->'''High Prophet of Truth:''' I. Am. Truth! The voice...of the Covenant!\\
'''Arbiter Thel 'Vadam:''' [[spoiler:And so...you must be silenced]]!
-->--''Halo 3''

Whether it's [[OneManArmy fighting the bad guys]], [[BadassBoast listening to the dialogue]], or just [[SceneryPorn staring at the background]], ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is filled with awesome.

* The final levels of ''Halo'' and ''Halo 3'' in which you're desperately driving your Warthog as the entire ring is disintegrating around you - especially in ''Halo'' when you have the Covenant and Flood fighting each other all around you.

[[AC:Halo: Combat Evolved]]
* Turns out Keyes can ride Covenant Dropships (albeit with assistance from Cortana), and fairly good at it too! As demonstrated by flattening two Hunters just after un-docking.
* The beach assault on Silent Cartographer. Charging up the beach with a dozen Marines behind you, gunning down the Covenant while the Halo theme blasts in the background....''awesome.''
* Johnson is the king of CMOA quotes. One favorite is from ''Halo: Combat Evolved'', when he's briefing his Marines on Legendary difficulty:
-->'''Johnson''': Men, we led those dumb bugs out in the middle of nowhere to keep them from getting their ''FILTHY'' claws on Earth. But, we stumbled on to something they're so hot over, that they're scrambling over each other to get it! Well, I don't care if it's God's own Anti-Sonuvabitch Machine, or a giant hula-hoop, we're not gonna let 'em have it! What we ''will'' let 'em have is a belly full of lead and a pool of their own blood to drown in! AM I RIGHT MARINES?!\\
'''Marines''': ''Sir, yes sir!''\\
'''Johnson''': Mmh-hmm! Damn right I am. Now move it out!
** FridgeBrilliance: The Halo really '''is''' "God's own Anti-Sonuvabitch Machine"!
* From the Anniversary edition, the terminal in "Keyes". We already knew from ''The Flood'' that Keyes was resisting the Flood's efforts to take the data from him, but the terminal ''shows'' Keyes' resistance, it shows the pain and fear and sheer BodyHorror of being integrated into the Flood, and it features the Gravemind taunting Keyes over and over about how the Flood have all the knowledge they need....but Keyes ''[[{{Determinator}} does not break]]''.
** Bit of a suversion in that while Keyes managed to keep a lot of data from the Flood and Gravemind, he did not keep them from obtaining Earth's location as he and we believed. "The Forerunner Saga" reveals the Flood/Gravemind knew the location of Earth well over 100,000 years prior to the events of the first game. Still no less awesome though.

[[AC:Halo 2]]
* "To give the Covenant back their bomb."
-->'''Cortana''': One question. What if you miss?\\
'''Chief''': ''[[BadassBoast I won't.]]''
* My personal favorite moment was everything Avery Johnson did during the last mission. Teaming up with the Arbiter was cool enough, but the best moment had to be when he was opening the Temple door with repeated blasts from a hijacked Scarab, while sardonically commenting in between giant laser blasts, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "KNOCK! KNOCK!"]].
** To a San Antonio Spurs fan, even his ''name'' is a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOA]].
* No, no, no. The utter Crowning Moment of Awesome came in the real-time demo: Chief and Cortana are battling their way through a war-torn city. They evade several patrols of grunts and Jackals, survive a drop-attack of Brutes, and manage to out-race a Phantom troop carrier. They come to a halt in sight of their target, a damaged Covenant cruiser. Suddenly pods rain down around them, and out pop five black-clad Special Ops Elites, each armed with one-hit-kill energy swords. Chief surveys the odds and drops one of his [=SMGs=].
-->'''Cortana''': Betcha can't stick it.\\
Chief pulls out a plasma grenade and primes it.\\
'''Chief''': You're on. (''Fade to black'')
** Jen Taylor could barely say the line without laughing, and, well [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCYg0c-4Xbo skip to about 1:20 to hear why some think it's fetish fuel]].
* The anniversary addition gives us a beautiful cinematic of a group of soldiers shot down in the city, and are approached by a Covenant ground team. Cue these seemingly-normal soldiers giving them an utter thrashing, taking no losses beyond the initial crash... Well, except for one of the soldier's helmets.
** This squad's sergeant is Peter Stacker, who commanded the Marines who helped the Master Chief attack the Silent Cartographer in the first game and escaped Halo ''without any help from anyone else,'' simply showing back up as ''In Amber Clad'''s chief NCO during the Battle of Cairo station. Before ''that'', he also escaped Reach.
* What about Johnson's best quote in reply to 'Regret, regret...'
-->'''Cortana''': The message just repeats... 'Regret, regret, regret'.\\
'''Miranda Keyes''': Catchy. Any idea what it means?\\
'''Johnson''': "Dear humanity, we regret being alien bastards, we regret coming to earth, and we most definitely regret that the corps just blew up our raggedy-ass fleet!"\\
'''Marines''': OORAH!
** To top it off, the title of the next chapter, which begins with your ship being knocked down, is "They'll Regret That Too".
** Don't forget this gem on Legendary:
--->'''Johnson''': Usually, the good Lord works in mysterious ways. But not today! This here is 66 tons of straight-up, H.E-spewing dee-vine intervention! If God is love, then you can call me 'Cupid'!\\
'''Cortana''': Thanks for the tank. He never gets me anything.\\
'''Johnson''': Oh I know what the ladies like.
** Same scene, different line on Heroic:
--->'''Johnson''': When I joined the corps, we didn't have any fancy shmancy tanks! We had sticks, two sticks! And a rock for the whole platoon! And we had to SHARE the rock! Buck up, boy! You're one lucky Marine!
** Of course the section titles for that level are CMOA material, my nomination being "Ladies Like Superior Firepower".
*** Johnson has a skull named after his badass quoting.
---->'''Johnson''': I would have been your daddy, but a dog beat me over the fence!
