Or how a series with an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist steeped in sarcasm and absurdity still manages to have an impressive number of [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Moments of Awesome]].


[[folder:The Black Adder]]
* "[[Recap/BlackadderS1E2BornToBeKing Born to be King]]":
** Edmund almost succeeding in making himself the Prince Regent by proving that his brother Harry is illegitimate. It's only ruined because he accidentally read the date on the letters and realized that HE was the bastard, not Harry. Harry had already agreed to give up his claim to the throne and go into exile -- if Edmund hadn't kept reading, the show would have been two episodes long.
** Edmund tricks his violent Scottish cousin into getting himself killed with a cannon, thereby getting back the lands he promised him.
** An OffscreenMomentOfAwesome that still counts-- Richard IV, trapped inside the gates of Constantinople, manages to dispatch a small army of Turkish warriors armed with scimitars, only with the aid of his trusty fruit-knife.
* "[[Recap/BlackadderS1E3TheArchbishop The Archbishop]]": Edmund, as the Archbishop of Canterbury, tricks a dying nobleman into signing over his lands to the crown instead of the church, by telling him that Hell is for people who like depravities like the nobleman had indulged in in life (incest, adultery, murder etc...) and he would be incredibly bored in Heaven. This is one of the few times Edmund is as scheming and intelligent as his descendants, and is also one of the few times Richard IV shows him genuine respect.
* Imminent death by burning at the stake, courtesy of [[Recap/BlackadderS1E5WitchsmellerPursuivant the Witchsmeller Pursuivant]]. No way out!...or is there? One dropped voodoo doll from an unexpected source later, and the Witchsmeller expires spectacularly in a ball of flames, while Edmund, Baldrick and Percy are free!
* From "[[Recap/BlackadderS1E6TheBlackSeal The Black Seal]]":
** Edmund's RantInducingSlight, in which our slimy, pathetic protagonist is finally pushed too far and decides LetsGetDangerous after being stripped of all his titles except Lord of the Privvies--
-->'''Edmund:''' [[BigNo NO!]] ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis IT! WILL! NOT! DO!]]''
** Baldrick and Percy managing to stop the Black Seal from murdering the Royal Court and taking over the kingdom. [[spoiler: Slightly negated when Percy's stupidity manages to get the court killed anyway, but at least they saved England!]].

[[folder:Blackadder II]]
* Lord Flashheart's entrance at the end of "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E1Bells Bells]]".
** Flashheart himself is pretty much a walking, talking (and shagging) CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* From "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E4Money Money]]" "Bloody cheek! I'll show them!" Blackadder pulls himself out of a HeroicBSOD, saving his own life and extorting a notoriously violent and corrupt priest for everything he's worth.
* The Great Booze-Up monologue from "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E5Beer Beer]]", mentioned in the Funny page, is also this. Come on, that's some serious on-the-fly thinking to come up with an explanation that fast, from scratch, and actually make it WORK.
* From "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E6Chains Chains]]":
** Edmund and Melchett's double {{Groin Attack}} on their guards.
-->'''Edmund:''' Trust me to get the ''hard'' one!
** When captured, Edmund spends the entire time ''[[DeadpanSnarker snarking]]'' at his captors.

