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  • After being rescued an absurd number of times from every danger imaginable, Miaka finally gets to save her seven protectors from Soi by catching a massive lightning blast in a holy sword and hurling the energy back at the enemy.
    • There's also the scene where she guesses that Zombie!Shouka has come to kill her, so she dodges her attacks while pretending to be asleep. Notorious in that not only she did realize someone would attack her before it happened, but she did it while being quite ill and physically weakened.
  • Tasuki earned a lot of fan love during the Kodoku arc, in which Tamahome is brainwashed into attacking Miaka. Tasuki arrives just in time to defend her, but as the fight begins, Miaka begs him not to endanger Tamahome's life. Tasuki therefore puts his weapon away, willingly disadvantaging himself, and receives a savage, merciless beating from Tamahome as a result. Even as he grows progressively more broken and bloodied, and even when the absurdly powerful Nakago shows up, Tasuki continues to hurl himself into battle against both men, willing to commit a You Shall Not Pass! sacrifice in order for Chichiri and Miaka to escape. Since he'd previously been depicted somewhere between Boisterous Bruiser and Loveable Rogue, this act of pure self-sacrifice was somewhat unexpected (and therefore particularly awesome).
    • Later in the series, Tasuki has a lesser, but still Awesome moment after Yui has summoned Seiryuu, the Suzaku warriors' powers have been sealed away, and Kutou has invaded Konan. Nakago is in full Evil Gloating mode, the main characters Miaka and Tamahome are in chaos, and out of nowhere Tasuki pulls a Talk to the Fist moment by deciding to simply pick up a sword and hurl it at Nakago's face. In a bit of morbid hilarity, when Soi takes it instead, Tasuki's primary reaction is "rats, I missed."
  • Yui's Heel–Face Turn speech.
    • And also her Redemption Earns Life moment in the same episode.
  • Miaka telling Yui that she is going to yell at her about many things by the time her battle with Nakago is over.
  • Miaka has a subtle but beautiful one very early: when she starts gaining Nuriko's respect and collaboration. Up until then Miaka had acted as if she was Nuriko's maid to try getting into his favors, and due to jealousy he kept treating her like shit — ultimately sending her to seek for a supposedly lost earring in hopes to make her look bad. Well, Miaka obviously doesn't find said earring — she returns with her hands empty, overhears Nuriko gloating about what he had done... then she steps in, slaps Nuriko across the face and loudly calls him out for being selfish, before offering him a pretty and shiny pebble that she did find around. That's quite the Humble Pie eating moment for Nuriko, who breaks down crying due to the humiliation, and from then on acts still snarky but much closer to the cheerful Boisterous Bruiser we know and love.
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  • Say what you will, but Nuriko pulling a Determinator moment to choke Ashitare after having been literally skewered has to count. Extra points for Awesome Music "Winner" playing in the background.
  • How about the way Tamahome killed Nakago? You know, by punting a hole through his chest WITH HIS LASER FISTS?! I wasn't even a big fan of Tamahome, but even I had to admit awesomeness when I saw it.
  • OVA 2:
    • When Hotohori possesses his baby son to fight off a monster. Epic.
    • A still incomplete Taka (having recovered four stones out of seven) using whatever little power he has available to shake off Miisu's influence, throwing a life force blast and breaking her spell. If Miisu's reaction is to be believed, Taka just went Beyond the Impossible, just thanks to the Power of Love.
    • When Chichiri finally pulls out all the stops against Hikoh. Taka and Tasuki are simply flabbergasted.
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    • For that matter, Tasuki pulling an extreme precision strike on Chichiri's robe, burning ONLY the robe and allowing Taka to power through and punch the crap out of Hikoh, allowing Tasuki's blow to kill him WITHOUT hurting Chichiri. This took a few years of life out of poor Tasuki, though.
    • When Taka, about to go past the Despair Event Horizon, gets a Heartwarming Moment from Miaka, and decides to finally overcome himself, taking in a heartbroken avatar of Tamahome who is about to go crazy from what he did.
    • The whole scene is just properly glorious when a reunited Taka appears on top of the sea, the Ogre character on his forehead, calmly stating he finally understands his purpose, and emitting an aura so big as to cover all of Tokyo. Tenkoh himself is properly IMPRESSED at Taka's growth and state of Tranquil Fury, from which he can draw no power at all since there is no anger nor sadness to prey upon, just pure, unadulterated love and purpose.
    • Culminates when Tenkoh reasons to himself that this does not change anything, the Suzaku Seven are powerless to stop him... and then Miaka starts chanting. Then Taka starts chanting too!
    • A fully rejuvenated Suzaku in all his glory, along with the other Four Gods, delivering the MOTHER of all "Reason you suck" speeches along with a Tomato in the Mirror reveal to Tenkoh, before wiping him from this world forever. This proved once and for all just how much power the Four Gods held, even in the real world, and in a nod to Buddhism, the difference between true Gods and fake Gods such as Tenkoh.

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