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The Dark Lords of Nerima

  • Ryouga provoking Sailor Moon into attacking him, then redirecting her moon tiara to kill a youma.
  • Ranma and Ryouga beating Jadeite. Full stop. Especially when you remember that this is set before the two picked up their ki attacks from later in the series. They beat him entirely with their wits and fists.
    • And his injuries from that fight are still hampering him by the climax, which is a big reason the Wrecking Crew gets out of the whole mess in one piece.
  • The Amazons versus Jadeite's youma army. Despite being on average weaker warriors, they combine superior training, guerilla tactics, urban warfare, solid planning, and the strategic deployment of three Old Masters who can slaughter youma by the dozens to essentially route the youma forces. Mousse's contribution of basically flanking the youma flying force from above has to be read to be believed.
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  • When the Darkmistress confronts her late in the story, Beneda is at first panicking and thinking that there wasn't any sane hope of victory. Then she remembers the host of people she's wound up with, and that no-win situations barely slowed them down... and realizes that she's beginning to think the same as they do. She accepts her insanity with a laugh and attacks the Darkmistress without further hesitation, cementing her place as one of the Wrecking Crew.
  • Mousse getting around Darkmistress's Shapeshifter Guilt Trip technique, by removing his glasses.
  • Ranma and Ryouga defeat all five of the DD Girls. At the same time. Yes, the same elite youma that required four of the Senshi to suicide attack in order to take them out in canon. They manage this while Ryouga is recovering from a burn wound that should by all rights have rendered him a non-combatant for weeks. For extra awesomeness, they then throw the unconscious bodies of the five youma out of the building to land at the feet of Jadeite, who is still so injured from the beating they gave him previously that he can't retaliate in any way when they proceed to flip him off.
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  • Luna vs P-chan. We are not making this up.
  • Beneda attempting to sacrifice herself to save the Wrecking Crew. Seeing this deed is what motivates Cologne to act on her behalf instead of killing her.
  • Happosai. Incredibly perverted. Unreliable in the extreme. Hated by most of the cast for being... himself. Single handedly turns the tide against the youma army... until the generals show up, of course. Doubles as a crowning funny moment.


The Dark Lords Strike Back

  • Ryouga takes out the equivalent of a youma machine gun nest pinning down a third of the combined army solo with an umbrella, his insane durability, and a single use of Bakusai Tenketsu. Sure, he doesn't survive, but considering that Ranma thought the feat was impossible...
  • Herb and Soap piercing through every single one of Queen Beryl's shields and shredding her lungs. This has the added effect of giving Beryl a genuine fear of Herb afterwards, as she'd needed to use the bulk of her magic to heal herself from that attack. The thought of facing him again without Metallia's backing was enough to make her shudder.
  • Kuno saving Akane.
  • Ranma, on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge after he finds the broken corpses of all his fiances, singlehandedly turns the tide of the battle by using the Kinjakan and the Gekkaja to form a massive Hiryu Shoten Ha in the middle of the cavern, rides the storm upwards and follows it up with an even more massive Hiryu Gyoten Ha while he gathers the frankly ludicrous amounts of aura shed over the course of the battle that had pooled at the top of the cavern into a Hiryu Korin Dan so massive that it obliterates the entire battlefield and completely breaks the spirit of the pitiful few youma that survive the blast. Herb, the guy who made Beryl flee in terror and the only person present to have been on the receiving end of the last part of the combo, has an epic Oh, Crap! moment when he realizes what Ranma's planning and roars for everyone to take cover.
  • Metallia's awakening has detrimental effects on those that have survived up to that point, with Beneda and the heavily injured being the most effected. Beneda, infuriated that her first real friend was killed due to Metallia's machinations, is able to withstand her influence and call out the eldritch being for her actions before going straight back to work treating one of the warriors.
    Beneda: "I don't care what happens. This is the way I've chosen to live. And for all her power... it's a better way than Metallia will ever be capable of understanding."
  • Although Ranma is unable to contribute to Sailor Moon's battle against Metallia, he is still able to catch her afterwards and give her the rest of his ki to keep her alive, if barely. His actions and words in turn serve as the trigger for Moon's reality-warping wish:
    I want to go back.

