Several minutes into the first episode, an awesome dogfight happens with between Kshatriya and a trio of Londo Bell Jegans pursuing the Grancieres. Marida launches and easily dispatches the two Jegan-Ds with her funnels, and then the StarkJeganpilot gets his turn to shine, dodging Marida's funnels, and firing at her with his bazooka and missiles; when Marida evades all his shots he dumps the bazooka and missile launchers and charges in with beam saber drawn, and comes within literally inches of killing Marida. All set to Crowning Music of Awesome.
Another CMoA for a faceless grunt, the pilot of the Stark Jegan, a souped-up grunt, who actually manages to last more than two seconds against the aforementioned Kshatriya, and was actually managing to hold his own in close combat until she got the drop on him by firing her thrusters in his face. This also counts as a CMoA for her, as she manages to survive with equal professionalism and badassery too.
A CMoA goes to Commander Daguza Mackle in the same episode, who gets out of his MS to take on the monstrously-heavily-armed Kshatriya with a bazooka, and actually survives (Technically, he attacked her with a giant flash-bang, though, which detracts from it somewhat.)
When Loto pilot Daguza Mackle gets out of the cockpit of his mecha and fires a handheld bazooka at the Kshatriya, temporarily blinding its pilot.
In the book said sequence is even more awesome where said handheld bazooka fires a net that traps two of the Kshatriya's funnels.
He might've been showing some sort of precognitive or Genre Savvy skills by jumping away from his mobile suit after that shot since the funnels' blind shots destroyed his Loto.
Also, the first battles involving the Kshatriya and Unicorn.
Clarification: Banagher (who has just acquired the Unicorn from his father) shows up, giving Marida a look of sheer terror. It then dives at the Khsatriya, which up to this point had done quite well for itself, and is easily three times Unicorn's mass. It tackles the Khsatriya, grabs the right hand which had just drawn a beam saber, and CRUSHES THE HAND. It hits full thrusters, forcing Marida to eat airbag, and slams it out of the colony. Once a moment's opening comes up, Marida sends EVERY SINGLE BIT SHE HAS (24 total) to kill this Gundam before it can do anything else. Unicorn responds by going into Newtype-Destroyer mode, creating an I-field that blocks every blast coming towards it, and transforms into a true Gundam's features, complete with red beard and V-fin. It draws a beam saber, and shit gets underway. Episode end. Good luck waiting for autumn.
One episode in, and series main character Banagher Links already has three. The first comes when he rescues Audrey Burne from falling to her death, ala Hikaru-and-Minmei, in a hijacked worker pod, which runs out of fuel in midair, thousands of feet up...and he still manages to crash-land it in the front yard of his own school, and get out unscathed.
Banagher gets a few while protecting Audrey. He reprograms Haro, fooling a couple of Neo Zeon mooks into thinking it's a bomb, throws it into the air and then kicks their asses while they're distracted, catching Haro when he's finished with them. He then takes on Marida and manages to kick her to the ground, drag her by her coat and throw her off a maintenance lift. Kamille, eat your heart out.
Arguably, Banagher's first Crowning Moment of Awesome, which says a lot about his character, is when he first rescues Audrey while she's in freefall in the Lapalce colony by piloting a worker unit meant for space flight as opposed to atmospheric. After grabbing Audrey midair, his worker unit begins to run out of fuel, sending his unit plummeting to the surface. Does Banagher panic or freak out? No; he simply calmly tells Audrey, "I'll think of something." Damn, that takes a lot of confident guts.
The second comes when, facing three professional soldiers, he incapacitates two of them in the span of a couple of seconds(breaking the nose of one of them by headbutting him in the face), then a few moments later deals with the third of them by drop-kicking her, dodging her own kick, and actually grabbing her by the hem of her coat and physically throwing her off the platform on which they were standing.
This troper feels that this scene counts as a CMoA for said third character, Marida Cruz, as after her two comrades are incapacitated, she picks up the glasses of the one whose nose is broken, hops onto his back, THEN slides his glasses back onto his nose without even looking, and jumps off of him.
Also, resident old guy Cardeas Vist, gets a CMoA when, while being held at gunpoint by three guys, at least one of which was a professional Special Forces operative, and unarmed himself...He proceeds to break the neck of the Special Ops guy with his bare hands, then use him as a meat shield while he grabs the dead man's gun and shoots his buddy in the face with it. Given that he served in the EFSF in his youth according to the novelization, it's still pretty impressive.
The combat debut of Full Frontal. The awesomeness begins when a panicked technician states that one of the approaching enemy mobile suits is moving three times faster than the others. The man proceeds to effectively solo the Nahael Argama and its entire mobile suit complement in the Sinanju's first appearance.
