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Big Damn Heroes: Fanworks
Bleach
  • Downfall: Ichigo sure thinks he's one when he arrives moments before Orihime's kidnapping is completed . Then Nell shuts him down, hard. Makes sense, she is the Primera, after all.
    • But in Fate Black Reflection, Ichigo DOES pull this off impressively. How impressively? He holds Excalibur at bay with a Getsuga Tenshou.

Calvin and Hobbes

The Chronicles of Narnia

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
  • Tiberium Wars has an epic moment when the GDI Marines appear at the Langley AFB battle.
    • Havoc does this for Sandra Telfair in Chapter 16, as she escapes from Nod.
      • During the battle for the Pentagon, GDI forces are being worn down by Nod's superior numbers and seven Avatars. And then the Mammoth tanks and annihalate Nod's forces.

Cross Over
  • Alyx and Barney get this in Between Minds when they navigate an aerial battle against several gunships with a single helicopter, to drop an EMP on some Advisors.
  • Tiger pulls one in Dungeon Keeper Ami. Ami was battleing Crowned Death telepathicly, during the battle of Crowned Death's High Temple. Battleing and looseing, badly. Tiger possessed Ami while she is possessed by Crowned Death, a move so inherently suicidal that she manages to (metephorically) sneak past the dueling minds and fill the massive, swimming fortress with high explosives useing Ami's link to Crowned Death. She even breifly goes One-Winged Angel doing it, too.
  • A LOT of these happen in Ace Combat: Equestria Chronicles. Lampshaded during the first group moment in chapter 6 of The Equestrian War:
    Firefly: Seems like we've arrived in the nick of time. What does that make us, Thunder?
    Lightning Bolt: Big Mane Heroines, Flash!
  • In Chapter 6 of Equal And Opposite Attraction, Hayate is trapped in a pocket dimension of dark magic, slowly being mind-raped into a coma. In the next chapter, Negi hears her cry for help and acts accordingly. However it isn't so much his entrance that's flashy, but rather his EXIT.
  • With a name like Kyon Big Damn Hero you'd expect Kyon pulls this trope often. You'd be right: saving Tsuruya from a some Yakuza twice, Kanae from an upperclassman a few days later or to Sasaki when she was being kidnapped he can certainly do the titular trope.
  • The Man with No Name crosses over Firefly and Doctor Who. It would be weird if Big Damn Heroes didn't apply.
  • Renegade: Kaidan Alenko takes down Zaeed Massani in a mini mecha singlehandedly after the latter attempts to double cross Shepherd.
  • "I hate playing the Big Damn Hero." (Emphasis and Capitalisation Academia Nut's)
  • Turnabout Storm:
    • Phoenix gets saved just in time from being attacked by timberwolves while he's lost in the forest by Fluttershy, of all ponies.
    • What witness pulls the obligatory Ace Attorney Big Damn Heroes moment by showing up just as Phoenix is about to lose the trial? Surprise, it's Fluttershy again!
  • Just as Calvin is sentenced to life in Azkaban in The Best Seven Years, Galaxoid and Nebular rescue Calvin by freezing time and teleporting him onto their ship
    • This happens again in the sequel In Love and War. Calvin breaks into the Predicons base to rescue Susie. They do a pretty good job until they get to the air duct, which eats up a lot of time and ultimately causes them to get caught and captured by Waspinator of all people. And then the Maximals manage to rescue them.
  • Justice League of Equestria: In Mare of Steel, Princess Luna breaks into Steel Wing's base to save Rainbow Dash/Supermare, and arrests him just after he essentially called her useless.
  • Concept Road - Averted. Louis attempts to rescue the damsel in distress, Mami Tomoe during her Heroic BSOD while facing Charlotte, but she winds up being the one to get the job done.
  • Fate Revelation Online: Shirou Emiya exists solely for this early on in the fic, to the point that he became known as the Sixth Ranger.

Dangan Ronpa
  • In And Again, Asahina gets one when she jumps in and kicks away Monobear when he tries to murder Chihiro while their strongest classmates are off gathering weapons. This is followed quickly by Mukuro, Sakura and Mondo getting back and opening fire before he can retaliate.

Death Note

Dragon Age
  • In Dragon Age The Crown Of Thorns, Sten gets one and it overlaps with a Journey to the Center of the Mind and Battle in the Center of the Mind, since he is helped inside the mind of the resident Guile Hero / Magnificent Bastard dwarven prince Warden Commander, by a spell of the elven mage. Once inside, he helps him fight off a psychic attack on the Archdemon's part that would have lobotomized the Warden otherwise, if not killed him.
    • A more recent chapter has not just Sten, but also Alim Surana (the elven mage Warden) and Leliana doing something quite similar, although, in this case, they have to save him from his mind breaking down since the Archdemon's psychic attack is already over.

