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Big Damn Heroes

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.
Firefly, "Safe"

Any time the heroes/antiheroes get to save the day in a big, awesome manner.

For instance, say that the poor Damsel in Distress is looking her fate dead in the face, and is resigned to it, because she knows that Nothing Can Save Us Now...and then, boom! The heroes kick down the door and proceed to stomp the bad guys into the ground. Just in Time.

A Ragtag Bunch of Misfits will often have a Misfit Mobilization Moment 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 Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help.

But note that a Big Damn Heroes moment doesn't have to succeed. They can fail to save the day, or even make things worse.

If the heroes just finished a training arc and show off new powers, it's Look What I Can Do Now.

If this is done in an anticlimactic way, then it's a Deus ex Machina, and dooms it bad, of course. When done right, it is a sure-fire way to get a Crowning Moment of Awesome.

A Super Trope to Roaring Rampage of Rescue. The King in the Mountain always has a legend of becoming this Up to Eleven.

A Sister Trope to Gunship Rescue, I Got You Covered, Horseback Heroism, Just in Time, or even Changed My Mind, Kid.

Compare The Cavalry (it's the heroes saved in the nick of time), Contrived Coincidence, Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work (otherwise known as Big Damn Villains), Villainous Rescue (when the villains are like this trope), "Hell Yes" Moment.

Contrast You Are Too Late, Nice Job Breaking It, Hero, The Cavalry Arrives Late.


Myth and Legend
  • It is said that King Arthur 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 Big Good 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.

As Long As There Is One ManHope IndexThe Cavalry
Big BadPt/Índice de TraduçãoBig 'NO!"
Bedouin Rescue ServiceIndex to the RescueBreaking Out the Boss
Accidental Public ConfessionClimactic TropesBig Game
Avengers AssembleCharacter Introduction IndexBig Entrance
Bathroom Break-OutAction Adventure TropesBig Heroic Run
Character DevelopmentOverdosed TropesHeartwarming Moments
Be YourselfIdealism TropesBlack and White Morality
Bedouin Rescue ServiceJust in TimeThe Cavalry
Big BadJustForFun/Tropes of LegendBig 'NO!"
Benevolent Mage RulerHeroesBig Good
Dynamic EntryBadassEar Notch
Cool BoatAwesome/Video GamesRock Band
Blood from Every OrificeImageSource/Live-Action TVCeiling Cling

alternative title(s): Big Damn Hero
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