Black Canary easily wiping the floor with Kid Flash and Superboy in training without her powers.
Which makes it all the more awesome when, in "Auld Aquaintances": Robin almost effortlessly defeats her. Granted, she had a handicap
Aqualad going toe to toe with Black Manta.
In "Downtime" Mera, Aquaman's wife, creates a magic giant octupus construct to wipe the floor with a large contingent of Black Manta's troops. Just minutes ago, Aquaman announced that she was pregnant.
Queen Mera: "I need no protection!"
Also in "Downtime", in the intro, the team has gotten their collective ass handed to them by Clayface. Suddenly, Batman breaks in from the skylight and drops Clayface in around ten seconds, as if it was part of his daily routine by now.
Lex Luthor is introduced as his full Magnificent Bastard self, teaming up with Ra's al Ghul and hiring the League of Shadows to distrupt a peace summit while also hiring Red Arrow to protect it, ultimately getting that peace and a bundle of cash with it.
Aqualad forming a water shield to protect the peace summit, while Red Arrow shoots an explosive arrow through at Cheshire at the last second.
"Terrors": Superboy tricking Icicle Jr. into helping him take down damn near the whole prison. Bonus points for Superboy also using his head while angry with Killer Frost.
Also from "Terrors" - Amanda Waller facing down Icicle Sr. (who has taken over the Belle Reve prison, but is still struggling to actually get out of it.)
Icicle Sr.: Tell me how you did it or I swear you won't thaw for a millennium!
Amanda Waller: At which point, you will still be in Belle Reve.
Hell, anything Waller says is her telling the villans in different ways, "You Shall Not Pass."
Riddler gets one near the end. After being treated as a worthless nobody by the other prisoners, he is the only prisoner who escapes.
In "Homefront", Red Tornado's "siblings" Red Torpedo and Red Inferno invade the cave and have captured and are about to kill Superboy, Aqualad, Miss Martian, Kid Flash, and Robin. Artemis pretends to surrender and instead of handing over her bow, kicks one, jumps on another and backflips and while still in midair fires an arrow across the room to Robin's E.M.P. device, activating it and shutting down the robots, saving the lives of the rest of the team.
Also in "Homefront," Robin basically spends the middle part of the episode being a hyper-competent badass, always thinking two steps ahead of the situation, leaving no possible advantage untapped, never panicking, never giving in, and still managing to get in some snark and wordplay. It's a truly breathtaking display of exactly how well-trained he is, and his usual childishness seems to vanish. He only snaps at Artemis once to try and get her head on straight.
Robin: [dead calm] You seem distraught.
Artemis: [panicking] Distraught? M'gann is dying, we have no powers, and I'm down to my last arrow! Of course I'm distraught!
Robin: [raising his voice] Well, get traught or get dead.
Lets put this in perspective, every single action of his never seems to be without a point. He throws a Robin-rang and it lands near Kid Flash after ricochet-ing off the enemy. It seems like a coincidence, but it turns out, Robin needed Kid Flash's scientific expertise to make an EMP so he ricocheted the rang off the enemy at Kid Flash knowing that the rang had a built in Com. Batman would have been proud.
"Alpha Male": The Brain gets one when he pulls off a Stealth Hi/Bye on the team. Let's put this in perspective. A brain in a robot the size of a Dalek took a giant gorilla and himself and disappeared while freaking out the Team.
While the team was arguing to Aqualad, Batman was able to silence them with one word.
The usually docile Aqualad gets one when, after the entire team constantly put him down and bicker against him for the mole deal, he basically takes command, tells them to shut up, and obey his orders until the end of the mission.
Aqualad: Enough! Captain Marvel has been captured, and we must act as a team to save him!
Kid Flash: Heh, under your leadership? I don't think s-
Aqualad: This is not up for debate! You all chose me to lead. When the mission is over, if you wish to select a new leader, I will happily step down. But until that time, I am in command here!
"Revelation" does not disappoint. Especially the fact that the team was sent on a mission to battle 7 villains. Also the team established that they have a plan B. Plan B is to use the Helmet of Fate against Wotan in case they were underpowered.
Robin also get one in the fact that throughout the battle Count Vertigo kept wondering where he was. Let's put this in perspective; instead of dealing with the other teenagers with super powers (and the Wolf), the Count was worried about a 13 year old boy. For good reason too. It was Robin's exploding discs that took out the control center.
Aqualad/Dr. Fate pulling a Big Damn Heroes moments after The Joker goes Ax-Crazy and releases all the Joker Venom in a last ditch effort to kill the heroes and the whole Injustice League too! Aqualad/Dr. Fate saves everyone by getting rid of the Venom with one spell.
"Fate Lad": "FEAR NOT. FATE HAS INTERVENED!"
Mention really ought to be given to Robin going toe to toe with the Joker. Especially with Joker's one-liners, beforehand.
The Joker: Always wanted to carve this bird. *Flips open a switch-blade*
The Joker:[imitating Dr. Fate's earlier proclamation] WONDER BOY! YOU ARE MINE! Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!
