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Signature Scene
The most famous scene from the most disastrous teen romance you're likely to find.

"THAT scene in American Pie."

That one scene that everyone remembers from a movie or other media. When people think of the work, this is the one scene that they immediately think of, and may be the only reason to remember it at all. If the work is referenced in popular culture, it will reference this scene. Cover illustrations will often depict this scene. Any parodies will also center on this scene specifically.

There are many reasons that the scene may stand out. It may be...

No matter the reason, the Signature Scene is cemented in the minds of the general public. If you have actually seen the work yourself, there may be more scenes that you enjoy, or possibly stick out more in your mind than what people believe to be the Signature Scene.

Scenes which are little more than famous quotes should probably not be listed here. Those are examples of Signature Lines. Quotes do help keep a Signature Scene memorable, though.

Compare All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game", Best Known for the Fanservice, Watch It for the Meme, Money Making Shot, and Everybody Knows That.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Attack on Titan
    • The Colossal Titan's head and hand creeping over Wall Maria.
    • Eren's mother being eaten alive.
    • Eren's return as a Titan and whaling on a Titan that was about to attack Mikasa.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • Ed sacrificing his limbs to save Al.
    • Hughes' death.
    • Ed's battle with Greed.
    • The Elric brothers discovering the horrific truth about Shou Tucker's Chimera.
    • King Bradley / Wrath destroying a tank with a sword and hand grenade.
    • Mustang killing Lust Deader than Dead by burning her repeatedly.
  • Naruto
    • When Naruto releases the Kyubbi Chakra for the first time after Sasuke gets wounded by Haku.
    • Naruto at One-Tailed mode clashing his Rasengan with Sasuke at Curse-Mark level 2 form's Chidori.
    • Naruto and Sasuke's waterfall battle.
  • Osaka's little moment with the knife in Azumanga Daioh.
  • Hajime No Ippo: Ippo's completed Dempsey Roll against Sendou at the end of the Japanese Featherweight Championship has become one of the most iconic scenes. It's had Shout Outs in games like Super Street Fighter IV and Tekken for starters.
  • Genocyber:
  • Cowboy Bebop
    • Julia getting shot, then falling to the ground in excruciating slow-mo is one of the most iconic moments in all of anime, not to mention a major Tear Jerker.
    • The final scene, where Spike looks to the camera, makes a gun with his fingers and says "Bang" before he falls to the ground.
    • The scene in "Ballad of Fallen Angels" where Spike throws a grenade through a shattered stained-glass window after Vicious tosses him through it.
  • Pokémon
    • The scene where Meloetta is placed on the tablet and forced to sing is hands-down the most remembered thing in Team Rocket's story arc, Operation Tempest.
    • Apart from that, there's the original opening, Pikachu's Spearow flock-defeating Thunder attack, Ash being turned to stone in the first movie and of course, Team Rocket's motto.
  • Berserk: The Eclipse, especially the bit where Guts eye gets clawed out with the last image it sees being Casca's unconscious and violated body. Also, the scene where Guts get his Berserker armor and fights with it for the first time is also iconic.
  • Bleach
    • Rukia running Ichigo through the chest with her sword, transforming him into a Shinigami.
    • Rukia, at the scene of her execution, accepting her fate as a giant, fiery phoenix lunges at her... only to wake up, seeing Ichigo casually blocking the phoenix with his sword. And then she yells at him to let her die. He ignores her, destroys the building levitating her, holds her in his arm and throws her body like a rocket to Renji.
    • The first time Ichigo uses Bankai, where he dons a long cloak and a jet black sword, before Flash Stepping in front of Byakuya with the tip of his blade on Byakuya's throat.
    • Ichigo being surrounded by hundreds of razor-sharp sakura petals, before deflecting every last one with his katana. Even Byakuya was shocked.
    • Sosuke Aizen revealing himself to be the Man Behind the Man by impaling his loving lieutenant through the chest.
    • Ichigo charges at Aizen, bankai at the ready and theme music triumphantly playing... only to have Aizen stop him with one finger, shutting off the music and severely wounding him.
