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Heartwarming / Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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  • While walking through NEST headquarters, Sam sees and acknowledges Ironhide and Ratchet. It's easy to miss but both greet him back with engine revving and lighting up siren lights.
  • Optimus Prime telling Sam..."You may lose your faith in us, but never in yourselves."
  • Bumblebee telling Sam that they will always be friends was both this and a Tear Jerker.
  • Epps who had a robot free life — no risking his life anymore — a nice safe life... gathers up together a team of former NEST members to help Sam track down Carly.
    • This exchange:
      Epps: "I still got my NEST friends out there. I'mma round 'em up, we'll find [Carly] and we're gonna bring [Dylan Gould] in."
      Sam: "...Why are you helping me?"
      • If you needed any proof that the humans of the NEST team loved the Autobots as Brother-Warriors, there you have it.
  • Yeah, I'm a bleeding heart-but me and my friends couldn't help but feel warm fuzzies in the theater when Apollo first landed on the moon, taking that first step for mankind's bright future.
    • The comments made by Nixon about the launch opening the heavens to mankind also fall into the Heartwarming category, especially with the launch of Atlantis, the last of the American space shuttle program.
    • Another special mention goes to when Neil Armstrong says "the eagle has landed." Cue the heartwarming montage of Mission Control applauding and Walter Cronkite with a big smile on his face, with Steve Jabonsky's score added to the mix.
  • Ron's line of "I will follow you till the end of time" as he and his wife Judy are giving Sam a pep-talk after he had an argument with Carly tugged a bit at the heartstrings. Shows how much in love they were and still are.
  • Despite everything that is going on around them, explosions, Bots and humans all fighting to the death... and Sam's number 1 priority in this Hellfest-keeping Carly safe. You can tell she's visibly worried if they're going to make it out of this alive, and Sam tenderly grabs her face and tells her, "You're gonna be fine. I promise."
    • At the beginning of the movie, after all of the drama setting up the details behind the discovery of the Autobot ship on the Moon, we get an introductory scene with Carly that gives us a bit of insight on her and Sam's relationship at this point, complete with flashbacks to how it all started. Carly gifts Sam with a stuffed "lucky bunny", prompting some cute banter between them when Sam comments that it's usually "just the foot" as they go about waking up and getting ready for their respective days, and generally just making for a calm, adorable scene in an otherwise action-charged film. And then Brains ruins the moment.
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  • Before everything goes to hell (well, more to hell), there's a bit where Sam and Bumblebee are in his apartment and Bee is crouched in robot form and Sam is just talking to him. It was just a sweet moment, especially because it was the first time that you really ever saw them like that.
  • A small one, but Optimus meeting Buzz Aldrin. Buzz shows him respect and Optimus returns it. It's small, but Optimus shows respect to this human because he understands just what he did for his race.
    Buzz Aldrin: From a fellow space traveler, it's an honor meeting you.
    Optimus: The honor is mine.
  • You mileage may Really vary on this one, but right before the final fight scene, we see Megatron, defeated and broken, lying against a building. His authority and power, which is all we've ever seen him fight for, has vanished. And all he does is look up and say:
    Megatron: Cybertron, at last you are saved.
    • In that moment, we see him for what he is deep down inside: a being who's lost his first home to destruction, and just wants to fix it again. In that moment, Megatron might have redeemed himself a bit in his eyes. Which makes seeing him die, for sure this time, with the object of all he's worked toward fixing imploding into oblivion... it's almost a Tear Jerker.
      • In the adaptations, he's completely serious about the truce he offers. Optimus accepts, and they unite the remaining Transformers to head off to rebuild somewhere else. Two brothers, torn apart by war, finally reunited for the same cause.
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  • Sam and Carly running into each others' arms at the end of the movie. You can tell how happy and relieved they both are they made it out of this alive.
  • A small but notable one; Megatron feeding the hatchlings at the beginning of the movie. No malice or evil intent there, just a father trying to provide for his children. D'aww.
  • The Autobots' vow to stay and fight when they arrive to Chicago.
    Leadfoot: We ain't goin' nowhere.
    Brains: Yeah, no one's exilin' us!
    Wheelie: The Autobots are staying right here. We're going to help you win this war!
    • The latter phrase is especially touching, considering that it comes from a former Decepticon.
    • Best part is, Brains and Wheelie save several Autobots just as they're about to be killed.
  • Wheelie- Remember, in ROTF, he was working for the 'Cons just because they would smash him if he didn't do what they say. By the time Chicago comes around, he rides proudly into battle with the Wreckers and Brains. He could easily have ditched them outside the city, but he stayed. He even had the bearings to take on a Decepticon ship.