* Inuyasha gets his first one when he first uses the Tessaiga and ''cuts Sesshomaru's arm off''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_28AC_hmxA&feature=related Maybe I'm not so worthless then]], ''AM I?!'' He wounds Sesshomaru in a way that the older brother never thought possible, and then told him that both of them were nothing compared to their father, with Inu-daddy having granted the sword to Inuyasha, meaning that Sesshomaru was never meant to have it.
** The first time Inuyasha transforms from human to half-demon. A surprisingly heroic application of [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes]].
** Inuyasha vs Ryukotsusei. He defeated a giant dragon (who even his father hadn't been able to defeat) by cutting it up with the newly mastered Backlash Wave! You got to respect that
** Anytime Inu Yasha and Sesshoumaru get within a mile of each other, at least one of them is going to get a [=CMoA=], but when they are also near Mouryoumaru, they practically chain them together, such as human Inu Yasha taking advantage of Sesshoumaru's pride-based BeamSpam outburst against a youki-absorbing Mouryoumaru by preventing his allies from saving him before sunrise so that the otherwise lethal absorbing of his returning youki would just overload the little bastard instead.
** Inuyasha using the Adamant Blade on Naraku, who is then cut by Sesshomaru who calls him [[PrideBeforeAFall too arrogant]], which forces him to retreat. Especially awesome since unlike previously when Naraku would be just shocked, Naraku's genuine anguish is very satisfying after being built up as a nigh-invincible force and [[LaserGuidedKarma the atrocities he commits from the Mt. Hakurei arc to the Underworld arc.]]
** And from the final battle, Inu Yasha [[spoiler: cutting a hole through TIME AND SPACE to fight inside the Shikon No Tama after it had transported itself and Kagome back to Kagome's time and then doing it AGAIN when he's got a moment's respite from days of fighting the evil half of the Shikon no Tama's spirit to go to the pocket dimension that Kagome was located in and keep her from falling all the way into the despair of solitude.]]
** In one episode, the entire group minus Inuyasha were cocooned alive, and being transformed into youkai moths. While the transformations are happening, they're experiencing their worst nightmares: Miroku being sucked alive into his Wind Tunnel, Sango reliving the moment where she was prepared to murder her little brother, Shippou having to face a small army of lizard youkai and the Thunder Brothers who murdered his father, and Kagome seeing Naraku attack her while she's at school in the present. Inuyasha continues to scream at his friends, mostly berating them for letting this happen to them, and his voice penetrates their nightmares, resulting in: Miroku remembering Inuyasha threatening to cut his hand off if he risked himself with the Wind Tunnel again, Sango's memory of Inuyasha stopping her from killing her brother, Shippou being encouraged by Inuyasha and finishing off all his foes, and Kagome watching a human Inuyasha appear and transform into his half-demon form to face Naraku. The entire sequence doubles as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
* [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Kagome]] Higurashi shooting Naraku with a single arrow, [[ThisIsUnforgivable pissed off]] at him [[spoiler: for [[BatmanGambit exploiting Sango's for her brother]] into stealing Inuyasha's Tessaiga for him, then manipulating her brother Kohaku into almost killing Sango]]... which is enough to have her ''use said arrow to purify the heavily poisoned air in her surroundings and blast half of Naraku's body off''.
--> '''Naraku''': You are... Kikyou's... reincarnation...?
--> '''Kagome''': [[ShutUpHannibal WOULD YOU SHUT UP!?]] [[IFeelAngry I'M GETTING ANGRY!]]
** from the Dub
--> '''Kagome''': (to Naraku) Naraku, you are totally despicable. Now, DIE!
--> '''Kagome''': (to Naraku, same scene) I won't let you go, even if you BEG for forgiveness!
* Kagome risking her life to save an angry ghost girl from hell.
** Her WorldOfCardboardSpeech to [[spoiler: the Infant and his {{Breaking Speech}}es.]] It's doubly awesome because [[spoiler: the Infant had been telling her nonstop that she was destined to be be the UnrequitedTragicMaiden, that Inuyasha would only ever love Kikyou, ''and'' that she was inferior to Kikyou -- but she denounced that and ''openly'' admitted that she was jealous of Kikyou, but [[LoveHurts that was a more-or-less normal part of romantic love]].]] Considering how society as a whole encourages the very unrealistic [[spoiler: "be selfless to the [[GoodisDumb point of stupidity]] and don't allow yourself to have bad feelings, or you're not truely in love"]] deal, [[HumansAreFlawed such emotional honesty coming from Kagome]] is refreshing and appreciated.
* To say nothing of Sesshomaru. In "The Woman Who Loved Sesshomaru", he ''picks up the Tessaiga'' (which, being a demon, causes him incredible pain) and throws a Wind Scar at an oncoming demon, one-shotting it. The other regulars were floored.
** He does it again in the third movie while fighting Inuyasha, who is possessed by an enormously powerful evil EmpathicWeapon - only the first of a ''series'' of Awesome Moments for Sesshoumaru throughout the film, one of which involves blocking that evil EmpathicWeapon by ''punching it away with his bare fist.''
