Think awesome only exists in fiction? These moments should change your mind...

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* The Japanese Giant Hornet is an abhorrent monstrosity that can spray flesh-melting poison and [[ConservationOfNinjutsu can rip apart 1,000 honeybees]] ''[[CurbStompBattle all by itself]].'' The Japanese honeybee... doesn't really have a lot to its name. Except, of course, for the fact that [[ZergRush 500 of these bees will happily band together]] '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5QxUR-mZVM to roast one of these very same hornets to death.]]'''
** One comment on the video pretty much sums them up:
-->"Damn, Japan... Even your bees are ninjas..."
** These hornets happen to have one natural predator that cannot be hurt by their stings: the [[NobleBirdOfPrey crested honey buzzard]], who like the honey badger has the word "honey" in its name.
* Dolphins. The cutest marine critters there are... and they are real {{Badass}}es of the ocean. Sharks fear dolphins. Why? Because dolphins tend to gang-up sharks, and ram them on their gills, killing the sharks. The nose of a dolphin is called ''rostrum'', "battering ram", because of its toughness. While sharks are stronger one-on-one, dolphins do team up and are far more intelligent.
* Orcas (aka killer whales) can disable, kill and '''eat''' ''[[ThreateningShark great white sharks]]'', the feared predators of the deep.
** The way they do this is incredibly smart. They deliberately flip the shark upside down, causing it to go into tonic immobility (it becomes unconscious and/or paralyzed until it can right itself) and then hold the shark that way until it suffocates.
** Orcas do the same trick with stingrays, in order to subdue them and make them easier to eat.
** Entire populations of Great White Sharks have been known to disappear from an area once an orca starts hunting and killing them. That's right -- Great Whites ''[[TheDreaded run]]'' when orcas develop a taste for shark meat (especially the liver). Some orcas are actually known to rip the liver out of great whites that they kill, and leave the rest of the shark's carcass untouched.
** Hell, the orca will ram into sharks and hit them in such a way that the internal organs ''explode''.
** Orcas have also been observed eating makos, which are known for their [[GeniusBruiser intelligence]] and [[LightningBruiser speed]] among sharks.
** Sure, eating a great white is pretty impressive. How much more badass can it get? Well, how about the fact that they also ''eat'' '''[[BearsAreBadNews polar bears]]'''?
** Orcas have also been seen to kill and eat whale sharks, which while lacking the ferocity of great whites (they're plankton eaters), are ''enormous''.
** {{Megalodon}} has a reputation for being an extremely badass marine predator, and yet scientists believe it wasn't able to compete with orcas and thus driven to extinction. Some even think the mega-sharks died out because orcas hunted down their young (and perhaps the adults as well). But either way, orcas ''caused the extinction of a prehistoric whale-eating sea monster''.
*** To be fair, orcas have the advantage of weighing, on average, 10 tons compared to the 100 tons of the megalodon. In weighing so much, megalodon required huge amounts of food, consisting mainly of baleen whales. Once the whales moved on or died out, megalodon couldn't sustain itself on the much smaller remaining prey.
** Orcas have been observed chasing a pod of another whale species until there is a sort of agreement between the two groups, then they both stop, pursued group will have what looks like a discussion, and one of them will swim among the orcas to be devoured.
** Orcas are sometimes called the wolves of the sea. This is inaccurate, mostly because wolves are nothing like as effective as predators.
** Orcas generally, however, don't eat the above, they substain themselves mostly on seals and sea lions. Hunting them in the water is hard. Orca solution? ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00-Ivz--SHE Hunt them on land]]''.
** Orcas also hunt above-mentioned dolphins, which are just as smart as they are, not to mention more agile. Cue [[SimpleYetAwesome Orcas swimming at them until the dolphin swims itself to exhaustion, then killing the dolphins]], this is generally done by [[UseYourHead Headbutting]] them clear out of the ocean.
** Sperm Whales, massive, Giant-Squid-eating whales that can stun things with their echolocation. Orcas [[RunningGag hunt those too]]. They do so by ramming them repeatedly, biting equally repeatedly or, in case of smaller pods, waiting for one mother and her child to get away from the rest, shove the mother away from her child and drown the child before eating.
** To put an emphasis on how they're pretty much the second must successful species on earth (Right after humans), their range consists of two thirds of the world. All of the parts of the world that are ocean are Orca Territory, they're ''that'' good.
* The octopus is smart enough that it can escape fishnets and supposedly secure tanks. Its lack of bones also plays a part in this however. They can also be taught to open jars, although they have short memories and have to be taught again the following day.
* Wolverines are not very impressive-looking creatures. They are compact little blobs of dark shaggy fur rarely weighing more than forty pounds (18kg for the metrically inclined). They are the largest extant members of family Mustelidae, and can therefore be thought of as giant weasels (to which they are evolutionary cousins), with the weasel's distinctive trait of manic berserk bloodlust combined with impressively powerful, bone-crushing jaws. A forty pound wolverine can kill a caribou weighing half a ton, and then successfully defend the carcass from a pack of two dozen wolves, any of which is three times its size, or from a polar bear weighing more than the car you drive. Other predators know the wolverine's scent and avoid it by instinct except in the gravest extreme, because it's never worth it. It is bad luck to provoke a wolverine.
** If we're going to talk about badass mustelidae, how about the Ratel - more commonly known as the honey badger. It may not eat zebras, but they are known for being able to tangle with lions. How does it manage to do this? GroinAttack. With teeth.
*** Honey badgers have two favourite foods. One of them is honey. They rob beehives while bee stings just tickle them. The other is... ''cobras''. Scaly sausage... nomnomnomnom!
*** Those guys are known to have attacked and eaten pythons of up to four meters length, and all kinds of venomous snakes. They have excellent natural resistance to various venom.
*** They have also been known to kill ''bears'' by dropping onto their backs from trees.
*** Best of all, they can be tamed, and make excellent pets.
*** [[MemeticMutation The honey badger don't care. He takes what he wants.]]
* The King Cobra. It can kill elephants. A snake can kill an elephant!
** And the Mongoose kills the King Cobra. And not even for food, but just because it apparently thinks that the King Cobra needs to occasionally be taken down a peg.
** Speaking of mongoose, a couple of million years ago, a few mongoose from Africa ended up on Madagasgar. Lemurs had no natural enemies, so were easy prey for the mongoose. But after a while, the lemurs started taking to the trees when one showed up, where the mongoose could not follow. So did the mongoose starve? Hell ''no''. They turned into ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossa_%28animal%29 cats]]''.
* A house-cat treed a black bear. Twice. [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5067912.stm]]
* [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Dinosaurs]]. They completed dominated the scene for 160 million years (to put it into context, humans have been around for only 200,000 years, not even 1 percent of the time) and it took a [[RocksFallEveryoneDies GIANT ASTEROID]] to finish them off.
** [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology Except the ones that didn't die]], which happened to be the ones that had LEARNED TO FLY. They are today called '''birds'''.
** And plenty of birds are still awesome. Take, for instance, cassowaries, which even ''look'' like dinosaurs (and are also deadly, but that's par for the course in Australia.) Then there are all the [[NobleBirdOfPrey birds of prey]].
*** One the other hand, humanity has only been around for 200,000 years compared to their 160,000,000 years, and ''we'' managed to get to space. TakeThat dinos!
** The tyrannosauridae family. Once lowly coelurosaurs pushed around by larger carnosaurs and megalosaurs in the Jurassic Period, over the next millions of years they evolved into successful predators of North America and Asia once newer and tougher herbivores developed. [[TyrannosaurusRex One type even became one of the most powerful and badass predators ever to walk on land.]]
** Among the surviving dinosaurs, corvids and parrots. These birds are so smart that they could easily change the meaning of the word "birdbrain".
* Props should also be given to the dinosaurs' flying cousins, the pterosaurs. Winged reptiles that used their ''pinky fingers'' to fly with, these creatures started small, but by the end of the Cretaceous period their lineage had produced some of the [[GiantFlyer biggest animals to ever fly]]. Special mention goes to ''Quetzalcoatlus'' (fittingly named after the Aztec serpent God, Quetzalcoatl) and its bigger, meaner cousin ''Hatzegopteryx''. The two of them were as tall as giraffes, had wingspans of up to 36 feet or more and ''ate predatory dinosaurs for breakfast, lunch and dinner''. ''Hatzegopteryx'' was so tough that it could eat and swallow a whole cow if it were alive today and ''Quetzalcoatlus'' would likely not have hesitated to eat a baby ''T. rex'' (and because it could fly, was quite possibly the only animal that could escape the [[MamaBear angry]] [[PapaWolf parents]] unscathed).
* Technically speaking, ''humanity.'' We're average-strength at best, and had an average lifespan of 20-something years for most of our history. Yet, we've managed to go all the way into space, inhabit 6 of the 7 continents with impunity, and pwn just about every other species out there. All within mere millennia!
** When you consider what humanity looked like in 1011 to now, it's safe to say that we humans are pretty damned badass as a collective whole.
** Don't forget the fact that the only reason (non-scientist) humans aren't living in Antarctica is the Antarctic Treaty. We're so awesome, we have to set limits on our awesomeness!
** The way ancient humans hunted was to follow their prey over long distances and outlast them through endurance, until the creature either died of exhaustion or was too tired to escape as they closed in for the kill.
* Baboons will fight to reclaim what is theirs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNUIZWbP4Wc and can give less of a crap if it's a pride of lions that pushed them out]]. Those rocks are ''theirs'' damn it!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD84w4-2ctI This praying mantis]] fought off a Spectral Tarsier 100 times its own size. No wonder they inspired their own martial art!
* Do NOT mess with a Cape buffalo calf if its herd is nearby, even if you are a pride of lions. They will [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM kick your collective asses.]] It's them, not lions or elephants or rhinos, that [[GreatWhiteHunter hunters]] tend to consider the most dangerous of Africa's big game animals.
** Hunters often say that you ''have'' to kill them in one shot, because it's impossible to score a lethal shot on a pissed, charging buffalo that can and will destroy your jeep.
* You want badass and dangerous? Ladies and gentlemen, I present... the hippopotamus!
** Let's start with the fact that hippos kill more people in Africa than any other animal. They accomplish this with mouths that open wider than any other animal (over 150 degrees) and are filled with razor-sharp canine teeth over 18 inches long.
*** Add in they kill each other plenty. Hippos are '''extremely''' territorial. Most animal territory fights tend to be symbolic, i.e. when one animal establishes dominance the other will leave. Hippos tend to just outright kill intruders.
*** They can also bite a crocodile in ''half''.
** Despite weighing up to 10,000 pounds (they are the third largest land animal after the elephant and rhino), a hippo can pace a horse over short distances.
** Their skin has been known to stop armor-piercing bullets. Their skin also sweats a blood-colored substance that acts as sunscreen, antibiotic, and moisturizer.
** A historian once theorized that if hippos had been able to be domesticated, Africa would have colonized the world instead of Europe
* Ever see a dragonfly in flight? Dragonflies are the [[AcePilot ace pilots]] of the insect world. Seriously, not only do they capture prey on the wing, some species will even ''mate while flying''.
* Plants and animals living in the area where the Chernobyl disaster occurred have actually taken back the places where humans used to live and have mostly adapted to the radiation. While there's still some cases of mutation, the population is thriving.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnLMOQCXV6o A pack of hyenas are attacking a buffalo]]. Two rhinos see, think "that's not right", so approach. In short, they intimidate the hyenas into stopping by '''just standing there'''. No charges, no warnings; just their size and knowledge of what they can do is enough to make the hyenas stop.
* Ants and and termites are probably some of the most successful animal species on the planet. Not only do they outnumber humans to the point where "a million to one" is a ''conservative'' estimate[[note]]Total human population? 9 billion (9,000,000,000). Total estimated ant population? 1 quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000)! [[/note]], but they can perform some impressive tasks. Frequently mentioned is the ant's incredible strength, easily capable of lifting an object ten times their size. Not frequently mentioned is the level of an ant's cohesive unity. Army ants, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7DskFft1qY for example]] are so coordinated and unified that they are capable of overwhelming just about any animal smaller than a mid-sized lizard through [[ZergRush sheer force of numbers]]. Army ants are completely unstoppable when on the march, going so far as to make [[http://www.catersnews.com/uploadedimages/14082012457412917.jpg bridges and ladders out of their own bodies]] to let other ants cross over wide gaps and streams. Somewhere, Karl Marx weeps with envy.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckDVpihCPq8 family cat]] rescuing the boy from a neighbour's dog that inexplicably attacked the ActionSurvivor 4-year-old.
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* ''Operación San Lorenzo'' - the rescue operation for the 33 miners trapped underground by a cave-in at the San Jose Mine in Chile in 2010. At least six foreign countries aided in the rescue effort - the capsule was designed by NASA, the drill for the main shaft was provided by Canada, and the drill which made the pilot hole through which supplies were passed was South African. In the end, all 33 miners were rescued in remarkably good health. During the first 14 days, they were presumed dead.
** Made all the more amazing when you realize that hundreds (if not more) of people were involved, directly and indirectly, in rescuing 33 men. It's a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}, and TearJerker wrapped in one.
** The shift supervisor was the last miner out. He was greeted at the surface by the president of Chile. He said (in Spanish) "I've delivered to you this shift of workers, as we agreed I would". The president replied "I gladly receive your shift, because you completed your duty, leaving last like a [[GoingDownWithTheShip good captain]]."
* Any time a large-scale humanitarian effort goes underway: e.g. Hurricane Katrina, Haitian earthquake, Chinese earthquake, etc. Regardless of the niggling BS that can surround these, generally done by someone with their head up their ass on the issue, there are ''countless'' Moments of Tears, Heartwarming, and Awesome... sometimes enough to spawn a series of "comic" strips regarding the heroism of those involved.
* [[http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/30/report-co-pilot-moved-seat-sent-jetliner-plumetting/?npt=NP1 A pilot pulls his plane out of a 7,000 foot drop when the co-pilot bumps the control stick.]] Airline officials have said that if the plane hadn't pulled up, it would have broken apart.
* Newark Mayor Cory Booker had already developed a reputation as a "hands-on" mayor when he started shoveling the driveways of citizens who asked him to -- no small task in a city with 277,000 people. But his SugarWiki/MomentofAwesome came when he [[OutOfTheInferno literally ran through a wall of fire]] to save a woman from a burning building.