*** Of course, another shining example would be this quote:
---->'''Johnson (in a Scarab in front of the core)''': Hey, bastard! Knock knock!\\
'''Scarab''': [[MemeticMutation SHOOP DA WHOOP!!!!!!]]
* Not to mention getting onto the Scarab in the third level... Of course, they let you grab an effin' sniper and a rocket launcher first.
* In "The Great Journey", the Arbiter comes across of group of Brutes stationed next to a group of holding cells. Inside of the cells are a couple of Hunters and a couple of Elite Councilors. The Arbiter has the option to quietly shoot out the force fields. You can guess what happens next.
** Basically that whole level was a CMOA ''just'' for having friendly Hunters in it. As everyone knows, Hunters are a [[DemonicSpiders royal pain to kill]] when you're against them, so naturally it feels good to let the enemy be on the receiving end of that pain for a change. And one simple line seals this chapter as one of the greatest moments in gaming of ''all time''.
---> "The Hunters have come to our aid, Arbiter! They will fight by our side!"
* ''That cable, I'm going to cut it.'' Apparently one of the three lines ''Halo 2'' was framed around, the other one still in the game being ''I am a monument to all your sins.'' Also, very awesome.
** It [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establishes]] the Arbiter as both CrazyAwesome and a foil to the Chief: rather than leave a deactivated bomb on his ship, the Chief ''goes into space and hurls it back at the enemy''. Rather than go the long way around to try to catch a fugitive, the Arbiter ''sends the space station he's on into freefall''.
** When the soon-to-be Arbiter was about to receive the Mark of Shame:
---> '''Tartarus''': You seem to have drawn quite a crowd.\\
'''Arbiter''': If they came to hear me ''beg'', they will be disappointed.
* The closing lines just before the game's credits sequence:
--> '''Lord Hood''': Master Chief, you mind telling me what you're doing on that ship?\\
'''Master Chief''': Sir...[[PreAssKickingOneLiner finishing this fight]].
* Used both ingame and in the tech demo showed at a pre-release showing of the game, the awed statement of a pinned down Marine upon seeing who had come to back him up.
--> '''When I asked for reinforcements... I didn't think they'd send a Spartan.'''
* Cortana gets one of her own at the very end. As the Gravemind slithers aboard High Charity, flood forms filling the halls to the brim, he begins monolouging to Cortana, coming to a close when he basically tells her he will torture her for information in a very intimidating and scary way. And Cortana isn't impressed in the least.
-->'''Gravemind:''' I will ask...and you will answer!\\
(Cue Cortana appearing in the middle of the Floodmatter and tenticals, looking determined and not at all afraid)\\
'''Cortana:''' (''Sarcastically, but utterly calm'') Alright...shoot.
* Towards the end of "Gravemind", you stumble upon a huge fight between a group of [[EliteMook Ultra Elites]], [[DemonicSpiders Hunters]] and the Brutes. Cortana advises that you might want to sit this one out so they can kill each other, but you'll find it hard to sit still and not join the fray once an instrumental version of Breaking Benjamin's "Blow Me Away" starts playing. Sadly, the track got replaced in the Anniversary edition, but with the press of a button you can get the original experience by switching to the original Xbox version.

[[AC:Halo 3]]
* Taking down the Prophet of Truth, while fighting side-by-side with [[spoiler:the Flood]].
-->''"I am Truth! The voice....of the Covenant!"''\\
''"And so, you must be '''silenced'''."''
** And before that, [[spoiler:sighting the Flood and having a [[EnemyMine green targeting reticule]].]] ''Pure. Awesome.'' To put into perspective, this is the very last push to stop Truth, and [[spoiler:the Gravemind forges a truce with Chief and the Arbiter to stop the Rings from firing. Cue an entire section consisting of you slaughtering the last of Truth's forces, ''with the Flood as your allies!'']]
*** [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder For a few minutes, anyway]]...
* What about the fight between the TWO SCARABS? You get to ride in the little-used Hornet, drop into the Scarab, shoot out the energy core, and watch as it blows up fantastically...and THEN, you do it again. And all the while, some of the games most awesome music is playing, leading to pure, gut-wrenching awesome.
** What makes it even more awesome is when you enter the hornets just as the music reaches its climax. Two huge war-machines slamming into the ground just as "One Final Effort" takes its most spectacular turn: "[[EarWorm Dun, dununa, dundundunununa...]]". Heck, one even ''roars'' at you (they're basically giant hunters, really, which makes it even ''more'' amazing).
*** It's also the ways you can take down the Scarabs that add. Either jump in a Hornet's cockpit and shoot the Scarab's power core, jump on as a passenger and airdrop in, or grab a ground vehicle and jump from a ramp onto the Scarab.
*** But there are other options... I heard of one story about a guy who took down a Scarab by shooting it with a Hornet, but was badly damaged, and being pursued by two Banshees. What does he do? [[RammingAlwaysWorks Slam the Hornet into the second Scarab's power core, taking out the shield.]] The Banshees fire their FRG's, and they blow up the Hornet, destroying the core. [[UpToEleven Then before he hits the ground, he hijacks a Ghost and goes to town on the stragglers.]]
*** It should be noted that the entirety of the level "The Covenant" counts as this. This is the Covenant's LastStand against humanity. It is the final major land battle in the Human-Covenant war, and the Covenant throw everything they have left at you, with the crew of ''Forward Unto Dawn'' doing likewise. Appropriately, it has more total forces and more variety of vehicles than virtually any other battle in the series. The music "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S68GmenFk2g One Final Effort]]" plays, and then as aforementioned, the Covenant send '''[[HolyShitQuotient two]]''' [[SpiderTank scarabs]] against you.
* "Now the gate has been unlatched, headstones pushed aside. Corpses shift and offer room, a fate you must abide!" You knew it was coming, you knew he [[spoiler: would turn on you just as soon as Truth was dead]] but the speech, the Arbiter and the Chief going back to back and the massive evil tentacles raising up from the bottomless pit just completed it so much.
