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[[caption-width-right:300:The most famous scene from the most disastrous teen romance you're likely to find.]]

->''"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 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/or is easily recognized by most viewer.
* [[ItWasHisSled The major twist in the work]].
* A scene that was just so shocking it became firmly lodged in the viewer's memory.
* The OnceAnEpisode setpiece.

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 JustForFun/EverybodyKnowsThat.

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!!Examples Subpages:
[[index]]
* SignatureScene/AnimeAndManga
* SignatureScene/LiveActionFilms
* SignatureScene/LiveActionTV
* SignatureScene/VideoGames
[[/index]]

!!Other Examples:

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[[folder:Awards Shows]]
* Academy Awards
** 1972: Creator/CharlieChaplin receiving an Honorary Oscar
** 1973: Sacheen Littlefeather accepting Best Actor on behalf of Creator/MarlonBrando.
** 1974: The streaking incident preceding the presentation of Best Picture.
** 1978: Vanessa Redgrave's politically charged Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech.
** 1985: Creator/SallyField's Best Actress speech.
** 1989: The Rob Lowe-Snow White number.
** 1999: Roberto Benigni climbing over the audience to accept Best Actor.
** 2002: Creator/HalleBerry becoming the first African-American Best Actress.
** 2003: Music/{{Eminem}} winning Best Original Song for "Lose Yourself".
** 2007: Creator/MartinScorsese winning his first Best Director Oscar.
** 2009: Creator/HeathLedger posthumously winning Best Supporting Actor.
** 2010: Kathryn Bigelow becoming the first woman to win Best Director.
** 2011: Melissa Leo blurting the F-bomb upon accepting her Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
** 2013: Creator/JenniferLawrence tripping over the steps after winning the Best Actress Oscar.
** 2014: Either Creator/JohnTravolta's "[[Creator/IdinaMenzel Adele Dazeem]]" blunder or Creator/EllenDeGeneres's star-studded selfie.
** 2016: Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio winning his first Oscar for Best Actor.
** 2017: ''Film/LaLaLand'' being erroneously announced as Best Picture when in actuality ''Film/Moonlight2016'' won.
* Grammy Awards
** 1965: Music/TheBeatles winning Best New Artist.
** 1990: Music/MilliVanilli winning Best New Artist and having it subsequently stripped.
** 2000: Music/JenniferLopez's green dress.
** 2001: Music/EltonJohn and Music/{{Eminem}} performing together.
** 2012: Adele's dominating night.
** 2014: Pharrell Williams in the Mountie hat.
** 2015: Music/KanyeWest interrupting Music/{{Beck}}'s acceptance speech.
* Golden Globes
** 2017: Creator/MerylStreep's speech about UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump.
* MTV Video Music Awards
** 2003: Music/{{Madonna}} kissing Music/BritneySpears and Music/ChristinaAguilera in their performance.
** 2007: Britney Spears' disastrous performance of "Gimme More".
** 2009: Music/TaylorSwift winning the award for Best Female Video only to be interrupted by Music/KanyeWest.
** 2010: Music/LadyGaga accepting her award for Best Video while wearing a dress of raw meat.
** 2011: Music/{{Beyonce}} announcing her pregnancy with Blue Ivy Carter.
** 2013: Music/MileyCyrus and Robin Thicke's performance of "We Can't Stop" and "Blurred Lines".
[[/folder]]

[[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}} 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 Joe Chill 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]]).
** The death of Dick Grayson's parents.
* 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.
* ''ComicBook/XMen''
** Colossus throwing Wolverine in a FastballSpecial.
** [[SelfSacrificeScheme Phoenix killing herself]] in front of Cyclops in ''X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Story''.
** The Hellfire Club and a brainwashed Phoenix defeating the entire team and taking them prisoner, all except for Wolverine, who's been left for dead... only for him to burst out of a pile of sewage, ready to kick ass while declaring, "Okay, suckers -- You've taken yer best shot! Now it's '''my''' turn!"
** "Days of Future Past" has both the moment where the future X-Men are massacred by the Sentinels and [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2a/X-Men_v1_141.jpg the cover]] of "Uncanny X-Men" #141 which depicts an aged Wolverine protecting an adult Kitty Pryde as a poster of various captured and killed X-Men lies plastered on a wall behind them. [[http://www.eatgeekplay.com/42-of-the-best-days-of-future-past-homage-covers/ It's one of the most homaged shots in comic history]].
** Magneto ripping the adamantium out of Wolverine's skeleton.
** [[ComicBook/KittyPryde "PROFESSOR XAVIER IS A JERK!"]]
* Rick Jones creating the Invaders to fight the Skrulls in ''[[ComicBook/TheKreeSkrullWar Avengers: The Kree-Skrull War]]''.
* The fourth issue of Creator/GarthEnnis' ''Comicbook/ThePunisherBorn'' mini-series featuring the nightmarish splash page of Frank Castle standing alone, with bloodshot eyes that give him a demonic cast, bleeding from several gunshot wounds, holding the remnants of a shattered M-16 that he used to clobber half a dozen Viet Congs that lay dead at his feet. It is made all the more frightening by the smoke behind him forming an absolutely demonic version of his trademark skull
* 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.
** Jonathan Kent dying of a heart attack.
** 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.
** The [[https://biffbampop.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/the_man_of_steel-040.jpg splash page]] of Superman taking flight in his costume for the first time in ''ComicBook/TheManOfSteel''.
* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}:
** Supergirl flying out of her space rocket in the cover of ''Comicbook/ActionComics #252'' has been paid tribute to, referenced and parodied countless times.
** Kara's space rocket leaving Argo.
** Superman finding Kara after her rocket crashed into Earth.
** Superman and Supergirl hugging after discovering that they are cousins.
** The Danvers adopting Linda.
** Superman revealing his cousin's existence to the world and Earth's people organizing a parade on the cover of ''Action Comics #285''.
** Supergirl kneeling and crying in the cover of ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} Supergirl Vol 1]]'' #3.
** The cover of ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}} Supergirl Vol 2]]'' #19 in which Supergirl fights Supergirl has been referenced several times.
** Kara fighting the Anti-Monitor, being blasted away and dying in her cousin's arms.
** Superman holding Supergirl in his arms in the cover of ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' #7 has been frequently referenced and/or parodied and [[http://comicboxcommentary.blogspot.com.es/2015/07/30th-anniversary-crisis-on-infinite_20.html has sold tons of merchandising]].
** Superman wrapping her body in her cape and taking her to her birth parents.
** Post-Crisis Linda Danvers unfolding her fire wings.
** Post-Crisis Kara wandering around the streets of Gotham, naked and confused after having just left her space rocket, and scaring three bullies away.
** Kara stopping a missile launched by Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} and aimed at the Sun in ''Superman: Brainiac''.
** The cover of ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2005}} Supergirl Vol 5]]'' #53 in which Supergirl rips off her shirt as she runs towards several thugs while they shoot at her.
** Supergirl becoming a ''[[Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton Red Lantern]]''.
* ''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.
** Cap's DefiantToTheEnd moment with Thanos in ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'', where despite knowing he's going to be killed, he still tells Thanos that someone ''is'' going to defeat him.
* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'': [[ComicBook/UltronUnlimited ULTRON. We would have words with thee]].
** The Avengers finding Captain America frozen in a block of ice.
** Ultron taking control of ''all'' of Iron Man's armors and setting them on the Avengers, repeated in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes Earth's Mightiest Heroes]]'' and ''[[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]]''.
* ''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:''' ''[[[DistractedByTheSexy bowled over by the lady's looks]]]'' You mean -- ''that's'' Mary Jane..?!!\\
'''[[HeroesWantRedheads 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.
** Peter ridding himself of the black costume symbiote in a church's tower in ''Web of Spider-Man'' #1.
** A defeated Spider-Man being towed up on a cable by the Green Goblin.
* ''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 TimeMachine.
* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse: In Creator/CarlBarks' stories Uncle Scrooge will be seen diving into his fortune at least once an episode.
* ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'': Gaston accidentally preventing Mr. De Mesmaeker from signing the contracts time and time again.
* ''ComicBook/TomPoes'': Bommel talks about "being a gentleman, if you understand what I mean" and tells Tom Poes to "think of a plan" when in an urgent situation. Bulle Bas tries to arrest Bommel for a crime he didn't commit. Marquis de Canteclaer looks down upon Bommel while holding his lorgnette.
* ''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 ''[[Recap/TintinPrisonersOfTheSun Prisoners Of The Sun]]''.
** The red and white moon rocket from ''[[Recap/TintinExplorersOnTheMoon Explorers On the Moon]]''
* 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.
* ''ComicBook/FritzTheCat'': Fritz takes drugs or has sex with some girl.
