Awesome: Child Of The Storm
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Thor Odinson / James Potter
- Thor taking Snape down a peg or five.
- Thor managing not to smite the Dursleys. That said, it is a near thing...
- Casually controlling five powerful tornados and using them to hoover up the rest of the undead army.
- When his classic comics catchphrase is used at long last, it does not disappoint:
- This is immediately followed by a lightning bolt about three or four times the size of the largest recorded.
- While worrying desperately for his son, he manages to restrain an enormously powerful storm and pick off a Death Eater trained by Baron Zemo with a precisely aimed lightning bolt. Now that's what you call multitasking.
- Proving the alternative application of some of his powers by using gales of Razor Wind to slice away at a Hive Mind of Slendermen.
- Harry's epic calling out of Odin. Overlaps with Tear Jerker.
- Harry antagonises the Disir to get their attention as part of The Plan. They threaten him and ask why they shouldn't just eat Uhtred. Harry responds with a Badass Boast.
Harry: Why? Because if you do that and youll have to devour me as well. Because I don’t care if it takes me until I rule Asgard myself, I will do everything in my power to see you destroyed if you lay one finger on them [his friends]. No matter where you run, no matter where you hide, no matter what you do... hurt them and I will burn you!Beat as the leader of the Disir stares at him in shock.Harry: I swear that oath on my blood as a Prince of Asgard, on my power as a sorcerer, and on my eternal soul. *Beat and Slasher Smile.* And if you devour me, you know what will happen. Asgard will come against you in its full might. My father and uncle… oh their wrath will be terrible. Do you honestly think that Odin could not undo the spells that bind you to this unlife and obliterate your essences if he so wished? Do you not think he could cast you into the vilest realms of torment in a heartbeat. The only reason he hasn’t is because he has more important things to worry about, such as what variety of mead to drink with his dinner. You anger the Allfather at your peril. So, you either do as I say, or you face your destruction. And if it is me doing the destroying, I guarantee that it will be not be quick. Your torment shall last as long as I can make it. So swears Prince Harry Thorson.
Harry: I just want to say a few things. One, your hospitality is terrible. Two, you’re really ugly. Three, you’re really thick if you’re going to trust anyone related to Loki. Four, you’re not the first soul eating monsters I’ve met, and you’re not the scariest either. You don’t even make me relive my worst memories. I know just the word for you: Pathetic. * Disir snarl* Oh hush, I’m getting to the good bit. Five, Expecto Patronum, suckers.
- After that, during the actual escape, he pauses to say this to 13 monsters that it took Bor at the height of his powers to banish, he makes a speech that is a pure case of Refuge in Audacity, crossing over with Crowning Moment of Funny:
- Chapter 54 has him go after the Ravenclaw Quidditch team for their complicity in the bullying of Luna Lovegood. One round of Deadly Dodging, with the aid of the Weasley Twins, later, all seven of them are in hospital with several broken bones each, sending a clear message as to his level of tolerance towards bullying: non-existent.
- Chapter 55 arguably makes it more awesome, when Harry realises the consequences of his actions, and apologises to the Ravenclaw team. But, at the same time, he makes it clear that anyone who picks on anyone else is going to answer to him.
- In a similar vein in Chapter 58, he uses his physical presence and a few carefully chosen words to make the older brother of Bobby Drake back off. Then, he uses the disarming charm to detach the other boy's ski. Hilarity Ensues.
- In Chapter 60, after being powered-up by a mountain spirit, he is quite capable of beating the crap out of most everyone he goes against. Starting with a huge pillar of fire that can be seen for miles around, and makes a hole on a mountain, which he intended to be the "small" setting.
- His Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
No. No more running.
Loki Odinson / Laufeyson
- On a meta level, stealing pretty much every scene he's in.
- In chapter 22, creating a literal sea serpent out of water, infusing it with magic and using it to put out magical fire. He even took the time to add colour and detail to it.
- Simultaneously creating a world wide spy network, gaining a reputation as a philanthropist and actually helping out the deprived.
- Calming down a panicking Thor when Harry is kidnapped.
- Calming him down again when he gets angry after dwelling on Pettigrew's betrayal.
- Binding an entire battlefield's worth of spirits and stopping them from escaping to wreak havoc.
