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Signature Scene

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That one scene that everyone remembers from a movie or other media. When people think of the work, this is the one scene that they immediately think of, and may be the only reason to remember it at all. If the work is referenced in popular culture, it will reference this scene. Cover illustrations will often depict this scene. Any parodies will also center on this scene specifically.

There are many reasons that the scene may stand out. It may be...

No matter the reason, the Signature Scene is cemented in the minds of the general public. If you have actually seen the work yourself, there may be more scenes that you enjoy, or possibly stick out more in your mind than what people believe to be the Signature Scene. This dissonance leads to Small Reference Pools.

Remember that this should not just be a list of every single dramatic or important scene (those fall under Wham Episode or Shocking Moments.) This is the one scene that's so iconic that even people who've never seen the work likely recognize it. And part of the concept is that it is a singular scene — while the trope is sometimes a matter of opinion (and it's therefore reasonable to end up having more than one listed for a work due to different people identifying different signature scenes), you shouldn't generally feel the urge to add more than one for a particular work yourself.


Scenes which are little more than famous quotes should probably not be listed here. Those are examples of Signature Lines. Quotes do help keep a Signature Scene memorable, though.

Compare It Was His Sled, Best Known for the Fanservice, Watch It for the Meme, Money-Making Shot, and Everybody Knows That. If the Signature Scene is the only reason the audience watches the entire movie, see Just Here for Godzilla.

Warning: By virtue of being a list of the most memorable moments in various works, this will be littered with unmarked spoilers.

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    Awards Shows 
  • Academy Awards
    • 1972: Charlie Chaplin receiving an Honorary Oscar
    • 1973: Sacheen Littlefeather accepting Best Actor on behalf of Marlon Brando.
    • 1974: The streaking incident preceding the presentation of Best Picture.
    • 1978: Vanessa Redgrave's politically charged Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech.
    • 1985: Sally Field's Best Actress speech.
    • 1989: The Rob Lowe-Snow White number.
    • 1992: Jack Pallance doing One-Armed Pushups on the stage after winning for Best Supporting Actor.
    • 1999: Roberto Benigni climbing over the audience to accept Best Actor.
    • 2002: Halle Berry becoming the first African-American Best Actress.
    • 2003: Either Eminem winning Best Original Song for "Lose Yourself" or Adrien Brody winning Best Actor and kissing Halle Berry. (Or Michael Moore's political rant disguised as an acceptance speech for Best Documentary Feature.)
    • 2007: Martin Scorsese winning his first Best Director Oscar.
    • 2009: Heath Ledger posthumously winning Best Supporting Actor.
    • 2010: Kathryn Bigelow becoming the first woman to win Best Director.
    • 2011: Melissa Leo blurting the F-bomb upon accepting her Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
    • 2013: Either Jennifer Lawrence tripping over the steps after winning the Best Actress Oscar or Seth MacFarlane's controversial "We Saw Your Boobs" song number.
    • 2014: Either John Travolta's "Adele Dazeem" blunder or Ellen DeGeneres's star-studded selfie.
    • 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio winning his first Oscar for Best Actor.
    • 2017: La La Land being erroneously announced as Best Picture when in actuality Moonlight (2016) won.
    • 2019: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga performing "Shallow".
    • 2020: Parasite becoming the first non-English language film to win Best Picture, Eminem performing his Oscar-winning single, “Lose Yourself” after neglecting to show up the last time, and Joaquin Phoenix winning his first Oscar for Best Actor and his weird speech.
    • 2021: Anthony Hopkins's upset win for Best Actor.
    • 2022: Will Smith slapping Chris Rock and the former's Precision F strikes.
  • The Game Awards
    • 2013: The reveal trailer for No Man's Sky.
    • 2015: Geoff Keighley announcing that Konami had barred Hideo Kojima from attending the show.
    • 2017: Josef Fares (the director of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and A Way Out) screaming "FUCK THE OSCARS!"
    • 2018: Either SonicFox giving an exuberant and politically loaded acceptance speech while wearing his fursuit or the announcement of Joker as the first Challenger Pack DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
    • 2020: Sephiroth's reveal as DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Grammy Awards
    • 1965: The Beatles winning Best New Artist.
    • 1981: Christopher Cross becoming the first artist to win "the big four" in one night.
    • 1984: Michael Jackson winning eight Grammys in one night.
    • 1990: Milli Vanilli winning Best New Artist and having it subsequently stripped.
    • 2000: Jennifer Lopez's green dress.
    • 2001: Elton John and Eminem performing together.
    • 2010: P!nk's performance of "Glitter in the Air".
    • 2011: Lady Gaga's "egg" performance.
    • 2012: Adele's dominating night.
    • 2014: Pharrell Williams in the Mountie hat.
    • 2015: Kanye West interrupting Beck's acceptance speech.
    • 2017: Adele breaking her "Best Album" Grammy in two to honor Beyonce.
    • 2018: Kesha's performance of "Praying" and/or the "Fire and Fury" read-along.
    • 2019: Michelle Obama's surprise appearance.
    • 2020: Billie Eilish becoming the second artist to win "the big four" in one night.
  • Golden Globes
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • 2001: Britney Spears' now iconic performance of "I'm a Slave 4 U", complete with her dancing with a Boa Constrictor around her neck.
    • 2003: Madonna kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in their performance.
    • 2007: Britney Spears' disastrous performance of "Gimme More".
    • 2009: Taylor Swift winning the award for Best Female Video only to be interrupted by Kanye West.
    • 2010: Lady Gaga accepting her award for Best Video while wearing a dress of raw meat.
    • 2011: Beyoncé announcing her pregnancy with Blue Ivy Carter.
    • 2013: Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's performance of "We Can't Stop" and "Blurred Lines".
    • 2017: Logic's performance of "1-800-273-8255".
  • The ESPYs
    • 1993: Jim Valvano's impassioned acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
    • 2014: Stuart Scott's impassioned acceptance speech for the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
  • Daytime Emmy Awards
    • 1999: "The streak is over! Susan Lucci!"

