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  • Most kid's cartoons with lyrics in the opening sequence tend to have said opening sequence become one of these, as people become familiar/well up in nostalgia at the sound of the show's lyrics.
  • Adventure Time has a lot of wacky over-the-top scenes, so it's possible that every episode has one scene that stands out among the rest. Although, a special mention goes out to...
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Robotnik catching Scratch and Grounder snooping in on his conversation with Coconuts.
    • Sonic lecturing the audience about how to deal with inappropriate touching.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball has plenty of moments in this medium blend of a series but those that stand out are:
    • Season 1:
      • Nicole chase scene in The DVD.
    • Season 2:
      • The remote fight scene at the parking lot in The Remote.
      • The World of Elmore song by the objects in The World.
    • Season 3:
      • Gumball and Darwin's "Make the Most of It" song and then their voices being changed via VA replacement in The Kids.
      • Gumball, Darwin, and Mr. Small seeing the world where mistakes are gone to in search for Molly in The Void.
      • Penny breaking out of her shell revealing her true form and at the end Gumball kissing Penny that changed her back to her true normal form which began their relationship in The Shell.
      • Banana Barbara finishing a painting of the Wattersons running in the Void at the end of The Oracle.
      • The reveal of The Nobody being Rob who was trapped in the Void but got out disfigured and becomes the Big Bad of the show from then on as Gumball's Arch-Enemy.
      • The Wattersons running out of money results in their world's animation degrading in The Money.
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    • Season 4:
      • The Origins can be counted as a Signature Episode of both parts from the moment Gumball and Darwin first met.
      • The flashback of Richard and his father seeing each other the last time which lead to Frankie's Heel–Face Turn in "The Signature".
      • The invisible car chase scene in "The Check".
      • The Reveal in The Bus shifting the episode's tone being Rob who masterminded the episode plot.
      • Nicole vs Yuki anime style in The Fury!
      • "Nobody's a Nobody" song at The Compliation.
      • Season 4 finale The Disaster being the Darkest Hour of the series with Rob using the Universal Remote to ruin Gumball's life by separating his family, send Penny falling to her likely death, and then drops the bombshell of what the world they are in is being not real only to end with Gumball resetting back with the Remote which continues into the Season 5 premiere The Rerun.
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    • Season 5:
      • The Rerun continues after The Disaster being to Set Right What Once Went Wrong and then the results of the Darkest Hour becoming even worse before it ends with Rob's change of heart, undoing what happened, and then destroying the Remote.
      • The Choices has Nicole and Richard's first meeting as children then growing up through the montage into their marriage, Gumball's birth, moving into their home, Darwin being part of the family, and Anais being born.
      • The Wattersons fighting their bootleg counterparts in The Copycats.
    • Season 6:
      • The ending of The Inquisition and possibly the series. The world begins to collapse and Rob falls into the Void exactly as depicted in the painting done in The Future.
  • Animaniacs: Yakko Warner singing off all the nations of the world to the tune of the Mexican hat-dance song.
    • "Wakko's America", to the tune of "Turkey in the Straw".
    • The "Fingerprints/Finger Prince joke from "Hercule Yakko"
    • The "Who's on Stage" Scene from "Woodstock Slappy"
  • Arthur: The titular character punching D.W. in "Arthur's Big Hit".
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender had more or less one per season:
    • Season 1:
    • Season 2:
    • Season 3:
      • More or less the whole series finale, but especially the Lion-Turtle, the battle between Zuko and Azula, Azula talking to a hallucination of her mother, and Energybending.
      • Katara and Aang kissing passionately under a sunset after the war's end. It's the perfect scene to end on just before the credits play for the final time.
    • In General:
      • Katara's opening narration at the start of every episode.
      • "MY CABBAGES!"
  • Bananaman: Eric eating a banana and transforming into Bananaman.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The episode Chill of the Night, one of the darkest episodes in this otherwise-Lighter and Softer series, has Batman confronting Joe Chill (the man who killed his parents).
