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  • From the very first volume: Naruto's tears as he hears Iruka say that he doesn't just see Naruto as the demon fox. Just Iruka's line: "He is Naruto Uzumaki... of the Village Hidden in The Leaves!" Cue Naruto sobbing like a little girl.
  • After a truly epic fight scene between Naruto and Gaara, when both lie on the ground absolutely powerless, and Gaara muttering on how he will not allow himself to cease existing (having been established earlier that Gaara kills others to validate his existing), Naruto actually crawls while using only his chin to move, while telling Gaara that he can see where he's coming from and understands what he's gone through (as we are treated flashbacks of both of the characters' cruel past) but that he could never let anyone hurt his Nakama, and as Gaara screams at him in rage at how much he's willing to sacrifice for strangers, Naruto replies they're everything to him. Eventually Sasuke intervenes and lets Naruto know Gaara's already completely powerless, at which point Naruto finally stops crawling. Gaara's teammates show up and pick him up, at which point Gaara says (and bear in mind that up until this point he treated his teammates like complete trash and threatened to kill them regularly, while meaning it): "Temari... Kankurou... I'm sorry". Thus signaling his first step to understanding that The Power of Friendship is what truly validates one's existence, and marking the first step in his Heel Face Turn.
    • Note that Gaara's teammates who he previously treated so badly are also his siblings. Who lived in fear that Gaara would kill them too. And all Kankuro can say is, "Don't worry about it." D'AWWW
  • There's another one at the end of the first Shippuuden arc. Gaara, after being resurrected, (and after we've been treated to several dream scenes of him and Naruto where he was crying and lonely and Naruto runs up to him) wakes up to to realize he's surrounded not only by the Konoha ninja who rescued him, but by his family and several Suna ninja have come to rescue him. The look on his face is priceless. Then, to make it cuter, two Suna girls fangirl over him and Temari blocks their way. Squee!
    • What about the person who brought Gaara back? No heartwarming for her renewed faith?
    • To This Troper, the most heartwarming part wasn't that, but the episode where Kankuro rushes out to rescue Gaara with little regard for his own safety. Remember, three years ago, he lived in mortal fear of the guy. Now he's risking life and limb to save his beloved brother.
    • He provides two more over the next few days (in the story timeline).
      • When he asks Naruto to "Please save my brother!".
      • During the emergency meeting, when he says this to someone who is not too fond of Gaara: "I dare you to say one more word about Gaara!".
    • At the end of the same arc right before the Kohona nin are leaving Gaara uses his sand to lift Naruto's hand to his for a handshake. This troper but can't help but smile at that.
  • I dunno what it is, I don't even remember if it was anime only, but it's a Konohamaru scene oddly enough. When he mentions he wants to be the 7th Hokage and everyone's curious. I mean, Tsunade's the fifth so what, can't this kid count? I wanna be the 7th, after Naruto. Awww.
  • There's been one recently, too. "Hawk", who for all intents and purposes just joined as allies of convenience, honestly begin respecting each other, saving each other, and protecting each other. And this is the group led by Sasuke of all people!
    • His first "Amaterasu" was sparked by wanting to protect his new team and the memory of his old team. He may divide the fanbase and may have crossed the Moral Event Horizon but that was a touching moment.
      • Turned Tear Jerker with Sasuke abandoning two of them and later trying to kill Karen because she's no longer useful. Moral Event Horizon all over again. How many can one guy cross and still have fangirls?
  • There was another much more recently. From the very beginning of the show, Naruto's entire purpose in becoming the Hokage is to gain respect from an entire town that hates and ignores him. Later, these same people are willing to give their lives to protect his whereabouts from the Big Bad, followed by a touching montage of how their views of him have changed as he continually puts his life on the line to help them.
    • The best part of that in my opinion was when Konohamaru nearly was nearly killed by Pain, Ebisu drew his attention to himself so that Konohamaru could escape. When Pain asked him for Naruto's location, Ebisu, having come to think highly of Naruto, refused at the risk of his life. This quote says it all.

  Ebisu: Naruto is a precious member of Konoha! I wouldn't tell you damn Akatsuki a thing!

