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->''"THAT scene in ''Film/AmericanPie''."''
-->-- '''Wiki/TVTropes: CringeComedy page'''

That one scene that everyone remembers from a movie or other media. When people think of the work, this is the one scene that they immediately think of, and may be the only reason to remember it at all. If the work is referenced in popular culture, it ''will'' reference this scene. Cover illustrations will often depict this scene. Any parodies will also center on this scene specifically.

There are many reasons that the scene may stand out. It may be...
* The centerpiece of the trailer, causing it to enter the minds of people before they see the movie, or be all they know about it if they never see the movie.
* A piece of exceptional writing or visual beauty.
* A DarthWiki/{{Wallbanger}} that derails the entire work.
* A scene that is [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment uncharacteristic and has nothing to do with the rest of the work]].
* A scene that is [[{{Narm}} so unintentionally laughable]] it overshadows the rest of the work.[[note]]This is especially true for works that were already SoBadItsGood.[[/note]]
* A scene that went [[MemeticMutation viral.]]
* A scene that evoked major controversy.
* A scene that became a part of popular culture, and then later nostalgia.
* [[ItWasHisSled The major twist in the work]].
* A scene that was just so shocking it became firmly lodged in the viewer's memory.

No matter the reason, the Signature Scene is cemented in the minds of the general public. If you have actually seen the work yourself, there may be more scenes that you enjoy, or possibly stick out more in your mind than what people believe to be the Signature Scene.

Scenes which are little more than famous quotes should probably not be listed here. Those are examples of {{Signature Line}}s. Quotes do help keep a Signature Scene memorable, though.

Compare AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame, BestKnownForTheFanservice, WatchItForTheMeme, MoneyMakingShot, and EverybodyKnowsThat.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''
** The Colossal Titan's head and hand creeping over Wall Maria. Perhaps just as iconic is its abrupt reappearance five years later, [[HopeSpot right after]] Eren's inner monologue about rebuilding and fighting back.
** Eren's mother being eaten alive.
** [[spoiler:Eren's return as a Titan and whaling on a Titan that was about to attack Mikasa.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
** Ed sacrificing his limbs to save Al.
** [[spoiler:Hughes']] death.
** Ed's battle with Greed.
** The Elric brothers discovering the horrific truth about [[spoiler:Shou Tucker's Chimera.]]
** King Bradley [[spoiler:/ Wrath]] destroying a tank with a sword and hand grenade.
** Mustang [[spoiler: killing Lust DeaderThanDead by burning her repeatedly.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Naruto's Multi Shadow Clone Jutsu against Mizuki.
** When Naruto releases the Kyubbi Chakra for the first time after Sasuke gets wounded by Haku.
** Naruto at One-Tailed mode clashing his Rasengan with Sasuke at Curse-Mark level 2 form's Chidori.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'':
** Osaka's little moment with the knife.
** In the anime, the scene where Osaka meets Chiyo's Dad, thanks to the voice talents of the inimitable Creator/NorioWakamoto. HERRO EVERY NYAN.
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'': Ippo's completed Dempsey Roll against Sendou at the end of the Japanese Featherweight Championship has become one of the most iconic scenes. It's had {{Shout Out}}s in games like Super Street Fighter IV and Tekken for starters.
* ''Anime/{{Genocyber}}'':
** [[{{Gorn}} The infamous hospital massacre scene]] from the first OVA.
** [[InfantImmortality The children]] [[AvertedTrope getting blasted apart by miniguns]] in the second OVA.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop''
** [[spoiler:Julia getting shot, then falling to the ground in excruciating slow-mo]] is one of the most iconic moments in all of anime, not to mention a major TearJerker.
** The final scene, where Spike looks to the camera, makes a gun with his fingers and says "Bang" [[spoiler:before he falls to the ground]].
** The scene in "Ballad of Fallen Angels" where [[spoiler:Spike throws a grenade through a shattered stained-glass window after Vicious tosses him through it.]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has a few of these:
** There's the original opening, where Pikachu runs past the final starter evolutions and underneath a girl's skirt.
** Pikachu electrocuting Ash for the first time, shortly after being released from its Pokeball.
** Pikachu's using a Thunder attack against a flock of angry Spearow.
** Ash and Pikachu seeing Ho-oh for the first time.
** Team Rocket's motto.
** Charizard refusing to obey Ash during the Indigo conference, costing him the league.
** Ash being turned to stone in the [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie first movie]].
** Charizard's return to save Ash from Entei in the third film.
** The scene where Meloetta is placed on the tablet and forced to sing is hands-down the most remembered thing in Team Rocket's story arc, Operation Tempest.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': The Eclipse, especially the bit where Guts [[spoiler: eye gets clawed out with the last image it sees being Casca's unconscious and violated body]]. Also, the scene where Guts get his Berserker armor and fights with it for the first time is also iconic.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Rukia running Ichigo through the chest with her sword, transforming him into a {{Shinigami}}.
** Rukia, at the scene of her execution, accepting her fate as a giant, fiery phoenix lunges at her... only to wake up, [[BigDamnHeroes seeing Ichigo casually blocking the phoenix with his sword]]. And then she yells at him to let her die. He ignores her, destroys the building levitating her, holds her in his arm and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny throws her body like a rocket to Renji]].
** The first time Ichigo uses Bankai, where he dons a long cloak and a jet black sword, before {{Flash Step}}ping in front of Byakuya [[ShutUpHannibal with the tip of his blade on Byakuya's throat]].
** Ichigo being surrounded by hundreds of razor-sharp sakura petals, before deflecting ''every last one'' with his katana. Even Byakuya was shocked.
** [[spoiler:Sosuke Aizen]] revealing himself to be the ManBehindTheMan by [[spoiler:impaling his loving lieutenant through the chest]].
** Ichigo charges at [[spoiler:Aizen]], bankai at the ready and [[ThemeMusicPowerUp theme music triumphantly playing]]... [[spoiler:only to have Aizen stop him with ''one finger'', shutting off the music and severely wounding him]].
** Orihime's "Five Lifetimes" AnguishedDeclarationOfLove to the uonconscious Ichigo, then her AlmostKiss moment before she [[spoiler: has to go away to Las Noches in exchange for her friends's safety.]]
** The whole "Lust Arc" fight, including [[spoiler: Ichigo dying at the hands of Ulquiorra]], [[spoiler: Orihime almost crossing the DespairEventHorizon as Ulquiorra taunts her and Ishida]], [[spoiler: Ichigo being BackFromTheDead and into a MASSIVELY overpowered/out-of-control version of himself]], and [[spoiler: Ulquiorra's AlasPoorVillain send-off]]
** Hitsugaya impales [[spoiler:Aizen]], thinking it's over... only for it to have been one of [[spoiler:Aizen's]] illusions; Hitsugaya accidentally impaled [[spoiler:''Hinamori'']]. [[spoiler:Aizen]] proceeds to annihilate Kira, Iba, Hitsugaya, Sui-Feng, Hirako, and Kyoraku ''simultaneously''.
** Shigekuni Yamamoto unleashing his Bankai against his ArchEnemy, Emperor Yhwach... only to find out that he used it on a ''decoy''. The real Yhwach comes in, steals Yamamoto's Bankai, slices him in half. Yamamoto's upper half falls down, with his legs and lower half still standing. Yhwach severs Yamamoto's remaining arm, kicks his head to the ground and ''obliterates his corpse''. Holy '''shit'''.
** [[DarkActionGirl Bambietta Basterbine]], in an attempt to alleviate frustration over politics, calls a random RedShirt up for a quickie at her room. He accepts happily. You then see his eyes rolling at the back of his head as she slices his (shirtless) body in half, with her calmly staring on. We're immediately treated to a panel where she's missing her stockings and her jacket is unzipped; we get a nice shot of her bigger-than-assumed cleavage as her friends suddenly appear and chew her out for killing yet another guy out of frustration before they could have a chance at him. This was both freaky ''and'' awesome.
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** Goku catching a giant fish.
** Bulma and Goku meeting for the first time.
** The infamous scene where Bulma (unknowingly) flashes Master Roshi in exchange for a Dragon Ball.
** Goku's transformation into a gigantic ape.
** Pretty much any time Shenron is summoned (this goes for both series)
** Master Roshi using a Kamehameha wave to blow away the fire on Frying Pan Mountain.
** Goku vs. Jackie Chun (aka Master Roshi in disguise).
** Goku flying straight through Demon King Piccolo's torso.
** Goku's battle with Piccolo Jr.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** Goku's first transformation into a Super Saiyan after Frieza pushes him too far in his cruelty. The {{Irony}} that befalls Frieza ([[NiceJobFixingItVillain because of Frieza, mind you)]] is but one of the reasons why people remember it so fondly.
** Or when they realize his power level is over 9000.
** Piccolo shooting his special beam cannon at Raditz while Goku grabs him from behind.
** Goku facing off against Frieza while Namek is on the verge of destruction. It's so iconic that some of the fighting games will have Goku and Frieza in the exact condition they were in during that battle (i.e bloody and bruised) if you choose them and the crumbling Planet Namek as the arena.
** Goku's Kamehameha vs Vegeta's Gallick Gun
** Future Trunks totally owning Mech. Freeza and the latter's father King Cold in a CurbStompBattle.
** Gohan becoming a Super Saiyan 2
** Goku transforming into a Super Saiyan 3
** In one of {{The Movie}}s, the battle against Broly.
** A possible one is Goku's HeroicSacrifice at the end of the Cell Games.
** Vegito vs. Super Buu.
** Pretty much any time Shenron is summoned (this goes for both series).
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''
*** Ramba Ral's "This is no Zaku, boy! No Zaku!" quote
*** The death of Lalah Sune
*** "Last Shooting", where Amuro Ray uses the eponymous [[AMechByAnyOtherName mobile suit]] to fire one final shot at Char Aznable in the Zeong; both machines end up destroying one another. This one is famous enough that it gets {{Homage}}d throughout the ''Gundam'' saga. In particular, ''Mobile Suit Gundam F90'' recreates the exact scene, while ''MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', though not an outwardly resemblance, has the Wing Zero Custom pull out its [[{{BFG}} Twin Buster Rifle]] aimed at the Brussels presidential bunker, with the scene still called "Last Shooting". Even ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' gets in on the homage with the ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Second Super Robot Wars Z]]'', where the [[AttackDrone Fin Funnel]] attack of Amuro's [[CharsCounterattack Nu Gundam]] ends with the machine in the same stance in the Last Shooting.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''
*** Kai Shiden's "Quattro Bajeena, he is a Char." quote
*** The death of Four Murasame
*** Kamille Bidan ramming the titular Zeta Gundam into the BigBad
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack''
*** The EnemyMine involving the ColonyDrop, where TheFederation and TheRemnant work to push it away from the Earth
*** The death of Amuro and Char
** ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''
*** The first use of [[FinishingMove the Shining Gundam's "Shining Finger" technique]]
*** Domon Kasshu (God) vs. Master Asia (Master)
*** The Devil Gundam's defeat with ThePowerOfLove
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''
*** Heero Yuy's [[IneffectualDeathThreats "I'm gonna kill you!" threat]] to Relena Darian.
*** Otto's "[[DyingMomentOfAwesome Long Live King Zechs!]]" speech
*** Quatre Raberba Winner going LaughingMad using the Wing Zero
*** Heero Yuy (Wing Zero) vs. Milliardo Peacecraft (Epyon)
*** The Wing Zero destroying the last debris of Libra falling into Earth's atmosphere
*** Debut of the Wing Zero Custom in TheMovie
** ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX''
*** The first time the titular Gundam uses the [[{{BFG}} Satellite Cannon]]
*** Debut of the Double X
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''
*** Kira Yamato and Athrun Zala's bittersweet reunion at Helipolis
*** The Strike being activated for the first time in Heliopolis
*** Athrun returning the [[RobotBuddy mechanical bird]] that he made Kira at Orb
*** The deaths of Nicol Amalfi and Tolle Koenig
*** The final fight between Kira (Strike) vs. Athrun (Aegis)
*** Kira returning to Earth with the Freedom and its subsequent debut
*** Mu La Flaga in the Strike TakingTheBullet for the ''Archangel'' battleship
*** Mu La Flaga (Aile/Perfect Strike) vs. Rau Le Creuset (Providence) and the former's subsequent defeat at the hand of the latter's more advanced machine.
*** Kira (Freedom) vs. Rau Le Creuset (Providence)
*** The death of Fllay Alster
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''
*** The DownerBeginning, where the rest of the Asuka family sans Shin are obliterated.
*** The debut of the Sword Impulse Gundam and its fight against the stolen Chaos, Gaia, and Abyss Gundams in Armory One.
*** The death of Stella Louissier
*** Shinn Asuka (Impulse) defeating Kira (Freedom)
*** Debut of the Strike Freedom
*** The CurbStompBattle between Athrun's Saviour and Kira's Freedom
*** Strike Freedom's BigDamnHeroes moment during the Second Battle of Orb, saving the Akatsuki from being destroyed in the process, and it's subsequent fight against the Destiny.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''
*** Setsuna F. Seiei (Exia) vs. Graham Aker (Flag)
*** Setsuna F. Seiei (Exia) curb-stomping Patrick Colasour's SuperPrototype Enact
*** TheReveal of Gundam Nadleeh
*** Setsuna (Exia) charging off against the Trinity Siblings (Thrones) singlehandedly, leading to the debut of the TRANS-AM System
*** The death of the first Lockon Stratos
*** The SplitPersonalityMerge of (H)Allelujah Haptism
*** Setsuna (Exia) vs Graham (GN Flag)
*** Debut of the 00 Raiser
*** The collapse of the SpaceElevator
*** Tieria Erde activating the Trial System
*** The [[MidSeasonUpgrade mid-season]] [[InvertedTrope downgrade]] in the FinalBattle
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE''
*** The death of Yurin L'Ciel
*** Asemu Asuno defeating Desil Galette in a CurbStompBattle
*** Asemu and Zeheart Galette in an EnemyMine scenario, where they destroyed the falling Downes fortress to avert a ColonyDrop
*** Asemu vs. Zeheart's FinalBattle (the one in ''[[SpecialEdition Memories of Eden]]'')
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''
** Rika smashing her head into a knife.
** [[spoiler:Keiichi's delusions of]] Rena from Onikakushi are pretty iconic too, especially the "Usoda!" and [[EvilLaugh laughing]] scenes. In fact, it's such a memorable scene, people assumed everyone in that show was an AxeCrazy person when it's clearly not the case.
* ''Manga/DeathNote''
** Light taking a potato chip '''[[MundaneMadeAwesome AND EATING IT]]'''.
** [[GambitRoulette "Exactly as planned."]]
** [[spoiler:The death of L]].
** [[spoiler:The final episode, with Light cackling like a maniac when he's finally unmasked as Kira]].
** [[spoiler:In the same episode, Light's death]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass''
** The end of the first episode, especially the shot of Lelouch's face just before the credits. "Well then..."
** The [[spoiler: Euphimator]] incident.
** The MexicanStandoff between [[spoiler: Lelouch and Suzaku]] in the season 1 finale.
** [[spoiler: The Zero Requiem]].
** And good luck finding someone who doesn't know about [[spoiler: Lelouch's death.]]
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', one particular scene got so many parodies it has its own {{Danbooru}} tag: the one in episode 3 where [[spoiler:Mami dies a gory (though [[GoryDiscretionShot only partially seen]]) death by devouring]].
** Also the ending scene with Madoka and Homura [[spoiler: IN SPACE]].
** From the first two movies, Madoka and Homura sitting down on a pair of chairs in a field and nuzzling in the OP.
** In Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion, for the beginning of the movie it would be the surreal, nursery-rhyme-esque Cake Song. For the ending, it's [[spoiler:Homura grabbing Madoka's hand as she comes to take Homura away, and stripping Madoka of her powers]].
* ''Anime/WhisperOfTheHeart''
** Seiji's violin rendition of "Country Road".
** His bike ride with Shizuku at the end.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** The scene where Shanks gives his straw hat to Luffy.
** The PowerWalk to Arlong Park.
** The scene where the crew declares war on the World Government in the name of their crewmate Nico Robin.
** Sengoku revealing to the world the true identity of Ace's father.
** [[spoiler:Akainu ramming his magma-coded fist through Ace's torso.]] This was the first instance of [[spoiler:a character legitimately dying]] in the present storyline.
** Whitebeard [[spoiler:DiedStandingUp after proudly declaring [[FamousLastWords "ONE PIECE IS REAL!!"]]]]
** Luffy bursting out of a barrel and loudly announcing what a great nap he had. It's even more iconic for the anime, since it was his first onscreen appearance.
** Gold Roger's execution, especially since [[FamousLastWords his last words]] are what instigate the plot.
* Abe Takakazu unzipping his overalls on the bench in ''Kuso Miso Technique''.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
** [[spoiler:Kamina's death.]]
** The scene where [[spoiler:they use galaxies as shuriken.]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': Alucard's familiar Baskerville [[CruelAndUnusualDeath devouring]] Luke Valentine.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''
** [[TheHero Kenshiro's]] [[YourHeadAsplode explosive]] [[YouAreAlreadyDead killing]] [[RapidFireFisticuffs of]] [[StarterVillain Zeed]] in the first chapter/episode. "[[{{Kiai}} ATATATATATATATA]]! [[CatchPhrase Omae wa mo]] [[YouAreAlreadyDead Shinderu]]."
