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Sailor Moon and Luna foiling Jadeite and his youma's plot in the sixth episode, first with Luna destroying their energy sucking device during a hostage situation, and then Sailor Moon turning the youma's sound attack against it using a sound system, amplifying the attack back on it.
Ami's first transformation into Sailor Mercury becomes one when contrasted with Usagi's first transformation into Sailor Moon: She takes the pen, discards her fear of the youma that wants to cut out her brain, transforms, and unleashes her Shabon Spray all without questioning anything until after the fight is over.
In Sailor Mars' debut episode, she destroyed the monster of the day just a few seconds after transforming for the first time.
Usagi gets one just before the battle. She's spent most of the episode crying and whining that she doesn't want to fight, and when cornered by the monster with Luna ordering her to transform, declares "I don't wanna live like this anymore! But I'll do it!" In the dub, this is changed to "Just let me have one last good sob! Okay I'm ready!"
In Episode 13 the Senshi run Jadeite over with a plane for making sexist comments about them (in the original English dub from DiC note In Viz's 2014 dub, which is closer to the Japanese version, he still makes sexist comments., it was his gloating over how weak they are).
Sailor Moon tricking a youma that uses camera flashes to capture people into shooting itself using a mirror and split-second timing.
The three active Senshi at the time combining their three main attacks into one to defeat a pair of twin youma.
Any time watching Nephrite fighting against a youma or three to protect Naru.
And then of course we have Naru, despite being electrified by it and in a bad amount of pain herself, trying to remove the barbs that are killing Nephrite. The youma are horrified when Naru actually manages to dislodge one of them, although she still can't save Nephrite.
One moment wasn't even for a Sailor Senshi: So a little girl named Sakiko has psychic powers and can take a form as a ghost. She does it and the ghost goes out of control and starts wreaking havoc. Her father and her are just waiting to be killed by it but by that minute you think, Tuxedo Mask should appear right? Wrong. Instead she gets out of her father's hold and releases a bunch of energy to beat the ghost-thing. Wow.
In episode 14, there is Naru going Plucky Girl and refusing to back down when she confronts her close friend Rui over how her sudden shift in behavior has caused her to act nasty and aggressive, even when Rui is threatening her.
There's an understated moment in episode 18 that doubles as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. Two girls from Shingo's school go to Usagi and tell her that Shingo rudely rejected and broke a gift from one of his classmates, Mika, a dollmaker whose gift was a handcrafted porcelain doll that recently won a local competition, and Shingo didn't even apologize to her. The fact that he was being teased by some older boys about it as Mika was giving him the doll doesn't excuse what happened. We don't know if the girls are Mika's friends or classmates, but they both felt that Shingo's behavior was unacceptable and told an older girl, his sister, about it because they thought she was the person to go to. Usagi completely believes the girls and doesn't try to excuse Shingo's actions or ask if maybe Mika did something to tick him off, and tells the girls she will definitely do something about it. True to her word, Usagi absolutely made sure Shingo did what he could to make up for his behavior, regardless of why it happened.
Sailor Jupiter/Kino Makoto has one in her first episode. She beat up three street punks who almost went after Usagi for bumping into them while running to school, she decked Zoisite in the face (but not before throwing her rose earring at him) while trying to save Crane Game Joe, and when Crane Game Joe turned into the video game-based Youma Gesen, Makoto picked the demon up and hurled him into the bushes. All of this before it was revealed that she's Sailor Jupiter.
The Jovian symbol appears on her forehead during that last part, which makes it even more awesome.
In episode 26, when Naru recognizes that Zoisite has got the black crystal Nephrite created, Naru demands it back and tries to take it from Zoisite out of honor to Nephrite's memory. Despite knowing that she can die and that she's talking to Neph's killer.
In the dub, the exchange was shifted to Molly trying to take Zoycite's black crystal because she thinks it's what killed Neflite and wanted to destroy it herself.
Yuuichirou gets one in the episode he first appears in, 30, where he jumps in the way of a youma, saying "If it's to protect you, Rei, I wouldn't mind dying!"
