Awesome / The Dreamstone

  • Rufus Earning His Happy Ending in the feature length pilot, perhaps most notably risking the wrath of the Frazznats (one of few things established to kill an Urpney) to get back the Dreamstone.
    • In his faceoff with the Whirlyped he manages to fend off it's claw by biting it with his Cute Little Fangs. Rufus' teeth can penetrate metal.
    • Almost any time afterwards he gets back the stone on his own via competence, especially ones involving him doing something smart. His Satchel Switcheroo against Zarag in "The Substitute" for example, or using the spell book they are delivering to en-trance the Urpneys in "Auntie Again".
  • As sympathetic as the Urpneys were, any time the Noops didn't win easily or through Deus ex Machina, and were made to show their own valour was refreshing:
    • The Noops and the Wottles escaping Viltheed in "The Stowaways", as well as sabotaging the Urpneys' plan without them even noticing they were there. There were no twists of luck or convenient errors by the villains and the elder heroes all but refused to help them. The Noops won solely through wits and stealth.
    • Also outsmarting and destroying the title creature of "The Neemod". Yeah the Urpneys' buffoonery helped a bit, but this is a monster that even Zordrak had trouble disposing of in the past.
    • In "The Mirror", a lake monster attempts to drag Amberley down into the water. Rufus wrestles with it's arm for a long while but eventually pulls it off, upon which it grapples him. Amberley on the other hand just grabs a large tree branch and lobs it off him with two quick whacks.
      • Following this the Urpneys of all people perform an accidental rescue, when their malfunctioning droid performs a Curbstomp Battle on the monster. After this it also makes a "missed by a second" attempt on taking the Dreamstone (which also applies as another mini Awesome Moment for the Noops).
    • "A Day Out" is a pretty noteworthy example, elaborately sneaking through Viltheed and snatching the stone from Zordrak via a split second opening. Rufus also gets an implied Offscreen Moment of Awesome saving Amberley from falling off her snagged leaf.
  • Zordrak, usually an Orcus on His Throne, also has an Awesome Moment in the same episode. While always menacing and sinister, his plans rarely expanded past giving the Noops bad dreams originally. Here he makes a full Badass Boast of his plans for his new treasure; to take it to the Nightmare Planet and corrupt it into evil, so he can use it to crush his enemies and become "LORD OF THE UNIVERSE!!!". The Noops creeped out expressions throughout sell that things are a lot more dire for them from this point on.
  • Zordrak's face off in "Megattack", finally leaving his lair to unleash a full scale invasion on the Land Of Dreams. The heroes know they are outmatched so call upon the Planet Dreamstone, leading to an epic Beam-O-War. The Noops get a mini Awesome Moment by managing to deactivate Zordrak's hovering throne before he gains the upper hand.
  • Zordrak's Dangerously Genre Savvy moment in "The Nightmare Stone". When the heroes make a fake attack on Viltheed so Rufus and Amberley can sneak inside and steal the title stone, Zordrak quickly suspects and gets Frizz and Nug to capture them in time. He would have won if not for another intervention...
  • After Urpgor is fired by Zordrak in the same episode (the title trinket rendering his inventions redundant), he manages a secret coup that disposes of the stone and leaves the overlord reliant on him once again. Urpgor is a sniveling toady but he does not take rejection well.
    • He does it again in "Return of the Nightmare Stone", pulling an Enemy Mine with Rufus and Amberley by directing them to destroy the titular stone. This culminates in "The Return" where Urpgor hides the depowered stone for good on the Nightmare Planet without Zordrak even noticing.
    • He and Blob's squad also neutralise and capture Zordrak's new minion, a solid Argorrible, to avoid redundancy in "Horrible Argorrible".
  • In "Urpgor's Great Adventure", after Urpgor keeps complaining about Blob's failures he is told Lets See You Do Better. He does actually get off to a good start, he captures Albert and snags the Dreamstone with near zero effort. When the Noops corner him and demand he surrender, he immediately attacks them with his multi purpose mech and actually has the upper hand, until Albert breaks free and the Noops manage to get all his weapons to knot into each other. This also counts as another case Albert and the Noops pull through without assistance, showing they can take on a more aggressive foe than Blob's troops.
  • Let's be honest, while they were villains, it was impossible not to find any time the Urpneys did something competent somewhat gratifying:
    • In "The Spidermobile", the Urpneys spend the entire episode on top, using Urpgor's Spider Tank to curbstomp the entire Wut army and take the stone handily. Then when Pildit and the Noops come to take it back, they quickly neutralize them again, dragging them to their cell while they can only moan indignant. For extra points, they actually avoid their usual Humiliation Conga, Zordrak ends up taking the fall instead (quite literally).
    • In "Albert's Ailment" the Urpneys actually beat the Noops and Wildit (one of the most formidable Wut soldiers) at Good Old Fisticuffs and tie them up. They were all of a second away from destroying the stone as well before another flourish of luck freed the heroes and rejuvenated Albert Just in Time.
    • In "The Return" not only do the Urpneys manage to construct a means to escape the Nightmare Planet and get back home (with a complex catapult device Urpgor is implied to have built simply from leftover bits of metal), but they rebuild Viltheed entirely from scratch by the following episode.
    • In "Argorrible Attack" Zordrak sends the Urpneys to spread the Argorribles in a quick opening during the night before the Dreamstone can be utilised. Though Pildit and the Dream Maker catch on beforehand, they underestimate how quickly they could pull it off, with the invasion of nightmares proving mostly successful.
      • Eariler, Frizz gets annoyed with Blob yelling at him to clean out the hose they're using in their plan, and angrily snaps that if Blob can do better then he's welcome to try, prodding Blob as he does so. While Blob quickly puts him back in his place, this is among the very few instances Frizz finally loses his temper at his Bad Boss.
    • Given how often the show ran on Protagonist-Centered Morality, pretty much any rare moment the Urpneys got the upper hand specifically because the heroes started getting too douchey about it was pretty cathartic:
  • At the start of "Albert's Ailment", Urpgor gives Blob and his men their orders to test out his new teleporter, pushing and jabbing Frizz and Nug while ranting at them. Frizz finally loses his temper and socks Urpgor in the face, leaving him dazed.
  • Also him going completely apeshit on Urpgor after making him go on a torturous visit to Auntie in "Urpgor's Auntie".
  • He also lividly chews out Blob for tricking him in "The Dream Beam Invasion", leaving the latter dumbfounded.
  • Even though it ultimately ends in miserable failure, Blob tricking Urpgor into letting him and his men "test" the Molemobile (when they're really going to steal it) in "Blob's Incredible Plan".
  • Frizz and Nug shrinking Urpgor, followed by Frizz firing him out of a catapault, in "The Shrinking Stone".
  • Mr. Blossom in "The Monster", when he sees the titular Humongous Mecha - instead of running away in fear, he yells at it for crushing his flowers, and hits it with his spade.
  • Zarag dupes the Noops by posing as a Dream Maker in "The Substitute", and as an extra insult has them obliviously send nightmares to the whole town in another rare victory for the Argoribbles. As mentioned above, Rufus outsmarts her when trying to get the Dreamstone, again defeating a more Worthy Opponent on his own.
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