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.

Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Attack on Titan
    • The Colossal Titan's head and hand creeping over Wall Maria. Perhaps just as iconic is its abrupt reappearance five years later, right after Eren's inner monologue about rebuilding and fighting back.
    • 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
    • Naruto's Multi Shadow Clone Jutsu against Mizuki.
    • 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.
  • Azumanga Daioh:
    • Osaka's little moment with the knife.
    • In the anime, the scene where Osaka meets Chiyo's Dad, thanks to the voice talents of the inimitable Norio Wakamoto. HERRO EVERY NYAN.
  • 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 has a few of these:
    • There's the original opening, where Pikachu runs past the final starter evolutions and underneath a girl's skirt.
    • Pikachu electrocuting Ash for the first time, shortly after being released from its Pokeball.
    • Pikachu's using a Thunder attack against a flock of angry Spearow.
    • Ash and Pikachu seeing Ho-oh for the first time.
    • Team Rocket's motto.
    • Charizard refusing to obey Ash during the Indigo conference, costing him the league.
    • Ash being turned to stone in the first movie.
    • Charizard's return to save Ash from Entei in the third film.
    • 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.
    • Latios' spirit saying goodbye to Latias in Pokémon Heroes.
  • 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
    • Goku catching a giant fish.
    • Bulma and Goku meeting for the first time.
    • The infamous scene where Bulma (unknowingly) flashes Master Roshi in exchange for a Dragon Ball.
    • Goku's transformation into a gigantic ape.
    • Pretty much any time Shenron is summoned (this goes for both series)
    • Master Roshi using a Kamehameha wave to blow away the fire on Frying Pan Mountain.
    • Goku vs. Jackie Chun (aka Master Roshi in disguise).
    • Goku flying straight through Demon King Piccolo's torso.
    • Goku's battle with Piccolo Jr.
  • 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.
    • Piccolo shooting his special beam cannon at Raditz while Goku grabs 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.
    • A possible one is Goku's Heroic Sacrifice at the end of the Cell Games.
    • Vegito vs. Super Buu.
    • Pretty much any time Shenron is summoned (this goes for both series).
  • 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.
    • From the first two movies, Madoka and Homura sitting down on a pair of chairs in a field and nuzzling in the OP.
    • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, for the beginning of the movie it would be the surreal, nursery-rhyme-esque Cake Song. For the midway mark, the duel between Mami and Homura. For the ending, it's Homura grabbing Madoka's hand as she comes to take Homura away, and stripping Madoka of her powers.
  • 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.
    • Gold Roger's execution, especially since his last words are what instigate 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.
    • Dio's shenanigans as a kid such as literally kicking a dog or gloating after stealing Erina's first kiss.
    • 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.
    • Part 4: Yoshikage Kira revealing his stand Killer Queen to Shigechi.
    • Part 5: Gold Experience punching Buccellati.
    • Gold Experience Requiem's first appearance. With him and Giorno posing of course
    • Part 6: Pucci awakening Made in Heaven, gradually speeding up time until it reached a singularity end resets.
    • Part 7: Johnny reaches Act 4, leading to the first instance in the entire part where someone applies Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs.
    • As a matter of facts, no chapter passes without any character trying to be as cheesy and as memorable as possible.
  • 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.
    • Kenshin vs Jin-e with Kaoru being held as the latter's hostage.
    • Kenshin vs Saito's grudge match.
    • The scene where Kenshin leaves Kaoru for Kyoto which also doubles as a Tear Jerker.
    • Sanosuke learning Futae no Kiwami.
    • The final battle between Kenshin and Shishio, especially the bit where Kenshin sends Shishio flying with his ultimate attack.
    • Possibly Kaoru meeting Kenshin for the first time.
  • Lyrical Nanoha has one scene in each season that serves as that one scene, specifically...
  • 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.
  • Narutaru: The test tube scene. That's all you need to know.
  • The end of the first duel in Yu-Gi-Oh!: "EXODIA...OBLITERATE!!!"
  • Tokyo Ghoul: The scene of the protagonist Kaneki Ken waking up in his hospital bed after the accident with his single transformed ghoul eye.
    • Also, the scenes later in the series regarding Kaneki's torture at the hands of Aogiri Tree, especially the centipede forced into his ear canal and the subsequent physical changes he undergoes, the white hair, black nails and post traumatic, increasingly ruthless personality.
  • Black Lagoon: The cigarette kiss between Rock and Revy.
  • Gintama:
    • Gintoki beating down a couple of Amanto with his wooden sword for knocking his parfait, complaining about having to limit his sugar intake. His Establishing Character Moment.
    • The Strawberry Milky speech. That is all.
    • Gintoki and Katsura fighting the Harusame Pirates back-to-back in the Benizakura Arc and then pointing their swords at Takasugi vowing to stop him the next time they meet.
    • Shogun making his debut being the Butt Monkey for his appearances, earning the Pharse Catcher "The Damn Shogun!" through out his appearances along with how his predicament escalate.
    • Kagura going full Yato on Abuto in the Yoshiwara Arc.
    • The entire fallout with the 2nd Popularity Poll that ends up becoming a Story Arc, starting with the Disney Death of the mangaka himself!
    • Gintoki and Jirochou's first fight in the Four Devas Arc after the latter stabbed Otose.
    • In the Courtesan of the Nation Arc, Gintoki vs Oboro with the first fight started when Gintoki was about to attack Sada Sada only to be blocked by Oboro's blade, but he breaks it using his teeth. Then the second fight ends with former throwing the latter onto his wooden sword to impale him, with the phrase "Say hello to Sensei for me." The same phrase was uttered by Takasugi who kills the former Shogun for causing the execution of Shouyo-sensei.
  • Hunter x Hunter:
    • Gon catching the Master of the Swamp with his fishing rod.
    • Gon meeting Kite for the first time.
    • Killua ripping Jones' heart out and crushing it in his hand.
    • Gon's fight with Hisoka in Heavens Arena.
    • Kurapica's fight with Uvogin.
    • Possibly the Auction Massacre.
    • Chrollo's fight with Zeno and Silva Zoldyck may count.
    • Genthru blowing off Gon's left hand.
    • Gon transforming into a full-grown man and beating Pitou to death.
    • Netero vs. Meruem.
  • Nichijou: The principal wrestling the deer.
  • Ashita no Joe: Rikiishi's and Joe's deaths.

    Comics 
  • Quite a few scenes from Batman comics:
    Batman: What, are you dense? Are you retarded or something? Who the hell do you think I am? I'm the Goddamn Batman.
  • Dr. Light raping Sue Dibny in Identity Crisis.
  • Superboy-Prime retconning reality with his punches in Infinite Crisis.
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths
    • The death of Barry Allen.
    • Also, the death of Supergirl, especially that cover.
  • Phoenix killing herself in front of Cyclops in X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Story.
  • Rick Jones creating the Invaders to fight the Skrulls in Avengers: The Kree-Skrull War.
  • Judge Dredd punching through the Judge Fear's head while shouting "Gaze into the fist of Dredd!"
  • Superman
    • Superman lifting a green car over his head while three criminals run away.
    • Superman being weakened by a chunk of kryptonite.
    • In The Death of Superman, the full-page spread of Lois cradling the dead body of Superman.
    • Krypton exploding.
    • Ma and Pa Kent finding baby Kal El in a field.
    • Clark Kent putting his costume on in a phone booth.
    • Superman comforting/saving a suicidal teenager in All-Star Superman. Not just for that one comic, but considered by many to be a perfect encapsulation of everything that makes Superman awesome.
  • Captain America
    • Captain America's apparent death, with his bloodied body on the courthouse steps.
    • On a more triumphant note, the now-legendary image of Cap punching Adolf Hitler in the face.
    • Bucky sacrificing himself to save Cap, and Cap falling into the ocean.
  • The Avengers: ULTRON. We would have words with thee.
    • The Avengers finding Captain America frozen in a block of ice.
    • Ultron taking control of all of Iron Man's armors and setting them on the Avengers, repeated in Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Age of Ultron.
  • Spider-Man
    • Spider-Man carrying a man while swinging across New York.
    • Peter Parker being dragged by his aunt to a blind date with her best friend's niece at the end of Amazing Spider-Man #42, expecting to have to go through an "ordeal" with most likely an ugly girl. He spends some time waiting, reflecting on how he's become attracted to that nice Gwen Stacy. Then the doorbell rings, and Anna Watson lets her in:
    Anna: Peter Parker, I'd like you to meet my niece...
    Peter (bowled over by the lady's looks): You mean — that's Mary Jane..?!!
    Mary Jane: Face it, Tiger... you just hit the jackpot!
    • On a sadder note: The death of Gwen Stacy in ASM #121, notable for the much debated SNAP! sound effect and the final panels with Spider-Man holding Gwen's body.
    • Spider-Man confronting Uncle Ben's killer and realizing it was the crook he let get away earlier.
    • Spider-Man lifting a ton of debris off of himself in order to get to the serum needed to save Aunt May's life in ASM #33.
    • The shot of Peter walking away from his costume in a trash bin, remarking "I am Spider-Man no more" is also very well remembered and often referenced.
    • Mary Jane Watson's introduction.
  • The pivotal moment in an Origin Story when a superhero gains and discovers his/her powers is usually this.
  • Popeye
    • Popeye beating up his opponents (in the original comics he did this without the aid of spinach. After the cartoon became a hit this element was added)
    • Wimpy eating hamburgers.
    • Eugene the jeep seeing "jeep".
  • Krazy Kat: Ignatz zapping Krazy Kat with a brick.
  • Little Nemo: Little Nemo flying on his bed through the night, then awaking because it was All a Dream and having fallen out of his bed.
  • Lucky Luke: Lucky Luke driving off into the sunset while singing "I'm a poor lonesome cowboy".
  • Astérix:
    • The banquet with wild boars, while Cacofonix is bound, gagged and tied to a tree.
    • Obelix claiming he's not fat.
    • The villagers fighting over the rotten fish of the local fishmonger.
    • Obelix beating up Roman legions.
  • Nero: The waffle feast that concludes every story.
  • Suske en Wiske: Wiske's wink to the audience at the end of each story.
    • The main cast being sent back in time with the Time Machine.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe: In Carl Barks ' stories Uncle Scrooge will be seen diving into his fortune at least once an episode.
  • Gaston Lagaffe: Gaston accidentally preventing Mr. Demesmaeker from signing the contracts time and time again.
  • Tom Poes: Bommel talks about "being a gentleman, if you understand what I mean" and tells Tom Poes to "think of a plan" when in an urgent situation. Bulle Bas tries to arrest Bommel for a crime he didn't commit. Marquis de Canteclaer looks down upon Bommel while holding his lorgnette.
  • Agent327: Agent 327 arriving at his office in a disguise and then sighing: "Heaven's sake, what a secret agent has to do nowadays to arrive at his work unnoticed!"