** Kenshiro and Shin's simultaneous [[AirJousting jump kicking]] (resulting in their legs seen as crossed) during their fated duel.
** Kenshiro crying TearsOfJoy when he finds Yuria alive, even though Shin says she doesn't remember him. ''Manga/FistOfTheBlueSky'' has this same situation.
** [[spoiler: Raoh's death scene. "Waga shougai ni ippen no kui nashi!!"]]
* If you ever heard of ''F-ZERO: Falcon Densetsu'', it was most likely due to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFtw7qW7Vcw the "Falcon Punch" scene]]. That scene became so iconic of the series (both anime ''and'' game) that it quickly achieved MemeticMutation status.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** Part 1: Jonathan Joestar's [[spoiler: final smile to his wife when the ship he's on sinks, taking him and the villainous Dio Brando with it.]]
** Part 2: Joseph Joestar [[spoiler:[[SayMyName crying out Caesar's name]] after the latter's death: "SHIIIIIIIZAAAAAAAAA!"]]
** Part 3: Dio Brando [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill dropping a steamroller on]] Jotaro Kujo in that part's final battle.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied''
** The very first scene in the anime is as infamous as they come. It involves a masked, nude girl telekinetically dismembering, decapitating and bifurcating people all around, even using someone as a HumanShield, before getting shot in the head by a sniper.
** When Lucy murders those kids after they killed her puppy.
** Kurama and Mariko's MurderSuicide, punctuated by images of a life Kurama wished they could have had together.
** Kouta and Lucy's last scene in the anime, where Lucy admits that, even though she desperately wants to atone for killing his family, she knows she can't... and still wants to atone anyway. Kouta makes it clear that, while he hates what she did, he still loves ''her'', and they share a FinalKiss.
** In the manga, Bando's epic final fight with Lucy, ending in Bando getting cut in half after she threw the decapitated head of the Unknown Man at him.
** Lucy, in a SuperpowerMeltdown, asking Kouta for a MercyKill in spite of the wishes of her EnemyWithin.
** Kouta seeing the reincarnations of Lucy and Nyu at the very end.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has many iconic scenes:
** ''It all comes tumbling down, tumbling down, tumbling dooowwwnn...''
** [[spoiler:The Bardiel Incident]] and Unit 01 [[spoiler:curb-stomping Zeruel and eating him, absorbing his S2 engine]] is pretty infamous.
** [[GainaxEnding The endings]] to both the TV series and TheEndOfEvangelion are remembered just as well.
*** But when anyone in the fandom speaks of "that scene", [[DudeShesLikeInAComa they usually mean none of these...]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''
** The scene where a young Kenshin meets his master, Seijouro Hiko for the first time after burying all his friends who were massacred.
** Kenshin vs Jin-e with Kaoru being held as the latter's hostage.
** Kenshin vs Saito's grudge match.
** The scene where Kenshin leaves Kaoru for Kyoto which also doubles as a TearJerker.
** Sanosuke learning Futae no Kiwami.
** The final battle between [[spoiler:Kenshin and Shishio]], especially the bit where Kenshin [[spoiler: sends Shishio flying with his ultimate attack]].
** Possibly Kaoru meeting Kenshin for the first time.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has one scene in each season that serves as that one scene, specifically...
** Season one has Nanoha first using [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]] to defeat Fate. There's also the scene in which Nanoha and Fate become friends.
** Season two has Nanoha walking OutOfTheInferno and being called a devil. This could also be considered the most iconic scene in the franchise, as it gave birth to Nanoha's FanNickname.
** Season three has the "White Devil incident"
*** There's also the scene from the final battle where Nanoha [[DungeonBypass blasts through the wall, straight at the villain's control room.]]
* In ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', the part of the opening song, where Cure Black and Cure White jump away from an explosion, with smoke and dust are just right behind them. It has been repeated in many ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars'' movies, with ''New Stage'' tops it with ''all 28 of the Cures'' reenact the scene.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Air}}'': [[spoiler:Misuzu's death. "Goal."]]
* There's a surprising number of people who know of the "falling kiss" scene from ''Manga/{{MAR}}'' without knowing what show it came from.
* The final battle between Blade and Evil in ''Anime/TekkamanBlade''.
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' punching out EI-02 when it regenerates.
* [[spoiler: Nagisa's, Ushio's and Tomoya's deaths]] in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} ~After Story~''.
* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'': [[spoiler: Makoto Itoh's death by stabbing.]]
* ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco'': The end of episode 7, when [[spoiler:A drugged man turns into a half gorilla, half guillotine creature and decapitates some cops, in a show that had been very realistic and lighthearted until that moment.]]
* ''{{Narutaru}}'': The test tube scene. [[HarmfulToMinors That's all you need to know]].
* The end of the first duel in ''Anime/YuGiOh'': "EXODIA...''OBLITERATE!!!''"
* ''Anime/TokyoGhoul'': The scene of the protagonist Kaneki Ken waking up in his hospital bed after the accident [[spoiler: [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140703193829/tokyoghoul/images/e/ea/Kaneki_waking_up_in_the_hospital.png with his single transformed ghoul eye.]]]]
** Also, the scenes later in the series regarding [[spoiler: Kaneki's torture at the hands of Aogiri Tree, especially the centipede forced into his ear canal and the subsequent physical changes he undergoes, the [[LockedIntoStrangeness white hair]], black nails and post traumatic, [[WhiteHairBlackHeart increasingly ruthless personality.]]]]
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': The [[IndirectKiss cigarette kiss]] between [[spoiler: Rock and Revy]].
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'':
** Gintoki beating down a couple of Amanto with his wooden sword for knocking his parfait, complaining about having to limit his sugar intake. His EstablishingCharacterMoment.
** The Strawberry Milky speech. That is all.
** Gintoki and Katsura fighting the Harusame Pirates back-to-back in the Benizakura Arc and then pointing their swords at Takasugi vowing to stop him the next time they meet.
** Shogun making his debut being the ButtMonkey for his appearances, earning the PharseCatcher "The Damn Shogun!" through out his appearances along with how his predicament escalate.
** Kagura going full [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Yato]] on Abuto in the Yoshiwara Arc.
** The ''entire'' fallout with the 2nd Popularity Poll that ends up becoming a StoryArc, starting with the DisneyDeath of the mangaka himself!
** Gintoki and Jirochou's first fight in the Four Devas Arc after the latter stabbed Otose.
** In the Courtesan of the Nation Arc, Gintoki vs Oboro with the first fight started when Gintoki was about to attack Sada Sada only to be blocked by Oboro's blade, but he breaks it using his ''teeth''. Then the second fight ends with former throwing the latter onto his wooden sword to impale him, with the phrase "Say hello to Sensei for me." The same phrase was uttered by [[spoiler:Takasugi who kills the former Shogun for causing the execution of Shouyo-sensei.]]
* [[HunterxHunter Hunter x Hunter]]:
** Gon catching the Master of the Swamp with his fishing rod.
** Gon meeting Kite for the first time.
** Killua ripping Jones' heart out and crushing it in his hand.
** Gon's fight with Hisoka in Heavens Arena.
** Kurapica's fight with Uvogin.
** Possibly the Auction Massacre.
** Chrollo's fight with Zeno and Silva Zoldyck may count.
** Genthru [[spoiler: blowing off Gon's left hand]].
** Gon [[spoiler: transforming into a full-grown man and beating Pitou to death]].
** Netero vs. Meruem.
* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'': The principal wrestling the deer.
* ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe'': [[spoiler: Rikiishi's and Joe's deaths.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Quite a few scenes from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics:
** Batman's [[MemeticMutation infamous]] reprimanding of a recently orphaned Dick Grayson from ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder''.
-->'''Batman:''' What, are you dense? Are you retarded or something? Who the hell do you think I am? I'm the Goddamn Batman.
** Batman taking on Franchise/{{Superman}} -- [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu and beating him]] -- in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns.''
** Harvey Dent getting [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Dent#Fictional_character_biography acid splashed on his face]] and his TwoFaced [[http://0uterheaven.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/2face.gif reveal]] in ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween''.
** Batman lifting Jason Todd's dead body from a pile of rubble in ''ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily''.
** The Joker shooting Barbara Gordon, and the [[DrivenToMadness final scene]] in the Joker's [[MultipleChoicePast "backstory"]], from ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''.
** Bane breaking Batman's back in ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}''. A major point in Batman's publication history, and, arguably, Bane's defining moment, to the point that the feat is repeated in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
** Thomas and Martha Wayne being murdered right in front of a young Bruce by a mugger in Crime Alley.
*** And very specific elements always appear when the scene is shown: Martha's pearl necklace always breaks, Bruce is always on his knees between his two parents, and Thomas and Martha's bodies are always beside one another facing the same way.
** Related to ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', there's the original Red Hood falling into a vat of chemicals [[StartOfDarkness and emerging as The Joker]] ([[MultipleChoicePast which may or may not have happened]]).
* Dr. Light [[spoiler:raping Sue Dibny]] in ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis''.
* Superboy-Prime retconning reality with his punches in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''.
* ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''
** The death of Barry Allen.
** Also, the death of {{ComicBook/Supergirl}}, especially that cover.
* [[SelfSacrificeScheme Phoenix killing herself]] in front of Cyclops in ''X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Story''.
* Rick Jones creating the Invaders to fight the Skrulls in ''[[ComicBook/TheKreeSkrullWar Avengers: The Kree-Skrull War]]''.
* ComicBook/JudgeDredd [[TalkToTheFist punching through the Judge Fear's head]] while shouting "Gaze into the fist of Dredd!"
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''
** Superman [[ComicBook/ActionComics lifting a green car over his head while three criminals run away.]]
** Superman being weakened by a chunk of kryptonite.
** In ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'', the full-page spread of Lois cradling the dead body of Superman.
** Krypton exploding.
** Ma and Pa Kent finding baby Kal El in a field.
** Clark Kent putting his costume on in a phone booth.
** Superman comforting/saving a suicidal teenager in ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman''. Not just for that one comic, but considered by many to be a perfect encapsulation of everything that makes Superman awesome.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica''
** Captain America's apparent death, with his bloodied body on the courthouse steps.
** On a more triumphant note, the now-legendary image of Cap punching Adolf Hitler in the face.
** [[HeroicSacrifice Bucky sacrificing himself to save Cap]], and Cap falling into the ocean.
* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'': [[ComicBook/UltronUnlimited ULTRON. We would have words with thee]].
** The Avengers finding Captain America frozen in a block of ice.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan''
** Spider-Man carrying a man while swinging across New York.
** Peter Parker being dragged by his aunt to a blind date with her best friend's niece at the end of ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #42, expecting to have to go through an "ordeal" with most likely an ugly girl. He spends some time waiting, reflecting on how he's become attracted to that nice Gwen Stacy. Then the doorbell rings, and Anna Watson lets her in:
-->'''Anna:''' Peter Parker, I'd like you to meet my niece...\\
'''Peter''' (''bowled over by the lady's looks'')''':''' You mean -- ''that's'' Mary Jane..?!!\\
'''Mary Jane:''' [[SignatureLine Face it, Tiger... you just hit the jackpot!]]
** On a sadder note: The death of Gwen Stacy in ASM #121, notable for the much debated [=SNAP!=] sound effect and the final panels with [[PietaPlagiarism Spider-Man holding Gwen's body]].
** Spider-Man confronting Uncle Ben's killer and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realizing it was the crook he let get away earlier]].
** Spider-Man lifting a ton of debris off of himself in order to get to the serum needed to save Aunt May's life in ASM #33.
** The shot of Peter walking away from his costume in a trash bin, remarking "I am Spider-Man no more" is also very well remembered and often referenced.
* The pivotal moment in an OriginStory when a superhero gains and discovers his/her powers is usually this.
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'': Lucky Luke driving off into the sunset while singing "I'm a poor lonesome cowboy".
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'':
** The banquet with wild boars, while Cacofonix is bound, gagged and tied to a tree.
** Obelix claiming he's not fat.
** The villagers fighting over the rotten fish of the local fishmonger.
** Obelix beating up Roman legions.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'': The waffle feast that concludes every story.
* ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske: Wiske's wink to the audience at the end of each story.
** The main cast being sent back in time with the TimemMachine.
* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse: In CarlBarks ' stories Uncle Scrooge will be seen diving into his fortune at least once an episode.
* ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'': Gaston accidentally preventing Mr. Demesmaeker from signing the contracts time and time again.
* ''{{ComicBook/Agent327}}'': Agent 327 arriving at his office in a disguise and then sighing: "Heaven's sake, what a secret agent has to do nowadays to arrive at his work unnoticed!"
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'':
** People accidentally dialing the number of Cutts the butcher, or accidentally dialing Marlinspike Hall while trying to call Cutts.
** The most iconic scene in the entire series is Tintin jumping from a disconnected train wagon in "The Temple of the Sun".
** The red and white moon rocket.
* ComicBook/MoonKnight has the iconic fifth issue of Warren Ellis's run on the book, which features a spectacular ''twenty page'' fight sequence, with Moon Knight slowly fighting through an army of mooks in order to save a kidnapped little girl.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING YOU MOTHERFUCKERS!" from ''Fanfic/MyImmortal''.
* Two from ''Fanfic/HowIBecameYours''. There's the scene in which Zuko confronts Mai over her actions regarding his love child with Katara, resulting in her [[StrawManHasAPoint making some points that were more reasonable than the author intended]] and calling him a "[[RougeAnglesOfSatin chard]] [[MemeticMutation monster]]". There's also the scene in which [[spoiler:Katara bloodbends Mai to death]], doing something that is not only fairly morally questionable, but seen as impossible [[spoiler:at least until Legend of Korra]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''
** The [[ShapeshifterShowdown Wizard Duel]].
** Arthur/Wart pulling out the Sword.
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''
** The "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment.
** The ''T-Rex'' vs. ''Stegosaurus'' scene from "Rite of Spring", or "Night on Bald Mountain".
* Another Disney example: The SpaghettiKiss in ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp''.
* Belle and the Beast's ballroom dance in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
** Also; Belle, on the hill, during "Belle (reprise)" is pretty iconic.
* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'''s dress transformation.
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''
** Ariel flipping her hair back as she splashes out of the water, or else sitting on the rock with the crashing wave.
** The song "Under the Sea" also counts.
* The scene of Rafiki holding up baby Simba in ''Disney/TheLionKing'', and Mufasa's death.
** Mufasa's ghost giving words of wisdom to Simba.
** Simba roaring on top of Pride Rock as rain beats down on the ravaged land.
** The sequel, ''[[[[Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride Simba's Pride,]]'' has the ''[[ShamedByAMob Not One Of Us]]'' sequence.
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''
** The MagicCarpet ride during "A Whole New World".
** The first time Aladdin sees and touches the magic lamp.
* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''
** Bambi encountering a butterfly on his tail and the skunk Flower.
** The death scene of Bambi's mother.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''
** The entire "Married Life" segment.
** Carl floating the house away with all the balloons, while mocking the Shady Oaks people
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''
** Being introduced to Andy and Woody as the title screen comes up set to "You've Got a Friend in Me".
** "Buzz, You're flying!" [[IronicEcho "This isn't flying, this is falling with style!" ]]
** "YOU ARE A '''TOY'''!!!!"
** The sequel probably has Jessie's "When She Loved Me" montage.
** Lots of potential in the third, but [[spoiler:Lotso leaving Woody and the others to burn to death]] jumps to mind.
* The "[[VillainSong Hellfire]]" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmn9iH6bHJc sequence]] of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
* A rare example from ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' of a BigLippedAlligatorMoment scene being this, the [[ParentalBonus full-blown]] ''[[ChorusGirls burlesque show]]'' performed by [[BestKnownForTheFanservice mouse stripper Miss Kitty]].
* Tetsuo's mutation in ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
* ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' has the scene where Chihiro remembers Haku's name while riding through the air on his back.
* The initial car chase to rescue Clarisse and the climatic bell tower fight in ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn'' has the "Party Time" song sequence.
* Jessica Rabbit's "I'm not bad...I'm just drawn that way" speech as well as her introductory song sequence, and Judge Doom's [[spoiler:{{toon}} [[TheReveal reveal]]]] from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
* The scene from ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' where Mr. Garrison catches the boys swearing in class.
* The rope bridge fight between the Furious Five and Tai Lung, as well as Tai Lung's prison escape in the original ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. For the [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 sequel]], there's [[spoiler: Tigress hugging Po]], [[spoiler: Po discovering his origins]] and [[spoiler: him using tai chi to redirect cannonfire]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' has the opening scene of Shrek going through his daily routine set to Music/SmashMouth's "All Star", as well as Shrek and Donkey having a heartwarming conversation in the light of the full moon.
