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Awesome: X-Wing Series
Rogue Squadron
  • Corran helping vape a Lancer-class frigate, an Imperial ship specifically designed to kill starfighters, by having a squadron of Y-Wings target him with their torpedoes so he can lead them into the enemy.
  • The second battle of Borleias. After a Curb-Stomp Battle during the last attempt at invasion, the Alliance tries again. Rogue Squadron is the head of the spear, despite their effective combat strength still being halved due to a lack of replacement starfighters. Even knowing what happened last time, the pilots show no fear upon learning they're going back.
  • Early in the book there's a description of the kill silhouettes painted on Wedge's fighter; so many of them that the mechanic has had to result to colour coding to indicate squadrons of kills rather than individual ships and to top it off the whole to display is bracketed by two half Death Stars.

Wedge's Gamble
  • The liberation of Coruscant. How does an elite starfighter squadron bring down the defenses of the Imperial capital? By hijacking a giant construction droid to help capture a vital computer core, knocking down the power with a monster thunderstorm spawned by hacking a mirror satellite to vaporize a lot of water, and flying some obsolete snubfighters through the galaxy's greatest metropolis during said power outage and monster storm to hit some strategic targets. And at the end of this Wedge decides "hey, that worked pretty well, I should start another fighter squadron to encourage this sort of thing..."

The Krytos Trap
  • A villainous example: when a certain capital ship completely inverts a Colony Drop at the end of The Krytos Trap.

The Bacta War
  • Captain Sair Yonka's resignation from Isard's service, complete with epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • The final battle of the Bacta War: a small fleet of underarmed freighters, a squadron of X-Wings, a comparatively weak Star Destroyer, and an outdated frigate engage a Super-Star Destroyer and win!
    • Beforehand, that Super Star Destroyer and a sister ship attack a rusty space station run by Booster Terrik. A minute later he's asking for their surrender as they desperately try to flee. And Booster finally finds a spaceship he's willing to captain again.
    • Tycho shooting down Isard's shuttle. With an assist from Corran thanks to the targeting data he was (accidentally) relaying.
  • High Admiral Teradoc gets one after the failed ambush at the Graveyard. He tells the Head of Imperial Intelligence, who essentially runs the Empire that he'll only lend her toys if she promises they won't return broken (referring to the Interdictor he lent her, which was damaged in the ambush).

Wraith Squadron
  • In a twisted way, one of the pilots who washed out of Wraith Squadron. Accused of theft, he denied the charges, then gets chased down by Wes Janson because he stole the picture of Wedge's dead parents that Wedge kept on his desk.
  • Piggy's alibi for the assault charge that landed him in Wraith Squadron. The "victim's" charge claimed the "attack" had occurred thirty minutes before the charge was filed. Piggy pointed out that if he had actually hit the man, thirty minutes later the man would still have been unconscious. (He really blocked a punch thrown at him by the "victim.")
  • One of the New Meat mouths off about how Wedge is getting too old to be an effective pilot, and should leave the flying to the young. Wedge responds by challenging them to a land race: first to drive a hover-truck past a certain point wins. The race begins, and Wedge seems to be having trouble. As The Rookie approaches the finish line, Wedge drive his truck up a ramp, lands on the rookie's truck (which slows it to a near stop), and then rushes ahead to victory. When she complains that he cheated, he points out to her that if he were an enemy pilot that cheated, she'd be too dead to complain. She gets the point and shuts up.
  • Voort "Piggy" SaBinring vs. the entire crew of an Imperial corvette. The corvette surrenders.
  • Kell's attempt to save Jesmin when her damaged fighter starts to crash: he uses his own fighter to try and nudge her out of a fatal dive, conducting a series of mid-air collisions. That was insane. Other pilots would have destroyed both fighters attempting it. True, it didn't work, but that was mainly because the g-forces had already rendered Jesmin unconscious and unable to do anything to save herself.
  • When Kell returns to battle in Wraith Squadron. Yes, he ran away, but he conquered his fear and came back.
  • If you're going to get killed in an epic space battle, taking down a Star Destroyer by flying your unshielded, underarmed Mook Mobile inside the capital ship and chewing it apart from within is a pretty good way to go.
  • Definitely the moment when Myn Donos enacts his revenge on Apwar Trigit. "One for Falynn. Two for Talon."