When Rei's grandpa is targeted as the holder of the Indigo Crystal, it actually took two attempts to retrieve it. The first attempt occurred during the beginning of episode 30, with Grandpa Hino enjoying some casual moon gazing on the shrine's roof before Zoisite showed up. Zoisite tries to remove the crystal, but Grandpa Hino repels Zoisite through sheer force of will, and the force of Grandpa refusing to let Zoisite take the crystal destroyed part of the roof. Unfortunately, the attack has caused Grandpa to become rather emotionally unstable over the next few weeks, but this is another point to consider. It took Zoisite one day to remove the Red Crystal from Crane Machine Joe, but he didn't approach Grandpa Hino again for weeks afterwards.
Say what you will about Umino, but the guy has some serious balls to stand up to Zoisite and be willing to protect Naru. And he does so while dressed up as Tuxedo Mask.
Sailor Venus' debut in the anime. Kunzite and Zoisite had Moon, Mars, Mercury and Jupiter in a force field that was slowly killing them. Tuxedo Kamen was wounded and couldn't fight, so he was about to surrender the MacGuffin... Cue Sailor Venus interrupting Zoisite's Breaking Lecture to Tuxedo Kamen, appearing on a roof and crippling Kunzite with a single attack, all the time basking in awesomeness and the admiration the other Sailor Soldiers shows her. And this is nothing when compared to what she did in her manga debut outside of Codename: Sailor V.
Episode 37 has a smaller moment for Usagi, where she attends a princess seminar. Hilarity Ensues of course, because it's Usagi we're talking about, but it turns out that frisbee is a common recreational activity around these parts. After 37 episodes of practice with the Moon Tiara, it turns out she's an insanely good frisbee thrower.
Yuuichirou follows up on his previous episode by throwing himself into danger to protect Rei not once, but twice!
Sailor Mercury vs. Prince Endymion: She wins simply by using her Shabon Spray to distract him and then steals the black crystal carrying the Nijizuishou holders, effectively saving the lives of her entire team!
Made more awesome by Endymion own moment of awesome earlier in the episode, when Sailor Jupiter attacked him... And he defeated her with embarrassing ease, without even deigning himself to actually hit her.
From that same episode, Sailor Moon directly kills Kunzite by easily using her Moon Wand to turn his own attack back against him.
Episode 45 has several but the quintessential one for fans is when a badly beaten and dying Sailor Mars seemingly lies lifeless after having taken down one of the DD Girls (from inside an ice mound, something in itself pretty awesome). The last remaining DD Girl threatens Sailor Moon, Sailor Mars grabs her enemy's vine-like arm, and shoots flame up it incinerating her. A good deal of awesome comes from the delivery:
Sailor Mars: [softly] Fire [rageful scream] SOOOOUUULLLL!
Same episode: Jupiter, while being attacked with electricity, smirks and says "You've got some nerve using electric shock against me!" before suicidally electrocuting her tormentors with her own giant bolt of lightning.
It's not just a giant bolt of lighting that she uses either. It's her incredibly epic looking Supreme Thunder Dragon where her lighting takes the form of a dragon made of electricity that hunts down and devours her foe in a gigantic electric explosion! Truly an awe inspiring move.
The Viz dub switches the line around a bit ("Let me show you what REAL thunder is like!"), but it's no less badass thanks to Amanda C. Miller's delivery.
Have we forgotten Mercury? After a DD Girl has her within, for all intents and purposes, a giant ball of fire, virtually helpless:
Sailor Mercury: [looking at her micro-miniature supercomputer] Maybe this will be the last time I use this.
(She then proceeds to smirk, hit the illusion-creating DD Girl with it - destroying her ability to torment her friends via illusions - and die. Epically.)
Tsk, tsk, tsk. No Sailor Venus? Granted, her moment may not be as awesome as everyone else's (especially not Mars), but disintegrating one of the DD Girls with one shot of her Crescent Beam was still awesome.
