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  • The opening and ending sequences of most anime.
  • 5 Centimeters per Second: Takaki and maybe-Akari passing each other at the train tracks and the subsequent vehicle vanish.
  • AKIRA:
    • The motorcycle fight through Neo-Tokyo.
    • Kaneda's motorcycle slide.
    • Tetsuo's mutation.
  • Another:
    • Yukari Sakuragi trips, falls down the stairs and dies when the tip of her umbrella stabs her in the throat, becoming the first character in the series to die on-screen.
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    • Mr. Kubodera committing suicide in front of an entire class of students.
  • Ao no Flag: Masumi and Touma talking in the roof in chapter 5, especially in regards to Masumi revealing that Touma is in love with Taichi.
  • A Place Further than the Universe
    • Kanae and Yumiko chase Kimari, Shirase and Hinata through the streets of Shinjuku.
    • Shirase finds her mother's laptop and sees that all her emails went unread, which helps her accept and grieve for her mother's death
  • Arashi no Yoru ni:
    • Gabu and Mei meeting face to face for the first time.
    • Gabu staring at Mei's butt.
    • Gabu and Mei jumping into a river together
  • Ashita no Joe: Rikiishi's and Joe's deaths.
  • Assassination Classroom
    • The beginning, when the students attempt to kill Korosensei during roll call.
    • Chapter 128.
  • Attack on Titan
    • The Colossal Titan's head and hand creeping over Wall Maria. Perhaps just as iconic is its abrupt reappearance five years later, right after Eren's inner monologue about rebuilding and fighting back.
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    • Eren's mother being eaten alive.
    • A Colossal Titan's face inside the Walls.
  • Azumanga Daioh:
    • Osaka's little moment with the knife.
    • In the anime, the scene where Osaka meets Chiyo's Dad, thanks to the voice talents of the inimitable Norio Wakamoto. HERRO EVERY NYAN.
  • Bakemonogatari: The stargazing scene, as well as the infamous toothbrush scene from the sequel.
  • Berserk: The Eclipse, especially the bit where Guts' eye gets clawed out with the last image it sees being Casca's unconscious and violated body. Also, the scene where Guts get his Berserker armor and fights with it for the first time is also iconic.
    • From earlier in the series, the moment where Guts faces down Femto in the Qlipoth during the Black Swordsman arc is also fairly iconic.
  • Black Lagoon: The cigarette kiss between Rock and Revy.
  • Bleach
  • Blue Exorcist
    • Astaroth lunging at Rin after he possesses Reiji in episode 1.
    • Satan possessing Father Fujimoto.
    • Renzo revealing that he's The Mole for the Illuminati.
  • Bokurano:
    • Waku's death scene.
    • The "Vermillion" ending has a number of parodies.
  • Canaan:
  • The Castle of Cagliostro:
    • The initial car chase to rescue Clarisse and the climatic bell tower fight.
    • Lupin leaping across the towers of Cagliostro's castle.
    • Lupin and Jigen trying to steal a ball of spaghetti off each other's plates while simultaneously having a conversation. It's even referenced in other anime and manga, like Trigun.
  • CLANNAD ~After Story~:
    • Nagisa's, Ushio's and Tomoya's deaths.
    • Ushio crying in Tomoya's embrace in the Flower Meadow.
  • Code Geass
    • The end of the first episode, especially the shot of Lelouch's face just before the credits. "Well then..."
    • The Table-kun incident.
    • The Euphinator incident.
    • The Mexican Standoff between Lelouch and Suzaku in the season 1 finale.
    • Emperor Lelouch
    • The Zero Requiem.
    • And good luck finding someone who doesn't know about Lelouch's death.
  • Cowboy Bebop
    • Julia getting shot, then falling to the ground in excruciating slow-mo is one of the most iconic moments in all of anime, not to mention a major Tear Jerker.
    • The final scene, where Spike looks to the camera, makes a gun with his fingers and says "Bang" before he falls to the ground.
    • The scene in "Ballad of Fallen Angels" where Spike throws a grenade through a shattered stained-glass window after Vicious tosses him through it.
  • Danganronpa 3:
    • For Side:Future Episode 1: Monokuma announcing the killing game's start by dropping a chandelier holding Chisa's body into the midst of the Future Foundation.
    • The entirety of Side:Despair Episode 7's First Mutual Killing Game.
    • Chisa's brainwashing in Side:Despair Episode 9
    • Chiaki's Cold-Blooded Torture in Side:Despair Episode 10
    • In that same episode, her final talk with Izuru and him crying over her body
  • Date A Live: Shido manifesting Spirit powers to protect Miku from Inverse Tohka.
  • Death Note:
    • Ryuk appearing in front of Light, and seeing Light's note full of names.
    • Light taking a potato chip AND EATING IT.
    • Light giving up his Death Note, and Soichiro's subsequent 'test'.
    • Matsuda's A Day in the Limelight in the Yotsuba HQ.
    • "Just as planned."
    • Mikami killing Demegawa and his cronies, with DELETE.
    • The final episode, with Light cackling like a maniac when he's finally unmasked as Kira.
  • Digimon
    • For Digimon Adventure, the first time Patamon digivolves into Angemon, and the time TK activates the Crest of Hope and Angemon first divivolves into Magnaangemon. The ending scene where the kids say goodbye to their Digimon has quite a bit of merch dedicated to that scene alone.