The Injustice League themselves, for bringing Reality Ensues in a pretty awesome way: as good as the Team are, they're still just kids, and the Injustice League is made up of A-List villains like The Joker and Black Adam. The Team simply cannot beat them on their own, and the Team has to resort to Dr. Fate to turn the tides. (And even after that, they still need a Big Damn Heroes moment from the Justice League)
Zatanna's first onscreen display of magic (in turn, her first MOA) is forcing Ivo to spill T.O. Morrow's location. Before this, Ivo was facing off against M'gann, confident that he'd ward off another telepath. Afterwards...
KF coming up with a way to deal with the supervolcano. Forget superspeed, Wally's real superpower is science.
Not to mention that he was able to hold his own in a fight with the Reds with a broken arm. Barry Allen chose well!
Red Inferno and Red Torpedo do not see why they should help save humanity, since they are no longer human. Red Tornado gets them with a single response.
Red Tornado: The premise of your question is flawed. You were never human, but you were heroes.
In "Disordered," Batman comments that he expected the team to rally after the disastrous events of "Failsafe." Martian Manhunter completely cows him.
Manhunter: "Trauma tends to linger, as I know you know, my friend."
Also from "Disordered," the Forever People when they form Infinity-Man.
Forever People (as one): TARUU!
Superboy using the Super Cycle to gain control of Infinity Man.
Artemis is all kinds of badass in "Secrets", probably the best part is when she blows up the kitchen.
Zatanna was no slouch either. Her creating a giant ring of fire so they could retreat and trapping Harm in ice really stood out. Also the girls team work in of itself was awesome, pulling off an interesting take of Bow and Magician. And this is only the second time they've met/teamed up.
Also, from "Secrets" M'gann, Connor and Wally's plan for turning Marvin's Halloween prank on himself. Even includes M'gann shapeshifting into a demonic Marvin the Martian to scare him off, just for the sake of irony. Pretty hilarious as well.
Billy Batson/Captain Marvel deserves one in "Misplaced". Billy definitely deserves it when you take into account the first time he changed into Captain Marvel that episode he had no idea what had happened to the adults. It was this fear of not knowing what would happen to his Older Alter Ego that had prevented him from changing right away. As he said, "Billy Batson has the courage of Billy Batson. SHAZAM!!!"
The whole episode is one for the Light. They need a distraction so they can steal something from S.T.A.R. Labs, so what do they do? Arrange for a few different thefts simultaneously? Unleash some Dumb Muscle to attack the League directly? No, they basically split the goddamn world in two!
The entire climax of "Coldhearted" was one long MOA for Kid Flash.
There's a quick shot of Zatanna destroying one of the ice fortresses with a massive fire spell.
The best part is that this is one of the few times the Light's plans fail completely. An organization of borderline Villain Sues was outwitted by Kid Flash.
Kid Flash deciding that once the police officers are safe from Vandal Savage to just keep on going, because the little girl who needed the heart was much more important than fighting a super villain at the time. Especially awesome because you know just how much he wanted to keep fighting.
Vandal Savage surely deserves a spot here, too, engaging someone capable of approaching the speed of sound in hand-to-hand combat.
And vice versa, Kid Flash deserves a spot just for matching Vandal in physical combat. Consider that Kid Flash is frequently Overshadowed by Awesome when it comes to actual fighting (plus, he often doesn't seem to be moving much faster than the others on the team), and that Vandal is thousands of years old, incredibly strong, and the inventor of cannibalism. This guy can go toe-to-toe with most of the Justice League, and Kid Flash fights him to a draw.
M'gann managing to defeat Psimon again to protect her secret is kind of a scary one; judging by his vacant stare and drooling, the implication is that she broke his mind!
At the meeting of the Justice League to decide on new members in "Agendas", Batman definitely gets one for standing up for Captain Marvel. Flash pointed out that, since they were for making the cut-off age for being eligible for League membership 18-years-old, that Cap technically shouldn't be allowed to join, since he's really only 10-years-old. Black Canary suggests that Cap should leave while they discuss this, but Batman states that, as a current member of the League, Captain Marvel still had the right to participate in the discussion about his eligibility.
Superboy's second battle with Match in "Agendas".
The team, particularly Miss Martian, Superboy, and Artemis, get two in "Usual Suspects". First the whole team comes out on top after being set up and ambushed. Then the three of them finally come clean with their Dark Secrets, and because of that, the whole team is able to pull wool over the eyes of their respective evil Secret Keepers and come out on top again. Brainwashed mentors? They'll be fine.
The Light get one too. Their efforts to subvert the Team may have failed miserably, but their plan to brainwash the Justice League went perfectly.
In other words, not one but two cases of Out-Gambitted. By different groups. In one episode.
The battle between the Team and the mind-controlled Justice League in "Auld Acquaintance" is absolutely full of these.
Robin and Superboy tag-teaming Batman and Superman.
