The Angel Experiment
- Max, upon seeing Ella being harassed by gang members:
Don't even get me started on the whole Y chromosome thing. I live with three guys, remember? They're three of the good ones, and they're still obnoxious as all get out.
- Ari getting sprayed with green paint by Nudge. Even better when, next time he appears, it still hasn't come off.
- Max's reaction to her first bite of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. And her fetish-y drive to look for another cookie that's anywhere near as delicious.
- The fast-food restaurant in the desert.
Clerk: Feeding a crowd?
Fang: Yes ma'am.
Max: (thinking) Yeah, him and all his split personalities.
Max: They looked like starving orphan children. Hey! They were starving orphan children.
- The entire scene at the Garden Tavern. Full. Freaking. Stop.
- "I shot him the bird. Get it? I shot him the - Never mind."
- This little argument when the flock is getting made over:
Gazzy: I still wish you'd let me get "Bite Me" shaved into the back of my head.
Gazzy: Iggy got his ear pierced.
Gazzy: (imitating the stylist) But everyone does it!
- The schizo hacker fleeing Max and company in fright (the second time).
Fang: I can't take you anywhere.
- Angel getting to keep Total, and Fang's reasoning to Max:
School's Out - Forever
- The flock's encounter with the FBI at the hospital.
- Max forgetting that Fang is going by the fake name of Nick.
Iggy: So, Fnick, can I change the channel? There's a game on.
Fang: Make yourself at home, Figgy.
- The reactions to Gazzy's suggestion that the girls take the extra bed.
Nudge: Yeah. Like, I'm too much of a cream puff to sleep on the floor?
- Total can talk!
Total: Yeah. So? It's not like I lied about it. Between you and me, I'm still trying to get used to the whole flying-kid thing.
- Total getting coffee served in his doggie dish.
- The angry, Large Ham known as Headmaster Pruitt.
- And Gazzy's imitation of Pruitt on the way home from school.
- "If you're ever feeling a lack of middle-aged white men, just pop into the Capitol."
- Sam's description of "hell dinner" to Max.
- Disney World.
- The patchwork Toyota Echo.
- Clone!Max's first encounter with the flock. She's very shocked that Original!Max doesn't do the cooking.
How they realized she was a fake-Fang: She offered to cook breakfast.
Saving The World And Other Extreme Sports
- Gazzy singing a "Weird Al" Yankovic song exactly like the original. And when you find out what the song is about...
Nudge: Enough with the constipation song.
- Total making a little suggestion: "Let's lift some cards. We could play Texas Hold 'Em. I would kick your butts."
- Which makes Angel wonder how Total could play cards when he has no fingers or thumbs. Unless...?
- Max's dopey profession of love to Fang while under the influence of Valium. This, along with the final result of Max's chip-removing microsurgery leads to a truly epic Mood Whiplash and Humiliation Conga combination attack.
- Roland ter Borcht. Perhaps the biggest source of Narm in the entire series. Seriously, just read his lines out loud in your best Arnold Schwarzenegger accent. You. Will. Die. ROF Ling.
- An Itex underling comes to take away Iggy and Gazzy for extra tests during the whole Mind Screw incarceration period. Thirteen words: "Now, skedaddle on out of here, before we turn you into a doorstop."
- Fang really doesn't want to have an Enemy Mine with Ari...
Fang: Choose now. Me or him.
- Nudge: "I wanna go see the Eiffel Towel!"
- Max decides to save the girls and Ari a little energy by having them fly to England...on a plane.
- Since "they're all guys here," Fang complies with Iggy's request to describe the hot beach bunnies, knowing that were Max there they'd get slammed for being sexist pigs.
- The responses from kids visiting Fang's blog. Grammar optional.
- When Nudge wants to see the "Loovra," Max refuses, saying "There isn't enough Valium in the world to get me in there."
- Max and company spot the infamous Max II, as well as Nudge II and Angel II!
- And Total is so offended that he didn't get a clone.
- Nudge points out that there shouldn't be prisons in the new "perfect world."
Max: Decades of psycho logic
picked apart in ten seconds by an eleven-year-old. Take that
, modern science!
- Fang's Ironic Echo to the Flyboys: "I am one of many! I am one of many! You have no idea!" Also doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- And, in the end, the boys request souvenirs from Europe...
Iggy: Yeah! Like, a French girl!
The Final Warning
- Jeb's face when Nudge is discovering her new magnetic ability "looked the way it did on the day he found the frogs in the toilet."
- The flock meeting Congress for the first time. That is all.
- Total: "I got bathed!"
- Reason #52 why Gazzy isn't the flock leader: he dive-bombed the Pentagon.
- Three chapters in a row featuring the Uber-Director are headed Subterranean, Subterranean, Terranean.
- "Frankly, 'research vessel' seemed like a twenty-five-cent name for a ten-cent boat."
- Max feeling jealous of the attention Dr. Brigid Dwyer is paying to Fang.
- Iggy learning he can see whiteness.
Fang: Made Max wish she'd brushed her hair sometime in the last mouth.
- Total unexpectedly growing wings.
- "Angel? Baby penguins eat a regurgitated mixture of partially digested fish, krill, and an oily substance from their fathers' stomachs. Do you want to barf up a mixture of raw fish and krill into a baby penguin's cute, cheeping mouth? Like, every hour?"
- "Sometimes my cold logic astounds even me."
- "Fangalator - U r the coolest. I want a tat of your wings on my back. Like, life size."
- "Unless your back is fourteen feet across, you are out of luck, my friend."
- "Fang. Just - Fang."
- Gozen speaking to the flock for the first time: "We are against global warming. Therefore we are violently opposed to your kind.
- The Uber-Director's attempt to conduct the auction failing miserably. What should be a source of world-class Squick ends up being yet another source of world-class Narm instead. But it's so freaking hilarious...
Max: Uh, you okay, UD? Is it okay if I call you UD? (to Gozen) Is he okay? Does he need a feed bag hooked up or something?
- Max: My obituary would read "killed by love." If I'd died, that is, and if I'd had such a smarmy obit. Which, please, spare me, I beg you.
- Yet another instance of Dylan provoking a total Squee bomb by making a public appearance with the rest of the flock.
- Fang's Gang. Especially the interactions between Ratchet and the girls. Especially-especially Ratchet and Kate.
- Max yelling at Dylan to get ready for school...only to point out Max is still in her pajamas.
- It speaks volumes that, less than twenty pages into the final book, this is the last truly funny moment in the entire series. Goes to show how dark and dangerous the apocalypse truly is.
- The series gets occasional references in other James Patterson YA works. Especially Witch and Wizard, where a fleeting joke about kids with wings is made in the first book.
- The second book, The Gift, includes a Max Ride reference in the list of banned books, one of which is called "Ultimate Armstrong" and is said to have the same plot. Especially funny if you remember how Max claimed in Book 1 to have chosen her last name from the astronaut Sally Ride.
- Is it coincidence that W&W's Sasha is pretty much an Expy of Fang? I don't think so.