Also, the reason why she disintegrated only one: when they realized she was still alive, two of the DD Girls ran away in panic, and were barely out of the blast area when she fired her Crescent Beam. Had they hesitated just one second and Moon and Mars would only have to finish the other two, assuming they survived. That, and Sailor Venus body was not disintegrated in spite of her being at point blank.
Heck, just take the entire first season finale and call it one big Crowning Moment Of Awesome. There wasn't a single thing done wrong in those two episodes.
Episode 46 has the moment were Sailor Moon as Princess Serenity finally defeats Queen Beryl possessed by Materia with the help of the senshi. The moment "Moonlight Densetsu" kicks in you're sure to get goosebumps.
Sailor Moon R
The Inners are reunited at a movie audition when a Cardian attacks. Even though they don't have their memories back yet, they still fight it and protect Naru with everything they have at hand. And then they get their powers back.
Makoto/Jupiter saving her friend, Ken, from a Cardian, donating blood to him after he's hospitalized with a head injury, and, despite being weak from donating blood, stays in and defeats the Cardian that tried to attack Ken and has Serena pinned to the ground.
Kenji-Papa (Serena's father), of all people! When a Cardian is attacking the virtual reality theatre, and Shingo is threatened, Kenji-Papa turns Papa Wolf by blasting the Cardian with a fire extinguisher. His reasoning? "It's a parent's duty to protect their beloved child!" Way to go, Dad!
Venus and Mercury's reasons for unleashing their upgraded attacks: You do not hurt little kids around them!
Reci, a very particular Cardian that was the personification of Nightmare Fuel, had decimated the Senshi in episode 51. Usagi and Luna were sucked into a wormhole, the Inner Senshi were trapped inside a tree and had the life sucked out of them, and the only person left to stop the monster was Artemis. Despite being badly beaten and weary, Artemis was still standing and fighting by the time Sailor Moon and Luna had returned.
Sailor Mars' weapon upgrade comes when Koan injures her grandfather. As you can tell, Rei is pissed, and pushes Sailor Moon out of the way of Koan's Dark Fire, saying that it's her turn. But that's not the awesome moment. The awesome moment comes when both engage in a Beam-O-War, and Mars, focusing on her injured grandfather, uses Burning Mandala for the first time and utterly decimates Koan's attack. As a bonus, Koan's skirt is on fire when she teleports away!
Even the local Butt Monkey Yuuichirou has his own CMOA in this same episode when he shields Rei from Koan's attacks and shuts her up when she mocks him by saying he's doing it because he wants to, despite knowing that Rei doesn't love him that way.
Sailor Moon gets a small one: when she sees Koan about to attack Rei and Grandpa (with "Dark Power Flip"), how does she stop her? By throwing the Cutie Moon Rod at her, of course!
Rei defending Usagi from Chibi-Usa's rude remark about her in episode 60. Another moment when Rei shows that she cares about Usagi.
Koan talking her sister Berthier out of killing herself by freezing everyone and herself. She's been cut by jagged pieces of ice note (the English version cut the actual shot of Koan getting a faceful of jagged ice chunk by replacing it with a shot of Berthier looking on, but it was edited so obviously that you can tell what was gone without having to watch the original, uncut Japanese episode)and she's now noticeably weaker due to having been purified... but it doesn't deter her, and when a huge chunk of ice hits her in the face and knocks her down, the Senshi attempt to help her up. Koan calmly shrugs them off and stands back up on her own, and manages to convince Berthier that she is loved.
Mercury gets one prior to that: Even though the chess game she's playing against Berthier has been rigged and part of her gets frozen for every piece she loses, she refuses to forfeit.
Episode 68, Sailor Moon R. Sailor Moon has taken quite a beating from Rubeus for shielding Chibi-Usa from him. Rubeus tells the injured Moon to just let him kill Chibi-Usa. And her reply?
Tuxedo Mask's reaction isn't any slouch either. Rubeus hurls an energy blast at Sailor Moon and Chibi-Usa, he counters with effectively a bouquet's worth of roses thrown at once, detonating the blast before it can reach them.
Episode 69: Tuxedo Mask transforming while in the middle of riding his motorcycle, also beat the pants of the actual transformation sequence he'd been given in the first series.