** From the sequel, the part where Puss in Boots flashes his PuppyDogEyes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' has a few. The big two that most remember though are the battle between Optimus and Megatron (set to The Touch, natch) and the death scene with Optimus where he unveils the Matrix. Some also consider Hot Rod's transformation (no pun intended) into Rodimus to be one, along with his first change into his upgraded alt-mode and his speech at the end of the film. There are even some who believe the closing shot of Unicron's head orbiting Cybertron counts.
** Arguably as well-remembered as any of those are the two ObligatorySwearing moments- "Aw SHIT what are we gonna do now?" from Spike and "Open, DAMN IT, open!" from Ultra Magnus, due to how hilariously out of place they are in what's otherwise a movie for very young children.
* From WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas we have Jack during "Jack's Lament," singing atop the curled hill in the graveyard during a full moon. Until recently, its been the image most often used for the cover of any home-release edition.
* The animated film ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'' is largely known only for the very explicit, shocking, and disgusting sex scene between two [[SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism minimally anthropomorphic]] ''cartoon cats.'' To a lesser extent, it's known for it's most gory scenes, such as the one with the disemboweled pregnant cat.
* Elsa's "Let it Go" sequence in Disney's ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', Hiccup first flying with Toothless is a breathtaking scene, especially helped by the {{Fanfare}} playing.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The scene that starts with "Listen up, you primitive screwheads" from ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness''. Largely because the next line is "''This'' ... is my '''[[LargeHam boomstick!]]'''"
* "I wish I knew how to quit you!" from ''Film/BrokebackMountain''. Parodies have ran it into the ground, but the scene itself is very emotional.
* Creator/GeneKelly dancing on a puddly street in ''Film/SinginInTheRain''. You know, the bit where he's singing in the rain.
* The ShowerScene from ''Film/{{Psycho}}''.
* Creator/HaroldLloyd hanging from the clock in ''Film/SafetyLast''.
* The Statue of Liberty on the beach in ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes''.
** Caesar's BigNo and his "Caesar is home" speech in ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes''.
* [[IAmSpartacus "I'm Spartacus! No, I'm Spartacus!"]] from ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''.
* ''Film/HomeAlone''
** It's easy to forget that there are parts that don't involve Harry and Marv comically injuring themselves on Kevin's traps.
** Except for the [[ShowWithinAShow mobster films]]. And Kevin using them on people!
** Also the aftershave scene. Oddly, the aftershave part is often forgotten, leaving Kevin simply screaming with his hands on his cheeks, as though at the burglars. The boxart strengthens this.
* [[spoiler:Spock's death]] from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''.
** Or Kirk screaming Khan's name, preceded by Khan thinking he's gotten revenge by giving Kirk AFateWorseThanDeath.
* The Omaha Beach attack on D-Day from ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''.
* ''Film/ThreeHundred''
** King Leonidas says "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THIS! IS!]] '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis SPARTA!!!!]]'''''" as he [[ShootTheMessenger kicks the Persian Messenger into the pit]].
** There's also: "TONIGHT, WE DINE, '''IN HELL!!!'''"
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''
** The candy room.
** And the AcidTripDimension boat ride afterwards.
** Violet turning into a blueberry also counts.
** Charlie winning the Golden Ticket!
* The Escherspace scene in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' (especially Jareth's pants. Not even Escher knows how he got into those pants).
** The "Magic Dance" musical number.
* "That's not a knife-- ''that's'' a knife!" from ''Film/CrocodileDundee''.
* Running away from the plane in ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''.
* Whenever ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' is referenced (or even parodied) in shows, it will more often than not depict the famous scene of him attacking Tokyo in [[Film/{{Gojira}} the 1954 film]].
** The most famous scene of ''Film/GodzillaVsHedorah'' is the one where Godzilla uses his atomic breath to fly.
** ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'' has the CurbStompBattle between Godzilla and [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} Zilla]].
** Thanks to the popularity of the teaser trailer for ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', the HALO jump and the shot of Godzilla emerging from the ashy remains of several buildings as his silhouette is seen roaring managed to become this for that movie well before it even came out.
* ''Film/KingKong'': The finale, in which King Kong climbs the Empire State Building.
* RidingTheBomb in ''Film/DrStrangelove''.
* ''Film/PulpFiction'' is overdosed with iconic scenes.
** EnemyEatsYourLunch and asks this: "English, motherfucker! Do you speak it?!"
** The Quarter Pounder with Cheese dialogue. The USA and Europe, they're the same, but there are little differences.
** Christopher Walken's speech about keeping a watch up his ass.
** IJustShotMarvinInTheFace.
** Mia and Vincent participating in the twist contest.
** Jamming the adrenaline needle through Mia's chest.
* ''Film/{{Robocop 1987}}''
** [[BondOneLiner "Your move, creep."]]
** The ED-209's [[UnderStatement "glitch"]] in the OCP boardroom.
* ''Film/{{Rocky}}''
** A certain Italian boxer's famous run through the streets of Philadelphia, with "Gonna Fly Now" playing in the background and ending with running up ''the'' steps.
** "Adrian! Yo Adrian!"
* ''Film/RockyIII''
** The "Eye of the Tiger" TrainingMontage.
* ''Film/TheMatrix''
** Neo [[BulletTime dodging bullets]].
** Trinity jumping in the air and kicking a cop in the face.
* ''Film/MortalKombat''
** The TitleScream and the intro the follows.
** Pretty much every major fight, inlcuding Kano vs. Sonya, Scorpion vs. Johnny Cage and Liu Kang vs. Shang Tsung.
** Raiden's line: "The fate of billions will depend upon you. Heh heh heh heh... sorry."
** Shang Tsung draining the soul of the unlucky monk who fights Liu Kang at tournament's start. "Fatality."
** Johnny's "Those were $500 sunglasses, asshole" line and his subsequent beatdown on Goro.
** Raiden's SarcasticClapping.
** Liu Kang vs. Reptile.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** The trench-run scene in ''Film/ANewHope''.
** Vader cutting off Luke's hand and then telling him [[LukeIAmYourFather "I am your father"]] in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
** ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': [[MemeticMutation IT'S A TRAP!]]
** The moment Darth Maul ignites his lightsaber in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.
** Darth Vader's BigNo from ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
* ''Film/JurassicPark''
** The "Welcome to Jurassic Park" opening moment with the Brachiosaurus. Even the characters react to it as a signature scene.
** The build-up to the ''T. rex'' attack with the water cups vibrating from the dinosaur's footsteps.
** The Velociraptors in the kitchen as well.
** "Clever girl..."
* ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''
** The flight scene with Superman and Lois. "Can you read my mind?"
** The stellar opening with the ZoomingCredits and {{Fanfare}}.
** Superman doing a SkywardScream when Lois dies, and travelling back in time to save her (infamously shown as him spinning the Earth backwards).
* ''Film/SupermanII''
** Superman being ordered to KneelBeforeZod, or Zod's brief scene in the previous film ("First you, and then one day, your heirs!")
* ''Film/SupermanIII''
** The junk yard fight between Clark Kent and Superman.
* ''Film/SupermanReturns''
** One word: [[MemeticMutation "WRONG!"]]
** Krrrrryptonite!
** The bullet in the eye.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel''
** Superman [[spoiler:killing [[BigBad Zod]] to save a group of helpless civilians.]]
* The climactic scene in the original Japanese version of ''Film/TheRing'', in which [[spoiler:Sadako emerges from the television]] -- and, by extension, the same scene in the US remake.
* The "crawling down the stairs" scenes from the video and theatrical installments in the ''Ju-on'' franchise, and also the one from the [[Film/TheGrudge US remake]].
* ''Film/TheRoom'''s is undoubtedly "You're tearing me apart, Lisa!"
** Also, the ''"Oh, hi Mark!"'' scene on the roof.
* Two particular scenes from ''Film/TheDescent'': first, the one in which a Crawler is seen up-close for the first time [[spoiler:where it is seen [[MatchlightDangerRevelation through the night vision on Holly's camcorder]]]], second, the one in which [[spoiler:Sarah falls into the giant pool of blood, [[TookALevelInBadass shortly after taking out a child crawler, before proceeding to kill its mother, and then taking on the daddy, as well, by stoving his head in with a large piece of bone]]]].
* ''Film/KillBill''
** The Bride vs. Gogo fight scene from ''Kill Bill Vol. 1''.
** O-Ren "collecting" Boss Tanaka's head.
** The Bride's fight with the Crazy 88 and her subsequent fight in the snow with O-Ren.
** Pai Mei jumping onto The Bride's sword and kicking her in the face in Volume 2.
* The decapitation of the Statue of Liberty from ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** Honey Ryder, the first [[GirlOfTheWeek Bond Girl]], emerging from the sea, clad in her famous white bikini, in ''Film/DrNo''.
** Bond almost getting cut in half with a laser in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. "Do you expect me to talk?" "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!"
** The bungee jump and the tank ride in ''Film/GoldenEye''.
** Le Chiffre whipping Bond in the balls with a rope in ''Film/CasinoRoyale''.
* The elevator scene from the original version of ''The Eye''.
* The opening scene of ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}''.
* The sand/surf kissing scene in ''Film/FromHereToEternity''.
* [[YourHeadASplode Darryl Revok's first scene]] in ''Film/{{Scanners}}''.
* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''
** The ChestBurster scene from ''Film/{{Alien}}''.
** Ripley versus the Alien Queen in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
** ''Let's Rock!!!''
* ''Film/WaynesWorld''
** "[[Music/{{Queen}} Bohemian Rhapsody]]" in the Mirthmobile.
** To a lesser extent: NO STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN!
* ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'': The parade scene, and to a lesser extent the art museum scene.
* ''Film/AmericanPie'' has two, which were the center of the marketing of the movie: the scene with the pie, and the "this one time, at band camp" scene.
* Mr. Blonde torturing a cop and cutting his ear off to the tune of Steeler's Wheel's "Stuck In the Middle With You" from ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.
* From ''Film/TropicThunder'':
** The "full retard" speech from Lazarus to Speedman.
** Les Grossman's telling off the Flaming Dragons in an epic rant.
** Les Grossman dancing to Flo Rida's "Low".
* ''Film/TheShining'' (1980)
** The two girls at the end of the hallway.
** The wave of blood.
** HERE'S JOHNNY!
** Jack Torrance frozen solid in the hedge maze labyrinth.
* ''Film/TaxiDriver'': [[YouTalkinToMe "You talkin' to me?"]]
* The final scene in ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}''. [[MemeticMutation "Say hello to my little friend!"]]
* ''Film/CabinFever''[='s=] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment infamous]] "Pancakes scene."
* The curb stomping scene in ''Film/AmericanHistoryX''.
* "Squeeeeeal like a pig!" from ''Film/{{Deliverance}}''
** The duelling banjos.
* Zorro using his sword to render Elena (Catherine Zeta Jones) topless in ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro''.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** [[IndyEscape Indy outrunning the giant boulder]] in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
** Indy [[CombatPragmatist shooting the Swordsman.]]
** The IndyHatRoll in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.
** From ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', "KNEEL!"
*** From the same film, the scene with the false grails. "He chose... poorly."
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'': "KHAAAAAAAN!"
** ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'': The destruction of the ''Enterprise''.
** ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'': "Excuse me. Could you tell me where the nuclear wessels are?"
** ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'': "Target that explosion and FIRE!" BigDamnHeroes much?
** ''Film/StarTrek'': "Bullshit."
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': "My name...is...[[spoiler:Khan]]."
* ''Film/{{Troll 2}}'': "They're eating her! And then they're going to eat me! [[BigOMG OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!]]"
* ''Film/TheSixthSense'''s "I see dead people" scene.
* ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''
** Rick's goodbye to Ilsa on the airstrip at the end.
* ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''
** The Phantom's Unmasking [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1925 in Universal's 1925 film]].
** The Chandelier Crash in [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1943 the 1943 film]].
* Dracula introducing himself, and the brides walking in the catacombs, in Universal's 1931 ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}''.
* ''Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}''
** The creation scene of the classic ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'' movie. especially "IT'S ALIVE!!!"
** Bride's introduction in its [[Film/BrideOfFrankenstein sequel]].
* ''Film/FleshForFrankenstein'': "To know Death, Otto, you have to fuck life. In the gallbladder."
* Film/{{The Mummy|1932}} waking up as the Scroll of Thoth is read in Universal's 1932 movie.
* Film/TheInvisibleMan unwrapping his bandages in front of a horrified policeman and villagers in Universal's 1933 film. Also his monologue with Flora, his girlfriend.
* Film/{{The Wolf Man|1941}} attacking Gwen in Universal's 1941 film.
* Gill Man diving off the ship with Kay, swimming down with her and carrying her to his cave in ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon''.
* Rhett Butler's goodbye to Scarlett at the end of ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''.
** The burning of Atlanta
** The scene where Scarlett emerges from a house and the camera tracks out to reveal hundreds and hundreds of bodies lying in the middle of the street.
* "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Harry's speech about the Magnum in ''Film/DirtyHarry''.
* ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'': "I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!"
* The scene in ''Film/TheExorcist'' where the possessed Linda Blair's head starts spinning around and vomiting pea soup.
* The alien ships on ''Film/IndependenceDay'' cast shadows over famous landmarks, then [[MonumentalDamage blow them away]].
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight''
** The Joker's "[[EyeScream pencil trick]]".
** Why so serious?
** The interrogation.
** The Joker dropping Rachel out of a window.
** And from ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', the entire [[WhamEpisode ending]] [[AndTheAdventureContinues sequence]].
* ''Film/{{Batman}}''
** The Batwing vs. The Joker.
** "Did you ever dance with devil by the pale moonlight?"
** "Who are you?" "I'm Batman!"
* ''Film/ForrestGump''
** Forrest running from bullies. Jenny: "Run, Forrest! Run!"
** Forrest sitting on a bench waiting for a bus and telling his story to random strangers, occasionally eating a chocolate.
** The "Life is like a box of chocolates" scene in general.
* ''Film/HarryPotter'' (most of the later installments are eclipsed by the first, especially after the first three)
** First Film:
*** The Hogwarts letters flooding into the Dursleys' living room.
*** Hagrid's "you're a wizard, Harry".
*** Possibly the first time we see Hogwarts.
*** TROLL!!!! TROLL IN THE DUNGEON!!!!! Thought you ought to know
*** The Sorting Hat scene.
*** Possibly the scene where Hagrid gives Harry a tour of Diagon Alley (which also counts as Harry's very first glimpse into the wizarding world).
** Second Film:
*** Dobby's "Harry Potter must not go back to Hogwarts!"
*** Possibly the Flying Car scene.
*** Harry's fight with the Basilisk.
** Third Film:
*** "HE WAS THEIR FRIEND!"
*** Maybe the hippogriff flight.
*** [[CanisLatinicus Expecto Patronum!!!]]
** Fourth Film: [[spoiler:Cedric's death]].
*** Possibly the fight with the Hungarian Horntail.
** Fifth film: The "I must not tell lies" detention scene with Umbridge.
*** [[spoiler: Sirius's death]].
** Sixth Film: Dumbledore casting a fire spell around himself and Harry.
** Eighth Film: [[spoiler: Voldemort Avada Kedavra'ing Harry.]]
* ''Film/RiskyBusiness'': Creator/TomCruise dancing in his underwear.
* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy''
** Film/SpiderMan upside-down kissing Mary Jane with his mask on.
** The fight on the train in [[Film/SpiderMan2 the sequel]].
** Peter dancing in ''Film/SpiderMan3'', or ripping off the black suit.
* From the original ''{{Film/A Nightmare on Elm Street|1984}}''.
** There's the bathtub scene with Nancy.
** The bedroom scene with Glen.
** The brutal and legendary death scene of Christina "Tina" Grey.
* [[spoiler:Ricky's drive-by death]] from ''Film/BoyzNTheHood''.
* From ''Film/{{Halloween|1978}}'' it's the scene where Michael's pale white mask emerges from the darkness.
* ''Film/{{Blade}}''
** The rave scene from the first film.
** Blade vs Jared in ''Film/BladeII''.
* Colt vs. Tang Lung in ''Film/WayOfTheDragon''.
* When Leroy gets the "Glow" in ''Film/TheLastDragon''.
-->'''Sho'nuff:''' Alright, Leroy, who is the one and only master?\\
'''Leroy Green:''' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome I am]].
* The mirror room fight in ''Film/EnterTheDragon''.
* ''Film/{{Showgirls}}''
** The lap dance scene.
** To say nothing of the infamous TwoPersonPoolParty scene...
** "Man, everybody got AIDS and shit!"
* The Fight scene between Ronnie and Diamond in ''Film/ThePlayersClub''.
* Liu Ti Lung vs. Fung Sheng Wu Chi in ''Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine''.
* Catherine Tramell's interrogation scene in ''Film/BasicInstinct.''
* Creator/ChloeSevigny giving unsimulated oral sex to Vincent Gallo in ''Film/TheBrownBunny''.
* The bank heist in ''Film/DeadPresidents''
* ''Film/{{Heat}}'' has two contenders:
** First, the iconic coffee shop scene which put two of the greatest actors ever, Creator/AlPacino and Creator/RobertDeNiro, onscreen together for the first time ever.
