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Or how a series with an Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist steeped in sarcasm and absurdity still manages to have an impressive number of Moments of Awesome.

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    The Black Adder 
  • "Born to be King":
    • Edmund almost succeeding in making himself the Prince Regent by proving that his brother Harry is illegitimate. It's only ruined because he accidentally read the date on the letters and realized that HE was the bastard, not Harry. Harry had already agreed to give up his claim to the throne and go into exile — if Edmund hadn't kept reading, the show would have been two episodes long.
    • Edmund tricking his violent cousin Dougal MacAngus, Duke of Argyll, into getting himself killed with a cannon — thereby getting back the lands of Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles that he'd previously promised him in a bid to avoid being killed. It's made even better by it being a Call-Back to an earlier — and seemingly rejected — assassination plot, and the fact the normally-idiotic Edmund successfully gets away with it by making it look like a tragic accident.
    • An Offscreen Moment of Awesome that still counts— Richard IV, trapped inside the gates of Constantinople, manages to dispatch a small army of Turkish warriors armed with scimitars, only with the aid of his trusty fruit-knife.
  • "The Archbishop": Edmund, as the Archbishop of Canterbury, tricks a dying nobleman into signing over his lands to the crown instead of the church, by telling him that Hell is for people who like depravities like the nobleman had indulged in in life (incest, adultery, murder etc...) and he would be incredibly bored in Heaven. This is one of the few times Edmund is as scheming and intelligent as his descendants, and is also one of the few times Richard IV shows him genuine respect.
  • Imminent death by burning at the stake, courtesy of the Witchsmeller Pursuivant. No way out!...or is there? One dropped voodoo doll from an unexpected source later, and the Witchsmeller expires spectacularly in a ball of flames, while Edmund, Baldrick and Percy are free!
  • From "The Black Seal":
    • Edmund's Rant-Inducing Slight, in which our slimy, pathetic protagonist is finally pushed too far and decides Let's Get Dangerous! after being stripped of all his titles except Lord of the Privvies —
    • Baldrick and Percy managing to stop the Black Seal from murdering the Royal Court and taking over the kingdom. Slightly negated when Percy's stupidity manages to get the court killed anyway, but at least they saved England!

    Blackadder II 
  • Lord Flashheart's entrance at the end of "Bells".
    • Flashheart himself is pretty much a walking, talking (and shagging) Moment of Awesome.
  • From "Money" — "Bloody cheek! I'll show them!" Blackadder pulls himself out of a Heroic BSoD, saving his own life and extorting a notoriously violent and corrupt priest for everything he's worth.
  • The Great Booze-Up monologue from "Beer", mentioned in the Funny page, is also this.
  • From "Chains":
    Edmund: Trust me to get the hard one!
    • When captured, Edmund spends the entire time snarking at his captors.
    • During the end credits Edmund finally catches the minstrel and dunks him in the fountain.

    Blackadder the Third 
  • Pitt the Younger unleashes a major comeback insult at Prince George in "Dish and Dishonesty".
    Blackadder: Mr. Pitt is the Prime Minister, sir.
    Prince George: Oh go on! Is he? What, young snotty here?
    Pitt the Younger: I'd rather have a runny nose than a runny brain.
    • Sadly, it flies right over George's head.
  • Baldrick finally gets to fire back at Edmund's insults, when it appears he has left for good in "Sense and Senility":
    Blackadder: Baldrick, I would like to say how much I will miss your honest, friendly companionship... but as we both know, it would be an utter lie. I will therefore content myself with saying "Sod off, and if I ever meet you again, it'll be 20 billion years too soon"! (he leaves)
    Baldrick: (completely nonchalant) Goodbye, you lazy, big-nosed, rubber-faced bastard.
    • In the same episode; Blackadder taking advantage of Prince George's inability to discern fiction from reality to get revenge on the jerkass actors, by "confirming" the belief of both George and Baldrick that they're violent anarchists as opposed to simply rehearsing a play. Even though it's probably not meant to be awesome, it's immensely satisfying to see Edmund give the two smug snakes their comeuppance — especially when he yells "MACBETH!" after them as they're being taken away to be executed on charges of treason. It also gets him a massive pay rise and the opportunity to convince the Prince to take the lead role in a play Blackadder himself has penned... "Thick Jack Clot Sits in the Stocks and Gets Pelted With Rancid Tomatoes".
  • From "Duel and Duality":
    • Edmund Blackadder, Esq. ends up alive, and fully set up to take over the prince's identity. And unlike the one of Back & Forth mentioned below, he doesn't have the help of a time machine; he's just that good. (Unless that actually was how his descendant influenced history.)
    • Similarly, him punching out Prince George in the same episode. It might have been to keep up appearances, but surely Blackadder enjoyed punching out the idiot who made his life such a hell.
      • He also gives him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech when he wants to back out and George tries to make him keep his word. George has to promise him everything just to get Blackadder to continue.

    Blackadder Goes Forth 
  • Flashheart killing the Red Baron in "Private Plane".
    Flashheart: WHAT A POOF!!
    • Also later in that episode, Flash chewing out Captain Darling for not bothering to go look for Blackadder after he was captured (his excuse being that it wasn't a "valuable use of [their] time and resources").
      Flashheart: Well, this isn't a valuable use of my time and resources, but I'm gonna do it anyway.
      Darling: What?
      Flashheart: This! (headbutts Darling right in the face, knocking him unconscious.)
    • An oft-overlooked one in that episode is Blackadder's first time flying a plane. Despite having had almost no professional training, he manages to fly the plane reasonably well, even despite Baldrick messing around and actually manages a successful crash-landing (at least it's implied he did).
  • From "Goodbyeee":
    • Baldrick's rant about the pointlessness of war, especially the one they're in. For once, Blackadder has nothing to say in response.
    • Depending on how much of a spineless weasel Darling is, his Break the Haughty moment can count.
    • The last scene of Blackadder Goes Forth was a Dying Moment of Awesome for the entire cast (sans Melchett). In terms of meta, the editors and the BBC earn their own moment of awesome: using the existing crappy-acted footage and slow it down significantly to turn it into one of the most impactful endings in television [1], and then having the guts to broadcast the episode on Remembrance Sunday with only one complaint. note 

  • Blackadder's Christmas Carol:
    • The future if Ebenezer Blackadder became bad.
    • Although it backfires on him in the end, the fury of Ebenezer Blackadder unleashes at the end.
  • Blackadder Back & Forth:
    • Baldrick actually manages to build a working time machine.
    • The ending with a Blackadder finally becoming king, as his long-ago ancestor first wanted in series one.
    • Not only that, but he's got a beautiful wife, he's adored by the nation, and he rules alone having dissolved Parliament.
      • It actually gets to the point that Edmund's descendants will become rulers of the whole fuckin' universe.
    • The last shot of Blackadder: Baldrick giving a conspiratorial wink to the camera, and Blackadder arching his eyebrow.

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