The Dark Lords Ascendant

  • The 'Dark Lords of Nerima' versus the Sailor Senshi, round 2. The Nerima Wrecking Crew is handily winning when Sailors Pluto and Saturn interfere. Special note goes to:
    • Ryouga versus Sailor Uranus: Ryouga is pretty much dominating most of the fight against what is arguably the most martial of the senshi.
    • Ukyou versus Sailor Neptune: The fight is pretty even, which is damn impressive considering that Ukyou is not generally one of the stronger members of the Nerima crew.
    • Akane versus Sailor Moon (Round 2): Even though Moon's clearly improved over the klutz she was last time, she still can't do much more than fight defensively against Akane, even with Chibi-Moon taking pot-shots. Akane has Moon dead to rights when Pluto tries to shoot her in the back.
    • Mousse versus Sailor Jupiter: Mousse keeps Jupiter pinned down even as he monitors the hidden presence of Zhang who is spying on the fight for Tanizaki.
    • Ryouga versus Sailor Saturn: Damn.
    • Ranma versus Sailor Pluto: In response to Pluto's frankly dishonorable sneak attack that nearly cripples Akane and does cripple Shampoo, Ranma flies at Pluto in a berserker rage. It takes Neo-Queen Serenity to pull him off of her.
  • Beneda successfully stalling Metzger, then using Hinako's Happo Fifty-Yen Satsu against some soldiers in order to keep one of their captives alive. Even better? That captive is Urawa Ryo, who had decided to use himself as a Sacrificial Lion to disrupt Tanizaki's plans until the Senshi could take him on, and his manipulations to make Tanizaki expose himself had him marked for death. He was fully resigned to dying before he could meet SailorMercury again, but thanks to Beneda, he survives.
  • Ryouga utilizing his giant ki-construct while in piglet form, protecting Professor Tomoe and distracting Davidson's mercenaries long enough for Hotaru to transform and turn the tables.
  • By the time Ascendant begins, Ranma's reputation in martial arts circles has risen to the point that several of the fighters that Zhang selects to supplement Tanizaki's forces balk at the idea of fighting him. Keep in mind that these same fighters have no qualms with confronting Sailor Moon, even knowing that she was responsible for saving the world from Sailor Galaxia.
  • How does the alliance deal with Tanizaki's attempts to demonize the Sailor Senshi through the news media? By taking advantage of Helios's dream-walking abilities to petition almost everyone in Japan at once and convince them of the truth, systematically ripping apart Tanizaki's public operations in the process.
  • Genma Saotome, of all people, outwitting Tanizaki and disabling an energy cannon his scientists were using to attack the Wrecking Crew and Senshi from afar. Shame that it costs him his life, though.
  • Ryouga and Sailor Saturn systematically debilitating the Wyrmspawn, even as its attacks ramp up in power to Fantastic Nuke levels:
    • First, Sailor Saturn lends Ryouga her Silence Glaive, and he shortly thereafter puts it to good use by targeting one of the Wyrmspawn's wings, grounding it due to its weakened defenses there compared to the rest of its body.
    • Ryouga dealing Eye Scream-damage in order to divert a heat blast into the sky.
    • Saturn hurling the Silence Glaive straight into the Wyrmspawn's mouth, bisecting another heat blast right before it can fire and dealing critical damage to its head with the resulting explosion. Even this isn't enough to kill it, however...
    • By the end, Ryouga is forced to utilize a Tora no Seishin-empowered Shin Shishi Hōkōdan to deal the finishing blow. This leads directly to Sailor Saturn summoning her full power out of desperation and love for Ryouga, fully restoring him before the Tora no Seishin could rot away his heart.
  • Chapter 18, from start to finish:
    • Konatsu preventing the possessed Ekim from utilizing a child sacrifice, keeping the Nameless One from escaping its prison. This forces it to use Ekim himself as the sacrifice, deciding that if it couldn't get free to consume everything, then at least it would destroy the world instead.
    • Sailor Venus accessing her Next Tier Powerup to positively annihilate the Nameless One's spawn when they're about to kill a monster she liked, then joining Saturn in keeping their source at bay (and all with only one arm, no less). The lemure she rescued was completely awestruck by her appearance.
    • Like mother, like daughter: Sailor Chibi-Moon killing the Nameless One with a Combined Energy Attack, aided by the Golden Crystal, all of the Senshi sans Moon and Saturn, Helios and even Melinoe. After entreaties are made by the latter two, the rest of humanity gets in on the fun as well.
    • The entire fight between Mousse and Zhang, a decent chunk of it taking place while the Nameless One is actively trying to flatten them. In the end Mousse finally triumphs, settling matters at last.
    • Sailor Moon saving Unit Zero by splitting the Silver Crystal in half, sharing one of the halves with her.
    • The discovery that Tanizaki had not only been alive for at least two centuries, but that his Healing Factor and limitless stamina was due to a crystal ball... the same crystal ball that he would have possessed as Death Phantom.
    • Ranma defeating Tanizaki not with a special technique or ki attack, but with the very core of Anything Goes: mid-air combat.
    • And finally, Beneda saves Sailor Moon from a potentially fatal attack by temporarily killing her, then using what Dr. Tofu taught her to bring her back from the brink. She tells her and Tuxedo Kamen afterward that in a roundabout way, she fulfilled the mission given to her by Jadeite after all.


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