->'''Jacob:''' Come on, Sam. It can't be any harder than blowing up a sun.\\
'''Sam:''' You know, you blow up ''one'' sun and suddenly everyone expects you to walk on water.\\
(''alien control panel lights up'')\\
'''Sam:''' Next step, parting the Red Sea!
-->-- ''Series/StargateSG1''

A sub-trope of ContinuityNod, where a character acknowledges a past CrowningMomentOfAwesome, either their own or that of another character.

Can be used to attempt to [[BadassBoast intimidate an opponent]], or even just a minor character that is being a nuisance. If the opponent is impressive enough, this may even qualify as a MomentOfAwesome in its own right. Also likely to turn up in a DontSaySuchStupidThings speech to bolster a character's confidence by talking about the incredible feats they have accomplished in the past. Sometimes said in such an offhand manner that it almost appears that the character themselves mightn't find it all that impressive. It can also be used to lampshade the trumped-up suspense regarding the latest [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed threat]]; your character can blow up a sun, so why are we all worried about the villain's new death ray?

If the character continues to reminisce on a CrowningMomentOfAwesome long after they stop being capable of pulling off similar feats, this becomes GloryDays.

Sometimes subverted if the [[BuffySpeak sun-blower-upper]] either ''doesn't'' remember the incident in question, or does but [[ButForMeItWasTuesday attaches no importance to it]].

If writers seem to think that's all the character does, it turns into NeverLiveItDown. Closely related to BadassBoast. This trope can also come into play if the character is LegendaryInTheSequel and his deeds in the previous installment are mentioned.

If the incident however occurred during an off-screen moment within the plot and is never actually explained to the audience it turns into the NoodleIncident.

[[IThoughtItMeant Does not (usually) involve actual suns exploding]]. For that, see StarKilling. It also has nothing to do with destroying something that large scale out of sheer incompetence. That would be MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' uses this trope to restore the HeroicResolve of the main group of TrueCompanions prior to the FinalBattle.
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'': Takamura beating up a bear. Due to his gigantic ego, Takamura himself mentions it more than other characters do.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Ryohei once punched a lion. He then gave himself the epithet "Lion Punchist" Ryohei.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Rakan was demonstrating for Setsuna (a [[SupernaturalMartialArts Shinmei]][[FantasticFightingStyle ryuu]] [[DemonSlayer warrior]]) how to pull off a Zanmaken Ni no Tachi, a highly advanced SecretArt he'd never tried before in a style he was unfamiliar with (he maintains that he merely "[[AwesomeByAnalysis copied]]" [[MasterSwordsman Eishun]], an old traveling companion). Due to carelessness, it cut through Negi's [[DeflectorShields barrier]], several walls/buildings, a mountain-sized rock hovering outside the ([[FloatingContinent floating]]) city, plus it nicked Negi in the head, and just nearly killed him. Later in that scene, Konoka points out how impressive it is that Negi fought [[PersonOfMassDestruction such a person]] to a draw.
-->'''Negi:''' Frankly, even I'm starting to wonder how I ever managed to pull that off.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Goku delivers this stinger immediately after standing still and taking one of Frieza's [[BeamSpam death beams]] [[NighInvulnerability to the face]].
-->''"You can destroy whole planets, but you can't destroy '''one man.'''"''
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Although it certainly isn't particularly impressive when you consider the sheer number of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] that occur in Batman's life, the time he knocked out Guy Gardner with one punch gets mentioned far more than [[ExiledFromContinuity most of the Justice League International era]]. Partly because it's a NeverLiveItDown down moment for [[ButtMonkey Guy]]. It was even included as a MythologyGag in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
* In ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}'', after an encounter with a rampaging [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]], the Exiles and the resident ComicBook/AlphaFlight team repeatedly joke that [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Susan Storm]] ''never shuts up'' about the time she beat the Hulk.
* In the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' comics, the pilots in Rogue Squadron love talking about how they could take the Death Star. Pilots surrounded by enemy craft say that it's as crowded and hostile as the Death Star, and actually given the odds they'd prefer to be back there. People [[http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/1527/blz14.jpg go through]] an estate's defenses faster than [[HoldYourHippogriffs X-wings go through a Death Star]]. When breaking into something they say things like "Well, it's not like it's a Death Star." "Not like we're in X-Wings." Understandable, considering that it was founded by the two X-Wing pilots who survived the first one, and commanded by one of the two who proceeded to destroy the second one.\\\
While composing a mission plan, someone asks if they abort if something goes wrong. Asked to define wrong, a commando [[http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/7357/swrsmr205.jpg says]] "They've sent a Death Star," obviously a flippant remark since this is set between superweapon eras. An older pilot says they'll just leave the Death Star to Wedge and Tycho, two pilots who took down the second one, while they do their job. Tycho [[http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/5770/swrsmr206.jpg says]] "Only ''one'' Death Star? Then we'll be ready to [[BigDamnHeroes save you when you need it]]."
* In ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Mighty Avengers]]'', the Sentry's CrowningMomentOfAwesome was mentioned as a possible tactic so frequently that he rapidly got sick of it. He does not throw ''everything'' [[HurlItIntoTheSun into the Sun]]. According to [[MemeticMutation the Internet]], not only does he hurl everything into the sun, but this has become Norman Osborn's go-to solution to every problem. "Bob, throw X into the sun."
* In the ''MiniMarvels'' strips, Hawkeye always talks about how he defeated Iron Man with just his bow and arrows when anybody gives him lip for not having powers. It gets to become sort of a running gag.
-->'''Dr. Strange:''' Yes I remember that fight, you mention it often.
* From ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'':[[note]]''Winter Soldier: Winter Kills'' oneshot[[/note]]
-->'''Bucky:''' Come on, Cap. Don't you ever wanna go out on the town? Don't you know how to have fun?\\
'''Cap:''' Of course I do. Remember that time I [[http://www.comics.pop-cult.com/A-G/images/Captain-America-1.jpg punched Hitler in the face?]] That was fun.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan's Tangled Web'' #13: A group of villains are in a BadGuyBar telling their stories of how close they got to killing Spider-Man. A stranger walks in wearing a hat and coat and shares [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/473818.html?thread=12066778&style=light his story.]]
* From ''[[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Astonishing X-Men]]'' #10: The X-Men are being attacked by a giant swarm of sentinel robots.
-->'''Kitty:''' It's the size of a city!\\
'''{{Wolverine}}:''' Yeah, I [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge killed a city]] one time. Funny story.
* In the first issue of ''MsMarvel's'' latest series, [[SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]] tries to remind Carol of how awesome she is with the inverse of the trope name: "Remember when you stopped the sun from exploding?".
* ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'': Uncle Scrooge frequently likes to boast of his past adventures, especially in stories by DonRosa, who grew up on the works of Scrooge's creator, CarlBarks.
* ComicBook/{{Vixen}} is frequently reminded of the time she ''punched a hole in Amazo''.
* Rare is the appearance by frequent ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' baddie Cheshire that doesn't mention the time she nuked the capital of {{Qurac}}.
* Everyone knows: SquirrelGirl once defeated Doctor Doom. And it wasn't just a Doombot, either.
* Bane's famous actions in ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' are referenced so often in ''SecretSix'' that it approaches a RunningGag.
-->'''Concierge:''' If you don't mind my asking, what do you bench press?\\
'''Bane:''' ...Costumed detectives, mostly.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Fanfic/DevaSeries'', [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Nanoha]] -- an expert at provoking OhCrap -- pulls off one of these completely by accident. Lotte is teasing her, and asks when she last blew out a workroom. Nanoha's casual response makes at least one student pale, knowing that none of the students would have a chance of pulling off such a feat.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', when Badger threatens Mal, Mal retorts by pointing out that he has a personal beef with [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Adalai Niska]], [[TheEmpire Alliance Military]], as well as others far scarier than Badger himself, adding that if Badger really wants to play, [[BadassBoast he can get in line]].
* In ''Fanfic/BraveNewWorld'' (a Anime/{{Pokemon}} fic), Ash is [[SuperpoweredEvilSide inadver]][[RoaringRampageOfRevenge tently]] responsible for having killed five deities (including the god of ''death'') and causing a previous apocalypse. While the recently regained memories of this are quite traumatizing to him, Leo sees it as the most badass thing he's ever done and never lets him live it down.
* Many ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fanfics, especially FixFic or {{Patchwork Fic}}s, balk at the SoLastSeason concept; if anyone, including the Outer Senshi suggest she can't handle a situation, you'll generally have someone mention they been doing just fine till now thankyouverymuch.
* ''Fanfic/UndocumentedFeatures'' has many of these, given its density of [=CMOAs=], but one stands out: [[RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena]], Savior of Titan.
* In ''Fanfic/AndIfThatDontWork?'' Asuka is constantly reminded that during her first battle she blew up a mountain. She is less than thrilled with the reminders, complaining it was covered with Angels and wasn't all that large of a mountain.
* ''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'': It's a RunningGag that Trixie keeps hearing about the Mane Cast's various exploits and being stunned by it, and ashamed of the fact that she publicly humiliated several of them. [[spoiler: During the FinalBattle with [[BigBad Checker Monarch]], Rarity uses the fact that they beat both Nightmare Moon and Discord as a BadassBoast.]]
* In ''Fanfic/StargateEquestria: Connection'', Carter's famous action is mentioned as part of O'Neill's BadassBoast.
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' inverts this when Jack recalls Brainstorm's tendency to [[DidntThinkThisThrough not think things through]], like when he caused Yellowstone to erupt.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Three different characters in ''[[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe Despicable Me 2]]'' remark on Gru's theft of the moon in the first movie. Usually referring to how impressive it was or how large-scale it was.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', it's mentioned that all Starfleet command cadets have to take the Kobayashi Maru test, a no-win-scenario designed to see how they deal with failure. Legendarily, James T. Kirk is the only person to have ever passed the test - by cheating. This is brought up several times throughout the film, as well as in the ExpandedUniverse and the [[Film/StarTrek reboot/alternate universe movie]].
* In ''Film/PineappleExpress'', immediately after the action spectacular climax, the heroes go to a diner and talk about all the amazing things they just did.
* In ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', immediately after the massive street brawl between the news teams the protagonists gather in Ron's office where they discuss just how out of control things got, including Brick killing a guy with a trident.
-->'''Ron Burgundy:''' Boy, that escalated quickly... I mean, that really got out of hand fast.\\
'''Champ Kind:''' It jumped up a notch.\\
'''Ron Burgundy:''' It did, didn't it?\\
'''Brick Tamland:''' Yeah, I stabbed a man in the heart.\\
'''Ron Burgundy:''' I saw that. Brick killed a guy. Did you throw a trident?\\
'''Brick Tamland:''' Yeah, there were horses, and a man on fire, and I killed a guy with a trident.\\
'''Ron Burgundy:''' Brick, I've been meaning to talk to you about that. You should find yourself a safehouse or a relative close by. Lay low for a while, because you're probably wanted for murder.
* Mr. Furious of ''Film/MysteryMen'', when questioning his power, is reminded of the time he lifted a bus! For a while, this makes him feel better about himself, but after a moment of self-realization, he admits that he didn't so much lift it as push it... and it was in gear... and the driver was pressing the gas...
* In ''Film/EscapeFromLA'', everybody appears to know who "Snake" Plissken is (probably the EyepatchOfPower) and how he got infamous (something about a hold-up against a city). He was supposed to be a bit taller, though.
** And everyone [[RunningGag thought he was dead]].
* ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}''
** After ''Sharpe's Eagle'', someone will sooner or later say words to the effect of: "Hey, you're Richard Sharpe! You took the eagle at Talavera! That was awesome!"
** Before that, and indeed quite a few times after, he gets "Aren't you the chap that saved Wellington's life?"
* In ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'', after their Air Vent fiasco, they are explaining the whole thing to Rocco over pizza and beer. Some of the actual dialogue is montaged over, but they're definitely enjoying themselves, even laying upside down on tables to help demonstrate their sheer awesome.
* Detective John [=McClane's=] adventure in Nakatomi Plaza is referenced in both ''Film/DieHard2: Die Harder'' and ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance''.
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[[folder:Gamebooks]]
* The main character Pip in the ''Literature/GrailQuest'' gamebooks acquired a new title with every book. By the end of the series, he was Pip the Wizard Basher, Dragon Slayer, Ghastly Kingdom Gateway Closer, Realm Saver and Chaos Tamer.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Hermione and Ron take turns listing all the incredible things Harry had done up to then in DontSaySuchStupidThings fashion after he claimed he wasn't good enough to teach them Defence Against the Dark Arts. A similar exchange occurred at the first meeting of the DA. Specifically it's his mastering of the Patronus at age 13 that seems to impress the most people, which is also referenced during his OWL exam and at his court hearing.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' novel ''Immortal Coil'' features every artificial intelligence ever shown on Star Trek. One character mentions that Picard is a bit of a celebrity among A.I.s. because he defended (and helped to better define) Data's rights as a sentient being in the episode "The Measure of a Man."
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** People always bring up that time Harry rode a polka-powered zombie ''T. rex'' against an undead army during a necromantic hurricane.