** Sesshoumaru's crowning moment, however, has got to be his ''[[ToHellAndBack storming of Hell]]'' to get Rin, his MoralityPet, back, in one of the greatest PapaWolf moments in the entire manga: [[spoiler:When Rin is taken to the underworld by a hellhound, Sesshoumaru follows and kills it. When he finds out she's already dead, he then proceeds to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kick the King of Hell's ass]] to get her back. When this doesn't work, he actually shows the closest thing to human emotion he's ever done in the series, purifies the souls of the dead as an afterthought, then rips a hole back into normal reality. After all of this, his mother (a youkai ''queen'') resurrects Rin since ''Sesshoumaru'', of all people, is clearly unhappy about her death. He goes from AloofBigBrother to a combination of [[ManOnFire John Creasy]], [[Literature/TheBible Jesus]], and {{Spawn}} in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome and CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming unparalleled in the other 500+ chapters of the manga]]. DO. NOT. MESS. WITH. RIN.
** Combined with CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, there's Sesshoumaru [[spoiler: throwing away Tenseiga out of grief for having failed to save Rin and then taking it back and using it to purify Hell out of pity for the souls trapped there]], not to mention his final real battle with Inu Yasha, where he [[spoiler: deliberately shatters his Tenseiga on Tessaiga in order to stop Naraku from manipulating it to kill Inu Yasha and give up the Meidou ability to his little brother's sword out of recognition of his worthiness to wield their father's legendary blade.]]
** And let's not forget Sesshoumaru's first fight with Magatsushi, wherein he [[UpToEleven amps up]] his [[HealingFactor regeneration]] out of [[DontYouDarePityMe sheer rage at receiving Inu Yasha's pity]], and then [[spoiler: [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield pulls out]] a [[MoreThanInfinite super-sword]] of his own -- as well as getting his arm back -- due to CharacterDevelopment. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aGaFMxZy_o Witness]].]]
** Sesshomaru's BigDamnHeroes moment where he effortlessly killed Mukotsu by ''slicing him in half''.
* Sango, a sixteen year old human girl, ''physically dug herself out of the grave she was buried alive in''.
* Miroku, traveling with Sango who has been severely weakened, uses his Wind Tunnel to continuously suck up poisonous bugs to protect her. This causes him ridiculous pain and was probably going to kill him, but just goes to show he was willing to die to save the girl he loved.
* Or how about Miroku doing this same thing near the end of the series? Trying to make a HeroicSacrifice by almost sucking in Naraku's heart with his Wind Tunnel, despite the poisonous insects and massive amounts of miasma. Mostly driven by the desire to eliminate Naraku before he could kill Kohaku by taking his jewel shard, so that Sango would not go through the pain of losing her little brother again, Miroku toughs it out even while [[BloodFromEveryOrifice bleeding from the mouth, nose, and eyes]], and ''would have killed Naraku'' had Inuyasha not forcibly closed the Wind Tunnel. Naraku even says that Inuyasha just gave up their best chance of killing him. Its also one of the few times where we see Inuyasha actually concerned about Miroku.
* [[BigBad Naraku]] eating Moryoumaru out from the inside out.
** Allowing Tekkei to eat him, only to kill her by bursting the inside of her forehead.
* [[LadyOfWar Kagura's]] intro, where she completely destroys an entire army of wolf demons in just a few strokes of her [[PaperFanOfDoom fan]], and not only that, proceeds to make one walk over to Koga and deliver news ''while dead'' and then when everyone gets there, uses the army to put on a puppet-show to fool Koga into thinking Inuyasha killed them.
* And [[LittleMissBadass Kanna]], who despite being a little girl, can easily deflect almost everyone elses' attacks, and suck out your soul. She deflects the ''legendary'' Wind Scar easily and leaves Inuyasha unconscious in her intro.
** Then Kagome gets one when Kanna fails to get all of Kagome's soul because ''Kanna's mirror filled up''. Then a little later Kagome fires a sacred arrow into Kann's mirror, overloading it, and forcing Kanna to dump all of the captured souls to keep her mirror from breaking.
* [[ActionGirl Kikyo]] convincing Saint Hakushin to let go of his anger and take down the barrier he had around Mount Hakurei. With only kind words and a CooldownHug as her "weapons".
* Even [[IronWoobie Kohaku]] earns one by willingly stepping into Naraku's clutches, in order to jam one of [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Kagome's]] arrows, supercharged with [[{{Miko}} Kikyou's]] light into the shell covering the [[MacGuffin Shikon no Tama]] to give the Inu-tachi an opening to attempt to kill him.
** In episode 20 of Final Act, Kohaku finally decides to confront Naraku.
* What? Nothing for poor [[GentleGiant Jinenji?]]. He started out as a CowardlyLion Woobie who couldn't stand the insults [[HumansAreBastards the other villagers]]. Then, in order to protect Kagome from a bug like demon he [[OffWithHisHead beheaded that thing]] by crushing its neck. He then proceeds to obliterate said head with a MegatonPunch. Borders with CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming later when he approaches the scared villagers (who planned to kill him) and offers them herbs to heal their wounds.