    • Which also makes the eariler scene with the two nameless ninja said pretty much the exact same thing even more Tear Jerker since the Big Bad does indeed kill them after they refuse to divulge Naruto's whereabouts.
  • Chapter 416. Naruto is reading Jiraiya's book: The Legend of the Gutsy Ninja, where he has a flashback to when he was training with Jiraiya during the timeskip. The two are bickering about Jiraiya's books:

 Jiraiya: [in flashback] But I haven't given up yet, I'm going to change the world with my books!

Naruto: Those books that no one buys?

Jiraiya: Fool! They'll become bestsellers soon enough, then you'll be begging for my autograph, but I won't give it to you!

Naruto: What would I want with that?

Naruto: while reading Jiraiya's book, (thinking) I've got something more important.

  • Speaking of Jiraiya, this troper always finds Jiraiya's death a lovely combination of Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and Tearjerker. The reason, we get to see Naruto's parents in the flesh and together for the first time (well we saw the Fourth in the Gaiden but still...). They give Jiraiya a pat on the back when we find out both how Naruto got his name and why he loves Ramen. But nicest bit it when Jiraiya says that both of them would have been proud to see their kid as he is today (it also ties in with the book scene above).

 Jiraiya: Naruto, now that I think about it, you're just like that novel's main character. You inherited Minato and Kushina's wishes... their hopes.

    • Even more so when you remember that 'The tale of the gutsy ninja!' is based on Jiraya's own life and the main character is based on him.
    • Another solid dose of heartwarming is while dying, Jiraiya considers his life a waste due to his many failures until he remembers his words to Orochimaru about Naruto's determination making him a good ninja and says a student's path should be the master's too. He then wills his heart beating again and gives Fukasaku the key to beating Pain before being hit by Asura Path's missile. This time, as he dies, he considers it a much better death and thinks about his book.

 Jiraiya: Now, I suppose it's about time I put down my pen. Oh... that's right... What should I name the sequel? I wonder... let's see... The Tale of Naruto Uzumaki. Yes, that has a nice ring to it.

  • One of the first ones, between Zabuza and Haku. Haku has just died to protect Zabuza, and he tried to CUT THROUGH HAKU'S BODY to reach Kakashi. Gato, the one who hired Zabuza, shows up with a bunch of thugs and declares their deal off. He sees Haku (who broke his arm) lying dead on the ground, and KICKS HIM IN THE FACE. Naruto gets pissed off, asking Zabuza if he cared. Zabuza replies that Haku was just his tool. Cue long speech from Naruto, telling Zabuza, "Why you... you ungrateful... after everything he did for you... Haku lived for you! You were the most important thing in the world to him, and he meant nothing to you?! Nothing at all?! While he was sacrificing everything for you, you felt nothing at all to him?!". Zabuza replies, "You talk too much." He looks up and we see that he is crying. "Your words cut deep, deeper than any blade." He goes on to mention how shinobi are supposed to be able to kill their emotions, and how he seems to have failed. He asks Naruto for a kunai, which he catches WITH HIS MOUTH, as both of his arms were paralyzed by Kakashi, and dashes STRAIGHT THROUGH GATO'S CRONIES, taking multiple stab wounds, until hitting Gato with the kunai, and being stabbed multiple more times. Gato screams, seeing Zabuza for the "demon" he is and RIPS GATO'S HEAD OFF WITH THE KUNAI. The other cronies turn tail and run once the entire village, led by Inari, show up. Zabuza's last request to Kakashi is to be put by Haku's side. It starts snowing, and Zabuza silently asks, "Is it you, Haku? Are you weeping? You were always at my side. The least I can do is to be beside you at the end. I know I cannot be, but I wish I could go to where you have gone...How I wish I could join you there...Haku..." and dies while brushing Haku's face, and we see a bit of snow fall on Haku's face and melting, looking like one last tear drop. Naruto has tears pouring down his face, and mentions that, where Haku is from, "it was always snowing." Kakashi then replies, "Of course, his spirit was as pure as the snow. You never know, Zabuza. Maybe you will join him there; who's to say?" This troper cries everytime he sees this scene, and teared up while writing this.
    • It's not just that - Haku is made of this trope. His backstory is another tearjerker, especially his relationship with Zabuza. His own dream (bear in mind that every other ninja in Naruto has one) is nothing but to make Zabuza's dreams come true. He knows he's a tool, and he doesn't care - because Zabuza gave him his reason to keep on living, after he had lost everything. When he is defeated by Naruto, he wants to die, because it means he's no longer useful to Zabuza. Also, this troper was particularly tearjerked by Zabuza's words to Gatou as he's slicing him with the kunai he's holding between his teeth. (paraphrased)

 Gatou: You crazy fool! If you're so eager to join your friend, go ahead, but you're not taking me...not this time!

