Zapp Brannigan usually just screws up everything, but he gets a minor one. Aliens are invading Earth and the president of Earth thinks they are looking for him (they're not), so he is determined to sacrifice all of Earth to save himself. Zapp simply decides he's had enough and just kidnaps the guy, puts him in a sack, and gives him up to the aliens, while everyone who watched him do it clapped.
The final moments of Slurms McKenzie, as he parties so hard that it makes the cave collapse around him, preventing the Slurm Queen from chasing the Planet Express crew.
Slurms: Babes... you've served me well these 40 years, but this time...I've got to party alone. There'll be other parties for you... now go! Go! Bender: * With a sad look in his eye and a salute prepared* Party on Slurms... Slurms: Party on contest winners... * cave begins collapsing around him* Party on...
For Leela: In "Raging Bender" when she discovers that her old martial arts instructor Fnog was controlling Destructor, and lays an epic beatdown on him in retaliation for his years of sexism against her.
Fry gets a small moment when he tries to fight off the Robot Mafia in "Bender gets Made". Sure, the Robot Mafia catches up with them, but he did pretty well for Fry.
On a musical note, Hermes gets a nice one with his own musical number at the Central Bureaucracy, while sorting a literally mountainous pile of thousands message tubes in under four minutes. "Requisition me a beat."
EVERYBODY SAY JAMAICA! (Jamaica!)
His entrance line earlier in the scene also qualifies:
Morgan Proctor: I'm afraid he's lost in the master "in" pile. And it would take some sort of giant mechanical atomic powered sorting machine to find him.
Hermes: You rang?
In the same episode, the head bureaucrat gets one with what this troper considers the single best line in the whole series:
Number 1.0: "You are technically correct. The best KIND of correct!"
After the Omicronians are offended by Earthicans eating their young as fast food items and are about to eat Leela in lieu of eating everyone on the planet, Zapp and Kif swap her out for a gorilla dressed like her. This ploy -actually works- up until a smelly hippy ruins everything by pointing it out to the Omicronians.
In "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back", Hermes and LaBarbra go on a "vacation", which is actually a slave camp. There, Hermes puts his bureaucratic skills to good use by using work-saving measures to get him and everyone else out, leaving all the work to be done by the Australian guy.
In the Anthology of Interest 1, after the planet full of Benders finish construction on the giant Bender, the giant takes off into space as the music shifts into Black Sabbath's Iron Man for a few seconds. Repeat: giant Bender soaring through space with Black Sabbath for music.
Bender diving on a friggin' grenade to save his buddies in "War is the H-Word". Robot or no, if this was real life, he'd be getting the highest decorations of bravery that can be bestowed on his shiny metal ass. More so in retrospect when you consider that he has no backup unit, and is ultimately as mortal as his meatbag compatriots.
"If they ever make a commemorative stamp of me, make sure they use the Young Bender!"
Zoidberg outfoxing Santa Claus and electrocuting him also has a shine of brilliance.
For Fry: In "Time Keeps on Slipping", we learn that he literally moved the stars to spell out "I Love You Leela" in space. Turns into a Tear Jerker when the message gets destroyed and Fry tries to get Leela and Bender to remember it, and fails. Made even more heartbreaking by the end shot of Fry staring out into space while Bender whistles a slow, sad version of "Sweet Georgia Brown."
In the episode Godfellas... GOD gets a CMOA after sending Bender back to Earth where Fry and Leela have left some monks locked in a laundry cupboard. Fry decides that their god will save them, but Bender goes to rescue the monks, saying "You can't depend on God for anything! He told me that himself." Then we cut back to God who says to himself...
God: When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
To clarify, God has BASICALLY told him that he doesn't know where Earth is and doesn't listen to prayers (Apparently he tuned them out a while ago.) this is all however a Batman Gambit to send him home and get the monks out of the closet, and to safety. Making Bender think that in order for him to get something done, you have to do it yourself. Returning to the quote above.
Maybe (again, quote above). God doesn't do anything about Bender until he receives Fry's random prayer, and is clearly surprised when he gets it. I've always seen it as being partially an act and partially truth. Or maybe more or maybe less. It isn't entirely clear (again, see the the quote).