  • Dinobot's death and funeral in Beast Wars; not only widely considered the single best episode/scene of the series, but also served as the moment the show's beard completed it's growth.
  • Beavis And Butthead: Beavis and Butt-head grinning and snickering in front of their TV set.
    • Beavis and Butt-head playing air guitar and headbanging.
    • Beavis's "We're Never Gonna Score" speech in Teen Talk and The Movie, though the one from the movie is remembered more.
  • Ben 10: The Omnitrix attaching itself to Ben.
  • Betty Boop: Betty saying "Boop-boop-a-doop" and being threatened by a horny, lecherous older man.
  • Bojack Horseman: "It gets easier. Every day, it gets a little easier."
  • Camp Lazlo: The Reveal in the final episode that Scoutmaster Lumpus is actually just a deranged escapee from a mental institution and that Heffer is the real scoutmaster.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers: The Planeteers summoning Captain Planet.
    • Looten Plunder saying "You'll Pay For This, Captain Planet!" in the episode Last of Her Kind and in the end credits, where it's most remembered.
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost: Casper claims he hasn't got any friends. He meets several people or animals who all scream: "A G-g-g-ghost!", then run off scared whenever they see him.
  • The children dancing and everyone singing "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" in A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • Chowder: Chowder spending the entirety of the show's animation budget, resulting in a live-action sequence involving the show's voice actors trying to raise money.
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • The Band Concert: Donald Duck interrupting the concert by playing "Turkey In The Straw".
    • The Skeleton Dance: The four dancing skeletons.
    • Steamboat Willie: Mickey at the steering wheel of the boat, whistling. Even incorporated into Disney Feature Animation's Vanity Plate.
    • Der Fuehrer's Face: Donald's mental breakdown at the assembly line.
    • Pluto and the Armadillo: If you remember this short, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the scene near the end where Pluto and the Armadillo roll themselves up into balls and roll around bumping into each other.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    • "KING RAAAAAMMMSEEEEEEES"
    • The flashbacks in the final episode showing how Courage lost his parents and met Muriel and Eustuce.
    • "There's no such thing as perfect. You're beautiful just the way you are."
  • Dan Vs.: Dan's Skyward Scream.
  • DC Animated Universe:
  • DuckTales (1987):
    • Scrooge diving into his money bin in the opening, a thing many a 90s kid wanted to do their whole lives.
    • Scrooge and El Capitan running for their lives as the Temple of the Golden Suns collapses around them in "Too Much of a Gold Thing."
    • Scrooge and the nephew's mine cart chase through the underground caverns in "Earth Quack."
    • Scrooge's "a sea monster ate my ice cream!" melt down in "A Whale of a Bad Time."
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • The last scene of "Woo-Oo!" and its single line of dialogue.
      Dewey: Mom?
    • The flashback to Scrooge and Glomgold's first meeting in "The Ballad of Duke Baloney!".
    • Donald seeing the Spear of Selene and then accidentally getting blasted off into space in "The Golden Spear!".
    • "The Duck Knight Returns!" has two: Jim Starling's replacement actor's Given Name Reveal of Drake Mallard and the Wham Shot right at the end that shows the audience what has become of the now clinically insane Jim Starling.
      Negaduck: They want "grim and gritty", huh? Happy to play the part.
    • The Reveal that Scrooge's board of directors are actually F.O.W.L. High Command and them declaring war on Clan McDuck at the end of "Moonvasion!"
      Bradford Buzzard: This has gone too far. The Ducks almost cost us the world today. And without the world, who would we larceny against? The pieces are finally in place. Time to come out of the shadows, take control, and end Clan McDuck. If the McDuck family wants an adventure, we'll give them their last.
  • The Fairly OddParents!: Cosmo and Wanda introducing themselves to Timmy in the pilot.
