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  • The date in the Golden Saucer gondola to the backdrop of "Interrupted by Fireworks"
    • Another scene, same music: Before leaving the Temple of the Ancients when Cait Sith fortune-tells Cloud and Aerith about their future prospects and then sacrifices himself to help Cloud to get the Black Materia.
  • Everytime Barret talks about Marlene and proves that he, despite being so hot-tempered and even violent, has a soft side, too. That is why this troper thinks he is a likeable nevertheless.
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 Elmyra: "You're her father!? How in the world could you ever leave a child alone like that!?"

Barret: "...please don't start with that. I think about it all the time. What would happen to Marlene, if I... But you gotta understand somethin'... I don't got an answer. I wanna be with Marlene... But I gotta fight. 'Cause if I don't…the planet's gonna die. So I'm gonna keep fightin'! But, I'm worried 'bout Marlene. I really just wanna be with her... always. See? I'm goin' in circles, now."

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  • The scene with Cloud and Tifa underneath the Highwind the night before they go into the final battle with Sephiroth. Even if you hate the Cloud/Tifa ship, it's really just sweet when they both realize that they're the only thing the other one has left... Kind of sad too, but still.
    • Afterward, when Tifa comments on how the Highwind's too big for just two people and how lonely it is, Cloud tells her not to worry, starts doing squats, and say he'll "make a big enough ruckus for everyone". Then of course everyone shows up just afterward.
  • Yuffie despite being the Jerkass of the party, is probably the most broken up over Aeris's death. She actually breaks down in tears in Cloud's arms. Rather touching.
  • Something about Tifa's desperate caring for Cloud in the end sequence when he is on a rock ledge, the whole cavern is falling in, and Tifa is calling and reaching out to try to get him to safety. Followed shortly by another example when the Highwind comes to the rescue (also equals as a Moment of Awesome, of course).
  • Cave of the Gi. You know the scene I mean.
    • "My father was a coward!" "Actually your father is very likely the only reason we're still standing here today."
  • Seto's tears.
    • To this day, I still get a little tingly feeling when Red refers to himself as, "Nanaki, son of Seto!" [1] Seeing the sheer pride he takes in his father gets me every time.
  • If you think of Advent Children as a extra long bonus cutscene after the game's credits then consider:
    • When Cloud's cell is sinking in the forest pool to the tune of that hauntingly beautiful score, it plays this touching message from Aeris: "I never blamed you. Not once. You came for me. That is all that matters."
      • That scene, that beautiful scene, always gets this troper's chest a little bit constricted. Aerith and Cloud, back-to-back, unable to see each other's faces, and yet Aerith is still reaching to take Cloud's hand.... and then Cloud glances half an inch behind him and snaps back to the present. It was so well-done and so subtle, yet the audience never doubted for a second that Aerith missed Cloud just as much as he missed her. Gah... sorry, gotta go cry now.
    • When the whole gang shows up to fight Bahamut.
    • And thisTroper gets chills when Aeris finally turns around and we see her face for the first time. Then to really get the waterworks going she says so sweetly to Cloud, "You see, everything is alright now." (ok, wiping a tear away while writing this)
    • When Cloud has reawakened, the kids are gathering around him, and he's looking embarrassed by all the attention. There is something about the strong SOLDIER and the group of adoring little kids. And he's smiling a little and looking kind of awkward and embarrassed by all the attention, but he looks so happy. And then there's the last two lines of the movie, set against that, with Cloud actually smiling. "I'm not alone."
      • You don't really see Cloud get embarrassed until in the the middle of all that he spots Tifa. And she gives him a very reassuring smile.
    • "There is not a thing I don't cherish."
    • "This is where a hero began his journey." What? No, it's just...you know, something in my eye, that's all...
  • Dirge of Cerberus, while still being criticized, has its moments:
    • Shelke getting her SOUL back.
    • This exchange:
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  Lucrecia: I made so many mistakes and I hurt you so, so much. I'm so sorry... But I'm so happy you survived.

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    • Nero and Weiss' last moments:
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 Nero: (To Hojo) Silence! I'm speaking with my brother.

Hojo: You what?

Nero: Weiss...

Weiss: Nero...

Nero: Let us become one. Let us come together so that none may ever tear us apart. *glomp*

Weiss: Yes, let us... Let us go to him.

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  • The ending. Shelke seems to no longer need mako treatments, and Vincent finally appears to be at peace with himself. He even has a faint but still adorable smile when Shelke meets up with him during the final scene.
  • This troper particularly enjoys the exchange following a decision to give a flower to Marlene.
  • Pricilla. You save her life early on, and if you check up on her you find out she's developed a crush on Cloud. After Cloud goes catatonic and then comes back you can still visit her. She gets mad because "You have to take better care of yourself. We're going to get married some day!" And Cloud rubs his head and apologizes. So cute!
  • YMMV, but in Red XIII/Nanaki's story in On a Way to a Smile, Red XIII is having doubts about himself due to his beast nature fighting with his human like traits, Vincent of all people explains that it's due to his long lived nature and fear of loss, Vincent comforts him and promises that the two of them will meet up once every year for the rest of Red XIII's life, so Red XIII can tell him all about his life and so he won't be alone.

Notes

  1. ...Hell, I just got that feeling while I was typing it out just now.
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