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    In General 
  • Basically whenever Archer has to do actual asskicking, he's badass incarnate. Like in Swiss Miss, where he kills all of the terrorists chasing him on snowmobiles without much effort, only acquiring a gun halfway through the chase, or his maneuver at the beginning of Job Offer, or almost everything he does in Skorpio.
  • Doctor Krieger performing successful brain surgery while high on acid. With a drill.

    Season 2 
  • "The Double Deuce": Woodhouse's Roaring Rampage of Revenge in WWI must be seen to be believed. Let there be no doubt of its awesome though. It's awesome enough that even Archer acknowledges it.
    Archer: That's a lot of scalps!
    • Right before that, when the acting-commander ordered that there be no rescue attempt. Woodhouse's response was to surge up, punch him in his smug face through his drinking glass, and beat the crap out of him before running out to rescue Reggie. Made even better in that his description was "A response I found... unsatisfactory."
  • "Tragical History": Cyril, of all people, successfully bluffs an enemy with an empty gun, despite the fact that he is outnumbered three to one and Archer is rendered helpless.
  • "Stage 2": After Archer tells everyone that he has breast cancer and gives out ribbons, Brett makes fun of him for being a man with breast cancer. Archer proceeds to beat the shit out of him and makes him wear a breast cancer support ribbon for the rest of the day. Male breast cancer is something that happens in the real world and men with it often do get ridiculed, so it's awesome of Archer, Jerkass as he may seem, to stand up for people with life-threatening illnesses.
  • "Placebo Effect": Archer taking on the Irish mob for giving out fake cancer medication. Especially notable is his Family Fued-style torture scenario, where the bad answers are awarded with a shotgun blast to the kneecap, and Archer quoting a question Ruth asked him before her death and then shooting Franny Delany in the face.
  • "El Secuestro": Pam, for her ability to take torture and then delivering a massive What the Hell, Hero? to the whole of ISIS. Even Lana has no desire to tussle with her. At the very end of the episode, she takes her shirt off ready to beat up Malory.
    Malory: Y'know, maybe I low-balled him at first... But I had some wiggle room.
    Pam: Yeah? Well let's see how much you wiggle when I'm whupping five thousand buck's worth of your ass.
    • Say nothing of her awesome back-tat of Lord Byron's "The Destruction of Sennacherib," and above that is the number of people she's killed in a fight. It's at thirteen. Though, it could also mean "12 jurors, 1 judge," which would indicate time done in prison.
    For the Angel of Death
    spread his wings
    on the blast,
    And breathed in the face of
    the foe as he passed;
    And the eyes of the sleepers
    waxed deadly and chill,
    And their hearts but
    once heaved
    and forever grew still!
  • "White Nights": Archer, when he was in Moscow, was able to consistently outwit and outfight the numerous soldiers dispatched to recapture him despite never having a functional firearm and "three pounds of glass" in his feet. When he was finally cornered in an elevator, he blindfolded himself and fully intended his last words to be "f*** you, you douchebags".
  • "Double Trouble": Barry gets one in the Season 2 finale. After being abandoned in Moscow by Archer and left for dead, he's turned into a cyborg by the KGB. He then delivers his own Roaring Rampage of Revenge on Archer, and crashes Archer's own wedding. It requires a Heroic Sacrifice on the part of Katya Kasanova, Archer's bride and defecting KGB agent, just to save Archer's life. And Barry isn't even remotely hurt, taking a shot by Malory on the back with a shrug.
    Barry: Whoo! One for three off the roof, bitch!

    Season 3 
  • "Heart of Archness":
  • "Part 1": When Archer and Rip's plane crashes in the ocean, Rip is unconscious, and Archer effortlessly saves him by pushing him to the surface, along with supplies, and shoots a shark in the face.
    Archer: Woo! Two personal records! For breath-holding, and number of sharks shot in the fricking face!
  • "The Man From Jupiter": Everything Burt Reynolds does in-universe, especially the car chase at the end of the episode.
