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  • Jean using her powers so Xavier can dance on her wedding day.
  • Jubilee teaching Xavier to rollerblade, when he has the use of his legs for just a few hours. And then pushing him in the lake.
    • Another CMoH (and a bit of a Tear Jerker to boot) comes just a few pages later in that issue — Xavier begins to walk back to his wheelchair, and Jubilee begs whatever higher power's listening to let Xavier to make it back all the way to his wheelchair before he loses the ability to walk again; when she sees he's not going to make it, she quickly rushes to help him the rest of the way.
  • Yet another Jubilee moment, this time from Generation X #6. After an adventure in the Morlock Tunnels against Gene Nation, the team regroups back at Xavier's mansion. They're unwinding and when Skin asks if they can leave, M says that they have to wait for Jubilee. Cut to Jubilee in the woods, looking for Wolverine. He shows up, saying that half of him didn't want her to see him in his semi-feral state (due to Magneto having ripped out his adamantium) while the other half was hoping she'd come to him when he needed her most. As he talks, Jubilee proceeds to cut him off with a hug.
    Jubilee:: Man oh man alive, Wolvie! I turn my back on ya for five minutes and, like—ya totally fall A.P.A.R.T. without me, ya big lug. I knew it was a mistake t'leave ya. But I promise, Logan, I'll NEVER leave ya again.
  • This page from Manifest Destiny is one of the most heartwarming moments ever in Nightcrawler/Shadowcat friendship. Probably doubles as a Tear Jerker.
  • Jubilee seems to be involved with quite a few CMOH. When she tracked down Reno and Molokai, two hitmen who killed her parents, Wolverine convinces her not to kill them. She settles for kicking them both in the balls, and asks Wolverine if this makes her weak. Logan informs her that it doesn't make her weak at all, and may make her one of the strongest people he knows.
  • In a Meaningful Echo of this moment, Jubilee tracks down the man who hired Reno and Molokai, with Generation X hot on her heels, fearing that she'll kill the man because of her time with Wolverine. Jubilee informs them that it's because of her time with Logan that she won't take a life.
  • After losing his adamantium, Wolverine left letters for three of his fellow X-Men. The longest, by far, went to Jubilee.
    • On the subject of Wolverine's letters, the shortest, but no less meaningful, went to Xavier. "Dear Chuck, Lighten up. Your ol' pal, Logan."
  • Doubling as a Moment of Awesome, when Scott and Jean are getting married, Sabertooth thinks of crashing the ceremony. He gets a good swift kick to his rear, and turns to find a warning written in the snow, "Don't Even Think About It." Wolverine may not be in official attendance, but he was still looking out for Jean.
  • Wolverine had one of these when he met "the awesome android assassin Elsie Dee," made to look and programmed to act like a five-year-old girl. She changed her mind about killing him and managed to delay the detonation of the plastique she was packed with, telling him to leave her and get to safety. He refused.
    "...I got a gut feeling that something that can make the decision to sacrifice itself for another creature can't be all machine ... there's gotta be something human in there. And that something is scared and hurtin' and I'm not about to leave it all alone to face the dark."
  • After Destiny's death, Mystique goes to scatter her ashes into the ocean at a specific time and place that Irene had requested in her will. But since Destiny has precognition powers she knew the wind would throw her ashes back at Mystique's face. This is a both Funny Moment for Irene and a Heartwarming Moment for the comic, as Irene wanted Mystique to be able to laugh instead of her constant anger at the world.
  • "Kitty's Fairy Tale," from the early 80s, is an entire issue dedicated to Kitty Pryde telling a bedtime story for Illyana...that is essentially a retelling of the Dark Phoenix Saga, with a Happy Ending. And the rest of the X-Men, including Cyclops, overhear it. The ending is pure sweet.
  • Magneto gets one in #522, when he brings Kitty back from space. "Du bist tsu dar, tzatzkeleh."
    • Any time Magneto acts like Kitty's surrogate father, even in such little ways as scolding her for snacking when she should be studying (this was way back in the eighties, during his first Heel–Face Turn). Becomes a bit of a Tear Jerker when one realizes that he probably acts this way because she reminds him of his deceased daughter.