Fry gets one in how much he goes through to get his buddy back. He doesn't give up hope even when faced with climbing mount Everest alone to reach monks that may or may not actually grant him permission to use a telescope that may or may not find Bender. If Leela didn't talk him out of it he probably would have stayed there as long as it took.
In the episode "Time Keeps On Slippin'", after finding out that they need a doomsday device to save the day, the Professor replies "Doomsday device? Ah, now the ball's in Farnsworth's court!" and proceeds to press a button, revealing that he has SEVERAL DOOMSDAY DEVICES!
Farnsworth: I suppose I could part with one and still be feared.
How about Leela threatening her new Jerk Ass boyfriend in "The Cyber House Rules" to give her her old face back with the line "Listen bud, at the end of the day, one of us is only going to have one eye!"
In "Insane in the Mainframe", Fry thinks he's a robot and Roberto, who has just broke out of the insane asylum, and has robbed the bank for the 3rd time, regains consciousness. Once this happens Roberto threatens him and asks "Hey, Red. You're just in time for the hostage situation. Which side do you want to be on?" to which Fry replies "The side that kicks your twisted, metal ass." Fry has a can of oil in his jacket and is stabbed only to have the knife puncture the can and make Roberto think he's a battledroid and thus reason enough to jump out the window.
What about Fry in the episode "The Day The Earth Stood Stoopid" people! Idiot Hero Fry outsmarting a giant brain of all things, trapped in an endless labyrinth of plot holes and bad spelling. Too bad nobody remembers anything to acknowledge him for it.
"Parasites Lost". Fry engaging in a fencing duel against the king of parasitic worms, inside his body, threatening to kill himself (and subsequently the parasites). Also the parasites were improving Fry's body so he was fighting to know if Leela loved him or his improved self.
Parasite King: He's bluffing! No being would ever willingly make an idiot out of himself!
Fry: Obviously, you've never been in love!
While the episode "Jurassic Bark" is famous for its Downer Ending, it also contained Bender's Crowning Moment Of Awesome, where he dove into a lava pit, and got out with Fry's dog. He said it best himself:
Bender: And that is why they call me "Bender the Magnificent"!
But then, it's made completely awesome again because he chose to dive back in after the dog after chucking it into the lava - he did it just because he realized how much his actions upset Fry and overcame his own jealousy to fix his mistake.
More awesome than the thing itself is Bender's entrance. Instead of coming back up through the pool of lava he dove into, he bursts triumphantly out of the Earth with magma pouring down his body, shouting the epic line above.
The definitive Crowning Moment of Awesome for Fry is the stunning musical number at the end of "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings".
And his less-than-stunning musical number after getting his old hands back counts as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. Especially after he sees Leela's reaction.
This scene also contains Doctor Zoidberg's Crowning Line Of Awesome:
Zoidberg: Your music is bad and you should feel bad!
Not to mention his classic lyric:
Professor: I can't believe the Devil would be so unforgiving!
Zoidberg: I can't believe that everyone is just ad-libbing!
Another one of Fry happens in Three Hundred Big Boys after he drinks his 100th cup of coffee, turning him from a paranoid, jittery caffeine overdosed mess into a cool, collected and Speed-Force-powered Flash-like superhero, giving him the superhuman speed needed to calmly put out the museum fire and evacuate, by hand, every single person - all within a few blurry seconds.
Could also double as a Crowning Moment of Funny as well, because of how leisurely he acts while evacuating everyone and putting out the fire.
A subtle one arises in the episode "The Why of Fry", when Fry discovers that the Nibblonians set up his cryogenic freeze and his new life in the future as a plan against the Brain Spawn. The dialogue while he's angrily choking Nibbler might've been meant as absurd humor, but that last line comes off as a CMOA for Fry, especially since he's such a passive victim so often:
Fry: Well, why couldn't you just ask me?
Nibbler: We were afraid you would refuse.
Fry: Of course not, I love the future.
Nibbler: Then why are you choking me right now?
Fry: Because I don't like being used!
That episode also gave Fry a big crowning moment in that he saved the entire universe. 'Nuff said.
From the same episode, Leela goes on a private ice-skating date with the mayor's aide. When a group of orphans come by and want to skate, Leela wants them to come in, but her date refuses. What does she do? She stuff his badge in his mouth and leaves him. Then Leela takes out a picture of him and lets Bender destroy it with one of his fire-burps.
