- The only reason anypony this tropony knows still reads Buffalo Burial Ground is for Landing Grouse's fight with Noteworthy Smith. That scene was worthy of a far better book than BBG.
- In Ruby Of The Blank Village, Daring's Big Damn Heroes moment when she flies in and saves the injured Sun Set from Nightmare Starlet and her pack of Bone Fiends.
- In the Expanded Universe novel The Skull of Ages, we have the fight between Anne Bonfire and Marshal Goldstar. Even though it's a total Curb-Stomp Battle in favor of Goldstar at first, with Anne spending most of the fight running away, she still manages to get some good hits in. Eventually, the fight goes into a laboratory, where Anne splashes corrosive liquid in his face, giving him some nasty burns and singing his throat to keep him quiet. After that, he goes berserk, and beats on Anne... until she uses her martial arts skills to throw him out of the zeppelin, sending him plummeting eight miles to his doom.
- In the climax of The Obsidian Sentinel, Earth Song manages to get revenge on Ahuizotl by summoning a tornado that sends him flying all the way across Equestria.
- In The Amber of the Smooze, Desert Rose, victim of a Grand Theft Me and in a rapidly decaying Smooze-infected body, uses the Eyes of Fatima to force the Smooze to switch her body back with the Colt Leader's.
- Daring Do rescuing Short Stuff from Prism Rush, then taking down Applesack and Charity in short order.
- The Coronet of Chaos may be one of the more contested Expanded Universe works, but Stan's Big Damn Heroes moment near the end deserves mention. Followed immediately by a Crowning Moment of Funny when he tosses a muffin at Daring's head after the ritual is completed, as revenge for Daring eating his muffin at the very beginning of the book.
- Odo Bahn's epic You Shall Not Pass in Amethyst Penguin.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The Sweeney Trot musical. The entire score is absolutely gorgeous. Especially Nightingale, Blackbird, Linnet's "I Want" Song, and the Linnet Bird reprise, sung by Anthony and Sweeney.
- Also, the fan-made song The World Famous Swindell Sisters, which has become the unofficial theme song for the duo among fans. This has progressed to the point where it will be featured in the upcoming comedic Swinn-And-Dell-centric spinoff film, the verbosely titled The World-Famous Swindell Sisters' Amazing Shenanigan-Filled Odyssey Across Equestria.
- For all of his rather abrasive behavior, the Steelclad Sorcerer shows that his title is well earned, and that seriously messing with him is a very bad idea.
"Ye may be strong, ye may be smart, but yer still a bloody halfwit".
- Speaking of that same villain, his description of the battle, although he severely downplays his heroics, is still quite awesome.
"The idiot just happen'd ta learn some fancy magic that messed wit' souls, and when he tried it on me, it didn't work
. Hay, th' bloody moron was too busy freakin' out
ta notice I was about ta drop th' roof on 'im. I dunnae understand why ya like that darn story so much, HE DIDN'T EVEN TRY TA GIT OUTTA THE WAY!"
- It's mostly nightmarish, but you can't deny Steam Whistle pulled off one of these: He went from being a backwater town blacksmith to a Mad Scientist who almost single-hoofedly created one of most terrifying threats to ever show up in Equestrian lore, along with several other artifacts and golems that we've yet to see. A completely unremarkable pony (until then) managed to throw off the power balance for the entire world and leave a mark on history that won't be forgotten anytime soon. Inspiring, yet terrifying at the same time.
- His magnum opus, the Assembler, gets one of these before the story. Read its description of the "bipedal demon" it battled to a standstill. That's right, it could fight Krastos on equal footing.
- The unnamed Colt of Smooze member who managed to fight off the Assembler deserves a place on this list. It's implied to have been the Colt Leader.
- In Tinker's Seal, when the Gilded Marksmare is asked to show off all of her firepower. Also counts as Crowning Moment of Funny.
- Not to mention when she actually gets serious and shoots the Assembler in the eye. Sure, it didn't do much to it, and it didn't actually intend to collect anypony (it was reasonable enough to forgive her, considering the thing's reputation), but still.
- When Ghoul very nearly pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to let Storm and Rayback (who had stowed away in their luggage) escape the Blank village…by threatening the zomponies with alcohol. The three do get out alive, but it's a very close call.
