Awesome: Captain Planet and the Planeteers

  • The Conqueror:
    • Gaia, turned into a mortal, tells Ma-Ti she must go to the missile base, where the other Planeteers are making a mess. Cue this exchange:
    Ma-Ti: You cannot go there now! Your life would be in danger!
    Gaia: I know. But peace requires a brave heart.
    • Also, the scene where the Planeteers turn away from Zarm:
    Gi: I'm sorry... everybody.
    Zarm: What is this sentimental slop? Where are my young conquerors?
    Kwame: I am not a conqueror. I am a Planeteer. (throws his gauntlet to the ground)
    Zarm: Kwame! Someone else will rule if you do not. This world needs an iron fist.
    Linka: That is the last thing it needs. I have felt really miserable since I had this thing on! (throws her gauntlet at Zarm's feet)
    Gi: A peace maker must have a great courage. (throws her gauntlet at Zarm)
    Zarm: Wheeler! Listen to me! Follow me; you can rule the world!
    Wheeler: I don't want your kind of world! (throws his gauntlet away)
  • Tree of Life: Dr. Blight sprays herself with a magic sap that grants her superpowers even greater than Captain Planet's. When she's curb-stomping Captain Planet a second time, Wheeler suddenly tackles her. Of course, it has no effect and she easily throws him away. A bit later, Blight notices her powers are waning and tries to refuel on more sap, but can't find it. Wheeler reveals he picked her pocket and sprays Captain Planet with the sap. He gets supercharged and defeats Blight.
  • Mission to Save Earth, Part II: The epic way Captain Planet defeats Captain Pollution who later comes back anyway.
    Captain Planet: (bear-hugs Captain Pollution) EARTH! (drives them both through the Earth's crust) FIRE! (they reach the Earth's mantle) WIND! (flies back into the sky, swings Pollution around by his ankle) WATER! (throws him into the sea)
    Captain Pollution: (Captain Planet retrieves him) Oh, have a heart, Captain Planet!
    Captain Planet: Oh, did you enjoy your bath? Well let me hang you out to dry! (slams him down)
    • Commander Clash's speech in the end was also pretty sweet:
    Commander Clash: Wait, soldiers, listen to me! (soldiers stopped) Look around you! Take a good long look! This is the future of the world! If you help monsters like Plunder...
    Looten Plunder: Monsters? (soldiers stare at Plunder) Who are you calling monster?
    Commander Clash: You! You and your kind!
    Looten Plunder: Don't listen to him! Money's all that matters. Money and power! (soldiers cheer for Plunder)
    Commander Clash: What good is money in a world destroyed by waste and pollution? Listen to me, until today, I was a lot like you, a soldier paid to do a job without asking questions. What I have learned, there are things more dangerous than missiles: there is greed, selfishness, indifference, prejudice. Everything effect that monstrosity stands for. If you join him, THIS is our future. How long can you survive in a world like this? The time to choose is NOW! (soldiers drop their weapons)
    Looten Plunder: What are you doing? You fools, we could conquered the world!
  • Summit to Save Earth, Part I: Gaia going all Mama Bear against Zarm for threatening both her Planeteers and the Earth.
  • 'Teers in the 'Hood: Katara's not the only Waterbender you do not want to get angry. When Gi learns the identity of the gang member who shot and hospitalized her friend, she completely snaps and uses her ring to send him flying up a waterslide and down into a pool where she tries to drown him. Beware the Nice Ones, indeed!
    Wheeler: Gi, you don't really want to do this!
    Gi: Yes, I do!
    • Gi going all gangster when she takes the gun off Wheeler and intends to use it on the guy who shot King.
      • Props to Wheeler too for demonstrating what's hinted in his introduction scene: he can fight and if need be, he will but he'd much rather not fight if he can avoid it. He may be the muscle of the Planeteers but that muscle's got a whole lot of heart.
    • The end of the episode qualifies, too. The images of civil rights leaders are one of the most powerful and serious moments in a kids' cartoon even to this day.
  • A Good Bomb Is Hard to Find: Ma-Ti punching out Hitler. If you know anything about one Colin Ross, this becomes all the more epic.
  • In Zarm's Way: All the battles between the upgraded (and increasingly more ferocious) Boots and Buster.