What's more, in order to win, Superboy makes Robin briefly expose him and Superman, whom he's got in a hold, to Kryptonite. Superboy was clearly in pain, but he endures it anyway to save Superman from the mind control.
The fight in the airlock with Kid Flash, Artemis, and Aqualad against their mentors.
Zatanna using a spell to revert Captain Marvel back to Billy Batson. As he's flying at her. It 's such a close call, Billy ends up colliding with her.
Rocket using her powers to capture Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman, one of the most powerful heroes in the planet in regards to sheer brute strength, and Rocket stops her cold, namely because any struggling from Wonder Woman actually makes Rocket's power that much more effective against her.
Perhaps think the biggest goes to Roy Harper, or more accurately the Roy clone, who is the Roy we've known since the start of the series since he referred to the original Roy as "Speedy". He's cloned by the bad guys to infiltrate the good guys, and only realizes the truth when it's too late. But he still helped save the day. In the end, he vows to find and rescue the original Roy who is being held captive by the Light. If that's not heroism, nothing is.
Another one goes to Red Tornado, for managing to subvert his own mind control. It seems small, but if he hadn't, the whole team might have gotten the Starro-tech treatment. Aqualad missed getting mind-controlled by that much. And all Tornado needed to do it was a 0.16-nanosecond delay.
As of Season 2, "Happy New Year," we have Lobo. Just Lobo. Its to be expected though, the Main Man is practically made of awesome. He heartily trounces both Wonder Girl and Batgirl without even breaking a sweat, completes his contract as promised, and then takes his leave of Earth like it was nothing.
Wonder Girl also gets one as well for actually give Lobo a run for his money for a little bit there. She makes her entrance on the scene by flipping over him just as he's about to kill Secretary-General Tsang, and then punches him in the gut so hard it staggers him, brings him to his knees, and shatters the all the windows in the room.
Wonder Girl/Cassie Sandsmark: Okay, big guy, let's see how much punishment you can take!
Robin (Tim Drake), Blue Beetle, and Lagoon Boy handling themselves like pros when they unexpectedly run into the main alien base staffed by hundreds of the aliens.
Season 2, "Earthlings," Beast Boy and Superboy versus a whole shipload of Kroloteans, plus the ones that escaped from last episode. Total ownage by our boys in the most awesome way possible.
Season 2, "Alienated", the team and the League track both the Krolotean invaders and Black Manta's crew to an island where their main base is held beneath a volcano. It starts as a recon mission, and escalates into an all out brawl as the Batman Family, Aquaman and La'gaan, Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl, and Superman and Superboy proceed to mop the floor in a coordinated assault that pushes the invaders and the villains back. That is, before the Light's latest partners plant a bomb of alien origin that blows the place up.
Superboy especially for OHK-ing four alien mecha in a row, especially considering a single mecha almost killed him in the previous episode.
Superman gets a major one for trying to talk the Kroloteans into letting him save them from said bomb, staying behind while the rest of the League and the Team get clear as he tries to convince them that they're in danger and he's trying to help. Regardless of the language barrier (though it's clear they understood him), and the fact that these are invaders bent on taking over the world, "Big Blue" still wants to do the right thing and save them as well. That's why he's the one people look to for inspiration, guidance, and hope. No matter who you are, he's not going to give up on you. He's a hero, through and through.
He also gets one for taking a bomb to the face. Without a scratch.
Even before that, Blue Beetle's reputation continues to prove a bane to the invading Kroloteans. Not only does his mere presence make one of them drop impersonation of Bibbo Bibbowski, cut and run, but the Kroloteans later talk about the Reach in hushed voices as "The Competitors", like some kind of boogeymen.
Hell, Bibbo himself even gets one. Not only does he appear as a One-Scene Wonder (at this point at least), but he lays out his impostor with one punch! It's even presented in the same slo-mo manner as Wonder Girl's punches!
Bibbo: There's only one Bibbo Bibbowski. Remember it!
Kaldur gets numerous ones, evil or not.
Takes down Superboy in three seconds.
Blasted Aquaman with his helmet Eye Beams (didn't hurt him, but it knocked him down).
Leads his entire group of henchmen very effectively, and spots the intruders almost immediately after one of his squads fails to report.
All in all, it's safe to say Kaldur hasn't lost his edge, even if his morals have taken a dive.
While we're talking about "Salvage", a good chunk of Superboy and Blue Beetle's fight with the Appellexian golem could count as this. Actually, Superboy is all kinds of awesome in this episode- it shows how much he's matured in the last five years.
A meta-example from "Salvage" as well, for the entire production team: in this universe, Lian Harper is alive.
Bart Allen/Impulse travels from Mount Justice to Central City in mere seconds. He crossed states in SECONDS. Compare that to Wally needing 4 hours to get to Seattle in "Coldhearted".
Earlier in the episode he blinds Robin. With paper.