  • Tintin:
    • People accidentally dialing the number of Cutts the butcher, or accidentally dialing Marlinspike Hall while trying to call Cutts.
    • The most iconic scene in the entire series is Tintin jumping from a disconnected train wagon in Prisoners Of The Sun.
    • The red and white moon rocket from Explorers On the Moon
  • Moon Knight has the iconic fifth issue of Warren Ellis's run on the book, which features a spectacular twenty page fight sequence, with Moon Knight slowly fighting through an army of mooks in order to save a kidnapped little girl.
  • Fritz the Cat: Fritz takes drugs or has sex with some girl.
  • Blake and Mortimer: Blake and Mortimer on the cover of The Yellow "M" has become so iconic that it inspired many parodies and homages.
  • Green Arrow:
    • Oliver learning that his Sidekick Roy Harper is a drug addict.
    • The Green Arrow and Black Canary wedding.
    • Mia Dearden revealing that she has HIV.
    • Connor Hawke taking over for his father.
  • The Walking Dead:
    • Carl killing Shane.
    • Michonne rescuing Otis.
    • Thomas Richards killing the Greene twins.
    • The Governor chopping-off Rick's right hand.
    • The Governor raping Michonne.
    • Michonne's Cold-Blooded Torture of The Governor.
    • The Governor decapitating Tyreese.
    • Lily Caul fatally gunning Lori and Judith with a shotgun.
    • Rick having a Dead Person Conversation with deceased members in a phone.
    • Carl executing Ben.
    • The Hunters eating Dale's leg.
    • Rick and company butchering The Hunters.
    • Rick leaving Jessie and Ron to be devoured by Walkers.
    • Carl's Eye Scream.
    • Negan repeatedly whacking Glenn's head with a barbed wire-infused baseball bat.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • AKIRA: Tetsuo's mutation.
  • Aladdin: The first appearance of the Genie.
    • The "Whole New World" song.
  • Bambi
    • Bambi encountering a butterfly on his tail and the skunk Flower.
    • The death scene of Bambi's mother.
  • Beauty and the Beast:
    • Belle and Beast's ballroom dance.
    • Also; Belle, on the hill, during "Belle (reprise)" is pretty iconic.
    • The "Be My Guest" extravaganza musical number.
  • The Castle of Cagliostro: The initial car chase to rescue Clarisse and the climatic bell tower fight
  • Cinderella: Her dress transformation.
  • Dumbo: The "Baby Be Mine" scene, which is one of the most infamous tearjerkers in the Disney canon. Followed immediately by "Pink Elephants On Parade", which is one of the most infamous Mushroom Samba sequences in Deranged Animation history. Next is the dancing crows with "When I See An Elephant Fly" and Dumbo flying in the air.
  • Fantasia
    • The "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment and the scene afterwards where Mickey shakes hands with Leopold Stokowski.
    • The T-Rex vs. Stegosaurus scene from "Rite of Spring"
    • The dancing hippo's in the Dance Of The Hours segment.
    • Tchernobog during "Night on Bald Mountain".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup first flying with Toothless is a breathtaking scene, especially helped by the Fanfare playing.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The "Hellfire" sequence
  • Kung Fu Panda: The rope bridge fight between the Furious Five and Tai Lung, as well as Tai Lung's prison escape in the original . For the sequel, there's Tigress hugging Po, Po discovering his origins and him using tai chi to redirect cannonfire.
  • Lady and the Tramp: The Spaghetti Kiss.
  • The Lion King:
    • Rafiki holding up baby Simba in the air.
    • Mufasa's death.
    • Mufasa's ghost giving words of wisdom to Simba.
    • The "Hakuna Matata" sing and dance number.
    • Simba roaring on top of Pride Rock as rain beats down on the ravaged land.
  • 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.
  • Mulan singing "Reflection".
    • The "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" training montage song.
  • My Neighbour Totoro: Totoro and Satsuki waiting in the rain at the bus stop with their umbrellas.
  • 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.
  • Peter Pan: Captain Hook and Peter Pan fighting in the cave, where Hook is attacked by the crocodile.
  • Shrek: Donkey promising he'll make "waffles" in the morning.
    • The beginning sequence to the tune of Smash Mouth's "Rockstar".
    • From the sequel, the part where Puss in Boots flashes his Puppy-Dog Eyes.
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: The "Uncle Fucker" sequence.
  • Spirited Away has the scene where Chihiro remembers Haku's name while riding through the air on his back.
  • The Sword in the Stone: The Wizard Duel and Arthur/Wart pulling out the Sword.
  • Up
    • The entire "Married Life" segment.
    • Carl floating the house away with all the balloons, while mocking the Shady Oaks people.
  • Titanic: The Legend Goes On has the "Party Time" song sequence.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Arguably as well-remembered as any of those are the two Obligatory Swearing moments- "Aw SHIT what are we gonna do now?" from Spike and "Open, DAMN IT, open!" from Ultra Magnus, due to how hilariously out of place they are in what's otherwise a movie for very young children.
  • Yellow Submarine: The "Nowhere Man" and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" sequence are among the most iconic and celebrated moments in the film.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 8/12:
    • La Saraghina, the Big Beautiful Woman, dancing for the children on the beach.
    • The final scene where all the people in the protagonist's life dance around him on a circus stage, while he is the ringmaster in the middle.
  • Airplane: The "don't call me Shirley" quote, the dance scene in the disco bar and the old lady who "speaks jive".
  • Al Pacino
  • Alien:
    • The Chest Burster scene from Alien.
    • Ripley versus the Alien Queen in Aliens.
    • The Alien getting really close to Ripley's face, and viewers seeing the thing has two jaws.
  • All About Eve: Bette Davis saying "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night" before ascending the stairs.
  • Woody Allen:
  • All Quiet on the Western Front: The famous Dead Hand Shot of Paul reaching for a butterfly at the end of the 1930 film, Paul trapped in a shell hole with a French Soldier he has just stabbed to death, and the famous charge on the German trenches by the French troops., especially the French soldiers getting chopped down by German machine guns.
  • Amarcord:
    • The big breasted tobacconist trying to seduce one of the boys.
    • The wedding banquet at the beach.
  • American History X: the curb stomping scene.
  • American Pie has two, which were the center of the marketing of the movie: the scene with the pie, and the "this one time, at band camp" scene.
  • An American in Paris: Gene Kelly picking up a rose.
  • An American Werewolf in London: the werewolf transformation.
  • Animal House: John Belushi shouting "toga, toga!" while dressed as Caesar. The college boys sneaking outside with a ladder to peek into the girls' dorm. The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue. Bluto smashing some hipster's guitar.
  • Anna Christie: The scene where the audience heard former silent star Greta Garbo talk for the first time on screen.
  • Apocalypse Now:
    • The scene where army helicopters bomb a Vietnamese village to the music of "Ride Of The Valkyries" by Richard Wagner.
    • The general's remark: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning;"
    • Kurtz's introduction.
  • Army of Darkness: The scene that starts with "Listen up, you primitive screwheads"
    • Largely because the next line is "This ... is my boomstick!"
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
    • The Oner at the opening, culminating in a shot of all six Avengers jumping into battle.
    • The "lift the hammer" competition and Ultron's interruption.
    • The reveal that Hawkeye has a wife and kids.
    • Vision lifts Thor's hammer.
    • Quicksilver's death.
  • Maverick's unauthorized buzzing of the tower in Top Gun.
    • The pilots singing "You've Lost That Loving Feeling".
    • "I feel the need! The need for speed!"
    • The beach volleyball game.
    • The final dogfight.
  • The Avengers:
    • The Hulk smashing Loki.
    • The Oner of every Avenger defending the city.
    • The triumphant shot of the entire team assembled together to defend New York from the Chitauri invasion.
  • Back to the Future: The first time the Delorian time travels.
  • Bande A Part: The trio's dance number halfway the film.
  • Basic Instinct: The interrogation scene where Catherine Tramell supposedly is seen wearing no underpants for a split second.
  • Batman: the 1989 version.
    • Batman
      • The Batwing vs. The Joker.
      • "You ever dance with the devil by the pale moonlight?"
      • "Who are you?" "I'm Batman!"
    • Batman Returns
      • Bruce dramatically standing up when he sees the bat signal.
      • Catwoman somersaults in front of Batman and Penguin. She meows then the building behind her explodes.
    • Batman Forever: The Batwing flying through the light of the bat signal.
    • The Dark Knight
      • The Joker's "pencil trick".
      • Why so serious?
      • The interrogation.
      • The Joker dropping Rachel out of a window.
    • The Dark Knight Rises
      • Gotham Stadium's football field imploding.
      • the entire ending sequence.
  • The Battleship Potemkin: The people being shot at the stairs, with the Baby Carriage riding down as the climax.
  • Bedtime For Bonzo: Reagan feeding the chimpansee with a milk bottle.
  • Ben Hur: The horse chariot scene.
  • Being There: Sellers walking on water near the end.
  • While there are many memorable aspects of Birdemic, the scene where the protagonists fend off the killer eagles with wire hangers is probably the best-known.
  • Blade
    • The rave scene from the first film.
    • Blade vs Jared in Blade II.
  • Blade Runner: Roy Batty's soliloquy in the rain.
  • The Blue Angel: Lola sitting on a crate with her legs up.
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Ricky's drive-by death from Boyz n the Hood.
  • Braveheart: The battle of Stirling, complete with Rousing Speech and the often spoofed scene where the Scottish warriors show off their bare behinds to the enemy.
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's: Holly looking wistfully at a Tiffany's window.
  • Mel Brooks:
  • "I wish I knew how to quit you!" from Brokeback Mountain. Parodies have ran it into the ground, but the scene itself is very emotional.
    • Aenis smelling Jack's jacket.
  • The Bodyguard:
  • Bonnie and Clyde: Their violent deaths.
  • The Brown Bunny: Chloe Sevigny giving unsimulated oral sex to Vincent Gallo.
  • Bruce Lee
  • The "Raft Massacre" in The Burning, in which Cropsy ambushes a bunch of teens on a raft and kills them all in bloody fashion.
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Redford and Newman jumping down from the cliff into the water and the scene where Redford's character bicycles with his loved one to the tune of "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head".
  • Cabaret: The musical numbers "Life is a cabaret" and "Tomorrow Belongs To Me".
  • Cabin Fever's infamous "Pancakes scene."
  • Cannibal Holocaust: The nude woman who is gorged on a pole.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier:
    • The opening scene of Sam and Steve running ("On your left!").
    • Cap throwing his shield at Winter Soldier, who catches it.
    • The elevator fight.
    • The "Hail HYDRA" whisper.
    • The Reveal of Bucky Barnes as Winter Soldier.
    • The end of the final confrontation between Cap and Bucky ("I'm with you 'till the end of the line.")
