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  • An off-screen (or off-page, as the case may be) badass moment occurs before the beginning of the story when the loudest of the bullies attempts to intimidate the newly transferred Shogo Kawada, completely unaware he is Bullying the Dragon. No one knows what happened next but Kawada did something to the bully that had him running back to Kiriyama in tears with his tail between his legs.
  • When Takako Chigusa fights off an Attempted Rape by Kazushi Niida. While Niida's supremely squicky, uncomfortable Cruel and Unusual Death is not awesome, the fact that she retaliated and beat him is. It's one of the most popular scenes in the whole work, book and movie included, and has made the character an Ensemble Dark Horse.
  • Kazuo Kiriyama gets one when Shou Tsukioka is pursuing him. Shou is stalking Kazuo, convinced that he will win and it'll be easy to shoot him from behind when only the two are left. On the second day, Kazuo goes into a public toilet building that lies in an area that will become a "forbidden zone" at five o'clock - all bomb collars in the area will detonate. Shou listens to Kazuo pissing, confident that he'll soon be done and leave before five. When the pissing sound goes on for several minutes, Shou gets suspicious and slowly goes into the toilet...when it turns out Kazuo made a hole in his water bottle and hung it above the urinal. As Kazuo walks away in the distance, Shou's collar explodes. Ten seconds past five.
  • Kazuo has yet another awesome moment when he kills Toshinori Oda, who is even more evil than him. Toshinori gets shot by Kazuo, but wears a Bulletproof Vest under his shirt which keeps him alive. He lets his enemy know he's still alive by faking a death rattle, so Kazuo will walk over to him and check if he's really dead (so Toshinori can shoot him point-blank with his hidden pistol). Toshinori even sniggers quietly and congratulates himself for his clever ruse. Instead, Kazuo looks at the possum-player with a sort of vague amusement and checks if he's alive - by firing dozens of bullets into Toshinori's unprotected cock and balls. Score!
  • The reasoning behind it's a bit silly, but in the manga the fight with Kiriyama and Sugimura is laced with awesome. One of the greatest moments comes when Sugimura finally finds the rhythm of the fight, dodges Kiriyama's attack with his eyes closed, and ends by slamming Kiriyama into a tree.
    Sugimura: "Surprise, you murdering fuck."
    • The fact that the Kiriyama/Sugimura fight is as ridiculous as a DBZ episode but still manages to be spectacular is, in itself, a crowner.
  • Mitsuko's last scene in the movie may also count (if, y'know, you disregard killing Kotohiki), when she absolutely refuses to stay down every time Kiriyama shoots her, which is at least four bullets in the back.
    • In every version Mitsuko does not give up. When Kiriyama tries to shoot her she still fights back, making her the only girl (besides Noriko) that fought him evenly.
  • Near the beginning of the film, Sakura Ogawa is one of the first people called to get her supplies and weapon. When the bag is thrown to her, however, she hurls it right back at the soldier, gives him and Kitano a defiant Death Glare, and storms out. She is one of the few people who absolutely refuses to play the game no matter the circumstances. Bad Ass Pacifist indeed.
  • Shinji's death in the film. He blew himself up (with a bomb he created himself no less) to take Kiriyama down with him and to revenge his dead friends. His attempt to hack in the computer system was pretty awesome as well.
  • When Shogo Kawada is called up to get his supplies and weapon, he has a bag thrown to him by a soldier and walks out the door. Two seconds later, he storms back in, chucks the bag back and grabs another, proclaiming it to be his bag. Considering the guards or even the teacher could have shot him for that insubordination, it just shows how badass he is.
    • He also shoulder-checks Kiriyama while giving him one hell of a Death Glare, showing zero fear. This is even more badass when we learn that Shogo's game had a 'volunteer' similar to Kiriyama (whom Shogo quite possibly killed himself). He knows exactly why Kiriyama is here and is disgusted by him.
  • Although it went by too quickly for the likes of him, the look on Kamon's face as Kawada jams a pencil into his throat is priceless.
  • When Kazuo Kiriyama, the unstoppable killing machine armed with more guns than the Terminator, who took down more students than anyone else, and even managed to survive a high speed car chase where his vehicle flipped over and was riddled with bullets, is taken down by a single shot to the forehead by Noriko, who, up to that point, hadn't been very action oriented.
    • Even MORE awesome in the movie: after Kiriyama is blinded by Mimura's bomb, Kawada gets into a shootout with him, and ultimately delivers the fatal shot...directly into Kiriyama's collar and blowing his head off.
  • When Kazuo Kiriyama takes down multiple students despite initially only having a paper fan in the film. That would give Michael Myers a run for his money!
  • When Hiroki actually decides to fight, even Kiriyama can't keep up with him.
    • During the fight, Kiriyama blinds Sugimura in the left eye with one of his own throwing knives. Later, during Shuya's fight with Kiriyama, he uses the throwing knife Sugimura had left with Yukie to give to him to blind Kiriyama in the same eye.
  • Shuya surpisingly gets one when he jumps so high he tosses a grenade away in mid-air.
  • Though the infamous lighthouse scene is brutal and horrifying in all three versions, Satomi is killed in an awesome Last Breath Bullet moment by Haruka in the novel and manga, and Yukie in the film. Haruka's is particularly badass since she dove across the room for Yukie's dropped gun, and was riddled with bullets in the process.
  • A major one for Kiriyama near the end of the film. Despite being blown up, he still comes out of the flames looking like a massive badass. Whilst he proves to be rather easily defeated afterwards (the explosion had blinded him, after all), the shot of him walking out of the fire is evocative of the T-800 and is a truly epic moment. The fact that he still manages to fatally wound Shogo is noteworthy as well.