Zabuza: I won't be joining Haku. Where he's gone I cannot follow. We wouldn't be welcome where Haku's gone to. Hell's where we're going, Gatou!

    • The effect is amplified if you had previously seen a similar scene in Rurouni Kenshin where the Kirk Summation had no effect on Shishio.
      • On a side note, both Shishio and Zabuza are voiced by Steve Blum.
    • And even Kakashi went teary-eyed during this scene...
    • This event was later revisited when Haku and Zabuza were forcibly resurrected. Kakashi revealed that even though Zabuza had been about the cut Haku's corpse in half, for a brief moment he had hesitated. For a battle-hardened shinobi who was trained to know no emotion, this spoke more about his feelings for Haku than any spoken confession.
  • In chapter 437, Hinata Hyuuga rushes Pein, and Naruto, who is down for the count, tells her to GTFO or Pain'll kill her. She responds that she's not afraid to die protecting him... because she loves him. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome
    • Even better in the anime where we get to see flashbacks as she is deciding to save him and as she confesses her feelings. She is actually somewhat effective, it also lampshades Can't Catch Up- as despite the differences in her and Naruto's power she is the only one who stands beside him, stating that she wanted to stand side by side with him.
    • Near the end, Hinata uses whatever strength and determination she has left to crawl over to Naruto and attempt to remove the spike impaling his hands. Pain asks her why she refuses to leave Naruto alone despite the fact that Pain will kill her, and she replies with the exact same words as Naruto. What happens next... belongs in another page.
  • Chapter 450, page 2. Naruto is carried back to Konoha by Kakashi to find -everyone- out cheering for him. He has finally achieved his dream of being accepted by the village.
    • Not to mention gets a hug from his long-time crush, though it is revealed in later episodes that he's gotten over her and she only thinks of him as a friend.
      • The anime episode of these scenes induced Manly Tears in this viewer even though he was sure it wouldn't. It's hard to pinpoint a specific moment: the kids rushing up to ask Naruto questions, the flashbacks showing the village's changing opinion of Naruto as he grows as a ninja or Sakura's smack on the head-turned-embrace ("You're always so reckless...") for Naruto, but the staff nailed this to the wall. Our little prankster grew up right before our eyes.
      • Here's a link for your viewing convenience.
  • Sasuke's flashback during his first major battle with Naruto. After bending over backwards for years to get his father's attention but always being overlooked in favor of his brother Itachi, Sasuke finally gains his father's respect when he masters the Fireball Justsu.

 Fugaku Uchiha: Now, then. That's my boy. You've done well. Work hard and you're bound to soar high and bring honor to that crest you wear on your back.

Young Sasuske: I will!

Fugaku Uchiha: From now on, walk your own path. Not in the footsteps of your brother.