How can you not mention the episode where Zoidberg SETS A FLAG ON FIRE and blows up an entire alien fortress?
Made all the more awesome when one considers that the alien fortress was sent by his home planet to enslave Earth for sentencing Zoidberg to death for eating the flag in the first place. Blowing up a fortress? Awesome. Doing it to save the people who want you dead? That takes some real male jelly my friend.
"The Sting" is better known for being a Mind Screw, but Bender, Fry and Leela managed to successfully complete the mission that killed at least two of the professor's previous crews. Fry interposing for Leela was particularly epic.
Leela: "Nuts to that old crew! The only thing they could do better than us was suck and die!"
The episode also contains a likely Offscreen Moment of Awesome as well. Think about it: Leela likely conked out from the poison shortly after getting stung and began hallucinating. So who piloted the ship home? Either Fry, who'd suffered a penetrating injury to his abdomen but still chose to fly on in concern of Leela's health, or Bender, who got off of his lazy ass (not for the first time) and piloted the ship to safety without making a mess of anything.
In "Crimes of the Hot", all of the robots on Earth join forces to emit a blast of exhaust strong enough to move the planet further away from the sun (and out of the firing range of the device Wernstrom and Nixon were going to use to destroy the robots). Unfortunately the blast still isn't capable of doing so, until Bender (having been stuck on his back) gets up and adds his exhaust to the blast, making it strong enough to do the job.
"Bend Her" has a minor one for Bender/Coilette. Amy and Leela are furious with his/her exploitation of being a female. But then he/she outright calls them out on it, asking how many dinner dates they accepted just to get a free meal. They're caught completely off guard.
Hermes gets special mention because Earth was doing absolutely terrible before he took control of the fleet from Leela, who couldn't keep track of all the various untrained ships. Then Hermes is plugged in, the theme music starts, the ships all fall into formation, and the Death Stars are mowed down like flies.
The Reveal that Bender pulled the ol' switcheroo with the doomsday device, allowing the Planet Express crew to fire it at the nudists, winning the battle for good. Well, at least, if Nudar hadn't been wearing that doom-proof vest, which results in...
The epic battle at the end of the movie when he uses an army of Space Pirate Robots to attack Heaven, taking eternal bliss away from an entire universe of people.
And then lectures humanity on the imperfections of real love.
Fry becoming pope of a new religion, and putting a tentacle in pretty much everyone in the universe.
How about the one in Into The Wild Green Yonder, where Bender bends a freaking BRICK WALL in half to escape?
Bender: It's not on the list of approved bendables, but I'M... SO... GREAT!
Then there was the scene where the Femenistas are pointing guns at Zapp Brannigan, Bender is suddenly behind them pointing several guns at them!
The episode The Late Phillip J. Fry, where the Professor makes a quick stop in time with the Time Machine. Being him, you think he's off to do something science or engineering related. Nope, he freaking explodes Hitler via laserbeam. Needless to say, this troper was blown away by the awesomeness.
He can't be bothered stopping to kill Hitler a second time
But on the bright side, he managed to create an entire alternate history where World War II and the Holocaust never happened.
Frankly, the entirety of the last five minutes of this episode was awesomeness pure. There's just something epic about a couple of guys and a robot sitting back with a case of beer and witnessing creation end.
And start over again.
In the 100th episode, there are two:
Bender, while the Planet Express crew are delivering a souffle with nitroglycerin in it, prepares to jump across a huge gap to reach the customer's house by backing up ALL THE WAY across the moon where she lives on and he sticks an epic landing after making it.
Also, near the end, where Fry pulls a Moses and parts a wave of sewage!
On the subject of the nitroglycerin souffle, Mrs. Aster gets one when she eats it. She eats nitroglycerin by stabbing it with a fork.
Zoidberg: Where's the explosion?
Butler: One does not explode in the face of Mrs. Aster.
From "Rebirth", Fry protects Leela from the ship exploding around them. Though his body was destroyed, when we see Leela she doesn't even have a scratch.
Fry:I'll protect you, Leela. My love is stronger than the vast majority of explosions.