    • Orihime's "Five Lifetimes" Anguished Declaration of Love to the uonconscious Ichigo, then her Almost Kiss moment before she has to go away to Las Noches in exchange for her friends's safety.
    • The whole "Lust Arc" fight, including Ichigo dying at the hands of Ulquiorra, Orihime almost crossing the Despair Event Horizon as Ulquiorra taunts her and Ishida, Ichigo being Back from the Dead and into a MASSIVELY overpowered/out-of-control version of himself, and Ulquiorra's Alas, Poor Villain send-off
    • Hitsugaya impales Aizen, thinking it's over... only for it to have been one of Aizen's illusions; Hitsugaya accidentally impaled Hinamori. Aizen proceeds to annihilate Kira, Iba, Hitsugaya, Sui-Feng, Hirako, and Kyoraku simultaneously.
    • Shigekuni Yamamoto unleashing his Bankai against his Arch-Enemy, Emperor Yhwach... only to find out that he used it on a decoy. The real Yhwach comes in, steals Yamamoto's Bankai, slices him in half. Yamamoto's upper half falls down, with his legs and lower half still standing. Yhwach severs Yamamoto's remaining arm, kicks his head to the ground and obliterates his corpse. Holy shit.
    • Bambietta Basterbine, in an attempt to alleviate frustration over politics, calls a random Red Shirt up for a quickie at her room. He accepts happily. You then see his eyes rolling at the back of his head as she slices his (shirtless) body in half, with her calmly staring on. We're immediately treated to a panel where she's missing her stockings and her jacket is unzipped; we get a nice shot of her bigger-than-assumed cleavage as her friends suddenly appear and chew her out for killing yet another guy out of frustration before they could have a chance at him. This was both freaky and awesome.
  • Dragon Ball Z
    • Goku's first transformation into a Super Saiyan after Frieza pushes him too far in his cruelty. The Irony that befalls Frieza (because of Frieza, mind you) is but one of the reasons why people remember it so fondly.
    • Or when they realize his power level is over 9000.
    • Kid Goku catching a giant fish.
    • Kid Goku transforming into a giant ape.
    • Piccolo shooting his special beam cannon at Raditz while Goku grips him from behind.
    • Goku facing off against Frieza while Namek is on the verge of destruction. It's so iconic that some of the fighting games will have Goku and Frieza in the exact condition they were in during that battle (i.e bloody and bruised) if you choose them and the crumbling Planet Namek as the arena.
    • Goku's Kamehameha vs Vegeta's Gallick Gun
    • Future Trunks totally owning Mech. Freeza and the latter's father King Cold in a Curb-Stomp Battle
    • Gohan becoming a Super Saiyan 2
    • Goku transforming into a Super Saiyan 3
    • In one of The Movies, the battle against Broly.
  • Gundam
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
    • Rika smashing her head into a knife.
    • Keiichi's delusions of Rena from Onikakushi are pretty iconic too, especially the "Usoda!" and laughing scenes. In fact, it's such a memorable scene, people assumed everyone in that show was an Axe Crazy person when it's clearly not the case.
  • Death Note
    • Light taking a potato chip AND EATING IT.
    • "Exactly as planned."
    • The death of L.
    • The final episode, with Light cackling like a maniac when he's finally unmasked as Kira.
    • In the same episode, Light's death.
  • Code Geass
    • The end of the first episode, especially the shot of Lelouch's face just before the credits. "Well then..."
    • The Euphimator incident.
    • The Mexican Standoff between Lelouch and Suzaku in the season 1 finale.
    • The Zero Requiem.
    • And good luck finding someone who doesn't know about Lelouch's death.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, one particular scene got so many parodies it has its own Danbooru tag: the one in episode 3 where Mami dies a gory (though only partially seen) death by devouring.
    • Also the ending scene with Madoka and Homura IN SPACE.
  • Whisper of the Heart
    • Seiji's violin rendition of "Country Road".
