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Garry's Mod shorts

  • The Scout is Delicious contest that gave rise to so many short but sweet GMod shorts, including the 'winner' of the Pro section AshHouswares445 who created a CMOA for Heavy.
  • Also by AshHouswares445, Heavy Adventures - Episode 1 shows the Heavy on a quest to avenge the death of his teammates at the hands of a Spy.
  • In Moments with Heavy, Heavy Weapons Guy is running away from Longcat, and has a long chain of awesome moments: First, he pushes a train until its fast enough to escape, then notices that the track is slowly coming to an end. With a look of determination, he jumps onto the track, says, "Hit me, I DARE you!" and proceeds to punch the entire train into Longcat. It doesn't work.
  • The "Look in to the inner workings of Valve" in which the engineer concludes that the meaning of life is thus: "Energy is matter, and (pulls out pile of hats) people are not wearing enough hats."

Darwin's Soldiers

  • James leading the chase against an entire armed convoy with only a couple Humvees and a pickup truck.
  • Kerzach killing Dr. Gallo with a letter opener.
  • Cale revealing himself right before single-handedly wiping out Ricky's men. In fact, most of the CMOA's in this RP involve one character killing another.
  • Everything Shelton did in Schroedinger's Prisoners.
  • Eddie killing a commando with a mop handle.
  • Werner convincing and leading the Gaman rebellion to assault the nuclear power plant.
  • Hawkeye leaving his cybernetic implants to fly the shuttlecraft while he broke into the security tower and let the others on the shuttlecraft escape.
  • Hans using a MRI machine to disable Subject 19.
  • Shakila defeating Project Zero in hand-to-hand combat with a laptop and the sprinkler system, despite being alone and having no physical combat skills.


  • Teenage girl Lauren chasing away two Hymn of Oners with a cricket bat in the KateModern episode "Batwoman".
    • She tops this by slapping Big Bad Michelle Clore in the face in "Straight To The Top".
    • Tez On Toast in "Answers", taking his revenge on the FTO... with a blowtorch. "I'm going to have a go at making my first art video!"
    • Gavin has numerous moments of Awesomeness in season 2 (his rant in "Straight To The Top" is a high point), but his scene in St. Grinstead at the start of "The Last Work" stands out: "You want me to show you with this [indicates pen] how I feel about that? [points at camera] He proceeds to stab one doctor with the pen and beat the other over his head with his own clipboard.
  • In LG15: the resistance Chapter 2, Sarah rescues Jonas by repeatedly (and by the end quite gratuitously) spraying his kidnappers with mace.
    • The whole video "Going Down", especially "I don't work here, I just came to sabotage the place."
  • The lonelygirl15 video "Rooftop Brawl". After video after video of TAAG fleeing for their lives every time Lucy appears, Jonas finally confronts her head-on, and wins, after figuring out her one weakness: repeated punches to the face and body.
    • "Doing It Myself": Emma catches Edward Salinas completely off-guard and saves a teammate from a trap whose sole purpose was to kill whoever came to rescue him by talking Salinas down through a live video feed that was supposed to act as evidence. Then she steals the tape as a "victory souvenir".
    • Nikki Bower knocking out Greg Goodfried Bree's watcher with a fire extinquisher in the first season finale.
  • Tachyon from the OpAphid ARG revealed the true extent of her awesomeness in lonelygirl15 episode The Human Ransom. flash. bang. OpAphid herself had her crowning moment of awesome when she made her triumphant return in REDEARTH 88 episode Worth The Wait? (scaring a bunch of fans in the process), while Linc got in on the act in Pleasantries.
  • Though a language-barrior makes understanding what's going on difficult, Ola gets one in n1ckola when she wakes up after being kidnapped by the Order. Wearing an "bitch please" face throughout the Elder's monologue, Ola acts as if he's an annoyance rather than someone whose about to take her blood. The highlight of the moment is when she indicates for him to come closer and the Smug Snake foolishly complies, leaving his necktie open for grabbing and he's soon on the receiving end of a belligerent tirade. Even after she releases him, she continues to push the Elder's buttons until HE's the one whose squirming and quickly leaves. She then sits back and gives a silent sigh, as though disappointed with the room service. Who knew being knocked out for much of the season could turn you into such a badass.


  • Dirge is pretty much a walking CMOA. Examples include:
    • His first appearance in Chapter 1, when he enters to Mozart's Requiem, and proceeds to decimate a horde of zombies, armed with only a shovel and his own awesomeness.
    • In Chapter 9, when, after having a gaping hole punched in his chest by an alien monster, he jumps over a bioscanner, swings down with his chain, grabs Zoe as she falls, and deposits her at the front door to the Acropolis, saying "Keep breathing."