The entirety of Banagher taking on Full Frontal is nothing but this, and the episode tells you as much by making this fight the climatic center point. The Crowning Musicof Awesome roars as Banagher takes off. The Unicorn unveils the raw power of the Beam Magnum that leaves the audience and Banagher stunned as a single shot pierces and destroys the massive rock debris Full was hiding behind. The sheer heroism and raw determination as Banagher, a novice pilot, tries to keep up with a highly experienced veteran, while his Dragon snipes at every opportunity. In spite of the insurmountable odds, Banagher fights with everything he's got.
Mineva's handling of her own hostage situation is worthy of mention too. She made Daguza, a veteran special forces operative, lose confidence in his plan when he had a gun pointed to her head, then asked him to show the Federation's worth and shoot her. Despite being on the bridge of a starship under attack and an apparently ruthless soldier threatening to murder her in cold blood, she displays the calmness and composure that you'd expect to see at a formal banquet. That girl isn't just a Badass Pacifist, she's completely fearless.
Marida's rematch with Banagher. Banagher, not listening to fellow pilot Riddhe, chases after Full Frontal, and is suddenly attacked from another direction. From out of nowhere comes the Kshatriya (which, might we add, has not been repaired since its last fight with the Unicorn), which proceeds to defeat the Unicorn Gundam with a single blow. How? Marida gets in close, immobilizes the Unicorn's arms with the Kshatriya's left arm and one of its three remaining wing binders, pulls back her suit's damaged right arm (the one with the crushed hand) and punches the Unicorn's cockpit at full force. The impact causes Banagher to vomit into his suit and pass out. Flawless victory.
On a meta level Banagher managing to somewhat rebut the Zeon propaganda Tikva spouts. More particularly he points out Operation British and asks if the people in the colony asked to die for some glorious cause. Given the whitewashing of Zeon's crimes in recent years that's particularly impressive.
The entire Battle of Palau. We have the following:
Nahael Argama firing its Hyper Mega Particle Cannon at Palau (The Sleeves base) and launching its mobile suits mere minutes before that.
A somewhat more minor one, but a Loto taking out a bunch of Sleeves at the beginning of the Palau battle with its armed-held missile launchers. It doesn't seem like much, but you have to remember that the Loto is a ground-based unit, and it's fighting against opponents that can fly.
Delta Plus and Unicorn Gundam doing a brief Back-to-Back Badasses moment while fighting against the Sleeves Mobile Suits.
Banagher ending the Unicorn's Curb-Stomp Battle against the Kshatriya by overriding the NT-D system through sheer force of will, letting him capture Marida rather than killing her.
During the Curb-Stomp Battle itself, the NT-D gets its own moment when it hijacks the Kshatriya's funnels.
Marida saving Alberto's life despite the fact that he was carting her off to be a Vist Foundation guinea pig at the time, setting a new gold standard for anti-villainy in the process.
Daguza ambushing and trapping the hitherto near-unstoppable Sinanju whilst on foot, before pounding the living crap out of it with a shoulder-fired rocket launcher. Admittedly, it ended up getting him killed, but that in no way diminishes the magnitude of his accomplishment.
The fact that Daguza was able to get a salute in to Banagher before getting beam sabered was a Dying Moment of Awesome
And the entire fight scene between the Unicorn Gundam and the Sleeves later. We have the Unicorn Gundam beam sabering a Geara through the side of its cockpit, before dodging Angelo's Geara Zulu's cannon blast, and then cutting the weapon, as well as his arms and legs off Angelo's Mobile Suit , and damn nearly got close to killing him until Full Frontal came along. Then Banagher engages Full Frontal in atmosphere , clashing with their beam sabers and ripping one of Sinanju's legs off! The Crowning Musicof Awesome during this scene WAS PURE EPIC.
At the Gundam Unicorn Episode 4 viewing at AFA 2011 (located in Singapore), this was met with lots of laughter and some applause from the viewing audience.
The unknown Byarlant Kai pilot has Crowning Scenes of Awesome. He simply wiped the floor with the enemy Zeon Mobile Suits, from his first appearance and any scene focusing on him thereafter.
Mention must also go for the brave Geara pilot at 00:34 for sacrificing himself to save another pilot.
There is an additional subtle one in the way it appears. It appears from the very hangar a Geara had just fired several rockets in and was about to move on when the Byarlant destroys it. Implying the pilot had just started his mobile suit up when the rocket came in.
Unicorn Gundam (Destroy Mode), riding on Delta Plus, taking on THE SHAMBLO, and wins!
When the Delta Plus takes the Unicorn's beam magnum to destroy the Shamblo when Banagher refuses to, the gun is so powerful that it breaks the Delta Plus' shoulder.
The sheer APPEARANCE OF THE BANSHEE, dropping in from the air and transforming from Unicorn Mode to Destroy Mode.