Dragon Ball
  • In the Dragon Ball Z story Honor Trip, this is best described as when Goku comes from otherworld and rescues Trunks from Future Cell just before the latter kills him.

Firefly
  • Forward uses this extensively, but being a Firefly fanfic, that's no surprise, and its lampshaded and subverted as often as it is played straight.

Halo
  • Enemy of My Enemy has two good ones: Vtan & Zerat saving Perry from the desperate Outlander Elites, and later the Hunter pair busting in to save a group of children from a Brute pack.

The Lion King

Mega Man
  • Mega Man Recut has Duo slamming down to the moon to take out Wily and his minions in "The Mega Man in the Moon".
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, ProtoMan borders on this when he saves Mega Man from Bass in Episode 7.
    • Bass inadvertently saves Mega Man from the Killers in Episode 10, restating his claim that he is the only one that is going to kill Mega Man.
    • Bass does this again in Episode 11, saving Roll from a collapsed building.
    • In Episode 11, chapter 11, Mr. Black saves the President from Wily's execution.
    • Also in Episode 11, ProtoMan saves Mega Man and the world by turning on Wily and detonating the Mad Grinder.
  • Mega Man Reawakened has Rush and Bon Bonne save Mega Man in Arc 4, chapter 2.
    • In Arc 4, chapter 4, Wily, Glyde, and Protoman help save Mega Man from a rampaging Quentin Emerald.
    • Arc 5, chapter 1, has Roll save Robert from Magnet Man's Gravity Squeeze.

Medaka Box
  • World As Myth: Zenkichi comes to Kumagawa's rescue during his fight with War God Mode Medaka, and later Hyuga does the same.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • Friendship is Magic: The Adventures of Spike: There's one early on when Spike saves Fluttershy from a group of Timberwolves.
    • Rainbow Dash and Princess Luna save Spike from the Diamond Dog grunts harassing him.
    • The Doctor saving Ditzy from a group of changelings during their invasion.
  • The Immortal Game, being a War Fic, naturally is full of these. The crowner, however, belongs to Fluttershy of all ponies — in the third-to-last chapter, during the Battle of the Everfree, she saves the remainder of the Loyalists from Titan's monster army by showing up riding the oldest and most powerful dragon alive and scaring the monsters away.
  • Happens several times in Inner Demons:
    • First, adult Apple Bloom, Lezard, and Spike save Applejack from a group of Neo Canterlot soldiers that have captured her.
    • Likewise, Fluttershy saving Rainbow Dash from another group of soldiers about to finish her off after Scootaloo left her for dead.
    • Shortly after, it looks like Scootaloo's forces are going to finish off the remaining protagonists, only for Rainbow Dash to save Pinkie Pie, causing their Elements of Harmony to evolve to armor, which is followed by destroying the soldiers and sending Scootaloo running.
    • Applejack breaks Rarity out of the dungeon and as they're escaping they're cornered by the brainwashed Princess Luna, who begins to wipe the floor with them before the other Element bearers burst through a window, and turn the situation into a successful fighting retreat.
    • The Element bearers confront Queen!Twilight in Fillydelphia just before she — in the middle of a Villainous Breakdown — can execute Cadence in an incestuous, jealous rage.
  • In the Pony POV Series, The Final Battle with Fluttershy's Superpowered Evil Side, Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper, is going badly. The group are battered, beaten, and bloody, Rarity's pretty much completely out of it with broken legs and no energy left to use magic, and the only way to stop Nightmare Whisper seems to be Rainbow Dash performing a Mercy Kill. Thankfully, Fluttercruel fights her way out of the Jury of the Damned she was being tried by and manifests in the physical world. Not only does she give the others the motivation to summon the Elements, she fills in for Fluttershy as the Element Of Kindness, allowing them to defeat Nightmare Whisper with them.
    • Part 6 of Shining Armor's Arc has a moment that combines this with Gunship Rescue. When Shining and his griffon allies are about to be killed by General-Admiral Makarov's forces, the rest of Shining's squad shows up, followed shortly thereafter by the rest of the forces under his command, including several attack shuttles. Makarov wisely retreats at that point.
      • Directly before that, Thunderchild, one of Shining's squad, saved Shining from Makarov, who had him trapped in an Anti-Magic force field spell and was going to beat him to death.
    • Similarly, in Part 15, a Hooviet army is about to wipe out the village that Misfit Actual and the Anti-Hooviet Rebels are protecting, when Commander Shepherd shows up with every armed ship in Cadence's flotilla and scares them off.
  • The Battle of Cloudsdale in The Abundance. The abstract Loyalty has brainwashed the masses, Twilight is down for the count and just for fun he decides to drop The Doctor and Dinky to their deaths. Cue two heroic arrivals: first, Derpy Hooves performs a SONIC RAINBOOM to save her daughter and The Doctor... then Trixie arrives with Faith, an army of former prisoners, and a massive airship to turn the tide and win the battle.
  • The Powers Of Harmony: Luna saves the Mane Six and their allies from Cetus and Eclipse with a Death from Above attack (they survive), followed by teleporting them away and scattering them.
    • Rainbow Dash pulling off the Sonic Rainboom (in this continuity, for the first time since she got her cutie mark) in order to save Esra and Tastar from a giant dragon.
  • Subverted in The Mixed Up Life Of Brad; when Twilight's boyfriend is being held imprisoned, she arrives and knocks out the guards. Brad imagines that any minute now she'll burst dramatically through the door and deliver a badass one-liner, but it turns out she just wants to talk to him—there's no point in freeing him anyway, as there's nowhere they can escape to. He has to persuade her to burst dramatically through the door (and deliver the one-liner).
  • Since she's constantly racing the clock, Pinkamina from Seeing The Pattern gets a number of these moments. The most impressive is when she saves Apple Bloom from a burning barn by launching herself out of the Party Canon.
  • The fanfic collection The Monster Mash features a number of Big Damn Heroes moments particularity in Rarity: Blood and Water and Rainbow Dash: The Big Battle.
  • In Sly Wits Paradise, the Shaman came just in time to save Celestia before a pack of hungry wolves killed her.