- Hunting down and disabling six separate Death Eaters trained by Baron Zemo without even getting out of second gear.
Director Nicholas Fury
- Taking on Lucius Malfoy as a young man and breaking his wand, permanently damaging his leg and burning his house down around him with what Fury later reveals was napalm.
- During the same incident, it is revealed that, having disabled Malfoy and left him to die, he noticed baby Draco at the top of the stairs. Despite the fact that the house was on fire, the stairs were blocked off and he was nursing a missing eye, so he runs through the flames and up the collapsing stairs to grab the baby, the son, it should be said, of a man he utterly despises, then gets the hell out, saving his life. Nick Fury is pure concentrated awesome.
- The fact that, as a young spy, pretty much working alone, he took on Lucius Malfoy, who is in this verse a fully fledged Magnificent Bastard, and the might of HYDRA and while he was losing, put up a serious fight.
- Chapter 42 is essentially the Nick Fury Is Awesome Show:
Fury: This is the part where you run away.
- Luring Baron Von Strucker out into the open by dangling the temptations of himself (Director of SHIELD), Psylocke (key member of the rebuilding MI 13 and potentially powerful enemy) and War Machine (the US army's most trusted pilot and a key confidant of Tony, being close to the Avengers) and forcing him to act before he was ready.
- Taking out one of HYDRA's bruisers and forcing their top telepath (the Shadow King) to cut and run.
- Humiliating Von Strucker and sending him to spread the terror among the rest of HYDRA.
- And at the end of this, the most epic Shrek reference ever.
- Acquiring a valuable intelligence asset (Narcissa Malfoy) who will doubtless be only too happy to screw over the man who tried to kill her.
- Intimidated Auror Dawlish into backing off. By holding a knife to his balls.
Tony Stark / Iron Man
- On his first visit Asgard, taking one of his armours and taking on Volstagg in a bout to show how good it is. The bout ends with Tony chokeslamming one of the biggest badasses in the Nine Realms to the floor. While Volstagg is stated to have been holding back, not wanting to crush Tony, he's still one of the best fighters in the Nine Realms, with millennia of combat experience and serious physical power to boot.
- The astonishment of just about every artificer in Asgard at the Iron Man armour, which, designed with inferior Earth materials, can turn the wearer into a physical match for anyone short of Thor and his physical peers.
- It's noted that if he had access to Asgardian materials, he could build something that would make the Destroyer look like a toy.
- When faced with The Winter Soldier without his armour, his first instinct is to put himself between The Winter Soldier and Pepper and the kids.
Bruce Banner / The Hulk
- The Hulk shielding Harry from the robots and taking them on (literally) singlehandedly.
- Bruce's Badass Boast.
Rest assured Thor. We will find Harry. We will find the people that have taken him. And Hulk will smash.
Clint Barton / Hawkeye
- Clint's Improbable Aiming Skills. Ricocheting an arrow off three walls to split an apple ten feet behind you may be completely impossible if you don't have a magically enhanced pair of eyes, but it is also unbelievably cool.
- The fact that he's universally recognised as the best archer in the Nine Realms. His only equal is Prince Faradei of Alfheim, a.k.a. the real life Legolas.
- Saving Wisdom's life, first by calling on Thor (because exploding arrows are the only things that would really be sure of taking the veidrdraugar and it would end up taking Wisdom too) to get them - quite literally - off Wisdom's back, then picking off the ones attempting to interfere in Agent Drew's rescue op.
- She's the Goddess of War. In the ancient warrior culture of Asgard, she, who is also hinted to from fairly low ranking nobility at best, was picked by Odin to be the Goddess of War. That is pure awesome in and of itself.
- Sif nutting Fandral. From a seated position. And knocking him out in one shot.
- As barely more than a teenager, fighting Fenris, surviving being chewed and swallowed by him, then cutting her way out of his stomach with only one hand. And then picking up that hand and walking to the nearest settlement all while chewed up (literally), beaten up, suffering from having her hand bitten off and oh yeah, being covered in stomach acids. Sif is made of awesome.
- Being acknowledged as Fandral's match with a blade when he is considered to be the finest swordsman in the Nine Realms and is a specialist.
Agent/Director Peter Wisdom a.k.a. Regulus Black
- Is Nick Fury's protégé.