* US Airways Flight 1549 -- often referred to as "The Miracle on the Hudson". A ten-year-old Airbus A320 jetliner taking off from La Guardia Airport in the middle of New York City struck a flock of Canada geese at 3,200 feet (980 m) that wrecked both engines, nearly eliminating all power for the pilots and leaving insufficient range to reach any runway, even the one they took off from. What resulted was at least four separate [[MomentOfAwesome Awesome Moments]], each of which almost certainly saved lives:
** One for the Airbus design team, for, over thirty years before, deciding on a fly-by-wire design which kept the plane in control and flying with optimum lift, leaving the pilots space to think about higher-level decisions like where to land;
** One for Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, a lifelong pilot, Air Force veteran, safety expert, former glider instructor pilot, and his co-pilot Jeffrey B. Skiles, another lifelong pilot with decades of experience, for keeping the plane in the air as long as possible as they abbreviated an engine recovery procedure designed for high altitude (including Sully's addition to this procedure: activating the auxiliary power, which kept the electrical systems fully running while the engines fell apart), and then for managing a near-textbook water landing despite never recovering sufficient power to fly;
** One for the passengers and flight attendants, for apprising the situation and coming together to prepare for the crash (including several passengers protecting children with their own bodies, and one passenger watching the window to alert them all to the moment of impact), then successfully and quickly evacuating through the exits onto the inflated slides (which were acting as rafts) and wings;
** And one for the local commercial, police, fire, and Coast Guard vessels who responded almost immediately to pick all 155 occupants of the plane out of the water alive.
** Finally, when you consider the odds, Captain Sully never had a chance to practice. Water landings are tricky and dangerous at best and if the plane doesn't hit in ''exactly'' the right way, often fatal. With no practice and not much time, Sully landed it in the ideal manner. The result was only five injuries, only two of which were serious.
* The crew of the ''Titanic''. While the ship was sinking, they stayed at their posts, right up until the very end. Hell, the engineers who stayed at their posts, in the bowels of the ship, providing power for the lights and wireless right up until the ship broke in half, deserve extra praise just for that, as they were allowed to leave, and still kept at their jobs. There's a reason why most of the crew didn't survive, and it wasn't just due to lack of lifeboats.
** Special mention for the ship's band, who played bravely all through the sinking to help maintain calm, right up until the slant of the deck made it impossible to hold the instruments steady. None of them made it.
*** But it led to an unfortunate and highly caustic moment after when their employer sent a letter to the father of a deceased violinist, billing him for the rest of his monthly salary and lost uniform.
** The ''Carpathia'' was almost 60 miles away from ''Titanic''[='=]s last known position when her radio operator got ''Titanic''[='=]s distress signal. Captain Rostron not only ordered immediate maximum speed, but had the heating and hot water shut down to route a little more steam into the engines. Let's go over that: maximum speed, at night, heading straight into an icefield that's already sunk one liner. But she got through, and rescued everyone still alive.
*** The engineer of the ''Carpathia'' saw the steam pressure rising to dangerous levels, threatening to burst the boilers and kill everyone in the engineering spaces (including himself) if not sink the ship. Knowing that every minute of delay meant that much less chance of rescuing the crew and passengers of Titanic, he increased steam pressure further for more speed, and put his hat over the gauge so he wouldn't need to worry about it.
* The passengers of United Flight 93. On September 11, 2001, after a flight scheduled to fly from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco, California was hijacked by four al-Qaeda terrorists, the passengers of Flight 93 called their loved ones to inform them of this event. After learning about the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, they decided to rush the cockpit as a group in order to regain control of the cockpit. They successfully prevented the hijackers from reaching their destination of Washington, D.C., where it is believed they would have hit the United States Capitol Building or the White House. United Flight 93 crashed in a field outside of Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. [[{{Tearjerker}} Sadly, there were no survivors on United 93.]]
** Every single passenger on that plane deserved a medal. What they did was truly remarkable. They were ordinary people. Ordinary people placed in an extraordinary situation leading to extraordinary tragedy. Facing extraordnary odds and extraordinary perils, they performed extraordinary deeds and became heroes. God Bless The Passengers of Flight 93.
** It's debated what exactly happened aboard the flight, but United 93 is a good example of terrorism's limits. Terrorists, like despots, rely entirely on their victims' fears of what will happen to them. But if [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled the worst is already going to happen,]] and there's a chance to spare others at the cost of your own life, it's [[BigDamnHeroes hero time.]]
** Stanley Prainmath, who was in the South Tower after the first plane had hit, was caught right in the middle of the second plane impact. He survived through a ''[[http://blog.godreports.com/2011/09/911-remembrance-only-known-survivor-from-trade-center-impact-zone-pays-tribute-to-god%E2%80%99s-grace/ genuine]]'' miracle. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aojVZ4tBdRo Living proof]] that YouAreNotAlone.
** Everything Canada did, on 9/11 and in the weeks afterward. Suddenly faced with the total shutdown of American airspace and the diversion of hundreds of flights to Canadian airfields, the nation launched [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Yellow_Ribbon Operation Yellow Ribbon]], a monumental effort by towns and cities all around the country to feed and temporarily house tens of thousands of panicked, frantic stranded American passengers. What would have happened had we not had the unswerving support of the country north of the border very much does ''not'' bear thinking about.
* [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/rescorla.html Rick Rescorla]] was a notable and famous AU Army Cavalry officer in Vietnam, best known for singing classic Cornish folk tunes to inspire his soldiers. He retired and became a security officer for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in their offices in the World Trade Center, charged with the protection of 2,700 people. Then came 9/11.
--> "He was last seen on the tenth floor of the World Trade Center, headed up. Of the 2,700 people he had been charged with protecting, all but 6 survived the terrorist attack." [[note]][[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/rescorla.html Source]][[/note]]
* On [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Airlines_Flight_253 a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009]], a Dutch passenger called Jasper Schuringa thwarted a Nigerian al-Qaeda terrorist who was trying to set off a device containing plastic explosives.
* One person's [[http://web.archive.org/web/20110318001758/http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3396040 bone-headed post]] on Website/SomethingAwful the same day as Japan's devastating earthquake/tsunami somehow led to '''[[http://web.archive.org/web/20110505015250/http://goonerosity.org/ $70,000 in charity ($28,000 in the first 24 hours!)]], [[http://web.archive.org/web/20110825094612/http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3396040&pagenumber=32&perpage=40#post389410084 $1,750 in shaved heads]] and 30 pints of donated blood'''... ''and counting.'' All because someone said "I'll donate $10 to charity if this idiot's banned" and someone else added "I'll donate $20 if it's permanent!"
** Various corollaries to this story exist, but in a case of knowing where priorities should be placed, Valve began a fundraising campaign through its multiplayer game ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. They sold assorted Japanese-themed in-game items, with all proceeds from those sales going to UsefulNotes/TheRedCross. The promotion lasted for two weeks. The final tally? [[http://www.gossipgamers.com/valve-team-fortress-2-raised-430543-65-from-gamers-buying-hats/ Over $430,000. Go gamers.]]
* Shortly after the Japanese earthquake/tsunami, fans started posting watch pages to let people know when Japanese celebrities were confirmed safe. In particular, Creator/NorioWakamoto hadn't been heard from for several days. Just when people started really getting worried, confirmation came in: he sent a message to a friend, saying that he was alright and asking them to pass word along to his other friends and family members, and that he was going back to '''personally''' help in the rescue efforts. There's a reason people worship this man.
* On September 14, 2011, motorcyclist Brandon Wright found himself in a car accident and pinned under a burning car. [[http://newsradio1310.com/burning-car-lifted-off-motorcyclist-video/ A group of bystanders ran out of their cars and worked together to lift the burning vehicle and get Brandon to safety.]]
* Erin Bolster, a trail guide from Montana, and her horse, Tonk. She was riding Tonk when she saw a 750-pound grizzly bear chasing another horse--one carrying an eight-year-old boy. ''And she charged the grizzly bear.'' In fact, [[http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/oct/12/grizzly-chargers-featured-on-cbs/ she convinced Tonk to charge the bear three times, driving the bear away from the child and the other horse]].
* During the tornados in Missouri, a woman protected her kids by placing a blanket over them and using her body as a shield when the tornado struck down. Her kids walked away fine and while she lost both her legs, she's just very happy to have been able to protect her children.
* The captain and crew of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Airways_Flight_9 British Airways Flight 9]] of the Jakarta incident. They engines were ''all'' completely clogged with volcanic dust, and flamed out, and the cabin was filling with smoke and sulfur from the volcano. Yet the Captain kept calm and was eventually able to get the plane under control and regain the engines once they were clear of the ash. Despite everything they managed to land the plane safely, and miraculously ''not one passenger'' was injured or killed. The crew were rewarded with numerous medals and commendations; passengers and crew formed the Galunggung Gliding Club [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments in order to keep in contact.]] One passenger wrote a book about the incident, and went on to marry a fellow survivor.
** Even more awesome was Captain Eric Moody's reassuring statement (or understatement) to the passengers, as he and his crew were desperately trying to relight the engines:
---> "Ladies and gentlemen, this is the captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We're doing our damnedest to get them going again, and I trust you're not in too much distress."
* During Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy, a hospital in New York City suffered a massive failure of both main power and two backup generators. An army of firefighters and rescue personnel traveled with an army of ambulances, braving the deadly storm, to pull each and every last person out. At one point, a CBS reporter reporting on the incident dropped his mic, put on the medical scrubs and aided in the massive rescue.
* Another Hurricane Sandy moment: The guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery elected to ''stay and continue to guard the tomb'', even in the face of the storm.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Borlaug Norman Borlaug.]] He saved a billion lives. If anyone doesn't know who he was, please look up his article on TheOtherWiki, because this man had ''multiple'' [[SugarWiki/MomentofAwesome Moments of Awesome]] in his lifetime. He moved to Mexico, where he developed high-yield, disease-resistant varieties of wheat, which improved food stability. He proceeded to take his wheat varieties to Pakistan and India, greatly helping in their food stability, increasing their ability to feed people. Later in life, he took his work to China and Africa, aiding them in feeding the people. His work is credited in saving a billion lives by preventing death through starvation, is the father of the 'Green Revolution', and was a major proponent of using genetics to increase the food yield and resistance to disease in plants. And as for his enviromentalist critics, he had this to say:
-->"Some of the environmental lobbyists of the Western nations are the salt of the earth, but many of them are elitists. They've never experienced the physical sensation of hunger. They do their lobbying from comfortable office suites in Washington or Brussels. If they lived just one month amid the misery of the developing world, as I have for fifty years, they'd be crying out for tractors and fertilizer and irrigation canals and be outraged that fashionable elitists back home were trying to deny them these things."
* [[http://broniesforgood.org/seeds-of-kindness/ Seeds of Kindness]] is a charity project created by bronies (fans of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic) in which you can download an album with original fanmusic inspired by the series in exchange of your donation. [[http://broniesforgood.org/2012/06/lisas-thank-you-letter-green-village-and-tanzanian-orphanage-project-funded/ So far it had collected enough money to fund a clinic in Uganda, a green village in Burundi and an orphanage in Tanzania.]]
* David Ortiz during the first Red Sox game after the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013 and one day after the capture of the second bomber: "This is our [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] city!"
** Immediately after the bombing spectators and runners alike, with said runners having just completed ''a 26.2 mile run,'' stepped in to help police and EMS triage and treat victims. Many runners finished the race only to go straight to the Red Cross to donate blood. The medical tents, with doctors, nurses, and paramedics there to treat race-related injuries and dehydration, sprang into action, turning Copley Square into an impromptu [=MASH=] unit. Doubles as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} as well.
* On May 6, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio, dishwasher Chuck Ramsey stopped eating his dinner when he heard screams coming from a neighbor's home. He ran to them to find a young woman screaming for help. He kicked open the door, allowing the woman to escape. The young woman was 27 year old Amanda Berry, who had been missing for ten years. After a 911 call, police searched the home and also located 24 year old Gina Dejesus and 32 year old Michelle Knight, who had been missing for 9 and 11 years respectively. The girls had all vanished in separate incidents.
* The 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska, also called the "Great Race of Mercy", has been hailed for nearly a century as the crowning achievement of dog-sledding. The background: a diphtheria epidemic struck the city, which was totally icebound and had no antitoxin left save for a scant remainder that had already expired. With the port closed and the surrounding area all but impassable, the only routes available to bring the needed antitoxin to the stricken city were dogsled and bush airplane. The board of health initially wanted to use airplanes, but inclement weather crippled the engines of the primitive aircraft in use at the time, and the only remaining option was to bring the antitoxin in by dog-sled. As a result, twenty mushers and over a hundred and fifty dogs relayed the serum nearly seven hundred miles over some of the most forbidding terrain in the world in the space of five and a half days, a world record that still stands. The feat has never been duplicated. This legendary race against death became the basis for the modern Iditarod.
* In the 2013 Nairobi attacks, one dentist managed to rush inside and helped to save 15 people from the mall, even rushing back in to save two people with pretty much no help from officials.
** Another man who managed to flee the carnage managed to save a small girl who had been shot three times in the leg.
** Abdul Haji, the former Kenyan defence minister's son was in the mall during the attack. He provided covering fire for the relief workers, civilians and first responders with his handgun when the shooting started and rescued multiple people including an American family.
** [[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/kenya-shopping-mall-attack-fouryearold-british-boy-freed-and-given-mars-bar-after-telling-armed-jihadist-youre-a-bad-man-8836104.html And this five-year-old British boy]] manages to save his sister and his mother by these four simple words: "You're a bad man." Also doubles as SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} as the gunman gave the kids Mars candy bars and said "Please forgive me, [[{{Irony}} we're not monsters]]."
* Creator/SteveBuscemi, before he was an actor, was a firefighter. He showed up at his old firehouse the day after 9/11 to volunteer, and worked twelve hour shifts for a week, digging through rubble with his old comrades looking for missing firefighters... anonymously.