* ''ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer'': Blake and Mortimer on the cover of ''Recap/TheYellowM'' has become so iconic that it inspired [[TheYellowMShoutOut many parodies and homages]].
* ''ComicBook/GreenArrow'':
** Oliver learning that his {{Sidekick}} Roy Harper is a drug addict.
** The Green Arrow and ComicBook/BlackCanary wedding.
** Mia Dearden revealing that she has HIV.
** Connor Hawke taking over for his father.
* ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'':
** Carl killing Shane.
** Michonne rescuing Otis.
** Thomas Richards killing the Greene twins.
** The Governor chopping-off Rick's right hand.
** The Governor raping Michonne.
** Michonne's ColdBloodedTorture of The Governor.
** The Governor decapitating Tyreese.
** Lily Caul fatally gunning Lori and Judith with a shotgun.
** Rick having a DeadPersonConversation with deceased members in a phone.
** Carl executing Ben.
** The Hunters eating Dale's leg.
** Rick and company butchering The Hunters.
** Rick leaving Jessie and Ron to be devoured by Walkers.
** Carl's EyeScream.
** Negan repeatedly whacking Glenn's head with a barbed wire-infused baseball bat.
* ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} losing his hand and replacing it with a harpoon.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'':
** Popeye beating up his opponents (in the original comics he did this without the aid of spinach. After the cartoon became a hit this element was added)
** Wimpy eating hamburgers.
** Eugene the jeep seeing "jeep".
* ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'': Ignatz zapping Krazy Kat with a brick.
* ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'': Little Nemo flying on his bed through the night, then awaking because it was AllADream and having fallen out of his bed.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** Charlie Brown failing to kick the football after Lucy pulls it away.
** Schroder playing the piano.
** Snoopy sleeping on top of his dog house.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Hobbes pouncing on Calvin.
** Calvin and Hobbes riding in Calvin's red wagon.
** Calvin pretending to be Spaceman Spiff.
** The final strip, with Calvin and Hobbes going sledding as Calvin says "Let's go exploring!"
[[/folder]]

[[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 in broad daylight]], doing something that is not only fairly morally questionable, but seen as impossible[[note]]Bloodbending is an advanced form of waterbending that requires a powerful (and unscrupulous) waterbender performing it under ideal conditions- night and the full moon[[/note]] [[spoiler:at least until Legend of Korra]].
* Whenever readers thought of the DarkFic of Anime/DigimonAdventure02 ''Fanfic/Digimon02TheStoryWeNeverTold'', it will always be the moment when [[spoiler: Ken dies]] mostly due to the fact that almost no readers ever saw it coming.
* ''Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}'': the scene in the epilogue where [[spoiler: Soundwave gives birth to a deformed Quintesson]].
* ''Fanfic/DoomRepercussionsOfEvil'': John Stalvern learns that ''he'' is "the demons," at the end of his battle... AndThenJohnWasAZombie.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond'': Takaki and maybe-Akari crossing paths at the railway crossing when they are adults and the subsequent [[spoiler:vehicle vanish]].
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'':
** The motorcycle fight through Neo-Tokyo.
** Kaneda's [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/969982-akira motorcycle slide]].
** Tetsuo's mutation.
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'':
** The first appearance of the Genie.
** The escape from the Cave of Wonders.
** "A Whole New World".
* ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'':
** The first appearance of the White Rabbit
** Alice first meeting the Cheshire Cat.
** The mad tea party.
** The croquet game with flamingo mallets and hedgehog balls.
* ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'':
** Gabu and Mei meeting face to face for the first time.
** Gabu staring at Mei's butt.
** Gabu and Mei [[spoiler:jumping into a river together]]
* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'':
** Bambi encountering a butterfly on his tail and the skunk Flower.
** The death scene of Bambi's mother.
** The entire scene where Thumper and Bambi are ice skating.
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'':
** Belle and Beast's ballroom dance.
** Also; Belle, on the hill, during "Belle (reprise)" is pretty iconic.
** The "Be Our Guest" extravaganza musical number.
* ''Disney/BigHero6:''
** The "Immortals" training montage.
** [[spoiler:Tadashi's death]].
** Hiro ordering Baymax to [[spoiler: kill Callaghan]] after basically hearing him say that [[spoiler: Tadashi was expendable for his revenge]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'':
** The Touch the Sky scene (particularly the slo-mo of Merida shooting an arrow)
** The scene where Merida leaps towards [[spoiler: bear]] Elinor.
* ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'': The initial car chase to rescue Clarisse and the climatic bell tower fight
* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'':
** Cinderella's mouse friends fixing up the dress.
** The Fairy Godmother transforming Cinderella's torn dress into a shimmering ballgown. This was allegedly one of Walt Disney's personal all-time favorite moments of animation in his films.
** The "So This is Love" song sequence.
** The glass slipper being fitted onto Cinderella, and the wedding that follows.
* ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'': The entire portion of Cinderella crashing her own wedding.
* ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'':
** The Egg Travels scene.
** Aladar leading the other dinosaurs to stand together against the Carnotaurus.
* ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'':
** The "Baby Mine" scene, which is one of the most infamous tearjerkers in the Disney canon.
** Followed immediately by "Pink Elephants On Parade", which is one of the most infamous MushroomSamba sequences in DerangedAnimation history.
** Next is the dancing crows with "When I See An Elephant Fly" and Dumbo flying in the air.
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'':
** "Perfect World", the opening song.
** Kuzco's transformation into a llama.
** The "Bring It On" scene.
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''
** The "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment and the scene afterwards where Mickey shakes hands with Leopold Stokowski.
** The ''T-Rex'' vs. ''Stegosaurus'' scene from "Rite of Spring"
** The dancing hippos in the ''Dance Of The Hours'' segment.
** Chernabog during "Night on Bald Mountain".
* 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 or the dismembered head of another cat.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'':
** Elsa's "Let it Go" sequence.
** Anna and Elsa playing as children at the start
** The "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" sequence, especially the first portion
** [[spoiler:Hans almost kissing Anna then refusing and revealing he is the BigBad.]] Also counts as ItWasHisSled considering it's a huge spoiler, which everyone knew within months of the movie releasing.
** [[spoiler:Anna saves Elsa]]
* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'':
** A rare example of a BigLippedAlligatorMoment scene being this, the [[ParentalBonus full-blown]] ''[[ChorusGirls burlesque show]]'' performed by [[BestKnownForTheFanservice mouse stripper Miss Kitty]].
** Fidget's JumpScare in the opening.
** The final showdown in Big Ben and Ratigan's VillainousBreakdown.
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'':
** "Zero to Hero", "Go the Distance" and "I Won't Say I'm in Love".
* ''WesternAnimation/HortonHearsAWho'':
** The DancePartyEnding where Horton, the Whos, the Kangaroo and their jungle friends sing "Can't Fight This Feeling".
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''
** Hiccup first flying with Toothless is a breathtaking scene, especially helped by the {{Fanfare}} playing.
** Hiccup touching Toothless' head with his hand.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2''
** [[spoiler: Stoick's death]]
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''
** The VillainSong "Hellfire" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmn9iH6bHJc sequence]]
** Quasimodo hoisting Esmeralda above his head shouting "Sanctuary!" after rescuing her from execution.
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge''
** Any scene with Scrat and his acorn.
** Manny, Sid, and Diego chasing the baby down the ice slides.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''
** The family brawl at the dinner table.
** Edna Mode's [[CapeSnag "no capes"]] [[DeathMontage montage.]]
** The family fighting the Omnidroid together.
* ''Disney/InsideOut'':
** [[spoiler: Bing Bong's death.]]
* ''Disney/TheJungleBook''
** "The Bare Necessities", especially when Mowgli and Baloo float down the river.
** "I Wanna Be Like You", especially when King Louie dances with a disguised Baloo.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'':
** "I LOVE KUNG FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!"
** The rope bridge fight between the Furious Five and Tai Lung.
** Tai Lung's prison escape.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'':
** [[spoiler: Tigress hugging Po]]
** Po [[spoiler:discovering his origins]]
** Po [[spoiler:using tai chi to redirect cannonfire]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3''
** Po [[spoiler:rendering Kai DeaderThanDead by overloading him with chi]].
* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'': The SpaghettiKiss.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'':
** Littlefoot's mother's death.
** Rooter comforting Littlefoot after the aforementioned death of his mother.
* ''Animation/LeafieAHenIntoTheWild'':
** Leafie meeting Greenie after he hatches
** [[spoiler:Leafie's death]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'':
** Emmet first meeting Wyldstyle.
** Batman's first appearance.
** The twist ending regarding the identity of "The Man Upstairs".
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'':
** Rafiki holding up baby Simba in the air.
** The opening sunrise. [[EarWorm NAAAAAAAAANTS]] [[AwesomeMusic/WesternAnimation INGONYAAAAAAAAAAAMA]] [[EstablishingSeriesMoment BAGITHI BABA]]...