** Harry's defeat of the Eldest Gruff, [[spoiler:by asking for a donut]], apparently had the entire Summer Court laughing for months. Harry also discovered that most of the White Council, [[MagicKnight Wardens]] included, is afraid of him because of his accomplishments.
** This has made Harry a sort of in-universe MemeticBadass, as pointed out in ''Literature/TurnCoat'': The White Council doesn't see Harry as a guy in way over his head who barely survives by the skin of his teeth through a combination of quick thinking, powerful friends, and luck. They see him as the guy who [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killed the Summer Lady]], outwitted [[MagnificentBastard Nicodemus]], rides into battle on the back of a zombie tyrannosaurus, and was brave enough to challenge the entire Senior Council and then actually show up, (apparently) ready and willing to fight.
* Lampshaded in the ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' novels and ''[[Literature/SecretHistories The Spy Who Haunted Me]]'': throughout Green's series, people keep bringing up the fact that Walker used his Voice to order a corpse to sit up on the slab and answer his questions. "It was just the one time!"
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse
** In ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', it's all but stated that the [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] for Tatooinians is possession of ImprobablePilotingSkills due to shooting giant rats from an airspeeder.
-->'''Nawara:''' Run up this rift valley and hit something the third of the size of an X-wing, without the benefit of a targeting computer? That's impossible.\\
'''Gavin:''' That's nothing. Back home in Beggar's Canyon...\\
'''Wedge:''' I don't think any pilot from Tatooine ever found a mission tough, especially when it involves racing through a canyon.
** Later in the series, Wedge Antilles, Corran Horn, and Gavin Darklighter have this exchange.
-->'''Wedge:''' Unseating Isard may, in fact, turn out to be impossible.\\
'''Corran:''' Gavin, this is where you're supposed to tell us that unseating her isn't tough and relate the whole thing to varminting on Tatooine.\\
'''Gavin:''' I didn't hear anyone mention a trench or canyon or womp rats. Taking a planet is beyond me.
** Wedge "Only Man to Survive Two Death Star Runs" Antilles gets this a lot. Also known as Wedge "[[SpringtimeForHitler Won a Battle He Was Trying to Lose]]" Antilles.
** Kyp Durron, who blew up multiple suns. Bit of an inversion as he was DrunkOnTheDarkSide at the time and murdered tens of ''millions'' of people on an Imperial world in the process, and its generally treated as a ''bad'' thing. He was pretty unhappy about the one time it was used as propaganda, against the Vong.
** On another occasion, Lando manages to talk down an angry mob by pointing out that the guy standing behind him with the light sabre is Luke Skywalker, the guy who took down ''Darth Vader''. This is a borderline example, since it isn't actually true, but most of the Galaxy thinks that's what happened.
** At one point in the ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' series, Wedge has to pick out callsigns for him and Corran before they try a DelayingAction. He picks Ganner One and Ganner Two, in homage to Jedi Knight Ganner Rhysode's "[[YouShallNotPass None Shall Pass]]" moment against the Yuuzhan Vong in ''[[NewJediOrder Traitor]]''.
** By the end of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', the characters have come to trust in Tash Arranda. In the last book her brother, feeling like TheUnFavorite, thinks about her track record, which most recently includes outwitting TheVirus and helping them escape a DarthVaderClone (and also Darth Vader).
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', Lord Vetinari runs down some of Commander Vimes's greatest hits to explain why the troll and dwarf governments ''will'' take his word for things.
-->'''Vetinari:''' Sam Vimes once [[Discworld/{{Jingo}} arrested me for treason]]. And Sam Vimes [[Discworld/GuardsGuards arrested a dragon]]. Sam Vimes [[Discworld/{{Jingo}} stopped a war between nations by arresting two high commands]]. He's an arresting fellow, Sam Vimes. Sam Vimes [[Discworld/TheFifthElephant killed a werewolf with his bare hands]] and [[Discworld/FeetOfClay carries the law with him like a lamp]]...
** In ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'', after coming out of an argument with [[NeverMessWithGranny Granny Weatherwax]] about how to deal with the hiver, Tiffany Aching recalls some of the stories she's heard about Granny:
-->'''Tiffany :''' I've just had a blazing row with Mistress Weatherwax! They say [[Discworld/{{Maskerade}} if you cut her with a knife, she wouldn't bleed until she wanted to!]] They say that [[Discworld/CarpeJugulum when some vampires bit]] ''[[Discworld/CarpeJugulum her]]'', [[Discworld/CarpeJugulum they all started to crave tea and sweet biscuits.]] She can do anything, be anywhere! [[OhCrap And I called her an old woman!]]
* In ''Eye of the Needle'', Lucy Rose prevents the Needle from transmitting his information about the D-Day invasion by [[spoiler: jamming her fingers into a light socket and blowing out the power to his radio]]. This happens near the end of the book, but everyone's suitably impressed by it to keep bringing it up in the few remaining chapters.
* In ''SoonIWillBeInvincible'', Blackwolf mentions on at least two occasions how he beat [[BoringInvincibleHero CoreFire]] in a fight.
* ''Literature/{{DragonLance}}'': Tasslehoff Burrfoot would like to remind you that he and [[CrystalDragonJesus Paladine]] are close ''personal'' friends.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''
** In ''The Opal Deception'', Opal Koboi, in the middle of her attempted mass-revenge, notes that only two people have ever beaten her, "and both of them were [[TheSmartGuy Foaly]]", a clear reference to said centaur's CrowningMomentOfAwesome at the climax of the second book.
** There are also several points throughout the series where various characters note that [[TheBigGuy Butler]] is the only human ever to have taken on an adult troll ''[[{{Badass}} hand to hand]]'' and won. Although if not for Holly healing him, he would have died after the first try.
** The Faeries like to remind each other on occasion not to underestimate Fowl, who once tricked them out of half a ton of gold. ''At age 11.''
* ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}''
** After ''Sharpe's Eagle'', someone will bring up the fact that Sharpe took an Imperial eagle at the battle of Talavera.
** Even more often, the fact he saved Wellington's life (in ''Sharpe's Triumph'') is brought up. On one occasion, Hogan even reels off a list of his past exploits, including destroying the powder magazine at Almeida and capturing a breach at Badajoz.
* In ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'', Ford Prefect meets a guy [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble who has been the member]] of a band who spiced their pretty insane concerts up by [[UpToEleven crashing a ship into a sun]]. He vividly recounts this story to the (surprisingly) unmoved musician before realizing that [[spoiler:the guy is spending a year dead for tax reasons]].
* In Mockingjay of the ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy, in preparation for making an Airtime Assault, Haymitch made everyone on the War Room remember the moments or the events done by Katniss that genuinely moved them. Most of it are the things she did on the first and second book (e.g. taking Prim's place in the reaping).