** Or the bank shootout, regarded as one of the most intense in movie history.
* ''Film/{{Martyrs}}''
** The scene where Lucie breaks into that family's house.
** And the climactic scene involving Anna.
* ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead''
** "They're coming to get you, Barbara!"
** And definitely the last scene with Ben...
** "CHOKE ON 'EM!" from ''Film/DayOfTheDead''.
* The swing set scene from Akira Kurosawa's ''{{Film/Ikiru}}''.
* "Film/{{Shane}}, come back!"
* ''Film/ScentOfAWoman'': "If I was the man I was 10 years ago, I'D TAKE A FLAMETHROWER TO THIS PLACE."
* The flag speech opening of ''Film/{{Patton}}'' ("Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.").
* The battle of Stirling in ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', complete with RousingSpeech.
* The MarilynManeuver in ''Film/TheSevenYearItch''.
* The "Raft Massacre" in ''Film/TheBurning'', in which Cropsy ambushes a bunch of teens on a raft and kills them all in bloody fashion.
* The "[[YourHeadAsplode Disco Boy Scene]]" in ''Film/{{Maniac}}''.
* ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNightPart2'': "Garbage day!"
* ''Film/{{Carrie 1976}}''
** [[BallroomBlitz The prom]].
** The TwistEnding.
* ''Film/{{Jaws}}''
** The death of the shark's first victim, Chrissy.
** When Brody is chumming the water and the shark rears its head, prompting Brody to tell Quint [[GonnaNeedMoreX "I think you're going to need a bigger boat!"]]
** From ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'', the roaring shark and its nonsensical explosion.
* The werewolf transformation in ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon''.
* ''Film/{{Airplane}}''
** "Excuse me, stewardess. I speak jive..."
** Pretty much any line delivered by Leslie Nielsen. Of particular note is, "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."
* Opening of the SlasherMovie ''Film/{{Pieces}}'', where a woman finds her son putting together a jigsaw of a naked woman. She then proceeds to freak out and the son violently kills her with an axe.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}''
** The [[GravityScrew zero-G, revolving hallway]] fight.
** The spinning top.
** The dream hotel being flooded due to the sleeping Cobb being dunked in a bathtub.
* ''Film/TheGodfather''
** TheReveal of the horse head in the movie producer's bed.
** And the first scene. "I believe in America..."
** Sonny being ambushed.
** Michael's KissOfDeath.
** The montage at the end of the first film, showing the murders of Michael's rivals, intercut with him serving as godfather at his nephew's baptism.
** Related to the above example, Michael watching through a window [[spoiler: as he has his own brother killed]] in Part Two.
* Lola Bunny's introductory appearance in ''Film/SpaceJam'' when she enters the gym to try out from the team, as well as her entering the arena at the beginning of the game.
* ''Literature/TheColorPurple'' has "All my life, I had to fight..." from when Sofia confronts Celie.
* The ship crashing into a marina in ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl''.
* The massacre on the Odessa Steps in ''Film/TheBattleshipPotemkin''.
* The pottery scene from ''Film/{{Ghost}}''.
* Antonius Block playing chess with Death from ''Film/TheSeventhSeal''.
* "You is kind, you is smart, and you is important" from ''Film/TheHelp''.
** "Eat my shit!"
* "The first rule about ''Film/FightClub'' is..."
** "I want you to hit me...as hard as you can..."
** Also the final scene, [[spoiler: with the narrator and Marla holding hands and watching every building outside explode and collapse]].
** Possibly the scene where [[spoiler: Tyler reveals his [[SplitPersonality true]] [[ImaginaryFriend nature]] to the narrator]].
* ''Film/{{Titanic}}''
** "I'm the king of the world!".
** "I'm flying, Jack!"
** Rose being sketched naked.
* "Are you not entertained?! Is this not why you were here?!" in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''.
* ''Film/CitizenKane'': Kane's muttering of "Rosebud" at the beginning of the film, and the revelation that Rosebud was a sled.
* The MexicanStandoff at the cemetery at the climax of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''.
* "''Hi Georgie!'', and "They float. They ''all'' float down here!" from Stephen King's ''Literature/{{IT}}''.
* ''Film/{{Thor}}''
** Odin banishing Thor.
** Loki learning of his true parentage and Odin falling into the Odinsleep.
** "This drink, I like it! ANOTHER!"
** Thor failing to lift Mjolnir at the SHIELD base.
** Thor regaining his power and taking down the Destroyer.
* ''Film/TheAvengers''
** The Hulk [[spoiler:smashing Loki]].
** TheOner of every Avenger defending the city.
** The triumphant shot of the entire team assembled together to defend New York from the Chitauri invasion.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''
** The opening scene of Sam and Steve running ("On your left!").
** Cap throwing his shield at Winter Soldier, who catches it.
** The elevator fight.
** The [[spoiler:"Hail HYDRA"]] whisper.
** TheReveal of [[spoiler:Bucky Barnes]] as Winter Soldier.
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''
** Star-Lord dancing on Morag.
** Rocket's drunken rant.
** [[spoiler:"We...are...Groot."]]
** Star-Lord challenging Ronan to a dance-off.
** Baby Groot dancing.
* [[AcePilot Maverick's]] unauthorized buzzing of the tower in ''Film/TopGun''.
-->'''''[[MemeticMutation MAVERIIICK!]]'''''
** The final dogfight.
* The building frame ''barely'' missing Bill Jr. in ''Film/SteamboatBillJr''.
* Music/{{Cher}} {{dope slap}}ping Creator/NicolasCage in ''Film/{{Moonstruck}}''. "Snap out of it!"
* The Runaway Train dream in ''Film/{{Hugo}}''.
* Creator/CharlieChaplin
** The Tramp eating his boot like a gourmet turkey in ''Film/TheGoldRush''.
** Charlie Chaplin making the bread rolls dance on two forks.
** Charlie tightening the bolts on the cogs in ''Film/ModernTimes'', then getting stuck in the machine.
** His dance with the balloon globe and final speech in ''Film/TheGreatDictator''.
* Creator/LaurelAndHardy
** The duo trying to get the piano up the stairs in ''Film/TheMusicBox''.
** Laurel using his thumb as a lighter in ''Film/WayOutWest'' and ''Film/{{Blockheads}}''.
** Ollie saying: "There's another nice mess you've got me into", whereupon Laurel starts crying.
** Laurel eyepoking Hardy.
** Hardy's frustrated reaction, BreakingTheFourthWall, after Laurel did something stupid.
* ''Film/IronMan''
** Iron Man destroying a tank with a tank missile and marching away from the explosion.
** ''Film/IronMan2'' has the iconic suitcase armour sequence.
** ''Film/IronMan3'' has [[spoiler:the arrival of the Iron Legion, all 42 Iron Man suits flying by themselves.]]
*** Also the scene where Iron Man [[spoiler:actually just his armor being controlled by Tony from a boat]] saving all thirteen members of the air force one crew as they plummet down to earth.
* ''Film/{{Drive}}''. The Driver stomping in a thug's head in an elevator.
* ''Film/{{Platoon}}'': [[spoiler:Sgt. Elias']] death. (It's even featured in most DVD boxes.)
* ''Film/VarsityBlues'' has two: first, the scene where a cheerleader asks Mox to sign her ass; second, the scene where Darcy walks out in a whipped cream bikini.
* ''Film/FridayThe13thPart2'': An unmasked Jason suddenly crashing through a window to grab the FinalGirl for one last scare.
* The [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming "Daddy! My daddy!"]] scene from ''Film/TheRailwayChildren''.
* ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'': The fight against [[DemBones a skeleton army]].
* ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'': HAL 9000 refusing to open the pod bay doors for Dave.
-->'''HAL:''' [[WhamLine I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.]]
* ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'': [[spoiler: The famous DeadHandShot of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMlDPsRwZE4 Paul reaching for a butterfly]]]] at the end of the 1930 film, Paul trapped in a shell hole with a French Soldier he has just stabbed to death, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ciq9ts02ci4 the famous charge on the German trenches by the French troops.]], especially the French soldiers getting chopped down by German machine guns.
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''
** Most of the musical numbers in this movie are pretty iconic, but especially the ones with Music/RayCharles and Music/ArethaFranklin.
** The Car ChaseScene [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIdGxR-aU6o through a mall]], with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnG0JjzF7HY "I Can't Turn You Loose"]] as background music.
** The "Jailhouse Rock" ending.
* ''Film/VForVendetta''
** The [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal incredibly alliterative]] introduction of V.
-->[[labelnote:(click for quote)]]"'''V'''oilà! In '''V'''iew, a humble '''V'''audevillian '''V'''eteran, cast '''V'''icariously as both '''V'''ictim and '''V'''illain by the '''V'''icissitudes of fate. This '''V'''isage, no mere '''V'''eneer of '''V'''anity, is a '''V'''estige of the '''V'''ox populi, now '''V'''acant, '''V'''anished. However, this '''V'''alorous '''V'''isitation of a bygone '''V'''exation stands '''V'''ivified, and has '''V'''owed to '''V'''anquish these '''V'''enal and '''V'''irulent '''V'''ermin '''V'''anguarding '''V'''ice and '''V'''ouchsafing the '''V'''iolently '''V'''icious and '''V'''oracious '''V'''iolation of '''V'''olition! The only '''V'''erdict is '''V'''engeance; a '''V'''endetta held as a '''V'''otive, not in '''V'''ain, for the '''V'''alue and '''V'''eracity of such shall one day '''V'''indicate the '''V'''igilant and the '''V'''irtuous. '''V'''erily, this '''V'''ichyssoise of '''V'''erbiage '''V'''eers most '''V'''erbose, so let me simply add that it's my '''V'''ery good honour to meet you and you may call me '''V'''."[[/labelnote]]
** To a lesser extent, the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2W0-z8EnaM Valerie Page sequence.]]
* ''Film/{{Casino}}''
** Nicky to stabbing a guy with a fountain pen for being an asshole to Sam.
** Nicky crushing a {{mook}}s head in an industrial vise 'til his eye starts popping out.
* ''Film/{{Looper}}'': The 30 year sequence that shows how Joe became Old Joe.
* The big mud fight in ''Film/McLintock'', along with the rant that set it off ("Somebody oughta belt you in the mouth, but I won't. I won't. [[TurnTheOtherFist (punches) The hell I won't!]]")
* From ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', the scene where seven Earthbenders dance just to throw one small rock. This scene is dubbed [[FanNickname The Pebble Dance.]]
* The ferris-wheel scene from ''Film/TheThirdMan'', particularly Orson Welles' BreakingSpeech regarding the "little dots" on the ground.
* ''Film/PacificRim'': [[HumongousMecha Gipsy Danger]] dragging a gigantic oil tanker through the streets of Hong Kong, than beating [[{{Kaiju}} Otachi]] across the head with it.
** Also the "Today we are cancelling the Apocalypse!" line.
* ''Film/SayAnything'': [[Creator/JohnCusack Lloyd Dobler]] holding a boombox over his head in front of Dianne Court's window, playing "In Your Eyes" by PeterGabriel.
* ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'':
** The Expectation vs. Reality scene.
** The park scene in day 488.
* ''Film/KickAss'':
** Kick-Ass' first successful BigDamnHeroes attempt that made him an InUniverse internet phenomenon.
** Hit-Girl's first BigDamnHeroes moment by saving Kick-Ass from Razul and his goons.
** Hit-Girl's second BigDamnHeroes moment by saving Kick-Ass and Big Daddy after the latter two were tortured.
** Hit-Girl's OneManArmy fight scene with Frank D'Amico's {{Mook}}s in tune of "Bad Reputation".
** Kick-Ass' first BigDamnHeroes moment to save Hit-Girl from Frank D'Amico's {{Mook}}s (as well as their [[MookLieutenant leader]]) by going GatlingGood on them in the tune of Music/ElvisPresley.
** Kick-Ass' second BigDamnHeroes moment to save Hit-Girl from [[BigBad Frank D'Amico himself]] by shooting and killing him with a bazooka.
* ''Film/PitchPerfect'':
** Aubrey's very first pukage.
** Beca and Chloe's duet in the shower.
** Beca singing ''Cups'' in the auditions.
** The TrainingMontage in tune of "Starships".
** Lilly making a puke angel in Aubrey's vomit.
** The CrowningMusicOfAwesome finale.
* ''Film/TheWickerMan'': Nicholas Cage shouting ''"[[MemeticMutation NOT THE BEES!!!]]"'' near the end of the movie.
** The original ''TheWickerMan'' has a less {{narm}}y version in the form of the scene with the wicker man itself, and the townsfolk singing "Sumer is Icumen In." Also, the [[EvenThoughIWouldReallyLikeTo Wall Slap Scene]].
* ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'': Bastian riding on Falkor's back.
** "[[SayMyName MOOONCHIIILD]]!!!"
* While there are many memorable aspects of ''{{Birdemic}}'', the scene where the protagonists fend off the killer eagles with wire hangers is probably the best-known.
* The AtomicFBomb and the burlesque dance number in ''Film/LittleMissSunshine''.
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}''
** "Come my little friends, as we all sing a happy little working song!"
** The [[CrowdSong Central]] [[SpontaneousChoreography Park]] scenes.
** The [[DanceOfRomance ball]].
** The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.
* Olive's long dramatic SexyWalk in the school hallway in ''Film/EasyA''.
* Alex Murphy's CruelAndUnusualDeath ([[CameBackStrong He Got Better]]) in [[Film/RoboCop1987 RoboCop]].
* ''Film/TheHungerGames''
** The Cornucopia scene.
** The "''I volunteer''!" scene.
** Rue's death scene.
* ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire''
** The beach scene.
** Johanna Mason stripping in the elevator, mostly due to the expression on Katniss' face.
* ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjay''
** Katniss threatening Snow ("If we burn, you burn with us!")
** Katniss singing "The Hanging Tree"
** [[spoiler:A hijacked Peeta strangles Katniss]].
* The "All I need is love" scene from ''Film/IAmSam''.
* The fight scene between Roddy Piper and Keith David in ''Film/TheyLive''.
** "I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum..."
* ''Film/RushHour2'': Ricky Tan's death in the blooper reel. "He ain't gonna be in Rush Hour 3!"
** ''Film/RushHour3'': The [[WhosOnFirst "He is Mi and I am Yu"]] exchange.
* ''Film/DieHard'': John McClane gets his feet cut by shot glass.
* ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'': "DON'T EAT ME!"
* The fantasy missions and [[DeletedScene the cabaret performances]] in ''Film/SuckerPunch''.
* The Ludovico therapy in ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Magneto and Wolverine's train showdown in ''Film/XMen1''.
** Magneto escaping from his plastic prison, the battle at Iceman's home and Wolverine vs. Lady Deathstrike in ''Film/X2XMenUnited''.
** Wolverine killing Phoenix, Professor X's apparent death and the Juggernaut's "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!" remark to Kitty Pride in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''.
** Wolverine vs. Deadpool in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':
*** Erik killing Nazis in the Argentina bar.
*** The Cuba showdown.
** TheStinger of ''Film/TheWolverine''.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
*** The conversation of the younger and older Professor X.
*** Peter's BulletTime run through the Pentagon kitchen.
*** Magneto lifting a baseball stadium out of the ground.
* Film/NapoleonDynamite: The title character's dance routine.
* ''Film/{{Dredd}}'': The "I am the law" speech.
* ''Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor:'' The finale where [[spoiler: all 13 Doctors]] arrive to [[spoiler: save Gallifrey.]]
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'': The HALO Jump into the ruins of San Francisco.
* ''Film/HappyGilmore'': The fight between Happy and Bob Barker: [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch "The price is wrong, bitch!"]]
* ''Film/PansLabyrinth'': The [[spoiler: Pale Man's [[SchmuckBanquet banquet]]]].
* Chance [[spoiler: walking on water]] in ''Film/BeingThere''.
* ''Film/DumbAndDumber'': Harry Dunne's bout of diarrhea in the bathroom.
* ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'': The ClusterFBomb scene.
* The Church fight in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', thanks to Galahad's badass fighting skills and the film's excellent usage of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird".
* ''Vampyr''
** The brief scene of scythe-carrying villager calling the ferry.
** Main character seeing the vision of himself in a coffin.
* Creator/TheMarxBrothers
** The mirror scene from ''Film/DuckSoup''.
** Harpo blowing the car horn while following other people.
** Groucho and Chico's "why a duck?" scene from ''Film/TheCocoanuts''.
** The "sanity clause" scene and the crowded room scene in ''Film/ANightAtTheOpera''.
* Creator/TheThreeStooges
** The characters eyepoking one another.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': "No soup for you!"
* ''Series/ChappellesShow''
** The Rick James episode.
** The Clayton Bixby skit as well.
** The Wayne Brady skit too.
* The post-crash carnage from the first episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parodies from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and ''Series/InLivingColor'' helped define both shows.
* ''Series/ILoveLucy''
** Vitameatavegimin!
** The conveyor belt scene in the chocolate factory.
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''
** Del Boy tries to lean on the bar casually, but it's not there.
** The chandelier scene.
** Del and Rodney emerge from the mist as Franchise/{{Batman}} and Robin.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'': Pullo and Vorenus in the gladiator arena. "''Thirteeeeeeeeeeeen''!"