  • Carrie (1976): The prom and the creepy Twist Ending where a girl puts flowers on Carrie's grave and is pulled in by a hand.
  • Casablanca:
    • Laszlo getting the entire cafe to sing the French national anthem to humiliate some Germans.
    • Rick's goodbye to Ilsa on the airstrip at the end, where he tells here "Here's looking at you, kid" and "We'll always have Paris". After the plane left he tells Louis: "This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
  • Casino
    • Nicky stabbing a guy with a fountain pen for being an asshole to Sam.
    • Nicky crushing a mooks head in an industrial vise 'til his eye starts popping out.
    • Sam and Nicky's secret desert meeting.
  • Chariots of Fire: The marathon where the athletes run in slow-motion to Vangelis' score has become so iconic that it inspired many parodies.
  • Charlie Chaplin
    • The Kid: The Tramp thinking of throwing the baby down a manhole. The young boy being sent off to the orphanage.
    • The Gold Rush: The Tramp eating his boot like a gourmet turkey and the scene where he makes the bread rolls dance on two forks.
    • City Lights: The final scene where the once blind girl now recognizes her anonymous helper.
    • Charlie tightening the bolts on the cogs in Modern Times, then getting stuck in the machine.
    • His dance with the balloon globe and final speech in The Great Dictator.
  • Un Chien Andalou: The eye slicing scene.
  • Chinatown: "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown".
  • Citizen Kane
    • Kane's muttering of "Rosebud" at the beginning of the film, while he drops the snow ball he was holding in his hand.
    • Kane being sent off to live with a millionaire, while his parents make the negotiations inside the log cabin in the snow.
    • Kane giving a presidential candidate speech in front of a huge election poster showing himself.
    • The shrieking cockatoo near the end.
    • The revelation that "Rosebud" was his sled.
  • A Clockwork Orange:
    • The opening close-up of Alex's Slasher Smile while the camera slowly pans out to see them sitting in the Korova Milk Bar.
    • Alex beating up two of his friends, who then fall in the water.
    • Alex fighting a woman with a sculpture of an erect penis.
    • Alex undergoing the Ludovico technique.
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    • The main character being interrogated and he only keeps asking "Who are you people?!"
    • The alien landing.
  • Cloverfield: The decapitation of the Statue of Liberty.
  • The Color Purple has "All my life, I had to fight..." from when Sofia confronts Celie.
  • Con Air: Serial Killer Garland Greene's introduction. He is transported in an armored truck and has to wear heavy restraints and a mask.
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon: Gill Man diving off the ship with Kay, swimming down with her and carrying her to his cave
  • Crocodile Dundee: "That's not a knife— that's a knife!"
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still: The aliens arriving to make their message clear: Klaatu Barada Nikto.
  • Dead Poets Society: The final scene where all the students stand on their desks to salute their teacher going away, despite them all getting punished for it.
  • Dead Presidents: the bank heist.
  • Deep Blue Sea: Samuel L. Jackson getting chomped in the middle of his Rousing Speech.
  • The Deer Hunter: The Russian Roulette scene.
  • Deliverance: The dueling banjos scene and the "Squeeeeeeal like a pig" scene.
  • Two particular scenes from The Descent: first, the one in which a Crawler is seen up-close for the first time where it is seen through the night vision on Holly's camcorder, second, the one in which Sarah falls into the giant pool of blood, shortly after taking out a child crawler, before proceeding to kill its mother, and then taking on the daddy, as well, by beating his head in with a large piece of bone.
  • Dickson Experimental Sound Film: The man playing violin while two men dance with one another.
  • Die Hard: John McClane gets his feet cut by shot glass. And the scene where he shouts: "Yippie-Ka-Yeah, motherfucker!"
  • Dirty Harry:
  • La Dolce Vita: The Jesus statue being carried by helicopter, Mastroianni and Ekberg embracing in the Trevi fountain.
  • Dont Look Back: Bob Dylan holding the signs with the lyrics up during his "Subterranean Homesick Blues" number.
  • Dredd: The "I am the law" speech.
  • Doctor Who 50th AS "The Day of the Doctor" : The finale where all 13 Doctors arrive to save Gallifrey.
  • Downfall: Hitler's Villainous Breakdown.
  • Dr. Strangelove:
    • The US President telling two fighting men: "Gentlemen, you can't fight here. This is the war room!"
    • Major Kong riding the bomb, while plummeting to his doom.
    • Dr. Strangelove, period.
  • Dracula1931:
  • Drive: The Driver stomping in a thug's head in an elevator.
  • Easy A: Olive's long dramatic Sexy Walk in the school hallway.
  • Enchanted
  • Eraserhead: The close-up shot of the main protagonist seen in dark shadows. The creepy baby
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial:
    • E.T. making clear he wants to "phone home" to his friends far away in the galaxy.
    • The shot where E.T. and Elliott touch each other's index fingers.
    • The shot where E.T. and Elliott fly in the air while seated on the bike and fly past the moon in the background.
    • E.T. saying goodbye to Elliott while going aboard on his spaceship.
    • E.T. making all the candy float.
  • The Exorcist:
  • Eyes Wide Shut: The masqueraded ball scene and the orgy afterwards.
  • Face/Off: Archer and Troy shooting each through a mirror.
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off: The teacher calling off the names at the start of the film, then noticing Bueller is absent: "Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?" The parade scene, and to a lesser extent the art museum scene.
  • A Few Good Men: The court scene where the lawyer wants "the truth", whereupon Nicholson's character answers: "You can't handle the truth!" inspired countless parodies.
  • W.C. Fields:
    • The blind and deaf customer entering the store in It's A Gift and Fields trying to prevent him from breaking everything.
  • Fight Club: Brad Pitt's character explaining "the first rule of Fight Club".
  • Five Easy Pieces: Jack Nicholson getting fed up with the precision crazy waitress and sweeping all the plates and cutlery of the table with one quick arm movement.
  • (500) Days of Summer:
    • The Expectation vs. Reality scene.
    • The park scene in day 488.
  • Forrest Gump:
    • Forrest telling people that "life is like a box of chocolates".
    • Forrest running from bullies. Jenny: "Run, Forrest! Run!"
    • The scene where Forrest shakes hands with John F. Kennedy.
  • Frankenstein:
    • Frankenstein1931: The scene where the Monster is brought alive and the doctor yells: "It's alive!" Also the scene where Frankenstein drowns a young girl, which was deemed to horrifying at the time.
    • Bride of Frankenstein: Frankenstein meeting his Bride.
  • Freaks: The freaks singing "We accept you, one of us, gooble gabble, one of us!"
  • Free Willy jumping out of the water.
  • The French Connection: The car chase scene under the railway bridge in New York.
  • Friday the 13th Part 2: An unmasked Jason suddenly crashing through a window to grab the Final Girl for one last scare.
  • From Here to Eternity: the Beach Kiss scene.
  • Full Metal Jacket:
    • The scene where Private "Gomer Pyle" goes insane and is seated with a gun in the toilet room.
    • The Vietnamese prostitute who says "Me love you long time" has gained more pop cultural notoriety after being spoofed in South Park.
    • "This is my rifle! This is my gun! This is for fighting! This is for fun!"
  • Funny Face: Audrey Hepburn dancing with beatniks.
  • The pottery scene from Ghost.
  • Gimme Shelter: A rare example of a Concert Film where the most famous moment has nothing to do with music. The scene where a man in the crowd was murdered on camera has become infamous.
  • The Girl Can't Help It: The scene where Jayne Mansfield holds two milkbottles against her breasts.
  • Gladiator: Maximus, after having killed the other gladiators, throws his sword to the spectators and shouts angrily: "Are you not entertained?! Is this not why you were here?!"
  • Glengarry Glen Ross: Alec Baldwin's character threatening to fire the hapless salesmen.
  • The Godfather
    • The opening scene where Don Corleone is seen listening to people inside a dark lit room, while outside his daughter's wedding is going on. The first line "I believe in America..." has also become iconic.
    • The scene in "Godfather I" where Woltz finds his horse's head in his bed.
    • The scene where Sonny beats up Connie's husband in the streets
    • The scene where Sonny is ambushed
    • The montage at the end of the first film, showing the murders of Michael's rivals, intercut with him serving as godfather at his nephew's baptism.
    • In "Godfather II" Michael's Kiss of Death to Fredo
    • In "Godfather II" Vito Corleone murdering Don Fanucci inside his own house while outside festivities are going on.
    • Related to the above example, Michael watching through a window as he has his own brother killed in Part Two.
    • Mary's death considered the only good scene in part 3.
  • ''Godzilla: Godzilla's iconic roar.
    • Whenever Godzilla is referenced (or even parodied) in shows, it will more often than not depict the famous scene of him attacking Tokyo in the 1954 film.
    • The most famous scene of Godzilla vs. Hedorah is the one where Godzilla uses his atomic breath to fly.
    • Godzilla Final Wars has the Curb-Stomp Battle between Godzilla and Zilla.
    • Thanks to the popularity of the teaser trailer for Godzilla (2014), the HALO jump and the shot of Godzilla emerging from the ashy remains of several buildings as his silhouette is seen roaring managed to become this for that movie well before it even came out.
  • Godzilla (2014): The HALO Jump into the ruins of San Francisco.
    • Godzilla holding the female MUTO's mouth open so that he can burn her from the inside with his atomic breath.
  • Gone with the Wind:
    • The burning of Atlanta.
    • Scarlett saying: "As God is my witness, I will never be hungry again!".
    • Scarlett goes to the train station and the camera tracks out to reveal hundreds and hundreds of bodies lying in the middle of the track.
    • Rhett saying goodbye to Scarlett near the end and telling her: "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."
  • The Good The Bad And The Ugly: The Mexican Standoff at the cemetery
  • Goodfellas: The long scene where the characters are introduced to one another without any film edits whatsoever. Even more famously the scene where Joe Pesci's character is told that he is "funny" which he doesn't take well.
    • Henry and Karen entering a restaurant through the kitchen on their first date.
  • The Graduate:
    • "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me."
    • The ending where Dustin Hoffman interrupts the wedding and runs off with the bride to take the first bus that comes along.
  • Grand Hotel: Garbo's character saying she "wants to be alone."
  • Grease: The "You Are The One That I Want" sing and dance number.
  • The Great Train Robbery: The shot where one of the bank robbers shoots at the audience. The first time someone is made to "dance" by shooting at his feet.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Star-Lord dancing on Morag.
    • Rocket's drunken rant.
    • "We...are...Groot."
    • Star-Lord challenging Ronan to a dance-off.
    • Baby Groot dancing.
  • La Haine: The scene where someone DJ's two records in front of an open window, one being "The Sound Of The Police" by KRS-One, the other "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" by Édith Piaf.
  • Halloween it's the scene where Michael's pale white mask emerges from the darkness.