    • In the comic, when he doesn't even try to dodge a point-blank headshot from Mr. Gallows, and when it backfires and destroys Mr. Gallows' hand, he says: "What's the matter? Lose something important?"
    • Also from the comic, when he uses a mag-lev monorail to catapult a hearse over a gap in the tracks, thus saving the lives of Zoe and everyone else in the settlement. And then apologizes for being late with: "Sorry we're late. Traffic was killer."
  • Zoe gets her fair share, too:
    • In Chapter 3, when she destroys the zombified circus strongman with a skyride car, at the age of 6!
    • In Chapter 9: "Wake up, Wolfgang." EXPLODING TEDDY BEAR!
    • From the comic, when she throws Mr. Gallows' words right back at him, just before shooting him with an anti-zombie gun. "Howdy, sweetness."
    • Also from the comic: "LEAVE! US! ALONE!"
  • Nephthys also has several, especially:
    • When she shows a crowd of crazed, paranoid humans that she is less of a beast than they are:
      • "...I am no slave to instinct. See that you aren't a slave to yours."
  • Even Dr. Elgin, Zoe's mother, gets one in the comic, when she punches out Ammon.
    Ammon: "This world deserves to end, and you know it."
    Dr. Elgin: "No. It doesn't!" POW!

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  • A big one comes from Erika's Old Big Sister, the sequel to Erika's New Perfume, in which Marie gets the Fountain of Youth effects on her undone and proceeds to become the ultimate Big Sister Bully while trying (and failing) to rebuild her teenage social status. The speech comes in the climax, when Marie tries to undo Sarah's Plot-Relevant Age-Up, causing Erika, normally a loving, soft spoken Shrinking Violet, to snap and lay into Marie (while in a wet diaper, no less) that all her problems stem from her own jealousy and self-loathing, that her bratty nature better suits the lifestyle of a three-year-old than a 16-year-old, and that she is now strong enough to handle whatever Marie can dish out. Marie is hit hard by this and, realizing that Erika is right, requests to return to toddlerhood.
  • The God of War series parody video ''John of War'' has a lot of this, at least at the beginning, where the titular character talks to Ares in a very dramatic fashion to ask him for revenge against his co-worker Bruce.
  • Broken Saints has several:
    • "I BELIEVE!"
    • "You are going to get the girl and tell me what I want to know now, or I will fill your computers with gig after inhuman gig of child pornography. I will flood the FBI with perfect shots of you touching little boys of every age and creed [being] sent from your e-mail address, and I will smile when I think of the prison brothers prying you open and turning your ass into a gaping, bloody parking space. I can do it. In minutes. From anywhere. Believe it."
  • In Vatsy and Bruno, a scientist offers a long, it's-a-long-shot-but-it-just-might-work plan to change chinbeard, a former lab assistant, back to his normal self after he mutated into a rampaging freak. Bruno responds by just shooting him.
  • Ohta's sacrifice in Sailor Nothing. He knew his master was caught, so he devised a plan to protect him.
  • The final episode of Fobbies Are Borange. So awesome, it nearly crashed the radio stream.
  • "Last night you had a dream, Arnie. You were being chased through a forest by your mother. She was lashing you with a whip made of knotted penises."
  • Tenchi Muyo Abridged: Tenchi vs Kagato in episode 10, comes complete with a Naruto friendship speech spoof, which despite played for laughs ends up coming across as awesome.
    • The Abridged movie as a whole, but special mention goes to Yazuhas death which rivals the original for badassery.
  • Naruto: The Abridged Series's Sasuke's battle against AnimeFlagger123. The latter is made into a leet-speaking moron who claims anime is for noobs, yet suggests watching American Idol instead. "Shut the hell up you fuzzball!" indeed! It's especially awesome because it's basically sticking it to the anime haters.
  • Kumikyoku ~Nico Nico Douga~ is 33 shades of awesome.
    • A lot of the Automatic Mario levels are pretty awesome, however the one set to Queen's Don't Stop Me Now is one of the best. It plays out over 4 separate Mario levels simultaneously!
  • This chapter of A Meddle of Wizards has one for the troll witch Gertie. After being Ms Exposition for several chapters, she single-handedly kills a giant hydra-like monster by letting herself get swallowed and ripping the the thing from the inside. And she doesn't use any magic do this.
  • The Remarkable Journey of Higgins von Higgings is short, but it's pure awesome.
  • Josh from Name Tags has a great one when Jared asks him for a raise.
  • All of Ruby Quest.
