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  • The opening. Bob's restaurant is closed three times due to a fire, a rat infestation and a telephone pole falling on his building. Yet in spite of it all, Bob is able to re-open the restaurant each time. It's his way of saying he's ready for whatever life throws at him and his family.
  • Can't forget the awesome music video of Tina, Gene, and Louise rocking out with SLEATER-KINNEY!!!
  • The Belcher kids, despite all having some moments of breathtaking stupidity between them, in general, are surprisingly creative, intelligent, and cunning. Granted, most of their classmates set the bar pretty low in that department, but it's presented as genuinely impressive when the trio earn a victory over adults, and even more impressive when another kid so much as holds their own against the Belcher children, let alone surpasses them (which doesn't happen often).
  • Bob and Linda get pretty awesome when it comes to defending both each other and their children, usually in terms of sheer chutzpah.

    Season 1 
  • From "Sexy Dance Fighting" — Don't care how hard he got his ass kicked. Bob being willing to fight Jairo for his daughter (despite that he really had to go to the bathroom) is awesome. In general, Bob gets pretty awesome when it comes to defending his kids' honor.
  • Bob one-upping Jimmy in "Sheesh! Cab, Bob" by threatening to reveal his adult baby fetish to the customer-filled restaurant.
  • In "Spaghetti Western and Meatballs", though he usually ignores her mean-spirited antics, Bob calling Louise out on all her shit-stirring in that episode and telling her she's acting like a baby about him and Gene bonding, prompting her to admit why she was doing it in the first place, was a very satisfying moment.
    • In the same episode, Linda was annoyed by a woman named Colleen who kept bragging about how good her spaghetti sauce was for her ziti last year because it was homemade. Linda finally shuts her up by revealing to everybody that Colleen's spaghetti sauce was just store brought which shocked everyone.
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    Season 2 
  • In "The Belchies" when Louise is trapped and nobody can think of a way to save her before the building they're in collapses, Tina decides to ditch the "helpless Damsel in Distress" act she donned to impress her crush and figures out a way to save her sister.
    Tina: I'm sick of acting like a dumb helpless girl just so a hot boy who dances his feelings will notice me. That's not who I am. I'm a smart, strong, sensual woman.
  • In "Bad Tina", Gene and Louise discover that Tammy farts whenever she laughs too hard. When everyone at school laughs at Tina for reading her erotic fan fiction out loud, they turn the embarrassment on Tammy after she farts. This causes Tammy to run away as she continues to fart.
  • In "Beefsquatch" Linda takes matters into her own hands when she's tired of how being on "Get On Up" has almost driven Bob and Gene to kill each other. Her first attempt to get the show cancelled, cursing on air, fails miserably since she doesn't use real curse words, so instead she flashes her boobs for two minutes straight.
    Linda: Milkin' the cow, milkin' the cow, milkin' the cow!

    Season 3 
  • Tina saving the restaurant and Bob in "The Deepening" when she suggests using the ice cream machine to flood the mechanical shark he's caught in and that is rapidly destroying the floor.
  • Tina at times isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but in "Tina-Rannasaurus Wrecks," she saves her family with a little quick thinking: she swipes Gene's synthesizer to record a quick sound clip of a corrupt insurance adjuster confessing to fraud, thus relieving the family from getting caught up in his blackmail scheme.
  • Linda gets one in "Mother Daughter Laser Razor." After Louise and the other kids bust out of a mother-daughter seminar to play laser tag, Linda and the other moms take them on.
    The Phenomemom: Laser tag goes against everything we've been working on! And besides, you're mothers!
    Linda: Uh-huh. Where's Mommy's gun?
    • How the kids bust out of the seminar is also impressive: Louise and Logan fake stomach aches to get their moms to open the time-out room they were locked in for disrupting the seminar, and then run out and lock the moms and the Phenomemom inside.
  • "Topsy" gives one to Gene, who proves his novelty-song bonafides with "Electric Love", one of the show's best musical sequences to date, without succumbing to any of his usual vices.
    Bob: Wow, did Gene write this?
  • The epic dance off between Jimmy Jr. and Josh in "Two For Tina". Break-dancing vs classical ballet never looked so epic.
  • Bob turns his yellow chaperone vest into a makeshift zipline in "Carpe Museum."
    Louise: What are you doing?!
    Bob: Maybe the bravest and dumbest thing I've ever done. This is for you, Warren Fitzgerald! And you too, Rudy!