    • Also due to Magneto, even in full-on villain mode, having a soft spot for her after he very nearly accidentally killed her, leading to a Villainous BSoD and major What Have I Done moment. The next time the two meet, he is visibly overjoyed that she is alive.
  • The moment before Kitty sacrificed herself to phase the space bullet from Earth:
    Kitty: Disappointed, Ms. Frost?
  • Cyclops had two, on two separate occasions, with the same dialogue in completely different contexts. The first time was when Jean Grey was brought back to herself in the penultimate chapter of the Dark Phoenix Saga, and the second was after Madelyne Pryor was rescued from Mastermind and resuscitated after nearly drowning.
    "Hi, yourself."
  • Wolverine telling X-23 that he wants to officially adopt her as his daughter, while at an amusement park no less.
  • Jubilee and X-23 are at the Eiffel Tower after an adventure. Jubilee explains to her that friends look out for one another just like family and that X-23 has a family that she can talk to now. When X-23 expresses worry that she'd have things that she wouldn't know how to put into words Jubilee responds by telling her that words are overrated and that if she wants they'll just pick up the phone and be quiet together. She then gives a small speech about being alive and embracing life, both the good and the bad, because that's what being alive is all about. She then happily jumps off the Eiffel Tower and the normally stoic X-23 finally smiles before following her lead.
  • In "Wolverine and the X-Men" #10, we have Angel lying to Genesis, telling him that he sees only good in him when in all reality he sees a shadow of Apocalypse. Before this, Angel doesn't seem to have it in him to lie, as he's so innocent. Seeing him lie to protect his new friend's feelings made readers almost shed a tear, especially considering just how cruel other students and faculty were treating Evan.
  • During Chris Claremont's initial run on the book, the X-Men were a close-knit family. Any time a new member joined that family and was accepted into it (not necessarily at the same time as they joined), WAF Fs were sure to abound. Examples include Kitty Pryde being invited to join in a celebration after an adventure on Nightcrawler's birthday, Psylocke being welcome with warm smiles and approval after holding her own against Sabretooth, and Rogue finally being accepted after a shaky start by Storm allowing her to touch her and borrow her abilities so she could see through her eyes.
  • In All-New X-Men #12 the time-displaced Original X-Men meet the Uncanny Avengers. Most of it is the standard posturing and threats... but meanwhile there's the pure, honest, delight of Young Cyclops finding out that his little brother is alive and healthy and an Avenger, and Havok's equal joy at getting to see his brother at his best, before he became a ruthlessly pragmatic semi-villain. Everybody else parts with anger and suspicion; they part with a hug.
  • At the end of the Emplate arc of X-Men Legacy, Rogue accepts Cyclops' job offer of becoming something of a student councilor and Scott, to welcome her back, heads to Logan's room so they can have a drink to celebrate. And like that, we remember why he's really in charge.
  • After months of it being shown that almost every single person in the Marvel Universe hates Cyclops now. We have a scene where Teen!Scott (thinking about committing suicide) asks Bruce Banner how he keeps going despite the threat of hurting people. Bruce outright tells him that he still thinks that Adult!Cyke is a hero. After everything it's nice to see someone who is obviously good being complimentary of Cyclops.
  • From Wolverine #147, Archangel finds Abraham Kieros aka the first War, heals him, and allows him to walk again.
    Abraham: " Archangel...? I don't know how you did it. But I can finally start to move. I think I'll be able to walk! I don't know what have I done to deserve this, but thanks... Thanks for giving me hope again."
  • After Jean Grey first becomes the Phoenix, Wolverine (who up to that point had just been a bad-tempered jerk) goes and buys her flowers while she's in the hospital. Turns into a Funny Moment when he finds the other X-Men beat him to the punch, and promptly tosses the flowers in the trash.
  • Wolverine and Nightcrawler's entire friendship is filled to the brim with heartwarming moments (sometimes it seemed like he saved all his goodwill solely for the Elf), but one of the best is their reunion in Amazing X-Men #4 after Kurt's death and revival.
