'''Beware spoilers!'''

!!Kirito
* Kirito's first and greatest IAmNotLeftHanded moment: revealing his [[DualWielding Dual Blade]] skill to (almost) single-handedly defeat Boss #74.
** Two words: ''Starburst... Stream''. Cue a nearly uninterrupted crazy 50 hit combo and a can of whoop-ass opened.
* Kirito calmly revealing his level to a group of mid-level bandits, and explaining that, even attacking together, they can't overcome his HealingFactor. He then sends every one of them to prison with a teleportation crystal.
* Kirito makes ''losing'' awesome. Yes, he lost his duel with Heathcliff in Volume One... but Heathcliff had to go all out, ''and'' use the system over-assist[[note]]something that allows [=GMs=] to counter all Sword Skills, completely disregarding normal system restrictions and limitations[[/note]] to beat him.
* One of the best instances is in Volume 7. The Sleeping Knights and Asuna are trying to sortie the level boss, but are being blocked by 20 members of an opposing guild. The Sleeping Knights decide to charge through them, but are about to be overwhelmed: there's only six of them and Asuna. And just as the guild's 30 reinforcements arrive... Kirito pulls a BigDamnHeroes YouShallNotPass moment. It should be noted that technically, the only reason Kirito doesn't succeed in soloing 50 high level players is because while he's attacking them from the front, Klein is attacking them from behind, both of them bantering at each other as they take on the guild. [[spoiler: By the time the guild defeats them, the Sleeping Knights have won.]]
* In his first duel with Shino, at the end she fires a fifty-cal round at him. Kirito ''cuts the bullet in half''.
* Also, going on to be co-winner of the tournament, despite being a novice GGO player.
* At the beginning of ''Fairy Dance'' arc, in his first fighting appearance with the ALO system, he creates a ''sonic boom'' when he starts running. That is how fast he can react when the system doesn't restrict him.
** Before that, his display of his sword skills in a ''real world'' sparring match, having barely got out of physio and still skinny from the 2-odd years spent trapped in SAO, is arguably more impressive, as he forces his sister/cousin Suguha, a National-level Kendo practicioner, to work hard to beat him. Keep in mind that he was able to read her moves and keep dodging, and she only got her shot in ''after'' his exhaustion forced him to slow down and stumble, and [[DamnYouMuscleMemory when he tried to use a Sword Skill]], to [[RealityEnsues obvious effect]].
* In "Morning Dew Girl", he [[spoiler: uses Yui's temporary GM access to hack the system in order to keep her from being deleted.]]
* Also, the end of Episode 1 of the anime counts as a CMOA for Kirito, the writer, and the anime team. To be specific, Kirito thinking "I... I... will survive... in this world!" And then shouting at the virtual skies. While one-hit-killing a wolf. With a totally awesome sword skill. Fifteen minutes after learning he's been trapped in a Death Game.
* Episode 20. His duel with Eugene, the Salamander general. He holds his own with lower level gear against Eugene's ultra rare sword... And then he borrows Leefa's katana and goes dual wielding on Eugene. Without Sword Skills.
* When They reach the center of ALFheim and Yui tearfully informs Kirito that mommy is right above them. It's just such a powerful moment, especially with the music reaching its crescendo, and Kirito being slow and taking side trips for the first half of the story arc because he didn't really believe Asuna could be saved until that moment. And when he realized she could be saved, his hopes fulfilled, Kirito just [[LetsGetDangerous snarls a deadly snarl]], and launches into the sky without any hesitation.
* Episode 23. Kirito's battle inside the World Tree. The first try doubles as a HeartwarmingMoment when [[spoiler:Kirito has flashes of memories of Asuna as he fights, which makes him more and more determined and fierce]]. How can anyone NOT cheer him while that happens?!