Also, in Episode 74, when Rubeus multiplies the gravity around Moon, enough to make her sink into the ground, and she still gets up!
In fact, the whole damn episode is a major CMOA for Usagi. Just seconds after wishing she could be grown-up in rough times, she immediately transforms into Sailor Moon, storms into enemy territory, and single-handedly kicks Rubeus' ass! Usagi may not be as strong in the anime as she is in the manga, but she is still Sailor Moon. And she will become The Hero when she needs to. There's a reason this anime is legendary for its Action Girl qualities.
Another awesome moment: Chibiusa, in Rubeus's castle with Sailor Moon, finds his power enhancement device and tries to yank it out of the ground...and succeeds, despite all the damage she got as a result and uses this to atone for being the one who put everyone in such a predicament to start with, refusing to let go when she's told to do it. You have to admit, even though she's a Bratty Half-Pint in this version, she eventually learns when to stop being one when the going gets tough, and when she realises that she did something wrong she at least attempts to rectify it even at risk to herself. But try telling that to all the Chibiusa haters.
Minako has one in episode 78: It's easy to miss, with all the madness of said episode, but... Apparently, Minako can jump on the balcony of Usagi's home from still, and while standing in the street. And Usagi and Chibiusa not being surprised in the slightest, makes us wonder: how often does she do that?
One could argue that Prince Demand's final act could be considered one. As Sailor Moon is trying to convince him Wiseman is evil, Wiseman shows up and gives Demand a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness speech and attacks him. To which Demand replies
Demand: So you have shown your True Colors. I am Prince Demand, leader of the Black Moon! Take me down if you can!
But wait, there's more! The two engage in a Beam-O-War. Wiseman turns to Sailor Moon and sends a HUGE blast at her, when Demand jumps in the way and continues his fight, saying "Do not underestimate me!" Wiseman disappears, supposedly dead. Demand collapses in Sailor Moon's arms, and delivers a Final Speech, possibly counting as both a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and a Tear Jerker ending with:
Demand: Sailor Moon... I love you.
And right before that, there's Saphir. Who could have easily stayed behind with the HFT-ed Ayakashi Sisters after having barely escaped from Wiseman, but chose to try exposing the truth about Wiseman to his brother. While this did finish with Saphir's death, it shows that he's got balls of steel.
Sailor Moon R: The Movie
Rei unleashing a complete wave of purifying ofuda talismans to de-brainwash the mass of people possessed by the Xenian blossom without transforming first!
The moments when the senshi first arrive at the meteor and the Inners each take out large portions of the Xenian blossom army with each of their signature attacks at the time, showing the viewers that they've been holding back! when unleashing their powers on Earth.
For the last six minutes of the movie, which are also a Tear Jerker and a Heartwarming Moment — and contains Crowning Music of Awesome — only two words need be said: Moon Revenge.
Sailor Moon S
Michiru bouncing a lemon on her violin while playing it at the same time and not missing a note.
Three words from Haruka: "Show is over." She and Michiru had been dominating at the local dating game contest but they step out after it stops being a game in order to allow the serious competitors a chance to win.
At the end of an episode Kaolinite has captured Tuxedo Mask in glass and withstood a combined attack of 5 inner Senshi. She then declares it's over for them and just then Uranus (who was injured in the fight) decides to step in - and defeats Kaolinite with one blast by turning her glass attack around.
Naru trying to protect Umino from the Monster Of The Day when it turns out he's the episode's target. Think of it: she's a totally defenseless 15-year-old schoolgirl who can barely do anything against a monster, but she refuses to leave her boyfriend alone and at its mercy.
Minako when she is the target of the Death Busters. As a rule, people who get their Pure Heart Crystal extracted faints due to instant fatigue, pain and draining. When Eudial extracted Minako's, the poor girl, weakened by having donated blood a few minutes earlier... grabbed the Crystal, cried in happiness about having a proven pure heart, and ran away, outrunning Eudial's car. And Usagi being only mildly surprised, instead that frozen in shock as Eudial, Haruka and Michiru, kinda implies she pulls stunts like this often enough to dull the surprise...
