- Galuf's one-on-one fight with Exdeath certainly qualifies; every other playable character is powerless under the villain's Agony Beam, but the old geezer powers through it and inverts the Hopeless Boss Fight trope. Exdeath can't beat you in the following confrontation because he can still fight at 0 HP! That's pure badass there.
- Who could possibly forget Gilgamesh, walking embodiment (and humorous subversion) of this trope. Everything from his first appearance to his Heroic Sacrifice to his theme song is awesome, but his last words are the crowner;
Necrophobia: Enough of this. Die!Gilgamesh: [snort] I believe that's MY line!!!
- That whole fight is awesome the moment Gilgamesh shows up, especially when you see his sprite flip around and face Necrophobia!
- ...And he's back to deliver more in later installments; appearing as a Summon in Final Fantasy VIII, rather disappointingly as new forms in 9 and 11, but back to his true form in 12. In 13-2 he appears as a DLC boss with even more weapons than before. His grand entrances in 8 and 13-2 are Crowning Moment of Awesome level in themselves.
- Krile blasting her way into the Ronka Ruins' Crystal Room to save the party in Big Damn Heroes fashion.
- The Four Warriors of Dawn and King Tycoon holding back the Void long enough for the heroes to regroup and battle Exdeath.
- Combined with the amazing main theme too.
- Hiryu has two Heroic Sacrifice Crowning Moments Of Awesome. Not only does he arrive and sacrifice himself to save Lenna from being possessed by Melusine, but even after that, he waits at the top of the Phoenix Tower and sacrifices himself to give you the Phoenix summon.
- The duel between the Great Sage Ghido and Exdeath. For nearly his entire appearance, Ghido has been this Deadpan Snarker turtle with a grim attitude and little patience for the naive heroes. Then Exdeath arrives, and Ghido shows he hasn't spent all his years
chewing lettuceeating pizza.
- Faris leaping over a chasm to rescue Lenna from Magissa. Then she plummets to her death—except no, now she's climbing back up to throw a rope to the guys and deliver a righteous beatdown.
- She doesn't even have to say anything, either. She tosses the rope to Bartz and they're in exact sync in securing it down before he and Galuf cross over, proving his and Faris's status as people who know how to survive.