    • His bike ride with Shizuku at the end.
  • One Piece
    • The scene where Shanks gives his straw hat to Luffy.
    • The Power Walk to Arlong Park.
    • The scene where the crew declares war on the World Government in the name of their crewmate Nico Robin.
    • Sengoku revealing to the world the true identity of Ace's father.
    • Akainu ramming his magma-coded fist through Ace's torso. This was the first instance of a character legitimately dying in the present storyline.
    • Whitebeard Died Standing Up after proudly declaring "ONE PIECE IS REAL!!"
    • Luffy bursting out of a barrel and loudly announcing what a great nap he had. It's even more iconic for the anime, since it was his first onscreen appearance.
    • Gol. D Roger's execution, especially since his last words are what instigates the plot.
  • Abe Takakazu unzipping his overalls on the bench in Kuso Miso Technique.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    • Kamina's death.
    • The scene where they use galaxies as shuriken.
  • Hellsing: Alucard's familiar Baskerville devouring Luke Valentine.
  • Fist of the North Star
  • If you ever heard of F-ZERO: Falcon Densetsu, it was most likely due to the "Falcon Punch" scene. That scene became so iconic of the series (both anime and game) that it quickly achieved Memetic Mutation status.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Part 1: Jonathan Joestar's final smile to his wife when the ship he's on sinks, taking him and the villainous Dio Brando with it.
    • Part 2: Joseph Joestar crying out Caesar's name after the latter's death: "SHIIIIIIIZAAAAAAAAA!"
    • Part 3: Dio Brando dropping a steamroller on Jotaro Kujo in that part's final battle.
  • Elfen Lied
    • The very first scene in the anime is as infamous as they come. It involves a masked, nude girl telekinetically dismembering, decapitating and bifurcating people all around, even using someone as a Human Shield, before getting shot in the head by a sniper.
    • When Lucy murders those kids after they killed her puppy.
    • Kurama and Mariko's Murder-Suicide, punctuated by images of a life Kurama wished they could have had together.
    • Kouta and Lucy's last scene in the anime, where Lucy admits that, even though she desperately wants to atone for killing his family, she knows she can't... and still wants to atone anyway. Kouta makes it clear that, while he hates what she did, he still loves her, and they share a Final Kiss.
    • In the manga, Bando's epic final fight with Lucy, ending in Bando getting cut in half after she threw the decapitated head of the Unknown Man at him.
    • Lucy, in a Superpower Meltdown, asking Kouta for a Mercy Kill in spite of the wishes of her Enemy Within.
    • Kouta seeing the reincarnations of Lucy and Nyu at the very end.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion has many iconic scenes:
    • It all comes tumbling down, tumbling down, tumbling dooowwwnn...
    • The Bardiel Incident and Unit 01 curb-stomping Zeruel and eating him, absorbing his S2 engine is pretty infamous.
    • The endings to both the TV series and The End Of Evangelion are remembered just as well.
  • Rurouni Kenshin
    • The scene where a young Kenshin meets his master, Seijouro Hiko for the first time after burying all his friends who were massacred.
    • The final battle between Kenshin and Shishio, especially the bit where Kenshin sendsShishio flying with his ultimate attack. Also, the scene where Kenshin leaves Kaoru for Kyoto which also doubles as a Tear Jerker.
  • Lyrical Nanoha has one scene in each season that serves as that one scene, specifically...
    • Season one has Nanoha first using Starlight Breaker to defeat Fate. There's also the scene in which Nanoha and Fate become friends.
    • Season two has Nanoha walking Out of the Inferno and being called a devil. This could also be considered the most iconic scene in the franchise, as it gave birth to Nanoha's Fan Nickname.
    • Season three has the "White Devil incident"
  • In Futari wa Pretty Cure, the part of the opening song, where Cure Black and Cure White jump away from an explosion, with smoke and dust are just right behind them. It has been repeated in many Pretty Cure All Stars movies, with New Stage tops it with all 28 of the Cures reenact the scene.
  • Air: Misuzu's death. "Goal."