  • Felix the Cat: Felix walking back and forth while thinking up a plan.
  • Family Guy:
    • Peter Griffin dancing while singing "Surfin' Bird".
    • Peter fighting Ernie the Giant Chicken
    • Peter hurting his knee, sucking air through his teeth, and going "aah!" over and over again.
    • Stewie giving Brian a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown over a 50 dollar bet. Twice.
    • Stewie nagging Lois for about a minute just so he could say hi.
    • Quagmire's tirade to Brian detailing why he hates him.
    • Cleveland falling out of the house in his bathtub.
    • The Evil Monkey scaring Chris.
    • "Ooh, a piece of candy..."
    • Brian doing the Peanut Butter Jelly Time dance.
    • Peter, Chris, Brian, and Stewie vomiting uncontrollably across the living room.
    • Ollie Williams' weather reports.
    • The Conway Twitty gags.
    • The "You Have Aids" song.
    • "WACKY WAVING INFLATABLE ARM-FLAILING TUBE MAN!"
    • The whole family beating each other up in "Lethal Weapons".
    • The Disney universe in "Road to the Multiverse".
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: "It's hot in Topeka!"
  • Futurama:
    • Fry being frozen in the crygenics chamber for the first time.
    • The infamously sad ending to "Jurassic Bark", with Fry's dog spending the entirety of his life waiting for Fry to come back.
    • "Here lies Philip J. Fry. Named for his uncle, to carry on his spirit."
    • "Don't stop Fry. I want to hear how it ends."
    • Giant Bender vs. Giant Zoidberg.
    • Fry fighting Zoidberg with a giant nutcracker, then his own severed arm, in a fight to the death.
  • Future-Worm!: The montage of Danny and Future-Worm being transported to other Disney Channel cartoons (specifically, Gravity Falls, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Wander over Yonder, and Pickle and Peanut).
  • Gargoyles:
    • Goliath finding most of his clan slaughtered at the castle in the first episode.
    • The end of "Her Brother's Keeper", in which it's revealed that Xanatos deliberately turned Elisa's brother into Talon. Not only did it cement how much of a scumbag Xanatos really was, but it was the first episode with a completely bitter ending.
    • "The access code is: ALONE."
  • Gertie the Dinosaur: Gertie crying.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • Dipper and Mabel driving the golf cart, getting chased by gnomes.
    • The Author of the Journals being revealed after walking through the portal to be Grunkle Stan's twin brother.
    • "Grunkle Stan?... I trust you."
    • Stan finishing off Bill Cipher with one punch.
  • Green Eggs and Ham (2019):
    • Episode 10, "House": Guy and Sam in the tent alone together, where they open up and get to know each other better.
    • Episode 12, "There": Guy's delivery of the book's signature rhyme, when Sam-I-Am offers him Green Eggs and Ham for the umpteenth time.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • "Brains".
    • Billy's paranoid rant about the danger of clowns, leading to a montage of him going through his daily life while yelling about how they will destroy the human race.
      "Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all!"
  • Hanna-Barbera
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) and She-Ra: Princess of Power have their respective protagonist's transformation sequence.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • Arnold's "Crazy Dance".
    • Any time Helga secretly confesses her love to Arnold.
    • Helga punching Brainy in the face.
    • Infamously, Arnold's walk of shame in "Arnold Betrays Iggy".
    • Pigeon Man being carried off into the sunset with strings pulled by a flock of pigeons.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Grinch's Slasher Smile while the narrator says: "The Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea." Also, The Grinch lifting the sled over his head after gaining Heroic Spirit post-Character Development.
  • Infinity Train: Atticus being turned into a Ghom.
  • Invader Zim: The Doom Song.
  • The Legend of Korra
  • Looney Tunes:
  • Milo Murphy's Law: The music video for "Chop Away at my Heart".