* Any time you get to kill a Scarab is CMOA material.
* The Gravemind gets a crowning moment of its own in the Terminals on Legendary difficulty, which include [[http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Terminals#Transcripts transcripts recorded by Mendicant Bias]], a Forerunner AI built specifically to eliminate the Gravemind. The transcripts show how, through simple and basic logic, the Gravemind [[MagnificentBastard made the AI programmed to kill it switch sides and try to wipe out the Forerunner.]]
** Offensive Bias gets one shortly (storyline-wise) thereafter when he lures Mendicant into a perfect trap. He mentions throwing around battleships like fighters, and doing things to the laws of physics that would drive his crews mad if they were still alive. Please note that Mendicant's first move in the battle is ''a ZergRush''.
** Mendicant Bias gets one himself in the final terminal, only accessible on Legendary:
--->"You don't know the contortions I had to go through to follow you here, Reclaimer. I know what you're here for. What position do I take? Will I follow one betrayal with another?"
--->"You're going to say I'm making a habit of turning on my masters. But the one that destroyed me long ago, in the upper atmosphere of a world far distant from here, was an implement far cruder than I. My weakness was capacity - unintentional though it was! - to choose the Flood. A mistake my makers would not soon forgive. But I want something far different from you, Reclaimer. Atonement."
--->"And so here at the end of my life, I do once again betray a former master. The path ahead is fraught with peril. But I will do all I can to keep it stable - keep you safe. I'm not so foolish to think this will absolve me of my sins. One life hardly balances billions. But I would have my masters know that I have changed. And you shall be my example."
* One simple exchange:
-->'''Elite Major''': Brute ships! Staggered line! Ship Master! They outnumber us three to one!\\
'''Shipmaster Rtas 'Vadum''': [[ILikeThoseOdds Then it is an]] ''[[ILikeThoseOdds even]]'' [[ILikeThoseOdds fight]].
** That one line proves beyond any and all doubt just how badass the Elites are (in case you're guessing, the Elites completely [[spoiler:''thrash'' the Brutes]]).
** To put it in context, though, it had been the Sangheili's job to fly and command the Covenant fleets for thousands of years. The Sangheili Commander was just ''delighted the battle was more even this way'' - without the numerical advantage it would have been just a mere CurbStompBattle against the less experienced Brutes.
* Even a comparatively minor character like Gunnery Sgt. Reynolds gets one, telling a Brute interrogating him, under heavy torture, to "Kiss...My...Ass". Of course, he is voiced by Creator/NathanFillion. Reynolds was being held in the air by that Brute... ''by his throat''. The fact that he was able to ''breathe'' is impressive in and of itself.
* One moment that's not really attributed to one character - Miranda's frigate coming in to land after you clear out the LZ on the Ark. Watching ''Forward Unto Dawn'' grow from a speck on the horizon... and keep growing... very fast... until the thousands of tonnes of metal grinds to a halt hovering above your head, and the turbulence from it's passage sends your Warthog rolling like tumbleweed. It can even pick up a Scorpion tank.
** Then, immediately afterward, when you get to mount up on a Scorpion tank:
--->'''Marine''': Tank beats Ghost...tank beats Hunters....tank beats ''everything!'' I could do this all day!
*** That scene is made even more awesome if you manage to give the four marines riding your tank [[StuffBlowingUp Fuel Rod Guns]].
* Master Chief. Upside down tank. The ability to right any flipped vehicle. Not only is it a CMOA for Master Chief, but also both the player (for flipping the tank in the first place), and the tank. (It bounces around hysterically after Chief trows it some 10 yards.
** Flipping a tank apparently isn't that big a deal in the Halo universe, as many types of characters can do it. However....see below.
** "[[http://youtu.be/2x_pczNd3DI?t=2m25s Press RB to...Wait. What? How did you do that?!]]" -If you use a glitch to flip over the LARGEST MOVING VEHICLE IN THE GAME, the ELEPHANT.
* Apologies if this is in the wrong spot... On The Ark, Master Chief is alone, but he has a rocket launcher. Used all but two rockets to take out the last bastion of enemies prior to the Wraith Clearing house. He's got 3 marines left living and 1 brute prowler... so he gets the fuel rod cannon a grunt dropped, and rockets to one guy and fuel rod cannon to the other. NPCS never run out of ammo... hop on prowler, and you've killed all 3 wraiths, ghosts, and both towers in a matter of about 1.4 minutes. The amount of pure awesome of killing 3 wraiths with a prowler, and overwhelming firepower of doom... it's just so beautiful.
* Multiplayer, Sandtrap map. Make the Elephant fly.
* Towards the end of ''Cortana'', after just rescuing [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Cortana]], she asks the Chief his plans to get off of High Charity. Which, need I remind you, is wall-to-wall Flood. Chief's reply:
-->''Thought I'd try shooting my way out. Mix things up a little.''
** Even better when Cortana decides to get a bit of revenge on the Gravemind by talking the Chief through blowing up High Charity.
* The end cutscene of "The Storm". Expecting, like most things by the UNSC in the games, a little piddly assault by some Longsword fighters, but no, not just Longswords... [[spoiler: three fricking starships rumble over your head!]]. That was unexpected, to say the least. We'll overlook the fact that [[spoiler: really they did bugger all damage and merely served to activate the shiny portal of doom]] in favor of [[RuleofCool the sheer awesomeness.]] The music certainly helps.
* Whether you like Guilty Spark or not, you have to admit that his ability to take on [[spoiler:[[SuperSoldier Master Chief]]]] without any problem was just awesome.
* Miranda Keyes' rescue of Johnson. [[spoiler:It doesn't work, but that it does not make it any less awesome]].
* The beginning of the the mission "The Covenant" which shows both UNSC and Elite dropships in formation to make one final strike against the Covenant. The music only makes it better.
* If you [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXYt6-2OasM manage to pull it off]], having [[spoiler:Johnson]] ride along with you during the final escape, especially if he manages to man the machine gun.