    • For Digimon Tamers Jeri's nightmare while she's being held by the D-Reaper is one of the most remembered and discussed moment for the sheer Nightmare Fuel. Impmon's Redemption Arc and transformation into Beelzemon Blast Mode is also highly regarded, to the point that this episode, and this episode alone, was rerun on Japanese TV to promote the Blu-Ray box.
  • Elfen Lied:
    • The very first scene in the anime is as infamous as they come. It involves a masked, nude girl telekinetically dismembering, decapitating and bifurcating people all around, even using someone as a Human Shield, before getting shot in the head by a sniper.
    • When Lucy murders those kids after they killed her puppy.
    • Kurama and Mariko's Murder-Suicide, punctuated by images of a life Kurama wished they could have had together.
    • Kouta and Lucy's last scene in the anime, where Lucy admits that, even though she desperately wants to atone for killing his family, she knows she can't... and still wants to atone anyway. Kouta makes it clear that, while he hates what she did, he still loves her, and they share a Final Kiss.
    • In the manga, Bando's epic final fight with Lucy, ending in Bando getting cut in half after she threw the decapitated head of the Unknown Man at him.
    • Lucy, in a Superpower Meltdown, asking Kouta for a Mercy Kill in spite of the wishes of her Enemy Within.
    • Kouta seeing the reincarnations of Lucy and Nyu at the very end.
  • If you ever heard of F-ZERO: Falcon Densetsu, it was most likely due to the "Falcon Punch" scene. That scene became so iconic of the series (both anime and game) that it quickly achieved Memetic Mutation status.
  • Fist of the North Star
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • Manga
      • Ed sacrificing his limbs to save Al after the two fail to transmute their mother.
      • Hughes's death at the hands of Envy.
      • Ed's battle with Greed.
      • Scar shattering Ed's arm and part of Al's body.
      • Bradley revealing himself as Wrath to Greed while handing him his ass.
      • The Elric brothers discovering the horrific truth about Shou Tucker's Chimera.
      • King Bradley / Wrath destroying a tank with a sword and hand grenade.
      • Mustang killing Lust Deader Than Dead by burning her repeatedly.
      • Ling Yao letting Greed take over him, becoming the new Greed.
      • Envy revealing he was the true perpetrator of the Ishval Civil War.
      • The introduction of Father.
      • Scar being revealed as the killer of the Rockbells.
      • The 'King Bradley is a Homonculus' scene.
      • Selim Bradley revealing himself as Pride, the First Homonculus.
      • Olivier executing General Raven, and her transfer to Central.
      • Kimblee's introduction.
      • The ammonia scene.
      • Using Scar's notes, the brothers discovering the entire Amestris nation is built as a giant manufacturing circle for a Philosopher's Stone.
      • Hohenheim's flashback of Xerxes.
      • Pride executing Gluttony, and absorbing his powers.
      • The coup at the Radio Station, and Mustang's subsequent Coup of Central.
      • Envy revealing himself as the murderer of Hughes, and Mustang's Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
      • Mustang letting go of his revenge, and Envy committing suicide.
      • Wrath stomping the Briggs garrison. Which includes a TANK! With only a sword!
      • Father shedding his skin.
      • The gold toothed doctor forcing Mustang to perform human transmutation, and Roy losing his vision.
      • Father enacting his Transmutation.
      • As a rule of thumb, any scene where this theme plays in the 2009 adaptation of the Manga is usually one of these scenes
    • Anime
      • Edward ripping off his coat and revealing his automail arm at the end of the first episode.
      • Hughes's death and funeral.
      • Edward's death.
      • Bradley revealing himself as Pride to Martel right before killing her.
      • Edward returning to Germany in Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa.
      • Edward beating up Shou Tucker after finding out what he did to his daughter and dog.
      • Edward and Alphonse's attempt at reviving their mother.
      • Scar shattering Edward's automail arm.
  • Future Diary, particularly the anime adaptation: Yuno's "Yandere Trance" face as she stares at Yukiteru with a Declaration of Protection.
  • Fuuka: The titular character getting hit and killed by a truck.
  • Gakuen Babysitters: Kotaro's first errand where he takes his brother's lunch to him by himself, specifically the start where he finds a way to go up stairs that are too big for him, who is just a baby.
  • GaoGaiGar has the titular mecha punching out EI-02 when it regenerates, the first use of the Goldion Hammer, and in FINAL, using the Goldion Crusher to destroy a sun.
  • Genocyber:
  • Gintama:
    • Gintoki beating down a couple of Amanto with his wooden sword for knocking his parfait, complaining about having to limit his sugar intake. His Establishing Character Moment.
    • The Strawberry Milky speech. That is all.
    • Gintoki and Katsura fighting the Harusame Pirates back-to-back in the Benizakura Arc and then pointing their swords at Takasugi vowing to stop him the next time they meet.
    • Shogun making his debut being the Butt-Monkey for his appearances, earning the Pharse Catcher "The Damn Shogun!" through out his appearances along with how his predicament escalate.
    • Kagura going full Yato on Abuto in the Yoshiwara Arc.
    • The entire fallout with the 2nd Popularity Poll that ends up becoming a Story Arc, starting with the Disney Death of the mangaka himself!
    • Gintoki and Jirochou's first fight in the Four Devas Arc after the latter stabbed Otose.
    • In the Courtesan of the Nation Arc, Gintoki vs Oboro with the first fight started when Gintoki was about to attack Sada Sada only to be blocked by Oboro's blade, but he breaks it using his teeth. Then the second fight ends with former throwing the latter onto his wooden sword to impale him, with the phrase "Say hello to Sensei for me." The same phrase was uttered by Takasugi who kills the former Shogun for causing the execution of Shouyo-sensei.
