Awesome: Killer Instinct

  • Several champions' endings have them overcoming their problems and learning to be the best they can be. Of special note is Sabrewulf realizing that their will never be a cure for his Lycanthropy. Rather than giving up hope of ever leading a better life, he makes peace with his beastly side and embraces the fact that as a werewolf, he's free from all restraints he previously had.
  • Shadow Jago's got MANY reasons to be an Awesome Moment in and of himself:
    • First of all, while it wasn't a secret for long, lots of streamers were scrambling to find Shadow Jago's secret boss. As it turns out, you must get all three endings for the character of your choice and play that character again in Arcade Mode on Medium difficulty without losing a single match (not a round, just for clarification) just to REACH him. Once you sucessfully complete all those conditions, you skip right over Fulgore (maybe Shadow Jago destroyed him already?) and enter an 8th fight as a shadowy silhouette of Jago appears as your opponent with the name of "???".
    • Once you finally get to him, his intro already blows your mind. He ascends out of this weird shadowy void, before gently levitating back down. He snaps some shadow energy into his hands and shoots his opponent a dirty look.
    • And then you start fighting him, and then you realize you're gonna have a bad time. He's no mere reskin of Jago with hard AI: he's got the hard AI, but with completely new moves, including a divekick, a Sub-Zero like slide, and double fireballs. He will whoop your ass the first time you fight him.
    • Assuming you're not unlucky enough to get hit with an ultra or a normal move, Shadow Jago will put you out of your misery with a very, VERY unique animation called a "No Mercy". That's right, Killer Instinct's bringing back finishing moves, and what better place to start than with a Badass difficult boss? Shadow Jago dashes back and forth around his opponent, slicing them with his sword, before uppercutting them up in the air and pursuing them for one last slice before landing gently, as opposed to his opponent who just SMACKS onto the ground.
    • Shadow Jago's victory pose begins with a scary zoom-in of his disgusted eyes, as parts of the Shadow Tiger's Lair collapse around him. He throws a Shadow Endouken towards his defeated opponent (in first-person). Assuming you were finished with the No Mercy above, you get a bone-chillingly simplistic noise, as a blood-stained and metalic "ULTIMATE" appear on screen.
    Announcer: Ulllltimaaaate...
    • And once you eventually beat Shadow Jago, you are awarded a secret ending revealing the Big Bad of Season 2 and access to the Shadow Tiger's Lair in all modes.
  • Most of the trailers are pretty awesome, but special mention goes to Aganos', which shows him Walking the Earth and tearing through the other fighters to chase down Kan-Ra. His theme Polemos blaring throughout it helps, and Kan-Ra's epic opening narration is just the icing on the cake.
    • Hisako's trailer is no slouch, either. Her beginning narration is incredibly tragic, and sets a slow pace...but, this being Killer Instinct, instantly picks up with Hisako promising to slaughter any who stand in the way of avenging her village, while her theme blares in the background. Another Moment of Awesome happens at the end of the trailer with Cinder getting teased.
  • Sleep NS Vs. My God at EVO 2015. The best comeback in Killer Instinct history
  • Not only is Season 3 happening, but Rash from Battletoads IS A PLAYABLE CHARACTER.
  • One for the series in general, but take a look over at the Crowning Music of Awesome tab sometime, and realise that this is probably one of the only fighting games to qualify for that page. Most fighters don't put a big premium on their soundtracks since that really isn't what most players come to a fighting game for; it's all about visuals and gameplay, so the music gets put on the back burner for most of them. Not only does Killer Instinct have a better soundtrack than any fighter really needs or deserves, but the sheer length of that page and the fact that these soundtracks routinely sell gangbusters numbers proves that they are some of the best soundtracks in gaming period.
    • Think of it this way; how many songs from Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, or Tekken can you name? Not many, right? Now, let's count off some of the more memorable ones from KI 2013 alone, and you get; The Instinct, The Tiger Warrior, Touch Me (And I'll Break Your Face), Warlord, Lycanthrope, Inferno, Village of Whispers, I'm Back (To Rise), .Execute, Polemos, Herald of Gargos, and Temperance and Vengeance. There's even more from the first two, but you get the picture; this series not only has amazing music, but it has songs that are immediately recognisable because of how unique to each character they are.