* [[GrowingTheBeard Mr. Worf...FIRE!]] The [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome moment]] that made ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
* ''Series/MiamiVice''
** In the fourth episode, there is a pre-credits scene where Russ Ballard's 80's song "Voices" plays while the detective's speedboat heads off into the sunset. Many folks who never saw the series, know that scene.
** The other scene is the one with Crockett and Tubbs driving at night while the city street lights blare off the hood of the [[CoolCar Daytona]], loading their guns with PhilCollins' [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome "In the Air Tonight" slowly building up]].
* The "fuck" investigation scene from ''Series/TheWire''.
** Also the "You come at the king, you best not miss." scene.
*** "Omar's coming", followed by the character's walk through the neighborhood, is another one.
*** [[spoiler: Omar's death]] probably counts, too.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': The Red Room scene with [[LittlePeopleAreSurreal The Man from Another Place]].
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': The opening title sequence, the first battle, the team morph after [[SixthRanger Tommy]] joins, and the Megazord sequence are all particularly well remembered, the opening most of all. Rita stretches after partially emerging from her [[SealedEvilInACan space dumpster prison]] and proclaims: "[[LargeHam Aaah]]! After ten thousand years, I'm ''free!'' It's time to [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer Earth]]!"
* ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''
** All you need to do is put one guy in a RedShirt and kill him.
** The transporters work as well.
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' has several in the season 2 finale where [[spoiler: Izzie crying in a dead Denny's arms, then quitting the residency program, and Derek and Meredith having adulterous exam room sex which causes Meredith to be torn between Derek and Finn]]
* "Okay, this ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is meant to be really good. I think I'll check it out." Cue scene where she shoulders a rocket launcher at her former boyfriend. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "Whoooa."]] ''This'' scene is considered the crowning moment by many fans, and even against other well-done parts this one stands out.
* Blair losing her virginity to Chuck in [[AutoErotica the back of his limo]] on ''Series/GossipGirl''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Season 1:
*** [[spoiler: The execution of Ned Stark.]]
** Season 2:
*** [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome The wildfire explosion.]]
*** The White Walkers marching towards the Wall at the SeasonFinale.
** Season 3:
*** Jamie Lannister losing his right hand.
*** Jamie Lannister revealing to Brienne on what really happened the day he became known as "[[RedBaron The Kingslayer]]".
*** Jamie Lannister's BigDamnHeroes moment by saving Brienne from a bear.
*** The Red Wedding.
*** Theon Greyjoy's family receiving a box that contains his castrated penis.
** Season 4:
*** The Purple Wedding. Specifically, [[spoiler:Joffrey's death]].
*** Jaime raping Cersei next to [[spoiler: Joffrey's corpse]].
*** Tyrion's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech [[spoiler:at his trial.]]
*** The Mountain killing [[spoiler:Oberyn Martell.]]
*** Tyrion [[spoiler: killing his estranged lover Shae and his father Tywin in succession.]]
* ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus]]''
** ''Blood and Sand'':
*** The fall of Theokoles.
*** The "[[ThatManIsDead I AM SPARTACUS!]]" scene.
*** The [[KillTheOnesYouLove Varro exhibition match]].
*** [[GladiatorRevolt The fall of the House of Batiatus]], particularly the [[LeParkour shield-leap]] and the RousingSpeech followed by the YeahShot.
** ''Gods of the Arena'':
*** Melitta and Gannicus being forced to have sex.
*** The RingOfFire showdown, particularly Gannicus' victory.
** ''Vengeance'':
*** The fall of the arena.
*** Lucretia jumping of the cliff with Illithyia's baby.
*** Glaber's death.
** ''War of the Damned'':
*** The VikingFuneral for [[TheLancer Crixus]].
*** Spartacus charging [[BigBad Crassus]] and his {{Mook}}s by himself.
*** The surviving rebels escaping to freedom concluding with the sole surviving RebelLeader looking at [[TheHeroDies Spartacus' shield graveyard]].
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead''
** ''Season 1'':
*** Rick reuniting with his family.
*** Merle handcuffed in the roof.
*** Rick, Daryl, Glenn and T-Dog finding Merle's severed hand.
*** Amy's death.
*** The explosion of the CDC.
** ''Season 2'':
*** The barn massacre scene.
*** Dale's death.
*** Rick and Shane's final confrontation.
*** The burning of the barn.
*** Michonne's debut.
*** Rick declaring the "Ricktatorship".
** ''Season 3'':
*** The TraumaticCSection and eventual literal ShootTheDog moment, as well as Rick's reaction to it.
*** The Woodburry RescueArc.
*** The Governor crying over his daughter's dead body.
*** Daryl and Merle reunited and forced to fight to the death at Woodburry.
*** Rick and The Governor meeting face-to-face for the first time.
*** Andrea fleeing to go to the prison.
*** Merle's DyingMomentOfAwesome.
*** The Governor massacring his own men.
** ''Season 4'':
*** Hershel's death.
*** Daryl vs. the tank.
*** The Governor's defeat and death.
*** The fall of the prison.
*** Beth and Daryl FlippingTheBird towards the shack they burned.
*** The "[[ShootTheDog Just look at the flowers]]" scene.
*** Rick [[ManBitesMan biting off]] the leader of the Marauders.
*** The "[[BadassBoast They're screwing with the wrong people]]" scene.
** ''Season 5'':
*** The group burning Terminus to the ground.
*** The Hunters eating Bob's leg.
*** The group's NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of the Hunters.
*** Bob's death.
*** Beth's death.
*** Tyreese's death.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''
** ''Season 1'':
*** Ted stealing the blue French horn from a bistro.
*** Ted and Victoria's first meeting.
*** Barney's "EvilMakeover" montage when he was telling the story of his StartOfDarkness.
*** Ted making it rain and hooking-up with Robin.
*** Marshall showing Ted Lily's disowned engagement ring to Ted (they got better).
** ''Season 2'':
*** TheReveal of Robin's IdolSinger past.
*** Marshall slapping Barney for the very first time.
*** Marshall and Lilly's wedding.
*** Ted and Robin breaking up.
** ''Season 3'':
*** Ted and Stella's two-minute date.
*** Robin and Barney hooking-up.
*** Ted and Barney's fallout.
*** Ted and Barney's almost simultaneous road accidents.
*** Ted and Barney's reconciliation.
** ''Season 4'':
*** Stella abandoning Ted at the altar.
*** Ted vs. the Goat
*** Robin and Barney's BigDamnKiss.
*** The gang jumping one-by-one from the patio of their apartment building to their neighbor's concluding with Ted accepting the teacher job.
** ''Season 5'':
*** Barney and Robin's break-up.
*** Every doppelganger appearance.
*** Barney's "Nothing Suits You Like a Suit" music number.
*** Film/TheWeddingBride episode.
** ''Season 6'':
*** Lily breaking the news to Marshall that his father died of heart-attack.
*** Barney meeting his father for the very first time and his WhatTheHellDad rant to him.
*** Lily finding out that she's pregnant.
*** TheReveal of who's the groom of the wedding where Ted will finally meet the mother.
** ''Season 7'':
*** Ted and Victoria's reunion.
*** Robin finding out that she can't have children.
*** Robin rejecting Ted.
*** Lily giving birth.
*** Victoria running away with Ted.
*** TheReveal of who's the bride of the wedding where Ted will finally meet the mother.
** ''Season 8'':
*** Ted and Victoria's final break-up.
*** The very epic WackyMarriageProposal of the aforementioned groom to the the aforementioned bride.
*** Ted's WorldOfCardboardSpeech to Robin
*** The Mother's very first appearance.
** ''Season 9'':
*** The Mother appearing with teach member of the gang.
*** The Mother singing ''La Vie En Rose'' at the balcony while Ted is listening at the other side of the wall.
*** Marshall and Lily's "You are being selfish" argument.
*** Ted and Robin's CallBack conversation at the beach.
*** The aforementioned wedding.
*** Barney seeing his newborn daughter for the first time.
*** [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ted finally meeting the mother.]]
*** The [[LoveItOrHateIt extremely controversial]] last five minutes of the show.
* ''TheTwilightZone''
** The end of "Time Enough At Last".
** TheReveal of ToServeMan.
* ''Series/{{Banshee}}''
** Season 1:
*** Lucas Hood taking down the rapist MMA fighter.
*** Lucas Hood killing the GiantMook albino prisoner.
*** The [[HowMuchMoreCanHeTake completely ridiculous]] fight between Anna and Olek.
** Season 2:
*** Proctor and Burton dumping blood and guts into Alex Longshadow's hot tub.
*** [[LargeAndInCharge Chayton]] vs. Hood.
*** [[spoiler: Jason Hood being garroted by Burton [[OutWithABang in the middle of sex with Rebecca.]]]]
*** [[spoiler: The church shootout, followed by Rabbit's suicide.]]
** Season 3:
*** [[Awesome/{{Banshee}} '''Burton vs. Nola.''']]
* ''Series/BreakingBad''
** Season 1:
*** "I am awake."
*** [[spoiler: Krazy 8's death]]
*** "This is not meth."
** Season 2:
*** "Skank! Skank! Skank ass skank!"
*** The Better Call Saul commercial
*** "Stay out of my territory."
*** The last scene of "Phoenix".
** Season 3:
*** Walter throwing a pizza on the roof.
*** Hank's fight with The Cousins.
*** "Run."
*** [[spoiler: Gale's death.]]
** Season 4:
*** [[spoiler: Gus's use of the boxcutter]] in the season premiere.
*** "W.W. what could that stand for?"
*** Walt's "I am the one who knocks" speech to Skyler.
*** The final shot of "Crawl Space".
*** [[spoiler: Gus and Hector's deaths]] in "Face Off".
*** "I won."
** Season 5:
*** "Yeah, bitch! MAGNETS!"
*** "We're done when I say we're done!"
*** Todd [[spoiler: shooting Drew Sharpe]] at the end of Dead Freight.
*** "I'm in the empire business."
*** "Say my name."
*** Either montage in "Gliding Over All" and the last scene of the episode.
*** Hank and Walt's [[spoiler: confrontation in the garage.]]
*** Anything in [[WhamEpisode "Ozymandias"]].
*** [[spoiler: Walt's death]] in the last scene of "[[GrandFinale Felina]]".
* ''Series/OneTreeHill''
** Season 1:
*** Lucas and Nathan's duel in the pilot.
*** The "Nice hands, [[ShesGotLegs nice legs]]" exchange by Lucas and Peyton.
*** Brooke ambushing Lucas at the back of a car naked.
*** Lucas and Nathan [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming accepting one another as brothers]].
*** Haley and Nathan revealing to Lucas that they're married.
** Season 2:
*** Haley kissing Chris Keller.
*** Dan being trapped inside a burning building.
*** Peyton meeting his biological mother.
** Season 3:
*** Pretty much anything in [[WhamEpisode "With tired eyes, tired minds,tired souls, we slept"]].
*** Rachel finding Brooke [[ADateWithRosiePalms "Brooke-ing" herself]].
*** Lucas finding a positive pregnancy test (revealed to be Haley's) and his mother confirming that she's pregnant with Keith.
*** Nathan and Haley's renewal of marriage vows.
*** The limo crashing scene.
** Season 4:
*** Lucas attempting to shoot Dan.
*** Dan admitting his crime.
*** Peyton and Brooke vs. Psycho! Derek.
*** Loan shark Daunte trying to run-over Nathan.
*** Haley going into labor during graduation.
** Season 5:
*** Nathan finally being able to walk again.
*** Dan saving his grandson from Nannie Carrie and threatening her to leave his family alone.
*** Dan returning Jamie to his parents after saving him from Nannie Carrie.
*** Lucas' "I hate you!" speech to Peyton.
*** The last few scenes of the SeasonFinale in tune to Haley's "Feel This".
** Season 6:
*** Xavier beating Brooke.
*** Dan killing Carrie.
*** Peyton collapsing after her and Lucas' wedding.
*** Lucas' HeroicBSOD after Peyton's collapse.
*** Brooke and Julian becoming a couple.
*** Nathan playing in the NBA.
*** Lucas and Peyton riding the Comet going somewhere with their newborn daughter.
** Season 7:
*** Dan Shumiliating the woman who is (falsely) claiming to be impregnated by Nathan.
*** Katie shooting Clay and Quinn.
** Season 8:
*** Quinn vs. Katie.
*** Brooke and Julian's wedding.
*** The entire SeriesFauxnale.
** Season 9:
*** Nathan being kidnap.
*** Lucas' return.
*** Dan, Chris Keller and Julian's BigDamnHeroes moment.
*** Dan's death.
*** Dan and Keith's literal DeadPersonConversation and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming reconciliation]].
*** The DistantFinale.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** The reveal of Irene's phone password in "[[Recap/SherlockS02E01AScandalInBelgravia A Scandal in Belgravia]]": "I AM [[spoiler:S-H-E-R]] LOCKED"
** Sherlock's [[spoiler: jump from the roof of St. Bart's]] in "[[Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall The Reichenbach Fall]]".
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'': Arguably, Jessie's caffeine pill addiction and sub-sequential breakdown.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}''
** ''Season 1'':
*** Oliver's TrainingMontage, particularly him using the Salmon Ladder.
*** Oliver, in his vigilante gear, telling his mother that [[ArcWords "she has failed their city"]].
*** Moira Queen [[HeelFaceTurn outing]] [[EvilPlan the Undertaking]] to the public.
*** The destruction of the Glades.
*** Tommy's death.
** ''Season 2'':
*** Sara's return to Starling City as The Canary.
*** Sara and Nyssa [[GirlOnGirlIsHot kissing]].
*** Slade being injected by the Mirakuru.
*** Shado's death.
*** [[Series/{{The Flash 2014}} Barry Allen]] getting [[SuperHeroOrigin struck by lightning]].
*** Moira's death.
*** Oliver vs. Slade.
** ''Season 3'':
*** Sara's death.
*** Ra's Al-Ghul curb stomping Oliver in their duel.
*** Laurel's very first appearance as ComicBook/BlackCanary.
* ''Series/{{The Flash 2014}}''
** ''Season 1'':
*** The Particle Accelerator malfunctioning.
*** Barry Allen getting [[SuperHeroOrigin struck by lightning]].
*** Dr. Wells' ObfuscatingDisability reveal.
*** Barry and Felicity kissing on the train.
*** A HatePlague inflicted Barry vs. [[Series/{{Arrow}} Oliver]].
*** Dr. Wells revealing he has the [[EvilCounterpart Reverse]]-[[ArchEnemy Flash]] suit.
*** Barry and Caitlin singing "[[Film/{{Grease}} Summer Nights]]".
*** Dr. Wells revealing he is the Reverse-Flash to General Eiling shortly before leaving him at Grodd's mercy.
* Young Bruce Wayne's SkywardScream after his parents' murder in ''Series/{{Gotham}}''.
* ''Series/{{Dallas}}'': J.R. getting shot and TheReveal in the next season.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** Creator/MichaelPalin's ship wrecked sailor announcing: "It's..." and his portrayal of Mr. Gumby [[note]] Though all actors have played the role [[/note]]
** Creator/TerryGilliam's animated gigantic crushing foot.
** Creator/JohnCleese [[note]] Originally Creator/EricIdle said the line [[/note]]'s announcement: "And Now For Something Completely Different".
** Creator/TerryJones as the Naked Organist [[note]] Originally Creator/TerryGilliam [[/note]]
** The cast walking around in drag.
** The "Dead Parrot" sketch, especially the part where Cleese uses a long series of euphemisms to specify the parrot is indeed dead, topping it off with: "This is an ex-parrot."
** The "Nudge Nudge" sketch, especially Idle's "nudge, nudge, wink wink, say no more."
** The "Ministry Of Silly Walks" sketch, especially when Cleese's SillyWalk.
** Michael Palin's "Lumberjack Song".
** The "Spam" sketch, most notably the singing Vikings.
** "The Spanish Inquistion", who nobody expected.
** "The Upperclass Twit of the Year" sketch, especially since it inspired the trope UpperclassTwit.
** John Cleese selling an albatross
** Michael Palin paying to have an argument with John Cleese and regretting it immediately.
** The cast playing Australians who are all named Bruce.
** Creator/JohnCleese complaining to Creator/TerryJones about his "Crunchy Frog" product.
** Palin and Cleese performing The Fish-Slapping Dance.
** People laughing themselves to death because of "The Funniest Joke in the World"
** "The Philospher's Football Match", actually from the German version of the show and used in the film ''Film/MontyPythonLiveAtTheHollywoodBowl''.
** Cleese bringing his dead mother in a bag to an Undertaker and being advised to eat her. Became notorious for its bad taste.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchhausen'': The baron sitting on a cannonball and flying through the air.
* ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'': Huckleberry Finn crossing the Mississippi on a raft.
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'': Pinocchio's nose growing because he tells a lie.
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'': Tom and Huckleberry Finn painting a fence white and fooling other children to do it for them.
* ''Literature/AesopsFables'':
** ''Literature/TheGrasshopperAndTheAnts'': The ants working while the grasshopper does nothing.
* ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'':
** Alice following the White Rabbit. The scene where she meets the Cheshire Cat for the first time. Later meeting the Mad Hatter and March Hare at their Tea Party. The Red Queen ordering people to be beheaded. The hookah smoking caterpillar is also a famous scene.