Ghoul: (Brandishing a torch and a very large jug of hard cider, and speaking dead seriously)
Storm, take the kid and fly out of here.
Storm: Ghoul, what in Tartarus are you doing?
Ghoul: Storm, you shut that beak and get the kid out of here. (Addressing the zomponies) You maggot-infested string beans see what I've got here? This is fire, and this is a jug of 470-proof Hard Apple Cider. The hardest cider I've ever found. Bought from a pony I met in the Gallopagos. Cost me several thousand bits. You take one more step towards these two, I smash this jug and drop the torch. We all go up together.
Grey Hoof: Your bluff is most obvious. There's no such thing as 470-proof Cider.
Yeah, that's exactly what I said. Care to test that theory?
- Desert Rose backtalking The Assembler for its brutal murders of the Colt of Smooze. As bad as they were, she's had first hoof experience of Smooze corruption. She knows how hard it is to fight, and only really managed to break free because of her friends and family, something either the Colt members lost, or were why they'd become a Colt member in the first place.
- The best part? The thing actually listens.
"I agree that such an approach
was not correct. I already paid for that mistake, and will not repeat it again."
- Also during Tinker's Seal, when Mareton shoots Herpy with the Hoof-Held Cannon…and Herpy lives. If surviving something specifically mentioned to be capable of instantly killing anything isn't a CMOA, I don't know what is.
- Krastos gets a hold of Ahuizotl's unicorn serum and feeds it to his army of demons, then marches onto Manehatten. Stalwart Shield and the Equestrian army is dispatched and manages to hold Krastos' attack for three days while they try to evacuate the city.
- Even Swinn and Dell do their part, passing out done-up "ceremonial" spears that they intended to sell out to the soldiers for free, and bowling over a group of demons with their mechanized wagon during their entry to the fray, saving Stalwart's life in the process.
- Then, when it looks like they're going to be overrun, Storm Talon captaining his old dreadnought and heading up the fifth griffon air fleet swoops in…with the bulk of The Assembler's very peeved army chasing them.
- Three-quarters of the way through, in a masterful gambit, Ahuizotl manages to trick the heroes and steals all of the Mad Tinker's works that they managed to gather up to that point, forcing them to have to deal with The Assembler's and Krastos' armies conventionally until they could take them back. His ultimate goal is to blackmail the world into giving him what he wants, and is willing to sacrifice the whole of Equestria to make his point.
- Daring manages to take down Krastos and the Assembler simultaneously as they were fighting each other, by luring them both to a Leyline, seeding it with the Chaos Magic from the remnants of the Eye of Discord and the Scepter of the Chaos Beast, then detonating the now unstable Leyline with several of Steam Whistle's artifacts.
- Daren's midair fight with the Leader of the Colt of Smooze. Just the two of them, no-holds-barred, fighting to kill. Particularly Daren's dialogue beforehand.
I understand you and your little club tried to cover my kid in some extraordinarily disgusting fluids which may or may not have been poisonous. Now, I consider it one of the worst things a stallion can do to hit a filly in malice
…but considering that that Assembler fellow considers you a "Waste of Flesh", I figure that means I can make an exception.
- Remember, this is after the Colt Leader casually put down a 12-foot-tall walking tank of a demon as a means to scare the other demons in line, and has successfully killed over a dozen dragons as well as previously fought The Assembler to a standstill.
- Storm Talon, under huge amounts of painkillers and with two broken wings, still has the nerve to tell off Claddie at his very worst.
- In Universal Cracks Gypsy Bard grabs one of The Mad Tinker's exo-skeletons and uses it to save her kids (or possibly reincarnated parents) from the Colt Leader.
- Sweetie Bottle's Big Damn Heroes moment, along with the events immediately after: Using the Wandering Whistle, she summons the ghosts of Charity and Applesack from beyond the grave, who begin to force themselves into the Colt Leader's head, causing her to lose concentration at a crucial moment of her attempt to consume the Multiverse. With the Colt Leader distracted, Daring kicks the Universal Chisel from the Colt Leader's hoof, and Zapapple throws it into the Multiversal Vortex. Losing the chisel causes the Colt Leader to completely lose control of the Multiverse, and she dies from My Skull Runneth Over.
