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?
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
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.