Ike: Then we will fight... and we will save our people. Make your peace with whatever the gods worship. The end is near.
Soon after, he proceeds to (with good goddess Yune's power) deliver the final blow and kill a god. Complete with Ass Kicking Pose.
My Geoffrey literally pulled a Foe-Tossing Charge on one of his maps. To my knowledge, the chances of Sol activating 7 times in a row is a bit ...
I had one during Ike's final battle with the Black Knight, which is an epic battle in its own right for the whole Duel Boss thing. It was made even more so when said opponent walked up to Ike, swung his blade, missed with a 71% chance to hit, and then proceeded to let himself get ripped up by Ike rolling a 5% chance for a critical hit and removing 6/7 of the boss's HP in one round. Needless to say, the level ended the next turn.
Most players do have personal crowning moments of awesome at some point while playing Fire Emblem. For example, I once had Zihark (whose low Defense due to bad luck with the Random Number God made him a Glass Cannon) dodge an attack that would have killed him that had an 85% chance to hit and land a critical blow on the attacker...and then, in that same turn, trigger Vantage on yet another attack that would have killed him, and critical with it for the kill. This was all on 3-13.
On that selfsame 3-13, a 20/15/— Edward goes down to face off with Ike — dropping Soren with one hit. Ike attacks on his turn, grievously wounds — but fails to kill — Edward, who promptly activates Wrath and double-Criticals Ike, ending the battle on Turn 8.
If this isn't a Crowning Moment Of Awesome, I don't know what is. For the uninformed: that sword is the Brave Sword, which normally caps at 4 attacks. Mia (the girl) triggers her Mastery Skill, Astra, which turns 1 attack into 5. Twice. Bear in mind that Astra has a 30% chance of activation at absolute maximum (it's usually significantly lower). Then she triggers Adept (which doubles one attack). And then criticals. To kill a dragon with 66 HP when in all right she should have done 20 damage, maybe 40 with a little luck.
If that's not a Moment Of Awesome, then the sequel, where much the same thing happens, except it's on a dragon with more HP, and Mia should only be doing 4 damage on a hit, instead of 5 damage on a hit from the previous video, definitely is. And in both videos, she hits the dragon 14 times before it can even make its first attack on her! Not that it would've mattered. The dragon's chances of hitting Mia were so low as to be not worth mentioning.
On chapter 4-5 I had brought Mia, Boyd, Ike, Nailah and Heather, all of whom were level 20/20 (except Nailah) Heather was an okay fighter at best throughout the game and she was mostly there for extra kills and treasure-looting. Then as Ike, Mia, and Boyd were approaching the final stairway to Oliver, the bishop with a sleep staff hit Boyd. I would have continued had reinforcements not arrived slowing us down, which gave the sleep bishop the time to put Ike and Mia to sleep, leaving them to get killed slowly in their defenseless state (Mia most of all). Nailah was able to rescue Mia, but after saving her she started to get attacked and nearly died. I was out of ideas besides having Heather run up and try to defend them the best she could, although that would only have gone so far. Heather then proceeded to spam Baneand criticals and by the time everyone woke up all but Oliver and his bishops were dead.
My alltime favorite Fire Emblem quote came from Path of Radiance. Marcia, whose older brother Makalov's debts, gambling, and general Scrappyness had caused her to quit her job, fight pirates, and fly all over the country to try to find him. And what does she say to him when she finally finds him and he pathetically tries to talk his way out of it? "STUFF IT, SPONGE-BRAIN!!! NO MORE LAME EXCUSES!!! FOLLOW ME!!! NOW!!!"
One could argue that most scenes involving Marcia are Moments of Awesome. My particular favorite is the scene where she intends to fight off an entire troop of wyvern knights by herself to protect Elincia, Leanne. and Nealuchi (a queen, princess, and princess' royal retainer respectively), and spouts a constant stream of insults at them the entire time. She even manages to yell at Haar in the midst of the battle to make him help her.
And while we're on the subject of Makalov, his drunken line in Radiant Dawn was seen by this editor as his Moment Of Awesome: "Hey, who put that chair there? It could've killed me!" Unbelievably silly, yes, but severely awesome.
And while I'm talking about characters from Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, allow me to list off all of them in my opinion. These are just off the top of my head.
