Can we give one to Dean Dodrill himself for creating the entirety of the art assets and programming for the game over the course of four years BY HIMSELF?
The first time you achieve a 1000 hit combo. You’ll be screaming “THIS ONE’S FOR CORBIN!” yourself.
All of Dust's Badass Boast towards General Gaius at the end of game. After spending so long trying to find out who he his, and only to have a complete Heroic BSOD when he does find out, him finally accepting his identity and purpose is so many kinds of awesome, which can be summed up in this exchange:
General Gaius: Then what are you?
Dust: I am justice incarnate, brought to this world by forces beyond your comprehension. A cleansing storm to sweep across the land and purge it of your foul presence. I am Dust. And your campaign ends here, now. Throw down your weapons and surrender, or you will face an enemy unlike any this world has ever seen.
Despite it lapsing heavily into Tear Jerker territory, Dust's death still counts as one. Anyone who can face death with a smile on their face is awesome enough, but doing it when the death you're facing is by molten magma? That, my friends, is an entirely separate level of badass.
Dust can grapple an airship. I repeat, Dust can GRAPPLE AN AIRSHIP!
All of Dust's lines during the Final Battle. In particular his second to last line to General Gaius. "I remember everything. And it changes nothing!" Chills run down this troper's spine every time he hears it.