* Karina Chiktova, a three-year old girl, was stranded deep in [[{{BearsAreBadNews}} bear]] and [[{{SavageWolves}} wolf]]-infested Siberian woods for 11 days. But she and her HeroicDog Kyrachaan managed to tough it out, [[{{BadassAdorable}} living off of wild berries and river water and managing to suffer nothing more than mosquito bites and minor scratches on her feet, with Kyrachaan being thought to have cuddled up to her for warmth and scared wild animals away.]] Eventually Kyrachaan went back to the village and got help, leading to Karina finally being found and rescued, malnourished but otherwise fine. Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
* The rescue of [[http://www.biography.com/people/baby-jessica-17175736 Jessica McClure]], a 18-month-old girl who fell down a well and was trapped there for fifty-eight hours.
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[[folder:Human Rights]]
* WentworthMiller might be the first person to have a [[StraightGay Coming Out]] [[AwesomeMoments Moment of Awesome]]; in August 2013, he came out as a "screw you" to Russia's recently instated "anti-gay propaganda" laws. And he did so in a casual and well-worded way too, in an open letter declining an invitation to a Russian gala.
* The makers of ''Film/TheDarkSideOfChocolate'', the documentary about the widespread use of child slaves in the cocoa industry, asked some companies to view their film but they refused. So what did they they do? They went to the headquarters of Nestle, the biggest giant in the industry, ''erected a giant screen right in front of it,'' and played their film. You can just imagine the corporate fat cats squirming in their seats. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNpwIzeyjKQ&t=43m0s See it here.]]
* MichaelMoore crashed a Westboro Baptist Church protest with a mobile filled with proudly gay men and women. He and his gay friends exposed the protestors' bigoted views and embarrassed them so much that ''Fred Phelps called off the protest and sent his supporters home.'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra_fAYl4Th4 See for yourself.]]
** Then there was the time [[http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/07/22/super-heroes-vs-the-westboro-baptist-church/ the idiots decided to try and shame Comic-Con.]] As Tropers know, we're a snarky and creative bunch.
** [[http://thehayride.com/2011/04/westboro-baptist-church-goes-to-mississippi-and-loses/ Yet another fabulous way to screw over the Westboro Baptist Church.]] - basically, counterprotestors found the car park where most of the Westboro visitors were parked, miles away from the funeral site, and parked pick-up trucks in front of every car with a Kansas licence plate. The trucks stayed there for the duration of a funeral of a soldier which was taking place in the town, thus thwarting their plan to picket the funeral.
** When Westboro picketed the 2014 Final Four in Dallas, a group of people decided to split into four subgroups, each with their own couple of speakers and megaphones, made their way to the four intersections where the "church" was spewing its poison, and proceeded to drown them out with singalongs of Queen, Michael Jackson, Liberace, and various bands, before leaving when every member of the WBC had packed up and left. The last group finished ''thirty'' minutes after setting up shop.
** Westboro made a parody of Kesha's song "We R Who We R" in which they relentlessly criticize the singer for promoting a sinful way of life. They even went to a Kesha concert, set up speakers, and blasted the song. Kesha's response was to troll the trolls by having her back-up singers go out and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euGT_3d1cqc dance along to the song]].
* In yet another jab at the Westboro Church, a group of guys have bought a house across the street from the church and painted in in rainbow colors, a prelude to its use as a headquarters of LGBT activism. A TakeThat and SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} at their finest.
** Anonymous apparently hijacking the Westboro Baptist Church's Facebook page [[LaserGuidedKarma a matter of hours after they planned to picket the funerals of those who died in the Boston Marathon bombing]]... [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments by posting messages of peace and love, and cute kittens]]. "Apparently", because the page turned out to be unofficial, but for a prank, it made a lot of people happy.
** Another attack on Westboro Baptist Church, this time a hacker hijacked a webpage the group made proclaiming the F5 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, was God's wrath for a recent outing, modifying it to show a picture of Jesus [[OutOfCharacterMoment flipping the bird at them]], delivering a short TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, then posting a redirect link to the American Red Cross.
** One more for Moore. In response to a snarky liqueur store sign directed at the Westboro Church, they decided to picket at a high school. Police showed up to prevent any trouble, but only a eight minutes in, Oklahomans broke the barricade and chased them all off, sending the Westboro church members hightailing it to their cars. This was only a year after the comment above, and the damage the tornado had done was still fresh. Don't mess with angry Okies!
** This one may be disputed, but how about one for Fred Phelps himself for changing his beliefs shortly before the end of his life. He spoke in support of the people who ran the Rainbow House across the street and refused to condemn them. For this, he was excommunicated from his church and shunned by his family.
* Keith Allen also gave a good punch in his documentary ''Keith Allen will Burn in Hell'' where he waited for the right opportunity to expose one of the greatest hypocrisies of all time: [[spoiler: Shirley has an illegitimate son, and she's not going to hell according to herself.]]
* Martin Luther King and the entire civil rights movement. Not only did they endure all of the crap the south could dish out, they did it without fighting back, earning popular support. Granted, they were helped by the south collectively holding the IdiotBall...
** It finally paid off in the most awesome way possible decades later. Just the inauguration of the first black president is enough to bring you to tears if you look back at MLK's efforts and struggles.
** The above is nicely summed up in [[http://3i26kd3p1usa3cefqi1ay96t13o6.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/obama-mlk-hi-5.jpg this image.]]
* The women's rights movement, particularly the suffragists and suffragettes who fought for the right to vote.
** The suffragists picketing the White House, the first group to do so.
* The LGBT rights movement.
** Graeme Taylor. When his teacher threw two students out of his Ann Arbor, Michigan classroom -- one for wearing a Confederate flag, the other for bashing gays -- he was suspended without pay. Graeme responded by speaking out at the school board meeting, urging them to reinstate the teacher and give him his pay. Graeme is openly gay and ''fourteen years old''. [[http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/11/fourteen_year-old_michigan_stu.html He is clearly destined to become a]] MemeticBadass. You can agree or disagree with the teacher's actions, but man, awesome speech.
* Creator/WhoopiGoldberg: "There's a [[Creator/NichelleNichols black lady]] on [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TV]] and she ain't no maid!"
* The Muslim man in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Blw-ZaY_V70 this video]]. He is surrounded by a mob of angry Christians, chanting and throwing crosses at him. And what does he do? ''He ignores them completely''. Instead, he simply carries out his prayers. And it turns out that he prayed for the families of the mob. The Muslim man's ReasonYouSuckSpeech at the angry Christian mob is also pure awesome.
-->"You throw (crosses) into the ground for people to step on. [[TakeThat You don't show respect to your own sign.]]"
* [[http://wonderwall.msn.com/music/Miley-Cyrus-confronts-fan-over-gay-rights-tattoo-1633175.story?gt1=28135 Miley Cyrus]], told a fan who was furious with her gay rights tattoo (an "equals" sign on her finger representing "equality"), said "[[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped Where in the Bible does it say to judge people? Oh right. It doesn't. GOD is the only judge, honey. GOD IS LOVE]]".
** She later derided criticism by the press about her (alleged) [[HollywoodPudgy weight gain and curvy body]] (she is by no means overweight or out of shape) by [[http://twitter.com/#!/MileyCyrus/status/135192287687872513 posting this picture of a skeletal woman]] on Website/{{Twitter}} as "By calling girls like me fat this is what you're doing to other people," followed by [[http://twitter.com/#!/MileyCyrus/status/135195111515631616 this picture]] of a curvy MarilynMonroe as an example of a woman that millions of men could be attracted to "even when (her) thighs touch", as the picture says. [[http://twitter.com/#!/ddlovato/status/135218986332864512 All of which earned the praise of]], among others, her friend and fellow Disney star Music/DemiLovato, who herself went through self-harm and an eating disorder the year before.
* Mohamed Bouazizi was a street vendor in Tunisia, whose food cart was being taxed into oblivion. What does he do? He ''lights himself on FIRE'' as an act of protest. Not to mention this act [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning kicked off the Arab Spring revolutions.]]
* Back in 1865, a Tennessee colonel asked his former slave to work on his farm again.[[http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/01/to-my-old-master.html The response was epic.]]
* In [[TheFifties 1957]] UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower, sent the 101st Airborne of the U.S. Army [[BigDamnHeroes to enforce the desegregation of Little Rock Center High]].
* Pakistani actress Veena Malik, who participated in the 2010 edition of "Big Boss", the Indian version of Series/BigBrother, was on her return to Pakistan attacked and smeared for so-called "immoral" conduct. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi945O_F5Jk Watch her eloquently and passionately destroying the sexist attacks of a small-minded cleric]].
* In 1970, Alabama State Attorney General Bill Baxley re-opened Birmingham's 16th Street Church bombing case (the basis for both Spike Lee's ''4 Little Girls'' and the opening scene of ''Film/{{Selma}}'', and a turning point in the American Civil Rights movement). Over the years that followed, he received threatening letters from the state's still-powerful Ku Klux Klan chapter, including one from Klansman Dr. Edward R. Fields comparing him unfavorably to Robert Kennedy and implying that he might soon meet a similar fate to Kennedy. The full text of Baxley's response to Fields' letter, on official state letterhead:
-->Dear [[ScareQuotes "Dr."]] Fields: My response to your letter of February 19, 1976 is — '''kiss my ass'''.
* [[http://dawn.com/2011/10/17/women-soldiers-and-their-dress/ A male chauvinist wrote to a newspapers decrying Pakistani military uniforms worn by women soldiers]] and doubted whether the women were anything but eye candy. [[http://dawn.com/2011/10/23/women-soldiers-and-their-dress-2/ A response from two military officers, one of them a female captain]] lived this trope.
* The the 1860's and 70's, riots were common in San Francisco, and would often result in mobs of disenfranchised whites assaulting and killing Chinese immigrants. During one of these riots, self-proclaimed "Emperor of America" and beloved town eccentric Joshua Norton stood between a mob and a group of Chinese, and recited the Lord's Prayer over and over until the mob dispersed in shame.
* At a Neo Nazi Rally in Charlotte North Carolina, the nazis were met with counterprotestors who outnumbered them five-to-one. Did it get violent? No. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZpfxRxhQA8 The counterprotestors were dressed as clowns,]] and simply poked harmless fun at the nazis. A city councilmen even showed up with a red nose on! In the end, the counterprotestors got what they wanted: They made utter fools of the nazis.
* On Creator/{{ABC}} News, a reporter was interviewing the mouth for the dictator of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "Now, sir, you have said that the Jews do not originate from the Middle East at all. Should you like to apologise?"
* Chinese-American writer and activist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Fee Ben Fee]] was kicked out of a restaurant because of his race. In revenge, he told ten white friends what the restaurant had done. His white friends went to the restaurant and each ordered an expensive steak. Fee again tried to enter and was denied. He told the white customers (the restaurant owners had no idea they knew each other) about the restaurant's policy. Fee's friends got up and left, leaving the steaks half-cooked and unpaid for. This happened in ''1924''.
** Also, William Alvord vetoing the ordinance banning "pigtails" for prisoners, which was specifically aimed at Chinese men with queues (an important part of Manchurian Identity), and Stephen Johnson Field for ruling the ordinance unconstitutional when it was passed under a later mayor. All this in the ''1870s'' despite massive Sinophobia in society at that time (and for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Chinese_sentiment_in_the_United_States decades onward]])!
* A moment had to be given to Minnesotta Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, when, after hearing Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr.'s letter attempting to shame fellow football player Brendon Ayanbadejo for his open support of gay rights, drafted the [[http://www.queerty.com/vikings-chris-kluwe-writings-wonderfully-scathing-letter-to-anti-gay-delegate-emmett-burns-20120908/ single-most scathing letter]] to be put forth by an athlete towards a government official on any topic ever. The letter needs to be read to be believed, but amongst others, the very ''opening paragraph'' does say:
-->"Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level."
* [[http://notalwaysright.com/best-not-to-exchange-with-haters/25658 When a homophobic customer]] complained to the manager of a grocery store because the clerk was a lesbian, what does he do? He calls every grocery store within a 20-mile radius to get their clerks to pretend to be gay/lesbian just to get her goat! Now ''that's'' teamwork!
* Sir Nicholas Winton saved the lives of 669 Czech Jewish children, sending them in trains to Great Britain and finding homes for them. Just because there was a need and the Nazis did not yet forbid it. Importantly, he told nobody for years. Only when some of the children grew up and wanted to thank him was his silent heroism was brought into attention. He is very much admired, respected and loved in the Czech Republic. When he appeared on the BBC's ''That's Life'' program in 1988, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_nFuJAF5F0 every single one of them came to Britain to thank him.]]
* The British charity Help For Heroes rejecting funding from the English Defence League, a far-right fascist group that used the brutal murder of an English soldier named Lee Rigby, in order to further their own gains; this not only called them out, but also denied the EDL publicity they would have used even further. A matter of a few days later, the late soldier's regiment also told the English Defence League where to shove it as well, calling them out on exploiting the poor man's death too. Particularly awesome owing to the anti-Islamic paranoia that had hit Britain pretty badly after the murder.
** Add to that all the anti-fascist protests to stop fascists marching through London and causing even more trouble. Special mention, however, must go to a mosque in York, which decided to actually [[BadassPacifist invite the people marching on it inside for tea and biscuits, followed by a friendly game of football]]; after this, the mob harassing them went away ''peacefully''.
** As soon as the morning after the atrocity, many people of all faiths, and those without, such as secular humanists) rallied to defend those who were not involved with the killings (the majority of Muslim people in the UK, who were being demonised). Also a HeartwarmingMoment.
** Even Bill O'Reilly, who people don't exactly agree with on many things, promptly jumped to their defence, interviewing Tommy Robinson, their leader, and [[http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/oreilly/index.html#http://video.foxnews.com/v/2442881675001/islam-vs-the-west/?playlist_id=86923 shredding him live on air]], in front of the American public, by addressing his description of their group and dismissing it as BlatantLies. Robinson more or less had his tail between his legs as the interview ended.
** Around a year on from his murder, [[http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/lee-rigbys-mother-outraged-after-7037042 Lee Rigby's mother calls out the far-right group "Britain First" for using his image to further their horrible agenda]], saying that A) Lee never believed in that stuff himself and B) calling out someone from the Electoral Commission who let them do it.
* On June 13, 2013, the Australian Army's Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. David Morrison, announced a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaqpoeVgr8U now famous video announcement]] where his TranquilFury at announcing he won't tolerate that sort of crap instantly made him a hero worldwide.
