Awesome: Final Fantasy II

  • Emperor Mateus in Final Fantasy II. When you finally face the Big Bad on his throne room, the boss fight is depressingly easy. A good party ends up killing him rather quickly. Then the Dark Knight steps forward, and you think that the Emperor was a Trick Boss, and that Dark Knight was the Man Behind the Man. But then the Emperor reappears on his throne, in a new monstrous form. Turns out that he died and went to Hell... and then took it over!
    • Then, of course, the party scores a collective moment when the literally go to Hell and back to beat the Emperor.
    • Let's not forget: The Emperor didn't just take over Hell. His "light" side went to Heaven...and took over Heaven as well!
  • In the GBA and PSP remake, all the dead party members go to Heaven, and beat the light half of the Emperor! (Yup, the Emperor is so bad that even his GOOD side was evil!)
    • Minwu earns himself Ultima, the ultimate magic that he had died to unseal.
    • Minwu and the other fallen heroes also get one when they refuse to be persuaded by the "reformed" Emperor and refuse his offer of immortality.
  • Every single Heroic Sacrifice counts as one:
    • Josef holds off a boulder trap so Firion, Maria, and Guy can escape.
    • Minwu gives his life to unseal the ultimate magic, Ultima.
    • Ricard Highwind holds off the Emperor, having risen from Hell, while the others escape on the Wyvern. He stands against the ruler of Hell without any hesitation.
  • The opening FMV from the Origins remake deserves a mention.
  • Despite starting off as a Dirty Coward, what is Gordon's response to learning that the real Princess Hilda is being held as a prize for the Emperor's tournament? He promptly volunteers himself for the rescue mission, and even leads Hilda to safety all by himself.