    Wolverine: (crawling through the snow and slowly freezing) You were right, Elf.Damn your blue hide, you were right... (collapses) Ugh, can't die yet... Not 'til I find Kurt... Not 'til I... Save him...
    Nightcrawler: I hope you weren't planning on dying out here, mein fruend, not when we've whiskey to be drunk and pirates to be stabbed.
    Wolverine: (hugs him)
  • In Amazing X-Men #6 In a celebration welcoming Nightcrawler back from the dead in a local bar, Cyclops and his team come to the bar. While most people on Logan's side now see Scott as the guy who killed Professor Xavier, Kurt (who in the afterlife, was told by Xavier himself that Scott killed him) embraces his friend and says that just for the night they should "pretend we're still a family."
  • In X-Men: Gold #20, the team was stranded on a barren planet, and Kitty found herself protecting a badly injured Peter. After the team made their way home and Peter recovered from his injuries:
    Peter: I told you to leave me behind.
    Kitty: Yeah. Didn't listen. Actually it gave me a bit of clarity. I realized that I'm never to leave you. So I gotta ask, is that offer still good?
    Peter: What do you mean?
    Kitty: What I mean is, Piotr Nikolaevich Rasputin, will you marry me?
  • Rogue and Gambit's wedding, in Mr. and Mrs. X. The girls all pitch in with various thing for Rogues to fulfill the old "something old, something new, something borrowed, something new" rhyme. Psylocke gives her a set of antique earrings, Jean uses her powers to telekinetic-ally create a bouquet of newly picked flowers, Kitty lets her borrow her veil (from the wedding she ran from), but the clincher has to be the "something blue". Mystique reveals herself and offers herself to be the "something blue". While most of the team are wary, Rogue just goes ahead and hugs her adoptive mother, who states she's only there to share in her daughters special day, and promises not to ruin it.

  • Sabretooth has had a few of these.
    • His relationship with his mother, when we learned he cared for her into old age & put her in the country's best nursing home when she got cancer. He'd visit her every two weeks to bring expensive gifts & spend his time catering to her.
    • There's also his relationship with Bonnie, whom he saves & spends the night with. She's very fond of him, which he seems touched by. While she's being hunted, he vows to keep her safe & with him. He ends up having to mercy kill her, but still went after the soldiers hunting her to avenge her death.
    • Recently, his relationship to Monet has given a few of these. After she's possessed by her brother, she has to feed on mutants. Sabretooth goes to her room to tell her she can feed on him whenever she needs to & her secret is safe with him. He ran away with her after they quit Magneto's X-Men, but separated somehow. They have reunited recently and it seems as though Creed left her at some point, and we see his guilt over it in issue 24 of Weapon X (2017). He apologizes to Monet, saying she was one of the few people to treat him decently & work with him when nobody else trusted him, but when she got in trouble, he wasn't there for her. The look he gives her shows how serious he is, and hurt at what he feels was a betrayal to her.
  • During the Eve of Destruction arc, when Wolverine and Cyclops stand alone against Magneto and the entire army of Genosha, Wolverines narration shows how much he truly respect his rival (translating from the Swedish edition):
    Wolverine: Sure, me and Cyclops has had our fair share of fights, but an ol' warhorse like me knows a good leader when he sees one. And Scott Summers? I'd follow him to hell!

    The 90s Animated Series 
  • The ending of the season one finale has a number of such points, all conglomerating in one big Heartwarming Moment.
    • Most memorably the scene where the X-Men are deciding whether or not to rescue Senator Kelly.
      Jubilee: What's anybody waiting for? He needs us!
      Wolverine: Sit down kid, you're not goin'.
      Jubilee: (through tears) I'm not a little kid anymore! I'm one of you, one of the X-Men, and it means more to me than anything else in the world!
      Wolverine: Yeah, that's what it means to me too.
    • After having been gone so long Rogue is worried, Gambit appears, exhausted but unhurt, behind Cyclops.
      Gambit: I t'ink maybe you miss me, eh?
      Rogue: (covers his mouth with her hand and kisses the back of her hand) Ah hate you!