* This is incredibly understated, but at the end of Floodgate, in the cutscene where the Elites and the UNSC are prepping to move to the Ark, you get a bit where a squad of Elites and a mix of Marines and ODSTs are staring each other down. Johnson casually walks up to the Elite squad with an armful of covenant weapons, grabs another one right under them, and doesn't even flinch when the Elites take offense with it and stand up. The part that's awesome is that the Marines instantly stand up in response, fully ready to take on the physical equal of a Spartan in hand to hand combat to back up one of their own.

[[AC:Halo Wars]]
* Captain Cutter and Serina at the conclusion, flying the ''Spirit of Fire'' to safety. As Serina says, "Threading a needle while accelerating around an exploding star while inside a planet that's falling apart? Sure, why not?" She may have been sarcastic, but she then proceeded to do just that.
* In the cutscene "Monsters". Just Watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEDYJxR0NG8
** The fight between the Spartans and Honor Guards playing out while the music provides even more awesomeness.
** Also a CMOA for Forge when you consider that Elites are as strong as Spartans.
** One for Red Team as well when you consider that those Elites were probably Honor Guards.
* One of the Spartans has a victory quote that drips with pure awesome.
-->''"WarIsHell. [[BadassBoast And I'm the Devil]]."''
* The ultimate infantry upgrade on the UNSC side in ''Wars'' if you're playing as Captain Cutter? I'll let the announcer say it:
--> [[ItsRainingMen OD]][[DeathFromAbove ST]], ''researched''.
** It must be said, ODST in ''Wars'' are awesome in their own. Mainly due to the ability to drop them to any point of the battlefield you have line of sight to from freaking ''orbit''. When one lone Warthog can effectively spawn a ZergRush of regenerating infantry... yeaaahhh...
* You've seen how unstoppable Scarabs can be in Halo 2 and 3. And now you can turn the tables whenever you're playing the Covenant. If you can get one of these on the field, the match is pretty much over.
* Many of Forge's actions, but the most memorable is when he wanted to talk with the Arbiter as "man to freak" twice. [[spoiler: The second time he talked The Freak to death]].
** To clarify, [[spoiler: he takes on an Arbiter man-to-man and wins. By stabbing the Arbiter with his combat knife so he can impale him with the guy's own energy sword. BadassNormal doesn't even begin to describe John Forge.]]

[[AC:Halo 3: ODST]]
* Three words, one ad: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRMUYpH7bQk We Are ODST]]".
** The trailer is a short 2 minute 30+ second video detailing a single man's journey, named Tarkov in the trailer, from recruit to soldier. The music in the background, now called [[https://youtu.be/56cnOkQFRwo?t=57s The Politics and the Life]] just adds to the intensity and harshness Tarkov went through.
* Officer Branley gets one in his opening appearance. At first, just some cop driving the commissioner. Then when Kinsler starts trying to rape Sadie he pulls the car over, gets out, walks around to the back, and drags Kinsler out of the car when he punches the bastard, ''twice!'' An [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Establishing Character Moment]] if there ever was one.
* The final battle. [[spoiler: An insane three-versus-a-metric-buttload killfest with rockets, hammers, and an engineer providing you with energy shields.]]
* An Engineer [[spoiler:lighting the cigar of none other than Sergeant Johnson]] in the epilogue cutscene.
* When [[spoiler: the gravity hammer-wielding Brute Chieftain is about to finish off Romeo, the rest of the squad kicks its ass just in time. This includes Buck leaping onto its back, the other two tackling it, with Buck finally stabbing it in the neck with his knife. Quickly followed by [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Get this thing off of me."]] Awesome.]]
** This deserves reiterating. In a series where PunyEarthlings is in full effect, [[spoiler:Buck killed a ''Brute Chieftain'' by ''stabbing'' him in the ''throat''.]] AWESOME.
*** [[spoiler:Stabbing doesn't really express what he did. He was up there carving it's throat out for a good 9-10 seconds with a pretty sizable bowie knife.]]
** The Stand just before this deserves a mention also. Just five dudes (Romeo, Buck, Mickey, Dutch and some NMPD guy) with the heaviest weapons in the entire game against wave after wave of banshees, phantoms and infantry. Even better when watched at a slight distance in theater mode. And when that scene starts, AutobotsRockOut comes into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhfh_cXBI3s&t=4m35s full effect.]] ''Hell yes''.
*** Also, props to the NMPD guy. Generally, police officers are a step below normal soldiers in the RedShirt department, but this guy manages to keep up with one of the most badass ODST squads known, and survive the hellish onslaught of Covenant troops and air power. If he hadn't been caught off-guard and killed when the Hammer Chieftain dropped down right next to him at the battle's end, who knows how much farther he could've made it?
* "Well, what can I say? It was a hell of a night."
* A Brute Captain gets one: "Courage, warriors! Take this hill or die upon it!"
** Usually interrupted halfway through by a hail of 7.62mm from the stationary turret aimed right at its face.
* The Rookie gets one. A lone, regular human, surviving on their own in a Covenant-infested city for hours? Even ''Dare'' says that he's good.
* A regular NMPD officer gets this. She's in the headquarters talking to Dare, who wants her to get some people into the Superintendent's data center. The woman replies that she can't do that, and Dare apparently threatens to have her fired. The woman laughs and says the following.
--> '''Woman''': ''(laughs)'' There's a Covenant ship hovering outside my office window, there's a ''sniper'' in my lobby, and you're threatening to have me ''fired''? Good luck! ''(slams phone down)''.
* Jonas is a BadassNormal. One CMOA has him ''sitting on a car'' to stop it. Keep in mind the man is 6'10" and 500 pounds.

[[AC:Halo: Reach]]
* [[spoiler:Jorge's and Emile's [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Dying Moments of Awesome]] - manually detonating a slipspace bomb that annihilates a Covenant Supercarrier, and killing an Elite right after it impaled him, respectively, and Noble Six using a mass driver to one-shot a Covenant Battlecruiser]].