** Mufasa's death.
** Mufasa's ghost giving words of wisdom to Simba.
** The "Hakuna Matata" song-and-dance number.
** "I Just Can't Wait To Be King"
** The fight between Simba and Scar.
** Simba roaring on top of Pride Rock as [[RedemptionInTheRain rain beats down on the ravaged land]].
* ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'':
** The "We Are One" sequence
** The "My Lullaby" sequence, especially Zira at the end looking up to the sky
** The "(Not) One Of Us" sequence
* ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'':
** The "Hyenas in the Hole" sequence.
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''
** "Part of Your World," and its reprise, particularly at the end as Ariel sits on a rock with a wave crashing behind her.
** Ariel flipping her hair back as she splashes out of the water after she turns human.
** The song "Under the Sea"
** The "Kiss The Girl" sequence
** Giant Ursula and [[spoiler:her death]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'': "I like to move it, it!"
** ''Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted'' has the "Firework" sequence.
* ''Disney/{{Moana}}'':
** "How Far I'll Go"
** "You're Welcome"
** Tamatoa's appearance when Maui attempts to retrieve his hook.
** [[spoiler:Moana returns Te Fiti's heart]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'':
** Boo scaring the monsters at the restaurant.
** The other monsters overhearing Mike tell Sulley "Put that thing back where it came from, or so help me...!"
** The door vault sequence, as Randall pursues Sulley, Mike and Boo through doors all over the world.
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'':
** Mulan singing "Reflection".
** The "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" training montage song.
** [[spoiler:Shan Yu being blown to bits with fireworks]].
** The end where [[spoiler:everyone bows to Mulan]].
* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'': Totoro and Satsuki waiting in the rain at the bus stop with their umbrellas.
* ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'': Nausicaä taking off her gas mask while flying through a toxic atmosphere on her glider, then flashing a smile and thumbs up to the accompanying plane.
* ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'': Norman [[spoiler: conversing with the enraged Aggie and helping her make peace with her unjust death]].
* ''Disney/{{Peter Pan}}'':
** The "You Can Fly" sequence where Peter and the Darling children fly over London to Neverland.
** Captain Hook and Peter Pan sword-fighting.
** Captain Hook being attacked by the crocodile.
* ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'':
** Gepetto wishing on a star and the Blue Fairy bringing Pinocchio to life with her wand.
** [[TransformationTrauma Lampwick turning into a donkey.]]
** The climax where Pinocchio and Gepetto try to escape Monstro the whale.
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'': "Colors of the Wind".
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePlagueDogs'': The scene where the man accidentally gets shot in the face.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': "The Plagues" sequence
* ''Disney/RobinHood'':
** "The Phony King of England".
** The Archery Tournament.
* ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'''s entire [[spoiler:[[SexMontage orgy scene]]]] between the lead gang and all the other foods is quickly reaching this status, with the scene where the woman slaughters the foods at her home not far behind.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'':
** The opening sequence to the tune of Smash Mouth's "All Star".
** Donkey promising he'll make "waffles" in the morning.
** From the sequel, the part where Puss in Boots flashes his PuppyDogEyes.
* ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'':
** Prince Philip waking Aurora with true love's kiss.
** Maleficent "unleashes the powers of hell" and transforms into a dragon.
** "Once Upon a Dream"
** Aurora and Philip dancing at the end while Flora and Merryweather resume arguing over whether Aurora's dress should be pink or blue.
* ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''
** The dwarfs crossing the log bridge during the "Heigh-Ho" number.
** The scene of the dwarfs mourning the apparent death of Snow White, notable for being Disney's first real TearJerker.
** The Prince waking Snow White from her sleep and carrying her off to his castle to live happily ever after.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'': The "Uncle Fucker" sequence.
* ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' has the scene where Chihiro remembers Haku's name while riding through the air on his back.
* ''Animation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'': The Colonel trying to break in Spirit
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'': The CGI superhero climax.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'': The "Goofy Goober Rock" scene
* ''WesternAnimation/StarchaserTheLegendOfOrin'':
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swDnBLvk8u4 reprogramming scene]].
** The scene with the man-droids.
* ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'':
** The [[ShapeshifterShowdown Wizard Duel]]
** Arthur/Wart pulling out the Sword.
** Arthur/Wart being turned into a squirrel, meeting a female squirrel, and breaking her heart when she discovers hes really a human.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'':
** The horse angrily touching Flynn Ryder's wanted poster.
** The "Mother Knows Best" sequence
** The lantern sequence/"I See The Light".
* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'':
** [[spoiler:Clayton's death by hanging]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn'' has the "Party Time" song sequence.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'':
** Being introduced to Andy and Woody as the title screen comes up set to "You've Got a Friend in Me".
** Woody climbing up on Andy's bed and catching his first glimpse of Buzz, who's standing on top of it.
** "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. There's also the scene where Geri refurbishes Woody.
** Lots of potential in the third, but [[spoiler:Lotso leaving Woody and the others to burn to death and the Little Green Men saving them]] jumps to mind.
** Also from the third, when Andy [[spoiler:gives away all his toys, including Woody]].
* ''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.
** The Decepticons ''slaughtering'' the team of Autobots aboard their ship within the first ten minutes, all set to N.R.G.'s "Instruments of Destruction."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''
** The entire "Married Life" segment.
** Carl floating the house away with all the balloons, while mocking the Shady Oaks people.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' has the title robot flying through space using a fire extinguisher to follow EVE.
* ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'':
** Bigwig and Woundwort fighting
** The rabbits being gassed
* ''Anime/WhenMarnieWasThere'':
** Marnie and Anna dancing
** The scene where Marnie and Anna go boat-rowing.
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'':
** Ralph attending a support group for video game villains.
** [[spoiler: King Candy being exposed as Turbo.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'': The "Nowhere Man" and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" sequence are among the most iconic and celebrated moments in the film.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'':
** The sloth scene.
** Judy arriving at Zootopia at the beginning.
** Judy and Nick being chased by [[spoiler:the now feral Manchas.]]
** [[spoiler:Dawn Bellweather]] revealing [[spoiler:herself]] as the mastermind of the conspiracy.
** The DancePartyEnding credits to the tune of "Try Everything" by Music/{{Shakira}}.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'': The torture scenes accompanied by [[spoiler:O'Brien's]] monologues.
* ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'': Anne smashing her slate over Gilbert's head when he calls her "Carrots".
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** ''Literature/AGameOfThrones'': [[spoiler: Eddard Stark]]'s execution and the rebirth of [[spoiler: dragons]].
** ''Literature/AClashOfKings'': The House of the Undying, the Battle of the Blackwater, and the Sack of Winterfell.
** ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'': The Red Wedding, Stoneheart, and the death of [[spoiler: Tywin Lannister]].
** ''Literature/AFeastForCrows'': The {{Wham Line}}s "Justice, vengeance... fire and blood," and "No, put this is the fire,"
** ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'': Bran meeting the Three-eyed Crow, Daznak's Pit, and [[spoiler: Jon Snow]]'s assassination,
* ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'': Sydney's execution.
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchhausen'': The baron sitting on a cannonball and flying through the air.
* ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'': Huckleberry Finn (and Jim) travelling down 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 Queen of Hearts 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''
** "In the beginning..."
** The Crucifixion.
** There are many 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/AChristmasCarol'':
** Scrooge saying: "Bah, humbug!"
** Scrooge being visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley.
** Scoorge and the Ghost of Christmas Present visiting Bob Cratchit's family.
** Scrooge being brought to the church yard by the Ghost of Christmas Future and seeing his own name on the grave.
* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'': Virgil guiding Dante through 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.
* ''Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'': The massive cannon firing, launching the projectile into space.
* 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/EastOfTheSunAndWestOfTheMoon'': The young bride riding her bear-husband through the woods. It's iconic of the story and frequently the illustration used on book covers.
** ''Literature/TheFrogPrince'': The princess sitting on the edge of the well with the frog, who has just retrieved her golden ball. Also a scene that actually does not happen in-story: The princess kissing the frog.
** ''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's monster 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/JamesBond'':
** ''Literature/CasinoRoyale'': The game of baccarat, Bond getting tortured by Le Chiffre and [[spoiler: Bond discovering Vesper's body.]]
** ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie'': Bond listening to the patrons' dialogue in the Harlem Nightclub and Leiter getting his arm and leg eaten by sharks.
** ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'': The card game with Drax, Bond and Gala sneaking through the launch facility after interrogation and the Moonraker lifting off as Bond and Gala hide.
