Awesome / Ranger's Apprentice

  • Horace challenging Morgarath in the end of The Burning Bridge. He didn't really think it through, but by god, he looked BADASS.
  • Any time any/all of the main characters are put in charge of a force larger than 2 other people.
    • Will commanding the archers at the end of book 4, The Battle for Skandia, who happen to have previously been Skandian slaves. By the time the Temujai attack (which is about 2 weeks from when Will is given the archers) they are shooting at the full strength of a battalion of Araluen archers.
    • Hell, the entire battle for Skandia may be this. The Temujai expect to fight a horde of barbarians who they can curbstomp into the dust in a couple of hours. What they get in return is a well prepared and disciplined fighting force and a battalion of archers, who they rarely ever have to fight. It's mentioned the Temujai are the largest threat to the Western World, and they got beaten by a bunch of barbarians.
    • And on the villainous side, the Temujai leader taking a good look at the odds, determining that while he still has more than enough force to win the battle and wipe the Skadians from the map, doing so will cost him more men then he can afford, and calmly giving the order to retreat.
    It was not polite for a Temujai general to allow his emotions to show on the battlefield.
  • Oberjarl Ragnak's death. He dies taking out nearly a dozen more Temujai at once, and leaves all but two of them dead.
  • Baron Arald, Duncan, and Sir David teaming up at the Tournament at Gorlan. Seeing one Master Swordsman at work is awesome enough, but three at once is pretty darn badass.
  • The fact that Horace went from a Jerk Jock to being a Master Swordsman, loyal friend, and devious enough to occasionally one-up Halt, of all people, in one of the best examples of Character Development this troper has seen in any work of literature.
  • From Book 10: Ishoni!
    • Essentially, the heroes were able to train a group of workers who'd never seen a day of battle in their lives to repel an army of essentially experienced Samurai. Using what amounts to Roman military tactics, of all things.