is reduced to tears when he's taken back to prison.
  • "Stimpy's Fan Club". Ren is overjoyed to finally get a fan letter for him, after a stream of fan mail for Stimpy. He gloats about it and shows it off... only to finally read "Love, Your Pal, Stimpy". Extra points as he glances dumbfounded at Stimpy, who despite being verbally and physically chewed out by Ren only seconds prior, just gazes back with a kind, forgiving smile and hugs him.
    Stimpy: I meant every word.
    Ren: (bursting out crying and snuggling up to Stimpy) Look at me! Big, mean Ren, crying like a baby! Pretty pathethic, huh?!
    Stimpy: Oh, peeshaw! No one will ever know. You just cry your little eyes out.
    (pan to the window, where the lumberjack, little boy, horse, and teenaged girl who spied on Stimpy giving Ren a sponge bath in "Nurse Stimpy" are now watching Stimpy comforting Ren)
    • Even better there's a meta example for this. The next week, Nickelodeon got a truckload of letters from children telling Ren they loved him too. Aww...
    • As much of a Jerkass Ren was over getting a single letter, it does show how much he values his fans. Once he gets his first fan-letter, he doesn't complain about how Stimpy still has more than he does.
  • "Son of Stimpy". Heartwarming combined with Funny, since the whole episode is dedicated to Stimpy's fart, that he happens to believe is his son (originally aptly titled "Stimpy's First Fart"). Stinky (as in, the fart) leaves his home (as in, Stimpy's butt). The whole episode is spent on Stimpy trying to find Stinky, and is sealed with a heartwarming reunion.
    • Don't forget Ren. His grief at losing Stimpy and his joy at having him back are downright beautiful, especially considering it's Ren we're talking aboutnote .
      • The scene of a completely deflated Stimpy, who Ren vigorously tries to cheer up first with his favorite programs (all of which he has shown nothing but contempt for beforehand), and then with a new catnip mouse he had just gotten for him. He that desperately wants Stimpy to be happy again.
      • Unfortunately for Ren, the "heartwarming" part of this moment is subverted when Ren tries to cheer Stimpy up with his favorite litter boxnote :
        Ren: Nice and 'stinky'!
        Ren: So THAT's it! YOU'RE still crying about your imaginary BUTT stinkyness!
        Stimpy: I'm not, listening to this, anymore! He's real! He's real!! He's REAL!!!
        Ren: Look, man! It's time to get over this fantasy of yours. Let the wound heal. C'mon, man. I'll help you. Together, we'll get through this. Okay, buddy?
        Stimpy: I don't care.note 
        Ren: [is reaching the boiling point of his patience] FINE! SIT HERE AND WALLOW! YOU, YOU FAT...YOU STUPID...YOU...[grunts]...WHO NEEDS YA?!!
  • The end of Stimpy's bedtime story "The Littlest Giant". The eponymous giant saves a village from a terrible drought. In return, he gets what he always wanted: a friend.
  • "Mad Dog Hoek": During Stimpy's "I like Darren!" rant, he goes nuts. It was rather heartwarming seeing Ren who's normally rather crazy and rude try to calm Stimpy down.
  • In the episode "Aloha Hoek", when Ren and Stimpy are marooned and Ren first runs into the whale's corpse, his reaction is to jump into Stimpy's arms and hold him while squeaking in an adorably pathetic and panicked manner. Yes, Ren can be cutenote .
  • The beginning to "Man's Best Friend" (Yes, the one that got John K. fired), where George Liquor sees Ren and Stimpy in the pet shop, asleep on top of each other. And it's incredibly cute. Liquor ruins the moment, though. They do it again in the fish bowl.
    • It could be said that "Man's Best Friend"'s ending was just as heartwarming. Just after Ren beats the heck out of George Liquor, George grabs him by the head in unbelievable rage. Then all of a sudden, they chew rubber doggie treats while dancing to Raymond Scott Music.
  • "I Was A Teenage Stimpy" has Ren looking at old home movies of Stimpy as a child, with fond nostalgia. One of the few times in the Games Animation era note  Ren clearly cared about Stimpy.
  • "Egg Yolkeo":
    "Aaaahhh...loooovvve yoooouuuuuu...Daaaaaadyyyyyyy...."
  • In the episode, "My Shiny Friend," Stimpy continuously watches TV, to Ren's irritation. Now, throughout most of the episode, Ren seems to try to stop Stimpy from watching TV for, give or take, selfish reasons (such as getting irritated when he and the firemen eat Ren's dinner, or just getting annoyed at the phrase, "What are ya?!"). But when Stimpy "overdoses" on TV, Ren holds him, and weeps rather sadly, and says something surprisingly rare for a Games episode.
    "There, there, old pal. We'll have to put you somewhere, where you can't hurt yourself any longer!"
  • "Hermit Ren"; Ren returns home after (apparently) ten years of being a hermit and we get this exchange from the duo:
    Stimpy: (excitedly) Ren! You're back!
    Ren: So, I turn my back for ten years and you find yourself another chihuahua!
    Stimpy: Ahem. But Ren...
    Ren: (embarrassed) Oh. Hehe. Sure. Well, it's great to be back! Buddy!
    (the two happily embrace, as do their meat counterparts)
    • It's a rather nice moment in an otherwise demented episode.
  • "It's A Dog's Life" actually has two brief moments that show how Ren truly isn't heartless. Even in the Games era of the show.
    • One scene consists of Ren and Stimpy attempting to go to sleep, where Stimpy falls right to sleep. Ren smiles at him, then gives him a pillow for his butt.
    • Stimpy ends up choking on food, to which Ren attempts giving him the Heimlich maneuver with no hesitation.
  • "Haunted House" had the cut Bloody Head Fairy scene. While Ren is panicking over the dimes in his ear, Stimpy strokes his face in a soothing manner as he helps extract the dimes. Even after the fact, Stimpy is still stroking his cheek while Ren freaks out.
  • "Nurse Stimpy" is a great display of Stimpy's Undying Loyalty to Ren. Throughout the entire period of Ren being sick, Stimpy works to the bone to help Ren get better. It's incredibly sweet, especially when you see all the worry he has throughout the process.
    • Even Ren has his moments. The bubbly sponge bath sequencenote  is not only oozing with Ho Yay, but Ren sweetly acknowledges how good Stimpy is to him. In a later scene, he says a couple of these gems:
      "I don't deserve you."
      "I'm sorry I'm all the time mean to you."
      "God bless you, Stimpy."
  • You would think that the episode "Double Header" would have one of these, but let's face it. While it's true that one should be grateful to be alive after an accident, would YOU be happy with an arrangement where your head was sewn on right above somebody's...posterior, especially when that other person decides to have barbecued Boston baked beans?...
  • Ren trying to soothe himself in "Space Madness" can be considered a meta one. In a show that prides itself on making its audience sick, it means a lot that they'd throw in some appealing imagery.