  • Moral Orel is most well known for the hunting trip. Ya know, where Orel is shot in the leg? It's considered the scene where the entire series goes from kinda dark to pitch black.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The Mane 6 unleashing the powers of the Elements of Harmony on Nightmare Moon in the pilot.
    • Fluttershy staring down a giant, fire-breathing dragon.
    • Rainbow Dash performing a Sonic Rainboom to save Rarity and the Wonderbolts.
    • Princess Cadance and Shining Armor using The Power of Love to defeat Queen Chrysalis.
    • King Sombra's death.
    • Twilight Sparkle revealing her wings when she's transformed into an alicorn.
    • Twilight's and Tirek's Dragon Ball Z fight followed by Rainbow Power.
  • Ninjago: Lloyd fulfilling his destiny as the Ultimate Spinjitzu Master and defeating the Overlord.
  • Over the Garden Wall: The iconic shot of Wirt, Greg, and Beatrice walking in the sunny autumn forest in Hard Times at the Huskin' Bee.
  • Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero: Penn restoring the Least Dangerous World Imaginable. ("My name... is Penn ZERO.")
  • Phineas and Ferb: The "Squirrels in my Pants" number.
    • "Get on the trike!" is easily the most remembered part of "Summer Belongs to You", because it is one of the few times where Phineas shows any negative emotion at all.
  • Pinky and the Brain: The ending of the Christmas Special, when Brain finally reads Pinky's letter to Santa.
  • Popeye: Popeye, nearly defeated, grabbing his can of spinach, opening it and becoming so strong he can defeat the villain.
  • The Powerpuff Girls
    • "The Rowdyruff Boys": The scene where the Powerpuff Girls have their flirtatious eyelash gag.
    • "Supper Villain": The famous scene where the Professor takes his time to eat a single pea to keep Harold at bay. ("Eat your pea, Professor. Eat it! SWALLOW IT!!")
  • The Powerpuff Girls (2016): The twerking scene from "Painbow".
  • Producing Parker: Dee's weight gain in "The Skinny on Parker" is the most memorable moment of the series.
  • Regular Show:
    • Mordecai and Rigby accidentally sending Skips to the Moon in the first episode.
    • Pops' Heroic Sacrifice.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show
  • Rick and Morty:
    • "Pilot": Rick prying Morty's eyes open.
    • "Lawnmower Dog": "Where are my testicles, Summer?", and Scary Terry.
    • "Meeseeks and Destroy": King Jellybean attempting to rape Morty.
    • "Rick Potion #9": Morty's Thousand-Yard Stare during the ending.
    • "Rixty Minutes": The "Two Brothers" trailer.
    • "Something Ricked This Way Comes": The Cold Open with the butter robot, and a roided up Rick and Summer beating people up to "X Gon' Give It to Ya"
    • "Mortynight Run": The "Goodbye Moonmen" song sequences.
    • "Auto-Erotic Assimilation": Rick's attempted suicide.
    • Get Schwifty: The titular song, and "SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT."
    • "The Wedding Squanchers": The screaming sun planet, and the ending where Rick is placed in a Galactic Federation prison.
    • "Pickle Rick": Everything involving Pickle Rick.
    • "The Ricklantis Mixup": The ending, where Evil Morty is revealed to be running the Citadel of Ricks, and dozens of dead Ricks and Mortys are Thrown Out the Airlock.
  • Samurai Jack: Jack defeating the Ultra-Robots.
    • Jack and an enemy ninja fighting each other while blending in among the light and shadows of their environment.
    • From the final episode, "CI", Aku's death.
    • Also from the finale, the final scene.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: The Trap of Love concert.
    • The final battle against The Nibiru Entity.
  • The Simpsons:
  • Sonic Boom gives us this scene not only because of how surprisingly funny it is but also how it tells the way feminism should be:
    Amy: It all comes down to this one penalty kick. Can the young woman break the glass ceiling and prove once and for all that a female can be just as good as an athlete than a male?