    Season 4 
  • "Fort Night":
    • Andy and Ollie stacking garbage from the dumpster to save themselves, the Belchers and Darryl from being crushed in their fort.
    • Tina, Gene and Louise getting their revenge on Millie by pretending to be ghosts and accusing her of killing them in the fort.
  • Linda has several in "Seaplane!", from headbutting a man who was making strong unwanted advances (because she didn't want to put down her wine glass long enough to punch him), to giving said man a good piece of her mind ("Women do not want to be tricked into having sex!"), and then landing a seaplane safely with her whole family inside, using a landing technique that she had seen exactly one time, and was extremely dangerous to begin with — as it was designed to fake a near-miss crash landing.
    • And Bob gets some huge credit as well, for getting onto the wing of the plane and cutting a rope that would have pulled them directly into a bridge. Man, the kids got to witness some awesome out of both parents that day.
  • In "Purple Rain-Union", Gayle - freaking Gayle - has a CMOA with her song about Derek Dimotopolus.
  • Bob pulls off one in the last act of "Bob and Deliver". After being bullied by a jealous lunchlady and fired by a pressured Mr. Frond, Bob, having inspired the children in the Home Economics class to finally love cooking, decides to stick it to the adults by raiding the cafeteria with his students and serving them all food made by the kids. For somebody who tends to be the Butt-Monkey of the show, seeing him pull off a decisive victory against a group of Jerkass adults who treated him like crap was both this and a Heartwarming Moment.
  • The fart song from "The Frond Files" is definitely an Awesome Moment for Gene, not to mention an Ear Worm. "It's that gas from your ass, it's the toot from your boot..."
    • Hell, all three of the kids stories are surprisingly creative and entertaining for something written by little kids. Even if Tina's went a little too... weird.
  • Teddy gets several in "Uncle Teddy." He's able to win over the interest of an otherwise apathetic Gene and Louise mostly by unclogging their drain, shows them how to make Teddy Brulee (like s'mores, but with pretzels instead of graham crackers, and it's heated by a blowtorch) while having all sorts of fun with them. He also shows that he'd have made a good father when he firmly but fairly puts his foot down with Tina behaving badly and being dishonest and instates a pretty fair curfew for someone Tina's age. On top of that, he gets her out of trouble with a park ranger when she sneaks out after said curfew and was ditched by her friends. If that wasn't enough, Teddy tells off one of the boys who ditched Tina and throws his moped into the ocean just to teach him a lesson. Damn.
  • Bob and Linda both get one on the pretentious wine taster in "The Kids Rob A Train." After Bob has to endure the taster's insufferably smug attitude through a "Wine-Off", Linda pours them both a mystery drink in the final round. Bob instantly guesses what it is, and the wine taster flops miserably on it. Once Linda reveals what it is, the wine taster immediately gets the wind knocked out of his sails. What does it turn out to be? The wine in the spit bucket! Turns out Bob recognized the taste because he drank out of the spitoon in a bar once on a dare.
    • And from the same episode, the Belcher kids (and Regular-Sized Rudy) actually rob a train! Of a huge stash of chocolate! Which they then manage to hide from searchers in the most ingenious way possible — on the roof of the train. Ultimately they end up being drenched in a rain of melted chocolate, which is just fantastic. Note that to pull this escapade off, they had to find a way out of and into a room that was always locked except for a minute or so on the hour when there was someone to monitor them, and at one point even have to jump onto the back of a moving train to get back inside. This is especially awesome, as they ended up screwing over the insufferable wine attendant who forced the kids into a boring "rec room" at the back of the train.
  • A meta-example, but the show's willingness to do what was both an Affectionate Parody and a scathing Take That! towards My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's infamous brony fandom in "The Equestranauts". Instead of going for cheap shot,"Look at these freaks" types of jokes (that other shows would do, often without delving deep into it and finding what makes it so ridiculous), it's rather just affectionate ribbing at how some fans are a bit obsessive, but for the most part are still actually nice people who do adhere to the show's messages, even if their dressing up in pony costumes and getting overly-involved in the show's stories makes them weird in the eyes of others (and it does, if Bob's line of "Oh God, why am I analyzing a children's cartoon?" is indicative of anything). The brunt of the Take That! aspect is reserved for Bronconius, who represents some of the darker parts of the fandom.
