[[quoteright:300:[[Series/{{Firefly}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/big_damn_heroes.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:300:[[WesternAnimation/MightyMouse Here they come, to save the day!]]]]

->'''Mal:''' Well, look at this! Appears we got here just in the nick of time. What does that make us?\\
'''Zoe:''' Big damn heroes, sir!\\
'''Mal:''' Ain't we just.
-->-- ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYeqDD96gLg Safe]]"

Any time the heroes[=/=]{{anti hero}}es get to save the day in a big, awesome manner.

For instance, say that the poor DamselInDistress is looking her {{fate|WorseThanDeath}} dead in the face, and is [[YouCantFightFate resigned]] to it, because she knows that NothingCanSaveUsNow...and then, ''boom''! The heroes [[DynamicEntry kick down the door]] and proceed to [[CurbStompBattle stomp the bad guys into the ground]]. JustInTime.

A RagtagBunchOfMisfits will often have a MisfitMobilizationMoment before becoming the Big Damn Heroes. If they were busy with something else, but saw the crisis and dropped whatever they were doing in order to save the day, it's a case of DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp.

Note that a Big Damn Heroes moment doesn't have to ''succeed''. They can [[TheBadGuyWins fail to save the day]], or even [[NiceJobBreakingItHero make things worse]]. These are all straight versions of the trope.

If the heroes just finished a training arc and show off new powers, it's LookWhatICanDoNow.

If this is done in an anticlimactic way, then it's a DeusExMachina. When done right, it is a sure-fire way to get a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]], or why not, a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment of Heartwarming]].

A SuperTrope to RoaringRampageOfRescue. The KingInTheMountain always has a legend of becoming this.

A SisterTrope to GunshipRescue, IGotYouCovered, HorsebackHeroism, JustInTime, or even ChangedMyMindKid.

Compare TheCavalry (it's the heroes saved in the nick of time), ContrivedCoincidence, BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork (otherwise known as Big Damn Villains), VillainousRescue (when the villains are like this trope), HellYesMoment.

Contrast YouAreTooLate, NiceJobBreakingItHero, TheCavalryArrivesLate.


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* BigDamnHeroes/ProfessionalWrestling
* BigDamnHeroes/TabletopGames
* BigDamnHeroes/{{Toys}}
* BigDamnHeroes/VideoGames (including VisualNovels)
* BigDamnHeroes/WebComics
* BigDamnHeroes/WebOriginal
* BigDamnHeroes/WesternAnimation
* BigDamnHeroes/RealLife

[[AC: Myth and Legend]]
* It is said that Myth/KingArthur will return in England's hour of greatest need.
* The same is said about Dom Sebastião of Portugual. It's called Sebastianism.
* The Other Wiki has a page for this "folk-motif" called Sleeping King.
* Some Jews believe this of a coming Messiah. Christians believe in the Second Coming of Jesus.
** Muslims also believe in the Second Coming in way that invokes this trope; the big difference is that Jesus is just one of many Prophets, not the BigGood Himself. Instead of dying on the cross, he was spared and taken up to Heaven still alive as a miracle. In the last days, he is expected to return to Earth to help marshall the forces of Good and then die a mortal death in the final battle against Evil.
* Jesus' first coming is a double subversion of this trope. None of his disciples believed that he was going to die on the cross; they thought he would be mounting an army to take over the Romans.