Nightwing taking down Impulse. He throws a bunch of marbles in the hallway to trip him up. Bart sees them coming, grins, and avoids them by running up on the wall. He stops to gloat, yelling about how something like that's not gonna stop—when Nightwing comes out of nowhere to elbow him in the gut, knocking him to the ground, and handcuffs his wrists and ankles.
Then when Nightwing gives Impulse a glass of water, Impulse quickly realizes it's to get his DNA for testing but drinks anyway. A little later when Bart escapes Nightwing reveals that the water also had nanotrackers, truly shows how he was trained by Batman by always being two steps ahead.
Roy shaking off years of decline — right down to shaving off his Beard of Sorrow — to take down the entire guard retinue of a large complex alongside his wife Jade/Cheshire. Bonus points, for good or ill, for bringing their baby along the entire time.
Word of God confirmed that the arrival of Lian inspired to make drastic changes in her life for the well being of her daughter. Just knowing that confirms that Jade would do anything for her baby girl, even give up "bad life". It also shows that she is different from her father Sportsmaster, who didn't quit the Light even after his wife was paralyzed and eldest child ran away.
In "Depths", we learn that Nightwing, Aqualad, Kid Flash and Artemis have been running a scheme to infiltrate the Light, and Kaldur's Face-Heel Turn and Artemis' death were all a part of the plan. They kept this a secret from the entire Justice League and the Team, includingBatman.
By the same token, they get a crowning moment for completely reversing the usual formula of the show. The show usually ends with the team thinking they've won, only for The Light to reveal that while they suffered some sort of loss, they still achieved this or that objective. "Depths" ends with Black Manta thinking the shuttle destruction, the capture of La'gaan and the death of Artemis went the way The Light planned... only for the team to reveal that, while they suffered losses, their true objective — increasing Kaldur's credit with The Light and planting Artemis among the operatives — was reached.
Lex Luthor: And that, my dear, is why I spent top dollar for a customized desk.
Roy's line before firing off a missile:
Roy: You gotta love modern military weapons. It's easier for a one-armed man to fire a rocket launcher than it is to put on his pants.
This is a fifteen year old boy. He'd only been trained by Green Arrow a few months when the Light took him. He's been in suspended animation for eight years, is probably not in the best shape, is still groggy from being woken up and he's missing an arm. He take son an entire complex of trained guards and manages to impress Lex Luthor with his tactical skill and determination. He is one badass kid.
The hapless Captain Cold attempting to rob a bank... Not realizing it's directly across the street from a bridal shower of about seven extremely powerful super-heroines.
Captain Cold: I'm completely doomed, aren't I?
Rocket: One hundred percent.
Blue Beetle and Impulse vs the Terror Twins, Icicle Junior, Tigress (Artemis), and Aqualad. Two of these were formerly senior members of the team and the twins went toe to toe with Superman and Martian Manhunter. Bart and Jaime are the newest members of the team. That's how badass they are.
Mal saving Nightwing's life after Aqualad blows up Mount Justice and Superboy, Nightwing, Wolf and Sphere are caught in the explosion. If Mal hadn't hurried and swam the harbor Nightwing's unconscious body would have fallen into the water and he would have died.
Also, had Mal stayed longer at the lab—Karen noted that he would get bored quickly—he would've been too late.
Wally's massive What the Hell, Hero? speech to Nightwing. The cave has exploded, three more members have been taken hostage, and Superboy, Nightwing, Sphere and Wolf would have drowned if Mal hadn't come home early. Nightwing tries to explain it by saying the flashdrive he had explained why it had to be done, and says that Aqualad gave them time to get out, but Wally shuts him down by pointing out that he has no proof of that and is just guessing. To cap it off, he asks Nightwing if he's so sure Aqualad really can be trusted. Dick may be okay for a starting Magnificent Bastard, but he's in way over his head and somebody needed to point out that there are too many variables for this to be safely controlled.
Blue Beetle vs. Black Beetle in "Before the Dawn". Jaime isn't just fighting for himself and his friends, he's symbolically fighting against his own bad future.
Also the fact that this mission almost went perfectly in achieving its objectives: they broke in, rescued the hostages, and discovered the name of their enemies. the hiccup in The Mole plan aside, the league now is much more prepared to face The Reach when the time comes.
Don't forget about Wonder Girl here! Remember when Cassie first faced off against Black Beetle? He nailed her with a punch that not only threw her back, but sent her to the floor, doubled over and clutching her chest/stomach in obvious pain. Its very likely he either broke a rib or another major internal organ with that hit, and yet, she gets back up and keeps on fighting, even endures being repeatedly slammed into the door by Black Beetle, never once backing down.
Virgil Hawkins grabbing a gun and aiming at Black Beetle. He's been abducted, placed in a pod, and just watched Black Beetle take down several experienced heroes, but does that stop him? No.
Lagoon Boy's rescue of Blue Beetle. He dodges plasma blasts, swings and grabs a very heavy Blue, and all while holding on to a drop line and being towed and then reeled in by it at high speeds. And this was after he got electrocuted and thrown across the room into a console.