* Kirito is so skilled as a swordsman, he can [[ImplausibleFencingPowers deflect bullets]] using the bullet prediction path as a means to guide his sword. In his final showdown with Shinon, he sees her eye through the scope of her sniper rifle and manages to predict where her shot would land and deflect it without being able to use a bullet prediction path.
** There also is the point, at the beginning of the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc, when he predicts where the bullet prediction beam is going to appear in order to be able to evade in time. It's what defines the reason why he is so good in these games - because unlike other players, he does not limit himself to what the system allows him to do.
** When Kirito returns to ALO with abilities from GGO, he is able to easily slice attack spells making him one of the best players of ALO, no [[GameMaster ID Heathcliff]] required.
* The way Kirito defeats [[spoiler:Sugou at the end of the ''Fairy Dance'' arc. He provides him with an InfinityPlusOneSword, [[CurbStompBattle knowing full well it won't make a difference]]. Kirito blocks all of his blows with impunity, and then slices his right hand off. After that Kirito cuts his legs out from under him, picks him up by the hair, throws him upwards and lets him ''fall into his blade and [[EyeScream land on his eye]]''. On anyone else [[ColdBloodedTorture it would have been horrifyingly brutal]], on ''Sugou'' it was a [[PayEvilUntoEvil glorious moment of catharsis]] for an audience that was probably sick to death of him being a SmugSnake.]]
** In the novels, [[spoiler: instead of throwing him up and letting him fall onto the sword, he finished with deliberately piercing his eye with the sword. With the pain absorption off.]]
*** [[spoiler: Which means that he feels the full and real pain of having his eye stabbed (on top of the aforementioned injuries) which continues on as phantom pain in the real world, even if his body is physically unharmed. Ouch.]]
*** [[spoiler: Just as satisfying is his pwning of [[SmugSnake Sugou]] in real life. Sugou attacks him with a knife on his way to the hospital and overpowers him, fortunately his [[IKnowMortalKombat time in SAO and ALO]] gives him the skill to disarm the bastard, ''smash his face into a car so hard that it dents'' then holds the knife to his throat , considering to kill him, cue [[DirtyCoward Sugou]] passing out from fright.]] Badass.
*** [[spoiler: Even better? The only reason he survived the first blow? Sugou has no depth perception...BECAUSE HIS RIGHT EYE IS BLIND FROM PURE PAIN!]]
*** [[spoiler: If you look closely you can see [[BringMyBrownPants steam rising up from between Sugou's legs]] after he screams. After spending an entire volume/half season hating him more and more, it's incredibly satisfying to see Sugou so thoroughly humiliated.]]
*** His PreAssKickingOneLiner for the occasion is pretty badass too:
--->[[spoiler:'''Kirito:''' Such a weak weapon (Sugou's knife). Light. No reach. But it's more than enough to kill you.(cue OhCrap from Sugou)]]
* In Volume 9, [[spoiler:when facing the goblins]]:
-->[[spoiler:'''Kirito:''' NO! IM NOT GOING TO TAKE YOU ON! IM GOING TO '''OVERCOME YOU!''']]
* Taking out [[spoiler:Kayaba]] at the end of the Aincrad arc. Also, the way he figured out who he was was just genius.
* After the defeat of the floor one boss, Kirito realizes he has to do something to prevent all out discrimination towards the other beta testers. He proceeds to put on a badass JerkassFacade, stating how he is an entirely different breed of SAO beta tester, gracefully accepting the title Beater and putting on the reward he'd gotten for defeating the boss, a BadassLongcoat, to punctuate his new leagues above status.
* His response to [[spoiler:Kuradeel's]] ISurrenderSuckers? Let the strike cut off his hand, [[PowerFist them impale him]].
* In SAO II, Kirito wins the "Untouchable!" mini-game in GGO ''on his first try'' thanks to his SAO-built 'reflexes', even dodging a last-second near-point-blank laser attack.
