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Heroes always arrive late
Masahiro Sakurai, in the Smash Bros Dojo

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"
That was too close... you were almost a Jill Sandwich!
Barry Burton, from the original Good Bad Translation of Resident Evil
It was, she though, the first time the experience had differed from one of her sci-fi anime series. There, when the kill-sats inevitably went out of control and targeted the good guys, they'd only be stopped from firing at the last instant, even as the villains were giving the fire command. Not so here. If her screen was accurate, they'd had all of forty-seven seconds left over.
Hayate, in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha fan fiction Stahlkönigin

Chloe: "Clark, why do you always have to wait until the last second?"

Clark: "It wouldn't be as funny otherwise."
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