    • In particular, Red's death, and his final message for Ace: "Try and catch me now!" With accompanying time bomb goodness.
    • Stitches pulling an unexpected and awesome Big Damn Heroes at the very end.
  • Unforgotten Realms, the end of Episode 4. Shmoopy and Eluamous are trapped on a sea cliff by an undead necromancer and a horde of zomibes. They can't possibly win in a fight, and Schmoopy can't swim. So what can Sir Scmoopy do? Sir Schmoopy does this: first, he has Eluamous gather all of their allies together, and pushes them off the cliff to safety. Then he faces the skeleton horde and performs a Heroic Sacrifice... by calling up Mr. Judge and insulting him, setting off a warlock's curse. The curse causes Schmoopy to explode into a billion pieces, taking all of the skeletons with him. Even cooler is that he manages to survive all of this by placing his soul into an indestructible magical crystal seconds before detonating, leaving the necromancer's soul with his body.
  • Hero War, a series of Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, has quite a few. Sephiroth impaling Robocop on the Masamune, who rips it out and kills Sephy with it. Spider-Man stealing Cloud's sword and using it to kill Skeletor. Chuck Norris vs. the 300 Spartans, Kratos Vs. Galactus...the list goes on.
  • In the first chapter of Shadow of the Templar, Simon and his FBI team have thoroughly prepped a mansion with elaborate security measures and lookouts to catch wanted thief Jeremy Archer in the act of stealing the diamond located there... only to have him effortlessly nab the diamond with a James Bond-esque plan involving tricking the FBI agents into gassing themselves with their own masks and sneaking into their van beforehand to sabotage all their carefully set-up cameras. Even Simon has to grudgingly admit that he's one "smart, smart bastard."
    • The "stage-diving" scene in "High Fidelity" also qualifies.
    • Simon telling his bosses near the end of the final book that he's in a (homo)sexual relationship with an internationally wanted criminal, and on how they can't do a damned thing about it except give him his job back.
    • When Jeremy shoots Farraday at the end of With A Bullet.
  • In the comments page for Iron Maiden's "Aces High", there are the usual Trolls, but then, midway down the page, the community largely unites: The comments all became everyone declaring "UP THE IRONS!!" (with various degrees of profanity) and naming their region, sometimes including a rockin' out stick figure.
    • Sadly, this falls apart later down the page with a return to Trolling form.
  • In There Will Be Brawl, Captain Falcon has a pretty epic Falcon Punch.
    • Not to mention a shaking Red who stands up to Ganondorf.
  • The Leet World has several:
    • Leeroy earns his by just doing nothing - fed up with the Producer's increasingly unfair handicapping of the terrorist team, the CT allows the terrorists to win the second season's first chalenge by simply standing by, looking the terrorist leader Cortez in the eye as the bomb counts down and explodes.
    • Ahmad's beat-down on Asher, including a Punctuated Pounding and ending with a Heroic Sacrifice.
      • The Finale was crammed with these, (Warning, major spoilers) Westheimer taking his last lifeline, and telling The Producer to go f*** himself. Ahmad's return. Player's Heroic Sacrifice. Ellis' return. Cortez and Leeroy's computer coordinating to blow up the Player clones. And many more.
  • The Demented Cartoon Movie - In the end, Evil Blah has realised he has finally killed Super Blah, and gloats that now he is invincible and nothing can stop him. Enter Zeeky H. Bomb. "Zeeky Boogy Doog!" indeed.
  • On Outside the Otaku, Lanipator defeats the DVD of Final Fantasy Unlimited Final Fantasy VII style.
  • Asteroid McAlmont - An asteroid half the size of the moon is on a collision course with Earth, projected to land on a hundred-meter square in the Ural Mountains. Our unnamed protagonist gets a plane ticket and a baseball bat.
  • The MK vs. SF vids by Proxicide on Newgrounds...just check them out
    • Some did not like how the MK cast were typecast as evil, despite Raiden being a heroic mentor in the games and Scorpion being more of a neutral party, some didn't like how Ryu and Akuma couldn't win without help and how both of them doing a Big Damn Heroes moment for each other was blatant cheating or even the Luke, I Am Your Father twist at the end of the 3rd one.
  • King's Cross, a massive collaborative Harry Potter RP on Vex Xiang Forums, was made of CMAs, most of which are unfortunately now lost due to a forum upgrade. One of the best might've been a trio of CMA's for the characters in the midst of a massive battle in LA, against Rasputin, Cain (a very evil, very strong vampire), and a several story tall demon warrior from Hell.