--> Our service has been engaged in continuous operation since 1999, and in its longest war ever in Afghanistan. On all operations, female soldiers and officers have proven themselves worthy of the best traditions of the Australian army. They are vital to us, maintaining our capability now and into the future. If that does not suit you, then ''get out''.
* White Supremacist and BoomerangBigot Craig Cobb tried turning a small town into a white supremacist haven. The town's solution? [[RealityEnsues Call the cops]] and get the wanker arrested. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
* The first openly gay NFL player got some controversy because of homophobic NFL heads/coaches talking about how "uncomfortable" it would be. Dallas/Forth Worth sporscaster [[http://superlolbubblesblog.tumblr.com/post/76485784812/kristin5sos-watch-this-ok-this-is-my-local-news Dale Hansen]] responded to the "controversy" by delivering this '''epic''' ReasonYouSuckSpeech to said bigots, than proceeded to give an equally epic PatrickStewartSpeech in which he states [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments how gay people are just as much a part of the world as everyone else and that it's about time we got used to it]].
* Post WWII, the KKK had a sudden surge in popularity. Stetson Kennedy went undercover so he could reveal all the hidden secrets of the KKK at the time, but afterwards no one was interested in what he had to say. So, he went to the writers of the Superman radio serial, which lead to them creating a 16-episode series titled "Clan of the Fiery Cross", where all the information he had gathered on them was revealed. [[http://mentalfloss.com/article/23157/how-superman-defeated-ku-klux-klan Superman vs KKK?]] Superman wins. Two weeks after, recruitment was down to zero.
* In 2014, a neo-Nazi rally was held in Norrkoping, Sweden. The city's response? [[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/26/norrkoping-neo-nazis-schindlers-list-bells Have the bells of city hall play the theme to]] ''Film/SchindlersList''. Before ''and'' after the rally.
* Some neo-Nazis were tricked into raising money... ''for an antifascist group''.
* After the brutal murder of ten ''Charlie Hebdo'' satirists, plus at least two police officers (one of whom was a Muslim) in Paris at the hands of three Islamic extremists, thousands of people around the world rallied [[YouAreNotAlone in support of the victims]], ''including numerous Muslim groups'' that very publicly chose to condemn the gunmen for their brutal actions, saying that [[DisproportionateRetribution even if the cartoons were not in good taste, that did not justify the murders]]. This is in spite of hundreds of people trying to call for the mass deportation or even execution of all Muslims from France... [[DramaticIrony even though one of the police officers who died was a Muslim]].
** The magazine went on record to say that, despite the attack, they will go on to publish for next week and will not bow to threats.
** Additional mention needs to go to the Islamic police officer that died trying to stop the gunmen escaping. He might not have believed the same things the magazine was publishing, but still did his job.
* As of June 26th, 2015, same-sex marriage is legal in US nationwide. Yes, you read that right, ''nationwide''.
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[[folder:Legal/Criminal]]
* In the UsefulNotes/CharlesManson trials, mention must be given to Linda Kasabian standing down a group of ''killers threatening the same to her,'' all the while maintaining enough composure to give her testimony (albeit through tears). After already having an emotional breakdown as a result of said killings. When a Manson Family member screamed, "You're killing us!" she shot back, [[ShutUpHannibal "I'm not killing you!]] [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu You've already killed yourselves."]] Whatever you think of her, you've gotta hand it to Linda: that was ''excellent.''
** In addition, she unintentionally had the defense attorney's plan to discredit her backfire through her dramatic and human response to pictures of the murders. At one point, she looked at the Family members and said, "How could you do that?" Their answer? They giggled like schoolgirls. The attorney doubted her, considering that she had done LSD and could have easily been a part of the killings as well. Her answer? "I don't have the capacity to do something that animalistic."
* John Smeaton of Glasgow was just a luggage handler on his break when the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack occurred, with two men trying to drive an explosive-filled jeep into the airport terminal. What does he do? Thinks "that's not right" and goes over and helps the police in making sure they didn't get away, in typical Glasgow style (i.e. shouting "fuckin' mon, then!" and kicking one of the drivers in the head). Apparently there were other people there as well who had thought the same thing and they were kicking the shit out of the terrorists. Glasgow; if you're trying to be a suicide bomber there, make sure you die because if you don't you'll bloody well wish you had. It just goes to prove, you don't fuck with Scotland! (And if you try to, they'll break your legs and probably call out your footy team.)
** A nearby cab driver helped detain one of the other suspects-who happened to be somewhat on fire at the time-by kicking the would-be bomber so hard in the groin that the cab driver actually tore a tendon in his foot. So to quote [[http://www.cracked.com/article/79_the-5-most-embarrassing-failures-in-history-terrorism_p2/ Cracked]], "In the space of about 30 seconds, this man was in a car accident, an explosion, lit aflame and then kicked in the balls with more force than a human foot can technically take."
** A police officer present summed up why Glasgow is not to be tampered with: "Should we help that man [the burning terrorist]?" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XZ7M4pWSzw "No... Let the blinker burn."]]
* During the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, the first survivor was a little 1st grade girl. How did she survive? She played dead while the rest of her classmates (16 in all) were also dead and disguised herself by ''covering herself in their blood'' long enough for the killer to leave. When the coast was clear, she ran all the way out of the school and into her mother's arms, calmly saying, "Mommy, I'm alright... [[TearJerker but my friends are all dead.]]"
** Also during the shooting, Vicki Soto, a first-grade teacher hid her kids in closets/cabinets and told the shooter that the kids were in an auditorium/gym. The shooter proceeded to shoot the teacher, but the kids survived. The mayor of Newtown wants to name one of the schools after her for her heroism. And she was all of twenty-seven.
** And one of the teachers actually turned on the PA system to warn the rest of the school of the shooting.
** How did the principal die? She died lunging after the shooter, trying to stop him herself, probably ''knowing'' she was going to die.
* Six men decided to rob a jeweler's in Northampton, England. Everybody is too scared to approach... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp28Jgn-8e8 except one granny with a handbag]]. [[NeverMessWithGranny Take a wild guess what happens next...]]
* A local Bank of America branch in Florida tries to foreclose on a couple who don't even have a mortgage (they paid for their home in cash). The couple takes the matter to court and wins. The bank is ordered to pay the couple's legal fees (somewhere in the $2500-$3000 range). When the bank fails to pay, the couple and their lawyer get the sheriff and a two-man moving truck company and ''foreclose on the bank branch.'' ''Series/TheDailyShow'' covered it wonderfully [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-august-8-2011/the-forecloser here]].
-->'''Jon Oliver''': I feel bad for 'em. But... ''[[PrecisionFStrike fuck 'em]]!''
** And what could make this more awesome? The lawyer in question had only been practising for ''8 months'', and he still had the balls and expertise to take on one of the biggest banks in the USA and win.
* One of the few times [[ImageBoards 4Chan]] did something good! Website/{{Youtube}} videos surfaced of a 14-year-old physically abusing his cat. So what does 4Chan do? They tracked the guy down and passed the details over to Oklahoma police! The punk got arrested and the cat was taken to a safe place.
** Possibly averted. Sources from the town where this happened state that the boy's family is good friends with the town's sheriff and that the cat went right back into that household.
--->'''kenny-glenn.net:''' My name is (removed), I live in Lawton, OK and I have first-hand knowledge of the fact that the 2 cats being abused in that video, have not gone anywhere but back home to his abuser. I know for a fact that the Glenn’s and Sheriff Stradley are best buddies, I have witnessed Kenny (Christopher) Glenn telling the Sheriff that “I’ll see you when you come over to the house later.” Nobody has been punished, the cats are still where they came from in the first place. For personal reasons I can’t give you more info then that, I am just letting you know that absolutely nothing has happened to the animal abuser. The media ordeal was all a big show to make the public think that the abuser got punished...
* [[http://rt.com/news/man-stabs-invaders-tula-586/ Four thugs]] broke into a house of a businessman in Tula, Russia, armed with knifes, bats and ''guns''. They tortured him and his family for money, but once one of them put a gun to his baby's head, [[PapaWolf the man grabbed a knife himself...]] Three of the scumbags died on the spot, the fourth one fled.
* Any time the police conduct a raid arresting on child pornography rings all across their country, it's a MomentOfAwesome for them.
** Several times, burglars ransacking a house have come across the owner's child pornography and called the cops on them.
* Someone comes into your store and attempts to rob you with a large hunting knife. [[http://notalwaysright.com/courage-under-hire/22826 We don't give a damn.]]
** He didn't even realize it was a robbery. After the would-be robber left dejectedly after a telling-off, it took the cashier a moment to figure out, "He was gonna rob us?!" He then took about an hour to calm down.
* [[http://youtu.be/GyqYN9YRhUg Little girl thoroughly owns man trying to snatch her]]!
** If you can't/don't want to watch the video, it's even better than it sounds: when he tried to get away, she hauled him back for more, and then chased after him!
* [[http://notalwaysright.com/in-real-hot-sauce-now/8343 The response]] of this teenage waitress when confronted by a violent, angry customer. Serious BadAss, with a side order of NervesOfSteel. Her response to her cowardly boss immediately afterwards is a ''Crowning Moment within a Crowning Moment''.
** The lone bystander who could be bothered to help her also deserves props.
** How about [[http://notalwaysright.com/we-need-one-of-these-in-every-store-part-2/998 this one?]]
** And [[http://notalwaysright.com/needs-to-press-paws/29017 this one.]] The woman moved so fast they had to ''slow down the footage'' so they could see exactly what she did.
* In July 2014, [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=818524438192556 some footage went around the internet of an English woman abusing some migrants]], with hypocritical statements, racial and Islamophobic slurs, and even several punches. What's the best thing about the video? In spite of the constant verbal abuse and physical assault, ''none of the abused so much as raise a fist''. The most they do is block a punch or move her arm out the way, and get some damn good snark in. As one of the commentators put it:
-->"Well done to the gentleman for keeping his calm, even though he may speak a different language or possibly have non-national heritage, he is a much better representative of England than she ever could possibly be!"
* A 14-year-old kid [[http://www.carthrottle.com/good-guy-dodge-driver-stops-a-deadly-police-chase-by-smashing-his-ram-into-fleeing-veloster/ stole his grandfather's Hyundai]] and went for a joyride, with the police in pursuit. At one point, the kid drove through a park where kids were playing, almost hitting several of them. When Bryson Rowley, a parent of one of the kids, noticed that the Hyundai appeared to be coming back to the park, [[PapaWolf he decided enough was enough]]. He immediately got into his Dodge Ram and, taking the kid by surprise around a blind corner, [[CarFu ran into the car head-on]]. Both of them were uninjured, with the kid being taken into custody. The Hyundai was totaled, while the Ram suffered [[MadeOfIron nothing more than a slightly dented bumper]]. People from around the neighborhood [[http://www.carthrottle.com/the-heroic-dodge-ram-driver-who-stopped-a-dangerous-police-chase-is-getting-his-truck-repaired-for-free/ donated money so Rowley wouldn't have to pay to replace his bumper]].
* Federal District [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_G._Heyburn_II Judge John G. Heyburn II]] is just one of many judges who have overturned bans on same-sex marriage. However, his conclusion contains one of the best lines written on the matter. Referring to the opposition, he said [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe "These arguments are not those of serious people."]] [[TakeThat Burn.]]
* And then there was the same-sex marriage ruling that ended them all, Supreme Court case ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obergefell_v._Hodges Obergefell v. Hodges]]'', which finally gave gay couples the right to marry nationwide. If you read up on it, the entire case is equal parts {{Awesome}}, {{Heartwarming}}, and TearJerker, and it's made all the more awesome by the fact that the verdict was delivered in June, which is LGBT Pride Month, a mere ''two days'' before the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. But the ultimate CrowningMomentOfAwesome goes to the final sentence of the ruling, written by [[BadAss Justice Anthony Kennedy]], which might just be the single greatest sentence in judicial history: "the judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. ''It is so ordered''."[[note]]The italics were in the actual ruling, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis by the way]][[/note]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giles_Corey Giles Corey]]. During the Salem Witch Trials, he was accused of being a witch. But when the time came to enter a plea he refused, because he knew [[LoopholeAbuse if he entered either innocent or guilty his land would've been forfeited from his sons]]. With the trial not being able to continue without his plea, the court invoked their legal right to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peine_forte_et_dure torture him for a plea]], and took him outside, stripped him naked, laid him down on the ground, put a board on his chest and started putting heavy stones on it. With each stone they ask what his plea is and he remains silent. [[{{Determinator}} He lasted for three days from September 19th to the 21st on nothing more than a few mouthfuls of bread and some water]]. Then the final time they asked them, he simply said, "[[DyingMomentOfAwesome More weight.]]"
* [[https://www.facebook.com/LADbible/posts/1940158869364627 After being the victim of racial abuse]], a young man saves his bully's life after he suddenly collapses, by performing CPR for fifteen minutes until the ambulance arrives; without this he would have died before help arrived. Considering that the asshole abusing him probably wouldn't have been as charitable, it says a lot about this guy's character.
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[[folder:Politics]]
* UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson suffered a stroke during presidency on a cross-country speaking tour. This would have been devastating to America, right? Well, if the First Lady at the time, Edith Wilson, hadn't stepped in for him and taken over all his duties. This effectively also made Edith the first woman president, if only for a few months.
* The British politician Jack Straw is certainly a controversial figure, and that's putting it mildly. But his performance on ''Series/QuestionTime'' in 2009 against Nick Griffin, (then) leader of the far-right British National Party, is universally applauded. Griffin had, on tape, claimed that "this nonsense about gas chambers [i.e, the Holocaust] is a total lie". He then tried to back away from his earlier claim, saying that he had changed his mind after seeing "German radio intercepts", but because of the European Arrest Warrant, [[ArtisticLicenseLaw he would be extradited and prosecuted in Germany and Austria for it]]. Unfortunately for Griffin, Straw was Britain's Justice Minister at the time, and knew quite a bit more about [=EAWs=] than Griffin did - he first explained to Nick why that was rubbish, and then offered him a ''personal amnesty'' just in case, so he could explain himself without fear. The humiliated Griffin backed down.
* [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/405669/january-10-2012/malice-in-blunderland White House spokesman Eric Schultz']] totally deadpan response when [[Creator/FoxNewsChannel certain people]] attempted to drum up controversy over a ''3-year-old'' party that the Obamas threw for the children of our Armed Forces.
