* "Warning. There is a space-time anomaly forming. Two objects have emerged. Ship identification code cannot be processed for the large craft. The other is [[spoiler: Vic Viper T-301]]"
* The [[NintendoHard notorious]] ''Gradius III'' (Arcade) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erGzgSegA2U cleared on one credit]]...on [[HarderThanHard Very Difficult]].
** The same player [[http://youtu.be/2ct8sssUI6k did the same]] for ''Gradius IV'' on Hardest. Both games on their respective hardest difficulties took ''years'' for him to complete.
** Meanwhile on SNES port, this player [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPgd3rxCF08 nailed the game with one life]]... without any Options whatsoever and on Speed Lv.2. To top that, it also plays the arcade arrangement for all the music, including the Secret Stage Level 2, High Speed Level 7 (interestingly using the Dead End Cell music) and Cell level/Level 10.
* Any time a player dies and successfully recovers out of a very difficult section, due to the game using {{checkpoint}}s and penalizing the player of all of their powerups upon death. It's arguably more impressive than someone simply clearing the game with [[NoDamageRun no deaths]].