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  • Hyde's a pretty good source for these. Despite being loud and vulgar, he's actually an incredibly Nice Guy.
    • Hyde's entire reason for being in the Hollow Night is because he wanted to help Linne fight Hilda, despite being specifically ordered to stay behind. Even when they first met, Hyde was willing to try and talk things out with some thugs troubling her and personally got involved to bail her out from a bad situation. Afterwards, he even offers to show her around town. Later on, after he gains his powers, he offers his home to her and Waldstein. This also comes to include Vatista and the four are frequently referred to as Hyde's Family.
    • When he encounters Yuzuriha, he apologizes to her for something he did in the past, and has regretted ever since. He then goes on to state his reasons for fighting, culminating in a friendly spar between them.
      "I've never forgotten about what happened then... I am sorry, and I always have been. I lost sight of myself, and well... What I did was pretty messed up. And afterwards, I ran and hid like a coward, pretending I knew nothing. Pretty pathetic, huh? But that's all in the past now. I know it might be too late, but I found a reason to fight. And not because that "person" told me to, either. I fight because I want to."
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    • Yuzuriha and Hyde were apparently very well acquainted when they were younger, to a point where he still thinks of her like an older sister to him. Hyde was very attached to her in their youth and Yuzuriha was equally as affectionate towards her cute little brother figure. Their respective victory dialog against the other has Hyde telling Yuzuriha not to fall asleep outside and catch a cold while if Yuzuriha wins, she expresses how proud she is of how strong Hyde has become.
    • No one would have guessed how close Hyde and Orie were until Chronicle Mode and some research in the Character Q&As shed more light on their friendship. Orie frequently visited Hyde's house after learning that he lived alone to help clean and cook for him. She also frequently helped him study for exams and general schoolwork. What's more, Linne's keen observations judge that the two clearly show interest in the other from body language alone. She also makes an assumption on how such a punk like Hyde met with an honor student like Orie and deduces that Orie's status as a transfer student had Hyde assisted her in getting acclimated to the co-ed school environment. All this and they still end up meeting out in the night and are forced to fight each other where Hyde decides to side with Linne and Orie sides with her loyalties to Licht Kreis.
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    • In Vatista's arcade ending, he compliments her on her strength in battle and invites her to live at his house until the next Hollow Night, after realizing she has nowhere else to go. Then, as pictured above, he then grabs her hand and leads the way, giving Vatista the most emotional reaction she's shown so far.
  • Vatista is also prone to sweet moments, as she is also a surprisingly nice person behind her emotionless persona.
    • In Nanase's arcade mode, Vatista refuses to believe that Nanase's assessment of Hyde is true, and attacks her to keep her from interfering with his goals. Keep in mind that she has only just met Hyde a short while beforehand, and yet was already willing to fight someone on his behalf.
    • Remember the Insulator? The dreaded sword wielded by Hyde that has almost everyone in the Hollow Night out to get him for? Turns out it was created from Vatista's missing wing, which she willingly gave to Kuon for that exact purpose. She'll straight up give part of herself to you if she believes you will use it for a good purpose.
    • Her decision to intervene with Waldstein's mutation into a Void. And how. To elaborate, she's been to known to have rather strict programming that controls the majority of her actions, but it had no control over how she chose to respond to Wald's predicament. So, she consciously chose to give up one of her wings so that Kuon could use it to save him. And it's implied that the human soul within her compelled her to do this. Doing this stripped her of a fraction of her power and left her in an incomplete form, and does this bother her? She doesn't even think anything of it. In short, Vatista willingly gave up some of her power just to save a complete stranger.
  • In Waldstein's arcade ending, he lets an unconscious Linne rest on his arm, carrying her away after defeating Hilda in her stead.
  • In Byakuya's arcade ending, he vows to continue aiding Tsukuyomi in finding the person she's looking for, even after letting it slip that they're not siblings and trying to kill and devour her. What makes him change his mind? He sees a mark on her chest that prompts her to explain to him her true goals; To find a friend of hers she hurt in the past and apologize.
  • Evidently, Mika went through a lot of trouble to travel to Japan and help Orie with the Hollow Night, despite receiving no real orders to do so. Now that's true loyalty.
    • Mika's arcade ending also has Orie spell out just how much trouble there's going to be at headquarters over Mika's attempt to sneak out and find her, and how she's going to have to co-operate very closely to be able to do anything and for them both to make it through the next Hollow Night - predicted to be an extremely dangerous one. Mika's ultimate response? She doesn't care - she's just so happy to be with Orie again that none of the rest of it matters to her at all.