** ''Literature/ThroughTheLookingGlass'': Alice meeting Humpty Dumpty, the story of Jabberwocky, Alice meeting Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
* ''Literature/ArabianNights''
** ''Literature/{{Aladdin}}'': The Genie appearing from the lamp.
** ''Literature/AliBabaAndTheFortyThieves'': Ali Baba opening the cave and finding the treasure inside. The thieves hiding inside the giant jars.
* ''Literature/TheBible''
** The Crucifixion.
** There are quite a few more, for instance from the Old Testament Adam and Eve eating of the forbidden fruit, the story of Noah's Ark, Abraham almost sacrificing his son Isaac, the parting of the Red Sea, Moses coming down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, Samson bringing down the temple in Gaza, the fight of David against Goliath. From the New Testament the Annunciation, the birth of Christ, the Last Supper...
* ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'': Holden defying other people as "phonies".
* ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'':
** Scrooge saying: "Bah, humbug!"
** Scrooge being visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley.
** Scrooge being brought to the church yard by the Ghost of the Future and seeing his own name on the grave.
* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'': Dante being guided in Hell.
* ''Literature/ADogOfFlanders'': Nello and Patrache entering the Antwerp Cathedral, seeing the painting by Rubens which they wanted to see all their lives, then dying that same night from the cold.
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'' charging against windmills.
* ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'': Dracula first meeting Jonathan Harker and, when hearing the wolves howl outside his castle, say: "Listen to them, the children of the night what music they make."
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry riding [[spoiler: [[RaisingTheSteaks Zombie Sue]]]] through Chicago.
* Fairy tales, later collected by either Creator/CharlesPerrault and/or Creator/TheBrothersGrimm:
** ''Literature/{{Bluebeard}}'': The woman going into Bluebeard's chamber and discovering he is a serial killer. The final scene where she asks "Sister Anna, sister Anna, do you see anything yet", while she waits for her brothers to come in and rescue her.
** ''Literature/TheBremenTownMusicians'': The rooster standing on the back of the cat, the cat on the dog's back, the dog on the donkey's back. In the context of the tale they do this to scare off the robbers inside their own home.
** ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'': Cinderella losing her slipper on the stairs.
** ''Literature/TheFrogPrince'': The princess kissing the frog, who then becomes a prince.
** ''Literature/HanselAndGretel'': Hansel dropping the bread crumbs in the forest, Hansel and Gretel eating from the GingerbreadHouse, Gretel pushing the witch inside the oven.
** ''Literature/HopOMyThumb'': Hop O' My Thumb leaving the trail of bread crumbs behind in the forest [[note]] This story is the precursor to ''Literature/HanselAndGretel'' [[/note]]. The giant slaying his daughters' throats under confusion that these are Hop O' My Thumb and his brothers. Hop O' My Thumb trying on the giant's boots.
** ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'': Little Red asking the wolf: "Why grandmother, what big ears/eyes/teeth you have?"
** ''Literature/PussInBoots'': The cat trying on the boots. The moment where he tells everybody the "Marquis of Carabas is drowning".
** ''Literature/{{Rapunzel}}'': The prince climbing up the tower hanging on to Rapunzel's long hair.
** ''Literature/{{Rumpelstiltskin}}'': Rumpelstiltskin weaving straw into gold. The scene where he dances outside and sings his name, while the servant overhears this.
** ''Literature/TheSixServants'': The servant with the long neck is the most famous character in the Netherlands, due to him being the mascotte of the fairy tale attraction park ''De Efteling''.
** ''Literature/SleepingBeauty'': Sleeping Beauty pricking herself on the spinning wheel, then sleeping for a hundred years [[note]] In some versions, like the Disney one, she only sleeps for one night after being rescued by the prince [[/note]]
** ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'': The queen standing in front of the mirror and saying: "Mirror, mirror, on the wall: who's the fairest one of all?" Snowhite biting the poisoned apple.
** ''Literature/TheWolfAndTheSevenYoungKids'': The wolf putting his whitened paw in front of the window pane and not being recognized by anyone.
* The fairy tales of Creator/HansChristianAndersen:
** ''Literature/TheEmperorsNewClothes'': The emperor walking through the streets in the nude, until one little child finally notices the emperor is naked, which then spreads to the rest of the spectators.
** ''Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl'': The girl striking her final match, then dying from the cold.
** ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid'': The mermaid sitting on a rock. The original tale differs a lot from the Disney feature, especially the ending.
** ''Literature/ThePrincessAndThePea'': The princess lying on all those mattresses, then complaining she had a bad night because one of the servants had put a pea underneath one of the mattresses, thus proving she is a princess after all.
** ''Literature/TheUglyDuckling'': The duckling finally realizing he wasn't ugly, he was just another bird species, namely a swan.
* The fairy tales of Creator/JosephJacobs
** ''Literature/{{Goldilocks}}'': The little bear claiming his porridge is too hot. The bears later discovering Goldilocks inside their bed.
** ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanStalk'': Jack climbing the bean stalk. The giant saying: "Fee Fei Fo Fum: I smell the blood of an Englishman."
** ''Literature/TheThreeLittlePigs'': The wolf blowing down the first two houses.
* ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'':
** Frankenstein being brought to life at night in the castle.
* ''Literature/GulliversTravels'': Gulliver being bound to the ground by the people of Lilliput. The scene where he defeats the enemies' battle ships by standing in the sea is also famous.
* ''Literature/HansBrinkerOrTheSilverSkates'': Hans preventing a flood by sticking his finger into the dyke. Also note, that this is actually a story-within-the-story.
* ''Literature/TheIliad'': Priamus on his knees before Achilles begging him for the body of his son Hector.
* ''Literature/TheOdyssey''
** Odysseus outwitting Polyphemus and then making the mistake of revealing his real name.
** Odysseus returning to his home disguised as a beggar. [[TearJerker The dog! The dog!]]
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow'': The HeadlessHorseman riding his horse in the dead of night.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Gandalf facing the Balrog. [[YouShallNotPass "You cannot pass."]]
** Frodo standing on a ledge, preparing to throw the ring into the fires of Mount Doom.
* Bilbo's riddle-duel with Gollum in ''Literature/TheHobbit''. "What has it got in its pocketses?"
** Also his confrontation with Smaug.
* ''Literature/MaxHavelaar'': The opening scene, where Havelaar states: "I'm a merchant in coffee".
* The pursuit through the sewers of Paris in ''Literature/LesMiserables''.
* ''Literature/MobyDick'': The opening line "Call Me Ahab" has been quoted out of context many times.
* In the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}'' there's Siegfried's murder, Hagen sinking the treasure in the Rhine, and the Burgundians' final stand in Etzel's burning castle.
* ''Literature/OliverTwist'':
** Oliver asking: "Please sir, I want some more" while being in the orphanage and getting sold off as a result.
** Oliver joining the gang of Fagin.
* ''Literature/{{Parsifal}}'': In both Chrétien de Troyes' and Wolfgang von Eschenbach's version of the story the scene in which Percivale is thrown into a mazement looking at three drops of blood in the snow. Wolfram, who unlike Chrétien got to finish his epic poem, also has the scene at the end where Percivale finally asks Amfortas: "What ails you, uncle?"
* ''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin'': The Pied Piper leading the rats and later the children away by playing the flute.
* ''Literature/TheRaven'': The raven sitting on the bust of Pallas, saying "Nevermore".
* ''Literature/ReynardTheFox'': The animals arriving in court to complain about Reynard.
* ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' discovering the footprints of another man on his island.
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'': Holmes making the deduction that Watson didn't see coming. Also note the line "Elementary, my dear Watson" is from the movie versions.
* ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'': Jekyll transforming into Hyde.
* ''Literature/{{Struwwelpeter}}'': Struwwelpeter's hair and nails growing and having him change into a tree, because he didn't wash himself. The thumbsucker child having his thumbs cut off by a man with a large scissor.
* ''Literature/TheTellTaleHeart'': The murderer being tormented by the knowledge that the body is buried underneath the floor.
* ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', D' Artagnan's tripe duel, which turns into a fight of all four of them against the Cardinal's guards.
* ''Literature/TillEulenspiegel'': Till walking the tightrope with the shoes of all the spectators.
* Tom Robinson's trial from ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''.
* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': The giant squid attacking the submarine.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** Firestar's AwesomeMomentOfCrowning
** Scourge one-shoting Tigerstar in a ''very'' CruelAndUnusualDeath.
** Brambeclaw killing his half-brother via ramming a stick through his throat.
** [[spoiler:Ashfur trying to burn Squirrelflight and her kits alive]], both for [[WhamEpisode the scene itself]] and for the WhamLine that single-handedly shaped the next seven books in the series.
** The climactic battle between Firestar and [[spoiler:Tigerstar]] at the end of the ''Omen of the Stars'' arc.
* ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'': Winnie eating honey with his head stuck entirely into the pot.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
* Music/{{Abba}}: The band how they appeared during their winning performance in the ''Series/EurovisionSongContest'' of 1974.
* Music/LouisArmstrong: Laughing and hamming it up with a big grin, holding a white handkerchief too.
* Creator/JosephineBaker: Dancing around in her banana skirt.
* Music/TheBeatles:
** The often imitated cover image of ''Music/WithTheBeatles''
** The quartet arriving at the US airport in 1964.
** The quartet playing in the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, and being announced by Ed Sullivan with the phrase: "Ladies and gentlemen: THE BEATLES!", cue to girls screaming.
** The band running from their fans and the scenes where the dance around in an open field in ''Film/AHardDaysNight''.
** The band in their uniforms on the cover of ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'', eventually leading to many SgtPeppersShoutOut scenes.
** The band crossing ''Music/AbbeyRoad'', also leading to AbbeyRoadCrossing imitations.
** The RooftopConcert in ''Film/LetItBe''.
* Music/DavidBowie: His [[Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars Ziggy Stardust]] image.
* Music/JamesBrown: Faking that he is too tired to go on anymore and seemingly walking off stage, while a band member puts a cloak over his back, only to suddenly leap back and grab the mike again.
* Music/CabCalloway: Calloway dancing around in his ''hepcat'' white suit and fedora hat.
* Music/BobDylan holding lyric cards while his song is playing in the most famous scene of ''Film/DontLookBack''.
* Music/DizzyGillespie playing the trumpet, with bulbous cheeks.
* Music/MichaelJackson
** The preteen Jackson dancing and singing alongside Music/TheJacksonFive.
** The MoonWalkDance, complete with one glove on his hand.
** Jackson dancing on the illuminating tiles in the music video of "Billie Jean".
** Jackson and the rivaling gang members dancing together near the end of the music video of "Beat It".
** Jackson transforming into a werecat and later a zombie in the music video of ''Music/{{Thriller}}'', which leads to the thriller dance [[MichaelJacksonsThrillerParody that has often been parodied]]. Also the final shot where he is revealed to have scary cat eyes.
** The scenes where he dances in a leather jacket along with fellow gang members in the music video of ''Music/{{Bad}}''.
** The gravity lean scene in the music video of "Smooth Criminal".
** The racial face morphing scene in the music video of "Black Or White" and the (often ommitted) scenes afterwards where he dances in a back alley, hits a car with a crowbar and changes into a panther.
* Music/{{Madonna}}: Appearing on stage in her Gaultier bra.
* Music/FreddieMercury: The moustached front man parading around on stage with his microphone stand.
* Music/{{Queen}}: The opening shot of the music video for "Bohemian Rhapsody", where the band members are seen as four heads together. This has become so iconic that is has been [[BohemianParody imitated and parodied often]].
* Music/ElvisPresley
** Elvis shaking his hips on the Ed Sullivan Show.
** Elvis dancing with prisoners in ''Film/JailhouseRock''.
** Elvis in his white glitter suit during his Las Vegas period. Obligatory to that image are the phrases: "Thank you, thank you very much" and the phrase: "Elvis has left the building".
* Music/FrankSinatra: The young singer in his CoolHat and suit, with the often imitated CoatOverTheShoulder pose.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/HulkHogan bodyslamming Wrestling/AndreTheGiant at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} III'', not to mention the pre-match staredown.
** Or his FaceHeelTurn in Wrestling/{{WCW}}, which was big enough to be reported in the news.
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels flying down to the ring on a zip line is this for ''[=WrestleMania=] XII''.
** Also him jumping on top of the ladder in [=WrestleMania=] X.
** [[Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob Or him putting Bret Hart in the Sharpshooter and Earl Hebner ringing the bell despite Bret not tapping-out]].
* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin shoving Mike Tyson.
* Or Wrestling/TheUndertaker shoving Wrestling/MickFoley off a sixteen foot cell.
* A negative example for WCW, when they spoilt Foley winning the WWF Championship and then insulted him. The other events that night may have been excused but many fans and experts point to this one scene that killed WCW.
* The death of Wrestling/OwenHart.
* IT'S [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon ME]], [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin AUSTIN!!]] IT WAS ME ALL ALONG!!!
* ''Shane'' [=McMahon=] buying WCW.
* Wrestling/BrockLesnar
** His botched shooting-star press at ''[=WrestleMania=] XIX''.
** Him superplexing Wrestling/TheBigShow and destroying the ring in a 2003 edition of ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown Smackdown!]]''
** ''[[DefeatingTheUndefeatable Ending]]'' Wrestling/TheUndertaker's two-decade long [=Wrestlemania=] winning streak at ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX''.
* Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero celebrating in the middle of the ring as world champions at the end of ''[=WrestleMania=] XX''.
* The debut of Wrestling/TheNexus and their trashing of the WWE RAW set.
* Wrestling/CMPunk's promo on the 6/27/11 Raw and him leaving with the WWE Title at Money In The Bank.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sports]]
* Ask people in Chicago, and they'll tell you that the Cubs lost the 2003 NLCS because of Steve Bartman. Forget the fact that they couldn't get an out the rest of the inning, and then lost the next game. No, it all comes down to that one play.
** It might make Cubs fans feel better to realize that their ArchNemesis, the St. Louis Cardinals, had essentially the same thing happen in the 1985 World Series, when the Denkinger Call, a blown umpiring call, entered Cardinals infamy, with the point that ''they'' couldn't get out of the inning either, and then also lost the next game. However, it probably doesn't.
* Similar with Buckner in the 1986 World Series. The Red Sox had already blown a two run lead with two outs in the 10th inning. Buckner's error allowed the third (albeit winning) run to score. The Red Sox also blew a three run lead the next game to lose the Series. Ask most people why the Red Sox lost that series though, and they'll tell you about the Buckner play.
* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan hitting "The Shot" over Craig Ehlo to eliminate the Cavs in Game 5.
* Carlton Fisk waving a home run ball fair in the 1975 World Series. Of course, Boston lost the series to the Big Red Machine, one of the greater teams in history, but the Fisk home run is what people most focus on.
* 2013 ALCS. The Red Sox down by four, bottom of the eighth inning in game 2, David Ortiz hits a grand slam, culminating into a walk-off run in the ninth. The image in every New England newspaper the next day was of a BPD officer in the bullpen with his arms raised in excitement as Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter went tumbling into the bullpen trying to catch the ball (though his excitement was more over the home run than Hunter doing a flip over the wall).
* 1980 Miracle on Ice "Do you believe in miracles?! YES!" Also, the team celebrating after Eruzione's goal to take the lead.
* The FIFAWorldCup has a few.
** Pelé's goal in the 1958 final, and Maradona's goal versus England in 1986 (no, not the one he punched the ball!).
** The 1954 final: Helmut Rahn's winning goal against Hungary ("Aus dem Hintergrund müsste Rahn kommen...") and the West German team lifting coach Sepp Herberger and captain Fritz Walther on their shoulders in the rain after the handing-over of the Jules Rimet Cup. Doubles as a signature scene for the German national team.
** The extra time of the "Game of the Century", Italy vs. West Germany 4-3, in Mexico 1970. Fans remember how quickly and often the score changed that they tend to forget how boring the regular 90 minutes were in comparison. (Italy took an early 1-0 lead and then defended it by hook and by crook until Karl-Heinz Schnellinger equalized in the 90th minute).
** The 2006 final: French football icon Zinedine Zidane headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi and getting a red card on his last international game.
* 2004 ALCS Dave Roberts stealing second base.
* UsefulNotes/SuperBowl:
** John Elway being hit by tackles from both sides, [[{{Determinator}} spinning in midair and slamming into the ground]], on his way to leading the Denver Broncos to winning their first UsefulNotes/SuperBowl.
** Music/JanetJackson's halftime show "{{wardrobe malfunction}}" at Super Bowl XXXVIII.
** Super Bowl XLII: Quarterback Eli Manning throwing a pass after escaping a sack that was caught by third string wide receiver David Tyree against his helmet while being pulled to the ground.
** Super Bowl XLVII: The power outage a few minutes into the second half of the game.
** Super Bowl XLIX: Combined with DownToTheLastPlay; it seemed that the image of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse making his juggling catch was going to be the game's biggest moment. Two plays later, New England Patriots rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler (who played a role in said catch) one-upped that by intercepting a Russell Wilson pass intended for Ricardo Lockette at the goal line, saving the Patriots' victory and humiliating the Seahawks for making an awful play call.
