- Right after freeing Yorda from her cage, the first shadow monster of the game appears. Ico has no idea who this girl is, he can't understand a word she's saying, and this thing of insubstantial blackness just crawled out of the ground and tried to grab her. He picks up a stick and whacks the damn thing. When you hear the Word of God that Ico and his fellow horned boys are Wander's descendants, you will not doubt for a moment that those horns come with the courage to kill a colossus.
- The boss fight against the Queen qualifies. It's not (just) awesome because she appears to be effective immortal, or because it's basically a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, or because it's the only actual fight in the game. No, what makes the battle awesome is that, just before it begins, Ico breaks a horn. You can see the damn thing bleeding at the fracture. Given his age, Ico is in horrible violent pain and defiance of certain elements of biology. And he still fights. With a sword that is almost as long as he is.
- During the fight, Ico's sword (The only thing that can block the Queen's death wave) is repeatedly knocked from his hands and he must dash to grab it before the death wave hits him. On the final instance of this, the sword is knocked so far away that Ico will literally grab it a MILISECOND before the wave hits him. A "Hell, Yes!" Moment if ever there was one.
Awesome / ICO