- Basically everything about Frank Woods. His introduction involves grabbing an enemy that wants to question Mason, stabbing his hand with a knife and breaking a bottle on him. You briefly play as him the sequel, and it's friggin awesome.
- The escape from Vorkuta in Black Ops. Just the escape from Vorkuta. Plus, it's only the second mission!
- Particularly the part where Sergei impales a guard from behind with a pickaxe.
- Don't forget to mention about the "Steps".Reznov: Every journey begins with a single step...
Reznov: This - is step one!
Crowd: Secure the keys!
Reznov: Now, we take - Vorkuta!
Reznov: What is step two!?
Crowd: Ascend from darkness!
Crowd: Rain fire!
Crowd: Unleash the horde!
Crowd: Skewer the winged beast!
Crowd: Wield the fist of iron!
Crowd: Raise hell!
- After picking up the Death Machine, the new objective is simply "Raise Hell".
- Origins' steps to complete the Easter Egg are those same steps.
- The two times you use a soldier as a shield and gun other soldiers down with the shield's rifle in Black Ops.
- Walking to the SR-71 in your bulky space suit with everyone saluting you and then taking off into the edge of space. Too bad it didn't last longer.
- The whole first portion of the Crash Site level, while "Sympathy For The Devil" blares.
- And oh what the heck, "Fortunate Son" playing at the start AND ending of SOG is pretty awesome too.
- A salvo of rockets would probably be a bitchin' way to introduce yourself as a man of wealth and taste, indeed.
- The Russian Roulette scene in Black Ops. Mason and Woods got their asses captured by the Vietcong and forced to play a game of Russian Roulette while the VC bookie continuously flips his shit by yelling and slapping our heroes, let alone threaten them with a big-ass cleaver. Woods pulled the trigger and was luckily to avoid having his brains blown off. So when it's Mason's turn, he pulled the bookie towards him and fired the revolver right in his neck, and then proceeds to use him as a human shield. Now it might not sound all that awesome, but if you have learned probability, you'll know why. So let's do a calculation. Before Woods pulled the trigger there was a 1/6 chance that he would bust his brains out (and no, he couldn't see where the bullet was, as empty shell casings had been placed in the extra holes, making it impossible to tell the difference between the blanks and the lethal shot). After Woods pulled the trigger and was lucky that there was no bullet in the chamber, means that there would be 5 chambers left. So Mason had a 1/5 chance on that part. Now take the entire problem and put them together. 5/6 X 1/5 = 5/30 = 1/6. Simply put, Mason had a 16.66% CHANCE OF ESCAPING THE RUSSIAN ROULETTE! AND HE DID! Thus, mathematically, this is a crowning moment.
- On a side note there is another CMOA in the same level when you kill the cowardly Russian soldier that clubbed Bowman in the back of the head. "For Bowman!!!"
- Woods then tops that with a Big Damn Heroes AND Heroic Sacrifice by shanking Kravchenko with combat knife & then tackling that son-of-a-bitch out a window to save you after he pulls the pins on all the grenades he has on his belt. And as revealed in Black Ops II, he still lives!!
- The best part: Black Ops 2 implies that after Woods was transferred to Da Nang from the Hanoi Hilton, he broke himself out of prison.
- In Call of Duty: Black Ops on SOG, an enemy jumps on you, so what do you do? Pull the pin from one of his grenades and literally blow him in half.
- Something of a Call-Back to a similar scene in Call of Duty 3.
- The "Executive Order" mission on Black Ops. Saving Weaver by ziplining across the base and breaking in from a window with guns blazing is just awesome. Not to mention stopping the Soyuz 2 launch by blowing it up using a guided missile. Holy shit indeed!
- Close to the end of Project Nova:Reznov: Keep moving! This is not our War!
Nevski: Then who do we fight?!
Reznov: EVERYONE! WE STAND ALONE!
- Awesome Music: Virus.
- Dude, Rooftops?
- Mask Walk. Woefully absent from the official soundtrack, as it's easily one of the most spine-chillingly awesome tracks in the whole series. Shame it plays during what is That One Level for a lot of people, especially on harder difficulties (or going for the "no deaths" achievement).
- "Victory cannot be achieved without sacrifices, Mason. We Russians know this better than anyone."
- Through the course of the game, Mason is tortured, three of his best friends are killed, and he's forced to answer questions about a numbers station he knows nothing about. When Hudson finally unties Mason out of his chair, Mason decides he's had enough bullshit and punches him in the face.
- Hudson's Glasses Pull.
- Black Ops trailer. The pizza guy.
- The best part is that there's actually a guy in-game who at least tries to approach being that cool: one of the soldiers just before the control room in "Executive Order" who, while everyone else is using shotguns and AK's, ambushes you with a pair of pistols, jumping and rolling around to dodge your bullets.
- Doubled with Heartwarming Moment: Not one, but two women are included in the group of players (a black businesswoman and a younger female doctor with glasses and a ponytail). In this day and age when many gamers still have the mentality that women can't or shouldn't play or make games, it's awesome to see Call of Duty, of all games, make them feel acknowledged.
- The sheer levels of preparedness that Dr. Clarke reaches. Have to escape by running over rooftops? He has mattresses laid out. Running low on ammo? He's got weapon caches. Russians trying to steal his research? He blows them up with explosives he planted in his own lab.
- Reznov gets one of the greatest moments ever witnessed in Call of Duty history: Killing the asshole that developed Nova 6, and by extension, one of the three people responsible for Dmitri's death.
- You know the best part? At this point, Reznov is not alive anymore and so is not actually there. This means he's one of the rare heroic nigh-unstoppable man; not even death himself can stop him from seeking revenge.
- After Mason manages to discover where the number transmissions are coming from, Hudson puts on his sunglasses while a guitar riff plays on the background.
- The start of Five, where John F. Kennedy is remarkably nonchalant and calm about the fact that the Pentagon has just been invaded by fucking zombies.
- Zombies mode. Richtofen's Grand Scheme. That is all.
Awesome / Call of Duty: Black Ops