  • "El Contador": Cyril showing that he's not completely incompetent as a field agent in "El Contador." Unfortunately, the awesome is ruined by his utter incompetence as an agent in the next episode, "The Limited."
  • "Lo Scandalo":
    • Krieger being able to dispose of a dead body with minimal traces and being able to smell that there is too much salt in a tomato sauce from several meters and doors away.
    • Mallory scamming the entire crew, and literally getting away with murder.
  • "Crossing Over": Pam being revealed to be, for a lack of a better term, a sexual beast.
  • "Space Race":
    • "Part 1": Archer saving everyone from the fake Space Mutineers, and the final line, spoken by guest star Byran Cranston: "Welcome to the... danger zone."
    • "Part 2": Archer decides to save the ISIS team rather than fight Barry on the space station, Cyril thanks Archer in a similarly badass way, by melting Barry's shuttle with his rocket thrusters so he's trapped there.

    Season 4 
  • "Fugue and Riffs": In the Season 4 premiere, Archer killing the crap out of a KGB hitsquad using only the items lying around in the kitchen of the burger joint, all the while still thinking he's Bob. Later, four more KGB agents corner Archer and Lana in a wine bar, and Archer regains his memory when Lana conked him, then takes out the KGB with some Molotov cocktails.
  • "Viscous Coupling": Katya becoming the new head of the KGB, all whilst screwing over both Archer and Barry in the process.
  • "Once Bitten": Cheryl absolutely tearing into Lana with an impromptu "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Pam and Lana are actually stunned. And to top it off, she didn't even know she was talking out loud.
    Cheryl: Please, if you really cared, you'd resign, but there's no way you ever will, because you're just counting the days until, her face bloated and yellow from liver failure, she calls you to her death bed and, in a croaky whisper, explains that Mr. Archer is totally incompetent and that you, the long-suffering Lana Kane, are the only one qualified to run ISIS and you weep shameful tears because you know this terrible place is the only true love you will ever know.
    (Beat)
    Lana: Excuse me. (walks off)
    Pam: Daaaaaamn!
    Cheryl: What? ...Oh my god, was I talking?
  • "Coyote Lovely": Even though it doesn't end well for him, it's immensely satisfying to see Cyril punch Archer in the face.
  • "The Honeymooners": Archer rescuing Lana when she slips off a building during an outside suction-cup Wall Crawl. And doing it again when she's kicked in the chest by one of the North Korean agents by slamming the empty ice-bucket over his head, delivering a couple well-placed jabs to his kidneys, and then kicking the aforementioned bucket so hard he not only dented it, but left the other agents still trying (and failing!) to get it off the guy's head several minutes later. On a meta-level, the animation in the Wall Crawl scene is especially good, and the shot of Lana falling is probably the best shot in the entire series.
  • "Un Chien Tangerine": Pam acing the field agent written test and demonstrating her ability in hand to hand combat by beating up Krieger, Cyril and Ray in an unarmed fight. Also notable the black eye she has when trying to convince Mallory did not come from her fight with the grown man but having lost an underground bare knuckle fight previously.

    Season 5 
  • The trailer: Archer meets Top Gun. Finally all those "Danger Zone" jokes taken to their logical conclusion.
  • "White Elephant": The Season 5 premiere is full of awesome moments.
    • In the opening sequence, when ISIS is raided by the FBI and the FBI rock the entire building with flash grenades, Malory doesn't drop, or even spill, her cocktail.
    • Archer and Lana faking a fight so their FBI interrogator, trying to break it up, would give them the opportunity to knock out both guards.
    • Archer visualising many of the events of the fifth season in an awesome montage, and the two words that changed the very premise of the show:
      Archer: Archer Vice!
  • "A Kiss While Dying": The reveal that Cheryl can actually sing and play guitar/banjo incredibly well.
  • "A Debt of Honour": Archer constantly firing his gun inside the Yakuza head's car. It naturally hurts his ears like hell. But Archer?
    Archer: To me, it sounds like bubble-wrap.