** Actually, given [[spoiler: Carter's kamikaze Pelican run into a Scarab and Noble Six's final moments against all those Elites, EVERY member of Noble Team has a DyingMomentOfAwesome - except [[KilledMidSentence Kat]] and [[SoleSurvivor Jun]].]]
* The beginning of ''Tip of the Spear''. You are probably embarking on one of the ''largest'' UNSC offensives in the games! AND IT IS AWESOME, especially when a pair of ships come in after you destroy an anti-air turret and start shooting down at the larger battle below you.
* Another one, but this time with a random Marine: at the beginning of ''Long Night Of Solace'' (the space level) when you get in the base you see a dead Ultra Elite with an energy sword. An Army Trooper kicks the body, and it's implied ''he'' killed it.
** This troper thought the role Catherine-B320 had in ''Long Night of Solace'' is way, way underrated. For the [=SPARTANs=] to go from the surface to [[spoiler: orbit, blow some shit up]] and get back down in just a few hours must be one hell of military maneuver. It goes to show that being a SPARTAN is also about ''using the brain'' alongside the muscles.
* ''The Package''. Possibly NOBLE [=Team's=] finest moment; What started as a straightforward torch-and-burn op deep under ONI Sword Base's remains by a four man team turned into a massive slugfest against attacking Covenants, with help from four automated turrets, to protect what NOBLE Team are struggling so hard and dying on Reach for: [[spoiler: Dr.Halsey, Cortana and the information regarding Forerunner technology]]. This battle, this single moment in time, ultimately allows humans to turn the tide of the war, years later down the line.
* Objective: [[LastStand Survive]]. Mission Briefing: [[NeverFoundTheBody Spartans Never Die]].
** At that point [[spoiler: it seems like THE ENTIRE COVENANT get down there just to kill Noble Six.]] Hyper-lethal indeed.
* Emile: [[spoiler:At the end, when he yells defiantly at any Covenant attackers, then gets stabbed in the back by an Elite with an Energy Sword - this doesn't stop him, as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmqyfQv3EXc he angrily turns around]] and ''[[TakingYouWithMe stabs the Elite back in the neck]]''.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Emile''': [[FamousLastWords I'm ready!]] [[PreMortemOneLiner How about you!?]]]]
* Carter-A259. The curt, stoic NOBLE leader is ''so'' darn cool and collected even when Reach is tearing apart all around him and NOBLE members not being particularly nice to each other. Case in point...
-->''After [[spoiler:Jorge's HeroicSacrifice]]''\\
'''Noble Six''': [[spoiler: Sorry I came alone.]]\\
'''Carter-A529''': Make him proud, son. *Walks off calmly*
* Several of the dialogue characters get in "Firefight" also count. Sergeant Stacker, the easiest character to unlock, has some real gems.
-->*Kills an enemy with a headshot* "Closed casket for ''you.''"\\
''[Kills an Elite Zealot or other high ranking Covenant soldier]'' "Man, all those pay grade increases for nothing..."
* The "If They Came to Hear Me Beg" achievement is automatically going to be this. A reference to the above line from ''Halo 2'', it requires the player to survive an otherwise lethal fall by landing on top of an Elite ''and killing them with their knife using the game's new melee kill mechanic.'' One video on Rooster Teeth's ''Fails of the Weak'' series (originally intended to showcase people doing stupid or awesome things in ''Reach'' but later expanded to the entire ''Halo'' series and then any game) features a Spartan having a Banshee shot out from under them and surviving the resulting free fall by landing on an Elite who just ''happened'' to be running past and killing them. The best part? This was during an "Invasion" multiplayer match, and that Elite was another player.
* The [[http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Halo:_Reach_radio_conversations hidden radio conversations]] on several of the multiplayer maps cover the last stand of Beta Red, a team of Spartan [=IIs=] that [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome managed to hold off]] ''[[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome two Covenant armored divisions.]]'' until they are caught in the blast radius of a MAC barrage. Doubles as a TearJerker, as only a handful of people will ever remember their sacrifice.

[[AC:Halo 4]]
* The Master Chief has said a lot of badass things: "Finishing this fight", "I need a weapon", "To give the Covenant back their bomb". And yet, these all pale in comparison to [[spoiler:his response to a superior officer ordering him to hand over Cortana for termination:]]
-->'''Del Rio:''' [[spoiler: I...am ordering you...TO SURRENDER THAT AI!]]\\
[[spoiler:''(Chief looms over Del Rio)'']]\\
'''Chief''': [[spoiler:''No, sir.'']]
** The crew of the Infinity, Lasky in particular, deserve one for [[spoiler:unanimously pulling a ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight on Captain Del Rio. The guards who are supposed to be guarding a Pelican and arresting you? They wave you on, direct you to some heavy weaponry and telling you to kick some ass. Fleetcom then gets one for recognizing what an idiot Del Rio was, and locking him up for it.]]
* The awakening of [[spoiler:the Didact, if for nothing else than for sheer scale.]]
* A villainous one, [[spoiler:[[BigBad the Didact]] with the flick of a wrist reducing the bloody damn ''[[SuperSoldier Master Chief]]'' himself to a helpless sob at the mercy of the Warrior-Servant... granted, he was employing the use of a constraint field to telekinetically lift him, but still remains ''significantly'' badass.]]
* ''Cortana'' [[spoiler:[[TookALevelInBadass pinning down the Didact]] allowing Chief the opportunity to finish him off with a grenade to the chest.]]
