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  • You've been on the run from the Nemesis since the first ten minutes of gameplay, and even after blasting him twice with a gigantic rail gun, he's still alive. That in itself counts as a Moment of Awesome for the BOW, but if you choose to finish him, Jill gets to pump six magnum rounds into his skull, as she delivers a mocking one-liner that pokes fun at Nemesis' Catchphrase:
    Jill: You want S.T.A.R.S.? I'll give you S.T.A.R.S!
    • The first fight against Nemesis in the Dead Factory's disposal room is also immensely cathartic; you can blast off his arm and head using the room's acid dispensers, leaving Nemesis a flailing wreck.
  • Jill finds Mikhail Victor, Umbrella's mercenary captain, mortally wounded in the cable car. If for some reason she decides to return before fixing the car she finds Mikhail, his guts spilling out of him, firing on a wave of zombies with his M4, to truly badass music. He then kicks an explosive canister towards them and shoots it (if Jill hadn't before) or throws a grenade. And Jill still bitches him out for having some type of death wish.
  • When you get to the factory, you find the remains of a U.S Military Special Forces team. Whoever these guys were, they were badass. They managed to kill three mutated T-103 tyrants (the Mr. X variant)—including blasting one into a wall with a rail gun—before dying, presumably fighting them all at once.
    • Word of God states that they were Delta Force members.
    • Also worth noting is from a data file in Umbrella Chronicles, it's mentioned that Nemesis was deployed not just for STARS, but as a countermeasure to stop the Delta Force just in case they succeeded in stealing Umbrella's secrets. It's a pragmatic insurance policy, but it's still pretty badass even by implication that Umbrella saw a circumstance in which the Deltas might actually succeed in defeating the T-103 units and getting out alive. So Nemesis was the Godzilla Threshold for the Delta Force.
  • In a cutscene Mikhail bravely takes on Nemesis even when he's wounded.
    Mikhail Just a little closer... You lose. *pulls the safety pin out of a grenade and blows Nemesis out of a window with it while killing himself*
  • Barry Burton shows up to rescue Jill in the alternate ending, providing her and Carlos with a lift out of Raccoon City before the entire city is nuked. Not bad for his final canon appearance until Revelations 2 years later.
  • It's not canon to the games, but in the "Biohazard 3: Last Escape" manhua, Nemesis (codenamed "Sniper" here) has a running battle against G-Birkin, literally fist-fighting the mutating Mad Scientist in awesome, building-shattering brawls. Nemesis also gets the sweet moment of vengeance when it manages to kill the Umbrella executive who took an innocent boxer, murdered his wife and son, and had him transformed into the Nemesis in the first place.
  • Somewhere between Awesome and Nightmare Fuel, but, if you make the choice that leads to Jill confronting Nikolai outside the treatment roomnote , then you have the deeply satisfactory expiry of Nikolai's Karma Houdini Warranty as the Nemesis brutally tears him apart — a fitting end for a sociopathic avaricious scumbag.
  • Can we give props to the RPD and UBCS in the intro for trying to save Raccoon City? Especially the RPD officers who, by that point in the outbreak, willing went to face what must have been thousands of zombies. Yes they ultimately failed, but you have to respect that kind of dedication to duty.
  • Jill was already a badass heroine in the very first game, but this game cranks that up to eleven. Though her early narrations and the narration after her infection shows clear surprise at still being alive, she's determined as hell to stick it to Umbrella by surviving the hellish city. They took everything from her, but she won't let them take her life...and in spite of Nemesis, all the monsters in the city, being infected with the T-Virus, and the missiles wiping out the city, she does survive!