[[caption-width-right:350:That explosion in the background? That's the Venomian supply chain being crippled ''big-time''.]]
* When you fulfill the conditions to continue on an upper or middle route instead of being demoted to a lower route, you don't see "MISSION COMPLETE" at the end of the stage, you see "MISSION ''ACCOMPLISHED''" instead.
* The death/defeat of any boss. The Forever Train is a particular favorite for some, when done correctly.
* Fox establishes how badass he and his wingmen are when he defeats the Aircraft Carrier:
--> '''Aircraft Carrier pilot:''' "WHO ''ARE'' YOU GUYS?!" \\
'''Fox:''' "[[BadassBoast We're Star Fox!]]"
* The team's journey through Area 6 can be considered one. Here you are, outside Andross's front door, and his army's throwing just about ''everything'' they have at you. But you just keep plowing through them. By the boss fight at the end, the enemies are at wit's end trying to find anything that can stop you, and their last resort is a WaveMotionGun designed to destroy ''planets''.
** The best part is when Rob actually gets the Great Fox to shoot some targets for you, finally getting in on the action.
** Andross reaching Fox through his comm. On one hand, [[IShallTauntYou he's trying to break Fox's morale]] and it can be a bit of a [[NightmareFuel scare]] for the player, but on the other hand, it shows that Star Fox has gone from "cannon fodder that I can personally ignore" to "actual threat that's tearing up my finest military forces and needs to be addressed ''now''" in the eyes of the big space gorilla.
* The Star Wolf battles. They are quite a formidable hybrid between WolfpackBoss and MirrorBoss, especially during the Venom battle where they are significantly better than the Arwings.
** Star Wolf's now-iconic PreAsskickingOneLiner quartet in Fichina:
---> '''Slippy:''' "Why are enemy ships coming out of the base?" \\
'''ROB 64:''' "[[AC:A bomb has been planted at the base.]]" \\
'''Fox:''' "Geez! Can anyone take care of it?" \\
''(The music cuts out, replaced by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA2TfyDkoqg Star Wolf's theme]].)'' \\
'''Wolf:''' ''[[SignatureLine "Can't let you do that, Star Fox!"]]'' \\
'''Leon:''' "Andross has ordered us to take you down." \\
'''Pigma:''' "''Peppy!'' Long time no see!" \\
'''Andrew:''' "Andross's enemy is MY enemy!"
** To add, upon shooting Leon in the Venom battle, his last words "he's too strong!" deliver such a chillingly satisfying feeling to the player.
** Shooting down a member of Star Wolf on "backdoor" Venom fast enough will net you ''fifty-one points''. Defeat all four of them before the time bonus starts to decrease and you'll exceed the medal score of 200 points -- a very difficult target if you go into Venom via Bolse -- before you even enter the tunnel to Andross!
* Redirecting the Forever Train on Macbeth so that it blows up the factory. In-universe, this destroys the missiles that would have been fired had Star Fox gone to Sector Z, and it basically cripples the war effort for Venom.
-->'''Peppy''': ''(after shooting the locks to open the main switch)'' OK, now shoot the switcher!\\
'''Conductor''': Step on the gas! Step on the--''(plink)''\\
'''Peppy''': Good going, Fox!\\
''(the track switches, and the Forever Train starts plowing into barriers on the way to the fuel bunker)''\\
'''Conductor''': NO! HIT THE BRAKES!\\
''(CRASH CRASH CRASH CRASH CRASH)''\\
'''Conductor''' I CAN'T STOP IIIIITTT!! ''(Thunk)'' ''([[ScoringPoints HIT + 50]])'' ''(...BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM)'' ''[[ChainReactionDestruction (BOOOOOOOOOOOM BOOOOOOOOM BOOOOOOOOOM BOOOOOM BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM)]]'' \\
''(After the "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" screen...)''\\
'''Fox:''' All aircraft report!\\
'''Slippy:''' I can see the look on their stupid faces!\\
'''Peppy:''' I'm sure we hurt 'em this time!\\
'''Falco:''' Now it's ''our'' turn to kick some tail!
* The best Katina ending, where the entire surviving Cornerian flight group forms up with the Star Fox team.
** Katina Frontline Base itself can be one of these moments, as it is one of the few times in the game you get to mix it up in a big furball with friendly forces helping you.
* General Pepper's BigWhat if you rack up enough points to build up a sufficiently ShockinglyExpensiveBill.