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Sam has such abysmal self-esteem that even after he single-handedly [[spoiler:kills an [[EldritchAbomination Other]]]], he continues to insist he's worthless. His friends, particularly Grenn (who saw it happen and made sure ''everyone'' knew) and Jon (his closest friend), [[DontSaySuchStupidThings keep mentioning it]] and trying to point out that for a [[TheSoCalledCoward self-professed craven, he's done some remarkably badass things]].
* In the third book of the ''Literature/SinisterSixTrilogy'', a minor villain gets into a battle with Spider-man and ends up taking a hostage. Spider-man convinces him to surrender after telling him about how the Sinister Six, some of the [[PsychoElectro deadliest]] [[MadScientist people]] [[MasterOfIllusion on]] [[ShapeShifter the]] planet, all attacked him one-by-one, then [[BossRush all at once]]. He sent them all running by mid-afternoon. Doubles as a [[AsYouKnow recap]]
* In ''Literature/TheWiseMansFear'', Kvothe references his past experience with [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Master Elodin]] after convincing [[CynicalMentor Vashet]] to be his teacher.
-->'''Vashet:''' I will admit, I've never had a student offer himself up for a vicious beating in order to prove he's worth my time.\\
'''Kvothe:''' That was nothing. Once I jumped off a roof.
* Once, Captain Michael Oversteegen of the [[Literature/HonorHarrington Royal Manticoran Navy]] took out ''four heavy cruisers'' with just one heavy cruiser under his own command in the remote star system Tiberian. And ''nobody ever forgets it.''
** Similarly, Sir Horace Harkness is legendary for the one time when he covered his C.O.'s escape from an enemy battlecruiser by persuading one of the battlecruiser's pinnaces to activate its impeller drives while the pinnace was still in the docking bay. This turned the entire battlecruiser to metallic grit.
* There's a variation in GarrettPI. In book 1, Garrett's friend Morley pulls a little stunt involving a vampire and a coffin. It was a definite MomentOfAwesome for him, and as of book 14 Garrett still hasn't stopped reminding him (and the readers) about it every once in a while; however, Garrett has his reasons to resent Morley because of that incident, so it tends to come out more like "Remember When You Blew Up A Sun... [[WithFriendsLikeThese in my face]]?"
* In {{Literature/The Hobbit}}, Bilbo [[RuleOfCool survives an encounter with the dragon]] by following this trope - describing all his previous [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments Of Awesome]] as riddles for Smaug to guess; which is an [[Awesome/TheHobbit awesome moment on itself]]. Unfortunately, the dragon [[spoiler: manages to guess the riddle about the Barrel-rider, at least enough to learn of Bilbo's involvement with the humans in the lake]].
* In ''Literature/CHERUBSeries'' novel ''Mad Dogs'', Sash Thompson is dismissive of our hero, James Adams, until he finds out that he was the one who burned Joseph Burroughs' car back in ''Class A''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** Samantha Carter [[TropeNamer blew up a sun]] in order to destroy the massive enemy fleet which was within its system. This event is repeatedly mentioned by other characters as her CrowningMomentOfAwesome and gave us our above page quote, though by her own admission she later does ''[[SerialEscalation even crazier things]]''.
** Depending on who's asking, Teal'c's galactic fame as the First Prime who dared to betray his master either elicits awed respect or teeth-grating hatred. The teeth-graters are all eventually either convinced to join his side or are killed, though.
** SG-1 develops quite the reputation as the number of System Lords they encounter soon thereafter become ''ex''-System Lords, usually due to dying at their hands.
-->'''Kitano:''' I honour he who would kill his god, and to his brethren of the Tau'ri: the slayers of Ra, Hathor, Setesh, Heru'ur, Sokar, Cronus, and Apophis.\\
'''O'Neill:''' [[LampshadeHanging Well, somebody's been keeping score]].
* The trope, however, is deconstructed in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', where Rodney [=McKay=] (Carter's enduring intellectual rival) once blew up [[InsistentTerminology five sixths]] of a solar system by accident. This... wasn't awesome; instead of giving them a great victory over their enemy, it cost the life of a teammate, destroyed valuable technology that could have been studied, and underscored his arrogance and fallibility. Much like Carter blowing up a sun, it's repeatedly brought up for comedic effect, albeit as a ''worst case scenario'' that's hung around [=McKay=]'s neck.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Rose aggravates, to the point of forgetting their goal for a moment, the Cult of Skaro by telling them how the Dalek Emperor survived... until she showed up, absorbed the power of the Time Vortex and reduced him and his entire army to dust in the space of a few seconds.
** Also subverted in ''The Girl in the Fireplace'' when Rose give a long speech along about how the bad-ass Doctor is coming to save them, referencing many of his previously amazing feats, and when he turns up he's [[spoiler: apparently]] highly intoxicated and the opposite of every impression she has just given.
-->'''Rose:''' Well look what the cat dragged in: the on coming storm.
-->'''The Doctor:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny you sound just like your mother]]
** Also, when Mickey and Jake set out to stop a Cyberman army with nothing but a blue van. Mickey explains how he once "saved the whole universe with a big yellow truck".
** The Doctor also did it in the episode ''Forest of the Dead'' when he told the Monsters Of The Week to look him up in the database. They retreated on the spot.
-->'''The Doctor:''' I'm The Doctor, and you're in the biggest library in the universe. Look me up.
** Sarah Jane Smith and Rose trying to outdo each other with their past adventures in "School Reunion". (Sarah Jane won.)
-->'''Sarah Jane Smith:''' THE. Loch Ness. Monster!\\
'''Rose Tyler:''' (''{{beat}}'') Seriously?
** In "Battlefield" and "Enemy of the Bane" (the former a ''Series/DoctorWho'' story, that latter the SeasonFinale of the spin-off ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''), the Doctor and the Brigadier (respectively) name-check a number of the various monsters they had fought while working with UNIT.
** In "The Eleventh Hour", the Eleventh Doctor makes his debut by saving the world in ''20 minutes'' (''without'' the TARDIS or the sonic screwdriver) by capturing a shape-shifting escapee after his Atraxi captors threatened to incinerate the entire Earth just to get him. Then, after calling the Atraxi ''back'' to Earth, the Doctor calmly tells them that Earth is not a threat, they violated laws by threatening its destruction, and every alien who tried before...
