What a great topic question. I had to create a profile just to get in on the discussion so veteran members please be easy on me. I've read this series twice and it has provided me countless hours of enjoyment over the last 13 years. My background defines the scenes I favor the most (15-year military officer who's spent a lot of time overseas). You can tell Robert Jordan has a military background through his writing on strategy, leadership and comaraderie. Most of my favorite scenes reflect this and Mat's emergence as a general. - "Before the Arrow" in The Fires of Heaven. Mat is searching for Rand so he can let Rand know he is leaving before the Aiel war in Cairhien. Lan steps in the tent and Mat inadvertently tells Lan exactly how he'd fight the Aiel war. - "This Place, This Day" in the Fires of Heaven (my favorite book of the series...KoD comes close). Mat is trying to flee the Cairhien war and stumbles upon a bumbling-led wetlander army. He swoops in and thus begins the band of the red hand and Talmanes. - "The Golden Crane" in Knife of Dreams. Nynaeve (love her character progression throughout the series) travels to the borderlands to recruit help for Lan and convinces some Malkieri merchants to join him..."Lan told me once that Malkier lives so long as one man wears the hadori in pledge that he will fight the shadow, so long as one woman wears the kisain in pledge that she will send her sons to fight the Shadow. I wear the kisain MasterAldragoran. My husband wears the hadori. So do you. Will Lan Mandragoran ride to the last battle alone?" - "Tuon looked at him, squatting there by the map, moving his finger over it's surface, and suddenly she saw him in a new light. A buffoon? No, A lion stuffed into a horse stall might look like a pecular joke, but a lion on the high plains was something very different. Toy was loose on the high plains, now. She felt a chill. What sort of man had she entangled herself with? AFter all this time, she realized, she had hardly a clue." - "A Plain Wooden Box" in a Knife of Dreams. Mat's first battle with the Seanchen post Ebou Dar. Explaining to Tuon and the Aes Sedai that the Seanchen were the stopper in the jar for him and he was going to pull that stopper out as quick as he could. Also there is this passage "If Mat Cauthon took it in stride, so would he. Mat had forgotten that about the band. They trusted him absolutely. Once, that had almost made him break out in a rash. Tonight, he was glad of it." - Veins of Gold - no explananation needed. Awesome passage. Gave me the chills. Great set up throughout the book -Lastly, disappointed with the Snakes and Foxes passage in Towers of Midnight. Didn't seem to meet the expectation the entire series led up to.