Mario Brothers have had their share of truly awesome moments, as these examples will attest to.

The following games have their own pages:
* ''Awesome/SuperMarioWorld''
* ''[[Awesome/SuperMarioBrosNonCanon Super Mario World ROM hacks]]''
** ''Awesome/KaizoMarioWorld''
* ''Awesome/SuperMarioSunshine''
* ''Awesome/SuperMario3DLand''
* ''Awesome/NewSuperMarioBrosU''
* ''Awesome/NewSuperLuigiU''
* ''Awesome/SuperMario3DWorld''
* ''Awesome/SuperMarioMaker''
* ''Awesome/SuperMarioOdyssey''

The following Mario spinoffs have their own pages:

* ''Awesome/MarioKart''
** ''Awesome/MarioKart8''
* ''Awesome/PaperMario''
* ''[[Awesome/LuigisMansion Luigi's Mansion]]''
** ''[[Awesome/LuigisMansionDarkMoon Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon]]''
* ''Mario & Luigi''
** ''Awesome/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga''
*** ''Awesome/MinionQuestTheSearchForBowser''
** ''Awesome/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime''
** ''Awesome/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory''
** ''Awesome/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam''
** ''Awesome/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam''
* ''Awesome/CaptainToadTreasureTracker''

The cartoons have their own pages:
* ''Awesome/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow''
* ''Awesome/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3''
* ''Awesome/SuperMarioWorld''



!! ''General''

* The original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' game, along with ROB the robot, ''saved the entire video game industry''.
* Saving Princess Toadstool for the very first time in the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros''.
* The ending cutscene of ''Mario Super Sluggers''. Essentially, the gang throws a party, with Mario and Donkey Kong hitting and pitching Bob-ombs into the air as fireworks. Suddenly, Wario and Waluigi appear, and load a Bullet Bill into the baseball machine. Mario, who is scared witless, is just standing there like a sitting duck. (A standing, sitting duck, mind you.) Donkey Kong can't reach him in time, so who comes to the rescue? Bowser. Some slo-mo shots of him and his bat later, he just bunts the Bullet, sends it flying straight back, where it picks Wario and Waluigi up by the shirts, sends them straight upwards, and then explodes into an AWESOME fireworks display! Link [[ here]], starting around 3:20.
** That's nothing compared to the opening cutscene of the game. During a game, Donkey Kong hits a ball deep into the outfield. Wario and Waluigi use error items to impede Yoshi's progress of getting the ball back into the infield. Peach throws the ball to Mario, who throws it to Luigi, the third baseman, just as DK is barreling into third. DK sends Luigi flying into a wall. [[spoiler:AND HE HANGS ON TO THE BALL FOR THE OUT!]]
* Princess Peach gets one in ''Super Mario Bros. 2''. Instead of being kidnapped, she is one of the main playable characters and kicks ass right alongside Mario and Luigi. Her second comes in VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach, where she switches roles with the Mario Bros. and does the rescuing for once.
** The cartoon Peach got hers when she gained the Starman power and rescued the Mario Bros. and Toad from Bowser's troops in ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode "The Trojan Koopa".
** Super Mario Bros 2 took place in Mario's dreams, though, which means Mario's dream is for Princess Peach to finally fight for herself for once. [[VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach A dream which, thankfully for them both, came true.]]
** Her most awesome moment would be Videogame/SuperMarioRPG, in which she joins the adventure right alongside Mario. Her physical strength isn't too shabby, and she's practically the life force of the whole team.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'', she and Rosalina are fully playable and capable of defeating Bowser on their own. Peach is even the first one in the pipe to help out.
** And special mention has to be made for the Princess Peach of the Nintendo Power Comics, who not only escaped her prison cell on her own, but disguised herself as Luigi and ambushed Bowser with bob-ombs, nearly beating him all on her own.
* Luigi, the series' EnsembleDarkhorse getting his own game, ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion''. ''VideoGame/MarioIsMissing'' was an edutainment game, and therefore doesn't count.
** Even better, it was a launch game for the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube, going in stores about eight months before [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Mario's headlining game]] came out. Especially after Luigi hadn't appeared in any main series games within the Mario canon since VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld, it's refreshing to see a ThrowTheDogABone moment for the second banana.
** Worth noting that the plot of both of those games is that Mario's gone missing and it's up to Luigi to find and save him. Heck, even when he had his solo-moment in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, it was because Mario was sick! The one time where he had his own adventure without Mario being sick or kidnapped was in in ''Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door'', but that was just pure text and his heroic accounts were contrasted with more embarrassing versions of the tale. However, there was a true Moment of Awesome in the fluff: Luigi stormed the castle of the Chestnut King to save Princess Eclair in spite of the terrifying description of both the place and the monster. [[spoiler:But the epic battle is stopped by the Princess, who reveals that the Chestnut King is her bewitched lover. Turns out that the person who sent for help, Crepe, was an evil sorcerer that cursed the King [[EvilPlan to get Luigi to reassemble an ancient powerful artifact from a long-gone evil empire which he used to find the Princess.]] Although he beat the fiend, he didn't get the girl.]]
*** That doesn't really detract from how awesome it is, though. ''Luigi's Mansion'' is a great example. Since we see ''just how scared'' Luigi is the entire time he's trying to get through the mansion, it makes it even ''more'' awesome. Yeah, he's trying to save his brother, but that just crosses the Moment of Awesome over with a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}. [[spoiler:Particularly the ending, where he finally accomplishes said goal. D'aww.]]
** As bad as ''VideoGame/MarioIsMissing'' is to play, it shows you just how stupid someone would have to be to mess with Mario when Luigi ''isn't'' scared half to death. He [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] Bowser and his entire army, which is spread over the whole planet, ''without even getting hit''. Oh, and he also took full advantage of traveling the world by collecting souvenir photos at his leisure...
** 2013 is the Year of Luigi. Which was declared by Iwata putting on a green cap and announcing it. [[MilestoneCelebration Happy 30th birthday, Luigi.]]