Ike: Ike has many Crowning Moments of Awesome. My favorite, however, has to be the first time you see him perform Aether.
Elincia: Having the confidence to lay down her weapon in between two warring armies just to prove a point.
"I just need to pull this axe out of my head here... Whooo, that's sharp!"
Tormod: "What have you done!? You scurvy traitor! You grew! Too tall!"
Devdan: Nadved and Danved. That's really all that needs to be said.
Naesala: He quite literally sold his best friend. Evil, yes. But still very awesome.
To say nothing of his first appearance in Po R, or saving Leanne and Nealuchi from Skrimir...
Sanaki: Her conversation with a certain subordinate near the end of the game...
"You are my subordinate, after all. I've decided that leaving one's empress to die is punishable by drowning in a pool of rancid butter...I hope you're a strong swimmer."
Leanne is the cause of one when she arrives in Crimea in Part 2 of Radiant Dawn. Paraphrase from the narration: "The Crimean nobles don't like how Elincia welcomes the Heron Princess to court so readily, but they know that if they say anything Tibarn and Naesala will tear them apart, so they shut up about it."
In FE 8, Genki Girl and Lord Error-Prone L'Arachel has a Moment Of Awesome by talking Eirika out of a Heroic BSOD over Lyon being completely consumed by Fortmortiis and how he tricked her into giving up her nation's Sacred Stone. Same happens in Ephraim's path, when the one who pulls him outta his own Heroic BSOD is the other Genki Girl of the team and Eirika's best friend, Tana.
Again in Radiant Dawn, Soren gets a couple:
Repeatedly mouthing off at the battle-thirsty lion laguz general and future king of the beast tribe Skrimir, knowing that the latter respects him and can't win the war without him.
When Aimee, the shop girl with a crush on Ike, offers the Greil Mercernaries a discount if Ike tells her he loves her, Ike is about to comply (purely for business reasons). Soren rushes in and warns Ike that if he tells Aimee this, she'll spread the "news" around, ruining Ike's reputation. Soren proceeds to put his own, apparently dormant, charisma into effect, sweet talking getting the discount for Ike. Short, dark, introverted Soren turns out to be a ladykiller. LOL.
Made even more awesome if you think he didn't even change the tone of his voice. Yes, Soren just monotoned his way into a lady's heart.
Best yet, if he fights Micaiah during Part 3, chapter 7, he outright insults her. Note that everyone she meets loves her within moments of first talking to her, or at least treats her with much more sympathy than her actions ellicit, and he Meteors her. In the face. Usually twice. Best yet, performing this Moment Of Awesome is one of the steps to unlocking a secret ending scene.
Actual excerpt from the conversation: "Do not presume to understand me, you ridiculous girl."
Just in Radiant Dawn? Think about it — Soren essentially makes all the strategic decisions in relation to Ike's army, which means he has a direct hand in bringing down Ashnard, his own father.
When Leanne and Reyson restore the forest by singingl
And to make this scene even more awesome? His comments about the event to Ike later in the game in their Level B Support conversation:
Reyson: When I bashed Duke Tanas's face, he only suffered a bloody nose, but it cracked the bones in the back of my hand.
Ike: ...But it felt good, right?
Reyson: Oh, yeah.
Radiant Dawn also managed to do one via an elaborate bait and switch. You spend most of the first two parts of the game controlling Micaiah's efforts with the Dawn Brigade and Elincia's attempt to keep ahold of her throne, respectively. And while you see a lot of familiar faces, there's several questions at times about where Ike and the Greil Mercenaries are, as Elincia would ask for their help if she could find them. In the end, she deals with it on her terms, captures the traitorous Duke Ludvick, and imprisons him, only for him to try to talk his way out of it by trying to ransom off Elincia's foster sister and bodyguard Lucia, who he'd captured earlier, by literally presenting her ready to be hanged outside the walls of Elincia's castle. To accept is to doom her authority as Queen of Crimea for all time, but to refuse is to condemn Lucia, her closest friend, to death. Everyone knows this and even Lucia tells Elincia not to throw everything away for her sake. Elincia doesn't, and is about to watch Lucia die for her...when the Greil Mercenaries show up out of nowhere, save Lucia, proceed to trash Ludveck's remaining forces around the scaffolding, and generally remind everyone just why they were the badasses that helped win the last war in a brilliant introductory moment that wouldn't have worked half as well if they'd been there from day one.