  • How has Naruto finally meeting with his dad, the Fourth Hokage, not been mentioned yet? Specifically Naruto's expression after learning that Minato was his dad and Minato telling Naruto he believed in him.
    • Even more touching is his last words to Naruto before restoring the seal: "I know you can do it; I have faith in you."
  • I don't know about any of you guys, but this troper literally shed tears when Sasuke remembered that on the night of the massacre he saw Itachi crying.
    • Also can't forget the part where Itachi poked Sasuke's forehead before he dies saying 'sorry but this is the last time.'
  • Chapter 485 has a scene where Sasuke told Naruto to shut up after the latter told him he understood the reason behind his actions. In response, Sakura gets pissed and defends Naruto with "No matter what horrible things we've heard about you, Sasuke, Naruto's always thought of you as a friend! He still does..." It's heartwarming for this troper especially when you consider Part I where Sakura would put Naruto down and speak highly of Sasuke. It just goes to show how positively her character has developed.
  • Naruto Shippuden 153: Naruto is depressed because of Jiraiya's death. While wandering at night, he meets Iruka who talks with him "Lord Jiraiya only had praises for you, he was always boasting about you, saying you were like his grandchild. He had faith that you were the one who would inherit his will and truly believed you would one become a great Hokage. Lord Jiraiya will always watch over you." This monologue brought this troper to tears.
    • Then comes Shikamaru : "So don't you think it's about time for us to step up? Time for us to be the one who entrust. You will eventually be the one treating to ramen and you'll be called Naruto-Sensei or something. We can't stay brats forever. If we wanna become badass ninjas like Asuma or Jiraiya, that is.". Manly Tears indeed!
  • Naruto Shippuden 152: Naruto meets up with Itachi who asks why he showed so much interest in Sasuke, a traitor to Konoha. Naruto replied that he was more of a brother to Sasuke than Itachi had ever been, and that he would do whatever it took to bring Sasuke home. Itachi then asks if he would always feel that way, even if Sasuke attacked Konoha. Naruto replied only that, if that happened, he would stop Sasuke without killing him and protect the village. Itachi's smile at the end of that was lovely; it also means that he entrusts his goal of protecting Sasuke to Naruto and is grateful at Naruto for his devotion to help Sasuke. It was just so heartbreaking to see Itachi give a genuine smile in response to Naruto's determination and kind-heartedness. Made all the more heartbreaking because Itachi was gonna die soon after that too.
  • When Asuma's ghost appears behind Shikamaru as he throws his lighter at Hidan.
  • In chapter 486 Naruto tells Sasuke that he'll bear the burden of his hatred and they'll die together the next time they fight. Sasuke asks Naruto why he cares about him so much and Naruto responds by smiling and saying "Because I'm your friend." Sasuke's reaction to this line makes it all the more heartwarming and teardrop-inducing.
  • Chapter 488: Shizune crying when Tsunade wakes up from her coma, and then hugging her.
    • "Shizune... You're squeezing too hard..."
  • Kakashi saving Iruka's life from Deva Path Pain, as the latter struggled to help a fallen comrade.
  • Kakashi meeting his father in the afterlife. Especially his father's remark about how now that he's talked to Kakashi, he can leave limbo and join Kakashi's mother.
  • Chapter 448, including Volume 48's content.

 Naruto: My name is a precious heirloom from pervy sage! I can't just give up and sully my master's gift! I will be Hokage! And I will bring peace to Amekagure! So please believe in me!

Pain: ... Why should I? How can you vow that you would not change? Do you really trust yourself not to change no matter how much pain befalls you? Can you guarantee it? Can you yourself trust in that vow?

Naruto: If the main charcter were to change, it would be a different story. It would become something other than the book our teacher left behind. And the main charcter wouldn't be Naruto! I can't write novels like master... so... any sequel has to come come from life I live... which is why no matter how much it hurts... I gotta keep walking... Because that's who Naruto is!

Pain (After several flashbacks): I said to you earlier that we are sibling disciples you and I... Students of the same sensei, who ought to be able to understand each other... I meant it as a joke. You are a curious fellow... you remind me of my younger self...

Konan: Nagato...

Pain: I wasn't able to keep believing in Jiraiya. Or even... in myself... But... you give me a vision of a future that shows a different path from the one I've walked... I think I shall... believe in you... Uzumaki Naruto...

  • Chapter 497 Naruto being filled with the Kyuubi hatred, and is pretty much losing, even though he was able to conquer his own last time. Kushina appears and says (the words he probally wanted to hear all his life) "No...you can stay here, Naruto." The ending quip sums it up nicely. "At the bottoms of the Kyuubi's hatreds...Naruto found his mother!"
    • Taken to Up to Eleven in the following chapter when Naruto realizes Kushina is actually his mother, cries as he hugs her, and has a chat with her about things, which includes them laughing together and Kushina telling Naruto about how she came to fall in love with Minato. At the end of the chapter she tells Naruto she loves him and Naruto gives an adorable smile in response.
      • The aforementioned love story between Minato and Kushina which involves a Big Damn Heroes moment not unlike that of Nagi and Arika simply overflows with Squee.
      • Also? Naruto apparently got his Verbal Tic from Mom: "Oh, you said -ttebane! You're excited!" "MORE LIKE FLUSTERED -TTEBANE!" "You said it again!"
      • Also, Naruto doesn't need Kushina to finish her sentences to know what's going on. Genre Savvy + Mother-Child-Bond= Squee.
  • During the fight between Gaara and Deidara in Shippuden. You can actually hear the Sand villagers cheering for Gaara as he fights, showing that he has gone from a feared pariah to a well-loved figure.
  • Chapter 501: The chapter cover featuring Baby Sasuke and Baby Naruto. That is all.
  • I'm surprised no one's mentioned Chouji's fight with Jirobou, which also doubled as a Crowning Moment of Awesome when he laid the final blow following this speech:

 Chouji: He was my best friend, and you insulted him! How dare you. You can steal the very last bite of my very best food, you can mock me all you want, but when you insult my best friend, I will obliterate you!

    • That scene showed just how loyal Chouji is to Shikamaru, made all the more heartwarming during his flashbacks when we see HOW they came to be such good friends. It also turns into a Tear Jerker when he's too exhausted to catch up with the rest of the team, but stumbles across the the tree where everyone had left directions for him, and their own words of encouragement. He realizes then that he's made lots of friends since he was a kid, and is just so happy that he starts crying, only to collapse against the tree seconds later, presumably dead.
  • The exact moment of Naruto's birth, specially due to Minato ("I... I finally am a father") and Kushina ("I finall get to see you, Naruto!") crying Tears of Joy at the sight of their baby. Too bad It Got Worse almost immediately afterwards.
  • Kushina was going to kill herself and the fox, so that Naruto and Minato could live together.
    • Minato sealed the fox into his son, so that he could make sure that Kushina could do the one thing she would regret, not being able to do. See Naruto grown up.
    • Same chapter also had a cover one third heartwarming, one third hilarious, and one third Tear Jerker. It featured Naruto, Kushina and Minato in the life they would have had if the Kyuubi attack never happened.
  • Naruto talking to his mother after hearing the story of the day he was born. Good god that kid knows how to make me well up a bit.
  • The ending of Chapter 504.

 Naruto: "I know there was love inside me, before the Kyuubi was. So I'm happy! I'm glad you guys were my parents!"

Kushina: Minato... did you hear that?! Our love reached him! "Naruto... Thank you for making me your mother. Thank you for making Minato your father. Thank you for being our child. Thank you so much!

  • Minor CMO Hs: From the Iruka's Ordeal flashback mini-arc:
    • Kakashi: "Your eyes were so full of life back then..."
    • Iruka's happy dance at being accepted as a teacher.
    • Iruka saying of Naruto: "It's the bad ones you get attached to." Also: "I will protect Naruto, whatever it takes."
  • The opening "Diver" from Naruto Shippuden shows Naruto falling into and sinking in the ocean like something out of Kingdom Hearts as the Akatsuki stand leering at him in a Field of Blades. Sasuke appears above him and attacks him with a Chidori as Naruto struggles and the scene is consumed by angry red light... until Sakura's hand touches his back and the red changes to cool blue. Then Kakashi's hand joins hers, then Sai's and Yamato's, and Shikamaru's, Ino's, Ten Ten's, Hinata's, Lee's, Gai's, Iruka's and Neji's join theirs to push Naruto out of the ocean and into the air. Naruto flips in midair and stares down at the whirlpool he came out of and sees Sasuke sinking at the bottom like Naruto was. Tying his headband on, Naruto dives back down to save his friend. While some anime TitleSequences can be hard to figure out the symbolism in this one was plain as day and awesome as hell.
  • Episode 220 when Naruto is leaving the village with Jiraiya, he turns to the Fourth Hokage's monument and says, "Just you watch." Keep in mind this was before he knew that Minato was his father.
  • The Cover page for Vol 53, pictured above. Counts as Tear Jerker when you know what really happens as well.
  • Chapter 516: Gaara's entire speech to the army about how Naruto saved him and how he will protect him. He stopped ninja who have been enemies for DECADES from fighting amongst themselves and finally, TRULY uniting against the common enemy.
  • Chapter 518: Sai being forced to fight his 'brother', knowing that he is being used by Kabuto. Him getting angry at this and instantly drawing two super-sized men and defeating deidara and sasori. But the clincher is when he is knocked back by one of deidara's bombs he drops his book that opens to the finished page where Sai and his 'brother' are smiling together causes his 'brother' to see it and states that since he seeing that picture brought closure to his ties to the earth and he dies again gracefully.
  • Chapter 521: When the resurrected Zabuza and Haku clash with Kakashi and Sakura, the first thing the pair do is ask how Naruto is doing; when they find out what has happened since they died, they comment apreciatively on how he's grown as a ninja before begging Kakashi to kill them.
    • Chapter 522: Haku when he finds out that Zabuza regards him as more than a mere tool.
  • During Naruto and Jiraiya's trip to find Tsunade, Naruto is taking a stroll in some village. He sees someone buy icecream for his little kid, which makes Naruto sad, since he has been an orphan since birth. Later, Jiraiya brings the same icecream and gives one half to Naruto.
  • Chapter 526 - Seeing Neji, the former Arrogant Kung Fu Guy, fighting Back-to-Back Badasses style with his Yamato Nadeshiko cousin that he used to hate, Hinata, would have been awesome enough as a sign of how far they've come since the beginning of the manga. What made it Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, for this troper anyway, was the juxtoposition of the scene with a scene of their fathers talking about the fact that they're comrades and talking about how this is just about protecting each other because of that, rather than the family's rule of Branch House protecting Main. Awww!
  • Chapter 528 - We get to see the most stone-cold Badass A, the Fourth Goddamn Raikage, tell his subordinate Darui this gem worthy of any A Father to His Men type. For someone we thought a Jerkass when we first saw him, it's charming:

 Darui: I'm so sorry boss... I was supposed to be guarding you and you lost your left arm -

A: There's no reason for you to be upset. I have no regrets about my left arm. Because I still have both my right arms.

Darui: Both?

A: Yes. This one... (points at Darui) and you.

Darui: (smiles) So can we include C and make it three arms?

A: Why not? You can never have too many right arms.

  • Chapter 533 - Choji's flashback, in which his dad Choza explains to him about the bonds between the Nara, Akimichi and Yamanaka clans, and the symbolism of the hoop earrings he wears. And then Choza gives him a pair of earrings from Asuma and tells him to have more confidence, and makes Choji swear to protect the next generation of the Akimichi clan and Konoha. Cue Choji growing butterfly wings on his own, without having to take the red pill.
    • And before that was the panel featuring Kurenai holding her newborn baby. Awwwww.
  • Chapter 535 - Iruka to Naruto: "You're like a little brother to me."
  • Chapter 536 weaves with Killer Bee's Mr. T antics some really charming statements for Iruka:

 If this guy can't stop him... then no one can play that part.

I've been seeing you this whole time, in Naruto's heart.

I dunno what you did for him, but that kid thinks the world of you.

Unlike my raps... that damn foo'.

Everything you've taught him is still inside, even today.

Your words have protected him, all the way!