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!! VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3
* The first time Mario takes flight in ''Super Mario Brothers 3''. He eats a powerup called the Super Leaf, grows raccoon ears and a tail, and gains the power to fly.
* In a few stages in ''Super Mario Bros. 3'', ''the sun itself'' drops out of the sky and tries to kill you! When you first begin the level, the game fools you into thinking that the sun is just part of the background, then BAM!!! it starts trying to dive bomb you throughout the whole rest of the stage! It reappears near the end of the game, in, oddly enough, a level that takes place at night. The best part: if you take an invincibility star into the stage or pick up a Koopa shell, you can use it to ''kill the sun'' (which the strategy guide refers to as "forc[ing] an early sunset").
* World 5-3 lets you ride around in Kuribo's Shoe, a giant '''boot''' that prevents you from taking damage from spikes and lets you kill any enemy in the game with a single stomp. Sadly, it only appears in one level, and hasn't appeared in any of the sequels.
-->"One night under heavy doses of narcotics, I was playing Super Mario Brothers 3 and one of my friends thought it would be funny to record what I was saying so I could hear myself later when I was coherent. Here is a transcription of the things I said:
--->''Oh shit! I got the shoe! I'm so invincible! Oh! Eat it, you bitch! You don't understand! I got the damn SHOE! It's the shoe! And look at how cute I am with my stupid plumber head poking out of the wind up sock! I am the cutest invincible shoe rider ever! Mario! Mario! He's in the ULTRA green SHOOEEE!''
-->This went on for about 10 more minutes as I kept bouncing back and forth on the level screaming nonsense about the damn shoe until the time ran out. We sent a copy to my mom. I heard she cried."\\
** There ''is'' a cameo of it in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]''.
** The "Super Boot" in Paper Mario: Sticker Star is also a blatant reference.
** In VideoGame/SuperMarioMaker, it can be used on the VideoGame/SuperMarioBros and VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 level choices. The VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld and VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU levels use Yoshi instead.
* If you think about it, Mario taking on (and defeating) Bowser's entire military, navy, and air force in World 8 single-handedly is pretty awesome. The [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd Angry Video Game Nerd]] said it best:
---> '''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd''': And then there's the final world; this part doesn't fuck around. It's like "You got to the end! You dare to play? ''Welcome to Hell!''"
* In statue mode, Tanooki Mario can ''kill flame spurts.'' And get points for doing it, too.
* He can also [[spoiler:Defeat Bowser instantly using the Hammer Bros. suit.]]

!! VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld
* Teaming up with Yoshi for the first time. What, don't ''you'' think it would be awesome to ride a giant dinosaur around and devour all of your enemies in a single gulp?
* [[SecretLevel Special World.]] It's arguably a NintendoHard ROMHack of itself, and it rewards you for completing ThatOneLevel, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Tubular.]] The final Level introduces a special [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Fruit]] that increases your Time if Yoshi eats it. Then, at the very end, all the {{Mooks}} are gone, and in their place is a giant message that says [[spoiler:YOU ARE A SUPER PLAYER]], written entirely in Coins. Then, the entire Game becomes a HalloweenEpisode.
* Upon beating each of the Koopalings' fortresses, a humorous cutscene is shown of Mario destroying the fortress he's just spent hell getting through. Normally he just [[StuffBlowingUp blows it up]], but after beating Larry's fortress (the seventh and final fortress), Mario PICKS THE FORTRESS OUT OF THE GROUND AND DROP-KICKS IT. No wonder [[PutOnABus we didn't hear from the Koopalings for so long]]... [[note]]Actually, their last appearance would be in ''Yoshi's Safari'', but that's another story...[[/note]]
* After finishing the Sunken Ship (itself a CallBack to the airships of Super Mario 3 and, apparently, the ship used by Bowser and the Koopalings to get to Dinosaur Land), the entire screen starts to shake while a unique fanfare plays and the entrance to the Valley of Bowser emerges from the depths of the ocean.
* Bowser's entrance in this game. To put this into perspective, his [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros first]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 confrontations]] with Mario were a bit of an anticlimax. Come to this boss, and for the first time in his long career, Bowser drops the act and introduces the Koopa Clown Car, which itself makes a grand entrance by slowly entering the screen until it's in full view, and Bowser pokes his head out in all the game's 16 bit glory. And then came [[AwesomeBosses/VideoGames the fight itself]]. This was when Bowser first earned his mantle as the King of the Koopas, and he hasn't let that title go ever since.

!! Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
* ''Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island'' has perhaps one of the ultimate Moments of Awesome in video games, in the form of its final boss. The whole game in general is ''Yoshi's'' MOA; it shows that Yoshi saved Mario as an infant, and so the main hero of the series actually owes everything to Yoshi, but the final boss is still the best part. When you first enter Bowser's castle, it's scary to go through the level, but when you fight Bowser, you find out that he's just an annoying, bratty little kid, whom you can easily defeat. Things looked so simple compared to other Mario games -- and then Kamek comes and supersizes Bowser, the whole castle crumbling as he grows exponentially. The final battle takes place with Yoshi on the pile of rubble, and he is looking out into the background, where the now inconceivably [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever gigantic]] Bowser looms. The monstrosity tromps toward you Godzilla style, occasionally breathing fire and ''roaring so loudly it lifts and throws boulders'' that further smash the rubble, with an epic heavy metal song (a rarity in the Mario series) rocking out as the showdown rages.
** When you finally do beat him, if you're a long-time Mario fan, you get an even greater bonus if you sit through the credits. The babies are returned to their parents, and you hear the classic flagpole theme of Mario games, trumpeted up, as you're treated to a picture of the baby Mario Bros. with the caption, "Our heroes are born!"

!! VideoGame/SuperMario64
* Mario gets another one in ''Super Mario 64'', in the iconic Bowser fight. In order to beat him, you have to grab him by the tail, swing him around, and throw him into a bomb. The result? A HUGE explosion, and a pwned Bowser.
** Even better with the final battle, as Mario has climbed far into the sky to fight him, and the battle is set to some epic background music. You have to blow Bowser up '''three''' times! Grabbing the star afterwards and flying into the sky with heroic music playing... perfect way to end the game.
** On that note, Bowser's encounters in general. Taking cues from his having [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]] a mere generation ago, Bowser ups his game this time; he outright takes over Peach's Castle [[VideoGame/PaperMario64 for the first]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy of many times]] [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU in this series]], steals the source of its power, and puts his hold on pretty much every area of the castle by creating 15 different worlds that you have to explore. And then come the levels where you trek up to Bowser; you go through a gauntlet more similar [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros to]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 the]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 games]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld of]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld2YoshisIsland old]], complete with [[AwesomeMusic/VideoGames "Koopa's Road"]] playing as it builds up to your confrontation, complete with each having a Power Star to boot (2 in the DS remake). At the end of the level you fight the scaly king of the Koopas himself, who across the different battles uses several abilities such as a huge stomp attack, a charge attack, his signature [[BreathWeapon fire breath]], and even teleportation. As stated above, you have to throw him into a bomb to do any damage at all. Then comes "Bowser in the Sky". Pretty much everything is thrown at you this time, and the end has you fighting Bowser with an even ''more'' awesome tune in the background, forcing you to hit him three times to win, and after the second hit he makes the entire ground crumble, revealing a star shape and requiring your aim to be true to even hit the bomb. There's a reason why Mario is the ultimate hero of gaming, especially after this fight.
* There's an oasis in a corner of ShiftingSandLand. What's awesome is the fact that the developers were nice enough to put it there to refill your health at any time, since diving in water and then coming back out refills your health.
* A meta-example, but managing to successfully translate a 2D platforming series into 3D, which had never been done before at the time. Super Mario 64 would go on to leave major marks on the video game industry.
* Each and every time Mario dons the Wing Cap is an awesome moment, soaring through the sky with soaring music playing. There's a reason why it's the game's signature power-up.
* On Bomb-omb Battlefield, using the cannon on the floating island to launch Mario directly into the red-coin star with careful aiming. A flawless victory.

!! VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine
* The Sand Bird ride. You run around the Sand Bird, collecting Red Coins, while the Sand Bird wonderfully screeches like a hawk.
* In Pianta Village, after getting all red coins, and when you're on the gigantic palm tree, you grab a piece of "fluff" (a giant dandelion seed), then it flies all the way to a cloud that has the Shine out in the middle of the sky.
* Bowser Jr. managing to get Mario framed for polluting Isle Delfino; [[spoiler:even though it was largely Bowser's idea,]] TheReveal of Shadow Mario's true identity really establishes how cunning Bowser Jr. can be when he puts his mind to stopping Mario.
* The first appearance of Mecha-Bowser, combined with the CrowningMusicOfAwesome and the fact that he actually ''breathes fire'' at the screen. It also helps that [[SilentProtagonist Mario]] [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness is actually stunned,]] though that might have to do with [[spoiler: Bowser being involved again]]; it's still an awesome reaction nonetheless.

!! VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros (DS)
* Here's one that takes place during gameplay that's pretty easy not to notice when you're conditioned to hop around from platform to platform, but if you see someone else play, you'll notice just how badass the game can look sometimes. In some of the fortresses and castles, Mario jumps onto a wobbly tightrope with lava below, then jumps from that tightrope over a large gap onto another tightrope.
* The [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Mega Mushroom]].
* Bowser Jr reviving his dad, and then some...
* Should you defeat Junior first in the final boss, Bowser will go ''apeshit'' and flood the boss lair with a flurry of fireballs. It's a DifficultySpike for the player, but a brilliant PapaWolf moment for Daddy Koopa.

!! VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy
* The opening sequence could be a moment for Bowser. Ever wondered how he and his kids seem to be able to conquer the Mushroom Kingdom and kidnap Princess Peach so easily despite Mario's presence? One word: '''''BLITZKRIEG.'''''[[note]]For those that don't know, a blitzkrieg (German for "lightning strike") is defined as 'a sudden, swift, large-scale offensive warfare intended to win a quick victory.'[[/note]] An attack of this scale had not been witnessed in any prior Mario games, and it was a good way to show the player the kind of action that was to come.
** Another one for Bowser! Following this initial attack, he uses the power of the Grand Stars to get a foothold in almost every corner of the universe. ''Bowser nearly conquers the universe with little to no prep time.'' Mario's not just the ultimate hero, Bowser's the ultimate ''villain'' being able to accomplish ''that'' on the fly.
** Third time's the charm! This game was the first time Bowser's new VA stepped up to bat, Mr. Kenny James. And good lord, did he make a first impression. It's no wonder he's been a mainstay since; he actually makes Bowser sound like a ''monster''. For the game that takes the "Castle and Dragon" plot across the cosmos, fitting that Bowser sounds more menacing than ever before.
* The Freezeflame Galaxy's purple coin challenge is a particular highlight. You have to scour the entire area for coins, then make a slow danger-filled climb to the very top of the mountain to end up with... 98 coins. To get the final two coins, you have to ''jump off the top of the mountain'' onto a tiny little platform below. One of the most epic-feeling moments in the game.
** What the Toad Captain says while you're up there adds to the awesome:
---> '''Toad Captain''': The summit. It is always the pure essence of challenge that burns in an adventurer's heart. Leaping from here will take all the boldness you possess. You better make sure it's a long jump.
* The final level. The final boss. The final blow. [[spoiler:Mario faces off with Bowser in the ''center of the universe,'' and hits so hard with the final blow that '''''he knocks Bowser into the sun.''''' Even more amazing? [[MadeOfIron Bowser somehow SURVIVES this.]]]]
** And as a result of Mario's actions, ''[[spoiler:the entire universe is destroyed and then recreated. That's right, Mario is the cause of the [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Spiral Nemesis]]!]]''
*** This is only to cause more [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Moments of Awesome]]: [[spoiler:All the Lumas try to stop the end of the universe, cause a new big bang, and reboot the cosmos, dumping everybody back in the Mushroom Kingdom.]]
*** The ending is one of the most epic in any Mario game, and the very end caps it off perfectly. After they wake up in [[spoiler:the new galaxy]], Mario raises his hands and joyfully cries out "Welcome! Welcome, new GALAXY!"
* The moment Mario first used the Red Star.
* You can laud the final battle of ''Galaxy'' all you want, but Buoy Base also deserves special mention. Having Mario fly into an enemy base and just... pummel everything with no hesitation really cements his status as a one man army.
** Or how about what some of the LAUNCH STARS do? For example, blasting right through a BATTLESHIP, which then EXPLODES behind Mario; blasting up from the mouth of a volcano, which erupts as you fly away from it; and probably many more.
* Rosalina deserves some mention here. After you retrieve enough power stars, [[spoiler:she proceeds to transform her space station into comet mode and blasts though the armada surrounding the castle like the ships were nothing but cheap toys.]]

!! VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii
* It's probably fair to say the final battle of ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' is one for several parties involved. At first glance, it appears to be a pretty standard "run under Bowser and hit the switch to drop him into the lava" fight. [[spoiler:Then Kamek reveals himself to have taken Peach's place, and spreads magic around like he usually does. Except this time, it has the effect of making Bowser ''so large that he knocks Kamek out of the sky as he grows.'' Indeed, it's possible that this is [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever the second-largest height to which Bowser has ever grown]] (the largest being his Giant Bowser battles in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]'').]] True, most of the following battle is actually [[spoiler:you running away from Bowser and surviving long enough to hit the switch at the end that defeats him for good -- and it would be entirely unremarkable, if it wasn't one of ''the'' most intense platforming sequences in the game, filled with difficult and time-sensitive jumps and enemies prowling around every corner. [[FinalExamBoss Practically every obstacle is being thrown against you all at once,]] making it that much more satisfying when you finally hit that final switch.]] And if that doesn't sound good enough, imagine doing it alongside three friends. Now ''that's'' NintendoHard.
* Before that, there's the entirety of level 8-7. You ride on a fast-paced undead dragon roller coaster, dodging geysers of lava while it periodically screeches. It's a favorite level in the series for many.

!! VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2
* When you kill Squizzard in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', he explodes, and the Power Star he had flies ''50 feet straight up into the air.''
** Granted, it comes back down, but it's still pretty cool.
* Bowser attempting to devour Rosalina's starship, with her being unable to stop him.
* Bowser Jr.'s final boss fight, the Boomsday Machine, is one of the most thrilling and epic boss fights in the entire series, where you fight the Koopa Prince inside a mechanical tank the larger than some of the planets Mario has been on.
* The final boss, even if it is a bit easy, is this. After defeating Bowser like the other two times you did (which includes ''knocking him into a bottomless pit''), the Grand Star comes down on the platform you confronted Bowser at. Right before you touch it, Bowser pops back up and then ''eats the Grand Star, turning him huge again.'' Then he ''summons a black hole,'' and you fight ''free falling in it'', landing on meteorites and then ''ground pounding them into Bowser.'' Once you knock the final meteorite into him, he ''falls into the black hole in slow motion, and it closes up.'' And all this is topped off by what is arguably the most epic music in Mario history. Holy crap that needed a lot of italics.
** When this is over, Mario lands on a planetoid some ways away, and looks over at the black hole. Suddenly, Princess Peach bursts out of it riding the Grand Star, floating over to Mario in a way that says "I'd bet you'd almost forgotten me, huh?" which at this point, the player probably has. Just a little reminder that despite all the kidnappings, Peach is a PrettyPrincessPowerhouse when the opportunity arises.
* Completing the final final level, [[spoiler:The Grandmaster Galaxy: The Perfect Run,]] counts as a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for the ''player''.
** Even better, [[ThrowTheDogABone you can complete this level as]] [[spoiler: [[ButtMonkey LUIGI!]]]]

!! VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros2
* [[spoiler:The Koopa Clown Car Corridor. A sequence in both the World 6 and World Star castles where you must cross a series of conveyor belts suspended over lava. ''While the Koopalings are flying around shooting petrifying eyelasers at you, giggling with each shot''. Not only is it the most challenging sequence in the game up to that point, making it all the sweeter when you beat it, but after all these years, seeing the Koopalings all attack the Bros together in a game for the first time is immensely satisfying. ]]

* The intro is a crowning moment for Bowser. In most other Mario games, he just swipes Peach and Mario has to trek to the Koopa Kingdom to rescue her. But in this game, he thought differently. He decided to instead take Peach at her castle, then literally threw Mario and his friends ''out'' of the Mushroom Kingdom. And Bowser ''succeeds'' in taking over the Mushroom Kingdom until Mario inevitably shows up.


!! VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG
* ''Bowser joins you and fights alongside you''.
** You get to fight the toughest boss in the game, Culex, as a BonusBoss. Fans of Franchise/FinalFantasy may recognize [=FF4=]'s boss music, as well as the four elemental crystals iconic to Franchise/FinalFantasy. And after you're done beating that long hard battle, you know the standard victory fare isn't enough. BOOM, he turns into colorful sparks and your party does their victory pose, while you get a load of EXP and coins, and the epic ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' victory music is blaring out of the speakers.
* There's a tiny one which doubles as a subtle [[Heartwarming/VideoGames Heartwarming Moment]]. When you first meet Mallow, his [[spoiler:adoptive]] grandfather's coin's just been stolen, and, though he has been raised as a frog, he cannot jump. 6 stars' (and one recovered coin) worth of adventure later, Mallow's discovered [[spoiler:that he's a prince]], has found [[spoiler:his true mother and father]], and when he needs to jump onto the skybus taking the party to Bowser's Keep.... he does so. With aplomb.
* [[ Midas River 100 coin run]]. Enjoy.
* Princess Peach, after being rescued early in the game, sneaks out of the castle to join you and fight alongside you. She starts out primarily as a healer, which is great in itself, but level her up and get her the right equipment and she'll also become an awesome ActionGirl in her own right!

!! VideoGame/PaperMario
* In the not-quite-Final Battle, Bowser has made himself invincible by using the Star Rod, but Mario undoes the invincibility by using the Star Beam, a power granted to him by the Star Spirits he rescued in the game. When Bowser's taken enough damage, he flees. In the ''final'' Final Battle with Bowser, you're on a special energy-booster platform -- the platform's energy boost, combined with the Star Rod, makes [[spoiler:the Star Beam fail to work]]! At this point, Princess Peach (along with just about everybody in the Kingdom) makes a wish for Mario to win, giving just enough power to the Star Spirits to help Mario take down Bowser once and for all.
** Don't forget the SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic that plays for that ''final'' final battle.
* The opening of the game is a huge Crowning Moment for Bowser. He managed to storm the heavens, become invulnerable, kidnap an entire castle, and almost kill Mario. Holy wow.

!! Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
* The scene before the final boss in VideoGame/PaperMario: TTYD is one for Peach. Peach, [[spoiler:who [[DemonicPossession has been possessed by the Shadow Queen]], is commanded by Grodus, who never learned that EvilIsNotAToy, to obey him. She then goes and fires a bolt of lightning at him, which leaves NOTHING BUT HIS HEAD.]] This coming from a Mario game.
* Cortez causes a few of them. Not only does he [[spoiler:survive you beating him, and pretty much making fun of you for it]], but he really brings down the house when [[spoiler:his ship gets repowered, and he busts out of a wall calling Lord Crump a foolish mortal. Then, with the Ghost Ship that crashed anyone who got close to his island, he heads into an epic ship battle with the X-Nauts.]] After him making me feel so screwed several times, he's got a pretty nice exit (or entrance).
* If you bring Vivian when you engage the Shadow Sirens for the last time, she says what many consider to be the best line in the game to her abusive sister Beldam.
--> "No sister, this time ''I'm'' going to punish ''you.''"

!! VideoGame/SuperPaperMario
* Not only is the star itself absolute 8-bit awesome, but the Mega Koopa involves an enemy picking it up and becoming a gigantic 8-bit Koopa, and running you down.
* Peach gets one in Super Paper Mario, where she [[spoiler:kicks Mimi's behind. (Mimi insults her, she gets angry. Including a large-text 'Understood' that scares the crad out of Mario and Luigi.) She scared them so badly that not only do they say it's ok for Peach to fight Mimi alone, but they also walk away BACKWARDS to emphasize how scared they were.]]
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "Crad"... halfway between "crag" and "crud"... that's actually really cool.]]
* You're talking to that nice old wizard, and suddenly, [[spoiler:Dimentio, who at this point has begun to reveal what a MagnificentBastard he is,]] shows up ''out of nowhere'' and SENDS YOU TO THE PG VERSION OF HELL. No battle, nothing. Just snaps his fingers and pretty much kills your whole party. What's more, [[BatmanGambit he's relying on your ability to overcome that]], and has in fact helped you out.
** More of Super Paper Mario: The Bitlands (save the giant tree), Sammer's Kingdom, and the Brobot fight in space.

!! Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
* Prince Peasley and Princess Peach thwarting Cackletta's [[spoiler:initial]] plan '''before it even begins'''.
* The Mario Bros. ambushing Cackletta and Fawful at the Woohoo Hooniversity. Fawful tries to get between the Bros. and Cackletta, but Luigi pounds him into the ground with ''one swing'' of his hammer, taking him completely out of the fight.

!! Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time
* Mario and Luigi (and their baby counterparts) infiltrate a Shroob base only to get caught by the Shroobs. They are surrounded and appear to be completely screwed... then [[spoiler:[[IntrepidReporter Kylie Koopa]]]], [[DressingAsTheEnemy disguised as a Shroob]], proceeds to blast the beheezus out of all the Shroobs surrounding the heroes with a stolen Shroob blaster. ''Awesome''.
** Then, there's the fight against [[spoiler:Bowser and Baby Bowser]]. It just feels so... right to defeat the duo.

!! Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
* With all the little dialogue bits Bowser gets, it really shows the range of his newest VA, Kenny James. Seriously, who ''wouldn't'' destroy their throat doing those guttural growls? This guy's dedicated.
* The plot is one Crowning Moment for Fawful, considering he went from a [[TheDragon Dragon]] from the first to the BigBad, holding true to his vow of vengeance in [=M&L2=].
** Not to mention [[spoiler:the final battle is one for Bowser, who defeats a dark clone of himself by ''punching the everloving shit out of it'']]. And [[spoiler:the whole thing is ''playable.'']]
*** Also, [[spoiler:the clone happens to be the shape-changing Dark Star Fawful recently dug up, so basically, Bowser ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punches out]]'' the ArtifactOfDoom.]]
*** This is made especaially awesome if you consider the build up to the fight. [[spoiler:The Dark Star stole DNA from Bowser's body, taking on his appearance and learning souped up versions of Bowser's techniques. Consider now that until you get rid of the Core with the Bros. it's essentially a MirrorMatch, with Dark Bowser constantly getting back up no matter what you do. Essentially, this means Bowser had more strength within his body than the game's ArtifactOfDoom/[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu resident Satan]].]]
*** [[spoiler:Let's talk about the whole punching scene. Bowser punches him '''''FOUR''''' times, then, charges up...and '''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu FALCON PUNCHES]]''' Dark Bowser. Possibly because of the epicness of the moment (it's actually ''slowed down''), the clone EXPLODES. No joke.]]
** Then there's the moment that happens just before that. Bowser is at a platform on top of Peach's castle, facing [[spoiler:his [[EvilCounterpart Eviler Counterpart]], who's really the Mushroom Kingdom's closest analogy to {{Satan}}, with the souls and/or bodies of everyone in the Mushroom Kingdom besides the Mario Bros., Starlow, and Peach swirling around him in a hurricane that threatens to destroy the entire kingdom, if not the entire world. His reaction to being told it is hopeless, and that the kingdom will soon vanish?]] Something very close to, if not exactly what, follows:
---> '''Bowser''': [[EvilLaugh GWAHAHA!]] [[CasualDangerDialogue Great dark hurricane!]] Seriously, [[AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield perfect backdrop]] for an awesome {{final b|oss}}attle! [[LampshadeHanging You really sweat the details!]] (Pause) Listen up! You're saying the kingdom will vanish? '''[[PreAsskickingOneliner NOT TODAY! THIS KINGDOM IS ALL MINE! SO YOU VANISH!]]'''[[FightWoosh *SHOWTIME!*]]
*** And it's all accentuated by the fact that Bowser himself receives one of the best Final Boss songs in the Mario games.
* The ''entire game'' is basically one long SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for Bowser. Even when he ''picks up {{Idiot Ball}}s'', he manages to make it either [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]] or [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]].
* Another, more subtle one, is when he is hit by the train. If you pay attention, you'll see that near the end of the track, he ''nearly stops the train'', if it weren't for {{Rule of Funny}} putting that rock there. ''This'' is the true extent of his strength.
* Broggy Bonker. Just the plain attack itself. It's already quite funny that the giant angry guard dog you fought and buy items from earlier in the game is beating up bosses, including Dark Bowser. It's freaking awesome when, if you get the attack perfect, about twenty Bitties attack the enemy after it in a line, possibly making the enemy confused. See for yourself at about 2:18 into [[ this video]].

!! Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
* A whole host of moments, for the Bros and the villains, but the standout has to be the final battle. Mario and Luigi [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu beat a]] [[spoiler: RealityWarper Bowser]] without ''any sort of power boost''. There is a '''very''' good reason they're the heroes of the world.


[[folder:Other Mario games]]

* The two sports games made by Creator/SquareEnix are pretty much the reason the Mario Sports series deserves at least one Tv Tropes article. For the first one, Mario Hoops 3 On 3, pretty much every playable character gets one when doing a special shot, and when you unlock [[spoiler:[[Franchise/FinalFantasy Ninja, White Mage, and Black Mage]]]], [[RuleOfCool their special shots are none other than]] [[spoiler:some ninjutsu, ''Holy, and '''Meteor''''']] for crying out loud! As for the game's still-made-by-Square SpiritualSuccessor, Mario Sports Mix [[EmbeddedPrecursor (which includes basketball anyway)]], '''[[spoiler:[[ BEHEMOTH BOSS BATTLE.]]]]''' [[RuleOfCool Who cares if it has nothing to do with a sports game, it is exactly as awesome as it sounds.]]
* Mario Party DS has the mini game Bowser's Block Party. Bowser has a belt that turns himself into various forms using blocks, and one of them has his face on it. He mainly uses fire attacks throughout the battle. How do Mario and friends beat him? Nothing but kicks and punches (with star power), which is kind of awesome in a way for them.

[[folder:The Movie]]

* Yoshi tripping Lena and allowing Daisy to escape.
* Mario and Luigi freezing the tower to buy time, since reptiles are cold-blooded and it would slow them down.
* The mattress chase scene was awesome, especially with [[ the music]].
* Lena stealing the meteorite back from Mario and Luigi.
* The Thwomp Stompers, jetpack boots that emulate the jump height from the video games.
* Mario bluffing Koopa by pretending his shoelace is the meteorite necklace to buy time for Luigi to get to the rock.
* The Bob-Omb. To quote Destructoid's [[ list]] of why the Mario movie is underappreciated:
-->Mario stands on a bridge, weaponless and defenseless. King Koopa stands across from him, armed with a flamethrower. What does Mario do? He takes out the small windup bomb given to him by the old, fungi-fied king and proceeds to wind it. Koopa squints, trying to see what he's doing. Suddenly, the realization hits him:\\
At this point, everyone in the city sees what Mario has in his hands, and they proceed to FREAK THE FUCK OUT. Cars crash, people trample each other in an effort to run away, and chaos generally ensues. All based around a small black ball wearing plastic Reebok shoes (seriously, the Reebok logo is on the Bob-ombs shoes. I'm not posting a capture of it, you'll have to look for yourself). There isn't a kid alive who saw the movie and didn't want one of these.
* The special effects. This film had to literally ''invent'' new technology to make much of its visual effects look as realistic as they do. Unfortunately, ''Jurassic Park's'' effects were a much more explicit focus, so it gets more attention for its influence on the industry.
** Daisy appearing in the sand.
** Yoshi. For an animatronic puppet, it looks like it just stepped out of a time portal to the Jurassic Era.
** This also applies to the Goombas. All of them, ''including'' those only seen in the background, had multiple movements built into the heads.
** The pan over the city towards Koopa's tower. This was done by ''one man'' over a period of six months and was deemed ''impossible'' beforehand.
** The CGI Tyrannosaur looks amazing, especially for the time.
** The King turning back into a human.

[[folder:Other Media]]
* On 8.21.16. the day of the 2016 Olympic Games' closing ceremony, Mario made an appearance in a presentation about Japan. It gets better, Japan's Prime Minister came out of a giant Warp Pipe, in a Mario costume, and that was followed by a dance. It doesn't end there, said warp pipe was part of the dance's choreography. A warp pipe, an object in a video game, became part of a presentation celebrating a country's culture. And Mario himself is now a part of Olympic history, outside of crossovers with Sonic the Hedgehog. Can any other video game company say they have a character big enough to warrant the leader of a country dressing up as them, and an appearance in an event as big as the Olympics? Here's an article [[ covering]] Mario's appearance.