Credit where credit is due, Black Beetle hands the entire rescue team their asses. Even when Blue Beetle joins the fight, their battle ends with him unconscious and Black fine (although he did have to let them go to repair damage to the ship).
Batgirl taking charge during the mission and giving orders to Nightwing.
Mal becoming Guardian to face down Despero. Considering that Mal is only Mission Control while Despero's strong enough to resist mystic lightning attacks and everything else thrown at him, that is nothing short of amazing.
Big props to Captain Marvel for giving everything he could towards Despero and downright acting something like a Papa Wolf towards the team, ironically considering true age
Later, Zatanna and M'gann working together to turn Despero's power back on himself.
Jaime ignoring advice from both the Scarab and Impulse and telling the League the truth about the future Reach apocalypse and his part in it. He then tells them that, whatever it takes, they need to get the Scarab off his spine.
The Ambassador gets his for the expert way he manipulates things. First, he forces Captain Atom to admit that the team ambushed the Reach with bad intel; then gets the league to admit to having The Watchtower. Captain Atom himself admits that "he beat me without firing a single shot."
"True Colors" has a number of these, primarily the much anticipated arrival of Deathstroke. In space of one scene, Deathstroke intimidates Sportsmaster just by showing up, prevents him from assassinating Black Manta- thus securing his position as the former's replacement as enforcer for The Light- and nearly offs his competition in one fell swoop.
Sportsmaster himself did not disappoint. After spending much of the show serving the Light's whims, when his request for retribution is denied, he just attacks Black Manta, one of his superiors, without second thought. Takes a lot of guts to do that.
Not only that, but Sportsmaster knew exactly what he was doing going into this meeting with his superiors, and he knew that regardless of the outcome, he was going to get his way. If they decide to grant his request and allow him to kill Kaldur, he achieves his goal of revenge and repairs the damage to his reputation. If they deny him his vengeance, he simply goes for his true target (i.e. Black Manta), and attacks him in front of all of them. If he kills him, fine, he has his revenge and reputation; and if not, then he's "fired" from his position as their enforcer, which leaves him free to pursue his vendetta against Manta unabated. Quite The Plan for a villain people usually don't think twice about. Hell, the only reason he bothered making a formal request to the Light instead of outright killing Manta was because of his "code of honor."
Plus, his one-liner before attacking Manta is pretty badass:
Sportsmaster: Fine. If the minnow is under the size limit, then I'll go fish for the whale.(Hurls a wicked-looking fuuma shuriken at Manta)
As is his parting one-liner to Vandal Savage, reminding him that he's not the only one that can plan ahead. Probably the closest anyone's ever gotten to saying Shut Up, Hannibal! to the Light.
Savage: Fortune favors the prepared.
Sportsmaster: You don't say. *wall behind him explodes and he gets away scot-free*
Jaime letting Bumblebee and Atom cut into his spine. He's screaming in pain, but he's still letting them work. That takes guts.
Green Beetle and The Team VS Black Beetle. Probably Black's first legitimate defeat.
Heck, Robin (Tim Drake) gets one by landing two hits (one electrified) on Black Beetle with his staff at the start of their fight that cause him to stagger and grunt. They don't seem to hurt him much, but the fact that his hits are having any effect at all on a guy strong enough to overpower Superboy and shrug off anything else thrown at him is really something.
Watching Green Beetle/B'arzz O'oom fight is just awesome itself. He completely catches Black Beetle off guard, slashes at him (which is blocked), flips over his attack, and the second Black attacks him on his descent from the flip, grabs the arm-blade with his feet, and uses it to flip Black through the air and attack him mid-flight.
Black Beetle: Warrior, you dare attack ME?! You scarab-rejects are coming out of the woodwork tonight!!
Green Beetle/B'arzz O'oomm: Better to be a reject than a slave!
For some reason, Arsenal (The original Roy Harper) blowing up a production lab was pretty cool, even if it called down the thunder.
From "The Fix", we have Deathstroke spending most of his on-screen time kicking ass.
Artemis is also all kinds of awesome in the episode. First, she knocks Psimon out with a small dart of catatonic poison that lasts for weeks. Then, completely on the fly, she makes up a plan to get Miss Martian on Black Manta's sub...and it works! And then she guides Aqualad out of his catatonic state through The Power of Friendship, though he's still far from full recovery.
Finally, when Nightwing reveals the truth about Aqualad to La'gaan and Superboy, the latter is at first supportive. Then, in private, he gives him the verbal smackdown he deserves, pointing out what a bad idea it was to lie to the team.
From "The Runaways", we have the four runaways (Virgil, Eduardo, Tye, and Asami) gain a foothold on their powers by rescuing the members of the Star Labs.
Especially Tye, who not only holds off Red Volcano, but prior to that, create a massive astral form and protects his friends on sheer instinct alone, while he's asleep!