Iron Fist
  • Lara/Gara, who at this point is not on the Wraiths' side and is only trying to infiltrate them, takes out Colonel Repness' corrupt smuggling operation single-handed. Her "hacker" letter she uses to expose him is worth quoting in its entirety.
    I am the unseen, the unknowable, the unstoppable.
    No computer can stand before me. Gates open for me. Back doors are revealed to me. Knowledge willingly spools itself out for my inspection. I am the Jedi of the electronic world.
    I have found evil aboard Tedevium. I have found corruption. Like the Jedi, I shall cut it down.
    Examine these files. Test them for integrity. You will find they are the truth.
    Go where these files lead you.
    Do what you must do, as I do what I must do.
    Signed, White Lancer.
    • Random, painful misspellings and grammar errors not included.
  • Castin Donn, in his Dying Moment of Awesome, destroys his datapad, ensuring that highly classified information is not found by Zsinj.
  • Shalla Nelprin single-handedly crippling a Super Star Destroyer with a sneak attack, disabling the shield generators and the main bridge. Her role in the ship's destruction earns her the right to have half a Super Star Destroyer silhouette painted on her fighter.
  • Face gets one in deducing one of Zsinj's main strategic goals weeks before it's confirmed: the acquisition of a new Star Destroyer under construction in Imperial space.

Solo Command
  • Piggy's response to being shot by Admiral Ackbar's attempted assassin: he picks up a desk and slams it into the assassin and a wall so hard that the other side of the wall bows out and knocks over (and knocks out) someone who happened to be standing there. And he did this right after being shot in the stomach. The assassin, for the record, was smushed.
  • Wedge intentionally allowing himself to be shot at during a battle, even ordering his squadron to let the attacker continue, on Squeaky's say-so. Granted, the attacker was using powered down lasers and was actually transmitting crucial information to him, but only Squeaky knew that at the time. It wasn't until after the battle that Wedge got a full explanation.
  • Lara/Gara's astromech gets one, given how it managed to abduct and reprogram an entire army of the small mouse droids aboard a Star Destroyer, thus making itself a General. Especially when the mouse droids provide some well needed sabotage in the big battle.
  • Related to this, Lara almost single-handedly brings down Warlord Zsinj from within his flagship, fools him into a losing gambit, eliminates his alien experimentation program and frees the prisoners, and then has the gall to send a message to General Solo and the rest of the New Republic fleet right under his nose. Truly a reason to punch the air and cheer.
    Lara Notsil: "Iron Fist is now in the Selaggis system with her hyperdrive inoperable... I recommend you come by and take a look. Oh, bring your fleet too."
    • And for an encore, program's Iron Fist's bridge computes to send real-time updates on the damage estimates of Zsinj's fleet... to General Solo, letting him know exactly where to shoot in order to destroy the Warlord's forces as quickly as possible.
  • When Tal'Dira's brainwashing gets activated, he attempts to shoot down Wedge while they are on a mission. However, a small part of his mind rebels at the horrible thing he is being forced to do, and he manages to break through the brainwashing for long enough to switch his shields to the rear, allowing another pilot in front of him to vape him, preventing him from killing Wedge.

