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  • This scene:
    • Once again, Quinton Flynn shows how awesome he is. Do Disney and Square Enix get a Moment of Awesome for picking Flynn as Axel's voice actor?
    • It's even better when you realize at this point, Xion had inadvertently taken on half of Roxas's strength in addition to her own. Axel goes up against her one-on-one, and when we see them again, he's won - Xion's unconscious, and Axel is at his utter limit, but he won.
  • Opening to the Believe mission, which lets you play out Deep Dive, by giving you the control of a vastly powered up dual-wielding Roxas, who can pretty much One-Hit Kill everything. You still know how it is going to end... but you play it anyway, determined to take down the Organization all by yourself. "Believe" indeed.
    • Roxas deciding to fight the Organization by himself earns another one. These are the guys that give Sora trouble, and Roxas goes to fight them without anything more than two Keyblades.
      Roxas: I am DONE WITH THIS.
  • The escape from the Castle That Never Was is pretty awesome too, in which a weakened Roxas takes down Saix, one of the stronger members of the Organization, who spent the whole game up to that point kicking Roxas and Xion, seemingly without breaking a sweat.
    Saix: We don't accept resignations.
    Roxas: I've got nothing to say to you.
    Saix: Then let's keep this short and sweet.
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  • Finding out that Roxas, a side character defeated a One-Winged Angel-ed up Eldritch Abomination while Sora was out of commission. It also helps that the entire mission, and the cutscenes surrounding it, were one big Tear Jerker.
  • A stealth one for Xion: despite having been specifically created to be a puppet for the organization, she singlehandedly does more damage to the Organization's plans than just about any individual character outside of Sora and Riku. She manages to uncover the truth of her origin from Castle Oblivion, escapes from The World That Never Was MULTIPLE times, makes contact with Namine, the most important person to waking up Sora, and even when captured a final time and seemingly rewritten, remains in control enough to get Roxas to kill her, ensuring that She won't accidentally drain his life force away, give him a reason to fight back against the organization, and make it possible to wake Sora up. The character most important to gridlocking a major part of Xehanort's plans not only did so from within, but seemingly wouldn't even be remembered for it
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  • Beast's one-man-war against the heartless trying to invade his castle is mostly an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, but he does have one good moment partway through the game. After Roxas and Xion accomplish their objective of defeating a Neoshadow in Beast's Castle, two more pop up right behind them... which are promptly ripped to shreads in one shot each by The Beast flying in out of nowhere.
  • Then there's the next story mission taking place in Beast's Castle. Roxas hands Xion his keyblade, which also doubles as a Heartwarming Moment, and decides to improvise by fighting using a stick, which he then proceeds to beat the living hell out of the Heartless with... a stick! For context, Sora in KH1 tries twice to defeat Heartless with a Wooden Toy Sword, and only on the second attempt is he powerful enough to even scratch them and thus has to rely upon the Beast to make it out alive. Roxas defeats several dozen Heartless with an ordinary stick with hardly any more effort than it would have taken him using a keyblade.
    • And keep in mind that the main target of this mission has the ability to inflict Silence, which prevents you from using magic. In KH 1, this was the only way Sora was able to damage heartless while using the wooden sword. Roxas just defeated an enemy with minimal trouble that would have been That One Boss at BEST for Sora.
  • From the manga is when Xigbar, Xaldin, Demyx and Luxord join Roxas and Axel in confronting Riku in Twilight Town. That's right... a six-on-one battle against a blindfolded imposter. Despite being outnumbered and handicapped, Riku escapes by tricking his opponents into attacking each other in a comical matter.
    • More awesome if you remember that all of them apart from Luxord are considered That One Boss in the games. Riku just figured out how to easily incapacitate them and avoid the difficulty that Sora would go through when he wakes up.
    • And earlier, we see that Demyx was beaten by Riku in an Offscreen Moment of Awesome for the latter. Demyx is infamous for his water clones. Somehow, Riku was able to beat Demyx and the water clones, while blindfolded, to the point where Xigbar calls him "weak", showing how much of a threat Organization XIII considers him.
  • The 1.03 patch of 1.5+2.5 HD ReMix adds a brand new cinematic for the 358/2 Days cutscene collection: A remake of the semi-final boss fight against Xion's One-Winged Angel form. As a last hurrah with the old graphics engine and style used for almost every Kingdom Hearts game until Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage and Kingdom Hearts III, the battle is well choreographed, complete with Visual Effects of Awesome for Xion's Frickin' Laser Beams and Trinity Limit, and supergliding!
    • Everglow's take of this battle for his "Kingdom Hearts Timeline" series, splicing together the 1.5+2.5 HD ReMix and upscaled DS versions of the battle, with a KH2-style HUD manually edited in on top of this, turning portions of the HD Remix's version of the battle into faux Reaction Commands. Including the final blow, the information bar saying "Finish her!"
  • The final battle of Roxas VS Riku. This is what forced Riku into tapping into the powers of the fragment of Ansem within.
    • Right before the battle, wielding Oathkeeper and Oblivion, mowing down Neoshadows in two hits at most.
    • Everglow's recreation of this battle, using a combination of the cutscenes in 1.5 and an extensive amount of Kingdom Hearts 2 modding. And, just like his take on the Final Xion battle, lots of audiovisual editing, including the same extensive HUD editing and adding in weather sounds such as a thunderclap when Roxas casts Thunder.
      • Furthermore, the lead-up to the battle, adding in footage of Another Side, Another Story, and the opening of Dream Drop Distance.
  • The way in which Riku confirms that yes, Roxas is Sora's Nobody.
    Riku: ...Come on Sora, I thought you were stronger than that.
    Roxas: ...Get real, look which one of us is winning.
    Riku: ...So it's true, you really are his Nobody. Guess DiZ was right after all.\\
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