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Basic Trope: Allies arrive just in time to save the heroes.

  • Straight: The heroes are surrounded, facing certain death. Big Good comes and smashes the enemy with his troops.
  • Exaggerated:
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  • Downplayed: The heroes are facing a large number of enemy forces in what promises to be a very close battle. Midway through, reinforcements arrive, and are just enough to tip the odds in the heroes' favor.
  • Justified:
    • The heroes set up a Last Stand in order to lure the enemy to battle in order to be defeated by The Cavalry.
    • The heroes have a magical item that allows them to call for help when they need it most.
    • The Big Good has Psychic Powers that tell him when the heroes are in trouble, so he can send in The Cavalry to save them.
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  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • The Cavalry show up and are quickly decimated, but the spectacle of the rescuers failing allows the heroes to find their second wind, after which both the remnants of the cavalry and the heroes win the battle.
    • The Cavalry Betrayal results in their capture, and the cavalry hustle them off to safety.
    • Many of the soldiers involved in the Cavalry Betrayal pull a Heel–Face Turn at the last second.
    • The cavalry show up too late to make a difference in the fight but early enough to evacuate a hero on death door to the nearest hospital Just in Time.
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  • Zig Zagged: But it turns out the dead heroes were Only Mostly Dead.
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  • Averted: The Cavalry never comes.
  • Enforced: "We've written the protagonists into a corner. We need a way to get them out of danger."
  • Lampshaded: "We're surrounded and have no way out. This means that reinforcements should come soon."
  • Invoked: The heroes send a message to Big Good in order to send in The Cavalry.
  • Exploited: The Big Bad isn't after the heroes; he wanted to kill the leader of the cavalry, and he knew they would show up if the heroes were in serious danger.
  • Defied: "We can't spare any troops to rescue the heroes and risk more losses."
  • Discussed: "Only one way we can get out of this one. A bunch of allies arriving just in time to save us".
  • Conversed: "Only one way they can get out of this one. A bunch of allies arriving just in time to save them".
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: The heroes knew they had little hopes for survival anyways, and make a Heroic Sacrifice...

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