Awesome: The Avengers

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    The British TV series 

  • Steed has one MoA in the episode "The Girl From AUNTIE", when he strolls into the villain's office and "goes undercover" with: "Good afternoon! My name is..." (Ostentatiously produces a large collection of business cards, flips through them, selects one, hands it over...) "...Wayne Pennyfeather Fitch!"
  • Another one for Steed in "A Touch of Brimstone" - infiltrating the revived Hellfire Club, he's given an alarmingly huge goblet of strong drink as part of an initiation... he leisurely downs it without a break, then politely asks for a little more.
  • In "A Sense of History," Steed is accosted by a group of rogue students and their extremely nasty leader. They attempt to bully Steed, but he grabs the leaders arm, obviously causing the leader extreme pain, all the while carrying on a casual conversation.
    Professor: (after breaking up the crowd of students) If he bothers you again, just contact the Headmaster.
    Steed: I'll do better than that. (pause) I'll break his arm.
  • Tara fighting off her would-be-killers, Earle and Gardiner, in "The Curious Case of the Countless Clues", despite her broken ankle. Indeed, by the time Steed arrives to her "rescue", Tara has not only beaten to two, but is also calmly waiting for him with her feet up and drinking some tea.

    The American superhero comic 
Finally, Kang the Conqueror has taken over the world. He has won at long last. But only the Worthy Opponent shall sign the Articles of Surrender...
  • The first Avengers story ever had Loki be defeated by Ant-Man. As he held the heroes at bay by making himself radioactive, an army of ants opened a hatch beneath him, causing him to fall into a lead-lined room where he could be taken back to Asgard.
  • Issue 4 has the iconic image of Captain America being frozen in ice, as the Wasp recognizes him. When he wakes up, he assumes the worst and attacks the Avengers, catching them massively off-guard. He was only stopped by the Wasp growing to her full size in front of him, causing him to hold back and come to his senses.
  • In issue 6, the Avengers are dealing with a large, alien rock that is about to detonate and can only be neutralized if it's hit very hard in the one spot that isn't pulsing. Thor's hammer would be perfect for the job... except that he was knocked unconscious as Donald Blake. So the Wasp deliberately agitates the Hulk into attacking her. He punches the rock's vulnerable spot when trying to hit her, which destroys the rock and saves the world.
  • Ultron, and an army of Ultron drones, has committed genocide of an entire country, held off a massive UN invasion force, and the Avengers wade into the battle anyway and are overwhelmed. In his headquarters Ultron is gloating to his prisoners when a wall explodes, revealing Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, Firestar and Captain America wounded, bleeding, their costumes in shreds, standing there. Thor sums up the situation:
    • And then Ultron kicks their asses. The narration even states that they wouldn't have been able to beat him with their full strength. And then the Scarlet Witch's Hex Power, the only hope they had of beating him, backfires making him more powerful than ever. At which point Justice, who had been left back at the base due to a broken leg (which he got due to his refusal to stay on the sidelines), shows up. He has spent his time studying every encounter anyone has ever had with Ultron, desperately searching for anything which might be useful. He has flown half-way across the world, still with a broken leg, to deliver something that might be useful. Which he hands over to...
  • For the villain side, basically everything Kang the Conqueror does in the Kang Dynasty storyline that lasted for a year and a half. The first thing he does is give a speech, broadcast worldwide, that lasts for basically a whole issue...but even if he had vanished from the story immediately afterward, this would STILL be a crowning moment, as that one speech leads to military coups, invasions by two separate subspecies of humanity, worldwide supervillain uprisings, basically more chaos than most villains accomplish in their entire career. But, naturally, he doesn't vanish and becomes more and more badass as the story continues, until he conquers the entire planet Earth through military cunning and a knack for predicting his enemies, something no other Marvel villain had ever done. This story essentially turned him into Marvel's version of Grand Admiral Thrawn.
  • The Under Siege storyline from Avengers 233-237. Baron Zemo led a huge group of supervillains in an all-out assault on the Avengers' headquarters. The villains beat Hercules to the brink of death and tortured Captain America by tearing up mementos from his past and brutalizing Jarvis in front of him, but the heroes—led by the Wasp—rallied to win the day.
    • The Wasp and Ant-man fought off the Absorbing Man and Titania. In particular, the Wasp used her shrinking spray on super-strong Titania to even the odds.
    • Thor and Doctor Druid showed up to help the heroes gain a second wind.
    • Captain America's final defeat of Zemo at the end.