  • Girls und Panzer
    • Pravda's team singing "Katyusha" together.
    • In the finals, the protagonists' battle with The Panzer VIII Maus.
    • In the movie, the reveal that the University Team is using a siege engine, which is illegal by the rule of match, against the protagonists' coalition.
      • On the note, the entire plan to disable said siege engine and the Jatkosota High's contribution to the plan.
  • For Goblin Slayer, the one scene that rightly sticks with everybody is the Greenhorn Trio being horrifically raped and slaughtered on their first mission. The male fighter is ripped limb from limb, the female wizard is stripped and molested while she lies dying from a stab wound, and the female monk is pinned down and gang-raped.
  • Gundam
  • Gungrave:
    • The elevator scene in episode 14, in which Harry betrays Brandon and shoots him out of the glass elevator they are in.
    • Grave vs Bunji.
    • Brandon and Harry attempting a Mutual Kill to be free again in the finale, after reconciling.
  • Gunslinger Girl: Henrietta gunning down those men at the start of the series
  • Hajime no Ippo: Ippo's completed Dempsey Roll against Sendou at the end of the Japanese Featherweight Championship has become one of the most iconic scenes. It's had Shout Outs in games like Super Street Fighter IV and Tekken for starters.
  • Hellsing: Alucard releasing his Power Limiter for the first time and becoming something out of nightmare, followed by his familiar Baskerville devouring Luke Valentine.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry:
    • Rika smashing her head into a knife.
    • Keiichi's delusions of Rena from Onikakushi, especially the "Usoda!" and laughing scenes. In fact, it's such a memorable scene, people assumed everyone in that show was an Axe-Crazy person when it's clearly not the case.
    • Rena vs Keiichi on top of the school. The visual novels even include it in almost every opening.
    • Keiichi beating Rena and Mion to death.
    • Shion killing Satoko.
    • Shion laughing after Rika kills herself in front of her.
  • Hunter × Hunter:
    • Gon catching the Master of the Swamp with his fishing rod.
    • Gon meeting Kite for the first time.
    • Killua ripping Jones' heart out and crushing it in his hand.
    • Gon grabbing Illumi's arm and yanking him out of his seat.
    • Gon's fight with Hisoka in Heavens Arena. Especially Hisoka's...reaction to Gon's Determined Expression before the fight (including a SCHWIIING! sound effect located around his crotch).
    • Kurapica's fight with Uvogin.
    • Possibly the Auction Massacre.
    • Chrollo's fight with Zeno and Silva Zoldyck may count.
    • Genthru blowing off Gon's left hand.
    • Gon's epic Freak Out! when Pitou begs to be spared so s/he can heal Komugi. Notable for most fans for just how terrifying and out-of-character it is.
    • Gon transforming into a full-grown man and beating Pitou to death.
    • Netero vs. Meruem.
    • Meruem and Komugi dying soon afterwards.
    • Leorio attacking Ging with a Nen-powered Megaton Punch.
    • Pariston Hill's status as the Magnificent Bastard of the show.
    • Gon recovering from his injuries.
    • Gon meeting Ging on the World Tree.
    • The reveal of the Dark Continent. Compared to that, the Hx H world is the size of Hokkaido Island.
    • Killua neutralizing Nanika for good.
    • Chrollo recovering his powers back.
    • The entirety of Hisoka vs Chrollo. Heaven's Arena gets destroyed, and Chrollo actually kills HISOKA.
    • Hisoka coming back to life, and killing Shalnark and Kortopi.
  • Infinite Stratos: Laura stealing Ichika's First Kiss.
  • Inuyashiki: Any of Hiro's killing sprees, especially against the 2channel users.
    • Inuyashiki flying for the first time while singing the Astro Boy theme.
    • Inuyashiki fighing the Yakuza, giving them all a Fate Worse than Death.
    • Inuyashiki and Hiro's autopilots fighting each other while they're both unconscious.
  • The Irregular at Magic High School: For better or worse, Tatsuya destroying an entire Chinese fleet.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Part 1: Phantom Blood
      • Dio Brando's shenanigans as a kid such as literally kicking Jonathan's dog or gloating after stealing Erina's first kiss (if only for the latter's memetic popularity). Jonathan's reaction to the latter has become famous as well.
      • Dio becoming a vampire.
      • Will Zeppeli punching a frog (to be fair, he's using Hamon to destroy the rock under it without harming the frog, but out of context it's quite the scene).
      • Jonathan beating down Bruford with his ultimate move: Sunlight Yellow Overdrive.
      • Dire's Thunder Cross Split Attack due to memes.
      • Jonathan's final smile to his wife when the ship he's on sinks, taking him and Dio's living head with it.
    • Part 2: Battle Tendency
    • Part 3: Stardust Crusaders
    • Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable
      • The Running Gag of Josuke Higashikata going berserk on anyone who makes fun of his pompadour.
      • Josuke using Crazy Diamond to punch Okuyasu Nijimura's spaghetti. In context, he's using it to draw out what he believes to be an enemy Stand, but the sheer ridiculousness of the scene out of context and Josuke's declaration of "I'm gonna fix that spaghetti!" quickly became memetic.
      • Yoshikage Kira revealing his stand, Killer Queen, to Shigechi, as well as his monologue beforehand about how he tries to live his life quietly.
      • Killer Queen's third bomb: "Bite the Dust".
    • Part 5: Vento Aureo
      • Giorno Giovanna posing with Gold Experience.
      • Bruno Bucciarati tasting Giorno's sweat and determining that the latter is a liar.