The aesop isn't entirely undermined, as Sailor Moon's weapon had been knocked away — and the advice that Jupiter was following to be able to deliver the killing blow was basically to work hard, but taking the time to relax and settle down being just as important.
The monk that gave Makoto that same advice and who was targeted by the daimon is both awesome and hilarious, given how he can run 50 laps around the mountain temple but also falls asleep while meditating and just laughs it off. Not to mention he gave Makoto said advice, which would be crucial to finish off the monster.
In episode 106 of the anime the Monster of the Week is Hurdler, a Daimon so fast and agile it can easily dodge the Venus Love Me Chain or outrun the Burning Mandala. It seems a terrifying opponent... And then, just as it brags about its speed, Uranus outruns it while delivering a very awesome Badass Boast and stops it to get a Deep Submerge in the face.
Uranus: "You may think you've left everything on the ground behind but I am the wind!"
Let's not forget in the first part of the Marine Cathedral episode, where Michiru is first kidnapped, and upon waking to see Eudial threatening Haruka, proceeds to scream Uranus's name and wrench herself out of the vines and crap tying her to this plank thing, and then run forward as a shiteload of heavy machine gun rounds get launched at her several times, while screaming in this horribly painful voice, until Eudial runs out of rounds, just to try to save Haruka, who is typically considered the badass of the two anyway, while Haruka looks on in complete horror. And then Michiru gets her heart crystal ripped out of her body anyway. Totally awesome scene.
Which becomes still more awesome when Haruka calmly tells Sailor Moon that "well, it's up to you now", then takes Eudial's gun and shoots herself, ripping out her own heart crystal.
An offscreen one for Usagi at this same time: Uranus had ripped her transformation brooch off of her blouse and taken it along as she and Neptune flew to the cathedral in a helicopter, meaning Usagi somehow caught up with them on foot!
Sailor Moon has a moment of awesome herself in the second part, when she literally jumps through the fire to outrun Eudial and catch the Holy Grail just a tiny second before her.
Haruka and Michiru transforming on the back of a motorcycle. About two seconds of pure win.
Eudial is a pretty awesome villain in retrospect, despite her Butt Monkey traits, due to being a Genre SavvyCombat Pragmatist. She goes out into the field and tries to capture the heart crystal of the episode's victim herself using machinery she has created and only relies on damions as a last defense, created the Fire Buster weapons which were strong enough to deflect Sailor Moon's attack (before her upgrade), and managed to figure out who the owners of two of the talismans were and retrieved them through an elaborately staged trap. Eudial has probably come the closest to achieving the goals of her group then most of the other bad guys in the series ever did.
Mistress Nine Arc
The first time we get to see the Outers' full transformation sequences, accompanied by their equally awesome theme.
Followed by the first instance of Pluto's Dead Scream attack. Her voice will send chills down the viewer's spine.
In one episode a daimon shows a tinge of mercy when she stops to see if a fallen Hotaru was all right. Hotaru—-who up to this moment had been nothing more than a sickly little girl-—looks up and her eyes glint. Next thing we see is the Daimon crashing to the ground fifty feet away. The trench her feet dug was also a nice touch.
Usagi diving in to save Chibiusa and Hortaru from the outer senshi's sudden attack. Everyone else in the room was too shocked to react, but the second Chibiusa was in danger, Usagi instantly leapt in.
The Inners pool their energy together to create a barrier around the Infinity Academy and do not waver even as they begin being overrun by daimons.
Germatroid and his clones have Uranus and Neptune on the ropes, wherein Pluto's voice summons the Talismans from their bodies. The tide is turned when Neptune uses her mirror to reveal the real Germatroid and Uranus defeats it with her Space Sword.
At the conclusion of the I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight, Hotaru/Sailor Saturn appears by literally burning Mistress Nine away from the inside. The Saturn symbol breaking through the Death Busters' star was very effective.