  • The Hangover: A naked Asian man jumping out of a trunk.
  • Happy Gilmore: The fight between Happy and Bob Barker: "The price is wrong, bitch!"
  • A Hard Days Night: The Beatles running away from their adoring fans. The shot where they run around in an open field to "Can't Buy Me Love".
  • Harry Potter (most of the later installments are eclipsed by the first, especially after the first three)
    • First Film:
      • The Hogwarts letters flooding into the Dursleys' living room.
      • Hagrid's "you're a wizard, Harry".
      • Possibly the first time we see Hogwarts.
      • TROLL!!!! TROLL IN THE DUNGEON!!!!! Thought you ought to know
      • The Sorting Hat scene.
      • Possibly the scene where Hagrid gives Harry a tour of Diagon Alley (which also counts as Harry's very first glimpse into the wizarding world).
    • Second Film:
      • Dobby's "Harry Potter must not go back to Hogwarts!"
      • Possibly the Flying Car scene.
      • Harry's fight with the Basilisk.
    • Third Film:
    • Fourth Film: Cedric's death.
      • Possibly the fight with the Hungarian Horntail.
    • Fifth film: The "I must not tell lies" detention scene with Umbridge.
      • Sirius's death.
    • Sixth Film: Dumbledore casting a fire spell around himself and Harry.
    • Eighth Film: Voldemort Avada Kedavra'ing Harry.
  • Heat
    • First, the iconic coffee shop scene which put two of the greatest actors ever, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, onscreen together for the first time ever.
    • Or the bank shootout, regarded as one of the most intense in movie history.
    • "He's got a... GREAT ASS!!!!!
  • The Help: The lines "You is kind, you is smart, and you is important" and "Eat My Shit!"
  • High School Musical: Troy's "Bet On It!" number is the page image for Narm.
  • Home Alone: It's easy to forget that there are parts that don't involve Harry and Marv comically injuring themselves on Kevin's traps.
    • Except for the mobster films. And Kevin using them on people!
    • Also the aftershave Palm-on-Cheek Pose scene. Oddly, the aftershave part is often forgotten, leaving Kevin simply screaming with his hands on his cheeks, as though at the burglars. The boxart strengthens this.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The scene where one of the children ends up on a spoon and is almost eaten by their dad.
  • Hugo: The runaway train dream.
  • The Hunger Games
    • The Cornucopia scene.
    • The "I volunteer!" scene.
    • Rue's death scene.
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    • The beach scene.
    • Johanna Mason stripping in the elevator, mostly due to the expression on Katniss' face.
    • Katniss shooting at an incoming lightning.
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
    • Katniss threatening Snow ("If we burn, you burn with us!")
    • Katniss singing "The Hanging Tree"
    • A hijacked Peeta strangles Katniss.
  • The "All I need is love" scene from I Am Sam.
  • The fight scene between Roddy Piper and Keith David in They Live!.
    • "I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum..."
  • Ikiru: The swing set scene.
  • Inception
    • The zero-G, revolving hallway fight.
    • The spinning top.
    • The dream hotel being flooded due to the sleeping Cobb being dunked in a bathtub.
  • Interstellar: The docking scene above Mann's planet.
    • Additionally, the Mind Screw climax in which Cooper is sucked into a black hole and finds himself floating in a vast structure made of bookshelves where he has control over time and gravity.
  • The alien ships on Independence Day cast shadows over famous landmarks, then blow them away.
  • Indiana Jones
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers: The scene where Bennell shouts: "Look, you fools. You're in danger. Can't you see? They're after you. They're after all of us. Our wives, our children, everyone. They're here already. YOU'RE NEXT!"
  • The Invisible Man unwrapping his bandages in front of a horrified policeman and villagers in Universal's 1933 film. Also his monologue with Flora, his girlfriend.
  • Iron Man's Unflinching Walk after destroying a tank. Pepper catching Tony having the armor taken off.
    • Iron Man 2 has the iconic suitcase armour sequence.
    • Iron Man 3 has the arrival of the Iron Legion, all 42 Iron Man suits flying by themselves.
      • Also the scene where Iron Man actually just his armor being controlled by Tony from a boat saving all thirteen members of the air force one crew as they plummet down to earth.
  • It Happened One Night: Hitchhiking Claudette Colbert making a car stop by showing her leg.
  • It's a Wonderful Life: The final scene where James Stewart's character runs home again and is then surprised by all the people in his neighborhood coming along to bring in the money he so desparately needs.
  • Jailhouse Rock: Elvis Presley dancing with the prisoners to the Title Track.
  • James Bond:
  • The elevator scene from the original version of The Eye.
  • The opening scene of Scream.
  • Jason and the Argonauts: The fight against a skeleton army.
  • Jaws: The theme music itself has become a Stock Parody. But there are also the following scenes:
    • The death of the shark's first victim, Chrissy.
    • When Brody is chumming the water and the shark rears its head, prompting Brody to tell Quint "I think you're going to need a bigger boat!"
    • From Jaws: The Revenge, the roaring shark and its nonsensical explosion.
    • Brody seeing a shark attack for the first time used a combined zoom out and forward tracking to create very unique Oh Crap! scene.
  • The Jazz Singer: Al Jolson saying: "Wait a minute, you ain't heard nothing yet", which was the first line ever spoken in a sound movie.
  • Jerry Maguire:
    • Tom Cruise shouting: "Show me the money!"
    • Renee Zellweger's brief: "You had me at "hello".
  • Jezebel: Julie wearing a red gown at a ball.
  • Ju-On/The Grudge: The ghost woman crawling down the stairs.
  • Jurassic Park
    • The scene where the helicopter flies to the island, while the music builds up the audience's anticipation.
    • The "Welcome to Jurassic Park" opening moment with the Brachiosaurus. Even the characters react to it as a signature scene.
    • The build-up to the T. rex attack with the water cups vibrating from the dinosaur's footsteps.
    • The Velociraptors in the kitchen as well.
    • "Clever girl..."
    • Jeff Goldblum's Shirtless Scene.
    • The Lost World: Jurassic Park- the tyrannosaurus rampaging through San Diego.
    • Jurassic Park III- the tyrannosaurus/spinosaurus battle.
  • Jurassic World has a fair few, but one that has been subject to quite a bit of Memetic Mutation is this shot, where he runs into the raptor paddock and prevents the vicious predators from killing a young handler who falls in.
  • The Karate Kid: The Crane Kick.
  • Buster Keaton:
    • Seven Chances: Keaton running from several huge rocks and boulders rolling down a mountain.
    • The General: The train crossing a bridge, which then collapses.
    • Steamboat Bill Jr: Buster standing in front of a house where he is nearly crushes by the front piece falling over, but survives because he was standing in front of the empty window pane.
  • Kick-Ass:
  • Kill Bill
    • The Bride vs. Gogo fight scene from Kill Bill Vol. 1.
    • O-Ren "collecting" Boss Tanaka's head.
    • The Bride's fight with the Crazy 88 and her subsequent fight in the snow with O-Ren.
    • Pai Mei jumping onto The Bride's sword and kicking her in the face in Volume 2.
  • King Kong (1933): King Kong fighting a T-Rex on the island and, of course, climbing on top of the Empire State Building battling air planes. This final scene has become so famous that it is a Stock Parody: the "King Kong" Climb.
  • Kings Row: The soldier discovering his leg was amputated and saying: "Where's the rest of me?"
  • The Church fight in Kingsman: The Secret Service, thanks to Galahad's badass fighting skills and the film's excellent usage of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird".
  • The Kiss: The couple kissing one another, which is also a famous still image.
  • Kiss of Death: Gangster Tommy Udo pushing an old lady in a wheel chair from the stairs.
  • Koyaanisqatsi: The fast motion shots of cars zooming by in late night traffic, intercut with a scene of a rocket being launched and a woman holding an infant while a little girl stand next to her in a store with nothing but TV screens.
  • The Chosen One vs. The Cow in Kung Pow! Enter the Fist.
  • The Escherspace scene in Labyrinth (especially Jareth's pants. Not even Escher knows how he got into those pants).
    • The "Magic Dance" musical number.
  • When Leroy gets the "Glow" in The Last Dragon.
    Sho'nuff: Alright, Leroy, who is the one and only master?
    Leroy Green: I am.
  • The Last Airbender, the scene where seven Earthbenders dance just to throw one small rock. This scene is dubbed The Pebble Dance.
  • Laurel and Hardy
    • The big fight in Big Business where Stan and Ollie destroy Finlayson's house while he wrecks their car.
    • The duo fixing a house while wearing overalls in Busy Bodies
    • The duo trying to get the piano up the stairs in The Music Box.
    • Stan and Ollie attending the Sons of the Desert meeting in Sons of the Desert.
    • Laurel using his thumb as a lighter in Way Out West and Blockheads.
    • Ollie saying: "There's another nice mess you've got me into", whereupon Laurel starts crying.
    • Laurel eyepoking Hardy.
    • Hardy's frustrated reaction, Breaking the Fourth Wall, after Laurel did something stupid.
  • Lawrence of Arabia: Lawrence travelling through the vast desert while Maurice Jarré's epic score is playing.
  • Let It Be: The Rooftop Concert.
  • Little Caesar: The final scene where Rico dies in the rain and says: "Mother of Mercy, is the end of Rico?
  • Little Miss Sunshine: the Atomic F-Bomb and the burlesque dance number.
  • Looper: The 30 year sequence that shows how Joe became Old Joe.
  • Lumiere Films:
  • M: The moment when Hans notices a letter "m" marked on the back of his coat.
  • The big mud fight in McLintock!, along with the rant that set it off ("Somebody oughta belt you in the mouth, but I won't. I won't. (punches) The hell I won't!")
  • The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob: De Funés doing the celebrational Jewish dance and miraculously being able to keep up with the performers.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road:
  • The Maltese Falcon: Humphrey Bogart holding the falcon and claiming it's "the stuff that dreams are made of".
  • The "Disco Boy Scene" in Maniac.
  • Marilyn Monroe
    • Her skirt getting blown in The Seven Year Itch.
    • The "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" musical sequence in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Later imitated by Madonna in "Material Girl".
    • Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis checking her out in Some Like It Hot.
  • Martyrs
    • The scene where Lucie breaks into that family's house.
    • And the climactic scene involving Anna.
  • The Marx Brothers
    • Groucho's comment about "shooting an elephant in his payamas" in Animal Crackers.
    • The Mirror Routine scene from Duck Soup.
    • Harpo honking the car horn while following other people. His harp playing scene and Chico's piano scene.
    • Groucho and Chico's "why a duck?" scene from The Cocoanuts.
    • The "sanity clause" scene and the crowded room scene in A Night at the Opera.
  • Mary Poppins:
    • Mary Poppins flying by holding on to her umbrella.
    • Mary singing "Feed the Birds" while having the children look at the snow cone.
