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?
"You're all clear, kid! Now let's blow this thing and go home!"
— Han Solo, Star Wars A New Hope
"What do you think I'm gonna do? I'm gonna save the fuckin' day."
— Cameron Poe, Con Air
"The hero is supposed to get there late!"
— Kurz Weber, Full Metal Panic!! The Second Raid
It is sudden. The battlefield is filled with explosions and falling drop pods, the beleagured defenders of mankind cheer as they watch the stark armored figures emerge in their wrath. The forces of darkness despair as they know their doom is nigh, the Angels of Death come for them on wings of fire.
"Did you have a pleasant rest, waiting for the most dramatic moment to strike?"
— Avitus, Dawn of War II
"GYAHAHA!! GYAHAHA!! GYAHA!! GYAHA!! GYAHAHAHA!! Are you some kind of prince who swoops in to save the girl when she's in a pinch!?"
— Giriko, Soul Eater
FRAY: You don't have the scopes probably, over in Scaryhellsburg or wherever, but me and Harth used to watch the Western ones all the time. They had a tradition. They called it the "last stand."
ERIN: Yeah, I watched those, too. They had another tradition I liked.
(Panel shows Erin and at least a dozen police vehicles)
ERIN: They called it the cavalry.
"Get it out of the way so we can concentrate on being big goddamn heroes."
— Zaeed Massani, Mass Effect 2
Oh Dora dear, sweet Dora dear,
Keep courage up and chin held high!
The stalwart sons of old P. U.
Are here at hand to do or die!
— Tom, Dick, and Larry to Dora Standpipe, The Dover Boys
"Heroes always arrive late."
Sorry to keep you waiting.
- Piccolo, Dragon Ball Z
(Empress has Joseph on the ropes, but an unknown man shows up.)
???: Looking lame, JoJo. You're getting old.
Joseph: N..No..way! Yo...you're...
???: Looks like you're doing well!
Joseph: Caesar! Double Shock! To meet you as if you were a ghost on the mortal plane. Wait, just a single shock.
"No, sir! All thirteen!"
-A Time Lord announcing all the incarnations of the Doctor arriving to save Gallifrey, Doctor Who 50th AS "The Day of the Doctor"