And when Blue Beetle gets buried underground, the rest of the kids are wondering what to do. After an entire episode of them struggling and coming up with poorly thought out plans, Tye pulls himself together, orders the rest of them to follow Red Volcano and evacuate the bystanders, and then finally uses his powers voluntarily to get Jaime out.
Eduardo Jr., too. Despite not being happy with his newfound abilities, he pulls himself together in order to teleport both him and his dad to safety. Pretty impressive, considering that he said he could only teleport himself at the beginning of the episode. His CMOA also doubles as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
And how about Virgil? The kid could only magnetize small objects at first in "Cornered," and yet, here we see him firing full-on blasts of electrical energy at Red Volcano, and surfing around on manhole covers/trashcan lids, as easily as someone would a skateboard. He's a natural at this!
Asami also deserves a mention here. Her English isn't very good, so she doesn't understand much of what everyone else is saying or doing (she even Lampshades this at one point (in Japanese, of course), and yet, she puts herself in harm's way time and again, because she knows its the right thing to do, and because she sticks by her tomodachi (her friends). She even tries to topple Red Volcano by hurling herself at him like a cyclone-propelled cannonball, just so she can buy Eduardo Jr. time to get his dad to safety!
Blue Beetle's takedown of Red Volcano, even if he was a bit overzealous in it, was supremely awesome. The entire team couldn't defeat that guy before. It is a shame that it was foreshadowing the fact that he's now a Reach agent.
Lex Luthor, being The Chessmaster he is, earned the trust of the runaways by revealing key information, playing Even Evil Has Standards and orchestrated the entire attack. Bad guy or not, he's got style.
From "War", the Justice League attacking the missiles while the Team takes on Mongul. The whole episode is just awesome scene after awesome scene.
Notable mentions to Dr Fate, who deflects a planet-destroying beam like it was nothing, and to Bumblebee, who rerouts the Warworld's generator and doing so, severely electrocutes Mongul
From the end fight, between Blue Beetle and Impulse, Batgirl, Robin, Beast Boy, Superboy, Wonder Girl, Arsenal ,Bumblebee, and Guardian.He wins. And give Superboy props for being the last man standing, allowing Arsenal to get away.
Superboy, Wondergirl, Wolf, and Arsenal's battle against Mongul. They're obviously outclassed, but they keep on fighting. After Bumblebee reroutes power to Warworld's helm and electrocute's Mongul, they all rush him and lay him down flat, finished off with a wicked left hook from Superboy. The victory is punctuated by an awesome howl of triumph from Wolf.
Granted, he was going to destroy the earth, but you have to give Mongul credit for standing up to three of the team's heavy-hitters (Superboy, Wondergirl, and Wolf) without even breaking a sweat. Bonus points go to his voice actor, Keith David, for really nailing his voice and personality.
Not to mention his aggressive assault on the earth forced the Reach to reveal the fact that they do indeed have an invasion force lying in wait on the seabed, which was significantly cut down to size with his onslaught against the planet when they joined the fray to "protect [their] investment" (i.e. Earth).
Vandal Savage for instigating the whole affair, which necesitated the full force of the League, the team, the world's militaries and 2/3rds of the Reach's fleet, with a few words. There's a reason he's the prima inter pares of the Light.
Sportsmaster, who throws down hard with Black Manta, his minions, Tigress, and Deathstroke—and came out on top.
Nightwing figuring out that Blue's on mode. Say nothing of the fact that he came to that conclusion primarily through good old fashioned detective work! The TV thing was little more than solidification for the conclusion he'd already drawn from his own investigation. At which point he stares at the TV, narrows his eyes, and snaps Robin's birdarang in half.
M'gann, Kaldur, and Artemis spend the episode playing a massive game of Xanatos Speed Chess, and they win. Miss Martian's off the sub, Aqualad's recovered, they won't have to worry about Sportsmaster or Cheshire, and their covers are intact. Despite the fact that they only had a slim chance of succeeding, they used the Spanner in the Works to their advantage and came out on top.
Bonus points for M'gann in this episode as she spent the majority of the episode without her powers but was still able to hold off Cheshire on her own. Once she does regain her powers, she seems to have fully overcome her hesitance from her past misuse of them and proceeds to kick ass and wreck havoc across the ship.
A minor one, but when Cheshire throws a sai right at Kaldur's head, M'gann is able to deflect it at the last second, but Kaldur doesn't even flinch the whole time even though he really isn't catatonic and M'gann doesn't have her powers at the time. He's that good an actor and has that much faith in M'gann.
The Runaways are back and they saved the Team.
Arsenal avoiding capture the longest and playing an instrumental part in freeing the Team.
Arsenal leading the Runaways in fighting Black Beetle to a standstill, long enough to release his physical equal Mongul, to occupy him further.
The little moments within the fight when the Runaways show how they've Taken A Level In Badass since we last saw them. Sam modifies her cannonball attack that had previously been useless against Red Volcano, Ed combines Teleport Spam with Beam Spam, Tye rejoins the fight by punching Black Beetle across the room, and Virgil, who had trouble with a trash can the last time we saw him, yanks an entire stasis cell out of the wall to use as a weapon.