    • Dick Van Dyke dancing with the penguins.
  • The Mask's eyes popping out of his head when he sees Mrs. Peanman.
  • The Mask of Zorro: Zorro slashing Elena's clothes off.
  • Master of the Flying Guillotine: Liu Ti Lung vs. Fung Sheng Wu Chi.
  • The Matrix
    • Neo dodging bullets.
    • Trinity jumping in the air and kicking a cop in the face.
    • The Architect's notoriously wordy speech explaining the Matrix and the origin of The One.
  • Mean Girls: Cady first seeing The Plastics.
  • Mean Streets
    • Harvey Keitel praying.
    • De Niro blowing up a mailbox.
  • Metropolis: The female robot being brought to life with electric bolts.
  • Midnight Cowboy:
    • The main protagonists walking around in the streets, while Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'" plays in the background.
    • Dustin Hoffman nearly ran over by a car, causing him to yell: "Hey, hey, I'm walkin' here!"
  • Midnight Express: The scene where the protagonist is arrested at the airport for smuggling drugs.
  • Miracle On34th Street: Santa Claus singing along with the Dutch girl.
  • Mission: Impossible: The cable drop scene.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    • The opening scene where horse hooves are heard then it is revealed that it's just someone banging coconuts together behind King Arthur.
    • The Black Knight having all his limbs decapitated.
    • The Knights who say "ni" scene.
    • The Killer Bunny of Caer Bannog and the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.
    • "They call me... Tim."
    • "She turned me into a newt!" "A newt?" "I got better."
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian
    • The stoning scene.
    • "Biggus Dickus"
    • "What have the Romans ever done for us?"
    • The ending where everybody sings "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" while hanging on the cross.
  • Monty Pythons The Meaning Of Life: The scene where Mr. Creosote explodes from being overweight is the most iconic scene.
  • Cher dope slapping Nicolas Cage in Moonstruck. "Snap out of it!"
  • Mortal Kombat
    • The Title Scream and the intro the follows.
    • Pretty much every major fight, inlcuding Kano vs. Sonya, Scorpion vs. Johnny Cage and Liu Kang vs. Shang Tsung.
    • Raiden's line: "The fate of billions will depend upon you. Heh heh heh heh... sorry."
    • Shang Tsung draining the soul of the unlucky monk who fights Liu Kang at tournament's start. "Fatality."
    • Johnny's "Those were $500 sunglasses, asshole" line and his subsequent beatdown on Goro.
    • Raiden's Sarcastic Clapping.
    • Liu Kang vs. Reptile.
  • The Mummy waking up as the Scroll of Thoth is read in Universal's 1932 movie.
  • Napoleon Dynamite: The title character's dance routine to Music/Jamiroquai.
  • The Neverending Story: Bastian flying on Falkor's back through the sky.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street:
    • A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy's walking around with elongated arms. Later the scene where Glen is stabbed in the throat while lying in bed.
  • The Night of the Hunter: Harry Powell's Knuckle Tattoos.
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    • "They're coming to get you, Barbra!"
    • And definitely the last scene with Ben...
    • "CHOKE ON 'EM!" from ''Day of the Dead'
  • North By Northwest: The protagonist running from a plane following him while he is near a cropduster.
  • Nosferatu: Nosferatu rising from his coffin, while his body remains fully erect.
  • Notorious: The long kissing scene, which was daring at the time.
  • Now, Voyager: Jerry lighting two cigarettes and handing one to Charlotte.
  • Old Yeller: Old Yeller getting shot
  • Once Upon a Time in the West: The opening sequence where three cowboys wait for harmonica to arrive at the station and the mood is set just by the background noises. The "Jill's America" theme which has become synonymous with Tear Jerker. The crane shot when Jill arrives in town.
  • On the Waterfront: Brando's "I could have been a contender" speech in the backseat of the car.
  • Pacific Rim: Gipsy Danger dragging a gigantic oil tanker through the streets of Hong Kong, than beating Otachi across the head with it.
    • Also the "Today we are cancelling the Apocalypse!" line.
    • Also Gipsy revealing a collapsable sword hidden in her forearm, then using it to slice Otachi in half.
  • Pan's Labyrinth: The Pale Man's banquet.
  • Patton: Patton holding a speech in front of a huge American flag.
  • Pee Wees Big Adventure: Pee-wee doing a dance to "Tequila" and the Large Marge scene.
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Philadelphia: Hanks' character listening to an opera aria by Maria Callas, while lying on his hospital bed.
  • The Philadelphia Story: Dex and Tracy's quarrel at the start.
  • Opening of the Slasher Movie Pieces, where a woman finds her son putting together a jigsaw of a naked woman. She then proceeds to freak out and the son violently kills her with an axe.
  • Pink Flamingos: The scene where Divine eats dog excrement.
  • Pitch Perfect:
    • Aubrey's very first pukage.
    • Beca and Chloe's duet in the shower.
    • Beca singing Cups in the auditions.
    • The Training Montage in tune of "Starships".
    • Lilly making a puke angel in Aubrey's vomit.
    • The Crowning Music of Awesome finale.
  • Platoon: Sgt. Elias' death. (It's even featured in most DVD boxes.)
  • Planet of the Apes: The Statue of Liberty on the beach in Planet of the Apes.
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space:
    • Bela Lugosi's replacement walking around with his face covered by his coat.
    • Maila Nurmi and Tor Johnson walking around like zombies in the graveyard.
  • The Players Club: Ronnie and Diamond's fight scene.
  • Poltergeist: Carol-Anne saying "They're here...!", the monstrous tree scene and the living clown doll scene. Special mention to the moment where the father watches himself in the mirror and claws off his entire face.
  • The Pride Of The Yankees: Lou Gehrig's final speech in the baseball stadion, where he considers himself to be "the luckiest man on Earth".
  • Psycho: The shower scene, which became a Stock Parody: "Psycho" Shower Murder Parody. Another well known scene is the final shot where Anthony Perkins looks up to the camera and a skull is subliminally superimposed over his face.
  • The Public Enemy: Gangster Tom Powers pushing a grapefruit in his girlfriend's face.
  • Pulp Fiction:
    • Enemy Eats Your Lunch and asks this: "English, motherfucker! Do you speak it?!"
    • The Quarter Pounder with Cheese dialogue.
    • Vincent and Mia dancing in the 1950s club.
    • The scene where Mia has a needle jammed in her chest
    • The "Bring Out The Gimp" scene.
    • Christopher Walken's speech about keeping a watch up his ass.
    • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face.
  • The Railway Children: The "Daddy! My daddy!" scene.
  • Rambo:
  • Rear Window: James Stewart sitting in a wheelchair and looking through his binoculars to the neighbours.
  • Rebel Without a Cause: James Dean shouting: "You're tearing me apart!"
  • Reservoir Dogs:
    • The characters walking around in Cool Shades to the tune of "Little Green Bag".
    • The ear-slicing scene to "Stuck In The Middle With You".
  • The Right Stuff: The astronauts Power Walk.
  • The climactic scene in the original Japanese version of The Ring, in which Sadako emerges from the television — and, by extension, the same scene in the US remake.
  • Risky Business: Tom Cruise's dance in CoolShades, underpants and socks to "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll" by Bob Seger when finally being home alone.
  • Robocop 1987
  • Rock 'n' Roll High School: The ending where the school is blown up
  • Rocky:
    • A certain Italian boxer's famous run through the streets of Philadelphia, with "Gonna Fly Now" playing in the background and ending with running up the steps.
    • "Adrian! Yo Adrian!"
  • Rocky III
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The "Time Warp".
  • Roman Holiday: Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck riding a Vespa.
  • William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. The titular couple seeing each other through a fish tank.
    • Mercutio singing in drag.
  • The Room's is undoubtedly "You're tearing me apart, Lisa!"
    • Also, the "Oh, hi Mark!" scene on the roof.
  • Safety Last!: Harold L Loyd hanging from a large clock and holding on for dear life.
  • Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom: The scene where the prisoners are forced to eat excrement and the final scene where people are tortured outside while "Carmina Burana" plays on the background.
  • Saturday Night Fever: The opening scene where Travolta's characters struts through the streets and later the "Staying Alive" Dance Pose in the disco club.
  • Satyricon: The orgy scene.
  • Saving Private Ryan: The Omaha Beach attack on D-Day.
  • Say Anything: Lloyd Dobler holding a boombox over his head in front of Dianne Court's window, playing "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel.
  • Scanners: Darryl Revok's first scene
  • Schindlers List
    • The people being transported from the Krakau ghetto. Schindler and Stern making the list.
    • Amon shooting Jews from his window.
  • ''Scream: The death of the Decoy Protagonist.
  • Serenity: River singlehandedly killing a pack of Reavers.
  • The Seventh Seal: The Chess with Death scene.
  • Shane: The final scene where Shane rides off in the distance while the little boy yells at him: "Shane, come back!"
  • The Shawshank Redemption: The revelation how Andy escaped
  • The Sheik: Rudolph Valentino kidnapping a woman and bringing her to his tent.
  • The Shining:
    • The opening scene where the car is driving over the road in a mountainous area and the camera uses a bird eye's view.
    • The little boy riding the trike then suddenly meeting the murdered twin sisters near the end of the hallway.
    • Jack Torrance cutting the door open with an axe, then putting his head through the cut hole and shouting: "Heeeeeeere's Johnny!"
    • The little boy writing "Redrum" on the wall.
    • The HUGE torrent of blood.
    • The man being given oral sex by another guy... in a bear suit.
    • Jack's frozen corpse.
  • Shirley Temple:
    • Shirley singing "Animal Crackers In My Soup" with a group of school children in Curly Top.
    • Shirley singing "On The Good Shop Lollipop" in the film "Bright Eyes".
  • Showgirls
    • The lap dance scene.
    • To say nothing of the infamous Two-Person Pool Party scene...
    • "Man, everybody got AIDS and shit!"
  • Silence of the Lambs
    • Buffalo Bill dancing around in a dress. Bill taunting his latest victim who he had left in a pit.
    • Hannibal meeting the Governor while he has to wear heavy restraints and mask.
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2: The villain seeing someone putting out the trash, then shouting: "Garbage day!" before shooting him down.
  • Singin' in the Rain: Gene Kelly singing and dancing in the rain.
  • The Sixth Sense: The boy whispering: I See Dead People.
  • Some Like It Hot: Joe E. Lewis, after being informed that the woman he brought back with him to marry is in fact a man, saying: "Well, nobody's perfect."
  • The Sound of Music:
    • Maria singing "The Hills Are Alive" while the camera provides a bird eye's view.
    • The "Do-Re-Mi" musical scene.
  • Soylent Green: The titular character's realization that "soylent green is made out of people."
  • Spartacus: The I Am Spartacus scene.
