Awesome / Mystery Science Theater 3000

The Movie
  • In a deleted scene Mike is slowly suffocating because the air supply has been cut off and the bots save him in the most awesome way possible. First of all Crow lifts a freaking ten ton molybdenum rod to save him, while Tom flies (not hovers, flies — he hurls himself across the room), all ending with Gypsy giving Mike mouth to mouth.
    • Only compounded by the fact that the only copies of this scene widely available were recorded off a screen at a convention. At the point Servo takes flight (screaming "I'M COMIIIING!"), the entire room explodes into wild cheering and applause.
    • And, some jackass movie executive told The Brains to cut this scene out, despite all the hard work that had been put into it.

The Series
  • Santa Claus driving Pitch out of Deep 13: "I came to eat candy canes and kick ass, and I'm all out of candy canes!"
  • Bobo defeating the pod people in The Giant Spider Invasion.
    • And then you get a villainous example from Pearl, who does something not even her son did: resend the movie.
    • Earlier, Servo scaring away his Pod Clone by intimately and precisely listing the contents of his underwear collection.
  • The defeat of Timmy in Fire Maidens from Outer Space. "Get away from him, you bitch!"
    • Even earlier than that; exciting music is playing during a really dull part of the film... Meanwhile, Tom Servo is attacking Timmy but is getting wrestled to the ground. Sure, it's horrifying and scary, and not very nice for poor Servo, but why is this awesome? Because this scene completely destroyed Fire Maidens from Outer Space's use of Public Domain Soundtrack Dissonance by having a moment in the theater that's genuinely exciting.
  • Tom Servo gets one in The Wild World of Batwoman; during the endless sequence of so-called "dancing" before the end card drops, he screams out with a fury that would have made Jake LaMotta quiver in fear: "END! EEEEENNNNNNNNND!!!"
  • MST3K also has a rare double-header CMoA. Mike Nelson beats Pearl in a game of three card monte, thus earning the right to choose the movie they watch. Mike picks Hamlet - and Pearl promptly turns the tables, sending him one of the worst screen adaptions of the Bard's work ever.
    • Heck, the mere fact that they were able to make Hamlet work with their show's format. This is one of their earliest efforts in riffing a work classically considered great. They continued to riff on classics when they moved to Rifftrax.
  • One truly great moment comes after the short Catching Trouble. The short is about a man named Ross Allen who catches animals for zoos and to sell as exotic pets, and it's one of the most uncomfortable shorts featured on MST3K thanks to all the scenes of animals crying in fear, being manhandled, tossed into a bag, and stolen away from their families and homes. So what do Joel and the Bots decide to do after watching this display of animal cruelty? They get out their dolls and film a skit called "Catching Ross" involving nature taking revenge on Ross Allen.
    • A sign of just how great this is: the volume of shorts that included "Catching Trouble" received complaints that it's no fun to watch without being followed by the cathartic "Catching Ross" skit.
    • In the same episode, the narrator of "Aquatic Wizards" refers to a Hispanic skier as a "Mexican jumping bean." The bots leap to rip him a new one, with Crow calling the narrator a "white fascist" and Tom making him seem pathetic.
    Tom: "Hah, but what do I know? I'm only a fat hick announcer, mowing down pretzels and pinwheel cookies, and trying to come to grips with the tattered ends of a once promising life gone horribly wrong, God, God, why, why?!"
  • Crow's acknowledgment during Puma Man that Vadinho is the real hero of the movie. Much appreciated after all the attempts to sell the whiny, pathetic title character as the hero.
  • In the opening segments of The Beatniks, a quite out of character Joel torment the Bots by playing rock, paper, scissors, given how their hands don't work. Finally Gypsy has enough and rams right into him, knocking him over. "Gypsy crushes Joel!"
  • At the end of The Castle of Fu Manchu, Joel gives Dr. Forrester a "Reason You Suck" Speech. Keep in mind, just a few seconds before, Joel and the Bots were sobbing hoarsely, and the host segment before, they looked to be on the verge of collapse. Then, as Forrester and Frank are celebrating and awaiting the official surrender from the Satellite of Love, Joel comes back with this.
    "You haven't won, Dr. Forrester; you've lost. And I feel sorry for you. You're nothing but a sad little man in a hole in the ground who can only feel power by hurting others. Well, we won because, we survived, and we survived because, well, we're Robinsons, roughly. That's what Robinsons do is survive, basically, and well, if you think it's so easy, well, YOU should try and watch a movie sometime!"
    • Forrester actually takes up on the idea to watch the movie. He can't even make it a full two minutes. Hell, the fact that Joel and the Bots, despite sitting through this movie and crying through the host segments, did not surrender, much less kill themselves, is awesome in itself.
  • Tom Servo delivers the longest riff in MST3K history at the end of Manos: The Hands of Fate—a solid minute and five seconds without shutting up, over almost the entirety of the two next victims' car ride. He also manages to name, rapid-fire, celebrity look-alikes for all 30+ people in a crowd shot at the end of Warrior of the Lost World.
  • Crow's Cluster Bleep Bomb in Agent for HARM.
  • The end of The Girl in Lover's Lane, when Joel and the 'bots reject the screenwriters' pointlessly cruel murder of a likeable female character and make up their own ending. With aliens. And pygmies. And dinosaurs. The MST3K staff were just as pissed off as their puppet alter-egos and got some catharsis from the sketch.
  • The "United Servo Academy Men's Chorus Hymn" from The Starfighters, in which Kevin Murphy as Tom Servo harmonizes with himself nine times over.
  • In one of the host segments during The Mad Monster, Joel pays tribute to the movie's mad science by switching Tom and Crow's heads. At first they complain, then, out of frikkin' nowhere...
    Tom: Do you like long walks in the rain?
    Crow: Chinese food?
    Tom: Mushing up your ice cream?
    [Joel shuts off the 'bots.]
    Joel: My robots. I think I'll keep 'em... turned off.