-->'''The Doctor:''' One more question, just one... is this world protected? Because you're not the first lot to have come here, oh there have been so many!\\
(''montage of various assorted alien threats come to Earth'')\\
'''The Doctor:''' Now what you got to ask is, what happened to ''them''?\\
(''montage of all the past Doctors, ever, ending with Eleven walking through Ten's projection'')\\
'''The Doctor:''' Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically... ''[[BadassBoast run]]''.\\
(''and they do'')
** Let's not forget the moment in "The Pandorica Opens" where the Doctor, after boasting how he doesn't have a plan or weapons worth "a damn", temporarily scares off a fleet of ships of pretty much every enemy he's ever encountered by simply saying:
-->'''The Doctor:''' Tonight, just remember who's standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you. And then, AND THEN, do the smart thing: [[VictoryThroughIntimidation Let somebody else try first]].
*** This is subverted almost immediately by The Doctor himself, when he snarkily comments "That ought to keep them squabbling for half an hour." A grander subversion is also afoot, since the fleet of aliens [[spoiler:are part of an alliance that's actual goal is to place the Doctor inside the Pandorica. Still, his speech did cause them to back away, either because they were genuinely terrified, or they thought they needed to act like they were to avoid triggering his suspicions. So technically, it's a DoubleSubversion.]]
** And when the Thin Fat Gay Married Anglican Marines are talking about him in A Good Man Goes To War.
-->'''Fat One:''' Digger says he once chased the Atraxi off a planet, then called them back for a scolding!\\
'''Thin One:''' We're supposed to fight him, not praise him.
** When Amy, River, and Rory are fretting about whether or not they should tell the Doctor that [[spoiler:they saw his future self die]].
-->'''River:''' He interacting with his own past. It could rip a hole in the universe.\\
'''Amy:''' Yes, but he's done it before!\\
'''Rory:''' [[ItMakesSenseInContext And, in fairness, the universe did blow up]].
** In the DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse, particularly the [[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures New Adventures]], much is made of the Doctor's hand in the destruction of the Dalek's home planet, Skaro (to be fair, it was Davros who pulled the trigger, the Doctor just...[[BriarPatching talked him into it a little]]).
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** "She saved the world, a lot."
-->'''Riley:''' When I saw you stop the world from, you know, ending, I just assumed that was a big week for you. Turns out I suddenly find myself needing to know the plural of "apocalypse".
** In the first season, teachers like to reference the time she [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer burned down her old school's gym]].
** "It's do or die." "Hey, I've died twice."
** Defeating a Slayer is the biggest notch a vampire can have in his belt; Spike has personally killed ''two''.
* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'', both Angel and Spike are pretty smug about having personally saved the world -- although in both cases it was by ''dying''. (If Angel thought a bit harder, he'd realize he has much better examples, such as "Happy Anniversary" and all he went through to defeat Jasmine.) Angel rarely needs to brag, however. He has a towering reputation in the demon world... with the soul and ''especially'' [[VillainCred without it]].
* One of Delenn's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments Of Awesome]] in ''Series/BabylonFive'' recalled one of Sheridan's.
-->"This is Ambassador Delenn of the Minbari. Babylon 5 is under our protection. Withdraw or be destroyed."
-->"Negative. We have authority here. Do not force us to engage your ship."
-->"Why not? Only one Human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari fleet. ''He'' is behind me. ''You'' are in front of me. If you value your lives, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFvkgfBXHPA be somewhere else!]]''"
* ''HillStreetBlues'': "Bite off one lousy ear and you're marked for life around here!"
* At the end of ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''[='s=] ReunionShow "Forever Red", the series' various Red Rangers good-naturedly mock Tommy's MemeticBadass status partly by playing up their own accomplishments:
-->'''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Cole]]:''' Wow! So that was Tommy. He really is the greatest Ranger. (''the others snicker'') What? What'd I say?\\
'''[[Series/PowerRangersTurbo TJ]]:''' Well, I wouldn't go that far. After all, ''I'' was the one that replaced ''him''.\\
'''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Jason]]:''' Are you kidding me? I was the one doin' all the work while he was at the juice bar kissing on Kimberly!\\
'''[[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Carter]]:''' All right, well at least his haircut's regulation, right?\\
'''[[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Eric]]:''' Ah, my Q-Rex would eat his Dragonzord for lunch!\\
'''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Leo]]:''' I discovered new galaxies!\\
'''[[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Wes]]:''' I changed ''history''. So why does he have a fan club and I don't?\\
'''[[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Andros]]:''' Hey, I saved ''two'' worlds! What about that?\\
'''TJ:''' Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Did I ever tell you guys about [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the time I got baked]] [[SelfDeprecation in a giant pizza]]?
:: In the original script, Andros instead said: "Hey, I [[ICannotSelfTerminate killed Zordon]], top that!"
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': We recall a few awed mentions of Sayid snapping a man's neck with his legs.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''
** It becomes clear that the crew of Moya have developed a reputation over the seasons, as the fugitives who have avoided Peacekeeper capture for years, then as the ones who blew up a Gammak Base AND a Shadow Depository. Their reputation for badassery becomes so pronounced that at a conference between the major powers in the galaxy, when the crew of Moya shows up and takes a place at the table, hardly anyone bats an eye. Although to be fair, that's also because 1) Crichton was offering to sell a superweapon, and 2) he had a hair-trigger nuclear bomb strapped to his hip.
** Two different one-shot characters reveal that they have heard about Crichton's exploits and proceed to list them back to him. First, in "Suns and Lovers":
-->'''Borlik:''' You know, I heard he destroyed a Peacekeeper Gammak Base, murdered an entire Nebari battalion, even laid waste to a Shadow Depository. The guy was a devil: he raped and pillaged, he popped eyeballs--\\
'''Crichton:''' Whoa-whoa! Where do they get these stories? Let's set the facts straight. First off, there was no raping, very little pillaging, and Frau Blucher popped all the eyeballs.
** And again in "Scratch and Sniff":
-->'''Raxil:''' Two guns? I mean -- I thought you were the Great Crichton & D'Argo! I mean -- you blew up a shadow depository! I thought you'd bring pelshfer charges! And a plasma bomb! And a really big gunship! BUT NO! YOU BRING NOTHING! YOU BRING TWO LITTLE WEAPONS THAT WOULDN'T KILL A NIKNIK!\\
'''D'Argo:''' (''hesitantly'') You -- have heard of us?\\
'''Raxil:''' Yeah -- I've heard stories. But obviously they aren't worth a bucket of dren!\\
[[spoiler: Subverted, though, in that this conversation takes place during a story Crichton is telling Pilot, which is revealed to all be a fabrication at the end of the episode. In this case, Crichton was deliberately trying to invoke this trope with his fictional tale.]]
* Oddly, ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' is really the only series in which the exploits of the crew are actually referenced later. Archer becomes either a hero or a curse depending on who's passing on the stories, one example being his rescue of the Klingon and the prevention of a civil war in the pilot episode, and later his defeat of a Klingon that was harassing another ship.