      (Hugs him)
      Gambit: I don' understan' dis woman.
    • Xavier, piloting the Blackbird, has been shot down and is about to crash...when suddenly the plane halts in midair. Magneto holds the plane casually aloft with his powers, laying waste to Sentinels with a gesture of his other hand.
      Magneto: Did you think I'd let you die alone, Xavier?
  • Gambit and Rogue finally admitting how they feel in the finale of season two.
  • The series finale. Magneto is poised to take control of a giant mutant army. The X-Men arrive and ask him to go to Charles since Magneto is the only one who can save him.
    Jean Grey: How much do you love Charles Xavier?
    Magneto: How dare you ask me such a question! He was my only equal. I owe him my life!
    Jean Grey: What would you do if you knew you were the only one on Earth who could save his life?
    Magneto: Do not play games with me!
    Jean Grey: Listen to me. A telepathic message to Lilandra is Xavier's only hope. You may be able to supercharge his mind just like you did mine. His brainwaves are electromagnetic.
    Magneto: You lie to torture me. My legions await my command pledging body and soul to me. With a single word I can remake the world. I can not leave.
    Cyclops: You know what you should do.
    Magneto: Why now? My greatest enemy; and perhaps my only friend. But I have waited all my life for this moment!
    Cyclops: Wouldn't he do it for you?
    (Cut to Xavier's bedside)
    Xavier: Hello, Magnus. Surely you have more impressing business than nursing an old friend.
    Magneto: Nothing more important.
    Xavier: Thank you. It seems I have quite an audience. Thank you all. I'm grateful to have the chance, to say goodbye.
    • Then there's the scene just before Xavier leaves:
      Xavier: Morph, it's nice to see you home. In facing your fears, you have proven yourself truly an X-Man. Gambit, how often must the scoundrel prove himself a hero, before he believes it himself? Jubilee; You are the future. When I look at your face, I see hope. beautiful Storm. Mighty as a hurricane, gentle as a summer rain. You honor me with your friendship. Wolverine; Loner: you have found a family. Wild savage: you have found dignity. Cynic: you have found faith. Rogue; unable to touch, yet look around you. You will find that you have touched us all. Jean, first in my heart. Your courage allowed you to see things no other human ever has, yet remain the same innocent child I met so very long ago. (grimaces in pain)
      Beast: Is there anything I can do, Charles?
      Xavier: The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel."
      Xavier: Scott...were I your father, I would tell you that no truer son could ever be. I am proud, proud of you all, my X-Men.
  • Wolverine goes through the absolute worst day of his life, finding out that the little he does remember is fake. Silver Fox rejects him, saying that they never dated in real lifenote . The Weapon X base gets destroyed, eliminating any clues to his actual past. At the end of the episode, Wolverine laments that nothing he knew is real, but Beast says "I and the rest of the X-Men are real."
    Wolverine: What does it all mean Hank? I came here to find answers, but now I know less than I did before...can't even trust my own memories.
    Beast: I have no simple solution for you Logan, but the X-Men and I are here for you now. Those are real memories... ones I know you can trust. Come on now... let's go home.
    • Speaking of Wolverine, even though it goes downhill for him later on the episode where he spends time with an Inuit tribe, just because he's so damn HAPPY for once, not brooding over Jean or his past or all the people who want him dead...he's finally just unreservedly happy. The Sabertooth has to show up and screw it all up like the dick he is.
  • In "Repo-Man" after Heather and James Hudson found and tranquillized a savage Wolverine who had broken out of the Weapon X complex and was in a berserker-like state, they take him back to their cabin. Wolverine regains consciousness and attacks Heather again before breaking down in tears over what had happened to him. Heather embraces him while telling him it will be alright, in the months that followed Heather and James helped Wolverine adjust to civil life and restore his sanity.
    Logan: "You've helped me...more than I can say."
    James Hudson: "Believe me my friend, it was our pleasure."