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Hobbes pouncing on Calvin.
    • Calvin and Hobbes riding in Calvin's red wagon.
    • Calvin pretending to be Spaceman Spiff.
    • The final strip, with Calvin and Hobbes going sledding as Calvin says "Let's go exploring!"
  • Dick Tracy:
    • Tracy beating the crap out of Big Boy after rescuing the kid he kidnapped.
    • The Brow being impaled on an American Flagpole.
    • Breathless forgiving B.O. on her deathbed.
    • Sparkle's birth.
    • Tracy being put into the Boulder trap.
  • Krazy Kat: Ignatz zapping Krazy Kat with a brick.
  • Little Nemo: Little Nemo flying on his bed through the night, then awaking because it was All a Dream and having fallen out of his bed.
  • Peanuts:
    • Charlie Brown failing to kick the football after Lucy pulls it away.
    • Schroder playing the piano.
    • Snoopy sleeping on top of his dog house.
  • Popeye:
    • Popeye beating up his opponents (in the original comics he did this without the aid of spinach. After the cartoon became a hit this element was added)
    • Wimpy eating hamburgers.
    • Eugene the jeep seeing "jeep".

    Fan Works 
  • Code Ment: "I'm at soup!"
  • Whenever readers thought of the Dark Fic of Digimon Adventure 02 Digimon Adventure 02: The Story We Never Told, it will always be the moment when Ken dies mostly due to the fact that almost no readers ever saw it coming.
  • DOOM: Repercussions of Evil: John Stalvern learns that he is "the demons," at the end of his battle... And Then John Was a Zombie.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Mr. Popo explaining the pecking order.
    • The battle between the Z-Fighters and Nappa, thanks to Nappa's dialogue.
    • Vegeta retreating from earth, and the introduction of Ghost Nappa.
    • Vegeta's Rage-Breaking Point in Episode 18 that causes him to scream across time and space.
    • Bulma hitting on Future Trunks, much to the latter's horror.
    • Bulma and Vegeta's having sex, and the Precision F-Strike that follows.
    • Kami's speech about his reluctance to fuse with Piccolo.
    • Tien using a Desperation Attack against Cell because he's frustrated that he Can't Catch Up.
    • Vegeta repeatedly getting kicked in the dick in Cooler 2.
    • Goku getting kicked in the dick in Super Android 13 so hard that Goten is erased from existence.
    • Future Trunks finding Gohan's corpse in Future of Trunks, thanks to being played completely straight.
    • Vegeta's breakdown over Broly's ridiculous motive.
    • Super Perfect Cell's performance of Frank Sinatra's My Way" as he dies.
  • Eugenesis: the scene in the epilogue where Soundwave gives birth to a deformed Quintesson.
  • Two from How I Became Yours. There's the scene in which Zuko confronts Mai over her actions regarding his love child with Katara, resulting in her making some points that were more reasonable than the author intended and calling him a "chard monster". There's also the scene in which Katara bloodbends Mai to death in broad daylight, doing something that is not only fairly morally questionable, but seen as impossiblenote  at least until Legend of Korra.
  • Kingdom Hearts: The Antipode:
    • The ending of Act 1, where Riku decides to leave the Door to Darkness open in favour of searching for Sora. This is the moment where the story diverges completely from The Stations of the Canon and takes off in its own unique direction.
    • The Final Battle of Fragmented Truths. Riku has an emotional confrontation with Riku Replica within Castle Oblivion in the culmination of the latter's struggles throughout the story. As they fight, the scenery around them morphs into different locations from their memories and as the castle crumbles around them, the area turns into an Amazing Technicolor Battlefield. Meanwhile, Roxas reluctantly fights Kairi, Donald and Goofy to prevent them from interfering. Kairi even summons her Keyblade in an awesome moment.
    • The Climax Boss of The Year Between, which serves as the conclusion to Riku Replica's arc. After several chapters worth of buildup, Xigbar and Demyx launch an attack on Disney Town during the Dream Festival to strongarm the heroes into rebrandishing their Keyblades. In this battle is where the Replica finally overcomes his identity crisis and adopts the name "Xiruk".