  • There's a surprising number of people who know of the "falling kiss" scene from MÄR without knowing what show it came from.
  • The final battle between Blade and Evil in Tekkaman Blade.
  • GaoGaiGar punching out EI-02 when it regenerates.
  • Nagisa's, Ushio's and Tomoya's deaths in CLANNAD ~After Story~.
  • School Days: Makoto Itoh's death by stabbing.
  • Samurai Flamenco: The end of episode 7, when A drugged man turns into a half gorilla, half guillotine creature and decapitates some cops, in a show that had been very realistic and lighthearted until that moment.

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    Films — Animation 
  • The Sword in the Stone
  • Fantasia
    • The "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment.
    • The T-Rex vs. Stegosaurus scene from "Rite of Spring", or "Night on Bald Mountain".
  • Another Disney example: The Spaghetti Kiss in Lady and the Tramp.
  • The ballroom scene in Beauty and the Beast.
    • Also; Belle, on the hill, during "Belle (reprise)" is pretty iconic.
  • Cinderella's dress transformation.
  • The Little Mermaid
    • Ariel flipping her hair back as she splashes out of the water, or else sitting on the rock with the crashing wave.
    • The song "Under the Sea" also counts.
  • The scene of Rafiki holding up baby Simba in The Lion King, and Mufasa's death.
    • Mufasa's ghost giving words of wisdom to Simba.
    • Simba roaring on top of Pride Rock as rain beats down on the ravaged land.
  • Aladdin
    • The Magic Carpet ride during "A Whole New World".
    • The first time Aladdin sees and touches the magic lamp.
  • Bambi
    • Bambi encountering a butterfly on his tail and the skunk Flower.
    • Also, the death scene of Bambi's mother.
  • Up
    • The entire "Married Life" segment.
    • Carl floating the house away with all the balloons, while mocking the Shady Oaks people
  • Toy Story
    • Being introduced to Andy and Woody as the title screen comes up set to "You've Got a Friend in Me".
    • "Buzz, You're flying!" "This isn't flying, this is falling with style!"
    • "YOU ARE A TOY!!!!"
    • The sequel probably has Jessie's "When She Loved Me" montage.
    • Lots of potential in the third, but Lotso leaving Woody and the others to burn to death jumps to mind.
  • The "Hellfire" sequence of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • A rare example from The Great Mouse Detective of a Big Lipped Alligator Moment scene being this, the full-blown burlesque show performed by mouse stripper Miss Kitty.
  • Tetsuo's mutation in AKIRA.
  • Spirited Away has the scene where Chihiro remembers Haku's name while riding through the air on his back.
  • The initial car chase to rescue Clarisse and the climatic bell tower fight in The Castle of Cagliostro.
  • Titanic: The Legend Goes On has the "Party Time" song sequence.
  • Jessica Rabbit's "I'm not bad...I'm just drawn that way" speech and Judge Doom's toon reveal from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  • The scene from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut where Mr. Garrison catches the boys swearing in class.
  • The rope bridge fight between the Furious Five and Tai Lung in the original Kung Fu Panda. For the sequel, there's Po discovering his origins and him using tai chi to redirect cannonfire.
  • Shrek has the opening scene of Shrek going through his daily routine set to Smash Mouth's "All Star", as well as Shrek and Donkey having a heartwarming conversation in the light of the full moon.
    • From the sequel, the part where Puss in Boots flashes his Puppy-Dog Eyes.
  • The Transformers The Movie has a few. The big two that most remember though are the battle between Optimus and Megatron (set to The Touch, natch) and the death scene with Optimus where he unveils the Matrix. Some also consider Hot Rod's transformation (no pun intended) into Rodimus to be one, along with his first change into his upgraded alt-mode and his speech at the end of the film. There are even some who believe the closing shot of Unicron's head orbiting Cybertron counts.
  • From The Nightmare Before Christmas we have Jack during "Jack's Lament," singing atop the curled hill in the graveyard during a full moon. Until recently, its been the image most often used for the cover of any home-release edition.
