- When Storm and the others board the X-Jet after the rescue, she takes control and says for Rogue to let go and that she's proud of her. Small, but powerful.
- Scott and Jean's interaction in an early scene, where it's clear something strange has happened to her powers, she has forebodings of something terrible, and and Scott promises never to let anything happen to her.
- When Dark Cerebro is killing all the mutants, Rogue and Bobby hold each other's hands- ready for death. They don't actually die, though, but still...
- Logan discarding his dog tags in front of Stryker. You can tell by that moment that hes finally decided to focus more on his future than his past and has become a true X-Man.
- Jean's death at the end of the film. While starting the X-Jet with her powers, she talks through Xavier, explaining to Cyclops why she has to do this; he tries to talk her out of it but can't - he even tries to send Kurt to teleport her back in, but he can't either. So, Jean bids them a sad farewell, sends the jet on its way and dies in the ensuing tidal wave. And then, Scott breaks down in Logan's arms- remember their mutual dislike- as he and the team comfort Scott. And then, of course, the scene after when Xavier talks to the two men and all agree they couldn't have stopped her as she made a choice; Logan tells Scott that she did make a choice - him (Logan having multiple times tried to come onto Jean only for her to turn him down each time because she was in love with Scott).
- Xavier's eyes are closed while Jean is speaking through him. After she says goodbye, he opens them, clearly on the verge of weeping. He knows that he is about to lose a gifted student, loyal friend and surrogate daughter. Even before this, when everyone is scrambling to prepare for their escape, Xavier asks for Jean, who snuck out of the plane. The fear, devastation, fatherly concern, and frustration of knowing they cannot stop her, are all conveyed when he laments, "She's outside."
- Kurt telling Ororo how people outside the circus always feared him but how he "didn't hate them. I pitied them. Do you know why? Because most people will never know anything beyond what they see with their own two eyes." He may not have been in it much but Alan Cumming's portrayal of Nightcrawler is perfect.
- Logan and Bobby before Stryker raids the mansion. They have a bit of a heart to heart talk about the women in their lives and how hard it is to be with them. It was especially nice to know they were getting along, when upon first meeting Iceman does a freezing Crushing Handshake on him as if marking his territory around Rogue. Even after killing the first soldier they run into, Logan takes the time to ask if he's alright, knowing full well he just killed a man in front of a kid and knowing an act like that could be traumatizing. Lastly when Bobby confesses to his parents about his mutation, Logan openly stands up for him when the term Mutant Problem is brought up.
- During the attack on the mansion, a soldier sneaks up on Bobby, who is looking out the window. After Logan makes quick work of him, he takes the time to gently ask Bobby-who is, at this point, still a teenager instead of the more-than-capable Iceman we've come to know and love-if he's alright.
- Bobby Drake's cat should be mentioned too as it shows no fear around Wolverine, even licking his claws affectionately. During the part where Bobby freezes his mom's tea, the cat simply licks at it like it's a frozen treat. If this cat could get along with mutants, why not humans?
- John's little smirk after, seals it as well.
- When the team are escaping from Alkali Lake with the children, Artie, one of the students at the museum in the beginning of the film slips in the snow due to his bare feet. Logan immediately picks him up to keep his toes from freezing off.
- There's something heartwarming about Nightcrawler's scenes. He saves Rogue from falling out of the X-Jet, bonds with Storm in multiple scenes, and even tries to save Jean when she steps outside to save the X-Men. It does double as a Tearjerker as well, but he also says a prayer after Jean dies.
Heartwarming / X2: X-Men United