    • The Reveal in All That's Left, where it becomes apparent that Xemnas is actually Terra's Nobody, left a broken shell of a man after breaking free from Xehanort's control.
  • The very last panel in the K-On! Palcomix story, where an elderly Ritsu and Mio are happily hugging.
  • Sword Art Online Abridged:
    • Rosaria's attempt to break Kirito by talking, followed by his speech right back at her.
    • Kirito explaining just why he hates humanity so much, while fighting a boss monster.
  • The Song of Metal and Marvels
    • Book 1: Iron Man's rescue of Ned Stark from execution, committing entirely to a different path for everyone in the War of the Five Crowns.
    • Book 2: The Warlocks EXECUTING the thirteen, proclaiming, "The age of petty men is over. The time of metal and marvels has begun."
      • Thor slaughtering Rapists.
      • The Reveal that Davos Seaworth is in fact LOKI.
    • Book 3: The unveiling that there's not just 1 spider in king's landing. There's THREE.
  • Team 8:
    • Naruto and Hinata's Sleep Cute in chapter 5.
    • Naruto and Hinata's conversation by the stream in chapter 8.
    • Kurenai's death in chapter 20.
  • Old Man Henderson's Establishing Character Moment: "MUCKLE DAMRED CULTI! 'AIR EH NAMBLIES BE KEEPIN ME WEE MEN!?"

    Multiple Media 

  • Abba: The band how they appeared during their winning performance in the Eurovision Song Contest of 1974.
    • The very first performance of "Dancing Queen" at the king of Sweden's wedding.
  • Louis Armstrong: Laughing and hamming it up with a big grin, holding a white handkerchief too.
  • Josephine Baker: Dancing around in her banana skirt.
  • The Beatles:
  • Blue Öyster Cult: The band performing their signature 70s era five-man guitar solo.
  • David Bowie:
    • His Ziggy Stardust image became so thoroughly established as a hallmark of British rock that when Bowie announced the first remastering campaign of his catalog at the turn of The '90s, the press talk featured an elaborate set recreating the cover photo for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, complete with a cutout of Ziggy.
    • Masayoshi Sukita's photograph of Bowie for the cover of "Heroes", so much so that it was parodied on the cover of his later album, The Next Day.
  • Garth Brooks: Flying by harness over the Texas Stadium crowd during his 1993 televised concert there.
  • James Brown: Faking that he is too tired to go on anymore and seemingly walking off stage, while a band member puts a cloak over his back, only to suddenly leap back and grab the mike again.
  • Cab Calloway: Calloway dancing around in his hepcat white suit and fedora hat.
  • Dream Theater: The ending of Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, where the hypnotherapist from earlier ambushes Nicholas in his home and kills him, just like his previous incarnation, Edward, killed Nicholas' previous incarnation, Victori]. "Open your eyes, Nicholas!"
  • Bob Dylan holding lyric cards while his song is playing in the most famous scene of Don't Look Back.
  • Dizzy Gillespie playing the trumpet, with bulbous cheeks.
  • Michael Jackson (outside of his music videos):
    • The preteen Jackson dancing and singing alongside The Jackson 5.
    • The debut of Jackson's take on Moon Walk Dance during Mowtown 25, complete with one sequined glove on his hand.
  • Madonna: Appearing on stage in her white Gaultier bra.
  • Muse: Matt Bellamy running towards the crowd performing the opening riff of "Plug in Baby".
  • Elvis Presley
    • Elvis shaking his hips on the Ed Sullivan Show.
    • Elvis dancing with prisoners in Jailhouse Rock.
    • Elvis in his white glitter suit during his Las Vegas period. Obligatory to that image are the phrases: "Thank you, thank you very much" and the phrase: "Elvis has left the building".
  • Queen: The opening shot of the music video for "Bohemian Rhapsody", where the band members are seen as four heads together. This has become so iconic that is has been imitated and parodied often.
    • Freddie Mercury: The mustached front man parading around on stage at Wembly Stadium in 1986, wearing a bright yellow jacket and track pants and wielding a microphone stand with the bottom lopped off.
  • Frank Sinatra: The young singer in his Cool Hat and suit, with the often imitated Coat Over the Shoulder pose.
  • Milli Vanilli: The Repetitive Audio Glitch at the Lake Compounce performance that exposed the pair as lip-syncers and ended their careers.