[[folder:Blackadder the Third]]
* Pitt the Younger unleashes a major comeback insult at Prince George in "[[Recap/BlackadderS3E1DishAndDishonesty Dish and Dishonesty]]".
-->'''Blackadder''': Mr. Pitt is the Prime Minister, sir.\\
'''Prince George''': Oh go on! Is he? What, young snotty here?\\
'''Pitt the Younger''': I'd rather have a runny nose than a ''runny brain''.
** Sadly, it flies right over George's head.
* Baldrick finally gets to fire back at Edmund's insults, when it appears he has left for good in "[[Recap/BlackadderS3E4SenseAndSenility Sense and Senility]]":
-->'''Blackadder:''' Baldrick, I would like to say how much I will miss your honest, friendly companionship... but as we both know, it would be an utter lie. I will therefore content myself with saying "Sod off, and if I ever meet you again, it'll be 20 billion years too soon"! (''he leaves'')
-->'''Baldrick:''' (''completely nonchalant'') Goodbye, you lazy, big-nosed, rubber-faced bastard.
** In the same episode; Blackadder taking advantage of [[CannotTellFictionFromReality Prince George's inability to discern fiction from reality]] to get revenge on the {{jerkass}} actors, by "confirming" the belief of both George and Baldrick that they're violent anarchists as opposed to simply rehearsing a play. Even though it's probably not ''meant'' to be awesome, it's immensely satisfying to see Edmund give the two [[SmugSnake smug snakes]] their comeuppance -- especially when he yells '''''[[TheScottishTrope "MACBETH!"]]''''' after them as they're being taken away to be executed on charges of treason. It also gets him a massive pay rise and the opportunity to convince the Prince to take the lead role in a play Blackadder himself has penned... ''"Thick Jack Clot Sits in the Stocks and Gets Pelted With Rancid Tomatoes"''.
* From "[[Recap/BlackadderS3E6DuelAndDuality Duel and Duality]]":
** Edmund Blackadder, Esq. ends up alive, and fully set up to take over the prince's identity. And unlike the one of ''Back & Forth'' mentioned below, he doesn't have the help of a time machine; he's just that good. ([[EpilepticTrees Unless that actually]] ''[[EpilepticTrees was]]'' [[EpilepticTrees how his descendant influenced history.]])
** Similarly, him punching out [[UpperClassTwit Prince]] [[TooDumbToLive George]] in the same episode. It might have been to keep up appearances, but surely Blackadder enjoyed punching out the idiot who made his life such a hell.
*** He also gives him a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech The Reason You Suck Speech]] when he wants to back out and George tries to make him keep his word. George has to promise him ''everything'' just to get Blackadder to continue.

[[folder:Blackadder Goes Forth]]
* Flashheart killing the Red Baron in "[[Recap/BlackadderS4E4PrivatePlane Private Plane]]".
--> '''Flashheart''': WHAT A POOF!!
** Also later in that episode, Flash chewing out Captain Darling for not bothering to go look for Blackadder after he was captured (his excuse being that it wasn't a "valuable use of [their] time and resources").
--->'''Flashheart''': Well, this isn't a valuable use of my time and resources, but I'm gonna do it anyway.
--->'''Darling''': What?
--->'''Flashheart''': This! ''(headbutts Darling right in the face, knocking him unconscious.)''
** An oft-overlooked one in that episode is Blackadder's first time flying a plane. Despite having had almost no professional training, he manages to fly the plane reasonably well, even despite Baldrick messing around and actually manages a ''successful crash-landing'' (at least it's implied he did).
* From "[[Recap/BlackadderS4E6Goodbyeee Goodbyeee]]":
** Baldrick's rant about the pointlessness of war, especially the one they're in. For once, Blackadder has nothing to say in response.
** Depending on how much of a spineless weasel Darling is, his BreakTheHaughty moment can count.
** The last scene of ''Blackadder Goes Forth'' was a DyingMomentOfAwesome for the entire cast (sans Melchett). In terms of meta, the editors and the BBC earn their own moment of awesome: using the existing crappy-acted footage and slow it down significantly to turn it into one of the most impactful endings in television [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbR9-etyN6I]], and then having the guts to broadcast the episode on Remembrance Sunday with only one complaint. [[note]]The person didn't think it was in bad taste, but that it was too realistic and depressing for a comedy show. [[/note]]

* ''[[Recap/BlackadderSS2BlackaddersChristmasCarol Blackadder's Christmas Carol]]'':
** The future if Ebenezer Blackadder became bad.
** Although it backfires on him in the end, the fury of Ebenezer Blackadder unleashes at the end.
* ''[[Recap/BlackadderSS3BlackadderBackAndForth Blackadder Back & Forth]]'':
** [[GeniusDitz Baldrick actually manages to build a working time machine]].
** The ending with a Blackadder finally becoming king, as his long-ago ancestor first wanted in series one.
** Not only that, but he's got a beautiful wife, he's adored by the nation, and he rules alone having dissolved Parliament.
*** It actually gets to the point that Edmund's descendants will become rulers of the whole [[PrecisionFStrike fuckin']] universe.
** The last shot of Blackadder: Baldrick giving a conspiratorial wink to the camera, and Blackadder arching his eyebrow.