** ''Literature/DiamondsAreForever'': Seraffimo's death and Wynt and Kidd injuring Tingaling Bell at the mud baths.
** ''Literature/FromRussiaWithLove'': Bond finding Tatiana in his bed and formulating a plan with her, his surprise attack on Red Grant and his fistfight with Rosa Klebb at the climax.
** ''Literature/DrNo'': Bond receiving his Walther PPK from Major Boothroyd, Bond finding and killing the poisonous centipede in his bed, Bond meeting Honeychile Rider, their dinner with Dr. No, Bond fighting the giant squid and Dr. No's death.
** ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}'': Bond strapped to a table by Goldfinger and watching as a circular saw nears his groin, Bond roughly seducing Pussy at the end, the golf tournament and Tilly talking about how Jill was painted gold and died of suffocation.
** ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'': The SPECTRE meeting where Blofeld electrocutes a guilty member and Domino rescuing Bond during the final battle.
** ''Literature/OnHerMajestysSecretService'': Bond's escape from Piz Gloria, Bond listening as Blofeld brainwashes Ruby as she sleeps and [[spoiler: Tracy's death]].
** ''Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice'': Bond composing a haiku on the spot, Bond finally killing Blofeld and his amnesiac state in the end.
* ''Literature/TheIliad'': Priamus on his knees before Achilles begging him for the body of his son Hector.
* ''Literature/TheOdyssey''
** Penelope weaving the funeral cloth for Laertes at day and then unraveling it at nights.
** Odysseus outwitting Polyphemus and then making the mistake of revealing his real name.
** Odysseus in the Underworld, especially meeting with the shades of his mother and of Achilles.
** Odysseus bound to the mast as his ship sails past the Sirens' rock.
** Odysseus returning to his home disguised as a beggar. [[TearJerker The dog! The dog!]]
** Odysseus shooting the arrow through the twelve axes and then slaughtering the suitors.
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow'': The HeadlessHorseman riding his horse in the dead of night and chasing Ichabod Crane.
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'':
** The child Cosette sweeping the Thénardiers' inn, carrying her water bucket, and meeting Jean Valjean in the woods.
** Jean Valjean carrying the unconscious Marius through the sewers.
** The deaths of Fantine, [[WouldHurtAChild Gavroche]] and [[DrivenToSuicide Javert]].
* ''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".
* 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/{{Parzival}}'': 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/PrideAndPrejudice'': Lizzie telling Darcy he is not the kind of man she will ever marry.
* ''Literature/TheRaven'': The raven sitting on the bust of Pallas, saying "Nevermore".
* ''Literature/RedRising'': The ending of ''Golden Son''
* ''Literature/ReynardTheFox'': The animals arriving in court to complain about Reynard.
* ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' discovering the footprints of another man on his island.
* ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes''' death which didn't last long because of his popularity. It's become an inside joke of the franchise ever since.
* ''Literature/TheSorrowsOfYoungWerther'': Werther first meeting Lotte as she cuts bread and butter for her eight younger siblings. Werther on his knees before Lotte. Lotte before Werther's grave.
* Creator/StephenKing:
** ''Literature/{{It}}'': While Pennywise appearing in a storm drain and offering a balloon to Georgie is unquestionably ''the'' signature scene for the book and [[Film/It1990 both]] [[Film/It2017 of]] its adaptations, the controversial orgy scene at the end has become so infamous that it qualifies as a book-exclusive example. The death of [[spoiler:Patrick Hockstetter]] is also fairly iconic, though it hasn't achieved quite the notoriety of the previous examples.
** ''Literature/PetSematary'': Louis failing [[spoiler: to save his son from being run over by a truck]]
** ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'': Carrie's RoaringRampageOfRevenge at the prom, for both the novel and its film adaptations.
** ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'':
*** Roland wandering through a desert in search of the Man in Black at the beginning of the series.
*** The ending of [[Literature/TheGunslinger the first book]], in which Roland [[spoiler:chooses to let Jake die in order to continue his quest for the Tower.]]
*** [[Literature/TheDarkTower The final book's]] controversial ending, in which [[spoiler:Roland is transported via time loop back to the beginning of the first book, and sets off once more in search of the Man in Black.]]
* ''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 triple 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/WarOfTheWorlds'': The alien tripods vaporizing humans before getting sick and dying.
* ''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.
** The very first performance of "Dancing Queen" at the king of Sweden's wedding.
* 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/DreamTheater: The ending of ''Music/MetropolisPt2ScenesFromAMemory'', where [[spoiler:the hypnotherapist from earlier ambushes Nicholas in his home and kills him, just like his previous incarnation, Edward, killed Nicholas' previous incarnation, Victoria]]. "Open your eyes, Nicholas!"
* 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 white Gaultier bra.
* Music/FreddieMercury: The mustached 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:Music Videos]]
* Music/MichaelJackson:
** "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough": Michael dancing with three clones of himself.
** "Billie Jean": Michael dancing on the illuminating tiles.
** "Beat It": The final scene where he and other dancers do a synchronized line dance.
** 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}}:
** "Music/LikeAVirgin": Dancing on a gondola.
** "Music/LikeAPrayer": The controversial scene where a black Jesus Christ statue is brought to live, upon which they embrace and she turns out to have stigmata afterwards.
** "Justify My Love": Madonna meeting many people of AmbiguousGender in semi-pornographic poses.
** "Vogue": Madonna striking a pose by holding her hands in front of her forehead and chin.
** "Music": The strip club.
** "Frozen": The morphing sequence.
** "Ray of Light": Dancing to a time lapse video.
* Music/MCHammer: The scene in "Can't Touch This" where he dances around in baggy pants, while four young women are behind him in the background.
* Music/BritneySpears: Dancing in a young schoolgirl outfit in the hallway of the school in "Baby One More Time".
* Music/{{Eminem}} falling off a building in "The Way I Am".
* Alanis Morisette singing "Ironic" in her car - as the driver and three passengers.
* Music/GunsNRoses' "November Rain" has two, Slash soloing outside a church and a sad Axl lying on a casket in the rain.
* Music/{{PSY}}'s "Music/GangnamStyle" has the scene of PSY laying between Noh Hong-chul's legs while the latter dances using his pelvis.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Gypsy Joe's was delivering a diving splash off the top of a cage, although enough time passed that by the time of cable television it became Wrestling/JimmySnuka's instead.
* Andre the Giant strangling Bob Uecker.
* Sid Justice dislocating his leg on national TV.
* 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.
** The Finger Poke of Doom.
** His staredown with [[Wresting/DwayneJohnson The Rock]].
* Wrestling/TheGreatSasuke
** The 1996 [[TournamentArc J-Crown]] that ran along that year's [[Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling G-1 Climax.]] Sasuke cracked his skull during a somersault plancha but still wrestled his way to the end and won!
** The 1999 ''Fukumen World League'' in Wrestling/MichinokuProWrestling. Sasuke didn't win this one, losing to Tiger Mask IV in the semi final round. What he was so remembered is a semifinal qualifying match with Dirtbike Kid, who neglected to bring his mask to this masked man tournament and then [[NoSell refused to sell]] Sasuke's finisher. So Sasuke simply kicked him and made him tap to [[SoLastSeason a neck crank]].
** His election to the Iwate Prefectural Assembly in 2003, which he attended in his mask.
* 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]].
** Winning RoyalRumble 1995 under very controversial circumstances.
** Being the first to fall off Hell In A Cell.
** Smashing Marty Jennetty's head through a window.
** The "curtain call", where he and ''Wrestling/TripleH'' broke kayfabe after a live event to say goodbye to ''Wrestling/KevinNash'' and ''Wrestling/ScottHall'' who left for WCW.
** Using dirty means to beat The British Bulldog for the European Championship in his home country.
** Countering [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Shelton Benjamin's]] springboard with a Sweet Chin Music during their first round match in the 2005 Gold Rush tournament.
** "[[Wrestling/RicFlair I'm sorry, I love you]]."
** His plancha onto the Undertaker during their [=WrestleMania=] 25 match.
** The ending of his rematch with the Undertaker the next year, leading to his retirement.
* Wrestling/NewJack
** The NAACP promo in Wrestling/SmokeyMountainWrestling
** The Danbury Fall in Wrestling/{{ECW}}
** His NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of Gypsy Joe
* Wrestling/ShaneDouglas dropping the Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA Championship belt and saying it "can kiss my ass!"
* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin
** "Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ass!"
** His submission match with Wrestling/BretHart in [=WrestleMania=] 13, especially the ending.
** Him stunning Wrestling/VinceMcMahon for the first time.
** Him shoving Mike Tyson.
*** The match with HBK at WM14.
** His [=WrestleMania=] matches with [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]].
** Shaking hands with Vince at [=WrestleMania=] X-7
** Owen Hart's botched piledriver that almost paralysed Austin and shortened his career by decades.
* 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.
** Being Speared by Edge through a flaming table at ''[=WrestleMania=]] 22''
* The death of Wrestling/OwenHart.
