* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''
** In the climax, [[spoiler:this is subverted. The big bad saw the Big Damn Heroes coming and activated his plan as he did. Consequently, they arrive thirty-five minutes too late]].
** Also [[spoiler: subverted with Dr. Manhattan's arrival. Adrian almost destroys him, but he comes back again, crushes his base, and gives an impressive BadassBoast, Adrian merely has to turn on his television to prove he's won, and Jon stands down.]]
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'':
** In part 15 of the original series, just as [[spoiler:the Wolfriders and Leetah]] are about to be slaughtered by [[spoiler:Guttlekraw's trolls]], they are rescued by [[spoiler:the Go-Backs]] and '''(big spoiler)''': [[spoiler:Rayek]]. All except [[spoiler:One-Eye]], who's killed before they arrive. [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ15/DisplayOQ15.html?page=31 Here's the scene]], if all the spoiler tags haven't put you off.
** In the climatic battle at the end of the book, Rayek and the Holt Trolls charge in just as the Wolfriders and the Go-Backs were about to be beaten. It is lampshaded with Rayek complaining to Cutter that if he had sent Petalwing the Preserver back to guide them, they could have arrived much sooner.
* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan''. Natalya and Ciba arrive just in time to stop one of Alter's mooks from kidnapping Beth Junior. GenreSavvy Hero even quips: "Natalya; always with the last minute Han Solo."
* Creator/GrantMorrison is particularly fond of this trope:
** He begins his obsession in ''Comicbook/{{Zenith}}'' (see [[http://mindlessones.com/2008/10/26/phase-aciiiieeeeeed/ this article]]).
** He takes it to its logical conclusion in ''SevenSoldiers'', which is just a bunch (conspicuously more than seven) of those moments strung together, from the badass ([[spoiler:"Gloriana! There is one!"]]) to the farcical ([[spoiler:Bulleteer accidentally running over the Queen of Darkness]] in a cartoony art style to boot) encompassing romantic, metafictional and slightly creepy along the way [[spoiler:even finding room for an ambiguous aversion, with Klarion merrily fulfilling his own personal character arc at the expense of the rest of the "team"]]
** Subverted in his JLA run when [[SmugSnake The Key]] devises a plan that actually depends on the Justice League's last minute heroic victory.
** Played straight moments later when Green Arrow Jr. shuts him down with a boxing glove arrow to the face.
* ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'':
** "Ultron. [[ComicBook/UltronUnlimited We would have words with thee.]]"
** "And yet, through the smoke, Xavier sensed a coming...of hope...of heroes...of '''Marvels'''."
* There are some instances in the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' comics that count. In ''Requiem for a Rogue'', Wedge is captured by a [[FanNickname Sithling]] who wants to use him as bait for the other Rogues. The other Rogues come on foot to rescue him, and he slips away while the Sithling is directing his forces. Just as three Rogues are about to get killed, Wedge appears with [[GunsAkimbo two stolen blasters]], shouting "[[http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/2293/blz21.jpg Everybody down!]]"
--> "Wedge! You're alive!"
--> "Yeah, and you can ''keep'' me that way by moving your behinds!"
* Subverted in ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'', during the Foot's attack at April's building; despite Casey Jones' BigDamnHeroes entrance, the Shredder's forces still manage to overrun the heroes, and they are eventually forced to retreat. The scene is eventually adapted into [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles the first movie]] and the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 second cartoon]].
* Subverted in ''{{Preacher}}'', with the truly epic failure of Cassidy's attempt at rescuing Jesse and Tulip from the Saint of Killers via [[CarFu pick-up truck.]]
* [[http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/8810/tfr4splashofawesome.jpg This]] absolutely ''awesome'' moment from ''[[TheFlash The Flash: Rebirth]]'' #4.
* In ''Justice League: Generation Lost'' #8, the League has been caught breaking into Checkmate headquarters, and are on the verge of being overwhelmed by Checkmate forces. Then the wall blows in, with Captain Atom coming to the rescue:
-->Ice: Thank God.
-->Fire: He's not God. He's just our ride.
* ''Comicbook/{{Justice}}'' has a scene where Superman has been dog-piled by four supervillains. Blindsided and beaten on by Bizarro and Solomon Grundy, weakened by Metallo's Kryptonite heart, his powers drained by the Parasite, Superman is helpless. The whole while, he's left wondering why none of the JLA are responding to his distress call, and finally, in a rather chilling scene, Superman cries out for help. Cue Big Damn Hero moment as a lightning bolt flashes across the sky, all of the villains get an "oh shit" look on their faces as a red and gold blur comes down and proceeds to take them apart. Bizarro? Punched into orbit. Metallo? Kryptonite yanked out of his chest. Parasite? Had said Kryptonite jammed in his chest, and since he had stolen Superman's powers and weaknesses, was instantly defeated by it. Solomon Grundy? Beaten unconscious into a crater. In the space of a page, these four powerful villains are handily and decisively dealt with. The blur finally slows down enough to reveal who it is, offering a hand to help Superman up.
--> '''Captain Marvel''': "It's okay Superman. I got your signal. It's going to be okay."
* In TheThanosImperative: Devastation one-shot (a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for the next cosmic Marvel mini-series, Annihilators) features one of these when [[spoiler: Blaastar]] pulled a FaceHeelTurn:
--> '''Quasar''': Shall we take this outside?
--> [[spoiler: '''Blaastar''':]] [[CurseCutShort Oh shi--]]
* In ''Franchise/TransformersTimelines'' "The Stunticon Job", when Sideswipe and Cheetor are cornered by the Stunticons, Optimus Prime disguised as Toxitron comes in, and causes a ramp to crash on the cons.
* In ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', The Battle of Metropolis is raging on and it seems that the villains are winning, especially when the Syndicate's flag bearer, Doomsday, charges forward and into the path of Arsenal and GreenArrow. Cue the arrival of Superman and Kal-L, who pummel Doomsday to the ground, followed by the other heroes who had been in the Antarctic with the two Kryptonians.
* The final part of ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'' has the original eight Robot Masters jumping in to save Dr. Light, Proto Man and Sonic's friends from the other Robot Masters. In turn, Proto Man, Knuckles and Dr. Light race in to save Sonic and Mega Man.
* In Transformers AllHailMegatron, the Autobots were trapped on Cybertron with an army of Insecticons that was busy overruning them. Right up to the point that Omega Supreme arrives and turns the tide [[IncrediblyLamePun singlehandedly]]. When he was first introduced in one of the Spotlight books prior to that, Optimus said that Omega Supreme existed more or less for that purpose.
* In PaperinikNewAdventures this was practically [[PhysicalGod Xadhoom]]'s job,so much that both she and Paperinik start lampshading it.
** It was subverted the first time,however:she bursts through a wall and saves Paperinik from the Evronians...and then tries to kill him because she mistakes him for a Evronian.
* In the rebooted TeenTitans #1, Deathstroke is about to points the muzzle of his rifle right in Robin's face and pulls the trigger. Cue Kid Flash appearing out of nowhere, plucking the bullet right out of the air, and quipping, "Bit of overkill, isn't it, using an elephant gun on a helpless teenager?" What follows is a truly epic curbstomping by a superfast yellow and red blur against a one-eyed assassin.
* When JessicaJones has been kidnapped by a group of Hydra agents in ''Comicbook/ThePulse'', a S.H.I.E.L.D. strike team led by Jessica's ex-boyfriend Clay Quartermain rescues her.

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