  • The animated film Felidae is largely known only for the very explicit, shocking, and disgusting sex scene between two minimally anthropomorphic cartoon cats. To a lesser extent, it's known for it's most gory scenes, such as the one with the disemboweled pregnant cat.
  • Elsa's "Let it Go" sequence in Disney's Frozen.
  • In How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup first flying with Toothless is a breathtaking scene, especially helped by the Fanfare playing.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Seinfeld: "No soup for you!"
  • Chappelle's Show
    • The Rick James episode.
    • The Clayton Bixby skit as well.
    • The Wayne Brady skit too.
  • The post-crash carnage from the first episode of LOST.
  • The Star Trek parodies from Saturday Night Live and In Living Color! helped define both shows.
  • I Love Lucy
    • Vitameatavegimin!
    • The conveyor belt scene in the chocolate factory.
  • Only Fools and Horses
    • Del Boy tries to lean on the bar casually, but it's not there.
    • The chandelier scene.
    • Del and Rodney emerge from the mist as Batman and Robin.
  • Rome: Pullo and Vorenus in the gladiator arena. "Thirteeeeeeeeeeeen!"
  • Mr. Worf...FIRE! The moment that made Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Miami Vice
    • In the fourth episode, there is a pre-credits scene where Russ Ballard's 80's song "Voices" plays while the detective's speedboat heads off into the sunset. Many folks who never saw the series, know that scene.
    • The other scene is the one with Crockett and Tubbs driving at night while the city street lights blare off the hood of the Daytona, loading their guns with Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" slowly building up.
  • The "fuck" investigation scene from The Wire.
  • Twin Peaks: The Red Room scene with The Man from Another Place.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The opening title sequence, the first battle, the team morph after Tommy joins, and the Megazord sequence are all particularly well remembered, the opening most of all. Rita stretches after partially emerging from her space dumpster prison and proclaims: "Aaah! After ten thousand years, I'm free! It's time to conquer Earth!"
  • Star Trek
    • All you need to do is put one guy in a Red Shirt and kill him.
    • The transporters work as well.
  • Grey's Anatomy has several in the season 2 finale where Izzie crying in a dead Denny's arms, then quitting the residency program, and Derek and Meredith having adulterous exam room sex which causes Meredith to be torn between Derek and Finn
  • "Okay, this Buffy the Vampire Slayer is meant to be really good. I think I'll check it out." Cue scene where she shoulders a rocket launcher at her former boyfriend. "Whoooa." This scene is considered the crowning moment by many fans, and even against other well-done parts this one stands out.
  • Blair losing her virginity to Chuck in the back of his limo on Gossip Girl.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Season 1:
      • The execution of Ned Stark.
    • Season 2:
    • Season 3:
      • Jamie Lannister losing his right hand.
      • Jamie Lannister revealing to Brienne on what really happened the day he became known as "The Kingslayer".
      • Jamie Lannister's Big Damn Heroes moment by saving Brienne from a bear.
      • The Red Wedding.
      • Theon Greyjoy's family receiving a box that contains his castrated penis.
    • Season 4:
      • The Purple Wedding.
      • Jaime raping Cersei next to Joffrey's corpse.
      • Tyrion's "The Reason You Suck" Speech at his trial.
      • Tyrion killing his estranged lover Shae and his father Tywin in succession.
  • Spartacus
  • The Walking Dead
    • Season 1:
      • Rick reuniting with his family.
      • Merle handcuffed in the roof.
      • Rick, Daryl, Glenn and T-Dog finding Merle's severed hand.
      • Amy's death.
      • The explosion of the CDC.
    • Season 2:
      • The barn massacre scene.
      • Dale's death.
      • Rick and Shane's final confrontation.
      • The burning of the barn.
      • Michonne's debut.
      • Rick declaring the "Ricktatorship".
    • Season 3:
      • The Traumatic C-Section and eventual literal Shoot the Dog moment, as well as Rick's reaction to it.
      • The Woodburry Rescue Arc.