    • From the same episode, the other members of Alpha Flight, upon learning they were duped and the government wasn't going to get Wolverine to join up with them again like they were told, immediately come storming into the lab to save Wolverine from the mad general who wants to vivisect him. They don't care that he left them for another team or they haven't seen him for years, he's still their friend.
    • Upon trying to get away, Wolverine nearly killed Hudson who tried to stop him from leaving them again. But Heather begged not to, for her. So he does, but with a warning to the rest of Alpha Flight to never find him again.
  • In "The Lotus and the Steel", Wolverine takes a 10-Minute Retirement from the X-Men to travel to Japan after his berserker rages nearly sets off while driving in a motorway. Jubilee, who was with him, feels responsible and hijacks one of the gliders to follow him. When Wolvie sees her again, he reassures her that none of it was her fault, and that he just needed to sort out his issues himself.
  • Rogue frequently laments how she can't touch anyone without killing them. Most of the X-Men have chosen not to acknowledge her self-pity, or to indulge it. Beast's response is to try to make her smile.
    Beast: You were lucky. I had dandruff.
  • The Christmas Episode.
  • The Beast's relationship with his patient Carly has some heartwarming moments, such as when she quickly accepts his appearance after becoming able to see. Also, a signed picture of Carly is seen on the Beast's desk in a later episode, suggesting that the two of them kept in touch even after finding it too dangerous for them to have a romantic relationship.
    • It's her reaction to Beast being the first person she ever sees:
      Carly: You're...beautiful
      Beast: So are you.
    • Then there's this exchange between Jean and Hank when he laments that the fact he is a mutant is preventing him from seeing Carly. Jean comforts him, and immediately could tell what was wrong without Hank mentioning a word (without even reading his mind), showing how close two of the first X-Men are to each other, and how tightly knit the X-Men are as a whole.
    Jean: It's Carly, isn't it?
    Beast: Why did this happen to me? Why couldn't I be normal? It's not fair.
    Jean: We must think of how our gifts can help the world.
    Beast: Gifts? I can't be close around any human. I can't take the risk of endangering them. My parents, my brothers and sisters, and now — now the woman I love.
    Jean: Hank, I had no idea she meant this much to you.
    Beast: It was so much easier when I was consumed by my work. I could pretend that what people thought of me didn't matter.
    Jean: How does she feel about you?
    Beast: I think... that she cares about me.
    Jean: Hank, that's wonderful!
    Beast: No! I can't allow her to be with me! It's too dangerous.
    Jean: You have to let her decide to take that risk. Talk to her, Hank. Give her that chance.
    • A small one compared to the rest of that episode, but Carly's father getting over his hatred of mutants to thank Hank for saving his daughter, and restoring a bit of Beast's lost faith in humanity that things can change.
  • Wolverine and Nightcrawler have an intense debate about the existence of God. Wolverine's intense cynicism versus Nightcrawler's preaching beliefs. Wolverine doesn't appear to buy it. Then in the final moments of the episode he is seen praying very sincerely in a church. It's so heartwarming that Rogue tears up at the sight.
    • Nightcrawler overall seems to have made quite the impression on Logan. When he decides to fly off to Japan to get his head together, he remembers his example to Tame His Anger.
  • In "Till Death Do Us Part, Part 2," after Morph steals a minijet and flies off.
    Wolverine: Morph, no! Come back!
    Beast: Let him go, Wolverine. Morph may be afraid of what he would do if he stayed with us. He must learn to deal with what he has become.
    Wolverine: He's my friend. He's the only one who could ever make me laugh. I'm not gonna desert him this time.
  • A small moment in "Juggernaut Returns," as Xavier summons the scattered team to deal with the current threat. We see that Cyclops and Wolverine were at Muir Island, visiting a recovering Morph.
    • And the ending, where Juggernaut decides to give up the fight.
      Xavier: He chose not to continue his attack. I believe that is his way of saying thank you.
  • The climax of "Sanctuary, Part 2," where Xavier asks Magneto to return to Earth with him. Back on Earth:
    Amelia: Why did you offer to save Magneto?
    Xavier: He is my friend. Nothing can ever change that.