* The entire first half of the final mission. This doesn't do it Justice. The Entire Level is just one big long CMOA for the game itself. [[spoiler:You fly a Broadsword Fighter (Which is basically a souped up Saber), fly it along the Diadact's ship gunning down all the Defenses he can throw at you, then you reach the end of the trench run segment. The level then opens up into a nice circular area and above you is the Infinity, all the while you have Neil Davidge's score blasting out the most hopeful and awesome score. ]]
** [[spoiler: The second half ain't something to forget about either, for that matter.]]
* After eleven years of pleading and begging from the fans, the Pelican is ''finally'' legitimately playable. (only in campaign however)
* At the end of the Shutdown level, featuring the aforementioned Pelican, [[spoiler:the Didact escapes from Requiem, along with several [[CoolStarship Liches]]. Chief hitches a ride on one of them by skydiving onto it, and slamming his knife into the side. The Lich he's on flies out of the portal, and he's told to get below deck because of an imminent slipspace jump. What does he do? He says that there's no time, and [[JetPack fires his thruster pack to get behind a part of the Lich.]] In essence, Chief is the only character who has entered and exited slipspace while OUTSIDE a ship. Badass at it's finest there.]]
* The Gravity Hammer's sole appearance in the campaign, and wielding it to ruthlessly massacre entire ''scores'' of enemies like they had been made of paper.
* [[spoiler:The Didact's BadassBoast in the Epilogue, also doubling as a MotiveRant for why he was so bent on targeting humanity.]]
* At the beginning of the second level, Requiem, [[spoiler: you walk from the wreckage of the ''Dawn'' and several Covenant ships into a small cave system. A little ways in, you see an opening with light streaming through, walk through it... and you find yourself standing on a cliffside, greeted with the sight of a Forerunner world in all its glory, massive, shining towers floating over huge complexes covering the ground, shifting and extending miles into the air, where a roof covered in glittering blue lines is just visible between the clouds, all backed with the most [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome glorious music ever heard in a game.]] Just... perfect.]]
* Usually in Halo games, getting to ride the Scorpion is nothing but awesome, since you can utterly go to town on the hapless Covenant. [[spoiler: Getting it in Infinity is no exception, when John not only gets that, but an entire Spartan-IV assault team under his command to stage a supersolder assault to save the Infinity, complete with music blazing, and the tanks firing nose sounding so much more like someone trapped an artillery piece to your back. The AI Spartans are no slouches either, even on Legendary! It doesn't stop once you reach the Infinity, when you get to jump into a freakin Mantis, and mow down the Covenant inside the ship itself!]]
* In the mission "Midnight", [[spoiler: the ''Infinity'' facing off against Didact's warship ''Mantle's Approach''. The epitome of each species' military might and technological strength, facing off to determine the fate of earth.]]

[[AC:Spartan Ops]]
* At one point the ''Infinity'' exits slipspace in the middle of a Covenant fleet. It ''[[RammingAlwaysWorks plows through a Covenant Cruiser, blowing its shields and ripping it in half]]''.
-->''For too many years, humanity was on the backfoot. Reacting to threats, rather than preventing them. Rest of the galaxy was bigger than us. Stronger than us. We were mice, hiding in the shadows, hoping the giants would not see us. No more. Humanity is no longer on the defense. '''We''' are the giants now.''
** Immediately afterward, it drops not just a fighter wing or two, but an ''entire damn fleet'' from it's hangars and immediately goes to town on the Covenant. Why is this so awesome? Because for the entire Human/Covenant war the UNSC was routinely slaughtered in space combat. Now the shoe is on the other foot, and damn is it awesome.
** Two words describe the size and awesomeness of the ''Infinity'' in this scene: ''underslung frigates''.
* During the third chapter of episode one Crimson and Majestic are both attacking similar structures, and Palmer proposes a race to see who accomplishes their objective first. If Fireteam Crimson wins [=DeMarco=] complains that Crimson didn't meet the same sort of resistence they did; Palmer says that Crimson actually had more Prometheans to fight. You can even do this [[OneManArmy alone]].
* Crimson playing BigDamnHeroes multiple times in Episode 2. First for some scientists and later for a squad of marines. [[spoiler: Too bad about Gagarin.]]
* Sarah saving the Infinity by [[spoiler: kicking the artifact.]]
* Episode 3, Chapter 4 ends on [[spoiler:the player equipped with a Mantis standing on the beach of Valhalla fending off wave after wave of Phantoms and Banshees pouring from a cruiser until a missile strike can take it down]]. With four players, it is simply incredible.
* Episode 5, Chapter 5. [[spoiler:You have to try and fine Spartan Thorne, who was transported down to Requiem in the same manner as Dr. Glassman. After killing half a Covenant platoon, you find he's not there. Next thing you know, the other half of a platoon drops down to kill you. Shrug-worthy? Not really. Roughly 80% of the platoon are [[WalkingTank HUNTERS]].]]
** [[spoiler:Then when you kill them, you're called for extraction. The Pelican appears, heroic music swells, and at it's apex... [[TheDayTheMusicLied the Pelican is shot down.]] It's hard to tell how many Covenant are swooping in on your position, but your handlers think it may be [[ZergRush every single Covenant stationed on Requiem.]] [[BolivianArmyEnding We don't see what happens to Crimson,]] but the ending shot of [[CoolStarship 3 Phantoms]] and Banshees flanking them shows that [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu you do NOT fuck with the Covenant and expect to get away with it.]] That Crimson Team survives and then is able to escape capture, proves just how awesome they are.]]
* [[spoiler:Thorne holding his own while unarmed and only partially armored against a contingent of Elites sent to capture him. About seven greet him. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome Only two are carrying him to the Elite's FOB.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Glassman having the ''cajones'' to run while the Elites are distracted, and knowing full well that he's [[WhyAmITicking wearing a vest full of explosives.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Thorne beating off the two Elites he hadn't already killed, ripping off Glassman's grenade-vest, and chucking it at the horde of Elites rushing them.]]
* All of Episode Seven for Crimson. [[spoiler: They basically take back The Infinity alone.]]
* [[spoiler:Thorne and Gek's impressive throw down match. Majestic Team killing Gek and saving Thorne is one for them as well]].
* Episode 9 shows that [=DeMarco=] can be [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass quite the badass]] with an energy sword - with Majestic covering him, he cuts down at least three Elites and a few Knights with little effort.
