* Hassan defiantly pointing his slingshot to Assef when he and his buddies are about to hit Amir. Even Assef's friends cannot help to admire his bravery.
* 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, basically telling him to shut up with a twinge of PapaWolf. It's even better because he bluntly reveals [[spoiler:his kinship with Sohrab and Hassan]], a thing that ''even his father'' couldn't do.
* Sohrab pulling the slingshot on Assef and then [[spoiler:hitting him in the eye. In the same eye Hassan threatened to hit all those years ago.]]
* "[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech What mission is that? Stoning adulterers? Raping children? Flogging women for wearing high heels? Massacring Hazaras? All in the name of Islam?]]" - [[spoiler:as blurted out by a terrified Amir to Assef]].
** Amir before, during, and after the final confrontation in general: [[spoiler:Here, Amir [[TookALevelInBadass simultaneously takes several levels in badass]] and takes a beating from Assef, laughing while he does. He went to a war-torn Afghanistan for the sole purpose of rescuing Sohrab, something which makes Farid immediately respect him, and after, he grows into somewhat of a PapaWolf and makes it pretty clear that [[{{Determinator}} he's going to bring Sohrab to safety no matter what]]]].