Claddie: HA-HA! Well done, Sweetie, wee lass! Well done!
- From one of the stage adaptions, the song Derring's Turn is both a Crowning Music of Awesome and a Crowning Moment.
Derring: Well, starting now, it's gonna be my turn! Shouldn't I get some credit myself? Starting now, it's gonna be my turn. Gangway, world! Get off of my runway! Starting now, I bat a thousand!
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The fan works of Griffon Lewis, like Gypsy Bard's song "Gypsy Bard".
- In the Daren Do Adventures book Hurricane's Spear, Daren uses the eponymous spear to kill a Windigo.
- In Shūbidū and the Vault of Posteidon, Shūbidū makes her foalnappers' lives chaos and ultimately kills the ringleader in a fair fight (though first blood was his, producing the scar we see in Trident of the Seaponies).
- Young!Greyhoof. For all the horrors he grow up to do, for all he mistakes he would make, for all the times he would attempt to dodge his responsibility, he got further than most anypony in his position would. A young child, not even old enough to have his Cutie Mark, manages to step up, gather the survivors, find a refuge, figure out how to protect it, and get it to be something that resembled a functioning society. He would not lay down and die, nor did he let any of the others.
- Swinn attempting to strangle Mareton in Trial. Not even Dell could call her off! (Not to mention, it took Rex, Earth Song and Hawkwings to finally pull her off.)
- Also, Herpy took pictures.
- Daring snapping Okpono out of his trance in Witch's Circus.
- Also, Okpono remembering how far he had gotten with his theorem when he thought he was in the ultimate mathematician's office, reconstructing the calculations from memory, and working the theorem out. The epilogue alludes to mathematicians using "Okpono's Theorem".
- Stalwart Shield dispatching Sterling Silver in Cloudfall Conspiracy.
Stalwart: You will face me, sir! (Magic blast)
- Twice in the book, Silver has Masra cornered, and is ready to kill her. Both times, she stands tall and respectfully looks him in the eye. Made even better the second time, when has a very deep wound that has been slowly killing her, yet she still hauls herself to her feet.
- In Breathing Weapons, Taube has regained enough of her memory to fight against Krahe's control, as she doesn't want to hurt Daring and Arzt. Even as Krahe continues to electrocute her, trying to regain control, she fights through the pain and tackles him out a window, sending them both plummeting to the ground below.
- Even cooler, she survives the fall. Well, for a few minutes, before Daring puts her out of her misery.
- The battle itself is worth of an entry too. Taube has enhanced agility, strength, and enough razor weapons to quite literally cut her foes to pieces. Daring and Arzt are armed with nothing but their fists and wits, and while they don't technically "win", they hold their own pretty damn well.
- The scene in Iron Grinder, where Shudder attempts to fight off Greyhound Grave after he wounds Daring. Of course, she stands absolutely no chance, but it's sweet to watch her try.
- The fact that Greyhound Grave does all his hunts with nothing but a single sword (no traps, no magic, no nothing), is pretty awesome in it's own right.
- This troper cheered when Jackhammer, after years of mistreating Shudder, finally gets his comeuppance through some delicious irony.
Jackhammer: (pinned under a boulder after a cave-in) Shudder! Shudder, help! I-I can't get it off!
Shudder: I dunno, Big Brother. That rock looks pretty heavy...
Jackhammer: Please! You have to do something!
Jackhammer: (stunned silence)
Jackhammer: Y-you can't leave me here! I-I'm your brother!!!
Shudder: I know. (kneels down and kisses his forehead) Which is why I'll come back next year and leave some flowers. Love you. (smirks and leaves him).
- In later books, we eventually learn that Gristle in-fact didn't hold a grudge, and came back to free him. The fact that he strives to be such a good person, even to the diamond dog that nearly killed him, is pretty awesome in it's own right.
- Of course, he reported him to the authorities not long after. So even with his sometimes too-good heart, he still has a sense of justice.