    • What makes it work is that, side from the Periphery Demographic aspect, the episode could easily have been about ANY hardcore fandom, simply addressing issues with some taking it too far.
    • At the same level, there's something hilariously awesome about how the plot is basically "Bob can be Archer when he needs to be."
  • Tina of all people pulling a Bait-and-Switch on Louise during "Ambergris" after Louise's greed and desire to backstab Mickey have started to drive her insane, and then destroying the ambergris herself to get everyone back to their senses.
  • Louise's "go bag" from "The Kids Run Away". The sheer fact that she has one, cleverly hidden, put it together when she was seven and it has been perfectly safe for two years because she prepared so well. An extra layer of awesome comes with the realization that this fits so absolutely perfectly with her characterization.
    • Gayle of all people manages to pull of one of these combined with a Heartwarming Moment by getting Louise to go through with the filling by getting on her level, talking to her about it rationally, and convincing her to treat it as a game of make-believe where the fate of the universe is on the line. Not bad for a woman who has done a series of paintings depicting animal anuses, can only sleep under her aluminum foil-covered bed by convincing herself the end of the world has struck and killed all men so it's OK she's sleeping alone, and created a board game that takes longer to complete than a "House Rules"-filled game of Monopoly and has more confusing rules than Calvinball.
  • From "World Wharf II: The Wharfening":
    Linda: Show's over, Fanny!

    Season 5 
  • Both plays and all the songs in "Work Hard Or Die Trying, Girl" are ridiculous, and that's the joke, but consider that Gene wrote ALL of his own Die Hard musical by himself, at the age of 11 (probably including the "special effects" of Hans Gruber being thrown off the tower, which is pretty imaginative), while Courtney's father Doug did all the work writing the "Working Girl" musical for her. And by the end of the episode, all the Wagstaff kids manage, in just 25 minutes, to combine their plays into one narrative, come up with new songs and wow the audience. Pretty damn well done for everyone involved.
  • From "Dawn of the Peck":
    • Regular-Sized Rudy, of all people, being the one to shut off the ride he and the other kids were stuck on. Linda had been trying to chuck bottles of water at the switch, but missed 9 out of 10 times. The 10th time, Rudy grabs the bottle out of the air and slams it directly onto the switch. That is one magnificent asthmatic badass.
    • Linda makes herself into "The Alpha Turkey".
    • Teddy trying to look at this logically, reasoning the birds are acting crazy because they have no pecking order, while Linda thinks Thanksgiving is trying to kill everyone for not taking it seriously and Mickey thinks the turkeys are trying to usurp the natural order. The fact that Teddy, of all people, got it right, and later has his views validated, is inspiring.
  • In "Tina Tailor Soldier Spy", Tina successfully deduces who the mole in her Thundergirls troop is by setting up an ingenious trap: she gives all the girls in the troop a different lead on cookie buyers, all on the same street. Then she sets up a stakeout of the street from a nearby roof and stays there until the rival troop appears, revealing the mole to be Rina, who had been given Bob's Burgers as a lead.
    • This episode, combined with others like "Ambergris", proves that beneath Tina's Adorkable Extreme Doormat personality is a surprisingly cunning person who can even manage to succeed against Louise.
  • The big reveal that "The Millie-churian Candidate" was a grand scheme masterminded by Henry Haber. He used Millie and Louise to get rid of Jimmy Jr., then used Louise to get rid of Millie but in a way that would've disqualified Louise as well. He knew if he got Millie to run for class president, Louise would become involved in Jimmy Jr.'s campaign because Millie makes Louise act crazy. After going overboard on Jimmy Jr.'s campaign to the point that he quit the race, Henry gave Louise the idea of running herself to take Millie down, but all her efforts would inevitably make people sympathize with Millie. All leading up to Louise "discovering" certain information that wrecked Millie's plans and tanked her campaign by instigating a psychotic incident, while at the same time getting Louise disqualified because she broke into Mr. Frond's files to acquire said information. When Louise realizes Henry played everyone for saps, she admits he's gonna be an amazing president.