  • Chapter 539 has Naruto pretty much tells the Kyuubi he's worth saving(from his hatred). The look on the demon's face pretty much says that NO ONE has ever said that to him before.
    • And indeed, nobody had! In chapter 568, Kurama (which is the fox's name) bitterly remembers all the people who have controlled him in the past, noting how when they give their reasons for doing so, it usually amounted to "obey me!" Then along comes Naruto saying (paraphrased): "I want to do something about all that hate inside of you!"
    • Tells a lot how much he values Kyuubi (who we are still not discounting for being a malicious asshole) when Ch. 545 shows Naruto practically agreeing that Madara Uchiha is irredeemable. Yes, malevolence made flesh can be saved, but not a man seeking to be malevolence incarnate.
      • It's not really a double standard. The Kyuubi didn't have a choice in becoming evil, Tobi decided to do so of his own free will. Ergo, Tobi can't be saved because he became a Complete Monster for no other reason than because he felt like it.
    • Naruto's compassion pays off in the long run, in 561 the real Madara Uchiha shows up, and the Kyuubi outright tells Naruto that if it's a choice between staying in the boy or being controlled by Madara, he chooses Naruto, and willingly lends him his chakra to fight. The demon fox even cheers Naruto on!
  • Chapter 541 has the Raikage talking with Naruto about The Fourth Hokage, saying he can't be here to help them now because he failed against the Kyuubi, and Naruto can't afford to be as reckless as he was. Naruto flashes back to his talks with his father and mother, and angrily tells the Raikage that his father did not fail.
    • There's also a nice moment flashing back to the Raikage and Bee's first meeting; Bee's not the Raikage's younger brother at all, but they were compatible enough to perform the Double Lariat they'd earlier used to kill Kisame('s clone). The Raikage-to-be then fist-bumps a young Bee (not even a jinchuuriki yet), declaring they're brothers from now on. It makes the Raikage's Big Brother Instinct even more touching when you realize Bee is only his brother in spirit; Naruto's not the only one whose family exceeds bonds of blood!
  • Chapter 542, continuing the flashback, A tells Bee he is about to become a Jinchuuriki. He then says no matter what happens, Bee doesn't have to hide it, because Bee is special to him.
  • Chapter 547, while fighting his resurrected father, it's revealed that it's not Shukaku that protected Gaara with the sand. It's his mother protecting him out of love.
  • Chapter 551: The third and final part is her, wrap it all up! Be so stellar that everyone forgets how horrible the second part was!
    • Naruto, Bee and Itachi fighting together and even pulling off an All Your Powers Combined maneuver. It could only have been more heartwarming if Nagato and Sasuke was fighting with them against Madara. *sniffles*
  • Chapter 552: Do not forget your friends.
    • Also Killer Bee reminding Naruto that he swore to protect him. He won't let him fight the war alone.
  • Chapter 557 Thanks to both parents, Gaara is able to defeat the second Mizukage and protect his troops.
  • In the scene where Naruto is being beaten up by Karui Sai shows up to physically stop one of Karui's punches and tells Naruto "There's no need for you to get beat up for Sasuke's sake. Sasuke's done nothing but hurt you. If it were me, I..."
    • In the scene following that he even sits by Naruto's side and personally tends to the injuries he got from Karui's beating.
  • Chapter 558: Naruto goes Big Damn Hero yet again, this time, to save Hinata from certain death! Could this lead to something, will Naruto raise the anchor of that ship or finally sink it? Oh Kishimoto, you troll...
    • Another minor one from 558, if indirect: Hinata is apparently killed, with Neji going to full-panic mode. Even though it turns out "Hinata" was just a White Zetsu doppelganger, Neji's reaction is yet another testament to his massive Character Development from Part I.
  • Chapter 559: He doesn't do it with words, but Naruto finally tells Hinata how he feels. He tells her he's grateful for her help and how awesome she is. He doesn't mention her confession specifically, but he mentions the encounter and thanks her.

   Hinata: Thank you.

  • Any of Team Seven's interactions in Part I and in the fillers especially when you consider their current state in Part II.
    • Specifically, the one about Kakashi and the woman who had a crush on him called Hanare. The funny thing is, the flashback takes place before Kakashi told an angrey Sasuke that all the people he cares about are all dead. But she's still alive by the end of the flashback episode. I guess that means he fibbed twice.
  • Young!Gaara doing the Finger-Suck Healing to his uncle Yashamaru. It's adorable.
  • The fact that Naruto taught Gaara how to escape the hell of being utterly alone and rejected. Love.
  • Considering how Axe Crazy Gaara was when he and Naruto fought, the fact that Naruto deeply cares about Gaara three years later despite the two never interacting with each other during that time says a LOT about how empathetic and forgiving he is.
    • In anime filler and a few manga flashbacks it's shown that the pair actually kept in touch.
  • In chapter 564 when Tobi tries to explain that Naruto and Killer Bee must understand the how miserable the world is, Naruto simply tells him that having a tailed-beast sealed inside him isn't so bad. Cue the Kyuubi looking up in surprise from his seal.
  • In Shippuden episode 232, Neji is chosen to lead the Hyuuga in the field by Hiashi, since Hiashi will be heading a rear guard and Hanabi is too young. This decision is made over several protests that Hinata should do it instead, since she has gotten stronger. Cue Neji's flashback: he was the one who trained her in Gentle Fist over the time-skip.
    • And when one complainer goes directly to Hiashi, he rebukes them by saying Neji is a better leader, regardless of his Branch Family status.
  • In Shippuden episode 238, Sai after learning more about what it means to have bonds draws a picture of himself, Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke holding hands.
  • In the second Shippuden ending much emphasis is put on Naruto and Sasuke holding hands as Sasuke helps Naruto up from the ground.
  • The flashback to Gaara's birth. After being told his mother cursed him as she died, he finally found out that she actually loved him. Add to that the fact that baby Gaara was about the size of your average kitten, and this troper's heart melted.

