Ehh... Absorbing his DUPLICATE (because the only thing the Castle of Ordeals had that could represent Black Mage's inner darkness is Black Mage) and than using its power to feed his ego (and coincidentally do a lot of damage) might top it.
And then using said evil to re-kill the Fiends, absorb their evil, and create black tendrils
This troper can not believe no-one stated this so far! I mean, who'd believed the Hadoken is fueled by LOVE!!! Not to forget all the other moments, BM used it to do incredible things... as missing a volcano. But... yeah, the ruler of hell thing was good as well.
A moment of deeper emotions is this letter to White Mage, though it makes him even harder to understand than anything he does before or after. Maybe there's some kind of... human being deep within him. This earlier one makes the thought not easier.
Telling the 8BT equivalent of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and theoretically the most evil corporeal entities (barring the obvious) known to exist, to "...shut the GODDAMN HELL UP."
Another in that vein: Whether or not it works, you have to admit, using every spell knownas a distraction is pretty awesome. For once, yes: the mere fact that he thought of it makes Red Mage awesome. In addition... well, see below.
Without even really trying, Black Mage once again screws over Sarda aka the former Onion Kid. How? Black Mage's sheer eviloverloadsSarda and turns him into a portal for Chaos. It's awesome in a very scary way.
Waaaaay back: vicious mutated sea monsters are targeting Bikke's ship in the middle of the ocean. Black Mage gets fed up with the situation, resulting in this.
There's also Ice 9. For one thing, it's the first time we get to see Red Mage implement a plan that works perfectly instead of failing hilariously. (He did manage to save everybody's lives with Noodle Implements once before that, but it happened in between strips.) Also, it's... ahem... very cool.
Using Exit on White Mage to get her away from Black Mage, and trying to stop him after his defeated both Fighter, and Thief, and as a result, being the only one standing up to BM. And with the balls-of-cold-steel to insist he's able to do so. Considering he's a mime, he may very well be right.
BM: Don't tell me, you think you can fight back, right?
RM: Yeah, I do.
White Mage went on to build a new team and defeat Chaos, making Red Mage indirectly responsible for saving the world.
Red Mage gets one for foreshadowing Sarda's Phlebotinum Overload when he claims that Sarda channeling his own magic, the four elemental orbs, AND Black Mage's evil power couldn't possibly exist. In this one case, Red Mage was smarter than Sarda.
Credit should be given to the fact that RM found a (cartoon)logical way to actually leave the universe just to be out of the range of Sarda's omnscience.
Another Moment for Fighter here, awesome not only because he has the Reality Warper and the Magnificent Bastard all but voiding themselves at the prospect of fighting him, but he does it with nothing but words.
Joint for Red Mage and Thief: Red Mage and Thief... actually act like honest-to-god, non-stupid, non-subverted, heroes.
White Mage's alternate solution to Red Mage's plan to defeat Kary, here.
Despite appearing very infrequently, Sarda, The Wizard Who Did It, beats out even Thief in Awesome Moments. His endless and imaginative ways of screwing over the protagonists are too numerous to list individually, but this one deserves special mention, to due use of the power of reading.
Garland is usually a ridiculoussoftie of a villain. Eventually, his band of evil adventurers decide to mutiny against him. At a meeting that Garland himself caters. After the minions eat his special tacos, Garland proceeds to list the reasons why the mutiny will fail and reveals that the tacos were stuffed with Amnesia Peppers. Not bad for a guy who was once bullied by the princess he had kidnapped.
Even 8-Bit's creator, Brian Clevinger, manages to get some of his own:
This is "Episode #1129: THERE" (published in mid-May 2009), and this is "Episode #434: Wouldn't You Like to Know?" (published in late June of 2004). The fact that he planned out a strip five years in advance is either insane or awesome...probably a little of both.
The fact that he planned out the Onion Kid's rise as Sarda, which is caused by the entirety of the subsequent comic over nearly a decade's time.Holy shit. Brian Clevinger, you Magnificent Bastard.
The latter strip also doubles as White Mage's ultimate Crowning Moment of Awesome.
Actually, the early dates are inaccurate because the comics were not organized by date prior to November 2003; 8BT really started in January 2001. All this does is make the longest Brick Joke ever more impressive by a scant few months.
Bikke has been consistently portrayed as the dumbest of the Dark Warriors. But he and the other Dark Warriors manage to capture the Elemental Orbs, which would allow them to take over the world. However, Sarda confronts them, and asks them if they even know how to use them. After a beat panel, Bikke throws his into nigh-omnipotent Sarda's face. Considering Sarda has stopped arrows firing from bows at point blank range mid flight, we may have stumbled into Sarda's weakness. Or just Rule of Funny. Either way.
Even better is that this actually impresses Sarda, specifically that Bikke is "a quick thinker and spiteful," convincing Sarda to let the pirate live.
Though because Sarda is also spiteful, nigh-omnipotent, and incredibly creative in the ways he screws people, it may not be as good for Bikke as you'd like to think.
The unnamed wizard shopkeeper who kicked Black Mage's ass offscreen.
Black Mage (after said ass-kicking): What I learned today is that really old wizards don't get that way by being easy to kill.
The following setup: Red Mage looks into datasphere. Black Mage looks into datasphere. Black Mage is confronted by his avatar dark god and claims the datasphere was empty. Cut to Red Mage's a-hole, where he reveals; "I absorbed the contents of the datasphere. I know how to destroy everything that will exist. That includes Sarda.