      • The Governor crying over his daughter's dead body.
      • Daryl and Merle reunited and forced to fight to the death at Woodburry.
      • Rick and The Governor meeting face-to-face for the first time.
      • Andrea fleeing to go to the prison.
      • Merle's Dying Moment of Awesome.
      • The Governor massacring his own men.
    • Season 4:
  • How I Met Your Mother
    • Season 1:
      • Ted stealing the blue French horn from a bistro.
      • Ted and Victoria's first meeting.
      • Barney's "Evil Makeover" montage when he was telling the story of his Start of Darkness.
      • Ted making it rain and hooking-up with Robin.
      • Marshall showing Ted Lily's disowned engagement ring to Ted (they got better).
    • Season 2:
      • The Reveal of Robin's Idol Singer past.
      • Marshall slapping Barney for the very first time.
      • Marshall and Lilly's wedding.
      • Ted and Robin breaking up.
    • Season 3:
      • Robin and Barney hooking-up.
      • Ted and Barney's fallout.
      • Ted and Barney's almost simultaneous road accidents.
      • Ted and Barney's reconciliation.
    • Season 4:
      • Stella abandoning Ted at the altar.
      • Ted accepting the teacher job.
    • Season 5:
      • Barney and Robin's break-up.
      • The Wedding Bride episode.
      • Barney's "Nothing suits you like a suit" music number.
    • Season 6:
      • Lily breaking the news to Marshall that his father died of heart-attack.
      • Barney meeting his father for the very first time and his What the Hell, Dad? rant to him.
      • Lily finding out that she's pregnant.
      • The Reveal of who's the groom of the wedding where Ted will finally meet the mother.
    • Season 7:
      • Ted and Victoria's reunion.
      • Robin finding out that she can't have children.
      • Robin rejecting Ted.
      • Lily giving birth.
      • Victoria running away with Ted.
      • The Reveal of who's the bride of the wedding where Ted will finally meet the mother.
    • Season 8:
      • Ted and Victoria's final break-up.
      • The very epic Wacky Marriage Proposal of the aforementioned groom to the the aforementioned bride.
      • The Mother's very first appearance.
    • Season 9:
      • The Mother appearing with teach member of the gang.
      • The Mother singing La Vie En Rose at the balcony while Ted is listening at the other side of the wall.
      • The aforementioned wedding.
      • Ted finally meeting the mother.
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Breaking Bad
    • Season 1:
      • "I am awake."
      • Krazy 8's death
      • "This is not meth."
    • Season 2:
      • "Skank! Skank! Skank ass skank!"
      • The Better Call Saul commercial
      • "Stay out of my territory."
      • The last scene of "Phoenix".
    • Season 3:
      • Hank's fight with The Cousins.
      • "Run."
      • Gale's death.
    • Season 4:
      • Gus's use of the boxcutter in the season premiere.
      • "W.W. what could that stand for?"
      • The final shot of "Crawl Space".
      • Gus and Hector's deaths in "Face Off".
      • "I won."
    • Season 5:
      • "Magnets BITCH!"
      • "We're done when I say we're done!"
      • Todd shooting Drew Sharpe at the end of Dead Freight.
      • "I'm in the empire business."
      • "Say my name."
      • Either montage in "Gliding Over All" and the last scene of the episode.
      • Hank and Walt's confrontation in the garage.
      • Anything in "Ozymandias".
      • Walt's death in the last scene of "Felina".
  • One Tree Hill
    • Season 1:
      • Lucas and Nathan's duel in the pilot.
      • The "Nice hands, nice legs" exchange by Lucas and Peyton.
      • Brooke ambushing Lucas at the back of a car naked.
      • Lucas and Nathan accepting one another as brothers.
      • Haley and Nathan revealing to Lucas that they're married.
    • Season 2:
      • Haley kissing Chris Keller.
      • Dan being trapped inside a burning building.
      • Peyton meeting his biological mother.
    • Season 3:
    • Season 4:
      • Lucas attempting to shoot Dan.
