Awesome: Dungeons & Dragons
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The Animated Series
- In the very first episode, the kids decide to pull an Enemy Mine on Venger, and sic Tiamat on him by opening the trapdoor she had been locked in.
- In "Valley of the Unicorns", Eric gets one for dashing in and protecting the others from falling boulders. Everyone is surprised by his action.
- In "Search for the Dungeon Master", Sheila, despite her Shrinking Violet tendencies, manages to evade capture, retrieve her friends' weapons, and free them.
- In "The Lost Children" Sheila is backing away from two Lizard Men, nervously telling them that if they don't leave her alone, they'd be sorry. Then she spots the laser tripwire she'd evaded earlier, and more confident, repeats her assertion. The Lizard Men charge her, and trip the trap, caging themselves. She then runs past them, mocking them, "She go bye-bye."
- Again, in "The Girl Who Dreamed Tomorrow", Eric once again rushes headlong into danger to save Bobby and Terri.
- Later in that episode, the team sends Terri home, and then come up with a Fastball Special technique to destroy the portal that Venger had been using to lure heroes to their deaths.
- Eric attempts to pull a Heroic Sacrifice in "Day of the Dungeon Master" to get the others home.
- Bobby gets a great one in "Dungeon at the Heart of Dawn". He and Eric are snarking at each other as a massive tower collapses behind them. A massive stone falls, seemingly on top of Bobby from the viewpoint of the others, only for Bobby to nonchalantly smash his way through and keep up his snarking with Eric as if nothing had happened.
- After being tricked by Kareena in "Citadel of Shadow", Sheila manages to get back at her, infuriating Kareena who lashes out with her magic against the invisible Thief, until she accidentally reveals the hidden door. Sheila's snark after is classic.
Sheila: Your magic is as reliable as your friendship.
Games and Guidebooks
- On the Wizards.com D&D boards, Raz the Rogue mage (played by Rickel) is generally considered purified awesome. He got so popular that Rickel wrote an original story starring Raz here
- The epic tale of Sameo. Because even an Epic Fail can be a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Example from an Eberron novel (not really Literature CMOA material, because the book is just a tie-in to the setting): a human has been enslaved by one of the less pleasant Valenar clans. Because the clan is being called back to the service of the Darkwood Crown, and the king wearing said crown doesn't approve of slavery, said human began suspecting he was about to get deaded. So he immediately calls the leader of the clan a disgracer of the blood (Vadis nia). This is literally the worst insult in the culture of the Valaes Tairn. As a result, the clan leader goes apeshit berzerk and begins attempting to dismember the slave with a knife in each hand...our plucky slave, Cutter, because he served as a woodcutter, duly grabs hold of the clan leader's wrists and forces him to slit his own throat. Beating the leader of a clan of elves who are feared all over Khorvaire as its scariest combatants.
- Another canonical Eberron example: the initial response of the Elves of Valenar when a group was hired by Cyre. Rather than sending a note saying "OK, we'll go hurt people for cash on your behalf", they kill a Karrnathi general, engrave "We accept" onto his skull in Elven, and send it to the Cyran queen. Eberron has the greatest spin on Our Elves Are Better in the history of the universe.
- Pun-Pun the Kobold, otherwise known as the ultimate optimized character build. By taking advantage of an obscure flaw in the Dungeons & Dragons rules, this thought experiment managed to gain infinite stats, every special ability of any creature ever, and unlimited divine rank all at character level 5.
- Quite possibly the most famous article in Dragon Magazine's history covered the topic of "Tucker's Kobolds," an editorial that revolutionized how many D Ms and players utilized low-level monsters - while they may only have 1-4 hit points, you can damn well make them terrifying through tactics, great dungeon design, and atmosphere. Not only was it an awesome article to utilize, a moment of awesome for the author's dungeon master "Tucker," it made the previously overlooked and underwhelming kobolds into something akin to Memetic Badass trapsters and guerrilla fighters a la the Viet Cong.