* IT'S [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon ME]], [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin AUSTIN!!]] IT WAS ME ALL ALONG!!!
* The Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob.
* Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon
** His announcement that he bought WCW.
** His King of the Ring match with Wrestling/KurtAngle.
** His return to the company in 2016.
* Elix Skipper
** He and Kid Romeo defeating Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr and Billy Kidman to become WCW's first cruiserweight TagTeam Champions on the final WCW pay per view.
** Doing a tightrope walk across the steel cage and delivering a hurricanrana to Chris Harris at Wrestling/{{TNA}} ''Turning Point 2004''.
* Wrestling/SamoaJoe
** His incredibly dominant showing against The Necrobutcher in IWA Mid-South.
** The conclusion of his first one hour time limit draw against Wrestling/CMPunk.
* Wrestling/LowKi
** Him completely spent and barely able to stand but being awarded the Impact Championship Wrestling belt, or being completely spent but refusing to tap long enough to be the first Wrestling/RingOfHonor champion, take your pick.
** The match that got him [[TheScapegoat scapegoated]] out of Wrestling/{{New Japan|ProWrestling}} where he made his entrance against Wrestling/PrinceDevitt as ''[[Videogame/{{Hitman}} Agent 47]]''.
* Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels
** Stealing the ROH World Title belt to preventing CM Punk from taking it to WWE.
** ''Unbreakable'' either the match or the promo.
** His LastVillainStand during Ladder War VI.
* Wrestling/BrockLesnar
** His botched shooting-star press at ''[=WrestleMania=] XIX''.
** Him superplexing Wrestling/TheBigShow and destroying the ring in a June 2003 edition of ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown Smackdown!]]''
** ''[[DefeatingTheUndefeatable Ending]]'' Wrestling/TheUndertaker's two-decade long [=Wrestlemania=] winning streak at ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX''.
** His [[CurbStompBattle lopsided match]] with ''Wrestling/JohnCena'' at Summerslam.
* Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero celebrating in the middle of the ring as world champions at the end of ''[=WrestleMania=] XX''.
** The Triple Threat World Heavyweight Championship Match which WWE has been trying to replicate ever since.
* Wrestling/{{Edge}} spearing Wrestling/JeffHardy from the top of a ladder at Wrestlemania X-7.
** Cashing in the first Money In the Bank briefcase at ''New Years Revolution'' on John Cena.
* Wrestling/JayLethal
** Winning his the ROH pure title off John Walters [[{{Determinator}} despite his eye having swollen shut]].
** His perfect Wrestling/RandySavage impression on "Paparazzi Idol".
** [[DarkhorseVictory Cleanly]] pinning Kurt Angle for the X division belt after Angle had won every last belt in TNA.
** Using Briscoe's own Jay Driller to setup the Lethal Injection and become the third ROH Triple Crown Champion.
* Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa
** Her time limit draws against Rie Tamada, Sara Del Rey or Wesna Busic
** Defeating her trainer Robert Thompson and renaming his Above The Law Title belt the "Future Legend" title.
** Goading Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} to host a "[[AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent special attraction]]" [[GimmickMatches match]] where she would cut open Wrestling/MsChif before bending her half.
** Curb stomping Athena to unconsciousness
* Wrestling/SaraDelRey
** Her time limit draws against Nikki Roxx, Wrestling/MercedesMartinez or Cheerleader Melissa
** Invoking Wrestling/{{Chikara}}'s castigo excesivo by repeatedly pile driving Wrestling/{{Frightmare}}.
** Pinning Tursas or Tim Donst in route to becoming the first female to win a Chikara Tourneo Cibernetico.
** Knocking out Hailey Hatred to successfully defend the JAPW women's title.
** Defeating Ayako Hamada after [[ICanStillFight she refused to accept]] a disqualification victory against Del Rey in Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}(said refusal itself being a contender for Hamada's)
* The ''Wrestling/ChrisBenoit'' murder-suicide.
* Wrestling/BobbyLashley
** Flipping a car, nearly onto Fit Finlay.
** Breaking a cage wall, which falls on Wrestling/{{Umaga}}
** The [[KingpinInHisGym "monster" video]] as TNA World Heavyweight champion.
* The debut of Wrestling/TheNexus and their trashing of the WWE RAW set.
* Wrestling/CMPunk
** The 2002 Jersey Championship Wrestling ''[[TournamentArc J Cup]]''. Punk didn't even make it past the second round, but his loss where his attempted neck breaker resulted Reckless Youth falling on his head and breaking his skull was the most talked about match. Only for Sasuke before him is there any dispute over his signature scene.
** TheFarmerAndTheViper promo that signaled he was leaving ROH with the belt
** The promo on the 6/27/11 Raw and him leaving with the WWE Title at Money In The Bank.
* Triple H's squash match with ''Wrestling/UltimateWarrior'' which he considers one of the low points of his career. He and Shawn Michaels poked fun at this in their European Championship match.
* The debut of Wrestling/TheShield.
* Wrestling/SethRollins turning on the Shield.
** Cashing in his Money In the Bank briefcase at ''[=WrestleMania=] 31''
** Rollins winning the title from Wrestling/RomanReigns, only for Wrestling/DeanAmbrose to cash in on him immediately afterwards.
* Ultimate Warrior winning the WWF Championship while still being the Intercontinental Champion.
* Wrestling/{{Kane}}
** His debut involving him ripping the door of the first Hell in a Cell.
** Tombstone piledriving Pete Rose.
* The debut of [[spoiler:Wrestling/AJStyles]] at the 2016 Wrestling/RoyalRumble.
* Actor David Arquette winning the WCW Championship, which is considered the company's JumpTheShark moment.
* Wrestling/DanielBryan making Batista tap out to the Yes Lock and standing tall at the end of [=WrestleMania=] XXX.
* Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} defeating Daniel Bryan in an 18-second match at [=WrestleMania=] 28.
* Wrestling/RandyOrton countering [[Wrestling/MattSydal Evan Bourne's]] Shooting Star Press into a RKO on the July 12, 2010 Raw.
** Also Randy countering Rollins curb stomp into a RKO.
* Wrestling/{{Paige}} winning the WWE Divas' championship from AJ Lee on the ''Raw'' after [=WrestleMania=] 30.
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho's "Man of 1004 Holds" promo.
[[/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.
** The ending of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.
* 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 UsefulNotes/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:
** Super Bowl III: Joe Namath raising his finger in victory while walking back to the locker room, after his Jets upset the Colts.
** Super Bowl X: Lynn Swann's "Swann Dive".
** Super Bowl XXV: Scott Norwood's 47-yard field goal attempt that sailed wide right, resulting in the Bills losing 20-19 to the Giants.
** Super Bowl XXXII: 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.
** Super Bowl XXXIV: Titans receiver Kevin Dyson's touchdown attempt ending one yard short of the goal line, at the end of the game.
** Super Bowl XXXVI: Music/{{U2}}'s 9/11 themed halftime show performance.
** Super Bowl XXXVIII: Music/JanetJackson's halftime show "{{wardrobe malfunction}}".
** 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 XLIII: The Steelers' Santonio Holmes catching the game-winning touchdown pass, while keeping both of his feet in bounds.
** Super Bowl XLIV: Tracy Porter intercepting Peyton Manning's pass and returning it for a touchdown, which sealed the game for the Saints.
** Super Bowl XLVI: Ahmad Bradshaw "accidentally" scoring the winning touchdown for the Giants.
** Super Bowl XLVII: The power outage a few minutes into the second half of the game.
** Super Bowl XLVIII: At the start of the game, Broncos center Manny Ramirez botched a snap to Peyton Manning, resulting in a safety for the Seahawks. [[DisasterDominoes This incident]] lead to the Broncos getting blown out 43-8.
** 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 UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}: the fatal crash of Creator/DaleEarnhardt at the 2001 Daytona 500.
* For Formula One: the fatal crash of Ayrton Senna at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
* 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]].
** This was followed up years later by "The Catch II" (Steve Young to Terrell Owens) during the 1998 NFC Wild Card, and "The Catch III" (Alex Smith to Vernon Davis) during the 2011 NFC Divsional. All three Catches [[HistoryRepeats took place on 3rd and 3]].
* The Oakland Raiders were on the receiving end of two of the most controversial plays in NFL history: The Immaculate Reception (vs. the Steelers in the 1972 AFC Divisional) and The Tuck Rule Game (vs. the Patriots in the 2001 AFC Divisional).
* "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''.