** And those reflexes are in full force when he uses a sword to deflect bullets. In the first round of the qualifiers, he's still getting used to the technique, deflecting half and getting hit with the rest, but still winning. Later, he effortlessly deflects a sniper bullet ''from ten feet away'' thanks to anticipating it before Sinon even fired, and in Episode 9 deflects approximately sixty rounds of assault rifle fire during the [=BoB=] tournament, not missing a single one!
* The original plan was for Kirito to just distract Death Gun while Sinon sniped him... however, after shooting out Sinon's scope (and her his), they face off one-on-one. Then, Sinon laser sight aims straight at Death Gun, who freaks... Kirito pulls out his gun and shoots out his attempted invisibility, before in mid-air, tearing Death Gun in half.
** Then just afterward, he gets to Asada's house, [[spoiler: where Kyouji was attempting to [[IfICantHaveYou keep her all to himself.]]]] [[BigDamnHeroes Rushing in, he straight out knees the assailant in the face, drawing blood.]]

!!Asuna
* In Volume 1 (Episode 10 in the anime), realising that Kirito is in danger, she {{Flash Step}}s to him, [[BigDamnHeroes arriving in the nick of time]] to save him. In ''five minutes'', she covered a distance that had taken Kirito ''one hour'' to travel. She isn't called [[RedBaron The Flash]] for nothing.
** Kirito does some ballpark calcs, and realises that Asuna somehow broke the system limits, without conscious effort.
** And her reputation is further solidified by her attack on [[spoiler:Kuradeel]]. We see her slash her rapier a grand total of five times, but the number of strikes-per-second ''easily'' put her into the hundreds, ''her opponent being able to see every single one taking down his health''. Quite the badass use of DeathOfAThousandCuts.
* In Volume 2 (Episode 11 in the anime), when she curbstomps a group of arrogant ALF soldiers. Yes, the TruceZone keeps you from taking a fatal wound inside towns... but the ''physics engine'' means that the force from an extremely fast sword repeatedly hitting you in the head ''will'' knock you out.
* In Episode 13, Asuna shows how awesome it is [[ItMakesSenseInContext to go fishing with a rapier]].
* While Asuna is a DamselInDistress during the ''Fairy Dance'' arc, she [[DamselOutOfDistress manages to escape once and nearly makes it out on her own]]. And even when she's caught she's smart enough to grab the admin key from the terminal.
* In Volume 7, when she leads the Sleeping Knights in defeating the level boss. She wasn't [=KoB=]'s subleader just because she was a pretty face.

!!Kirito ''and'' Asuna
Basically, every time Kirito and Asuna [[BattleCouple fight together]], awesomeness ensues! Here the stand out examples:
* Right from their first fight together in Episode 2 against the first floor boss. Seeing them coordinating their attacks so perfectly is quite a view. Also, the fact that this is the first action scene in which we listen to the ''[[AwesomeMusic Luminous Sword]]'' theme definitely helps.
* Again, in Episode 9, before Kirito's aforementioned IAmNotLeftHanded moment.
* Even in Episode 12, when ''both'' get curbstomped against the unknown enemy! There's something endearing about the way the two of them form that joint defensive stance. Even if said stance doesn't make any practical sense!
* And finally, the battle against the Skull Reaper in chapter 13, when Kirito and Asuna show how much they understand each other in battle, fighting practically as one single warrior.
* In the first arc's opening, they finish off a boss monster with an X-cut, straight out of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''.

!!Shinon
* Her very first moment is her defeating Behemoth. She tries going to the top of a tall building to snipe him, but he finds out and aims his minigun at her. So, she jumps off the building, gets her leg shot off, then avoids Behemoth's next salvo, flips ''five times in air'' and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHmEKIzIuCs makes the killing headshot]] ''in freefall''.
* In the climax of the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc, Sinon and Death Gun engage in a SniperDuel, and at one point, both fire their rifles simultaneously. Death Gun's shot takes out the Hecate's scope (and potentially Sinon's head, had she not moved moments prior), while Sinon's shot hits the receiver on the [=L115A3=] and completely destroys the weapon.