  • When the Grim Reaper used a group of dead Avengers in a plan against the Avengers. Every member gets taken down, except the Scarlet Witch, who arrived late that day. The lead dead guy was her lover, who has been Not Quite Dead lately. While tied to a chair, she basically talks at them until she can use her magic to try and convert them. The end result is left a little vague for dramatic reasons, so when the heroes go back to their former master, someone just has to say something:
    Wonder Man: You brought us back because you though it would be poetic to use us as your pawns... but you forgot something. We're Avengers. And the Avengers will oppose you... to the bitter end... and beyond."
    • Special mention should go to the cover: the undead heroes, breaking to fourth wall to stare out at the reader. The blurb reads "Yeah, they're dead... wanna make something of it?"
  • Simon had another CMOA during the Michael/Korvac saga (Avengers #177): after Michael mows down every member of both the Avengers and the Galactic Guardians, he's the first of the survivors to recover and goes one-on-one, overcoming months of aggravatingly whiny self-doubt to do it:
    Wonder Man: "Get up, Mike, I want to slug you again! I see you're getting your energy back, but I don't mind! After all, I'm the strongest man alive, my fists hit like Thor's hammer... and I'm not afraid anymore!."
  • In Avengers #400, Jarvis has been tricked by Loki to use his knowledge of Avengers' history to conjure duplicates of EVERY VILLAIN THE AVENGERS HAVE FACED BEFORE. When Loki doesn't have more use to Jarvis, tries to kill him, but Jarvis activates his Avengers commcard. He has only one card, but it's an ace. The seven Avengers still conscious ignore enemies that were about to kill them moments before, because one of them (Jarvis) is in danger.
  • During the Onslaught Saga, the Avengers face Holocaust and Post. When Cap says "We cannot defeat them" Wasp thinks all hope is lost. It turns that Cap meant they needed to use their own strength against them. Cap activates Post's camouflage to trick Holocaust into shooting the invisible Post (trying to hit Cap). When Holocaust notices he was tricked, he gets so confused that becomes defeatable by Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
  • The ending of Avengers Forever. When the Timekeepers fling an army of every single evil Avenger that ever existed in the multiverse at the tiny group of time-hoppers brought together to stop their plans, what do said time-hoppers, who have already been through multiple battles do? Proceed to fight like hell, until Rick Jones succeeds in channeling the power he got from the Kree Intelligence in such a way that they can summon up every Avenger who hasn't turned to aid them. The ensuing melee is epically awesome.
    • Carlos Pacheco gets a CMOA for this as well, considering the sheer amount of characters he had to draw for both of those scenes.
  • One of Tony Stark's Iron Man armors underwent a viral-invasion-induced metamorphosis, turning him into a naked woman with a silvery gleam on her body who turned out to be Ultron. After announcing her intent to destroy the Earth, the Avengers fight her off, so she pulls off several plans to keep it going. With time running out, the Avengers pull a desperate plan. Hank Pym shrinks down the Avenger Ares, and launches him into the mouth of the female Ultron, so he can defeat her from the inside with his secret weapon: A Commodore 64.
    • For added amusement/WTF factor, that naked metal woman? Was a double of Pym's ex-wife Janet (Ultron has a thing for his 'father''s wife), who was also part of the plan to take it down.
      • Awesome, if not for the Avengers - this Hank Pym wasn't actually Hank Pym, but a Skrull infiltrator. Making this a CMOA for the Skrull Nation.
  • The low-level legacy hero Triathlon meets the guy whose power he inherited. Senior guy muses that he should return to action, despite not having any powers, getting by on simply being "old school. And nothing beats old school!"; then he comes to his senses and gives Triathlon his original goggles, which let him see shapeshifters. A day later, Triathlon stumbles onto a secret conspiracy of shapeshifting aliens, and singlehandedly defeats a superpowered sleeper agent. The alien starts whining that his race spent years working on ways of avoiding detection by the humans. Triathlon's response:
    "See these goggles? They're old school. And nothing beats old school." (cue the villain getting a sword through his head)
  • During the Avengers: Disassembled story arc, after the mansion's been leveled, Ant-Man and The Vision are killed, She-Hulk's gone berserk, and Iron Man has humiliated himself things look pretty grim. While SHIELD is investigating what happened, Captain America is told by Hawkeye that some other heroes are here. Cap goes out and sees nearly every former and reserve member of the Avengers has come to help.
