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21st Nov '17 6:31:20 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted, horrifically, in Judith Merril's 1953 "[[http://bookre.org/reader?file=260429 Dead Center]]." Possibly a response to ''DestinationMoon'' and all those space adventures where TheHero makes it okay with his American ingenuity and know-how AndMissionControlRejoiced. "Dead Center" is a stark, simple Greek tragedy that makes ''TheColdEquations'' look like a pink tea party.

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* Subverted, horrifically, in Judith Merril's 1953 "[[http://bookre.org/reader?file=260429 Dead Center]]." Possibly a response to ''DestinationMoon'' and all those space adventures where TheHero makes it okay with his American ingenuity and know-how AndMissionControlRejoiced. "Dead Center" is a stark, simple Greek tragedy that makes ''TheColdEquations'' ''Literature/TheColdEquations'' look like a pink tea party.
5th Nov '17 7:47:42 PM LordInsane
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** ''Takedown'' has two instances connected to the same event. The battle against the [[spoiler: Waadwaur]] involves multiple stages, each of which begins with you calling in a wing of allies. One of those wings [[CavalryBetrayal betrays]] you ([[spoiler: the Kazon one]])... which immediately leads to your commanders calling in a contigency that sends a Hirogen force you didn't know about against the enemy, and shortly after (in the next stage) a group from the faction that betrayed you shows up, on their own initiative, to fight alongside you over feeling the betrayal was dishonorable.
5th Nov '17 10:50:54 AM trixus
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-->'''Soldier:''' It's ok sergeant, next time, we'll arrive '''before''' the Indians.
31st Oct '17 5:23:55 PM darkemyst
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** ''Literature/HarryPotter''
* Near the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Harry's DA friends are all wounded to the point of being taken out of the fight, with most of them unconscious with only Nevile and Harry retaining their wands before Nevile gets taken hostage and Harry finds himself surrounded by Death Eaters and the cavalry arrives in the form of the Order of the Phoenix who save Harry and the rest of the students handily.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', the cavalry arrives during the Battle of Hogwarts: Harry seems to have died, Voldemort has set the Sorting Hat on fire while Neville is wearing it, the Death Eaters seem to have won... and suddenly there are four cavalries coming at the same time: an army of centaurs from the forest, Buckbeak the hippogriff leading a pack of Thestrals, the house-elves from the kitchens, and Professor Slughorn, an old man thought to have left Hogwarts, who actually went to gather reinforcements and led the inhabitants of the town of Hogsmeade and the relatives of the Hogwarts students in a charge that finally turns the tables against the Death Eaters.

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** * ''Literature/HarryPotter''
* ** Near the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Harry's DA friends are all wounded to the point of being taken out of the fight, with most of them unconscious with only Nevile and Harry retaining their wands before Nevile gets taken hostage and Harry finds himself surrounded by Death Eaters and the cavalry arrives in the form of the Order of the Phoenix who save Harry and the rest of the students handily.
* ** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', the cavalry arrives during the Battle of Hogwarts: Harry seems to have died, Voldemort has set the Sorting Hat on fire while Neville is wearing it, the Death Eaters seem to have won... and suddenly there are four cavalries coming at the same time: an army of centaurs from the forest, Buckbeak the hippogriff leading a pack of Thestrals, the house-elves from the kitchens, and Professor Slughorn, an old man thought to have left Hogwarts, who actually went to gather reinforcements and led the inhabitants of the town of Hogsmeade and the relatives of the Hogwarts students in a charge that finally turns the tables against the Death Eaters.
31st Oct '17 5:23:27 PM darkemyst
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** ''Literature/HarryPotter''
* Near the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Harry's DA friends are all wounded to the point of being taken out of the fight, with most of them unconscious with only Nevile and Harry retaining their wands before Nevile gets taken hostage and Harry finds himself surrounded by Death Eaters and the cavalry arrives in the form of the Order of the Phoenix who save Harry and the rest of the students handily.
30th Oct '17 8:17:05 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm Over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', Shann is a Throg prisoner, strapped to a frame to enable his being tortured to death. Thorvald and the Wyverns send a mist that traps their minds; then Thorvald arrives in person to free him.
* W.E. Johns has pulled this trick multiple times in ''Biggles'', but two examples stand out:

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm Over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', ''Literature/StormOverWarlock'', Shann is a Throg prisoner, strapped to a frame to enable his being tortured to death. Thorvald and the Wyverns send a mist that traps their minds; then Thorvald arrives in person to free him.
* W.E. Johns has pulled this trick multiple times in ''Biggles'', the ''Literature/{{Biggles}}'' series, but two examples stand out:
28th Oct '17 12:43:34 PM Actua11y
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* ''Film/ABridgeTooFar''. The trope is lampshaded by General Horrocks when he briefs XXX Corps for Operation Market Garden. Unfortunately TheCavalryArrivesLate.

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* ''Film/ABridgeTooFar''. The trope is lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} by General Horrocks when he briefs XXX Corps for Operation Market Garden. Unfortunately TheCavalryArrivesLate.



** "The Packet" - Biggles has retrieved a parcel of stolen German plans and is on the way home, but six enemy fighters bar his path. Suddenly they scatter as if terrified of him, and he wonders what the hell is going on until he looks around and behind him and sees four of his own squadron formating on his wingtips and behind him. Lampshaded in-universe as he curses himself for not even noticing aircraft coming in behind him.

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** "The Packet" - Biggles has retrieved a parcel of stolen German plans and is on the way home, but six enemy fighters bar his path. Suddenly they scatter as if terrified of him, and he wonders what the hell is going on until he looks around and behind him and sees four of his own squadron formating on his wingtips and behind him. Lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} in-universe as he curses himself for not even noticing aircraft coming in behind him.



* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has this happen a couple of times, particularly during 'The Captains Rescue' when the captains are overwhelmed by SWAT teams. Captain Roland lampshades it:

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* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has this happen a couple of times, particularly during 'The Captains Rescue' when the captains are overwhelmed by SWAT teams. Captain Roland lampshades {{Lampshades}} it:
29th Sep '17 10:22:45 PM drakensis
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* ''Fanfic/AlongCameASpider'' has the Capellan reinforcements come out of nowhere to GoombaStomp the Steel Vipers right before they would have over-run Kai on Sudeten.
16th Sep '17 5:27:17 PM nombretomado
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* The Coaltion force in Libya was this to the Rebel forces in Benghazi, with Gaddafi's forces and mercenaries closing in, and enemy tanks at the entrance to the city one rebel said "So, we’re being abandoned after all." Enter the [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades French]] [[GunshipRescue airstrikes]] and later the [[NoKillLikeOverkill 120+]] [[YanksWithTanks Tomahawk]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre missiles.]]

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* The Coaltion force in Libya was this to the Rebel forces in Benghazi, with Gaddafi's forces and mercenaries closing in, and enemy tanks at the entrance to the city one rebel said "So, we’re being abandoned after all." Enter the [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades French]] [[GunshipRescue airstrikes]] and later the [[NoKillLikeOverkill 120+]] [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks Tomahawk]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre missiles.]]
14th Sep '17 7:19:53 PM ironballs16
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** The heroes in ''Film/RogueOne'' recieve unexpected reinforcements [[spoiler: in the form of the entire Rebel fleet during their raid on Scarif]], in one of the most epic space battles since ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.



* The heroes in ''Film/RogueOne'' recieve unexpected reinforcements in the form of the entire Rebel fleet during their raid on Scarif, in one of the most epic space battles since ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
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