--> '''Creator/StephenColbert:''' Well, that's just hiding in plain sight! It's the oldest trick in the book.
* The protests against SOPA and PIPA which brought a previously guaranteed-to-pass, but highly controversial bill to a dead standstill, is a moment of awesome for the entire online community. ''Millions'' of people signed petitions. ''Hundreds'' of online companies blacked out in protest on the same day ('''Wikipedia''' blocked their screens out), and thousands of emails clogged up the inboxes of supporters and government officials. You know how if enough people call with a complaint about an issue it is noted in official record? Yeah, the protesters passed that mark by a couple of thousand. That's not even including the real life protests, where thousands gathered in New York. Several companies were convinced to end their previous support of SOPA when their users boycotted them and sent calm, but firm emails. It was the biggest online protest of all time, possibly one of the biggest in history, and the internet may never be the same. Game. Changed.
** The ACTA protesters deserve a special mention for this as well, as they were able to defeat and push back the bill without the support of the large internet corporations that opposed SOPA.
** Now there's CISPA, and [[http://openmedia.ca/blog/us-spying-bill-cispa-defeated-senate-floor/ once again]] we've managed to stare down another censorship bill...and on our own! However it [[http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2013/02/21/cispa-is-back/ seems to be back for more]]! And once again, we will be ready!
** And now SOPA is trying to be revived ''again''. People, get ready to protest again, since it's including ''streaming'' in its clauses now!
* In March 1933, the German parliament (Reichstag) was voting on the Enabling Act - the legal act which would give Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers. The Communists, having been outlawed, couldn't vote, but the other parties were all present. Every single one of them voted in favor... except the Social Democratic Party (SPD), ''all'' of whose 94 members of parliament voted against the act (these 94 were the only opposing votes). At a time when left-leaning people were facing serious persecution (note: 26 members of parliament from SPD were not present at the vote... due to being either arrested or in hiding!). Oh, also, a bunch of SA brownshirt stormtroopers were in the room during this parliamentary session!
** That's not all. Otto Wels, the chairman of SPD, went up and made a speech - the only opposing speech on that day, in fact. In the presence of Hitler himself, and his stormtroopers. Here are some highlights, using the translation as given on Wikipedia (there are others, slightly different):
--->'''Otto Wels''': [[DayOfTheJackboot At this historic hour,]] [[HeroicVow we German Social Democrats pledge ourselves to the principles of humanity and justice, of freedom and Socialism.]] [[YouCannotKillAnIdea No Enabling Law can give you the power to destroy ideas which are eternal and indestructible...]] [[DoNotGoGentle From this new persecution too German Social Democracy can draw new strength.]] [[YouAreNotAlone We send greetings to the persecuted and oppressed. We greet our friends in the Reich. Their steadfastness and loyalty deserve admiration.]] [[DoNotGoGentle The courage with which they maintain their convictions and their unbroken confidence guarantee a brighter future.]]
** Then, looking directly at Hitler, Wels proclaimed:
--->'''Otto Wels''': [[DefiantToTheEnd You can take our lives and our freedom, but you cannot take our honor. We are defenseless, but not honorless.]]
* An interesting case from the 2012 Presidential Elections. As the votes came in, it started to become clear that Ohio would decide if Mitt Romney had a fighting chance or if Barack Obama would be re-elected President. When Fox News' in-house decision team revealed that Obama would win Ohio and the presidency, they found themselves confronted by Karl Rove, who was adamant that they were calling the election prematurely and flinging out talk that Ohio always was Republican and the numbers would reveal that it would remain that way. One of the reporters, in turn, not only asks him, [[WhamLine "Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better or is this real?"]], but she goes down to the team, who tell her that they are confident in their predictions.
* Senator Wendy Davis filibusters the Texas Senate bill [=SB5=] that would close 37 of the 42 abortion clinics in Texas, the largest state in the contiguous lower 48 states. She had to stand, without leaning, without using the restroom, without food or drink, the entire time. ''13 hours''. She had to stay "on topic" discussing only "germane" issues. When filibustering in the Texas Senate, you get three points of order (basically you breaking the parliamentary rules for filibuster; two here were on germaneness, saying it wasn't on topic, and the other for her getting aid from a fellow senator). if you break three, your filibuster is over. During the filibuster, she is sanctioned twice for discussing topics that are not "germane." One of these topics? Sonograms. In a state where a woman must get a sonogram before she can have an abortion, per state legislation in 2012. The other sanction? Being helped with her back brace. The sonogram thing came up about 2 hours before the end of the session and then there was lots of parliamentary discussion about points of order and so on. The vote on SB5 could only be called before midnight. About ten minutes before midnight, women in the gallery started shouting and screaming to prevent the vote, chanting, "let her speak". It's one of the most amazing things you will hear. It really can make you proud to be a woman, or a feminist, or to be a voter in this democracy. While Davis is a liberal heroine (and most deservedly so) who deserves every one of the accolades she has received, this has become known as "The People's Filibuster" with ''excellent'' reason.
** Special mention goes to her fellow Democrats who stalled and [[BotheringByTheBook bothered by the book]] right back at the Republican led Senate, particularly Senator Leticia Van De Putte, who arrived late due to attending the funeral of her father, and, after having been ignored by the chair on a motion that should have preceded the motion to end the filibuster, made by a male Senator, called out the DoubleStandard, a comment which sparked the cheering in the gallery that continued past midnight, rendering the vote illegal to take.
---> "At what point must a female Senator raise her hand or her voice to be heard over the male Senators in the room?"
** Unfortunately, the awesomeness was slightly undermined by the fact that the bill she blocked was simply brought up again in a second session of the Texas legislature the very next month, and passed. As one commentator put it, "Wendy Davis won the battle, but Rick Perry won the war."
* UsefulNotes/RonPaul. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8u5hnMGOQ8 All]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-EaOqA9akc of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHCTUYjj_lU him]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u3iWydQrEU Yep.]] But even if you don't agree with him on a lot of stuff, you gotta admit the guy knows how to stand up for what he believes in.
* In Shreveport, LA, City Councilman Ron Webb sought to repeal a measure forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, claiming that Literature/TheBible considered LGBT people to be evil. Dozens of LGBT people showed up to protest but the best one was a transgender woman named Pamela Raintree, who dared Webb to stone her to death in accordance with biblical law. She said [[http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2014/01/17/trans-woman-dares-bible-quoting-councilman-stone-her-death "I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn't just a smoke screen for personal prejudices."]] Webb withdrew his measure without calling for a vote.
* UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln gave an early speech condemning the spread of slavery which was either so awesome the professional reporters were mesmerized and put their pencils down, or so strongly worded it was deliberately suppressed.
* Victoria Woodhull was nominated for President of the United States by the Equal Rights Party, along with abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass as Vice President (although he was not aware of this at the time), in 1872. She created a huge stir with her speeches and newspaper.
* A relatively recent one, when Senator Rand Paul filibustered for ''ten hours'' in order to stop the renewal of the Patriot Act in the United States, which gave the National Security Administration leave to spy on the American populace.
* Barack Obama's eulogy for the murdered Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina has been called not only the greatest rhetorical presentation of his political career, but the best by any American president in at least the last 60 or more years.
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[[folder:Science]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Fleming Alexander Fleming]]. He basically provided humanity with a weapon against one of its most dangerous (and possibly most numerous) enemies with his discovery of penicillin.
* Similarly, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonas_Salk Jonas Salk]]. He is known as the man who developed the polio vaccine, AKA half the reason why you aren't paralyzed from the neck down now. When the vaccine was declared successful, crowds essentially cheered.
** He is also known as the man who didn't patent the polio vaccine. Many speculate that if he had patented it, he could have made millions of dollars. He speculated this too, but also realized that if he had patented it, the world might still have a problem with polio existing.
*** "There is no patent [to the polio vaccine]. Could you patent the sun?" -Jonas Salk
** Furthermore, in the Eighties, he essentially led the research into making a treatment to AIDS. The only reason his research stopped was because he died in 1995.
* In 1961, UsefulNotes/YuriGagarin said "[[OneLiner Let's go]]" and [[TwinkleSmile smiled]] and then [[Franchise/StarTrek boldly went where no man has ever gone before]] in a two-meter coffin of metal and machinery to become the first man in space. Makes one wonder how they managed to fit his MASSIVE BALLS in a starship that small.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na0scpoRBO0 The Moon landing]]. NASA put a ''man on the moon'' using technology less sophisticated than what is in your average ''cell phone''. In '''1969''', before the advent of the Internet or modern computers. ''That'' is the crowning moment of awesome. The even more awesome part was that with tech that primitive, they '''not only''' sent three men to the moon, but brought them back ''alive''.
** On that note, the entire flight of Apollo 13 was one big Moment of Awesome for both the astronauts and NASA.
** May just be the greatest Moment of Awesome for humanity, period. As Neil Armstrong himself said, "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosetta_(spacecraft) Rosetta]]. Landing a probe. On a comet.
* The design of the famous Concorde supersonic passenger aircraft. The technical challenges of making such an aircraft were one thing. The political and economic challenges were quite another. But they were all overcome, and the aircraft gave nearly three decades of service. It even finally turned a profit. It wasn't just a passenger jet: it was an achievement in aerospace, in design, and political co-operation. It was also a stunningly beautiful piece of design, and it became an icon of air travel - as well as the last hurrah of the era of "old" travel in comfort and style. [[Series/TopGear Jeremy Clarkson]] sums it up in his book ''I Know You Got Soul'':
-->It was a scientist with NASA who summed up Concorde better than anyone I've ever met: ''"Putting a man on the moon was easy"'', he said, ''"compared with getting Concorde to work."''
* Humanity succeeding in wiping out the smallpox virus. The vast reduction of other potentially crippling and/or lethal illnesses via vaccine (such as Polio and measles) is also pretty awesome.
** Also, the eradication of rinderpest.
** The development of the rabies vaccine is also worth mentioning, given the horrors one goes through if they contract the disease.
** Not to mention we're making headway on cancer, HIV and AIDS. Let it be known that for all humanity's faults; [[AdaptiveAbility if there exists something that wants us dead, we will find a way to eradicate it.]]
* Creator/EliezerYudkowsky winning the [[http://yudkowsky.net/singularity/aibox AI-Box Experiment]].
* [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Lenski_Affair The Lenski Affair]]. Professor Richard Lenski had been working on an experiment to study how evolution works for 20 years (as of 2008) with the help of several students and other professors, and published the results on the article "Historical contingency and the evolution of a key innovation in an experimental population of Escherichia coli". Andy Schlafly, infamous editor of Wiki/{{Conservapedia}}, sent him an e-mail asking for all the data about the experiment and casting aspersions on Lenski's character. The professor patiently and respectfully directs him to read the article, and also corrects several misconceptions Andy had asked about in the first letter. Schlafly then replies with yet [[WhatAnIdiot another request for all information and data]], again making the same misconceptions and even implying that Lenski may have engaged in fraud. Lenski's next answer becomes, as Lenski says, "less polite" in answer to Schlafly's lack of politeness. In a very long and comprehensive letter, Lenski completely shows that Schlafly isn't acting in good faith, completely pwns him and teaches everyone who reads it a bit of what he did, and concludes it with a P.S, a P.P.S, [[SerialEscalation a P.P.P.S]] and [[OverlyLongGag a P.P.P.P.S.]] which show that, indeed, Lenski is far more open minded than Schlafly has ever been in the RealLife sense of the word (note that, in Conservapedia, "open minded" is SpySpeak for "I completely agree with Schlafly's opinions, even if they are the most stupid ones possible"). It gives you a nice feeling inside.
** Schlafly's response?[[http://www.conservapedia.com/Professor_values#Immoral.2C_Unethical.2C_or_Bizarre_Behavior Richard Lenski of Michigan State University was rude and demeaning when replying to a member of the public who asked about his research.]]"
* James Clerk Maxwell's formulation of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell%27s_equations Maxwell's equations]], and resultant discovery of the true nature of light. The commentary in the ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1420.html Maxwell's Equations comic]] describes this very well. (There's actually one more result which can be traced directly back to those equations: [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]]'s discovery of UsefulNotes/{{Relativity}}. An amazing discovery, to be sure!)
* [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/03/baby-cured-of-hiv_n_2803041.html This baby girl]] who was [apparently] cured of the HIV virus. Even if she wasn't completely cured (as it's too early to tell), it certainly opens up many doors for future possible vaccines or cures of HIV.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milwaukee_protocol The Milwaukee Protocol]] for treating symptomatic rabies. Until a few years ago, rabies was always fatal in humans once symptoms developed, but the daring work of Dr. Rodney Willoughby Jr. has produced, to date, six survivors of symptomatic rabies. It's far from a cure, as the survivors still sustained neurological damage, and it only works about 10% of the time, but it does give a fighting chance to patients who ten years ago would have been considered terminal.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Hilleman Maurice Hilleman.]] He saved five hundred million lives. As with Borlaug above, see TheOtherWiki for a full account of Hilleman's awesomeness. Briefly: he developed the first seasonal flu vaccines and the vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, [[SerialEscalation among others]].*
* January 7, 2014: A New York City meteorologist exploits a record-low six-degree temperature, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7DGXAZwy-M freezing an egg in two-and-a-half minutes]].
* Lift Labs created a [[https://www.liftlabsdesign.com/index.html#prettyPhoto spoon]] that compensates for the tremors experienced by Parkinson's patients in the hands, allowing them to eat without dropping food much more easily. It also comes with a fork.
* A high school robots team created a functional robotic hand with a 3d printer and gave it to a 4 year old girl who had no fingers. [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/20/harmony-taylor-hand-high-school-robotics-team_n_4481441.html Seen here.]] Doubles as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.
* 10 year old Clara Lazen managed to create a new molecule [[http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-02/10-year-old-accidentally-creates-new-explosive-molecule-science-class#mini-panel-comments while in science class]].
* 16 year old Azza Abdel Hamid figured out a way to turn her country's waste into $78 million worth of [[http://inhabitat.com/16-year-old-egyptian-scientist-finds-way-to-turn-plastic-waste-into-78-million-of-biofuel/ biofuel each year.]]
