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Dale gets one for saving Flash from being poisoned by Queen Azura's advisors. Even cooler is that he's been brainwashed by Azura and has no idea who Dale is, yet she still risks her neck to save him.
One strip had Flash and the others attacked by a carnivorous plant; Dale took up his gun to try and rescue him. While her attempt failed, she wasn't a distressed damsel all the time.
Flash and Ming's famous sword fight.
If you weren't ready to cheer for Flash Gordon the instant you heard his theme song (by Queen!), then Flash Gordon was not the movie for you. What is most impressive is that we hadn't even been introduced to Flash yet.
Ming's entrance, set to an awesomely unsettling score.
The football fight scene, made even more awesome by the fact that Flash was winning until Zarkov threw badly.
Flash tricking Prince Barin into dropping his guard by pretending the Wood Beast bit him.
His later Crowning Moment is to capture War Rocket Ajax alongside the Hawkmen, then blow most of it up. He decides to stay and pilot the ship so that it'll crash into the lightning field surrounding Ming's palace, which will deactivate it and kill him in the process. Seconds before he hits it, Dr. Zarkov turns the shield off, and the wedding crowd watches in horror as War Rocket Ajax crashes through the window and stabs Ming the Merciless in the back with its pointy nose.