** But before then, Death Gun was pursuing Sinon and Kirito on a mechanical horse. Sinon overcomes her PTSD to fire on Death Gun, hits the fuel tank of a car passing next to him, and takes him out in an explosion.
* A couple from Volume 6 that involve her getting over her fear of guns while in the real world:
** Shino is confronted by one of the people behind Death Gun and is about to receive a lethal injection. She manages to turn the situation around, mustering the guts to threaten him with a ''model'' gun. Sadly, this moment was omitted from the anime in favor of her hitting him in the head with a radio.
** The second is when Shino is confronted by a GirlPosse that regularly bullies her. The leader bought a model gun with her in order to intimidate Shino. When it fails to fire, Shino calmly takes the gun and fires it herself, and calmly walks away, only collapsing when they're out of sight. This is a far cry from when someone merely making a finger gun and a banging noise was enough to make her break down.
* In the sidestory "Caliber", Shino uses a special arrow to snag a falling Excalibur. Note that she was firing from an unstable, rapidly descending position, and her bow was only rated for a range of 100 meters, and Excalibur was over 200 meters below and falling rapidly. [[UpToEleven AND]] said [[TrickArrow special arrow]] has a different handling from normal arrows. And she did this by aiming with the naked eye.
* One offscreen: Her very character build. She essentially ignored every other logical option and went straight for the DifficultButAwesome sniper build. She turns every battle against spellcasters a pathetic CurbStompBattle.

!!Kayaba
* His one biggest CMOA was at the end of 4th volume/1st season of ALO. Remember, Akihiko Kayaba? The dude that is already explicitly stated to have died by overloading his own brains with a super powerful electromagnetic brain scan at the same time as the fall of Aincrad?
** [[TheAce Kirito]], for all his skills and illegal stats was a player was fighting and losing against Sugou/Oberon, the administor of ALO and resident jackass. So, Kirito was near dead and about to get stabbed an Excaliber wielding nut job with his pain limiters turned off. Then Kayaba Akihiko's ghost pulls a BigDamnHeroes moment by giving Kirito admin powers. The moment is handled like the god of world granting divine power to his champion. Kirito then summons Excalibur straight from resident {{Jerkass}}'s hands.
*** Guess what he does with it. Yesh he pulled a [[BadAss Jack Rakan]] move straight from {{Negima}}.
** Earlier, in his guise as Heathcliff, Kayaba duels Kirito. The resulting battle is a thing of awesomeness for both sides.
** His in-universe crowning moment of awesome is when he held off the boss of the 50th floor ''alone'' for ten minutes.
*** [[spoiler:It's less impressive after we find out that he programmed the game to grant him invincibility when his HP hit 50%+1.]]
** Perhaps the most amazing thing that he ever did comes from a simple realization that Kirito has while fighting him - this is the man who ''designed'' the fighting styles of SAO. Every single player's fighting style is based around techniques that Kayaba created.

!!Other
* Kirito's second assault on the World Tree (Episode 24 in the anime) is just as awesome, if not more awesome than the first. Only this time he's not alone in the awesomeness.
** Upon learning that the guardians target healers, Recon takes it upon himself to drag the aggro away from Leafa so she can heal Kirito. And when the guardians eventually overwhelm him, he pulls off a HeroicSacrifice by using dark magic to [[TakingYouWithMe blow himself up]], taking out a large number of guardians.
** Unable to keep up with the high spawn rate, the guardians eventually form a MASSIVE wall that seems impenetrable. However, [[TheCavalry the Cait-Sith and Sylph factions show up to even the odds.]]
** All of this is topped off by Leafa tossing her sword to Kirito so he can DualWield and him basically plowing through the defensive wall like it was paper.
** And all of the above is compounded by one simple fact. [[spoiler: The Grand Quest was [[UnwinnableByDesign never meant to be beaten]].]]