At the Gundam Unicorn Episode 4 viewing at AFA 2011 (located in Singapore), this scene was met with INSTANTANEOUS APPLAUSE FROM THE ENTIRE HALL OF VIEWING AUDIENCE!!
The Zeon pilots should get some love two, schooling most of the Federation forces despite several of them using Mobile Suits dating back to the One Year War.
Banagher casually hijacking a Federation suit's Base Jabber platform in midair. And then taking on The Federation 's Mobile Suits on the platform and mid-air later.
And following up on the midair battle, Audrey decides to take her leave of her Alliance "hosts" by jumping out of the airship she was being kept on. As she falls, she finally asks Banagher for his aid. Calmly. While falling from what amounts to the lower atmosphere, knowing full well that she might've signed her own death warrant. That's bravery, right there.
And then TAKING A BOW... as though thanking the enemy for a fight.
He was actually bowing in respect to the Sinajnu, signaling the ok and handing over the spotlight so that his superior officer could come in and finish the job. In Angelo's mind, it was probably no more than him fulfilling a simple errand for Full Frontal, which still doesn't change the fact that Angelo stole the episode with that one scene only.
Followed by Full Frontal in the Sinanju firing a rocket from his BFG at the General Revil.
An expanded fight scene of Full Frontal versus the General Revil. He made the Earth Federation's supposed top regiment look like complete chumps.
Especially one scene when he used an enemy Jegan to shield himself from incoming missiles from the General Revil.
Anything related to the Banshee. From launching into space, to equipping its new Armed Armour DE, to completely decimating the Narhel Argama's mobile suit team.
Not that they don't make a Badass effort of trying to stop him. The notoriously badass Jegan pilot even manages to grab the Banshee's horn and nearly decapitates it.
Special Mention goes to how the Banshee goes on to simultaneously rip into the two Rezels and one Jegan after that.
The heavily damaged Kshatriya Besserung. It lost all of its funnels, only had a binder and a half left, as well as missing parts of its chest and its right leg. Even the head looks like it got ripped open. However, Marida completely dominated Angelo in his shiny Rozen Zulu.
The Unicorn receiving it's Full Armour upgrade.
What's more impressive is that the Full Armour upgrade was a jury-rigged job by one of Banagher's friends that still manages to work!
Otto verbally destroying Angelo in the middle of an emergency, even while the latter was pointing a pistol at him.
The opening Title Card showing Gryps 2 pointed at Earth gives a sense of dramatic tension.
The first seven minutes of Episode 7 get right down to business with a glorious battle between grunt units on both sides, including an absolutely ballsy Bawoo pilot who comes damn near to killing the Nahel Argama by his lonesome.
There's also the sequence where the Schuzrum-Galluss manages to get onto the Nahel Argama and kicks ass with its buster shields until Conroy Haagensen (in his custom ECOAS Jegan) stops it and it's Zssa buddy cold with a pistol and grenades.
Special mention goes to the Tri-Stars team who effortlessly disable all the mobile suits that were guarding the base. Take note that the Cheyenne suits were hidden under camouflage, and the Tri-Stars still got the jump on them.
An extra-special mention has to go Watts. One of the Zeta Plus units defending the base transforms and attempts to take off, only for Watts' Jesta to land on it.
When you see the fully awakened Unicorn Gundam has shield funnels that block beam fire and fire gatling guns
When the Neo Zeong disables all of Unicorn's weapons, what does Banagher do? He charges in to literally fistfight the giant mobile armor.
When Full Frontal has Banagher trapped in a Newtype vision, who steps in to convince him to let him go, none other than the ghosts of Lalah Sune and Char Aznable himself.
Banagher was already reaching out and doing his best to convince Full Frontal that his philosophy was wrong, Lalah just followed up on Banagher's cue.
The Newtype vision itself prior to these counts. Seeing the Axis Shock from Char's Counterattack and One Year War scenes from the original Mobile Suit Gundam beautifully reanimated is a sight to behold. Especially so with Gundam: The Origin having been announced about a month before Episode 7 was released.
Banagher and Riddhe combining Newtype fields to block the colony laser.
Alberto get's a minor one in the end when he finally stands up to his aunt Martha.
At full power, Banagher simply waves his hand and disables an entire fleet of Federation mobile suits without firing a shot.
Even Syam Vist manages one, when he manages to drive off Full Frontal with hidden turrets that are controlled by his mind.
More of a meta example, but the One Hundred Years of Solitude miniepisode manages to make what amounts to a narrated clip show awesome. It not only manages to tie in the events of Unicorn to the rest of the Universal Century, but also mirrors the plot of the titular novel. That the narrator turns out to be the ghost of Cardeas Vist probably helps as well.