troperville

tools

toys

SubpagesAGodAmI
ActionDad
ActionGirl
AdultFear
AffablyEvil
AfterTheEnd
AllThereInTheManual
AlternativeCharacterInterpretation
AnachronismStew
AndIMustScream
AndTheFandomRejoiced
AntiVillain
AnyoneCanDie
ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
ArtEvolution
ArtifactTitle
Awesome
AwesomeButImpractical
AwesomeMcCoolname
AxCrazy
BLAM
Badass
BadassAdorable
BadassBoast
BadassBookworm
BadassCreed
BadassGrandpa
BadassNormal
BatmanGambit
BerserkButton
BetterThanItSounds
BewareTheNiceOnes
BigBad
BigDamnHeroes
BigEater
BittersweetEnding
BlessedWithSuck
BlindIdiotTranslation
BlueAndOrangeMorality
BodyHorror
BoisterousBruiser
BreathWeapon
BrokenBase
BrotherSisterIncest
BullyingADragon
BunnyEarsLawyer
ButtMonkey
CaptainObvious
CardCarryingVillain
CarnivoreConfusion
CharacterDerailment
CharacterSheets
Characters
ChuckCunninghamSyndrome
CompletedMigrations
ConservationOfNinjutsu
CowboyBebopAtHisComputer
CrapsackWorld
CrazyAwesome
CrazyPrepared
CreatorsPet
CriticalExistenceFailure
CuteBruiser
DarkIsNotEvil
DarkerAndEdgier
DeaderThanDisco
DealWithTheDevil
DemonicSpiders
Determinator
DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu
Discontinuity
DisproportionateRetribution
DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
DorkAge
DrivenToSuicide
DroppedABridgeOnHim
DumbMuscle
DyingMomentOfAwesome
EarlyInstallmentWeirdness
EarnYourHappyEnding
EldritchAbomination
EnemyMine
EnsembleDarkHorse
EpicFail
EstablishingCharacterMoment
EvenEvilHasStandards
EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
EvilCounterpart
Expy
ExtremeOmnivore
EyeBeams
EyeScream
FaceHeelTurn
FanFic
FanNickname
FanPreferredCouple
FantasticRacism
FantasyGunControl
FatBastard
FiveBadBand
FiveManBand
FlameWar
FollowTheLeader
FreudianExcuse
FreudianTrio
Fridge
FridgeHorror
FromBadToWorse
FunWithAcronyms
Funny
GameBreaker
GargleBlaster
GenreDeconstruction
GenreSavvy
GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff
GoddamnedBats
GroinAttack
GrowingTheBeard
Gush
Hammerspace
HarsherInHindsight
HaveAGayOldTime
Heartwarming
HeterosexualLifePartners
HoistByHisOwnPetard
HonorBeforeReason
HotBlooded
HypercompetentSidekick
IAmNotShazam
ImageSource
ImprobableWeaponUser
ImprovisedWeapon
InternetBackdraft
InterspeciesRomance
ItsAllAboutMe
KeepCirculatingTheTapes
KilledOffForReal
KillerRabbit
KnightTemplar
Laconic
LampshadeHanging
LightIsNotGood
LightningBruiser
MadeOfIron
MagicPants
MagnificentBastard
Main
MakeMeWannaShout
MeaningfulName
Memes
MemeticBadass
MesACrowd
MindRape
MisaimedFandom
Monster
MoralEventHorizon
MrFanservice
MundaneUtility
MythologyGag
Narm
NauseaFuel
NeedsMoreLove
NiceHat
NightmareFuel
NinjaPirateZombieRobot
NintendoHard
NoExportForYou
NoIndoorVoice
NonIndicativeName
NoodleIncident
NotSoDifferent
OhCrap
OldShame
OlderThanTheyLook
OlderThanTheyThink
OneHitKill
OneManArmy
OneWingedAngel
OnlySaneMan
OurDragonsAreDifferent
OurVampiresAreDifferent
OurWerebeastsAreDifferent
OverlyLongName
PapaWolf
ParanoiaFuel
ParentalAbandonment
PowerTrio
PunchClockVillain
Quotes
RealityEnsues
RecycledInSpace
RedOniBlueOni
Redundancy
ReferencedBy
RefugeInAudacity
RoaringRampageOfRevenge
RunningGag
SceneryPorn
ScheduleSlip
SchmuckBait
ScrappyMechanic
SeinfeldIsUnfunny
SerialEscalation
SeriousBusiness
ShootTheShaggyDog
ShoutOut
ShownTheirWork
SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism
SmallReferencePools
SmugSnake
SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness
SpiritualSuccessor
StealthPun
StepfordSmiler
SuperWeight
SuspiciouslySpecificDenial
TalkingToHimself
TearJerker
TheBadGuyWins
TheDragon
TheDreaded
TheFaceless
TheFool
ThePowerOfRock
TheSmurfettePrinciple
ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill
TheyChangedItNowItSucks
TimeLord
TooDumbToLive
TookALevelInBadass
TropersDoIt
TurnOfTheMillennium
UglyCute
UncannyValley
UnfortunateNames
UnstoppableRage
UnusualEuphemism
UnwinnableByMistake
UpToEleven
VideoGameCrueltyPotential
VitriolicBestBuds
WMG
WarpThatAesop
WellIntentionedExtremist
WhatMeasureIsANonHuman
WhatTheHellHero
WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes
WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds
WorseThanItSounds
WretchedHive
WrongGenreSavvy
XMeetsY
YouGottaHaveBlueHair
YouShallNotPass
ZergRush