* [[http://discovermagazine.com/2010/mar/07-dr-drank-broth-gave-ulcer-solved-medical-mystery Barry Marshall proved that bacterial infections caused stomach ulcers]] by infecting and then curing ''himself'' (the bacterium in question doesn't infect mice, and he couldn't get approval for human trials), for which he and his collaborator Robin Warren won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
* [[http://www.doctorross.co.za/self-operation-tracking-down-a-good-story/ Leonid Rogozov]], a doctor stationed in Antarctica, contracted appendicitis and had to perform the operation ''on himself'' under local anesthesia.
* Any doctor that devotes their life to treating the Ebola virus, which is incurable, such as [[http://www.channel4.com/news/ebola-doctor-dead-sierra-leone-virus Sierra Leone's leading doctor]], who treated a hundred patients until his own death.
** Not to mention Canada's response to the current outbreak. Sending 1,000 doses of an experimental drug that has not been tested on humans to the affected area. This is not the Canada as you know it from fiction! This is heroism!
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[[folder:War]]
* The rescue of the Danish Jews during WWII. After the reverses in the East showed the Danes that their calculation in 1940 - that they would have to live under German rule and so the best thing was to make it as easy as possible - was wrong, Danish civil society moved from passivity to active resistance to Nazi "protection". In response, Hitler ordered that Denmark's 7800 Jews should be rounded up and deported to Auschwitz. The Danish underground movement, local police, and fisherman, managed to smuggle 99% of the Danish Jews over the Øresund to neutral Sweden. As per their wishes, the Danes who participated are collectively honored as "Righteous Among the Nations" at Yad Vashem.
* "[[WoodenShipsAndIronMen England expects that every man will do his duty.]]" (Should've been more like 'confides', but that would've had to be sent flag-per-letter while 'expects' could be abbreviated.)
* "The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength. Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old." Yours truly, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill.
* UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill: "If we fail, then the whole world, including the [[AmericaSavesTheDay United States]], will [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt fall into the abyss of a new dark age]] made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of [[ScienceIsBad perverted science]]. [[RousingSpeech Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties and so bear ourselves, that if]] [[TheEmpire the British Empire and its Commonwealth]] [[BadassBoast lasts for a thousand years, men will still say:]] '''This was their finest hour.'''"
** Another one from Churchill: "We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills, '''''we shall NEVER surrender'''''.
* A retired Gurkha soldier on the way home on the train takes on 40 robbers by himself. And wins. Even better, the reason he risked his life? They were going to rape a 18 year old girl on the train. If they had just taken the cash and other valuables he wouldn't have killed 3 of them, injured 8 and drove all 40 off. His only weapon? A kukri knife. Their weapons? Swords, knives and thankfully non-working guns.
* The Gurkha soldiers and even the Nepalese themselves have a long history of awesomeness. Even as far back as the early 16th century, the Gurkha soldiers were elite and brilliant soldiers. The entire East Indian branch of the English Army tried to subdue Nepal, but the Gurkha soldiers were so good, and all the regular people (or peasants as they were known back then) were so indomitable and brave that not only did they force England into a stalemate, with England having only gain nominal control over them, the English were so impressed and so respected them that they made Nepal a protectorate. They ended up contracting the Gurkha soldiers out as mercenaries, giving them officer ranks, respected them ''immensely'' as great soldiers, and treated them with a type of equality that was ''never'' heard of even until the 1960s in America! [[labelnote:*]] they were still subordinate to any British officer, but they were treated as valued members of the English army when in America anyone who wasn't white was still in slavery and treated as subhuman. That is pretty Goddamn impressive![[/labelnote]] These soldiers were so good and valuable that in World War One more than 200 000 Gurkhas served in the British army, with ''only 20 000 casualties'', and receiving nearly 2000 gallantry rewards! ''That'' is how awesome these soldiers are.
* On June 14, 1982, elements of the 1st/7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles were poised to attack Mt. William, held by Argentinian troops. The Argentinians caught wind of the Gurkhas' presence and promptly retreated, leaving Mt. William to the Gurkhas without a shot being fired.
* Former Chief of Staff of the Indian Army Sam Manekshaw, himself a pretty Awesome FourStarBadass (his nickname was "Sam Bahadur" - Sam the Brave) said it best:
-->"If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha."
* Another moment of awesome from a Gurkha soldier: [[http://www.nepalmelbourne.com/?p=884 fighting off 30 Taliban fighters]] ''[[OneManArmy single-handedly]]''. He was largely annoyed that he had forgotten his khukri that day. He made up for it by beating several enemies to death with a fucking machine gun tripod. Which are incredibly awkward at the best of times, essentially three pieces of two-inch steel pipe with hinges.
* In 1966, US Navy Commander Jeremiah Denton was forced to do a TV interview in Vietnam while he was a POW, so what did he do? He calmly answered the interviewer's questions while doing Morse code by blinking. He spelled out T-O-R-T-U-R-E, telling American Intelligence that he and his fellow prisoners were being tortured (it is speculated that his captors didn't know he had sent the message until eight years later). He ended up getting promoted to Captain while he was STILL imprisoned.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill Jack Churchill]], who fought in World War II ''with a longbow and a broadsword''.
* The infamous Titanic's elder sister ship Olympic also had her share of collisions, but unlike her hapless sibling, ''absolutely refused to go down''. The first two cases were incidents with a tug and a cruiser, but the third one is where it gets [[http://perdurabo10.tripod.com/ships/id45.html awesome]]. Olympic was drafted into service in WWI as a troop ship, and once engaged a German submarine. The sub fired a torpedo at the ship but missed. Olympic in return '''rammed the submarine and sank it'''. This is on top of the fact that she was one of the largest commercial ocean liners at the time, and was only drafted due to a shortage of ships. Large troopships were extremely vulnerable targets because if one sunk they would take with them a lot more lives than smaller troopships. The Olympic not only rammed a submarine to death, but survived the entire war intact. This earned her the name "Old Reliable".
* The town of Misrata, Libya. During the [[UsefulNotes/{{Libya}} 2011 Libyan Civil War]], Misrata became the only rebel stronghold in the west. It was quickly besieged by Gaddafi's forces, and many assumed it would fall. Instead, the citizens of Misrata transformed themselves into an effective fighting force, holding out for weeks until rebel forces, supported by [[DeathFromAbove NATO airpower]], drove out Gaddafi's forces. Misratan troops continued to serve with distinction until the end of the war. The fall of Tripoli was another for the rebels. Everyone was expecting that the battle for Tripoli would be a drawn-out bloodbath, with many wondering if the rebels might end up making Benghazi the post-Gaddafi capital instead. Come the evening of August 20, when the rebels launched a masterful surprise attack, quickly capturing the city intact. There was no bloodbath, and no question that Tripoli would remain the capital of Libya.
* Operation Entebbe, immortalized as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entebbe_Raid Entebbe Raid]]. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine takes 105 Jewish passengers hostage from an Air France jet, before flying the aircraft to Uganda, where it is sheltered by the Amin government at Entebbe Airport. Israel refuses to negotiate. Instead, they send 100 commandos to execute an operation that took a week of meticulous planning. Defying the odds, they got 102 of 105 hostages out and lost only one commando, utterly defeating the hostage-takers. As a final insult, the Commandos blew up most of the Ugandan Air Force on the runway on the way out to cover their escape. The raid was called "an impossible mission" at the time, and it is still studied by military scientists as an example of hostage-rescue and special operations done right.
* Awesome doesn't always involve weaponry and computers. [[http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle.aspx?id=11296 Behold some productive nonviolence]] that ''still'' manages to be badass. Or maybe because it was done by [[BadassIsraeli Israelis.]]
* In WWII, when Czechoslovakia was invaded by the Nazis, Czechoslovak pilots emigrated to the United Kingdom to fight in the Battle of Britain. There were lots of {{Ace Pilot}}s among them with lots of personal Moments of Awesome going on. Unfortunately, when they returned home and communists took over, they were treated as traitors just because they fought with Western Allies. They were falsely accused of conspiracy and treason, they were imprisoned in concentration camps and tortured for years. Shameful and definitely a huge Real Life Dethroning Moment of Suck. Poor guys, such heroes, but such sad fate. However, their professional and personal courage is now greatly admired and they are among the most respected people.
* Polish fighter pilots. Poland was the second casualty of German aggression [[note]]They took over Czechoslovakian border regions in 1938, with a blessing from Czechoslovakia's fair-weathered allies, and invaded the rest of the country in March 1939.[[/note]], in a campaign that lasted only a week. The Polish Air Force was one of the first to fall. However, the Polish fighter pilots who escaped found themselves joining Allied armies such as the British Air Force. It was there that they fought in the Battle of Britain, and the Polish arm of the Royal Air Force was one of the most (some say THE most) decorated and effective fighter group during the battle. The free Polish Army, meanwhile, would later go on to fight with the Western Allies in Italy, France and Germany where they served with distinction (including having a Nazi-fighting ''[[BearsAreBadNews bear]]'' on their side), the proudest moment being the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Monte_Cassino Battle of Monte Cassino]]. However, this relationship was marred when the Western Allies gave Poland to the Soviet Union as part of the Yalta conference. Facing likely persecution by communists for fighting with the Western Allies, many Polish veterans [[YouCantGoHomeAgain would remain in the West, with more than a few never going home]].
* In WWII, the Dutch defence line at Kornwerderzand was not broken after German attacks and only surrendered after the national capitulation. The defenders were saluted by their captors on their way to internment.
* In the Pacific theatre, a small Dutch submarine force based in Western Australia sank more ships than the American and British navies in that threatre combined.
* The Battle of Samar. A Japanese battle group under Admiral Kurita centered around the giant battleship ''Yamato'' made a daylight attack against the American landings at Leyte Gulf. ''Yamato alone'' outweighed the ''entire'' defense force remaining in the gulf after Halsey's carriers departed northward to attack a decoy force. None of the defending surface combatants were larger than a destroyer, and most were actually the even smaller and lighter-armed destroyer escorts. Such was the ferocity of their defense that Kurita thought he had run right into Halsey's ''entire fleet'' and withdrew.
** Special mention should be given to the destroyer USS ''Johnston''. When Kurita's battle group first appeared on the horizon, it was the ''Johnston'' that led the charge. Once within torpedo range, she fired a torpedo, which ''blew the bow off'' the Japanese cruiser ''Kumano'', then sunk another cruiser that stopped to aid her. Then once out of torpedoes, she stuck around to provide fire support to her sister destroyers and act as bait to take Japanese guns off the escort carriers. Due to her role in the battle, the ''Johnston'''s crew received the Presidential Unit Citation and her skipper, Lt. Cmdr. Ernest Evans, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
* Also from the Pacific Theater, [[Film/TheGreatRaid the raid on Cabanatuan Prison Camp]] by the 6th {{Ranger}} Battalion. The actual raid itself may count, but the ultimate MomentOfAwesome is the battle at the nearby Cabu Bridge, where Capt. Juan Pajota and his around 100-storng guerillas managed to hold off around '''a thousand''' Japanese soldiers, and managed to wipe out more or less half the Japanese stationed on the other side of the bridge. See everything [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_at_Cabanatuan here]].
** This led to more successful POW rescues in the Philippine Campaign, especially the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_at_Los_Ba%C3%B1os Raid at Los Baños]] by [[ItsRainingMen 1st Battalion, 511th Parachute Regiment]]. Some have called it "the greatest airborne operation of all time".
** Said POW rescues also double as SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments, especially the Ranger raid at Cabanatuan, since all the POWs rescued were Bataan and Corregidor survivors who thought they will never have a chance to go home again.
* The entire career of the USS ''Enterprise'' CV-6 is one long string of these. She earned ''twenty'' battle stars, a Presidential Unit Citation, and has the distinguished accolade of being the ''only'' active carrier in the Pacific Theater for an entire year after her sister ships ''Yorktown'' and ''Hornet'' were sunk (at Midway and Santa Cruz, respectively) and ''still'' managed to survive the war. And to top it all off, she was at all of the major battles in the Pacific. Midway, Guadalcanal, Truk, Philippine Sea, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa -- it was present for all of them. A squadron of ''Enterprise'''s scout bombers even fought the Japanese at Pearl Harbor.
** [[Franchise/StarTrek Really no surprise considering she was called the Enterprise.]]
** There is actually an awesome moment in the above. When Gene Roddenberry was considering a new name for the ship that would be the center of the show, he was originally going to go with "USS ''Yorktown''". Then, out comes the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Enterprise_%28CVN-65%29 second ship]] to bear the name ''Enterprise'', and Gene suddenly changed his mind. Art Director Matt Jefferies even compared the fictional ''Enterprise'' to CVN-65 for scale. Thus was born the most famous ''Enterprise'' of all.
* The Doolittle Raid. Twenty B-25 Mitchell medium bombers -- which were most definitely NOT designed for carrier takeoffs -- launched from the USS ''Hornet'', bombed Tokyo's industrial center, then made it to Chinese territory (though none of the airplanes survived). The actual damage was negligible, but the moral effects of the raid were tremendous for ''both'' sides of the war.
* The relief of Bastogne. The city of Bastogne was placed under siege by the Nazis during the Battle of the Bulge, with the 101st Airborne Division trapped within. On December 19th, the Third Army was fighting down on the Saar border of Germany when Eisenhower called a meeting. Before going, General George S. Patton drafted three different contingency plans, guessing the intent. When Ike asked Patton how soon he could have troops in the Ardennes, Patton replied he could do it in 48 hours -- completely insane for an army engaged in a slog. Patton insisted he could do it, and Eisenhower told him to attack on the 22nd with three divisions. Patton took the 4th Armored, 80th Infantry, and 26th Infantry divisions and charged north. Not only did they make it, they managed to relieve the battered 101st. Many historians refer to this as "Patton's finest hour," and it was faithfully reproduced in the movie ''{{Film/Patton}}''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNF28p6wkOs This video]] of soldiers reciprocating to a small boy standing to salute them.
* In 1918, the soldiers of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundofMartialMusic Austro-Hungarian Empire (AKA the Hapsburg Monarchy)]] that were able to return home to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carinthia_%28state%29 Carinthia]] (formerly a Duchy within Austria-Hungary, now a state/province of Austria) were in for a surprise. The newly-formed country of the '''Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes''' (AKA UsefulNotes/{{Yugoslavia}}) wanted to make nearly half of Carinthia part of their nation. The soldiers' response: Take up arms again after ''four'' years of hellish warfare and defend their new country Austria, which many people thought would not survive. They managed to fight the enemy forces until 1920 when the issue was decided by a vote. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carinthian_Plebiscite Even the majority of Carinthian-Slovenes voted to stay with Austria.]]