** He becomes an outright living legend with the Trekverse after defeating the Xindi, an accomplishment referenced regularly in the fourth season.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
-->'''Dave Lister:''' I tell you one thing: I've been to a parallel universe, I've seen time running backwards, I've played pool with planets, and I've given birth to twins, but I never thought in my entire life I'd [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome taste an edible Pot Noodle.]]
* In ''Series/HappyDays'', the Fonz at one point recalls the episode where "I saved your brother's life once!" - "How?" - "I stopped hitting him."
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}.'' Eliot is the freaking KING of this trope. His sort-of fiancee broke it off because he was off doing awesome badass stuff. He liberated Croatia. He's not sure, but he's fairly certain a fatwa was issued against him. He almost killed a guy called 'The Butcher of Kiev' with an appetizer and, according to "The Cross my Heart Job" he once fought a guy using a Nerf sword.
* Does it count when someone does a BadassBoast of "I dunno, I've taken some pretty big fish", and you have to have been watching the show for years to know that those fish included Loki, the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, and TheDevil? Because if so, Dean Winchester does it towards the end of Season 6 of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
* Any time the Series/MythBusters are about to set off a particularly big explosion, the first of these "big booms" (specifically, the cement truck from Cement Mix-Up) is always going to be brought up, by the narrator if no one else. Same goes for any time the "big booms" of the series are brought up.
* Tragically used in the late Season 4 of ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''. While giving a tally of the structural damage Galactica is suffering from, Chief Tyrol mentions that slamming the ship with a planetary freefall probably didn't help, referring, of course, to Adama's CMOA in early Season 3. The [[NiceJobBreakingItHero look of]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone regret]] on Adama's face is palpable.
* In a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' parody of ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', a grown-up Harry Potter asks if He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is giving the students any trouble. One of the students replies that he's dead and Harry responds "Oh, yeah! That's right! I killed him! That was great, wasn't it?" and then they all share a high-five.
* ''Series/ImaginationMovers'' has "Mouse Scouts Clip Show," in which the Movers remind Warehouse Mouse of various great things he's done in the past and [[ClipShow clips of those things are shown]].
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' has a part where right before the wizard competition, Jerry listed Alex's many world-saving achievements as his reasons as to why he thought she would win.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Many wrestlers have one of these. Wrestling/ChrisJericho has the night that he beat Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] in back-to-back matches, which is frequently cited as a near-impossible achievement.
* DefiedTrope: Wrestling/TheUndertaker's winning streak at Wrestlemania has become so impressive that if anyone ever did actually beat him at Mania, they would be able to brag about it for their entire career. [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield JBL]] himself said that it would be a bigger deal than winning a world championship. Nobody has managed to pull it off, however, and with Taker's impending retirement, it might stay that way. Unless someone were to ''force'' 'Taker to retire -- that is, by handing the Deadman a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that partially crippled him, which could then be boasted about as a ''de facto'' [=WrestleMania=] victory. Triple H attempted to do this after the ''second'' time he fought Taker, but then next year Taker challenged ''him'' in order to remedy this. Hunter refused to accept until Taker purposely hit the major BerserkButton of his called Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, causing Hunter to accept a match that he inevitably lost.
** Looks like Wrestling/BrockLesnar has something to brag about. And Wrestling/PaulHeyman, for that matter.
* While most wrestlers will reference something that occurred in their pro career, Wrestling/KurtAngle frequently mentions the highlight of his amateur career -- winning a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics "with a broken freakin' neck!"
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* It has almost become trope in itself for passersby to congratulate the PlayerCharacter on their past achievements. Games that do this include ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'', ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', just to name a few.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has a major one, which the entire ''Lonesome Road'' DLC is built around. Ulysses is following you and leading you on a chase since you [[spoiler: built the community of]] the Divide [[spoiler:and then brought a device that activated underground nuclear warheads, destroying the whole area.]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is almost built around this.
-->'''Joker:''' It'll be better than the old days, you'll see.\\
'''Shepard:''' I hope so. I died.
** Almost every story you hear from Zaeed Massani eventually comes out to this, usually consisting of him coming out as the sole survivor of ridiculous odds, but still getting his mission done.
** Garrus and James Vega can be found trying to top each others' war stories in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.
** Remember when Commander Shepard discovered Illos/killed Saren/destroyed a Reaper/Insert-Sidequest-Here? ''[[ContinuityNod Everybody else]] [[LampshadeHanging does!]]''
-->'''Garrus:''' [[spoiler:[[{{Badass}} Honestly? The Collectors killed you once, and all it did is piss you off. I can't imagine they'll stop you this time.]]]]
** In the third game, the time you kill a Reaper [[spoiler:using Kalros, the Mother of All Thresher Maws]] gets brought up a couple times. Apparently the video created a pretty huge swell in recruiting.
** Subverted as well. In-universe, it's made clear that Shepard is ''[[NeverLiveItDown never]]'' going to be forgiven by the Batarians for having been forced to [[spoiler: detonate a Mass Relay to prevent the Reaper invasion, sacrificing the 300,000 Batarians who lived in the system as a result.]]
* ''MarvelUltimateAlliance'' does a variation, where it goes over all the sidequests you completed, and then shows the effects that this has on the future (ie, you saved some research data that will help out the mutants later). God help you if you [[DownerEnding didn't complete one]]. Not that even doing all of the sidequests helps, considering one forces you into a no-win scenario where either choice results in a bad ending in a very "what the hell?" sort of way. Made worse because the implied consequences of either choice are ''horrible''.
* In ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', when Vyse has a moment or two of doubt, Captain Gilder peps him up by reminding him of some of the ludicrous things he's accomplished in the game so far such as [[spoiler:escaping from the [[TheEmpire Valuans']] [[TheAlcatraz "escape-proof" giant prison fortress]]. Twice.]]
* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade -- Redemption'', the hero will encounter of group of Mooks who recognize him and recount his various accomplishments in terror.
* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland: The Siege of Spinner Cay'', Guybrush encounters [[spoiler: Morgan Le Flay, a pirate hunter and long time FanGirl of him]], who enumerates all the things he had accomplished that had made him famous, like defeating the GhostPirate [=LeChuck=] in the [[VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland first game]], finding the treasure of Big Whoop in [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge the second]] and escaping the carnival of the damned in [[VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland the third]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'': Remember that time Samus Aran blew up three planets and a dimension?
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''
** [[{{Ouroboros}} Mender Lazarus]] loves to talk about the adventures he's had with you. Thing is, you've never met him before.
** About the 4th mission into the story-arc with Lazarus, you run into him again. He gets 3 speech-bubbles into explaining time-travel and the nature of his group, then: ".... Ah. By the look in your eyes, you knew this already. We've met before, haven't we? Sometimes I really hate time travel."