* The end of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA finals, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers won the city their first major sporting championship in half a century.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theater]]
* ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''
** Prince Hamlet with the skull: [[AlasPoorYorick "Alas, poor Yorick..."]]
** Hamlet's other great speech: "To be or not to be..."
*** These two monologues are arguably '''the''' two signature Shakespeare moments. It's no wonder that pop culture often mixes them together in a case of BeamMeUpScotty, even though they're from different acts. Thematically appropriate too, considering the "To be or not to be" 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, only a window. The balcony just became a popular staging device because it gave Juliet more physical space to emote and be seen by the audience than a window would.
* 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''.
** Christine's journey to the lair by gondola.
* 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}}'':
** The song "Popular": "La, la, la, la! We're gonna make you pop-u-lar!"
** The "Defying Gravity" number: "I'm flying high, defying gravity!"
** The "For Good" song: "Because I knew you, I have been changed... [[FriendshipSong For Good.]]"
* The famous mad scene in ''Lucia di Lammermoor'', with the BloodSplatteredWeddingDress.
* ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'':
** The Queen of the Night's revenge aria.
** Tamino captivating a throng of wild animals with the flute's music.
** Papageno and Papagena's duet.
* ''Theatre/DonGiovanni'': The Commendatore's statue confronting Don Giovanni and sending him to hell.
* ''Theatre/LaBoheme'': The death of Mimí.
* ''Theatre/MadameButterfly''
** The aria "Un bel dí."
** Cio-Cio-San's suicide.
* ''Theatre/MyFairLady'': "Not bloody likely!"
* ''Theatre/FunnyGirl'': A very pregnant Fanny playing a virginal bride onstage.
* ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'': Cellblock Tango.
* ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'': "Agony".
* ''Theatre/LesMiserables''
** Fantine singing " I Dreamed A Dream", especially in the movie musical.
** Javert and Valjean's [[CounterpointDuet confrontation]].
** "One Day More"
** The death of Eponine.
** Enjolras' CrucifiedHeroShot.
* ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'':
** The opening where all the Mormons singing "Hello".
** [[LyricalDissonance The Ugandan villagers singing "Hasa Diga Eebowai" ala Hakuna Matata.]]
** Elder Price trying to get a warlord to sing and dance with him in "I Believe".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
** Saber's introduction, where she appears to a collapsed Shirou while surrounded by a NaturalSpotlight. [[SignatureLine "I ask of you: are you my Master?"]]
** Archer summoning [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited Blade Works]], accompanied by a lengthy GratuitousEnglish MagicalIncantation and CrowningMusicOfAwesome. The version in the Studio DEEN anime adaptation is arguably [[AdaptationDisplacement the most famous]], and resulted in the creation of the "GAR" {{meme}}.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''
** From the prologue, there's Hisao's heart condition manifesting itself when he gets a confession from a girl he likes.
** Hanako's worst ending, in which she [[spoiler:with uncharacteristic ferocity, tears into Hisao and Lilly for pitying her]].
** From Lilly's good ending, there's Hisao [[spoiler:trying and failing to get to Lilly at the airport]], and then, some time later, [[spoiler:waking up to hear the music box he'd given her as a gift, and then see her in his hospital room]].
** From Emi's route, there's her and Hisao's hilariously ill-fated attempt at anal sex.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** Rena's "Usoda!" scene in ''Onikakushi-hen'', where she accuses Keiichi of lying.
** Keiichi vs Rena [[spoiler:on the schools rooftop]]. It's even used in the intro to several of the remakes.
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': The upside-down Sudoku puzzle.
* ''Franchise/DanganRonpa''
** ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa:''
*** Makoto discovering [[spoiler: Sayaka's]] body in his bathroom.
*** [[spoiler: Leon's]] execution where he's pelted to death with a barrage of baseballs.
*** TheReveal that [[spoiler: Junko]] is the Mastermind.
** ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2:''
*** Nagito [[spoiler: revealing his dark side]] during the first trial.
*** The Fifth Trial, where [[spoiler: Chiaki]] allows Hajime to [[spoiler: out her as the Traitor]].
*** Hajime [[spoiler: saying goodbye to Chiaki before leaving the virtual world]].
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** In general, [[BigWordShout OBJECTION!]] and GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger.
** [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney The first game]]:
*** Edgeworth casually saying that the autopsy report you were given is outdated, then bringing up another one that destroys your contradiction. It's more than implied this new report was forged.
*** The infamous [[MakeTheDogTestify parrot cross-examination]], which reached memetic levels.
*** The BigBad banging his head against the courtroom wall repeteadly in anger, after being proven guilty of ThePerfectCrime (one that went ''15 years'' unsolved).
** ''Justice for All''
*** The "Toccata" nightmare scene.
*** "[[WhamLine How do you do, Mr Lawyer, I'm]] [[spoiler: [[BitchInSheepsClothing Matt Engarde]]]]."
*** Matt Engarde [[spoiler: being revealed to be guilty after all]]. Additionally, [[spoiler: the ending to the case]].
** ''Trials and Tribulations'':
*** The suicide of [[spoiler:Terry Fawles, Mia's client six years ago]]. Notorious because the episode it appears in was a ForegoneConclusion for everything in it ''except that''.
*** Phoenix bringing down the final case's killer, [[spoiler:Prosecutor and rival Godot]]. Memorable thanks to Mia's phantom pointing her finger alongside Phoenix and the AwesomeMusic that goes with it ([[MusicalNod a remix of the first game's climax theme]], no less).
** ''{{VisualNovel/Apollo Justice|AceAttorney}}'':
*** The flashback case with Phoenix and the revelation that [[spoiler:he presented forged evidence, costing him his job]].
*** [[spoiler:Kristoph's breakdown at the end of the final trial, when he learns that Phoenix helped orchestrate his downfall.]]
** Fifth game: Athena's [[spoiler: Black Psyche Locks.]]
** ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'':
*** Rayfa's Divination Seance dances.
*** [[TearJerker The final scene of Case 3]]: the farewell of [[spoiler:Behleeb and Tahrust Inmee, a married couple separated by his death because of the Defense Culpability Act. She sends his spirit to the Twilight Realm in tears]].
*** The infamous scene where the player is forced to watch [[spoiler:Dhurke Sahdmadhi, Apollo's foster father,]] get shot ''three times''. Talk about PlayerPunch and TearJerker.
** ''VideoGame/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' 1: The final confrontation, for [[EndingFatigue going on]] [[ThatOneBoss so long.]]
** Investigations 2: Edgeworth's offer to become a defense attorney.
* ''Euphoria'': [[spoiler:The forced, double Coprophagia scene.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** From [[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles The Blood Gulch Chronicles]], it's the [[NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion "You ever wonder why we're here?"]] BookEnds.
** From [[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection the Recollection]], there's [[KnightOfCerebus Wash's]] [[TheReveal reveal]] that [[spoiler:Church is actually [[TomatoInTheMirror the Alpha AI]]]] in ''Reconstruction'', [[FaceHeelTurn Wash returning at the end of]] ''Recreation'' only to [[spoiler:shoot Donut and Lopez]], and [[spoiler:[[HesBack Tex's]]]] [[CurbStompBattle beatdown of the Reds and Blues]] in ''Revelation''.
** From [[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheProjectFreelancerSaga the Project Freelancer Saga]], the scene where the [[BigBad Director]] takes off his ScaryShinyGlasses to reveal his [[spoiler:[[FamilyEyeResemblance green eyes, identical to]] Agent Carolina's.]]
** From [[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheChorusTrilogy the Chorus Trilogy]], the ending, where [[spoiler:Epsilon-Church]] gives a monologue about how a hero will never know if their sacrifice was worth it, by making his HeroicSacrifice, followed by a SmashToBlack.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** The epic fight between Team [=RWBY=], Team [=JNPR=], the [[ScaryScorpions Deathstalker]] and the [[GiantFlyer Giant Nevermore]] halfway through volume 1. Particularly, RWBY slingshotting Ruby at the Nevermore, looping her scythe around its neck, ''dragging it up the cliff by running up a path of Weiss' sigils and slicing its head off at the top''. Easily the most awesome Grimm kill in the whole show's run.
** [[spoiler:Pyrrha's]] death at the end of Volume 3.
** For Volume 4, it's got to be the '''awesome''' Qrow vs. [[spoiler:Tyrian]] fight sequence.
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'': The "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEGo41443iI Heresy Scene]]" from Episode 19, consisting of a succession of people executing one another for heresy, before one Inquisitor notices all the killing going on and decides to [[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure call an Exterminatus on the planet just to be safe.]]