main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Big Damn Heroes: Table Top Games
  • Most RPGs have you appear in the villain's lair just in time, after fighting your way past all his henchmen. This occurs even if you Take Your Time getting there.
  • It could be said that Exalted takes this to an extreme, as not only do you show up in the nick of time, but you are all but guaranteed a flashy, even gaudy entrance that defies all logic.
  • The ridiculously extensive battle history of Warhammer 40,000 has hundreds of these moments on every side, to the point where in the latest Space Marine codex, Vanguard Veteran Squads have a 'Heroic Intervention' ability exclusively to pull off these moments... though it doesn't always work.
    • Though if you have them show up to help a Scout squad (the second wimpiest unit in the Codex) equipped with a teleport homer, it does always work.
    • The Legion of the Damned is a Space Marine chapter with this as their schtick. Despite losing most of their chapter and being horribly mutated by a freak warp storm, the surviving members of the Fire Hawks chapter remain loyal to the Imperium, and have since then dedicated themselves to teleporting onto the battlefield when all hope of victory for the forces of the Empire has been lost, and soundly beating the crap out of the enemy before disappearing back into the warp only to show up somewhere else.
    • Fear of this trope was the reason Horus dropped the deflector shield on his flagship at the Siege of Terra (and thus allowing the Emperor to attack him) - the entire Ultramarines legion (that's 250,000 Astartes) were on their way. The Space Wolves and Dark Angels (nearly as many marines again) were on their heels. And they were pissed.
    • Played awesomely by the Eldar hero Prince Yriel. He was an admiral of Craftworld Iyanden's fleet, but he angering the craftworld's seer council with a rash tactical decision, and was exiled, leaving on his flagship, the Flame of Asuryan. Years later, Iyanden came under attack by a Tyranid Hive Fleet, and the Tyranids swept across the craftworld destroying all in their path. Just as all hope seemed lost, the Flame of Asuryan reappeared over the craftworld followed by a huge fleet of Eldar Corsairs. Yriel's pirate fleet turned the tide back against the Tyranids and Yriel slew the Tyranid Hive Tyrant himself, breaking the hive fleet's back and saving Iyanden from certain destruction.
  • Nobilis has a fairly basic power available to starting characters which ensures they always show up in the nick of time. The more powerful version ensures they ALWAYS show up in the nick of time...even if the bad guys did it 35 minutes ago, or sacrificed the princess last week.
  • In Magic: The Gathering, the aptly-named instant Dramatic Entrance lets you turn any given massive creature into your very own Big Damn Hero.
    • There's also Avatar of Hope, which can block anything. What's so big damn heroic about it? It costs only two mana to play when you have three life or less.
    • Angel of Salvation, which not only makes a sudden appearance to haul you out of trouble, but can also protect you from potential serious harm.
  • Some cards from the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game have effects that emulate this trope.
    • For example, Gorz - Emissary Of Darkness is special summoned when you take damage while having nothing on your field.
    • Starlight Road negates the destruction of two or more cards and special summons a Stardust Dragon from you extra deck.
    • Not surprisingly, both cards are part of the Meta Game for that exact reason.
Professional WrestlingBig Damn HeroesToys

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
7660
33