    Music Videos 
  • Snoop Dogg turning into a doberman in the video for "Who Am I (What's My Name?)"
  • Duran Duran: Simon LeBon flipping over the table in "Hungry Like the Wolf".
  • Eminem falling off a building in "The Way I Am".
  • Evanescence:
    • "Bring Me to Life": Amy Lee falling-off from a balcony before the Twist Ending revealing that it was All Just a Dream.
    • "My Immortal": Either Amy singing in the fountain or the Epic Riff montage during the song's bridge.
    • "Going Under": Amy singing underwater.
    • "Everybody's Fool": Either Amy endorsing the "Lies" soda drink can or the (non-sexual) Bathtub Scene.
    • "Call me When You're Sober": Amy's Unflinching Walk on the dining table.
  • Childish Gambino's "This Is America" has the intro scene, with a shirtless Donald Glover dancing over to a man playing guitar and shooting him in the back of the head.
  • Guns N' Roses' "November Rain" has two, Slash soloing outside a church and a sad Axl lying on a casket in the rain.
  • Lemon Demon: The final verse of Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, due to the truckload of characters that pop up to fight Chuck Norris.
  • MC Hammer: The scene in "U Can't Touch This" where he dances around in baggy pants, while four young women are behind him in the background.
  • Michael Jackson:
    • "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough": Michael dancing with three clones of himself.
    • "Billie Jean": Michael dancing on the illuminating tiles.
    • "Beat It": The final scene where he and other dancers do a synchronized line dance.
    • Jackson transforming into a werecat and later a zombie in the music video of "Thriller", which leads to the thriller dance that has often been parodied. Also the final shot where he is revealed to have scary cat eyes.
    • The scenes where he dances in a leather jacket along with fellow gang members in the music video of "Bad".
    • The gravity lean scene in the music video of "Smooth Criminal".
    • The racial face morphing scene in the music video of "Black Or White" and the (often ommitted) scenes afterwards where he dances in a back alley, hits a car with a crowbar and changes into a panther.
  • Avril Lavigne:
    • "Complicated": Avril and her pals messing around in The Mall.
    • "Sk8r Boi": Avril flashmobbing an LA intersection.
    • "I'm With You": Avril walking in the middle of a street at night.
    • "Losing Grip": Avril Crowd Surfing during the song's bridge.
    • "My Happy Ending": Either Avril dancing alone in her ballerina outfit or her and her band singing in a building rooftop.
    • "Nobody's Home": Avril singing in front of a mirror.
    • "Girlfriend": Brunette Avril antagonizing redheaded Avril throughout the video.
    • "When You're Gone": The walls surrounding the video's Ensemble Cast collapsing.
    • "Rock n Roll": Avril kissing Danica McKellar.
    • "Here's to Never Growing Up": Avril singing and skateboarding in a school hallway.
    • "Hello Kitty": Avril and her gal pals dancing in a candy store(?).
    • "Head Above Water": Avril singing underwater.
  • Linkin Park:
    • "One Step Closer": Chester singing upside down.
    • "In The End": Mike rapping while veins grow in the background and the group playing while rain is pouring.
    • "Somewhere I Belong": The band singing while grotesque-looking mastodons are walking in the burning background
    • "Numb": Either he shot of the protagonist being Alone in a Crowd or her breakdown during the song's bridge.
    • "From The Inside": The little boy going in a psychic breakdown.
    • "Burn It Down": The band blazing up.
    • "Lost In The Echo": The loved ones reuniting after many years, only for the missing ones to disintegrate.
    • "Heavy": Chester being ambushed by himself in a bathroom cubicle.
  • Ludacris, with an absolutely massive afro, dancing in a field in the video for "Stand Up".
  • Madonna:
    • "Like a Virgin": Dancing on a gondola.
    • "Like a Prayer": The controversial scene where a black Jesus Christ statue is brought to live, upon which they embrace and she turns out to have stigmata afterwards.
    • "Material Girl": Madonna dancing and singing while surrounded by men.
    • "La Isla Bonita": Singing in the candlelight room.
    • "Justify My Love": Madonna meeting many people of Ambiguous Gender in semi-pornographic poses.
    • "Vogue": Madonna striking a pose by holding her hands in front of her forehead and chin.
    • "Music": The strip club.
    • "Frozen": The morphing sequence.
    • "Ray of Light": Dancing to a time lapse video.
  • Alanis Morissette:
    • Singing "Ironic" in her car - as the driver and three passengers.
    • Being completely naked (with Godiva Hair to cover her boobs) in "Thank U".
  • PSY's "Gangnam Style" has the scene of PSY laying between Noh Hong-chul's legs while the latter dances using his pelvis.
  • Britney Spears: Dancing in a young schoolgirl outfit in the hallway of the school in "Baby One More Time".
  • Rebecca Black's "Friday" is most often recognized by the shot of her face in the front yard before entering the car.