  • "House Call":
    • Malory unflinchingly takes a sleeping dart to the neck and just calls the person who shoots her a idiot and takes a drink. She isn't even phased for a second.
    • Pam's ingenious method of getting at the cocaine locked in the pantry. It involves plugging the drain, spraying the cocaine with a garden hose and placing several empty pudding cups placed to collect the run-off.
    • When Pam threatens to go to the police if they send her to rehab. Woodhouse sneaks up behind her and clocks her over the head with the cast-iron skillet he was using to make Archer's breakfast. Pam goes down like a ton of bricks.
      Lana: (visibly surprised) Goddamn, Woodhouse.
      Woodhouse: (calm and unfazed) Only thing for a grass, mum. And, sir, I'm afraid your breakfast will be four minutes late.
    • Pam, empowered by all the cocaine she's eaten, quite literally Hulking Out, complete with dramatic lightning, Super Strength, clothes-ripping (with purple pants), and a kidnapped damsel.
  • "Baby Shower":
    Cyril: Baby shower?! You mean "Bastard show-OW!!"
    Archer: Cyril, shut your pout-hole, accept the fact that Lana was so far out of your league that impregnating her would've basically been interspecies breeding, and get on with your life!
  • "Smuggler's Blues":
    • Archer's voicemail pranks reach an epic level of elaborate, with Archer faking him and Ray getting into a car accident.
    • Archer drops their plane into a nosedive and threatens to crash if Ray doesn't apologize, so Cyril beats Archer unconscious with a fire extinguisher and helps pilot the plane successfully.
  • "Rules of Extraction":
    • Ray calling out Archer, before revealing he was faking his paralysis as he hops off of Archer’s back. And now that he’s gotten that admission, he’s remarkably calm as he flies the plane. Cyril is still pretty stressed out, Archer is obviously not bothered and slightly impressed at the prank, and Ray has an oddly chill attitude: “Jesus Christ, woman, calm down! We’ve got five hours of fuel, we’ll worry about that when we have to.”
    Ray: How long will it take you, Archer, to admit that you dick around every time we’re in danger just to screw with everybody, because of your complete—no, your utter contempt for your own mortality?!
    Archer (briefly pauses): I mean, yeah, duh.
    Ray: All I wanted. (hops off Archer's back)
    • Archer shows some real courage in this episode too. While using a raft to take Cyril, Ray, and two wounded officers down a river, he is well aware that crocodiles and caimans are lurking in the water (crocodilians being his worst fear) and is prepared for an attack using gasoline and a rifle in case they come. What makes it courageous is how calm and nonchalant Archer is when two crocs do attack while Cyril and Ray are panicking. When their raft is too damaged from the attack, Archer opts swimming to safety, and douses himself, Cyril and Ray with gasoline as crocodile repelant.
  • "Palace of Intrigue: Part 2":
    • Cherlene's fight with Juliana Calderon complete with batting away bullets with her guitar.
    • Cyril driving into the presidential palace in a tank, inadvertently leading a successful coup because the military thought he was with the rebel forces, calling out on Malory about the choice of escape vehicle (Something she richly deserves), and when Archer tries to take control of the coup, Cyril just turns the turret on him.
    Cyril: Say. That. Again.
  • "Filibuster": Krieger fighting against his clones when they tried to bomb something via nerve gas.
  • "Arrival/Departure":
    • Lana, about to give birth and with her hands tied, disarms and knocks out two armed men, and is able to take control from the CIA.
    • Krieger and Ray can't figure out how to disarm the bomb so they remove the nerve gas canister.
    • Malory regaining ISIS. To elaborate: she first tries to bribe the CIA operative with an painting worth $40 million and a canister of nerve gas, both "confiscated" from the island, noting that taking these to his handlers would probably earn him a promotion. When that doesn't work, she simply threatens to throw the operative out of the plane and take the offer to his partner.
    • This exchange that leaves Malory speechless:
      Malory: Who the hell taught you to drive?
