* "Warning. There is a space-time anomaly forming. Two objects have emerged. Ship identification code cannot be processed for the large craft. The other is [[spoiler: [[WhamLine Vic Viper T-301]].]]"
* The [[NintendoHard notorious]] ''Gradius III'' (Arcade) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erGzgSegA2U cleared on one credit]]...on [[HarderThanHard Very Difficult]].
** The same player [[http://youtu.be/2ct8sssUI6k did the same]] for ''Gradius IV'' on Hardest. Both games on their respective hardest difficulties took ''years'' for him to complete.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPgd3rxCF08 Outstanding One Man Army play on SNES version]]
* Any time a player dies and successfully recovers out of a very difficult section, due to the game using {{checkpoint}}s and penalizing the player of all of their powerups upon death. It's arguably more impressive than someone simply clearing the game with [[NoDamageRun no deaths]].