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'':
** The first episode in it's entirety. "Who the fuck are you?"
** Everything about Bridget Tice.
** Trisha's rant at Ashley in Episode 11.
** Mackenzie's VillainousBreakdown in Episode 13.
** Brittnay's "Epic Cheerleader Meltdown" in Episode 20.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'', usually a silly and lighthearted TwoGamersOnACouch webcomic, suddenly had the character Lilah undergo a ConvenientMiscarriage. The resulting MoodWhiplash and {{Narm}} caused the installment of the comic that depicted the immediate aftermath of the miscarriage, the page titled "Loss", to become infamous, particularly the final panel where Ethan finds Lilah crying in a hospital bed (as seen on the page for ConvenientMiscarriage). "Loss" has since been mocked and parodied several times, both by other webcomics and on several forums, particularly {{Imageboards}}, to the point where it has achieved MemeticMutation status.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/GameGrumps:
** Arin's meltdown while he and Jon played VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006.
** [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 Mayor Luigi]], cited by the Grumps themselves as a WinBackTheCrowd moment following Jon's departure.
** "[[VideoGame/AnotherWorld Mycaruba]]!"
** The [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS Mr. Wilson]] rap.
** Arin's rambling texts to Dan regarding ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', concluding with "MARK ZUCKERBERG!"
** "The rumor come out: Does Bruno Mars is gay?"
** The "[[OverlyLongGag And then I fired again, and then I missed]]" bit from their playthrough of ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek]]''.
** Arin's improv stories during the finale of ''VideoGame/BattleKidFortressOfPeril'', and the ending, when [[spoiler: Arin accidentally hits "End", resetting the game.]]
* WebVideo/JonTron: "AND IIIIIIIIII '''HOLY SHIT!''', WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU ''I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU DID 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/TheRunawayGuys:
** From ''VideoGame/MarioParty'':
*** LetsPlay/ProtonJon getting a poison mushroom and losing a turn in "Luigi's Engine Room", causing LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}} to quip "[[NeverLiveItDown don't eat the mushroom]]!" Which is immediately followed by Chugga ending up on the same space and [[LaserGuidedKarma getting a poisoned mushroom too]].
*** Jon screaming "GAAAAAME!" over and over during "Yoshi's Tropical Island."
*** Jon using Chance Time, which ends up allowing [[spoiler:Chugga]] to win "Bowser's Magma Mountain."
** Chugga singing "[[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons Meet]] LetsPlay/JoshJepson" during ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii''
** Jon killing Chugga, LetsPlay/NintendoCapriSun, and Josh alongside Bowser during the climax of ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU''
** Wario using the Duel Glove to duel Jon for ''[[ArtificialStupidity one measly coin]]'' during ''VideoGame/MarioParty3''.
** Daisy [[ArtificialStupidity standing in one spot like a moron]] during a game of "Tree Stump" in ''VideoGame/MarioParty4'', allowing Jon to win by just standing still.
** Chugga dying to [[spoiler:the very [[WarmUpBoss first boss]]]] in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' almost immediately after the fight begins.
** Chugga's '''[[EpicFail horrible]]''' guesses in ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', particularly [[spoiler:"Calibrary Cuff Paula Deen"]] and [[spoiler:"The Metropolitan Mutant of Ark"]].
* ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonRed'':
** The days-long trek through the Rocket Game Corner.
** The mass-releasing of Red's Pokemon on Bloody Sunday.
** Flareon's release.
** The Route 9 ledge.
** Getting stuck on Fat-Guy Island.
** Drowzee forgetting Psychic.
** The players [[UnwinnableByInsanity getting themselves]] caught in the Pokemon Mansion in two spaces worth of room and having no way to escape but to faint all their Pokemon.
* ''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."
** His BigNo rant from the "Drop Dead Ted" review.
** [[Film/BatmanAndRobin A Bat]] [[BerserkButton Credit Card!]]
** The "Noise, Noise, Noise" scene from "The Magio Voyage" review.
* [[WebVideo/YouCanPlayThis JewWario]]: "You're not stupid. Don't ever tell yourself that you are."
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'':
** Linkara screaming "I am a man!" and throwing a punch.
** Linkara's [[SanitySlippage mental breakdowns]] with "Combine Harvester" playing in the background.
** His [[TranquilFury utter anger]] at [[spoiler:Lian Harper's death]] in the review of ''Cry for Justice.''
** The 200th episode about [[spoiler:ComicBook/OneMoreDay]] with him calling Marvel out on refusing to let Spider-Man grow up.
* With Creator/{{slowbeef}} and Diabetus' WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}}, it's the ''VideoGame/DarkSeed II'' clip of [[spoiler:Mike's mother's head exploding suddenly and Diabetus' uproaring laughter over it]].
* LetsPlay/JackSepticEye's playthrough of ''VideoGame/ChristmasShopperSimulator'', where he tries to get a TV from an NPC [[spoiler:only to [[WreakingHavok accidentally punt him clear out of frame]], causing hysterical laughter from Jack for several seconds]].
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'': Failing to land the notoriously hard-to-land plane in ''VideoGame/TopGun'' and then screaming "AAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSS!! ''[[AtomicFBomb FUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCKKK!!]]''" at the top of his lungs.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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.
* ''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/{{Animaniacs}}'': Yakko Warner singing off all the nations of the world to the tune of the Mexican hat-dance song.
** "Wakko's America", to the tune of "Turkey in the Straw".
** The "Fingerprints/[[DoubleEntendre Finger]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Prince]] joke from "Hercule Yakko"
** The [[WhosOnFirst "Who's on Stage"]] Scene from "Woodstock Slappy"
* ''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]], Azula talking [[spoiler:to a hallucination of her mother]], 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.
** ..."But everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked."
* ''{{ComicStrip/Bananaman}}'': Eric eating a banana and transforming into Bananaman.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': "I am vengeance. I am the night. I am ''BATMAN!''"
** Mr. Freeze's back story which changed him as a character and won this show an Emmy.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': The episode ''Chill of the Night'', one of the darkest episodes in this otherwise-LighterAndSofter series, has Batman confronting Joe Chill (the man who killed his parents).
* [[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]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'': Beavis and Butt-head grinning and snickering in front of their TV set.
** Beavis and Butt-head playing air guitar and headbanging.
** Beavis's "We're Never Gonna Score" speech in ''Teen Talk'' and TheMovie, though the one from the movie is remembered more.
* ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'': Betty saying "Boop-boop-a-doop" and being threatened by a horny, lecherous older man.
* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'': "It gets easier. Every day, it gets a little easier."
* ''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.
* The children dancing and everyone singing "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" in ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts'':
** ''WesternAnimation/TheBandConcert'': Donald Duck interrupting the concert by playing "Turkey In The Straw".
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSkeletonDance'': The four dancing skeletons.
** ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'': Mickey at the steering wheel of the boat, whistling. Even incorporated into Disney Feature Animation's VanityPlate.
** ''Disney/DerFuehrersFace'': Donald's mental breakdown at the assembly line.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'':
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a73fXzc9U_o KING RAAAAAMMMSEEEEEEES]]"
** The flashbacks in the final episode showing how Courage lost his parents and met Muriel and Eustuce.
** The ending of "The Mask", with Kitty and Bunny escaping Mad Dog together and thanking Courage.
** The entirety of Freaky Fred's episode.
** "There's no such thing as perfect. You're beautiful just the way you are."
*** [[NightmareFuel You're not perfect.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'': Dan's SkywardScream.
* ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'': Felix walking back and forth while thinking up a plan.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Peter Griffin dancing while singing [[EarWorm "Surfin' Bird"]].
** Peter fighting Ernie the Giant Chicken
** Peter hurting his knee, inhaling, and going "aah!" over and over again.
** Stewie beating up Brian over a 50 dollar bet.
** Quagmire's ReasonYouSuckSpeech to Brian.
** Cleveland falling out of the house in his bathtub.
** The Evil Monkey scaring Chris.
** "Ooh, a piece of candy..."
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'':
** Fry being frozen in the crygenics chamber for the first time.
** The [[{{Tearjerker}} infamously sad]] ending to "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E7JurassicBark Jurassic Bark]]", with Fry's dog spending the entirety of his life waiting for Fry to come back.
** "Here lies Philip J. Fry. Named for his uncle, to carry on his spirit."
** "Don't stop Fry. I want to hear how it ends."
** Giant Bender vs. Giant Zoidberg.
** Fry fighting Zoidberg with a giant nutcracker, then [[spoiler: ''his own severed arm'']], in a fight to the death.
** The Professor greeting everyone in the conference room with a cheerful "good news, everyone"....which usually means the exact opposite for the people being addressed.
* ''{{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.]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/GertieTheDinosaur'': Gertie crying.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** Dipper and Mabel driving the golf cart, getting chased by [[spoiler: gnomes.]]
** The Author of the Journals being revealed after walking through the portal to be [[spoiler: Grunkle Stan's twin brother.]]