* [[spoiler: Halsey keeping half of a map to every piece of Forerunner technology in the galaxy from falling into Jul M'dama's possession, and throwing it to Majestic Team while being carried away by Jul.]]

[[AC:Forward Unto Dawn]]
* [[spoiler:An Elite Zealot corners the remaining Hastati members. It laughs, draws back its sword... then gurgles and slumps to the ground, Chief behind him with a blood-covered knife. Best BigDamnHeroes in the series.]]
* In Part 5, Chief confronts a massive Hunter alone with an Assault Rifle while Hastati flees. Minutes later, Chief quietly appears. His only comment on the encounter is to ask for ammo, as he wasted his on the Hunter. Minutes later, the Hunter's partner tracks down the squad. While Lasky distracts it, Chief leaps onto its shield, climbs onto its back, jams a grenade deep into the cluster of eels in its midsection, and backflips off. Seconds later, the Hunter blows apart. A surviving Lekgolo eel squirms pitifully on the ground, before Chief's boot smashes it into a pulp.
** [[ActionSurvivor Las]][[BadassNormal ky]]'s distraction shouldn't be discounted, either. This is a kid who had one foot out the door on a potential medical discharge for a severe allergic reaction to the chemicals used in cryosleep, something he has to deal with his entire career. When the Chief needs a distraction, [[IndyPloy he comes up with a plan on the spot]] while holding [[spoiler: Silva's tags]], then psyches himself up by yelling "Axios!" and ''willingly running into the line of fire to buy the Chief some time''. Tough kid.
* Silva gets one. She picks a Carbine rifle, and despite not knowing how to use it, snipes a Jackal. She is the first of the cadets to kill a member of the Covenant.
** She later manages to kill two Jackals by shooting through that little hole in their shields, while on a moving Warthog.

[[AC:Halo 5: Guardians]]
* The introduction of the Warden Eternal. Declaring itself the "keeper of the Domain and her secrets" after teleporting in front of Fireteam Osiris, Jameson Locke orders his Spartans to take the Warden down. Not only does the Warden NoSell Fireteam Osiris' weapons, but the Warden also floors four [=Spartan-IVs=] with relative ease with a hardlight blade. When the Warden says that "your passage is denied", he means it.
* In ''Halo 4'', 343 allowed players to finally take control of the Pelican. How does 343 intend to top that? Simple:
-->'''Jameson Locke:''' We are airborne in [[{{Precursor}} Forerunner]] [[SpacePlane Phaetons]].

[[AC:Expanded Universe]]
* That's not even counting how much awesome is in the novels. Anyone else remember Linda sniping Banshee pilots with ''ricochets'' off the inside of their own cockpits from kilometers off....while hanging upside down....and shooting ''one-handed?''
** The above example? The ''day'' after she is brought back to life.
** Anytime Linda is sniping, it is a CMOA. She is never shown to miss a target, and generally nets one shot kills. Not to mention the fact that she apparently prefers to snipe from impossible positions. During the assault on the Unyielding Hierophant in Halo: First Strike, Linda gets into a hidden position, so that she can snipe without being found. Given the existence of thermal scanners, infrared scanners, and other high-tech gadgets, this seems difficult. So Linda suspends herself between a blazing white lighting fixture and a pitch-black thermal exhaust vent, masking both her visual image (trapped between blazing-white and pitch-black) and her thermal image, hanging in mid-air with very little to brace herself on... and ''then'' she snipes the Banshee pilots by bouncing bullets into their cockpits without destroying the Banshee itself.
** And Kelly-087 luring several Sentinels into a trap, and stopping to ''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flip one of them off]]''. Even her teammates are impressed. This is after she dodges a ''laser blast''.
*** And Will walking up to that Hunter and PUNCHING it to death... Nice.
** The S-II's get a collective one in ''First Strike'' when they have to jump out of their Pelican in mid-flight, and basically survive what amounts to a skydive at five thousand feet ''without any parachutes''. Also in 1,000 pounds of armor that was definitely NOT designed for that kind of use (this would bring their terminal velocity to about a third of the speed of sound).
** It bears repeating; ''flipping off a Sentinel''. That is all.
* Marvin Mobuto in the novel ''The Flood''. He was detached from his squad on the original Halo and Guilty Spark used him as the Reclaimer before the Master Chief, and he got far before he was killed. Doesn't sound impressive? He was a regular Marine wearing only the standard UNSC-issued ballistic body armor, and he was going through [[GoddamnedBats the]] [[ThatOneLevel Library]]. When the Flood finally killed him, his body was so thrashed and mangled they couldn't infect it. Hell, when the Master Chief himself finds what's left, he says (and I quote): "I didn't know you, Sarge, but I sure as hell wish I had. You must have been one hard-core son of a bitch."
** There's actually one more sentence to that eulogy: "You would have made a great Spartan." This is from ''MASTER CHIEF'', the best Spartan who ever lived.
* ''Fall of Reach'': [[spoiler:a wounded Marine shoots down two Banshees with a rocket launcher from the back of a moving Warthog.]]
* In ''Contact Harvest'', the planetary AIs get a CMOA for [[spoiler:using the defunct ground-to-orbit mass driver to take out a Covenant ship. Bear in mind that this is a FIXED mass driver.]]
* In ''Ghosts of Onyx'', [[spoiler:The Elite commander comes up to a mortally wounded Kurt and says "One last fight demon. Then you will die and we will reopen to silver path." Kurt just laughs and says "Die? Don't you know, Spartans never die." Then he detonates the nukes.]]
** In the same book, Will-043 took on two Hunters by himself and managed to rip one of them apart with his ''bare hands''. [[spoiler: He was unfortunately not as lucky in dealing with the second one.]]