The Runaways and Arsenal going solo after being lied to and manipulated by both sides.
Think about this, their actions in this episode are the only thing so far to make the Reach Ambassador completely lose his cool.
When they all take on Black Beetle, Arsenal opens a Stasis cell, to get the prisoner to help them fight, he doesn't choose any of the team he chooses Mongul, as soon as he sees Black Beetle, they start brawling.
The Ambassador tells the whole public of how The Reach and only The Reach saved earth from the Warworld, even implying that the Justice League brought the threat upon themselves. G Gordon of all people calls them out on their hypocrisy and lies, pointing out their warfleet they had hidden when the Ambassador clearly stated they had only 1 ship (even showing the footage of him saying so) All according to Plan.
Major points to The Light as well. After helping The Reach with their invasion, they turn the tables by orchestrating the reveal of their fleet, use their own experiments to distract them, and steal the key to War World.
Jaime's new hobby while being controlled? Driving the Ambassador up the wall with constant amounts of snark.
Zatanna, Rocket, Impulse, and Batgirl taking on Queen Bee's goons. Even if the goons were throwing the fight, it was awesome.
Zatanna's ritual. Channeling an ancient priestess/possible god? Why not? Lighting up the entire room with runes? Sure! Not to mention that the entire point was to free Green and Blue Beetle and that she mentions that she trained for months to get it right.
The team versus Green Beetle, on both sides.
Batgirl and Impulse trapping Green in a ring of fire. Green density shifts through the floor to escape and gets them from behind with a sonic cannon.
Beast Boy dropping on Green's head as a lizard, then turning into an elephant and crushing him. He throws him off.
Wonder Girl and Robin teaming up to knock him down again.
And the best part: Blue and Green Beetle both fire a plasma shot at Zatanna. Impulse grabs the lasso still tied around Green Beetle, drags him over to Zatanna, and swings him into both shots. The disruption knocks Blue down, leaving both Beetles incapacitated long enough for Zatanna to complete the ritual. He is so fast he can hit you with your own energy blast.
Kind of an understated one, but Ted Kord as Blue Beetle gets a cool moment in the flashback. We see that his last battle was against the duo of Sportsmaster and Deathstroke. Lawrence and Slade obviously don't care for each other, and are two of the most dangerous members of the Light in direct combat, as befitting its Enforcers. It says a lot for Ted that they had to team up to take him down.
"Summit". Holy crap, is this the Crowning Episode of Awesome if there ever was one.
Both the Reach & the Light, who have been so sucessfully they've been accussed of Villain Sue, were completely outsmarted in every conceivable way by (In their eyes) a group of children. Kaldur's gambit of infiltrating the Light paid off, in the process 1) destroying the union of the two groups, 2) clearing the Justice League of the crimes they were forced to commit 5 years earlier, 3) setting up an Engineered Public Confession that ruins the Reach's status as Villains With Good Publicity by revealing their true motive is conquest of Earth, and 4) ending with half of the Light arrested, on the way to a Lazarus Pit, or outright fleeing the planet. Vandal Savage was not exaggerating when he said they'd done more to derail his plans than anyone in his entire immortal life - Not bad for a group that he's been writting off as sidekicks & children.
Ra's al Ghul immeidately recognizes the Glamour Charm worn by Artemis and exposes her as The Mole, and Aqualad with her... Only it goes right back around to being one for the team, when you realise they wanted that to happen, as evidenced by Kaldur's video message initiating the split between the Light & the Reach.
...Which in turn led to the team confirming the location of the Warworld key, and Kaldur & Artemis getting up; and M'gann revealing she'd been posing as Deathstroke to fake the two deaths in the first place.
In an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, Kaldur evidently took down Deathstroke, allowing M'gann to secretly replace him and further the Team's plan. On top of that, it was impressive watching Deathstroke go toe-to-toe with Black Beetle, then you realize it was actually M'gann in disguise pulling off those awesome moves!
Kaldur's Shut Up, Hannibal! to Vandal Savage certainly counts. The Team has them cornered, and Savage reveals that he had a bunch of assassins waiting on standby just in case. So, a straightforward case of Out-Gambitted right? Wrong!
Savage: Kill them all. Superboy may present a problem, but we'll deal with him when the other children lie bleeding on the floor.
Kaldur: Still you refer to us as children. No wonder our successes mount, you consistently underestimate us.
*Several of the assassins take off their masks, revealing themselves as Team members*
Wally, who gets back in the game so casually it's like he never left, whether it be chatting it up with Impulse, flirting with his lady Artemis, or zipping by a bunch of shadows at full speed, taking the pins out of their smoke grenades.
Ubu's only appearance in the show, going up against and subduing Lagoon Boy, knocking Artemis out of the way, rescuing Ra's and getting away clean, swiftly kicking Artemis down when she tries to intervene.