      • Gold Experience punching Bruno. This may not seem that important, but this scene is the first time Giorno has used Gold Experience to fight directly, and it turns out that its punches infuse the target with life energy, forcing them to experience the attack in slow-motion.
      • Cioccolata's beatdown, which involves Giorno punching him with Gold Experience's Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs while shouting MUDAMUDAMUDAMUDA for seven whole pages.
      • Diavolo reveals himself to Polnareff by walking behind a pillar as Doppio and coming out as himself after removing the sweater.
      • Giorno using the Stand Arrow to summon Gold Experience Requiem, and its beatdown of Diavolo, leading to the latter's infamous "death loop".
      • The Torture Dance.
    "Vocal percussion on a whole 'nother level, coming from my mind!"
    • Part 6: Stone Ocean
      • Enrico Pucci using Whitesnake to extract Jotaro's memory disc.
      • Heavy Weather turning people into snails.
      • Pucci awakening Made In Heaven, gradually speeding up time until it reached a singularity and resets the universe.
    • Part 7: Steel Ball Run
      • Gyro Zeppeli's "Eat shit, asshole! Fall of your horse!"
      • Johnny Joestar's stand Tusk reaching ACT 4, leading to the first instance in the entire part where someone applies Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs.
    • As a matter of fact, no chapter passes without any character trying to be as cheesy and as memorable as possible.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War:
  • Kill la Kill
  • Kotoura-san: The entirety of the Downer Beginning.
  • Abe Takakazu unzipping his overalls on the bench in Kuso Miso Technique.
  • Lupin III: Lupin literally leaping out of his clothes to join Fujiko in bed, only to take a spring-loaded boxing glove to the face.
  • Lyrical Nanoha has one scene in each season that serves as that one scene, specifically...
  • Made In Abyss
    • Chapter 19 or Episode 10.
    • Mitty and Nanachi in the elevator.
    • Bondrewd revealing what the cartridges are.
    • Reg vs Bondrewd.
  • Mai-chan's Daily Life: The baby in the blender.
  • There's a surprising number of people who know of the "falling kiss" scene from MÄR without knowing what show it came from.
  • Maria-sama ga Miteru: The scene where Sachiko fixes Yumi's tie at the start of the anime is still probably the most iconic scene in all of the Yuri Genre.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna eating a wild crab on the beach.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • A young Midoriya, having just learned that he's Quirkless, tearfully asking his mother if it's still possible for him to become a hero, and receiving only an apologetic hug in response.
    • All Might telling Midoriya "You can be a hero".
    • Midoriya using One For All to destroy the Zero Point Robot.
    • All Might's battle with Noumu at USJ, especially the anime version, which expanded the fight from a mere slugfest into a brawl that sent them crashing all throughout the complex and had "You Say Run" blaring the whole time.
    • Midoriya and Todoroki's battle in the U.A. Sports Festival.
    • Deku, Iida, and Todoroki's fight with Stain, and Stain's subsequent speech that he makes before collapsing from a punctured lung.
    • The first close up of Shigaraki's Nightmare Face when he met Midoriya.
    • The finale to the fight between Midoriya and Muscular, particularly the "My Hero" capping it off.
    • "Stay back, Deku."
    • All For One's first onscreen appearance, from him defeating the Pro Heroes sent to the warehouse to the reveal that Shigaraki is the grandson of All Might's mentor, whom All For One killed
    • All Might's "United States of Smash!!!" Followed by "You're next."
  • My Neighbor Totoro: Totoro and Satsuki waiting in the rain at the bus stop with their umbrellas.
  • Myriad Colors Phantom World: The limbo scene in the first episode.
  • Narutaru: The test tube scene. That's all you need to know.
  • Naruto:
    • The Leaf Village ninja fighting the Nine-Tailed Fox in the opening prologue.
    • Naruto defacing Hokage Rock with paint and graffiti.
    • Naruto sitting by himself on a swing, watching all the kids who graduated. An image the series often returns to, usually to show how far he's come.
    • Naruto discussing his aspirations over a bowl of ramen with Iruka. Notable for being the first time he states his intention of being Hokage.
    • Iruka taking a Shuriken to the back to protect Naruto.
    • Naruto's Multi Shadow Clone Jutsu against Mizuki.
    • The Sexy Jutsu.
    • Naruto and Sasuke's Accidental Kiss.note 
    • Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura's attempts to get the bells from Kakashi.
    • The tree-walking exercise.
    • Naruto stabbing his hand with a kunai to get poison out of his bloodstream.
    • The first fight with Zabuza. Specifically the water prison, and the shuriken trick.
    • Naruto and Sasuke's fight with Haku inside his Crystal Ice Mirrors.
    • When Naruto releases the Kyubi Chakra for the first time after Sasuke gets wounded by Haku.
    • Naruto yelling at Zabuza for his seeming indifference to Haku's death. So effective, it makes the latter shed tears.
    • Sasuke getting curb-stomped by Rock Lee.
    • Sasuke's first fight with a disguised Orochimaru (especially when he uses the fireball jutsu).
    • Sakura cutting her hair to escape Kin's grip.
    • Sasuke tapping into his Superpowered Evil Side and breaking Zaku's arm in the Forest of Death
    • Naruto vs. Kiba. Especially the "Uzumaki Barrage".
    • Gaara vs Rock Lee.
    • The death of the Third Hokage.
    • Naruto's fight with Neji Hyuuga.
    • Naruto summoning Gamabunta.