  • Spider-Man Trilogy
  • Star Trek
  • Spock's death from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
    • Or Kirk screaming Khan's name, preceded by Khan thinking he's gotten revenge by giving Kirk A Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Star Wars
  • The Sting: Gondorff saying goodbye by touching his nose with his index finger.
  • Stop Making Sense: David Byrne dancing around in the huge suit.
  • Sucker Punch: The fantasy missions.
  • Sunset Boulevard: Norma Desmond descending from the stairs and telling everybody she is "reading for her close-up."
  • Superman: The Movie
    • The flight scene with Superman and Lois. "Can you read my mind?"
    • The stellar opening with the Zooming Credits and Fanfare.
    • Superman doing a Skyward Scream when Lois dies, and travelling back in time to save her (infamously shown as him spinning the Earth backwards).
  • Superman II
    • Superman being ordered to Kneel Before Zod, or Zod's brief scene in the previous film ("First you, and then one day, your heirs!")
  • Superman III
    • The junk yard fight between Clark Kent and Superman.
  • Superman Returns
    • One word: "WRONG!"
    • Krrrrryptonite!
    • The bullet in the eye.
  • Man of Steel
    • Superman killing Zod to save a group of helpless civilians.
  • Tarzan: The Tarzan yell by Johnny Weissmuller.
  • Taxi Driver: Travis Bickle practicing in front of the mirror: "You talkin' to me?"
  • The Terminator:
    • Arnie saying "I'll be back" in "The Terminator 1".
    • The line Come with Me If You Want to Live.
    • Arnie saying "Hasta La Vista, Baby" in "The Terminator 2".
    • Every scene where the T-1000 showed how indestructible it is.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974: The ending where Leatherface waves his arms about while holding his chain saw.
  • Them: The giant ants attacking.
  • There Will Be Blood: "I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!"
  • 300
  • The Three Stooges: The characters eyepoking one another.
  • The Third Man:
    • The Reveal Shot where Harry Lime is recognized in the dark
    • Orson Welles' Breaking Speech regarding the "little dots" on the ground and his "cuckoo clock" comparison speech between Italy and Switzerland.
    • The final scenes in the sewers of Vienna.
  • This Is Spinal Tap: The scene where a radio is being described as having a volume button, which "goes up to eleven".
  • The Three Amigos singing "My Little Buttercup" in a Bad-Guy Bar.
  • Thor
    • Odin banishing Thor.
    • Loki learning of his true parentage and Odin falling into the Odinsleep.
    • "This drink, I like it! ANOTHER!"
    • Thor failing to lift Mjolnir at the SHIELD base.
    • Thor regaining his power and taking down the Destroyer.
  • Titanic (1997)
    • Jack yelling: "I'm the king of the world!".
    • Jack and Rose kissing while holding one another, standing on the front of the ship.
    • Rose being sketched naked.
  • Tommy: Elton John standing on ultralong legs.
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre:
    • The old-timer doing a happy dance.
    • The Mexican gang leader asking: "Badges? I ain't got no badges! I don't have to show you no stinkin' badges!"
  • Triumph of the Will: Hitler's final speech.
  • A Trip to the Moon: The scene where the rocket hits the moon's eye.
  • From Tropic Thunder:
    • The "full retard" speech from Lazarus to Speedman.
    • Les Grossman's telling off the Flaming Dragons in an epic rant.
    • Les Grossman dancing to Flo Rida's "Low".
  • The Toxic Avenger- the kid getting his head crushed by a speeding car. This scene is often cut from the movie, which has only added to its fame; the DVD actually has a large message on the front cover advertising that the scene is included. Not quite as famous but just as memorable is the dog getting shot.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey:
    • The apes gathering around the monolith. One of them smashing a bone on the ground while Also Sprach Zarathustra starts playing. Later the ape throwing the bone in the air. When it comes down it dissolves into a spaceship thousands of years in the future.
    • The spaceships and everything floating around in space to the music of "The Blue Danube".
    • HAL 9000 refusing to open the pod bay doors for Dave.
    • Hal's death scene, where he sings "Daisy" until his circuits die completely down.
    • The "trip" scene where Dave sees all kinds of hallucinogenic colors while his eye pupil dilates color.
    • The scene where Dave is lying in bed, notices the monolith, reaches at it. Then the final shot of the foetus of the Starchild in space.
  • Turkish Delight: Erik and Olga embracing in the rain.
  • Unforgiven: The prologue and epilogue.
  • The Usual Suspects
    • The suspects lining up.
    • Kujan dropping his coffee mug after discovering who Keyser Soze really is.
  • Vampyr
    • The brief scene of scythe-carrying villager calling the ferry.
    • Main character seeing the vision of himself in a coffin.
  • Vampire's Kiss: The "You don't say?" meme.
  • Varsity Blues has two: first, the scene where a cheerleader asks Mox to sign her ass; second, the scene where Darcy walks out in a whipped cream bikini.
  • Vertigo: James Stewart's stage fright, created by him looking down to the floor.
  • V for Vendetta
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  • The Vanishing: The ending where the man discovers he's buried alive in a coffin
  • Wayne's World
  • Colt vs. Tang Lung in Way of the Dragon.
  • West Side Story: The Jets' dance routine.
  • White Heat: The final scene where the gangster blows himself up in the factory and shouts: "Made it ma, top of the world", before exploding.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Jessica Rabbit's "I'm not bad...I'm just drawn that way" speech as well as her introductory song sequence, and Judge Doom's toon reveal
  • The Wicker Man:
    • The original 1973 version is best remembered for the scene with the wicker man itself, standing in a grass field, while the townsfolk sing "Sumer is Icumen In". Also, the Wall Slap Scene.
    • In the laughably bad remake the scene where Nicholas Cage shouts "NOT THE BEES!!!" near the end of the movie.
  • The climactic final shootout of The Wild Bunch.
  • The Wild One: Johnny being asked "what he is rebelling against" to which he answers: "What do you got?"
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: The "chocolate tunnel" scene has become notorious for being a really creepy Big Lipped Alligator Moment.
  • The Wizard of Oz:
    • Dorothy opening the door and the transition from black-and-white to color.
    • The munchkins singing "Ding dong, the witch is dead!"
    • Dorothy and her companions singing "we're off to see the wizard" while walking on the yellow brick road.
    • The flying monkeys attacking.
    • The witch melting and shouting: "I'm melting! Melting!"
  • The Wolf Man attacking Gwen in Universal's 1941 film. Also the lines:
    Even a man who is pure in heart
    And says his prayers by night
    May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
    And the autumn moon is bright.
  • Woodstock: Jimi Hendrix playing "The Star Spangled Banner".
  • X-Men:
    • X-Men.
      • Magneto and Wolverine's train showdown.
      • Wolverine vs. Sabertooth on the Statue of Liberty.
      • Professor X and Magneto's chess match.
    • X2: X-Men United
      • Magneto escaping from his plastic prison.
      • The battle at Iceman's home.
      • Wolverine vs. Lady Deathstrike
    • X-Men: The Last Stand.
      • Professor X's apparent death.
      • Juggernaut's "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!" remark to Kitty Pride.
      • Wolverine killing Phoenix.
    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine:
      • Wade Wilson defeating a room full of mooks with just his swords.
      • Wolverine vs. Deadpool
    • X-Men: First Class:
      • Erik killing Nazis in the Argentina bar.
      • The Cuba showdown.
    • The Stinger of The Wolverine.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past:
      • The conversation of the younger and older Professor X.
      • Peter's Bullet Time run through the Pentagon kitchen.
      • Magneto lifting a baseball stadium out of the ground.

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  • 1984: The torture scenes accompanied by O'Brien's monologues.
  • The Adventures Of Baron Munchhausen: The baron sitting on a cannonball and flying through the air.
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Huckleberry Finn (and Jim) travelling down the Mississippi on a raft.
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio: Pinocchio's nose growing because he tells a lie.
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Tom and Huckleberry Finn painting a fence white and fooling other children to do it for them.
  • Aesops Fables:
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
    • Alice following the White Rabbit. The scene where she meets the Cheshire Cat for the first time. Later meeting the Mad Hatter and March Hare at their Tea Party. The Red Queen ordering people to be beheaded. The hookah smoking caterpillar is also a famous scene.
    • Through the Looking-Glass: Alice meeting Humpty Dumpty, the story of Jabberwocky, Alice meeting Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
  • Arabian Nights
  • The Bible
    • "In the beginning..."
    • The Crucifixion.
    • There are many 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...
  • A Christmas Carol:
    • Scrooge saying: "Bah, humbug!"
    • Scrooge being visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley.
    • Scrooge being brought to the church yard by the Ghost of the Future and seeing his own name on the grave.
  • The Divine Comedy: Virgil guiding Dante through Hell.
  • A Dog of Flanders: Nello and Patrache entering the Antwerp Cathedral, seeing the painting by Rubens which they wanted to see all their lives, then dying that same night from the cold.
  • Don Quixote charging against windmills.
  • Dracula: Dracula first meeting Jonathan Harker and, when hearing the wolves howl outside his castle, say: "Listen to them, the children of the night what music they make."
  • The Dresden Files: Harry riding Zombie Sue through Chicago.
  • Fairy tales, later collected by either Charles Perrault and/or The Brothers Grimm:
    • Bluebeard: The woman going into Bluebeard's chamber and discovering he is a serial killer. The final scene where she asks "Sister Anna, sister Anna, do you see anything yet", while she waits for her brothers to come in and rescue her.
    • The Bremen Town Musicians: The rooster standing on the back of the cat, the cat on the dog's back, the dog on the donkey's back. In the context of the tale they do this to scare off the robbers inside their own home.
    • Cinderella: Cinderella losing her slipper on the stairs.
    • East of the Sun and West of the Moon: The young bride riding her bear-husband through the woods. It's iconic of the story and frequently the illustration used on book covers.
    • The Frog Prince: The princess sitting on the edge of the well with the frog, who has just retrieved her golden ball. Also a scene that actually does not happen in-story: The princess kissing the frog.
    • Hansel and Gretel: Hansel dropping the bread crumbs in the forest, Hansel and Gretel eating from the Gingerbread House, Gretel pushing the witch inside the oven.
    • Hop-o'-My-Thumb: Hop O' My Thumb leaving the trail of bread crumbs behind in the forest note . The giant slaying his daughters' throats under confusion that these are Hop O' My Thumb and his brothers. Hop O' My Thumb trying on the giant's boots.
    • Little Red Riding Hood: Little Red asking the wolf: "Why grandmother, what big ears/eyes/teeth you have?"
    • Puss in Boots: The cat trying on the boots. The moment where he tells everybody the "Marquis of Carabas is drowning".
    • Rapunzel: The prince climbing up the tower hanging on to Rapunzel's long hair.
    • Rumpelstiltskin: Rumpelstiltskin weaving straw into gold. The scene where he dances outside and sings his name, while the servant overhears this.