** For more Super Bowl goodness, there's always Scott Norwood's wide-right field goal; or Kevin Dyson coming up "One Yard Short" for the Titans.
* For UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}: the fatal crash of Creator/DaleEarnhardt at the 2001 Daytona 500.
* Pittsburgh Pirates Hall-of-Famer Bill Mazeroski was regarded as a superb second baseman; his batting was so unremarkable that it nearly cost him his chance to be in the Hall. What is he remembered for? In the Game Seven of the 1960 World Series, [[MomentOfAwesome he cracked a walk-off home run that won his team the Series]].
* The Green Bay Packers:
** The Packers carrying Vince Lombardi off the field after winning Super Bowl II, his final game as the team's head coach.
** Another Packers example is Brett Favre ripping off his helmet and running off the field after throwing a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XXXI on Green Bay's second play from scrimmage.
* "The Catch", in which Dwight Clark caught a pass from Joe Montana to win the 1982 [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFC Championship]].
* "The Play". Lateral after lateral allowed Cal to win the 1982 Big Game with no time left on the clock, with the final receiver even having to run through the Stanford marching band to reach the end zone.
* Jim Marshall will [[NeverLiveItDown forever live in American football infamy]] for running the football [[EpicFail the wrong way]] in a 1964 game against the [=49ers=].
** At least the Vikings won that game. Roy Riegels of the California Golden Bears ran the wrong way in the 1929 Rose Bowl against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, only being stopped a couple yards from his own end zone by his own teammate before getting dogpiled. The next play was a blocked punt which yield two points to Georgia Tech, the ultimate difference in an 8-7 loss.
* A weird, but [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]], aversion from the sport of mountaineering: "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_American_Karakoram_expedition#Attempted_rescue_and_fall The Belay]]", in which climber Pete Schoening saved almost his whole climbing team on K2 from a fatal fall, maybe the most remembered moment in the entire sport -- yet absolutely nobody saw it but Schoening, including, in all likelihood, ''the men whose lives he saved''.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''
** Prince Hamlet with the skull:[[AlasPoorYorick "Alas, poor Yorick..."]]
** Hamlet with the skull: "To be or not to be..." It's '''the''' signature Shakespeare moment, and it's just a mix-up of two different monologues in different acts, making it a case of BeamMeUpScotty. Thematically appropriate, considering the speech is about weighing the options of suicide. Juxtaposing life and death and all that.
* The balcony scene from ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'': "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" Interestingly enough, no balcony is mentioned in the script.
* The blood dripping down from the ceiling onto the sheriff in ''The Girl of the Golden West''.
* The spanking scene in ''Theatre/KissMeKate''.
* The "Mack Sennett Ballet" from the musical ''High Button Shoes''.
* ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'': "Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes..."
* Eliza crossing the ice in stage versions of ''Uncle Tom's Cabin''.
* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' has... "'''''STELLA!!!'''''"
* William Gillette's Theatre/SherlockHolmes escaping from Moriarty's GasChamber, using a lighted cigar butt as a ruse.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwxlQewXQ4I The staircase scene/title song]] from ''Theatre/HelloDolly''.
* The chandelier crash in ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
* The helicopter evacuation scene in ''Theatre/MissSaigon''.
* The entire [[BalconySpeech "On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada"]] sequence in ''Music/{{Evita}}'', but particularly "Don't Cry For Me Argentina."
* ''Theatre/MacBeth'': LadyMacBeth and her guilt-ridden OutDamnedSpot. {{Trope Namer}}s.
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'':
** "La, la, la, la! We're gonna make you pop-u-lar!"
** "I'm flying high, I'm defying gravity!"
** "Because I knew you, I have been changed... [[FriendshipSong For Good.]]"
* The famous mad scene in ''Lucia di Lammermoor'', with the BloodSplatteredWeddingDress.
* The Queen of the Night's Revenge aria from ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''
** [[{{Fingore}} The Lizard Trial]], where the player must [[PlayerPunch force Ethan Mars]] to cut off part of his own hand.
** "JASON? JASON! JASOOOON!!"
* ''VideoGame/BioShock1'': The confrontation with Andrew Ryan.
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'': Elizabeth begging Booker to promise to kill her if it will save her from Songbird.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''
*** Tellah shouting "''[[MemeticMutation You spoony bard!]]''"
*** The Red Wings flying back to Baron in the opening scene, and the monster ambush.
*** Cecil [[spoiler: becoming a paladin]].
*** Possibly Rydia's BigDamnHeroes moment.
*** "[[TheCavalry Moon!]] [[ThemeMusicPowerUp Grant us our wish!]]"
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''
*** Galuf refusing to relent against an uncomprehending Exdeath, despite having 0 HP, fueled by the power of love.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''
*** The Opera scene, especially [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Celes' part.]]
*** "[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt On that day, the world was changed... forever.]]"
*** Kefka's "[[ShutUpKirk You sound like chapters from a self-help booklet!]]" comeback to the heroes' personal epiphanies.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''
*** Aerith looking at the aquarium, as well as AVALANCHE's BigEntrance via train at the Mako reactor in the prologue.
*** The motorcycle chase.
*** Aeris' death.
*** Sephiroth in the middle of Cloud's burning hometown while in a PsychoticSmirk.
*** [[spoiler: Cloud killing Sephiroth with the Omnislash attack]].
*** Possibly the scene where Cloud and the party sneak into Shinra HQ, [[spoiler: only to find the place littered with corpses, including [[BigBadWannabe President Shinra's]], and a trail of blood. It's at that point that the cast and players realize the story's real BigBad is someone ''far'' more sinister]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''
*** Squall and Seifer's duel in the opening.
*** The ballroom scene.
*** The basketball court scene.
*** Balamb vs. Galbadia Gardens
*** Squall and Rinoa embracing immediately after he rescues her from the Sorceress' Memorial.
*** Rinoa finding the unconscious Squall after Ultimecia's defeat.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''
*** The YouAreNotAlone scene
*** Kuja [[spoiler: attaining Trance and destroying Terra]] at the end of Disc 3.
*** Both the plays on the Tantalus, at [[BookEnds the very beginning and the very end]].
*** The assault of the Silver Dragons upon the approach to the Iifa Tree.
*** The balcony scene in Alexandria Castle where [[TheHero Zidane]] saves Princess Garnet by [[BigDamnHeroes swinging in on a rope]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''
*** The kiss in Macalania Forest as well as the [[spoiler:battle against Yunalesca, and the scene immediately preceding this]].
*** Also, the scene where the party storms [[spoiler:Bevelle with an airship to stop Yuna's wedding.]]
*** Yuna's sending dance on the water in Kilika is probably the most famous FMV in the series (after Sephiroth's fire walk).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''
*** The scene in which Vaan runs around Bhujerba pretending to be Captain Basch.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''
*** TheReveal of [[OneWingedAngel Barthandelus' true form]].
*** The party's return to Cocoon, crashing in on a race with their Eidolons.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''
** The [[ILied coffee scene]]
** Any time an angel shows their iconic wings for the first time - namely, Colette's first stage of the angel transformation, [[spoiler: Kratos's betrayal, and Zelos's death.]]
** The duel with [[spoiler: Kratos]] by Origin's seal.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''
** [[WhamEpisode Akzeriuth]], but even more so, the ImportantHaircut afterwards.
** Luke and Asch's duel at Eldrant, for [[MemeticMutation meme value]], awesome music, and TearJerker status.
** [[GainaxEnding The ending.]] "This place has a nice view of Hod. And also...I promised someone."
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''
** Asbel's final conversation with [[spoiler: Lambda]]
** Richard [[spoiler: murdering the guard]] at Wallbridge, and his TOMODACHIIII scene in the desert.
** Sophie waking up in the field of flowers on Lhant Hill
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''
** Estelle healing Halure's tree.
** The FightingYourFriend duels with [[spoiler: Estelle and Flynn]], and their aftermath scenes.
** Yuri [[spoiler: murdering Ragou on the bridge]].
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Geneology of the Holy War]]'': [[TheHeroDies Arvis killing Sigurd.]]
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'': Ninian's death.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]'': Pretty much any scene with The Black Knight.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'': Ike's Memory Scene... [[SoBadItsGood for all the wrong reasons.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'': Chapter 10, a BattleInTheRain with SadBattleMusic [[BGMOverride that overrides all other BGM]] set right after a WhamEpisode.
* The opening to ''VideoGame/ZeroWing''. "AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs"
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** The first level of the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 original game]].
** The battle against Bowser in the clown car from SuperMarioWorld. See also the cartoon, IWannaBeTheGuy and various other things that reference it.
** And the battle against Bowser on the bridge, with the axe used to send him plummeting into the lava.
** The opening fall into the first level of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''. Also, Mario [[AllJustADream waking up at the end]].
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' has the first flight as Raccoon Mario (with Kuribo's Shoe at a close second).
** ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' has the FinalBoss fight against [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Giant Baby Bowser]].
*** Several ''Yoshi's Island'' bosses were quite iconic, including Rapheal the Raven and the level set inside a giant frog.
*** The 'Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy' stage.
** Also, Mario swinging Bowser by the tail in ''VideoGame/SuperMario64''. Or the opening title (''*ba-ding*'' "It's-a me! Mario!").
*** Wing Cap flight, especially after getting 120 Stars.
** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' has an almost identical redo of the Bowser-on-the-bridge scene from the first ''Super Mario Bros.'' that became a SignatureScene in its own right due to what got added: [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath Bowser melting into a skeleton]].
*** The Mega Mushroom rampage from the first level.
** The GainaxEnding of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''.
*** Also the very first spherical planet, with the cottage with the blue roof, which has represented the ''Galaxy'' game line in ''VideoGame/MarioKart7'' and ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''.
*** The 'Pill Planet' capsule from the second major level is also very iconic.
** Fawful's "mustard of your doom" speech from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga''.
** ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' has the first Giant Bowser battle against Bowser Castle, as well as the FinalBoss. Both are famous for showing how Bowser TookALevelInBadass, while the latter is also famous for the accompanying music.
** ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'': [[spoiler:Giant Luigi vs. Giant Bowser, both for showing how Luigi TookALevelInBadass and for the crazy climax where Giant Bowser grows even further to become ''Giant'' Giant Bowser. And after that, the fight against Dreamy Bowser.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother}}''
** The final battle against Giygas in ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}''.
** The dancing scene from ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'', if only because of how famous the music became after it got used in that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiARsQSlzDc Bear Animation]] video.
* From the first ''Franchise/TombRaider'', everyone remembers falling off the broken bridge into a pit with a bear in it. And the T-Rex. ''Tomb Raider'' ''II'' and ''III'' have locking the butler in the freezer in Lara's Home, [[SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer which many people played with even more than the main game.]]
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil''
** [[FaceRevealingTurn The first zombie encounter]] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1''.
** The hallway where you encounter the first [[OverlyLongTongue Licker]] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2''.
** The scene where the [[ImplacableMan Nemesis]] first arrives and [[CombatTentacles brutally]] [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice kills]] Brad Vickers in ''VideoGame/{{Resident Evil 3|Nemesis}}''.
** The scene where the Ashford Twins disembowl an ant in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica''.
** The zombie-dog-through-the-window moment.
** Hearing the man with the chainsaw inside the barn in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''
** ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''
*** The Warthog Run at the end.
*** The discovery of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent The]] [[RecycledInSpace Flood]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''
*** "I need a weapon."
*** Master Chief riding the Covenant bomb.
*** "Don't make a girl a promise... if you know you can't keep it."
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''
*** The activating of the Forerunner artifact on Earth.
*** "I! Am! Truth! The voice of the Covenant!" "[[spoiler:And so, you must be silenced.]]"
** ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'': Prepare to Drop.
** ''VideoGame/HaloReach''
*** [[ShootTheShaggyDog The final level]].
*** "Glad to have your skill set, but we're a team. That lone wolf stuff stays behind."
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'': [[spoiler:The reveal of Chief's face for the first time]].
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''
** Sub-Zero's fatality... which was actually disturbing back then.
** The final shot of a match, with your character posing after a finisher. "Fatality!"
** The IdleAnimation Pit scene that has the game camera slowly panning down revealing the corpses of past fighters impaled on the blades below.
** Goro's introduction, including his lair.
** Almost ''EVERYTHING'' in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. However, the one scene that garners the most buzz ([[BrokenBase a lot of it negative]]) was that of [[spoiler:a BrainwashedAndCrazy Sindel ''[[HeroKiller killing]]'' no less than ''eight'' heroes in mere minutes]]. [[spoiler:Kung Lao getting his neck snapped by Shao Kahn]] was unexpected enough, and there was certainly more {{Wham|Episode}} to come, but this was the moment where ''[=MK9=]'' seems to tell you, "''This'' is the extent of how utterly screwed you all are."
* ''VideoGame/FreeSpace'': "DIVE! DIVE! DIVE! HIT YOUR BURNERS, PILOT!"
* ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}''
** ''{{VideoGame/Metroid 1}}'': TheReveal that SamusIsAGirl.
** ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'': The sparing of the infant Metroid.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'''s battle with Mother Brain.
*** Samus's confrontation with Ridley in the opening scene.
** ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'': Samus's face-off against [[EvilTwin the SA-X]].
** ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'': Samus is [[spoiler:forced to sneak through the Pirate Mothership without armor.]]
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'''s battle with the Parasite Queen.
** ''Metroid Prime 2: Echoes'': The reveal of [[EvilTwin Dark Samus]].
** ''Metroid Prime 3: Corruption'': [[PhlebotinumOverload Samus ge]][[DrunkOnTheDarkSide ts corrupted]].
** ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'': Samus' confrontation with Ridley and her HeroicBSOD.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** "Are you a boy? Or are you a girl?"
** Really, ''any'' cutscene in ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''. So much that ''Anime/PokemonOrigins'' is an entire movie ''made'' of the games' signature scenes.
** The Ferris Wheel ride with N in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''
** Hugh's "I'm about to unleash my rage" line in the sequels, uttered when they're on the Plasma Frigate.
** Groudon and Kyogre fighting in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', and Rayquaza calming them in ''Emerald''.
** [[RealityIsOutToLunch The Distortion World]] from ''VideoGame/PokemonPlatinum''.
** The TrueFinalBoss against Red in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''.
*** Possibly also liberating Goldenrod City after [[spoiler: Team Rocket take the Radio Tower.]]
** AZ explaining his history in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', along with [[spoiler: his reunion with Floette in the ending. "It's been 3000 years..."]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** [[WhamEpisode Virmire]] (especially Sovereign and the confrontation with Saren) in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''.
** The destruction of the Normandy, the final level and possibly the loyalty missions in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
** For ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', the Reapers arriving on Earth.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** Any of the dragon fights in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', especially the last one.
** The final sequence of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', mostly [[spoiler:the destruction of the Kirkwall Chantry]] but the sheer implications of [[spoiler:the simmering Mage/Templar conflict finally exploding into open war]].
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'': Insult swordfighting. "You fight like a dairy farmer!" "How appropriate... you fight like a cow!"
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** GreenHillZone from [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1 the first game.]]
** The Chaos Emeralds circling and spinning in the air in the aforementioned game's TrueEnding. It was next seen in ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' during their upgrade process to Super Emeralds, then in a ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' commercial, and from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' onwards, they usually do that during Super transformations.
** The ending from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'', which has been redone in a handful of his other games.
** [[ClimaxBoss Sonic racing against Metal Sonic]] in ''VideoGame/SonicCD''.
** Sonic running down the side of a building in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''. It was recreated in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' and ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''
** Also from Sonic Adventure, the whale chase scene. Recreated in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' and the 3DS version of ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** Dracula's boss battle in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''.
** The final staircase to Dracula's room, to the point that, despite the [[EldritchLocation ever-changing nature of Dracula's castle]] it's almost guaranteed that the staircase will still be there somewhere at the top.
* From ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', his battle against Wyzen's giant, country-sized finger is likely to be this, as it's not only in 2 different trailers, but also used as a promotion in a Japanese TV ad for the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'': "That was pretty interesting. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ2NQQ2nWrI But dropping a warship on me is cheating... Take it back!"]]
** From ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', ''"Ma belle peche..."''
** And from ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', the attack on Colony 9 at the game's start, featuring Metal Face's introduction and [[spoiler: his murder of Fiora.]]
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty''
** ''Call of Duty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'''s nuke detonation at the end of "Shock and Awe".
** And ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' has the Americans and Russians fighting for control of Washington D.C., or the infamous "No Russian" airport scene.
** Defending the Ferris Wheel in ''4'', largely because it is ThatOneLevel.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': TheReveal. Still considered one of the best twists in any video game ever.
* Link pulling out the Master Sword in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
** For that matter, any scene where Link obtains the Master Sword for the first time in that game is pretty memorable.
** The opening cutscene from ''Wind Waker'', depicting the story of ''Ocarina'' in a series of old-styled paintings.
** The possessed Skull Kid summoning the moon to crush Termina in ''Majora's Mask''.
** "It's dangerous to go alone! Take this!"
* The Hydra fight from the first ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', the colossus fight and the Mount Olympus climb at the end of the second.