  • Ask people in Chicago, and they'll tell you that the Cubs lost the 2003 NLCS to the Marlins because of Steve Bartman. Forget the fact that they couldn't get an out the rest of the inning, and then lost the next game. No, it all comes down to that one play.
    • It might make Cubs fans feel better to realize that their Arch-Nemesis, the St. Louis Cardinals, had essentially the same thing happen in the 1985 World Series, when the Denkinger Call, a blown umpiring call, entered Cardinals infamy, with the point that they couldn't get out of the inning either, and then also lost the next game. However, it probably doesn't.
    • The ending of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.
  • Similar with Buckner in the 1986 World Series. The Red Sox had already blown a two run lead with two outs in the 10th inning. Buckner's error allowed the third (albeit winning) run to score. The Red Sox also blew a three run lead the next game to lose the Series. Ask most people why the Red Sox lost that series though, and they'll tell you about the Buckner play.
  • From the NBA:
    • Michael Jordan hitting "The Shot" over Craig Ehlo to eliminate the Cavs in Game 5 of the 1989 East First Round.
    • The end of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA finals, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers won the city their first major sporting championship in half a century.
    • Garfield Heard's famous "Shot Heard Round the World" turnaround jumper that sent Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals to overtime.
    • Ray Allen's miracle 3 pointer that sent Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals to overtime.
    • Larry Bird stealing Isiah Thomas's inbound pass and passing the ball to a cutting Dennis Johnson for the win in Game 5 of the 1987 East Finals.
    • An injured Willis Reed walking out onto the court right before Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals causing the MSG crowd to blow the roof off the place and subsequently hitting two uncontested jumpers at the beginning of the game, leading to a blowout Knicks victory.
    • Wilt Chamberlain scoring an NBA record 100 points in a regular season game against in the Knicks in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a record that is likely never to be broken.
    • Michael Jordan making the iconic "Last Shot" over Bryon Russell to clinch his 6th and final championship in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals.
    • Bill Russell running the full length of the court to block a crucial layup in Game 7 of the 1957 NBA Finals.
    • The famous duel between Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins in Game 7 of the 1988 East Semis, where Wilkins had 47 points and Bird had 34 with 20 coming in the 4th quarter.
    • Magic Johnson playing all 5 positions as a rookie in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals and notching 42 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists for the victory when league MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was injured.
    • Michael Jordan breaking the playoff record for most points in 1 game with 63 points in an overtime loss to the Celtics. Especially famous for Larry Bird's "It's just God disguised as Michael Jordan" quote afterwards.
    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaking Wilt Chamberlain's scoring record in 1984 with his iconic skyhook.
    • Reggie Miller scoring 8 points in 11 seconds to steal a crucial playoff victory against the Knicks in 1995.
    • Jerry West sending Game 3 of the 1970 Finals to overtime with a 60 foot shot that unfortunately only counted for 2 points back then.
    • Magic Johnson winning Game 4 of the 1987 Finals with a Junior Skyhook.
    • Magic Johnson coming back for the 1992 All-Star Game and winning the MVP as his farewell to the sport over having to retire due to contracting HIV.
    • J.R. Smith not passing the ball to LeBron James, costing the Cavaliers the win in the first game in the 2018 NBA Finals. LeBron’s reaction to J.R.’s mistake quickly underwent Memetic Mutation.
  • Carlton Fisk waving a home run ball fair in the 1975 World Series. Of course, Boston lost the series to the Big Red Machine, one of the greater teams in history, but the Fisk home run is what people most focus on.