  • The first day after the Parker Family moves into Avengers Tower, May tells Wolverine, "There's no smoking and no drinking in the breakfast room until after noon at the earliest," plucking the burning cigar out of his face and dropping it into the drink in his hand.
  • Ares gets several MOA during his Avenger career:
    • During a battle with Iron Man's armors controlled by female Ultron he ran out of ammo, so he just ripped in half one of the armors and used its rocket legs to burn other ones.
    • Later in the same battle he jumped at one of the armors, embedded a knife in its head and used it to steer while he rode the armor.
    • In his own mini-series he got two new ones, first by shooting at people with a Gatling gun, while drinking a beer in other hand, and second by surfing a bomb.
  • In "Breakout", in New Avengers, Daredevil, Spider-Woman and Foggy Nelson are cornered by Carnage in a cramped prison 42 stories underground. Nelson pleads with the then unknown Sentry to step out of his catatonia and help them. A few panels later we see him walk up to Carnage, grab him by the throat and take off straight up. The next page is nothing but a dozen "Boom" sound effects over the exterior of the prison, and then we see him rip Carnage in two in the stratosphere.
  • The issue to mark the end of Kurt Busiek's first year on the title. Backstory: the Vision, an android, had been angsting a lot about what his wife had had to endure because of his... unique ability to cheat death. He decides on a workaround where he uses his "deaths" as grounds for an annulment, then acts more "robotic" and "logical" around her. He's just been caught out on this when, in their current mission, he has to make contact with some heroes trapped in a giant robot using his built-in comms. This proves difficult. But rather than do the "logical" thing and go for help:
    "No! I admit, it is more... painful... than I had anticipated... but this is a setback! I can amplify the signal... scan for the carrier wave... and I will maintain the link!"
  • When Ms. Marvel was raped by Marcus Kang and later gave birth to him, the Avengers didn't seem all too concerned and were in fact thrilled when Carol was pregnant. Cue Chris Claremont and Avengers Annual #10, in which Carol rips the team a new one for their behavior.
  • One that needs to be seen to be appreciated. Count Nefaria has gained amplified copies of the powers of Whirlwind, Living Laser, and Power Man - turning him into a Captain Ersatz of Superman, power-wise. He proceeds to wipe the floor with the Avengers, hoping to draw out Thor and learn the secrets of immortality. Thor finally appears, Nefaria goes Oh Crap!...but then Nefaria takes out Thor, anyway, and the only hope the Avengers have left is the Vision. The entire team piles on Nefaria, keeping him off balance, until the Vision plummets from the stratosphere at maximum density to ram Nefaria into the ground, finally taking him out.
  • One of the earlier examples, from issue 6 - Captain America comes face-to-face with Zemo, the man who was responsible for Bucky's death and Cap's freezing, and he has this to say:
    "I fought your kind, Zemo! I fought you every day of that war! You said Americans were weak! You said we could never fight for freedom. Well, feel this grip tyrant! It's the hands of a man who loves his liberty! Look into my eyes, and know that I would die for my freedoms! The world must never mistake compassion for weakness! And while I live - it won't!"
  • Monica Rambeau is pretty much made of these, at least under certain writers. Her biggest highlight is probably attacking Zeus, as lightning, and actually hurting him. She was also chosen as leader of the Avengers not long after she joined them. Al Ewing on Mighty Avengers has been giving her a lot of awesome moments, including single-handedly killing a Mindless One - a magical being that's pretty much unstoppable.
  • In the 2003 story "Standoff", Captain America is trying to prevent a war from escalating.
    Cap: Stand your ground, soldiers.
    Officer: I have orders. Direct from the President of the United States. Move out!
    All of the soldiers salute Cap.
  • A recent collaboration between Marvel and Hajime Isayama has birthed the Cross Over mini-comic Attack on Avengers: the Earth's Mightiest Heroes (along with Spider-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy) go toe-to-toe with massive humanoid man-eating monsters!
  • During the Ultron Forever mini-series, the Walt Simonson-era Thor and Lady Thor are attacked by another Thor in a Bad Future, one working for Ultron. The first issue ends with Ultron!Thor impaling Simonson!Thor with his sword... only for the next issue to begin with Simonson!Thor revealing that he's from the time where Hela cursed him, and therefore being impaled can't kill him. Thor then shocks Ultron's means of control out of his counterpart by creating a storm inside him.
    • Later on, how does Ultron, who has become godlike, and capable of deflecting Mjolinr, get defeated? Thor gives his hammer to Lady Thor, and she uses them to smash a hole in time, utterly atomizing Ultron.