      Cheryl: This guy I knew named my dead father.
    • The reveal that Krieger never implanted a microchip in Cheryl's brain to help her overcome her stage freight.
      Cheryl: Whoa. So my whole life, all I ever had to do was believe in myself? ...And inject a sticker into my brain?

    Season 6 
  • "The Holdout":
    • The fact that Cheryl and Pam were able to completely recreate the office, right down to the smallest details, like Brett's blood note  or the taste of the ice in Malory's cocktails, is pretty impressive.
    • Archer reuniting Ken with his wife and family after all these years, and shooting at the extraction boat when the tell him to hurry up, yelling "we need a minute, Captain Shit-Nuts!"
  • "Three to Tango":
    • When Malory and the others find out that Krieger "borrowed" AJ to get her measurements for market research he was doing to make a better robot teddy-bear, Malory- in a rare moment of good parenting- threatens to end him if he ever goes near AJ again.
    Malory: And, Krieger? I swear to God, if I catch you near this child again...
    Krieger: But-! (Immediately shuts up as the laser sight of Malory's gun drifts downward to his crotch.)
    Malory: And the implied threat here is that I will shoot you in the genitals and then sit here sipping Amontillado Sherry while you bleed to death.
    • The Fight Scene between Archer and Conway is REALLY well-done, as is the fight later between Archer and a group of special forces soldiers.
    • Archer takes out over half a dozen special forces operatives while alone and unarmed.
  • "The Archer Sanction": Malory pulling her own elaborate voicemail prank on Archer. And it totally puts everything Archer has ever done to absolute shame.
  • "Edie's Wedding":
    • Pam is kidnapped by Barry. When he asks her name, her response? "Your worst frikkin' nightmare". Barry is terrifying in every way, and up until this point has never even gotten a scratch from a human ever since he was cyborged. Pam knows this. Pam doesn't care. And she shows why she doesn't have to care at the end of the episode.
    • When Barry almost kills Edie, Pam rips apart the ropes that were restraining her and retrieves Archer's shotgun. Barry, still gripping Edie's throat, reminds them that he's a cyborg. Archer, from the ground, reveals that he brought explosive shells just for Barry. Pam shoots him exactly twice and blasts his formerly unbeatable ass to pieces, completely revealing his robotic endoskeleton. Oh, and Pam does all this while looking absolutely fabulous.
    • After several seasons of being, in Ray's words, "Beaten like the red-headed stepchild of a rented mule" by Barry "The Bionic Douchebag" Dylon; Archer turns the tables with a shotgun and some explosive shells. True, Pam is the one who actually shoots Barry, but it is still a pretty great moment for Archer, who has a history of forgetting that Barry is an invincible Cyborg.
    Archer (after being nearly choked out by Barry): Just for you Barry, I brought Explosive Rounds.
    • Barry gets one too - After getting shot twice, buried at the bottom of a barn, which was then set on fire, and then getting hit by a car, Barry STILL survives, albeit more damaged than he has ever been before.

    Meta 
  • On the Season 3 DVD extras, there's a featurette entitled How to Archer, in which Archer and celebrity chef/epicure Alton Brown attempt to make the only dish Archer knows the recipe to, "Eggs Woodhouse".note  After arguing over his cholesterol intake and engaging in some childish ingredient-tossing, Sterling loses his cool, tackling Alton as the screen cuts to a "Technical Difficulties" card for 35 seconds. When the feed comes back, Brown has already prepared the dish all by himself - and, although he himself is clearly injured and the kitchen is in shambles, it's shown that he managed to beat the hell out of Sterling, a trained espionage operative, and smash his head through the oven door. Archer even thanks Brown for his time afterward.
  • The Top Gun/Danger Zone video made as a teaser for Season 5, with Archer as Maverick, Cyril as Goose, Ray as Stinger, Lana as Charlotte, Barry as Iceman, and Dr Krieger as Kenny Logins.
  • The tie-in country album released by Cherlene. A quite amazing soundtrack.