Created By: Unknown Troper on January 24, 2008
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Crowning Moment of Awesome

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Exactly what it says on the tin. Moments when a character does something that they will be remembered forever for and which wins them the eternal loyalty of fans. Came to my attention while reading a discussion as to who was the best companion in Doctor Who. There were a suprisingly large number of votes for Ace and when someone asked why everyone gave the same reason, ie that she once beat the crap out of a Dalek with a baseball bat.
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  • January 23, 2008
    DomaDoma
    Neville in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 'nuff said. Also Mrs. Weasley, in the same chapter.
  • January 23, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    howabout we call it *something* the Death Star? as that is Luke Skywalkers both in and out of universe and anyone who has heard of starwars can tell you it.
  • January 23, 2008
    HeartBurnKid
    You know what I'm here to post about... what am I always here to post about? Professional Wrestling, of course!

    WWF wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin's Crowning Moment Of Awesome came at the end of his submission-only match with Bret Hart at Wrestlemania 13, when, beaten and bruised, his face turned into bloody hamburger, he was locked into Bret Hart's signature Sharpshooter. He kicked and crawled and yelled and screamed, but never gave up; instead, he passed out in a pool of his own blood, giving his last bit of energy to try and escape rather than admit defeat. He had a lot of really great moments before that, and after that, but that was the precise moment that everybody realized that Steve Austin was going to be HUGE. (And I mean everybody; I don't even think that the WWF's creative team realized just how well the whole thing was going to go off)
  • January 23, 2008
    Mystyc
    My Name Is Inigo Montoya To The Pain

    (Not that this has been covered there - those are just some examples!)
  • January 23, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Indiana Jones just shooting a guy in his way.

    Eric Cartman in a certain moment that turned him into a Magnificent Bastard.

    Wolverine, in the movie continuity, where he leaps into the midst of Stryker's soldiers, with claws bared.

    The Terminator saying "I'll be back." Exactly how he came back showed just how much of a killing machine it was, not to mentioned became Arnold's Catch Phrase.

    Patton saying, "Rommel, you magnificent bastard, I read your BOOK!", while his army is crushing those sent by Rommel.

    Neo and Trinity shooting up the lobby in the first The Matrix. The sequels tragically spent too much effort trying to top that.

    Han Solo shot Greedo first. He did. George Lucas is suffering from a Jedi Mind Trick.

    "This is my BOOMSTICK!"

    Not the real Wyatt Earp, but how he's portrayed in movies, is best shown by the line in Tombstone "You tell 'em Hell's coming with me!"

    --- BTW, don't change the name. Crowning Moment of Awesome perfectly fits this trope.
  • January 24, 2008
    ralphmerridew
    OOTS: "Only the honor of a paladin is unbreakable."
  • January 24, 2008
    SteveMB
    ralphmerridew: If you're referencing this scene, I think it needs the full line ("Only the honor of a paladin is unbreakable -- even by death itself."). Just the first part is more likely to be interpreted to refer to this scene, which I don't think fits.

  • January 24, 2008
    ralphmerridew
    Yes, I meant that; I was deliberately omitting the second part of the line. (Could you spoiler it out?)
  • January 24, 2008
    Vulpy
    My first thought was Rock Lee's "big moment" in Naruto. In a series built around fighting, Rock Lee's not been in very many fights...but when your second one is that big, it ensures you have an undying fandom.

    Seems like this is a subjective thing?
  • January 24, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Legolas brain-kebabing an orc with an arrow before killing another orc with the same arrow.

    Ozymandias: "I did it fifteen minutes ago."

  • January 24, 2008
    SteveMB
    Actually, I'm pretty sure Ozymandias' comment was "I did it thirty-five minutes ago." Anybody have access to their copy of Watchmen to confirm?
  • January 24, 2008
    fleb
    No need, it's quoted on Dangerously Genre Savvy.
  • January 24, 2008
    SchrodingersDuck
    The notorious "JUST AS PLANNED" from Death Note most definitely burned Light Yagami into the memories of fans...
  • January 24, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Schrodingers Duck: Remembered forever for - yes. Awesome - yes. Wins the eternal loyalty of fans - not even for the next half-hour.

    --DomaDoma
  • January 24, 2008
    Servbot
    Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha's main heroine taking an attack from Vita while in civilian form... then calmly walking Out Of The Inferno that it created, before uttering the line that gave birth to her Fan Nickname. Vita: You devil... Nanoha: Call me a devil... it just means I'll have to use my hellish powers to get you to listen!
  • January 24, 2008
    Citizen
    I have some reservations about so subjective a trope... I mean, just a list of awesome stuff various characters have done. But if everyone else is all for it, whatever.
  • January 24, 2008
    Cromage
    Positive subjectivity is fine. It could also be a lot of fun to browse. "Oh, I'd forgotten about him... yeah, that was awesome."
  • January 24, 2008
    Insanity Prelude
    Kingdom Hearts: "Now you can tell me I don't respect my elders." Man, Axel was great in Chain of Memories.

    And hey, we have a Subjective Tropes category now. (They *are* fun to browse!)
  • January 24, 2008
    RobertBingham
    Mal had two such moments in the first two episodes of Firefly:
    • Putting down the Fed who had River at gunpoint with one shot to the head. Without even breaking stride.
    • Kicking Crow right through the engine after hearing him promise to hunt him down and kill him.
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