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"Sorry to keep you waiting."
Piccolo, Dragon Ball Z

"The hero is supposed to get there late!"
Kurz Weber, Full Metal Panic!! The Second Raid

"There's no way they'll appear in the nick of time. They're not American comic book heroes that save the day. I can't count on them to make a grand "Ta-daa!" entrance and save me."
Jean-Pierre Polnareff, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

"This is a rare card. Organization XIII's entire boots-on-the-ground team, all in one place. An astonishing six-man-mission."
Luxord, after he and a few other members appear to help confront Riku, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days

"You know how in stories the hero usually shows up at the last minute and then kicks butt? Well that's I'm gonna do right now! Believe it!"
Naruto

"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

    Comic Books 

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.
Fray

Spider-Man: Everybody, say "hi" to Takuya Yamashiro, the Spider-Man of Earth-51778! Oh, and did I mention he has a giant robot?
(Leopardon busts through the portal, flying straight at Solus)
Takuya!Spider-Man: LEOPARDON!!
Solus: What manner of creature are you?!
Takuya!Spider-Man: I am the emissary of Hell! And I will fight this great evil for the fate of all Spiders!

"Tough guy, you're not dealing with a frightened girl now. Deadpool's in the house."
Deadpool

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    Fan Works 

"CALVIN, YOU'D BETTER BE AROUND HERE WAITING TO GET US OUT OF HERE!!"

Firefly: Seems like we've arrived in the nick of time. What does that make us, Thunder?
Lightning Bolt: Big Mane Heroines, Flash!

"I hate playing the Big Damn Hero."

The Kobra troops were getting closer, appallingly fast. They were around a bend of the hall, and their foremost would perish. But none of them had much illusion that they could stand off all the invaders.
Alfred allowed himself a tight smile, despite it all, and awaited the first man he would have had to kill since World War II.
Then there came a great noise like unto an explosion, not far down the hall, at approximately the same site as the Kobramen were, by the sound of it. It sounded like the roof. Alfred wondered, wildly, why the idiots were coming from that direction. Couldn't be much surprise to it, at this point.
Two Kobras skidded against the side wall at the end of the hall, their weapons twisted around their necks. They were on the far side of consciousness.
The sounds that came to the defenders now were different. Men yelling incoherently, but having their voices stopped after sharp cries of pain. There was some gunfire, but it didn't seem to matter. And more Kobramen came flying, piling up against the side wall like so much thrown garbage.
Alfred blinked, and imagined the others were reacting similarly.
"Man," said Karl Kyle, in awe. "Just what kinda cavalry is this, anyway?"
Finally, the tenth or so Kobra Cultist joined his brothers on the heap. Alfred knew who the man was who had put them there, and drew a great, sighing breath as his shoulders sagged.
The man stepped into sight, his hands on his hips, and grinned.
"I thought you might need me here," said Superman. "Diana's on her way. She's got the Purple Ray with her."

"KNOCK KNOCK, MOTHERFUCKER, WHO ORDERED A BEATING?"
God Emperor, Tales of the Emperasque

    Film - Live-Action 

"What do you think I'm gonna do? I'm gonna save the fuckin' day."
Cameron Poe, Con Air

"Agent Romanoff. You miss me?"

"Your savior is here!"
Loki, Thor: Ragnarok

"Ah ha ha! You guys are so screwed now!"
Bruce Banner, Avengers: Infinity War

"Bring me THANOS!!"

"On your left."
Falcon, Avengers: Endgame

"Woah, woah, I didn't know Dan Aykroyd was in this picture!"
Swackhammer, when Bill Murray shows up, Space Jam

"You're all clear, kid! Now let's blow this thing and go home!"
Han Solo, Star Wars: A New Hope

"Let him go. Kevin, RUN!"

    Literature 

And in that very moment, away behind in some courtyard of the city, a cock crowed. Shrill and clear he crowed, recking nothing of war nor of wizardry, welcoming only the morning that in the sky far above the shadows of death was coming with the dawn. And as if in answer there came from far away another note. Horns, horns, horns, in dark Mindolluin's sides they dimly echoed. Great horns of the north wildly blowing. Rohan had come at last.

"You sent him to the sky to die, assassin, but the sky and the winds are mine. I claim them, as I now claim your life."
Kaladin Stormblessed, Words of Radiance

    Live-Action TV 

Hellfire: I'm on fire. Well, a little more than usual.
(he prepares to murder Daisy and Jemma, but a familiar hand grabs the chain)
Robbie: Huh.
(Robbie snatches the chain off Hellfire)
Hellfire: I don't know who the hell you think you are, but you just made a big mistake.
Robbie: Funny, I was gonna say the same thing. Without the accent.
Daisy: Robbie?
Robbie: Take the stairs, find Agent Coulson.
Daisy: Coulson?
Robbie: Go.

"I have taken bold action. We must go."
Enoch, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "Inescapable"

Delenn: This is Ambassador Delenn of the Minbari. Babylon 5 is under our protection. Withdraw, or be destroyed.
Drake: Negative. We have authority here. Do not force us to engage your ship.
Delenn: Why not? Only one human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari fleet. He is behind me; you are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else.

"No, sir! All thirteen!"
The Twelfth Doctor announcing all the incarnations of the Doctor arriving to save Gallifrey, Doctor Who 50th AS "The Day of the Doctor"

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"

"You couldn't have saved this woman... Or your friend. But you could have if you had have known in time. And that's the other thing I'm offering you, a chance to be there in time."