** Long before [[FanNickname Orororobrrrborrowbus]] this was implemented as random passer-by NPC's would go "Hey, there's [Character]! I heard she just busted up a 5th Column cell!" or "Did you hear about how [Character] took down those Skulls?"
-->'''Mender Lazarus:''' Ah, [Character], back for more, eh? I still tell the stories about how we teamed up against those Shivans! I never would have figured out that destroying the meteor would have been the key to succeeding, but you knew that somehow!\\
What's wrong? Don't you remember me? You look puzzled... oh my... we haven't actually MET yet, have we? That's one of the funny things with TimeTravel... for you this is our first meeting, but for me, we've met before. [[BellisariosMaxim Don't think about it too hard]], you'll only end up with a headache.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV''. Remember when you and [[ChildhoodFriend Bianca]] went on a ghost hunting quest and saved a kingdom from a curse? You'll probably never forget it if you're marrying her after the TimeSkip.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' is rife with references to the ending of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. In fact, the recent trend of SquareEnix having more ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' that are direct sequels to the others will make this trope more common.
* ''Franchise/TalesSeries''
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Raine blows up two Human Ranches over the course of the game, and when the party secures a third, Sheena and the Renegades reminds her not to blow up this one.
-->'''Raine:''' It's not like I'm doing it for fun...
** A later skit further references these exploits, while the characters telling the tale forget that Raine was using the Ranches' inbuilt self destruct systems, bringing a hilarious reaction from the others who lacked the context. And then in the sequel, another skit again calls back to the explosions, bringing Emil, Marta, and Tenebrae into the circle of characters who fear Raine for her apparently [[MadeOfExplodium Explodium]]-based abilities.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''
** Remember when Phoenix killed that locked door? Lotta Hart remembers.
** From case 2 of the third game upon meeting Adrian Andrews:
-->'''Phoenix:''' I met Ms. Andrews during the Nickel Samurai case.\\
'''Maya:''' Oh yeah! [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Remember when you outsmarted that assassin to save me and bring about justice?]]\\
'''Phoenix:''' Y-Yeah... ([[LampshadeHanging Do we need to keep reminding ourselves of that case?]])
** Trucy Wright would like to remind [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney Apollo]] of how he used a pair of panties to score a win in court. [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain Apollo wishes she wouldn't.]]
-->'''Trucy:''' I can still remember that moment... You brandished those bloomers on high, and shouted... "Objection!"\\
'''Apollo:''' ...Here's what I want you to do, Trucy. Take that memory, gently lock it away deep in your heart, and never speak of it.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''[[Series/{{Firefly}} Serenity]]'' RPG describes the scene in "War Stories" where Mal beats Adlai Niska after ''being tortured to death and resuscitated by him'' as Mal succeeding at an "Incredible" skill check for Discipline. For reference, an "Incredible" check is two steps below the most difficult possible check ("Impossible").
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': "Reakk the Dragon Boinker, boinked that dragon good!"
** ZoŽ: I've [[spoiler:destroyed a vampire queen, crushed a demon under my foot, I'm the goddam storm breaker]] and you will not treat me like some porcelain doll who can't take the truth!
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''
** Used early on, when Fighter boasts to a bunch of random encounter monsters about how Black Mage nuked a forest (and the giant within it). Subverted when Black Mage tells him to shut up because he can only use the spell that did that once a day.
** Played with more later, when Black Mage tries threatening someone with it, and Fighter tells him he's being an idiot because he already used it that day.
** At one point, Black Mage encounters [[AnthropomorphicPersonification the incarnation of all his mortal evils]], which, being the only thing evil enough to represent all that, [[ShapedLikeItself is himself]]. He promptly asks himself if they're including the time he ruled Hell for ten minutes, or the time he orphaned some kid twice. He was advised to stop after that, seeing as the incarnation had, in fact, forgotten, and was getting ''stronger'' after each reminder.
* Used to good effect in a ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20080323.html strip]] to deter unwanted attention.
-->"My boyfriend shot down Pranger's flagship... With an antimatter grenade... That he'd been wearing for years as an epaulet."
* In ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'', Liquid spent a lot of time telling anybody who would listen about how he curb-stomped the Cyborg Ninja during his CrowningMomentOfAwesome. And while all those involved freely admit that it WAS, indeed, awesome, they soon grow tired of it...
* Benjamin Prester, of ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'', would like you to remember that he has [[http://project-apollo.net/mos/mos120.html plunged down from orbit on wings of fire]]. So don't even think that ''you'' can scare him.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Belkar is goaded by [[spoiler:the ghost/hallucination of Shojo]] into repeating his declaration that he is a "sexy shoeless god of war" (originally uttered in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html this]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome context]]) as the last bit of [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in]] ManipulativeBastard. (This also saves his ass and enables a BigDamnHeroes moment, as [[spoiler:it convinced a nearby cleric to lift a curse that was [[BreakTheGameBreaker preventing him]] from utterly annihilating some {{mooks}} and saving the day, which he proceeded to do]].
* Not quite as eyecatching as most examples found on this page, and only played for grim laugh reasons, but in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', the idealistic protagonist, Cale, was at one point forced to kill a child for plot advancement reasons. Two pages later, TokenEvilTeammate Richard feels the need to recall that event.
-->'''Richard:''' Remember a few moments ago when you murdered a little boy? That was rather entertaining.
* ''Webcomic/DragonTails''
** Bluey hijacks a mecha at a convention and does [[NoodleIncident something incredibly cool offscreen.]] It is never shown, but becomes a returning gag.
** After the convention, Bluey's elder brother Enigma watches a video recording of the event (with the back of the TV toward the viewer) and remarks "Bluey, you were reckless and irresponsible, but... I have to admit, that was the coolest thing I have ever seen."
** In a much later storyline, two characters talk about their project is going to be more awesome than anything else
-->"Except for what Bluey did with that mecha."\\
"Well, that's pretty much a given. No one will ever top that."
* On the "Spill" podcast A Couple of Cold Ones (ACOCO), the time he threw a chair is this for Korey. Seriously, they bring it up at least once every 3 episodes.
* The fact that Jack (of ''Webcomic/TheFancyAdventuresOfJackCannon'') once got buried underground and ''punched'' his way out gets referenced a lot.
* Dan of ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' has two: Defeating a room full of Death Knights with only a spork and chasing off a horde of ice trolls while only wearing a loin cloth[[note]]It was later suggested that the latter owed more to Dan's [[GagPenis "endowments"]] than any fearsome reputation[[/note]].