    • The Six Servants: The servant with the long neck is the most famous character in the Netherlands, due to him being the mascotte of the fairy tale attraction park De Efteling.
    • Sleeping Beauty: Sleeping Beauty pricking herself on the spinning wheel, then sleeping for a hundred years note 
    • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The queen standing in front of the mirror and saying: "Mirror, mirror, on the wall: who's the fairest one of all?" Snowhite biting the poisoned apple.
    • The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids: The wolf putting his whitened paw in front of the window pane and not being recognized by anyone.
  • The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen:
    • The Emperor's New Clothes: The emperor walking through the streets in the nude, until one little child finally notices the emperor is naked, which then spreads to the rest of the spectators.
    • The Little Match Girl: The girl striking her final match, then dying from the cold.
    • The Little Mermaid: The mermaid sitting on a rock. The original tale differs a lot from the Disney feature, especially the ending.
    • The Princess and the Pea: The princess lying on all those mattresses, then complaining she had a bad night because one of the servants had put a pea underneath one of the mattresses, thus proving she is a princess after all.
    • The Ugly Duckling: The duckling finally realizing he wasn't ugly, he was just another bird species, namely a swan.
  • The fairy tales of Joseph Jacobs
    • Goldilocks: The little bear claiming his porridge is too hot. The bears later discovering Goldilocks inside their bed.
    • Jack And The Bean Stalk: Jack climbing the bean stalk. The giant saying: "Fee Fei Fo Fum: I smell the blood of an Englishman."
    • The Three Little Pigs: The wolf blowing down the first two houses.
  • Frankenstein:
    • Frankenstein's monster being brought to life at night in the castle.
  • Gulliver's Travels: Gulliver being bound to the ground by the people of Lilliput. The scene where he defeats the enemies' battle ships by standing in the sea is also famous.
  • Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates: Hans preventing a flood by sticking his finger into the dyke. Also note, that this is actually a story-within-the-story.
  • The Iliad: Priamus on his knees before Achilles begging him for the body of his son Hector.
  • The Odyssey
    • Penelope weaving the funeral cloth for Laertes at day and then unraveling it at nights.
    • Odysseus outwitting Polyphemus and then making the mistake of revealing his real name.
    • Odysseus in the Underworld, especially meeting with the shades of his mother and of Achilles.
    • Odysseus bound to the mast as his ship sails past the Sirens' rock.
    • Odysseus returning to his home disguised as a beggar. The dog! The dog!
    • Odysseus shooting the arrow through the twelve axes and then slaughtering the suitors.
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Headless Horseman riding his horse in the dead of night.
  • 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.
  • Max Havelaar: The opening scene, where Havelaar states: "I'm a merchant in coffee".
  • The pursuit through the sewers of Paris in Les Misérables.
  • 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.
  • Oliver Twist:
    • Oliver asking: "Please sir, I want some more" while being in the orphanage and getting sold off as a result.
    • Oliver joining the gang of Fagin.
  • Parzival: 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?"
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin: The Pied Piper leading the rats and later the children away by playing the flute.
  • The Raven: The raven sitting on the bust of Pallas, saying "Nevermore".
  • Reynard The Fox: The animals arriving in court to complain about Reynard.
  • Robinson Crusoe discovering the footprints of another man on his island.
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther: Werther first meeting Lotte as she cuts bread and butter for her eight younger siblings. Werther on his knees before Lotte. Lotte before Werther's grave.
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Jekyll transforming into Hyde.
  • Struwwelpeter: Struwwelpeter's hair and nails growing and having him change into a tree, because he didn't wash himself. The thumbsucker child having his thumbs cut off by a man with a large scissor.
  • The Tell Tale Heart: The murderer being tormented by the knowledge that the body is buried underneath the floor.
  • The Three Musketeers, D' Artagnan's triple duel, which turns into a fight of all four of them against the Cardinal's guards.
  • Till Eulenspiegel: Till walking the tightrope with the shoes of all the spectators.
  • Tom Robinson's trial from To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: The giant squid attacking the submarine.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • Firestar's Awesome Moment of Crowning
    • Scourge one-shoting Tigerstar in a very Cruel and Unusual Death.
    • Brambeclaw killing his half-brother via ramming a stick through his throat.
    • Ashfur trying to burn Squirrelflight and her kits alive, both for the scene itself and for the Wham Line that single-handedly shaped the next seven books in the series.
    • The climactic battle between Firestar and Tigerstar at the end of the Omen of the Stars arc.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh: Winnie eating honey with his head stuck entirely into the pot.

    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.
    • Desi finding out Lucy is pregnant.
  • 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.
    • Also the "You come at the king, you best not miss." scene.
    • "Omar's coming", followed by the character's walk through the neighborhood, is another one.
    • Omar's death probably counts, too.
  • 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:
      • Jaime Lannister pushing Bran Stark from a tower after the latter witnessed the former's Twincest.
      • Lysa Arryn breastfeeding his 10 year old son Robin.
      • The execution of Ned Stark.
      • The Dothraki bowing to Daenerys Targaryen after hatching the dragon and surviving the funeral pyre.
    • Season 2:
    • Season 3:
      • Jaime Lannister losing his right hand.
      • Jaime Lannister revealing to Brienne on what really happened the day he became known as "The Kingslayer".
      • Jaime Lannister's Big Damn Heroes moment by saving Brienne from a bear.
      • Theon Greyjoy's torture scenes, but the taker goes to the one where he gets castrated.
      • The Red Wedding.
      • Robb Stark's degraded corpse being paraded.
      • Theon Greyjoy's family receiving a box that contains his castrated penis.
    • Season 4:
      • The Purple Wedding. Specifically, Joffrey's death.
      • Jaime raping Cersei next to Joffrey's corpse.
      • Tyrion's "The Reason You Suck" Speech at his trial.
      • The Mountain killing Oberyn Martell.
      • Tyrion killing his estranged lover Shae and his father Tywin in succession.
    • Season 5:
      • Jamie and Bronn vs. The Sand Snakes, for all the wrong reasons.
      • Sansa's rape at the hands of Ramsay Bolton.
      • Tyrion introducing himself to Daenerys.
      • Jon killing a White Walker with Longclaw.
      • Hell, the whole arrival of winter.
      • The burning of Shireen Baratheon.
      • Daenerys riding Drogon.
      • Reek finally regaining his Theon Greyjoy self and escapes from the Baltons with Sansa.
      • Cersei's walk of shame.
      • The execution of Jon Snow.
  • 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:
    • Season 5:
      • The group burning Terminus to the ground.
      • The Hunters eating Bob's leg.
      • The group's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of the Hunters.
      • Bob's death.
      • Beth's death.
      • Tyreese's death.
      • Carol threatening a kid and then offering him cookies.
      • Noah's death.
      • Rick's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the Alexandrians.
  • 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:
      • Ted and Stella's two-minute date.
      • 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 vs. the Goat
      • Robin and Barney's Big Damn Kiss.
      • The gang jumping one-by-one from the patio of their apartment building to their neighbor's concluding with Ted accepting the teacher job.
    • Season 5:
      • Barney and Robin's break-up.
      • Every doppelganger appearance.
      • Barney's "Nothing Suits You Like a Suit" music number.
      • The Wedding Bride episode.
    • 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:
    • 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.
      • Marshall and Lily's "You are being selfish" argument.
      • Ted and Robin's Call Back conversation at the beach.
      • The aforementioned wedding.
      • Barney seeing his newborn daughter for the first time.
      • Ted finally meeting the mother.
      • The extremely controversial last five minutes of the show.
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Banshee
  • Breaking Bad
    • Season 1:
      • "I am awake."
      • Krazy 8's death
      • "This is not meth."
      • Walter standing in the middle of the desert in his underwear with a gun.
    • Season 2:
      • "Skank! Skank! Skank ass skank!"
      • The Better Call Saul commercial
      • "Stay out of my territory."
      • The last scene of "Phoenix".
    • Season 3:
      • Walter throwing a pizza on the roof.
      • 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?"
      • Walt's "I am the one who knocks" speech to Skyler.
      • The final shot of "Crawl Space".
      • Gus and Hector's deaths in "Face Off".
      • "I won."
    • Season 5:
      • "Yeah, bitch! MAGNETS!"
      • "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 humiliating 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:
  • Saved by the Bell: Arguably, Jessie's caffeine pill addiction and sub-sequential breakdown.
  • Arrow
    • Season 1:
      • Oliver being rescued from the island.
      • Oliver setting up his Elaborate Underground Base, particularly him using the Salmon Ladder in a Training Montage.
      • Robert Queen's Heroic Sacrifice via Boom, Headshot.
      • Yao Fei shooting Oliver with an arrow.
      • The Dark Archer's introduction.
      • The Dark Archer curb-stomping Oliver.
      • The Dark Archer unmasking, revealing himself to be Malcolm Merlyn.
      • Oliver and Slade's first meeting.
      • Oliver, in his vigilante gear, telling his mother that "she has failed their city".
      • Slade vs. Billy Wintergreen.
      • Oliver revealing himself as the Arrow to Tommy.
      • Shado teaching Oliver how to shoot an arrow.
      • Edward Fryers killing Yao Fei.
      • Moira Queen outing the Undertaking to the public.
      • Oliver killing Fryers.
      • Oliver vs. Malcolm Merlyn II.
      • The destruction of the Glades.
      • Tommy's death.
    • Season 2:
      • Sara's return to Starling City as The Canary.
      • Slade being injected with the Mirakuru.
      • Shado's death.
      • Roy Harper being injected with the Mirakuru.
      • Barry Allen getting struck by lightning.
      • Oliver wearing his Domino Mask for the first time.
      • Sara and Nyssa kissing.
      • The Lance family dinner scene.
      • Oliver and Laurel's argument outside the latter's apartment due to what happened on the aforementioned dinner scene.
      • Slade Wilson visiting the Queen mansion much to Oliver's shock.
      • Slade Wilson curb-stomping Team Arrow in the Arrowcave.
      • Roy Harper's Mirakuru rampage.
      • Slade kills Moira Queen.
      • Team Arrow vs. the Mirakuru Mooks in the tunnel.
      • Both final confrontations between Oliver vs. Slade.
      • Oliver leaving a furious Slade in an underground prison.
      • Oliver being taken to Hong Kong.
    • Season 3:
      • Sara's death.
      • Ra's Al-Ghul curb stomping Oliver in their duel.
      • Laurel's very first appearance as Black Canary.
      • Oliver and Thea vs. Slade in Lian Yu.
      • Deadshot's death.
      • The Arrow, Arsenal and Black Canary being hunted down by the police.
      • Roy Harper surrendering to the police.
      • Roy Harper faking his death.
      • Ra's Al-Ghul killing Thea.
      • Thea coming Back from the Dead via Lazarus Pit.
      • Oliver and Felicity Smoak's sex scene.
