10 Times Main Characters Were Totally Saved By Random Nobodies

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Vote up the totally random nobodies who should get more credit for saving *everything*.

Not every movie hero has a cape, catchphrase, weapon, or even a name. Big impacts can come from seemingly insignificant characters, one of which is saving the main heroes. Most amazingly of all, some of these minor characters have no idea their actions - or inactions - saved anyone, let alone an entire species or half the beings in the universe.

Learn more about these unlikely circumstances below as we bring you movie moments where main characters get saved by random nobodies.


  • 1
    105 VOTES

    Spider-Man And A Tram Full Of Bystanders Are Saved By A Random New Yorker’s Thrown Piece Of Garbage

    Spider-Man And A Tram Full Of Bystanders Are Saved By A Random New Yorker’s Thrown Piece Of Garbage
    Photo: Spider-Man / Sony Pictures Releasing

    In the original Spider-Man, while Spidey is precipitously holding onto Mary Jane and a cable car full of children, the Green Goblin mounts an attack that would have left everyone dead - had it not been for litter.

    Yes, as the Goblin charges Spidey with his glider blades drawn, he gets knocked off-course by a piece of garbage. Perplexed, he turns around to find a bridge full of everyday New Yorkers who continue to pelt him with paraphernalia.

    They distract him while Spidey lowers the trolley and Mary Jane safely onto a barge.

  • 2
    94 VOTES

    A Rat Inadvertently Presses A Button That Frees Ant-Man From The Quantum Realm, Which Is Used To Save Half The Universe

    A Rat Inadvertently Presses A Button That Frees Ant-Man From The Quantum Realm, Which Is Used To Save Half The Universe
    Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    A regular ol' rat is responsible for reversing Thanos's genocide in Avengers: Endgame. The rascally rodent runs across the Quantum Realm machine in Scott Lang's van, stepping on a button that releases Scott, who reveals the secret of time travel to the surviving Avengers. With this knowledge, they travel back in time to undo the Snap, which resurrects half the universe.

    Trillions of beings owe their lives to a single rat that has no idea what happened.

  • 3
    84 VOTES

    A S.H.I.E.L.D. Technician Delays Launching The Insight Helicarriers Long Enough For Captain America To Stop Them

    A S.H.I.E.L.D. Technician Delays Launching The Insight Helicarriers Long Enough For Captain America To Stop Them
    Photo: Captain America: The Winter Soldier / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Cameron Klein is the name of the ordinary guy who stands up to his gun-wielding superior in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He refuses to launch the Helicarriers when ordered to at gunpoint, delaying the operation, which allows Cap and company to react sooner rather than later.

    He would have sacrificed his life if it weren't for Sharon Carter, who kicked Klein out of range of the rogue agent's bullet.

    The character was originally credited as "Launch Tech #1," but he got an official name when he was promoted to serve in Nick Fury's new team in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

  • 4
    48 VOTES

    John Connor's Friend Tells Him To Leave The Mall To Avoid A Cop, Not Knowing That It's The Terminator Disguised As A Cop 

    John Connor's Friend Tells Him To Leave The Mall To Avoid A Cop, Not Knowing That It's The Terminator Disguised As A Cop 
    Photo: Terminator 2: Judgment Day / Tri-Star Pictures

    The Terminator movies are full of people who unknowingly save the human race by getting between John or Sarah Connor and the Terminators sent from the future to eliminate them. Tim, John Connor's friend, is one of them.

    While playing games at a mall in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Tim is approached by someone who he thinks is a cop, but is actually the T-1000. The "cop" inquires about John, but Tim denies knowing him. Tim then tells John that a cop is looking for him and advises him to split. John does, giving him an edge on the would-be assassin.

  • 5
    48 VOTES

    Rescue Lady, Who Hesitantly Grants Stitch's Adoption, Unknowingly Rescues Several Lives 

    The animal shelter worker initially refuses to let Lilo adopt Stitch (he's a violent alien, so who could blame her?), but, in seeing how happy the little blue monster makes the child, she changes her mind.

    When the Grand Councilwoman of the Galactic Federation arrives on Earth to collect Stitch and presumably destroy him, the adoption document is the only thing that convinces her to let him stay.  

    Not only did the shelter worker's act of kindness save Stitch's life, but it improved the lives of Lilo, Nani, David, Jumba, and Pleakley.

    This character is credited as "Rescue Lady," but you can see her real name on the adoption papers. Susan Hegarty is the character's name - and the name of the person who voices the character.

  • 6
    43 VOTES

    Sarah Connor (And All Of Humanity) Would’ve Been Doomed If A Random Club-Goer Hadn’t Gotten Between Her And The Terminator’s Bullet

    Sarah Connor (And All Of Humanity) Would’ve Been Doomed If A Random Club-Goer Hadn’t Gotten Between Her And The Terminator’s Bullet
    Photo: The Terminator / Orion Pictures

    During the nightclub shootout scene in The Terminator, the titular time-traveling cyborg assassin comes extremely close to killing Sarah Connor and preventing the birth of John Connor, the savior of humankind.

    You may be thinking of the moment where the T-800 has his gun drawn on Sarah but can't fire it because Kyle Reese shoots him through a window, but we're talking about the few seconds before that when the T-800 shoots at Sarah but hits a random club-goer instead. Those bullets were directly on target, so you can easily say that rando is the OG savior of humankind.