* [[Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic I killed a balrog again.]] ''[[RunningGag Again. ]]''
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Used back-handed by Coach Callahan in ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', when she tells the Vice-Chancellor (who is a shapeshifted greater dragon) that he has her at a disadvantage because he's killed thousands of humanoids but she's only managed to kill seven of his kind.
* The ''[[http://qntm.org/ed Ed Stories]]'' by Sam Hughes use this in the [[http://qntm.org/radical finale.]] Ed asks Sam to list all of his inventions that previously appeared in the story in the hopes that one of them can save the world from a ColonyDrop.
* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', lots of people have referred to the time that Chaka faced a three-on-one battle in her combat final, with tornadoes and earthquakes thrown in, and ''used a tornado as a weapon''.
* [[{{Literature/Worm}} Skitter]] gets a lot of this, due to her status as TheDreaded and consistent beat-downs of capes who are way out of her league. Her [[spoiler:brutal murder of Alexandria, the local equivalent to Superman]], gets mentioned often and is the keystone of her reputation.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** Deconstructed: after Aang uses the [[UnstoppableRage Avatar State]] to single-handedly destroy a massive war fleet in a matter of seconds, an impressed general tries to help him master it so so he can win the war quickly. Not only does this turn out to be a bad idea (since the Avatar State also makes Aang extremely vulnerable), but Aang is horrified when he realizes just how scary and destructive that power really is.
** Later, [[spoiler:after Azula temporarily kills Aang, she lets Zuko take the credit because he was (rightfully) worried Ozai wouldn't respect him otherwise. Azula being [[MagnificentBastard Azula,]] this is part of a greater plan: if Aang turns up alive (which he does) then Zuko takes the blame for the failure to kill him.]]
** The series also has a weird subversion with Iroh. People often remember his legendary siege of Ba Sing Se, but it's just as much a mark of shame because he failed and lost his son in the process. [[spoiler:Then he goes and takes it for real ''from the Fire Nation'' in the finale. ]]
** There's a great straight example as well, when Sokka and Zuko are discussing romance:
-->'''[[MetaGuy Sokka]]:''' [[WeHardlyKnewYe My first girlfriend]] [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence turned into the moon]].\\
'''[[TheComicallySerious Zuko]]:''' (''{{beat}}'') [[CrowningMomentOfFunny That's rough, buddy]].
** In a flashback to a trial in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Sokka brings up how he used his trusty boomerang to defeat a man who could firebend with his mind (Combustion Man) and how Toph discovered and perfected [[ExtraOreDinary Metalbending]] in regards to people with unique bending abilities.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
** Done in "De Plane! De Plane!", when Candace is feeling inadequate after seeing Jeremy talk to a shapely blonde girl at a pool party:
-->'''Stacy:''' What are you worried about? You're Candace Flynn!\\
'''Candace:''' Yeah, and she's super-cool, foreign-accent, snake wrestler, high-diving, natural hottie Nicholette.\\
'''Stacy:''' Snake wrestler, whatever! You fought dinosaurs! You traveled to Mars! You've been through ''time!''
** Phineas does it again in "Summer Belongs to You". Yes, Candace, you're still technically the Queen of Mars. Candace even returns the favor later on, when Phineas is [[TenMinuteRetirement about to give up on getting the gang off a deserted island]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Mr. Burns in the season 13 episode "Hunka Hunka Burns in Love." His love interest, Gloria, is also local criminal Snake's ex-girlfriend. After she leaves Burns for Snake because Snake is such a "bad boy", Burns complains that ''he'' is truly evil and recites a number of his evil schemes, such as ''blocking out the sun'' in Springfield.
** In "The Blunder Years", Homer drinks some Yaqui tea with the family in an attempt to remember a traumatic childhood event. The following exchange takes place:
-->'''Marge:''' Well? Is anything coming back to you?\\
'''Homer:''' Ah, heh-heh. There have been so many classic Simpson moments. I remember the time I tried to jump over Springfield Gorge.\\
(''cut to the infamous scene; Homer cries "I'm going to make it!", but we then return to the present'')\\
'''Lisa:''' No, Dad, [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall everyone's sick of that memory!]]
*** In reference to the quote above, that episode would mark the at least the ''third'' time that the scene of Homer falling down Springfield gorge was flash-backed to. It's been referenced at least twice again since then -- including in TheMovie. [[AuthorAppeal It's Matt Groening's favorite episode of all time.]]
** Another example would be people reminding Homer that he is a former astronaut. Sometimes used to mock how low he's fallen, sometimes its used to cheer him up. There's one episode (Wizard of Evergreen Terrace) that recalls this milestone achievement only for Homer to deride it with "Eh, all we did was grow some space tomatoes and sabotage MIR." The episode then subverts this trope when Bart asks if Homer remembers nearly becoming heavyweight champ, and Homer genuinely doesn't remember because of all the fierce blows to his head.
** The Hell's Satans, a motorcycle gang that has taken over the Simpson's home, has a minor example:
--> '''Meathook:''' Ma'am, I'd kill for some waffles.
--> '''Ramrod:''' He did. Remember the Ihop in Brooklyn?
--> (Both burst out into near hysterical laughter)
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** Eric Cartman will occasionally threaten people after the fifth season by telling him that he will make them [[spoiler: eat their parents]]. Remembering Scott Tenorman, the other kids will back him up.
** Then there's "201", where [[spoiler:Scott returns and not only seeks vengeance but reveals that that wasn't just ''his'' father he ate...]]
* Toyed with in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''. After Baloo's pilot's license expires and he struggles in the courses needed to get it renewed, his friends remind him of all the examples of his ImprobablePilotingSkills (such as safely landing inside a ''volcano'') to cheer him up and encourage him. And then [[CloudCuckooLander Wildcat]] mentions the embarrassing results of his pelican dive... Later, when Baloo attempts to use those same arguments on his instructor to butter him up, the instructor comments he never heard of any of the favorable examples but was ''quite'' familiar with the pelican dive. Ultimately, Baloo gets his license back when he realizes what he did wrong with the maneuver before and successfully uses it to escape an attack by Air Pirates.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash's [[SignatureMove Sonic Rainboom]] is one of the few if not only accomplishments that gets brought up more than once. And when said character is the member of a group that has SAVED THE WORLD(twice), as well as done other heroic things, like facing a dragon, fighting changelings, saving an entire empire, this is somewhat ridiculous.
* Exaggerated in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', where Starscream is ''constantly'' boasting about how he killed Cliffjumper in the FiveEpisodePilot. By season 3, even the other Decepticons are telling him to quit patting himself on the back. He's finally put in his place by a ''human sidekick'', who points out that she has the same on-screen body count.
-->'''Starscream:''' You do know that I vanquished Cliffjumper, don't you?
-->'''Miko:''' Big whup. ''I'' snuffed Hardshell.
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