When an exhausted, beaten and emotionally wrecked Sailor Moon who has lost access to the Holy Grail which usually powers her up to become Super Sailor Moon draws on the support of the the other Sailor Senshi and transforms anyway, so she can help Sailor Saturn. It just looks gorgeous for a start and then she forces her way inside a giant fireball. It makes you really wish they'd actually animated the final battle. Damn it. And not only she helps Saturn finish the Big Bad, but manages to bring her baby self to the real world, ensuring her second chance at life.
And in 126, when Uranus and Neptune challenge Moon to a duel as a last test, when it looks like she's gonna lose to their combined efforts... she draws out all of her inner energy and power and deflects Neptune's attack, while being restrained by Uranus. No wonder they immediately stop, but actually kneel in front of her to show their respect.
Sailor Moon S: The Movie
Tuxedo Mask pulling off a Big Damn Heroes Moment when all of the senshi are overwhelmed by Princess Snow Kaguya's minions. He proceeds to hold them off single-handedly to give the senshi time to pool their powers together and defeat Kaguya.
When fighting against a Snow Dancer for the first time, Sailor Venus used her Crescent Beam attack to cut off its arms and put of its head. And when it kept coming at them, Mercury used her Shabon Spray attack to hold it off, and it should be stated that the regular Shabon Spray attack is usually just for creating a smokescreen. The Snow Dancer is then finished off by Mars.
For once, the Inner Senshi manage to be the ones to act as the Big Damn Heroes when the Outer Senshi find themselves outnumbered by the Snow Dancers.
Sailor Moon SuperS
Amazon Trio Arc
When Tiger's Eye targets Naru, he has to resort to guilting her into a relationship by saying he only has a few months to live. Naru, at first, reluctantly agrees to go out with him for the "time he has left" because she feels bad, but her feelings for Umino win out when she shoves the villain off her when he was clearly invading her personal space.
When you look into someone's Dream Mirror, the horrifying physical and mental toll makes said person collapse, and they are completely wasted for hours afterwards. When Hawk's Eye and Tiger's Eye looked into Minako's, she not only got horny before fainting, but when Artemis woke her up she broke free from her metal restraints, transformed and opened a goddess-sized can of whoopass on Hawk's Eye, Tiger's Eye and their two Lemures.
There's the moment when Usagi is literally smothered to almost death by the Lemures who attacked Mamoru as well as Mamoru's Hopeless Suitor Saori. She could have let go, but when told to she refused to do so even when she's asphixiating. It's so awesome that Saori, who had recovered from the Mind Rape she had been subjected to and until then thought Usagi was Just a Kid, deduces Moon's identity on the spot, keeps it to herself, and gives up on pursuing Mamoru on the grounds that she can't compete with "the girl who saves the world."
And then there's how the Amazon Trio fights back against the Circus after learning that they're about to be discarded. Hawk perishes in an Heroic Sacrifice to save Fish, Fish and Tiger use the rest of their Life Energy to bring a locked away Chibi-Usa and an almost fatally injured Usagi back, and once they're done they die entrusting the future to them.
Amazoness Quartet Arc
Chibi-usa gets a major CMOA in Super S, when the Amazon Quartet's playing around with Pegasus results in him panicking and catching fire. Her response? To run through the flames, break his magic reins, and embrace him until the fire dies out.
Episode 166 in season 4 gets a fun one from Usagi when she leaps off of Nehellenia's floating "island" as it rises back up into the new moon's seal, after Nehellenia throws an almost dead Chibiusa off of it about 30,000 feet or so up. Not only does she do that as Super Sailor Moon, she becomes Princess Serenity while she's falling and actually manages to catch Chibiusa in her arms and wake her up so she can summon Pegasus via Golden Crystal and save them both. This almost gets subverted a few moments later, but, being the hero that she is, Usagi manages to save the day. Well, Chibiusa and Pegasus do, anyway.
Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie
The Outer Senshi (minus Saturn, sadly), making a dynamic entrance and defeating the three Fairies, with Uranus and Neptune getting to use the named attacks based on their Talismans for the first time (while they do fight with them at the end of S, the attacks weren't yet named).