  • As much of a Base-Breaking Character as Linda can be, "Eat, Spray, Linda" has this. It's her birthday, the least favorite day of the year for her, and she ends up receiving rude treatment at a grocery store (for rightly calling out a woman taking up the line that shoved her way forward who was getting chalk for a chalk drawing event), locking her purse (containing her keys and cell phone) in the car, getting gum in her hair, having a skunk spray her TWICE, breaking her glasses, and getting lost. She gets some much deserved revenge on the rude lady from the supermarket at her chalk event, where she goads the woman to anger by dancing over the chalk drawings and deliberately wiping them away. She even gets the lady to mess them up herself in her anger as she is chasing Linda. To top it off, she finally makes it home, and she admits that it was the best birthday ever and wants it to be a tradition.
  • In "The Oeder Games", after all attempts to rally the other tenants failed, Bob finally plays Mr. Fischoeder's game, and starts to claim water balloon victories left and right, as if he was channeling Archer. In addition, Linda's bra balloon launcher actually works perfectly, and Linda herself is willing to physically fight the other tenants to protect her husband.

    Season 6 
  • "The Land Ship", after a full episode of Bob failing to get the Porta Potty's for the Land Ship parade removed from his restaurant and having Jimmy Pesto mock him over it Bob manages to turn things around by selling burgers to the people in line for the Porta Pottys, based on one of Jimmy's taunts no less.
  • In "The Hauntening" almost all the Belchers create a successful plan to scare Louise, in a method that would leave the people behind Scare Tactics stumped.
  • "The Cook, The Steve, The Gayle and her Lover", while Linda is known for being a little too supportive of her kids and is always willing to listen to their side of the story to the point where she lets them walk all over her, in this episode she actually puts her foot down, as she not only shows just how protective she is of her sister Gayle but it also shows Linda for once getting stern with her rambunctious kids, and not taking their crap, especially after Louise tried scaring Gayle out of a relationship with Mr. Frond.
    Linda: Louise! You are gonna give back that doll thing right now!
    Louise: Okay, hear me out...
    Linda: Look at my eyes!
    Kids: Ah!
    Linda: You see how crazy they are? Now!
    • In the same episode, Linda is so dead serious about Louise finding Mr. Frond's dead grandma doll for Gayle that she hid, that she actually scares Louise into submission.
      Linda: Okay, Louise. Here's what's gonna happen if you don't produce that dead grandma doll... whatever. You're gonna be so grounded you're gonna grow roots, Miss Missy!
      Tina: Ah!
      Gene: Yikes!
      Linda: Oh, and the chores! You're gonna wash the kitchen floor...
      Louise: (gasps)
      Linda: The bathroom floor...
      Louise: (gasps)
      Linda: The basement floor...
      Louise: (gasps)
      Linda: All the floors!
    • When Louise tries to bribe Xander into taking the fall for stealing the doll in exchange for a kiss from Tina, Tina just glares at her in stern silence until Louise breaks down and agrees to retrieve the doll. Pretty impressive for a girl who's normally a total doormat.
  • "Gayle Makin' Bob Sled." Bob is irate, and rightfully so, that Gayle had been faking an ankle injury for sympathy while he's trying to pull her home with a garden hose and inflatable kiddie pool, in the middle of a snowstorm. And then, when trying to get her cat, Mr. Business, down from a tree, Bob falls, hurts his back, and can barely move. So, to make up for all the hell she put Bob through over the course of the episode, she grabs the garden hose and pulls Bob the rest of the way home! Way to make amends, Gayle.
  • In "Lice Things Are Nice," the moment Tina learns Mr. Frond is possibly cheating on Gayle, she restrains him so the school nurse will shave his head because of the supposed lice epidemic. Not only is it sweet that Tina's looking out for her aunt, but it also shows Tina's not letting anyone screw with her family when romance is involved.
  • Bob getting to deposit a huge sum of money during "Pro Tiki/Con Tiki" and getting to rub it in his Jerkass bankers face.
  • In "Glued, Where's My Bob?", when Louise's prank leads to Bob getting glued to the restaurant toilet and humiliated in front of half the town (including the guys from Coasters magazine who came in to interview him), she gives in to her guilty conscience and proceeds to rally the crowd in the restaurant to stand up for Bob and show that his restaurant is good enough to get featured in Coasters.
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    Season 7 
  • Louise pushing the button in "Flu-ouise."
  • In "They Serve Horses, Don't They?", Bob's epic slip n' slide to get the tape to Hugo.
  • "Large Brother, Where Fart Thou?" has Gene taking a horrible wrestling hold instead of Louise, proving how awesome a big brother he is.