  Karura: He's so small... *smiles* I'll always protect you... Gaara!

  • Chapter 570. Naruto to the Nine-Tailed Fox: "You are not a monstrous fox anymore. You are my partner of the hidden leaf. You are Kurama."
    • Note that this is happening as Naruto opens the fox's cage so the two can finally fight together as equal partners.
    • It's also a direct callback to the very first chapter, specifically Iruka's heartwarming speech where he reaffirms that Naruto isn't a monster, but a valued member of the Hidden Leaf.
  • The flashback in chapter 572. It turns out the Sage of the Six Paths was a Parental Substitute to the newborn Bijuu whom he personally named, and that he wanted them to lead happy lives.
    • The baby Tailed Beasts are so adorable they'll make you go "Aww!"
    • Roshi telling the Four-Tails, Son, that the two of them might have been able to go down the same path as Naruto and Kurama, back before they were captured and sealed/killed. This is pretty much him apologizing to Son for treating him like a monster for the entire time they knew each other. Just before they fade away, Son asks Roshi to call him by his real name...and Roshi obliges him, calling him "Son" for the first and last time.
  • Chapter 573: Hinata really is determined to not only help Naruto on the battlefield, but also to walk hand-in-hand with him after the war is over. You Go, Girl!!
    • Hell, everyone thinking about how they're going to give it their all because Naruto and Bee are is just awesome. Especially where, after a brief exchange with Lee, Sai has a bit of an epiphany and thinks that he can finally tell Naruto that he knows what friends are.
  • Shippuden Episodes 246 and onward, which are the anime adaptations of chapters 498 and on, mentioned earlier on this page. While most of the heartwarming content is the same, the anime adds at least one extremely heartwarming scene in Episode 247: Kushina announcing to Minato that she's pregnant. The sheer awe and joy the two parents-to-be radiates almost taste like diabetes.
  • After the Pain arc in the anime Naruto returns to the village after beating Pain and Ino is shown looking at Naruto with much adoration after never noticing him before and saying "I could fall for him."
  • Chapter 578: Sasuke rebukes Itachi's habit of always being "later, later" when it comes to him and that it was all lies anyway. Itachi acknowledges that, but says since one only keeps their nature until they've died, and he's already dead, he'll keep his word and talk with Sasuke after they beat Kabuto. Weirdly both heartwarming and tearjerking, since it reminds you that after Itachi stops Edo Tensei, he'll die too.
    • Not quite. The point of this battle for Itachi and Sasuke is to find out how to end the Edo Tensei. Whether to cancel it right away or have Sasuke's questions answered first is a whole different matter.
    • The fact that Sasuke and Itachi are working together and fighting as brothers against Kabuto is quite heartwarming as well, as it goes to show that Sasuke still cares for Itachi well after Itachi's death.
  • The splash art for chapter 579 qualifies if for no reason than to show the change in Kurama. Until the current arc, every image of Kurama was it with fangs bearing, an evil roar, or a sinister grin. Now, the giant fox is sleeping lazily in the middle of the village with drool sliding down its face and a sleep bubble in its nose.
  • Chapter 580 is called "Brotherly Time." Trust Itachi and Sasuke to consider battle a bonding moment--and trust Kishimoto to make it work.
  • In Naruto Shippuden Movie: Blood Prison when Ryuzetsu sacrifices her life so that Naruto might live,counts also as a Tear Jerker,poor Ryuzetsu
  • At the end of the chapter where we see Baby!Sasuke we see younger!Itachi holding Baby!Sasuke in his arms.
  • Chapter 587 : Itachi shows sympathy to Kabuto of all people. He uses Izanami on Kabuto to make him realize he's on the wrong way, and that, unlike Itachi, he should change this before his death.
  • In chapter 589 Sasuke tells Itachi "When I'm with you I remember the past. The feelings from my childhood spent together with the brother I loved."
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