Sailor Moon Sailor Stars
Sailor Saturn vs. Queen Nehelenia (restored by Galaxia): Countless people — including most of the Sailor Senshi — are trapped in the spell of Nehellenia's mirror shards, a de-transformed and exhausted Usagi is struggling through thorns and vines to reach Nehellenia's lair after awakening from her own magical nightmare, and Chibi Moon is on the verge of ceasing to exist due to Mamoru's condition, yet Saturn does not hesitate to threaten her enemy with the devastating power of her nameless planet-annihilating ultimate attack, which would inevitably kill her in the process. When the shocked (perhaps even horrified) Nehellenia demands to know the reason she's willing to "pointlessly" throw away her own life, Saturn replies with "I believe in the Princess" (i.e. Usagi/Sailor Moon/Princess Serenity). Soon after, she makes good on her word, and directs a final prayer to her princess before dropping the Silence Glaive — and although Chibi Moon manages to prevent Saturn from completing her attack, the room is still left a total wreck from the resultant blast. Do not mess with Sailor Saturn or her True Companions! Period!
While we're talking about that episode, what about Jupiter's OUR PRINCESS'S LOVE WILL CONQUER EVERYTHING EVER speech that she yells whilst protecting Usagi and consequently being tortured to death by Nehellenia.
Actually, that mini-arc was a Crowning Moment of Awesome for all the Inner Senshi. Aside of Mako-chan, we have Rei/Mars refusing to abandon a captured Michiru/Neptune and killing the captor mook with one absolutely precise shot of her Flame Sniper, Minako/Venus plowing through many mooks to rescue Setsuna/Pluto from them, then using a Venus Love Me Chain to keep them from falling into an abyss, and especially Ami/Mercury taking a beating from the mook but refusing to cry or collapse as she searches for its weak point, leaving Haruka/Uranus speechless when she questions Ami and she replies "This... this is my fighting style!" Followed up with Uranus shielding Mercury with her body and calmly telling her, "Please hurry up, I can't stay here forever." Yeah, I know all of them get caught by Nehelenia and Usagi/Moon ultimately saves the day, but... WOW.
Usagi herself takes the Plucky Girl trope Up to Eleven around that time when she's forced to climb a stairway through a forest of thorns on the way to Nehellenia's castle. The thing was: she was not Sailor Moon at the time. She's weakened, exhausted, merely in her human form, and has lost her shoes, meaning she now has next to no protection when she needs to walk.She still does it.
Sailor Galaxia is an awesome villain. In the manga, she kills most everyone, resurrects their corpses, and turns them against Usagi. And in the anime, she basically kills everyone on Earth because she can, and laughs about it the whole time.
Michiru in concert together with the Three Lights. That is all.
Sailor Aluminum Seiren and Sailor Lead Crow have gotten the best of the Outer Senshi twice (minus Saturn).
In their formal debut (182), the two effortlessly dodge Sailor Pluto's Dead Scream by jumping out of the way, and then landing right on top of her Garnet Rod. Crow snarks "Just where are you aiming?"
In 184, the two meet Sailor Uranus and Neptune in Usagi's dining room (where their intended victim was at the moment). Seiren gets the best of both of them simply by pointing out that, as they made their grand entrance standing atop the tallest thing in the room, they've put their shoes on the dining room table. She managed to fluster and embarrass Michiru "Queen of the Elegant Trolls" Kaioh in one simple sentence. That was never done before.
In the Stars anime, Minako gains one (that doubles as Crowning Moment of Heartwarming) during her talk with Yaten in the backstage of the Idol Singer contest. Yaten tries to reprehend Minako for getting herself in when she should be only fighting for the universe, but Minako calmly turns the tables on him and says that not only she has Usagi's blessings, but that even when she wants to save the world, she doesn't want to forget her own dreams in the process. Way to go, Mina-P!