  • Tina saves the school play in "The Quirkducers" by turning Louise's ill-advised stunt to end the play early (exploding turkey guts all over the audience in a bid to get a half-day at school) into a demonstration of confidence. Who knew that turkey guts could be so glorious?
    I wish I was someone else
    But it takes guts to be yourself
    Now I've got the guts!
    I've got the glory!!
  • In "Bob Actually", the scene of everyone kissing their Valentine's is a combination of Awesome, Heartwarming, and Funny in the way only Bob's Burgers can deliver:
    • For Valentine's Day, Jimmy Jr. wants to kiss Tina on the trampoline that was left behind. But Tina has diarrhea, so she can't jump. Instead, she finds some stilts to stand on while Jimmy jumps on the trampoline, to the cheers of their classmates. "SKY KISS!"
    • From the same episode, when Louise learns that Chloe is only flirting with Regular-Sized Rudy to get test answers, she immediately stands up for him. She may not believe in Valentine's Day, but Rudy is still her friend, and she won't see him used like that. And later, when Rudy is saddened that he won't get a kiss on Valentine's Day, Louise grabs Rudy and gives him a kiss herself.
    • The montage of kisses shows that even Speedo Guy managed to find love on Valentine's Day with the girl dressed as a Mermaid on a unicycle.
  • In "A Few 'Gurt Men", Louise deduces who stole the yogurt completely on the fly, deliberately exonerating Mr. Frond of all people.
    • Earlier in the episode, she gets commended by the retired judge brought in to oversee student court; they had been doing a standard mock trial based on a fairy tale, and Louise is the first kid to ever attempt getting a mistrial on the grounds that the jury would be biased by default.
  • In "Like Gene For Chocolate", Gene crashes the board meeting of a candy company, and manages to convince an entire room of adults to change their minds and return his favorite candy to its original formula. It doesn't last, but it's still awesome.
    • Bob and Teddy attempt to pull off a Golf Ball Heist. They end up in a chase that leads to them taking a golf cart down a flight of stairs, swearing their love for each other as they go.
  • In "Ain't Miss Debatin'", Wagstaff's debate is almost ruined by Tina's relationship with Henry Haber imploding on stage. Tina ends up using the break-up to illustrate her point about why a heart is needed in a President of the United States (the topic being whether a robot would make a better president than a human), winning the debate for her school.
  • In "The Laser-inth", both storylines get some awesome:
    • Bob and Gene sneak into a laser show they had been banned from re-entering using a discarded model of Pluto as a decoy, paralleling the very show they're trying to get in to see. Also, they run.
    • The Belcher ladies and Gretchen manage to save a doll Louise connected with from getting destroyed. Their plan involves distracting the waiter, switching out dolls, and redoing Louise's doll to look like a more popular doll that isn't in danger of being discontinued. This is perfect, because the doll's backstory? She's a spy, and wearing disguises would be par for the course for her.
  • In "Thelma and Louise, Except Thelma Is Linda", Linda is upset that Louise got in trouble when she was just sticking up for another kid who was being bullied. So, she plans to sneak Louise out of an in-school suspension for ice cream. And they pull it off, even if they do almost get caught by Mr. Frond and his mother.
  • Bob nailing Jimmy Pesto with a t-shirt cannon in "Paraders Of The Lost Float". And then Louise shoots him for good measure.
    Jimmy: You shoot a t-shirt at a guy like a girl!
    Gets shot in the face by Louise
    Louise: So, like that?
  • In "Mom, Lies, and Videotape", the plays that the kids come up with as an alternative to the video of the Mother's Day assembly that Bob's faulty camcorder ruined are, per tradition for them, quite grand in scope compared to what actually happened (badly sung choir numbers), and still kept with the themes of the various performances.
  • "Into The Mild" when a nervous, out-of-shape Bob rock-climbs approximately sixty feet up and escapes from the warehouse. His celebration was well deserved.

    Season 8 
  • "Brunchsquatch": The fact that the kids managed to hide Felix Fischoeder in the restaurant for over 12 hours without Bob and Linda even noticing. Linda putting her foot down and cutting off the brunch skunks is also pretty impressive, even if it does cause a mini-riot.
    • The numerous fanart styles that are shown.

    Season 9 
  • "The Taking Of Funtime One Two Three": Louise scheming an elaborate plan to distract the Family Funtime owners and Mr. Fischoeder by using the latter's cheating advice to win his prized Wheely Mammoth from a boardwalk ball-throwing game.
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