Awesome: The Twilight Zone

  • The climax of "One More Pallbearer", when Mrs. Langsford, Reverend Hughes, and Colonel Hawthorne refuse to gratify Paul Radin's egotistical demands in exchange for his shelter, choosing to retain their honor and compassion, wing it and spend their last minutes of life with friends and family before the (staged) nuclear war occurs. And after all the prolonged berating the petty Radin gave them, they manage to break him with comparatively fewer words.
    Radin: "You're too blind or you're too stupid, because none of you seem to understand. All you have to do—literally, all you have to do—is to say a sentence. Just a string of silly, stupid words. Like a command, colonel, or like a lesson, teacher, or like a prayer, reverend. All you have to say is you're sorry. All right, you want to die, fine. But you'll be back inside five minutes. There's the elevator! Take it! Take the farce to its conclusion. Go up into the street and see the panic and the frenzy and the horror. And then come back down here to your salvation. Or you can watch it all down here on that screen. You can see it all happen, the whole thing. Watch the world being shoveled into a grave. It's your last chance. It's your last chance, I mean it. Tell me, reverend, is life so stinking cheap that you can throw it down a drain?"
    Hughes: "Life is very dear, Mr. Radin, infinitely valuable. But there are other things that come even higher. Honor is one of them—perhaps the most expensive of them all."
    Hawthrone: "Amen."
    Langsford: "Try not to get too lonely, Mr. Radin. Use mirrors. They may help. Put them all around the room. Then you'll have the company of a world full of Radins. It'll be a fantasy, of course, but then your whole life has been a fantasy, a parade of illusions- illusions about what people have done to you, illusions about what justice is, illusions about what is the dignity of even the lowest of us. A fantasy, Mr. Radin, and you can have it all to yourself."
    • Mrs. Langsford gets just before that as well. Immediately after Radin presents his gloating demands—a prolonged, humiliating apology in exchange for a place in his shelter—she interrupts and cuts him down by pointing out that he's doing exactly what spoiled brats do when they want something: asking "pretty please." The Colonel and Reverend follow her example by not even entertaining Radin's offer for a moment.
    Langsford: "Pretty please with sugar on it."
    Radin: "How's that? Speak up, teacher."
    Langsford: "Pretty please with sugar on it. It's what children say to exact a favor. I don't want your favor, Mr. Radin! Let me out of here! If I'm to spend my last quarter hour on Earth I'd rather spend it with a stray cat or alone in Central Park or in a city full of strangers whose names I'll never know."
  • Jason Foster's blistering "The Reason You Suck" Speech in "The Masks":
    You're CARICATURES, ALL of you! Even without your masks, you're all CARICATURES!
  • Mr. Dickerson's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Wallace V. Whipple in "The Brain Center at Whipple's".
    • Not to mention Dickerson knocking Whipple on his ass.
  • "Death's-Head Revisited". Pretty much everything from "The trial is over" to "Your final judgment will come from God".
  • Lou Bookman making a sales pitch that captivates Death himself in "One For The Angels", saving a girl's life in the process.
    • Not only that, but he actually manages to convince Death to buy mutiple items from him. Death likely has no need for personal possessions, but Bookman managed to sell a spool of thread and (presumably) a number of other things to him all the same. That is one hell of a pitchman. The last part of the pitch basically balances the books, allowing Bookman to trade his own life for that of the child, which is stated to guarantee him a spot "up there", in heaven. One for the angels, indeed.
  • "The Jeopardy Room". A Soviet defector is being toyed with by 2 spies in his room. He must find a bomb in 3 hours (it's in the phone which will explode if he picks it up after it rings). He takes his chances and escapes. The spies enter the room. The phone rings and one of the spies answers it. The defector was on the other line and he is on his way to New York City.
  • The World War I British pilot Decker's Heroic Sacrifice as revealed at the end of "The Last Flight". It could also double as a Redemption Equals Death, since he was always a coward and originally he left his friend and fellow pilot Mackaye for dead.
  • Romney Wordsworth's death from "The Obsolete Man". Turning the tables against a totalitarian state on live television, all on its own terms.
    • Wordsworth got to pick his own method of execution, and he chose a bomb exploding in a room. This leads to added awesomeness because he traps the chancellor that helped condemn him in the room with a half-hour to go. Wordsworth faces death with dignity, but his foe doesn't. In the last few moments, just as Wordsworth expected, the chancellor cracks and pleads to be released. A pleased Wordsworth agrees and the chancellor escapes the room just in time. Problem is, since the execution was televised, everyone witnessed the chancellor's weakness and the state deems him obsolete - something Wordsworth almost assuredly knew would happen. The ending implies he is given the much more painful death of being torn apart by a furious mob.