      • Dan admitting his crime.
      • Peyton and Brooke vs. Psycho! Derek.
      • Loan shark Daunte trying to run-over Nathan.
      • Haley going into labor during graduation.
    • Season 5:
      • Nathan finally being able to walk again.
      • Dan saving his grandson from Nannie Carrie and threatening her to leave his family alone.
      • Dan returning Jamie to his parents after saving him from Nannie Carrie.
      • Lucas' "I hate you!" speech to Peyton.
      • The last few scenes of the Season Finale in tune to Haley's "Feel This".
    • Season 6:
      • Xavier beating Brooke.
      • Dan killing Carrie.
      • Peyton collapsing after her and Lucas' wedding.
      • Lucas' Heroic BSOD after Peyton's collapse.
      • Brooke and Julian becoming a couple.
      • Nathan playing in the NBA.
      • Lucas and Peyton riding the Comet going somewhere with their newborn daughter.
    • Season 7:
      • Dan Shumiliating the woman who is (falsely) claiming to be impregnated by Nathan.
      • Katie shooting Clay and Quinn.
    • Season 8:
      • Quinn vs. Katie.
      • Brooke and Julian's wedding.
      • The entire Series Fauxnale.
    • Season 9:
  • Sherlock: Sherlock's jump from the roof of St. Bart's in "Sherlock S 02 E 03 The Reichenbach Fall".

  • The Iliad: Priamus on his knees before Achilles begging him for the body of his son Hector.
  • The Odyssey
    • Odysseus outwitting Polyphemus and then making the mistake of revealing his real name.
    • Odysseus returning to his home disguised as a beggar. The dog! The dog!
  • The Bible
    • The Crucifixion.
    • There are quite a few more, for instance from the Old Testament Adam and Eve eating of the forbidden fruit, the story of Noah's Ark, Abraham almost sacrificing his son Isaac, the parting of the Red Sea, Moses coming down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, Samson bringing down the temple in Gaza, the fight of David against Goliath. From the New Testament the Annunciation, the birth of Christ, the Last Supper...
  • In both Chrétien de Troyes' and Wolfgang von Eschenbach's version of the story the scene in which Percivale is thrown into a mazement looking at three drops of blood in the snow. Wolfram, who unlike Chrétien got to finish his epic poem, also has the scene at the end where Percivale finally asks Amfortas: "What ails you, uncle?"
  • In the Nibelungenlied there's Siegfried's murder, Hagen sinking the treasure in the Rhine, and the Burgundians' final stand in Etzel's burning castle.
  • Don Quixote charging against windmills.
  • Robinson Crusoe discovering the footprints of another man on his island.
  • D'Artagnan's triple duel against The Three Musketeers, which turns into a fight of all four of them against the Cardinal's guards.
  • The pursuit through the sewers of Paris in Les Misérables.
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gandalf facing the Balrog. "You cannot pass."
    • Frodo standing on a ledge, preparing to throw the ring into the fires of Mount Doom.
  • Bilbo's riddle-duel with Gollum in The Hobbit. "What has it got in its pocketses?"
    • Also his confrontation with Smaug.
  • Tom Robinson's trial from To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Pro Wrestling 

  • Ask people in Chicago, and they'll tell you that the Cubs lost the 2003 NLCS because of Steve Bartman. Forget the fact that they couldn't get an out the rest of the inning, and then lost the next game. No, it all comes down to that one play.
    • It might make Cubs fans feel better to realize that their Arch-Nemesis, the St. Louis Cardinals, had essentially the same thing happen in the 1985 World Series, when the Denkinger Call, a blown umpiring call, entered Cardinals infamy, with the point that they couldn't get out of the inning either, and then also lost the next game. However, it probably doesn't.
  • Similar with Buckner in the 1986 World Series. The Red Sox had already blown a two run lead with two outs in the 10th inning. Buckner's error allowed the third (albeit winning) run to score. The Red Sox also blew a three run lead the next game to lose the Series. Ask most people why the Red Sox lost that series though, and they'll tell you about the Buckner play.
