* 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.
* From Book 10: [[TrainingThePeacefulVillagers Isho ni!]]
** 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 experienced Samurai. Using what amounts to [[CoolVersusAwesome Roman military tactics,]] of all things.
* Deparnieux, a local warlord, has imprisoned Halt and Horace. Their solution? Wait for him to lower his guard, then pull an ''epic'' BaitAndSwitch gambit where it seems as if Horace is preparing to challenge Deparnieux, then have Halt do it himself. Afterwards, Halt does it again, by firing several arrows at Deparnieux. The warlord casually blocks all of his arrows, and when Halt fires a final arrow, he raises his shield to block it...but doesn't notice that it's a special armour-piercing arrow, which, heavier than a normal arrow, dips below his shield and hits him in the chest. He's dead before he hits the ground.
* In Book 7, Cassandra proves her {{Ambadassador}} status by pointing out to Selethen that since [[spoiler: Yusal, not he, was the one holding Erak, she should technically pay him]]. When he argues that this is a technicality, she gets him to admit that there's actually a substantial reward being offered for Yusal [[ActionGirl (whom she defeated)]]. Ergo, ''she'' does not owe him any money-''he'' owes some to ''her.'' She therefore offers to pay 20,000 silver reels to the Bedullin for their help, and another 20,000 to Selethen. When Erak tells her that she's very generous, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny she looks at him and replies]],
-->'''Cassandra''': No, I'm not. You are. You're the one who's repaying the 40,000 reels to my father, remember?
-->'''Erak''': [[OhCrap Oh...yes]].
* The fact that Gilan is an expert swordsman is an InformedAbility in Book 1, but Book 2 shows us that his reputation is well-deserved. How? While instructing Horace, he encourages the young warrior to attack him, which Horace does for about a minute straight, without pulling his punches at all...and Gilan [[NoSell barely expends any effort in deflecting and parrying his strikes]], then ends it in a couple of seconds when he decides it's gone on long enough. Of course, he'll have many more awesome moments with a sword throughout the series, but this [[EstablishingCharacterMoment really shows that he truly is a]] MasterSwordsman.