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Night at the Museum
  • Larry was able to do what no Night Guard had ever done before him-he got the exhibits to finally make peace.
  • Larry convincing Nick to activate the tablet, resulting in his son not only seeing that his father wasn't lying, but also the epic crane shot of the camera rising above the glowing tablet while you hear the museum animals shriek as they come to life.
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  • Jedediah and Octavius using their new car to get "Rexy the Dinosaur Skeleton" to follow the Big Bad Cecil.
  • The climax of the scene where Larry is chasing Cecil, a testament that indeed, knowledge is power.
    Larry: Last chance, Cecil! Stop the horses or I will!
    Cecil: They can't be stopped, Larry. Don't you know your history? These are money carriers. They were trained not to stop for anything but a secret word.
    Larry: Really? You mean a word like...
    Cecil: *Oh, Crap! face*
    Larry: *shouts* Dakota!
    (Horses stop on a dime in their tracks, catapulting Cecil through the air in the process)
  • Following that, Larry giving Cecil this Gem:
    Lary: Read up on my history. Thanks for the tip.
  • Jed and Octavius letting the air out of the tires. Although it's one part funny, it's also one part awesome when you bear in mind this task is pretty hard for two men who are only two inches high. In the face of hardship and tons of air pressure trying to blow them away, the duo manage to hold out long enough to sabotage the truck, all in the name of stopping Cecil.
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  • Unwittingly, the happenings of the climax lead to the public having a renewed interest for the museum, from the neanderthals' cave paintings, to the T-Rex skeleton's foot prints in the snow.
  • The first time we actually see Pharoah Ahkmenrah on screen, he throws his solid gold sarcophagus lid across the room and stops two giant jackels with a single order; this is all before he removes his bandages to reveal that he's actually a human underneath the linen shrouds.

Battle Of The Smithsonian

  • The Air and Space Museum. Seeing all the different air and spacecrafts throughout history coming to life as well as the mannequins associated with those aircraft, although we didn't get to see any of them take off. Even the mannequins were disappointed.
    Mission Control mannequin: Damn, that was disappointing.
  • Larry and Amelia flying across Washington, D.C. in the Wrights' plane.
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  • Octavius taming the most fearsome of all beasts: a Mundane Made Awesome giant squirrel.
  • Jed and Octavius' Back-to-Back Badasses sequence where they incapacitate a half-dozen baddies with nothing but swords. Keep in mind both of them are six-inch figurines. Doubles as Funny Moment.
  • Larry gets his where he beats a sword-wielding Pharaoh with nothing but a flashlight. For added epic, if you pay attention you'll notice Larry's arm literally shaking from the effort of fending off Kahmunrah's Egyptian-sword. He's up against somebody obviously much stronger than him, and he still kicks Kahmunrah's ass. And, to reiterate, with a flashlight.
    Kahmunrah: What are you?
    (shoves Kahmunrah into the underworld)
  • This:
    Custer: We are NOT going to attack... right... now! (they attack)
  • Lincoln shows up and proceeds to curb-stomp an army of Underworld demons.
  • How Larry dealt with Kahmunrah at the beginning of the film was also kind of awesome. He was completely unimpressed by the man due to his previous experience at the museum, deflating some of his thunder and ruining his attempt to intimidate Larry. Then he managed to outwit the pharaoh long enough to set the octopus on him and snag the tablet back.

Secret of the Tomb:

  • Lancelot's introduction. He punches out the Triceratops. And before that, when it attempts to strike him, he backflips over it. In slow motion.
  • The entire fight with the bronze statue of the nine-headed Xiangliu. First, Lancelot shows off his badass sword-fighting skills, while Nick demonstrates his skill with a dagger, from playing World of Warcraft. Of course, the statue's made of metal and doesn't get any damage from their blades...but Larry proceeds to shock it into submission with a defibrillator.
  • Tilly attempts to knock out Attila when Nick and Attila lock her in. She hits him on the forehead with a claw hammer...which does absolutely no damage at all. No bruises, no reaction, nothing.
    • Doesn't help that she hit his helmet rather than any actual "flesh"
  • The dance party at the end. Bonus points for the Union Soldier doing the worm at the credits and the Triceratops lifting up Rexy.
  • Hugh Jackman's surprise appearance. As himself, no less. Playing King Arthur.
  • The fight sequence in the Escher painting. Visual Effects of Awesome, and how!
    • Another example of awesome SFX is the opening in the planetarium, before all hell breaks loose.
  • Dexter saves Jed and Octavius from Mt. peeing on them. Repeatedly.