By the last episode of the series, Usagi has witnessed every one of her friends and her lover die by the hand of Sailor Galaxia, who is possessed by Chaos, the source of all evil and of every previous season's Big Bad. However, refusing to fight Sailor Chaos because she refuses to hurt the innocent Galaxia, Usagi instead offers her hand in friendship to her enemy(who is the source of all evil), and essentially defeats the galaxy's most powerful being by believing in the good in her. Then she helps resurrect every Sailor senshi in the galaxy and return them to their planets. And she does this naked. It's made even more awesome with knowledge of nudity being a sign of purity in Japan.
The Sailor Moon Manga
As mentioned above, Sailor Venus's debut: First she scolded Usagi from the Sailor V Game for not noticing the Dark Kingdom's plan faster, then, when Zoisite had just kicked the collective asses of the Sailor Soldiers, blocked away Tuxedo Kamen, Sailor Venus rescued Moon... By hacking Zoisite in many tiny pieces. With a boomerang. Then we see Sailor Venus, emerging from the shadows and walking like a top model.
In the manga version of the Dark Kingdom saga, a brainwashed Makoto try and steal the Silver Crystal. It's Usagi against the super strong Makoto, she's doomed, right? Cue Minako knocking Makoto out with a single kick, after a Flash Step.
The Italian version of the manga manages to make it even more awesome with Fridge Logic by continuously calling Makoto as "Sailor Jupiter of the Herculean Strength", not allowing the reader to forget that Makoto has Super Strength all the time. And yet, how did Minako defeat her?
From the manga, the two encounters between Sailor Venus and Beryl. One was during the fall of the Silver Millennium, the other was during the series proper. Both times, Venus skewered Beryl with the symbol of her authority as leader of the Four Guardian Soldiers, a sword almost as tall as her tougher than diamond and poisonous to boot.
Before Venus kills Beryl, Jupiter snatches the Holy Sword out of Venus's hands and cuts the hair Beryl was using to strangle Sailor Moon.
Ami gets one in the S manga when she infiltrates Mugen Academy, confirms that it is the Death Busters headquarters, destroys a security camera by flinging a regular pen into the lens, and escapes by jumping out a 13-story window. All this before transforming! She finally transforms during her escape and uses it to land safely in a swimming pool.
In the SuperS manga, the scene where the Inner Senshi have been captured by the Amazoness Quartet and the Outers — who they haven't seen for quite a while — show up to save them. Complete with Sailor Saturn, who has stopped, well, being a baby.
Let's not forget how Ami, Rei and Makoto manage to undo their Brought Down to Normal phases and also fight back against the Amazon Trio when they try to lock each girl in a Lotus-Eater Machine via toying with their insecurities. And in the case of Minako, we have Artemis not only refusing to leave Minako when she's attacked while in such a state and begs him to leave her, but also unlocking his human form to save both of them from an attack coming from above.
Nehelenia's defeat in the Super S manga. She tried to steal the Silver Imperium Crystal from Super Sailor Moon, and, naturally, it didn't work. It leads to a moment where Usagi and Mamoru embrace, and in that embrace, the two are able to take back the crystal as they combine their love and their power. Naoko Takeuchiweaponizeda romantic embrace. It gets even better as Sailor Moon delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Nehelenia in her One-Winged Angel form.
Queen Nehelenia: This can't be!!!
Sailor Moon: You can't take power! Power is created. And it can't be created alone... nor can it be used alone! I'll show you what our power is made of!
Sailor Moon basically telling Sailor Chi to take a long walk off a short pier before blasting her in the manga was awesome. Oh, and tanking a Planet Attack from all the bracletted evil-Senshi and repairing her broken staff and blasting them all to dust with a single attack while still kneeling on the floor.
Ever since DiC's license for Sailor Moon expired, companies have been DYING to grab it and license it, namely Geneon, FUNimation, or ADV. Who wound up licensing the series in the end? Viz Media. Not only that, they nabbed the final season (Sailor Stars), which has been unlicensed until now because the creator knew that most countries would ban or censor that season (which introduces three male pop singers who transform into female Sailor Scouts). Best of all, they're going above and beyond to not only release the show in the best quality possible, but are giving it a COMPLETELY new English dub, that's unedited, uncut, uncensored, and has better voice acting and less filler.