* Baba standing up to the soldier who tries to extort sex from one of the female truck passengers, holding him off long enough for the commanding officer to intervene.
* When Amir stands up for Sohrab in front of his father-in-law.
* Sohrab pulling the slingshot on Assef and then [[spoiler:hitting him in the eye.]]
* "What mission is that? Stoning adulterers? Raping children? Flogging women for wearing high heels? Massacring Hazaras? All in the name of Islam?"