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Last Second Showoff
Someone who waits til the last minute cuz they're certain that they can finish their work quickly
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When a character in a work waits to perform a task because they know they can get it done. They can afford to procrastinate because they know they have the ability to get it done within the short time frame that remains.

The kind of work can be anything; it can be as simple as a race, but it can also be paperwork, lifting jobs, etc. as long as they're certain they're able to finish them quickly.

The result: they may succeed, proving their abilities, or they may fail, leading to An Aesop about not waiting until the last minute.

Codified by the Hare of the tale of The Tortoise and The Hare; he chooses to laze in the race against the slow Tortoise because he's certain that he can win, only to lose instead. See below.


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • Pokémon: During the episode Love, Petalburg Style!, Norman's Slaking slept through nearly the entire episode, until the very end when Norman summoned it to attack Team Rocket, blasting them off in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, when Gotenks is first born he challenges Piccolo to a race to the Earth's surface from the Lookout. When Piccolo finally catches up, Gotenks informed him he had circled the Earth several times and even had time for a nap.

Comic Strip
  • Parodied in Calvin And Hobbes. Calvin is supposed to write a story for school, but he tells Hobbes that first he needs to be in the right mood - last-minute panic.
  • A FoxTrot strip had Jason, a kid science genius taking a class test by spending an hour sitting and napping. When the teacher announces there's one minute left, he frantically scribbles everything down. According to him, he does this because final exams deserve to have a bit of pressure.

Folklore
  • The Trope Codifier is the hare from The Tortoise and the Hare along with pretty much every variant of the story (bar some of the parodied ones). During his race with the tortoise, after running quite far away, he lazes off and sleeps, believing that the tortoise would never get close to him. After he wakes up, he's proven wrong.

Literature
  • From The Adventures of Baron Munchausen: During his stay at the court of the Sultan of Istanbul, Baron Munchausen bets his head that he will get the Sultan a bottle of Tokay wine from Vienna in only one hour. One of the Baron's servants, an extremely fast runner, runs to Vienna to get the bottle, but when only five minutes of the deadline remain the Baron gets nervous. Another of the Baron's servants, an exceptional marksman, then observes from a watchtower that the runner is napping under a tree in Serbia. Fortunately the marksman can wake the runner with a well-aimed shot in the tree-top, and the bottle arrives Just in Time for the Baron to keep his head.
  • In the old story of Casey at the Bat he deliberately lets himself get 2 strikes because hitting a game-winning home run on the last chance seems more dramatic, however he makes an ass of himself when it causes him to strike out and lose the game.
  • In the Star Trek New Frontier novels helmsman Mark McHenry is very good at quickly calculating trajectories and other math in his head, so he spends most of his time looking bored and not doing anything, then at the last minute he'll calculate and set the coordinates, then go back to being bored.

Live-Action TV
  • Doctor Who: In "Time Crash" the Fifth Doctor and Tenth Doctor run into each other, with Five thinking that Ten's TARDIS is his own. Ten spends most of the time Squeeing over Five, but when the Cloister Bell rings with one minute until a catasrophe that will tear a hole in the universe Ten jumps in flipping switches and pressing buttons to solve the problem, which he only knows to do because he remembers seeing himself do it back when he was Five.
  • In My Hero, one episode has Thermoman challenged to various sports in his human identity. One challenge includes a swimming race, which he wins by half a second, because he stopped in the middle of the pool to comb his hair.
  • Played with in the MythBusters Powder Trail test. To see if a protagonist could really run ahead of the burning gunpowder and break the trail, Jamie lounged in a folding chair until the line of powder had burned a while, then started running. And then Adam charged in from the side and shoved Jamie away from the powder.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch had an episode when Sabrina was adjusting to college life, where she used a "double time" spell to get things done. Because of the double time, she ended up doing everything in a rush. The Aesop came when it turned out she had taken the speed from her roommates.

Newspaper Comics
  • A FoxTrot strip had Jason, a kid science genius taking a class test by spending an hour sitting and napping. When the teacher announces there's one minute left, he frantically scribbles everything down. According to him, he does this because final exams deserve to have a bit of pressure.

Other

Theater
  • During "The Contest" scene of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Pirelli and Sweeney get into a contest to determine who can make the cleanest, fastest shave. Pirelli moves relatively slowly, singing all the while. Sweeney quietly spends most of the time lathering his customer up. Sweeney both starts and finishes the actual shaving part during Pirelli's big long note at the end of the song, and wins the contest.

Western Animation
  • The Cat in the Hat has the cat amuse the children by having them search for his lost gradenza by eliminating everything that isn't a gradenza. When the mother is seen coming home, the children realize they've vandalized their house, and worry about the consequences. The cat then appears, operating a machine that expunges all the damage done in mere moments, then drives the fantastic device away. The mother enters her restored house, and remarks that she thought she saw a cat in "an old-family, moss-covered, three-handled gradenza."
  • In a Justice League episode, Batman instructs The Flash on how to disarm a bomb with only a few seconds left on the timer. Flash waits until Batman finishes before doing everything he was told before Batman has time to even take a breath.
  • In the Superman: The Animated Series episode where he was introduced, The Flash arrives almost as the charity race is about to start, explaining that he slept late. Given that the wind as he rushes past makes Lois' and Jimmy's hair stand on end, he can afford to do this.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Rainbow Dash is prone to this:
    • It's her Establishing Character Moment in the very first episode. Dash is supposed to clear the clouds out of the sky in time for a major celebration, but she lazes about while there are still a bunch of clouds left. She brags that she can afford to wait, because she can remove all the clouds "in ten seconds flat"—and she actually does.
    • In "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well," another pony falls from a broken hot air balloon, but Dash waits to sign an autograph before zipping off to the rescue. This time, she's actually a second late. Fortunately, there was someone else to save the day.
  • One episode of Care Bears had a race between the Bears and the Care Bear Cousins which Beastly tricks his way into. Fortunately, one of the Cousins chosen is Swift Heart Rabbit. Unfortunately, Swift Heart decides to wait until the race is almost over before starting. The decision comes back to bite her when she gets caught in some vines.
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