    • Itachi and Kisame's appearance, his stomping of Kakashi, Kurenai and Asuma.
    • Sasuke's 'fight' against Itachi.
    • Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Orochimaru simultaneously summoning their strongest allies in battle.
    • Naruto at One-Tailed mode clashing his Rasengan with Sasuke at Curse-Mark level 2 form's Chidori.
    • Exclusively from the anime, Naruto accidentally catching Hinata's "Waterfall dance."
    • Gaara's fight with Deidara, and his death. He gets better.
    • Sakura and Chiyo fighting Sasori.
    • Naruto going Four-Tails., in response to Orochimaru pressing his Berserk Button.
    • Naruto and Sakura seeing Sasuke again.
    • Naruto's Training Montage for unlocking Rasengan's true power.
    • Hidan and Kakuzu killing Asuma, and Shikamaru's masterful strategy for his revenge. This part elevated Shikamaru to Memetic Badass status.
    • Sasuke betraying Orochimaru, and subsequently absorbing him.
    • Pain killing Jiraiya.
    • Sasuke's second fight against Itachi, and Itachi using Susanoo.
    • Everything that happens after Tobi captures Sasuke.
    • Pain killing Kakashi.
    • Naruto's dynamic entry against Pain.
    • Hinata's love confession.
    • Naruto going Eight-Tails, and the almost-unleashing of Kyuubi.
    • Pain reviving everyone he killed during his invasion.
    • Sasuke's battle with Danzo.
    • Sasuke stabbing Karin.
    • Naruto's first reunion with his father, and later his only reunion with his mother.
    • Battle against the Nine-Tails and learning what really happened 16 years ago.
    • the reveal of Madara Uchiha's resurrection and the subsequent asskicking that he delivers to the shinobi alliance.
    • Naruto gaining tailed beast mode during the battle against Tobi.
    • Itachi beating Kabuto, and ending the Impure World Resurrection.
    • Tobi revealed as Obito.
    • Obito seeing Kakashi impale Rin. This event actually marks Obito's Face–Heel Turn.
    • Neji sacrificing himself to save Naruto and Hinata.
    • Hashirama vs. Madara.
    • The resurrection of the four previous hokage.
    • Might Guy using the gate of death against Madara.
    • The arrival of the Shinju and the ninja world backstory.
    • Obito becoming the Ten Tails Jinchuriki.
    • Naruto defeating Obito with The Power of Friendship.
    • Madara coming back to life.
    • Madara sealing all the Tailed Beasts within a minute, and driving both Naruto AND Sasuke to death's door.
    • The very first appearance of the Sage of Six Paths.
    • Naruto gaining the Six Paths Sage Mode while Sasuke finally obtains the Rinnegan.
    • Madara activating Infinite Tsukuyomi.
    • Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura sealing Kaguya back again.
    • Obito's death. Made more tear jerking in the anime.
    • Sasuke declaring revolution.
    • The final battle between Naruto and Sasuke, especially in the anime.
    • Sasuke poking Sakura on the forehead before he leaves.
    • From The Last: Naruto the Movie: Naruto and Hinata floating in the air, with the moon in the background, and kissing each other for the first time.
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: Nausicaä taking off her gas mask while flying through a toxic atmosphere on her glider, then flashing a smile and thumbs up to the accompanying plane.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion has many iconic scenes:
    • It all comes tumbling down, tumbling down, tumbling dooowwwnn...
    • The Bardiel Incident and Unit 01 curb-stomping Zeruel and eating him, absorbing his S2 engine is pretty infamous.
    • Unit 01's fight with Unit 02 after Kaworu takes possession of it as well as Shinji killing Kaworu, all set to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."
    • The endings to both the TV series and The End of Evangelion are remembered just as well.
    • The long take between Rei and Asuka in the elevator is one of the strangest directing choices in the show and has received quite a few homages in other series.
    • But when anyone in the fandom speaks of "that scene", they usually mean none of these...
  • Nichijou: The principal wrestling the deer.
  • Non Non Biyori: Even those who've never seen it have witnessed the Collarbone Assault.
  • One Piece
    • Gol D. Roger's execution, especially since his last words kick-start the plot.
    • The scene where Shanks gives his straw hat to Luffy.
    • Luffy bursting out of a barrel and loudly announcing what a great nap he had. It's even more iconic for the anime, since it was his first onscreen appearance.
    • Zoro holding his sword up, swearing to Luffy he will never lose again, after getting defeated by Mihawk.
    • Sanji's tearful farewell on all fours to Zeff and the Baratie crew.
    • Nami's breakdown leading her to finally ask Luffy for help, to defeat Arlong.
    • The Power Walk to Arlong Park after Luffy gives Nami his hat.
    • Monkey D. Dragon's first appearance in Loguetown.
    • Chopper looking at Drum Island covered in Cherry Blossoms, seeing the Doctor's dream come true.
    • Luffy's first battle with Crocodile, which ends with Luffy being impaled on Crocodile's hook.
    • The finality of the third Luffy vs. Crocodile fight, especially in the anime with New World Symphony playing during the confrontation.
    • The crew departing from Alabasta, holding their arms up with the X mark towards Vivi as she says goodbye to them, to silently acknowledge their friendship without confirming that Vivi was a pirate.
    • The Mole's Town beggar going Suddenly Sober.
    • Luffy one-shotting Bellamy with a single punch that isn't even one of his Devil Fruit-related special moves.
    • The introduction of Sengoku, Doflamingo, Kuma, the Gorosei, Whitebeard and Blackbeard.