  • Any scene in which Chaos interacts with Gordeau. The two are clearly completely comfortable in each other's presence, with Chaos opening up and smiling more and Gordeau totally dropping his tough-guy act to chat as equals. Friendly Rivalry at its finest.
    • It's also notable that the two even are friendly rivals, considering that Chaos is mostly a Non-Action Guy and borderline Insufferable Genius, while Gordeau is a World's Strongest In-Birth and a goofy manly man. Really shows how much they respect one another, despite their differences.
    • This is amplified further in Chronicle Mode where it's revealed that it was Gordeau who brought Chaos into Amnesia and it also shows how quickly their friendship grew in the span of a couple of months. When Roger was killed, Gordeau sank into a depression and Chaos made it part of his schedule to check in on Gordeau almost every day. Despite Hilda's loud objections to Gordeau taking a break from Amnesia, Chaos completely understood where Gordeau was coming from and agreed to his leave of absence without complaint.
    • Most of Amnesia show similar signs of this. Despite being the leading villainous faction of the organization, and looking like they have absolutely nothing in common, they're a very tight-knit group of friends. Both Gordeau and Chaos, despite voicing their issues with Hilda, can't seem to simply let her risk herself into becoming a void like Roger did with her ambition. Even with their problems with her, they still consider her a friend. Chaos is also friends with Enkidu and the latter is especially empathetic to Gordeau seeing as how someone close to Enkidu passed away without him ever expecting it.
  • Despite his unfortunate predicament, Merkava gets a few of these when he encounters certain characters. Both Chaos and Vatista are intelligent enough to quickly get a grasp of his situation, and rather than freak out or attack him like the others do, they sit down and have a surprisingly civil chat about their respective natures and abilities. Even when his hunger overtakes him and he attacks, they never stop showing the utmost respect for him as a fellow intellectual. And, of course, Hyde's only response to seeing him in the flesh is to geek over how cool he is and try to make conversation.
    • There's also his moment with Londrekia, who can be considered to be, quite possibly, the closest person that Merkava has to a friend. After having a friendly conversation spawned from Londrekia's curiosity, Merkava jokingly steals his luggage and takes it to Licht Kreis HQ, just to save him the trouble of carrying it back down the mountain path. Londrekia also promises to alter his mission report, suggests that Merkava relocates somewhere else in case more teams are sent to look for him and even promises to help him return back to normal should they find a solution to reversing the transformation into a Void. And don't forget that Londrekia was given direct orders to hunt down and kill Merkava.
      • Going even further with this, one of Londrekia's win-quote(s) against Merkava actually has him sparing the Void simply because of his unmoving faith in his lingering humanity.
      Londrekia: "We've only ever spoken once, so I have no obligation to let you go... And yet, I still want to take a chance on the humanity I saw within you. Go, leave at once."
  • Seth has been characterized to be brooding and very laconic in his interactions before Chronicle Mode and nobody expected to see such a difference in character to how he was when he was younger. His Chronicle Mode episode has a segment where we see Seth from 10 years ago, a shy but very determined little boy who encounters a previous incarnation of Linne. Seth's shares his starry-eyed wish to help the poor tortured Princess he heard of in legends almost makes Linne cry after hearing someone so determined to save her after being blamed for all the things she had no part in by the Night Blade itself. Linne even tries to badly cover up the fact that she's the Princess in question and Seth answers that if she were the Princess, he'd take her back home with him so the rest of his family could help her too. In the end, Seth promises to one day save her and he'll be training every day to acquire strength and maybe even fight his father one day to prove it.
    • The younger Seth even mentions how he should get stronger to save her and contemplates training harder to run faster.
  • Everything about Linne and Waldstein's relationship. Waldstein used to be an Executor for Licht Kreis in his mortal years, but was saved by Kuon despite them being on opposing sides. Out of gratitude, Waldstein switched sides from Licht Kreis to Night Blade, and soon found himself in charge of looking after his sister Linne. They go everywhere together, and Waldstein has gone out of his way to raise her again every time she takes over another child's body. He's doting towards her, treats her like a little girl regardless of how old she actually is mentally, tries to make sure she eats healthy, and even suggests that she ties the knot with another boy at some point without really understanding that society's standards for marriage have changed in the centuries they've lived for. It wouldn't be a stretch at this point to call Waldstein Linne's adoptive father, a sentiment he himself firmly believes.

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