      • Oliver's Evil Makeover and Evil Costume Switch as Al Sah-him.
      • Laurel's first use of the Canary Cry.
      • The remnants of Team Arrow, Malcolm Merlyn, Katana and Ray Palmer vs. The League of Assassins.
      • Flash saving the above team.
      • Thea Queen's official debut as Speedy.
  • The Flash (2014)
    • Season 1:
      • Dr. Wells telling Barry to "run, Barry, run" to fight Clyde Mardon.
      • Dr. Wells' Obfuscating Disability reveal.
      • Barry rescuing people from the train that Captain Cold literally derailed.
      • Barry and Felicity kissing on the train.
      • Flash defeating Tony Woodward ("SUPERSONIC PUNCH, BABY!").
      • A Hate Plague inflicted Barry vs. Oliver.
      • The Reverse-Flash beating Dr. Wells and curb-stomping the entire police force sans Eddie Thawne.
      • The Reverse-Flash curb-stomping Barry.
      • Dr. Wells revealing he has the Reverse-Flash suit.
      • Barry and Caitlin singing "Summer Nights".
      • Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein fusing to become Firestorm.
      • Dr. Wells revealing he is the Reverse-Flash to General Eiling shortly before leaving him at Grodd's mercy.
      • Harrison Wells revealing his true identity as Eobard Thawne to Cisco Ramon and killing him.
      • Barry running so fast to counter the Weather Wizard's tidal wave and ends up time travelling.
      • The flashback where both The Flash and The Reverse-Flash are having a slug-fest.
      • James Jesse/Trickster I telling Axel Walker/Trickster II that "he is his father".
      • The first time Flash vibrates through solid objects.
      • The flashback showing Eobard Thawne killing and replacing the real Harrison Wells.
      • Cisco, Joe West and Quentin Lance finding the corpse of the real Harrison Wells.
      • Cisco giving Laurel Lance a device that enables her to use the Canary Cry. Also the scene where she gave him a photo of them together while she's in her Black Canary costume.
      • Eobard's "Dr. Wells" facade finally being exposed.
      • The prison break of Barry's Rogues Gallery courtesy of Captain Cold.
      • Barry, Firestorm and Oliver vs. Reverse-Flash.
      • The entire scene where Barry time travelling to the night his mother was murdered.
      • Eddie Thawne's Heroic Suicide so Eobard will be Ret Goned.
      • Barry running towards a wormhole in the Season Finale's final scene.
  • Young Bruce Wayne's Skyward Scream after his parents' murder in Gotham.
  • Dallas: J.R. getting shot and The Reveal in the next season. The scene where Bobby is found alive and well while taking a shower, despite having died in the series many episodes ago has also become infamous.
  • Dynasty: Alexis and Krystle's Cat Fight in the pond.
    • The Moldavian wedding massacre.
  • Ellen: The title character coming out to Laura Dern's character. It's iconic due to the Reality Subtext behind it.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    • Michael Palin's ship wrecked sailor announcing: "It's..." and his portrayal of Mr. Gumby note 
    • Terry Gilliam's animated gigantic crushing foot.
    • John Cleese note 's announcement: "And Now For Something Completely Different".
    • Terry Jones as the Naked Organist note 
    • The cast walking around in drag.
    • The "Dead Parrot" sketch, especially the part where Cleese uses a long series of euphemisms to specify the parrot is indeed dead, topping it off with: "This is an ex-parrot."
    • The "Nudge Nudge" sketch, especially Idle's "nudge, nudge, wink wink, say no more."
    • The "Ministry Of Silly Walks" sketch, especially when Cleese's Silly Walk.
    • Michael Palin's "Lumberjack Song".
    • The "Spam" sketch, most notably the singing Vikings.
    • "The Spanish Inquistion", who nobody expected.
    • "The Upperclass Twit of the Year" sketch, especially since it inspired the trope Upperclass Twit.
    • John Cleese selling an albatross.
    • Michael Palin paying to have an argument with John Cleese and regretting it immediately.
    • The cast playing Australians who are all named Bruce.
    • John Cleese complaining to Terry Jones about his "Crunchy Frog" product.
    • Palin and Cleese performing The Fish-Slapping Dance.
    • People laughing themselves to death because of "The Funniest Joke in the World"
    • "The Philospher's Football Match", actually from the German version of the show and used in the film Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl.
    • Cleese bringing his dead mother in a bag to an Undertaker and being advised to eat her. Became notorious for its bad taste.
  • Dawson's Creek: Dawson's infamous crying scene at the end of the third season.
  • House of Cards (US): Zoe's death.
  • Firefly: Wash playing with his dinosaur toys.
  • M*A*S*H: The offscreen death of one of its major characters.
  • The Andy Griffith Show
    • Andy finding out the people he thought were his biological parents were black.
    • Gomer Pyle singing.
  • Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie: Their cartoon intros.
  • Little House on the Prairie: The little girl running through the flowers.
  • The Community Paintball Episode.
  • The Big Bang Theory: The characters walking up and down the stairwell.
  • Baywatch: The lifeguards running in slow motion.
  • The O.C.'s season 2 finale, better known as the infamous "Mmm, whatcha say" meme.

    Music 
  • Abba: The band how they appeared during their winning performance in the Eurovision Song Contest of 1974.
    • The very first performance of "Dancing Queen" at the king of Sweden's wedding.
  • Louis Armstrong: Laughing and hamming it up with a big grin, holding a white handkerchief too.
  • Josephine Baker: Dancing around in her banana skirt.
  • The Beatles:
  • David Bowie: His Ziggy Stardust image.
  • James Brown: Faking that he is too tired to go on anymore and seemingly walking off stage, while a band member puts a cloak over his back, only to suddenly leap back and grab the mike again.
  • Cab Calloway: Calloway dancing around in his hepcat white suit and fedora hat.
  • Bob Dylan holding lyric cards while his song is playing in the most famous scene of Dont Look Back.
  • Dizzy Gillespie playing the trumpet, with bulbous cheeks.
  • Michael Jackson
    • The preteen Jackson dancing and singing alongside The Jackson Five.
    • The Moon Walk Dance, complete with one glove on his hand.
    • Jackson dancing on the illuminating tiles in the music video of "Billie Jean".
    • Jackson and the rivaling gang members dancing together near the end of the music video of "Beat It".
    • Jackson transforming into a werecat and later a zombie in the music video of Thriller, which leads to the thriller dance that has often been parodied. Also the final shot where he is revealed to have scary cat eyes.
    • The scenes where he dances in a leather jacket along with fellow gang members in the music video of Bad.
    • The gravity lean scene in the music video of "Smooth Criminal".
    • The racial face morphing scene in the music video of "Black Or White" and the (often ommitted) scenes afterwards where he dances in a back alley, hits a car with a crowbar and changes into a panther.
  • Madonna: Appearing on stage in her white Gaultier bra.
  • Freddie Mercury: The mustached front man parading around on stage with his microphone stand.
  • Queen: The opening shot of the music video for "Bohemian Rhapsody", where the band members are seen as four heads together. This has become so iconic that is has been imitated and parodied often.
  • Elvis Presley
    • Elvis shaking his hips on the Ed Sullivan Show.
    • Elvis dancing with prisoners in Jailhouse Rock.
    • Elvis in his white glitter suit during his Las Vegas period. Obligatory to that image are the phrases: "Thank you, thank you very much" and the phrase: "Elvis has left the building".
  • Frank Sinatra: The young singer in his Cool Hat and suit, with the often imitated Coat Over the Shoulder pose.
  • PSY: The Gangnam Style music video's elevator scene.

    Music Videos 
  • Michael Jackson:
    • Don't Stop Till You Get Enough: Michael dancing with three clones of himself.
    • Billie Jean: Michael dancing on the illuminating tiles.
    • Beat It: The final scene where he and other dancers do a synchronized line dance.
    • Jackson transforming into a werecat and later a zombie in the music video of Thriller, which leads to the thriller dance that has often been parodied. Also the final shot where he is revealed to have scary cat eyes.
    • The scenes where he dances in a leather jacket along with fellow gang members in the music video of Bad.
    • The gravity lean scene in the music video of "Smooth Criminal".
    • The racial face morphing scene in the music video of "Black Or White" and the (often ommitted) scenes afterwards where he dances in a back alley, hits a car with a crowbar and changes into a panther.
  • Madonna:
    • Like A Virgin: Dancing on a gondola.
    • Like a Prayer: The controversial scene where a black Jesus Christ statue is brought to live, upon which they embrace and she turns out to have stigmata afterwards.
    • Justify My Love: Madonna meeting many people of Ambiguous Gender in semi-pornographic poses.
    • Vogue: Madonna striking a pose by holding her hands in front of her forehead and chin.
    • Music: The strip club.
    • Frozen
    • Ray of Light: Dancing to a time lapse video.
  • MC Hammer: The scene in "Can't Touch This" where he dances around in baggy pants, while four young women are behind him in the background.
  • Britney Spears: Dancing in a young schoolgirl outfit in the hallway of the school in "Baby One More Time".
  • Eminem falling off a building in "The Way I Am".

    Pro Wrestling 

    Sports 
  • 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 hitting "The Shot" over Craig Ehlo to eliminate the Cavs in Game 5.
  • 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 Torii 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:
    • Super Bowl XXV: Scott Norwood's 47-yard field goal attempt that sailed wide right, resulting in the Bills losing 20-19 to the Giants.
    • 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 their first Super Bowl.
    • Janet Jackson's halftime show "wardrobe malfunction" at Super Bowl XXXVIII.
    • 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.
    • Super Bowl XLIII: The Steelers' Santonio Holmes catching the game-winning touchdown pass, while keeping both of his feet in bounds.
    • Super Bowl XLIV: Tracy Porter intercepting Peyton Manning's pass and returning it for a touchdown, which sealed the game for the Saints.
    • Super Bowl XLVII: The power outage a few minutes into the second half of the game.
    • Super Bowl XLIX: Combined with Down to the Last Play; it seemed that the image of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse making his juggling catch was going to be the game's biggest moment. Two plays later, New England Patriots rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler (who played a role in said catch) one-upped that by intercepting a Russell Wilson pass intended for Ricardo Lockette at the goal line, saving the Patriots' victory and humiliating the Seahawks for making an awful play call.
    • 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.
  • 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 Series.
  • The Green Bay 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.
  • "The Catch", in which Dwight Clark caught a pass from Joe Montana to win the 1982 NFC Championship.
  • "The Play". Lateral after lateral allowed Cal 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.
  • A weird, but awesome, aversion from the sport of mountaineering: "The Belay", in which climber Pete Schoening saved almost his whole climbing team on K2 from a fatal fall, maybe the most remembered moment in the entire sport — yet absolutely nobody saw it but Schoening, including, in all likelihood, the men whose lives he saved.

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