    • Enel stomping Wyper, Zoro, Robin and Sanji.
    • Robin vs Yama.
    • The legend of the Jaya Island, and the story of Montblanc Noland.
    • Enel's epic Freak Out!.
    • Aokiji vs the Monster Trio, later Luffy. While previous opponents had outmatched the Straw Hats, this is the first time they, as a crew, were completely and utterly defeated, and it proves quite demoralizing.
    • Usopp leaving the Straw Hats, and his fight with Luffy.
    • The reveal of CP-9.
    • Robin faking her defection from the Straw Hats.
    • Usopp as Sogeking.
    • Luffy using his Second Gear for the first time and later his Third Gear.
    • The crew declares war on the World Government by burning the flag in the name of their crewmate Nico Robin.
    • Robin's declaring to the rest of the crew she wants to live, at Enies Lobby.
    • Going Merry's funeral, the crew watching the ship burn as to remember their adventures with her.
    • Usopp's apology to the crew for leaving them at Water Seven.
    • Zoro standing tall, his body completely destroyed after fighting Ryuma, Oars with Moriah, Bartholomew, and THEN taking all of Luffy's damage taken from all his previous battles. It marked the first time in the series Luffy didn't fight with the strongest villain of the arc, and one of the other Straw Hats surpassed him in feats.
    • Brook asking Luffy if he may join the crew, while playing the piano during the Thriller Bark celebration part.
    • Luffy punching the World Noble.
    • The tag-team of Luffy, Law and Kidd.
    • The Straw Hats meeting Silvers Rayleigh, Gold Roger's first mate.
    • Admiral Kizaru, the Pacifistas and Sentoumaru vs the Straw Hats, in which the Straw Hats got utterly stomped.
    • Kuma himself arriving, AND SEPARATING THE ENTIRE STRAW HAT CREW, WITH ABSOLUTELY NO EFFORT!! The anime expands this scene by Luffy's Heroic BSoD, with Bink's Sake playing throughout the carnage. Probably the biggest Wham Episode of the anime.
    • Luffy no-selling Hancock's Love-Love Beam.
    • Hancock's Dark and Troubled Past.
    • Magellan's beatdown of Luffy.
    • The reappearance of Buggy the Clown, Mr 3, Mr 2, Mr 1, Crocodile, the first appearances of Hannyabal, Jimbei and Ivankov.
    • Luffy's Meatgrinder Surgery to cure himself of Magellan's poisoning.
    • Mr 2's Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Sengoku revealing to the world the true identity of Ace's father.
    • Luffy staring down the 3 Admirals.
    • Luffy's display of Conquerors' Haki, and subsequently freeing Ace.
    • Akainu ramming his magma-coded fist through Ace's torso. This was the first instance of a character legitimately dying in the present storyline.
    • Luffy holding his dying brother in his arms and his break down afterwards.
    • Whitebeard Died Standing Up after proudly declaring "ONE PIECE IS REAL!!"
    • Blackbeard taking Whitebeard's Devil Fruit, without any harmful effects.
    • Coby's heartfelt speech about War is Hell.
    • Shanks ending the war.
    • In the flashback, Luffy, Ace, and Sabo, becoming brothers over three cups of sake.
    • The '3D2Y' scene.
    • Luffy devastating a Pacifista, while Zoro and Sanji tag-team to take the other one.
    • Zoro taking out Hody Jones. WITH ONE SLASH. UNDERWATER.
    • Otohime and Fisher Tiger's flashbacks.
    • Luffy taking out half of Hody's army with a Death Glare.
    • The crew finally entering the New World!
    • Law switching Sanji, Nami, Chopper and Franky's hearts, and later Smoker and Tashigi's.
    • Doflamingo flying to Punk Hazard, his beating of Smoker, and Kuzan's reappearance.
    • Doflamingo possessing Ace's Devil Fruit.
    • Sabo's reappearance, and his nuking of Dressrosa's Colosseum with Hiken.
    • Luffy using his Fourth Gear for the first time.
    • Doflamingo's defeat. Punched out of the sky by Gum Gum King Kong Gun.
    • The reappearance of Sanji, Nami, Chopper and Brook after 2 years in the bus.
    • Kaido's suicide attempt off a sky island, and surviving.
    • The formation of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet.
    • Jack attacking Zou.
    • The reveal about how to access Raftel.
    • The reveal about Sanji's true name and heritage.
    • Charlotte "Big Mom" Linlin's musical introduction.
    • Luffy declaring his intent to go on a hunger strike and not eat anything until Sanji returns to him.
    • The reveal that Charlotte Pudding was Evil All Along.
    • The introduction of Charlotte Katakuri.
    • The disappearance of Mother Carmel and the other orphans and the heavy implication that they were eaten alive by a six-year old Linlin
    • Luffy shattering the mirror to start his battle with Katakuri
    • The reveal of Katakuri's mouth.
    • Carrot's Sulong form.
    • Katakuri discarding his family and respecting Luffy.
    • Gear Fourth: Snakeman! Followed by the final blows.
    • Luffy's bounty reaching 1.5 Billion.
    • The reveal of the secret treasure of Marijoa A giant straw hat.
    • The reveal of Imu, the secret true leader of the World Government.
    • Zoro's return after being Put on a Bus for Whole Cake, cutting down a corrupt magistrate with tanto (a short blade used for Seppuku) from a distance.
    • The reveal of Kaido's Devil Fruit ability. He's a Chinese-style Dragon
    • Kaido knocking out Gear Fourth Luffy in a single blow
    • Sanji donning the Germa 66 Raid Suit of Stealth Black, but now going by the name Soba Mask.