- Went toe to toe with the Winter Soldier and survived.
- Masterminded the defence of Britain from Gravemoss' army, organising the RAF, the Navy, the Army, the Ministry, the Avengers and Excalibur in a matter of moments.
- Went toe to toe with one of the veidrdraugar and killed it.
- When he finds out the secret of Hermione being Wanda's daughter, he uses it to blackmail Wanda. But he doesn't threaten to make it public. Instead, he threatens to tell Hermione that Wanda is her mother, which keeps Hermione out of danger while simultaneously bothering Wanda more. Magnificent Bastard and Manipulative Bastard all at the same time.
- Kicking Simon Krieger in the balls and laying him out flat.
- Being the niece of Jack O'Neill, cousin of Agent 13 and great-niece of Peggy Carter means that its In the Blood.
- In Chapter 60, a double whammy: she proves to be a skilled strategist, enough for The Winter Soldier to consider her the greatest threat (well, after Harry and Diana leave the scene), and later, when she sacrifices herself to save the others, after they lose their upgrades. She survives, but the intention is there.
- Uhtred standing his ground against the Disir. These are monsters that he's grown up on stories of, the things that come and snatch you away in the night and devour you, things that cannot be touched let alone stopped, and he's plainly terrified of them. Yet he stands his ground.
- Being the protégé of Sif herself.
- In chapter 59, displaying his skills as a Scarily Competent Tracker - while the trail itself is easy to follow, he figured out that the ice was too thick and not natural, in the middle of a raging blizzard, simply by tapping it a couple of times.
- Taking on one of the Slendermen in a contest of raw power.
- After the temporary Plot-Relevant Age-Up, is powerful enough to wrestle with a supercharged werewolf and complain that the others are too busy chatting to notice.
Diana of Themyscira
- Calming Harry and Uhtred down with her empathy for long enough for Harry to clear the air between them. Without either noticing.
- Outrunning the leader of the Disir in flight while carrying Uhtred and Harry. Bear in mind that even though she's got Super Strength, she's about 11, and a small 11 at that.
- In chapter 60, when aged up, destroying a robot created by Baron Zemo that was about to kill Harry... by ripping it in half with her bare hands.
Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. The Scarlet Witch
- Most of this is reported, but...
- Taking on Lucius Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange at once and winning.
- Being trained by Doctor Strange.
- Being estimated as, after the above, the second most powerful mortal practitioner on the planet. In a world that contains the Senior Council, this is pretty damn impressive.
- Being a master of the Colony Drop, according to Fitzsimmons.
- Being the daughter of Magneto. Badassery was inevitable.
- Her first onscreen appearance? Illuminated by the gigantic pillar of flame she'd unleashed on an army of the undead from the heavens.
- She's Wisdom's ace, and her entrance immediately turns the tide of battle - mainly from a tactical point of view, as she sets about banishing the intangible beings, taking advantage of the fact that Loki's locking them down, which frees up Loki to flex his mystical muscles and start showing what the God of Magic can really do.
- She easily keeps up with Thor when he's flying at supersonic velocities.
- She lays down the gauntlet to a crack squad of Ministry Aurors, telling them that if they want to get to Sirius Black - visiting his brother in hospital, they'll have to go through her, with total confidence. And this, mind you, is after fighting in a pitched battle. These guys are fresh as daisies.
- And by striding forward, without saying a word, she tells them to move or be moved. They move.
- Her blessing on Harry has bent probability and arguably reality around him so strongly that even Odin's picked up on it. Wanda is scary powerful.
The Warriors Three
- Fandral's hilarious, yet effective, desperate attempts at Xanatos Speed Chess to give Sif and Loki some alone time.
- Fandral and Betsy entering battle together to the strains of British folk dance.
- Their instant response to anything that seems to upset Sif? Circle the wagons and abandon all silliness.
- Being one of the very few people Nick Fury trusts is Awesome in and of itself.
- Is also a former Army Ranger.
- Persuaded first Fury, then the Director of the time, Jim Woo, to allow the Kents to keep Clark, since SHIELD moved in after the meteor shower.
- Manipulated Dresden into helping search for the veidrdraugar, when it was very obvious that Dresden thought (not incorrectly) that he was out of his depth.