The sequence as a whole is a Moment Of Awesome for Lucia. The poor battered-looking young woman remains defiant to the end as she declares her loyalty to Elincia moments before she is to be hanged.
Similarly, the scene beforehand is a Moment Of Awesome for Elincia as a queen, because she made the hard choice to let Lucia die not knowing all of this was about to happen.
I choose Lyn's. Even in her first class. She pulls out her sword and promptly vanishes from sight. We see a bunch of Sword Lines, the classic critical hit explosion, and then Lyn reappears behind her (likely very dead) enemy.
From FE8, Amelia's is both this and a Crowning Moment of Funny. Ameilia, for those who don't know is a Trainee, a unique class in the game that's essentially a weak cavalier without a horse which gets much stronger upon promotion. Her animation? She gets ready to attack, DROPS HER LANCE, pants and picks it up again, and then runs slightly faster, dealing 3x damage.
While critical hits are indeed awesome, they can't really compare to mastery skills from 9 and 10. These range from Astra's five-hit combo in Bullet Time to the impossible jumping skills involved in Impale, Deadeye, and Aether.
Have a unit take down a particular boss that has negative ties to them. (Example: Nino taking down Sonia, Cormag taking down Valter, etc.)
Especially in Fire Emblem 4. Arthur/Tinny taking down Hilda. This woman is so evil that it's not just one person that wants a piece of her. It's TWO.
Or if you count Amid/Linda, it's FOUR.
From the same game, Leaf and Trabant. The vengeance coming from Leaf's mouth is just incredible.
Lachesis has one during one of the opening sequences.
Chapter 15 of Sacred Stones is a tense showdown against not one but two of the Grado Empire's Six Generals. Even better, it can be made very personal as two of your party members take vengeance against said generals; Cormag against Valter for killing his brother, and Joshua against Caellach for killing his mother.
Valter: You're right, Cormag! I was the one who cut your brother down. He was just like you, a weak, pitiful fool.
Cormag: ……Ha…… ha ha ha…
Valter: Why do you laugh, dolt?
Cormag: How can I not? I've dreamt of revenge, chased it for days… And now, it's here before me! Oh, Valter… Your death will be slow and agonizing.
Practically anything Haar does or says. Could the man be any more awesome?
Haar: Why couldn't you just stay on patrol? Saw a pretty little heron and just had to have her, is that it? I could never decide if you were more greedy or more corrupt. Stupid was never in the question, though. Zeffren: Who do you think you are?! You're a traitor, just like Shiharam! The dracoknights spit on your name! Haar: ... Do they now? Well, here's your chance to try the real thing.
How about the fact that once he becomes a dragonlord (which can happen on the last part of the second chapter), he ends up nigh on invincible. topped off with about a 30% chance of unleashing stun (3X damage and paralysis), plus huge strength, defence and killer axe, he kills all in seconds... whilst half-asleep.
Haar is so awesome that when he re-recruits Jill in the midst of a heated battle where they are on opposite sides, she's swooning near the end of his speech.
Haar's conversation with Levail in the Tower of Guidance gives Moments of Awesome for both of them.
Levail: He is the last true knight. I will die for him. Haar: Yes, Levail. You will. Levail: How I dreamed of fighting a proper foe! I am honoured, Sir Haar! Have at you!
While it was the enemy's, This Troper has had one case in Radiant Dawn he regards as one of the best moments in the game — on 3-Endgame, Tibarn, one of the Laguz royals — who's practically invincible on that chapter — killed Jill just before she could be turned by Haar. The response from the enemy? Laura puts the bastard to Sleep, and then Leonardo, who's low on HP after barely surviving an attack from Boyd, attacks Tibarn with his Resolve — and strikes a double Crit, killing him.
Genealogy of the Holy War: Lakche vs. Yurius on Chapter 10: She has a Berserk Hero Sword with 98 Kill Stars and is attacked by him. Due to her attack power being halved, she doesn't do much damage. The fight:
Lakche: Astra! x4 (a lot of hits were crits) Charge! Astra x2 (all Crits).
Eirika calmly telling the Demon King to shut his mouth, and that she is going to kill him.
Even better if you manage to land a high-damaging Critical and wind up killing him on your first attack.