  • Jeff Myrtlebank beating up Orgram and later scaring off the townspeople in "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank".
  • The fight between the man and woman in "Two" (and the woman is Elizabeth Montgomery. Yes, it's Charles Bronson vs. Samantha Stevens!).
  • In "He's Alive", an elderly Holocaust survivor finds that his young roommate has become a Neo-Nazi and is giving a speech to some impressionable youngsters. The old man declares, "Never again!" and punches the teen out. Later, the teen angrily shoots him, but the old man decides to Face Death with Dignity and warns the Nazi that, "You can't kill an idea with a bullet."
  • Colonel Sloan's speech to the colonists at the end of "On Thursday We Leave For Home". The leader of the colonists, Captain Benteen, formerly kept the colonists together with the idea that a ship would come to take them back to Earth, because the world they had found was practically uninhabitable, but when the rescue arrives, he's less than willing to give up his authority. He tries to convince them that Earth is a terrible place, and death is certain for all of them if they go. This is how Colonel Sloan responds:
    Sloan: Captain Benteen! Why don't you let your children vote on it?!
    Benteen: Only if they know what's waiting for them! Only if they know the Earth is not a garden. It never was a garden! And it never will be a garden!
    Sloan: Fair enough! Fair enough. Then I'll tell you what Earth is. It's a race of men, struggling for survival. Just as you have survived. And Captain Benteen is quite right when he tells you it isn't a place of all beauty. We may yet have wars, and there still remains prejudice, and I suppose as long as men walk, there will be angry men, jealous men, unforgiving men. But it has one thing that you don't have! One thing. It lets every man be his own master. There won't be any Captain Benteens down there for you. There won't be anybody to tell you when to eat and when to sleep and when to meet. There won't be anyone to tell you when to dance or when to sing or how to play. And instead of the thirst, you may feel hunger! Instead of heat, you may feel cold! But you'll be men and women, you won't be sheep! You won't be a kindergarten! And when you pray to God, his name won't be Benteen!
  • From the revival episode "I of Newton", two words: "Get lost." Which is how the protagonist gets rid of a demon who wants his soul.
    • More specifically, there was a challenge presented: if the protagonist could come up with a task or question the demon couldn't complete, his soul remains untouched; a bonus was being able to ask him 3 questions of anything involving himself. After botching the first, the protagonist uses the remaining two to uncover the following: the demon had literally no limitation on what he could do, where he could go and if he could get back. In other words, he could not get lost.
    • Bonus points for said protagonist being a Badass Mathematician.
  • "Nervous Man in a Four-Dollar Room" is a half-hour "The Reason You Suck" Speech...that also completely reforms a low-level gangster into someone willing to stand up for himself, be his own person, and live an honest life.
  • "A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain" has a woman who married a wealthy man solely for his money, but the man hates being much older than his wife so he confides in his brother to make a youth serum. He takes too much and by the end regresses to a toddler. The woman is ready to ditch him, but then his brother gets his CMOA where he points out if she leaves she'll have nothing so she'll be forced to raise her regressed husband and as he ages so will she so basically the roles will be reversed and if she leaves him alone for one minute she loses everything.
  • "Dealer's Choice" (another revival episode) gives a quiet Moment of Awesome to the little guy, and even the Devil himself. A group of friends gathers for a poker game, only to discover that "Nick," the man who is supposedly the cousin of a usual player, is actually Satan. When Nice Guy Marty leaves the table to use the bathroom, the Devil drops the charade and explains that he's come to claim one of the men's souls. They agree to draw cards to determine the loser; that man then plays a game of poker one-on-one with Nick to try to win back his life. Marty returns as things go south for Pete, the loser, and the game is apparently over when the Devil flips the last card to reveal it to be the Tarot "Death." Pete prepares to leave, only for Marty to reach out and touch the card; his complete innocence and simple faith breaks the Devil's power, transforming it into a regular six and making Pete the winner. That's an Awesome Moment in and of itself...but then Satan trumps it by proving himself both Affably Evil and a Graceful Loser, thanking the men for a great time and whipping them up a huge feast, complete with a fridge full of beer.