  • 2013 ALCS. The Red Sox down by four, bottom of the eighth inning in game 2, David Ortiz hits a grand slam, culminating into a walk-off run in the ninth. The image in every New England newspaper the next day was of a BPD officer in the bullpen with his arms raised in excitement as Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter went tumbling into the bullpen trying to catch the ball (though his excitement was more over the home run than Hunter doing a flip over the wall).
  • 1980 Miracle on Ice "Do you believe in miracles?! YES!" Also, the team celebrating after Eruzione's goal to take the lead.
  • The FIFA World Cup has a few.
    • Pelé's goal in the 1958 final, and Maradona's goal versus England in 1986 (no, not the one where he punched the ball!).
    • The 1954 final: Helmut Rahn's winning goal against Hungary ("Aus dem Hintergrund müsste Rahn kommen...") and the West German team lifting coach Sepp Herberger and captain Fritz Walther on their shoulders in the rain after the handing-over of the Jules Rimet Cup. Doubles as a signature scene for the German national team.
    • The ending of the 1966 World Cup final: "There are some people on the pitch, they think it's all over... it is now! It's four!"
    • The extra time of the "Game of the Century", Italy vs. West Germany 4-3, in Mexico 1970. Fans remember how quickly and often the score changed that they tend to forget how boring the regular 90 minutes were in comparison. (Italy took an early 1-0 lead and then defended it by hook and by crook until Karl-Heinz Schnellinger equalized in the 90th minute).
    • "Tardelli's cry" - the tearful, passionate Victorious Roar let out by Marco Tardelli after he scored Italy's second goal in their 3-1 victory over Germany in the 1982 World Cup Final.
    • 1994: Roberto Baggio's missed penalty, costing Italy the Final.
    • The 2006 final: French football icon Zinedine Zidane headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi and getting sent off in the final match of his career.
    • 2014: Brazil getting blown out 7-1 by Germany in the semi-final (especially the 7-minute sequence in which Germans scored four times). At their home turf.
  • 2004 ALCS Dave Roberts stealing second base.
  • Super Bowl:
    • Super Bowl III: Joe Namath raising his finger in victory while walking back to the locker room, after his Jets upset the Colts.
    • Super Bowl X: Lynn Swann's "Swann Dive".
    • Super Bowl XXV: Scott Norwood's 47-yard field goal attempt that sailed wide right, resulting in the Bills losing 20-19 to the Giants.
    • Super Bowl XXXI: Desmond Howard's 99-yard punt return touchdown. It led to him being the first and as of 2020, the only special teamer to earn Super Bowl MVP honors.
    • Super Bowl XXXII: John Elway being hit by tackles from both sides, spinning in midair and slamming into the ground, on his way to leading the Denver Broncos to winning their first Super Bowl.
    • Super Bowl XXXIV: Titans receiver Kevin Dyson's touchdown attempt ending one yard short of the goal line, at the end of the game.
    • Super Bowl XXXVI: U2's 9/11 themed halftime show performance. From the game itself, Tom Brady's last minute drive to set up Adam Vinatieri's game winning field goal.
    • Super Bowl XXXVIII: Janet Jackson's halftime show "wardrobe malfunction".
    • Super Bowl XXXIX: Rodney Harrison icing the game by intercepting Donovan McNabb's pass with a minute left on the clock.
    • Super Bowl XLII: Quarterback Eli Manning throwing a pass after escaping a sack that was caught by third string wide receiver David Tyree against his helmet while being pulled to the ground.
    • Super Bowl XLIII: The Steelers' Santonio Holmes catching the game-winning touchdown pass, while keeping both of his feet in bounds.
    • Super Bowl XLIV: Tracy Porter intercepting Peyton Manning's pass and returning it for a touchdown, which sealed the game for the Saints.
    • Super Bowl XLVI: Ahmad Bradshaw "accidentally" scoring the winning touchdown for the Giants.
    • Super Bowl XLVII: The power outage a few minutes into the second half of the game.
    • Super Bowl XLVIII: At the start of the game, Broncos center Manny Ramirez botched a snap to Peyton Manning, resulting in a safety for the Seahawks. This incident lead to the Broncos getting blown out 43-8.