    • Taking on Rasputin was Joe Kipling, an aged, badass vampire hunter, Diana, his half-vampire daughter, and Nathan, another, young vampire hunter with a penchant for firearms. The battle was ended when Nathan distracted Rasputin (in this world a powerful, undead sorcerer with hellfire) by blasting him with an RPG, allowing Joe to use a special magical weapon to banish him to Hell for the time being.
    • Cain, the evil vampire, was taken out by Magnus, another, younger vampire, and master of illusions who, outmatched physically, managed to Mind Screw Cain by crafting the illusion that he hadn't fed in hundreds of years, making Cain think he was starving to death, and thus was defeated. All while Magnus hallucinated hearing his dead father encouraging him on.
    • Finally, the giant demon was taken on by the group's powerhouses; Andrew Hassan, an incredibly powerful Firestarter (Fire controlling wizard), Thomas Tobin, a wizard trained in Qi, and Bruce Kipling, the group's leader and resident Magnificent Bastard. The group was having their asses handed to them until Bruce absorbed a massive blast of fire aimed for his friends, and without flinching, even with his body covered in burns and still on fire, threw the item used to summon the demon back into the open gate to hell.
  • The Saga of Tuck: every now and again there's such a moment, with the characters alternately pranking their high school with a faked ritual sacrifice, putting up posters reminiscent of Schindler's List, and/or actively destroying their principal... but the scene that weighed most heavily was when the titular character jumped off a SECOND STORY balcony in a mall (10 feet or so), rolled, then punched an abusive boyfriend of an ex in the gut and ran for it, with ex.
  • This might sound bizarre, but these qualify as a CMOA. Why, you may ask? Well sure the eeriness is still present, but if you ask me, the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark are more enjoyable when you can see what's going on, and especially when they don't look like Dr. Seuss's worst nightmares. If only the guy who made them would make more, though.
  • Don'tBeACoward telling off the insomnia forum admin.
  • Derek Alexander AKA Stop Skeletons From Fighting as his tenure as The Happy Video Game Nerd, a would-be AVGN ripoff... who actually inverts his concept and instead reviews good old games that Needs More Love, and gives credits where it's due. When even James Rolfe gave his own seal of approval by subscribing to Derek's account, you know it's a Moment of Awesome in the world of Video Review Show.
  • Tigger gets one in Dirty the Pooh and the Hundred Acre Shitpile, Chapter Three. So Winnie-the-Pooh is destroying the Hundred-Acre Wood in a satanic apocalypse. Tigger's response to the whole situation? "BOOOOO-riiiiing!"
  • In episode 1 Profound Moments in Left 4 Dead 2, it's not the players that get this, it's the Charger, at 4:08 to 4:23, he hits Djy1991 and manages to get him while falling off the building, killing them both, he could have gotten Aovnick too, but that part sadly failed.
  • As much as I never thought I'd have anything good to say about least a few of them genuinely want quality work. Somebody made an article consisting of a single line of vandalism, and this was the result.
  • Shin defeating her Yamiko in Chapter 9 of Sailor Nothing, and then giving this speech to her uncle:
    "You know, Unc, if you were REALLY a monster, that would've killed you", Shin explained, the Truth dawning on her. "But you're not a real monster. I've seen real monsters. You're just a flawed, wretchedly pathetic human being. You're not worth hating, because in the end, you're nothing. I guess the Truth can be blinding, can't it? Kotashi, let's go. I'm done here."
    She left him to his howling rage, and never looked back. There wasn't anything worth looking back on.
  • The whole Octocat Adventure (don't worry, it only has 6 minutes in total) is basically a setup for a MOA.
  • Inquisitive Joe gets one, which also doubles as heartwarming, for sticking up and apologizing to a youtube user who insulted him after she was trolled off youtube by his own fans and asking what the hell was wrong with them!
  • This. To quote one of the people who commented on it, "This post receives the Epic Win Award for the day. Simply awesome."
  • RPGMP3 although most could be counted as this and CMOF has several per game.
    • In rolemaster the group had just defeated a lich, leaving behind only a pile of ashes and a necklace, Goggles (the albatrosity) picks up said necklace and immeadittly puts it around Neds characters neck (The ELLLLLLLLLFFFFF who heals by taking party members wounds unto himself) the necklace then proceeds to sink into his chest, and the ghosts that had been keeping the lich trapped in the area they were in told them that they could not simply kill the lich, because if they did his necklace would activate and turn him truly undead. Ned is already suicidal at this point and simply throws himself off a nearby ledge, instantly killing himself (if he had survive his body would have regenerated itself anyways) His soul was then transfered into the nearest magical item, a small chest that could hold much more then its own size within itself the albatrosity flew down and recovered the remains, only to have them reassemble into the now undead elf, who once again threw himself off the ledge. It was only through Lindseys characters manipulation of time (using the soul of the lich as a powersource) that the whole thing could be avoided.