  • Shout! Factory declaring, in their press release regarding getting the release rights, that they will release every single one of the 198 episodes on DVD, legal difficulties getting the rights to the films be damned. Sure, it seemed like it's all talk—and then they secured the rights to and subsequently released all of the Gamera episodes on DVD. AWESOME. note 
    • For those not in the know, the Gamera episodes and in fact most of the show's Japanese-import based episodes have been unavailable for years because the guy in charge of importing them, Sandy Frank, pushed the rights fees through the roof in order to get a bigger paycheck, which no one was both willing and able to paynote . For years the prominent fansite MST3KInfo had these films and the other season 3 Japanese films released categorized as "Extremely Unlikely" on this list of potential DVD releases.
    • Then they one-upped themselves and got rights to some of the Universal and MGM films, which many MSTies thought would also never be released and are also listed as "Extremely Unlikely".
      • And in September 2013, Shout Factory released a long-awaited special edition Blu-ray/DVD of MST3K: The Movie which not only included the legendary deleted scenes, but also deleted riffs from the theater segments! DOUBLE AWESOME!
    • They've done it again for Vol. 29, finally tracking down the rights to Puma Man after years of the run-around.
  • Thanksgiving 2013. Shout! Factory does an MST3K Turkey Day marathon on YouTube showing six episodes that fan consensus agreed were an awesome selection: Space Mutiny, I Accuse My Parents, Werewolf, Cave Dwellers, The Final Sacrifice, and Mitchell.
    • One of the bumpers was also one for Joel wherein he talked about how much he admired Mike and what a great job he did as host.
    • At various points during the night, #mst3k, #rowsdower and #mitchell were some of the highest-trending tags on Twitter.
    • One bumper had Joel hoping Joe Don Baker-a man famed for hating this show-was having a happy Thanksgiving.
  • It was announced on Monday, November 3, 2014 that Shout! Factory will once again stream a Turkey Day marathon, this time on November 27, 2014. MORE AWESOME!
    • With Trace Beaulieu reprising Crow and Josh Weinstein voicing for the first time in something approaching 25 years Tom Servo, allowing them both to be more than quick cameos this time.
  • Joel recently launched a Kickstarter for a reboot of the show. Within a week, it went $500,000 past its original $2 million minimum,meaning we get to see three brand new feature length episodes!!
    • With less than three hours left in the Kickstarter, the fandom rallied together and made $5.9 million dollars, allowing Season 11 to have a full thirteen episode season. It made more money than Reading Rainbow did and it didn't need Seth MacFarlane to do so!
      • MST3K's success in reaching this goal should not understated. After the first week, the total stalled around below 3 million. It didn't push past 3 million until after Turkey Day '15. It was only during the last week that the money came pouring in like clockwork.
      • They also got a 14th episode at 9:58:55PM Pacific Time on the last day of the campaign, meaning we will get to have a 13-episode regular season AND a Christmas Special on top of that! Down to the Last Play Certified!
      • Toward the end of the campaign, the Kickstarter reached 6 million. Which means that instead of a 13-episode season with a Christmas special, we will get a 14-episode season plus the Christmas Special. VERY AWESOME!!!
      • The campaign's final total, for those interested, was $6,364,229($5,764,229 from Kick Starter alone + $600,000 from the add-ons)! This makes the Kickstarter the most successful crowdsourced video project of all time (for now)