* Travelling back to the early days of Halo, the famous Keyes Loop of ''Fall of Reach'': a puny UNSC Destroyer (485m) manages to, with one of the most brilliant, most balls-out ship maneuvers in the entire series, take down ''three'' Covenant ships (two frigates - 1000m - and a destroyer - 1500m) and scare a fourth (a light carrier - 1455m) into escaping. This is the move that got Jacob Keyes promoted to Captain and single-handedly boosted the morale of the entire local UNSC force.
** Don't forget about the second space battle. A few hours later, a UNSC fleet arrived in time to face off against Covenant reinforcements. The lineup was 48 UNSC ships against 24 Covenant. Thanks to a refit and repair station absorbing a Covenant plasma torpedo volley, the UNSC fleet was able to divert all engine power to recharging their MAC guns. This allowed them to fire two volleys in rapid succession, destroying two-thirds of the Covenant fleet in one fell swoop. The two fleets then engaged in earnest, and after an eight hour battle, the Covenant retreated. The final casualty count was 18 Covenant ships destroyed vs 25 UNSC. While that may not sound impressive, one must consider that, due to the Covenant's vastly superior technology, the UNSC usually requires a three-to-one numerical advantage to even ''equal'' a Covenant fleet. For the UNSC to not only win the battle, but lose only seven more ships than the Covenant, is essentially a curb stomp battle.
* ''Literature/HaloEvolutions'' probably wins points for the most audacious moment towards the end. Admiral Cole goes to his (possible) [[NotQuiteDead not-quite death]] by luring a 200+ Covenant Fleet in close and then [[spoiler: igniting a brown dwarf by [[DeusExNukina nuking it repeatedly.]]]]
** Or even earlier when Cole was still a junior officer, the fleet he was with had been ruined via [[DeusExNukina nuke]] and everyone else on the bridge was killed. He sent a message to the insurgent Corvette offering to [[ISurrenderSuckers surrender his Destroyer]], then right as they docked he fired a nuke from ''inside his hanger-bay into the open hanger-bay of the Insurrectionist ship''. He then opened up the side missile ports aimed right at them and ordered the INSURGENTS to surrender, pulling off a metaphorical [[DramaticGunCock dramatic gun cock]] in the process. Bonus points for having forward thinking not seen since [[Literature/EndersGame Ender]].
* ''Fall of Reach''. The ''Cradle''. When it [[spoiler:blocks Covenant plasma salvos from hitting the UNSC battlegroup. And they don't launch any escape pods. The entire UNSC force there is stunned, then [[BerserkButton they really go to town on the Covenant]].]] To clarify, the ''Cradle'' is a unarmed ''space station''.
* From the ''Landfall'' live-action videos. One involves a Marine tearing a spike grenade (which, in the video, is the size of a ''baseball bat'') out of a wall, then chucking it into the air, hitting a Banshee in mid-flight as it passes by, blowing it away. There's also another with a Marine fearlessly facing down a charging Chieftain with a hammer, then firing a rocket launcher and blowing the Brute to pieces. Another gets pinned through the arm to a wall by a shot from a Brute Spiker and ''keeps fighting while he's being cut down,'' covering his squadmates and the medic who's trying to saw him off the wall.
* In ''The Fall of Reach'', the roughly eight-year old Spartans are dropped individually across a large wooded area. They manage to group up and take out a team of Marines and steal their Pelican dropship. Using rocks.
* In ''The Fall of Reach'', the Master Chief slaps away an anti tank missile in his first outing in with Cortana and the Mark V armor.
* In ''First Strike'', the Spartans that meet up with Dr. Halsey. They all have extensive injuries, and yet they were still on their feet and fighting. Let's put this in perspective- and keep in mind, these were all people who were up, walking, and actively engaging in combat while in these conditions:
** Fred: Torn Achilles tendon, three cracked ribs,and contusions on both kidneys. And was deemed "fine".
** Will: Cracked tibia and internal bleeding.
** Vinh: Torn deltoid muscle, three broken fingers, and a herniated disk.
** Isaac: Internal contusions, and both shoulders were dislocated and re-inserted incorrectly.
** Kelly: Low blood pressure, high body temperature, moderate bleeding in her liver, and a completely collapsed right lung.
* From ''Glasslands'': Lucy punching Halsey full on in the mouth [[spoiler:and speaking for the first time in years]] after getting fed up with Halsey's inability to act decently to the Engineers that treated her kindly and were the group's only chance to escape the Dyson sphere.
** Dr. Halsey not frakking ''dying'' after getting punched in the face by an armored ''Spartan'' (or even getting seriously injured). Granted, Lucy was probably more frustrated than murderous (or Halsey would have lost her head), but this is still a genetically enhanced, cyborg SuperSoldier punching a senior citizen in the face.
* ''First Strike'', when Admiral Whitcomb and Lieutenant Haverson lure an entire Covenant armada into getting blown up, using themselves as bait, which probably ended up being the only thing saving Earth from being overrun in Halo 2. For the record, they lured in over 500 ships, ''twelve'' survived.
* The Didact [[spoiler:executing the Primordial. Bonus points for the method in which he does it: he causes something made to live forever to ''die of old age''. Even more bonus points when it's pointed out that he basically just killed his own god]].
** Slight subverted given that we later find out the Primordial survived due to transferring it's essence into the Gravemind but still awesome.
* We don't see Miranda do much Naval asskicking in the games, but Halsey's journal mentions that in her first engagement, she destroyed a Covenant destroyer while commanding an outdated and ''unarmed'' science vessel. By '''ramming''' it through the atmosphere of a nearby planet and into its surface while setting the engines to explode.
* In ''First Strike'', the Spec Ops Elite who [[WorthyOpponent decloaks and challenges the Master Chief to a duel.]] It shows the monumental amount of respect the Elites have for the Chief, even while cursing him as the "Demon."


* https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/universe/detail/9f7d992e-b135-4e97-a7c8-df07c0d67051/my-great-journey#
* The release of ''Halo 3'' was so enormous that the sheer number of people going out to buy the game and play it was blamed for a drop of nearly 30% in the box office for the movies in theaters that week.