Farnsworth gets one, with some help, at the end of The Prisoner Of Benda. While fighting the emperor's evil cousin in a Chainsword Duel, Farnsworth, in Bender's body is momentarily defeated- Only to open up his compartment, releasing 20 Robot Midget Clowns with Chainswords. By the time you appreciate the Brick Joke, the Emperor's cousin is sliced to pieces.
Farnsworth, as Nonchalanto, offered Big Bertha, the cannon-bot soon to suffer catastrophic structural failure, a new lease on life via mind-switch. Bertha refuses, stating that while her body is riddled with the wear and tear of age, it is still her body, and she has lived a long, good life in it. Farnsworth takes the lesson to heart, and when Bertha sacrifices herself to deliver him to the UN, he delivers an awesome Pre Ass Kicking One Liner to the emperor's treacherous cousin:
This one is for Big Bertha!
... followed immediately by a Crowning Moment of Funny as Farnsworth over-commits with his first strike and stabs into the podium.
That is not what I meant to give you for Big Bertha.
The writing staff deserves one for the episode's ending. In one of the most magnificent aversions to Technobabble and Writers Cannot Do Math ever, one of the writers actually proved an entirely new math theorem solely to ensure that the final solution to the episode's problems was mathematically possible.
Zoidberg gets one in "Silence of the Clamps", which features a Western-style showdown between Zoidberg and Mafiabot Clamps.
In "A Clockwerk Origin", Dr Banjo attempts to call out the Professor on the missing link in evolution. He asks where this "mythical creature" that stands between man and ape is. The Professor promptly pulls out a hologram with Homo erectus (I think). Banjo then mockingly asks where the link is between Homo erectus and ape, and is instantly presented with Homo habilis. This continues about 16 times! If such a trope existed, Crowning Moment Of Science would apply!
And when it gets to the point where Farnsworth can't name another hominid, he actually goes out and discovers it. Granted, Dr. Banjo then undermines him, but still, not bad for the Professor.
Bender gets a major one in Ghost in the Machines, in which, as a ghost, he possesses the Robot Devil, and crushes him underneath a rolling sphere, all in an attempt to save Fry from his death. Even if the Robot Devil lived, doing something as awesome as possessing the devil and then killing yourself while inside the devil's body is pretty epic and a monumental feat.
But Wait, There's More!After such a selfless act to save Fry, Bender is taken to Robot Heaven... and possesses robot GOD, popping his own arms out of the Apple-styled god and beating him up until he says "Just go!" and punts him back to Earth.
And then, Bender's body parts (his body had been disassembled to use the parts for various things) reassemble in a very Iron Giant-esque way, Bender's ghost goes back into his body, and what's the first thing Bender says after coming back to life? "I'm back, baby."
In The Duh-Vinci Code, Fry leaping onto the Machina Magnifica to take it down. And what he says makes it even more awesome: "There's always going to someone smarter than you, so the only way you can be happy is to make the most of what you've got!" And he actually does manage to stop the machine... by jamming the gears with his own body.
Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny; Bender drives into a fountain at the Vatican to steal money, and ends up fighting a FREAKING KRAKEN for it, which ends in a shoot out. Best part, Bender emerges unharmed and acts nonchalant about it.
Big Bender versus the ugly giant.
In A Farewell To Arms. When Mars is pulled VERY close to Earth, and the characters on both planets are running parallel to each other, each group looking up at the other. Ends in the most awesome possible way when the Mars group JUMPS down to Earth. Stop and think about it. They JUMPED from Mars to Earth.
In Fun on a Bun, Fry leads an army of Neanderthals against an army wielding future technology and is able to pull a victory against them. Even taking on Leela in single combat and holding his own pretty good.
Special mention goes to the sabertooth tiger in the catapult.
Bender saving Earth from turning supernova in "The Inhuman Torch"
The entire episode counts via Fridge Brilliance: since we find out Bender wasn't causing all those fires, that means that the whole time he was genuinely being heroic. BENDER!
In "2-D Blacktop", the Professor repairs the Planet Express ship from spare parts found in a junkyard and uses it to race against a teenage street-racing gang. And wins.
"Meanwhile". Professor Farnsworth TUNNELS THROUGH TIME!