Isard's Revenge
  • Anyone who played TIE Fighter might squee when a certain triple-winged starfighter design shows up in Isard's Revenge.
  • Booster Terrik gets the Crowning Moment Of Awesome of all Crowning Moments of Awesome in Isard's Revenge when he beats the ever-loving shit out of Borsk Fey'lya, bare-handed, over the his attempt to manipulate a Rogue Squadron pilot for his own political gain. Never in Star Wars has a beatdown been so thoroughly earned, and made the audience so happy to see it done.
  • Iella Wessari's Little "No" at the end of Isard's Revenge and making "Iceheart" panic.

Starfighters of Adumar
  • Starfighters of Adumar has one for Wedge when he is given the mission assignment. When General Cracken, the HMFIC of the pilots in the books up until this point, shows up telling Wedge that his vacation is cancelled, Wedge immediately begins unleashing snark and vitriol on him. When Cracken threatens him with charges of insubordination, Wedge reminds him that he is a General now and "what I am is dangerously close to is violence."
  • Wes Janson's oh-so-satisfying beatdown of a very deserving Adumari noble.
    • The way he does it is awesome too, because he chews out the guy while literally beating the point Wedge had been trying to make into his head and only giving him a glimmer of hope before crushing it and moving onto the next glimmer.
  • The four versus thirty fight in Starfighters Of Adumar. The four are Wedge, Tycho, Wes and Hobbie, so of course they win.
    • Even better, when another lot of Adumari fighters challenge Red Flight immediately afterwards, a third Adumari squadron challenges their challengers to allow Red Flight time to escape. Because if four beat thirty, those four have damn well earned an escape.
  • In preparation for the final battle, Wedge has been ordered to get some sleep by his other pilots out of fear that he will be too exhausted to fight properly if he doesn't. When he awakens, he discovers that the size of the attack force he will be leading has more than doubled overnight due to various nations becoming willing to either join the fight or change sides solely because Wedge was leading the assault.
  • The final battle itself. The free Adumari forces and Red Flight hit Cartann with everything they've got, timing it so that the enemy's initiative will be sluggish from sleeping in to be ready for their favored time of attack, multiple layers of deception, and using each craft type they've got where it excels the most. And up until the TIE Interceptors show up, they are actually winning. So to deal with the TIEs, they plan on getting Red Flight back into their X-Wings (which Darpen had confiscated before setting the up to die.) As Wedge himself notes; the Adumari wanted to see X-Wings in action in lethal dogfights. They got their wish. The more fool them.
  • Non-combat one. Non-Cartann pilots come to learn from Red Flight. Wedge takes them in and treats them just like any of the other pilots and helps them learn. This comes up later, where the squadron that helps them after the four-on-thirty duel comes in to help their teachers, using those tactics on the enemy, and the other Adumari nations note that Wedge had gained a lot of allies by taking the time to teach the pilots instead of just killing them for the honor coupons.
    • Tied to this; Darpen tells Wedge to cut the simulated duels because the 181st was eating up honor coupons. Wedge basically blows him off and points out that if they act like the Empire they would become the Empire in all but name, and that he would not kill young men and women simply because they wanted to duel with Wedge for the honor.
  • Diplomatic one for Wedge. After Darpen makes Wedge and Red Flight a rogue squadron, Wedge points out that he is still the man in charge of the New Republic mission there because his orders did not tie to intelligence and technically speaking he was not to know who Darpen was. So what does he do? He makes a rough alliance with other Adumari powers because as a combined force they could A) succeed, and B) accomplish the New Republic mission even if the Empire gets Cartann.
  • Speaking of Darpen, how Wedge, upon returning to Cartann victorious, completely undercuts everything he says, puts his under gunpoint along with Tycho, forces him to give the order to end the communications blackout (after which the leader of the Republic flagship "wants very much to speak with him"), and puts him under arrest until he can stand trial. He's last seen in prison, planning a defense for a trial he cannot win, thanks to Hallis's recording that implicates him.

Mercy Kill
  • The major showdown in Mercy Kill where Piggy banks completely on the assumption that Thaal has already completed his disguise. Followed by Face returning from the dead and completely owning the head of GA Intelligence.

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