    • Super Bowl XLIX: Combined with Down to the Last Play; it seemed that the image of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse making his juggling catch was going to be the game's biggest moment. Two plays later, New England Patriots rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler (who played a role in said catch) one-upped that by intercepting a Russell Wilson pass intended for Ricardo Lockette at the goal line, saving the Patriots' victory and humiliating the Seahawks for making an awful play call.
    • Super Bowl 50: Either Vonn Miller's strip-sack of Cam Newton in the dying moments of the game, or a play a few minutes later where the Panthers RB fumbled the ball, and Cam was seen refusing to dive into the pile.
    • Super Bowl LI: Julian Edelman's diving catch in traffic on the Patriots' game-tying, comeback drive in the fourth quarter, or the toss to James White that scored the game-winning touchdown.
    • Super Bowl LII: Either the Philly Special, or Brady's last strip-sack that sealed the game for Philly.
    • Super Bowl LIII: Squidward's brief appearance during the halftime show. From the game itself, Jason McCourty's mad dash from outside the numbers to break up a sure touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks at the last possible moment. This was the closest that Los Angeles came to scoring a touchdown or taking the lead over New England, and their offense would never regain the initiative after this drive ended in a field goal.
    • Super Bowl LV: All-star QB Patrick Mahomes, late in the game trying to get the Chiefs a single touchdown to earn some dignity against a Buccaneers defense that kept them out of the end zone all game long. On a 4th-and-long play just outside the Red Zone, Mahomes is forced out of the pocket and tripped up by Bucs Defensive End William Gholston. While horizontal to the ground, Mahomes is still able to throw a near-perfect spiral towards the end zone towards waiting running back Darrell Williams... who dropped it after it bounced off his facemask. That play highlighted the great performance by the Bucs D and the Chiefs' offensive futility that night.
  • For NASCAR: the fatal crash of Dale Earnhardt at the 2001 Daytona 500.
  • For Indy Car:
    • Sam Hornish Jr's last-lap pass of Marco Andretti in the 2006 Indy 500, in which he pulled a slingshot maneuver coming out of the final turn that made it look like he'd unlocked a secret turbo/boost button combo from a video game, passing Andretti just a couple of seconds before crossing the finish line.
    • The fatal crash of Dan Wheldon at the 2011 Championship race in Las Vegas.
  • For Formula One:
    • Nigel Mansell pushing his broken-down Lotus across the finish line, and then collapsing from exhaustion, at the end of the gruelling 1984 Dallas Grand Prix.
    • Ayrton Senna crashing into Alain Prost at the start of the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix, and winning the title as a result. Similar title-deciding crashes in 1989note , 1994note , and 1997note  are also well-remembered, but the 1990 crash is the most (in)famous.
    • The fatal crash of Ayrton Senna at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
    • The entire 1998 Belgian Grand Prix, but chiefly the almighty pile-up at the beginning. Michael Schumacher slamming into the back of David Coulthard — and then storming over to the McLaren garage and accusing Coulthard of trying to kill him — is a close second.
    • Robert Kubica's huge crash at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix, due to a combination of being absolutely horrifying to watch, and the fact that Kubica walked away from it with nothing more than a minor concussion. It's hailed as the prime example of how safe modern F1 cars are.
    • Lewis Hamilton overtaking Timo Glock at the last corner of the last lap of the last race of the season to steal the 2008 championship from Felipe Massa. Often accompanied by James Allen's commentary: "IS THAT GLOCK?! IS THAT GLOCK GOING SLOWLY?!"
  • Pittsburgh Pirates Hall-of-Famer Bill Mazeroski was regarded as a superb second baseman; his batting was so unremarkable that it nearly cost him his chance to be in the Hall. What is he remembered for? In the Game Seven of the 1960 World Series, he cracked a walk-off home run that won his team the Series.
  • The Green Bay Packers:
    • The Packers carrying Vince Lombardi off the field after winning Super Bowl II, his final game as the team's head coach.