    Knuckles: You know, Amy, anytime someone calls attention to the breaking of gender roles, it ultimately undermines the concept of gender equality by implying that this is an exception and not the status quo. (Sonic, Amy, Sticks and Tails are stunned silent) What? Just because I'm a meathead doesn't mean I'm not a feminist.
  • South Park:
    Stan: Oh my God! They killed Kenny!
    Kyle: You bastards!
    • The infamous scene from "Scott Tenorman Must Die" where Cartman reveals to Scott that his parents were murdered and ground up into the chili he's been eating.
    • Timmy's call "Timmy!" has also become a notorious meme.
    • "Kick the baby!"
    • From the pilot and it's remake, a probe emerging from Cartman's ass.
    • Randy hopping around on his massively swollen testicles.
    • The Douche vs Turd Sandwich debate.
    • Kenny's cat urine-induced fantasies (involving lots and lots of bare female breasts).
  • Space Ghost Coast to Coast: "Well, it's time for me to die."
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series: Spider-Man finds himself hanging upside-down in front of a skyscraper window, seeing his reflection with the never-before-seen black costume. The original comic didn't have it, but every version since has had it. Even Spider-Girl has Mayday swinging past a building, red suit in real life and black suit in the reflection.
    • Spidey chasing after Shocker while screaming "SHOCKER! YOU CAN'T ESCAPE ME! I'LL CHASE YOU TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH!" at the top of his lungs.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
    • The ending of "Band Geeks" where the Bikini Bottom Super Band plays Sweet Victory, giving Squidward a well-deserved victory against his rival Squilliam Fancyson.
    • SpongeBob ripping his pants in..."Ripped Pants".
    • The bubble-blowing lesson in "Bubblestand".
      SpongeBob: Now it's time to bring it around town! Bring it a-round town!
    • SpongeBob singing "The Campfire Song Song".
    • The scene where Tom the fish yells "CHOCOLATE!"
    • Squidward getting a couch dropped onto his toenail in "House Fancy".
    • Patrick taking phone calls for the Krusty Krab.
      "Is this the Krusty Krab?"
      Patrick: NO! THIS IS PATRICK!
    • Patrick regaling SpongeBob with the tale of The Ugly Barnacle.
    • SpongeBob and Patrick's bun wrestling match in "The Fry Cook Games".
    • Plankton's suicide attempt in "One Coarse Meal".
    • Handsome Squidward.
    • The brief cameo of Red Mist Squidward in "SpongeBob in Randomland".
    • Plankton roasting an entire family in "20,000 Patties Under the Sea".
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series: Spock having to put down his pet lehlat, considered to be one of the biggest tearjerkers in the entire franchise.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • If the amount of fanarts is to be believed, Star and Marco dancing under the Blood Moon is arguably the most memorable scene in the entire series.
    • Marco giving Star a school tour in the first episode.
      Star: I'm a maaaaagical princess from another dimension!
    • Star being forced to destroy her wand to save Marco's life at the end of the first season.
    • The fight between the Magic High Commission and a Toffee-possessed Ludo at the end of season 2.
    • Star defeating Toffee and restoring all the magic in Mewni in one fell swoop at the beginning of season 3.
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars:
    • Mace Windu attacking the droids on Dantooine.
    • General Grievous attacking the Jedi on Hypori.
    • The Battle of Coruscant and the abduction of Palpatine.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: One or two per season.
    • Cad Bane's introduction.
    • The shot of Darth Vader's helmet forming in the clouds behind Anakin on Mortis.
    • Ventress being abandoned by Dooku and her subsequent creation of Savage Oppress.
    • Savage finding Darth Maul, who survived his death a decade earlier.
    • For season five, Darth Sidious battling Darth Maul and Savage Oppress for control of the Sith. We then get, almost immediately afterward, Ahsoka's defection from the Jedi after losing faith in them for betraying her.
