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- Nearly every Limit Break in the series counts. Especially if used as a Finishing Move. Double points if said move is on a boss.
- The anime cutscenes, while sparse, are always visually STUNNING. It's not even like the early ones were bad, even: the way Martel's every step, the way she picks up a leaf, and the general wind rustling the tree making noise, while just small touches, works WELL with the animation and is just awesome. That's not to say the early animations were better than the newer ones: have fun with Xillia's opening, or any of the cutscenes that feature Milla and Jude kicking ass. It's a sight to see.
- Cress and Arche's aerial battle to save Midgard. Arche rides her broom, and Cress rides Pegasus, lent to him by the Valkyrie.
- In the first episode of the OVA, Klaus summons Maxwell in this same battle, who proceeds to utterly decimate a large number of the enemy army, and then just stands there laughing as enemy chunks go flying.
- Speaking of the OVA, they managed to make Dhaos even more awesome. Two of his crowning moments are when he confronts Reisen, and the first time he confronts Cress.
- The English dub keeps the awesomeness intact by casting Patrick Seitz as Dhaos. And he did such a good job that he came back for the cameos in other Tales games.
- And then, there's the theme song. It's one of the game's Awesome Music, but it counts as the game's, and indeed the SNES', Moment of Awesome overall because it's the first game on the SNES to have a fully-voiced theme song. Prior to that developers thought it can't be done on the SNES due to various factors, among them the available memory of a SNES SPU, and train of thoughts then are that games that have a fully voiced opening theme can only be released on CD media and perhaps required use of co-processors. Wolf Team figured out that by breaking the vocals down to a thousand segments and switching them on the fly as needed, as well as encoding the rest of the song regularly, they could fit the song into a reasonably small footprint (never mind that the game used a 48Mbit cart, the largest cart size available at that time), and they didn't even need a co-processor. Too bad Namco did not appreciate their work.
- The PS2 Destiny remake gets one when Miktran is finished for good. Stahn delivers a One-Liner and finishes Miktran using a Blast Caliber/Hi Ougi that he has never used, but will be used by his future son.Stahn: This is... the blade that will carve the path to our future!! ZAN!! KUU!! TEN!! SHOU!! KEEEEEENNNN!!!
- And in the second game, after finishing the game twice (just once for the PSP version) and restarting anew... execute Judas' final Hi-Ougi and do something at the end, and then he will break his mask, fighting for the rest of the battle unmasked. And his identity? LEON MAGNUS. His monologue build up also helps in making it more awesome.
- When Judas is in his Illusion World, he's being forced to relive one of the worst moments of his life followed by his death over and over again while Elraine Hannibal Lectures him in between rounds of misery, trying to get him to agree to her Deal with the Devil. His response? Reject her completely and refuse to betray his new friends, saying he'd prefer eternal torment than serving her. Made even more awesome after the remake of the first game, when he gave in to similar torment. Judas's arc is all about redeeming himself.
- Everytime Barbatos Goetia says this, it pretty much quite sums up how awesome he is...NO. ITEMS. EVEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!!
- Harold's full Crazy Comet spell. It's a Game-Breaker spell you need to have started a second playthrough to unlock... Which results in four levels of Crazy Awesome Orbital Bombardment that fully heals your party at the end of it. It has to be showcased on bosses, simply because regular enemies don't live long enough to rack up all the damage the move does. What's even better? In Tales of Destiny 2, it's not even considered a Limit Break (later games with the move fix this) and you can use it as long as you have the TP for it.
- In the Tales of Destiny 2 manga, Loni ripping apart a forcefield with his bare hands.
- Beating Nereid. When it runs out of HP, it casts its ultimate skill Finality DeadEnd, which kills your party. Instantly, no arguments. Except that, at the moment your party members fall, you are expected to use the button combination for Reid's Limit Break. If you do, rather than getting a game over, Reid glows brightly and casts Infinity Reviver, which ends the game.
- Better yet, beating Sekundes. Rather, beating him a specific way. If you get him down to half his HP (definitely no easy feat in itself), then somehow pass an Indignation spell, Keele or Meredy will recite the original Indignation spell in its entirety. Sekundes will then take 100000 damage, half his own maximum HP, and die gloriously with his signature This Cannot Be! ("sonna... sonna bakana!") in a perfect reenactment of the opening of Tales of Phantasia.
- Don't forget when Ras first appears; verbally owning a Jerkass of a shop clerk and saving Farah in the process. There's also his death scene, in which he saves the party using Aurora Wall. He was indeed Too Cool to Live
- Just before Ras's sacrifice, Max shows up, sees the heroes are down in front of Shizel, and shoots her in the face with a cannon at point blank range, no questions asked. Sadly it's not very effective, but it is awesome.
- Tytree inviting Veigue to the beach to deliver Get A Hold Of Yourself Man through a series of sock-punching straight on the face, and Veigue retaliates the same. Eventually Veigue calms down, and Tytree has just made Bright Noah proud. So awesome that Veigue repeats it on a Viva Tales Of segment, socking on Reid.
- Beforehand, Tytree had one in form of his heroic "The Reason You Suck" Speech on Saleh:"Someone like you who takes pleasure in trampling on the hearts of others will never ever understand! The human heart... the feelings that people have are stronger than anything else!! Remember that!!"
- Tytree also has one during his Trial, giving an awesome speech against racism. Claire gets one too during a certain famous scene...
- Hilda, after seeing her mother dying, has an awesome display of power and anger that could make the gruff, sadistic and Capital E Evil Tohma... whimper and run away begging for help. Way to go, Hilda. Way to go.
- Later on, Veigue gets one during a scene in Pipista whereas he saw a caste system, in which avian Gajuma are considered high class, and Gajuma kids from that playing with furry Gajuma kids is considered foolish and forbidden. This got so bad that one avian Gajuma was driven to despair that she opted to clip down her wings just so she can play with her furry Gajuma friend. What does Veigue, a Huma, considered even lower than furry Gajuma in the town, do? Stop the kid, confront the Gajuma parents, and without considering how the others reacted based on racism, give a scold that sums up to this: "You drove an innocent Gajuma child into utter despair just to preserve this useless caste system!? YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!!"
See Tales of the Abyss.
See Tales of Vesperia.
- The game has a lot of nice moments, but the best one goes to Chalcedony towards the end of the game, trying to turn his Soma into an airship. "Peridot's and Byrocks' wishes are here! Strong... high... into the sky... FLYYYYYYYYYYY!" Oh, this is after he takes on The Dragon in triplicate.
See Tales of Graces