* Uboa from ''VideoGame/YumeNikki''.
* ''Franchise/SilentHill''
** Pyramid Head raping a mannequin in ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' and the series as a whole.
** Harry being attacked by Grey Children in ''VideoGame/SilentHill1''.
** Vincent's "[[TomatoSurprise They look like monsters to you]]" line from ''VideoGame/SilentHill3''.
* Pathetic creatures of flesh and bone, you cannot reference ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' without failing to fathom the perfection of [[AGodAmI SHODAN]], but particularly that speech of hers. Similarly, are you afraid? What is it that you fear? The end of your trivial existence?
* ''Franchise/MetalGear''
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''
*** Solid Snake and Meryl's first encounter.
*** Otacon pissing his pants, followed by Solid Snake vs. Gray Fox.
*** The Psycho Mantis boss fight, as well as its 4th-Wall breaking cutscene just prior.
*** The torture scene.
*** The Helicopter boss fight.
*** The second Sniper Wolf boss fight and the cutscene that follows.
*** Solid Snake vs. Liquid Snake on top of REX.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''
*** Solid Snake vs. Olga.
*** [[MindScrew The last parts of the Hangar chapter]].
*** Raiden removing his diving mask at the beginning of the Hangar chapter.
*** The Harrier boss fight.
*** Raiden vs. Vamp.
*** The EscortMission with Emma, particularly the "We managed to avoid drowning" line.
*** Most of the Arsenal Gear section, such as Campbell [[MissionControlIsOffItsMeds going completely nuts]] and the FissionMailed scene.
*** Raiden vs. [=RAYs=].
*** Raiden vs. Solidus.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''
*** The End boss fight.
*** The torture scene, particularly Naked Snake's EyeScream.
*** The Sorrow "boss fight".
*** The Shagohod chase and boss fight.
*** Naked Snake vs. The Boss.
*** Naked Snake tearfully saluting during the last scene.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''
*** Raiden vs. Vamp II
*** The split screen of Old Snake vs. Geckos and Raiden vs. Vamp III [[NostalgiaLevel on top of REX]].
*** REX vs. RAY.
*** The microwave scene.
*** Old Snake vs. Ocelot.
*** Old Snake and Big Boss face-to-face for the first time in many years.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker''
*** Snake's [[WhamLine line]] at the end of the first stinger:
-->-- Snake: [[spoiler:From now on, call me... Big Boss.]]
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''
*** Raiden vs. RAY II, which occurs during the first five minutes of gameplay.
*** Raiden's Jack The Ripper moment before the boss fight with Monsoon.
*** Raiden vs. Senator Armstrong. Also, the latter's speeches,
* Even people who has never played ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' knows about the boss fight against The Great Mighty Poo.
* The white phosphorous incident from ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''.
* The Ocean House Hotel from ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''
** "[[YouCantFightFate But... the future refused to change.]]"
** The trial scene greatly impacted players because, at the time, no one would suspect that their apparently random and meaningless actions in the beginning of the game would have moral consequences later.
* If it's a BulletHell game, the FinalBoss, the TrueFinalBoss, or the BonusBoss will most likely be this due to the mind-numbing bullet count. Such examples include:
** ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi]]'' and its sequels: Hibachi
*** ''[=DoDonPachi=] [=DaiFukkatsu=] Black Label'': Zatsuza
** ''VideoGame/MushihimeSama'': Aki
*** ''Mushihime-sama Futari'': Queen Larsa
*** ''Mushihime-sama Futari Black Label'': Spiritual Larsa
** ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Koumakyou: The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil'': Flandre Scarlet
** ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Youyoumu: Perfect Cherry Blossom'': Yukari Yakumo
* ''VideoGame/RefleX'' has stage 7, where you fight ZODIAC Virgo [[spoiler:and get murdered by him in a cutscene, resulting in your ship's AI taking over and [[EleventhHourSuperpower reawakening the ship]].]]
* ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'':
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'': The [[ThemeTuneRap DK Rap]].
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'': The first silhouette level.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ib}}''
** The Doll Room, more precisely when Garry gets locked inside and starts ripping open the dolls' belly for the key [[spoiler:as the Giant Doll starts coming out of the painting to do... things to his sanity.]]
** Ib burning of [[spoiler:Mary's painting and Mary's subsequence death.]]
* [[{{TheWitchsHouse}} The Witch's House]]: The True Ending, mainly due to the [[spoiler:fact that it's one hell of a [[CruelTwistEnding twist]]]].
* VideoGame/ClockTower: In the first game, the scene inside the titular ClockTower, [[spoiler:when Jennifer kills Bobby]].
** [[ItWasHisSled The deaths of Laura in the shower, and Ann through the skylight]] are both well-remembered scenes.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX''
** Zero's HeroicSacrifice in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX1 X1]]''.
** The battle with the fake Zero in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX2 X2]]''.
** Zero vs. Iris, as well as the latter's death in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX4 X4]]''.
** [[FightingYourFriend X vs. Zero]] in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX5 X5]]''.
** Zero's [[HesJustHiding return]] and the battle with Gate in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX6 X6]]''.
** The fight against [[spoiler: Lumine]] in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX8 X8]]'', most known for [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic his battle theme]].
* The opera scene from ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Superman 64}}'' has the first PassThroughTheRings stage, which has become how the game has been remembered by most people. It's such an awful level that many people assume the whole game is like that. It's not--the other levels are, if anything, [[FromBadToWorse even worse]].
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'':
** First game: The fights against the first boss and Copy X.
** Second game: The first level, remembered for its music.
** Third game: The fight against Omega and [[spoiler: TheReveal that he is in Zero's original body.]]
** Fourth game: The fight against [[BigBad Dr. Weil]]'s final form, and the final scene, [[spoiler: a shot of Zero's broken helmet to confirm his HeroicSacrifice.]]
* ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' has the TrueFinalBoss fight against [[spoiler: Zero Two.]]
** Before that, the TrueFinalBoss of ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' [[spoiler: [[EyeScream ripping his own eye out]] [[{{Gorn}} with blood.]] Very jarring since this is taking place ''in a kid's game!'']]
* The Moon stage from ''VideoGame/DuckTales'', made famous by its music.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' has [[spoiler: Letz Shake's death by cutscene.]]
** The final boss fight of ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' is very infamous.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''
** Debut of the Cybuster in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars2''
** Forming the Super Robot Type-X (SRX) in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha''
** Debut of the Dygenguard in ''Super Robot Wars Alpha 2''
** Debut of the [=DaiRaiOh=] in ''Super Robot Wars Alpha 3''
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI''
*** Your mother being eaten and impersonated by a demon within the first fifteen minutes pretty much sets the atmosphere for the rest of the franchise.
*** Thorman setting off a nuclear apocalypse which you cannot escape from, much less prevent.
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII''
*** The battle against YHVH.
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''
*** The battle against [[WakeUpCallBoss Matador]].
*** The Conception.
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''
*** Isabeau revealing herself as a complete and utter manga fangirl.
*** The White tossing you to alternate realities where each alignment won the previous cycle.
** ''{{VideoGame/Persona3}}'': The October 4th Full Moon incident, a.k.a [[spoiler: Shinjiro's death.]]
** ''{{VideoGame/Persona4}}''
*** [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Two words:]] [[DrunkOnMilk King's Game!]]
* Running from the Ferris Wheel in the first ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' game.
** Each game's GainaxEnding. Because every game had one, and they each made less sense than the last.
* ''Franchice/AceAttorney'' in general, [[BigWordShout OBJECTION!]] andd GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger. Specific game examples:
** From the first game, [[MakeTheDogTestify the Parrot Cross-Examination]].
** From the second: "[[WhamLine How do you do, Mr Lawyer, I'm]] [[spoiler: [[BitchInSheepsClothing Matt Engarde]]]]."
** Third game: [[spoiler: Terry Fawles' suicide on the witness stand.]]
** Fourth game: [[spoiler: Kristoph Gavin]]'s VillainousBreakdown.
** Fifth game: Athena's [[spoiler: Black Psyche Locks.]]
** ''VideoGame/AceAttorneyInvestigations'': First game: The final confrontation, for [[EndingFatigue going on]] [[ThatOneBoss so long.]]
*** Investigations 2: Edgeworth's offer to become a defense attorney.
* Probably the most iconic scene of ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' was actually a meta one - the Indiegogo fundraiser. The developers set out to raise $150,000 to fund Squigly as a DLC character - they got '''$829,829''' and funded a total of five new characters instead.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'':
** ''Tri'' and ''3 Ultimate'' have the battle with the Ceadeus, [[spoiler:the source of Moga Island's life-threatening earthquakes.]]
** ''4'' and ''4 Ultimate'' have the first (full) battle with the Gore Magala and later [[spoiler:the Shagaru Magala.]]
* ''VideoGame/BattleGaregga'' has the battle with [[ThatOneBoss Black Heart]] in Stage 5 and its upgraded form Black Heart mk.2 in Stage 7. The former because it's by far the toughest boss in the game up to that point, and the latter because of some ScoreMilking tricks. Both are [[EnsembleDarkhorse even more well-known than the]] FinalBoss, Glow Squid.
* ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'':
** [[SuikodenII "DIE, PIG!!!!"]]
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* WebVideo/GameGrumps: Arin's meltdown while he and Jon played VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006.
* WebVideo/JonTron: "AND IIIIIIIIII '''HOLY SHIT!''', WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU ''I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'D DO THIS TO ME GOD DAMN IT HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME''
* LetsPlay/ProtonJon: "[[NeverLiveItDown Move faster, Pokey... Faaaasteeeer... For the love of God, faster...]]''
* ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonRed:''
** The days-long trek through the Rocket Game Corner.
** The mass-releasing of Red's Pokemon on Bloody Sunday.
** Flareon's release.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'': The Critic saying: "Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic" (nodding his head along with eyes closed) "I remember it, so (points at the audience) YOU don't have to."
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* WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat: Felix walking and turning around while thinking.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck: Donald getting angry and jumping up and down, while waving his fists.
* WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}: Goofy saying "Something's wrong here?", "Oh, the world owns me a living" or "Garssh!"
* WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}: Popeye, nearly defeated, grabbing his can of spinach, opening it and becoming so strong he can defeat the villain.
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes:
** WesternAnimation/PorkyPig concluding a cartoon with the line: "That's all, folks!"
** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck jumping up and down, shouting: "Woo Hoo".
** WesternAnimation/BugsBunny asking his antagonist: "What's up, doc?"
** Wile E. Coyote falling from a cliff.
* WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry: Tom's painful yell.
* WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones: Fred Flintstone shouting "Yabba Dabba Doo".
* WesternAnimation/YogiBear: Yogi stealing a picknick basket.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Spider-Man the Animated Series}}'': Spider-Man finds himself hanging upside-down in front of a skyscraper window, seeing his reflection with the [[PaintItBlack never-before-seen black costume]]. The original comic didn't have it, but [[Film/SpiderMan every]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan version]] since has had it. Even SpiderGirl has Mayday swinging past a building, red suit in real life and black suit in the reflection.
* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons:
** Homer shouting "D'oh!" when realizing he's done something stupid.
** [[CouchGag The couch gags]].
** Homer strangling Bart.
** From the episode ''Bart The Daredevil'': Homer plummeting down Springfield Gorge and hitting every single rock.
** Bart writing on the chalkboard in detention and saying "Eat My Shorts" or "Don't Have A Cow, Man".
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Kenny's many deaths]].
** The infamous scene from "Scot Tenorman Must Die" where Cartman [[spoiler: reveals to Scott that his parents were murdered and ground up into the chili he's been eating]].
** Timmy's call "Timmy!" has also become a notorious meme.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': One or two per season.
** The entirety of "Rookies", as it proved that the series could easily take a darker turn, and Cad Bane's introduction.
** The opening Cad Bane arc for season two.
** The Mortis trilogy in season three, where Anakin comes to terms with his destiny; as well as [[spoiler: Ventress being abandoned by Dooku and her subsequent creation of Savage Oppress.]]
** For season four, the Umbara arc, a powerful four-parter dealing with the Clones' identities as well as some genuinely chilling racism directed at them. We also have [[spoiler: Savage finding Darth Maul, who survived his death a decade earlier.]]
** For season five, [[spoiler: Darth Sidious battling Darth Maul and Savage Oppress for control of the Sith.]] We then get, almost immediately afterward, [[spoiler: Ahsoka's defection from the Jedi after losing faith in them for betraying her.]]
** Season six has the Order 66 arc, particularly [[spoiler: Fives' DoomedByCanon death]], and the very poignant finale with [[spoiler: Yoda battling Sidious in his mind over Anakin's fate.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had more or less one per season:
** The Season 1 Finale, a.k.a. [[spoiler:[[FanNickname Koizilla]]]].
** "The Tales of Ba Sing Se" for Season 2, particularly [[TearJerker The Tale of Iroh]], or possibly the {{subversion}} of [[spoiler:Zuko's long-anticipated HeelFaceTurn.]]
*** Also possibly, [[HeroKiller Azula]] one-shotting Aang InTheBack.
** More or less the whole series finale for season 3, but especially [[spoiler:the Lion-Turtle]], [[spoiler:the battle between Zuko and Azula, and the music for this scene]], and [[spoiler:Energybending.]] "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEmberIslandPlayers The Ember Island Players]]" also took what would normally be a ClipShow and turned it into a fan-favorite episode.
** Katara and Sokka discovering Aang frozen in the iceberg.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
** The introduction of Korra.
** Amon's terrorist attack on the bending arena.
** The first use of the giant mecha and [[spoiler: Tarrlok and Amon's death by suicide bombing.]]
** For Book Two, and possibly the entire show, it's Wan and Raava fusing to become the first Avatar - "We are bonded forever."
** [[spoiler: Iroh's return.]]
** In Book Three, the first [[spoiler: Airbender on Airbender fight]] with Tenzin facing off with Zaheer.
** [[spoiler: [[YourHeadASplode P'Li's death.]]]]
** In Book Four, the [[ItMakesSenseInContext four-way phone call between Vaatu, Zaheer, Amon, and Evil Unalaq]] in "Remembrances".
** [[spoiler: [[RelationshipUpgrade Korra taking Asami's hand as they enter the spirit world as a couple]]]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'': "That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario!"
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': "I am vengeance. I am the night. I am ''BATMAN!''"
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' [[WidgetSeries has a lot of wacky over-the-top scenes,]] so it's possible that [[OncePerEpisode every episode has one scene that stands out among the rest.]] Although, a special mention goes out to...
** "[[Recap/AdventureTimeS1E7RicardioTheHeartGuy Ricardo the Heart Guy]]": "[[GrossUpCloseUp AND MAKE]] [[AndShowItToYou OUT WITH IT.]]"
** "[[Recap/AdventureTimeS2E25MortalFolly Mortal Folly]]": "Aren't you cold, Finn?"
** "[[Recap/AdventureTimeS3E20HollyJollySecretsPart2 Holly Jolly Secrets Part 2]]": [[WhamShot "Hello, my name is]] [[spoiler:Simon Petrikov.]]
** "[[Recap/AdventureTimeS4E19LabyAndPeebles Lady and Pebbles]]": "[[spoiler:I am pregnant!]]" "[[spoiler: I'M PUPPIES!?]]"
** "[[Recap/AdventureTimeS4E25IRememberYou I Remember You]]": [[SignatureSong The titular song,]] accompanied by the no-dialogue flashback.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' is most well known for the hunting trip. [[spoiler:Ya know, where Orel is shot in the leg?]] It's considered the scene where the entire series goes from [[TearJerker kinda dark]] to [[NightmareFuel pitch black]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse'': Mickey whistling while turning the steering wheel on ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie''. In general Mickey's nervous laugh, "Ha-Ha".
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'': Flora blowing some magic powder. The scene was used in every merchandise commercial up to season 3, often with whatever the commercial was for edited on Flora's hands, giving the impression she's magically delivering it to some little girl.
* Most kid's cartoons with lyrics in the opening sequence tend to have said opening sequence become one of these, as people become familiar/well up in nostalgia at the sound of the show's lyrics.
* ''{{ComicStrip/Bananaman}}'': Eric eating a banana and transforming into Bananaman.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'': The Planeteers summoning Captain Planet.
* ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'': Casper claims he hasn't got any friends. He meets several people or animals who all scream: "A G-g-g-ghost!", then run off scared whenever they see him.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'': Dan's SkywardScream.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' have their respective protagonist's transformation sequence.
** The He-Man parody of Four Non-Blondes' 'What's Going On'.
* [[spoiler: Dinobot's]] death and funeral in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''; not only widely considered the single best episode/scene of the series, but also served as the moment [[GrowingTheBeard the show's beard completed it's growth]].
* ''{{Series/Gargoyles}}'':
** Goliath finding most of his clan slaughtered at the castle in the first episode.
** The end of "Her Brother's Keeper", in which it's revealed that Xanatos deliberately turned Elisa's brother into Talon. Not only did it cement how much of a scumbag Xanatos really was, but it was the first episode with [[DownerEnding a completely bitter ending]].
** "[[TragicVillain The passcode is: ALONE.]]"
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