    • Fives' Doomed by Canon death.
    • The very poignant finale with Yoda battling Sidious in his mind over Anakin's fate.
  • Star Wars Rebels:
    • Season 1: The reveal of Fulcrum as Ahsoka Tano.
      • The surprise appearance by Darth Vader.
    • Season 2: The duel between Ahsoka and Darth Vader.
      • The blinding of Kanan Jarrus.
      • The reappearance of Maul.
    • Season 3: The final confrontation between Ben Kenobi and Maul, ending with the latter's death in "Twin Suns". Also, Luke Skywalker making a cameo at the end of the same episode.
    • Season 4: The death of Kanan.
      • The final scene, in which Sabine and Ahsoka go in search of Ezra.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Pearl and Amethyst forming Opal to save Steven (and Steven Jr. the goat). And before that, Steven's "Giant Woman" song.
    • Garnet battling Jasper while singing "Stronger Than You" in "Jailbreak", the season 1 finale. This signature-ness of this scene can be ascribed to the show receiving a huge boost in popularity after the airing of this episode.
    • The video message in "Lion 3: Straight To Video".
    • Peridot contacting Yellow Diamond in "Message Received".
    • Steven and Connie fusing for the first time.
    • Ruby and Sapphire fusing into Garnet for the first time, and the duet they sing together called "Something Entirely New".
    • Lars's Heroic Sacrifice and resurrection into a human version of Lion.
    • Everything involving The Reveal in "A Single Pale Rose".
    • In "Change Your Mind", Pink Steven screaming that Pink Diamond is gone when White Diamond demands to know where she is, causing her fortress to shake violently and leaving a crater under his feet with the sheer power of his voice.
    • Steven re-fusing with Pink Steven. Especially memorable for having the most fluid animation in the entire show.
  • Super Mario World: "That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario!"
  • Teen Titans: Slade's breaking speech to Robin at the end of "Haunted".
  • Tex Avery MGM Cartoons:
    • Red Hot Riding Hood: The wolf getting excited from watching Red perform on stage.
    • Magical Maestro: Spike plucking the hair away that was seemingly stuck on the projector.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003):
    • “Return to New York, Part 3”: Leonardo decapitating the Shredder... and Shredder's body subsequently getting up and picking up its decapitated head at the very end of the episode.
    • “The Big Brawl, Part 4”: The final showdown against Drako and the Ultimate Ninja.
    • “Same As It Never Was”: The brutal climax where the alternate-universe Leo, Raph, Mikey, Karai and Shredder all perish - the last of whom is shredded to pieces by Donnie.
    • “Exodus, Part 2”: The Turtles, Splinter and Honeycutt attempting to perform their Heroic Sacrifice to kill the Shredder.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • Thomas and Bertie's race in "Thomas & Bertie".
    • Henry pulling the Flying Kipper in "The Flying Kipper".
    • Duck stopping the runaway trucks from crashing into a passenger train in "A Close Shave".
    • Edward successfully arriving to the station despite a broken crank pin in "Edward's Exploit".
    • Douglas saving Oliver from the scrapyards in "Escape".
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: The "aah, mango juice!" scene from "Kon Ducki".
  • Total Drama: The shot of the campers all gathered on the dock for a group photo.
  • Toonami: Tom's closing speech at the end of the block's original run.
  • Trumpton: The Once an Episode sequence of the firemen assembling and driving to an incident.
  • The Venture Bros.: The Black Comedy Burst montage of Hank and Dean's various deaths in the season two premiere.
  • Wander over Yonder: The "I'm the Bad Guy'' sequence.
  • Winx Club: Flora blowing some magic powder. The scene was used in every merchandise commercial up to season 3, often with whatever the commercial was for edited on Flora's hands, giving the impression she's magically delivering it to some little girl.
  • Wunschpunsch: Both the intro and the recurring Wunschpunsch brewing scenes.

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