- The interrogation of Narcissa. All of it.
- One by The Disir in retrospect. They mowed through Asgardian armies and it took Bor himself to banish them, and he did that because that was all he could manage: he wasn't able to kill them. When they got free after about five or six thousand years of imprisonment, they manage to come up with what would be a plan to extort a tribute from Asgard, get revenge on Bor's descendants and make their unlives more comfortable in a matter of minutes. It would have worked too, if they had been more up to date on magic, Midgard and Harry wasn't such a Spanner in the Works.
- And one for Gravemoss for utterly flattening them and subduing them, utterly shattering any image of his being a Squishy Wizard (by Asgardian/Alfheim standards, anyway).
- Gravemoss' assault on MI6 in a Nightmare Fuel sort of way.
- He also went toe to toe with both Loki and Doctor Strange and survived to tell the tale.
- Baron Zemo utterly curbstomping Fenrir Greyback after the latter objects to being placed under HYDRA command in about three blows and as many seconds, before delivering a succinct "Reason You Suck" Speech.
Zer reason ve command you is because we are better than you.
- Lucius and Von Strucker trading threats.
- Lucius proving that he earned his Magnificent Bastard status by drugging Von Strucker, forcing him to give up the secret of controlling the Winter Soldier, then executing him. After that, he summons the Conclave, the leadership of HYDRA, walks in with the Winter Soldier in toe and informs them that Baron Von Strucker died of 'mysterious circumstances'. After a HYDRA member sees through this transparent lie and demands the Soldier shoot Lucius, the Soldier shoots him instead, at which point Lucius casually informs the Conclave that Mysterious Circumstances can be catching. Needless to say, they all fall into line. This move gives him full control of HYDRA and its resources, to go with the financial resources of the Death Eaters unwise enough to join him and, when they went into hiding, give him power of attorney, and, of course, control of the Winter Soldier.
The Winter Soldier
- A One-Man Army and The Brute for the bad guys. The idea that he's back terrifies just about everyone.
- Going from US Army Sergeant to 'Europe's Terror' and public enemy number one to the same extent as Bin Laden. But unlike Bin Laden, no one knew anything about him.
- According to Tony, the Stark bodyguards had only one response plan if he attacked - get between him and the family, then die as slowly as possible to give them time to escape.
- Absolutely terrifying an entire room full of Death Eater's with his entrance, after killing a chimera and a nundu on the way in. Only one wizard ever succeeded in killing a chimera and was killed falling from his flying horse. A nundu takes a hundred trained wizards to subdue. The Soldier didn't even slow down, and throws their heads into the centre of the room to show everyone what he's capable of.
- Fury admits that while he's not scared of the man, he's 'terrified of what he's capable of'.
- Natasha believes that, alone, he could completely destroy SHIELD, which is why she opted not to try and find him, in case his failsafe came on line.
- James Bond got the drop on him and had him at gunpoint, on the point of making his traditional Pre-Mortem One-Liner quip. About half a second later, he's dead after being shot in the stomach and the head.
- The only person who survived fighting him was Agent Peter Wisdom, a mutant and a Badass in his own right, who is also heavily implied to be Regulus Black. And Wisdom only survived by teleporting first to Hull, then, when he was followed, onto the Helicarrier.
- Wisdom was the only person on that base who survived. The Soldier didn't even take a scratch.
- Wisdom mentions witnessing the Soldier killing three men in about half as many seconds, with as many shots, from a handgun, about 90 meters away. Improbable Aiming Skills indeed.
- Gravemoss, a completely Ax-Crazy Omnicidal Maniac necromancer, acts like a kid on Christmas day when he senses him coming, and is, according to Lucius Malfoy, fascinated by him.
- Gravemoss also reels off some of his many names: The Ice Warrior, The Sleeping Death, The Shield Breaker and Europe's Terror.
- Lucius is actually more frightened of him than he is of Gravemoss. At first. Then he finds out how much of a monster Gravemoss really is.
- The Weapons Plus Project, which included Wolverine and Weapon X, was created specifically to stop him.