Naruto
  • A Growing Affection has multiple examples, but most notably: the Jonin backup teams save the Naruto Rescue Squad from the One and Three-Tails. Team Kakashi saves the original Ino-Shika-Cho from the Paths of Pein.
  • Drifting has plenty of these moments. They usually result in Naruto earning friends or having another girl fall in love with him.

Pokémon
  • In The Sun Soul, there are more than a few moments when the heroes swoop in to save the day at the last possible second. Although the author seems to like making them pay for their constant heroics.
  • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance, the main characters end up walking unprepared into a Monster House in Chapter 14 while looking for the Flygon who can help them find one of the missing crystals that is hidden somewhere in the desert. Luckily, the other two rescue teams that came along to help with the search show up, and distract the wild Pokémon while the main characters look for the exit to the dungeon.
    • In Chapter 19, the main characters end up in a Monster House again, and while better prepared this time, still find themselves in a difficult spot. Luckily, their friend Azure, who had recently evolved into a Marill, shows up and helps them fight off the wild Pokémon.
  • In Pokemon The Mewsical, Misty and Brock save Ash from Giovanni at the end.
    • Earlier, Mr. Mime saves Ash and Gary.
  • ''Rebirth shows Ethan saving Whitney from Team Rocket in the nick of time.

Ragnarok Online

Resident Evil

Super Mario Bros.
  • Clash of the Elements: Gemini, Geno, and Alpha pull off one of these moments in the very chapters that they end up joining the group in, saving the heroes from the outer guardian of the Lightning Palace, Joe Dark and The Dark Crystal King respectively.
    • Rosalina does this as well in Chapter 46, saving Mario from dying at the hands of Joe Dark
    • In return, Mario does this for Alex in Chapter 54 by stopping and destroying Joe Dark's sword from killing him in one-blow

Team Fortress 2
  • Respawn Of The Dead gives us Scout rushing in whacking the traitorous RED Spy over the head with his bat, when the latter had the Engineer and Sniper at both gun and knifepoint, and had just before been suggesting that he and the Engineer gang-rape Sniper.

Warhammer40000
  • The beginning of the "Big Damn Heroes" moment in chapter 20 of Warhammer40000 fanfic ToyHammer starts off with the main character running over a Daemonhost (an Eldritch Abomination that has been summoned from a Negative Space Wedgie to possess an already unlikeable monster) with a battered pickup truck. Then offloading the elite of the Warhammer40000 universe's armies (who have been miniaturized).
    • Semi-subverted in that he still gets his ass handed to him about five minutes later, giving way to a second Big Damn Heroes moment in the same chapter by a 10 year old girl (who has the unmodifiable psychic 'fingerprint' of The God Emperor of Mankind.).

Transformers
  • In Transformers Meta, Wheeljack has one of these moments in the pilot episode, shortly after Hound was contemplating having the team evacuate the ship while they were getting attacked by the Darksyde.
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