Ephraim: Demon King...I'm going to kill you!
Ephraim proceeds to stab his victim, and doubles up with a critical attack that puts him away.
Early in Path of Radiance, I ended up with a wounded Soren (6 out of 18 HP with awful Defense) who was about to get taken out by the boss. He dodged the javelin that was thrown at him, and promptly followed up with a DOUBLE CRITICAL, instantly killing him.
Endgame. My Michaia, the Light Priestess, gets attacked by a White Dragon. The Hit/Dmg/Crt reads 100/0/0 for Michaia and 64/18/0 for the dragon. Dragon misses. Michaia attacks next (me thinking it'll be No Damage!x2. Instead, her Corona ability pops. Twice. Down goes the dragon.
One of the artists who drew the Seisen mangas earned a huge Moment Of Awesome with her storytelling. Nuts Fujimori manages the almost impossible task of making her version of Seisenfunny. One of the bleakest, Darker and Edgier games in the franchise... now it's a wacky, silly and freaking entertaining comedy.
The final battle of Fire Emblem Gaiden. For the last hit, Alm tosses away his shield, grabs his sword with two hands and impales Doma's eye. And this is the Famicom era, where moments like this are rare indeed.
In this troper's Endgame of Radiant Dawn, he had Ike and Soren's support maxed, and had Soren fight Ashera. He deals a fair bit of damage...and then dodges Judgement!! That's it, when you dodge a fuckin'goddess' attack, you are officially awesome. (Though, in fairness, Ike/Soren's support does boost Evasion by 30 soo...yeah).
Path of Radiance, final mission. I had three fronts and only two characters (Ike and Nasir) who I was really happy about sending in for a round against dragons. And no Reyson. So, in order to deal with this I used the much-maligned Pegasus Knight Triangle Attack. In nearly every FE game, if three peg knights are adjacent to an enemy and one attacks, they automatically hit and crit, even if that were ordinarily impossible. Most times it's an excessive and inefficent investment. This was not one of those times. Tanith with a forged silver lance was running around obliterating the toughest non-boss enemy in the game with 100% odds of killing them in one shot.
In my experience, Reyson is the most awesome supporting unit ever. One chapter, the Alliance was facing off against Begnion, we were on the offense. I moved Reyson out in the field without paying much attention, and a man with a crossbow attacked him. I began to despair. However, Reyson took the first hit with one HP left then dodged the second. Normally not even Naesala survives a battle with a crossbow at this point.
The Pair Up system in Awakening can make for some epic moments, including partners jumping in to strike a final blow or blocking a lethal attack. If Support levels are high enough, or the Random Number God smiles on you, maybe both.
Case in point: during the battle with Emperor Walhart, I wasn't aware that he would move from his position at the front gate, and thus moved my units forward rather carelessly. When he rode forward and attacked Severa, a recently promoted Bow Knight armed with a silver sword, I thought she was done for. My suspicions were confirmed when the boss activated a critical and charged forward, and I prepared to reset... when out of nowhere, Gaius (her assassin father, who she was paired with) shoved her aside and blocked the blow, reducing it to no damage. Severa then proceeded to activate Lethality...
God damn Tauroneo's exchange with the Mad King Ashnard is a brilliant and particularly poignant illustration of the man's character and is severely reminiscent of General Duessel, the Obsidian, from The Sacred Stones. Needless to say by virtue of its presence here and my discussion therein, it's awesome. Really awesome.
Ashnard: Is that you, Tauroneo? As I thought... You betrayed me after all.
Ashnard: In my father's time, there was a man who was one of the Four Steadfast Riders. That man grew old and useless, and retired from the front lines. How does his story end, you ask? Come, let us write it together.
Tauroneo: Oh, my king... In all of Daein's history, perhaps no other ruler has used the talents at his command to the degree you have... But all the same, no other king has chosen a path so incredibly stupid.
Ashnard: Heh heh heh... Will history judge me to be just or evil? We will not know until all of this is finished.
Tauroneo: ...Now that I've confronted you and traded words with you, I have come to a decision. Throughout Daein, I, Tauroneo, will be known as the king killer. Come! Let me earn my name!
And by the Goddess Ashera, if you actually manage to fulfill that and have Tauroneo land the killing blow, then props to you. I wish I could've had that happen, but alas... it has never once happened to me.