  • Michael Jordan shooting over Craig Ehlo to win against the Cavs.
  • Carlton Fisk waving a home run ball fair in the 1975 World Series. Of course, Boston lost the series to the Big Red Machine, one of the greater teams in history, but the Fisk home run is what people most focus on.
  • 2013 ALCS. The Red Sox down by four, bottom of the eighth inning in game 2, David Ortiz hits a grand slam, culminating into a walk-off run in the ninth. The image in every New England newspaper the next day was of a BPD officer in the bullpen with his arms raised in excitement as Tigers outfielder Tory Hunter went tumbling into the bullpen trying to catch the ball (though his excitement was more over the home run than Hunter doing a flip over the wall).
  • 1980 Miracle on Ice "Do you believe in miracles?! YES!" Also, the team celebrating after Eruzione's goal to take the lead.
  • The FIFA World Cup has a few.
    • Pelé's goal in the 1958 final, and Maradona's goal versus England in 1986 (no, not the one he punched the ball!).
    • The 1954 final: Helmut Rahn's winning goal against Hungary ("Aus dem Hintergrund müsste Rahn kommen...") and the West German team lifting coach Sepp Herberger and captain Fritz Walther on their shoulders in the rain after the handing-over of the Jules Rimet Cup. Doubles as a signature scene for the German national team.
    • The extra time of the "Game of the Century", Italy vs. West Germany 4-3, in Mexico 1970. Fans remember how quickly and often the score changed that they tend to forget how boring the regular 90 minutes were in comparison. (Italy took an early 1-0 lead and then defended it by hook and by crook until Karl-Heinz Schnellinger equalized in the 90th minute).
    • The 2006 final: French football icon Zinedine Zidane headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi and getting a red card on his last international game.
  • 2004 ALCS Dave Roberts stealing second base.
  • Super Bowl XLII
    • Quarterback Eli Manning throwing a pass after escaping a sack that was caught by third string wide receiver David Tyree against his helmet while being pulled to the ground.
    • Janet Jackson's halftime show "wardrobe malfunction" at Super Bowl XXXVIII.
    • For more Super Bowl goodness, there's always Scott Norwood's wide-right field goal; or Kevin Dyson coming up "One Yard Short" for the Titans.
    • Super Bowl XLVII: The power outage a few minutes into the second half of the game.
  • For NASCAR: the fatal crash of Dale Earnhardt at the 2001 Daytona 500.
  • Pittsburgh Pirates Hall-of-Famer Bill Mazeroski was regarded as a superb second baseman; his batting was so unremarkable that it nearly cost him his chance to be in the Hall. What is he remembered for? In the Game Seven of the 1960 World Series, he cracked a walk-off home run that won his team the game and the Series.
  • The Packers
    • The Packers carrying Vince Lombardi off the field after winning Super Bowl II, his final game as the team's head coach.
    • Another Packers example is Brett Favre ripping off his helmet and running off the field after throwing a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XXXI on Green Bay's second play from scrimmage.
  • More from American Football: "The Catch," in which Dwight Clark caught a pass from Joe Montana to win the 1982 NFC Championship, which had all the elements of Down to the Last Play. Still regarded by many as the greatest touchdown ever.
  • John Elway being hit by tackles from both sides, spinning in midair and slamming into the ground, on his way to leading the Denver Broncos to winning the Super Bowl.
  • "The Play." Lateral after lateral allowed UCLA to win the 1982 Big Game with no time left on the clock, with the final receiver even having to run through the Stanford marching band to reach the end zone.
  • Jim Marshall will forever live in American football infamy for running the football the wrong way in a 1964 game against the 49ers.
    • At least the Vikings won that game. Roy Riegels of the California Golden Bears ran the wrong way in the 1929 Rose Bowl against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, only being stopped a couple yards from his own end zone by his own teammate before getting dogpiled. The next play was a blocked punt which yield two points to Georgia Tech, the ultimate difference in an 8-7 loss.


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