- His utterly enormous kill tally (though it is admitted In-Universe that it might be exaggerated): 1 American President (JFK - Natasha set up Oswald as a patsy and seduced Jack Ruby into killing him), 12 other non-magical Heads of State, 16 Generals, 70 lower ranked officers, 213 Police Officers of all ranks, 79 bodyguards, 9 Ministers of Magic, 16 Auror Commanders, 147 Aurors, 2 Directors of SHIELD, 5 Deputy Directors, 89 SHIELD/SSR Agents, 43 Agents of MI-5 and MI6, 22 Agents of MI 13, 200 agents of other security agencies and 500 other miscellaneous targets.
- And adding in the superhumans, Spitfire I, Union Jack and the Destroyer. Spitfire II only escaped, barely, through her Super Speed and Weapon X was left a beaten ruin under the rubble of the destroyed Weapon X complex.
- In chapter 60, he kicks the crap out of Captain America, manages to break off the control HYDRA has on him (at least partially) because his orders conflict with his Wouldn't Hurt a Child attitude, and kills a car sized werewolf that was about to kill Carol Danvers with his bare hands, and brings her back to her cabin before she dies of hypothermia.
- The culmination of his Heel-Face Turn with this line.
Well. Fuck the mission, then.
- Odin's descriptions of the last Frost Giant War make it sound pretty damn cool.
- Prospero Slytherin wielding what is heavily implied to be a conduit to the Phoenix Force and taking down an entire Frost Giant army to protect a refugee column in an epic Heroic Sacrifice / You Shall Not Pass moment that carves out the Grand Canyon. Made even more awesome by implications that he's not dead.
- Athelstan Gryffindor, a mortal wizard, taking on Laufey in a duel and scarring him, losing his hand in the process, something that carries shades of Fingolfin versus Morgoth. And unlike Fingolfin, Athelstan survived.
- He also wielded Mjolnir, presumably with one hand. Handicapped Badass indeed.
- Branwen Hufflepuff's Roaring Rampage of Revenge, one so terrifying that even Odin was stunned by it, and over 1500 years on, Frost Giants en masse are terrified of magic.
- The legendary Lady Knight wielding her own sword and the Sword of Gryffindor in battle, cutting a hand off of Byleistr (specifically called 'the Loki of his day' in respect to magical power) in a one on one duel, and taking on Sif and Fandral as Squires.
- Harry Dresden saved Thomas and Martha Wayne in a confrontation on a graveyard that ended with the would-be killer/robber being struck by a ball of conjured lightning.
- Chapter 44 is a long series of awesome moments.
- For Doctor Strange, impossibility is something that happens to other people.
- Harry Dresden unleashing the full wrath of his Death Curse on Gravemoss. It doesn't do any permanent damage (he got a shield up just in time), but it punts the bastard straight into the North Sea, over five hundred miles. Dresden's death curse did cause metaphysical damage to Gravemoss, causing the necromancer to become even more unhinged and join the terrified of Harry Dresden club.
- Archangel's entrance - pouncing on an undead dragon from above, then beheading it with a single scissor slash of his wings, before moving on to the others.
- Hell, the very idea of Rhodey, Archangel and a bunch of jets dogfighting with zombie dragons is just plain cool.
- Rhodey finds himself out of ammo, with one undead dragon left, armed only with repulsors that won't pierce the dragon's hide, and it's bearing down on Luton airport. What does he do? Grab the jet that was downed earlier, using it on the dragon like a lance at mach speed, lodging it in, then using his repulsors to blow the jet and the dragon up.
- The very concept of Alan Scott going toe to toe with Magneto.
- Chapter 49 implies that Krypton and the Nova Corps, Marvel's cosmic cops (the Green Lantern corps have been confirmed not to exist), went to war around 1000 years ago. Certainly, whatever happened, Odin was forced to intervene.
- In Chapter 59, Bobby Drake (with a little help) manages to hide himself, using his powers, from The Winter Soldier and the assorted bad guys bearing down on him, and Harry, Carol, Jean-Paul, Uhtred and Diana manage to hide with him. Bobby and Diana then manage to convince the spirit of the mountain to "power them up" for long enough to get away. The result makes The Winter Soldier, possessed of abundant amounts of Genre Savvy, think Wow, we're screwed before he even has to face any of them.
- In Chapter 60, Pepper has no problem in ordering The Winter Soldier around. And he complies.