Awesome: El Goonish Shive
General & NP
- Dan can get one himself, for recognizing his own Cerebus Syndrome, and making efforts to counteract it. As far as it can be told so far, quite successfully.
- Sarah gets another one. Snarking to a powerful magical user for waking her up. And Pandora at that.
- Elliot standing up for Ellen, even though she's spent her entire existence so far as a Card-Carrying Villain.
- Matched in the same strip by Mr. Verres proving a Reasonable Authority Figure.
- Ellen versus goo.
- "H-he moved that fast because I moved him! N-now stay back! I could e-easily *sniffles* destroy you a-and I will if you try to hurt the kitty again!"
- We know Grace is in no real danger. The point is she doesn't.
- Grace's scene of Unstoppable Rage as she takes on Damien.
- It's hard to look bad ass when using fairy powers, but Nanase manages.
- Nioi's forcefield
- "Damien..is a dead man..."
- Another one for Susan occurs during Grace's genderbender-themed party. After too much thinking into the fact that she is a man, Susan flashes back to her childhood trauma, begins to freak out, and looks for a place where she can be alone. She goes to the basement and finds Justin, who is on the verge of tears over his own issues. Her mind is being bombarded by painful childhood memories, but she manages to toss them aside so she can listen to Justin and try to help.
- She pushes through ALL the memories of her father without missing a beat, which was one of the most tramatic events in her life that defined her personality (her alternate didn't experience it, and they're on two completely different sides of the spectrum), ignoring her past prejudices to help a friend in need.
- Tedd, fighting school uniform policy. As the strip title says "You'd Have to be Han Solo to Look Cooler in a Vest". Hell yes. It gets even better in the next comic. One of the greatest Glasses Pulls ever.
- Imagine Spot or not, this is Elliot's Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- "You are trespassing." I suspect this will only be the beginning of something epic. The comic's title sums this up: "Bravest. Hall Monitor. EVER."
"Have you no honor?" "The lives of my students are more important."
- The following comics proceed to escalate the awesome, as if Dan is trying to outdo himself.
- Abe vs. Raven, all the way. It's hard to make a swordfight badass at three pages a week, but Dan manages.
- Susan makes an entrance
- Leading directly into Tedd's Crowning Moments Of Awesome, mentioned above
- Mr. Verres has investigated the Lord Tedd matter. Awesome because it makes perfect sense, but you totally don't see it coming.
- Nanase never stops fighting
- Chaos takes care of everything, without actually doing anything.
- Nanase has proven she is willing to die for Ellen. Her resolve stuns even Abe. Hell, everything between the 2009-10-09 comic and the 2009-10-29 comic is a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Nanase.
- Mr. Verres goes Uncle Wolf here, disproving everyone who thought he was just a Bumbling Dad.
"Get my niece to a hospital. NOW."
- Magus openly defying Pandora despite knowing what she's capable of.
- Raven calling out his immortal mother in this strip.
- Elliot and Noah's race through Swedekea. One panel has them somehow blowing up a large section of the sale floor, although that probably didn't happen.
- Susan hesitates, then fails, to pull out a Hyperspace Mallet to punish two hilariously rude comic book geeks speculating about her being an alien. Then Catalina gets them from behind with a plastic toy of Thor's hammer.
- Also, Justin gets one here—Dan even says as much in the author commentary.
- Dunkels-parents provide steady supply of Crazy Awesome whenever they both appear. Especially when trying to make a point. "Supper and alibis"...
- Melissa getting promoted from a mad limpet to a Girl With Guts, instead of Holding Out for a Hero standing against the... uh... dracobulldog who knocked out the local "superhero" right before her eyes and trying first to stare it down and then to make it disappear in a puff of logic.
- The "Death Sentence" arc has one for Catalina and Rhoda: Catalina for making a Big Damn Heroes entrance to rescue Rhoda from a charging boar, then using her camera flash to scare it off; and Rhoda for managing to stop panicking, remember her own camera and join in on Catalina's plan rather than lie and wait for the all clear.
- So. Somewhere in the universe there is something called a 'Deathless Army of Rage', and said army apparently had its sights set on Earth. Past tense, because this happened. Apparently, all that's needed to protect the world isn't magic or force, but a whiteboard and some Verbal Judo. It's the nonchalant hands-in-the-pants-pockets (whilst staring up a ...thing twice his size and half again as many limbs) that clinches it, though.
- In this strip following the death of the boar, Grace delivers a deeply inspiring Rousing Speech for Actual Pacifists everywhere.
- The entire part where Angel Nanase and Angel Ellen take on not-Tengu and won.
- In a Mundane Made Awesome fashion, Diane is vehemently countering rumors that Elliot is gay.
- And she does so using well-thought out arguments, correct spelling, and proper grammar.
- From just a few incongruities, Susan not only deduces Tom's attempt at manipulating her, she continues to push his buttons until he reveals his true self to the entire cafeteria. That's right, Susan out-manipulates a supposed master-manipulator. Then she verbally tears him a new one here.
- She gets another shortly after here, when she meets with Ashley, Tom's ex. Ashley feels like an idiot, since Susan figured out in one day what it took her two months to discover. Susan delivers an inspiring and spot-on speech, assuring Ashley that Tom is the only one to blame for his manipulations, and that Ashley should never feel it's her own fault she was tricked. Even more awesome was that this was also in response to the fans, some of whom were suggesting that Ashely was an idiot to have been manipulated for two months.
- Tedd's character development of awesome. In the beginning, he was a Chivalrous Pervert who was often the victim of Sarah's hammers. But after experiencing some very crude flirtations and finding out that some guys have been hitting on Grace the same way his first instinct is to find an immortal and make them replicate the magical effects of the hammers. And not just for Grace, but for all women.
- It's very minor compared to, well, pretty much all of the other examples here, and very plausible in real life (Dan himself actually did this), but while playing against Tensaided in the Magickal Cards tournament, Sarah drew the fifth and last energy needed to summon O.P. Aludrakrala, but paused when she remembered Tensaided hadn't summoned anything when he had three energy himself. So she instead attempted to summon "Beefy Lycanthrope" instead, and Tensaided countered with Cancel Spell to stop the summon, just as Sarah planned.
- Sarah instantly shuts down Larry's attempts to hit on her, instead using their card match to get to know him and attempt to educate him on how to treat women respectfully. When the latter proves to be futile...
Sarah: That's it! I'm done trying to educate you. I'm out.Larry: You... forfeit?Sarah: Forfeit? Hell no. I WILL BREAK YOU.