Tyler: Sorry it took us a while to get here, Captain.
Pike: Cavalry arrived just in time. See you brought some new friends.
L'Rell: Not the term I would use, Captain. However, the Klingon Empire will always fight to preserve our future.
Star Trek: Discovery, "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2"

"All ships, the Klingons and Kelpiens have joined our fight. Transmit encrypted data on the enemy fleet and advise all squad commanders to coordinate their efforts with our new allies."
Saru, Star Trek: Discovery, "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2"

Ultraman Geed: What took you so long?
Ultraman Zero: Heh, you know what they say. The star always show up late!

    Music 
Dedication, dedication
They're outnumbered fifteen to one
And the battle's begun
Then the Winged Hussars arrived!
Coming down the mountainside
Then the Winged Hussars arrived!
Coming down they turned the tide
Sabaton, The Winged Hussars

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    Tabletop Games 

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.

    Video Games 

Loptr!Aesir: What on earth was that?
Bayonetta: Just some fool who's always swinging in out of nowhere. Albeit with absolutely impeccable timing. I suppose not even a god can see him coming?

Thaddeus: Fury from the sky! Cut them down! (THUMP!) Sergeant Thaddeus, reporting for duty, Commander.
Avitus: Did you have a pleasant rest, waiting for the most dramatic moment to strike?
Thaddeus: Good to see you too, Avitus.

"I believe we’ve arrived just in time!"

"All of a sudden, some guys rushed into the room."

"Anyway... thanks again for saving my skin. The way you showed up and fought that guy off... it was a pretty cool thing to watch. You were like a hero charging in to save the girl."
Tifa Lockhart to Cloud Strife, Dissidia 012

"Get it out of the way so we can concentrate on being big goddamn heroes."
Zaeed Massani, Mass Effect 2

Tali'Zorah: Shepard? I'm not complaining, but you show up at the strangest times. What are you doing in the middle of geth space?
Shepard: I was in the neighborhood, thought you might need a hand.

Franklin: These fools picking on you? It wouldn't be right if I didn't have to save your ass just once.
Lamar: Save me? Nigga, I just wanted some company.

"Hold it right there, vile serpent!!"
Susano, Ōkami

"It's a pleasure to meet you. Oh, wait. No it's not."
Ampharos to Nuzleaf, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon

Dr. Nefarious: NOOOOOO!! I don't believe it!!
Captain Qwark: Believe it, toaster head!

Yuma: He's so FAST!
Kirika: (as Jinas closes in for the kill) Your Radiance!!
(Agnum suddenly appears and blocks Jinas' attack)
Agnum: (chuckling) Whoa, there!
Jinas: So it's you--!
Agnum: Watch where you're swinging that thing... Jinas.

Vyse: There's no point in resisting. Throw down your weapons and hand over your ship!
Valuan Soldier: Imbeciles! What do you think the two of you can do against the five of us? Take them down!
(a gunshot rings out and a bullet hits the soldier in the head. The camera cuts to a man holding a smoking pistol)
Dyne: I think you miscounted. I only see four of you.

"Heroes always arrive late."
Masahiro Sakurai, talking about the song "Go K.K. Rider!" on the Smash Bros. DOJO!!

"Hey, McCloud! Different time, different planet, and you still need Falco's help! It's good to see ya, buddy!"
Falco Lombardi, Star Fox Adventures

Magilou: Heheh! With an entrance like this, it's almost like...
Velvet: Like we're a bunch of heroes.
Magilou: Hey, no fair! You were supposed to say "Like what?"

Thug: You pay on time, you get protection. If you don't... (slaps the woman) Or are you expecting a Knight in Shining Armor?
Geralt: Close enough.

Neku: [Hanekoma] saved our asses more than once last week.
Joshua: What a coincidence. He's been in the business of saving my ass for quite some time now.

Demiurg Brotherhood responding.

"Attention, all crew. Today marks the day of our maiden voyage. And what a day it is. But this grand blue yonder is no place for confinement! Let us show them we won't so easily dance to their tune!"
Olivert Reise Arnor, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV

    Web Original 

(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.

"DARKUS! YOUR GREATEST MISTAKE HAS ARRIVED!"
-Task, The Unexpectables, Episode 131 & 132

Sergio Ramos: In chaos, everything is legal. [laughs mischievously and tears up a red card before charging at João Félix]
João Félix: [sitting, with a leg trapped under the debris, which he desperately tries to free] Oh, no!
Diego Costa: [bursts into the frame while whacking Ramos into the ground] Not today, Sergio!

"Why do people keep showing up at the last possible second?! This is the worst!"
Kirk, Studio C, (The Best Star Trek Deleted Scene)

    Western Animation 

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!note 
Tom, Dick, and Larry to Dora Standpipe, The Dover Boys

"I figured I'd wait for you all to be in trouble and then I'd make an awesome heroic entrance. Pretty cool, right?"

Lunaris: Any last words, earther?
Scrooge: (sees his family on top of Mitsy) Hi, kids.
The Duck family: Hi, Uncle Scrooge!
DuckTales (2017), "Moonvasion!"

Mariner: Ugh, all hands, head for escape pods! Prepare to abandon ship!
Boimler: (noticing another ship heading their way) Wait... incoming ship? (The U.S.S. Titan drops out of warp and races to the Cerritos) It's the Titan!
Star Trek: Lower Decks, "No Small Parts"


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