  • One-Punch Man:
    • Saitama punching out Vaccine Man in the first chapter.
    • Genos's introduction.
    • Saitama blitzing the Hero Association's physical test.
    • The infamous Training Montage of how Saitama achieved his godly powers.
    • The Dogman's introduction, where he reports 'Nothing', after wiping an entire country's worth of monsters.
    • The Hero Association trying and failing against the city-destroying Meteor.
    • Mumen Rider's Hold the Line fight against the Sea King.
    • Saitama's subsequent Zero-Approval Gambit.
    • Boros surviving Saitama's One Punch.
    • Saitama's infamously flat "OK" and the subsequent fight with Boros.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt:
    • The first time the Anarchy Sisters transform.
    • The only time the Daemon Sisters transform.
    • The Anarchy Sisters and Daemon Sisters fight each other, resulting in the school they used as a battleground to collapse.
    • Panty stripping in front of an entire courtroom.
    • Stocking slicing up Panty into 666 pieces, revealing that she's a demon, and walking off with a revived Corset. What an ending.
  • Pokémon has a few of these:
    • There's the original opening, where Pikachu runs past the final starter evolutions and underneath a girl's skirt. Really, the whole English opening is iconic.
    • Pikachu electrocuting Ash for the first time, shortly after being released from its Pokeball.
    • Pikachu's using a Thunder attack against a flock of angry Spearow.
    • Ash and Pikachu seeing Ho-oh for the first time. This Pokemon was new and hadn't been in any of the games when this occurred, so nobody knew what it was. This had fans guessing, speculating, and wondering for years until it was fully revealed. It was the first of a trend of showing new Pokemon in the anime before the games they appear in come out. Now this is expected, but at the time...what a shocker.
    • Team Rocket's (original) motto.
    • Charizard refusing to obey Ash during the Indigo Conference, costing him the league.
    • Ash being turned to stone in the first movie.
    • The clones versus the originals in the first movie.
    • Charizard's return to save Ash from Entei in the third film.
    • Misty's goodbye sequence.
    • The scene where Meloetta is placed on the tablet and forced to sing is hands-down the most remembered thing in Team Rocket's story arc, Operation Tempest.
    • Pikachu's Thunderbolt reflecting on itself and Swellow, somehow resulting in "thunder armor". This is arguably the most well known nonsensical Ass Pull the anime ever dreamed up.
    • The other infamous Ass Pull, when Pikachu defeated a Rhydon by shocking its horn despite it having a elemental advantage and being a giant rock covered rhino.
    • Latios' spirit saying goodbye to Latias in Pokémon Heroes. Extra shocking, because this is a actual death in Pokemon that is not reversed in some way.
    • Ash losing the Kalos League.
    • Serena kissing Ash in the last episode of the XY series. Notable for breaking the No Hugging, No Kissing rule of the anime, and solidifying Amourshipping as one of most iconic ships in the franchise.
    • In Pokémon: I Choose You!, the scene where Pikachu talks to Ash.
  • Pokémon Origins: Red's Charmander screaming bloody murder when Blue's Squirtle uses Bite on its neck. This is a brutal scene in the Japanese version because of Charmander's voice actor. It even shows Charmander's flame getting weaker, which if you read the Pokedex entries you'll know that means it's nearing death. Pokemon battles are not usually portrayed as this violent and disturbing.
  • Each arc of Pokémon Adventures tends to have one or two of these:
    • RGB: Red vs. Giovanni, Red vs. Mewtwo, the Pokemon League finals, Green's Charmeleon slicing Koga's Arbok in half, the Pokeboobs scene.
    • Yellow: Megavolt, the revelation that Yellow's a girl.
    • GSC: The Kanto-Johto 15 gym leader exhibition tournament and the ensuing teamup vs. Neo Team Rocket, Pryce being revealed as the Masked Man, the death of Pryce's two Lapras, the Legendary Birds vs. Ho-oh and Lugia.
    • RS: Ruby and Sapphire's confessions to each other, Ruby declaring that his Feebas is beautiful and it evolving into a Milotic.
    • FRLG: Mewtwo vs. Deoxys, Silver learning Giovanni is his father, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, and Silver being turned into stone.
    • Emerald: The reversal of the petrifaction of the five Dex Holders, the Ultimate Attacks.
    • DP: Platinum's letter, the Sinnoh trio crying on the morning that they are separated.
    • BW: The train scene, Black turning into the Light Stone along with Reshiram and flying away when White tries to reach for him.
  • Pretty Cure
    • In Futari wa Pretty Cure, the part of the opening song, where Cure Black and Cure White jump away from an explosion, with smoke and dust are just right behind them. It has been repeated in many Pretty Cure All Stars movies, with New Stage tops it with all 28 of the Cures reenact the scene.
    • Heartcatch Pretty Cure
      • The opening fight between Cure Moonlight and Dark Pretty Cure
      • Tsubomi's reaction to finding out Itsuki is a girl
      • Cologne's death
      • The revelation that Dark Pretty Cure was Yuri's sister
      • Tsubomi holding back Yuri as she is enraged by The death of her father
      • Infinity Silhouette
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • One particular scene got so many parodies it has its own Danbooru tag: the one in episode 3 where Mami dies a gory (though only partially seen) death by devouring.
    • Sayaka becoming a witch.
    • The ending scene with Madoka and Homura IN SPACE.
    • From the first two movies, Madoka and Homura sitting down on a pair of chairs in a field and nuzzling in the OP.
    • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, for the beginning of the movie it would be the surreal, nursery-rhyme-esque Cake Song. For the midway mark, the duel between Mami and Homura. For the ending, it's Homura grabbing Madoka's hand as she comes to take Homura away, and stripping Madoka of her powers.
  • Re:CREATORS: The first fight between Celestia and the Military Uniform Princess.
  • Rurouni Kenshin
    • The scene where a young Kenshin meets his master, Seijouro Hiko for the first time after burying all his friends who were massacred.
    • Kenshin's fight with Jin-e, whose holding Kaoru hostage to bring out Kenshin's inner killer again.
    • Kenshin and Saito's grudge match.
    • The scene where Kenshin leaves Kaoru for Kyoto which also doubles as a Tear Jerker. Especially in the anime's version of the scene, with Intermezzo playing in the background.
    • Sanosuke learning Futae no Kiwami.
    • The final battle between Kenshin and Shishio, especially the bit where Kenshin sends Shishio flying with his ultimate attack.
    • Possibly Kaoru meeting Kenshin for the first time.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • The Sailor Senshi's transformations.
    • Usagi being revealed as the Moon Princess.
    • The final fight with Queen Metalia.
  • Saki
    • The eponymous character defeating Koromo in the prefectural finals using a Rinshan Kaihou on the last turn.
    • Saki and Nodoka adopting a First-Name Basis near the end of the first anime.
    • From Saki Achiga-hen, there's Toki looking three turns ahead, and her resulting collapse and hospitalization.
  • Samurai Flamenco: The end of episode 7, when A drugged man turns into a half gorilla, half guillotine creature and decapitates some cops, in a show that had been very realistic and lighthearted until that moment.
  • School Days:
    • Makoto being stabbed to death by Sekai.
    • Not long afterward, Kotonoha killing Sekai and sailing off with Makoto's severed head.
  • School-Live!:
    • The anime has The Reveal at the end of the first episode, where the camera pans out and shows the school in ruins.
    • Rii having a mental breakdown in the manga after the rescue helicopter crashes.
  • Shimoneta:
    • The infamous cookie scene.
    • Anna's rape attempt on Tanukichi.
  • SHUFFLE:
    • Kaede dropping a boxcutter and cutting Rin's eye when they're young.
    • Kaede flying into a range and attacking Asa shortly after Asa and Rin start going out.
  • A Silent Voice: The scene where Shouko introduces herself to her elementary class, in particular where she holds the notebook with the words "I'm Deaf".
  • Spirited Away has the scene where Chihiro remembers Haku's name while riding through the air on his back.
  • The final battle between Blade and Evil in Tekkaman Blade.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
  • Tokyo Ghoul:
    • The scene of the protagonist Kaneki Ken waking up in his hospital bed after the accident with his single transformed ghoul eye.
    • Mado killing Hinami's parents.
    • Touka killing Mado.
    • The scenes later in the series regarding Kaneki's torture at the hands of Aogiri Tree, especially the centipede forced into his ear canal and the subsequent physical changes he undergoes, the white hair, black nails and post traumatic, increasingly ruthless personality.
    • Kaneki and his squad massacring the Ghoul Restaurant.
    • Kaneki finally meeting Dr Kanou.
    • Kaneki going full crazy while fighting against Shinohara and Amon.
    • Shinohara revealing he knows everything about Yoshimura.
    • The Anteiku raid, and Kaneki vs Arima .
  • Tokyo Tribe: The infamous "goosh goosh" scene from Tokyo Tribe 2 involving Fat Bastard crimelord Buppa and a truly unfortunate Bishōnen.
  • Trigun: Wolfwood's death (both the anime and manga versions)
    • Vash's disastrous attempt at driving is one of the more iconic comic relief moments in Trigun Maximum and frequently depicted in fanart.
    • For the anime, there's also Vash's Glowing Eyes of Doom in "Diablo".
  • Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust: Borgoff shoots a blind arrow at an approaching stranger, it curves through the night air, only to be plucked out of the air as D's horse rears and his cape flies up behind him, silhouetted against the moon like a massive pair of black wings.
  • Wandering Son:
    • The anime-only scene where Nitori puts on her sister's dress and twirls around in it.
    • Takatsuki and Nitori coming out to Yuki in the manga.
    • Chi's introduction scene with her wearing the male uniform.
    • Nitori going to school in a Sailor Fuku.
  • When Marnie Was There:
    • Marnie and Anna dancing.
    • The scene where Marnie and Anna go boat-rowing.
  • When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Hatoko's rant from Episode 7.
  • Whisper of the Heart
    • Seiji's violin rendition of "Country Road".
    • His bike ride with Shizuku at the end.
  • Yosuga no Sora: Haru and Sora's love scene at the end of Episode 11, especially the moment where they get caught right as Sora has an orgasm.
  • Your Name: Taki and Mitsuha meeting at katawaredoki/twilight.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
  • Yu Yu Hakusho:
    • Yusuke diving in front of a car to save a boy's life.
    • Hiei unleashing the Black Dragon Wave (Dragon of the Darkness Flame in the dub) on Zeru.
    • Kurama transforming back into Yoko Kurama for the first time.
    • Toguro killing Genkai.
    • In the Chapter Black Saga, Yusuke getting killed by Sensui, Yusuke's demon blood reviving him, and Yusuke getting possessed by Raizen.
    • The Big Damn Kiss of Yusuke and Keiko in the final episode.
  • Yuri!!! on Ice: The Big Damn Kiss between Victor and Yuri in episode 7.

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