- Can we give it up for Black Bloom? In Crimson, Black, and Blue, he manages to break into his king's castle, steal a heavily guarded artifact, turn three full grown dragons into children, and overthrow his own king. All this and he's not even teenager.
- The duel during the book's climax, where Black Bloom siphons some of King Bursik's magic turns the entire castle into an arena suspended in the sky, and summons the entire kingdom there to watch.
- During the aformentioned duel, Scarlecache, Inke, and Glacial offer what little of their own magic they have to Daring to help her win, but she turns them down. Bloom laughs at this, but subsequently loses the duel. How? Daring knew that no amount of extra strength or speed would help her achieve victory, rather, using her superior wit and cunning would.
- After losing the duel to Daring, an infuriated Black Bloom siphons the magic of every dragon in the kingdom, and manages to summon a freakin' meteor to come and crush Daring (and unfortunately, the rest of the kingdom).
- Which is promptly stopped by Scarlecache, Ink, Glacial, and Bursik after Daring swipes the magic artifact from Bloom and returns them to their original ages. How do they stop it? By uniting and shooting a combined blast of fire through the center and shattering it into millions of harmless bits, of course.
- The climax of Oathkeepers. After years of abuse and mistreatment, Eichelhaher finally ends Papagei with a point-blank blast of magic, pushed over the edge by his endless taunts. The Buckzi troops catch wind of this quickly and begin racing upstairs to apprehend them. Daring and Arzt head for the exit, prepared to fly off and escape, but Eichelhaher doesn't move, knowing that the troops will kill them. She urges the two to go while she stays behind to slow them down. Arzt begins his descent, but Daring tries to bring her with them, to no avail.
Eichelhaher: Daring, go...Arzt won't go without you. I'll be fine, I promise.
Daring: (smiles) You never were a good liar. (heads off)
- The moment Daring makes her exit, the elevator doors open and the troops pour in, immediately opening fire on Eichelhaher. As the blasts fly right through her, she removes her helmet, her claws and paws glowing with brilliant light.
Eichelhaher: I want to be strong just this once...for you guys...
- With one last memory of them in her head, Eichelhaher unleashes the full force of her magic, blowing up the entire building and sending all the troops to their doom as she herself is blown to pieces.
- The best part? She survives the blast. Her head, still completely intact, is left dangling by the hair on a girder for Daring and Arzt to find.
Eichelhaher:...think we can stay and look for a few fingers?
- The beginning of Always Faithful, where Daring accidentally awakens Mars, is challenged to a duel, and wins. To put that in context; Mars is a thousand year old griffon who was considered strong enough to guard the gates of Elysium itself, and had the power to take the duel into another dimension so there would be no interruptions, while Daring is merely a pegasus with a lot of physical prowess, a whip, and a quick wit.
- The flashback in which the readers learn how much Mars lived up to her title. Equestria is about to be turned into a smoking crater by a gigantic magic-bomb, courtesy of the griffon mage, Artes. Celestia and Mars have been valiantly fighting along side each other, having finally defeated the last wave of griffon troops, only to realize it's too late to stop Artes' attack. Without a second thought, Mars shoves Celestia away and flies towards Artes, pushing him through the the center of the magic-bomb, causing it to absorb into both their bodies. She turns to Celestia and gives one final salute, before she and Artes explode into nothingness. That's right, Mars sacrificed herself against her own army to save her friend and all of Equestria.
- IN MEMORY OF A WARRIOR WHO SAVED EQUESTRIA. ONCE A LOYAL SOLDIER, FOREVER A DEAR FRIEND.
- Storm Bravers. Daring and the gang band together to destroy the Timberwolf Emperor before he flattens Ponyville into a pancake. How do four pegasi and a manticore stop a sixty foot monster without flight? They use their natural-born gifts as lightning-makers to create a massive storm cloud that strikes the Emperor with such intensity, he burns to ash without laying a single claw on the town.
- Their collective "high-wing" right after.
- In the climax of Bag of Tirek, the epic confrontation between Nightmare Moon and Tirek, where Tirek almost completely outmaneuvers Nightmare Moon by forcing her to manifest in the void between the Earth and moon when he tries to steal the Panoply of Night from her. Though she's able to cast it away setting things up for the next book, he defeats her and drains her magic.