** The Austro-Hungarian Royal and Imperial Army had another one in a strange kind of way: when World War One ended, the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed and the last Emperor, Charles X, went into exile. Then the Austro-Hungarian Army surrendered and was dissolved. The army "outlived the state it was created to defend," as A. J. P. Taylor put it.
* Awesome/AudieMurphy's wartime exploits as a whole, apparently.
* Hannibal gets one for his victory at the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cannae Battle of Cannae]]. Facing an army of over 80,000 Romans with his army of 50,000 Carthaginians, he not only won, he actually managed to bait the Romans into a position where his army, which to reiterate was outnumbered by more than 3 to 2, completely surrounded the Romans. This has gone down as one of the greatest tactical feats in military history.
** Special mention should also go to Quintus Fabius Maximus Cunctator, especially for the battle of Gerionum. Fabius' disloyal Magister Equitum, Minucius, led half the Roman army into a trap set by Hannibal that would have employed the same double-envelopment that later worked at Cannae. When Fabius was informed that Minucius had walked into a trap, many of his advisers urged him to let Minucius be destroyed, since Minucius was his political opponent. Instead, Fabius, who had earned the then-derisory nickname Cunctator (delayer) for refusing to meet the Carthaginians in battle, declared that "We must hasten to rescue Minucius, who is a valiant man, and a lover of his country." Just as the Carthaginian flanks were linking up to encircle Minucius' army, and as Minucius, realizing that he had led yet another Roman army to destruction, was about to commit ritual suicide, Fabius' army came marching over the hill in full battle array, ready to attack the Carthaginians just where they were linking up to complete the encirclement. The Carthaginians retreated without any further fighting, and Minucius' army was saved. After this, Minucius was formally reconciled to Fabius and declared "My father gave me life. Today you saved my life. You are my second father." That was probably the highest compliment one Roman could ever pay another, so it doubles as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. Incidentally, it was Fabius' strategy that ultimately defeated Hannibal, and it is known to this day as Fabian strategy; "Cunctator," originally an insult, eventually became an honorific, although it took the disaster at Cannae for the Romans to see how right Fabius was. Hannibal was one of the greatest tacticians who ever lived, but Fabius was one of the greatest strategists; Hannibal won battles, but Fabius won the war.[[note]]Even though he did not live to see it.[[/note]]
* General Eisenhower once tried to have the lesbians in the army removed from service, and told Johnnie Phelps to do so. Here is (part) of her [[http://bibliothekara.tumblr.com/post/91896916665/johnnie-phelps-a-woman-sergeant-in-the-army response.]]
--> '''Johnnie Phelps''': Sir, you’re right. They’re lesbians in the WAC battalion. And if the general is prepared to replace all the file clerks, all the section commanders, all the drivers-every woman in the WAC detachment-and there were about nine hundred and eighty something of us-then I’ll be happy to make that list. But I think the general should be aware that among those women are the most highly decorated women in the war. There have been no cases of illegal pregnancy. There have been no cases of AWOL. There have been no cases of misconduct. And as a matter of fact, every six months since we’ve been here, the general has awarded us a commendation for meritorious conduct.
** He told her to "forget the order".
* Shipping companies from the Åland Islands used sailing boats to deliver goods from Australia to England. In the middle of World War II. And almost no one dared to attack them as both Allied and Axis countries employed companies from Åland which meant they couldn't tell who the goods belonged to.
* Sadao Munemori's parents emigrated to America, where he was born in 1922. In 1941, for reasons [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII covered elsewhere,]] the United States dragged his parents off to an internment camp. He'd already been accepted by the Army, but they had Sadao (and everybody who looked like him) demoted to 4-C - essentially not trusted to do anything more warlike than sweep floors or peel potatoes. When the US finally decided that the sons of Japanese immigrants could be allowed to carry a gun, he was transferred to the Italian front - where he and hundreds of other Nisei fought in brutal mountain combat. Eventually, during a skirmish on the Gothic line, he was preparing to hurl a grenade when his right hand was blown nearly off - hanging by a shred of meat and still holding a live grenade. He transferred the grenade to his good hand, completed the throw, and wiped out the enemy machine gun nest. He died of shock and blood loss almost immediately afterward. The country for which he fought and died ''still'' had his parents locked up behind barbed wire. The US Army, recognizing that he might kinda be considered a hero, made an exception to the highly racist policies of that time and awarded him the Medal of Honor.
* The Siege of Mafeking during the Second Boer War. A force of around 2000 men and boys held the African village of Mafeking for 217 days against a force of over 10,000 Boer troops. The actions of the boys during the siege led the leader of the defense, Colonel Robert Baden-Powell, to create the Scouting Movement.
* Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík, Czech and Slovak resistance fighters respectively, who pulled off the successful assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, ''the director of the Gestapo and one of the main architects of the Holocaust''. Over the course of World War II there were many attempts to assassinate Nazi officials, with very few succeeding; Heydrich was the highest ranking Nazi to meet his death this way. Despite the horrific reprisals against Czech civilians that followed, causing many to question whether it was worth it, today Kubiš and Gabčík are regarded as national heroes.
* The USS ''Constitution'' AKA "Old Ironsides" is a clipper ship from the War of 1812. Because the ''Constitution'' was made out of a special kind of wood, cannonballs bounced off her, hence the nickname "Old Ironsides". Yeah, that's right, the cannonballs ''bounced off''.
* The CCCP/USSR's BadAss female fighter pilots, the Night Witches. They fought in World War 2, and earned their nickname because [[TheDreaded they were so successful and deadly, the Nazis compared them to witches.]] The only two female fighter aces were Night Witches. They flew combat, and dropped 23,000 tons of bombs. Their leader was Marina Raskova, Hero of the Soviet Union. She received the first state funeral of the war, and has a street in Moscow named after her. Another member, Nadia Popva, was shot down three times, and survived each time. Lydia [[RedBaron "The White Rose Of Stalingrad"]] Litvyak was the first female fighter pilot to shoot down an enemy plane, and do you know how many Nazis planes it took to shoot her down? [[RasputinianDeath Eight.]] Zhenya Rudneva fought at the front of the war, died valiantly while flying her 645 combat mission, and, after the Nazis bombed her beloved university, [[BadassBoast she swore revenge on the university's behalf, dedicating her first bomb to the cause of avenging the university.]] A tight-knit regiment of {{Action Girl}}s from GloriousMotherRussia literally flying in the face of the Nazis? Oh. Yeah.
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* Your first skydive jump.
* Creator/WaltDisney: Anyone who takes his reputation and what he accomplished for granted don't realize just how much crap he went through early in his life. First, he went through ''two'' unsuccessful attempts at making his own studio--then, when he finally [[WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit got a hit star]], it was stolen right out from under him, along with almost all of his animators by a greedy coporate scumbag. [[ForegoneConclusion But did he give up?]] [[{{Determinator}} HECK NO.]] Walt simply quit the studio and decided to become his own boss from there on out, taking with him the only three people who didn't leave his side--his partner UbIwerks, and the two apprentice animators [[DisneysNineOldMen Les Clark]] and Wilfred Jackson. From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow, ''indeed.'' Then they went on to make MickeyMouse, then later on the Silly Symphonies which constantly pushed technical boundaries and subject matter unheard of in animation, and then proved that feature length animation was viable, then went on to pioneer theme parks... the guy just kept finding ways to keep topping himself, driven by his perfectionism. If he had just lived longer, who knows what more he could have contributed to the world? Meanwhile, Charles Mintz, the man that stole Oswald, was fired from Universal less than a year later for "Letting Walt Disney get away" and was replaced with Walter Lantz, who went on to create Woody Woodpecker.
* Creator/TerryPratchett received a knighthood, and ''[[http://www.news.com.au/technology/terry-pratchett-creates-a-sword-with-meteorites/story-e6frfro0-1225926584339 made his own flippin' sword.]] [[RuleOfCool With part of a meteorite!]]''
* In 1987, at a party held by fashion designer Fernando Sanchez, the philosopher A.J. Ayer, then 77, confronted Mike Tyson, who was forcing himself upon the (then little-known) model Naomi Campbell. When Ayer demanded that Tyson stop, the boxer said: "Do you know who the fuck I am? I'm the heavyweight champion of the world," to which Ayer calmly replied: "And I am the former Wykeham Professor of Logic. We are both pre-eminent in our field. I suggest that we talk about this like rational men." While Tyson was thus distracted by Ayer, Campbell slipped out.
* Human childbirth counts as a huge SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for the lady doing it.
** In Greek (or was it Roman?) mythology, a woman who dies in childbirth ends up in Elysium -- where HEROES end up because of their great deeds.
** Viking women only went to Valhalla -- heaven for heroes -- if they died in childbirth.
** The Spartans would only give a proper funeral to two types of people: men who died in battle, and women who died in childbirth. All others were looked down upon.
* Criss Angel exposed Jim Callahan and Uri Geller at the same time with one little envelope, gives a picture perfect TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, and almost clobbers Callahan.
** P.S. In case you're wondering, what was in the envelope was a card with "9/11" written on it, because in the event that anyone there did prove psychic enough to know what was in the envelope the question would remain: why didn't they put it to good use and do things like warn us about 9/11 on 9/10?
** Similarly, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Randi James Randi]] debunking several notorious "psychics", faith healers, and crooked televangelists. The crowner of his career must be the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9w7jHYriFo&t=8m42s exposure of Peter Popoff as a fraud]].
* For those who didn't like Jerry Falwell, Creator/ChristopherHitchens's remark to Sean Hannity after his death was one of these: "If you gave Falwell an enema he could be buried in a matchbox."
* [[http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110214/ap_on_re_as/as_malaysia_tiger_attack_2 Woman chases away tiger with ladle. Holy crap.]]
* In 2008, Dave Carroll witnessed his guitar, among others being thrown around on the tarmac by the baggage-handling crew of United Airlines. He arrived at his destination to find his guitar with a broken neck, then went through ''nine freakin' months'' of trying to negotiate with United, to no avail. So what did he do? He wrote not one, not two, but ''three'' [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic epic]] "United Breaks Guitars" songs, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YGc4zOqozo here,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-UoERHaSQg here,]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P45E0uGVyeg here.]] And the first one got 150,000 views on the day he posted it. And just to make Dave's revenge a little sweeter, since that day, there have been zillions of people sharing stories about what United did to ''their'' luggage - don't think anyone in their right mind would fly with United after seeing ''those.'' And all of this just for a guitar. Way to go, Dave - best TakeThat ever.
** Carroll later gave a presentation where he commented that at one point he was at another airport on a transfer bus between terminals when someone asked him if he was the United Breaks Guitars guy. When he acknowledged he was, a United plane just happened to be passing by...''and the passengers on the bus spontaneously began singing the chorus of the song''.
** United's humiliation was so great that they now show the video to new employees to demonstrate what happens with bad customer service.
** In the early 1980s. Tom Paxton had a similar experience, which he recorded in the song, "Thank You, Republic Airlines".
* Casey Heynes, the kid who's had enough of a bullies who have been harassing him for years. Just... [[http://deadspin.com/#!5781702/the-ultimate-anti+bullying-psa-kid-fights-back-with-devastating-body-slam see for yourself]]. They call him the [[StreetFighter Zangief]] Kid.
* Anyone who sails around the world with a yacht. Extra bonus if you do it ''alone''. And even more, if you do it ''eight times'', like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoru_Sait%C5%8D this Japanese gentleman]].
* Philippe Petit aka Man on Wire. Walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers. At the very top. Illegally. With no safety net, harness or anything. They made a film about him, and quite rightly too. When asked why, he replied "There is no why." Awesome.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter_Joke_Trial A guy posts a joke on Twitter about blowing up an airport, and gets arrested for making a bomb threat.]] The public's response? Thousands repost the joke verbatim on Twitter. With the hashtag [[IAmSpartacus #iamspartacus]].
* [[http://www.herald-mail.com/news/hm-boonsboro-high-school-graduation-described-as-bittersweet-20110603,0,1606831.story This]] kid's valedictorian speech. (Scroll near to the bottom to see a few lines from his graduation speech.)
* Whether it was staged or not, this kid's ''epic'' dance to a Bon Jovi song at a Celtics game is proof positive that it really is possible to [[http://youtu.be/ZoC4yWWxFGs dance like no one is watching.]]
* A guy decides to do the right thing when he finds [[http://web.archive.org/web/20110610183015/http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110609/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_found_riches_returned $17,000 in cash.]]
* Check out this blog, named [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com Badass of the Week]] it's only about Moments of Awesome. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It lists one badass a week and what they did to earn that title.]]
* Building an SUV [[http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/life-size-lego-suv-impractical-awesome-215800705.html out of Legos]].
* A [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1214729/James-May-size-Lego-house-wants.html HOUSE made of Legos]]! It helps that [[Series/TopGear James "Captain Slow" May]] spearheaded the whole thing. In the same TV series, May also organised successful attempts to make:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr4Gbv9Fan4 A plasticine garden for the Chelsea Flower Show]].
** A 1:1 scale Airfix model of a Spitfire, complete with a life-size model of himself to go in the cockpit.
** [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/6001045/James-May-builds-Liverpool-bridge-out-of-Meccano.html A Meccano bridge]].
** [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6040184/James-May-attempts-world-record-for-Scalextric.html A Scalextric set around the length of Brooklands race track]].
** [[http://www.motorbiketimes.com/news/people/celebrity/the-story-behind-james-may-s-meccano-isle-of-man-motorbike-$21383127.htm A Meccano motorbike]], which wasn't quite as successful as his other projects, but still awesome.
* [[http://news.yahoo.com/husband-combs-florida-landfill-wifes-engagement-ring-213621158.html This guy]] went through '''10 feet''' of garbage and carcasses to find his wife's engagement ring. Also doubles as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.