Marvel Comics

  • This page in one of the comics is so precious. Ren and Stimpy are digging graves in a graveyard, which leads to Stimpy talking about their inevitable "Big Sleep". He says he's prepared for when it happens and shows Ren his tombstone. Then he asks Ren to show him his, which Ren refuses out of embarrassment. After some begging, Ren finally relents. His tombstone simply says "I'm weeth stupeed" with an arrow pointing to the left. Ren, in his own way, shows how he truly loves Stimpy and wants to be buried next to him when they pass away. Stimpy realizes this and hugs him while exclaiming "Awwwww!"
  • The Christmas special. Ren is following Stimpy when he leaves the house, suspecting he's buying something. To his surprise, he discovers that Stimpy is buying a sled. For him. Ren is touched and becomes ashamed of himself. He's determined to get a Christmas gift for Stimpy, namely a log, knowing that's what he wants. Ren works a few odd jobs to save up the money to buy the gift for Stimpy. Ren, of all people, is selflessly working his tail off just to get his best friend a gift. Awwwww!
    • The log he buys ends up being destroyed by an oblivious Mr. Horse, much to Ren's chagrin. He goes nuts and starts destroying the Christmas decorations in their house. Stimpy comes into the room and is shocked to discover the mess, only to then find Ren has a log. Which is the remains of their tree. Stimpy is overjoyed and hugs Ren, who feels a lot better. Then Stimpy points out that they're under the mistletoe. Ren goes on full tsundere mode and proceeds to smack him.
  • Another issue features Stimpy dressed as Elvis Presley, trash-talking Ren on television. Ren does the same thing, to which the two insult each other back and forth. They then burst into tears, Ren exclaims how much he misses Stimpy, and then they run into each other's arms.


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