  • Game 10 of Comic Fury Werewolf was not only a perfect win for the Werewolves, but also a brilliant plan of revenge against the ArchRival of the wolves.
  • The response by Maddox after he got screwed over by the travel company Orbitz. Because of his article, he managed to get several of his readers not to use Orbitz ever again with them sending e-mails to the company regarding this. After many fruitless attempts to save face by Orbitz, they finally flat out apologized to him. See for it yourself: Here.
  • I'll just leave this here...
  • Anyone listed on Badass of the Week.
  • The Religious Antagonist infiltrating a Tea Party Rally dressed as George Washington.
  • Alyssa Bereznak, a blogger for Gizmodo, goes on a date with a guy named Jon Finkel, a.k.a. the world champion Magic: The Gathering player. Finkel doesn't do anything overtly geeky on their date (brings up his championship status and his upcoming tournament preparation in passing, dressed very nicely, etc.). She drops him like a hot rock after their date. In response, Geek Mom cuts a beautiful rebuttal, calling the girl out on her Hypocrisy and blatant Double Standard.
  • Super Powereds (link) provides quite a selection — a few that jump out upon first reading:
    • One of the main characters of the story is a shifter with two modes: Hershel and Roy Daniels. The latter has superpowers. Specifically, the kind of superpowers that can make a guy an Unskilled, but Strong Casanova Jerkass. Who is immediately placed against the extremely skilled and strong Chad Taylor to get his ass kicked over and over again until he quits.
      Chad: Just stay down already. I'll go fetch a healer and we can tell Coach George that this won't work because you can't keep up with me. By this time tomorrow we'll both have people more appropriate to our skill level.
      Roy: Flak you.
      Chad: I beg your pardon? I was trying to show you mercy.
      Roy: You were trying to show me condescension. Yeah you're faster than me, and more skilled than me, and a hell of a lot better practiced than me, but who cares?
      Chad: Off handedly I'd say your battered body. Don't get the wrong idea here Roy. I've been going easy on you. This can get much worse.
      Roy [rising shakily to his feet]: Blondie, there's a few things you should know about me. I love whiskey, dumb blondes, and my momma. I don't welch on bets and I don't cheat at pool. And I never, repeat, Never give up. [grinning] Now bring it the flak on.
      • And then, a few weeks in, he lands his first blow. At the expense of tearing his own arm off. And afterwards:
      Roy: Because you fight with polish and tactics, and you always go for the win. Guys like you defend like the other guy has the same thing in mind. It wouldn't occur to you that I'd be going to a headbutt instead of trying to toss you out of the circle and win.
      Chad: Because it's ludicrous.
      Roy [laughing]: Yeah, yeah it is. But it worked.
      Chad: I suppose it did. So you finally hit me Roy. Now what?
      Roy [flexing his remaining functional hand]: Now I go for two.
    • In the second year, Nick Campbell completely snowing the Subtlety professor — a professor who started his syllabus with four paragraphs: "Lesson One: Lie", "Lesson Two: Sneak", "Lesson Three: Cheat", and "Lesson Four: Think" — into thinking he was an idiot, while simultaneously completely negating the professor's first test of his student's wits by forging notes from the professor with the answer.
  • This mashup. What's more awesome than Luke arguing with the Emperor? Luke arguing with Arkham Asylum's Joker (with Bane from The Dark Knight Rises thrown in). Even Mark Hamill himself thought it was awesome.
  • Matthew Santoro:
    • In the beginning of "Triumphant Return!", after a month of not having made any videos, Matt walks into the room with music playing, whilst wearing sunglasses.
    • At the end of "THE GREATEST EVAR!", Hugo escapes from his cage and attacks Matt, who locked him up for no apparent reason.
    • In "20 Jolly Christmas Facts", Matt says that it's impossible to stop time, but Eugene comes in and stops time for Matt. When he starts time again, Matt doesn't even notice Eugene!
    • In "Winter is WICKED!", Matt is disappointed that there's no snow, so Eugene uses his warlock powers to make it snow.
    • In "20 MORE Ways to Lose Your Man Card", a bear walks in to Matt's house, so he punches it.
  • Satirical news site ''The Shovel'' managed to deliver a Take That! article at suicide bombers without trivialising the suffering that they cause.
  • AMVs:
  • Rosanna Pansino (of Nerdy Nummies) cooking with Miss Piggy and the Swedish Chef and Cookie Monster. It's really cute and it's cool seeing an internet star interacting with the Muppets.