* Horace challenging [[BigBad Morgarath]] in the end of The Burning Bridge. He didn't really think it through, but by god, he looked BADASS.
** And the fact that he won due to a combination of ChekhovsGun, UnderestimatingBadassery, and the good ol'fashioned IndyPloy.
* 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. [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: Temujai]] expect to fight a horde of barbarians who they can [[CurbStompBattle curbstomp into the dust]] in a couple of hours. What they get in return is [[spoiler: a well prepared and disciplined fighting force and a battalion of archers, who they rarely ever have to fight.]] It's mentioned the [[spoiler: Temujai]] are the largest threat to the Western World, and they got beaten by [[UnderdogsNeverLose 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 [[PyrrhicVictory will cost him more men then he can afford]], and [[KnowWhenToFoldEm calmly giving the order to retreat]].
-->''It was not polite for a Temujai general to allow his emotions to show on the battlefield.''
* [[spoiler: Oberjarl Ragnak's death. [[TheBerserker 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 [[TitleDrop Tournament at Gorlan]]. Seeing one MasterSwordsman at work is awesome enough, but three at once is pretty darn badass.
* The fact that Horace went from a JerkJock to being a MasterSwordsman, loyal friend, and devious enough to occasionally one-up ''Halt,'' of all people, in one of the best examples of CharacterDevelopment this troper has seen in any work of literature.