Jaime nailing both the Ambassador and the Scientist to the wall. After months of being under their control, it's quite satisfying seeing him get some payback like that. Even better, is that he doesn't take the moment to rub it in their faces, he just has a general "And now that's been taken care of..." attitude about it, immediately turning around & getting back to the fight.
Lagoon Boy taking out the fire serpent that Klarion had set on M'gann.
Black Beetle's few moments in the final brawl. Particularly the way he threw Superboy away as if he was a minor nuisance.
Kaldur vs Black Manta. Not only do both sides put up a great fight, Kaldur ends it by using the smoke from an attack collision to knock out Black Manta with a mace.
Let's not forget: Kaldur successfully faked two deaths literally seconds after proving that he likes to fake people's deaths.
Wally goes to join Flash and Impulse in preventing the explosion, despite knowing he couldn't keep up with them, because they couldn't produce enough kinetic energy to stop it. Wally does this, even knowing full and well that it's going to result in his death.
Blue Beetle destroying Black Beetle's Scarab.
Superboy and Miss Martian tag-team the Rimbor court, convincing them that if they let the Justice League off, more people will come to their court with more bribes than a single bribe can offer.
The Team being welcomed to use the Watchtower as the new base. What Wally, Kaldur, and Dick first started as a group of barely trained, inexperienced kids not trusted outside the library of a fake Justice League headquarters has become a an elite, highly-trained unit that has saved the world. They're no longer a glorified hang-out group for sidekicks, but some of the world's greatest heroes who stand equal to the Justice League itself. Awesome.
Vandal Savage using the freakin WARWORLD to intimidate the galaxy into leaving Earth alone.
Darkseid is now The Light's new partner.
Which he most likely has been ever since "Bereft." Remember, Sphere originally came from New Genesis, not to mention the guards in "Image" using Apokoliptan weapons. They obviously had plans for this partnership before the show got cancelled.
In an early issue of the tie-in comics, to start, the Joker launches a one-man attack on the Justice League's base with an army of bomb-carrying monkeys. But the main CMOA comes when...◊
Martian Manhunter: This comes to an end now. I will enter your mind and simply—AARGHH!
Arrowette in Young Justice telling off the JLA for being dicks, including standing up to Batman's glare. Admittedly, she had a mini nervous breakdown immediately afterwards, but...
Wonder Girl singlehandedly saving Young Justice's reputation on national television, with a little assistance from sketch artist Impulse. A little short lived, but...
Her metafictional MOA came near the end of YJ's run. YJ's wirter, Peter David, staged a reader's poll election for the next leader of YJ, with the 4 candidates being WG, Superboy, the Ray, and returning former leader Robin. Readers were invited to mail in their postcards with their name and address stating which of the four they wanted leader, and Wonder Girl won! To put this in perspective, Wondy was the only one of the four candidates who had never had her own series, when she debuted, she'd been regarded by many readers as a bit of a Scrappy before Peter Davidresuced her from the Scrappy heap, and she beat the Goddamned Batman's Goddamned Robin!
Robin taking on Harm, who had previously knocked Superboy and Wonder Girl around, by himself, and actually winning for a moment.
Robin, Superboy, Impulse, and the Secret defeating Despero (who tends to give the entire Justice League a hard time) in under 22 minutes and proving themselves to the JLA.
Nightwing at the Young Justice Parent-Teacher conference. When Arrowette's mother said that he couldn't possibly know what it feels like to have a loved one out there, he fired back with "Lady, every morning when I drift to sleep, I hear the screaming of loved ones I didn't save. Don't you dare lecture me on what I don't know."
Ray gets one while various team members, but ESPECIALLY Superboy and Wonder Girl, were fighting over who gets to be team leader, the following exchange happens after Wondy knocks Superboy over after he boasts about how tough he is.
Superboy: *uses his telekinesis to send Wonder Girl through the roof* Yeah! Who's the man?!
Ray: *blasts Superboy* I'm am! You're the boy, she's the girl, and I am SO MUCH THE FREAKIN' MAN!
This is made even better because Ray, despite being by FAR the most powerful member of the team (sans possibly Secret) had been largely marginalized since joining the book. This is one of about four moments in the entire series where PAD gave Ray his due, and it was a great one. It even comes with an awesome power-up shot for Ray.
Ray gets another one in the second-to-last story, as Lady Zand has been successfully kicking the crap out of 50+ superheroes, Ray expends all his power to take her out... and give all the heroes and villains present sunburn.
The last issue is basically one long MoA for most of the cast, including Impulse's awesome speech about fear, Robin's conversation with Secret, Snapper's faith in Young Justice, and of course, (blind at this point) Slobo's big finish.
Darkseid: None treat Darkseid, Lord of Apokolips in this manner. And as long as I am master of the Omega Effect, none shall!
Slobo: Oh, I think I shall, gravel puss! 'Cause I got a last hurrah comin' on! *leaps at the personification of cosmic evil*