** "Grunkle Stan?... [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming I trust you]]."
** Stan finishing off Bill Cipher with one punch.
* Creator/HannaBarbera
** WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry: Tom's painful yell.
** WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones: Fred Flintstone shouting "Yabba Dabba Doo" or "Wilma!"
** WesternAnimation/TheJetsons: George trapped on a dog-walker/treadmill and yelling "Jane, stop this crazy thing!"
** WesternAnimation/YogiBear: Yogi stealing a picknick basket.
** WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'': Muttley's EvilLaugh.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' have their respective protagonist's transformation sequence.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'': The Grinch's SlasherSmile while the narrator says: "The Grinch got a marvellous, evil, awful idea." Also, The Grinch lifting the sled over his head after gaining HeroicSpirit post-CharacterDevelopment.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Superman's WorldOfCardboardSpeech.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible: [[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama So the Drama]]'': Kim and Ron's DanceOfRomance at the end of the movie, in which they have their FirstKiss and complete their RelationshipUpgrade as an OfficialCouple. The ''entire'' show up to that point, not just the movie, was building up to that moment. It's so iconic that it was made part of the final season's opening.
* ''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.]]]]
** Korra's single tear at the end of Book 3.
** In Book Four, the [[ItMakesSenseInContext four-way phone call between Vaatu, Zaheer, Amon, and Evil Unalaq]] in "Remembrances".
** [[spoiler: [[RelationshipUpgrade Korra and Asami holding hands and gazing into each other's eyes as they enter the spirit world as a couple]]]].
* 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/BirdsAnonymous'': Sylvester's mental breakdown.
** ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck'': Daffy being turned into a weird creature with a flower head. Also the end shot revealing [[spoiler:Bugs Bunny]] is the animator.
** ''WesternAnimation/FeedTheKitty'': The kitten going to sleep on the bulldog's back, while the dog looks at the camera with a charmed smile.
** ''WesternAnimation/HillbillyHare'': Bugs playing the violin while the hillbillies do everything he tells them too.
** ''WesternAnimation/LongHairedHare'': Bugs conducting the opera singer.
** ''WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening'': Michigan J. Frog putting on his high hat and singing "Hello, my baby".
** ''WesternAnimation/RabbitFire'': The DuckSeasonRabbitSeason argument.
** ''WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc'': Bugs dressed up as BrawnHilda while riding a huge obese white horse.
** ''WesternAnimation/BookRevue'': Daffy's monologue while doing a Danny Kaye impression and his scat sequence.
* ''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/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The Mane 6 unleashing the powers of the Elements of Harmony on Nightmare Moon in the pilot.
** Fluttershy staring down a giant, fire-breathing dragon.
** Rainbow Dash performing a Sonic Rainboom to save Rarity and the Wonderbolts.
** Princess Cadance and Shining Armor using ThePowerOfLove to defeat Queen Chrysalis.
** [[LiterallyShatteredLives King Sombra's death]].
** Twilight Sparkle revealing her wings when she's transformed into an alicorn.
** Twilight's and Tirek's ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' fight followed by [[EleventhHourSuperpower Rainbow Power]].
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'': The iconic shot of Wirt, Greg, and Beatrice walking in the sunny autumn forest in Hard Times at the Huskin' Bee.
* WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero: Penn restoring the Least Dangerous World Imaginable. ([[BadassBoast "My name... is Penn]] '''[[BadassBoast ZERO]]'''.")
* WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}: Popeye, nearly defeated, grabbing his can of spinach, opening it and becoming so strong he can defeat the villain.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''
** "Space Madness": Ren eating the soap, or [[SchmuckBait the History Eraser Button]].
** "Stimpy's Invention": [[EarWorm The "Happy Happy Joy Joy" song.]]
** "Sven Hoek": [[ToThePain "Oh, what I'm gonna do to you…"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''
** "Pilot": Rick prying Morty's eyes open.
** "Lawnmower Dog": "Where are my testicles, Summer?", and [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch Scary Terry]].
** "Meeseeks and Destroy": [[spoiler: King Jellybean attempting to rape Morty]].
** "Rick Potion #9": Morty's ThousandYardStare during the ending.
** "Rixty Minutes": The "Two Brothers" trailer.
** "Something Ricked This Way Comes": The ColdOpen with the butter robot, and a roided up Rick and Summer beating people up to "[[Music/DmX X Gon' Give It to Ya]]"
** "Mortynight Run": The "Goodbye Moonmen" song sequences.
** "Auto-Erotic Assimilation": [[spoiler: Rick's attempted suicide]].
** Get Schwifty: The titular song, and [[NoIndoorVoice "SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT."]]
** "The Wedding Squanchers": The screaming sun planet, and the ending where [[spoiler: Rick is placed in a Galactic Federation prison]].
** "Pickle Rick": Everything involving Pickle Rick.
** "The Ricklantis Mixup": [[spoiler: The ending, where [[TheBusCameBack Evil Morty]] is revealed to be [[TheBadGuyWins running the Citadel of Ricks]], and dozens of dead Ricks and Mortys are ThrownOutTheAirlock.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':
** Pretty much all of the fight scenes, especially where Jack defeats the Ultra-Robots.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer shouting "D'oh!" when realizing he's done something stupid.
** [[CouchGag The couch gags]].
** Homer strangling Bart.
** From the episode ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E8BartTheDaredevil 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".
** [[spoiler: The death of Frank Grimes]].
** Homer sitting on the trunk of his car, in the middle of nowhere, and staring at the night sky [[spoiler: after saying goodbye to his long-lost mother]].
** Bart prank-calling Moe's Tavern.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' gives us this scene not only because of how surprisingly funny it is but also how it tells the way feminism should be:
-->'''Amy:''' It all comes down to this one penalty kick. Can the young woman break the glass ceiling and prove once and for all that a female can be just as good as an athlete than a male?\\
'''Knuckles''': You know, Amy, anytime someone calls attention to the breaking of gender roles, it ultimately undermines the concept of gender equality by implying that this is an exception and not the status quo. (''Sonic, Amy, Sticks and Tails are [[StunnedSilence stunned silent]]'') What? Just because I'm a meathead doesn't mean I'm not a feminist.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Kenny's many deaths]].
-->'''Stan:''' Oh my God! They killed Kenny!
-->'''Kyle''': You bastards!
** 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.
** "Kick the baby!"
** From the pilot and it's remake, a probe emerging from Cartman's ass.
** Randy hopping around on his massively swollen testicles.
** The Douche vs Turd Sandwich debate.
** Kenny's cat urine-induced fantasies (involving lots and lots of bare female breasts).
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'':
** 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/SpiderManTrilogy every]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan version]] since has had it. Even ComicBook/SpiderGirl has Mayday swinging past a building, red suit in real life and black suit in the reflection.
** Spidey screaming "SHOCKER! YOU CAN'T ESCAPE ME! I'LL CHASE YOU TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH!" at the top of his lungs.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** The ending of "Band Geeks."
** Spongebob ripping his pants in..."Ripped Pants".
** The bubble-blowing lesson in "Bubblestand".
--->'''Spongebob:''' Now it's time to bring it around town! Bring it a-''round'' town!
** The Sea Bear attack in "The Camping Episode".
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'':
** Marco giving Star a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsbtilymaIo school tour]] in the first episode.
--->'''Star:''' I'm a maaaaagical princess from another dimension!
** Star being forced to [[spoiler:destroy her wand]] to save Marco's life at the end of the first season.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'':
** Mace Windu attacking the droids on Dantooine.
** General Grievous attacking the Jedi on Hypori.
** The Battle of Coruscant and the abduction of Palpatine.
* ''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.]]
** The return of Darth Maul.
** 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/StarWarsRebels:''
** The reveal of Fulcrum as [[spoiler: Ahsoka Tano]] and then the ultimate showdown [[spoiler: between Ahsoka and Vader on Malachor with Ahsoka seeing the visage of Anakin in the crack of his mask.]]
** The [[spoiler: blinding of Kanan Jarrus.]]
** Season Two finale has [[spoiler: the reappearance of Maul and Ahsoka fighting her former master, Darth Vader]].
** [[spoiler: The final confrontation between Ben Kenobi and Maul, ending with the latter's death in "Twin Suns". Also, Luke Skywalker making a cameo at the end of the episode]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse:''
** Garnet battling Jasper while singing "[[IAmSong Stronger Than You]]" in ''Jailbreak.''
** The video message in ''Lion 3: Straight To Video.''
** Peridot contacting Yellow Diamond in ''Message Received.''
** Steven and Connie fusing for the first time.
** Lars's [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice and [[CameBackStrong resurrection into a human version of Lion]]]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'': "That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Slade's breaking speech to Robin at the end of "Haunted".
* WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons:
** ''WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood'': The wolf getting excited from watching Red perform on stage.
** ''WesternAnimation/MagicalMaestro'': Spike plucking the hair away that was seemingly stuck on the projector.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': The "aah, mango juice!" scene from "Kon Ducki".
* ''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.
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