    • Another Packers example is Brett Favre ripping off his helmet and running off the field after throwing a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XXXI on Green Bay's second play from scrimmage.
  • "The Catch", in which Dwight Clark caught a pass from Joe Montana to win the 1982 NFC Championship.
    • This was followed up years later by "The Catch II" (Steve Young to Terrell Owens) during the 1998 NFC Wild Card, and "The Catch III" (Alex Smith to Vernon Davis) during the 2011 NFC Divsional. All three Catches took place on 3rd and 3.
  • The Oakland Raiders were on the receiving end of two of the most controversial plays in NFL history: The Immaculate Reception (vs. the Steelers in the 1972 AFC Divisional) and The Tuck Rule Game (vs. the Patriots in the 2001 AFC Divisional).
  • "The Play". Lateral after lateral allowed Cal to win the 1982 Big Game with no time left on the clock, with the final receiver even having to run through the Stanford marching band to reach the end zone.
  • Jim Marshall will forever live in American football infamy for running the football the wrong way in a 1964 game against the 49ers.
    • At least the Vikings won that game. Roy Riegels of the California Golden Bears ran the wrong way in the 1929 Rose Bowl against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, only being stopped a couple yards from his own end zone by his own teammate before getting dogpiled. The next play was a blocked punt which yield two points to Georgia Tech, the ultimate difference in an 8-7 loss.
  • Similarly, the 2015 Colts Fake Punt. After the summer of Deflategate and Tom Brady's delayed suspension, the Patriots' Week 6 matchup was against Indianapolis in Lucas Oil Stadium. During the game, the Colts attempted fourth down conversion that went horribly, horribly wrong, much to the mockery of NFL fans everywhere. As for that they were trying to do, Patt Mcafee explains it which makes it a product of a lack of communication from the coaching staff.
  • A weird, but awesome, aversion from the sport of mountaineering: "The Belay", in which climber Pete Schoening saved almost his whole climbing team on K2 from a fatal fall, maybe the most remembered moment in the entire sport — yet absolutely nobody saw it but Schoening, including, in all likelihood, the men whose lives he saved.
  • The English Premier League:
    • 2011/12 - Sergio Aguero's last-second goal for Manchester City against Queens Park Rangers, with accompanying Martin Tyler commentary, "AGUEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
    • 2013/14 - Steven Gerrard's slip, causing Chelsea forward Demba Ba to go on a breakaway and score, seen as the iconic moment of Liverpool's failed title challenge.
    • 2015/16 - Chelsea coming back from 0-2 down with 10 minutes left to draw 2-2 against Tottenham Hotspur, winning the title for Leicester City.
    • 2018/19 - Either John Stones' millimeter-perfect goal-line clearance against Liverpool, or Vincent Kompany's rocket from outside the box to beat Leicester City and keep Manchester City's title hope alive.

    Theme Parks 
  • Cedar Fair Entertainment:
    • Carowinds: The treble clef on Fury 325
    • Cedar Point:
      • The double corkscrews over the midway
      • Raptor's vertical loop
      • The lift hill and drop on Millennium Force
      • The top hat on Top Thrill Dragster
      • Maverick's water cannons
      • The keyhole inversions on Gatekeeper
    • Dorney Park: The "Jojo Roll" out of the station on Hydra
    • Kings Dominion: The drop on Intimidator 305
    • Kings Island:
      • The 540 helix on the Beast
      • The splashdown on Diamondback
      • The shed on Mystic Timbers
    • Knott's Berry Farm:
      • The launch on Xcelerator
      • The drop on Hangtime
    • Valleyfair: The unorthodox drop on Renegade
  • The Haunted Mansion: The Ghostly Ball.
  • Jaws: The shark being electrocuted by a power line.
  • Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast: The Chicken Dance finale.
  • Shrek 4-D: The fireball battle between Dragon and the stone dragon along with the subsequent Aerial Canyon Chase.
  • Space Mountain: The energy tunnel.


Alternative Title(s): Iconic Scene


"Strange, isn't it?"

One of the most memorable moments in all of anime and video game media.

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