  • After Storm has fallen unconscious from stopping Magneto's nuclear missiles, Wolverine actually calls Cyclops "buddy". A small moment, but given how the two usually interact, it's still worth noting.
    • There's also that Wolverine caught Storm as she was falling. Very minor qualification for Ship Tease, but it's worth noting that they are married in an alternate timeline.
  • A bit of an odd choice, perhaps, but Rogue's frantic concern over Gambit's safety in the "Sanctuary" two-parter shows how much she does care for him, despite their issues.
  • In "A Rogue's Tale," Rogue regains all of her memories from before she joined the X-Men—particularly being used by Mystique against Ms. Marvel. After absorbing Ms. Marvel's mind, she runs away from home.
    Rogue: [narrating] And that's when he called out to me.
    Xavier: Mutant. Mutant. I feel your pain. Let me help you.
  • "X-Ternally Yours" hits Gambit pretty hard—ending with him severing all ties to Belle, his brother, and everything else he knew. As he sits on the mansion's steps all depressed, Rogue joins him. Rogue herself shows genuine concern and care for Gambit throughout the episode, even while he is absent. Responding with threats and angry barbs whenever he is mocked by Wolverine.
  • "Xavier Remembers" ends with Xavier realizing that the Shadow King's actually gave him a priceless gift:
    "Yes, he forced me to think through why I formed the X-Men and why we fight for our ideals and for each other. In short, why I live. For that, I will always be grateful."
  • In the Whole Episode Flashback "Descent", detailing the origin of Mister Sinister, as dark as the episode was, we see one glimmer of hope when Dr. James Xavier one of the ancestors of Professor X, comes across one of Essex's mutant test subjects in a church: lonely, confused, and afraid, begging God for forgiveness believing that his abilities came from the Devil. It turns out that he was just a poor young man from Ireland who came for work after a famine, but he had the terrible luck to run into Dr. Essex. He understandably panics when Xavier announces he's a doctor himself, but Xavier insists he's nothing like Essex, and only wants to help him. Xavier confronts an angry mob and defends the man — saying while he is indeed different, he is as human as the rest of them. It's easy to see where Professor X's courage and compassion comes from.
  • In "The Phalanx Covenant, Part 2," Magneto is approached by the group to help save the world. However, he's depressed over the loss of Asteroid M and doesn't care what happens. He changes his tune when he says Quicksilver is among the Phalanx's victims.
    • When the crisis is over, Xavier is idealistic about mutants who previously wouldn't work together joining forces to save the world. Magneto is far more cynical—saying everyone only acted in self-interest.
      Xavier: Even if you have given up hope for yourself, Magnus, there are reasons to work for a better future. Here comes one now.
      [Quicksilver walks up]
      Magneto: Pietro! Thank God you're safe. [hugs him]
  • A hobo (actually a de-powered Sauron) begs Wolverine for help. You'd expect Wolvie to brush him off rudely, but he actually reached for his wallet to give him some change.

  • Episode 4, the first thing Hisako's best friend Kyoko does when she sees her again? She gives her a crushing Bear Hug.
    Kyoko: Your back! It's really true!
    Hisako: (finding it a little hard to breath) It's good to see you to Kyoko.
    • Perhaps the best part? Kyoko's no fellow mutant, just a friend.
  • Episode 5, after Emma allows the X-Men to see her past, Scott extends the olive branch and apologizes for his hostile attitude.
    Scott: I've been out of line. Sorry, Emma (holds out a hand, which Emma takes).
  • By the end of episode 7, Scott and Emma have reconciled completely thanks to Scott allowing her into his mind to learn what happened the day Jean died. They even smile at each other for the first time in the series.
    Scott: Well, don't tell anyone. But I'm starting to think you're not half as bad as you seem.
  • Episode 12, the moment when Jean Grey's ghost briefly reappears and saves her fellow X-Men one last time. She also tells Scott she loves him and to move on from his grief.
    • When Yui tries to kill herself for all the horrible things she'd done. Takeo's ghost/spirit/mental energies stops her. He then shows her and Xavier a vision of the three of them holding hands. His way of telling her to live, and find a reason to be happy again.



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