* [[http://www.metro.co.uk/news/882067-absolute-hero-pilot-made-safe-landing-after-mid-air-brain-aneurysm The pilot]] of a cargo plane in South Africa suffered a brain haemorrhage mid-flight. Despite being paralysed down the whole left side of his body, he maintained communication with his wife and ground control, informed them that he wasn't well, and then ''landed the plane perfectly'' with no one else in the plane to help him. Sadly, he died in hospital the next day. So... a DyingMomentOfAwesome, then? (salutes)
* [[http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/32338/little+girl+shows+remarkable+poise+in+stare-down+with+african+lion/ A three-year-old girl has a staring contest with a lion]] AND WINS.
* The Roman emperor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} was told that he had a higher chance of crossing the gulf of Baiae with his horse than becoming emperor. Not known for his sanity, Caligula, who by all accounts was not a nice guy, had the Roman navy create an enormous row of boats stretching from one side of the gulf to the other after becoming Emperor, after which he did cross with his horse. Of course, this nearly drove Rome bankrupt, in typical Caligula fashion.
* The 2007 Macy's Day Thanksgiving Day parade featured the cast of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' singing "With a Little Help from my Friends" by Music/TheBeatles. Awesomeness ensues.
** Two years later, Bloo starts singing the theme to ''The Courtship of Eddie's Father'', only to get interrupted...[[spoiler: by ''Rick Astley {{Rick Roll}}ing America!'']]
* After recieving one too many posts over the span of a year from one troll on Website/{{Twitter}} constantly calling her "selfish" and "not caring about her fans" for not posting more on her account, when the star was attending college and writing up a mid-term paper (and recording a third album and filming a new movie not long ago), former ''Series/HannahMontana'' star Music/EmilyOsment took to the site to post [[http://www.twitlonger.com/show/gf9ulu this response]] in March 2012. [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing The troll quickly deleted her account after that]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanal_Edamaruku Sanal Edamaruku]]. An Indian skeptic who publicly challenged an Indian tantrik Pandit Surinder Sharma (one of the most well known spiritual purveyors in India) to kill him on national television. Not only was the tantrik ''not'' successful, the event was so hyped that '''several hundred million people''' tuned in to watch this man completely destroy the tantrik's credibility by literally putting his life on the line.
* It may have been called an epic fail to those who like 15 minute fireworks shows, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndVhgq1yHdA some of us just don't have the time for it]]. You might want to turn your speakers down for this.
* In 1921, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Marshall_Williams David Marshall Williams]] was not a man who looked like he had much of a future. He was a railroad worker, but on the side ran a moonshine still. Then during a raid on that still, a deputy sheriff was shot dead. He was charged and convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison. That might have been the end of him, were he not [[GadgeteerGenius good with machines]]. He was given extra time in the prison machine yard for it. He eventually got permission to design ''gun parts'' while in ''prison''. He filed patents for a floating chamber and a short-stroke piston for self-loading firearms. His family petitioned for him to be pardoned, and eventually the sheriff who arrested him and the ''widow of the dead deputy'' joined in on the petition. He was released after a decade of jail time in 1931. Then? He went on to design the [[CoolGuns M1 Carbine]] for Winchester firearms, one of the most widely used and iconic American weapons of WW2, earning him the nickname [[AwesomeMcCoolName "Carbine" Williams]].
* When a planned show on Chinese television with the popular Japanese actress and porn star Sola Aoi was scrapped by the authorities in June 2012, a certain Mr. Li of Pingdingshan got furious and took matters in his own hands, hacked the public LED display in front of the furniture store where he was working, and [[http://english.sina.com/china/p/2012/0620/479081.html managed to show porn movies with Sola Aoi for 20 minutes before he was arrested]].
* Ohio State University's Marching Band is Made of Win. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3iaxt7a16g Here is their halftime Video Game Tribute.]]
** And their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxhWyaD_SUQ Hollywood Blockbusters show]].
* Years ago, Creator/GeorgeLucas wanted to build a small special effects studio at one his properties in Marin County, California, which would have created much needed jobs and revenue for the region and had much support. However, his rich neighbors feared such a thing would lower their land values and they continually tried to block or at least drag out the process of building the studio, and continued to do so for ''25 years''. In 2012, Lucas finally got sick of his entitled neighbors and finally sold off the property... [[LaserGuidedKarma to a non-profit organization that specializes in building low-income housing projects]], and this time, the neighbors couldn't do anything about it.
* Felix Baumgartner, on 13 October, 2012, performed a successful skydiving jump from a balloon-mounted capsule 120,000 feet in the air. How high is that? High enough that there's hardly any air left to be in (he had to wear a space suit). Higher than SR-71s flew. And less than fifteen minutes later, he's standing on the ground talking with the recovery crew.
* In October 2012, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvr2Yu7e2is a bus driver]] ''uppercuts'' a rowdy 25 year old woman for taunting him, hitting him in the face, and spitting on him. Also counts as a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}.
** A special mention to the girl too, who took the uppercut like a boss and went back on the bus. The closest thing many of us in real life will come to an AwesomeMomentOfCrowning.
* High School and College Graduations in general. They prove that you've completed important steps in your life.
* [[http://blog.aarp.org/2013/02/05/how-abba-alhadi-72-saved-some-of-the-worlds-rarest-manuscripts/ 72-year-old Abba Alhadi rescued 28,000 rare books and manuscripts from the library in Timbuktu]] before Islamist rebels had the chance to burn it down. How? He hid them in rice sacks and brought them out on a pushcart right under the rebels' noses. Did we mention that he can't even read?
* [[http://badassoftheweek.com/wanyandie.html Tom Wanyandie]], a 78 year old Cree Indian wilderness guide, fought off a literal MamaBear [[PapaWolf attacking his son]] while screaming every profanity of his native language.
* Music/SusanBoyle. The audience laughed at her until she opened her mouth. She got a standing ovation right when she started!
** For those lacking the context know what's going on: She was an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Boyle unexpectedly successful]] competitor on a British talent show.
* A deviantArt user was talking to his girlfriend, and asked her if she still loved him after some trouble. Another guy came in and started making fun of him. His response? "Get. The fuck. Off. My profile. And. The site." The troll has yet to respond.
** Now I want a link to that guy's profile so I can find him and congratulate him for being so amazing.
* Mehdi Hasan's rebuttal to the concept that Islam is a violent religion in an Oxford University debate. A rousing TakeThat to bigots and Islamophobes everywhere.
* In the middle of the 20th century, New York City banned all {{Pinball}} machines on the notion that the game [[NewMediaAreEvil led to delinquency and were a form of gambling.]] The ban stood for over thirty years; it ended in 1976 when writer Creator/RogerSharpe testified before a committee that pinball was ''not'' a game of chance, but required skill and finesse. Sharpe demonstrated this with a courtroom pinball game, capped when [[CallingYourShots he announced that he would launch his next ball through the center lane at the top of the playfield,]] then [[ImprobableAimingSkills proceeded to do so.]] The committee immediately removed the ban. In a touch of {{Irony}}, Sharpe later admits [[AccidentalHero his courtroom success was by sheer luck]].
* When the United States entered the first partial government shutdown since 1995, the Obama administration closed down parks and monuments, among others. But, did that stop [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/01/wwii-veterans-memorial_n_4023667.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Caim%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D384642 a group of World War II veterans]] from seeing the World War II memorial? Hell, no! They charged in, knocking down barricades meant to keep them out and ''visited their damn memorial''. Even more, a number of Senators, frustrated by the shutdown, even helped these old soldiers get in, distracting police as they did.
* Texas State Marching Band contest, November 5th, 2013. There's a lot of State regulars like Waxahachie and Wakeland, but guess who secures [[http://utdirect.utexas.edu/uilsmbc/lbw2_sched_results.WBX?s_conference=4A&s_round=2&s_display_sw=R tenth?]] ''The two year old program and first time at state rookies known as The Lake Ridge Eagle Band.'' Keep in mind that means TENTH IN THE ENTIRE DAMN STATE as of November 2013 is held by a two year old program out of hundreds of WAY older and more experienced bands. They got it THEIR FIRST EVER STATE YEAR. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9A-USiM1uU Their show certainly reflects the awesome.]]
* [[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/batkid-miles-scott-fights-crime-in-san-francisco-gotham-city-8944175.html This.]] Seriously, tens of thousands of people (and even the ''US Justice Department''), in the big city of San Francisco, acting like they're in [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]], shouting and cheering for the "Batkid" (with fully decorated suit and even a Batmobile) to catch the resident "Riddler" and "Penguin", even having a paper print stating that "Batkid saves the city"... All for a sick kid's wish? [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Heartwarmingly]] [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]].
* Dr. Sun Yat Sen. He went and with the help of nearly every single person in China, managed to overthrow the corrupt and well-hated Qing Dynasty after many failed attempts, and the armies on his side crushed them in one CurbStompBattle after another. And he formed Modern China. What's not to love?
* Vice Admiral Thomas "Tomcat" Connolly. They named the aircraft he was directly responsible for bringing to fruition after him, the F-14 Tomcat. All it took was sacrificing his all-but-certain chance of gaining a 4th star, ticking off his boss, the Secretary of the Navy, his boss' boss (Defense Secretary Robert [=McNamara=]), and effectively ending his Navy career by publicly going against the wishes and bullying of his bosses to toe the line at the Senate hearing at which they were all asked to testify.
** The short version: [=McNamara=] was trying to push a plane, the TFX, on the Air Force, Marines, and Navy as a means of saving development costs and money on service-specific planes. The aircraft was too much of a compromise and was hideously underpowered for use on an aircraft carrier and ran into serious cost overruns on the project. VADM Connolly was asked to directly state his personal, not official, opinion, as to whether the TFX plane was salvageable for Navy carrier operations. His statement to the chairman? "There isn't enough thrust in Christendom to fix this plane." This single statement guaranteed the TFX would fail and resulted in the Navy being allowed to pursue the VFX project which became the F-14 Tomcat.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_March The Long March.]] Thousands of Communist soldiers crossing through mountains, marshes, bridges and forests, chased by Nationalist troops, local mercenaries and angry tribesmen, and with non-superior weaponry to the ones the Nationalists used, along with lack of food, and many dying of starvation, ''managed to reach their destination.'' OK, some was probably made up, but it's still ''epic'' to watch and read about.
* Lots of professional musicians do incredible things all the time, just to please their fans. Sometimes, this gets a bit extreme...
** In the middle of December, 2011, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal was in a car accident. Less than a week later, he played a 3-hour concert despite not having healed up completely! And that includes carrying a 30-pound guitar a lot of the time. For ease of comparison, the average weight of a guitar is 6 to 10 pounds... And most concerts are typically just around 2 hours long.
** In 2013, Music/{{Metallica}} played the first ever concert on Antarctis. On the FRIGGIN' SOUTH POLE! They had an audience of 300 scientists and who-knows-how-many penguins.
*** And in 2013, Music/LadyGaga announced that she will be playing the first ever concert InSpace! Probably only because someone else has already played under water and Antarctis is no longer the next logical extreme...
* A 30-year old man was morbidly obese along with an alcohol problem and severe depression. He then met a woman from UK online via Draw Something. What happened from there? The man was afraid of losing his friendship with this woman, so he actually stopped drinking and lost about 400 pounds in a year ... [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2615082/Man-lost-400lbs-help-friend-met-randomly-playing-game-online.html and eventually met the woman in person to go to climb up the Eiffel Tower]]. Little awesome things like that.
* Some of the latest discoveries by scientists definitely count. In 2013, they invented a Real-Life Lightsaber! And in May 2014, they found a way to turn ''light into matter''! Light exists everywhere, it's just sometimes not visible, and they've made it possible to turn it into solid matter. In other words, ''Humanity is now capable of creating matter out of thin air!'' If that's not awesome, ''nothing'' is.
* Jon Meis, an ordinary Seattle Pacific University Student who pepper-sprayed, tackled and, with the help of others, held down a rampaging gunman opening fire in Seattle College before he had a chance to take any more lives.
* Firefighting. This is a career where you are willingly diving into other people's burning buildings, save their lives and whatever they can, ''and then do it again the next day if need be.'' This is a career that, by it's nature, requires a human to utterly rewire their fight or flight response in order to just do their jobs, in order to save complete strangers for no reward.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg0z9kMjgdM Russell Oliver getting to tell the news about the lawsuit that was going to ensue with him against Superman right in front of the CBC. ]] The best part about it is how cool headed he was staying despite blatant advertising and an annoying douche of a news reporter.
* [[http://www.cosmopolitan.com.au/health-lifestyle/lifestyle/2014/9/open-letter-to-a-groper/ This letter by a disgruntled barmaid to the man who groped her]]. His side of the story is a bonus SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}.
* Miss Tandi Dupree's unforgettable "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrW0kySM6CE Holding Out for a Hero]]" performance in 2001, from her ''{{Franchise/Megaman}}'' [[BigEntrance Robot Master style entrance]] to the uncanny choreographed dance.
* Remember the time Jon Lovitz beat the ever-loving shit out of Andy Dick? Yeah, [[http://gawker.com/279278/jon-lovitz-vs-andy-dick-the-laugh-factory-beat-down that happened]]! Probably not a good idea for [[MeaningfulName Dick]] to brag about getting Creator/PhilHartman's wife back on drugs. BewareTheNiceOnes.
* When nobody stepped in while [[http://metro.co.uk/2015/03/21/woman-is-groped-by-man-drags-him-by-his-hair-to-police-station-5114208/ this woman]] was being groped by a man at a train station, she took matters into her own hands and dragged him by his hair to the nearest police station.
* In the 2000s Flemish radio presenter Peter Van De Veire from station ''Studio Brussel'' had a caller on air who wanted to request a song for his girlfriend. He told him that he wanted to hear "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks to let her know that their relationship was through and that she was a bitch too. Van De Veire lost his patience live on air, told the jerk his behaviour was low and said: "For you I only play [[Music/{{Odelay}} "Loser"]] by Music/{{Beck}}. Goodbye and get lost!" This incident has become infamous in Van De Veire's career and may be his crowning moment of awesome.
* In 2012, artist Kogoro Kurata and roboticist Wataru Yoshizaki created the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuratas Kuratas]], a real-life HumongousMecha. In 2015, American company [=MegaBots=] created their own Humongous Mecha, the Mark II, and introduced it to the world in style by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVJTGLL2SnI challenging the Kuratas to a duel]]. Kurata's reply? "'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u8mheM2Hrg WE ACCEPT]].'''" Are we on our way to [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalizing]] ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''?!
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